I have to really write this letter angrily because of how disappointed I am by your threats on Nigeria because we don’t support homosexuality. I know that everyone has the right to choose what they want, and it doesn’t always have to be in line with what the majority go with. However, it is important to make choices that wouldn’t affect others. Now it seems some of the support given to you Joe Biden, by some people were based on some reasons, but some of them were not aware that you are fully in support of the LGBTQI community.

I have to say this because I know that a very large percent of Nigerians are against homosexuality. However, it seems most people who supported you didn’t really take this serious. Now it appears that after you got a lot of support from Nigerians, you still went ahead to threaten financial and visa sanctions against Nigeria.

This is basically because Nigeria is strongly against these practices, and the act is also punishable by law here in Nigeria. I am sure that a very large percentage of those who also supported you are strongly against homosexuality. I also know that the homosexuality issue was one of the first issues you attended to immediately you assumed office.

This obviously hurt some of your supporters here in Nigeria and America. This means that it may soon become difficult for Nigerians to fly to the US if we do not fully embrace homosexuality. Incase you don’t know, it would be very difficult for Nigeria to accept such practice because of how religious we are. This country is made up of a lot of christian and muslims, and both religions do not support homosexuality.

This even made me wonder why some people supported you when they were fully aware about your stand on homosexuality. Donald Trump had his flaws while he was also in power, and his strict rules seemed to have affected Nigeria in some ways. However, what you are trying to do is obviously going to negatively affect Nigeria in a serious way if this issue is taken up seriously against us.

I sincerely hope that the sanctions shouldn’t take effect, and we here in Nigeria should be left to continue living and abiding by our laws. I feel the practices we choose to practice here in Nigeria is our choice, and it has kept this country running for a long time. I have said this before, it would be very difficult for a country like Nigeria to accept homosexuality because of how religious we are.

 A woman stunned her husband in front of a human rights mediator when she insisted that her husband is the father of her son but vows never to go for DNA.

Her husband had dragged her to a human rights claiming that he wants to know if he is truly the father of the now 7-year-old boy.

But despite insisting that the man is the father of the child, she told the human right mediator and the husband that she is not going for DNA test.

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Could she be telling the truth or she has something she is hiding.

Some two young men believed to be money ritualists known locally as Sakawa boys became angry with some women of Kasoa in the Central region of Ghana for killing a snake that had slithered from their Benz car to allegedly vomit money.

According to a report by Accra-based Adom FM, the unhappy ritualists fought female hawkers at Kasoa toll booth after they killed the said snake used for a ritual.

The report said that the said Sakawa boys packed a brand-new White Benz car at the toll booth but nobody knew what they were up to.

Then, suddenly, to the surprise of witnesses, a very huge snake came out of the car.

While some bystanders got frightened and tried to take cover, others were courageous enough to kill the reptile.

No sooner had the snake been killed than two boys descended from the Benz car fuming at them for killing their ‘Automated Teller Machine (ATM)’.

According to some witnesses who spoke to Adom FM, the snake appeared as though it was about to vomit money when it came out of the car.

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Money ritual is a fetish practice that which African youth resort to in a bid to get rich quick without toiling like everyone else.

The practice is common in Ghana and Nigeria as well as other countries on the continent, and it is on the increase because poverty and joblessness coupled with greed and laziness of some young people make them see money ritual as the easiest option.

Although some of them become miserable not long after temporary affluence and others die due to the inability to meet the conditions of their spiritual masters, money ritual remains attractive to some young people.

In other news, a Nigerian kidnap kingpin paid a ransom to secure his freedom from fellow kidnappers of another gang who kidnapped him.

The criminal but hilarious incident underscores the saying that what goes around comes around.

According to reports, Mohammed Ahmadu was forced to pay the ransom of N1.5 million after he found himself in the position of a victim and had a feel of what he and his gang members have been subjecting innocent people to.

Police Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, said during a media parade of suspects on Monday, January 11, 2021, that investigations revealed that Mohammed Ahmadu, a.k.a Confirm was the leader of a notorious kidnapping group in the northcentral region of the country.

He fell victim to another kidnap gang when he visited the gang’s hideout in the forest to sell live ammunition.

The 30-year-old was held captive and shot in the hand until his gang members paid the ransom of N1,555,000 for his freedom,

Police arrested and paraded one Abubakar Umaru, a.k.a Buba Bargu who was allegedly the armourer of the gang that kidnapped their colleague kidnapper Ahmadu.

