12062019 - How Lawan, Gbaja, others emerged winners

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Vanguard Newspaper 12 June 2019

Buhari’s govt driving

Nigeria towards

disaster, instability

— OBASANJO

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JAMB MNJTF alerts parents, leaders

approves cutoff

marks for Buhari, APC, INEC urge

of ISWAP’s recruitment plan 10

2019/2020 tribunal to dismiss

admission Atiku, PDP’s petition 8

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MKO ABIOLA:

A case study in

transformational

leadership

Buhari’s 2nd term: Fitch sees weak economic outlook

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VOL. 26: NO. 63830 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

9TH NASS LEADERSHIP:

How Lawan, Gbaja, others

emerged winners

Lawan floors Ndume in Senate; Gbaja defeats Bago to emerge Speaker

•Omo-Agege beats Ekweremadu with 68 Votes to emerge Deputy President

•Senate adjourns till tomorrow; Buhari congratulates Lawan, Gbaja, others

LAWAN, GBAJA SWORN-IN...

SEE STORY

ON PAGE 5

LAWAN TAKES OATH OF OFFICE—From left: Clerk of the Senate, Nelson

Ayiwoh, Senate President Ahmed Lawan taking oath of office and Clerk of

the National Assembly, Sani Omolori during the inauguration of the 9th

Senate at the National Assembly Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

GBAJA SWORN-IN AS SPEAKER—Newly elected Speaker, House of

Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (2nd, R); taking oath of office before

the clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori (R), during

the inauguration of the 9th House of Representatives, in Abuja, yesterday.

With them is the Director-General, Gbajabiamila Speakership Campaign

Group, Abdulmunini Jubrin (L) Photo: NAN

JUNE 12: A nation's date with democratic rule

COLUMNISTS

•Let's focus on the lessons — DOYIN ABIOLA

•A Democracy Day primer, by WOLE SOYINKA

•The truth that set democracy free — BOLA TINUBU

•Why Abiola's ideals must be upheld — WURAOLA

•I'm disillusioned with 20 years of democracy — KOKORI

Buhari vows tougher anti-graft

measures in 2nd term 8

ROTIMI FASAN

DEAR BUNMI

31 32

SEE PAGE 26

LG FUNDS: Court

declines to

restrain NFIU

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INSIDE

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SUMMIT FOR JUNE 12 — From left: Former Social Democratic Party, SDP, Vice Presidential Candidate, Amb.

Babagana Kingibe; former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande; APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola

Tinubu; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; President Muhammadu Buhari; Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mallam

Ibrahim Magu; the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher; the Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita; former EFCC Chairman,

Dr. Farida Waziri; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin and other Service Chiefs, standing for the

national anthem during the opening of the National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit as part of activities

to mark the June 12 Democracy Day in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

How Lawan, Gbaja, others

emerged winners

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Henry Umoru,

Emman Ovuakpore

& Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA—

AFTER

over two months of

posturing and horsetrading,

the adopted

candidates of the ruling All

Progressives Congress,

APC, yesterday, emerged

leaders of the Ninth

National Assembly.

The party successfully

averted a repeat of what

happened in 2015 when its

adopted candidates lost to

former Senate President,

Bukola Saraki; former

Deputy Senate President

Ike Ekweremadu and

immediate past House of

Representatives Speaker,

Yakubu Dogara.

This time, immediate

past Senate Leader,

Senator Ahmad Lawan,

APC, Yobe North, who was

also the party’s adopted

candidate in 2015 emerged

victorious.

Yesterday, he polled 79

votes to defeat former

Senate Leader, Senator Ali

Ndume, APC, Borno South

to emerge as President of

the Ninth Senate. Ndume

polled 28 votes.

Also, Mr. Femi

Gbajabiamila, the APC’s

speakership candidate in

2015, won this time. He

polled 283 votes to beat Mr.

Mohammed Bago, who got

76 votes. For the post of the

deputy speaker, Mr. Idris

Wase emerged unopposed.

Similarly, Senator Ovie

Omo- Agege, APC, Delta

Central, scored 68 votes to

defeat the immediate past

Deputy Senate President,

Senator Ike Ekweremadu

to emerge as the Deputy

Senate President.

Ekweremadu polled 37

votes while one Senator

elect abstained, one vote

was invalid.

Ekweremadu’s belated

entry into the DSP race

caused initial ripples.

Sources said the PDP’s

hope of reaping from the

divisions in the APC where

it expected the APC to

produce three contenders

for the deputy senate

presidency (Francis

Alimikhena, Ovie Omo-

Agege and Gaya went up

in smoke as only Omo-

Agege was nominated after

the APC hierarchy got the

other contenders to step

down.

The victory of the APC

adopted candidates was in

spite of the nocturnal

meetings held by Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

governors and senators

where they resolved to

deliver block votes to

Ndume and Mr.

Mohammed Bago, who ran

against Gbajabiamila.

The Clerk to the

National Assembly, CNA,

Mohammed Sani Omolori,

began the process by

calling for nomination of

candidates at 10.31am.

Thereafter, Senator

Yahaya Abdullahi, APC,

Kebbi North nominated

Ahmad Lawan for the

position of Senate

President.

Senator Abdullahi was

seconded by Adeola

Solomon Olamilekan,

APC, Lagos West.

The CNA then asked if

there were further

nominations and Senator

Ali Ndume was

nominated by Ishaku Abbo,

PDP, Adamawa North and

seconded by Barinada

Npigi, PDP, Rivers South

East.

After the nominations,

Lawan and Ndume

addressed the Senatorselect

on their plans for the

Ninth Senate.

At 10.54am, the open

secret balloting election

commenced.

Announcing the result,

the Clerk to the National

Assembly, CNA,

Mohammed Sani Omolori

who declared Senator

Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan as

the winner of the keenly

contested election with 79

votes against 28 votes

garnered by Ali Ndume,

said that 107 Senators-elect

voted.

On the election of Lawan,

Omolori said: “Today, June

11, 2019, 107 Senatorselect

voted. I am happy to

report that 107 Senatorselect

cast their votes. This

is the result: Senator

Ahmad Lawan 79 votes;

Senator Ali Ndume 28

votes.”

“With

this

announcement, Senator

Ahmad Lawan haven

scored the highest votes is

hereby elected and returns

as the Senate President.”

After the declaration of the

result, Senator Lawan took

the oath of allegiance and

office as he assumed the

office of the 9th Senate

President.

Sequel to this, Senator

Ndume was accompanied

to Senator Lawan and they

exchanged pleasantries.

I’ll be fair to all

— LAWAN

In his acceptance speech

after his inauguration and

his colleagues, the newly

elected Senate President,

Ahmad Lawan promised

that in the course of

carrying out his

assignment, he would be

fair to everyone irrespective

of party, political, and

religious affiliation.

Lawan, who noted that

the Senate under his

leadership would do justice

to all, to ensure that it

performed its role for the

benefit of Nigerians, said,

“elections are over. It shows

that we voted for a united

senate and it is clear that

the outcome is bipartisan.

“All parties including the

Peoples Democratic Party

and Young Progressives

Party voted for me and with

this outcome the Ninth

Senate is ready to take off

as a united senate.

“Today means so many

things. It is the

commencement of another

decade of our democracy

and we will work to ensure

best global parliamentary

practice among other

things.”

Lawan, who promised to

ensure a secure and a

prosperous future for all

Nigerians, however

assured that he would run

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

Insecurity: More laws or enforcement? (3)

Enacting more laws

will not solve the

insecurity challenges

we have right now. We

need to find a way to

ensure the masses obey

the ones we have

already. So, I think

enforcement will do the

job.

- Omezi Samuel

Civil servant.

Nigeria

needs

enforcement to

fight insecurity not more

laws though we need one

more law as it stands

now. That one more law

is automatic death

sentence for kidnappers,

killer herdsmen, armed

robbers and other

dangerous criminals.

-Com. Saheed Afolabi

Human Rights Activist.

I

don’t agree with

IGP’s suggestion.

The only solution to the

evil that has befallen

Nigeria is the creation of

state and local

government police. If the

Federal Government can

implement it, the security

challenges in the country

will reduce drastically.

-Lawal Afeez Lekan

Activist

I

do not agree that

Nigeria needs more

laws to fight insecurity.

Rather, what Nigeria

needs that has been

lacking these past years

is political will to fight

insecurity. There are

several laws especially

the Police Establishment

Act that deals with

insecurity, including

terrorism.

Mohammed Bougei

Attah

CSO and anticorruption

activist

I

do not think

Nigeria needs more

laws or policies. We are

good at formulating

polices and enacting

laws. However, if the IG

says we need more

laws, I would only

advise that Police and

other paramilitary

enforce existing laws as

a proof that new laws

can be enforced also.

-Mr David Lawal

Businessman

I

don’t believe we

need more laws to

combat insecurity as we

currently have countless

laws guiding the

operations of the Police. Of

what use is a law without

appropriate enforcement?

This is the main reason for

the breakdown of law and

order in Nigeria. We need

enforcement of existing

laws not more laws. Out of

about 360,000 Police

officers in Nigeria, almost

200,000 guard the elites,

politicians and political

office holders.

-Haruna Ismail Oriyomi

Information Technology expert


6—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

Man docked

for raping

17-year-old girl

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A 27-year-old

man, Mark Afeare, who

raped a 17-year-old girl, was

yesterday arraigned before a

Lagos Magistrate’s Court

sitting in Igbosere.

Afeare, whose address was

not given, is facing a threecount

charge bordering on

rape.

Earlier, the Police prosecutor,

Inspector Peace Chukwudi,

told the court that the defendant

committed the alleged offences

on June 3, at 4p.m. at Seaside

Estate, Badore Road, Ajah,

Lagos.

She said the defendant

abducted the 17-year-old girl

from her mother’s shop with

the intent to have sexual

intercourse with her.

“The defendant abducted the

girl from her mother’s shop,

had sexual intercourse with the

girl without her consent,”

Chukwudi said.

The prosecutor said the

offences committed is

punishable under Sections

137, 261 and 268 of the

Criminal Law of Lagos State,

2015.

The plea of the defendant was

not taken.

The magistrate, Mrs K. O.

Doja-Ojo, remanded the

defendant in prison custody

and ordered that the case file

be duplicated and sent to the

Director of Public Prosecutions

for legal advice.

The case was adjourned till

July 10 for mention.

Cult clashes

leave 5 dead in

Bayelsa

By Emem Idio

YENAGOA—TWO persons

were, yesterday, reportedly

beheaded by suspected cultists

along the Famgbe community,

Yenagoa Local Government

Area, Bayelsa State, in a battle

of supremacy between rival

cults, Greenlanders and

Debam also known as Bobos.

Also killed in the battle were

three others in Obele, St. Peters

Church and Swali,

respectively, all in Yenagoa.

While a Greenlander

member was killed in front of

his church along Swali Road,

others were killed in Obele

area during a direct confrontation

between the cults.

Some residents of the area

claimed that the battle was

between the Obele boys and

the St. Peters boys. Already

residents are moving out of the

troubled zone with the boys

reportedly moving about with

dangerous weapons.

A source said the killing of a

leader of the Greenlanders

started the war.

58-yr-old food vendor electrocuted in Lagos

By Esther Onyegbula

THE discovery of a lifeless

body of 58-year-old food

vendor, Florence Imoh, in front

of her shop threw the quiet

community of Shosanya Street,

Ijegun Road, Ikotun area of

Lagos, into pandemonium

Monday.

Florence Imoh, who was

reportedly electrocuted by an

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

ADO-EKITI—A morbid

drama played out

yesterday, as an unidentified

young man in his early twenties

attempted to snatch a baby from

the back of its mother in Ado-

Ekiti.

He was almost lynched by an

irate mob.

The incident, which occurred

at the popular Fajuyi

exposed electricity cable while

trying to open her shop, was

found by her neighbours in front

of her shop located at 12,

Shosanya Street, at about 6.30a.m.

It was gathered that the

deceased died when a bare wire

fell on the metal protector

mounted in front of her shop.

Florence Imoh, aka Mama

Chikodi, reportedly worked and

slept in the shop, where she

assists her younger sister in

cooking and selling food.

According to a resident in the

community, Aina Gloria, “we

didn’t know the cause of her

death till we looked closely and

discovered that an unclad wire

was resting on the metallic sides

of the roof, which had

transmitted current to other

metallic objects in the shop.

“The building has an

Man attempts to snatch baby

from mother's back in Ekiti

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—A traditional

ruler, the Iresi of Osi, in

Akure North council area of

Ondo State, Oba David

Olajide, yesterday, escaped

being abducted by six

gunmen, on his way from the

state Police Headquarters in

Akure, where his subjects, a

mother and her step-son ran

to after escaping from

kidnappers’ den when the

kidnappers were asleep.

The subjects, Mrs Olawumi

Adeleye, 25, and her step-son,

Destiny Paul, 14, were

kidnapped on the same

Akure-Obaile-Airport Road

while going to church on

Sunday.

Vanguard gathered that they

ran to Eleyowo village and

thereafter to Araromi

community.

The head of Araromi

community later took the duo

to the state police

headquarters after they

explained to them how they

were kidnapped on Sunday

and how they escaped.

When he heard the news,

the traditional ruler led other

chiefs of the community to the

Police Headquarters to see his

subjects, only to be attacked

on his way back.

Oba Olajide told newsmen

that the kidnappers flooded

the highway with their cows

and while he was waiting for

the cows to leave the highway,

six armed men came out from

the bush and attacked him in

his vehicle.

He said the kidnappers

thought he was the only one

in the tinted vehicle, but were

Roundabout close to the

entrance of the Government

House in Ado Ekiti, took

passers-by surprise.

The mother of the baby

resisted attempts by the suspect

to violently snatch the baby from

her back, which attracted

attention of passers-by, who

descended on the suspect.

It was gathered that the

suspect almost escaped arrest

when he started displaying

some level of insanity, but the

mob would not be deceived; he

was beaten to a pulp.

Eyewitness told Vanguard

that the suspected abductor had

succeeded in collecting the

mobile phone of the woman,

which was retrieved from him,

and he was later handed over

to the Police at the Area

Command office in Ado-Ekiti.

Speaking with Vanguard,

some of the passers-by

electrical fault. She was trying

to come out from the shop when

the incident happened.”

Meanwhile, the remains of

Madam Imoh have been

deposited at the Isolo General

Hospital mortuary.

Contacted, spokesperson of

Lagos State Police Command,

DSP Elkana Bala, said he would

get back to Vanguard. However,

at press time, he was yet to do so.

expressed concern over the

increasing rate of crime and

kidnapping in Ekiti.

They appealed to Ekiti State

Police Command to handle the

case with utmost sincerity, as

the suspect could help in

apprehending other criminals.

Attempts to speak with the

Police Public Relations Officer,

Caleb Ikechukwu, were

unsuccessful as his mobile lines

were not reachable.

Ondo monarch escapes abductors on way from visiting kidnap survivors

Oba David Olajide

disappointed when other

occupants alighted from the

car which made them to

escape into the bush, with one

of the herders arrested.

Oba Olajide said the suspect

has been taken to the state

Police Headquarters.

Kidnappers sleep off

Meanwhile, the kidnappers

who reportedly slept off when

the mother and her step-son

escaped went berserk and

reportedly telephoned the

families of the duo to pay their

ransom or they would be killed.

The families, who were not

aware that they had escaped

from the kidnappers den, paid

N400,000 ransom to them,

which Oba Olajide said the

kidnappers collected after the

duo had escaped from their

captivity.

He alleged that the

kidnappers do come from

Shasha area of the state to

commit the atrocity.

His words: “We learned that

when the batteries of their

telephones run out, they come

to Shasha to recharge them

before going back into the

bush.”

He appealed to the state

government and security

operatives to help them as

gunmen have taken over the

highway, creating palpable

fears in the minds of motorists

on the road.

Recall that it was Oba Olajide

that told newsmen on Sunday

of the abduction of the mother

and her step-son.

The kidnappers had

demanded a ransom of N10

million from the families of the

victims.

Police image-maker, Femi

Joseph, confirmed the arrest of

one of the abductors and said

Police were on the trail of

others terrorising motorists on

Akure-Owo Road.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—7

Parents of Madonna Varsity students

detained over Facebook posts cry out

•‘My son had one month to finish NYSC programme when they arrested him'

•...as NANS issues school mgt 7-day ultimatum

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—PARENTS of six

students of Madonna

University, Okija, detained since

February over an opinion they

posted on Facebook, in which

they complained about alleged

inhuman treatment in the

university, have called for their

release.

They made the plea, yesterday,

as hundreds of members of

National Association of Nigerian

Students, NANS, blocked the

gate of the Federal High Court,

Awka, to protest the arraignment

of the six students and a lecturer

at the instance of authorities of the

institution.

One of the Facebook posts read:

“Good lecturers are scarce.

Madonna University

administration should be nice to

our lecturers, or a good number

of them will resign.”

The detained students were

brought to court yesterday,

although the court did not sit and

were taken back to the Awka

Prisons. They were charged for

offences bordering on cyber

crimes.

Speaking with journalists

yesterday, one of the parents of

the detained students, Mr.

Christopher Onyejekwe, said he

had gone 11 times to the Founder

of the university, Rev Fr.

Emmanuel Edeh, to beg him to

free his son, but to no avail.

In an emotion-laden voice,

Onyejekwe said: “Fr. Ede

arrested my son since February

19 till date and he has insisted

that he will not release him,

saying he will not release them

until they die in prison.

“On one occasion, he told me

to go and pray, which I did. After

a while, I went to him with three

prominent persons, knelt before

him begging, but he still refused.

“That was how I stopped going

to beg him. They detained these

students in Police custody for more

than a month before they were

taken to Awka Prisons.

“I am begging Governor Willie

Obiano of Anambra State and

Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most

Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, to please

come to my rescue.”

Another parent, Mrs Charity

Nnamani, whose son, Chijioke

Nnamani, was also accused, said

her son was picked on February

4.

Her words: “My son had a

month to pass out from the

National Youth Service Corps,

NYSC, in Asaba when the Police

went to pick him on allegation

that he is an armed robber,

kidnapper and cultist.

“That was what was written in

the petition they took to Delta,

which made authorities of the

NYSC to release him to the Police

who brought him to Onitsha and

then to Okija.”

Also speaking at the court

premises, Vice President NANS,

National Affairs, Mr. Chidi

Ilozobe, who led the protest, gave

authorities of Madonna

University one week to withdraw

the case, after which they would

mobilise students nationwide to

shut down the institution.

Ilozobe said: “We came to

register our dissatisfaction on how

the management of Madonna

University is treating our

members.

“Sometime in February, we got

information that the Police,

following a petition written by

management of Madonna

University, arrested some

students of the institution.

“In the petition, they alleged

that these students were

criminals, cultists and fraudsters.

But we know that our members

are not kidnappers, fraudsters or

cultists.

However, we decided to

investigate the matter, especially

when it was understood that the

petition was aimed at getting the

accused persons out of the NYSC

camp.

“We are not in a tyrannical or

dictatorship rule and we are not

practicing totalitarian system,

where the masses have no voice.

“Students are intellectuals and

are allowed to voice out whenever

they feel that things are not going

well, most especially on our

campuses.

“We are issuing a seven-day

ultimatum to the management of

Madonna University, that if this

case is not withdrawn within

seven days from the Federal

High Court, we are assuring

them that we will mobilise

students from all over the

country.”

Robber raped me with poly bag

as condom, teacher tells court

Ateacher (name withheld) of

a Catholic Secondary School

in Lagos has narrated before an

Ikeja Sexual Offences and

Domestic Violence Court how an

armed robber raped her in her

home using a polythene bag

(poly bag) as protection.

The teacher made the revelation

yesterday, while giving evidence

during the trial of two men in their

twenties— Babatunde Oluwaleke

and Daniel Ojo— over alleged

rape and robbery.

While being led in evidence by

Mr. Akin George, the lead

prosecuting counsel for the state,

the teacher gave a harrowing

account of how she was raped in

her home by Oluwaleke on March

6, 2018.

She told the court that between

2a.m. and 3a.m., she was woken

up by some noise and she saw

two males, a tall one (Ojo) and a

short one (Oluwaleke) both dark

in complexion, ordering her to get

up.

She said: “I told them I had no

money and the first defendant

(Oluwaleke) said I must produce

money or he will kill me.

“I was tying a wrapper and the

first defendant asked me to lie on

the bed. He took my Automated

Teller Machine, ATM, card,

mobile phones and all that I have.

“He brought out a knife, placed

the tip on my stomach and

threatened to stab me if I did not

cooperate. When he opened my

wrapper, he saw I was

menstruating. I didn’t know from

where he produced a poly bag.

“He tied the polybag on his

penis and inserted his penis into

my vagina. I was pleading that I

could be his sister, but he ignored

me, asking me to shut up. Much

later, he removed the polybag and

raped me using nothing.

“When the first defendant was

done, the second defendant was

telling him that was not what they

came for and that they needed to

go.”

She said after they left, terrified,

she prayed hoping that the other

members of her household were

unharmed.

The teacher said when she went

to check on members of her

family, she realised that they had

all slept through her ordeal.

Her words: “My mother and her

friend were still sleeping in the

sitting room. Things were

scattered and the contents of their

handbags were emptied on the

floor. I woke them up and told

them what happened.

“We went downstairs where my

younger brother stays and we

noticed that the robbers used a

rope to tie the door of the

mosquito net, which is attached

to a spring so that it does not

make noise.

“My younger brother was also

still asleep with his friend. We

woke them up and I told them

what happened.”

The teacher said members of

her family immediately reported

the crime to the authorities and

she was taken to the hospital that

morning for medical examination

and counselling.

She said on that day, she was

also taken to the Afonka Police

Station, Alimosho, where four

recently apprehended robbery

suspects were shown to her.

Her words: “Immediately I saw

the first defendant, I recognised

him. Even with my eyes closed, I

can identify him.”

Obliging the request of Mr. O.

Egbo, counsel to the defendants,

for an adjournmen, Justice Abiola

Soladoye adjourned the case till

September 30.

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8—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

Buhari, APC, INEC urge

tribunal to dismiss Atiku,

PDP’s petition

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri, with

agency reports

AMuhammadu BUJA—PRESIDENT

Buhari,

yesterday, prayed the

Presidential Election

Petition Tribunal to dismiss

petition filed by Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

its presidential candidate,

Atiku Abubakar, against his

February 23 re-election.

Buhari made the prayer

through his counsel, Chief

Wole Olanipekun, SAN, in

a motion adopted and

argued yesterday before

Justice Mohammed Garbaled

five-man panel in Abuja.

Olanipekun submitted

that the petition was

fundamentally defective,

adding that his client won

the presidential election

“square and clear.”

He explained that the

allegations advanced by the

petitioners were mere

theoretical assumptions that

could not stand the test of

critical legal debate.

The tribunal also

entertained the president’s

motion that sought to effect

amendment on the

identities and addresses of

counsel representing him.

Another of Buhari’s

application seeking to

mandate the tribunal to

entertain all interlocutory

motions before the

commencement of proper

hearing of the main petition

was also adopted and

argued.

20 yrs of democracy: Executive

has exceeded its powers since

1999 —Jega

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

Ajournalist BUJA—VETERAN

and lecturer at

Uthman Dan Fodio

University, Sokoto, Mallam

Mahmud Jega, said,

yesterday, that the

Presidency had exceeded

the role and powers

prescribed for it by the

constitution since 1999.

Jega stated this in his

keynote address, entitled: A

Reflection on 20 Years of

Democracy in Nigeria, at the

“20 years celebration of

democracy in Nigeria”

organised by Centre for

Democracy and

Development, CDD, in

Abuja.

He said the Presidency,

through the EFCC and

ICPC, arrogated to itself the

role of bullying state and

local governments.

According to him, one of

the biggest power snatches

is the arrogation by the

President of an unknown

role called party leader.

Jega said: “At one time, it

used EFCC to force some

state assemblies to impeach

Similarly, Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, asked

the tribunal to dismiss the

petition brought by PDP and

Atiku against a “flawless”

election won by Buhari.

Mr Yunus Usman, SAN,

counsel for INEC said the

commission would stand by

the declaration of the second

respondent (Buhari) as

winner of the February 23

presidential election.

Usman said the petition

challenging the outcome of

the exercise was

“misguided,” adding that

the allegations of fraud

made against the electoral

body was “mischievous.”

Usman further urged the

tribunal to dismiss the

petition as the petitioners

failed to include the vice

president, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, as a co-winner in

the election.

“The failure of PDP and

Atiku to include Osinbajo’s

name as party should not be

overlooked because

whatever affects the

president affects his

running mate,” Usman

said.

NAN also reports that

three other interlocutory

motions filed by All

Progressives Congress,

APC, were argued and

dispensed with.

Chief Lateef Fagbemi,

SAN, counsel for the APC

had urged the tribunal to

strike out 18 paragraphs of

the petition with frivolous

assumptions among other

prayers.

their governors, even when

they fell short of a quorum.

It is forever grabbing for

more power. One of the

biggest power snatches is

the arrogation by the

president of an unknown

role called party leader.

“In that capacity, a

president determines the

candidates to field at all

levels, even determines who

is a party member through

“re-registration” in which he

handed over membership

cards to select individuals;

invited people from other

parties to come into his party

and become candidates,

even after primaries were

concluded.

“At some point, the

Presidency arrogated to itself

the power to dictate to INEC

who should be declared

winner of any election and

how many votes to allocate

to that person.

"The Presidency assumed

the role of appointing

principal officers of the

National Assembly, and any

NASS leader who tried to

assert its institutional

independence was removed

through what was famously

called 'banana peel'.”

GRIDLOCK: Gridlock on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, in Lagos, yesterday despite a visit

by the Presidential Task Team to the area. Photo: Akeem Salau.

Buhari vows tougher anti-graft

measures in 2nd term

•To abolish banks secrecy, sanction banks, lawyers, brokers

•As EFCC secures 835 convictions, recovers over N796bn

•Kagame warns trust declining in Africa

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

& Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

AMuhammadu BUJA—PRESIDENT

Buhari

has vowed that his

administration’s anti-graft

fight would be tougher in his

second term, with a threat to

sanction banks, lawyers and

stock brokers who aid corrupt

practices in the country.

He spoke at the National

Democracy Day Anti-

Corruption Summit,

organised by Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, in

Abuja, yesterday.

Buhari, who said he was

reviewing the anti-corruption

strategy to make it more

effective, stated: “During the

recently concluded election

campaigns, I stated clearly

that the major areas of priority

during my second term in

office, as it was in my first

term, will be security,

economic improvement and

fight against corruption. I

remain committed to the

fulfillment of these promises.

“Now, as this

administration commences,

we are taking stock of

progress made so far in the

war against corruption,

assessing what needs to be

done and devising new

strategies to address existing

challenges.

“I am pleased to inform you

that this process has already

started with the recent

interaction between

Presidential Advisory

Committee Against

Corruption and all anticorruption

agencies in

Nigeria.

“The outcome of the

interaction, among others,

shall serve as the basis for a

more concerted effort by this

administration to strengthen

the capacity of Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission and other anticorruption

agencies by

providing additional

material, organisational and

logistical support;

“Close existing legislative

loopholes facilitate

collaboration with the

judiciary and strengthen the

criminal justice system.

“Enforce effective asset

declaration by public office

holders and ensure

sanctions by professional

bodies against lawyers,

bankers, brokers, public

officials, and other

individuals facilitating

corrupt practices.

“Ensure comprehensive

support and protection to

whistleblowers, witnesses

and victims of corruption.

“Adopt and formulate the

policy of ‘naming and

shaming’ all those who

engage in corrupt practices

while encouraging and

honouring those who do

not.

“Educate, mobilise and

encourage Nigerians at the

grassroots level to take

ownership of the fight

against corruption;

“Press for a crackdown on

safe havens for corrupt

assets, abolishing of bank

secrecy jurisdictions and tax

havens on the continent and

beyond;

“Insist on the

unconditional return of

looted assets kept abroad and

further strengthening of

international cooperation

through information and

mutual legal assistance.”

Uncontrolled

electoral spending

Speaking on the theme,

“Curbing Electoral

Spending: A Panacea for

Public Corruption,” the

President said “uncontrolled

electoral spending and voter

inducement by politicians

must be combated, if we want

to consolidate true

democracy and on good

governance.

“Corruption rewards those

who do not play by the rules

and also creates a system of

patronage where the

resources are shared out by

a small elite, while the

majority are trapped in

poverty.

‘’Recent political

experiences have been

characterised by the

corrupting influence of

money on party politics and

electioneering processes.

“Uncontrolled electoral

spending and voter

inducement by politicians

must be combated if we want

to consolidate on true

democracy and good

governance,” President

Buhari insisted.

EFCC secures 835

convictions,

recovers over

N796bn

Earlier, the acting

Chairman of EFCC, Mr.

Ibrahim Magu, said his team

had secured 835 convictions,

recovers over N796 billion

between 2015 and 2019.

He said: “The convictions

secured by the commission

since the beginning of this

administration reflect a

positive progression. In 2015

the commission secured 103

convictions, 194 in 2016, 189

in 2017 and 312 in 2018.

"From January 2019 to date,

the commission has secured

over 406 convictions and

recovered several assets

worth billions of naira.”

In addition to the N796

billion recovered by the

EFCC, Mr. Magu listed

recoveries in other currencies

to include: $261 million;

1.129 million pounds; 8.168

million euros; and 86, 500

CFA .

Corruption fuelling

terrorism in Nigeria

He also warned that

“corruption does not only

stifle economic and social

benefits due to the citizens,

but it also perpetuates

terrorism in Nigeria as

numerous studies and the

empirical evidence available

to EFCC indicate.”

In his keynote address,

President of Rwanda, Mr.

Paul kagame, warned: “Trust

is declining in Africa,

leaving a cynical citizenry

who are easily bought over

by opposition. Without

transparency, it is not

possible to earn the trust of

others.”

He opined that corruption

was thriving because leaders

allowed it, saying, “where

ever corruption has become

a way of life, it is because their

leaders have made it that

way” because, according to

him, “the rich and powerful

are the major beneficiaries of

corruption.“

The Rwandan president

noted that corruption did not

need centuries to eradicate

and explained that the

purpose of transparency was

not to impress others, but to

make the society better for

all.

According to him, there

was need to take immediate

steps to close the wide gap

between the rich and the

poor on the African

continent.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—9


10—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

AWARD: From left, Mr Ephraim Nwokonneya, Director Research and Development; Funlola

Akiode, Director Licence and Authorisation; Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman,

all of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC; Prof. Philip Oguntunde, Deputy Vice Chancellor

(Development) Federal University Technology, Akure; Mrs. Maryam Bayi, Director, Human Capital

Administration; Efosa Idehen, Director Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, both of NCC,

and Prof Muhammed Bashir Mu'azu, Chairman, Inter-Agency Committee, during the presentation

of award letters to Academics with Successful Proposals for the NCC 2018 Research Grant, yesterday

at the NCC Conference Room.

