PICTURES: President Buhari, wife, children celebrate Eid-el-Fitr

President Muhammadu Buhari and family have joined Muslims all over the country to mark the end of Ramadan and to celebrate the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr.

In a short message posted on his verified Twitter handle accompanied by photos, President Buhari urged Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season.

He said, “Even as we mark the successful end of the Ramadan, and the commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr, we are doing so mindful of the times we are in.

“Let us continue to reflect on the lessons and virtues of this season, and sustain them beyond the celebrations. I wish you all Eid Mubarak.”See the pictures below. Image credit: Presidency

5 things to do on your period.

These are the five things you shouldn’t do on your period to avoid getting problems later in life

1.Don’t drink cold or sparkling water during menstruation,so that your menses will flow well 

2.Avoid applying shampoo on the head because because the pores of the head are open during your menstrual flow and can cause headache .

So it is very dangerous and this can be out when you are young or later when you get older 

3.Avoid eating cucumbers during period because sap in the cucumber may block period in the urine wall and may cause sterility

4.Avoid drinking ice water or juice,drinking cold juice or water can cause menstrual blood to remain in the urine wall ,after 5-10 years it can cause “uterine or tumor cancer”

Suspected Aiye kingpin, ‘Obasanjo’, two others killed in Lagos

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The suspected leader of the Aiye confraternity, Waidi, popularly known as ‘Obasanjo’ was weekend, shot dead by members of a rival cult group, in the Oworoshoki area of Lagos.

Two other persons, one of them a nursing mother was also shot dead.

The deceased was reportedly driving home at about 8.30 pm, Sunday, when members of a rival cult group who were trailing him, fired a shot at his car.

He was said to have alighted to inspect the level of damage on his car, on reaching the boundary between Oworoshoki and Ifako, only to sight the armed rival members approaching.

In his bid to escape, eyewitnesses said he ran into a traditional ruler house within the vicinity, from where he took refuge at Ifako bus-stop.

But the armed rival group chased him inside the church,matcheted  and shot him dead.

When news of his death filtered around, residents, remained indoors and put calls across to their loved ones who were yet to return, to remain where they were.

Members of Aiye confraternity were said to have launched a reprisal attack, in the process of which one of their opponent with an undisclosed identity, was killed.  A stray bullet from them, according to residents, hit a nursing mother.

When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Elkana Bala, said two persons whose identities he gave as Sunday Moses and Stephen Jacob, had been arrested.

He added that: “ A manhunt for Elba, Elebe, Ayomide, Demola, and Elsi, who was fingered in the killing has been intensified. The area is calm as a  patrol team led by the Area ‘H’ Commander, is still patrolling there

Schools not to be resumed on June by minister of Education state affairs


It is true that Nigerians, especially students are hopeful to return by back to school, following an alleged news that schools have been slated to resume on the 8th of June, 2020.

As of today the hashtag #backtoschool have been trending on twitter, which means that Nigerian students are tired of staying at home and will love for schools to reopen as soon as possible.

Without thwarting the hopes of the students, here are some indices that should suffice the uncertainty surrounding school resumption.

1. As at today there is no official notice by any government body stating that schools will resume in June.

The assumption that schools are resuming in June is probably based on the initial notice given by the government back in March, instructing all 104 unity schools in the country to close on or before 26th of March FOR ONE MONTH.

The federal ministry of education, on their Facebook page clearly refuted claims that schools are Resuming in June as fake news. (on the 8th of May 2020).

Also the minster of state for education Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has also stated clearly that the news of school resumption is not validated. And there is no confirmation that school will actually reopen on the 8th of June 2020 from higher authorities.

2. Increasing number Covid19 index cases;

with the ever increasing cases of coronavirus recorded daily, Nigerians might need to start bracing themselves up for a total lockdownp. Otherwise we might see an exponential increase in the number of cases if school reopens. At as today the total number of index cases for Covid19 is 8,068. Putting Nigeria as the third African country with the highest number of Covid19 cases.

