Saturday, April 11, 2015

The hunt for the Saudi 'rubbish girl'

After a sharply dressed Saudi man mocked a young migrant picking through rubbish, others rushed to try to find the girl and give her money.
The young man stopped to take a selfie in front of an African migrant picking through rubbish in Jeddah. He spotted that the young girl, maybe about 10 years old, was wearing a shirt displaying the logo of the al-Ittihad football team, and saw the opportunity for a quick joke.
"Look at where al-Ittihad is, in the bin," the man wrote underneath the photo on the image-sharing app Snapchat.
The image was then taken off Snapchat and widely shared on other social networks, as well as reported in the media. Not many people found it funny. The overwhelming sentiment online was outrage and anger: people who saw the picture thought it was in poor taste, even racist, and that the man was using a poor child as a prop.
"It's a publicity stunt, poor girl doesn't even know what's going on, he's pathetic,"one commented on Twitter.
The incident highlighted the tension between Saudi nationals and migrants, many of whom work difficult jobs and struggle to make ends meet. In the past there may not have been much public sympathy for migrants rights in the country, and indeed some of the anger with the man came from outside Saudi, but on this occasion large numbers of Saudis too joined the condemnation of the man. "This guy does not represent me," one Saudi female tweeted.

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The Saudi man returned to the young girl to give her gifts
The Saudi man returned to the young girl to give her gifts

The man apologised in a YouTube videoand he even returned to the girl and posted a picture of himself giving her presents. Meanwhile others leapt in to try to help her, but because her identity isn't known they had to try and find her and a hashtag that translates as "search for Jeddah child" attracted more than 200,000 tweets. One wealthy al-Ittihad fan promised to donate more than US$16,000 to the girl and others including Saudi racing car driver Yazeed al-Rajhi also made pledges - more than $100,000 worth in all.
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"Saudi society is a very generous society ... but let's see if they follow up on what they say," says Forgan al-Madhi, a Saudi social media commentator who lives in London. "A more important issue would be to question what we're doing about illegal migrants than dealing with one little girl," he says.
The girl hasn't yet been found, and so it's not clear whether she will ever receive the large sums pledged for her.

Pictures telling the African story for the week 3rd-9th April, 2015

A selection of the photos from across Africa this week.
People look at high end cars imported from Europe on sale in Abidjan in Ivory Coast on 4 April 2015.
Passers-by are attracted by the music and flashing lights coming from the fancy cars for sale in Abidjan in Ivory Coast on Saturday. Every weekend imported high-end cars are on display.
The Lagos grill and BBQ festival, Nigeria - Sunday 5 April 2015
The next day in Nigeria, Lagosians enjoy the city's first barbeque festival featuring the best meaty selections from 15 restaurants...
The Lagos grill and BBQ festival, Nigeria - Sunday 5 April 2015
BBC cameraman Ayo Bello says guests enjoyed the music and smoky atmosphere as chicken, ribs, burgers, fish, pork and beef were grilled for sampling.
Actors take part in the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus in Lagos, Nigeria on 3 April 2015.
In Lagos on Friday, actors take part in the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus. Many Christians commemorate Easter across Africa.
A survivor is reunited with relatives in Nairobi, Kenya on 4 April 4 2015.
The week has been dominated by the aftermath of the university attack in the Kenyan town of Garissa. Here a traumatised survivor is reunited with relatives on Saturday...
Kenyan university students participate in a demonstration against an attack by gunmen at the Garissa University College campus, along the streets of the capital Nairobi on 7 April 2015.
The university killings by Somali-based al-Shabab militants sparked demonstrations on Tuesday. Here people in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, demand better security in the country...
Kenyans gathered at Hero gardens, Kenya on 7 March 2015
As evening fell, BBC photographer Peter Njoroge says Kenyans from all walks of life gathered for a vigil in Nairobi to remember the 148 people killed, who were mainly students.
Robert Mugabe in Pretoria, South Africa 7 April 7, 2015
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe appears to be sporting a new look on Tuesday as he arrives in South Africa for a state visit. He was standing in front of South African politician Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.
Sjaak Rijke in Bamako, Mali, 7 April 2015
Also on Tuesday, Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke arrives at Bamako airport in Mali after a French patrol freed him. He was kidnapped by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants in 2011.
Malawi tobacco is displayed on 8 April 2015 at the Lilongwe Auction Floors in Malawi
Cured tobacco is displayed at auction rooms in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, on Wednesday when President Peter Mutharika said the global anti-smoking lobby had hit the economy, but it could not stop growing the crop overnight.
A traditional group perform in Omdurman in Sudan 4 April 2015.
On Saturday, a traditional group performs in Sudan's Omdurman city in front of Justice Party presidential candidate Yasser Yahia Saleh - waving a stick in a manner reminiscent of incumbent leader Omar al-Bashir - during a campaign meeting...
Supporters of Sudan's National Congress Party ride camels to attend a campaign rally at Fasher in North Darfur, Sudan 8 April 2015.
Four days later, supporters of President Bashir ride camels to attend a rally in Fasher in Sudan's western region of Darfur.
An arts student performs a silent protest in front of the statue of Cecil Rhodes as a crane removes it in Cape Town, South Africa, 9 April 2015
An arts student in South Africa performs as a crane prepares to remove a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes from the University of Cape Town on Thursday after weeks of protests.
An Ethiopian Orthodox worshipper prays at the Ethiopian section of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City 9 April 2015
And on the same day, an Ethiopian Orthodox worshipper prays during a ceremony at the Ethiopian section of a Jerusalem church ahead of the Orthodox Easter.

