13062019 - Politicians, religious leaders fueling insecurity — BUHARI

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Vanguard Newspaper 13 June 2019

OLU FASAN STATE

OF

THE

NATION

June 12 only gives

Nigerians another

public holiday;

beyond that, it

signifies nothing

meaningful! 32

NINTH NASS:

Jostling for

other principal

offices

9

intensifies

Atiku right Banditry could be worse

to challenge than B'Haram SGF 8

Buhari’s

re-election APC’ll have no

8

in court reason now not to

JONATHAN 8 deliver OSHIOMHOLE

No change in forex policy, says CBN

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VOL. 26: NO. 63831 THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

How we celebrated June 12, by Adebanjo, Kokori, others

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•Ayo Opadokun

•Ralph Obioha

•Frank Kokori •Ayo Adebanjo •Olisa Agbakoba

•Olabiyi Durojaiye

Politicians, religious leaders

fueling insecurity BUHARI

•Vows to crack down on instigators of violence, social unrest

•Says good leadership can lift 100m people in 10yrs

•Promises to assemble strong team to rebuild Nigeria

•Renames Abuja National Stadium after MKO

•Threatens to deal with corrupt politicians

•As Obasanjo, Jonathan, IBB, Abubakar shun event

•Declaring June 12 Democracy Day not enough ATIKU

How best to immortalize Abiola,

by Akinrinade, Sanwo-Olu, Utomi

PDP govs task new Gunmen kidnap 7 Minority shareholders

NASS leadership Katsina Village Head seek refund of cost

on legislative •As Gov Matawalle vows to for Oando AGM’s

8

independence

12 crush bandits in Zamfara 36 suspension

COLUMNISTS: GAMBO DORI 17 DELE COLE 17 AMAECHI 40

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By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru, Emma

Elebeke & Dirisu

Yakubu

A BUJAPresident

Muhammadu

Buhari, yesterday, blamed

much of the intercommunal

and interreligious

strife and violence

nationwide, on ethnic,

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POCKET CARTOON

DEMOCRACY DAY From left: Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko

Muhammad; Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo, President Muhammadu Buhari, First Lady, Alhaja Aisha Buhari;

Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila; APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande,

during the 2019 National Democracy Day celebration (June 12), at the Eagle

Square, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

Politicians, religious leaders

fueling insecurity BUHARI

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political and religious

leaders.

The President also

threatened to crack down

on those inciting ordinary,

innocent people to violence

and social unrest.

He equally said with

good leadership and a

sense of purpose, about 100

million Nigerians could be

lifted out of poverty in 10

years, promising to

assemble a strong team in

his second tenure, tagged

Next Level, in his

determination to rebuild the

country.

President Buhari, who

also announced the

renaming of Abuja

National Stadium after the

acclaimed winner of June

12, 1993, presidential

election, Chief Moshood

Kolawole Abiola, in a bid

to correct injustice for

national peace and unity,

stated these in his

Democracy Day address in

Abuja.

Speaking at the

Democracy Day celebration

at Eagle Square, Abuja,

which had non of the past

Presidents of the country in

attendance, President

Buhari also threatened to

deal with corrupt

politicians and those

perceived to be threatening

the peace and unity of the

country through their

utterances.

The Roll Call

However, present at the

event were the Senate

President, Ahmed Lawan

and his deputy, Ovie Omo-

Agege; Speaker of the

House of Representatives,

Femi Gbajabiamila;

national leader of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu;

former governor of Ogun

State, Olusegun Osoba;

former governor of Osun

State, Rauf Aregbesola;

Senator Godswill Akpabio

and Special Assistant to the

President on National

Assembly matters, Senator

Ita Enang.

