President Buhari's Special Adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina has stated that his principal is still accepted and popular in Borno in spite of the increased terrorist attacks in the state. 

Femi Adesina who appeared on Channels TV 'Politics Today' on Sunday February 16, stated that APC members don't see President Buhari getting booed during a recent condolence visit to the state as rejection. 

According to the presidential spokesperson, the dissenting voices in the large crowd do not call for worry as it is normal in democracy. 

He said; 

“We don’t see it as a rejection; if you look at those who came to welcome the president from the airport to the palace of the Shehu of Borno, it was a huge crowd.
“Some 90 to 95 percent were waving brooms and welcomed the president; some dissenting voices in a large crowd like that do not call for worry, its normal in a democracy.
“The President really, is still very accepted, still very popular and the people of Borno know what he has done; they appreciate what he has done in terms of tackling the insurgency."

Femi Adesina also said that the President is concerned about the increased attacks across the country because he took an oath to protect lives and property in the country.

He added; 

"There may be some reversals of the gains made, but then those gains can always be made again.
“The President should be worried, he took an oath to protect the country so if we see lives and property being lost wantonly, the president must be concerned and he is.”

Austine Okonkwo, the Nigerian man who ignited an outrage after saying he loves 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls, has defended himself following the backlash that trailed his comment. 

Recall we reported that the Nigerian man revealed his love for underaged girls while commenting on a Facebook post in which a woman who allegedly caught her husband sleeping with her 12-year-old niece sought for advice. 

However defending himself after backlash that trailed his comment, Austine claimed he was only joking. He also disclosed that he is married man and has never been involved in any sex scandal all his life. 

He wrote; 

I was joking when I said I like 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls - Nigerian man defends himself after outrage

Activist, Aisha Yesufu, on Monday morning, February 17, slammed the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, who took to Twitter to debunk reports that he fled as kidnappers attacked a train in Kaduna state on Sunday evening February 16th.

Media reports had it that the Minister was amongst the passengers on an Abuja-Kaduna train that was attacked by suspected kidnappers. According to the report, the kidnappers laid in ambush around Mando area and attempted to waylay the passengers who arrived at Rigasa train station around 8:15pm. Passengers on the train alleged that the Minister was also on the train and that the situation was saved by the mobile policemen attached to the Minister who quickly dispersed the suspected kidnappers.

Reacting to the news, the Minister via his Twiter handle, described the report as fake news and that it was completely concocted.

However, Aisha Yesufu slammed the Minister stating that he should be ''ashamed'' of himself as her relatives who were on the said train, and that Amaechi was spotted running during the attack.

Former secretary to the government to the federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a "funny organization" under the leadership of Adams Oshiomhole. 

Babachir Lawal who spoke to newsmen over the weekend, said the north has lost its priviledge in the APC following the suspension of Lawal Shaibu and Inuwa Abdulkadir who are the national Vice-Chairmen of the party in the north and north-west respectively. 

He said; 

“This APC is funny, as we speak, the chairman and his loyalists have suspended the deputy national chairman (north), the whole north, the chairman, national vice-chairman (north-west) which is the largest geographical zone with seven states has been suspended, he is no longer attending national working committee meeting. 
“The national secretary of the party who is from the north, from Yobe, has left to become governor of Yobe state as we speak, there is no firm decision to his replacement.
“For more than one year or so. A very substantial part of the country is not represented in the decision making.”

Lawal also alleged that Oshiomhole does not involve prominent members of the party in decision-making. 

He said; 

“I’m quite close to members of the NWC, they always complain about not being carried along so the chairman of a party is not an executive president where whatever you say is, you need to carry everyone along. 
“That is the essence, a national vice-chairman north-east for example, he is for north-east and there are things unique to the area which he is aware of, which his own exco has brought to him for processing at the national secretariat. If he does not get the proper hearing and opportunity to present those things they are disenfranchised.”

