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Saraki defects to ACPN, declares PDP dead in Kwara State

News post by: Peter Uwechue
04 Jan

Second Republic Senate Leader and  acclaimed godfather of Kwara politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki, has defected to the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) just as he declared that the ACPN is the platform under which his daughter,  Senator Gbemisola Saraki, will realise her gubernatorial ambition.
Saraki, who is the leader of Northern Union (NU), also pronounced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as dead in Kwara state.

Dr. Saraki stated these while addressing a mammoth crowd of his supporters, at his  Olofa residence in Ilorin, the state capital.

Though, Saraki noted that, he was not a card-carrying member of the PDP, he lamented that, leaders of the party had closed the  door of the party against him.

“It is however unfortunate that the door of the PDP has been locked by these people, against its decorum and against genuine party members. And we do not  want to force the door open and be counted among those tormenting the society.

“Those who are not involved in the building of the party, now capitalise on the inexperience of the leadership, to perpetuate themselves and turn themselves into tin-gods to decide the fate of the real people on the political turf. We now have PDP that lacks cohesion, focus, and is  directionless and bereft of ideas on how to carry supporters along and win  elections.

“The situation is so bad, to the extent that, most decisions of the party are based on sentiments instead of having recourse to party guidelines and all known democratic norms. It was really an assault, of epic proportion, to the psyche of our teeming supporters,” he said.

The Waziri of Ilorin, who insisted that he and his son, Governor Bukola Saraki, are not fighting over  who to succeed the younger Saraki, said the governor has been supporting his sister in the past, especially, when she went to the  House of Representatives and the Senate.
He added that, since the governor had left the PDP loose, while   those, whom  he described as unknown people, have hijacked the party from him, he has decided to join the new party that would take care of his teeming mass of supporters, as well as give Senator Gbemisola Saraki the gubernatorial ticket.

“Therefore, all, who believe in me, have been forced to take the decision to dump the Kwara PDP and move en masse to the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, which we believe, is the best platform to take the state to  greater heights. We believe in people-oriented politics. We also have faith in a party that is committed to service delivery and will not circumvent the interest of the good people of Kwara state,” he said.

He however, called on his supporters to immediately burn the PDP cards with them and embrace the logo of the new party, stressing that they should also ensure that they all registered during the forthcoming voter registration.

The declaration was attended by Senator Gbemisola, former presidential aspirant, Alhaji Ibrahinm Eyitayo Dan-Musa, past state commissioners and chairmen, who were dropped by Governor Bukola Saraki’s administration as well as other supporters of the older Saraki, across the three senatorial districts in the state.

Ojukwu Flown Out of The Country

News post by: Barrister Bala Ahmed
23 Dec

CHIEF Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, ex-Biafran warlord, was in the early hours of Thursday flown to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.

Halliburton Scandal: 6 Nigerians to Face Trial

News post by: Peter Uwechue
23 Dec

A Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), leave to arraign six suspects over the $180million Halliburton bribery scandal.
The suspects, who were the alleged Nigerian accomplices in the scam, included Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, Mohammed Bakari, Urban Shelter Limited, Intercellular Nigeria Limited, Sherwood Petroleum Limited, and Tri-Star Investment Limited.

The development followed a nine-count charge, which the anti-graft agency filed against the suspects on December 17, 2010. Consequently, the court granted leave for their arraignment as prayed by counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Godwin Obla. The court also fixed January 27, 2011 for the arraignment.

The commission had earlier filed criminal charges against former American Vice President, Dick Cheney, on the same matter. Also charged along with him before an Abuja High Court, were eight others, including Albert Jack Stanley, David Lesar, William Ucut, Halliburton Incorporated, Kellog, TSKJ Nigeria, TSKJ Consortium, and Brown & Root (KB)]. They were slammed with a 16-count charge, bordering on corruption and financial crimes.

However, the charges against Cheney and some others were dropped, following agreement reached in a plea bargain. The commission, through the plea bargain arrangement, said it recovered over $120 million as fines from some multi-national firms and their officials indicted in the bribery scam in addition to the repatriation of another sum of $130 million, which had been trapped in a Swiss bank.

EFCC spokesman, Femi Babafemi, confirmed the court’s permission for arraignment of the six Nigerian suspects when contacted on the development.

