Thursday, 15 August 2013

Prof. Nok wins LNG’s Science Prize

Prof. Nok wins LNG’s Science Prize

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

GOVERNMENT MUST HONOUR AGREEMENT WITH ACADEMIC STAFF UNIONS (NANS)



WAR AGAINST UNDERFUNDING AND CRISES IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR (NANS)

NEWS FLASH

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) today came out to demonstrate against the excessive under-funding of our higher institutions and show of no concern with ASUU demands. Many of them believed that the extravagance of the Federal Government and National Assembly is too much; buying cars almost every quarter, about 10 planes for the presidency, same apply to the senate and lower house. They of the view that it is time someone or group of people start asking questions from our leaders before the whole system fails which is in agreement with what the National Coordinator of Regeneration youth of Nigeria emphasis in his communique some weeks back.

The RYN will join the struggle along with the student in ensuring the higher institutions in our great country are well funded, just like any other great countries are doing. Education is the driver of sustainable future and should be a right thing for all.



Friday, 26 July 2013

NIGERIANS SUFFERING & SMILING


I am worried about the state of our beloved country that has been place under international ridicule and poverty by our leaders. My point is this, are you happy? And if not, what have you begin doing to turn things around? We are blessed with resources both human and materials but these have not transformed into anything meaningful to average Nigerians.
There is gross unemployment, corruption, exploitation, violent, intimidation, oppression and suppression, kidnapping and killings, lack of justice and lack of concern to the yearnings of common man. Nigerians are suffering but cant complain, leadership have make it a rightful duty to live and others die. The students are lacking in all aspect of their education even the classroom are in bad state, the lecturers are not paid with nothing, no research fund and yet the government want them to do magic.
The president is changing his aircraft everyday, celebrating corruption with friends at the expense of common man; buying top cars for his PAs and friends, no corrupt official have been jail or prosecute. Who will help the common man? the suffering and struggle is much; no light despite paying our bills, no good road, even communication is not working well. What happen to the dreams of a common man? with the minimum wages approved by the national assembly, signed by the government at federal and state level, cannot make a living, even a child while our senators earn income that can pay salaries of over 24 VCs, is this not marginalization of Nigeria people.
Are we going to seat down and allow these politicians destroy our struggle for democracy? They never believed we commons as they say or youths have any stake, neither do women. PDP led government in the central, is for the few while each states practice individualism. No Nigerian believes he or she can get job without knowing someone to push for him or her. No political party is better. So what do we do about this? Cant we start asking questions? Demonstrate against bad policy or rules? Or we should just believe na just four years, e go better? I think our future is in our hand, mostly Nigerian Youth. We are grossly been exploited and abused by our leaders, who enjoy almost everything free. For Instance, a governor who pay less than N500 throughout his day at Uniben forcing students in his state to pay as high as N250,000 yearly and we kept quiet, they are privileged on our quietness.
I rest my thought.


Thursday, 25 July 2013

ALL PEDOPHILE SENATORS SHOULD RESIGN


Majority of the senators who voted in support of child marriage have demonstrated some of the character of found pedophiles and as such should resign. They cannot be entrust with matter concerning children again, nigeria should raise up against this group of terror in our senate. 

A pedophile is define as psychosexual disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child of the same or the opposite sex. Pedophilia is a type of paraphilia—a category of recognized mental disorders defined by unusual fantasies, urges, or behaviours that are recurrent and sexually arousing. In order for pedophilia to be diagnosed clinically these thoughts or behaviours must be present for at least six months and must cause distress to the affected individual or impairment of the individual’s ability to function socially or occupationally. 

From the definition are we going to allow this senators to continue to deliberate to matters concerning our children. They are sick and should be refer to Psychiatric Hospital for immediate action. If they happen to find themselves in developed countries like USA, Britain or Europe, i am very sure senator yerima and his team will be welcome in prison and blacklisted from contacting or involved in anything that do with children.

Regeneration Youth of Nigeria kick against this act of dishonour senators and support their immediate resignations and prosecution.


