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It is Monday, August 8, 2016. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Here are the headlines of the day.
Here are the headlines of the day – August 8 2016.
FG Partially Shuts Down Apapa-Ijora Bridge, Engineering Drawings Missing.
Mr. President Needs To Respond
In his article Steven Haastrup demands the presidency’s side of the N7.8 billion Naira Hajj Subsidy matter. He said “Should religion (Islam and Christianity) be subsidized? Does this government understand what priorities mean to a nation that should be taken serious? What has been the national economic benefit of direct subsidization of religion? Has religion made us less corrupt? Who directed the CBN Governor to make such an order? Mr. President needs to respond. Shame!
This administration has since inception due to miscommunication and its misdeeds kept supporting the narrative of those who say “This President aims to Islamise Nigeria”. No matter what clarification they care to give about this, they need to consistently and sustainably eliminate this conjecture with their deeds, and if you say it wouldn’t matter, let’s wait till 2019.”
Breaking Radio checked if Hajj subsidy has raised issues somewhere else, and sure it has.
Saeed Rehman is an Indian, this he has to say.
First of all, state sponsor of any religion is against the spirit and provisions of the Constitution. Similarly is the taxation for adhering to any particular non-patronized religious festival or principles (like Jizya during Mughal times). But you seem to have misconception that we support the subsidy which is not the case. “The Holy Quran” sanctions going on a pilgrimage only through hard and honestly earned currency. It prohibits Hajj pilgrimage on an unethical fiscal support. The thing is, subsidy is tax-collected by the government and we may not know the sanctity of its revenue, some collected can be of illicit occupations in a religious sense (like liquor). Most of the money is for air travel is invested in air-India. The court had ordered to stop the subsidy by 2022 and invest in the community. We would be happy if the subsidy is religiously used (I’m not talking religion here) for the betterment of the minorities.
Aside the problem of the country not being in a financially good state, Saeed says money from sources such as alcohol, hotels, brothels, and the like is what is being put to send Muslims on Hajj pilgrimage, and that Hajj must not be run on an unethical fiscal subsidy.
The Nigerian government response so far.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, explained that the subsidy was in no way discriminatory as the same gesture was also extended to Christian pilgrims this year. He said that it had been approved before the current foreign exchange regime came into effect. He also said that that the Central Bank of Nigeria had confirmed the approval, wondering why the apex bank had not notified the public before earlier.
While the government daily denies the assertion that it is a religiously-toned administration, and a government that uses its policies to drive christian–muslim division, this response by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity only established the Buhari government’s mindset. Garba Shehu’s response was cheap, insensitive, and divisive. Insensitive by drawing Christian pilgrimage into the matter, especially when the two subsidies had different backgrounds. Cheap by blaming CBN for not ‘notifying the public’, and cheap by the fact that his defense came several days after Nigerians lashed out. His defense is divisive by his saying the ‘same gesture’ of ‘subsidising’ Hajj dollars by N7.9 billion was extended to Christian pilgrims. It wasn’t a mature response in anyway.
The Hajj Commission released a statement on the matter.
“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria wishes to draw the attention of the public that the Federal Government has not given foreign exchange waiver to Nigerian pilgrims performing this year’s hajj”, Mr. Mana said. “If there is one thing that the Government did for the Nigerian pilgrims, it was to allow the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment of Hajj fare in February when the current flexible exchange rate was not in action to subsist. “It is therefore wrong and mischievous for some persons or media organisations to peddle unfounded claims that the Federal Government gave the Nigerian pilgrims a waiver”, he said in the statement. Their claim simply was that the rate which Hajj dollars were sold for was that of February.
Hajj 2016: The Airlift Begins.
The State of The Nigerian Youth.
Kidnappers Of Oba of Iba Must Be Punished – Ambode.
Expert Projects N700bn FAAC Allocation In August, Highest In 30 Months.
Niger Killings: Villages Deserted As Army Defends Operations.
PMB Heads To Chad For Deby’s Inauguration.