Mass Failure at WAEC

News post by: Sally Okereke
23 Dec

Only 20.04 per cent of 310,077 candidates who sat for the Nov/Dec 2010 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) obtained five credits in English Language, Mathematics and three other subjects, therefore qualifying for admission into universities and polytechnics.

By implication, the results mean that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) recorded yet another mass failure. In Nov/Dec 2008 WASSCE, out of 372,600 candidates, only 23.54 per cent obtained five credits in English Language, Mathematics and three other subjects while in the same exam in 2009, out of 342,443 candidates, only 31 per cent (106,413) made five credits in English Language, Mathematics and three other subjects.

Announcing the release of the private candidates’ results at its Yaba headquarters in Lagos yesterday, the Head of Nigeria National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, said 62,295 candidates made five credits in English Language, Mathematics and at least three other subjects. Giving further breakdown, Dr. Uwadiae revealed that 309, 431 candidates representing 95.21 per cent had full released results while 15,567 others (4.79 per cent) had few of their subjects still being processed because of various errors and omissions traceable to the candidates.

The HNO said the results of 51,876 candidates representing 16.73 per cent were being withheld based on various reports of their alleged involvement in examination malpractice and that the council’s Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) would meet in March 2011 to deliberate on their cases.
According to him, 250, 487 candidates representing 80.78 per cent had two credits and above, another 217,161 others (70.03 per cent) obtained three credits and above while 180,480 candidates representing 58.20 per cent made four credits and above.

Uwadiae further disclosed that 141,167 candidates (45.52 per cent) obtained five credits and above, another 99,750 others (32.16 per cent) got six credits and above but are not qualified for admissions into tertiary institutions because of either not having credit in English Language or Mathematics.
His words: “A total of 133,507 candidates (43.06 per cent) obtained credit and above in English Language while 151,569 others representing 48.88 per cent got credit and above in Mathematics,” but the HNO insists the results do not mean mass failure because some of the candidates may combine their results to seek admissions.

The HNO disclosed that 33 blind candidates sat for the examination out of whom four of them representing 12.12 per cent obtained credits in five subjects including English Language. He explained that blind candidates were exempted from taking Mathematics and science practicals in WASSCE. The WAEC boss told newsmen that the council had also taken some measures to arrest the poor performance of candidates in its exams and that most of the state governors were now providing teaching facilities to enhance good performance of their candidates in the exam. He expressed the hope of improved resuls within three or four years.

He said all the reported cases of examination fraud had been compiled for presentation to the committee in March 2011, adding that “the committee’s decisions on the various cases will be communicated to the affected candidates shortly through our zonal and branch offices.”

Uwadiae asked the candidates who took the exam to check the details of their performance with their scratch cards on WAEC website within the next 24 hours. He lauded the supervisors and invigilators for ensuring a smooth conduct of the Nov/Dec 2010 WASSCE and also the chief examiners, team leaders, assistant examiners for their efforts in seeing to the release of the results two weeks ahead of time.
On e-test and examination, the HNO disclosed that the council had started test run of the new system, noting “we have done the first leg and WAEC has sent staff for training abroad. If we have all the facilities, we can release results in three weeks.”

On allegation against some politicians of having fake or forged WAEC results, Dr. Uwadiae said there was only one WAEC result and that only the law court could summon the council to produce or tender the result.


News post by: Waheed Seriki
12 Dec

The Nigerians should not keep quiet on the sudeen dissapeard and reappeard of the DDC machines at the Nigeria Airport. The government should investigate the circumstances surrounding the missing of the machines at the airport and ensure it was the right box that reappeard. The government should ensure the missing DDC machines are not duplicated so that it will not create problem in the 2011 elections.
Nigeria can no longer accept election malpractices and the whole world will watch Nigeria in 2011 elections. Johnathan's government has promised the country free and fair election in 2011 and Nigerians hope the government will keep the promise and ensure there is credible election in Nigeria and the wish of Nigerians will not be supress in the next election. The government and IndependentNational Electioral Commission should know that Nigerians will not accept election malpractices in 2011 and they are determine to defend there vote in the next election.
INEC should from now on try as much as possible to tigthen there security and make sure no one temperd with the election materials. they will be held accountable if the 2011 election fall below world standard.

