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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has thrown its support behind the warning by General Muhammadu Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
In a statement issued in Osogbo, Osun State, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN reiterated that the 2011 general elections remain the most systematically-rigged polls in Nigeria’s history, irrespective of the so-called endorsement by some visceral foreign election monitors.
It denounced the crude, vitriolic and impudent verbal attack on Gen. Buhari, by the presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), affirming that the warning by the former leader against election rigging in 2015 is timely.
”We hold no brief for anyone,” ACN said. “But it is true that if elections are rigged, as they have been so shamelessly and brazenly done by the PDP since 1999, naturally people will react, and in doing so it is impossible for anyone to predict how far things can go. This is what, in our opinion, Gen. Buhari warned against. If the presidency and the PDP have no intention to rig in 2015, why are they so worried about the consequences of such action?” it queried.
The party said the statement for which Gen. Buhari is now being mercilessly savaged was nothing but a warning against those who may be planning to rig the 2015 general elections, hence it should not have rankled anyone who believes in free, fair and transparent polls.
It said the viciousness of the seemingly coordinated attacks by the presidency and the PDP raise a lot of concern regarding their plans for the 2015 elections.
”The 2011 elections also left Nigeria divided along ethnic and religious lines, more than at any other time in the history of Nigeria, hence no one should tell us about the polls being the best since Nigeria returned to civil rule, just because some self-acclaimed monitors said so!” ACN said.
It also expressed serious concern at the growing propensity of the presidency, in particular, to use intemperate language in its response to any statement it perceives to be critical of its principal.
”We have said it before and we will like to repeat it: any statement emanating from the presidency must be presidential through the use of civilised and elevating language, rather than beer parlour and unguarded phrases. This is because such statements are read all over the world, and provide a window into the minds of those overseeing the affairs of state.
”The voice of the presidential spokesman is the voice of his principal, the President. That is why his statements must be sober and guarded, in addition to reflecting deep introspection. The insults heaped on Gen. Buhari, a former Head of State – for merely exercising his right to freedom of speech is totally unacceptable and run against the tenets of decorum and mature political discourse,” it said.
ACN said, however, that it is not surprised at the response of the PDP, since it is becoming increasingly clear to all that nothing good can come out of a party that has wasted all the opportunities that could have made Nigeria a proud member of the international community in the past 13 years.
- Sahara Reporters
arles Taylor, the first African leader to stand trial and be convicted of war crimes, has told judges that he and his family are also victims of the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The former Liberian president insisted he should bear no responsibility for atrocities committed during Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war.
Taylor was addressing the court in the Hague, effectively pleading for his life by rejecting the prosecution’s demand for an 80-year sentence in one of Britain’s maximum security jails.
He said he had sympathy for victims of the war but stopped short of apologising or expressing remorse.
Money has prejudiced my rights and interests in an irreparable way. The prosecution has received millions of dollars from the US government. The prosecution has never properly accounted for how this money was spent.
“I express my sadness and sympathy for crimes suffered by individuals and families in Sierra Leone,” he said.
He was allowed a strict 30 minutes to address the court.
Taylor was found guilty last month of arming and aiding rebels who killed and mutilated thousands in neighbouring Sierra Leone during a brutal civil war which went on for more than a decade.
He is the first head of state to be convicted by an international tribunal since the Nazi trials at Nuremberg.
He was convicted of eleven counts of murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers and sexual slavery during the civil war in Sierra Leone.
More than 120,000 people were killed.
But the former leader told the judges: “I was trying to bring peace to Sierra Leone.”
When arguing he should not serve the 80 years the prosecution are calling for, he said: “I am no threat to society.”
Taylor was accused of helping rebel group, the Revolutionary United Front to conduct a campaign of terror in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
In return he was paid in “blood diamonds” during the conflict in the 1990s.
But he and his lawyer are arguing he cannot be held responsible for what happened there.
