Archive for August, 2012

US Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, has died at the age of 82.

Earlier this month he had surgery to relieve blocked coronary arteries, reports the BBC.

He walked on the Moon on July 20, 1969, famously describing the event as “one small step for
[a] man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Last November Armstrong, along with three other astronauts, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest US civilian award.
He was the commander of the
Apollo 11 spacecraft. He and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon.

A statement from Armstrong’s family says he died following complications resulting from his
heart surgery, the Associated Press news agency says.
Armstrong took his first flight aged six with his father, and
formed a lifelong passion for flying.
He flew Navy fighter jets during the Korean War in the 1950s, and joined the US space programme
in 1962.

Correspondents say Armstrong remained modest and never allowed himself to be caught up in the glamour of space
exploration.

“I am, and ever will be, a white- socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer,” he said in February 2000, in a rare public
appearance.

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Osogbo – The Naira rained freely on the Osun River Goddess on Friday at the Osun Osogbo groove, the venue of the festival.
The adherents of the river goddess scampered for space to dole out money on
the river goddess.
Adherents of the deity freely threw the Naira into the river
to make supplication to the goddess.

Mr Taju Osuntokun, one of the adherents, said the gesture was in appreciation of what he has received
from the river goddess. He said it would be unfair not to pay back the goddess to make her happy so that she would bless him the
more.
Miss kikelomo Turayo, also said that it had become a usual thing for her to do and this she said had never failed her.
“I am an Osun River faithful, I give out my offering each time I come around to the
River and this has worked for me.“
As soon as the money was thrown to the river, some irate youth jumped inside
and made away with it.
When asked the implication of the act, Turayo said they had carried away all her
problems.

NAN also reports that most of the adherents were seen
fetching the Osun River in their jerry-cans.
The reason for attaching so much importance to the water, a man who identified himself as Akogun, said it purified them from all their impurities.
He said the water could also bring healing and prosperity, and this had particularly compelled people from different states in the country to come to fetch the water.
Mrs Adunni Ajoke, one of the adherents, who was seen carrying the water, told NAN that she had heard testimonies of how the Osun River healed people; hence
she came to try her luck. The priests at the Osun River were consulted by adherents for supplication to the Goddess and that she, in turn, prayed for them. (NAN)

“We are calling on the government to know that once it is not Sharia law that will be adopted in Nigeria, and Quran as book of laws in Nigeria, setting aside constitution that is mainly infidel’s product. Then the government should not dream about peace in Nigeria. There is no single day that Mujahideens will stop fighting in Nigeria until

that is achieved and we are hopeful to triumph over Nigerian government.” – Statement By Abu Qaqa,  Boko Haram’s Spokesperson Denying Reports Of Dialogue With The Nigerian Government

FULL STATEMENT

Glory be to Almighty God, and blessings to Prophet Mohammed (SWT). This is a very important message from Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad. Base on the information some cross section of the media have been disseminating that we are dialoguing with, the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is against this back drop that we want to present advise and warning to three sides on this matter.  

The media like it is known drag themselves into our war like we did to THISDAY because they have been entering our matter without being just and fair to us. Recently we released a Video and in it our leader, Imam explained thoroughly on the issue of dialogue, but some section of the media because of their conspiracy refused to air it accordingly rather they twisted it.

Instead of giving prominence and stand by the video, they now brought this false story that we are meeting with Nigerian government in Saudi Arabia, with one fake person called Abu-Muhammad claiming to be Imam Shekau’s assistant.  It is all an agenda to confused and change the perception people in this region have about this holy war of Jihad we are fighting. By the grace of Allah they will not succeed on us, to us there is no difference between those fighting us with arms and those with pen/tongue.

To those using our name as our representatives, they are using our name and getting money from government. We heard that they are collecting huge amount of money using dubious means. We are calling on them to fear God and repent before they fall into the hands of Allah’s soldiers.

They should stop cheating Islam; we have never attempted any dialogue except that of Dr. Ibrahim Datti even that it was not direct, but via one journalist Ahmad Salkida who we trusted. And since that failed we have not done anything sort of that. We have also heard that Dr. Ibrahim Datti has also entered another plot to that effect; we are calling on elderly people to hold their respect and not dent their image.

To Nigerian government, we are calling on the government to know that once it is not Sharia law that will be adopted in Nigeria, and Quran as book of laws in Nigeria, setting aside constitution that is mainly infidel’s product. Then the government should not dream about peace in Nigeria. There is no single day that Mujahideens will stop fighting in Nigeria until that is achieved and we are hopeful to triumph over Nigerian government.

This press release was translated from Hausa

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The dean of social science, Prof R. Dumoye in A.B.U sent out students holding their weekly fellowship from their Venues without attributing any reason.

