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Monday, 18 June 2018

Ex-PDP Chairman Makarfi battles Atiku for PDP presidential ticket

A former Governor of Kaduna State and immediate past Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ahmed Makarfi, has joined the race to contest the nation’s presidency in 2019.

The two-term-senator said at a press briefing in Kaduna on Sunday that after wide consultations with party men and women as well as other major stakeholders, he had decided to seek the party’s nomination to contest the poll.

According to Makarfi, he is now ready to pick the PDP nomination form ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

He explained that after the consultations, the result was quite positive and encouraging and that it was fair enough for him to come out and join other “capable party men and women” to seek the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election.

Makarfi will battle a former Vice President and presidential hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, who had recently appointed a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the Director-General of his 2019 presidential campaign.

Though he had yet to intimate his party through writing, he added that “one has to come to the decision to seek the nomination before you even seek formally.”

He said, “I have not written to the party but who do you consult with? It is the same party men and women that you consult informally.

“At this stage, it is to seek the party’s nomination. The successful nominee will become the candidate that will stand for the election.

“But first thing first. If one’s party does not put one forward, one can’t say he is contesting the presidency yet. At this stage, I have come to the conclusion that it is okay, based on the consultations that I have had.”

“I have been consulting across the country since I left as the chairman of the party. It’s just consultations and not an endorsement. But it gives you an opportunity to feel the pulse and it will tell whether to go forward or not to go forward.

The consultations have been quite positive and I believe it is fair enough to come to the conclusion that one should join other equally capable party men and women who have shown interest in seeking the party’s nomination for the 2019 presidential election.”

Makarfi also noted that he had all it took to lead Nigerians to the promise land and thanked the All Progressives Congress for campaigning for the PDP through “bad governance.”

“We must also thank the APC for working for us because they have been working for us. They have refused to govern well, they have been fighting each other,” he said.

How To Prevent Leg Cramps During A Long Journey

Flying might be the gateway to a great holiday, but for some, it can be a torture because of the leg cramps they suffer during their flight especially if it is a long one. This can actually ruin your flight and makes you very uncomfortable. Jumia Travel shares ways to prevent leg cramps during a long flight if you were to experience it.

Move your toes
Keeping your feet and ankles moving while sitting for long periods will encourage regular blood flow. Part of the problem of sitting for a long time is that gravity encourages blood to pull in your feet and ankles. Without fresh blood being delivered to your legs, they become swollen and painful. Moving your feet and legs about prevents the blood from collecting in this way.
Be fashion conscious
The trendiest outfit for a flight is a cool loose-fitting clothing, and flat shoes. You will get through security quickly than your high-heeled wearing companions while loose-fitting clothes do not restrict blood circulation.
Watch your position
You know that long-haul flights can be boring and uncomfortable. However, trying to ease your discomfort by crossing your legs or curling up in your seat is not always the best plan. This has the same effect as wearing tight clothing. Blood flow is restricted, encouraging fluid to build up in your legs, rather than circulate towards your heart.
Choose your seat wisely
You can’t choose whether or not you will experience leg cramps on a flight, but you can usually choose where you’ll be seated. Book an aisle seat instead of a window seat, as it will allow you to periodically stretch your legs without disturbing the person next to you.
Exercise before your flight
Exercising a few hours before your flight can help burn off some extra energy and relieve your leg’s restlessness later on. If you don’t have the time for a workout in the busy pre-flight hours, try to stay active right up to the moments before boarding. Walk, stand, stretch, and browse the airport shops to keep your legs busy.
Go for a walk
You should try to get up and stretch your legs at least once or twice during the flight, even if you don’t have that coveted aisle seat.

Staying Faithful During Trying Times and Emerging Better

"You're in the valley. Welcome to it." 
I’ve never been able to understand why Christians talk about “the valley” so much. We talk about the valley like we’re all on some pilgrimage, hauling backpacks across dry land for years before we see any sight of water. I’ve learned no one ever talks about the valley like it’s a good thing. Just the opposite — everyone dreads the valley.

When everything was exciting, I was happy... 
But eventually things stop being cool and we are left with everyday life.

“You’re in the valley.” This is her third time saying it. “Welcome to it.”

She (Carol) touches my shoulder as if she’s welcoming me to a club she’s been in for years.

I spend the rest of my time at home plowing through the Bible, searching for every reference to a valley I can find.

"Something really beautiful and necessary happens in the valley" 
Turns out, valleys are depressing places in the Bible, too, when we first look at them. Look a little closer though. Something happens in the valley. Something really beautiful and necessary happens in the valley. But really, this is most of my relationship with God. I see some dismal outcome and God is constantly pushing me to look closer and see something different.

I want God to pluck me out of this time of waiting, give me all the answers I’m asking for, and then send me on my way to my next adventure.

And so I tell him, “Pluck me out of this time of waiting, give me all the answers I am asking for, and then send me on my way to my next adventure.”

But no. He just leads me to Leviticus. Where there is plenty of valley stuff. Like God is sending me to my room, I get sent to the confines of Leviticus.

"Reality is the tough stuff." 
Moses is probably gone for less than a day before the Israelites go stir-crazy and want a new god. They decide they’re going to make their own god, and they settle on a golden calf to worship.

