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The Disturbing Reason Women’s Clothing Historically Never Had Pockets |RN

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Friend: ‘I love your dress!’

Me: ‘Oh, thanks! It’s got POCKETS’

Women globally: *shriek with excitement*

If there is one thing women can communally agree on, it’s that we love pockets. We cannot get enough of them. Literally. We can’t, and don’t, get enough of them.

It’s not news to any of us that still, in 2017, women’s clothing either completely lacks the potential for a pouch or, even worse, has COUNTERFEIT POCKETS that inspire a millisecond of hope before crushing your dreams when you realise it only has a depth of two centimetres.

But historically, women have always been deprived of pockets. And the reason why is disturbing.

In a piece on Racked, journalist Chelsea Summers puts it most simply when she writes, “the fewer women could carry, the less freedom they had”.

Think about that for a second.

Before the seventeenth century, both men and women’s clothing wasn’t conducive to pockets, and both genders would have to add purses or bags to their attire. But towards the eighteenth century, men’s clothing all of a sudden got pockets. Women, of course, were left behind.

“Take away pockets happily hidden under garments,” writes Summers, “and you limit women’s ability to navigate public spaces, to carry seditious (or merely amorous) writing, or to travel unaccompanied”.

In the mid to late 1800s, as women were fighting for liberation, pockets were introduced to clothing. Pockets represented independence – as did the pants women started to wear. Post war, however, pockets went out of fashion, in an effort to make women’s silhouettes ‘thinner’ and more feminine, whatever that means.

Throughout history, women have had a complex relationship with pockets. Even now, countless articles have been written lamenting the fact that women’s clothes rarely have pockets large enough to fit an iPhone – a piece of property almost every person needs to carry.

No pockets also mean women need to invest in clutches and handbags – a strategy that earns the fashion industry more and more money.

So when you do find that dress or skirt or pants that have excellent pockets, be reminded there’s something inherently political about them. Ladies – our obsession with pockets could not be more warranted.  (Mamamia)

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Renewed Agitation For Biafra: What Would Ojukwu Say If Alive Today- Nnanna Ijeoma

 

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Dim Odumegwu Chukwuemeka Ojukwu

By Nnanna Ijeoma (Former Special Assistant to Ojukwu)

Ever since the renewed quest for the restoration of Biafra and the intensification of the effort vis-a-vis the support it has generated amongst the Igbos, especially amongst the youths, a couple of my friends and associates who are aware that I worked for the Ikemba sometime in the 80s as his Special Assistant have asked me what I thought Ojukwu’s thoughts or reaction could have been, where he to be alive today and my answer have always been, I don’t know. And that’s the truth. Even though I worked for him and with him, especially on the book, “Because I was Involved”, which I compiled from a box full of old speeches and edited, I can’t in all honesty claim I knew him that well to be able to state most categorically and affirmatively what his thoughts and reaction would be, were he to here with us today and this is because he, the Ikemba was a very intense, serious and complicated man who was neither impulsive, imperious or prone to public outbursts in the expression of his views without a serious thought process.

Again it must be understood that during the period I worked for him, it was a relatively less tumultuous time in Nigeria even though the military was in power, hence any privileged insight I might have had regarding his mode of thought at the time does not give me any predictive powers to forecast or better still say what his views would be today regarding the present political environment in the country. Despite the fact that reading all those past speeches on different issues, most of which did not make their way to the book, except for a selected few, gave me a fairly good idea of his thinking and beliefs I am also aware that people change their views from previously held beliefs depending on changing circumstances. Notwithstanding all of the above, this much I can say based on my daily interactions, meetings and verbal exchanges with the Ikemba at the time. He, Ojukwu was very much an introvert as he was an extrovert. No doubt he was a man who spoke his mind without fear of being politically correct, he also was very mindful of the import and impact of his comments hence he chose his words carefully and expressed them unabashedly and unapologetically. However, in doing so, he did his best to react to the political impulses that emanated from the people. Impulses he always said any leader cannot afford to ignore. His views were always grounded in honesty, decency, and fairness. So if he were to be alive today, his opinion about the resurgent clamour for a Biafran nation would not be lacking in those qualities.

