Monday, 25 April 2016

10 Foods Nigerian can not afford to miss home and abroad

10 food items Nigerians
can not afford to miss

The existence of the stores popularly known
as African stores has it possible for
Nigerians abroad to at least have access to
most of the food items usually loved.
Thoughts of these items could make them
yearn to go home every once in a year or
more. Some of these food items usually not
found abroad are often requested for when
getting prepared to get back abroad.
Although the African stores still provide
alternatives, yet, that hunger for the original
Below are some of the food items:

1. Starch and banga
This is one of the original delicacies from
the Urhobo, Isoko and Ukwuani speaking
communities of Delta state. Starch which is
one of the most cherished swallows among
these people, cannot be found at the various
African stores. For the banga (palm fruit)
usually used for a kind of soup called banga
soup can also not be found. Although, there
are the canned ones but there’s a wide
difference in the tastes. The Deltans use this
soup with any swallow. The Igbos eat the
soup (which they call ofe aku) with rice

2. Delta/Ijebu garri – Garri (cassava flakes)
This is another household food item most
Nigerians abroad miss. At African stores in
America for example, the kind of garri found
there is like sawdust. Because the ones
found are often ignored by those who reason
know the real garri, they settle for pundo
yam, wheat, semovita etc. But when it
comes to the drinking of garri aspect, they
cannot wait to get to Nigeria.

3. Dodo/fried ripe plantain
That yellowish plantain found in various
Nigerian market is always missed. If you
ever find anyone abroad, you will obviously
see how falsified they are. The unripe ones
are forced to become ripe and eventually
become tasteless.

4. Bush meat
This cannot be found at stores at all.
Remember the bush meat pepper soup! Even
when you try your best possible to smuggle
some pieces of meat from Nigeria, it will
only take a blind custom officer not to see
it. Of course the scanner is there too
to screen it out.

5. Fresh Vegetables
Vegetables are the things almost every
Nigerian cry for every time. The popular
ugwu(pumpkin) is never found. Fresh bitter
leaves are not found but the dried ones. An
igbo man will tell you that for a very good
fresh ofe onugbu, the dried bitter leaves are
not ideal. What about fresh ewedu and fresh
oha leaves? Not seen! The only fresh
vegetable they have in the US for instance,
is spinach, which looks almost like Nigerian
water leaves.

6. Fresh meat and fish
All their meat and fish are frozen. The goat
meat, beef, pork, chicken, fish, all frozen.
There are people who like goat meat or beef
based on the slaughter of the day. Some still
like live chicken, the tastes are very
different. These are some of the items
Nigerians miss abroad.

7. Fresh akamu/pap
There is what they call corn-starch which is
supposed to be the akamu, but it tastes like
the starch used to wash native attire. Even
when pap is seen at the African store, it is
frozen because to avoid spoilage, raw food
items are usually preserved in the deep

8. Suya
For fun with friends, suya (grilled or
barbecued meat) is one of things
Nigerians love. It is strongly missed.

9. Boli
It often goes with groundnut. Fresh unripe
giant plantains roasted by the roadside are
always missed.

10. Roasted/boiled corn and plum
Just like boli and groundnut, corn and plum/
pear (called ube in Igbo) is also another kind
that is usually missed. Freshly plucked from
the farm, boiled or roasted to go with the
plum, lunch is set.

