Thursday 30 June 2016

Buhari Urge Nigerians To Engage More In Agriculture!

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to redirect their energy towards agriculture as a means of reviving the nation's economy.

Buhari said this while addressing the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, Wednesday evening, June 29th, as they break the Ramadan fast.

Monday 27 June 2016

Kanye West Premieres His "Famous" Art visuals!

Kanye West premieres his "Famous" art visuals.

Pope Francis Advocates Support For LGBT Community!

"I think that the Church not only should apologize ... to a gay person whom it offended, but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by [being forced to] work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons." These were the words of Pope Francis on a flight from a visit to Armenia recently.

Pope Francis said this while answering questions from a reporter about a similar remark made by a German cardinal on an apology to gay people, on his flight back to Rome. The Pontiff reminded journalists that Christianity teaches that gays “should not be discriminated against. They should be respected, accompanied pastorally.”

He added that the Church was “turning a blind eye” to child labor and should apologize for “blessing”weapons. "The questions is: if a person who has that condition, who has good will, and who looks for God, who are we to judge?” he reiterated. 

...“We Christians have to apologize for so many things, not just for this [treatment of gays], but we must ask for forgiveness, not just apologize! Forgiveness! Lord, it is a word we forget so often!”
Despite the Pope's believes there is no continuing bases for marginalization in the modern world as some cultures take some demonstrations of homosexuality to be“offensive.

Breaking - Hodgson Resigns As England's Manager!

Roy Hodgson has stepped down as England's manager after losing to 2 -1 to Iceland in the second round of the Euro 2016 on Monday, 27th June, 2016.

Governor Fayose's Aide Arrested Over =N=4.7billion!

Close aide of Ayodele Fayose,  Ekiti State Governor, was on Monday, 27th June, 2016, arrested and detained by the Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Abiodun Agbele's arrest news revealed, was in connection with over =N=1.219bn being part of the =N=4.7billion Arms Fraud allegedly used in facilitating Fayose's victory during the 2014 Ekiti State governorship election. 

It was gathered that the said sum, =N=4.7billion was diverted from the impress account of the Office of the Nigerian National Security Adviser and deposited into the bank account of a company belonging to the sons of Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence.

Friday 24 June 2016

Heartrending Pictures From Borno State TDP Camp!

These are pictures at the Internally Displaced Persons Camp, meaning these are people displaced by the boko haram rampage in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria. 

Despite alleged received funds of over N50bn donations from Dangote and other Foreign organizations, this is the state of the supposed beneficiaries.

Brexit Aftermath: Cameron To Step Down, Shares And Pound Plunge, An Indication Of Global Financial Turmoil?!

In the biggest Political decision in modern times, with a 51.89% vote to leave the EU, against 48.11% to remain, and after 43 years of membership, Britain in the early hours of Friday, at about 20 mins to 5am, 24th June 2016, historically voted to leave the European Union (EU).

Scotland and Northern Ireland voted for Britain to remain in the EU, on the other hand, England overwhelmingly voted for British exit from the European Union (Brexit).

Does this indicate that the memorandum for Scotland's Independence will be revisited?, we keep our fingers crossed.

Still on the news...

Turmoil across the financial markets greeted Brexit, as Bloomberg Europe Banks and Financial Services Index fell 6.7 percent at 8:06 a.m, Friday, 24th June, 2016 in London. 

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Bank of Ireland were among the two worst performers. Credit Suisse lost 14 percent while Deutsche Bank dropped as much as 18 percent. 

In his speech, Bank of England's Governor, Mark Carney, allayed this fear by stating that Britain is well prepared for Brexit.

"...But we are well prepared for this.  The Treasury and the Bank of England have engaged in extensive contingency planning and the Chancellor and I have been in close contact, including through the night and this morning.
The Bank will not hesitate to take additional measures as required as those markets adjust and the UK economy moves forward...". Carney stated.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who though believed that Britain is stronger, safer and better off in the European Union, while addressing the nation in an emotional speech, outside 10 Downing Street, stated that he will step down as Prime Minister within months. ....