FG Prosecutes Turkish Airlines over Consumer Rights’ Violation.
Indorama, Notore Refute Alleged Sabotage of National Security.
NNPC Remits N56.96bn to Federation Account in June.
Abdulmumin Queries His Sack for Budget ‘Padding’.
SERAP to Dogara: Budget Padding is a Crime of Corruption.
Jonathan, Wike, Akpabio, Others Deny Involvement in N’Delta.
Foreign Diplomats Told to Respect Rules, Channels of Communication.
DHQ: Crack in Boko Haram Leadership, Mere Drama to Remain Afloat.
Guild of Editors Endorses Agriculture as Viable Option for Nation’s Economy.
IYC President: Why MEND Leaders are after My Life.
Nigeria needs new strategies to grow local technology, says Ibrahim.
PDP Extols Makarfi’s Qualities.
Ikimi Lacks Electoral Value, Says Oshiomhole.
Abia Guber Tussle: Ikpeazu Bans Further Solidarity Visits by Supporters.
Micro-zoning of PDP Chairmanship to South-west is Unfortunate, Says Dokpesi.
Why Ojerinde was Removed as JAMB Registrar..
Govt Urged to Encourage Women in Maritime, Oil and Gas Businesses.
Hunger games: starvation is being used as a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria.
Firm pays N142m claims to deceased workers’ families.
Generator fumes kill policeman, NSCDC lover.
Reserves stable at $26 billion, naira falls.
Ghana introduces programme for farmers.
One killed, another shot in Lagos cult war.
Breaking: Nigeria beat Sweden 1-0, qualify for Olympics football quarter-finals.
Dangote to commence coal mining in quarter 4
AMCON recovers over N2tr bad debts.
JV funding swallows government oil revenues.
Financial stocks contribute 74.4% to NSE’s turnover.
Skye Bank pledges improved IGR for state.
After Three-year Legal Tussle, Wuye Market Reopens.
NAICOM warns against sale of International Energy Insurance’s asset.
‘Nigerian scammer’ busted after he infected himself with malware.
Wike, IYC disown Niger Delta Avengers.
Notore denies security, economic saboteur label.
Buhari to probe budget padding, constituency projects.
Troops recover militants’ pictures, register in Arepo creeks.
Ogun to distribute 1000 Cs-of-O.
Dollar scarcity: Local meter producers may close shop.
Visafone begins 4G Internet test run.
CAC prepares companies’ Act amendment bill.
Govt undermining domestic airlines, say operators.
Dangote commences construction of concrete roads in states.
FG sues Turkish Airlines for passenger abuse.
AMCON set to name Keystone Bank buyer.
MEND chieftains out to kill me, says Jonathan.
$321m Abacha loot: Govt sends plans to Switzerland.
I’ve no link with Avengers –Akpabio.
Kidnappers demand N70m to release Bayelsa lawmaker’s father.
Govt won’t force public servants to comply with new policy– Okorocha.
NNPC revenue target down by 37.64 per cent.
NNPC pays N56.96bn into Federation Account in June.
Abia guber crisis: Warring parties go spiritual.
Buhari, it’s not the best time to attack IBB.
Ikpeazu calls for end to solidarity visits.
Defunct CPC members allege marginalisation in APC.
PDP chair: South-West move for consensus candidate suffers setback.
Anxiety in Ondo as APC, PDP set for guber primary polls.
National convention: PDP begins sale of nomination forms.
Oyo: Police arrest 4 suspects over lawmaker’s murder.
We’re not in dialogue with FG –Militants.
MEND wants me dead –Jonathan.
MTN subscriber base shrinks by 3.7 % to 59m.
‘Military’s plan to rehabilitate Boko Haram members okay’ .
Na’abba: lawmakers got N50m each to support Obasanjo’s third term bid.
More August 8 News Headlines
Chinese workers abducted in Nigeria rescued: embassy.
