You’re Now Wiser After Leaving Office, Obasanjo Tells Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sneaked into Ibogun of Ogun State, the ancestral of one of his predecessors in office, and an architect of his defeat in the 2015 election, ex – President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The rare meeting between the duo who were bitterly divided in the run-up to the election saw Obasanjo tell his host how wise he (Jonathan) had become since leaving office.

“When leaders come, they have little or no experience. When they have to go is when they have really amassed a lot of experience, where they have wisdom, their experience is in high demand.

“Those like you and me who have the grace of God to bow out gracefully, if there is now what I call a constitutional office, we have residual responsibilities for Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.


Things you can do to put yourself through school

Only yesterday in my commute to work, a guy was begging for alms, he claimed that he was a student at a maritime institution and was begging to raise money to pay his fees. Quite a number of people in the vehicle doubted if he was a student, but he might have been. As laudable as it is to seek to further your education, you don’t have to stoop to begging to pay your fees, here are some things you can do to put yourself through school. And you don’t even need to rent a shop, as long as your customers know how to contact you.

Photography – If there is one thing undergraduates love doing, it’s taking photographs (even when they are broke). Come to think of it, it seems that every Nigerian university through the years had students who took photographs while in school to sustain them. You can take photographs of students and even cover events and before you know it, you will be rolling in cash.

Barbing – Like photography, barbing is another sideline quite a number of guys venture into and quite a number of guys used to pay their way through school. All you need is a pair of clippers, scissors, a comb and you are in business. Most guys cut/trim their hair and beards weekly so you can be assured of a constant source of income.

Hairdressing – This is another money spinner students can go into, and you don’t need to be female to make hair. Personally, I have found that male hairdressers tend to make you look prettier. Since girls spend much more money on their hair than guys do, hairdressers can make a ton of money, especially if you add home service.

Manicures/pedicures – The craze for false nails does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon so making nails is another sure source of steady income for anyone looking to earn some steady cash. Just make sure you keep yourself abreast of the latest trends in nail art, and you are in business.

Tailoring – Sewing is another money spinning craft you can practice, by taking the time to learn to make clothes that are both trendy, well finished, and delivered on time; you can be assured of constant customers.

Modelling – This is another source of income young people can explore, especially if you are above average in height, slim, and blessed with good skin and dentition. From calendar to photo shoots to runway modelling, you can be assured of some cash from modelling.

Pope Francis calls on Trump to help poor and outcasts. 


Pope Francis congratulated US President Donald Trump on his inauguration Friday, urging the new president to keep fighting for the poor at a time of “grave humanitarian crises.”

Francis offered his “cordial good wishes” and hoped Trump would be granted “wisdom and strength in the exercise” of his office.

But the pontiff struck a cautionary chord in his message to Trump, imploring the former reality TV star to continue to help those who suffer the most.

“At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide,” wrote Francis.

“Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door.”

Earlier in Washington, Trump had placed his left hand on a bible used by Abraham Lincoln and recited the US presidential oath.

But in his inauguration speech, Trump gave little indication his thoughts matched the Pope’s as he vowed to put “only America first” and make the country “rich again”

Jammeh finally agrees to step down

​The Gambian President Adama Barrow (left) and the country’s Chief Justice, Justice Emmanuel Oluwasegun Fagbenle (right) during the swearing-in of the president in The Gambian Embassy in Senegal …yesterday.

Longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has finally agreed to step down as the president of the West African country, paving way for the internationally recognised president Adama Barrow to take over the reins.

Barrow confirmed the development on Twitter, noting that Jammeh would go on exile. But he did not  state where. 

b:1/twitter-widget-0FollowAdama Barrow‎@adama_barrowI would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down. He is scheduled to depart Gambia today.#NewGambia7:17 PM – 20 Jan 20172,8942,894 Retweets1,9011,901 likes

Breaking: Daniel Akor “Formally Bigdeal” Sets To Drop New Single “Otise”

Abuja Gospel Super Star Daniel Akor Formally Known As Bigdeal Sets To Drop New Single “Otise”. Daniel Akor Who Disclosed The News Via His Facebook Page Droped The artwork Of The Soon To Be Released Single And Captioned It ” New Single Dropping Soon” Art By Jide. 

Dangote Tomato Processing Factory relies on local fresh tomatoes for operations. 

Tomato Processing Factory

Alhaji Abdulkarim Kaita, Managing Director of Dangote Tomato Processing Factory, Kadawa, Kano State, says the company is relying on local fresh tomatoes as raw materials for its operations.

Kaita said in a statement in Kano on Friday that the factory did not require any foreign exchange to import its raw materials.

He urged members of the public to disregard the story in a national newspaper that the factory was shut due to lack of foreign exchange.

The managing director said that the factory had completed the necessary arrangements to resume production in the first week of February when the fresh tomato season would start.

He explained that the company stopped production about nine months ago due to lack of enough raw materials, following the outbreak of a pest which ravaged tomato farms in five states including Kano.

“The company had to suspend production in March 2016, when most of the tomato farms in about five states were affected by a pest which destroyed all tomato species,” he said.

He countered a report on its purported closure over lack of foreign exchange to continue operations at the factory.

“Our attention has been drawn to a publication that the Dangote Tomato Factory has been closed down due to lack of foreign exchange.

“We wish to categorically refute this story that does not emanate from our company,” Kaita said.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture puts an annual current demand for tomato puree at 900,000 tonnes.

When the Dangote factory was opened, it was expected to provide 430,000 tonnes of paste that was used widely in Nigerian dishes from jollof rice to fiery soups.

Nigeria is such a huge market for tomato paste that we will find quite challenging to satisfy,” the factory’s general manager, Abdulkarim Kaita, had earlier said.

Source: TheGuardian

Police shoot teargas at IPOB members on solidarity march for Trump. 

​Business activities were on Friday disrupted at Artillery area of Port Harcourt following the solidarity march by members of the Indigenuous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The IPOB group, dressed in black and red attire with the defunct Biafran flag marched in batches from Oyigbo and Aba road to the Government House area, causing traffic jam on the busy road.

The group said the march was to show solidarity to the US President Donald Trump as he was being inaugurated.

Trouble started when a batch had an encounter with the police at Okporo road in the Artillery area.

An eye-witness, Mr Roland Joseph claimed that the fracas started when the group carried a corpse to Okporo Police Station alleging that the police killed the victim.

Joseph said that as they were approaching the police station, the police reacted by shooting teargas to disperse them.

IPOB members on solidarity march for Trump
“This caused serious confusion. Shops closed, people ran helter skelter and tension built up”, he said.

Mr Emekah Uduma, another eyewitness corroborated Joseph’s view, adding that the police needed to disperse the large crowds by shooting the teargas.

“The police started shooting to scare the crowds away from blocking the station and the major road, a lot of people sustained injuries and some shop owners were forced to lock their shops”, Uduma said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, told newsmen that nobody was killed by police.

“No, I am not aware that any Biafran protester was killed today. I’m yet to get the information”, he said.

Source: Vanguardnews