Nigeria's top five governor battles


A trader changes dollars with naira at a currency exchange store in Lagos 12 February 2015

Nigeria's 36 state governors wield enormous power and influence - some have control of budgets larger than neighbouring countries.
This weekend Nigerians will be voting for 29 of them - two weeks after the historic vote which saw veteran opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari defeat Goodluck Jonathan, the incumbent president.
It will also be a titanic battle between Mr Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of Gen Buhari.
Here are the five most important battlegrounds:

Map showing the political controlling parties by state in Nigeria
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Lagos

The commercial hub of the country, it has been under the opposition rule since the return of democracy in 1999. It is estimated to have a GDP of $91bn (£62bn), higher than 42 countries in Africa, according one of the candidates for governor.
Although cosmopolitan, the state had two Muslim governors in the last 16 years, including the outgoing Babatunde Fashola credited with transforming its chaotic nature with various development projects.
In an attempt to balance the equation, two Christians are now vying for the top job: Akinwumi Ambode of the APC and Jimi Agbaje of the PDP.

A man walks past banners campaigning for All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Akinwunmi Ambode, under a bridge in Lagos April 6, 2015
A shoe-mender works near a poster campaigning for frontline contender and Lagos governorship candidate for the People's Democratic Party (PDP)

The PDP did fairly well in the presidential vote in Lagos, so it is going to be a tight race - and its candidate is very popular within the Igbo community, which controls substantial business enterprises.
It will be the biggest blow to the incoming government if it loses Lagos, which is the most populous and industrialised state with the highest non-oil revenue earnings.

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Rivers

This is a battle for the control of the largest oil wells in the country.
A PDP stronghold, it has been a flash point of violence in the run-up to the elections, with APC saying 55 of its members have been killed.

An oil well head is seen at mangrove swamps near Port Harcourt Nigeria - archive
Some estimates put the GPD of oil-rich Rivers state at $21bn
APC supporters in Port Harcourt during a demonstration calling for the cancellation of the presidential elections in the Rivers state on 29 March 2015
But there have been tensions in Rivers during this election season

The outgoing governor, Rotimi Amaechi, was elected on a PDP ticket four years ago but defected to join the APC and led Gen Buhari's campaign.
Many see him as an "unpatriotic son" of the Niger Delta who fought against his fellow southerner, Mr Jonathan.
His chosen successor is the APC's Dakuku Peterside. However, the powerful first lady, Patience Jonathan, who hails from the state, is backing the PDP's Nyesom Wike.
The task ahead of the winner will be to mediate between multi-national oil firms and the disgruntled communities who complain of environmental pollution and neglect.

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Kaduna

The beating heart of northern politics - many of the political elite live there - it also tends be a political melting point as the state is divided with Muslims in the north and Christians in the south
It has witnessed much ethno-religious violence in which thousands of people died since 1999.

