Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bbm for Android Phones October 2013

Blackberry relaunched bbm for Android and IOS phones again on 21st October 2013 after a failed attempt in September 2013. But this time around,  it on regional bases but if it is not yet available in your region or country or can't wait for it to be available in your country or not appearing in google play on your phone,  you can download it here dropbox It is working fine.

If you are having problem activating it probably because you did not pre-register you email with blackberry,  you may bye pass it with this mail and then sign up or sign  in with your email.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Anambra PDP Guber Aspirants Face Tax Hurdle

Governorship aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 2, 2009 gubernatorial primary in Anambra State may have a big hurdle to cross as the party has rolled out tax requirements that have thrown most of them into panic.
The aspirants currently undergoing screening at the Enugu zonal office of the party are being mandated to produce three years tax clearance certificates.
THISDAY gathered that the screening committee headed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Jubrin Maigari, is insisting that all the aspirants must present the tax certificates either from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) or any other relevant state tax agency.
According to a source, the committee said the 51 governorship aspirants who obtained and submitted the nomination forms must present tax certificates for 2006, 2007 and 2008.
“Some of the aspirants, indeed a greater percentage of the aspirants before us don’t have the three-year tax clearance of 2006, 2007 and 2008. Some of them claim that the time the guidelines came out was too sudden.
“There is nothing we could do on time as payment of tax is a civic duty and any responsible citizen must show evidence that he or she has performed this aspect of this civic duty,” the source stated.
The source further said: “If the rules and the guidelines of the party are stringently followed, over 60 per cent of the aspirants may not pass the three-year tax hurdle.”
However, the source said the Maigari committee would have no alternative than to stick to the rule of the game, adding that any of the aspirants who is not happy with the requirements could appeal the decision of the committee.
The party has also set up an Appeal Committee headed by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.
Meanwhile, about 49 of the aspirants were yesterday accredited for screening by the Maigari committee at the Nike Late Resort Hotel, Enugu.
The screening was conducted in camera as journalists were barred from witnessing the exercise.
The PDP South-east Zonal Organising Secretary, Dr. Onudugo Ifeanyi Chris, told THISDAY at the screening centre that the party decided to conduct the screening in camera because it was an internal affair of the party.
He said there was no problem so far as the aspirants had been cooperative and everything conducted according to plans and details contained in the party’s constitution and guidelines.
About 20 aspirants had been screened as at the time of going to press.
One of those already screened, Chief Okey Muo-Aroh, a lawyer, told THISDAY that aspirants were being asked to defend the certificates they presented, their motivations for vying for the governorship position of Anambra State.
Others also screened included Chief Basil Iwuoba, Dr. Amanchukwu Ezeike, Dr. Harry Ohanezi, Mr. Chuman Nwofor, Dr. Emeka Eze, Chief Michael Okechukwu, Okolo Damian, Senator Annie Okonkwo, Dim Ifeanyichukwu, Emoh Uchenna Pius and Egwu Princess Kate. There were slaod Barr. Odidika Kenneth Osita P, Nwandu Emeka Gibson, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, Valentine Ozigbo, Comrade Tony Nwoye, Uba Ukechinyere, Obiagoli Obasi, Victor Osita and Senator Ikechukwu Obiora.
Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Chukwuma Soludo and former Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Prof. Ilochi Okafor (SAN), were said to have been sighted early at the screening venue but left.

Gani Fawehinmi: The man, his time, actions and reactions

Life and death are two incontrovertible and indissoluble realities which define the finiteness of man in time. One provides the entrance of man into time and the other; his exist into the spiritual. Neither exists independently and this is why these two phenomena are permanent parts of man’s lived situatedness in time. Since both connects man in time with the transcendental, then a man’s life in time becomes the basis of his worth in the spiritual space. In this sense, what a man was, his reactions and actions to the otherness of history, that is, those things that stands between man and the obligated divine basis of life, will determine the state and status of his being in the spiritual space. Within this conceptual skeleton do I wish intelligibilise Gani’s life, the Nigeria impasse and the essence of life.

