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|Crime / Re: Felix Onu: Obituary Of Trader Shot Dead In Ladipo Market (Photos) by bignews2020: 6:44pm On Jul 23|
Who is paying for this murder?
|Politics / E-voting: OPC Condemns Amendment To Electoral Act by bignews2020: 6:57am On Jul 20|
E-Voting: OPC Condemns Amendment To Electoral Act
By Bola Badmus - Lagos On Jul 19, 2021
Frederick Fasheun-led Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has condemned the recent amendment to the Electoral Act, describing it as anti- people and anti- democratic, even as he urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign it into law but instead return it to the National Assembly to make an electronic transfer of election results a compulsory component in the electoral process in the country.
President of the group, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, also known as “Askari,” made the call on Monday in a statement made available to newsmen, as part of the body’s four-point demand, saying that the lawmakers’ refusal to endorse electronic transmission of results showed that they preferred to come into office not through the people’s mandate but through rigging and fraudulent elections.
According to OPC’s four-point statement, other demands made include addressed: “Asking Buhari to cooperate with Southern governors to end insecurity through the banning of open grazing and other related policies
“Warning Northern groups not to overheat the polity and to stop their confrontational posture to the South’s demand for power rotation and a Southern president in 2023;
“Demanding that security agents should call off the manhunt for Sunday Igboho and urgently release all those arrested in that despicable July 1 raid on his Ibadan home.”
The group posited that President Buhari owed it a duty not to sign the legislature’s Anti-people Electoral Bill into law “since INEC has said it has the capacity to transfer results electronically,” saying he would thus be writing his name in gold on the pages of Nigerian history if he should do such.
This was just as OPC recalled that former President Goodluck Jonathan modernised the electoral process by giving the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) card readers to authenticate the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and banish fake voters’ cards forever.
According to it, Jonathan will never be forgotten for that laudable innovation that enabled Buhari himself to win that 2015 presidential election during which card readers were used for the first time, querying: “What value will Buhari be remembered to have brought to the democratic process?”
“It beats the imagination that legislators who transact banking business and instantly get bank alerts on their phones and laptops, whose children’s JAMB and WAEC results come through SMSs, whose children take lectures and do exams online, will not ascribe to election results being transmitted electronically. It is very strange,” OPC said.
Furthermore, OPC expressed misgivings on the harsh voice of Northern groups against the suggestion by 17 Southern governors that the slot of the president, come 2023 should revolve to the South.
The group, while expressing disgust at the outburst of the Northern group, queried from where the misguided Northern youths and groups derived their sense of entitlement, arrogance and combativeness, among others.
“From where do these misguided Northern youth and Northern groups derive their sense of entitlement, arrogance and combativeness? Why do they feel that they must have their way on which zone becomes president and the South cannot aspire to the position?” OPC queried.
“OPC hereby urges true leaders of the North to take charge and caution their belligerent people to take things easy. Their arrogant posturing about power shift will only heat up the Nigerian polity,” it warmed.
Reminding the government that it owed citizens the primary duty of providing security, the group challenged President Buhari to join hands with Southern governors to halt the spiralling insecurity suffered by Nigerian citizens in the South through kidnapping, raping and ransom payment by Fulani herdsmen.
It affirmed that Fulani killers were not spirits, saying that the security agents usually looked the other way when these killers were grouping up to strike.
According to OPC, the police do nothing even when citizens provide information to pre-empt and prevent bloody attacks, adding: “Police and DSS know where these wicked people have their camps and formations but they would never go there to dislodge them.”
“And when the likes of Sunday Igboho organise themselves to defend the people, they are hunted down by state authorities. This is a clear case of double standard,” the group declared.
The group further posited that the kidnappings and killings ravaging the South justified the call by Southern governors to ban Open Grazing of cattle as a necessary step towards restoring security in their zone, urging the Federal Government to support the policy rather than fight against it, even as promised to provide support to enforce the ban throughout the South-West.
|Politics / Buhari Sacks Broadcast Agency Boss Who Ordered Radios And Tvs To Quit Twitter by bignews2020: 2:43pm On Jun 11|
President Muhammadu Buhari has kicked out the Acting Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Professor Armstrong Idachaba, who on Monday June 7 directed all broadcast stations in the country to suspend the patronage of Twitter with immediate effect.
