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Full Speech (text) of President Buhari’s inaugural speech (READ)

Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his

swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.

I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted.  I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.

I thank all of you.

Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.

I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.

A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.

Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.

I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.

At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.

In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.

Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.

Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.

For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.

Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.

However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.

My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.

The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.

This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.

Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.

Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.

The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.

No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.

Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.

Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.

Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar

There is a tide in the affairs of men which,

taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life,

Is bound in shallows and miseries.

We have an opportunity. Let us take it.

Thank you

Muhammadu Buhari

President Federal Republic of NIGERIA

and

Commander in-chief-of the Armed forces

[#FASHIONMEETSART] – House Of Bellus Host runway and art exhibition

1Untitled HOUSE OF BELLUS unveils it maiden edition of its fashion show tagged “FASHION MEETS ART” .A runway and art exhibition,featuring 10creative fashion designs,30stunning models and just 1runway.The fashion event is sure to create a rage not only among fashionistas but also the consumers and promises to attract the participation of some of the most creative makeup artist.trend setting hair stylists,artist,media,pr and photography. The intent of this event is to support “ogbomoso/oyo state brand”,to show them as hip,creative and happening,by showcasing series of innovative local designers and artworks.with that in mind we can take a lot of liberties with the clothe designs,art and their presentation. 3Untitled Beneficial aspect of this events includes; To encourage indigenous fashion designers. To open new windows of business opportunities for individual & investors. To put ogbomoso,oyo state on the fashion map. To enlighten the general public/attendees about what’s trending/in vogue in the fashion industry. The event is billed to hold on the 11th of sept. 2014 by 4pm, at crystal springs hall,under G.ogbomoso.lautech,oyo state. We look foward to you being part of this exciting event.2Untitled

MAYBELLINE NIGERIA CELEBRATES IN NIGERIA WITH STARS & CELEBS

ABISOLA KOLA DAISI
BOLA BALOGUN
LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI

On Sunday, May 4, 2014 stars & celebs alike gathered together at Kudeta Lounge on the Island as part of the Maybelline Nigeria ”Find Your Shade” event. The event mainly was the launch of their new brand ‘Clear Smooth All in one Powder’. With the sheer number of the gorgeous and the stylish that came out for the event, it was they all needed somewhere to be at.


Some of those we saw at the event were the likes of Ifeoma Williams, Bola Balogun, Zainab Balogun, Waje Iruobe, Nike Oshinowo, Isio Wanogho, Dakore Akande, Toolz Oniru, Mo Cheddah, Osas Ighodaro, Seyi Shay, Noble Igwe, Temi Dollface, Ezinne Chinkata, Ezinne Alfa, Fade Ogunro, Eryca Freemantle, Uru Eke, Ezinne Akudo, Sasha P, Tara Fela Durotoye, Yets Asika, Veronica Ebie-Odeka, Onah Nwachukwu, Michelle Dede, Liz Yemoja, Latasha Ngwube, Kayla Oniwo, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Dimeji Alara, Anthonia Soares, Tosin Ajibade, Azuka Ogujuiba, Abisola Kola Daisi & very many others. 

As expected of those who attended, they all looked stylish & very elegant. Check them out!!!

MORE GORGEOUS PICTURES AFTER THE BREAK. PLS CLICK ON READ MORE BELOW

AISHA RAJU

EZINNE ALFA

WAJE

VERONICA EBIE-ODEKA

HONEY OGUNDEYI

BISOLA BALOGUN

DAKORE AKANDE

URU EKE
YETS ASIKA
NIKE OSHINOWO

AZUKA OGUJUIBA

TEMI DOLLFACE

TARA FELA DUROTOYE
SASHA P

OSAS IGHODARO
ZAINAB BALOGUN
ISIO WANOGHO

KAYLA ONIWO
LATASHA NGWUBE

IJEOMA NDEKWU
FUNTO ONI

TOSIN AJIBADE

ANTHONIA SOARES

ONAH NWACHUKWU
FADE OGUNRO & DIDI OCHEJA
EZINNE CHINKATA
EZINNE AKUDO

DIDI OCHEJA

DEBOLA FALANA
TOOLZ ONIRU
SEYI SHAY
MOCHEDDAH
NOBLE IGWE
LIZ YEMOJA
ERYCA FREEMANTLE

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Win Cool Cash! Sean Paul and Fuse ODG launch #AfrobeatsVsDancehall #DangerousLove competition!

Ghana’s Fuse ODG and international dancehall champion, Sean Paul, launches Afrobeats Vs Dancehall competition driven by their collaboration single ”Dangerous Love”.

The contest is a dance video competition whereby participants upload their videos dancing to the song and popping their best Afrobeat and dancehall moves. The winners get to jam with Sean Paul and Fuse on stage and get a lot of other fabulous prices.

