Saturday, February 27, 2016

DOLLAR PALAVA

Hi, emmaxyblogites. With the current issue on the naira vs the U.S dollars, what do you think is the way out?. Comment.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Shrewsbury 0-3 Manchester United: Smalling strikes as Red Devils ease through

Louis van Gaal's men eased through against the minnows, with the centre-back opening the scoring before Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard found the net to ease the pressure on the coachManchester United had few problems dispatching the challenge of League One outfit Shrewsbury, as they won comfortably 3-0 away from home. Chris Smalling opened the scoring in the first half with a volley that bounced into the net, and the lead was doubled in stoppage time when Juan Mata's free kick picked out the corner of the net. Jesse Lingard completed the scoring in the second period before United eased off towards the end.
Louis van Gaal's men eased through against the minnows, with the centre-back opening the scoring before Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard found the net to ease the pressure on the coachManchester United had few problems dispatching the challenge of League One outfit Shrewsbury, as they won comfortably 3-0 away from home. Chris Smalling opened the scoring in the first half with a volley that bounced into the net, and the lead was doubled in stoppage time when Juan Mata's free kick picked out the corner of the net. Jesse Lingard completed the scoring in the second period before United eased off towards the end.

Actor Femi Adebayo appointed SSA to Kwara Gov on Arts, Culture and Tourism

Actor Femi Adebayo has just been appointed SSA to Kwara Government on Arts, Culture and Tourism. He announced this on his Instagram page this evening. Congrats to him...

Sunday, February 21, 2016

REASONABLE QUOTES FROM REASONABLE PEOPLE

Reasonable Quotes About Imperfection and Failure Nicola Tesla- “Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.” Stephen Spielberg- “All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” Stephen Hawking- “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist… without imperfection, neither you or I would exist.” Nelson Mandela- “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” Cary Grant- “Beware of snobbery; it is the unwelcome recognition of one’s past failings.” Salvidor Dali- “Have no fear of perfection… you will never get it.” Marilyn Monroe- “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Taylor Swift- “Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” Douglas Adams- “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Albert Einstein- “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Benjamin Mays- “The tragedy of life is not that the goal is not reached. The tragedy of life is the lack of goals to achieve.” Indira Gandhi- “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the attainment. Full effort is full victory.” Bertrand Russell- “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts. Margaret Thatcher- “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Micky Rooney- “You always pass failure on the way to success.” Morgan Freeman- “The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.” Joe Namath- “My philosophy in life, where I was trying to get, could have been a little bit different.” And if Those Aren’t Optimistic Enough, Here Are Some Reasonable Quotes That Are More Optimistic: Hillary Clinton- “I think that if you live long enough, you realize that so much of what happens in life is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control. That’s what I try to remember.” Janice Joplin- “My business is to enjoy and have fun. And why not, if in the end everything will end, right?” Maya Angelou- “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Gabriel Iglesias- “Why do people measure life by the years instead of how good those years were?” Winston Churchill- “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Mary Shelly- “The beginning is always today.” Mother Theresa- “I cannot alone change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Lucille Ball- “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done, than regret the things I haven’t done.” Walt Disney- “We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Willie Nelson- “We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.” Jackie Robinson- “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” Mahatma Gandhi- “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Plato- “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Amy Poehler- “Try to keep your mind open to possibilities, and your mouth closed on matters you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers’.” George Carlin- “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point.” Stephen King- “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” Reasonable Quotes About Being Yourself: Snoop Dogg- “You got to be who you are when you are.” Michelle Obama- “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.” Will Smith- “Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people- the ones who really belong in your life- will come to you. And stay.” Johnny Depp- “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.” Reasonable Quotes About Relationships: Mike Tyson- “Everybody you fight is not your enemy and everybody that helps you is not your friend.” Thomas Jefferson- “I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Tim Mcgraw- “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.” Bob Marley- “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” Reasonable Quotes About Random Other Things: Cheech Marin- “The reason we’re so dangerous is because we’re totally harmless.”

