Friday 29 May 2015

Bayesla Throws A Warm Welcome Party For Dr. Goodluck Jonathan!

Nigeria's immediate past president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan were on Friday, May 29, 2015, warmly received in his home state, Bayelsa state. 

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Dr. Jonathan left the Eagle Square- Abuja, after handing over to Muhammadu Buhari, for Bayelsa, en-route Port- Harcourt. 

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Full Text Of Nigeria's 2015 Inaugural Speech!

Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015
 I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.
I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted. I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.
I thank all of you.
Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.
I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.
A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.
Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.
I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.
At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.
In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.
Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.
Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.
For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.
Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.
However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.
My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.
The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.
This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.
Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.
Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.
The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.
No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.
Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.
Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.
Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar
There is a tide in the affairs of men which,
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life,
Is bound in shallows and miseries.
We have an opportunity. Let us take it.
Thank you.
Muhammadu Buhari
President Federal Republic of NIGERIA
and Commander-in-chief of the Armed forces

Insurgency, Power Shortage Tops Buhari's Agenda!

Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration will do its possible best to put and end to boko-haram insurgency and the frustrating power situation in the country. 

Buhari said this on May 29, 2015, when he was sworn in as President, by the Chief justice of Nigeria, Mahmoud Mohammed, at the eagle square, Abuja, capital of Nigeria.

Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, was first sworn in as Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The inaugural ceremony was witnessed by Nigeria's past presidents, other African presidents and leaders from Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. 


The national anthem heralded out going president Dr Good luck Jonathan arrival, who left immediately after the official handing over ceremony.

 President of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritshejiafor was represented by the FCT CAN Chairman, Rev. Israel Akanji, who said the opening prayers. 

While deputy Chief Imam, Abuja national mosque, Shaikhs  Ibrahim Magari, also said the Islamic prayers. 

The Nigerian artillery  with 21 gunshots, ushered in the new administration. 

In his inaugural speech, President Mohammadu Buhari thanked millions of supporters who believed in him, stating that curbing the issue of power shortage and boko-haram insurgency remain his administration's immediate concern. 

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He mentioned that progress had been made since the past several weeks to subdue the insurgency.

Thursday 28 May 2015

Tanker Drivers Block All Access Road Into Apapa!

Tanker drivers take over Apapa, blocked the entire inward Apapa express on Wednesday, May 26, 2015.

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Inauguration Count Down, Jonathan Hands Over Notes To Buhari!

The count down to Nigerian 2015 inauguration is on, as out going Nigerian president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Hands over notes to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Aso Rock - Abuja, on Thursday May 28, 2015.

Before handing over the book, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan took the president elect Muhammadu Buhari on a brief tour round the presidential villa.

Thursday 21 May 2015

Nigerian Student Breaks Academic Record In Tokyo - Japan!

Despite the socio-economic, infrastructural and security challenges facing the country, Nigerians in diaspora are indeed, keeping the flag high. For the first time since 1965, a Nigerian student, Ufot Ekong from Akwa - Ibom state, South-Southern part of the country, broke a 50- year-old record, when he graduated with First Class Degree and Best Overall Student from Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan

Ufot who sponsored himself through school while working two jobs, solved a mathematical equation that could not be solved 30 yrs ago in his first semester and won the Japanese language award for foreigners. He is currently under-going a PhD program.

Ufot in a car he developed

Among the numerous reported and unreported cases, it will be recalled that a then 22 year-old Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, from Arochukwu, Abia State, Eastern Nigerian, made history, when in May 2012, he  became the first black man to make a Grade Point Average of 3.98 out of 4.0, thereby bagged a degree in Neurosciences from John Hopkins University, United States of America.

Emmanuel Ohuabunwa

He was also adjudged as having the highest honours during the graduation. 

Former Royal Aide Who Murdered Lover To Be Freed!

Former royal dresser to Sarah Ferguson - Duchess of York, Jane Andrew, who was convicted in 1997 for killing her 39 year-old businessman lover Thomas Cressmanat their home in Fulham, Southwest London on September 17, 2000, will soon walk out of prison free.

Andrews was on May 16, 2001 sentenced to life in imprisonment following a sensational trial. She appealed against her conviction in 2003 but her plea was rejected along with claims her boyfriend had abused and raped her. In 2009, she went missing from East Sutton Park open prison near Maidstone, Kent, and was eventually found in a nearby hotel two days later. She was charged with escaping lawful custody but the Crown Prosecution Service later decided to drop the matter.