Why we’re celebrating June 12

—Osinbajo

THE

Federal

Government’s

decision to celebrate

Democracy Day on June 12

attests to President

Muhammadu Buhari's

administration’s

commitment to progressive

ideals, especially as it

relates to the political

history of the country, Vice

President Yemi Osinbajo

has said.

Osinbajo stated this,

yesterday, when he

received at the Presidential

Villa, Mr Aristobulo Isturiz,

the Vice President of

Venezuela, who is leading

the country’s delegation to

Nigeria’s Democracy Day

celebration.

Isturiz is among world

leaders at the head of their

countries’ delegation

attending Nigeria’s 2019

Democracy Day activities in

Abuja.

Explaining that the

Buhari administration

believes in resolving some

of the issues around the

annulled June 12 1993

presidential election,

Osinbajo said: “One of the

principal issues, politically,

was the recognition of that

election in 1993, which was

won by, now late, Chief

MKO Abiola, an important

progressive opposition

leader.

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Relief for back pain

Lifestyle has the biggest

influence on back pain and

healthy habits such as a

good diet, exercising,

stretching, and posture can

give you back pain relief or

help you prevent future

problems.

Staying fit is important for

avoiding back pain. Extra

kilos stress your back and

can cause pain. Also, keep

your back muscles strong.

The most common back

problems happen because

you aren’t in shape and start

doing heavy lifting or hard

work and stress your back.

In addition to exercise,

stretching is important for

staying flexible and

avoiding back problems. It’s

also a key part of recovering

from a back injury. Stretch

before doing heavy lifting

or exercise and make a

habit of doing it before bed.

Stretches can be as simple

as bending forward,

bending back, and

bending side to side. Try

yoga.

Poor posture is another

major contributor of back

pain. Standing up straight

with your ears over your

shoulders, your shoulders

over your hip joints and

your hip joints over your

ankles will help keep your

healthy pain-free. Sit on a

chair designed to keep

your back straight will help.

When you pick up a heavy

object, bend at the knees

and keep the item close to

your body. Take care not to

twist your body when you

lift. Stress tends to make

back pain worse. Soft

mattresses push your back

out of alignment, so it’s best

to choose a firm mattress.

‘’That is why we are

celebrating June 12 as our

new Democracy Day. So,

we are really very happy

that you are able to share

with us a very special event

— the celebration of our

new democracy day.”

On deepening ties

between Nigeria and

Venezuela, Osinbajo said:

“We believe that the

collaboration between our

countries in the economy,

culture and science, among

others, will be useful to our

people.

‘’We need to do a lot as

there are many areas for

potential cooperation,

including in agriculture, oil

and gas and mining.”

On his part, Vice

President Isturiz spoke on

the need for improved

cooperation between both

countries, including under

the auspices of the nonaligned

movement,

describing Nigeria as an

important mobiliser on the

African continent.

Saraki congratulates

Lawan, Gbaja

Former President of the

Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki,

has congratulated Senator

Ahmed Lawan on his

emergence as the

President of the 9th Senate.

In a statement signed by

his Special Adviser on

Media and Publicity, Saraki

also congratulated Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege, who is

the new Deputy Senate

President as well as Femi

Gbajabiamila, and his

deputy, Ahmed Idris Wase,

on their emergence as the

new presiding officers of the

9th House of

Representatives.

Saraki said:

“Congratulations to Senate

President Ahmed Lawan,

In the same vein,

Osinbajo, in a similar

meeting with the Vice

Premier of North Korea, Mr

Ri Ryong Nam, said the

potentials for an enhanced

cooperation between both

countries were enormous.

Vice Premier Ri Ryong

Nam congratulated

Nigeria on the occasion of

the country’s Democracy

Day celebration.

He said DPRK

acknowledged the efforts of

the Federal Government

under President Buhari to

improve the economy and

ensure socio-economic

stability.

According to Mr Ryong

Nam, “I am moved by the

efforts made by your

government to ensure

social stability and unity.

Your country has also

achieved eye-catching

successes, through reforms,

in the economy, making

Nigeria a leading economy

in the region.”

Speaker, Femi

Gbajabiamila; Deputy

Senate President, Ovie

Omo-Agege, and Deputy

Speaker, Idris Wase, as they

begin their journey as

presiding officers of the 9th

National Assembly.

“As you set forth on your

legislative endeavours in

the next four years, I ask

that you always put the

Nigerian people first in all

that you do and protect the

integrity of the legislative

institution.

“I wish you all,

distinguished senators and

honourable members,

utmost success as you work

to serve our nation and its

great people.”

PDP congratulates 9th

Assembly leadership

•Urges lawmakers to prioritise

legislative independence

By Dirisu

Yakubu

AWorking BUJA—NATIONAL

Committee,

NWC, of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

yesterday congratulated the

9th National Assembly for

its successful inauguration.

The party commended

the newly elected Senate

President, Ahmed

Lawan;Deputy Senate

President, Ovie Omo-

Agege, as well as the newly

elected Speaker, Femi

Gbajabiamila and Deputy

Speaker, Idris Wase, for

their victory in the keenly

contested elections.

In a statement signed by

its spokesman, Kola

Ologbondiyan, the party

vowed to stand on the side

of decency and utmost

respect for the institution of

the National Assembly and

“the values we hold as a

people.”

The statement further

read: “Our party charges

the federal lawmakers, as

representatives of the

people, to place the

welfare, wishes and

aspirations of Nigerians

above every other

consideration by ensuring

a strong and independent

legislature that upholds the

tenets of democracy and the

dictates of our constitution.

“The 9th National

Assembly, therefore, must

work hard to save our

nation from the prevailing

despondency caused by the

misrule of the President

Muhammadu Buhari

administration, by

effectively applying its

statutory legislative

instruments to guarantee

good governance and fiscal

prudence, curb corruption,

check the excesses of the

executive and protect the

rights of Nigerians from

incessant violations.

“The PDP reminds the

National Assembly

members to bear in mind

that their allegiance is to

the people and the

constitution and not to any

particular leader or group.

“Our party charges the

legislature to work only in

the interest of our nation

and resist the

manipulations and

pressure that might come

from quarters that seek to

undermine our democratic

order.”

MNJTF alerts parents,

leaders of ISWAP's

recruitment plans

A

B U J A —

Multinational

Joint Task Force, MNJTF,

has uncovered plans by

Islamic State of West

Africa Province, ISWAP, to

launch recruitment drive

in the coming months

through misinformation

embedded with

radicalisation

programmes.

ISWAP in 2016 pledged

allegiance to Boko Haram

terrorist group.

The MNJTF urged

traditional, religious,

community leaders and

parents to closely monitor

their wards to prevent

them from being recruited

by the terrorist

organisation.

According to a

statement by the

MNJTF’s spokesman,

Col. Timothy Antigha,

ISWAP is resorting to

misinformation and

propaganda to retain its

sponsors, supporters and

also impress potential

recruits.

Antigha explained that

ISWAP resorted to

propaganda following its

operational losses in the

last couple of weeks.

He further explained

that the terrorists in series

of falsehoods contained in

Issue 185 of its NAL-

NABA Magazine of June

7, claimed to have

attacked locations in

Nigeria and Niger

Republic.

Antigha said: “These

claims are misleading,

untrue and should,

therefore, be disregarded

by the public.

“The reality is that in an

effort to shore up its

waning influence in the

Lake Chad area, ISWAP

instigated some

skirmishes, which were

all neutralised at heavy

personnel and equipment

costs.

“This can in no way

justify the falsehoods

contained in the ISWAP

propaganda publication.

“In the light of the

forgoing, it is important

and urgent to warn the

public that part of a

recently discovered

ISWAP deception plan is

to continue on its current

misinformation with the

embedded radicalisation

programme, as a prelude

to launching a

recruitment drive in the

months to come.

“The ultimate aim is to

find replacement among

the population for the

hundreds of terrorists

killed by the MNJTF and

national forces in the

ongoing Operation

Yancin Tafki.”


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 —11

Disgruntled fan threatens to

kill singer, Paul Okoye

By Tolulope Abereoje

Music superstar, Paul

Okoye aka King

Rudy, one half of the

defunct music duo, P-Square,

seems to be in fresh trouble as a

Kenyan female fan has threatened

to kill him for not meeting

her demands.

The lady, simply identified as

Morah, reportedly used her

mother’s Instagram account to

send a direct message (DM) to

the music star, asking him to

sponsor her education in an

American university, also to

sponsor her on a luxury vacation.

However, she became impatient

when the singer didn’t respond

to her request immediately

causing her to issue death

threats to him.

“Paul Okoye, you are too late.

Since you didn’t come through to

give me what I want and since

you are also evil, I, Morah, will

kill you just as I will kill other

evil people. God wants you and

other evil people dead; you just

won’t know your death day. Keep

your evil, dirty, bloody money to

Denrele

yourself. Go to hell

Paul Okoye. You are a

pathetic, filthy, dirty,

disgusting, player,

stupid, bastard, fool

and moron. I hate you

just like I hate other evil

people. Imbecile! I am God’s

daughter. I’m off to new people

who can respond immediately

and give me what, I, Morah

want. And Paul Okoye, don’t

come back for a second chance

because I won’t give you. Imbecile!”

she fumed.

While sharing screenshots

of the threats on his verified

Instagram page, the ‘Reason

with me’ crooner simply

laughed off the

threats.

“Some humans

though. Your own

hell fire will be

V.V.I.P, popping

sniper and ota pia

pia. Second

chance kill you

there!” he

said.

Peruzzi’s assault on Pamilerin not a

publicity stunt — Denrele

By Rotimi Agbana

When news broke that Davido’s artiste,

Peruzzi physically assaulted popular

social media influencer, Pamilerin Adegoke

at Denrele Edun’s club opening in Bayelsa

State over the weekend, the internet went

awash with speculations that the occurrence

may have been a publicity stunt for the newly

opened club.

However, the Lipsync Battle show host,

has come out to rubbish the claims. According

to him, the unfortunate event wasn’t

staged, it actually happened just as it was

reported.

“I invited Pamilerin and Peruzzi to my club

opening in Bayelsa, both arrived at different

times. I’ve known Pamilerin for years and

since we all went to Dubai recently for his

birthday celebration, I wanted him to come

through, not only as an influencer but to unwind

for a bit. Peruzzi is also a close friend

of mine. Pamilerin arrived in Bayelsa on the

7th; Perruzzi arrived in Bayelsa on the 8th.

The Club Opening was on the night of 7th,

both didn’t see each other.”

“Peruzzi, Skales and Dbanj were billed to

perform on the second night. For some

Paul Okoye

SUDAN HOMICIDE:

Why African military must be

indigenized — Seun Kuti

By Rotimi Agbana

Afro-beat singer turned social crusader, Seun Kuti, son

of late Afro-beat maverick, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has

condemned the ongoing brutal killing of

unarmed civilians by the military junta in

Sudan over protests for a return to democracy

rule.

While condemning the killings, he

blamed it it on how the white colonial

masters’ indoctrination has negatively

affected the military.

According to him, there is

the urgent need to indigenize

the military in

Africa, and until this is

done, the military will

continue to kill all that

is good in Africa.

“An unelected military

junta is killing

unarmed protesters

who want democracy

again

in Sudan.

Seun Kuti

Where are the

democracy

bombs? Until

we take control

and Af- ricanize the

military in Africa we shall never

be free. The military in Africa

attacks and kills all that

is good in Africa for their selfish

Sand Hurst indoctrinated

interests. When you realize

that they were the slave catchers

then the colonial guards always

ready to kill black people

to protect white interests.

Then we inherited these animals

as national armies after

the civilian population fought

for independence while they

sided with the whites. How

about after independence,

they started killing off our

founding fathers and usurping

our nations and the cycle continues.

Well the ancestors are

back”, he said.

weird reason, Pamilerin slept off and didn’t come

through, so Peruzzi didn’t see him in the club.

Heaven knows what would have gone down. The

morning of the 9th Pamilerin strolled down and I

immediately started teasing him about how he

missed out on a great night out at the club. Peruzzi

came down a few minutes after and whilst

we were catching up about his great performance

the night before, the Protocol guys called for my

attention. We all stepped outside to the car park

and drifted apart. Next minute, I heard the sound

of a loud slap and there was commotion everywhere.

This was no publicity stunt; it happened

for real, and I’m really saddened by this turn of

events”, he said.

He also apologized to all affected by the event

and urged all parties involved to make peace.

“I apologize to everyone who had to witness

this and I honestly want to ask Pamilerin and Peruzzi

to settle this amicably, off camera, because

I know its brewing hot more than we can imagine.

We retaliate instead of reflect, and we burn

hot in the flames of revenge rather than cool our

heels in the pool of patience. Pamilerin and Peruzzi,

I’ve got mad love for both of you, and I appreciate

you supporting me all the way. Please,

let’s bury this”, he said.

Financial

independence not

a qualification for

marriage

— Olajide

Stop crying over your failed

relationships; actor tells

Otedola’s daughter, DJ Cuppy

By Rotimi Agbana

Controversial Nollywood ac

tor, Uche Maduagwu may

not be a love therapist or expert

at things of the heart, but

he seems to have a knack for

offering pieces of advice to celebrities

experiencing relationship

crisis.

Little wonder he has advised

celebrity Disc Jockey, Florence

Otedola, a.k.a DJ Cuppy, Femi

Otedola’s daughter, to quit

crying over her failed relationships.

“Stop crying over your failed

relationships in the past, Cuppy.

Only he-goats breaks the

heart of a good woman. My

dear, if you like, cry from now

till tomorrow, tears will never

bring back all of your kindness

that all those shameless

guys have taken for granted

in the past. Cuppy, just like

their occupation, so is their

lifestyle; the football player

‘mumu’ played with your

heart like champions league,

while others used their managerial

skill to run your happy

and priceless heart into

tears, wicked souls. The Karma

that will visit them is still

doing press up at the gym”,

he advised the ‘Abena’ crooner.

DJ Cuppy

Olajide

“Being financially independent does not automatically

qualify you for marriage. There are

many under toned qualities which you must

unlock”, relationship expert, Olajide Tope, aka

Toplagy has noted.

According to the seasoned relationship expert,

“Money is important, but one needs more

than money to have a healthy relationship.”

“Run away from anyone that’s trying to impress

you with money by leveraging on it instead of

their personalities. As a matter of fact, the

list of qualities of a potential marriage

material is long, even to some people

it is endless. If they are just using one

(which is money) among other qualities

to impress you, obviously that’s

the only thing they can offer,” he stated

Ḣe added, “They only talk about

their material possessions, their

jobs, salaries etc, how they would

take care of you financially, how

their ex is a loser and makes you

feel like having them is a lottery

prize. They would ridicule your lifestyle

and let you know how they

would upgrade you if you can accept

their proposal.


12—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

Why challenges characterised

2019 polls —Wike

GOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State

has said the major

challenges that

characterised the 2019

general election would

have been averted if

President Muhammadu

Buhari had assented to the

amended Electoral Act.

Speaking during a

courtesy visit by the political

team from the British High

Commission at

Government House, Port

Harcourt, yesterday, Wike

said the amended Electoral

Act would legitimise the

card reader and strengthen

the process of result

collation.

He said: “If the President

had assented to the

amended Electoral Act, we

wouldn’t have had the kind

of problem we had.

“That means that there

must be card reader in the

electoral process. In that

case, it makes it difficult for

security agencies, who

want to commit electoral

fraud, to succeed.

ICCOBA UNIQUE 84 holds

anniversary

I MMACULATE

Conception College

Old Boys Association Class

84 (ICCOBA UNIQUE 84)

Benin City, Edo State,

celebrates 35th anniversary

and re-union from June 13

to 16, 2019 with the theme:

Our Alma Mater, Our

Pride.

“With the card reader,

results that don’t tally with

accredited figures in the

device will not be accepted.

Since the card reader is not

in the law, it creates the

loopholes for them to

manipulate.

“They created the room

where some security

agencies tried to force

Returning Officers to sign

result sheets. Remember in

Rivers State, the Army took

over the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC

headquarters. The essence

was to see that the

Returning Officers were

hijacked for fraudulent

purposes.

“But if the card reader

was legitimised in the

electoral process, it would

not have been possible,

because the only

acceptable result would be

the one that tallies with the

card reader. I have always

said to Mr President that

in the interest of the

country, let us do the right

thing. Let us not politicise

everything."

June 12: Recognition of

Democracy Day'll foster unity

—PDP stalwart

By Ike

Uchechukwu

CALABAR—A stalwart

of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

Cross River State, Ben

Akak, has said the

recognition and marking of

Democracy Day by the

Federal Government was a

development that will foster

unity among the various

tribes and ethnic groups in

Nigeria, which will lead to

growth and development.

Akak said Nigerians

should see the marking of

June 12 as Democracy Day

as the beginning of unity

among the various groups

in the country irrespective

of ethnic, religion and

political differences.

Speaking in an interview

with Vanguard in Calabar,

he said the unfortunate

annulment of that election

by former Head of State,

Gen Ibrahim Babangida

(retd) nearly led to civil

unrest in the country if not

for the grace of God.

There will be a Health

Talk on The Old Boy and

Prostate Cancer to be

delivered by Prof. C.

Omuemu. There will also

be a novelty match, visit to

the ophanage and awards

to former principal (post

humous) and past teachers

alive.

INAUGURATION: The member representing Ika South, Festus Okoh (left) and that of

Ughelli South Constituency, Rueben Izeze, during the inauguration of 7th Assembly of the

Delta State House of Assembly in Asaba, Delta State.

Okowa, Owie congratulate Lawan,

Omo-Agege, Gbaja, Wase

By Festus Ahon

& Alemma Aliu

A SABA—GOVERNOR

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State and former Chief

Whip of the Senate and a

chieftain of Action

Democratic Party, ADP,

Senator Roland Owie,

have congratulated newly

elected Presiding Officers

and members of the 9th

National Assembly on their

successful inauguration.

Okowa, in a statement,

congratulated Senator

Ahmed Lawan and Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege on their

election as President and

Deputy President of the

Senate respectively, while

felicitating with Mr Femi

Gbajabiamila and Mr Idris

Wase on their emergence as

Speaker and Deputy

Speaker of the House of

Representatives

respectively.

We’ll tackle flood in Delta —Okowa

By Festus Ahon

AIfeanyi SABA—GOVERNOR

Okowa of Delta

State has restated the

resolve of his

administration to tackle the

issue of flooding in the

state, warning Deltans to

desist from dumping refuse

on drainages but, rather,

patronise private waste

disposal operators to

properly dispose their

refuse.

Speaking during an

inspection visit to storm

drainage sites in Asaba and

its environs, Okowa said

with the successes recorded

in the storm drainage

projects being executed by

his administration, more

storm drainage projects will

Third time members emerge

speaker, deputy in CRSHA

By Ike

Uchechukwu

C M ALABAR—

E M B E R

representing Yakurr 2 State

constituency, Eteng

Williams, has emerged

Speaker of Cross River

House of Assembly,

CRSHA, at the

inauguration of the 9th

Assembly, yesterday, in

Calabar.

Joseph Bassey,

representing Calabar

South II, another third time

member was elected

deputy speaker.

Both were nominated by

members representing

Ogoja State constituency,

Peter Odey, and Boki 2

State constituency, Hilary

Bisong, respectively and

were declared for the

positions unopposed by the

Clerk of the House, Elder

Bassey Ekpenyong, in the

legislative chamber of the

Assembly.

Both Williams and Bassey

will serve their third

consecutive terms in the

state House of Assembly.

The House of Assembly.

which is made up of 25

members, all of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, has

16 returning members and

nine new ones.

Governor Ben Ayade,

whose message was read

by the clerk, urged the

Assembly to maintain a

healthy relationship with

other arms of government

for the benefit of the state.

Ayade urged them to live

up to the expectations of

their constituents and the

entire citizens of the state.

He congratulated them on

their victory at the polls.

On his part, the new

Speaker, Eteng, said he

was humbled by his

election as speaker, adding

that it was an affirmation

not just by his colleagues

but by the entire people of

the state.

He expressed

appreciation to the

governor for his support in

the last four years.

be executed in the state.

Accompanied by the

Secretary to the State

Government, Mr Chiedu

Ebie; Chief of Staff,

Government House,

Olorogun David Edevbie;

Senior Political Adviser, Mr

Funkekeme Solomon, the

governor inspected the

discharge points of the

storm drainage projects at

Anwai River, Government

House in Asaba and Corner

Stone area of Okpanam.

The level of job done at the

project sites was explained

by the Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Works, Fred

Edafioghor.

Okowa said: “We have to

manage our finances; we

have to be wise in our

spending because these

projects cannot be

abandoned and we also

want to be sure that in our

planning process that we are

not taking more than we can

chew, so that we do not get

choked.

"In the first four years, we

have been able to keep up

with payments and

projections; obviously, there

are lots of benefits derivable

from the construction of

these drainage projects and

we will do more.

“From what we saw

during the inspection, we

are working with

specifications. This current

project (at Jesus Saves

Road) is within its limit and

we are being told that the

houses around this project

site are affecting some of the

work being done."

He said Nigerians were

eagerly waiting for a

vibrant and independent

National Assembly to make

good laws for the good

governance, security and

welfare of the people.

Okowa said: “On behalf

of the government and

people of Delta State, I

congratulate you all on your

emergence as leaders of the

National Assembly. It is my

prayer and that of all

Nigerians that God grant

you all the knowledge and

wisdom to pilot the affairs

of the 9th National

Assembly to the admiration

and satisfaction of

Nigerians.”

On his part, Owie called

on the new leadership of

the Senate to ensure that it

makes the interest of the

people the central focus of

all its legislations and

legislative activities.

He said: "The 9th Senate

should be aware of the

enormous work waiting for

it. The country is in a very

bad state in the area of

insecurity. I implore them

to work out modalities with

the executive to take

Nigeria out of the bad

situation. It has never been

this bad in terms of security.

“The new National

Assembly should know that

they are the endangered

arm whereas the other two

always remain irrespective

of whatever happens, they

remain the closest to the

people because they are

elected.

"So they should be

conscious of this fact and

ensure that whatever they

do in terms of making laws

either from the executive or

private members

sponsored bills or when

they are in their oversight

functions, the interest of the

people must remain

paramount irrespective of

the political party under

which they came into the

House. The entire country

is now their constituency

and I pray God Almighty

to guide them to help guide

Nigeria to its rightful place”


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—13

Okorocha gets certificate of return

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—THE immediate

past governor of Imo State,

Rochas Okorocha, yesterday,

received his certificate of return

as Senator-elect to represent Imo

West senatorial district.

Vanguard observed in Owerri

that the issuance of certificate of

return to Okorocha by the

Independent National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

triggered widespread jubilation

among his supporters in the state.

This is coming just as another

High Court in Owerri has issued

an injunction stopping INEC

from issuing certificate of return

to Okorocha.

However, Okorocha’s certificate

of return came few hours after the

9th Assembly leadership had

been formed with Ahmed Lawan

HEALTH:From left— Head, Business Deveploment, Brand & Strategy, Arrive Alive Diagnostic & Imaging Services, Dr.

Mario Adelaja; Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State chapter, Dr. Saliu Oseni; Project Lead, Brand Point, BDX

Brand Dynamic, Onafome Ukiri, and Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Samuel Keshinro, at a briefing on Health People Wealthy

Nation, in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Kehinde Shonola.

Group congratulates Ugwuanyi, Enugu

"

WITH the inauguration of the

Houses of Assembly by the

governors and the National

Assembly by the President, the

second term of the Buhari era

has firmly taken off and it is our

pleasure to congratulate our

dear governor, Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi and members of

Enugu State House of

and Ovie Omo-Agege emerging

as Senate President and Deputy

Senate President, respectively.

Also, it had been days after an

Abuja Federal High Court,

presided over by Justice Okon

Abang, declared that the INEC

should issue Okorocha his

certificate of return.

The delay to issue Okorocha the

certificate of return came as a

result of several litigations against

his declaration as Senator-elect,

starting from when the returning

officer for Imo West, Innocent

Ibeawuchi alleged that he

declared Okorocha winner of the

election under “duress and at

gunpoint.”

It’s God’s time—Okorocha

Reacting to the latest

development, Okorocha said: “I

take it to be God’s time. I have

Assembly and National

Assembly members from Enugu

State on this momentous

occasion in their political

career.”

Those were the words of Mr.

Collins Idoko, Founder of

Chido Foundation, an Igbo-Eze

North, Enugu State-based

NGO with accent on philanthropy

always believed that justice

delayed is justice denied. I want

to thank the judiciary for doing

the needful. I want to thank INEC

for taking a bold step in giving

me my certificate.

“This goes a long way to

confirm that the allegations were

delay tactics to delay my

certificate.”

...as another court orders

INEC to stop his certificate

On the court injunction that

tried stopping Okorocha, under

Justice Ngozi Ukoha yesterday,

Vanguard noticed that the interim

order has Senator Osita Izunaso

as the plaintiff, while INEC and

the clerk of the National Assembly

are first and second defendants,

respectively.

As contained in the interim

court injunction order, “through

and grassroots mobilisation.

Idoko, whose group was active

in the elections on the platform of

Gburugburu is a Goal Campaign

Group and Chido Foundation,

expressed delight at the peaceful

transition in Enugu State, urging

Governor Ugwuanyi to ensure

that the peace that has defined

his administration in the state

since inception four years ago

would continue in the next four

years, to enable him consolidate

on his first term achievements

in the next four years.

He called on members of the

state House of Assembly and

N a t i o n a l

Assembly

members from

Enugu State to

cooperate with the

governor, noting

that together and

with the support of

the people of the

state, they would

move the state to

greater heights.

His words:

the motion ex parte dated and

filed on June 10, praying the

honourable court for an order of

an interim injunction and an

accompanying affidavit deposed

to by the plaintiff and after

hearing the submission of D. O.

Nnosike, counsel for the

plaintiff/applicant;

“It is ordered that the first

defendant, INEC, by itself

servants, agents, workmen

subordinates and/or persons

claiming through or under it, is

at the interim restrained from

departing from its decision not

to issue a certificate of return in

respect of Imo West senatorial

election as contained in its

publication in its website, pending

the hearing of

determination of the motion on

notice filed along with his

application.”

“With the state assemblies and

NASS inaugurated, the second

term of the Buhari era has

begun. On behalf of the Chido

Group, I congratulate Governor

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

(Gburugburu), members of the

state House of Assembly and

NASS members from Enugu

State on their inauguration and

formal commencement of their

tour of duty as governor and

legislators from the Coal City

State.

”I believe that Ugwuanyi, being

a God-fearing leader, will run an

inclusive government in his

second term, as he very well did

in his first term, and that is all

Enugu needs to move forward—

for all hands to be on deck.

“Enugu is the only state where

partisan lines are blurred when

it comes to the politics of

governance and development,

mainly because Governor

Ugwuanyi is a man who practises

politics without bitterness and

likes to carry everyone along for

the good of the State.”

Ekweremadu

congratulates

Lawan,

Omo-Agege

FORMER

Deputy

President of the Senate,

Ike Ekweremadu, has

congratulated the newlyelected

presiding officers of

the 9th Senate, Senator Ahmed

Lawan and Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege on their elections.

He also appreciated his

colleagues, constituents, and

Nigerians for their support,

noting that he had made his

point.

Ekweremadu, who took to

his social media handles after

the inauguration of the Ninth

Senate, said: “I congratulate

the President of the Senate,

Senator Ahmed Lawan and my

successor as Deputy President

of the Senate, Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege, on their

elections.

“I specially appreciate my

colleagues, who supported me

as I vied for the office again to

preserve the hallowedness

and honour of the Senate and

uphold equity as a priceless

ingredient for building a

Nigeria of our dreams.

“I have made my point and

my colleagues have made their

choice. It is now for us all to

join hands across all divides

to work for the success of the

9th Senate and National

Assembly as well as the peace

and prosperity of our nation.”

NDE trains

22,000 youths

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—THE National

Directorate of

Employment, NDE, has

commenced the training of no

fewer than 22,000

unemployed youths

nationwide on varied skills

acquisitions.

The training would last for

three months during which the

beneficiaries would acquire

some marketable skills and

would be assisted with

monthly stipend within the

period to cushion their

transportation stress.

Speaking during the takeoff

of the orientation programme

yesterday at NDE

headquarters in Awka, State

Coordinator, Mrs. Ufelle

Chika, said the training,

tagged Basic National Open

Apprenticeship Scheme,B-

NOAS, and School on Wheel,

SOW, would take significant

step towards making real

promise to create decent jobs

for teaming unemployed.

She said: “The B-NOAS will

see unemployed youths, both

male and female, comprising

the illiterates and semiliterates,

school leavers and

school dropouts, vulnerable

group among others recruited

to acquire vocational skills.”


14 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

NATIONAL DEMOCRACY DAY ANTI-CORRUPTION SUMMIT

Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Paul Kagame of Rwanda and led other dignitaries to the National

Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit at Congress Hall, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja yesterday.

From left; Former President of the Nigerian Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, APC

National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, President of the Republic of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame,

President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu.

President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of

Congo (left) with President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari (right) presenting a sovenir to

President Kagame, while Senator Tinubu watches.

Cross section of guests at the summit.

Chairman, Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Hon.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa (left) and Head of Service of

the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.

INAUGURATION OF 9TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

The 9th Senate and House of Reps were inaugurated at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, yesterday. Photos: Gbemiga Olamikan.

From left; Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayiwoh; Senate President Ahmed Lawan

taking oath of office and Clerk of National Assembly, Sani Omolori.

Former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba (centre)

congratulating newly elected President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.

New Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase (left) and

Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Former Deputy Speaker, House of Reps, Lasun Yussuff

(right) with Director-General, Gbajabiamila Speakership

Campaign Group, Hon. Abdulmumini Jubrin.

From left; Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,

Chairman, APC; Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, new

Speaker, House of Reps and Hon Abike Dabiri

Erewa, Chairman, Diaspora Commission.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 — 15

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Buhari’s govt driving Nigeria towards

disaster, instability — OBASANJO

I President FO—FORMER

Olusegun

Obasanjo has said that the

President Muhammadu

Buhari-led government is

driving Nigeria towards

“disaster and instability.”

Efforts to get a response

from the Special Adviser to

the President on Media

and Publicity, Mr. Femi

Adesina proved abortive.