Monday, February 15, 2016

Report by Juan Mata Mata looks ahead to Europa League test

Every Monday, Manchester United forward Juan Matareflects on his experiences on and off the pitch in his personal blog. This week, he insists the Reds must quickly move on from Saturday's defeat to Sunderland and focus on victory in the Europa League this week... Hi everyone, After three games improving our level, with positive results, last Saturday we lost in Sunderland. The team was performing well in the previous weeks and it hurts not to have the consistency that you need to shorten the gap with the teams standing ahead of us in the table. The truth is that the only way to get to a better position is by working hard for the next game. There is no other way. Mourning is useless now; besides, there are still many games to play and many things can happen this season. First of all, our participation in the Europa League. I understand this is not the best possible situation, but it is what it is, and our goal is to keep advancing so we can have the chance to lift this trophy, which would come with a double reward. My personal experience tells me that, if we work for it with excitement, it could be a positive way to finish the season, as I lived three seasons ago. At the moment we face Midtjylland, the current champions of Denmark, now third in their league. Step by step. I understand and share your frustration but, once again, the way to overcome the defeats and the complicated moments is, in my opinion, by standing united, working hard and never giving up. Thank you for your support. Hugs, Juan

Sunday, February 14, 2016

EVILS OF VALENTINE'S DAY REVEALED IN HISTORY [PART 2]

4.Because This Happened I’ll spare you the chatter about how Hallmark created Valentines Day in order to sell more merchandise, because while there’s some truth to card companies cashing in on the holiday, it’s existence predates them by a few centuries. You probably remember receiving valentines when you were in grade school featuring the Care Bears or Ninja Turtles, unless you were really unpopular or had headgear. That’s because the marketing behind v-cards appeals to whatever is in vogue at that exact snapshot in time. Guess what was big in the early 20th century? No, it wasn’t Gangam Style. Yes, these babies were flying off the shelves along with depictions of Asian immigrantsand Native Americans. Clearly this was an era in America where racial caricatures were prevalent in ad campaigns across the board, and this seems wildly inappropriate today unless you’re the Cleveland Indians. Regardless, putting Sambo on your love letters is pretty low. 5.It’s National Break Up Day It’s not cheating if it’s with another man! There’s something no one tells you about Valentines day when you’re in a relationship – it’s a lot of f#*%ing pressure. The mandatory romance shtick gets old real quick when you’re rushing to make dinner plans and get the perfect little something for the girl you’ve been exclusive with for a whole eight minutes. All the hearts and flowers will do nothing to quell feelings of your relationship free falling from casual fun to commitment town. Maybe that’s why it’s one of the most popular days for relationships to end. Or what about the other side of the coin? Maybe you’re in a serious relationship that’s endured to the point that you’re farting in front of each other. Now, instead of your comfortable routine of snuggling up to reality television, you’re getting dolled up to try and impress someone you’ve already bagged. Nothing screams “our relationship has deteriorated” more than going through the motions on national take the old girl out day. Why how special, you took me to Manzo out of some pedantic obligation that has no real connection to either of us. Jesus, it’s depressing just thinking about it. 6. It’s a Reminder You’re a Lonely Piece of Crap Ever been single on Valentines Day? That’s tons of fun. As if the marketing machine that is the Valentines beast isn’t already soul crushing enough, hearing the message of “are you ready for love?” is a bit heavy when you’re nibbling on a plate of Kraft singles with your four cats. The loveless community has responded with such converse celebrations as Singles Awareness Day, which mostly involves single people buying chocolate for themselves and talking about how glad they are to not be in a relationship. That sounds like a blast. Depression is a common symptom of being alone on any holiday, but Valentines exacerbates those feelings by heavy handedly suggesting everyone else is in love, and that being in a relationship is the ideal state to be in. Try typing ‘Valentines Day Depression’ into Google, the 2.5 million hits will give you a range of articles from helping people cope with their sadness, to angst ridden tweets about “how he broke my heart”. All the lonely people… Be sure to check out more Valentine Funny Photos. 7. Retailers Jack Up Their Prices The National Retail Federation is predicting consumers will spend near $18 billion this year for Valentines day. That’s almost $130 per person spent on flowers, chocolates, jewelry, and probably some really sissy cocktails. Think it’s coincidental the prices for these goods skyrocket on the big day? Of course you don’t, the airlines have been pulling the same gagfor years. Those roses you’ll be procuring on the big day will spike by about 33 % from their usual price range when you hastily order them just hours before the V-bomb goes off. As for the gender divide on spending, men will average around $180, with women at $88. This difference can be explained scientifically with the MenDon’tGiveACrap theory. Retailers essentially have customers by the balls in regards to spiking prices for the holidays, as even in todays (recovering?) recession economy, buyers are pulling out all the stops to satisfy their pink and red desires.