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

 Queen Elizabeth II met her new great-grandson for the first time Wednesday at Kensington Palace, where the royal baby spent a first night at home with his parents,Prince Williams and Kate.
The 87-year-old monarch made a short trip from Buckingham Palace by chauffeur-driven Bentley and spent about half an hour visiting the two-day-old Prince of Cambridge. The baby is her third great-grandchild and the third in line to the British throne.
The baby's name hasn't been revealed yet. "We're still working on a name," William told reporters Tuesday as he and Kate took the baby home from St. Mary's Hospital, promising to let the world know "as soon as we can."
That could be anything from a few hours to several weeks — the queen did not announce the name of William's father, Prince Charles, until a month after his birth in 1948.
Bookmaker William Hill has George — the name of six previous British kings — as the favorite at 2-1 odds, with James at 4-1.
Images of the prince, his little hand peeking above a white crocheted wrap, blanketed the front pages of British newspapers Wednesday. The Daily Mail offered a photo album image with the headline "Baby's first royal wave."
The prince slept through his debut public appearance — though William assured the media he had "a good pair of lungs on him."
William is taking two weeks' paternity leave from his job as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, and the palace said he and Kate would now spend "private and quiet time for them to get to know their son."
As well as selecting a name — or more likely four names — William and Kate will soon choose a photographer for the baby's first official portrait.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said the couple would probably choose someone "eminent and hopefully British." William's baby portrait was taken by society photographer Lord Snowdon, the former husband of the queen's sister Princess Margaret

Thursday, 18 July 2013

JULY 2013 RCCG COVENANT PRAYER AND FASTING PROGRAMME-Covenant Partners Prayer Points

JULY 2013 COVENANT PRAYER AND FASTING PROGRAMME-Covenant Partners Prayer Points

As we wait on Him in prayer with all seriousness, this season, we can be sure that JESUS who is now our theme and focus will change our stories to glory by His Mighty Power. Amen.

WEEK THREE JULY 14-20

PRAY FOR RCCG AND 2013 ANNUAL CONVENTION

1. Let us pray that God will establish His church with ease in other part of the world where RCCG has not reached. (Psalms 24.1-10, Acts 16.5)

2. Let us thank God for all the unusual miracles He is going to do this time around in 2013 Annual Convention (Deuteronomy 11: 3; John 622)

3. Let us thank God for all the past National Conventions. (Psalmsl24: 1-8)

4. Let us bless the name of the LORD for empowering us under the leadership of our Daddy Pastor E.A. Adeboye to witness great expansions in every new RCCG calendar year. (Psalmsl27:l-3)

5. Let us ask for mercy on behalf of the participants and every member of RCCG. (Jeremiah 30.18, Romans 9.15-16)

6. Let us pray that God will remember the barren and those suffering from secondary infertility in this year convention. (1 Samuel 1:16-20)

7. Let us plead the Blood of Jesus to frustrate every programmed evil accident and traffic jam on Lagos – Ibadan Express Way on every road throughout Nigeria before, during and after this convention. (Psalms 121.5-6)

8. Let us pray for those working in the Kitchen, Engineering Department etc, that God should guide them aright. (Psalms 121 .7)

9. Let us ask God to use all the Ministers and invited guests mightily by the power of the Holy Ghost. (1Samuel 16: 13; Acts 1: 8, Acts 10: 38)

10. Ask God to raise Pastors/Missionaries to go to the yet unreached countries for His purpose. (Jeremiah 1.5-8)

11. Let us ask God to visit RCCG with signs and wonders as we shall begin to plant more churches all over the world after this convention. (Isaiah 2.2-3; Psalms 127: 1)

12. Let us ask God to open the eyes of the people of the yet unreached pan of the world in such a way that they will know the true God who is our Lord Jesus Christ after this convention. (John 4.28-30)

13. Let us pray that God will use Daddy G.O like never before, to use the Word of God to reshape every altered Destiny in the life of the children that will be in the program. (Isaiah 10.27)

14. Let us pray that God will anoint all the children to fulfil their destinies. (Isaiah 8: 18; Acts 10.3

15. Let us pray that none shall go back home empty handed. (Exodus 3: 21-22, Isaiah 49: 14-15)

16. Let us ask for fair weather during the Convention. (Psalms 127.1-2)

17. Let us ask for open heavens financially, for the RCCG and her members. (Isaiah 64.1; Psalms 24.l; Haggai 2.

18. Let us pray that God will move the heart of His people to give abundantly towards the work of mission all over the world. (Proverbs 21 .1)

