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  2. Parents of Success, the little girl who was sent home over school fees in Delta, have narrated how they almost killed Success whose video now changed their lives. Punch reported that Success’ father, Godwin Adegor, is a commercial motorcyclist, popularly known as okada rider, while her mum sells recharge cards and raw eggs. They also have two other children – Gift and Marvelous – who are in Junior Secondary School. The parents also recounted how they almost killed Success whose video now changed their lives. The girl's father said his wife once contemplated aborting her when she became pregnant, and even took a poisonous substance to get rid of her. “I knew she would be a great child. That was why I gave her the name Success. We received many favours on the day she was given birth to. Let me tell you a short story about Success. After our second child, my wife said she didn’t want to give birth to another child.“When she was pregnant with Success, she decided to drink ‘Angle 90’ (a poisonous substance). She said she wanted to die. I convinced her that rather than kill yourself, have the baby so that you could sell it for N500,000. But she said she wouldn’t sell her baby. “On the day Success was born, somebody that had owed me N100,000 paid the debt. Money was just coming from different areas. As we were receiving the goodwill, I told my wife that if we had terminated the pregnancy, would these favours have come to us? It was because of the goodwill that has always followed her that made me named name Success. “She has been receiving blessings from every corner since she was born. There was a day a soldier who stopped the vehicle that was taking them (our children) to see their grandmother at Kwale, gave her the bread he had bought for his family. The soldier said he liked the way my daughter was talking. Anywhere she goes, she always receives favour. She has won a scholarship before. The scholarship was given to her by a governor’s aide,” he said. credit: uncleuhuru's.comWe Almost Aborted Success Adegor, Now Her Video Has Changed Our Lives Parents of Success, the little girl who was sent home over school fees in Delta, have narrated how they almost killed Success whose video now changed their lives. Punch reported that Success’ father, Godwin Adegor, is a commercial motorcyclist, popularly known as okada rider, while her mum sells recharge cards and raw eggs. They also have two other children – Gift and Marvelous – who are in Junior Secondary School. The parents also recounted how they almost killed Success whose video now changed their lives. The girl's father said his wife once contemplated aborting her when she became pregnant, and even took a poisonous substance to get rid of her. “I knew she would be a great child. That was why I gave her the name Success. We received many favours on the day she was given birth to. Let me tell you a short story about Success. After our second child, my wife said she didn’t want to give birth to another child.“When she was pregnant with Success, she decided to drink ‘Angle 90’ (a poisonous substance). She said she wanted to die. I convinced her that rather than kill yourself, have the baby so that you could sell it for N500,000. But she said she wouldn’t sell her baby. “On the day Success was born, somebody that had owed me N100,000 paid the debt. Money was just coming from different areas. As we were receiving the goodwill, I told my wife that if we had terminated the pregnancy, would these favours have come to us? It was because of the goodwill that has always followed her that made me named name Success. “She has been receiving blessings from every corner since she was born. There was a day a soldier who stopped the vehicle that was taking them (our children) to see their grandmother at Kwale, gave her the bread he had bought for his family. The soldier said he liked the way my daughter was talking. Anywhere she goes, she always receives favour. She has won a scholarship before. The scholarship was given to her by a governor’s aide,” he said. credit: uncleuhuru's.com
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    Dokpesi Arrested At Abuja Airport

    Raymond Dokpesi, founder of DAAR Communications, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), has been arrested at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. TheCable understands that the media mogul was arrested around 4pm when he returned to the country after seeking medical treatment in Dubai. AIT confirmed the arrest, saying no reason was given for it. The station later quoted an official of the Nigerian Immigration Service as saying that there was an order from above for Dokpesi to be arrested since he is on the security watch-list of the federal government. Dokpesi is standing trial for allegedly receiving N2.1 billion from the office of the national security adviser (NSA) for the media campaign of the PDP in the buildup to the 2015 elections. He has dismissed the allegations of abuse of security funds under the last government, accusing the current administration of witch-hunting members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). More to follow…
  5. An underage voter photographed while casting his ballot at Bondiga Tauma Ward in Sokoto
  6. This is a polling unit in Sokoto North were a supplementary election is expected to take place today 23rd March 2019. As early as 7am , women, including nursing mothers were seen on the queue, struggling to maintain their position while waiting for inec officials to arrive. Note, INEC officials are yet to appear. During my undergraduate days at the University of Maiduguri Borno State, Same scenario applies. Our Northern, Mostly Muslim brothers and sisters will arrive at the polling unit very early enough waiting to caste their votes during Students Union Government Elections. Northern ,Southern Christain Sisters and brothers Campaign the most on Campus, Argue and Analyse the most , but mostly drag their feets to the polling units on election day. Most of them arrive late to polling units, a good number end up not voting due to late arrival, while others continue to procasinate and not showing up at the polling unit at all . The above scenario equally applies in the South of Nigeria especially in the South East of Nigeria. We talk, talk , and talk , we complain and complain, we argue and argue, we take over the media space arguing yet we fail to participate actively in the voting process that shapes our lives. A process that determines our economic, social , cultural and political life. Most of us in the South East claim to be more knowledgeable, smarter , very intelligent, very sharp, yet we do not understand the common sense of Political Power , what a people, what an Irony . This is 7am and women across Sokoto and other parts of Northern Nigeria are ready to vote . Can this be said of our people? Photo Credit : TVC News Comrade S.O.B Igwe 23/03/2019