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: "We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Jane Andrews. 
"The decision to release is a matter for the Board, which is independent. 
"Arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Ministry of Justice."

Jane Andrews and  Thomas Cressman when the going was good

The jury rejected Jane's claims that she was acting in self-defence when she struck Cressman on the head with his cricket bat and then stabbed him in the chest with a kitchen knife. Official report says she killed Cressman because he refused to marry her.

Saturday 16 May 2015

Edo State Governor Re-marries!

In a wedding ceremony held at the Etsako West Local Government Council Marriage Registry in Auchi... 

...and reception at Oshiomhole’s country home in Iyamho -  Edo state, Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday 15 May, 2015, got married to a model from Cape -Verde, Lara Fortes

Governor Oshiomhole lost his first wife Clara in December 2010, after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was aged 54.

The Amazing Recovery Story Of a Texas Teenager Who Saw Jesus!

17 -year-old Zack Clements, reportedly collapsed during a P.E class class at Victory Life Academy in Brownwood, Texas, and was rushed to the hospital where doctors worked to revive him.
Authorities say that Clement was without a hear beat for 20mins, and was eventually airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth where he would not wake up until several days later.

While his quick recovery has been hard to believe, the story he is telling is equally amazing. He tells of his brief encounter with a man he recognized to be Jesus Christ.
When I was out those 20 minutes, I saw a man who had long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard, and it didn’t take me long to realize that that was Jesus, 
“I went up to him and he put his hand on my shoulder and he told me everything would be alright and not to worry,” Clements said.
His family is convinced it was a miracle. as his father, Billy Clements, said he knows it’s a difficult story to believe, but it’s the only thing that makes sense.
“For him to wake up and tell us something he experienced like that. It’s just you can’t explain it. It’s not humanly possible to explain it,” said Billy Clements.

Thursday 14 May 2015

Toddler Tortured and Killed By Mother And Her Boyfriend!

Children are the most precious of all gifts, they did not ask to be born, neither do any have a say in choosing who their parents will be, nor the circumstances of their birth; for this, every child conceived and given birth to, deserve the chance to be happy and loved. The rate at which parents either in connivance with their lovers or single-highhandedly torture and kill their innocent/ harmless children is alarming. It is an ugly trend that needs to be stopped.
The toddler pictured below, from Layton, Davis County, Utah, United States died from internal injuries he sustained after severe beatings he received from his mother and her boyfriend during a potty training incident on Friday, 8th May.
James Sieger, Jr.
According to Police source, the toddle was ruched in to Davis County hospital by his mother and her boyfriend, on Saturday, covered in bruises. But was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition. He died after several surgeries on Monday May 11, morning.
Court documents, revealed the boy was abused by his mother, 23 year-old Jasmine Bridgeman, and her boyfriend, 34 year-old Joshua Schoenenberger, in the boyfriend's home. The duo were immediately arrested after their stories did not match. The couple reported he had almost drowned in the bathtub, while examination revealed the toddle had internal bleeding, bruising to his legs, groin, arms and head.

Jasmine Bridgeman and Joshua Schoenenberger
 The jail documents, stated that the boy defecated in his diaper and the couple became furious, even taking the diaper off and smearing it in his face, as if that was not enough, Schoenenberger continued to beat the boy while his mother went outside and smoked a cigarette.
Schoenenberger and Bridgeman are cooling off at the Davis County Jail and are expected to be charged with homicide.

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Lupita Nyong'o Dazzles In Custom Gucci Gown At The Cannes Film Festival!

Lupita Nyong’o was a delight of the paparazzi, as she dazzled all with her appearance at the 68 annual Cannes Film Festival in France, in a custom flowy Gucci Gown. 

Nigerians Bear The Ugly Cost Of Fuel Scarcity As May 29 Draws Near!

"The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of the government"... section 14 (1) (b) of Nigerian constitution. 

With almost every sector of the  Nigerian economy threatening fire and brimstone should the federal government fail to meet their requests at this vulnerable transition period; Nigerians are left with no option but to, as usual bear the ugly brunt....

