Nigeria:President Buhari returns today

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back in Nigeria today Saturday 19th of August 2019.

The President had left Nigeria since May 7th to meet up with follow up consultation with his doctors in the United Kingdom.

A statement by the Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, reads ‘The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

“President Buhari is expected to speak to Nigerians in a broadcast by 7 a.m on Monday, August 21, 2017.

“He thanks all Nigerians who have prayed ceaselessly for his recovery and well-being since the beginning of the health challenge, ” it stated

The President had left the country on May 7, this year, after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then.

He returned in March to announce to his countrymen that he had never felt so ill in his life.

It would be recalled that President Buhari left Nigeria on May 7 for another round of medical attention two months after his return from similar medical vacation, the same day he received 82 Chibok Girls freed by Boko Haram.

While away in London, President Buhari received a number of visitors, beginning with the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who first hinted Nigerians about the President’s massive recovery.

After him came a stream of visitors, that included leaders of the All Progressives Congress, state governors, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the leaders of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara. His last visitor on Friday was Pastor Enoch Adeboye, leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

SOURCE:THE NATION
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Nigeria:Buhari laughs off ‘Resume or Resign’ campaign

Recuperating President Muhammadu Buhari is amused by the ‘Resume or Resign’ campaign recently launched against him by some Nigerians.

The campaign, led   by an entertainer, Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy), was meant to force  him to return home immediately from his medical vacation in London and resume work, failing which he should relinquish power.

Buhari’s  Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr.Femi Adesina, who was  part of the President’s media team that visited him last week in London, said Buhari  has  “enough time to watch television, and commended the NTA particularly,  and Nigerian media generally, for bringing him up to speed with what was happening back home.

“He  (Buhari) said he had been watching the protests by people who wanted him to return home post-haste or resign,” Adesina said in a write up on the London visit.

He added: “He  mentioned one of the leaders of the protest by name and laughed. I did not discern any malice in the laughter.”

The General Overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, yesterday visited the President in London, the latest of dignitaries to call on the President.

Buhari, writing on his Twitter handle yesterday,  thanked Pastor Adeboye for his visit and prayers.

“I thank Pastor Adeboye for visiting today, and for his prayers and good wishes. May God continue to bless him and his work. pic.twitter.com/eds2rT1gG5

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 18, 2017

Pastor Adeboye’s  visit came  24 hours after that of Senate president Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Saraki yesterday on Twitter  shared his thoughts on what he saw of the President’s health.

He said Buhari’s insistence on his doctors’ advice was yielding results.

He described the London meeting he and  Dogara had with the President as one of substance.

His words: “Mr. President exhibited remarkable recovery and was very conversant with all the political happenings back at home and across the continent.

“It was a meeting of substance where we discussed important matters of state. We also discussed the 2017 budget.

“In particular, we talked about the virement request by the Presidency which is before the National Assembly.

“We then considered the steps to be taken in the preparation of the 2018 budget to ensure its early passage.

“International issues were also discussed and Mr. President informed us that he has conveyed his sympathies to the people of Sierra Leone.

“We must give thanks to God for this highly welcomed recovery.

“It is clear that Mr. President’s insistence on following his doctors’ advice has yielded the desired results.

“I therefore confidently look forward to Mr. President’s imminent return home.”

Charly Boy and his fellow protesters have since suspended their action following an attack on them at the popular Wuse market in Abuja on Tuesday by those the group called thugs.

“We just went to Wuse market for mobilisation against 100 days event tomorrow & a regular face at Unity Fountain brought thugs to attack us,” Deji Adeyanju, one of the organizers of the anti-Buhari protest wrote on Twitter.

However, eyewitnesses said it was traders at the market that stopped the anti-Buhari group from entering the market.

They said some boys in this market threw  stones at Charly Boy’s group.

The police had, last week, fired canisters of tear gas at the protesters after gathering at the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

The police said their action followed the infiltration of the protesters by hoodlums.

SOURCE:THE NATION

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Fighting Flu- W.Warigon

 

 

Although we don’t choose or love any sickness, I  hate to be down with the flu. The weather has changed and the rains fall as if someone is pursuing them.It is the weekend.I get inspired but this flu won’t allow me pen them.The flu comes with headaches, fever, aching joints, runny nose and blurry eyes. I need absolute silence and darkness but the phone wouldn’t stop ringing. There is also the need for seclusion but visitors keep trooping in without notice. In order not to prolong the term of the flu, over the years I’d found the perfect remedy. Crushed unpeeled ginger, turmeric  and garlic.Add honey lemon (slices), lemon grass and half a teaspoonful of red pepper.Mix the concoction and boil for a few minutes and drink  it hot as many times as needed. It may taste ‘yuk’, but it is very effective.