Nigerians vote in Kaduna, Nigeria - 28 March 2015
Kaduna has a mixed population with both Christians and Muslims

The APC has fielded Nasir El-Rufai, the former minister of Abuja who transformed the capital into a modern city and demolished illegal structures.
The incumbent PDP governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero is under intense pressure as the APC won the state in the presidential vote. Mr Yero came to power two years ago after the death in a plane crash of the only Christian governor of Kaduna.
Whoever wins faces the task of promoting peace amongst the diverse ethnic groups, especially between Fulani herdsmen and farming communities.

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Taraba

History could be made in this impoverished state close to the Cameroonian border if Aisha Jummai Alhassan of the APC wins, becoming Nigeria's first female governor.

Aisha Jummai Alhassan
Could Aisha Jummai Alhassan become Nigeria's first female governor?

A former court worker and a Muslim, she faces a hurdle in a state where Christians have ruled for the last 16 years.
Her PDP opponent, Darius Ishaku, is a former minister who has the support of mostly Christian communities and has a financial backer with deep pockets.
Taraba is equally divided between Muslim and Christian, and also faces ethnic and religious problems.
And while Ms Alhassan is popular amongst Muslims, she may find it difficult to attract the more conservative Muslim voters.

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Imo

At the heart of the south-east and home to the Igbo ethnic group, the people overwhelmingly voted for PDP in the presidential and parliamentary elections.
However, the incumbent APC governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is by no means a write-off.

Rochas Okorocha
Rochas Okorocha is an important figure within the APC...
Emeka Ihedioha
But the south is traditionally loyal to the PDP, so Emeka Ihedioha may beat the incumbent

He is powerful within the APC - and the region may feel it needs someone with influence to fight their corner with the incoming APC government.
He faces the PDP's Emeka Ihedioha, the outgoing deputy speaker of the House of Representatives who has the important backing of Mr Jonathan.

South Africa arrests over xenophobic attacks in Durban

Demonstrators take part in an anti-xenophobic march outside the City Hall of Durban on April 8, 2015
Hundreds of people marched against the anti-immigrant violence that has hit Durban
South African police have arrested 17 people and opened murder cases after attacks on foreign nationals in Durban.
The violence comes in the wake of alleged comments by the Zulu king telling migrants to go home - although the he says he was mistranslated.
But Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has called on traditional leaders to stop making remarks that "could result in a loss of life".
At least 62 people died in xenophobic attacks that swept the country in 2008.
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Following the alleged comments by King Goodwill Zwelithini at the end of March, 250 people have been attacked, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and foreign-owned shops have been looted in the port city of Durban.
More than 1,000 mainly African migrants have fled their homes, some going to police stations and other are being housed in tents on a sports field.
King Goodwill Zwelithini
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, like other traditional leaders, is widely respected
South Africa's Business Day newspaper reports that at least three people have been killed and that a Somali shopkeeper is in a critical condition.
Police spokesperson Maj Thulani Zwane told the BBC that the police do not know exactly how many people have been killed, but that some were South African nationals and some were foreigners.

'Ticking time bomb'

South African President Jacob Zuma's son, Edward, has come out in support of the Zulu king's alleged comments.
Women with children, who are the first to receive food, stand on a sports field in Chatsworth in the south of Durban
Thousands of African migrants have fled their homes around Durban fearing attack
"We need to be aware that as a country we are sitting on a ticking time bomb," he said, adding that foreigners were "taking over the country".
Raphael Baheybwa-Kambambire, president of Congolese Solidarity campaign, told the BBC that religious leaders met with Zulu monarch on Thursday.
King Zwelithini told them he was talking "only about those who don't have papers and documentation in South Africa".
Mr Gigaba said on Thursday evening that it was important not to incite violence.
"Africa in particular must not think that we hate fellow Africans so much that we are prepared to do the worst to cause them harm," he said.
On Wednesday, hundreds of people marched in front of the Durban's City Hall in protest against the xenophobic violence.
Durban-based journalist Jeff Wicks told the BBC's Newsday programme that it does not take much to stoke tensions.
Xenophobic violence flares up in townships where living conditions are poor for all those living there, irrespective of where they come from, he says.

