Waziri Mazanfama: Why Not Atiku For Presidency 2019

Nigeria’s 2019 election is the latest issue in the heart of Nigerians. The question of the candidates who will contest in the upcoming battle for the presidential seat is the story making headlines in major media outlets in the nation. Just like other nations around the globe, Nigerians differ in terms of their choice of candidate.

The person who will emerge as the next president of the great nation still remains a mystery. It is no news that the current administration garnered a lot of support from the electorates, both young and old in the 2015 election which aided in the defeat of the previous Goodluck Jonathan led administration.

Given such support, many Nigerians believe that whoever is willing to stand against the current Muhammadu Buhari led administration, must indeed be ready for battle. But my question right now is: Has the current administration lived up to the people’s expectation? Is the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration really a government of change as proclaimed? Do Nigerians still want the current administration to continue until 2023? Well, I guess Nigerians will answer this question in 2019.

The latest aspirant who will most likely contest in the upcoming presidential election is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON). However, his political ambition has been met with both positive and negative remarks from the populace. While some believe that the aspirant is fit for the position, others claim he is not. Nigerians, inter alia, have the absolute right to contest for political positions that they qualify for, to vote in elections and to select the candidates they deem fit. Being a Nigerian I ask, why not Waziri for presidency 2019?

Atiku Abubakar (Wazirin Adamawa) has served our great nation in many different ways. As we all know, he was the second elected Vice-President of Nigeria from the year 1999 to 2007 with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The veteran politician and businessman contested and won the Governorship election of Adamawa State in 1998 and also worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for several years.

Atiku who was born on 25 November 1946 is the founder of Adama Beverages Limited, American University of Nigeria (AUN), and the co-founder of Intels – an oil servicing business thriving well both home and abroad. Atiku’s presidential ambition can be traced back to 1993 when he contested in the presidential primaries in the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Atiku announced his exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on 24 November 2017.

The choice to contest in the upcoming election is left to the philanthropist but I, as a patriotic Nigerian citizen hereby call on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to contest for presidency come 2019. I have my personal reasons which are not farfetched as many Nigerians will testify that the best individual for the presidential seat is the latter. His contribution to the development of the country is apparent and I am sure he is willing to do more.

For someone who lost his father at an early age, Atiku can be said to have done perfectly in every sphere of life, be it education, family, business, and politics. In addition, citing the struggle between the mogul and the former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the latter’s bid to contest for the third time as president, I can safely say that Atiku has saved Nigeria from suffering the same fate as other African nations, Zimbabwe inclusive. Atiku has strived to seek education, to be successful in politics and to excel in business.

He is an advocate for the importance of education in the nation. His support for western education in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. His support can be seen from the creation of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) founded in 2004 in Yola. He has also sponsored a students’ essay contest to generate solutions to Nigeria’s most pressing institutional educational challenges where Entrants were asked to write up to 5,000 words on the topic “More Learning to More People: How can Nigeria be more innovative in bridging its literacy and skills gap?” in 2013.


Waziri Mazanfama: Why Not Atiku For Presidency 2019

Waziri also commented on the results of the May–June 2014 West African Examinations Council (WAEC), where he said:

″Our country’s educational institutions are clearly not providing quality learning. Our teachers need to be taught. This situation is a new development—of the past 10 years or so. The steady decline of education in Nigeria is a reflection of our country’s relegation of education to the background of national essentialities.

“That is where the change must begin. Teachers are important—as important as senators and doctors. Indeed, teachers determine the quality of senators and doctors. And so, the entire country stands to suffer the effects of this neglect in future. Nigeria must once again make education a priority. We must return to the basics.”

In addition, he offered scholarships to 15 Chibok schoolgirls who managed to escape from the shackles of their kidnappers in order to help alleviate the educational decadence in the Northeastern part of the country.
Atiku is reported to have made a huge donation amounting to $750,000 to the National Peace Corps Association in the United States in 2012. The donation was meant to fund a new initiative that featured world leaders who discussed Peace Corps’ impact.

