Friday, 17 April 2015

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Malala's letter to Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls

To my brave sisters, the kidnapped schoolgirls of Chibok,

On this first anniversary of your captivity, I write to you with a message of solidarity, love and hope.
My name is Malala. I am a Pakistani girl your age. I am one of the millions of people around the world who keep you and your families foremost in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot imagine the full extent of the horrors you have endured. But please know this: We will never forget you. We will always stand with you. 

Today and every day, we call on the Nigerian authorities and the international community to do more to bring you home. We will not rest until you have been reunited with your families.

Like you, I was a target of militants who did not want girls to go to school. Gunmen shot me and two of my friends on a school bus. All three of us survived and are back in school. Now we speak out on behalf of all girls about the right to get a proper education. Our campaign will continue until you and all girls and boys around the world are able to access a free, safe and quality secondary education.

Last July, I spent my 17th birthday in Nigeria with some of your parents and five of your classmates who escaped the kidnapping. Your parents are grief-stricken. They love you, and they miss you. My father and I wept and prayed with your parents -- and they touched our hearts. The escapee schoolgirls my father and I met impressed us with their resolve to overcome their challenges and to complete their high school education.

 My father and I promised your parents and the girls who had escaped that we would do all we could to help them. I met Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and urged him to work harder for your freedom. I also asked President Jonathan to meet your parents and the girls who escaped the kidnapping, which he did a few days later. Still, in my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you. They must do much more to help secure your release. I am among many people pressuring them to make sure you are freed.

There are reasons for hope and optimism. Nigerian forces are re-gaining territory and protecting more schools. Nigeria's newly-elected president, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to make securing your freedom a top priority and promised his government will not tolerate violence against women and girls.

"You will have the opportunity to receive the education you want and deserve. The Malala Fund and other organizations offered all your classmates who escaped the kidnapping full scholarships to complete their secondary education. Most of the escapee girls accepted this scholarship and are now continuing their studies at a safe boarding school and with the support they need. We hope to someday extend that same scholarship to all 219 of you, when you return home.
 
Remember that one day your tragic ordeal will end, you will be reunited with your families and friends, and you will have the chance to finish the education you courageously sought. I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you, pray with you, and celebrate your freedom with your families. Until then, stay strong, and never lose hope. You are my heroes.

Your sister,
Malala

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65 Years Old and Pregnant With Quads

Annegret Raunigk will become the oldest mother of quadruplets ever when the children are born this summer. She already has 13 children and seven grandchildren.
 
Annegret Raunigk is 65 years old and pregnant with quadruplets, according to German publication Bild.
If all goes well during the pregnancy, Raunigk will become the oldest mother of quadruplets ever when the children are born this summer.

“After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with,” Raunigk is quoted saying in Bild.

Raunigk already has 13 children, which range from 44 years old to nine, and seven grandchildren. She decided to attempt artificial insemination after her nine year-old daughter wanted a sibling, according to Germany’s broadcast channel RTL.

Also according to RTL, Raunigk has been going through in vitro fertilization treatments for the past year and a half. The network hopes to follow her through the pregnancy plans to air an interview with her Monday night.

This not Raunigk’s first time in the spotlight. She made headlines at age 55 for the pregnancy of her 13th child.

“At first, I only wanted one child. Not all were planned. But then things happen. I'm not a planner but rather spontaneous. And children keep me young,” Bild quoted Raugnik saying.

Though the average age for menopause is 51, women having children over the age of 50 have become more common over time. In 2013, about 13 children a week were born to women over 50. The oldest woman to ever give birth is Rajo Devi Lohan of India who was 69 at the time of her daughter’s birth. Her pregnancy, like Raunigk’s, was made possible through in vitro fertilization.

According to a study by Columbia University Medical Center, there are some risks with having children over the age of 50 with invitro fertilization. They found that the rate Caesarean delivery is high after the age of 50, and those mothers are also at a high risk for maternal complications such as hypertensive disorders.

However, they found that the results were similar to those of their control group of women ages 42 and younger.

So far Raugnik’s pregnancy has not had any issues, and she hopes to remain fit and healthy.