The Ikemba Nnewi, if alive today would probably describe the new demand for Biafra as an embodiment of a combustible combination of grievance, perceived inequalities, a lack of equity, justice, and gratuitous disrespect. This much he would acknowledge. Having known and experienced the vicissitudes of war, he would be against any talk or mention of war and may again probably have preferred the whole idea of restructuring and this is because, after his return from exile, he committed himself to the full reintegration of the Igbo nation into the Nigerian family. He believed in a peaceful and united Nigeria where no individual was denied his place in the affairs of the nation or relegated to a second-class citizen status. He possibly would have tried to be a bridge over troubled waters instead of further polluting the waters. He probably would have been a voice of political moderation, an ancient view which in our country today is seen with contempt by some and has become synonymous with weakness and acquiesce. But then again I may be wrong considering the present political environment since the election of this President. His lopsided and ethnically tinged appointments, the marauding herdsmen, the forced retirement of senior Igbo military officers, the eviction notice to the Igbos in the North, the divisive nature of our politics, etc etc. It is said that, “Behind every reasoned decision is a reason for deciding”, hence I cannot say what, if any of the aforementioned issues would have informed his decisions. But be that as it may, all I have done is to forecast a guess of what I think he would have done based on the much I knew of him and it is what it is, just a guess hence I’ve repeatedly used the words “probably ” and “possibly” interchangeably. There are other people who knew him far better and much longer than I did and I am sure if solicited for their opinions they would make a better guesswork than I’ve done

With regards to my views about the IPOB and their leader Nnamdi Kanu, all I can say is that no one individual did a better job in elevating his status and prominence than Buhari by detaining him for the length of time he did. This would remain among other political missteps one of his biggest blunders. He, the President should have learned from history that the imprisonment of the leader of any movement has not in any way dampened his or her following. Rather the reverse has been the case. They become more popular and reverent when released and also, on the other hand, they assume martyr status should they die in prison. I have no doubt Nnamdi Kanu took into consideration the risks and benefits of a possible incarceration when he decided to visit the country from London knowing he may be arrested. As he probably expected, Buhari and his band of novice advisers fell for it. Now the genie in the bottle has been let out and they can’t put it back in and neither are they willing to re-arrest him despite the many violations of his bail conditions. Would Mr Kanu be enjoying all this public adulation and following especially amongst the Igbo’s, should the Ikemba be alive today? I don’t think so, because even with his passing Ojukwu still remains the face of the Igbo people.

Now, is Nnamdi Kkanu a transformational figure? I guess to some extent, having by his efforts increased the political awareness of the Igbo’s regarding their place in Nigeria, to the extent that the Igbo’s do not trust many of their present self- proclaimed leaders, most of whom are political prostitutes and charlatans with little or no following. Does he have the political skills and resume to fully harness the abilities and commitment of the Igbo’s and indeed the South-South towards the goal of a Biafran nation? I doubt he does. Already he has made some ill-advised comments and continues to show some grandiose sense of self that might create some reservations in the minds of some. For me personally, I cringe each time I see pictures of some of his visitors bowing and prostrating before him as if in supplication before some higher authority or supreme- being. My feeling is that he should discourage such public show of servitude. When I read his comment calling on the Igbo’s to boycott the 2019 elections which have raised the ire of his detractors including those who believe in his mission, I regret that he has not learned one of the attributes of leadership, which is “the ability to avoid graduating your friends into enemies and your enemies into bitter foes’. With that singular comment, he has caused the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo” to come out with a public statement disavowing him. Some may believe the group has no political relevance, hence their public disavowal may be inconsequential. What it has done however is to galvanise those against the prospect of a Biafra by citing the statement by the group and in the process diminishing he, Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal.

For me, it was a manifestly, uninformed and ill-advised comment that has rallied his enemies against his cause. Yes, there is no doubt “Civil Disobedience ” as a political tactic has worked many times before after it was first made a tool of public disaffection by the late Mathama Gandhi of India, but then the late Indian leader had the entire country behind him irrespective of race or religion against British Colonial rule. The same cannot be said of Mr Kanu who is yet to pass the threshold of Igbo acceptability, not to mention our neighbours many of whom have publicly expressed their lack of enthusiasm for the Biafra project. I fear that there is an adolescent idea of masculinity that appeals to him, hence he does not make the right political calculations that will serve his cause well and the fact that the Igbo’s like the Aro’s from where I hail, prefer to be followed and not led. My purpose here is not to bash Mr Kanu or attempt to diminish his efforts hence I am offended when I see people trying to diminish what he has achieved or cast aspersions on him by lying about his efforts or motives. For me what he has done was to speak truth to power at a time some of our Igbo leaders have retreated to their comfort zones and intellectual silos while taking oaths of silence.

