Monday, November 3, 2014

Brittany Maynard, 29, ends own life

Terminally ill death-with-dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, 29, ends own life

Brittany Maynard, the cancer-stricken Californian who became the face of the “death with dignity” movement when she relocated to Oregon and announced plans to take her own life, completed the act Saturday.
“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” the 29-year-old posted on Facebook. “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness.”
Maynard died peacefully, surrounded by friends and family at her Portland home after taking prescription drugs that she obtained legally, according to Compassion & Choices, a group that supports physician-assisted suicide.
Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer on New Year’s Day and was told she had only a few months to live. The glioblastomas, or brain tumors, caused seizures, and the medications she took to treat the swelling of her brain caused rapid weight gain and facial swelling, according to The Brittany Fund website.
She moved with her husband, mother and stepfather to Oregon — then made headlines when she announced her intention to take her life with barbiturates, which is legal under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.
Montana, New Mexico, Washington and Vermont have similar laws.
“My glioblastoma is going to kill me, and that’s out of my control,” she told People magazine. “I’ve discussed with many experts how I would die from it, and it’s a terrible, terrible way to die. So being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying.
“For people to argue against this choice for sick people really seems evil to me,” she added in the interview. “They try to mix it up with suicide and that’s really unfair, because there’s not a single part of me that wants to die. But I am dying.”
She compiled a “bucket list,” which included visiting the Grand Canyon, a trip she made late last month. But the next day, she also had one of her worst seizures, People reported.
In the end, surrounded by “a ring of support around my bed as I type,” Maynard said she hoped her death would make a difference.
“If I’m leaving a legacy, it’s to . . . be a part of this change of this health care policy so it becomes available to all Americans,” she told People.
And in her last words on Facebook, she added, “Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”

Explosion rocks Yobe

A bomb attack has reportedly occurred in Potiskum, Yobe state.

Witnesses say a suicide bomber targeting members of the Shiite group, Islamic Brotherhood of Nigeria, detonated his explosive vest, killing many instantly.
The bombing took place at Faydia Islamic school, ran by the Shiite. It is located near the old market in Potiskum.
The bomber struck when members of the Shiite were gathering to go on a procession to mark the Ashura day

Ashura day is the tenth day of the month of Muharram, the new month of the Islamic calendar. Details later.

Gunmen free 144 inmates, kill one in Kogi prisons

No fewer than 144 inmates of the Koton-Karfi Prison in Kogi State have been set free by gunmen, who invaded the prison on Monday.
One of the prisoners, whose identity has yet to be made known, was also killed.
The Controller of the prisons confirmed the attack.
Details later

Photo of 2014 Mister Africa International winner

            2014 Mr Angola, Arnaldo Jose, (pictured above) beat 29 other contestants to win the 2014 Mister                   Africa International title. Hot dude right and girls please feel free to wish. Hehe!

Ibinabo Fiberesima Has Some Word For Her Haters

Ibinabo Fiberesima took to her Facebook page yesterday to blast  those  castigating her for having children by different baby daddy’s  to get a life. She also shared photos of herself and her kids on holiday. See more pics below...

Iran Sentences Woman To 1 Year In Prison Over Trying To Watch A Volleyball Game

A 25-year-old British-Iranian woman was sentenced to 1 year in prison over trying to watch the males’ volleyball game.

In 2012 Iran banned women from watching volleyball games reportedly for the sake of their protection from lewd behaviour of male fans. Thus the actions of Ghoncheh Ghavami were interpreted as the spread of anti-regime propaganda.

international campaigns begging the court to spare her life failed.

Boko Haram Negotiator Ahmad Salkida Reveals #WhatDoesBHWant

Boko Haram negotiator Ahmad Salkida revealed a lot about Boko Haram in a Q & A organised by Jibrin Ibrahim, a Nigerian political scientist, activist and ICT consultant, Akin Akintayo on twitter.
During the question and answer session #WhatDoesBHWant, he gave a chilling revelation of what the Boko Haram wants. Read his narration via twitter below:

