Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UNMISTAKABLE SIGNS OF THE TIMES : Satanic Temple's plans for 'largest public satanic ceremony in history' backfire after Detroit protesters force them to unveil huge goat-headed Devil statue in private ... DailyMailUK

The Satanic Temple unveiled a controversial goat-headed bronze monument at a secret Detroit venue on Saturday.
The 8½-foot-tall Baphomet monument shows Satan with horns, hooves, wings and a beard. 
Backed by an inverted pentagram, it weighs more than a ton and is flanked by statues of two young children gazing up at the creature. 
The Satanic Temple, a group that advocated for the separation of church and state, was originally going to host the statue's revealing at a popular restaurant until the owner backed out after receiving threats. 
This photo shows the bronze monument featuring Satan with horns, hooves, wings and a beard flanked by two young children. The Satanic Temple unveiled the statue at a private event in Detroit on Saturday
Instead, the group held a secret, ticketed event at an undisclosed location in the city.
The group's co-founder Lucien Greaves told the Associated Press that people had threatened to burn the venue down prior to the unveiling. 
WJBK reported that hundreds of people showed up for the event, including protesters who are strongly against the group. 
The statue was to have been unveiled July 25 at Bert's Market Place in Detroit's Eastern Market district, but Bert Dearing said he gave the group back it's $3,000 rental fee when he learned who booked the place.
'Detroit is a very religious area,' Dearing said. 
'When I rented the place, I just thought it was a church. I didn't know about the unveiling of a statue. We weren't aware they were into devil worshiping.'
Hundreds of people waited in line to The Satanic Temple's unveiling of the goat-headed statue on Saturday in Detroit 
Hundreds of people waited in line to The Satanic Temple's unveiling of the goat-headed statue on Saturday in Detroit
The Satanic Temple Detroit chapter founder Jex Blackmore has said the group doesn't worship Satan but does promote individuality, compassion and views that differ from Christian and conservative beliefs.
The statue was designed and built at a cost of more than $100,000 and had been planned for the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until Oklahoma's Supreme Court banned religious displays, including a monument of the Ten Commandments on Capitol grounds.
Greaves said the statue will not remain in Detroit and that The Satanic Temple wants to erect it outside Arkansas' Statehouse in Little Rock where a Ten Commandments monument also is planned.
Detroit was selected for the unveiling because The Satanic Temple in the city has a 'strong congregation,' Greaves said. 
'We just have a good community over there.'
The group's co-founder says that Detroit was selected as the host city for the unveiling because of the 'strong congregation' the city has
 Blackmore said Detroit has more than 200 registered members.
The group erected a display in December outside Michigan's state Capitol in Lansing. 
The 'Snaketivity Scene' featured a snake offering a book called 'Revolt of the Angels' as a gift. 
The snake was wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Like other religious displays, it was taken down each night.
Many people protested against the controversial monument. One person even put a large statue of an angel (pictured above) in the back of a U-Haul truck to the event
Bishop Charles Ellis III, pastor of the 6,000-member Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, said he is not concerned about a statue depicting Satan being unveiled in the city because America 'was built on freedom of speech and freedom of religion.'
'If we ask others to be tolerant of our religion, we are going to be asked to be tolerant of their religion as well,' Ellis said.
'Tolerable does not mean you have to practice what they practice or that you are condoning what they are practicing. I'm not saying I'm being accepting. I'm just saying I have no control over that.'

AS WE MAKE STEADY AND SURE PROGRESS ON ALL FRONTS : Buharism: Nigeria’s revenue rises for second consecutive month ... PMNews

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s gross government revenues rose for the second consecutive month in June to 485.95 billion naira ($2.44 billion), up 33 per cent from May, the finance ministry said.
The total for distribution to the three tiers of government was 518.542 billion naira including a 6.33 billion refund by the state oil company, value added tax of 64.99 billion naira and an exchange rate gain of 6.69 billion naira.
The balance of the Excess Crude Account stood at $2.207 billion, up from $2.078 billion on June 23.
Some business analysts have attributed the revenue increase to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption drive which is geared at blocking leakages particularly in the oil sector.
Buhari is optimistic that the most populous black nation can recover some of its stolen funds that have put in foreign accounts across the globe.
In a recent state visit to the United States, he got assurances from the US government led by President Barack Obama that Nigeria will recover monies stolen by politicians and public office holders.


