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Politics / Re: How NNPC Is Colluding With Swiss Traders To Steal Nigeria’s Crude Oil by abubello(m): 10:38am On Jul 22
Transformation Agenda!
Politics / How NNPC Is Colluding With Swiss Traders To Steal Nigeria’s Crude Oil by abubello(m): 10:35am On Jul 22
A damning report lifts the veil on how state oil company, NNPC, is joining forces with foreigners to steal crude oil, robbing Nigeria of billions of dollars.


The process by which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, selects trading companies to which it sells Nigeria’s crude oil is characterised by monumental corruption and intense uncertainty. A report has likened the arrangement to a “beauty pageant.”

In some instances, according to the report, the NNPC collude with foreign companies to facilitate the stealing of Nigerian crude with firms without allocations lifting oil from the country’s shores.


In Nigerian, for instance, BD puts the value of crude sold to Swiss trading companies at $37 billion which makes up more than 18 per cent of total government revenue in the period under review.

It observed that unlike most major crude producers around the world, which prefer to sell crude directly to refineries and end users, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, sold over a third of Nigeria’s crude between 2011 and 2013 to Swiss companies alone.

“In 2011 and 2012, Swiss companies bought almost half of the identified export sales made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), an estimated $27 billion worth of crude. While this figure dropped to a little less than one third in 2013, as Nigerian companies became bigger buyers, Swiss companies still bought government crude worth an estimated $10 billion,” the report stated.

“Beauty Pageant”-type process

According to BD the annual term contract through which the NNPC selects companies that are eligible to buy crude is so skewed by favouritism and corruption with its criteria for selection so opaque that it could only be likened to the process of selecting the winner of a beauty pageant.

The report states that many of the trading companies on the list are allowed to lift far more that the quantity they are officially allotted.

“In 2012, Vitol and Trafigura each received term contracts worth 30,000 barrels per day. Each of the companies also operates its own oil marketing joint venture with NNPC (both based in Bermuda: Calson for Vitol and Napoil forTrafigura), and these entities each received additional 30,000 barrel per day allocations that year.

“However, rather than 60,000, market data suggests that Vitol bought closer to 145,000 barrels per day in 2012, and Trafigura 97,000—far exceeding their allotted shares, and a discrepancy that illustrates the laxity of the system.”

In fact some companies, which do not appear on the award list, are allowed to lift crude. Particular mention was made of Swiss firm, Arcadia, which lifted 19 cargoes between 2011-2013 despite not being approved to lift crude.

“Nigeria’s award of the term contracts is a discretionary and politicized process, with companies gaining and losing allocations depending on their relationship with the officials in charge and the influence of their local contacts or ‘sponsors,” the BD report states.

The report also points out that the NNPC sells crude to politically exposed “briefcase traders” who in turn sell to Swiss trading companies at a margin “effectively privatizing a profit that could go to the states that sold the oil”.

The report also states that NNPC sells crude below the market value to Bermuda-based subsidiary, Calson. Vitol, a top Swiss trading company, owns 49 percent of Calson.

Last year, another report by BD says Nigeria lost billions of dollars through this deliberate undervaluing of its crude by the NNPC.

Taming the bleeding

In order to solve this glaring compromised process, BD calls for better transparency in the system. It advises producing government to select “buyers through a method that reduces opportunities for favoritism, bribery and manipulation.”

BD suggested “attracting the best possible return for the oil in question, as losses of just
pennies per barrel can add up to significant revenue shortfalls; and insist on “collecting and transferring the revenues to the treasury through a rule-based process that reflects clear national priorities.”

In order to achieve this, BD suggested methods that Nigeria could adopt in the sale of its crude oil.

It believes the country should be transparent about:
•The name, beneficial owner and country of incorporation of the buying company the volume, grade, and date of any sale, broken down by cargo where appropriate;
•The price, and how it was determined
•the revenue received for each cargo, and the destination of that revenue (e.g., used by NOC to
purchase fuel, transferred to national budget, transferred to a local
government)
•A full explanation of the process for choosing the buyer (e.g., the
allocation of a term contract, an open tender)
•The full text of the related contract (e.g., term contract, agreement
to swap crude for refined products).

The report also called on Switzerland to do more in the area of transparency as the centre of commodity trading in the world.

BD said, “Switzerland should accept its responsibility as the world’s leading commodity trading hub and pass regulation that requires Swiss companies producing or trading in natural resources to disclose all payments made to governments and state-owned companies, including payments associated with trading activities.

“In a 25 June 2014 report, the Swiss federal government indicated a preference to exclude trading-related payments from future regulation of this kind. If that position holds, the payments described in this report would remain secret.”