EVILS OF VALENTINE'S DAY REVEALED IN HISTORY

Love is in the air and your paycheck is about to finance an evening of disappointment. Why, it must be Valentine’s Day! Yes, quite so old chap. Nothing like a box of chocolates full of rat fecesto get you in the mood. Just in case you’ve secretly been loathing the whole enterprise, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Just show this to your significant other, and when they stop crying, maybe you won’t have to buy them anything. Just kidding, you’re totally f@#$ed there. Evil I tell you! Evil!!! 1. Lupercalia What would a holiday about love and relationships be without shadowy origins involving beating women into submission? Yes, those ancient Romans certainly had a way with sex and violence. Basically Lupercaliawas a big naked pastoral festival that lasted from Feb 13-15, where everyone got trashed and banged. The main event included lining up all the single ladies at the party, where they would wait in line for the men to whip the s@#t out of them. This was done in the belief that it would make them more fertile, or at least so dazed that getting knocked up didn’t seem like such a big deal. After that there was an old school swingers party raffle, where everyone paired up for the rest of the holiday, and probably tried to drink enough to forget the whole epic beat down thing. Scholars have debated forever if Lupercalia is in fact the original representation of love day, but what is proven, is that in the 5th century Pope Gelasius Iofficially merged the Christian St. Valentines Day with the Roman orgy in order to eliminate any pagan rituals that may have been lingering about. Thus, they became one and the same, and many prevailing traits of the holiday today originated from something out of the Wicker Man. 2. St. Valentine’s Martyrdom The figure of St. Valentine has been difficult for historians to peg down into one specific person, rather there were several throughout history, with various backstories and supposed miracles taking place. However, the tale that seems to have superseded the rest is completely abstract and ridiculous. Cue the Passion of the Christ music– the year is 270 AD, and Christianity is under heavy persecution from the Emperor Claudius in Rome, who rules with an iron fist. Our hero Valentine, a true practitioner of the teachings of Christ, has been marrying Christian couples and soldiers, which is strictly banned under Claudius. He’s swiftly apprehended for his crimes against humanity and brought before the emperor, who takes a liking to the lad, but things go south quickly because Valentine can’t keep his mouth shut about Jesus, and tries to convert Claudius. He is sentenced to death. Now it gets convoluted. While in prison, he ends up healing one of the jailers blind daughters…because apparently he has powers all of a sudden. This compels the jailer to free all the Christian prisoners, Valentine included, and his entire family converts to Christianity. Somehow after being freed, Valentine is arrested again, and again is scheduled to be executed. While he awaits death, he sends a love letter to a judges daughter, closing with “Your Valentine.” Then he gets beaten, stoned, and beheaded, not to mention he was basically forgotten until 496 AD by Pope Gelasius I, when Valentines Day was recognized (and merged with Lupercalia depending on the source). So here’s the quick version: Valentines Day is the celebration of a Christian martyr who sent a love letter to a judges daughter while imprisoned and then was brutally executed for previously attempting to convert the emperor to Christianity. Forgive me for not seeing the romanticism in this. 3. It Makes Your Girlfriend a Hooker Thank you so much for the overstuffed teddy bear, I now feel compelled to blow you. That’s the entire message of the advertisement shown above, that and the idea that your girlfriend will be wearing some kind of satin jammies when you get it on. Basically anything you choose to purchase for your significant other will be marketed with sex, and that’s fine, because that’s not exclusive to Valentines Day. But making gifts appear as a prerequisite for intimacy is a recipe for disaster. First off, it suggests women will engage in sex only after receiving material compensation. You can go on and on about how taking a woman out to dinner is the same song and dance, but Valentines Day takes this concept over the edge. Every year the presents have to be more expensive and grand, with the promise the sex you receive will be totally mind blowing because those earrings were really expensive. If you get her a ring, she’ll probably invite her twin sister over and start wrestling in Jell-o. From heavy.com