Toyin Saraki, the wife of Nigeria’s embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, this morning showed up at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accompanied by a horde of politicians and supporters.
Our correspondent said EFCC officials appeared overwhelmed by the huge entourage that accompanied Mrs. Saraki to their office.
Mrs. Saraki arrived some two hours late for her appointment at the commission, her ostentatious arrival causing a commotion on the premises of the anti-corruption agency.
An EFCC source told SaharaReporters that the unruly crowd brought along by the Senate President’s wife forced their way into the offices of the EFCC’s Director of Operations, accusing the anti-corruption agency of bias.
Apart from the members of Mrs. Saraki’s entourage who forced their way into the EFCC’s building, another group of her sympathizers stood outside the gates, creating a scene that seemed calculated to rattle EFCC agents.
A senior agent at the EFCC told our correspondent that the commission was not worried by Mrs. Saraki’s melodramatic ploy, adding that investigators at the agency had generated solid evidence of graft against her.
“We are going to focus on doing our work, instead of minding that she came here with a large crowd to cause tension,” the agent said.
Since receiving a summons from the EFCC last week to appear for questioning, Mrs. Saraki and her husband, Senator Saraki, have reportedly been behind a series of propaganda campaigns to portray the EFCC as an organization engaged in a witch hunt against them. A source within the agency told SaharaReporters that the commission was not deterred by the campaigns. “They want to claim that our invitation was engineered by Senator Bukola Saraki’s political opponents. We cannot engage in press propaganda. But once we do a thorough job, the public will see the facts of the case. And that is the best way to rubbish the propaganda,” he said.
SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Saraki is directly and indirectly implicated in a series of money laundering schemes involving his wife.
An EFCC sources said their team of investigators were ready to begin questioning Mrs. Saraki on her alleged involvement in a multibillion naira misappropriation of bank loans and laundering of funds stolen from Kwara State during the two terms her husband was governor there.
One EFCC source revealed that the agency began to investigate Mrs. Saraki based on a petition submitted to the commission by the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). However, it became public knowledge that the chapter had complained about the senator’s wife, the national leadership of the PDP has been pressuring their Kwara State chapter to withdraw their petition. The PDP even claimed that the signatures on the petition were forged.
An EFCC source told SaharaReporters that nothing would stop their investigation at this point, since investigators at the commission had uncovered significant “information about Mrs. Saraki’s activities during her husband’s tenure as governor.”

ROUTING THE TERRORISTS : 38 people dead as Chadian forces, Boko Haram clash, Boko Haram flee with Chadians in hot pursuit ... VanguiardNews

The Chadian army has launched a “major operation” to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes on Monday between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will, meanwhile, travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on combating the regional threat posed by the extremist group, whose six-year insurgency has claimed 13,000 lives and caused about 1.5 million people to flee their homes.
On Monday, “violent clashes” raged near Baga Sola, one of the main towns in the shallow, marshy waters of Lake Chad, a Chadian security source told AFP. He added that Chadian forces had earlier “intercepted fleeing Boko Haram elements” around 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the southeast.
The four countries bordering the lake — Chad, Cameroon,Nigeria and Niger — set up a military coalition against Boko Haram early this year headquartered in the Chadian capital N’Djamena. Chadian forces have “around 1,000 men positioned to occupy all the islands and neutralise Boko Haram”, the security official said.
The jihadists, now affiliated with the Islamic State group, have been using the islands as a rear base after being routed from their traditional strongholds in Nigeria by the four-country offensive.  The network of hundreds of islets separated by channels hidden by tall grass provides cover for the militants to steal livestock and crops from local inhabitants.
According to the security official, the Lake Chad clashes erupted Saturday on Midi Koutou island, leaving six Boko Haram fighters dead and 15 wounded. A Chadian soldier was also said to have been killed. The source said Boko Haram “kidnapped many women and children” as they fled Saturday’s fighting.

Evacuating residents

A source close to local authorities said that, following a request from the central Chadian government about two weeks ago, an operation was launched “to evacuate the islands” on the Chadian side of the lake and that about 90 percent of residents had been moved to the mainland since. “The army forcibly entered almost all the (Chadian) islands,” the source said, adding the militants were dispersed across “mainly little islets and villages”.
Buhari, meanwhile, will travel to Cameroon on Wednesday for talks with his counterpart Paul Biya on the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigerian presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said. A new wave of violence has claimed 800 lives since the Nigerian president came to power in May vowing to crush the insurgency.
Recent days have seen a spate of Boko Haram raids and suicide bombings in the region, with seven people killed in Cameroon at the weekend, three of whom were beheaded. Boko Haram earlier this month claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in N’Djamena that left 38 people dead, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.
Three days later, at least 15 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a crowded market in the Chadian capital. The European Union on Monday expressed solidarity with the anti-Boko Haram campaign. “Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are sparing no effort in fighting terrorism in the region… The European Union supports the efforts for comprehensive bilateral and regional cooperation to tackle these challenges,” it said in a statement.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

