Thursday, 29 January 2015

Soludo Is The Worst CBN Gov Ever!

By Bassey Udo

The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Wednesday took the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Chukwuma Soludo, to the cleaners over his criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan's management of the country's economy, saying his comments amounted to committing "intellectual hara-kiri".

The Minister, who spoke through her Special Adviser on Media, Paul Nwabuikwu, accused Mr. Soludo of single-handedly mismanaging the country's banking sector between May 2004 and May 2009 and plunging the country into "an incredible accumulation of liabilities that will cost tax payers about N5.67 trillion".

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, apparently livid, described the former CBN governor as "an embittered loser in the Nigerian political space" who is "so derailed" to "commit intellectual harakiri by deliberately misquoting economic facts and maliciously turning statistics on their head to justify a hatchet job".

"Soludo has shamelessly pandered to so many past leaders that Nigerians are asking one more time - what position is Soludo gunning for now?" she asked.

"There is definitely an issue of character with Prof. Charles Soludo and his desperate search for power and relevance in Nigeria. Nigerians should therefore beware of so-called intellectuals without character and wisdom because this combination is fatal," she added.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

List Of Safest Airlines In The World!

Every year, Germany’s Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre(JACDEC) releases its annual list based on an airline’s cumulative performance in the past 30 years. The organization has released its list for 2015.

Number one on the list is Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific. JADEC says the carrier has had no fatalities and no hull loss events in the past three decades. Next on the list is Abu Dhabi-based Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East. JADEC lauded the carrier for this achievement despite a period of immense growth from the 1990s until now.

On the list at number three is Taiwan-based Eva Air, which JADEC says it has always been among the best in terms of operational safety. But because of its smaller size, the airline lacks substantial numbers of revenue traffic and only began operating in 1991.

The Netherlands’ KLM came in fifth place, making it Europe’s safest airline. Rounding out the top 10 are: Air New Zealand, Qantas, China’s Hainan Airlines, JetBlue (the only U.S. carrier in the top 10) and Etihad Airways.

The JADEC report noted that Malaysia Airlines falling from number 34 to number 57 on the list, driven by the disappearance of Flight 370 and the shooting down of Flight 17.

The safest regions in the world, according to JADEC, were North America and Eurasia, which includes Russia and the countries east of Ukraine, with the region not posting a single flight accident death. The Latin America region posted 10 deaths, mostly on flights with vintage machines on non-scheduled operations.

Africa experienced 18 aircraft losses and 134 fatalities in 2014, JADEC reported. The most deaths occurred in the Asia-Pacific region, where the half of all fatalities occured in 2014, it added.

JADEC is not the only organization to rate airline safety. In its latest list, rated Qantas number one, based on the Australian flag carrier’sfatality-free record in the jet era. It was followed on the list in alphabetical order by Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. The rankings, according to the website, are based a range of factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies such as the FAA and ICAO as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.

Buhari Must Apologise To Nigerians!

GMB is proud and seemingly unapologetic for his past misdeeds on Nigerians. He must come to terms and apologise and not continue doing like all his well.

Good to know that most Nigerians are now aware that he is not a saint and merely playing on primordial sentiments. GMB must apologize for the judicial murder of the three Nigerian youths accused of drug trafficking who were sentenced to death with decree No. 20, a law that was enacted after the alleged offense was committed which is retroactive justice. The jailing of the Guardian newspaper journalists , Tunde Thompson and Nduka lrabor for reporting the truth with decree no 4 which is a retroactive law similar to decree 20 in his bid to muzzle the press and the barbaric kidnaping, drugging and putting in a crate in the UK of ex transport minister, Umaru Dikko in 1984,in an attempt to forcefully and illegally bring Dikko back to Nigeria to answer corruption charges under GMB's watch.

Michelle Obama Defies Saudi Arabia!

First Lady Michelle Obama may have been by her husband’s side in Saudi Arabia to pay respects after King Abdullah’s death, but her demeanor told another story entirely.

The wife of President Barack Obama was part of a stream of American dignitaries in the ultraconservative desert kingdom on Tuesday.

Mrs Obama did not cover her head during the Riyadh visit, which is often standard for Western women visiting the kingdom but forbidden for Saudi women.

Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic law, forbidding women to work or travel without the authorisation of their male guardians.

It is also the only country in the world that bans women from driving, and a woman cannot obtain an identification card without the consent of her guardian. Floggings and death sentences are also commonplace.

Mrs Obama was pictured grimacing several times during the four-hour the visit, which saw some members of the all-male Saudi delegation shake her hand, while others simply nodded at her as they passed by.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Kano Police Arrests 12 In Gay Wedding Jamboree!

Nigerian authorities in the northwestern Kano State have arrested what they described as 12 "homosexuals" who were planning to hold a gay wedding ceremony.

"These men were arrested as they planned to hold a wedding among themselves," Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, head of Kano State's Hisbah board police, told reporters.

"They are homosexuals; their acts are against the law," he said.

The board enforces sharia (Islamic law) in Nigerian northern states.

Nigerian law criminalizes homosexuality and gay marriage. Anyone convicted of the crime risks at least 14 years in jail.

Daurawa said the arrests were made on Monday, adding that one suspect - referred to as the "groom" in one of the weddings - remains at large.

Daurawa said the idea for a "gay wedding" had been initiated by one of the suspects, who had "invited his friends from different states for the wedding disguised as a birthday ceremony on social media."

Auwal Samaila, a local resident who witnessed the arrests, said the suspects had been rounded up at the Hills Value recreation area in Dawaki Kudi, some 25km from Kano city.

"I was going home yesterday when I saw some youths running away, but I didn't know what was happening until I saw Hisba men taking people away," Samaila told The Anadolu Agency.

"I later learned they had come to organize a gay marriage. Some of their friends had also come from Maiduguri and other states to witness it," he said.

In 2014, an Upper Sharia Court in northeastern Bauchi State arraigned four suspects for engaging in homosexual activities, asserting that such acts violate the Sharia Law that is applied in the state.

Prosecutors told the court at the time that the four had been arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy and sodomy in violation of section 126 and 133 of the 2001 Sharia penal code.

Some of the suspects were later freed for lack of evidence. Others, however, still face trial.