The former SGF also wondered what the reconciliation panel led by Bisi Akande will achieve as he insisted that it is better for politicians to cut their losses and nurse their wounds rather than be reconciled.

Babachir Lawal said; 

“In politics, sometimes it is better not to reconcile, somebody must lose out.
“First of all there has to be confidence restored in the NWC that they capacity to be impartial and fair in the decisions they take on behalf of party members. As I speak I don’t think there is any APC member that can confidently tell you that he expects the NWC to be fair and just in some of the cases because we lost election on account of this.”

BBNaija star, TBoss wept profusely on Instagram live on Sunday as she laid curses on an IG troll who left a bad comment about her daughter.

Publisher Betty Irabor reached out to TBoss via Instagram this morning with some soothing words. She urged TBoss to enjoy motherhood, reminding her that a child is precious whether your status is single or married. She wrote
I saw a trending video of a very broken @officialtboss_ last night . She was very pained that a troll called her baby names ( btw your baby is beautiful) But that wasnt the only reason @officialtboss_ broke down.
She reflected on a very traumatic pregnancy ( only those who have had a very troublesome pregnancy will get this). She lamented that people were naming different men as the father of her baby and that it hurts very much..( understandably so).
Then she talked about being a Single mum and the challenges of trying to live her life despite the struggles... True, I dont know Tboss but I can relate with yesterday's emotions.. it was painful to watch.
Yes I know what it feels like to have one of those moments when life truly sucks. I feel her. I get that it is one of those moments when a new mother gets really overwhelmed and a little EMPATHY can make a difference...
It doesn't help when she and her baby get trolled by someone battling with her own unresolved issues. Please, let's be kind...and if we cant, lets be silent because one day we may have to live in regret knowing we caused someone so much pain that they harmed themselves.
Dear Tboss, your child is a precious gift and many dont yet have that gift... A child is precious whether your status reads Single or Married... Nobody holds the key to your HAPPINESS and nobody holy pass.
Please enjoy and cherish this special moment you have been blessed to experience because indeed, Motherhood is priceless

Some Nigerians trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan which is the epicenter of Coronavirus which has killed over 1,700 people, have taken to social media to cry out for help to return home. 

Some of them disclosed that they are students and only came to study in China before the outbreak of the deadly disease. One of the ladies who shared an emotional video on social media, disclosed that she has been indoors for over 3 weeks and is running short of food supply as the death toll is increasing daily. 

They all expressed fear of remaining in Wuhan and being infected with the deadly virus, as they begged the Nigerian government to help them return home. 

Here are some photos and video below; 

Coronavirus: Nigerians trapped in Wuhan beg to be brought back home (video)
Coronavirus: Nigerians trapped in Wuhan beg to be brought back home (video)
Coronavirus: Nigerians trapped in Wuhan beg to be brought back home (video)
Coronavirus: Nigerians trapped in Wuhan beg to be brought back home (video)

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has been sued by her ex-husband Olakunle Churchill over her explosive interview in May 2019. 

Olakunle Churchill who referenced the three-part YouTube series titled ‘The Evidence’ which was shared in May 2019, said his ex-wife accused him of being into cyber fraud popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo and also alleged that she caught him clad in a red cloth, surrounded by red candles with a laptop placed on his lap.

He also sought for legal redress against Tonto Dikeh over claim of his father being a gardener as she dispelled speculation of him being related to former President Olusegun Obasanjo. 

In the lawsuit notice which has him as the 1st claimant and Big Church Foundation as the second claimant, Churchill stated that the allegations are baseless and sponsored to tarnish and damage his image and political ambition. He hinted on telling Tonto Dikeh about his intention to run for the House of Representatives in his constituency.

It read in parts; 

“The series of malicious and fallacious allegations, assertions and accusations through media campaigns and publications by Tonto Dikeh and her charity group was defamatory.”

