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Friday, 11 August 2017

Donald Trump says thank you to Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats from Russia

President Trump says he is "very thankful" to Russian President Vladimir Putin for expelling 755 U.S. diplomats because eliminating their payrolls has cut government costs.

His remarks were the first time he has discussed Russia kicking out the hundreds of U.S. diplomats and staff at the end of July and he said:
'I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll'.

He continued to say, 'There’s no real reason for them to go back. I greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to cut our payroll of the United States. We’re going to save a lot of money'.

#ResumeOrResign: 94 DAYS, Is it true president Buhari is undergoing chemotherapy and that's why he can't return back to Nigeria? Charly Boy

1.      In the last 24 hours, reports have emanated from different sources that during the course of his 94 day medical sojourn in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has received treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer. These reports state that this treatment includes chemotherapy and go further to declare that President Buhari has become affected thereby to the point where he has severe difficulty communicating with the medical personnel treating him as well as close aides and family who are around him.
2.      These reports are difficult to confirm or refute because of the secrecy with which President Buhari's aides have handled information related to his illness. The reports are deeply disturbing and are a source of grave concern. Even more disturbing is the fact that there are several conspiracy theories circulating as to the state of health the president and how the secrecy behind his ailment persists only to favor the cabals and influence peddlers playing chess with the lives of 200million Nigerians.

3.      It is in this light that we ask the Presidency to clear the air by providing full disclosure of the details of the illness which the President suffers from and the nature of treatment he is undergoing to combat such illness.

4.      Nigerians will recall that for a long time, false information has been peddled around parts of the country that President Buhari was poisoned. Therefore, It is imperative to point out that only full disclosure of the details of the President’s ill-health will put an end to reports of this nature and prevent the sort of social upheaval the lack of information may cause.

5.      Finally, we have read the statement made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Alhaji Garba Shehu, to the effect that our demands for full disclosure and resignation upon confirmation of incapacitation are an attempt to distract the government from the fight against corruption.

It is shameful that this pedantic sort of reasoning is still being applied to critical issues at this point of our national history. At no point has any correlation been made between our demands on President Buhari's health status and the fight against corruption.

Therefore, and for the avoidance of doubt, we urge the government to continue the fight against corruption by arresting, prosecuting and securing the conviction of any person or group of persons who are found guilty of looting the nation's treasuries. At the same time, we urge government to ensure it fully discloses the details of President Buhari’s illness.

God bless Nigeria.


Charles Oputa (Leader, #ResumeOrResign Movement)
FOR: Our Mumu Don Do Movement.

Deji Adeyanju (Co-Convener, #ResumeOrResign Movement
For: Concerned Nigerians

Photo: Enugu State Governor, Ugwuanyi offers university scholarship to student who made all A's in her WAEC


Chinecherem Cynthia Ali was today awarded scholarship by Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to study in any school of her choice.
Recall that Chinecherem, a student of Shalom Academy, Nsukka, Enugu state, made all A's in the just released West African Examination Council (WAEC) results.

Chibulu Austin disclosed the latest development today on Facebook.
"Thanks to Erochukwu Ugwueze Hon Ethel Ugwuanyi Chibulu Austin Victor Oluchukwu Samuel Ugwu and all who made it possible.

Remember I made a post not long ago about how she made 9A1 in her Waec and also my encounter with her when I visited her school to appreciate her on behalf of my friend who donated to her.
We will keep celebrating excellence and hard work. Enugu Is Truly In The Hands Of God."
In his remark by Governor Ugwuanyi called on students in the state to our children to see Cynthia's achievement as a morale booster that will spur them to higher heights of achievement
"I was excited beyond measure when news got to me that a young girl from our dear State made A1 in all her subjects at the last West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations," he said.
I was excited because as a leader of the people, our vision has been to lay the foundations that does not just encourage but also rewards excellence across all spheres of endeavour.

Cynthia Ali has in no small measure made the entire state proud and her achievement is a demonstration of how our dear state can become great again with exemplary performances such as hers. And I am convinced that what she has done will become a shining beacon of examples that those coming behind her can copy and in the process lift their families, the entire state and the nation.
As a measure of how happy our Government is about the achievement, the State Executive Council (EXCO) at the hallowed Chambers of the Council invited her for commendation. The Commissioner for Education, Prof Uchenna Eze, who spoke on our behalf made it clear how excited we were about what she was able to achieve and offered her a university scholarship.

