Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation after praising US President Donald Trump for having “unequivocally backed Israel’s right to defend itself” during a United Nations address.
The ovation took place during an extended speech Mr Netanyahu gave to the UN on Thursday.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to express Israel’s appreciation to President Trump and Ambassador Haley for the unwavering support they’ve provided Israel at the United Nations.”
This triggered a 20 second standing ovation which was joined by the entire Israeli delegation.
When the standing ovation subsided Mr Netanyahu claimed the Trump administration has “unequivocally backed Israel’s right to defend itself”.
He added: “They rightly pulled out of a morally bankrupt UN human rights council.”
Mr Netanyahu went on to state that the UN human rights council has made “more resolutions about Israel than the rest of the world combined I think.
“Ten-fold compared to Iran, Syria, you name it.”
The US announced it was leaving the UN human rights council back in June.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, termed it: “A protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
However then UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called the decision “regrettable”.
Trump also pleased the Israeli government by announcing in December that the US embassy in the country would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The new embassy opened in May and coincided with violent Palestinian protests.
Mr Netanyahu also used his UN address to claim that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons facility.
He said: “Today I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran.
“A secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and material for Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.
“Just last month they removed 15 kilograms of radioactive materials”.
In a powerful warning, Mr Netanyahu added: “Israel will do whatever it must do to defend against Iran’s aggression.”
Facebook Shuts Down Nnamdi Kanu’s Page
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday said the Facebook page of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been shut down.
The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, alleged that the action was taken by Facebook Nigeria who, it said viewed the page as a platform to exposing the ills in government.
It warned that Biafra had suffered greatly as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s, saying it could not afford to allow same to continue in the 21st century.
The statement reads in part: “We can confirm that Facebook Nigeria has shut down the page of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“This is not unconnected with the fact that our leader’s page has become a rich resource for those determined to expose the evil regime in Nigeria and enthrone a better life for the masses.
“We mince no words when we say that Facebook Nigeria is more corrupt that the corrupt government they are seeking to protect.
“Biafra suffered immeasurably as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s a situation we are not prepared to allow in this 21st century.”
Imo Guber: Anglican Bishops Reject S/Court Judgement, Warn Judges To Reverse Decision Or Face God’s Wrath
Bishops of the Anglican Church in Nigeria have rejected the Tuesday January 14th Supreme Court’s judgment that nullified the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Imo state governor and replaced him with Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Anglican Bishops, who spoke through the Archbishop of Enugu Province, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, said that going by Rochas Okorocha’s antecedents, there was no way Imo state indigenes could have voted enmass for Uzodinma.
Describing the judgement as “wicked and corrupt”, Archbishop Chukwuma warned that failure to reverse the decision could attract the wrath of God on the Supreme Court justices.
“I am speaking the minds of most of the Bishops of the Anglican Church that we are very much discontented and very much in disagreement with the kangaroo judgment of the Supreme Court on what has happened in mo State.
We sincerely feel disappointed with the Chief Justice of Nigeria who has not got his facts correct and we feel that that judgment is wicked and corrupt.
And so we are calling on the Supreme Court to reverse their judgment on Imo State before they see the wrath of God.
There is no way Imo State people could have voted for APC with the bad governance of Okorocha for which in the House of Assembly the APC had no single seat during the election.
Hope Uzodinma is my friend. I am not against him but I am against the Supreme Court justices who mutilated the result, judging the case on the total votes that was more than accredited votes, which is absolutely incongruous and very much antithetical to the democratic spirit.
It is therefore our prayer that INEC should also be up and doing in their declaration of results and be able to defend whatever they declare in the sight of the Supreme Court.” he said
On the role played by Father Mbaka in the judgment, Archbishop Chukwuma said Father Mbaka should stop with his distorted prophecy and face his ministry.
“He is politicising his ministry too much and commercialising his ministry, and that is dangerous to the ministry of the church, and this we totally condemn,” Chukwuma said
Imo: How CJN Tanko Allegedly Collected ₦2.5bn From Uzodinma For Favorable Judgement — Journalist Reveals
A Nigerian Journalist, Jackson Ude has alleged that the Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko Muhammad and his colleagues at the Supreme Court purportedly collected the sum of N2.5 billion from Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for a favorable judgement at the apex court, ORIENTAL TIMES reports.
Recall that the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 14th annulled the March 9th 2019 election of Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo state.
In the lead judgement read by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the apex court ruled that records before it proved that election results from 388 polling units during the election, were unlawfully excluded from the overall collated results that declared Ihedioha winner of the state governorship election.
It noted that results from the cancelled polling units amounted to 213, 295 votes, adding that Ihedioha was returned elected, based on wrong computation of results.
According to the apex court, the tribunal and the appellate court failed to properly award justice to Uzodinma when he petitioned them because they misinterpreted his petition.
Well, in a recent post on micro-blogging platform, Twitter, Ude, a former Director of Strategy/Communication under Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan purported that agents working for Tanko demanded N2.5bn from Ihedioha for the judgement to be delivered in his favour, but he refused.
According to Ude, after Ihedioha refused to pay the said sum, they agents purportedly from the CJN allegedly approached Uzodinma and showed him a favorable judgement, and he reportedly paid the N2.5billion.
“The Judiciary in Nigeria is dead. It is now all about cash and carry. Agents working for Tanko and his rogue colleagues at the Supreme Court allegedly demanded for N2.5billion from Emeka Ihedioha. He refused. They showed Hope Uzodinma a favorable judgement and he paid N2.5billion,” Ude tweeted.
ORIENTAL TIMES reports that In 2012 the same journalist accused the present Governor of Imo State Senator Hope Uzodinma for forgery of certificate and financial fraud.