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Muhammadu Buhari: Running for president with an anti-corruption bank loan, By Femi Aribisala

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One thing is for sure: Muhammadu Buhari would like to be the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has tried three times and has failed every time. Finally realizing it is a lost cause, he said he would not try again. But now he is persuaded to try again. His supporters are impressed that he won 12 million votes against Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. However, they need to be reminded that he lost to Jonathan by over 10 million votes.

Since the third time did not turn out to be a charm for Buhari, what are we to call his fourth attempt? Listening to the declaration of his new-fangled presidential bid in Eagles’ Square, Abuja a few days ago, it is seems this fourth time is going to be one big charade.

The sign was provided by none other than Buhari himself. Since his one credential is that he is a man of integrity who, as president, is expected to wrestle corruption down to the ground, Buhari decided to burnish his anti-corruption image by revealing that he obtained his 27.5 million naira APC nomination form with a bank loan. However, what this declaration did was to tell Nigerians that Buhari is a pretentious anti-corruption crusader. His Mr. Clean posture is nothing but a public relations gimmick.

How Governor Mimiko Ambushed Me In Akure, By Femi Fani-Kayode

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I spent my birthday at the swearing-in of my friend and brother, Governor Ayo Fayose, as Governor of Ekiti state in Ado Ekiti on October 16. It was a grand occasion and I was very happy for him and the people of Ekiti state.

I had arrived in Ado Ekiti the night before and on arrival, I had a lovely dinner with Fayose, Akin Oshuntokun, Governor Gbenga Daniel and the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro (who had resigned from the cabinet earlier that day in order to pursue his ambition to run for the governorship of Lagos state next year) at the Spotless Hotel.

The governor-elect shared his powerful testimony with us and as we made merry, I couldn’t help thinking to myself that God is really raising some very powerful men and women of faith with great testimonies, a prophetic calling and a powerful anointing in the murky sea of Nigerian politics.

The following day, Ayo was sworn in as Governor of Ekiti state.  After the ceremony I left Ado Ekiti and went next door to Akure, Ondo state, to spend a couple of days with my dearest friend and brother, Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

To my sheer delight, the Governor threw a wonderful surprise dinner party for me in Akure on the night of Friday, October 17, and I was really touched. This was made all the more  a pleasure because I had no idea that he had planned it.

He drove down to the hotel to pick me up at 9.00p.m. for the monthly ”Praise and Worship” all night prayer service in Akure and as we stepped out of my hotel room at the Sunview Hotel, he asked me to pop into the hotel’s conference room with him just for a minute. I told him that I would wait for him in the car but he insisted that we go together.

Since he was adamant, I agreed and went with him. As we entered the restaurant I was amazed by what I saw. The place was packed with senior officials of his government, old friends and a number of highly respected individuals and party leaders.

It was a wonderful gathering of people who had all seen fit to attend a surprise birthday dinner party which was thrown just for me. Honestly I was deeply humbled and I felt highly honoured. This was a real ambush but it was the sweetest type of ambush that anyone could possibly imagine.

Our spirits were high, the food was excellent, the speeches were moving, the birthday cake was beautiful and the prayers and kind words of encouragement and support from the governor and so many others moved me deeply.

Such good friends are rare and hard to find and I consider myself truly blessed to have them. They really made my day. I will never forget this wonderful gesture. After the dinner, we all proceeded to the all-night prayer and worship service, which took place at the Ondo state Cultural Centre and which lasted till 4.00 a.m.

It was simply awesome and the various youth choirs that led us in praise and worship throughout the night were mind-blowing. May God bless Governor Mimiko, his entire family and the great people of Ondo state for honouring me in this way and for making this such a memorable birthday for me. I will never forget it.

Premium Times: Protesting staff disrupt Labaran Maku’s handover, accuse him of embezzling funds October 20, 2014Nnenna I

The handing over ceremony by the former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, was on Monday disrupted by angry staff who protested non-payment of their allowances.

