Buhari removes Ooni's brother from fresh list of ambassadorial nominees (SEE FULL LIST)

President Muhammadu Buhari sent a revised list of 46 non-career ambassadors for confirmation to the Senate. This was contained in a letter read on the floor by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, January 12.

When Buhari first presented the non-career ambassadorial list in November,the Senate rejected it because there were numerous petitions against the nominees.

Also, two nominees, Pauline Tallen, a former deputy governor of Plateau state, and Usman Bugaje, from Katsina state, turned down their appointment.

Several new names are on the revised list while others like Adegboyega Ogunwusi (Osun), brother of Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife; George Oguntade, a former supreme court judge; Olorunnibe Mamora, a former Lagos-east senator; and Musa Ibeto from Niger were removed.

READ ALSOSenate confirms Buhari's nominees for S'Court, INEC, NCC

Below is the full list.

1. Uzoma Eminike (Adamawa)

2. Aminu Lawal (Adamawa)

3. Godwin Umoh (Akwa Ibom)

4. Christopher J.N. Okeke (Anambra)

5. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar (Bauchi)

6. Baba Madugu (Bauchi)

7. Stanley Diriyai (Bayelsa)

8. Steven Ugba (Benue)

9. Baba Ahmed Gida (Borno)

10. Utobong Asuquo (Cross River)

11. Frank Efeduma (Delta)

12. Jonah M. Udoh (Ebonyi)

13. Uyagwe Igbe (Edo)

14. Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti)

15. Chris Eze (Enugu)

16. Suleiman Hassan (Gombe)

17. Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Imo)

18. Amin Muhammad Dalhatu (Jigawa)

19. Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli (Kaduna)

20. Deborah S. Liya (Kaduna)

21. Prof. D. Abdulkadir (Kano)

22. Alhaji Haruna Ungogo (Kano)

23. Justice Isa Dodo (Katsina)

24. Mohammadu Rimi Barade (Katsina)

25. Tijani Bande (Kebbi)

26. Y. O. Aliu (Kogi)

27. Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara)

28. Mohammed G. Yisa (Kwara)

29. Justice George Adesola Oguntade (Lagos)

30. Modupe Irele (Lagos)

31. Musa Ilu Muhammad (Nasarawa)

32. Ahmed Ibeto (Niger)

33. Suzanne Aderonke Folarin (Ogun)

34. Jacob Igbekele Daodu (Ondo)

35. Afolayon Adeyemi (Osun)

36. Asimiyu A. Olaniyi (Oyo)

37. James G. Dimka (Plateau)

38. Haruna Bawa Abdullahi (Plateau)

39. Orji Ngofa (Rivers)

40. Sahabi Isa Gada (Sokoto)

41. Kabiru Umar (Sokoto)

42. Alhaji Hassan Jika Ardo (Taraba)

43. Goni Modu Zanna (Yobe)

44. Alhaji Garba Garjam (Zamfara)

45. Bala Mohammed Mairiga (Zamfara)

46. Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada (FCT)



Nigerian defrauds people of N600,000 from WhatsApp group

A Nigerian by the name of Tunde allegedly defrauded Nigerians of N600,000 from a WhatsApp group he created.

The fall or temporary freeze of MMM Nigeria has led to the emergence of more shady Ponzi schemes.
Pyramid schemes with no international backing have sprung up even in the oddest of places like the instant messaging app WhatsApp .
According to Twitter user Isima Odeh, a Nigerian scammer (identified as Tunde ) made away with N600,00 from a Ponzi scheme he created on WhatsApp.
"According to a member of the group, Tunde ran a massive and catchy advert on Facebook where he dropped the WhatsApp group link which enabled him get such number of people in a short while.
"Tunde waited till the group was filled up and was able to convince 200+ members to provide him help with N3,000 each promising that they would in return double their money in 2 days time (48 hours). "
After the 2 days wait, the members of the WhatsApp group did not get their money back. They were also removed from the group by a new admin.
It is not clear if the members of the WhatsApp Ponzi scheme have reported to the authorities but even if they do it is unlikely that authorities would investigate.
The Central Bank of Nigeria warned Nigerians about investing in MMM and other Ponzi schemes. Apart from these warnings and a directive by the House of Reps to the EFCC to shut down MMM, nothing was ever done to shut it down until it froze in December 2016.
As part of its grand return on Saturday, January 14, 2017, MMM Nigeria has introduced plans to pay Nigerians in bitcoins » .
MMM Nigeria froze its operations on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, but assured investors that they will be able to get their returns in January.