What he has done is to voice the frustrations of a voiceless Igbo majority and their demand for fairness and equity. To that extent, he has been God sent. As for a complete secession, I doubt its possibility and feasibility because of our fractiousness and inability to agree on any set purpose. Our neighbours don’t trust us and so far we have been unable to assuage their fears about us. My preference will be an intensified economic revitalization and industrialisation of the South East, turning it into an economic power zone in the country and then causing the rest of the country to not only to depend on us but also making us indispensable to other ethnic groups. We have the entrepreneurial spirit, manpower, and abilities and there is no limit to what we can achieve if we focus on that. As one Facebook commentator recently pointed out, the region of Bayern once wanted to break away from Germany. Today, Bayern is the industrial powerhouse of Germany and the rest of Germany cannot do without it. In my humble opinion, a true fiscal restructuring is a more- worthier goal to pursue now and if that fails to materialise, then we can consider the Biafra option. In so doing so we will be telling the rest of the nation that as much as we can dial back the Clock, we can wind it up again.

Now back to the Ikemba. If there is one thing I’ve learned in life, it is that “the only thing to expect is the unexpected”. As much as I am at a loss in saying what Ojukwu would have done today, were he to be alive, if there is one thing I am certain he would have disavowed, it would have been any idle talk about another civil war. He definitely would have fought for greater resource control by the states hence he was opposed to some living on the collective inheritance of others. He would have intensified his fight for the Igbo’s gaining a seat or seats at the table where national decisions are made and in the words of Shirley Chislom, the first African American who ran for the United States presidency, “and if there is no chair at the table give them a folding chair”. Despite the many misgivings in different parts of the country, he came back from exile in peace however disguised and he believed in the possible greatness of Nigeria if only we can set aside and ignore the demons inside us and in our leaders. But again, who am I? I might be completely wrong regarding what his thoughts about the clamour for a new Biafra will be today, but in today’s tumultuous times we wish he was still around. The Igbo’s could use his wise counsel and guidance.

(Nnanna Ijomah is a New York City-based Political Science lecturer and a former Special/Personal Assistant to the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Ojukwu.)

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Buhari Has Failed, No Hope, APC Lied Against Jonathan, PDP, Says Sen. Kanti Bello

 

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President Buhari, Sen. Kanti Bello

Senator Kanti Bello is a former Senate Majority Whip, who represented Katsina North Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before joining the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the legacy parties that formed the APC.

 

How will you assess the Buhari administration in the last two years?

I will be frank with you. This is the first interview I am giving in the last two years. I have decided to be quiet. The reason is simple: this is our government and I contributed a lot for the government to be formed, both at the state and national level. I did it not for personal gain, but I thought it would be the government that would assist the ordinary people; a government that will turn round the economy.

I am a very practical person. I thought that a government when it comes to Buhari, will be able to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians. I know that there are some difficulties; I know that the price of oil has gone down. I know all that but the human expectations, of the ordinary people, the way the government works, I can say 90 per cent of Nigerians are disappointed. And the simple reason is this; when we voted for this government, we believed, it was not only corruption that we wanted it to stop. We also felt that ordinary people should have enough to eat; they should have work to do. We expected some of our factories, especially up North here, would be revitalised. But look at what is happening. I can tell you, no nation with 120 million people can live and be a great nation when it has to import the food it will eat and it has to import clothing. We have the land, a favourable climate. We have the sunshine. So, there is no reason we should be importing food and there is no reason why we shouldn’t be clothing ourselves. The reason is simple; there is no agenda to get things done.

Are you still an APC member?

Yes

Are you saying your party didn’t have a blueprint of what to do when it took over power?

Well, I don’t see its implementation. Tell me one. For example, power generation and transmission are one of the problems met by Buhari. Up till today, how much are we generating? 4,000 megawatts? It hasn’t gone beyond that! Is it not a disgrace for a government that is supposed to be moving forward? Up till now, our factories, our industries are dead, our people are poorer. Look at our economy, it has been so bad; the exchange rate, they say it has been improving. Improving? From N160 to a dollar, now it is N368 to a dollar. Is that an improvement? Two years ago, it was N160 to the dollar. Is that something to be proud of? It reached almost N500. We thank the acting president, because each time he comes in, there seem to be some improvements in the way things are done. We don’t know why it is happening that way. Maybe it is his luck, but there are some little improvements.

