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In this episode of KIRWA, Nigerian President says he has technically defeated Boko Haram, but has he? 


So, should the Nigerian army kill hundreds of Shiite Muslims just for blocking the road?


Also, Adeola features passengers boarding a plane with a ladder in Bauchi State. 



In Zambia, there’s an uproar as the President makes a pardoned rapist the ambassador for the fight against gender violence.


In Rwanda, a referendum now allows President Paul Kagame to run for third term and to possibly stay in power till 2034.

This week on Dr. Damages, the great Trent online newspaper named former President Goodluck Jonathan the man of the year 2015? Dr. Damages tells you the real reason behind that great honor. Once you hear it, you will join in rejoicing.




If you believe Trent online newspaper, President Buhari will be spending N1.7 Billion on food in 2016. Dr. Damages puts on his investigative journalism hat to probe why Buhari’s Aso Rock may be more expensive than Jonathan’s Aso Rock.


As a public service, Dr. Damages puts on his onyokometer to guide you on the changes to expect in the New Year and how to make it a great one. Before you listen to the prophets, listen to Dr. Damages as he breaks it down for you.


The good doctor also breaks down Father Mbaka’s visit to Buhari in Aso Rock and what that means for Buhari and Nigeria in 2016.


Of course, the doctor answers your emails and tells you news making headlines across Nigeria this week. 

A Togolese scientist has invented the world’s most affordable wireless communication system, transmitting voice, internet, and video connections. Several powerful countries have approached Victor Agbégnénou, but he has refused to sell the patent rights to them.

This innovation could revolutionize the world of the telephony. Known as PWCS (Polyvalent Wireless Communication Systems), this could potentially reduce the digital divide between the west and Africa.

Each time I watch this funny interview, I ask myself “how come most African presidents don’t do things like this?” By the way, during the interview, Obama briefly talked about world leaders that refuse to leave power even when they’re old are barely able to take care of themselves.
By far, I think Obama is America’s coolest president, but don’t take it from me, watch for yourself. 
Also I’m sure there are African presidents that would do something like this, so let me know if your president is one of them.

President Barack Obama was Jerry Seinfeld’s first guest in the seventh season of his online talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” that opened on Dec. 30th.

This woman is the definition of bravery. Meet Fadumo Dayib,  a 42-year-old woman that wants to be Somalia’s first female president.

The mother of four says she has been receiving death threats since she declared her intention to run. She however says nothing will stop her from running. 
“What can Alshabab do to a woman who has died 4 times? I died when I was born, I died when I was mutilated, I died on my wedding night and I died when I gave birth to my first child. I am not afraid of death,” she said.

“I’d rather die for something I believe in, than live and be dead inside, because I don’t believe that a woman belongs either in a house or in a grave. That’s why I am running for Presidency,” she added.

Fadumo was born in Kenya to Somali parents. As a child, her family was deported back to Somalia, but when the civil war broke out they were forced to leave again, ending up in Finland.
She didn’t learn to read and write until the age of 14, but went on to earn masters degrees in health care and public health. It was through her work with the United Nations that she realized she wanted to do more to help the people of Somalia.
She recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

The election date is yet to be fixed.

By all means, the highlight of tonight’s Headies award was the drama between rapper Olamide and producer Don Jazzy. Angry that his protege Lil Kesh lost the most coveted NEXT Rated award to Mavin record’s Reekado Banks,
Nigerian rapper and YBNL boss Olamide let out some curse words before giving both middle fingers as he left the stage. 
In response, Don Jazzy asked if Olamide would like to come for the car given out for the award.

PICTURE BY REUTERS

So sad to hear that fire broke out Thursday at the popular Address hotel near Dubai’s massive New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the building. The building is near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper at 828 meters (905 yards).
The good news is, no injuries have been reported following the outbreak according to the general director of the city’s Civil Defence department.

Major General Rashed al-Matrushi told pan-Arab television channel Al Arabiya: “There are no injuries, thank God … of course, it will not affect the celebration”.

This is a powerful video, and I do agree with everything he said!
After living in America for about two decades, Patrick Awuah returned to Ghana to start a university that can train responsible leaders that would hopefully transform Ghana. Awuah left his job at Microsoft, where he earned millions as program manager to set up Ashesi University in Accra. 


“If the current leadership core was educated a certain way, if they were problem solvers, if they had deep compassion for society, we would be in a different place,” he said. His University is known for innovative curriculum, high tech facilities, and strong emphasis on leadership. 

Below are pictures of Ashesi University:

President Muhammadu Buhari hosts his first presidential media chat.

