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APC Leader Cautions Fayose Over Attacks On Buhari

0 Comments January 12, 2018

A member of the Seventh House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, has cautioned Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, over his relentless attacks on President Muhammadu… APC Leader Cautions Fayose Over Attacks On Buhari
Faparusi, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, urged the governor to face governance and stop dragging the name of Ekiti in the mud.

According to him, the governor’s attacks on the President had become a recurring decimal.

He said that it was glaring that governance under him had suffered a colossal damage in Ekiti State.

Fayose had, in a statement on Sunday, said nobody could intimidate him because of his strong and truthful stance on national issues.

But Faparusi, in a statement on Monday, expressed dismay that Fayose, who had allegedly taken intimidation, coercion and harassment of the opposition as a strategy to win elections could turn around and accuse Buhari of planning to destabilise his government.

The APC chief said, “In the build up to the 2015 general election, Fayose chased all the 26 House of Assembly members away while also running after the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Jide Awe, and over 300 influential members of our party over trumped-up charges, using the police.

“Even in his own party, those seen not loyal to him were being intimidated or expelled from the party. Does Fayose’s allegation have any strand of believability?”

Faparusi said that Fayose, who was talking about intimidation, should know he was the least of Buhari’s problems, adding that, “Sinners run when no one pursues. Nigerians should know by now that Fayose’s barbaric nature does not represent the value Ekiti people stand for and, therefore, should not take any of his utterances serious as his illogical criticism of Mr. President is just aimed at striving to be in the news all the time and unfortunately for the wrong reasons.

“We will no longer tolerate his continual dragging of Ekiti’s towering image in the mud. We should ensure that Ekiti keeps its record as the most educated and sophisticated state in Nigeria and we won’t fold our arms and allow an opportunist to derogate the image that took years to build.”

King Sunny Ade’s US show cancelled, fans demand refund

0 Comments January 11, 2018

IN Africa, he is known as pioneer of world music-as his native, electrifying juju music mixes with modern eclectic rhythm, danceable and enjoyable. He… King Sunny Ade’s US show cancelled, fans demand refund
IN Africa, he is known as pioneer of world music-as his native, electrifying juju music mixes with modern eclectic rhythm, danceable and enjoyable. He is godfather of juju music in Africa. King Sunday Adeniyi, whose sobriquet goes by KSA on stage is a phenomenon in Nigerian arts/culture being classed all around the world as one of the most influential musicians of all time.

This Nigerian music-legend, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist disappointed his United States fan when words reached his music-lovers in Dallas, Texas less than 48 hours to his live performance at Annette Strauss Square of AT &T Performing Arts Center earlier slated for June 18, 2015 that KSA and his African Beats would no longer be able to honor their show. Tickets for the show was pegged at $25 per person.

Everyone with passion for African music in Dallas were surprised, but wondered what could have kept this Nigerian music icon away from the much-publicized show? Investigation by CNN iReport revealed that the African Beats band members did not yield their international traveling passports over to the juju maestro early against his repeated warnings to them, as they felt since KSA is a global name, at their own time they could always hand-over their passports and be sure of having Visa emblazoned on their passport pages. This time around, they were disappointed, since United States Embassy follow its policies and bureaucracies to the letters in issuance of Visa to people. By the time the Visa procurement finally began at the US Embassy due to KSA’s band boys delay; it was crystal clear to them they would not be able to obtain their Visa at that point in other to play at the AT &T Dallas show.

When it dawned on KSA that the lackadaisical attitude of his band boys made him to miss the AT &T Dallas Show, CNN iReport gathered this Nigerian music impresario had to quickly ensure he had a word with the Consul-General in a face-saving move to cover the obvious delay-blunder orchestrated by his band boys. He was counseled that as an African music Ambassador , widely traveled and respected, he should always try to ensure traveling documents by his band members are always submitted on time, with earliest interview date fixed; to avert similar occurrences. He agreed.

Thereafter, it was clear that KSA was already angry with his band boys, as he held straight-face, without smiling when he departed the Consul-General office immediately after a group picture of KSA with US Embassy staff were taken. Even when his band boys were asking him the outcome of their Visa as they drove out of the premises, he refused to acknowledge their requests. It is unclear if KSA would ‘wield a big-stick’ against his band members or step-up more discipline among them to avoid same blunder in the future.

President’s US Trip Fruitless, Says PDP

0 Comments August 3, 2017

PRECISELY 59 days after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday listed many ‘sins’ the Federal Government under the President had committed and said Buhari’s government lacked direction.

Among the sins of the Buhari’s government, the PDP said, included alleged failure by the President to achieve anything meaningful during his just-concluded US trip and alleged maltreatment of Patience, wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

At a media briefing in Abuja on Sunday, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said events after Buhari’s visit to the US indicated that neither the President nor his party, the All Progressives Congress, had learnt anything from the trip.

Metuh said, “Now that the visit has come and gone, our fear is that nothing whatsoever has been learnt or gained.

“What we continue to receive as a nation have been embarrassing disagreements, accusations and counter-accusations, blames and denials on very important issues due to lack of tact and skill in the management of state matters by the APC-led administration.

“It is disheartening that rather than secure any sort of tangible gain for the fight against terrorism, which has lost steam under the APC watch, with insurgents, who were pushed to the verge of surrender by the Goodluck Jonathan administration, now surging back and spreading into the country, we get nothing but exchanges and disagreements between the Presidency and their American hosts.

“This is not only embarrassing but also a worrisome indication of crass ineptitude in the handling of international affairs on the part of the present administration.”