Two Chinese workers who were kidnapped in central Nigeria’s Nasarawa state have been rescued, the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria said Sunday. Zheng Jun, an official with the embassy, told Xinhua that the two Chinese were rescued Saturday night, and are currently in sound condition. Local police said earlier that two Chinese workers were ambushed by unknown gunmen at about 2:28 p.m. local time Saturday in Nasarawa while on their way to the capital Abuja.
Ekweremadu to deliver U.S. Constitution Day lecture.
Police arrest four suspected killers of Oyo Assembly member.
Ekiti federal hospital doctors begin strike.
Why we shut defective Apapa-Ijora bridge – FG.
Ekiti APC flays Fayose over Aisha Buhari’s US trip.
Tension mounts between RTEAN, NURTW members in Ibadan.
RCCG donates 12 classroom building to Lagos Primary School.
How Nipost will generate N1trn annually- Minister.
Skye Bank: Banking challenge in stormy times.
We ‘ll make Yorubaland a no go area for militants – Gani Adams.
Shareholders, operators wary of plans by firms to raise over N160bn.
Assembly lacks powers to stop gov from travelling- C-River Speaker.
FG launches workers’ housing scheme.
NSE: UBA, GTB, drive volume, as investors lose N144bn.
High cost of importation places insurers at risk.
Entrepreneurial revolution: Solution to Nigeria’s economic challenge.
SON intensifies raids on shops, outlets selling flavoured cigarettes.
Eko Atlantic City’ll provide business opportunity for Britain– High Commissioner.
Economy: The blind leading the blind.
No room for criminals in Ondo – Army.
Ogun farmers accuse land grabbers of encroachment.
NIS warns Lagosians against harbouring illegal immigrants.
Obiano’s wife joins ‘no genotype test, no wedding’ campaign.
‘Charge alleged militant to court’.
Reps seek more oil blocs for N’Delta indigenes.
Ezeife advises South-East governors on farming.
Ekiti doctors begin warning strike.
PPA, APGA woo Edo voters.
Militants set up 7 camps along Lagos, Ogun creeks.
Budget padding: Buhari won’t shield Dogara, others from trial — Presidency.
Nigeria and the pilgrims’ retrogress.
APC urges Mimiko’s govt to account for cocoa project.
Bill against land speculators passes second reading in Ogun Assembly.
Uduaghan to Fed Govt: involve governors in Avengers’ crisis.
Metuh dissociates self from Avengers.
Okorocha: govt won’t enforce three working days’ policy.
Agric Bank shut over unpaid package.
Alleged forgery: Ekweremadu restates innocence.
Speaker Dogara wants to kill me, Jibrin cries out.
Metuh: I’ve no relationship with Niger Delta Avengers.
I’m not a sponsor of Niger Delta militancy-Jonathan.
News headlines continue
Ilaje elders beg Buhari to reverse NDDC’s nomination.
“We are of age and conversant with the NDDC’s provisions that stipulates that only an indigene of Ilaje communities has the inalienable statutory right to become the Commission’s representative for the state.
“It must be acknowledged that the coastal communities always suffer the effect of health and ecological hazards, the destruction of properties,the loss of wealth,jobs and sources of economic livelihood resulting from the oil exploration and exploitation operations of the oil companies in the communities.
“We consider the appointment of a nominee from over 250 kilometres away from the coast as our commissioner as an affront and invitation to acrimony in the communities and Ondo State in general”
The group noted that the peaceful atmosphere under which people live in the sunshine state should not be threatened especially on the activities of oil companies in the area.
‘Shi’ites must be punished’.
Bears Return as Weak Earnings Dampen Investors’ Appetite.
Kowa recruits volunteers.
Stock Exchange warns 62 firms.
Skye Bank to assist states improve IGR.
‘Local firms can meet meter demand’.
U.K.’s non-oil exports to Nigeria may hit N2.93t.
ASCSN to govt: Protect pension funds.
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged the Federal Government to offer ‘adequate protection’ to the N5.3 trillion workers contributory pension funds. Its President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama said the fund is workers’ money meant to offset their terminal benefits when they retire.
