Saturday, February 18, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
A son of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been officially added to the U.S. counter-terrorism blacklist, a move that bars U.S. citizens from doing business with them, the State Department said.The State and Treasury departments on Thursday, said they had designated Hamza bin Laden and Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as global terrorists.Hamza, who is now in his twenties was named an official member of al-Qaeda in 2015 by senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and is seen as a possible successor to his father.Hamza is Bin Laden's child with and Khairiah Sabar, one of the wives who was captured during the 2011 raid on his Abbotabad compound in Pakistan.In 2015, al-Qaeda released an audio message from Hamza, which called on followers in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza to wage jihad, or holy war, on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.He now joins his half-brother Saad on theUS sanctions list as a "specially designated global terrorist" - someone who threatens national security or the safety of US citizens.
The cracks within the MMM community in Nigeria have continued to widen with manyof the three million participants in the Ponzi scheme losing patience and trading accusations due to their inability to get their money out of the scheme after waiting for more than a month.After being mocked Nigerians opposed to the scheme and fed excuses by those behind it for over a month, confidence in the scheme is declining with participants questioning its mode of operation and faulting explanations offered by guiders.The discontent with MMM became evident this week after all payment (Get Help) requests by participants were removed bythe scheme. The development meant that even the poor or small investors that the scheme said upon its ‘return’ on January 13 it would pay before higher investors were equally frozen out.Ironically, the frustration follows the wild jubilation that followed its return on January 13.[b]“We were patient for a whole month. What were you guys doing during that period? It’s not right that after you made us wait for so long, you are now making some upgrade or whatever without pre-informing us. You are now preaching patience,” a participant, Busola, wrote on one of the schemes help platforms, mmmhelp.blogspot.com.When accused by an anonymous participant of being rude and refusing to calm down, Busola fired back, “Dear anonymous, why not carry cane and start flogging me? Last I checked it was a free world. There’s no law against me saying my mind or ranting as you claim. Plus if I can remember clearly, you didn’t pay for my subscription so who the f**k are you to ask me why I am ranting. You really don’t want me to divert my attention to you,trust me. I don’t know you and you won’t wanna know me…”Another participant with the username Jane suggested that participants should be made to provide help before getting help, saying, “This is what majority of yourparticipants want, this is Nigeria, nobody is going to willingly PH once paid for fear of not being paid again, we are ready to PH to GH because then we are sure there would always be somebody to pay us.”However, she was told such a move would negate the MMM ideology. She warned that the scheme was losing trust as a result of the problem, saying, “Making people wait endlessly without hope of getting their money back negates MMM ideology even more so chose which is better,100 per cent loss of trust which is ongoing or 50 per cent loss of trust.”Joseph Adeiye accused the guiders of collapsing the system and made a call for guiders to provide help to sustain the system. His view was shared by several people including one Olamide, who posted, “Those guiders are the reason for the problems the system is facing. A guider GH 2.4m but he only PH 300k. Imagine that f*^k%*ry! They are all thieves and will not want to PH. Greedy bastards.”He added, “They had a whole month to do this stupid upgrade but they didn’t do anything. I am seriously suspecting that they are intentionally causing the panic sothat the system will crash. Bastards!!!! All of dem”.When a participant, Sunday Olawoyin, called for patience and for the MMM administrators to be commended as one month was not enough for the system upgrade, he was attacked by aggrieved participants including one Ike Oko.Oko retorted, “Quiet your mouth there. A site can be running and still be upgraded, it is just a matter of uploading the files to the server. Do stop saying wizard, wizard this. All programmers and even ordinary web developers can do it too. Do shut yourtrap .”An anonymous participant, however, continued to defend the scheme, and expressed surprise that people were not satisfied with the explanations provided for the challenges.“Let’s be patient and understanding… Haveyou considered the fact that maybe there is not enough PH (help) to go round? You paid to somebody and you need someone to pay you.”In response to the anonymous comment, MMM Nigeria help replied, “Together we change the world.” But that only enraged aggrieved participants with Jane posting, “MMM is just mocking us with dis useless slogan of “together we change the world” can’t you see it’s not working in this case?chai! dem warn me I no hear.”A participant with the username, Fagsam, lamented, “I’m getting tired and losing confidence in this system already. People are now making mockery of me that “didn’t we tell you not to do mmm?”… Everything needed should have been done during the break…. Sad something.”As the debate raged on, some participants begged those behind the scheme to pity them, while others were worried about the growing panic and negative reports it would generate.“Please, MMMNigeria, don’t fail us because we have never failed you people since we started…We are just speechless,” wrote Chinaza Abel.[/b]But some have given up on the scheme with one of them posting, “This MMM is fraudulent. Poor people like us are suffering so much. I wish I never put my money on MMM. God will forever punish MMM and all the people behind it, forever and ever.”