Using the back-front approach, it is more significant to first decode the essence of life, that which is universal and ubiquitous to all religions. It is what provides the basis and drive for the attainment of the divine dictum a religion summons man to. Through the life of Adam, Moses, Jesus until Muhammad, the belief in the doctrinal anchorage of a particular religion is the first step that leads to the attainment of what it establishes as the basis of life. This belief varies in its nature and form from one religion to the other, but, those values prioritized as the bases and essences of life seem universal and a meeting ground for all religions. Justice, accountability, responsible leadership, morality, resisting oppressors, neighbourliness, but to mention a few are epitomized by all religions as values that must be upheld and protected before man can fulfill the essence of life. A critical look into the lives of the prophets of God illustrates this argument. There was none of them who did not contend against the otherness of history which subsisted in the form of tyranny-political, economy, and social, oppression, ungodliness, exploitation and social immorality. It was this which concretizes the spiritual dimensions of their prophetic messages in the social context of man’s needs in time relative to fulfilling obligated doctrinal responsibilities.

To establish the faith he summoned people to, Abraham fought against the exploitative and repressive pagan society of his, before he could bail his people out of such bondage. Moses was another example of that prophet who fought the despotic and tyrannical Pharaoh to fulfill his prophetic mandates and perhaps, lead man the way to fulfill the essence of life. Jesus was not left out as he was deeply distressed with the spectre of exploitation and oppression that was predominant in his time. He moved against the money lenders, those whose unscrupulous activities so constituted the bastion of the otherness of history annihilating man from fulfilling the essence of life as so dictated by God. Curbing such excesses was to Jesus a fundamental tenet of prophethood and hence his move to contain and root out the perpetrators of such evils. He took up those mischievous cabals, a struggle which was to latter orchestrate his politico-prophetic persecution. Prophet Muhammad’s legendary was more overwhelming as he fought the oppressively obsessed to establish a state founded on divine values which upheld the values of egalitarianism, justice and fairness to all, rule of equality and equal opportunity, freedom of expression and right to a meaningful and fulfilled living. It was this that motivated Michael H. Hart, in his book titled, "The 100: A Ranking of The Most Influential Persons in History," to have rated him the most influential man in history. In summary, there was no prophet whose responsibility was without social justice, fighting the oppressor, upholding and propagating rule of equal opportunity, and it was on this that they premised their spiritual callings.

Gani, the attorney of the oppressed, lived in a society where the rule of law is the wish of the political and ruling elites; a society where the hopes, rights and aspiration of the people are scornly abandoned; where misgovernance, corruption, exploitation and suppression of people’s right are the established order. The vicissitudes of the times he lived outlived him and it was a pathetic situation where the oppressors find no resistance from religious leaders. His era was and is that where the usurpers of wealth of the land and those who deprived others of a deserved living were always welcomed to mosques and churches on a red carpet. It was such and is still a period, where rogues occupy the front seat in the ‘Kingdom of God,’ where our cathedrals, pastors and imams are either on the pay roll or on contract with those who mismanage the wealth of the land. He lived when it was a sin to talk in the face of tyranny, a period when everyone was interested in his individual problems and how the system can be exploited for self-seeking purposes. It was and still a time when the ‘Daddy’s’ converted the ‘Kingdom of Heaven,’ into ‘Kingdom of Commerce,’ which paraded looters on the front row and fraudulent CEO’s as testimonies to the power of faith. It was an epoch where imams gathered to recite the holy book a million times as intercession for a despotic ruler. It was a period where everything that matters was evil. Rather than join the bandwagon, Gani decided to identify with the prophetic essence of life as so demonstrated by their ways and disposition to life. It was this understanding and perhaps conviction that made him commit his inner will to challenging the dominant order with a view to opening the widows of that order which will make man more viable to fulfill the essence of life.

