Sunday, November 30, 2014

Boko Haram attacks Shani in Borno state, many feared dead

Many people are feared dead after Boko Haram members attacked Shani local government in Borno state around 9pm yesterday night Nov 29th. A residents of the village said the sect members arrived their community on 10 motorcycles and immediately started shooting at people

"They came in about 10 motorcycles from Gwaskara axis well armed with Ak47 rifles Improvised Explosive Devices and petrol bombs wrecking havoc without confrontation as there were no military operatives or police to assist the armless civilians who were running helter-skelter for their dear lives. As I speak to you now, I left my people running towards Pakaina village for safety. It is only God that will know what is happening with the sporadic gunshots that engulfed the entire council area,” Mallam Babayo Ardo, a resident of the town told our National Mirror on phone.
This will be the third time the sect mebers are attacking Shani community

Source: Linda Ikeji Blog

Pres. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to serve impeachment on 3rd December, 2014

According to Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, President Goodluck Jonathan is to be served with impeachment notice when the House of Representatives reconvene on Wednesday.

Senators and members of the House of Representatives had commenced collecting signatures for the removal of the president after the November 20 security siege on the National Assembly. During the siege, the speaker of the House Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and other lawmakers were teargased by the police. House members began collecting signatures that same day while senators followed suit two days after. And already, 200 members and about 60 senators were said to have thrown their weight behind moves to oust the president.

Monguno, a former Attorney General of Borno State told Sunday Trust that he was one of the 200 members who signed the impeachment motion on November 20, saying, “some newspapers published names of those who signed the motion but my name was conspicuously omitted.” Arguing that president Jonathan had no reason to remain in office anymore having failed to protect Nigerians against Boko Haram insurgents, Monguno said:

“The federal government led by President Goodluck Jonathan has woefully failed to discharge these responsibilities. The government which is solely responsible for the security of the people has failed to protect the lives and property of my constituents. For five years now there have been consistent Boko Haram attacks in various parts of my constituency leading to the displacement of a whole local government in the constituency. Jonathan has woefully failed to provide for the security and welfare of my constituents that was why I signed the motion to oust him.”

The lawmakers further accused the Jonathan administration of “monumental” corruption, saying, “for any development to take place there is the need for dividends of democracy to reach the people but because of the monumental corruption that has characterized this government, development is no longer reaching the people at the grass root and the federal government has clearly demonstrated lack of capacity to fight corruption. The executive arm of government led by President Jonathan is a massive failure.

Of all the alleged constitutional breaches by the president, Monguno said the security siege on national assembly was the final stroke that broke the camel’s back hence, the move to impeach Jonathan.

“We need only one third of the members of the House to serve the president impeachment notice and so far we have got far more than that so as we resume the motion will be formally tabled for the president to be notified. It is only the removal that requires two third. When we reconvene on December 3rd the president will be served impeachment notice,” he explained.

- Source: lailasblog.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Agbani looks so Smashing on the Cover Page of MANIA Magazine

31 years Old Beautiful and Natural, Agbani Darego is a woman full of promise and has grown to be versatile and incredibly expressive, best known as the first Black African Miss World.

Rocking her new signature braids, former Miss World and fashion entrepreneur Agbani Darego graces the November Edition of Style MANIA. Stunning!

Cover Credits
Photographer: Kelechi Amadi-Obi
Fashion Editor: Godson Ukaegbu
Make-up: Bimpe Onakoya 

PHOTO: John Legend Taking a Shower

This is a photo His Wife recently shared on instagram of her Husband, having his bath. Was this necessary!?

So Sad: Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 African Nations Cup

Nigeria fully aware that only victory will do, have on their part promised to throw in all they’ve got to make sure they complete the set mission of not disappointing the over 170 million passionate fans rooting for them to go defend the title they won last year in South Africa.

It is worth noting that the South African male team have never beaten Nigeria in any competitive game, the last time both teams played each other was in Cape Town and the game ended 0-0.

FULL TIME Despite its late equalizer, Nigeria is out of the tournament. With a 2-2 Draw with S.A

The Congo vs Sudan match ended 1 nil in favour of Congo. So Congo and South Africa qualifies for the finals. So Sad for Nigeria, even Wyclef is Shocked!! See what he said below;

Linda ikeji Said: Sad day for Nigerian football. We drew with South Africa this evening 2-2 but it wasn't enough to get us to Equatorial Guinea 2015. And we are supposed to be the defending champion. So sad! *crying*

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amazing photos of Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama

Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles finally have their Cup of Nations destiny back in their own hands, and they have goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to thank. 

Following the Republic of Congo’s opening two victories (against Nigeria and Sudan), and the Super Eagles’ own early struggles (they picked up only one point from their first three fixtures), it had looked like a major ask for the reigning champions to qualify for the Afcon.

However, a combination of a return to form for the West Africans and South Africa’s impressive form over Claude Le Roy’s side means Nigeria have usurped the Red Devils.

With one game to go, it is Nigeria and not Congo who sit second place in Group A.

It hadn’t always looked like Nigeria would manage to stay alive this far. Indeed, both of their last two victories (against Sudan and Congo) came in spite of fairly dire performances, even if they were littered with some moments of inspiration.