"...I do not think it will be right for me to try to be the captain to stir our country to the next destination...". Cameron stated.

Furthermore, Cameron stated he will work towards ensuring stability until October, 2016, when a new Prime Minister is expected to emerge; and will do everything he can as Prime Minister to support the People's Decision. 

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Unveiling Olli - U.S Electronic Bus!

Unveiling ‘Olli’an autonomous electric bus, created by Arizona-based automaker Local Motors and powered by IBM Watson’s cognitive learning car technology, IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. 

Packed with more than 30 sensors, with the ability to carry up to 12 people, Olli drives itself around local public roads in Washington D.C, and is expected to expand to Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas later in 2016.

Thousands Observe Summer Solstice In Wiltshire!

About 12,000 people traveled to the huge stones in Wiltshire, South West England, on Tuesday, 21st June, 2016,   to watch the sun rise over the famous prehistoric monument on the longest day of the year.

Toast was barred in 2016's Summer Solstice by English heritage because it had seen more 'drunken and disrespectful behaviour' as crowds increased each year.

Ahead Of August 3rd Polls, Pretoria Burns!

Protesting the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate on Tuesday, 21st June, 2016, some residents in poor areas of Pretoria, South Africa's capital city took to the streets, blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles in a violence which raised concerns over security ahead of local elections on August 3rd, 2016.

About two-dozen vehicles, mostly buses, have been set on fire in the violence which began Monday, 20th June, 2016, and has affected several areas on the periphery of the city, including Atteridgeville and Mamelodi. 
Periodic unrest is a major concern during elections in South Africa as the lack of basic municipal services over - stretches the S/A police in many poor communities. In this case, news revealed that some officers on leave were called back to duty.

Lagos To Emerge First Smart City In Africa!

In a move believed to see Lagos state, southwest Nigeria emerge as the first Smart City in Africa, Lagos State Government on Tuesday, 21st June revealed that the state entered into a historic partnership with the City of Dubai.

The Smart City, when completed is expected to have features like a rail metro-line,  12-lane-road, world-class technological education facilities and hotel resorts among others.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Lagos State Attorney General & HC of Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and the CEO of Smart City Dubai LLC, Mr. Jabber Bin Hafez.

Sunday 19 June 2016

Man Escapes From Russian Prison Through Tiny Food Delivery Window!

A 25 - year- old man recently escapes from a Russian prison through a tiny window for food delivery. 

In the video, Rustam Shakhrutdinov, dubbed 'snake man' accused of robbery, seemed stuck halfway for quite a while before finally managing to get out, almost losing his pants in the process.
Once out of his cell, the escapee who appears not to be in a hurry pulled his clothes out, put them on and left the prison in Izberbash, Republic of Dagestan, Southwest Russia.

Opposition, Palestinians Frown At West Bank SME $18m Development Funding!

Following months of Palestinian attacks on civilians and soldiers, the Israeli government on Sunday, 19th June, 2016, approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West Bank settlements.

The move was not welcomed by Israeli opposition lawmakers and Palestinians, both parties believed that instead of boosting Israel's struggling periphery the government was pouring money into an enterprise that undermined Israel's security and international standing.
Netanyahu's office released a statements which stated that the funding was geared towards assisting small businesses, encourage tourism and strengthen security. 

Buhari Returns!

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns to the country at about 5:30pm local time, on Sunday, June 19th, 2016, after taking some days off to attend to his health in London, United Kingdom.

Photo Speaks - Drainage Systems Campaign!

See what lack of proper drainage system is turning most settlements into after every heavy rain....

As seen on Sunday morning, 19th June, 2016, at Ikota housing estate, Ikota, Lekki area of Lagos state, Nigeria.

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Remembering OJB Jezreel!