19. Let us pray that God will confirm His words with signs and wonders in all RCCG parishes. (Isaiah 44.26, Luke 5.17)

20. Let us ask for God’s protection on all the Pastors and Missionaries that are on mission fields. (Psalms 121.4-5, Psalms 14O.1)

21. Let us pray that God will make them to be completely broken and dedicated for God in their daily life. (Psalms 15.1-5, Psalms 51.10)

22. Let us pray that God will give them the grace to be obedient to the voice of Holy Spirit daily. (Ezekiel 36.26, Amos 3.3)

23. Every country has its own peculiarity, let us pray that God will grant our leaders all over the world wisdom to make Jesus win always in their respective countries. (Ecclesiastes 10.1O)

24. Let us pray that God will grant us personal landed property on our mission fields all over the world. (Psalms 24.1-2)

25. Let us pray that God will grant us favour before both government and people of every country that RCCG has entered or is proposing to go into now. (Exodus 3.21-22, Exodus 35.35-36)

26. Let us ask God to locate and grant to RCCG all over the world, those specific hotels and worship places ordained by God to start off the RCCG churches in virgin countries where RCCG is not in existence. (Psalms 24.1)

JENIFER HUDSON & LOVE

What is your view Jennifer Hudson expression on her shirt? Is love really tough or our world has gone violent at the expense of LOVE

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

NIGERIANS ARE FOOLS?

We Nigerians are fools; the bible say my people die because they lack knowledge but when we even know, that do we do. That makes us a compounded fool. Fools is define as a person who acts unwisely or imprudently; a silly person or should i say we are silly. Or are we been taking for a fool. Since the New democracy we have not challenge our leaders, we take everything they throw at us. Today, I heard PHCN have increase electricity tariff again despite nobody is enjoying stable electricity supply. What is the bases for this? Everyday we wake up to one shock or the other and we never question them. Egyptian are still asking questions, so do Americans over a decisions are facts there daily life. When are we going to stand up as a champion and ask questions on all this outrageous and falsified bill on us yet our incomes remain the same. Millions able and qualified Nigerians are unemployed, hospital not available, poverty in the land, no housing. When are we going to see that our leaders dont like us. Are we going to remain a fool? remember even the bible say we should ask, maybe our problem will be solve only if we can ask our leaders or hold them accountable.

Monday, 15 July 2013

WINNERS OF NIGERIA DEMOCRACY

After a long struggle with the military rulers in Nigeria, democratic governacy commeneced with General Olusegun Obasanjo as the president. The thought of many Nigerians was that democracy will bring something meanfully to the table of common Nigerians but never the case. It is like the hope of a common man have been shifted. The winners in this present democracy fought for, by Nigerians in which many have died and thousands were injured in the hand of Almighty Nigeria military dictator of IBB and Abacha are; The Generals and Co, Senators, governors, ministers, commissioner, local govt chairmen, then arm-robbers, criminals, looters, kidnappers, boko harram, religious leaders, cultists, agberos, militants etc. All this group represent less than 1% of the total population and yet the resources of the entire nation is in their hand. Nobody can explain how they get that wealthy even knowing their back ground of some of them. The lossers are masses, the lecturers, civil servants, teachers and the youth. Is this how democracy is play? is it the government of the few and friend, as we have it now or government of the few, by the few , for all? People celebrating criminals, looters of economy resources going free, no jail for stealing. This is tough call. What are your views on this? You can add you winners and losser

Friday, 12 July 2013

MAJOR AL-MSUTAPHA DISCHARGED & ACQUITTED

Major Hamza Al- Mustapha Discharged And Acquitted. The former Chief Security Officer to the Late Nigerian Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al- Mustapha, has been discharged and acquitted of the alleged conspiracy and murder charges levelled against him.
He was freed this morning by the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court. Al- Mustapha was sentenced to death last year over alleged murder of the Late wife of MKO Abiola after the cancellation of June 12 Election. Just like that

David-West: Jonathan A Serial Liar-TheNews | Sahara Reporters

David-West: Jonathan A Serial Liar-TheNews | Sahara Reporters

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

FATAI ROLLING DOLLARS IS DEAD?

