Saturday, May 30, 2015

To be called Yaa Asantewaa is humbling – Yvonne Nelson



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Yaa Asantewaa, in 1900, led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool (also known as the Yaa Asantewaa war) against British colonial rule.

That bold act is stuck in Ghanaian history and the queen mother of Ejisu in the then Ashanti Empire is celebrated for her act of bravery and nationalism.

Actress Yvonne Nelson has also inked her name in Ghanaian history. She led thousands of Ghanaians to protest against a three-year power crisis that has rendered many jobless as businesses fold up and caused some unfortunate and regrettable deaths.
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Ghanaians have likened her to the Ejisu queen whose name is now synonymous with any defiance and bravery and courage.

Yvonne is now called Yaa Asantewaa because she led thousands of Ghanaians from Legon old gate to the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange last Saturday to protest and press on the government to solve the crisis, popularly known as ‘Dumsor’.
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She was joined by Van Vicker, Prince David Osei, Barimah Sydney and others on a vigil dubbed #dumsormuststop.

Speaking in an interview with news site, Pulse Ghana, the actress said, “As a Ghanaian, I was frustrated, I believe my people, Ghanaians, are also frustrated so I was just speaking up for every Ghanaian.”

The actress thanked Ghanaians for nicknaming her Yaa Asantewaa. According to her, the name tag is humbling, adding jovially that she is going to add it to her name.

“Yaa Asantewaa is a huge name and it’s really humbling that anyone would call me Yaa Asantewaa. As a matter of fact, I love it. Let me put it in there Yvonne Yaa Asantewaa Nelson so that’s like my new name right now.”
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Asked what the next line of action is, after a successful #dumsormuststop vigil, Yvonne Nelson said she and her colleagues are yet to decide on that.

“We all need to sit down and plan the next campaign that we want to do. We just want to be the voice, we just want to speak up for the people so anything that would help Ghana, help the nation, help the people, we are there to support,” she said.

Step Blatter continues His reign as Fifa President



Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of Fifa after winning the vote against challenger Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

Blatter had missed out on the required two-thirds majority in the first ballot - receiving 133 votes to his rival's 73 - but Prince Ali then took to the stage to withdraw before a second round could begin.

Delegates at the 65th Fifa Congress in Zurich opted for Blatter despite the widespread controversy that engulfed the event this week.

Seven Fifa officials, including vice-president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested at dawn by Swiss authorities on request of the US Justice Department on Wednesday and are facing extradition to the United States on money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud charges.

In all, 11 individuals were also banned from Fifa activities for their alleged part in the corruption scandals.

The Swiss Office of Attorney General also announced its own investigation into the awarding of the Russian and Qatari World Cups against persons unknown on charges of "criminal mismanagement and money laundering" with Fifa's plush headquarters being raided in the process.

IRS chief of criminal investigation Richard Weber has described the events as "a World Cup of fraud" and American investigations are set to continue.

Despite the arrests and alleged bribery which has taken place on his watch, Blatter had earlier insisted that only a "tiny minority" of officials at Fifa were corruptible and has re-iterated his belief all week that he remained the man to lead Fifa out of its current storm.

"You know me already, I don’t need to introduce myself to you," Blatter told delegates before the ballot. "You know who you’re dealing with. I also know I can count on you. We need to recover our good name. We will start tomorrow morning with this goal in mind."

Uefa president Michel Platini tried in vain this week to persuade Blatter to step aside as president in order to usher in a new era at Fifa and also confirmed Uefa's votes would largely go to the challenger Prince Ali.

However, the Jordanian royal was unable to garner the necessary votes to topple Blatter, who can now settle in for four more years at Fifa HQ, where he will serve as president until the age of 83.

Prudential Bank debt leaked to create mischief – Ken Ofori-Atta



Former Chief Executive Officer of Data Bank, Ken Ofori-Atta says a document from the Prudential Bank requesting the payment of a Ghc2 million debt owed it by the NPP was leaked to create mischief.

According to him, the loan was a purely private business transaction between him and the bank and that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) played no part in contracting the loan. He said it was, therefore, inappropriate for the bank to write a letter to the National Chairman of the NPP demanding the repayment of the loan.

