5 Best Uses For Cucumber

Cucumber is not only one of the most popular vegetables in Nigeria, but also a powerful product for our health and beauty. Cucumber can be added to snacks, entrees, drinks and desserts, as well as be used in a variety of beauty recipes. Check out 5 best things to do with fresh cucumbers and buy fresh cucumbers from top Nigerian sellers on Jiji: https://jiji.ng/agriculture-and-foodstuff/cucumber.

1. Fight bad breath

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There are dozens of things that cause unpleasant odor from the mouth, including tooth decay and stomach problems, but the result is the lack of confidence and even attempts to avoid conversations with people because of bad breath. This is where cucumber can help you: its texture and appealing, slightly sweet taste and aroma help you forget about this problem. Cucumber is also very effective at eliminating strong odors like onion and garlic.

2. Cucumber ice cream

5 Best Uses For Cucumber

Ice cream is a favorite summer dessert for Nigerians of all ages, but regular cream-based and sugar-heavy ice cream may not be the best choice for people keeping to a diet. Luckily, with the help of cucumber and a few other ingredients like mint you can make a batch of fresh ice cream or sorbet in a matter of minutes! This kind of ice cream will be much more refreshing than the regular kind, not to mention its health value!

3. Make a wonder toner

5 Best Uses For Cucumber

Toning your skin is an important part of the beauty routine, and you can make it even more healing with the help of homemade cucumber toner. Since it doesn’t contain any alcohol or chemical additives, it’s the best choice for sensitive skin. It’s better to make this toner in small doses. For one small bottle of toner, blend together peeled cucumber, witch hazel, and 2 tbsp distilled water. Store the toner in a fridge for several weeks.

4. Cucumber mojito

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Another fantastic way to get some refreshment on a hot summer day without the extra calories of fruit juices and soda drinks is a fun twist on a classic mojito recipe. This one is alcohol-free, which makes it a perfect drink for the whole family. First make a mint syrup out of mint leaves, water, and sugar. Next, combine sliced cucumber and lime with the mint syrup, sparkling water, and ice. Now it’s ready to be served!

5. Eliminate cellulite

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Cellulite is one of the biggest enemies for women during the bikini season, but among all treatments for this issue, the most affordable and natural one is the humble cucumber. The nutrients contained in cucumbers tightens your skin thanks to the effect on skin collagen, so just rub a slice or two of cucumber onto your problem areas before leaving for the beach.

OMG! Just See How A Guy Separates Two Ladies Fighting By Touching… (Photos)

The above incident happened somewhere in Orlu, Imo State. The two ladies who were engaged in a serious fight ‎over an issue that couldn’t be immediately ascertained were being separated by 3 guys.

While the others while doing the real separation, one guy took advantage of the situation and was pressing the boobs of one of the women.

I guess he got enough satisfaction from the fight.

Nigerians Expectations From Buhari Are Like Jesus Raising Lazarus From The Dead – @DeleMomodu

Dele Momodu

Mr Dele Momodu, the publisher of the Qvation magazine, was the presidential candidate of the National Commission Party (NCP) in the  2011 general elections. In this interview, Momodu speaks on the Buhari administration, the elections of the leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly and his relationship with the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as well as the late politician, Chief MKO Abiola, among other issues.

You were, before the general elections, one of the unofficial spokespersons for  President Muhammadu  Buhari, who was then the APC presidential candidate.  But of recent, your thoughts about the president appears to be changing?

I am surprised  at your comment because I have never changed. I am the biggest supporter of  President Muhammadu Buhari today. All I have done is to tell the president what people are saying outside, that is my job. We don’t tell our leaders the truth. I told former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the truth throughout his tenure. This is detailed in  my forthcoming book, titled, ‘’Pendulum, a book of prophesy’’. Everything I told President Jonathan  happened. I owe that  to our president too  today.

Once you become the president in Nigeria, people stop telling you the truth. They only tell you what you want to hear. I am a stakeholder in this government. I wonder what would have happened to me if the PDP had returned to power. I was already under constant threat. I received threat messages.  I had to name all the numbers anonymous because they were all attacking me for supporting Buhari. I didn’t support the president because I wanted anything from him. I supported him because I believed  at this time of our lives, we need a father-figure, what I called the Mandela- option in Nigeria. And I thought Buhari, as a man of integrity, of impeccable character, fits that bill.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari at the APC NEC Meeting.

But, three months after the election, Nigerians are getting impatient  because most of them cannot wait for even one second. I was the first to write an article titled, ‘’In Search Of Patience’’, telling the people to exercise patience with  the man.  But being patient does not mean we should fold our arms indefinitely. There are things that can still be done. I found a proverb some where which says ‘’the meat of antelope tastes very good, but while it is cooking, we can still make do with groundnut’’. While we are waiting for that big action, some things must keep us going, whether pop corn, ice cream or something. If the National Assembly, within some minutes, approved about 15 Special Advisers; so, what is stopping us from picking our National Security Adviser, if we have to change the one there now.

How about the Chief of Staff, the Principal Secretary, the Secretary to the Federal Government. The longer it takes, the longer the tension, and also the longer the pressure on Mr President. I want  the president to know that if they begin to put pressure on him, things may begin to fall apart. Had it been some things are already  in place, I am sure the tension would have reduced.

