Friday, May 29, 2015

Video of Inaugural Speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari

Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015, at the Eagles Square, Abuja.

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.

I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted. I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Children's Day! But Remember the Missing Chibok School Girls

Lest we forget, today is Children's Day and the missing Chibok school girls are still missing and the out-going President Goodluck Jonathan does not bother about them and did not even broadcast any Children's Day message to Nigerian children.

May the Almighty God give our children a better President who will not play bloody politics with the precious lives of our innocent children. Amen.
Visit The Bring Back Our Girls Facebook for an up-to-date list of rallies and marches across the world. If you don’t see one near you, start your own! Send the date, time, and location to Bring Back Our Girls and they’ll make sure the world gets out.

Timeline of Events

This timeline, based on news reports, summarizes the events that followed the abduction of almost 300 girls in northern Nigeria. Check back for updates.
Monday, April 14
  • Residents of Chibok received phone calls on Monday night from residents in neighboring villages, who had seen convoys of vehicles (trucks, buses, motorcycles) with heavily armed militants heading toward Chibok (The Guardian).
  • They warned of an attack by Boko Haram (The Guardian).
  • The militants and the convoys arrived at Chibok around 9 p.m. and headed straight for the Girls Government Secondary School (CNN).
  • They engaged in gunfire with around 15 soldiers who were stationed at Chibok and the Girls Government Secondary School (The Guardian), killing two soldiers (CNN). The soldiers were outnumbered and reinforcements didn’t arrive (The Guardian).
  • The militants, who were dressed in Nigerian military uniforms according to escaped girls, then entered the buildings where the girls were sleeping (The New Yorker). They told the girls not to worry, that they were taking them to safety (The New Yorker). Some of the girls thought the men were Nigerian soldiers protecting them, but then realized the men were not when they shouted, “Allahu akbar” (Sydney Morning Herald).
  • Over 270 girls, who were mostly between 16 and 18 years old, were rounded up at gunpoint and loaded into the vehicles (The Guardian). According to the Guardian, the whole event lasted 5 hours, running into the early hours of Tuesday (The Guardian).
  • Some girls escaped that night, jumping off of trucks, grabbing onto swinging branches (The Telegraph), or running out of vehicles that were broken down (CNN).
  • The school was among the 85 secondary schools that the Borno state officials had closed since March because of attacks and threats by Boko Haram, but the girls had returned to take their final exams (NYTimes).
Tuesday, April 15
  • Small reports from BBC News and Associated Press about abduction. Very little information is known at the time. Reports say only 100 girls missing.
Wednesday, April 16
  • The Nigerian military stated: “Just eight of the 129 abducted school girls were still missing.” (CNN)
  • Major General Chris Olukolade stated that “One of the alleged attackers has been captured, and a military search-and-rescue operation is ongoing to ‘ensure the safety of the remaining students.’” (CNN)
  • “Soldiers and the Civilian Joint Task Force, as well as volunteers from the area, are now combing the forest to rescue the schoolgirls. They are aided by surveillance helicopters to locate the kidnappers' position.” (CNN)
Thursday, April 17
  • Conflicting with the Nigerian military, parents registered over 230 girls missing, a number much higher than reported by the government. (CNN)
  • On April 17, the Nigerian military retracted the report on the missing girls. The director of defense said the initial report was “not intended to deceive the public.” (CNN)
  • On Thursday and Friday, there were conflicting reports of how many girls were still missing and those who had managed to escape. Asabe Kwambura, principal of Government Girls Secondary School, stated 14 girls escaped and returned. Musa Inuwa Kubo, the Borno state education commissioner, said 30 girls had escaped.(CNN)
  • Parents made several attempts to venture into the “vast forests where militant camps are located – and where near-daily air raids by the Nigerian army have been halted since the kidnappings – many said they had little faith in the government.” (The Guardian)
April 23
  • First time #BringBackOurGirls is used on Twitter. At April 23 UNESCO World Book Capital City opening ceremonies, VP of World Bank Africa Oby Ezekwesil demanded the release of the girls, saying, “Bring back the girls.” Ibrahim M. Abdullahi tweeted the statement with #BringBackOurGirls and #BringBackOurDaughters. (Mashable)
April 28
  • Borno state governor said that eight more girls had escaped over the weekend, meaning a total 52 had fled. (BBC News)
April 29
  • Malala Yousafzai speaks with BBC Radio 4 about the abducted girls in Nigeria, calling the girls her sisters, and saying that every girl has a right to an education, that Boko Haram is abusing Islam, and that the international community must listen and must raise their voices. (BBC Radio 4)
April 30
  • New outlets reporting girls are being sold by Boko Haram for $12 and are being taken across border to Chad and Cameroon. (Washington Post)
  • Spike in international tweets mentioning #BringBackOurGirls in response to girls being sold as slaves. (Mashable)
  • One Million Women March in Abuja, Nigeria, including mothers and families of missing girls, women from Chibok, and hundreds of Nigerians in protest about government and military response. (The Guardian)
  • Petitions on Change.Org and the begin appearing to pressure U.S. and UN to send aid to Nigerian military. (Mashable)
May 1
  • Social media campaign takes off in U.S. with celebrities such as Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown tweeting to #BringBackOurGirls. It was tweeted 268,616 times on May 1. (Mashable)
May 3
  • John Kerry states that the U.S. will help in search for missing girls during a speech in Ethiopia, beginning the first official U.S. governmentt response to Nigeria. (Washington Post)
May 4
  • President Goodluck Jonathan makes statement vowing to find missing girls, three weeks after they were abducted. Jonathan is facing criticism from parents of missing girls, many Nigerians, and also international pressure. (TIME)
May 5
  • Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau publishes a video saying they kidnapped the girls and will sell them on international “human market.” (The Guardian)
  • Reports of 11 more girls kidnapped from two more Borno state villages, as well as reports that two girls had died of snake bites and 20 girls are ill. (Associated Press)
May 6
  • President Obama makes statement that the U.S will send help to the Nigerian military and government, including small team of advisors on military, hostage situations, and law enforcement. (TIME)
May 7