“I am personally liable for any obligation that arises from this transaction and not in any way the New Patriotic Party”, he said in a response to the letter.

The facility, he said, was taken to complement resources the Finance team had raised to support the operations of the party's Polling Station Agents during the elections.

He said although the loan was acquired to finance the party’s 2012 campaign, he as “Chairman of the 2012 Presidential Campaign Finance Team contracted and Guaranteed for purposes of the elections” and this has nothing to do with the party.

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta’s comments are response to a leaked document from the Prudential Bank demanding that the party pays back a ? 2,290,631.36 million loan it obtained from the bank to finance its 2012 election campaign.

The bank is demanding immediate payment because an earlier notice sent to the party in January did not yield a response.

Even though, Mr. Ofori-Atta says the leadership of the party at the time was fully aware of the loan and was grateful, the party as an entity should not be dragged into the matter.

He urged supporters of the party and the entire public to disregard the “mischief that the leakage of this letter and those behind it seek to create.”

“Our party has always been proud to fund itself by contributions and sacrifices of its members. This loan was guaranteed privately and the Party therefore is not directly liable for it”, he added.

Below are copies of Ken Ofori-Atta's response and the bank's request for repayment.

Debt with Prudential Bank

It has come to my notice that a letter written to me and copied to the National Chairman, from the Prudential Bank about a transaction that took place during the 2012 election campaign is being circulated in sections of the media.

The letter titled " Re: Repayment of Overdraft facility of GhC 1,500,000 Demand Notice" is requesting repayment of a facility that I as Chairman of the 2012 Presidential Campaign Finance Team contracted and Guaranteed for purposes of the elections in 2012. I am personally liable for any obligation that arises from this transaction and not in anyway the New Patriotic Party.

The facility was taken to complement the resources we had raised to support the operations of our Polling Station Agents. The party leadership at the time was fully aware of it and grateful. The disbursement of these funds was supervised by, and transfers executed by the Campaign Manager.

This was to supplement the entire polling station operation on Election Day (D-Day) including logistics, feeding and stipends. It must be noted that this amount was not the total amount spent on D-Day operations.

I would urge the supporters of the NPP and the entire public to disregard the mischief that the leakage of this letter and those behind it seek to create.

Our party has always been proud to fund itself by contributions and sacrifices of its members. This loan was guaranteed privately and the Party therefore is not directly liable for it.

Signed

Ken Ofori-Atta

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter, FIFA and Lessons for Employer Brand and Reputation


And so if Sepp Blatter knew nothing, then he must be FIFA's most inept President. And if he did know, then he must be its most corrupt. Either way, his head must roll.
Well finally, the US and Swiss authorities have had the evidence and the ‘balls’ to challenge the long held view that FIFA is rank with corruption.
The FIFA brand is under the spotlight for its lack of transparency and governance. Qatar’s bid – run by the now discredited Mohamed Bin Hammam  and the aggregate damage committed by its FIFA untouchables – rivals the corruption of Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, and then some.
Today, the FIFA brand regrettably is bereft of any real credibility.
The stench from FIFA’s  corruption, poor governance, lack of credibility, conflicted values, and lack of transparency has run as a constant and insidious undertow through most of their activities.
There is a lot going on at FIFA that goes to the heart of what a brand with credibility should not do.
It’s not beyond the realm of possibility if teams like England, France, Italy, Germany, and other power houses move to form another competition. If that did happen, then the FIFA brand value would go to dust overnight. 

Want to be an employer brand of repute and upstanding?

Then do the opposite of how FIFA currently operates.

Do have:
  • Ethical and principled leadership;
  • Governance and accountability to all stakeholders;
  • Transparency of systems;
  • Checks and balances throughout;
  • Strong, ethical sets of values – understood and lived by all from the top down and the bottom up;
  • Delivery of a product that has 100% credibility;
  • A well-defined purpose that underpins everything you do;
  • A taint-free product that when delivered, is unquestioned;
  • Staff that are empowered to make their own decisions;
  • Feedback mechanisms to allow circuit breakers when values and purpose are compromised.
  • Accountability for those decisions that are understood by all – when placed under scrutiny.
When you have these foundations in place as an employer, then everyone knows what’s expected – and it’s exciting to be part of.
Idealistic?
Not really.
It’s what makes for an attractive employer brand.
It will be fascinating to watch as more heads roll at FIFA.
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About the author:

Greg Weiss is the Founder of The First Few Seconds and CareerSupport365. He has almost 30 years success in HR and in career coaching people.  The First Few Seconds job readiness modules can be found here.