But things have rotten  so much  so that many people support the president taking his time before making any appointments.

No. I was once a presidential candidate. Before a man says he wants  to be president, he must have his plans and blue print of things that he saw not working properly. As such, he thought he had solution to them. Yes, you might not have 100%  solution to the problems, but you have a fair idea of what needed to be done urgently. And you said you have the answer to them before you offered yourself to serve. And there is nobody more experienced than President Muhammadu  Buhari. He was there over 30 years ago. He also acted in other capacities before now.

So, I expect him to be able to know what he wants to do. Your principal staff, you will know who they are, and you will appoint them. Even the ministers, by now, there is no law that says all the ministers must be ready at the same time. The problems we have in Nigeria are so big that one second is like eternity. I pleaded with people few weeks back to be patient, but I am telling you that the public outcry is no longer favourable to our cause. And I don’t want us to lose that moment to the concerns of the people. It is like a plane that is about to take off.

The outcry, some have said, is genuine but that people are not well informed about the enormity of the problems at hand?

No one is crying foul. Don’t let us misuse language. They are only asking for action. They have the right to that. Their expectation was that of a magician. That was what I wrote in my article. What the Nigerians expect of you is like that of Jesus Christ turning water into wine, raising  Lazarus from the dead. I wrote another article, ‘’Buhari and the burden of expectations’’. To whom is given, much is expected. Nigerians saw him as magician. They believe he has talismanic powers to transform Nigeria from penury to prosperity. You can’t blame them. Nobody is blaming Buhari, we are just saying ‘please sir, time is not on your side’. I am not one of those who will rush him.

I am just reflecting the mood of the nation. I am a journalist. I gave him hints of what people expect him to do. I am not one of those  who write abstract nonsense. I write constructively as a patriotic citizen. I joined the struggle since my days at University of Ife  in 1978.  I have never stopped since then. I also  a country my children can live in and live in peace. I want a country where no girl would vanish into thin air for two years without any trace. I want a country where young school leavers would get jobs. I want a country where I will not spend all my  money to generate electricity. I want a country where the infrastructure meets international standard like other oil producing countries. I want a country where our people will not be too distant from their leaders.

Talking about sudden change, you were known to be a  friend and admirer of the APC National Leader, Ashiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, but suddenly you started supporting the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, against his party?

 There is nothing sudden in that. From day one, I supported Saraki for various reasons. I will say that, boldly, any where. And I stand by it. I supported him based on empirical facts of what I know. One of it…..

(Cuts in)But you are not a member of the party?

Yes, that is the beauty of it all.

So how come you are saying authoritatively that ‘’from what I know’’?

I interact with people. At my level, a 55-year-old man, I have friends everywhere. I have contacts. I say this with every sense of responsibility. I don’t know of anybody who worked harder than Saraki, Amaechi and the rest of them for Buhari. Yes, so many people worked for Buhari, but I am telling you that from my own stand point, from my interactions, these people mentioned almost worked themselves to death for Buhari. As a matter of fact, at a time, some people were saying  it was better to have consensus candidate for the party so that there won’t be rancour after the primaries; but some people refused, saying they were not ready to step down for Buhari.

Saraki was one of the first people who declared total and unflinching support for Buhari. Amaechi adores Kwankwaso. I know that for a fact.  Ameachi loves Kwankwaso to death. But because of Buhari, Amaechi refused to support Kwankwaso. I don’t know if Kwankwaso will forgive him for that. But, he was honest enough to tell Kwankwaso that ‘’I have given my word to Buhari, I cannot turn back’’.  Same thing with Saraki. I know for a fact that Saraki worships Tinubu. Quote me. Maybe our Oga (Tinubu)does not know it. You know, sometimes, you don’t know those who love you if you have a lot of crowd around you. But I am saying it to you that Saraki, the Senate President, worships Tinubu.

Then or till now?

I am sure till today. Saraki was one of Tinubu disciples. In fact, when some people were saying Tinubu wanted to hijack  the party by installing his men,  Saraki and Amaechi were among  those who said ‘no, we must give our leader whatever he wants;  we must not humiliate our leader’, because they(new PDP) had the power at that time to install their own candidate and they would have won, because the new PDP that joined APC at that time was formidable enough. But, they insisted they must defer to Tinubu. It is what I know, not that they told me.

There are people who may go behind and tell the leaders lies, but I love Tinubu to the extent that I will never tell him a lie. I will tell him only what I know. So, among those who worked so hard day and night, gathered those who could support the campaign, Saraki was one of them. Amaeachi risked his entire life for that campaign. In an association of five or more political parties, I expected that immediately after victory, all of you would have come together to decide which of the parties in the association takes what. That was not the case.

My advice to those of us who are close to Ashiwaju Tinubu is that people should prevail on him not to oppose Saraki because he is one of his men. If you have children and you show one that he is the preferred child  above other ones, they will be angry. I think Saraki felt betrayed. If I were  Ashiwaju, I would have done what the president did. I can almost bet my life that the President Buhari had a preferred candidate even though we didn’t know who the person was, but he said he would not interfere.

It will get to a stage in life where two of your children are fighting for something, you stand back and let them go to the field and whoever wins, you support him, not that you tie the arms of one against the other. You have not even told us why you are supporting one against the other. I have not read it anywhere. The only thing I have so far read was that Senator Lawan is a ranking member, beyond that, what else? Beyond that, nobody sold Lawan to us.