  7. National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima, in this interview, speaks on the 2019 general elections, the Muhammadu Buhari administration and North’s quest to stay in power beyond 2023. What is your assessment of the 2019 general elections? There was an election and expectations were high, but it is very unfortunate that what happened was not what we expected and I am sure Nigerians were disappointed. We thought that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will conduct a more credible election than what we had in the past, but what we saw was an election, where security agencies were used against innocent Nigerians. The election was more or less a battle between the voters and soldiers, who were deployed to aid the ruling party. If you ask me if there was an election, I would say there was an attempt to conduct an election, but we cannot certainly call what we just had an election. But some international and local observers, who monitored theelections, described the exercise as free and fair… I am glad that you said some observers and not all. The international observers have their own modus operandi and you do not expect them to start crying for you. If there is an issue and they see it, they will not be in a hurry to make any judgement. Again, when they notice that Nigerians are very docile and no one is raising any fundamental issue, they will remain mute. On the part of the local observers, it is very easy for anyone to compromise them, which has more or less become a tradition in the country. What was the national mood of the country after the presidential election? Was there any celebration? No. Were majority of people happy about the outcome? Certainly the answer is no. So, it means that something went wrong fundamentally. The margin between the APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North during the presidential election seems to be incomparable given what happened during the governorship polls, which led people to allege that figures were cooked up. Do you believe that allegation? Of course, I believe that figures were written and that was why you can see that the voting pattern changed during the governorship elections, which took place two weeks after the presidential election. As we speak, there is confusion in the North, especially in states where there was no reason to call for inconclusive elections. In Kano, Adamawa, Benue and Sokoto for instance, there were inconclusive elections, which clearly showed that the outcome of the presidential election was not what people expected. It is very obvious that the electoral commission worked to ensure that the ruling party returned to power. In my over 20 years of activism, I have never seen an electoral commission so bad that it basically became an arm of the ruling party. The 2019 elections is the worst election that has been conducted for as long as I can remember. A clear indication of this anomaly is that the state where PDP won elections in the North were declared inconclusive and where APC won with a small margin and was supposed to be declared inconclusive was not so. You said election was rigged in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari in the North. Do you have any evidence to back up you claim? The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar went to court because he also believes that the election was rigged and he believes that he will get justice. I believe his decision to go to court was the right decision, but it is one thing for him to go to court and it is another thing for justice to be served. What is constant is that he has made a decision, with which he would be judged. This is why it is very important that whatever decision that you are going to take, especially when it has to do with national interest, you must ensure that you take the action that will make you to be remembered on the positive side of history. Also, for us, who are northerners, we had a case in 2015, where we had to chose between a southern Christian and a northern Muslim, who is Fulani, yet the difference in their votes was about two million plus. Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s stronghold was the South-South and South-East at that time because the North was totally against him. In the South-West, Jonathan got the required 25 per cent in each of the six states. This time, we had to choose between two northern Fulani Muslims, yet they are telling us that the difference in their votes is four million. How possible is that? Buhari’s stronghold has always been North-West, while North-East has been a war zone for a long time. But, look at the votes that came out of North-East in this year’s presidential election; even when it was obvious there is war going on there. In fact, there was a bomb blast on the day of the election in Maiduguri, yet millions of votes came out of war torn states like Borno and Yobe. We had expected that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will strictly adhere to its own guidelines by ensuring the use of card readers nationwide. Why did the commission ignore the use of card readers in some states and insisted on its use in other states? These are all clear indications that there were irregularities and that is why I believe Atiku did the right thing by going to court. I believe that issues will come up as the trial commences for the world to see and at the end of the day, you will not be able to defend the indefensible. Your statements seem to indicate that Buhari doesn’t have the total support of the North. Is this not the time the North should put their differences aside and support this administration? There can be no peace in the absence ofjustice and we cannot pretend about it. If the government has integrity, they should demonstrate it. You cannot foist your interest on people and expect to enjoy total support. Buhari’s administration has not really benefited the North because we are yet to see meaningful development. What most northerners know is that they have a brother, who is the president, but that has not translated to anything meaningful to those down there. Most of those who are supposed to spearhead the execution of landmark projects in this administration are from the South-West. As far as we are concerned, President Buhari’s administration is a government of the South-West because almost all the goodies were given to them. What goodies are you referring to? The South-West has the super minister who is in charge of the three most important ministries – Housing, Works and Power and that is why Mr. Babatunde Fashola has focused on constructing roads mainly in the South-West. Name one major road that Fashola has constructed in the North from start to finish, but you can name many that are in the South-West. Tell me one important ministry that is occupied by a northerner. But almost all the security chiefs are from the North. The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is from the North and the Minister of Petroleum, who is President Buhari is also from the North. So, why is the North still feeling marginalised? The security chiefs were appointed because of the crisis in the North. As far as we in the North are concerned, this governmentfavours only the South-West and that is why some of us are beginning to have a rethink that probably, after this tenure, we would demand for a northern presidency in 2023. Are you insinuating that the North will take another shot at the presidency after eight years of President Buhari? You can be rest assured that it will definitely happen. I am a leader and an opinion moulder in the North and when I tell you that we are considering supporting a northern presidency in 2023, you better believe it because it is not just my personal opinion. The North has not benefitted anything from Buhari’s presidency because many northern states are still impoverished and under developed. The rate of poverty in the North has become worse than it was in 2015. We cannot beat our chest and say thisgovernment has favoured the North. The first four years of Buhari was a waste and we cannot expect any magic to happen in his second tenure; it is not possible. Already some south westerners are raising their heads to claim that it is their turn in 2023, but for us in the North, we will plead with the South to bear with us for another 12 years because we need to feel the impact of governance. But it would be an injustice to other regions for the North to take a shot at