Shekau Denies Ceasefire With FG In New Video, Boasts About New Islamic Caliphate

In an embarrassing twist to the purported
ceasefire deal with Islamist sect Boko
Haram, leader of the group, Abubakar
Shekau yesterday dismissed claims of
truce talks between his group and the
government.
In a 44-minute video obtained by AFP
yesterday, Shekau dismissed government
claims and threatened to kill the impostor
who has been negotiating on behalf of the
sect.
Speaking in the video, Shekau boasted:
“We have indeed established an Islamic
caliphate. To everyone living in Islamic
Caliphate, we convey our greetings,” he
said, specifically mentioning “brethren” in
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan,
Shishan (an Islamist term for Chechnya),
Yemen, Somalia and “The caliphate in
Iraq and Syria.”
The picture of the leader of Islamic State
(IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was later
shown in the video, with a portion of the
message his group issued on July 1,
proclaiming a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
The federal government had on October
17 announced it had agreed a ceasefire
with Boko Haram and had called on
troops to withdraw. The announcement
was followed by series of attacks by the
sect that has now taken over several
towns in Nigeriua’s northeast, renaming
Gwoza in Borno as Darul Hikma (House of
Wisdom) and Mubi in Adamawa as
Madinatul Islam, which means City of
Islam.
Despite earlier doubts raised by many, the
government had insisted that the
ceasefire deal was real and was on
course. The situation now has become
very embarrassing for the government, as
it seems to be farther from finding a
solution to the five-year insurgency than
earlier thought.
An ‘operation no mercy’ embarked on by
the military is however expected to help
Nigeria reclaim its lost territory.

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How To End Boko Haram Insurgency In 2Months – Okorocha

Imo State Governor Chief Rochas
Okorocha has said Nigeria could end the
threat being posed by Boko Haram in just
two months if visionary and efficient
leadership is encouraged in the country.
Okorocha stated this on Friday during a
dinner organised by him for media
executives and nominees from across the
country, who were in Owerri, the Imo State
capital for the Nigeria Media Merit Award
2014.
According to him, insurgency has
continued to gain prominence in Nigeria
because some people are benefiting from
fighting the insurgents.
He however agreed that no leader plans
to fail, and as such, President Goodluck
Jonathan and other leaders before him
never had bad intentions for the country.
Okorocha said that the country’s major
problem was the inappropriate usage of
its human and material resources, which
he said was part of the reasons why the
government has not been able to
successfully tackle insurgency in Nigeria.
“No nation is poor in terms of human and
material resources, the problem has
always been about leadership,” he
stressed.
As part of solution to the current
challenges facing the country, Okorocha
advocated for devolution of power.
“The president is too powerful while the
masses continue to suffer,” he said.
The Imo chief executive challenged
journalists to be bold enough to question
political leaders about their activities,
noting that that “the media profession
has lost the culture of investigative
journalism.”

Edo: 3 Burnt To Death In Auto Crash

Billionaire Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg has revealed why he wears the
same grey T-shirt day in, day out – and
his simple logic makes you long to get
back all the hours you’ve spent trying on
outfits in front of the mirror.
In a public Q&A session yesterday
Zuckerberg was asked: ‘why do you wear
the same T-shirt every day?’.
‘I really want to clear my life to make it
so that I have to make as few decisions
as possible about anything except how to
best serve this community,’ he answered,
adding that he doesn’t just wear the
exact same shirt – he has ‘multiple same
shirts.’
Zuckerberg said that even making small
decisions, such as what to wear each day,
or what to have for breakfast, are taxing
on the mind – and he would rather not
waste energy on such trivialities.
‘I’m in this really lucky position where I
get to wake up every day and help serve
more than a billion people,’ he says. ‘And
I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend
any of my energy on things that are silly
or frivolous about my life.’
Zuckerberg is not the only powerful
businessperson to adopt this simpler way
of life. He makes the point that Apple
founder Steve Jobs and President Barack
Obama, adhere to the same theory.
Indeed, according to Walter Isaacson’s
biography on Jobs, he says Jobs once
tried to coax his own employees into
wearing a corporate uniform designed by
Issey Miyake, to create the sort of ‘bind’
with the company he’d witnessed at
Sony.
Jobs’s suggestion was rejected outright –
so instead he had Miyake create him his
own uniform: 100 black turtle necks that
he would subsequently wear forever more.
‘That’s what I wear, he told Isaacson. ‘I
have enough to last for the rest of my
life.’

