09062019 - Junaid attacks Obasanjo


Vanguard Newspaper 09 June 2019


From left: First Daughter of the Deceased/Senior Manager,Corporate

Communications,Bank of Industry (BoI),Mrs Hadiza Olaosebikan; Alhaji

Ibrahim Badmos; Son of the deceased, Abdulaziz Lawal; Chairman, Kam

Industry, Alhaji Kamorudeen Yusuf; Former Commissioner of Police,Lagos

State, Fatai Owoseni, and General Ola Abbass Adekenye, during the 7th day prayers

for the late Alhaja Silifat Omolola Badamosi nee Abubakar held at Adewole

Estate,Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday

KANO: Ganduje, Sanusi reconcile in

Abuja as Emir replies query

By Adekunle Aliyu,

Abdlmumin Murtala,


he crisis between

TGovernor Abdullahi

Ganduje of Kano State

and the Emir of Kano,

Alhaji Muhammadu

Sanusi II, has finally been

resolved following a

reconciliatory meeting

between the two in Abuja.

Mr. Abba Anwar, the

Chief Press Secretary to

Ganduje, disclosed this in

Kano, yesterday.

News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) quoted Anwar as

saying, in a statement,

that the reconciliatory

meeting was initiated by

the Kano-born business

mogul, Alhaji Aliko

Dangote, and the

Chairman of Nigeria’s

Governors’ Forum, Dr.

Kayode Fayemi.

He said after the meeting,

the duo exchanged


“As the two leaders met,

they congratulated each

other for the successful

completion of the

Ramadan Fast and the

Eid-el-Fitr celebration”,

the spokesperson said.

“Both leaders spoke and

urged all Muslims to

continue with the good

teachings and spirit of the

fasting period of the month

of Ramadan.

“Emir Sanusi seized the

opportunity to

congratulate Gov. Ganduje

for the victory in his

second term in office. He

also wished the governor

a successful tenure in


He said: “For healthier

relationship between the

two institutions of

government and Kano

Emirate Council, the

dialogue will continue.”

NAN recalls that the Kano

State Government on

Thursday queried Sanusi



misappropriation of

N3.4bn by the Kano

Emirate Council.

The state government had

also created four emirates

out of Kano.

Meanwhile, Kano State

Police Command,

yesterday, said it was

prohibiting all public

gatherings in the state to

avert a possible breach of

peace, in a statement by the

Police Public Relations

Officer DSP Abdullahi


The statement explained

that the command resolved

not to grant permission to

hold any forms of

demonstration, rallies or

protest marches to prevent

the breakdown of law and


It warned groups and

organizations in all guise to

abide by the order to ensure

that the nascent peace is

preserved in the state

warning that any violation

of the order would lead to

prosecution in a court of


In a related

development, Sanusi

yesterday, replied the

query issued him by the

Kano State government

on Thursday over alleged

misappropriation of

N3.4billion by the

Emirate Council.

In the reply, the acting

secretary of the Kano

Emirate Council Abba

Yusuf said Sanusi could

not have been culpable in

the alleged fund

misappropriation since

he was neither the

accounting officer not the

council secretary.

Yusuf also said at the

time Sanusi was installed

as the emir in 2014, the

Emirate Council had only

N1, 89 billion, an amount

far lesser than the N3.4

billion Kano State antigraft

agency said was

siphoned between 2014

and 2017.

‘’I am directed to refer

to your letter No. SSG/

OFF/03/V.I, dated June

6th, 2019 to which was

attached a copy of the

report of the Kano State

Public Complaints and


Chairman containing

some allegations of

f i n a n c i a l

misappropriation of the

sum of N3.4 billion by the

Kano Emirate Council’’,

the reply said.

‘’You may wish to note

that at the time His

Highness was appointed

Sarkin Kano, the exact

amount in the account of

the Kano Emirate



N1,893,378,923.38 (One

Billion Eight Hundred and

Ninety Three Million,

Three Hundred and

Seventy Eight Thousand,

Nine Hundred and Twenty

Seven Naira, Thirty Eight

Kobo Only).

‘’It is also important to

note that His Highness,

Sarkin Kano is not the

Accounting Officer of the

Kano Emirate Council, but

the Secretary of the

Council. We thank you for

giving us the opportunity

to respond to the various

allegations contained in

the report and accordingly

give our responses as per

the attached’’.

SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9, 2019, PAGE 3


Enugu State Governor’s wife, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi (right), with the Archbishop

of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel

Chukwuma, during the inauguration of a state government’s home for girls with

unwanted pregnancy and children outside wedlock, in Enugu

75TH ANNIVERSARY: British Council

launches ‘Thank You’ Campaign

British Council will to

day unveil events to

celebrate 75 years of

creating opportunities and

making an impact in Nigeria

by launching its ‘Thanks

to You’ campaign.

The first library, known as

British Council House, had

opened on the Marina in the

old Exhibition Hall, Lagos on

June 9, 1944. “Since then, the

British Council has changed

the lives of millions of Nigerians

through our different

programmes”, the body said

in a statement, yesterday.

The British Council is the

UK’s international organization

for cultural relations and

educational opportunities

and we currently operate in

over 100 countries globally.

The statement went on: “At

the British Council, we have

realized that people deserve

opportunities that can provide

better livelihoods, and

that valuable connections can

facilitate these opportunities.

In Nigeria, we do this through

our work in education, providing

training and capacity

building initiatives to people

in the Arts, enterprise, society

and education sectors.

“We also provide access to

global opportunities through

our exams, where we provide

Nigerians with globally recognized

professional and university

qualifications right

here in Nigeria. Every year,

we reach out to thousands of

students, educators, policymakers,

academics, researchers,

creatives and entrepreneurs

in Nigeria with our

work across these sectors.

“A sustained, 12-month

campaign of exciting gala

events, community gatherings,

TEDx-style talks and

social media activities, both

across Nigeria and in the UK,

will showcase 75 amazing

stories of how the British

Council has been a part of

people’s lives in the last 75

years and how these in turn,

have positively impacted the

lives and communities of millions

of others.

“Inspirational examples

will include the likes of, Itoro

Eze-Anaba, founder of the

remarkable Mirabel Centre,

a first of its kind sexual assault

referral facility in Nigeria,

it has provided free forensic

medical and counselling

services to over 3,000 clients

from different parts of Lagos


“This followed Itoro’s British

Council-sponsored, educational

trip to study Violence

Against Women. “I was

impressed and immediately

made up my mind to open a

centre in Nigeria. The British

Council provided the funding

to establish the Mirabel Centre.

Without this support, it

would have been really difficult”.

“Also, Nwamaka Ogboanna,

a political economist and

research analyst, who was a

beneficiary of the British

Council’s Future Leaders

Connect Programme. “I feel

much more empowered and

convinced about my longterm

ambitions to significantly

develop and implement successful

industrial policies

within Nigeria and across Africa.”

“And, Stephen Oke, a recipient

of a NLNG-British Council

Postgraduate Scholarship

to the University of Cambridge

in 2014, who is now a

top Associate with Nigeria’s

leading commercial law

firm. “The intellectual stimulation

of studying at the University

of Cambridge and the

privilege of interacting in a

cultural convergence of people

from all parts of the world

gave me new perspectives that

I will forever be grateful for.”

“The British Council works

with more than 10 million

people every year out of offices

in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and

Port Harcourt reaching audiences

of more than 52 million.

“To put the scale of the British

Council’s activities in Nigeria

into perspective, in

2018/2019 alone, 117,352

internationally recognised

exams were taken by Nigerians

connecting them to

worldwide learning opportunities,

which will improve

their life chances. 2,935

teachers have been trained

through schools and English

language programmes since

2018. More than 3,900 students

across 26 schools have

gained access to an international

dimension in their education

through the International

School’s Award to

help them prepare for successful

future careers in an

increasingly global economy.

Also in 2018, 4,832 artists

were provided with empowerment


through training and networking


“As part of the anniversary

celebration campaign, the

British Council in Nigeria is

inviting all those whose lives

have been transformed or

empowered by its work to get

involved in the celebration by

sharing their British Council



From left: National President, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Otunba

Oluwatoyin Akomolafe, Globacom’s State Manager, SME, Marie Macfoy, Commercial

Counselor, US Mission to Nigeria, Brent Omdahl and Director General, Nigerian-American

Chamber of Commerce, Joyce Akpata at the just concluded Glo-sponsored 3rd

African Food and Products Exhibition held in Lagos.

From left: Paul-Harry Aithnard, Managing Director, Ecobank Cote d'Ivoire; Mr. Alexis

Aquereburu, Advisor to the President of Togo; Kodjo Adedze, Minister of Trade, Industry

and Private sector promotion, Togo; Ade Ayeyemi, Group Chief Executive Office Ecobank

Transnational Incorporated; Emmanuel Ikazoboh, Chairman, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated;

Darko Hajdukovic, Head of Multi-Asset Primary Markets and Investment Funds at

London Stock Exchange during the opening of the London Stock Exchange by the ETI Group

Chairman and CEO after successful $500 million Eurobond issuance on Friday




Junaid attacks Obasanjo,

Danjuma, other


•Says they are polluting political, religious space

...voices concern over ‘cabal’ around Buhari

By Soni Daniel,


utspoken politician

Oand physician, Dr.

Junaid Mohammed, has

attacked former President

Olusegun Obasanjo,

erstwhile Defence Minister,

Lt. Gen. Theophilus

Danjuma, and a host of others

for claiming that President

Muhammadu Buhari was

promoting an Islamisation

and Fulanisation agenda.

Danjuma and a handful of

notable retired officers, under

the aegis of Nigerian

Christian Elders’ Forum

(NCEF), had, last week,

raised the alarm that the

Buhari administration was

backing jihadists instead of

ruthlessly fighting them.

Claiming they were miffed

by the indifference displayed

by the current administration

towards the evil agenda, the

retired officers reported the

alleged refusal of the

administration to confront

islamisation to the United

Kingdom’s All Party

Parliamentary Group for

International Freedom of

Religion or Belief.

Before then, Obasanjo has

taken the Buhari

administration up on the

purported Fulanisation/

Islamisation agenda at a

church programme in Delta


Junaid, who was a member

of President Goodluck

Jonathan’s National

Constitutional Conference,

slammed the former military

officers over what he

described as trying to assume

the role of speaking for

Nigerians when they had not

been so authorized by the


The politician, from Kano

and who has remained very

vocal in the political circles,

asked Obasanjo, Danjuma

and the others to stop

polluting the Nigerian

political and religious space

with venom that has the

potential to destroy the

country rather than unite the


He said, “First and

foremost, I have absolute

contempt for what Obasanjo

and his friends have said

about Nigeria. What they

have said will threaten the

unity of this country and it is

painful that they are not really

speaking for the generality of

Nigerians but merely seeking


“These are statements from

some elements who

attempted to dismember

Nigerian and failed and are

now arrogating to themselves

the task of speaking for

Nigerians when they have not

so been appointed by the


“What is most painful is that

they connived and imposed

Buhari on the rest of the

people and, having failed

woefully to control him and

his government, they are now

trying to voice their failure on

the rest of the country as if

they are messiahs.

“Let it be made known to

these retired army officers

that, in the event of war

breaking out on account of

their incendiary language,

they are not likely to belong

to the winning side because

Nigerians are now more

matured and are not ready to

be taking instructions of

sermons from soldiers who

have no self respect.

“I have no business with

Buhari or his administration

but we cannot listen to a

CBN to close bank accounts of smuggling firms, individuals

•As Dangote, Atedo Peterside list solutions for economic growth

By Elizabeth Adegbesan


sabotage, the economic


Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

yesterday said that it would

close bank accounts of any

company or person caught in

smuggling and dumping of

banned products into the


Speaking at a consultative

round table, titled: ‘Growing

for growth’, in Lagos, CBN

Governor Godwin Emefiele

said: “Smugglers and

dumpers are the major

sabotage to the country’s

economic policies. Nigeria is

very good at making brilliant

economic policies but we

have identified smugglers

and dumpers as those who

sabotage these policies and

we have decided we will deal

with them and the strategy we

came up with is that we will

not bother ourselves.

“There is an agency of the

government that is

responsible for border

control but that if these

people pass through this

border control, we would use

the instrumentality of being

the regulator for the banking

system, to make sure that we

get the banks to provide all

details about these smugglers

and dumpers, to provide

investigation and if they are

found culpable in economic

sabotage bordering on

dumping and smuggling in

Nigeria. We will not only

block their accounts, we will

close their accounts in all the

Nigerian banks

simultaneously. We will close

group of people who are

selfishly working to be heard

by Nigerians principally for

their selfish interests.

Nigerians are not ready and

willing to allow them to

dictate what is good and bad

to them anymore.

“They should realize by

now that Nigerians do not

owe them anything and are

not willing to be led or

counseled by soldiers


“These former soldiers

actively take undue

advantage of Buhari’s

inaccurate perception of

leadership and the cabal he

surrounds himself with to

attempt to confuse Nigerians

as if they are the voice and

conscience of the Nigerian

people while seeking to

actualize selfish goals.

“If they have forgotten, the

former generals should be

reminded that they went to

war as a choice and had been

generously rewarded for

services rendered and that

Nigerians neither owe them

anything nor require selfish

counseling on national


Christian Elders

Forum Replies Muslim

Groups: Their claim


In a related development,

the accounts of the owners of

those companies and we will

close the accounts of top

management members of

those companies because

they know that their

companies are involved in

smuggling and they should

not be supporting those keep

and of things.”

On the reason for the round

table discussion, Emefiele

said: “We are here today as part

of the engagement that we

have planned, preparatory to

the CBN releasing another

five year vision and agenda for

the next tenure of the Governor

of CBN. As you can see, we

have at this session private

sector leaders like Aliko

Dangote, people in

telecommunications, people in

manufacturing, people in the

IT sector, people in the

agricultural sector and

banking sector. All of them are


“Basically, what we are saying

here is that we want to give

them opportunity, I will use the

word to vent their view about

what they think the CBN, the

monetary policy committee

should be doing in the next

five years to support the

NCEF, yesterday, replied

attacks by several Muslim

groups against the body,

arguing that their claim is

divisive, rather than

contribute to its efforts to find

a peaceful solution to current

national crisis.

In a rejoinder, in response

to a publication in Vanguard

Newspapers of June 7, 2019,

titled: “Insecurity, alleged

Islamization: Petition by

Christian elders, prank to

score cheap political points -

by Muslim Groups’, and

signed by the Forum’s

Secretary, Pastor Bosun

Emmanuel, NCEF described

as unfortunate that Muslim

groups would make such

claims of “prank to score

cheap political points”

against Christian Elders as no

member of NCEF is either a

politician or has anything to

gain from political


“The claim is divisive,

which rather than contribute

to the efforts of the Christian

Elders to find a peaceful and

lasting solution to current

national crisis, and ensure

Nigeria can benefit from the

gains of democracy, like other

advanced democratic

countries around the world,

is trying to cause disaffection

amongst the people”, the

rejoinder said.

economy and indeed to

support the growth of the


Some private sector

stakeholders at the roundtable

highlighted various issues to

be tackled by the CBN’s

Governor agenda.

Aliko Dangote, Founder and

Chairman of Dangote Group,

said for Nigeria to witness

economic growth, government

should partner with the

“It should be repeated here

for emphasis that the root or

main cause of the crisis in

Nigeria, as stated by the

NCEF, has nothing to do with

Christianity or Islam, neither

is it about North against the

South, East against West, nor

is it Farmers and Herders

clash as some call it, and

neither is it a clash of

personalities or political

parties. All these are


“The Nigerian crisis is

caused by the dual

conflicting ideology of

Sharia against Democracy

as practiced in Nigeria,

and is now enshrined in the

1999 Constitution and here

it is being downplayed and

simply called Islam

against Christianity by

these Muslim groups; no,

it is not.

“This is nothing short of

mischief which can actually

create tension in the polity

that can incite the public.

“The position of NCEF

on this dual ideological

conflict is not new and it is

not different from the EU

Report (Sharia, the Cairo

Declaration and the

European Convention on

Human Rights http://




) that states categorically

that Sharia and the

Human Rights which is

enshrined in Democracy

are not compatible.

“Yet, some people think

it can work in Nigeria and

we can see the attendant

consequences over the last

59 years of becoming an

independent sovereign


organised private sector, sort

out the electricity issue, banks

should give easy access to

consumer credit, increase

house mortgages, increase

focus on agriculture and

manufacturing sectors.

He said: “Government needs

to have partnership with the

private companies to access

growth. It needs to encourage

private sector investors, so that

they do not rely on oil to pay




Ndume kicks as Lawan claims 99

senators-elect endorsements

Mr. Kola Abiola (right), during his visit to UNILAG ahead

of the Techmoney and Innovation Summit

First edition of Techmoney and Innovation Summit begins

in UNILAG tomorrow

By Henry Umoru

HEAD of the inaugura

Ation of the 9th National

Assembly and election of Presiding

Officers on Tuesday, a

former Senate Leader, Senator

Ali Ndume, All Progressives

Congress, APC, Borno

South, yesterday, dismissed

the “endorsement” of Senate

Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan,

APC, Yobe North, for the

position of Senate President.

Ndume, who was responding

to the 99 senators-elect,

who allegedly signed and endorsed

Lawan, however,

vowed that he was not perturbed

as he was not giving

up on his aspiration to become

the next Senate President.

According to him, Lawan

may have the endorsement,

but he has the votes.

Ndume, who is a contender

for the position of Senate

President, said that he did not

believe in endorsements but

election, adding that, as lawmakers,

he had seen endorsements


According to him, Lawan

should note that there were

such endorsements for him by

senators-elect in 2015 but, at

the end of the day, that did

not work as Senator Bukola

Saraki, who was not endorsed,

emerged as Senate

President of the 8th Senate.

The senator noted that he

was not worried about endorsements,

but about the

election, saying that his colleagues

will vote on Tuesday

for the candidate they feel is

the best as also in accordance

with their conscience.

Ndume said, “Well, I have

said it before that I am not

looking for endorsement but

looking for votes on election


“You know clearly that

there is a difference between

endorsement and election .

You will recall too that in

2015 that story of endorsement

was canvassed. He had

the endorsement, but what

happened on the floor of the

Senate was different. This

kind of thing has been there

all along, we have seen endorsements

against several


“As I have said before, by

the grace of God, I will go into

election on Tuesday and it has

two sides,one is either I win

or I loose. I do my number

too and not by publishing my

colleagues names. I believe

By Providence


Techmoney and Innova

tion Summit starts to


The two-day programme

holds at Jelili Omotola, Multipurpose

Hall of the University

of Lagos, UNILAG.

The organizers, Unicorn

Group, a pan African investment

company, in collaboration

with UNILAG, said, on

Friday, that the summit would

bring together leading lights

in technology, innovation and

finance from public and private

sectors in Africa.

The leading lights include

Clen Cook, Executive, RIIS,

South Africa; Dr Wuraola

Abiola, Management Transformation;

Dr. Akintoye Akindele,

Partner, Synergy Capital

Managers; Dr. Ponmile

Osibo, Chief Investor Relations

Officer, Unicorn and

Heiner Fees, Founding Managing

Director, Tiveni.

Chief Programme & Business

Development Officer,

Unicorn Group, Mrs. Olatorera

Abiola, said the business

match-making event will focus

on how technology can

change lives; support tech talent

and start-ups to secure

investment and get bankable;

inspire, educate and connect

tech leaders in major public

and private organisations on

the latest innovation and disruption

to support citizen and

customer service delivery.

Abiola went on: “Techmoney

and Innovation Summit

will ensure that technology,

innovation and strategy

that my colleagues will vote

for the candidate they feel is

suitable for the position of

Senate President and they

shall vote according to their

conscience. I am not bothered

about endorsements,

rather I am worried about the


“We are there already and

shall become past in a matter

of hours from now.”

Read more in Story of the

Week section.

House Leadership: Gbajabiamila dangles carrots, promises

PDP 60 Committee Chairmen

By Henry Umoru

ajority Leader of the

MHouse of Representatives,

Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila,

yesterday, daggled carrot

to members elected on the

platform of the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, who have

thrown their weight behind

his aspiration to be Speaker.

Gbajabiamila, who is a

strong contender and the party’s

candidate for the position

of Speaker, House of Representatives,

said that he had to

his support base.

The leader noted that the

PDP Caucus had been factionalized

ahead of the election

of the House principal

officers at the House inaguration

on Tuesday, saying that

to compensate his PDP supporters

after the election, he

would give 60 committees for

them to chair, just as he said

that of the number, those who

cannot become Chairmen of

standing committee would

be Vice Chairmen.

The Director - General,

Femi Gbajabiamila/ Idris

Ahmed Wase Campaign Organisation,

Abdulmumin Jibrin,

Bebeji Federal Constituency,

Kano, said that with the

number of supporters they

had, Gbajabiamila will win

and become the next Speaker.

Jibrin, who noted that Gbajabiamila

will win the election

whether the election was

through secret or open voting

system, said, “It has never

looked so bright. It has never

looked so sure, so clear to us

that we are going to win the

election. Though we cannot

leaders across major organisations

and enterprises in Africa

engage with the next generation

of disruptive and exponential

technology and

opportunity, so that they can

continue to drive value for

internal and external stakeholders

by being at the heart

of the technology and innovation

that is changing the

world and providing real opportunity

to change lives for

the better”.

Also speaking on the summit,

UNILAG Deputy Vice

Chancellor, Development

Services, Prof. Folashade

Ogunsade, said the institution

had, in the last 10 years,

worked with NGOs, international

institutions, among

others, to organise summits

such as this to help students

to better apply themselves.

From left: Isaac Olatunde, Wikimedia Nigeria foundation Secretary; Folorunso Coker,

DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation NTDC; Olushola Olaniyan, President

Wikimedia Nigeria Foundation; Elekofehinti Olushola Wikimedia Trustee member during

the unveiling of Wiki Loves Earth photography contest in Lagos.

take anything for granted; we

cannot allow ourselves to be

victims of once bitten twice

shy and the good thing is that

we are all coming from the

background of the experience

of 2015”.

“ So, we have taken every

measure humanly possible to

ensure that by the grace of

God we are going to win the


“In 2015, there was a bit of

complacency because APC

was only guiding its votes. We

believed then that we had the

number to win the election,

so we weren’t bothered about

the PDP, but PDP were concentrating

on how to poach

the APC and that was how the

election was won. But this

time around, APC is much

more comfortable because

we have more number. We

have 223, but even at that, our

Pregnant woman, 17 others die in Ondo auto crash

By Dayo Johnson,


NO fewer than 18

persons, includ

ing a pregnant

woman, were burnt beyond

recognition in an auto crash

yesterday at Oba- Ile, Akure

North Area of Ondo State.

The accident occurred at

about 3.30a.m when a lorry

had a head on collision with

a passenger-filled commercial


The the Public Relations

Officer of the Ondo State

Police Command, Femi Joseph,

said that 18 persons

died in the crash without any


According to him “At

about 3.30a.m on 8/6/2019,

immediately after the Akure

Airport Junction at Oba-

Ile. There occurred a head

on collision between one

lorry marked GG 873XM

Lagos and 18-passenger vehicle

bus marked YLA 25

XU Adamawa.

“The 18 passengers were

burnt without a survivor

while the lorry driver and

his motor boy ran away to

an unknown destination.

Joseph attributed the

crash to attempt by the lorry

driver to dodge a pothole

on the highway and it

swerved and had a head on

collision with the bus going

to Abuja from Lagos.

Police spokesperson said

that efforts were on to arrest

the fleeing driver of the

campaign is more aggressive

more PDP than the aggression

of PDP members trying to

poach our members.

“As it is today, the reality of

the matter is that the PDP has

been split into two factions.

We have closed down a deal

with one of the factions and

for the other faction we are

still talking. But also understand

that we are only doing

that as a safety net. We do not

need the whole of the PDP to

win our election”.


Eyewitness account said

that the commercial bus

was equally conveying motorcycle

engines when the

accident occurred.

The fire was still raging

at the time of filing this report.

The corpses have been

recovered by the police

and deposited at the State

Specialist Hospital, Akure.

Efforts to speak with the

officials of the FRSC

proved abortive.



June 12 no longer

a solemn event,

Abiola family

will storm Abuja

to celebrate

— Abdulmumuni Abiola

By Chris Onuoha

Abdulmumuni Abiola, one of the sons of

the late Chief MKO Abiola, in this chat

with Sunday Vanguard, speaks on the first

celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day and

how the Abiola family will celebrate.

•Abdulmumuni Abiola

First of all, we are elated at the

recognition of June 12 as Democracy

Day. For the family, we normally do a

solemn event on that day, but based

on the fact that it has been

nationalized, we intend to celebrate it

with Mr. President in Abuja.

Just like I said, it was normally done

in the house with pro-democracy

activists, members of the June 12

movement and the general public

coming here to pay their respects to

our father, the late Chief MKO Abiola.

Now it is a national programme taken

away from the house. We have always

maintained that June12 is not a South-

West programme but a national one. It

was something that unified the nation

and we will always promote anything

that will make it a national event.

Coming to the issue of family

recognition and payment of

compensation, Chief MKO Abiola was

at the fore-front of the struggle but he

was not the only one. There are several

other influential people who stood for

the actualisation of June 12.

What I will say is that as long as the

Federal Government has taken the first

step, they will always go back to that

time and look at the agenda of the June

12 movement, the manifesto that

Abiola came up with that made

virtually all Nigerians to come out

overwhelmingly to vote for him. I think

these are some of the things they

should address. Some of those issues

raised in1993 are still prevalent in


I think Mr. President should start

looking into measures that will

It was something that

unified the nation and

we will always promote

anything that will make

it a national event

alleviate poverty in the land and

educate the people as outlined in

Abiola’s 1993 manifesto. I would

recommend that the National Assembly

•MKO Abiola

approves a bill that legalizes the June

12 struggle as Democracy Day, but

what I expect also from the Nigerian

people is to keenly key into the Federal

Government’s gesture as a way

forward for the country instead of

harping on things that divide us.

On behalf of the Abiola family, I

commend Mr. President, the National

Assembly, the All Progressives

Congress and our national leaders,

among others, for making the June 12

vision a reality. Mr. President has

given us back our voice and he should

not relent in building a democratic

process that will sustain our

democracy. The country may not be in

good shape for now but I believe that,

with patience and understanding, we

can achieve.



Blow-by-blow account

of how Abiola declared

self President at

Epetedo —Onitiri, an eye witness

•Says Wahab Dosumu provided venue after other group members developed cold feet

•‘MKO wanted a judge to swear him in’

•The backlash by the Abacha regime

By Chris Onuoha

Ahead of the first celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day on Wednesday to

mark the 1993 presidential election which was annulled by the military but

generally believed to have been won by the late Chief MKO Abiola, one of Abiola’s former

associates, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, speaks on the Epetedo declaration which saw Abiola

proclaiming himself as President, leading to his arrest by the Abacha junta and subsequent

prosecution for treasonable felony. He died in detention.


Could you tell us how your relationship

with Chief MKO Abiola started and your role

during and after the annulment of the June

12, 1993 election?

I was a strong member of the National

Democratic Coalition, NADECO, and an

associate of the late Chief Moshood

Kashimawo O. Abiola. He approached me

before the 1993 general elections. At the said

time, he was nursing the ambition of

becoming the nation’s President and had to

join politics. So he approached me and I was

among those who mobilised prominent

Yoruba people for him before he indicated

interest to contest for the President of the

country. Subsequently, he was involved in the

primary election of the Social Democratic

Party (SDP) held in Jos where he emerged as

presidential candidate. I was an active

member of Primrose Group supporting Dapo

Sarumi to be governor of Lagos State.

Although some of the group members

supported the late General Musa Yar Adua

to emerge as President, I mobilised majority

of the members to support Abiola. After the

presidential primary, there was the issue of

choosing who becomes the vice presidential

candidate among Atiku Abubakar, Baba Gana

Kingibe and Pascal Bafyau but Kingibe was

later chosen. We had to mobilize support for

Abiola for the election. But there was a

problem when I saw General Ibrahim

Babangida’s body language, that he might not

relinquish power. I told Abiola about my

observation but he said Babangida was his

friend and that he had sought his view to

contest and he will go

ahead with the election.

But Arthur Nzeribe went

to court on the eve of the

poll to stop the June 12

election from holding. He

obtained a judgment to

that effect and that

judgment rattled Abiola

and he didn’t know what

to do. I swiftly went to

court with the late Richard

Babatunde Adejumo to

secure an order that the

election must hold and

nobody could stop it.

Justice Moshood

Olugbami of Lagos High

Court granted our

request. Abiola was very

pleased with the

judgment. I then went to

Abuja to meet the INEC

After the



was picked up

immediately by

security forces;

Abiola was also

picked up. At

that point, I had

to take off to

save my head

Chairman, Prof.

Humphrey Nwosu, to

serve the Election

Management Body

(EMB) the court

judgment. Eventually the election held and

that judgment was what gave Nigerians the

confidence to vote in the June 12 election. After

June 12, 1993, Nzeribe did not stop his efforts

to scuttle the election. He went back to court

in the night of June 13 to procure another

judgment that votes should not be counted

and that the election should be annulled. Then

events unfolded rapidly. Government

annulled the election on June 23 and some of

us who were close political associates of

Abiola urged Nigerians who had voted that

we should not accept the annulment. But

Abiola said no, that he will meet Babangida.

That is how we started the June 12 struggle.

We argued that 12 million voters had made

their choice and that, that choice must be

respected. The struggle forced Babangida to

step aside and put in place an interim

government headed by Chief Ernest

Shonekan. NADECO then came on the scene.

We had to call on Abiola to leave the country

so that the matter will not endanger his life

and he flew to London. Some of us went to

court and got a judgment that declared

Shonekan as an imposter and that he should

step aside. The Defence Minister in the

Shonekan government who had been left

behind by Babangida, General Sani Abacha,

took over government, met with some us in

the June 12 struggle and said he will hand

over government after six months. He went

ahead to persuade Abiola to come back home

from London, promising to hand over power

to him after six months. Abiola came back but

Abacha reneged on his promise. When

Abacha refused to hand over, we now

organised the Epetedo declaration a year after

the historic election, that is, June 12, 1994

when Chief Abiola addressed the nation. We

had a meeting of the Primrose Group at Jabita

Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos where all the prominent

members including Alebiosu, Senator Shitta-

Bey, Dr Wahab Dosumu and Prince Ademola

Adeniji Adele converged and deliberated on

a venue for the declaration. The venue became

an issue as many of the group members were

afraid and could not accept their location for

the declaration. Dr. Wahab Dosumu later

agreed to have it done at Epetedo which was

his area on Lagos Island. But the irony was

that most members of the group did not

appear at the venue citing the

possibility of being charged with

treasonable felony by the Abacha

government. When we informed

Abiola about our plan ahead of the

D-Day, he said a judge should be

there to swear him in. But on the

D-Day, we noticed that no judge

was present at the declaration

stand. Only Abiola, Dosumu,

Adeniji Adele, I and some people

we had mobilised were present.

After the declaration, Adeniji-

Adele was picked up immediately

by security forces; Abiola was also

picked up. At that point, I had to

take off to save my head. Wahab

Dosumu also fled to the US. But

from our hiding places, we

contributed to the struggle and

made sure that Abacha did not rule

successfully. And the struggle

continued until Abacha died. But

a serious blow to the struggle came

when Abiola was also killed in


Some analysts argue that,

instead of Abiola declaring himself as

President in the country and he got arrested,

it should have been done outside the country

to save his head?

He couldn’t have done that. Because when

he travelled to London, I went to see him and

we discussed at length. The British

government was so emphatic that he must not

declare himself as President there and must

not form a government in exile or else he will

be deported. The irony was that we, as a

pressure group, gave Abacha the go-ahead

to take over power from Shonekan. This was

after we had approached Shonekan to hand

over the power to Abiola and he refused

because he had begun to enjoy power. But

Abacha promised to hand over after six months

to Abiola but he reneged. At that point, the

Yoruba were seriously agitating that Abiola

should be made President.

25 years after the June 12, 1993 saga, the

Buhari administration last year recognised it

as Democracy Day as opposed to May 29.

Now it is a holiday and we are having the

first celebration this year. But some people

say it is a Greek gift. How do you feel about


It is a Greek gift like you rightly mentioned.

It was not done on the basis of sincerity. It

was a gimmick to get the Yoruba support. But

the Yoruba cannot be deceived because they

have been deceived enough. What we need

in this country is proper restructuring. Let’s

go back to the old system, the regional system

so that everybody will be free to develop at

his own pace; all the regions. The structure

we are running now is too expensive and

cannot work. Some regions are being slowed

down by the northern hegemony. All the roads

in this country are so bad especially in the

South. We don’t see the presence of the

Federal Government in this country because

all the revenue goes to the centre and they

now dole it out to states. And when states

collect the money, they sit down on it. The

money does not go down to local governments

whereas local governments are supposed to

provide most of the infrastructures like road,

electricity, water, health facilities and

education. It is not the duty of the Federal

Government to provide those things. Look at

the developed nations. In the US today,

California is richer than the Federal

Government and it is just a state. Many of our

local governments can, in fact, be richer than

the Federal Government if we allow them to


So June 12 is superior to May 29?

When they said May 29 was Democracy

Day, I was baffled. But they have two dates

now; May 29 as Inauguration Day and June

12 as Democracy Day. It is confusing. I think

they need to cancel May 29 and adopt June

12 for anything that has to do with democracy

celebrations. June 12 is Democracy Day for

all democrats who had struggled for true

democracy in this country and not for military

men in Agbada who fought against June 12

but now declaring June 12 as Democracy Day.

Although we have gotten recognition for

Abiola, the hero of democracy, that is not

enough. His family should be paid his

entitlements as a former President. If coup

plotters can be recognised as Heads of State,

then Abiola who won a free and fair election

should be recognised as an ex-President. The

family should be paid for his untimely death

because the state killed him. Even the family

members have not benefited after that

recognition. At least, one of his children

should be made a Minister or given a

prominent political appointment to show that

Abiola is well recognised. June 12 may have

been recognised but we have not actually

achieved democracy in this country. We still

have the militrio-cracy and not democracy:

Government of the military by the military

for the military. That means the Constitution

we are using now should be discarded. The

1999 Constitution was foisted on us by the


So we should at least be happy that

President Muhammadu Buhari recognised

June 12?