Whatsapp is going to the height of it. Many of us had sent felicitations messages during the past festive period to family and friends on WhatsApp. Me precisely I had many boringlong picture messages, and however bored I was, courtesy forced me into saying thank you. But do you know that New Year eve, that is December 31, a total of 63 billion WhatsApp messages were sent on Whsastapp. This official data was confidently released by Facebook, who now is in ownership of the messaging device. India actually accounted for a whopping 14 billion messages that were still included in the 63 billion Lot.Images practically made up about 8 billion messages, and then the video message composition accounted for 2.5 billion WhatsApp messages.This 63 billion figure is an impressive confirmation of data released April last year which disclosed that WhastApp and Facebook Messenger put together were about 60 billion messages. Whatsppp for now has no limits.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The United Action for Democracy (UAD) has commenced what a member of the group called a series of protests to call the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to order and make it meet the challenges of the economy as it promised during the campaigns in 2015.The protesters said almost two years into the Buhari administration, the country's hardship has continued without much actions from the government.The civil society group launched the first face of the protests in Lagos on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Lagos after it mobilized residents of the state to come out en-masse for the action.With the success recorded in Lagos, a member of the group told NAIJ.com in confidence that the protest would be replicated in other states of the federation.“In Lagos, the protest was successful and against the increasing hardship experienced by the citizens, many of whom voted in favour of the All Progressives Congress in 2015.“It is close to two years after the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, yet all we hear is the fight againstcorruption and less concern about the economy.
A prophet in South Africa, Prophet Theo Bongani Maseko of the Breath of Christ Ministries in Daveyton, has sparked outrage yet again after he made his church members drink engine oil .According to him, it tastes like honey and drinking the oil demonstrates “the power of God”.Photographs of people drinking the fluid during church service were posted on his church’s Facebook page. They had a caption which read:"The fullness of Christ is in this bottle. Healing and strange deliverance#Mark16:17 -18."Maseko confirmed he had made his congregants drink the chemical. Asked why he had used this method, he said it was “to demonstrate the power of God”.“When we pray over anything, its poison dies. So it can’t harm people. Nothing happened, no one has been to hospital,” he said.On the contrary, he said, congregants whohad drunk the engine cleaner had been “saved, healed and delivered”. He backed up his claims by citing Bible verses.“Jesus spat on the ground and made mud. He took that mud and smeared it on the eyes of a blind man and, instantly, that blindness was healed.Mark 16 v 17-18 says ‘in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover’,” he said.Maseko said no one needed to go to the hospital.This practice has however been condemned by South Africa's Commission for Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Religious, Cultural and LinguisticCommunities. Its Chairperson, Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, was livid at the latest incident.She urged religious leaders to rally together and bring an end to what she described as “reckless” abuse of Christianity.“A lot of people are going to die one of these days; we are fortunate that has not happened. A lot of people’s lives are at risk here,” she said.
Diego Costa could be back in the Chelsea starting line-up against Hull on Sunday after he made up with the Premier League leaders’ manager Antonio Conte, British media reported Wednesday.The 28-year-old striker — whose 14 goals this season has spurred Chelsea to a seven-point lead at the top of the table — was pictured at the club’s training ground hugging fitness coach Julio Tous, with whom apparently he had a row last week over the level of his fitness and amid reports of a big-money offer from China.Diego CostaThe Spanish international also trained with the rest of the squad having trained on his own at the start of the week.Both the volatile Brazil-born star and Conte claimed he hada back injury after he was omitted from the squad for last Saturday’s 3-0 win over champions Leicester.However, Costa was also said to have had his head turned by a bid from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, who were reportedly willing to offer him£30 million (35m euros, $37m)a year.“I can tell you if there are problems –- and I repeat ‘if’ -–with players, I am used to solving them in the changing rooms, not outside, not in press conferences,” Conte said after the win over Leicester.“Trust me, what I told you is the truth (about the back injury).”
Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola has advised university graduates to dump their certificates and go back to farm, urging them to see agriculture as viable alternative to white collar job.The governor said the call was necessary due to the menace of unemployment among Nigerian youths.Aregbesola who gave this speech during the 6th convocation ceremony of Fountain University, Osogbo, added that the present economic situation has shown Nigerians the need to encourage farming as the only alternative to crude oil, Daily Post reports.He explained that there was no aspect of life that could do without agriculture, saying Nigerian graduates must henceforth stop searching for formal jobs that realistically remained elusive.He called for productivity, resilience and hard-work among Nigerians, stressing that the present nation’s economy demands one to be self-employed.The governor noted that there is no other alternative to sustain Nigerian economy than to build and encourage requisite interest in agriculture and brace up with anything that could promote food security.The governor maintained that all Nigerians, as a matter of urgency should invest in things that would enhance farming in the next five years if truly the nation was ready to overcome her present economic challenges.Lamenting the excess in the global oil market, which has brought about dwindling revenues to all tiers of government, Aregbesola emphasised the need for massive participation in agriculture.“There is need for us, especially our young grandaunt’s to lead the nation in promoting agriculture as the only realisticsurviving alternative to economy.“We must not but embrace farming because it is only agriculture that has direct links to all aspects of life.“Nigeria has grown to the stage through which her food production capacity must be urgently expanded to meet the general needs of the citizenry and as well enhance exportation.“The time to enhance productivity has come. We must all embrace productivity. We must produce whatever we desire to consume”Congratulating the graduating students, Aregbesola charged them to adapt to the virtues they acquired from the institution.He called on them to get prepared for the challenges ahead and life after university which he described as “challenging.”“You must all prepare the challenges ahead especially at this period of over saturated tendencies of labour market. You need grim determination to succeed. You must be rational and critical in the application of the knowledge you have acquired.”
Fayose through his aide, Lere Olayinka stated this in reaction to President Buhari's apology over an operational mistake that took place at theIDP camp in Borno state today.The Ekiti state governor also blasted Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai saying:Just wondering what El-Rufai's tweets will be today if Jonathan is still thePresident and over 100 Nigerians were mistakenly killed by military bombs.If this had mistakenly happened under GEJ, would anyone believe it was a mistake?Won't El-Rufai be on Twitter now saying J onthan did it to reduce population of the North?IDPs camp is an area designated by the military. Meaning that the military knows the location of the IDPs camps. How can you bomb a location that you know mistakenly?Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina pleaded for calm. Nigerians react to IDP camp bombing. Dozens of people were on Tuesday, January 17, killed after a military jet mistakenly dropped a bomb inside the Rann IDP camp in Borno state which about 120 injured.The Rann IDP camp is located in Kala-balge local government area and it caters for thousands of persons displaced by Boko Haram.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
THE Federal Government, has pleaded withthe three striking non teaching staff unions in the universities that embarked on strike yesterday to suspend their action in the interest of the nation.The three University unions, the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, Non Academic Staff Union and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, had yesterday, started a five-day warning strike over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreements with the unions.
— The real reasons for the sack of former Executive Secretary of Financial Reporting Council ofNigeria, FRCN, Mr. Jim Obazee,emerged yesterday, with Presidency sources disclosingthat he was removed for procedural breaches.A source, who did not want to be mentioned, revealed that the removal of Mr. Obazee based on advice of the Attorney General of the Federation had been approvedby President Muhammadu Buhari before the decision of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church ofGod, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to step aside as head of RCCG in Nigeria.It was learned in Abuja that contrary to the widely held opinion that Obazee was sacked because he forced Pastor Adeboye to resign, the resignation of the pastor and the removal of the Executive Secretary were mere co-incidence, as Obazee’s sack was to be announced at the same period, whether or not the pastor resigned.The source said: “The sack of Obazee had nothing to do withthe decision of the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Adeboye to resign, retire, stepaside or whatever. It was justa co-incidence.“Even if Adeboye had not stepped aside, the man (Obazee) was gone. It had absolutely nothing to do with the pastor. The key issue is that there is a procedure for doing things all over the worldbut he completely ignored it.”The source explained that the code in question had not gone through the entire process before Obazee announced that it was law and must be complied with.According to it, it should have been approved by the board of the FRCN after due inputs from public hearings, passed to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, who would then present it to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, and obtain the cabinet approval before the FRCN could issue it for compliance.Jim ObazeeEven at that, the source said the code was not a law but best practice guidelines and that organisations were meant to comply or explain why they won’t comply.Process of passing the codeIt explained: “The corporate governance code, which is a regulatory guideline for corporate organisation meant to guide both public and private (profit and non-profit) organisations, is a code that the FRCN is working on.