Apart from its plan to engage in domestic and foreign borrowings to fund the 2021 budget, the federal government has confirmed that it will also sell some government-owned properties for the same purpose.

The government also said it will sell some non-oil assets to serve as additional source of finance for the year’s budget.

This is contained in a Tuesday presentation made in Abuja by the finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, to stakeholders about the signed 2021 budget. We obtained a copy of the presentation.

The presentation, titled, ‘Public Presentation of 2021 FGN Approved Budget – Breakdown and Highlights’ was dated January 12.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 31, 2020, signed the N13.58 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year – about N505 billion higher than the budget proposed in October, 2020.

President Muhammadu Buhari signing The Nigeria Police Bill, 2020 [PHOTO: Presidency]
President Muhammadu Buhari [PHOTO: Presidency]

In the approved budget, about N496.5 billion was approved for statutory transfers and N3.3 trillion was approved for debt services.

The recurrent expenditure was put at N5.6 trillion with capital expenditure at N4.1 trillion and fiscal deficit at N5.2 trillion (5,196,007,992,292).

Already, many have condemned the federal government’s consistent resolve to borrow to fund budgets annually. For this year, the government is to borrow N5.6 trillion from domestic and foreign resources. The amount being the total deficit for the 2021 budget.

This represents 3.93 per cent of the GDP.

This paper had reported how the deficit will be financed, according to the ministry of finance.

Both the president and Ms Zainab had said Nigeria will borrow money from the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and countries like Brazil to fund the budget.

Besides borrowings…

According to the document, another means by which the government intends to fund the budget is by selling and concessioning government-owned properties and non-oil assets.

“Sales of government property” and “non-oil asset sales” were listed under the “additional financing” section of the document. This section shows an overview of how the deficit will be financed.

Although the document did not state the companies that have been put up for sale, neither did it state the expected revenue from the sales, this confirms earlier speculations of the government’s plan to sell off some properties.

In November 2020, the Senate committee on privatisation said it was not aware of the government’s plan to sell or concession some national properties through the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). This was during the agency’s 2021 budget defence session.

Documents presented to the committee showed plans by the federal government to sell the Integrated Power Plants in Geregu, Omotosho, and Calabar at N434 billion in 2021.

Also in the document were plans to concession the National Arts Theatre, Tafawa Balewa Square, and all the River Basin Development Authorities at N836 million while the National Stadium in Lagos, the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, and two others were pegged for concessioning at N100 million.

The chairman of the committee, Theodore Orji, had said the panel was not aware of the planned transactions. He also complained that the Director General of BPE, Alex Okoh, “refused to carry members of the panel along”.

However, when contacted, the Clerk of the panel, Sadia Abdullahi, told PREMIUM TIMES Wedneaday that the “matter had been resolved.”

She said Mr Okoh appeared again before the panel to submit the necessary documents containing the list of national properties that are up for sale or concessioning as well as their prices. She also said both the committee, the BPE and the federal government are now all on the same page.

Additional financing

Besides selling off national assets, the federal government also intends to finance the year’s budget through “Borrowing from Special Accounts.”

Although no amount was stated for this purpose, many believe it is the government’s plan to borrow money from dormant accounts, as announced earlier.

Ms Ahmed had disclosed that the government is targeting about N850 billion from unclaimed dividends and dormant bank deposits.

The government will also finance the budget through proceeds from privatisation of some public assets which has been put at N205.1 billion.

Other means are Multilateral/Bi-lateral Project-tied Loans pegged at N709.68 billion and ‘New Borrowings’ of N4.7 trillion (N4,686,775,885,696) which includes borrowing from domestic sources of N2.34 trillion and from foreign sources of N2.34 trillion)

The government also hopes to finance the budget from its share of oil revenue- N2.01 trillion, NLNG Dividend – N208.5 billion, Minerals and Mining N2.65 billion and non-oil at N1.48 trillion.

Others are Company Income Tax (CIT) – N681.7 billion, Valued Added Tax (VAT)-N238.4 billion, Customs – N508.2 billion and Federation Account levies at N60.5 billion.

Source : pulse.ng

Faisal Shuaib, the boss of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency said, President Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo will be among the first to take the approved Covid-19 vaccine when it gets to Nigeria by the end of January.

Faisal Shuaib, the boss of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency said, President Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo will be among the first to take the approved Covid-19 vaccine when it gets to Nigeria by the end of January.