Obasanjo said this in an

exclusive interview with

PREMIUM TIMES at his

Ibogun Olaogun ancestral

home in Ifo Local

Government Area of Ogun

State, last month.

Speaking during the

interview, Obasanjo noted

that although the country

has made considerable

progress since the new

dispensation began in

1999, the pace at which it

is currently moving shows

the nation may be inching

towards disaster and

instability.

His words: “I think we

have no choice but to be on

the path for sustainable

development. The

progress we are making

may be questionable—-Is it

fast enough? Is it steady

enough? Is it stable

enough? Are we taking two

steps forward and one step

back or one step side-way?

“You can question that,

but we have no choice but

to be on (the) path for

sustainable development.

Any other thing will be a

disaster. In fact, the pace at

which we are going now is

tending more and more

toward disaster and

instability and

unsustainability.”

The former president

argued that there is no

confidence in the Nigerian

economy today. Rather, he

said, the gains recorded in

the past have been frittered

away over the years.

Speaking on what went

wrong, the former

president explained that

Nigeria has failed to do

what is right to instill

confidence in domestic and

foreign investors. The

ripple effect of the nation’s

indecision, he said,

manifests in the state of the

economy.

“The problem is that we

are just not doing what we

should be doing.

“Nobody has that

confidence, and we cannot

develop Nigeria without

that confidence in our

economy, both for domestic

investors and foreign

investors.”

On the state of the nation, the

JAMB approves cut-off marks for

2019/2020 admission

•Approves 140 for private varsities

OSOGBO—THE Joint

Admissions and

Matriculation Board,

JAMB, yesterday,

approved 160 as minimum

score for admission seekers

into public universities in

Nigeria for the 2019/2020

academic calendar.

The decision was taken

during the 19th policy

meeting on admissions to

tertiary institutions in Nigeria

at Bola Babalakin

auditorium, Gbongan in

Osun state.

The meeting, which

included Vice Chancellors,

Rectors of Polytechnics and

provost of Colleges of

Education, also approved

140 for private universities.

The meeting also

approved 120 for public

polytechnics and 110 for

private polytechnics. Also,

100 and above was

approved for Colleges of

Education.

In his address, the

registrar of JAMB,

Professor Ishaq Oloyede

disclosed that plans have

MEETING: Osun

State Deputy Governor

Benedict Alabi (right)

being received by

University of Lagos

Pro Chancellor, Dr

Wale Babalakin (middle)

with them is

JAMB Registrar, Prof.

Ishaq Oloyede (Left)

at the 2019 Policy

meeting on admission

into tertiary institutions

organised by the

JAMB Board at Bola

Babalakin Auditorium

in Gbongan, Osun

State yesterday.

former President argued that the

present government that claims

to be fighting corruption has

“corrupted” the anti-graft

agencies his government put in

place.

He claimed that between 1999

and 2007 when he held sway as

president, his government

“reasonably achieved” all the

things he promised to achieve,

including fighting corruption.

“I set up two (anti-corruption)

institutions. I came with two laws

that were not there before, to fight

corruption. And those who claim

they are fighting corruption today

have not brought in anything

different. If anything, they have

corrupted those two institutions.

been concluded to begin

open examination for students

seeking admissions into

tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

According to the JAMB Registrar,

the step, which is a new innovation

for 2019 Unified

Tertiary and Matriculation

Examination, UTME, was part

of efforts to further curb

examination malpractice.

He explained that the board

was determined to provide one

million questions for each

subjects out of which 50 would

be taken for the examination per

candidate.

The JAMB boss, who warned

that it has become a crime to

collect password of candidates at

CBT centre, noted that the

innovation of remote network test

will afford the body opportunity

to monitor functioning computer

without going to the universities.

Earlier, the Chairman,

Governing Board of JAMB, Dr.

Emmanuel Nndukwe, said the

board is striving to provide a

unique standard that will be

acceptable by students and

parents.

He commended the JAMB

Registrar for his commitment and

truthfulness, saying that his

“transparency, accountability

and dedication is legendary.”

The Director of Tertiary

Education, Federal Ministry of

Education, Ojo Joel Samuel, who

spoke on behalf of the Permanent

Secretary of the ministry,

enjoined the board to be

sensitive, transparent and sincere

in the consideration of students

cut-off mark.

JUNE 12: Safeguard current

democracy, Glo charges

Nigerians

L AGOS—TELECOMS

giant, Globacom, has

urged Nigerians to

safeguard the nation’s

democracy just as it eulogised the

President Muhammadu Buhariled

administration for its decision

to enact June 12 into law as

National Democracy Day.

Globacom, in a congratulatory

message to the nation on the

commemoration of the 26th

National Democracy Day, said

that the recognition of June 12

as Democracy Day is an

acknowledgement of the indelible

influence of the annulled

election of 1993 in the eventual

entrenchment of democracy in

the country.

The company said: “26 years

on, it can be said that June 12 is

largely responsible for the two

decades of five successive

democratic governments that we

have had in the country.”

According to the company, the

experience of Nigerians before,

during and after the elections

N7.9bn bailout: Gov Makinde

should fulfil his campaign

promises — Oyo APC

IBADAN—THE

All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in Oyo State, yesterday,

tasked Governor Seyi Makinde

to live up to his campaign

promises by judiciously utilising

the N7.9billion bailout released

by the Federal Government.

Some of the promises include

payment of the recently approved

N30,000 minimum wage.

In a statement by the party’s

State Publicity Secretary, Dr.

Olatunde Azeez, “Gov Makinde

had said the workers of Oyo State

deserve more than the money

approved by the federal

government, now is the time to

live up to that promise. He does

not have any excuse not to pay

with the money recently released

to the State. I am sure the Labour

unions are aware too. The

workers should have cause to

smile, going by the Governor’s

promise.

“I recall that the Ajimobi

administration spent the bailout

to clear arrears of workers’ salary

in the State, about seven months

contributed immensely to

nurturing and deepening the

current democratic experience

and fulfilled the desire of the

nation’s citizenry for elective

governance after years of military

rule.

Globacom said: “The

experience of June 12 is a national

watershed in our democratic

trajectory. It speaks to Nigerians’

passionate desire for democratic

governance, liberty, rule of law,

human rights and inalienable

right to vote and be voted for. It is

a metaphor that symbolizes the

country’s rejection of repression

of people’s will in any form, shape

or size.”

While congratulating Nigerians

for their resilience through the

years and for collaborating with

the government towards

ensuring the entrenchment of a

virile self-rule, the

telecommunications giant

encouraged them to further their

commitment to safeguarding the

democratic tenets in words, deeds

and actions.

ASUU decries FG's failure to

address education

By Dayo Adesulu

R

I V E R S —

PRESIDENT,

Academic Staff Union of

Universities, ASUU,

Professor Biodun

Ogunyemi yesterday

lamented the state of the

nation, adding that the

Public education system,

from pre-primary to the

university level, has ceased

to be the priority of the

Federal Government.

Addressing the press in

Port Harcourt on the State

of the nation he said:

‘’Public education system,

from pre-primary to the

university level, has ceased

to be the priority of

Nigerian rulers.’’

Ogunyemi said: ‘’In 2017,

as many as 17 State Governors

failed to access a total of

N16.2billion Universal Basic

Education (UBE) fund for failure

to provide the counterpart funds

required of their States. And by

about the middle of 2018, an

accumulated total of N76.12

billion was unaccessed by State

Governors for the purpose of

enhancing the quality of public

primary and junior secondary

schools. Nigerian students rank

5th in number of foreign students

in India.

‘’ In 2016, about 15% of foreign

exchange transactions by the

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

was reported to have gone into

paying fees abroad. In Ghana

alone, Nigerian students spend

about $1 billion (about N360

billion) annually on tuition fees;

this was higher than the budgets

of Yobe, Ekiti and Taraba States

in 2018."

arrears, Gov Makinde should

equally take a cue from this.”

It also said that the bailout fund

is enough to take care of the need

of the State. The issue of the

Ladoke Akintola University of

Technology should also be tackled

by the governor especially with

the promises made before the

election. As governor-elect,

Engineer Seyi Makinde had met

the management of LAUTECH

where he again reiterated his

promise to rescue the institution

from the “claws of death.”

ICC holds

Father’s Day

June 16

THE INTERNATIONAL

Christian Church (ICC) ,

Abuja holds its Father’s Day on

Sunday, 16th June, 2019 at

8.30am. Venue is Church

Auditorium, Akwa Ibom House,

opposite Ministry of Finance,

Central Area, Abuja. Host: Pastor

Amby Nwogu.


16—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

DINNER: From left— Partner, White Summers Caffee & James LLP, Mr. Mark White; Managing

Partner, Synergy Capital, Dr. Akintoye Akindele; Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer,

GE Africa, Ms. Patricia Obozuwa; Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe,

and Resident Operating Partner, Unicorn Group, Dr. Wuraola Abiola, at a cocktail dinner hosted by

GE for the TechMoney Africa summit in Lagos.

Edo APC crisis: Abuja peace moves'll not

change our position —EPM

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN

CITY—THE

on-going peace moves

between Governor Godwin

Obaseki and Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole may hit

the rocks as one of the major

opposition groups to

Obaseki’s re-election move,

Edo Peoples Movement,

EPM, yesterday vowed to

see that its two major

objectives of re-positioning

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in the state

and getting a replacement

for Obaseki were achieved.

This position of the group

is on the heels of a peace

meeting initiated in Abuja

over the weekend between

Obaseki and Oshiomhole

where it was gathered that

the former governor

expressed surprise over

complaints of abandonment

against Governor Obaseki

by party members and

leaders and he was said to

have advised the governor

to reach out to the

aggrieved party members

and leaders and make

peace with them, as they

are the ones who possess

the power to nominate the

party's governorship candidate.

But a co-convener of

EPM, Honourable Henry

Idahagbon told Vanguard

yesterday that “Our position

remains the same, we

remain as constant as the

northern star, the peace on

ground here favours no

peace move so whatever

peace is initiated and

concluded in Abuja will

remain in Abuja. Edo Peoples

Movement will stick to

its two cardinal objectives;

first is to restructure the

party by strengthening it,

by returning the party to its

old winning ways, an election

winning machine. The

second is to shop for a suitable

replacement for Governor

Godwin Obaseki in

2020. Those two motives are

immutable, we stand with

them and whatever peace

move they make good for

them, we don’t have any problem

with any peace move but the

peace move will be without preju-

Kogi APC gov aspirant backs LG

autonomy

By Tolulope Oke

LOKOJA—A leading

governorship aspirant

in Kogi state, Maj. Gen.

Patrick Akpa (retd), has

thrown his weight behind

financial autonomy for local

governments as the third

tier of government in the

country.

Recall that the Federal

Government through

Nigerian Financial

Intelligence Unit has

outlawed the meddling of

state governments in the

allocations of local

government in the country

through the States’ Joint

Local Government

Accounts.

The chieftain of the ruling

All Progressives Congress,

APC, vowed to work with

council chairmen in the

state to build a greater Kogi

state if elected as governor

in November.

Akpa in a statement from

his media office to

commemorate June 12 as

Democracy Day praised

President Muhammdu

Buhari for recognising the

day while urging Nigerians

to live in unity.

The statement which was

signed by Pastor John

Desmond added that the

election of the retired Major

General will liberate Kogi

from poverty, backwardness

and other vices.

“On this significant

democracy day, we have to

congratulate our local

Governments for finally gaining

We anticipate world without air pollution

— La Casera

By Gabriel

Olawale

LAGOS—THE La Casera

Company Plc, TLCC

has joined the international

community

in

commemorating World

Environment Day through

its clean-up programme

and tree planting exercise

to help give the ozone

layer a much needed boost

in protecting the earth.

Speaking in Lagos

during a clean-up exercise

along the Mile 2 / Oshodi-

Apapa expressway, the

Managing Director of

TLCC, Chinedum

Okereke said that

environment should be

seen as a trust given to

dice to the cardinal objectives of

Edo Peoples Movement.”

Meanwhile, the state house of

assembly remained under lock

yesterday as the governor is yet

to make any proclamation for its

inauguration.

The failure of the inauguration

of the house had generated reactions

as some see it as creating a

vacuum because the tenure of

the 6th assembly has ended officially.

But a very senior government

official told Vanguard

yesterday; “Is there a law that

says it must be on a particular

day? They should go and read

mankind to protect for

future generations, “At

TLCC, issues of the

environment are not

regarded as compliance

issues but rather as a

responsibility we owe to

posterity”

“TLCC used its tree

planting exercise to further

draw attention to the fight

to reduce air pollution while

urging all stakeholders to

come together and explore

sustainable alternatives to

urgently reduce pollution

that threatens human

health.

Okereke implored

participants at the event to

adopt an attitudinal change

approach in the fight

against air pollution even

the constitution, did it say every

state must inaugurate its

assembly the same day, that is

not the position, it is when the

governor writes and proclaim it

that it is inaugurated and it is only

the governor that can do it. Our

own will either be Friday or

Monday.”

the much desired but overdue

financial autonomy as a true

third tier of government. While

thanking the president and

commander-in-chief of the

Nigerian armed forces, President

Muhammadu Buhari, for his

magnanimous goodwill to approve

this autonomy, I promise

to support the leadership of the

twenty one (21) LGAs in Kogi

State to ensure the success and

smooth running of their respective

affairs for the betterment of

our people in local governments

areas in delivering the dividends

of democracy. The task of ensuring

adequate security, economic

well-being and prosperity of all

Kogites is a definite priority, and

we will not rest on our oars until

we make that happen in the Kogi

State of our dreams,” he said.

as he urged those present

to be mindful of the

environment while making

choices on the type and

quality of products they

purchase.

Corroborating his view,

the Assistant Chief

Scientific Officer for

LAWMA, Aderonke

Adesoye commended La

Casera Company, which

has been in Nigeria for

almost two decades, for its

efforts in caring for the

environment.

Adesoye said that she

was satisfied that there was

a conscious effort by TLCC

to protect the environment

in all their operations and

therefore challenged

corporate organisations

and individuals to do more.

Underlying US producer

inflation boosted by services

Underlying US producer prices increased solidly for a

second straight last month, boosted by a surge in

the cost of hotel accommodation and gains in portfolio

management service fees.

The report from the Labor Department on Tuesday likely

will support the Federal Reserve’s view that recent weak

price readings are probably transitory, and that inflation will

gradually move toward the U.S. central bank’s 2 percent

target. “There is no evidence of falling inflation in this report,”

said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics

in New York. Producer prices excluding food, energy

and trade services rose 0.4 percent last month, matching

April’s gain, the government said. The so-called core PPI

increased 2.3 percent in the 12 months through May after

rising 2.2 percent in April.

Weaker energy and food prices, however, partially offset

the increase in prices of services last month. That led the

producer price index for final demand to edge up 0.1 percent

in May after gaining 0.2 percent in April. In the 12

months through May, the PPI climbed 1.8 percent, slowing

from April’s 2.2 percent advance.

Amazon to shut restaurant

delivery service in US

Amazon.com Inc said yesterday it would end its restau

rant food delivery service in the U.S. later this month,

giving in to intense competition from GrubHub Inc,

DoorDash, Uber Technologies’ Uber Eats services.

“As of June 24th, we will be discontinuing the Amazon

Restaurants business in the U.S. A small fraction of Amazon

employees are affected by this decision, and many of those

affected have already found new roles at Amazon. Employees

will be offered personalized support to find a new role

within, or outside of, the company,” Amazon said in a statement.

Amazon Restaurants was launched in 2015 in Seattle and

was designed to give Prime members a way to order meals,

apart from products and groceries, through the e-commerce

giant. The service was expanded to more than 20 U.S. cities

and later to London.

However, the company ended the program in London last

November.

Wall Street higher on trade

optimism, rate cut hopes

Wall Street’s main indexes rose and the S&P 500 edged

back toward record territory yesterday, as easing

trade tensions with Mexico and hopes of an interest rate

cut by the Federal Reserve lifted investor sentiment.

Optimism over President Donald Trump’s decision late

week to hold of f import tariffs on Mexico has helped markets

this week, even though the United States warned it

would impose tariffs if its demands were not satisfied.

The benchmark S&P 500 index is now just about 2

percent away from its early May record high and the Dow

Jones Industrial Average is set to rise for the seventh straight

day, its longest winning streak in 13 months.

Market is betting on an interest rate cut in July and two

more this year as Trump’s hard bargaining on trade with

Beijing and others could push the economy back into recession.

Meanwhile, US producer prices increased solidly for a

second straight month in May, in line with expectations of

economists polled by Reuters, pointing to a steady pickup in

underlying inflation pressures.

Global tech companies shun

Huawei after US ban

Global technology companies are cutting ties

with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

after the U.S. government put the world’s largest

telecom equipment maker on a trade blacklist, citing

national security concerns.

The United States has effectively banned its companies

from doing business with Huawei, exacerbating

an ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war. The ban

applies to goods that have 25 percent or more of

U.S.-originated technology or materials, and may

affect non-American firms.

Huawei is allowed to buy US goods until Aug. 19

to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide

software updates to its smartphones.

Following are companies that have suspended

business with the Chinese firm:

Stories credited to Reuters


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—17

34-year-old elected Speaker

of Kwara Assembly

By Demola

Akinyemi, with

agency report

A

34-year-old graduate

of Kaduna Polytechnic,

Yakubu Danladi, has been

elected Speaker of Kwara

State House of Assembly.

Danladi, who represents

Ilesha-Gwanara

constituency, was elected

unopposed yesterday.

He was nominated by

Saheed Popoola of

Balogun-Ojomu

constituency, Offa Local

Government Area of the

state.

The development came a

day after Abok Ayuba, a 33-

year-old final year student

ofUniversity of Jos

emerged speaker of the

Plateau State House of

assembly, and Debo

Ogundoyin, a 32-year-old

lawmaker from Ibarapa East

constituency, was elected

Ayishat Nma Sulu-Gambari, a

loss to Kwara, Nigeria—Aremu

KWARA State Labour

Party, LP, governorship

candidate in the last

general election, Issa

Aremu, has said late

mother of Emir of Ilorin,

Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-

Gambari, Hadjia Ayishat

Nma Sulu-Gambari, was

an exemplary model of

motherhood and would be

missed in Ilorin Emirate,

Kwara State and Nigeria as

a whole.

Hadjia Ayishat Nma

died Monday, June 3 and

has since been buried

according to Islamic rites.

In a condolence message

to the Emir, Aremu, who is

also a member of National

Executive Council, NEC, of

Nigeria Labour Congress,

NLC, and General

Secretary, National Union

of Textile, Garment and

Burial

The burial of Madam

Celina Nwogbo Alozie of

Alozie family, Mgbala

Ohekelem in Ngor-Okpala

Local Government Area of

Imo State, comes up

tomorrow at the Alozie

compound after a funeral

service at St. Matthew’s

Anglican Church,

Ohekelem. She was aged

86

Ṡhe is survived by many

children and grand

children, including ex-

Vanguard circulation staff,

Mr. Godwin Alozie.

Speaker of Oyo State

House of Assembly.

Their emergence

followed the passage of the

“Not Too Young To Run”

bill, which reduced the age

limit for members of state

Houses of assembly from 30

years to 25 years.

The new speaker in his

inaugural speech said new

lawmakers would justify the

confidence reposed in them

by the electorate and have

a robust cooperation with

the executive.

He said the legislature

would work toward

bringing government closer

to the citizenry, ensure

delivery of dividends of

democracy and initiate

people-oriented projects.

According to him,

participatory budgeting

should be adopted by states

and Federal Government to

encourage active

governance.

The post of Deputy

Tairoing Workers of Nigeria,

NUTGTWN, expressed

appreciation to

the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji

Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari,

for availing many citizens,

including himself, the

privilege of receiving the

generous prayers and

blessings of the late Hajia

Ayishat Nma Sulu-

Gambari while alive.

He said: “I bear witness

that Hadjia Nma

represented all that was

godly, motherly, humane,

kind and caring."

According to him, the

death of Hajia Ayishat Nma

Sulu-Gambari was a

collective loss to Kwara

State and Nigeria, urging

all Kwarans to walk the

prayers of late Hadjia for

peace, unity and progress

of the state.

Ezinne Monica

Ogbonne Eneh, who

died on May 3, 2019 at

the age of 89 years will

be buried on June 14,

2019 at her country

home, Umuezechime

village, Udi Town in Udi

Local Government Area

of Enugu State.

She is survived by

children, grandchildren

and great grandchildren.

FORUM: Group Managing Director, Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, Paul Gbededo; Managing

Director, FSDH Merchant Bank, Hamdah Ambah; Managing Partner, Biola Alabi Media,

Biola Alabi; WIMBIZ Executive Council Chairperson, Olubunmi Talabi; UN Women Country

Representative Nigeria & ECOWAS, Comfort Lamptey, and Lagos State Head of Service,

Hakeem Okunola, at WIMBIZ Annual CEO/Policy Maker Interactive Forum, in Lagos,

yesterday.

How Nigeria can combat HIV/AIDS

—US Ambassador

By Victoria

Ojeme

THE United States

Ambassador to Nigeria,

Stuart Symington, has

appealed for concerted

efforts from all Nigerians to

curb high prevalence of

HIV/AIDS in Nigeria,

saying the war against the

disease cannot be fought

by institutions alone.

This came as the

Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Health,

Abdullahi Abdullahi, said

1.6 million pregnant

women have been tested

for HIV in a bid to prevent

the transfer of the virus from

mothers to children.

The diplomat spoke in

Abuja at an awards

ceremony in honour and

recognition of “PEPFAR

Nigeria Heroes:16

individuals who have

made truly momentous

contributions to PEPFAR’s

mission since the inception

of the life-saving

programme.”

The programme held in

Abuja on Monday.

PEPFAR is US

government’s response to

the global HIV/AIDS

epidemic and helps save

the lives of those suffering

from the disease. It was

launched by US ex-

President, George Bush, in

2003.

According to him, the war

against the disease could

not be fought by one

institution or group of

officials ‘tasked by the

government’, “people, not

programmes solve

problems and they only do

it by working together.”

The envoy said

prevalence of the disease

posed a big threat, urging

“Nigerian government to

ensure that its citizens

know their status for

effective treatment options.

1.6m pregnant

women undergo

HIV test

Speaking, Permanent

Secretary, Ministry of

Health, Abdullahi, said 1.6

million pregnant women

had been tested for HIV in

a bid to prevent the transfer

of the virus from mothers

to children.

He also said more than

1.2 million orphans and

vulnerable children

received care and support.

Represented by former

Senior Special Assistant,

SSA, to the immediate past

Minister of Health, Araoye

Segilola, Abdullahi said

Nigeria remained

committed to increasing

domestic funding for HIV

control.

“Based on the results of

the recently concluded

Nigeria HIV/AIDS

•1.6m pregnant women

undergo HIV test

Indicator and Impact

Survey, NAIIS, seven states

with significant burden and

high treatment gap have

been identified to receive

targetted interventions. The

states are Anambra, Akwa

Ibom, Delta, Enugu, Imo,

Lagos and Rivers,” he said.

He said the US

government had spent over

$4 billion in national HIV/

AIDS response in Nigeria

in the last 15 years.

New drug

Similarly, the

Pharmaceutical

Commodities Logistics

Manager of USAID,

Babatunji Odelola, said

there is a new drug “that

just came out for HIV/AIDS

treatment.”

According to him, the

drugs is called TLD and

Nigeria is one of the

countries to receive this

“because of the kind of

commitment and

dedication we have from the

government.”

“TLD is an antiretroviral

drug and it is able to

achieve what we call viral

suppression very quickly.

So someone who is on TLD

for four to five months will

notice that the virus in his

body will start reducing to

significant levels such that

the person cannot re-infect

somebody else and that

drug is now available for us

in Nigeria to use,” he said.

Cybercrimes Act'll be amended —FG

THE

Federal

Government has stated

that the Federal Ministry

of Justice is committed to

pursuing the amendment

of the Cybercrimes Act,

which many lawyers,

journalists and activists

have considered

r e p r e s s i v e ,

unconstitutional and

illegal.

This was stated yesterday

by Mr. Terlumun

Tyendezwa, Head,

Cybercrimes Prosecution

Unit, Federal Ministry of

Justice, at a media

interactive session on the

‘Constitutionality and

Legality of the Cybercrimes

Act in Nigeria’, organised

by Socio-Economic Rights

and Accountability Project,

SERAP, in collaboration

with National Endowment

for Democracy, NED, USA.

At the interactive session

held in Lagos, Tyendezwa

said: “The Cybercrimes Act

is not perfect. One of the

reasons why I am here is

that I have an open door,

we want to engage on the

Act. We are interested in

engaging with all

stakeholders in the Justice

sector.

"Whatever is not useful,

we can seek amendment on

this. From the point of

passage, we, as the

operators, knew that there

were things that need to

change. We are presently

collating memoranda on

amendment of the Act. But

amendment takes time and

costs money.”

“We know the importance

of law as a social driver. The

office of the Attorney-

General of the Federation

and Minister of Justice

continues to place high

value on entrenched

fundamental human rights

and engaging with all

stakeholders on the

Cybercrimes Act is one of

our approaches.”

Earlier at the meeting, a

group of lawyers,

journalists, activists and

other stakeholders

unanimously declared the

Nigeria’s Cybercrimes Act

as “repressive, oppressive

and unconstitutional. The

Act should immediately be

repealed or dropped, as

many of its provisions

blatantly offend the rights

to freedom of expression,

association and media

freedom.”

The group also called on

the next Attorney General

of the Federation and

Minister of Justice to

“prioritise challenging in

court the constitutionality

and legality of the

Cybercrime Act, which is

antithetical to respect for

freedom of expression

including online and the

government’s commitment

to fight grand corruption.”

Participants at the

interactive session included

representatives of Premium

Times Centre for

Investigative Journalism,

PTCIJ; National Human

Rights Commission,

Amnesty International,

Wole Soyinka Centre for

Investigative Journalism;

Media Rights Agenda;

German Consulate;

Director-General of

National Orientation

Agency, among others.


18 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

RECENTLY, the Pension Transitional

Arrangement Directorate, PTAD,

disclosed that it discovered over 4,000

ghost pensioners among the 20,000

police pensioners it inherited.

According to PTAD, the ghost

pensioners were discovered during the

ongoing pensioners’ verification and

biometric data capturing exercise in

Benin, Edo State.

The verification exercise was for

pensioners who retired from Federal

Government agencies in Edo and Delta

states.

Similarly, in March last year, after

integrating the payroll of the Nigeria

Police Force into the Integrated Payroll

and Personnel Information System,

IPPIS, the Federal Government had

said it discovered 80,115 ghost officers

on the force’s payroll.

The ghost workers syndrome in the

civil and public services at all levels has

been with us for a long time.

It is clear that the Nigeria Police is

Making IPPIS effective against ghost workers

not the only government institution

crawling with ghost workers. The Civil

Service at all levels reeks of these nonexistent

workers planted by senior

officers who are in positions to

manipulate the payrolls.

There is no doubt that if the IPPIS

dragnet is routinely run through all

Ministries, Departments and Agencies,

MDAs, a whole lot more of these ghosts

siphoning public funds will be discovered

and removed from the payrolls.

The problem of ghost workers is like

a monstrous vampire sucking the life

out of Nigeria’s economy. After four

years of managing the affairs of this

country, it is expected that one of the

cardinal achievements of President

Muhammadu Buhari who was mainly

elected for his promise to kill

corruption in Nigeria, would have been

to weed out ghost workers from the

payroll by now.

It is unfortunate that the Nigeria Police

Force which cites poor funding as

a major reason for its poor performance

should be a conduit through which

vital financial resources of our commonwealth

are siphoned. Surely, this

has huge implications for the prevailing

insecurity in the country.

It is also curious that no one has so

far been put in the dock for this heinous

crime. It is surprising that the antigraft

agencies have not yet devised

sting operations to apprehend those

benefiting from this horrific act of

corruption.

With little or no efforts, perpetrators

of this crime can be fished out and

made to pay the price. Instead, the antigraft

agencies seem more interested in

politically-exposed cases involving fund

recoveries which generate more media

sensation.

We, therefore, call on the President,

Governors and local government chairmen

to swing into action and rid the

country of ghost workers.

The IPPIS is an excellent testimony

of the wonders that can be achieved

through the use of technology in fighting

corruption, especially at the preventive

end.

Governments should run the IPPIS

through their payrolls every month to

catch the perpetrators on time, and free

up more funds to fix our infrastructure

deficit.

June 12: Barbers at work

By Banji Ojewale

You cannot shave a man’s head in his

absence — M.K.O. Abiola, winner of the

1993 presidential election

IAM reproducing this piece I did

when we were all falling over

ourselves as officialdom announced it

was, at last and belatedly, embracing

June 12 as a national event and not a

regional or ethnic phenomenon.

Nothing has changed to alter my

stand: federal recognition or not, June

12 derives traction from its own sanctity.

It does not require robes of bureaucratic

crutches to stand! Here goes:

It is unlikely that a resurrected

Bashorun MKO Abiola would hail

President Muhammadu Buhari for

attempting to honour him and the

mandate he received on June 12, 1993

the way most citizens have done.

The applause the Abiola family and a

section of the human rights community

are giving the recognition is also not

sufficient to conclude that they have

spoken for MKO. True, the struggle for

the fulfillment of June 12 was beyond

Abiola, his family and the activists. It

was (still is) pan-Nigerian and would

appear to require all hands, including

government, to give it restitution of some

sort.

These, however, are inadequate levers

to achieve a sense of closure on our

unpleasant experience. We need to

address the matter of redeeming that day

and the victory it gave the people from

a catholic consideration, not merely from

the narrow angle of proclamation of a

few people as heroes and a day as

democracy day.

These may form part of the larger

picture we desire. But they pale beside

the substance of fundamental recognition

that accommodates what Abiola sought:

good governance that would in turn

deliver the good things of life to the

ordinary citizens.

Simplistically settling for a national

award for MKO to retrieve June 12 from

seeming obloquy amounts to the case of

a student who produces the answer to

an algebraic puzzle without the

arduous, exciting and brain-taxing

process of working out the formulae and

key to arrive at the solution.

The student would incur the wrath of

the teacher and be charged with

malpractices that carry heavy penalties.

How did he get the correct answer

without evincing labour for it? Did he

steal it by playing giraffe?

Is he making a mockery of the dignity

of scholarship? Is he giving the

impression his teacher was so

incompetent he wouldn’t guide him

through the exciting process of sweating

for the QED? As long as these posers

crop up with no convincing responses,

the society can’t accept what emerges

from the exam hall.