Buhari answers questions from a panel of journalists on a broadrance of current national issues.
The program starts at 7pm. 
NOTE: KEEP REFRESHING THE PAGE FOR NEW UPDATES…


SSS disobedience of court orders
“You want people who stole N40B to be granted bail to go to London when we have 2 million IDPs in camps?” – Buhari

Buhari very angry with offence committed by Dasuki and Biafra’s Nnamdi Kanu. He doesn’t see anything wrong in SSS flouting court orders

– I will work hard to ensure that 60% of the Nigerian budget is on capital projects – Buhari

-“I will look into the use of bank cards by Nigerians abroad, CBN & others will have urgently look into it”

On N18,000 minimum wage
“We have to look at the promise of 5K allowance even if people have to work in the farm to earn it”
I can assure you the federal govt will not touch that.
“My personal position on State creation should be irrelevant, the constitution that will determine that”
Education
We will make sure people are trained on creating jobs for themselves. But we have to first get the institutions back and change the obsolete equipments – Buhari
“We need power. We have to get the roads done. But we can’t do these overnight. But insecurity needs to come first” – Buhari


On 2016 budget
“I think I will use veto power to stop the national assembly from using N47 billion to buy cars” – Buhari
Buhari says he will review N3.6b for BMW cars scandal.
“I turned down a huge bill for vehicles, but I know we need some vehicles for foreign visitors”


On economy

Personally I don’t support devaluation of naira – Buhari

I need to be convinced before devaluing the naira – Buhari 

“Before I came in, NNPC alone had 45 different accounts, military had over 70,” – Buhari

“I will check with the CBN to see if people are unable to withdraw foreign currency from money they put in”
“Our priority is power for welders, barbers, building our roads and railways, not rice & expensive textile wears”
“Those who want to import Rice and Toothpick should go somewhere else to get foreign currency”
“I need to be convinced. If you devalue the naira, against what? Dollar, sterling, yen, French Franc?”
“We have banned the importation of toothpicks and goods we waste our foreign currency on.”


On security

Buhari said: ‪”Hijab will have to be banned if killings continue”
“Attacks on institutions by Boko Haram has been stopped.”

On crackdown on Shiites in Zaria by Nigerian Army “How can any group create a state within a state. I saw some clips of what happened” – Buhari

Buhari said: “I’m aware of it and the president of Iran spoke to me about it. I told him we have a system of investigation. I have to wait for official report before making a statement.”
– “Some people are taking advantage of IDP situation, we have the Benin situation with Children being sold”


– “We are getting international help regarding IDPS in Nigeria. We are not emphasizing on cash donations”


– “We have about 2 Million IDPs in Nigeria, mainly in Boron State, majority orphaned”
On kidnapped Chibok girls:

– We are looking for a credIble Boko Haram leadership that will convince us that Chibok girls are alive. Our priority is on orphaned IDPS to get them back to schools, resettle them and giving them hope”

Buhari: No firm intelligence as to where the Chibok girls are.
“I am honest with you, I don’t know whether Chibok girls are alive.”


Buhari: “We are more than willing to negotiate to the girls without compromising our National Security”


Buhari: “I have answered questions on Chibok Girls and we know so far from our attack on Sambisa that the girls are not intact”


Buhari: “I did not choose any minister that has corruption case in court or that will embarrass my govt”


“If you find any of my 36 Ministers with a corruption case in court name them so I can look into it”


“My Ministers must make sure they declare their assets, that is a constitutional requirement”


Buhari: “If anyone wants to see my full asset declaration, they are free to go and ask from the agency in charge”


On not being completely transparent on his assets declaration, Buhari said: “I have declared my assets at least 4 times. If you’re interested in my assets go to the ministry of justice.”
Buhari: “The fight against corruption might take years”


Buhari: “We need the cooperation of International Financial Institutions to get data on corrupt funds”


Buahri: “Corruption in NNPC/Oil is more complicated with the involvement of International Institutions”


Buhari: “I swore by the Hold Quran to protect and obey the constitution, no one will be above the law”


Buhari: “We have to be very sure of the evidence we present to the courts regarding corrupt practices”


“”By first few months in 2016 Nigerians will get more information regarding our anti corruption crusade”


On corruption, Buhari said Nigerians should be patient.


Buahri: “We have recovered some stolen funds but we cant release the information until we get to court”


Buhari: “We are doing quite well in the fight against corruption, considering the circumstances we find ourselves. As a military leader it was possible to round people up & jail them for being corrupt, but not in a democracy”


“Everyone suspected of being corrupt are innocent until proven guilty”
“We are taking people to court for corrupt practices & I can not comment on cases that are in court”

Here it is! The Obama speech that Africans wish their leaders would listen to. In this short video, American president Barack Obama said he has enjoyed his job as the president for two terms, and he believed he was a good president. He then said he’s likely to win a third time if he runs, but constitutionally he can’t run for 3rd term.

