Monday, 23 April 2018

“Aremu is Stupid” – Kunle Afolayan Lashes Out at Brother

Nigerian filmmaker and actor, Kunle Afolayan,has debunked the statement of one of his brothers, Aremu who claimed their late father,Ade Love, was a very poor man.Speaking with Punch about two weeks ago, Aremu insisted that he came from a poor home.He said, “ My father was never a rich man; he only made money but never had money. Whenever he made money, he spent it almost immediately. He did not have money because he did not have investments. He did not leave anything for me, but he made me work and earn a living for myself. If he had left something, maybe I would have grown better than this, but it has taught me that I would notdo the same to my children. My father was only famous but he was never wealthy.“I was born poor but I don’t know if my other brothers would say otherwise but I know that Iwas born poor in a makeshift wooden face-me-I-face-you house in a very poor area. Rich people never affiliated themselves with us or allowed their children to play with us…”But Kunle, Ade Love’s most popularson, saidhis brother was just being stupid for labelling their father as poor.He told Sunday Scoop, “Do you know Ade Love? Was Ade Love a poor man? That is his (Aremu’s) own opinion as everyone has a mind of their own. I would not say things were rosy, but we were never poor. If your parents were able to give you qualityeducationand you enjoyed some luxuries that a lot of people didn’t have access to, then you cannot openly say you come from a poor home.“I am sure I didn’t come from a poor home. Though I cannot speak for anyone, I just think he (Aremu) is stupid. I didn’t get to see the story. Funnily, some people thought I was the one who granted theinterview. When the General Manager of Eko Hotel told me he read my interview in PUNCH, I was surprised because I didn’t grant any interview recently. Whenever I see the man again, I will let him know it was not me he read; it is a misrepresentation.”Source: PUNCH

Report: Over 2,000 Medical Doctors Dump Nigeria Yearly For UK, US

Stakeholders in the health sector have expressed alarm at the rate Nigerian physicians are trooping abroad in search of greener pastures.In separate interviews with The Guardian, theyshed light on the urgency of the situation, calling on the Federal Government to do more to save the nation’s health infrastructure.It is estimated that at least 2,000 medical doctors leave the country yearly for the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and South Africa.“This is cataclysmic, given the fact that currently, contrary to the recommendations ofthe World Health Organisation (WHO) of a ratio of one doctor to 600 patients, Nigeria hasa ratio of one doctor to 6,000 patients.This poor doctor-patient ratio is regrettable when compared to the ratio of doctor to patients in India (1:2083) and in the United States (1:500).”Figures released February 2018 by the British government indicate that no fewer than 5,405 Nigerian-trained doctors and nurses are currently working with the British National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (U.K.).This means that Nigerian medics constitute 3.9per cent of the 137,000 foreign staff of 202 nationalities working alongside British doctorsand nurses.A Consultant Neurological Surgeon, Brain and Spine Surgery Consortium Abuja, Dr. Biodun Ogungbo, regretted that fresh doctors no longer see a bright future within the shores of Nigeria. “The conditions of work are poor.The facilities are poor and the remunerations are poor. Many doctors are breadwinners in their families but are unable to deliver family expectations,” he said.He advised: “The government needs to take healthcare seriously and make it a major priority in view of its critical importance to ourlives. The amount budgeted for health must beincreased. Better financing translates to more remuneration for health workers, increased training opportunities for doctors, availability of equipment and other consumables.”Professor of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Ifeoma Okoye, shared her experience on the pitiful state of the healthcare system: “As a radiologist, my colleagues and I have faced frustration and embarrassment due to lack of imaging equipment to hone our skills and provide quality service confidently to our patient population, as well as hold our heads high at international fora, where we are faced with colleagues who run their daily practice on the latest high-end modalities.For most of us, knowledge of such equipment is at best theoretical and these experiences of inadequacy turn our professional lives into oneof hard labour and frustration.”Okoye, also a Consultant Radiologist, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu(UNTH), explained: “Trained health professionals are needed in every part of the world, and so when healthcare professionals lack opportunities for professional development, enabling environment to practice and optimise their skills, and find thattheir quality of life and ability to train their children in the best educational institutions is gated by their poor salaries (compared to theirpeers in more advanced countries), they permit their brains to be drained.”According to her, developing the clinical trial industry can add value to “identified growth indicators and become the cornerstone of health and economic transformational agenda, which should help Africa climb up the value chain towards industrialisation and provide opportunities to bring the large informal sector progressively into the formal economy.”Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, former Minister of State for Health and Executive Director Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), told The Guardian: “If political leaders, who control the public purse, continueto choose to travel abroad for medical care, it is a signal for domestic health workers that they, too, ought to travel abroad, in order to practice and advance themselves professionally. We cannot have one without the other.”His view was shared by Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer, Beaconhill Smile Clinics, Dr. Oluwaseun Akinbobola, who noted:“Healthcare is not a priority in our nation, as most decision makers would rather travel abroad when the need arises. Until we prioritise healthcare, I don’t believe this dramatic exodus of doctors will end. You cannot fix a health system you don’t believe in.”He, therefore, advised: “The leadership of the country must instill confidence in and show willingness to improve healthcare services by signing necessary health acts and bills, increasing funding for the sector and ensuring that funds are properly managed.”Former President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Vice President Commonwealth Medical Association (CWMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, recommended: “Better political commitment to health; better appreciation of the worth of medical personnel, along with better and competitive wages; better working conditions and inspiringwork environment; better security and access to social amenities; attractive and globally respected postgraduate training programmes.”Medical Director, Optimal Specialist Hospital Surulere, Lagos, Dr. Celestine Ugochukwu Chukwunenye, on his part, stressed: “Federal Medical Centres should be handed over to the states. Each teaching hospital should then be allowed to float or sink.Their governing boards should reflect the interest of their catchment area and appropriate pricing of their services in line with available government subsidies.”He said the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) must be strengthened to provide betteraccess to these facilities. According to him, it is a ruse to think that forcing the teaching hospitals to charge fees like Primary Health Centres (PHCs) is the way to improve access tothem.Patients, meanwhile, have deserted the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), following the strike action by members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), now in its fourth day.The union embarked on the strike after the expiration of an ultimatum it gave the Federal Government, alleging non-implementation of an agreement that included salaries.