the presidency again in 2023 after Buhari’s eight years in power? Was justice meted to the North with the level of unemployment and physical infrastructure you find there; with the bad roads and almajiris everywhere and no any serious policy by the government to tackle that? Here, you are living comfortable in Lagos, enjoying the federal allocations and everything and you expect us to fold our hands and look at you and after the eight years, you will still take us again for another eight years. But many believe that the North havebenefitted from the present government, considering that majority of the appointees are from the region? What kind of appointments are we talking about? Tell me one super appointment that was given to the Nort? Is the North not supposed to be blamed for its predicament and why are you are not blaming Northern leaders who have been presidents for the problems of the region? All we are saying is that in the last four years, we have not seen anything and with the way the polity is being run and we do not also expect anything reasonably to come in. At first, there was a government under a northern son, but after two years, we lost that son. Jonathan took over for six years and that favoured only the South. What about the Almajiri schools built by the Jonathan administration and other laudable projects the administration did in the North? Even with that, it was not enough. But it was the North that voted against Jonathan and brought in their brother, a Fulani in the person of President Buhari… They did that thinking that things will be normal. So, whose fault is it that a Fulani is not meeting the expectation of the North? The government has been hijacked by some interests. Who are these interests? They hardly give name of these cabals, but it is obvious that they took advantage of the gentleman, who really didn’t put eyes into everything in the person of President Buhari. And they are now milking everything under him without him even knowing that anything is happening. A lot of people can also attest to that, even not quite long, the wife of the President came out to say, where are men in Nigeria? Things are happening. But some members of Buhari’s cabinet from South-West like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Fashola told their people to support President Buhari so that power can go to the South-West… Was there any agreement? But it was assumed that because of the caliber of people who were speaking that this was the agreement of the party and neither the presidency nor APC came out to say they don’t have such agreement Is the party the nation’s constitution or party arrangement more superior to the constitution of the country? So, you believe the North will produce the president in 2023? There is no going back. In 2023, we will ensure that we bring a credible northern son to contest and we will also expect the southern people to have understanding why they should support us. Why should they have an understanding with you, when the North is expected to have completed its eight years of presidency by 2023? The southerners are our friends and brothers, they will understand with us. Are you pushing for the presidency again because of North’s voting strength given the outcome of the recent general elections… The recent elections have actually shown it and it has clearly proved it that in terms of numbers and voting population, the North has the highest. In fairness to Nigeria, we are not saying that because of the number, we are using it to intimidate them, but we are saying that they have to understand that this last administration for four years has not done anything for the North and we don’t also expect them to be too myopic in their reasoning. They have always been our brothers and we carry ourselves together. We have no problem about anything, but we are saying they should please allow us to ensure that we put certain things right in our region, so that at the end of the day, everybody will live comfortable and we will move the country forward, together. NewTelegraph
  8. The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declared as winner Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the last year’s governorship election in the state, Ademola Adeleke.
  9. A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri on Friday struck out a suit restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from issuing certificate of return to Imo governor elect, Mr Emeka Ihedioha. The court also ruled that post election matters belonged to the election tribunals. Candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the March 9 governorship election, Mr Uche Nwosu had gone to court to get an order restraining the court from issuing a certificate of return to People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Emeka Ihedioha. Nwosu had argued that Ihedioha did not meet the required 25 per cent of the votes in 18 out of the 27 LGs in Imo. Striking the matter out, Justice Tijjani Ringim held that post election matters are to be handled by the election tribunal. Ringim said that “the quest for justice must be in line with the constitution. Post election matters belong to election tribunal “. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the INEC had on March 11 declared Ihedioha winner of the election. Ihedioha had polled a total 273,404 votes to defeat Nwosu who came second with 190,364 votes.
  10. This is Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu ( SAN) He is a Nigerian lawyer and also a senior advocate of Nigeria. A brilliant lawyer and one of the finest Nigerian lawyers alive. Dr Ikpeazu’s forte is election petition and let me explain why: Dr Ikpeazu is Adeleke’s head of legal team that is handling his matter in court. This man brilliantly came up with the argument that INEC returning Officer as it was lacked the locus to cancel the Osun state governorship concluded election. His reasons were simple: Our electoral laws did not empower the Returning officer to do so and to his credit, Osun state tribunal members affirmed his brilliant argument by declaring his client winner. Dr Ikpeazu will be leading Adeleke’s legal team all the way to Supreme Court and I know that with his deep profound knowledge of our electoral laws and his sheer brilliance which is beautiful to watch, victory is sure for the maligned Adeleke. But aside this, what many people did not know that this was the same man that got the court to cancel Chris Ngige’s stolen mandate as the brief governor of Anambra state and then declare the not so popular Peter Obi as the governor of Anambra state in 2006. Dr Ikpeazu marshaled his argument with eloquence and conviction from the lower court to Appeal court that Peter Gregory Obi was rigged out by Chris Uba and Ngige with iron clad evidence attached, the court after hearing his brilliant submission from this Onitsha born lawyer and with the evidence on their table can’t help but declare Peter Obi as the rightful governor of Anambra state even when many pessimists thought it was impossible for the court to do so at that time. What this means is that he is the first Lawyer in our history to convince a Nigerian court to send a sitting governor packing. And he is about to repeat the same feat with Adeleke. What a man! History they say has a way of repeating itself. An evasive and a quiet family man that shuns media publicity and the glamour associated with senior silk in this part. He prefers his work to do the talking for him. A giant and a colossus of the legal profession. Take a bow Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu! You have done well sir and history will remember the role you played in advancing and shaping our legal profession.
