Presidency Lauds Conference Delegates

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The Political Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali, yesterday commended the management and delegates to the National Conference for the successful adoption of the reports of the 20 committees of the conference.

Alkali made the commendation in Abuja at a  summit organised by a political pressure group, Southern and Northern Amalgamated Support for President Jonathan, (SONAS for PJ).

According to him, when President Jonathan inaugurated the conference, some people felt no agreement would be reached by the delegates and that the conference would collapse midway.
He noted that the delegates exhibited a high sense of patriotism throughout their deliberations at the committee and plenary sessions.

He also applauded President Jonathan for not interfering with the conference since it was inaugurated in March.
“Yesterday, the National Conference plenary session came to a conclusion. You all know the journey to that conference started long ago. There was a time Nigerians said they wanted a conference and we finally agreed to have a conference.

“Who are going to be the members, the president took his time to give everybody full representation. The conference defined its own agenda, set up its own 20 committees and we never heard for one day when Mr. President’s name was mentioned for for interfering with the National Conference up to this moment.

“Now they have concluded their assignments. A lot of people thought the National Conference was going to collapse, it did not collapse. A lot of people thought that no agreement will be reached on so many issues but the reports of all the 20 committees have scaled through as a result of consensus.”

Alkali further declared that such conferences usually have grey areas which would be sorted out in due course.
“If there are grey areas, it is only normal because the debate on Nigeria will not end one day. It is a continuous process.

“We had leaders, elders, people who matter who know the history of this country, who stood for us and put Nigeria first. We should give them a standing ovation for their sacrifices and patriotism for all what they have done.
“We must commend our president for steering the journey up to this point. The gloary goes to him and also to all those who advised in one form or the other, who participated in one form or the other to ensure this conference is successfully concluded.” 

In his brief remark, the Global Coordinator of the group, Mr. Emmanuel Okongete, said the primary mandate of the group is to empower women and youths through training to acquire different skills and mobilise them to ensure the return of President Jonathan in 2015.

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PDP Governors, House Members Endorse Jonathan for 2015 Presidential Election

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After months of loud silence on his desire to seek re-election,the stage now seems set for President Goodluck Jonathan to publicly declare for the race after the Muslim Ramadan fasting period.

The decision to declare his ambition openly followed the endorsement by the governors and members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This was one of the main outcomes of the Monday meeting between the President and the PDP Governors led by the Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio with the PDP members of the House of Representatives.

It was gathered that President Jonathan would be officially declaring for his second term in office after the Muslim fasting period, specifically any time in August as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would summon a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to approve the guidelines for the presidential, governorship, National and State Assembly elections.

The meeting which ended in the early hours of yesterday was attended by Governors Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Theodore Orji (Abia), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Martins Elechi (Ebonyi)and Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta). Others are Idris Wada (Kogi), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Ibrahim Dakwambo (Gombe), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) and the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtar Shagari.

According to the source that spoke to THISDAY, most of the governors and members of the House of Representatives who attended the meeting spoke glowingly of the need for the President to seek a second term in office as he has discharged his constitutional duties creditably.

The meeting with the PDP governors in the first place was aimed at informing the governors of the decision of the President to seek a second term in office instead of hearing it from outsiders. Though, the source explained that it is an open secret that the President would seek a re-election as all machinery towards it are already in motion.

The source said no single governor at the meeting spoke against it, stating that he has lived up to his campaign promises.

According to the source, “the meeting was merely to inform us as nobody at the meeting opposed the plan. In fact, if there were to be any opposition, it would be like standing in front of a moving train. The stage was set and there was nothing anyone could do about it.

“The meeting to some of us was merely for your information and not to seek approval”, the source said.
The meeting agreed that it would not be proper for the President to declare within the month of Ramadan, when the Muslims are fasting and apart from that, it was agreed that most of the Muslims would be travelling outside Nigeria for the lesser Hajj.

