[ Masterweb Reports ] - The presidency has maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari is alive and not dead. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Buhari, disclosed this via his verified Twitter handle, @GarShehu.“He is alive and well! President Buhari is not magical. He cannot be holidaying in the UK & be in Germany, dead or alive at the same time,” he noted.
“He is unlike a past President who was at Ota, w/ Chief Obj & attending the Trump inauguration in D.C, being in two places at the same time!” Shehu added in a subtle attack on immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Shehu’s tweets ( @GarShehu ) were aimed at dispelling rumours that President Buhari died in a London hospital on Saturday.
Recall that Buhari on Thursday left Nigeria for the United Kingdom on a ten-day medical vacation.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the leave is part of the president’s annual vacation and he (Buhari) is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.
The presidential spokesman also stated that during the vacation, President Buhari would also undergo routine medical check-ups.
"What is wrong with going on vacation? Didn't I go last year at the same time?", Buhari quizzed while responding to a question from the journalists on his way to London.
The Presidency also said that there is absolutely nothing to worry about over Buhari's medical vacation, adding that, however, a lot of good will and prayers are necessary at all times.
Adesina spoke shortly after the president had told journalists that there was nothing wrong with going on vacation.
Asked if there is anything to worry about, the presidential spokesman responded:
"Nothing absolutely nothing! We need to show good will towards our leaders, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari who is working to give Nigeria a new footing, a new orientation.
"Nothing absolutely to worry about, but a lot of good will, a lot prayers are necessary at all times."
Adesina also said: "The president is going to rest. You know that God did work of creation for six days and on the seventh day he rested. So, if God needed to rest, how much more human being? So, the president is just going to rest and the statement we have released is straight forward. He will go on this leave and during the leave, he will do routine medical checkups."
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[ Masterweb Reports ] - Long-time ruler of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh has been given until midday Friday to cede the presidency to Adama Barrow, who won last month's presidential election.Military forces from regional states, unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council, entered the country on Thursday to exert pressure on Jammeh to hand power to Barrow.
Barrow was sworn in as the third president of the Gambia in the country's embassy in Senegal this week.
"This is a victory of the Gambian nation. Our flag will now fly high among those of the most-democratic nations of the world," said 51-year-old Barrow during his inauguration which officially ended Jammeh's 22-year rule.
He called for loyalty from the country’s armed forces.
Jammeh’s presidential term expired at midnight Wednesday. However, he has rejected the vote results under the pretense of election irregularities.
Initially Jammeh conceded defeat, before challenging the result in the courts.
Meanwhile, international pressure is mounting with foreign forces entering the country and demanding his removal.
"We have suspended operations and given him an ultimatum," said Marcel Alain de Souza, head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
"If by midday, he doesn't agree to leave The Gambia... we really will intervene militarily," he said.
The UN Security Council unanimously backed west African states’ efforts to force Jammeh to quit.
A Senegalese army officer told media that troops from Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Mali including "land, air and sea" forces crossed into the Gambia.
The Gambia's army chief Ousman Badjie has said he would not order his men to fight the internationally-backed troops sent to intervene in the country’s elections.
*Photo Caption - Yahya Jammeh
[ Masterweb Reports: Enna Godwin reports ] - In an effort to fish-out ghost pensioners as well as to ensure transparency in the pension administration, the Nasarawa State Pension Bureau has said that it would begin biometric Data Capturing of all pensioners in the state.
The state Director General of the Bureau, Alhaji Husseni Oseze plans were underway to invite Singaporean specialists to installed modern technological facilities that would track every transaction and movement of pensioners files in the state.
Alhaji Oseze was optimistic that with the new system to be introduced, the era of corruption and embezzlement in the system was over.
He said, aside from the fluctuating pension profile as well as the fraudulent activities in the system, there was no exact figure of what goes to the pensioners coffers monthly.
According to the pension DG “In fact, for the purpose of those people who were here before, records were not kept. Files were not kept properly they way they should. And the origin of records is the files, how do they pay pensioners? Everything was just scattered. There is no proper arrangement.
“So, I went first to informed the Governor of the situation. When the Governor came here he was disturbed for what he met here, there and then he gave an instance directive that I should lias with Commissioner of Land and Survey to maybe computerize the whole system for us to meet the taste of time. To me the taste of what we have in other state and nation as a pension organisation, and I was glad for that. He said the Land and Survey complaint the same thing previously, and if I see how they now maintain it, is super.