 

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Judge Drops Death Penalty Option In Mass Murder Case Tainted By Misconduct

It’s a rare move and leaves Scott Dekraai likely facing eight consecutive life sentences.

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LOS ANGELES ― Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old man who admitted to killing eight people at a beauty salon in the worst mass shooting in Orange County, California, history, will not face execution for his crimes because of law enforcement misconduct linked to a jail informant program, a judge ruled Friday.

In a rare move, Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals excluded the death penalty as a punishment option. The ruling comes after the judge held weeks of hearings centered on whether the Orange County Sheriff’s Department could be trusted to turn over all records in the case.

It’s now expected that next month Goethals will sentence Dekraai to eight consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole ― unless the California Attorney General’s office files a challenge to the ruling with the 4th District Court of Appeal.

“This is not a punitive sanction,” Goethals said in court Friday. “Rather it is a remedial sanction necessitated by the ongoing prosecutorial misconduct.”

Deputy Attorney General Michael Murphy ― the prosecutor who took over the Dekraai case after Goethals recused the Orange County District Attorney’s office due to misconduct ― had argued that the judge should keep the death penalty on the table. Murphy said that Goethals had already doled out the appropriate sanctions in removing the district attorney’s office from the case and that excluding the death penalty would amount to an additional, unnecessary sanction. Ultimately, Goethals disagreed.

Reading from his ruling, the judge said that compliance by prosecutors and other law enforcement officers with his lawful court orders to turn over evidence in the Dekraai case “remains an elusive goal” and that ignoring those violations would be “unconscionable.”

“This court believes that the truth is the truth,” Goethals said. “Truth is not the product of any political debate.”

The judge’s ruling is extraordinary in the case of a mass murderer. Dekraai almost immediately confessed to police about his role in the 2011 killing. He formally pleaded guilty to the crimes in 2014. It appeared Dekraai would swiftly be dispatched to San Quentin’s death row.

But the case against him has been marred by allegations of egregious government malfeasance. His sentencing has remained in limbo amid ongoing allegations that county prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies improperly used a jailhouse informant in his case and then hid key evidence about that for years.

“We are disappointed by today’s ruling,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement on Friday. “The facts in this case clearly supported a death penalty verdict. Notwithstanding the issues that were raised by the Court’s ruling, we believe the defendant would have received a fair trial during the penalty phase of the criminal proceedings. The decision to remove the death penalty rests at the feet of Judge Geothals [sic] and nobody else.”

Asked by HuffPost if Goethals’ decision would be appealed, the California Attorney General’s office said the ruling is being reviewed and declined to comment further.

Just days after the 2011 shooting, county law enforcement moved Dekraai, then held in a local jail, next to a prolific jailhouse informant, Fernando Perez. Perez questioned Dekraai about his case. Then prosecutors and law enforcement officers interviewed Perez, and a recording device was placed in Dekraai’s cell, capturing more conversations between the pair.

While it is generally legal for law enforcement authorities to use informants to help bolster cases, Dekraai’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, has argued that in the particular circumstances, the move was a violation of his client’s constitutional rights. That’s because it is illegal for government agents, including informants, to question or coerce statements out of a defendant who has been formally charged with crimes and is already represented by a lawyer, as Dekraai was. Prosecutors contended there was no intentional violation because they did not instruct Perez to question Dekraai.

While the contents of the conversations between Dekraai and Perez remain sealed, court records have shown that the informant did probe Dekraai about his crimes.

As Sanders requested more information about the contacts between the two men, he discovered that Perez had also been used as an informant against another one of his clients, Daniel Wozniak. Wozniak was sentenced to death last year for the killing of two of his friends in an attempt to fund his wedding.

Prosecutors said it was simply a coincidence that the same informant was used against two of Sanders’ most high-profile clients, but the public defender didn’t believe that. Sanders pushed to uncover what would turn out to be tens of thousands of records about the use of informants inside county jails by prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies.

In a 505-page motion filed in 2014, Sanders argued that hundreds of pages of notes written by Perez and a second informant, Oscar Moriel, demonstrated the existence of an illegal jailhouse snitch program in which sheriff’s deputies allegedly planted informants next to targeted inmates and directed them to poke around for incriminating evidence to help bolster prosecutors’ cases. Sanders claimed that prosecutors would then present the damning evidence gleaned by the informants in court while they withheld other evidence that could have been beneficial to defendants ― a violation of the right to due process.