Despite winning 2-0 on the day, the Super Eagles’ triumph in Pointe-Noire was anything but comfortable.

It is telling that Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was the hero on the day and, in my eyes at least, the Super Eagles’ most important player.

The LOSC Lille keeper was called into action from the penalty spot when Godfrey Oboabona charged down an opponent elbow-first. The penalty was possibly harsh, but it was ultimately irrelevant as Enyeama dived to his right to thwart Thievy Bifouma.

The goalkeeper also demonstrated his catlike reactions late on to tip a close-range shot into touch, even if the attempt was ultimately ruled for offside.

Regardless of whether both saves were crucial in their own right, they each proved to be turning point in the contest. The first – from Bifouma’s penalty – appeared to remind Nigeria of their mortality and the Eagles sprang into life, surging forward in search of a second.

The second, in the dying moments, deflated Congo and allowed Nigeria to launch into attack once again. Almost immediately afterwards they were two to the good as Aaron Samuel’s spectacular effort confirmed the three points.

As I wrote on Twitter during the match: “Amidst the euphoria of the day, the elation of the moment, we must not forget Enyeama's two crucial saves – ultimately decisive.”


Latterly, the stopper has been nominated for both the CAF African Footballer of the Year award and the BBC African Player of the Year award. In terms of making valuable contributions, there aren’t too many who deserve either prize more than him.
He certainly got my vote after denying Bifouma. see more photos of him, his family and a private photo of him after training at the recently launched Akwa Ibom Staduim at Uyo, Nigeria. Before the great game against South Africa tomorrow
Photo of Vincent after train in Akwa Ibom staduim

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WOW!!! Brought their young days back with a vengeance

This is Sorcery!!! What a transformation! @tintsmakeuppro has got magical hands💅 #makeuptransformation #weddingdigestnaija. Dont forgetting swimmming will wash away the make up.

Beautiful Family Potrait of Super Star Mercy Johnson and Her family

Congratulation mercy,"kisses" See what a Big fan of Hers have to say below; 
yb4real@lilysomebody @ayabatiocommon U ladies are absolutely right. She just couldn't package herself even after the birth of her daughter. I love MJ and am happy 4 her but this this a No No as a public figure. U choose to put this pics out here. U shld have done better with putting yr boobs in place. We Africans shld try n evolve with time. No Hollywood star will put this kinda pics out here even if she just had quadruplets..
Do you agree with Her?

Photo shots and Video from Superstar: Annie Idibia`s 30th B`day celeberation last Night

The Birthday Diva
The photo above and the two other photos below where taken before the party began, seen more photos and videos below;
Shoot from the B`day party Below;
Annie and Hubby; Tuface Idibia
A video posted by Annie Idibia (@annieidibia1) on

Before the Party began...

Ahead of her ‘dirty, flirty, thirty’ 30th birthday party with friends, 2face Idibia threw his wife a private and intimate birthday celebration in their home.
According to Annie, she arrived home after having had a busy day only to receive the romantic gesture which involved a laid out cake, champagne, cards and candles lined up to show her age.
2face Idibia further posted a romantic message on instagram that reads ”
“I’m looking for my honey!! If anybody see this babe please hug the hell out of her and tell her HBD. Many more blessings!”
The couple has been happily married since 2013 and they have two kids together. HBd to Her!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The New Nigeria N100 note Unveiled 12/11/2014

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has unveiled the first digital N100 paper note, to commemorate Nigeria’s Centenary.

The new note was unveiled at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, in a presentation by the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

The new note which has features for the visually impaired will be officially issued into circulation on Friday December 19, 2014.
The unveiling is part of the series of activities lined up for the eventual injection of the new note into circulation.

On Wednesday, November 19, the new note will be sent to banknote equipment manufacturers and other machine suppliers to enable them adapt to machines and authentication devices.

On November 26, there will be a publication of the new N100 bank note to be sent by the CBN to commercial banks, chamber of commerce, Nigeria Police force, cash in transit companies etc.

On Wednesday December 3, leaflets on the N100 bank note will be sent to 1,000 Point Of Sales (POS) in the country, including a reminder about adapting machines and devices. While on Wednesday, December 17, a film showing how to check the new hundred naira bank note will go live on the CBN YouTube channel.

Explaining the features of the new banknote, Mr. Emefiele said the new note was designed with enhanced security to offer robust resistance against counterfeiting.

“We have produced a banknote which is the first of its kind, but most importantly it has been designed and produced with most advanced technologies in the world,” he said.

He noted that in the process of producing the new note, the following was taken into consideration: “Durability, to make it tolerant in tropics and in doing that we introduced a two sided interglow barriers, both at the front and the back. We also made the note attractive for public acceptance. Emphasis was also placed on our rich cultural heritage. The note has a transformational character”.

Explaining the features he said on the front side of the note is a public authentication features, window micro-optics, showing the national flag and numeral100 indicating the value of the denomination and the attainment of the centenary period.

The second is a spark feature of a rolling manilla bar which was the instrument used during the slave trade era. A portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo is retained both in the ink, that is the interglow level, as a portrait and also in a paper as a shadow image.

