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Meghan Markle’s sister attacks Royal Bride-to-Be

…says “if you can spend $75k on a dress, you can spend $75 on your dad

The half-sister of Meghan Markle has attacked the Royal bride-to-be, accusing her of not helping their bankrupt father enough.

Samantha Grant said: “If you can spend $75,000 on a dress, you can spend $75,000 on your dad.”

The 52-year-old was referring to the £56,000 designer dress Meghan wore with Prince Harry in their engagement photos.

Samantha revealed her dad Thomas, 73, is working with a doctor on his “bad leg” so that he can walk Meghan, 36, down the aisle on May 19 at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel .

There had been speculation about whether Mr Markle would be invited to perform the traditional role of the father of the bride and give his daughter away.

But during a television interview, when asked by broadcaster Matthew Wright if her father would be attending the wedding, Samantha replied: “Yes he is, God forbid unless a plane crashes through his roof, he’ll be there one way or the other.”

Speaking from Florida she told the Channel 5 show The Wright Stuff: “So any rumour to the contrary is… MY favourite new word is becoming ‘oh rubbish’. Yeah, so he will be there.”

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has not yet asked his brother to be best man, William said last night.

The future King also joked he is “still working” on the diary clash that sees the Royal wedding on the same day as the FA Cup final .

The Duke , who is widely expected to perform best man duties at his younger brother’s wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19, said he had not been officially invited to carry out the role as he joined a discussion about what makes a “best man”.

When compère Roman Kemp made reference to William’s upcoming role, the prince laughed and replied: “He hasn’t asked me yet, just to clear that up. It could be a sensitive subject.”

Asked by footballer Rio Ferdinand about the date which means the Duke is likely to miss the football, he replied he was “trying to see what I can do” about the situation.

JUST IN: Ambode drops three commissioners in cabinet reshuffle

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday carried out a major cabinet reshuffle, dropping three commissioners and appointing five new ones.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the three affected cabinet members are Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr. Femi Odubiyi and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola.

The newly appointed cabinet members include Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Ministry of Science and Technology); Mr. Ladi Lawanson (Ministry of Transportation); Mr Segun Banjo (Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget); Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman (Communities and Communications).

The Statement added that major deployments have also been effected.

Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr. Steve Ayorinde from Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan from Communities and Communication to Ministry of Information and Strategy; Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment; Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation; Mr. Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

Others include Dr. Samuel Adejare from Ministry of the Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

In the same vein, the statement also added that Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Mr. Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.

Mr. Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Mr. Anofiu Elegushi moves from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.

The new Commissioners are expected to be cleared by the State House of Assembly while the other redeployment and postings take immediate effect.

According to the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Bello, the new appointments and redeployments are intended to create a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of the Governor Ambode administration.

Soyinka blasts Buhari for failing to stop Fulani herdmen killings

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, in an essay on Wednesday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for the failure of his government to blame and act decisively against Fulani herdsmen for the recent killings of scores of people in communities in an around the country’s Middle Belt region.

There has been an increase in attacks and killings in farming communities in Taraba, Benue, Adamawa and Kaduna States blamed. Many of the attacks have been blamed on Fulani herdsmen, although Fulani communities were also victims of attacks by other ethnic groups.

In the piece titled “Impunity Rides Again”, Mr. Soyinka did not mince words over the government’s seeming reluctance to blame the herdsmen for the series of killings. He likened it to the initial disbelief of Mr. Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, when the so-called Chibok Girls were kidnapped from their school dorm by Boko Haram militia.

“President Muhammed Buhari and his government – including his inspector-general of police – in near identical denial, appear to believe that killer herdsmen who strike again and again at will from one corner of the nation to the other, are merely hot-tempered citizens whose scraps occasionally degenerate into ‘communal clashes’ – I believe I have summarised him accurately. The marauders are naughty children who can be admonished, paternalistically, into good neighbourly conduct. Sometimes, of course, the killers were also said be non-Nigerians after all. The contradictions are mind-boggling,” he wrote.

Mr Soyinka, the first Black Nobel Laureate in Literature, said the government’s excuses for the cause of the conflict despite the admission by the herdsmen that they were responsible for the attacks and killings amounted to exonerating “mass killers.”

He berated the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, over his comment in an interview suggesting that the attacks were a result of the failure of successive governments to pay attention to herdsmen and cow farming. He said the national outrage was about the refusal of the government to bring those responsible for the killings to book.

