NIGERIA: Boko Haram “Enough is Enough” – Orji Uzor Kalu.

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Last week, over 100 innocent citizens of this great country were painfully sent to their early graves in a suicide bombing that took place in a popular bus station in Kano.

From information gleaned from the spot, a majority of the dead were feared to belong to the Igbo ethnic group. For over three decades, Igbo have been at the receiving end of such attacks. I recall the heady days of Maitasine riots in the North. Hundreds of innocent people were killed. Is the recent attack in Kano an orchestrated to decimate or intimidate Igbo out of the North?

What happens if those aggrieved decide to retaliate and this causes another social upheaval that could set the country on the edge? Why the suicide bombers and their sponsors chose this critical time in our national history to carry out the attack still baffles me. Past attacks had been targeted at places of worship in the North, with no particular ethnic group as target.

The Kano one was specifically and deliberately targeted at Igbo. What they want to achieve by this senseless attack is yet to be ascertained. I have written more than two-dozen articles on the need to foster unity, tolerance and love among the various ethnic and religious groups in our dear country. In each of the articles, I drew attention to the ills that work against the advancement of our nation, especially ethnicity and religious bigotry.

Recent events across the country show that these calls are not usually heeded by those at whom the messages are directed. How can anyone explain the increased rate of violent crimes that have nearly made life unlivable in our nation? There is no part that is spared: from east to west, north to south, it is the same story of indiscriminate killing of innocent citizens. All the efforts by the security agencies so far to curtail the menace seem not to be working.

For all I know, the latest attack was an unnecessary distraction. It does not have the capacity of achieving anything for the attackers and those sponsoring them. Let the perpetrators of these attacks take a look at what is happening in other nations in turmoil to be able to appreciate the perilous direction they are taking our nation to.

Yes, it is important they look at the anarchical situation in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central African Republic (CAR) and other parts of the world to understand the danger inherent in fanning the embers of hate, tribalism and religious fanaticism. Do they want our nation to become one of these ill-fated countries?

I must confess that my heart has been in deep pain since the bus-station bombing in Kano last week took place. I learnt that the five buses bombed were heading for Lagos and Aba – usually with mainly Igbo businessmen and women. Boko Haram was blamed for the multiple blasts.
Why should Boko Haram attack Igbo? Is there anything Igbo and Boko Haram adherents are fighting over? Why should Boko Haram unleash such mayhem on innocent Igbo businessmen and women who did not pose any obstacle to their perceived interest(s)?

Are they aware that their unprovoked attacks have cost Igbo numerous lives and billions of Naira in materials? Do they know how many families they have rendered hopeless with the recent murder of their breadwinners?

We need answers to these questions urgently otherwise there is fear that this particular incident can trigger off more serious troubles in our nation if not carefully handled. There is no way we will fold our arms and watch our people killed so wantonly again.We have the right under the law of man and natural justice to do everything within the ambit of the law to defend ourselves from the knives and bombs of any conscienceless group wreaking havoc on our nation in the name of agitation for self-governance.

The 1967-1970 Civil War was caused by the senseless and unwarranted killing of Igbo in the North. Though I am a proponent of mutual, peaceful coexistence, however, that is up to the limit commonsense can permit. Is it fair for our people to continue to support the unity of a nation in which their lives are not safe? This is not the first time this kind of callous act is happening.

During my tenure as governor, I personally led a delegation to the North in 2000 to appeal to their leaders to call their youth to order; to stop killing our people without provocation. This was after the unprovoked killing of Igbo in several parts of the North for religious reasons. As a direct response to my peace shuttles, there was a brief period of respite for Igbo in that part of the country.

Now, the monster has woken up from its slumber, and it seems our leaders have gone to sleep. Nobody is talking or doing something concrete to stop the carnage. The only strong voices from Igboland doing something to condemn the recent killing were MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, and Senator Uche Chukwumerije who moved a motion in the Senate last week.

I also credit President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate leadership with statements condemning the attacks. It is a pity that other key Igbo political leaders have chosen to keep quiet, while their house burns. What they have probably forgotten is that they are, by their studied silence, only postponing the doomsday – of which they may be its biggest beneficiaries.

