1914 amalgamation not a mistake – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has described the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 as an act of God.

Jonathan, who joined the faithful at the Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi in Abuja, for the last Sunday service of the year, however, identified lack of unity and love as the greatest problem facing Nigeria.

He likened the nation’s challenges to those of the Israelites when they were about to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

The President said, “As a nation, we have our challenges. Anytime I look at the history of Nigeria and the challenges we face, I remember a part of the old testament in the Bible that talks about the Israelites when they decided to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land. We have something quite similar.

“As you are getting closer to the promised land, you meet more obstacles and thank God for the sermon we have heard here today(Sunday). Even the songs showed that the greatest problem we have are lack of unity and love.

“Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914. By January 1 next year, Nigeria will be 100 years . I totally agree with the minister that it was not by chance that we are one as a nation, it was ordained by God.

“If God didn’t will it that way and at that point, the North and South would not have come together. The details of the North and South coming together make Nigeria a very great country.

“I used to say that Nigeria is great not because of its oil. We have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody talks about them.

“We have countries that have multi-billion dollars in their reserves and nobody talks about them but here we are, just talking about $40bn in our reserves , yet the biggest and smallest countries talk about Nigeria. Why? It is Because of the diversity from the North to the South, the human and natural resources, the potential and the population that we have.

“ So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is therefore left to us to appreciate God and continue to pray for his intervention for this country to continue to be great.”

Jonathan again promised to bequeath a different Nigeria to the next generation.

He said his administration was committed to working hard to overcome barriers that had to do with religious or ethnic differences.

The President said it was also when such barriers were crossed that Nigerian children would enjoy a better future.

He said, “I promise our children that we are totally committed to making sure that they meet a different Nigeria. We will collectively work hard to overcome our barriers.

“Immediately we cross the barriers and we begin to believe that we are all Nigerians and we are committed to the development of this country, our children will surely meet a better Nigeria. We will try our best but this is not the time to reel out what we are not doing, otherwise people will think I am here to campaign.

“But I assure this congregation, and indeed all Nigerians, that by the grace of God and your support, I am where I am today from nowhere. Any Nigerian child can also be where I am.

“I come from the smallest state in this country and even in my state (Bayelsa), my community is one of the smallest. Within my community in the state, mine is one of the smallest , but I am here today as President by the grace of God.

“That is the type of Nigeria we want to create; a Nigeria where you can get what you want if you work hard, not a Nigeria where you know somebody that knows somebody that will take you to somebody.

“We will work with you to help you to get to wherever you want to go.”

The President also said he was now wary of what he says in public because of the fear of being misinterpreted .

He said, “Because for those of us in politics, these days are not the best days to make speeches because any statement we make, people look at how to paint it. The next day when you read the newspapers, you start doubting if that is what you said.

“So any statement we make is always used against us but I am quite pleased to be here with you today(Sunday) to worship with you.

In his sermon titled “Living worthy of great mercies, great faithfulness of God,” Rev. Bayo Adeniran said Nigeria would be great again if its citizens learnt to forsake their evil ways and returned to God just like the people of Nineveh in the Bible did.

He said, “If Nigeria believes in God like the people of Nineveh, God will heal Nigeria. The swiftness of God shall visit this country. We are so bothered about external corruption, but there is so much corruption in the heart.”

“The nation starts with the individual and the family. Return to God and God will answer your prayers. Nigeria shall not die, it will live if we return to God.”

1914 amalgamation not a mistake – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has described the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 as an act of God.

Jonathan, who joined the faithful at the Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi in Abuja, for the last Sunday service of the year, however, identified lack of unity and love as the greatest problem facing Nigeria.

He likened the nation’s challenges to those of the Israelites when they were about to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land.

The President said, “As a nation, we have our challenges. Anytime I look at the history of Nigeria and the challenges we face, I remember a part of the old testament in the Bible that talks about the Israelites when they decided to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land. We have something quite similar.

“As you are getting closer to the promised land, you meet more obstacles and thank God for the sermon we have heard here today(Sunday). Even the songs showed that the greatest problem we have are lack of unity and love.

“Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914. By January 1 next year, Nigeria will be 100 years . I totally agree with the minister that it was not by chance that we are one as a nation, it was ordained by God.

“If God didn’t will it that way and at that point, the North and South would not have come together. The details of the North and South coming together make Nigeria a very great country.

“I used to say that Nigeria is great not because of its oil. We have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody talks about them.

“We have countries that have multi-billion dollars in their reserves and nobody talks about them but here we are, just talking about $40bn in our reserves , yet the biggest and smallest countries talk about Nigeria. Why? It is Because of the diversity from the North to the South, the human and natural resources, the potential and the population that we have.

“ So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is therefore left to us to appreciate God and continue to pray for his intervention for this country to continue to be great.”

Jonathan again promised to bequeath a different Nigeria to the next generation.

He said his administration was committed to working hard to overcome barriers that had to do with religious or ethnic differences.

The President said it was also when such barriers were crossed that Nigerian children would enjoy a better future.

He said, “I promise our children that we are totally committed to making sure that they meet a different Nigeria. We will collectively work hard to overcome our barriers.

“Immediately we cross the barriers and we begin to believe that we are all Nigerians and we are committed to the development of this country, our children will surely meet a better Nigeria. We will try our best but this is not the time to reel out what we are not doing, otherwise people will think I am here to campaign.

“But I assure this congregation, and indeed all Nigerians, that by the grace of God and your support, I am where I am today from nowhere. Any Nigerian child can also be where I am.

“I come from the smallest state in this country and even in my state (Bayelsa), my community is one of the smallest. Within my community in the state, mine is one of the smallest , but I am here today as President by the grace of God.

“That is the type of Nigeria we want to create; a Nigeria where you can get what you want if you work hard, not a Nigeria where you know somebody that knows somebody that will take you to somebody.

“We will work with you to help you to get to wherever you want to go.”

The President also said he was now wary of what he says in public because of the fear of being misinterpreted .

He said, “Because for those of us in politics, these days are not the best days to make speeches because any statement we make, people look at how to paint it. The next day when you read the newspapers, you start doubting if that is what you said.

“So any statement we make is always used against us but I am quite pleased to be here with you today(Sunday) to worship with you.

In his sermon titled “Living worthy of great mercies, great faithfulness of God,” Rev. Bayo Adeniran said Nigeria would be great again if its citizens learnt to forsake their evil ways and returned to God just like the people of Nineveh in the Bible did.

He said, “If Nigeria believes in God like the people of Nineveh, God will heal Nigeria. The swiftness of God shall visit this country. We are so bothered about external corruption, but there is so much corruption in the heart.”

“The nation starts with the individual and the family. Return to God and God will answer your prayers. Nigeria shall not die, it will live if we return to God.”

1,755 teachers, others begin promotion exam in Kwara

Not less than 1, 755 teaching and non-teaching staff, across the 16 local government areas of Kwara, on Saturday converged on Ilorin to sit for the 2013 promotion examination.

Alhaji Umar Aboki, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, told newsmen that the promotion examination was to ensure that the teachers were able to impart quality knowledge on their students.

He said that the conduct of promotion examinations was a constitutional provision.

“This is a democratic government where every segment of the society should benefit from the dividends of democracy.

“Through promotion, civil servants would benefit from the dividends of democracy,” he said.

Aboki said that those teachers, who missed the 2012 promotion examination, also participated in the current exercise.

He said that the teaching service commission had appointed officials from various fields to monitor the conduct of the examination.

Aboki urged the teachers to “play the game according to the rules’’ by shunning malpractices which were capable of tarnishing their image.

Hajiya Funmilayo Oniwa, a member of the teaching service commission, said that the examination witnessed a large turnout of teachers.

She said that interviews would later be conducted for them at designated centres between Dec. 17 and Dec. 18.