I have always made clear the determination of my Government to not only reward excellence, but also to create the environment necessary for our young minds to express fully and maximise opportunities that will enable the state become a haven for competent manpower.
As a government, we will continue to invest in education. We are aware that nothing liberates a society more than education.

It is on this note that I call on all our children in public and private institutions of learning to see Cynthia's achievement as a morale booster that will spur them to higher heights of achievement.
I congratulate this our young daughter and my prayer and wish is for more of our children to emulate her example. I also call on all citizens of the State to continue on the path of hardwork and excellence.
In the end, only hardwork and excellence provides enduring reward'.

Facebook Introduces More Controls In Audience Network


Facebook will, over the next few months, launch additional controls for advertisers using Audience Network, Instant Articles and In-Stream Ads. It will also make existing controls easier to use.
Ads in Instant Articles and In-Stream Ads on Facebook and Audience Network let advertisers connect with people across several different experiences.
Facebook already provide advertisers with several controls, including the ability to opt-out of Instant Articles, Audience Network and in-stream ads on Facebook. They can also exclude delivery of their ads to sensitive categories, like dating and gambling. If advertisers want to use a more granular control, they can upload block lists of publishers & apps.
The additional controls include:
Pre-Campaign Transparency: Facebook will begin offering upfront, publisher-level transparency across the Audience Network, Instant Articles and in-stream ads on Facebook. For the first time, advertisers will be able to see a list of where their ads could potentially deliver prior to setting a campaign live. Facebook is currently testing this with a select group of advertisers who are running ads on Audience Network within the video views objective. This test will help the company build the right product with the goal of extending it to all advertisers, all objectives, Instant Articles and in-stream ads on Facebook later this year.
Blocking at the Account Level: To make the block process even easier, advertisers will be able to apply their block lists at the account level instead of having to log-in to each specific campaign or set of ads. This will help advertisers make their lists consistent across potentially hundreds of campaigns and thousands of creatives. Starting next month, Facebook will roll out this control to Audience Network and Instant Articles. Later this year, the company plans to extend it to in-stream ads on Facebook.
Choice Over Video Placements in Audience Network: Facebook will start to allow advertisers to specify the types of placements, (e.g. in-stream or native and interstitial), they want their video campaigns to run in through a simple opt-out format. As part of their commitment to businesses, Facebook will continue to provide more transparency, controls and a premium experience across Audience Network, Instant Articles and in-stream ads on its platform.
Facebook looks forward to working with advertisers to build the tools they need to be successful across these placements.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Lunch In London, Anxiety In Nigeria By Reuben Abati