But the elections in both chambers appear to be polarising the party?

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Yes. That is what it will come to if you supported one child against the other. I predicted it. Go and read my article, titled, ‘’Let’s honour our heroes’’, in which I canvassed that we must honour those people who worked for the party. I saw this coming because whoever knew a  little bit of the rudiment of politics would have predicted same. Don’t forget that the generation of today is different, the temperament is different. The man’s(Saraki) life ambition was to be Senate President, to, at least, go beyond what his father achieved of being the Senate Leader. That is the dream of everybody in life, to surpass your father’s glory. That is why you had a W. Bush, and then, a George Bush Jr. and then a Jeb Bush coming, if it happens.

You must know that a Saraki who had that kind of ambition, you could not discourage him. If you are not going to support him, don’t discourage him. That was my position. I am not saying Tinubu had no right  to support Lawan or anybody for that matter.  But I know from my interactions with the senators particularly from South- West, many  of them were secretly supporting Saraki but for the fear of Tinubu and the backlash, they didn’t come out in the open. And when this was about to happen, I sent people close to Ashiwaju to tell him that this was what was happening.

Whenever I met those South-West senators, they would say, E ba ore yin soro(please talk to your friend), but I can no longer do that, those days are gone. Today, if you go to Ashiwaju’s house, it is like a market place. And in a market place, all human beings will be there, and, most of them, for one purpose or the other. The reality is that has Tinubu accepted Saraki  as one of his children and did not show any open bias against him? I am speaking facts, I am not taking sides. I am one million times closer to Tinubu than Saraki. But I will always support the under dog. That is me.

When General Buhari was going to speak at Chatham House in London, contrary to what the Fayose and co were saying that it never took place and that the man was in air ambulance…. I was in contact with Amaechi and Saraki. He was going to speak on Thursday, I left London via Madrid on a Tuesday for Ghana. I got to Accra in the evening. On Wednesday, Saraki contacted me and said Buhari was going to speak at Chatham House. I told him that I just got to Accra last night. He pleaded that whatever I could do, media wise, to make the day successful, I should do.

So, I contacted an international photographer and asked him to meet up with Amaechi while I  took the next available flight back to London. Saraki was shocked and excited that I could return to London the following day for the event. So, I knew the efforts of Saraki and Amaechi.  And when you talk about party supremacy, yes, the party is always supreme but not party dictatorship. Yes, the party will advise you,  but you too will have a say. The party is made up of human beings. Even a father cannot be absolute. This is democracy.

Why did the Senate South-East caucus reject Lawan? Was it Saraki that rejected him? The party can make recommendation but everybody must be carried along. It would have been impossible to win that (Senate) election without carrying PDP along. What I expected from our leaders from the South-West was to have accepted the voice of God, whether it was controversial or not. Aminu Tambuwal emerged as Speaker from the PDP, it was controversial. And he remained Speaker till May 29, PDP didn’t kill him for that, neither was he called names. Tinubu is a father-figure to all of them, I think that is the role he should be playing.

Are you Tinubu’s boy?

Tinubu is my mentor.  And I won’t join those who mislead our master. There is nothing wrong in being anybody’s boy. If you humble yourself, God will lift you up. I will always respect Tinubu. He is older than me, minimum of 10 years. So, if I cannot call him my father, anybody who wants to disrespect his own father can go ahead, he is free.

You said the late Abiola has more than 70% influence on you, it is like you are fanatical about this man?

Yes. I worked briefly in one of his companies, Concord, from 1988 to 1990. Because of my visibility in five of the titles on the Concord stable, coupled with my assistance in getting Shina Peters to play in his house for a party he hosted for the Super Eagles at that time, I became known to him and, from there, we became bonded. While a lot of people were following him because of money, I was always going to see him, mainly for mentorship. I was a disciple of Abiola, I later became an apostle. I could almost tell you how Abiola would react to any situation. There are two people today in my life that affected me:  Abiola and  the other one who I  call  a spirit you don’t see but you feel.  That is Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr. He is just incredible. I have learnt a lot from these two men.  You cannot be great if you don’t recognise greatness in others. That is why I say that about 70% of what I have learnt today is from the late Abiola.

Ovation is 364 pages, from less than 100 pages. Is that not  too voluminous?

The idea is to make every issue of Ovation a collector’s item. Something you cannot throw away or use to sell groundnut. Ovation is a lifestyle magazine. You have to aspire to be there. There was a woman who called some years back from Ilorin, Kwara State. She had been dreaming for 10 years about  two things, that is when her daughter is getting married, Ovation to cover the wedding, and having Sikiru Ayinde Barrister to perform, even if he was going to come on  wheel chair. She fulfilled the two dreams. Barrister played for her before he passed away. It is not like any or every other magazine. It is very spiritual in nature in its birth, conception, sustainability.

Some say you are trying to scare your competitors away?

There is nothing wrong with that. In anything you do, if you are not strong enough, your competitors will come and kick you away. I leant that from Mike Adenuga who puts everything in his business to make a difference. So, we have to put everything we have back into the magazine and that was why  we have the French version of the magazine which has been running since 2006, because we do French covers. We have done cover in Hausa language before. We are experimental. That is why the fun has been on for close to 20 years now. We will be 20 next year April. We are also presently having the television version of it, now airing on Silverbird and Ben TV in London.