“Terrible things happened in Sierra Leone and there can be no justification for these crimes,” Taylor told the court. “During the war, I punished people for those crimes.”
He went on: “Money has prejudiced my rights and interests in an irreparable way. The prosecution has received millions of dollars from the US government. The prosecution has never properly accounted for how this money was spent.”
We saw horrendous massacres and the results of a campaign of mutilation where hands, legs and arms were cut off by militia groups roaming though the diamond lands determined to take control.
Sky’s Stuart Ramsay recalls being in Liberia in 2003
He accused the prosecution team of paying witnesses, coercing and threatening them with persecution if they didn’t co-operate and give statements.
He said that because of politics behind the scenes, “I never stood a chance”.
Earlier, Taylor’s lawyer Courtenay Griffiths told the judges that Tony Blair had supported the pro-government forces in Sierra Leone who had gone onto to become involved in rapes and crimes.
“What is the difference between Blair and Taylor in this regard?,” Mr Griffiths asked the tribunal.
Taylor’s lawyers are arguing his conviction was for enabling rather than ordering the crimes – and his sentence should give him hope of eventual release.
The former leader was addressing the special court in The Hague at a hearing before his sentencing on May 30.
He is expected to take up his right to appeal after sentencing.
- Sky News
Security agents have found 22 units of Improvised Explosive Device (IED), 13 guns, 545 rounds of live ammunition and other dangerous items in a forest between Edo and Kogi.
Mike Fubura, the Kogi State Director of the State Security Service (SSS) made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday.
He said other items recovered from the forest are 57 magazines, three pieces of nine-volt power source, one firing cable, four waist belts (for carrying magazines) and one black Pathfinder Sports Utility Vehicle(SUV) with registration number Lagos LF 98 AAA.
Mr. Fubura who spoke to reporters in company of Gabriel Olorunyomi, the Commander, Army Headquarters Task Force Battalion, Lokoja, said that the items, except the SUV, were dug out from the forest ground.
Giving a further breakdown, the director stated that the guns recovered include three pistols, one sub-machine gun and 10 AK 47 rifles.
He disclosed that the IEDs comprised 8 units of anti-tank and 14 units of hand-made explosives, noting that some of the explosives were already primed for detonation.
Mr. Fubura said that a combined team of the SSS, Army, Navy, Airforce and the Police personnel carried out the operation, following a tip off.
He explained that some arrests were made but that their identities could not be disclosed for now so as not to jeopardise ongoing investigation into the matter.
The director described the arrests and the recovery of the items as a major breakthrough in the efforts to stop activities of terrorists in the Okene area of the state.
- Premium Times
The opposition Congress for Progressive Change has hit back at President Goodluck Jonathan, describing him as clannish, corrupt and inept in the manner he has so far run the country.
In a tersely worded statement Wednesday afternoon, the party, founded by former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari shortly before the 2011 elections, said Mr. Jonathan had become more dangerous and deadly to the country, surrounding himself only with people from his Ijaw ethnic group and manipulating the Christian Association of Nigeria to demonise Mr. Buhari.
The statement, which is in response to that of the presidency, which described Mr. Buhari as a serial election loser renowned for inflaming violence in the country, said the president had done more damage to Nigeria than the extremist Boko Haram sect.
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) made the remarks in response to the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and President Goodluck Jonathan which had in separate statements Tuesday attacked the former head of state over a comment credited to him that rigging of the 2015 elections would be met with stiff resistance.
Mr. Buhari also described the Jonathan-led government as Nigeria’s biggest and most dangerous Boko Haram
In its statement Wednesday, the CPC declared support for Mr. Buhari’s widely publicized declaration that there would be serious crisis in 2015 if the elections are rigged.
“We stand unwaveringly by the statement credited to GMB [General Muhammadu Buhari],” the party said.