How can we be happy when those who

actually fought for June 12 are not in charge

of democracy? Those who are running our

democracy are people who are enemies of

democracy. What do you expect from such

people who are not democrats? When a wrong

driver drives your vehicle, he can’t take you

to your destination. Until we have the heroes

of democracy running our government, we

cannot get it right. Nobody can get into power

in this country if he doesn’t have money.

Politics has been heavily monetized. The

situation is so bad that it is either you must

be a miscreant, a thug carrying gun or a

money bag before you can get into power.

Good people are sidelined. Proper democracy

can be achieved only when people who don’t

have money can contest and win elective

positions. In those days, Alhaji Leteef Jakande

did not have money when he contested for

governorship in Lagos and he defeated the

late Adeniran Ogunsanya who was rich.

Market women contributed money for

Jakande’s election and he got party

endorsement. What we have now is a process

that encourages a god-father to sponsor you

knowing that you are going to steal and pay

back his investment. And the emoluments of

political office holders should be reduced

drastically to make the offices unattractive.

They should see parliament as a part-time

duty that lasts for only four years. It should

not be for life. Each of our lawmakers receives

more emoluments than Presidents of many

countries. Governance is very expensive in

this country.

Can this country be truly restructured?

We should go back to the old system when

powers resided with regions. What you have

belongs to you. Discard the 1999 Constitution

and let the states develop at their pace; after

all, this country is so blessed. All the states

are blessed with one mineral or the other. Each

has what it takes to develop. One region

cannot be a slave to another. We need to sit

down and renegotiate the way forward. If the

South can come together and talk with one

voice, we can get the power we want.

Unfortunately when we had the opportunity

through former President Jonathan, he did not

understand what is called power and the

enormity of the power in his hand. He

surrendered it effortlessly.

What is your message to true democrats in

this country?

My message is that we must strive to attain

democracy. We still have a long way to go.

Our destiny is in our hands. Nigerians should

rise up and be sensitive to the politics around

them and be involved in politics. They should

endorse candidates that will serve their

interest and not the candidates of god-fathers

and money bags.



I am looking forward

to ‘MKO Abiola Day’

— Olisa Agbakoba

By Chris Onuoha

Aformer President of the Nigerian

Bar Association (NBA) and human

rights activist, Dr Olisa

Agbakoba, SAN, is among those who

fought for the actualisation of the June

12, 1993 presidential election mandate of

Chief M.K.O. Abiola. In this interview,

Agbakoba speaks on how Nigeria can

deepen her democracy, among other


After 20 years of democracy in Nigeria,

what do you think we need to do to make

our democracy work?

The first thing we need to do is that we

need to hold a conversation about where

we want to go as a country. I am likening

Nigeria to a bad marriage where the

couple have to sit down and resolve what

is not working. We have to agree whether

this marriage of ethnic nationalities will

work or not. It can’t be by force. The

notion that Nigeria’s unity is not

questionable is wrong. It is not correct.

So we have to ask that question: ‘Do we

really want to have this country called

Nigeria?’ If no, let’s resolve how to

discuss issues. Yugoslavia as a nation

back then was split into six countries and

they are all doing very well in the

European Union now. The biggest test

and challenge for us is to say that the

policy by which Nigeria, a very fragile

country, is kept together by the fault of

ours is a wrong policy. It does not provide

for our democracy that the only reason we

are Nigerians is by force. If we remove

the force, how many people truly want to

be Nigerians? And then, if majority

choose not to be Nigerians, then we have

to ask, what is the number? I think we

all would like to be Nigerians after many

I am looking

forward to ‘MKO

Abiola Day’, like

you have the

Martin Luther

Day in January in

America. That

would be the

icing on the cake

when Abiola is


personally for the

struggle he led in


years of our marriage.

I think we need to rewind Nigeria and

that is what some people call

‘restructuring.’ I don’t like to call it that

name because it tells our northern

brothers that, maybe, people in the South

want to break Nigeria up. And if you

want to restructure, you must carry

everybody along. If you want a divorce, a

husband and wife must agree. The South

is making a mistake in frightening the

North about a new democratic experience

we want. So, all we want to do is to

relocate the power so that political zones

are strengthened, and when they are

strengthened, they become better

economic zones, and they can employ,

even to feed the entire Africa if the right

policies are in place.

Then the biggest thing for our

democracy is to ask ourselves, ‘Do we

really want to be in one country called

Nigeria?’ If the answer is no, then let us

quietly find a way to create a framework

to settle for different countries. But if the

answer is yes, we must address the issue

of imbalance in our federalism where the

centre is too strong and the competition

for power is too intense that all our blood

is soaked up in the centre. Once you have

presidential election, and whoever is the

winner takes all, the country stops. And

then, before we recover, it is another four

years. The energy in the presidential

election is costing us too much. Look at

the last election between Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar and President Muhammadu

Buhari that is still in court. After six

months, we have a decision to go to

Supreme Court, yet the country is not


I think the take home from our 20 years

of democracy is that we are not doing

well. Nigeria is one of the most backward

and poorest countries in the world, and


that is not good. We need to sing a new

song, but I think Nigeria is a country of

great talents but wasted because the

system does not allow the marriage to


The Federal Government has declared

June 12 as Democracy Day instead of

May 29, and the National Assembly has

passed a bill in that regard. As one of

those who fought for the actualization of

June 12, how do you feel now?

I feel very happy that it was declared.

It is an honour well deserved for MKO

Abiola, who was the symbol of the

democratic struggle. But what we just

hope is that by next year, rather than

call it June 12, and with recognition

personally to Abiola, I am looking

forward to ‘MKO Abiola Day’, like you

have the Martin Luther Day in

January in America. That would be the

icing on the cake when Abiola is

recognised personally for the struggle

he led in Nigeria.

Will it be right to celebrate true

Democracy Day in Nigeria looking at

the rising wave of insecurity in the


It is a challenge and so many

interlocking factors are involved. You

cannot take away the fact that the

economy is not doing very well. Job

creation is all time low, and

particularly in the North where

insecurity is very high; you have

millions of almajaris who are not in

school, who have no means of survival.

It is easy for them to be recruited into

these criminal behaviours we are

seeing. What one hopes in response to

government, first of all, to come out

with a new security architecture. To

deal with this insurrection is utmost

important. The security architecture

that we have this day clearly cannot

deal with these issues.

My point is, with the high level of

unemployment, people are idle and

easily recruited to look for trouble. So,

it is important that two things will

happen; first, government must really

do something about the economy. The

economy in not in the position to

encourage Nigerians to engage in

profitable and good behaviour.

Secondly, even the security

architecture - the army, police,

intelligence - are not in any way

modernised to deal with what is going

on. Our borders are porous. Al-Qaeda

that was formally in Libya when that

country broke up and went into crisis

came down to Mali and from there

entered into Nigeria. And Nigeria,

perhaps, is the most vulnerable

country for ISIS to operate. As soon as

their activities stopped in the Middle

East, Nigeria became the place they

now found solace. It also finds it very

easy to recruit cheap labour and these

guys go into violent behaviour and

they are ready to destroy. The response

from the security architecture is very


Don’t forget the fact that these are

very poorly paid people. So, the

willingness to respond to the security

challenge in the North is not there.

We need to focus on our economic

recovery programmes. Our GDP should

be at least 6 -10 percent a year and not at

1 percent. Our population has outgrown

our GDP. We are producing six million

new babies every year and that will not

work. What should happen is a complete

new thinking of how our economy will

work including our defence and security




Sacked democratic

institutions should

also be recognised

— Oba Kosoko

By Chris Onuoha

Oba Idris Oladele Kosoko,

Oniworo of Iworo Kingdom,

Lagos, was a House of

Representatives member (Badagry West)

in the 3rd Republic. While in parliament,

Kosoko was Chairman, House

Committee on Science and Technology.

The monarch, who is pleased with the

Federal Government’s recognition of

June 12 as Democracy Day as well as the

symbol of the 1993 presidential election,

the late Chief MKO Abiola, however, is

not happy with the arrangement that

excludes other democratic institutions

shut down by military intervention at that


He also speaks on the issues of security

and economy as the President continues

his second term in office.

His words: “I commend the manner in

which President Muhammadu Buhari

handled the issue of June 12. He

magnanimously approved Chief MKO

Abiola as president-elect arising from the

June 12 election and also recognises his

running mate, Babagana Kingibe, as vice


“To me, it is a good thing because that’s

what Nigerians are looking forward to.

The election was adjudged to be free and

fair with other democratic institutions

duly elected as well.

“To be candid, the lawmakers who

served in the 3rd Republic, and I am one

of them, should also be remembered and

given their allowances.

“In essence, if June 12 is now officially

recognised as Democracy Day, then all

the democratic institutions of June 12,

comprising the 3rd Republic senators and

Federal House members, should be

recognised too.

“These institutions made a huge

sacrifice and kept faith to sustain

Nigeria’s democracy before the process

was disrupted by the annulment”.

On security

Speaking on Buhari’s remark that

traditional rulers should take part of the

blame on the issue of insecurity in the

country, Kosoko said the President got it

all wrong.

Buhari had been quoted as saying:

“Traditional rulers are very close to the

grassroots and should be able to know

everyone in their domain and, as a result,

should be able to fish out criminals that

live among them”.

The monarch said: “Mr. President

wouldn’t have said that traditional rulers

have failed in the aspect of enforcing

security in the country.

“I am very sure he has not asked

traditional rulers who are not armed to

go out and face criminals on the street

knowing full well that kings do not carry

guns; meaning that a person who is asked

to protect somebody without protective

measures risks his life.

“Constitutionally, traditional rulers are

not allowed to carry guns; meanwhile

security agents detailed to us have been

•Oba Idris Oladele Kosoko


“In this case, a traditional ruler is as

vulnerable as his subjects. If the President

is now saying that traditional rulers have

the right to arrest criminals, our powers

are limited because the Nigerian

Constitution has not really defined the

role of traditional rulers; if I am being

compelled to get a criminal arrested, the

next thing I am expected to do is to take

him to the police station.

“Then the police will take him to court

where he may be granted bail. If that

person is freed through bail, there’s the

tendency that he will come back and

commit more crimes and, perhaps, this

time, severe, and he will definitely come

to hunt the person who took him to the

police or fingered his arrest.

“Many traditional rulers today are

suffering in the hands of kidnappers. Some

are robbed at gun point in their palaces or

while driving on the road.

“Herdsmen brazenly enter palaces and

threaten traditional rulers without fear.

Monarchs are also at the mercy of state

governors. All these come as a result of no

defined roles for traditional rulers in the


“I think it will be wise for Mr President to

give an order for the Constitution to be

amended to define the roles of traditional rulers

with adequate security provided for effective

community policing.

“That’s the only way traditional rulers will

be motivated to do a thorough job of security

within their domains and community at large.

“If the roles are not constitutional defined, I

am afraid there is nothing much traditional

rulers can do.

On toll plaza

“I am of the opinion that the issue of toll

plaza is not necessary especially now that the

country has so many things to do with limited


“I forwarded a bill to the 8th National

Assembly that was supposed to ratify the

issue of toll plaza in the country. The bill

is on the alternative to toll plaza.

“It comes in form of vehicle stickers that

will fetch the nation about N450 billion

annually. And the process will create job

opportunities for more about 10, 000 people

without disrupting vehicular movement.

“Looking at how former toll plazas were

dismantled after a short period of use, it does

make economic sense when government

channels the resources that should have been

used to bring back toll plazas to other

infrastructures that are begging for attention.

“And this in a way is a waste of tax payer’s

money and that’s what motivated my sending

the bill to the National Assembly for


“The bill has passed the first reading and

waiting for the second reading. However,

there’s been an impediment to that noble idea

from some lawmakers who say toll plazas

should be brought back on build and transfer

(BOT) basis.

“I see this as a way of taking us backwards

and allowing few people in government to

misuse public money. I advise Mr. President

to look inwards and consider what will benefit

the masses more, than leaving a legacy for his


Abiola’s family’s patriarch

and matriarch died for

democracy to thrive

—Okunniyi, June 12 Movement Convener

By Chris Onuoha

Comrade Wale Okunniyi, the

Convener of the June 12 Pro-

Democracy Movement of

Nigeria, speaks on the recognition of June

12 as Democracy Day.



Government has

recognised June 12 as

Democracy Day in

Nigeria. Do you see this

as an achievement for

the pro-democracy


It is a welcome

development for us in the prodemocracy

movement. It is a

right step in the right

direction and a first step

taken by government in the

recognition given to the

martyr and the prodemocracy

movement. So,

this is the first step to show

that civil rule holds in the

country. That is our

aspiration and ultimate goal.

We appreciate what

government has done. We

commend them and will likely give an

award on the recognition of Democracy

Day during the June 12 celebration.

Has the group really achieved what it

wants with the recognition of June 12 by


Recognition of June 12 as a Democracy

Day has not truly achieved our goals.

Although we have not

organised any rally in a

long while, in terms of the

right structure, the

strengthening of the

economic structure of the

country is a hurdle to be

crossed. I think what

government needs to do

now is to look at the

foundational structure of

the country that allows

Nigerians in their various

constituencies to bring

about the peoples’

Constitution which they

can hold and can also

translate to economic

prosperity. That is our

hope. ‘Hope 93’, as

conceived by the late Chief

MKO Abiola, was all about

mass prosperity and end to

poverty, but ever since,

poverty has increased. So,

if we have not achieved end to poverty,

then we have not achieved the aspiration

Their matriarch

and patriarch died

in that process for

us to have civil

rule. Nigeria must

be kind enough to

look after them

and must not

allow them to





of the winner of that election or the people

who voted. Our focus now is to ensure that

civil rule translates into the aspiration of

the people in the vanguard of that struggle

which is abolition of poverty for the

greatest number of the people of Nigeria.

Until democracy translates into

economic prosperity for the majority of

the people, government has not done

much recognising June 12. However, we

commend the first step they have taken to

recognise that election.

Can restructuring be a solution to the

problem of poverty?

Yes! We keep harping on constitutional

restructuring. When we talk about that,

we mean Nigerians should be given the

Constitution of their own as against the

1999 Constitution that came as Decree

24 of 1999 and imposed on the people.

Nigerians should be able to drive a

constitutional restructuring which they

can call their own. Constitutional

restructuring is an essential key to getting

into a prosperous democracy. And when

people have prosperous democracy, they

have a sense of belonging. There won’t be

incidents of kidnapping, militancy and

Boko Haram. If you look at the 1989

Constitution, it was the deepest we have

ever gone in terms of producing a

political process but, at the end of the day,

it was annulled. It did not see the light of

day. They doctored the people’s

resolution. So, if we must do something

about it, if we must move forward, we need

peace and stability to have prosperity. If

there is no peace, there will be no security

and there cannot be economic prosperity.

Some people spoke about paying

compensation to the Abiola family.

Do you agree?

We have consistently made a case for

that in the last 26 years. It is a yearly

thing. If you come to our event this year

at the MKO Abiola Pro-democracy

Centre, you will hear it again. We have

always said that the family that made a

huge sacrifice for us to have democracy

should really be well compensated. They

should be looked after because their

businesses were ruined in that process.

Their matriarch and patriarch died in

that process for us to have civil rule.

Nigeria must be kind enough to look after

them and must not allow them to suffer.

They have continued to suffer inwardly

because of democratic struggle in this


They should be compensated beyond

award and recognition. Nigeria has to do

something for the children, wives and

family members who Abiola used to cater

for so that they do not continue to suffer.

This can come in terms of appointments,

strengthening their businesses or any

other means of giving them some sense

of belonging. We have made that point in

terms of awareness and other means and

wish that government that recognised

their patriarch’s struggle will not relent.


2023: Buhari agrees

Igbo can be President

— Okoloagu, retired general

• ‘I used my pension to start AC’

By Chinedu Adonu

General Joseph Okonkwo

Okoloagu (ret.) is a chieftain

of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in Enugu State. In

2015, Okoloagu contested the

senatorial election to represent Enugu

North on the platform of the party. In

this interview, he speaks on the

security challenges facing the nation,

his expectations from the Buhari

administration and the desire of the

Igbo to lead the nation in 2023.


We have had 20 years of

uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria.

How far do you think we have gone

in our quest for infrastructural


Even though this year my party

didn’t progress and we also had low

key inauguration of the President, I

believe we have every cause to

celebrate and thank God.

I must confess that there have been

ups and downs since 1999 but like

former President Olusegun Obasanjo

used to say, democracy is better than

military regime. l concur even though

I am a military man. We have not gotten

it right but it is better than ‘militocracy’

because in ‘militocracy’, you don’t

have checks and balances where,

sometimes, you have to fight and agree

to disagree.

l don’t want to sound partisan but

there was a time you walk along the

streets and picked gold

but you didn’t invest.

Now, no matter how we

criticize Muhammad

Buhari, it seems he is

giving us a direction.

Nigeria now has a

direction to achieve her

objectives. If you have

a vision, there is no way

you can accomplish the

vision without a

mission. We seem to be

having a mission now

even though it’s not

enough. One thing that

has become a problem

is insecurity. We had 16

years under PDP

during which we had

petrol dollars in

abundance. But it was

a period of reckless

thievery. I like to refer

to two cases in the

South-East where road

infrastructure and the Second Niger

Bridge have been campaign promises

since 1999. But whether this

administration completes the Second

Niger Bridge project or not, the project

is gradually becoming a reality.

Meanwhile, road infrastructure is

crucial to any form of economic

development because if you produce

something and you don’t have the road

infrastructure to transport it, it’s even

better if you have not produced


He has always

admitted that

what is good for

the goose is also

good for the

gander. And he

doesn’t see why

an lgbo man

cannot be

President in 2023

But if the present government

continues the way they are doing on

power and road infrastructure, l think

we have a direction. And l can tell you

that the insecurity we are grappling

with is consequent upon the large scale

youth unemployment.

What are your expectations from the

second term of the Buhari


Naturally, we expect him to build on

the foundation he has laid in his first

term. I have talked about power and

road among other infrastructures. The

one I am passionate about as an lgbo

man is the Second Niger Bridge. This

is a project on which promises have

been made by politicians since 1999

and nothing happened. But now the

Buhari regime is doing it.

I don’t want to go into the political

aspect of it but if there is any Nigerian

leader who has been kind to lgbo, it is

President Buhari. I can say that

without any apologies.

You are a retired general. How do

you think we can resolve the

insecurity bedevilling the nation?

Honestly speaking, it boils down to

the issue l raised about the joblessness

of the majority of our youths who are

hungry and must eat whether they

have to do armed robbery or

kidnapping or insurgency. That is why

l said there was a time in this country

when you walked on the streets and

you picked gold and that gold you

picked was not

invested. Now we are

criticising. I believe

that in the second

coming of Buhari, he

has to improve on the

security architecture.

We must not forget

the fact that the boys

who have been there

for the past four years

have been wonderful.

l don’t want to sound

selfish but l

personally want to

praise the Chief of the

Army Staff under

whose watch Nigeria

was able to recover 14

local governments

from Boko Haram. It

is just unfortunate

that in the military

you can’t go when the

ovation is high; it is

left for the

government that puts

you there to decide. So the young man

has tried. There are so many young

people in the military and the Buhari

administration has to tinker with the

security architecture. Look for capable

people to appoint and even in

advanced countries, when you have

this kind of humiliating situation, you

bring back the people who have played

in the system before. Some of us were

in the military, keeping peace before.

We have been solving other people’s

problems and we can’t solve our own.

It doesn’t look good at all.

How feasible is lgbo presidency in


January 2018 was the last time l met

with President Buhari when the caucus

of South-East APC went to Aso Rock

to see him and extract commitment and

support for lgbo presidency in 2023

and, in fairness to him, he was open.

Why not? He has always admitted that

what is good for the goose is also good

for the gander. And he doesn’t see why

an lgbo man cannot be President in

2023. Now, having said that, let’s talk

about the reality. Those of us who

moved from AC to ACN and now to

APC know that it is not that l hated

the popular party of my kinsmen but

you can’t put all your eggs in one

basket, and that’s why we have not

been able to get it right. If the lgbo

want a party of their own, they should

invest in a particular party and let it

control most of the states where we

have influence, just like the Yoruba

did. But you can say APGA today,

tomorrow we are in PDP. There is no

direction and you and l are talking

about lgbo presidency in 2023. Even

sickness has period of gestation.

I have looked at it politically,

maturely, militarily and what have you,

it’s very doubtful but democracy is a

game of numbers. You don’t do ethnic

politics like the Yoruba have done, the

Hausa have done.

So if the Igbo feel they are strong in

the PDP, let them give us an lgbo PDP

candidate just like we the lgbo in APC

are going to request. If we get it, good

but what is even the guarantee that

we will make it at the end of the day?

Are we going to have the support of

the people because some people carry

PDP as if it’s a birth right and that has

not helped us? One of the things that pain

me in election happened in 2015 when l

made it clear to my people that if we don’t

get into the Senate and the House of

Representatives, you have to lobby for

appointment and that appointment is of

no use because you are appointed at the

pleasure of the man who appointed you.

But if l, Gen. Okoloagu, is a senator today

and l stand on the red carpet, the floor of

the Senate and say ‘this is what l want’, l

must pursue it. You cannot as an appointee

get up and tell the man who appointed

you that you want transformer for your

people. Are you the one that appointed him

or he that appointed you? So, our people

•General Joseph

Okonkwo Okoloagu (ret.)

are getting it completely wrong, and that

is the tragedy of lgbo politics. 2023, l don’t

know but all of us in APC are interested in

Igbo presidency. If at the primaries we are

able to present Igbo candidate, it’s not only

the Igbo in APC that will vote for him while

the rest will lobby.

And those of them who came from the

PDP to APC, l thought they were coming

to build the party if they had brought their

followers, unless they don’t have followers,

because l know the heavy weights that

defected from PDP to APC.

The structure of Accord Party, AC, was

my personal effort. I used my pension to

start AC (in Enugu) and sustained it from

AC to ACN and from ACN to APC. I

thought my relief had come. But did we

fare better in 2019 than we did 2015 when

we didn’t have them? It is not as if l

don’t want lgbo presidency in 2023 but

one thing l know is that the

Constitution makes democracy a game

of numbers. So we must fight for it. I

would love to see lgbo president in my

lifetime. But you cannot desire something

without working for it. All I am telling the

lgbo is to work for it and we will get it.

What is your take on restructuring?

We don’t have a choice over

restructuring. This country must be

restructured. And restructuring has

commenced. Now you can see fiscal

independence of local governments’

autonomy which is one of the key legs of

restructuring. APC is for restructuring

which has started but what Nigerians

should not ask from APC is the military

form of restructuring. State police? I am

for it. With time we will get there. There

was a time l used to disagree with people

on the killings in the North where they said

Christians were being killed. How many

Christians are there? All I am saying is

that state police must be established.

Your kinsman Governor lfeanyi

Ugwuanyi was inaugurated for the

second time on May 29. What is your

advice to him?

Hon. lfeanyi Ugwuanyi should continue

whatever thing he is doing that he

considers good for his people and

those things he has not addressed his

mind to which his people want. He

should take road infrastructure.

Okoloagu Street at Independence

Layout, it was former Governor Chime

that graded it but erosion has taken

over now. These are some of the things

we want the state government to do

for us because we pay tax.



How oil-rich Warri will

take what rightfully

belongs to it from Abuja

— Ereyitomi, Reps member-elect




Chief Thomas Ereyitomi is the House of Representatives memberelect

for Warri Federal Constituency, Delta State. Ahead of the

inauguration of the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Akatigbi-

Ayeola of Warri Kingdom (a.k.a. Ojogbojo) and Chairman of Tomba

Resources Limited, a key player in the downstream sector of the oil industry,

speaks on his plans for his oil-rich Warri constituency.

How do you feel about your victory at

the polls?

It is a call to serve my people and the

huge votes I got in the election show that

the people wanted me to represent them

this time around. But I have a message for

them. They should stand solidly behind

me. That unity of purpose irrespective of

our ethnic differences is what is going to

transform Warri Federal Constituency. If

we are not united, we will not move

forward. On my part, I am going to relate

with them and ensure that their inputs are

taken into consideration in whatever we do at

the House of Representatives.

You contested the election with other

persons who lost. What is your message to


My message to them is that we should all

work together as one. Take for example my

predecessor, Hon. Daniel Reyenieju, I think he

should share those experiences he has gathered

over the years with me in order to move our

constituency forward. There should not be a

lacuna, government is a continuum. I am

ready to continue from where he stopped. I am

ready to work with and involve everyone,

including Eyengho. We are all brothers. The

project we have at hand today is no longer

about a political party or me. After an election,

partisan politics is over; what follows is politics

of development. Let us all come together so

that we can share ideas that can make Warri

Federal Constituency great. Election is all

about contest and, in every contest, a winner

must emerge; and now that I have emerged, it

behoves on others to join hands with me to

move the constituency forward. I can’t do it


Generally, when you look at the 2019

general elections which produced you, do you

give INEC a pass mark?

Yes. INEC deserves a pass mark in the conduct

of a credible election in my area. For instance,

in my area, because I can only talk comfortably

about my area where I was a key player,

materials were delivered on time, elections

took place peacefully and timely, collations

were done timely and results were announced

on time. So in terms of preparation and

conduct of the elections in my area, INEC did

its best because it has never been like that

before. In the past, it was the day of election

that you deploy materials from Ogbe-Ijoh to

Escravos and other areas. But in 2019,

materials left for Ogbe-Ijoh the day before

election. This shows a high level of

preparedness on the part of INEC and that

helped in the delivery of credible election in

my constituency. And because materials went

early and elections were done early, we did not

witness delay in the announcement of results.

What is going to be your focus in the

National Assembly?

When I get to Abuja, the first thing I intend to

do is to constructively engage our people

because I am going there to truly represent

them. I am going to take their needs and inputs

to Abuja. We have a lot of abandoned projects

in Warri Federal Constituency being executed

by NDDC, DESOPADEC and the Federal

Government. In my own little way, I will

ensure that these projects are given proper

attention. For example, the Koko/Ogheye

road is a project that is very dear to the

Itsekiri and the Ijaw. The Omadino/

Escravos road is also important to our

people. These are ongoing projects that

are not adequately funded. So it’s

necessary that these projects are

adequately funded so that our areas can

be opened. These are key projects that I

will ensure are completed under my

tenure. And I will also ensure that we have

a standard Constituency Office in Warri,

where our people can access me, because

it is not everybody that can go to Abuja.

Above all, we are going to have regular

town hall meetings with all the ethnic

nationalities in Warri Federal Constituency

because we have the Itsekiri, the Ijaw, the

Urhobos and other residents in this place and

we need to get in touch with them regularly so

that they too can participate in what we are

doing in Abuja.

Using Warri Federal Constituency as a case

study, are you satisfied with the living

conditions of your people?

I am not satisfied, but that does not mean

that a lot has not been done. In life, everybody

wants to get the best but the best cannot come

at one time. However, we will continue to

improve on what we have on ground and

strengthen government agencies around to

ensure that the much needed development in

the constituency is achieved.

One of the major problems

we have is the absence of

multinational oil companies

in Warri. They all left. And

economic activities have

slowed down because of

internal crises that we had.

These are key issues we need

to address. One of the things

we also want to do is to ensure

that this environment is

peaceful because it is only

when the environment is

peaceful that investors will

come around and companies

that left will return.

Are you going to interface

with some of these

companies that fled Warri

to persuade them to come


These are some of the

things we are talking about.

We are going to interface

with them. Take for example

Chevron, they are not doing

much here. Their major

operations are done in Lagos

and Escravos and it is not

everybody that has the opportunity to go to

Lagos or Escravos. Escravos is operating a

close network and even Escravos residents

cannot even access the facility. So to do business

becomes very difficult and it is affecting Warri

and so we need that engagement with Chevron.

Shell still has small operations here and even

NPDC doesn’t have investments here because

they are operating in Benin. It does not make

sense because the idea was for them to occupy

all these places, but they are not doing that. So

this is why we need to have an engagement

with them to see how they can come back to

Warri fully because if they operate here, the

environment will be better for everybody.

You are a key player in the Niger Delta.

Are you impressed with the performance

of the NDDC so far?

No. In our area, NDDC has not done

anything. Our people have not felt the

impact of NDDC and this is part of the things

we need to take up because the idea is that

these agencies should develop oil producing

communities. I will give you an example.

There is this shore protection contract in

Ugborodo that they have awarded several

times. Today, the contractor has abandoned

the project because he has not been paid.

That is the only tangible project embarked

upon by NDDC that the Ugborodo people

can see, yet that it has been abandoned. And

when you look at Delta State, the Itsekiri

are the highest producers of oil and gas,

followed by the Ijaw, the Urhobo and the

rest. All these agitations you are seeing

would not have been if

NDDC was doing its

work. Oil companies

are being attacked

because they are the

only ones they are

seeing. So NDDC has

I think the major

area the oil

companies have

failed our people is

the area of

employment. Our

people need to be

employed into these

companies and I

think they should

look into this area

not done anything in our

area and we are going

to engage them to let

know them know that

they have work to do.

This is one of the issues I

am going to take up

because the only way we

are going to have peace

in this area is for NDDC

to do what they are

supposed to do. The

pressure should not go

to the oil companies

because the oil

companies are

contributing to the

NDDC. The Federal

Government through

the supervisory ministry

should be able to compel

NDDC to do what they

are supposed to do. They

also have to look at what

NDDC is doing with the funds they are

releasing to them. They also need to ask the

NDDC where they are doing these projects.

These are the things we are supposed to do

and, for us to do these, we need people who

have the interest of the Niger Delta at heart

to take charge of these intervention

agencies. The problem we have here is lack

of development. You cannot go to Abuja and

come back here and be happy.

What is your advice to the youths

spearheading the Niger Delta struggle?

My advice to our youths is that they need

to be careful and find out other means of

managing these problems so that there

can be peace because if they continue to

mount pressure on these companies and

they leave, we are going to suffer the

consequences. More of these agitations

are supposed to go to the government

because NDDC, for example, is an agency

under government. DESOPADEC is an

agency of the state government, so more

of these agitations are supposed to go to

government. The oil companies are doing

their part, they are paying their tax,

royalties and others, and they are also in

partnership with the Federal Government

on these projects, including the funding of

NDDC and other interventionist agencies.

So you feel the oil companies on their

own part are doing enough?

I think the major area the oil companies

have failed our people is the area of

employment. Our people need to be

employed into these companies and I think

they should look into this area. Apart from

this, oil companies, for instance, Chevron is

doing well in terms of corporate social

responsibility because Chevron is funding

the Global Memorandum of Understanding

on yearly basis. Chevron has GMoU with

about 23 communities and if you go to the

communities, it is those projects initiated

under the initiative that you see. I am glad

to note that Shell is trying to borrow a leaf

from that. But like an Oliver Twist, we are

always asking for more.

Are you satisfied with the

implementation of the local content law

in the oil industry?

The only thing we can say about the local

content law is that it has been able to

discourage a lot of expatriates, who come

to take our jobs. With the local content, no

expatriate can come and take a contract

that the local contractors can handle. But

one thing it has not been able to solve is

that a company in Kano and other states

can come to Delta and take away contracts

meant for local contractors. So in the real

sense of it, the local content law has not

been effective in implementation. But then

a system is all about improvement and we

need to improve on it. The first thing is

that it has been able to keep some jobs for

Nigerians to do. But deep down, we also

have to ensure that it provides jobs for the

locals too.

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The Fulani o



world now


he country is virtually held by the

Tjugular by security challenges. What

in your opinion is responsible for this dismal

state of things?

Successive governments, right from the

military era, have slept on duty on several

issues including the security of the country.

During the military, there was more concern

for securing military dictatorships than

securing the lives and property of ordinary

citizens. The different fault lines and

grievances of citizens and constituent parts

were ignored. The country has always been

about an iniquitous tribal trinity of Yoruba,

Igbo and Hausa Fulani. The unholy trinity has

continued to ignore grievances from other

citizens leading to the insecurity we see today.

Unrest and insecurity in the oil producing

areas including agitations over resource

control and restructuring was poorly read by

our leaders. Boko Haram when it started was

reduced to illiteracy levels in north-eastern

Nigeria and when Fulani herdsmen decided

to graze their cattle forcefully spilling blood

in all parts of the country, our leaders

acquiesced and took decisions that showed

clearly that between the cow and human life,

they had no hesitation to rate the cow over

the life and property of the citizen. We are

reading the situation differently all because

our value system is skewed. The one fighting

for resource control is not putting the country

first, same for the iniquitous tribal trinity, Boko

Haram and Fulani herdsmen. The Federal

Government that would have stepped into the

gap to correct the situation and reassure

citizens is inept and has acquiesced in several

instances and thus losing the trust of citizens.

Our security architecture is skewed and there

are so many ungoverned spaces in the country

to a point we can describe Nigeria as a failed


How is this related to the herdsmen


Fulani herdsmen were listed by the Global

Terror Index as one of the top four deadly

terror rings in the world. They have an

international ‘vigilante’ active in every West

African country called Tabita Pulaaku. In

Nigeria, the Udawa were in the vanguard of

the first Fulani people to bear arms. As a

transhumance group, the Udawa possibly

infiltrated criminals and turned against their

kith and kin in the country and were also the

first to start the business of cattle rustling as

far back as General Sani Abacha’s time as

Head of State. Records show that current

President Muhamadu Buhari recognized the

security challenge posed by the Udawa while

heading the Petroleum Trust Fund, yet what

the Nigerian military did was to push the

Udawa from states like Gombe to parts of the

Middle Belt normally considered as

‘wastelands’ by the core North. The Fulani of

We cannot also

allow the Fulani of

the whole world to

hide under the

ECOWAS Protocol

on Free Movement

and Transhumance

to indiscriminately

graze by use of

force across


borders in

West Africa

Nigeria — A

•Explains how ‘unholy trinity’ of Ha

By Ben Agande, Kaduna

Zacharys Anger Gundu is a professor of archaeology at A

Governing Council of Benue State University, Makurdi. He

interview, Gundu speaks on the dangers constituted by herds

the polity.

Nigeria have continued to take the country as

home for the Fulani of the whole world using

the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement

and Transhumance as a shield to move

indiscriminately to graze cattle by use of force

in the country. In parts of West Africa and

Nigeria, these herdsmen are affiliated to

Jihadi movements and have access to military

grade weapons because of our very porous

borders. For every official land border we

have, there are about 17 illegal land borders

through which illegal armed herdsmen or

their agents enter the country with weapons.