You mean, each time the vice-president takes charge in the acting capacity, you see improvement in governance?

Yes, I see little improvement.

Are you insinuating that Buhari lacks the capacity for the office?

Well, even if he has the capacity to do it, he didn’t do it. Look, some of us have to be honest with ourselves, I have nothing against Buhari but the ordinary people of this country are suffering today.

Let me be frank with you, in Katsina, where I come from, people are finding it difficult to eat three times a day, not even two times. Things are difficult. The economy is so bad, whatever you are buying, and inflation has tripled. A bag of maize that used to sell at N4,000 when Buhari took over is now selling at N16,000 and at that price, people aren’t getting it to buy.

I am a practical person. Do we look at all these and continue to praise the government? No! Yes, we praise the government when it comes to Boko Haram, it has reduced its activities in the North-East and there is some stability in parts of the North with regards to the bombings—it has reduced drastically or virtually gone. Yes, there is something good there but then after it has gone, there is kidnapping. People are being kidnapped and murdered. We aren’t safe, you cannot even travel from here to Kaduna without feeling that something can happen to you. You see, we have got rid of one evil and another has come in.

So, all we are saying is that Buhari and his APC government hasn’t solved our problems. I am part of that government and I apologise to the masses that our economic policy is a failure. We have scored 50 per cent on security but certainly, the economic policy of the government has failed the masses, because I am part of the masses. People aren’t living well in this country. That’s the truth.

But, your party always attributes the poor state of the economy to mismanagement by the immediate past administration; it claimed it inherited huge liabilities from the PDP. What is your take?

No, come on! That’s not true. We kept quiet about it because we thought they were saying the truth. Look, how much money has the APC government now collected from the anti-corruption they are doing.

Where is the money? Nobody is accounting for the amount of money they have retrieved from people. Each time you hear so many billions. With that, there should have been some improvement. So, you cannot continue to blame the PDP. After two years, you are still blaming the previous government and you have only four years. Now, we have spent over 50 per cent of the time blaming PDP. I think something is wrong with us. So, I think it is the high time our party stopped blaming [Goodluck] Jonathan because the ordinary people somewhere with their anger are even saying that the Jonathan government was better. That’s the truth. We are afraid to come out and that’s why some of us don’t even speak, we worked hard and we believed in what we were doing, we thought things would be better, but incompetent people are put in charge and of course, some people are behind the scene controlling Buhari.

You are making an insinuation about a cabal, but the Presidency has always insisted that there is no cabal?

What the hell are you talking about there? No cabal? Well, if there is no cabal, the Buhari I know, I always wonder if he can behave the way these people are behaving. My reason: I have known Buhari since 1960 when I was a very small boy. He was my head boy in secondary school and the Buhari I knew, the Buhari I invited to come and play politics, I think he shouldn’t have been behaving the way he is behaving.

The people that are appointed into positions, everybody knew in this country, they aren’t the first class. For example, even this anti-corruption, the very first day it was reported that Babachir Lawal, the suspended Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF) was allegedly involved in a shady deal and there was evidence to that effect, the Buhari I knew would have sacked him but he couldn’t do it. It was later I learnt that the man was suspended by the acting president.

The Buhari I knew has no reason to keep Ibrahim Magu. If Magu was alleged to be corrupt by the DSS report, so many people have been investigated and jailed because of DSS report, so is the DSS report supposed to be implemented, half-heartedly and selectively? For some people, it is right, for others, it isn’t. And nobody is saying anything. Now, the same DSS is saying that Magu has a case to answer and the Senate is saying it cannot confirm Magu and the government, the one I thought is honest enough, is still keeping that man. What for? Is he the only Nigerian that can do the job? I have nothing against Magu; I don’t even know him but is he the only Nigerian that can occupy that office? There is supposed to be credibility in what government does. You keep telling me that they inherited a bad economy, why did Nigerians elect Buhari in the first place? Is it not because we felt Jonathan wasn’t doing the job and that he should come and correct it? That’s the reason why we elected him. We didn’t elect him for jokes; we didn’t elect him to give excuses. We elected him to correct things. Why is he not doing it? You see, we were quiet, because we didn’t want to talk, not because we thought what they were doing was right, but because we believed we should give him a chance for two years if there will be an improvement. But I am sorry to say I am disappointed.

