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2015 Election: Buhari Denies Arab Countries Sponsorship

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All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has denied any financial link with any Arab country in aid of his electioneering.

Also on Wednesday, Buhari’s campaign organisation made some readjustments in its structure by appointing Garba Shehu, a media aide to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, as the new Head of Media and Publicity for the campaign team.
Shehu will now take over from a former Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Dele Alake, who has been operating in that capacity.

Buhari’s denial came through his Chief of Staff, Col. Hamid Ali (rtd), who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday during an interactive session with several groups supporting the Buhari presidential bid. 

When asked to confirm whether Buhari would also be funded by some Arab countries, as it was reported, Ali said: “It is not true. I am part of the campaign; I am in the centre of it and I don’t know of any Arab man that has spoken to us. So it is untrue, it is false.”

Speaking also on the controversy over Buhari’s academic qualifications, Ali said the former head of state went through the military training and got admitted into schools in the UK, adding that if Buhari does not have the required qualifications, he would not in the first place be admitted as a cadet.

“So, from that time on, he has gone through so many courses and so many training, and I am surprised that today at 72 somebody is talking about the issue of certificate, after he has run for three presidential elections, and this is the fourth one.

“So, why is it today that someone is talking about credentials? What did INEC use to clear him before now?” he queried.

Meanwhile, the various campaign support groups under the aegis of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) on Wednesday said their fund-raising efforts, known as Buhari Crowd-Funding Initiative had so far yielded a total of N118, 702, 265. 36.

While addressing the gathering, the convener of the meeting of the Buhari Support Groups, Ali, said the tracking of the campaign fund being raised by the groups is in keeping with Buhari’s avowed commitment to accountability and transparency.

He explained that the sum of N54 million was realised as at December 24, 2014, while an additional N64,702,265.36 was contributed to the fund as at Wednesday.
Ali further said the intention of the interactive session was to examine the challenges being encountered by the support groups in the fields and how best to achieve their target of installing an APC government at the centre.

“As the campaign enters its crucial stage, just about five weeks to the February 14 presidential election, it is important we review the activities of over 85 Buhari support groups that are operating under the umbrella of the Buhari Support Organisation with over eight million individual members across Nigeria, going by our records.

“We do not have the budget in the sense that in the Buhari’s camp, we believe that our goodwill will work for us. We need this money because if we have to go to the press, we need money for advertisements, so we want as much money as we can gather. We don’t want to sit down and say we want to spend N21 billion because we don’t have that money but we want to spend what we can have in our hands for the progress of the campaign,” he said.

When asked to tell Nigerians whether the campaign team would rely only on the money they raised to carry out the campaign, Ali said: “Buhari has said that he will organise a launch to get funds, purposely from the lower people because he wants the commitment of the people and to remember when he gets to the office that it is the sweat of the people that got him there and by that he will be more committed to serve them.”

He confirmed that the campaign team is also getting money from other sources who might not necessarily buy card before donating to the course, adding that if such money is deposited into the account and the source is known they would also make it known to the public.

“Today’s interactive session with you leaders of various groups supporting the election of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is to give you an update on the progress we have made in our mobilisation work across the country through your patriotic efforts and also to let you know how much we have raised through our crowd funding efforts via sales of BSO cards and direct donations to BSO First Bank Account.

“We salute the courage and commitment of Nigerians across ethnic and religious divides who desire true change and confidence in the ability of Gen. Buhari to provide the leadership that will secure our nation and prosper our people,” he said.
Beyond the assurance of receiving no Arab funding, the campaign organisation re-iterated its resolve to run an issue-based campaign and not engage in personality attack.

At the inauguration of his presidential campaign, President Jonathan had advised his campaign handlers to focus on issue-based campaign devoid of personal attacks on political opponents.

Reacting to Jonathan’s advice, Buhari’s campaign organisation said it was more than pleased to focus the 2015 election campaign on issues.

According to a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of the campaign organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, the security challenges have put the Jonathan administration out of its depth, and that the government has run out of ideas.

The APC campaign organisation said the purported improvements of the economy are merely on paper and only reminiscent of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.
It said no government could boast of improving the economy when the quality of life for the majority of the citizens is getting rapidly worse.

The statement noted that “you can’t run an economy on unworkable economic thieves that haven’t impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians in practice”.