“We made provision on the front for the visually impaired individuals in our midst by having a raised and embossed line,” he said.
At the back side, the CBN introduced a feature called Quick Response Code, QRC. It is a feature that highlights and sources all the information about the centenary.

“This makes the note the first digital banknote in the world,” he said.

The QRC is an application found on the smart phone or Ipad. Once the barcode on the back of the note is scanned it shows the President’s face and then comes up with all information on Nigeria’s history.

President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the CBN for unveiling the note.

The Coordinating Minister of Economy and minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, said introducing the note was a smart move and the feature of the QRC is educative. But she went on to ask how much it will cost to print the notes.

The President said this will be discussed when the memo is presented.

Kim K goes completely nude for Paper (PHOTOS)

If you thought yesterday's photos were bad, then you should see the ones that were released last night. Can't believe Kanye is cool with this. Kim posed full frontal. This is by far the raunchiest thing she's ever done. It was shot in September. See the pics after the cut...but please it's not suitable forviewer younger than 18+ and for office viewing

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Could the death of prominent pastor Myles Munroe leaves behind a ministry struggling to cope ?


Pastor Myles Munroe with His Son and Daughter

RIP: Pic of those on board
Saddened by the loss of Myles Munroe, his wife, daughter & others. We have no fear of death. Our last breath here is our first breath there!

In the Bahamas, the 60-year-old Munroe was the senior pastor of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship. He was also a best-selling author and popular speaker and was well known in American charismatic circles, even if his name might not be as familiar as that of American Bishop T.D. Jakes, with whom Munroe often appeared.

Munroe’s sermons often addressed leadership, relationships and personal growth. In a devotional on Munroe’s site, the pastor says: “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose — life with the wrong priorities.”

Munroe’s wife, Ruth, and seven others also died in the crash at Grand Bahama International Airport on Sunday. On Monday, the AP reported that “severe weather was likely a factor” in the crash.
Heavy rain was buffeting the region when the Lear 36 Executive Jet struck a shipping container crane in Freeport as it tried to land, Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell said. Mitchell said that a commercial Bahamasair flight making the same route, from Nassau to Freeport, had turned back because it was unable to land around the same time as the flight carrying the Rev. Myles Munroe and several members of his Bahamas Faith Ministries.

''When writing YOUR history make sure no one else is holding the pen."~Myles Munroe Great man, great words!
It is not clear, at this point, what the ministry’s plans are going forward. Fox News reported that some of Munroe’s advisers plan to continue with the ministry.

In the short term, at least one prominent conference guest confirmed that he would address conference-goers — along with those who purchased $150 pay-per-view access to watch from afar.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Andrew Young, a well-known pastor and former U.S.
congressman, mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Young would address the conference “as scheduled.” At Munroe’s request, the statement said, Young planned to speak about “the Price of Leadership.”

“To reflect on the words of Martin Luther King when he said if there is something worth fighting for, it’s worth dying for — Myles Munroe died fighting for his country,” Bahamian Tourism Minister Obediah Wilchcombe said during the Global Leadership Forum’s opening session, according to an official government news release.

Wilchcombe added: “Our hearts are broken, but we understand that he is in a better place. … Use this conference to think of your own life and the things that we ought to do to advance the lives of others.”

Although Munroe was best known internationally as a motivational Christian speaker, he was also an outspoken and influential conservative voice on social issues in his mostly Christian home country. In September, in response to Bahamas Pride Weekend, the pastor released a lengthy statement condemning LGBT activists for “hijacking” the civil rights movement.

“I think the attempt to equate the historical civil rights movement with the demands for the right to dignify, glorify, and accept as normal the practice of a lifestyle that could render the human race, for which they scarified, extinct is illogical, dishonest, and is the abuse of the blood and imprisonment of many,” the statement said.

Viewers of Pat Roberton’s “700 Club” will no doubt recognize Munroe, who frequently appeared on the program as a guest. As the Christian Broadcasting Network noted in a report on Munroe’s death, the pastor once joked that “Bahamas is where God lives and He visits America often.”

