How President Jonathan Escaped Assassination In Gombe State

How President Jonathan Escaped Assassination In Gombe State

03/Feb/2015  //  908 Viewers

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday escaped a suspected suicide bomb blast after he left a campaign rally in northeast Nigeria, as the country braced for fresh Boko Haram attacks before polling day.

The head of state had been addressing supporters of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe city and had just left the venue when the blast happened in a car park outside.

Rescue workers and health officials said the bodies of two women were brought to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital with 18 people who were injured. The target of the attack was not clear.

“We have evacuated two bodies of females we believe were suicide bombers behind the blast,” said the rescue official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak to media.

Two bombings in the city killed at least five on Sunday, when the Islamists were also repelled from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, for the second time in a week.

Nigeria’s government meanwhile claimed that it had retaken Gamboru and four other towns after a joint weekend offensive by its military, civilian vigilantes and forces from Chad and Cameroon.

“Our troops are in control after operations which had the active support of volunteers (vigilantes) and our friendly neighbours,” national security spokesman Mike Omeri told AFP.

The military progress comes after Chadian fighter jets have for three days been bombing Boko Haram positions in the town of Gamboru, according to an AFP reporter in Fotokol, a Cameroonian town less than one kilometre (mile) from Gamboru. The situation appeared quiet by Monday evening, he said.

Security analysts believe the key city of Maiduguri will likely be hit again before polling day, given its symbolism for the group and because it would further undermine the February 14 vote.

The election is expected to be the closest since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999, with the prospect of the PDP being dumped out of power for the first time in 16 years.

- Regional force -

Boko Haram is in control of most of Borno state and has effectively surrounded Maiduguri, which is seen as one of the few places left in the state where voting could feasibly still take place.

But turnout could be affected if large numbers of people, many of them displaced by six years of violence, desert the city, which with other areas in the northeast is a main opposition stronghold.

Capturing Maiduguri would not only be a morale-booster for the rebels but also likely sink Jonathan’s re-election bid once and for all, said Obasi.

Chad’s offensive comes after the African Union and United Nations last week backed a new 7,500-strong, five-nation force to tackle Boko Haram.

Nigeria’s military maintains that N’Djamena’s involvement is part of an existing agreement with Chad and Niger for their troops to assist in thecounter-insurgency.
Chad and Niger had withdrawn their troops from the multi-national base at Baga, in northern Borno, last year, leaving only Nigerian soldiers to defend the town when it was attacked on January 3, a massive assault in which hundreds were feared killed.

It was that devastating attack that appears to have jolted the multi-national effort back into action.

- Two fronts -

Jonathan, who has been criticised for failing to end the violence, could be hoping for a political bounce from any military successes in the tight election campaign, even at this late stage.

But Mark Schroeder, from security and political analysts Stratfor, believes that allowing foreign forces to operate on Nigerian soil would be counter-productive to him and the country.

“This is essentially absolving Nigeria of its long-standing geopolitical strength as the region’s hegemon able to assist internal and pan-West African security stability,” he said.

Schroeder, the group’s vice-president for Africa analysis, also considered Nigerian army operations no more than “forays”, adding that a sustained effort was needed to claw back territory.

Boko Haram’s attacks on Maiduguri may be designed to draw the Nigerian army to defend the city, allowing the group to mount strikes elsewhere in the northeast and defend eastern positions.

Ryan Cummings, chief Africa analyst at risk consultants Red24, suggested the last two attacks may have been preliminary tests of the city’s defences.

“Boko Haram is currently in its most advantageous tactical position to launch a large-scale offensive on Maiduguri, with the intent of actually capturing the city,” he said.

“This could be the preamble to such a push. I still remain sceptical as to whether Boko Haram has the resources to either capture or hold a city the size of Maiduguri.

“But the sect may well be planning to give it a go.”

More than 13,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009 in Nigeria and close to 1.5 million people have been made homeless.

Whoa: Harper Lee, 88, to Publish Her Second Novel in July

Whoa: Harper Lee, 88, to Publish Her Second Novel in July

03/Feb/2015  //  821 Viewers

It takes a lot for a literary story to qualify as “shocking” to the general public, but this one qualifies: Harper Lee, the 88-year-old author of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird, will publish her second novel this July.

