OCTOBER 11- 20, 2013

October 11, 2013

“A ship can’t have two captains…and you can’t have two tigers on the same mountain”, these were the Chinese proverbs Captain Abdulraham Yakubu, the captain in command of the ill-fated AAS Embraer 120 plane conveying the remains of former Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, to his home state which killed 15 of the 20 people on board told the co-pilot when he was advised to abort the flight. In the preliminary report of the accident presented to journalist in Abuja, Commissioner of Accident Investigation Bureau, Captain Muktar Usman said investigation revealed that the aircraft was already faulty before the cockpit crew decided to embark on the journey. Further that the co-pilots on board advised the Captain to abort the flight, but the “death bound stubborn professional” insisted that “nothing dey happen, na today?” Alas, something happened, the captain went down with the flight and we saw tongues of fire and death.

Wonders shall never cease. Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like stream, the gang members of the kidnap kingpin, Kelvin Ibruvwe may not desist in their awful ways as they threatened the government that there would be deadlier attacks. The group, known as Liberation Movement of Urhobo (LiMUP) today warned that the arrest of their leader would unleash deadlier violence in the area. The new leader of the group who was identified as Don Jazzy noted that “if Kelvin is removed another Kelvin will replace him. We are still willing to carry on with the legacy; even a little child from this community today when he grows up and this level of injustice persists, will end up agitating for a better life”, what a legacy, what a life. Because the farm-owner is slow to catch the thief, the thief calls the farm-owner thief. Who dare stare at the eyes of the “Ebora Owu” himself, you don’t do this when “baba” was in charge, who born you, abi you don forget Odi community?


Tinubu, acknowledging cheers on his arrival from medical trip

 

October 12, 2013

Facts today emerged on reasons why the hyena can no longer flirt with the hen, this is the story of the New Peoples Democratic Party led by Abubakar Baraje and the opposition coalition, All Progressives Congress whose parley deadlocked. It was gathered that one of the G7 governors from the North Western zone approached the leadership of APC on behalf of his colleagues and submitted request of the Baraje-led faction to join the opposition so as to defeat the main PDP in 2015. They held meetings in Abuja and Nasarawa State, but it was the last between the two groups as the G7 governors’ main condition of taking over the APC structures in Rivers, Kwara, Niger, Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa and Jigawa was turned down. It was learnt that many APC leaders, especially those from the North-West, kicked against the idea on the grounds that most members of the G7 from the zone are political rivals to leaders of the APC in their respective states. Thus, they decided to stay back in PDP. If one can’t proceed on a journey, he should be able to retrace his steps…

 

October 13, 2013

Thank God for God, because if not for God, another disaster would have been recorded but panic was unavoidable though. Exactly, 10 days after 15 people were killed in an Associated Airlines plane crash in Lagos and 9 days after a Kabo Airlines Boeing 747 aircraft also made an emergency landing in Sokoto Airport, Sokoto, an IRS Airlines Fokker 100 plane passengers and crew made an emergency landing. The plane which departed the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos was said to have experienced hydraulic leakage, a few minutes to its landing at the Kaduna Airport. The pilots on the flight however contacted the control tower for emergency landing which was immediately granted. Fire fighters immediately arrived the scene to avert fire incident, and none of the passengers and the crew got injured but some parts of the plane were damaged.

Emmanuel Emenike emerged the hero after scoring twice as the Super Eagles came from behind to beat the technically better Walia Ibex of Ethiopia 2-1 at the National Stadium, Addis Ababa in a first leg 2014 World Cup play-off. The hosts got it right in the 11th minute of the second half through Behailu Assefa’s tricky cross which Enyeama cuddled after crossing the goal line. But Emenike got the equalizer in the 67th minute as he outpaced two defenders close to the box before he unleashed a tremendous shot which caught Tassew unaided. The Fernabache of Turkey striker in the 89th minute converted a spot-kick for Nigeria’s winning goal.

 

October 14, 2013

Fire for fire, stone for pebble as always. The Presidency hit-back at the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his view on the proposed National Conference. It said Tinubu spoke for himself, that his position is not that of the “authentic Yoruba leaders”. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Matters, Dr. Doyin Okupe doing what he knows how to do best, said it is clear and unarguable that whatever position Tinubu holds on the issue of National Conference does not represent the views of  the majority  of Yoruba People in the South-West. He argued that Tinubu’s assertion that there was an ulterior motive for the conference was surely conjectural and speculative, adding that such a position had no foundation in any reasoning or logic. “While the Tinubus of this world focus only on the 2015 general elections, most patriotic ordinary Nigerians are more concererned with the emergence of a united country based on equity and justice”, Okupe said, but na true? Tinubu, on his return from a medical trip abroad on October 5, declared the planned talks as a “Greek gift”, which should be avoided because of the planners, especially President Goodluck Jonathan, who suddenly dropped his long term opposition to the idea.


Oshiomhole commenting on the death penalty bill passed on kidnappers in Edo State

 

October 15, 2013

For violation of their fundamental rights as provided in sections 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 41 and 42 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, the 76 destitute persons who were deported by the Lagos State Government and dumped on the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State, on July 24, 2013, have dragged the Lagos State Government to a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. All they asked for was N1 billion as compensation, a written apology in three national newspapers continuously for 30 days, their re-absorption into Lagos amongst others. Fashola, you are in trouble, their inner mind said. But Anambrarians, to live in Lagos na by force? I sure say the money matter most anyway. Igbo kwenu!