Which of these editions would you say is most outstanding for you?

Every copy of ovation, as I said, is a collector’s item. Every copy of ovation is a work of art and science. We go to the very extreme to give our readers the best value for money. That is why it is probably the most expensive magazine in the whole of Africa. Even at that, you cannot cover the cost, because every copy is like a hand-woven work of art. We have been with the same printer in London for the past 15 years. I am proud that in Africa, a company fully controlled by  an  African can think about quality;  that, I think, is the greatest secret of ovation. Those who buy it  do so because of its quality. When President Jonathan’s  daughter got married, Ovation was the magazine of choice, it was the official magazine, and that was despite my opposition to the PDP. I am a  professional to the core.

The magazine is for everybody. Whether you are in PDP, APC, APGA, any party at all. When the Queen of England was coming to Nigeria, Ovation was chosen by Buckingham Palace as the official magazine for Her Majesty’s visit. When Dubai was going to be marketed to Africa, the British trade partners invited us to London to go to Dubai to take pictures all over Dubai and produced an edition which we called ‘See Dubai and Die’. Of course, that changed how people perceived Dubai because, before then, it used be only traders who went to  Dubai.

So, I cannot say a particular edition is the best. I can give you some of the memorable ones. Dr.Dehinde  Fernadez  Island in New York, to  me, that is epic. Then going to Maiduguri, Borno State, to photographe  Alhaji Muhammed Indimi’s  house called House of Gold,  I have never seen anything like it. It is an incredible monument.  I flew in Collin Ramsay, the father of all photographers, in his late 70s, from London. The man who had taken world celebrities photographs including Imelda Marcos. That was the level that we took photography to. Some said when we first started that within  six  months, it was going to perish, but here we are, 19 years after, still standing.

You said you are not rich, even with the success of Ovation?

Wealth, I believe, is relative. People in  Africa, especially in Nigeria, tend to assess achievement in terms of money. I don’t.  My biggest achievement today is creating a global brand; a  brand that anywhere I  am, and I have been on all the continents in the world,  I have both brand and name recognition. I have been able to build a double brand. That is one of the most difficult things  to do as an entrepreneur. When you mention Microsoft, your mind naturally goes to Bill Gates. You mention Apple and your mind goes to Steve Jobs. You mention Virgin and your mind goes to  Richard Branson. You mention Ovation, your mind must go to Dele Momodu. that is my greatest achievement. Every other thing, God will take care of it.

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What have you been up to lately?

I am working on a youth initiative programme that will be unveiled soon. Also, I will be celebrating my 20th anniversary on stage soon.

What inspired you to go into comedy?

I have always had a hilarious disposition; people considered my utterances funny. It is a talent God bestowed on me and I developed the gift. There wasn’t any financial motivation at that time, but my expression got most people interested in me.

You started comedy in 1991; what improvements can you identify in that facet of entertainment in Nigeria?

There has been a huge improvement in the comedy industry over the last one decade. We have witnessed some accomplishments and it ranges from high-profile events organised by comedians to endorsements. Comedians now exude an aura that inspires people and arouses interest. The affluence that now comes with the job is encouraging.

As a successful comedian, do you still encounter any challenges?

Yes, I still do. There is always a difficult and motivational aspect of every human endeavour. In entertainment, the need to be professional while observing public decorum on stage could be challenging. More so, as one of the inspiring comedians, I try to maintain certain conducts off and on stage in addition to balancing my personal life with the artistry. The most important challenge is having an industry that is regulated and where one’s intellectual property is protected. There is a great need for government to strengthen agencies against piracy and other forms of intellectual abuse.

How do you define success?

Success has no general or universal definition. I believe success is measured from different perspectives. What you call success today can destroy you tomorrow. So, I define success as contentment within the limitations of one’s knowledge, knowing and accepting the fact that no matter the accomplishment, it could all end in vanity. I believe in ‘live and let live’ while maintaining a high sense of honesty and integrity.

Which do you consider more lucrative- construction or entertainment?

Each of them complements the other. None is complete without the other.

You built a helicopter at a young age, why didn’t you continue in that line as a choice of career?

There are always two sides to everything. The choice to decide which one to choose is personal but nature has a way of separating mere desires from rare talent. I did not make the choice, but I allowed natural circumstances to lead me through the path; creativity is a tree with many branches. Once the natural skill is inherent in an individual, it will translate positively in the activities that he or she decides to do. It is a rare privilege to work in the paths which are naturally defined.

Looking back, would you say you regret not accepting the scholarship to study abroad?

I am yet to regret any decision I have made. Every endeavour in life leads to one ultimate aim which could be financial remuneration, fame, honour, prestige, popularity or wealth. Although I declined that opportunity, I have also reciprocated that today by supporting others with the same offer I had years ago. We are reminded to give thanks in all things. Being famous to walk in this path, I am a happier person today.

Sometimes, do you find your jokes boring?

The battle of life is won within. Any feeling that has not overwhelmed you cannot impress or subdue the consciousness of another person’s word. The heart and soul must feel your vibes with the sounds of the rhythm, and every good dance starts from the first drumbeat. My jokes amuse me comedy starts from within me.

