10 May 2016
Cape Town – In the latest race row to rock South Africa, a senior white judge is under fire for implying that the act of rape was part of black culture. Gauteng High Court Judge, Mabel Jansen, said that she was unfairly accused of being a racist after comments she posted on
There is no denying that a trip to Nigeria is not complete without a taste of Suya. The long thin cut of beef, marinated in delicious spices and grilled over red-hot coals, has over the years become one of the favorite street foods
Zaaki has not been doing music for years now but he is still living extra-large. Last year, he bought a 2013 Mercedes G-Wagon and people started asking questions of how he makes his money. When he spoke it was full of material stuffs
He revealed that he was already a millionaire at the age of 18. “ I have been in the entertainment industry for over two decades; I have many hit songs and have performed for Bill Clinton and George Bush” he said.
The First Lady Of Edo State, Mrs Iara Oshiomole has always been an attraction whenever she steps out.
Recently she was at 3rd Annual Vintage Red Ball Gala & Awards Night held in the city of London and looked so glamorous.
Her beauty, elegance and grace was evident as she walked into the event room at the Holiday Inn, Regents Park in Central London.
Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, has condemned in the strongest possible terms, the vexed issue of domestic violence, which has continued to rear its ugly head in the state and across the country. She made the denunciation in Alausa, Ikeja, against the backdrop of Lekan Shonde, who allegedly beat his wife, Ronke, to death at their Egbeda home last week.
Celebrated Nigerian comedian Oluwaseyi Aletile Lawrence, popularly known as Seyi Law is no doubt basking in the success his career over the years and also enjoying marital bliss.
The award winning comedian who has been married for five years to his beautiful wife, Stacy Ebere in an interview with NAIJ.COM, advises youths on what they should look out for before they get married, challenges he has faced in his own marriage and much more.
What advice do you have for people about marriage? I believe one of the greatest advice I have ever given about marriage is that nobody should marry into homes where there is no anchor person.
A home where there is total disunity is not the right place to marry into. If you are dating somebody and there is nobody in that home you can talk to, there something is wrong.
I am not sure you are getting into the right home. Whether we like it or not, African homes are built on family values. Once a home loses those values it is difficult to succeed in such homes. The Yoruba are particular about inter-ethnic marriage, did you face that before getting married? Sometimes, when God orchestrates something, it is just perfect.
I will say it is divine. I have always loved something about the Igbo that I didn’t know it was going to translate into marriage for me. I love Igbo songs, people like Osadebe, Oliver de Coque.
I remember one of Oliver de Coque’s songs plays in my head right from childhood. I grew up listening to those songs. One of my favourite songs is an Igbo Christian song.
Thank God for the parents I have. My mom was not particular about tribe. She has always said she will never choose for her children. It is important that you make your own mistake and learn from them.
It is also more important to look at the mistakes of those ahead of you and learn from them. My mother told us that they wanted her to marry somebody but she turned it down and married my dad. Now the person is late. You could imagine if she had married that person.
She probably would have passed through a lot of challenges in her marriage but she has come out strong and she has drawn closer to God than ever. Because of that, she doesn’t worry about who you marry.
My dad who was particular about it changed his mind when he met my wife. I can tell you that my wife is the favourite daughter-in-law.
That goes to show that tribe isn’t a judge of a person’s personality, but what the person has within. Good enough for me, my wife’s parents are great Christians. They weren’t particular about where their daughter would get married from. The most important thing for them was love and wellbeing of their daughter.
That has really helped us.
Seyi Law and wife digging it on their wedding anniversary. Will you say marriage is sweet or not? Marriage is sweet. I tell people, what you get out of marriage is what you want.
There is no where it is written in the Bible that marriage will be sweet or bitter. It is your decision that makes it sweet or bitter. The moment we began to do the things that make marriage sweet, the better for us. Bitterness is not quarrel, even the instructions that God gave about marriage that husband should love their wives and wife submitting to their husband is like a contrast to what our human nature wants.
Every man wants respect, but not every man wants love, that is the truth. A man can do away with love, the same way a woman will do away with respect but they cannot do away with love. It is in a man’s nature to want respect. He can do away with love.
God is asking a woman to respect and a man to give love. It is what the woman really loves. What God asked the woman to give is what men lie, respect. Sometimes, women find it hard to respect and men find it hard to love.
They are like contrast. It takes submission by both parties to give what is required in marriage. That also boils down to how well we can humble ourselves. What greater level of humility is being naked in front of each other and not being ashamed of each other. If we can see that among ourselves, then we can conqueror what is expected of us.