It was therefore agreed that the President would be declaring his intention to contest for the second term in office after the fasting and that the PDP NWC would be setting the machinery in motion by submitting the draft guidelines for the election to the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for approval.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had released the timetable for the 2015 elections. The commission, in a statement issued in Abuja last year, fixed the Presidential and National Assembly elections for February 14, 2015. The statement was signed  by the Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu.

The commission also fixed state assembly and governorship elections for February 28 same year. She said the release was done in pursuant of the powers conferred on the commission by the constitution and the Electoral Act  (2010) as amended. The statement was however silent on when politicians could declare their interest in contesting for any of the offices. The Electoral Act 2010, Section 31 (1) states that, “Every political party shall not later than 60 days before the date appointed for the general election under the provisions of this Act, submit to the Commission in the prescribed forms list of the candidates the party proposes to sponsor at the elections.”

Meanwhile, buoyed by its victory in Ekiti State governorship election, the PDP has said it is aiming at coasting home to victory at the 2015 governorship election by increasing the number of states under its control from the present 19 to 28.

In achieving this, it said it was already strategising on the deepening of its internal democracy.
Akpabio who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, said: “We moved into a further meeting with Mr. President and all the PDP governors and members of the NWC-led by the National Chairman of the party, based on the fact that in the next few months we shall be gong into major primaries.

“When I came in, there was a period that PDP  had up to 29 governors. In 2011, we still had up to 25 governors and then of course some governors tried to decamp to other political parties which they are liberty to do, because this is democracy, but we are gaining more, now we have at least 19 governors with the coming of Ekiti State and we also have three deputy governors who are still with us.

“That of Sokoto, Adamawa and that also that of Nasarawa, that brings our number to about 22, so if we shoot to 28, it is not too bad in the 2015 elections, so it was an appraisal and for us to use that opportunity as PDP governors to congratulate the party leader  on the very successful election that was held in Ekiti State  which was very free and fair and applauded by the international community and all Nigerians to a point where even the candidate of the opposition announced that yes indeed this was a victory well deserved and there was no need to contest such a victory in court.

“That is the kind of thing we would like to see and Mr. President has entrenched true democracy in Nigeria and this has happened in Edo State, it has happened in Ondo State and it has happened now in Ekiti State, and it will happen in August in Osun State.

“And for me, as a chairman of PDP governors in Nigeria, my hope and prayer is that God should increase our numbers and make us to have majority of governors in the country, because PDP is the only true national party in Nigeria. The hope of every Nigerian lies in the party.”

He said the meeting  held with the caucus of the House of Representatives was  fantastic, saying such meeting should be held regularly with the party leader, president and members of the National Working Committee ( NWC) at the national level in attendance together with the governors.

“Of course you are aware that the National Assembly Caucus met earlier in the day and passed a vote of confidence on Mr. President, the vice-president and the national leadership of the party and in turn, they also urged Mr. President to step forward and contest for the 2015 presidential election” the governor said.

He added that PDP House of Representatives caucus urged Jonathan to re-contest for a second term in office.
“We were witnesses when that resolution was taken and of course, they also pledged their unflinching support to the leadership of Mr. President and then congratulated him for being able to pass through times despite the distractions as a result of the insecurity situation in some parts of the country,” he stressed.

Akpabio further told journalists that Jonathan was commended  for the strides he had made in governance particularly the educational sector, where he has built over 150 Almajiri schools, as well as efforts being made to tackle  insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria using education.

He noted that Jonathan was  the first Nigerian president to establish up to 10 federal universities all at a go, which he said was highly commendable.

“We don’t need to talk of the strides in the power sector and other areas. We believe that our performance will still endear us to Nigerians and that is what we looking forward to.

“Politics is all about democracy dividends, not about propaganda, so those who want to do propaganda can do so, but our meeting was to strategise on how best we can serve the Nigerian people so that the populace will continue to love the PDP and vote for us come 2015,” Akpabio stressed.