How were you able to handle competition in the industry as a beginner and now?

I do not believe I am in a quest for glory so I don’t contend with other personalities. The comedy industry is filled with different actors but the spotlight beams on who goes on stage at every moment and there is always one actor on stage. We all have unique qualities and personalities that distinguish us as humans but we all express the diversity of God in our little ways.

How do you get inspiration to tell your jokes?

It’s just a natural phenomenon. I always relate with my environment; by picturing real life issues and locating the puzzle in between the lines.

Do you recycle your jokes?

There is always a premise before every conclusion. The ultimate aim of performance is to satisfy your audience by relating with them; it’s like a motivational speaker telling his audience that hard work and commitment to one’s desire is more important than just dreaming and having an unused talent. The display of these qualities is like a preamble.

How do you strike a balance between family and work?

The family comes first. Once family values and needs are maintained, then proficiency at work can be certain. There is really not much difference between both because they compliment each other; body and soul are one property.

How do you handle female fans?

I treat my fans with utmost regard, especially those that are able to express their love and appreciation for my work.

Having had a not-so-smooth background, are there lessons you have learnt from that experience?

There is always a lesson to learn from any experience, its either you use it to motivate yourself positively or negatively. One’s family and social background actually define your perception of life. Those early experiences made me reason and visualise the shortcomings ahead. Life has taught me that yesterday is the seed that gives birth to today. So, sow a seed today so that tomorrow will remember you and you can live in peace with your friends and strangers.

What were the traits that endeared you to your wife?

Simplicity, courage and an overwhelming desire to conquer.

With your recent involvement in politics, do you plan to make career out of it?

Politics is an engagement either at home or at work. How serious can it get when you give orders, hire and fire your gateman without due process, or struggle for the majority vote between you and your wife? All are personal political decisions.

There have been complaints about comedians who steal jokes, have you been a victim?

We all crave for excellence, and every professional artiste would admit to this. As much as there is originality in the field, there is nothing new under the sun. The jokes of today were inspired by yesterday. No one can claim the right to invention of any language. I respect those who have the unique dexterity to redesign a joke already told because it’s not an easy task.

What are your greatest assets, your cars or your houses?

My greatest asset is my life.

Beggars To Sue Governor El-Rufai Over Ban On Street begging

Beggars in Kaduna State on Saturday threatened to sue the Nasir el-Rufai led government over the ban on their activities.

They also gave the state a three-day ultimatum to rescind its decision.

They said the legal action was to protest against what they termed violation of their rights to life and defamation of character.

They added that by the ban, the government was indirectly referring to them as “terrorists,” because the action was taken after the bomb blast in Zaria, a major city in the state.

They also threatened that after the expiration of the ultimatum, they would return to the streets to continue their normal business.

The beggars insisted that the ban on their activities in the wake of the Zaria bomb blast which claimed about 40 lives and property worth millions of naira, was a wrong step in the wrong direction.

While protesting on Saturday, one of the beggars, Abdullahi Jugunu, said they were merely expressing their rights to fair hearing.

Jugunustated, ‘‘We are not deterred by the government ban. We are giving the state a three-day ultimatum to reverse its decision.

“After three days, if nothing happens from the side of government, we will have no choice than to come to the street for our normal business.”

The beggars were joined by women and their children who chanted songs against the government.

The beggars who spoke in unison noted that they felt insulted by the action of the government.

Meanwhile, the governor on Saturday said the ban was necessary for security reasons.

He said the decision to temporarily restrict the activities of beggars and hawkers was for their safety.

The governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, at a press conference, added that the ban on hawking and begging was to ensure the security of lives and property.

Aruwan said the decision was not targeted at the beggars or hawkers in the state.

He also appealed to the affected persons to cooperate with the government.

He said: “Kaduna State Government’s decision to ban hawking and begging in the state following last week’s bomb attack that killed 26 innocent citizens and injured 32 persons at the secretariat of Sabon Gari Local Government area of the state.

“The ban was necessitated by the security situation in the state and to ensure maximum protection of lives and property. The Kaduna State Government under, Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, will never unleash pains on beggars and hawkers in the state.”

He added that the government decision’s was not targeted at the beggars but to protect the citizens.

He said, “As painful as it could be or misrepresented, the decision was taken in the best interest of our citizens and government appreciates support from all sections of the state regarding the reality of our security situation.”

He noted that the government was conscious of its constitutional role to protect citizens and to ensure law and order for common good.

According to him, the state government will not fold its arms and allowed citizens to be killed hence the decision.

BoT Chairmanship : Dark Days Ahead For APC

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The battle for the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress Board of Trustees may be a fierce one among former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former interim National Chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande; and a chieftain of the party, Audu Ogbeh, writes TOBI AWORINDE

Article 13.2 (X) of the APC Constitution (October 2014 as amended), which deals with the powers of the BoT, stipulates: “The Board of Trustees shall elect its chairman, deputy chairman, secretary and other officers as it deems necessary, and formulate its own rules and procedures to regulate its meetings and activities.”

This must have prompted the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, to ratify proposals made for the inclusion of some members of the party’s Board of Trustees. No sooner had the NEC approved proposals made by the party’s National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire, that some contenders emerged for the chairmanship of the BoT.