President Muhamadu Buhari has repeatedly

admitted that some of these people come from

as far as Libya. They respect neither

boundaries and territorial jurisdictions nor

private property. They are vengeful and

responsible for maniacal killings including

robberies and kidnappings. In 2016 or so,

Governor El Rufai of Kaduna, according to

reports, had to search for their ring leaders in

neighbouring West African countries to give

them huge amounts of money to stop

attacking communities in his state. This did

not work. Only a few weeks ago, the Federal

Government, in a parley with one Fulani

group, reportedly offered them the incredible

sum of 100 billion naira to enable the group

restrain the Fulani of the whole world in their

‘war’ against the country. Government has

also told us they will establish a radio station

for the Fulani where ONLY Fulfude will be

language of the station. The point is that there

is a nexus between insecurity and rural

banditry in the country and Fulani herdsmen

and the Federal Government is taking steps

that seem to be emboldening the herdsmen

more and more.

What do you think government did wrong

or is not doing correctly?

Several things have been done wrongly. You

cannot secure a country as complex as Nigeria

using a unitary template. We must restructure

to allow the component parts a viable role in

the security of the country and in building a

sense of nationhood in the citizenry. You can

also not secure this country except you know

who is a Nigerian and who is not. As argued

before, our borders are too porous and a

situation where somebody walks into Nigeria

from Chad or Niger; stays in Kano, Zaria,

Sokoto or Katsina for five years and becomes

more Nigerian than somebody from another

state who has been there for more than 20 years

is unacceptable. We must know who is a

Nigerian and who is not to be able to secure

the country. We cannot also secure the country

with skewed security architecture. Talking of

things we are doing incorrectly, there are also

many. We do not seem to be fighting insecurity

with good intelligence. Do we know who and

who are sponsoring these acts of insecurity

and criminality in the country? What

intelligence do we have on them? If we had

good intelligence, we would not have ‘killed’

Shekau for the many times we have ‘killed’

him. With good intelligence, we would have

caught somebody like Gana in Benue by now.

We cannot also be fighting rural banditry

using conventional strategies, whether in

Zamfara or the North East or the Delta area.



‘How NNPC ‘whistle blower’

was prematurely retired’

*Rivers youths beg Buhari to recall her

f the whole

at ‘war’ with

BU Professor

usa-Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba compromises security

hmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is also the Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the

had spoken extensively in the past on the security challenges in the country. In this

men and other criminalities in the country. He also speaks on other developments in

Records show that the

current President

Muhamadu Buhari

recognized the

security challenge

posed by the Udawa

while heading the

Petroleum Trust Fund

Those responsible for the insecurity in these areas

normally fade into the local population, and taking

helicopter gunships to indiscriminately bomb these

places is not the correct thing to do. It will be wrong

to go after any one bad Nigerian and put other

innocent Nigerians at risk. In other instances, our

security agencies have also compromised as in when

they are found to have opened their armouries and

sold arms and ammunitions to criminal gangs. We

have also not made very good use of our forests.

Many of our forests, including Sambisa,

Kuyambana and Kumuku, have been taken over by

criminal gangs, herdsmen and Boko Haram.

Government is not thinking of securing these forests

and developing the huge potentials of the forests in

terms of non-wood forest resources (NWFR).

What do you think should be done to ameliorate

the situation in Zamfara and Katsina?

When the other parts of the country, especially

central Nigeria, were burning, people thought the

situation was not urgent and threatening enough.

President Muhamadu Buhari, in one of his parleys

with leaders from Benue, told them casually to go

and learn to live with their neighbours. If today

we ask the people of Katsina and Zamfara to go and

learn to live with their neighbours, we will come

across as callous and not sensitive. We will not do

that. Instead we will urge all of us to appreciate the

fact that we face a national problem that is

threatening and can, if not resolved urgently,

consume all of us. We cannot allow criminals to take

over our rural areas. We cannot also allow the Fulani

of the whole world to hide under the ECOWAS

Protocol on Free Movement and Transhumance to

indiscriminately graze by use of force across

international borders in West Africa. We must

accept the Benue template of ranching. Pastoralism

is an obsolete way of life and we must look the Fulani

in the face and tell them the game is up. Livestock

production must be regulated because it is good

practice to do so. We must also restructure and

give states a viable role in securing their boundaries

through state police.

In one of your lectures, you alluded to the fact of

‘useful idiots’ being relied upon by those who are

bent on dividing Benue along tribal lines. Can you

expatiate on this?

When I used this first in one of my public

lectures, people thought I was just being

abusive. But the truth is I was responsible in

my use of words. In espionage and spy

vocabulary, the ‘useful idiot’ is one used by the

enemy to hurt his own people. The Fulani have

a heritage of statecraft which many

underestimate. A people who came from

pastoralist background to upstage the Hausa

people who were hundreds of years using only

religion and herdsmen with swords, bows

and arrows can do much more now with

military grade weapons. People forget that they

have perfected the manipulation of political

Islam and the game of divide and rule. When

a senator leads a delegation of political

leaders from his state to President

Muhamadu Buhari to absolve Fulani

herdsmen of responsibility in the killings

even when Fulani groups have claimed

responsibility, it becomes clear that a ‘useful

idiot’ has been recruited and is playing the

role of a Fulani pawn on the chess board of

the Nigerian project. Many of these are in

place acting against their own in favour of the

Fulani. They are looking for favours and think

the only way to get them is to pander to what

the Fulani want no matter how unreasonable.

President Olusegun Obasanjo recently

raised the issue of Fulanisation of the country.

Do you agree with him?

Yes, I agree with him and, in all fairness to

the discourse on the national question,

President Obasanjo is not the first to draw

our attention to this. He may only be the

first prominent Nigerian to do this. Only

last year, I articulated how the Fulani of

the whole world were trying to take

Nigeria as a preferred home. They have

continued to choke every state of this

country demanding grazing reserves and

grazing routes for their cattle and

livestock. The idea is to have these

reserves for the Fulani of the whole world

to enable them begin staking

usufractuary rights over these lands.

They are coming by stealth and blood just

as they took Hausa land. We must be

vigilant. In all places without exception,

they have come from outside to kill and

displace, they have settled on others

ancestral lands and are renaming these

places. What can this be if not


How does state police fit into this


State police will give states a more

viable role in national security. States

will have more control and will move

faster in situations of security breaches.

For now without state police, governors

are toothless. They cannot bite. The police

which are federal take orders from the

centre and, in many instances, ignore the

position of states on security matters.

Even if the President continues holding

up the size of the stomach of his Inspector

General of Police as a sign of hard work,

other states may have their yard stick to

show how much work their state police chiefs

are doing.

Some youths in Rivers State have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari,

begging him to order the recall of Mrs. Esther Nnamdi Ogbue, a former

Managing Director of NNPC Retail Ltd.

Acting under the auspices of the Okpontakasi Youth Vanguard, the youths, in

their letter to the President, dated 30th May, 2019 and titled, ‘Case of Premature

Retirement of Mrs Esther Nnamdi Ogbue, former MD NNPC Retail Ltd’, asserted

that Mrs. Ogbue was retired prematurely for a matter she was investigated and

absolved of any wrong doing.

They recalled, in the letter signed by their National President, Prince Jovan J.I,

that sometime in 2017, there was a case of diversion of petroleum products belonging

to the NNPC by one of the oil distribution contractors of the company.

A report of the incident, according to them, was made to the EFCC, DSS and

other relevant government agencies by Mrs. Ogbue.

They alleged that after due investigation, the contractor was found culpable and

compelled to remit over N2billion to the account of the NNPC. The group further

claimed that the National Assembly also conducted an investigative hearing into

the disappearance of the products and recommended that Mrs Ogbue should be

recalled from suspension while the EFCC and DSS did not indict her in their


They regretted that instead of commending Mrs. Ogbue’s patriotic action, she

was prematurely retired from the services of the company and requested the President

to recall her in the interest of fairness, equity and justice. “Mrs. Ogbue should

not suffer for her whistle blowing efforts”, they added.

Cars get free diagnosis in Ondo

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

CAR owners have benefitted from free diagnostic service provided by Enison Vehicle

Diagnostic Centre at its inauguration in Akure, Ondo State capital.

Also, 20 vehicles were washed free of charge at the official commissioning of Crystal

Cleaners, an arm of the business venture located at Oba- Ile, Akure

The Managing Director, Enenison Investment, Dr. Benson Enikuomehin, said the motivation

to set up the ultra-modern car wash and cleaning outfits was sequel to “my passion

to make Nigeria a better place by creating opportunities for job seekers and professionals

with requisite training”.

Enikuomehin said the facility has seven boreholes which pump over 80,000 gallons of

water per day.

“The water being used for washing cars is treated and 12 cars can be washed simultaneously”,

he said.

“We also do diagnosis and these services come to you in a very relaxed atmosphere”.

The MD added that the outfit houses a barbing facility, a barbeque amongst other things.

The chairman of the occasion, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, described Enikuomehin as a multi -

talented man.

Olafeso, who is the South-West Vice Chairman of the PDP, said “no society can change

except the people decided to use their heads and hands”.

He advised Nigerians to begin to act now as “no nation can develop without small and

medium enterprises”.

The PDP leader applauded the initiative, saying it is a welcome development.

NGO seeks funding to provide boreholes in villages

By Demola Akinyemi

The Coordinator of Grassroots Aid Initiative, a non-governmental organization with

concern for rural development and enlightenment, Dr Kehinde Kadiri, has canvassed for

funding from well-meaning Nigerians to enable the NGO meet the growing needs of rural

dwellers for potable water.

Kadiri said the NGO has executed borehole projects to provide water for four rural

communities in two states.

Speaking at a Women2girl Empowerment Summit to boost self-esteem among secondary

school students in Ilorin, Kadiri said funds for the borehole projects, including some of

its other programmes in Kwara and Oyo states, were sourced from donors through social

media advocacy.

The Coordinator, who is also a mass communication lecturer at University of Ilorin, said

the water projects were sited at Ago-Oja in Asa Local Government, Kwara State and commissioned

in May 2017, and Asileke and

Elewuro, both in Surulere LGA, Oyo State.

She said that the fourth project is ongoing, adding that it is located at Aiyekale in Orire

LGA, Oyo State.

She said, “When we started visiting the villages to assess their water needs, some of them

were reluctant to supply information. Those who supplied information are the ones we are

attending to now. But you know the Nigerian factor. The news spread, so the villages are the

ones begging us to provide water for them now.

“So we need huge funds from well meaning Nigerians to solve these problems. Those who

trusted us with their money have seen what we have done with their money and we want to

do much more.”

On how she gets assistance for the water projects, Kadiri said she always put rural water

challenge in a particular community on social media platforms, convince people on the

problems and then solicit for funds.

Egone urges support for Okowa/Otuaro

Achieftain of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, in Ughelli North

Local Government Area and member of Delta State Advisory and

Peace Building Council, Chief Patrick Egone, has called on Deltans to

support the government of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in order to move the state

forward in his second term in office.

He made the appeal in a statement yesterday at Ughelli, while congratulating

Governor Okowa and his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro on their successful swearing

in for second term, noted that government is a collective responsibility of both

the governing and governed, and that is why all stakeholders in Delta State must

work in unison for the growth and development of the state.

Chief Egone also commended Governor Okowa for appointing former Finance

Commissioner, Mr. David Edevbie as Chief of Staff and for the prevailing peace

and security in the state, noting that both Governor Okowa and his deputy,Otuaro

had done well in the last four years.

Egone expressed optimism that the next four years of Governor Okowa will be for

consolidation, improvement, sustainable human and infrastructural development

and legacy imprint.

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How Women Pay For Fashion With Their Health!

Do you suffer from a

cricked neck, aching

back or noisy knees?

If you do, don’t immediately

blame your office chair or an

over-enthusiastic gym session

– it could be down to the clothes

you wear. Tight trousers and

pencil skirts can damage muscles

and joints as much as high

heels and heavy bags, leaving

you in pain. Below a renowned

chiropractor, Tim Hutchful,

highlights the worst wardrobe


Pencil Skirt: The problem

with straight-sided, slim-fitted

skirts is that they clamp your

knees together, making it difficult

to balance and bend.

Squatting to pick something

up from a lower drawer or shelf

becomes too difficult too. The

best way to crouch safely is to

bend the knees. But in a pencil

skirt, your movement is limited.

Over time, the damage

and strain can become cumulative

– you might no feel anything

straight away, but if you

wear tight skirts regularly, you

could be setting yourself up for

a pulled muscles or even disc


Heavy necklace: The muscles,

tendons and joints of the

neck struggle to cope with the

strain of balancing the 10lb to

12lb weight of the average

head (equivalent to five bags

of sugar) all day, so adding t

heavy necklace can tip the balance.

Anything that pulls the

neck forwards or backwards

tips the head away from its

point of neutral balance. This

can create neck tension, pain

and damage, and long-term

could encourage a slouched

posture with damaging consequences

for the back.

Girdle: If it’s not too tight,

and contains plenty of Lucra,

support underwear can have a

surprisingly beneficial effects

because it can act like the compression

clothing that top ath-

letes wear to improve performance

by increasing blood and

lymphatic flow. However,

wedge yourself into something

too constricting and you could

be in trouble. Not only will

shape-wear restrict breathing

but, if it is tight enough to limit

movement in the middle of your

body, it will put abnormal loads

on parts of the spine. If you

restrict movement in one part of

the spine, something has to

compensate. This can trigger

pain and ultimately damage the

upper or lower back.

High Heels: Wearing heels

too often can be bad for your feet

and bad for your back. As well

as triggering hammer toes and

bunions, heels can cause the calf

muscles to shorten, which can

lead to circulation problems,

knee damage and back pain. To

minimise damage, keep highheel

time short; wear trainers

when walking to and from work

and stick to a small heel when

possible. Also, alternative your

shoe wardrobe, wearing different

shoes (and heel heights)


Halter-neck top: A halterneck

bra, bikini, or tightly fitted

top can pull the neck forward

particularly, if the strap

around your neck has to support

a large or heavy bust.

The strain on your neck will

create muscle tension and can

pull you in to a highly damaging

form of posture called

‘anterior carriage’ where the

neck sticks forwards on the

body, with the shoulders

rounded and slumped. This

is a common case of neck,

upper back and shoulder


Ill-fitted bra: A large bust

needs more support than can

usually be offered by a pretty,

lacy bra. The thin straps of a

fashion bra can put too much

pressure on the shoulders. Try

to find bras with thick straps

for everyday use and wear

racer-back sports bra whenever

possible to spread the

strain across your shoulders.

Oversized bags: We’ve all

known the danger of lugging

a huge bad on one shoulder;

but the Victoria-Beckam inspire

trend of ‘displaying’

you designer purchase in the

crook of your forearm could not

be worse. This one-sided

weight-lifting can increase the

risk of muscle strain and pain

in the neck, shoulders and

upper back – and can even

trigger tension headaches.

Carrying a large bag over

your shoulder is no better, particularly

if you always use the

same shoulder. Don’t overfill

your bag (do you need a lire

of water), hold it by the handle,

or over the shoulder,

switching sides regularly.

Skinny jeans: Jeans that grip

tightly around the waist, hips,

thighs and calves can make a

normal walking action impossible.

If you are not able to

take bouncing stride, you lose

the shock-absorbing qualities

of a natural walk. This can create

undue pressure in the

joins. Wearing a tight belt

could exacerbate the problem,

triggering leg pain. And don’t

sit for long periods with your

phone in your back pockets, the

imbalance caused by having

one buttock higher than the

other could cause back and

hip pain.

Some of us men could

be crude – Reader

“I am 46 years old”, writes

Jubril, “happily married with

a family and an avid reader of

your column. I wish to disagree

with the fact that infidelity

is bad for marriage. For 20

years, I have strayed from the

straight and narrow quite a

few times, and had some wonderful

experience. I worship

the ground my wife walks on

and she’s given me smashing

children, but her sexual appetite

doesn’t match mine. The

point of my letter is not to relate

my extra-marital affairs,

but to put forward my opinions

of life. I’m not a super-stud,

but I’ve discovered that most

women like their men to start

by just being considerate and

gentle, perhaps a compliment,

a kiss or a loving cuddle, a

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of her boobs through the

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than jumping on her

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“”From what a lot of my associates

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They sometimes don’t even

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Instead they grab at their

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“Please, let your readers be

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for the period she’s with you,

she is the centre of your life”.

- Gbolade


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Of June and Roses

(For Saidat)

I see them with my wondering eyes,

22 mid-year roses in 10-day bloom,

Standing in air and sun and rain.

How could such fragile tenderness

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Zephyrs waft the answers into my eyes.

They are waving without hands,

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Don't remain at the same spot!

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Dear friend, how long would you be crying over

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necks, the state will not experience

respite until the other

two states can control their

armed gangs. Outgoing Zamfara

Governor, Yari, abdicated

his responsibility years ago

and handed the state to cattle

rustlers, farm produce thieves

and of course bandits when he

fled to Abuja to govern from

Next level is pure anarchy

“The Katsina State Government

has cancelled all activities

lined up for the inauguration

ceremony of the new administration

in the state.”

PUNCH, May 24, 2019, p 2.

The government gave its

reasons. “The decision

on a low-key celebration

was taken following the

unfortunate incessant attacks

by bandits in some areas of

the state which led to the

death of many people and left

several others injured or

homeless.” Katsina, it needs

to be repeated is Buhari’s own

state. Unless charity no longer

begins at home, we have

the scary scenario of a leader

who cannot defend his own

home assuring the rest of us

of our safety. Anarchy is here.

When Buhari is sworn in on

May 29, 2019 for his second

term (which cannot end soon

enough for me) his state would

have been on record for posterity

as the first state to succumb

to the dictates of hoodlums

– now called bandits.

When, a few weeks ago, the



THE ALMAJIRIS was published,

a lot of things were deliberately

omitted from the

facts presented in order not to

frighten too many Fellow Nigerians

– especially those who

we were told provided Buhari’s

winning margin. Katsina

was one of them. Close to

ninety-eight per cent of the

voters there voted for their

“Baba”. I have bad news for

them. A Baba is supposed to

take good care of his kids in

any society. Otherwise he is

unworthy to be called “Father”.

The government’s submission

to the will of bandits

– formerly almajiris – is the

beginning of more state surrender

of power to unelected

governments called warlords

controlling certain areas of

the state. Let me cite another


Unknown to Nigerians and

perhaps also unknown to their

Baba, the criminals have already

CHANGED the annual

farming calendar in the

state. Hitherto, farmers, mostly

women, start as early as the

end of harmatan to prepare

the land for a new year. This

year, not only in Katsina but

in all the states of the North,

the bandits have already driven

millions of subsistent farmers

off the land. A woman, stupid

or crazy enough, to go to

the farm alone, as in the past,

would be fortunate if all she

suffers is rape. She might disappear;

as many have done.

Thereafter, the farm lies fallow.

So, the bandits of Katsina

have already decreed inescapable

mass starvation as

the year progresses. Anarchy

is here.

“A man’s home is his castle”.

That was several years ago.

Today, in most communities,

the home is turning to a detention

centre while bandits

ransack the entire place – taking

with them food, money

and women as well as girls.

Increasingly, home is becoming

not a place you run to for

safety but a place you run from

for dear life. The Katsina Government

was unavoidably

honest by admitting what informants

from that state had

told me months ago. Main

urban centres in the state --

Katsina, Funtua, Dutsin Ma,

Malumfashi etc – are now

bursting at the seams as thousands

of refugees stream in

from rural areas now ruled by

bandits – without challenge

from anyone. Anarchy is here.

Katsina is not alone now.

Hemmed-in between Kaduna

and Zamfara states, where

several communities are also

under the control of rough

Letter to my father

Whenever an elder dies, a

library burns down.

Amadou Hampâté Bâ

Dear Daddi mi,

still can not believe you

I are gone, never to hear

your voice again. Who is going

to call me, in the midst of

what I call being busy. You just

call me because you want to

hear my voice and know that

I'm alright? If I am working

late, you leave a message like

you were writing me a letter,

you will say; this is Kola Animasaun

here, your father (-as

if I do not know that)

Then when I call you, I will

call you by your full

name(dont blame me, my little

sister started the trend but

it's so endearing) and then, you

respond by saying;Ade mi. Oh

how I wish, you could call me

again. The way you say my

name always makes me feel

like a kid being wrapped up

in love by a loving parent.

You always start every conversation

with Alhamdulilla,

finish by ;and we will see, InshAllah.

I feel safe when you begin

our greetings with;

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi

wabarakatuh . My

children take delight and they

are convinced that only their

grandad lay special emphasis

on: Wabarakatuh.

When I call you on the

phone, and I say;Daddi mi

and you reply Ade mi. I am

going to miss your kindness

and your telepathic timing

when you just know, I needed

a call from you. Everytime we

there. Only, in a country where

impunity gives way to chaos

can a state governor abandon

his state and nobody – not even

the President of Nigeria –

called him to order. Can the

Governor of Kentucky or New

York State run to Washington

DC to set up his office? Yet, this

was the Chairman of the Nigeria

Governors Forum. What

did the others see in him to

elect him as their leader? The

consequences of the man’s

cowardice and gross irresponsibility

are now evident. Anarchy

is here.

“Nature abhors a vacuum”.

That is what Physics told us in

secondary school. That is what

Political Science tells all those

who care to learn the truth.

While Yari was AWOL in Abuja

he left a power vacuum

which was increasingly filled

by hoodlums. He was not

alone. Buhari and the armed

forces also ignored the growing

menace of the Organised

Private Criminals, OPC, of

Zamfara state. Buhari’s negligence

was especially incomprehensible.

I had thought that

an old man, like me, would

know that “When your neighbour’s

wall is on fire, it becomes

your business”(Horace,

65-8BC). I had expected the

President to understand that

Zamfara cannot long remain

the hands of OPC, who took

control after Yari abdicated

without eventually affecting

Katsina state. He ignored

Yari’s dereliction of duty; did

nothing as the OPC crept closer

to his state border. Now anarchy

is here.

People in several places in

both states now pay protection

money to the OPC who don’t

pay tax at all. They know

which government controls

their lives; and it is not the one

in Gusau or Abuja. During a

stop over in Chafe, last year,

after the terrified residents of

a small community had

coughed up the “tax”, I asked

“what is government doing

finish speaking and I always

feel that everything is again

right with the world.

I want you to know, we are

going to be fine and your darling

wife, Ayinkus Modupeola

Silphat, will be loved and

taken care of, wrapped up in

warm embrace by not just your

children but by the extended

wall of love that you and mum

watered and nursed through

the years. You say she is your

pet, she is so lovable, she has

not changed. Still the mother

hen. We have been inundated

with numerous stories of people

you have helped in cash

and deeds. The whole area has

never seen anything like your

passing. Hundreds followed

your body to your final resting

place, many have been coming

to pay their respects to

mum. The house is full to the


Their outpouring of emotion

typifies your character

and exemplary life. You are

indeed a generous soul and

what a man! You know, I can

hear you say; I am just doing

what Allah asked of me. You

are going to be a tough gig to

follow but then you know that

and you have always said; be

yourself and follow your truth.

I will and I'm going to do exactly


You have prepared me and

my siblings for this day but,

we never wanted it to come this

soon. I am 55 years old and so

why do I feel abandoned? I

feel some part of me is missing

but I know I am complete.

I am going through the stages

of grief so please bear with

me while I process your loss. I

am going to be fine once I stop

being an emotional mess.

I will be brave and in time I

know, I will be talking about

you without bursting into tears

in months to come. Right now,

I am finding it hard to be


Gov Rauf and many others

came to visit mum. They said

you were their mentor. They

are going to miss you sending

them Jummah prayers on

their mobiles.

You are and always will be

the first man who loved me

unconditionally and with

whom I learnt life lessons by

your exemplary life.We left

nothing unsaid, we have no

unresolved issues but I am selfish

to say that I didn't want you

to die. I can hear your cackle,

so pleased you will find it amusing.

Everyone loves their dad but,

I can say that you, daddi mi,

you are my hero of all time.

You have left us your blueprints

everywhere we look,

your books, your columns,

your letters, the people that you

touched their lives positively

and your extended families.

We are so blessed.

I tell you this all the time in

your living years and you

would smile that smile of

yours, I am going to miss it so

much. I see you in my siblings,

your grandchildren and great

grand son.

Yes, I had one dad and you

were one helluva father. As

long as I live, I am going to

tell people how much you

shaped my life and my

thinking.Who will I call to discuss

my angle when I am

choosing a subject or topic for

my column, ? I can you hear

you say, I have done my bit,its

your turn now. Daddi mi, you

sure did.

Who do I get an editorial

opinion from, when I sail too

close to the wind and you tell

about it?” The looks on their

faces said it all. “This fellow

must be a lunatic”. One finally

politely told me. “By the time

the police or soldiers arrive we

will all be dead; so we pay

them.” Anarchy is definitely


“You don’t fight terror with

appeasement. You fight terror

with terror.”

Adolf Hitler, 1897-1945.

Even a world class terrorist

can teach us something. Hitler,

as one of world’s first class

terrorists himself, had a point

when he uttered those words

now carved in stone. When the

Federal Government under

Buhari started to openly allow

the herdsmen to terrorise farmers

and communities with impunity,

the last thing they must

have considered is the boomerang

effect. When millions of

farmers discovered that government

was not about to

check the atrocities of the

herdsmen, who soon became

ranked among the deadliest

terrorists globally, some farmers

resorted to self-help. Herds-

People in several places in

both states now pay

protection money to the OPC

who don’t pay tax at all. They

know which government

controls their lives; and it is

not the one in Gusau or


men to some extent created

cattle rustlers. There are some

communities in some states

which herdsmen avoid like the

plague. Some of those communities

were once docile victims

of herdsmen invading

their farms and destroying everything

they had laboured to

produce. Eventually, according

to information reaching

me, some of the young men

banded together and formed

the avengers. They went after

the herdsmen at night and the

rest is history. They never returned

to farming. What is

more, they now police their

community and prevent herdsmen

invasion. Some of them

You are and always will

be the first man who

loved me

unconditionally and

with whom I learnt life

lessons by your

exemplary life

me to go further and give them

the bitter truth? In the last 10

years since taking up the pen

for Outside Looking in, I got

to know more of

Nigerians,share the frustrations

and the despondency

with you. You gave me the courage

to tell my perspectives

without leaving the shores.

You were a proud father,

when your Voice of Reason fans

became my fans, I could tell

how happy it made you.

Whenever the trolls wrote

their poisonous verbiage, you

reassure me that, you, yourself

a seasoned columnist had a fair

share of their nonsense and you

fill me with Parental courage

that I should pay no mind but

focus on telling the truth.

Every Sunday, I look forward

to you and mum's take on my

literary offer, you were proud,so

proud and I know it.

You loved your children and

gave each one the love and attention

they individually

deserved.We did not have to

jostle for your attention,you

made us all confident in your

love and attention.

We could not imagine that

you will leave us this way ,although,

you prepared us for

this time many years back.

When you jokingly mention

that, you can go anytime, we

change the subject or try to

make light of things. You said

it, we just did not want to know.

Everytime you and I depart,

you always remind me that,

maybe this may be the last time

we will see. I want you to know

have since gone beyond defending

their community.

They now rustle full time and

send meat home frequently.

Anarchy is here too.

A sign should be placed at

every entrance to Kaduna

state reading: Hell is here.

Once the most congenial

of the three regional capitals,

Kaduna has now almost become

a “No go area” for

many people. The bandits,

kidnappers, cattle rustlers

are here. Governor El-Rufai

is also here. While the other

Northern governors are

mostly victims of anarchy

created by collective neglect

and incompetence, Kaduna

has another element added

to its list of perils – its Governor.

Governor El-Rufai, I have

read, is extremely intelligent.

But, nobody ever called him

wise. Brilliant people without

sagacity can create as

much, if not more havoc

than stupid people. El-Rufai

is on course to provoke lasting

anarchy in Kaduna State

long after it has been erased

in other states. More on that


“But, far more numerous

was the herd of such, who

think too little and who talk

too much.” John Dryden,


The Academic Staff Union

of Universities, ASUU,

is once again threatening to

go on strike. The Federal

Government has allegedly

failed to redeem its pledge

to them and they are unhappy

with the leader of the FG’s

negotiating team – Dr Wale

Babalakin. That is not surprising

to me. ASUU had

been led since 1999 by people

who talk a lot but think

very little. Like the Nigerian

Labour Congress, NLC, they

threatened to make the 2019

elections impossible by withdrawing

their members. In

the end, the lure of filthy lucre,

which comes with conducting

was too much for

them. So, they suspended the

strike to go a fill their pockets.

I can recollect how many

times ASUU had been dribbled

by the FG before elections

only to renege after the

votes were counted. The current

leadership learnt nothing

from the experiences of

I treasured every moment we

met and departed.

I found your letters you sent

me from decades

back,before WhatsApp and

mobile phones. I will read

them when I need to hear you

and your support. You really

cared, you are my hero and

you always make me feel ten

feet tall. I have told you this

throughout your living years,

so there is no change here.

You admired my toughness

and independence. You

tell me always that I am the

embodiment of your formidable

mother,Ayisat. Am not

sure, I was that fierce but you

always tell me that I am. I

want you to know that it is

you, that gave me the courage.

Everything that I have

always done, I could not wait

to tell you and you were always

so proud and pleased.

So pleased I shared with you

that I was on the feature page

of my professional journal in

the UK and in it,I mentioned

that you, yes you are my inspiration.

Mum read it to

you and you had that lovely

glow . Mum always accused

me playfully that I only want

to speak to my dad before

her. Yes, I am guilty. You then

will jokingly plead that I better

speak to your mum or she

will be so jealous. This was

our thing. It has always been

dad first then mum.

So glad it was because it

may be because, I needed to

cram all my time with you

in your living years.

I know mum was pleased

that we loved you the way we

did. I mean, what was there

not to love? You were so lovable

and spending time with

you was very precious, and I

cherished every single moment.

You painted my front door

when you came to visit me

in the UK, you would look

into my fridge and do my

shopping, you paid for my

their predecessors. Now, another

strike is threatened. It

will get them nowhere. They

will only succeed in sending

the kids out into the warm

embrace of drug dealers and

other criminals. There is hunger

in the land and anger is

pervasive. And, the Devil will

definitely find work for some

of those hands which they will

make idle. Anarchy will be


That said; two things astonish

me about this perennial

threat of strike by ASUU and

FGs inability to solve the

problem once for all. If the FG

cannot pay, why not say so and

we move on to the next option?

If the funds are available,

why not pay; and we still

move on? Secondly, ASUU

appears uncomfortable with

Dr Wale Babalakin, apparently

because of his strong belief

that public universities should

charge more if they are going

to survive. To be quite candid,

I find it difficult to disagree

with him. The notion of “free

education” which started in

the old Western Region under

late Chief Awolowo, was practical

and feasible under a different

political system. By

contrast, the presidential system

is ruinous and inhibits

any attempt to provide social

services – including education

– as we should. Nothing will

come of the threats, the negotiations

and “agreements”

until we undertake a comprehensive

overhaul of the political

system and the fees.

“Who is Osinbajo?” – Trailer

driver on Eko Bridge, 2017.

Acting President Osnibajo

had staggered into Lagos

when Buhari was ill in London

and had ordered the articulated

vehicles blocking

the Apapa port area and Eko

Bridge to leave in 72 hours.

Two days after, I was in one of

several hundred vehicles stuck

in a standstill at the Ijora/Lagos

Exchange on account of

the vehicles which were still

there. Two young men had

gone to the point where two

trailer drivers were arguing

about right of parking and

blocking the rest of us. One of

the young men then angrily

asked: “When are you people

leaving, the VP gave you 72

hours to leave this place?”

nursing registration not because

I could not afford it but

because you wanted to. Mum

will tell us how you will wake

early to make her tea, you start

up the generator, you were

meticulous in your forward


You had got your burial

shroud ready many years ago

but you offered the first one

when a young relative unexpectedly

died. You never leave

anything to chance. I love the

way you helped me organise

my affairs from afar.

Just to let you know, I have

saved your messages on my

phone and when I am strong

enough, I will sit and listen to

your voice again and again.

We truly lived in moments and

we had loads of them.

You taught me to treasure

moments and we did. We have

so much to look back on, your

surprise 70th birthday at my

place when you returned from

Istanbul. And we had several

misses;your mini stroke at 69,

your car accident a decade

before, your skirmishes with

military heads. You gave your

wife grey hairs and us, well,

you mischievously tell us that,

that we will almost die sometime.

You have been preparing

us for this moment for decades

and I think, we got so

complacent or possibly just

did not want to accept the fact

that we are not in this physical

plain forever, life is transient

and you tutored us well .

I am no longer afraid,when

my time comes, dad. I welcome

my time when Allah

wills it in the meantime, I will

make you proud and your legacy

is safe.

May Allah grant you Al

Jannah firdaus..... Sun re ooo

Sootofaiye of Aiyede Ekiti

,Baba Adinni of Gbagura,

Akede Adinni of Shitta-Bey

Mosque and Agbeesinga

Adinni of Dopemu.

SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9, 2019, PAGE 23

Would you let your kids see you naked!?

Would you allow your

young off-springs

in the bedroom or

bathroom when you’re

starkers? If yes, at what age

should this stop? “I don’t see

any issue with parents letting

children up to six years old

see their parents starkers”,

said Susan, a mother of two

and an industrial nurse. “The

human body is a natural and

beautiful thing and not something

to be ashamed of. My

six-year-old son sees me naked

all the time. I don’t even

think about it, and he never

bats an eyelid if I’m walking

around in the nude. To us,

it’s normal.

“My mum who frets about

letting her kids see her naked

is worrying over nothing. I

think it’s good for the kids that

age to see their parents without

clothes on. Six-year-olds

are already in school and

might be curious about their

bodies. So seeing their parents

naked can be educational.

It helps them to understand

that everyone is different.

“When I was pregnant with

my other child, my six-yearold

then watched in awe as

my body grew and changed.

He asked loads of questions

which I happily answered. I

think being familiar with a

woman’s body from a young

age will lead him to be respectful

towards women as he grows

older. He’ll appreciate the differences

between the sexes.

