Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Deep worries about Abuja Airport Diversion

In 2010, retrogressive lawmakers in Abuja stopped the bid by Julius Berger to construct a second 4.6 kms runway for the Abuja International Airport, Nigeria. Fast forward to 2017, the Airport will be shutdown for six weeks to undergo maintenance of its only existing runway, forcing some major Airlines to boycott the alternative option of the Kaduna Airport. Can you believe that some of those lawmakers of 2010 are still making laws for the same country??


Monday, February 13, 2017

Beyoncé pays homage to Yoruba deity ‘Oshun’

In her first public performance since announcing she is pregnant with twins, Beyoncé donned a gold sequin gown and headpiece and a gold bikini. But far from simply making a fashion statement Queen Bey was actually paying homage to an indigenous religious icon, Oshun – a Yoruba deity from West Africa for whom twins and motherhood are particularly crucial. Oshun – called Osun in the Yoruba language – is the goddess of beauty, prosperity, love, order, fertility and motherhood and is one of the most venerated deities of the religion.

source: Dailymailonline

Friday, February 10, 2017

$9.8 Million recovered from former Nigerian Oil Manager

A former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Andrew Yakubu, is cooling off in detention after a whopping $9.8 Million was recovered from his residence in Kaduna.

Andrew Yakubu reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Zonal office in Kano and made a statement, wherein he admitted ownership of the recovered money, claiming it was a gift from unnamed persons.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Nigerians protest harsh economic climate

Hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets in the federal capital of Abuja and the commercial city of Lagos protesting, among other things, against unemployment and issues including rising costs of foods and medicines, access to education and lack of services including water and electricity. The protests were originally galvanized by award winning entertainer, TuFace Idibia, utilizing the social media tag; #istandwithNigeria. The singer later called off the rally citing security concerns but civil groups still went ahead with the marches.

The protesters called for a change of government as they marched through the streets of Lagos and Abuja reflecting mounting public anger over a sputtering economy and political tensions blamed on an absentee president. In a rare show of public dissent against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, more than 500 demonstrators halted traffic in the commercial capital, flanked by a heavy police escort. Buhari has been in Britain since mid-January for treatment for an unspecified medical condition and, with no indication of when he might return, many Nigerians suspect his health is worse than officials admit.

The country is also mired in its first recession in 25 years and high inflation is driving up prices of basic goods.