In his place, the President has appointed Mr. Balarabe Ilelah as the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Idachaba has held the NBC DG post in an “Acting” role since February 2020 when his predecessor, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, was placed on an indefinite suspension.
It remains unclear why the President failed to confirm Idachaba for the role and why the Professor was being relieved of the position at this moment.
However, when in Buhari’s pre-recorded Arise TV interview on Thursday the President was asked questions on the Twitter drama, His Excellency had declined to comment on the episode, saying he would prefer to keep that issue to himself.
Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who announced Ilelah’s appointment via a statement on Friday, indicated that the new NBC DG had a five-year tenure.
In a rather unpopular and controversial move that attracted threats of litigation from outfits like Daar Communications, Professor Armstrong Idachaba, as Acting Director General of NBC, on Monday directed all broadcast stations nationwide to suspend the patronage of Twitter with immediate effect.
Not a few had felt that Idachaba’s intervention and direction in issuing the instruction amounted to that of a meddlesome interloper, as many media houses had skirted the Twitter ban by accessing the platform through the VPN router instead of the local networks that had been instructed by the government to bar the service.
The Twitter platform had been a fertile ground for sourcing and exchanging news and information for the media.
But Idachaba and NBC declared that it would be unpatriotic for any Nigerian broadcaster to patronise the banned platform as an information source.
According to him, the directive fell in tandem with Section 2(1) of the NBC Act, mandating NBC to enforce the responsibility of ensuring strict adherence to national laws, rules and regulations.
Idachaba’s memo also quoted Section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, which he said stipulated that: “The broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that law and order are socially superior to or more desirable than Crime and Anarchy.
“Attention is also drawn to Section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a User Generated Content (UGC).”
Born in 1962, Armstrong Aduku Idachaba was a Nigerian Professor of Mass Communication, and had served as Director of Broadcast Policy and Research in the commission before his February 2020 elevation as replacement for Modibbo Kawu who had been sacked over corruption allegations.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: What's The Worst Pay You Have Ever Received As A Writer? by bignews2020: 8:30am On Jun 11|
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|Celebrities / Stella Damasus’ Third Marriage Crashes by bignews2020: 10:24am On May 17|
A few weeks ago, Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus put up a social media post in commemoration of her 43rd birthday. She had a photo shoot to celebrate her day amid goodwill messages from her friends, colleagues and fans.
Despite the euphoria surrounding her celebration, insiders alleged that the mother of two didn’t have a perfect day as her husband, Daniel Ademinokan totally ruined her day by shunning the event.
Findings reveal that the handsome producer intentionally snubbed the social media space a day before Stella’s birthday and didn’t make any post until a few days after the actress had marked her birthday. Well, with this development, there is no mincing words that there is indeed trouble in their marriage and the duo are not giving reconciliation a second thought.
It would be recalled that sometime in 2020 it was rumoured that the couple’s marriage had crashed and Daniel had moved out of their matrimonial home in Dallas to Houston, Texas with his son from his first marriage to actress, Doris Simeon. Despite frantic efforts made by friends to settle the rift between the two, it seems they are finally done with their union as they have both moved on.
|Politics / Reno Omokri Abandons Wife In America, Welcomes New Baby With UK Based Lover by bignews2020: 10:12am On May 17|
When a famous writer said that it is far better to be seen by others as only human with flaws, warts and all, than to be regarded as sanctimonious, when in reality, deceit is second nature to you – he must have had people like a former presidential aide, Reno Omokri in mind. Or how else does one explain his pious projections on life and living when his personal life is the direct opposite of what he preaches?
Reno, who currently spends most of his time in London rather than the US where he is supposed to be based, recently welcomed his fourth child named after his former boss, ex- President Goodluck Jonathan. He had sent a photograph of himself, his new baby and a lady he identified as Hana, to a daily newspaper last week for a congratulatory message on the dedication of the child.
