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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Appeal to Journalists from Sergey MavrodiIt has been a rough journey for MMM participants and the promoters, the founder sees the journalist, the media as enemies to the continuous growth in Nigeria.
Read the letter Sergey Mavrodi writes to Journalists;
Dear journalists, “analysts” and all kinds of “experts”!
Please stop using MMM to gain cheap popularity. Leave us alone and let us work without interference. I’m just astonished by your irresponsibility and cynical attitude. Interests of millions of people, your fellow citizens are at stake. Don’t you have any sympathy for them? Why are you fueling hysteria around MMM and provoking a panic? Why are you doing this so diligently and persistently, what is your purpose?
So, nothing has collapsed, and MMM will safely resume its work in January, as announced. Suspension of work for holidays is a usual thing, merely working moment, no more than that. It would have remained a normal, just a part of the usual routine, and might have gone almost unnoticed if it were not for your totally cynical and irresponsible attempts to advertise yourself, create a scandal out of nowhere, and make the most of this news topic in any possible way.
Again, leave MMM alone and let us work. Nothing has collapsed, and MMM will perfectly resume its work in January. We Can Change the World!
Friday, 16 December 2016
The Federal Government, yesterday, told Nigerians that the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari was not to be blamed for the current economic woes of the country. It said that it was on a rescue mission to right the wrongs of the past governments. This came as the 36 state governors have agreed to cut down the size of their convoys, excessive travels amongst others to fight recession.
These were the highlights of the meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential Villa, Abuja. The Federal Government’s self exoneration is coming barely one week after the National Chairman of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun, admitted that some first missteps of the government upon assumption of office May 2015 affected the country’s economy negatively. Similarly, Imo State governor, Mr. Rocahs Okoroacha, who is also an APC governor, it will be recalled, recently accepted blames for the economic downturn on behalf of APC.
APC on rescue mission
But briefing State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Udo Udoma alongside Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and Anambra State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nkem Okeke absolved the Federal Government from blames, saying the APC government was on a rescue mission.
He said: “We did not and are not responsible for the current economic situation we find ourselves. We are actually a rescue team, a team working to rescue Nigeria from the position we find ourselves in. “Under President Buhari, we are determined to take Nigeria out of the situation. The situation started long before we came. As you know, oil price started falling from 2014 when it was about $110 and by January this year, it was below $30. Unfortunately, they did not save. “ We are determined to take Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation. That is why we are developing an economy recovery plan and that is our focus. We are committed to success.” Udoma stated that NEC also reviewed practical measures to liberate the country from recession.
We’ll cut down retinue of aides, foreign trips
Revealing that the Council also discussed other measures taken by the 36 governors to beat the current economic recession, el-Rufai when asked to highlight them said that they had decided to cut down on the retinue of political aides, the size of their convoys, local and foreign trips amongst others. He also gave an inclination of the Federal Government to merge some agencies and parastatals. Speaking on Niger Delta, the governor said the unrest in the region which had drastically affected oil production was a subject at the meeting. He said: “Governors also raised concerns on the Niger Delta situation. You know we budgeted that we will be producing 2.2 million barrels of oil per day. At a point, oil production dropped to one million barrels per day. “This has significantly affected the nation’s revenue and the most hit were the Niger Delta states that get the bulk of their revenue from the nation because the less they produced, the less they have.”
Billy Graham Daily DevotionalFriday, 16 December 2016
Topic: Why the Righteous SufferKey Verse: God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings . . . — 2 Corinthians 1:7 (TLB)
This question, “Why must the righteous suffer?” is as old as time. There is only one place that we can find an answer, and that is in the Bible. You do not need to study the Scriptures long to learn why sinners meet reverses and anguish. They are apart from God. Their sorrow is the result of their sins. But-why do Christians suffer?
Scripture teaches that many Christians suffer so that they may fellowship with others who are in affliction. Only those who have known sorrow and suffering can have fellowship with those in affliction. The Word of God also teaches that Christians suffer in order that they might glorify God in their lives. The Bible further teaches that Christians suffer in order that God might teach them lessons in prayer. Also, Christians suffer in order that God might bring them to repentance.
Prayer for the day: How tender is Your comfort, Lord. How loving Your chastening.
There was pandemonium in the Liverpool, Apapa area of Lagos on Thursday after an irate mob lynched a commander of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency, Mr. Bakare Olatunji.
It was learnt that Olatunji, who was the zonal head of the agency in the Apapa area, had led a team of officials to the area in a patrol van to arrest erring motorists at about 11am.
PUNCH Metro gathered that tanker drivers, who parked their vehicles on the road fled on sighting the enforcement agents.