“So, I went and he took me round almost every section in that ministry. What they did there is in such a way that any transaction done record gets into the system to the executive and even the government house will have a record. So, the issue of fraud will not even come in. Even if you are paying one kobo the Governor will be aware. In the ministry, you discover that they have code on each and every file. That will track the movement of each transaction of a file. That is the system I want here, and I have succeeded in doing that.
“The Land and Survey invited the Singaporean that sold the system and installed it to them, and they invited them to visit us and have discussion with them, taking them round to commence installation. They are in town purposely for us. Is that not an achievement? Is that not the system that will put this place in order and in right track? Is it not the system that would stop corruption and embezzlement? It is something you can’t temper with it." He said.
Enna Godwin ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Capttion - Map of Nasarawa State
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - The intransigence of defeated President Yahya Jammeh in Gambia must not be tolerated by African Union and international community. If he is allowed to go scot-free, it will send a wrong signal to dictators all over Africa. He lost the election and must peacefully leave the scene for the winner, Adama Barrow to be sworn in.
Jammeh cannot continue to trample on democracy and the rule of law in Gambia. He must be flushed out with maximum force possible.
He cannot continue to hold Gambia to ransome. He must not be allowed to thwart the will of his people.
He is using delay tactice to hold on to power. He will continue to use all subterfuge to cling to power and must be removed at all cost.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS ANALYST
*Photo Caption - Yahya Jammeh
[ Masterweb Reports: Ibrahim Musa Giginyu reports ] - The Kano state government yesterday said all arrangements have been concluded to re-open the Triumph Publishing Company, publishers of Triumph newspapers, which was closed down in 2012 by the previous Kano state government.
The state Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture, Comrade Muhammad Garba announced during a two-day seminar organised for media practitioners in the state by TEECEE media services in collaboration with Kano state government held at the NUJ Conference Hall Kano that the state government had been careful in ensuring sustainability of the company when it reopened.
He reiterated that the company would start operation in March with online Triumph newspaper while Alfijir and Albishir newspapers would be produced every Friday in hard copies.
Earlier in his address, chairman of the occasion and CEO of Asal Media and Services, Alhaji Ahmed Aminu who is also a veteran journalist, urged strict adherence to code of ethics of journalism and also urged the state government to strengthen the state-owned media outfits funding for effectiveness.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - Igbo Students under the auspices of National Association of Igbo Students (NAIS) and National Association of South East Students of Nigeria (NANSEN) have lauded the election of a veteran former student and youth leader of Igboland and Nigeria as the new Deputy National Publicty Secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in its recent elections.
The spokesmen of the groups, Emeka Nnorom and Chidi Onuakalusi respectively in their seperate statements noted that Chuks Ibegbu is a square peg in a square hole with lots of experience in Igbo, national and international matters. Also Igbo Youth Congress, World Igbo Youth Council and Coalition of All Igbo Youth leaders have congratuled Chuks Ibegbu, their technical Adviser and leader, for his election into the NEC of the apex Igbo body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo. They wished him well in his new position.
In the same vein Ndinne Igbo, Umuada Igbo and World Igbo Women Congress have all lauded the election of Chuks Ibegbu as the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. They also lauded the election of Barr. Nnia Nwodo and Barr. Uche Okwukwu respectively as President-General and Secretary-General of the group. They noted that with Barr. Nwodo, Barr. Uche Okwukwu, Chuks dIbegbu and others in the leadership of Ohanaeze, the Igbo nation would be repositioned soon.
Also Ndigbo in South Africa have lauded the election of Chuks Ibegbu as Deputy National publicity Secretary. In a statement by Osadebe Ibegbu, a former leader of Ndigbo in South Africa and elder brother of Chuks Ibegbu, he commended the peaceful election that enthroned credible leadership in Ohanaeze and wished the Nwodo and Okwukwu led regime robust tenure of office.
BY IGBO INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION NETWORK (IICN), ENUGU
*Photo Caption - Chuks Ibegbu
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - History was made in Enugu, capital of Igboland on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 when the much expected national elections of Ohanaeze Ndigbo took place at the nationonal headquaters of the organization. Chuks Ibegbu, Chancellor of Igbo Information And Communication Network became the new National Assistant Publicity Secretary of the Organization among other newly elected officers.
The stillfy contested elections led to the emergence of the following officers to pilot the affairs of the body in the next four years.