A mentor to many and leadership coach to business and government leaders around the world, Dr. Munroe, who once said, “the passion of my life: to help as many people as possible, of every nation, race, creed, or social status, to discover their true leadership potential” leaves behind a very powerful and enduring legacy:
  1. “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
  2. “I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest herself or himself.”
  3. “Every human heart cries and yearns for the same thing: a chance to fulfill his or her own dreams and desires. Even the poorest man has a dream.”
  4. “Paradoxically, freedom requires the need to impose control on self, require more responsibility than slavery, and the decision to accept a destiny of freedom, recognizing the process and discipline that personal and political freedom require.”
  5. “The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.”
  6. “People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.”
  7. “We are a sum total of what we have learned from all who have taught us, both great and small.”
  8. “The original purpose for a product determines its design, composition, capacity, and potential. Purpose may be defined as “original intent” or “reason for creation.”
  9. “We are smarter not wiser, we live longer but not healthier, we have more but enjoy less, we go to the moon but not go home.”
  10. “To exercise leadership, you must believe that you are inherently a leader.”
  11. “Leader is not a right, but it is a privilege given by the followers.”
  12. “There is nothing as powerful as an IDEA. Everything created began as an idea. Ideas created and controls the world. Pursue divine ideas.”
  13. “Your existence is evidence that this generation needs something that your life contains.”
  14. Purpose is when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish. Vision is when you see it in your mind and begin to imagine it.”
  15. “The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted… In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential. There is a treasure within you that must come out. Don’t go to the grave with your treasure still within YOU.”
  16. “Circumstances and crises are God’s tools to move you into your purpose and the maximizing of your potential.”
  17. “The Creator caused to be inherent in each created entity – including the apex of his creation, mankind – everything it needs to fulfill its original purpose. The original purpose for mankind, defined and established by the Creator, was to “rule (have dominion) over all the earth”. Since the word ‘dominion’ in this case means to reign and rule, the Creator wired ALL human beings with the capacity and natural ability to lead.”
  18. “Death can never kill an idea. Ideas are more powerful than death. Ideas outlive men and can never be destroyed.”


Dr. Myles Munroe's son can be greater than his Father though it is more than passing through fire. Strength to him in Jesus name !

Gets turned down: Man proposes to GF with 99 iPhone 6s. What a Man Can Do___?


This is the case of a programmer, who spent two years' salary or RMB500,000 (about $82,000) to buy 99 iPhones, and arrange them in the shape of a heart, then propose to his girlfriend before a crowd.
Alas, his 99 iPhones might as well have received the message "Connection failed" - the girl rejected his proposal.

The story and photos have since gone viral online. what will he do with these 99 iPhones 6s now that he is rejected

President of Nigeria full decleration Speech #GEJDeclares

Dear Compatriots:

1.         Four years ago, precisely September 18, 2010; I stood in this Eagle Square, to offer myself for election as the President of our beloved country on the platform of our great party; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


2.            Seven months after that declaration, you elected me to lead this country with overwhelming support from all parts of our Nation. I remain grateful for the trust you reposed in me to lead our Nation through uncommon challenges in our march of progress as a united and democratic country.


3.             Over the years, the Almighty God has made it possible for me to develop a bond with you and I am grateful for your support and understanding in the difficult periods we have journeyed through.

4.             Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, our stewardship has not been without challenges. We have had to deal with the wave of insurgency that has swept through some parts of our dear country. Only yesterday, Government Science Secondary School in YobeState was bombed by insurgents, killing our promising young children who were seeking education to build the country and support their parents. Many Nigerians have lost their lives and property to these mindless killings. Let me crave the indulgence of all present here to stand up to observe a minutes silence in honour of these young lads wholost their lives. Clearly, this has cast a dark cloud on our Nation but we will surely win the war against terror. A number of young men and women have been kidnapped by these criminal elements including our daughters from Chibok. We will free our daughters and defeat terrorism.

5.            We are equipping the armed forces and deploying special forces to engage the terrorist and end this senseless war. We must protect our country. We must save our people. I will do everything humanly possible to end this criminal violence in our Nation.

6.            To ensure the long term stability and development of the affected areas, government has launched three programmes: The Presidential Initiative for the North East, the Victim Support Fund and the Safe School Initiative. The Presidential Initiative for the Northeastis focused on improving infrastructure and economic growth in the region. The Safe School Initiative is centred on creating a safe environment to encourage our children in the communities to acquire education. The Victim Support Fund, a partnership with the Private Sector, has raised about 60 billion Naira, which will help to empower and rehabilitate victims of terror. I promise the victims of these dastardly acts that we will continue to stand with you.


7.            I am grateful to all Nigerians for standing with me.

8.            Let me also thank the leaders and elders of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party, for the opportunity you have given to me to serve our country, Nigeria.

9.            I am overwhelmed by the trust, confidence and support of the various organs of our party, the Board of Trustees, the National Caucus, the National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee, the PDP Governors Forum, members of the PDPCaucuses of the National Assembly, and others.

10.       This day affords me the opportunity to continue the conversation of development we started together.

11.       Infrastructure has been a major focus area of my administrationand so, we pursued the power sector reform to this point of irreversible progress. Nigeria has undertaken a most transparent and corruption free bidding process, attracting global commendation. The on-going 450MW Azura Power Plant in Edo State is a testimony to the success of this transformation.
12.       We have also resumed development of our Hydro-Power potential, with the construction of the 700MW Zungeru Hydro-Power Plant, while construction work on the 3,050MW Mambilla Hydro-Power Plant is about to take off.

13.       Our power generation and distribution companies have now been privatized. We are firmly on the road to guaranteed regular power supply in the months ahead. This our bold move, is paying off!

14.       We are committed to environmental protection and conservation and reducing vulnerability to climate change. In this regard, we have embarked on a number of projects across the country. Of particular note is the AfricanGreat Green Wall Programmed, where we have released about 16 billionnaira for implementation. The project will create a green belt across 11 states from Kebbi to Borno.


15.       In the past three and half years, the water sector has witnessed unprecedented improvement.  Access to potable water is now 67%, up from 58% in 2010, while sanitation coverage is 41%, from 32% within the same period. 