The LASTMA van was said to have ran into an assistant driver (motor boy) while he struggled to escape arrest.
The boy, whose name had yet to be ascertained, was reportedly sleeping by the roadside.
He died on the spot.
Angered by the boy’s death, his friends were said to have regrouped and went on the rampage, killing Olatunji in the process.
A mechanic in the area, Uthman Salau, said another LASTMA official was injured, while others fled the scene.
He said, “The drivers were relaxing around 10.30am when they saw a LASTMA van approaching. They felt the officials had come to arrest them for parking vehicles indiscriminately. So, they ran away. A motor boy, who was sleeping beside a tanker, was woken up by the commotion. Before he could escape from the spot, the LASTMA van hit him and he died instantly.
“One of the drivers, who saw the boy lying in a pool of blood, called his colleagues and they stormed the scene with cutlasses, bottles and all sorts of weapons. The officials fled with the van except their team leader (Olatunji). They stabbed him to death.”
However, an eyewitness, who gave his name only as Issa, said the operatives had flagged down a motorist, who refused to stop, adding that the agency’s van knocked down the boy as they gave the driver a chase.
“LASTMA agents are fond of extorting money from motorists on roads around here. Their leader waited behind after his men had fled, thinking that he could pacify the angry youth. But he was not lucky. They killed him,” he said.
A driver, who did not disclose his name, said he got to the scene after Olatunji had been killed.
“I am not sure whether the LASTMA officials were chasing somebody or not. What I learnt was that the boy was killed by their van, which sparked off the protest and the eventual killing of one of the officials,” he added.
A LASTMA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said his colleagues had been under fire for lax enforcement which made them to intensify operations in the area.
He said, “Ordinarily, they would not have gone for operations in that area. However, two weeks ago, the management was angry that we have not performed to expectation in terms of enforcement. Each zone was asked to generate N12m by December 19. So, we are under pressure to deliver. That is the reality we are battling with.”
LASTMA spokesperson, Mahmud Hassan, said investigation had commenced to ascertain the cause of the incident. He, however, refuted the claim that the agency was mandated to generate revenue.
He said, “I can confirm his (Olatunji’s) death. We are still investigating and I will get back to you. The Lagos State Government did not set up LASTMA as a revenue generation agency. We are there to provide services to the good people of the state. So, we are not after generating revenue. What we are after is safety on Lagos roads and our men are professional. That is our primary duty and responsibility and that is what we have been doing day and night.
“No target is given to anybody. We are not compelled under any circumstance to meet certain target at a particular time of the month or year.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, in a text message, said the case was under investigation.
The Senate formally declined confirmation of his nomination for the position of the chairman of the anti-graft agency on Thursday, December 15, 2016 siting a negative security report from the country’s secret police.
The spokesperson for the upper legislative chamber, Aliyu Abdullahi, revealed this on Thursday afternoon after the senators emerged from a closed-door meeting where Mr. Magu’s confirmation was discussed. He was slated to be screen today.
“The Senate wishes to inform the public that based on available security report, the Senate cannot proceed with the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,” Abdullahi said.
“The nomination of Ibrahim Magu is hereby rejected and has been returned to the President for further action.”
President Muhammadu Buhari sent a letter to the Senate in July 2016 requesting that Ibrahim Magu, an assistant commissioner of police, be confirmed as the chairman of the EFCC.
The letter, also sought the confirmation of Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Imam, and Adeleke Rafiu as members of the commission.
Ibrahim Magu was appointed to replace the former ECFF chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, in an acting capacity in November 2015, after Lamorde was fired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Under Magu, the public image of the agency as a crime fighter, was tarnished after series of unlawful actions by the EFCC, disobedience to court orders, and gross violation of human rights of Nigerians.
Magu politicized his position and became known as the “hatchet man” for President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.
Thursday, 15 December 2016
A video posted by Punch shows hoe mobile policemen shot at the students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, on Friday, while protesting over the prolonged closure of the school.
The former Hollyoaks actress has revealed she suffered a terrifying health scare, which she claims was as a result of the stress from being left nasty voicemails.
"Catching up on some voicemails from last month. I really don't get some people. SORRY then VILE.. Baffling," she tweeted earlier this week.
Speaking about the effect they had on her, Stephanie said: "I was particularly worried about his [the baby’s] movement last week as he’s not been as active as usual.
"I thought he had just gone quiet because of everything we were going through but the doctor insisted it was better to be safe than sorry so we went to the hospital to get him checked out ... Now I’m getting to the end of my pregnancy I’m experiencing all different types of pains and the stress definitely hasn’t helped." More
South-East Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations, SBCHROs, has named detained Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as one of the three Igbo distinguished personalities of the year 2016.