Additional evidence of the informant program came to light over the course of four years and three evidentiary hearings. Sanders’ efforts would ultimately reveal a disturbing trove of long-hidden records: a 25-year-old computerized system that detailed critical information about jail inmates and informants; more than four years of logs created by deputies who managed the informants, which was deleted in 2013 just days before Judge Goethals issued an order requiring its disclosure; and internal sheriff’s department memos, including one boasting of “hundreds of informants.” Altogether, the records detailed a robust and well-established practice of cultivating and utilizing jailhouse informants to glean incriminating evidence from unsuspecting defendants.

Nonetheless, the sheriff’s department continues to deny a jail informant program exists. In recent hearings, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and members of her command and management staff suggested that if there was any informant-related misconduct in the jails by deputies, it was the work of just a handful of rogue officers operating independently of their orders. Three deputies refused to testify at the hearings, invoking their Fifth Amendment right to silence.

Leaders of the sheriff’s department have also said they’ve made changes to how deputies handle inmates in the jail. The district attorney’s office has maintained that any misconduct by county prosecutors was unintentional and that the scandal has been overblown.

An Orange County grand jury report, issued this July, largely lined up with both agencies’ sentiments, calling the scandal a “myth” perpetuated by the media.

But legal experts blasted the grand jury’s report and said its findings are just more proof that an independent probe is desperately needed. Goethals took a swipe at the report himself on Friday, saying that “this well-established program is not a myth, nor is it any sort of a fairy tale.”

The 4th District Court of Appeal found last year that the cheating by prosecutors and sheriff’s officials in the county was very real and that the “magnitude of the systemic problems cannot be overlooked.” Afterward, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an investigation into the official use of jail informants in Orange County.

The scandal had already led to the unraveling of more than a dozen murder, attempted murder and felony assault cases in the county and threatens to upend countless more. But the ruling in Dekraai’s case on Friday is arguably the most crushing defeat that the beleaguered district attorney’s office has faced since the scandal broke.

It remains unclear exactly how many cases may have been tainted by the illegal use of an informant. Sanders has argued that every case involving a jailhouse informant in Orange County over the last 30 years should be re-examined.

SOURCE:HUFFPOST

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Pence Calls Trump A ‘Builder Of Boundless Optimism,’ Compares Him To Teddy Roosevelt

The vice president also praised Trump’s “energy” and “can-do spirit.”

Vice President Mike Pence is a big fan of his boss, and on Thursday he found yet another way to praise President Donald Trump: Pence compared him to President Theodore Roosevelt.

Specifically, Pence said Trump has the “vision, energy, and can-do spirit” that Roosevelt had.

Once you’ve stopped rolling your eyes, you can read the full tribute, reported by the Chicago Tribune:

“In President Donald Trump, I think the United States once again has a president whose vision, energy and can-do spirit is reminiscent of President Teddy Roosevelt. Then, as now, we have a builder of boundless optimism, who seeks to usher in a new era of shared prosperity all across this new world.”

This comparison might seem deeply flawed, but it is pretty spot-on in some ways.

Take both presidents’ records on race, for example. Trump spent the weekend facing criticism for saying there was violence “on both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead. He doubled down on those comments in the following days, suggesting that there were “very fine people” among protesters marching with torches and neo-Nazi regalia, and lamented a growing movement to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces.

History has not looked kindly on Roosevelt’s racist statements. He referred to white Americans as the “forward race,” and believed that it was white people’s “responsibility to raise the status of minorities through training the backward race[s] in industrial efficiency, political capacity and domestic morality.”

One way these two are not alike? Roosevelt is considered by some to be a “war hero” for his role in the Spanish-American War. Trump, in contrast, had five military deferments during the Vietnam War ― but he still has strong opinions on those who have served. He’s also happy to take credit for the Panama Canal, constructed partly during Roosevelt’s presidency.

Another fun comparison is that Roosevelt used to use the word “bully” as a congratulatory exclamation. That’s not exactly how we use it now, but it’s still a word many associate with the president.

SOURCE:HUFFPOST

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JAY-Z Reveals Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Helped Them Get Through ‘Difficult’ Time: ‘It Was Therapeutic’ — Hollywood Life

Whoa! JAY-Z is getting super deep about what he may have done to hurt Beyonce that ended up on her ‘Lemonade’ album. We’ve got the details on how working on their pain through music was ‘therapeutic’ for him.

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The African Proverb 1:25

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