Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Africans, not France are the real World Cup winners – Venezuela President, Nicolas says

Africans, not France are the real World Cup winners – Venezuela President, Nicolas says

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro believes Africa and not France are the true winners of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Moscow, but with a team featuring quite number of players with African heritage.

“The French team seems like the African team, in reality Africa won, the African immigrants who arrived in France,” Maduro said at an event to celebrate police day in Venezuela on Monday

“How much have they despised Africa, and in the football World Cup, France won the trophy thanks to African players or the sons of Africans”

“There is enough racism in Europe against Africans, enough discrimination against migrants”

“Hopefully France and Europe will appreciate that us, southerners, Africans, Latin Americans, are worthy and powerful,” the Venezuelan leader said.

Two of France’s goalscorers against Croatia have African roots: Paul Pogba’s parents are from Guinea while Kylian Mbappe’s parents are Cameroonian and Algerian.

Of the players who started in the final, Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon, Blaise Matuidi’s parents are Angolan and Congolese, N’Golo Kante’s parents are Malian while Raphael Varane’s father is from the Caribbean island of Martinique.

Of the 23-man squad, 16 have African roots of some sort.
Femi Fani-Kayode: Weep Not For Fayose, Weep For Nigeria

Femi Fani-Kayode: Weep Not For Fayose, Weep For Nigeria

"When Fayose won in 2014, the whole of Ekiti erupted with joy. In 2018 the APC "won" and all the streets of Ekiti are looking so gloomy. The people are sad because their will has been truncated"- Adeolu Daramola.

My friend and brother, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, is not infallible. He is not an angel and like every other mortal, he has his own fair share of faults, excesses and shortcomings.

We do not agree on everything and neither do we always share the same opinion on matters of state and policy.

I should add this: some of his friends are my sworn enemies and some of my friends are his, yet nothing and no-one can come between us.

That is the nature of our covenant and deep bond which has its roots well above politics, which was borne through our shared love of the Living God and the Gospel of Christ and which was established and forged by the blood of Jesus.

Our differences in terms of style and approach only brings us closer and serves to make our friendship stronger. And despite his regular displays of strong emotions, what a profoundly good and insightful man he is.

In terms of courage, compassion, decency, the love of his people and a yearning for truth and justice he stands head above shoulder virtually every other political leader in the country.

And permit me to add this: even if I am the only one left in the country that is willing to do so, I will stand by him till the end.

That is the nature of the man that the Buhari administration robbed, beat, slapped, humiliated and insulted last week and that they are now planning to utterly destroy.

Yet despite the abysmal behaviour and shameless criminality of INEC, the ruling-APC and Buhari's minions during the conduct of the governorship election last saturday Fayose has nothing to be ashamed of and, in my view, he remains the epitomy of courage, truth, loyalty, decency, compassion and righteousness.

He stood for truth and he dared the powers that be in the name of the Most High God. Regardless of what we see today and what we witnessed on saturday, that God shall never forsake or leave him and in the end he will have the last laugh and be vindicated.

The bitter truth is that the Ekiti election was a sham. The APC paid 4000 naira for each vote that they got and, in collusion with INEC officials, they used the police and security agencies to drive away PDP agents and supporters from voting and collation centres. They also shut down the local television and radio stations to prevent the truth from being exposed.

This was a trago-comedy of the highest degree. As Josef Stalin, the dreaded Russian tyrant, once said, "the people who cast the votes decide nothing but the people who count the votes decide everything".

I say weep not for Fayose, Professor Kolapo Olusola (the PDP governorship candidate), or the PDP but rather weep for the good people of Ekiti state, Yorubaland and Nigeria.

Worst of all is the fact that the daylight robbery that took place on saturday is actually a test run for 2019.

Those that are laughing at Fayose and making jest of his misfortunes and his efforts to defend the true wishes and will of the Ekiti people will get their own at that time.

I say this because the beast that seeks to devour him and the people of Ekiti seeks to devour us all.

When the jihadists, herdsmen and members of Nigeria's "master race" start terrorising and butchering the good people of Ekiti state, the south-west and the south, just as they are already doing to the people of the Middle Belt, no-one should be surprised and neither should they complain because that is the nature of the beast that has broken the gate and forced itself into their land and homes.

Those that collected cash from the APC in return for their votes have unknowingly sold their souls, sovereignty, destiny independence and birthright to the agents and emissaries of satan in return for the rulership of a vicious and relentless cabal of vampires, demons, goblins and monsters who hail from a distant foreign land.

For a measly 4000 naira they have traded in their liberty and freedom in return for the dictates, whims and caprices of a wicked group of heartless and cruel men who take their orders and directives from a dark, sinister and blood-filled cauldron of sorcery and voodoo and a malevolent and accursed tattered old broom.

I have not mentioned any names but the creatures that I am referring to know who they are.

I have always said that Dr. Kayode Fayemi is my friend who I have known for many years and who I have always liked, respected and had a soft spot for.