SBCHROs also named Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, as the second and third Igbo distinguished personalities of the year.
Their names were contained in a statement issued by the group during the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights held recently in Onitsha, Anambra State. In the statement, leader of the groups, Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi said Kanu, in addition to the prestigious Prisoner-of-Conscience, PoC Award already bestowed on him, deserved to be an Igbo personality of the year in recognition of his non-violence and peaceful campaign for the emancipation of the Igbo race, using non-violence and peaceful means.
The group stated that while some states incurred over N500 billion debts, Anambra State, under Peter Obi, reduced its previous local and foreign debt to N11 billion and refused to borrow. The group noted that Ekweremadu was chosen as the third Igbo distinguished personality of the year 2016 on account of his bold and courageous disposition against all odds, since June 2015 in his capacity as the Deputy Senate President and highest Igbo federal lawmaker.
Kanu, Obi and Ekweremadu “He towered and withstood executive persecution and leprous treatment simply because he came from a federal opposition party and insisted that the Igbo race is too important in the Nigerian political landscape to be left out in the sharing of the principal leadership positions of the 8th National Assembly of Nigeria.
“He has also made an imprint in the defence of Igbo interests, in spite of threats and blackmails from the executive arm since June, 2015. “Ekweremadu’s position as it affects the collective interests of the Igbo race, particularly against the killings of innocent and defenceless Igbo citizens by security forces is very encouraging and endearing.”
About 18 months after President Muhammadu Buhari took over the leadership of the country, the citizens say they are yet to see the promised ‘change’
A general overseer based in Lagos has given an incite into the many failures of the Buhari administration as well as the frustration these have caused As Nigeria slips deeper into recession, the general overseer of the Divine Appointment Ministry International, Ilupeju, Lagos, Reverend Ben Eragbai, has revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is only being saved by one factor.
Reverend Eragbai reveals what is still saving Buhari’s government.
The man of God made this known in a lengthy interview with The Sun stating that this is not the change Nigerians expected when they voted out Goodluck Jonathan. According to him, the country would have turned against the government because the recession has reached a boiling point.
The administration is being saved by the churches which have continued to give hope to the already hopeless situation, he said. Confirming that there is starvation everywhere in the country, the clergyman added: As a pastor, we are bearing the burden of the people, seeing what is happening now, where people are finding it hard to feed; some are equally not finding it easy paying transport fares to go to work.
“Many are thrown out of jobs and some cannot pay their house rents, as well as their children’s school fees. Unemployment rate has so much increased.“So far so good, I believe God is still on the throne. This is not the change that Nigerians asked for,” he said.
He added: “We had thought that before voting a person into office, he should have appraised the enormity of challenges he was going to face and prepared to paddle the economy.“Removing former President Goodluck Jonathan shouldn’t just be the achievement of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but meeting the needs of the people who are now staving and groaning over the excruciating poverty and suffering in the land, should be their strongest point.”
Eragbai slammed the government for deceiving Nigerians with the claim that the remaining Chibok girls would soon be released.“Based on what was promised, we thought that by now, it would have been a settled matter as all the girls, not just the 21, would have reunited with their parents. But it is not so.
How are the parents of these remaining girls feeling?“These girls were not criminals, they just went to school, but some criminal elements wanted to truncate their ambitions. How would the political leaders feel if those were their children?
The government has failed in this direction.”He complained about Nigeria’s current exchange rate saying the country was making its neighbours like Benin Republic and Ghana richer by the day.
‘Buhari is right, the change you are looking for begins there inside of you’The clergyman said: “The exchange rate is another sore point in this country. The dollar is hitting the rooftop everyday, while the naira is going down and down. We are making Benin Republic and Ghana, our neighbouring countries richer.
People are closing their factories in Nigeria and relocating to those countries.“Airlines are also toeing the same line. We have banned important of various items, but they are still finding their ways into the country through the land borders. We make other nations richer, as they are collecting taxes and tariffs for these items, but nothing comes to us. You banned all these items when there are no alternatives or substitutes.”
He said currently, the church has become the only hope of the people and wondered what would have happened if there were no churches in the country.
“People are hungry, they are jobless and if not for the church, the armored tanks, the guns etc, cannot stop the people from trooping out into the streets for a possible revolution,” he said adding that if the country’s economy is sound, the rate of crime would reduce.“I wonder how it would have been in Nigeria if there were no church.
The church is where people get hope and know that God is still on the thrown; that, if today is not rosy, tomorrow will be better. That is what still keeps the people at bay.