He said: “We are worried and disturbed that government functionaries are now making persistent efforts to lay their hands on the contributory pension funds in the name of funding infrastructure
‘Nigeria’s inflation rate may hit 17.35%’.
Dark clouds over PDP’s August 17 convention.
‘Why Akure should produce next Ondo governor’.
Blame game in power supply.
Oshiomhole should refund council funds, says PDP.
Edo ethnic nationalities drum up support for Obaseki.
Ize-Iyamu ‘s campaigning for me, says Iduoriyekemwen.
Lemo: We Must All Reduce Our Propensity to Import.
Ajaokuta: hope renewed?
PDP’s unity is my priority, declares Adeniran.
Glo sustains lead in new internet subscribers.
Why EFCC is investigating us, by Aviation handling firm.
‘Sugar import bill down to $80m’
UK firm to certify agric exports.
Fed Govt reopens NIIP plants’ privatisation talks.
PDP chair: Bode George, Agbaje divide governors.
Military operations in Niger saved many lives – Army.
APC raises N121m from Ondo gov aspirants.
Zaria clash: Sharia council wants Shittes punished.
August 8 News Headlines
Parents kick as FG hikes unity schools’ fees.
The National Parents and Teachers Association of the Federal Government Colleges has protested against the increase in the school fees of unity schools by the Federal Government, describing it as “commercialisation of education.” The organisation warned that the new fees, if not reversed, would force parents to withdraw their children from the unity colleges.
The association in a communiqué read to journalists by its National President, Dr. Gabriel Nnaji, at the end of its National Executive Council meeting, said the increment from N20,000 to N75,000 was untimely and insensitive by the government.
According to him, the fee was increased on June 1 by the government.
Oloyede will revolutionise JAMB – Okebukola.
16 burnt to death in Kogi accident.
Govs close to Dogara blocking me from meeting Buhari –Jibrin.
Jonathan alleges assassination plot, says Okah after his life.
60-year-old monarch rapes 8-year-old girl in Jigawa.
The Jigawa State Police Command has arrested a 60-year-old traditional ruler, Abubakar Ya’u, for allegedly raping an eight-year-old primary school pupil.
The traditional ruler, who is the village head of Kargo in Garki Local Government Area of Jigawa State, was paraded at the State Police Command Headquarters alongside three other rapists arrested at different locations within the state.
The command’s spokesperson, Abdu Jinjiri, who represented the Commissioner of Police, Mr Henry Fadairo, disclosed that the arrest of the village head, followed complaints lodged by the victim’s mother at the Garki Police Station that her daughter was abducted on her way to school and raped by Ya’u.
In an interview with newsmen, the arrested monarch denied the accusations, insisting that he never committed such an offence, claiming rather that he had a dispute with the mother of the said victim over a debt.
According to the police spokesperson, the command has recorded no fewer than 57 rape cases from January to June this year adding that 32 of these involved girls and 25 are of sodomy against minors.
Katsina emir urges support for Buhari.
Kofi Annan rejects Trump.
FG to transfer corruption cases to special court.
Nigerianomics and the blind leading the blind.
2016 Hajj: Buhari not favouring Muslims —Presidency.
Kanu’s continued detention may trigger crisis in S-East- Ohanaeze youths.
NNPC posted N26.51bn loss in June.
NEPC tasks local exporters to tap into $365bn global animal trade.
LAPO chairman makes case for less privileged, harps on social justice.
Firm introduces LPG as fuel for vehicles.
Budget Padding Scandal: Jibrin defies APC’s gag order, says two governors working to rescue Dogara.
Ex-Akwa Ibom governor, Godswill Akpabio, denies link with Niger Delta Avengers
Military operation in Niger saved millions of lives – Army .
Storm kills 21.
Police Arrest Two as Cult Clash Claims Teenager in Lagos.
Budget Padding Scandal: Jibrin returns, relaunches war against Dogara.