Basically I don’t call them challenges; I call them lessons to be learnt. We have had our ups and downs in the union.
We have had times we had to fight each other. We have had times we had serious disagreements but the most important thing is that, we have been able to resolve them.
Every passing day is a lesson and a blessing. In my own little way, I used to tell people that the first six months is probably the toughest.
Mr and Mrs Aletile Lawrence.
Why did you say so? I know what I passed through in the first six months of my marriage. At that point that we thought everything would have ended and then the grace of God kept us. We have been able to celebrate five years, despite the fact that people thought that the love will wear out when there are no children, but God has been faithful.
I have a reason to celebrate her every day. She is so much an encouragement to me and my career. When a woman who is your wife will look at your face and tell you, you need jokes. That is a big challenge for improvement for you. She deserved all that I could do and I have done for her.
Watch Seyi Law’s interview below:
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday assured Nigerians that non of the recovered looted funds would be aloud to be looted again. The minister gave the assurance in Kaduna at the second Town Hall meeting to mark the one year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. He said that the Federal Government was committed to ending corruption in line with its campaign promise and would be meticulous in driving the campaign. Mohammed said so far, the government’s war on corruption had helped to sensitise Nigerians on the devastating impact of corruption on their livelihood. “Today, Nigerians are less tolerant of corruption and corrupt people than before. “This is because we have raised the bar in the fight against this cankerworm. We have also brought to the attention of Nigerians the cost of corruption. “Thanks to the sensitization campaign we launched earlier this year, Nigerians now know the cost of corruption, instead of just talking about it in the abstract. “In other words, it is not just that money is stolen, but such action also deprive the people of the benefits that would have accrued to them if the funds have been spent for the purposes they were meant for. “For example, those who shared in the 2.1 billion dollars meant for arms didn’t just take the money meant for the purchase of arms and ammunition for the military, they also contributed to sending many innocent soldiers and civilians to their early graves. “Let me state here that the revelations from the 2.1 billion dollars are just a tip of the iceberg, because the total funds involved in the arms purchase is 15 billion dollars! “Now, those who pocketed the money meant for upgrading the power infrastructure also succeeded in putting Nigerians in darkness. “Of course the government is also diligently prosecuting those alleged to have looted our commonwealth. “With the support of the judiciary, these cases will be disposed of expeditiously.” The minister also spoke of efforts at ending the Boko Haram insurgency, stating that the focus now was on the resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of victims and areas affected. On the economy, Mohammed said the government was working to address the challenges. “We have lost a substantial part of our earnings to the massive crash in the price of oil. “Think about this: If you lose 70 per cent of your monthly salary, your life can never be the same again. “At its worst level, oil crashed from over 100 dollars to about 30 dollars a barrel. It has recently inched up to over 40 dollars per barrel, but that is still very low, compared to a high of over 100 dollars per barrel. “For a mono-product economy, this shortfall is nothing short of disaster, but the Administration has decided to turn this disaster to a blessing by working assiduously to diversify our economy away from oil. “Agriculture, Solid Minerals, Culture and Tourism are some of the sectors we are currently working to rejuvenate so they can earn huge revenues for the country and create jobs. “While these efforts are on, the Administration has decided to plug all financial leakages through the Treasury Singles Account (TSA), into which trillions have accrued so far.” The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the ministers at the forum were those of Petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, Solid Minerals, Mr Kayode Fayemi, and the Minister of State, Budget, Zainab Abubakar.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria’s problem is not the constitution
He argues that leadership and corruption remains the key problems of Nigeria
Obasanjo said the nation is in dire need of continuity of governments
He said Jonathan’s administration was corrupt, but Buhari will do well as president The former president of Nigeria noted that until Nigeria embraces the culture of continuity, the country would continue to grope in the dark while laying the blame on the nation’s lopsided constitution.
“The problem of Nigeria is not the constitution,” Obasanjo argued, adding: “There is no constitution that is perfect in as much as it is written by human beings.” He further noted that if he had opportunity to rewrite the constitution of this country, there are only a few things he will change.
Obasanjo who was the guest speaker yesterday, May 9, at the third Covenant University International Conference on African Development Issues (ICADI), said there are certain things he would love to change if he had the opportunity to rewrite Nigeria’s constitution. The conference was themed: “Driving Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Africa: Models, Methods and Policies.”