Fatai Rolling Dollars as popularly knowN is presume to have died. Pa. Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju aka Fatai Rolling Dollar was born on the 22nd July 1926 to the family of late Chief Olagunju in Ede, Osun State.

He started his musical career in 1953 and has trained many professional musicians, such as Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, late Dr. Orlando Owoh, Bob Aladeniyi amongst others.

Pa Rolling dollaD has played music throughout his life time and has travelled far and wide preaching the gospel of music.

Today, Rolling Dollar is the oldest musician still playing active music at the age of 86. He is one of the pioneers of Juju music genre in Nigeria.
Years back, it seems like Pa Rolling Dollar was in the nightfall of his career, but he took many by surprise and the Nigerian scene as he stormed back with back with his hit song, 'WON KERE SI NUMBER WA', which became the anthem of young and old, also the song was used as signature tunes for some brand commercials.

The Juju legend at 86, is still fathering babies, and according to him, he is still interested in fathering babies as long as he lives.

May His Soul Rest in Peace

Monday, 10 June 2013

FG plans housing scheme for 17 million Nigerians abroad

THE Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) is working out modalities to roll out a diaspora product to assist Nigerians living abroad own homes in Nigeria.

Managing Director of the bank, Gimba Ya’u Kumo, who disclosed this at the fourth Nigeria Development Finance Forum in Washington DC, United States (US), said the product had become necessary, given the large number of Nigerians in the diaspora who wished to own homes in Nigeria and also as a means of reducing the housing deficit in the country.

“We realized that about 17 million Nigerians are living outside the country and most of them have plans to have houses and they have not been able to do so. 

“We understand that over the years, people, who have been remitting money for the building or buying of a house have not been getting good results. Stories have followed this money.

“What we are trying to do is that by the time we develop the diaspora mortgage model, it will be a model whereby Nigerians living abroad who want to buy houses can resort to FMBN and, at the end of the day, if they do not take the mortgage, they can get refund of their money with interest,” he said.

Kumo added that the reason the bank had chosen the US was because out of the 17 million Nigerians all over the world, US had about 58 per cent, adding that “we are going to do our case study here and in the United Kingdom (UK). If it works well, we will try to replicate it in Asia and other parts of the world.”

He said the move would also lead to the inflow of finance from the diaspora to Nigeria, which would further assist to reduce the housing needs in the country.

The FMBN boss also said that the Utility Refinancing Company that would assist in financing the sector would kick off soon with the corporation of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Federal Ministry of Finance.

WHO IS BETTER ABACHA AND OUR POLITICAL LEADERS

Gen Sanni Abacha died 15years ago and the country have not changed from what it use to be. Do you think the present leaders or government are better than Abacha. I still remember our economy is stable during his time and electricity supply is better than now or do u think am wrong about this? what is your view of Gen Abacha and his regime?


RAFAL NADAL THE KING OF CLAY

Yesterday, Nadal did what have never happen in tennis world before by winning the French Tennis Open the 8th time. He has establish self as the king on clay. His show of strength and skill is great most importantly during the semi final against world 1 Nova Djokovic, when a came from a game down in the final set to win the set.

To me, if i have to rank the players, he will always be number 1 after Federer have dropped in form, Let see what happen in wembledon in july. Nadal Reigns. Nadal with another world champion


Friday, 7 June 2013

OSUN LEADING THE WAY IN EDUCATION (OPON IMO)



The governor of Nigeria’s Osun state says his administration has been implementing measures to improve the quality of high school education in the state.

As part of the effort, Governor Rauf Aregbesola says the state has provided all public high school students with free handheld digital tablets computers to help with their school work and also is rebuilding public sector elementary and secondary schools.

“We are committed to human capacity development in all its ramifications, and if that is genuine then education must play a principal role,” said Aregbesola.

“We just introduced a tool for learning called ‘tablet of knowledge.’ It is an electronic platform with three segments; the first segment is the E-library covering all the subjects being taught in the state. The second is the test segment, where you have 40,000 questions, and the third segment is where students have audio interaction with their teachers,” he said.

Aregbesola said he hoped the tablet computers would help bridge the growing divide between students in developing countries and the advanced countries.

“We are with this divide. Removing the digital divide existing between the children of the third world, where access to digital technology is almost impossible, this perhaps has the solution to that divide,” he said.