We look at this and think we would never do something so dumb. But you can replace the word cow with anything we find in everyday life that we think could fill us more than God could. I would definitely be dancing around the cow in the hope that the cow would affirm me and make me feel alive.

Moses comes off the mountaintop and has to face all of this crap. If I’d been Moses, I would have wanted to be done. I would have been angry over the fact that I’d just had this perfect time and communion with God and then was forced to walk down the mountain and go back to reality. Reality is the tough stuff. Reality is what happens when we make ourselves come back to earth instead of running.

"The valley is full of travelers." 
We want to run because it feels too hard to stay in these places where we aren’t sure of what’s coming next.

When I think I am on a solo quest, I realize the valley is full of travelers. Some are plowing full steam ahead. Others are tired and have stopped walking. Oswald Chambers writes, “God gives us a vision, and then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of that vision..."

[written by Hannah Brencher]

Father Meets His Biological Son First Time In 50 Years After DNA Test Confirmation

A father met his son he never knew he had 50 years after his son was born -- when the two were linked by an Ancestry DNA test.

Tom Nuveman told "Good Morning America" that finding out about his biological son, Jim Hayes, was "life changing."

Hayes told GMA that he always knew he was adopted and grew up in a loving Midwestern home. His father was a policeman and his mom a waitress.

"I also have an adopted brother," he said. "We talked about it openly."

In his 20s, however, Hayes said he became curious about his biological parent and reached out to the adoption agency that facilitated his adoption.

The agency said the could only disclose limited information about his birth mother, and Hayes said when he reached out to her she didn't want to meet him.

"I was a little bit perturbed, like, how could this be?" he said. "I was probably more surprised than anything."

Hayes said he asked her about his biological father, however, "she was not willing to share anything."

Another 20 years went by, and Hayes eventually got married and started a family of his own, but he still often wondered about his biological father.

Last year, he said friends encouraged him to take a DNA test from -- and he discovered some unexpected news.

"It says father-child, and I dig deeper and it says 'You are a match, this is your parent,'" he said. "And it gives the initials, but there is no name."

Finding out the identity of his birth father was something Hayes had been searching for his entire life, and despite how close he had come, he was still left with questions.

"What do you do with initials?" he told "GMA."

After months of internet research, Hayes said he was able to figure out that the initials "T.N." stood for Tom Nuveman, a man living in California with his wife of 44 years, Susan, and their two children.

Last March, Hayes decided to cold-call his biological father.

"Susan picks up," he said. "So I say, 'Is Tom Nuveman there?'"

Nuveman added, "He started asking questions ... and we're kind of ... what's happening here?"

Hayes said he then asked his father if he was sitting down.

"And I said, 'Uh, Why?" Nuveman told "GMA."

Then Hayes said, "Well, it shows on that we have a father-son relationship, and I'm not the father."

"He said immediately he didn't know," Hayes said. "He wasn't shying away from the storyline in the conversation, but he was very surprised."

Nuveman said he had a brief relationship before he was married, and apparently when he and the woman broke up, she was pregnant but never told him. Eventually, she gave the baby up for adoption.

Nuveman and Hayes began talking on the phone frequently for months, but still hadn't met in person.

Finally, this April, Nuveman and Hayes -- along with members of their family and friends -- all met for the first time.

As the father and son embraced for the first time, both grew emotional.

"You have a child for 50 years and didn't know about it ... it's kinda like 'Wow,'" Nuveman said.

"I'm sorry," Nuveman said. Hayes asked, "For what?"

"I don't know," Nuveman added. "Sorry that you had to wait 50 years for this ... I'm speechless."

Source: ABC News

Super Eagles' Winning Bonus Increased By $5,000 To Spur Them To Victory

The Federal Government has increased the winning bonus of super eagles by $5,000 as a means of motivating them to win their remaining two group matches at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

With this increase, each player will now get $15,000 winning bonus per game against initial $10,000 per game agreed with the players before the tournament kicked off in Russia on Thursday.

The increase in Bonus comes after their loss to Croatia in the first leg of their matches last Saturday.

The Super Eagles will play their next two group games against Iceland and Argentina. Nigeria will play Iceland who drew 1-1 with Argentina on Saturday June 22 before playing Argentina in their last group game on June 26.

Making the increase in the winning bonus known, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung said:

“It is unfortunate that we did not win, which would have served as a morale booster at the group stage, but we will not lose hope. The Federal Government is doing its best to ensure that the Super Eagles excel in Russia. Even President Muhammadu Buhari took time out to motivate the players yesterday and to assure them of his unflinching support for the team. I personally added $5,000 to their winning bonus to motivate the team, but we must still keep our hopes alive because this is just the beginning. I urge the players to remain focused while the technical department will have to put heads together with the coach to salvage our next two matches against Iceland and Argentina. If we win our next matches against Iceland and Argentina, then we can qualify from the group.”

He called on Nigerians to continue to support the team.

"The Super Eagles are a work in progress. It’s a very young team and we are nurturing them for greater exploits, not only for now but also for the future. We are not giving any excuses but we must continue to rally round our team, irrespective of the result recorded on Saturday. I appeal to Nigerians to rally behind the team and pray for them ahead of their next game against Iceland. I strongly believe that despite the disappointing start, the Super Eagles will come out strong from the group,” he said.

