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Appeal to Journalists from Sergey Mavrodi
It has been a rough journey for MMM participants and the promoters, the founder sees the journalist, the media as enemies to the continuous growth in Nigeria.
Read the letter Sergey Mavrodi writes to Journalists;
Dear journalists, “analysts” and all kinds of “experts”!
Please stop using MMM to gain cheap popularity. Leave us alone and let us work without interference. I’m just astonished by your irresponsibility and cynical attitude. Interests of millions of people, your fellow citizens are at stake. Don’t you have any sympathy for them? Why are you fueling hysteria around MMM and provoking a panic? Why are you doing this so diligently and persistently, what is your purpose?
In fact, absolutely all your provocative and worthless articles and “analyses” (I said “worthless” because you do not have any real information about what happens in the System, and might have never had; you simply invent everything, fabricate it) are merely negative: “MMM has collapsed!!!.. MMM will not be working in January!!!..” etc. Are you intentionally presenting all of it in such a manner and whipping up tension by any means possible in order to increase the ratings of your publications and attract attention to them? Don’t you care about people at all?
So, nothing has collapsed, and MMM will safely resume its work in January, as announced. Suspension of work for holidays is a usual thing, merely working moment, no more than that. It would have remained a normal, just a part of the usual routine, and might have gone almost unnoticed if it were not for your totally cynical and irresponsible attempts to advertise yourself, create a scandal out of nowhere, and make the most of this news topic in any possible way.
Again, leave MMM alone and let us work. Nothing has collapsed, and MMM will perfectly resume its work in January. We Can Change the World!
The Federal Government, yesterday, told Nigerians that the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari was not to be blamed for the current economic woes of the country. It said that it was on a rescue mission to right the wrongs of the past governments. This came as the 36 state governors have agreed to cut down the size of their convoys, excessive travels amongst others to fight recession.
These were the highlights of the meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential Villa, Abuja. The Federal Government’s self exoneration is coming barely one week after the National Chairman of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun, admitted that some first missteps of the government upon assumption of office May 2015 affected the country’s economy negatively. Similarly, Imo State governor, Mr. Rocahs Okoroacha, who is also an APC governor, it will be recalled, recently accepted blames for the economic downturn on behalf of APC.
APC on rescue mission
But briefing State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Udo Udoma alongside Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State and Anambra State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nkem Okeke absolved the Federal Government from blames, saying the APC government was on a rescue mission.
He said: “We did not and are not responsible for the current economic situation we find ourselves. We are actually a rescue team, a team working to rescue Nigeria from the position we find ourselves in. “Under President Buhari, we are determined to take Nigeria out of the situation. The situation started long before we came. As you know, oil price started falling from 2014 when it was about $110 and by January this year, it was below $30. Unfortunately, they did not save. “ We are determined to take Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation. That is why we are developing an economy recovery plan and that is our focus. We are committed to success.” Udoma stated that NEC also reviewed practical measures to liberate the country from recession.
We’ll cut down retinue of aides, foreign trips
Revealing that the Council also discussed other measures taken by the 36 governors to beat the current economic recession, el-Rufai when asked to highlight them said that they had decided to cut down on the retinue of political aides, the size of their convoys, local and foreign trips amongst others. He also gave an inclination of the Federal Government to merge some agencies and parastatals. Speaking on Niger Delta, the governor said the unrest in the region which had drastically affected oil production was a subject at the meeting. He said: “Governors also raised concerns on the Niger Delta situation. You know we budgeted that we will be producing 2.2 million barrels of oil per day. At a point, oil production dropped to one million barrels per day. “This has significantly affected the nation’s revenue and the most hit were the Niger Delta states that get the bulk of their revenue from the nation because the less they produced, the less they have.”
Billy Graham Daily Devotional
Friday, 16 December 2016
Topic: Why the Righteous Suffer
Key Verse: God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings . . . — 2 Corinthians 1:7 (TLB)
This question, “Why must the righteous suffer?” is as old as time. There is only one place that we can find an answer, and that is in the Bible. You do not need to study the Scriptures long to learn why sinners meet reverses and anguish. They are apart from God. Their sorrow is the result of their sins. But-why do Christians suffer?
Scripture teaches that many Christians suffer so that they may fellowship with others who are in affliction. Only those who have known sorrow and suffering can have fellowship with those in affliction. The Word of God also teaches that Christians suffer in order that they might glorify God in their lives. The Bible further teaches that Christians suffer in order that God might teach them lessons in prayer. Also, Christians suffer in order that God might bring them to repentance.
Prayer for the day: How tender is Your comfort, Lord. How loving Your chastening.
There was pandemonium in the Liverpool, Apapa area of Lagos on Thursday after an irate mob lynched a commander of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency, Mr. Bakare Olatunji.