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/165303-how-nnpc-is-colluding-with-swiss-traders-to-steal-nigerias-crude-oil.html
Foreign Affairs / Re: Five Reasons Israel Will Invade Gaza And Five Reasons It Won't by abubello(m): 5:16pm On Jul 14
the terrorists in Tel aviv you mean?
Politics / Re: NNPC Now Supplies Crude To Warri, PHC Refineries By Boats by abubello(m): 6:52pm On Jul 12
dgitrader: shocking
truely shocking.
Politics / Re: NNPC Now Supplies Crude To Warri, PHC Refineries By Boats by abubello(m): 6:39pm On Jul 12
is this the latest world record set by Jonathan's regime?
Politics / NNPC Now Supplies Crude To Warri, PHC Refineries By Boats by abubello(m): 6:37pm On Jul 12
The supply of crude oil through the regular means of pipeline transportation has become impossible due to incessant vandalism of the lines and theft of the product, a situation that has resulted in the Warri and Port Harcourt refineries having to now depend on marine transport for crude supply.

This deteriorated situation of pipeline vandalism was disclosed yesterday by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Engr. Andrew yakubu while speaking yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, at a capacity building workshop for media practitioners with the theme “The Role of NNPC in the Nigerian Economy.”

This comes just as Nigeria has been ranked as the country most plagued by oil theft in the world with the theft of an estimated 400,000 barrels of oil per day, equating to a revenue loss of about $1.7 billion a month and $20.4 billion annually, according to a report by oilprice.com.

The amount represents 7.7 per cent of the nation’s GDP vanishing, or more than the country spends on education and healthcare combined, the report added.

Yakubu who stated that the capacity utilisation of the refineries is at 60 per cent name plate, however said, the refineries could do better were it not for the challenge of the vandalisation and theft.

He said: “Capacity utilisation of the refineries is 60 per cent of name plate, the 60 per cent of the name plate capacity is not because the plants cannot take more but because we have challenges of crude supply, so we have to go through marine.

“If you don’t have a pipeline that supplies your crude continuously you cannot maximise the volume put in. so if you have to go through marine and alternative sources, you are constrained based on the volume that those systems can deliver.

“To be frank, there is a major challenge, you cannot put a barrel in Excravos and get it at Warri end. So that pipeline is completely abandoned. Warri to Port Harcourt is the same thing, it is absolutely impossible.


http://leadership.ng/news/377577/vandalism-nnpc-supplies-crude-warri-phc-refineries-boats
Culture / Re: Similarity In Some Nigerian Languages by abubello(m): 9:46am On Jul 04
WEALTH
Hausa - Dukiya
Yoruba - Dukiya

MATCHES
Yoruba - Ishana
Hausa - Ashana
Culture / Re: Similarity In Some Nigerian Languages by abubello(m): 9:41am On Jul 04
CAP
Hula - Hausa
Fila - yoruba

CLOCK
Agogo - hausa
Ago - Yoruba

CAMEL
Rakumi - Hausa
Rakumi - Yoruba

SECRET
Asiri - Hausa
Asiri - Yoruba

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Islam for Muslims / Re: EX-Nigerian Footballer Emeka Ezeugo Convert To Islam. Pix by abubello(m): 10:07am On Jan 06
Idrismusty97:
You are right!.Although i haven't read the holy Quran but i am learning from you guys gradually. I am a Christian living in the north all my life and i don't see muslims as terrorist.Only a few that wants to destroy the image of Nigeria. The south have a false perception of you guys.
why not read the Qur'an and see for yourself. You can read it online.
Islam for Muslims / Re: My Journey To Islam By Maya Crizel Dorado by abubello(m): 7:07pm On Jan 01
very touching
Politics / FG Budgets N950m For 3 Classrooms, by abubello(m): 12:48pm On Jan 01
The Federal Ministry of Education will spend N950 million on the construction of a single block of three classrooms in 2014.

This is found in the 2014 Appropriation Bill recently submitted to the National Assembly by the Coordinating Minister of Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The budget did not specify where this single block of three classrooms will be sited. The construction project, coded in the budget proposal as EDUMM010008897 is among the 310 others newly by the ministry of education for 2014.

The budget proposal also reveals that President Jonathan wants the National Assembly to approve N600 million for the National Programme on Almajiri Education in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Fund.

The National Programme on Almajiri Education, coded UBEC 01007234 is one of the three new projects proposed for the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC). The other two are the payment of monthly allowance of 15,000 Federal Teachers’ Scheme (FTS) teachers which is going to gulp a sum of N3.240 billion and the monitoring of the Federal Teachers’ Scheme (FTS) teachers, N100 million.
The federal government introduced the Federal Teachers’ Scheme (FTS) in 2006 to address shortage of qualified teachers in the basic education sub-sector. The scheme, funded through the Debt Relief Gains (DRG), is a two-year programme designed to cater for unemployed NCE graduates.