It wondered how a government that strikes deals with corrupt persons in return for political support should preach about issue-based campaign, adding that on all the issues facing Nigerians, the PDP has failed the citizens.

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See How much Nigeria President (Goodluck Ebele Jonathan) earns as salary.

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Over the last 4 years, President Goodluck Jonathan has pocketed N4.323 billion as salary.

In the same vein, he had within the last three years,paid N626.422 million as tax to the country.

The years which the president earned the salary and paid the tax, according to document from the Federal Inland Revenue Service he released to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were 2011,2012 and 2013.

The document showed that the president yearly salary stands at N14, 410, 290. 48 yearly.

The document tagged: “To whom it may concern”, indicated that the president’s source of income was “employment”.

The clearance which was stamped and received in the Legal Services Department of INEC on December 18 2014 reads: “This is to certify that Dr. JONATHAN, Ebele Goodluck (Presidency) has paid income tax assessment for the past three years.

Meanwhile, the Code of Conduct Bureau has cleared Vice President Namadi Sambo to contest the 2015 general elections.

The letter of clearance was issued by the chairman of CCB, Mr. Sam Saba, to Sambo for the 2011 general elections.

It reads: “This is to certify that Arc. Namadi Sambo, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has never breached any of the Code of Conduct for public officers as contained in 5th schedule to (sic) the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (1999), and has been declaring his assets as and when due.
He is therefore cleared to contest the 2011 Presidential election.”

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Buhari Is A ‘Semi-Illiterate Jakput’ – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party has advised Nigerians not to vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, because he is “semi-illiterate.”

APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari

Sahara Reporters made it known that the statement was made by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo during a meeting of the party in the diaspora at the party’s headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

Oladipo was quoted saying:

“But I know that God loves this country so much. “God has decided that this country will remain indivisible and has decided that this country will continue to wax stronger.”God has decreed it that we continue to pilot the affairs of this country and continue to implement the transformation agenda. “They have passed through a motion and endorsed their perennial candidate. We have beaten him three times, we are going to beat him once again.

“The next election is going to be between darkness and light, it is going to be between a cross cosmopolitan highly-focused Ph.D holder and a semi-literate jakput. “Nigeria cannot afford to go back, we will continue to move forward.”

Urging the representatives of various chapters to understand that they will be called upon to enlighten Nigerians on the programmes of the PDP wherever they reside in the world, Oladipo said:

“You will also be called upon to counter negative propaganda that the APC is making against our party and our country in different countries of this world.

“Of course, we are not perfect but our mission is perfect. We mean well for this country and we believe the country should continue to be one and that we should be a market-driven economy while at the same time, providing succor for the weak. “

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MONEY SPEAKING!! Politicians And Business Men Raise N21Bn for Jonathan’s Re-election

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last night demonstrated why it is the largest political party in Africa

as its fund raising dinner towards President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in 2015 generated over N21 billion.
Donors at the fund raiser, which held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, included businessmen/women, multinational organizations, PDP governors and individuals.
Mr. Tunde Ayeni, who was chairman of the event, opened the set the ball rolling with a donation of N2 billionn on behalf of himself and unnamed friends while a prominent businesswoman and friend of the First Family, Hajiya Bola Shagaya and her friends donated the sum of N5 billion.
The PDP Governors Forum donated N1.05billion. Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, who spoke on behalf of the governors, said 21 governors of the party donated N50m each.
Some of the other donations on the night are: Oil and Gas sector, N5bn; Transport and Aviation, N1bn; Food and Agriculture, N500m; Power, N500m; Construction, N310m; Road Construction, N250m; those in Real Estate and Building donated N4bn; National Automotive Association, N450m; Shelter Development Limited, N250m; PDP Rivers State stakeholders, N50million; Emzor Pharmaceuticals, N50m; the NDDC governing board, N15m; auto sector, N450m and PDP youth group, N50m.
Speaking at the occasion, Chairman of the fundraiser committee and former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, who donated N5billion on behalf of himself and his friends, warned that the 2015 general elections would not be a walk over and urged the party not to underestimate their opponents.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a brief remark thanked the donors and pledged that the funds raised would be judiciously utilised.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, in his speech reiterated that “Power and glory come from God” adding that “those who have won should involve everybody in their campaigns in order to make them family campaigns”.
Present at the event were Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, PDP governors, Ministers and the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Antony Anenih.
The huge donations, according to the Electoral Act, contravenes the law.
Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution prohibits a State Government from contributing to the election expenses of any candidate or aspirant.
The Electoral Act Section 91 (90 of the Code of conduct for Political Parties and Elections limits individual donations and contributions to a maximum of N1m.
Also, the Electoral Act, Section 91, criminalizes contravention of limitation on election expenses.
A presidential Candidate, who knowingly contravenes it, is liable to a maximum fine of N1, 000,000.00 or imprisonment for a period of 12 months or both.