The book, called To Set a Watchman, is essentially a sequel to Mockingbird, and was completed by Lee in the mid-1950s—before she ever wrote her seminal work.

“It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman,” said Lee, in a statement released by Harper, her publisher, “and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel (what became ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’) from the point of view of the young Scout.

“I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn’t realized it (the original book) had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.”

Amazingly, the book was found by Carter in a “secure location,” attached to an original copy of Mockingbird. To Set a Watchman takes place in Maycomb, AL in the ‘50s, at the height of the civil rights movement and about 20 years after Mockingbird. The story, per the publisher’s statement, revisits the characters from that earlier work:

“Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.”

The book will be released on July 14 with no revisions from the original manuscript, and Harper plans to print 2 million copies for the first run. Lee lives in Monroeville, AL, and is unlikely to do any publicity for the book. In this case, to put it mildly, she won’t need to.

The College Completion Gap Between Rich And Poor Students Has Doubled, Study Says

The College Completion Gap Between Rich And Poor Students Has Doubled, Study Says

03/Feb/2015  //  1125 Viewers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation's richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.

The percent of students from the lowest-income families - those making $34,160 a year or less - earning a bachelor's degree has inched up just 3 points since 1970, rising from 6 to 9 percent by 2013.

Meanwhile, college completion for students from the wealthiest families has risen dramatically, climbing from 44 to 77 percent.

"It's really quite amazing how big the differences have become between those from the highest and lowest family incomes," said Laura Perna, a University of Pennsylvania professor and executive director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, one of the two organizations that published the study examining college costs and degree attainment.

The study comes amid renewed debate on college affordability spurred by President Barack Obama's proposal to make two years of college free. If adopted in every state, the proposal would benefit a projected 9 million students each year. It would cost taxpayers an estimated $60 billion over 10 years - a price the Republican-controlled Congress is likely to be hesitant to embrace.

Among the report's other findings: The percent of students from all income levels enrolling in college has increased, shrinking the gap in enrollment between rich and poor "somewhat" during the last four decades. There was a 46-point gap between the two groups in 1970 compared with a 36-point gap in 2012.

Yet completion gaps are growing: While 99 percent of students entering college from the highest income families - those making $108,650 or more a year - graduate by 24, just 21 percent of student from the lowest income families finish by that age.

Perna said there are a number of factors contributing to the widening divide, including access to the information and support needed to enter college and graduate; college readiness; and the availability of higher education that meets people's needs, particularly for students who might have children, limited access to transportation and full-time jobs.

She also noted that the likelihood of finishing a degree varies dramatically by type of institution. Students from the poorest families are overrepresented in public two-year institutions, which tend to have lower completion rates, while those from higher income families are abundant in doctoral-granting institutions.

The Obama administration has expanded the availability of Pell grants and supported a tax credit for tuition costs, yet the study finds that the amount of the maximum Pell grant award has not kept up with the rising cost of college. College costs were more than two times higher in 2012 than in 1975 at the start of the Pell grant program, which provides aid to low-income students based on need.

Pell grants covered 67 percent of college costs in 1975 but only 27 percent in 2012.

"We sometimes think that low-income students are taken care of because of the federal program. But you can see it covers so much less than it was first established," said Margaret Cahalan, director of the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, the second institution involved in the report.

The study shows the burden of paying for college has increasingly shifted from state and local governments to students and families. That, Perna said, should prompt an important question: Who should pay for college given the individual and societal benefits?

"Students only have so many resources they can use to pay the costs," Perna said.

Michael Kramer, 29, is the first in his family to attend college. The son of a country club maintenance supervisor and a factory worker, he went straight to jobs in retail and plumbing after graduating high school, unable to afford college. He eventually enrolled in a community college while working full time and is now taking out loans to help finish his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"We're a country that says everybody should be getting higher education, and nowadays, to get any decent job, you need a bachelor's degree," Kramer said.

Yet for low-income students like him, Kramer said the high cost of college often means making a difficult choice between fulfilling basic food and housing needs and obtaining a post-secondary education. "It's a continuous cycle that they get stuck in," he said.

New England Patriots victory parade postponed due to major winter storm

New England Patriots victory parade postponed due to major winter storm

03/Feb/2015  //  1796 Viewers

Boston - Boston scrambled to dig out Monday from the second major winter storm in a week and delayed a celebratory Super Bowl parade, and forecasters from Philadelphia to Portland, Maine, warned that "flash freezing" could make roads dangerously slippery.