The Axis Of Evil In Contemporary Indian Society

The Axis Of Evil is a term of World War 2 vintage, used to denote the Axis Powers led by Germany. At the outset of this post, let me proffer my apologies for using this term for the present article; if any feelings are hurt, please accept my apologies. This article has no reference to the World War 2 or its ugly memories, or even Colonialism. This is a article on Modern India, and social issues within Modern India.

The word Evil, going by the dictionary term, means wicked; more pertinently, if we look at the secondary meanings of the word, we get the terms bad, infamous, bad or blameworthy, unpleasant, causing ruin or pain, indicating future misfortune... and my article is concerned with the secondary meaning of the word Evil, not the primary meaning.

A discerning observer can easily spot three or four behaviours of the people in contemporary India that are coming together to form what I call The Axis Of Evil In Contemporary India, as I mention in the article. Let me get straight to the point : these behaviours are :
  • Corruption
  • Incompetence
  • Attitude
  • Lack Of Community Feeling

These above four are together conjoining into one unfortunate whole, and creating the scenes of disrepair that we see today all around us. They are the Axis Of Evil - and these have permeated most aspects of our society - be it our civil institutions, business, day-to-day life etc, with only a few notable exceptions - exceptions that prove that we, as a society, have it in us to come out of this problem.

1. Corruption

Do we ever stop and think how the 10 Rs we give to the local policeman or the 1000 Rs we hand over to the local civil authority is harming the nation? How it is hitting India, and hitting it hard? In the article Corruption Can Kill we saw in graphic detail how corruption can also kill, either directly or indirectly - and kill by the scores. Example : "Customs Inspector Talawadekar and Phanse came into the room... Singh and Talawadekar, law enforcement officers, were Phanse's co-conspirators..."Tiger received a call from a customs inspector..." Tiger refers to Tiger Memon, and this was the prelude to the Mumbai Bomb Attack.

We saw in the Cobrapost expose how corruption has begun to eat into the core of our business institutions as well, with no one even caring to think that the money they are handling may have illicit sources. Can anyone of us normal citizens give a guarantee that the money we pay as bribes does not land up in the hands of the terrorists or criminals? That the money we are helping move around may be a conduit for serious illicit causes? That the silence we display may actually end up harming thousands of people, as has happened in the various scams in the stock market? In every case, the silent acquiescence of tens or perhaps hundreds of normal people has led to serious loss or worse to countless people!


This reprehensible and cowardly silence, and active or passive involvement in corrupt acts has a tremendous cost to innocent people, the organisations, our society, and the nation. Only the people involved are unaffected, they take home their salaries, their promotions, their house and their cars; without a care for the impact of their actions on the nation and the innocent people... 

2. Incompetence

This brings me to the second factor in this Axis : Incompetence. These people - who are termed "worldly-wise" by some sections of our so-called educated population, are themselves not aware of the serious impact of their behaviour. This is classic incompetence; despite being educated - some of them highly educated, these people are shockingly unaware of the damage they are causing to everyone, as we shall see later on in graphic detail

The factor of incompetence goes much, much deeper than this, and connects effortlessly with the third factor - Attitude. Take a careful look at any activity, and you can spot shocking lapses of performance and of incompetence in virtually any activity you care to observe. Let us take the example of a security guard at any mall. I have routinely been seeing every entrant to malls being searched, bags being searched; but the so-called search is a mere bagatelle, a formality.

The shocking laxity in security searches in malls, that too in a nation hit hard by terrorism, points to deep-seated incompetence at all levels - from the security guards to the top people, who just don't care enough about security, and are just not aware of the risks - which is crass incompetence. The same can be seen at Railway Stations, I have seen people just walking around the metal detectors, and authorities just looking on, or metal detectors kept to one side!