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84-Year-Old’s Date With Teen Twins Turns Into Nightmare: Cops

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An 84-year-old New Yorker’s date with two 17-year-old twin sisters ended with the senior citizen tied up and robbed, according to police.

The New York Times reports that Paul Aronson met up with 17-year-old Shaina Foster last month through SeekingArrangement.com, a sugar daddy site that bills itself as a place “where beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships,” according to the Times.

After a first date, Shaina brought her twin sister Shalaine along to the second. The trio dined at an “expensive restaurant” and then Aronson invited them back to his apartment for a drink, court documents said.

That’s when Shaina told authorities things got out of hand.

“He asked to do things I wasn’t going to do,” she told Detective Darryl Ng. “He is ugly, old and disgusting. I tied him up. I took his money and left. He was starting to creep me out.”

The New York Daily News reports that the sisters allegedly tied Aronson up with zip ties, stole $420 worth of cash from his wallet and took his credit card. They then went on a shopping spree and bought makeup, police said.

Shaina Foster told authorities she was surprised Aronson called police.

“The old man reported me? I don’t understand why he reported me,” she said, according to court documents.

The New York Post reports that on Wednesday, Shalaine Foster’s lawyer said his client was brought along by her sister and didn’t take part in any of the crimes her sister allegedly committed.

“There’s always that story of the good twin and the bad twin, who goes right and who goes wrong,” Brian Kennedy said. ”​My client Sh​alaine was always going right but it seems she got caught up in something that was not of her making.”

The pair are charged with kidnapping, burglary, robbery, assault and grand larceny. They are being held without bail.

The age of consent in New York is 17, which may at least partially explain why Aronson isn’t facing any charges.

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Here’s What A Soldier Sentenced To Death For Mutiny Had To Say On Facebook

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54 Nigerian soldiers were sentenced to death on Wednesday after they had refused to fight Boko Haram earlier in the year, and took up arms against their superiors.

The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August. They will face a firing squad but when that will happen is not certain.

According to a report by Linda Ikeji, one of the soldiers sentenced to death put this on his facebook page.

“Hello ladies and gentlemen. I am a solider and I am sentenced to death by the Nigerian army. Cause we did not go to fight boko haram without equipment. We ask for weapons instead dem gave [give] us death sentence.”

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54 more soldiers sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny

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54 soldiers including two Corporals, nine Lance Corporals and 49 Private soldiers attached to the 7 Division Nigerian Army in Maiduguri Borno state have been sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny by a court marshal that sat in Abuja today Wednesday December 17th. The soldiers were convicted on a a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny.

According to the charge sheet, the soldiers conspired to commit mutiny against their superior at the 7 Division on August 4 at the Mulai Primary School camp, opposite AIT Maiduguri, Borno state.

Captain  J.E. Nwosu, an army Captain who is the prosecutor in the case, told the marshal panel that the accused soldiers had on August 4, in Maiduguri, refused to join the 111 Special Forces Battalion troops, commanded by Timothy Opurum, a Lieutenant Colonel for an operation which was meant to recapture Delwa, Bulabulin and Damboa in Borno State from members of Boko Haram.

Captain J.E Nwosu in his submission said the offence is punishable under Section 52(1) (a) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The commander of the 111 Special Forces, Lt.-Col. Opurum, while testifying before the panel as a witness, said in the recapture operation, only 4 officers and 29 soldiers participated in that particular operation with other soldiers hesitant to participate.

This brings to 66 the number of soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny. Their sentencing however is to be ratified by senior military authorities.

Source: Premium Times

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Army Commander Writes A Powerful Letter To President Jonathan

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A commanding officer stationed northeast Nigeria  gives a detailed account in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, on several troubling issues plaguing troops combating the islamist terror group Boko Haram in the region

The officer stated that, corruption, maladministration, lack of resources and troops motivation has militated against a successful campaign to end Boko Haram’s deadly reign of terror in the northeast.