“It may interest you to know that we have not been paid for long”, that was not me, I receive my salary on or before the end of the month, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission lawyer disclosed that on condition of anonymity, “I believe that the commission is broke”, he added. Investigations further revealed that the EFCC had been finding it difficult to meet its obligations to the lawyers handling cases on its behalf. The most affected, it was gathered, were senior lawyers in charge of cases against influential politicians/suspects who are either involved in high profile money laundering or outright stealing. The cash crunch had seriously affected the commission to the extent that its enlightenment programmes on radio and television had been suspended. You no believe abi, ok, watch out for “Zero Tolerance” if you still dey see am for TV… austerity don catch EFCC too, welcome to our world joo.

 

October 17, 2013

“Thank you all”, President Goodluck Jonathan said to all that made it possible for Nigeria to secure a 2 year non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council, in an election that gave Nigeria 186 votes out of a possible 193 votes to clinch the seat at the UN headquarters in New York. He expressed his delight and assured the global community that Nigeria, under his leadership, will continue to make very significant contributions towards the achievement and sustenance of global peace and security. “I believe that today’s endorsement of Nigeria’s candidature for the Security Council  seat by the vast majority of member-countries is a growing expression of support and encouragement for Nigeria’s active participation in the promotion of peace, security and political stability in Africa and other parts of the world. I am delighted by this historic victory, I therefore express my sincere appreciation”, his words. This is the fourth time since it became independent in 1960 that Nigeria is being elected to the UN Security Council, and the second time that it will be elected to the council under the Jonathan Presidency. But remember say charity begins from home o, Nigerians care more for food on their table. Best of luck anyway, if na international politics go help you do am well for naija because peace, security and political stability for here, hmmnn…we dey fear o


President Jonathan with members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National_ Dialogue

 

October 18, 2013

See reasoning, it appeared more conspicuous that the Federal Government cares less about the citizens of the country, our well-being and thoughts towards their unpopular policies. Instead of doing what was just, the FG decided to go after the whistle blower that broke the story of the two BMW armoured cars bought for Aviation Minister, Ms. Stella Oduah. The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, disclosed that the Federal Government was concerned about how the information got leaked to the public, noting that whoever leaked the information committed a criminal offence. “I was shell shocked that government information and particularly information from the civil aviation authority has gotten into public purview in an illegal manner. It is criminal! However, what has been done has been done, but I think when such information is gotten, you should have come to the agency to ask. We are not shy to take your questions”, Akinkuotu tutored the press. Nigeria we hail thee…

Extremis malis extrema remedia, this latin words means desperate times require desperate measures. Meanwhile, who whispered these words to the ears of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State? I can’t tell, but one thing I can tell you is that the comrade governor, this day signed the state’s “Kidnapping Prohibition Law 2009” as amended by the Edo State House of Assembly. The governor, who said he was convinced that the overriding public interests dictate that they invoke the maximum penalty available in law to all those involved in the act of kidnapping adding that criminals have a choice to abstain from criminality, kidnapping and killing so that they in turn can live and enjoy the good things of life. In adverse circumstances, actions that might have been rejected are the best choice. But I hope these dogs will listen to the hunter’s clarion…


Children celebrating sallah in a splendid way

 

October 19, 2013

“Temper anger with patriotism”, what an appeal or what should we call this statement from President Goodluck Jonathan to the Academic Staff Union of Universities. He wanted them to end their four month old industrial action. “The collective destiny of tens of thousands of tomorrow’s leaders should not be held hostage to vagaries of labour disputes. As long as we are humans, as long as we are a developing society, this labour dispute must come up, and if all of us should go on strike because our environment is not at its optimum, then definitely we can never get the Nigeria of our dream”, the preacher said. Meanwhile, which way forward “Presido” because ASUU dey stubborn o, but money answereth all things…

Correct, you wan hear? Dey say our madam motto no get rival. Yes the Aviation woman now, Ms. Stella Oduah. Information made available indicated that each of the two armoured BMW 760 Li cars bought for the Minister of Aviation by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is more expensive than the British Prime Minister, David Cameron’s car. The aviation minister’s media aide however said the cars, manufactured in Germany in 2008, were acquired “in response to the clear imminent threat to her personal security and life”. But who she offend wey dey threaten her, abi she offend you? Anyway, in Stella’s bid to cover up her many sins, she committed a bigger one. Now she don offend Nigerians, ASUU, civil society organisations, activists among others. Now, the threats don stop abi?

 

October 20, 2013

These heartless nobodies are here again with their bizarre and heartless acts; suspected Boko Haram gunmen dressed in military uniform, at the early hours killed 19 innocent Nigerians in Borno State. A survivor who narrated his ordeal said the motorcycle-riding gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs, blocked the highway near the town of Logumani, 30 kilometres from the Nigeria/Cameroon border. The survivor said some were shot while others were hacked to death. And trucks set ablaze. “Five of the victims, who included two truck drivers and their assistants, were shot dead while the rest were slaughtered”, he said. Hmmnn… People struggling to make ends meet at the early hours without bullet proof vehicles, Insurgents, why attacking defenceless citizens?

Kidnappers are at it again, they’ve forgotten the words of God and they shall surely see His wrath. Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. Information revealed that the armed bandits across the northern states of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kaduna have turned their searchlights on young girls, middle-aged women and housewives. Reports stated that no fewer than 200 women had been abducted by the bandits, further that females were being taken to the forests as sex slaves, as well as using them as cooks to their own satisfaction. God save our women o, our government is handicapped.


Emmanuel Emenike, celebrating his goal against the Walia Ibex of Ethiopia

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