If we allowed it to stand we would have

compromised and be classed in the same

league as the student who sought

success without sacrifice. Now these are

some of the concerns of those who seem

not to be at home with the decision of a

president who has given us what we’ve

OPINION

all clamoured for, but with an anti-liberal

and undemocratic temperament. Most

citizens mistrust his motives.

What most observers insist is that a

dignifying rehabilitation of Abiola and

his sacrosanct mandate together with the

date is only possible if the activists of

that history and their successors are at

the centre of the restoration move.

Some members of his family, selected

June 12 activists, notable politicians

across the divide and a good number of

persons drawn from the public could be

brought together in a committee to

discuss these noble objectives. All

Nigerians would be encouraged to

participate in the debate via the media

and town hall meetings.

The late politician’s manifesto and

Tragically, what we’re

doing now is that of a

barber at work on the head

of a man not on seat!

speeches when he campaigned on the

platform of the Social Democratic Party,

SDP, would be recalled for scrutiny.

These were weighty documents that

looked beyond June 12.

I recall his My covenant… with my

people speech on June 8, 1993, shortly

before the historic poll. There were these

nuggets out of many he dropped: “I

shall renew hope in the Nigerian dream

through the articulation of a new vision

of a great Nigeria. I am determined to

replace doubt with optimism. We must

reconstruct our society in all its

ramifications to make life easier for our

citizens. All Nigeria needs is one

transformer to end its endless power

interruptions”.

According lasting honour to June 12

and Abiola also entails going the whole

hog. We must hear from the horse’s

mouth (General Ibrahim Babangida)

why the election was cancelled. We must

go back to the era of Sani Abacha who

arrested Abiola and tortured him till he

himself died.

Abubakar Abdulsalami who

succeeded Abacha needs to talk to

Nigerians. Abiola died in his custody.

Next the current central government

must itself show strict commitment to the

principles of June 12 and the man who

symbolised it. Abiola stood for true

federalism aka restructuring.

He wanted a better life which a

succession of Nigeria’s central

administrations didn’t (and still are not

presenting) offer the people. He also

thirsted for one united nation

untrammeled by sectarianism as shown

by the Muslim-Muslim ticket he ran

with and won.

Not allowing these considerations in

seeking to honour Abiola and June 12

can be likened to staging Wole Soyinka’s

Kongi’s Harvest without bringing in

Kongi himself!

Or better let’s go to the man of the

moment: One of his famous sayings is

this: You cannot shave a man’s head in

his absence. Tragically, what we’re doing

now is that of a barber at work on the

head of a man not on seat!

•Ojewale, a commentator national issues,

wrote from Lagos


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 — 19

NPA gives 10% discount on vessel calls

at Eastern ports

•PCC calls for sustainability of initiative

By Godwin Oritse

As part of efforts to

increase patronage at the

Eastern ports and decongest

Lagos ports, the management

of the Nigerian Ports Authority,

NPA, has approved a 10

percent discount on harbour

dues in all concessioned

terminals at the Eastern ports.

In a statement signed by

Jatto Adams, General

Manager, Corporate and

Strategic Communications,

NPA, the Authority disclosed

that the ports that will be

affected by this initiative are

Calabar, Rivers and Delta.

According to Adams, the

discount will only apply to

harbour dues payable by

certain category of vessels/

cargoes, including Container

vessels with at least 250

Twenty Equivalent Units

(TEUs), General Cargo vessels

with at least 16,000 metric

tonne (MT), Combo Vessels

with at least 16,000 MT and

Roll-On-Roll-Off Vessels with

at least 250 units of Vehicles.

It stated: “These discounts

shall not apply to Vessels

coming Inballast, Vessels

calling at private jetties and

Vessels carrying Liquid bulk.”

In a telephone interview with

Vanguard yesterday, the

Chairman of the Port

Consultative Council, PCC,

Otunba Kunle Folarin,

commended the initiative but

urged other agencies of the

government and organisations

to join the initiative to make it

work.

According to him, it would be

impossible for NPA alone to

attract cargo traffic to the

Eastern ports, adding that the

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$ 97.35 -1.25

2,562.00 18.00

$12.53 0.13

$62.60 0.31

$53.60 0.34

306 306.5 307

388.5282 389.1631 389.7979

346.239 346.8048 347.3705

308.1571 308.6606 309.1641

2.813 2.8176 2.8222

0.508 0.518 0.528

423.0098 423.701 424.3922

44.259 44.3318 44.4046

81.5891 81.7224 81.8558

423.6876 424.3799 425.0722

46.3496 46.4253 46.5011

. 20.6897 20.7235 20.7573

CBN Exchange rate as at 11/06/2019

Nigeria Customs Service,

NCS, the Shipping companies,

Clearing Agents, Terminal

operators and Shipping agents

have various roles to play.

He stated: “Promoting the

use of Eastern ports as a

preferred destination requires

the efforts of all parties

involved in the cargo delivery

services. We need

infrastructure which is not the

responsibility of NPA. We also

need the acceptance of the

initiative by importers and

exporters as well as consistent

government policy.”

From Left- Chief Executive Officer Union Bank, Mr. Emeka Emuwa; Chairman Board of

Directors, Mr. Cyril Odu and Company Secretary, Mr. Somuyiwa Sonubi, at the Bank’s Extra-

Ordinary General Meeting which held recently in Lagos.

BUHARI’S 2ND TERM: Fitch sees

weak economy outlook

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

Global rating company,

Fitch Rating, yesterday,

affirmed Nigeria’s rating at B+,

stable outlook, saying that

President Buhari’s second term

will be marked with

implementation of piecemeal

reforms and slow progress in

tackling impediments to

economic growth.

The company also

projected further

widening of the federal

government’s deficit

spending and total debt

to 3.8 percent and 28.2

percent of the nation’s

the Gross Domestic

Product (GDP) in 2019.

Fitch also projected

that Nigeria’s GDP

growth rate will hover

around 2.2 percent for

the next two years, below

the 10-year average of

4.2 percent.

In a statement released

yesterday announcing

its latest rating on

Nigeria, Fitch said:

“Nigeria’s ratings are

supported by the large

size of its economy, a

track record of current

account surpluses and a

relatively low general

government (GG) debtto-GDP.”

However, against these

advantages, the agency further

stated: “This is balanced against

poor governance and

development indicators,

structurally low fiscal revenues

and high dependence on

hydrocarbons. The rating is also

weighed down by subdued GDP

growth and inflation that is higher

than in rating peers.

“Nigeria will continue to

experience a sluggish recovery

driven by the rebound in oil prices

and the expansion of services.

“Fitch forecasts GDP growth to

average 2.2 percent in 2019-2020,

below its previous 10-year average

of 4.2 percent and the current ‘B’

median of 3.4 percent.

Buhari, Politics

While commenting on the

outcome of the general elections

and likely impacts on policy

formulation and implementation

as well as the nation’s economic

growth, Fitch said: “The 2019

general and gubernational

elections passed relatively

smoothly, despite technical

disruptions and episodes of

violence.

“The incumbent Muhammadu

Buhari won a second term and his

ruling All Progressives Congress

(APC) regained its majority in both

chambers of parliament.

“This could facilitate policy

implementation, but weak party

discipline in parliament and

frequent disagreements between

the presidency and legislature

point to a continued high risk of

delays to parliamentary approval

of key legislation.

“Fitch expects policy continuity

with the implementation of only

piecemeal reforms, resulting in

slow progress on tackling longstanding

impediments to growth

and weaknesses in

macroeconomic management.”

While highlighting constraints

to generating adequate revenue

to fund the budget, the global

rating company projected further

widening of the federal

government deficit spending to

3.8 percent of the GDP.

It stated: “Nigeria’s fiscal

performance mostly remains a

function of fluctuations in oil

revenues. However, the implicit

subsidy of petrol prices (around

0.6 percent of GDP in 2018), the

gradual clearance of joint-venture

(JV) cash call arrears (outstanding

stock of 1.0 percent of GDP at end-

2018) and the conversion of

government oil proceeds to naira

at a below-market exchange rate

continue to constrain budget

receipts from hydrocarbon

extraction. Fitch estimates that the

GG deficit narrowed to 3.6 percent

of GDP (federal government,

FGN: 2.3 percent excluding

transfers to state and local

governments, SLGs) in 2018 from

4.5 percent in 2017 (FGN: 3.2

percent), mostly reflecting the

recovery in oil prices.

Oando

shareholders

berate SEC

over AGM

suspension

By Nkiruka Nnorom

Shareholders of Oando Plc

yesterday slammed the

Securities and Exchange

Commission, SEC, over the

suspension of the company’s

2018 Annual General Meeting,

AGM, barely 24 hours to the

meeting.

They stressed that the

cancellation without due

consideration of the cost

implication to the parties

involved smacks of insensitivity

on the part of the Commission to

the plight of the minority

shareholders and called on the

federal government to urgently

intervene in the on-going crisis.

Many minority shareholders of

Oando who seemed unaware of

the suspension, graced the event

from different parts of the country

only to discover at the venue that

the AGM has been put on hold

by the apex regulator of the

Nigeria capital market.

Speaking to Vanguard on the

issue, Mr. Patrick Ajudua,

National Chairman, New

Dimension Shareholders

Association, described SEC’s

action as “an extreme case of

absolute power corrupts

absolutely”, adding that speedy

execution of various actions

against the company within a

space of few days leaves much

to be desired.

“SEC was notified of the

meeting 21 days ago and it gave

the company the approval to

proceed, only to turn around and

cancel it without minding the cost

implication to the company,

shareholders, stakeholders and

associates.

“As shareholders, we call on our

President, Vice President and

members of National Assembly

to call the management of SEC,

who has been operating without

a Board in the past four years, to

order. They need to do this now

to save the only prospering

indigenous oil company, its

enduring shareholders, the

capital market and the nation

from the erosion of confidence in

the capital market and the

economy at large,” he said.

Comrade Lawrence Oguntoye,

President, Distinct Shareholders

Association, noted that SEC’s

action against the valid Oando

AGM is an injustice and

infringement on the rights of the

shareholders.

He said: “Most shareholders

who came from very far states

were disgraced and highly

disappointed at venue. SEC

ought to have considered the

minority shareholders if truly it

is protecting our interest, but it

seems there is a skeleton in

SEC’s cupboard apart from this

forensic report. This is not fair

considering the fact that

shareholders’ funds has been

eroded today, share price has

dropped drastically, not to talk of

negative state of mind of

investors.”


20— Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019


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Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—23


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Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—25


26—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

At last Nigerians celebrate June 12 as

Democracy Day

By Our Reporters

WIDOW of late Chief MKO Abiola, the winner

of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential

poll, Dr. Doyinsola Abiola, 74, has urged Nigerians

to ensure that the unfortunate incident did not recur

in the country by building strong institutions.

Dr. Abiola, who was delighted by the recognition

and declaration of June 12 as democracy day by

the Federal Government, said the celebrations were

razzmatazz that should not be the focus of the

historic event.

According the septuagenarian and former

managing director and editor-in-chief of National

Concord, it would be unfortunate if Nigerians did

not learn lessons from June 12 and allow it to

happen again.

Asked her view in a 21-minute phone chat with

Vanguard on June 12, which for the first time

would be celebrated in Abuja, the nation’s capital

with foreign heads of states in attendance, she said:

‘’All that is razzmatazz, that is not what we should

focus on, we need to learn a lesson, every experience

should be turned into a lesson so that we will

improve on whatever we do in the future for the

younger generation.

‘’I thank God that this is happening in my life

time, there is nothing like a wrong done being

corrected, what has happened has happened but

we need to learn certain lessons from it and it would

be terrible if we don’t learn the correct lessons from

it. What happened on June 12, so many years back,

should never happen again in this country and if it

happened again then we haven’t learnt anything.

‘’There should also be forgiveness; what has

happened has happened, we need to move on, we

need to safeguard our democracy above anything

else. Democracy, so far is still the best system of

government; we need to enhance it, we need to show

the world, for all that we have gone through we are

still standing as a country.

Democracy is still the best form of government,

for me it is how do we enhance institutions because

institutions are the guardrails of any society,

something that we all subscribe to. You must conduct

free and fair elections, the loser must be willing to

say congratulations to the winner and the winner

must be magnanimous enough to govern with a

large heart.

‘’Our concern is how to take care of our people,

not just ourselves. You are not going there to enrich

yourself; you are going there to do good, and show

the world that we come from a rich tradition and

heritage.

‘’The only remedy for me is that I can see a road

map for a better Nigeria and how do we get the

better Nigeria, we need strong institutions and

institutions are the guardrails of any society. The

nullification of an election is not only a sin against

the contestants, it is a sin against the whole country,

it should never happen again. We must learn that

lesson.

For the first time since 1999, Nigerians are

celebrating Democracy Day on June 12, instead

of May 29 which was the case in the past 20

years. This change in date is a fulfillment of

the promise made last year by the President

Muhammadu Buhari administration to honour

the late Chief Chief Moshood Kashimawo

Olawale, MKO, Abiola whose June 12, 1993

presidential election victory was annulled by the

military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida

on June 23, same year.

Before now there had been sustained strident

agitations in many quarters that June 12 be

declared Nigeria’s Democracy Day in honour of

Abiola who died while fighting for the

revalidation of his presidential mandate and is

widely regarded as Nigeria’s true martyr of

democracy. But last year, President Buhari

revisited the June 12, 1993 presidential election

and posthumously declared Abiola as the

winner and also posthumously honoured him

with GCFR, while declaring June 12 as

Let’s de-emphasise razzmatazz and focus

on the lessons —Doyin Abiola

•Says what happened on June 12 must never recur in Nigeria

‘’Some of us travel abroad and studied abroad.

What have you learned from those experiences

except to be selfish? We put ourselves away from the

people, the same people we are governing. If you

do not experience what ordinary people are

experiencing where are you going to start? You need

to have empathy based on reality.

‘’If you have never been a subordinate, you can

never be a good leader. You govern from experience,

you remember when you were down there and you

were praying to God to lift you up.

‘’We don’t have institutions and even in so called

developed countries, you can see what is happening

all over the world. At the end of the day, we are all

human beings, we make mistakes but the important

thing is to correct it, the important thing is to look

FORMER Lagos State Governor and All

Progressives Congress National Leader,

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was one of those in the

forefront for the actualisation of Abiola’s

presidential mandate and was even forced to go

on exile while fighting for the cause. And since the

return of democratic governance, he has also made

a strong case that June 12 be recognised as

Nigeria’s Democracy Day instead of May 29.

This is why it is not surprising when he issued a

statement on the significance of today’s

celebration:

"The power of truth to set men free from the

limiting chains of falsehood and limiting

superstitions is one of the most poignant spiritual

verities that has proven to be valid across time and

space over the last two millennia. In the realm of

politics, the most fundamental truth that man has

discovered is that power can be the handmaiden of

progress and accelerated development only if it

flows from the will of the electorate as determined

in regular, free, fair and credible elections.

Democracy Day.

To underline the significance of June 12 as

Nigeria’s new Democracy Day, President Buhari

also announced his intention to deliver his

inauguration speech today, June 12, 2019.

The late Chief MKO Abiola was noted for his

wise cracks and jokes. One of his most quoted

jokes is that you cannot shave a man’s head in

his absence. Today he is inevitably absent when

his June 12, 1993 presidential election mandate

is being celebrated.

But in his absence are great minds(family,

friends and pro-democracy activists, especially

NADECO chieftains) who have a lot to say about

the man and the historic significance of June 12.

for the greatest good for the greatest number, not to

be the only wealthy man in town.

‘’We must empathize, you must invest in people

and in investing in people you give them good

healthcare, education, those are the basics and when

I say institutions, the home can help to teach what is

right and what is wrong and don’t tell your children

not to steal when they know you are the greatest

thief. You should not have big appetite because if

you eat more than three times a day, you will get ill,

it is not healthy, how much can you eat that you must

have all these accumulation of wealth and the rest

of it?”

The truth that sets democracy free in our land — Tinubu

•Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

•Dr. Doyin Abiola

“This is why, in spite of its many flaws and failings,

man is yet to invent a form of government superior

to democracy – the famed government of the people,

by the people and for the people-. It is thus

understandable and indeed justified that Nigerians

are elated that the country has recorded 20 years of

unbroken democratic rule since 1999.

“Today, we commemorate the country’s emergent

democracy in a way that is certainly more spiritually

fulfilling and psychologically satisfying than has

ever been the case since 1999. For, thanks to the

administration of President Muhammadu Buhari

and the assent of the National Assembly, we are for

the first time today celebrating our democracy as a

nation on a historic day, June 12, which coincides

with the day that the seed of today’s democratic

sprouting was sown 26 years ago.

“What we had been commemorating on May 29th

of every year since the democratic restoration of

1999 has been the day of the handover of power

from the military regime to the elected civilian

administration. As important as it certainly is, May

29 does not carry the weight of significance that

June 12 does in Nigeria’s democratic evolution. May

29th is at best an arbitrary date on which the military

chose to hand over the reins of power to an elected

civilian government in 1999.

“Observing May 29 as democracy day delinks the

country’s democratic experience since 1999 from

the protracted and bitter struggle against military

dictatorship from June 12, 1993, till the forced exit

of the military in 1999. Without those who stoutly

stood on June 12 and sacrificed life, limb, freedom,

economic ruin, psychological devastation and more

in the battle against tyranny, there would most

certainly not have been any May 29, 1999, handover

to commemorate.

“The democracy we enjoy today was not won on a

peaceful and comfortable “platter of gold”. It was

not gifted to Nigerians by a benevolent military

regime. It is the product of the sweat, tears, blood,

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Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—27

•Bashorun MKO Abiola...celebrating his perceived victory in 1993

A democracy

day primer

By Wole Soyinka

THIS year’s recall of an uplifting day in the

year 1993 comes up against a background

of its most shameful disavowal: the 2019 elections

- still under judicial contestation - an event that

would be more accurately described as an exercise

in body count rather than ballot count. The

elections, however, merely reflected a pattern of

savagery and abandonment of human sensibilities

that have eaten away the sheerest sense of

community in the nation. I have already described

it as the final descent into the abyss of human

degradation.

The recent call - no matter how suspect the

motivation - for what amounts to a national

discourse on future directions was nothing new.

The Nigeria Mourns movement, for instance, is

only another expression of the same desperation.

Input from someone who has exercised control

over the nation’s affairs for a total of close to a

dozen years, with shared responsibility for the very

predicament in which the nation finds itself,

reinforces the general anxieties that have become

palpable in every corner of the nation - across

class, political partisanship, religion and ethnicity.

I wish to take the notion of a national ‘indaba’

even further, and urge a non-partisan, broad-based

government.

The now undeniable social crisis is beyond the

capacity of any government built on accustomed

partisan loyalties and regimented thought

processes, with their debilitating baggage of

sectarian interests. I am aware that such a call is

unlikely to be heeded, but let it be made anyway,

and let it stand to trouble those who discard any

opportunity to turn a radical page in a nation’s

history. As if the crisis were not sufficient in itself,

we are constantly distracted by crude attempts to

distort the role of the past in a nation’s unraveling.

So, let us first address Democracy Day itself,

since we know that those same nihilist voices, even

before the annunciation, were already primed to

degrade it, ridicule what should be a potent

signpost for future generations. Such voices even

make desperate efforts to annul its very history, no

different from the original act of annulling an

event that was universally acknowledged as the

fairest, the most orderly and peaceful elections

ever conducted in Nigerian history, a chastening

contrast to this recent of 2019. June 1993 recorded

- just some quick reminders - an election in which

the loser readily conceded defeat, having watched

himself outclassed in his own state, his local

government, his ward, and probably at his very

polling booth.

He was, however, prevailed upon to change his

mind, thus smoothening the path for official military

annulment, with dire consequences that continue to

plague the nation even till today. Several of the

players - directly, and supportive - in that inglorious

history remain stubbornly in denial, but let no one

attempt to shunt aside or obscure its potential for

public re-orientation. It is now a near quarter of a

century since that watershed, and a Restoration,

albeit symbolic, has been promulgated - Welcome

Democracy Day! Is there any value left to it? And is

its formal, official recognition doomed to be nothing

more than an exercise in superfluity?

For all those who were actively involved, no matter

how tangentially, in the events that flowed from the

annulment of June 12, 1993 - largely of blood and

lamentations - the restoration of that date to a slot

among the milestones of nation building will evoke,

side by side with a sense of elation, a mood of sobriety

and reflection, especially when one recollects how

many productive

projects were

derailed, how many

lives destroyed, how

many underwent

torture and remain

traumatized by that

experience, how

many paid the

supreme price.

Many have

witnessed death at

close quarters,

survived, but remain

severely damaged. I

The now

undeniable social

crisis is beyond

the capacity of any

government built

on accustomed

partisan loyalties

and regimented

thought processes

shall leave others to

comment on how little appears to have been learnt

from that monstrosity of democratic subversion. What

is undeniable is that the wiles of opportunists, cynics,

saboteurs and beneficiaries from the sacrifices of

others, continue to haunt the nation. Hopefully also,

it does haunt them spasmodically, those who thought

to bury the message of that date and its faithful

evocations.

Amnesia, the much-craved refuge of the battle

weary, the ravaged psyche, or simply weak-minded,

is not always to be despised. Where deliberately

cultivated, even propagated, however, it amounts

to further cruelty against the violated.

Forgiveness is a different matter. In most

theologies, and even for non-believers, it is ranked

among the loftiest attributes of humanity. For

those of us who confess our inadequacy in that

respect, we can only implore those who violate,

contribute to, or profit from the mutilation of

the very humanity of others, not to aggravate

our mortal weakness by continuation of their

past perfidy in any form. The orphan cries are

still with us, so are the scars and trauma of

survivors. Many remain impaired – physically

and psychologically - for life.

I shall not participate in this year’s June 12

celebrations - from choice. It is part of my training

exercises for withdrawing from public space, a

resolution that I first half seriously injected into

encounters over five years ago. That absence

applies, not to the official celebration alone - of

which I have never been a part anyway - but to

the annual ritual by civic groups, a ritual of both

tribute and defiance that has been unflaggingly

observed till now. However, regarding the earlier

Abuja ceremony that signaled the state’s

reversion to June 12 as the most truthful

expression of a people’s democratic will, I did

attend, even at the cost of breaking a journey on

the way to Brazil.

Unforgettable

extract

That event, for some of us, represented closure

- at least substantially. It was a reunion of sorts,

a cauterization of many internal, invisible, and

yet suppurating wounds, and private

thanksgiving - for some of us - that the only route

that appeared left for the recovery of a people’s

dignity was abruptly, and ‘providentially’ closed

by the timely demise of a singular human

perversion. The nation was saved the anguish of

the unknown. That sense of relief, on its own, is

worth celebrating. The anonymous ones who

acted on behalf of ‘providence’ remain

unacknowledged, but we still owe them our

gratitude.

One unforgettable extract from those dark days

was the ease with which a people, accustomed

to freedom as a natural bequest of humanity,

can be thrown into a twentieth century

enslavement, forced to endure a regimen of

unprecedented brutality in the exercise of power.

A nation of over a hundred and a half million

slid into a condition of - not merely apathy and

indifference, but servility, unctuousness, sustained

by rationalization of - there is no other word for

it - evil! Sheer evil. Fear reigned supreme.

Whispers substituted for voice, even in homes. It

is liberation from that miasma of civic

subjugation that underpins the symbolism of a

Continues on page 28


28—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

A democracy day primer

Continues from page 27

Democracy Day, very different in quality from, for

instance, the euphoria - where it exists - of a day of

National Independence. Now why does one find it

necessary to state what, in good faith, should be

obvious? The answer is painful: that occasion also

served as a trigger for raking up embers of divisive

history, for tarnishing memories and belittling even

the meagre harvest of a watershed in history.

Don’t we all know it? Everything in this nation is

fodder for controversy, often of the most pointless,

mindless, simply adversarial kind - such has been

this formal restoration of June 12, 1993 to its

rightful place on the podium of Nigerian history.

Let us address some brutal truths. One comment

regarding this formalization especially rankles,

since its accompanying train of remarks indicated

that it was not a mere aberrant individual, but

revelation of group sentiment. It was sent to me

through the usual internet link and was,

undisguisedly - a mock lament, a condescending

swipe at the Yoruba race – yes, directly indicted - for

being so naive as to have fallen for an obvious vote

gathering ploy. The conveyed message reminded

me of the movement initiated by Charley Boy -

Your mummu done do! - who, together with his fellow

protesters, was severely mauled in Abuja by an

incited mob. At least Charley Boy refused to go

down as nothing more than an internet slob,

berating everyone around but swallowing the bile

of daily discontent. He embarked on remedial

action – one that was manifested in the true spirit

of June 12.

There are several observations on that ‘social

media’ posting, plus the predictable, bandwagon

comments, often pre-arranged. It is necessary,

indeed mandatory, to clean up this template of the

past before proceeding. First, I was not aware that

the Yoruba, acting as ethnic entity, ever made a

statement that promised to reward the government

with their votes in return for this alleged June 12

bribe. The serious, problematic bribe - the

Minimum Wage concession - of course receives

the scantiest of attention - beyond solidarity calls

and insistence on implementation. Never mind that,

North to South, East to West, numerous tiers of

government are scrambling to find ways and means

of ‘settling’ an agreement directed from the centre,

with no corresponding consultation with states.

From latest reports, even the centre is taking to the

sale of state assets - at disadvantaged prices - to

fulfill a voter catchment commitment. This is the

kind of consequential ‘bribe’, one would have

thought, that merits critical attention. No matter,

let us return to the monumental, non-material

bribe. What does it consist of?

A wrong had long festered, no matter how

invisibly.

Restoration was

made. The faithful

of June 12

embraced the

g e s t u r e ,

pronounced their

appreciation at the

ceremony, several

even with barbed

qualifiers. After all,

others before had

had the

opportunity, but

chose to ignore,

even deride the

very notion of

The vision of

a common

homeland,

rooted in

commonality of

ideas, values,

culture, history

and purpose, is

as natural as

breathing

recognition, even if

through symbolic gestures. If a few in that Abuja

assemblage got carried away - and some did, both

Yoruba and non-Yoruba alike - heaped fulsome

praises on the government, far beyond its deserving

in my view, I found it unconscionable to seize the

occasion as an opportunity to jeer at, and vilify an

entire people. I have asked myself over and over

again: to what end? Who profits from this?

Next, I found it equally lamentable that anyone

should attempt to reduce the June 12 struggle to

that of an ethnic project. It is a depressing travesty

of the realities, a denial of the existence of a nation’s

collective sense of justice and its tenacity in pursuit

of that objective. No one denies that the immediate

family of a victim of robbery feels the pangs of

dispossession more keenly than others. The truth,

however, remains that the entirety of the compound

itself was violated, arrogantly and contemptuously

dispossessed. In this case, its very aspiration to a

unified identity was simply ground underfoot,

compelling a return to the starting block, and even

several milestones behind! Disenfranchisement is

the ultimate stigma for any free people. Again,

despite official hostility, corporate blackmail and

even victimization of some adherents of that date,

•Bashorun MKO Abiola... during his detention by the military junta

a number of state governments but, even more

crucially, civil society - with members drawn from

across the nation - did not await permission of any

power or agency of the centre to gather and

celebrate that date, and pay homage to the fallen.

The June 12 movement never went into recess, and

the current government merely jumped on a

bandwagon that was already propelled by the

people.

However, there is even more matter for

discouragement, so we should not be surprised at

the ethnic caviling. After the annulment, I recall

that, when we tried to mobilize opposition to that

sadistic impostor, fanatic voices of ethnic

irredentism informed us bluntly, verbally and in

print, that the Yoruba should go and solve their

problems themselves, since we had let them down

in the lead-up to the Biafran War of Secession, and

should seek no collaboration from that side of the

Niger. One recognizes, in today’s renewed voices of

ethnic denigration, the same chant of a hate chorus,

the fanning of divisive embers. It is gratifying,

therefore - and here we come to some cheering news!

- that this tendency has become a source of concern

to many of the leaders of that former secessionist

state. It led to recent counter efforts under themes

such as hands across the Niger, later followed by

hands across the nation, encounters that have taken

place both within the nation and outside her borders.

It is crucial that those laudable initiatives continue

in the same spirit of civic responsibility and

nationally craved closure.

We must, however, sound warning: these highminded

efforts are increasingly vitiated by the

fanatic and obnoxious voices of an irrepressible

handful. No, we are not speaking here of organized

protests and demonstrations to keep Biafra alive -

for those of my school of thought, these are both

legitimate expressions of the democratic will, and

cannot be suppressed. We refer specifically however,

to abrasive, irrational, and irreverent diatribes of

purveyors of unrelenting discord. Their innate

proclivities are readily facilitated by that grossly

polluted space - the so-called social network. Some

have gone beyond recall, like the proverbial

mongrel which no longer heeds the call of the

hunter. They have become so blindsided that, almost

under demonic possession, they heedlessly alienate

sources of empathy and act against their own

interests. This was prevalent in its most unfiltered

density during, and after the 2019 elections.

Let the following be stated and re-stated as a

personal, unwavering, socio-political conviction:

The vision of a common homeland, rooted in

commonality of ideas, values, culture, history and

purpose, is as natural as breathing. However, the

dream of such a state of collective desire is not

realized by careers of deception and distortion of

reality and history, any more

than is the craving for a turn

at the very pinnacle of

governance within a polity

which, for good or ill, still

embraces all. On the

contrary, both dreams fade,

continue to recede, and may

eventually remain unfulfilled

in the lifetime of the purveyors

of divisive filth. That would

be poetic justice.

I am no believer in the

juggling of score cards in

order to earn the accolade of

equitable dealing - find fault

on ‘A’ by all means, but be sure

to balance with faults from

‘B’, deserved or not. However,

the following retrogressive

slump in the democratic

quest is fortunately, and

blatantly, in the public domain

and demands its place in the

Index of repudiations. First,

it was a minister, soon

followed by the deputy of the

incumbent himself, then

other voices at various times

- all advocating support for

the government on the basis

of ensuring “our turn” at the

next electoral roulette! That

primitive appeal remains

one of the most dispiriting of

the twists and turns in

numerous calculations of that

same 2019 electoral exercise,

a dismal complement of the

self-positioning of the earlier

mentioned secession

fundamentalists.

If anything, the latter now

had even greater justification

to jettison all other parameters of political choice

in favour of their own even more

uncompromising, ethnic positioning. I am

Yoruba, and therefore felt sufficiently

compromised as to intervene with some leaders

demanding, ‘do you know what this portends?’

Is this wise? Progressive? It was gratifying to

encounter other Yoruba voices - I especially recall

one from Dr. Wale Adeniran - in forceful

repudiation of such narrow chauvinism. And it

resulted in personal disillusionment that sent me

seeking solace from our man for all occasions,

William Shakespeare in that cry of: A Plague on

both your Houses!