  11. A video currently making rounds on social media shows the moment a woman caught another lady sleeping with her husband. In the video, the said lady was mercilessly flogged by the wife for not just cheating with her husband, but for tying her expensive wrapper on her body. The furious wife who was heard ranting in her native language (Igbo Language), asked the woman what gave her the guts to tie her wrapper and still cheat with her husband, before she started dealing with her mercilessly despite neighbours intervention. The said husband was no where to be found around the vicinity, as at the time of making this post, as some claimed he ran away. Watch the video; 55526570_2046630015638970_1833368092365815808_n.mp4
  12. Former Big Brother Naija Housemate, Anto has revealed why she is not in a relationship with Lolu. Recall that both housemates were emotionally attached while on Double Wahala edition of Big Brother reality show. But speaking on DoubleWahalaReloaded show, Anto said she wanted to have a relationship with Lolu but he turned her down after BBNaija. She said: “I and Lolu are not in a relationship. “I wanted to be together with Lolu but he said No.” Lolu in response said “We had our differences that was the reason I turned the relationship down.”
  13. America and Britain Offers Little Success automatic Passports invites her as an Ambassador For Good Education! Congratulation to Her!
  14. A young Nigerian by name Miss Kanu Ihunanya, 22 years of age and a final year medical student of Abia state university(ABSU) Currently a health and beauty influencer and the Chairman of CHES Empowerment Foundation.. She started modelling as a little girl where she won 1st runner up for miss DNALS that was in 2004 and later in 2016/17 she won "Miss Galaxy South East Nigerian" beauty queen She also won "Miss Super Globe Nigeria" in 2018 and was selected to represent Nigeria in Dubai where she emerged the winner "Best Talent" she was selected to represent Nigeria in her second international pageant "Miss planet international" which was held in Cambodia in asia When she came back to Nigeria she started up an NGO with her best friend and together as a team they conducted several projects ranging from a health outreaches to help the less privileges. Which subsequently I'll be dropping picture about her projects. Stay tuned as I'll be updating you guys with information about the next pageant where the winner gets to represent Nigeria internationally.
  15. Reports have it that a Girls’ secondary school has been temporarily shut down following a strange “disease” which has affected some students. It was gathered that some students of Lunzu Secondary school in Malawi – started exhibiting strange and unusual behaviour after one of them was accused of being possessed by a spirit which made her shake her Bosom s while sweating profusely. The school management reportedly rushed to the girl to the hospital as nothing was found to be responsible for her problem after undergoing some medical examination It was gathered that some students of Lunzu Secondary school in Malawi – started exhibiting strange and unusual behaviour after one of them was accused of being possessed by a spirit which made her shake her Bosom s while sweating profusely. The school management reportedly rushed to the girl to the hospital as nothing was found to be responsible for her problem after undergoing some medical examination It was gathered that other students followed suit and started exhibiting the same behavior of shaking their Bosom s. The school management met with the students’ parents and temporally shut down the school for one week in order for them to embark on serious prayers. Watch the video below: 55774814_780973825614435_6438366107978956800_n.mp4
  16. Air Peace received its 3rd Boeing 777 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday, March 20. The plane touched down at exactly 3:20 pm. Photo credit: Air Peace
  17. Injuries and avoidable accidents that occur on highways are not always due to bad roads as claimed by road users , the Minister of Power, Works and Housing , Babatunde Fashola , has said. According to him , road accidents are largely due to speeding and the recklessness of drivers , as no driver speeds on a bad road. Fashola disclosed this in Abuja at a capacity building workshop on the activation of the five United Nations ’ Convention on Road Traffic acceded to by Nigeria. In a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Wednesday, the minister noted that the workshop underscored the importance and commitment of the government on the safety of the lives of Nigerians. He, however , stated that injuries and avoidable accidents that occurred daily on highways were regrettable . Fashola told participants at the workshop that there was no state in Nigeria that the Federal Government was not executing one road project or the other . He said the ministry would soon embark on the deployment of manpower for the erection of additional road signs to provide the required guidance , support and direction to road users . The minister charged the Federal Road Safety Corps to intensify efforts on public enlightenment campaigns, orientation and education of drivers to be of good behaviour while on highways in order to ensure the safety of lives and property . On his part , the Corps Marshal, FRSC , Boboye Oyeyemi , said his organisation would not have recorded success if not for the support it got from stakeholders in the road and transport sector. He expressed gratitude to the United Nation’ s envoy for sponsoring the capacity building workshop and promised that the corps would continue to work hard to ensure safety on Nigerian roads . Copyright PUNCH .