Whoever sees evil and fails to condemn it will face the aftermath. It is not arguable that those who kill by the sword die by the sword someday. Today, others are being killed and you do nothing to help. Tomorrow it could be your turn. That is nemesis. After all, what goes round comes around. Insecurity has assumed a new dimension as we approach 2015, and security agencies seem helpless. Must we kill in order to win election or register our discontentment?

Politics should be just a game of wits and not bombs. Those who resort to violence to register their resentment are nothing but barbarians. The leadership of this great nation is open to anybody who is a bona-fide citizen of this country, who has met all the statutory requirements to seek election. It is not the birthright of anybody.
This is why I have always advocated openness and brotherliness in political contests. – Former Orji Uzor Kalu.

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Nigeria: Fire consumes shops, residences in Kurudu

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Thousands of residents and shop owners poured outside last night as angry fire tore down their homes and shops in a rage that brightened the sky in disastrous contradiction.

While the fire consumed their belongings, the victims could only cry and wail. It was a very pitiable scene.

Daily Times got to the scene of the fire incident in the middle of it all, and made frantic efforts to help by calling mobile phone numbers of some Fire Service Officers in both Karu and Asokoro areas. Scores of sympathisers and shop owners equally made several calls for the Federal Fire Service men.

While the angry fire tore down corrugated roofing sheets and swallowed good and personal belongs, some young men however braved the flame, climbed rooftops; while others gave them buckets of water with which they fought they fire. But the inferno was not abated. People prayed God and Jesus for intervention.

Their prayers were answered about 20 minutes pass midnight when a Fire Service truck raced to the scene. By then, at least 14 buildings have been razed down. On sighting the fire service vehicle, many of the onlookers became excite in the negative way.

Some young men mobilised themselves to attack the Fire Officers. They said the officers came late when much has been damaged. It took the intervention of the Police and some people to calm the youths down to allow the fire officers do their job.

The Officers were professionals indeed as the fire was watered down within 15 minutes of their arrival. The fire officers left the scene around 1.20am. As at the time of filing this report, there was no record of human casualty. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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NIGERIA: Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom is not a reckless spender – Chief Press Secretary

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Akwa Ibom State is one of the richest states in Nigeria in oil and gas, and the Governor has been spending money extravagantly. Many people call him reckless Governor sha! Well, his press secretary, Pastor Anietie Ukpe, has released a statement giving us six reasons why Governor Akpabio is not a reckless money spender. Read it below…

1. All the money so far spent was budgeted and did not in any way negatively impact on the fortunes of Akwa Ibom and the people of the state.

2. The governor promised and actually donated only one Toyota Prado SUV to Tuface Idibia and his wife, Annie Macaulay, not two such vehicles, as was wrongly reported. When the most respected Highlife living legend, Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya, was honoured with the latest model of Toyota Avensis saloon car by Governor Fayemi of Ekiti State to mark his 80th birthday, did anybody complain?

 3. The Governor promised to give twenty relatives of the bride, Annie Macaulay, who is an Akwa Ibom daughter, return tickets to Dubai to attend the wedding. The entire cost of these return tickets came down to just N3 million, was that enough for such pent up fury?

4. On the donation of N6 million to the state chapter chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party at Port Harcourt, in the 2013 budget, there is a provision for Hospitality, Grants and Donations by the Governor under Section 467/169. This provision is not peculiar to Akwa Ibom State; it is an intrinsic part of all government budgets in the world. How leaders decide on donations is not subject to legislative scrutiny or control, just as the legislature does not control how the provision for the security vote is spent.

5. Concerning the donation of N230 million (N10 million per state) by twenty-three PDP states for developmental projects in Mr. President’s immediate community, the projects involved included cancer diagnostic centre, nursery school, primary school, secondary school, skill acquisition centre, hostel for NYSC youths posted to Bayelsa, and a deanery for prayers. All those who are upset about this donation have the option to channel their own donations towards the building of shrines, or even to Satan.

6. There are also issues with the Governor saying that he “once gave a cash gift of N10m to the national Under-17 football team, the Golden Eaglets, for beating Mali in a first leg African Under-17 Championship qualifier in Calabar last November.” Not true! Governor Akpabio met the kids a few weeks earlier at Abuja Airport and on interaction learnt of their financial handicap in prosecuting major competitions outside Nigeria. He pledged N10 million support to the team and redeemed same at Calabar after the team’s match with Mali.

