Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated the Muslim Umah on the successful completion of fasting during the Holy month of Ramadan, charging insurgents to sheath their sword in adherence to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed.
In a press release by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun admonished adherents of Islam to continue to pray for peace and stability of the nation, particularly during this trying period.
The governor, who noted that lslam is a religion of peace, enjoined those behind the bombings in parts of the country to sheath their sword in the spirit of the season and in adherence to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed so as to find peaceful means to express their grievances.
“As Muslims, we must not allow the significance of the season to be lost on us. We have fasted and prayed in the Holy month for Nigeria so that the nation can overcome its current challenges. I enjoin you all to continue to demonstrate this spirituality as you support and show love to one another,” he said.
Amosun wished the Muslim Ummah a joyous celebration.
A marriage proposal right on stage by the CEO of Praiseworld Radio, Tola Omoniyi, to his fiancée, Mabel Okorafor, a moving tribute to Kefee and a total of 29 awards were the highlights of the Crystal Gospel Awards 2014 which held at the MUSON Centre, Lagos, on the night of Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Our prayers are with those that lost their lives, wounded and saved from the hands of terrorists. Our Country is going through some challenges, the newly appointed Ambassador at Large, Dr. Bamanga Tukur condemned in its entirety the killings of innocent lives and attacked on political and religious leaders in the country.
There is no religion that support or incite their followers to such barbaric acts within any community or nation.
Our prayers goes to the families of the bereaves and thank God for his mercies and protections on the lives of former Head of States General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi amongst others.
Our heart goes to those that were injured and maimed by the twin bombings in this Holy Month of Ramadan in kaduna which is totally against the teaching and preaching Islam.
I called on all good citizens of this great country to find a ground to unite against such violence and work towards greater peace for all in Nigeria.
Office of the SA Special
DON’T BLAME ME FOR YOUR PARTY’S SELF-INFLICTED WOES – PRESIDENT JONATHAN TELLS BUHARI
We have noted with much surprise and regret, the statement issued by General Muhammadu Buhari today in which he made some wild and totally unsustainable allegations against President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Although he tries very hard to deny it in the statement titled “Pull Nigeria Back From the Brink”, there can be no doubt that General Buhari has sadly moved away from the patriotic and statesmanlike position he recently adopted on national security, which President Jonathan publicly commended, and has now reverted to unbridled political partisanship.
There can be no other explanation or justification for the completely unwarranted and very uncharitable assault on the conduct and integrity of President Jonathan which the statement he issued today represents.
General Buhari’s main grouse which clearly motivated his ill-considered statement appears to be what he called “the gale of impeachments or the utilisation of desperate tactics to suffocate the opposition and turn Nigeria into a one-party state”.
It is most unfortunate that instead of working to put their house in order and resolve the leadership crises and internal contradictions that have plunged their party into a downward spiral, General Buhari and his opposition allies have resorted to blaming a blameless President for their woes.
The processes for impeaching an elected Governor are clearly stipulated in the National Constitution which Nigeria has operated since 1999. The President of Nigeria is not assigned any role in that process and President Jonathan has certainly not played any role in the recent impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa or in the impeachment drama currently being played out in Nasarawa State.
For the record, President remains fully committed to upholding the letters, principles and spirit of the Nigerian Constitution as he has sworn, and defending the rule of law and integrity of the democratic process with all his might.
General Buhari talks about anarchy. He needs to be reminded that President Jonathan from his humble beginnings as a Deputy Governor in Bayelsa state to date, has never in his acts, or utterances, recommended or promoted violence as a tool of political negotiation.
Contrary to whatever General Buhari and his new friends may imagine, President Jonathan fully respects the rights, powers, authority and independence of elected representatives of the people, including the members of the state assemblies who have concluded or initiated impeachment proceedings against their state governors on grounds which they consider justifiable.
The constitution does not give the President any power to intervene in such proceedings and President Jonathan has never arrogated such powers to himself or sought to exert any nefarious and unconstitutional influence on state assemblies in Adamawa, Nasarawa or anywhere else in order to secure undue political advantage for his party as General Buhari unjustifiably alleges.
President Jonathan remains true to his declaration that no political ambition of his is worth the life of a single Nigerian. The President has definitely not declared war on his own country or deployed federal institutions in the service of partisan interests as General Buhari falsely claims. Neither has he been using the common wealth to subvert the system and punish the opposition, as the former Head of State inexcusably asserts.
Also, President Jonathan has never at any time ordered that any Nigerian should be kidnapped or that anyone should be crated and forcefully transported in violation of decent norms of governance.
We therefore urge General Buhari to tarry a while, ponder over his own antecedents and do a reality check as to whether he has the moral right to be so carelessly sanctimonious.