Nigerian music producer and artiste Babatunde Okungbowa, popularly known as OJB Jezreel passed on in the early hours of Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

Information revealed that as a result of kidney failure since the previous week, OJB was placed on daily dialysis.
In 2013, OJB had a successful kidney transplant India, after he got a donor in his first wife, Mabel Okungbowa .
His body has been deposited at the Isolo General Hospital morgue in Lagos - Nigeria.
He was aged 49.

Victims Of Orlando Florida Club Attack Identified!

Some victims of Sunday, June 12th Orlando Florida Pulse night club attack has been identified.

Some of the names below: 

  1. Brenda McCool, 49.
  2. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30.
  3.  Juan Guerrero, 22.
  4. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34.
  5. Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32.
  6. Luis S. Vielma, 22.
  7. Amanda Alvear, 25.
  8. Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32.
  9. Stanley Manolo Almodovar III, 23.
  10. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20.
  11. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22.
  12. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36.
  13. Gilberto Ra.mon Silva Menendez, 25.
  14. Kimberly Morris, 37.
  15. Flores, 26.
  16. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31.
  17. Oscar Aracena-Montero, 26.
  18. Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50.
  19. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35.
  20. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37.
  21. Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25.
  22. Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35.
  23. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37.
  24. Luis Conde, 39.
  25. Luis Daniel Conde, 39.
  26. Martin Benitez Torres, 33.
  27. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33.
  28. Tevin Eugene Crosby.

Photos From Around Nigeria!

Work resumes at the Lagos-Sagamu Interchange section of the expressway, south-western Nigeria, by Julius Berger construction company.

We Are Ready To Negotiate If... - Niger Delta Avengers!

The Niger Delta Avengers NDA, in a statement on its website on Monday, June 13th, 2016, and signed by Mudoch Agbinibo,  its spokesman,  stated that they are ready for negotiations with the Nigerian Government, if there are good grounds for such deliberation.

The group stated conditions that it expects the Government to meet before it would engage in any form of dialogue.

Among the conditions requested was that:
  • The home countries of international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta must be involved in the peace process.
  • The sincerity of the Nigerian government is paramount and would be a major factor that would determine if its call for dialogue would be successful or not.
  • Oil companies and their services firms not to carry out any repairs works and suspend the buying of crude oil from the Niger Delta region pending the creation of what the group termed “the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue”.

In addition, the group stated that "The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and last peace talk.
“We want the federal government to commit members states of the multinational Oil Corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue; we believed that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the Niger Delta to de-escalating this conflict and bring about a lasting peace.
“We are warning this government of President Muhammadu Buhari not to turn the essence of genuine peace talk and dialogue to political jamboree that is prevailing now where all manner of social media agitators and criminals have being sponsored by the job seeking corrupt political class to save faces before the government of the day.”
“We want a peace with honour not a peace of our time.” the statement read.
This gesture signals a sling on the group's “Operation Red Economy”, which almost brought Nigeria's economic activities to a stand still since early 2016, through bombing of oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region.

Monday 13 June 2016

U.S Carries Out Saber Strike Against Isis Target!

 For the first time since U.S President Barack Obama authorized its use in offensive operations earlier in 2016, the United States on Monday, June 13th, 2016, carried out a strike in Iraq against an ISIS target.

The  “Saber Strike” NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, which was carried out by an Apache attack helicopter firing at a vehicle on the ground in was to support Iraqi forces positioning ahead of an operation to retake the city of Mosul from insurgents US Defense Secretary Ash Carter stated.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Visits The U.S As World Leaders Seek Feasible Measures To End Terrorism And Enhance Development In The Middle East !

As part of measure to combat terrorism and developments in SyriaYemen,  and relations with Iran, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud began a visit to the United States on Monday, June 13th, 2016.
Photo published for Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Kicks Off Visit to U.S. by Meeting Kerry
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud  met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in his residence in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and other U.S officials to discuss boosting economic and political issues between the U.S, Saudi Arabia and the middle east region.

June 12th Club shooting: "An Act Of Terror And Hate" - Obama!