India Introduces Death Penalty For Child Rapists

India’s Cabinet has approved the introduction of death penalty for child rapists – especially girls under 12 – amid national outrage over sexual violence in the country.The order – known as an ordinance – was approved on Saturday at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to India’s Ministry of Women andChildDevelopment.The change to the country’s penal code appliesto those convicted of raping a child under the age of 12.Today, Hon’ble PM Shri@NarendraModiji chaired a Special Cabinet Meeting, which approved promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance,2018, for Death to Child Rapists.— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD)April 21, 2018The change in the law will only become permanent once it is approved by India’s Parliament, which is currently in recess.It goes into effect once it’s signed by the President, considered a formality, but it will lapse after six months if Parliament doesn’t ratify it.The executive order also increased the minimum punishment for female rape from seven years in prison to 10 years, extendable up to life imprisonment, and introduced measures to speed up court proceedings in rape cases. Forensic rape kits will be provided to police stations and hospitals, and specialist labs will be set up exclusively to handle rape cases, the ministry said.There have been nationwide protests in recent weeks over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.The government has come under fire for not doing enough to prevent sexual-assault cases, many involving children.A number of serious crimes in India carry the deathpenalty, but raping a child was not among them until now.

Miracle has emerged the winner of Big Brother Naija 3

Miracle Igbekwe has emerged the winner of Big Brother Naija 3, BBNaija Double Wahala.
Yesterday, Miracle has named the winner of the Nigeria’s biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, BBNaija which startedsince January 28, with 20housemates.Recall that last five housemates Miracle, Tobi, Cee C, Nina and Alex were present for thefinale.  However, Nina, Alex, Tobi were evicted in that other.Miracle and Cee-c were the last two standing. Miracle won!Ebukahowever said they recorded about 170 million votes throughout with about 30 millionvotes coming in the last week of the show

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Eric Many releases official statement on questioning of label owner Okwudili Umenyiora over alleged accusation of 'attempted murder'

Following an exclusive report on the on going rift between Runtown and his record label boss, Okwudili Umenyiora, the label 'Eric Many LTD' has released an official statement exclusively obtained to explain the label's position.

Europa League trophy stolen and recovered in Mexico

Mexican authorities confirm that the Europa League trophy was stolen after being displayed at a publicity event in Mexico, only to be recovered a few hours later in the state of Guanajuato.

Illegal Polling Units: PDP accuses INEC, APC of fresh plot to rig 2019 Eelection

Read the statement below...
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns the fresh plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in compromised areas in favour of the discredited All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammodu Buhari.

''Keep your very dirty and smelly mouth shut'' FFK tells Femi Adesina

Femi Fani-Kayode tweeted this in reaction to Femi Adesina's statement where he said that President Buhari never said

Doctor narrates tale of a patient whose husband puts Misoprotol in her tea and vagina to make her have miscarriages

A medical doctor has narrated the tale of a patient whose husband puts drugs into her tea and in her vagina during sex to make her lose her pregnancies.