The officer’s lengthy complaint which he claims would lead to a threat to his life forewarns that if his pleas continue to be ignored by the country’s leadership that both the Nigerian Army and the country will crumble under the insurgency.

“If all issues raised in this letter are not urgently addressed, the Nigerian Army will soon be history and by implication there will be no country called Nigeria,” the officer gravely states. “No country without a strong army will survive.”

Below is the full text of the officer’s letter addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan

PLEASE MR PRESIDENT SAVE THE MILITARY AND NIGERIA FROM COLLAPSING

  1.    Sir, I am constrain to write you this letter which I consider it a matter of more than great importance for me to inform you and put to record issues that are happening in the North East (Operation Zaman Lafiya). I choose this medium to write you this open letter because I have written similar letter but no action was taking which I believe some forces have blocked it are now after my life. Sir I have served in 7 Division as staff officer and presently I am the commanding officer of 103Bn in the field. My combined wealth of experience as a staff officer and now commanding officer are the disturbing fact that necessitated me to write you this letter. While as a staff officer, I was among those who believed that the commanders in the field are not doing well. But presently, as a commander in the field, I found out that it is not the fault of any commander that the defeat of the so called BOKO HARAM (BH) has not been achieved.

  2.    First and foremost sir, the Nigerian Army is poorly equipped in the North East, if all the battalions are well-equipped as required; it will not take the Army more than two weeks to flush out the BH. Presently there are four units in my location here in KONDUGA including 21 Armoured Brigade HQ. If all the units are provided with all their requirements, we can advance and flush out BH out of North East. Mr. President sir, the Nigerian Army is well-trained and capable of defending our nation. It has demonstrated the capacity to even successfully enforce peace in other nations. Why not in our own country Nigeria?

  3.    The fact about NE operation is that we are poorly equipped, understaffed, high corruption from Army Headquarters down to battalion level. Commanders see it as opportunity to make money. My predecessor has complained of the same problem. Instead of ASA addressing the issue raised by him, the army authorities decided to Court Martialled him. All the units in NE are understaffed, but on payroll their strength are complete just to collect more allowances than what each unit is supposed to. The commanders see it as a personal money making venture rather than taking care of men and equipment. This ugly trend led to loss of many officers and soldiers and thereby having adverse effect on the moral (sic) of troops. Majority of soldiers in the operation area wear mufti (civil cloths) under their military uniforms in case there is an attack and the troops cannot withstand the BH, they found it easy to disguise as civilians to enable them escape. This is not the traditional practice in the NA. Though it is lack of adequate equipment and poor administration from the higher authority that resulted to this ugly trend by our troops

  4.    Sir, another bad and unprofessional act is that soldiers don’t take to orders from their superior officers because they have lost confidence/trust from them. The case of former General Officer Commanding 7 Division Major General A. Mohammed is enough evidence to show that all is not well in the Nigerian Army. It will interest you to note that worse cases has been recorded before that of the former GOC and more are still happening, but nobody is ready to investigate the root cause of problems facing the troops in the field.

  5.    This brings me to a recent occurrence which is my main purpose of writing this letter. As I mentioned earlier, due to the failure of the authority to address issues that I made mentioned, when a unit is attacked and overran by the BH not because the soldiers are unable to fight, but lack of weapons, ammunitions and communications equipment, the soldiers on many occasions will ran away, and a commander cannot stand and fight alone as a result of this. Presently seventy percent of commanders in the NE are facing Court Martial due to the reasons mentioned. We the commanding officers are very worried over this development. This is because we many soon find our self as victims of this maladministration from our higher authorities.

  6.    There is no sincerity in this operation; this is because the present acting GOC has never visited any location outside Maiduguri town not to talk of principal staff officers in Army Headquarters or even the COAS. But we keep on hearing all sorts of lies that Generals are leading the fight against BH. These are facts that can be confirmed from officers and soldiers in this operation including those in the 7 Division Headquarters. The GOC is so afraid that even with the Divisional Headquarters; he doesn’t go out and always locked himself inside his office. Infact it is a common knowledge among officers and soldiers in this operation that the acting GOC is here to make his money and earn his promotion to the detriment of the operation. The completion of his mansion at No 8 Gwamna Road in Kaduna which the GOC ignorantly disclosed that when he completed it, will be among the best houses in Kaduna, has turned to be a subject of discussion among troops

  7.    The former 21 Armored Brigade commander is facing Court Martial today because the acting GOC does not want to see him and his garrision in Maiduguri town simply because of the huge monthly allocations from the Borno State government to the brigade garrision. He wanted to be collecting his money by using 7 Div Garrison, but in reality 7 Div Garrision does not have troops to claim such money. It is worthy to note that the GOC received 33,000litres of AGO and PMS each, 600 bags of rice monthly from Borno State government. All these items are diverted for his personal use.