Officials said a Massachusetts woman was run over and killed by a snowplow, and New York state police said two people were killed in a multivehicle crash on an interstate in Rye. Here's the latest on the storm:

A deadly toll

Fifty-seven-year-old Cynthia Levine was struck and killed by a snowplow just before 10 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of a condominium complex in Weymouth, south of Boston, the Norfolk district attorney's office said.

In New York, state police said they were investigating a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 when a third vehicle lost control on the highway and hit the two vehicles from the first crash. The cause was not immediately known, but the crash occurred as snow and freezing rain hindered travel throughout the region.

Officials in Ohio, where the storm hit before slamming into the Northeast, said a Toledo police officer died while shoveling snow in his driveway Sunday and the city's 70-year-old mayor was hospitalized after an accident while he was out checking road conditions.

The officer, who was not named, died of an apparent heart attack. City and medical officials say Mayor D. Michael Collins was hospitalized after he had a heart attack and his SUV crashed into a pole.

Snowfall and warnings

The snowstorm, which dumped more than 19 inches of snow on Chicago, deepened off the southern New England coast, bringing accumulations of 9 to 16 inches to Boston and up to a foot of slushy wintry mix to Hartford, Providence, southern New Hampshire and Vermont - places still reeling from the up to 3 feet they got last week.

"For New Englanders, we're used to this during the winter," said Matt Doody of the National Weather Service.

More than 20 counties in New York state were under a winter storm warning, with up to 16 inches forecast for the eastern Catskill Mountains, and northern and central Taconics. Many Long Island schools delayed opening or closed due to a forecast of snow and freezing rain. By early afternoon, central Massachusetts had more than a foot.

The Philadelphia area received about an inch of snow before the precipitation changed to rain. Forecasters expected 3 to 5 inches to fall in the Lehigh Valley, and 5 to 11 inches in northern Pennsylvania. Parts of northern Ohio got at least a foot.

Commuting problems

The National Weather Service issued a "flash freeze" warning for New York City and Long Island. Similar warnings were out for Philadelphia and up the coast to Maine as temperatures dropped, freezing roads already slick with snow and slush.

Rush-hour commuters in New York City were stranded on a packed subway train that lost power for 2½ hours Monday before it could be towed to a station. Five other trains were stuck behind it.

Police on Long Island say a tractor-trailer flipped on its side around 11:30 a.m. Monday on the westbound Long Island Expressway near Dix Hills. Several other accidents were reported in the same area.

In Henniker, N.H., crews on Monday were cleaning up snow using plows loaned by the state and surrounding towns. A fire had destroyed the town's plow fleet three days earlier.

Plowing for the parade

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh canceled school for a second day and urged drivers to stay off the roads so workers could clear away snow for a downtown parade honoring the New England Patriots for their fourth Super Bowl win.

The parade had been set for this morning, but late Monday, Walsh announced that it would be postponed until 11 a.m. Wednesday to buy the city some time.

"We look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather on Wednesday," the mayor said in a statement.

Disorder in the court

The storm delayed two of the nation's biggest court cases - the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez and jury selection in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Testimony was to resume today in the Hernandez trial. But federal court officials in Boston, who follow the city's school closure schedule, said the Tsarnaev proceedings would be delayed a second day.

Six more weeks of winter?

The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent has forecast six more weeks of winter.

Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "prediction" Monday morning.

Legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

Maharashtra to buy house in London where BR Ambedkar stayed

Maharashtra to buy house in London where BR Ambedkar stayed

03/Feb/2015  //  866 Viewers

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday approved a proposal to purchase the 2,050 sq feet bungalow in London, where Dr B R Ambedkar once lived and convert it into an international memorial. The house situated on 10, King Henry Road, NW3, where the architect of Indian Constitution lived while he was pursuing higher studies at the London School of Economics during 1921-22, is being auctioned by the owner.

The bungalow's price is estimated at Rs.40 crore. A plaque that "Indian Crusader for Social Justice Dr B R Ambedkar lived here during 1921-22" is put outside the house, Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole said after a state Cabinet meeting. A committee under Badole has been set up to expedite the process of purchase of the six bedroom-cum-terrace house.