The event was also

attended by African leaders,

including President of

Mauritania, Mohamed

Ould Abdel Aziz; President

of Rwanda, Paul Kagame;

President of Liberia,

George Weah; President of

Congo, Denis Sassou

Nguesso and President of

Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Others are President of

Senegal, Macky Sall; Prime

Minister of Uganda,

Ruhakana Rugunda,

President of The Gambia,

Adama Barrow, President of

Niger Republic,

Mahamadou Issoufou,

President of Guinea-

Bissau, José Mário Gómes

Vaz and President of Benin

Republic, Patrice Talon,

among others.

The President said ethnic,

political and religious

leaders were hoping to

benefit by “exploiting our

divisions and fault lines,

thereby weakening our

country.”

Buhari, who noted that in

spite of activities of the

saboteurs, his government

had remained focused in

fulfilling its campaign

promises in the areas of

security, economy and antigraft

war, said: “Before and

during my time in the

Armed Forces and in

government, I have

interacted with Nigerians of

all ages and persuasions

and different shades of

opinion over a period of

more than 50 years.

“My firm belief is that our

people above all want to

live in peace and harmony

with their fellow Nigerians.

They desire opportunity to

better themselves in a safe

environment.

“Most of the instances of

inter-communal and interreligious

strife and violence

were and are still as a result

of sponsorship or

incitements by ethnic,

political or religious

leaders hoping to benefit

by exploiting our divisions

and fault lines, thereby

weakening our country’’

President Buhari said his

administration will crack

down on those who incite

ordinary innocent people to

violence and social unrest,

warning those with corrupt

tendencies to have a

change of heart or be dealt

with according to the

provisions of the law.

According to him, the

Federal Government will

not tolerate actions by any

individual or groups of

individuals who seek to

attack nation’s way of life.

He said: “We will crack

down on those who incite

ordinary, innocent people

to violence and unrest. We

will ensure that such

actions are met with the

strong arm of the law.’’

He enjoined Nigerians to

join forces with his

administration to put the

country on the right track

of development.

Honour for Abiola

He said: “Today, I propose

the re-naming of the Abuja

National Stadium.

Henceforth it will be called

Moshood Abiola National

Stadium.

“Correcting injustice is a

pre-requisite for peace and

unity. As part of the process

of healing and

reconciliation, I approved

the recognition of June 12

as Democracy Day and

invested the late Chief

M.K.O. Abiola and

Babagana Kingibe with

National Honours, as I did

with the late Chief Gani

Fawehinmi.

‘’The purpose was to

partially atone for the

previous damage done in

annulling the Presidential

election of that year.”

The new cabinet

Giving an insight into

what would constitute his

cabinet in his second term,

the President said: “Over

the next four years, we are

committed to assembling a

strong team of Nigerians,

and allies to implement our

transformative plans and

proposals.”

President Buhari, who

harped on good

governance in the interest

of the citizenry, said “with

leadership and a sense of

purpose, we can lift 100

million Nigerians out of

poverty in 10 years.

‘’We will see significant

focus, resource and, where

necessary reform, in

tertiary and technical

education to reposition

Nigeria’s workforce for the

modern technological

age.’’

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

How do we halt increasing cases of child rape? (1)

By educating the

public on the

effects of rape, the

psychological and

emotional trauma the

victims face. Also

children should be given

sex education, teach

them how to protect

themselves against

sexual abuse. Teaching

them self-defence is

important.

Moyinoluwa Adesipe

Lawal

Cosmetologist/Human

rights activist

By protecting the

girl-child through

making laws that

will specially

protect them. In Nigeria

today, no place is safe for

anyone. We need stiffer

penalties for perpetrators

of such evil act. Such

offence should attract

bigger punishment than

the current five-year

sentence or less.

-Ewatomilola Emiola

Journalist

Since it’s been

revealed that most

rape victims are

lured by the perpetrators,

to stop this, the children

need to be more educated

on strategies being used

and prevention techniques.

Parents and guardians

need to be educated too,

while punishment for

perpetrators should be

death penalty.

-Queen Fisayo Aderemi

Charity, they say, be

gins at home. It is

high time parents realized

that the upbringing

of their children cannot

be left completely in the

hands of the schools, social

media, music or

movie industry. Parents

must take charge, give

them sound and good

home trainings. Most

children fall victim of this

inhuman act because

they were not given

proper and sound sex

education.