China to invest in Nigeria; Taiwanese office moved to Lagos

China has agreed to invest in Nigeria following a visit from its foreign affairs minister to Nigeria

- The country said this was in addition to earlier investments

- Nigeria has withdrawn diplomatic relationship with Taiwan and agreed to the One China policy

Wang Yi who is the Chinese foreign minister has promised that the country is investing $40 billion as part of the plan to deepen relationship with Nigeria.

He made this comment during a press briefing with his Nigerian counterpart, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama on Wednesday, January 11 adding that this money was in addition to $22 billion projects already invested.

READ ALSO: China might refuse to give Nigeria $20bn loan

Yi said: “China has already invested or financed a total number of $22billion projects here in Nigeria, another $23billion projects are on-going. In addition, we are also following up another over $40billion of investments, which are in the pipeline.”

China to invest in Nigeria; Taiwanese office moved to Lagos

Earlier, Yi met with President Muhammadu Buhari where the president promised that all agreements with China will be honoured.

He said: ‘‘This administration is very serious about infrastructural development. We want rail, road, power, skill acquisition for our people. We ought to have developed beyond this point, but we neglected infrastructure when we had the resources.

‘‘Now, we have to collaborate with you, and we will keep our side of the bargain in all the agreements we have signed.”

President Buhari had travelled to China in April on the invitation of President Xi Jinping and they signed memoranda of understanding on investing in Nigeria.

The Chinese foreign minister said relationship with Nigeria was strong and said his visit was to implement the important agreement and cooperation reached between the Chinese and Nigerian presidents.

He said: “In order to achieve further development and prosperity of the two countries, we need to strengthen our political mutual trust, deepen complementarily between our developments, further expand practical cooperation and deepen our strategic partnership.”

Onyeama commended the Chinese government for the periodic visit to Africa.

“You know of course that the Peoples Republic of China has been meeting regularly with Africa and the forum for discussing technical cooperation with African countries, the acronym is FOCAC

“The last one took place in South Africa last December and the government of China made available a total of $60b for Africa and a number of countries, including Nigeria are in discussions to see how much of that could be used to assist in the various projects that we have in this country.”

“In area of infrastructure, which is one of the priority areas in the diversification programme of this government from oil to agriculture and infrastructure, the Chinese government has been showing a lot of cooperation with us.”

He said the president’s visit to China further opened up more areas of cooperation as the country has invested between $60b and $80b in Nigeria.

In fostering better relationship with China, Nigeria withdrew all diplomatic relations with Taiwan as a country and withdrew accreditation from Taiwan’s nationals.

The Taiwanese office in Abuja will be closed and moved to Lagos as a trade mission with skeletal staff.

In a joint statement by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both Nigeria and China, the two countries affirmed their territorial sovereignty while also affirming the One China policy.

“The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognizes that there is only one China in the world; that the Government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory.

“The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria reiterates not to have any official relations or engage in any official contacts with Taiwan, and supports all efforts made by the Chinese government to realize national unification”.

Onyeama said: “On the issue of building trust, the international community has embraced one China and China is a member of the United Nations and we don’t want to leave any doubt on the issue.

“We adhere to it completely and there is no ambiguity at all.”




Mikel Obi has played his first game for Chinese Club Tianjin Teda

- The Nigerian featured in a friendly match on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

- He joined the Chinese Club from Premier League side Chelsea

Captain of the Nigeria Super Eagles John Obi Mikel has featured in his first match for his new Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 after joining the club from Chelsea.