“There is a process of passing that code. The committee working on it was inaugurated by the last administration. But the process of passing that code meant that by the time that committee finishes working on it, there were supposed to be public hearings and all that. By the time the committee finishes its work, that code was supposed to get to the governing board (of FRCN) for approval.“But as you know, all the boards were dissolved. So the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment was, in effect, the board (for the parastatals that hewas supervising). When it goes through the board, it would be submitted to the Federal Executive Council to give approval for it to be issued.Code not a law but regulatory guideline“Some people have interpreted it wrongly. It is not a law. It is a regulatory guideline and the basic problem was that the FRCN unilaterally decided to come out. And in essence this is something that was going to affect corporate organisations, the way businesses were being run in a very significant way.“This administration is saying we wantto make the way businesses are done in Nigeria easier. We don’t need further bottlenecks. We need to make it easier. And the corporate world was saying, ‘look, this governance code hasn’t got down with us. We needed to understand it, we needed to make inputs into it.’“So, when the FRCN unilaterally took a decision on it, the minister said suspend it and explain and note the concerns from the various corporate organisations, because it was supposed to have come to the minister but the Executive Secretary of FRCN went ahead on his own and issued the code.Comply or explain“There are all kinds of letters from various corporate organisations. The ministry was inundated with all kinds of letters everywhere. The issue of the churches and other non-profit organisations were just minor. It wasn’t something we were even thinking about. Because even in that code, what the Corporate GovernanceCode says about the churches was ‘comply or explain.’ It wasn’t a law. I don’t know how the churches understood it but there was no law that says you must retire. It says comply or explain. In effect, it was best practice advisory. That was whatit was.“But when the executive secretary literally broke all procedural laws of issuing it, the minister queried him andsaid this is not the way things are supposed to be but he disregarded it and literally came out again in the public to say that the code had been issued and it is law.“So, the president with the advice of the AGF, because the AGF gave the advice that that was not the right thing to do. The President decided to suspend the code and terminate his appointment, reconstitute the FRC as it is. That was exactly what happened.”
The Manchester United manager believes his team played to win at Old Trafford, as two old adversaries cancelled each other out in a1-1 draw.Jose Mourinho was left frustrated by Manchester United's failure to take all three points against a Liverpool side who he claimsset out to defend.Liverpool departed Old Trafford on Sunday with a 1-1 draw, but their hosts left it late to secure a point, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed in his 10th Premier League goal from his last 10 appearances six minutes from time.Goal machine Ibra matches PL greatsJames Milner had put Liverpool ahead just before the half-hour mark, converting a penalty after Paul Pogba handled in the area,but Mourinho is adamant that his men deserved more."It was entertaining, I have to agree, but it was not high quality," he toldSky Sports."Both teams can do much better than we did interms of quality.
"But it was entertaining because we created chances to be in front. They defended well and it was good to see they can play well defensively."We changed our way of play because Liverpool pressed very well. We went for a more direct approach and caused problems.Pogba mocked after 'dabbing the ball'"We were the team who attacked, Liverpool were the ones who defended. I think we deserve more, but I think the point is something we have to accept."They stopped our consecutive run of wins, but they didn't end our run without defeat."United's final substitution saw Mourinho introduce Marouane Fellaini ahead of MarcusRashford and the Belgian played a key role inthe equaliser.
Mourinho explained that his decision to put Fellaini on instead of the 19-year-old attacker came down to Liverpool's swelled numbers at the back and his desire to changeto a more route-one approach."The people need to know what Marouane Fellaini is great at and what he is not so goodat," he said toBBC Radio 5 live. "Marouane isvery good in some aspects.Liverpool keep United in the shadows"I was looking to the pitch and only saw yellow shirts in the box. I thought it's difficult to penetrate so I thought we should go direct."If we had a few more minutes I think we would have done it [win]."
Monday, January 16, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Ajibola, the second child of the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has joined her father in lambasting students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho in Oyo State, who staged a protest over the continued closure of their school.
The school is jointly owned by the Oyo and Osun State Governments and had been shut for about eight months.
The students took their protest to the Governor’s Office in Agodi, Ibadan, where Ajimobi addressed them, using what many have termed uncouth language.
Ajibola’s father told the students that they lacked manners for not respecting constituted authority.
He said he remains the constituted authority in their case.
The video footage from the students’ encounter with Governor Ajimobi, courtesy of Sahara Reporters Television, can be found below.
However, apparently in anger following the booing and jeering of her father, Ajibola took to social media network, Instagram, to further lambast the students.
Ajibola, with the name: conceited csj, wrote: “Generation of mannerless children, they don’t respect their parents, how will they respect the constitution.”