Reno, who claims to be a pastor/preacher posted the said publication on his social media page, thanking the paper for honouring him and his ‘wife’ with the publication. In the post, he deliberately omitted the woman’s name but referred to her as his ‘wife’. Well, according to THEWILL checks, Reno wasn’t being truthful and has been outrightly deceitful. His rightful wife whom he married in Nigeria in both traditional and Church marriage ceremonies before their relocation to the United States, is Tope Omokri nee Onuwaje, a school teacher in the city of Antioch, a small town in northern California, where they also live.
THEWILL investigations revealed that the controversial former aide, two years ago abandoned Tope for reasons best known to him. They lived as man and wife in that city with their three children. Reno, who recently initiated #harassbuharioutoflondon, was only able to do so conveniently because he absconded to London where his new partner lives, contrary to his narration of flying out to London from California for the cause.
He has allegedly refused to contribute to the upkeep of his family, one of whom is a special needs child. This is beyond absurdity for a man who claims to have single-handedly built an orphanage in Edo State and is always quick to donate money to other people in need. Even the Holy Bible, to which he often makes reference, describes a man who is unable to cater for his family as worse than an infidel.
A control freak, Reno allegedly subjected his estranged wife to emotional abuse for the better part of the 14 years they lived together. The former presidential aide, who is never short of opinion on virtually every subject on earth and everyone, including a recent statement about not having sympathy for single mothers except they are victims of rape or domestic violence, needs to reveal the full identity of the woman in the publication to the people he projects his self-righteousness to. Does he now have two wives? We sure know he has not divorced Tope because our reliable sources say they are still legally married.
So we ask! Why did he abandon his family in the first place?
|Politics / History Repeating? Buhari And Media's Bad Relations by bignews2020: 1:47pm On Nov 28, 2020|
IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS SO MADLY PURSUING THE HATE SPEECH BILL, DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN BUHARI'S GOVERNMENT WAS OVERTHROWN AUGUST 27, 1985, BRIGADIER DOGONYARO WHO READ THE COUP PLOTTERS' SPEECH SAID...
"Government has distanced itself from the people and the yearnings and aspirations of the people as constantly reflected in the media have been ignored."
|Politics / EL-RUFAI, DRUMMER IN ADARA’S DANCE OF DEATH by bignews2020: 3:53pm On Nov 03, 2020|
EL-RUFAI, DRUMMER IN ADARA’S DANCE OF DEATH By FELIX OBOAGWINA
With the announcement of Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli on October 7 as new Emir of Zazzau within two weeks of the demise of the last one, could the world pause its outpouring of well-deserved felicitations and confront Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai with why he has refused to deal the same honour to a neighbouring Chiefdom whose ruler died over two years ago? What does His Excellency have against the Southern Kaduna people of Adara to have warranted the lingering two-year delay in naming a successor to their late monarch?
Zaria got a new ruler in two weeks. Ambassador Bamalli, the immediate past Nigerian Envoy to Thailand and El-Rufai’s former Commissioner, will be stepping into the shoes left by the late Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on 20th September 2020 after chalking up 45 years on the throne.
Meanwhile, Adara, a town in Southern Kaduna, lost her monarch, the Agom Adara III, His Royal Highness Maiwada Raphael Galadima, on October 26, 2018, and since then, his sheep have been left without a shepherd. Why? Not for want of a befitting successor has Adara been left without a titular head. The word around town says the Governor has deliberately buried any talk of permitting the enthronement of a successor. Last heard on the matter, His Excellency had plans to carve Adara Chiefdom into four. Last heard on the matter? Well, that is in a manner of speaking. For the plan to balkanise the Christian-dominated community by the Muslim Governor predated the death of its Christian monarch. Actually, Agom Adara III had vehemently opposed the proposed balkanisation, considering it as superfluous, prejudiced, hegemonic, insulting, inciting and unwarranted. In opposing the plan the man may have signed his own death warrant. Soon afterwards, he was abducted. Despite his people paying his kidnappers' N10 million ransom, this First-Class Chief still got murdered. The context of his killing, coming in the wake of his vociferous resistance to the Governor’s partitioning proposal, raises questions.