Sunday Oladoye.

Entrepreneur

I

think government at

all level should

strengthen the mechanisms

that ensure that

all cases of child rape,

sexual exploitation and

abuse are reported, using

a wide range of complaints

mechanisms , including

face to face engagement,

mobile

phone technology and

call centers.

Mr. Oladeji Felix.

Analysis

We just have to go

back to our root as

Africans. To the time

when if your neighbor

discipline your child,

you won’t be unnecessary

angry. We have to

go back every child is a

property of the community.

When the community

is responsible for your

wellbeing, safety, and

all. As long as we don’t

have a sense of responsibility

to the other person,

such problems will

persist.

William Jimoh.

Student


6Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Ekiti pastor kidnaps self, demands N3m ransom from congregation, nabbed

ADEWUYI Adegoke, a pastor

at Methodist Church, Ado-

Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, has been

arrested by the Police for allegedly

organising his own kidnap and

asking one Oluwadare Sunday to

demand N3 million ransom from

his congregation.

He reportedly went into

hiding on Sunday evening,

while there were reports that he

was abducted between Esa-Oke

in Osun State and Aramoko-

19-yr-old boy

nabbed over

beheading of

3 persons

A

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRIA 19-year-old

boy, Prince Chikere, and

four other kidnappers have

been paraded by Imo State

Police Command in Owerri for

allegedly beheading three

persons.

Others paraded alongside

Chikere after their arrest at

Obitti in Ohaji/Egbema Local

Government Area by operatives

of the Special Anti-robbery

Squad, SARS, are Chibuike

Oyiwara, Amuzie Uchenna

and Odunze Azunna.

It was gathered that the

Police operatives have been

on the trail of the syndicate

for months over the alleged

murder of their victims, said

to be young boys.

Also arrested in connection

with the kidnap and murder

case are Chibuike Oyiwara,

Amuzie Uchenna and

Odunze Azunna.

The state Police

Commissioner, Rabiu

Ladodo, has said that the

arrest of the suspects

alongside 94 others were the

achievements of Operation

Puff Adder, launched in the

state.

He said: “The above named

suspects were arrested by

Operatives of SARS Imo

State. They were arrested in

connection with the

beheading of three boys at

Obitti in 2018.

“One of the suspects,

Desmond Alozie, sustained

gunshot injury on his right

leg in a gun battle with

operatives. He was rushed to

hospital for medication where

he was treated and discharged.

“One of the suspects,

Chikere Prince, has confessed

he belongs to Iceland cult that

killed the boys.

“One locally-made doublebarrelled

gun with four live

unexpended cartridges, 20

wraps of marijuana, large

quantity of Indian hemp

wrappers/paper, five roll bond

used for cocaine, five lighters,

two cutlasses and one black

motorcycle were recovered

from them.”

Ekiti in Ekiti.

His purported abductors later

contacted church members to

demand the ransom, which they

insisted must be paid latest by

Thursday(today) to prevent the

reverend from being killed.

Detectives, however,

intercepted the pastor’s

accomplice, Sunday, who came

to pick up the ransom at

Okeyinmi area of Ado-Ekiti,

after which he led them to the

distressed mother, Mary

Chukwuebuka, and her

husband, Nwagod, have

appealed to Plateau State

Specialists Hospital, Jos,

management, the state Police

Command and the public to help

in locating their baby stolen three

days after birth from the hospital.

The 30-year-old Mary

Chukwuebuka of Zaramaganda

Area told newsmen in Jos,

yesterday, that she gave birth on

May 28 and the child, a baby girl,

was stolen from her on May 31

by a woman, who posed as a

doctor.

She said: “I came to the

hospital on Monday.

After I was induced, I

gave birth on Tuesday

morning at about

3:45a.m.

“I lost a lot of blood

during delivery and I

was to be given blood

through transfusion.