Speaking through a press release by its National Publicity Secretary, Rotimi Fashakin, the CPC also launched a barrage of counter-accusations against the PDP, describing the President Jonathan’s administration ‘the most corrupt’ in Nigeria’s history.
“On Corruption, the Jonathan administration transcends all others before it! Nigerians are still befuddled by the impeachable show of arbitrariness by the regime in expending N2.67Trillion on fuel subsidy instead of the appropriated N240Billion in the 2011 appropriation act,” Mr. Fashakin said.
The CPC, in the statement signed by its spokesperson, Rotimi Fashakin, also responded in details to some of the accusations made by the PDP on Monday, where the ruling party described Mr. Buhari of being ‘blood-thirsty’.
The party said contrary to the president’s insinuation that Mr. Buhari is a regional leader, Mr. Jonathan is a far more clannish and ethnically biased figure.
According to Mr. Fashakin, as Head of State, Mr. Buhari’s Minister for Petroleum was Tam David West, “a Kalabari man in Rivers state”. Mr. Fashakin said President Jonathan had failed to act in a similar fashion.
“All the appointees as Oil ministers in his two-year reign thus far as President of Nigeria have been Nigerians of Ijaw extraction, like himself.”
The CPC also accused Mr. Jonathan of trying in vain to come to the defence of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), a militant group that claimed responsibility for the Octber 1, 2010 bombings in Abuja.
- Premium Times
Russell Simmons has come to the defense of Rihanna after a couple of artists threw subliminal shots at her for her alleged promiscuity. Chris Brown released a speculative diss track against RiRi, which found him accusing one of exes of sleeping around. And Drake may have thrown the singer under the bus on ‘No Lie,’ his song with 2 Chainz.
In a blog post on his website Global Grind, Simmons took issue with artists who slam RiRi for having a, um, healthy sex life. He writes:
There have been a lot of artists recently talking about “good girl gone bad,” Rihanna. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see why everyone has their panties up in a bunch. It’s just that she is out there allegedly f—in’ the rockstars of her dreams and you out there f—in’ groupies. You can’t be mad that she was seen walking out of Ashton Kutcher’s house late one night, cause you know if you were seen walking out of Adriana Lima’s house late one night, you would be in the studio the next day rapping about it. I mean, you all got like 50 girls in your videos drooling over you and you dissing Rihanna? I can’t blame a girl for being independent, having fun and living her life the way she wants to. I am certainly not condoning indiscriminate sex, but don’t get mad cause the girl…
Remember, I was a manager once and I have seen these types of young men on the road. I was with Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Whoodini and saw all of the girls after the show line up outside the dressing rooms. I mean, Whoodini even wrote a song about, ‘I Am A Hoe’ and went on to rap, “I rock three different girls after every show.” So, I know how this s— works. You all got 10 times as many girls as Rihanna has men, and you know that. I love you guys, and this certainly ain’t a diss, but I gotta keep it real.”
In the end, the veteran rap mogul wants everyone to “get off of Rihanna’s d—.”
Simmons makes some valid points on his blog. Rihanna is an adult and can take care of herself. Let Rihanna live her life without comments from the peanut gallery, mainly her ex-boyfriends.
- Pop Crunch
Former Super Eagles player and actress Stephanie Okereke‘s ex, Chikelue Iloanusi has spoken out about his relationship with the newly married star.
In an interview with entertainment reporter, Nonye Ben Nwankwo, Iloanusi disclosed the events that led to their break-up.
According to him, Stephanie sued him for N100m on the grounds that he was married to another woman in America, to which he replied, ‘If I had been married to another woman and she had the documents to prove it, nobody would talk about the court striking the case out. What she should be suing me for would have been bigamy. Nobody has charged me for bigamy. If I was charged with that, I would have defended myself and provided every document to show the real state of things. Everybody in Nigeria knows that when you have two marriages, you will be charged with bigamy.‘
He also denied that she was the main breadwinner during their marriage.