  18. Tragedy struck in the early hours of Wednesday in Nyanya, Abuja, when a policeman allegedly beat up and killed one Ogar Jombo, a two-star officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), for violating traffic rules. The incident happened near a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) around Nyanya market, when the deceased was driving his two children and wife. His children were on their way to school. It was gathered that he made a U-turn at the wrong spot, but was flagged by the police officers on duty in the area. Findings revealed that Ogar pleaded that he was rushing to drop the children in school. Ogar was in uniform and also identified himself as an officer. However, all entreaties made by the deceased fell on deaf ears, as one of the police officers jumped on the bonnet of the vehicle, while the other one descended on him with a baton. At this point, his wife and children intervened and pleaded on his behalf. He was, however, allegedly beaten to a stupor and died in the process. One of his children was quoted as saying: "Please, don't kill my father; leave my father alone.” When SaharaReporters visited the Asokoro General Hospital, the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue, while his wife and some sympathisers were seen weeping profusely. Efforts to get a word from his wife, identified as Ada, proved futile as she was very emotional. According to passers-by, the Police had attempted to take the corpse away with a view to dumping him somewhere, but they intervened and followed them to the hospital where the corpse was deposited. Bala Ciroma, the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who was at the General Hospital to console the family of the deceased, has ordered the arrest of the officers who committed the crime. There is palpable tension in the area as youth and relatives of the deceased have vowed to burn down Nyanya Police Station if the officers involved in the act are not arrested and prosecuted. The slain officer hails from Otukpo in Benue State and was recently promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Corps (ASC)
  19. MediaTek

    WHO WAS THOMAS SANKARA?

    WHO WAS THOMAS SANKARA? He was born in 1949 and killed by his best friend Blaise Compaore. Enemies of progress every where. Thomas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation. Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and institutional corruption in Burkina Faso. He slashed the salaries of ministers and sold off the fleet of exotic cars in the president’s convoy, opting instead for the cheapest brand of car available in Burkina Faso, Renault 5. His salary was $450 per month and he refused to use the air conditioning units in his office, saying that he felt guilty doing so, since very few of his country people could afford it. Thomas Sankara would not let his portrait be hung in offices and government institutions in Burkina Faso, because every Burkinabe is a Thomas Sankara, he declared. Sankara changed the name of the country from the colonially imposed Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, which means land of upright men. Thomas Sankara’s achievements are numerous and can only be summarized briefly; within the first year of his leadership, Sankara embarked on an unprecedented mass vaccination program that saw 2.5 million Burkinabe children vaccinated. From an alarming 280 deaths for every 1,000 births, infant mortality was immediately slashed to below 145 deaths per 1,000 live births. Sankara preached self-reliance, he banned the importation of several items into Burkina Faso, and encouraged the growth of the local industry. It was not long before Burkinabes were wearing 100% cotton sourced, woven and tailored in Burkina Faso. From being a net importer of food, Thomas Sankara began to aggressively promote agriculture in Burkina Faso, telling his country people to quit eating imported rice and grain from Europe, said, “let us consume what we ourselves control,” he emphasized. In less than 4 years, Burkina Faso became self-sufficient in foods production through the redistribution of lands from the hands of corrupt chiefs and land owners to local farmers, and through massive irrigation and fertilizer distribution programs. Thomas Sankara utilized various policies and government assistance to encourage Burkinabes to get education. In less than two years as a president, school attendance jumped from about 10% to a little below 25%, thus overturning the 90% illiteracy rate he met upon assumption of office. Living way ahead of his time, within 12 months of his leadership, Sankara vigorously pursued a reforestation program that saw over 10 million trees planted around the country in order to push back the encroachment of the Sahara Desert. Uncommon at the time he lived, Sankara stressed women empowerment and campaigned for the dignity of women in a traditional patriarchal society. He also employed women in several government positions and declared a day of solidarity with housewives by mandating their husbands to take on their roles for 24 hours. A personal fitness enthusiast, Sankara encouraged Burkinabes to be fitted and was regularly seen jogging unaccompanied on the streets of Ouagadougou; his waistline remained the same throughout his tenure as president. In 1987, during a meeting of African leaders under the auspices of the Organization of African Unity, Thomas Sankara tried to convince his peers to turn their backs on the debt owed western nations. According to him, “debt is a cleverly managed reconquest of Africa. It is a reconquest that turns each one of us into a financial slave.” He would not request for, nor accept aid from the west, noting that “…welfare and aid policies have only ended up disorganizing us, subjugating us, and robbing us of a sense of responsibility for our own economic, political, and cultural affairs. We chose to risk new paths to achieve greater well-being.” Thomas Sankara was a pan-Africanist who spoke out against apartheid, telling French President Francois Mitterand, during his visit to Burkina Faso, that it was wrong for him to support the apartheid government and that he must be ready to bear the consequences of his actions. Sankara’s policies and his unapologetic anti-imperialist stand made him an enemy of France, Burkina Faso’s former colonial master. He spoke truth to power fearlessly and paid with his life. Upon his assassination, on the orders of Francois Mitterrand his most valuable possessions were a car, a refrigerator, three guitars, motorcycles, a broken down freezer and about $400 in cash. Few young Africans have ever heard of Thomas Sankara. In reality, it is not the assassination of Thomas Sankara that has dealt a lethal blowed to Africa and Africans; it is the assassination of his memory, as manifested in the indifference to his legacy, in the lack of constant reference to his ideals and ideas by Africans, by those who know and those who should know. Among physical and mental dirt and debris lie Africa’s heroes while the younger