BREAKING: Ex-Governor Dariye Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison, Begs Openly

Serving senator and former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for corruption, after his open plea for mercy before the final judgement in court couldn't save him.
The ex-Governor who's one of the many Thief Politicians we have in Nigeria today, begged: “Be merciful. You are a Christian..."

Dariye had begged for mercy on his case while responding to comments made by the prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, at his trial on Tuesday.

Dariye who was accompanied by family members, friends and political associates, was found guilty of 15 out of 23 counts after he was charged with by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

After reading through the judgement, the judge, Mrs. Adebukola Banjoko, gave the lawyers room to speak for their clients.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko, thereafter sentenced Dariye to two years in prison for criminal breach of trust and 14 years for criminal misappropriation of funds.

In her ruling, the judge said: 
“I can’t imagine a brazen act of looting as in this case.

“I welled up while reading (the judgement) thinking of the victims, it is a litany of woes. They were adults making rational choices. More importantly, I think what touches me the most, your family, they are victims.

“Having found the defendant guilty of these counts of criminal breach trust and criminal appropriation, the court sentences you to two years for criminal breach of trust and 14 years for criminal appropriation.”

The sentences are to run concurrently, hence he would spend 14 years in prison. The judge gave no option of fine.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Right Way For Shopping For Clothes Online

Shopping for clothes online can get you great style at bargain prices. But, it sometimes comes with the worry that because you're buying a clothing item sight-unseen, it just won't fit and you've wasted your money. 
Jumia highlights how to make sure that never happens.

Check size chart
Measurements matter, and it will save you a lot of time if you click over to confirm the size of your bust, waist and hips against the store’s sizing charts. Alternatively, measure yourself once and keep a note saved somewhere on your computer so you always have a reference.
Keep a list of the sizes you wear often
If you frequent the same set of stores, it’s worth jotting down a list of the sizes you wear regularly. And, again, keep a note on your phone or computer. That way, when you spot an adorable attire online, you can confirm in an instant that it is your size.
Always read customer reviews
Most online retailers leave an area for shopper reviews. That’s where you’re likely to get the real deal on how a garment actually fits.
Check the online return policy
Even if you’re fairly certain you’ll make a swift decision about your purchase, take the time to browse the return policy just to be sure you know all the ins and outs. Some policies are more liberal than others, of course, but it’s better to have all that info before you make a purchase.
Leave items in your shopping cart
If you don’t mind waiting a couple of days, create an online profile with the retailer and leave whatever you are buying in your shopping cart for a day or two. To encourage you to checkout, the retailer may offer you a little discount!

Important Travel Hacks For The Elderly

There is no age limit to travel. While getting older often means that you may not carry out certain activities with as much strength as you used to, this should not limit your ability to explore new destinations. Seniors, whether alone or with their loved ones, can navigate the world of modern travel safely and enjoyably too. 
It is advisable to travel more as a senior as you tend to appreciate new destinations and experiences more. However, seeing as you may be much slower in your reflexes, you will need to be careful while globetrotting. Jumia Travel shares important travel safety tips for the elderly.
Travel with proper documentation
Don't leave the house before making sure you have all necessary documentation on hand. You or a family member should make copies of your passport, driver's license, insurance, travel tickets, itinerary, boarding pass, in addition to your physician prescriptions and medical statements. Once you have made copies of the necessary documentation, place them in your backpack.
Book a direct flight
When planning your trip, aim to schedule a direct flight rather than a connecting one. Not only will this reduce your overall travelling time, but it will also help reduce the chances of missing a connecting flight. Another benefit of flying direct is you won’t feel rushed, which can lead to falls or other injuries simply because you are in a hurry.
Plan your travelling time properly
You may not have the energy level you once had, which is why it is important that you plan your travels during less busy times. Travelling is a lengthy process that is only worsened during busy hours, avoid the hustle and bustle by travelling mid-morning or early afternoon.
Travel with medications and maintain a regular dosage
This is a very important tip to keep in mind. You should always store important medications in your backpack instead of your checked baggage. This way you can quickly access them during the flight if needed. You should also make sure you have an adequate supply of medication, in case of an emergency.
Get travel insurance
When looking forward to an upcoming vacation, the last thing on your mind is all the possible things that could go wrong. Nothing puts a bigger damper on your trip than becoming suddenly ill or missing your flight. Although everyone should purchase travel insurance, it's highly recommended for elderly travellers or travellers with a chronic illness. This is because they are more likely to experience unexpected health complications before or after they arrive at their destination.

NewPDP Leaders To Shock APC, Presidency

Just about a week to the national elective convention of the riling All Progressives Congress (APC), chieftains of the NewPDP bloc within the party are now putting finishing touches on their next course of action.

Sources in Abuja and Ilorin revealed that leaders of the power bloc held discussions as to what next to do in a series of meetings in Saudi Arabia.

Some chieftains of the nPDP including the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the National Chairman, Kawu Baraje, were in Saudi Arabia for the Muslim pilgrimage.

One of the sources, who pleaded anonymity, told Punch that the party leaders and members would meet within “the next few days” to take a stand.

Another source said “Many of our leaders were in Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj and as you would expect, they met and we expect that within the next few days we will meet on a larger scale to agree on a position.”

Asked if the nPDP still have time considering the fact that the APC convention is a week away, he said, “In politics, as in war, you don’t use all of your ammunition in a single battle.