Thursday, February 11, 2016

United Under-21s aim to go top of the table

Manchester United will go top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table with a win or draw in Thursday night's derby against Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village. Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT. MUTVwill, of course, be screening the match live, while entry for all spectators is free, as the Reds look to follow up Monday's remarkable 7-0 thumping of Norwich City at Old Trafford with another three points to aid the defence of the title. Warren Joyce is set to welcome several regulars back into his side after first-teamers such as Phil Jones and Memphis Depay started against the Canaries. Adnan Januzaj and Guillermo Varela were both withdrawn due to injury during the first half and will be checked out, although they could also be in contention for the senior squad's trip to Sunderland on Saturday. "I don’t really know about the injuries," Joyce told MUTV on Monday night. "We’ll have to assess them. Varela’s was just a kick on the ankle so it shouldn’t be too bad and Adnan over stretched so it was just a precaution really. Hopefully, they’ll be fine. "We are quite thin on the ground with three teams – the first team, the Under-21s and the Under-18s - all playing three games in 48 hours. A lot of the players are involved at each level, like Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe and Ro-Shaun Williams, so it will be a difficult few days trying to get the players that everybody needs but we know that the players we have will all give 100 per cent and put on a performance." United are striving to take another big step in the pursuit of more silverware with the team currently on a run of seven wins in eight games with the exception being a 2-0 reverse to Everton behind closed doors. "The lads have done really really well," added Joyce. "The Everton game was a disaster from start to finish, we were due to play at Southport but, due to a waterlogged pitch, it was moved to Finch Farm at the last minute, which isn’t great preparation for any players on a matchday. "These players are close to first-team football and we are pushing them into a situation that is not correct, to do that in such circumstances is not helpful for anybody. It was a bad night all round - the environment and the result. "It was one of the worst I have been involved in at any level, extremely frustrating and something we have spoken about as a group because there are very few positives from an experience like that. "That’s not just because we didn’t get a good result and lost the game, it’s not one of those games that the Premier League should advocate as the next progression towards first-team football. But, barring the Everton result, we have had some great results recently and we hope that continues against Manchester City." The Blues are seven points behind the Reds having played the same amount of games and the two Manchester clubs will do battle again on Saturday 20 February at 13:00 GMT. That away clash for United, which will also be live on MUTV,has been moved from the Etihad Stadium to City's Academy Stadium.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Aguero beats Iheanacho to Manchester City Player of the Month award

Despite a dazzling run for the Citizens in January, the Nigerian narrowly missed out of the Etihad’s monthly crown to his Argentine colleague Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has been named Etihad player of the month for January. The Argentine polled 50% of the vote to beat Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Bacary Sagna to the second and third place respectively. In the month under review, Aguero bagged seven goals in all competitions as well as creating another for David Silva. Iheanacho on his own part provided four goals and three assist in January. His treble against Aston Villa stood out in that month but he was unable to outshine the Argentine forward. The Super Eagles whiz is expected to feature for Manuel Pellegrini’s men when they host Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s English Premier League encounter. City are fourth on the English topflight log with 48 points after 25 matches.

Monday, February 8, 2016

BRO. MEMPHIS, WAKE UP!

Keane upstages Memphis with staggering FIVE-GOAL haul. Manchester United's Under-21s side ran out 7-0 winners over Norwich City on Monday, with the England youth international in rampant form against the shell-shocked Canaries Will Keanescored a staggering five goals as Manchester UnitedUnder-21s thumped Norwich City 7-0 on Monday evening. The England youth international was joined on the pitch by such senior stars as Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj but upstaged his more acclaimed team-mates with his rampant showing. Keane netted twice in the first-half, the second of which came from a Memphis assist, before completing his second hat-trick of the season in the 47th minute. Andreas Pereira then bagged United's fourth from the penalty spot before Keane scored the goal of the game with a delightful chip just after the hour mark. Timothy Fosu-Mensah added a sixth with 20 minutes to go, and Keane then rounded off the rout just a few moments later.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Falana hails Supreme Court, asks Saraki to resign

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, on Saturday asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position in order to preserve the integrity of the National Assembly. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, in an interview with our correspondent, said the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court would add value to the battle against corruption. Citing an instance involving a former Senate President, the late Chuba Okadigbo, Falana asked Saraki to resign having undertaken to prove his innocence before the CCT. He said, “Having undertaken to prove his innocence at the Code of Conduct Trubunal Senator Saraki should resign as senate president so as to preserve the integrity of the National Assembly. “When Senators Chuba Okadigbo and Adolphus Wabara were indicted they were made to step down as senate presidents.” This comes amid indications that senators opposed to the Senate President under the aegis of the Senate Unity Forum, had regrouped to force Saraki out of the seat. The Supreme Court had on Friday dismissed the appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the validity of his trial on charges of assets declaration preferred against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. A seven-man panel of the apex court presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, unanimously ruled that Saraki’s appeal against the jurisdiction of the trial and competence of the charges lacked merit. Justice Wallter Onnoghen, who read the lead judgment, held that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Danladi Umar-led Code of Conduct Tribunal was validly constituted by two members. Justice Onnoghen also held that the tribunal was by the provisions of its enabling laws and the Constitution conferred with the quasi-criminal jurisdiction and thus could validly issue bench warrant. He thus held that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 was applicable to the proceedings of the tribunal. Saraki, who said the Supreme Court judgment was disappointing, however, said he would have his day in court and that “at the end of the day, truth will prevail and justice will be served.”

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Obasanjo prostrates before Ooni, seeks support for monarch


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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday visited the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, at his palace to pay homage to the foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland.
Obasanjo, who was accompanied to the palace by Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, Dr. Femi Okunnu and others, prostrated flat before the Ooni on his arrival at the palace.
Obasanjo, who lauded the moves being made by the Ooni to unite all Yoruba Obas and people, urged other monarchs to support Ogunwusi to ensure that all of them were united.
The former President stated that the unity move by the Ooni was important for the progress of Yorubaland. He urged Oba Ogunwusi not to relent in his move to ensure unity, stressing that Ife remained the source of the Yoruba race.

