Monday 29 February 2016

Increasing Cases Of Abduction, Faith Conversion And Forced Marriages!

Following the recent abduction of 13 years-old Ese Oruru, from her home in Bayelsa state, Southern Nigeria, by some Fulani/Hausa men, on August 12 2015, and taken to Kano North-Western Nigeriafor underage marriage, a rights group identified as The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 1st, called on Nigerian authorities to immediately ‎commence the prosecution of the abductor, Yunusa Yellow.  

Ese Oruru

In an exclusive audio recording obtained by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, February 29, Ese Oruru said she came to Kano to convert to Islam.
“My name is Aisha Chuwas. I am 17-year-old. I came here to be a Muslim and I will stay here,” she said in the audio. 

In the statement, MURIC's Executive Director, Ishaq Akintola said Yunusa‎’s action ”violated the law and caused a Christian family to go through a traumatic period‎.”  
Our position is based on the fact that the girl is a minor,” the group said. ”Attempting to marry off the girl without her parent’s permission is not only a breach of common law but also a violation of the Shariah provision on the need for the parents’ approval before nikah (Islamic marriage) can be deemed valid (La nikah bila waliyyin)
Of particular significance in this regard is the express command in the Glorious Qur’an that women should be married with the permission of their parents. The Qur’an says inter alia, “ And marry them (i.e. women) with the permission of their parents(Qur’an 4:25).” He said.

It will be recalled that in 2013, the dailies was agog with the case of a 26 year-old-lady Charity Uzoechima, who gained admission into the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State in 2012 to study Public Administration but converted to Islam and could not accomplish her academic pursuit. 

Charity was reportedly kept in the palace of Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, for “safety”, for three months without any contact with her family was all over the news. 

In an exclusive telephone conversation in 2013, Charity now Aisha, called on Nigerians to leave her alone to practice the religion of her choice, pointing out that nobody forced her into the religion and she should be left alone.

Indian Army Aspirants Write Exams In Underwear To Avoid Cheating!

To ensure there was no cheating, over 1000 Indian Army aspirants were made to write an examination for the post of clerk in the army, sitting cross-legged on the ground in their under pants, using their thighs as tables for the one-hour duration.  
This happened recently in Bihar, East India, bordering Nepal.

Wordless Post!

Wordless Post: 

Source: Lagos Class Captain on Twitter

Long Queue Resurface In Lagos Gas Stations!

2016 is already rolling over but instead of available supply of the PMS product at affordable price, what is currently being experienced on the streets of Lagos -Nigeria is fuel scarcity as gridlock doubles...

Fuel stations with petroleum products crowded, 

While those without the product is deserted.

Sunday 28 February 2016

2016 Oscar Winners!

Finally, Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first Oscar for his performance in the film, Revenant. 

Brie Larson won the 'Best Actress' for her performance in Room.

Alejandro Inarritu wins Best Director for the film The Revenant.

Mark Rylance wins the award for best actor in a supporting role for the film 'Bridge of Spies'.

Alicia Vikander wins the award for best actress in a supporting role for the film The Danish Girl.

Presenter Ryan Gosling seen in the picture below, with Russell Crowe, wore a made- to- order Gucci velvet shawl lapel one button Signoria tuxedo and white silk bowtie,  as they present the award for best original screenplay.

Lady Gaga stole the evening with her 'Til it Happens to You' performance with sexual assault survivors.

Other winners are: 


"Writing's On The Wall," Spectre

The Hateful Eight


Son of Saul, Hungary




A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Inside Out


Bear Story

Ex Machina -- WINNER

Mad Max: Fury Road


Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road 

The Revenant

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Big Short


Congrats to Chris Rock on his performance at the Oscar...

The 2016 Oscar took place on February 28, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Throes Of Religious Extremism!