On whether the PDP Governors’ Forum also endorsed Jonathan, he said: “The PDP governors were present when the National Assembly Caucus did what they did, I do not want to pre-empt the action of PDP governors, but I can attest to their loyalty and their commitment  to the success of Mr. President come 2015.”

On Jonathan response, the governor told journalists that the president though elated, but did not say anything.
“But as you know, INEC has not given the timetable for election yet, we are still waiting for INEC to release the guidelines, so Mr. President didn’t give anybody any answer, he did not say he will contest or he will not contest, but rather, he thanked them for the interest and confidence reposed in him.

“But I think from his body language, he is very mindful of the law and the need to wait for the guidelines from INEC. That was what I noticed,” Akpabio concluded.

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Accident mystery: Car somersaults, lands on three vehicles

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A Honda CRV car somersaulted several times on Burma Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano and mysteriously ended up atop three vehicles parked in front of a residential building.
The road mishap occurred between 11-12 mid night on Monday, while most of the residents were about to go to bed and had already parked their vehicles after a hard day’s job.
However, it is still a mystery that the driver of the ill-fated driver escaped with only a minor injury, but his vehicle was extensively damaged.
Shortly after the accident, the bewildered driver told residents at the scene of the crash that all he could recall or remember was that “I saw a herd of sheep crossing the road and in an attempt to avoid them, I veered off the road and my vehicle somersaulted several times and ended atop three parked vehicles.
”I saw an animal, which looks like an elephant, including lions and other species of other animals crossing the road and in attempt to avoid them, I became confused while they were crossing the road at such an odd hour between 11-12 pm while on my way home. Before I could realize what was happening, I just heard a loud voice and later found myself atop the roof of my CRV car.”
According to a witness, the driver of the CRV Honda car said while on his way home, he got a phone call that his children were crying inside the house because his wife was not at home and he locked-up the children inside the house.
Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and police officers have since inspected the scene of the crash and towed the damaged vehicles to their station for further investigation.

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Abuja Traders to Close down Market, Plazas Thursday

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The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), the umbrella body of all traders’ groups in Nigeria, will close all markets and shopping plazas in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)  tomorrow to honour of the victims of the EMAB Plaza bomb blast

The President of NANTS, Mr. Ken. Ukaoha, who disclosed this development to newsmen in Abuja yesterday said: “We have decided that our market and plazas would be closed until 12noon on Thursday, July 17, 2014.”

“It is very worrisome that the bombing of markets and plazas and commercial places is gradually becoming the order of the day in the country to the point that people are now scared of going to markets,” he added

Ukaoha also informed of the  group’s resolution to direct its FCT chapter  to co-ordinate a solidarity programme that would assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of the affected victims.

He expressed concern over the non-permanence of the presence of security operatives in and around the market and plazas in FCT.

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NIGERIA: Expelled PDP Members Join APC in Osun

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No fewer than four of the six leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State expelled by the party on Monday yesterday formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a rally in Illesa.
The former PDP members were received into the APC by the state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, at a campaign rally organised by the APC in Ilesa.

The PDP leaders are the former state Secretary, Chief Yinka Adeojo, former Chairman, Osogbo Local Government, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye, former Personal Assistant to former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr Razaq Oyelami and a former Assistant State Secretary of the party, Alhaji Razaq Oyetunji.

The PDP had on Monday announced the expulsion of six of its members over an alleged anti-party activities and franternising with former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, said the former PDP members who are still members of various federal boards, risk loosing their appointments.

Aregbesola, who spoke  at the rally, cursed those who intend to cause confusion in the state ahead of the August 9 governorship election.

He also urged the people of the state to curse those who plan to ruin the state for political reasons.
Aregbesola also asked the people of the state to pray fervently for  the smooth conduct of the election, saying the election would determine the future of the state. Also speaking, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, admonished APC supporters to vote for Aregbesola on August 9.