He said permission of the central government would be taken before proceeding with the purchase. "We will require Rs.40 crore to purchase the house and later annual maintenance of Rs.61 lakh. We can recover some of the maintenance amount from rent as we will give four rooms to four Dalit students, who come to London on scholarship to pursue higher studies. Similarly, one bedroom will be for professor on official visit," he said.


Badole said the first instalment of Rs.five crore has been sanctioned for appointment of solicitor and surveyor. Last month, the Maharashtra government had dispatched a letter of intent to the Indian High Commission in the UK, formally setting in motion the process to purchase the London house.

We Have Dug A Death Pit Waiting For Anybody That Will Rig Our Votes-APC By Tom Garba

We Have Dug A Death Pit Waiting For Anybody That Will Rig Our Votes-APC By Tom Garba

03/Feb/2015  //  860 Viewers

The All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign train yesterday in Adamawa told the mammoth crowd that the country is in dire need of change, PDP have disappoint Nigerians with nothing to show for it.

Speaking to the crowd, the Presidential Candidate of the APC, Gen. Buhari said; "Our tour is to mainly canvass votes from you and to remind you 16 years of PDP rule is nothing to show, rather its  characterized with all form of impunity, security imbalance and economy backwardness. We are suffering because of the kind of bad leaders we have.

“My first assignment is to make sure our security is intact. My government will boost the agricultural sector. I will give soft loan and will work on the issues of electricity” he added.

Speaking to the crowd party stalwarts also ask people to protect their votes, according to Abdulrahama Abba Jimeta, who is the Gubernatorial Campaign Director of APC Gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa, Bindow plead with the party supporters to get their PVCs, cast their votes, protect their votes and defend their votes for a dead pit has already dug for anybody that will rig APC votes in Adamawa state.

"We are ready to die for the sake of our votes, we've dug a death pit waiting for anybody that will rig our votes" Jimeta threatened

“We are generally accepted as a party any where we go, we've not been stoned for whatever reasons but others always took to their heels wherever on their campaigns,” said Solomon Dalop one of the party stalwarts in the state.

For the former Vice President and the Turakin Adamawa Atiku Abubakar, he said; "Come February we are going to prove that this government is a transition one, no any other which will win election as far as I am concern. In this state is going to be APC all through the various elections. Just cast your votes for APC all through.”

Petrol Price Cut by Rs 2.42/Litre, Diesel by Rs 2.25

Petrol Price Cut by Rs 2.42/Litre, Diesel by Rs 2.25

03/Feb/2015  //  784 Viewers

The price of petrol was today cut by Rs 2.42 per litre while that of diesel was reduced by Rs 2.25 on the back of a decline in global oil prices. This is the tenth cut in the price of petrol since August last year, and the sixth in diesel since its deregulation in October.

Fuel prices were last revised on January 16 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by the same margin in the wake of falling oil prices.

Since the above price revision in January, "international prices of both petrol and diesel have continued to be on a downtrend and the rupee-dollar exchange rate has appreciated", Indian Oil said in a release.

"The combined impact of both these factors warrant a decrease in retail selling prices of both petrol and diesel," the country's largest oil retailer added.

In January, the government had also hiked excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre. This was the fourth hike in excise duty since November. Cumulatively, excise duty on petrol was hiked by Rs 7.75 per litre and diesel by Rs 6.50 a litre.
Female Suicide Bomber Carried Out Bomb Explosion At Jonathan’s Presidential Rally In Gombe By Kalshingi H Jedidah

Female Suicide Bomber Carried Out Bomb Explosion At Jonathan’s Presidential Rally In Gombe By Kalshingi H Jedidah