Added to that, any parent knows

full well they never get five minutes

to pop to the loo or have a

shower. It’s inevitable that kids

will see their parents naked

anyway ...”

Recently, there’d been reasons

against why parents

should let their off-springs see

their naked bodies all of the

time. One of which is that it

encourages young lads to masturbate

whilst imagining their

mums’ naked bodies. A couple

of years ago, Mide toyed

with the idea of being a liberated

mum. Her husband was

in the bathroom having a

shower when she sent her

three year old daughter to

fetch the toothpaste. “Minutes

later”, recalled Mide, “I heard

a shriek from the bathroom followed

by my daughter running

out of the bathroom,

frightened that a `spider’ was

attacking her dad. She was

obviously referring to his pubic

area. Since she’d seldom

seen me naked, it was new to

her. I never encouraged it


Stella, a no-nonsense school

teacher said: “Personally, I

think six is little too old for a

child to see his or her parents

naked. I understand mums and

dads don’t get much privacy

when their children are very

young. But there need to be a

cut-off point as to when kids

see their parents’ privates.

Otherwise, the parents might

still be wandering around in

the buff when the kids are in

their teens. That’s just a bit


“I think kids at that age can

start feeling uncomfortable

about their bodies too, and feel

awkward seeing their parents

naked. Sadly, we live in such

an over-sexualised world these

days. Things like `revenge’

porn never existed a few years

back. Kids as young as 12 are

`sexting’, oblivious of the ham

it can cause. As parents, we

should be teaching youngsters

about restrictions and constraint.

I don’t think little boys

seeing their mums starkers

makes them more respectful of

women either. I’ve got two

sons, aged 16 and 22 and they

couldn’t be more gentlemanly

– yet they’ve never seen me


“Plus, with so many reports

in the media about child abuse

and child sexual exploitation,

parents shouldn’t be teaching


their kids to be so free with

nudity. I could end up doing

them more harm than good”.

Dare said he found the top a

little bit amusing. When we

were young, about 40 years

ago, a lot of us indulged in

watching our parents do a lot

of things through the keyhole.

We’d seen them naked

and seen all the shapes and

sizes of their anatomy. We’d

seen them have sex and we’d

watched, amuse as our older

siblings cajoled their hapless

girlfriends into having sex

with them either clothed or

naked. So what’s new! I remember

getting whipping a

couple of times, when caught

drooling over the sexual exploits

of our elders. I’d even

seen my randy dad lure frivolous

neighbours into the bedroom

he share with our mother

to have sex with them!

“Growing up, we not only

saw naked bodies, we had

practical knowledge of how to

have sex! Today’s kids can

never have it as good as we

did. All they have are furtive

looks on their phone to view

unrealistic love-making which

is nothing but pure porn. In

those days, when I ran into

any of my dad’s conquests, I

smirked. I don’t know if they

knew I knew what they’d been

up to, but it was an experience

I would never trade for what

today’s youths call sexual experience!”

Lamentations in Sodom

My brother lives in

the Cameroons.

Sometime ago when he

visited Nigeria and came to my

house, he told me the mallam at the

gate speaks a different language

and when I tried to convince him

the man speaks Hausa, he said he

speaks Fulfulde. Now, my brother

is gifted in languages. He speaks

Igbo, French, Hausa, Fulfulde and

appreciable Yoruba. That is besides

English and pigin. Throughout the

period he stayed in my house, he

was friendly with the mai guard who

saw him as a brother.

Later in the village, I tried to convince

him to speak that language

with mama Ngozi, my uncle’s wife

who is also Fulani. Mama Ngozi

was surprised and it also turned out

that all mama Ngozi’s children

speak Fulfulde, Hausa and Igbo.

The only difference is that mama

Ngozi’s children who all bear Igbo

names are more inclined to Islam

than Christianity but that have never

been an issue amongst us.

They prayed both Islamic and

Christian prayers with their mother

and on Sundays, everybody goes to


In the north where most of them

reside, they said they go to mosque

and sometimes to the Church. One

of these cousins drives a luxurious

bus and his route is the northern

states. He told us he worships more

in the mosque than in the church

because of occasional disturbances.

He even narrated a situation when

Boko Haram insurgents arrested them

and later allowed him to go when they

realized he is more inclined to Muslim

lifestyle even though his name is


In the family, we call him and his

brothers Hausa although they speak

Igbo and bear Igbo names.

Their father, my uncle died sometime

ago but his Fulani wife is still

home with us. With eight children and

over ten grandchildren, where will she


If the way we live in our family back

in the village is the way Nigerians tolerate

each other, there will be peace.

If you are going to the south-east,

from the Head Bridge, every Hausa

and Fulani business man speaks Igbo:

whether he is selling suya, onions,

rams and goats or in whatever business.

Their children also speak the


In the south-west, most businessmen

and residents who are originally from

other places speak Yoruba.

In the north, indigenes from other

places also speak Hausa and Fulfulde.

To me, the fear of Islamization and

Fulanisation may not be real. Some

of our brethren understand that language

especially business men like

my brother just like some of them understand

Igbo and Yoruba.

Nigerians can have

proper discussions

with less noise and

threat. History should

not repeat itself or

rather, we should not

repeat history. What

happened in Nigeria of

1966- 1970 left scars

so deep. They haven't

healed yet

Nigeria has gone too far as to be

trampled under foot by anybody.

There is a limit to silence and anybody

trying anything funny cannot

go far.

Nigerians should focus more on

what keeps us together. We appear

poised to argue and compel or force

each other to agree and support our

points of view. That is not possible.

We all have our idiosyncrasies and

so, in the high level of noise, many

have lost their balance and interrupted

greatly the flow of their message.

Nigerians can have proper discussions

with less noise and threat. History

should not repeat itself or rather,

we should not repeat history. What

happened in Nigeria of 1966- 1970

left scars so deep. They haven't healed


It is a pity we are the way we are.

Developed people are craving diversity,

drawing strength there from,

teaching diversity and collaboration

but here, we bicker over everything,

we create confusion and are opposed

to the trend of making

progress. We go backwards and lament

over our mistakes.

Insurgents, herdsmen, bandits and

kidnappers have taken Nigeria by

storm. They are now with us in every

sphere of life. We live in houses where

we don’t know the livelihood of the

man living next door. We decry the

high level of insecurity in Nigeria

where we cannot seem to tackle the

menace. These issues crop up and

we disregard them until they go from

bad to worse. It used to be Boko

Haram. Now, it’s including herdsmen

and bandits and we don’t know

the new one that would crop up tomorrow.

Kidnapping has been taken

to dizzying heights.

These have both incubated and

developed beyond what Nigeria can

handle alone. They are now combined

and internationalized.

Like former President Obasanjo

said, we used to blame everything

on lack of employment of the youths.

But it is no longer an issue of lack

of education and lack of employment

for our youths in Nigeria. It is

now global organized crimes of human

trafficking, money laundering,

drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal

mining and regime change.

A man like Obasanjo would not

raise an alarm in vain. He still has

accessible to intelligence matters

and Nigeria should find out what he

know but not by way of intimidation.

His alarm has since gained

support across Nigeria although

many are also aghast. It is okay to

blame Obasanjo but he spoke his

mind as an elder statesman. Maybe

he knows something.

He spoke the truth and bared his

mind over what is unfolding in Nigeria

and indeed, showed how

blinded by power, insensitive and

callous people are becoming.

Many Nigerian leaders have denied

the reality of an ongoing Jihad

in Nigeria, and clarified certain misconceptions

in the interest of peace

and development of Nigeria. Leaders

of different spheres have been

called upon to tread softly to avoid

a pending implosion.

But some elders are insisting that

Islamists have been interfering in the

governance of the country, using

“Taqiyya” (approved deception) as

“Stealth/Civilization Jihad” while

they use Boko Haram and herdsmen

as violent Jihad and were relentless

in their pursuit of eradicating

democracy in Nigeria. They believe

the objective of the Islamists

(political Islam) is to supplant the

constitution of Nigeria with Sharia

ideology as the source of legislation

in the nation. These leaders think

the nation is in the throes of Jihad.

According to them, Nigeria is

moving dangerously close to a national

“red line” where truth was

now being criminalized as “hate


Indeed, we should wake up to the

issues that there are herdsmen which

are different from the traditional

herdsmen we know. It is no credit to

the Federal Government that the

herdsmen rampage continues with

careless abandon and without finding

an effective solution to it.

Plateau State, Zamfara and

Kaduna States are currently the

main site of ethnic and religious violence

in northern Nigeria. There

have been recurrent crises across the

states, in urban and rural areas.

The issues involve political exclusion

on the basis of ethnicity and religion,

on the Muslim side, and fears

of religious and cultural domination,

among Christians.

Silence over these allegations

is not golden.

The powers that be should address

Nigerians and tell the people

the truth.

Nigeria should not be like

Rome where the Emperor played

the fiddle while the city burned.

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spearheaded our st


Stigmatisation is one of the

major challenges persons

living with immunodeficiency

virus (HIV) face on daily basis

in Nigeria.

Most of them get stigmatised even by

friends and family members.

Some lose their jobs just as others are

evicted from where they live because of

their HIV status.

In spite of the awareness and

sensitisation campaigns carried out by

government, non-governmental

organisations and the clear provisions of

the HIV/AIDS Anti-discrimination Act

2014 which make it illegal to discriminate

against people based on their HIV status

and also prohibit any employer,

individual or organization from requiring

a person to take HIV test before

employment, very little has changed in

terms of stigmatisation.

Unfortunately stigmatisation has led so

many persons living with HIV into

depression while others who can’t endure

the shame have taken own lives.

No doubt stigmatization has continued

because of lack of information and


‘I felt like killing myself’

When Chinwe Ike first

tested positive to HIV in

2004, not only did she not

believe her test result, she

had to endure stigmatisation

even in the hands of close

friends and associates.

Chinwe told Sunday

Vanguard: “My biggest

challenge then was the

stigma; it was too much for

me. I trusted a friend who

was a nurse and she was the

only person to whom it was

disclosed and was the one

spreading the information,

thus making life difficult for

me with stigmatisation.

“I felt like killing myself.

And whenever I walked on

the street, people will be

looking at me. Only a few

persons who were well

informed about the disease

and who loved me came

close to me.

“And to make matters

worse, I was given quit

notice by my landlady even

though I wasn’t owing house

rent. If I had the knowledge

I have now, I would have

sued her.

“But due to my ignorance,

I left the rented apartment

because the landlady and my co-tenants

threatened to kill me. I also lost my job

in the company where I worked as

secretary/cashier at Alaba International

market then.

“It was later I discovered that it was my

friend who went to tell them that I am HIV

positive. I had to leave the street and

relocated to another area of Lagos.”

Recounting how she discovered her

status 19 years ago, Chinwe narrated “I

first tested positive to HIV in 2004. But I

didn’t really know what aliment it was

as health workers called it XYZ then. I

had to run the test three different times

in different laboratories to confirm my

worst nightmare.

“And every single time, the result came

out positive. I was in a state of denial

for three years without seeking for

solution. Then I had my baby in 2006.

When I was pregnant and sick, I had to go to

hospital where I was admitted for one week.

“From there I was transferred to another

hospital and I had three tests. Yet I didn’t

believe it because I wasn’t leaving a wayward


“I don’t flirt and I didn’t even know what

having girlfriend or boyfriend was all about.

That is why I didn’t believe the test result

when it came out.

“After I got well, I was discharged and I went

home. After a while, I went into labour and I

had to go to a private hospital. It was at that

private hospital that they discovered I was

HIV positive but the doctor did not disclose it

to me”.

“He (doctor) asked me to bring a close

relative. Unfortunately for me I brought my

friend who I thought was a close friend. But

instead of telling me what the doctor said, she

went to the neighbourhood to tell everyone

that I had HIV.

“And then the

stigmatisation began

from every angle. No

one wanted to associate

with me. Friends and

But due to my

ignorance, I left the

rented apartment

because the

landlady and my


threatened to kill

me. I also lost my

job in the company

where I worked as


at Alaba


market then

family members

deserted me. I lost my

baby two months after

I delivered.

“As of the time the

baby (a girl) passed on,

I hadn’t begun

treatment. I wasn’t

taking treatment then,

so she developed

cough and I think that’s

what killed her.

“Meanwhile, I

refused to seek solution

because at one of the

laboratories where I ran

the test, the attendants

who had misconception

said that someone with

HIV cannot give birth

nor get married and

there was not cure.

“I attempted to take

my life as I believed

that there was no need

continuing to live with

the virus. So with that

impression, I refused to

go to hospital and

decided that if I would die, so be it.

“In fact, on one particular occasion, I had to

take a knife to kill myself. It was my belief as

a Christian that held me back. The thought

that if I took my life I will go to hell was what

prevented me from committing suicide.”

For Chinwe, solution came when she was

confronted by a Matron in one of the hospitals

she visited who educated her and encouraged

•Chinwe Ike

her to seek medical help.

“I was confronted by a very nice Matron

who encouraged me to go for treatment. She

kept encouraging me till I began treatment”,

she said.

“I started with ‘Hope Worldwide Hospital.

It was from there that I was transferred to a

General Hospital and since then I have

continued with my medication.

“When I got to the hospital, I met people

who had been living with the virus for five,

ten years; and that really encouraged me to


“One week after I started my medication, I

started seeing changes and I began to wonder

if it was truly me because before then I used

to have rashes and I was slim. “But

unfortunately my first prescription was not the

right one and it damaged some of my body

organs. It got to a point that I started looking

older than my age.

“It was after I was changed to another

hospital that I found out that I was taking the

wrong drugs. Since I had lost my job, I

decided to use the volunteer work to sustain

myself because I needed antiretroviral drugs

and I had to eat before taking them.

“I had to engage in menial jobs, anything

legal to earn a living.

“Later, I engaged in volunteer work for an

NGO. There I saw people living comfortably

with HIV; initially I thought they were

pretending because they looked very healthy.

It was not until I went with them to take

treatment that I discovered they weren’t


Calling on government to make

antiretroviral drugs free and accessible,

Chinwe said, “Government should help us out

because we are paying for the drugs and it is

not everyone that can afford it. Because I no

longer work in the organization where I

served as a volunteer, I have to pay for my

drugs and sincerely I can’t afford it.

“For instance, anytime you want to see a

doctor you must pay for consultation, N2000,

drug N1000, lab services N3000. And if you









SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9, 2019, PAGE 25


rs, friends


me what happened to my husband; that he

had HIV and his family didn’t want to disclose

the information to me. He then advised me to

run a test.

“So I went to a nurse and I told her that I

had constant malaria. She took my blood

sample to the lab and tested it for other things

and HIV. When the result came out positive,

instead of her disclosing my status to me, she

told my friends and like bush fire they spread

it around.

“Whenever they sat and I came close, they

will run away from me. The

stigma was fierce; it got to the

point that my friends threw my

loads outside saying I couldn’t

belongings in the same

compound with them


look at the sum total yearly, it is quite


“It is not everyone that can afford it and that

is why we are begging government, especially

the Federal Government to help us make

treatment free.

“There are some people who don’t even

have money for sachet water and to afford the

drugs is difficult. And each drug costs N1000

every month and every time you consult a

doctor, you pay N2000.

“If you have health issues and have to see

the doctor four times a month, you must pay

N2000 each time. Same for laboratory fee, so

we need the help of government as some

people are ready to give up on life when they

can’t afford the drugs.

“More so people don’t understand the fact

that a negative man can marry a positive wife

and still live well and have kids that are not

positive. Most people believe that if you are

positive, you can’t give birth to negative



children. And this has made it difficult for

people to disclose their status and prefer to


“The reason the doctor asked me to bring

someone close was because I was pregnant

and they didn’t want me to be traumatised by

the disclosure. Presently they don’t disclose

it to a third party; even if you came with

someone, they will disclose it privately.”

Severe stigmatisation

Like Chinwe, a mother of four, Funmi

Okafor, who has been HIV positive for 19

years, revealed that she too faced severe

stigmatisation when she initially discovered

her HIV status.

Funmi narrated, “My ordeal started after I

lost my husband unknown to me that he had

the virus. I discovered a bit late. I was always

feeling sickly and I had rashes on my body.

“The symptoms had already started

manifesting when my husband’s friend told

“They called me names,

‘you this dead woman’,

‘living corpse’. I was forced

to pack my things to an

uncompleted building

where I lived with my four

kids, till I was able to raise

money to get

accommodation where we

now live.

“Sincerely it takes

courage to live after being

diagnosed of HIV. But

being an HIV positive is not

a death sentence, you are

still who you are. Once you

become HIV positive,

everybody runs from you

but the only relative who

knew about my status and

was really concerned was

my cousin. He kept calling

me to remind me of my

drugs, how to take it”.

Explaining further,

Funmi said, “This is my 19th

year of being positive. In his

life time, my husband

wasn’t a womanizer. I

strongly believe he got infected after he had

an accident and had internal bleeding, and

the doctors had to do blood transfusion and

he took nine pints of blood.

“I believe the blood was not properly

screened; it was in the 80s, and we were

looking for blood anywhere”.

Advising Nigerians, especially women, the

victim noted that it is not everybody that is

HIV positive that is a prostitute or got it for

living a wayward lifestyle “because my

husband infected me, I didn’t know another

man. It is this stigma that has made HIV

positive people to hide.

“To those who don’t know their status yet,

please endeavour to know your status. The

earlier you know your status, the earlier you

start treatment.

“I also want them to know that HIV is not a

death sentence; when you know your status,

you can start a new life. HIV is just a sickness

because I am still who I am.

“I don’t stigmatise myself. If you are positive

and take your drug, there’s still hope and one

day cure will come”.

Appreciating Lagos State government,

Funmi, who learned catering during an

empowerment program organised by

National Agency for the Control of AIDS

(NACA), said the skills she acquired during

the training will go a long way to help her


Scared for baby

Another victim, who relived the story of her

journey since she discovered her status, Chika

Nnoruka, said it all began in 2001.

“That was when my baby fell sick and he

tested positive to the virus. Then I had to do

same test and I found out too that I was

positive”, Chika said.

“I was a student and a nursing mother and

a widow when I discovered I was positive. I

was more concerned about how my little baby

would survive. So I began to seek information

on HIV, where to access the drugs. I was

scared for my baby because I didn’t want him

to die. At that time he was 18 months old.

“As of then, the stigma and discrimination

was very, very high. I couldn’t believe I would

survive. I couldn’t believe that my son was

going to survive. The stigma then was

extremely high both in the facilities and


“So, people living with the virus were

hiding. Nobody wanted to come out because

of the stigma. Even at the facilities, the

doctors, the nurses, everyone was

stigmatising us.

“The situation was so bad that most of us

could not come out to disclose our status or

go to the facilities to access treatment. And

the drugs were expensive and scarce then.

“So many people died due to the scarcity of

drugs and poor access to treatment. But there

is a little improvement today; like malaria, I

can walk into a medical facility or a primary

health centre to get my drugs myself”.

Addressing challenges

Shedding more light on the issue of

stigmatisation, Dr Yinka Falola-Anoemual,

the Deputy Director, Gender Human Right

and of Care Services,

NACA, explained,

“People living with HIV

still face a lot of

stigmatization because

the moment a person tests

positive to HIV, people

don’t want to interact with

him anymore; his family

abandons him, his partner

leaves him.

“To address this

challenge, we have been

organising campaigns to

let people know that HIV

is a medical condition that

can be managed. It is like

every other illness that can

be managed. And when

properly managed, victims

can live like every other

person in the society.

“As long as you don’t

share body fluid, and there

is no blood transfusion,

you cannot contract HIV.

You can live with people

with HIV like every other

person, eat with them,

sleep on the same bed and

you cannot contract it.

“So we need to continue

educating the people that

it is possible for people

living with HIV to live for

over 30 years.

“Also we are encouraging

people living with HIV to avail

themselves with the opportunities

available, embrace positive and healthy


“Don’t stigmatise people living with

HIV as the HIV/AIDS Antidiscrimination

Act prohibits people from

discriminating against citizens because

of their HIV status. Unfortunately, there

are so many people living with HIV that

we don’t know their status.

“Those who know their status need a

good support system. Generally we have

about 1.9% of the people positive with

HIV; more than half of people living with

HIV are women. More women need to be

empowered because we know that part

of the issue arises because they are

indigent, some of them cannot provide

for themselves.

“And because most of them don’t have

a source of livelihood, they engage in

risky behaviour that can predispose them

to contracting HIV.

“Empowerment programmes will equip

them economically and give them bargaining

power to earn livelihood. It will also give

them skills on how they will deal with the

issue of gender based violence”.

Whenever they

sat and I came

close, they will

run away from

me. The stigma

was fierce; it got

to the point that

my friends threw

my loads

outside saying I


belongings in

the same

compound with

them anymore


Broadcast Regulator V

Africa Independent

Television (AIT)

In the last couple of days,

Nigerians were treated

to a battle of words between

the National Broadcasting

Commission (NBC),

which is Nigeria’s broadcast

regulator and one of the nation’s

foremost broadcast

stations - the Africa Independent

Television (AIT) and

its sister radio station, referred

to simply in this article

as AIT. Three days ago,

the regulator acting within

its statutory powers suspended

the AIT on grounds

of breach of the broadcasting

code. In a media conference,

the Director General

of the NBC, Ishaq Modibo

Kawu, listed the many alleged

breaches of the AIT

which in broadcast parlance,

would pass for mortal

sins of the industry. Based

on that, some analysts may

have concluded that AIT

was guilty as charged and

deserved to be sanctioned.

But the case is not that simplistic

as it draws attention

to larger issues in our

broadcast landscape which

we have to resolve.

In our new age of technology,

Nigeria must begin to

act swiftly in line with global

realities which currently

point to the undesirabili-


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University of Lagos

herefore, notwithstand

ing shortcomings in the

Atikunation Project launched

to bolster Atiku Abubakar’s

chances and counteract the

Next Level marketing strategy

of APC, the former Vice

President performed better

than President Muhammadu

Buhari during the campaigns.

Still, Buhari “won,” which

raises the question: does a candidate’s

actual display during

campaigns really matter in

determining the final result of

presidential elections in Nigeria?

PDP, the main opposition

party, has alleged that INEC

connived with APC to rig the

last presidential election. Expectedly,

the President’s vociferous

supporters have dismissed

such claims, insisting

that Atiku Abubakar is a bad

loser. But it is premature to ignore

allegations of electoral

fraud and manipulation without

looking closely at some interesting

details about the just

concluded election. According

to media reports, voter

turnout for this year’s presidential

election was low generally

at 35.6%, 8% less than

43.6% recorded in 2015. Now,

although the situation was

largely due to increased voter

apathy stemming from serial

disappointment of Nigerians

by our morally leprous political

class, some of the figures

declared by INEC are puzzling

indeed. To begin with, in

spite of the low turnout nationwide,

relatively insecure Boko

Haram-infested states like

Borno and Yobe recorded increased

voter turnout of 39%

and 40% respectively, whereas

Abia and Akwa Ibom states

with far less insecurity issues

ty of official control of

broadcasting. The argument

now is that broadcast licensing

has a possibility of

breaching the fundamental

rights of those whose requests

for licences are denied

or suspended. Broadcast licensing

is thus now seen to

be at variance with freedom

of expression as a human

right as provided for in many

pieces of legislation such as

Article 9 of the African Charter

on Human and Peoples

Rights; Article 10 of the European

Convention for the

Protection of Human Rights

and Fundamental

Freedoms; Article 13 of the

American Convention on

Human Rights and Section

39 of the Nigerian Constitution.

These are provisions

which clearly stipulate the

right of everyone to freedom

of opinion and expression;

including the right to hold

opinions without interference

and to seek, receive and

impart information and ideas

through any media and

regardless of frontiers. This

probably explains the demand

of the Nigerian Guild

of Editors for the revocation

of AIT’s suspension.

In the past, it was argued

that because broadcasting

Democratic culture and the 2019

general elections in Nigeria (3)

had 16% and 18% in that order.

Interestingly, in Akwa

Ibom Buhari managed to increase

his total share of votes

by 34% compared to what he

got in 2015. It could be argued

that what seems like voter

suppression in the southeast

especially is actually the

result of confusion among

voters arising from the call for

election boycott by the Indigenous

Peoples of Biafra

(IPOB) which was eventually

called off at the eleventh hour,

so to speak. Even so, in a large

number of polling units

across the zone, INEC officials

arrived several hours behind

schedule, a problem that

was compounded by insufficient

quantity of electoral materials

and malfunctioning

smart card readers. In this

connection, millions of voters

were disenfranchised

throughout the east, perhaps

to reduce the number of votes

from there and whittle down

the political influence of

Ndigbo in the next dispensation.

Now, how did President

Buhari manage to get a higher

percentage of votes in the

south-east this year than he did

four years ago, to the extent of

leapfrogging from a paltry 3%

in 2015 to 28% in Abia, Nnamdi

Kanu’s home state? To be

candid, the result is somewhat

baffling given that prior to the

last elections a sizeable percentage

of Ndigbo in general

were poised to vote against

him because they believe

strongly that he is anti-Igbo

and that his administration is

not genuinely interested in addressing

their genuine concerns,

particularly the issue of

Igbo exclusion from the power

grid of national security apparatchik

and lack of heavy

federal investment in Igboland

among others. But to

Osita Okechukwu, Loretta

Onochie, Chris Ngige and

other favour-seekers from the

zone always fawning and ingratiating

themselves with the

President, it is a welcome development,

a clear demonstration

or evidence that they really

worked hard for the President,

hoping that it might

convince Buhari to compensate

them one way or another

as obedient servants. Of

course, Buhari might dump

them like expired tyres that

have served their purpose.

Having said that, there is no

good reason to rule out the

possibility that the startling

results declared for the southeast

when compared to those

from the troubled north-east

could be a deliberate attempt

by INEC and the ruling party

to ensure low votes in the east,

a traditional stronghold of the

PDP. In otherwords, it is possible

that the whole thing is a

well-planned and executed

game plan of systematic voter

suppression and disenfranchisement

in Igboland complemented

with vote inflation

in the north-east to ensure that

the President is re-elected for

a second term of four years.

Another intriguing case is

Kogi state, where the so-called

Fulani herdsmen have been

terrorising people for some

time now. Still, INEC says that

voter turnout there rose by 22%

over the 2015 figure. Kogi indigenes

seem to appreciate

President Buhari more than

his own people in Katsina state

where participation of voters

increased by only 7%. Consider

also the case of Lagos and

Kano, two states where the

problem of insecurity is not as

serious as what obtains in Yobe

state. According to official results,

despite worsening security

situation in Yobe, about

76,000 more people voted

there compared to the number

that did in 2015. But INEC has

more presence in Lagos and

Kano, which have remained

hotbeds of national politics

since the 1950s till date. Yet,

uses spectrum-a scarce public

resource, it is virtually

impossible to grant every request

for a licence without

creating a chaotic broadcasting

milieu. There is

doubt if this argument is

valid today following the

rise of numerous unlicensed

new competitors and technologies,

including: the Internet

and the World Wide

Web; blogging; social networking;

VCRs and DVDs;

podcasting; portable digital

music and video; gaming

platforms; and many other

multimedia information

and entertainment services.

To some experts, broadcast

licensing merely makes

their operators enjoy less

freedom than providers of

newspapers, books and

magazines, movies, live performances,

as well as cable

and satellite operators.

Now, are all the acclaimed

sins of AIT not visible to Nigerians

through other organs

especially social media

platforms which use the

same spectrum? In fact, we

cannot claim that government

owned broadcast stations

are less blame-worthy

especially against the findings

of Yomi Bolarinwa, a

former NBC Chief Executive

that ‘recalcitrant public stations

in Nigeria operate

largely as the mouth piece

of government instead of

representing the whole society

while the private stations

operate as the mouth

piece of the rich and powerful

with the common man

abandoned by both.’

Another major issue is the

enabling law of the broadcast

regulator and its composition.

According to the

United Nations Scientific

and Cultural Organization

UNESCO, it is expedient to

select only members of regulatory

authorities that “can

function free from any interference

or pressure from

political or economic forces.”

Nigeria’s NBC cannot

meet this standard when it

is made up of nominees of a

government that may not be

Broadcasting needs

to be properly

organized in Nigeria

so that the issue of

licensing is

sufficiently demystified

for the

public to clearly

understand why

someone gets a

frequency while

another person is

denied or why a

particular licence is


fair to broadcast stations

owned by proprietors with

opposing political views.

This is the crux of the posture

of AIT. Whether the latter

is right or wrong in its

perception, begs the issue.

The panacea is for the

framework for our broadcast

licensing to change

from its present colouration

of members of the regulatory

body who by virtue of their

political appointment and

lack of independence from

government cannot but be

partisan. Indeed, even professionals

in the NBC would

still carry a huge political

burden if the law says they

Judging by INEC results, it

appears that people

running for their lives and

internally displaced

persons in crisis-torn

states like Yobe, Borno and

Zamfara were more willing

to risk their lives to vote

than people living in more

peaceful states

not only did the number of

voters in Lagos state drop by

28%, PDP’s share went down

by 180,000 when compared

with the figure the party got

four years ago. That is partly

due to deliberate (sometimes

violent) suppression of votes

in PDP strongholds across the

state with large Igbo population.

In Kano, voter turnout

dipped by 11%, whereas it increased

in bandit-ravaged

Zamfara state. Judging by

INEC results, it appears that

people running for their lives

and internally displaced persons

in crisis-torn states like

Yobe, Borno and Zamfara

were more willing to risk their

lives to vote than people living

in more peaceful states

especially in the south. Now,

how can one explain these

anomalies without implicating

INEC, security agencies

and do-or-die politicians? Do

the results released by INEC

truly reflect the actual votes

cast or is the whole thing a

well-calibrated electoral legerdemain

cleverly executed to

achieve a predetermined


I do not have the answers to

these questions, but it is clear

that the last presidential poll

has raised serious doubts

about the ability of INEC

chaired by Prof. Mahmood

Yakubu to conduct free, fair

and transparent elections. The

issue is complicated right now

by the bold claim of PDP that

it has the authentic results obtained

from INEC’s back server.

According to the party, the

real results it downloaded

are under the supervision of

a Minister especially one

with Lai Mohammed’s disposition.

Broadcasting needs to be

properly organized in Nigeria

so that the issue of licensing

is sufficiently demystified

for the public to

clearly understand why

someone gets a frequency

while another person is denied

or why a particular licence

is suspended. If not, it

would be difficult to control

the stations as whatever the

regulator does to any operator

would be criticised

against what she does to a

government broadcast station.

To redress the situation,

we need to follow how

other countries have handled

the subject. In the UK,

the practice is for vacancies

on regulatory bodies to be

advertised for anybody to

apply while selection is organized

by an independent

public appointments’ agency.

In Germany, some notable

interest groups such as

trade unions, religious and

professional bodies have the

right to nominate candidates.

In South Africa,

members of its Independent

Communications Authority

are persons who have suitable

qualifications, expertise

and cognate experience in

certain fields among them

broadcasting, telecommunications,

journalism, engineering


The merits of a professionally

organized regulator are

self-explicit especially in developing

societies where democracy

is yet to be stabilized.

In such societies, regulators

under the control of

government are likely to be

directed to use unavailability

of frequencies to reject

licensing requests or to even

suspend licences of mem-

from INEC server indicate

that Atiku Abubakar defeated

Buhari by more than 1.6

million votes, excluding the

result from Rivers state which

was unavailable when the

others were downloaded.

Some of the results claimed

by PDP include the one from

Niger state, which shows that

its presidential candidate

garnered 576,308 votes,

while Buhari had 504,218.

But INEC announced that

Buhari won in the state with

612,371 as against Atiku Abubakar’s

218,052. In Gombe,

Atiku won by 684,077 while

Buhari had 115,225 votes.

However, the result announced

by INEC shows the

reverse, with Buhari scoring

402, 961 as against Atiku’s

138,484 votes. For Benue,

INEC’s back server shows that

Atiku beat Buhari with

529,970 votes while the latter

secured 140,282 votes. INEC

released a result having

356,817 for Atiku and

347,668 for Buhari, narrowing

Atiku’s “victory” considerably.

In Kaduna, Atiku purportedly

won by 961,143

compared to Buhari’s

469,002 votes, while INEC

claims that Buhari carried the

day with 993,445 votes and

Atiku 649,612 votes. In his

home state of Adamawa,

Atiku emerged victorious both

in the result downloaded from

INEC’s back server and the

one announced by the returning

officer from the state but,

as in Benue, the official result

narrowed the margin of victory.

Thus, INEC’s official result

reads 410,266 to 378,078

in favour of Atiku, while the

downloaded result is 464,080

and 169,600. Also consider

this interesting statistic: between

2015 and 2019, votes

from the north shared between

APC and the PDP during the

presidential election increased

by 1,032,619 votes,

while southern votes dropped

by a whopping 2,854,977

votes, giving the north an outrageous

advantage of

3,887,596 votes and inadvertently

reaffirming its contrived

political superiority over the

bers of opposition political

parties. It is not only government

control of the NBC

that needs to change. The

enabling law, the National

Broadcasting Commission

Act Cap. NII, Laws of the

Federation, 2004 also needs

to be reviewed to remove issues

such as contradictory

authorizations in the Act For

example, in one part of its

enabling law, Section 2(1b),

the power of the Commission

is limited to “recommending


through the Minister to the

President, for the grant of

radio and television licences.”

Elsewhere in the same

law, Section 9 is illogically

titled “powers of the commission

to grant licences.”

From where does the NBC

derive such power? In other

words, although the Commission

is empowered to

merely recommend the

grant of a licence to higher

authorities, the same Commission

is described as a

grantor of licences thereby

equating the regulator with

the President or at best confusing

the subject as to who

does what in the business. If

the President and the NBC

have same powers, what one

does, can be attributed to the

other by an aggrieved citizen.