The party said lying was a trademark of the PDP.
Reacting to a statement credited to PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh that, “while its candidate and members had been campaigning, the APC had been engaging in political gallivanting, rigmarole and ineffective propaganda.”

According to APC spokesman in the state, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said: “This is not different from the low-level intelligence of the Osun PDP executives.

According to the party, Metuh is unaware of the unprecedented crowd that grace APC rallies shows the abysmal level of ignorance at the apex of PDP hierarchy, or the sorry state of denial or both in which the PDP wallows.
“Olisa Metuh is as much a liar as Omisore,” the APC declared.”

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FG Aids, Profits from Boko Haram, Says APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of aiding, abetting and benefitting from the continued Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

The party said through the mismanagement of national resources, massive corruption and the incompetent handling of what started as a localised insurgency, the PDP-led federal government  had been responsible for the festering of the crisis.

In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also accused the federal government of using the fight against the insurgency as an excuse to persecute the opposition, trample on civil liberties and abuse national institutions on a scale that is unprecedented in the history of the country.

‘’Far from the baseless and irresponsible accusations and finger-pointing by the PDP and the government it controls at the centre, it is time to tell Nigerians that the only reason the insurgency has continued unabated is because the PDP and the Jonathan administration are benefitting massively from it.”

The party accused the PDP of profiting from the Boko Haram insurgency, adding that this was why it was always dismissive of any genuine efforts to end the crisis, preferring to continually demonise the APC as the sponsors of Boko Haram even when there was no scintilla of evidence to back the allegation up.

It said the international community was not unaware that the federal government had been the biggest cog in the wheel of efforts to tackle Boko Haram because the Jonathan administration had seen the insurgency as its surest ticket to re-election and international acceptance.

‘’That explains their quick dismissal of our call for an international inquiry to unravel the sponsors and modus operandi of the terror group, while latching on to what remains a mere conjecture on the probe of Boko Haram links by the British parliament. Which is bigger and more authentic, a probe by the British parliament or an international inquiry? If the PDP and its cohorts have nothing to hide, they would have embraced that call. We maintain that only an international inquiry can unravel those behind Boko Haram, and we thank Nigerians for their favourable response to our call,’’ the APC said.

The party called the attention of Nigerians to the testimony given by a US official at the US House Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Africa’s hearing last Thursday in Washington, identifying the human rights abuse record and uncooperative attitude of the Nigerian government and its military authorities as factors hindering the security assistance offered to Nigeria by the US to tackle Boko Haram.

‘’The Congress was told by the Specialist at African Affairs Congressional Research Service, Lauren Blanchard, that the Nigerian government and its military had not been yielding to America’s suggestions; that the main impediment to America’s efforts to support Nigeria’s broader response to Boko Haram is ‘gross violations committed by the Nigerian forces, the Nigerian government’s resistance to adopting a more comprehensive approach to Boko Haram and the continued lack of political will’.

“The Congress also heard that the  Nigerian government has appeared reticent in some cases to allow its security forces to participate in US training programmes, adding: ‘Multiple systemic factors further constrain the effectiveness of the Nigerian security force’s response to Boko Haram, notably security sector, corruption and mismanagement, and some of these factors impede US support even for units that have been cleared for assistance.’

‘’Does anyone need any more evidence of whose cluelessness and incompetence have allowed Boko Haram to fester to such a level that it has killed over 3,000 people since the beginning of this year alone? Does anyone need further evidence of whose non-cooperative attitude with the US and other foreign friends of Nigeria has been responsible for the failed and tepid efforts to tackle Boko Haram?’’ it queried.

Explaining the genesis of the blossoming insurgency, APC said it was an undisputed fact that Boko Haram emerged against the backdrop of intense poverty and political misrule by the PDP since 1999.