~ Chief Press Secretary/Senior Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Anietie Ukpe.

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Dolan Says Church Should Be More Welcoming of Gays

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Weeks after returning from Vatican City, where he helped elect a new pope for a worldwide church that is struggling with declining numbers and controversy over social issues, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said on two morning talk shows on Easter Sunday that the Roman Catholic Church could be more welcoming of gays and lesbians despite its opposition to same-sex marriage.

 

 

In prerecorded interviews with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week” and Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” on CBS, Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York and one of the leading voices of the Catholic Church in the United States, did not suggest any changes in church teaching. He defined marriage as “one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life,” but, he told Mr. Stephanopoulos, “we’ve got to do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people.”

“And I admit, we haven’t been too good at that,” the cardinal continued. “We try our darnedest to make sure we’re not an anti-anybody.”

Speaking just days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in two same-sex marriage cases, Mr. Stephanopoulos asked Cardinal Dolan what he could say to gays and lesbians who felt excluded from the church.

“Well, the first thing I’d say to them is: ‘I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness. And — and we — we want your happiness. But — and you’re entitled to friendship,’ ” Cardinal Dolan said. “But we also know that God has told us that the way to happiness, that — especially when it comes to sexual love — that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally.”

He gave a similar answer on “Face the Nation” when Mr. Schieffer questioned him about whether the church would embrace more liberal teachings as public opinion shifts.

The cardinal acknowledged that the church had a problem staying relevant: “How to remain faithful to what we believe are God-given, revealed, settled, unchanging principles without losing our people, who more and more question them.”

“I think what we can’t tamper with what God has revealed,” he added. But, he said, “we can try to do better in the way we present them with more credibility and in a more compelling way.”

During Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, Cardinal Dolan hinted at more sweeping changes. And he hailed a rebirth of the church as Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

“The church, with a capital C, is undergoing renewal, repair, resurrection,” he said. “I kind of think we’re seeing it today in a particularly fresh and new way with our beloved new Holy Father.”

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Justin Bieber’s monkey quarantined in Germany

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Justin Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after landing in Germany last week without the necessary papers for the animal, an official said Saturday.

The 19-year-old singer arrived at Munich airport last Thursday. When he went through customs, he didn't have the documentation necessary to bring the capuchin monkey into the country, so the animal had to stay with authorities, customs spokesman Thomas Meister said.

 

Bieber performed in Munich on Thursday, beginning the latest leg of his European tour. He later tweeted: "Munich was a good time. And loud. The bus is headed to Vienna now. U coming?" He didn't mention the monkey.

The Canadian singer is giving several concerts in Austria and then in Germany over the next week.

 

Bieber had a trying stay in London recently. The star struggled with his breathing and fainted backstage at a show, was taken to a hospital and then was caught on camera clashing with a paparazzo. Days earlier, he was booed by his beloved fans when he showed up late to a concert.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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Nollywood: WHY TONTO DIKEH MUST BE STOPPED?

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I have watched with patient annoyance, I have listen with patient distress, to the sights and sounds of our dear actress turn singer Tonto Dikeh. Like many others, I chose not to talk about her but I was forced to know how wrong I was for keeping silent by the words of Alibaba and OJB, two eminent personalities that means a lot to the entertainment industry.

Alibaba once tweeted “Playing a song of an artiste that you know is not good enough is no encouragement you are spoiling the market”, I don't know what he had in mind. In an online interview with OJB by the crew of Information Nigeria, he said codewit.com

 

Listen to New Music Video: Tonto Dikeh – Hi

Biola Ige – Why would Tonto Dike want to harm me when she has made a name for herself?

Tonto Dikeh Should Be Scared Of Me – Shirley Igwe

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Anthony Claret

Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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Bird flu Killed two men in china

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Two men have died in the Chinese city of Shanghai, after contracting a strain of bird flu not previously known in humans, Chinese officials say.

The men, aged 27 and 87, both fell ill with the H7N9 strain in February and died some weeks later in March, Xinhua news agency reported.

A woman of 35 who caught the virus elsewhere is said to be critically ill.

It is unclear how the strain spread, but the three did not infect each other or any close contacts, officials say.