He said, “I commend the role of Ooni in ensuring peace in Yorubaland. Continue what you are doing, especially your unity course. I am happy with the moves so far. It is only a sign of honour for the Ooni to visit anyone. That does not deny Ile-Ife of its position in the history of Yorubaland.”
Obasanjo, who was ushered into the palace by drummers and praise singers at the palace jokingly cautioned them from singing Owu la ko da (Owu town was the first to be created).
He said that song was not appropriate especially at the Ooni’s Palace because of the paramount position of Ile-Ife, which is the source of Yoruba people.
Obasanjo said he was very happy with the steps taken by the Ooni so far, saying the moves had proved that he did not support a wrong person to occupy the exalted throne.
Oba Ogunwusi thanked Obasanjo for finding time to come and pay him a visit.
The monarch said the former President is a lover and promoter of Yoruba culture, saying others should emulate him.
Earlier, the former President had paid a similar visit to the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, who was inaugurated as a king shortly after Oba Ogunwusi.
Obasanjo, who was invited for Oluwo’s coronation on January 16, said he could not attend the ceremony in person because he was outside the country then.
Obasanjo prostrates before Ooni1He called on Yoruba monarchs and their subjects to unite to continue to move the race forward.
The Oluwo also urged Obasanjo to use his influence across the globe to help Iwoland, restating his desire to speedily develop the town.
He said, “Since I became Oluwo, I have been making efforts to fast-track the development of Iwo and by the grace of God and the support of privileged Nigerians like Chief Obasanjo, we will get there.”

Step aside now, Lawan group tells Saraki


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The anti-Saraki senators, under the aegis of the Senate Unity Forum, on Friday asked Dr. Bukola Saraki to step aside as Senate President.
The group, following Friday’s Supreme Court judgement on the trial of the Senate President at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, said that Saraki must resign as the leader of the upper chamber.
The SUF, which supported Senator Ahmed Lawan, during the Senate presidential election in June last year, said a person answering criminal charges could not lead the Senate.
The anti-Saraki senators demanded the immediate resignation of Senate President so that he could concentrate on his trial at the CCT.
The Supreme Court had on Friday dismissed the appeal by the Senate President, challenging the propriety of his trial on charges of false assets declaration preferred against him at the CCT.
A seven-man panel of the apex court presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, had unanimously ruled that Saraki’s appeal against the jurisdiction of the CCT and the competence of the charges, lacked merit.
Justice Walter Onnoghen, who delivered the lead judgement, dismissed all Saraki’s seven grounds of appeal, affirming that the charges instituted against him were valid and that the tribunal was validly constituted with requisite jurisdiction to try him.
Reacting to the judgement, the anti-Saraki senators under the aegis of the SUF, said Saraki must relinquish the senate presidency so that he could concentrate on his trial at the CCT.
The All Progressives Congress leaders had in June 2015 supported Lawan for the Senate Presidency, but Saraki, with the support of some APC senators and all their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party emerged as the Senate President.
The crisis that followed the election of Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had initially stalled the emergence of other leaders of the Senate.
The crisis seemed to be over following the composition of the senate committees and the appointment of members of the Lawan group to head some of them.
But the spokesperson for the SUF, Senator Kabir Marafa, in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, said that Saraki must step aside as the Senate President.
He explained that Saraki was free to return as a presiding officer after his case at the CCT.
He noted that the image of the Senate and the entire senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would continue to be battered in the public view if Saraki continues to preside over the affairs of the red chamber while answering criminal charges at the courts.
Marafa said, “We really pity Senator Bukola Saraki, but I think this issue has dragged for too long. We have indulged him thus far because we believe that he is presumed innocent until otherwise decided by a competent court of law.
“Now that the Supreme Court has decided that he has a case to answer, I think that the best thing for Senator Saraki is to resign in order to have enough time and full concentration to face his trial.
“He could, however, return and contest as a presiding officer in the chamber after his trial if he is declared innocent by the court but at the moment, the leadership of the Senate should call him to order and ask him to step aside.
“At the moment, the image of the Senate is not worth anything in the eyes of Nigerians because of the attitude of its president, who ordinarily should have resigned in a sane clime.
“However, if the senate president refused to resign and neither the leadership nor the entire senate mount any pressure on him to do so, then we would call on Nigerians to recall all their representatives in the senate because we have failed in our responsibilities.
“We have tried enough for him. We can no longer wait and watch someone who is answering criminal charges in court to come out of the dock always to preside over the affairs of the senate.”
Saraki has no reason to resign – Anyanwu
Attempts to speak with members of the Like Minds Senators on the issue failed on Friday. The group consists of Saraki’s supporters.
However, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said that calls for Saraki’s resignation, at this stage, were uncalled for.
Anyanwu, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, also told one of our correspondents that the issue of factions among members of the senate, ended when over 80 senators across the two main political parties in the red chamber passed a vote of confidence in the senate president.
He argued that majority of the senators are solidly behind the senate president and that his current trial, rather than affecting negatively the image of the Senate, had instead, boosted it.
Lawyers laud judgement
Reacting to the judgement, a legal practitioner and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), said even though he had yet to see a copy of the judgement, the decisions of the Supreme Court is final and whatever the apex court says has to be obeyed.
On his part, Dr. Konyinsola Ajayi, also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said the Supreme Court should not have even entertained the case initially, noting that the administration of justice and speedy trial demands that such trial cases should be allowed to carry on.
He said, “Supreme Court is inundated and is being made to share or by itself agrees to share cases that should not go beyond trial. In this case, the belief is that the new administration of justice law is pretty clear as in procedures to take in criminal trials, and apart from this provision, the philosophy behind the constitutional provisions on speedy trial is such that one would expect that such an appeal should not have been taken, rather, it (the Supreme Court) should have announced that the case should carry on and the matter disposed of.
“At the end of the day, I guess that is the result we have achieved because the apex court has ruled that trial should continue. But, if I were in Supreme Court, I will not consider it (the Senate President’s application to stop his trial by the CCT). I will dismiss it. The Supreme Court is to lay down compelling or controlling authority but the problem we see today is that the apex court handles too many cases.”
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Friday, February 5, 2016