The Daily Beast  

MSSN LSAU CABINET HOLDS HISTORIC MEETING IN EPE

The executive cabinet of the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit held one of her cabinet meetings at the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC), Noforija, Epe, on Sunday, 5th of April, 2015.

The essence of holding the 5th cabinet meeting and first of its kind on the permanent site of the society according to the Amir, Kaamil Kalejaiye was primarily to inspect the readiness of the site to stage her annual Islamic Vacation Course, December IVC to accommodate the female folks.

Meanwhile, after a brief inspection, the cabinet took time to take reports on the plans of generating funds to actualize the lofty project on the site.

The Amir urged members of the state cabinet to be more intense in generating funds for the actualization of the project.

To him, all members and well wishers of MSSN Lagos State Area Unit should have the project fundraising bank account details stored on their mobile phones so as to extend part of what Allah has provided for them to the society.

Account details of the Human Capital Development Centre is: ECO Bank PLC
Account Name: MSSN Lagos State Area Unit
Account Number: 2112115950

The Naibul Amir of the society, Mallam Saheed Ashafa led a prayer session ahead of the forthcoming IVC, while also emphasizing the roles of individuals in making the project a reality.

Some Sisters' Executive Members inspecting the HCDC site.

Culled from www.facebook.com/mssnlagos

Sunday, 12 April 2015

See AY's hilarious reaction on Youtube after a fan told him "I know wot to do.."

 Ayo Makun popularly known as AY must have really felt the evil hands of pirates on his movie 30 days in Atlanta. 
Recall that he recently wrote an open letter to Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba urging him to use the machinery at his disposal to identify and arrest the culprits.  
However, AY is also taking precautions by begging his fans and urging them to contact him directly to get any information they need about his movie.

Below is his reaction to a fan's comment

ladyO Bammy 1 day ago
Later they will say they are pirating their movies before nko... I think I will see one and I won't buy... Simple question av been asking since last two week... Where can I order your DVDs on line or any shops that sells them... Ay been ignoring, even asked him on Twitter... Won't ask again as I know wot to do..

+ladyO Bammy LADYO NAMMY PLS FORGIVE ME. I BEG CALL ME ON +2348052220444 LET ME GIVE U ANY INFORMATION YOU NEED. THIS IS AY
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A scene in the movie

 Ayo Makun in an interview he granted a soft sell magazine said "Piracy has eaten into Nollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole. It is evil. A crime and nobody is doing anything about it. People who actually put in their time, resources, energy, creativity into a production are denied the rewards of their efforts by these Alaba elements.

"It is the time to rise and cry out. To our politicians and those in government, it is not about vote for me. Do something about piracy in the entertainment industry and you’ll have our votes as entertainers. I don’t blame Nigerians because they always buy things on the streets and in traffic, but the government should do something by not allowing these Alaba elements to get away with the evil” AY added.

 30 Days in Atlanta is a 2014 Nigerian romantic comedy film produced by Ayo Makun  and directed by Robert Peters. The film was shot on location in Lagos and Atlanta. It premiered on 31 October 2014. It has been declared the highest grossing film of all time in Nigerian cinemas.

Moon Split (Moon Cracked) Miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The General's Acceptance Speech

I am immensely grateful to God for this day and for this hour. I feel truly honoured and humbled that the Nigerian people have so clearly chosen me to lead them. The official announcement from INEC was the moment the vast majority of Nigerians had hoped and been waiting for. Today, history has been made, and change has finally come. Your votes have changed our national destiny for the good of all Nigerians.

INEC has announced that I, Muhammadu Buhari, shall be your next president. My team and I shall faithfully serve you. There shall no longer be a ruling party again: APC will be your governing party. We shall faithfully serve you. We shall never rule over the people as if they were subservient to government.

Our long night has passed and the daylight of new democratic governance has broken across the land. This therefore is not a victory for one man or even one party. It is a victory for Nigeria and for all Nigerians. Millions of you have worked for this day. So many have risked life and livelihood; and others have died that we may witness this moment.

And it is with a very heavy heart that I report many deaths and injuries amidst the jubilations yesterday. We send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives; and wish speedy recovery to those who suffered injuries. I appeal to all our supporters to celebrate this victory with prayers and reflection instead of wild jubilation.