3. Also, the National Center For Disease Control NCDC, is yet to release any recent guidelines for reopening of schools if the news of school resumption were true.

Since the federal government is yet to set a definite date for the opening of schools across the country.

parents, schools, and students should please disregard any rumour until government releases an official statement.

God bless Nigeria!

NEWS

NNPC reacts as Nigerians condemn appointments of ‘only Northerners’

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says its appointments always adhere to the principle of transparency and accountability.

Kennie Obateru, NNPC said this in a statement Sunday.

The corporation in March disengaged some of its staff and appointed new top management officials.

This triggered criticisms from Nigerians, Niger Delta leaders and groups.

But the corporation is insisting that federal character was also a factor in the progression of the newly appointees.

It said many top management officers of the corporation were moved to new positions, while some were promoted based on their verifiable track records of performance.

Obateru said some “Chief Operating Officers, Group General Managers and Managing Directors of subsidiaries were affected in what some industry analysts described as the most objective placement exercise in the recent history of the National Oil Company”.

He noted that the changes saw the re-deployment of the erstwhile COO, Upstream, Roland Ewubare, to the Ventures and Business Development Directorate as COO.

NNPC said Ewubare’s position as COO Upstream was taken over by Adeyemi Adetunji, erstwhile COO in charge of Downstream directorate.

It added that Lawrencia Ndupu, redeployed to the Downstream, is a Physicist and renowned explorationist that has held many key positions.

Bala Wunti, the erstwhile MD of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company was appointed as the new GGM of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).

The statement added that Lawal Sade, the new MD of the NNPC Trading Company, was the MD of NIDAS, a shipping arm of the company.

Then spokesman said the exercise retained Adokiye Tombomieye, from the South-South, as GGM, Crude Oil Marketing.

NNPC explained that the new appointments depicted a leadership determined to ensure placement of square pegs in square holes.

Presidency on the verge to charge the government .( FG)

Ever since the news broke out there was an uproar from people on media and the news is number one trending on the powerful social media app Twitter.

Abba kyari is allegedly said to be in charge of presidential activities before he died after being infected with corona virus.

We’ve gathered the report from a trusted source in the presidency that the said allegations is true.

Is the new chief of staff responsible for this or the president?

This means that there is going to be change, and the people that had one deal or the other with the late chief of staff should be careful from now onwards because it seems the Presidency is serious about it decision.

Source has it that the appointments and approvals made by the late chief of staff was without the permission of the president, Muhammadu Buhari.

Reps reads the riot act to MDA’s on tampering with 2020 Budget

Nigeria Federal House of Representatives PHOTO: TwitterThe House of Representatives has enjoined Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government to desist from tampering with the 2020 budget.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Mr Muktar Aliyu Betara issued the warning in a statement in Abuja following the submission of the revised 2020 budget proposal by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House noted that no MDA has powers to tinker with the budget as only the National Assembly is statutorily empowered to review, adjust, consider and pass the budget.AdvertisementAdvertisement

The statement reads “there were reports that following the downward review of the budget from N10.59 trillion to N10.52 trillion due to the COVID-19 crisis and the dwindling oil prices, some MDA’s were already adjusting the budget proposal to suit their needs.

“Such acts will not be condoned by the National Assembly as any MDA or official found to be engaged in such illegal practices will be made to face the music”.

“I want to warn that no other arm or department of government has any power over budget except the legislature, which is the National Assembly. It is only the National Assembly that can review the budget and we have begun the process.

“I would like to refresh the memory of those erring MDAs or officers of the Executive that sections 80- 84 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) confers appropriation powers on the parliament as well as its responsibilities over the national purse. So, nobody should engage any unlawful act concerning the budget”

The stressed that both the 1999 Constitution and Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 provide for no limitations on the National Assembly’s power to amend the Appropriations bill.