Mikel Obi with his new teammates in China

Mikel signed a three year deal for the Chinese club and he is expected to earn £140,000 per week in China

Mikel Obi playing his first game for his club

The 29-year-old midfielder took to Instagram on Wednesday, January, 11, 2017 to post a picture of himself posing with his new team-mates in the heat as the Chinese side played Borussia Monchengladbach II in a friendly duel.

The player who spent 10 years at Stamford bridge captioned his post as 'First friendly game with the team #TianjinTEDA.'



See what Mr eazi typed that caused stirring on Twitter

It’s not easy being a celebrity around Nigerians. All it takes is one statement that doesn’t sit well with the public, and you’re getting dragged ASAP. It doesn’t matter how much they like you, or you think they like you. That’s the hard lesson Mr Eazi is learing today.

Earlier in the evening, Mr Eazi made a statement about Ghanaian influence on Nigerian music, and that didn’t sit well with Nigerians. He said “Ghana’s influence on present day “Naija Sound” cannot be over emphasized!!!”. That’s all it took.

Ghana’s influence on present day “Naija Sound” cannot be over emphasized!!!

— Accra2Lagos 11th feb (@mreazi) January 11, 2017

Ask your fav artist or producer all na akaida! does not in any way undermine the awesomeness of Naija  at some point The SA vibe was major

— Accra2Lagos 11th feb (@mreazi) January 11, 2017

To be fair he isn’t entirely lying about it. There’s influence across different countries in Africa when it comes to music, and even across the world. Maybe his wording could’ve been a bit different. But you suspect it wouldn’t have mattered.

Here’s how Nigerian reacted:

@mreazi you’ve been singing in Gh for years, just one year ur song crossed border & came to Naija, you blow. Now you’re here talking rubbish

— Somto. (@Its_hush_) January 11, 2017

But what mr eazi said is true,Most Nigerian artistes try to use Ghanian style nowadays

— kunle Onitiri ESQ (@hitmankunlecole) January 11, 2017

It’s funny how a life that seems Eazi can get so difficult in one night. Nigerians will drag anybody anytime. Lol.. Zagadat!

— Abuja Wakaholic (@dr_khalidz) January 11, 2017

Nigeria’s influence on present day “Mr Eazi’s career” cannot be over emphasized. https://t.co/5q1Y7M8SY5

— Omo Jesu (@tosinadeda) January 11, 2017

Mr Eazi will have to do an apology song, without mentioning any Ghanian slang, recorded in Nigeria for Nigerians. Bombastical element! 

— Abuja Wakaholic (@dr_khalidz) January 11, 2017

Wizkid should seize your fone for days, oponu @mreazi

— I am DAVID. (@Billwizmiz) January 11, 2017

Mr Eazi next show in Nigeria #AccraToLagos #LifeIsEazi pic.twitter.com/cQuMfxoWGG

— Edo kopa (@iamurbanaira) January 12, 2017



Exclusive: The real story behind appearance of the name of Allah on a tree

On Sunday, January 8, news flew around that an inscription of 'Allah' was seen boldly written on two trees in Abule Iroko, a sleepy community in Ado-Odo, Ota, Ogun state.

It was reported that Michael Ibironke, one of the occupants of the house, said he has been living there for more than 17 years and confirmed that the trees were planted in 2014, but that they had never seen anything like the inscription on them before.

This nursing mother also came around to receive some blessings from 'God'. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

The house situated at 6, Unity street, Ire Akari estate had since become a Mecca of sorts for people who came around to confirm the truth or otherwise about the report.

When NAIJ.com visited the community at about 10.30am on Tuesday, January 10, to find out what the truth was, the number of people there was a far cry from the anticipated crowd, but those who surrounded the tree in the open were enough testament to the fact that something unusual had happened to the Moringa oleifera.