“However, the present national outrage is over impunity. It rejects the right of any set of people, for whatever reason, to take arms against their fellow men and women, to acknowledge their exploits in boastful and justifying accents and, in effect, promise more of the same as long as their terms and demands are not met. In plain language, they have declared war against the nation, and their weapon is undiluted terror. Why have they been permitted to become a menace to the rest of us? That is the issue!”

Mr. Soyinka criticised the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, a staunch ally of Mr. Buhari, for his decision in 2016 to pay some “aggrieved” herdsmen to stop the killings in the south of the state.

  1. Mr. El Rufai had argued then that the attacks were reprisals by Fulani herdsmen from neighbouring countries who were attacked in the area around 2011. He said some of the herdsmen and their cattle were killed at the time and that they had organised themselves to avenge the killings on the communities.

“We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger Republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging them to stop killing. In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem, and we paid some,” Mr El-Rufai said.

But in his piece, Mr Soyinka roundly berated him saying his decision to pay compensation to the herdsmen suggested that the lives of cows may be more valuable than human lives.

“El Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, proudly announced that, on assuming office, he had raised a peace committee and successfully traced the herdsmen to locations outside Nigerian borders. He then made payments to them from state coffers to cure them of their homicidal urge which, according to these herdsmen, were reprisals for some ancient history and the loss of cattle through rustling. The public was up in arms against this astonishing revelation. I could only call to mind a statement by the same El Rufai after a prior election which led to a rampage in parts of the nation, and cost even the lives of National Youth Service corpers. They were hunted down by aggrieved mobs and even states had to organise rescue missions for their citizens. Countering protests that the nation owed a special duty of protection to her youth, especially those who are co-opted to serve the nation in any capacity, El Rufai’s comment then was: No life is more important than another. Today, that statement needs to be adjusted, to read perhaps – apologies to George Orwell: ‘All lives are equal, but a cow’s is more equal than others.’”

Mr. Soyinka added that while the government is busy cooking up excuses for the herdsmen and paying them compensation, the herdsmen themselves have repeatedly admitted having carried out the killings and are not known to have complained about being neglected.

“It is important to emphasise that none of their spokesmen referred to any government neglect, such as refusal to pay subsidy for their cows or failure to accord them the same facilities that had been extended to cassava or millet farmers.

“Such are the monstrous beginnings of the culture of impunity. We are reaping, yet again, the consequences of such tolerance of the intolerable. Yes, there indeed the government is culpable, definitely guilty of “looking the other way”. Indeed, it must be held complicit,” he said.

Mr. Soyinka said the pussyfooting of the government to act decisively and punish the killer herdsmen contradicts its swiftness in declaring the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a terrorist organisation, despite the fact that IPOB is not known to have perpetrated widespread killings like the Fulani Herdsmen.

“This question is now current, and justified: Just when is terror? I am not aware that IPOB came anywhere close to this homicidal propensity and will to dominance before it was declared a terrorist organisation. The international community rightly refused to go along with such an absurdity.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let me state right here, and yet again, that IPOB leadership is its own worst enemy. It repels public empathy, indeed, I suspect that it deliberately cultivates an obnoxious image, especially among its internet mouthers who make rational discourse impossible. However, as we pointed out at the time, the conduct of that movement, even at its most extreme, could by no means be reckoned as terrorism. By contrast, how do we categorise Myeti? How do we assess a mental state that cannot distinguish between a stolen cow – which is always recoverable – and human life, which is not. Villages have been depopulated far wider than those outside their operational zones can conceive. They swoop on sleeping settlements, kill and strut. They glory in their seeming supremacy. Cocoa farmers do not kill when there is a cocoa blight. Rice farmers, cassava and tomato farmers do not burn.

“The herdsmen cynically dredge up decades-old affronts – they did at the 2016 Benue “peace meeting” to justify the killings of innocents in the present. These crimes are treated like the norm. Once again, the nation is being massaged by specious rationalisations, while the rampage intensifies and the spread spirals out of control. When we open the dailies tomorrow morning, there is certain to have been a new body count, to be followed by the arrogant justification of the Myeti Allah.

“The warnings pile up, the distress signals have turned into a prolonged howl of despair and rage. The answer is not to be found in pietistic appeals to victims to avoid ‘hate language’ and divisive attributions. The sustained, killing monologue of the herdsmen is what is at issue. It must be curbed, decisively and without further evasiveness.

“Yes, Jonathan only saw ‘ghosts’ when Boko Haram was already excising swathes of territory from the nation space and abducting school pupils. The ghosts of Jonathan seem poised to haunt the tenure of Mohammed Buhari,” he wrote.