THE NIGHTMARE OF THE WAILERS LOOMS : The kind of ministers I want — Buhari ... PremiumTimes

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja said he was working towards appointing only patriotic, decent and experienced Nigerians as ministers in his government.
The President, who was responding to questions on ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, a television programme, said politicians and technocrats would make the list of nominees for ministerial appointments.
“From what I have seen so far, we need really patriotic Nigerians – Nigerians that can work very hard, knowledgeable, experienced, committed Nigerians – to be in charge of ministries.
“A lot of the institutions of Nigeria – important institutions – were compromised. Everybody was for himself and God for all of us; its most unfortunate.
“We have the people, educated people, experienced people but everybody seemed to be working for himself – how much he could get as much and as quick as possible.
“We have to look for technocrats and we have to look for politicians and certainly we have to look for decent people in this class to give them the responsibility of being in charge of ministries and important parastatals (agencies).”
Mr. Buhari has yet to appoint ministers, two months after taking office. The president said last week that he would appoint ministers in September after instilling some degree of ethics and reforms in governance.
But speaking Monday, Mr. Buhari said his government will try as much as possible to “avoid appointing hostages”.
“By this, I mean people who have been in the system but compromised their personal and professional integrity. It is taking so much time because a number of knowledgeable people have been compromised,” the president said.
“They have been compromised by people who will like to depend on them to damage our economy and security,” he said.
President Buhari said the worst scenario is to get a “compromised person to be in charge of institutions. There is no way he could be efficient or patriotic. Somebody behind the scene will be teleguiding him at the expense of the nation.
“This is what we are trying to avoid and I assure you that so much damage has been done to Nigeria. We cannot rush to give this responsibility to people that have unfortunately been compromised,” he said.
The president said he will eventually appoint ministers, as there is no way he can effectively supervise about 20 ministries.
On the reported under-dealings in the nation’s oil and gas sector, the President said the Federal Government was working very assiduously to expose the persons behind the illegal activity.
He promised that his administration would continue to update members of the public on government’s investigation into the matter.
He said government’s aim was to identify and prosecute all those found culpable.
According to him, the relevant shipping documents are being compiled for onward submission to countries of destination of stolen Nigerian crude oil.
“The search continues; up to the third of this month, our crude was still being illegally lifted by people who are in government.
“We are trying to get these documents. We are getting the cooperation of the international community.
“We are going to make sure that those who perpetrated this theft against Nigeria are faced with facts very soon and are taken to our courts.
“We’ve got the cooperation of some of the countries of the destinations of our crude (oil) and we are discussing with them.
“We have to maintain high confidentiality so that we don’t risk some of the loyal Nigerians that are helping us to trace the destinations of this stolen crude and then the accounts into which the monies are being paid instead of the Federal Government account.“
Mr. Buhari said his administration was still studying the recommendations on how the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation should be reorganised.
He described his recent trip to the United States (US) as very successful as he was able to extract the commitment of the American government to assist and support Nigeria toward tackling the economic and security challenges it was facing.
He said the U.S. and other European countries had also pledged to assist Nigeria by putting in place necessary security mechanism in the Gulf of Guinea to help check the theft of the country’s crude oil.
Commenting on the leadership tussle in the National Assembly, the President reiterated his that he would not interfere directly in the affairs of the lawmakers.
Buhari, who expressed displeasure and frustration over the lingering crisis in the Assembly, however, called on those behind the dispute to search their conscious and obey party’s decisions on issues concerning their affairs.
He called on Nigerians to cooperate with his administration to move the country forward and warned that no part of the country would be allowed to operate on its own.
The President added that the Nigeria “must remain one”.