The persistent scarcity of  Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol is really taking its toll on the average Nigerian, especially having being warned that this situation may linger till June, after the incoming administration must have been sworn in, on May 29,2015.  
This is because oil marketers appears not to be in a hurry to further import the PMS product, due to uncertainties surrounding the payment of their outstanding =N=200 billion. It will be recalled that the Federal Government recently paid marketers  about =N=154 billion as part of subsidy claims.
Situation Eating Deep Into People's Pocket
As a result, there is an alarming hike in transport fare, without a corresponding increase in the income of ordinary Nigerians...
Most commercial vehicles are either parked away, or in long queues at various gas stations across the nation.

People on queue to buy the non available product, either for their cars packed at home, or for their generators, as coincidentally, electricity supply has been epileptic.

  • A trip of about =N= 100, is now doubled to about =N=200 or more.....
  • A 10 liter gallon of fuel sells for =N=4000 at the black markets, on whose mercy the average Nigerian is abandoned.
  • A 25 liters gallon of petrol that hitherto costs =N=3000 is being sold for =N=10,000  or more, at the black markets, that is three times the normal price.

School Children Not Left Out
Our correspondent was engaged in a conversation about this situation with a 'kabu-kabu' (carb) driver, and the man recounted how his son alongside other school children, trekked the very long distant (over a mile) from their school at Sangotedo to their home in Lakwe, along the Lekki - Epe express way. 
The driver said he gave his son the sum of =N=200, being his to - and from school transport fare, =N=100 for each trip, unaware that the fare has been increased to =N=150. Unfortunately, the boy, who could not reach his father to pick him up, because he does not have a phone, was left with no option than to trek home with some other school children under the scourging sun, stopping along the way, at Fara Park area, to pluck some mangoes to eat, because they were hungry and tired; the young man got home sick that afternoon. 
"The next day, my son told me he was not going to school, obviously afraid, as he did not want to go through that same ordeal again, even after I increased his fare. May God deliver us from this situation". he lamented.

Pictures of vehicles waiting for their turn to purchase fuel, which some stations sell between =N=130 or more, as against the =N=87 per liter official price.

While filling stations with no fuel supply is deserted....

We hope the various authorities and stake holders get to read this, we also believe they really mean well for Nigerians

People are suffering as a result of the persistent fuel scarcity, the old, young, even school children...Nigerians don't deserve this.
A transition period should not leave the people it is supposed to bring 'goodwill to' in perpetual peril.

Tanker Drivers taking Over 1st Mainland Bridge....See Pictures!

Tanker drivers and other heavy duty vehicles have taken over 1st mainland bridge (Coming in from Custain/ Alaka), causing serious traffic ..

The road is only free when you get to the descent bridge leading to Ijora - Apapa...that is if you are headed inwards Lagos/ Victorian Island...

On the other hand, if you are headed towards Ijora, Apapa, or Ajagunle axis from the bridge, you are done for...."e'ekpelle"  (sorry) is your name.

A journey of about 15mins  from Costain - CMS in the afternoon and evenings, now takes almost an hour, we hope this is resolved soon, that the tanker/ heavy duty vehicles are told which route and times to ply the roads and that they are also made to comply.

Death Trap At Sangotedo, Lekki - Epe Express Way!

This bad spot, eating deeper into the express road, was spotted along Sangotedo, on Lekki - Epe express way, Lagos - Nigeria. It is one of the many danger zones along the Sangotedo - Ibeju-Lekki axis of the Lekki Peninsula.

Another bad spot as seen at Sangotedo, coming from Ibeju- Lekki, inward Ajah, Lagos.

These bad spots caused by erosion  pose great danger to motorists, especially at night...The Lagos State Ministry in charge of roads should look into this and redress.

Shaiii.....See Inside Our BRT Buses!

Barely 7 years after it was introduced into the Lagos state transport system, as a means to encourage white collar executives to leave their cars at home, and go by commercial buses if possible, in order to check the unnecessary and inexplicable traffic situations on Lagos metropolis especially in the mornings and after close hours....

For this, the BRT and LAG Bus copied from the London metropolitan buses, when they first appeared on the scene, was the envy of other commercial buses, most of them had functional air conditioners and fans, good seats, and were very comfortable, making some executives actually leave their cars at home, to join the buses to and fro work...

The Brt and Lag buses, initially of high standard, is now a shadow of it's former self...

See pictures of inside an Ajah - Obalende- CMS brt bus....

Our maintenance culture is 2nd to none in Naija...