But my husband was not

around, so I had to call my

mom.

“I was on transfusion from

Wednesday to Friday morning.

After the transfusion, the doctor

recommended another

transfusion, but I refused because

we were not financially buoyant

and he understood.

“I was to be discharged that day,

but when the doctor came in the

evening, he said there was

another test that they need to

conduct the next morning.”

Taken

Continuing, she said: “At about

6:17p.m., a lady who dressed like

a doctor came straight to me and

asked where the form is. I gave

her the form the doctor gave me

earlier, but she said it was not the

one, that it is the one for the baby.

“I told her I was not given any

form for the baby, but she told me

the baby needs to be tested too,

as her blood sample was needed

and that I should give her my

baby.

“I had undressed the baby, but

she insisted that I should dress

the baby because she was taking

the baby to the children’s ward

and requested that my mother

should follow her.”

She said that shortly after they

left her presence, the ‘doctor’ told

the mother to go back and look

after her, that she would bring the

hotel where the pastor had been

hiding.

Detectives reportedly tracked

the suspects through the mobile

phone that he was using to

make contact with the church

members.

Amba Asuquo, the state’s

Commissioner of Police,

confirmed that the command is

investigating the incident, but

refused to disclose the identities

of the suspects.

“Yes, there is something close

to that, but we are still

investigating and will come out

with the details later,” he told

reporters.

When asked if the reverend

was among the suspects in

custody, Asuquo said: “I know.

We have some suspects in

custody in connection with the

incident, but I cannot reveal

their identities to you now.”

When the news of the

reverend’s kidnap broke,

several members of his

congregation took to social

media to solicit support towards

his rescue.

On Facebook, one Awoyemi

Matthew wrote: “People of God

everywhere, please let us raise

prayer altars for this vibrant

servant of God, Rev Adewuyi

Adegoke, who was kidnapped

recently between Ekiti and Osun

State.”

3-day-old baby stolen in Jos hospital

By Marie-Therese

Nanlong

child after the test.

According to Chukwuebuka, an

hour after, she started looking for

her child when the ‘doctor’ did

not bring back the baby.

She said she rushed to the

children’s ward where the

‘doctor’ claimed to have taken her

child, but did not see any child

and she immediately alerted the

nurses.

She said

t h e

management

of the

hospital

invited

t h e

The stolen baby's parents

Police and they took her statement

that evening.

Her words: “But since then

neither the Police nor the

management is telling us

anything about the whereabouts

of our child. We want you to please

let the world know what is

happening so that people will

help us get our child back.”

Her husband, Nwagod

Chukwuebuka, who had

engaged the services of Legal Aid

Council, said he was advised to

By Bashir Bello

K ATSINAGUNMEN,

Tuesday, kidnapped the

Head of Labo village, Alhaji

Maigari Bature, in Batsari Local

Government Area of Katsina State.

Information gathered from the

area revealed that Alhaji Bature

was kidnapped while working

on his farm on the outskirts of

the village, near Rugu Forest.

Meanwhwile, Katsina State

government has ordered

suspension of farming activities

around the dreaded Rugu Forest.

A source said the gunmen

stormed the area (Labo village)

shooting sporadically to scare

away people before taking

meet with the hospital’s Chief

Medical Director, Dr. Philemon

Golwa.

Narrating his meeting with the

CMD, he said: “I met with the

hospital’s management and told

them I have not heard anything

and my wife has been in

the hospital since

this incident

happened on May

31 and even

paracetamol has

not been given to

her.”

Chukwuebuka

said the

CMD

said they were keeping the wife

in the hospital to save her from

depression.

His words: “He said they are

keeping her so that she will not

get mentally ill because when she

gets back home, she may be

hearing different rumours from

everywhere and might develop

mental issue. But I told them I

don’t want her to be here again.

“The CMD was asking me why

we involved a lawyer and I said,

if you were in my shoes for 10

Gunmen abduct Katsina Village Head

Bature into the forest on their

motorcycles.