16.       Major developments in water include the completion of 37 Dams and rehabilitation of 10, with several others on-going construction. The flagship Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam which is being built to contain flood from Lake Nyos, is now at 90% completion. We have also completed about 5,000 rural and semi urban water schemes.

17.       We are reforming the National Urban Water supply programmes in 12 states, with 385 formal and informal irrigation projects, covering a total land area of 118000 ha, cultivated mostly by small holder farmers. This has yielded over 3 million metric tons of assorted grains and vegetables, with a market value of about 45billion naira.


18.        Before the advent of this administration, the Railway system was practically dead. Today, we have revived the rail sector. The narrow gauge line from Lagos to Kano has been rehabilitated with improved coaches providing regular services. The rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt-Maidugurirail line is progressing with the Port Harcourt-Gombe segment as well as the branch line from Kafanchan to Kaduna expected to be completed and fully operational by December 2014.

19.       Already, work on the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail line, is progressing. The tracks of the rail line will be completed by December this year 2014. Upon completion of the project in the first quarter of 2015, itwill be possible for Nigerians to live in Kaduna and work in Abuja. The Itape-Ajaokuta-Wari standard gauge line has attained an advanced stage, with the track completely laid. We hope to commence full operation before the end of 2015.






20.       Other segments of the new standard gauge speed train network are planned with contract already awarded for the Lagos –Ibadan Segment. There will be more of such modern and faster rail connections in the coming years. Already, discussions are now at advanced stage, for the Coastal rail line that will traverse through 10 states, from Lagos through the South-Southand South-East, all the way to Calabar.

21.       My administration has successfully completed the dredging of the lower River Niger from Baro in Niger State to Warriin in Delta State. The cheering news is that over 6.7 million passengers and over 1.6 million  tonnes of cargo have been moved through this channel in less than three years.

22.       I am happy to also report that our ports now operate 24 hour service, which has led to the reduction of clearing time and improved efficiency.



23.       When I assumed office in 2010, out of the 35,000km of federal roads nationwide, only about 5,000km were motorable. Today, that number has increased to about 25,000km. We expect to complete the remaining 10,000kmin three years while initiating new ones.

24.       I made a commitment to build two new major bridges across the River Niger and River Benue. Today, the new bridge over the River Benue, connecting Loko in Nassarawa State to Oweto in Benue State has reached an advance stage of completion, while work has commenced on the Second Niger Bridge.

25.       Beyond these, my administration has concluded plans to re-commence the construction of Bodo-Bonny Road with three major bridges on the alignment that will link the Island of Bonny with Rivers mainland.


       


26.       Preliminary works have started on my administration’s planned re-construction and expansion of the MurtalaMuhammed International Airport Road in Lagos to a world class entry point into our country. Only a few months ago, work started on the dualization of Kano-Katsina Road. While many Nigerians are celebrating the marked improvements on our roads, I want to assure that it will get even better as we move forward.

27.       In the pursuit of an integrated transportation system, we embarked on the construction of five new Airport Terminal Buildings and Air-field facilities. We are alsore-constructing existing ones.The re-construction upon completion, will lead to improved passenger processing, increased cargo handling capacity and enhancedAir-field facilities that meet international standard and improves safety. These efforts have been met with global acknowledgement including the attainment and retention of the FAA Category One status.

28.       In housing, we signed the National Housing Policy to kick-start the framework for providing more affordable homes for our people. We have also expanded the National Housing Fund to accommodate more Nigerians. We have started a revolution in the housing sector with the start of theNigerianMortgage and Refinanced Company(NMRC) a new initiative of my administration, that will enable more citizens in the lower income bracket to become first time home owners.

29.       Our partners such as the World Bank group are supporting this with US300million dollars interest free credit, while my administration will back it with over 100billion naira in bonds. We are already processing 66,000 mortgage applications for our young people. We have amended the PENCOM Act to enable thepension funds invest inhousing sector bonds. This will create a boom in the housing sector.



30.       In the Federal Capital Territory, we are rapidly building a befitting National Capital by expanding and providing new infrastructure, developing ten new districts and Satellite Towns to cater for the ever increasing population. In no distant future, you will be able to arrive at the NnamdiAzikiwe International Airport and proceed to the city using the Abuja Light Rail. In addition to providing durable health, educational and transportation services, we are also collaborating with Organized Labour to build functional, affordable and social housing in Abuja.


31.        Other critical capital developments that are being packaged by this Administration include the development of the Ultra-Modern World Trade Centre, the Abuja Town Centre, the Jabi Lake Comprehensive Centre, the Centenary City and the Land Swap Districts. This private sector driven infrastructural development will positively change the skyline of the city and provide the required office and residential accommodation, shopping and recreation as well as tourism and entertainment facilities of the FCT.
32.        In our determination to encourage much greater participation of Nigerians in the oil and gas industry, one of the first actions I took, was the enactmentof the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act. As a result of this law, indigenous Nigerian participation levels, in upstream and downstream activities of the oil and gas industry have increased by over 45%, thereby increasing employment opportunities for our youth.