Besides, by being selective

about the activities of a regulator

which the NBC can

perform, Nigeria appears

afraid to institute a viable

entity. Some analysts may

be wondering why the NBC

is empowered to suspend/

revoke a licence which it

does not have power to

grant. Accordingly, the substantive

problem in our

broadcast industry is beyond

the one between the

regulator and AIT

south. Now, is it really a coincidence

that INEC chairman

announced that Buhari has

been re-elected with 3,928,869

votes, almost the same margin

of victory as the contrived

political advantage of the

north over the south? In my

view, selfish southern politicians

are a bunch of political


At the beginning of our discussion,

I pointed out that President

Buhari’s re-election notwithstanding

his mediocre

performance is both counterfactual

and counterintuitive

from the perspective of rational

game theory. Little wonder

Festus Keyamo started chasing

shadows by reacting hysterically

to PDP’s claim of having

authentic results which

show that Buhari actually lost

the election. Keyamo’s emotional

outburst dripping with

slave mentality is very amusing:

instead of addressing the

most important question of

whether the figures PDP allegedly

got from INEC certified

server are authentic, he tries

to muddy the waters by calling

on law enforcement agencies

to investigate how the

party got the information in

the first place. I am not a lawyer,

but as a logician I know

that the most important issue

here is to determine the accuracy

and genuineness of the

information PDP is parading

– the question of how it was

obtained is secondary. For, if

the figures are fictitious, the

question of its source becomes

otiose or irrelevant. But if they

are genuine, it means that the

source is trustworthy and the

figures must have evidential

value. While we await the unnecessarily

sluggish judicial

process to take its course in

this matter, Atiku Abubakar

and his vociferous supporters

like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

must be reminded that they

were partly responsible for

bringing the blizzard called

President Muhammadu Buhari

into office in 2015. So,

those who sow the wind should

be prepared to reap the whirlwind

without complaining!


SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9, 2019 PAGE 27


Kids display y broadcas

oadcasting skill at Vanguar

anguard's studio

Hello kids out there!

Last week, Monday, was a day that

totally confirms a saying that it is

not where you are that matters, it is

what you make out of the place you

are. It is not much about the

structure but about what you can

offer the children. The era of saying

that public schools do not have

much to offer is gone and as a matter

of fact, private schools need to buckle

up to remain relevant in the

educational sector of this country with

what was displayed at VanguardLive

studio to mark the Children’s Day


The children came from various

Local Government Education

Authorities in Lagos State. They were

well tutored on Vanguard's Children's

Day theme, The Nigeria I

desire".They took over

VanguardLive studio where they

displayed high intellectual capacity

on the theme and in broadcasting.

Everyone present gave them standing

ovation and the comments and shares

on Vanguard online Facebook

platform were amazing. Yes! Some

said they crammed what they were

saying, but then, they delivered.

How many children in most private

schools could cram and deliver like

they did. I tell you the glory of public

schools has returned. Don’t make the

mistake, Nigeria's future is bright.

Watch their performances on


Have a great week.

The new executive members of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists

(NAWOJ), Lagos State, led by Chairman, Adeola Yekini

(middle) donating goft items, clothings and toiletries to the Nigeria

Red Cross Society Orphanage Home, Makoko, Lagos in commemoration

of 2019 Children's Day.

Chinese Animation Africa Tour hit Lagos on Children’s

Day event


he Chinese Animation Africa

Tour kicked off in Lagos, Nigeria

on May 26, at the Silverbird

Cinemas, Victoria Island.

The event which is supported by the

Chinese Ministry of Culture and

Tourism, sponsored by StarTimes

Group, and co-organized by

Silverbird Cinemas and Shang Hai

Toonmax Expo Co. Ltd, saw a large

turnout of primary school children.

The event saw the exhibition of the

Chinese animated film “Boonie

Bears: a mystical winter” and since

it coincided with the eve of

Children’s Day, the organizers set

up face painting and children’s

game, which were overwhelmingly

welcomed by the children present.

The Chinese Animation Africa Tour

is aimed at promoting education

through Chinese animation and

ToonMax is introducing Chinese

animation to Nigerian children

through characters they can easily

identify with and which also relates

to local stories they know.

It is reported that the Chinese

Ministry of Culture commissioned

StarTimes to hold the first Chinese

Animation Africa Tour activity in

Nigeria in January 2018, and the

second Chinese Animation Africa

Tour activity, organized in May

2019, will be carried out in different

forms in three countries including

L-R: Chief Officer, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, Hu YinYuan,

General Manager, Shanghai Left Pocket Studio Ltd, Zhu LiLi, and the

General Manager Assistant, Shanghai Toonmax EXPO Co Ltd, Zhang

Wei at the kick off of the Chinese Animation African Tour held at the

Silverbird Cinemas, Victoria Island Lagos.

Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Zambia

from May 26 to promote exchanges

and cooperation between China

and Africa in the animation film


While speaking at the event, the

Chief Operating Officer,

StarTimes Nigeria, Mr Tunde Aina,

stated that Chinese companies were

there to introduce their animations

with local flavor to the delight of

every Nigerian child.

“This partnership is between

StarTimes and a group of Chinese

companies involved in animation.

They are trying to introduce their

animation content to Africa and

that’s the purpose of the tour. They

want to show us a product they

already have and they are also

looking towards partnering with local

producers of animations because we

have told them based on the

instruction from our own government

to produce animations that is relevant

to our culture,” he said.


‘abuse of a leader’ .

“Some people use their leaders to

their own selfish advantage and

when such a leader dies, they jump

over to another leader who they will

also use to death!

“King Saul is a good example of a

servant-leader. When he was

confronted with his disobedience to

God, he said in 1 Samuel 15:24: ‘I

have sinned for I have transgressed

the commandment of the LORD, and

thy words: because I feared the

people, and obeyed their voice’.

“The people he was supposed to

guide were actually the ones

controlling him, and, by his own

admission, he feared them.

“When a serving-leader becomes a

servant-leader, people begin to

wonder: ‘Who is leading who?’ God

is not the author of confusion; this is

why He always appoints a leader

who He relates with and through

whom He passes instructions to His


“Our Lord Jesus Christ makes it

clear that there is a difference

between a servant and a friend (John

15:15). A servant is limited, whereas

a friend has a deeper relationship.


God does not approve of

godfather, servant-leader

— Pastor Adeboye

By Wale Akinola

Pastor E. A. Adeboye, the

General Overseer of the

Redeemed Christian

Church of God (RCCG), has an

advice for political office holders:

Be serving-leaders. Trying to

distinguish between a servingleader

and a servant-leader, the

revered cleric said, “This

arrangement (servant-leader) is

common in the political sphere, and

cannot serve the interest of the


If you are in such situation,

remember you will give account of

your service to God and not to a

godfather”. Adeboye spoke in a

message to his congregation

published in his famous book, Open

Heavens for 2019. The book,

published annually, has each part

earmarked to be read each day of the


The part of the book of the 2019

edition earmarked to be read on

Saturday, May 25, 2015, four days

before the May 29 inauguration of

Nigeria’s leaders at the federal level

and 29 states, was titled, Be a

Serving-Leader. It reads:

“Some people don’t know the

difference between being a servingleader

and a servant-leader. A great

example of a serving leader is our

Lord Jesus Christ. He served till the

end of His earthly ministry and

continues to serve even at the right

hand of power in heaven (Romans

8:34, Hebrews 7:25).

“However, He is not a servant; He

actually acknowledged His status as

Lord and Master in John 13:13. It is

unfortunate therefore that many

followers want to make servants out

of their God-ordained leaders.

“Leaders are meant to serve but not

to be subjected to servitude. This is

what I personally describe as the

Some people

use their

leaders to their

own selfish

advantage and

when such a

leader dies,

they jump over

to another

leader who they

will also use to


“This distinction is the reason why

leaders appointed by God cannot be

servants. Followers should be

sincere enough not to try to make

servants of their God ordained

leaders. Such leadership will not do

them any good, and they may not be

spared when these servant-leaders,

whom they have badly influenced,

receive their judgment from God.

“Some mischief makers who like to

manipulate their leaders to do their

bidding would always advocate for

servant-leadership, because they

don’t really want leaders; they would

rather have a stooge who they can

use for their own selfish interest.

“This arrangement is common in

the political sphere, and cannot

serve the interest of the people. If

you are in such situation, remember

you will give account of your service

to God and not to a godfather.

“May God grant us leaders who

will serve His interest in our churches

and nations in Jesus’ Name”.

SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9, 2019, PAGE 29

9th Senate President,

Speaker Emerge Tuesday

Ndume vows to fight to the end

*99 senators-elect backing Lawan--Campaign


Assistant Political Editor

As the 8 th Senate adjourned last

Thursday sine die ahead of Tuesday

inauguration of the 9th Senate, a

total of 66 senators will not be part of the

inauguration except as visitors or friends,

associates to the incoming ones.

In essence, 43 across the All Progressives

Congress ( APC ) and the Peoples Democratic

Party ( PDP) are returning. Of the 109 senatorselect

expected at the inauguration, only 107

have been confirmed by the Independent

National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The 66 senators who said goodbye last week

include former Senate President Bukola

Saraki ( PDP Kwara Central)

On the list are Senators Rafiu Ibrahim (

Kwara South), Shaaba Lafiagi ( Kwara

North), Ahmed Ogembe ( Kogi Central),

Isaac Alfa ( Kogi East), Mohammed Garba

( Niger South), Suleiman Adokwe ( Nasarawa

South), Philip Gyunka ( Nasarawa North),

Jonah David Jang ( Plateau North) and

Jeremiah Useni ( Plateau South East) and they

are all from the North Central.

Others are Senators Baba Kaka Garbai (

Borno Central), Mohammed Hassan ( Yobe

South), Bukkar Abba Ibrahim ( Yobe East),

Binta Masi Garba ( Adamawa North )

Abdulaziz Nyako ( Adamawa Central),

Ahmad Abubakar ( Adamawa South),

Hamma Misau ( Bauchi Central),

Suleiman Nazif ( Bauchi North), Joshua

Lidani ( Gombe South ) and Bayero Usman

Nafada ( Gombe North) all from the North-


From the North-West of those not returning

are Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso ( Kano

Central), Suleiman Hunkuyi ( Kaduna

North), Shehu Sani ( Kaduna Central), Abu

Ibrahim ( Katsina South) Umaru Kurfi (

Katsina Central), Ibrahim Abdullahi

Danbaba ( Sokoto South), Kabiru Marafa (

Zamfara Central), Tijjani Kaura ( Zamfara

North ) Ahmad Sani Yerima ( Zamfara West)

, Mohammed Ubali Shitu ( Jigawa North

East) and Abdullahi Gumel ( Jigawa North


From the South-West are Senators

Olugbenga Ashafa ( Lagos East), Buruji

Kashamu ( Ogun East), Lanre Tejuoso ( Ogun

Central), Gbolahan Dada ( Ogun West), Tayo

Alasoadura ( Ondo Central), Yele Omogunwa

( Ondo South), Biodun Olujimi ( Ekiti South),

Fatima Raji- Rasaki ( Ekiti Central), Duro

Faseyi ( Ekiti North), Olusola Adeyeye ( Osun

Central), Babajide Omoworare ( Osun East),

Ademola Adeleke ( Osun West), Monsurat

Sunmonu ( Oyo Central) and Rilwan Akanbi

Oyo South).

From the South - East are Senators like Mao

Ohuabunwa ( Abia North ), Gilbert Nnaji (

Enugu East), Hope Uzodinma ( Imo West),

Sam Anyanwu ( Imo East), Sonny Ogborji

( Ebonyi South), Victor Umeh ( Anambra

Central) and Andy Uba ( Anambra South).

From the South-South, we have Senators

Andrew Uchendu ( Rivers East), Magnus Abe

( Rivers South East) , Osinakachukwu Ideozu

( Rivers West), Godswill Akpabio ( Akwa Ibom

North East), Nelson Effiong ( Akwa Ibom

South), John Enoh ( Cross River Central),

Emmanuel Paulker ( Bayelsa Central), Ben

Murray- Bruce ( Bayelsa East) and Foster

Ogola ( Bayelsa West).

The number of non-returnees may reduce if

Senators Benjamin Uwajumogu from Imo

North, Mao Ohuabunwa, Abia North and

Yahaya Yahaya Lawal Gumau from

Bauchi South succeeded in their different

litigations in court on the result of the February

23 National Assembly elections.

The senators, after four years of being

together, making laws, raising motions,

coming up with resolutions, passing bills,

carrying out oversight functions,

brainstorming at standing and Adhoc

Committees, querelling, disagreeing on issues,

playing politics, they were able to say at the

end of the day, that all is well that ends well.

Now that the tenure of the 8 th Senate has

ended and a former governor of Gombe State,

Senator Danjuma Goje, APC, Gombe Central,

has withdrawn from the race for Senate

President, the question of who becomes the

Chairman of the National Assembly has been

narrowed to two personalities.

The fight on Tuesday is between the

incumbent Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad

Lawan, APC, Yobe, and his predecessor,

Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South.

While the ruling APC and the Presidency

are backing Lawan for the position, Ndume is

hoping on his colleagues to vote for him and

make him the next Senate President.

It is clear that Lawan or Ndume will succeed

Saraki as the next Senate President, just as the

immediate past Senate President said on

Thursday during the valedictory session for

the 8 th Senate that one of them will succeed


Barely 24 hours after the valedictory session,

Lawan unveiled his agenda, and reiterated

that the upper camber under his leadership

will not be a rubber stamp and an appendage

of the executive arm of government.

Lawan, who assured Nigerians of

predictable budget cycle in the 9th National

Assembly through collaboration with the

executive, however lamented that kidnapping

business has what he described as upstream

and downstream sectors.

The Senate leader, who spoke at Transcorp

Hilton Hotel, Abuja and titled his 20- page

agenda, ‘A National Assembly that Works for

Nigeria: Proposed Legislative Agenda for the

9th Senate’, noted that the Senate he would

preside over will disagree with the Presidency,

but with respect.

He said, “ If there is need for disagreement

in the interest of Nigerians , we will disagree

Continues on page 31

How Gbajabiamila, Bago

stand ahead of voting

By Emman Ovuakporie,


THE battle line has been drawn

between Umar Bago and Femi

Gbajabiamila the two front line

contenders for the House of

Representatives Speaker’s position.

The intrigues that hallmark the contest

got to a crescendo last week as both

lawmakers’ foot soldiers went into the

archives to dig out weapons for the


Earlier, the ruling All Progressives

Congress, APC, added fuel to the contest

by not only zoning the position to the

South-West geopolitical zone but also

picked a preferred candidate in the person

of Gbajabiamila.

This did not go down well with the

North-Central zone which put up an

argument that after producing the third

highest votes that gave President

Muhammadu Buhari victory, it deserves

nothing less than the position of the House


They equally submitted that the position

of Vice President is already in the South-

West zone where the party’s anointed

candidate hails from.

The Senate presidency too has been

zoned to the North-East from the North-

Central where the immediate past

occupant of the office hails from.

But those in Gbajabiamila’s camp, in a

counter position, argued that merit and

long term legislative experience should

be considered as strong points in electing

the next Speaker.

Merit and long term legislative

experience obviously favour their

candidate who has been in the House

since 1999 during which he has been a

principal officer.

But one of the lawmakers in opposition

to Gbajabiamila told Sunday Vanguard

at the weekend, “Yes, he (Gbajabiamila)

has cognate experience but the godfather

hangover definitely will affect him since

Senator Ahmad Lawan has received

President Muhammadu Buhari’s


“It will be almost impossible to leave

both legislative chambers in the hands of

Gbajabiamila’s godfather” .

Another lawmaker spoke in the same

vein, saying, “Senator Goje has stepped

down for Lawan for now, so the message

is loud and clear: There’s no way another

protege of the godfather can emerge in

the House”.

As things stand now, the spread in terms

of old lawmakers from the geo-political

zones has a role to play in who emerges

Speaker on Tuesday.

The table below shows the number of

returning members, new members from

the different geopolitical zones and


The APC has 204 new members,

followed by the PDP with 134 members

while other parties share 22.


NE 14 18 4 8 4

NW 40 39 10 3 -

NC 9 22 6 10 4

SW 18 33 9 6 5

SS 3 6 27 19

SE 1 1 20 12 9

The North-East, from the above table,

has 14 old APC lawmakers and 18 new

APC members. The PDP has four

returnees and eight new lawmakers.

Other parties have four.

North-West APC has 49 old members

while new members are 39.

PDP old members are 10 while new

members are three. Other parties have no

members from the zone.

North Central: Old APC-9, new-22. PDP:

Old – 6, new-10, other parties - 4.

South West: Old APC – 18, new-33. PDP:

Old – 9, new - 6, other parties -5.

South-South: Old APC - 3, new APC-6.

Old PDP-27, new-19, other parties-nil

South East: Old APC-1, new-1.

Old PDP - 20, new -12, other parties-9.

Going by the above geopolitical

configuration, analysts say the outcome

of the election of the Speaker can be

projected if narrowed to Gbajabiamila

and Bago.

If the lawmakers decide to vote based

on geopolitical sentiments, the analysts

say the candidate from the North may

clinch the number four citizen’s position.

Another factor in the contest is


One of the two leading aspirants for

speakership is running on Muslim-

Muslim (Speaker/Deputy Speaker)


On the factor of competence, analysts

say the contest for Speaker between

Gbajabiamila and Bago is going to be

tight because both candidates have

quality legislative experience.

48 hours to the emergence of the

Speaker for the 9th House of

Representatives, seven lawmakers appear

very much in the race but by tomorrow or

Monday some of them may pitch tent with

either Gbalabiamila or Bago.

PAGE 30 — SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9, 2019

Issues that will determine who becomes Speaker

are clear – Hon. Ogene, Bago's spokesperson

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

The 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated on Tuesday. In this interview, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene,

the spokesman for the Campaign Organisation of the candidate for the Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Bago, says his principal is coasting to victory.

Tuesday is the inauguration of the 9th

Assembly, House of Representatives on

which the elections for Speaker and

Deputy Speaker would hold. With your

principal in the race, how prepared is

your camp for the elections?

It has been two months of intense

engagement with members-elect, the civil

society, critical stakeholders, including present

and former leaders of the

country, and the mass of the

Nigerian people. During this

period of electioneering, we

have stayed on the issues,

without recourse to personal

abuse or mudslinging. And

what are these issues that have

dominated the campaigns?

For us in the Hon.

Mohammed Umaru Bago

campaign organization,

what we have put out centres

on the need for justice, equity

and fairness in the leadership

recruitment process of our

dear nation. Quite unknown

to many persons, or maybe

they simply elect to gloss over

it, is the constitutional

requirement for equity in the

choice of leaders so as to

consciously reflect our

geopolitical diversity as a nation. In fact, under

the Fundamental Objectives and Directive

Principles of State Policy, as captured in

Chapter 2, Section 14(3) of the 1999

Constitution of the Federal Republic of

Nigeria, as amended,” the composition of the

Government of the Federation or any of its

agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be

carried out in such a manner as to reflect the

federal character of Nigeria and the need to

promote national unity, and also to command

national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there

shall be no predominance of persons from a

few States or from a few ethnic or other

sectional groups in that Government or in any

of its agencies.” In fact, this provision of the

Constitution aptly sums up the entire

disputation as far as the contest for leadership

of the 9th National Assembly is concerned.

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

Hon. John Dyegh is a member of the

All Progressives Congress, APC,

representing Gboko/Tarka federal

constituency of Benue state. Dyegh, who has a

PhD in economic history, explains why he is

the race for speakership of the House of


Why do you think you are qualified

to be the number one man in the Green


First of all, as an elected member of the

House of Representatives, I am qualified to

vie for any position in the chamber. But, most

especially, I believe that I have the requisite

experience and competence to lead the 9th

House of Representatives having spent eight

years in the Green Chamber. I am mentally,

physically and psychologically prepared and

it is my conviction that my colleagues who

know my capacity would like to have a

Speaker like me. Remember, I am coming in

for third term and, in the legislature, the longer

you stay, the more experienced you become.

So, I am coming into the race with a rich

wealth of legislative experience that will

benefit Nigerians. Again, my decision to

contest for Speaker is also a response to the

clarion call by my constituents, Honourable

colleagues in the House across party lines,

party faithful and other stakeholders in the

North-Central geopolitical zone and Nigeria

in general, for me to offer myself for this office.

And like I said, when I was making my

declaration, I am ready to offer my time and

talents, and make sacrifices for the good of

every Nigerian. Also, my decision to join this

race is based on my unyielding faith in a united

and prosperous Nigeria.

Besides being qualified, what is your

Can you therefore

see why it has been

such a Herculean

task getting the

other side to speak

to the issues of

equity, justice and

fairness which we

have deposited?

But in spite of this constitutional

provision which you have cited, your

party, the All Progressives Congress,

APC, remains resolute on its choice of

candidates as Presiding Officers.

You see, a lot of people do not quite

understand what is meant by the phrase “spirit

and letters of the Constitution.” Which is why

I think that going forward, Chapter 2 of the

Nigerian Constitution ought

to be made justiciable. When

the Constitution talks about

commanding national

loyalty, those two words are

far deeper than many ascribe

to it. Today in Nigeria, a lot of

groups no longer show

loyalty to the nation, be it

Boko Haram, insurgents,

ethnic militias, kidnappers

and the likes. Now, while not

excusing their recourse to

self-help, our collective

failings as a people in giving

them a seeming sense of

belonging could have

unwittingly contributed to

their disenchantment. Going

forward, therefore, I would

suggest that leaders across all

strata would not only

memorise the wordings of the

Section I just mentioned, but would also

indeed commit to its faithful implementation.

Can you therefore see why it has been such a

Herculean task getting the other side to speak

to the issues of equity, justice and fairness which

we have deposited in the public domain.

Besides the country’s Constitution, the APC’s

Constitution promotes same ideals, which is

why they don’t have any strong grounds to

canvass their candidature. Now, we no longer

hear the popular phrase, ‘Baba so pe’, literally

interpreted to mean ‘the leader has spoken’,

which has dominated Lagos politics, but the

party has endorsed.

With this endorsement, where does

that leave your candidate, Hon.Bago?

Oh, he’s doing very fine and by the grace of

the Supreme Creator of the universe, we shall

emerge victorious on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Even though you sound so confident, Hon.

Abdulmumuni Jibrin, Director General of the

Femi Gbajabiamila campaign, in a face- off

with you on TV, on Wednesday, dismissed you

as a non-voting member.

He did more than that. In fact, he contended

that I am not widely travelled to understand

the issues surrounding Gbajabiamila’s

Supreme Court of Georgia issue. That has

been the nature of their campaign, riddled

with personal abuse. With every sense of

modesty, I am sure I saw the outside world

before Abdulmumuni. In February 1998 when

I was chosen as the only Nigerian participant

for that year’s prestigious International

Visitors Program which took me to five

American states, Abdulmumuni was in Kano.

Yes, I may not be a voting member but I played

same role for the Dogara’s campaign in 2015

and, to the glory of God, we got victory. That

should tell him something.

Critics pointed at your camp as being

responsible for the allegations trailing

Hon. Gbajabiamila.

We are giving members-elect an option to

look at fair play – Hon Dyegh

plan of action or policy thrust you

intend to implement should you be

elected Speaker on June 11?

My coming into this race is not by accident.

I am well prepared and have a seven-point

evidenced-based legislative agenda. This

agenda is an elaborate work plan that when

implemented will transform the legislature

and repositioned it for better service

delivery. And what does the evidencedbased

legislative agenda sets out to

achieve? With the evidence-based

legislative agenda, we intend to ensure

enhanced capacity of legislators and

legislative support services through

training and retraining to enable the 9th

National Assembly pass national priority

laws in critical sectors such as security,

employment and productivity, power and

agriculture. The 8thAssembly has so far

set a standard by passing the highest

number of bills ever in the history of the

legislature in the country. I intend to

improve on this in the 9thAssembly, if I

am elected as Speaker. The House under

my leadership would improve on what the

8th Assembly has achieved and I believe

that we can do. Thirdly, we will deepen

oversight processes of the National

Assembly to ensure value for money and

project performance by MDAs in

compliance with the Appropriations Act.

My administration will also instil openness

in the financial operations of the National

Assembly to guarantee accountability,

transparency and responsiveness. Most

importantly, we intend to initiate legislative

measures and laws that will promote and

engender national unity, providing equal

opportunities to all Nigerians irrespective

of ethnic, political, social and religious

affiliations; and work with legislators in a

multi-partisan manner for the stability of


the House and Nigeria at large. We will

also work round the clock to create effective

collaboration with Non-Governmental

Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society

Groups and Development Partners for

active participation of all sectors of the

Society in the Law making and Legislative

processes. Then, we will sustain and deepen

independence of the National Assembly and

ensure harmonious interdependent working

relationship with the Executive arm of

Government without undermining the

principles of Separation of Powers. The

independence of the House is very

important so that lawmakers would be free


First, let me start by saying that besides the

fresh allegations that have come to light, the

alleged conviction of Hon. Gbajabiamila has

lingered in the public domain for over a

decade now. So, how does my campaign

organization come into all of this?

In the final analysis, do you think

you have the numbers to swing victory

to your side?

There are alleged plans to engage in massive

deployment of financial resources for the

election, but, thankfully, majority of the

members-elect are self-made individuals who

cannot be swayed by monetary inducement.

Only one week ago, no fewer than 195

members-elect, across party lines, signed to

vote for us. As we speak, we have over 200

members-elect on our side and still counting,

and with their desire to foist a strange open

voting pattern having crumbled, many more

APC members are expected to come on board,

paving the way for not only a landslide victory

but the continuing guarantee of the

independence of the House of Representatives.

to work in the interest of the constituents

without any interference. We are ready to

work with the executive but will not

mortgage or surrender the role of the

legislature to the executive. We will

discharge our responsibilities in line with

the provisions of the constitution. Like I

said, our relationship will be anchored

on mutual respect and compliance with

the laid down laws.

One of the key components of your

legislative agenda is to champion

the amendment of the Constitution

to prolong the tenure of legislators

from four to six years. How feasible

is this?

This may sound strange or odd to some

people but, it is not a personal or partisan

stand. It is a proposal that when

implemented will benefit Nigerians; it is

an idea that will deepen and strengthen our

democracy. Don’t forget that the legislature

is the only arm of government that has

suffered so much interruption and

legislative knowledge is garnered over time.

But with what we have today, not much of

the institutional knowledge is there because

of the high turnover of legislators.

Lawmakers are elected for four years and

if most of them are not returned; then we

have a new set, so a lot of experienced

lawmakers are thrown out. If you look at

the judiciary, judges spend many years on

the bench and this gives them enough

experience to deliver quality judgements.

Again, look at the executive; for example

the civil service. Civil servants are allowed

to grow on the job and by the time they

get to the position of directors or permanent

secretaries, they become authorities in their

fields. This is adding value to their job. But

when a lawmaker comes in and spends only

four years and leaves, Nigeria loses her

investment in the person. So, straight six

year tenure can help to improve our




Why we trust Gbajabiamila

– Hon. Tunji Ojo

Hon. Olubunmi Tunji, a first time

member-elect of the House of

Representatives (APC, Akoko North-

East/Akoko North-West of Ondo States), in this

piece, says the preferred candidate of the All

Progressives Congress for the position of

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon.

Femi Gbajabiamila, was not imposed on


Inauguration of the 9th National Assembly

as well as the election of the principal officers

is only a few days away from now. We the

members of the 9th House of Representatives

sure have a date with history on Tuesday June

11, 2019 by ensuring that national interest is

placed far ahead of all other person interests.

We must patriotically endeavour to elect for

the House principal officers

that have the capacity to deliver good

governance, harmonious working relationship

with the executive and sustainable development

in the country.

We the Honourable members of the 9th

House are lucky so to say due to the fact that a

viable and competent leadership choice has

already been cut out for us and same choice

has been endorsed by the majority members of

the House. The manifestly and undeniably

competent leadership option before us is

Gbajabiamila- Wase. This is a leadership

option we can trust to run an all inclusive

House that will deliver on impactful

legislation and accommodate the interests of

all members of the lower legislative chamber

across party lines.

Continued from page 29

with the executive but with dignity and respect.

“There will not be a Senate which will be a

rubber stamp of the executive under my watch,

but a Senate that is highly responsible and

committed to those things that work for the


Also few hours after Goje stepped down for

Lawan following his invitation to the

Presidential Villa, Ndume vowed that he will

not step down for anybody as he was

determined to contest for the position of Senate


The contender for Senate President, who

stressed that nobody had invited him to the

Villa, said however that no one would do that


For the aspiration of Gbajabiamila-Wase, it

has been a torrent of endorsements across party

lines. This ticket has since been openly

endorsed by serving and immediate past

governors of both the ruling All Progressive

Congress ( APC) and the leading opposition

parties in the country. However, it is particularly

instructive that the flood gate of endorsements

for Gbajabiamila was opened by President

Muhammadu Buhari. The president had made

it known at several fora that he could only

work comfortably with Hon. Femi


As the Chairman of the First Timers Forum

in the 9th House, I am in the best position to

posit that the choice of Hon. Femi

as there was no need for it.

His explanations came hours after Goje,

who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee

on Appropriations, was invited to the

Presidential Villa and subsequently

withdrew from the race for Senate President

for Lawan.

There were speculations that Ndume might

also opt out from the contest ahead of the 9 th

Senate inauguration this week.

Ndume, who spoke while answering

questions from journalists, said nobody invited

him from the Villa ostensibly to ask him to

drop his aspiration or step down.

The former Senate Leader noted that there

won’t be any cause at this hour to drop his

Gbajabiamila was not imposed on any one of

us. Speakership aspiration of Gbaja had been

willingly and gleefully embraced by majority

members of the House across party lines, even

before the light of widespread endorsements

was ignited by President Buhari. As an active

player in the Gbajabiamila - Wase project, I

make bold to declare that

this aspiration has so far secured

endorsements of a part of the PDP caucus and

other parties. Without being immodest, I can

humbly state that this aspiration is victory


The ongoing campaign of calumny on the

person of Hon. Gbajabiamila, albeit

ineffective one is not totally

unexpected. It is however

regrettable that wicked and

fabricated lies are repeatedly

being churned out by a few

tantrum throwers to create an

illusion of the truth. Meanwhile,

the sad news for these mindless

elements is that we the concerned

actors in the House of

Representatives have since made

up our minds to swim and stick

with Gbajabiamila-Wase


Moreso, it has become

necessary to state emphatically

here so as to clear all doubts and

further reinforce confidence in the

ability Hon. Gbajabiamila that

he has never been convicted for any crime in

the United States of America, Nigeria or any

other country in the whole wide world. It is

also an open fact that Hon. Femi has never

been accused of corruption and has no

corruption charge leveled against him in

Nigeria or any where in the whole wide world.

The gentleman has never committed perjury

nor get convicted for same offence in Nigeria

or any nation on the face of earth. What other

evidence do we even need on the wicked

allegation against Femi Gbajabiamila than

the letter of exoneration written by the State

Bar of Georgia, in which it was unambiguously

stated thus: “There is no criminal conviction

in the matter relating to Hon. Femi and he is

currently an active member in good standing

of the State Bar of Georgia”.

aspiration, meaning the die is cast already or

it is too late in the day to consider such a thought,

saying, “I am very much in the race, and I have

a lot of senators-elect cutting across political

party lines rooting for me already.

“Nobody has invited me to the Villa for any

talk, and there’s no cause for it at this moment

in time. I’ll contest for the 9th Senate President

position, Insha Allah on Tuesday next week”

Besides the position of Senate President, there

is that of the Deputy Senate President which is

rumoured to have been zoned to South-South.

The deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator

Francis Alimikhena, is a major contender

for the position as well as Senator Omo Agege,

both from the South-South.

SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9, 2019, PAGE 31

The ongoing

campaign of

calumny against

the person of Hon.


albeit ineffective

one, is not totally


Of a particular importance to

Gbajabiamila- Wase aspiration was the

endorsement and clarification made by the

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-

Rufai. He had emphasized on the working

chemistry that President Buhari already

underscored between himself and Femi

Gbajabiamila. The Governor had further

cleared the air that it was President

Muhammadu Buhari himself that chose

Femi Gbajabiamila as the person he could

work with in the House of Representatives.

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai had also emphasized

that the duo of Gbajabiamila and Wase

deserved to be Speaker and Deputy Speaker

respectively on account of being ranking

lawmakers with requisite

experience to effect the needed

reforms and deliver legislative

deliverables in 9th Assembly.

The trust reposed in the

leadership ability of Gbajabiamila

and Wase ticket as well as the

evidenced national acceptability

of its ‘Rainbow Coalition’

campaign slogan of “Nation

Building: A Joint Task” must have

informed why a major contender

for Speakership of the House,

Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas stepped

down and had since joined forces

with the camp of Gbajabiamila

and Wase.

It is noteworthy that the torrent

of endorsements for Femi Gbajabiamila in

particular could not have been witnessed if

not for the fact of his being a very competent

and dutiful lawmaker as seen in the last 16

years. He is a 5th term member of the House

who had served as the Minority Leader as well

as the Majority Leader of the House. He is a

highly patriotic Nigeria and a loyal party man.

Gbajabiamila is a manifestly upright, enviably

honest and infectiously competent politician.

He has over the years demonstrated his

abilities of competency, independent

mindedness and the spirit of a team player.



'99 senators-elect back Lawan', Udume vows to fight to the end

Also vying for the position are Senatorselect

Orji Uzor Kalu, Abia and Kabiru

Gaya, Kano.

Meanwhile in a development that

unfolded yesterday, 99 of the 107 senators

– elect expected to vote to elect the Senate

President on Tuesday were said to have

signed and endorsed Lawan. 60 of the

senators-elect are reportedly of the APC,

38 are of the PDP while one is of the Young

Progressives Party, TPP.

The development was announced by the

Secretary of Ahmad Lawan Campaign

Organisation, Senator Barau Jibrin, APC,

Kano North.

APC has a total of 62 senators-elect.

Buhari must break covenant impeding

Nigeria’s breakthrough—Cleric

he Presiding Pastor, Christ Foundation

TMiracle International Chapel, Lagos,

Prophet Josiah Onuoha, has urged President

Muhammadu Buhari to seek urgent ways to

break an old covenant, which he said has been

the cause of Nigeria’s socio-political and

economic problems. He speaks on the

implications of the covenant and more in this

interview. Excerpts:

President Buhari has been accused of

under-performance. What’s your view?

The overwhelming problems of Nigeria is not

about Muhammadu Buhari. It is not physical

or human, but spiritual. I have said it before

that God told me that Nigeria is suffering from

effects of violation of a covenant that was

established at our independence by three

Nigeria’s pioneer leaders; one from each of the

major ethnic tribes: Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba.

