Saturday, 5 September 2015

Buhari, Osinbajo deceiving Nigerians with their assets declaration - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the statement by the Presidency on President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, as a “mere” list of some belongings in place of the pledge made to Nigerians by the President during the electioneering campaigns.
The party said Buhari and Osinbajo failed to produce copies of their declarations, detailing the exact nature and value of respective assets.
The party in a statement on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said “the release of a mere list of belongings falls short of credibility, transparency and anti-corruption standards as well as exposes the proclivity of the present administration for deception.”
“We have noted the release of a flimsy list of belongings of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by the Presidency, who want such to pass as the public declaration of assets as pledged by the President.
“Nigerians are not deceived by this poor attempt at window-dressing designed by the Presidency to hoodwink the unsuspecting populace in a desperate bid to shore up its diminished image.

Kylie Jenner Opens Up About Being Bullied as She Shares Inspirational Photo: 'I Breakdown, I Hide, I Cry'

Kylie Jenner got personal on Friday as she shared a pic of anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez on Instagram. 

Velasquez, who suffers from a rare syndrome that stops her from gaining weight, became a motivational speaker and started posting videos on YouTube after someone posted a cruel video calling her the "world's ugliest woman." 
"It is so unacceptable to treat people like this," Jenner wrote in a long caption on the photo of Velasquez. 

And then the reality star talked about her own struggles with bullying. 
"People are so quick to say horrible things about me everyday over and over and sometimes I can't take it," she wrote. "Even I at times get affected by it, I breakdown, I hide, I cry." 
 "It's resulted in a lot of anxiety for me that I've never had to deal with before ever," the 18-year-old continued. "My every move has been documented for the whole world and its been a nightmare trying to find myself through all of this. And I've absolutely lost apart of myself." 
Telling Velasquez how she admires her, Jenner wrote, "Lizzie has taken that negative energy and has turned it around by traveling around the world doing motivational speeches. When I asked her what the key messages were of her speeches, she told me that 'Most importantly I try to convey that all you need to have is a brave heart to accomplish whatever you want to achieve. Let the negative build you up instead of knocking you down. You are enough no matter what; you were put on this earth for a reason.' " 

World's Shortest Man Chandra Dangi, Has Died At 75 (Photos)

THE world's shortest man has died of pneumonia aged 75.
Chandra Dangi – who was 21.5in tall – died in the Pacific island of American Samoa after a brief illness.
The primordial dwarf – known as Prince Chandra – was being treated in his home country of Nepal but had travelled 7,500 miles to American Samoa for an appearance.
He was rushed to the Lyndon B Johnson Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago when his condition worsened but doctors were unable to save him.

Family friend Sujit Dilip – owner of India's Rambo Circus – said: "Today, our circus is flooded with tears at the loss of the world's smallest man who we lovingly called Prince Chandra."
Mr Dangi – who was the same size as six cans of baked beans – became internationally famous and travelled the world after he earned a place in the Guinness book of world records in 2012.
He beat Indian Gul Mohammed – who measured 22.5in before he died at the age of 40 in 1997.

Buhari’s First Semester Report Card - Etcetera's writeup this Saturday is interesting