The protesters also accused the minister and other top officials of mismanaging SURE-P funds meant for the ministry.
The workers under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Information chapter, blocked the gates to the Radio House for hours and prevented people from entering or coming out of the building.

The infuriated staff chanted solidarity songs and carried placards with inscriptions such as: “Is SURE-P money released for the pockets of a set of people?”, “Is there no budget released for the Ministry for Information for 2014?”

GTB Battles Murtala Mohammed’s Son Over Unpaid Loan

Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has granted a ‘mareva injunction’ restraining Risqua Mohammed, son of late Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed from withdrawing funds from his accounts in any of the financial institutions in Nigeria.GTB Logo

The presiding Judge Saliu Saidu, while making the order, ruled that Risquat Mohammed and his company, AMG Petroenergy Limited should not tamper with their funds in any financial institution in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of a debt recovery suit filed against them by Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB).

GTB had filed the suit against the defendants (AMG and Risquat Mohammed) over their refusal to liquidate a multi-million dollars credit facility obtained from the bank despite repeated demands of payment.

Ebola: Praise For President Jonathan By Sonala Olumhense (Sahara Reporters)

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Last July, when news broke that the feared virus had arrived in Lagos, I feared that a significant proportion of Nigeria’s 160 million people could be wiped out.

No life deserves to be lost unnecessarily, but Nigeria would go on to lose eight precious ones.

Miraculously, however, the virus has been contained, at least for the moment, to the joy of Nigeria and the surprise of the world.  I congratulate Mr. Jonathan for this achievement.

There are some people who say that Mr. Jonathan deserves none of the credit, but I do not share that view.  In a presidential system of government, it is the president’s game.

Following the infamous arrival of Patrick Sawyer at the Lagos airport on July 22, outgoing Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu described the collaboration between his Ministry and other Ministries and agencies; and with international organisations and the Lagos State government, to keep the virus from spreading.

Court nullifies Jimoh Ibrahim’s ownership of Newswatch by Innocent Anaba, Abdulwahab Abdulah & Bartholomew Madukwe The Vanguard

LAGOS—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, nullified businessman, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim ownership of Newswatch Communications Limited, publishers of Newswatch publications by quashing a Share Purchase Agreement, SPA, which transferred ownership of the newsmagazine to Ibrahim.

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The court also awarded N15.7 million damages against the respondents as well as halted further publications of Newswatch Daily among other reliefs sought by the petitioners.

The judgment came a day after the 28th anniversary of the murder of Dele Giwa, the co-founder of Newswatch magazine, who was killed by parcel bomb sent to his home on October 19, 1986.

In the suit, two minority shareholders, Mr Nuhu Aruwa and Prof. Jubril Aminu had prayed the court to quash the said share purchase agreement.

Jonathan first non ambitious President ever produced in Nigeria -Clark

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FORMER Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark has urged State Governors to find ways of solving their problems which should be addressed by them and leave President Goodluck Jonathan out of those issues, just as he stressed that in the history of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan remains the only president ever produced that has not been ambitious to govern.

Speaking yesterday at his Asokoro residence when he received members of the Federal Capital Territory and Geo- Political Leaders Forum led by Amb. Ayuba Ngbako, Chief Clark said, “some people believe that they are governors of their states, when they have problems, they call on Jonathan; governors should solve the problems of their states.”

 The Elder Statesman who reiterated that President Jonathan was dragged to become the running mate to late President Umaru Yard’ Adua without his knowing about it whennames like former Governors Peter Odili of Rivers, Donald Duke of Cross River where penciled down to take the position as it was zoned to South South geo – political zone of the country, said that Jonathan who later became the running mate was not on the list.

$9.3m arms deal: Adeboye defends Oritsejafor

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GENERAL Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, yesterday, defended the national president of the Christian Association, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, following the controversy surrounding the seizure of $9.3 million arms purchase funds by South Africa.