Under the scheme, NCE graduates are employed by the Federal Government and posted to states for a two-year period before formal absorption by states and local government education authorities.
Further details of the 2014 budget show that while the federal ministry of education gets a total allocation of N12.923 billion; the Universal Basic Education Commission alone gets the sum of N74.410 billion as total allocation.

According to the budget, the ministry has also earmarked N643.4 million as total allocation for the West African Examination Council (international), N2.557 billion for the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), N3.6 billion for WAEC (local), N885.630 million for the Nigerian Institute of Education Planners and Administration, and N4.515 billion for the National Library of Nigeria; N6.246 billion for the National Examinations Council (NECO), N1.041 billion for the Mass Literacy Council, N726.020 million for the Nomadic Education Commission.

Other proposals for the ministry include a total allocation of N1.529 billion for the National Education Research and Development Council, N1.254 billion for the National Business and Technical Education Board, N861.473 million for the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, N265.127 million for the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria, N951.740 million for the National Commission for College Education Secretariat, and N3.201 billion for the National Teachers Institute (NTI).



http://dailytrust.info/index.php/top-stories/13531-fg-budgets-n950m-for-3-classrooms-n600m-for-almajiri-education.
Foreign Affairs / Re: Mugabe Renames Victoria Falls To Mosi Oa Tunya by abubello(m): 9:06pm On Dec 20, 2013
I think it is time to rename Victoria Island too

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Islam for Muslims / 18 People Converted To Islam At National Mosque Yesterday by abubello(m): 8:27am On Nov 16, 2013
It was a very interesting spectacle at the National Mosque yesterday (15l11l2013) when 18 non Muslims embraced Islam in a simple procedure conducted by the Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, just before the commencement of Juma'ah prayers. I witnessed the event life. The majority of the converts were Igbo, one is yoruba from Ondo State and another one from Akwa Ibom State.

The event was broadcast on NTA News of yesterday 15/11/13.

You can view the pictures of some of the converts on the facebook page of brother Muhammad Kabir Orjiegbulam (who is also Igbo)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.190428187670629.44433.100001103480689&type=1

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Islam for Muslims / Re: My Journey To Islam -ABDULLAHI EDWARD by abubello(m): 8:09am On Nov 16, 2013
you can view the pictures in the link provided- weeklytrust of today
Islam for Muslims / My Journey To Islam -ABDULLAHI EDWARD by abubello(m): 7:39am On Nov 16, 2013
In this concluding part of his interview with Weekly Trust, Abdullahi Edward Tomasiewicz speaks about his journey to Islam, his family, his relationship with Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero, understanding of Nigeria, and many other interesting experiences.

What happened from there?
When I returned in 1971, I went to the ministry of trade but they said they could not hire me because I came to the country looking for a job. That I had to go out of the country, get the job and come back. So they arranged for me to teach. I waited a year and three months and finally the contract came and I was instructed to go to Washington DC, where I finished finalizing my paper work and collected my ticket and then I flew back to Kano to teach. That was when the new Nigeria started to hit me in the face. Nobody knew I was coming because of poor organization. How can you hire somebody, fly him half-way around the world and still not know he was coming?

After all the formalities, I was posted to Teachers Training College Gumel. I was qualified to be an English teacher even though I didn’t study English. Now I was in Gumel to teach English to people who do not know more than 10 words of English and they were in secondary school. I decided that I really had to treat every student as a case study. Friday was our short day and what I did was I told them that every Friday they would teach me Hausa. So they told me things in Hausa and I asked them to translate to me what they said to me in English. I remember going on like this for two three weeks and one day the principal came up to my house and confronted me over the students teaching me Hausa language.
I told him that was true but what I was really doing was teaching the students how to speak English. Ironically the students understood what I was trying to do but the principal did not and did not make an attempt to.

So you had to change your teaching method?
No, that was how we continued. Then an incident happened in Gumel around 1973/74. (Late former governor and renowned politician) Sabo Bakin-zuwo and his boys as well as his contractors decided to have their yearly meetings in Gumel. They had the meeting and afterwards they took over the filin dambe and they had electric music in Gumel for the first time. We then told our students that they could go. Those who could afford to go went, paid for their tickets and got in. Those who could not afford to pay remained outside and obviously there were more outside than inside. It became chaotic when those outside started making trouble. So the organizers sent message to the principal to come and stop these people. In the end we had to intervene.

Did you intervene in Hausa or English?
I spoke in both languages. Everything calmed down and they all walked back to the school. The following morning the emir (now late) sent for me and thanked me for what I did. I then told him that was just the tip of the ice berg because there was no discipline in the school. The head boy then was more less the one running the show and he was political. So there was absolutely no discipline in the school. He then sat down and wrote with his own hand a letter to the commissioner of education and put it an envelope and asked me to take it to the commissioner.