Why Mark Zuckerberg wears the exactsame grey T-shirt every day

Billionaire Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg has revealed why he wears the
same grey T-shirt day in, day out – and
his simple logic makes you long to get
back all the hours you’ve spent trying on
outfits in front of the mirror.
In a public Q&A session yesterday
Zuckerberg was asked: ‘why do you wear
the same T-shirt every day?’.
‘I really want to clear my life to make it
so that I have to make as few decisions
as possible about anything except how to
best serve this community,’ he answered,
adding that he doesn’t just wear the
exact same shirt – he has ‘multiple same
shirts.’
Zuckerberg said that even making small
decisions, such as what to wear each day,
or what to have for breakfast, are taxing
on the mind – and he would rather not
waste energy on such trivialities.
‘I’m in this really lucky position where I
get to wake up every day and help serve
more than a billion people,’ he says. ‘And
I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend
any of my energy on things that are silly
or frivolous about my life.’
Zuckerberg is not the only powerful
businessperson to adopt this simpler way
of life. He makes the point that Apple
founder Steve Jobs and President Barack
Obama, adhere to the same theory.
Indeed, according to Walter Isaacson’s
biography on Jobs, he says Jobs once
tried to coax his own employees into
wearing a corporate uniform designed by
Issey Miyake, to create the sort of ‘bind’
with the company he’d witnessed at
Sony.
Jobs’s suggestion was rejected outright –
so instead he had Miyake create him his
own uniform: 100 black turtle necks that
he would subsequently wear forever more.
‘That’s what I wear, he told Isaacson. ‘I
have enough to last for the rest of my
life.’

Why Mark Zuckerberg wears the exactsame grey T-shirt every day

Billionaire Facebook CEO Mark
Zuckerberg has revealed why he wears the
same grey T-shirt day in, day out – and
his simple logic makes you long to get
back all the hours you’ve spent trying on
outfits in front of the mirror.
In a public Q&A session yesterday
Zuckerberg was asked: ‘why do you wear
the same T-shirt every day?’.
‘I really want to clear my life to make it
so that I have to make as few decisions
as possible about anything except how to
best serve this community,’ he answered,
adding that he doesn’t just wear the
exact same shirt – he has ‘multiple same
shirts.’
Zuckerberg said that even making small
decisions, such as what to wear each day,
or what to have for breakfast, are taxing
on the mind – and he would rather not
waste energy on such trivialities.
‘I’m in this really lucky position where I
get to wake up every day and help serve
more than a billion people,’ he says. ‘And
I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend
any of my energy on things that are silly
or frivolous about my life.’
Zuckerberg is not the only powerful
businessperson to adopt this simpler way
of life. He makes the point that Apple
founder Steve Jobs and President Barack
Obama, adhere to the same theory.
Indeed, according to Walter Isaacson’s
biography on Jobs, he says Jobs once
tried to coax his own employees into
wearing a corporate uniform designed by
Issey Miyake, to create the sort of ‘bind’
with the company he’d witnessed at
Sony.
Jobs’s suggestion was rejected outright –
so instead he had Miyake create him his
own uniform: 100 black turtle necks that
he would subsequently wear forever more.
‘That’s what I wear, he told Isaacson. ‘I
have enough to last for the rest of my
life.’

Governors Senatorial Ambitions Not AThreat To Senators’ Re-Election, SaysAkpabio

Governor Goodswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom
State said governors, aspiring to be
elected into the Senate in 2015, posed no
threat to senators seeking re-election.
He said this on Thursday in Abuja while
speaking with newsmen after submitting
his nomination and expression of interest
forms to contest the Akwa Ibom North
West Senatorial District in 2015.
Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party Governors
Forum, said the political space was wide
and open for healthy competition among
all players.
He said there were only nine serving
governors, seeking the senatorial seat in
2015 against 109 senate seats available
in the upper legislative arm.
Akpabio, who is gunning for seat of the
incumbent from the zone, Senator
Aloysius Etok, however, says he will love
to have about 75 per cent of senators
returned to the Senate.
This, he said, would ensure a robust
legislation for the country as the exposure
of such senators would perfect legislative
duties.
He, however, added that serving senators
had 100 per cent chance to return to the
Senate, stressing that there was no
significant threat in the political
transition.
Akpabio added that whatever dissenting
voice that was being heard at the
moment, would be silenced by the PDP
internal resolution mechanism, saying
that it was a party affairs.
“The senate has about 109 members and
PDP serving governors interested in going
to the Senate are not up to nine; so you
still have at least 100 chances for
incumbent senators.
“And if it is possible for us to return more
than 75 per cent of our senators in the
National Assembly, it would help a lot in
legislation and deepen democracy”,
Akpabio said. (NAN)