According to the Appropriation Committee Chairman, “Section 80 (4) specifically provided that ‘no money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the Federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly’, therefore, we shall not shirk in our responsibilities and we will also not hesitate to wield the big stick on whoever goes beyond his brief to tamper with the budget”

Betara informed that because of the importance the National Assembly attached to the budget, members of the relevant committees will continue work on it during the two-week Sallah break, stressing that “the break will not in any way affect our consideration of the budget because it is critical to the survival of our nation at this trying period”

He assured that the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation is committed to working with other relevant committees, the Senate and Executive to have workable and implementable budget to help the country overcome the negative economic effects of COVID-19.

“We hope to finish work on the budget in record time so that its implementation will still remain within the January -December budget cycle”, he stated.

Federal Government gives hints on Universities and polytechnic college resumption date ( FG) .

Well the federal government has got to the attentions from the rumors spreading around the country about schools resuming on 1st to 8th june.

Well to make things clear ,the Federal Government has not yet announced any resumption date. The Minister of Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said that schools will resume but might not be in two weeks time. He further said that the Chairman of the President Task Force on Cobid-19 had said that it is a national response, and everything other thing we do flows from that. In a statement ” I can’t confirm what yoir children are saying about schools reopening in two weeks.

We are all interested in reopening schools and I hope we will resume soon but not in two weeks. Meanwhile ” The West African Examination Council (WAEC), Ministers of Education and the African Union (AU), are concerned as you are. We hope to reopen soon”. The Chukwuma Nwajiube went further to disclose that the Ministry of Science And Technology are really working together in putting a system that can disinfect everything child in their going out and coming in.

Well for you to know that all the school resumptions are rumors, do not be deceived because FG has not given o date for schools to resume yet.

I hope this was helpful, if you have any problems then do well to comment , and please do not forget to like and share. Thanks.

THE HISTORY OF CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA

Corruption is the single greatest obstacle preventing Nigeria from achieving it’s enormous potential . It drains billions of dollars a year from the country’s economy , stymies development and weakens the social security between the people and the government

Nigeria view their country as one of the most corrupt country and struggle daily to cope with the effects. The rise of public administration and the discovery of oil and gas industry are two major events believed to have led to the sustainable increase in the incidence of corrupt practice in the country.

Effort have been made by the government to minimize corruption through the enactment of laws and the enforcement of integrity system with little success .

Greed , ostentatious lifestyle , customs, and people’s attitude are believed to have led to corruption. Another root cause is tribalism , friends and kinsmen seeking favour from official’s can impose strians on the ethical disposition of the official as these kinsmen see government officials as holding avenue for their personal gain .

Corruption, thought prevalent , was kept at manageable level during the first republic. How ever the case of corruption during the period were sometimes clouded by political infighting.

Azikiwe was the the first major political figure investigation for questionable practices , in 1944 a firm belonging to azikiwe and family bought a bank in Lagos , the bank was procured to strengthen local control of financial industry , Albeit , a report about transactions carried out by the bank showed thought Azikiwe had resigned as chairman of the bank.

In Western Nigeria , politicians Adegoke Adelabu was investigated fellowing charges political corruption leveled against him by the opposition .

In the northern region , against the backdrop of corruption allagation leveled against some native authority officials in bornu .the northern government enactment the customary present order to forestall any further breach of regulations.