SAD NEWS : WOLE SOYINKA’S DAUGHTER IYETADE IS DEAD

Iyetade Soyinka the daughter of the
great novelist and nobel prize winner
Wole Soyinka is dead. She was born
June 6, 1965 and she passed on at
the university teaching hospital
Ibadan, the cause of her death
hasn’t yet been disclosed all we
know is she died in the hospital
where she was being treated for an
undisclosed ailment.
Her death was disclosed in a
statement signed by Jahman
Anikulapo who is Wole Soyinka’s
aide; In the statement we were
made to know that Iyetade Soyinka
was a student at staff School and
Queens School, Ibadan and she later
furthered her studies at the
University of Ibadan school of
medicine. The statement described
Iyetade Soyinka as a “affable,
intelligent and sometimes
capricious,” woman adding that she
“struggled with her health in recent
years.” Despite her health woes, the
late Iyetade Soyinka “greeted every
day with a smile and doted on her
two children.”
“Iyetade leaves behind two children,
both parents, numerous siblings,
nieces and nephews.” No funeral
arrangements were announced in the
statement.
May her gentle soul rest in
perfect peace
Gossiptinz will bring you the update later ………..

OPEN LETTER TO HEADIES 2013 Organizers [A MUST READ]

Dear headies 2013 organizers,
Let me start by saying i am not just disappointed in
you but u have just proved to us that Nigeria is not
getting better any time soon . you have been
manipulated by a greedy and hopeless
telecommunications company ( mtn) because they
sponsored your event and you forgot the ultimate
rule
that awards are meant to be impartial and should
be
decided by the general public especially when u
told
us to vote . you distributed the awards among 4
mtn
ambassadors ( iyanya , davido , praiz , and kcee )
and
just 1 glo ambassador won ( waje ) . Is that not
politics or is it coincidence? Now let us analyze.
The headies 2013 was a flop , your stage was
shaped
like a models runway , the choreographers just
lacked
ideas and didn ’ t interpret the music , i have seen a
better performance from Nigeria’ s got talent. What
was the gulder ultimate search theme song that
was
being played throughout the event ? Who on earth
uses
the mavin slaves – dr sit and tiwa gabbage as
presenters of an event ? Oh I forgot , the awards
lacked credibility and substance. Why did majority
of
the winners come from backstage , instead of
coming
from the crowd like it should be ? I watched
nickelodeon kids choice awards this year and it is
far better than the over hyped headies which was
not
properly planned and hurriedly done # shame
Can you explain to us how olamide won best rap
album?
olamide has commercialized rap , we cannot tell if
he
is a rapper or a singer. As far as i am concerned ,
he is just an entertainer like dbanj . so where does
vector, phyno, reminisce, ice prince and illbliss who
represent real hip hop/ rap stand? Don’ t forget that
there is a big difference between commercial rap
and
real rap . all he sings about is remind us that he is
from the street but to be sincere terry g is more
street than olamide and terry is not even a rapper
#justsaying
How can harry song win most mtn most
downloaded
caller tune song for rip Mandela? when did Mandela
die and do u want to compare that dead song with
other club bangers in the same category ? Simple ,
it
is because harrysong is a label mate to your mtn
ambassador (kcee ) . In my opinion jawon , waje ,2
face ,
Clarence peters , blackmagic and davido deserved
there awards. how can wizkid not win any award ?
Someone who has been the most consistent and
sought
after this year . i am sure wizkid declined an
interview from you that ’ s why he didn ‘ t win. in
fact
wizzy should be the artiste of the year . Why did
dbanj, burnaboy , wandecoal , psquare, flavour not
win
anything? oh i know why, it is because they are Glo
ambassadors.
Now explain to me why Sean tizzle won the next
rated
award and he was in the same category as burna
boy
who is obviously more relevant and talented . We
all
know Sean tizzle has the same old boring style and
we can always predict his next song . Phyno too
deserved the next rated award and how on planet
earth
did d- tunes win producer of the year ? Someone
who
recycled 1 beat 5 times ( kukere, your waist ,
mama
eh, lenu by spicy , kilogbe) . so where does ace
producer del b that produced the national anthem
limpopo stand ? You are all insane!!!!!!
Infact, headies, mtn and Pdp should merge and
start a
new political party for the upcoming election in
2015 . it should be named mhdp ( mtn headies
democratic
party) . we all know exactly what happened , mtn
agreed to sponsor your event and they gave you
the
list of who should win. our votes did not count ; do
you think we are blind and foolish like yourself?
Instead of your greedy mtn sponsors to improve
their
network, reduce tariffs and contribute to the growth
of the nation, they will be sending me sms on how
they gave free ipad and mp3 to those who sent a
sms
to a code . They spend all their time looking for how
to extort customers and scam us with their
ridiculous
offers ( free airplane and a trip to the moon )
i am sorry to say sir but if u continues this way
your company will fold up and collapse because
you
are not an epitome of integrity . i am speaking on
behalf of majority of Nigerians who know the truth
and are not afraid to say it . those who feel this
letter is nonsense should not forget to curse , insult
and threaten me on @ baddestdjtimmy. after my
last 2
open letters, i have been insulted , chewed up, spit
out, as being very jobless, hopeless and a broke
laptop dj. you guys don’ t know how much i love
the
insults so it means i am doing a good job and it
makes me stronger . So in conclusion , if u have the
opportunity to host another award show , learn from
your mistakes and let our votes count this time .
Let
those who deserve it win, is that too much to ask?