Reactions, have however started trailing the comment by Ajibola, with the response by Bernibeth saying: “Who is this animal again?”
Modebela.com said: “Omo buruku jati jati.”
This translates to: A wicked child.
According to PROPHET I. O AJILORE of the living proof Christian church ibadan who released prophecies for the year 2016.
He gave the predictions during the church annual thanksgiving and prophetic declaration service that holds every 19th December of every year, he said
“The following are what God revealed to me about what will happen in the year 2017 if God did not change HIS MIND. Remember, a prophet is he that speaks the mind of God. I appreciate and thank God for fulfillment of the past predictions”.
Read them below:
1. To God be the glory, April 17th 2015, he told me that, 2016 shall be year of ISAAC, that is why our theme for 2016 was “YEAR OF ISAAC ” Gen 26. The year of famine, that things will be costly. To God be the glory, we are all alive to know if actually 2016 is year of Isaac : Did things become costly of not?
2. God told me that 2017 shall be the year of Divine Solution Gen 41. Their will be divine solution for the nation, if they can seek the face of God and directions. God told me that in 2017 things shall be so blocked and hard for the People and the nation, things will become tangled, but with directions and leading of God those that seek for solution from God, things shall work and become easy, just like the time of Joseph in Gen 41, People that are in chain, Prison wrongly will divinely be released both in Spiritual and Physical.
3. Last year, God told me, that we should pray against death of renown great men of God in CAC circle, we lost two giants in persons of Baba Alasepe and Baba Salawu. Still this Year 2017, God said we should still pray for baba Olowere, baba Abiara and 3 others.
4. Last year, God said we should pray against the death of the head of Celestial, baba Maforikan has gone, he was the head of Celestial. This year we need to pray against the death of the remaining foundational Truste of Celestial Church.
5. God said we should pray against death of two international recognized, renown men of God with great followers (members )
6. Pray against the death of young men of God this year 2017.
7. Pray against embarrassment in the Christ Kingdom this year, series of surprises, Pray for the head of Deeper Life, Redeemed Church, Winners Church, CAC, Catholic and head of C&S Church Baba Alao, more attention on Pope and the Catholic cardinal Nigeria
8.As regard insurgents in the North it will be killed, it die down totally Nigeria will recover back their land, but bomb blast will still be taking place at random.
9. Nigeria still need prayer to stop the plan of foreign country to be sponsoring militants against Nigeria, especially by Iranian country.
10. Pray for students so that this year JAMB will not be complicated for them, with prayer we are doing it may be better than last year.
11. Pray against plane crash during pilgrimage.
12. I saw planes crashing including military planes, lets pray against it.
13. Lets pray against fire outbreak in renown companies both private and government companies, bank, the top market places, as rain will seize at the initial stage but it will rain later later this year
14. As I have been giving warning about flood, this year again, we need to pray against flood, especially North West, Niger Delta, Ibadan people should also be careful
15. I warned against the death of two popular paramount King last year and Olubadan died. This year, God said 3 most popular King in Oyo state need prayer for long life, especially Alaafin Oyo, Soun, and newly installed Olubadan.
16. Pray seriously for Owa Obokun of Ijesa land, new Oluwo of Iwo, and 2 Obas in Osun.
17. Ewi of Ado, Oba of Lagos, Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Olugbo of Igbo, Oba of Ijebu land need special prayer this year against sickness and death including new Ooni of Ife. Remember, less than 3 months before this demise of Ooni Sijuwade, it was revealed to me and I told people during a revival program held in Ile-Ife “that the most powerful of Ile-Ife was going”.
18. confusion, as betrayals will abandon their leaders because of their appointments.
19. We should pray against great confusion if or when a sudden death of a popular leader of a party is announced.
20. We need to pray seriously for a popular former Governor.
21. The Eastern Nigeria need serious prayer to be able to have an Eastern Nigeria person as President in the next zoning. I didn’t see Igbo man becoming next President after Northern presidency. More prayer, patience, cooperation and civil actions is needed by Igbo to become President
22. Their will be leadership tussle in APC that will be later resolved, lets pray for peace.
23. To the Glory of God, I predicted the Election of 26 states in the last Election and it came to pass. The record is their. I also predicted those that will win primary Election and Who will emerge winner in both Oyo and Lagos State and it came to pass.
More Governor will loose their re Election.
24. As regard Niger Delta having country of their own is not yet, any attempt towards it will fail totally . Although Nigeria will still dis – integrated.