Upload your own videos and use hashtags  #AfrobeatsVsDancehall #DangerousLove to participate. You have until the 17th of August.

This is a worldwide contest, so your moves better be earth quaking. See and hear more details in the video below, from Fuse ODG and Sean Paul themselves.
DANCE FOR SEAN PAUL & FUSE ODG!: #DANGEROUSLOVE #AFROBEATSVSDANCEHALL.
COMPETITION INTRO

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[Unilorin] #PARADISECITYLOCKDOWN: 4-Days EXCURSION To CALABAR by #ABSS & SMOOTH FLOW

ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE. Unilorin Chapter in conjunction with #SMOOTH FLOW presents a
4-DaY Excursion to #CALABAR
#PARADISE CITY LOCKDOWN#

Date : 3rd April- 6th April
Featuring: Boat cruise,
Cinema,Swimming,Karaoke
ET.AL…..

    #PLACES TO VISIT

  • Marina Resort
  • Tinapa
  • Unical
  • Crutech
  • Slave museum
  • Tortuga Island

FEE: #19,800

#Entittlements#
»Decent Hotel Accommodation of Two in a Room.
»Transportation comfort on the “Marco polo bus”
»Twice daily feeding and other merriments.
»Then another twist has been included for one lucky fortunate person to travel in by air to calabar and enjoy. A. VIP treatment at no cost at all
**How to go about being the lucky winner: Its a very easy step:

    1. Take a cool pics anywhere around BSS
    2. Upload nd tag d pics #paradisecitylockdown
    3. Mention @nasgarba or @Badmus_Ope or @Unilorites. »@abiolafabio.
    4. Best with d most like/ favourite would be selected.

>Transport, accommodation and feeding inclusive
Limited spaces available:
#Paymenrt deadline: 28th MArCH
>Not limited to BSS students alone! Opened to All.
FiRST COME FIRST PAY FIRST SERVED.

>For More INFO/Enquiries/Sponsor: contact »@nasgarba (social director) 07035931234/»Smooth flow on: @Badmus_Ope 08061264206,08095777386 /»charles president: 07051185333 / 07062797077/
POWERED BY : #ENIGMA_ENT
SUPPORTED BY : @Magnusent_mag.

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Fashion Week Discussion: Should Designers of Color Use Models of Color on The Runway?

Quite an interesting discussion erupted on Instagram when I posted a picture of Stella Jean‘s Fall 2014 collection, which showed today in Milan.

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Stella Jean Fall 2014

Instead of focusing on the bright African prints and lustworthy shoes, commenters were more dismayed at the lack of diversity on Stella’s runway.

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Stella Jean Fall 2014

Stella Jean, who is half Haitian and half Italian, is known for her vibrant kente and ankara printed separates, mixed with European menswear tailoring. She, however, didn’t use any black models in her Spring 2014 show. Out of 30 looks for Fall 2014, 3 were modeled by women of color.

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A look from Stella Jean’s Spring 2014 Show

@SoulfulSwag wrote, “Who’s her audience? I hate when some African based designers only use Caucasian models! Are you afraid your clothing won’t sell if you actually use black models?”
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@KidCadaver went on to look at Jean’s Instagram page, noting, “Stella Jeans IG, when viewed in the aggregate, looks odd for its overwhelming presentation of white models in ‘African’ inspired clothing.” @AsamPete added, “I just viewed her IG page and I must say I am disappointed in her lack of model diversity.

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A picture from Stella Jean’s Instagram

Bethann Hardison has been spearheading the movement for Diversity on the Runway since 2008. I agree that it would be nice to see a few more women of color on Stella’s runway, though she did use a handful this season.

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Stella Jean Fall 2014

The bottom line is: designers still believe that women of color, particularly black/brown women, can’t sell clothes. The common belief is also that black women are not the target luxury customer; they’re not the ones buying the bulk of merchandise, so why cater to them by including them in advertisements or in runway shows?
Models display creations of Prada Spring
We obviously know this line of reasoning is false. Still, this season in Milan, some of our favorite fashion houses, including Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, and rapper’s delight Versace only used one black model on their runways.

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Versace Fall 2014

Perhaps Stella is simply following in the footsteps of her colleagues, keeping diversity to a minimum as to not ‘shake the table.’ Jean is based in Italy–perhaps she believes her runway models truly reflect her consumer base. Jean is also half white. Maybe she identifies more with her Caucasian lineage than her Haitian heritage, despite her design aesthetic.
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The bottom line is: diversity is the ideal for us at The Fashion Bomb and for people like Bethann Hardison, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. It would be great if diversity were the ideal for all designers–especially those of color; especially since there are so few designers of African descent showing on an international scale.

Stella Jean with Anna Dello Russo

Stella Jean with Anna Dello Russo

But it’s clearly not a priority for everyone. And I guess that’s their prerogative.