About 100,000 doses of the vaccine will be brought to the country soon and mainly health workers who are in the frontline in the fight against Covid-19, old people and political leaders in the country will be the first set of people to take the vaccine.

Faisal said, apart from the President, political leaders in the country like the Secretary to the government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha will have to take the vaccine in the public so as to create public awareness.

He said the politicians will be the first to be given the vaccine because no country will want its strategic leaders to die due to the virus.

He also said the country’s Agency for food and Drug Control will have to certify the vaccine before they will start to use it in Nigeria.

Buhari has revealed those responsible for Nigeria’s problems.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday revealed that the elites are responsible for what Nigeria is and what it can become.
Buhari also said that the fast-growing young and dynamic population that feels alienated and disempowered as a threat to national stability.

President Buhari stated these at the graduation ceremony of 78 participants of the Senior Executive Course 42 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) on Saturday.

According to the President, his declaration was based on the premise that his administration set its sights on lifting 100 million people out of poverty over the next decade.

Buhari said the country has come a long way from the era in which the government was the principal actor in the economy, adding that the administration has come to recognise that prosperity and growth lie in unleashing the Nigerian genius for enterprise and industry that is domiciled in her private sector.

President Buhari, who was represented by Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State, said that was why the government was building a new ethic of collaboration in which the public sector sees its role as enabling the private sector to perform optimally.

“Job creation and youth empowerment can be undertaken at scale by the private sector, but it requires government officials to encourage enterprise by promoting the ease of doing business. “For many Nigerian entrepreneurs, the government is perceived more as a hindrance than a help whether in terms of taxation, infrastructural deficits and the general lack of an enabling environment.”

According to him, while the administration will continue to pursue the course of digitization of governance processes, it is important to point out that neither laws nor technology can totally eliminate the role of discretion in bureaucracies.

He said as people of authority, a measure of discretion is inherent in official capacities.

“This too is part of your unique privilege. Your high station affords you the license to make choices based on your preferences and perceptions as well as to register dissent with directives that conflict with your values through official channels.

“This institution and this course in particular were established to enrich the exercise of official discretion with sound judgment and strategic discernment.

“The bureaucracies to which you belong will either rise or fall on how ably you wield your discretionary powers.”

Nigerian Ambassador to the US, Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, is dead.

The Nigerian envoy died in a Maryland hospital yesterday night December 10.

He was 85 years old.

Late Nsofor assumed office as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America on November 13, 2017.

It was his first ambassadorial posting, after his retirement from the Court of Appeal.

The late Nsofor was born on March 17, 1935, in Oguta, Imo State, Nigeria.

May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

The Nigerian government plans to reopen its land borders, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

He explained that the closure of the nation’s land borders was part of the efforts by the government to control the smuggling of weapons and drugs into the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari stated this on Tuesday at a security meeting with members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

The President asked the 36 state governors to work more with traditional rulers and community members to improve local intelligence gathering that would aid the work of security agencies.

After listening to presentations by a governor from each of the six geo-political zones on their specific security challenges, he noted that in the old order, communities identified newcomers and passed information to constituted authority.

According to President Buhari, the sub-region is no longer safe, more so with the collapse of the regime of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the cross-border movement of weapons and criminals.

He gave an overview of the security situation in each of the zones, stressing that his administration had done well in the North East and South-South.

The President described the reports of illegal refineries and the blowing up of pipelines in the South-South as worrisome and asked the governors to stop local rogues from sabotaging oil installations.

On the issue of banditry and kidnapping reported in each of the geo-political zones, he said, “Security is important, and we must secure the whole country.

“We are thinking very hard on the issue of kidnapping. We will make it possible for the military to get to the bandits and kidnappers and eliminate them.”

The Nigeria government had announced a partial closure of the nation’s land borders in August 2019, following the increasing rate of smuggling of contrabands and other items into the country.

On February 10, 2020, the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government set up a committee headed by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso to study and make a full report on Nigeria’s land border closure with neighbouring countries.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary session of ECOWAS leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Like the saying goes, you will never value of what you have until you lose it. Many Nigerians especially the country’s leaders Criticized the former Nigeria president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan over failed governorment. The northern region accused the president of being responsible for all the Killings in the north. Many even forged an allegation against him that he was responsible for the sponsorship of the Boko Haram terrorists to kill and destroy the north.

Many hated him and voted him out of office during the 2015 general election.

Currently, Nigerians are regreting their actions as they’re now seeing the good deeds of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Among those who are regreting their blasphemy against the former president is Senator Ali Ndume, a senator representing Borno South Senatorial district.