In the court summon which has gone viral, the actress was asked to appear for trial 14 days from December 10, 2019, as the court may proceed therein with judgment even in her absence. 

The case is expected to come up on Thursday February 20.  See the court papers below; 

Churchill sues ex-wife Tonto Dikeh, demands N500 million

Churchill sues ex-wife Tonto Dikeh, demands N500 million

Churchill sues ex-wife Tonto Dikeh, demands N500 million

Churchill sues ex-wife Tonto Dikeh, demands N500 million

Churchill sues ex-wife Tonto Dikeh, demands N500 million
Churchill sues ex-wife Tonto Dikeh, demands N500 million

About 10,000 males gathered at the annual "Naked Festival" in Okayama, Japan to celebrate the "Hadaka Matsuri", a wild festival held every year on the third Saturday of February at the Saidaiji Kannonin Temple, Japan.

                    About 10,000 males gather in Japan for annual naked festival (photos)

The 10,000 male participants can be seen wearing a little loincloth called a "fundoshi" and a pair of white socks called "tabi." and the festival held on Saturday Japanese time, celebrates the blessings of harvest, prosperity and fertility, and is usually practised by young men.

                                         About 10,000 males gather in Japan for annual naked festival (photos)

In the event, the men spend an hour or two running around the temple grounds  and purify themselves with freezing cold water.

After doing this, they gather themselves into the main temple building.
At exactly 10 p.m., the lights goes off and a priest throws 100 bundles of twigs and two lucky 20-centimeter-long shingi sticks into the crowd from a window four meters above.

According to legend, any of the 10,000 men who gets hold of one of the bundles and/or the two sticks is guaranteed a year of good fortune.

A Nigerian couple identified as Irewole and Ayowole Ajewole, reportedly welcomed their first children after being married for 31 years. 

The couple who got married in 1989, welcomed a set of twins (boy and girl) on Thursday February 6. 

Facebook user Nikeagbeja Adesanya who shared a photo of the couple, wrote; 

God blessed this couple with a set of twins, a boy and a girl, last week Thursday, to crown their marriage solemnized in 1989.
I read about Sarah and Elizabeth's, I am a LIVING WITNESS to this one of Iyabo Ajewole, of The APOSTOLIC CHURCH, NIGERIA.
THE LORD IS GOOD, at all times.
Mummy Irewole and Ayowole Ajewole.

Nigerian couple welcome twins after 31 years of marriage

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it is possible
Manchester United could make Odion Ighalo's loan move a permanent deal. 

Odion Ighalo is at Man United on loan until the end of the season but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out signing him on a permanent basis.

Ighalo, 30, joined United on deadline day in the January transfer window and has travelled with teammates to London ahead of the Monday night Premier League fixture at Chelsea.

The Shanghai Shenhua striker did not fly with the United squad to their warm weather training camp in Marbella amid the possibility Ighalo could be refused re-entry into the United Kingdom, having travelled from China, where the Coronavirus originated.

Ighalo has not started a professional match since December 1 and his loan could last just three months, with United's final league game at Leicester City on May 17.
"It's a loan, but when you're in the door - and if you impress - it gives you a chance," Solskjaer said.

"That's exactly the same for everyone who signs.

"If it's permanent or if it's a loan, if you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group improve, of course there's a chance we'll look at extending things and signing.

"That doesn't just go for Odion but, since you asked, yes, his incentive is to play as well as he can and it's up to us to make sure he wants to stay, if we want him."

United turned to Ighalo after receiving little encouragement over a possible deal for the Bournemouth striker Joshua King.

Romelu Lukaku informed Solskjaer of his intention to leave in March but United only moved to sign a goalscorer after Marcus Rashford sustained a double stress fracture to his back against Wolves on January 15.

The addition of Ighalo and interest in King drew derision from some quarters over links to Solskjaer's agent Jim Solbakken - who used to represent King - while Ighalo's agent, Atta Aneke, is an associate of Solbakken.