Murtala administration (1975 – February 1976)
In 1975, the administration of Murtala Mohammed made reformist changes. After a military coup brought it to power, the new government sacked a large number of prior government officials and civil servants, many of whom had been criticized for the misuse of power they wielded under the largely uneducated military of Gowon. [20]
Obasanjo administration (February 1976 – Sepoitember 1979)
The first administration of Olusegun Obasanjo was a continuation of the Muritala Mohammed administration and was focused on completing the transition program to democracy, as well as implementing the national development plans. Major projects including building new refineries, pipelines, expanding the national shipping and airlines as well as hosting FESTAC was done during this administration. A number of these national projects were conduits to distribute favors and enrich connected politicians. The famous Afrobeat musician, Fela Kuti, sang variously about major scandals involving the international telecommunication firm ITT led by Chief MKO Abiola in Nigeria, which the then Head of State, Gen Olusegun Obasanjo was associated with. [21] In addition to this, the Operation Feed the Nation Program, and the associated land grab under the Land Use Decree implemented by the then Head of State was used as conduits to reward cronies, and his now-famous Otta Farm Nigeria (OFN) was supposedly a project borne out of this scandal. [22]
Shagari Administration (October 1979 – December 1983)
Corruption was deemed pervasive during the administration of Shehu Shagari .[23] A few federal buildings mysteriously caught fire after investigators started to probe the finances of the officials working in the buildings. [24] In late 1985, investigations into the collapse of the defunct Johnson Mathey Bank of London shed light on some of the abuses carried on during the second republic. The bank acted as a conduit to transfer hard currency for some party members in Nigeria. A few leading officials and politicians had amassed large amounts of money. They sought to transfer the money out of the country with the help of Asian importers by issuing import licenses. [25]
In 1981, a rice shortage led to accusations of corruption against the NPN government. Shortages and subsequent allegations were precipitated by protectionism . After its election, the Nigerian government decided to protect local rice farmers from imported commodities. A licensing system was created to limit rice imports. However, accusations of favoritism and government-supported speculation were leveled against many officials. [26]
Buhari Administration (December 1983 – August 1985)
In 1985, a cross-section of politicians was convicted of corrupt practices under the government of General Muhammadu Buhari , but the administration itself was only involved in a few instances of lapsed ethical judgment. Some cite the suitcases scandal which also coincidentally involved then customs leader
Atiku Abubakar , who later became Vice President in 1999, and was indicted for various acts of corruption. “The 53 suitcases saga arose in 1984 during the currency change exercise ordered by the Buhari junta when it ordered that every case arriving the country should be inspected irrespective of the status of the person behind such. The 53 suitcases were, however, ferried through the Murtala Muhammed Airport without a customs check by soldiers allegedly at the behest of Major Mustapha Jokolo, the then aide-de-camp to Gen. Buhari. Atiku was at that time the Area Comptroller of Customs in charge of the Murtala Muhammed Airport.” [27]
Babangida Administration (August 1985 – August 1993)
The regime of general Ibrahim Babangida or IBB, has been seen as the body that legalized corruption. His administration refused to give an account of the Gulf War windfall, which has been estimated to be $12.4 billion. He rigged the only successful election in the history of Nigeria on June 12, 1993. [28] He lives in a very exquisite mansion in his home state of Niger. [29]
During IBB’s tenure, corruption became a policy of the state. [30] Vehicles and cash gifts were routinely disbursed to earn loyalty, and the discipline of the military force eroded. The term “IBB Boys” emerged, meaning fronts for the head of state in the business realm, someone who will transact dirty deals from drug dealing with money laundering. [31]
IBB used various government privatization initiatives to reward friends and cronies, [32] which eventually gave rise to the current class of nouveau riche in Nigeria. From banking to oil and import licenses, IBB used these favors to raise cash for himself and his family and is regarded as one of the richest ex-rulers of Nigeria supposedly with significant investment in Globacom[33] —one of the largest telecom operators in Nigeria, regarded as a front for his empire. [34]
Abacha Administration (Nov 1993 – June 1998)
The death of the general Sani Abacha revealed the global nature of graft. French investigations of bribes paid to government officials to ease the award of a gas plant construction in Nigeria revealed the level of official graft in the country. The investigations led to the freezing of accounts containing about $100 million United States dollars .[35]