  • FLOTUS Michelle Obama posts to Twitter and Instagram a photo of her holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign, and it’s been retweeted 45,310 times so far. (ABC News)
  • Nigerian police offer $300,000 reward for information on location of girls. (LA Times)
  • As of May 7, #BringBackOurGirls has been tweeted 1.3 million times…and counting. (BBC News)
  • As of May 7, there have been over 30 protests worldwide against the abduction and government’s response, and in support of the missing girls and their families. Many more are planned for following weeks, with more being added daily across the globe. (Bring Back Our Girls)


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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Best Looks from the Cannes Film Festival

The Best Looks From The Cannes Film Festival

From Charlize Theron to Emma Stone, these are the best looks from this years Canne's Film Festivak red carpet.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Mike Tyson To Star in New Kung Fu Movie 'Ip Man 3' To Fight With Donnie Yen

Mike Tyson Joins 'Ip Man 3' To Fight With Donnie Yen

SHANGHAI, May 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, invited by famous Chinese producer and entrepreneur Shi Jianxiang, officially joined the cast of Ip Man 3 on a press conference in Shanghai on May 6, 2015. The $36 million Kung Fu biopic reunites the team that made the first two movies, and is executive-produced by Shi, founder and CEO of Shanghai Kuailu Investment Group.

Martial artist Donnie Yen, who will reprise his role as Ip Man in the third installment, exchanged gifts with Tyson on Wednesday's press conference. Tyson gave a boxing glove to Yen, who in return gave a set of mook jongs, or wooden dummies used in martial arts training. Executive producer Shi also sent a sword to Tyson, wishing him a thriving film career in China.

According to Shi, Tyson decided to come aboard right after a conversation with him on a Chinese Kong Fu movie earlier this year, when Shi was invited to Los Angeles for the Oscars and investment opportunities with Paramount Pictures. Tyson said he's a big fan of Ip Man and has watched the first two movies more than three times each.

"I liked reading martial arts novels when I was a little child, and have been fascinated with Kong Fu since then," said Shi. "I think of myself as macho, generous and bold, just like those novel characters. After talking with Tyson, I also found him warm and loyal to friends. That's why we swore to be brothers."

Ip Man (1893-1972) was a Chinese martial artist who popularized the practice of Wing Chun, a discipline specialized in close-range combat. One of his most famous pupils was Bruce Lee, who later developed his own discipline, Jeet Kune Do. Ip Man 3 focuses on the master-student relationship between Ip Man and Bruce Lee. But in the opinion of Shi, the movie is not just a story.

"The movie also conveys the spirit of emotion and justice," said Shi. "This year marks the 70th anniversary of World War II, and the 110th of the founding of the Chinese film industry. I feel like I'm not only publishing a movie, but carrying forward the Chinese spirit as well."