‘’Since the return to democratic rule in 1999, the PDP has ruled Nigeria till date, and has been responsible for mismanaging over 60 per cent of national revenue. Still, very little has changed in terms of progressive improvement in the socio-economic conditions of most Nigerians. It is hardly a coincidence that Boko Haram emerged in the North-east region of Nigeria, given that it is the poorest region with is higher than national average rates of poverty, illiteracy, mortality rates, youth unemployment and social immobility.

‘’Moreover, states in the North-east receive some of the least allocations from the national treasury individually and collectively. The North-east region, reflecting broader national and even African patterns, is experiencing a ‘youth bulge’ that accentuates the socio-economic deprivations across the region.

“Given the poor literacy rates of the region, there are millions of young people with neither formal nor Arabic education, not to talk of even vocational skills. Indeed, a majority of youth in the North-east region are unemployable, thus providing a fertile ground for the recruitment of idle youths into groups that engage in criminal acts.

‘’In short, the PDP’s failure to deliver credible democratic dividends specifically socio-economic progress (employment, social infrastructure, quality of life initiatives, regular power supply etc) and its obsession with retaining political power at all cost and a ‘do or die politics’, provide logical grounds for the horde of security challenges witnessed across Nigeria since 1999,’’ the party said.

Backing up its claims that the Jonathan administration is profiting from the Boko Haram insurgency, the opposition party said the PDP was using the crisis to launder the image of the Jonathan presidency by securing attendance and participation for President Jonathan at important international summits and meetings.

‘’Curiously, Boko Haram has become a way of getting the international community to talk and meet with President Jonathan and gain international media coverage. The PDP-led federal government is also using the Boko Haram crisis, especially the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to blackmail the main opposition party and the civil society, impose emergency rule in states and areas controlled by opposition political parties, harass and restrict media freedom (through military clampdowns), and to justify other illegal activities.

‘’The Boko Haram crisis is readily used by the PDP to rationalise the Jonathan administration’s abdication of its constitutional responsibilities, including visits and assistance to areas affected and effective response to kidnappings and abductions. For instance, the administration was silent over the Chibok girls kidnaps for over 15 days. Little wonder that it took the visit of the Pakistani girl education campaigner, Malala, to Nigeria to force President Jonathan to now promise to meet the parents of the over 200 school girls who were abducted over three months ago in Chibok.

‘’Under the guise of ensuring security, the Maiduguri Airport has been closed, hence the Borno State governor and the people of the state, including the pilgrims heading to lesser Hajj, have been forced to travel by road to Kano to board their flights. However, the reason for shutting the airport has suddenly vanished as the private plane bearing Ali Modu Sheriff was allowed to land at the airport on Monday, the same day the Governor had to travel by road to Kano to see his brother who was involved in an accident on the same road!

‘’It is also not a secret that billions of naira have been allocated to security in order to tackle the Boko Haram menace, yet our troops have not been adequately equipped to confront the insurgency. “

“One wonders what happened to the huge funds allocated to the anti-terror fight. Against the backdrop of the huge war-chest that the Jonathan administration has amassed ahead of the 2015 elections, one can easily understand who such funds have evaporated into thin air.

‘’Also, the Boko Haram crisis and the Jonathan administration’s response to it must be seen in the context of 2015 elections. The status quo favours the PDP and President Jonathan. Why? Because Boko Haram affected areas and indeed the northern region are opposition strongholds, hence the administration is hoping that the Boko Haram crisis, the declaration of emergency rule and general atmosphere of insecurity in the North will lead to the cancellation of voting in some areas and limit voters’ turnout in general, a development which the PDP believes will minimise its electoral losses in the North and enhance the likelihood of a PDP victory,’’ APC said.

The party reiterated its position on the Boko Haram crisis, saying it had no links whatsoever to the terror group and challenged anyone with contrary information and proof to present such to Nigerians without delay.
It also restated its earlier recommendations for resolving the crisis, saying any solution that would be effective must be multi-faceted, since scorched-earth military tactics alone had failed to quell the insurgency.

