Atiku gives reason for Fulani herdsmen, Tiv farmers crisis

A former Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday said the clashes between Tivs and fulani herdsmen were caused by misunderstanding.

Atiku stated this while speaking with journalists during his visit to a first-class Chief, His Royal Highness, Abu King Shuluwa in Makurdi.

Atiku who is the Zege Mule U Tiv (protective shield of Tiv nation) said stopping herdsmen and farmers clashes in Benue was a simple thing to do.

“Traditionally over a number of years, Tiv and Fulanis have coexisted. I believe that what is happening of recent can be attributed to sponsored misunderstanding between Tivs and Fulani herdsmen and we have always done our best to resolve the conflict.

We have always sat down to resolve the conflict. As Zege Mule U Tiv, I have spearheaded many meetings to resolve conflicts.”

The former Vice-President said that if voted into office, he would look for better ways to stop the clashes.

Asked if he would work with anyone who would emerge as the party candidate in the forthcoming primary, Atiku said the only way all the presidential aspirants would work together after the party primary was to have free, fair and credible primary election

He said he and other aspirants had been looking forward to the primary election holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 5 and 6, 2018.

He noted that he would abide by the decision of the delegates if the primary was conducted without manipulation.

Whoever emerges the party candidate in Port Harcourt we will support him if the primary  election is free, fair and credible.”

In his remark, Shuluwa said Tiv people had no issue with the Fulani, stressing that those attacking and killing the Tiv people were not Fulani of Nigeria origin.

“The Fulani that you see fighting the Tiv people are not the Fulani that we know and I have always said this. We don’t know where these crop of Fulani come from. The Fulani who are indigenes of Nigeria can never fight a Tiv man.

“As time goes on, all our differences will be healed up. We will make sure that the Fulani that are non Nigerians don’t come into this land.

“That one I can assure everybody. But we have nothing against the Fulani generally.”

ICYMI: We opted for indirect primaries after consensus failed –Ogun APC

APC-logoThe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said the party has opted for indirect primary in the state when it appeared that the consensus and the direct options might not work.

It was known to us  that the party initially settled for the consensus arrangement but had to embrace the direct option when the former was rejected by some members.

He added that the state chapter of the party had to dump direct primary following an obvious reality that the national secretariat of the party was not forthcoming with an up-to-date membership register and cards.

Adebiyi said, “We actually opted for the consensus arrangement in Ogun State after the NEC meeting in Abuja but we later discovered that the arrangement did not go down well with some of our people; so, we settled for direct option

“Many state chapters complained that they don’t have an up-to-date register of their members and the national executive promised to provide it and the membership cards.

“Since the registration that we did between 2014 and 2015, nobody had been given membership card and the register had yet to be provided by our national body.”

The party chairman explained that his one-week trip to Abuja to get the necessary materials did not yield any positive result.

Adebiyi added, “The national executive promised to provide all the materials within one week. I was in Abuja throughout last week (penultimate week) from Monday to Saturday; we did not get either the register or the membership cards.

“I then made up my mind that the national leadership of the party is not ready for us on the issue of direct primary. Therefore, when we got home, I informed my executive about the situation.

“We therefore made up our mind that the direct option would not be an alternative to the consensus which was also no longer feasible in many areas.”

We have now decided that we will go for indirect primaries because we already have our delegates on the ground.”

Peacemaker stabbed by fighting neighbour

 

INEC reveals why Osun gov election is inconclusive

 