03/Feb/2015  //  750 Viewers

 The explosion that happened yesterday, approximately 40 meters away from the venue of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign rally in Gombe yesterday barely ten minutes after the president had left the venue was carried out by a female suicide bomber.
According to an eye witness, a female suicide bomber believed to be member of the Boko Haram Islamic sect was headed to the venue with the time bomb wrapped in her body but could not reach her target as the result of the tight security within and outside the venue.
“The woman has been hanging here for more than fifteen minutes we didn’t know she was carrying those devices because she was covered in ‘hijab’ all we could hear was a loud sound that left people running here and there, and then I saw her body parts scattered around the place, but we all believe she was headed to the venue but scared to reach there because of the tight security,” he added.
Other eye witnesses who were mostly people who were coming from the rally said the suicide bomber was killed bomb blast along with another female victim who was seen running away from the suicide bomber but could not escape the blast, while scores of others have sustained various degrees of injuries.
Confirming the incident from the State Police Command, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Fwaje Attajiri told reports through telephone conversation that the situation was under control by security agencies, he also confirmed that, one person was killed in the explosion including the suicide bomber, while 18 others have sustained injuries and were receiving treatments at Gombe Specialist Hospital.
While at the rally, President Goodluck assured the people of his commitment to improve on better the lives of Nigerians through various developmental initiatives if he has been re-elected into office as president of Nigeria. He said his administration will also focus on securing the future of the Nigerian Youth by ensuring their basic needs by creating opportunities that will provide massive employment for the youth.
The President, who said his administration has already been intervening in many ways to create job opportunities particularly for the youth over the years, also said his administration will continue to pay more attention on generation of power supply, improved agriculture, educational sector and more in other to create those opportunities if elected for the second term.
Earlier, the Executive Governor of the state, Alh Ibrahim Hassan Dakwambo expressed that, President Jonathan’s administration has been very supportive to the northeast states by bringing many developmental achievements into the area despite security challenges; he said the state in particular has enjoyed federal government developmental strides in many ways in the past four years. He however called on the people to massively support the party by ensuring they vote for the PDP candidates in the next coming general elections.
The was attended by many party supporters from within and across the state, party national leaders,  top government officials, and politicians, among them were the Vice President Namadi Sambo, the PDP national chairman, Alh Ahmed Muazu and others.

Resisting The Allure Of A Lie

Resisting The Allure Of A Lie

03/Feb/2015  //  328 Viewers

By Yinka Adeosun

“If you must tell a lie, be brief, that’s why adverts are short”. The whirling nature of life today projects a radical departure from this unwritten aphorism that defines the creation of persuasive messaging. We are inundated with barefaced lies shielded in shades of hypocrisy and falsehood. From the office, to the community, on the television, on the internet, lies have taken over the entire space. It is worrisome to observe that liars have taken over every segment of the society. In fact, lies often dubbed creativity are features of some profession. Like corruption, it has become a norm rather than the abnormal.

The other day I met a young man whose name as it appeared on his national identity card was different from what he filled on a form. On a closer check, the name which my organisation has in her records was a complete departure from the other two. When quizzed he insisted all were his names, arguing blindly. Not even his surname was constant. This is the ugly situation that permeates our society.

Every day we are assailed by the reality of a growing race of insincere people. The average Nigerian has thrown away caution and embraced dishonesty. Falsehood has taken root in the lifestyle of the populace. Even when confronted with the truth, he wants to argue his cause ostensibly to be vindicated.

More so, in this season of elections, campaign promises are as loud as cymbals. If one considers how politicians toy with dishonesty, one will not be far to conclude that falsehood is now part of our nationhood, having been crowned in every sector of our national life. From government to the governed, politicians to professionals, young and old, almost everyone is guilty of this untoward character.

The social media is the worst hit of truth muzzling and lie vending. The rate at which people design and distribute disinformation and misinformation on the social media is alarming. While one cannot deny the relief brought about by the social media via the internet, it has become a conduit in the hand of jesters and the falsehood industry at large. Sadly as Mark Twain quipped, “a lie can travel half way round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Thus, falsehood and disingenuous manipulation of texts, images and videos go on and become pervasive with media illiterates consuming it hook, line and sinker.

Honesty adds value to a person just as dishonesty diminishes from it. Lying can take you to enviable height, but such does not last. People who forged results to secure admission into the tertiary institution have been shown the way out in their final year. The joy of their new status is cut short abruptly and their expectation of graduation is dashed. In the same vein, people who have jumped to the top have been shown the way down when the law of karma came for its pound of flesh. Ask Salisu Buhari and he would tell you how his edifice of speakership crumbled and his political career was drowned in the mire of falsehood. He has since bowed into oblivion.