These fellowships are usually held on Fridays at about 1pm when the school is on break for Jumaat Prayers.

A.B.U clocks 50 this year and such act had never been recorded. this act also come when the country is facing religion disunity.
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Sept. 15 for the conduct of by-election for the Zaria Constituency Seat in Kaduna State House of Assembly.

 The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Halliru Tambuwal, announced the date at a stakeholders’ meeting in Kaduna on Thursday.

 The election was necessitated by the death of Malam Mustapha Bawa, the  member representing the constituency on the platform of CPC, on July 10, after a brief illness.

Tambuwal told the participants that the forum was created to discuss issues surrounding the exercise and carry all stakeholders along.

 Represented by Alhaji Musa Adamu, the INEC Administrative Secretary in the state, the commissioner said the by-election would be conducted in line with the provisions of  1999 Constitution as amended.

 The constitution provides that a by-election should be conducted within 30 days of the occurrence of a certified death of an elected public officer and not exceeding 90 days.

 According to him, the Clerk of the House of Assembly, Hajiya Umma Hikima, notified the commission about the death on July16.

 Tambuwal said that the legislature had about two years to end and as such INEC could not deprive the constituency of a representative.

According to him, the Assembly Hall of Alhuhuda College, Zaria, will be used as the operational base for the election, while Zaria council secretariat will be used as collation centre.

Other activities outlined for the poll include the conduct of party primaries between Aug. 23 and Aug. 28 and submission of candidates’ list on Aug. 28.

The publication of final list of candidates for the election had been fixed for Sept. 6, while electioneering campaigns were scheduled to  end on Sept. 14.

 He said that the poll would hold in six wards, namely, Kwarbai `A’ and B`, Anguwar, Doka, Fataki and Kaura.

 The electoral chief said about 5,000 personnel would be used to conduct the election in the 169 polling units with 136,165 registered voters.

He said that only ADC, ANPP, APGA, CPC, PDP and PRP would be participating in the exercise.

Tambuwale mphasised INEC’s determination to conduct a free and fair election and urged the stakeholders to play the game according to the rules and shun violence.

All the representatives of the political parties pledged to play the game according to the rules but appealed to INEC and security agencies to remain neutral during the election.

 Also the representatives of the security agencies pledged their readiness to deploy adequate personnel and conduct themselves professionally for the success of the election. (NAN)

Flood in Mai’adua Local Government Area of Katsina State  has rendered many families homeless and destroyed more than 1,400 houses, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

An eyewitness told NAN correspondent in Mai’adua that the incident occurred on Wednesday, following a heavy rainfall which lasted for several hours, causing flooding in the area.

In addition to the houses and properties worth millions of naira destroyed, the flood also killed no fewer than 150 animals. the eye-witness said.

A NAN correspondent who visited the scene on Friday, reports that some of the affected families had taken refuge in the houses of their neighbours.

Malam Sani Mai’adua, a victim, whose house collapsed during the rainfall, said he had moved his family to a friend’s house and solicited for the state and local government’s assistance.

Other victims described the flood as “devastating” and appealed to the state government to construct a drainage system in the affected areas to prevent any recurrence of disaster in future.

Alhaji Abba Yusuf, the Mai’adua local government Caretaker Chairman, who confirmed the incident, said that the Mai’adua  headquarters of the local government and Gwajo-gwajo village were the worst-hit by the flood.

“I am appealing to the state government and donor agencies to come to the aid of the people of the affected areas.” (NAN)

Big And Good For Nothing!

Posted: August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Whatever is big is either in size, scope or height or in depth. If animate, the flesh is a factor in judging its size and if inanimate, it has to be large to be known as big. Countries are described as either big or small on the basis of their population and then, land mass.

In which case, China and India are the two largest countries in the world, each having over a billion in numerical strength. Both are also nuclear powers with diversities in ethnicity and geography and equivalent to some continents.

In spite of devastating typhoons, earthquakes, tsunami and countless natural disasters, both China and India continue to make steady growth and are developing in all areas as scientific and technological powers. Brazil and Indonesia are some other countries whose numerical size is not in anyway a hindrance to their progress. In fact, Nigeria is supposed to be in the same league with Brazil and Indonesia in terms of size and most other indices.

India is as multi-ethnic as Nigeria even as it is just as multi-religious. Several Indian Prime Ministers have had to die or were killed by gunmen, motivated either by religious or political differences, yet the country enjoyed smooth succession and painless transition.

India has many languages as there are ethnic groups, but it has managed to make one a lingua franca spoken by most Indians.

China is a leading industrial power today as most of the electronics we use come from that country. It also has one of the strongest economy and are speedily over – taking many European countries in the area of investment in Africa. We are trying to prove that size is not necessarily a disability and to committed people, size is a valuable asset.