Just in: Saraki withdraws application against CCT

Just in: Saraki withdraws
application against CCT

– Bukola Saraki, the Senate President has
been undergoing trial at the Code of
Conduct Tribunal (CCT)
– This may cause him to lose his seat if
found guilty
– Saraki has withdrawn his application
Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki, the Senate president on
Monday, April 25, has withdrawn an
application to stall his trial at the Code of
Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
At the appeal court, Kanu Agabi, the lead
counsel to Saraki, who challenged the
jurisdiction of the CCT to try his client asked
the court to hasten hearing to his appeal.
“When your lordship has read such a
voluminous motion, it is unfair to say we are
withdrawing. But we have to. We want to
withdraw the motion.
“In the motion, dated April 4, we prayed your
lordship to stay proceedings at the CCT
pending the hearing of our appeal.
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loses temper in court room
“But we now want to urge your lordship to
grant accelerated hearing to our appeal.
“My Lord, we appeal to you to grant us
accelerated hearing,” he said.
However, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the counsel
to the federal government, agreed to the
request by not objecting to Agabi’s motion
to withdraw the application.
The motion which was dated for April 4, was
thereby struck out by Abdul Aboki, who led a
three-man panel of justices.
Saraki, had urged the tribunal through Agabi
to stop his trial on the basis that he was not
given fair hearing by the Code of Conduct
Bureau (CCB) but the CCT on March 24,
dismissed the application by the Senate
president to squash the charges against him.

World oldest person discovered in Nigeria

World oldest person discovered
in Nigeria

A Nigerian woman, Mama Esifiho, who
allegedly is 191 years old, has been
Mama Esifiho
According to her great great grandson Mr.
Avuefeyen, Esifiho who is allegedly 2
centuries old lives in Ellu (Edhemoko,
Akaluba Street, Ellu in INLG)Have

Mourinho Finally sign Manchester United Deal

Mourinho reportedly signs
Manchester United deal

– Jose Mourinho reportledy signs
Manchester United deal
– Mourinho’s signature will breed new
players and axe others
Jose Mourinho has finally signed a contract
to take over at Manchester United,
according to reports in Portugal.
The Portuguese has been heavily linked to
replace Louis van Gaal after his sack as

Martial books Man United a place in the Final of FA Cup


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the most as Manchester United booked
themselves a place in the FA Cup final while
Leicester moved another step closer to the



By Stefan Coerts
The ex-Blancos winger is delighted his former
team-mate is in charge at the Bernabeu, but
has warned a lack of success could cost him
his job
Former Real Madrid winger Luis Figo fears
for Zinedine Zidane 's future at the Santiago
Bernabeu as he has warned results are all
that matter in the Spanish capital.
Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez as the man in
charge at Madrid back in January and can
still win the Liga title and Champions League
in his first season.
Madrid are just a point behind La Liga
leaders Barcelona and city rivals Atletico
Madrid in second place with three games
remaining, while Manchester City await in the
Champions League semi-finals.
However, Figo has warned Zidane's status at
Madrid could change quickly if they fail to
win any silverware.
READ MORE | Zidane confirms
Ronaldo will travel to face Man City
"I am very happy for Zidane that he is Madrid
coach, both as a former team-mate and as a
friend," Figo told El Mundo .
"He is very shy but a super honest person
and a very good professional. He's a great
friend and a symbol of Real Madrid.
"I think him becoming Madrid coach was a
natural process. He always wanted to
become a coach.
"I hope that he will remain Madrid coach for
many more years, but the position of coach
at Madrid is very unstable and it always
depends on results. They change coaches a
lot of times."


The Algeria international has scooped the
prestigious award after a phenomenal season
that has seen him score 17 times, with 11
assists, to help Leicester to the top of the
Riyad Mahrez has been named the PFA
Player of the Year for 2016 seeing off
competition from Leicester City team-mates
Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kante and
Tottenham's Harry Kane to scoop the prize.
The Algeria international has been
inspirational for Claudio Ranieri's side this
season with his 17th goal of the season on
Sunday helping them move eight points clear
at the top of the table after a 4-0 win over
Swansea City.

Ex-president reveals the cause of his illnesd

Ex-president Babangida opens
up on his illness

– Babangida has confirmed his illness while
debunking the rumours that he is bedridden
or dead
– The former president has stated that
nobody is above the God but Nigeria has a
bright future
– He also speaks about a wound he
sustained during the Civil War
Ibrahim Babangida, former head of state, has
finally broken silence about his illness.
He was speaking with some reporters on
April 24, Sunday, in his home in Minna, the
Niger state capital.
Several days ago reports emerged that
IBB,as many would call him, was seriously ill
and disable.
Former military president debunking the
rumours said: “It is true I have minimised my
appearance at public functions because of my
ill health, but not to the level of incapacitation
as being widely circulated in some media.”