They established the pact over a bottle of wine

and agreed to remain as one nation. But along

the line, one of them violated the agreement

and they did nothing about it, probably because

they did not know the grave spiritual

implications of violation. The covenant was

done in a unanimous, peaceful, brotherly

manner. That covenant affected the entire nation

because the three men carried out the action on

behalf of the entire citizenry. That is the main

cause of Nigeria’s perennial setbacks and

sluggishness. The Lord also told me that some

of our current elders are aware of that covenant,

which He said was done in good fate at the

time. So, administration after administration,

life has continued to appear worse. The Lord

revealed that unless the leaders of the three major

ethnic groups agree to break that covenant, no

matter how beautiful the ideas and plans that

successive Nigerian presidents have, within

months after they assume office they would

become overwhelmed by what they cannot

decipher and they would never achieve much



So Nigerians shouldn’t expect much

from Buhari’s second term?

I told you that the problem of Nigeria is more

spiritual than physical. A building cannot be

firm if the foundation is bad. That is why the

scripture says in Psalm 11:3 “When the

foundation falls apart, there is nothing a good

man can do.” Let me tell you, no Nigerian

President has ever assumed office with the

intention to destroy the country, under-perform

or be accused of not being in charge of

government. They usually assume office with

determination, sparkling with beautiful ideas

and work plans most times. Nigerian leaders

will continue to lack the requisite grace to offer

the much-desired optimal, people-oriented

governance until the age-long covenant I told

you about is broken. But Nigeria’s

breakthrough is not far off, if our leaders would

do the right thing. It is like removing a cobweb

or veil from the eyes or face so you can see.

Nigeria is veiled by a spiritual cobweb

occasioned by violation of the age-long


Bayelsa needs a governor with capacity— Osaisai

By Dapo Akinrefon

r. Franklin Osaisai, a nuclear energy

Dengineer, believes the next governor of

Bayelsa State must have the capacity and

capability to lead. He was pioneer executive

chairman of the Nigeria Atomic Energy

Commission, NAEC. He also speaks on his

aspiration to contest the governorship election

in the state. Excerpts:

Why do you want to govern Bayelsa


I was lucky to have been appointed as the

pioneer executive chairman of the Nigerian

Atomic Energy Commission, and I was quite

happy to have done that job for 11 years under

four presidents from Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

to President Umar Yar’Adua then President

Goodluck Jonathan until President

Muhammadu Buhari when I retired. It

created an opportunity to work in a sector that

is quite important for the development of our

own country, which is the energy sector. And

the key component of my mandate as head of

the commission was to develop the pathway

that will be able to develop and employ atomic

energy for electricity generation. Bayelsa State

like you know was created just a little over 22

years ago and so it is still a state that is growing

and a lot of development activities are going

on and my plan is to ensure that one can

consolidate on the progress that have been

made so far and to ensure that we put a

foundation that can pave way for sustainable

development in the state.

What will you do differently from

what the present administration is


I can tell you the country has developed to

an extent that a large number of people, who

participate in politics and are seeking various

offices, both legislative and executive, are

people who have a professional career. I am

an engineer and a scientist by professional

training; I have done some work as an

academic, teaching in the university. I have

also had the opportunity for nearly 20 years

working to develop the nuclear technology


sector in the country. In doing that, you also

acquire quite a lot of relevant expertise and

experience that could be applied to governance.

As an academic, yes you can teach, you can do

research, but when you have the reins of power,

when elected as a governor, you are also able

to implement programmes that you can see if

they are working and see the happiness in the

face of the people.

And that I think is a lot more satisfying than

anything else, so I think my interest is for

providing leadership for my people, ensuring

that you are able to contribute to the socio

economic well-being and ensure that you

provide that pathway, you begin to build that

system, whereby, there is sustainable progress

and the people will be happy. So, that I think is

a lot exciting.

On which party platform will you be

achieving your aspiration?

I can say that in politics in our own clime

there isn’t much of a distinction between

political parties. If you will have to describe

political parties to have had certain form of

ideologies, I will say a political platform

specifying what and what needs to be done,

that provides some form of ideological leading.

For now I think it is simply groupings of person

with common interest and wanting to see if

you could have access to power to provide

leadership. I have been a foundation member

of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and in

my part of the country, that is the party that the

people have identified with. I believe strongly

that that will be the pathway for my being

elected into office.


Count it all joy

Today edition is a con

tinuation of our last

edition. It focuses on

our attitude to challenges.

Either you are born again or

not, there are bound to be challenges

in life. What is important

is the grace of God to overcome

those challenges.

Challenges vary from person

to person. Christians, non-

Christians, men, women, the

rich, and the downtrodden all

have challenges.

Our focus here is the attitude

of a Christian to challenges

. As Christians we are

confident that we have a Saviour.

He is Jesus Christ.

The angel of God said to

Joseph in a dream, Matthew

1 vs. 21 “ And she shall bring

forth a son, and thou shalt call

his name JESUS; for he shall

save his people from their


Sins here could mean those

that we have committed or

those inflicted on us by the

forces of darkness. For instance,

a person’s life style

may be the source of his or

her health challenges but for

a true believer, he/ she is able

to overcome because our Saviour




As a Christian when going

through challenges, the Holy

Bible admonishes us to count

it all joy. Why? It is because,

joy will definitely replace that


Any one who spends all the

time weeping, lamenting,

wearing mournful looks has

surrendered to that challenge

and with that kind of attitude

the challenge will continue to

fester and dominate that person’s


At all times a Christian must

not only have faith but also

act it. How do I mean? Pray

without ceasing.

First Thessalonians 5 vs. 15-

18 is our guide. It states, “ See

that none render evil for evil

unto any man; but ever follow

that which is good, both

among yourselves, and to all

men. Rejoice evermore. Pray

without ceasing. In everything

give thanks; for this is the will

of God in Christ Jesus concerning


This Bible passage is very

clear as to what we should do

as Christians going through

a challenge or the other.

When we do His will, He will

attend to our needs.

We also need to remember

that whatever you are going

Eye Power Etiquette

In the good old days, the

etiquette of respecting

someone older then was

simply not to look at that person

in the eye whilst being spoken

to. It was considered rude

to look up and right at that

elderly person. I know many

people can resonate with the

etiquette of the older days.

Looking at the young millennial

today we see the reverse

is now the case when

being spoken to by your boss.

You will be considered rude

when looking downwards or

away from your boss as he/

she is addressing you. It is expected

that you look up and

right at your boss with direct

eye contact.

It is amazing how I regularly

see during networking

events, how many adults still

struggle with proper eye contact.

They seem to feel more

comfortable looking up,

down, or sideways both when

they are asked a question as

well as when they are responding.

Could it be that they are

experiencing bouts of anxiety,

elements of fear and considerable

uncertainty? It takes

a god amount of confidence

to stand tall walking the walk

and talking the talk.

One thing I tell my participants

during trainings is that

direct eye contact does not

mean starring right into the

eyes of another for a longtime,

that would imply something

is wrong. Your eye contact

indeed says a lot about

you and your personality. It is

highly influenced by culture

the people you are with as well

as the environment.

Let me share a few eye contact

etiquette facts and strategies

that can assist you show

positive non-verbal body language

when you step out.

Eye Contact Etiquette


In the business world your

eye contact is very important

as it speaks to the kind of leader

you are. In addressing your

team, your colleagues, your

VIP client, your customers,

acquaintances and more it is

your eye contact that will

'Sen. Omo-Agege will make a

great Deputy Senate President'

An Urhobo youth leader,

Comrade Ufuoma Eugene

Ohwevwo, has called on

senate members-elect consider

Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, the

Senator representing Delta

Senatorial district at the National

Assembly for the position

of Deputy Senate President.

He made the statement in

Sapele when he spoke to news

men, explaining that the extant

challenges being experienced

in the country demands

the collaboration of both the

executive and legislative

arms of government to effectively

deal with them.

According to Ohwevwo,

President Buhari obviously

struggled to implement most

of his administration's policies

during his first term remarkably

because of the

stormy relationship that existed

between the executive

through, yours isn’t the worst


Recently, there was the testimony

of a woman who gave

birth to a child after 35 years

of marriage.

There is the case of a lady

who has just found her life

partner after 15 years of graduation.

What they have gone

through is better imagined but

something is common to both

cases, they never stopped praying.

They never stopped trusting


Even if you have no challenges,

don’t stop praying.

Why? It is because your comfort

is a discomfort to some

people and they could be planning

to bring you down.

Are you worried about your

financial status? 2nd Corinthians

8 vs. 9 “ For ye know

the grace of our Lord Jesus

Christ, that, though he was

rich, yet for our sakes he became

poor, that we through

his poverty might be rich”.

These words should give

you confidence that even if you

don’t come from a rich family

and your situation today

shows no sign of financial improvement,

God can make

you rich.

Let me share with you the

story of a tenant somewhere

in Mushin , Lagos. An issue of

a sudden increase in rent arose

and the tenant went to complain

to the landlord, who actually

inherited the house

from his father. The ‘landlord’

told off the tenant and the man

walked away humiliated.

He told the story to his wife

and she went into prayers asking

God to break the yoke of


and legislative arms of government.

‘’Nigerians are anxious and

they expect President Buhari

to deliver on his electoral

promises during his second

term, and we all know that this

can only be achieved when,

persons who share the same

altruistic vision as President

Buhari are at the helms of affairs

at the National Assembly’’.

According to him, among

those presently jostling for the

position of the Deputy Senate

President, Sen. Omo-Agege's

candidacy holds the greatest

prospect for the success of the

President Buhari’s administration.

Sen. Omo-Agege has on

different occasions demonstrated

that he is on the same

page with the President in his

effort to put the country on the

right path. This was perhaps

what brought him in confrontation

with the leadership of

the outgoing Senate.

‘’We can without mincing

words say that he is the only

candidate among the lot

whose loyalty to the APC and

Mr. President has been sufficiently

tested. The APC and

President Buhari have every

reason to trust him and count

on his loyalty’’.

He also said that Sen.

Omo-Agege has what it takes

to assist in leading the Nigerian

Senate, given his experience

and background, which

is loudly echoed by the strategic

motions he has moved in

the Senate, and as well as bills

of national significance that

he has sponsored and seen

passed into law.

Comrade Ohwevwo, however,

enjoined Urhobo leaders,

particularly the UPU leadership

and Urhobo kings to

call to order, purported

Urhobo groups and their

sponsors who are working

against the aspiration of Sen.


Within a few years, God

showed up. He used a friend

to help the tenant acquire

land in a choice area in Lagos.

God raised help for them

and the couple that lived in a

flat childless, moved into their

own duplex and God gave

them children within two


Brethren, in the name that

Any one who spends

all the time weeping,

lamenting, wearing

mournful looks has

surrendered to that

challenge and with that

kind of attitude the

challenge will continue

to fester and dominate

that person’s life

is above all names, Jesus, God

will arise for you and give you

a result that will nullify all insults

that human beings have

given you.

Today, the tide has changed.

The inheritor ‘ landlord’ lives

in high-density populated

area while the tenant lives in

an upper middle class area.

God can turn things around

for you. Whatever you are going

through, count it all joy

because the Lord will turn

every issue that makes you

sorrowful to joy in the name

of Jesus.

We are further assured of the

capacity of our Lord in Psalm

command the room. Your eye

contact influences the respect

you desire as a professional it

indicates when you are looking

others that they are important

while you are also in

control of the situation or the

day. As a leader your direct

eye contact is expected.

First Impression

It has been said that 55% of

the impact you have on someone

you meet for the first time

is seen in your appearance.

The catch word here is seen.

You cannot take the eyes out

of the values of a leader. First

impressions speak to not just

your clothing but more importantly

to the way you behave,

conduct yourself and ultimately

the way you communicate.

You are being consciously

and unconsciously

judged daily, it is the little

things that are detail but make

the big difference. To buttress

your positive first impression

is to introduce yourself audibly,

with proper direct eye

contact added with a generous

smile and handshake.


Again it is not a case of how

long you can stare at someone

that indicates you have

good use of eye contact. You

may at this point be deemed

rude if you hold your gaze for

longer than necessary. You

begin to position yourself for

a negative first impression as

you will automatically look

expressionless and cold. The

ideal gaze at anytime is 3 to 5

seconds long. You are to look

he President of Oha

Tnaeze Ndigbo Delta

Central and South Senatorial

districts, Chief Michael

Ezeh and a former Special Assistant

( SA) to Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa on Non Indigenes,

Nze Francis Onuora

have commended an NGO,

Shamar Women Forum over

empowerment of women in

Delta State.

Both made the commendation

in their separate speeches

at a one-day empowerment

programme organized by

Shamar Women Forum in

Enerhen, Uvwie Local Government


In his speech, the President

of Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Delta

Central and South senatorial

districts noted that Shamar

Women Forum started on a

good note as could be seen in

her series of empowerment

programmes for women over

the years and that the empowerment

schemes have made

most women self-reliant.

While pledging Ohanaeze

Ndigbo Delta Central and

126 vs. 5 &6 “ They that sow

in tears shall reap in joy. He

that goeth forth and weepeth,

bearing precious seed,

shall doubtless come again

with rejoicing bringing

sheaves with him”.

Have you only a child and

another seems not to be coming?

Remain steadfast with

Jesus and very soon, multiple

babies will come your way.

God in his mercy will give

you double for your troubles

in Jesus name.

Sheaves here, could mean

the children you have been

waiting for. It means the miracle

you have been waiting for.

Have you been working

hard and your efforts are being

wasted? Has someone

been snatching from you what

rightly belongs to you? Don’t

worry be cheerful better days

are ahead.

See how enemies wasted

Isaac’s efforts in Gen. 26 vs.

19&21 “ And the herdmen of

Gerar did strive with Isaac’s

herdmen, saying, The water

is ours: and he called the name

Esek;because they strove with

him. And they digged another

well, and strove for that

also: and he called the name

of it Sitnah.”

Finally, see what God did .

Verse 22 “ And he removed

from thence, and digged another

well; and for that they

strove not: and he called the

name of it Rehoboth; and he

said , For now the LORD hath

made room for us, and we

shall be fruitful in the land”.

In the name of Jesus, in any

way that your efforts have

been wasted, from now the

Lord will visit you and you

then look away intermittently

in the course of a conversation.

This indicates openness,

trustworthiness and tact. If

your gaze is very short this indicates

that you are uncomfortable

and probably may

have something in hiding. You

need to shift your gaze from

the floor to the person you are

speaking to.

shall be fruitful.

In all things, let us give

thanks to God. Weeping,

mournful looks do not bring

in miracles. They are signs

that make the forces of darkness

rejoice over you. By all

means avoid putting up such


Any one who spends all the

time weeping, lamenting,

wearing mournful looks has

surrendered to that challenge

and with that kind of attitude

the challenge will continue to

fester and dominate that person’s


As Christians, either we

have challenges or not, we

need to be prayerful.

Brethren, you need Jesus always.

I share with you the words

of Pastor Kola Olatunde ( aka

MKO) of the Redeemed

Christian Church of God, “

Be patient. Without pain there

is no gain. All you are going

through is for God to know

on whose side you are”.

In the name of Jesus, this

second half of the year will

favour you. Only remain faithful

to God, believe his word,

and serve him with all your


Let’s share this prayer point

. “ Whatever is not permitted

in heaven get out of my life in

the name of Jesus”.

With this prayer, you are

pushing out every form of barrenness,

physical, financial,

fruitless efforts, loneliness, etc.

By the grace of God, you will

end this year with your testimony.

Peace of the Lord be with us

all. Amen.

Self Esteem

Your lack of ability to look

someone in the eye as you talk

to them or better still as they

are talking to you may come

from an unconscious bias, habitual

or the sheer lack of confidence

and self - esteem. It is

deemed an image saboteur if

as a professional you are playing

victim to these circumstances.

The shyness can rob

you of your inner talent and

competence when you are

seen for the first time. If you

find yourself giving a presentation,

demonstration, conducting

a meeting, or briefly

addressing an audience you

need to braze up with a few

breathing exercises, practice

in front of mirror, then push

yourself to excellence. Signs

of lack of confidence are first

seen in your ability to hold

your audience with good eye

contact. Do not look at one

thing but learn to roam your

eye if many others are looking

at you. It will take a bit of

practice but do not relent until

you are more comfortable

with yourself. Boost your selfesteem

and confidence by

identifying your core values

in life n run with them.

Professional Presence

As you step out of the house

purpose to look like that professional

you are. Your image

and brand depends very much

on your aura and how you

come across to others. You can

make or break a business deal

by the wright or wrong presence

you give off. It is important

to identify that only a business

eye contact is acceptable

in the business arena for business

relationships, ensure your

eye contact does not send the

wrong message.


Finally, the use of the eyes

says a lot in body language

and can easily indicate or say

much more than the direct


Where do you look when you

are in a conversation?

Do you know the meaning

of the direction of your gaze?

Some professionals can tell

in response to certain questions

if you are lying or telling

the truth. You may be trying to

access a past memory, or current

idea. Be mindful of rolling,

blinking, and wide-eyed

positions they are negative

signs of body language. Your

eyes are your prized treasure

take care of them and their



Empowerment: Ezeh, Onuorah

laud Shamar Women Forum

South support for the group ' s

women empowerment programmes,

Chief Ezeh urged

participants to impact what

they learnt on other women

in order for such women to be

self-employed as well.

Nze Francis Onuora who

spoke in the same vein, noted

that the empowerment programmes

are bye products of

Governor Okowa' s ' Prosperity

For All Deltans ' initiative .

He therefore urged participants

to take the empowerment

programmes more seriously

just as he also urged

Deltans and non Deltans in

the state to sustain their support

for Governor Okowa and

the Peoples Democratic Party

( PDP), in order to continue to

enjoy the dividends of democracy.

On his part , the secretary of

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Delta Central

and South senatorial

districts,Chief Oliver Eze, in

his speech, noted that Shamar

Women Forum is a place for

all women to be.

The distinguished trio made

a separate cash donations towards

the success of Shamar

Women Forum empowerment


The facilitator of the group,

Dr ( Mrs.) Onyi Ikemefuna

had earlier in her opening

address, affirmed that

Shamar Women Forum empowerment


are aimed at propagating

Governor Okowa' s empowerment

programmes on women

and that the forum teaches

on family building methods.

Another resource person, Dr

(Ms) Ivennah Thomas, a Jamaican

who spoke on the

theme of the event advised

womenfolks to be whole in

their roles as mothers and

wives in the society.


I’m str



wiser, , getting love

— Adunni Ade

Media shy Nollywood actress and

model, Adunni Adewale, popularly

known as Adunni Ade, has broken

her self-styled protocol to keep a low

profile by breaking the internet with

alluring, stunning pictures of herself

to make her 31st birthday. The

Instagram and other social media

were awash with the pictures of

the actress which Potpourri has

dubbed ‘Damsel of Nollywood’.

Although some people may

argue she has a beauty

advantage in the fact that she has

a German-Nigerian blood, being

born to a German mother and a

Nigerian father, but beauty is beauty and

very few rank in the same file with this

stupendous beauty carved like a hourglass. Of

course, that much will explain why she made the

cut for the America’s Next Top Model.

Following the trend that has become a norm in

Nollywood, Adunni celebrated her birthday with

unusual pictures but not without some message

to give us a glimpse into that charming heart of


“It’s My Birthday!Guess what I’m getting? I’m

Getting Older; I’m Getting Wiser; I’m Getting

Stronger & most importantly,I’m Getting Love,”

she posted on her Instagram page.

In another post with yet more captivating pictures,

the mother of two describes herself as a beautiful

and strong soul, affirming that she has the right

to praise herself.

Adunni read accounting at the University of Kentucky,

United States of America, where she was

born before relocating to Nigeria in 2013. She

has never been married but a mother to two

boys, who are products of her eight-year relationship

with her ex.

I’m now ready for marriage

– Ella Mensah

Thursday, June 6, was all

about Ghana-born

Nollywood actress, Ella

Mensah on all social media

platforms as her stunning

pictures released by her to

mark the day lit up

everywhere. The actress, who

is presently in New York, US,

also used the day to pass a

message across and it’s

something that will excite her

would-be suitors.

“Now, I’m ready for

marriage” she says and it

doesn’t appear to be a birthday

joke. Ella is serious, dead


Unlike previously in her life

when she kept the truth about

her job away from her suitors,

she said she’s ready to let

anyone who wants her hands

to know all there’s about her.

“Usually, before I get serious

with a guy, I don’t tell him who

I am. The kind of men I date

are not on social media and

most times they don’t even

watch movies. It’s only after

we’ve become really close that

I let them know what I do and

I’ve come to

realise that

there’s alw

a y s


and all.

So, from

now on,


I’m going to

meet must know what I do

from day one. I used to keep

it away because most people

just want to be with you because

you’re an actress. That

was what I was trying to prevent,

but my next relationship,

the person has to know

from the onset and decide if

he’s ready to go on with me

or not. When my ex got to

know I was an actress, he

would always call to know

where I was, asked me to

send pictures of where I was

and speak with whoever I

was with. It was just too

much drama for me, so I’m

going to let the next man I’ll

be with, know from the onset.

But for now, let me just

Ella Mensah



focus on improving myself,”

she once said in an interview

with Potpourri.

But there’s a reality check

for whoever wants to rock

Ella’s boat.

“Why would someone give

up their career for anybody?

Did a lawyer, doctor etc. give

up their careers for anyone?

I don’t have to stop being an

actress for someone to marry

me. No, it doesn’t make

sense,” she had said when

asked if she could leave

acting for marriage.

Adding to why she believes

she’s now ready for

marriage, she said, “ I’m on

the right track and my life is

stable now. Also, I want to

have more kids.”

Chika Ike’s secret

relationship that

defined her life

Chika Ike has not exactly been advertising her romantic

relationships for the world to see but as a goldfish in the

make-believe world, things about her could hardly be

kept under wraps. And after her dashed marriage to Tony Eberiri

for seven years, she has not been exactly celibate.

A word let loose in the grapevine has it that the actress dated

for several years one certain House of Representatives member,

from Anioma, who is gunning for the Senate. It said that the

relationship was so serious everyone thought that Chika

would join the billionaire’s harem of wives. But that was

not to be.

According to sources, the actress could not imagine

herself being married to a man with many other

wives and as such didn’t budge. The billionaire

who is said to be like a wind beneath the actress’

wings,making her world laced with oysters

was heartbroken when his marriage proposal

was turned down.

Of course, that put paid to the relationship

but the actress appeared to have come out

of it with new found affluence. This,

according to our sources, got the billionaire

mad and decided to hit back at the

actress by marrying a younger

actress, who is purportedly a virgin.

While Chika walked away with

much money in the bank and a

Harvard degree, the billionaire has

also moved on with an eighteenyear-old

bride, who is also smiling

to the bank.

Away from rumours

and gist,

Chika Ike is an

attention catcher

any day and any

time, and with such effortless

guilelessness. During

Chika Ike

the week she became a subject

of discussion and adulation on the account

of disarming bikini pictures she posted

on her Instagram page. However, Chika’s

aim as it appeared didn’t seem to want

to make anyone get out of turn but to

send across a message about unleashing

one’s potentials.



School of

the Ahmadu

B e l l o


Zaria in Kaduna

State, is one of the four

secondary schools in

Northern Nigeria, chosen to

compete at the ‘Open Air

Theatre in Zaria’. This is the

regional edition of the

‘Theatre for Schools’

campaign, an initiative

sponsored by the MTN

Foundation to discover the

next generation of thespians

and promote arts in Nigeria.

The other participating

schools in this leg are the

Prince and Princess

International Academy, Zaria

Academy, Vital Years

Secondary School.

After the gruelling

rehearsals, the highly

anticipated competition took

place on the evening of the

following day. Present at the

event were notable

personalities like the Vice-

Chancellor of the university,

Professor Ibrahim Garba; the

Vital Year

ears s Secondary y School

emerges Nor

orthern region winner

‘Theatre for School’ campaign

representative of the Kaduna

State Commissioner for

Education, Science and

Technology, Mohammed

Tukar Bashir and some

officials from the MTN

Foundation, chief among

whom are the Education

Portfolio Manager, Pamela

Emodi to mention but a few.

Of the four schools that

competed, Vital Years

Secondary School was

declared ‘winner’ of the

northern region. These

spirited performers will get

a chance to represent their

school and the entire region

in the finals that will take

place in Lagos later in June.

After Pamela Emodi,

Manager, Education

Portfolio, MTN Foundation

announced what awaits the

winners, if you see the zanku

and shoki dancing that

follows ehn? (lol)

As we wrap up and get

ready to leave, the words of

Emmanuel Yahaya Akut, the

representative of the

Ministry of Youths and

Sports, Kaduna State during

the competition comes to







Ace stand-up comedian,

Francis Agoda,

popularly known as I

Go Dye is fast gaining the

reputation of doing unusual

things. On Friday, the Warriborn

humour merchant

woke the world up to the

news of his son, Roy Agoda,

celebrating his 9th birthday.

Nothing unusual about that,

is it? But when you send the

little guy birthday message

with a sprawling mansion as

birthday gift, now, that’s


Roy’s mates would have

been kicked off their rockers

with some toys or a bike or

anything the kids of nine

years love but a house, a

sprawling edifice is the kind

of unusual thing I Go Dye

would do. Two years ago, he

presented his mother with a

mansion as well, demonstrating

how much he cherishes

the woman.

With the gift of the house,

I Go Dye had written, “ I

celebrate your 9 years

birthday my son, expressing

the essence of shelter,

reminiscent of how some of

us grew up, with some

things we never had. This

Golden Seal Castle birthday

gift is just a step for you to

achieve greater things in the

future and praying that God

should grant this privilege to

many others. May this little

Iyabo Ojo

Comedian I Go Dye e gifts son

mansion for 9th birthda


gift bring forth hope to many

children,who may not be

privileged to have good

shelter, nurturing in them

that every thing is possible.

I can’t define the future but

I will try to bring more than

a million smiles to your life,

by bringing your dreams

closer at all times by the grace

Nollywood actress,

Iyabo Ojo has released

her wedding photos to

debunk claims that she

never got married and has

been deceiving her fans.

The actress slammed the

blogger who made the

claims and also shared a

video showing her

marriage certificate and all

other documents that prove

she got married in 1999 at

the age of 21.

Sharing the proof of her

wedding, she wrote: “They

say silence is golden, but

there are times one can’t

help but address obvious

situations. A blogger called

Kemi, not Aunty Kem Kem

oooo, decided to discredit

my Mother’s Day video.

She emphasised in her

of God. #happybirthday my

prince Roy Agoda.”

In a past interview with

Potpourri I Go Dye had

painted a sordid picture of

his childhood and how he

battled poverty. He lived

with his grandma who had

little to nourish him. So, one

could understand his gesture

and how he wishes his son

Iyabo abo Ojo debunks rumours

she never married, releases

marriage photos, os, certif



By Juliet Ebirim

David Jones

I Go Dye

with son,


write up that I was never

married and my ex-partner

was a carpenter (though she

claimed all was sent to her

as usual) ?.... I saw her write

up and chatted her up, sent

my marriage certificate, she

read and ignored. Then other

smallies started blogging the

story. When you land yourself

in wahala now, you will

say the information came

from my phone or maybe a

PA sent it. Just for my true

fans, here is a video of my

marriage certificate and my

wedding pictures. Kemi

Ashefon, may you go through

all I went through and worse

than I did, when you decide

to tell your story, people will

turn deaf ears and call you

names...” she said

Students of the Imo State

University (IMSU),

Owerri, were thrown

into euphoria on Tuesday,

21st May 2019, when singer

and award-winning actor,

David Jones David, arrived in

the school to perform. This

was a part of the MTN-led

Anti Substance Abuse

Programme (ASAP) activities

during the tour of Imo State.

The students flooded the

Star Hall at IMSU to attend

the 3-hour intensive

programme centred around

never to travel down the road

he had.

I Go Dye had done many

unusual things in his life. He

had taken on political

leaders, taking positions

with the oppressed against

them and asking questions

on the sorry state of the

nations. For his sweat many

awards have come his way.


EA Entertainment

unveils Teazy’s

debut single

Anew record label E A


recently unveiled new

signee Afuwape Oladeji

Taiwo, better known by his

stage name, TEAZY, alongside

his debut single titled

‘Meji Meji’, released on 1st

of June 2019.

The song ‘Meji Meji’ which

is gaining high rotation on

various radio stations across

Africa, Europe and America

and also available on favorite

digital and media platforms.

TEAZY, who hails from Ondo

State is an Afro-pop, dancehall

singer and songwriter, born in

Lagos on 21st October 1997 to

the family of Mr Olalekan and

Mrs Omolara Afuwape.

He had his primary education

at Brighter Hope Int’l School,

Ikotun, Lagos. He also attended

Ijegun Comprehensive

High School, Ikotun, Lagos, after

which he proceeded and

obtained his Higher National

Diploma in Mass Communications

at Yaba College of Technology,

Yaba, Lagos.

The EA Entertainment signee

started his music career at the

tender age of 13, singing and

playing drums in churches and

also playing for life band with

his twin brother Oluwatobi

(Kehinde) Afuwape who plays

talking drum. Teazy could be

said to have formed a passion

for music following his parents

who are lovers of music, and his

dad who plays musical instruments.

His thirst for a musical career

led him to contest for MTN

Project Fame 2012, Glo X Factor,

and Ojaja Music Talent


On his career journey, he

met with the (Krazy Brodas)

duo, Andy Moore and Emo the

EA Entertainment bosses in a

studio in 2013. This duo who

believe in his musical ability

and hard work showed love and

support thereby building a

strong team which gave birth

to a label.

EA Entertainment is a

Nigerian record label

based in Italy and

was founded by

two Benin City

born brothers,


E s i m o


(Emo) and




(Andy Moore) in 2012.

Students go wild as singer, , David Jones David, performs

in Imo State for ASAP

the perils of substance abuse

and its devastating effects.

Following exciting dramatic

performances by the Riveting

group and dance skits from

school students and ASAP

dancers, David Jones took to

the stage and then the

deafening screams from the

students began.

After chanting the lines to

the singer’s hit songs such as

‘Hello Doctor’, ‘Gbana Na

Bastard’, etc, the singer

wrapped up with the popular,

hard-hitting, ‘Onye Ara’. As

if pulled by the strings of the

song, students of the school

who were already on their

feet, mobbed the singer on

the stage and shouted along

to the popular song!

As part of the activities,

students were trained by

experts and professionals in

drug-related fields such as

psychiatrists, psychologists

and members of the National

Drug Law Enforcement

Agency (NDLEA). It was a

thorough experience for the


Mega schools die in Ondo as

public schools rise

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

IT is an understatement to

say public primary

schools across Ondo State in

the past were in a pitiable

state, no thanks to their

neglect by successive

administrations. But the tide

has changed under the twoyear-old

administration of

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

as over 700 public primary

schools across the 18 council

areas of the state have been


Pupils’ enrolment, which

nose-dived, has, consequently,


The state administration

has also constructed toilet

facilities in more than 300

public primary schools.

Before now, the schools were

abandoned while mega

primary schools thrived.

Many of the mega schools

now lie unused while a few

others have been handed over

to tertiary institutions.

A pointer that the Akeredolu

administration would not

continue with mega schools

manifested when he

questioned the rationale

behind the huge resources

expended on them at the

expense of public schools.

While taking his oath of

office on February 24, 2017,

Akeredolu had vowed to

promote quality and

sustainable education to

ensure a technological growth

never experienced in Ondo.

And true to his words, he

made available N3.7 billion

as the state’s share of

counterpart funding while the

Federal Government paid the

matching grant of equal

amount to revamp the

primary education sector.

The restoration of the state

public schools has attracted

commendations from

religious leaders, parents and

stakeholders in the education


While the stakeholders are

asking for more attention on

public schools, they

commended Akeredolu for its

efforts to reposition education

in the state.

Many of those who spoke

with Sunday Vanguard

believed that the situation

would have been a lot different

if successive administrations

in the state had paid similar

attention to education.

“You will agree with me that

most of our schools would be

in a better shape if past

administrations had paid

similar attention to education

in Ondo State. It is no gain

repeating the fact that the

move is beginning to yield

results and life is gradually

returning into state-owned

primary schools”, the Chief

lmam of Akureland Alhaji Yayi

Akorede, said.

Akorede praised the

governor for resuscitating

public primary schools,

especially Akure Muslim

Primary School located in the

heart of the state capital and

which had been in

dilapidation for years.

The cleric added: “The

governor has done very well.

He is a good man with a good

heart. For a long time, the

Muslim community watched

as the school went into ruin.

Our children could not go to

the school as parents took

their children to other schools.

But despite not being a

Muslim, the governor ensured

that the school was

*Pupils seated in one of the Oki renovated schools

reconstructed and fenced.

Today, our children are back

to the school and we are


The head teacher of

Muslim Primary School, Ile-

Oluji, established in 1955,

Elizabeth Ajayi, confirmed

that his pupils enrolment had

increased from 80 to 150 after

the renovation of the school

by the Ondo government

while the head teacher of St

Mathias Catholic Primary

School, Akure, Rotimi

Olorunfunmilayo, said pupils

enrolment in his school had

increased from 200 to 390.

An educationist, Afe

Oloketuyi, said: “Two years

on, a solid and sure-footed

foundation has been laid to

ensure that the future of the

state is better structured for

modern day challenges

through quality education.

There is no repeating the fact

that the Akeredolu

administration inherited an

almost comatose education

system which, at best, was

aimed at producing school

leavers that struggled to pass

in external examinations like


“Despite the huge amounts

purportedly spent on

education, many public

schools were in shambles, with

roofs blown off and

For schools that

don’t have good

buildings, we build

new ones and for

those that have


buildings, we do


dilapidated buildings. Two

years on, the Akeredolu

administration has not

disappointed in its promise to

revamp the education sector.”

Believing that the morale of

the teachers is also important

to the building of sound

education at the primary

school level, the state

government recently

promoted one thousand and

eight hundred primary school

teachers in Ondo after a

screening exercise carried out

by the State Universal Basic

Education Board, SUBEB.

The Chairman of the

Nigeria Union of Teachers,

NUT, Ondo State Chapter,

Victor Amoko, lauded the state

government for “the

promotion of teachers and the

unprecedented renovation of

public schools across the


Amoko said the promotion

of teachers in the primary

school sector was an incentive

to commit their knowledge

and time in teaching pupils

“who are the leaders of

tomorrow” .