The former head-of-state stressed that the major problem in Africa is leadership noting that Nigeria is not an exception. “This is why I continue to say that If there is nothing we have got right since 56 years of our existence, then there is no need for our existence as Nigeria.” Obasanjo whose lecture was titled: “What is Right With Africa” identified Nigeria’s problems as leadership and corruption, saying that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan was corrupt, and that the administration of his successor the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua, jettisoned his plan for continuity. He recalled that his successor the late Musa Yar’adua initially campaigned for continuity after him. However, Obasanjo lamented that on attaining power, Yar’adua discarded the plan and some of the things his (Obasanjo) administration erected. Obsanjo also expressed concern over the profligacy displayed by the National Assembly with respect to the offensive amount expended on purchasing cars, wondering if it was constitutional. “The purchase of cars by the Nigerian senators is absolute nonsense, after being given money for cars and house allowances, yet they still appropriated special funds for car purchase.” Obasanjo also appealed to Nigerians to give President Muhammadu Buhari benefit of the doubt, saying up until now, he only knows him as a principled man. “PMB served under me and I know him a little bit. He hasn’t deviated from what I knew him for. Actually he is not a perfect man, indeed no leader can be perfect.
“Buhari might not be grounded in both the economy and foreign affairs, he is doing well in fighting Boko Haram and in his anti-corruption crusade. I am very optimistic as far as Nigeria is concerned because we have somebody that will do it well as president,” Obasanjo said. The keynote speaker, Prof Joy Ogwu who is Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nation (UN) said Nigeria cannot have development in isolation of security, saying 85 per cent of security agenda of United Nation is on African countries. She said Africans owe themselves a duty to address their various developmental challenges. Meanwhile, Obasanjo has called on traditional rulers in Yorubaland not to engage in needless supremacy battles among themselves. The ex-president stressed that the Obas must respect the throne they occupy and guard it jealously. The Nation reports that Obasanjo spoke on Thursday, May 5, when the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun state. According to him, the “I am greater than you in throne” syndrome among some royal fathers had drawn Yorubaland backward over the years. Obasanjo urged the Obas to shun unnecessary rivalry and put good governance first.
Read more: https://www.naij.com/824944-just-in-obasanjo-blasts-nigerian-senate-tackles-jonathan-extols-buhari.html
A 44-year-old woman, Susan Lijadu, on Tuesday told a Lagos Island Customary Court, Lagos, that her husband, Folarin forced her to make a covenant with him. Folarin, 47, had in April urged the court to dissolve his 20-year-old marriage for alleged lack of trust and love. Susan, a mother of four, told the court that their marital problem started in year 2000 when her husband became blind as a result of a motor accident. She said that he became suicidal, aggressive and very jealous and in 2013 he forced her into making a covenant with him. “Since he became blind everything about him has changed. He once tried to kill himself but I pleaded with him and assured him that everything will be well. “He also became aggressive toward me and one day he nearly strangled me to death and if not for our neighbours who came to my rescue I would have been dead. “Three years ago he ordered me to buy a cockerel, three colanuts, bittercola and alligator pepper. I was stripped naked in the presence of one herbalist from Ondo State. “I was told to swear that no other man will ever see my nakedness or have any sexual intercourse with me except my husband. “All the items were buried in a hole dug in front of our room,’’ she said. Susan told the court that her husband, who did not make the same covenant with her, had now impregnated one of their tenants and wants to divorce her. “My husband wants to dump me after putting an embargo on me,’’ she said. Folarin denied forcing his wife to swear an oath, adding that she was the one who urged him to make her take the oath and that he did not swear with her. He said that he filed for the dissolution of their marriage when he could not control her. “When I became incapacitated, I sent my wife to computer school and opened a shop for her to enable her take care of the home financially. “She stopped going to shop and started selling petrol at the junction of our house which I did not support. “During one of our arguments in December 2015, she bathed me with kerosene and threatened to set me ablaze. “I did not impregnate our tenant, I am not interested in the marriage again. I want a divorce,’’ Folarin said. The Court President, Mr Awos Awoshola, reprimanded them on the oath taking. “No one can predict what will happen tomorrow, we humans are always changing. We want something today, that thing might become what we detest tomorrow,” Awoshola said. Awoshola added that before the court could dissolve the marriage, the covenant must be broken and that the two parties must provide evidence that the oath had been revoked. He ordered both parties to maintain peace and adjourned the case till May 24 for further hearing.