Ibrahim says Saraki's trial is being motivated by Kwara state politicians

Ibrahim says Saraki's trial is being
motivated by Kwara  state politicians

– Senator Ibrahim says APC senators
support Senator Saraki
– He says most former governors who are
now facing senators are facing charges
– He says PDP cannot replace APC in the
Senate president position
Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim who is the
former governor of Yobe state has said that
Senator Bukola Saraki’s trial is politically
motivated and revealed that politicians from
Kwara state are behind it.
The Senate president is facing trial at the
Code of Conduct Tribunal and he hinted that
his trial was politically motivated by some
members of the All Progressives Congress

Some factors that prove Buhari's CHANGE is for worst

factors that prove
Buhari’s change is for the

Muhammadu Buhari’s victory against
Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general
election was one many pundits never saw
Buhari, a retired major-general who
contested on the platform of the All
Progressives Congress, (APC) polled a total
of 15,416,221 votes to defeat the incumbent
and candidate of the Peoples Democratic
Party, (PDP) President Goodluck Jonathan,
who got 12,853,162 votes.
Muhammadu Buhari promised to bring about
change during his inauguration.
After three previous failed shots at the
presidency, Muhammadu Buhari was finally
moving into Aso Rock, Nigeria’s presidential
palace, as the president of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.

But this time, the former head of state had
secured victory by tapping into the much
desired change Nigerians sought for
decades after suffering in the midst of
Buhari and the APC had sold the change
mantra to Nigerians who desperately needed
a better life at all cost, even if it involved
voting in a former tyrant who once ruled the
country with iron fists.
In the weeks leading to the election, Buhari
had asked Nigerians not to lose hope
because change was imminent in the
country. In a report in the Nation newspaper
dated January 01, 2015, the APC presidential
candidate listed a five-point change agenda
which he promised to implement if elected
president. According to Buhari, the change
– A country that you can be proud of at
anytime and anywhere: where corruption is
tackled, where your leaders are disciplined and
lead with vision and clarity; where the stories
that emerge to the world from us are full of
hope and progress.

– A Nigeria in which neither yourselves, nor
your parents, families or friends will have to
fear for your safety, or for theirs.
-A Nigeria where citizens get the basics that
any country should provide: infrastructure that
works, healthcare that is affordable, even free;
respect for the environment and sustainable
development, education that is competitive and
outcome-oriented in a knowledge-economy.
– A country that provides jobs for its young
people, reducing unemployment to the lowest
of single digits and providing safety nets so
that no one is left behind.
– A Nigeria where entrepreneurship thrives,
enterprise flourishes and the government gets
out of your way so that you can create value,
build the economy and aggressively expand
Muhammadu Buhari at a campaign rally in
the weeks leading up to the 2015 general
Buhari also emphasised that the above five-
point change agenda was possible to realise
through exemplary leadership.
But having been the slogan with which the
APC achieved tremendous success at the
last general election, it has come as a
surprise to many that the change mantra is
yet to translate into socio-economic
prosperity for Nigeria.
Some Nigerians are beginning to feel the
change promised by the current
administration is elusive; this has been
heightened by three factors which have
made the change promised by the APC
mirror a change for the worst.

1. The CBN recruitment scandal
Recent findings that the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) secretly recruited children and
close relatives of public office holders and
politicians into sensitive and highly lucrative
jobs has been described as a betrayal of the
change mantra of the Buhari administration.
CBN Gov 1
A top official of the CBN, told Sahara
Reporters that the governor of the CBN,
Godwin Emefiele, had arranged the hiring as
way of endearing himself to the presidency
and in return for saving his job.
Investigation by Daily Trust revealed that the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recruited 909
staff in two years without advertising the
vacancies. It is certain that this clandestine
recruitment began before the inception of
the APC administration, but continued after
Buhari became president.
However, what came as a shock to
Nigerians was a story by news website,
Sahara Reporters, showing that among the
children and relatives of some of the
influential Nigerians who were dubiously and
secretly hired by the CBN was a nephew of
President Muhammadu Buhari, the so called
advocate of the change mantra.
Other top government officials and party
members whose children or relatives were
secretly hired by the bank include former
vice president Abubakar Atiku; Mamman
Daura, a close ally of the president;
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon
Arase; the minister of state for petroleum
resources, Ibe Kachikwu, whose sons were
hired, and the minister of interior,
Abdurahman Danbazzau.