Did you find out what was the content of the letter?
No, only much later. He wanted me to be the principal. So, what happened was the next gazette that came out, I and Johnson Attah as well as the principal were transferred out of Gumel. This was the best way they felt they could deal with the problem.
Now I am out of Gumel and was going to be sent to Wudil. I went to Wudil and it was a British principal who rejected me out rightly. He said he was sorry but he did not need me that he had more teachers than students. I went back to the board and they put me in Kano Educational Development Center. The school was about fifty percent British and fifty percent Nigerian teachers.

Then they had WASC and I never knew what it was. No one gave me a syllabus to teach from, when these kids were taking their WASC, they looked up to me and we did our best. Before I came each class normally had 6 as their WASC pass mark but after this WASC that we did together, the average for these kids was 12. This was not bad for somebody who did not know what WASC was or someone who did not know how to read and comprehend English. After that I resigned and was offered a job at Hadejia to do an agricultural survey.
Why did you resign if you were happy with the result?

I resigned because I could not be at loggerheads with the people I was working for. First of all there was a minor incident when I threw a text book into the waste bin. These text books were printed in 1954 and I was now teaching in 1973/74. I cannot give my students a book praising Mungo Park and all those colonial heroes to study.

I then got a query questioning who I was to throw an accredited book in the dustbin after it had attained Ministry of education vetting. I then told them that was a colonial book written for a colonial classroom, this is 1973, people tend to think a little bit differently than they did in 1954. Those were some of the kind of loggerheads we had.

Were you already married to a Nigerian at that time?
No, I was a bachelor.
You came to Nigeria as a Christian, how did you find your way to Islam?
The first time that I saw Islam was during the civil war. On a Friday I went to the Kano Central Mosque, the one behind the emir’s palace. When I went there I saw tens of thousands of well disciplined people observing their prayers. I did not know what they were saying or doing but I had to respect them for the way they did it.

Was that the first time you saw the Muslim prayer?
Oh yes. I had no business with them before then, but I went there out of curiosity. And this was during the civil war. I began thinking if I was a Biafran pilot and I wanted to drop a bomb in Kano where I would drop it would be the Friday prayer. I stood and watched and asked myself how people could be this organized, no one was talking by the side, no one was laughing or doing otherwise other than just listening to the Imam reading. I then told myself that this was amazing. Despite the fact that they could have been a target for any bomb from Biafra they were still amassing in one place to do their prayers. So that was my first encounter with Islam.

And many years later, in the 80s I lived in London which was back then N400 for a round trip. Kano- London, London- Kano, people used to come for the weekend to London from Kano. So I used to see my friends on a regular basis and most of them used to go to the mosque in London. I started listening to Ahmed Deedat’s sermons on VCR. Then everyone was asking about them, it was the in-thing then, so I decided to get one myself to watch and listen. Eventually when I came down to Kano I would hear Sheikh Isa Waziri on CTV doing the tafsir during the Ramadan. By that time I understood more Hausa and I concluded that this guy was fantastic because he would take something which was very complicated and make it ABCD. Isa Waziri used to come to London and stay at Gidan Galadima. After tafsir Isa Waziri will invite me for dinner and we would sit down and talk about general things in the world. Then on one of these dinners when I was leaving I told him ‘Mallam don’t be surprised one day if I come knocking on your door’ and he said I was always welcome.

A couple of years later when I arrived in Nigeria, I went straight to his house to knock on his door. So I told him that here I was and he smiled and said Bismillah. He then asked me what name I would like to be called and the first thing I said was ‘Abdullahi’ and that was how I became Abdullahi. In fact my son was named Abdullahi even before me because I like the name. That was how I became Abdullahi at gidan Isa Waziri. Bashir Tofa was with me on the same flight to Kano. Bashir Tofa was aware of my intention to convert to Islam. Along with a few other friends that I got we went to see Sheikh Isa Waziri.

You said your son was named Abdullahi before you? How is that?
My son in England was born in 1983. My son is not a Muslim but I named him that even before I became one because I was already in love with the name. I let my wife name our eldest daughter while I named our son.
How did your parents and friends take to your conversation to Islam?
First of all I did not live with my parents and they only got second hand information about my conversion to Islam. I often do not go to America and if I go I don’t have a problem with my name. But my grandfather was not happy because he was more religious than my parents in his own way. He told me that his parents were Roman Catholic and so were their children all their lives. That he did not see anything wrong with the religion and saw no reason why I had to change. On my mother’s part she long knew I was going to take my own destiny so she was not surprised when she heard I had converted to Islam. My father was less concerned.

When I was living in London, a Liberian friend he asked me ‘Why on earth do you want to live in Africa, you come from America and you keep talking about going back to Africa to serve?’ I told him Americans were the dumbest because they are well informed but yet do not know anything.