Pastor Adeboye who spoke in London during an ecclesiastical visit said, “Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of God I trust and I can personally vouch for him. I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for he had no prior knowledge. I’m sure God will continue to build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail in Jesus name. One anointed cannot attack another anointed. A pastor cannot attack another pastor. Touch not my anointed is what God said. Some Nigerians have questioned the use of Pastor Oritsejafor’s private jet by the Federal Government to convey the money to South Africa, accusing him of involvement in money laundering.”

The Federal Government had to come out in defence of the CAN president, arguing that Oritsejafor who is also the founder of Word of Life Bible Church has no hand in the deal. The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan (Public Communication), Dr. Doyin Okupe, told newsmen in Abuja: “Oritsejafor is the President of CAN and head of all Christians in Nigeria who is representing at least, 50 per cent of people in this country. When it comes to a man like that, people should be cautious and circumspect.”

Okupe also advised Nigerians to stop playing politics with every issue of national concern, saying it is not in tandem with patriotism.

By Sam Eyoboka

- See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/10/9-3m-arms-deal-adeboye-defends-oritsejafor/#sthash.r2EFqSoc.dpuf

Dear Jimi: Your So Called Analysis

Dear Jimi,
logoI have been following your so-called analysis both on radio and television for about two years now. Most times I asked myself if deep within you, you believe that what you do every morning on classic FM is news analysis.

Unfortunately, what you call “news analysis” is actually an avenue for you to ventilate your deep seated hatred for GEJ, his administration, PDP and also to justify the actions (though without success) of Tinubu & APC. ‎I will use some few of your takes on news items as example;
1. I heard you yesterday spitting fire just because Reuben Abati responded to the baseless, wild and unsubstantiated ‎allegations against the PDP government in the last 16 years and GEJ administration in the last 4 years. Abati’s response was backed with fact and figures from the CBN, National Bureau of Statistics, World bank, IMF etc. A good journalist would have concentrated on the issues raised and the rejoinder from Abati. But in your usual way, you left the substance of the issues and rather concentrated on the fact that Abati refered to Buhari as a “SUPPOSEDLY ELDER STATEMENT”. A good journalist would have taken a swipe at the handlers of Buhari for feeding him with wrong and laughable information thereby exposing him to the whole world for ridicule. Abati’s sins as far as you are concerned is referring to Buhari as a “supposed elder stateman” while you have heard Bisi Akande, Tinubu, Lai (or is it lie) Mohammed, El-Rufai and other disgruntled APC members called a SITTING PRESIDENT names like: kindergarten president, ogogoro man, clueless one etc and you didn’t see anything wrong with that-as a matter of fact, you tried to justify why they used such unprintable words on your country’s president.

Muslim Students Reject Judgement On Hijab Ban In Lagos

The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has frowned at the judgement delivered by Justice Grace Onyeabo of the Ikeja High Court, Lagos on the ban of hijabs in primary and secondary schools in the state.

Onyeabo had on Friday, September 17, 2014 dismissed and ruled against the use of hijab in schools, claiming it would affect the secular nature of Lagos State.hijab

The judge, a christian, neglected and rejected numerous arguments presented to her, during the about two-year case, that sections of the Nigerian constitution and international laws guaranteed the freedom of religion, thoughts and conscience.

It will be recalled that MSSN Lagos had approached the court to seek end to the humiliation and harassment of female Muslims from using hijab.

Flying The Falcon 2000S by Capt. Daniel Omale

Although 20% larger than typical super midsize (SMS) business jets, the new Falcon 2000S is designed and priced to compete in that market. It can fly six passengers 3,350nm at Mach 0.80, or eight to 10 people on transcontinental US trips.

Dassault believes those interested in an SMS would prefer its larger aircraft – if economically competitive. Accordingly, it has priced the S-model at $27.1million, or $1.3million above the Bombardier Challenger 350 and about $2million above a typically equipped Gulfstream G280. And since the 2000S has an impressively low empty weight for its size, Dassault says its fuel consumption and direct operating costs are nearly the same as those two SMS competitors.