It was learnt that Olatunji, who was the zonal head of the agency in the Apapa area, had led a team of officials to the area in a patrol van to arrest erring motorists at about 11am.
PUNCH Metro gathered that tanker drivers, who parked their vehicles on the road fled on sighting the enforcement agents.
The LASTMA van was said to have ran into an assistant driver (motor boy) while he struggled to escape arrest.
The boy, whose name had yet to be ascertained, was reportedly sleeping by the roadside.
He died on the spot.
Angered by the boy’s death, his friends were said to have regrouped and went on the rampage, killing Olatunji in the process.
A mechanic in the area, Uthman Salau, said another LASTMA official was injured, while others fled the scene.
He said, “The drivers were relaxing around 10.30am when they saw a LASTMA van approaching. They felt the officials had come to arrest them for parking vehicles indiscriminately. So, they ran away. A motor boy, who was sleeping beside a tanker, was woken up by the commotion. Before he could escape from the spot, the LASTMA van hit him and he died instantly.
“One of the drivers, who saw the boy lying in a pool of blood, called his colleagues and they stormed the scene with cutlasses, bottles and all sorts of weapons. The officials fled with the van except their team leader (Olatunji). They stabbed him to death.”
However, an eyewitness, who gave his name only as Issa, said the operatives had flagged down a motorist, who refused to stop, adding that the agency’s van knocked down the boy as they gave the driver a chase.
“LASTMA agents are fond of extorting money from motorists on roads around here. Their leader waited behind after his men had fled, thinking that he could pacify the angry youth. But he was not lucky. They killed him,” he said.
A driver, who did not disclose his name, said he got to the scene after Olatunji had been killed.
“I am not sure whether the LASTMA officials were chasing somebody or not. What I learnt was that the boy was killed by their van, which sparked off the protest and the eventual killing of one of the officials,” he added.
A LASTMA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said his colleagues had been under fire for lax enforcement which made them to intensify operations in the area.
He said, “Ordinarily, they would not have gone for operations in that area. However, two weeks ago, the management was angry that we have not performed to expectation in terms of enforcement. Each zone was asked to generate N12m by December 19. So, we are under pressure to deliver. That is the reality we are battling with.”
LASTMA spokesperson, Mahmud Hassan, said investigation had commenced to ascertain the cause of the incident. He, however, refuted the claim that the agency was mandated to generate revenue.
He said, “I can confirm his (Olatunji’s) death. We are still investigating and I will get back to you. The Lagos State Government did not set up LASTMA as a revenue generation agency. We are there to provide services to the good people of the state. So, we are not after generating revenue. What we are after is safety on Lagos roads and our men are professional. That is our primary duty and responsibility and that is what we have been doing day and night.
“No target is given to anybody. We are not compelled under any circumstance to meet certain target at a particular time of the month or year.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, in a text message, said the case was under investigation.
Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been rejected by the Nigerian Senate.
The Senate formally declined confirmation of his nomination for the position of the chairman of the anti-graft agency on Thursday, December 15, 2016 siting a negative security report from the country’s secret police.
The spokesperson for the upper legislative chamber, Aliyu Abdullahi, revealed this on Thursday afternoon after the senators emerged from a closed-door meeting where Mr. Magu’s confirmation was discussed. He was slated to be screen today.
“The Senate wishes to inform the public that based on available security report, the Senate cannot proceed with the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,” Abdullahi said.
“The nomination of Ibrahim Magu is hereby rejected and has been returned to the President for further action.”
President Muhammadu Buhari sent a letter to the Senate in July 2016 requesting that Ibrahim Magu, an assistant commissioner of police, be confirmed as the chairman of the EFCC.
The letter, also sought the confirmation of Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Imam, and Adeleke Rafiu as members of the commission.
Ibrahim Magu was appointed to replace the former ECFF chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, in an acting capacity in November 2015, after Lamorde was fired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Under Magu, the public image of the agency as a crime fighter, was tarnished after series of unlawful actions by the EFCC, disobedience to court orders, and gross violation of human rights of Nigerians.
Magu politicized his position and became known as the “hatchet man” for President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress.
A video posted by Punch shows hoe mobile policemen shot at the students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, on Friday, while protesting over the prolonged closure of the school.
South-East Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations, SBCHROs, has named detained Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as one of the three Igbo distinguished personalities of the year 2016.
SBCHROs also named Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, as the second and third Igbo distinguished personalities of the year.
Their names were contained in a statement issued by the group during the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights held recently in Onitsha, Anambra State. In the statement, leader of the groups, Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi said Kanu, in addition to the prestigious Prisoner-of-Conscience, PoC Award already bestowed on him, deserved to be an Igbo personality of the year in recognition of his non-violence and peaceful campaign for the emancipation of the Igbo race, using non-violence and peaceful means.
