Patience Jonathan’s attitude & anti-gay bill made Jonathan lose the election – PDP chieftain

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Bayelsa state PDP publicity secretary, Mr. Osom
Makbere says international and local factors
contributed to President Jonathan’s defeat at
the 2015 general elections. He blamed it most on
the president’s wife and the signing of the anti-
gay bill
“Jonathan was a victim and target of
international cum domestic esoteric codes
and conspiracies. On the international
level, the passage of the anti-gay
legislation led to criticisms and face-off
with the US, and the West. The strides
made in the economic sphere, especially
domestic rice promotion, calculated by the
Jonathan administration to flip economic
growth, and boost import substitution,
also negatively alerted the West.
The shift to China for our railway
transformation, and recently, the
migration to Russia for arms and
ammunition to quelling the insurgency
also signalled to the West that Jonathan
had started constituting a self-reliant and
dependent nation-state, a feat seen too
tall by the US and their allies in the West.
The aforesaid international factors found
room to flourish given the obstinacy and
impudence on the part of Mrs. Jonathan.
The end result of her personal ambition to
plant ‘self-made’ governors triggered
face-offs with some governors.” he told
Punch

Dear Korede Bello, please do not remix ‘Godwin’

Bisola Alawode discusses the
success of Korede Bello’s hit single and why he
shouldn’t bother recording a remix for it

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Korede Bello » must be on cloud nine. His
song Godwin is currently Nigeria’s most popular
song. So popular is it that some have even gone
as far as saying it is now the de facto anthem of
Nigerians all over the world. With this one song,
he has achieved what every musician actively
aims for. It is also important to note that this
song is actually Korede’s second or third single
as a professional musician. With this, he has
joined the likes of Davido, Kiss Daniel and
Patoranking as musicians who through one
single attained ‘superstar status’ or in his own
unique case, ‘mega superstar status’.
I did not fully appreciate how popular the song
was until almost all politicians who emerged
victorious during the just concluded elections
adopted it as their ‘unofficial victory anthem’.
Akinwunmi Ambode, governor elect of Lagos
state is said to be especially fond of the song. In
fact, it was the song of choice when he and APC
party stalwarts gathered at the party
headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos to celebrate his
victory at the polls.
With all the plaudits the song has gotten, I would
like to sound a note of warning to Korede and
Mavin Records. Leave the song as it is. Please
do not remix it. Do not get me wrong, I’m not
saying remixing the song will be a bad thing, I
just feel it would be unnecessary to make a
Godwin remix. Some might argue that a remix
might actually make the song last longer in the
minds of music lovers. An example to support
this case would be Patoranking’s Girlie O ft.
Tiwa Savage . The remix was so good that most
people forgot about the original. But let us also
not forget that major hit songs like Oritsefemi’s
Double Wahala Iyanya ’s Kukere , Davido’s Dami
duro, Olamide’s First Of All, and Kiss Daniel ’s
Woju had remixes that were considered outright
failures in every sense. Even though they all
featured ‘A list’ musicians like Akon, Dbanj, Tiwa
Savage and Davido.
Though Korede might not realise it, he has made
a song that would be around for a long, long
time. You know your song is a hit when you are
invited to perform it in churches. Though some
pastors might consider it a ‘secular’ song.
Also in all this, one must not forget Don Jazzy’s
input in all this. He remains like the proverbial
wine that gets better with time. 3 of his new
school artistes (Korede, Reekado Banks and
Di’Ja ) all have songs topping the charts
currently. Other acts signed to his Mavin records
like Tiwa Savage, Dr Sid and D’Prince are also
doing well. Kudos to him.
One can only hope Korede develops on the
success of Godwin and keep giving us good
music. We wouldn’t want him to turn into a ‘one
hit wonder’.
This article was written by ‘Bisola Alawode .
‘Bisola is a journalist and PR consultant. He can
be reached at abisolaalawode@yahoo.co.uk

Gen. Buhari (supposedly) reads riot act to family members

President elect, Gen Buhari has reportedly read
the riot act to members of his family, warning
them that they will face the full wrath of the law
if they commit any crime while he serves as
President.
According to Daily Trust, Gen Buhari read the riot
act to members of his family in Daura, Katsina
state recently. A Family source said he gathered
all his children and family members together and
advised them to seek meaningful ways to make
a living, stressing that no family member of his
will enjoy any preferential treatment. He also told
them that non of them is welcomed to Aso Rock
if they are not invited, adding that the Villa is a
place for serious minded people and not for idle
family members.

Ebenezer Babatope ‘We’ll field a strong Hausa/ Fulani against Buhari in 2019′ – PDP Chieftain says

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PDP’s Board of Trustees member, Chief
Ebenezer Babatope says President Goodluck
Jonathan will not be a presidential candidate in
2019, but will lead his party against the APC.
A Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees
member, Chief Ebenezer Babatope , has said that
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will find a
strong Hausa/Fulani candidate to run the
Presidency race against General Muhammadu
Buhari in 2019.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan will not be
vying for the Aso Rock seat in 2019.
Babatope stated this in an interview with Punch
on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Lagos.
He said Jonathan will forever be remembered as
he has laid a solid foundation for Nigeria’s
democracy.
The 72-year-old said, “Although the people of
the South-South have the right to present a
candidate for the election, I’m sure the President
will not contest. He will lead us against the All
Progressives Congress.
“The President has set himself apart as a great
Nigerian leader, who is committed to seeing
Nigeria blossom into a great democracy. He has
laid a solid foundation for the nation’s
democracy and he would forever be remembered.
“The President will not contest the 2019
presidential election. The PDP will look for a
strong Hausa/Fulani presidential candidate to
contest against Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. ”