I’ve Secured FG Jobs For Three EkitiIndigenes Since I Assumed Office, SaysFayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose,
on Friday said he has since assumption
of office secured employment for three
indigenes of the State at the Federal
Ministry of Education.
In a statement by his Special Assistant
on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose said
that gesture “is in furtherance of his
resolve to secure Federal government
employments for Ekiti indigenes”.
He gave the names of the three
beneficiaries as Ajayi Morolayo
Oluwasesan from Ikere-Ekiti, Atilola
Joseph Akinwale from Ajaye Ekiti; near
Aramoko-Ekiti and Akinlabi Olalekan
Ayodeji from Afao Ekiti.
“They are to report at the Governor’s
Office, Ado-Ekiti on Monday to collect
their employment letters”, the governor
said.
The governor said a month before he
assumed office, he helped about 50 Ekiti
indigenes to secure jobs into Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Federal Medical Centre,
Ido-Ekiti, the Nigeria Immigration Service
and other federal government agencies.
Mr. Fayose did not provide any record to
back that claim.
He however promised to continue to strive
towards getting jobs for Ekiti youths in
federal government agencies and private
organisations, saying; “Anywhere there
are employment opportunities, I will go
there personally in the interest of our
unemployed youths”.
He disclosed that more opportunities will
still come, assuring youths in the State
that he will work assiduously to better
their lives, the statement said.

Dayo D1 Adeneye Says He’s Not GoingInto Politics To Make Money

Showbiz mogul and political aspirant,
Dayo Adeneye popularly known as D1 has
said that he is not branching into politics
to fill his pockets but rather, to make a
change. D1 who aims to represent
Odogbolu Constituency at the Ogun State
House of Assembly come 2015 made this
known in an exclusive interview with
Punch. He said, “Anybody who knows my
antecedents will tell you that my real
interest has always been to serve this
country. I came back to Nigeria at a time
most people were planning to leave. I left
a plum job in the United States to
contribute my quota to the development
of the country through the private sector.
I became a part of the change that gave
birth to the African Independent
Television and Raypower FM radio
station. That was when nobody believed
in 24-hour broadcasting in Nigeria.
He argued that money has never been his
problem saying “Anybody who knows me
will testify that I made money when I was
young. I was a millionaire in my 20s. I
have built my houses. Kenny and I were
among the first people in Nigeria to own
Hummer Jeeps. We were also among the
first to own the latest models of the
Range Rover Sport Utility Vehicle. This is
not about boasting; I have made my
mark. I am not looking for money.
Everybody knows my pedigree. I am a
hardworking person and I have
businesses in communication and
hospitality.
“When Kenny Ogungbe and I came into
the entertainment industry, Fela
Anikulapo-Kuti was the highest paid
musician and he was collecting only
N25,000 per show. But, today, through
our efforts we have artistes like P-Square
and Tuface Idibia who are collecting
about N10m and more, per show. If we
did these things with our own funds,
imagine what we can do if given the
mandate to serve the people.
He also said that his campaign is funded
from his personal savings and he is not
begging any one out there for financial
assistance.

2015: Plateau CAN Chairman WarnsClergy Against Using Pulpit To EndorseCandidates

Ahead of the primary elections of various
political parties in the country, the
Chairman of Christian Association of
Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau State and former
President of the Church of Christ in
Nations (COCIN), Rev, Soja Bewarang, has
urged clergy men not to use their pulpits
to endorse any candidate for the 2015
general elections.
The State CAN Chairman, who gave the
advice at an interface with religious
leaders and community leaders organised
by the Jos Forum of the Swiss-based
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, said it
was dangerous for religious leaders to get
involved in politics to the extent of
endorsing a particular candidate and
implored other religious bodies to advise
their clerics not to mix their preaching
with political campaigns.
Bewarang said, “We have warned the
church on the Plateau not to say any one
person is your candidate because if you
do that you will be putting your
congregation in danger. This is because
every politician belong to different
political party and we don’t want to be
seen to be promoting the cause of one
political party. The same message has
been passed to our pastors not to
endorse any candidate while on the
pulpit.
“We will equally advise other
congregations to do extend the same
advice to their clergy. You see the church
is now wiser; no politician will come and
decisive us again with fake promises”, he
added.
A member of the Jamatu Nasril Islam
(JNI), Alhaji Yusuf Sarumi urged
Nigerians against associating the Boko
Haram sect with Islam, saying the
activities of the terrorist group do not
reflect the ideals of Islam.