He urged the government to settle down and face the business of governance and the fight against insurgency with every sense of seriousness, especially given Buhari’s promise in his April 2, 2015 CNN interview to end the scourge two months after his inauguration.

Reacting, the All Progressives Congress, said that the PDP would be unable to provide any worthwhile opposition to the Federal Government if its spokesman continued to issue empty statements.

‘’Today’s statement is the most tortuous yet by the PDP and, honestly, sounds more like a compendium of beer parlour gossips and side talks than a serious criticism of a sitting government,’’ the APC said in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

‘‘To be in opposition does not mean you have to constitute yourself to a nuisance by rushing to the press with all sorts of hot air statements. It is the quality, rather than the frequency, of your interventions that makes you relevant as an opposition in a democracy,’’ the party said

Metuh meanwhile also criticised the statement made by the President while in the USA, in which he was quoted as saying that he would administer the country on the basis of the voting pattern in the last general elections.

He also said that the business community in Nigeria and across the world noted what he described as the disgraceful treatment allegedly meted out to some Nigerian bankers and captains of industries by Buhari during his US visit.

While agreeing that the President has the right to decide those to be on his entourage on such an important official visit, he nevertheless said that the way Buhari allegedly shamed and walked out Nigerian businessmen had sent a wrong signal to international investors and posed great threats to inflow of direct foreign investments into the country.

“These Nigerian businessmen were rejected by their President only for them to be valued by other Presidents of African nations who led them into a meeting with President Barrack Obama in their own countries on account of their investments in those nations,” he added.

Metuh also said that his party noted the alleged embarrassment caused by the absence of an economic team for healthy and informed discussion at the meeting with officials of the US government.

He said that whereas President Obama came to the meeting with a formidable team of experts and key federal officials, President Buhari had in his entourage some APC governors, who, he said, owe salaries and billions of naira in debts.

This action, he said, robbed the nation the benefits and gains of the discussions.

Metuh said that since the President had insisted on running his government as a sole administrator, making important decisions on national affairs without recourse to relevant statutory arms and organs of government, the PDP was being compelled to demand that the administration publish its expenses since assumption of office in May, in keeping with its much harped stance on transparency.

“We make this demand because since the APC took office, the nation’s financial system in the absence of statutory functionaries has been enmeshed in confusion, controversy and fertile atmosphere for financial sleazes,” he added.

Metuh also alleged that his party was in possession of information that the Presidency acting alone, has gone into discussions with the World Bank for a loan of $2.1 bn for purposes unknown to Nigerians.

He asked, “What is the loan for? What are the terms and who are those working the papers? Who are the people to decide on how the money will be spent? Is it true that the $2.1bn loan is meant to pay back huge contributions for the APC Presidential campaign expenses?

“If truly this government is transparent, it should come out clear on this loan as well as publicise details of its expenditure in the last two months.”

The opposition party’s spokesperson also condemned what he called the recent humiliation of Patience Jonathan at the Port Harcourt airport, where he said the ex-President’s wife was refused access to the protocol lounge based on “an order from Abuja”.

He said this was not the case when Jonathan was in power, during which he said all former Presidents and their spouses had unhindered access to the protocol lounge.

Stakeholders Converged At Nigeria Digital Music Summit

0 Comments June 15, 2017

Mary Ekah Stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry and experts from around the world recently converged in Lagos for the historic Nigerian Digital Music Summit held at the Eko Hotel and Suits, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The two-day summit tagged, “Establishing the Basic Rules of Engagement in the Digital Environment” was organised by Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) in collaboration with Growth & Employment Project (GEM) (funded by the World Bank and domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment).

The main aim of the summit, which organisers said was to keep stakeholders informed on all issues that affect the development of the music industry, they noted, was also borne out of the obvious need to set in place the proper framework for the exploitation of music in the digital space, set in motion the desired change the industry seeks.

The Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. Afam Ezekude, said in his speech that, “It is important for users of creative contents including telecom companies to leverage on the facilities of our copyright system to ensure the sustenance of seamless availability of creative content to enhance their value added services. Use of creative content should be on the basis of licenses legitimately issued by those who own rights to the creative content”

Speaking further he said, “Most operators appear not to be engaging the right platforms to secure appropriate licenses for creative contents deployed on some networks. Consequently, we are continually witnessing some avoidable copyright disputes, which do not only impact negatively on the image of the service providers, but also distract authors from pursuing their creative endeavours”

He said therefore that the Copyright Act has provided for collective management of rights, which is globally acknowledged as the best mechanism for licensing of content where the use of such content has assumed a certain anonymous scale making it difficult for users to trace and approach individual right owners for separate licenses.

Chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, explained that the summit was not meant to be a talk shop rather; it was a, “Historic opportunity to agree on how the Nigerian music industry will move forward in a new era so that everybody’s interest is protected and the industry can grow and meet its true potentials. It may need to be repeated that if the industry does not agree on how to move forward, everyone will move to trenches and just fight it out”

He said further that following the summit, it was envisaged that there will be an industry monitoring committee to ensure that the players are complying with the new rules and where there is a need for legislation to ensure compliance, the right steps are taken to ensure that such legislation is passed.

Project Coordinator, GEM, Mr. Yunusa Labaran, explained the reason GEM chose to sponsor the summit. “We must support the music industry to grow and to pay. Oil which has been the mainstay of our economy has been dwindling and there is a need to diversify to strengthen our economy”, he said, adding, “the outcome of the summit will help us set up an intervention to help the industry grow and create employment for the growth of the Nigerian economy”.