With many African presidents refusing to leave power after second term and others changing the constitution
so they could remain in power for life, many Africans wish their leaders would watch this speech.

I’m hoping my South African people can help me out. Just trying to figure out the relationship between South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma and the woman in this picture, so I can make sure I get my wedding invitation lol 
The man is holding this woman tight and placing his left hand on her breast, chei! 

Zuma has four wives and the woman in the picture is not one of them. 

I thought this quite interesting. South African King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo was convicted of kidnapping, arson, assault and defeating the ends of justice for his actions against a group of his people.

But the interesting thing is he’s dodging his 12 years sentence and looking for a volunteer to serve his term.

The king has met with President Zuma to help him 

The charges relate to Dalindyebo’s mistreatment of his subjects between 1995 and 1996, on a farm he owned near a place called Mthatha.First of all, Dalindyebo set fire to the houses of three tenants to evict them because he believed they had breached tribal rules. He publicly assaulted three young men for crimes they had allegedly committed.On December 2, the Constitutional Court dismissed Dalindyebo’s appeal against his 12-year jail sentence. In 2009, Dalindyebo was sentenced to 15 years in prison for culpable homicide, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, arson, and kidnapping.But on October 1, the SCA set aside Dalindyebo’s culpable homicide conviction. It, however, confirmed the rest of the guilty verdicts. It reduced his sentence to 12 years. He was subsequently granted R6 000 bail pending his appeal to the Constitutional Court.King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo spent Christmas with his family after his bail conditions were extended until December 30 by the Mthatha High Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Ghanaian minister of transport Dzifa Attivor, has resigned over alegedly rebranding buses with GHC3.6 million.

Government’s decision to spend a whopping GHC 3.6 million on re-branding 116 buses, has angered many Ghanaians, with the majority questioning how that outrageous expenditure could be approved under the watch of the President.
Her resignation comes barely a day after a report was presented to the Chief of Staff; Mr. Julius Debrah, following an investigation he demanded into the controversial contract. 

Details of the investigative report have not been made public yet. It is thus unclear why the Minister has chosen the path of resignation even before the report is made public. A statement signed by the Minister’s Personal Assistant, Egypt Kobla Kudoto, to confirm her resignation said “Hon. Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport wishes to inform the good people of Ghana that , as the Minister with oversight responsibility for the activities of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) she has tendered in her resignation due to the current issues surrounding the branding of the 116 buses.” “She further wants to take the opportunity to thank her party for the opportunity offered her to serve, first as a Deputy Minister of Transport under the late John Evans Atta Mills, and later as the Substantive Minister. Mrs. Attivor also wishes to thank the President sincerely for the honour to serve in his government. She has already communicated this decision to His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama through the Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah” the statement concluded. 

The Minister’s action also comes a day after some seven Ghanaian citizens instituted a court action against government over the controversial contract. A detailed pro-forma invoice for the re-branding of the buses has revealed that stickers on each bus cost Ghc11, 000. The pro-forma invoice dated 17th July 2015, and signed by the Accounts Officer of Smarttys Management and Productions and copied to the Ministry of Transport, put the total cost of branding for each bus at Ghc30,420.00. Smarttys Management and Productions is owned by Selassie Ibrahim, an actress cum entrepreneur and TV personality. Some advertisers have told Citi News the charges were inflated considering the charges that pertains in the industry for such services. They have accused government of misplaced priority considering that the state could have raked in nearly Ghc5 million cedis a month if it had given out the spaces on the 116 buses for commercial advertisement. 

Be sure to check out the trailer below. This is such a powerful and moving story of a Nigerian-born Forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by Will Smith. (I thought his Nigerian accent was interesting!)
Dr. Omalu was the first to discover a degenerative disease associated with repeated brain trauma in the NFL.
He called it chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

The movie “Concussion” is based on what happens when the good doctor tries to seek a change in the NFL. In the picture is Will Smith, Dr. Omalu, and the Director of the movie, Peter Landesman.
The movie was released December 29th.

A Nigerian man
has abandoned his UK wife of 10 years to have a secret wedding with another
woman in Nigeria.
When her hubby
of ten years had to spend Christmas with his relatives in Nigeria, Tracy
Akingbogun hoped he’d return with a special gift to make up for their time
apart.