Tyson is set to have a significant role in Ip Man 3, playing a property developer who also happens to be a street fighter. He's going to have some intense fighting scenes with Donnie Yen. Shi hopes that the introduction of Tyson can further facilitate the cultural exchange between China and U.S., especially in the film industry.

"I always have a dream about Chinese movies," said Shi. "Chinese culture can provide such great raw ingredients, but we lack techniques and professionalism of production. By learning from the Hollywood, we can play a greater role on the world stage and make our voices heard."

Shi said as China's movies industry continuing to soar, it has drawn continued investment and more attention from overseas stars. In 2012, the Asian superpower overtook Japan to become the second largest film market worldwide, closing fast on the international movie giant the U.S. China's box office grew 37% over the past year to $4.8 billion. Every day in China, 15 new cinema screens are added to the country's huge collection of 25,000.

In this favorable environment, the previous Ip Man series produced by Pegasus Films chief Raymond Wong grossed $37 million worldwide, and created a sensation for a while among the audience. Shi is therefore optimistic about the box office prospects of Ip Man 3, which is tentatively scheduled for release in 3D in the first quarter of 2016.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

We Are Ready To Handover - Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi

We are ready for handover – Amaechi

Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi, has expressed the readiness of his Administration to handover on May 29. Amaechi who dismissed rumours he would not be handing over the reign of governance on the date, wondered what he would be doing in office after May 29. The Rivers state Governor averred that the entire cabinet has made ready their notes preparatory to the terminal date of his regime.

“We are ready for handover unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the centre that is busy making new appointments and sacking people. They have refused to brief the Muhammadu Buhari Transition Team and All Progressives Congress, APC, is not screaming blue murder. Rather, the APC at the centre is meeting and planning and preparing for government”.

Painting an ugly scenario in Rivers State, Gov. Amaechi stated that rather than support democracy, PDP has been busy doctoring election results and Voter Register.

“Unfortunately in Rivers State, the PDP is busy doctoring election results, doctoring Voter Register as to cover their stolen mandate, and crying wolf to cover their mischief”.

Amaechi who spoke through the Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, added that whoever would take over from him has no reason to panic.

In a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday, Semenitari dismissed insinuations the outgoing regime had shown no co-operation with the man the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared winner of the April 11 governorship election in Rivers State. While dismissing reports the outgoing Administration has been un-co-operative with the PDP, Semenitari allayed such fears saying that PDP already has everything going for it. “They stole the outcome of the April 11 election and gave no hoot; they declared their candidates winners with the criminal connivance of INEC and cared less about local, national and international opinion that what took place in Rivers state on April 11 was everything but an election. The more APC had pushed for electoral materials which are statutory demands of an electoral litigation, the farther PDP and INEC had kept it, and seemingly, they have had their way. So, they have all going for them. They have nothing to worry about. If and when Mr. Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, will be sworn in, the issue of handover notes and other statutory briefings should not be any worry to him. Already Wike has as part of his transition team the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Renner Ikuru, who is ViceChairman of the Rivers Stare Executive Council, and who is abreast of all projects and Programmes of the current administration, having chaired many sensitive state government committees as well as state cabinet meetings”, Semenitari said.

“After all, PDP has constituted Inauguration and Transition Committees, respectively”.

The Information and Communications Commissioner who insisted PDP stole the mandate it is parading, reasoned that with the pair of Ikuru and Wike, PDP should have no difficulty with any briefings that they might need from the current administration. She advised PDP to learn from APC which has not raised any hairs despite what are deliberate steps at the centre to provoke the party. “Governor Amaechi has not made any new appointment as he knows he is leaving office, unlike what PDP is doing at the centre. They are busy sacking and making appointments, functions that should be entirely left for the incoming Administration. Provocative as it is, APC has rather, concerned itself with continued preparations to give Nigerians good governance. APC has refused to dance to PDP’s evil drumbeats, choosing to show maturity.

“Let PDP in Rivers state leave Governor Amaechi alone. He is a busy man and did not contest any elections. Governor Amaechi is known for committing his all into any worthy assignment or duty he is called to do. Having governed Rivers State for close to eight years, Amaechi cannot be happier that history and posterity will judge him fairly. A fact a million PDPs cannot obliterate”.

Ibim Semenitari
Commissioner of Information and Communications
Rivers State

Friday, May 8, 2015

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