The group stated that while some states incurred over N500 billion debts, Anambra State, under Peter Obi, reduced its previous local and foreign debt to N11 billion and refused to borrow. The group noted that Ekweremadu was chosen as the third Igbo distinguished personality of the year 2016 on account of his bold and courageous disposition against all odds, since June 2015 in his capacity as the Deputy Senate President and highest Igbo federal lawmaker.
Kanu, Obi and Ekweremadu “He towered and withstood executive persecution and leprous treatment simply because he came from a federal opposition party and insisted that the Igbo race is too important in the Nigerian political landscape to be left out in the sharing of the principal leadership positions of the 8th National Assembly of Nigeria.
“He has also made an imprint in the defence of Igbo interests, in spite of threats and blackmails from the executive arm since June, 2015. “Ekweremadu’s position as it affects the collective interests of the Igbo race, particularly against the killings of innocent and defenceless Igbo citizens by security forces is very encouraging and endearing.”
PregnantStephanie Davis was rushed to hospital over fears her baby wasn’t moving.
The former Hollyoaks actress has revealed she suffered a terrifying health scare, which she claims was as a result of the stress from being left nasty voicemails.
“Catching up on some voicemails from last month. I really don’t get some people. SORRY then VILE.. Baffling,” she tweeted earlier this week.
Speaking about the effect they had on her, Stephanie said: “I was particularly worried about his [the baby’s] movement last week as he’s not been as active as usual.
“I thought he had just gone quiet because of everything we were going through but the doctor insisted it was better to be safe than sorry so we went to the hospital to get him checked out … Now I’m getting to the end of my pregnancy I’m experiencing all different types of pains and the stress definitely hasn’t helped.” More
A general overseer based in Lagos has given an incite into the many failures of the Buhari administration as well as the frustration these have caused As Nigeria slips deeper into recession, the general overseer of the Divine Appointment Ministry International, Ilupeju, Lagos, Reverend Ben Eragbai, has revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is only being saved by one factor.
Reverend Eragbai reveals what is still saving Buhari’s government.
The man of God made this known in a lengthy interview with The Sun stating that this is not the change Nigerians expected when they voted out Goodluck Jonathan. According to him, the country would have turned against the government because the recession has reached a boiling point.
The administration is being saved by the churches which have continued to give hope to the already hopeless situation, he said. Confirming that there is starvation everywhere in the country, the clergyman added: As a pastor, we are bearing the burden of the people, seeing what is happening now, where people are finding it hard to feed; some are equally not finding it easy paying transport fares to go to work.
“Many are thrown out of jobs and some cannot pay their house rents, as well as their children’s school fees. Unemployment rate has so much increased.“So far so good, I believe God is still on the throne. This is not the change that Nigerians asked for,” he said.
He added: “We had thought that before voting a person into office, he should have appraised the enormity of challenges he was going to face and prepared to paddle the economy.“Removing former President Goodluck Jonathan shouldn’t just be the achievement of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but meeting the needs of the people who are now staving and groaning over the excruciating poverty and suffering in the land, should be their strongest point.”
Eragbai slammed the government for deceiving Nigerians with the claim that the remaining Chibok girls would soon be released.“Based on what was promised, we thought that by now, it would have been a settled matter as all the girls, not just the 21, would have reunited with their parents. But it is not so.
How are the parents of these remaining girls feeling?“These girls were not criminals, they just went to school, but some criminal elements wanted to truncate their ambitions. How would the political leaders feel if those were their children?
The government has failed in this direction.”He complained about Nigeria’s current exchange rate saying the country was making its neighbours like Benin Republic and Ghana richer by the day.
‘Buhari is right, the change you are looking for begins there inside of you’The clergyman said: “The exchange rate is another sore point in this country. The dollar is hitting the rooftop everyday, while the naira is going down and down. We are making Benin Republic and Ghana, our neighbouring countries richer.
People are closing their factories in Nigeria and relocating to those countries.“Airlines are also toeing the same line. We have banned important of various items, but they are still finding their ways into the country through the land borders. We make other nations richer, as they are collecting taxes and tariffs for these items, but nothing comes to us. You banned all these items when there are no alternatives or substitutes.”
He said currently, the church has become the only hope of the people and wondered what would have happened if there were no churches in the country.
“People are hungry, they are jobless and if not for the church, the armored tanks, the guns etc, cannot stop the people from trooping out into the streets for a possible revolution,” he said adding that if the country’s economy is sound, the rate of crime would reduce.“I wonder how it would have been in Nigeria if there were no church.
The church is where people get hope and know that God is still on the thrown; that, if today is not rosy, tomorrow will be better. That is what still keeps the people at bay.
“The people are feeling very terrible. Prices of essential drugs are no more affordable; patients are being abandoned in the hospitals after discharge because there is no money to settle the hospital bill. This is not the change we bargained for,” he said