Christmas: Aregbesola charges Nigerians to pray for Nigeria free from economic hardship

As Christians worldwide celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ today, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged them and people of other faiths to take advantage of the celebration of the birth of Jesus to pray for peace and the sustainability of a new Nigeria.

The Governor also enjoined Nigerians to always strive to be role models as Christ, according to him, lived and died propagating the message of love, peace and truth co-existence among mankind.

‎The Governor, in a Christmas message by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, urged Christians to reflect and re-dedicate themselves to the teachings and lifestyle of Christ, which were anchored on sacrifice, love, peace and truth.

Specifically, Aregbesola reminded Nigerians of the need to intensify prayers for a new Nigeria which they voted for during the last presidential election that ushered in President Buhari who has a mandate to change the country.

He held that with the prayers of Nigerians, it is possible for citizens to have a country devoid of corruption, ethnicity rivalry and carnage of insurgency that are challenging peace in the North-East and other parts of Nigeria.

Aregbesola also enjoined Nigerians to be vigilant, saying people must learn to be their brothers’ keepers by reporting any strange faces and conducts within their communities to relevant authorities.

He stated that the country in its present economic challenges can not afford the activities of insurgents, saying all hands must be on deck at ensuring that the Nation surmounts current socio-economic and security challenges.

The Governor said, “The time we are in as a country presently calls for prayers. We must all ensure that we do all we can do as citizens and leaders to move the country forward from the present economic and security challenges facing our country.

“Now that oil has failed us as a nation, we must all encourage ourselves to look inward and turn to agriculture. Before the advent of oil, we had all relied on agriculture, from the groundnut pyramids in the North to Cocoa in the South and palm produce from the East”.

He admonished citizens to also use the occasion of the birth of Jesus to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari so that he could fulfill all his electioneering campaign promises.‎

Governor Aregbesola and wife celebrates Christmas with Osun Children 2015
Governor Aregbesola and wife celebrates Christmas with Osun Children 2015

Buhari warns INEC as PDP alleges plot to rig

“They started with the courts, the EFCC, then the police and now they are on the one-week old INEC. When will PDP allow our national institutions to do their job?”

Presidency asks police, others to be fair in Kogi.

Ahead of Kogi and Bayelsa polls, President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police to ensure free, fair and credible governorship elections.

Buhari spoke at a meeting with the INEC leadership and others, according to Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media Mallam Garba Shehu.

To him, it is “mischievous” for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to read meanings into a well-intended meeting.

In a statement, Shehu said: “The President called the meeting cited by the PDP to warn, in particular, the INEC and the police to do prepare and give the nation a credible election. He said he expected nothing short of a free, fair and credible election.

“He said he had suffered election manipulation in 2003,2007 and 2011 and would not like to have any Nigerian to go through that again.


“He warned against the intimidation of voters in any way and vowed that he was prepared to move with all the forces available to him against anyone who undermines the rights of any citizen.

“The meeting was short and straight to the point. It ended after five minutes. He asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo if he had anything to say and he added nothing.”

The Presidency cautioned against what it called PDP’s recurring tendencies to destroy national institutions.

It added: “Nigerians should be wary of the PDP’s fruitless attempts to destroy national institutions President Buhari is determined to rebuild.

“They started with the courts, the EFCC, then the police and now they are on the one-week old INEC. When will PDP allow our national institutions to do their job?”


My Heart Is Yours – Mi Corazón Es tuyo Telenovela Debuts in Nigeria

Our famous actress Silvia Navarro debuts again in MY HEART IS YOURS – Mi Corazón Es tuyo on STARTIMES cable tv from November 6th 2015, and hear this: it is 176 episodes… 29 weeks about 7 months… Wow!

Its a weekend delight 3 days Friday-Sunday 6-8pm on Novela E1 Channel 053.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about the love story:
“Fernando Lascurain is a wealthy businessman and recent widower, attempting to raise his seven unruly children. He seeks the assistance of a new nanny. He hires and falls in love with Ana Leal, a struggling exotic dancer who tries to hide her double life. Although Ana lacks experience and a refined education, she quickly bonds with the Lascurain children. Ana dreams of being a mother, but when her home is destroyed following an accident, she must borrow money from her ruthless boss at “Chicago”, the night club where she is secretly employed. When Fernando simultaneously falls for Ana and Isabela, an economist and sophisticated woman who is trained by her mother to marry a millionaire, he must choose between both women.”