Is it true that the late ruler of Adara paid with his life for trying to steer Mallam Nasir away from plans to reconfigure Kajuru under the Adara Traditional Council to a Kajuru Emirate through an August 2018 gazette? Why, since its Agom’s death, has Adara’s 350,000-strong predominantly Christian population, with a good sprinkling of Muslims and Animists, been blocked from crowning a replacement? For this, the world must demand answers from Governor El-Rufai, a Fulani who flaunts his Islamic ancestry like a peacock feathers.
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|Politics / #endsars: Us-based Nigerian I.T. Specialists Slam FG, Military Over Lekki Attack by bignews2020: 10:31am On Oct 27, 2020|
Nigerian Information Technology professionals based in the United States have joined the worldwide condemnation of last Tuesday’s shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.
On behalf of the Board of Governors and members, the President of the American-based Nigeria-US IT Network, Dr. Michael A. Oriade, described the attack by the military against unarmed peaceful protesters as condemnable, reprehensible, and criminal.
In a statement titled, “Condemnation of Shooting of Peaceful #EndSARS Protesters,” the group lamented that the protesters conducted themselves peacefully and did not deserve to be subjected to the violence resulting in so many deaths and injuries.
“The Nigeria-US IT Network Inc. vehemently condemns the reprehensible action of the Federal Government and military authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who ordered the shooting of peacefully protesting youths at the Lekki toll-gate area of Lagos, Nigeria, which resulted in the death and injury of several of the protesters,” Oriade said, adding that, “We identify with the courageous youths and commiserate with the families and friends of the fallen heroes.”
According to Oriade, the protesters had been exercising their constitutionally-guaranteed rights with utmost decorum and the security apparatus should offer them protective cover rather shooting at them.
“As the world observed, the protesters were peaceful and well organized in their conduct and did not pose any threat that could warrant the soldiers’ unleashing of violence against them,” the IT group pointed out.
Recalling the words of the famous civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., the group stressed that the Lekki tragedy could not but provoke the humanity in people everywhere.
The group’s President stated: “The late Martin Luther King said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.’ ”
The group expressed commitment to supporting Nigerian youths with initiatives that would help build their capacity in the information technology space.
It expressed confidence in the youths’ ability to build a dream Nigeria should the right atmosphere be provided, adding: “This is all they have asked for in this protest.”
|Politics / Origin Of Soro Soke by bignews2020: 6:09pm On Oct 19, 2020|
What is the history of "Soro Soke" or "Soro Soke Werey?"
It has been a slogan and a catchphrase for the ongoing #EndSARS campaign. Soro Soke is the Yoruba for "Speak up!"
But who was the first to use Soro Soke Werey? Is it totally a child of this campaign or does it have its origin somewhere else?
|Politics / Re: Aisha Yesufu, Gradually Becoming An Icon Of This Struggle by bignews2020: 6:45pm On Oct 13, 2020|
This protesting nursing mother with her baby is another iconic figure....
|Politics / Re: Aisha Yesufu, Gradually Becoming An Icon Of This Struggle by bignews2020: 4:33pm On Oct 13, 2020|
Don't get it twisted, Sis, no one is trying to idolise the lady.
And give it to Aisha Yesufu, she is not a 24-hour wonder, not an emergency creation. While many of us have been ventilating from behind our keyboards, Aisha has been out there on the tarmac for long. She was in April 2014, for example, at the forefront of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, for the recovery of the abducted over 200 Chibok girls.
But relax. She is not taking the shine of all those out there on the streets, daring the worst.
Aisha is merely a metaphor. She is not taking the credit of all of us millions who have pushed out nationwide to express our collective anger. She represents all of us.
I hope you understand. One Love. Shalom. Salam.
|Politics / Aisha Yesufu, Gradually Becoming An Icon Of This Struggle by bignews2020: 4:14pm On Oct 13, 2020|
The making of a 21st Century Heroine.... Aisha Yesufu. She is being gradually turned into an icon of this #ENDSARS project.