David, 43, had
sorted out a present — for himself. He had secretly MARRIEDanother woman
in Nigeria on Boxing Day.
Mum-of-four
Tracy only discovered the shocking news through a friend months later — and
kicked him out.
Heartbroken
Tracy, also 43, says: “While I was at home with the kids missing him at
Christmas, his present to himself was a new bride.
“I still can’t
believe he did that to us after more than ten years together.
“I did some
research and saw that the ceremony was a religious one and not a legal one. So
he hadn’t committed bigamy.
“His dad had
five wives during his lifetime, so I suppose David thought he could do that
too.
“But not when
he was living in the UK and not when he was married to me.”

Tracy, from
Gravesend, Kent, adds: “This Christmas it will be just me and the children
again, just like it was last year. But this time I’ll be over the moon that
David isn’t with us.”
Tracy was a
single mum to Cameron and Alysia — now 17 and 13 — when she met David in a
nightclub while she was on a rare night out in March 2004.
She recalls: “I
was watching a group of lads on the pull, but one of them wasn’t. He was just
leaning against the bar enjoying himself. He saw me watching him and came over
to chat.
“His name was
David and he was really kind and gentle. He’d only arrived from Nigeria three
months before.”
David moved
into Tracy’s home just six weeks later and Tracy was delighted to discover she
was pregnant.
Their son
Kayodo, now 11, was born in December 2004 and they married two months later.
Tracy says: “It
was a small ceremony with a few family and friends. David read out a poem and
told me he really believed in me and our future together.
“From then on
he called me ‘Wifey,’ his pet name for me.”
The next year
the happy family went to Nigeria to meet David’s relatives.
Tracy says:
“They were lovely to us and even went through the traditional ceremony of
washing our feet when we arrived.”
Their second
son Olalekan, now four, was born in December 2011.
Tracy busied
herself bringing up her brood while David turned his hand to various businesses
from buying and selling cars to running a market-stall. He also tried to set up
an internet cafe.
But two years
later she found messages between David and a Nigerian woman.
Tracy says:
“One read: ‘When you were last here I wish I’d kissed you.’ I shouted at him,
and wanted him to explain himself.
“He said she
was someone he used to date before he came to the UK. He said it was nothing,
they were just friends.
“I told David
it was her or me. He said it was me, I was his wifey and that was that.
“Over the next
few months he tried hard to show he meant it and we got back to normal.”
Then David
announced he would have to go to Nigeria over the 2014 festive period. Tracy
says: “I was furious. I told him he should be here for his sons — for our
family. He kept insisting he had important family business.”
David flew out
the day before Christmas Eve and Tracy was upset the family would be apart.
She says: “I
was so angry with him, but I wasn’t going to let the children know that.
“It was
Christmas so I was going to make it a good one.”
She messaged
David, reminding him to call their boys on Christmas morning.
Tracy says:
“David finally called at 9pm. I gave him an earful but let him speak to the
children. I was so angry with him.
“On Boxing Day
I didn’t hear from him, but I spoke to him and his family the next day and they
were all friendly and normal.”
But, on David’s
return, Tracy felt something had changed.
She says: “When
he wasn’t away working he was on his laptop. He was hardly speaking to me or
the boys. I would encourage him to spend time with them, but he’d snap at me
and say he was busy.”
Tracy tried to
make her family life as happy as possible but in May came a bolt out of the
blue.
She got a
message on Facebook from the partner of one of David’s friends in Nigeria, a
woman Tracy had met when she visited.
She says: “The
message read that he’d got married to another woman on Boxing Day — everyone
knew apart from me. She didn’t think that was right.
“The world I
loved had been whipped from beneath my feet. Tears streamed down my face. I’d
known something was up.
“I confronted
David but he denied it. He seemed so cool and calm. So I messaged her and said
there must be a mistake.”
What came next
wiped away any trace of doubt Tracy had.
Tearfully, she
recalls: “She ended up sending me photos of the wedding ceremony via WhatsApp
and confirmed it to me. There was no denying that.”
Shaking, Tracy
managed to guess his Facebook password and logged in. There, she read messages
between him and his new wife, the woman she’d caught him messaging two years
before, who was also his ex-girlfriend.
Tracy says: “I
was so angry I couldn’t speak. He couldn’t get married — he was my husband!
“I confronted
him and he tried to deny it again but this time I told him I’d seen the photos
and read the messages. I told him to pack his bags and get out.
“I don’t take
calls from his family, as they were in on this and went to his wedding last
Boxing Day while lying to me.
“He abandoned
his children and me to get married to another woman. He’s made his choice and
now he’s stuck with it.”

David said: “I
can do what I want. It’s nobody’s business. What do you want me to do?”