?What?s gwan inna wa cwantry??
?What language is that??
?English of course.?
?Sounds like Creole to me. Why don?t you just talk straight??
?Nobody talks straight in this country anymore.?
?I still talk straight.  I can?t start twisting my tongue because some people have lost it.?
?Okay, I was asking what is going on in our country??
?Is that a direct question or a sly comment??
?Just answer the question?
?What I know is that we are now truly, a country of hyenas, jackals and small animals.  A big animal kingdom, but when the First Lady Aisha Buhari drew attention to this, recently, we all started screaming that she was rather condescending but right now, with what I am seeing and hearing, I believe she will be vindicated in the long run.?
?I see.?
?We, the people are obviously the small animals. In an animal kingdom, the bigger animals do what they like with the smaller ones, and they dare not complain.?
?But you still haven?t answered my question?
?My friend, why must I always be the one to tell you what is going on in this country? When you want to be mischievous, that is when you ask funny questions. Are we not in this country together? Don?t you listen to the news like everyone else? So, why should I become your newspaper and internet combined. Stop it. But for just this last time, I will use my church mind to tell you that the latest development is photography as a tool of governance. Some APC Governors and party leaders just visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London. They had lunch with him and took photographs.?
?I know about that. I actually saw the photos too. But the whole thing doesn?t look straight to me.?  
?It doesn't look crooked to me either. People have been complaining that the President of Nigeria is missing in action and they need to know that he is still alive. So, they provide a photograph of him having lunch with his party members and loyalists. How is that a problem for you? We should be glad that the President is getting well.?
?Who took the photograph??
?We are in a digital age. Anybody at all could have taken the photograph??
?You can?t just ask anybody to take the President?s photograph. It is either you have a media crew on ground, who will take both still and motion pictures, that is photos and videos, or you invite the media, both local and foreign to capture the scene.?
?Who says that is the only way to cover a Presidential occasion??
?Everything a President does is supposed to be properly documented.?
?What is your problem? They showed us the President having lunch with his guests. And there was another photograph taken by the guests.?
?Where are the establishment shots, and the video, and the audio??
?Those people didn't go there to establish anything. They went to do eye-service!?
?You don?t get it. Rather than just show the President and his guests at the dining table, they should have shown us the President welcoming his guests, chatting with them, and NTA should have shown us an actual video as part of the nine o?clock Network News.  And what kind of lunch was that? It looked like they just placed a bunch of banana in front of the President and some fruits in front of the guests. I checked the table carefully; every drink there is like anything from a Nigerian fridge. And not even a small stain of oil on the table.?
?You were looking for stains on the table as proof that the lunch actually took place? Did that look like a bukateria to you? Hen? Obviously, the only thing you are used to is gbegiri and amala kind of lunch. When big men eat, they don?t litter and stain their clothes and the table the way small animals like you do. And their mouths don?t drop oil. If that happens, there would be stewards to clean things up.?
?You are assuming some big men have table manners. You don?t know anything. They should show us the video then, and more useful photographs. And why didn't the party leaders travel with the President?s media team and the Minister of Information? All these dem say, dem say, Okorocha told me.  All of a sudden Okorocha has become the Minister of Information. You think if they asked Alhaji Lai Mohammed to also come and eat in London, he will say he is busy??
?I see your problem is that some people had lunch with the President.?
?Someone in fact told me that the picture looks very familiar.?
?You may need to prove that.?
?Okay, Mrs Buhari also went to London to visit her husband. Where are the photographs of her own visit? Why didn't they show a picture of her sitting with the President??
?You are a foolish man. You want photos of the President and his wife, sitting together in za ozza room? Candidly, tell me you are asking for photographs from the Presidential ozza room? You are sick. No President takes pictures in that other room.?   
?Donald Trump will gladly take a picture anywhere. You don?t get my point?
?I get your point. You are just another wailing wailer, a merchant of lies and a mischief-maker. We know your type.?
?I am only trying to help. When you set out to tackle disinformation, you look out for pitfalls that can create doubt and you deliver a sucker-punch to shut people up. You don?t address an issue by creating more doubts. I am talking strategy. All of this would also have been more convincing if it was the picture of Acting President Osinbajo having dinner or breakfast with the President in London that they showed us.?
?The acting President didn't go to London to eat. He went for serious business to consult with his boss.  And what if he was fasting at the time??
?He could have posed for a photo-op with his boss.?
?He was in a hurry. He rushed to London and rushed out to attend Council meeting on a Wednesday.?
?In a hurry to take a photograph to allay the anxiety of Nigerians??
?People like you would still have said the photograph looked familiar.?
?Nigerians are not convinced. They would probably have given Mrs. Buhari and the Acting President the benefit of the doubt but they won?t believe what an APC Governor says. Okorocha ke??.