Comedian and talkshow host, Teju Babyface and wife, welcome a set of twins after nearly six years of marriage

Comedian and talkshow host, Gbadewonuola Olateju Oyelakin aka Teju Babyface and his wife Tobi, have welcomed a set of twins after nearly 6 years of marriage. Teju and his beautiful wife, Tobi got married in August 2012. Congrats to them!
Sharing the good nes online, Teju wrote
''Please rejoice with us! My wife Oluwatobiloba @tobibanjokooyelakinand I are the very grateful and excited parents of twin Children. It has taken almost 6years but God who neither forgets nor forsakes has given us double for our trouble. I pray that the God whom we serve will remember everyone who seeks Him & give you the desires of your heart. Mother and babies are doing Great! #Grateful #awesomeGod ''.

''Nigerian youths are so angry it will take magic and miracle to get them to reconnect with President Buhari like they did in 2015'' Dele Momodu

In a new article titled ''President Buhari As a Public Relations Nightmare'' publisher Dele Momodu, chronicle the many mistakes President Buhari has made since assuming office and how it has distanced him from Nigerian youths who were so eager to have him come into office in 2015.
According to Momodu, the Nigerian youths who said they would vote President Buhari in 2015 even if all he had as an academic credential was a NEPA bill, are so disappointed in him now that it will take a miracle and magic to get that kind of reconnection.
Momodu went on to say that President Buhari has a lot of media practitioners around him but lacks a public relations expert that would handle any gaffe he creates professionally. Read his piece below...
Fellow Nigerians, these are not the best of times for our dear President, Muhammadu Buhari. And it must be much worse for his media handlers. Let me state matter-of-factly, from the onset, that President Buhari gets into regular trouble, indeed, too frequently, because he has invested heavily in a media team but lacks a public relations team. In Nigeria, most leaders fail to realise that being a good journalist, Editor, Publisher, Broadcaster, and what have you, does not make you a good or excellent public relations guru. The other problem is I’m not sure the President is surrounded by those bold or brave enough to look him straight in the eye to tell him the honest truth. His earlier persona as a military ruler has also not helped matters in this respect. The fear of a military dictator is the beginning of wisdom, according to the view of an average Nigerian.
I must confess that I have been a latter-day convert and ardent fan of President Buhari. I signed up only after he decided to contest the 2015 elections for a record fourth time. I took the view that he was the best man for the job particularly because the Jonathan administration was fumbling and not prone to correction. I played my part in articulating the President’s attraction for me and those like me who felt that he was what Nigeria required at the time, a stop-gap in the mould of Mandela option. Without being immodest I can say that I successfully played my own part in the eventual victory of APC and the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket.
I first had a significant interaction with Buhari in 2011, when he asked Dr Lanre Tejuoso to bring me to his house in Abuja and we got on quite well. The camaraderie was palpable. And he disarmed me with his candour and passion. Prior to the 2015 election, I met Buhari in London at a flat in Mayfair, the day he spoke at Chatham House. He sprang to his feet as soon as I walked in and appeared happy to see me. We chatted briefly and took several pictures with Rotimi Amaechi, Hadi Sirika, Festus Keyamo, Hadiza Bala Usman and others. He was as effervescent and excited as everyone else at the prospect of becoming Nigeria’s new leader. His optimism for the country was infectious and I believed I had made a wise decision in deciding to follow and publicly support him.
I vividly recollect my meeting with President Buhari shortly after he assumed office in 2015. This was at his behest. I found him very relaxed and jocular. We again got on well. Contrary to the public misconception and rumours about his taciturnity, he was witty, chatty and freely spoke his mind. He certainly did not appear dictatorial or aloof. Many of those who saw our interaction on television, as well as the pictures in different media, could not believe how freely we had bonded. I was surprised when a few Ministers asked what I did to make him feel so comfortable with me. Even before I went in to see him, a few people had pleaded with me to help talk to him frankly. I started getting the feeling that they considered me a suicide bomber who should carry away the sins of the earth. But the Buhari I met was not as difficult as he was made out to be. Everyone says when you hold meetings with him, it is a monologue, you are forced to do the talking while he does the listening. And that you never know whether he has heard you or what is on his mind. That was not the Buhari I met. He was receptive and we exchanged ideas on the various issues of national and social interest that we talked about.
It is one of those inexplicable ironies that the same man who generated and galvanised so much love and passionate affection has lost and squandered most of that uncommon goodwill. No one since the June 12, 1993, election, which was clearly and undoubtedly won by Chief MKO Abiola, has had such monumental, widely acclaimed and fair victory as President Buhari did in 2015. The youths of Nigeria were so much in love with him that they studiously ignored all his shortcomings and embraced him warts and all. The same youths are so angry today that I’m almost certain it would take some magic and miracle to get them to reconnect with our President like they did in 2015. There was nothing anyone could have said negatively to Buhari that they would have believed at that time. As a matter of fact, the youths said if Buhari presented NEPA bills as his school certificate result, they would accept it as genuine and further, that they were ready to march for Buhari all the way to Aso Rock.
So what went wrong? It is difficult to point at just one thing. It has been an amalgamation of conflicting issues and signals. The first was the attitude exhibited early in the life of this government that there was no real urgency and Buhari could take forever to handpick his team. The government lost the much-needed steam at that moment. And when the team was announced, it was déjà vu, because there was no difference and no big deal about their composition. Next was the witting or unwitting decision to start a war of attrition within his own party. I warned against this very quickly, but was dismissed as raising false alarm. The APC became a house divided against itself. Till this day they couldn’t hold regular meetings, they couldn’t make most of the necessary political appointments, they couldn’t select their board of trustees, they couldn’t even hold a convention to celebrate their victory not to talk of one to elect a new national executive and so on.