WHEN MEN DESERVE TO BE VILLIFIED, WHAT DO WE GET? : S’South, S’East Back Ekweremadu ... DailyTimes

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday received the backing of the people of the South South and South East of Nigeria in the face of the current upheavals in the National Assembly, even as he has been urged to remain focused in his new assignment and work for the country.
The support for the federal legislator was contained in a communique issued by the Eastern Region Assembly (TERA), a group representing citizens of the South-South and South-Eastern zones.
The group met in Lagos on Sunday to review the state of the Nigerian nation.
In a statement signed by TERA’s Protem Secretary, Mr. Tony I. Uranta, the group renewed its commitment to a united Nigeria with respect for cultural diversities and impartial application of the rule of law.
The statement reads in parts: "TERA is worried about the ongoing brouhaha in the National Assembly, and observed that as concerned Nigerians, we wonder if there really could be an issue of forgery or any offense whatsoever for any police to investigate regarding the Senate Elections of9th June 2015, and posit, without prejudice to any legal position taken by the FGN, that any purported investigation of Senate Procedures/Proceedings by any Body/Agency other than said Senate could, at best, be seen only as undue political interference in the internal process of the Senate.
"The election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, a PDP Senator, in a Senate with APC majority, should not raise any legal or constitutional eyebrows, because it is not new, unique or unusual in the politics of Nigeria, for such to happen!
"The law is that Senators will elect among themselves, irrespective of political party, a Senate President and a Deputy Senate President. That applies, also, to Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, as well as Speakers and Deputy Speakers of State Assemblies. This has been the law and practice since 1999 when we adopted the Presidential system of Government .
"Following this law and practice, an APP member became Speaker of Cross River House of Assembly in 1999, with a PDP majority of the membership of the House. The PDP produced the Deputy Speaker.
The group recalled that similar scenario played out in the second republic. It continued, "Before that, in 1979, Chief Edwin Umezoke of NPP was elected Speaker of the House of Reps in an NPN dominated House of Reps. NPN produced the Deputy speaker . Also in the Senate of that era Dr. Wayas of NPN was Senate President, and NPP a minority party produced the Deputy Senate President.
"In this present dispensation, on the 8th day of June 2015, a day before the inauguration of the present Senate, APC produced the Speakers in Benue and Plateau State Assemblies where the PDP have majority in both Assemblies. PDP produced the d Deputies respectively in the two states.
"No self-respecting pundit of Nigerian politics can claim to have forgotten that in 2014 then-Speaker Tambawal of PDP moved over to APC whilst the PDP was still in the majority within the House. He retained his position because it is constitutional and usual. One remembers many praising the development as "democracy in action".
"Has ‘Democracy in Action’ developed new definitions because some powerful interest groups are not comfortable with the person or zonal background of Senator Ekweremadu?! Or, is the publicly-averred intent to negatively perceive/treat certain zones, because of voting patterns, to be taken seriously by Nigerians and other citizens of the Free World?
"We pray that wisdom prevails, and that every Nigerian enjoys all Equity Rights and Democratic Freedoms, irrespective of ethnic background, political affiliation and religious beliefs, so that this nation can achieve its optimal greatness in peace and unity."

WHEN WILL WE GET THERE? : As Nigeria Struggles with 4,000mw, Kenya Moves to Build 1gw of Electricity ... DailyTimes

Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC)
While Nigeria continues to celebrate power generation of about 5,000 megawatts, another African country, Kenya, has begun moves to build one gigawatts.
While a megawatt is one million watts, a gigawatt is one billion watts.
On Sunday, the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum signed a landmark contract with SkyPower, the world’s largest developer and owner of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects for one gigawatts of world-class solar projects to be built in four phases in Kenya over the next five years.
The monumental US $2.2 billion agreement was signed in Nairobi, Kenya at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Initiated by the U.S. government in 2010, the conference gathers entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, business leaders, mentors and high-level government officials to help increase support for innovators and job creators around the world.
GES 2015 hosted an unprecedented convention of high-level leaders from around the globe, including U.S. President Barack Obama and H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. SkyPower proudly sponsored the summit as an official Solar Energy Partner.
“Kenya has become an African hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, and SkyPower is proud to contribute to this unprecedented milestone in Kenya’s ambitious renewable energy plan,” said SkyPower President and Chief Executive Officer Kerry Adler. “SkyPower’s solar projects will help Kenya realize its electrification goals, support the development of the country’s renewable energy industry and help the development of strong communities, generating a brighter future for all.”
“We are very pleased to work with a world-leader in solar energy like SkyPower,” said Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. “Sustainable electrification is a central policy issue in Kenya, and we are committed to making this a reality for our citizens, while accelerating economic growth in the process.”
“SkyPower’s US $2.2 billion investment will create more than 25,000 total job years in Kenya and includes 200 MW of fabrication and assembly facilities, as well as a commitment of US $173 million toward education, training, and research and development,” said SkyPower Executive Vice President Charles Cohen.
SkyPower has a long history of working closely with local communities to produce hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean electricity every year, while ensuring that those closest to the developments reap the rewards of new jobs, education, skills training and accessible energy.