This novela promises to be a great entertainment till June 2016. So, Let’s go!!!

My Heart is Yours - Mi Corazon Estuyo Telenovela
My Heart is Yours – Mi Corazon Estuyo Telenovela


Programos Expands Capital Market Presence with CiFIXProStock Trading Software

Programos Software Group, an indigenous software company with expertise in the computerization of business transactions in the capital markets in Africa, notably Nigeria and Ghana is strengthening its presence once again with the introduction of two products: CloudIntegra Back-Office Investment Software and CiFIXPro Orders Management System (OMS) Stock Trading Terminal software.

The CiFIXPro EMS/OMS assumed an international status, having made a bullish return with Programos Software’s FIX Trading Community member partners, Fidel Softech Pvt, India outsourced to power the product.

CiFIXProOMS exhibits features of connecting stock traders with the active stock exchange markets of any country over Financial Information eXchange (FIX) 5.0 Sp1 language interface which allow booked, modified and cancelled orders of equity or debt instrument market boards get routed to the exchange FIX engines.

CiFIXProOMS receives trade executions from the exchange along with related market data for market watch, Analytics, News and automatic trade data processing to back-office with notification system to investors.

According to Amos Emmanuel, chief executive officer of Programos Software Group and the 1st Vice President Information Technology Association of Nigeria, ITAN, the CiFIXProOM SStock Trading solution comprises of Orders/Trades Manager, Risk Management System (RMS), Market Data Manager, OMS-EMS Communication Channel, and Back-End Management System that integrates seamlessly with the back-office CloudIntegra Software.

‎He explained that the related technology solutions will protect the investors by ensuring an inclusive portfolio management, which permits openness in transparency, loss salvaging and optimal return boosting in the face of common market risks and turbulence that have made many run away from the capital markets.

Amos further emphasized that the new technologies being deployed by numerous stockbrokers in the country, both novice and expert investors can return to the market as they have better chances now.

Given high cost of technologies, and severe present-day risks of sharing OMS infrastructure to operators in an unreliablebroadband service environment, coupled with demerits from corporate governance concerns, Programos Software,a firm who has groomed the Nigeria and Ghanaian Capital Markets the longest, has appointed a marketing outfit to execute its new pay-as-you-go sales model to qualifying firms especially existing customers on old version with terms ranging from one to two years of monthly rentals with such small costs as values for renewing internet subscriptions for medium sizedorganizations.

Mr Emmanuel Amos - CEO Programos Software Group
Mr Emmanuel Amos – CEO Programos Software Group

Also speaking, Michael Attah, head of Technical Support Services at Programos said with the CloudIntegra-CiFIXPro, stockbroker and investor’s confidence will be boosted by the satisfaction they will derive from these technologies.

He added that the capital market stability and growth are now being powered globally by innovative e-contents.

“CloudIntegra and CiFIXPro products have been planned to offer positive impact on the growth for the capital market operators in line with global Stock Exchange minimum operating standards,” he said.

– By peter ugwu


Myanmar election: Obama hails election result

Barack Obama has hailed the result of landmark elections in Myanmar, which look set to usher in a new government.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy is on track for a majority, taking about 80% of declared seats.

But a quarter of parliamentary seats are allocated to the military, meaning it will remain hugely influential.

Mr Obama called Ms Suu Kyi to congratulate her and her party, saying he hoped the result would lead to “a more peaceful and prosperous future”.

Victory Rally for Aung San Suu Kyi's Burmese opposition NLD party in Myanmar
Victory Rally for Aung San Suu Kyi’s Burmese opposition NLD party in Myanmar

While previous statements by British Prime Minister David Cameron and US Secretary of State John Kerry praised only the running of the election, Mr Obama directly acknowledged “the success of the National League for Democracy”.

He also praised what he called Ms Suu Kyi’s “tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years to promote a more inclusive, peaceful, and democratic Burma”, referring to Myanmar’s other name.

Mr Obama, who has visited Myanmar twice during his presidency, said he hoped the official election results would be respected by all parties.

Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing said the military would “do what is best in co-operation with the new government during the post-election period”.

President Thein Sein has also pledged that his government “will respect the people’s decision and choice and will hand over power as scheduled”.