Last Monday, it was gathered that three party chieftains desired to give it a shot. They are: former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; a former interim national chairman of the APC, Bisi Akande; and an ex-national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Audu Ogbeh.

When asked in a recent interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, if amending the party’s constitution may hold the key to resolving the ongoing leadership crisis at the National Assembly, Ogbeh, who is the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, and also a founding member of the APC, expressed disappointment in the party’s delay in inaugurating the BoT, adding that the board is the answer to the party’s woes.

Ogbeh said, “It isn’t the constitution that is the real problem. Constitutions are run by human beings. We have our constitution; we have a certain understanding among ourselves about what we should do and shouldn’t do. I think there are some managerial lapses somewhere.

“For instance, we have not yet formally inaugurated our Board of Trustees. What are we waiting for? This is the kind of crisis that the Board of Trustees should have taken over and resolved and not the National Working Committee or the National Executive Committee of the party. Why is the Board of Trustees still not in place?”

The party’s NEC, which is its highest decision-making body, reportedly took nominations for membership of the BoT from the various state chapters during a NEC meeting which held penultimate Friday.

On June 20, Saturday PUNCH had reported that a fresh power tussle between Atiku and Akande was on the horizon over the party’s BoT chairmanship. According to findings, the tussle is an episode in the supremacy war between power blocs in the APC.

Atiku and the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were reported to have been the primary contenders in a fierce battle to control the party. With these two camps, clinching the BoT chairmanship would go a long way in assisting them to control the party.

Both camps were said to have started reaching out to members of the board, who will elect the chairman. Further investigations showed that Akande had the backing of Tinubu, who is reportedly angry with Atiku’s role in the National Assembly leadership elections.

The struggle for the chairmanship of the APC’s BoT, it was learnt, became intense following the inauguration of the eighth Assembly which witnessed the controversial emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Yakubu Dogara as Speaker. They were said to have won with the support of Atiku.

Tinubu and the party’s National Working Committee, on the other hand, were voting for Ahmad Lawan for the Senate presidency and Femi Gbajabiamila for the House speakership.

Political observers have since highlighted that Saraki’s election would enable the Atiku camp take control of the party’s National Executive Committee since the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives are members of the NEC.

However, Tinubu is believed to be in control of the party’s NWC, as many of its members are said to be loyal to him. Thus, the contest for the control of the BoT is clearly between both camps.

Atiku, who has held the number two office in the country for two consecutive terms and contested in the party’s first ever presidential primary which produced President Muhammadu Buhari as the APC candidate for the March 28 election, is widely regarded as a political heavyweight in the APC. Pundits, however, note that Atiku’s chances are slim.

The executive chairman of the Coalition against Corrupt Leaders, Debo Adeniran, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, argued that Atiku was not as all-embracing as the job of BoT chairmanship demands. Recalling Atiku’s political history with concern, the activist said the APC may not last long with the ex-vice president at the helm.

He said, “When we look at Atiku, especially with regard to the controversy surrounding his activities as vice-president, he has not yet convinced Nigerians that he didn’t soil his hands. Moreover, the kind of divisive politics that he plays may not put him in a good position to be the best BoT chairman that can satisfy the yearnings of rank-and-file members of the party.

“One would not want the ruling party to succumb to the whims and caprices of somebody who already has an open agenda that once was hidden. We must not forget the influence of the Peoples Democratic Movement in the PDP and the prominent role it played in the breakup of the PDP. The same thing happened when the New PDP emerged. That means that with an Atiku in the saddle, the APC may not last the tenure of the current regime before they break it into pieces.

“The divisive politics of Atiku puts him at a disadvantage. I don’t see him as having a sectional agenda; his agenda cuts across, but he plays opportunistic politics and that is not fair. People like Saraki and Dogara need somebody who is courageous enough to confront them. Atiku is hand in glove with them, and if he becomes BoT chair, he will tolerate whatever they do.”

Similarly, a professor of political science in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Onyebuchi Ezeani, agreed with Adeniran, adding that Atiku could not be held to the commitment of the party’s founding members because he formed the party late.

“Most of the groundwork that was laid for the party’s formation was already there long before he arrived. As a result, I don’t think he has what it takes to hold such a position. Atiku is what I call a latecomer,” the professor opined.

But the Director-General of the Atiku Media Office, Mr. Paul Ibe, when contacted on Monday, said the former vice-president “is eminently qualified to occupy the position.” He added, “We are not aware that the APC has thrown open the race for the chairmanship of the party’s BoT. But if, in the wisdom of the party, it elects to appoint (Atiku) Abubakar as chairman of its BoT, the Turaki Adamawa will be amenable and well-disposed to it because he is eminently qualified to offer his services to the party at that level.”

For Akande, the battle for a top job in the APC is not entirely new. On June 11, 2013, the erstwhile national chairman of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria was reported to have been in a fierce contest with Tom Ikimi, another chieftain of the party, for the position of interim national chairman of the newly formed APC.

The battle between Akande and Ikimi followed the decision by stakeholders of the APC — a merger between the ACN, the Congress for Progressive Change, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party — to cede the chairmanship to the ACN.

But the APC, following a meeting behind closed doors in Abuja on June 26, 2013, named Akande its national chairman.

