Grandmother severely abuses her grandson who was abandoned by his mother

As though being abandoned by his birth mother were not bad enough, a young boy has had to suffer child abuse and horrible injuries inflicted on him by his grandmother in Lagos.

The boy’s plight was brought to light after a good Samaritan saw him with scars all over his back from being flogged numerous times. The good Samaritan, Didi Moon, revealed that the boy also gets starved by his grandmother in addition to the beatings.

Grandmother severely abuses her grandson who was abandoned by his mother

Didi took photos of the boy’s injuries and shared online while calling for the appropriate authorities to act and get the boy the help he needs.

Grandmother severely abuses her grandson who was abandoned by his mother

Bukola Saraki confirms his return to PDP, says APC took him for granted

Senate President Bukola Saraki has released an official statement announcing his defection to PDP. He blamed his exit from APC on certain elements in the party that have blatantly disregarded the party rules. He said the APC took him for granted. Read his statement below

I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.

Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine. However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served.

While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.

They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded. All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion.

The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere.

I have had the privilege to lead the Nigerian legislature in the past three years as the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the National Assembly. The framers of our constitution envisage a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of our democracy. In my role as the head of the legislature, and a leader of the party, I have ensured that this necessary tension did not escalate at any time in such a way that it could encumber Executive function or correspondingly, undermine the independence of the legislature. Over the years, I have made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, and in spite of my personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration. My colleagues in the Senate will bear testimony to this.

However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”. Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve.

Unfortunately, the self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible. Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all. But I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy. I am a democrat. And I believe that anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a democrat will not accept peace on those terms; which seeks to compromise the very basis of our existence as the parliament of the people.

The recent weeks have witnessed a rather unusual attempts to engage with some of these most critical issues at stake. Unfortunately, the discord has been allowed to fester unaddressed for too long, with dire consequences for the ultimate objective of delivering the common good and achieving peace and unity in our country. Any hope of reconciliation at this point was therefore very slim indeed. Most of the horses had bolted from the stable.

The emergence of a new national party executives a few weeks ago held out some hopes, however slender. The new party chairman has swung into action and did his best alongside some of the Governors of APC and His Excellency, the Vice President. I thank them for all their great efforts to save the day and achieve reconciliation. Even though I thought these efforts were coming late in the day, but seeing the genuine commitment of these gentlemen, I began to think that perhaps it was still possible to reconsider the situation.

However, as I have realized all along, there are some others in the party leadership hierarchy, who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists. These individuals went to work and ensured that they scuttled the great efforts and the good intentions of these aforementioned leaders of the party. Perhaps, had these divisive forces not thrown the cogs in the wheel at the last minutes, and in a manner that made it impossible to sustain any trust in the process, the story today would have been different.

For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When we left the PDP to join the then nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP.

In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic precondition for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted.

I am excited by the new efforts, which seeks to build the reborn PDP on the core principles of promoting democratic values; internal democracy; accountability; inclusion and national competitiveness; genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers; and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing our rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria.

What we have all agreed is that a deep commitment to these ideals were not only a demonstration of our patriotism but also a matter of enlightened self-interest, believing that our very survival as political elites of this country will depend on our ability to earn the trust of our people and in making them believe that, more than anything else, we are committed to serving the people.

What the experience of the last three years have taught us is that the most important task that we face as a country is how to reunite our people. Never before had so many people in so many parts of our country felt so alienated from their Nigerianness. Therefore, we understand that the greatest task before us is to reunite the county and give everyone a sense of belonging regardless of region or religion.

Every Nigerian must have an instinctive confidence that he or she will be treated with justice and equity in any part of the country regardless of the language they speak or how they worship God. This is the great task that trumps all. Unless we are able to achieve this, all other claim to progress no matter how defined, would remain unsustainable.

This is the task that I am committing myself to and I believe that it is in this PDP, that I will have the opportunity to play my part. It is my hope that the APC will respect the choice that I have made as my democratic right, and understand that even though we will now occupy a different political space, we do not necessarily become enemies unto one another.

Thank you.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON
President of the Senate

President Buhari elected chairman of ECOWAS

President Buhari has been elected the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS.

President Buhari was elected the new chairman of the body at the ongoing 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS in Togo today, July 31st.

His Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this in a message posted on twitter.

President Buhari elected chairman of ECOWAS

Kim Kardashian drags Tyson Beckford after he points out that her body is fake

Actor/model Tyson Beckford pointed out that Kim Kardashian’s body is fake and her doctor didn’t do a good job and the reality star hit back at him.

Tyson dropped a comment on a recent photo of Kim, saying he doesn’t care for her body. He added that it is all fake and her doctor did a bad job on her right hip.

The Shade Room immediately posted Tyson’s comment and Kim went on Shade Room’s comment to clap back at him.

She wrote: “Sis, we all know why you don’t care for it.”