GO AND FACE YOUR TRIAL, MR SENATE PRESIDENT

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the validity of his trial on charges of assets declaration preferred against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
A seven-man panel of the apex court presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, unanimously ruled on Friday that Saraki’s appeal against the jurisdiction of the trial and competence of the charges, lacked merit.
Justice Wallter Onnoghen, who read the lead judgment, held that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Danladi Umar-led Code of Conduct Tribunal was validly constituted by two members.
Justice Onnoghen also held that the tribunal was by the provisions of its enabling laws and the Constitution conferred with the quasi-criminal jurisdiction and thus could validly issue bench warrant.
He thus held that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 was applicable to the proceedings of the tribunal.
He dismissed the allegation by Saraki that he was not properly served with the charges and also held that the charges filed before the CCT before the appointment of the Attorney-General of the Federation were valid.
He also noted that there was an attempt by Saraki to intimidate the ‎CCT by claiming that it disobeyed the order of a Federal High Court barring it from continuing with the proceedings pending the determination a suit filed by the Senate President to challenge the trial.
“I have looked at the records, there is no where such orders was made,” Justice Onnoghen ruled.
The CJN and other Justices on the panel agreed with the judgment.
The rest of the panel members who consented are Justices Tanko Muhammad, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Chima Nweze and Amiru Sanusi.
After the judgment on Friday, an army of political associates, who attended the proceedings walked out of the court quietly.
Following the Supreme Court judgment it is expected that the CCT will soon issue hearing notice for the continuation of the Senate President’s trial on three counts of false assets declaration.

GO AND FACE YOUR TRIAL, MR SENATE PRESIDENT

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the validity of his trial on charges of assets declaration preferred against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
A seven-man panel of the apex court presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, unanimously ruled on Friday that Saraki’s appeal against the jurisdiction of the trial and competence of the charges, lacked merit.
Justice Wallter Onnoghen, who read the lead judgment, held that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Danladi Umar-led Code of Conduct Tribunal was validly constituted by two members.
Justice Onnoghen also held that the tribunal was by the provisions of its enabling laws and the Constitution conferred with the quasi-criminal jurisdiction and thus could validly issue bench warrant.
He thus held that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 was applicable to the proceedings of the tribunal.
He dismissed the allegation by Saraki that he was not properly served with the charges and also held that the charges filed before the CCT before the appointment of the Attorney-General of the Federation were valid.
He also noted that there was an attempt by Saraki to intimidate the ‎CCT by claiming that it disobeyed the order of a Federal High Court barring it from continuing with the proceedings pending the determination a suit filed by the Senate President to challenge the trial.
“I have looked at the records, there is no where such orders was made,” Justice Onnoghen ruled.
The CJN and other Justices on the panel agreed with the judgment.
The rest of the panel members who consented are Justices Tanko Muhammad, Sylvester Ngwuta, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Chima Nweze and Amiru Sanusi.
After the judgment on Friday, an army of political associates, who attended the proceedings walked out of the court quietly.
Following the Supreme Court judgment it is expected that the CCT will soon issue hearing notice for the continuation of the Senate President’s trial on three counts of false assets declaration.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CBN extends BVN registration for Nigerians in Diaspora