“If not that some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party are resisting the advice to change name, our relationship would have since been consummated.

“We also have to give room for the possibility of another round of discussions with the Vice President and the APC, why we called the meeting off is already public knowledge.

“When we see a sign of good faith we will resume, in politics 24 hours is a long time, things can change in an instant.”

In response to a question whether members were plotting to stage a walkout at the APC national convention like they did from the PDP in 2014, he explained that the condition today was different from what obtained in 2014.

He said, “As it is today, some of us have already been shut out of the party, we didn’t take part in the congresses in our states. In any battle, your ability to spring surprises will determine how far you can go. Just wait and see.”

Thursday, 14 June 2018

What You Should Know About Prayer

Prayer, while a simple thing in many ways, is also at the same time challenging for us.

Consider the disciples who grew up praying in the synagogue. Even though they had likely prayed their whole life and probably knew certain prayers in the Bible by heart (such as those in the Psalms), they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. 
Perhaps they saw how he withdrew from them on a regular basis to seek his Father in prayer. Perhaps they heard him pray, not in rote memorization, but in belief, trust, and confidence. Perhaps they witnessed firsthand the results of his prayers. 
Whatever their reasons for asking, Jesus did teach them to pray by giving them what we call the The Lord's Prayer:

"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.a
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil." 
(Matthew 6:9-13)

For many believers, The Lord's Prayer is something we can recite in our sleep. Many of us learned it as child in Sunday School. Some of us say it in church every Sunday. It's also a prayer that forms and shapes our personal prayers — using it as a model to help us include the important elements of prayer such as praise, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.

Sometimes, when we know something so well, we take it for granted. We recite it without paying attention to the words. We overlook its meaning and significance. When that happens, we need a fresh reminder of why we say it to begin with.

In the case of The Lord's Prayer, do we know how significant it is that we get to pray that first line, Our Father in Heaven? Do we understand the privilege of coming before God as our Father and laying our requests before him?

Through faith in Jesus' perfect life, sacrificial death, and triumphant resurrection, we are saved from sin. We are justified. God looks at what Christ has done for us and declares us righteous. This is a legal act. Upon our salvation, we are also brought into right relationship with God. We are adopted into his family, the church. This adoption concerns our relationship with God. Because of Jesus' sacrifice, we can "with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

When Jesus referred to God as Father in this prayer, it is translated as Abba. It was the name Jewish children used to refer to their fathers. Some compare it to our own children referring to their father as "Daddy." Because of our adoption as God's children, we get to pray Our Father. Just as our children can run to their own Daddy when they are hurt, curl in his lap and find rest and comfort, praying Our Father means the same for us. It is an intimate, familiar, and familial reference. It denotes trust, security, and love. In praying, Our Father, it reminds us of God's great love for us. "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God" (1 John 3:1).

To pray Our Father means that we have a familial relationship with the God of the universe. The One who flung the stars across the sky, who holds the earth in the palm of his hand, who controls the wind and mighty oceans, is our Abba. He cares about every detail of our lives, down to the number of hairs on our head. He hears our every cry and knows our every need—before we even speak it.

J.I. Packer asserts that adoption "is the highest privilege that the gospel offers." He wrote in Knowing God, "Adoption is a family idea, conceived in terms of love, and viewing God as father. In adoption, God takes us into his family and fellowship — he establishes us as his children and heirs. Closeness, affection and generosity are at the heart of the relationship."

Jesus didn't simply pray, Our Father, he qualified it with, "in heaven." This phrase tells us that our Father is in heaven. It reminds us that God isn't just any father, he is also the Sovereign God who rules and reigns from his throne above. "The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all" (Psalm 103:19). This means he is far above and beyond any earthly father. He is a father who is holy, perfect, right, and true.

Prayer is a privilege. How amazing it is that we get to come into our Father's presence!

[written by Christina Fox]

Fani-Kayode Visits Former President Obasanjo At Home

Former Aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode on Wednesday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

It is believed the visit is connected to 2019 politics.

FFK shared a photo with Obasanjo and wrote: 
"It was an honor and a privilage to spend some quality time with President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta this morning. A truly great man. He is and will always be my father and my leader! ”

Sad Story of Lady Who Died During Surgery to Enlarge Her Bre*sts

A lady who wanted to enlarge her bre*sts has reportedly lost her life as a result of complication.

Many are still talking about June Wanza on after she died last week in a botched surgery conducted by an unidentified surgeon that left her with complications.

Here is a report by SDE on what happened:

Wanza, a mother of three, is said to have gone for a bre*st enlargement surgery at the clinic in Galleria Mall, Karen area of Kenya where the procedure was carried out.

When she complained of abdominal pain, she was rushed to Nairobi hospital but the pain worsened and was immediately admitted to the High Dependency Unit, then the ICU.

Doctors at Nairobi hospital discovered Wanza’s intestines had been cut or punctured during the augmentation procedure and her blood pressure was dangerously low.

Following her severed intestines, waste had spilt into her abdominal cavity - the cause of the acute pains.

Wanza developed sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

A frantic team of experienced surgeons led by Prof. Stanley Khainga attempted to save her life.