The Party’s highfalutin campaign promises soon became its albatross. The grandiloquent manifesto had been packaged to entice everyone like babies to lollipop but when the day of reckoning and delivery came, the chocolate boxes were suddenly and strangely empty. The schools feeding programs could not be achieved. The social security and welfare packages of arranging stipends for the unemployed youths reached a cul-de-sac because government could not muster such resources. The President’s avowed fiscal policy target of parity between the Naira and the US Dollar – One Naira to one US Dollar proved to be a pipe dream that all discerning members of the public knew it would be. Indeed, it was much worse as the Naira slid to its lowest ever price against all currencies including African ones.
Buhari’s biggest attraction was the belief that he would easily wipe out, or at least significantly reduce, corruption in Nigeria. Those who believed the hype saw him as the only saint in Nigeria, but they forgot that sinners are probably the only ones capable of catapulting the saint to power. He tried his best in fighting the demons of Nigerian democracy, but they were much smarter than he ever bargained for. Pronto, the demons lined up in a long queue and migrated from PDP to APC where they are now comfortably ensconced and protected. Several corruption allegations and scandalous revelations involving members of the government or trusted aides and associates have either been ignored or swept under the carpet. Thus it has become difficult for the ruling party to stand on any moral ground and sermonise or pontificate about fighting corruption. For every finger pointed at others, four fingers pointed back at them. The sacred cows, otherwise known as the cabal, and other members of the Politburo have remained mysteriously and monstrously powerful and untouchable.
The most nauseating to many people has been the blame game. This has irritated so many people, including former Head of State and President, Olusegun Obasanjo, who exploded and told Buhari frontally to deliver on his promises instead of his regular lamentations. He effectively said everyone knew the former government did abominably badly and that is why it was sacked. The blame game seemed to have backfired as Nigerians are bored sick of hearing the same jejune tales over and over, instead of government telling us the good news of their own kingdom, and juxtaposing their own achievements against that of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The government should have known that hungry people hardly listen attentively to preaching and sooner than later would request for the way forward. Using the past as an excuse can only work up to a point. The people want action and not this litany of woes.
The other problem, and this is grave, is that the President hardly talks to Nigerians in Nigeria. And when he speaks, the words are so scanty and not much can be grabbed from them. Our President was critically ill and had to domicile himself abroad for several months cumulatively, yet no one knows what was wrong till this day. A public figure cannot afford to be too secretive in this manner. It only fuels curiosity and promotes ugly rumours. Significantly, the President who does not speak at home picks the wrong places and occasions to talk abroad and attracts controversies and public ridicule to himself and his country. The headlines have always been for the wrong reasons rather than the right mileage for the country and himself from the international media exposure and interest. On those trips, we’ve expanded the lexicon with such phrases as “the other room”; or as the latest gaffe goes “young people who want to sit and want to be paid free money and free health…”
I have been inundated by calls since President Buhari made his latest remarks in London in answer to a question at the end of his keynote address at the Commonwealth Business Forum. To say most of the comments have been quite bad is an understatement. To properly understand I listened to the video and transcribed it myself, although I also had access to my dear brother, the Special Adviser Media to the President, Femi Adesina’s transcription. Below is my humble effort:
“We have ah, a very young population. Our population is estimated conservatively to be ah, a hundred and eighty million. Ah, this is a conservative one. More than 60 per cent of the population is below the age of (sic) thirty. Ah, a lot of them haven’t been to school. They are claiming ah, ah, you know, that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore ah, they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare, ah, education free.”
The furore and fury the latest controversy has generated on social media is almost unprecedented. It is like touching the tiger by the tail. A seemingly harmless statement credited to President Buhari has ignited a huge conflagration everywhere. I felt bad for Femi Adesina as he struggled to defend, explain and transliterate what the President said or meant to say to an unwilling and unyielding audience. It has become a very heavy cross he must carry every time his boss speaks these days and it cannot be easy. It is true the President did not use the word lazy or say that all Nigerian youths sit at home and do nothing. It is also not true that he used the word half-educated. However, what he said about the youths suggests something worse, although that is clearly not what was meant. “a lot of them did not go to school”, translates to a lot of them are uneducated which is even worse than half-educated. One may pardon the President because empirically this is true of the educationally disadvantaged States with which he is very familiar, but it is blatantly false about the south where education is much advanced. Similarly, to say somebody sits down and does nothing and wants to claim freebies is to say that person is irresponsible. In my view, this is much worse than laziness. Factor in the fact that free health, free education and affordable housing for all, were the campaign slogans of the APC and no one begged for it. So you can see a public relations disaster right before your very eyes.
President Buhari indeed has become a public relations nightmare. He is seriously in need of experts and coaches in public speaking and etiquette, especially now that he has decided to challenge fate by aspiring for a second term in office. If the plan is to throw in combatants, trolls and internet warriors to bully his opponents into submission, it would not fly. He needs all the gentility in the world to cajole, coax and convince Nigerians that he means well; that he knows what he is doing; that he is tackling the difficult challenges; that he is not a religious bigot or ethnic supremacist or jingoist; that he would reduce the menace of, if not wipe out, Boko Haram; that he would destroy the rampaging invaders called herdsmen wherever they are coming from; that he would revamp and improve the economy; that he would create opportunities for all Nigerians including jobs for our restive youths; and above all that he will keep all the brightest people closer to him …
I pray it is not too late…