Waheed Seriki (Canada)
National Cordinator
Campaigh for the Free and Fair Election in Nigeria

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23rd December 2010.

Fellow Nigerians, Africans and friends of Nigeria


On behalf of Arisenigeria we wish to thank every Nigerian, Nigerian groups and friends of Nigeria who have responded robustly to the news report in yesterday’s London Metro and Sahara Reporters in respect of the planned sale of our National treasure, “THE 16TH CENTURY BENIN IVORY MASK”.

Your overwhelming response has been tremendously encouraging and appears likely to produce the right result.

Arisenigeria believes that the mask is our national treasure and heritage which we must preserve for generations of Nigerians. It is an embodiment of an aspect of our history which we must not let anyone who is not directly connected to Nigeria and who does not have any or full appreciation of its historical importance to us as a people to sell, keep, misuse or abuse.

Not every artefact on Sotheby auction list gets such prominence in a national British daily. We therefore believe that whoever published the proposed sale in the Metro was affronted by the thought of the sale and wanted us to react urgently. We therefore urge you not to relent in your efforts but to rather galvanise further support from far and wide by sending your written expressions of disgust and objections by emails to Sotheby, the British Prime Minister, Mayor of London, your Members of Parliament if you live in England, the British History Museum and other notable media houses as soon as possible and in any event until the mask is withdrawn from the lot and returned to our Embassy in London for a lawful return to Nigeria.



Over the past few years, corruption has become a topic of increased interest and debate within Nigerian society. Nigeria’s independent media and other commentators worldwide are constantly assessing the government's efforts to address corruption. This public discourse is a critical element in any anticorruption effort and is essential in raising public awareness of the issues associated with corruption in Nigeria.


In a democratic society, the public's tolerance, or more significantly, intolerance, of corrupt practices determines the success of any anticorruption campaign. In established democracies, elected officials react to the public's intolerance of corruption by initiating investigations and/or enacting legislation that results in reform. Consequently, we hope, the continued public debate and publicity occurring within Nigeria on corruption will result in the public becoming less tolerant of corrupt practices.


 3 "A study of history shows that civilisations that abandon the quest for knowledge are doomed to disintegration." -Bernard Lovell: The Observer, 'Sayings of the Week’, 14th May 1972.

A library serves a community of users (i.e. an office, professional group, agency, academy, etc) by making available information content and services that are valued by that user-community.   A traditional, physical library is thus not simply a building that houses information, but rather a complex configuration of information goods and services that have been carefully selected and organised around the needs of a user community.

An Electronic Library on the other hand, is a library in which collections are stored in digital formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media) and accessible by computers.  The digital content may be stored locally, or accessed remotely via computer networks. An electronic library is a type of information retrieval system.  In a digital library scenario, the content and services are electronically available, and user communities are no longer geographically defined. Realising a digital library therefore includes challenges in digitising contents, computerising services, and networking users.  Even if these difficulties are overcome, however, the result can well be an overwhelming tangle of possible information sources without the structure and selectivity that renders a traditional library navigable.



Gbemi-3Patriotism, selflessness and passion for humanity. These are words that capture the person and essence of the Distinguished Senator Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki. She is a rare leader and an inspiring, energetic and charismatic woman of substance whose re- election to the Senate of the National Assembly in 2007 for a second term, coupled with a previous term as a honourable member of the House of Representative between 1999 and 2003, made her one of the most experienced legislators and an undisputed number one female Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She represents Kwara Central Senatorial District of Kwara State.

The high quality of her representation has impacted positively on her people and her constituency which has endeared her brand of leadership to Kwarans in particular and the well-meaning Nigerians in general. This distinctive brand of leadership has won her a special space in the hearts of her people as much as theirs in hers. Today, only a handful of leaders could lay claim to be as established and as celebrated overwhelmingly by the people as Senator Gbemisola Saraki is. In deed, she is an Amazon of a new generation and a legend in the making.

Hajia Gbemisola Rukayyah Saraki was born into the loving family of the Second Republic Senate Leader and undisputed political icon of modern Nigeria, Dr. Abubakar Olushola Saraki, the Waziri of Ilorin and his wife, Mrs. Florence Saraki, a practising Christian from Ondo State.