In what has been described as the 'Deadliest mass shooting in U.S history', at least 49 people were shot dead, the shooter dead, and 53 injured when a gunman identified as 29 year-old Omar Mateen, stormed a gay club in, Pulse night club in Orlando Florida, around 2am, of June 12th, 2016.

Information revealed that the FBI in 2013/2014 interviewed the attacker, who claimed  Al Qaeda and Hezbollah ties.

Florida is currently in the process of identifying victims of the terror attack.

United States president Barrack Obama has described the shooting a an 'Act of terror and Hate'.

Disastrous Flood In Accra!

As Ghana marked the one-year memorial of 3rd June, 2015, flood and fire explosion, at Goil Filling station, along Kwame Nkrumah road, close to Circle Interchange, Accra, in-which about 200 people lost their lives, and properties worth millions destroyed; a recent flood in the city, almost brought about a near disaster. 

Scene of the 2015 Fire Explosion in Accra
Pictures below from 9th June, 2016, rain at 'Circle Interchange' area of Accra, Ghana's capital city, indicates that feasible measures need to be taken, in order to bring flood situations under control. 

Circle-Flyover assent, June, 2016

Circle-Flyover assent, June, 2016

Circle-Flyover assent, June, 2016

Circle-Flyover assent, June, 2016

Flood in Accra, as in most West African countries, have been attributed to inadequate water channels in the metropolis, which made it impossible for water to flow freely.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Remembering Stephen Keshi!

Tributes continues to pour in as Nigeria and Africa morn the shocking death of Nigerian ex-footballer and ex- Super Eagles's coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.

According to report, Stephen Keshi died in the early hours of Wednesday, 8th June, 2016, from a heart attack, in Benin, Edo state capital, Nigeria, at the age of 55.

During his couching carrier, Keshi managed West African countries of Mali and Togo. Stephen Keshi and Egypt's  Mahmoud El-Gohary are the only two Africans to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and a coach.  

May his soul Rest In Peace.

Saturday 4 June 2016

RIP Muhammad Ali The Greatest!

Boxing legend, and  one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, Muhammad Ali is dead.

Ali, died on Friday evening, 3rd June, 2016, at age 74, after a prolonged but brave battle with Parkinson's disease. 

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., on January 17, 1942, Muhammad Ali was one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and by the BBC as "Sports Personality of the Century". Ali was even more, popularly known for being an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring.

Some of Muhammad Ali's best seller books on his carrier includes:The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.

May he rest in peace.

Thursday 2 June 2016

Distressing State Of Ayetoro Road, Ogun State - Nigeria!

See what a recent rain caused in Ayetoro area of Ogun Statesouthwestern Nigeria.

This distressing flood situation is avoidable with good drainage system network across the country.  

U.S 2016 Presidential Election Razzmatazz - Clinton Goes Hard On Trump!

Five months to the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election scheduled to take place on November 8th, 2016, the razzmatazz between the Republican and Democratic contestants appears to be heated. 
This election is phenomenal from the onset especially with the dramatic entrance of Donald Trump, whose campaign tactics appears to be keeping the public entertained by outright attacks on the character of his opponents from his Republican team and the opposition Democratic Party

Hillary Clinton's foreign policy speech in San Diego, California on Thursday, 2nd June, 2016, as she fights to clinch the Democratic Party nomination ticket: 

As anticipated, Donald Trump who by implication, going by the number of votes he already has, appears to be the Republican Party candidate responded to Clinton's speech.

Extract from the Twit shared by Donald Trump:
Trump: "Crooked Hillary Clinton, who I would love to call Lyin' Hillary, is getting ready to totally misrepresent my foreign policy positions".

Trump: "Crooked Hillary no longer has credibility - too much failure in office. People will not allow another four years of incompetence!".

Trump: "Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the telepromter! She doesn't even look presidential!".

Trump is expected to address his fans in Redding, California on Friday, 3rd June, at noon.