Barr. Nnia Nwodo President General
Rtd DIG Hillary Opara Deputy President General
Barr Uche Okwukwu, Secretary General
Solomon Ogunji Deputy Secretay General
Emeka Ogwu Treasurer
Alphonsus Duru Financial Secretay
Chris Eluemunoh National Assistant Financial Secretary
Chief Chuks Muomah(SAN) National legal adviser
Chief Okeagu Ogadah National Assistant legal adviser
Chief Eric Ebeh National Assistant Treasurer
Uche Ani Publicity Secretary
Chuks Ibegbu National Assistant Publicity Secretary
Charles Odunukwu National Vice President Anambra
Sylvester Ebigwei National Vice President Delta
Prof Chigozie Ogbu National Vice Chairman, Ebonyi
CP (Rtd) Onuoha Udeka National Vie Chairman, Abia
Chief Igoh Okparamma National Vice President, Rivers
They were sworn in immediately after the election and the official inauguration will take place before the end of January, 2017.
Meanwhile several Igbos within and outside Nigeria have been commending the quality of people elected to pilot the affairs of the apex Igbo body especially Barr Nnia Nwodo, Barrister Uche Okwukwu, Dr Sylvester Ebigwei, who have been veterans of the body for several years and expect the team to re-position Ndigbo in the days, weeks and years ahead.
BY IGBO INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION NETWORK, ENUGU.
*Photo Caption - Ohanaeze logo.
[ Masterweb Reports ] – A local musician is offering his original composition, titled “Trump Up America,” for use at President-Elect Donald Trump’s Jan 20 inauguration as an inspirational anthem that “trumpets” the traditions and freedoms of the United States.
Charles O. Okereke, a Milwaukee resident, recorded “Trump Up America” in April 2016. The song, subtitled “America Solidarity Anthem,” echoes classic American patriotic music. At just over two minutes, the composition features soaring trumpets, lilting soprano vocals, and lyrics that call upon citizens to “raise your heads with dignity.” The song’s video opens ........Read More
*Photo Caption - Trump Up America CD cover.
[ Masterweb Reports: Fejiro Oliver Writes Former Gov. Uduaghan ] - Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism. -Joe Biden. Your Excellency; Forgive me for not putting your address in this letter. I am sorry. I have the addresses of all your houses in Nigeria and abroad (including the ones you bought using fronts), but for lack of knowledge on your current abode, I left the address open. My apologies Sir.
I saw your rebuttal through your media aide, Sunday Areh, where instead of coming out plain to just deny it, you resulted to calling me unfounded names that only exist in your imagination and that of Areh. As usual, I laughed it off knowing you to be a man that has no truth in him. I still remember vividly well in 2014 when I exclusively reported that you had plans to contest for the Senate after your tenure but you denied it, only to indicate interest later. I have lost count of all the words you never kept to, hence was not surprised that you claim not to own the mansion.
Permit me to set the records straight. No one has ever used me or the platform I work for to investigate and report against you and no one will ever do so. It is only in your world of existence that I have ‘sponsors’, using me to discredit you. As a journalist and a young one that God has given a name, I have a mind of my own to report what is hidden for the good of the public. I’m not unaware of your acts of recruiting some internet rats to post irrelevant things about me, but you do know that a million of them cannot stand up to the truth which I represent and will be unveiled till you are prosecuted.
You used the word ‘blackmail’ in your response for reasons only you know. But again, let me educate you Sir. NEVER in the past or present have I ever asked you for any money to kill a report and if this is a lie, be proud to tell the world personally or proxies that I Fejiro Oliver of Secret Reporters News demanded from you in cash or kind to let a story go. You can still tell the world if I have ever approached you with many mindblowing documents at my disposal to show you for any financial gratifications. You can still also print out our few SMS exchanges for the people to read it and be draw a conclusion if I asked you for cash in exchange of stories. This is not peculiar to you alone but any person living or dead. Your colleague in Niger State, Babangida Aliyu tried it by framing me up with such but it backfired and I did not only walk out a hero, but went to court to get justice and WON!
I do not deny the fact that our relationship resulted in my Sister In-law going to the prestigious Access Bank training school and finally got a job with them. For that, I owe you a debt. But such cannot erase away new revelations on the table that Deltans and Nigerians need to know. Such cannot take away the patriotism in me when documents I never saw in years past but now see stop me from opening up how you bled the state to coma under your watch. Your Excellency, you drained Delta State without mercy.