The recruitments have drawn widespread
condemnations from Nigerians who suggest
that this shady employment of a select few
wouldn’t have come as a surprise had it
occurred under the Jonathan administration,
but the fact that it occurred under the watch
of Muhammadu Buhari who promised a
change to the old policy of ‘man know man’
has left many disappointed.
In reaction, the Socio-Economic Rights and
Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an
open letter to Godwin Emefiele, governor of
the CBN, requesting him to “immediately
withdraw hundreds of letters of employment
issued following a seriously flawed recruitment
process and to put in place a system of
recruitment and hiring based on the principles
of non-discrimination, transparency,
participation and objective criteria such as
merit, equity and aptitude.”

Likewise, the Transition Monitoring Group
(TMG), a coalition of over 400 civil society
organizations, has described the shady
recruitment exercise conducted by the CBN
as a betrayal of a change mantra of the
Buhari administration
The group called on President Muhammadu
Buhari to fish out the perpetrators and
punish them according to the law of the
land, adding that the reasons given by the
apex bank to embark on secret recruitment
exercise was not acceptable.
But the presidency has not commented on
the report, neither has any of his ministers.
The scandalous recruitment by the CBN has
been viewed by some Nigerians who were
sceptic of the Buhari change mantra as
evidence that the Buhari administration is
not different from past administrations.

2. Perennial fuel scarcity
Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency ended with
a biting fuel scarcity that the suffering
masses hoped would never repeat itself
under the Buhari administration. But that
scarcity they so despised is exactly what
they’re grappling with at the moment.
Fuel Scarcity
Fuel scarcity has lingered in Nigeria for
The scarcity of petrol has persisted for
weeks across the country as motorists
spend close to five hours at filling stations
queuing for the commodity which is not
forthcoming. As if that was not enough, the
minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu
worsened matters when he said the current
petrol scarcity will continue till May, and that
only “ magic ” could bring a quicker end to the
crisis that has already stretched beyond a
In his word: “One of the training​s I did not
receive is that of a magician, but I am working
very hard to ensure some of these issues go
However Kachikwu has retracted his
statement and apologised after drawing
scathing criticisms from many Nigerians,
including a senior leader of the ruling APC,
Bola Tinubu, who said the comments were
“ insulting” to the Nigerians facing hardship
daily to get petrol.
But from the look of things, Nigerians
appear to be more in need of fuel than
apology as evidenced by the queues at
petrol stations across the country.
Kachikwu has assured Nigerians that the
queues will disappear across the nation by
April, but the queues seem to be getting
longer even as May approaches.
At a meeting with the Senate committee on
petroleum on Tuesday, March 29, the
minister said there was no immediate
solution to the fuel scarcity, because 90 per
cent of Nigerian depots were not functional.
“Most fuel products into Nigeria come from
Europe and it takes 14 days for fuel to land
here,” he said.
But Kachikwu made the statement more
than 21 days ago and yet fuel scarcity still
persists and the long queues at the petrol
stations remain.
Many Nigerians, including civil society
organisations, analysts and individuals have
expressed anger and disappointment over
the on-going scarcity, blaming oil marketers
and President Muhammadu Buhari, who
doubles as the minister of petroleum, for
their plight.
Civil society groups, among other Nigerians,
have said that President Buhari, whose
presidential campaign had promised to bring
change to the country, has failed to deal
with the problem of fuel scarcity.
Many have also accused Buhari of failing in
his promise to Nigerians to revive the oil
sector. Nigerians who embraced the change
mantra preached by the APC administration
expected that things in the oil sector would
change, but the lingering fuel scarcity which
appears to have no end in sight depicts that
things in the oil sector have indeed changed
for the worst.
3. Poor power supply
For many years, Nigerians have suffered
immensely from epileptic power supply, but
the current the situation is worsened by the
fuel scarcity experienced in the country.