Aregbesola said the state has increased education funds for running primary elementary schools from N7-million ($44,053) per annum to N 427 million ($2,686,211), and also increased funding for secondary schools from N170-million ($1,069,840) to N424-million per year ($2,668,338).

He said the state government has signed a partnership agreement with private local fabric manufacturers to provide free school uniforms and help to improve a school lunch program.

Some critics, however, have accused some state governments of using the idea of improving education to help hide financial corruption. Additionally, some critics have accused Aregbesola is using Osun state programs as a platform to launch a future presidential bid in Nigeria, an allegation he denies.

“We are doing this in collaboration with beneficiaries and financial institutions. For example the government is not involved at all in the school feeding system; the banks supply the meals to the pupils,” Aregbesola said. “The government’s role is to ensure the quality of the meal and the level of hygiene of the vendors,” he said. “So the issue of parochial or corrupt interest is removed, and this we do consciously for transparency.”

Source: VOICE OF AMERICA VOA NEWS


WITH FRSC, LASTMA, VIO AND POLICE THE ROADS ARE NOT SAFE

Yesterday another container fell of a truck and landed on a van (Eko Meat) along Agege motor road Lagos, leading to deaths of passengers in the van. The role of the traffic agencies is to ensure safer road for commuters and drivers but instead of motoring trucks or vehicles that are completely dangerous on our raods, they station self at almost every corners of Lagos state stopping vehicles that are good for the purpose of extorting money giving one silly or stupid reasons.

Containers falling off trucks have welcome trend in Lagos, people are been killed and the FRSC, LASTMA, VIO AND THE POLICE care not, as long as they keep extorting money from vehicles owners. Even some of these trucks did not and can never pass mot test, they are still allow on our roads. Also they are suppose to be in the capacity to determine on the spot if trucks should carry the load as specified.

Today, going to my office between Jibowu and Idi oro there are Police, FRSC, LASTMA and VIO check points, they purposely ignore commercial vehicles and trucks that are completly of the road. I think it is time government merge this agencies together maybe something meaningful can come out. I wonder how our road will be safe if those who are with the responsibility are not doing their jobs.

My advice to drivers is not to get closer or stay by the side of truck with containers on them, God will continue to protect us from terrors on our raods

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

WHEN THE PRESIDENT PREFARE SELECT TO ELECTION

A democratic process that brought Governor Rotimi Amaechi back as the Chairman of Nigeria Governor Forum 2013 was void by the President G.E. Jonathan and the PDP gang leaders on the bases that Governor Jang of Jos was selected by the party. The people of Nigeria need to check and act fast on this as we approach 2015 general election. I am of the view that the President and his gang are planning to impose self on us all.

It is a shame that PDP can come out in the open over this issue, democracy is the government of the people and for the few or association of president. Democracy did not tell out, we should agree on issues of national interest because are in the same party even if the party is taking the country back. Also, it is clear that PDP is not the only party represented at the Governors Forum. it is clear how PDP celebrate corruption in all areas of our country. What a Shame.

I hope the Governor of APC; ACN, ANPP, APGA, CPC and few sensible governors in PDP will stand against corruption just like every Nigerians stood by the President after the death of President Umar Yahadua when some political hoodlums want to hijack the takeover process. Nigerians are watching

EVERTON GOES FOR ROBERTO MARTINEZ

Everton FC today have confirm Roberto Martinez as the Manager for the next for year. Martinez who help Wigan FC to win the FA Cup in England. He is expected to help everton fc to claim a champions league slot next season. I wish Martinez a success at Everton FC.

Monday, 3 June 2013

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PRICE: N4m per annum.
2.    Lekki Phase 2: 6 Nos. 3BR Flat + BQ @ LSDPC ESTATE
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3.    IKORODU: 6Nos. 3 Bedroom Flat @ AGRIC AREA, ASOLO, IKORODU.
PRICE: N320k per annum.
4.    AJAH:  3 Bedroom Flat @ OKE IRA.
PRICE: N550k per annum
5.    ALIMOSHO: 3Nos 3Bedroom Flat terrace apartment @ FOLARIN STREET, ALIMOSHO. PRICE: N350K per annum.
6.    OGBA: 3 Bedroom flat + BQ @ GEORGE CRESENT, OGBA GRA.
PRICE: N1.2m per annum
7.    ISEHRI- BERGER: 2 Bay Warehouse @ ISHERI, OPIC INDUSTRIAL
PRICE: N6.5m/bay
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Friday, 24 May 2013

Choosing the right sunglasses for your eyes

Choosing the right sunglasses for your eyes

WHY THE NOISE ABOUT NIGERIA WHEN HE'S BRITISH?