I could understand if this permeated only Governmental institutions, but a look at the corporate scenario only reconfirms my hypothesis of gross incompetence. How many corporate managers in telecom or finance wonder about the fake documentation with regard to KYC documents, for example? Did anyone stop to think of the risks to the nation and the organisation? How many sales professionals stop to think of the damage they are doing their company, the channel, the network by offloading needless stocks just to save their jobs, and of how many people's careers are destroyed, and of the irreversible damage to the brand? Again, this is classic incompetence of the highest order! 

3. Attitude


Incompetence blends into attitude; not everyone is incompetent. There are any number of highly competent people who just compromise like cowards, with the manifest disorder all around, in some pretext or other. Call it the chalta hai attitude, or call it selfishness - call it what you will. These people are aware of the damage their actions are causing their organisation, the brand, the society, the nation - but make no overt or covert effort to make their surroundings a better place.


Attitude manifests itself anywhere you see it : people throwing dirt on the road, paying a bribe, taking a short-cut, walking around a metal detector and considering yourself smart for doing so as you have avoided the rush, allowing people to avoid metal detectors despite being aware of the risks involved. As we shall see in the next article, this is manifest in virtually every activity! 

4. Lack Of A Community Feeling


This brings us to the fourth and by-now obvious pillar of this sorry state of affairs : the Lack Of A Community Feeling. Every action seen above places the self and the family above the nation, the people, the society, the neighbourhood, and the surroundings. We as a people love to go gaga on nice-sounding mantras by change agents - but lack the courage or the competence {or both} to be the change.

And that is why we have a shameful sight of The Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi himself having to call for Swatch Bhaarat! And an Aamir Khan to do advertisements for cleanliness in India. Honestly, this is shameful in the extreme that we require such august personalities to learn behaviours that we ought to learn our mother's laps!And the most shocking and shameful aspect of this is the pride we feel in having The Prime Minister Narendra Modi call for cleanliness!

Tell me, are we so dirty a people that we cant keep ourselves clean? And if we can keep ourselves clean why cant we keep our nation clean? We require Narendra Modi for this? Shame on us! Cant we hold onto your urine for 15 minutes while we find a loo? Cant you take a day's leave from your company to take out a driving licence the right way? I could go on and on! As I said, shame on us! 


In Conclusion


These four factors - Corruption, Incompetence, Attitude and Lack Of A Community Feeling are what I call The Axis Of Evil. It is painfully clear that these 4 habits are indeed Evil in the secondary meaning of the term. These are what have the potential to lead India to misfortune, give India an unpleasant name, are bad, are blameworthy, and make us infamous as a nation. Truly and verily, The Axis Of Evil.

And, in at least one case, it is also Evil in the primary sense of the term : corruption, which can and does cause serious damage to the nation as a whole and to its people. Taking a bribe from a criminal is pure evil; ignoring money laundering is also evil; turning a blind eye to harmful deeds which lead to losses to millions of people is also pure Evil. Verily, The Axis Of Evil In Contemporary Indian Society - and these are the habits we need to change; and without the help of Mr Narendra Modi, who is frankly not there to help us tend to our bad habits! He is here to run the country, let him do that... let us focus on smashing this Axis Of Evil from all walks of our lives...

Manchester United's Memphis Depay Sings Bisa KDei's 'Brotherhood'


Memphis Depay, known simply as Memphis, is a Dutch footballer who plays as a winger for Dutch club PSV and the Netherlands national team.
In a video he shared on his timeline, the PSV winger was seen singing Brotherhood, a song by Ghanaian high life singer, Bisa Kdei.
 
This comes not long ago after Eudoxie, wife of American rapper, Ludacris was seen singing Diabetes, a song by Keche which features Bisa Kdei as well.

The Middle East: a zone of frenemies? What should the world do about the rise of Islamic State?