generations search in vain for role models from among their kind. Africans have therefore, internalized self-abhorrence and the convictions of innate incapability to bring about transformation. Transformation must runs contrary to the African’s DNA, many Africans subconsciously believe. Africans are not given to celebrating their own heroes, but this must change. It is a colonial legacy that was instituted to establish the inferiority of the colonized and justify colonialism. It was a strategic policy that ensured that Africans celebrated the heroes of their colonial masters, but not that of Africa. Fifty years and counting after colonialism ended, Africa’s curriculum must now be redrafted to reflect the numerous achievements of Africans. The present generation of Africans is thirsty, searching for where to draw the moral, intellectual and spiritual courage to effect change. The waters to quench the thirst, as other continents have already established, lies fundamentally in history - in Africa’s forbears, men, women and children who experienced much of what most Africans currently experience, but who chose to toe a different path. The media, entertainment industry, civil society groups, writers, institutions and organizations must begin to search out and include African role models, case studies and examples in their contents. For Africans, the strength desperately needed for the transformation of the continent cannot be drawn from World Bank and IMF policies, from aid and assistance obtained from China, India, the United States or Europe. The strength to transform Africa lies in the foundations laid by uncommon heroes like Thomas Sankara; a man who showed Africa and the world that with a single minded pursuit of purpose, the worst can be made the best, and in record time too.
  20. Togo is a small country in West Africa. On the West is Ghana, on the East is Benin Republic and up North is Burkina Faso (formerly named Upper Volta - renamed by Thomas Sankara). Lots of slaves were sold from Togo to the Americas during the slave trade. Hence, Togo along with many West African countries is known as the slave coast. The official language in Togo is French. Lome is the capital of Togo. Togo gained independence from France on 27th April 1960. The first elected president of Togo was Sylvanus Olympio (see black & white picture - wearing traditional attire). Olympio came from one of the richest families in Togo. He was born on the 6th of September 1902 and graduated from the London School of Economics in the 1920s. Olympio was shot and killed by Sergeant Etienne Eyadema on January 13, 1963 via a coup d'etat. His body was dumped in front of the US embassy in Lome. Olympio was the first president to be assassinated during a military coup in Africa. This sent shock across Africa and the world. Etienna Eyadema then helped establish Nicolas Grunitzky (see black & white photo - funny hair-do) as the second president of Togo. In 1967, Col Etienna Eyadema led a second military coup against Nicolas. Eyadema installed himself as the third president of Togo. He remained president for 38 years. Eyadema died on his way to get medical treatment in France on February 5th, 2005. He died of a heart attack (myocardial infarction at age 69). He changed his first name from Etienna to Gnassingbe (meaning Mr Invincible), having survived several assassination attempts while in power. At the time of death, Gnassingbe Eyadema was the longest ruling president in Africa. Note - Nicolas Grunitzky died following a car accident in Ivory Coast. He died in a Paris hospital in 1969 aged 56. When Gnassingbe Eyadema died, his son Faure Gnassingbe (on red tie) now 53 years old was made the 4th president of Togo by the Senate on 4th May 2005. Faure has remained president for 14 years now and counting. He has killed thousands of Togolese in order to stay in power. The people of Togo (a poor country with a population of 7.5 million) are now tired of one family ruling over them for 50 years. Hence, the current crisis. I have placed their pictures in order of 1st to 4th president with Gnassingbe Eyadema having two pictures (one in 1972 and the other in 2001). Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Faure Gnassingbe to step down.
  21. Mr Oluwatosin Bakare, an Ibadan-based businessman, on Wednesday told an Ile-Tuntun Customary Court sitting in Mapo, Ibadan, to dissolve his seven-year-old union to his wife, Enitan, because she frequently beats him. I've made efforts to accurate her misbehavior by way of informing our pastor, but in place of turn a new leaf, Enitan’s mindset worsened, making the pastor’s intervention ineffective. I can’t count the number of instances she had attacked and torn my clothes in the Church and at other public gatherings. The respondent, who, however, opposed the divorce, was unable to deny most of the allegations leveled against her.
  22. The Coalition of United Political Parties on Tuesday alleged that were plans to depose the Sultan of Sokoto , Sa ’ ad Abubakar III , and the Emir of Kano , Muhammadu Sanusi II . It further alleged that some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Sokoto and Kano states were behind the move. The coalition ’ s spokesman , Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. Ugochinyere claimed that the decision to depose the traditional rulers was taken because of their decision not to take sides in the supplementary elections holding in the states on Saturday . He said, “The Coalition of United Political Parties has once again intercepted credible intelligence of a fresh plot by APC chieftains in Kano and Sokoto with the full support of Adams Oshiomhole against the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano . “We are alerting Nigerians to the plot and threats by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to depose the revered Sultan of Sokoto and the Emir of Kano for refusing to bow to pressure to take sides in the supplementary governorship elections in Kano and Sokoto states . “The grouse of the leaders of the ruling party is that the respected traditional rulers refused to intervene and interfere to galvanise support for the sinking APC in Sokoto and Kano states. “Leaders of the APC are accusing the monarchs of allegedly taking sides with the Peoples Democratic Party and hence they have hatched a plot that if the traditional rulers do not help them to win the people ’ s support and they succeed to manipulate the election , that they will dethrone the respected traditional rulers from the thrones of their forefathers . “We make bold to say that this is a lie from the pit of hell . The Emir and Sultan are rather appealing for calm and for the will of the people to be respected. “Leaders of the ruling party are boasting and threatening that if they win , they will force them out by setting up state House of Assembly panel to indict them for corruption and force them out using presidential support . They are also considering the use of the CJN option against these respected monarchs. ” Copyright PUNCH .