Nigerians all over the world should speak out and condemn the news that a Nigerian was involved in the killing of a soldier in UK. The killing was done by a British Citizen and not a Nigerian as speculated and reported by British and America media, name does not define the true nationality of a person, how many Nigerians bearers English names
. This lunatic was born in the United Kingdom, never been to Nigeria, issued a birth certificate in the UK and held a British passport. Suddenly, he is now a Nigerian? ... Whaooooooooo

He is not a Nigerian and never will. British Born Micjael 'Mujahid' Adebolaja with an accomplice murdered in cold blood a Brirish Soldier on a street in Woolwich, London. Because he is not Gabriel Agbonlahor playing for Aston Villa and three lions, or Andrew Osagie, UK's reigning 800m champion, or Lawerence Okoye, BritishDiscuss Record Holder or Abiodun Oyepitan, Brirish Olympic Silver medalist or Eniola Aluko, British Olympic Female Footballer staror Temi Fagbenle British Olympic Basketball queen, or several other thousands of British citizens of Nigerian origin who are making the country proud, it is being made to look like Nigeria has "shown itself again" in he action of that British boy who beheaded a British Soldier.

Nigeria should just be left out of this and the British Government should render appology to Nigerians. Nigerians are love caring people, just like any other countries.


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

HAZRAD OUT OF EUROPA FINAL

The Interim Manager of Chelsea FC have confirm that Harzard will not be playing in the Europa Cup Final due to injury. The player is down but believe Chelsea will win that the team the is full of great players. His Team Mate promise to win the cup for him


Jonathan Declares State Of Emergency In Adamawa, Yobe & Borno

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday took a decisive step towards the improvement of security of lives and property as he declared state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. In spite of the state of emergency however, the Governors of the affected states will remain in office.
Below is a full text of the President’s speech:

Dear compatriots,
1. It has become necessary for me to address you on the recent spate of terrorist activities and protracted security challenges in some parts of the country, particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau and most recently Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states. These unfortunate events have led to needless loss of lives and property of many innocent Nigerians including members of our security forces.

2. The recent killing of security operatives by a cult group in Nasarawa state is particularly condemnable. I have directed that no effort or expense be spared in identifying and bringing to justice all those who had a hand in the killing of the operatives.

3. The activities of insurgents and terrorists have been reprehensible, causing fear among our citizens and a near-breakdown of law and order in parts of the country, especially the North. We have taken robust steps to unravel and address the root causes of these crises, but it would appear that there is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilize the Nigerian state and test our collective resolve.

4. Since I returned to the country after cutting short my visit to South Africa and aborting a planned state visit to Namibia, I have received detailed briefings from our security agencies. These briefings indicate that what we are facing is not just militancy or criminality, but a rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. Already, some northern parts of Borno state have been taken over by groups whose allegiance is to different flags and ideologies.

5. These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country. In many places, they have destroyed the Nigerian flag and other symbols of state authority and in their place, hoisted strange flags suggesting the exercise of alternative sovereignty.

6. They have attacked government buildings and facilities. They have murdered innocent citizens and state officials. They have set houses ablaze, and taken women and children as hostages. These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and threaten her territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this.

7. Previously, we adopted a multi-track approach to the resolution of this problem through actions which included persuasion, dialogue and widespread consultation with the political, religious and community leaders in the affected states.

8. We exercised restraint to allow for all efforts by both State Governors and well-meaning Nigerians to stop the repeated cases of mindless violence.

9. Yet, the insurgents and terrorists seek to prevent government from fulfilling its constitutional obligations to the people as they pursue their fanatical agenda of mayhem, mass murder, division and separatism.

10. While the efforts at persuasion and dialogue will continue, let me reiterate that we have a sacred duty to ensure the security and well-being of all our people and protect the sovereign integrity of our country. Therefore, we shall, on no account, shy away from doing whatever becomes necessary to provide the fullest possible security for the citizens of this country in any part of the country they choose to reside.