Secondly when I was twenty years of age, I learnt something about Africa, it was many years after that the word ‘Islam’ was even discussed in America. I was expecting questions like what you are asking now when I went back, instead of questions like ‘Do people live on trees in Nigeria’ ….
Were those the kind of questions you were being asked?
Of course….anybody that thinks like that and cannot get out of it and expand his universe, it is very difficult for me to live with that kind of person.

What was life like for you when you first came to Nigeria?
When I first came to Nigeria, water, electricity, telecommunications were not challenges or problems. But now they are all problems which simply mean whoever is looking after the store doesn’t know what he/she is doing. There is too much corruption. There is too much politics
Let me give you an example. They built a sugar factory in Numan called Savannah Sugar in the 70s with N347m, a lot of money at that time. Mistake number was that they built it with the capacity to grow 10 percent of the sugar required to feed the factory. Number two, Fidel Castro told then President Shagari ‘Let me send my people to fix your sugar problem’. You know what happened to that idea? America said ‘Don’t you accept anything from Castro.’ So today sugar is still being imported in Nigeria in 2013.

How did you meet your Nigerian wife, given the mentality most people had of White people back then?
By the time I met my wife, Hauwa – she is from Dandagoro in Katsina State– I already had two kids from my first Nigerian wife. So I told my foreman in Katsina then that I was looking for another wife to help me with my two kids. He told me of a girl who was about 15 or 16 years old but who she said will not marry until she had finished her secondary school education. He promised to talk to her guardian. After some days the foreman came and told me that he said I could come and talk to her. So a meeting was arranged for us to in a shop where quite a few people were hanging around to chaperone us. So we had our first discussion and a couple more after. She graduated in June 1996, we were married in April and after that I picked her up and brought her down to Kano. Since 1996 she has had seven of her own kids and the two that she adopted from me which totals nine. The foreman that I mentioned earlier gave us one of his daughters and she has been with us for over eight years now, so the total the number of kids we have under our roof is ten.

How did you manage with such differences between you?
She is a high school graduate in Nigeria, I am an American, I am almost thirty five years older than she is. She was born in 1977 and I was born in 1942. We have understood our difference and we have learnt to live and respect each other and this is why we are still together. She is very knowledgeable Islamically, in fact when we got married I told her I had two rules. Number one, do not backbite others. And number two you must wake me up for Subhi prayers.
Why do you need her to wake you up?
I have always been like that. I grew up in a house with seven kids and they always have to wake me up. An alarm clock cannot do the job of waking me up. So right now our first three children have all sauke Qur’ani (completed their recitation of the Holy Qur’an).

Did any of your wife’s relations try to stop the marriage?
I had an accident and was admitted in Aminu Kano hospital for five months and had to be taken to America for another surgery where there where they messed up my right palm. So when they did not see me for some months some of her relatives said ‘You see, we told you that he was going to run away and leave you with his kids.’ That was about the closest resistance we had to our marriage.
Did you live in Kano city then?
I lived in Hausawa quarters, Zoo road in Kano. That was where I was when I had my first two Nigerian children. Their late mother was from Yalleman in Hadejia. But now I am in Kawo new layout where I built my own house, which is my first and only house in the world.
What exactly do you do now professionally?
I am with a Canadian company now though we have not had any business for the past two years. The last thing we did was in Ogoja.

The kids you have with your Nigerian wife, are they in contact with their siblings abroad?
They are always in touch with them. But you need to understand that I am not a rich person and cannot afford to go to England or America on a regular basis. I spent ten years before I can go to England to see my kids. So, when I went to America in 1999, it was a deal I had with the management of the company I was working for, that they had to send me to America to enable me see my family which they agreed. So I arranged for my two kids to go to America from England and we went to America to see them. I do not go very often.

This picture of your whole family with His Royal Highness, The Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero. Tell us about it.
It was in September 2011, that we went to visit the Emir, when my eldest children Abdullahi and Rebecca came to visit from England. You see I used to take them to greet him in England whenever he was in London. Then they were just little children. So when they came to visit me as adults, I phoned him and said Abdullahi and Rebecca would like to come and pay homage. So he invited all of us to the palace.

You and the Emir must really go back long way...
Yes we do. We first met in 1977. And he was the sponsor for my citizenship application back in 1991 when I initially applied. And my co-sponsor was the Turakin Gumel. Today I am a full Nigerian citizen. Though I had been repatriated from Nigeria a couple more times after that first time in 1967, for some unserious reasons, it was Colonel Halliru Akilu who, cleared me for return to Nigeria, with full VIP reception when I arrived.

Despite the challenges that came with conversion to Islam did the thought of quitting ever cross your mind?
I never thought about quitting; it never crossed my mind because I never gave it a chance to even cross my thoughts. I spent over twenty years as a good Christian and over twenty years as a nothing and now I am at my twenty years as a Muslim. There is more of satisfaction in Islam than there is in any other religion.

