Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Xenophobia: 6,000 Nigerians will lose their jobs if we leave this country – MTN

Telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria has stated that if they are forced to shut down, over 6,000 Nigerians will be rendered jobless.

This was made known by the company’s Head of Communications, Mr Wale Goodluck.

He was reacting to protests by groups in Edo state and Abuja yesterday that the telecommunications offices in Nigeria will be shut and their installations attacked if the xenophobic attacks in South Africa continue.

According to him, there are only 12 expatriates working for the company in Nigeria compared to a workforce of 6,000 Nigerians.
“So if people go ahead with their threats to attack our facilities, what that means is that we may be forced to close down the business in Nigeria and about 6,000 Nigerians that make up 99% of our workforce will be unemployed.
“Then, when you look at our support chain, we have about 500,000 Nigerians gainfully employed. So, boycotting our services simply means destroying so many other Nigerian businesses and making over 500,000 other Nigerians to lose their jobs. This business supports a lot of businesses across the length and breadth of Nigeria. Many of the businesses that are affiliated to South Africa are in the retail space, supporting the growth of Nigeria and employing so many Nigerians. We see no revenge of Xenophobia and we commend the role the Nigerian High Commissioner in South Africa has played; at least there has been no fatality on the part of any Nigerian,” he said. 

Photos: Ghanaian President, Mahama Visits Pres. Jonathan

Pictured above, President Jonathan welcoming President Mahama of Ghana to State House, Tuesday April 21. 
The Ghanaian President commended Jonathan for his statesmanship in the just concluded presidential election. 
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He also met with President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

Credit: Reuben Abati on Twitter 

Someone posing as Nicki Minaj's ex has leaked alleged nude pics of the rapper

Someone posing as Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend has leaked a number of naked photos, allegedly said to be of the rapper on Twitter.

Just hours after the Pink Friday star appeared to confirm her engagement to Meek Mill, an account attributed to Minaj’s former beau Safaree Samuels started posting a series of NSFW images of Nicki.

Using the Twitter handle @ScaffBeezy, they shared a number of pics apparently of the 'Only' singer, with one showing Nicki posing topless, with just her hands protecting her modesty.

Samuels has strongly denied having anything to do with the leak, with his rep telling TMZ: “He'd never do anything like this, and he's doing everything he can to shut down the twitter. 

Just to be clear, Safaree’s real Twitter account @IAMSAFAREE has around 143,000 followers, while the impostor has just over 3,400.

Samuels rep went on to add that he “doesn’t know” if the images alleged to be of Nicki are legit, while Minaj’s spokesperson is yet to comment. 

Banky W Shares Vacation Pics From Egypt

The EME Records boss is currently on vacation in Egypt. See more pics below. ..

Stephanie Linus & Hubby Celebrate 3rd Wedding Anniversary

Nollywood actress Stephanie Linusand her husband, Linus Idahosa are celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary today and she took to Instagram to share photos from their wedding day as well as a sweet message.

President Jonathan Sacks IG of Police; Meet The New IG

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday sacked the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, The Nation reports. 

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Meanwhile, the President has appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase(Pictured above), as Acting Inspector-General of Police with immediate effect.

The statement reads: “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has relieved the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba of his appointment and duties with immediate effect.
“President Jonathan has also appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, as Acting Inspector-General of Police, also with immediate effect.
“Until his appointment as Mr. Abba’s replacement, Mr. Arase was the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.
“Mr. Arase holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Law, as well as  Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science and Strategic Studies.
“He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.”

GOODNEWS! US To Train Nigerian Police

The United State government has stated its readiness to train the members of the Nigerian Police Force.
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, while visiting the Police Headquarters in Abuja, told the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba of the US plans to establish a partnership in training Nigerian law enforcement personnel.

Mr. Entwistle also commended the brilliant performance of the Nigerian Police Force during the just concluded election.

In response, Mr. Abba assured American ambassador that that this high commendation will serve as a great motivational factor for Nigerian police staff in establishing law enforcement of the world level.

Obasanjo Visits President-Elect, Buhari In Abuja(Photos)

On Monday, April 20, a former President met with the President-elect.
Olusegun Obasanjo, a one time military Head of State, met with Muhammadu Buhari, who has also served in the same capacity.
The pair were all smiles when they met in Abuja, in the presence of their aides.
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Egypt’s Ex-President Morsi Sentenced To 20 years In Prison Over Killing Protesters

AnEgyptian Court on Tuesday sentenced former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012.
Tuesday's ruling is the first against the ousted leader, who stands trials over charges of jailbreak, ordering the killing of protesters, spying and insulting the judiciary.
The court has also sentenced 12 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to 20 years in prison, while two others received 10-year imprisonment terms in the same case.
Morsi along with the other defendants are charged with kidnapping, torturing and using violence against protesters during demonstrations outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in 2012 in Cairo.
The verdict still can be appealed.
At the courtroom of the Cairo Criminal Court, Morsi, along with the other defendants, stood inside a glass cage wearing an ordinary prison dress.

Morsi was ousted by the army in July 2013 after mass protests against his one-year rule.
Many figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the power base of Morsi, received death and imprisonment sentences in violence-related cases.
Hundreds of the group's members and supporters are in prison, awaiting trials related to inciting violence, conspiring with foreign powers to destabilize Egypt and killing protesters, some of which carry the death penalty.

Photo: Ex- Governor, Peter Obi Visits Nigerian Victims Of Xenophobic Attack In South Africa

The former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi who is in South Africa at the moment took out time to visit Nigerians who have been victims of the ongoing xenophobic attacks to show solidarity to them. Among those in the picture are some Nigerians who managed to escape different attacks, but still got wounded in the process.