He called on teachers to

reciprocate the government

gesture by putting in their best

and impacting knowledge

into pupils.

The Chairman of the Ondo

SUBEB, Princess Oladunni

Odu, speaking on the reversal

of the fortune of primary

schools in the state, said:

“Some schools have

renovation work; some have

pupils’ furniture, some got

computers while some have

perimeter fencing for security.

Some schools have boreholes,

so, over all, we have about

700 projects and, in the next

few weeks, another 314

projects will be awarded.

“So, we have over 1,000

projects which include the

construction of six

classrooms, four classrooms,

three classrooms and we

supplied furniture to the

schools for pupils and

teachers. Computers were

also given to the schools. Apart

from all these, we sank


“On the new projects

starting shortly, we will supply

agricultural materials to our

schools because we are trying

to encourage the children on

farming while we are also

trying to encourage sports by

making sporting equipments

available to our schools.

“We are doing many

boreholes this time,



containerized toilets, 77 of


“If you go round at the

inception of this

administration, many of the

buildings in these schools

were actually dilapidated

and the state government

thought it fit to provide a

conducive environment for

learning and teaching

because what does a private

school offer? Good

surrounding, nice buildings

and we think that if the

buildings of public schools

are attractive to the young

ones, they will be motivated

to come to school regularly

and that’s why we have these


“For schools that don’t have

good buildings, we build new

ones and for those that have

manageable buildings, we do

renovation. This is because

we want to develop education

and make it attractive. With

these projects, children are

now attracted to the schools

while enrolment has

increased as there are more

children in our schools now.

“Another issue is the school

feeding programme

introduced by government

which has also attracted

children to public schools.

“Government has also

recruited teachers as part of

the efforts to strengthen the

education sector”.





IN memory of Nigeria is a

unique book and I dare

anybody to challenge me.

When people see it in my office,

they easily mistake it for

In Memorial of Nigeria, and

saying, is this book singing the

obituary of Nigeria?

The title is like Achebe’s

“There was a country”. It is a

very good title. It is also a very

voluminous book. It takes

some degree of industry to produce

a book this massive. Interestingly,

this is bold, big and

quality. It was Francis Bacon

who says, “Some books are to

be tasted, others to be swallowed,

and some few to be

chewed and digested”. This

book even when you taste it,

browse and put it away, you will

come back and chew it because

it is fact-based.

Francis Bacon also said,

“Some books are for ornament

and some for functions”. This

is a functional book. I have

done some book

reviews out of what I call

mere deference, because I don’t

want to say it’s a trash. But

when I saw this book, I told the

author that this is fantastic and

I am proud to review this book.

Very finely printed, this book is

well packaged. We are living

in times of visual challenge, not

just because of age, but also because

we have been digitalized.

Whatever is not lighted/illuminated

you may not read it.

The white background and

choice of font is very good. Publishers

today are very careful

about the choice of font they

use to print books because they

understand that people are not

ready to read if they would

strain themselves. The fonts

here are very appropriate and

attractive. This book is well

printed and well arranged: a

fine artwork of choosing a very

appropriate and attractive font.

Karl Marx, in The Eighteenth

Brumaire of Louis Napoleon

says that “history repeats itself,

first as tragedy, second as farce.”

Nigeria’s history keeps on repeating

itself. We are witnessing

the arraignment of the

CJN, very acerbic press statements

by governors of regions

of Nigeria

that are challenging the integrity

of governance. And if

you can roll back to 1953,

1966, 1970s, you see the same

pattern of distrust, failure of

leadership. These failures happened

because we are repeating

history. We repeat history

because we are afraid of history.

A few years ago, a Nigerian

young lady did a book, and the

book turned into a movie,

which the Nigeria Censors

Board barred from being aired

in Nigeria because we are

afraid of history. All over the

world, people are encountering

the difficult phase of their

nation-building. They are getting

familiar with the tragedies

and the mistakes they made so

that such do not occur again.

But here, we are closing the

chapter of our history because

we are afraid to confront our

history and therefore we are

repeating our mistakes and

tragedies. This book is very

bold and courageous.

It was Charles Dickens that

said, “The best revolutionary

act is speaking the truth”. What

this book has done for us Nigerians

is to remove the mist

around these inconvenient

truths about our nationhood

and therefore allow us to confront

these ‘ungarnished’ and

‘unglamorized’ truths: they are

just naked facts. Again, if you

read history, you will discover

that the act of good history is

objectivity. Historians argue

that there is no objective history.

What I like about the author

is that he kept an editorial distance.

He allowed the facts to

speak for themselves. He was

meticulous in bringing the

facts, and in each chapter of

this book, he gives you references

of exact source of these

facts. That is scholarship at

best. If you need the facts, you

can go and cross check in the

authorized annual records of

the federal government or the

official records of colonial authority

that supervised this

country. Essentially, the book

presents these facts in a way

that you can cross check their


The other thing distinct

about this book is that, history

books are sometimes difficult

to read because they stand so

distant. This book is present.

It is written in a language that

I taught was by a novelist; well

written in flowing simple English

and arranged in a way

that they seem to jump out of

the chapters on you. When I

was reading the book, I was

feeling a sense that I am watching

a movie. It has a cinematographic

effect. Just the way

movies play out by themselves,

you are just like gripped, passive

and watching events roll

in perspective. That is how this

book reads; you are just cut in

a web of such an intriguing history.

Another thing about this

book that is very distinctive is

that, history about Nigeria

seems to behave as if Nigeria


happened; 1914, hurray.

Like a woman asked, “If Nigeria

is just 58 years, how come

some Nigerians are older than

Nigeria?” Of course Nigeria is

older than 1960. This book

starts from before Nigeria was

created. The crisis in Nigeria

is as a result of how Nigerians

have been able to confer citizenship

on one another: the dimension

of citizenship. In this

book, you see people of different

ethnic stock coming together.

The framework by

which we come together has

been the problem of the country.

Nationality question: who

are Nigerians?

This book speaks about restructuring.

For instance, in

1953, the Northern Regional

House of Assembly passed their


agenda, which is more radical

than the ADF Enugu declaration,

than the Odua

Ibadan declaration, asking for

complete autonomy, a loose

centre, and that only central

services should be centralized.

We are talking about restructuring

today as if it happened in a

vacuum. We also forget that at

a point to the build-up to the

civil war, the Western Region

demanded for the same

self-governance, the same

with Eastern Region. Essentially,

Nigerian fault lines have not

been dealt with. They are in the

history. Until we confront our

history with open face, and with

courage, we will continue to

stumble. That is the message

of this book.

Again, one of the issues about

this country is about the rule of

law; fundamental human

right. This book tells you the

origin of that fundamental

human right. Many of us forget

that our rights were the creation

of contestation of minority

disquiet, of a sense of persecution,

of a search for inclusion.

The Willink Commission

(September 1957-August


came out with two options

available in the world then:

• Identity politics, where each

group creates their polity

around their own identity.

• Universal human right,

which gives equal right to all

Nigerians living in any part of

Nigeria. The colonial government

chooses for Nigeria the

fundamental human right. The

experiment didn’t last long

when there were killings, mass

violence and pogrom across

some parts of Nigeria.

This book does not provide

for us in print, the answers to

Nigeria problem, but a mirror

for us to see the true

nature of these problems. It

gives us a humble experience

that we as a people have not

significantly improved our individual

relation. I remember

a lecture I gave at the United

States Holocaust War Museum

in 2001. I was quoted by

someone saying that “the Nigerian

civil war is a product of

poor leadership by actors who

were fuelled both by ego and a

sense of indifference that they

could not sit down and seriously

deal with these challenges.”

It was not fate that that civil

war happened; it could have

been averted through proper


Today, we are facing the

same lack of leadership. We

have seen problems festering

and leaders are more committed

to ‘bigmanship’ rather than

leadership. That was how we

got into the first trouble and

Nigeria is far on a roller coaster

to an avoidable disaster. Get

this book and avert the next


* Amadi is a SENIOR LEC-




Omo-Agege as Deputy Senate

President will add value to

the 9th Senate — Agoda

By Lucky Oji

Hon. John Halims Agoda, had represented

Ethiope Federal Constituency at the House of

Representatives and the House of Representative

candidate of the All Progressive Congress,

APC, Ethiope Federal Constituency in the 2019


In this interview with Sunday Vanguard, he

spoke extensively on the senate leadership election

due for Tuesday 11th, as it concerns Omo-



Ihave read several of your articles, what

gives you the confidence that Sen. Ovie

Omo-Agege is the best person for the

Deputy Senate President?

Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege is a South-south political

brand destined to bestride the political

arena at this time of the nation’s development.

A human product imbued with enormous intellectual

sagacity from a humble but privileged


He has always been opportune to study, understand

and practice jurisprudence in all its

minutest and finest details.

His late father, His Lordship, Justice James

Omo-Agege of blessed memory was a jurist of

the finest breed who was the chief Justice of

Bendel State, and later the Chief Judge of Delta

State; a position he held till his retirement

from public service.

You can now see the background of the young

distinguished gentleman, Sen Omo-Agege,

rooted in the practice of jurisprudence as one

of the sources of law making, legal expositions

and research, so you can see that his legal

background qualifies him for the position

of the Deputy Senate President.

Therefore, his quest to become the Deputy

Senate President of the 9th Senate is predicated

on his conviction that by his up-bringing,

education and past service to this country, he is

eminently qualified for the job from the Southsouth,

to which the position, in good national

Hon. Agoda

Those who hold contrary views

are only in hot pursuits of

clannish interests and egocentrism

designed to gratify their

illusionary fantasies, and to

further ensure they remain in

power by planting stooges

conscience is expected to be given the office.

But there are other senators from other

zones still nursing same ambition, don’t you

think it may affect his chances?

Yes, we know a few other persons from other

zones are also pushing for it, and it is expected

in a big party like ours but before he went into

public service at the prompting of his people,

he had already acquired his law education here

in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. So, am

very confident that he is the best of all the candidates

aspiring for the position.

Apart from being a Special Adviser to the

Delta State government at a time, he also

served in the capacity of a Secretary to the

State Government.

In his public service career so far, he had

always been propelled by his admirable humility,

sharp and quick intellect, his proclivity

to always act within the ambit of constitutionalism,

and his thirst to serve.

He is quick at building bridges of friendships

across all barriers of human endeavours

as a social humanist that believes in brotherhood

with persons he comes across.

Senator Omo-Agege is an erudite legal mind

and a tested technocrat whose ascension to the

position of Deputy Senate President would surely

add value to the work of the 9th senate.

He is a two-term senator and thus a ranking

member. In his first tenure, he endeared himself

both to the conservative right and to those

with the far-left tendency.

Are you speaking on the speculation that

the Deputy Senate President was zoned to

South-south region?

It wasn’t speculation, it is a real fact that the

position is zoned to South-south and it is my

humble submission that the choice of who becomes

the next Deputy Senate President should

be by the collective decision of the states in the


However, it is the belief of stakeholders in

the zones that it will be the turn of Delta State

to produce or fill any office offered to the zone.

That would be the path of equity, honour and

fairness for the federating states in the area.

For example, in the 8th Assembly, Edo State

had the great fortune to occupy the office of

the principal officer given to the South-south

zone. Therefore, it is the strong view of stakeholders,

not only in Delta State but also across

the entire South-south zone that Delta State

should produce the next principal officer, and

in this case in the person of Senator Ovie Omo-


We have read several reports calling on

the leadership of the party and the president

to support his aspiration, why these calls

when you said he is most qualified?

It is normal in politics, you need people to be

by you and go to the extent of asking for prayers

for you to succeed, but you should know that in

the case of Omo-Agege, it is an appeal from

every part of South-south region, many of the

group l think he may not know.

People, groups, NGO’s want him and that is

why we are saying he is the most qualified and

he has the carriage and education for the office,

and he is passionate in his support for the

president of the country in addition to being a

consummate party loyalist.

We have no doubt that he would bring to the

office, his cosmopolitan disposition, a touch

of class and grace in addition to a fertile intellectual

engagement across the three arms of

government. True, he is fittingly humble for

the office he is seeking.

Recently some groups from Urhobo were

in the pages of newspapers that they need

Sen. Uzor Kalu, what is your take on this?

Those who hold contrary views are only in

hot pursuits of clannish interests and ego-centrism

designed to gratify their illusionary fantasies,

and to further ensure they remain in

power by planting stooges.

It is granted that in a contest of this magnitude,

midnight masquerades would turn out

in the day time to claim that they are serious

contenders. Make no mistakes about it, they

are not. Therefore, the noise by an amorphous

group from the zone that they are in support of

another candidate other than Omo-Agege, is

politically incorrect and a ruse that does not

have the backing of any of the tendencies in

the APC in Delta State.

Delta State is presenting Omo-Agege for the

enormous task of working according to the

rules and preferences of the ruling party, the

All Progressives Congress. He is a man of stable

disposition who would not waver nor did

falter when situations arose that put his party

loyalty to test.

Do not forget that in the 8th Assembly, he did

not leave anyone in doubt about where his

heart and loyalty is. He supported the cause of

the president and the APC with a passion never

known before by a southern legislator even

at the risk of his personal safety and political

career in his senatorial district. A man with

such moral credentials must not be sacrificed

to massage the clannish ego and mediocrity

of others.

Therefore, as the senators get set to cast their

ballots for candidates contesting for the office

of the deputy senate president, they need be

counselled that it would be necessary for them

to demonstrate independence of character and

judgement, and to be guided by uncommon

political courage to choose the best for the


They are immigrants,

and they are pouring

into all available waterfronts

in the European

Axis. They have been arriving

in hundreds and

thousands. Some of them

are weak; some are only

kept strong by hope for a

better future. So many of

these immigrants from wartorn

countries die daily and

are carried in body bags at

the end of these journeys.

The less fortunate ones become

the food of choice for

creatures under the sea. It

is dubbed the journey into

the unknown and undertaken

only by the bold.

A look at them shows

these men, women and children

have prepared themselves

for the worst, as they

take probably the biggest risks

of their lives. They are decked

in layers of thick clothing, illfitting

coats and apparels;

they appear from a distance

like rainbow colours across

the sky. They are of different

languages and colours, yet

united by a single aim as they

crammed themselves in the

choice means of travelling –

unsteady boats.

To them, the Mediterranean

Sea is the “standing” block

to better lives for them and

their families. This "short cut"

of getting to Europe is described

by the UN Agency for

Refugees as the “most lethal

route in the world”. But to the

immigrants, there is no stopping

them or their dreams. No

matter how vast and intimidating

the waters may look,

to them, it is a "to do or to die"

business. Just like the Israelites

in the wilderness, the eyes

of these immigrants are on

the prize – the imagined

"Promised Land".

There may be no Moses to

part the sea for them, but they

have infinite trust in their confidence

and willpower to sail

through. For days and nights,

they prepare their minds for

the “rough” journey on the

seas. The people smugglers

do as much to keep the confidence

level up. They imagine

themselves as football coaches

giving pep talks to their

players before matches. The

immigrants are given "health

and safety" tips and a few

talks on "fire exits". Don't ask

me where the exits are on dingy

boats that float at the mercy

of the sea.

But you have to praise the

people smugglers for, at least,

thinking of giving the immigrants

a false hope that help

is just a call away. Moreover,

they have to justify the huge

sums of money they collect

from these immigrants. But

that is as far as compassion

goes, as they are abandoned

immediately the rickety

boats set sail. The contract

between the two parties is

over at this point, while the

immigrants left at the mercy

of the sea. The ones who

make it to the other side of

the sea have long tales for the

No sea shall stand on the way to the “Promised Land”

For as long as history

can remember,

thousands of

immigrants have been

using every means to

cross to their land of

opportunities – Europe.

It is, therefore, a source

of thriving business for

men (and women) who

make money exploiting

desperate people

European coastguards.

These immigrants have put

everything on the line to cross

the seas and begin a new life

in Europe. They come in different

shapes, sizes, ages, religions,

sexes and orientations.

But they are united by one

dream – life in Europe. Yet for

them, this dream is very tall,

as they have no legal means

of reaching their destination.

Their dreams do not accommodate

applying for travelling

visas to enter the continent.

Some of them do not

even have passports and those

who do, know they stand no

chance of getting visas

stamped on them. Yet they

cannot “derail” their own

dreams of a life in Europe.

They are from Africa, the

Middle East, South and Central

Asia. They are Libyans,

Somalians, Eritreans, Sudanese,

Iraqis, Syrians, a handful

of Nigerians (yes, Nigerians)

etc. Apart from sharing a

dream of better lives in Europe,

these people are also

bonded by the insecurities in

their respective countries.

They all know what poverty

is, and also recognise the political

instability and civil

wars in their countries will

never throw opportunities

their ways.

They are desperate and with

no thoughts of their personal

safety, surrender their fates to

the workings of the people

smugglers. To some, attempting

a “swim” across the Mediterranean

is better than staying

put in their countries

where death knocks on doors

at will – via kidnapping, execution

or suicide bombing. To

most, they would rather die on

the European soil than be

caught by “easy” death in

their home countries where

the lives of citizens like them

mean nothing to their leaders.

For as long as history can

remember, thousands of immigrants

have been using every

means to cross to their land

of opportunities – Europe. It

is, therefore, a source of thriving

business for men (and

women) who make money

exploiting desperate people.

For a one way trip on a rickety

boat, the members of the

cartel collect thousands of

dollars from the immigrants.

This is far more than a normal

cruise liner will charge

for a "round the world" tour.

The plights of these immigrants

need more than ordinary

pity from the world. We

have sat back far too long,

watching some countries become

ungovernable and unsafe

for citizens. The look of

relief on the faces of these immigrants

as they file off rescue

boats tell the story of what

they think is their "lucky" escape.

They do not mind that

they have now become numbers,

for identification. They

thank their stars for making it


They reflect on some of the

people they started the journey

with but could not make

it to the other side. Some died

on the sea due to exhaustion,

lack of water, lack of food and

some thrown overboard after

minor arguments. All these

had no opportunity of a decent

burial. The vast water

“ate” them like thousands of

others before them. A few got

into the Promised Land in body

bags and straight for burial in

a land they had dreamt would

afford them decent lives.

In the midst of these, there

are cries of new-born babies

and children. These are the innocents

who are thrown into

the situation by their parents’

decisions. They have no say

in determining their destinies.

They are luckier than the

adults though, as Europe does

not turn its back on children.

Every day, the pictures of

these arriving immigrants are

shown on international news

channels. Because of the unprecedented

number risking

their lives in this venture, the

world is slowly waking up to

its responsibilities. The response

from the European

Union, although seen as impracticable

by analysts, has

been very encouraging. The

Union is proposing more

funding and resettlement of

migrants’ quota to member


The migrants' allocation to

EU members has generated

a lot of controversies in some

countries. The United Kingdom

(then) Home Secretary

Theresa May had voiced opposition

to the proposal,

which she said the country

would fight against. She is not

alone on this, as many of the

EU member states are distancing

themselves from the


For now, the immigrants

are cooling their heels in detention

centres as the world

decides their fate. The first

duty of the west, according to

the no-nonsense UK’s Theresa

May, is separating the economic

migrants (?) from the

genuine refugees. To her, the

former should be shipped

back across the Mediterranean

Sea to wherever they

came from.

The problem of these migrants

goes beyond containing

them in the European

corridor. There has to

be a permanent solution to

it. The solution lies in making

sure peace reigns in the

countries where these immigrants

come from. While

some of the governments

should share the blame in

the destabilisations of these

countries, their main assignment

right now is encouraging

the development

of democracy.

First published in this column

on 17th May 2015


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Obembe goes home in glory

By Sam Eyoboka

GENERAL Overseer of El-Shaddai Bible

Church and the Apostolic Prelate of International

Communion of Charismatic and Apostolic

Ministries, (ICCAM), Archbishop Joseph

Olanrewaju Obembe who completed his

earthly mission on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

will be interred on Friday after a week long

ceremony which begins tomorrow.

Releasing the special burial arrangement

on behalf of the family and the ICCAM membership,

the Apostolic Presbyter of the elite

group, Bishop Taiwo Akinola who described

the late Obembe as a notable charismatic

archbishop, and perhaps the first cardinal of

Pentecostal movement in Nigeria, said the

events will kick off with a night of worship


“The first night of tributes by Body of Christ

and anchored by El-Shaddai Bible Church

comes on Tuesday to be followed by another

one to be anchored by ICCAM on Wednesday.

A service of songs is scheduled for Thursday,”

Bishop Akinola said, adding that all the

events will take place at the church in Dolphin

Estate in Ikoyi, Lagos except the interment

which is billed for Ogudu in Kosofe local

government area of Lagos.

“The late archbishop was a man of lofty

spiritualities, and he carried great and distinctive

grace for kingdom innovativeness.

Before his demise the ground breaking event

for a proposed Charis University, which was

being planned to be mainly a university of

technology was conducted. The proposed university,

for which large expanses of land had

been acquired at the Lekki zone of Lagos, aims

at promoting Christian values while focusing

on science, business and technology.

“He laboured tirelessly to attract investors

to Nigeria because of his desire to alleviate

the suffering g of many Nigeria a by granting

tertiary education action at affordable cost to

the people. He also expected that the investors

would fund various projects based on property

development t, agriculture and transportation,”

Akinola who flanked Bishop Anietie

Etukudo, Bishop Chioma Dauji and several

others stated.

According to the Apostolic Presbyter who is

also the General Overseer of Rhema Christian

Centre with headquarters at Sango Otta,

the death of Obembe may be gain to the heavenly

host, but it is a loss to many “of us who

saw him as a leading light and a pathfinder

for many Christiand who have the apostolic

vision to serve the Lord in their generation.

He was a thoughtful leader in his time who

spoke boldly the mind of Christ to both the

lowly and the highly placed.

“He was heard, seen and acknowledged by

men in power and authority as one promoting

the cause of Christ and Christians. He was

an eloquent speaker. An erudite scholar, an

accomplished author and undoubtedly, a

great motivator,” he maintained, stressing that

the fallen cleric had an unusually large heart

that encompassed all, and he never withheld

anything that could be beneficial to anyone,

even at his detriment.

Continuing with the encomiums, Akinola

said Obembe loved simply, he loved wholly

and forgave easily. “To many of us. He was

not only a leader but also a father. We proudly

call him father because no other appellation

suits a man who led others by. Carrying them

on his shoulders to achieve or attain greater

heights of success at no gain to himself.”

Also speaking at the occasion, Obembe's only

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A Power Far Greater On Our Side


Be strong and courageous, be not

afraid nor dismayed for the king

of Assyria, nor for all the multitude

that is with him: for there be more with us

than with him: With him is an arm of flesh;

but with us is the LORD our God to help

us, and to fight our battles.

And the people rested themselves upon

the words of Hezekiah king of Judah (II

Chron. 32:7-8).

Hezekiah was an outstanding king of

Israel who truly trusted in the Lord like

His ancestor, David. He faced real challenges

several times: invasion by king

Sennacherib of Assyria, the three great

nations coming to attack him, his severe

sickness, the prophecy of Isaiah

that he would die and not live are some

of the troubles he faced. Despite all, he

trusted in the Lord God of Israel and he

was helped.

When the king of Assyria came against

Hezekiah, it was a severe trouble. Sennacherib

was the greatest military power

on earth at the time and he had destroyed

many nations. Now, he came against tiny

Judah and threatened them greatly.

In speaking to his people, motivating

them to trust in the Lord, Hezekiah uttered

those immortal words, worth repeating

over and over again.

Be strong and courageous, be not afraid

nor dismayed for the king of Assyria,

nor for all the multitude that is with

him: for there be more with us than

with him: With him is an arm of flesh;

but with us is the LORD our God to

help us, and to fight our battles.

And the people rested themselves

upon the words of Hezekiah king of

Judah (II Chron. 32:7-8)

The people rested on the words of

Hezekiah and God showed Himself strong

in their behalf. Sennacherib was turned

back and killed by the mighty hands of

the Most High God!

son-in-law, Mr. Temitayo Gaji, a legal practitioner

explained to our reporter how he heard

the news of the death, saying they were by his

dying bed and “he was very courageous as

someone who has dedicated his life to the work

of God and died peacefully in our presence.”

Asked what’s expected of him as the only inlaw,

Mr. Gaji said his family and the Obembe

family are expected to meet and fine tune arrangement

ahead of the interment, saying that

he was man enough to play his role as an inlaw

despite his youthful looks.

Still dazed by the death, the second daughter

of the deceased, Mrs. Opeyemi Eniola Gaji

(nee Obembe) said it still appears like a dream

everybody calls him archbishop, he’s actually

my boy friend. I am still hoping that someone

will tell me at some point that it was all a

dream. I don’t have the right words to describe

what has happened. Its enormous loss to the


“I don’t know how to describe how I feel. In

fact coming to Dolphin Estate, I have the feeling

that he would just emerge from one of

many offices and we will renew our father

daughter relationship while making jest of

those behind the huge joke. On the whole we


The Essence of His Life


He was heard, seen and

acknowledged by men in

power and authority as

one promoting the cause

of Christ and Christians. He

was an eloquent speaker.

An erudite scholar, an accomplished

author and

undoubtedly, a great motivator,

ot as though I had already attained,

either were already perfect: but I fol

low after, if that I may apprehend that

for which also I am apprehended of Christ

Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have

apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting

those things which are behind, and reaching

forth unto those things which are before, I

press toward the mark for the prize of the high

calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:


Paul was saying that there are some things

that he needed in life but there is just one thing

most important in life. Life should be taken in

certain sequences and stages.

To know God and the essence of His life. To

know his association, enjoyment, pain and all

that he went through.

To apprehend that for which Christ saved

and delivered us

To press towards spending time in heaven

We must be very clear as to where our life is

going. In Luke 10: 41-42 Jesus speaking to

Martha had this to say: Martha you are careful

about many things but only one thing is

needful, and your sister Mary has chosen that

thing. What is that thing we are focusing our

life and energy on?

This life is very short and that one thing we

are certain of is timewait a for no man. This

day, I mean today, will never happen again

are five biological children---four girls

and one boy, but Daddy had hundreds

of other children he was caring for,”

Mrs. Gaji said, maintaining that at

some point the family will have to take

a decision on how to handle the issue

of adopted children.

The only son of the biological family,

28-year old Senior Obembe who

described himself as a communication

specialist, also managed to speak

on the father, saying that the late father

was a father to several children

and people across so many race and


Asked how he had accepted the reality

of the moment and he said: “there

is nothing we can do about it except to

pray for grace to keep up with the legacy

he has left behind. Some student

fellowship belonging to NIFEST used

to do some documentaries and then

Daddy would show up, pray with them

and give them tea and sandwiches.

“One member of that group called

yesterday from Canada to tell us. Some people

would not reckon with such but this fellow

called and recounted the experience

which is what he remembered him by, that

this man would pray with them and give them

food and only God the purpose for that gesture.

No matter how little we might seem it

but it was something tangible for them to

remember up till now,” he said.

He pledged that the dreams the father had

will not die with him because they are divine

and God who gave the vision will not allow

such dreams to die. “We as a father have started

taking steps to identify most of the people

he was sponsoring to see how best we can

continue with the vision. Because of the kind

of person he was, very many of the things he

did were not documented. But we all know

that my father was very high on education.

“So the first thing we are thinking of is to

establish a foundation that can take of the

numerous people on his scholarship. It might

take a while to establish the number of people

he was taking care of. He was a father for

everybody,” he maintained.

and whatever we are supposed to do this day

and are unable to do this day will never be

done again this day. If you do it another day it

will never be like it would have been if we had

done it the day it was to be done. The most

important thing in our life, we should claim

and aspire to, is the vision and purpose of

God for our life.

We need to understand the story of Paul. He

was a very enthusiastic man, a man that was

passionate and knowledgeable. He pursued

after the things that he desired until he had an

encounter with Jesus Christ. He then began

to pursue after Christ.Where there is no prophetic

vision the people cast off restraint but

blessed is he who keeps the law. Proverbs

29:18 KJV. Where there is no direction in your

life you are bound to make mistake and a

waste of that life.

You are going through stress either because

you don’t know where you are going or you

don’t know how to get there. If you can ask for

direction for your life you won’t get lost, we

must ask the direction from the right person

and at the right place. Therefore, Paul said

one thing is important - you must know where

you are going.

Your vision will determine who you marry,

what you spend your money on, what you eat

and everything you do because you know exactly

where you are going. You know exactly

what you want out of life. Everything that is

not relevant to the goals that you are not pursuing

you must kick it out of your life.

You must find out where you are going because

the earlier you find this out the earlier

you will get there. Most people in life are frustrated

mostly because they get stuck at a point

in their life and don’t know which way to turn.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

and before you were born I consecrated you;

I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1: 5. It is time go to God and know

the right path to follow. If you look up to the

lamp of God, He will show you the way.

*Ituah Ighodalo is the Senior Pastor,

Trinity House, Trinity Avenue, Off Ligali

Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.




The Lord is good

By Pastor William F.


Psalms 34:8 "O taste and see

that the LORD is good: blessed

is the man that trusteth in him."

The Psalmist had per

sonal encounter with

God and experienced

His awesome nature in the •Kumuyi

most profound way. This informed his bold decision to call as

many, who are seriously in dire need of recovery in life, to come

and also partake in the wonders of God.

His call goes out to every soul that is hungry and desirous of

permanent change meant to bring genuine and lasting solution

to the problems of life. The call goes to you that is there

right now. Come, taste and see the goodness of God. God has a

ready made antidote for those challenges bedevilling you and

your family. You can discover it for yourself today, if you will

only heed to this clarion call directed towards you.

The invitation of the Psalmist stems from his first hand experience

and knowledge of the benevolent will power of God to

steer humans clear from the path of danger and difficulties

into the path of safety as occasion demands.

That is the very reason he is encouraging you to try God

because he knows that God is very good at solving our problems.

Simply put, God is an expert in that field of study; and He

is most willing to save you from whatever boiling point situation

you may find yourself. If you should talk about healing,

He is good at doing just that; and if it is deliverance, He is also

exceptional in delivering you from the many great dangers the

devil has placed in your pathway to greatness.

The Psalmist discovered it for himself during his reign as

king in Israel. You too can experience it in your life today.

Psalms 34:8 "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed

is the man that trusteth in him."

All that is required is for you to put your trust in God. Excuse

me, let me remind you that in time past, you have put your

confidence in man or in material possessions like money or

may be in a woman, thinking that you will be aided by them,

but to no avail you got burnt and have suffered varying degrees

of disappointments. But if you put your trust in God today, He

will be of great service to you.

If you put your trust in God and allow Him to work His

wonders in your life, the power of God will overshadow you

and you will experience total recovery. I want to assure you

today that the moment you take that right decision God is

demanding from you, it will catapult into a complete state of

recovery for you and your family.

Now you must pay kin attention, because for you to enjoy this

goodness of God I have been talking about, you have to play a

very significant role. That is, you must accept the offer of friendship

the Son of God is extending to you.

The Son of God is also known as the Lord Jesus Christ. He is

the express image of the Almighty God. He came from heaven

to represent God the Father and to show us how good God can

be and how we can get to meet with Him. He was anointed

with the power of the Holy Ghost and went to many localities

doing good as well as healing all that were oppressed of the

devil. Eventually, He was crucified and died for our sins so that

we will not remain in the bondage of sin and suffering.

The moment the power of God takes its' effect in your life, you

will become a specimen of a great miracle: you will experience

salvation from sin, which will make you righteous and straighten

out your character. After that, other secondary miracles and

privileges will follow in quick succession.

As these goodly blessings of God begin to take shape in your

life, laughter will become your other name. You will rejoice. I

congratulate you because of what God will do in your life


To become a partaker of these mouthwatering benefits that

come from the throne of grace, you must nurse a desire to live

a better and a fulfilled life. When you nurture that desire, it will

become a sudden surge or catalyst that will spike you and your

family into a better future.

I know something about those people who do not have desire.

They do not move or act when you ask them to. They just

remain static, motionless and indifferent to situations around

them. But I charge you to wake up from your sleepy position.

Wake up to reality because good news has come and today will

not be like the yesterday of the past, which brought doom and

gloom to you and your family.

Wake up! Arise. This coming week will not be like last week.

The beginning of the year will not be like last year for you. This

year you will be the man of action and you will obtain complete

and full salvation. You will be the man of success and with

the glory of God. Wake up and desire.

There was someone in the Bible who heard about the great

deeds of Jesus and afterwards, he began to crave longings and

strong desire see Jesus. I mean, to have an encounter with Him.

That desire was fulfilled when Jesus paid a visit to his community.

In fact, the moment he got to know that the Lord had

entered into his community and that He was passing by his

vicinity, he decided to do the needful.

To be continued

The God of covenant (3)


N the last episode, we saw

how Abraham’s obedience

brought the promise of

the Unparalleled Gift of Jesus

Christ to humanity. What a

privilege to have God’s only

Son as the Gift to bring righteousness

to mankind without

struggles. Only believe! This

template of faith is the acceptable

one to God, and it also

makes it easier for mankind

to warm her way into divine


Abraham Rejoiced to See

My Day, and he saw it, and

was glad! (John 8:56)

The Lord Jesus made this

great pronouncement to the

Jews while teaching in the

Temple and the Jews were asking

him questions basic to

their salvation, but they could

not understand. While claiming

they were Abraham’s children,

Jesus took exception to

their statement because if truly

they were Abraham’s children,

they would have known

Jesus, because Abraham saw

Jesus’ day and was glad. Unfortunately,

the Jews had no

understanding of this, because

they were mistaken of

the earthly age of Jesus, and

wondered how Abraham

could have seen the day of

Jesus. In reply to them, the

Lord Jesus said in John 8:58,

“…Verily, Verily I say unto

Should any warring soldier of Christ entangle himself

with the affairs of this life?










One of the affairs of this life

is politicking. And so many

saints of God or many men

of God who are supposed to

be soldiers of Christ, have

entangled themselves in the

affairs of politicking. They

have displeased Jesus Christ

who hath chosen them to be

soldiers, to be engaged in

spiritual warfare with principalities

and powers which

muster their unseen array,

waiting for their unguarded

hours, especially the unguarded

hours of these men

of God, who are their targets.