Nigerian Actress Clarion Chukwura Remarries at Age 50

Clarion Chukwura remarries at

– Veteran Nollywood actress Clarion
Chukwura recently had her traditional
marriage with her beau Anthony Boyd
– She has shared photos from her private
white wedding in the United States
Veteran Nollywood actress Clarion
Chukwurah announced to her fans that is
married again weeks ago.
The actress and her fiancé, Anthony
Boyd tied the knot in In March in the United
Some photos from the private wedding
ceremony has been shared by the actress on
her Facebook page.
51-year-old Clarion Chukwurah had been
married twice before, to Tunde Abiola (MKO
Abiola’s younger brother) and Femi Odeneye.
Clarion is the mother of music video
director, Clarence Peters, whom she had with
Juju music legend, Sir Shina Peters.
Happy married life to Clarion and Anthony!

'Change won’t come until the 2016 budget is signed' – minister

'Change won’t come until the
2016 budget is signed' –

– Ogbonnaya Onu, the minister of science
and technology, said that the much expected
change will not come until the 2016 budget
is signed and implemented by the federal
– He noted that the federal government was
still running the country with the 2015
budget of the former PDP-led government
–  Onu assured Nigerians that President
Muhammadu Buhari was working hard
to provide job opportunities and secure
people’s lives and property
Ogbonnaya Onu
Ogbonnaya Onu
Ogbonnaya Onu, the minister of science and
technology, has said that the much expected
change in the country will not come until the
2016 budget is signed and implemented by
the federal government.
Daily Trust reports that Onu expressed his
opinion on Sunday, April 24, speaking at the
launch of an updated edition of a book
“Each Man, His Time-The Biography of An
Era”, written by a former minister of
information, Prince Tony Momoh and the
celebration of his 47th marriage anniversary
in Mararaba, Nasarawa state.
The minister noted that the federal
government was still running Nigeria with the
2015 budget of the former government led
by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, he assured Nigerians that
President Muhammadu Buhari was working
hard to provide job opportunities and secure
their lives and property.

APC and risk of implosion - Willy Eya

APC and risk of implosion -
Willy Eya

Editor’s note: The All Progressives Congress
(APC) has hardly earned its victory in the last
year general election. However, the crisis may
not be averted as the situation is not stable in
the ruling arty. Willy Eya examines factors
contributed to the situation in the APC today.
APC’s major challenge is how to marry all
the interests of the contending power
brokers that formed the party ahead of the
last general election.
For those who understand the dynamics of
politics in Nigeria, one fundamental question
that flashes through their minds is: how can
the All Progressives Congress (APC) keep its
house in order until the 2019 general
election. Such a question naturally may not
be unconnected with events in the ruling
party since it took over power on May 29,
last year.
Of course, it is no more news that the APC
created a precedent in the nation’s political
history by trouncing the then ruling party,
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a general
election that held between March and April
2015. The party not only won at the centre
and in 20 out of the 29 states of the
federation but had majority seats in the
Senate and House of Representatives.
But despite such a clear advantage, many
are tempted to believe that the APC’s major
challenge is how to marry all the interests
of the contending power brokers that formed
the party ahead of the last general election.

Recall that four opposition parties regarded
as legacy parties including the All Nigeria
Peoples Party, (ANPP), the Action Congress
of Nigeria, (ACN), the Congress for
Progressive Change (CPC) and a faction of
the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
— merged to form the APC.
However, even though many had imagined
that the APC would experience such initial
challenges that a new party taking over
power would face but nobody expected that
the problems could blossom and pose a real
threat to the survival of the party almost
one year of its life in power. Political
observers are in agreement that so many
factors contributed to the situation in the
APC today.