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Famous Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka yesterday likened President Goodluck Jonathan to the biblical Babylonian autocrat, King Nebuchadnezzar.
While speaking at a press conference at the Freedom Park in Lagos, with the theme: “King Nebuchadnezzar – the reign of impunity,” Prof Wole Soyinka said Pres. Jonathan’s administration has become known for lawlessness and that Nigerians have been thrown into the furnace of fire just like Shedrack, Mishak and Abednego were thrown into the furnace by Nebuchadnezzar for not bowing down to him. He said...
"You should easily recall why I opted for King Nebu – the figure that currently sits on the top of our political pile himself evoked it, albeit in a context that virtuously disclaimed any similarities, even tendencies. Perhaps he meant it at the time when he claimed: ‘I am not Nebuchadnezzar.’ Perhaps not. One judges leaders on acts however, not pronouncements, which are often as reliable as electoral promises. King Nebu remains relevant – and not only for leadership. We, the citizens, are beginning to feel the heat. We wake up each morning to a sensation that we have been cast into the furnace together with those who at least committed the crime of dissent or criticism".
Prof Soyinka also berated the Inspector General of Police for invading the National Assembly.
"The recent choice of a new leader for the guard was clearly no accident, and this hitherto unknown enforcer, one Suleiman Abba, has wasted no time in inaugurating a season of brutish power. When a people’s elected emissaries are disenfranchised, cast out like vagrants and resort to scaling fences to engage in their designated functions, the people get the message”.
He applauded the lawmakers who scaled the National Assembly fence on November 20th, saying it wasn't a show of shame but rather the finest moments of the lawmakers.
In a swift reaction, the Special Assistant to President Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, described the submission of Prof Soyinka as unfortunate. According to Dr Okupe, "it is quite saddening to note that Prof Wole had become so close to the opposition party so much that he has stopped giving appreciable and unbiased contribution to national topics. Our eminent professor also sadly plays the ostrich as he failed to reprimand Governor Amaechi, who is the ‘national champion of impunity and official recklessness’. The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan prides itself as the most liberal, keeping faith with adherence to rule of law and tolerance,”.
He accused the Nobel laureate of ignoring what he termed the immoral, indefensible and unlawful attitude of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, after his defection.
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A suicide bomber arrested by Civilian JTF in Maiduguri area of Borno on Monday has revealed that Boko Haram sent about 52 more female bombers to strategic locations in Maiduguri to blow up themselves.
Just Yesterday two of them unleashed terror at a busy market in Maiduguri killing 10 and injuring over 35 people.
Below is what a Civilian JTF member told ThisDay Live today:
“One of the female suicide bombers arrested revealed to them (youth vigilante) that presently in Maiduguri there are 52 female suicide bombers who have been commissioned to explode bombs at high density areas.”
Many citizens are worried that Boko Haram might be using the kidnapped Chibok girls to cause mayhem in different areas of the country.
A source disclosed to us yesterday that the people of Ibadan in Oyo State have started dissociating themselves from women in Hijab.
A case happened at Bodija market yesterday when a woman in Hijab was sent back from the market over fears of suicide bombing attack.
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Gunmen in Kenya early this morning December 2nd attacked a quarry at Mandera town in North Kenya, killing 36 Christians.
According to multiple eye witnesses, the gunmen stormed the place, ordered all the non-Muslims, about 36 of them, to step away from the Muslims and then shot them all dead. One witness told Reuters that four of the victims had been beheaded.
According to local media reports, the unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Somalia based al-Shabab group that killed 28 people in an attack on a bus targeting non-Muslims in the same area last week, attacked the quarry workers very early this morning while they were sleeping.
Kenya's military troop and the Red cross have since arrived the scene of the attack.
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A Federal High court in Abuja on monday December 1st gave the People Democratic Party permission to apply for a mandatory order compelling either the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, to declare the Kebbe/Tambuwal seat being held by Hon Aminu Tambuwal vacant following his recent defection to APC from the PDP.
The PDP had dragged Tambuwal to court, asking the court to mandate him to declare his seat vacant and vacate his position as Speaker following his defect to the APC.
Delivering his ruling, the presiding judge granted the PDP "leave to apply, by way of judicial review, for an order of mandamus compelling the Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives to give effect to the provisions of Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution by declaring the Kebbe/Tambuwal federal Constituency seat vacant.”.