Stop Bombing, Vandalising Oil Pipelines, Arewa Youths Beg Avengers.
Hunger a weapon of war in Syria and Nigeria.
Jonathan, Wike Deny Involvement in Militancy.
Kano Accountant General Sacked.
Abductors of Bayelsa Legislator’s Father Demand N70m, Give Ultimatum.
Police Arrest Church Administrator for Attempting to Sell Stolen Vehicle.
Police Arrest 4 Suspects for Murder of Oyo Lawmaker.
Make farming a rewarding career for Africa’s youth.
Dokpesi distances self from Niger Delta Avengers.
Gunmen Attack Nigerian Troops In Niger State, Kill 11.
Kano State Accountant General Fired, Accused Of Spying For Ex-Governor Kwankwaso.
Ganduje fires Kano Accountant General.
We Abducted Lagos Monarch, Collected N15m Ransom, Say Kidnapper.
Justice Ogbuinya: Why There Should Be Fresh Governorship Election in Kogi.
We received N15.1m ransom – Lagos Oba’s kidnap-ring member.
Resident doctors, UUTH Down Tools, Accuse Management of Insensitivity.
Iwobi and Iheanacho Score In Arsenal Vs Man City Friendly.
Earlier in the day News Headlines
In India, Nigerian, 3 others arrested for debit/credit card fraud.
Hennur police have arrested a Nigerian and three others on alleged charges of hacking details of credit and debit cards and defrauding people of their money. Police did not reveal the extent of the loss nor the number of victims who had been cheated.
INEC declares APC winner of Yobe by-election.
PDP convention planning committee holds inaugural meeting.
How kidnapped Lagos monarch regained freedom – Son.
2016 Hajj: Buhari not favoring Muslims – PRESIDENCY.
Yobe IDPs return to farms – investigation.
Mikel Obi eyes Gold in Rio Olympics.
Probe Avengers’ sponsors, operatives exposed by splinter faction, Ayiri tells Buhari.
We will punish kidnappers of Iba monarch – Ambode.
We buried 80-year-old victim after collecting N5m from family – Enugu kidnap suspect.
Fashola orders closure of Apapa bridge for repairs.
Adeniran sets to unite various groups within PDP.
Budget padding is corruption, SERAP tells Dogara.
Kidnapped Lagos Oba regains freedom.
I will deal with police officers who refuse to declare their assets – IGP.
Nigerian Navy Releases New Guidelines For 2016 Recruitment Exercise.
Stop The Blackmail, We are Not Owing Pensions: Kwara State Government.
Ekiti House seat: Obayemi can’t force us to go against the law –Speaker.
Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) President: Why MEND Leaders are After My Life
Lautech Partners Waapp to Popularise Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato.
Nigeria: $700 Million Spent On Fish Imports Annually – Report.
Appeal Court Confirms Bot as Traditional Head of Foron.
Niger Delta Avengers Splits Into Two.
Breaking Radio News Headlines Continue
Former Finance Minister, Idika Kalu reacts to incessant decline in naira value.
”It is rather distressing that we have opted to repeat the mistakes of thirty years ago. When Largarde visited very early in this administration, it was plausible that Nigeria, through negotiations with Fund, could cover up to 80% to 85% of the projected revenue impact from the over 70% decline in the oil price. With additional resources from such other institutions as the World Bank and the ADB, as complement to Nigeria’s own resources, we should have managed to keep the equilibrium between the demand and the supply of foreign exchange in 2016.
”This will not only have prevented the precipitous drop in the Naira exchange rate, but could even have strengthened the Naira by improving our reserves level as oil prices improved moderately, and as recoveries from looted funds, gains from the single treasury account and other fiscal changes took effect.
”By adopting the policies we’ve been following, we have unduly constrained the availability of foreign exchange, put pressure on domestic prices as inflation has increased, and have limited the capacity of the real sectors to produce and create jobs. Further more, the cost of capital , the rate of interest has gone up, limiting both the volume and increasing the cost of credit to all productive sectors!!!!