  23. The Senate President and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s “purported victory” in the February 23 presidential election would be short-lived. Speaking at the opening session of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, Saraki said the PDP must defeat Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. “First of all, the true reflection of the presidential election showed the kind of character that the PDP has. I think that is something that we should build on. “My own appeal to everybody is to say this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short-lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday, to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive. “If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive. We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country Nigeria will not be proud of. “We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did. “I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility to do. “We are setting a bad example, not only in Nigeria, but in the continent when we bring militarisation into our election,” Saraki said.
  24. Supplementary Polls: Nigerians Will Treat APC Thugs In Military Uniforms as Fake Soldiers - PDP … Says APC Depending on Vote-Buying, Ballot Snatching The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautions that Nigerians will treat All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs dressed in military uniform to assist it to rig the March 23 supplementary elections, as fake soldiers. PDP’s position is predicated on claims by the Federal Government that the soldiers who unleashed violence and helped the APC to rig the February 23 Presidential election were fake. The party said it is ready to confront, resist and dismantle all rigging machinery of the APC and consolidate on its already established victory in the March 23 Supplementary Governorship elections. Our structure and followership in Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa, Plateau, Bauchi and Benue states have been fully rallied at all levels of polling and collation process to resist any attempt by anybody to manipulate for the APC. It is instructive to state that the PDP already has full information of how the APC is moving huge sums of money in the attempt to bribe officials of INEC to manipulate the electoral process. This is in addition to reports of how the APC has been sending its agents to promise money to voters and how such overtures are being rejected by the voters. The PDP also has full details of how APC has sent network jammers to the states where supplementary elections are scheduled to hold as well as how they have paid thugs to cause confusion on the day of election and snatch ballot boxes, having realized that it has no chance in the supplementary polls. The PDP wants the APC and its candidates to note that their ignoble schemes are already known and that our party is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of these states to defend our votes. In this regard, all our agents, members and supporters have been equipped to closely monitor all the electoral processes, from the accreditation of voters, voting and collation of results, ensure that all results delivered at the polling units be immediately posted on INEC website and use all legitimate means to firmly resist any attempt by the APC to alter the results. The PDP cautions those engaged by the APC to cause confusion and snatch ballot boxes to steer clear of the processes, as they will be doing so at their own peril. The party therefore charges Nigerians in the constituencies where supplementary elections have been scheduled to come out en-masse to vote and use all legitimate means to defend their votes to the very end. Signed: Kola Ologbondiyan National Publicity Secretary And Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization
  25. He compromised by collecting money from the government while I was locked up in prison by the oppressors. He collected money from them to do a video against the main opposition candidate -Atiku and also to stop attacking Buhari. When I confronted him -Charly Boy with the evidence, he confessed to collecting money from them but said he didn’t collect the money to do a video against Atiku but they gave him the money as support. I dare him to deny this allegation. I have the recording of his confession. -Prince Deji Adeyanju
  26. The Nigerian Army says it repelled Boko Haram terrorists attack in Michika, Adamawa State, on Monday night, killing some of the terrorists. In a statement signed by Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, the army said “Boko Haram terrorists met their Waterloo and suffered heavy casualties evening the 19th of March 2019 when they attempted to infiltrate Michika in Adamawa State”. Earlier, TheCable had reported the attack on Michika, Adamawa state, which had many residents fleeing their homes. Speaking about the attack, the Army said: “At about 7.20 pm, gallant troops of 115 Task Force Battalion deployed at Lassa in Borno State received a distress call from vigilantes at Maikadiri village on movement of suspected Boko Haram terrorists along Road Maikadiri – Shuwari enroute Michika. “The troops immediately organized blocking positions and swooped on the terrorists which led to an exchange of fire. The terrorists attempted to escape, but were intercepted and suppressed with heavy volume of fire. “Consequently, the troops with reinforcement from 143 Battalion Gulak engaged the terrorists on Two Front Coordinated Attacks. The BHTs were completely routed by the troops, neutralizing many of them, while others fled in disarray due to superior firepower.” Musa said as a result of the army’s heavy power, the terrorist “hastily evacuated most of their corpses under the cover of darkness. The entire area has been dominated by own troops and the situation is completely under control”. “Items captured from the terrorists include One Ford vehicle, two Toyota Starlet vehicles loaded with foodstuffs, one motorcycle and one tyre inflating machine. “Further exploitation is to be conducted this morning. Calm has since returned to the city and inhabitants of the town are hereby enjoined to report the presence of strange faces in their localities and go about their normal businesses”. (NAN)