Chortling of

self- vindication

There were other negative controlling

manifestations, related to that very narrow social

perspective, albeit sprung from a different

malaise. The principal himself, formerly elected

largely on the platform of corruption eradication,

reinforced by the coy mantra of “I belong to all

and belong to none”, presided over a growing

degradation of advertised intent, a serial

dereliction of the obvious imperative of any

reformist agenda which should read: first,

internal cleansing! One after another, scandals

of escalating proportions from within the

charmed circle of power, an apparent tolerance

even in face of ‘in flagrante delecti’ captures on

video! Clearly, this candidate had also done his

arithmetic and could hardly afford to lose any

treasure trove of numbers. The logo of the ruling

party during those 2019 elections appeared to

have been the three brass monkeys: Hear no evil,

See no evil. Speak no evil.

Before any chortling of self- vindication is

provoked among the ‘I told you so brigade’, let

me quickly pause here, prodded by the strident

opportunism of the corruption train and restate

my position as follows: this does not invalidate

the pass mark in this specific department that I

conceded the government on a television

programme – the anti-corruption fight. A pass

mark is not the same as an A+, B or even C+, so

that grudging grade stands, as shall be effortlessly

demonstrated in ensuing parts of this primer.

Some of us take a holistic, and comparative

approach to the protean operations of

corruption, not sensationalist ‘Rambo’

melodramas served up to titillate the public

palate. We add, subtract, qualify, adjust, and only

then – propose a grade. We shall venture later

into that national bugbear, and in some detail,

utilizing just one or two but representative voices

of blanket dismissal that often read like

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Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 —29

Why we must uphold Abiola’s

ideals – Wuraola

How my daddy’s unexpected, untimely exit

affected our family

Dr. Wuraola Abiola is the daughter of late Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the

June 12, 1993 presidential poll. She is the last child of Abiola’s first wife, late Simbiat

Atinuke Abiola. She is an Organizational Behavior expert, runs a consultant firm

and also sits on the board of many companies including Unicorn Group. In an

interview with Vanguard, Wuraola expresses how much she missed her daddy and

wishes that Nigerians would embrace his ideals for democratic growth in the country.

•Wuraola Abiola

•Prof. Wole Soyinka

By Chris Onuoha

NIGERIANS mark June 12, 2019 in a differ

ent way apart from the normal remembrance

party held at the family home every year.

What’s your view on the Federal Government’s

recognition of your father’s struggle?

AT the time the June 12

declaration

was

announced, most of us in the family congratulated

President Muhammadu Buhari and the government

for approving a decision that is really long

overdue and recognizing the real terminal importance

of the June 12 struggle that was started by my

father but truly made a victorious legend by Nigerians

across all walks of life, nations and across all

social economic strata of life. I was very pleased

despite the fact that we have carried on quietly ever

since my father passed on. My brother Kola had

solicited help from different kinds of people over

the years and the government of the day was able to

make this happen.

But there was diverse opinion in respect of the

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commissioned pieces. We know what is at stake.

Even as this is being written, guardian ‘sleepers’ of

the Abacha and other hidden loot are being rumbled.

They await moments of slackening in vigilance to

pounce on temporarily ‘abandoned properties’

known only to them. Only this week, yet another

sumptuous cache was unearthed in the Jersey

islands. And there are many more awaiting exposure.

No, we cannot afford to lower the nation’s guard,

nor belittle the institutions that work towards

eventual, across-the-board sanitation of society.

To sum up the contribution of the incumbent

candidate and his handlers to the last electoral

architecture, it was indeed numerology that

triumphed over ethical rigour. We insist however

that even political pragmatism has its own moral

demands. Any other position leaves wide open the

sluices of cynicism, pent-up frustrations,

disillusionment, reducing democracy to the

numerical count as the sole electoral victor. Will the

projected June 11 Summit on Corruption compel

the government itself to tackle its own record in this

respect? I have received an invitation but will not be

attending. I however recommend deep introspective

attention to the second item on the suggested themes

– nexus between electoral spending and public

corruption.

And so, on looking back, our view

encounters only the debris of a

wobbly scaffolding of the 2019

democratic exercise that predictably

crashed, a rickety podium of cynical

improvisations on four temporal legs

roughly identified as: (i) payback

time (ii) our turn next time (iii)

laissez-faire time, and (iv) the allpurpose

‘stomach infrastructure’

dinner bell. The unprecedented

epidemic of the collapse of buildings

all over the country has since struck

me as a morbid analogy for the

collapse of humane structures,

burying so much hope of advance

recognition of June 12 even in the family that it did

not the family expectations

I guess the beauty of our family and the way we

were raised is in the way we are encouraged to think

critically and transform opinions based on conviction.

I suspect that even if you feel that government is

not doing enough for the family, the fact that this day

will now be a passing parcel on Nigeria history for

generation to come must be a welcome development

to anybody who believes my father and many

other people paid the ultimate sacrifice to bring democracy

to Nigeria. Now, whether it is sufficient

enough is a different thing altogether, but it is necessary

as a positive development.

Would you have expected government to go beyond

normal recognition of the family by the way

of appointments or incentives?

Taking it back a little, even if my father had not

passed on, today, there are many of his children that

are over qualified and worthy of federal appointments.

It is not because he died for democracy to

thrive but because of his accomplishments in the

family. Some of us are recognized outside this country.

So a merit for appointments cannot be confused

or related to daddy’s status and struggle for democracy.

If our state or the federal government sees any

of us worthy for position because we have value to

add to the community, people or Nigerian economy,

so be it not because we are Abiola’s children. But

if that should be the only reason why we should be

brought forward now, I think we deserve it too. Many

of my siblings are doing so well and are accomplished,

if they are provided opportunity to serve this

country, they will do it excellently. Daddy wouldn’t

even want that. He hired people in his companies

who are the most talented and best in their families

not knowing their fathers and mothers.

How would you describe life without your father,

Chief MKO Abiola?

Daddy was very passionate for sure. Quite honestly,

I didn’t know it because I was telling somebody

the other day that daddy was a passionate father and

on 1993, a full quarter of a century later, in their

rubble. One became quite fearful that the nation

was trapped in the material actualization of an even

more comprehensive advance on Shakespeare’s

curse: A Plague on All your houses!

Democracy Day

deserves truthful

confrontation

with the sociopolitical

conditions that

we have brought

into being to

plague ourselves

If only nothing more

than the current political

houses took a final

tumble! Alas, the

collapse is far more

extensive than such mere

contraption. We need

only look around, or

revert to those alarms

that we echoed at the

beginning. One may

squirm at the verbal

formulation

truthfully,

but,

Nigeria

mourns! And so, towards

the exorcising of that curse, the prescription of a

government across partisan interests is not

misplaced, and is not entirely starry-eyed. A day

dedicated to democracy – as a compelling morality

of social existence - is merely frivolous unless directed

at the recognition of the telling, prevailing features

of the last exercise, which throw in question the free,

hopefully educated exertion of human choice. It

brings us back to numerous considerations of what

constitutes, as the democratic base of any human

grouping, their rights and limitations, both of which

are involved in the guarantee of a healthy societal

survival. It must raise, pre-eminently, the very issue

of the protocols of association – relation of the parts

to one another, and the parts to the whole. Such

protocols are of a fundamental, negotiable category

for a basic reason – they deal with humanity, not

abstractions or material resources. Above nations,

we cannot help but place humanity, otherwise, we

are mere idol worshippers - the idols of patriotic

jingoism and pietistic abstractions (e.g. sovereign

integrity and allied rhetoric).

Democracy Day deserves truthful confrontation

with the socio-political conditions that we have

brought into being to plague ourselves and thus,

a leader. He was down to earth. He would always

look out for me and want to catch up with

me. He would call me up at 4 am and would ask

how I was faring. He loved his children so much.

He had this unconditional love for his children.

One shouldn’t ask for whom we are, knowing

that we are not all the same, having different

characters but he loved us all. He was so grateful

for what God gave him as children and he gave

all of us opportunities to excel. That was really

special. At age 15, daddy had already started

asking me to represent him at events. I missed

him much.

The truth is that daddy passed on unexpectedly.

We always feel that daddy will come home and feel

all of us in that seamless manner as he used to do. It

took quite a few of us to adjust with time. It is because

there was no alternative. You said something

about having a voice, I could tell you that

government did not give us a voice. It was daddy

that gave us a voice. From the legacies he left. He

was tirelessly helping people and this is outside politics.

Sometimes people will meet me and tell me

how daddy impacted their lives. That was the voice

we have as his children. He was busy nurturing businesses

and creating opportunities for people to grow.

And that is what nobody can take away from him.

On the need to uphold Abiola’s ideals

All you need to look at today is the nature of our

economy. You will see that there is much work to

be done. One of my father’s books, “Farewell to

poverty”, he wrote the book because he saw so

much poverty in the land, and that there is work

to be done. There is much to be done and maybe

some people may say that it was easier in his time

than now or maybe there is more work for leaders

to do. But the truth is that the next generation is

relying on this generation to readdress the fundamentals.

In my days, I went to good schools in

Nigeria but the only reason I went abroad for

higher education is for exposure, not the quality

of education. Back then in Surulere, we never used

generator until later when we relocated to Ikeja.

compels our acceptance of responsibility for

whatever, and wherever roles are traceable to one

and all in that process. It is not wrong to make

political calculations – not for nothing is it

claimed that politics is a game of numbers – one

of those partial truths, but let it stand for now.

However, when those calculations go wrong, it is

cowardly to seek scapegoats and fabricate nonexistent

histories. D-Day should not pass shrouded

under sentiment. At the same time, it should not

be celebrated with groundless recriminations. It

calls on hard-core values, yet remains open to

mature and logical adjustments, deploying the

rigorous blade of truth to cut through overgrown,

self-proliferating brambles of deception,

especially at the hands of past rulers. If the present

demons of nation being are confronted, with

brutal frankness where necessary, there is a chance

that we may assist even this aspiring generation

to sweep past the past, and target a far more

salutary celebration in the coming year, that much

touted magic number 20/20.

Says the ‘good book’ but, I am certain, echoed

in numerous scriptures of Faith - Render unto

Caesar what is Caesars’s etc. etc. We have rendered

unto D-Day its dues, its pietisms and imperious

mandates, and in as measured accents as can be

mustered by any pained member of a polity under

a ‘state of siege’. All that is left is to tackle, through

a few illustrative samples, the hooded mercenaries

who remain committed to the triumph of every

imaginable shade of the anti-democratic agenda.

They operate like the chameleon, adaptable to

colour and texture of their immediate and

appropriated environments. Forget the parable

of never serving more than one master – they serve

several, all interchangeable as readily as their

wearing apparel. To them we are the mummu,

they the lordly predators of the political jungle. In

the interest of historic truths and self-preservation,

it becomes a duty to seize every opportunity –

fortunately mostly of their own providing - to

dissect their proclamations, subject them to public

scrutiny and take the trouble to probe deeply into

their hidden briefs.

A hopeful Democracy Day to the electorate of

June 12, 1993, and their political descendants,

on whom the burden of the future unavoidably –

falls.


30—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

•Chief Frank Kokori,

CHIEF Frank Kokori, former General

Secretary of The Nigeria Union of

Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG,

said June 12 as a Democracy Day has made him

the happiest man on earth even as expressed

disappointment over the manner of democracy

since May 29, 1999.

In an interview with Vanguard, Kokori said, “

I’m very happy that June 12 has been recognised

as Democracy Day. It’s one of the happiest things

to happen to me. I was one of those that fought for

June 12 and I went to jail for it. It was indeed the

happiest day for me that the struggle was recognised

by the least expected person in Nigeria. I had

thought that former President Obasanjo who

benefitted from the struggle would make June 12

Democracy Day but he didn’t. It is now coming

from President Muhammadu Buhari, the least

expected person to make June 12 Democracy Day.

“I have always said that there is no alternative to

democracy even though that today, 20 years after,

I’m disillusioned with the manner of democracy in

Buhari should be applauded

— Prof Bolaji Akinyemi

ON the significance of June 12 as Nigeria’s

Democracy, former Minister of Foreign

Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi has this to say:

"President Buhari signing the bill into law

recognising June 12, as Democracy Day, to me,

closes the chapter on the mandate section of June

12. Buhari has given MKO the highest honour of

the land.

"In short, it is like arguing pointlessly, saying he

must be declared President –Elect even though he

was never allowed to assume the office. I find it

satisfactory and I think that the wisdom of President

Buhari in giving all these things, including

recognising June 12 as a Democracy Day should

be applauded. We can then move on for pushing for

the other aspect of June 12—, what it symbolises.

"The manifesto of June 12 was farewell to poverty

which focused on the drive for infrastructural,

education, health, developments, among others".

June 12 yet to address the national question

—Ayo Opadokun

GENERAL-Secretary, National Democratic

Coalition, NADECO, Mr. Ayo Opadokun,

has said that the June 12 struggle is yet to address

the multifarious problems confronting the country.

Opadokun, who was in the forefront of the June

12 struggle, said: “The dream of June 12 has not

been realised. Pronouncing June 12 as Democracy

to MKO Abiola is good but it does not represent the

major plank of our struggle. If that election was not

annulled, it meant that any Nigerian could contest

for election in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

Since the June 12 event, has Nigeria known peace?

That is why we saying that President Buhari should

Nigeria. I had expected

that by now, Nigeria

should have passed this

era of corrupt politicians

who don’t think about

the masses, who think

about their own pockets

alone, I had thought that

by now, oppression,

victimisation killings

and banditry would be a

thing of the past.

“I’m even being

victimised by a

government that gave

me a job. I was given a

job and for 20 months, I

was not sworn in by he

government for the job it gave me. I’m a chieftain of

APC and this is a chance for PMB to make the

necessary change he promised. The president

should shine his eyes and look inwards. There are

bad people all around him. Nigerians are not happy

with him and he should be aware of it. He is not

young and those around him are taking advantage

of the weakness to mess him up.Good leaders

operate best in the 40s, 50s but Buhari is in his 70s

and weaker. Nigerians still have confidence in him

to make a change and if he doesn’t get it right this

time, it will be bad for him. Things should not

deteriorate in the country anymore.

“So, I’m disillusioned with democracy after 20

years. Many of us suffered and some even died. I

was put in the worst prisons ever. I was held in

solitary confinement at Bame Prisons. I didn’t know

I will come out alive but I did. I fought for

democracy. I’m disappointed by the democracy we

have today but military rule is not an alternative. I

know what I went through as the arrow-head of the

oil workers. I’m happy I did it for my country. It’s

funny that people who did nothng for the country

Ohanaeze lauds June 12 commemoration as Democracy Day

APEX Igbo socio-cultural organisation,

Ohanaeze Ndigbo world wide has lauded

the Federal Government for commemorating June

12 and making it a Democracy Day and a Holiday.

Spokesman of the group, Chuks Ibegbu noted

that nothing was too small to remember those who

laid down their lives for Democracy.He suggested

that those responsible for the annulment should be

place in the Nigeria hall of Shame while those

who suffered the effect should be in Nigeria Hall

of Fame.

Ibegbu noted that some elements around late

Chief MKO Abiola worked against June 12 and

colluded with the Abacha junta to truncate the

swearing in of the winner of the June 12 election.

He therefore lauded President Buhari for this

remarkable recognition but advised him to be a

true democrat and shed his military baggages.

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pain, toil and anguish of millions of Nigerians.

That is why we can never afford to take it for granted

or do anything to threaten its existence.

“June 12 must serve as a continual reminder to

Nigerians on the imperative of pursuing the cause

of justice in all spheres of our lives at all times as a

necessary condition for peace, prosperity and

progress. As we kick off from today the annual

celebration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day,

let us renew our commitment to utilizing

democracy as a vehicle for eliminating poverty in

our land as well as providing prosperity and life

more abundant for the teeming millions of our

people.

“It was indeed his deep aversion to poverty and

the avoidable suffering of the majority of our people

that compelled Chief MKO Abiola to contest

Nigeria’s presidency and thus his campaign slogan

was “Farewell to Poverty”. The problem of poverty

remains primal and fundamental in our land today.

Indeed, at the root of the severe existential

challenges, which confront the country today such

as religious extremism, terrorism, banditry,

The essence of June 12 has been defeated—Yinka Odumakin

YINKA Odumakin, National Publicity

Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-political

organization, Afenifere has said that despite the

act and call the ethnic nationalities to send their

representatives for a national dialogue so that we

can resolve the national question.

That is the most critical thing associated with

June 12 and not just declaring the day as Democracy

Day. Nigerians voted that day to unite the country

but their efforts were thwarted by the military junta.

So, anyone who wants to change the fortunes of

Nigeria must take a positive step because the current

structure that is lopsided, warped and skewed

cannot work.

Every state that has been coupled together by force

cannot last.

I’m disillusoned with 20 years of dmocracy

—Frank Kokori

are the ones running democracy. Things should not

be allowed to deteriorate further. Enough is enough.

I had thought that Obasanjo would recognise

June 12 as Democracy Day but he didn’t. He

obviously had a hidden agenda and now, it’s Buhari

of all persons that is recognising June 12 as

Democracy Day. My only advise to him is that he

should fight the evil going on in the country. There

is so much oppression going on, so much lying,

victimisation, killings, banditry. These issues should

be tackled but it’s a pity things are deteriorating.

Buhari should make the best of his last four years

and come out as a hero.

“I had an experience in September 2017. The

Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige called me and

said, my great Comrade, congratulations, you have

been appointed the chairman of NSTIF. He went

to Buhari and the President asked him to swear in

Kokori. But the bad people in the Villa that sell

positions obstructed everything. That was the

beginning of the whole saga about the NSTIF. I

was happy my Comrades came out and fought for

me when my name was changed 24 hours to

swearing in. If they could do that for Frank Kokori,

that shows what the common man could do for

Nigeria. We should not give up on Nigeria and I

think this is the time for Buhari to work an ensure

his name is written in history as a man who brought

Nigeria out of the land of bondage. He should stop

the killings, the banditry, the corruption and

oppression going on in the land. That should be his

landmark in history. It goes beyond the dateline of

June 12 to imbibing the tenets of democracy. So

Buhari should watch out for the people around him.

If Buhari does not put Nigeria in good shape in the

next four years, he would be in the wrong side of

history.

“We should protect democracy. The Nigeria

Labour Congress betrayed June 12, most of them

collected bribe. That was why I used NUPENG to

fight. It was the oil workers that fought for June 12.

If I was not captured then, there would have been a

revolution. We were taking out the military by force.

We went for June 12 struggle because the military

was cheating Nigeria. There was a clampdown of

the media then. But things have not changed.

Everything has been monetised."

The truth that sets democracy free in our land — Tinubu

kidnapping, cultism, ritual killing, armed, robbery,

communal violence and herdsmen/farmers clashes

among other is the protracted economic crisis that

has worsened poverty, unemployment and

inequality in Nigeria over the last four decades.

“It is indeed incumbent on us all, particularly

those in positions of authority at all levels, to

vigorously support President Muhammadu Buhari

administration as it invests massively and on an

unprecedented scale in the renewal and expansion

of infrastructure as well as its various social

intervention programmes aimed at uplifting the

vast majority of our people out of dehumanizing

poverty, political instability and insecurity.

“We must take concerted efforts to banish poverty

from Nigeria. To rid Nigeria of poverty is indeed a

task that must be done. As the historic restoration

of June 12 to its proper place by the Buhari

administration sets democracy free to soar in our

land, let us rededicate ourselves to the challenge of

utilizing democracy to set Nigeria free from poverty.

“God bless our fatherland.”

declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day, the

essence of the day has been defeated.

Odumakin, who was in the trenches during the

June 12 1993 struggle, also declared that Nigerians

are divided along ethnic lines across the country.

In a chat with Vanguard, he said: “The original

June 12 will be weeping today as we celebrate the

day across the country. All promises of June 12

have been eroded. We are worse off where we were

now than where we were in June 12. When Abiola

promised to eradicate poverty during his campaign

in 1993, Nigeria was not the global secretariat of

poverty; today, Nigeria is the global secretariat of

poverty.

In the last four years, the lives of Nigerians has

worsened, poverty has worsened in the land.

June 12 was about bringing ethnic harmony, but

today we are divided along ethnic lines across the

country.

So, we have refused to live by the dictates of June

12, the essence of June 12 has been defeated.”


Buhari, it is progress we need

not movement

THE cat and mouse game

between the Nigerian

military and Boko Haram is not

about to end. While there were

reports last week that the

murderous insurgents had once

again overrun a military base and

the group provided images of its

onslaught against the military, the

Nigerian Army downplayed the

insurgents’ claim, saying it was

mere propaganda. Propaganda is

a potent weapon of war employed

by different sides to give them

advantage over their opponents. It

is clear that the extremist Boko

Haram has been resorting to

propaganda in its war against the

Nigerian state. But so has the

Nigerian military as a whole to say

nothing of the Army.

The many occasions when Abuja

has announced the defeat of Boko

Haram or the capture or execution

of its factional leader, Abubakar

Shekau in battle, were no doubt

acts of propaganda. Yet, while Boko

Haram could relish the neverending

game of teasing the

Nigerian state, Abuja should be

ashamed to carry on such activity

with a non-state actor that has held

out for ten solid years.

The ding-dong with Boko

Haram points in the direction of

failure on the part of Abuja,

specifically the government of

Muhammadu Buhari that

promised to end the reign of the

extremist group in 2015 but has so

far failed to do so. Rather the

security situation is surely getting

out of hand with armed herdsmen

attacks compounding an already

impossible situation.

Everywhere Nigerians turn today,

they are under the threat of being

attacked and taken hostage for

huge ransoms or their settlements

are targets of attack and

destruction by the terror battles of

the murder-prone herdsmen that

routinely rape, rob and prey on

their victims. Many of our

highways are no longer safe, from

the south to the north, east and

west of the country. No day passes

without reports of abductions and

gory attacks. The social media

appears to record and amplify the

gory history of these attacks in the

face of a government that is losing

control of the situation.

It was in this atmosphere of

lamentation by many state

governors, so-called chief security

officers of their states, that Abuja

called a security summit last week.

It was a parley meant to address

the worsening state of security

across the country. It was also

apparently to show that President

Buhari is not sitting on his palms

doing nothing as Nigerians cry out

in pain. Buhari had to appear to

be in charge. Did he not seem in

dead earnest when upon his return

from Saudi Arabia he was

rumoured to have assented to the

establishment of state police and

sections of the Nigerian public fell

over themselves praising the

initiative of the president? He

seemed spiritually fortified and

looked the part of a man of action,

not Baba Go-slow.

However, Abuja said No: the

president had not given assent to

the establishment of state police.

Rather he only received a report

from the Presidential Panel on the

Reform of the Special Anti-

Robbery Squad that made the

recommendation. It was,

therefore, not surprising, after the

noise that followed the state police

issue that the president’s summit

with the governors ended

Can there be

any positive

change to our

security with the

same security

chiefs in place?

deadlocked with some governors

voicing their opposition to the idea

of state police.

Their excuse in addition to the

usual chatter about the police

being used and abused for political

end was the talk that some of the

states could not afford the

financial burden. After all the song

and dance that heralded the

meeting, after the noise that

something concrete was about

being done and that finally some

progress could be made with each

state assuming responsibility for

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its own security following the

ineptitude of Abuja, everything

went up in smoke. It was all talk

and no action.

That summit ended, Nigerians

should note, without the

government of Muhammadu

Buhari taking a definite position

or saying exactly what it intends

to do thereafter to address the

appalling state of security. We are

all condemned to wait until

another outrageous act of

criminality forces us to cry out in

pain like a prisoner undergoing

sustained torture groans at

intervals.

Long before the incursion of the

military into governance, each

region of Nigeria was responsible

for its own security. Each region

had its own police force in addition

to ‘native’ police authority.

It is, therefore, a lie for anyone to

pretend that we are doing

something entirely new by going

back to a model we once practiced

successfully- a regional/state police

system. That Buhari would make

the establishment of state police a

matter of debate also speaks to his

government’s bad faith.

Creation of state police was on

the agenda of the All Progressive

Congress, APC. After much footdragging,

the Nasir el Rufai-led

Committee resuscitated the idea

with its bold recommendation of

state police among other highly

progressive recommendations that

Nigerians hailed in January 2018.

What then was the point of

bringing back the same issue to the

table for fresh debate?

What the Buhari government

ought to do was to set in motion

(and this does not have to be an

imposition) the process which it

can conclude favourably if it is

serious and honest about it. For as

long as it continues to cast around

for reasons not to act on its

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campaign agenda, it would

achieve nothing in that regard.

Once Abuja determines to act,

immediately Buhari is persuaded

of his party’s position,

establishment of state police

would be as easy as implementing

the government’s social

empowerment programme.

Opposition parties have

condemned the social

empowerment programme as

bribery meant to induce the

electorate to support the APC but

that has not stalled the programme.

In other words, neither the APC nor

President Buhari needed the

consensus of Nigerians to

implement the empowerment

programme that the president’s

own wife has criticised in another

vein.

Should Buhari give up his all

movement and no progress

approach to addressing the

security challenges of the country,

how does he hope to implement

his security agenda with no

ministers?

How many more portfolios can

he add to his control of the

dysfunctional petroleum ministry?

It was about two weeks ago that

his government was inaugurated

for his second term but Nigerians

are still speculating about who

will and who will not make the

president’s cabinet.

Is that the sign of a government

that is in business and knows what

it wants to do? Everything points

increasingly in the direction of

President Buhari operating, with

all its terrible defects, in the

manner he did in his first term.

What does such an approach

portend for us? Can there be any

positive change to our security

with the same security chiefs in

place? Can he work in the same

way and expect different answers?

Reflections on Edo paradigm shift

By Shaibu Danesi

GOVERNOR Godwin Obaseki’s

leadership style since inception of his

administration barely three years ago has

attracted much political and scholarly

analysis of the principles, practices and

beliefs, including what influenced him.

Some have described him as a paragon of

ethical living, while others define him as a

more complex, contradictory and evolving

character influenced by his background and

circumstances.

However, he has been presented or

perceived, there is no gainsaying that the

social-political and economic landscape of

Edo State has been transformed since he

assumed the saddle of leadership of the state,

a development that has earned him the

popular sobriquet of ‘wake and see’

governor.

Indeed Obaseki’s style is reflected in the

well thought out and noiseless manner at

which projects are being conceptualized and

executed across the three senatorial districts

of the state. Edo State, hitherto considered

a civil service state prior to the advent of

this administration, is today becoming a

business destination haven.

In fact, development experts from the

World Bank and other credible economic

assessors have predicted that with this steady

developmental progression, Edo State will

in the next four years become the Dubai in

the South-South region and indeed Nigeria.

His successes in governance, however, did

not come to many as a surprise; owing to

his wealth of experience as far as corporate

governance is concerned.

As an investor banker and risk taker,

Obaseki is reputed to have revived many

ailing banks and industries which today

would have been forgotten in the dustbin of

history. Besides the infrastructural

development in every part of the state, he

has continued to approach governance with

a methodology which is grounded in

government bureaucracy.

His approach in governance has tripled

the state’s internally generated revenue and

also deployed the same resources to the

development of the state that have left many

bewildered.

Apart from the physical development, lots

of resources have been deployed towards

human capital development. His concept

of modernising Edo economy is evident in

Edo Innovative Hub, as a way of harnessing

the energy of Edo youths into digital

economy. The Benin Technical College is

now revamped and ready to provide

manpower and unemployment to the youths.

Sadly his record of achievements within

the short time he assumed responsibility of

leading the state has, however, met with

resistance from those who are averse to

change.

This is because enemies of success who

are bent on taking the state to the dark days,

have recruited hatchet writers, both in the

print and social media, to de-market and

smear the towering image of the governor

for their selfish political interest of

‘capturing power’ in 2020.

In as much as the purpose of this piece is

not to join issues with the enemies of the

state, it is also pertinent to remind discerning

Edo public that Obaseki cannot be cowed

by their gang up.

With his training and antecedent, Obaseki

is very clear about his mission and purpose

for Edo State and her people. He is a man

destined to make a great impact in whatever

he does. No wonder many of his critics and

doomsday prophets are quick to haul mud

at his integrity.

It is only an enemy of Edo State who will

say Obaseki doesn’t deserve a second term.

Governor Obaseki is perhaps the best we

have had. Those against him are people

angry that he refused to share “Edo Money”

with them.

Edo State has more than four million

people and those of us in politics are not

more than five percent. The governor was

elected to serve everybody and that is what

he is doing. God wants him to serve the

majority. And given his wealth of experience

as a technocrat and commendable

performance, the opposition will even vote

Those who are fuelling

and promoting division in

Edo State, especially in the

state chapter of the APC

are only doing that with

the sole aim of lining their

pockets

for the governor.

It is not only the quantity of projects that

he has delivered but the quality. One can

deliver 100 projects without having ten good

ones. But Obaseki has not only delivered so

many projects within a short period but has

also delivered on projects qualitatively.

“There are roads in Edo State that we

thought could not be executed by any state

government, one of which was Lucky Way,”

some highly impressed Edo people had

enthused.

It is not a question of concentrating in one

senatorial district. It is unfortunate that we

don’t value what we have. Some are saying

some of the roads are being built by

development agencies. When a good king is

on the throne, the chiefs will behave

appropriately; that is the case with Edo

today.

Didn’t we have the Niger Delta

Development Commission, NDDC and the

State Employment and Expenditure for

Results, SEEFOR, in the state before?

They were just there, idle; they construct

roads today, the next week the roads are

washed away. The governor has worked in

Edo North, South and Central. He is

constructing roads in Ekpoma, Ewu, Afuze,

just to mention a few.

Also worth mentioning is the tax reform

the governor has introduced. And just to

demonstrate that things must be done

properly, he introduced electronic method

to check double taxation.

One cannot help but ask: “What is

Governor Godwin Obaseki’s sin?” It is

simply his departure from the old order

which stagnated our people for years. Like

the saying goes, change is the only constant

thing in life.

For those who are still fuelling and

promoting division in the state, especially

in the Edo State chapter of the All

Progressives Congress, APC, they are only

doing that with the sole aim of lining their

pockets.

It is my candid advice to them to take

advantage of the numerous job initiatives

of the Obaseki’s administration to better

their lots because the governor is not a leader

who can give in to their blackmail; he

certainly will not dip hands into public fund

to satisfy their insatiable greed!

•Danesi, a political observer, wrote from

Auchi, Edo State

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Memory of his dead wife is

all over the place

Let down by hubby when she

needed him most

Dear Bunmi,

I am a married woman of 43

with four children. I used to

be the legal secretary of a

company until I was inched

out in a bitter boardroom

brawl. As to be expected, my

confidence took a bashing on

top of which my savings

dwindled.