”What needs to be noted is that as long as these policies are not changed, there is no guaranteeing any finite level of depreciation of the Naira value with respect to any of our trading currencies.
We should realise that it is for the purpose of addressing these unexpected deep and sharp decline in export commodity prices that these facilities were set up in the first place. This is the primary substance of the discussion that Largarde expected to have with the new administration. Rather, we were “happy” to observe that she said she did not come to give Nigeria any loan.
”This is the same position we were thirty years ago!!!! As a result, instead of the Naira improving in its relative value from the onset of this administration, we have watched, seemingly helplessly, using trial and error fiscal and monetary policies, mostly draconian and flagrantly against the run of market conditions, resulting in the drop from about 197 to now 400 in the value of the Naira in relation to the Dollar. Even with the continuing uncertainty, it appears that government is not disposed to considering alternative policies.
”The sheer volume of such capital assistance is indicative of the normal use of such funds by many countries both developing and developed. The IMF alone disburses about 25 billion Dollars annually. These funds are designed to bridge the resource gap such as the one the Nigerian economy is currently facing. These funds are invariably very concessionary in their terms e.g. low interest, adequate grace period, and long term repayment.
”As a consequence of such low conditions, such funds are in fact usually rationed among member countries. It is not true that the financial institutions ” push” such loans. The real issue is that they are provided under the condition or the so called conditionalities that the recipient member country will dutifully implement the remedial policies that would correct the domestic imbalances that created the need for such request for assistance in the first place. The need for CHANGE is self evident!
Stop denigrating police image, IGP warns Nigerians.
Nigeria: Unions, Govt. Battle Over 7-Month Unpaid Salaries.
Usama Dandare: The needless forex subsidy for pilgrims.
How my pastor encouraged me to sell stolen car — Suspect.
NAHCON denies Buhari gave foreign exchange waiver to hajj pilgrims.
Apologise to Buhari’s wife, lawmaker tells Fayose.
Ondo Guber: Jimoh Ibrahim, PDP Clash on Status.
Pastor Kumuyi assures Ekiti people that all will soon be well.
Buhari to attend Deby’s inauguration in Chad.
Yoruba, Ijaw communities in Lagos foster peace, unity via football.
Buhari to Attend Chadian President’s Inauguration Today..
Foreign Diplomats told to Respect Rules and Channels of Communication.
Kwara Cuts Tertiary Institutions’ Subventions, Disburses N430m.
We will beat Eaglets 3-0 in Niamey, Niger Republic coach boasts.
Rio Olympics table tennis: Toriola advances, as Oshonaike, Offiong crash out.
Breaking Radio News Headlines earlier today
Shi’ite/Military Clash: IMN Set to Move Headquarters to Yobe.
Security Operatives in Yobe state have remained silent on the issue of relocation of the headquarters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN (Shi’ite) sect, from Zaria city to Faudiyya Centre in Potiskum local government of Yobe state, which houses the second largest supporters of the Shiekh Ibrahim El- Zazzaky.
Since the clash between the Shi’ite group and military in Zaria, the supporters of the Islamic Movement in Potiskum have embarked on a weekly peaceful demonstration at the central mosque Potiskum which is said to be creating panic amongst residents. Findings by Daily Post’s Correspondent revealed that, efforts by some clerics to stop the activities of the Shi’ite group at the Central Mosque failed following resistance by the group under its new leadership.
It was gathered that after every Friday prayer, the group amongst them women and children gather around the Central mosque in Potiskum, where they lecture their followers before lining up for what is seen as peaceful demonstration, carrying placard with photograph of their leader in custody ( Sheikh Ibrahim El-zazzaky). A policeman who spoke on condition of anonymity said, ” We are not comfortable with the seeming peaceful demonstration near our Area Command office. We know this group and their antecedents. They have been known for violence and fanaticism as such, their protest every Friday calls for concern, even as residents have been expressing fears that if not checked, the group may turn violent and cause loss of lives.”