?Oh ye descendants of Shimei!?
?Shimei? Who is Shimei??
?You are a Christian and you have never heard of Shimei??
?Okay, just continue you hear. Just make sure you don?t lose your head in the process. Just because we are in a democracy, you think you can be questioning everything. Oh ye descendants of Shimei in Nigeria, beware?beware!?
?I have an idea.?
?See, I think the government can still score a master-stroke, if they arrange for Femi Fani-Kayode and Governor Ayo Fayose to also go to London and have lunch with the President. People are likely to believe the two of them. Fayose will then use his own mouth to inform Nigerians that he made a mistake when he said the President was on life-support and Fani-Kayode will recant and both of them will apologize.?
?Clap for yourself.  I see you truly consider yourself a political strategist.  So if you are working for President Buhari you will actually invite those two Yorubas to lunch with the President while he is on a medical vacation that is making everyone anxious.?
?Why not? The President is the President of everybody. He is the President of all Nigerians not 95%.  And if you are concerned about those two being Yoruba, we can have a Federal character representation. They can invite Nnamdi Kanu from the East and Alhaji Balarabe Musa from the North. Lunch in London with Baba, an organized event covered by the media.?
?Nnamdi Kanu! Did you say Nnamdi Kanu? Are you on some kind of medication??
?If the objective is to prove to Nigerians that the President is not bed-ridden, he should have lunch with people Nigerians are likely to believe.?
?So if Fani-Kayode, Fayose and Nnamdi Kanu return from London and they decide to say something else, who will bear the risk? Or they turn down the invitation on the grounds that it is a calculated attempt by the Nigerian state to blackmail and poison them, who will defend the Nigerian state??
?You are giving the dog a bad name?
?Then it means you know nothing about politics.?
?I am not joking. I can even add one more person to the list, how about the Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka who claims he has been hearing cries falling like rains in Aso Rock??
?If Fr. Mbaka saw visions of cries and rains, he probably saw the floods that are now ravaging the country from South to North. But keep adding people. You can even add Hushpuppi, Maheeda and Bobrisky. But I bet you will also be the first to complain that they are using Nigerian or-yer-l money to have lunch in London.? 
?In that case, let them just do a London edition of the Presidential Media Chat.?
?Nobody is going to do any media chat. Nigerians must learn to trust their government for once. When you go into government, people treat you anyhow.?
?It is our government. We have the right to ask questions. You can?t keep rejecting everything that I suggest. Okay, let the Nigerian High Commission in London organize a Town Hall meeting between President Buhari and Nigerians in the UK. That is a cost-effective way of correcting impressions. Nigerians want to be sure that their President is well, alive and fit. This thing is not rocket science and I trust our brothers and sisters in diaspora to report the truth. ?
?You want to sabotage the President. You want him to interact with PDP members in diaspora.?
?I never mentioned PDP. There are APC members in the UK too and there are persons who have no political affiliation. Anyway, when is Baba coming back??
?When his doctors say so or according to Governor Okorocha, in two weeks? time.?
?But the Constitution is very clear. It says??
 ?Forget about the Constitution. This is national politics, stability and security.  We don?t care what the Constitution says.  Be careful, when Baba returns Insha Allah, something will definitely be done about all you hyenas, jackals and small, small animals disturbing this government. Insha Allah.?
?Stop bragging. There should be room in this your kingdom for all animals please. Nobody should intimidate anybody. That is why I am happy that the House of Representatives is now considering the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill. They have reduced the minimum age for eligibility for the office of President to 35.?
?Thirty-five. I don?t have a problem with that.?
?You shouldn?t. The only problem is that you are a fascist. But there should be other bills: a Too-Old-To-Run bill that will prevent Aso Rock from being turned into an Old People?s Home and a bill that says the minimum qualification for anybody seeking any office, from councilor to President should be a university degree or its equivalent.?
?What has a university degree got to do with politics and governance??
?Some of the worst people in this country are university graduates. So??
?You just keep disagreeing with everything. Okay, are you aware that some people are now saying Nigeria is now definitely on auto-pilot??
?Nigeria is not on auto-pilot. Professor Osinbajo is in charge and all of you wishing us evil, just know that there will be serious consequences.?
?What consequences? Threats. Threats. Threats. Government cannot continue to threaten the people. It is just so sad that civil society and the Nigerian media have been badly compromised. Where are the intellectuals of old, the professional activists, the pro-democracy coalition; they are all so quiet. I believe they are quiet out of shame and regret.?
?Nobody is ashamed. That is strategy. I am surprised you can?t even identify strategy. You think this government will wait and fold its arms and allow all of you to start sounding like paid enemies??
?You and your people should just realize that this is a democracy, and that someday, tomorrow will come and the people will remember.?  
?Hey, sorry hen, wailing wailer. I see the thing is paining you. For your information, Baba will win again in 2019.?




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