#BBNaija: Dear ladies, would you rock Koko's outfit to her eviction party?

#BBNaija ex-housemate, Koko, stepped out in this silver dress to her eviction party last night.  In a post shared on her IG page, Koko says she loves her body just the way it is

First photos from the church wedding of Donald Duke's daughter, Xerona to DJ Caise

The church wedding of Xerona, daughter of former Cross Rivers state governor, Donald Duke to her fiance, Derin Phillips aka DJ Caise,

'Before the matter went viral, the university was aware and they did nothing' - OAU sex-for-mark victim, Monica Osagie speaks .

Monica Osagie, the student at the centre of a sex-for-mark scandal rocking the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has denied shunning an invitation by the panel probing her audio tape of her conversation with disgraced Professor Richard Akindele, who demanded sex for marks.
She made the denial via proxy, and said she was awaiting an invitation by the panel, the Saturday Sun newspaper reported.
Her proxy, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Founder, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, a non-profit organisation, said that the university did not at any point invite Miss Osagie to face the panel.
She challenged the university to bring evidence that she was formally invited by any means to appear before the panel. “Before the matter went viral, the university was aware of it and they did not do anything.
If the case did not go viral, the university probably would have not done anything and it would have been swept under the carpet. I think that we should focus more on whether the act of that professor amounts to sexual harassment, whether it was a breach of the school’s code of conduct, whether it was a breach of terms of contract for lecturers or whether he abused the relationship that should exist between lecturers and students.”
Afolabi stated that the university should be responsible and responsive in addressing issues of sexual harassment because Miss Osagie is ready to come out whenever the university extends a proper invitation to her, adding that it appears the school wants to protect its reputation at the expense of the young lady.
Akiyode-Afolabi further noted that even though Miss Osagie made the recording to serve as evidence against her lecturer, “she didn’t release the audio. She got the evidence and it was given to one or two people when she was seeking for help. So definitely one of them released the audio, and she cannot be blamed for it.”

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai's son, Bello and wife welcome daughter

Bello, son of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and his wife, Kamilah, have welcomed a daughter. The couple got married in April 2015. Bello shared the good news on his IG page. Congrats to them. He wrote;
''Alhamdullilah. Last night at 9:36, my wife, Kamilah El-Rufai gave birth to a baby girl. They are both in good health. Please pray for us. Indeed, this is the happiest day of my life''.