However, I know some individuals who are huge, tall and stoutly built. In most cases, they look handsome and respectable, and you are most likely to differ to them by reason of their sheer stature. In movement, only a few of the giants are smart. Many are drab, dull and drag themselves along in an uninspiring movement.

They are not great athletics or are they enthusiasts of athletics. Forget about fashion freaks who have chosen slimly built Suzie as models as against their plump counterparts. In dress sense, giants have little choices and so, the question of fitting or fitness is out of place. In all these, I have no quarrel with the individual giant because they probably have no choice or play no role in their growth or swell.

While growing up, I made some assumptions that often disappointed more than they elated me. I was stupid – in many instances – to assume that six footers have extra brain than others and so, while dealing with them, I took too many things for granted believing that they possess more sense than normal – given their huge stature.

So, whenever I was disappointed, I felt like asking God why couldn’t the giant, no, some giants exhibit more sense than the ordinary.

Why are many of them sounding dull headed, looking   demobilised, except in the area of consumption? Why? Well, God has not directly answered my question although He has graciously granted me a glitter into the country called Nigeria.

Nigeria, not its French neighbour Niger, is my country. She is known as the giant of Africa both in numerical strength and geographical size. In human and mineral resources, Nigeria has no match in the continent as her numerous natural endowments suggest.

Nigeria is so big, so good and possesses unimaginable potentials that inexplicably amount to nothings! Her image abroad is so ugly and odious that may need rhinoceres as a beastly comparison. You bet that I do not enjoy this image or comparison, yet if I must be honest with you, a more compact and movable entity would have been my first choice if I had a say in the matter.

How can a country be so big, so good, so rich and yet, so poor? Why are our numerous human, natural and mineral resources become a curse to us?  

Or is the root of our problems in the psyche of the human hand that amalgamated us? Is that god-forsaken Lord of a Luggard hearing me in or from his accursed grave right now? I am more than amazed by the maze simple choices and opportunities available to Nigeria but which we threw into the sack, and so, forced into looking for a needle from a huge haystack?

Where are the visiting foreign flatterers who often come here to praise us to high heavens only to disparage and condemn us back home? Well, since some swindlers with the mask of leaders have decided to reject every progressive measures to move Nigeria forward, we all must be prepared to endure and accommodate all manner of insults which enraged ethnic, religious or regional groups decide to throw at us.  

After seven months in detention over allegation of defiling a 12-year-old primary six pupil; Mathew Onakoya, 32, was on Friday granted bail by an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The defendant, who claimed to be a pastor, was first arraigned on Dec. 29, 2011 and charged with alleged rape of the girl on Christmas eve.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at his arraignment the `pastor’ pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded in prison custody by the court.

Mr T.O. Shomade, the magistrate, ordered that the defendant should be remanded in custody pending the legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

At the resumed hearing, Shomade said that the legal advice from the DPP had established a prima facie case against the defendant.

“A case of rape has been established against the accused and he is admitted to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties,” the magistrate said.

He also ordered that both sureties must be residents of Lagos and must each deposit the sum of N30, 000 with the Lagos State High Court registry.

NAN recalls that during Onakoya’s arraignment, the prosecutor, ASP Friday Eze told the court that the defendant, a resident of Ojo-Igbede Road, allegedly committed the offence on Dec. 24. 2011.

He had said that the defendant had invited the teenager to his residence at about 9:00 p.m. with a promise to give her some money to purchase fireworks popularly called “knock out”.

Eze had said that after the money was given to the girl, the defendant seized her and raped her.

The prosecutor had said that the offence contravened Section 158 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State 2011.

Shomade adjourned the case to Oct. 8 for trial.

CBN To introduce N5000 note: To use faces of 3 historical women leaders

 

                       Margaret Ekpo                                         Funmilayo Ransome Kuti                                             Hajiya Gambo Sawaba

 

The Central Bank of Nigeria this evening announced that it will introduce the N5, 000 note into the system, but contrary to speculations that CBN planned to use Nigeria’s late former president, Umar Musa Yar’adua’s face on the note, it has now been announced that the faces of three late prominent Nigerian female activists will be used on the new notes which will be launched next year!

The women are:

1. Margaret Ekpo: late politician and social mobilizer (1914 – 2006)
2. Hajia Gambo Sawaba: late politician and activist (1933 – 2001)
3. Funmilayo Kuti: lte politician and women’s right activist (1900 -1978)

Nice one CBN! They also plan to convert the N5, N10 and N20 notes to coins next year!

Mai Atafo Wins ‘Designer of the Year’ at Glitz African Fashion Week

 
 
The talented Nigerian designer on Sunday August 19th was awarded Designer of the Year at the just concluded Glitz Africa Fashion Week which held in Ghana. Above are some of the designs Mai Atafo displayed at the fashion event. Congrats to him!