Iloanusi wished her the best in her new marriage, but criticized the public nature of her wedding, saying ‘Even if she wants to remarry, does she have to tell the general public about it? Nobody is stopping her. Everything about life is about upbringing and orientation, but I wish her the best of luck. I’m not competing with her. She no longer exists in my life. I hope she doesn’t come out of this marriage again and start going to newspapers saying the man did this or that to her. I don’t want anybody to break her heart‘.
As regards why he has been silent on the matter for so long, he said he didn’t want to discuss his life on the pages of newspapers, adding that ‘I’ve moved on very well and very fast. I have parted ways with her. I don’t have anything to do with her and I’ll never have anything to do with her. I’ll not wish her bad luck. She is not news to me…My fans should ignore her and whatever she says about me. It is not as if I cannot respond to everything she has been saying about me in the newspapers, it is just that she is not in my class‘.
The player denied reports he was jealous of his former wife, saying;
‘Why should I be jealous of her? She is in the past. I’ve moved on with my own life. There is absolutely no reason for me to be jealous…If you ask me, I will tell you she doesn’t exist in my life. We’re not on the same level… Some people phoned me to say she would wed in Paris, but I don’t care. She can go and marry in heaven‘.
General Motors has decided to pull its advertising campaigns from Facebook, saying their paid ads had little effect on customers, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing “people familiar with the matter.”
The move comes just days ahead of Facebook’s initial public offering on Friday. The company’s shares are expected to be valued at around $38, making the company poised to be worth up to $100 billion.
GM spokesman Pat Morrissey said the automaker is reassessing its Facebook advertising, but that the review is part of a regular analysis the automaker conducts on where its advertising dollars are spent most effectively.
“We look at this with all media outlets, we look at the effectiveness,” he said. “We move money around to various outlets.”
GM’s announcement adds fodder to critics who say that Facebook, and other tech sites, may be overvalued. More than 50 percent of Facebook users say they never click on Facebook’s sponsored ads, according to a recent Associated Press-CNBC poll. In addition, only 12 percent of respondents say they feel comfortable making purchases over Facebook, begging the question of how the social network can be effectively monetized.
Facebook is also light years behind Google, which the company considers a competitor, when it comes to getting users to click through its ads. Google’s ads have a clickthrough rate of more than seven times that of Facebook’s, according to a separate WSJ report.
The social networking site hasn’t quite figured out how to create a reliable revenue model out of its captive audience of 900 million. The social network has vacillated between different ad models in an attempt to cozy up to advertisers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Still, some tech sites have managed to have huge IPOs even without a clear sense of how they make money. Internet radio streaming service Pandora saw its value surge in the weeks leading up to its IPO, ultimately debuting at $16 per share, even though the company wasn’t profitable at the time.
- Huffington Post
We have noted with dismay the bloodthirsty and unstatesmanly conduct of Muhammadu Buhari who threatened the nation with bloodshed should the 2015 election not be free and fair. We understand that since he would only accept that the election is free and fair on the condition that he wins the election, we note that in reality Buhari is really saying that there would be bloodshed in 2015 if he does not win the 2015 elections.
Knowing what we suffered after Buhari’s 2011 statement calling for the lynching of certain persons and the bloodshed which followed his statement and which mostly claimed the lives of Christians and National Youth Service Corp members of both the Islamic and Christian faiths we are alarmed at this bloodshed foretold and we call on the Federal Government and indeed the International Community to rein this bloodthirsty merchant of death.
We wish to remind the International Community that International Election Observers from the Commonwealth of Nations, The European Union, The Democratic Institute all adjudged that the 2011 elections were free and fairness.
We ask, where has Muhammadu Buhari’s mouth being when it was time to condemn the various dastardly killings of innocent Nigerians by Boko Haram? When did he ever condemn the call by Lawal Kaita on the 15th of October 2010 that the “North is determined” to make “Nigeria ungovernable” for President Goodluck Jonathan should he win the 2011 election. A man who cannot condemn Boko Haram but remains silent while the evil sect continues to take the blood of innocent Nigerians now wants to condemn and accuse the government that Boko Haram is fighting of being Boko Haram. Which side is Buhari on in the war on terror? Is he on the side of Nigeria or on the side of Boko Haram?