The Muslims in the community holding a prayer session with their sachets of water. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

With sachets of water in their hands, people from within and outside the community held on to the tree and continued with their 'Allahu' chant, which according to them, means 'Our God is great'.

Not quite long afterwards, a group of women gathered under the tree to render prayers, this was after they had taken turns to rub the sachets of water on the places where they believed the inscriptions of Allahu were located on the tree, and were totally lost while at it.

Our correspondent approached the people standing beside the tree to find out what was spectacular about it, but they were more concerned about their prayers that they ignored our camera and microphone.

Members of the community pose for a photograph with the 'holy' tree. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

At a point, one of the women chanting Allahu suddenly could not control her speech and actions anymore, and according to one man standing around:"that is the power of God, she has gone into trance."

Not quite long after the 'transition' to and from the supernatural, the woman and her colleagues moved a few metres away from the tree, only to be replaced by another set of 'worshippers'.

A man (who was later discovered to be the owner of the tree with the inscription) came towards where we were all standing, and asked: "What is written on this tree?" and the people replied him, saying: "allahu".

This woman just cam back from a trance which occurred while praying with the water on the inscription on the tree. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

Having established certain facts, the sturdy looking man asked the people to gather round the tree yet again and began another prayer session like Christian faithful. Effortlessly, the same set of women who had gathered around the tree for the initial Islamic session regrouped, and started another round of prayers.

Our correspondent gathered that there was another tree inside the compound facing the tree where there were many 'tourists' already, so we sought the owner's consent.

After checking out our identity and confirming that we were journalists, he allowed us into his premises and another Moringa tree was standing inside the compound of Mr Michael Ibironke, whom we learnt was a pastor with The Apostolic Church.

The inscription on the tree inside was more conspicuous than the one outside therefore, we did not struggle before seeing the Arabic letters.

The Community Development Association (CDA) chairman, Sikirulahi Yusuf, was quickly beckoned on.

Christians also organised prayer sessions beside the tree. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

He said: "On the 2nd of January, the owner of this house, Mr Michael Ibironke, called me to inform me of something they discovered on a tree (this one) inside their house. When I saw it, I thought it was Allahu that was written there, but I had to call an Imam who should be well grounded in Islam to explain further.

"When he arrived, he kept quiet for about five minutes before eventually exclaiming 'God is Great!' He told us that it means 'God is Great' and since then, people from every part of the community had come around to check out the image.

"Personally, this is the first time I am seeing anything like this in my life. And I believe it is the work of God."

On why he thinks the inscription appeared on the tree in the community Mr Yusuf stated:

"I believe it is God's way of making the whole world see the suffering of the people in this place.

"When you were coming, I'm sure you saw how terrible the roads leading to this place were, that is what we have been going through here. I believe the state government will come here and see the state of people living in this environment."

Some of the people who besieged the house where the inscription appeared on the tree, sharing their experience. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

Opemipo Ibironke, a son of Mr Michael (owner of the house), also shared his thoughts on the inscription on the tree.

He told NAIJ.com that he was particularly shocked when he saw the Arabic letters on their tree as it was something he would have disbelieved if he were not around when the incident was reported.

"My mum had heard about the writing on the Moringa tree outside a few days earlier and she had to come check if it there was anything like that inside the compound (because we have two Moringa trees).

"She checked the smaller one and did not see anything, but when she looked straight at the bigger one, she quickly called everybody to come around and check it out," he explained.

The inscription on the tree inside was more conspicuous than the one outside. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

Asked who he thinks could have put the inscription on the tree, the young chap insisted he had no idea what happened, although he thinks it was not written by anybody.

He said: "It is still a mystery to us in our house and I believe it is also a sign that God has remembered our community and that new things are coming our way soon."

Some of the people who came to check out the tree with Allah's name on it. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi.

At the end of the trip, it was apparent that the people, more than anything else, believed that their community had been visited by the Supreme Being and that the fruits of the visit would be reaped pretty soon.



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