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Some APC Leaders Want Me Out, Says Sheriff

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Former Governor of Borno State and founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has said some self-acclaimed leaders of the party do not want him in the party after all the sacrifices he has made towards its formation.

The ex-governor has been  linked with plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following some misgivings over the handling of the party’s congresses and national convention.

However, a close associate of the APC chieftain, Dr. Umar Duhu, who spoke in an interview with THISDAY yesterday in Abuja, described the purported  plans as a rumour, saying at present, the ex-governor was still consulting across the country.
“To the best of my knowledge, what I know is that after the convention, a lot of things came up and Sherriff understood that the so-called leaders of the party do not want him in the party and with a lot of sacrifice he had made for this party, he now felt if people can come and dine with him and then turned behind him and castigate him, that means APC does not want him,” he said.

Duhu, who is a former interim national vice-chairman of APC for the North, explained that Sheriff  had  made huge sacrifices  for the party, adding that he had donated more than N50 million to ensure the success of the APC registration as a political party during the formative processes last year.

“As I am talking to you today, Sherriff is still consulting with his people so that he can carry everybody along if he is going to dump the party. He is not only the party leader in Borno State but a national leader of the party, he was the chairman, Board of Trustee of ANPP, and so he has people across the 36 state of the federation. He is still talking to a lot of people so that if he is going to dump the party finally, he is going to carry all these people along.

“Sherriff  bankrolled the activities of the party particularly in the North-east zone and even in the country because during the registration period, he donated a lot of money running into more than N50 million for the success of the registration processes. I was the one that handed the money personally, so if somebody can commit himself to that extent and you say he has alienation with the party, that shows that something is fundamentally wrong.

“He is an international businessman, two-term governor of Borno State, three times member of National Assembly, so how can somebody of this status not have links with the government?

“He has been in government and you cannot be an island of yourself. Definitely, the president in power, whether from your party or another party, you must be loyal to him, and you will remember that the present president has been deputy governor when Sherriff was governor, so why would he now say Sheriff will not have friendly relationship with him?, he asked.

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10 Top Things Nigerians Now Accept as Normal

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 Here are ten things I have identified as top abnormalities Nigerians now just surrender to or even accept as normal. As a matter of fact, they are essentially Nigerian in outlook and any attempt to change them might even affect our corporate image. They are as Nigerian as the green-white-green flag. Yet, there is nothing “normal” about them and a good, conscientious leadership can change them.

1.    Electricity: Gradually, Nigerians now have accepted that it is normal not to have or expect electricity. So when the Power Ministry under Professor Chinedu Nebo, recently announced a drop of 2000 megawatts from the existing 4000 megawatts, no Nigerian even commented. Also, when the power authorities speak of strikes, everyone looks away, uncaring.

That is the new way. In my nick of the wood in Abuja, we even have a time table for light. There are off days as every part has its own “light day”. You plan your schedules in strict adherence to this time table. The other day, we had two days of uninterrupted power supply. My law-abiding neighbours became worried and collectively went to report the “anomaly” to NEPA (Nigerians still calls it that in spite of all the name change).

2.     Bad Roads: What you do about bad roads is not to complain. The skill you must get is how to navigate the craters and gutters in a way to save your tyres the ordeal. Since one big man spent a whopping 300 billion naira on roads without any visible change, Nigerians have resigned to fate, accepting their lot on the road of life (no pun intended).

3.     Electoral rigging: That elections are going to be rigged is not the issue. You knew it was going to happen as sure as the sun sets in the East. What you don’t know is the latest methods. Rigging are now even transparent, free and fair. You knew the poll was rigged but exactly how, you haven’t the faintest idea. At the end, you accept the result as the people’s wish. May be the new system is to allow the people do the rigging themselves. Self-reliant rigging!

4.     Corruption: Poor EFCC! They now pick every soft target they can find; quickly post their photos on the internet- just to keep the façade of waging a war against corruption. And they indeed are waging a war against petty thieves, leaving out the shot-callers and the well connected rogues who even run the anti-graft agencies.