Spokesman for the Congress for Progressive Change, Rotimi Fasakin, said the appointment, which was, “part of the requirements (set by the Independent National Electoral Commission) for the registration of the new party was a collective decision of all the merging parties.”

The APC was then registered by INEC on July 31, 2013, after which the party was joined by aggrieved PDP members, including Atiku, Saraki, and seven governors, between November and December of the same year.

On June 14, 2014, Akande handed over his seat as chairman to a former Governor of Edo State, John Odigie-Oyegun, who became the first substantive national chairman of the APC, following a consensus arrangement by the leadership of the party at the inaugural national convention of the APC.

By August 21, 2014, the party was reported to have appointed no fewer than 74 persons, including Buhari and Tinubu, as members of its BoT. Others listed were Atiku, Ikimi, Akande and Ogbeh.

The BoT also comprises serving and former APC governors still in the party as well as two senators representing each of the six geopolitical zones and a member representing each state and the FCT.

However, in a provocative statement on June 28, Akande alleged that the members of the APC, who left the PDP, came into the ruling party with vested interests, which he claimed were fuelling the APC crisis.

The APC chief said, “What began as political patronages, which was to be shared into APC membership spread among ethnic zones, religious faiths, (as well as) political rankings and experiences, has now become so complicated that the sharing has to be done by and among PDP leadership, together with cohorts of former New PDP affiliations in the APC, by and among gangs against Buhari’s presidency, and certain APC legislators and party members who dance round the crisis arena to pick some crumbs.

“After the elections, which saw the APC to victory all round, a meeting was reported to have been held by certain old and new PDP leaders in (former National Chairman of PDP) Kawu Baraje’s house in Abuja to review what should be their share in this new Buhari’s government and resolved to seek collaboration with the PDP with a view to hijacking the National Assembly and, having got rid of Goodluck Jonathan, with an ultimate aim of resuscitating the PDP as their future political platform.”

But Baraje, in a summary rebuttal, described Akande’s claims as unfortunate and expressed disappointed that the former interim chairman of the APC would make such claims.

Baraje was not the only one who had a bone to pick with Akande. The APC chieftain’s claims also drew the ire of party chairman, Oyegun, Saraki, Dogara, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the northern caucus of the party, among several others, leading to speculation that Akande’s chances of emerging the APC BoT chairman had been hurt.

But Adeniran disagreed. On the contrary, he argued, the same reason that made some party members allege that Akande was being sponsored by Tinubu proved his suitability for the job.

“He told no lie within the submission he made. He has said he didn’t make any sectional statement that was credited to him and nobody has disproved him since. Confronting them with past records that they have is not supposed to be seen as a disadvantage. It should, instead, be seen as an index of courage, which is why I believe he has adequate courage to confront anybody that wants to sabotage the good fortune of the party,” Adeniran told SUNDAY PUNCH.

Commenting on speculation that Tinubu is behind Akande’s candidature, the activist said the national leader of the APC is a proven political tactician whose prowess would serve as an advantage.

“Take it or leave it, Tinubu is a political strategist with a level of sagacity that no other politician has been able to achieve in the (Nigerian) political landscape. If Tinubu is supporting Akande, it should be seen as a plus, rather than a minus,” he opined.

Citing Akande’s tenure as governor of Osun State, Adeniran described Akande as an articulate leader and a Cicero in his own right, whose wealth of experience would position him well for the job.

Akande’s former Chief Press Secretary, Adelani Baderinwa, also expressed conviction of Akande’s capability to lead the APC’s BoT.

Baderinwa, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, described the party chieftain as well qualified for the position. He highlighted Akande’s run at the party’s interim national chairmanship, and his role in laying the groundwork for the party’s formation.

“He knows Nigeria very well and so there is nothing so spectacular about being the BoT chairman. By virtue of being the (interim) national chairman of the political party, he must have met quite a lot of the stakeholders in the process of managing the party, especially to the level that it became a success in terms of what the APC is. My take is therefore that he is found to have an advantage,” he said.

But Ezeani expressed opposition to Akande’s advantage, arguing that Ogbeh is the candidate to beat.

The professor of political science said, in comparison to Akande and Atiku, Ogbeh stands out because, “he does not have the baggage that comes with being linked to Tinubu. He is untainted, which is a crucial consideration in picking the man for the job.

“If we are talking about those who have experience and contributed to the formation of the APC, Audu Ogbeh has the advantage. Let us not forget that he has held top positions in the PDP, so he has the most experience and the best understanding of what the party needs to.”

Adeniran, however, expressed mixed feelings about Ogbeh’s candidature, arguing that though Audu Ogbeh is not known to accumulate wealth, his gentlemanly disposition would translate to a reluctance to want to rock the boat, which the political expert believes, is contrary to the demands of politics in Nigeria.

“Save for the possibility that he might be too conservative for the dynamism that Nigerian politics deserves, he could have been the best candidate. But he may not have the guts, courage or political will to discipline erring party members and he doesn’t have the charisma with which he can carry everybody from different sections of the country together the way some other leaders are expected to. He is likely to tolerate the intolerable and that would be a minus against him,” Adeniran opined.

Attempts to get Ogbeh’s reaction were unsuccessful, as he did not answer calls by our correspondent to his mobile telephone number on Wednesday.