In 1982 he was awarded the chieftaincy of the “Turaki of Adamawa” by the state’s traditional ruler, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa in 1982, which invariably put him in charge of the king’s domestic affairs. Atiku Abubakar was awarded the title of “Waziri” of Adamawa in June 2017. Furthermore, it is no news that Atiku is a staunch supporter of True Federalism. It is reported that he has delivered speeches on several accounts, thus inspiring the citizens of our great nation on the need to restructure the country.

It is also reported that Waziri publicly declared at an event held by Hall of Grace Magazine that “Political decentralization will also help to deepen and strengthen our democracy as it will encourage more accountability. Citizens are more likely to demand accountability when governments spend their tax money rather than rent collected from an impersonal source. True Federalism will encourage States to competes to attract investments and skilled workers rather than merely waiting for monthly revenue allocation from Abuja”

He was conferred with the award “Hero Of Democracy” during the same event. With this, it is clear that Atiku is a man who is not scared to defend the interest of Nigerians. He has done so much to help Nigerians in need even without holding any political office. Given his success in all spheres of life, I believe the right candidate to occupy Aso Rock in 2019 is Wazirin Adamawa as there is every indication that he will turn the lives of the people and the economy of the country around in a positive way. I say let’s give Atiku a chance to take us to the promise land.


Sony Xperia XZ Price Drops Below $400 In The US, Free MicroSD Card Included As Well

Latest updates reveal that the Sony Xperia XZ has received another price slash in the United States. According to reports, the device has received a new price cut, thus making the device to cost less than $400. The device was launched in 2016 with a price tag of $700.

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Sony Xperia XZ Price Drops Below $400 In The US, Free MicroSD Card Included As Well

It is reported by GSMArena that the interested fans can now purchase Sony’s Xperia XZ for as low as $399.99. The report added that the new update is based on the listing of the device on Amazon’s website. The retailer listed the device for just $399.99 as already stated above.

In addition, the price drop is also accompanied by a free 64GB microSD card. This is a great deal for fans who have been looking to own a unit of the Xperia XZ. If fans can remember, this is not the first time the device has received a price cut.

It is reported that the price slash and the MicroSD card deal is only available for the blue, black, and silver color variants of the device. Meanwhile, it is important to state that the Amazon listing of the Xperia XZ noted that only a few units of the device are currently available. Interested fans will need to grab the deal fast before it closes.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launches Today: Device Rumoured To Cost £869 In The UK

Samsung is expected to launch its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 today, Wednesday, 23 August 2017. As fans already know, there have been lots of leaks and rumors about the new phablet. And now, just a few hours before the device is launched, it is being rumored that its UK price has leaked.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launches Today: Device Rumoured To Cost £869 In The UK

According to a recent report by TechRadar, new leaks suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will be accompanied by a lofty price tag. The report added that The Inquirer noted on its website that Carphone Warehouse has already listed the new phablet on its product page including the SIM free price for the United Kingdom. According to the website, the device will cost £869 in the United Kingdom.

Although reports have it that the latter has already removed the post from its website, many tech enthusiasts spotted and made a big deal out of it. It is believed that since the post could not withstand the public eye, there is a possibility that the cost is inaccurate. While there is no official update with regards to the pricing of the phablet, it is believed that the device will likely cost up to $950 or AU$1200.

However, there is no need to worry as much more will be brought into light when Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 8 later today at 8 AM PST, 11 AM EDT, and 4 PM BST. It is reported that a new report from Mobile Fun showcases the device in its final look.


Amazon Cancels ‘Free’ Echo Dot

New reports reveal that Amazon has canceled the free Echo Dot. according to reports, the developer has concluded plans to cancel the free Echo Dot and has announced that the promotion is no longer in existence.

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This update did not seem very pleasing to many Echo Dot users, as the free Echo Dot promotion received a warm welcome among many Amazon fans. However, it will appear that the developer is not willing to take a different stand on this issue.

It is reported by Engadget that Amazon announced that it is canceling the zero-cost orders for the Echo Dot. The report added that the developer stated that the update informing customers about the free small smart speaker was a technical error

Meanwhile, other reports have revealed that fans who seized the opportunity after the surprise audible discount for the Echo Dot will not lose it all. This is because Amazon noted that it has resolved to give would-be buyers a $5 promotional credit.