May the souls of those who died rest in peace. Let us take a moment of silence to honour all of those whose sacrifices have brought us to this fine and historic hour. As the results of the election have shown, their labour has not been and will never be in vain. Democracy and the rule of law will be re-established in the land.

Let us put the past, especially the recent past, behind us. We must forget our old battles and past grievances—and learn to forge ahead. I assure you that our government is one that will listen to and embrace all.

I pledge myself and our in-coming administration to just and principled governance. There shall be no bias against or favouritism for any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion, region, gender or social status. I pledge myself and the government to the rule of law, in which none shall be so above the law that they are not subject to its dictates, and none shall be so below it that they are not availed of its protection.

You shall be able to go to bed knowing that you are safe and that your constitutional rights remain in safe hands. You shall be able to voice your opinion without fear of reprisal or victimisation. My love and concern for this nation and what I desire for it extends to all, even to those who do not like us or our politics. You are all my people and I shall treat everyone of you as my own. I shall work for those who voted for me as well as those who voted against me and even for those who did not vote at all. We all live under one name as one nation: we are all Nigerians.

Some unfortunate issues about my eligibility have been raised during the campaign. I wish to state that through devotion to this nation, everything I have learned and done has been to enable me to make the best possible contribution to public life. If I had judged myself incapable of governing I would never have sought to impose myself on it. I have served in various capacities and have always put in my best.

But despite the rancour of the elections, I extend a hand of friendship and conciliation to President Jonathan and his team. I hereby wish to state that I harbour no ill will against anyone.

Let me state clearly that President Jonathan has nothing to fear from me. Although we may not agree on the methods of governing the nation, he is a great Nigerian and still our president. He deserves our support and permanent respect by virtue of the office he has held. This is how an honourable nation treats its servants and conducts its affairs; and this is how Nigeria should be.

I look forward to meeting with President Jonathan in the days to come to discuss how our teams can make the transition of administrations as efficient as possible.

Here, I want to thank my party for selecting me as its candidate. I thank our party leaders and members for the steadfast contributions they made to bring our dream to fruition. I thank INEC, the police and all other government agencies for performing their tasks in a proper manner and for refusing to be induced to undermine the election and the democratic process.

I also wish to thank religious Leaders, traditional leaders, the media, labour unions, Civil Society organisations, organised private sector, youths and students for their roles in this election.

I give special thanks to President Obama and his timely intervention and support for peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria and for sending Secretary John Kerry and other United States officials. The European Union – especially the United Kingdom, France, Germany and other nations that were actively involved in ensuring the success of this election are equally appreciated. My sincere thanks to the United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban-Ki Moon. The Commonwealth, China, India and other Asian and Gulf states are also hereby appreciated. Finally our brothers in the African Union and ECOWAS have truly and clearly shown and demonstrate their commitment to our democratisation process. Former Presidents John Kuffour, Amos Sawyer, Bakili Muluzi and his team are well appreciated. I must also add my appreciation for the role played by civil societies, national and International observers, other world leaders in ensuring that Nigeria holds free and fair elections.

I assure all foreign governments that Nigeria will become a more forceful and constructive player in the global fight against terrorism and in other matters of collective concern, such as the fight against drugs, climate change, financial fraud, communicable diseases and other issues requiring global response. I want to assure our fellow African nations that Nigeria will now stand as a more constructive partner in advancing the matters of concern to our continent, particularly with regard to economic development and eradication of poverty.

Former head of state and president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Yakubu Gowon, Alh. Shehu Shagari, General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan and General Abdulsalami Abubakar deserve commendations for their statesmanship and words of caution and counsel for peace during the tense moments of this electoral period.

Most of all, I thank the people of Nigeria for reposing their confidence in me at this trying moment. Our nation wrestles many challenges including insecurity, corruption, economic decline. I pledge to give you my best in tackling these problems.

The good people of Nigeria, your obligation does not end with casting your ballot. I seek your voice and input as we tackle these problems. This will not be a government democratic only in form. It will be a government democratic in substance and in how it interacts with its own people.