Nigerians attacked in fresh Sourh Africa violence, shops burnt

The Nigerian Community in South Africa says four members are in critical condition in the hospital while some shops have been burnt in renewed attacks by South Africans.

Paul Nwanedo, chairman, Nigerian Union, North West Province chapter told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone from Rustenburg that the attacks against Nigerians began on Sunday.

He said that taxi drivers in Rustenburg alleged that a Nigerian abducted and raped a 16-year-old South African girl and also alleged that Nigerians sold drugs to a local gang that attacked their members.

“This is absolutely untrue. We have investigated and found out that the allegations are false. The union is worried about the safety of our members in Rustenburg,” he said.

Mr. Nwanedo said that four Nigerians caught by the taxi drivers were beaten and are in critical condition in the hospital while some shops belonging to Nigerians had been torched.

“As I speak to you, we are afraid because the attacks have continued and our members are still in hiding.

“We have reported to the police and our national secretariat. We want the safety of lives and property of our people,” he said.

Adetola Olubajo, President of the union, said that the national secretariat had been informed about the incident at Rustenburg.

“Investigation by the union shows that no Nigerians abducted or raped a South African girl. Indeed, no Nigerian has been arrested for the offence and we are worried about the turn of events.

“The lives and property of our citizens in Rustenburg are in danger and there is an urgent need for intervention. We appeal to our mission and Federal government to intervene urgently and save the situation,” Mr. Olubajo said.

The spokesman of the police in Rustenburg, Sabata Mokgwabone, said the reason for the violent protest was unclear but confirmed that “the burnt houses are those occupied by foreign nationals,”

North West Provincial Commissioner of Police, Baile Motswenyane, called on the public to work with law enforcement officials.

“Those who are doing this must know that they are committing a crime and drastic action will be taken, including against our own members who are involved in criminal activities,” he said.

(NAN)

Hashtags #boycottcowmeat #suffocatetheterrorists trend as Nigerians launch campaign against Fulani herdsmen

Some Nigerians have launched a campaign against the Fulani herdsmen who have been killing innocent souls across the country ostensibly  to protect their cows.

The message going on on social media implored Nigerians to boycott buying of cow beef across the country in order to stifle the Fulani herdsmen’s economy as Lagos alone reportedly consume over 6,000 cows on daily basis.

 

According to the campaign against the herdsmen who have remained untouched despite their dastardly attacks, “complaining and sharing gory pictures on the Internet is not enough.

Make a conscious decision not to be a part of the bloodshed by not using your money to aid the killing of our brothers and sisters all over the country so that cows may live.

Eat fish, chicken, goat meat, if your religion permits, eat pork or go veggie! They are a lot healthier!

Below is the copy of the message now trending on social media:

MASS ACTION AGAINST RAMPAGING BLOODTHIRSTY HERDSMEN

In one research, Lagos State Government revealed that over 6000 heads of Cattle are slaughtered in Lagos daily. That is over 180,000 heads of Cattle per month and about 2.2 million in Lagos State alone.

Analytical reasoning has never been known to be a forte of the African man and has been a major source of setbacks for us. The white folks have devised a way to tame devious, greedy and powerful people by hurting their economies. They simply boycott their products and it hurts.

“Without justice, there can be no peace. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
…Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Why is it so difficult to ask people to refrain from eating beef secured with human blood for now?

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”
…Desmond Tutu

I have a friend, who is very comfortable by every standard and have personally implemented this in his own household for over a year now as his own personal sacrifice. Blood is being shed to secure cows that they will sell for your consumption. Invariably, you are contributing to the bloodshed.

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Rom.1:32)

“He who does not oppose evil, commands it to be done”
…Leonardo Da Vinci

Complaining and sharing gory pictures on the Internet is not enough. Make a conscious decision not to be a part of the bloodshed by not using your money to aid the killing of our brothers and sisters all over the country so that cows may live.

Eat fish, chicken, goat meat, if your religion permits, eat pork or go veggie! They are a lot healthier!

“Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor”
…Ginette Sagan

Imagine what a total boycott will do to their economy if the whole of South and Middlebelt can tap into this. If Lagos alone kills 180,000 a month? They hardly eat the meat themselves, we do! We consume the blood of Taraba, Benue, Oyo, Ogun, Delta, Enugu etc people. Yes we do.

Just make the sacrifice and make a conscious effort to boycott. Let’s see whether it will work or not. Even scientific experiments are tried first.

#boycottcowmeat #suffocatetheterrorists