He began the prosecution of the course which was to latter consume his life until he died without compromising an inch of the principle with which he started the struggle in 1969. In his advocacy for just and transparent leadership, Fawehinmi committed his money, honour, reputation and life to ensure the triumph of truth over the forces of darkness. There was no silence in his dictionary in so much he observes corruption or an iota of an abuse of the rights of the masses to a descent and enabling livelihood. Single handedly, he fought Abacha to a standstill and he was the leading factor in the un-ceremonial of Babaginda from power. The latter has since his death proclaim that Gani often backs his views‘…with facts and laws,’ a pronouncement which is an admittance of guilt for all the heinous crimes Gani leveled against IBB. When lawyers were in a mad rush to defend electoral fraud in the court, Gani walked tall by closing the door of his chambers to such unholy patronage. When it matters to part ways with the Afenifere and withdraw his respect from the Yoruba Obas’ for betraying the course of establishing truth, Gani never gave it a second thought before he kept his distance. He courted controversy, romanced the odd and agonizing path of life and made and abandoned friends when they stand on the path of truth. That was typical of the prophets of God and a trait one would have expected our pastors and imams to emulate. Who is the true man of God or person of the faith, between a Gani Fawehinmi and those individuals who commercialize or compromise religion to make both ends meet? Gani gave a good account of himself as someone more deserving of the mercy of God, by carving for himself, family and the struggle he believed in, a means of sustenance that was morally justifiable, unlike that which derives from the proceed of stashed bank money or stolen state wealth. He never kept any congregation, not to talk of that of infidels, except on the barricade where he leads the army of resistance in order to fight the course of the downtrodden. He kept good control over his family and on all occasions, he fought and made friends all for the purpose of establishing the truth. He never had a permanent friend except truth itself and that manifested in his effort to expose Tinubu’s forgery scandal. Gani’s only friend was truth and nothing more. Unlike those hit and run comrades, who sought contracts from CHOGOM, Gani tenaciously stood his ground holding forth as the last man standing for what will serve the needs of the oppressed. He wined and dined with the poor, spent his resources on them and for them he died a life of the struggle which he vouch to continue in the grave, if any. Gani’s passion for a genuine activism remains unprecedented in our time because you need to be with him on the barricade and in the private to attest to this. It was everything in life to him. This was why he was always overtaken by tears of sorrow, when he recounts what people are made to unjustly suffer by the rogues who are piloting the affairs of Nigeria, both in the public and private sectors. Gani, the LION of Nigeria most unique advocacy, will be missed, mostly by the prisons and police headquarters where he spent his productive years and on all accounts, by all student leadership groups in Nigeria which he had offered free legal services at all times. Gani’s sympathy for students will never make him stand in for cultist related cases nor that which has to do with irresponsible activism. He never used the name of student to make money as it were with some barristers cum activists who exploited the likes of Tony Fash’s expulsion to make money from socialist international. Even when attempts were made to rake in money by commercializing his arrests, he was smart enough to distance himself from such moves. The Gani of the 80’s who went all out to canvass capital punishment against drug addicts and cocaine pursers was the Gani who supported Ribadu’s advocacy against political robbers. People accused him of judicial sterility, but they were not too blessed with super memory to have recounted how the fearless LION of Nigeria most unique advocacy supported the Buhari-Idiagbon National cleansing crusade. This bespeaks of Gani’s permanent interest in life- ridding the nation off rogues, drug pursers, political looters, financial and executive robbers and reckless police which do not have modicum of human instinct. He also advocated for good medical delivery and education, a struggle which occupied the centre spread of his heart. When I read of his child’s backbone problem, I was expecting him to personalize his demands. Gani did disappointed me when he made use of it to press home popular demands for all and sundry. Did he disappoint anybody neither when he requested that no governmental fund should be part of his burial rites? However, I am slightly disappointed when he requested that the rich and the poor should be allowed access to his burial without benchmarking those opulent ones who fall into this brace. I would have wished he completed the full circle of his ways by following the path of those great minds who instructed that no infidel should observe Islamic burial rites and prayer on their dead corpse. No man is perfect!

Gani was truly a man who is more deserving of emulation than our religious leaders because his actions and reactions were a true reflection of the essence of life exemplified by the prophets of God. Adieu Ganiyu Fawehinmi…

The author, Adebiyi Jelili Abudugana, was a former student union leader in UNILAG. He can be reached through:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

All About Mallam Nuru Ribadu

The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who went to court early this year to challenge his last December dismissal from the police, got a hefty approval Friday July 3 in the Abuja Federal High Court of Justice Mustapha Abdullahi that he is on the right track.