By the way, she is from Edo State, Edo North area of Etsako town. ��
God bless the irrepressible spirit of the long-suffering Nigerian people.
|Phones / Re: What Is The Best Data Deal On Glo? by bignews2020: 8:03pm On Oct 10, 2020|
I am very interested. How do we hook up? What is the process of subscribing for the servcie?
|Fashion / What Do Men Keep In This Bag? by bignews2020: 4:58pm On Oct 07, 2020|
I see that this mini shoulder bags are becoming a fashion item. And my mind says I should think of picking one. It is becoming an Alpha-male status symbol.
Do you have one.
But men, please, what items do you put in this bag?
|Phones / Re: What Is The Best Data Deal On Glo? by bignews2020: 4:27pm On Oct 07, 2020|
Me no understanding, Chief, I am confused. Please can you take this slowly?
|Phones / Re: Help, Phone Hanging On Logo When Booting by bignews2020: 4:21pm On Oct 04, 2020|
Carlcare keh, which one is Carlcare? I really don't understand.
|Phones / Help, Phone Hanging On Logo When Booting by bignews2020: 8:55pm On Oct 03, 2020|
The flip-down menu of my TECNO was not displaying past one line and it could no longer receive calls.
But I could do screen capture, and received text but could not make calls or receive nor open whatsapp videos, yahoomail etc.
My girl took it to some guys who repaired her own Android perfectly yesterday. They said they would FLASH it. After the flashing now, the device has refused to boot beyond displaying the logo and brand name.
What can I do please?
|Phones / Re: What Is The Best Data Deal On Glo? by bignews2020: 9:49pm On Oct 02, 2020|
HOW DOES THIS WORK, PLEASE, AND HOW DO YOU SUBSCRIBE?
|Politics / Edo Election May Create Succession Crisis In 2024 by bignews2020: 3:30am On Sep 30, 2020|
By Felix Oboagwina
The result from the recent governorship election in Edo State, pundits submit, may complicate the chances of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu’s expected ascendancy as the next governor.
Of the three senatorial districts in the state, that of Shaibu and the former All Progressives Party (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Edo North Senatorial District, gave majority votes to the defeated party.
Facts behind the Figures indicate that:
• Voters successfully caged the dreaded APC lions and tigers
• Vote-buying played no significant role in the overall outcome
• Esan people in Edo Central Zone brightened their case for a shot at the governorship next time against the aspiration of the Deputy Governor
• Obaseki remains the superior candidate no matter his platform
• Voter apathy remains a headache VOTER APATHY The turnout validated a Daily Times election eve report that the polls would react negatively to citizens’ fears about insecurity and the raging epidemic as per the paper’s lead headline titled, “Fears Over Violence, Covid-19, Vote-Buying Earmark Edo Election Tomorrow.”
As predicted, the election suffered greater voter apathy as fewer voters turned up to elect Obaseki into office this time around when the voting population declined 6 percent below that of 2016.
From INEC records, voter turnout hit 622,039 (32.74 percent) in 2016 but slumped by 7.52 percent to 557,443 (25.22 percent) in the expected total of 1.7 million electors.
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|Phones / Re: What Is The Best Data Deal On Glo? by bignews2020: 12:09pm On Sep 29, 2020|
What is the code for all these plans please?
|Phones / What Is The Best Data Deal On Glo? by bignews2020: 11:47am On Sep 28, 2020|
Nairalanders, greetings. I am new on the GLO network. And I joined the network purely for DATA and to use it as a backup for my MTN.
My wife rarely loads her GLO line that she has acquired for over 15 years for an Etisalat line on the excuse that it ate up her airtime too quickly.
On MTN, I subscribe to MTN PULSE -N500 for 1.5 Gigabytes. For several months even, I was able to do N500 for 2 Gigabytes but that offer suddenly disappeared.
Please, what is the best and cheapest DATA PLAN for this my new GLO network?
Mods, please help!
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