In 2000, two years after his death, a Swiss banking commission report indicted Swiss banks for failing to follow the compliance process when they allowed Abacha’s family and friends access to his accounts and to deposit amounts totaling $600 million US dollars into them. The same year, a total of more than $1 billion US dollars were found in various accounts throughout Europe .[36]
Abdusalami Administration (June 1998 – May 1999)
The government of Gen. Abdusalami was short and focused on transiting the country quickly to democracy. Albeit, the suspicion remains that quite a huge amount of wealth was acquired by him and his inner circle in such a short period, as he lives in quite an exquisite mansion of his own adjacent IBB’s that exceeds whatever he might have earned in legitimate income. Indeed, the major Halliburton scandal implicated his administration, and this might have financed his opulence. [37]
Obasanjo administration (May 1999 – May 2007)
Various corruption scandals broke out under Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidency, including one of the international dimensions when his vice president was caught in cahoots with a US Congressman stashing cold hard cash (literally) in freezers. In addition to this, the KBR and Siemens bribery scandals broke out under his administration, which was investigated by the FBI and led to international indictments indicating high-level corruption in his administration. According to reports, [38] “while Nigeria dithered, the United States Department of Justice on January 18, 2012, announced that a Japanese construction firm, Marubeni Corporation , agreed to pay a $54.6 million criminal penalty for allegedly bribing officials of the Nigerian government to facilitate the award of the $6 billion liquefied natural gas contract in Bonny, Nigeria to a multinational consortium, TSKJ”. They paid bribes to Nigerian government officials between 1995 and 2004, in violation of the [39] .[40]
Some other acts of corruption tied to Olusegun Obasanjo included the Transcorp shares scandal that violated the code of conduct standards for public officers, and the presidential library donations at the eve of his exit from the power that pressured associates to donate.[41] Obasanjo was also said to widely lobby for his failed campaign to alter the constitution to get a third term by actively bribing the legislators. [42] further deepening corruption at the highest levels.
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua administration (May 2007 – May 2010)
Yaradua’s ascent and time in office were short, although a fair number of corruption scandals from previous administrations came to light under his tenure and went uninvestigated due to lack of political will and poor health. Yaradua’s various acts of political corruption using his Attorney-General to frustrate ongoing local and international investigations of his powerful friends like Governors James Ibori, Luck Igbinnedion, and Peter Odili which led to massive losses to their states. Attorney General of the Federation, Michael Aondakaa was unable to obtain a conviction in Nigeria even as the UK and foreign courts successfully tried Nigeria’s deeply corrupt governors from the Obasanjo era that helped Yaradua emerge as president. In addition, Wikileaks revealed that the Supreme Court Justices were bribed to legitimize the corrupt elections that saw to his emergence as president through massive rigging.[43] Wikileaks documents also revealed the staying power of corruption under Yaradua, with illegal payments from NNPC to Presidents continuing unabated. [44]
Goodluck Jonathan administration (2010–2015)
Nigeria corruption rating by TI improved from 143rd to the 136th position in 2014.[45] In late 2013, Nigeria’s then Central Bank governor
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi informed President Goodluck Jonathan that the state oil company,
NNPC , had failed to remit US$20 billion in oil revenues owed to the state. Jonathan, however, dismissed the claim and replaced Sanusi for his mismanagement of the central bank’s budget. A Senate committee also found Sanusi’s account to be lacking in substance. [46] After the conclusion of the NNPC’s account audit, it was announced in January 2015 that NNPC’s non-remitted revenue is actually US$1.48 billion, which it needs to refund to the government. [47] Upon the release of both the PwC and Deloitte report by the government at the eve of its exit, it was however determined that truly close to $20 billion was indeed missing or misappropriated or spent without appropriation. [48]
In addition to these, the government of Goodluck Jonathan had several running scandals including the BMW purchase by his Aviation Minister, to the tune of N255 million naira[49]
[50] and security contracts to militants in the Niger Delta, [51] massive corruption and kickbacks in the Ministry of Petroleum, the Malabu Oil International scandal, and several scandals involving the Petroleum Ministry.[52] In the dying days of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the Central Bank scandal of cash tripping of mutilated notes also broke out, where it was revealed that in a four-day period, 8 billion naira was stolen directly by low-level workers in the CBN. This revelation excluded a crime that is suspected to have gone on for years and went undetected until revealed by a whistle-blower. The Central Bank claims the heist undermined its monetary policy. [53] In 2014, UNODC began an initiative to help combat corruption in Nigeria.

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