33.        We have also succeeded in eliminating the long queues that previously characterisedour filling stations, through regular and sustained product supply.

34.       Gas infrastructure to ensure adequate Gas to Power and Gas to Industry, is being aggressively put in place.Over 450km of gas pipelines have been installed over the last 3years. Another 2,000km is planned over the next 4years. Critical petrochemical andfertilizerfacilities have commenced including thegas industrial park in Delta State, for which I am scheduled to perform the ground-breaking this Friday. This will create millionsof jobs and make Nigeria a regional hub.

35.       In addition, as a result of government favourable policies the private sector is investing over 12 billion dollars in the petrochemical sector, over the next 4years. This will surely create millions of jobs for our people.

36.       In terms of gas supply, we have grown from less than500million cubic feet per day, 4years ago, to about1.5 billion cubic feet per day currently. Our goal is to attain 4 billion cubic feet per day, over the next 4years.

37.       We have changed the face of agriculture. We moved agriculture away from a development Programme to agriculture as a business. My vision is to create wealth for our people through agriculture.

38.       We have focused on encouraging the private sector to boost investments in the agricultural sector. As a result, the number of seed companies rose from five to eighty in the past three years. Private sector investment in the agricultural sector expanded by $ US 5.6 billion across the Agricultural value chain.
39.       We ended decades of corruption in the fertilizer and seed sectors. We developed a transparent and efficient system of reaching farmers directly with subsidized farm inputs. Before our reforms, fertilizer procurement and distribution took from the needy and gave to the greedy. We restored dignity back to farmers. Today, 14 million farmers, of which 2 million are women, access fertilizers with their mobile phones, through an e-wallet system. Nigeria is the first country in the world to develop an e-wallet system to reach farmers with subsidized farm inputs on their mobile phones. Several African countries are now borrowing this transparent and efficient e-wallet system for their own countries.

40.       Our national food production expanded by an additional 21 million metric tons between 2011 and 2014, a record, exceeding our set target of 20 million metric tons set for 2015.The Dangote Group, has committed to invest $US 1 billion in commercial rice production and processing. With all these developments, we are expected to be an exporter of rice in the next five years. This will be a new dawn!

41.        The benefits are showing on our food imports. Our food import bill has declined from 1.1 trillion Naira in 2009 to 684 billion Naira by December 2013, even with our increasing population, a reduction of 40%.

42.        Nigeria met its Millennium Development Goal One on reducing hunger and extreme poverty, two years ahead of 2015 target set by the United Nations, and was given an award by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

43.        To sustain this trend, we are encouraging young graduates through the Nagropreneurs Programme to go into commercial Agriculture. We are also encouraging our students in Post Primary Schools to embrace commercial Agriculture through the National School Agriculture Programme.

44.        My dear people, corruption remains a big challenge in our national life. It corrodes our efforts at development and at motivating competence in critical sectors of our national growth. We have eradicated it in the agricultural sector and we will surely eradicate it in other sectors of our economy.

45.       Going forward, my focus is to continue to reinforce institutions, systems, and processes to tackle corruption, and also to bring to justice those that perpetrate corruption.  Through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS), we have weeded out 56,000 ghost workers from the Federal Civil Service, saving 162 billion naira.

46.       I have directed ICPC to bring the perpetrators of this criminal act to book. Let this be very clear, public officers must live by example, fully accounting for the national trust and resources in their care.

47.       In our journey to progress, knowledge is indispensable. Knowledge is power! This is why my administration established 14 new Universities out of which 12 are conventional and two are specializedPolice and Maritime Universities. Under my watch, every state in Nigeria, now has a Federal University.


48.       In addition, over 500billion naira have been spent, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the special NEEDS assessment fund on various projects to increase access and improve the quality of infrastructure at the tertiary level of our education system.

49.       To provide equal access and opportunities in education and ensure that no Nigerian child is left behind, we have established and equipped 150 Almajiri Schools across the Northern states and the Out-of-School-Children Programme including Specialized Boys and Girls Schools across the country.

50.       Fellow Nigerians, our country was faced with a major National security, humanitarian, and economic threat in the form of the Ebola Virus Disease, which arrived in the country on July 20, 2014, by way of a foreign national, Mr Patrick Sawyer.


51.       Realizing the imminent threat, I declared a national emergency, pulling states, local and federal government into action as well as individual Nigerians to combat this disease. Without the quick action of patriotic Nigerians in the First Consultant Hospital, as well as the co-operation of Lagos and Rivers State, where the disease occurred, working with the Federal Ministry of Health and the co-operation of all Nigerians we could not have succeeded in overcoming this deadly disease. Fellow Nigerians we stopped Ebola together.

52.       Just as we stopped Ebola, we are on our way to eradicating the Polio Virus in our country.  We have reduced the incident of new Polio Virus from 300 in 2010, to 6 today.

53.       My brothers and sisters, to encourage entrepreneurship and self-reliance among our teeming graduates, we have developed creative opportunities for enterprise for our young people.