Yes, folks. The monster is waxing strong and many now only appease it with platitudes. This is the one that may never go away because it has become a duly registered conglomerate in its own right. What you do is try to see how much of it doesn’t affect you but it is everywhere you turn. Deal with it.

5.     Killer Convoys: You already know about that. What you don’t know is the madness of it all and why the big men choose to risk their lives and that of others in this manner. First, the convoys are a way of saying “look, we are different from you”. Then, it is the ultimate sign that you had arrived.

I know a certain speaker (House of Assembly) who upon getting sworn in, called his aides aside and said “Please, ensure the sirens are the loudest in this state”. He wasn’t satisfied even with his aides’ reassurances. One day, he actually “supervised” the compliance by lowering his window to listen to the sweet sound of power. Only in Nigeria!

6.     Lack of cash: Welcome to the era of cashlessness. I laughed when I first heard of the CBN inspired cashless policy. If you asked me, Nigerians did not even notice the fact that the policy officially took off on July 1, 2014. Why? Nigerians have been living without cash since the start of the current dispensation. The skills we have learnt as a people is how to have enough cash to keep you alive till the next money enters your hand.

How more cashless can an already listless, struggling people get? By the way, a certain supermarket I went the other day pretending to be operating the cashless stuff had difficulty with the machine. The batteries ran down and there was no light to power the damn device. The hapless customer just gave cash – good old cash – and left.

7.     Violence: The other day, Miss Malala came to town. A foreign news medium said she was risking her life by coming to Nigeria as if it was here she was first shot at.  But that is new reality! Our country is now in the same category as Somalia, Syria and the other demonised nations of the world.

With thousands getting killed each week, Nigerians are now insensitive. An editor told me the other day that he was tired of all the stories of killings and abduction going on in Borno State. And he wasn’t being callous. He was merely accepting the new norm – the fact that a bomb blast now sounds like the knockouts we like throwing around at xmas when we were innocent.

8.     Defection: Politicians now move around the political parties like some girls looking for where to shop for the latest Brazillian hair. There was a time when to defect from a party was the ultimate decision by a politician. It would make headlines. But now, you just yawn when you hear of it.

9.     Strikes: Strikes have become a comedy out here. In some climes, strikes are the biggest of crisis. But now, unions just get together to have fun – threatening and then backtracking! Industrial actions don’t have any value anymore. They are actions without a corresponding action from the authority that has learnt that after a while, the strikers would get tired and seek any kind of settlement.

Let’s strike out the strikes, please!
10.    Skewed court judgments: No one even expect justice from the courts anymore. You only went there because you were either dragged there against your wish or that you went because you didn’t know where else to turn to.  At the end, you are disappointed by the quality of justice dispensed, even if it was in your favour.

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Is Pope Francis ushering in the New World Religion?

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Revelations 13:11, “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” In this verse, God reveals that there is coming a man that will portray himself as a lamb, but he will speak like a dragon. When referring to the Word of God, a lamb represents one of innocence (Jesus Christ); whereas a dragon is usually used as another name for Satan. When looking at these two key points, one will begin to see that this man will try to present himself as being one of innocence; having the spirit of God, but inwardly housing the spirit of Satan. The bible tells us that a house divided cannot stand. A person cannot house the spirit of God and the spirit of Satan. We must be holy because our bodies are the temple of God. We must represent the light, and be the light of the world as instructed in Matthew 5:14.

