Wednesday 15 January 2014

OBJ’s questionable portrait of GEJ

 Judging from President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s response to the letter of 2nd December, 2013, by former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ), it was obvious that the allegations he considered to be most worrisome were those in the areas of corruption and security.  The President, in his letter, sought to dismiss each of OBJ’s allegations as either wholly untrue or malicious or politically motivated.  I think he was, to a large extent, successful in doing this. At any rate, he pushed the onus of proof on OBJ.  “If you are sure of your allegations, show Nigerians the evidence.”
Reading through most of the allegations raised in OBJ’s letter, it was, perhaps, unnecessary for the president to have responded, as the issues did not even arise in the first place.  Such, for instance, was the reference to the letter by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, alleging that “the sum of $49.8 billion was unremitted by the NNPC to the CBN” and, therefore, that the funds were missing. Within days of OBJ’s letter, a Technical Committee, earlier set up to reconcile the accounts of NNPC, came out with the finding that no funds were missing, compelling Sanusi to apologise before the Senate Committee on Finance, and to admit openly that he made an error.
What character and what manner of persons would trump up such baseless allegations and yet feel no emotional twitch or embarrassment?  OBJ is no ordinary person as, indeed, he said himself in the same letter: “I have passed the stage of being flattered, intimidated, threatened, frightened, induced or bribed.” Certainly, the man no longer has the capacity to entertain any sense of guilt, embarrassment and such cognate human feelings.
Only a character like OBJ can put in black and white an unfounded charge such as President Jonathan “keeping over 1,000 people on a political watch list … and training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons” for the assassination of Nigerians.  Is he referring to the same Jonathan that we all know, the soft, humane and amiable Jonathan who declared before the Nigerian electorate in 2010 that: “My election is not worth spilling the blood of any Nigerian”, as against OBJ’s perception of election as a “do-or-die” affair?
President Jonathan has, of course, strongly denied the existence of a watch list and the training of a killer squad.  Beyond that, he has also, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, directed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate OBJ’s alleged human rights violations, as contained in his letter.  Even then, would it matter to OBJ, if at the end of all the investigations, it is found that the allegations are nothing but baseless rumours?
It would be an error to think that OBJ is alone in this character mode of people inclined to paint Jonathan in the portrait of a violent and repressive leader, who would harass and victimise political opponents.  Since OBJ’s letter, a number of opposition politicians have latched on to his so-called watch list in explaining their anxiety and declining political fortunes.  Already, there is a long list of them on the imaginary list, each claiming to be either on top or close to the top of the list, as if their ranking is a measure of their political weight.
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Party (APC), gleefully announced while addressing a huge crowed in Port Harcourt, that he was number one on the Jonathan “hit list”.  “They want to kill me,” he said.  Malam Nasir el-Rufai, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and now a leader in the APC, claims that he is number seven.  Others on the list, according to him, include former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and former Osun State Governor and Interim Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande.
If the Jonathan watch list were authentic, it raises the puzzle as to how, in a list containing heavy political weights such as Buhari, Tinubu, Akande and other APC leaders, Amaechi’s name could possibly be number one.  On what criteria? Certainly, both Governor Amaechi and Malam el-Rufai may need to reassess their own valuation in terms of political importance.
The only reason why someone like Malam el-Rufai would indulge in self-inflation of any sort, as a psychologist would explain, is that it is a natural tendency of diminutive persons to always inflate their own ego.  But, as for Amaechi, his is a more pathetic situation that calls for the assistance, not of a psychologist but of a psychiatrist who is familiar with the ailment called paranoia.  Any patient with this affliction fears almost everything and every person.  He would conjure any object of fear, whether or not it is real.  Otherwise, how can a State Governor, surrounded and protected by over 120 policemen, wherever he goes, complain that his life is threatened? Does this not explain why Amaechi believes that he is number one on a hit list that does not exist?
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TB Joshua’s Reaction To The New Anti-Gay Law

As news of the controversial law banning same-sex marriage continues to make headlines worldwide after it was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, the renowned spiritual head of the Synagogue church in Lagos, Prophet TB Joshua has spoken out on the contentious issue.

“Judge not, so that you will not be judged,” Joshua began, citing Matthew 7:1 for Scriptural backing. “We should talk to people to be saved and not to die. I mean, we should talk salvation, not condemnation. The Bible is my standard.”

Through a new initiative on his ministries official Facebook page, with almost 900,000 fans, in which the cleric responds to people’s questions in an interactive session, he addressed the much debated question on same-sex marriage.

TB Joshua added: “If my parents were one, I would not have been given birth to,” he proceeded poignantly. “Those that are asking this question, (note that) if your parents were one, you would not have been given birth to. You that are reading me – if your parents were one, you would not be reading this today. God bless the reader and the hearer.”

His message is clear; being gay is not something we should encourage but we should not condemn any one.

MTN Says, We Didn’t Sell Recharge Cards Above Authorised Prices

MIchael Ikpoki, CEO of MTN Nigeria

Lagos. January 13, 2014: MTN Nigeria has denied reports that it authorised retailers in some cities in Nigeria to sell its recharge cards above the recommended prices.
“We wish to inform the public that the cost of every recharge card remains the value stated on it, and MTN has not authorized any variance to this long-standing principle. Any sale of MTN recharge cards at a price higher than the value stated on the card is without MTN’s knowledge or authority”, the mobile phone company said in a statement..
MTN Nigeria encouraged subscribers in the affected cities to use other available means to recharge their lines.
“While we work to arrest this situation, we urge our esteemed customers in the affected areas to explore other options of purchasing airtime such as MTN Virtual Top Up (VTU) or MTN Auto Top-up”.