It may well be time to pull the brakes, as General Buhari says in his statement, but it is he and others who have resorted to idle scapegoating and blaming President Jonathan for their self-inflected political troubles who need to stop their inexcusable partisanship and show greater regard for the truth, democracy, constitutionalism, the rule of law, peace, security and the well-being of the nation.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 21, 2014
Whoever it was that shot down Malaysian Airline flight MH 17 which was carrying innocent civilians through the skies of eastern Ukraine whilst on it’s way from Amstersdam to Melbourne on 17 July 2014 has indulged in an act of exceptional barbarity.
This was a horrendous act of pure savagery and evil. The consequences of indulging in such a course of action for those that were involved in it will be far -reaching and devastating. As far as the unfolding and ugly events in Eastern Ukraine are concerned this episode is a real game changer.
The question that is on everyone’s lips is who was behind it? The western and particularly the American media and international news networks have already provided an answer to that question and they would have us all believe their own version of events and accept their understanding of the narrative.
Yet things are never as simple as they appear to be when it comes to such matters. As Count Von Clauzwitz once said, ”truth is always the first casualty in war”. Concerning the shooting down of this plane I urge everyone to think deeply about who was really behind it and I urge them not to accept what they are being fed by the western news agencies and western governments blindly.
There are a number of relevant and pertinent questions that still need to be answered before we can come to any definitive position about who the culprits really were. For example who stood to gain the most from shooting down the plane and why is the fact that the plane had been escorted by Ukrainian fighter jets been unreported by the western mainstream news networks.
Why, unlike others, did the Malaysian Airlines plane fly at 33,000 feet over a war zone where other airlines refused to fly? Were they given assurances by someone or some people who actually sought to set them up?
Why did they change their original flight path at the last minute and venture dangerously into troubled and what were clearly dangerous skies? Was this really due to bad weather or was it because they were advised to do so by some external force or authority?
What about the very serious allegation that is consistently being made on Russian, Chinese and Iranian television that the target of the ground to air missile was actually President Putin who was flying somewhere close to the area at the time and that the whole thing was actually an assassination attempt against Putin by the Ukrainian government and their American allies.
Why is that aspect of the whole episode not being reported on the western international news networks? What does the Spanish Air controller have to gain by lying when he asserted that the plane was actually shot down by the Ukrainian government, which is America and Europe’s ally and the arch enemy of the pro-Russian Eastern Ukrainian separatists and the Russian Federation.
The motive would simply be to discredit the Russians and the East Ukrainian pro-Russian forces and create a pre-text for greater NATO involvement in the unfolding events in Eastern Ukraine. Simply put this whole episode brings us one step closer to a full scale war in the Ukraine and eastern Europe between Russia and her allies on the one hand and America and her allies on the other.
According to many conspiracy theorists, like the respected David Icke, who believe that the Illuminati’s goal is to use America to control the entire world and that the ultimate objective is to eventually establish a ”new world order” with a ”one world government” such a war is actually what many of the more powerful covert forces that are secretly operating behind the scenes in the west and particularly America actually want.
There are so many unanswered questions in this matter. Again is there any link between this tragic episode and the one involving the missing Malaysian Airline MH 370. This was the plane which apparently vanished into thin air from the skies with no trace whlist it was on it’s way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing just a few months ago?
Can one airliner be so unlucky and is it just a coincidence or is there more to it? Eventually the truth will unfold and all these questions will be answered. It is at that time that the world will see for themselves who the real deceivers, butchers and monsters are in this and so many other matters.
It is the same people that tried to convince us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, who told us that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against it’s own people and who created Osama Bin Ladin and who used and funded him to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan for many years.
It is the same people who shot down an Iranian passenger plane ”by mistake” in the 1980’s killing hundreds of innocent civilians, who killed over 200,000 people in Baghdad in three days of bombing, who fought an illegal war against Iraq, who destroyed Egypt, Libya and Syria, who dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, who fought an unnecessary and illegitimate war in Vietnam, who assisted in the undermining and removal of a democratically-elected President in the Ukraine, who set up a puppet regime in Georgia and who looked the other way as 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered in three months in Rwanda.
It is the same people who installed and supported many brutal military dictatorships in South America and Africa for many years, who orchestrated a terrible war between Iran and Iraq, who prop up undemocratic feudal systems and governments in the Arab Gulf states, who tolerated apartheid in South Africa for many decades.
It is the same people that were secretly behind 9/11 and that used that horrific event to justify their intention to institute regime change Afghanistan, to invade and corner the oil fields of Iraq and to threaten the borders of Iran. It is the same people that secretly orchestrated and covertly organised the cold-blooded murder, in the most brutal circumstances, of Muammar Ghadaffi, Patrice Lumumba, Sylvanus Olympio, Thomas Sankara, Murtala Mohammed, Salvador Allende, Robin Cooke, Princess Diana, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, John F, Kennedy, Anwar Sadat, Martin Luther King, MKO Abiola, Sani Abacha and many other leaders and notable individuals that in one way or the other offended their sensibilities.
