‘El-Rufai’s book is a collection of fiction’ – Atiku Abubakar

Former FCT minister Mallam El-Rufai wrote a memoir titled The Accidental Public Servant which was unveiled in Abuja today, and in the book he criticized a few politicians…one of them former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. In the book, El-Rufai described Atiku as a corrupt power hungry politician and alleged that he (El-Rufai) had almost resigned as the former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) because of persistent pressure and interference by Atiku, who was then the Chairman of the National Council on Privatization

Atiku has reacted to the content of the book, calling it a collection of fiction and exaggeration.

It amazes me that El Rufai can pass off fiction for self-gratification at the expense of truth as a book. El-Rufai’s attack on my person is to say the least not surprising considering that this is the same man who has notoriety for disparaging religions and their icons, including lately Jesus Christ.

If he could go to such irrelevant extent to disparage religious icons, who is an ordinary mortal like me? It is my belief that any man that can cross the boundary of reason and decency deserves prayers rather than anger.”

I wish to state that the book is as a collection of fiction, half truths, exaggeration and reflection of selective memory.

Farouk Lawan, Boniface Emenalo granted bail

Exactly a week after they were arrested and held in prison for collecting N93million bribe from Femi Otedola to remove his company, Zenon Oil, from the list of indicted companies, Farouk Lawan and Boniface Emenalo were this morning granted bail by an Abuja High Court.

The Judge granted the two men bail on the sum of N10 million and asked them to relinquish their international passports to the court. They are only allowed to travel out of the country with the court’s permission. The case has been fixed for April 10 and 17, 2013 for hearing.

Lists of Best Valentine gifts you should give your patner

Most Nigerian Ladies are in the habit of giving their men Singlets, Boxers and all that stuff year in year out and the men are in the habit of giving Recharge cards, phones and all.

With time you find that it becomes a boring practice. Since your partner already knows what to expect when valentine comes.

Now lets help you get creative with some great valentine gifts you could suprise your partner with on Valentine’s day.

GIFTS FOR MEN

Leather wallet

If you are shopping for your man, one of the most appreciated gifts is a new wallet. You can get a genuine leather wallet around for less than N1500. It makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Cologne

You can’t go wrong with giving cologne on Valentine’s Day. You can buy it at a local boutique, store or shop. I’m very sure he’ld appreciate a three piece gift set that features cologne, a deodorant and a body shampoo.

Seiko watch

Watch

If the man in your life is always on the run, a new watch is a very practical Valentine’s Day gift. If he’s the sporting type, consider getting him one of the hip, new Oakley watches. Or you can go with a classic Seiko watch. If you can’t afford any of those, a good N2000 wrist watch from a local store will surely do the trick.

HD television

HD technology has advanced to the point where everyone should have an HD television. If you already have one in the living room, consider purchasing your man a Flat-Panel LCD HDTV for the bedroom.

iPod Touch

MP3 player

Music always makes a wonderful gift. Give your guy an MP3 player such as the 8GB Apple iPod touch. He will be able to listen to his favorite tunes no matter where he goes.

Outings

Most men believe they have to take their wifes or ladies out on valentines day. But as a lady you could just suprise him by taking him out to a spot you know he loves so much. It could be at the beach, an asun or suya spot, a restaurant or bar or anywhere else you know your man loves. Its all about making him happy.

GIFTS FOR WOMEN

Chocolate

On Valentine’s Day, a man can never go wrong by giving chocolate. Whether it’s in the form of chocolate dipped strawberries or a truffle assortment, she will undoubtedly love your Valentine’s Day gift.

Hugs & Kisses bouquet

Flowers

The most popular gift on Valentine’s Day is the gift of flowers. You can go to a local flower shop or order your Valentine’s Day flowers online. If you can’t figure out which flowers to get, long-stemmed red roses are always a hit on Valentine’s Day.

Romantic getaway

The gift of rest and relaxation is always appreciated – especially for the woman who is always on the go. Find a nearby bed and breakfast, book a babysitter and head out for a romantic getaway. She’ll thank you for it.

Lingerie

If you want to give a Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving, present your sweetheart with some sexy lingerie. If you don’t want to risk being too risque with your gift, go with sexy yet practical lingerie that is sure to spice up your bedroom.

Heart pendant

Heart pendant

Jewelry and Valentine’s Day is a perfect fit. No matter what stage of the relationship you are currently in, you can’t go wrong with a heart pendant.

Perfume

For a man, it can be difficult picking out the right perfume. But on Valentine’s Day, it’s difficult to make a mistake with a perfume called Romance. By Ralph Lauren, this perfume is popular and makes a perfect gift.

Spa day

It’s difficult to find a woman who wouldn’t enjoy a day at the spa. Use a service such as SpaFinder.com to locate a spa in your neighborhood and make a reservation for your lady. Ask for a special Valentine’s Day service. Some spas will give extra goodies such as flowers and chocolate dipped strawberries for the full Valentine’s Day experience.

Silk robe

Being comfortable around the house is easy with a silk robe. On Valentine’s Day, give the love of your life the gift of comfort. You can find a silk robe from local boutiques around for less than N5000.

iphone

iPhone

For the girl who loves her gadgets, the iPhone is a must. The iPhone is the most popular gadget in the world and makes a great gift – even on Valentine’s Day.