At first, I had the sympathy

of my husband. When he

began to complain about the

quality of food he was getting,

I explained to him that now I

wasn’t earning a salary, I

couldn’t augment the housekeeping

he was giving me.

He became cold and distant

and sometimes refused food

until I found out he was

having an affair a couple of

streets from us. I confronted

him and he was really hurtful,

saying he had to eat decent

meals once in a while.

Well, as God would have it,

the faction that broke away

from my old company went on

to form a new one and I was

invited as an executive

director. I was able to raise the

money they asked for and the

company is now doing well.

My self-confidence is back.

What has gone really is how

I feel about my husband. He

has started being nice all over

again but I really hate him, I

never knew he could be such

a fickle man! The kids want

me to let by-gone be by-gone.

But he let me down when I

needed him most.

Joke, by e-mail.

Dear Joke,

Hurts like yours take a long

time to disappear but you

must work at it. It was cruel

I doubt he’ll leave his wife

Dear Bunmi,

I met a married man whilst

I was away on a course from

work. We got really friendly

as we chatted about all sorts

of things. He told me he was

married but that it wasn’t

working.

He invited me out with him

and his wife, but I didn’t want

to come between them, so I

made an excuse not to go. We

then started a relationship we

both agreed would be shortlived.

Towards the end of the

course, he told me he wanted

to leave his wife. The course

ended a while back and I’m

not sure if he’s left his wife. I

miss him a lot and have this

insatiable need to know what

happened.

Abike, by e-mail.

Dear Abike,

Why don’t you get in touch

with him again if you know

how— you have to know the

end of this interesting story.

But you have to take things

very carefully, because you’re

right to think you could come

between him and his wife at

a tricky time in their

relationship.

If it’s the case that he and

his wife have indeed parted,

he won’t be ready to make

another relationship yet. He’ll

still be recovering from the

split and could well end up

breaking your heart without

meaning to.

of your husband not to

support you when you were

down on your luck, but he

must have panicked too,

thinking of the financial

implications of your wage

loss.

Why don’t you have things

sorted out with him? Tell him

how much he hurt you and

maybe you might be able to

understand why he behaved

so badly and with time, you

will be able to forgive and

forget. Good luck in your new

adventure!

Instead of criticising and

showing disapproval, I will

advise you sit him down and

talk to him; you should be

prepared to make

compromises too. His wife

might be dead, but they were

together for years and had six

children between them.

Contact this man simply as

a friend. If he’s still with his

wife, then, back off! If he’s not,

carry on being his friend until

he’s recovered. And, after

that, who knows what might

happen?

Hubby slept with a colleague I

took in

Dear Bunmi,

When a junior colleague was

having personal problems,

especially with her landlord,

I let her move in with me and

my husband. She’s young

enough to be our daughter

and I enjoyed her company.

It was to be a temporary

solution until she found

alternate accommodation.

Unfortunately, I’ve just

discovered she’s been

sleeping with my husband

even after she moved out. I’m

devastated, I feel like such an

old fool!

Tessy, by e-mail.

Dear Tessy,

I’m sorry this has happened

to you — it will take a long,

long time for you to recover

from this double betrayal. I’ve

never been one for rushing in

fancy-free women into your

home with an able-bodied

husband around, no matter

how sorry you feel for her.

But never think of yourself

as a fool. You’re a kind,

generous warm-hearted

woman who should deserve

admiration and respect. It’s

your husband and your socalled

friend who are the

fools, for betraying you.

The only regret here is that

you brought both of them

together. You need to move on

with your life and discuss how

hurt you feel with your

husband, and how you can

repair the trust in your

marriage.

Dear Bunmi,

My husband was a widower

when I met him and we got

married six years ago.

Normally, I expected that with

time the house would reflect

the two of us. I was wrong.

My husband was reluctant

to change anything. His dead

wife’s photographs still adorn

the sitting room alongside

mine. It is really spooky.

I work from home, so I’m

surrounded by her presence

most of the time. My husband

buys things for the house

without asking how I feel. It

is really depressing living

with him. I used to have my

own flat, which I rented out

to be with him.

I’ve never felt his house is

my home. It’s as if I’m living

in his house with his dead

wife. He’s been living in the

house for over 25 years. If

things don’t improve, I’m

thinking of moving back to my

flat. We have two children and

he had six from his dead wife.

Chinyere, by e-mail.

Dear Chinyere

You moved into a readymade

environment created by

your husband and his dead

wife and I’m not surprised

you feel as if you don’t belong

there.

You admitted he’s lived in

the same house for years so,

you have to introduce to him

the rewards of change without

making him believe you want

to blot out the memory of his

first wife.

Instead of criticising and

showing disapproval, I will

advise you sit him down and

talk to him. You should be

prepared to make

compromises too. His wife

might be dead, but they were

together for years and had six

children between them.

Decide on how many of her

photographs should be

displayed in the living room,

the type of furniture you’ll like

in the house, especially your

bedroom and show the family

you’re not intent on getting

rid of the first wife’s memory.

The children too would have

to be taken into consideration

when you are doing these

changes. Drastic changes take

time but with a lot of patience,

you’ll make them.

Pregnant for my violent lover

Dear Bunmi,

My boyfriend of four years

is so possessive and jealous

that I sometimes fear for my

life. He thinks I’m having an

affair if I just pop out to the

market or if I stop to talk to a

man—any man. I’ve left a few

times only for us to make up

again.

Now I’ve just found out I’m

expecting a child for him and

he’s ecstatic. Only, he’s got

even more of a hold on me

now. He watches me like a

hawk and could be verbally

abusive.

He doesn’t look like a man I

want to spend the rest of my

life with, but I don’t want an

abortion. Please help.

Nike, by e-mail.

I’m sorry this

has happened

to you — it will

take a long,

long time for

you to recover

from this

double betrayal;

I’ve never been

one for rushing

in fancy-free

women into

your home

with an ablebodied

husband

around, no

matter how

sorry you feel

for her

Dear Nike,

Do you want your baby to be

brought up in an abusive

environment? Be firm with

your man that you’re not

putting up with his jealous

and possessive behaviour any

longer and if he carries on,

walk out or enlist the help of

people who can talk to him.

The problem with

excessively jealous people is

that they can’t change. Even

when they’re with the ugliest

partners, they still accuse

them of two-timing. Life is too

short to spend your life

dodging the blows of a

partner with a problem.

‘Think before you leap’ should

be your watchword here.

Share your problems and release your

burden. Write now to Dear Bunmi,

Vanguard Newspapers, P.M.B 1007,

Apapa, Lagos, or bunmsof@yahoo.co.uk


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 — 33

DTHA LEADERSHIP: Osanebi

hails emergence of Oborevwori,

Ochor as Speaker, Deputy

By Festus Ahon

A

S A B A —

IMMEDIATE

past Deputy Speaker of

Delta State House of

Assembly and member

representing Ndokwa East

constituency, Mr Friday

Osanebi, has described the

emergence of Chief Sheriff

Oborevwori and Mr Ochor

Ochor as Speaker and

Deputy Speaker

respectively of the seventh

Assembly as a welcomed

development.

Osanebi on the

successful inauguration of

the 7th Assembly of the

state legislature,

felicitated with the duo on

their election and

commended the maturity

with which the state

House of Assembly

....As DPM congratulates Deputy

Senate President, Omo-Agege

By Gab Ejuwa

DELTA

Peoples

Mandate, DPM, has

congratulated Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege on his

emergence as Deputy

President of the 9th Senate.

DPM President, James

Agbamu thanked

President Muhammadu

Buhari and the senators

for granting the South

South region the privilege

of producing the deputy

senate president of the

Nigerian Senate.

He said: “We assure the

senate and Mr. President

that the emergence of Omo-

Bayelsa guber: PDP group warns

aspirants against stoking crisis

By Emem Idio

Y P ENAGOA—

E O P L E S

Democratic Party Youth

Network, PDPYN, in

Bayelsa State has

cautioned governorship

aspirants of the party,

including a former

Managing Director of the

Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC,

Chief Timi Alaibe, against

causing crisis in the party

ahead of the November

election.

The group’s Secretary-

General, Mr. James

Oputin, said PDP youths

were worried that the

activities of some

aspirants were affecting

the unity and strength of

the party.

Oputin said PDPYN

observed sponsored articles

in national newspapers

desperately trying to create

a wrong impression of a

non-existing strife within

the PDP.

He said the aspirants

behind the sponsored

articles were claiming

that they were in

positions as “preferred

candidates” of political

leaders in the state to

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handled its affairs.

He said their unanimous

appointment by the 29

members of the House as

Speaker and Deputy

Speaker of the Assembly

showed how united the

House, stressing that the

interest of the state remains

paramount.

He said, “God’s will shall

always prevail in one’s life.

Collectively, members of the

Seventh Assembly in

synergy with Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa will build a

stronger Delta State.”

While thanking God and

members of the sixth Delta

State House of Assembly for

the opportunity to serve for

four years as the Deputy

Speaker, Osanebi assured

his constituency of more

quality representation in

the House.

WEDDING: From left: Senator Gbenga Ashafa; parents of the groom, Mr. and Mrs I.A Atiba; the newlywed,

Temitope and Ibitola Atiba with the parents of the bride, Mr and Mrs Falode after the wedding of the Senior

Legislative Aide to Senator Gbenga Ashafa at Harvest House Christian Centre, Ibadan

INSECURITY: FG reiterates commitment

to protection of lives, property

By Chioma Onuegbu leaving no stone unturned to views of scholars that the

in ensuring that all relevant present security challenge

UYO—THE Federal agencies of government and bedevilling Nigeria were

Government has other stakeholders traceable to the erosion of

reassured citizens that it was collaborate in a continuous the country’s cultural values

Agege as DSP will help in committed to the protection and sustained public such as honesty, hard work,

strengthening the All of lives and property in all enlightenment in our bid to patriotism, respect for elders

Progressives Congress, parts of the country from entrench a culture of peace and for constituted

APC in the South-South. violent conflict situations. and tranquility in Nigeria.” authorities and most

“Our choice of Omo- Permanent Secretary Gekpe said she subscribes importantly respect for the

Agege has been mainly Federal Ministry of

influenced by his loyalty to Information Culture, Mrs.

Mr. President and the party, Grace Gekpe said this

his proven capacity to yesterday, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom

support the president in the State at a 2-day National

Sangana, Koluama, Agge

Senate in executing farreaching

programmes for Peace and National Security By Samuel

Conference on Culture,

are seriously threatened.

“Also communities along

the benefit of the Nigerian organised by National

the rivers Nun and

Oyadongha

citizens.”

Institute for Culture

Forcados and their

According to them, Omo- Orientation, NICO.

tributaries such as Anibeze,

Agege had in recent past Gekpe who was

made sacrifices in the represented by Mrs. Y ENAGOA— Kaiama, Okoloba, Odi,

DISTURBED by Peremabiri, Famgbe,

course of his very robust Menunat Idu-lat, Deputy the ecological crisis faced Obogoro and Ayama

defence of executive bills Director, Festival and by communities in the Ogbia among others are in

and position.

Carnivals in the Ministry, predominantly riverine dire need of erosion control

stressed that preventing Bayelsa State, an measures. Communities

violence and extremism was environmental rights such as Abobiri and

imperative for the activist, Mr Alagoa Morris Okpotuwari that are not

development of the nation. yesterday, called on the directly connected to the

She added, “We are all state government to major rivers also suffer

living witnesses to the dire establish a Flood and serious threat from erosion.

resolve the phantom consequences of violent Erosion Commission with “The call for the

crisis.

conflicts in the North East. a view to mitigating the establishment of Flood and

He said as critical Apart from the wanton sufferings of the people. Erosion Commission is

stakeholders of PDP with destruction of lives and Alagoa, who heads

members from all the property, thousands of those Environmental Rights

wards of the state, the who survived are in various Action/Friends of the Earth

network expected the camps as Internally Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, in

aspirants to unfold their Displaced Persons, IDPs. Bayelsa made the appeal

agenda for the Bayelsa “I wish to reassure you that in an interview in Yenagoa. By Dave Osho

people by dealing with the administration of He said, “This appeal is

issues of development in President Muhammadu prompted by the threat our

A

the state.

prominent former

Buhari is committed to the communities are

He said: “PDPYN has

militant leader,

protection of lives and contending with and which

watched with concern the

Godday Gallant has

property in all parts of the is beyond the capacity of

u n s a v o u r y

condemned what he called

country through the any community to address.

developments involving

the incessant criticism of the

strengthening, training and All our communities on the

some of our aspirants in

Senior Adviser to the

equipping security fringes of the Atlantic

the forthcoming

President on Amnesty

personnel.

Ocean such as Odioama,

gubernatorial election.''

Programme and

“This government is also Okpoama, Twon-Brass, Coordinator of the Amnesty

Office, Professor Charles

Dokubo, noting that the

Okowa has wherewithal to surpass first term attacks were uncalled for.

achievements — OGORUGBA

Gallant, who is the

benefit of all Deltans.” National Coordinator of

By Ochuko Akuopha the council, Ogorugba said Advising members of the Isoko Focus Worldwide,

O

the governor “performed party who carried out anti IFW, in a statement

Z O R O — exceedingly well in the first party activities in the polls yesterday, said some

CHAIRMAN of tenure and you can see that to turn a new leaf, dishonest persons were

the Peoples Democratic clearly in the last election Ogorugba said, “You can’t behind the attacks on

Party, PDP, in Isoko North where he won in all the local be in PDP in the afternoon Dokubo.

Local Government Area, governments.

and APC in the night. It According to him, the

Delta State, Prince Godwin “In this second term, the was obvious that in some Amnesty Office should be

Ogorugba has said that governor has openly said he of the elections, it was PDP separated from politics,

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa will do better than his first versus PDP because there expressing worry over

has the experience and tenure and l believe him is no APC in Isoko land. moves by some elements in

wherewithal to surpass his completely. The governor is “PDP is getting stronger. the Niger Delta, acting in

first term achievements. a man who likes taking his You can see that we are concert with some persons

Speaking with newsmen time to do things so that winning in the Northern in the Amnesty Office to

at Otor-Igho community in the result will be for the part of the country.'' spread lies against Dokubo.

sanctity of human life.

In his address, Ag.

Secretary of NICO, Mr.

Louis Eriomala, explained

that while previous

editions of the conference

focused on the role of

traditional rulers, the 2019

edition x-rays the role of

women and youths in the

entrenchment of the

culture of peace and nonviolence

in Nigeria.

Activist wants Flood & Erosion Commission

in Bayelsa

better appreciated when

the land and property of

communities washed into

the rivers is considered and

the need for the affected

communities and people to

be given a sense of

belonging.

“The proposed

commission which may be

under the supervision of

the state Ministry of

Environment should be

empowered to deal with

the twin environmental/

ecological challenges from

flood and erosion,

including the annual

flood experienced in the

state capital.''

Ex-militant leader flays attack

on Dokubo

He maintained that the

Presidential aide inherited

a battered office, severely

looted and lacking in

direction on assumption of

office and that he has been

doing his best to right the

wrongs of the past.

He alleged that “Those

stoking crisis in the

Amnesty Office are officials

who want the Coordinator

to open the vault for them

loot and with some “political

gangsters” in the region

who see the programme as

an extension of their

fiefdom.”

Gallant called on wellmeaning

former militant

leaders in the region to

discourage any attack on the

coordinator to avoid

derailing the pogramme, as

such development will affect

everyone negatively.

According to him, Dokubo

has been the best for the

Amnesty Programme since

inception and “that’s why

we, former militants from the

Isoko axis of Delta State hold

him in high esteem.”


34—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

Ihedioha probes leasing of ITC

O

W

By Chinonso

Alozie

E R R I —

GOVERNOR

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State has commenced

investigation into how his

predecessor leased the

Imo State Transport

Company, ITC.

It was gathered

yesterday in Owerri that

Ihedioha, through the

Secretary to the State

Government, Uche

Onyeagucha had

inaugurated an interim

management committee

headed by Emeka Aririguzo

to achieve this aim.

Other areas included in

the terms of reference are

to review the contract

agreements, revenue

generation of the transport

company as well as

payment of its workers.

He added that the aim

of the probe is to

resuscitate the company

Expert accuses govt of

neglecting visual arts

CHIEF

Kingsley

Okafor, a creative arts

development economist,

sculptor and art promoter,

who doubles as the

National President and

Chairman, Board of

Trustees, BoT, Association

of Professional Creative

Artists and Designers in

Nigeria, has expressed

anger over what he

described as “the criminal

n e g l i g e n c e

and intentional exclusion

of visual artists from the

recently-approved

Creative Industry

Financing Initiative

valued at N200 billion.”

While also faulting the

Director-General of

National Gallery of Arts for

insensitivity towards the

creative arts, Okafor said:

“The Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, in

collaboration with the

Bankers Committee,

structured this as part of

effort to boost job creation

in Nigeria, particularly

among the youths.

“This Initiative has four

pillars according to CBN:

fashion, music,

information technology

and movie. Details shows

that IT students receive up

to N3 million; fashion

designers, N30 million;

movie producers, N30

million and movie

distributors gets up to

N500 million loans at a

single digit interest rate of

nine percent and a 10-

year repayment term.

“These loans will cover

rental fees, services,

equipment, trainning

with a view of giving it a

standard.

The committee is

expected to develop an

implementable

framework for

repositioning ITC for

optimal service

delivery and

profitability; review all

existing contractual

concessionary

agreements and advice

on the way forward;

ensure that all existing

leasing and franchise

agreement obligations

are met; ensure that

salaries of workers are

paid regularly; receive

and manage all

accruable revenues to

ITC and government.

Other members of the

committee are Emeka

Nwokeke, Kelechi

Ngumezi, Williams

Aburi, Ndidi

Onyemachi, Ngozi

Oguike, with Uche

Alisigwe as Secretary.

among others. I implore

CBN to explain their

understanding of the

components of the

creative industry and the

modus for selecting the

professions that make up

the industry, while

leaving out an integral

part of the industry—the

visual art.

“Today, a lot of artists

wallow in penury due to

lack of support. Now that

the government has

decided to pay attention

to the creative industry,

visual arts ought to be

accommodated as well.

“Nothing kills

creativity like lack of

support and patronage.

To receive patronage,

the artist needs support

and encouragement by

way of financing.”

By Peter Okutu

A BAKALIKI—THE

National Publicity

Secretary of Ohanaeze

Ndigbo Worldwide, Uche

Achi-Okpaga, yesterday,

described the National

Assembly elections as an

orchestrated gang up

against the South-East

geopolitical zone.

In a statement in

Abakaliki, the organisation

said: “We are not surprised

a bit. He that is down needs

fear no fall. Recall that I had

told you that we are not

expecting any favour from

Police place N.5m bounty on runaway killer-cop

By Anayo Okoli

U MUAHIA—ABIA

State Police

Command has declared

wanted, the Police

Sergeant, Collins

Akpugo, who allegedly

killed 21-year-old

Chibuike Onuoha of

Isiama, Afara Ukwu and

has also placed N500,000

bounty on him.

Sergeant Akpugo has

been on the run since the

incident happened on

June 4. The State

Commissioner of Police,

Ene Okon, has asked him

to hand himself over to

the command within five

days to face disciplinary

procedure and followed it

up by dispatching a team

of police officers on a manhunt

for the run-away

cop.

At the expiration of the

grace period, the

Command declared him

wanted and promised to

give N500,000 to any

person with useful

information on the

whereabouts of the

Sergeant.

BRIEFING: From left— Assistant Creative Director, Adebisi Odubela; Assistant Creative Director,

Bukola Litan; Creative Director, Mobola Abiru, all of J.Vanni Global, and host of the event, Jimmie Akinsola,

at a briefing on AFROPROM Class of 2019 for age of 14 to 18 years, in Lagos.PHOTO: Akeem Salau.

Embattled Anambra Speaker shuns

Gov Obiano’s visit to her LGA

By Chimaobi

Nwaiwu

N NEWI—THE

embattled Speaker

of the Anambra State

House of Assembly, Rita

Maduagwu, was missing

yesterday when Governor

Willie Obiano visited her

Nnewi South Local

Government Area to inspect

a road project within the

College of Nursing

Science, Amichi.

The school of nursing is

owned by the Anglican

Diocese of Amichi and the

this administration.

“The government of

President Buhari does not

place any premium on the

South-East and he did not

mince or mumble words

about that right from the

onset of his first tenure.

“So, all his political foot

soldiers and adherents in

the National Assembly and

elsewhere watch and

identify with his body

language, embellished

with primordial

ethnocentric and religious

tidings.

“Government has

succeeded in igniting an

road project was newly

executed by the state

government, as part of

campaign promises made

to the people of Amichi by

the governor and All

Progressive Grand

Alliance, APGA.

Speaking at the project

site, Governor Obiano

disclosed that the

inspection was to ensure

that the contractor did a

quality job and according

to standard specification

and expressed satisfaction

oat the speed and quality

of work done so far.

NASS elections fraught with gang up

against South-East—Ohanaeze Ndigbo

orchestrated gang up

against the South-East.

“We have continued to

extend our hands of

fellowship but on each

occasion, it is trampled with

the feet of hatred buoyed

by the air of ethnic

chauvinism.”

In his own views,

Chief Abia Onyike

advised Ndigbo to sit down

and decide their political

direction.

According to him, ”I

support the emergence of

Senator Omo-Agege as

Deputy Senate President.

He was nominated by his

Obiano also presented a

22-seater Coaster bus to the

College of Nursing and

promised to rehabilitate

more infrastructure.

In their responses, the

Bishop, Diocese of Amichi,

Rt. Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor

and former Commissioner

of Information and member

Board of Trustees, BoT, of

APGA, Chief Maja Umeh,

expressed gratitude to the

governor over the projects

and other supports being

given to the church and

community and assured

him of their continued

party, APC, and had no

serious opposition.

“Senator Ike

Ekweremadu had been in

that position for three

terms and he is of the

opposition PDP, so the

Senators were not prepared

for the controversial

arrangement of 2015,

which paired him with

immediate past Senate

President, Bukola Saraki.

“The Igbo should sit

down and decide their

political direction

henceforth. They should be

content by being in

opposition for now.”

prayerful support to ensure

the success of his

administration.

Meanwhile, Maduagwu

is currently in a legal battle

over the result of the state

House of Assembly

election, won by the

People’s Democratic Party,

PDP, candidate.

Vanguard gathered that

the Speaker was also

reportedly floored at the

October 2018 party

primaries by the current

Nnewi South Council

chairman but was given a

soft landing by her party,

via substitution process.

Vanguard also gathered

that the Speaker had

allegedly remained aloof of

the needs and challenges

of citizens of the council

area for so long, hence had

been at variance with the

stakeholders, the reason

they alluded to the series

of attempts by members of

the State Assembly to

impeach her.

Stakeholders in Nnewi

South also alleged that she

must have chosen or

advised to stay away from

the governor’s visit to avoid

being booed again as was

the case when the

governor’s wife toured the

council area last year and

citizens shouted the

Speaker down to the embarrassment

of government.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—35


36 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

Gov Okowa's 2nd tenure: Top priorities

and the stronger Delta vision

By Fred Oghenesivbe

The huge successes

recorded during the

first tenure of His

Excellency, Senator

Ifeanyi Okowa, came

about as a result of

visionary leadership and

total commitment towards

the socioeconomic

advancement of Deltans.

Success is never

achieved through wishful

thinking

or

procrastination of any

kind. Rather, it is the

deliberate effort,

consistent prayers and

hard work geared

towards set out goals.

The first tenure was

christened SMART

agenda with Prosperity

for All Deltans as its

mantra.

The SMART agenda

was a socioeconomic

remodelling blueprint to

lay the much needed

foundation for better days

ahead in a futuristic

economically Stronger

Delta. The huge

infrastructure

development in all sector

during the first tenure

including; construction

and rehabilitation of 263

roads covering 638.23

kilometres and 295.71

kilometres of drains were

achieved based on

hardwork and prudent

management of the state

financial resources.

Visionary

leadership of

Okowa

The visionary

leadership of Gov Okowa

has resulted in the

renovation and

reconstruction of 5,000

classrooms, renovated

and equipped six

technical colleges in a

deliberate attempt to

institutionalized a

knowledge based

economy; and a critical

mass of skills for

entrepreneurship and

business competitiveness.

The six technical

colleges have been

accredited by the National

Board for Technical

Education (NBTE) and

the National Business and

Technical Education Board

(NABTEB); and have

commenced the issuance

of Modular Certificates to

the graduates of these

schools, while Trade Test

Certificates for Practical

Proficiency are issued by

the Ministry of Labour

and Productivity, to ensure

Unified Standard of

Certification for the

graduate trainees. As at

today, the Technical

Colleges now enjoy a

World Bank and other

funding support.

The Asaba International

Airport which today is

gradually becoming a

major hub in air travel is

also a product of a well

•Gov. Okowa

planned development

agenda and its

concessioning plans for

which a preferred

consultium will emerge to

manage the airport,

attests to the sound and

result oriented initiatives

of the Okowa

administration.

Sports infrastructure

development as can be

seen from the

construction and

commissioning of

Stephen Keshi

International Stadium,

hosting of the

international Athletics

Championship are some

of the milestones which

shall be recorded for Gov

Okowa as genuine

legacy. Other examples

abound in other sectors of

the state economy and

history will be fare to this

administration for all the

giant strides recorded

within four years of the

first tenure.

Talking of priorities as

projected goals in the

second tenure; Gov

Okowa has announced

The SMART

agenda was a

socioeconomic

remodelling

blueprint to lay the

much needed

foundation for

better days ahead

in a futuristic

economically

Stronger Delta

the planned establishment

of additional 19 Technical

Colleges to level up the

vacuum so that each local

government will have a

technical college; to boost

technical and vocational

education.

The gains of technical

colleges are enormous but

the most striking ones

are; that graduates can

become self employed as

a result of professional

skills acquired especially

in courses leading to

issuance of Trade Test

Certificates, and modular

certificates by NABTEB

and NBTE. The practical

skills acquired

automatically create jobs,

thereby decongesting the

labour market.

Another top priority as

announced by Gov

Okowa is the proposed

establishment of fully

functional vocation

centres in each of the 25

local government across

the state; while existing

Polytechnics in the state

will be reformed. This is

another star project that

shall take thousands of

our youths from the

streets and launch them

into a new world of self

reliance, wealth creation

and entrepreneurship in

the state.

It has been proven

again and again that skill

acquisition is the most

potent cure to joblessness

which is why Gov Okowa

decided to bring

vocational training closer

to the people. These lofty

plans incorporated in the

second tenure Stronger

Delta vision will certainly

accommodate a larger

number of youths in the

expanded job and wealth

creation programme of

this administration.

Next in the second

tenure priority list is the

plan to transform Asaba

into an economic hub

through

the

concessioning of Asaba

International Airport to a

major Aviation

Consultium; so as to grow

the airport and make it a

major commercial hub.

Part of the Stronger

Delta vision

During this second

tenure, a gigantic cargo

terminal and business

park shall be built and

commissioned as part of

the Stronger Delta vision

in the area of general

aviation and air

transportation investment

in a public-private

partnership deal in favour

of the state government.

These are economic

transformation ideas

which, among others,

would make positive

history for this

administration during the

second tenure.

It follows that planned

action spiced with prayers

and political will power of

the governor associated

with

Okowa

administration shall

certainly transform the

state into an economic

hub with the positive

effect of a better and

stronger state, where

prosperity and

socioeconomic

advancement shall reflect

positively in the living

standard of Deltans.

Let’s join hands with

Gov Okowa and his

deputy, Deacon Kingsley

Otuaro, for the attainment

of a Stronger Delta State.

Dr. Fred Latimore

Oghenesivbe, former

Executive Assistant,

Communications to

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

wrote from Asaba.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 — 37

LG FUNDS: Court

declines to restrain NFIU

LAGOS—A Federal

High Court sitting in

Abuja has declined to

restrain the Nigerian

Financial Intelligence Unit,

NFIU, from implementing

its recent guidelines on

local government funds.

The judgment by John

Tsoho of the Abuja Division

marked yet another setback

to the nation’s 36 governors

in their effort to keep control

of local government

finances in their respective

states.

In a guideline that took

effect on June 1, the NFIU

directed banks not to honour

transactions in the joint

accounts of state and local

governments. It said such

accounts should only be

used to distribute

allocations to accounts of

local governments directly.

The Nigeria Governors

Forum, NGF, recently sued

the NFIU, saying the

directive was illegal

because it contradicted the

Constitution.

At the resumed hearing

on the matter, Mr. Tsoho

declined to allow the

governors continue to draw

funds from local

government accounts until

the matter had been

concluded by the court,

which could take several

months or even years.

Further hearing on the

matter could not continue

on Tuesday, after the lead

lawyer for the governors,

Lateef Fagbemi, failed to

appear in court on excuses

that he was handling

another matter at the

Presidential Election

Petitions Tribunal.

Although there was an

initial agreement by all

parties to wait for Fagbemi,

who had promised to

appear in court before

noon, the court eventually

adjourned the matter when

he did not show up.

A further hearing had

been adjourned till October

23 for all applications,

including one challenging

the court’s jurisdiction, to be

hNFIU had on May 6

issued ‘Guidelines to

Reduce Vulnerabilities

Created by Cash

Withdrawals from Local

Government Funds

throughout Nigeria,’ which

sought to stop governors

from tampering with funds

meant for local government

areas forthwith.

Fulani radio’ll worsen security situation

— Charismatic Apostolic Bishops

By Sam Eyoboka

L International

AGOS—THE

Communion of

Charismatic Apostolic

Ministries, ICCAM, has

called on the Federal

Government to rescind its

decision to grant an

Amplitude Modulation

broadcast licence for a

Fulani radio station

saying it is capable of

fanning the embers of

disunity in the country.

Apostolic Presbyter of

ICCAM and presiding

bishop of Rhema Christian

Church in Ogun State,

Bishop Taiwo Akinola, who

responded on behalf of

College of Bishops, urged

the Federal Government to

shelve the idea.

Akinola said: “I know

that there are over 200

different ethnic groups in

this country, in other

words, Nigeria is a nation

in diversity, and that

diversity should rather be

deployed for our wholeness

as a nation. Having a radio

station for just one ethnic

group is unfair; unless

they can go ahead to

have a station each for all

the other ethnic groups

in the country.

“If government

considers a radio station

as a worthy tool for social

mobilisation and

education, then it owes

it a duty to consider the

interest of all the ethnic

groups in the country,

after all, the president

himself once declared

that he belonged to

everybody, and that he

belonged to nobody.