On the consequences of a fierce BoT chairmanship race to the already embattled part, Ezeani told SUNDAY PUNCH that the crisis in the APC came as a shock to many political observers.

According to him, the rift in the party is proof that the parties that came together to form the APC did so out of selfish interests, rather than a shared ideology.

“I would advise the President to maintain his objective position and not meddle in the political dealings of the party. That is the right decision; I think that it is best that he stays away from the crisis rocking the APC so as not to be distracted from governance,” he added.

But Adeniran argued: “Everybody was surprised that the (primary) election conducted by the APC went as smoothly as it did and that the general elections also went smoothly. It could be yet another surprise that, after this race, everybody will go back to his camp calmly without any strife.”

My Sexiness Is Inborn – EME Singer, Niyola

Background

My name is Eniola Akinbo and I am also known as NIYOLA. I am the last child in a family of 12. I had a beautiful upbringing and my father was a disciplinarian. He did not spare the rod and spoil the child.

Education

I studied English Language at the University of Lagos and I also studied some courses in travel and tourism. I studied journalism at the Independent Journalism Center owned by PM News. I wanted to become a broadcaster because I was fascinated by the eloquence of newsreaders. I replicated their mannerisms whenever my dad told me to read to him. I practiced on my own when no one was watching.

Music

When I was about eight or nine years old ,my father and I attended a concert headlined by Funmi Adams. I didn’t realise my dad had noticed my love for music. I participated in the Amen Starlet and Circle of Stars competitions. Soon after, I joined Da Trybe and later, I signed on with Make Sum Noiz Productions. I joined Westside Music in 2007 where I released my debut album. After my contract expired, I proceeded on a three-year break after which I signed on with Banky W’s EME.

Journalism

I worked with an outfit called Podium International where I was an editor, presenter and researcher. Looking back, I miss those days but I am grateful for the experience.

Sex appeal

I can’t tell if one has to be sexy to sell their music. I don’t compel myself to appear sexy. Maybe it’s inborn and that’s why I am perceived as such. I never try to be sexy because I think it is necessary and I believe that being true to one’s self is important. One the other hand, talent and discipline are more important.

Banky W and I

Banky W and I have a good relationship. I have a lot of respect for him as an individual and artiste. I have learnt a lot from him and I can say that he is a great boss and friend.

Single

My song Toh Bad is not a reflection of my personal experience.It is a situation which I believe every female has been through and can identify with. I had a similar experience but it is not exactly the way it was portrayed in the video.

Competition

I am not in competition with anybody. We all have our goals and these are the things that drive our actions or inactions. Everybody has a purpose to fulfill and I am simply championing my cause.

Album

I am not doing music for the reason that there’s nothing else to make a living out of; music is my passion. As such, doing anything else is not an option. My sophomore album should be ready in the coming year. A lot happened in Nigeria which caused a lot of musicians to put their careers on hold.

Beauty

I work out and stay away with things that are not healthy. I also drink water 85 per cent of the time.

Fashion

I love crop tops and I am totally obsessed with sunglasses and rings. My love for the latter item is ironic because I don’t like to wear jewellery. In addition to that, I don’t like to wear red trousers because I believe they do not look good on me. Even though I admire them on people, I won’t be caught dead wearing one. For me, less is more and my style is all about being comfortable, chic and classy.

LASTMA Official Slumps On Traffic Duty [Photo]

An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority on Saturday slumped while controlling traffic in the Idi Araba area of Lagos.

The official, whose identity could not be ascertained as of the time our reporter left the scene, was among those controlling a heavy traffic along Ishaga Road allegedly caused by an event at the Chapel of the Healing Cross, Idi-Araba.

There was also a heavy presence of security personnel on the road.

The official, who was busy with the heavy traffic situation under the scorching sun, fell down and began to gasp for breath.

The incident occurred at about 1:30pm.

His colleagues and bystanders had rushed to pull him off the road and made frantic efforts to resuscitate him. Some of the LASTMA officials were seen pounding his chest, while others poured water on him.

But when his colleagues realised that he was not responding to the first aid, they took him into their vehicle and drove off.

“No Doubt He Would Shake The Future” – Ayo Omotola On Aina Tolulope As He Graduates From NIJ

Aina Tolulope (Second right), with colleagues on graduation day at Nigerian Institute Of Journalism, Lagos
Aina Tolulope (Second right), with colleagues on graduation day at Nigerian Institute Of Journalism, Lagos

Ayo Omotola, Class governor of the 2015 ND III set of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism; Lagos has described Aina Tolulope as being potential to shake the future after reviewing the qualities of the young Lad in Journalism, Blogging and Law.

Omotola word’s was contained in his speech, The Departure of Conquerors delivered on July 6th 2015, the graduation day of the 2015 ND III set of the Institution.
Aina, a certified creative writer and Internet specialist was seen wailing hands upon pronouncement of his name during the speech procession. According to him, he feels glad that his potentials and abilities are being observed by people.

The self acclaimed ‘Ultimate Tboy’, who is also currently a 400L Law student, is the owner of Popular Nigerian Forum, 234Forum.com; and Sierra Leone’s largest Internet community, Sierraloaded.com. He has vast experience is writing, journalism, blogging and the internet. To boost his intelligence is his currently undergone Law degree.

Without doubt, he would really shake the future!