Ohhh dear, when will these baseless killings stop??
Security has been beefed in Somalia capital city, Mogadishu, where no fewer than so far, 25 people lost their lives in attacks, when al-Shabab group Friday night February 26, engaged about an hour of automatic gunfire on unsuspecting people from 7:45 pm (1645 GMT), on SYL Hotel and a nearby Peace Garden.
Authorities revealed that at least five militants from the Islamist extremist group were also killed in the attacks which each involved suicide car bombers.
The al-Shebab group fighting to overthrow the 22,000 African Union troops protected and internationally-backed government in Mogadishu.... its sister groups: Isis and al-Qaeda groups operating in the Middle East, Hezbollah group,  Boko-haram in Nigeria,  and countless others springing up by the day to back up heinous crimes against humanity with mis-translated verses from the Holy book, is clearly all about the struggle for power, over who controls what...

My question is, since government is all about control over territories which boils down to people, for without the people, there will be no government; when these people are senselessly killed on a daily basis, who will be left to be governed???

If there is an iota of care for the people whom you kill to govern, there should equally be ways to go about arriving at a non-violent resolution. Resolving to violence at the slightest provocation is inhumane, barbaric and totally unacceptable. 

Most of all, the part I love to think about is, after all the terrorism, killings, making orphans out of children, making forceful widows out of women, forceful widowers out of men, turning a beautiful world into a nightmare for many...

...forcing people to flee their homes and all they labored for and making them live under unthinkable situations in foreign lands, depriving people of their sources of joy and comfort...

When you...yes you the terrorist finally dies....because death, which you force upon others, interestingly is inevitable for every will you face your maker? I just wonder, if you have stopped to think about this reality...

Mad Rush for Dstv Explora!

It's been a mad rush to Multi-Choice offices across Lagos, as Lagosians take advantage of the =N= 30,000 Dstv Explora promo to purchase their Exploras

DSTV explora which usually sells for =N=70,000 has been on a give away price of =N=30,000. 

The promo ends on Monday, 29th February. 

Friday 26 February 2016

Swedish Teenage Rescued From Isis Back In Sweden!

Swedish Foreign Ministry says that Marilyn Nevalainen, the pregnant teenage girl who traveled to Syria on her own accord on trains and buses with her then 19-year-old boyfriend, a Muslim who become radicalized,  and whom she met in Sweden in 2015, has been rescued. Nevalainen and her boyfriend traveled all the way to Mosul, an the Islamic State-controlled city in Iraq.

Authorities could not give the actual location of Nevalainen in Sweden since her rescue, it was however gathered that the teenager who lived in a foster home in Mark, a town in the snow-sprinkled flatlands of southwestern Sweden, as in cases that involves minors, is being held for questioning by the police. The boyfriend has not been publicly identified, and  the status of Nevalainen's child is at the moment not clear.

Photo credit: Mirror

Infantino Elected FIFA President!

Swiss born Gianni Infantino was on Friday, February 26, elected to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president Infantino defeated Sheikh Salman of Bahrain in the second round of voting with 115 votes in Zurich - Switzerland.

Gianni Infantino has been the general secretary of UEFA since 2009, he holds both Italian and Swiss nationality.

Thursday 25 February 2016

Shehu Shagari Clocks 91!

Second president of Nigeria's Second Republic, Shehu Shagari Usman Aliyu Shagari, Turakin Sakkwato clocked 91 on Thursday, February 25.

After the handover of power by General Olusegun Obasanjo's military government, Shehu Shagari was Nigeria's President between 1979–1983. His adiministration was toppled by the Muhammadu Buhari's military government.

Al Mann Dies At 90!

Jewish- American Billionaire, pioneering entrepreneur and philanthropist whose companies developed breakthrough medical devices including the first rechargeable pacemaker and Second Sight Medical Product, an artificial retina that allows the blind to see,  Alfred E. Mann,  also known as Al Mannis dead. 

Mann passed in Las Vegas, where he had spent the majority of his time over the past several years on Thursday, February 25, at the age of 90. 

Alfred Mann founded 17 companies in aerospace, pharmaceuticals, and  medical devices fields, including MannKind Corporation, a Valencia, California, based biopharmaceutical company which  is focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutic products for diseases such as diabetes and cancer.