While both men who died were in Shanghai, the third victim was reported in Chuzhou in the eastern province of Anhui.

According to China's National Health and Family Planning Commission, all three became ill with coughs and fevers before developing pneumonia.

Commission experts said on Saturday the cause had been identified as H7N9, a strain of avian flu not thought to have been transmitted to humans before.

There is no vaccine against the strain, the commission said, adding it was currently testing to assess its ability to infect humans.

Another strain of bird flu, H5N1, has led to more than 360 confirmed human deaths since 2003 and the deaths of tens of millions of birds.

The World Health Organization says that most avian flu viruses do not infect humans and the majority of H5N1 cases have been associated with contact with infected poultry.

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APOLOGY: I Will Make It Up To You Guys -2Face To Fans [Just for gaga]

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After an angry female fan lashed out at Tuface for doing his wedding in Dubai looks like he has come out to apologize to his fans that he will make it up to them.

 

My fans, am really sorry 4 my wedding venue. I will make it up to you guys.

"The main reason why the wedding was at Dubai is because if I fix it in Nigeria, the pastor will definitely ask if anybody knows why this two won't be joined in holy matrimony and Una sabi how many pikin with dia different mama wey I get nah, all of dem go stand up spoil my show.

So na why I put am dia cos they won't afford the transport and even if they pastor asked, it will be in Arabic and nobody will understand" -2Face Idibia.

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Uti Nwachukwu Confesses: I am A Possessive Lover

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Uti Nwachukwu Confesses: “I’m An Extremely Jealous Guy & A Possessive Lover. I’m Very Difficult To Deal With”

In this tell-it-all interview with Codewit news, Nigerian model Uti Nwachukwu confessed he is an extremely jealous guy.

The model further confessed he is a very possessive person who is very difficult to deal with.

Uti Nwachukwu who is currently single and ready to mingle is praying to God for deliverance from the spirit of jealousy.

Hear more on what the model said in the interview below;

“I am an extremely jealous guy but I am praying to God to make me less jealous and less possessive. I believe that if you find somebody that’s for you, that person should be for you only. I’m a bit extreme because my lover must focus on only me. Now that’s a bit difficult and that’s why I say I am a very difficult person to be with. Perhaps, I’m very demanding when it comes to relationships.”

“Apart from being a jealous lover I also expect you to give back to me what I am giving you. I expect 100 per cent attention and care and nothing less. So, it’s going to be hard but I know God gave me this standard in order to connect me with the exact person he has created for me.”

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NIGERIA: SURE-P funds shared among PDP members – ACN

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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) said the crisis that is now tearing apart the Lagos PDP, over the sharing of SURE-P funds among PDP members in the state, has vindicated its (ACN) stand that the funds meant to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal have now become a 2015 campaign war chest for President Jonathan.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said when it alerted the nation to the abuse of the SURE-P funds in a statement on Feb. 3rd 2013, the FG as well as SURE-P managers rushed to deny any abuse of the funds and called the party (ACN) unprintable names.

”Today, the truth has prevailed as the PDP members themselves have confirmed that the SURE-P funds are being shared among them across the federation.

”Thanks to the alleged hijacking of the SURE-P funds meant for the PDP members in Lagos State by the Bode George faction and the crisis that it has generated, the nation can now see that the Jonathan Administration has willfully converted the money accruing from SURE-P to campaign funds.”

ACN said a public statement by a faction of the PDP in Lagos has let the cat out of the bag. According to can, the PDP factional statement said, inter alia; ”Bode Oyedele cannot coordinate Sure-P in Lagos State. We reject him. He has packed all Bode George’s agents as Sure-P beneficiaries. Is this the objective of Sure-P? Some local governments like Eti-Osa, Ajeromi, Lagos Islands etc. Please find out how they got the beneficiaries.”

ACN said from the statement above by members of the PDP themselves, no one should be left in any doubt that the SURE-P funds have now become campaign funds for President Jonathan and his party ahead of 2015.

”On the basis of this, we are now calling for an independent investigation into how the money accruing to SURE-P has been disbursed since the inception of the programme, with a view to establishing to what extent the funds have been abused, and in order to prescribe the appropriatesanctions for those found culpable,” it said.

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