By leading the charge against Islamic State, the United States has missed a foreign policy opportunity to encourage regional cooperation.
The oil-rich but volatile Middle East and its wider eastern environs are in the grip of multiple humanitarian and geopolitical crises.
From Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraq and Syria and as far as Palestine and Libya, the region is experiencing long-term structural instability and insecurity. It is in the throes of major geopolitical and power shifts, the likes of which not seen since the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and the British-French colonial realms nearly a century ago.
The old correlation of forces in support of maintaining the status quo, especially following the Iranian revolution more than 35 years ago, has been altering. A set of new alignments and realignments along multiple overlapping and contesting regional fault-lines, including sectarian divisions and geopolitical rivalries at different levels, has come to redefine the region and possibly change its traditional political and territorial contours.
The sudden rise of the extremist Sunni group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and its conquest of vast swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territories, have introduced a new dimension to the conflict-ridden Middle East. The group’s declaration last June of khilafat or ‘Islamic State’ (IS) and its name change from ISIL to IS has amounted to a geopolitical tsunami. It has fatally fractured what was already shaping up as a politically and territorially fragmented Iraq and Syria.
IS’s radical ideological disposition to fight for the control of the rest of the Middle East and the Muslim world, with a call on Muslims to join it in this mission, has also posed a serious threat to Iraq’s and Syria’s neighbours.
This has shocked the United States and many of its Western allies, and caught them off-guard. The shock has especially been painful when considered in the light of the staggering amount of blood and money that the US had invested in Iraq for nine years following its 2003 invasion of the country, which aimed to transform Iraq into a stable, secure and democratic state. In a matter of weeks, IS was able to rout what was reputed to be the best US-trained and equipped Iraqi military, and capture one-third of Iraq’s territory, including the country’s second largest city Mosul. Added to this were large quantities of modern US arms, as well as millions of dollars and some small oil fields.
The group’s Iraqi gains multiplied what it had already consolidated in terms of territory and wealth in the northeastern part of war-ravaged Syria. It is now said that the group has total assets of $2 billion, with some of its revenue having come in the past from sources in oil-rich Gulf Arab countries, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar in particular.
IS has emerged more of a threat to Iraq and Syria and their Sunni-dominated neighbours, from Jordan to Kuwait to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as the Shia Islamic Republic of Iran, than to the West. However, given IS’s medievalist atrocities and its attraction of many foreign Muslim fighters, including hundreds from Western countries, President Barack Obama and many of his Western counterparts have found it compelling to take the lead in launching what is called a humanitarian and non-combat military campaign to roll back IS.
President Obama’s long-term strategy has included: intensified and wider airstrikes against IS bases in Iraq and also Syria; arming and retraining anti-IS forces on the ground, including Iraqi Government forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga; cutting off financial support for IS and like-minded groups; stopping the flow of foreign fighters to IS: assisting moderate opposition forces against the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria; providing humanitarian aid; and forging and maintaining a regional and international coalition to assist the US in its mission.
However, this strategy has not really worked so far and the pressure is building for Western ground combat involvement. Given that past US-led interventions in the region have created, not solved, more problems, with serious blowback, an alternative to the US-led strategy would have been a regional-led one, backed by the US and its allies.
The IS phenomenon, whose roots go back deep to US mismanagement of the post-2003 Iraqi invasion, has indeed posed, foremost, a threat to Iraq, Syria and their neighbours.
To address this threat, the best option would have been for the regional states to fight IS as a common enemy. Although a great deal is said about the Arab-Iranian or, more specifically, Saudi-Iranian rivalry in this highly complex region, the need to deal with the IS threat would have forced them to put their differences aside and unite in a shared cause. It is unthinkable that Iran would have allowed Baghdad to fall to IS and that Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies would not have acted in concert to prevent the IS from crossing their borders and foregone any cooperate with Iran in this respect. As such, IS could have become a factor in opening the way for regional cooperation, which is badly needed in the area. This would have enabled the US and its allies to avoid getting involved in another, possibly counter-productive major conflict in the Middle East.
The Western countries have reason to be concerned about their hot-headed young Muslim citizens who have gone to fight for IS. But this should not be regarded as an insurmountable problem. Many of those citizens are likely to be killed or not return to their countries. Those who may return could easily be screened and re-orientated by the authorities.
This is not the first time that a noticeable number of young Muslims from the West have participated in foreign violent Jihads. Hundreds of them went to Afghanistan to take part in the Afghan Jihad against the Soviet occupation of the country in the 1980s. Then, the CIA was happy to coordinate and assist their supply, from New York to Islamabad, to the Afghan Islamic Resistance forces or the Mujahideen. This was justified in the name of a good cause.
Similarly, some Western countries, including Australia, have had no qualms over some of their Jewish citizens either joining or fighting for the Israeli security forces, and have not viewed their return with trepidation. It is not surprising to hear Muslim voices raised about double standards.
As President Obama has said, the fight against IS is going to be multi-dimensional and drawn-out. Yet, there is no certainty as to what might emerge at the end in what is now a disintegrated Iraq and Syria in an already very complex region. Ultimately, the US and its Western allies, including Australia, will have to shoulder most of the heavy lifting against IS.
The current US-led strategy may well please those who cherish the opportunity to once more focus not only Muslim but also world attention on the US and its allies as hegemonic and trigger-happy.
- See more at: http://www.policyforum.net/middle-east-zone-frenemies/#sthash.0oAU5CF1.dpuf