Diamond earrings

If you want to give her a gift that will be remembered always, build your own diamond earrings with a little help from Blue Nile. You get to pick the style and the diamond using an interactive online form. When Valentine’s Day comes, you will find out why they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

DO HAVE A WONDERFUL AND MEMORABLE VALENTINES DAY CELEBRATION

Naira strengthens on dollar sale from oil companies

The Naira climbed against the Dollar for a second day on speculation that oil companies operating in the West African country sold dollars to fund local operations.

The currency of Africa’s biggest oil producer strengthened less than 0.1 per cent to N157.21 per dollar in Lagos, the commercial capital, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The Head of Research, Sterling Capital Limited, Mr. Sewa Wusu, said, “Some sales by oil companies provided some support. Foreign inflows into a scheduled central bank treasury bill sale on Thursday will probably add to the naira’s gains.”

Oil companies periodically sell dollars to banks to meet local spending needs and are the second-biggest source of foreign currency after the CBN’s twice-weekly auctions, which are used to help stabilise the naira.

Banks bought the entire $150m offered on Wednesday. The regulator sold $120m on January 30, the smallest amount in three auctions. The CBN said it would sell N184.3bn T-bills on Thursday.

The yield on the country’s 16.39 per cent domestic bonds due January 2022 declined eight basis points to 11.12 per cent in the secondary market, according to data compiled on the Financial Markets Dealers Association website.

Borrowing costs on Nigeria’s $500m of Eurobonds due January 2021 rose two basis points to 4.07 per cent on Wednesday.

Source: Punchng.com

Foods that can help you beat Diabetes

1. Citrus Fruit

Studies show that people with diabetes tend to have lower levels of vitamin C in their bodies, so antioxidant-packed citrus fruit is a great snack choice. It may seem quicker to get your C from a pill, but since fruit is low in fat, high in fiber, and delivers lots of other healthy nutrients, it’s a better choice.

power foods to beat diabetes

2. Cold-Water Fish

Heart disease strikes people with diabetes twice as often as it does people without the illness, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids—the “good fat” in cold-water fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, and Atlantic mackerel—can help lower artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while raising levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

3. Fiber-rich foods

A study at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that people who increased their fiber intake from 24 to 50 g daily had dramatic improvements in blood sugar levels. In fact, the high-fiber diet was as effective as some diabetes medications.

Source: New York Times News Service

I May Leave After Afcon 2013, Keshi discloses

Nigerian National team Head coach, Stephen Keshi has moved to explain the reasons behind his declarations that he may leave his post after the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The ‘Big Boss’ shocked the football world while making the announcement at a press conference in Durban on Tuesday but he has now moved to explain his comments.

“It doesn’t really matter what people think about what Stephen Keshi is doing. The most important thing is what I am doing here and passing on to my team. If back home in my country, they don’t appreciate what I am doing with the team, so be it,” Keshi explained.

It was widely reported that Keshi fell out with top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) following the Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in their opening game of the competition with the former national team captain threatening to walk out on the team.

Keshi also hinted in a thinly-veiled remark that there is no love lost with the NFF officials.

“You can’t force somebody to love you. You can’t force somebody to accept you. It has to come from within,” he stated.

Following his 10-year coaching career that has seen him manage the Togo and Mali national sides, Keshi stressed that he could be on the move from his current post after the 2013 Afcon.

“We are all professionals. If God grants me (the Afcon title with Nigeria today), the very next day, I might pack my things and leave for another country.

“It is the same thing with (Jose) Mourinho and all the other top coaches in the world. I could stay on and I could leave. It depends on the situation.

“I am a professional and we will see how it goes.

 

“This is where my heart is, I captained the Super Eagles for 14 years. I have been here as assistant coach. I am here for now but after the tournament, we will see if there is any (offer) out there,” he concluded.

CAF suspends Ghana vs B. Faso semi-final ref

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi following his performance in the African Nations Cup semi-final between Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Slim Jdidi made a number of controversial calls during Burkina Faso's victory

Slim Jdidi made a number of controversial calls during Burkina Faso’s victory

With the teams level at 1-1 after extra-time, Burkina Faso beat Ghana 3-2 on penalties to book a meeting with Nigeria in the final of the competition, but they were left aggrieved at a number of refereeing decisions during the match.

Ghana took the lead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute after Madi Panandetiguiri was controversially ruled to have pulled down Christian Atsu, and the Stallions – having taken the game to extra time – were denied a winner when Prejuce Nakoulma saw a goal ruled out for reasons that were not immediately clear.

Jonathan Pitroipa was then sent off for a dive in the area despite replays showing he was tripped.

“The refereeing decisions were scandalous,” Burkina Faso boss Paul Put told the BBC. “We’ve lost Jonathan Pitroipa now for the final.”

Burkina Faso captain Charles Kabore added: “The referee is human, all humans make mistakes, but he happened to make too many tonight.”

CAF general secretary Hicham El Amrani told the media on Thursday that Jdidi would be punished for his performance.

“CAF was not happy with the standard of refereeing in the match,” he said. “We know they can make mistakes but we expected a better level of refereeing. They are graded on each performance and, based on his marks, the referee from Tunisia is now suspended for a period of time still to be determined.”

Burkina Faso lodged an appeal against Pitroipa’s suspension after the match, with team manager Gualbert Kabore saying he believed there was a “good chance” of success, but Al Amrani warned it could not be overturned unless Jdidi acknowledged he had made an error in his report.

“The organising committee does not have the power to change a referee’s decision,” he added. “If the referee has admitted a mistake in his report the committee will consider it and make any decision if necessary, but that report […] is final.”

Information from the Press Association was used in this report