The same goes for Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the former Governor of Ekiti state and the leader of the APC in Ekiti, who is not only a family friend of over 50 years standing but also a dear brother.

I do not bear any animosity towards either of the two or towards Senator Femi Ojudu, another friend of mine, who is also a strong APC leader in Ekiti state either.

However I consider those that they represent and who sent them to enslave the southewest and the people of the south with cattle colonies, herdsmen, cows, a Janjaweed ethos and a jihadist philosophy as my perpetual, mortal and eternal enemies before whom I can and will never bow.

That is where I draw the line and that is our only point of departure. Outside of that I have no malice for or axe to grind with any of the leaders of the APC in Ekiti state or indeed anywhere else in Yorubaland. We simply belong to different teams and and different political camps. And this is for good reason.

For those that doubt it let us consider our plight in Nigeria today. Insecurity is at its peak. The mass murder, ethnic cleansing and commission of genocide against innocent and defenceless Nigerians is unprecedented.

Our nation is more divided than ever before.  Our economy is in shambles and poverty stalks the land. The senior cadre of our Armed Forces are aggrieved because President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to appoint new Service Chiefs since the tenure of the old ones expired.

The democratic process has been subverted as votes are procured with public funds and electons are rigged with the apparatus of the state. People no longer see or believe that their PVC is their weapon because few believe that we can ever have a free and fair election in our country as long as Buhari remains in power. The list goes on and on and it is one lamentation after another.

Rev. Martin Luther King jnr. once said "to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it".

How right he was. And many in our nation today, out of fear, stupidity and cowardice, have chosen to simply ignore the evil that took place in Ekiti on saturday.

Yet even worse than them are those that have chosen to applaud the evil and celebrate it simply to spite Fayose. They forget that to applaud injustice is not only shortsighted and evil in itself but that it is also a graphic and singular manifestation of witchcraft and sorcery.

The truth is that those that delight in the suffering, misfortune and humiliation of others and that refuse to stand up and speak for the victims of injustice, wickedness and tyranny are doomed to failure and eternal shame and are best described as the children of darkness and the sons and daughters of perdition. They shall all burn in hell.

Many in our country are troubled by the many challenges that the Ekiti debacle has thrown up and even more understand and discern its solemn implications.

As examples of some of those concerns permit me to share the insighful words of two respected public commentators and discerning intellectuals about the implications of what happeed in Ekiti.

The first, Prince Otoks Dan Princewill, wrote the following.

"Is it not now clear? Who wants to know more? Who wants to be further schooled? This PVC matter needs a sincere government to function properly. We have in place a government that looks away as Nigerians are slaughtered. We have a government who moved in 30,000 officers to rig an election and has a Division sitting on its thumbs in a place less than an hour away where Nigerians are slaughtered in a killing orgy for days. We have a government who encouraged a police officer to slap and rough handle a Governor. We have a government that has appointed the entire security architecture from a section of the country. And yes, we have a country where conscience is for sale for 4000 naira and many say it is overpriced. We must therefore  retool. We must redirect and reset. We must match the bar to where things has been raised. We cannot afford to assume anything. As at now, count 2019 lost. Unless we retool. It is not about PVCs and registration. It is about so much more".

On his part Elder Michael Orobator wrote:

"We have Judases and pernicious traitors, Fulani slaves and useless idiots always at the beck and call of the internal colonisers in our ranks. I have said it before and FFK strongly reiterated same that the Fulani, most comfortable in situations of strife and warfare, will not leave us alone until we weed out the Fayemis, Oshiomoles, Oyeguns, Amaechis et al from our midst".

Can any reasonable person dispute the insightful assertions of these two elderly, wise, experienced and discerning men?

Permit me to conclude this contribution with the words of Peter "the Rock" himself. After the rape of democracy that took place in Ekiti state on July 12th he said:

"I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. I will laugh last.The President should note what the Bible says which applies to him. ‘He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.’ It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes".

These are strong and prophetic words from a Spirit-filled soldier of Christ and a courageous and strong lion of the realm.

He concluded by saying "Buhari's EFCC is threatening me, as if Buhari will remain in power forever. Is the EFCC the Court?"

How right he is!

May God deliver our nation and may He guide, lead, strengthen and vindicate Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose and the good people of Ekiti state.
APGA Supreme Court Judgment: Another resounding victory for democracy & the rule of law – Ikenna Mbazulike-Amechi

APGA Supreme Court Judgment: Another resounding victory for democracy & the rule of law – Ikenna Mbazulike-Amechi

A former member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Ikenna Mbazulike- Amechi has described the supreme court judgment of July 13, 2018, which has laid to rest the leadership crisis in APGA, as  another resounding victory for Democracy, an Rule of law.