The senator has confirmed that he has known the value as well as the landmark that the former Nigeria President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan left in Nigeria including his political landscape after he was dethrone by Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. Speaking at the legislative quarters in Abuja during the grand opening of Dr PhysiQ specialist center for medical wellbeing change and wellness, and launching of a book titled “Everything Heals“, a book which was written by Dr Susana Adams, The Cheif executive officer of the center on Saturday.

Senator Ali Ndume further stated that his detention at Kuje prison and subsequent release from the custody was as a result of the will of God. In his words, he said “as God wants it, that I must be here, because I was just released from detention yesterday night (Friday), maybe God wants me to attend this occasion, otherwise, I would have been in Kuje prison up till now.”

The former Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan who was the chairman of the occasion later inspected the new wellbeing equipment that was brought to the center. He was accompanied by the Nigeria firmer minister of information and culture, Me Labaran Make, Eugenia Abu and many other prominent political leaders.

Before the inspection, Senator Ali Ndume of Borno state disclosed that other individuals who were skeptical about the ex- president’s behaviours have now realized how great he is. He went ahead to add that many Nigerians do not value what they’ve at hand until they lose it. The senator made his remark known a few days after the chairman of the caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention planning committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni and alongside many other APC governors paid a surprise visits to the former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

It was later gathered that the visit generated lots of controversies among the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and their opposition party, APC. The senator said in his speech “I must confess, as people call me stubborn person, I’m also a stubborn person. I feel I need to make this testimony here, and also appreciate Mr.(Former) President, as they say you will never know what you have until you lose it. I will stop there.

“For this country, I think Nigerians know that they don’t value what they have until they lose that thing. We thank God for your life and the change you have brought to the political culture and landscape of this country.

“You don’t know how great you are in the eyes of those that were skeptical, those that don’t know you, those that didn’t come close to you. Honestly, I’m one of those that used to criticize you very well, but I will say it was constructive move,” the lawmaker said.

Boko Haram Trial Matter

The senator representing Borno state senatorial district, Ali Ndume further recalled how Nigerians were throwing insults at the ex-president during his regime and accusing him of sponsoring Boko Haram and Banditary. In his words, the senator said “I had a breakfast with him (Jonathan) on 21st November (2011) and I was accused of sponsoring Boko Haram. He was saying, ‘Kai’ the man doesn’t… I don’t think the security would see it that way and from there, I went to SSS and I was detained for 30 days. I went to court for 6 years.

“And when I was vindicated, I had the opportunity to run to meet him, and he said, Ndume, you have been patient and God has vindicated you. Take this as part of blessings from the Almighty. He was genuinely speaking to me, and I believed in that.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-purple-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">“He wanted to be President but Nigeria being what it is saw it differently. Like I said, he had left a landmark on this country.”“He wanted to be President but Nigeria being what it is saw it differently. Like I said, he had left a landmark on this country.”

At the end of the meeting, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan thank Nigerians for realizing that he never have an hands to all the accusations that was thrown at him in few years back.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has notified the public of the second electricity tariff review this year as it called for comments within 21 days.

In a notice it published on Wednesday, the power sector regulator said the tariff review is for the Distribution Companies (DisCos), the Generation Companies (GenCos) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Newsmen also report that the review notice issued by the Chairman, Prof. James Momoh, would not be superintended by him as he was due to leave office yesterday, November 26, having clocked 70 years, as specified by the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005.

The latest tariff order referred to as the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2020 was re-implemented on November 1, 2020 with tariffs rising by over 50 per cent for most consumers.

While that tariff will elapse by December, NERC could implement this reviewed tariff by January 2021.

The Commission considers parameters during the review such as inflation, US Dollar exchange rate to Naira, natural gas price and available generation capacity. Higher inflation and forex especially, could trigger a rise in the tariff, our analysis shows.

NERC said although the current MYTO 2020 addresses some investment recovery issues of the DisCos, there is still a gap.

“The issues presented by the DisCos in their request were, however, not fully considered by the Commission considering that no additional Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) was approved for them to meet the periodic service level commitments required to deliver energy to customers on the different service bands.”

It was learnt that the 11 DisCos have submitted their extra-ordinary tariff review proposals to NERC for the agency to add the CAPEX fund to the tariff.

“The Commission therefore intends to continue with the ongoing extra-ordinary tariff review for the DisCos in addition to the mandatory periodic minor review,” NERC confirmed.