Feel Free To Drop Your Comments On This
By Dj Timmy (@ baddestdjtimmy)
Critic/professional club and events DJ

The Official List Of TOP Ten Worst Nigerian Governors Of 2013

Despite the accolades the activities of most
Nigerian governors remain a hype, the work
of aggressive Public Relation stunt. A close
look at the work of these shrewd shaddy
politicians always reveal much more than
meets the eyes. Behind the curtain is
systematic looting and money laundering
activities going on and everyone is involved.
Despite the shameless corruption some of
these governors have done relatively well or
have been percieved to have done well.
Today we are discussing those who haven’t
done much or upto expectation, those who
don’t even know why they are governor. We
are looking at the first ten starting from 10 to
number 1.

(10) Delta State Governor: Despite the
huge revenue allocated to Delta State,
Governor Oduaghan hasn’t been able to bring
remarkable change to Delta State. When we
hear what people like Governor Rotimi
Ameachi have been able to achieve in Rivers
State, his Delta State counterpart is not
known for any serious infrastructural
development. Oduaghan became governor
like most governor. He was the cousin of the
previous governor, James Ibori, who is now
languishing in a London prison after he was
found guilty of money laundery. Oduaghan’s
government is characterised by sorrounding
himself with friends and family members and
making them rich to the detriment of the
state. He has spent almost eight years as
Delta State governor and we haven’t seen
anything remarkable yet.

(9) TA Orji of Abia State is the worst
governor in Igbo land for 2013. In Nigeria he
came as number 9. The people haven’t seen
anything like dividend of democracy and
many Abia indegenous people have
personally called to say he is the worst
governor in Nigeria. NEWISSUES categorise
him as number 9. His people expect much
from him but in the end governance to some
of these men in government is about
personal business and wealth accumulation
for themselves and their friends.

( 8 ) Kebbi State Governor Dakingari is
number 8 on the list. After talking to many
people in Kebbi State, they seem to all agree
that the man hasn’t done much. The good
thing is that the man doesn’t talk too much.

(7) FCT Minister Bala Muhammad, is the
number 7th on the list of the worst governor
in 2013. Forget the title FCT Minister, we
consider the 37th Governor of Nigeria. Bala
Muhammad is going on record as the worst
FCT Minister in the history of the FCT
Admiistration in Nigeria. The FCT Minister is
just doing anything but as those who know
him say, accumulating wealth for his
campaign for the 2015 Bauchi State Governor
election. His posters and billboards are
already all over the Bauchi State capital. He
has been accused of land racketeering. The
FCT administration is shamelessly corrupt
and nobody cares. Bala Muhammad efforts at
reforms in the transport area is the worst and
ludicrous. It is obvious that all the FCT
Minister cares about is generating revenue to
the detriment of the people. Under his nose
the FCT will demolish then later collaboarate
with the natives to sell these plots again. The
man simply lacks idea and Nigerians wonder
why he hasn’t been replaced. We heard it is
because he is a very good friend to Patience
Jonathan, the First Lady.