“The people are feeling very terrible. Prices of essential drugs are no more affordable; patients are being abandoned in the hospitals after discharge because there is no money to settle the hospital bill. This is not the change we bargained for,” he said
The meteoric rise of one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes in Nigeria
In spite of the government’s warnings against it, many Nigerians continue to invest in Mavrodi Mundial Movement (MMM), a Russian company that was responsible for one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time.
On 13 December, the company said it was ‘freezing’ all confirmed accounts. While many that are opposed to the scheme believe the suspension may be an indication of an imminent collapse, MMM Nigeria assured its members it was only freezing the system for a period of one month.
“The reason for this measure is evident. We need to prevent problems during the New Year season, and then, when everything calms down, this measure will be canceled,” the administrator said in a message sent to all members.
In spite of the indication that things may not be in order with MMM, Ifeanyi Okoro and some other members remain confident in the scheme.
“Even with this minor setback, I still strongly have confidence in MMM. The government and the press will amplify this but we all know that MMM is not going anywhere,” Okoro said.
Joe Sanya revealed that he had already invested NGN1 million in the scheme. While expressing confidence in MMM, he warned that the only thing that could harm the system is the fear the news would instill fear in MMM’s prospective members and confirmed account holders.
“The abrupt action of MMM has brought lot of fears and panic already which could even in itself crash the system. Guiders will have to come up with a plan to put the mind of Nigerians at ease. I don’t know how they will do that but it has to be done. We need a constructive counter move from MMM against the enormous negativity going on via social media right now or else my one million naira and those of my friends will be gone.”
Michael Mbah, an MMM Nigeria top guider, added: “This is a temporary measure to save the system and saving the system is saving our money. Our money is safe. By January, the system will be back and it will be stronger.”
How did MMM successfully convince many Nigerians to look away from the facts, warnings and experiences elsewhere? The key is understanding how MMM works.
‘Like a charity’
A member is required to make payments directly into the bank account of another member. When this is successfully done, the payer is qualified to receive three times what he or she paid from someone else.
The scheme was launched in November 2015 in Nigeria but it got popular in 2016 and its philosophy is to financially empower its members who are committed to helping one another. New members are often recruited into the scheme by the promise of 30% monthly return on their investment and higher returns when they offer to assist members that ask for financial assistance.
When Chibuzor Chukwuemeka, a young Nigerian professional first heard of the scheme from a friend, he said he thought it was a scam. But since he joined about four months ago, he has had no regrets.
“I will tell you that MMM has empowered me financially,” he told CNN.
Isaiah Olasope, a university lecturer, said he joined the scheme with NGN50,000 (about $158) and was able to make a profit of NGN60,000 (about $190) within two months. He noted that the best approach to succeeding is via referrals and paying as soon as possible.
“I would have continued, but I stopped after I made more than what I put into it,” he said.
The scheme is especially popular among new graduates and the unemployed, and even entrepreneurs like Lydia Aborishade, who said she was able to get a tangible return.
“It’s like a charity organization where you provide and get help. If you help someone, you get twice what you give,” she said.
The government: ‘It’s fraudulent’
The scheme markets itself as a charity, which is why it celebrated its first anniversary with a Humanitarian week held from Nov 13th — 19th 2016 by donating relief materials worth NGN5 million to two internally displaced persons’ camps in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja.
But the Nigerian government has been unequivocal in discouraging citizens from participating. Through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), it urged citizens not to get involved in MMM, calling it fraudulent.
“We’ve heard about the activities of MMM, but I want to warn you against it because they are wonder banks that are not regulated. Desist from participating, because they are fraudulent,” said Hajiya Kadija Kassim, head, Consumer Protection Department of the CBN.
CBN also unsuccessfully attempted to stop financial transactions related to MMM and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria (SEC) warned investors about the scheme.
Taking it further, Nigeria’s parliament directed security operatives to arrest MMM promoters, but in spite of these efforts, Nigeria has yet to officially criminalize MMM.
A spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, said they are monitoring the scheme.
The government’s position is unsurprising to MMM participants: they claim CBN wants people to keep money in the banks which will in turn be used to further enrich the country’s wealthiest.
“The CBN we know has not in recent times made people-oriented policies, most of their policies favor the rich and that is what MMM has come to do — reduce the gap between the rich and the poor,” Chukwuemeka said.
Olasope added that the government is against the scheme because few people still save money in banks.
“I don’t think any bank will pay you interest of up to 5% in a month when you keep money with them, but MMM pays 30%. CBN officials know that MMM will make Nigerians to stop taking money to banks so their best approach is to make it illegal,” he said.