25. No end to terrorism in Nigeria and the whole world for now it will only increase World wide
26. Pray against the death of formal Governor of Oyo state. Also, former popular Ogun state Governor needs prayer.
27. Formal inspector General of police needs urgent prayer.
28. Popular young or youngest most popular politician in Ibadan need prayer urgently.
29. President Buhari needs prayer to complete his tenor as President.
30. If prayer is answered and Buhari survive his first tenor, his second term attempt will put end to APC under ground.
31. If Atiku Abubarkar did not die and want to become president in Nigeria, he will need to bow down for God and masses and he must go and apologies to all former presidents, other wise he may never become president in Nigeria.
32. Bukola Saraki will overcome all his challenges after serious battle. His political enemies will negotiate with him, but he needs prayer against sickness.
Super Eagles skipper, John Mikel Obi, has opened his goal account for Chinese side, Tianjin TEDA, in just his second appearance.
The 29-year-old who made the switch from Chelsea last week scored one of the goals as TEDA crashed 6-2 to German side, St. Pauli, in a friendly on Saturday.
This was barely two days after the Nigerian made his debut in TEDA’S first pre-season game against another German side, Borussia Monchengladbach which ended in a 2-1 loss.
However, it was another poor outing for his team as Pauli ran riot scoring three goals in the opening 26 minute before Mikel pulled one back in the 35th minute to bring scores to 3-1.
His goal came off a header from a well delivered free kick.
The strike will come as huge surprise to many soccer enthusiasts considering the Nigerian’s appalling goal scoring record.
He managed just five strikes in over 10 years at Stamford Bridge.
With a narrative from Dr Ishaku Chollom Pam FRCP, Consultant Physician, Tony Egbulefu captures the ghastly details of the conversations that preceded the cold-blooded execution of Lt Col James Pam, the Adjutant-general of the Nigerian Army in the hands of the January 15, 1966 mutineers.
As the guns cracked in the early hours of January 15, 1966 from the officers and men loyal to some mutineering middle rank officers of the Nigerian Army, led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, 11 prominent Nigerian politicians and some senior army officers met their fatal end in its trail.
Gone with the coup that spanned across the cities of Lagos (then federal capital ), Kaduna, (capital of Northern Region), and Ibadan, (capital of the Western Region) were the Nigerian Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Ahmadu Bello, Premier of the Northern Region, Chief Samuel Akintola, Premier of the Western Region, and minister of finance, Festus Okotie Eboh.
Ostensibly targeted at the ruling political class, whom the mutineers accused of bad governance and systemic destruction of the bonds of country’s unity, the coup which had other protagonist as Maj Timothy Onwuatuegwu, Maj Emmanuel Ifeajuna, Maj Don Okafor, Maj Ademola Ademoyega, Maj Chris Anuforo, Maj Humphrey Chukwuka and Capt Emmanuel Nwobosi, brought the country’s nascent democracy, which was just six years old to a screeching halt. Major-general JTU Aguiyi Ironsi, Commander of the Nigerian Army, GOC, who became the prime beneficiary of the coup as the Head of State sought to consolidate his hold on power, and on the country by enacting a decree that made the country turn to a unitary system of government. Though the Nigeria is still nominally designated as a federal entity, Ironsi’s unitary structure in effect, has been the operational model till date.
Army officers the coup claimed include Lt Col Abogo Largema, (the Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion, Ibadan), Brig Zakariya Maimalari, (Commander 2nd Brigade, Lagos), Brig Ademulegun, Col Kur Mohammed,
Saturday, January 14, 2017
At least three former African Player of the Year winners will lead an all star cast of African football legends in a two-legged charity game to be jointly organized by both the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Kanu Heart Foundation.
Former Nigeria captain and two-time African Player of the Year Winner Nwankwo Kanu announced the event in Abuja on Thursday.
“A team of African football legends will play against a team of South African legends to raise funds for the two charities,” Kanu said.
The first of the two-legged game is scheduled to take place in Nigeria on 8 April, while the second is scheduled for 6 May in South Africa.
Among former internationals expected during both matches are Abedi Pele, Samuel Etoo, Didier Drogba, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Daniel Amokachi, Anthony Yeoboah, Oman Biyick, Kana Biyick, Doctor Khumalo, Eric Tinkler, Phil Masinga, Abdullahi Traore, Yussuf Foufana, Omar Ben Sallah, Michael Essien, Charles Akunnor and Pape Diouf.
Proceeds from the matches will be donated to Nelson Mandela Foundation and Kanu Heart Foundation.