Solomon Dalung Applauds 1 Family 1 Footballer Project

Solomon Dalung Applauds 1 Family 1 Footballer Project

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung is optimistic that Nigeria can become a global force in football and ultimately win the FIFA Men’s World Cup if football stakeholders can emulate the Anambra State Football Association’s  Chairman, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Shina Peller Pledges Purposeful Representation as he Flags Off 2019 NASS Campaign

Shina Peller Pledges Purposeful Representation as he Flags Off 2019 NASS Campaign

L-R: Ayobola Peller (Wife), Chief Shina Peller, Comedian Gbenga Adeyinka, OAP Leke Faleti, Lady Silifat Adedoyin Peller (Mother)
House of Representative Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon. Chief Shina Abiola Peller, has pledged purposeful representation of Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency if emerged as party candidate and eventually voted into office.

Ugwuanyi has exceeded UN Tax Revenue to GDP benchmark, says Joint Tax Board

Ugwuanyi has exceeded UN Tax Revenue to GDP benchmark, says Joint Tax Board

…commends him on effective IGR utilization for development

…calls on other Governors to emulate him

The Chairman of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), Mr. Tunde Fowler has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for putting in place a proficient and “unparalleled” tax regime, which has ensured that the state exceeded the 15 percent tax revenue to GDP benchmark suggested by the United Nations for the funding of budgets.

The JTB Chairman, who is also the Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) also applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for the unprecedented growth in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of Enugu State as well as the judicious utilization of the said funds for the rapid development of the state.

Fowler, who spoke during the 141st meeting of the board holding in Enugu, which had in attendance chairmen of the Board of Internal Revenue from the 36 states of the federation, also lauded the governor for his quality leadership, giant development strides in the state and “excellent” hospitality.

He, therefore, called on other governors to emulate Gov. Ugwuanyi’s measures in enhancing the efficiency and productivity of his state’s Board of Internal Service for improved revenue profile in their various states.

The chairman stated that the objective of the meeting, themed: “Leveraging on ICT for Efficient Tax Administration and Revenue Enhancements, Focusing on States IRS”, was to discuss tax matters and how to provide better services as well as “look at contracts executed with tax payers’ money”.

While further appreciating Gov. Ugwuanyi for his effective utilization of tax payers’ money for the rapid development of the state, Fowler advised the visiting Chairmen of BIR to share the experience with their governors, accordingly.

He said: “As you come to Enugu, you can see how tax monies were used. Following the testimony given by the Chairman of Board of Internal Revenue of Enugu State, Mr. Emeka Odo, as a good friend, all the Chairmen are supposed to have the copies of advance sheets to their Governors for them to see what was going on in Enugu State and how things are supposed to be done”.

He maintained that tax revenue is “no doubt the only means to ensure sustainable economic and social development”, emphasizing their role “as tax administrators to carry out our duties diligently to ensure that all the current tax revenue is collected as at when due”.

According to him, “looking at the figures of Enugu State, I would like to congratulate you (Ugwuanyi) that the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service is living up to its responsibilities in the area of increasing the state’s revenue base. It has exceeded this figure (UN 15% benchmark) already.

“The measures you have taken to enhance the efficiency of your Board in Enugu State are unparalleled. At this point, I call on other governors to do what is being done in Enugu State and if within six months we cannot see any difference, we will say something is wrong.

“But, I am sure these measures taken by the Enugu State Revenue Service if taken by other state governors, our revenue profile will improve tremendously”.

Declaring open the event, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who welcomed the participants to the state, disclosed that his administration, in realizing the need to reduce its dependence on the then dwindling statutory receipts from the Federation Account, “immediately embarked on the reform of public finances in the state to align with our developmental priorities and realities”.

The governor added that the state government also repositioned the state’s Internal Revenue Service through the appointment of a board of seasoned professionals; establishment of new Revenue Courts; enactment of the Land Use Assessment Appeal Tribunal Law; reorganization of the board to meet the required standards to deliver the desired results, etc.

“We are glad to report that these measures have made a tremendous impact on our revenue streams, enabling our IGR to peak at N22 billion last year in contrast to the N14 billion we collected in the whole of the 2016 fiscal year”, he added.

Gov. Ugwuanyi noted his administration’s prudent management of the state’s financial resources was responsible for the numerous “unprecedented development programmes” it has implemented so far to make life more meaningful for the people. He stressed that with the lean receipts from the Federation accounts, the state government has continued to pay workers’ salaries on or before 25th of every month; paid all civil servants the 13th month salary as Christmas Bonus and the June salaries despite the non-receipt of the FAAC allocation for the month.

The governor also used the occasion to appeal to JTB Chairman to intervene on the over N18 billion debt in back duty taxes collectively owed the Enugu State government by federal institutions and agencies, namely; the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH); the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN); the Federal Orthopedic Hospital Enugu; the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Enugu; the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu; the Project Development Institute (PRODA), Enugu; the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the National Examination Council (NECO).

Other speakers such as the Executive Secretary of JTB, Sir Oseni Elamah mni and Chairman of Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, Prince Emeka Odo also hailed Gov. Ugwuanyi’s good governance and commitment to the success story of the revenue board. #amokelouis