Mugabe tells S.Africa media: 'I don't want to see a white man'



Robert Mugabe walked away from a group of journalists in South Africa commenting "I don't want to see a white man", television footage shows
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Robert Mugabe walked away from a group of journalists in South Africa commenting "I don't want to see a white man",

Johannesburg (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe walked away from a group of journalists in South Africa commenting "I don't want to see a white man", television footage showed Friday.
Mugabe was visiting Soweto, heartland of the anti-apartheid struggle, on Thursday on the final day of his state visit to South Africa when he approached a group of reporters.
But after apparently spotting an unwelcome face, he suddenly turned on his heel with the brusque remark: "I don't want to see a white man".
Mugabe's comments were caught by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) cameras as he left a memorial museum for the 1976 student uprising in Soweto.
The Hector Pieterson Museum honours about 200 unarmed black school children killed by white police during demonstrations in June 1976.
Mugabe, 91, regularly throws barbs at western nations and former colonial powers.
He used a press conference with President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday to attack the UN security council, the United States and Britain.
Mugabe's two-day trip was his first state visit to South Africa in more than two decades.

Pesident elect Buhari should be prevented going to the Aso Rock before inauguration: Prophet


Muhammadu Buhari



Reveals Spiritual Forces don’t want GEJ to leave Aso Rock

* Buhari beware of suicide bomber and. Food. Poisoning

* Swearing-in President-Elect and Constitutional Crisis.

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” (Luke 8: 17) thus “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them (because) It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret” (Ephesians 5: 11-12).

Congratulations to retired General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for being elected as president and vice-president respectively of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I felicitate with Nigerians all over the world and Africans in general for the anticipated orderly transfer of power for the first time from an incumbent to an opposition presidential candidate in Africa’s most populous nation on earth.

The election of retired Gen Buhari as president-elect did not come to us as a surprise. As I pointed out in my prediction for the Year 2015, which was published in this column in December 2014, inter alia; “…President Goodluck Jonathan should not attempt to contest for the 2015 Presidential Election. If he does, not only will he lose, he will also be humiliated. Many of those he has surrounded himself with are mostly deceiving him.

The Lord said Mr. Jonathan had played his part in the history of Nigeria and should retire to Otuoke, Bayelsa State with honor and humility in 2015. However, he is being deceived by some forces, especially those who advised him to embark on Holy Pilgrimage to Israel as a way of winning the presidential election next year. He should also not succumb to forces telling him to belong to a secret society in order to ensure his election victory in 2015. The Lord said Jonathan is being deceived and should not succumb to such lies and deceptions.”

We warned again in another letter to Outgoing President Jonathan in a separate open letter addressed to him and reiterated what the Holy Spirit of the True Lord God Almighty showed to us. As recently as ten days ago, we warned and assured President Jonathan he would lose the Saturday March 28, 2015 presidential election in Nigeria, even though it was rescheduled from Saturday February 14, 2015 and that has come to pass.

*President-elect Muhammadu Buhari: Must be careful between now and Inauguration Day on Saturday May 29, 2015.

Now we have a president-elect and vice president-elect, against all odds and the doomsday predictions about Nigeria. While we are all celebrating the triumph of the will of the generality of Nigerians in entrusting the affairs of the Nigerian nation into the steady hands of retired Gen. Muhmmadu Buhari, as evinced by the results of the just-concluded Saturday March 28, 2015 presidential election, I want to sound an urgent alarm and a timely warning to Nigerians that, if we are not spiritually alert, our joy may be short-lived. In the midst of the current jollification, well-deserved revelry, high-fives and national Kumbaya, Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan has conceded defeat and has called on our president-elect to congratulate him.

All former heads of state, captains of industry, the shakers and movers and Nigeria’s political cum socio-economic gurus and “murkety murks” have started trooping in to pledge their loyalty and support for the New Man. The APC is rejoicing and the PDP which once touted itself as the largest political party in Black Africa is hemorrhaging politically and many of their wheeler-dealers are now endangered species.

Many will soon head to political Siberia and Nigeria will not be the same. While outgoing President Jonathan has been magnanimous in defeat and there are plaudits around the world for his graceful exit and statesmanlike disposition, I warn Nigerians not be sucked in and deceived. The APC and majority of Nigerians have just won a political war, but there is going to be an intense spiritual warfare never seen in the history of Nigeria for the traditional orderly transfer of power to take place.