Tottenham Hotspur enquired about Ighalo but the boyhood United fan wanted to play at Old Trafford and Chelsea also failed to recruit a striker in January.

“Don't go down that route now," Solskjaer replied at the suggestion Ighalo was a 'desperate' signing. 

"He's a loan player that we're very happy with having here. Hopefully he'll prove to you what I think he will. He's a proven goalscorer, so he'll do alright.

"I'm very happy with the two guys we brought in and it's not just us and Chelsea. But to finally have got Bruno [Fernandes] over the line, to have signed him after following him for so long, and just seeing what he can give us and what he will give us, has been great.

And it will be great to integrate Odion as well."

Solskjaer was criticised for signing Solbakken's clients Magnus Eikrem and Mats Daehli, as well as Jo Inge Berget during his disastrous eight-month spell as Cardiff City manager in 2014. 

United academy graduate Daehli made 22 league appearances for Cardiff, Eikrem six and Berget figured in the Premier League only once.

Ne-Yo has finally confirmed that he and his wife, Crystal Smith, are no longer together and will be getting a divorce. 

This comes days after The Jasmine Brand broke the news that the pair have broken up after four years of marriage with two children. 

Speaking on the Private Talk Podcast, the singer confirmed his split from his wife saying: “It’s slowly but surely becoming public knowledge that myself and my wife have decided to go ahead and get a divorce,” 

“It’s not a sad thing, it’s more of a us realizing...long story short, I’m never gonna talk bad about her. I’m not that person,” Ne-Yo said. There’s nothing bad to say about her. She’s a fantastic woman. She’s the mother of my children and she’s always gonna be that.”

Neyo's interview comes just after his estranged wife Crystal Smith was spotted on a vacation getting close with “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” star Ryan Henry amid her split from the singer.

Ne-Yo confirms split from wife Crystal Smith, says they are getting a divorce after four years of marriage

Ne-Yo and Crystal, who both got married back in 2016, share two kids Shaffer Smith Jr and Roman Alexander-Raj Smith.

The R&B singer also has two children with his ex-partner, Monyetta Shaw, who had her tubes tied at Ne-Yo's request after the singer also agreed to undergo a sterilization procedure. But the singer never went through with it, instead he broke up with Monyettaro to marry Crystal Smith and had two more children with her.

Ne-Yo confirms split from wife Crystal Smith, says they are getting a divorce after four years of marriage

Sikiru Samuel, a suspected kingpin of Aiye Confraternity and eight other members of the group have been arrested by the Lagos State Police. 

Lagos State Police Spokesperson, Elkana Bala said the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants deployed to Ikorodu area of the state. 

Samuel, 24, was arrested in Imota community of Ikorodu alongside Adegboyega Ismaila, 19; Sunkanmi Shonubi, a.k.a Napel, 19; Adigun Faruq, 18; Rilwan Akinwale, 30; Victor Uju, a.k.a Zino, 18; Juwon Idowu, a.k.a Lighter, 18; Rasak Adebola, a.k.a ‘Bobo’, 20; and Kehinde Keshinro,18.

A  double-barrel gun was reportedly recovered from the suspected cultists who have been handed over to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Yaba, for discreet investigation.

The statement added; 

“The gang is responsible for a series of violent attacks and gang violence in Imota and environs. One of such violent attacks happened on 12/02/2020 at about 0830hours which led to the death of one David Nwanga, ‘m’ 30 years old, of Araro Adamo area, ”

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), urging the electoral body to conduct a fresh governorship election in Bayelsa state. 

Recall that the Supreme Court sacked the candidate of the APC, David Lyon as winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa State and replaced him with candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Duoye Diri who scored the second highest vote in the election. 

However in a letter written by the chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and addressed to INEC, the electoral commission was urged to conduct a new election because according to them, Diri did not meet the requirement needed for him to become Governor of the State.