11. We have a duty to stand firm against those who threaten the sovereign integrity of the Nigerian state. Our will is strong, because our faith lies in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

12. Following recent developments in the affected states, it has become necessary for Government to take extraordinary measures to restore normalcy. After wide consultations, and in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of Section 305, sub-section 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby declare a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

13. Accordingly, the Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately deploy more troops to these states for more effective internal security operations. The troops and other security agencies involved in these operations have orders to take all necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists.

14. This will include the authority to arrest and detain suspects, the taking of possession and control of any building or structure used for terrorist purposes, the lock-down of any area of terrorist operation, the conduct of searches, and the apprehension of persons in illegal possession of weapons.


15. The details of this Proclamation will be transmitted to the National Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. But in the meantime, let me make it clear that within the purview of this Proclamation, the Governors and other political office holders in the affected states will continue to discharge their constitutional responsibilities.

16. I urge the political leadership in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to co-operate maximally with the Armed Forces and the Police to ensure that the exercise succeeds. We call on the citizenry to co-operate with our security agencies to ensure a return to normalcy within the shortest possible time.

17. I am again approaching our neighbouring countries, through diplomatic channels, as done in the recent past, for their co-operation in apprehending any terrorist elements that may escape across the border.


18. Nigerians are peace-loving people; these sad events perpetrated by those who do not wish our nation well have not changed the essential character of our people.


19. I want to reassure you all that those who are directly or indirectly encouraging any form of rebellion against the Nigerian state, and their collaborators; those insurgents and terrorists who take delight in killing our security operatives, whoever they may be, wherever they may go, we will hunt them down, we will fish them out, and we will bring them to justice. No matter what it takes, we will win this war against terror.

20. I am convinced that with your support and prayers, we shall overcome these challenges and together, we will restore every part of our country to the path of peace, growth and development.

DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY IN 3 NORTH EAST STATE

President Jonathan deserves commendation for acting within the ambit of the constitution. Unlike President Olusegun Obasanjo who illegally removed elected governors under the guise of a state of emergency President has not dissolved democratic structures in the affected states. That is in order because an elected governor can only be removed by impeachment, resignation or on ground of infirmity of body or mind and NOT through a state of emergency. For the avoidance of doubt the proviso to section 11 (4) of the constitution which empowers the National Assembly to take over the legislative powers of a state in case of emergency states that “ nothing in this section shall be construed as conferring on the National Assembly power to remove the Governor or the Deputy Governor of the State from office”. Having complied with the constitution with respect to the state of emergency in 3 states President Jonathan should henceforth demonstrate to Nigerians that the days of presidential impunity are gone for ever in the country- Femi Falana. The President have shown charater in his decision to allow democratic structure remain. 

Friday, 3 May 2013

PRESIDENT JONATHAN PERFORMANCE REMARK ON ELECTRICITY & OIL SECTOR

In January last year, I had cause to brief our nation on my determination to sanitize the oil industry in order that it would be run in a most businesslike manner such that Nigeria receives value for her God given resources and investments. I had earlier taken strong action with regard to the power sector. The goal was to arrive at the destination of self-sufficiency where waste and inefficiency is eliminated and electricity is available to meet the needs of our citizens.

I have received briefings that previously closed petroleum depots have been reopened or are about to be reopened nationwide and as at today, our domestic refining capacity has peaked at over 10 million liters per day which is our highest level in decades. Nigeria is now is on the road to meeting her fuel consumption needs domestically. Simultaneously, I have also received encouraging reports on the progress made in bringing suspects found wanting during the fuel subsidy probe to book and in accordance with the rule of law. 

Two weeks ago, I hosted the Presidential Power Reform Transactions Signing Ceremony. The five power generation companies that emerged successful in the bidding process of the privatization of the sector received their certificates and are set to run their companies in a way as to guarantee electricity for domestic and industrial use even as the world is celebrating the transparent bidding process that culminated in the signing. 

I want to assure you my friends on facebook that we shall put the darkness of these past decades behind us in no distant time. We shall only keep a forward movement in the critical sectors of our economy and may Almighty God help us all. GEJ (AS from is facebook)