‘’It was gas gangrene which is an infection of soft tissues from bacteria on the skin. I was just called in to control that. When gas gangrene gets under the skin, it kills blood supply and eats the fat and whatever remains. If you don’t remove the dead skin then it spreads all over and you can’t control it," Dr Khainga said speaking to The Star.

He explained that he was intervening to control the infection.

‘’The wounds through which the surgery is done are the ones that now become the portals of entry of the bacteria. For her, it was an infection that was too fast. I was just intervening to control that and correct the shock and so on. I was in Nairobi Hospital when they called me. She was a referral. As a consultant, I was trying to sort out the problem,’’ he explained.

She eventually passed away on Friday last week and will be buried on Saturday.

Super Eagles player Ahmed Musa buys brand new Range Rover

Nigerian international footballer, Ahmed Musa who is scheduled to play in this year's World Cup in Russia just got himself the latest version of the Ranger Rover Velar. Congrats!

Interesting Ways To De-stress Your Business Travel

Business travel can be stressful because you have to deal with a lot of things like increased airport security, being in a new city every week, feeling pressured to meet your target and spending sleepless working hours in your hotel room. But experienced business travellers develop their own ways of dealing with these travel pitfalls so they can enjoy a successful business trip. 
Jumia Travel shares some tips to help make your next business trip more enjoyable.
Schedule some personal time
You should try as much as possible to take the stress out of business trips by scheduling personal time. A way to do this is to turn the business trip into an informal mini-vacation. For example, if you are in Calabar, you can take time out to visit Agbokim Waterfalls, Tinapa and Obudu Cattle Ranch.
Stay connected
The most stressful part of business travel is the distance and being physically disconnected. Take advantage of technology to keep in touch with your team, family and friends.
Do not overspend
Whether you are running a conglomerate or a small business, you should not go over- your budget. If you do, you will only add to the stress of travel. Comfort and a little bit of indulgence will definitely ease the stress, and with a little research, you can have that luxury at a price you can afford.
Stay healthy
Business travel can also take a toll on your health. Business travel can be disruptive to your regular sleep, exercise and eating routines. Consequently, this often leads to business travellers engaging in poor travel health habits. Poor travel health habits furthermore worsen the stress of business travel.
Rest easy
Contact Jumia Travel to help you select a hotel where you know you'll be comfortable. After a long day, having a comfy room to return to can make all the difference.

Any Guy Who Sleeps With Me Becomes Poor For Life - Lady says

A Nigerian lady has been haunted on social media after making a very controversial post. Identified as Queen lisa lisa, she claimed that she has spiritual powers that rubbishes a man's destiny and blessings after having s*x with her.

According to her, once a man sleeps with her, he becomes her slave. She wrote: 
"Once I sleep with a guy, his destiny and success becomes mine, and he’ll be wretched for the rest of his life ✌✌ Temple queen."
Men should be careful. There is no gain in fornication and adultery!


As World Cup Begins Today; Mikel Says "we need to work header"

The 2018 FIFA world cup kicks off today as host Nation, Russia battles Saudi Arabia. The Super Eagles of Nigeria are hopeful they'll make appreciable impact this time.

Captain of the Nigeria National Team, Mikel Obi has stated that they have stepped up their preparations for their World Cup opener against Croatia on Saturday evening under the guidance of Gernot Rohr.

According to the former Chelsea star, he is satisfied with the training facilities at the Super Eagles base camp in Yessentuki.

"We need to continue to work hard, we need to continue to train and do exactly what we want and what the coach asks for us,” Mikel told reporters.

"I think it’s (the base camp) good, the field is very good, the fans and the children who came to support us are amazing.

"It was nice that after the training we had the opportunity to give some autographs to the guys. We are in a very good place, I believe.”

Rohr said that the players are ready physically and he will use the next three days to improve on tactics and technique.

Nigeria will also face Iceland (June 22) and Argentina (June 26) in Group D of the World Cup.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Costly Mistakes To Avoid When Travelling Abroad

We all make mistakes, but when it comes to travelling abroad, we can make costly mistakes without even trying. Some of them are quick to fix and easily forgotten, others can be expensive, and time-consuming. When next you are travelling abroad, Jumia Travel highlight mistakes you should avoid.

Failing to Check their Passport Dates
Did you know that many countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months after your return? If you go through customs with a passport that is soon to expire, you may be turned away. Check the passport regulations for your destination country well in advance of your trip.
Forgetting to buy travel insurance
Many travellers forget to buy travel insurance, but having a good travel insurance plan is cheap and smart protection from accidents, injuries and illnesses, passport and card theft, and even travel delays. Travellers who buy travel insurance know that they have the coverage they need in a travel emergency as well as a person to call for help when things go wrong on their trip. 
Packing the wrong things
If a traveller packs well, they will have the right clothing, medicine, and tools they need to be comfortable. While you can’t plan for everything that can go wrong, having what you need when you need it can make a big difference in your safe and healthy return back home. Additionally, do not pack too many things.
Forget travel adapters
The electrical plugs that are standard in your home country are not the same in other countries, and you will need adapters to use your electronic devices and appliances. Buy the adapters you need for the country you are visiting and whatever you do, if the plug doesn’t fit, don’t force it.
Convert currency at expensive places
Travelling abroad is never cheap and it can get even more expensive when converting currency. Getting the best exchange rate is important. The best way to exchange currency is by visiting official bureau de changes.