Justice Abdullahi held that the law requiring serving officers to first seek and secure the consent of the Police high command before suing their bosses negated the principles of natural justice. Any officer who wished to sue the Inspector General of Police has the right to do so the judge declared in his ruling.

Ribadu faced a number of huddles going into the case: his decision to drag the Police Service Commission (PSC), the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), and the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Michael Aondoakaa (SAN) before the court challenging his dismissal from the force was contrary to the stipulations of the Police Act which states that an aggrieved officers must give a month notice before they could institute legal action against the authority. The police had also raised a preliminary objection to Ribadu's suit insisting that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the case in the first place.

However, among the three issues addressed by the judge, he resolved two in favour of Ribadu and one in favour of the defendants.

To Ribadu's favor, the judge ruled that Ribadu had the locus standi to institute the action against the police; and that the expectation that Ribadu sought permission of the police authority before instituting the suit was illogical since he would be seeking permission from the same person who wronged him in the first place.

Since the police authorities, in challenging Ribadu, had argued that the former EFCC boss, by the action he filed was an abuse of court process, the judge also ruled that this was not true. Ribadu's actions were true and proper to the traditions of the court, said the Judge.

But it was not a straight walk over for Ribadu, as the court ruled against the procedure he adopted in filing the suit. In the judge's views, he should have filed the suit by way of writ of summons instead of the originating summon he adopted.

Justice Abdullahi, in his ruling said it was wrong for Ribadu to have approached it by a way of originating summon as it was also wrong for the police to ask that the case be struck out. He ordered that the proceeding be converted to writ of summon and asked the Ribadu's lawyer to file the writ of summon within 7 days. The case was adjourned till July 27.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Honourable Wale Alausa, has said that he was forced by His Excellency Governor Gbenga Daniel  to take the oath in 2007, contrary to the report in the Nigerian Compass News paper.

Reacting to the story, “Ogun 15 lawmakers on blood oath,” Hon. Alausa said it was a fabrication aimed at ridiculing his person and his colleagues in the house by Daniel and his agents. He confessed that the photographs published by Compass, were genuine but were taken in 2007, inside Daniel's Sagamu mansion and its environs, when he was forced to take an oath before he could get the PDP ticket to the state House of Assembly.

The lawmaker said he and his colleagues (G15) never took any oath and neither did they visit any shrine in Ijebu-Igbo to take an oath, adding that it was pure blackmail by Daniel to stop the House from carrying out its oversight functions. “The photographs on the front page of Compass, were truly mine but the story was fabricated. I was forced to take the photographs in governor Daniel's Sagamu home in 2007, when he forcefully implemented the oath on me in order to get me a ticket to the House of Assembly. And that is what he has done to everybody.

“Let him come out and deny, if he did not compel my father, Chief Agboola Alausa, to persuade me to take the oath. I rest my case for now. But the struggle continues,” he said. According to Compass: “the crisis in Ogun state involving the G 15 members of the House of Assembly was triggered by a blood oath taken at a shrine in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government, last year, the Nigerian Compass learnt last night.

“The members took the oath to ensure a united front against governor Gbenga Daniel. The oath was sponsored by some politicians including the father of a prominent politician in Abuja, a Senator, a former South-West governor, a former minister and another prominent politician in Ogun state.” The report added that: “the oath, which was taken naked by the members and in daylight, was witnessed by the sponsors and the native doctors, the administrators of the oath.

“Items used for the oath included blood, cow heads, calabash and other fetish materials. Each participant swore to upholding opposition to Daniel at all times and submitted to the death of their first born, should they renege on the oath. “Each of them was required to mention the name of their first child in the course of the oath, setting in motion serious consequences for the children should their fathers go back on the prescribed course of opposition.

“The Nigerian Compass learnt that the finality of this oath is why prominent traditional rulers, such as the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo; the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Michael Sonariwo, and other prominent leaders such as Prince Bola Ajibola, General Tunji Olurin and Yeye Oodua H.I.D. Awolowo were unable to persuade them to change their stance.” Culled from PM News