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The Wife of Vice President Namadi Sambo, Amina, is one of the bereaved as a result of the multiple explosions that rocked the Kano Central Mosque last week friday.
Sambo’s wife, who hails from Kano, PUNCH reports, lost an undisclosed number of relations and friends to the incident that claimed about 120 lives.
Touched by her plight, the President’s wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Sunday led wives of some top government officials to pay a condolence visit on Mrs. Sambo at her husband’s official residence, Aguda House, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A statement by Mrs. Jonathan’s media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, quoted her as condemning the Kano blast, describing it as man’s inhumanity to man. The statement also quoted the President’s wife as appealing to the masterminds of the attack to come out and dialogue with the Federal Government.
The statement read in part:
“The First Lady was at the Aguda House residence of the Vice President to condole the family, the people of Kano and in particular, the wife of the Vice President, who lost relations and friends to the bomb blast. The wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Sambo, hails from Kano.
Patience Jonathan appealed to those behind the incidence to come forward for dialogue and stop further killings. She also called on all Nigerians to be their brothers’ keepers, as no meaningful development can take place without peace and security.
Patience Jonathan again restated her call for peaceful co-existence among the people, stressing the need to continue to promote the virtues of peace and peaceful co-existence in the country, by engaging in constructive engagement on national issues. The First Lady prayed for the peaceful repose of the dead and speedy recovery of the injured while praising the dedication of the management and staff of the hospitals where the injured are being treated.”
The statement also quoted Vice President Namadi Sambo, who responded on behalf of his family, as thanking the President’s wife for her love and compassion. Sambo assured Nigerians that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was doing all within its powers to constructively tackle the issue of insurgency in the country. He said although the incident shook the nation, the people of Kano State and his family, he was confident that the war against insurgency would be won by the present administration. Source
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Below is a press statement by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission:
The public is hereby notified that Chief Jonathan Alatoru, Chief Executive, Chemotronics Nigeria Limited, Plot 3 Joe Alatoru Drive, Rumuokwuta, Port Harcourt, whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in connection with a case of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200 million).
Alatoru was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs Abuja for the construction of a Skill Acquistion Centre at Igualeba, Orionmwon LGA, Edo State to the tune of N1.7 billion, with twelve month completion period. But after 18 months of non performance, the contract was terminated in 2011.
Despite the termination, the suspect allegedly forged letters purported to have emanated from Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs which he used in securing a N200million Loan from a new generation bank.
Alatoru is 5.8m tall, 55 years old and fair in complexion. He speaks English and Okrika fluently.
His last known address is Suite 27, Silla Eka Plaza, 29, Adebayo Adedeji Crescent, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Utako District, Abuja.
Anybody having useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the Commission in its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 09-4604620, 070-26350721,070-26350722,070-26350723,070-6350724, 070-26350725 ; its e-mail address: email@example.com or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies.
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The Nigerian Police have disclosed that more than 10 persons were killed with several others severely injured after two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Maiduguri Monday Market in Borno state this morning.
The Borno state Police spokesperson, Gideon Jibrin, confirmed the number of casualties to AFP in a text message.
"Two female suicide bombers detonated an explosive in Monday market in two different locations killing more than 10, and injured many".
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According to the North West Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Authority NEMA, Musa Illamah, most of the surviving victims of the Central Mosque Kano bomb blast that happened on Friday Nov 28th are in dire need of blood and consumables.
"We went round the hospitals to assess the conditions of those who are receiving treatment and we were told that what they need most is blood and consumables. I spoke with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and and they have assured me that they would mobilize blood bank in Katsina to supply blood to the hospital" he told newsmen.
Residents in Kano have been trooping to the various hospitals where the victims are being treated to donate blood.
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Many people reportedly lost their lives after Boko Haram members attacked Shani local government in Borno state around 9pm on Saturday night. A residents of the village said the sect members arrived their community on 10 motorcycles and immediately started shooting at people.
"They came in about 10 motorcycles from Gwaskara axis well armed with Ak47 rifles Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs wrecking havoc without confrontation as there were no military operatives or police to assist the armless civilians who were running helter-skelter for their dear lives. As I speak to you now, I left my people running towards Pakaina village for safety. It is only God that will know what is happening with the sporadic gunshots that engulfed the entire council area,” Mallam Babayo Ardo, a resident of the town told our National Mirror on phone.
This will be the third time the sect mebers are attacking Shani community.