According to Saint Malachy, there would be a total of 112 Popes that would reign on the earth before the end of the final Age would come; the Apocalypse. According to Saint Malachy, the final Pope would be known as Peter the Roman. He would likely be Satan; taking the form of a man named Peter who will gain allegiance throughout the whole world. Malachy believed that this final Pope would be the final antichrist. If you would like to see how Pope Francis connects to Peter the Roman, click here

The 112th prophesy given by Malachy states, “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will reign Petrus Romanus who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which, the seven-hilled city (Rome, the seat of the Vatican) will be destroyed, and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”

Malachy’s prophesies regarding the previous Popes have been said to be accurate. This is why Pope Francis should be looked at very carefully. Pope Francis has been saying and doing some very interesting things that makes Revelations 13:11 come to life. Six months after Pope Francis took his papal seat, he assured atheists that they don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven. He has stated that the Catholic Church should not dismiss gay marriage. He has also stated that everyone, including atheists, are redeemed through Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis has completely been abusing the scriptures, and has not been teaching from the true, authentic word of God. He tries to carry himself as a humble servant; washing and kissing the feet of inmates, praying for the sick, and refusing to live and drive lavishly. In reality, he is speaking against the true God. He is corrupting the minds of the masses by teaching falsely and leading many astray.

In Daniel 9:27 it states, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Pope Francis has made huge strides in trying to salvage the failed attempts, by John Kerry, regarding the Peace Agreement. For nine months, John Kerry tried to bridge the gap between Palestine and Israel; creating a two-state solution. This peace agreement was supposedly meant to create peace amongst the nations.

Pope Francis welcomed the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for peace prayers on June 8th shortly after the peace negotiations collapsed. All three of these individuals prayed in the Vatican garden; praying to their own gods. Ironically on this same day, a huge asteroid, known as the Beast, passed the Earth.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 states, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” Interestingly, when the peace talks failed in May of 2014, there was an uproar in the Middle East, and it has been intensifying ever sense.

The Pope has been working towards uniting all religions into one; saying that all people can go to heaven regardless of who they worship. He further tells people that as long as you have a good conscience that’s all that matters. If you want to pray to Buddha that’s fine. If you want to pray to Muhammad, that’s fine. If you want to pray to the god of Ra, that’s fine. As long as you have a good conscience, that’s all you need.

Pope Francis is misleading many people with this type of thinking. He is carrying out his mission; which is to form the “One World Religion”. It is not by accident that this asteroid, the Beast, flew pass Earth the exact day the Pope held a prayer in the Vatican garden where everyone prayed to their own gods. This was a clear sign that the “Beast” is rising! Revelations 13:1 says, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”

A beast is an inhumanly cruel, violent, or depraved person. Inhumanly is defined as a person that lacks sympathy and/or compassion. The beast that is rising up is not a person per se, but it is a system that will be extremely cruel and will lack compassion for all of humanity. This beastly system is a New World Order. This New World Order will be man's version of how the World will operate; this will be Satan's time to completely rule the world before Jesus comes back to finish him off for good.

Many people that spoke about this New World Order, over the years, were labeled conspiracy theorist; crazy. Now, you find President Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, and other government officials speaking about this same New World Order openly. Speaking about the New World Order before would get you laughed at, now it is a clear reality. It is important that people pay close attention to what is going on. The news is being bombarded with events on a daily basis that’s leading to the manifestation of Jesus’ return.

Conspiracy theorist were intentionally given a bad rep by the media. This was done to keep people in the dark; mocking those that were trying to warn the masses of what was really going on. This whole world has been programmed to believe a lie. Deception is all around us, and God is trying to reveal the truth.

If you have fallen in love with the world, now is the time to remove yourself from it. Those that are in love with the world cannot see the danger that is coming, and that is already here! Please WAKE UP! Time is dwindling quickly!

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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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PHOTOS: 17 Years-Old Malala Yousafzai Meets President Jonathan

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Girl-child education advocate, Malala Yousafzai, accompanied by her dad, met with President . Jonathan today Monday July 14 at the State House. Speaking during the meeting, president Jonathan said; "Terror is relatively new here and dealing with it has its challenges. The great challenge in rescuing the Chibok girls is the need to ensure that they are rescued alive.The Govt and its security agencies were very mindful of the need to avoid the scenario in rescue attempts in other parts of the world where lives of abductees were lost in the efforts to rescue them.” he stated.

 

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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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