47-year-old father in court for defiling (his own) daughter

A 47-year-old man, Solomon Ojo, was on Monday arraigned in an Ota Senior Magistrates’ Court, Ogun State for alleged rape of his daughter.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ojo was charged with one count of rape.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Rosemary Brown, told the court that the accused committed the offence sometime in 2013 at about 12 noon at his residence.
Brown said the accused forcefully had carnal knowledge of his daughter (name withheld).
She said the offence contravened Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 1, Revised Law of Ogun State, 2006.
The Magistrate, Miss Temitope Adebutu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adebutu said the sureties must have landed property within the court’s jurisdiction and swear to an affidavit of means.
She said, “The sureties should also provide evidence of one year tax payment and submit photocopy of this to the court.”
The magistrate subsequently arraigned the case till June 3, 2015 for hearing.

Looking Like A Bride! Rihanna Was A Bridesmaid At Assistant’s Wedding [PHOTOS]

She looks like a bride!
Rihanna's assistant, Jennifer Morales got married yesterday to her long time lover, Aaron Davies on a beach in Hawaii and she was a bridesmaid...Really lovely of her.
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I have no regrets for abusing Buhari – Doyin Okupe

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, on Monday said he has no regrets for attacking President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari, during the electioneering period. 

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr. Okupe said he would continue to stand by his action during the period because he did so to promote his principal, President Goodluck Jonathan and put down his challenger, Mr. Buhari.

Read Mr. Okupe’s full statement below.
These are very interesting times in our nation. An election has come and gone. A victor has emerged and the loser has conceded. Yet some of our folks are behaving as if we have just gone through a war between two hostile nations.
APC agents all over the place are unrelenting in their tirades of abuses, insults and lies against President Jonathan, his aides and supporters.
It is shameful that we are still saddled with denying falsehood and fabrications in the social media and even hitherto highly respected newspapers.
– Missing $20b found in an account in Zenith
– President Jonathan returns tons of dollars to federation accounts.
– N2trillion spent on elections by President Jonathan.
– Okupe says Chibok girls will not be found.
How many lies, deliberate falsehood and evil propaganda, outright curses and attacks must we suffer just because we lost an election in which we were never disgraced? Buhari polled 15m(56%) while Jonathan scored 12m (46%). Those who talk to us disparagingly should respect the sentiments of the 12 million who voted for Jonathan.
Of course, we have our reservations about the results but we will pass on that for now. We have lost this election but this is not and can never be a crime. We are all Nigerians and haven lost does not make us less. We should be allowed to bow out peacefully and constitutionally on the 29th of May.
Yes I said Buhari was not electable. I also said his victory will not happen. I said and still insist that buhari has no WASC certificate. I said a lot of things to promote my candidate and many things to put his opponent down. I have no regrets for any of the statements I made. Lai Mohammed said worse. This is the nature of politics.
For any one who cares to listen. We will be back.  Period.

This is what you must do, if you want to succeed – Bakare has a counsel for Buhari

Pastor Tunde Bakare, has advised the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to make certain that he appoints technocrats as ministers if indeed , he wants to succeed.

The founder of the Latter Rain Assembly, who was Buhari’s running mate during the 2011 presidential election, made the conments at the Wema Bank 70th commemorative lecture in Lagos on Monday, April 20.

At the event tagged; “Why Nations Succeed,” Bakare stated that issues such as zoning and religion must be disregarded if the right people will emerge.

He said, “In a few weeks’ time after the handover, I pray that the North, which has been out of power for a while, will not say now ‘it is our turn’. And whether the person fits the role or not, they put again, round pegs in square holes and forget the real issues and begin to attract the same incompetent people to run our affairs.
“What is it that is wrong with our nation that the best, the most competent, the fittest and people with capacity are not the ones running our affairs?”
“It is not difficult to put things in order. If we have the mind to do it and you have the right people to occupy these offices like my sister Oby and like el-Rufai did in Abuja, those are the people we need to attract regardless of their religion, regardless of their gender, regardless of what part of the country they come from.”

Cissy Houston: Bobbi Kristina Brown Is Not Awake; She Has 'Irreversible Brain Damage

Bobbi Kristina Brown's grandmother, Cissy Houston, revealed on Monday that her granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has "irreversible brain damage." 

The mother of the late Whitney Houston spoke out in a statement to PEOPLE after Bobbi Kristina's father, Bobby Brown, 46, told a crowd at a concert in Dallas on Saturday that Bobbi was "awake" and "watching" him perform. 
"I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive."
"Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me. We can only trust in God for a miracle at this time. Keep us in your prayers." 
Bobbi Kristina, 22, was first hospitalized on Jan. 31 after being discovered unconscious in the bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home. In February, doctors attempted to remove Bobbi Kristina from her medically induced coma, but put her back into the comatose state after she experienced violent seizures

Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger Have Split

Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger appeared to be mending their relationship after going through a tough time last month, but a source confirms to PEOPLE the couple have broken up. 

"It's not a break," says a source close to the couple. "It's done." 
"They're just in two different places in their lives – he's in college and she's focused on her music and career," says the source. 

The "Wrecking Ball" singer, 22, has been busy recording in the studio, traveling with friends and attending events solo without Schwarzenegger, 21, who was spotted with pals at Coachella two weekends in a row. 

In March, the USC student was photographed seemingly getting close to another girl while on spring break in Mexico.