54.       Programmes such as YouWIN, the Graduate Internship Scheme, the Nagropreneurs Initiative, the 220 Billion Naira Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fundand the 3 Billion Naira Grant to Nollywoodare empowering our graduates, the creative industry and other young people to start up their own businesses and employ others.

55.       We have supported the growth of industry through policy and action. We launched The National industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP), and the National Enterprise Development Programme as key drivers to bring about our desires in the industrial sectors and to diversify our economy. Our new National Automobile Policy is transforming Nigeria into a vibrant hub for the automobile industry. Our own Innoson Motors is producing world standard vehicles, and Nissan, Hyundai, and Kia, have set up factories in Nigeria and are employing thousands of our people.

56.       Our support for cement production is unprecedented. We have increased our installed capacity from 16.5 million metric tons per annum in 2011 to 39.5 million metric tons per annum in 2014. Nigeria is now exporting cement. We are moving forward!We must produce what we consume and consume what we produce.

57.       Our efforts to create an enabling environment for job creation in different sectors of the economy including the MSME sector, agriculture, housing and manufacturing have yielded results. Between the third quarter of 2012, when we started tracking jobs created and the end of 2013, 1.9 million jobs were created. To deepen our success in this area, I have created a Presidential Jobs Creation Board headed by the Vice President with the mandate to create at least two million jobs a year.




58.       My brothers and sisters, our economy is heading in the right direction and our efforts are yielding positive results. Our economy continues to grow at the rate of 6 to 7 percent annually, one of the highest in the world. Our country is now the top investment destination and the largest economy in Africa, with a GDP of 80trillion naira (510billion dollars) as well as the 26th largest economy in the world.

59.       As part of its efforts to support inclusive growth and economic development in Nigeriathrough the CBN, my administration has created and disbursed the sum of 200billion naira via the Commercial Agric and Credit scheme, 300billion naira Power and Aviation fund, 220billion naira Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Fund, as well as 300 billion naira rail sector refinancing facilities at single digit interest rate. We will continue to deepen the reforms in the financial sector,in order to sustain thegrowth of our economy and uplift our people from poverty to prosperity.

60.       Dear Compatriots, I promised as President,that we wouldsanitizeand restoreintegrity in our electoral process, by ensuring that our votes are not only counted, but truly count. We have gone to great length to ensure transparent, free, fair, and credible elections.  Elections have been conducted across the country with local and international election observers testifying to their transparency.

61.       On the international scene, we have advanced our regional, continental and global objectives. We have strengthened our relationships with our neighbours and in many instances supported them to protect their democracy, security and stability.We are serving for a second time within a period of 4years at the United Nations Security Council.This is unprecedented in our Nation’s history. My brothers and sister, this is a growing attestation of our country’s growing influence.



62.       In the first quarter of this year, our country celebrated its centenary. To prepare the nation for the challenges of the next one hundred years, I convened a National Conference where recommendations and resolutions were reached towards a more perfect union. We shall implement the report.

63.       Four years ago, I made a commitment to advance the rise and rise of womanhood. Today, I am glad that we have made remarkable progress in this regard, trusting in the potential of our women and reaping from their dedication and ingenuity. I believe that any nation that ignores womanhood cannot achieve its full potential. It is in this regard that I ensured that women were given more opportunities in government, and I have notbeen disappointed.

64.       Specifically, I doubled the percentage of women in the cabinet and gave them more challenging assignments.

65.       The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), is now admitting female cadets as regular combatants and it is now possible for a woman to rise through the ranks to the peak in military service,and become a full general. 

66.       We must continue to sustain the banner of freedom and justice that we have held high in our country. I am proud to say that there are no political prisoners in Nigeria today.No Nigerian has been driven to exile and no one will be, under my watch.

67.       It is in furtherance of a peaceful, participatory and inclusive democracy that I signed the Freedom of Information (FOI)Bill into law, to expand the frontiers of our fundamental freedom.

68.       Let me re-affirm that under a Jonathan Presidency, your views, no matter how freely expressed, will not send you to prison or into exile.


69.       I am convinced that I have kept my pact with Nigerians, and it is now time to look to the future. With your tremendous support, we have collectively done so much in the last three and half years, but to take our country to the next level, there is still more to be done.

70.       History has shown that the path of honour for any true leader is not to walk away from his people in moments of challenges. We must stand together in adversity and overcome all threats to our development. We must defend our future, for the sake of our children.

71.       So many things have inspired me in the journey to this moment. I want to appreciate ordinary Nigerians, especially young people, for the solidarity shown to me by contributing their meagre resources to enable me arrive at this point.


72.       I appreciate the kind gesture of the Cattle Breeders Union, Miyetti Allah,   and the Market Women Association, who encouraged me by coming together to contribute to the purchase of my Nomination form.

73.       In the same vein, I am touched by the National Association of Widows who also encouraged me with their widow’s mite.

74.       This labour of love, from ordinary Nigerians, has increased my appreciation of your solidarity, my trust in our joint destiny, and all we have achieved together these past three and half years.

75.       Therefore, after seeking the face of God, in quiet reflection with my family and having listened to the call of our people nationwide to run, I, GoodluckEbeleAzikiweJonathan, have acceptedto re-present myself, on the platform of The Peoples’ Democratic Party, for re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the 2015 general elections.