Xenophobic Attacks 8 Nigerians want to return home – Ambassador

Ajulu-Okeke disclosed this on Wednesday, April
22, 2015, during a phone conversation with

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Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Uche
Ajulu-Okeke has said that eight Nigerians have
indicated interest in returning home following a
spate of xenophobic attacks in SA.
Ajulu-Okeke disclosed this on Wednesday, April
22, 2015, during a phone conversation with
journalists.
She said further that Nigerian mission was
already working with the citizens to facilitate
their journey back home.
“I am working with eight Nigerians who have
indicated interest to go home. They are presently
at the deportation holding facility at Limbola,
South Africa,” Ajulu-Okeke said.
“They narrated how they were attacked and
brought pictures. We took note of all that. The
mission asked all the provincial chairmen of the
union to collate all information reported,” she
added.
The recent xenophobic attacks in parts of SA
have left at least seven people dead and many
more displaced.

43 Boko Haram child soldiers rescued in Borno state

43 Boko Haram child soldiers have been rescued
by the Chadian army in Damasak, Borno state.
Spokesperson of Chadian Army, Col. Azem
Agouna, while revealing this yesterday April 22nd,
said the children, all aged between 12 and above
and of Chadian nationality managed to escape
during the clashes between insurgents and
soldiers, while local families helped them to hide
from the militias.
He explained that when it was certain that Boko
Haram had been defeated and would not return
to the town, the children came out of their hiding
places and asked Chadian security forces for
help. The spokesman said the children have
been repatriated back to Chad while a full scale
investigation into how they were abducted will
be launched.

Ariana Grande Singer appreciates fans on Twitter after Big Sean split

Ariana and Big Sean split due to clash in their
tour schedules

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Ariana Grande may have broken up with
boyfriend Big Sean, but that doesn’t mean she’s
all sad ans weary.
The ‘Problem’ singer sent a special message to
fans over Twitter, and it’s nothing but positive;
thanking them for their support during her love
troubles.
The 21-year-old made sure to let her fans know
she doing just fine. Its obvious break up hurts
even if you are famous and fabulous.
Ariana wrote: ”I love you babes so much. You’re
a bunch of angels honestly. Your love and care is
appreciated so much. I’m good, I promise”
Sean and Ariana decided to split due to clashes
on their music careers.

I will resume search for oil along the Lake Chad Basin – Buhari

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President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari says he
will resume vigorous search for oil along the
Chad Basin in parts of Borno State and other
parts of the Northeast region once he is sworn in
as President come May 29th. According to KSM
news, Buhari said this while receiving Borno
state Governor Kashim Shettima and Traditional
Rulers and Elders from Borno state who came to
Kaduna to pay him a congratulatory visit on
Sunday April 19th. More pics after the cut…
KSM news reports (the official news agency for
Borno governor) that Gen Buhari in his address
to the people promised to work to restore peace
in the Northeast region by according top priority
to ending the activities of Boko Haram. He
promised to work in collaboration with the
government of Chad, Cameroon and Niger to
curtail the trans border movement of Boko
Haram insurgents, cut supply of arms as well as
cut the recruitment and training of fresh recruits.
On Agriculture, the president-elect said the
receding of Lake Chad will be addressed through
the transfer of water from the Central African
Republic to the lake to boost its commercial
activities for fishing and irrigation farming.
He recalled that he once read a document raising
fears about receding of the Lake Chad which he
handed over to former President Olusegun
Obasanjo but now that he would be coming as
President, he will handle the matter.

Xenophobia: 6,000 Nigerians will lose their jobs if MTN leaves Nigeria

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MTN Nigeria says about 6,000 Nigerians will lose
their jobs if MTN is made to leave Nigeria. Head
of Communications MTN, Mr Wale Goodluck said
this while reacting to calls by a protest group in
Edo state yesterday that the telecommunications
offices in Nigeria will be shut and their
installations attacked if the xenophobic attacks
in South Africa continues.
Mr Goodluck said there are only 12 expatriates
working for the company in Nigeria compared to
a workforce of 6,000 Nigerians.
“So if people go ahead with their threats
to attack our facilities, what that means
is that we may be forced to close down
the business in Nigeria and about 6,000
Nigerians that make up 99% of our
workforce will be unemployed.
Then, when you look at our support chain,
we have about 500,000 Nigerians gainfully
employed. So, boycotting our services
simply means destroying so many other
Nigerian businesses and making over
500,000 other Nigerians to lose their jobs.
This business supports a lot of
businesses across the length and breadth
of Nigeria. Many of the businesses that
are affiliated to South Africa are in the
retail space, supporting the growth of
Nigeria and employing so many Nigerians.
We see no revenge of Xenophobia and we
commend the role the Nigerian High
Commissioner in South Africa has played;
at least there has been no fatality on the
part of any Nigerian,” he said

In Yobe 1 dead, 8 injured in failed suicide bombing

The bomber was reportedly targeting the Sakafa
Mosque in Potiskum, the state capital when the
device he was carrying exploded prematurely.
The incident is said to have occurred at about
4:20pm on Monday, April 20, 2015.
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A failed suicide attack in Yobe State has left the
bomber dead and eight others injured, reports
say.
The bomber was reportedly targeting the Sakafa
Mosque in Potiskum, the state capital when the
device he was carrying exploded prematurely.
The incident is said to have occurred at about
4:20pm on Monday, April 20, 2015.
“Yes the bomber was conveying the explosive
devices and in an attempt to cross the last
gutter to reach his target…the explosives went
off on the spot,” an eyewitness told Channels
TV.
The incident was has been confirmed by the
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the
state, Toyin Gbadegesin.