Why are you so pessimistic? You mean you don’t see the hope of improvement in Buhari’s administration, in terms of performance?

No, I don’t think there is much we can achieve. Look, two years into an administration is enough to make a landmark, because he has been looking for this job for so many years. Four times and he came in without an agenda, only to bring in some little boys who know nothing?. Incompetent people were given appointments.

Incompetent people? Can you be specific?

No. You think about the people he appointed, from the ministers, to heads of parastatal-agencies. Are they the best? I don’t have to name anybody. Why should I?

You are saying Buhari cannot effect positive changes, but the national chairman of your party, John Odigie-Oyegun, keeps saying the man is the best; that the 2019 ticket has been reserved for him. What do you have to say?

Oyegun can be as sycophantic as he wants, but the truth of the matter is that some of us are going to look for a Nigerian that’s going to address the economy. Our problem is the economy and we are going to shop for a Nigerian who can help us solve it. You see, every generation has to face some challenges and our challenge now in this country is the economy. It isn’t a question of Buhari coming to fight insecurity; it isn’t corruption anymore because you can only be corrupt when there is something to eat. Yes, it still thrives because nothing is going on and there is an allegation that it is thriving under Buhari, only people that they dislike are being arrested. Let me give you a typical example. Even this fight against corruption, it seems to be one-sided. They said they arrested a former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa because he collected N100 million campaign money, but the same campaign money, I was made to understand, was collected by Tony Anenih and he wasn’t arrested. Is Anenih’s own different from that of Bafarawa? I don’t like anything that looks sectional and we are going to look for a Nigerian with no vendetta at all that wants to serve this country.

You are from Katsina. Can you mount the podium in your state and tell the people to reject Buhari at the poll?

Of course, why not? I was the one who went to Katsina to say Buhari was the best. Are the Katsina people not hungry now? Are they rich, because Buhari is the president? Look, I have told you, I have nothing against Buhari as a person, get that very clear. But his government hasn’t worked the way it should and we should be honest enough to say it. Are you saying because Buhari is president, Katsina people are now buying a bag of maize for N4,000? Are they very happy that bag of rice is now cheaper? Are they happy because the clothes they are wearing are now cheaper? Look, we are talking about reality and I am a practical realist. We have nothing against Buhari, we like him, he is from our state, but we also like ourselves more than Buhari. Our children have to live well, have to get a better education. Why am I not accusing Katsina State government, because it is doing their best but unfortunately at the federal level, things aren’t working the way they should. The Federal Government is supposed to show the way for the states to follow and it is most unfortunate that they aren’t doing it and some of us have to say it. That’s the truth; I don’t care what they say on the social media when they read this interview. We are going to look for a Nigerian that’s going to change this economy and help the masses.

Do you think the APC can still win the election, repeat the 2015 success story?

The way they are going, I don’t think so. What APC are you talking about? I have been there and I contributed a lot to the development of the party. But from day one when they formed the government, neither the government nor the party has invited us for a meeting. I think people are fed up with the party, let me be frank with you. They are just living in a fool’s paradise, thinking that people are very happy.

Let me tell you, we have a vice-president, who is now acting president; let me be frank with you, if there is no Buhari, he becomes the president and that’s what the Constitution says. Let us give him the opportunity to serve. I am not judging Buhari on a tribal basis, if I wanted to be tribalistic, I will say he is the best thing that ever happened to Nigeria like some people have been saying but that’s not the truth. I repeat, I have nothing personal against Buhari but the system is drifting; the government is sinking. We are in a mess.

You have dismissed your party, the APC as a failure. Is there an alternative platform, because all the dominant opposition parties are in crises?

You are wrong. Look, I am telling you what is a party? If you want to define a party, it is a congregation of people. Of course, we accused PDP as a congregation of corrupt people, who were clueless. But some of these clueless people, some of these corrupt people are now in APC. They are there and they have taken over the party. So, if some of us decide to go and do something else and we get the right congregation of people to come in, then we have a party. Party is about people. There is a saying that the number of people in the market defines its importance, not the number of stalls in the market. So, that’s the truth. People will decide, it isn’t a question of party now. Nigeria has to be salvaged, economically. We cannot continue this way, because if we continue this way, where are we heading? We have to get people with the right economic sense, patriotic people who will come and solve this problem.