76.       Democracy is a collective action, energized by individual responsibility. Your mandate at this time will inspire in me the strength to complete the good work we have started together.

77.       My dear people of Nigeria, we must complete the task of ensuring that we lift the poor out of the depth of want, and place their feet firmly on the ladder of prosperity.

78.       In this election season, I appeal to all of you, not to harm, maim or kill; and not to incite violence of any kind. We must never forget our common bond, one people from the womb of one Nigeria. Again I say: My ambition to serve you is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. I remain committed to this principle of non-violence.




79.       If you believe that we must build a country that works for all, where the strong lift up the weak, and not trample upon them, where the vote of every citizen determines who governs or represents you, where the democratic space is open to all citizens to fulfil their aspirations, irrespective of the circumstance of birth, your brother, GoodluckEbeleAzikiweJonathan stands ready to continue in service to you.

80.       My brothers and sisters, we cannot go back to the old ways! Our railways were allowed to rot in neglect, we have revived and are modernising them.

81.       We cannot go back to the old ways! Our road infrastructure collapsed. We are reconstructing, and expandingfederal roads across the country.

82.       We cannot go back to the old ways! Our airport terminal buildings were dilapidated and our airspace unsafe. We are fixing this.

83.       We cannot go back to the old ways! Our agricultural practices did not benefit our farmers and our people.  Fertilizer distribution was a major source of fraud and we were importing food more than our budget can carry. Now we are on our way to self-sufficiency in food production.

84.       Do you want to go back to the old ways?

85.       We cannot go back to the old ways, where there were long queues at our filling stations due to irregular supply of products and our people were exploited.

86.       We cannot go back to the old ways, when women and youths were denied opportunities in government and in responsible positions.

87.       Do you want to go back to the old ways?

88.       We cannot go back to the old ways!We had skewed distribution of tertiary institutions.Whereas some states had more than onedegree awarding institution, some had none. We have nowmade sure all states have at least one Federal University.

89.       We cannot go back to the old ways! Our economy is now the largest in Africa. Once, we were virtuallyimporting everything, now we are exporting several products,including cement.

90.       We cannot go back to the old ways!In 2009, average life expectancy was 47 years, by the end of 2013, it was 52 years. Some of our hospitals now perform open heart surgeries, kidney transplants and other challenging operations as we reposition our health service to end decades of medical tourism that drains our scarce resources.

91.       We cannot go back to the old ways!Together, in unity, we overcame Ebola, and in the process demonstrated the strength of the Nigerian spirit. And together, united, we must maintain our vigilance.
           




92.       Do you want to go back to the old ways?

93.       We cannot go back to the old ways where individual freedoms were trampled upon and citizens were locked up for expressing their views or criticising government.

94.       Do you want to go back to the old ways?

95.       We cannot go back to the old ways! We must continue to have free and fair elections. We cannot go back to the era where ballot box snatching and stuffing became the norm.Where your votes never counted.

96.       Certainly, we cannot!

97.       We have to move forward! Only forward!!, my dear people, Forward!!!

98.       In moving forward, I see a Nigeria that thirsts for progress with children across the nation, eager for knowledge and safely in schools!

99.       I see a Nigeria where all who have taken up arms, would again embrace peace!

100.   I see a Nigeria where our women can aspire to any heights, without hindrance!

101.   I see a Nigeria where the flames in the Eagles will rekindle, and the Falcons soaring higher in victory! 
102.    I see a Nigeria where the children of Mustapha, and Christopher, Ade and Ada,Timi and Bunmi, Nnamdi and Namadi, do not go hungry!

103.    I see a Nigeria where all, no matter their beliefs, live in peace and harmony!

104.    I see a Nigeria where the green passport is accorded a royal reception the world over!

105.    I see a Nigeria where one day the next generation will take us to outer space.



106.   Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, leadership is about staying focused to achieve goals despite challenges. I have been faced with many challenges since coming to office as President. With your support and encouragement, we have stayed the course.

107.   We are succeeding, against all odds. For the young Nigerian child, who grew up in the rural area, just like me, we are expanding opportunities and giving them hope. For the market woman, we are expanding opportunities. For our young entrepreneurs, we are expanding opportunities. For the right of our people to vote and for their voices to be heard, we are expanding opportunities. For Nigerians to have the right to free speech, we are expanding opportunities. For the job seekers, against all odds, we are expanding opportunities. 



108.   While serving our people, I will always ensure the rule of law. I do not intimidate, I expand the democratic space.  I give voice to the voiceless and uphold the weak, for the nation belongs to us all. Fellow Nigerians, as we build our democracy, leaders must show temperance at all times. That is a virtue, one which I treasure, and will always uphold.


109.   My people, Nigeria is destined for greatness. Today, here at Eagle Square, I say to Nigeria, that working together in love, in strength and in faith, we will build a nation of one people, united in purpose and in action.

110.   Fellow Nigerians, it is forward ever! We must put our hopes to work! Together, we will realize our collective destiny.

111.   Thank you!!

112.  God bless Nigeria!!