Nigerian banks’ customers in the diaspora have until June 30, 2016 to get their bank verification number, (BVN), according to the new extension by the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN). The new deadline by the apex bank was which was contained on its website cbn.gov.ng, on Thursday, February 4, stated that it became necessary to extend the BVN registration date for Nigerians in the diaspora due to low responses from the affected banks’ customers. According to the bank, the BVN registration exercise has recorded a low turnout due to inadequate information and lack of accessibility to registration centres in some countries with large Nigerian populations, according to a survey it conducted. As a way of ensuring compliance, the bank said it has published detailed addresses of the BVN registration centres in countries of their residence to make it easier for customers to register. The Bank Verification Number (BVN) project is an initiative aimed at protecting bank customers and further strengthening the Nigerian banking system. The CBN introduced BVN to all banks’ customers to address the absence of unique identifier across the Nigerian Banking Industry. The BVN is a number that enables a bank customer to have a single identity in the banking system. The full implementation was expected to enhance the effectiveness of KYC requirement, the safety and reliability of the payments system.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Pep, you must come to Italy" - Mazzone,Guardiola's coach

The 78-year-old Mazzone said: “I hope he does well in the Premier League. I know him well and I think he will do the right things. [Could he coach in Italy? That’s a] complex question. I haven’t spoken with him for a long time and I wouldn’t like to get him in trouble but I would like to send him a message through the media: ‘Pep, you must come to Italy because we need to build good victories as you used to do! Roma? That would be the biggest gift I could ever have; I wouldn’t like to be disrespectful to the current Roma coach but everyone knows my friendship [with Pep]. You must come to Roma, OK!” The Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola has been appointed as the new manager at Manchester City for next season on a three-year deal.

Ibori released, re-arrested in London after completing jail term

James Ibori, the former Delta state governor, has been rearrested in the United Kingdom after initially regaining freedom from a London prison. The former Delta state governor has been released and rearrested after completing his jail term in a London hospital. The ex-governor, who reportedly completed his prison terms in the United Kingdom bagged a 13-year in April 2012 by a Southwark Crown court in London and was released by prison authorities on January 22. He finished his prison term at Her Majesty’s Prison in Bedford, outside of London, after initially being held at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire. According to PM News, a prison source at Bedford confirmed on Tuesday night that,“He is out of here.”but his new destination is yet to be confirmed. Ibori was reportedly re-arrested to face another charge which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds as sources confirmed that the case initially billed for May, will now come up in June. Ibori, 57, had been jailed for using UK financial institutions to misappropriate hundreds of millions of pound sterling he stole from public funds in Delta state and his journey to jail began with his arrest on May 13, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was nabbed under Interpol arrest warrants issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police. Ibori also recently reacted to claims by Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF) that the federal government will soon recover £6.9 million stolen funds frittered away by him. In a statement issued on his behalf by Tony Eluemunr, his media aide, Ibori said: “There is no Ibori loot anywhere in the world. Such money, whether in British pounds, American dollars or the Nigerian naira just does not exist. This is because the Ibori London trial is not yet over. “It is an incontrovertible fact that the confiscation hearing has not started at all, and remains months away into the future.”

Ibori released, re-arrested in London after completing jail term

James Ibori, the former Delta state governor, has been rearrested in the United Kingdom after initially regaining freedom from a London prison. The former Delta state governor has been released and rearrested after completing his jail term in a London hospital. The ex-governor, who reportedly completed his prison terms in the United Kingdom bagged a 13-year in April 2012 by a Southwark Crown court in London and was released by prison authorities on January 22. He finished his prison term at Her Majesty’s Prison in Bedford, outside of London, after initially being held at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire. According to PM News, a prison source at Bedford confirmed on Tuesday night that,“He is out of here.”but his new destination is yet to be confirmed. Ibori was reportedly re-arrested to face another charge which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds as sources confirmed that the case initially billed for May, will now come up in June. Ibori, 57, had been jailed for using UK financial institutions to misappropriate hundreds of millions of pound sterling he stole from public funds in Delta state and his journey to jail began with his arrest on May 13, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was nabbed under Interpol arrest warrants issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police. Ibori also recently reacted to claims by Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF) that the federal government will soon recover £6.9 million stolen funds frittered away by him. In a statement issued on his behalf by Tony Eluemunr, his media aide, Ibori said: “There is no Ibori loot anywhere in the world. Such money, whether in British pounds, American dollars or the Nigerian naira just does not exist. This is because the Ibori London trial is not yet over. “It is an incontrovertible fact that the confiscation hearing has not started at all, and remains months away into the future.”