“The name BH emanated frm Bauchi in ’09 & has reduced d scope of d BH ideology to only mean they forbid Western education. In 2006 late Yusuf personally handed me a press release that stated, Islam permits them to subsist under a modern govt but has explicitly prohibited them frm supporting such govts as far as their structures contradict core Islamic beliefs. Yusuf had never hide d desire of BH to carryout Jihad & ultimately secure Daula(State), d dream of every ‘Jihadi’ movements.
Many have suggested BH was d offshoot of growing unemployment. Clearly, there’s huge & frightening degree of unemployment. but d fuse that drives BH terror is wt d sect’s doctrinaire. What we r dealing wt is a growing global ‘Muslim’ ideologue. 
for secular way of life. Security agents r ‘Taghut’ (Idols) by BH & r killed whether Muslims or not, even a negotiator has no life guarantee. Anybody that says BH want ppl prosecuted or immunity is an imposter bcz BH believe our courts r all forms of Taghut.
The central theme of BH ideology is to reject & dissociate oneself in d belief of all forms of deities. Taghut to them r persons or institutions that aid d Constitution & Western educatn that lay d foundation for secularism. They indoctrinate sect mmbrs to hate even their own parents, brothers etc if they r associated wt ‘Kufr’ 3(denial of truth). BH believe they r Sunni Islam, they want to return ‘Islam’ to what they view as d interpretation of first generation Muslims.
The BH that kidnaped girls & on rampage have nothing to do wt our local politics, they r inclined to global ‘Jihad’ movement. Athari – Shekau’s interest pre- ’09 is a creed/movement of traditionalist Islamic scholars who reject Islamic ‘theology’ in favour of strict textualism in interpreting Qur’an & Hadith. To engage in rational disputation is forbidden.
To BH, d validity of human reason is severely limited & rational proofs can neither be trusted nor relied upon. When moderates argue that Muslims can join politics, schls, civil service etc to be able to compete, BH argues to d contrary.

BH/IS use this verse: “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” 4/4 Moderates believe that BH/IS interpret this verse out of context.
Moderate Muslims bliv that d background for this command is within an actual battle situatn, Battle of Badr in d yr 624. Same way Christians argue that I Samuel 15:3 that command King Saul to commit genocide must not be used out of context.
Fear is a uniquely & effectiv weapon for BH, their rhetoric’s currently outstrips their capabilitis & it has affected d army. From 2012 to date BH have killed & beheaded even their members & Ansaru for breaching Bai’a (pledge) to Shekau, They rely on a Hadith of Abu Hurairah that forbids them to disregard one’s Bai’a to an Imam.
I’m afraid, this crisis may go out of control. Sources say IS has sent envoys to examine BH, “if they have an agreement. we r likely going to see IS asking Jihadists that cannot travel to Iraq/Syria to go to Nigeria & Libya to fight”

BH got its major initial funding frm what they call ‘Fai’u’ robbery. Btw 2010/12 over 500M naia was carted away frm banks. BH r also engaged in ‘extortion,’ small scale & high profile kidnapping, and ransom is their biggest war chest. Noncombatant or inactive members also contribute proceeds from their businesses from all over Africa.Contributions also come from like-minded Jihadi groups frm like AQM & frm other groups around d world.
A large chunk of their weapons & other hardware r seized frm Cameroun security forces but in most cases from d Nigerian Army. Today my sources told me that d money, resources, food & military hardware they got frm  #Mubi can sustain their war for 1yr.
What do they really want
BH wants to implement their brand of Sharia. Muslims, Christians or Atheists who oppose their doctrine will be attacked. Except according to them d ‘unbelievers’ in their caliphate will pay tax & live according to certain rules set by them. 
If by tmrw d Sultan of Sokoto becomes Nigeria’s leader & every Christian convert to Islam, BH will continue their onslaught. Their grouse is wt d institutn of democracy & our way of life. To BH, both supporters & secular institutns must be destroyed.
The chances of BH agreeing to a ceasefire/retreat frm captured territories thru peaceful means as recently announced is 1/10. Danladi Ahmadu who is claiming to be working with d FG on peace settlement has nothing to do wt BH as a group or its leaders. The name Danladi in d first place based on BH doctrine is Kufr, d name means someone born on Sunday which to BH is apostasy. Again Danladi, always refer to Allah as ‘Ubangijji’ in Hausa, a name BH consider to be Shirk (deification). Using d prefix of Uba (father) & gijji, a name of an idol, Ubangijji (Master of gijji) is a word BH leaders preach against.
BH believes that their “success” is built wt d blood/Shahada of their brethren & many prefer to die in war than in peacetime. Any negotiation by BH will have to be strictly guided by Sharia & NO govt will suspend its constitutn bcz its treason. 
The Danladi saga reveals absolute lack of basic knowledge by those prosecuting the war on terror in Nigeria. Captives can be released based on a swap arrangement but for d FG to get BH to dialogue they have to change d tide.
In May 2014 BH had agreed to release captives for 400 of their members but few hours to d swap d FG called it off. Shekau then became angry when d swap in May was called off. He then shifted d goal post to ‘all members’ (over 2000) of them. What affected my intervention with two other passionate & patriotic Nigerians was unhealthy rivalry and backstabbing by different cliques around d president, even d agencies of govt r not holistic in their work.
Anybody that claim BH will release captives for 10 or 30 detain members is being misled by his contacts if he has any. The idea of releasing a few Commanders came about by some middle level BH members that think Shekau may have cold feet if he sees some of his associates after long, he may reverse to d May 2014 concessns which seem more doable for any govt. The BH doctrine, according to its leaders, attach d same value to both foot soldiers & leaders. Any loyal BH valuable.
I have alwys said on this street & in a recent interview that d release of chibokgirls should have been a national emergency. However, I strongly believe that Shekau said he married out all chibokgirls in anger. He will not repeat previous threats. To repeat the same threat more than twice, according to sources, present d group as weak going by their ‘conquest’.Shekau value his membrs in detentn probably more than d girls, so chances r he can let them go esp if d girls want 2 return. The decision to free captives is, if they prefer to leave & if Shekau is satisfied wt d number of prisoners to be swapped.
For chibok mothers they don’t care if their daughter’s r married or not, they want them back home that is what is important.
The Cameroun govt released over 200 suspects, after 4 days BH released hostages, d FG doesn’t need any negotiator for this. There are NO shortcuts to this crisis, as I said in my recent interview Govt must change d tide to their favour. To release captives in a swap wt BH is not d same wt negotiating an end to this conflict. They must be two different things.
According to BH, to forsake Sharia is (Kufr Al-Akbar) to retreat from Bama, Gwoza, Mubi etc is such Kufr, they will no. According to BH their brand of Sharia is superior to d constitutn therefore negotiation will be dictated by d later. No govt can suspend its constitution. Therefore, d most realistic option is for d Nigerian Army to meet BH in d battle field. BH have moved frm a Jihadi group like Al-Qaida to a Daula. They bliv it is Allah that gave them conquest, so no compromise. Daula to them henceforth is conquering territory, town after towns, no retreat even if d last person will die. Apparently there could be d political Boko Haram that uses d name of d group to carry out assassinations of some opponent’s.
Again, there r some politicians & security contractors both in d North & South that have grown tall on d crest of BH crisis. But d political BH or criminal elements cannot blowup themselves, they r not capturing territories, they r in d minority.
Politicians r not involved in d ideological BH that r responsible for about 90% of d violence in Nigeria & Cameroun. The FG’s only crime here in my opinion is how they have so far mismanaged d crisis. What is important here is to say nothing but the truth. We have to understand this problem as it is how can we stop this war?
As long BH makes sustain territorial gains, they will determine the course of any negotiation. the only way out of this is for govt to fight if it can, but if it cant, then it must give in to d demands of BH. We can only fight with a professional army that is accountable and respect those they are defending. So BH have one of the fastest growing army, the number of conscripts out numbers the death. how this stop?
Govt must ensure that NO more territory is lost, they must bring in new thinking that is devoid of corruption.
BH has nothing to do with FG, GEJ or the Niger Delta they only feed on our differences & obsession wt conspiracy theories. BH ideological army not conscripts go into war to die than come back alive. We ‘v to give d NA tht feeling to die 4 Nigeria.