You said “the Buhari I knew’’ the other time.Are you of the opinion that he is being held captive by certain people?

I suspect so. It hasn’t made sense to me, because there are certain things I personally discussed with him and he told me, “okay, it will be done.” The Buhari I knew, if he gave you his word before, he would do it. But, he has changed. So, I believe that something is wrong. Maybe, his mind is no longer the one I knew, but I cannot determine, because since he got to power I haven’t been to the Villa. I only met him once in Katsina and we discussed.

Have you been shut out or you refused to pay him a visit?

Do you walk into the Villa just like that? You have to seek for appointment, isn’t it? Nobody will ever give Kanti Bello appointment; they don’t want to see my face there, because I had been a PDP person. After working for APC for four solid years: from PDP to APC. After working so hard for it, I was shut out. That’s the type of government we have.

What is your take on agitations for the restructuring of the country? Certain groups like IPOB and MASSOB are actually demanding for its outright balkanization?

Let us be honest with ourselves, we have seen it in Southern Sudan now which is a new country. Are they better off? The truth is that they aren’t. Why people are agitating for restructuring is simple: if you are hungry and you aren’t sure of the future of your children, then you start calling for restructuring. You have to look for an alternative. So, they think the country will be better if restructured. That’s their thinking. I have no grudge against that but I believe it is wrong.

Some of us thought once we had Buhari, this talk won’t happen again. But unfortunately, it has remained with us, because people aren’t happy and we need somebody who is going to help the economy to be better. It isn’t impossible. We need somebody who is a detribalized Nigerian. Maybe it is difficult to get but we will, with a lot of hard work, efforts that can heal the wounds, so that after 2019, nobody will be thinking about restructuring again. That’s what we need

Any regrets inviting Buhari to politics?

I really regret it now, because I thought it is going to be better than what we are having now. That’s why I couldn’t speak for two years because you cannot bring somebody and say he is the best, work hard for him and after one year you say he isn’t good. Is it fair? But after two years and looking at it, I can talk. I hope he gets well, comes back and finish his two years. Whichever way, I don’t see much out of it anyway, because the first two years have been wasted, nothing to show for it. My regret is what I would tell the ordinary people I convinced to vote for Buhari.

What if he says, he is seeking a fresh mandate in 2019?

Let him come back and be well. We pray for him to come back in good health. He has every right to seek for our mandate, but some of us also have a right to look for who will give Nigerians the best.

What if he reaches out to you and assures you that he would make amends? Will you support him in 2019?

That’s too theoretical. I don’t want to answer that question, it is too theoretical. The truth of the matter is that we are now in a mess. You don’t seem to understand how difficult it is for the masses. Is it because you live in Abuja? Look, I know what people are passing through in my village, this fasting period. People cannot eat. Now, you want me to go and tell people to forget what happened in the last two years; that it is going to be better. No, I am going to tell my people to look for an alternative, what will help your kids to go to school and be able to live a better life. The middle class is now wiped out. This country is in a hole, deep hole.  (Sunday Tribune)

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Northern Youths Declare ‘War’ On Cabal Hindering Osinbajo’s Progress |RN

From: Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

A group, Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), on Thursday, declared ‘war’ on any group, individuals or cabal working to hinder Acting President Yemi Osinbajo from functioning as a substantive president if President Muhammadu Buhari eventually resigns or declared unfit to rule.

The Forum said though it had prayed fervently for the full recovery of President Buhari for him to return and complete his tenure, it maintained that “Osinbajo remained unstoppable by any group from making progress according to the constitutional provision, even if the circumstances turned otherwise”.

NYFL, led by the national chairman, Pastor Elliot Afiyo, gave this declaration during a press conference, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Afiyo, who informed journalists that the group was in the state to hold a meeting with some opinion leaders and interest groups on the direction towards 2019, however, expressed worry over a media report, alleging a meeting in Saudi Arabia where some cabal discussed how  to stop Osinbajo from becoming a President if circumstances compelled the need in the country.