Ibori released, re-arrested in London after completing jail term

James Ibori, the former Delta state governor, has been rearrested in the United Kingdom after initially regaining freedom from a London prison. The former Delta state governor has been released and rearrested after completing his jail term in a London hospital. The ex-governor, who reportedly completed his prison terms in the United Kingdom bagged a 13-year in April 2012 by a Southwark Crown court in London and was released by prison authorities on January 22. He finished his prison term at Her Majesty’s Prison in Bedford, outside of London, after initially being held at the Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire. According to PM News, a prison source at Bedford confirmed on Tuesday night that,“He is out of here.”but his new destination is yet to be confirmed. Ibori was reportedly re-arrested to face another charge which borders on the confiscation of his ill-gotten assets, estimated to be about 250 million pounds as sources confirmed that the case initially billed for May, will now come up in June. Ibori, 57, had been jailed for using UK financial institutions to misappropriate hundreds of millions of pound sterling he stole from public funds in Delta state and his journey to jail began with his arrest on May 13, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was nabbed under Interpol arrest warrants issued from United Kingdom courts and enacted by the Metropolitan Police. Ibori also recently reacted to claims by Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF) that the federal government will soon recover £6.9 million stolen funds frittered away by him. In a statement issued on his behalf by Tony Eluemunr, his media aide, Ibori said: “There is no Ibori loot anywhere in the world. Such money, whether in British pounds, American dollars or the Nigerian naira just does not exist. This is because the Ibori London trial is not yet over. “It is an incontrovertible fact that the confiscation hearing has not started at all, and remains months away into the future.”

OSINBAJO:Nigeria does not need oil to develop

The drop in oil prices not withstanding, Nigeria has everything it needs to build and sustain a vibrant economy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said. “This country has practically what it takes to run a solid economy that is not dependent on oil, but on business and commerce,” the Vice President said Monday during a meeting with a group of international investors looking to invest in the country in the light of the new administration. According to Mr. Osinbajo, the President already directed that a conducive environment be created for business investments in the country, adding that work had already started with government looking at the different aspects involved. The Vice President, alongside the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Okey Enelamah, had held a meeting earlier Monday with the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Ranking Team, where issues were laid out and specific lines of action identified on how to improve the business climate in the country. At the the interactive session with visiting global investors, drawn from companies such as Renaissance Capital, Russia-China Investment Fund, China Africa Development Fund, Invest Abu Dhabi, Actis, Emerging Capital Partners, ECP, KKR & Co. LP, Old Mutual of South Africa, among others, Vice President Osinbajo explained that working with state governments and the Buhari presidency would ensure that issues such as pre-investment approvals, and acquisition of land titles would be reformed to ease investment in the country. He said where necessary, government would reduce or merge agencies involved in granting approvals, thereby creating space for businesses to thrive. Regarding the critical role of electricity in creating a conducive business environment, the Vice President stated that while the federal government would be making further investments in the sector, the entire power value chain would have to be well compensated in order to produce the needed results. Prof. Osinbajo also restated the commitment of the Buhari administration to creating jobs through businesses and direct action of the government to engage the youths. He said the 500,000 teaching positions for unemployed graduates worked into the 2016 budget is a means of engaging the youths in paid voluntary occupations in their communities until such a time they can find jobs in their different disciplines. Besides, he noted that the programme would also address the critical need for teachers in the public school system. He also said the federal government would create opportunity for about 370,000 youths who are not graduates to receive vocational training and acquire skills, while one million artisans and market women would receive soft loans through the Bank of Industry as already proposed in the 2016 budget. A former Minister of National Planning, Shamsudeen Usman, led the delegation of international investors, while Rachid Benmessoud, the Nigeria Country Director of the World Bank led the bank’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking Team’s visit to the Vice President. Both meetings were attended by the industry, trade and Investment minister.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

YOU ARE NOT A WITCH

On Sunday, a Danish woman, Anja Ringgren Loven, a Philanthropist an founder of African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation ( ACAEDF) who lives with her partner and son in Uyo rescued a little boy who had been abandoned by his family because they claimed he was a 'witch'. She took him into her care, fed him, gave him clothes and he is currently receiving some medical attention.