VW’s Electric Microbus Reportedly To Debut In 2022

New reports reveal that Volkswagen fans will likely see the company’s electric microbus in 2022. According to reports, the automobile giant is reportedly working on its electric microbus with the ID Buzz expected to launch in few years. This is an interesting update and fans are waiting eagerly for the debut of the buzz.

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VW’s Electric Microbus Reportedly To Debut In 2022

When the EV was unveiled by VW, many enthusiasts thought the idea, just like many others might never make it to the stage of production. However, it is reported by Engadget that the automobile maker recently announced that it has concluded plans to put the Microbus-inspired EV into production. Volkswagen added that the vehicle will likely have a 2022 debut date.

Although not much is currently known about the electronic vehicle, it is believed that the developer will likely drop some features of the buzz including the large wheels. But Volkswagen will reportedly continue with the semi-autonomous driving feature, four-wheel drive, and the ’60s-inspired styling. It is reported that the automaker has also stated that it will also debut a cargo variant of the upcoming vehicle.

Furthermore, it is believed that there will be much passenger room since the electronic vehicle will not feature a gas engine. Rumors have it that Volkswagen decided to produce the vehicle because it is on the same platform as other ID cars. This is because it will be less expensive to produce compared to the previous Microbus concept.
other ID models including the compact car and Crozz are also expected to make a debut soon. The upcoming electric microbus is targeted at Europe, China, and North America.

British Man That was Injured While Helping Finland Attack Victims Says He Is Not A Hero

New reports reveal that the man who was hurt while trying to help Finland attack victims says he is not a hero. The British man, Hassan Zubier who was injured while assisting victims of a suspected terror attack in Finland has said: “I am not a hero,” when he was addressed as such.

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British Man That was Injured While Helping Finland Attack Victims Says He Is Not A Hero

The attack occurred in the city of Turku, which is about 90 miles west of the country’s capital, Helsinki. It left two Finnish women murdered and seven others injured, including Hassan Zubier, in the knife rampage.

It is reported by The Guardian that a Sweden newspaper Expressen reveals that Zubier is a Kent-born paramedic who is now living in Sweden. The report also stated that the paramedic was stabbed while he was trying to save other people from the terror attack, including a woman who reportedly died in his arms.

“I am not a hero. I did what I was trained for. I did my best and more,” Zubier told the BBC. This is amazing as many would have jumped on the idea of being addressed as a hero. Meanwhile, it is reported that a Foreign Office spokesperson stated that “Our staff has offered support to a British man following an incident in Finland.”

Reports have that the attack which was described as “a likely terror act” by Finland’s security intelligence service also left an Italian, a Swede and Four Finns badly injured. Meanwhile, the police said the suspected attacker is an 18-year-old Moroccan man who appeared to have targeted only women. The police department added he was shot and arrested by police officers. Four other Moroccans that are suspected to be involved in the attack have also been arrested.

Apple To Stream Movie Rentals Shortly After Theatrical Launch

New reports reveal that Apple will likely have access to stream movie rentals shortly after theater debuts. According to reports, streaming movies from services like Netflix and Hulu would no longer be the major option, as Apple is reportedly in negotiation to stream movie rentals shortly after theater debuts. This is an amazing news and if the reports are to be considered, it means that viewers will now have access to stream movies shortly after they hit theaters.

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Apple To Stream Movie Rentals Shortly After Theatrical Launch

However, it is reported that the services will be available for a price. According to TechRadar, distributors like Apple and Comcast in collaboration with other studios like Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures are currently in talks with movie theaters to negotiate the release of new movies few weeks after their theatrical launch.

Meanwhile, not much is known about the upcoming service as the companies are yet to reveal any official statement confirming rumors and updates. According to Engadget, the rentals, which are expected to be available roughly 17 days after their theatrical debut will cost viewers $50, but the cost will be reduced to $30 within four to six weeks after the offer is made. Negotiations are still ongoing and it is still not clear when the service will be available. However, the deal will reportedly be finalized early next year.