Kim Kardashian drags Tyson Beckford after he points out that her body is fake

It is believed Kim is referring to the rumours about Tyson being gay. Tyson is a father who is happily married to a woman. He is also an outspoken ally of the LGBT community and this has probably contributed to the rumors that he might be gay.

Bobrisky gives himself a new female name and explains why he chose the name

Popular crossdresser Bobrisky has given himself a new female name.

Bob said his second name will now be Adufe. He explained that it means someone who is wanted by most and he likes the name. He went on to encourage his followers to feel free to refer to him as Adufelomo.

“As from today on, my second name on Instagram is Adufe,” he said in a video shared to Instagram.

“Adufe simply means they are rushing you. Everybody wants to date you. Everybody wants… they want to feel you.”

He explained that a follower suggested the name to him and he liked it so he decided to begin using the name.

Ouch! Milan Christopher shades Angela Simmons for saving her virginity only to end up a single parent

Openly gay rapper Milan Christopher has made fun of popular reality TV star Angela Simmons for saving her virginity all her life only to end up a single parent.

Taking to Twitter, Milan wrote: “The fact that Angela Simmons saved her virginity her whole life just to be a single parent, tells me to just go head & live my best life! The ? shop is now open! ??‍??”

Ouch! Milan Christopher shades Angela Simmons for saving her virginity only to end up a single parent

Angela Simmons was a virgin till the age of 28 when she got engaged to fiancé, Sutton Tennyson. Prior to that, she was a strong advocate for maintaining one’s virginity. The Growing Up Hip-Hop star constantly preached about preserving her virginity and practicing abstinence until marriage.

Ouch! Milan Christopher shades Angela Simmons for saving her virginity only to end up a single parent

Sadly, things didn’t work out between her and the one she was supposed to marry so she called off the engagement, leaving her a single parent.

Police arrest Fraudsters in Ibadan who duped German-based Nigerian Lady of N81m (video)

The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested a fraud syndicate that duped a Nigerian Germany-based lady simply identified a Mary John to the tune of N81 million.

Trouble started when Mary’s mother contracted one of the spiritualists to help her work on her daughter. According to Mary’s mother, ever since Mary relocated to Germany, she has done nothing for her or her younger ones.

In the course of the herbalist doing his spiritual works, another set of spiritualists contacted Mary’s family and said they have found a solution to their family issues. They asked them to come along with Mary for some spiritual cleansing. With little convincing, Mary went to the spiritualist with her mother and siblings.

After the cleansing had been carried out, Mary was presented with two pots, one tagged the pot of life and the other the pot of money and was told that any money she places in the pot would be multiplied. Mary’s quest to become richer made her chose the pot of money. She was conned to drop thousands of Euros into the pot with the belief that it would multiply. The spiritualists also had sex with her in the process.

Luck however ran out on them when they could not double all the money Mary was asked to place in the pot. The police was alerted and the suspects were arrested.

Watch a video of them taking turns to confess below

WhatsApp finally introduces group video chat

WhatsApp has introduced a new special feature, ‘group video calls,’ which now brings it to par with other major messaging apps.

The app is now starting to add group video calling to its iOS and Android app, the company announced Monday. WhatsApp has supported video calling since 2016, but calls were, until now, limited to two participants. With the latest change, the app is upping its support to four total participants.

That’s a fairly modest increase, particularly compared to other services.

Facebook Messenger supports group video calls of up to 50, while Snapchat supports 16 participants.

Apple’s FaceTime will work with up to 32 people when iOS 12 launches later this year.

But the feature is likely more challenging for WhatsApp than some of its competitors.

Its video calls, like other messages sent within the app, are end-to-end encrypted by default, for one thing.

The company also needs to ensure new features are optimized for people with slower connections and older devices.

Once the feature is live, you can start making group video calls within the app by taping on the new “add participant” option in the top right corner of the screen while you’re video chatting.

The company made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday reads;

“Over the last couple of years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today.

“You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call.

“Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. The feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app.”

Toke Makinwa Rocks N500k Purple Spandex Balenciaga Boots (Photos)

Toke Makinwa is sure living the baby girl life. The media and fashion girl took to the streets of New York rocking this pair of thigh-high purple Balenciaga boots valued at N502,200. She paired the boots with a white shirt dress and white sunglasses.

Trump says collusion not a crime as Russia probe trial begins

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that “collusion is not a crime” as the first trial in federal Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe begins.

“Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The trial of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on tax and bank fraud charges was scheduled to begin in Virginia on Tuesday.

While collusion is not a technical legal charge, Mueller could bring conspiracy charges if he believes there was such work by campaign members with Russia.

Trump has denied that the campaign worked with Russia to engineer his victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and bristles at the suggestion he might owe his White House victory to Moscow.

Moscow has denied any meddling in the election.

Manafort, 69, faces 18 criminal counts, which centre on allegations that he hid much of the $60 million he earned working for a pro-Russian politician in Ukraine in undisclosed overseas bank accounts and failed to pay taxes on it.

A Manafort conviction would give momentum to Mueller, who has indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies since the probe started 14 months ago.