Boko Haram: Indorama Refutes Allegation of Sabotaging National Economy and Security.
Group Asks EFCC To Investigate National Hajj Commission Chairman Over Alleged Corruption.
Over 1,005 pensioners die in Kwara.
Why kerosine sells for N200 per litre — NUPENG.
Nigerian youth underdeveloped – Senator.
NCAA begins certification of aviation security screeners.
Traders express concern over low patronage of food items.
Yakasai declares support for Dokpesi, says he was born in yoruba land.
Deal Decisively With All Acts of Banditry and Criminality In Name of Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes
Ekiti: Kumuyi brings good news to the people.
Katsina: Stop criticizing Buhari, Emir tells northerners.
Tomatoes flood Calabar markets.
18 killed in troops, gunmen clashes in Nigeria: army.
Buhari, Tinubu Back Together as President Brings Ex-Governor’s Men on Onboard.
Transparency group accuses Dogara of illegally inserting over N3bn into his constituency.
Soldiers storm Benue community over wanted militant
Okonkwo: Youth Can Help FG to Alleviate Unemployment Rate
In Surprise Attack, Armed Bandits Kill 11 Military Personnel in Niger State
I Quit PDP When It Was Alive – Obasanjo.
PDP chairmanship: Mimiko, Fayose, S’West leaders to decide Monday.
Protect Christians against Boko Haram – Islamic group begs Muslims.
We will kill Muslims, burn mosques if Christians, churches are attacked – Niger Delta militants warn Islamists..
Oshiomhole as Obaseki’s albatross
Military Strategizes on Deployment of Holistic Approach to End Herdsmen/Farmers’ Clashes
Gun Runners and Armed Bandits Arrested In Kopa
Mrs. Buhari’s Dress: A Memo To Moral Sheriffs, By Jaafar Jaafar.
While there are so many glaring failures of the Buhari administration that should spark riot or public outrage, the social media fundamentalists rather went riotous because of a simple English dress that is neither a g-string nor a see-through gown. The prices of fuel was increased recently. They celebrated. The children of the rich were given automatic employment into choice agencies. They defended the action. The naira is crashing daily. They are mute. The First Lady wears a English dress. There is rage.
For me, it doesn’t matter if the First Lady appears in a micro-mini skirt if the economy of the nation will improve and the inflation rate will reduce and the naira will gain value.
In the narrow view of social media puritanical mimics, Aisha Buhari’s appearance in a formal English dress during a recent visit to the US depicts nudity. Not just being semi-nude in the mould of a bikini or lingerie, but NUDITY!
The fundamentalists would argue that Nigerians are dumping their culture for the Western one, but they forget that even the kaftan, the kufta, the flowing gown we wear were not originally Hausa dress. We borrowed them from the Maghreb. The kufta that President Buhari spots on the world stage is Moroccan. I do not want to delve into issues of culture, although recent history has shown that Africans first promoted nudity by wearing skimpy grass skirts before Westerners modernised these using fabrics. There is still a tribe in Adamawa State that retains this culture.
The hypocrisy of Nigerians is always unusual. Don’t be surprised to find fornicators, paedophiles, drunks, pimps and voyeurs among the tribe of social media moralists haggling over the appearance of the Nigerian first lady. Of course some may be morally upright. But may I put this to the closet sinners: how do you climb atop mountains of your sins to gratify your voyeuristic instinct and then come out to preach morality? Thou shalt heal thyself first!
During the presidential campaign, we shouted ourselves hoarse giving the president a national outlook, erasing the stereotype that the president was a religious bigot and ethnic champion in order to make him both acceptable and electable to all Nigerians.
It saddens me to see Buhari’s latter-day supporters proving the president’s critics right. The “hailers” want him to be ‘theirs’ alone, respect the values of Muslims and northerners ALONE, and refuse to identify with other ethnic and religious groups that make up Nigeria.
President Buhari Joins Other Heads of State For Deby’s Inauguration.
APC will lose in 2019 if election is free and fair – Yakasai.
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