The letter read; 

‘‘In the said judgement of the Supreme Court, the candidature of our governorship and deputy governorship candidates were nullified and the commission was ordered to issue fresh certificate of returns with the highest number of votes and with the required geographical spread. 
‘’It is however to be noted that the Supreme Court did not void the votes that our party polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the All Progressives Congress must be reckoned with in determining whether any other candidate polled majority of lawful votes cast in one-quarter of at least two thirds majority of the state.
‘‘We have reviewed the judgement of the Supreme Court and we are of the firm opinion that the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party cannot be issued certificate of return and or sworn in as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.
‘‘We are aware of that section 179(1)(b) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria mandatorily requires a candidate for an election to the office of governor of a state to have not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two thirds of all the local government areas in the state before the candidate can be deemed to have been duly elected as the Governor of the State. This mandatory requirement was affirmed by the supreme court in the judgement under reference.
“From the results announced and duly published by the commission, it is clear that no candidates meet this mandatory constitutional requirement, including the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party who only managed to poll one quarter of the votes cast in only five local government areas.
“The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party or any other candidate whatsoever, none satisfies the requirement of one quarter of the votes cast in at least 2/3 of the local government areas in the state as required by the supreme court judgement further request that a fresh election be conducted by the commission for the office of the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State.

Nollywood actor and model,  Bryan Okwara has announced the birth of his first child with his longtime partner, model Marie Miller on Instagram.

The former Mr. Nigeria who recently shared a baby bump photo from Marie's maternity shoot, took to his Instagram page to disclose that their child has arrived as he told his followers to predict the sex of the baby. 

He wrote: 'We just had a Boy/Girl share your prediction!'

Soon after, Bryan's close friend, Uti Nwachukwu dropped a comment and hinted that the child is a baby girl. 

'HHahahahaha it’s a girl ooooo!!!! My little Princess. I don already but comb wey she go use help me plait my dredds,' he wrote.

Actor Bryan Okwara announces the birth of his first child with model Marie Miller?

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has stated that the Presidency has no power to stop peaceful protests following its warning to "a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions."

Reacting to the Presidency's statement of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) hiring 2,000 people to stage a protest against service chiefs on Monday February 17, Falana appealed to the Nigeria Police Force against "harassing" Nigerians protesting against insecurity across the country. 

The lawyer also recalled how APC leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, Dr Sylvester Onu and Mr Rotimi Amaechi participated in a protest against insecurity held in Abuja on November 20, 2014 during Jonathan's administration. 

His statement reads in parts; 

“The authorities of the Nigeria Police Force are urged not to harass aggrieved Nigerians for protesting against perceived injustice in the country.
“Nigerians have the fundamental right to demonstrate for or against the federal government without official fiat the Presidency has no power to stop any peaceful protest in the country.
“In fact, the right to assemble and protest peaceful was won by the Nigerian people in the case of All Nigerian People’s Party v Inspector-General of Police (2008) 12 WRN 65. 
“It was in the exercise of the right of freedom of expression that APC leaders including General Mohammadu Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, Dr Sylvester Onu and Mr Rotimi Amaechi had participated in the protest held at Abuja on November 20, 2014, against insecurity under the erstwhile Jonathan administration.”

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has alleged that the bandits who killed 8 people in Avwon, Agadama, Ohoror and other communities in Uwheru Kingdom of Ughelli North local government areas of the state on Thursday February 13, were accompanied by military personnel.

In a statement released on his behalf, the Delta State Governor urged security agencies to bring the perpetrators to book as he appealed to the affected communities to remain calm and peaceful.