I can proudly beat my chest Sir that I have choice lands in some States, not acquired with stolen money but from the job I do as a media consultant. I can stand head tall before any anti corruption agencies that the cars I drive and properties I developed and still developing were acquired not through ‘blackmail’, government contracts or brown envelopes but through credible means with the company paying tax on them. Can same be said of you?
I do not need to remind you Your Excellency that you came into government in a kabu kabu with the smoke coming out capable of taking one’s life. Your work as a Medical Doctor was not paying much while married to Anty Roli, whom we knew back then in Sido Street, Warri, but today; you are not just a millionaire but a billionaire. You can pretend to those who don’t know your financial worth, but not to persons like me who has spent his resources to get facts and documents detailing how every single kobo that came into the state treasury under your watch was spent and disappeared.
Unlike most of us who struggled and still struggling to make it to the top, you had your palm kernel cracked for you by the gods, with the help of your cousin, James Ibori. Your hatred for people getting rich is becoming legendary from your interactions with person and your tricks in splitting persons perceived as combating you jointly is well known. Unfortunately, men like me are not bothered by such antics.
I had all the chance in the world to swim in excess wealth in 2014/2015 when you were still a governor, like most of my colleagues that you lavished with state funds. I am pretty sure by now that you will be regretting why you built a sprawling mansion for a reporter in Asaba only for him to turn round to report negative news against you when you left office. I do not need to mention journalists that you squandered our state money on just to remain in their good books. You know within you that I refused to be bought over despite every attempt. I had a personal mission, which was to let Deltans know how you were bleeding the state and must not allow you impose a stooge on us or support your Senatorial ambition. The mission was fulfilled!
My advice to you is simple; return back part of the money you stole from Delta State treasury. Cause Her Excellency, Roli to return back Mastercare School that was built with proceeds of corruption just like Fmr Gov. Godwill Akpabio returned his to the State Government. Delta State is facing recession because a man like you was unfortunate to be our governor. With all the money that flooded the state, you refused to create industries or turn Asaba into a model city, an assignment that is standing as a negative witness to your successor today.
Your Healthcare program, model schools and security cannot be taken away from you, but governance is more than the trio. Without a strong financial base, the three programs cannot stand and unfortunately, you left the state financially empty, as far as removing the common coke in government house fridge, thus killing your three agenda that should have been sustained.
2017 begins the election year for 2019 and Deltans cannot afford to have you in the Senate as you currently dream. Your Senatorial District electorates have not complained that they are tired of the present man there and even if they are tired; you are certainly not the best to represent them. The political ‘immunity’ you seek by going there cannot be granted you.
Deltans need back their money Sir and we will do everything within us to return it back. The case of Ibori will be child’s play compare to what is to come upon you. The cross has been carved since 2016 and in 2017, the nailing will take place. You cannot toil with our future and expect to go scot free. You cannot be living in Victoria Island and enjoying the cool breeze of the seaside while Deltans still feel the pains of your mis-governance. No Sir, you cannot have investment in South Africa with our money, while the youths who should be the ones working there had they be sited in Delta be roaming the streets looking for jobs. Sir, you cannot be flying first class to London, USA, Switzerland (where some of our wealth are kept by you), while the Oleri leisure park through which you siphoned money remains undone.
Kurt Cobain once said that “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption”. The files will be opened and the records will be dusted. The time is close and we will March there.
These little things matter…
Fejiro Oliver is Editor In Chief of Secrets Reporters News, Investigative Journalist, Media Consultant and Human Rights Activist can be reached on +2348022050733 (SMS ONLY) or email@example.com.
*Photo Caption - Former Gov. Uduaghan
[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - As the Ohanaeze Ndigbo elections hot up, the stakeholders in Abia State have endorsed the candidacy of a one time Special Adviser to the late President-General of the body, Amb. Raph Uwechue, Comrade Chuks Ibegbu for the position of Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the body alloted to Abia State.
The stakeholders took the decision after the hotly contested state election of the body held at Umuahia on saturday 7th January, 2017. The leader of the Abia Ohanaeze Ndigbo stakeholders, Chief Ugochukwu Nwokojie who also emerged as the state Secretary of the body commended Comrade Ibegbu for his service to Ndigbo and humanity and assured him of their maximum support for him at the Enugu elections billed for Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
BY IGBO INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION NETWORK
*Photo Caption - Comrade Chuks Ibegbu