The new model thus puts to rest speculation as to when the French manufacturer will launch its clean-future.

The 2000 Classic’s partial-span leading-edge slats provided less than optimal runway performance. So Dassault fitted the 2000S with the Falcon 900LX’s full-span slats and high-lift trailing-edge flaps, plus blended winglets from Aviation Partners Inc. In addition, the new model has an EASy 11 cockpit and a BMW Group DesignworksUSA interior.

Constructed mainly with high strength aluminum alloys, the aircraft has a 20,000-cycle/30,000-hr, basic design life, but service can be extended almost indefinitely with stepped-up maintenance. With its supercritical airfoil sporting drag-reducing winglets, the 2000S can climb higher and cruise at Mach 0.789 with virtually no loss in fuel efficiency.

Total fuel capacity is 14,600 lb and upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C engines supply the power. Two 3,000-psi hydraulic systems power the flight-control actuators, leading-edge slats, trailing-edge flaps and wheel brakes, along with the nosewheel steering, landing gear, air-brakes and thrust reversers. The four main wheel brakes are fitted with carbon heat packs. An autobrake system was deemed unnecessary.

OBJ: Gritty Maverick Takes Centre Stage Again! by Garba Deen Muhammad

As a habit, the only virtue former President Olusegun Obasajo’s critics will grudgingly concede to him is his matchless love for his country, his obsessive patriotism that set him apart from all his peers, in war and in peace. Once while serving as Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters, the military equivalent of Vice President to General Murtala Muhammed, Obasanjo was about to enter a crucial State meeting when he received a message that his two-year old son Dayo, had just died. Obasanjo went into the meeting and participated actively. Afterwards he informed his colleagues that he had lost his son just before the meeting. Appalled, his colleagues wondered why he didn’t rush home in the light of something so serious. His response was perhaps the best definition of his robust, vigorous, sometimes turbulent but always passionate relationship with his country. He said, as narrated by one of his biographers Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba: “My son is dead, I cannot bring him back. This country is waiting and I cannot keep her waiting”. Even in that period of nationalistic fervor, it is hard to imagine any act that could beat that. Later in life he was to reaffirm this passionate love for country in different guises, including when he was called upon to be the head of state after the assassination of General Murtala Muhammed. Obasanjo refused, declaring that he was through with the army and everything associated with government since the nation is so unappreciative. He refused to budge despite pleas from powerful colleagues. obasanjo

Again according to Onukaba, it was only after an inspired General Abisoye had pointedly suggested that if Obasanjo would not accept, then they might as well invite leader of the failed coup that claimed Muhammed’s life, Col. Dimka to take over, that Obasanjo felt sufficiently moved to accept the challenge. Not many people would also give Baba the credit he rightly deserved over what he did when he took over. He lived up to his promises, following in Muhammed’s footsteps to the letter: from the pan-African thrust of their foreign policy which weakened Apartheid and helped to liberate some Southern African countries, to the courageous nationalists policies which revived national pride among Nigerians; to the all-important midwifing of the first ever successful transition from military to civilian rule in 1979. And yet despite all the many sacrifices that Baba had done for his country, his critics still prefer to judge him from their jaundiced perspective.

But that is changing, ipso facto. Nowadays former President Obasanjo’s critics are either relapsing into silence, or sheepishly shifting ground, reluctantly, grudgingly admitting that they had been wrong about him all along. When Baba’s son Lt. Col. Adeboye was shot in combat while fighting insurgents in Adamawa, one of his ardent critics, Col. Dangiwa Umar called me to admit that if Baba could allow his own son to be in the line of fire even though he could shield him with a single phone call, he (Umar) sends his best salute; admitting, finally that Baba is genuine. Not that it ever matters to Baba who is applauding.