This is not the first time Apple has tried to get movies added to its iTunes library quickly after their theatrical launch, as it was also reported in the fall of last year that the company was working on a project of a similar nature.

Galaxy Note 8 Appears Briefly On Samsung’s Website Ahead Of Wednesday Launch

Samsung has unveiled the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 on its official website. According to reports, Samsung recently posted an image of the highly anticipated phablet on its official website. However, the phablet only appeared briefly on the site as the developer removed the post shortly after.

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Galaxy Note 8 Appears Briefly On Samsung’s Website Ahead Of Wednesday Launch

There have been lots of alleged leaks rumors about the device but it seems the developer has decided to make things official by unveiling the device on its own website. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to launch next week and the new teaser has confirmed lots of previous leaks and rumors about the device.

It is reported by TechRadar that the link to the new teaser now leads to a blank page confirming that the developer has pulled the post off its website. Although the post did not seem to confirm much that is not already known about the upcoming device, it is believed that fans will get to know more when the device launches on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the recent teaser of the upcoming note 8 showed the United States unlocked version of the phablet with the model number UZKAXAA. It is reported by Peoplenetv that the model number matches those used for the unlocked Galaxy S8 devices in the United States. This could mean that the unlocked version of the new phablet will likely be released at the same time as the carrier models.

If this speculation is to be considered, it means the developer will not follow the traditional method of launching unlocked versions few months after the launch of carrier models. Although the developer is yet to confirm this, it is reported that the launch of the two versions at the same time is highly probable.

Gunmen Launch Attack On EFCC Offices In Nigeria

New reports state that unknown gunmen have attacked corruption agency offices in Nigeria. According to reports, security operatives in Abuja, the country’s capital stated that unidentified gunmen staged an attack on the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC is the agency manned with the duty to combat corruption and economic crimes in the country.

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Gunmen Launch Attack On EFCC Offices In Nigeria

It is reported by The BBC that an unnamed source at the agency told its correspondent that the gunmen who launched the attacked shot sporadically at the empty offices. This is because the attack took place early in the morning before workers resumed their duties for the day. The source added that the gunmen left a letter that is addressed to one of the officials of the anti corruption agency stating that they would kill him.

Although the gunmen did not specifically state the reason behind the threat, the agency has reasons to believe that the attack could have something to do with some cases it is currently prosecuting in court. Meanwhile, The BBC added that a spokesperson for the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Uwujaren stated that no arrests have been made as at the time the information was obtained.

Furthermore, this is not the first time an incident like this has happened as a senior executive officer of the agency was also shot at in June. The attack occurred in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State in the southern part of Nigeria, but the official survived. It is no news that the agency has been actively involved the current administration’s fight against corruption.

According to reports, it has recovered lots of illegally obtained money from popular individuals in Nigeria. The agency recovered $43m in a flat in Lagos during one of its operations back in April.

Death Toll Rises To 20 In The Konduga Suicide Bombing Attack

New reports reveal that at least 20 people have been confirmed dead in the Konduga suicide bombing attack. According to reports, the Tuesday suicide bombing attack on the Konduga community has claimed the lives of around 20 people and left eight others critically injured.

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Death Toll Rises To 20 In The Konduga Suicide Bombing Attack

The twin suicide bombing attack was launched on Mandarari town of Konduga Local Government Area, which is about 25 kilometers to the southeast of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The terrorist attack was initiated at about 5:50 pm on Tuesday.

Although not much is known about the deadly attack, it is reported by Sahara Reporters that a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) revealed to its correspondent that the death toll will likely rise above 30. This information was obtained when the rescue operations were still underway. The JTF spokesperson added that the attack occurred at a motor park.

According to a report on the Channelstv website, the spokesperson for the JTF added that the attack was launched by three suicide bombers, two of which are females and the other a male. The report added that the bombers took turn to detonate the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that were strapped around their bodies.

The recent attack was launched not long after the Nigerian Military allowed Mobile Strike Teams into the Theatre of operation in order to improve the efficiency of its operations. It is reported that the sounds of heavy ammunition being shot could still be heard from a distance at 10:00 pm on Tuesday.