Etcetera's writeup this weekend is instructing. He writes on Buhari’s performance so far since he assumed office.
Read below:
We often use benchmarks as measures of progress. ‘How is your favourite football team doing at the beginning of this season?’ ‘How many words does your one-year-old son say in a minute?’
And, of course, there’s the time-honoured measure of how well a new president is doing after 100 days in office. In case you hadn’t heard, that benchmark is here for President Buhari.
You may feel it’s a little impertinent for me to issue a report card for President Buhari on his performance during his first 100 days in office. Yes, I’m not his teacher, and he’s not my student.
But what the heck? It’s a free country and everyone else is doing it. So here it goes:
Confidence:- Buhari has brought back confidence in governance. Especially in tough times, the confident presence of a leader begets confidence in those that he or she leads. With his steady demeanour, optimistic outlook and command, Buhari embodies confidence. The number of incompetent heads of parastatals he has sacked so far reflects that sentiment. The percentage of Nigerians who think the country is on the right track is up. Grade: A1
Pace of Governance:– When the pressure is high, leaders need perspective. They need swift action. Buhari is working on so many things all by himself that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all of them. He has too much on his plate. He should get into perspective and allow others do the job where he can’t. It won’t be a surprise to discover that the president is in charge of his travel itinerary, meeting schedule and other range of issues on his plate. He runs the risk of edging toward a burn out. Well, some argue that the president is keeping a pace that works for him. Grade: F9 
Communications:– Effective leadership communication is outcome oriented and audience specific. President Buhari is clearly not an articulate communicator and he doesn’t do enough to shape his message to the audience. Hearing Mr. President pronounce APC leaves you lost and wondering if you heard him correctly. Maybe his media aides should have used this as an excuse to exonerate him from the hundred things he promised to have achieved before his first 100 days in office that has now capped him as a liar. Buhari’s tone of voice usually stays within a fairly narrow range. He could do better here. Grade: F9
Team Player: – There are two major factors on this distinction. The first is to get a great team in place. The second is to get your ego out of the way and allow the team to do their job. Buhari has stumbled here and most people will agree that his failure to appoint ministers in his first 100 days in office has been a setback to governance. Whether you agree with me or not, Buhari can’t be president and ministers all by himself. We need competent hands to man the various ministries. You cannot achieve a lot in three and half months without the support of a team. Good leaders are the keepers of the what, not the masters of the how. Assembling a strong team also helps in establishing an agenda. Buhari needs to realise that he’ll likely never have more momentum than he has now if he doesn’t put a team on the ground. Grade: F9
Accountability and Responsibility:President Buhari has done fairly well with the campaign for government officials to be held accountable for their actions or inactions. He has brought a sense of transparency and has taken some interesting first steps in promoting government accountability. I think this is an area where there is a lot more to do however. For instant, there hasn’t really been a clear explanation yet as to how he is going to tackle corruption and how the country will avoid being ripped apart by government officials in the years to come. Grade: C
Economy: – This has so far been one of the president’s worst subjects. He may be making a grave mistake focusing all his attention on recouping looted funds instead of providing the basic needs of the people. Never in history has this approach successfully led a country out of recession. This might lead to an unhappy ending, and more inflation. The continuous drop of the nation’s currency is stark reminder that we are still in the worst slump in 50 years. Grade: F9
National Security:- Nigerians are still not experiencing any sense of security. People are dying and getting maimed everyday on the streets by hoodlums and touts. Boko Haram insurgents are still using the yet to be found Chibok girls for their bombings. Armed robbers are having a field day carting away properties. The country is still not safe. Grade: F9 

70 year old man wakes up in Benue morturary 3days after being certified dead (Photos)

A man who was certified dead and had spent three days in a mortuary in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, has returned to life.
Amos Otene, 70, had been certified dead by doctors at a private hospital on Saturday, August 26, at about 4.30am. He was subsequently covered up and wheeled into the mortuary to await embalming.
The doctors had also extracted body fluids and other substances from the Otene’s body for post mortem examination in order to reveal the cause of his assumed death.
Otene had been admitted to the hospital on Friday, August 25, after he complained of severe toothache which persisted for several days

One of his children, Eche, who lives in Lafia, Nassarawa state, was taken to the mortuary to confirm that his father had indeed died. According to him: “The morticians at the hospital wheeled out the trolley containing my father and unveiled the face for me to see.
“It was in this process that he started raising his right hand and all of us fled towards the reception area of the mortuary. From a safe distance we watched as my father lifted himself and sat on the bed and that was about seven minutes later. One of the attendants eventually summoned enough courage and approached my father who fell back on the trolley.”
The doctors immediately ordered that Otene be readmitted in the ward where he was attended to and remained in the ward till the doctors carried out series of tests and certified him fit to go home.
Meanwhile, well-wishers have been goinging to Otene’s residence to catch a glimpse of him. Speaking to Vanguard, Otene said: “What I remember is that I was in a vehicle and traveled a long distance.
“When I got there, there were many people and there was a lot of celebration and merriment and the people were happy. But they did not allow me to stay with them. They said I should go back and repeat my work.
I am much better now and I thank God for everything and I also owe many thanks to the hospital for taking care of me and my family members who have been worried. I hope they will continue to be with me until I am completely free from this stress.”
But a Makurdi-based medical practitioner, Dr. Ameh Edace, said Otene was most likely not dead when he was declared so. He said:“He was in a long coma. He was in a long coma if he came back to life before embalment.”