Osun election: Seek legal redress, Saraki tells PDP, Adeleke

President of the Senate and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Council on Osun State Governorship Election, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has faulted the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission that the results of the election held on Saturday were inconclusive.
Saraki, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, expressed dismay over the decision by the INEC to declare as “inconclusive” an election in which a candidate won the highest number of votes and fulfilled the condition for a geographical spread.
The Senate President advised the PDP and its governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to seek a legal interpretation of the situation with the results and the decision taken by the INEC on it.
He said, “In my lay man’s opinion, the INEC was wrong in declaring the election as inconclusive because the votes in certain polling units were cancelled. The decision of INEC to cancel the election in those areas after voting had taken place means INEC had already excluded the votes in these areas from the election process and therefore those units should have no place in the overall results.
“My opinion would have been different if the election in the affected units did not take place at all, maybe as a result of malfunctioning of the card reader machine or unavailability of the electoral materials. Since the voting took place and was cancelled, only the courts could reverse the initial decision by INEC to cancel the votes in these areas.
“That is why I call on our party and its candidate to seek a further legal interpretation on this decision by the electoral body. One cannot but wonder whether if the places were reversed and the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress was the one leading in the election, the INEC would take the same decision it has taken now.”
Saraki stated that it was necessary to also call on INEC to display “courage, boldness, independence, neutrality and patriotism” in order to send signals to the world at large that Nigeria’s electoral system had come of age and that its democracy had matured.
He added, “The electoral body needs to reassure all and sundry that the 2019 election and other elections will be free of manipulations and undue interference.
“The INEC should note that the Osun gubernatorial election is not only about that South-western state. It is about our country and the entire world is watching. Our national interest is at stake. The integrity of our electoral system is at stake. The reputation of the electoral body is at stake. The future of our democracy is on the line.
“The way INEC conclusively handles the Osun election will determine global expectations from our political process. It should, therefore, ensure that the wish of the Osun State electorate eventually prevail.”

Foreign Pastors Celebrate Prophet TB Joshua

The biblical adage, ‘a prophet is without honour in his hometown’ seems to be exemplified in the case of Prophet T.B. Joshua.

Social media is awash with tales of foreigners, especially clergymen, whose lives have been impacted by the ministry of Nigeria’s most persecuted pastor.

Today I honour my mentor and father in the Lord, Prophet TB Joshua,”wrote Andries Steyn, a veteran South African revivalist, on Facebook. “The footprints he laid in my life, the wisdom he engraved in my heart and spirit can never be washed away – they’re too deep,”the leader of ‘World Revival Crusades’ continued, particularly emphasising on Joshua’s humble manner.

“We’re blessed to have this general in our generation. Never will he exalt himself or seek attention. The anointing on him speaks for itself,” Steyn wrote.

Further afield in Papua New Guinea, an island close to Australia, a leader of the Apostolic Church, Pastor Mamando Pain, testified to how Joshua’s sermons helped settle a leadership tussle that almost resulted in a lawsuit.

When the pastor heard Joshua preach that “position without peace is not position at all,” he decided to drop the case he had instituted against the church’s leader over his non-appearance for several months.

“As I continue to watch Emmanuel TV via YouTube and listen to Prophet TB Joshua, my life has changed. I am healed, released and delivered from all my unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and fighting for position,”he explained.

“Today, the gospel is full of nice words but lacks power,”Mamando wrote on Facebook. “We command the sick to be healed in Jesus’ name but our words do not produce result because our hearts doubt what our months confess… Prophet T.B. Joshua’s words and prayers are coming with power and they are literally changing lives all over the world,” he testified.

Source:- Heraldng

Tee Billz Proceeds On Spiritual Maintenance

Tee Billz Proceeds On Spiritual Maintenance

Tee Billz, whose real name is Tunji Balogun, has announced that he’ll be off social media momentarily to embark on spiritual maintenance.

The artists’ manager who declared support for Harrysong as he suffers depression and praised him for crying out at the right time, unlike himself, has made this announcement on Instagram.

He wrote: “Temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance.”

Wizkid To Build Schools In Every African Country

Nigerian singer “wizkid” took to his twitter page to reveal the new project he is working on.

According to the singer, he will be building a school in every countries in Africa.

He Wrote:

I’ll need help from Fans to pick where we start this. trying to build a school in every Country in Africa.. Thats my dream.

Dear Harrysong, The Only Way You Can Beat Depression Is To Find Jesus’ –Waconzy

Fellow singer, Waconzy has reached out to Harrysong to tell him that the only way he can beat depression is to ‘find Jesus and making him happy by giving him his fame’.