“I don’t really know

those who advise the

Federal Government on

RECEPTION:

From left; Mr Seun

Olugbodi, Deputy

Managing Director,

Background Check

International (BCI);

Nigeria/Africa

number one

badminton player,

Dorcas Adeshokan;

Mr Kola Olugbodi,

Managing Director,

BCI and Mrs

Onikepo Adebayo,

Vice-Chairman,

Ogun State

B a d m i n t o n

Association at a

reception held in

honour of

Adeshokan by BCI

in Lagos.

NAPTIP partners Air Peace on anti-human trafficking war

By Esther

Onyegbula

L AGOS—THE

National Agency for

Prohibition of Trafficking in

Persons, NAPTIP, and Air

Peace Ltd yesterday, signed

a Memoranda of

Understanding (MoU) to

tackle human trafficking.

Director General of

NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-

Donli, signed on behalf of

the agency, while

Managing Director/

CEO, Air Peace, Chief

Allen Onyema, signed for

his airline at their corporate

headquarters in GRA Ikeja

Lagos.

In her remarks, Okah-

Donli said: “The

collaboration is aimed at

ensuring the eradication of

illegal migration and

human trafficking, and to

disseminate anti-human

trafficking messages across

Nigeria as an effective

counter measure to human

trafficking and irregular

migration.

However, the specific

objectives are to support the

agency in the areas of

awareness rising to reduce

the incidence of human

trafficking and irregular

migration.

“To partner with the

agency to effectively carry

anti-human trafficking

messages across routes

flown by Air Peace. Today

is not a day for long

speeches, but to append

our signatures where our

hearts and mouths have

been for the past two

months, and hit the

LAGOS — THE United

Nation’s Country

Representative to Nigeria

and ECOWAS,

Ms. Comfort Lamptey,

yesterday, expressed

optimism that Nigeria’s

Gross Domestic Product,

GDP, can enjoy a boost of

up to $2 trillion if women

are included in decision

and policy making roles in

the country.

Lamptey stated this at the

CEO/Policy Maker

Interactive meeting

organised by the Women in

Management, Business

and Public Service,

WIMBIZ, a frontline

gender-based nongovernment

organisation,

NGO, in Lagos.

The forum was convened

against the backdrop of a

report by Delloite, which

has had Nigeria for the first

ground of partnership

running.”

Also speaking, Allen

Onyema said his

organisation was

partnering NAPTIP with a

view to reduce the number

of Nigerians and Africans

at large being trafficked.

He commended the

agency’s boss for her

doggedness in the fight

against human trafficking,

noting that her tenure had

brought the agency to a

some policies. Our

opinion is that the

Federal Government

should rescind the

decision because we do

not know the gain it will

bring to the nation. It will

rather fan the embers of

disunity more in the

country.

“The country is being

pulled apart now on

different political fronts.

There is a lot of tension

being generated and it

will not be wise to add

another one front.”

higher level of

recognition.

The CEO said his

organisation was

committed to every

statement in the MoU,

assuring the agency that

they will do more than

what was stated because

of their integrity.

He called on other

corporate organisations

to join hands with

NAPTIP in the fight against

human trafficking.

Gender inclusion can increase Nigeria’s

GDP— UN OFFICIAL, WIMBIZ

time on the list of countries

surveyed for Women in the

Board room.

While Nigeria ranked

10th out of the 60 nations

surveyed with 21.2percent,

female representation at

senior levels within

corporate organisations, it

is not fair representation

according to WIMBIZ,

considering “the total talent

pool in Nigeria”.

Conversely, the Report

reveals that in the area of

political representation,

Nigeria gender inclusion

statistics are significantly

less impressive with the

proportion of seats currently

held by women in the

national Parliament at 3.8

percent.

In the politics and

governance sub index of

the Human Development

Index, HDI, 2017 gender

inequality map according

to the United Nations

Development Program,

Nigeria ranked 118th out of

192 countries.

Lamptey stated that high

gender and income

inequality is one of the five

identified factors making

Nigeria vulnerable while

recommending the Women

Economic Principle, WEP,

tool to support the private

sector.

Meanwhile, the Lagos

State Government Head of

Service, Hakeem Muri-

Okunola reiterated the

state’s commitment to

gender inclusion, putting

the apparent loss of the

deputy governor slot to a

man down to the elective

nature of the position.

He said: “The Lagos State

Judiciary and body of

Permanent Secretaries

is constituted of 60

percent women.”


38— Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

Botswana court decriminalizes homosexuality

BOTSWANA’s High

Court has ruled in

favour of decriminalising

homosexuality in a landmark

decision for campaigners.

The court rejected laws

that impose up to seven

years in prison for samesex

relationships, stating

they were unconstitutional.

The move contrasts

with Kenya’s recent ruling

against campaigners

seeking to overturn laws on

gay sex.

“Human dignity is

harmed when minority

groups are marginalized,”

Judge Michael Elburu

said.

Three judges came to the

decision unanimously.

Judge Elburu labelled

laws banning gay sex as

“discriminatory” and added:

“Sexual orientation is

not a fashion statement. It

is an important attribute of

one’s personality.

The case was brought to

court by a student who argued

society had changed

and homosexuality was

more widely accepted.

Activists welcomed the

decision and described it as

a significant step for gay

rights on the African continent.

Laws outlawing same sex

relations exist in 31 out of

54 African countries, according

to the International

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,

Trans and Intersex Association

(ILGA).

Gay sex can be punishable

by death in northern

Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia

and Mauritania. Tanzanian

laws mean homosexuality

can result in a life

sentence.

Angola, Mozambique

and the Seychelles have all

scrapped anti-homosexuality

laws in recent years.

On May 24, Kenya’s

High Court ruled against

overturning a law banning

gay sex.

Russia frees investigative journalist Golunov

after outcry

RUSSIAN investigative

journalist Ivan Golunov

has vowed to continue reporting

on corruption after he was

released from police custody,

following a massive outcry

over his arrest.

The 36-year-old was cheered

by several hundred journalists

and supporters as he walked

out of a police building on Tuesday,

after drugs charges against

him were dropped.

“A huge thank you for your

support”, he told the crowd and

pledged to continue reporting

for the independent news site

Meduza.

“I will continue the work I

*A gay righjts activist celebraing the court ruling

was doing. I will be doing

investigations because I

have to justify the trust of

those who supported me.”

His arrest last week

sparked an international

outcry over the treatment

of independent journalists

who are critical of authorities

in Russia.

Earlier on Tuesday, Interior

Minister Vladimir

Kolokoltsev announced

that Russian authorities

had dropped drugs charges

against the journalist.

Kolokoltsev said an internal

inquiry was under

way, adding that the police

officers who arrested

Golunov had been suspended.

The interior minister also

said he would ask President

Vladimir Putin to fire top

Moscow police generals,

including the head of the

city’s narcotics agency, over

the handling of the case.

“This is a very surprising

turnaround of events,” said

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen,

reporting from Moscow.

“Similar cases here have

previously got caught up in

Russia’s legal system with

no way to get out, with the

Kremlin saying they were

unable to free a detained

person - and Golunov’s supporters

were very worried he

would meet the same fate.

Trump defends tariff

strategy, China says ‘not

afraid’ of trade war

U

.S. President

Donald Trump on

Tuesday defended the

use of tariffs as part of his

trade strategy while China

vowed a tough response

if the United

States insists on escalating

trade tensions amid

ongoing negotiations.

The United States

kicked off a tariff battle

with China in 2018, seeking

sweeping structural

changes from Beijing.

But tensions between

Washington and Beijing

rose sharply in May after

the Trump administration

accused China of reneging

on promises to

make structural economic

changes during

months of trade talks.

“Tariffs are a great negotiating

tool,” Trump

tweeted, one day after

saying he was ready to

impose another round of

punitive tariffs on China.

On Monday, the Republican

president said

he would raise tariffs on

Chinese imports further

if he cannot make

progress in trade talks

with Chinese President

Xi Jinping at the G20

summit later this month.

Trump has repeatedly

said he is getting ready

to meet Xi at the summit

in Osaka, Japan, at the

end of June, but China

has not confirmed it.

Chinese Foreign Ministry

spokesman Geng

Shuang again would not

be drawn into confirming

a Xi-Trump meeting at

G20, saying information

would be released once

it was available to the

foreign ministry.

“China does not want

to fight a trade war, but

we are not afraid of

fighting a trade war,” he

said, adding China’s

door was open to talks

based on equality.

“If the United States

only wants to escalate

trade frictions, we will

resolutely respond and

fight to the end.”

Last week, Trump said

he would decide after

G20, the meeting of the

leaders of the world’s

largest economies,

whether to carry out a

threat to impose tariffs

on an additional $300

billion in Chinese

goods.

Trump is buoyed by his

self-declared victory following

a days-long battle

with Mexico after he

threatened to impose tariffs

unless Mexican authorities

did more to stem

the migrant flow across

the U.S.-Mexico border.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—39


40 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

MKO Abiola: A case study in

transformational leadership

ON June 10, 2019,

President Muhammed

Buhari was reported to have

signed into law a bill to amend

the Public Holidays Act with

the aim of declaring June 12

as Democracy day in Nigeria.

This development, much like

the government’s initial

announcement of its intention,

was met with much

excitement. That this should

be so is not in doubt given the

significance of the date in the

nation’s march towards

democratic rule after decades

of military dictatorship.

It was on June 12, 1992 that

millions of Nigerians voted in

what has been termed

Nigeria’s freest elections since

independence. It was on that

day, going by the results

declared before the stoppage

of further announcements and

eventual cancellation, that

Nigerians elected as their

President, Aare M.K.O Abiola.

Indeed since the return to

civil rule in 1999, states in the

southwest of the country had

adopted June 12 as democracy

day as opposed to the Federal

Government’s choice of May

29.

While many last year queried

the political motivation of the

decision of the government,

few can now doubt the

sincerity behind it particularly

coming after the

commencement of President

Buhari’s second term in office.

The man

Abiola

M.KO. Abiola was a patriot,

a successful business man,

selfless, detribalised Nigerian,

publisher, educationist,

employer of labour, economist,

nationalist, sportsman, Pillar of

Sports in Africa. He was a man

who by dint of hard work

transformed his life from early

poverty to immense wealth. At

the age of nine he started his

first business selling firewood

gathered in the forest at dawn

before school, to support his

father and siblings.

Abiola founded a band at the

age of fifteen and would

perform at various ceremonies

in exchange for food. Abiola

was eventually able to require

payment for his performances,

and used the money to support

his family and his secondary

education at the Baptist Boys

High School Abeokuta.

In 1960, he obtained a

government scholarship to

study at University of Glasgow

where he later earned a first

class degree in accountancy

and qualified as a chartered

accountant. He also scored a

distinction from the Institute

of Chartered Accountants in

Scotland. He was also a Fellow

•The late Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola

of the Institute of Chartered

Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN.

He positively impacted lives

throughout the four corners of

the Country and was known

internationally. He did not see

himself asYoruba but as a

Nigerian. He had root in all

regions of the country. At a

point he was reported to have

received 997 titles from

different parts of the country.

My interaction

with Abiola

I represented Abiola when

Alaafin of Oyo was to confer

on him the title of Aare Ona

Kakanfo. The then Asipa of

Oyo filed a suit to forestall the

conferment three days before

the much publicised title was

to be bestowed on him by

Alaafin. I also represented him

in one of the suits filed in

connection with the decision of

the then electoral body to stop

further announcement of the

results of the elections which

from all indications, M.K.O

Abiola was on course to win.

The case was truncated by the

government which produced a

gazette through its lawyer that

the June 12 election had been

annulled.

On the morning of that fateful

day, the court was filled to

capacity. When the case was

mentioned, Philip Umeadi,

SAN objected to the

jurisdiction of the court on the

ground that there was no

“LIS” before the Court as the

military government had

annulled the election and

ousted court’s jurisdiction to

entertain the case. In reply, I

submitted that the court could

not take cognizance of his oral

assertion that the election was

annulled. I argued that the

application was premature.

The Court agreed with me.

Consequently Philip Umeadi,

SAN asked for a short

adjournment to enable the

government to produce a

Gazette. His application was

granted and the case was

stood down.

He later tendered a gazette.

As there was no legal basis to

oppose its admission in court,

the court which was disarmed

by the almighty military

government had no

alternative but to accept it.

The large crowd hissed and

murmured. However before I

took my seat, I made the

following prophetic statement

which in large measure has

come true today. “Your

Lordships, this is a sad day for

the judiciary in this country.

We are at the beginning of a

journey, the end of which

nobody knows”.

True democracy

As the country celebrates

Abiola’s legacy, it is important

to reflect on democracy itself

and what it entails. Wikipedia

defines Democracy as “a

We must also

strive to bring

about the

actualisation of the

ideals for which

Abiola sacrificed

his life

system of government where

the citizens exercise power by

voting.” According to

American Political Scientist

Larry Diamond:“democracy

consists of four key elements:

a political system for choosing

and replacing the government

through free and fair elections;

the active participation of the

people, as citizens, in politics

and civic life; protection of the

human rights of all citizens; a

rule of law, in which the laws

and procedures apply equally

to all citizens.

Whichever definition of

democracy one choses to

adopt, some tenets will always

hold true primary amongst

which is that a leader must

always act in the best

interest of his people. A leader

must put service of others over

and above his own interest. A

leader must realise that

governments exists to serve

the people and that it is from

the will of the people that the

government derives its

legitimacy. Therefore, a true

leader must at all times be

conscious of the need to

ensure that his actions do not

go against the will of the

people so that he and his

government do not lose

legitimacy.

Regrettably majority of

Nigerian politicians have over

the years failed to display an

understanding of the basic

tenets of true leadership. They

have carried on like masters

rather than servants of the

people.

Public office is seen more as

a means of wealth

accumulation rather than an

opportunity to touch lives. To

attain public office many

would do just about anything.

The Nigerian politician

particularly lacks any defined

ideology and would run with

the hare and hunt with the

hounds so long as it suits his

political objective; to him

service to the people or their

will count for nothing.

How many of them can be

described as transformational

like the late M.K.O Abiola?

How many are detribalised

like him? How many of our

leaders can garner massive

votes from regions other than

where they were born? How

many had employed many

Nigerians before going into

politics. How many are ready

to share their wealth among

Nigerians?

Nullification

of the election

Therefore, as Abiola’s

sacrifice is honoured, we must

remember that we are still on

that journey which began with

the nullification of the election

of Abiola on June 12, 1993.

Nobody knows how long that

journey may take.

I dare say that the end of

the journey is the

enthronement of democracy

properly so called which is a

government of leaders elected

through free and fair election.

But there are steps that we

must take to get there.

Government must fashion a

way of instituting true

federalism, the focus must be

on bringing about a nation.

We must also strive to bring

about the actualisation of the

ideals for which Abiola

sacrificed his life.

The act of President Buhari

declaring June 12 as

Democracy Day is a good step

in the right direction but does

not amount to return of true

democracy properly so called

for which M.K.O Abiola and

others made huge sacrifices.

The government is advised

to follow up the declaration of

June 12 as Democracy Day

with restructuring the country.

The current constitution,

which was bequeathed to us

by the military must be

replaced with a true people’s

constitution that will promote

the ideals of the country’s

founding fathers and actualise

the dream of M.K.O Abiola.

For TB Joshua

@ 56, Love is

the greatest

By Patrick Iwelunmor

AS he clocks fifty-six years on

his sojourn through this earth

today, Prophet TB Joshua’s towering

status in Christendom cannot be

wished away by mere birthday

wishes. The enigmatic man of God

deserves to be reminded that his

crusades against the dark forces of

our existence have attained

immortality in the minds and hearts

of those who truly understand the

teachings of Jesus Christ, especially

those based on the concept and

mystery of love.

The cardinal essence of Christ’s

mission in the world was to bring

love to a frail and condemned

humanity, which led to His eventual

death on the cross, even when He

had earlier mustered the human

nature to resist that fatal saga.

Prophet T.B. Joshua’s concept of

Christianity best exemplifies the

foregoing Christological

epistemology. In a world where

many men of God are at daggersdrawn

against one another, the

humble, Arigidi-Akoko-born cleric

has maintained that soldiers of the

Kingdom must not be divided

against themselves. He has refused

to join issues with any pastor or

ministry, even in the face of

malicious criticisms. Instead, he has

always deployed love and the

dignity of eloquent silence, as

instructed by Christ Himself.

Aside his innumerable works of

charity within and beyond the

shores of Africa, Prophet T.B.

Joshua’s ministry is perhaps the

only Christian ministry that does not

discriminate against other faiths,

knowing that Christ Himself came

to save the entire world and not a

portion of it. During Sallah

celebrations, Muslim faithful visit

his church to celebrate with him

Prophet TB Joshua

because by his very unbiased and

non-partisan nature, he has broken

every stricture that tends to instigate

the barriers of tribe, ethnicity, race

and religion against humanity.

In his world-view, love is supreme,

just as it remains the greatest

commandment. This explains the

reason behind his untiring giving

nature. He reckons that any man of

God propelled by the spirit of love

would not want to amass all the

material things of this world to

himself while the population of the

needy keeps swelling by the day.

Other well-meaning men of God

should continue to think about

others more than themselves. It is

anti-Christ to preach the Word to the

needy without providing for them

what Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

fame would call ‘stomach

infrastructure’. Jesus Himself

provided ‘stomach infrastructure’

when he fed five thousand people

distracted from hearing his sermon

by hunger.

Religious leaders are hereby

enjoined to feed God’s flock not with

the Word alone but with those other

human needs that may hinder them

from concentrating on the Word. At

56, Prophet TB Joshua’s pragmatic

exemplification of the spirit of love

should be a rallying point for all

Kingdom crusaders to win the war

against the dark forces of this earth.

Patrick Iwelunmor, a PR specialist

wrote in from Lagos.


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a Senate that would be

responsive to the needs of

the masses whose mandate

he said, they held in the

Senate.

The new Senate President

called for the support of his

colleagues to ensure a

robust Senate, adding that,

“we will not settle for

anything less than the best.

We will dream big, aim high

and take good initiatives.”

According to him, the

agenda of the Ninth Senate

would include improved

I n f o r m a t i o n

Communication Technology

(ICT), just as he said that

they would work in

collaboration with the

Executive, to tackle cattle

rustling, kidnapping and

other crimes bedeviling the

nation, “we will work with

the executive for sustained

pursuit of national ethical

renewal.”

Lawan, who noted that

the Senate would address

youth unemployment, high

rate of suicide, depression,

corruption, insecurity

among others, said the

upper chamber would work

towards finding lasting

solution to the disturbing

educational challenges in

the country, adding that it

was embarrassing to have

about 14 million out of school

children.

The Senate President,

who allayed fears that the

Senate under him would be

subservient to the executive,

said, “the Senate will be

independent while working

with the executive. We will

choose unity of purpose

instead of conflict.”

Lawan who promised that

he would ensure that

Senate’s relationship with

stakeholders including civil

society organisations and

the media were

strengthened, said, “we

must drive a transformative

Senate dedicated to serving

the people with confidence,

courage and patriotism.

“In doing so, we are

convinced that our past was

only a story told while our

future can yet be written in

gold.”

Omo-Agege,

Ekweremadu

face-off

Prior to the election of the

Deputy Senate President,

Omo- Agege was

nominated by Senator

Ahmed Baba Kaita, Katsina

and was seconded by Sabi

Abdullahi, Niger.

Ekweremadu, on his part

was nominated by

Chukwuka Utazi, Enugu

and seconded by Rose Oko,

Cross River.

After the sorting of the 105

votes cast during the

exercise, Omo-Agege

emerged with 68 votes

against 37 votes for

Ekweremadu while one

vote was voided and one

senator abstained.

Omo-Agege was the sole

candidate of APC following

the decision of other APC

aspirants to step down.

To the amazement of other

APC Senators-elect, Senator

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How Lawan, Gbaja, others

emerged winners

Ike Ekweremadu was

nominated to vie for the

office of the Deputy Senate

President which he had

occupied since 2003.

After the conclusion of

the election into the two

offices, all the Senatorselect

including PDP, YPP,

APC and party stalwarts

took turn to congratulate

Senate President Lawan

and his deputy, Ovie

Omo-Agege.

Why some PDP

senators voted

Omo-Agege

Meanwhile, one of the

lawmakers who spoke on

the condition of

anonymity observed that

some PDP Senators-elect

gave Omo-Agege

sympathy votes in

demonstration of their

disgust for the former

Deputy Senate President’s

“overstay in the office.”

Reacting to his defeat,

Senator Ekweremadu

who congratulated both

the new Senate President

and his deputy, said that

he has made a point by

contesting.

Ekweremadu, who

appreciated his

colleagues, constituents,

and Nigerians for their

support, took to his social

media handle after the

inauguration of the Ninth

Senate, saying: “I

congratulate the President

of the Senate, Senator

Ahmed Lawan and my

successor as Deputy

President of the Senate,

Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege on their elections.

“I specially appreciate

my colleagues, who

supported me as I vied for

the office again to preserve

the hallowedness and

honour of the Senate and

uphold equity as a

priceless ingredient for

building a Nigeria of our

dreams.

“I have made my point

and my colleagues have

made their choice. It is

now for us all to join

hands across all divides to

work for the success of the

Ninth Senate and

National Assembly as well

as the peace and

prosperity of our nation.

“I am deeply indebted

in gratitude to the good

people of Enugu West and

well-meaning Nigerians,

whose support and

prayers have seen me this

far. They can rest, assured

that I will continue to give

them

quality

representation.”

I’ll work with

Lawan — NDUME

Also, in his response,

Senator Ali Ndume said

he will work with the

newly elected Senate

President, Ahmad

Lawan.

Speaking immediately

after the election which he

lost yesterday, Ndume

who explained that he will

work with Lawan in the

interest of the country,

@vanguardnews

described Lawan as a well

experienced lawmaker, who

was four years ahead of him,

adding that he happily

contested the election which

he believes was in tandem

with democracy.

He was optimistic that the

ruling APC would not see

his action as a rebellion but

in deepening democracy,

asserting that what he did

made the election of Senate

President credible, adding,

“Ahmad Lawan is my

brother who is well

experienced having been

here four years ahead of me.

I will give him all the

necessary support.

“I insisted on contesting

against him in order to

deepen democracy.

“I hope the party would

agree with me that what I

did was in the interest of

democracy and I do know

that power belongs to God.

It’s God’s will that my

colleague becomes the

President. I will do all I can

with others for him to

succeed because his

success is our success.”

Said Ndume: “Democracy

without election is not

democracy. That is why it is

very important to stand for

and defend the constitution.

Section 50 (1) provides that

the Senators shall elect the

senate president and his

deputy from among

themselves and that was

what happened. When they

did that election, I got 28 or

thereabout, that is

democracy in action, no

matter the imperfection.

“I insisted on secret

balloting because in

democracy, election must be

seen to be free and fair and

this election was conducted

freely and fairly through the

open secret balloting which

gives credibility to the

process. If I had agreed with

the anointment of Ahmad

Lawan as the Senate

President, in line with the

directive of the party, there

won’t have been election

and it would have dented

the image of the party and

the government. That is why

I don’t see myself as a loser.

I have won and I think the

party should commend

me.”

It won’t be business

as usual —

Gbajabiamila

In his acceptance speech,

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila

said it was time to move on.

According to him,’’there is

more to unite us than to

divide us; there is much

work to be done. We must

remain one nation in

freedom and unity.’’

Gbajabiamila pledged to

carry out reforms in the

House, stressing that it

would not be business as

usual.

“We’ll be shaking the

table just a little. The House

must be reformed before the

nation is reformed,” he said.

To this end, he appointed

former Speaker of Zamfara

State House of Assembly,

Sanusi Rikiji, as his Chief

of Staff.

Fear over voting

system

Prior to the announcement

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of results yesterday, there

was palpable tension and

fear when senators- elect

commenced voting due to

the fact that the move to use

the open ballot system as

canvassed by the Senator

Lawan- led group, which

did not sail through.

The senators-elect used

the open secret ballot

system.

There was a rowdy

session in the hallowed

chamber as the Clerk of

National Assembly

disclosed that he did not

get any court order to

change the Rules or stop

the Senate from using the

2015 Standing Orders as

Amended.

According to him, if there

was any court order, there

was no reason he will not

respect it.

At exactly 10am, Omolori

told the senators-elect that

the Standing Order which

says Secret ballot system

would be used for the

election of the presiding

officers.

Immediately after the

announcement, the

hallowed Chamber was

thrown into confusion,

following shouts from

Barau Jibrin, and others

who were against the

decision.

Omolori had to call

them to order, telling them

that no motion shall be

moved or taken as the

business of the day was

inauguration and election

of presiding officers.

Present at the

inauguration of the 9th

Senate were the National

Chairman of the APC,

Adams Oshiomhole;

Chairman, Nigeria

Governors Forum, NGF

and governor of Ekiti State,

Dr. Kayode Fayemi;

immediate past governor of

Zamfara State, Abdul Aziz

Yari; the governor of

Katsina State, Aminu

Masari and other APC

governors.

Former

Senate

Presidents, Joseph Wayas

and Adolphus Wabara

were also at the Chamber.

Wayas came in at 9.54am.

Tight security

There was very tight

security in and around the

National Assembly. The

gates were manned by

armed members of the

Department of State

Services, DSS, Federal

Road Safety Corps, FRSC,

Nigerian Civil Defence

Corps, the Police, just as the

only entrance to the venue

was the gate of the

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF and that of

the Presidential Villa.

The security agents were

everywhere in the National

Assembly and those at the

entrance of the Chamber

are well over twenty.

Senator Ali Ndume was

one of the first senatorselect

to arrive the premises.

Ndume, who was dressed

in his usual white

Babaringa, arrived at 7.20

am and went straight to the

Mosque under the

chamber to pray.

Okorocha denied

entry

Also, the immediate past

governor of Imo State and

senator-elect for Imo West,

Rochas Okorocha,

arrived, and went straight

to the office of the Clerk to

the National Assembly,

CNA, Mohammed Sani

Omolori.

Okorocha, who arrived

the Senate lobby at 7.40am,

did not participate in the

inauguration process as he

had to leave the premises

before the commencement

of the event.

Also the former governor

of Kano State, Senator

Kabiru Gaya, APC, South,

arrived the Lobby at

7.45am.

In a related

development, wives,

friends, husbands,

associates, and relations of

senators-elect were also

there to celebrate with the

senators- elect.

At 8.45am, Senator

Ahmad Lawan, Yobe North

entered the Chamber. He

was accompanied by his

supporters, including

Barau Jibrin, Yahaya

Abdullahi, among others.

Buhari lauds

lawmakers

Reacting to the elections

last night, President

Muhammadu Buhari

lauded the transparent

manner it was conducted

and congratulated the

newly elected presiding

officers of the Ninth

National Assembly.

President Buhari in a

statement by his Special

Adviser on Media and

Publicity, Femi Adesina, in

Abuja, also saluted all the

legislators and their

political parties for their

display of patriotism and

non-partisanship before

and during the election.

.President Buhari

described the emergence of

the new leaders of the

legislative branch of

government as “a new

dawn, different from

duplicity and perfidy of the

immediate past.”

He charged the winners

to use their exalted

positions for the higher

interest of the country, her

people, and the growth of

democracy.

“The Executive does not

desire a rubber stamp

Legislature. While

separation of powers is

essential, collaboration

among all arms of

government should be the

name of the game.

Opposition need not be

virulent.

“Stepping into the Next

Level, the legislature has a

big role to play for the goals

of the administration to be

achieved. This is for the

ultimate good of the

nation,’’ the President said.

He urged contestants

who lost out to be gallant

in defeat, and join hands

with the victors who should

exhibit magnanimity and

eschew vindictiveness.

He said: “At the end of the

day, we, the people, who

elected our representatives

at the national level, are the

winners.”

Senators react

In his reaction, former

Senate President,

Adolphus Wabara, who

described the outcome of

the election as an indication

that the senators-elect voted

their choice, however,

called on them to hit the

ground running.

Senator Wabara, who

noted that Nigerians were

expecting their contribution

to the growth of the

economy, said: “The voting

was democratic and keenly

contested because nobody

came unopposed.

Also reacting, Senator

Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano)

who described the outcome

of the election as good for

democracy, said that

with Lawan’s leadership,

he was optimistic that the

9th Senate would be

rancour- free.

Also reacting, Senator

Matthew Urhoghide PDP,

Edo South, said he was

satisfied with the outcome

of the election.


42— Vanguard, Wednesday, JUNE 12, 2019

African firms should see future in Cloud Marketing, advanced Analytics, says Terragon

By Prince Osuagwu

ENTERPRISE marketing

solutions provider,

Terragon has challenged African

companies to leverage on Data

Analytics revolutionising

modern-day businesses to boost

sales performance through datadriven

insights.

CEO of Terragon Group, Elo

Umeh said that “it is extremely

important for companies to be

data-centric, as the understanding

and utilisation of consumer

insights in business will help

drive sales performance.”

He added that companies are

also faced with the problem of

collecting valuable data and

being unable to fully apply or

gain insights from it. He

however, said that Terragon

Group has developed a

proprietary mobile advertising

technology known as Adrenaline,

that utilises consumer data and

delivers targeted messaging via

web & non-web channels.

“At Terragon, data has proven its

worth and earned its place, as we

have been able to gain real

business value from all the

records collected,” Umeh stated.

“Executives need to adopt a new

system of decision-making based

on big data,” he added.

Terragon Group has also

successfully completed

certification to the ISO

27001:2013 standard, serving

global enterprises across all

sectors who have benefited from

unparalleled security and

protection of their data.

Umeh said that working with

leading African telcos, financial

institutions and consumer brands

to unlock personalised digital

experiences for mobile users in

Africa, Terragon Group helps to

improve bottomline for

businesses by leveraging its cloud

marketing technology,

algorithms, artificial intelligence

and difficult-to-source African

consumer data.

BY JULIET UMEH

TECHNOLOGY has become an integral part of the

21 st Century workplace that any business without

some level of technical savvy will likely play catch-up.

It does not only help companies to be more productive,

it allows them to be efficient, faster and achieve tasks

easily.

For instance, a technological device such as artificial

intelligence, AI, is a boom to modern work places. It

can handle mundane and repetitive tasks across

organisations, freeing up people in human resources, HR,

information technology, IT, marketing, and more to

exercise creativity, solve complex problems, and otherwise

focus on getting impactful work done.

However, this revolution comes with a price;

particularly in the area of displacement of workers by

machines. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now about the

future of work, and how emerging technologies will

change the nature and availability of jobs in the coming

years.