Have you been able to convert family members or any other persons to Islam?
I think so but I can’t remember. But many have said my case was an inspiration to them when they heard about how I converted and all that. I don’t want to go into that anyone who converts does so for their love of the religion. What I like about my conversion is that about five people have named their children after me. I have Abdullahis named after me in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina. The last one was just two months ago.

What do you think Nigerians can do to get their leaders to think differently in terms of development?
That is one hell of a question. All I can say is if the society continues on the path on which it is going now then we do not have a very bright future. Somewhere, somehow, some things have got to be done to make some changes necessary. And it can be done if the leaders are serious about it. And if we have the required level of discipline. If there is no discipline there is nothing that can be achieved. Discipline needs to be brought back to the psyche of the people. I remember that the Buhari years brought back some level of discipline in the people because they also displayed a high level of self-discipline. So they demanded it and got it back from the people. Not many people demonstrate self- discipline today, so they cannot ask for it from the people.

You have been in Nigeria for decades now, what is your favourite dish?
Tuwon shinkafa and miyan taushe with man shanu and jan yaji
Why did you name one of your sons Ghadafi?
He was born the year Ghadafi came to Kano, we did not meet but I have been an admirer of him for years and I decided to name one of my sons after him while my son Abdullahi (Anis) was named after Audu Lukat.
Thanks a lot for your time
You are welcome.

http://weeklytrust.com.ng/index.php/top-stories/
Religion / Re: My View About Jim Iyke's Deliverance. by abubello(m): 5:04pm On Sep 30, 2013
primus_maximus:
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How did you arrive at this figure when you don't know the year he was born?
Islam for Muslims / Re: Secrets Of A Muslim Woman by abubello(m): 9:13pm On Sep 26, 2013
kennygee: I really need someone who understands Islam to explain it's beliefs as regard the religion, women and jihad.

You can learn a lot about islam from Islamic websites like:
www.islamreligion.com
www.islamicity.com
www.islamcan.com
etc
Politics / Re: I‘ll Not Contest In 2015 – Jonathan (2011) by abubello(m): 2:47pm On Sep 09, 2013
The President promised that if voted in for the next four years, he would ensure significant improvement in key sectors of the economy — security, power, education, road, health amongst others.

“Without security, there is no government. So it is not debatable, it is something we have to addressed and we are working towards that with vigour. But if I’m voted into power within the next four years, the issue of power will become a thing of the past. Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I am there for the next four years.”


In my opinion, the above is the most significant part of the statement.







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Politics / I‘ll Not Contest In 2015 – Jonathan (2011) by abubello(m): 8:33am On Sep 09, 2013
ANKARA, TURKEY — President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said he has no ambition to stay in office beyond 2015, assuring Nigerians in Diaspora that while he will not contest the 2015 election, he will ensure that this year’s election is free and fair.

The President promised that if voted in for the next four years, he would ensure significant improvement in key sectors of the economy — security, power, education, road, health amongst others.

“Without security, there is no government. So it is not debatable, it is something we have to addressed and we are working towards that with vigour. But if I’m voted into power within the next four years, the issue of power will become a thing of the past. Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I am there for the next four years.”

Jonathan said this while interacting with Nigerians mainly diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, and the African Union, AU, in Addis-Ababa.

While fielding questions from those present at the interactive session on whether Nigerians abroad will vote, Jonathan said: “I would have loved that the Nigerians in Diaspora vote this year but to be frank with you, that is going to be difficult now. Presently, the law does not allow the voting outside Nigeria and so this year Nigerians in Diaspora will not vote but I will work towards it by 2015 even though I will not be running for election.”

On the issue of security, Jonathan said the government was doing everything possible to arrest the situation. He disclosed that all those involved in the October 1 bombing had been arrested and were being prosecuted. He, however, said he ordered the release of the car dealers because they were just businessmen who could not have known that the vehicles were to be used for such heinous crime.

On education, the President said, the nine new approved universities were to be specialised and to be headed by at least three Nigerians experts in Diaspora.

On the concerns raised of having a database of Nigerian experts in Diaspora, President Jonathan assured that he was working on creating a forum for interaction between them and government and also develop a database, where experts needed to address the various challenges of the economy will be drawn. He hinted that this was why the Diaspora Commission was being set up as the bill was already before the National Assembly.

The President also disclosed that the government is looking towards reviewing the country’s foreign policy to ensure that Nigeria gets maximum benefit from its roles and contributions to international organizations like the AU, UN and ECOWAS.

He lamented that right now Nigeria’s contributions were not being recognized adding that “there is need for Nigeria to have something in return for our investments. We are investing so much but it is not being noticed and there is need to reverse that trend.

On the concerns about road network and transportation in the country, President Jonathan assured that the railway system will be revamp because presently heavy duty vehicles were destroying the roads. “Why we cannot have continuous road maintenance for now because no contractor wants to go into it because of the continuous pressure on the road by heavy duty vehicles. That is why we are working to ensure that we revamp the rail”.