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Stella Jean Fall 2013

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More photos from Omotola Ekeinde’s surpise party in Ghana

Movie star, Omotola Ekeinde was a year older some weeks ago but she didn’t throw any party. 
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However, some of her office staff at Redhot concepts threw her a surprise party yesterday in Ghana – She also got a bottle of the world’s most expensive champagne (Taste of Diamonds) from the makers, Gout de Diamants valued at 1.2million pounds (N300 million). £1,200,000.
“My
birthday has been a roller coaster of fans and friends spending their
own money! Lol…so many parties, I’ve just been touring them all!” she says.

See more photos below:

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Eminem And Rihanna Announce ‘The Monster Tour’

Eminem and Rihanna are teaming up for a “Monster Tour” this summer. The music megastars have announced a three-city tour together.

Hot on the heels of their No. 1 single “The Monster” off The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the two will play stadiums this August, according to XXL. Concerts are planned for New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

“There are some shows coming up with Rihanna,” Eminem toldXXL in the magazine’s latest issue. “It’s a three-city tour: New York, L.A., and Detroit coming in August. The Monster Tour.”

Eminem also shared the news on Twitter, writing, “NYC/DET/LA this August with @Rihanna! #TheMonsterTour.”

The Detroit rapper is currently on his “Rapture” tour in Australia with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, while Rihanna wrapped her “Diamonds World Tour” last year.

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Wardrobe Query: Eudoxie’s Courtside Rag & Bone Lee Honeycomb Gray Track Pants and Valentino Neon Rockstud Pumps

Veronica wrote, “ I am salivating!!!!”

“… Where did Eudoxie get those pants!!”

Yep! Eudoxie posed courtside with Enniko Parrish and a friend in a black leather top, $945 neon Valentino pumps, and $325 Rag & Bone Lee Honeycomb Track Pants:

Her neon yellow and blush yellow pumps boast gold studs.

Recreate her ensemble here:

Eudoxie’s showing ‘em what she’s working with!

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On the Scene: The 2014 BRIT Awards

Ready for the next awards show? The 2014 BRIT Awards went down tonight in London with a slew of musicians and models in attendance. The looks varied from bright and sultry to menswear-inspired, with this season’s hottest trends being captured at every turn.

Check out the night’s most memorable looks:

Rita Ora and Calvin Harris are an exceptional-looking couple, thus I was happy to see them walk the red carpet together! Rita’s neon yellow Prada gown was mesmerizing.

Pharrell Williams and his wife Helen Lasichanh were suited up yet again this week. Hot, though I would’ve loved to see Helen smile: I mean Pharrell is your husband!

Rebecca Ferguson served curves in a white mesh inset dress and bold accoutrements. Work Rebecca!

I always enjoy a style moment from Tinie Tempah and he did not disappoint in cream and black tones.

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Nicole Scherzinger out and about! I liked the way her gold studded Giuseppe Zanotti harness uplifted her cropped leather bustier top and trousers.

Iggy Azalea pared down her hair and makeup to let her fiery red Elie Saab gown with sheer insets play centerstage. She looked fab no?

I loved Jessie J’s Julien Macdonald jumpsuit, but the lilac lipstick wasn’t working for me. I do commend her on being fashion-forward though!

I loved the texture cutie Marvin Humes added to a simple black suit.

Neon Jungle always has the best hair! The edgy girl group made a statement in a slew of trends including a sultry bustier top, statement necklaces, sheer insets, and more.

Songstress Lianne La Havas gave some pizazz to a sheer off-the-shoulder dress with bold accessories.

Laura Mvula showed off her enviable stems in a waterfall hem number with tulle ruffle trim.

Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge was pretty in pink in a sheer blouse, bustier crop top, and asymmetrical hem skirt from Antonio Berardi.

I think it’s accurate to say that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley slayed on the red carpet in a zebra stripe sequin mini dress with bow detailing from Saint Laurent’s Spring 2014 collection. Hot!

Ellie Goulding opted for princess chic in a Vivienne Westwood ball gown. I’m usually a sucker for Ellie’s style choices, but this wasn’t my cup of tea.

Lily Allen’s two-tone hair and sequin gown were winners for the night in my book!

Daisy Lowe showed some thigh in a Sister by Sibling Fall 2014 gown that channeled dark romance.

Songstress Pixie Lott’s DKNY white halter gown with a thigh-high slit was simple and chic no?

Sisters Dannii and Kylie Minogue looked fab in fun yet sexy spins on the LBD.

Normally, I’m on board with Myleene Klass’s looks, but I’m unsure of what to make of her cutout Mark Fast dress here.

One Direction was there! Harry’s hair slicked back…the verdict is still out on that.

Which ensemble caught your eye for the night?

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