American investors to ‘flood’ Ghana soon



Ghana will, in the coming months, witness the influx of American investors to the country, the United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Gene A. Cretz, has said.

That, according to him, follows the steps being taken by the government to bring the economy back on track after some challenges.

Speaking with the Daily Graphic shortly after hosting the Vice-President of Microsoft and some top business executives in the country to breakfast at his residence in Accra, he mentioned some of the sectors as the oil and gas because of the shape the sector was taking as a result of the Atuabo gas project, and infrastructure among other things.

“We have a network of companies that we are always talking to. The State Department is also encouraging the companies to come and our commercial department is also active in getting out the information about changing economic trends,” he said.

Mr Cretz said: “It is beginning to manifest that the situation in Ghana is beginning to turn and now is really the appropriate time to come here,” he said.

“I am pretty confident that in the next several months we are going to see a real upsurge in America corporate interest in Africa and Ghana in particular,” Mr Cretz added.

According to the May report of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana, preliminary fiscal data for the first quarter indicate that the fiscal consolidation efforts are on track.

Revenue and grants were above target, on the back of strong growth in domestic revenue. Expenditures were below target, as the major items, including the wage bill, were contained within target.

These resulted in a cash fiscal deficit equivalent to 0.6 per cent of GDP, against a target of 1.9 per cent.

The deficit was financed mainly from external sources totalling GH¢1 billion with a domestic net repayment of GH¢278.2 million.

Ghana’s economy had been saddled with a myriad of challenges that have almost forced the nation to its knees.

For instance, the energy crisis is eating away the profits of many businesses while those which are not able to absorb the extra cost brought unto their businesses are being forced to lay off workers.

Inflation is still in the double digits at about 16.6 per cent as of March this year, with no sign of it abating because of the recent rise in petroleum prices.

The cedi, the local currency, has plunged against the United States dollar, having lost more than 20 per cent of its value between January and now. This has taken a serious toll on a country which is predominantly import-dependent.

Interest rates are hovering around an average of 29 per cent on the back of the high interest on government securities such as treasury bills (TBills). Although the Bank of Ghana claims the rates are dropping, the situation is still crowding out the private sector players who rely on bank loans to stay afloat.

For instance, according to the MPC report, interest rates have broadly declined during the period. Between December 2014 and April 2015, both the 91-day and 182-day Treasury bill rates fell from 25.8 per cent and 26.4 per cent to 25.1 per cent and 25.8 per cent respectively.

Nigeria Inauguration 2015: For President Buhari's Big Day, John Kerry, African Leaders Travel To Abuja As Curfew Is Lifted To Mark National Event

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to join leaders from across Africa in Abuja this week for the presidential inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari, a Muslim from northern Nigeria, was expected to take the oath of office Friday after vowing on the campaign trail to wipe out the Boko Harem insurgency and national political corruption.
More than 50 world leaders were expected to attend the inauguration. South Africa President Jacob Zuma said he would depart for Nigeria Thursday to attend the ceremonies. ”In his congratulatory message, President Zuma expressed his commitment to working closely with president-elect Buhari to enhance the good bilateral relations which exist between South Africa and Nigeria, paying particular focus on the strengthening of economic cooperation,” the presidency said in a statement.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe will also travel to Nigeria for the Abuja ceremonies. He has complained about corruption in Nigeria in the past. "We used to go to Nigeria and every time we went there we had to carry extra cash to corruptly pay for everything," he has said. "You get into a plane in Nigeria and the crew keeps dilly dallying without taking off as they wait for you to pay them to take off."
Buhari, 72, received 15.42 million votes against outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan during the general elections held in March. Jonathan received 12.85 million votes.
Buhari first seized power of Nigeria in a military coup from 1983 to 1985. He is the leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) coalition. Jonathan, 57, of the People’s Democratic Party, was elected president in 2010 and served two terms.
Ahead of the inauguration, local government officials in Abuja cancelled restrictions on human and vehicular movement. State Commissioner for the Environment Tunji Bello said the cancellation would ensure free movement during the inauguration ceremonies, reported News24 in Nigeria.