My links to BH can be categories into two: (1) Is that of a decade-long source and a persistent reporter. (2) Pre- ’09 BH I was close to late Yusuf on account of my reports & he showed tremendous respect for me b4 his follower’s. Thank you Nigerians for ur understanding, I’m human I make mistakes but I’v Neva lost my humanity to love & respect othrs.

Mubi: Army arrests six senior officers for fleeing

Army has arrested  six military commanders, including an injured Lieutenant Colonel for withdrawing from Mararaba, Michika, Madagali, Mubi and later Vimtim when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the communities last week.
It was learnt that   an unspecified number of soldiers were also in detention for allegedly abandoning the communities, thereby making it easy for the insurgents to have an upper hand.

A reliable military source, who made this known in Abuja on Sunday, said the movement of five of the commanders had been restricted to the officers mess in a military formation. The source, who did not name the military formation, because of security reason, added that “one of them, a Leutenant Colonel   is receiving treatment at the MRS in Yola for  serious injuries he sustained when the car in which he was escaping with somersaulted several times.”


A Barman Stabbed For Starring At Customer's Girlfriend

A barman, who works in a hotel located on Obokun Avenue, in the Ojodu area of Lagos, is battling with wounds he sustained during an ‘unprovoked’ attack by a customer.
According to report from punch, Kelvin Friday, a resident of Ojodu-Abiodun, Ogun State, allegedly stabbed the barman, who he accused of staring at him and his girlfriend.
It was gathered that Friday and his girlfriend, had gone to drink in the hotel around 6pm on October 21, when the incident happened.
The victim, Simeon Tenebe, claimed he was brooding on an issue he had discussed with his sister earlier in the day when the 25-year-old man confronted him. He added that Friday interpreted his stare for rebuke and challenged him to a scuffle.
Friday reportedly smashed the bottle of beer he was drinking on the barman, inflicting injuries on his face and head, while Friday Kelvin  girlfriend, fled the scene when Tenebe started bleeding.

Kelvin Friday has since been arrested and has been charged before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court for assault.

Photos from Iyanya's 28th Birthday Party in London!

Triple MG record label Iyanya celebrated his 28th birthday recently and he threw himself a party at Room One Night club in Paddington, Long Edgeware road in London. More pics below.





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