Has Buhari, who is a Northerner, ever gone on a condolence visit to any of the states where Boko Haram has struck?
How can a nation continue to suffer because of the inordinate ambition of one man? This man truncated our match to democracy in 1983 when he overthrew a democratically elected government to satisfy his own lust for power. A man who trampled on the rights of Nigerians when he headed a military junta and who called for Muslims to vote only Muslim candidates is now wanting to pretend to be a democrat.
Furthermore, Buhari should not turn the current war on terror to a North versus South affair. When he says that “Since the leaders now don’t listen to anybody but do whatever they wish, there is nothing the north can do” he should count us out of that North. We believe in one Nigeria and we do not believe in sitting idly and doing nothing while our fellow country men are being slaughtered in order to prove a point.
If anyone is in doubt about Buhari’s parochial focus, we wish to remind such people that Buhari remains the only leader to run an administration where both he and his deputy where Muslim Northerners. We are therefore not surprised that he is today threatening that the North will watch idly by while Boko Haram continues its mission.
We wish to advice Buhari that his planned bloodshed of “dog and baboon” should start and finish in his own house and that we as Christians will never be overcome of evil but will overcome evil with good.
Pastor Caleb Ma’aji
What a difference a year makes. On the same day François Hollande was been sworn in as France’s President, disgraced ex-IMF chief, possible pimp and alleged gang rape participant Dominique Strauss Khan is suing the Manhattan hotel chamber maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her. It’s almost impossible now to remember that this guy once actually had his sights set on the French presidency.
“Strauss-Kahn is seeking damages of at least $1 million for claims of malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false imprisonment, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” reports Bloomberg’s Chris Dolmetsch. Reuters adds, “Strauss-Kahn denies all wrongdoing in the countersuit and accuses Diallo of “knowingly and intentionally making a false report to law enforcement authorities.”
Obviously, Nafissatou Diallo, the maid in question, and her lawyers are rebuking the lawsuit. “One year to the day of his brutal sexual assault of Ms. Diallo, this is yet another example that personifies Strauss- Kahn’s misogynistic attitude,” Douglas H. Wigdor, a lawyer for Diallo, said in a statement picked up by Bloomberg “As with his plea for diplomatic immunity, we are entirely confident this latest desperate ploy will be swiftly rejected.”
The South West zone of PDP on Tuesday berated the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola over the ongoing crisis in the State health sector.
A statement by signed by the Zonal Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Lere Olayinka in Lagos said that Fashola should be held responsible for the causalities.
Doctors in the State hospitals under the aegis of Medical Guild had on April 24 embarked on an indefinite strike demanding for the implementation of the Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS).
They also wanted a downward review of taxes and payment of teaching allowance for medical doctors on internship.
But the State government on May 7 sacked 788 doctors for insubordination and absence from their duty posts.
“Fashola and his party must answer for the blood of Lagosians that are dying daily as a result of the sack of 788 striking doctors in the State.
“The doctors’ strike and their eventual sack by the State government have also exposed the lies of the Lagos State Government as regards provision of health care facilities in the State.
“Even though thousands of patients have died as a result of the crisis, it is important to note that the casualties would have been higher if government owned health institutions were to be responsible for the provision of healthcare services to 50 per cent of Lagosians.
“That there is no outbreak of epidemic and patients are not dying in hundreds of thousands yet is because Lagosians do not rely on government health institutions in the first instance.
“They patronise private hospitals because the existing government health institutions cannot cater for up to 10 per cent of the people.
“The question to be asked therefore is; where is the over N30 billion that Lagos State gets monthly going to,’’ the party asked.