  8.    Recently the newly appointed 21 Brigade commander lead 3 units to flush out the BH, that operation was successful, almost 300 BH were killed, weapons and vehicles were recovered from them, in the process the troops exhausted their ammunitions from the Div, the GOC simply replied that there was no ammunition this made all the troops to withdraw back to KONDUGA.

  9.    Presently more than 3000 officers and soldiers are either killed in action, deserted, captured as POW or on AWOL. But due to lack of proper administration the army directed that their salary should be stopped. This affect the families of those that are either genuinely killed in action or captured as Prisoners of War. It has also affected some of the troops that are still participating in this operation.

  10.  Mr. President sir, if all issues raised in this letter are not urgently address, the Nigerian Army will soon be history and by implication there will be no country called Nigeria. No country without strong army will survive. I decided to write you this letter because the life of officers and soldiers trusted in my care are no longer save. My life is also at the stake because the NA authority as usual will say I have communicated directly to you as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and may sanction me. As a citizen of this country and a commander in the operational area, with all the points I have mentioned in this letter, it is clearly that the Military authorities have failed the country, as such they should be held liable for their misdeeds. I have consulted seasonal constitutional lawyers if writing you this letter will be an offence, but they said it is my constitutional right to inform the C in C about what is happening in the NE and within the military which if not address will affect the survival of Nigeria.

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I Want To Crush Boko Haram But Some People Are Frustrating Me – Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday admitted his frustration with the Federal Government’s efforts to tackle insecurity in some parts of the country, which he described as being hampered by sabotage.

The President described the alleged sabotage as a frustration, occurring both internally and externally.

But he did not elaborate on whether the saboteurs are in the government or in the military.

Addressing a delegation which was led by an actor, Segun Arinze,

Jonathan said, “One of our greatest challenges is this insecurity.

We have our frustrations, we have issues of sabotage: internal and external, but we are working very hard and by the grace of God, we will overcome.”

Despite the setback, however, the President assured his visitors that the efforts being put into the war by his government would soon yield positive result.

He admitted that apart from insecurity, the country is faced with challenges of infrastructure but assured that they are all surmountable.

He assured that his administration was committed to improving the situation in the areas of transportation, aviation, ports, roads and power infrastructure.

While lauding members of the entertainment industry for creating positive image for the country, Jonathan regretted that most politicians only generate negative issues.

He said, “Somebody may just look at you as entertainers but you are much more than just the entertainment industry because you create a positive image for Nigeria.

Most of us politicians are just busy generating negative issues. Everyday, they talk about corruption, governance and other issues.

It is you that pump the positive news into the system.”

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Man Dies After Consuming 8 Cans Of Bullet Drink To Win N1,600

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A man identified as Elijah Nwankwo from Ikwo local Government Area of Ebonyi state has allegedly died after drinking eight cans of Bullet Energy.

The deceased consumed the drinks as a result of betting.

A source disclosed that the deceased had on Thursday, boasted to drink the cans and smile home with the sum of N1600, which was put for a bet by one Chikwado Nchionu.

The police spokesman in Enugu State, Ebere Amaraizu, DSP, who confirmed the incident said that the deceased became weak and went into coma after taking the drinks.

“He was consequently rushed to the Mother of Christ Hospital Enugu, where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

His body has also been deposited at the hospital mortuary for necessary action”, Amaraizu further stated.

In another development, operatives of Udi division of the Enugu State police command have nabbed two armed robbery suspects that specializes in terrorizing commuters plying Udi/ozalla road.

The suspects, who gave their names as Chikwado Oyii of Umuoka village and Daniel Udeh of Amagu village were nabbed by the police through the partnership of the members of the neighbourhood watch group in Udi.

The suspects were about blocking the road to commence their robbery activities before they were arrested.

One single barreled gun, one live cartridge, one battle axe, a pair of slippers, handsets and a lady’s bag containing clothes were recovered from the hoodlums.

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