*Arrests ex-Akwa Ibom MILAD, Idongesit Nkanga over N450m of Deziani’s $115m sleaze By Soni Daniel & Omeiza Ajayi THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, yesterday, questioned the spokesman of Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation for hours, asking him to return the N840 million he allegedly received for the prosecution of the Presidential election last year. Ex-Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode arriving the EFCC Abuja office on Monday, May 9, 2016 for questioning Although the former minister had insisted that he got the money to do specific assignments given him by the former President, Vanguard learned that the EFCC asked him to produce the cash or nothing else. The agency is said to have produced evidence that the former Minister of Finance, Senator Esther Nenadi Usman, who was also received N2.5 billion out of the N4 billion that was shared to them, had refunded N140 million, in addition to surrendering two palatial homes in Abuja, to secure her freedom. The former minister, who was confronted with evidence of how he collected the huge sum drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria, did not, however, deny receiving the money. A source close to him argued that the money was properly utilised for the intended purpose and that he did not see any justification for asking the former minister to refund the money already utilised. The former minister, who arrived the EFCC headquarters on Formella Street, Wuse 2, at 9:45 am, was still being quizzed at 9 pm yesterday, although sources said he would be granted administrative bail on condition that he returned the money. Some of the conditions already set for the proposed bail included producing two sureties who must be serving directors in the federal civil service and who must be landlords in Abuja. But there was no indication at the time of filing the report that any of the conditions had been met. It was likely that the commission would keep the former minister in its custody for sometime, going by similar cases in recent time. The former minister had decried the attempt by the agency to take him in earlier than Monday and had defied moves by its operatives to arrest him last weekend. The agency was yet to release any information on the former minister last night. Idongesit Nkanga arrested Meanwhile, a former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd) was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, for allegedly collecting N450 million from the sleazy $115million deposited by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke with Fidelity Bank, Plc. He was arrested in Port- Harcourt, Rivers State. Nkanga was alleged to have collected the money in two tranches, from a staff of Fidelity Bank in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State: Mr. Saint-Anthony Ejiowu. The first tranch of the money, a sum of N350 million was collected on March 27, 2015 while the second tranch of N100 million was collected on March 31, 2015. Nkanga signed for the two tranches. An EFCC source said last night that Nkanga was in their custody and would be charged to court soon.
Rents nationwide have gone above €1,000 a month for the first time since the financial collapse.
Not since May 2008 have average monthly rents across the State been at this level, a new report from Daft.ie shows.
And the supply of properties to rent is at its lowest level on record.
Rental costs shot up by 9.3pc in the last year, the new report shows.
Surging rents is just one of the challenges facing new Housing Minister Simon Coveney as he begins his first week in the new portfolio.
Rents rose by an average of 2pc in the first quarter of 2016, the report says.
The average monthly rent across the State is now €1,006 - an eight-year high.
Dublin rents were up almost 9pc in the past year, and are now above their previous high, which occurred in 2008.
But there were even stronger rises in cities outside the capital. The highest rate of inflation countrywide was in Cork city, where rents rose by a staggering 16pc in the past year.
Galway, Limerick and Waterford all recorded double-digit rises in rental costs.
Outside the major cities, rents have risen by 8.7pc in the last 12 months.
Supply of properties to rent is now at its lowest level on record, the Daft.ie report indicates. Just 3,120 properties were available to rent on May 1 last.
A year previously, that figure was 4,300, while in 2009 there were 23,000 homes available to rent. Availability in Dublin remains very low, with just 1,100 homes on the market at the start of May, compared to an average of 3,800 for the decade 2006 to 2015.
Dr Ronan Lyons, an economist at Trinity College Dublin who compiled the report, said: "The severe shortage of rental accommodation has worsened in the last three months, a phenomenon reflected in rapidly rising rents in all parts of the country."
Dr Lyons said that with the formation of a new Government, a top priority must be to address the lack of housing of all kinds, including homes to rent.
Dr Lyons said there was a huge risk that rental inflation would become embedded in the system.
"There is a danger that this very high rate of inflation becomes something of a new normal. There is nothing normal - or indeed sustainable - about inflation in rents of 10pc," he said.
One out of every five households rents their home.
Dublin rents were up 8.8pc in the past year, with the average now €1,464.
Cork saw an annual rise of 16pc in rental costs, with the average monthly cost now €1,003.
Galway tenants are now paying an average of €900 a month, up 12.7pc in a year.
In Limerick the average rental is €792 a month, up 12.4pc. Waterford rents are now €687, up 11.1pc since last year. In the rest of the country the average is €708, up 8.7pc in the past 12 months.
Reacting to the figures, the Irish Property Owners' Association said that the State took 60pc of rent payments in taxes.