According to Waconzy, ‘the primary reason people go through depression is because they are empty spiritually. No matter how much you achieve in life, if your spirit is not fed by God then depression will set in. The best thing I did was to get closer to God’.

He also said, ‘the kind of joy he has given me, no amount of money or fame can buy. Guess what, with Jesus in your life you can still be a baller, girls can still chase you, you can still sell out shows, you can still have millions of fans and more. So aak yourself, what does the world have to offer me? Why am i not born again?. To be born again is very easy. Just say this words very loud “i accept Jesus and i denounce satan 7 times” then download audio bibile (you version) and always listen to it like music. Start with James and Romans. Would’nt it be nice to do it now?

2nd Baby Mamas Gang Up, Expose Him Online (Photos)

Wizkid’s first and second baby mamas, Shola Ogudu and Binta Diallo are claiming the Starboy doesn’t pay for their sons school fees.

They made the revelation while Binta was reacting to a report on Chris Brown’s baby mama, Nia Guzman saying Chris is a dead beat dad.

Binta made a post wishing she can swap baby daddy with Nia. She wrote;

Im not trying to bring her down but Damn Can I just swap baby daddy with her if only my child’s father treated my son the way he treats her daughter and payed half of the amount she’s getting in child support ♀️ I am a single mom, I work my ass off and I pay for everything, imagine if someone was paying for my son’s school fees, nanny, and paying the bills boo boo let me just stop right here…

Wizkid’s first baby mama then dropped a comment on the post, saying Wizkid should first pay for his sons school fees before he talks of building schools for kids in Africa. See below…

This is not the first time Shola and Binta are calling out Wiz for allegedly being ‘dead beat’.

INEC registers 14.5m new voters ahead of 2019 election


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has placed the total number of newly registered voters as 14,551,482 ahead of the 2019 general election.The Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu made the announcement during the Commission’s third quarterly consultative meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at INEC’s Headquarters, Abuja.

“At the end of the exercise, a total of 14,551,482 new voters were registered. If this figure is added to the existing register of 69,720,350 voters, it means that the nation now has a voter population of 84,271,832,” Yakubu said.

“The Commission is also processing 769,917 requests for intra and inter-State transfers as well as 1,178,793 requests for replacement of lost, damaged or cards with misspelt names or incorrect personal details of voters as required by law,” he added.

The INEC Chairman further stated that the figure may reduce after the Commission filters the register to rid it of multiple registrations with the current figure representing about 21 per cent increase on the existing register.

Yakubu also disclosed that INEC has printed a total of 16,500,192 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for those registered in 2017 and delivered them to States for collection.

While the PVCs for 2.7 million voters registered in the first quarter of 2018 have also been printed and will be delivered to the States in the coming week.

He added that as part of its efforts aimed at ensuring that citizens got their PVCs with minimum inconveniences, INEC has collaborated with the Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC) to send bulk SMS to citizens for the collection of their PVCs.

The commission chairman also talked on the issue of vote buying during elections and other election malpractices, Yakubu assures total preparation of the body to curb such illicit acts as elections approach.

“We are working on a multi-faceted approach to the menace of vote-buying and other sundry electoral malpractices. We will introduce changes to the election-day administration of our polling units, in addition to the electronic tracking of our sensitive materials. We are discussing with the security agencies on a more vigorous enforcement of the law against voter-inducement. Furthermore, we are working with the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) and other stakeholders on voter education and sensitization,” he stated.

Yakubu, therefore, assures the people of Osun that will be having their governorship elections in September 22nd, that their votes only will count and the commision will not give room for any malpractices.

The CVR exercise, which began on 27th April 2017 was suspended on 31st August.

British Airways hacked with details of 380,000 bank cards stolen

British Airways said that the personal and financial details of customers making bookings between August 21 and September 5 had been stolen in a data breach involving 380,000 bank cards.