(6) Lamaran Yero of Kaduna state. After
Yakowa died his assistant became the
governor of Kaduna State. Governor Yero has
not been able to do anything since then. As a
young man people expect dynamic
leadership in a conflict State. Governor Yero
hasn’t shown that he is a promising leader.

(5) Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State is
number 5 worst governor on our list. Being an
old man one would think the man would do
something spectacular to leave a legacy for
his people. Nyako did nothing. He has been
busy throughout this year fighting the
president. That is more important to him than
his people.

(4) Gabriel Suswan of Benue State and
Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State. These people
have made it to number 4 of the worst
governors in Nigeria. Suswan has not been
able to pay salaries, even to primary school
teachers. In the area of development, not
much is on ground. Benue is still one of the
poorest states in Nigeria in terms of
infrastructures. Since 1999 Benue State has
been lucky with governor and Gabriel Suswan
is the worst of them all.
Isa Yuguda was once quoted as saying former
governor Muazu has done everything, so
there is no need to do anything. Muazu was
overwhelmingly voted in the first term
despite leaving the PDP to join the ANPP. He
would have lost if not for the rioting in 2011
but after the CPC rioting he won. Isa Yuguda
hasn’t done much and if in 2015 the PDP lost
to APC it wouldn’t be because of Goodluck
Jonathan hate in the North
The worst three governors in the Nigeria is
coming soon.

(3) The third worst State Governor in
Nigeria is Kogi State Governor, Idris
Wada. Since becoming governor no one can
pin point what he has done in the area of
human or infrastructural development.
Reckless, his convoy had an accident twice
within a short while, one killing his ADC and
the other killing the former ASUU boss. Wada
like his predeccessor Ibrahim have not been
able to do what Prince Abubakar Audu did in
Kogi State. Wada is the third worst governor
in Nigeria.

(2) The second worst governor in
Nigeria is Murtala Nyako. The old man
hasn’t done much in his State. One would
think as an old man, Murtala Nyako should do
something different for posterity to
remember him. Murtala Nyako is busy with
the whole PDP and APC politics, has been so
absolve in it, you will think he did something
in his state. The man is a total failure as far
as governance is concern.

(1) THE WORST GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA
FOR 2013 ARE Niger State Governor,
Babangida Aliyu and Governor Tanko Al
Makura of Nassarawa State.
Babangida Aliyu, nick name the Billboard
governor is known for displaying his billboard
all over Minna, the Niger State capital. The
governor had the billboard of him and his
daughters made when his daughters got
married some couple of months ago. We
don’t know if the billboard were with his
personal money or State Government’s
money. The road to Minna from Abuja and the
roads around Minna are some of the most
terrible roads in Nigeria. Babangida Aliyu is
one of the most noise making and unpopular
governor today in Nigeria. Nobody takes him
serious anymore in Niger State. With his
education and eloquence a lot of people
expect transformation.
Tanko Al Makura, Nassarawa State governor,
on the other hand was the only governor
under CPC before the merger. Winning under
the CPC ticket one expected him to work. One
expect him to do something with the
opportunity and to promote Muhammadu
Buhari’s ideals. Al Makura hasn’t done much.
People all over Nassarawa State are already
complaining bitterly about his government.
He has divided the people rather than bring
them together, for instance, the Imbatse
issues. The Nassarawa Youth Congress
leader, Ajen Bako, when talking to
NEWISSUES said “Nassarawa State is still
toddling.” He described Al Makura as a failure
already even before his tenure elapse.

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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Adams Oshiomole Involved In Serious Car Accident

Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole survived a
motor accident at Ewu Village along the ever-
busy Benin-Auchi road in Edo State at about
9.45am Saturday, 28th December 2013 on his
way back to Benin City from his Iyamho
Village.
The incident occurred at about 9.45am at
Ewu, in Edo Central Senatorial District, when
a Peugeot J5 Bus filled with tomatoes and
plantains apparently lost control and rammed
into the Governor’s Flag Car from the
opposite direction before swerving into a
roadside ditch.
Three vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were
in front of the Governor’s Flag Car and had
passed the Peugeot J5 Bus before it [J5 Bus]
had direct impact with the Governor’s car,
which had the Governor, his Aide-De-Camp
[ADC] and his Driver as occupants. The
Governor’s Car was badly affected but both
occupants of the Peugeot J5 Bus and that of
the Governor’s sustained no injuries.
The Peugeot J5 Bus was following a truck that
was descending the Ewu Slope when it
suddenly veered off into the Governor’s lane
from the opposite direction and directly
impacted on the Governor’s vehicle,
apparently because of brake failure. The good
story is that nobody sustained injuries in both
vehicles. The Comrade Governor is hale and
hearty, his ADC and other occupants of the
Peugeot J5 are also in good condition.
The incident has been reported to the
Divisional Police Station at Ewu for further
investigation. This is to assure all good
people of Edo State that there is no cause for
alarm. Their loving Comrade Governor is fine,
hale and hearty as well as other occupants of
the other affected vehicle. The Comrade
Governor is wishing everyone a prosperous
new year ahead.

Signed
Prince Kassim Afegbua
Special Adviser, Media & Public Affairs.

The NET list of the 12 biggest artist of 2013

According to a list put together by Nigeria
Entertainment Today, these are the 12 biggest
artists of 2013. See below and see if you agree with
them…
2013 was a very big year for Nigerian music
and quite a number of artistes lived up to
expectation. We’re talking sold-out shows,
monster singles, European tours and
endorsement deals. NET presents the 12
biggest artistes of 2013.
01. Wizkid
02. Davido
03. P-Square
04. Tiwa Savage
05. D’banj
06. Iyanya
07. Olamide
08. Flavour
09. Kcee
10. Femi Kuti
11. Ice Prince
12. 2face Idibia
What do you think of this list? Any name missing
for you?

Reactions From Fans To Eldee’s Support For Gay Rights

Some couple of days ago, Storm Records rapper Eldee
showed his support for gay rights on his
Instagram page and moments later; his post
was trending on social media with majority of
the comments suggesting Eldee may have
burned himself this time;
Read comments below: –
“No elDee. I won’t hate u. Not yet.
But th next time you speak, pls connect tongue
to the brain.
We are Africans and gay in all its ramifications
is anti- Africans.
Talking about free will to do what one pleases, I
pray we won’t see that day when some group of
over zealous psychos will advocate for the right
to kill when u feel as to.”
Wrote a Jacob De Cleopas on a famous bloggers
wall.
“I said it earlier, the devil in the last days will
use idol figures in political, economical, media,
religious, entertainment sector to influence and
institute his own ideals in the world, watch out
for them especially in the entertainment sector,
it is a very vital sector for the devil to lead
many away with too much wealth and make the
world too attractive for you to bother about
heaven, also easy to influence the youth with
entertainment, u guys aint seen or heard
nothing yet, more revelations to come, very
soon most will reveal their logos” wrote another
online commentator.
But not all of the comments have swung hard at
Eldee.
A strong supporter wrote “I think he is right if
you wanna love a goat its your problem and if
you a gal and wants a gal then its your decision,
nobody should force anybody into what they
don’t want they will answer for themselves on
judgement day…”
Majority have called him out to take down the
post on his wall but Eldee has made no further
comments on the isuue and has not removed
the post.

Hmm!!!! Davido: “Skelewu is spiritual!! Juju tins”

Skelewu crooner — Davido, a couple of days ago
went on his Twitter page to taunt his fans,
claiming that his hit “Skelewu” was spiritual and
surrounded by Juju.
It wouldn’t be hard to believe though, after the
worldwide recognition the hit received from the
day it dropped.
He tweeted: – Skelewu”is spiritual and Juju tins.
Accidentally, something happened to the two
music directors who directed the music video:
Music video directors Sesan Ogunro and Moe
Musa lost their dads.
Sesan’s dad, Sesan Ogunro Snr was shot point
blank by armed robbers as he returned from his
church’s Christmas Carol with his family – kids
and grand kids. He was rushed to the hospital,
only to die later on.
Moe Musa’s dad died after a horrific gas
explosion in his kitchen, here in Lagos.

Coincidental or related?