President Goodluck Jonathan and his gang aren’t ready to go down like this; Nigerians should not be deceived and retired Gen Buhari should not be sucked in and bamboozled either by all these congratulatory messages coming in from all directions. The True Lord God Almighty is who He is: the most powerful through the Holy Spirit and He just spoke to us as He does always and He never misses. Our Lord Jesus Christ told the Apostles in Acts 1: 4: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” The Lord was referring to the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost). Without Him, the apostles and by extension, all true servants and genuine children of God cannot function and do the work of the Father here on earth.

One of the basic functions of the Holy Spirit in the life of every redeemed child of the Living God is in John 16: 13: “But when he, the (Holy) Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth…and he will tell you what is yet to come.” The meaning of “…what is yet to come” is called prophecy and as Revelation 19: 10 aptly says; “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The True Lord God Almighty spoke to the prophets of old and He still speaks to us today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

There are three things that the enemies of Nigeria and those still hard-assed against the presidency of Gen Buhari have on ground and have planned last year and are waiting to implement between now and Friday May 29, 2015 to prevent retired Gen Muhammadu Buhari and Prof Yemi Osinbajo from being sworn in as president and vice-president respectively. It’s not over until it is over.

There are sinister plans and malevolent devices afoot by the agents of darkness and harbingers of wraith in our fatherland. These are not conspiracy theories. They are real and if Nigerians, the APC and President-elect Buhari dismiss these warnings with a wave of the hand, we will all live to regret it. While briefing journalists during the British sterling monetary crisis in 1964, Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Great Britain said: “A week is a long time in politics.” I bet Nigerians that 60 days (between now and May 29, 2015) is more like eternity.

The forces of darkness are about to wield it but it will fail if President-elect Buhari takes it seriously and act as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. During this Transition Period between now and Friday May 29, 2015 culminating in the swearing-in and inauguration, President-elect Buhari will of necessity be invited to Aso Rock to meet with the outgoing President Jonathan as it is normal in administrative and political change of guards.

The Holy Spirit showed me what is afoot to knock President-elect Buhari off; he should not drink tea or anything, not even drink water when he is invited into Aso Rock Villa between now and Inauguration Day, Friday May 29, 2015. If it is possible, I will advise President-elect Muhamadu Buhari to allow his foot soldiers and future administration officials only to serve in the Transition Team without him going to Aso Rock for now. In fact, my honest and candid advice to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari is to steer clear of that Villa between now and his inauguration day onFriday May 29, 2015 if it is possible.

The Lord God Almighty showed me the incident of the tea that was given to the late Chief MKO Abiola which killed him on July 08, 1998 a month after the death of Gen Sani Abacha. I could not pass the message out to his family members, because I too was incarcerated at the dreaded Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), Apapa, Lagos by late Sani Abacha. The only person I could share it with tangentially was Uncle Olabiyi Durojaiye, who later became a senator after the death of Sani Abacha. Uncle Biyi had asked me if Chief MKO Abiola would eventually become president following the death of Sani Abacha on June 08, 1998 and I told Chief Durojaiye that Chief MKO Abiola would not become president and he was likely to be killed by poison in 1998.

That machinery has been activated right now as Option C by the extant satanic forces and demonic agents holding Nigeria hostage that the Lord God Almighty wants to use Buhari and Osinbajo to dislodge. In fact, Outgoing President Jonathan himself may not be aware of the presence of these fifth columnists inside Aso Rock. There are several things in the offing in Nigeria this year, including many known and popular Nigerians that will die. I will not delve into all that right now as the Holy Spirit has revealed to me, but some of these monumental events that are in the offing had been disclosed in my Predictions and Prophecies for 2015 which I released last year December.

But these Satanic plans are the immediate ones that should engage the attention of the President-elect right now. Our future First Lady, Aisha Buhari should step up the plate right now and take personal charge of what the President-elect eats from now till inauguration day on Friday May 29, 2015. I have discharged my duty as a true man of God. I pray that Peace be unto Nigerians and the Lord God Almighty will bless our President-elect and vice-president elect including their immediate family members and the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.

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