Ministerial List: PDP still suffering from hangover of defeat – APC

The All Progressives Congress has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of defeat-induced impatience.

The National Secretary of the APC, Mai Bala Buni, who said this in Abuja on Thursday, added that the APC-led Federal Government did not pick miscreants as ministers.

He said the leaders of opposition political parties especially the PDP; had grown increasingly impatient because they had yet to overcome the hangover of electoral defeat.

Bala Buni said this in response to a statement by the PDP, which stated that Buhari’s newly-inaugurated cabinet did not inspire confidence.

The APC scribe said, “We implore Nigerians, including the increasingly impatient opposition parties, to give the cabinet a breathing space and support it to deliver the dividends of democracy.

“The argument of the PDP that the portfolios inspired no change was warped and a product of defeat hangover.

“The APC is not a party which will assign portfolios to miscreants, thugs and mistresses as rampant during the misrule period of the PDP.”

The party advised the PDP to face its rebranding pursuit instead of running down a performing government. According to the APC, the task of rebuilding Nigeria is a responsibility of every citizen as such rather than sit on the fence to find faults, the PDP should join hands with the President to fix the nation.

It assured Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would take the nation to the Promised Land.

The party scribe said the President’s choice of ministers and the assignment of portfolios were clear indication of his commitment to this cause.

President Buhari, he said, “has what it takes to lead; he is imbued with vision to redirect Nigeria to prosperity but he needs the cooperation of all citizens and groups.”

While congratulating the President for making the right choice of members of his cabinet, the party said, ‘The choice of the ministers and their clearance without any reservations by the Senate attested to the leadership ingenuity of the President.

“We are happy that every member of the Federal Executive Council is tested and trusted.

“The meticulous assigning of portfolios on Wednesday was also a signal to Nigerians that their electoral investments in our great party and President Buhari was not a waste.

“We endorse all the portfolios, we have absolute faith in the new ministers and we know that the final hour of redemption is here.”

The APC also expressed confidence that the President’s management of the portfolios had strengthened the nation’s unity, promoted excellence, provided hope for Nigeria’s rebirth and prepared the nation for the future.

It observed that the unprecedented assumption of duty by the ministers, barely some hours after they were inaugurated, underscored the determination of the APC administration to offer a qualitative and faster service to the nation.

PDP sinking ship
PDP sinking ship

The party also noted that under five months, the President had saved the country from brinkmanship, plugged loopholes, placed premium on prudence and set a new template for probity and accountability.

It also explained that in line with the manifestoes of the party, the President had clearly defined his socio-economic policies.

“The journey to economic recovery, meaningful democracy, and moral revolution in our great country has started. For the umpteenth time, the APC assures Nigerians of its desire to take them to the Promised Land,” Buni said.

Bala-Buni added, “The APC government will not fail the nation; Buhari will keep his words and salvage Nigeria for the benefit of all.”

He pleaded with Nigerians “to be a little bit patient because we will all soon have a cause to smile.”

The party also urged the newly-inaugurated ministers to abide by their oath of office, render selfless service, live up to expectations and write their names in gold, adding that failure is not an option.

– By John Alechenu, Abuja


Osun’s reforms are beyond PDP’s understanding –Govt

The attention of the Government of Osun has been drawn to another in the series of the inciting and retrogressive actions that are characteristic of the Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria in general and Osun in particular.

We are not surprised that the PDP is deliberately painting in bad light, all the well-thought out survival strategies of the current administration in the face of the mounting global economic meltdown which is affecting all facets of national life.

Osun Educational Reform O-Schools
Osun Educational Reform O-Schools

We dare to say that in the face of the glaring realities of economic complications across the world, the impact of which has been felt by Nigerians, it would amount to irresponsibility for the government that cares for its people not to review its operations in line with the prevailing economic realities.
Without any doubt, the growing popular opinion now is that governments at all levels must look inward, review their operations and streamline their activities if they want to continue to maintain the welfare of their people.

Interestingly, there is no single reform and belt-tightening measures that Governor Aregbesola and his government officials have not laid bare on the table before the workers and other stakeholders.
The Osun Labour is quite aware of all the reforms and efforts of the government to ensure that the welfare of the people does not grind to a halt because of the worsening economic situation across the world.

However, we cannot be surprised at PDP’s lack of understanding of the basic issues involved in the global economic meltdown. Nigerians can only the grateful to God that the affairs of the nation is no longer in the rudderless hold of the party.