But Blac Chyna is already determined to show the world that she's got her pre-baby body back.
The mum-of-two, 28, took to Instagram on Wednesday evening to treat her millions of fans to a series of steamy shots.
Chyna is posing up a storm as she drapes herself over a chair while dressed in a seriously daring sheer lace dress.
Chyna is posing up a storm as she drapes herself over a chair while dressed in a seriously daring sheer lace dress.
Kylie Jenner is renting out one of her lavish homes to Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna.
The reality TV star's older brother, his fiancée and their newborn daughter Dream moved into Kylie's Hidden Hills mansion this week in order to be closer to Rob's family.
They had initially planned to live in Chyna's home in Tarzana, but ultimately decided on Kylie's sprawling seven-bedroom pad, TMZ reports.
Kylie owns two other homes in the area, including a $12 million mansion she splashed out on in October.
The home has eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a game room, pool, spa and massage room and sits on 1.4 acres of land.
And earlier this year she bought a sprawling $4.5 million four-acre property next door to the $6 million luxury home she already owned, meaning she now has an $8 million joint compound.
Rita Ora had all eyes on her when she stepped out on Tuesday night.
The former X Factor judge took the lingerie look to the next level in a daring sexy black robe which featured an extreme thigh split.
The stunner was exposing a hint of cleavage in the belt-up, jaw-dropping design as well as her bronzed, toned pins.
She completed the slinky ensemble with dazzling diamond jewels, including an anklet, rings and a choker.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
She paraded around nak*d while entertaining the nation on Celebrity Big Brother. And, clearly, little has changed for Marnie Simpson .
The Geordie Shore star was typically shameless when she took to Instagram on Sunday, when she shared a nudesnap of herself in bed with Lewis Bloor .
The brunette beauty was seen spooning the reality show hunk while protecting her modesty with just a corner of the duvet.
Captioning the picture, she wrote: "What I would've done to stayed in bed with this one this morning. Morning snuggles are the best…”
Naturally, the picture generated plenty of 'likes' and sparked a number of affirmative comments, too.
Not that she's the shy and retiring type, of course. Just a few hours earlier she posted a message which read: “I sent [Lewis] a video jiggling my boobs. They’ve got so big recently they’ve doubled in size.”
Her latest antics come just a few days after she was scolded by fans for a naked shower selfie.
Fans of the 24-year-old took to Instagram to urge her to "have some self respect" after she uploaded the snap, then quickly deleted it, last week.
But Marnie was in no mood to play around, as she told her followers they'd instantly be blocked if they started asking her about the bath footage
The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, has said members of the communities in the North-East region must be alert to a new ploy being employed by the Boko Haram sect, which is to disguise as menial workers and attack their victims.
The DHQ, in a statement signed by the acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the same ploy was employed in the recent attacks on a market in Madagali, Adamawa State, and the Monday Market, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Fifty-nine persons died in the attacks on both markets.
Abubakar said, “The DHQ wishes to alert the members of the public to another ploy being employed by the escaping Boko Haram terrorists that were smoked out of the Sambisa Forest by the combined efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“Available information indicates that some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists are now disguising as menial workers to melt into communities and towns with a view to organising terrorists attack against our citizens. The unfortunate recent incidents in Madagali and Maiduguri are instructive. The DHQ advises citizens to be on the alert and be wary of these tricks of the terrorists who are hell-bent on remaining relevant.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has vowed to prosecute Boko Haram terrorists and anybody suspected to be engaged in acts of terrorism.
The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a deliberation on developing a comprehensive approach to prosecuting and rehabilitating former members of the Boko Haram.
Monguno said Nigeria was determined to win the fight against terrorism through its national values, which include respect for human rights as guaranteed by Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution and relevant international human rights conventions.
“Whereas violence does not respect human rights, and we share no such values, we are committed to ensuring that every suspect charged with terrorism has a day in court,” the NSA added.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
The beautiful runway star packed her bags and jetted off to an as yet unknown location where the water was crystal blue and the sand was as golden as the sun.
Later on in the day Bella did her best sultry impression as she dropped to her knees and pulled her hair to one side while she looked off into the distance.
That wasn't the end of her impromptu fashion shoot, though, as she also shared an image on Instagram with her girl squad in which she was quite literally the centre of attention.
A photo posted by Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) on
A photo posted by Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) on
The brunette star, who had a rocky time while presenting the ITV show's spin-off, took a few moments on her own as she soaked up the sun in a plunging leopard-print swimsuit.
Wearing a full face of make-up, the former Geordie Shore star was ready for the cameras as she walked in the sea wash along the beach in 'Blue Steel' mode.