I now have four block factories, and i'll keep expanding - Asiedu Nketia



General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress Johnson Asiedu Nketia, also known general mosquito, has told Bola Ray on Starr Chat that he has expanded his block business from one to four factories.

 According to him, that is the only business he has been doing since he left parliament in 2000. Mosquito’s ownership of the block factory became a major subject of controversy as a result of the position he occupies on the board of the Bui hydro project, where he sits as a chairman.

 Over the last few years, he has threatened legal action against people who claim that his business (which is close to the Bui project site) and the position he occupies amounts to conflict of interest since the hydro project was still under construction and was purchasing blocks from him. 

Speaking to Bola Ray Wednesday, the chairman of the Bui hydro board said his business is booming and he has plans of expanding in the years to come. “Yes I own four block factories now and I'll keep on expanding,” he said. He noted also that he lives his life without regret because he does not tell lies. - 

Relationship tips:7 things men do that make women love them more


Sometimes those little gestures a guy does for his partner just steals their heart away
What makes a man extra special? Doing the little things that seem ordinary but just raises the love scale.
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Sometimes those little gestures a guy does for his partner just steals their heart away and those moments are something to be remembered for a very long time.
Alicia Fanning of All Women Stalk lists those gestures that make women love their men more than ever:
  1. Kiss your forehead: What girl doesn’t love it when her #guy does this? A kiss on the lips is loving, but there’s just something special about a kiss on the forehead. It seems to say that you’re deeply special to him and his love for you runs deep. It’s a forever kind of kiss that #men who are seriously committed give. If your guy does this, you’re a lucky #girl
  2. Hold you when you cry: Women want to be held when they cry. Some #women cry easier than others do and that’s okay. We’re all different, but one thing about us is the same. We love when our #man takes us in his arms and holds us. It doesn’t matter what you’re crying over; what matters is knowing he’s there to comfort you and dry your tears.
  3. Surprises you with flowers for no reason at all: Just-because flowers are the best kind. Flowers are always a lovely gift, no matter why you’re getting them. But when your guy goes out of the way to get you flowers for no particular reason, your love for him is guaranteed to #grow deeper. Knowing that you were in his heart so much that he wanted to do something special for you is awesome. The moment he hands you just-because flowers is guaranteed to melt your heart.
  4. Tall his friends how great you are: Just-because flowers are the best kind. Flowers are always a lovely gift, no matter why you’re getting them. But when your guy goes out of the way to get you flowers for no particular reason, your love for him is guaranteed to #grow deeper. Knowing that you were in his heart so much that he wanted to do something special for you is awesome. The moment he hands you just-because flowers is guaranteed to melt your heart.
  5. Lift your chin for a kiss: Be still my heart! This is one of the most loving and romantic #things a guy can do. It’s guaranteed to make you love him even more. In fact, if you’re fortunate enough to be with a #guy who does this then you remember it well, don’t you? This one special move is impossible to forget.
  6. Surprises you with a weekend away: If your #guy hasn’t done this for you, don’t give up. It may be a few years into your #relationship before it happens. We’d been married four years when my husband did this for me. However, it’s perfectly okay to tell your guy that you’d love this surprise. Your hints can be very helpful to him.
  7. He shows his protective side: There are #things a guy does for you that let you know he wants to protect you. I know we #women are strong and can be very independent. But isn’t it nice to have someone who cares so deeply for you that he’ll put himself in harm’s way before he’ll allow you to be in that place? He could show this in different ways. He might handle a difficult situation to spare you from it or show his protective side by making sure your car is running correctly. However this trait shows up in your #man, it’s something to treasure.
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