Nigeria, South Africa Arms Deal Snafu by Comrade Timi Frank

We all thought it was a dream until we gradually awakened to its reality. The federal government’s scouting for arms and ammunition in South Africa and the country’s impounding the cash for violating its laws? It is a shame! I believe it is very much in national interest to speak against the ills in our society when the government is clearly in the wrong and calls it national interest, which has clearly lost its savour under the present administration? cds

The seizure of a combined sum of $15million (about N2.43billion) by the South African government shows the type of political administration that we are unfortunately saddled with as a nation. Now, I don’t think anybody should ask the federal government the source of the $15billion. “America will know. It is their money!” Even if South Africa releases the cash today, nobody should rejoice. Chances are that the money was being diverted when it was intercepted in Johannesburg. Where is the guarantee that the cash will not be redirected or ‘re-looted’ when eventually unfrozen? Heads or tails, the masses will be the worst for it.

Today this administration is shedding crocodile tears that the United States is not cooperating with it in its bid to purchase arms to fight insurgency. But US, like South Africa, is a country with strong institutions, guided by rules and regulations and not a country of ‘big men’ like ours. They respect their laws. They also ensure that their laws are respected by their national allies. The first tranche of $9.3million supposedly went through necessary security checks at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, without being detected. Or let’s say the security officials on duty deferred to name-dropping, because as it is, no high-ranking security official from our nation’s security enclave accompanied the cash. That is, if it was actually meant for the purchase of arms. Or was that deliberate, to avoid an untoward backlash in the event of a boomerang? Why are the identities of the Nigerians involved still shrouded in secrecy? Or is it that they are ‘friends’ or ‘uncles’ fronting for certain big ‘ogas at the top’.

4000 Law Students Decry Mass Failure, Call For Review … PM News

Over 4000 students of the Nigeria Law School have decried the mass failure at the Bar examinations. The students who paid over N300, 000 for the one year programme lamented that over 70 per cent of them failed the examination, that is a prerequisite for them to be called to Bar

The students blamed their failure on the Director General of Nigerian Law School, Olarenwaju Adesola Onadeko. They claimed that Onadeko wants to destroy their career by failing them en masse. The students called for a review of the examination as well as their results.Olarenwaju Adesola Onadeko, Director General, Nigeria Law School

Some of the students who sent text messages and email to PM News explained that some lecturers also want the results to be reviewed. “Save Law School Students: The DG Olarenwaju Onadeko has come to destroy the future of over 70 per cent of students who wrote exams in August and has run to the United Kingdom to seek solace,” a text message read.

 Having endured long academic strike while in school some of the students who had spent over seven years in tertiary institutions before they could attend Law School accused the DG of marking them down on purpose. “#Please save the future of 5000 law school student, so that the results may be reviewed because some lecturers are in support of this movement as they know the DG asked for a lot of scripts to be marked down. Please this is the least you can do,” another text read.

Islam And Planning, By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Alhamdulillah, indeed, all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from our soul’s evils and our wrong doings. He whom Allah guides, no one can misguide; and he whom He misguides, no one can guide.

I bear witness that there is no (true) god except Allah – alone without a partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad (SAW) is His Servant and Messenger.

“O you who believe! Revere Allah the right reverence, and do not die except as Muslim”. (Al-Imran, 3:102)

O people! Revere your lord who has created you from a single soul, created from it its mate, and dispersed from both of them many men and women. Revere Allah, through whom you demand things from one another and (cherish the ties of) the wombs, indeed, Allah is ever watchful over you.” (An-Nisa, 4:1)

“O you who believe! Revere Allah and say just words. He will then rectify your deeds and forgive your sins. He who obeys Allah and His Messenger have certainly achieved a great victory”. (Al-Ahzab, 33:70-71)

To proceed:

Indeed, the best speech is Allah (SWT)’s Book and the best guidance is Muhammad (SAW)’s guidance. The worst affairs (of religion) are those innovated (by people), for every such innovation is an act of misguidance leading to the fire.

O servants of Allah, O fellow Nigerians,

Indeed, we often notice a regrettable phenomenon among Muslim individuals, groups, communities, and countries. This phenomenon is bad planning or a total lack of planning in their affairs.