This is because while emerging technologies enable

business owners to reduce overhead by downsizing their

workforce, individuals whose skill sets are now obsolete

have limited options for employment if their current jobs

end. It also means that without adequate measure, job

losses could outweigh job creation in the coming years.

This situation appears to have created fear, and

challenged the millennial generation who are changing

their approach to education and learning from classroom

academic exercises to tech hands-on in the laboratories.

However, if the report of World

Economic Forum, WEF, is to be

believed, there is no cause for

alarm. It predicted that emerging

Tech will create more jobs than it

kills by 2022.

According to the report,

advancement of robotics and AI

will make 75 million jobs obsolete

by the year 2022 but will create

133 million jobs over the same

period, for a net increase of 58

million jobs.

The general belief is that this

swing in jobs will pose a challenge

to both employers and workers.

For employers, experts said it

means making the right

investments in technology and for

workers, it means acquiring the

right skills which they refer to as

soft skills.

They believe that millennials

with soft skills sets have no reason

to panic because machines cannot

replace them.

Soft skills are the personal

attributes, personality traits,

inherent social cues and

communication abilities needed

for success on the job. It

characterises how a person

interacts in his or her

relationships with others.

Unlike hard skills that are

learned, soft skills are similar to

emotions or insights that allow

people to “read” others. These are

much harder to learn, at least in a

traditional classroom. They are

also much harder to measure and

evaluate.

Soft skills include attitude:

communication, creative

TECHNOLOGY AND WORKPLACE:

*Why the tech millennials should retool

thinking, work ethic, teamwork,

networking, decision-making,

positivity, time management,

motivation, problem-solving,

critical thinking and conflict

resolution, among others.

Speaking at an Information and

Communications Technology, ICT

event in Lagos recently, Executive

Director at a Payment Solution

provider, SystemSpecs, Mr.

Deremi Atanda, said despite all

that technology is doing, there is

always a place for humans in the

workplace because knowledge

will keep birthing opportunities

for work.

He said although AI device is

solving problems with robots but

robots didn’t create themselves

but because work has to be done

differently, they came into place.

Atanda said: “So if you are

thinking about the problem that

robots are solving today, some

people think that robots didn’t

create themselves but because

work has to be done differently.

Before now, if anybody tells you

he is a driver, it could be

demeaning but today, a graduate

can proudly tell you he is an Uber

driver even though that could be

his side job.

“Technology will continue to

create opportunities for a lot more

work to be done. Man will always

have a role to play no matter how

pervasive technology is. We need

to keep adjusting and adapting

and taking advantage of the

things that will be required,” he

explained.

To avoid disconnect between

employers and millennials,

Atanda advised that organisations

need to reinvent their businesses

in order to remain connected with

the tech savvy millennials if they

are to build sustainable

businesses. He said his company

considers individuals with soft

skills like right attitude, self

confidence, outlook on the future

and integrity.

Government’s role

However, Atanda believes that

government or the civil service

is not outside the influence of

technology. Therefore any

government or country that does

not adjust to the influence of

technology as defined in work

place, can never be competitive.

On how the Nigerian civil

•Tech tools

in workplace

How soft skills can save human workforce

service has performed using

technology, he said: “If you want

to look at the performance of the

government, if we were to put

Nigerian civil service against

others who are beginning to

adapt to technology and

leverage it and populate the key

positions based on competency

driven by technology, the answer

is going to be very obvious. So

the decision is not all about

whether we know there is a

challenge but the willingness to

address it.

“If you want to be a successful

private sector business, you will

only be doing yourself some

harm if you don’t rightly equip

the roles with the right set of

skills,” Atanda said.

Other experts’ perspectives

Head of communications at

Uber, Francesca Uriri said

technology is expressing itself in

different sectors in different

ways. She said: “Technology is

enabling the way we live, in

terms of transportation. It helps

people to live more effective and

productive life. As for her, soft

skills that Uber considers

include: resilience, capacity,

vision and value system.

Uriri said government must

exercise political will to carry

out some of the policies

favourable to the future of

technology.

As for the Head of Dangote

Academy, Juliet Oshagbemi,

millennial that wants to be

employers' choice must be

equipped with soft skills. She

believes individuals with

business

acumen,

entrepreneurship, critical

thinking, ability to collaborate

and negotiating skills will

always have a place in Dangote

companies no matter the

advancement of machines.

On government part,

Oshagbemi believes that

government must invest in

education and research.

Also, Chief People Officer at

Reinmoni, Elizabeth Okonji,

said there is a need for everybody

to be dynamic in their way of

thinking.

Okonji said millennials with

technical competency,

ownership mindset, ability to

adapt and adopt collaborative

spirit will always excel in work

places.

C

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Vanguard, Wednesday, JUNE 12, 2019

— 43

Photo NEWS

*From left: Prof. Francis Idachaba, Director Academics Planning, Covenant University; Mr. Ephraim Nwokonneya,

Director, Research and Development, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC; Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, Director,

Legal and Regulatory Services, NCC; Prof. Oluwole Familoni, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, University

of Lagos; Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, Mainone Nigeria Limited; Prof. Aderounmu Adesola, Dean, Faculty of

Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, during the forum on Emerging Technologies Research and ICT Innovation

Forum on Monday, 10th June, 2019 at the University of Lagos.

Global shipment of wearable devices hits

49.6m units in Q1 2019

By Emmanuel Elebeke

Global shipments of

wearable devices reached

49.6 million units during

the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19).

This represents an increase of up

to 55.2% from the previous year.

According to recent data from

the International Data

Corporation, IDC worldwide

quarterly device tracker report,

the growth was fuelled by

ongoing demand for wearable

devices making wrist-worn and

ear-worn devices leading the

market.

While wrist-worn wearable

accounted for the majority of the

market with 63.2% share, earworn

devices experienced the

fastest growth (135.1% yearover-year)

and accounted for

34.6% of all wearables shipped.

The research manager for IDC,

Mobile Device Tracker, Jitesh Ubrani

said: “The elimination of headphone

jacks and the increased usage of

smart assistants both inside and

outside the home have been driving

factors in the growth of ear-worn

•Wearable devices

wearables.

“Looking ahead, this will become an

increasingly important category as major

platform and device makers use ear-worn

devices as an on-ramp to entice consumers

into an ecosystem of wearable devices that

complement the smartphone but also offer

the ability to leave the phone behind when

necessary.”

According to Research Director for

Wearables, Ramon Llamas: “Shipments

of wristwear, including watches

and wristbands grew 31.6%

year-over- year, and continue

to dominate the wearables

landscape. While the

functionalities and

capabilities have grown

and changed, the one

common thread is the

relentless focus on health

and fitness. This has

resonated strongly with

users and health

insurance companies

alike, and new health and

fitness insights attract a

larger audience.”

Vodacom exposes school kids to tech innovation, through

inter-school robotics training

By Prince Osuagwu

VODACOM

Business

Nigeria, recently organised

the second annual Inter-School

Robotics Training Workshop for

students across nine Lagos

secondary schools, saying it was

to reiterate its commitment to

ensuring that Nigeria keeps pace

with the evolution of

telecommunications technologies.

Managing Director for Vodacom

Business Nigeria, Wale Odeyemi

said: “As an organisation, our aim

is to help empower the next

generation with relevant

technical skills in order to drive

positive change in the Nigerian

economy through the use of

communications technologies.

“As the world progresses further

into the fourth industrial

revolution, there has never been

a better time to infuse some much

needed STEM training in the

education sector through such

initiatives as the annual Inter-

School Robotics Training

initiative. This initiative further

demonstrates Vodacom’s support

for education at the grassroots

level to encourage budding

aspiring youths who are interested

in participating in the digital

revolution.

Among the schools that

participated in the one-day

workshop are Dansol High

School, Avi-Cenna, Holy Child

College, Edgewood College and

Adrao International School. Others

are Rainbow College, Greensprings

International School, D-Ivy College,

Halifield College and Chrisland

College.

The participating students, aged 12

to 15, were exposed to the

complexities surrounding the

Internet of Things (IoT) and how these

will shape society in the near future.

As part of the programme, students

were taught how to build, program

and control various kinds of robots

that can perform numerous functions

in today’s world. This demonstrated the

essential use of such technologies in

everyday life, ranging from

manufacturing to transportation, as far

as even securing lives and property.

The inter-School Robotics Training

Workshop provided participants the

opportunity to explore various ways in

which technology is shaping the world

around them. The training covered

areas such as Robotics, Artificial

Intelligence, AI, the Internet of Things,

IOT and Virtual Reality, V.R.. The

students were also equipped with

useful mechanical and programming

skills which can be honed and

developed as they progress through the

various levels of education.

*From left: Josephine Aghedo; student, Edgewood College, Managing Director,

Vodacom Business Nigeria, Wale Odeyemi; Olamipo Aderigbe, Chika Nwokobia,

both from Edgewood College, Commercial Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria,

Solomon Ogufere and Fiyinfoluwa Afolayan, student, Edgewood College, at the

Vodacom Inter-School Robotics Training/Competition held in Lago recently.

Instagram introduces new

data saving features

STORIES BY JULIET UMEH

SOCIAL media platform, Instagram, has

introduced new features to help its customers enjoy

contents on the platform on a reduced amount of data.

It said with the opt-in mode, users can view their

favourite contents on Instagram with reduced image

loading time, by reducing the amount of data consumed

on the mobile phone.

According to the platform, users will now have three

customizable options when viewing high-resolution

media and pre-loading videos.

It said: “Go to “Settings,” then “Account,” then

“Cellular Data Use” and then you will be able to turn

this setting on, which will prevent the loading of videos

and high-resolution media in advance. Once this setting

is enabled, you’ll be able to choose among three options

for how Instagram will show you high-resolution media

including “Never,” “Wi-Fi Only,” and “Cellular + Wi-Fi.

“We know that people have different data usage

patterns and plans, so our hope with this new feature is

to give more people the ability to connect with others

and interests while we provide an uninterrupted browsing

experience . This feature will be globally available on

Android in the coming days,” it explained.

MTN searches for tech

solution providers through

Hackathon Challenge

M

TN has launched 2019 Hackathon challenge

aimed at fishing out technological solution

providers that can build practical tool to address any of

the United Nations Development Goals.

The challenge with theme: Creating a Brighter Future

for our Youth, will focus on areas that will impact young

people.

It said: “2019 Y’ello Care Hackathon is a part of the

larger Y’ello Care event and it’s designed to produce a

technological solution that addresses up to five of the

United Nation’s Development Programme’s Sustainable

Development Goals which are No Hunger, Zero Poverty,

Quality Education, Good Health and Well-being, Industry,

Innovation and Infrastructure.

“It is part of its 21 Days Yello care campaign and during

the campaign, MTN staff show care for and give back to

the communities in which they operate.”

According to MTN, the contestants can compete solo

or as a team.

The projects can have a combination of digital and

conventional data sources for each project also, projects

that build practical tools to address one or more of the

United Nations Development Goals are highly

welcomed.

It said: “Submissions of projects and ideas are from

Saturday the 1st of June 2019 - June 10th, 2019 after

which 10 entries will be shortlisted and be given 10 days

to develop and deploy their applications.

It said special prizes will be awarded to the winners

and consolation prizes to the final shortlisted hackers.

SMEs see business growth

in Jumia’s partnership

Some small and micro business owners across the

country have expressed confidence that Jumia's

partnership will continue to help their businesses

grow significantly. The sellers expressed this sentiment

at the quarterly vendor board meeting with key leaders

of the e-commerce company recently in Lagos.

The meeting was organised to brainstorm and identify

untapped growth potential that sellers on the platform

could leverage to grow their businesses.

In her opening remark, the Chief Executive Officer of

Jumia Nigeria, Mrs Juliet Anammah urged the sellers

to constantly ensure they list top quality products and

manage their inventory to avoid out of stock and

automatic cancellation which affects their “seller score”.

She noted that sellers with the highest scores attract

more orders from customers.

The Chief Operating Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Susan

Chen urged the sellers to leverage some of the big sales

event organised by the company. She cited Jumia

Anniversary, Black Friday and Mobile Week as some of

the commercial events that can aid the sellers in

growing three times more, if they enthusiastically take

advantage of these sales events.


44—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 , 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

GEMINI; Reason with those you can take as veterans

within your base of operation because if you want to

force your way without carrying necessary and more

experienced people along it would back-fire now or

soonest.

CANCER; The more creative you are the better for your

cause. However is typical day when too much expectation

can bring disappointment. Be more family minded.

LEO; If your priority is financial success you may not

be disappointed provided you prepare for a few challenges.

For now both your mental energy and physical

attributes are enough to win you love not MONEY. Be

more receptive.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

“Everything that irritates us about another can lead us to an

understanding about ourselves. - Carl Jung -

Having self-awareness means that you have a sharp realization

of your personality, including your strengths and weaknesses,

your thoughts and beliefs, your emotions, and your

motivations.

If you are self-aware, it is easier for you to understand other

people and detect how they perceive you in return, making for

meaningful relationships. Ella Randle

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

Eat when the

food is ready;

speak when

the time is

right. ~Ethiopian

Proverb

VIRGO; This is your day when both good luck and your

personal efforts will bring you success. Try to be as caring

as possible to those within your base.

LIBRA; Although there will be challenges at the end of

it all you will have genuine cause to smile. The more

secretive you are the better for your cause. This is not

the right time to ignore your sex life. Do away with

unnecessary argument.

SCORPIO; This is not the right time for you to either

gamble with money or take friends for granted. Secret

lovers may be in for an exciting day.

SAGITTARIUS; Success is within your reach, although

you will need to seek all important supports of the influential

people around you. Be more loving.

CAPRICORN; The more ambitious you are today the

better for your cause. And here is a good day to plan for

the future but you must do away with whatever can not

be placed above board. Yong-at-heart among you may

be in for a romantic day.

AQUARIUS; Even if you are tempted to gamble by whoever

and/or whatsoever reason you must resist it or else

you would be the loser. Being aggressive may help.

PISCES; Provided you are willing to co-operate with

others things will not go out of hands but exhibition of

inordinate ambition can earn you avoidable trouble.

ARIES; Element of luck will assist you. Those of you

who are more hard working will have more positive

things to show for your efforts. Take care of your health.

TAURUS; Many natives of this Zodiac sign will be excited

either because of romantic interest within your

working arena or practical advancement at work.

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

By Kola Fayemi

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date e and place of birth th to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, 7, Apapa, Lagos

What’s my financial standing?

Dear Joshua,

I want to know about my future, especially what I should

expect from my love life both in the immediate and far future.

However that is not to say I am not interested in good financial

standing.

Sam, Jos

Dear Sam,

Your major challenge here is inability to hold on to your gains

(profits) partially, by the contact made between your natal

Saturn and Venus . Some other times by your love of easy life.

Although the Saturn influence can be mitigated. The love of

luxury comes from your stallion Taurus which must not be

totally discouraged but should not be allowed to go beyond

your control. Yes envy and jealousy can creep in as indicated

by the oppositions between your natal Venus/Saturn in Taurus

and Jupiter in Scorpio, but that is not enough excuse for either

failure or manipulation of occult powers against you. Whatever

anybody says and/or does GREAT FINANCIAL SUC-

CESS is your portion.

YOUR LOVE LIFE

The most influential planet during your birth hour is Venusthe

planet of MONEY and LOVE. You are the romantic type

whose magnetic personality and open handedness are sources

of big trap to his members of opposite sex. As handsome as

you are you truly crave stability in your love life/home. The

happiness you desired will be yours.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019—45


46 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

Sarri

Chelsea’s 6 targets to replace Sarri

Chelsea will demand

their new manager

secures Champions

League football even if

the club’s transfer ban remains

in place.

Chelsea’s search for

Maurizio Sarri’s successor

is well underway with the

club expecting the Italian to

be named as Juventus’ new

manager in the next 48

hours. JOSE MOURINHO

is ready for a THIRD stint

in charge of Chelsea.

Frank Lampard, ex

Juventus coach Max Allegri,

England No.2 Steve Holland,

Ajax’s Erik ten Hag,

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito

Santo and Watford coach

Javi Gracia are all contenders.

But the Stamford Bridge

hierarchy are also considering

managers with topflight

experience.

Two-time ex-Chelsea boss

Mourinho, 56, who has also

been linked with a shock

move to Newcastle if they

are taken over, is a rank outsider.

Chelsea have appealed to

the Court of Arbitration for

Sport against their twowindow

Fifa ban for irregularities

in the signing of

young players – but have not

yet asked for the ban to be

Mourinho

Lampard

frozen while they appeal –

which means that as of now

they will not be able to sign

players this summer.

Sarri delivered Champions

League football with a

third placed Premier

League finish in the campaign

just ended, as well as

winning the Europa

League.

But with Champions

League football worth potentially

around £70 million

to a club each season,

Chelsea cannot afford for

the next campaign to be a

flop and to drop out of the

Champions League again

with Financial Fair Play

regulations so tight.

The club missed out in

2016-17, and again last season,

and only reached the

round of 16 in 2017-18 so

have missed out on the big

prize money for some time

now. So a top four place is

vital next season.

That pressure means that

the new manager, whoever

he is, will not get a honeymoon

period – even though

he might be forced to play

youngsters. That could

count against Lampard, who

has had only one year’s

managerial experience, at

Derby.

Meanwhile Sarri has already

begun to put together

the backroom team to help

him at Juventus, where he

has agreed a three year deal.

Joining him will be fitness

coach Paolo Bertelli,

and his assistant coaches

are expected to be either

Giovanni Martusciello, currently

technical collaborator

at Inter Milan who worked

with Sarri at Empoli, or his

current Chelsea assistant

coach Luca Gotti.

Neymar’s value

down by ‘£90m in

ONE SEASON

Neymar’s transfer value

has plummeted a staggering

‘£90million in one

season’, according to CIES

Football Observatory.

The £198million PSG forward

has been plagued by

injuries, poor form and offthe-pitch

problems.

Neymar’s most recent ankle

injury, ruptured ligaments,

has ruled him out of

the Copa America and he

only managed 15 starts for

his club in Ligue 1.

The 27-year-old is currently

fighting to clear his

name after being accused of

raping a woman in Paris last

month. He vehemently denies

any wrongdoing and

claims he’s being blackmailed.


•Michael

Injury blow for Falcons

•As Faith Michael is out for rest of tournament

Nigeria have suffered a major

blow in the build-up to their

second Group A game

against South Korea with Faith

Michael being ruled out of the rest

of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in

France.

Micheal sustained a ligament

injury when Nigeria bowed 3-0 to

Norway in their opening group

encounter at the Stade Auguste-

Delaune.

Last Saturday in Reims, the Pitea

IF defender was taken off the pitch

after she collided with goalkeeper

Tochukwu Oluehi in an effort to clear

the ball in the 53rd minute.

Subsequently, the 32-year-old was

moved to the hospital to undergo an

MRI scan to confirm the extent of

the knee injury.

“I can tell you that she is out for

the rest of the tournament,” team’s

head coach Thomas Dennerby has

confirmed.

“There is nothing to hide at this

moment. It’s really sad but we are

L

• Iheanacho

Don’t blame

Iheanacho

— Awoniyi

iverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has

leapt to the defence of Kelechi

Iheanacho who has been heavily

criticized for his unimpressive

performances for club and country.

Iheanacho was one of the two players

axed from the Super Eagles traveling

party to Egypt for the 2019 Africa Cup

of Nations and Awoniyi believes his

former Golden Eaglets teammate was

not given enough time to prove himself.

While Awoniyi netted four goals in

the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup,

Iheanacho was the competition’s Most

Valuable Player and he thinks the Taye

Academy product is now being played

out of position by club and national

team coaches.

‘’For me, Iheanacho was pushed to

play as a center forward because of his

goal-rate and how confident he is in

scoring goals,’’ said Awoniyi.

‘’I have played with him a lot of times,

when I play with him he’s best played

as a number ten, behind the striker.

This is where he played when we played

together, all of a sudden he became a

center forward and it has to do with

what they discovered in him in

Manchester City and Leicester City.

‘’When he was at Manchester City

before he was moved to a number nine,

he played the same position and he did

great things for the team.’’

Awoniyi added : ‘’When the whites

discover something special in you in

terms of goalscoring, they will find a

way to push you.

‘’The coach is the best person to know

where he fits in, but I cannot give an

advice where he should play.

‘’When he played as a number ten

with me in the national team, he did a

great job and also a number nine, so it

depends on what the coach thinks.’’

On Iheanacho’s goalscoring

troubles, Awoniyi said : ‘’In Leicester

City they are not giving him game time,

if a player is not playing there is no way

you can get the best out of him, there

is no way he can score goals when he

doesn’t play.

hoping she gets a speedy recovery.

She is also visiting the hospital for

a routine checkup.”

With Ikidi being ruled out,

Chidinma Okeke, who replaced her

against Norway is in pole position

to start against South Korea in

Grenoble on Wednesday.

Nigeria are third in Group A with

no point and need a win against the

Asians to keep alive their hopes of

reaching the next round.

he League Management

TCompany (LMC) has stated that

it is still comparing the notes of the

match officials and others in

connection with the Enugu Rangers

and Kano Pillars fixture in the

Nigerian Professional Football

League (NPFL) Championship

playoffs, which was marred by

crowd violence on Monday.

The LMC opined that appropriate

sanctions will be meted out to all

those that directly or indirectly have

a connection with the fracas at the

Agege Stadium, Lagos shortly after

the league encounter had ended in

a 1-1 draw.

The matchday four Super Six

game had ended peacefully, but fans

allegedly loyal to Kano Pillars

invaded the pitch at the end of game

and hurled different types of objects

towards the match officials and

others in the stands.

The disgruntled fans are believed

to have been protesting over the

handling of the game by referee

Adebimpe Quadri.

The problem started when Quadri

awarded a late penalty kick to the

Flying Antelopes for the foul on

Enugu Rangers Ifeanyi Egwin and

a handball in the 18 yard box.

Rangers’ Godwin Aguda coolly

slotted the spot kick in the 90th

minute to cancel out the 58th-minute

free-kick from Kano Pillars’ Rabiu

Ali.

Super Falcons will throw all

Ttheir firewoods into the furnace

when they file out against their

counterparts from Korea Republic

today in their second match of the

8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals

in France.

Venue is the Stade des Alpes in

the city of Grenoble, where Group

A’s bottom-of-the-table clash will

begin at 3pm.

The team again trained at the

Stade Eugène Thenard on the

Avenue du General de Charles

Gaulle, on Tuesday, and apart from

Michael, the remaining 22 players

are rearing to go against the Far East

Nigeria’s 2019 AFCON squad

worth N78 Billion

•Ndidi, Chukwueze, Iwobi most expensive players

he twenty-three players named

Tto Nigeria’s final 23-man roster

for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

are worth a combined €195.95

million (approximately N78 billion).

According to the latest market

values published by

transfermarkt.com, Wilfred Ndidi,

Samuel Chukwueze, Alex Iwobi

and Henry Onyekuru are worth

more than the remaining 19 players

combined.

The most expensive player in the

side is Leicester City’s Ndidi who is

worth €35 million, followed by

Villarreal’s Chukwueze at €30

million and Arsenal winger Alex

Iwobi at €25 million.

At €13 million each, Everton’s

Henry Onyekuru and Sporting

• Ndidi

Falcons to go big against

Korea to avoid going home

Charleroi’s Victor Osimhen are joint

fourth on the list.

The average value of a player in

Gernot Rohr’s squad is €8.52 million,

with Chelsea’s Ola Aina the most

expensive defender (€10 million),

Ndidi most expensive midfielder

and Chukwueze the costliest attackminded

player.

Of the ten most valuable Nigerian

players, six are on the books of clubs

in Europe’s top five leagues.

Nigeria’s AFCON squad

transfer values

1) Wilfred Ndidi —€35m

2) Samuel Chukwueze — €30m

3) Alex Iwobi — €25m

4) Henry Onyekuru — €13m

5) Victor Osimhen — €13m

6) Ahmed Musa — €12m

7) Ola Aina —€10m

8) Samuel Kalu — €10m

9) Odion Ighalo — €9m

10) Oghenekaro Etebo —€7m

11) Paul Onuachu —€6m

12) Kenneth Omeruo — €5m

13) Troost-Ekong — €4m

14) Obi Mikel — €3.5m

15) Chidozie Awazeim — €3.5m

16) Moses Simon —€3m

17) Leon Balogun — €2m

18) John Ogu — €1.5m

19) Francis Uzoho —€1m

20) Jamilu Collins — €0.9m

21) Daniel Akpeyi — €0.7m

22) Abdullahi Shehu — €0.7m

23) Ikechukwu Ezenwa— €0.15m

At the sound of the referee’s final

whistle, Ali - who had earlier

contested almost all of the referee’s

calls which didn’t favour his team

during the game - went straight to

the referee and appeared to want to

assault him, but he was repelled by

some of his teammates who

prevented him from getting closer

to the official.

It was his continuous

remonstration with the referee that

irked the alleged Pillars fans, and

they ran to the pitch in numbers in

an attempt to accost the centre

referee in solidarity with Ali, who

they consider a cult hero.

The fans tore the dashboards at

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Asians.

In Michael’s absence, petite

Chidinma Okeke, a former junior

international who featured for

Nigeria at the FIFA U20 Women’s

World Cup also staged in France last

year summer, will start at right back.

She was impressive against the

Norwegians when she replaced

Michael in the 53rd minute on

Saturday.

The central defensive pairing of

veteran Onome Ebi and Osinachi

Ohale will be maintained, as left

back Ngozi Ebere. In the midfield,

Dennerby will decide whether to

once more go with the trio of Ngozi

Okobi, Rita Chikwelu and Halimatu

Ayinde, or rest the latter for

Portugal–based Chinaza Uchendu.

Desire Oparanozie, Asisat

Oshoala and Francisca Ordega will

be saddled with the assignment of

getting the goals that will keep

Falcons’ hopes of remaining in

France beyond 17th June.

While Nigeria and Korea DPR

have squared up to each other on two

occasions at the FIFA World Cup

(one win each way), it is a first

meeting for the Super Falcons and

the Koreans of the south.

AFCON: Etebo urges Eagles to brace

up for Egypt challenge

Pillars, Rabiu Ali risk hefty sanction from LMC

•Agege Stadium

N

igeria midfielder Oghenekaro

Etebo says the Super Eagles

“cannot afford to fail” in their return

to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Eagles won the tournament

in 2013, but failed to qualify for the

subsequent two editions in 2015 and

2017.

Under manager Gernot Rohr they

will return to the finals next week

when they take on Burundi, Guinea

and Madagascar in Group B in

Egypt.

“This is a special Nations Cup. We

have missed two editions and that

means the whole of the continent

will be looking on to us to redeem

our image,” Etebo told the Stoke

Sentinel.

“So we cannot afford to fail. The

last time we were there we left as

champions in 2013, so this is the first

opportunity to take part in the

competition for many of us.”

He added, “I know a number of

my teammates and management of

my club will be looking up to me to

do well on the international stage at

pitch-side into shreds and hurled

them, and other objects, at the match

officials and others in sight at the

VIP section, and wanted to break

through the barricade to gain

entrance into the referees’ changing

room.

The crowd was then overpowered

by the security after some fans were

injured.

A top official of the LMC, who

craves anonymity, informed that the

league body has begun an inquiry

into the crowd violence and that the

video and other evidence which

could help the body in making an

unbiased judgement are presently

being studied, and that a

pronouncement on it will be made

•Rabiu Ali

Ordega: We ‘ll fight to

qualify for next round

hanghai Shenhua striker

SFrancisca Ordega is confident

that the Super Falcons will get their

FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign

back on track when they face South

Korea at the Stade des Alpes,

Grenoble this afternoon.

At the World Cup, Nigeria have

not managed a win in their last four

matches, with their last victory

coming against Canada in the 2011

edition.

Flamboyant on and off the pitch,

Ordega was one of the few bright

sparks as the Super Falcons suffered

a 3-0 loss at the hands of Norway in

their opener on Saturday.

‘’Our plan is to qualify for the next

round. We don’t want to go home so

the next two games are very, very

important,’’ Ordega said.

‘’We are going to fight. We are

going to do everything we can to go

through.”

Despite the heavens opening up,

the Super Falcons still trained

yesterday morning ahead of today’s

game against the Asians who were

thrashed 4-0 by France three days

ago.

•Ordega

the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Stoke is a fantastic club and they

make you feel at home at every point

in time. After our last game, I was

put on the spot and celebrated as a

send-off to the Africa Nations Cup.

“They are happy that I’m going to

Egypt and playing in the colours of

Nigeria.”

Nigeria open their campaign with

a clash against Burundi in

Alexandria on June 22.

•Etebo

very soon.

The official noted that Kano Pillars

skipper Ali, and a few others in the

club, have a case to answer, but that

they want to exhaust all the evidence

before them before a decision is

made to serve as a deterrent in future

matches.

“We are going through the match

report of all those that were involved

in Monday’s game from the match

commissioner to the referees and we

are comparing that with the video

footage available to us,” the official

said.

“We are not going to punish those

that do not have any link with the

incident but we are going to ensure

that all those culpable are brought

to book and made to serve as an

example to others that might want

to nurture such desire in future

games. We preach non-violent

football but what we witnessed on

Monday was very barbaric and

taking us back to where we do not

want to recall again.

“There won’t be any further

delay in making any

pronouncement. We want

to ensure that those

culpable are the ones

that will be punished.

This has given us a bad

impression in the

outside world and

we must do

something to correct it

immediately.”


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

FRIDAY’S ANSWER

TODAY’S CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

THURSDAY’S SOLUTION

How to Play Sudoku

ACROSS

1 Frightened (6)

4 Language of the Middle

East (6)

\8 Move smoothly (5)

8 Endanger (7)

10 Cowboy's hat (7)

11 Trap (5)

12 Policeman's club (9)

17 Confess (5)

19 Eminent (7)

21 Real (7)

22 New England state (5)

23 Brought up (6)

24 Rider in horse-race (6)

DOWN

1 Summer month (6)

2 Clothing (7)

3 Thoughts (5)

6 Asian country (5)

7 Pacified (6)

9 Freedom from guilt (9)

13 Disentangle (7)

14 Golf club (7)

15 Exploding firework (6)

16 Cure (6)

18 Miraculous food (5)

20 Musical speed (5)

Place a number (1-9) in each blank cell. (No line can have two

of the same number).

Each row (nine lines from left to right), column, (also nine lines

from top to bottom) and 3 X 3 block within a bold block (nine

blocks) contains number from 1 through 9. This means that no

number can appear twice in any block, column or row.

No mathematics is involved – no adding, subtraction, division or

multiplication, just plain logic and your imagination.

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