Okowa said; 

"The unwarranted attacks and killing of innocent locals in Avwon, Agadama and Ohoror communities of Uwheru Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area and the wickedness of suspected herdsmen alleged to be aided and abetted by unidentified military personnel are mindless,” Okowa said.
“I, however, appeal to the affected communities to remain calm and peaceful. I commiserate with the communities and families on the unfortunate loss of their loved ones.
“I have directed the Commissioner of Police and the Brigade Commander, 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, to rise to the occasion and bring the culprits to justice.
“As a state, our people have been very receptive to herdsmen and other visitors, but our hospitality and welcoming disposition should not be taken as an act of cowardice.
“The state government will continue to encourage peaceful and harmonious relations between Deltans and their visitors but will not watch outsiders attack and kill our people any longer.”

A Nigerian man ignited an outrage on Facebook after disclosing that he loves sleeping with 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls. 

The Nigerian man identified as Austine Okonkwo disclosed this while commenting on a Facebook post in which a woman who caught her husband sleeping with her 12-year-old niece sought for advice. 

Nigerian man sparks outrage after revealing he loves sleeping with 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls

Commenting on the post, Austine said he will send his wife packing and marry her underage niece if he was the lady's husband. He added that he "enjoys them when they are 12, 13 and 14". 

See his comment below; 

Nigerian man sparks outrage after revealing he loves sleeping with 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls
Nigerian man sparks outrage after revealing he loves sleeping with 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls
Nigerian man sparks outrage after revealing he loves sleeping with 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls
Nigerian man sparks outrage after revealing he loves sleeping with 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls

A Facebook user Chjii NK Ibe wrote; 

These are the kind of people we have been existing together with. This man will be dangerous around children. Be you friends or relatives, you all need to watch him closely.
Any man who can publicly, foolishly and proudly boast of enjoying sex with kids as young as 12, 13,14,15 years old is a potential pedophile and a rapist who should be arrested. I just feel for the kids around him.
I saw this caption on Oluchi Enaworu's wall and decided to check him out and to my greatest shocksup this guy has humans on his list who are there posing as his friend I can never keep such an individual as my friend, not even as a neighbor. God forbid!!!!

Nigerian man sparks outrage after revealing he loves sleeping with 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the Ugandan child actress who starred in Disney's Queen of Katwe, a film about a chess prodigy from a slum in Uganda, has died.  She shot to fame after she played Gloria who hailed from the slums of Uganda in the movie.

Nikita died on Saturday February 15th after a battle with brain tumour. She was first diagnosed in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly mobilised people to help fund her treatment in India, with Ugandan doctors quoted as saying they did not have the necessary equipment. She was given the all-clear in 2017 but last year, she suffered a relapse after another tumour was found in her brain.

Speaking to local media, a family member said Nikita suffered severe pain before she died.
"The brain was swollen and it is exerting a lot of pressure." the family source

May her soul rest in peace, Amen.

President Buhari has condemned the latest round of attacks on farmers by bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state, saying that killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable.

33 people were reportedly killed in the attack carried out by suspected bandits in two villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state on Friday February 14th. The bandits who struck at the time of prayer around 6:30pm in Tsauwa and Dankar villages, burnt several houses, animals and properties in the attack. 

Reacting to the incident, the President in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity  Garba Shehu, warned that “no one in the country has a right to take laws into his hands by the way of self-help or revenge. Local communities that catch bandits should hand over the suspects to law enforcement authorities instead of meting out capital punishment, leading to a cycle of revenge and counter revenge.”

He urged community leaders and the local authorities to continue their efforts in partnership with law enforcement agencies that bring the surrender of bandits, leading to peace between farmers and herders.
“The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence in a decent society,” said the President.

President Buhari prayed that God will comfort families that have lost loved ones in the attacks and repose the souls of the victims.

Newly married Nina has said that her husband's identity will never be revealed even though people have been "working overtime" to know who she's married to.

The former BBNaija housemate in a post shared on her Twitter handle this evening, wrote
People been working overtime to see my hubby , sorry darlings you all would never''

Nina's traditional wedding took place on Saturday with her hubby conspicously absent, although he was represented by a man presumed to be his relative. 

People have been working overtime to see my hubby, sorry you all would never- Nina
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