Nigerian Footballer Buys A Porsche Car For His Mother (Photos)

Turkey-based Nigerian footballer, Chikeluba Ofoedu, has gifted his mom a Porsche luxury car worth millions of Naira.

The footballer who presented the car gift to his mother during his house opening ceremony, on Saturday, in Enugu State, was seen kneeling as she said a prayer for him. More photos...


Dino Melaye Changes His Position On MKO Abiola

Senator Dino Melaye has updated his position concerning the Federal Government’s decision to honour presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, with Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR).

The senator now fully supports the decision which has continued to generate debates.

Recall that at the Senate plenary last Thursday, he argued that the National Honours Act provides that such a honour be conferred on the recipient in person; and since Mr Abiola is dead, he cannot receive the award.

He added that the act provides that the honour be bestowed on Nigerians and since Mr Abiola is dead, “he is no longer Nigerian”.

“Subsection 2 of the act says a person shall be eligible for appointment to any rank or holder unless he is a citizen of Nigeria. A dead man is not a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We should not be emotional about this. The law remains the law.

“Subject to the next notice, a person shall be appointed to a particular rank of an order when the president receives him in person,” he said.

Mr Melaye’s comment was widely criticised by many Nigerians.

However, in a statement on Sunday, Mr Melaye backtracked, saying his previous comments were “misrepresented.”

He said his support for the award is unshaken as he had been clamouring for such years before.

“Since last two days, I have been inundated with calls and text messages from well-meaning Nigerians especially my constituents, who want to inquire my exact position on the declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day and the conferment of the highest National Honours of GCFR on the late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election.

“For the avoidance of doubt, my views and belief on the sanctity of June 12 and the place of the late Chief MKO Abiola in Nigeria’s democratic history, have not changed and will not.

"Hence, in my view, the decision by the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the late business mogul was deserving and long overdue save for the attendant legal issues raised.

“It is a verifiable fact that I have canvassed for this recognition for Chief Abiola over the years, and granted interview to Channels Television two years ago, where I advocated for same.”

The lawmaker did not offer any clarification on his earlier statement on the “loss of citizenship of the deceased.”

He instead urged the federal government to work on what he said were legal encumbrances surrounding the decision and to alter the National Honours Act “to accomodate the new development.”

“Let me make also it abundantly clear that while both Chief Abiola and the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) deserved more than the GCFR and GCON Honours respectively to be bestowed on them posthumously next Tuesday, it is however important that the right thing be done in their memory should not have any blemish in the guise of the current debate for legality or otherwise of the historic Honours as we are witnessing now.

“I urge the federal government to do the needful and display sincerity of purpose by officially recognising Chief Abiola as President-elect and cause the official results of the June 12, 1993 presidential election to be released by INEC since President Buhari himself had admitted in the Presidential Order designating June 12 as Democracy Day, the most freest and credible election, and then the GCFR title will therefore have a meaning.

“If the right thing is done now by the federal government by proposing amendment to the National Honours Act 1964 to accommodate the current developments, no government in future will reverse the decision. This is my stand as a lawmaker,” Melaye added.

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Nigeria will face Croatia, Iceland, and Argentina in Group D.

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Healthy Foods For Your Appetite

Whether you are trying to lose weight or you simply want to eat healthier, keeping hunger and cravings under control is essential to reaching this goal. To help you reach this goal quicker, Jumia Food shares some healthy foods to control your appetite.

Yoghurt’s thick, creamy texture helps to make the body feel full. You can add fruit or nuts to boost its satisfying benefits.
Although water passes through the digestive system very quickly, it can still help decrease your appetite. Often, some people mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the day helps you control your appetite.
Almonds are another great source of healthy fats and make for a great snack between meals. Note that the hunger-reducing effects of nuts tend to take about half an hour before you feel them, so eat them before you reach the point of being extremely hungry, or you’ll be tempted to eat more than you need.
Avocados get their creamy texture from healthy fats, which take a long time for the body to digest and therefore, can help suppress your cravings. They’re also an excellent source of fibre, which forms a thick gel as it travels through the gut, slowing digestion.
Legumes that include beans and peas are an excellent vegetarian source of protein that can be enjoyed in soups, salad and more. They are high in fibre which cannot be immediately digested by the bodies.
The high protein and fat content in meat means that it is digested more slowly than most foods. Meat also takes longer to chew, which also contributes to feeling full. To many, a meal is not complete without meat so it may make you feel fuller.

EFCC Goes After Fayose’s Six Houses In Lagos & Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja for a fresh order of interim forfeiture of six Lagos and Abuja properties linked to Governor Ayo Fayose.

Despite that EFCC’s fresh application was filed “ex parte”, a sort of one-sided preliminary proceeding, and the commission’s claim that the properties had been unclaimed, Fayose had, through the law firm of Mike Ozekhome (SAN), filed a preliminary objection to challenge the forfeiture hearing.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, before whom the fresh application was filed last month, had, on July 20, 2016, granted the EFCC an order of interim forfeiture of the properties for only 45 days.

The commission also subsequently, on November 3, 2016, obtained a similar order from Justice Okon Abang, who was then permanently sitting in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.