No doubt, this nation has suffered greatly in the recent past, and its staying power has been tested to its limits by crises, chief among which is insurgency of the Boko Haram. There is no doubt that in tackling the insurgency we have a tough and urgent job to do. But I assure you that Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror, and bring back peace and normalcy to all the affected areas. We shall spare no effort until we defeat terrorism.

Furthermore, we shall strongly battle another form of evil that is even worse than terrorism—the evil of corruption. Corruption attacks and seeks to destroy our national institutions and character. By misdirecting into selfish hands funds intended for the public purpose, corruption distorts the economy and worsens income inequality. It creates a class of unjustly-enriched people.

Such an illegal yet powerful force soon comes to undermine democracy because its conspirators have amassed so much money that they believe they can buy government. We shall end this threat to our economic development and democratic survival. I repeat that corruption will not be tolerated by this administration; and it shall no longer be allowed to stand as if it is a respected monument in this nation.

I ask you to join me in resolving these and the other challenges we face. Along the way, there will be victories but there may also be setbacks. Mistakes will be made. But we shall never take you for granted; so, be rest assured that our errors will be those of compassion and commitment not of wilful neglect and indifference.

We shall correct that which does not work and improve that which does. We shall not stop, stand or idle. We shall, if necessary crawl, walk and run to do the job you have elected us to do.

I realise that the expectation of our people today is as high as their commitment to change has been strong and their belief in us unshaken. While we pledge to begin doing our best without delay, we would like to appeal to them to appreciate the gravity of our situation, so that we become more realistic in our expectations.

We will govern for you and in your interests. Your vote was not wasted. This is not the first time Nigerians have cast their votes for us, and this is not the first time they have been counted; but this is the first time that the votes have been allowed to count. With the help of God, we pledge to do our utmost to bring forth the Nigeria you seek.

Thank you for your patience and attention.

Being the acceptance statement by Gen Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria April 1, 2015

"Thank You, Nigeria's Youths" - A Message from the General

To many Nigerians, the new turn in government seem like a prayer finally granted.  Although the elected President, Muhammad Buhari is yet to assume power but the  feeling  of  change in the standard of living  of the citizens in the country is now been felt everywhere. Nigerians have become more hopeful than ever.

Most importantly, one would be right to say that what actually brought the transition in government was the active participation of the Nigeria youths in the  Presidential election.

In a show of gratitude to the youths, the General has this to say;

"Today, more than 54 years after we got our independence and 16 years since our return to democracy, the walk to true change has started.

We have toiled, sweated and worked hard for this victory. We refused to give up because the work of building the Nigeria of our dreams is not to be taken for granted. It is out of our love for this country and the belief in what it can be that we went across the length and breadth of Nigeria and sacrificed so much for this victory.

I want to thank young Nigerians especially for this victory. You have been with us from the very beginning. Many of you left your jobs to work for the campaign, contributed your money and your time, volunteered in your areas and brought the innovation and energy that comes with youthfulness to bear on the outcome.

This is your victory.

You have chosen to vote for a Nigeria that sees you as not a Northerner or a Southerner, not as a Christian or a Muslim but as a Nigerian. You have chosen to vote for a departure from a nation that was decaying, that did not give you hope and pride.

You have chosen to vote for change and we promise you that we will not be disappointed. We know that your hopes are high: a country that is safe and peaceful, a country that is without corruption, a country that produces jobs for you, a country that gives you the environment for your business to thrive.

I promise you that the APC government led by me will deliver these to you. We will ensure that we meet and exceed your aspirations.

This government is your government and every decision we shall take shall be to give you a positive future.

We shall also run a country that will listen to you, engage with you and take corrections from you. This is because the task of building the Nigeria of our dreams cannot be done by us alone. We need you too.

We need you to support us and we also need you to admonish us when we make missteps. This shall be a government for all Nigerians and we shall listen to everyone.

We thank you once again for your support and we look forward to a great future together.

God bless you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria."

Four years is a lot of time to give Nigerians the country they always wanted.

The youths are now counting on  the words of the General.

The big question is how soon are we going to start seeing the CHANGE? Only time will tell.

Source: #CynosureLive