The President also assured that Nigerians working in international organization and institutions would be issued diplomatic passports. He directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odein Ajumogobia to submit the list of those qualified within the shortest possible time to him.

On the 35 per cent affirmative action implementation and the domestication of protocols signed, he assured that he will present before the National Assembly within the shortest possible time

Vanguard Newspaper of February 1, 2011

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/02/i-ll-not-contest-2015-election-jonathan/

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Islam for Muslims / Re: Challenges Facing Igbo Muslims - Sheikh Uthman Anaga (igbo Muslim) by abubello(m): 8:05am On Aug 29, 2013
I think many of us underestimate the number of Igbo muslims. Personally,I have lost count of the number of Igbo muslims I have met over the years, I have many of them as friends on facebook, One was my Arabic teacher in Abuja (He studied in Saudi Arabia) He later joined the Nigerian Army. Another one presents an Islamic programme on NTA Owerri etc. The east is gradually turning to Islam in shaa Allah.

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Politics / Re: N365 Billion Lost To Oil Theft In July by abubello(m): 6:08pm On Aug 26, 2013
Corrupt and clueless (C&C)

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Politics / Re: N365 Billion Lost To Oil Theft In July by abubello(m): 6:04pm On Aug 26, 2013
A very corrupt regime

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Politics / Re: My Dad Wept On Sick Bed - Governor Fashola by abubello(m): 12:36pm On Aug 26, 2013
This life
Islam for Muslims / Re: Tips On How To Concentrate During Salat (prayers) by abubello(m): 12:47pm On Aug 24, 2013
I think the word communion used in no. 4 is not proper in the context it was used in relation to Allah. Allah knows best.
Politics / A Threat To Nigeria by abubello(m): 11:32am On Aug 19, 2013
By Sam Nda Isaiah

A casual observer of the Nigerian situation may hastily conclude that the Boko Haram menace is the greatest threat to the country at the moment. How wrong! The greatest and present threat to Nigeria is the uncontrolled theft of Nigeria’s crude oil that appears to receive the imprimatur of the government of the day. It is a very serious matter because, true or false, most Nigerians believe that key members of Jonathan’s government want the theft to continue. It is very hard to fault the logic behind this near-consensus. A serving minister with close ties to the president recently bluntly told a businessman who had brought a bright idea that would be able to stop oil thieves that they would never install that kind of equipment. It was like saying: who told you we want to stop the oil theft? Crude oil thieves stole an average of $2 billion daily the last time anyone cared to check, and this puts the loss to the nation at nearly a trillion dollars annually.

This should alarm anybody else but President Jonathan, it appears. What is alarming is not just that $1 trillion annually could easily put the current state of Nigeria’s infrastructure at par with those of the First World countries but the impression it gives the rest of the world that the country known and called Nigeria may indeed be a banana republic. I don’t know of any other country on Planet Earth where it is possible to steal this quantum of national resources where there is a government in place. Unless of course it is government people that are doing the stealing. If the constituted authority of Nigeria has lost control over vital swathes of its country, north and south, then, it should become a matter of urgent concern for the elites of this country. If the leader of any country, whether elected or not, is too weak or too incompetent (or both) to the extent that nearly $1 trillion (one trillion dollars) of the nation’s resources could be stolen annually, then, the elites of that nation should, as a matter of urgent enlightened self-interest, sit up and save themselves. With each passing day, this theft continues with geometric vengeance.

Many Nigerians complain about the maritime security contract the Nigerian president has awarded to Tompolo (who, by the way, the president still calls “general”), a former militant who had led criminal terrorist operations in the past that killed many of the nation’s security officers including naval officers who now have to contend with the humiliation of seeing a large part of their job ceded to Tompolo. In spite of the loud complaints, the president, who does not give a damn, has refused to review the contract. And it is after this contract was given that this whole stealing enterprise went from thievery to pillaging. There is a difference between stealing and pillaging, you know. Nigeria has always known corruption and government stealing. But what we see today cannot be stealing; it is pillaging. And what is worse, the money that is made from what is left after the theft is also stolen.

Apart from this $1 trillion crude oil theft annually, it has also been estimated by those who should know that a further $1 billion (one billion dollars) is probably stolen every day from the nation’s exchequer through several dubious means. The details of the Malabu Oil ultra-scam and the obscene amount of money that was shared among some of the principal officers of this government could make a normal person throw up. Recently, on a trip to the United States, a leading member of the US intelligentsia asked me why Nigeria’s sweet crude, which should normally sell at a premium anywhere in the world, was being sold by the Nigerian government at a discount. Of course, I had no answer for my friend apart from a few mumbles after which I quickly changed the topic. It can sometimes be quite uncomfortable to be Nigerian in some respectable discussions abroad.