With the later redeployment of Justice Abang to Delta State, the EFCC, through its counsel, Mr. Offem Uket, last month, filed the ex parte application, asking Justice Dimgba to “vacate” the earlier order made by Justice Abang and impose a fresh order of interim forfeiture of the properties.

The commission claimed that “the properties are under the possession and control of the EFCC and have remained unclaimed, as no person, including the suspects, has indicated interest in them, after the said properties were marked with the words, ‘UNDER EFCC INVESTIGATION’.”

Four of the properties in question, numbered as Chalets 3, 4, 6 and 9, are each four-bedroomed.

The four chalets are said to be located at Plot 100 Tiamiyu Salvage, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The two other properties are located at 44 Osun Crescent and Plot 1504 Yerdseram Street, both in Maitama, Abuja.

The commission stated as part of the grounds for its fresh application that the properties were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities, involving funds fraudulently transferred from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

It said in the application that the properties were subjects of pending criminal trial involving the funds allegedly transferred from ONSA’s account.

The property at Plot 1504 Yerdseram Street, in Maitama, Abuja, was said to have been acquired in the name of Spotless Investment Limited, a company whose bank account is said to be run by Fayose and his wife.

While the other Abuja property at 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, was said to be acquired in the name of one Mrs. Moji Ladeji, the four chalets in Lagos were said to be “acquired in the name of J. J. Technical Limited”.

An associate of the Ekiti State governor, Abiodun Agbele, and Spotless Investment Limited are being prosecuted alongside two other companies on charges involving the sum of N1,219,000,000 said to be part of a total N4,685,723,000,000, allegedly taken fraudulently from ONSA’s account with the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2014.

The two other companies along with whom Agbele and Spotless Investments Limited are being prosecuted are Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, linked to a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, and his sons and De Privateer Limited run by Agbele.

It was alleged that the funds were released in June 2014 to fund Fayose’s governorship election.

While insisting that the properties, which their forfeiture to the Federal Government was being sought were subjects of the ongoing criminal trial, the EFCC explained that the funds from ONSA’s account was fraudulently transferred to Sylvan Mcnamara Limited (Obanikoro’s company).

It said, “The properties sought to be forfeited are reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities derived from funds fraudulently transferred from the Office of the National Security Adviser to the account of Sylvan Mcnamara Ltd.

“The funds transferred to Sylvan Mcnamara Limited were later trailed to the personal accounts and companies associated to Messrs Ayodele Fayose and Abiodun Agbele.

“That there is the need to grant the interim forfeiture order to enable the properties/funds listed in the schedule above to be forfeited to the Federal Government.

“That part of the funds fraudulently transferred from the Office of the National Security Adviser was found to have been used by Spotless Investment Ltd to liquidate a loan facility it had earlier obtained from the bank.”

According to Punch, last month, a lawyer from Ozekhome’s law firm, Godwin Iyinbor, appeared in the case for Fayose “in protest” against the proceedings.

He noted that he had filed a preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the EFCC’s motion ex parte.

Uket, who acknowledged that he had been served Iyinbor’s preliminary objection, objected the protesting lawyer being heard since the motion being considered was ex parte.

But Justice Dimgba said he would hear Iyinbor since the issues raised had to do with the court’s jurisdiction.

He adjourned till September 27 to hear all pending motions altogether

Fani-Kayode Calls Buhari Incompetent, Gives Reasons

Femi Fani-Kayode believes former President Olusegun Obasanjo made a mistake by supporting Muhammadu Buhari to become president. Here's a brief excerpts from what he told Punch concerning both leaders:

You have been a strong critic of President Buhari but always defending ex-President Obasanjo. Why is this so? 
President Olusegun Obasanjo is an elder statesman, a great nationalist, a historic figure, one of the most respected leaders on the world stage and a man that I love, respect and admire. I make no apology for that. He is an exemplary leader and I consider him to be the most effective and transformational President that Nigeria has ever had. 
I say this because his record in public office is second to none and what he managed to achieve as President between 1999 and 2007 was not only outstanding but also borders on the miraculous.

It was an honour for me to serve in his government and he taught me much of what I know about governance, politics and public service. He is loyal to his own (people), strong, courageous, focused and inspiring and he is a man of deep religious convictions and faith. He is a devout Christian who fears no man, and honours, reveres and loves God. That is who and what Obasanjo is.

Having said all that, I must add that I do not always agree with him. For example, he opposes the idea of restructuring and seems to have reservations about the right of self-determination for the various ethnic groups that make up our country whilst I am a passionate believer and supporter of both.

I also disagreed with his choice of President Buhari in 2015. I supported President Goodluck Jonathan who was, in my view, a far better man whilst he supported Buhari. I believe that was a grave error on his part and I think that my position has since been vindicated. This is because Buhari has proved to be selective, vindictive, divisive, incompetent and wholly unfit to lead a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural and plural secular nation like Nigeria. I say this because Buhari’s only purpose was to exact vengeance on his perceived enemies, divide the nation, effect an evil and ancient hegemonistic agenda, subjugate our people, Islamise our nation, persecute southerners and people from the Middle Belt, humiliate Christians, diminish and degrade the Church, ruin our economy, destroy our country and push us to the brink of armed conflict and civil war. Since he came to power, the country has gone on a downward spiral. Nigeria needs to be rescued and saved.