Liars are a burden to nation building. Their vestige of falsehood is calamitous to not just their age-grade, but also generations after them. The civil service habits many of such. Their lives and files smack of falsehood. Their academic profiles, date of birth, dependents, are a shadow of the reality. Fake certificates, incorrect date of birth, non-existent dependents and ghost workers are the flurry of the civil service. Often times, we are quick to blame government for infrastructural collapse, but by our deceitfulness, we expedite quick decline and eventual collapse of these facilities. By providing false information, it becomes difficult for government to capture accurate statistics of the populace thereby making it impossible to plan and provide infrastructure that would cater for the citizenry and engender national development.

Many legs in the civil service are tired and old. But their records reflect age below the reality. An army of active and able-bodied men cannot take over because the tired and worn out ones have refused to bow out gracefully. Sadly, some of these old cargoes who should be on pension are still being battered by the harsh environment. They continue to cheat the system and deny it of fresh blood and agile minds.

If your first name is liar, ‘thievery’ is your surname; for by nature, liars are thieves. It is second skin to them. Electoral season is one of promises – of heaven and earth: promises which are not intended to be fulfilled. It is amazing how politicians peddle half-truths and sometimes absolute lies in order to score cheap political points. They elevate deceit in order to pull down opponents. If Nigerians learn from history, they would have learnt that such attitude betray the sincerity of intention to serve; for they rob us of the truth and pay us with incompetence and maladministration. People who make promises and renege on them without a sense of remorse are as dangerous as serial liars. What shall it profit a man if he tells a lie that eventually brings disgrace to him?

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between truths and lies. But it has never taken eternity for the truth to catch up with lies. No matter how fast lies may have run, the truth will surely overtake it. Surely the wind will blow and we will see the anus of the hen. It is in the same light that senior military official announced to us some months ago that a ceasefire had been reached with Boko Haram. Events of past weeks have proved that this is untrue. The recent massacre in Baga is pathetic. It is more worrisome that the casualties of the ill-fated incident cannot be accounted for. Neither the media nor the army has accurate figures of the extent of the carnage. The media relied on locals while the military source remains uncertain. If Amnesty International’s satellite image of Baga is anything to go by, it becomes increasingly difficult to believe the military.

It usually begins with little lies. Small white lies graduate to become big black lies. Gone are the days those evils that men do live after them. Today, their lies live with them and trail them leaving behind a legacy of distrust, bad belle and chequered integrity. Even if their conscience is seared dead, the liability

There is a growing dearth of Nigerians with integrity and high sense of value. Before you count ten, you would have counted seven who have fallen short of time tested values. Nigeria’s conscience is suffering from sore- a deep gushing one. And only the truth can cure it. To borrow the words of late Uthman Dan Fodio, we need a national “conscience nurtured by truth”. It behoves the citizenry who truly love Nigeria to clean up the sore and apply the cure. Honestly, honesty remains the best policy.


Court Asked To Stop February Elections

Court Asked To Stop February Elections

03/Feb/2015  //  293 Viewers

A Federal High court sitting in Abuja has been asked to stop the February 2014 general elections.

The plaintiffs in the suit, Asogo Torkuma Venatius, Ola Solomon Oluwasanmi, Sunday Attah and Philip Agbese in suit number
FHC/ABJ/CS/DW/2015 are seeking the nod of the court to postpone the elections until all eligible voters have collected their Permanent Voters Card.

In the suit, filed through their counsel, Mr. Amobi Nzelu, they are also asking the court to order the use of Temporary Voters Card for those who are unable to collect their PVC.

In the suit, they begged the court to order the postponement of the general election pending the provision of the PVC to them since they (INEC) are under statutory obligation to provide same to the plaintiff.

In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs said that contrary to the announcement by the electoral umpire in 2014 that they will issue all
eligible voters with PVC for the February 2015 election, about half of eligible voters are yet to collect their PVC.

They further argued that few day to the elections, INEC are yet to produce and distribute voters card to them and other eligible voters.

They said, “Till date, over 40 percent of eligible voters who were registered by the 1 Defendant (INEC) for the up coming general elections were yet to receive their Permanent Voter’s Card.

“There have been several protest all over the country against the decision of the 1 Defendant to go on with the conduct of the general elections without distributing the Permanent voters Card to millions of registered voters all over the country”.

They told the court in the suit that if he election is allowed to go on, millions of eligible voters stands the risk of being disenfranchised.

“The Electoral Act aea0awa0 does not make the PVC a codition precedent for registered voters to cast their votes at the general elections.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.