The almost two week long hack did not involve travel or passport details, the airline said, adding that it had launched an urgent investigation into the theft of customer data.

“The personal and financial details of customers making bookings on our website and app were compromised,” it said. “The breach has been resolved and our website is working normally. We have notified the police and relevant authorities.”

BA said the breach took place between 2158 GMT on August 21 and 2045 GMT on September 5 and that around 380,000 payment cards were compromised.

BA advised anyone who believed they may have been affected to contact their bank or credit card provider and follow their recommendations.

In terms of compensation, BA said they would be in touch with customers “and will manage any claims on an individual basis.”

“We are deeply sorry for the disruption that this criminal activity has caused,” the airline said.

It said customers due to travel could check in online as normal as the incident had been resolved.

BA customer Daniel Willis, 34, who booked a flight on Monday with the airline, said he had not been contacted by the airline despite being affected by the data breach.

“I’ve not heard anything from them on this and I’ve just had to cancel the card I used. They’re a shambles,” he told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Another BA customer, Stephanie Jowers, said she contacted the airline hours before the hack was announced to query a suspicious charge on her account but was not informed it could have been compromised.

“I asked repeatedly for an explanation. None was given,” she told the Daily Telegraph.

Past IT issues 
The National Crime Agency said: “We are aware of reports of a data breach affecting British Airways and are working with partners to assess the best course of action.”

The NCA is set up to tackle the most serious and organised crime posing the highest risk to public security in Britain.

BA apologised in July after technology issues caused dozens of its flights to and from London Heathrow Airport to be cancelled.

The airline said the problem was down to an incident with an IT system.

And in May 2017, British Airways suffered a major computer system failure triggered by a power supply issue near Heathrow which left 75,000 customers stranded.

IAG, which owns British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, said last month that first-half profits more than doubled.

Earnings after taxation flew to 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in the first six months of 2018 compared with 607 million euros a year earlier, IAG said in a results statement.

The London-listed group, which is also the owner of Irish airline Aer Lingus and Spanish carrier Vueling, added that total revenues swelled three percent to 11.2 billion euros.

BA announced last month that it will halt flights to Tehran in September, citing low profitability as the US reimposes sanctions on Iran.

Ortom appoints Benue’s first female Head of Service

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appointed Veronica Onyeke as the new head of service.

According to the governor’s chief press secretary, Terver Akase, she is the first female head of state in Benue, since the creation of the state in 1967.

Mrs. Onyeke hails from Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state. Prior to her present promotion, she was a permanent secretary in the office of the Deputy Governor.

Onyeke takes over from Engineer George Ede who is to proceed on retirement.

FG ‘deliberately corrupting Osun Voters’ With Trader Moni – Oby Ezekwezili

A former Minister of Education and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Group, Oby Ezekwezili, on Friday accused the Nigerian Government of “deliberately corrupting the elections in Osun” by launching the Trader Moni scheme in the state three weeks before its scheduled governorship elections.

“The Federal Government either failed to be Ethically Circumspect or in fact Deliberately decided to CORRUPT the Elections in Osun by handing out Cash to Traders on the heels of the State Elections,” Ezekwezili tweeted on her Twitter page.

“Such behaviour after the Grand Corrupting of Voters in Ekiti is REPREHENSIBLE,” She added.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on September 3, 2018, launched the programme, TraderMoni, in Osun targeting 30,000 traders and artisans in the state.

Osinbajo said the TraderMoni is a micro-credit scheme to cater for ultra-micro enterprises.

According to him, it is meant to reinforce the Federal Government’s commitment to bridge the credit gap and empower Nigerians at the grassroots.

“The policy of the Federal Government is to support businesses, not just big business but particularly small, medium-sized businesses and micro businesses. The whole idea is that we want to ensure that we give whatever support whether it is cash, advice or even registration to all of our small and medium enterprises” Osinbajo said during its launch in Benin late July.

The Federal Government budgeted N300,000,000 to empower traders in Osun, and the loan is expected to be repaid within six months, after which the traders can access higher amounts.