By Kayode Oladeinde Technology Reporter 

Singer Waje's Boyfriend Dumps Her

It's always not easy to have a young Nigerian man date a lady who's had a baby out of wedlock, unless on few and exceptional cases. I think this is what might have happened to singer, Waje, as her boyfriend just broke up with her few weeks after she finally revealed her teenage daughter in the media.

The busty singer is seriously heart broken and has been crying out...

Could it be that the guy wasn't aware of her grown up daughter before now? #Love&Trouble

Help! My Ex-Girlfriend Is About To Get Married And Still Wants Us To Have Sex!

Dear readers,

I saw this story online and had to share it with you - it's unedited!

"She is about getting married and am now into another relationship but she is still insisting we continue having sex till after her marriage. As i type this, she is seriously disturbing me. She was very nice but i just can't do it bc of my conscience, putting my self in the guys shoe. Moreover, chances r that she may still want same even after marriage as she's been complaining that her guy dosnt satisfy her as i did. What shud i confused'

What would you do if you were the guy? What advise would you give the lady?

Double Vision On Golden Globes Red Carpet, Who Wore It Better?

Golden touch: Julianna Margulies and Kelly Osbourne both wore black dresses which featured metallic detailing on the sleeveGolden touch: Julianna Margulies and Kelly Osbourne both wore black dresses which featured metallic detailing on the sleeve
Julianna Margulies (in Andrew Gn) and Kelly Osbourne (in Escada) both wore black dresses which featured metallic detailing on the sleeve
Hello, sunshine: Lena Dunham and Melissa Rauch both wore canary yellow frocks to the Golden Globes in LA on Sunday nightHello, sunshine: Lena Dunham and Melissa Rauch both wore canary yellow frocks to the Golden Globes in LA on Sunday night
Lena Dunham (in Zac Posen) and Melissa Rauch (in Romona Keveza)  both wore canary yellow frocks
More photos when you continue

Sparkling: Robin Wright and Naomi Watts wore very similar gold frocksSparkling: Robin Wright and Naomi Watts wore very similar gold frocks
Robin Wright (in Reem Acra) and Naomi Watts (in Tom Ford) wore very similar gold frocks 
Monochrome: Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael and Nashville star Hayden PanettiereMonochrome: Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael and Nashville star Hayden Panettiere
Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael and Nashville star Hayden Panettiere (in Tom Ford)

Who wore it better?

Kola Boof: Spits Fire Over Same Sex Marriage Ban In Nigeria

Continue below to see the rest of her tweet. Well you can say anything Boof, but no man speaks against God. You are not in the position to speak against your creator and never will you be. I hope she gets delivered of this 'madness' one day. We really can't wait!

Patrick Obahiagbon, Reacts To Mikel's CAF Award Loss In Usual "Big Grammar" Fashion!

The Chief of Staff, Edo State Government House, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon who earlier promised to stop big grammar this year has broken his promise while reacting  to John Obi Mikel’s CAF award loss! He just couldn't help it spilling out like this. Read his quote after the break ... “I am maniacally bewildered, overgassted and flabberwhelmed at the paraplegic crinkum crankum that characterised the Glo CAF awards culminating in an od oriferous saga cum gargantuan gaga! The jiggery pokery of CAF in crowning Yaya Toure instead of our very own prodigy John Obi Mikel is a veritable bugaboo that must be pooh-poohed by all compos mentis homo sapiens! The perfidy and Mendacity of all the apparatchic of sports suzerainty is not only repugnant but also insalubrious!

"I said to my self: What an anathematous disdain of the citizenry! What a deprecable descent from the sublime to the ridiculous! Who will curb the odoriferous excesses of this machavellian and mephistophelean cabal in the Confederation? With this state of affairs, i dare say that African football is swimming in a pestilential aqua with a disastrious terminus ad quem inherently laden with avoidable cataracts, ice bergs and oxbow Lakes. It is sardonic and lugubrious!!!”

Do you understand what he's saying?

Sean Tizzle: My ‘Sholee’ Song Was Inspired By God

Sean must be one of the funniest guys in the industry. He was recently asked in a recent interview on how he came about his hit song, sholee (y’ll know the meaning right? Lol) and Mr Tizzle said, it was an inspiration from God. Really? Lol. Here is what he said to the reporter;

For me, every inspiration comes from God. That song was inspired by God. Not forgetting the beat made by my boss Dee-tunes. It wasn’t as if it was pre-mediated that the story line should go in that direction. It just came and that I am grateful to God.

Am Worried My Fiance Does Not Tell Me Important Things About His Life

Hi BMB readers,
I have been dating a guy for 7 years and we are soon getting married. The issue that I have is that there is a serious lack of communication. I am always the last to know about important things in his life, and the only way that I find out is if I continuously ask questions.  For example when he got a job, he didn’t tell me until I asked, where are you always going to in the mornings, to which he replied ‘I am going to work’ my mouth literally fell to the floor. Furthermore when he bought a new car I wasn’t informed I arrived at his house thinking he had a guest and when I asked who’s car is that he said mine. To say I was astonished would be an understatement. Now my question is this, as much as I love him can I possibly marry someone who doesn’t feel I am important enough to know about the important things that happen in his life?

9ice Set To Contest In 2015

The singer announced this yesterday that he will be contesting in the 2015 elections. We wish him all the best.