Recently when President Buhari said a former President (alluding to Obasanjo), spent $16bn on power and that still, there was no power, you also came to Obasanjo’s defence. What do you know about the power project that the President or Nigerians don’t know? 
Obasanjo never spent $16bn on the power sector. The $16bn figure was a fictitious one and it was maliciously fabricated by one Tanimu Yakubu, who was the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s aide.

Yakubu, together with his boss, Yar’Adua, were hell bent on discrediting Obasanjo and tarnishing his record in public office. Another Yar’Adua’s aide by the name of Engineer (Foluseke) Shomolu, who was his adviser on Power Reform, attempted to counter Yakubu by writing a memo to Yar’Adua, warning him that Yakubu was telling lies and he sent the relevant supporting documents to prove it.

Sadly, Yar’Adua did not only ignore him, he also fired him for speaking the truth. They probed Obasanjo on the power issue and it failed. The then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, who was very close to Yar’Adua, set up a House of Representatives’ Committee, which was chaired by my friend, Ndudi Elumelu. But after Liyel Imoke, who was Obasanjo’s Minister of Power, appeared before them and proved that nothing untoward was done and that only $3.4bn was spent on power and not $16bn as Yar’Adua had claimed, the whole thing fell apart and they could proceed no further.

Imoke also explained to the committee that Obasanjo increased the generation of power from 1, 000 megawatts per day in 1999 when he came in to 4, 500 megawatts per day in 2007 when he left office. He provided evidence of the numerous integrated power projects that Obasanjo had established and how Yar’Adua was attempting to destroy and frustrate them.

Finally, he exposed the fact that part of the $3.4bn was spent on buying 18 massive gas turbines which had arrived at our ports two days after Yar’Adua was sworn in as President and which he refused to clear and left at the ports to rot. This was all in an attempt to spite Obasanjo and ‘prove’ to the world that he had done nothing in the power sector.

The irony is that after Yar’Adua came to power in 2007, power generation fell from 4,500 megawatts per day to 2,500 megawatts per day and it never went above that throughout his tenure in office. It was only after President Jonathan came to power that things started to improve again in the power sector and we were generating about 4,000 megawatts per day by the time he left office in 2015.

The $16bn allegation was probed by the Jonathan-led administration as well. He set up a commission of inquiry, which was chaired by Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State and comprised of one governor per zone across party lines from the six zones of the country and officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Ministry of Finance and other relevant stakeholders and agencies.

After a long and extensive inquiry, Obasanjo was cleared. There was another probe after that by another committee of the House of Representatives led by Aminu Tambuwal. Again, Obasanjo was exonerated and cleared. Finally, the whole matter was investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commisssion, which at that time was under the leadership of Ibrahim Lamorde. Again, Obasanjo was cleared.

It is a testimony to Buhari’s pettiness, deceit, ignorance, malevolence and deficit of good sense that he should still be alleging that Obasanjo spent $16bn on power and has the sheer impudence to ask ‘where is the power?’ The only reason he is now saying this and asking such questions is because Obasanjo is opposed to his second term bid.

Foods That Are Richer In Protein

A well-rounded diet should always be packed with the right amount of protein. One of the popular protein is an egg. This said, there are other foods that are richer in protein than egg. Jumia Food shares these foods.

Shrimp is so low in calories, and so high in protein. This food is also extremely freezer-friendly as it can last for about three to six months.
If you do not like eggs, your best option is chicken. It is an affordable and versatile protein-rich food. Its protein content is much more than the protein content of eggs. Chicken tastes well and can be included in many dishes.
Beans is packed full of protein. This popular meal is high in terms of proteins, iron, and potassium. The best part is the fact that they retain their vitamin C content even after boiling. They are also rich in antioxidants which protect the brain cells against damage.
Broccoli is highly nutritious. It is loaded with vitamin K, C and fibre and lots of protein. If compared with other vegetables, the protein content of this veggie is the highest.
If you're not a huge fish fan, but still want all the low-calorie high-protein benefits fish can provide, tilapia is a great option to keep in mind. It has a mild, inoffensive flavour and is quick and easy to make.

6 Benefits You'll Enjoy From An Android Phone

Here are reasons to buy an Android phone as shared by Jumia;
Affordable and cheap
Android phones are very affordable and they come in different brands. Importantly, it is tailored your pocket. You can get an Android phone for as low as N10k and as high as 350k.
Download as many apps as you want

With an Android phone, you can download as many free apps as you want. Simply visit Google Play Store and download the app you desire. Additionally, for any app you want, you will always find the Android version!
Expandable memory
The majority of Android phones offer expandable memory. That means you can open the back cover or a slot on the side of your phone and put in a micro SD card which then becomes added memory to your phone.
Universal charger
Walk into a room and ask for a charger, you are confident to get one that will easily charge your phone. This is because the charging point of Android phones is the same regardless of the brand.
One of the biggest strength of Android is customization. Because of the way Android is designed, you can make changes to suit your taste. Most commonly, a lot of Android users enjoy swapping things like their launchers and lock screens, which can really change the way using your smartphone feels.
Deeply integrated with Google services
Google services such as Gmail, Google Docs, Drive, Calendar, Photos, AdWords, Translate, and Search are deeply integrated with the Android phones. Hence, having all these intimately connected to the functions of your smartphone is awesome.

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