Saturday, October 31, 2015

False Assets Declaration, N70m Bribe: These ‘re Fabrications Against Me – Orubebe

•I sacked my aide who accepted N20m donation for church project—Orubebe
SEVEN months after his attempt to disrupt the announcement of the results of the 2015 presidential polls, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe, will be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on November 9, over alleged false declaration of assets and acceptance of about N70million bribe.
During final collation of the 2015 presidential election results in Abuja, Orubebe accused the then Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC National Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega of bias and partisanship and disrupted the exercise for several minutes in an attempt to stop Jega’s falsification of results.

SA To Return Seized $9m To Nigeria Nov 30

If there is no further legal challenge, the South African government will hand over a sum of $9.34m to the Nigerian government on November 30, 2015. The said amount had earlier been confiscated by the South African authorities from an Israeli arms dealer, Eyal Mesika, of Cyprus-based ESD International, who was acting on behalf of the Federal Government to procure arms for Nigeria.

Nigerians Demand Public Asset Declaration From Buhari’s Ministers

Nigerians on Friday agreed on the need by President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers-designate to publicly declare their assets before they take the oath of office.  They asked the ministers-designate to follow Buhari’s example by stating their worth in terms of money and properties, if they really believed in the President’s anti-graft war.

According to them, the declaration of assets by those appointed into public offices by Buhari was a moral necessity that should be encouraged. The President had before his election, promised to publicly declare his asset and encourage his appointees to also do so. He had insinuated that public declaration of assets would encourage accountability and reduce corruption in the polity.

Despite Walkout, We’re Loyal To Saraki –PDP Senators

Some Peoples Democratic Party senators on Friday restated their continued support for the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. They said despite the fact that they staged a walkout of the Senate on Thursday to protest against the confirmation of a former Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as minister, they were still loyal to the senate president.

Don’t Use Me As Scapegoat For Your Failure In Office

Below are excerpts from the open letter, dated October 26, 2015, by Chief Edwin Clark, replying former Special Adviser on Media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Reuben Abati, and other critics over his recent comments on the former president.

Who Knew Cucumbers Could Do This ?

Spice up your 8 glasses per day of water with a slice or two of cucumber. It's wonderfully refreshing, but there are amazing benefits to cucumber as well. Cucumbers are cooler than you think ...

1. Fat busting: Do you ever wonder why women put cucumbers on their eyes to relieve puffiness? The photochemical in cucumbers makes the collagen in your skin tighten, thus the lack of puffiness. Did you know that you can rub a cucumber on a problematic spot of cellulite anywhere on your body to lessen the visibility of it? Did you also know that it has the same effect on wrinkles? Wow, it makes purchasing those fifty dollar creams seem a little silly, doesn’t it? You can also rub a little bit under your kiddo’s eyes after a long bout of crying to avoid that puffy ‘I cried for an hour straight’ look.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg To Work On Annoying Candy Crush Invites

Having as of now uncovered new sentiment buttons to pacify the a large number of individuals who had requested a “dislike button,” Facebook is turning its consideration regarding one of the following most as often requested features: a simple approach to hinder every one of those darn welcomes to play Candy Crush Saga.

In a Townhall Q&A at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India, CEO Mark Zuckerberg uncovered that Facebook is finally working a solution to the issue. He had watched that the Candy Crush issue was the most upvoted question in an online thread, so he chose to act.

“I sent a message to the person who runs the team in charge of our developer platform, and I said that by the time I do this Townhall Q&A, it would be good if we had a solution to this problem,” said Zuckerberg.

We hadn’t prioritized shutting that down, we just had other priorities. But if this is the top thing that people care about, we’ll prioritize that and do it. So we’re doing it!”

Zuckerberg gave no hint as to when this will happen, or in what form. Facebook likely won’t be closing down the entire Candy Crush Saga invite system, but it will make it harder for people to pester friends with unwanted invitations.


Concept of Naming in Yoruba Culture

My brother had a baby. Well, not my brother exactly. His wife was the one who had the baby. Either way, I have a new nephew. My nephew’s arrival made me think about his naming ceremony. Naming ceremonies are a big deal in Yoruba land. Yoruba naming ceremonies are generally the same but at the same time, different groups and families have their own traditions. In addition, over time, some of these traditions have changed and others completely abandoned.

I got most of the description of a Yoruba naming ceremony from my mother. The child-naming ceremony is held when the baby is 8 days old. The ceremony is carried out in the home of the paternal grandfather of the baby. My mother says that in our family, the baby’s mother is not allowed to eat salt, sugar or pepper from the time she gives birth until the baby’s naming ceremony. It makes for a very boring diet but it also means that mothers who have eclampsia, high-blood pressure and pregnancy-related ailments like that sometimes notice a reduction in the symptoms

On the morning of the naming ceremony, a special stew packed with Iru (locust beans), dried fish and pieces of dried, smoked bush rat is made. This is what the baby’s mother is allowed to eat and signifies the end of the special diet she was put on. Early that morning, the baby is stripped naked then the iru/ dried fish/ dried rat stew is applied to the baby’s joints and a tiny bit to the tip of its tongue. Of course, a baby who has been feeding on breast milk is usually not impressed by this new taste and lets everyone know by screaming down the place.

The person who carries out the ceremony varies from family to family. At my brothers’ and I’s naming ceremonies, my paternal grandmother played this role but in the case of my nephew, his paternal grandfather (i.e. my father) led the ceremony. He led the prayers and selected the hymns (from a Yoruba Anglican hymn book) that were sung.

By the way, though my mother went through this whole drama of not eating salt, sugar or pepper then having to eat a bush rat and dried fish on the eighth day after giving birth, she didn’t ask my sisters-in-law to do the same. So, that’s an example of family tradition that has been dropped.

Honey, sugar, salt, palm oil and Adun are usually placed in bowls in the room where the ceremony takes place. After the service or as part of the service, the baby’s mother and the ‘master of the ceremony’ tastes a bit of the honey, sugar, salt, palm oil and Adun. Each signifies the hope that the baby’s life will be sweet. They also take a sip of schnapps. Apparently, the Egbas (a Yoruba tribe of which I am one) don’t believe that a ceremony is complete unless schnapps is present.

Anyone who wants to name the baby puts money into a bowl and then says the name they wish to give the baby. My mother says that in years past, coins were put into a bowl of water before the baby was named but since coins aren’t really used anymore in Nigeria and notes are, that tradition was dropped too. Someone is assigned to record the names the baby is given. Although the actual ceremony is attended by family and close friends only, a baby can still end up being given tens of names. That’s just Yoruba culture.

At the end of the ceremony, my grandmother would sing the following song:

A wa o s’oro ile wa o

Esin kan o pe

O ye

Esin kan o pe

K’a ma o s’oro

A wa o s’oro ile wa o.

Which loosely means that no religion says people shouldn’t carry out their family traditions. That of course is up to debate.


By: Lape Soetan