Flanked by the political secretary and woman leader of the Forum, Abubakar Tijani and Hassana Iliya respectively, Afiyo said, “Nigeria and Nigerians have reached a stage where a group of few and selfish individuals should no longer be allowed to determine their destiny”.

“We want to state that no individual or cabal can stop Prof. Yemi Osinbajo from becoming substantive president if President Muhammadu Buhari resigns or declared unfit to continue in office.

“It is our sincere prayer that President Buhari recovers and completes his term in office. Osinbajo is unstoppable by any group, no matter how powerful or connected the group may be”. He stated.

The NYFL national president, who said the group would not support Buhari if he decides to contest for the same seat in 2019 adding his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had failed to deliver on its promises.

” Even if Buhari recovers and he decides on his own to contest we will not support him. The reason is that we entered into an agreement with him on the fight against corruption and he agreed to pursue it. That was why it took him almost a year to bring out a list of his cabinet. The list that was presented contained all corrupt people and he told us. He eventually appointed people who were allegedly indicted by security reports of corruption.

“He is surrounded by corrupt people and non-progressive elements. We voted for Buhari on our agreement to tackle corruption and not for All Progressives Congress (APC).

” In fact, the worst Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is better than the best of APC.

“The time has come that Nigerians must use the broom to sweep out the APC. We all voted for Buhari, not APC because we knew that APC had nothing to offer Nigerians apart from classical corruption and propaganda,” Afiyo submitted. (The Sun)

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Arewa Youths Explode Again, Urge UN To Label IPOB Terrorist Group |RN

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….Insist on referendum

From: FRED ITUA, Abuja

More than one month after issuing a quit notice to Nigerians of Igbo extraction to leave the North before October 1, 2017, Arewa youths, have again, called on the United Nations (UN) to pronounce Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday, the Arewa youths, who converged under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups, also called on the UN to intervene, by initiating processes for a peaceful referendum, saying that it was the only option to finally settle the Biafran issue.

In a letter addressed to the UN and dated 12th of July, 2017, the groups said since the end of the Nigerian Civil War, Igbo have intermittently continued to taunt and rebel against other parts of the country, by demanding to secede and form an independent country. (The Sun)

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McGregor, Mayweather Continue War Of Words In Toronto |The Republican News

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Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather is the heavy favourite to win his bout against mixed marital arts champion Conor McGregor but the Irishman again won the war of words at their media conference in Toronto

A day after McGregor mercilessly mocked the American in Los Angeles to launch a four-day international promotional tour for their Aug. 26 fight, the flamboyant 28-year-old again went on the offensive, ridiculing Mayweather’s attire and landing a low blow with a comment about his rumoured reading difficulties.

“How do I look?” McGregor asked the crowd, before taking a swipe at Mayweather’s bag. “He’s 40! Dress your age, carrying a school bag on stage. “What are you doing with a school bag on stage? You can’t even read.”

Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor-World Tour© REUTERS Boxing: Mayweather vs McGregor-World Tour Mayweather, dressed casually for a second straight day in a t-shirt and cap while McGregor again wore a suit, did his best to counter. “I’m the (one) that can’t read? I do numbers, I make money,” he said.

“You owe money,” McGregor responded, referring to reports that Mayweather earlier this month asked the IRS for more time to pay his 2015 tax bill.

Mayweather, who holds a perfect 49-0 record, was jeered relentlessly by the audience but did not appear rattled.

At one point he grabbed an Irish flag from the crowd and posed in front of McGregor. When the flag was passed to the Irishman he tossed it back in the boxer’s face. (REUTERS)

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I Created States To Avoid Biafra Break Away, Says Yakubu Gowon |RN

 
Former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon has revealed why he created states in the country during his regime.
He said the creation of states became imperative following fears by minority ethnic groups in the country that the majority ones would swallow them up.
He added also that it was done to douse the fears of the country’s breakup.
General Gowon said this in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital where he was accompanied by his wife, Victoria to commission the newly built Bayelsa State Government House.
General Gowon said, “I was delighted to create those states…years ago. At that time, the political situation was very difficult.
“There were fears of the country breaking up, fears of domination of the minority and the question was, what were we going to do in order to remove this fear causing problems in Nigeria?
“Fears of being dominated by majority ethnic groups? The creation of states was to solve these fears.” (Daily Post)
 

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