What could have been the tragic and debilitating impact of the party’s misrule coupled with the global economic crisis is better imagined had Nigerians not voted out the PDP in the last general election in Nigeria and in the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun.

Petition for The Immediate Arrest Of Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode for Reckless and Inciting Statement

The attention of the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has been drawn to a reckless, inciting, provocative, barbaric, crude, invitation to anarchy and threat to public peace statement of Mr. Femi Fani Kayode as published in “The Vanguard” newspaper of September 21, 2015 and other major news medium, whereby he threatened the peace and tranquility of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the criminal kidnap of Chief Olu Falae in Ondo state on September 21, 2015.

According to the news item in the dailies, Mr. Femi Fani Kayode was reported to have asserted that “They must rescue him from these vagabonds and vandals as soon as possible before things get out of hand. Let it be clearly understood that if anything happens to him and if he doesn’t come home hale and hearty, we will hold the Federal Government responsible and there will be consequences. Those that are in power would do well to take what I have said very seriously.” (Vanguard, September 21st, 2015).

In as much as we condemn the kidnapping of this elder statesman in the strongest terms, we pray and call for his unconditional and safe release from his captors who should be described as criminals instead of resort to ethnic sentiments by enemies of our country and democracy, but we will not sit by and allow our sensibilities to be assaulted by the barbaric, crude, inciting, reckless, threat to public peace and provocative statements of the likes of Femi Fani Kayode who are trying to make a political capital out of this criminal act.

Femi Fani-Kayode

In the interim, we want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the Inspector general of Police to swing into immediate action to ensure his safe release from the criminals who should be arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of the land.

We equally want to urge the security agencies to live up to their constitutional responsibility by ensuring that Pa Olu Falae is rescued unharmed as quickly as possible and ensure that the criminals are brought to justice.

Therefore, in view of the above, we demand the following:
1. Immediate arrest of Mr. Femi Fani Kayode for inciting and threat to public peace statement.
2. Immediate arraignment of Mr. Femi Fani Kayode in court for threatening the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

It is an undeniable fact that though democracy permits the freedom of speech by citizens, however, it must not be abused to undermine public peace and ridicule Nigerians in the comity of civilized people through inciting and provocative statements.


Yours Sincerely,
Nelson Ekujumi.
Executive Chairman.

The National Security Adviser (NSA),
National Security Adviser Office,
The Presidency,
Aso Rock Villa, Abuja

War in PDP: As Group asks acting chair to quit, or else….

Acting National Chairman, PDP, Uche Secondus
Acting National Chairman, PDP, Uche Secondus
Pressure within the Peoples Democratic Party is mounting on the acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, to revert to his position as the deputy chairman of the party.

Towards this end, a group known as PDP Restart Project, has also called on the Secondus-led National Working Committee of the party to put machinery in motion for the meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee.

A member of the group, Alhaji Suleiman Bello, who spoke with our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, said the NWC was wrong to have said there was no vacancy in the office of the national chairman of the party.

He said his group was already discussing with those he described as “like-minds within the party” on the need to allow the North-East fill the vacuum created following the untimely resignation of the erstwhile National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.

Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi State, filled the vacuum created with the resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who also quit following pressure from some governors and members of the party’s NEC.

Bello, who is a former member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, said that removing Secondus would make the people of the North to have confidence in the party.

He said, “A lot of consultations are ongoing to rebuild the party and also to see what happened during the 2015 general election.

“Members of the party across the country must disregard the NWC on substantive chairman. The PDP NWC must call a NEC meeting, they are behaving like sole administrators. They need to know that the party is greater than any individual.

“The North-East must produce the chairman and such a chairman must complete the tenure of the former chairman. That is the only way to restore peace into the party. “

He said by doing this, the party’s leadership, including the Board of Trustees, National Caucus, Governors’ Forum and others would be able to sit together and analyse what went wrong that made the party to lose the last elections.

He said although a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Bala Mohammed, has shown interest in leading the party, the aspiration of the former senator was not absolute.

But he said the party would gain from his experience having been a senator and a member of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party before he defected to the PDP.

Bello said, “The party’s constitution says Secondus should be there for just three months and he has to leave now. The period of impunity should end and we need somebody who has the knowledge of ruling and opposition party politics.”

It is not yet clear if the plan to sack the NWC has gained the support of the party’s governors.