It is frustrating discussing this same topic virtually every week on this page with no effect. It is as if one is talking to the deaf. But now that President Jonathan clearly does not want to solve the oil theft problem, has he given a thought to how he is going to run the country when the nation finally runs out of cash on his watch, as his finance minister recently warned? He had better start thinking about that immediately. Because, at this rate, it will soon not be possible for the government to pay salaries, even though the nation is supposed to be selling at least two million barrels of oil every day. - See more at:


Source: Leadership Newspaper 19/8/13
Religion / Re: A Muslim Contemplating Christianity. by abubello(m): 10:12pm On Aug 16, 2013
Ibrahim Mav: Hello everyone my names Ibrahim im a 23 year old Muslim. I have been a Muslim my whole life (though not always truly practicing my faith) and have very little knowledge about Christianity and other Faiths. I would truly like to learn more about Christianity.

Questions:
1. How come there are many versions of the bible? Who altered them? Did they speak to God too? Im confused because there are so many versions how do I know which one is correct? Thanks.

2. I have been told by Imams and Scholars at meetings and conferences etc that not a Single Word has been altered in our Holy Quran throughout 1400 years. Is this fact? I have been on Christian sites where they say this is not true though some of these sites seem a little suspect. I have been lurking here for a while and can tell that for the most part this is one of the most honest forums on the net!

Thanks.

Such dishonesty from frostyzone & co. @op the bible has different versions. I repeat versions not translations. For instance the Douay version of the bible has 73 books six more than the Kings james version which has 66 books. The King james version was in turn revised by christian scholars,that was how they got the "Revised standard version".

There are no different versions of the Glorious Qur'an like you have with the bible.period
Islam for Muslims / Re: Why Can't The Quran Be Translated Into English? by abubello(m): 5:37pm On Aug 11, 2013
@op, The Qur'an.has been translated to several languages including English. You can get an english translation onlne
Islam for Muslims / Re: Igbo Man Presenting Islamic Programme On A TV. by abubello(m): 5:26pm On Aug 11, 2013
he is not the only one. There is another Igbo guy called Kabir Orjiegbulam who does an Islamic program in Igbo language on NTA Owerri. You can watch his programmes on Yuotube. He is also on facebook.
Religion / Re: The Reasons People Convert From Christianity To Islam by abubello(m): 6:46pm On Aug 09, 2013
@Zarian - Is it true that Peter Jatau is now a muslim. Please confirm. Was he not the reverend who use to be a strong pillar of CAN in kaduna. correct mre if im wrong
Religion / Re: Should The Bible Since It Was Written More Than 2000 Years Ago Be Reviewed? by abubello(m): 7:20am On Aug 06, 2013
The Bible has been revised many times. have you not heard of the "Revised standard version" which was a revised version of the King James version. According to the authors they did the revision because the King James Version has some "grave defects".

Don't ask me when the next revised version will come out!

Are u still using the king james version?
Religion / Re: What Is The Difference Between Jesus And God? by abubello(m): 10:40am On Aug 05, 2013
[quote author=Ezegozie]

@Ezegozie

You are missing the point about the the glaring contradictions in the bible. Christians claim that the gospel writers were inspired by the holy ghost, if that is the case then there shouldn't be contradictions. Mind you these are not slight contradictions - they could not even agree on who is the father of Joseph the carpenter. Do you honestly beleive that the holy ghost will inspire matthew the Joseph's father is Jacob while informin Luke that the man's name is Heli

Meanwhile here are more contradictions:

4. In describing Jesus being led to his execution, John 19:17 recounts that he carried his own cross. But Mark 15:21-23 disagrees by saying a man called Simon carried the cross.

5. As for the crucifixion, Matthew 27:44 tells us Jesus was taunted by both criminals who were being crucified with him. But Luke 23:39-43 relates that only one of the criminals taunted Jesus, the other criminal rebuked the one who was doing the taunting, and Jesus told the criminal who was defending him, "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

6. Regarding the last words of Jesus while on the cross, Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 quote Jesus as crying with a loud voice, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Luke 23:46 gives his final words as, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." John 19:30 alleges the last words were, "It is finished."

7. There are even contradictions in the accounts of the resurrection – the supposed event that is the very foundation of the Christian religion. Mark 16:2 states that on the day of the resurrection, certain women arrived at the tomb at the rising of the sun. But John 20:1 informs us they arrived when it was yet dark. Luke 24:2 describes the tomb as open when the women arrived, whereas Matthew 28:1-2 indicates it was closed. Mark 16:5 declares that the women saw a young man at the tomb, Luke 24:4 says they saw two men, Matthew 28:2 reports they saw an angel, and John 20:11-12 claims they saw two angels.

Which of the above stories was inspired by the holy ghost and which was not, mind you they are all part of the bible.

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