Nigeria’s Anti Corruption War, Yakassai Speaks statesman and Presidential Liaison Officer in the Second Republic, Dr Tanko Yakassai, has described the anti-corruption efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration as a mere propaganda war, lamenting it has unfortunately won over right thinking men like Prof. Wole Soyinka.

Dr. Yakassai, who also chairs the Northern Elders’ Council, speaking with Newsmen in Abuja said any fight against corruption must be holistic rather than being centred on just an individual.

He chided the Buhari administration for its open disdain for valid court orders urging him to obey all court orders relating to the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd).

According to him, Buhari can only be taken serious if he extends his dragnet across the inter-party divide as well as to other tiers of government.

He said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria is only fighting Sambo Dasuki. Should the fight against corruption begin and end with Dasuki? Is he the only “corrupt” person? Till today, they have not even started his case in the court. He was granted bail twice and they refused to let him go. This is not a fight against corruption. It is a propaganda fight.

“They even convinced people like Prof. Wole Soyinka who now believes that there is a fight against corruption, but there is no such thing. Otherwise, how many people have they arrested?

“All the people that are arrested today are connected with Dasuki. No other person has been picked. What of the governors, ministers, top civil servants and local government officials? Can you fight one person and say you are fighting corruption?” he queried.

Yakassai also traced the menace of corruption to the military saying their incursion into politics in 1966 and 1983 only helped to teach politicians how to steal.



BOKO HARAM Accepted by ISIS Pledge

ISIS Accepts Boko Haram Pledge
A non-verified audio message that has purportedly come from an ISIS spokesman has revealed that the group has accepted the recent pledge of allegiance from Nigerian-based Boko Haram. The pledge according to the audio tape reveals was accepted by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The 28-minute message, which cannot be independently authenticated by experts was posted online by ISIS supporters. The message says that the caliphate, or Islamic State, has expanded to western Africa and congratulated “our jihadi brothers” there. The spokesman, Abu Mohammed al Adnani, encourages people to join fighters in Africa if they cannot make it to Iraq or Syria. It would be recalled that Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, in an audio message last week announced that the Islamist terror group was going to ally with ISIS. A terror expert based in Nigeria, Jacob Zenn, had told CNN last week that the alliance would make sense for both groups. “Boko Haram will get legitimacy, which will help its recruiting, funding and logistics as it expands,” Zenn said. “It will also get guidance from ISIS in media warfare and propaganda. Previously Boko Haram was a sort of outcast in the global Jihadi community. Now it is perhaps ISIS’s biggest affiliate. “ISIS gets more international legitimacy as a global caliphate.”

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Nigeria oil workers, NUPENG, insist on planned strike

The workers are opposed to the proposed sale of refineries.

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, says it has not shelved its plans to embark on strike to protest the planned sale of the country’s four refineries.

The Federal Government had late last year constituted a committee headed by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to work out modalities for the sale of the four refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.

But, since the announcement of the plans by the Federal Government, oil workers unions have condemned the proposal, threatening to call out their member on strike to protest the decision. Continue reading

Coke drinkers are more likely to have graduated college than Pepsi drinkers!

 Coke v. Pepsi is an old rivalry that seems to have no end in sight. It’s been a great marvel of marketing to see these brands ebb and flow through the years. Coke has always had a slight edge, and is the most popular around the world. In the US, Pepsi performs slightly better, and even overtook Coke for a while through a series of clever ad campaigns. 

However, a research company has found that there are some interesting differences between people who identify themselves as Coke or Pepsi folk:

Coke drinkers are more likely to have graduated college and speak more than one language.

Coke people prefer things like sushi, and might have tasted caviar. Pepsi drinkers prefer American snacks.

Coke drinkers read the New York Times, while Pepsi drinkers read the USA Today.

Coke drinkers are more likely to own a passport. It’s more likely that Pepsi drinkers haven’t had a vacation in 6 months.

Coke drinkers are more likely to show up early to an appointment. Pepsi drinkers? On time or late.

What do you think? Of course these are in average, and not representative of every Coke or Pepsi drinker.

Nigeria: Militants kill 44 inside mosque

Boko haram attackSuspected Islamic militants wearing army uniforms gunned down at least 44 worshippers at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, the latest in a string of attacks blamed on radical extremists.

Militants believed to be linked to Boko Haram sect opened fire on people worshipping inside the mosque in Konduga near Nigeria’s restive city of Maiduguri on Sunday, security officials said yesterday.

At least 44 worshippers have been shot dead, they said. Also, a member of a vigilante group said that some of its members were gunned down by the rampaging terrorists when they tried to respond to a distress call.

It was not immediately clear why the mosque in Konduga was targeted, but Boko Haram has in the past attacked mosques whose clerics have spoken out against religious extremism. The group also has attacked Christians outside churches and teachers and schoolchildren, as well as government and military targets.

Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states in May as it fights Islamist militants.

Boko Haram aims to establish and Islamic caliphate in the oil-rich country and more than 2000 persons have died since it commenced killings and bombings mostly in the northern part of the country.

Nigeria’s 150 million people are evenly distributed among Christians and Muslims.