If Jesus Christ, our

Great Commander, resisted

every temptation of the devil

to seduce Him with the

kingdoms of this world and

all its glories, then saints of

God, must also violently resist

every temptation of Satan,

to drag them into the

world of politicking, knowing

fully well that they are

not of this world- JOHN


There is this parable in

• J.K. Akinola. (Senior Pastor)

JUDGES 9:7-15, given by

Jotham, one of the sons of

Gideon, and I quote, “The

trees went forth on a time to

anoint a king over them; and

they said unto the olive tree,

Reign thou over us. But the

olive tree said unto them,

Should I leave my fatness,

wherewith by me they honour

God and man, and go

to be promoted over the

trees? And the trees said to

the fig tree, Come thou, and

reign over us. But the fig tree

said unto them, Should I forsake

my sweetness, and my

good fruit, and go to be promoted

over the trees? Then

said the trees unto the vine,

Come thou, and reign over

us. And the vine said unto

them, Should I leave my

wine, which cheereth God

and man, and go to be promoted

over the trees? Then

said all the trees unto the

bramble, Come thou, and

reign over us. And the bramble

said unto the trees, If in

truth ye anoint me king over

you, then come and put your

trust in my shadow: and if

not, let fire come out of the

bramble, and devour the cedars

of Lebanon.”

The olive tree, the fig tree

and the vine tree, in this parable,

symbolize those men of

God, who have consecrated

you, Before Abraham was, I

am”. Now they wanted to

stone him because they were

completely spiritually discerned.

If only they had sought

understanding of what Christ

was saying, they would have

known the Truth, and the truth

would set them free. (John

8:32). This would have spelt

their total freedom from sin

and satan, and become acceptable

to God. We shall now

analyse the principles involved

in this statement of our

Lord Jesus Christ and bring

out the benefits therein for us

unto whom the end of the

world has come. (1 Cor


Abraham’s Day of Divine

Visitation at Mamre (Genesis

18). This was the Day of

Jesus Christ referred to in John

8:56. There is no doubting the

fact that Jesus Christ is the

central Figure among the 3

visitors that appeared to Abraham

here. It could be seen that

among the three Men, only

One seemed to be talking authoritatively

to Abraham. The

high point of the speech was

in verse 10, where the Lord

said, “.. I will certainly return

unto thee according to the

time of life, and lo, Sarah thy

wife shall have a Son….”. Abraham

was already entitled to

this blessing from God, because

he had believed God for

it at an earlier encounter.

Jesus Christ, God’s Only

Son to be given to humanity

for their total redemption appeared

to Abraham here to

justify his inclusion into the

principle of Divine Acceptance,

because he had believed

God – a new order! Abraham

was certainly glad for this inclusion,

and God had sealed

it irrespective of the doubt of

Sarah. Abraham’s faith had


Abraham’s Day of Divine

Provision on Mount Moriah

(Gen 22).

A higher test of Abrahams’s

faith was now to come, after

having secured the promised

their lives to this divine assignment,

of spiritual warfare

in God’s vineyard, and

so will resist every temptation

to be seduced into a life

of politicking. PRIDE OF


NESS, which is idolatry, as

written in COLOSSIANS

3:5, is the root of the evil of

all the lies, intrigues and

manoeuvrings behind politicking.

Men of God, who have

abandoned their divine calling

for politicking, have become

adulterers and enemies

of God, by virtue of their

friendship with the world-

JAMES 4:4, and so, cannot

inherit the kingdom of God-


The kingdom of the

saints of God is not of this

world, just as Jesus said

that His kingdom was not

of this world- JOHN 18:36.

The kingdom of the saints

of God, is yet to come, when

they shall reign with Christ

as kings and priests during

the millennial reign, at the

Alder Consulting publishes 2019 Church Report

By Olayinka


LDER Consulting, Nige

Aria’s leading creative intelligence

firm, has at a recent

press conference, released the

2019 edition of its Church


Speaking at the presentation,

Leke Alder, Principal of

Alder Consulting said: “The

report measured the perception

of the Church in Nigeria,

and its impact on society and

national development. It provides

feedback from church

members and the general

public, as well as information

about socio-cultural shifts that

affect the Church.”

According to him, the

Church Report highlights the

social relevance of the Church

and in particular, captures the

reaction of the youth demographic

on burning topics

such as sexuality and mental


"The survey for the Alder

Church Report was done both

online and offline and

spanned the nation's six geopolitical

zones. In all, there

were 4,634 respondents; 68

per cent of whom were below

35 years old. The gender ratio

for the survey was 58 per cent

male to 42 per cent female,

while 50 per cent were single

and 50 per cent married," Mr.

Elder stated.

Explaining highlights of the

Report, he said "from the survey,

30 per cent of the respondents

are of the opinion that

the Church should not be involved

in politics.

"However, 23 per cent say

that pastors can vie for public

office, while 80 per cent think

that churches should advocate

for good governance.

son from God. The walk with

God and His righteousness is

revealed from faith to faith

(Rom 1:17). This was to assure

humanity that this principle

remains the final principle of

divine acceptance as, we are

to rest from our works and

struggles in trying to please

God. As we know, Abraham

also passed this tougher test,

believing God that He God

was able to raise Isaac up,

even after sacrificing him to

God! (Heb 11:19). This is highly

prophetic of God’s Son,

Jesus Christ, who was going

to be resurrected for our justification

after His crucifixion.

He became the Sacrificial

Lamb for Isaac and his unborn

generations, because He

was provided for us as the

“….Ram caught in the thicket

by His horns…” (Gen 22:13).

Again here, Abraham rejoiced

to see this Day of Jesus! It was

the day of underscoring the

principles of substitutory Redemption

for humanity.

This is The Day that the Lord

hath made. (Psalm 118:24)

If Abraham saw the Day of

Jesus and was glad, He has

opened for us a new principle

of divine acceptance by faith

(Heb 11:6).

^The Gospel Faith Mission International,

Living Word Cathedral, Oluyole Estate, beside

Total Petrol Station, off Ring Road, Ibadan.

(Telephone : 08033376660, 08055405095)

second advent of Christ -


the kingdom of the bramble

is of this world, hence

they can get themselves entangled

in politicking.


warns all the saints of God,

to come out from amongst

these brambles and be separate,

and never to touch

their unclean thing. For

righteousness has no fellowship

with unrighteousness

and light has no communion

with darkness and

Christ has no concord with

Belial (the brambles) neither

has the believer any

part with an infidel- 2


But if these brambles

refuse this warning about

the doctrine of SEPARA-

TION, given by THE AL-

MIGHTY GOD, they will

be asked to depart as workers

of iniquity, into everlasting

fire, prepared for the

devil and his fallen angels-

MATTHEW 7:22-23; MAT-

THEW 25:41.


(The Truth Centre) 4, Christian Gospel Avenue,

Beside Psychiatric Hospital,

Uselu, Benin City, Edo State.

Email: cgc.com.ng@gmail.com

Telephone: +234 (0) 7052061135, +234 (0)

9030731406. Website: www.cgc.com.ng

"It finds that more millennials

consume Christian content

in digital format (e-Bible,

Video Messages & Audio

Messages) in the Northwest,

than in any other region of Nigeria.

This speaks to a strong

desire for teachings in this part

of Nigeria.

"Church members would

like the Nigerian Church to

demonstrate financial responsibility

by giving back to society

(81 per cent): 46 per cent

would like professional financial

auditing, 40 per cent

would like churches to publish

financial reports, while 25

per cent want churches to pay

tax," he stated.

Continuing, Mr. Alder is of

the opinion, that regarding the

use of technology, respondents

ranked the Church lowest on

online response time (58 per

cent). Mobile responsiveness,

aesthetic appeal and loading

speed were ranked 63 per cent,

64 per cent and 64 per cent

respectively. Other rankings

include user experience (65

per cent), frequency of updates

(66 per cent) and functionality

(68 per cent)."

On use of social media, he

said the Church was scored

below average for reach (47

per cent), relevance of message

(48 per cent) and audience

engagement (48 per

cent). Content effectiveness,

vis-a-vis the impact of church

messages on the world, scored

51 per cent.

According to him, "millennials

would like the Church

to be more responsive to issues

of drug abuse, domestic

violence, unemployment, depression,

rape and sexuality.

"The number of millennials

who believe in premarital sex

has risen to 20 per cent from

17 per cent (2018). This may

signal a mind shift regarding

sex and sexuality among millennial




Alie is something false

said with the intention to

deceive. To tell a lie is

to avoid telling the truth. This

is done by saying something untrue

outright, or by fudging the


Sinful man classifies lies in different

categories. Fabrications

are things are entirely madeup.

White lies are regarded as

innocuous everyday lies people

tell in order to be tactful or polite.

Exaggerations are things

embellished or made to be more

than they really are. They involve

the enhancement of the

truth by adding falsehood to it

to make it more impressive.

Rumour-mongering is spreading

false information about

someone you don’t like or about

something you don’t even know

for sure. A bold-faced lie is saying

something that is false even

when you know the person you

are telling this knows it is a lie.

Plagiarism is when the words of

someone else is stolen and presented

as yours.

God of truth

However, with God, a lie is a

lie is a lie. It is anything devoid

of the truth or whatever distorts

the truth. Even when a lie is

told to a man, it is nevertheless a

sin against God.

Telling lies is also a posture.

The bible talks of people who

“walk in lies.” God says: “I

have seen a horrible thing in the

prophets of Jerusalem: they

commit adultery and walk in

lies; they also strengthen the

hands of evildoers, so that no one

turns back from his wickedness.

All of them are like Sodom to

me, and her inhabitants like

Gomorrah.” (Jeremiah 23:14).

Some people tell lies occasionally.

But those who walk in lies

tell lies habitually and compulsively.

They live under false

pretenses. The converse is also

true, according to scripture.

John says: “I rejoiced greatly

when brethren came and testified

of the truth that is in you,

just as you walk in the truth. I

have no greater joy than to hear

that my children walk in truth.”

(3 John 1:3-4). Walking in the

truth means living according to

the commandments of Jesus.

Truth personified

Truth in the scriptures is not abstract

but real and tangible.

Truth in the bible is a person with

a personality. Truth in the bible

is Jesus Christ. Jesus says:

“I am the way, the truth, and the

life.” (John 14:6). Jesus Christ

is truth personified. Only Jesus,

who came down from the bosom

of God in heaven, faithfully declares

God. He says: “He who

has seen me has seen the Father.”

(John 14:9). Therefore,

he is the logos; the only true expression

of God on earth.

Similarly, the Holy Spirit (the

Spirit of Jesus) is the Spirit of

truth. He guides into all

truth. (John 16:13). Because

Jesus is truth personified, the

greatest liar is that person who

does not believe in Jesus: “Who

is the greatest liar? The one who

says that Jesus is not Christ. Such

a person is antichrist, for he does

not believe in God the Father

and in his Son.” (1 John 2:22).

Those who don’t believe in Jesus

believe lies.


Those who

don’t believe in

Jesus believe


Lying is an indelible part of

the “old man.” It is natural to

Adamic man. Accordingly,

Abraham was a liar. Isaac, his

son, was also a liar. So also

was Jacob; Abraham’s grandson.

A man who has not received

the Spirit of Truth cannot

but tell lies.

The psalmist says: “The wicked

are estranged from the womb;

they go astray as soon as they

are born, speaking lies.” (Psalm

58:3). Therefore, it is necessary

for us to repent and be converted,

so that we can receive the

truth, and with it newness of life.

Thus, Paul enjoins new creatures

in Christ Jesus: “Don’t tell

lies to each other; it was your old

life with all its wickedness that

did that sort of thing; now it is

dead and gone. You are living a

brand new kind of life that is continually

learning more and more

of what is right, and trying constantly

to be more and more like

Christ who created this new life

within you.” (Colossians 3:9-


God hates liars

Since God is truth, the man

who is the righteousness of God

in Christ naturally hates lies.

Solomon says: “A good man

hates lies; wicked men lie constantly

and come to shame.”

(Proverbs 13:5). God says: “He

who works deceit shall not dwell

within my house; he who tells

lies shall not continue in my presence.

(Psalm 101:7).

Of the seven things God hates,

three pertain to telling lies:

“There are six things the Lord

hates- no, seven: haughtiness,

lying, murdering, plotting evil,

eagerness to do wrong, a false

witness, sowing discord among

brothers.” (Proverbs 6:16).

The psalmist says to God:

“You shall destroy those who

speak falsehood; the LORD abhors

the bloodthirsty and deceitful

man. (Psalm 5:6). The

word of God affirms this: “A false

witness will not go unpunished,

and he who speaks lies shall perish.”

(Proverbs 19:9). It says:

“All liars shall have their part in

the lake which burns with fire

and brimstone, which is the second

death.” (Revelation 21:8).

Lying is demonic

Jesus told some Jews: “You are

the children of your father the

devil and you love to do the evil

things he does. He was a murderer

from the beginning and a

hater of truth- there is not an iota

of truth in him. When he lies, it is

perfectly normal; for he is the

father of liars. And so when I

tell the truth, you just naturally

don’t believe it!” (John 8:44-45).

Jesus presents here a stark

definition of two kinds of man.

The one is of the truth and the

other is of the lie. The one is of

God and the other is of the devil.

The one who is of the truth is

able to hear to the word of truth;

the gospel of salvation. But the

other who is of the lie cannot.

The world says opposites attract.

But the word of God says

like attracts.

Jesus says those attracted to

the gospel are those who are of

God. Jesus himself is like a

magnet. His people are drawn

to him and they welcome his revelation.

Although his light rebukes

their sin, they nevertheless

respond to it in repentance and

faith. They live by its truth.

Those who are not of God reject

the gospel. They prefer the

lie to the truth. They believe the

lie and reject the truth. Jesus

asks: “Which of you convicts me

of sin? And if I tell the truth, why

do you not believe me?” (John


Therefore, the problem is not

in what Jesus says. The problem

is in unbelievers. The problem

is that they are not of the

truth. The problem is that they

are not of God. For God is a

God of truth.

Therefore, Jesus sent Isaiah to

them, saying: “Go, and tell this

people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do

not understand; keep on seeing,

but do not perceive.’ Make the

heart of this people dull, and their

ears heavy, and shut their eyes;

lest they see with their eyes, and

hear with their ears, and understand

with their heart, and return

and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9-10).


Behold our enemies & beware of them (2)

JOHN 10:10 says, “The

thief cometh not, but

for to steal, and to kill,

and to destroy: I am come

that they might have life, and

that they might have it more


Beloved, I want you to understand

that everything that

is known as sin has a spirit

responsible for it. It is this spirit

that enters into man as a

thought and thereafter produces

what could be established

as sin. These spirits are

our enemies and since we

cannot physically behold

them, it is therefore very necessary

that we must know

there characters in order to

be able to resist them. If you

don’t know their activities,

you wouldn’t know when they

permeate into you and make

you a victim. So, take note,

the devil transformed themselves

into all these evil seeking

whom to consume.

There are cases mentioned

in the Bible of how some of

these spirits responsible for

sin entered people and destroyed

them. David was once

a victim, the enemy of lust

entered and attacked him,

followed by the spirit of murder

and David was almost

ruined if not the mercy of

God. When spirits of pride and

disobedient attacked Saul,

they made him to lose his

kingship and eventually

caused his death. In the Book

of Esther we read how spirits

of envy and bitterness took

Haman to the gallows and

was hung same place he prepared

for Mordecai. Judas

Iscariot was given a technical

knockout by the spirit of

covetousness and betrayal,

while lying spirit dragged

Ananias and Sapphire to the

feet of Peter who pronounced

judgment of death upon them.

We should be aware of these

enemies and all their activities

so that we can resist them

when they are attacking us.

You shouldn’t say they attacked

and were able to prevail

over you, for that may not

be a good story. You shouldn’t

say they attacked you as a result

you committed adultery,

that will not be a good excuse,

of course you may be forgiven

but the wound will not be

healed and even if the wound

is healed, the mark cannot be

removed, but will be upon you

throughout the days of your

life and it may hinder you

from making heaven at last

if proper restitution is not


Can one escape attack

from these spirits, the answer

is no, but the grace of our Lord

Jesus Christ that is made

available to you is sufficient

to facilitate your delivery. The

arrow of attack will come,

which will make

you to conceive unclean


make you to think

evil, try to seduce

you, and make you

to compromise but

don’t give up for the

more you resist

them the more they

flee. Behold don’t

give up, don’t compromise

for these spirits are

the root cause of all evil including

fear, anger, malice,

envy, deceit, oppression, bribery,

perjury, vexatious and


1Timothy 6:11-12 “But

thou, O man of God, flee these

things; and follow after righteousness,

godliness, faith,

love, patience, meekness.

Fight the good fight of faith,

lay hold on eternal life,

whereunto thou art also

called, and hast professed a

good profession before

many witnesses.”

Take note there must be a

conflict between you and

the spirit of corruption,

temptations, distraction

and other spirits of darkness.

What is at stake is the

crown of glory God has reserved

for you. So, you are

expected to lay hold thereon.

Don’t give up the fight.

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves

therefore to God. Resist

the devil, and he will flee

from you.”

Resist the devil as it tries to

attack you in this way or that

way, continue to resist, he will

give up, one day he came to

attack our Master our Lord

Jesus Christ but our Master

did not give up. So don’t give


By Pastor


Joshua Daramola

ATRUE church of God

is a place where peo

ple will come inside

the church and go out. It is a

place where people who want

to hear the truth will stay and

those who despise the truth

will leave. God has plan and

arrangement for everything

and everybody. My appeal

and advice is that people

should take good care of

themselves. Death occurs in

various ways. It can come

when a person does not take

good care of himself or herself,

when he or she disregards

a lot, when a person fails to

move closer to God and when

people betray one and other

secretly. In fact betrayal commonly

causes untimely and

sudden death. Disobedience

of divine instructions can

bring about manifestation of

bad dreams and visions, a

person can be implicated in a

matter he or she does not

know about.

I want people to know and

be aware that God has arrangement

and plans for

their lives and they cannot be

cancelled but follow the plans.

Let’s imagine the story of Joseph

in the Bible. Many people

taught he had no plan. He

had a dream and narrated it

to his brothers and father who

were able to know the implication

of the dream. His father

never liked that he told

his brothers about the dream

that it was not a good plan for

him to do so. He knew God

had a good plan for his son.

Also Joseph’s brothers knew

the implication of the dream

and hatched a plan to prevent

God’s plan in his life becoming

a reality. They plotted initially

to kill Joseph but sold

into slavery and deceive their

father that a wild animal had

Let your plan be authorized by God


killed him a show him a blood

soaked Joseph clothe as an

evidence. Genesis 37 verse 5

– 36 “…So when the Midiante

merchants came by, his

brother pulled Joseph up out

of the cistern and sold him for

twenty shekels of silver to the

Ishmaelites, who took him to

Egypt……” Eventually Joseph

was sold to an Egyptian

named Potiphar one of Pharaoh’s

officials. He commenced

plans in his master’s

place by ensuring that all the

works assigned to him were

perfectly done and better than

other servants. Joseph’s works

were recognized by his master

that he made him the head

of his household and gave

him the responsibility to oversee

everything in his master’s

house except his wife. A person

who has a work or business

and does not plan very

well is bound to fail. Likewise

a home that the children and

everybody do not know what

to do at a particular time, then

the head of the home does not

have plan.

If a person does not have

plan he or she can die suddenly.

It was the plan of Joseph

that elevated him to the

position he attained. As Joseph

was doing well the other

slaves were jealous of him

until his master’s wife blackmailed

him. And this led to

his imprisonment. While he

was in prison, his diligence

and hard work was recognized

by the prison authority

and again made him the

leader of the inmates. It was

the same dream that made

him not to plan well came up

again in the prison. In fact it

was two inmates that had a

dream and Joseph translated

the dreams for them. Then

he requested one of them that

his dream was favourable to

remember him when the

dream comes to reality. The

prisoner promised to invite

Joseph to the king’s palace

when the dream becomes reality

Genesis 40 verse 14-15

“But when all goes well with

you, remember me and show

me kindness; mention me to

Pharaoh and get me out of

this prison. For I was forcibly

carried from the land of the

Hebrews, and even here I have

done nothing to deserve being

put in a dungeon.” It is

my fervent prayer that all the

people that have good plans

their plans will come to manifestation

in the name of Jesus.

Amen. Some people have the

plan to buy a car, to build a

house, to have a husband or

wife within a certain period

of time.

Anybody that does not have

such plans in mind, nothing

can happen in his or her life.

When these plans are conceived,

they should be entrusted

in hand of God for authorization

so that they are manifested.

Now my challenge to

people is to have plan for

whatever you want to do. For

example if you want to marry,

have plan for your prospective

partner and time, if

you want to have children

plan for it.


critical national questions, including

restructuring and devolution of power?

The national question will be fully

addressed. I am a chieftain of the APC. The

second term has just started. Give the

government a chance. There are too many

issues to be attended to and we will not shy

away from our responsibilities as the ruling

party to ensure the continuity of the unity of

this country.

What was your reaction when you

heard that Abiola had died in


Never let us think about it again. It was

devastating. It was total devastation. For days,

some of us could not reconcile ourselves to it.

Sometimes, I still used to think that I am taking

to Abiola because we used to talk regularly.

For years, it was traumatic.

Some people are still saying that, apart from

recognising June 12, Abiola should be

declared president…

You don’t need that again. He has been given

GCFR, which is only conferred on presidents.

It is automatically a recognition. It is an

exercise in futility. The man is gone and he is

gone. Are you going to swear him in? Are you

going to hang the symbol of the office on one

of his children? The award of the GCFR was

in recognition of what he passed through and

that he was the president of Nigeria.

Is it not confounding to you that, up

to now, the circumstances surrounding

his death are still in the realm of


Yes. That is why I told you earlier on that a

massive reform of the electoral system must

take place.


If there is no reform of

the current Electoral

Act, and there is no

major reform of our

electoral system, 2023

will be worse and it is

dangerous for the


Why we need electoral

reforms before 2023,

by Osoba

Aformer governor of Ogun State, Aremo

Olusegun Osoba, fielded questions

from reporters in Lagos on the 26th

anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential

election, the recognition of June 12 as

‘Democracy Day’ and the imperative of

electoral reforms. Excerpts:

What is the significance of June 12

as Democracy Day and public


The significance of June 12 is that the June

12, 1993 election created the current political

dispensation we now enjoy. It was the sacrifice

made by Basorun MKO Abiola, who refused

to compromise and surrender the mandate

given to him by the entire country. It is also a

celebration of some of our heroes and heroines

who lost their lives in the struggle for the

creation of sustainable democratic norms in

Nigeria. I say this because NADECO that is

the father and mother of this democracy was

founded, not just to claim the mandate of MKO

Abiola, but the original philosophy of

NADECO was to fight for respect for

democracy in Nigeria.

The second reason for NADECO was to sack

the military from the politics of Nigeria. These

two fundamental objectives of NADECO had

been achieved since 1999. MKO Abiola

himself was not part of NADECO. Forty nine

of us formed NADECO in the residence of the

late Major General Adeyinka Adebayo. Abiola

came back from the inauguration of Nelson

Mandela as president of South Africa to come

and join us and he made a pledge when he

joined that he will stick to the philosophy of

NADECO. He died. He paid the supreme

price. That is one of the major reasons that

June 12 is of great importance to this country.

Is there any comparison between the

June 12 election and other general

elections? Has any lesson been learnt?

There is no comparison whatsoever. The best

election so far in this country was the June 12,

1993 election. It is my hope that the Ninth

National Assembly will revisit the issue and

look at the Electoral Act.

What is wrong with the current

Electoral Act?

If there is no reform of the current Electoral

Act, and there is no major reform of our

electoral system, 2023 will be worse and it is

dangerous for the country.


First of all, the modern electoral system is

digital. Nigeria cannot continue to be

analogue when Kenya, Ghana and some

countries have gone digital. Nigerian banking

system is one of the most efficient in the world.

The ATM is working efficiently in Nigeria.

The alert on phone is working efficiently. If

Nigerian banks can operate digital system, I

don’t see why our election should not be digital.

The important thing is that, until we go digital,

all these manipulations may continue. If these

continue till 2023, it will be the beginning of

terrible disruption for Nigeria.

I am so passionate about electoral reforms.

You have turned everything into the highest

bidder now. I am shocked that ordinary

Nigerians are openly selling their votes. I am

a politician. We should do all those reforms

where power is removed from the presiding

officers, and the electronic system takes over.

Take for example, before now, the reform of

the bank was hectic. Now, my drivers goes to

the filing station to buy fuel with credit card.

The transaction is immediately transferred to

my telephone. There is reduction in fraud in

banks. The electronic system will virtually

wipe out selling of votes by voters.

The president is celebrating June 12.

But, he has not signed the Electoral

Act. Is there not a mix up there?

President Buhari is just beginning his second

term. Wait and see. First of all, the Eighth

National Assembly did something on the

Electoral Act. The Ninth National Assembly

should continue from there. There must be

accreditation through the electronic system.

There should transmission of the accredited

voters electronically, transmission of all results

from the polling booths direct to the portal of

INEC. I am saying this because all those who

are talking should go and learn from Nigeria’s

past. Point of sales have been able to operate

successfully. Automatic teller machines are

working successfully in Nigeria. Nigerian

banks can be point of reference of the electoral

act in this country.

Is the recognition of June 12 enough?

What about the resolution of other

If Abiola had not died and his

mandate was restored, what would

have happened to Nigeria?

I am not a prophet. I don’t claim to be an

evangelist. I don’t claim to be a man of God

who can predict. He is gone. I don’t want to

think about it.

There are complaints that Nigeria is

lagging behind in all indices of

development. Would you say the

sacrifices made by Abiola have been

in vain?

No. it has not been in vain. You remember

that in 2015, we were in a serious economic

trouble. If the TSA had not been created, with

all monies going into a single account, this

country may have even collapsed. We thank

God that we are still alive. I believe that this

second term, major dividends of the sacrifices

Nigerians have made in the last few years will


Upon reflection, would you say that

the Epetedo declaration was a mistake

or a right step in the right direction?

Don’t let us go back into it. Some of us did

not support the Epe Declaration. There was

an illegal military government in place. The

declaration itself, I don’t want to go into

details. Don’t let us do any blame game. Let us

thank God that we have had transition,

whether perfect or imperfect, from military to

civilians. We have heard four governments now

from 1999 to 2007, 2007 to 2010, 2010 to

2015, and now 2015 to 2019. It is an

achievement for Nigeria, even as imperfect

as it is.

How can democracy be preserved in


We cannot wipe out economic imbalance

or poverty. We can reduce poverty. People will

continue to resort to religion. People will

continue to resort to tribalism. The centre of

everything is poverty. The middle class crushes

the effects. Once you wipe out the middle class,

the economy will collapse. That is the


What is your message to Nigerians?

Let us support electoral reforms so that we

can have reasonable elections in this country.

Pius Adesanmi’s

mother, daughter

sue Boeing over

plane crash

Lois Olufunke, mother of

late Pius Adesanmi, and

the deceased’s daughter,

Iyabo Toluhi, have sued the

Boeing company over the plane

crash that killed the renowned


Boeing is the manufacturer of

the ill-fated 737 MAX 8 Ethiopian

Airlines aircraft

that crashed in March killing

all passengers onboard.

The two Nigerians aboard the

Nairobi-bound flight were

Adesanmi, and Biodun Bashua,

a former UN and African Union

(AU) deputy joint special representative

in Darfur, Sudan.

According to Premium Times,

the suit dated June 4 was filed on

behalf of the bereaved family at

the US district court in Chicago

where the company is based.

It was filed by Nomaan Husain

By Lamidi Bamidele

To curb underage and

excessive drinking, the

Distillers and Blenders

Association of Nigeria (DIBAN),

says it has stepped up advocacy

campaign to promote responsible

consumption of alcoholic beverages

while discouraging sale to drinkers

below the age of 18.

Engineer Patrick Anegbe,

Chairman, DIBAN, in a statement,

said the body had taken up the

advocacy as a Corporate Social

Responsibility through outdoor

messaging on billboards, mass

transit buses and radio campaigns

to sensitize consumers about the

dangers of excessive alcohol

consumption and advocating

moderation. Campaign themes

include: “Drink moderately”,

“Health is Wealth”, “Enjoy life to the

fullest” and “Don’t mix”.

“As part of DIBAN’s Corporate

Social Responsibility initiatives, we

of Husain Law + Associates,

Floyd Wisner of The Wisner Law

Firm and Omar Khawaja of The

Law Offices of Omar Khawaja.

Boeing is being sued for not

properly informing pilots on the

dangers and risks around its new

Maneuvering Characteristics

Augmentation System (MCAS)

software, which led to the crash

of the plane.

As stated in the suit, the aircraft

manufacturer knew MCAS software

was defective but it ignored

the flaws, thereby compromising

the safety of passengers because

of profit.

“This action arises from the

horrific crash of ETHIOPIAN

AIRLINES Flight 302 (“Flight

302”) on March 10, 2019 in

which 157 people lost their lives.

The aircraft involved in Flight

302 was a Boeing 737 MAX 8,”

the suit read.

SUNDAY Vanguard, JUNE 9 , 2019 PAGE — 41

*Adesanmi and bereaved mother

“This crash came less than five

months after Lion Air Flight JT

610 – another Boeing 737 MAX

8 – crashed into the Java Sea on

October 29, 2018, killing all 189


“Investigation into both

crashes is ongoing, but the similarities

in the aircraft and the

investigative findings for the

crashes thus far points to a common

cause. Shortly after taking

off and while attempting to

climb, pilots for both aircraft reported

flight control issues as the

planes pitched up and down erratically

throughout the sky.

“Once again corporate greed

has placed profits over safety

with tragic consequences for the

public,” said Mr Husain, founder

and senior partner at Husain Law

+ Associates, PC.

“Our goal with these lawsuits is to

obtain answers for our grieving clients

and hold the Boeing Company

accountable for creating this tragedy.”


tillers s intensify campaign against t underage drinking

will also embark on various

advocacy campaigns, which will

include massive training of our

distributors and retailers on the need

to avoid sales of alcoholic beverages

to underage. This will require the

development of appropriate

training manual, which will be in

major Nigerian languages. To

restrict access of the underage to

AlcoholBeverages, the industry will

strengthen the supervision of

distributors and retailers”, Anegbe


“In addition, we will employ

advocacy campaign programmes

in order to strengthen the efforts

Meristem organises Green Fest to promote healthy nation

s part of its Corporate Social



Securities Limited, last sunday

organized the Green Fest

programme tagged, “Festival of

Everything that is healthy for you”

aimed at building a healthy society,

promote well being and create

values for its client.

The maiden edition which took

place at the Muri Okunola Park,

*DIBAN campaign billboards

Victoria Island, drew large

participants including staff of the

company as well as exhibitors in the

business of wellness and health


Highlighting the important of the

event, Deputy Group Managing

Director, Meristem Securities,

Sulaiman Adedokun, CFA, said:

“We are doing this to add value to

our clients and the society. We

believe that for you to add value, the

source of the value must be properly

taken care of. What do I mean by

this, when you are healthy you can

do a lot of thing because your mind

and heart will be more coordinated

and the entire body system will be

together in such a way that will

encourage growth and the value

system activated.”

Adedokun added: “what we are

doing at the green fest is to live

green, eat well, encourage

towards reducing alcohol

consumption, underage drinking

and improving responsible

drinking in collaboration with civil

society groups, under the

supervision of National Agency for

Food Drug Administration Control,

Consumer Protection Agency and

Federal Ministry of Health”.

investment and financial literacy, so

that the entire body system can be

at alert to contribute meaningfully

to the society and the environment.

We want to see people happy and

live a healthy life, minimize the cost

of health issues and such cost of

health issues can really be diverted

to investments of something

meaningful that give more

happiness than spending that in the




Natives reject ex-

CJ as mediator,

alleges he is



he people of Nri in Anambra

State have cried out over the

alleged role of one of their sons,

retired Justice Peter Umeadi, in the

kingship tussle in the town since the

demise of their last Igwe, accusing

him of fuelling the crisis.

They alleged that the former Chief

Judge of Anambra State is taking

sides with the son of the late Igwe,

Ikenna Onyesoh.

In a statement issued by the

community, it was alleged that

Umeadi was supporting Onyesoh.

The statement, signed by Ichie

Michael Igidigi on behalf of

Orunzenino Supreme Council, Nri,

recalled that the former CJ had, on

January 6, 2019, initiated a peace

meeting between the parties in the


It alleged that after the parley, the

ex-CJ came up with a communiqué

that did not reflect the resolutions,

saying he appeared to have favoured

the Igwe’s son.

Consequently, the statement said

Umeadi could no longer be trusted to

mediate in the tussle.

The natives also alleged that in the

dying days of his tenure, the former

CJ, at the launching of some courts in

Anambra, addressed Onyesoh as the

royal father of the day to buttress their


“Is it right to drag Ikenna to a

judiciary function even when there are

litigations in the same judiciary

bordering on his status?” the

statement stated.

Nri Kingdom, the cradle of Igbo

customs and tradition, in the

statement, however, pointed out that

it has resolved the kingship crisis with

its nomination of Oba Maduka

Arubaluezeama as the

Okwudolueze (stand-in king).

The choice of the Lagos-based

business man, said to be rich in the

tradition of the Nri Kingdom,

according to the staement, was the

product of a synergy among the three

institutions: The Nri Progressive

Union (NPU), Nze na Ozo titled men

Association of Nri and Nze Ma

Abuo, meaning the Eze Nri-in-


The genesis of the crisis, according

to the natives, is the alleged claim by

Onyesoh, who came back from the

United States, to be the regent, a move

the natives said was unconstitutional

and unacceptable.

According to Nri people, the stage

for the crisis was set in 2016 by their

former Igwe, Eze Obidiegwu

Onyesoh, when he sacked the Eze

Nri-in-Council, which resulted in

litigation. Before the ruling on the

matter could take place in December

2017, according to the statement, the

Igwe passed on resulting in the

striking out the case by an Anambra

State High Court.

The statement explained that by

tradition, when an Igwe passes on, a

seven-year transition period is

allowed before a new king emerges

resulting in Eze Nri-in-Council

running the affairs of the


In a situation where the cabinet sees

the need to have a figure head to act

as the Igwe to the outside world, the

cabinet, according to the statement,

can pick any one of their choice from

the kindred of the late Eze Nri.

The statement made it clear that

Onyesoh not qualified to play such a

role being a mere Ozo title holder.

The solemnization of the holy matrimony between Miss Nneji