  27. You know how after Delilah cut off Samson's hair and the Philistines then plucked his eyes and made a slave of Samson and how he asked God for one last thing and with that strength he collapsed a building on the Philistines and himself? Well, Blackface of the Plantashun Bois has done exactly that; use his last strength and try and collapse a building on 2Face Idibia, his former group member. And really the song is a nice diss jam "Give dem a war if dem say dem want some. Bounty pon him head me no need no ransom" Strong rhyme and fight lyrics good enough for a diss song a Cutty Rank or Ninjaman will do. Then as is usual with Blackface who always copies from Ajegunle Icon and then Kennis Music artist with hits like "Swo" Marvelous Benji, who called Kenny and D-One gays, Blackface uses that card against 2Baba and hilariously says what men do to 2Baba's rectum is why he cannot walk straight anymore. hehehehe. "you are .... ..... many men a bed ya (input catty but remove the C and put a B for what Jamaicans call a gay male.) Now that is is a tired attack line for the most VIRILE celebrity in Nigeria, one whose sperm cells never miss a female egg. Now, while many would take that attack line and start a rumor, dancehall heads like us know it is a usual attack line in reggae diss songs. All enemies are branded .attyboi (put a B in front) and told to "pack up and run" Now many will weigh in on this "beef" and many will take sides. But here are a few truths we fans pf Plantashun Bois knew then 1. Blackface formed the group Plantashun Bois 2. Blackface actually gave 2Face his name as he had chosen Blackface and 2Face was a nice cartoon character and went well with Blackface chosen name 2. 2Face added Chibuzor aka Faze 3. BlackFace just shrugged upon Faze addition. He was one more person to the group with a nice voice 4. Blackface encouraged Chibuzor to pick a name that fits in. Chibuzor chose Faze. (not too bright huh? hehehehe) 5. Blackface was the "intellectual." one and knew the nuance of reggae and the rhyming which he taught 2Face and Faze to do 6. 2Face was all rhythm. He sings everything and everytime. Blackface puts words/lyrics to the rhythms 7. It went like that with African Queen, 2Face defining song till this day 8. The group Plantashun Bois was a raging success 9. Kennis Music went to 2Face and promised him the world. Kenny said he did not want the other guys. Ke... Ke Kenny was breaking Michael Jackson from Jackson 5. 10. 2Face never told Blackface. Even when Faze heard the rumor from one of those frequenting OJB Jezreel's studio (Late now) in Surulere, Blackface would not believe his Benue brother, friend and somewhat protégée would do that 11. And 2Face dropped his debut album Face 2 Face. The first song chosen by Kenny and promoted RIGHT HERE was not well received till Kennis, using the then power of Ray Power 100 and AIT dropped Mfana Ibagha and then AFRICAN QUEEN just caught fire on its own and became universal. 12. Blackface did not beef then. He hooked up with Marvelous Benji and dropped "na hard life we dey live for naija". But like Eedris had said, he was the weakest vocally in the group. He was neither a vocalist, nor a rapper. RuggedMan, Mode 9, Terry Da Rapman, Ruff Rugged and Raw, 6Foot Plus were more talented rappers and so he reclined to Ajegunle music. And even there, there was DADDY Daddi Showkey. 13. So as the sun shone on 2Face, the stars dimmed on BlackFace. Even the sun loved Faze for a long while with "Kolomental" and some really lovely songs. But only the darkness of the night embraced Blackface. 14. But he is a very sweet and nice fellow if you meet and know him. Have some "vegetables and Henessey" available and both he and 2Baba are some really sweet Benue abi Tiv people. 15. Obaino Music almost saved Blackface by bringing the Plantashun bois back. It was a project he took a bank loan for. He paid them 5 million each and booked Foster Zino and his expensive studio. But there was no chemistry and each wanted to be lead singer unlike when they let 2Face lead in most songs and others spice it up. The album FLOPPEd and almost ruined Obaino Music. 16. And so, years and years later, 2Face owns the sun and is coping in a music industry dominated by twenties and early thrities chaps like Davido, Wizkid etc Yet 2Face thrives 17. Yet the darkness covers Blackface like a blanket. 18. But in that darkness, with jealousy, envy and rage as Blackface only companion, DARK DANK INSPIRATION comes calling: WAR! 19. It is a last Hurrah! It is one last victory for a soul that has known greatness and then pain and loss.... WAR!!! "Sound boi a dead tonight". And references the fact "If na just me", because it is indeed Just 2Face. So he "GIVE DEM A WAR" but 2Face never said he wanted some. Perhaps by succeeding, one asks for WAR So please, do not begrudge Blackface his time in the sunlight. Dude has been in the shadows for too long. Please be kind. Let Blackface bask in some sunshine, How else will we listen to him say he runs the East West North and South without 2Face name being on the song? And it is a good song anyway. Be kind. It will not darken the grace and LIGHT that is 2Baba Idibia. ENAlyse This . Do you know a certain Urhobo/Isoko man called Dove Records discovered Plantashun Boiz and Showkey Sound Sultan and so many acts that led to the new school of music that has birthed today's Nigerian Music Davido and Wizkid etc? Do you know Kennis Music just preyed on him with the power of AIT being owned by Kennis sister's husband Dokpesi to succeed? Now you know
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