It is the same people that refused to designate and label Boko Haram as a terrorist organisation up until late last year even though that evil organisation had butchered over 15,000 innocent Nigerians as at that time. It is the same people that have manipulated the ugly events in Pakistan and Afghanistan and that have killed more innocent civilians in secret drone attacks than they care to admit.
It is the same people who, through their ally and puppet Saudi Arabia and their salifist friends, covertly supported islamist terror and barbaric islamist militias like the Al Nosra Front and ISIS more than anyone else and who have brought sheer chaos and destabilised and removed more governments in north Africa, eastern Europe and the Middle East than any other in world history. It is the same people that have consistently undermined the security of the State of Israel in the most subtle and deceitful manner whilst pretending to be a friend and ally of the Jews.
It is the same people that believe in and support homosexual marriage and same-sex unions and that have sought to impose their patently anti-Christ and humanist values and philosophies on the rest of the world in the name of ”yes we can” and liberalism.
It is the same people that believe that the world does not need God, that have banned prayer in their public schools and that believe that they are now the new gods of this strange and unfolding new world.
It is the same people that believe that the end justifies the means and that they can do anything to further their evil agenda no matter how horrendous and no matter what the cost is in human lives.
It is the same people that tell you that they don’t believe in barbaric behavior, butchery, human sacrifice and the systematic and well-orchestrated massacre of innocent civilians but that actually indulge and encourage it in various parts of the world on a regular basis.
Need I say any more? May God save the world and humanity from these demons that are working for the dark forces.
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said Monday in Abuja that the notion that the Federal Government has not been doing enough to find and rescue the abducted Chibok girls, is very wrong and misplaced.
Speaking at an audience with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Girl-Child Education Campaigner, President Jonathan said that the Federal Government was definitely doing everything possible to ensure that the girls were rescued alive and safely returned to their parents.
He however explained to Malala, who was accompanied by her father and other members of her Foundation, that the Federal Government’s efforts were constrained by the overriding imperative of ensuring that the girls’ lives are not endangered in any rescue attempt.
“Terror is relatively new here and dealing with it has its challenges. The great challenge in rescuing the Chibok girls is the need to ensure that they are rescued alive,” President Jonathan said, stressing that the Federal Government and its security agencies were very mindful of the need to avoid the scenario in rescue attempts in other parts of the world where lives of abductees were lost in the effort to rescue them.
The President said that this challenge notwithstanding, the Federal Government was very actively pursuing all feasible options to achieve the safe return of the abducted girls.
“The time it is taking to achieve that objective is not a question of the competence of the Nigerian Government. We have had teams from the United States, Britain, France, Israel and other friendly nations working with us here on the rescue effort and they all appreciate the challenges and the need to thread carefully to achieve our purpose,” he said.
The President told Malala who met yesterday with some parents of the abducted girls that he fully empathized with their pain and anguish. He said that he would meet with the parents himself before they left Abuja to personally comfort them and reassure them that the Federal Government was doing all within its powers to rescue their daughters.
President Jonathan reiterated his Administration’s commitment to ensuring the safe and proper education of all Nigerian children.
“I personally believe that since about 50 per cent of our population are female, we will be depriving ourselves of half of our available human resources if we fail to educate our girls adequately or suppress their ambitions in any way. We are therefore taking steps to curb all forms of discrimination against girls and women, and have also undertaken many affirmative actions on their behalf,” President Jonathan said.
The President said that the Federal Government was also proactively evolving and implementing policies and measures that will benefit the abducted Chibok girls when they are safely rescued, as well as others that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
These, President Jonathan said, included the establishment of a Victims’ Support Fund, the Safe Schools Initiative and the Presidential Initiative for the North East.
He announced that he would inaugurate a National Committee to oversee fundraising for the Victims’ Support Fund, which will also cater for families of security men and women who have lost their lives in the war against terrorism, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
The President thanked Malala for coming to Nigeria to support ongoing efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls and promote girl-child education.
“We appreciate your efforts to change the world positively through your powerful advocacy for girl-child education,” President Jonathan told her.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 14, 2014
His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Commissioning of Ceremony of Olam Nigeria’s 105,000 Metric Tonnes Integrated Rice Processing Mill
Monday 14thJuly, 2014
10. Our goal of making Nigeria a net exporter of rice will be achieved faster by encouraging large commercial farms that will complement our small-scale farmers. Large mechanized rice farms like OLAM’s 6,000-hectare farm will not only boost food production, but also provide significant opportunities for jobs in rural areas. Our youths will be supported to go into mechanized farming, and to pursue agriculture as a business.
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