Battle for Ooni’s throne waxes stronger; as Osinkola Ruling House rejects rotation approach

Ooni of ife
Ooni of Ife goes home to join his ancestors. Photo credit:

The Akui family of the Osinkola Ruling House of Ife, has denounced the rotation approach to the ascendancy to the stool of the Ooni of Ife which became vacant following the demise of the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade on July 28.

The family, whose speech was read by Prince Adetowo Aderemi, at a press conference in Osogbo on Friday, described the rotation order as unconstitutional.

The family rejected the order which they said was at variance with the customs and tradition of Ife Kingdom and the Yoruba race.

The family said an open contest to select the most credible prince to ascend the throne would be fair and beneficial to all the ruling houses.

Aderemi said, “There is no rotation in the selection of an Ooni. There has never been and there should never be. Even the chieftaincy legislation implicitly recognises this when dealing with one ruling house; no rotation is required in respect of such a ruling house. This is historically important because of the symbolic position of Ile-Ife to the Yoruba people.

“The best candidate from all the eligible princes has always been chosen. To unlawfully deprive candidates from three ruling houses/branches on the basis of an illegal policy of rotation would be to desecrate the primacy of the Ooni stool.

“Rotation does not exist in Benin or in Ibadan. It does not exist in Sokoto, neither does it exist in Kano. Why should our own paramount ruler be different? Rotation, according to the relevant legislation can only exists in circumstances where there is more than one ruling house. There is in reality only one ruling house in Ile Ife. The late Ooni Aderemi’s letter of July 28, 1930 conclusively proves this.”

While Osinkola rejected the rotation order, the Lafogido Ruling House said that other ruling houses in the town had consistently marginalised the family in producing occupants to the Ooni’s stool.

A former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Prince Adeleke Adewoyin, who is also the head of the Lafogido Ruling House, said this at a separate press conference in Osogbo on Friday.

Adewoyin said it was now the turn of the Lafogido Ruling House to produce the successor of the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who died in London on July 28.

Adewoyin, who said Ife originally had two ruling houses: Lafogido and Lajodogun who were the two children of Lajamisan, added that while Osinkola, Ogboru and Giesi belonged to the Lajodogun Ruling House, Lafogido was not split.

He said that Lajodogun produced four Ooni in a space of 121 years while Lafogido produced just one.

According to him, the Ooni Olubuse 1 who reigned from 1894-1910 was produced by Ogboru/Lajodogun; Ooni- elect Adekola; from 1910-1910 was produced by Osinkola/ Lajodogun); Ooni Ademiluyi Ajagun, 1910-1930 was from Lafogido; Ooni Aderemi from 1930-1980 was from Osinkola/Lajodogun while the late Sijuwade was produced by Ogboru/ Lajodogun.

He said, “ From the above expatiations on the rulership of Ife Kingdom from the modern Ife which commenced from Ooni Lajamisan, it is evident and axiomatic that the preponderance of reigning Ooni’ had come largely from Lajodogun Ruling House at the disadvantage of Lafogido Ruling House.

“Consequently, the anomaly should be seriously looked into and corrected by the appropriate authorities and therefore in our opinion, Lafogido Ruling House should produce the next Ooni of Ife.”

Meanwhile, a group, The Cradle Youths, has warned Ife king makers not to make anyone already conferred with a chieftaincy title the successor of the late Sijuwade

The coordinator of the Ile-Ife based group, Mr. Kunle Elusayo, in a statement issued at Ile-Ife on Sunday also said that it was an abomination for princes to be conferred with chieftaincy title in Ile-Ife and Yoruba land.

He emphasised that any princes who had accepted chieftaincy title had forfeited his chance of becoming an Ooni.

Elusayo said, “Princes are never conferred with Chieftaincy title, once a prince is always a prince. This is a popular Yoruba custom and adage. It is therefore odd to see chiefs coming out to say they want to be Ooni, which is impossible. Their declaration of intention is in the first place an embarrassment of our tradition. It is an abuse on our collective intelligence and indigence.

“We fully trust the King makers but we sincerely call their attention to the above stated facts. In most cases, Chieftaincy tittles were conferred on people of integrity, prominence and charismatic to honour them, if they are not princes of the town in Ife. This is the singular reason why no prince is a chief. If not for this, a king would have also given all his children (son) chiefs.”