Contacted, the spokesperson

of Katsina State Police

Command, SP Gambo Isah,

confirmed the incident

yesterday, saying the Police are

on top of the matter to ensure

that the village head is rescued

from the kidnappers.

According to him, “it is true.

Efforts are on with a view to

rescuing him from these rascals.

“Operation Puff Adder

responded to the distress call,

but since it was inside his

farmland far away near the

Rugu Forest, before they could

reach there, the hoodlums had

fled into Rugu Forest. We are

days, your new born baby is not

with you and your wife is in the

hospital, and nobody is opening

up to tell you anything, how will

you feel?”

I can’t say anything; police

are investigatingCMD

Contacted, the Chief Medical

Director of the hospital, Dr.

Philemon Golwa, disclosed

that the hospital

management immediately

informed the Police about

the development.

Golwa said the Police

were on the trail of

the criminals,

adding “it is

not good for

me to make

a n y

disclosure

until the

Police

finish

their job,

otherwise

t h e

process

would be

tampered

with completely.

“I want the Police to hasten

their investigations so that they

can give us the report.”

The CMD stated that the

hospital mobilised the Police to

go to different places with a

view to recovering the child.

Contacted, DSP Terna Tyopev,

the Police Public Relations

Officer of Plateau State

Command, said the command

was aware of the incident,

adding that investigations were

currently ongoing.

following a lead that may assist

us in his rescue.”

Also confirming the directive by

the state government to suspend

farming activities around the

Rugu Forest, SP Isah urged the

people to abide by the order for

their safety.

He told the people that if it

becomes necessary that they

must go to the farm, they should

go in groups and also inform

security agencies for security back

up.

“The command is calling on

members of the communities in

the affected areas to always form

groups, while going to their farms

and inform security agencies for

security back up,” he added.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 20197

5 injured as explosion rocks Port Harcourt shopping mall

By Davies Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURTAN

explosion that rocked a

popular shopping mall in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State,

yesterday, reportedly injured

five people.

The explosion, which

occurred around 5p.m., forced

the management to shut

operations immediately.

It was also gathered that

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

ADO-EKITITHERE was

confusion at Ilasa-Ekiti in

Ekiti East, yesterday, as an

unidentified herdsman chopped

off the head of his girlfriend with

a cutlass.

The incident which occurred

near a stream when the deceased

went to fetch water, Tuesday

evening, has thrown the agrarian

community, popular for its

huge yams’ market, into

confusion.

The assailant was said to

have laid ambush, grabbed the

girl from behind as she bent to

collect water from the stream and

chopped the head off.

He was said to have taken

to his heels after the act,

but was later arrested

through the

information provided

by the younger sister of the

deceased, who was at the scene

of the incident.

Multiple sources in the

community, including the

traditional ruler, the Alasa of Ilasa,

Oba Ajayi Omolagba, revealed

that the young lady had been

allegedly betrothed to the

suspected assailant as a future

wife, while she was still a

teenager in line with their custom

many, who had gone to the

shopping mall for relaxation to

mark the June 12 celebration of

Democracy Day, were still at the

centre when explosion went off.

A source, who did not want

his name in print, disclosed that

the explosion happened in one

of the kitchens.

The source disclosed that it

was a gas cylinder that

exploded, adding that five of

the staff working in the kitchen

and tradition.

According to the sources,

trouble started last month when

the suspect requested the lady to

spend the Eld el-Fitr with him,

but the family of the lady

refused to release her,

a situation which

angered the suspect,

who assumed the

contract had been

breached

by the

family.

Another

source

t o l d

Vanguard

that the lady,

after growing

up, observed

sustained various degrees of

injury.

Meanwhile, the Public

Relations Officer of the Rivers

State Police Command, DSP

Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed that

the explosion came from a

cooking gas cylinder used in

one of the kitchens.

Omoni also confirmed that

five persons were injured,

adding that they have been

hospitalised.

Herdsman beheads fiancee

in Ekiti for refusing to

spend Eid el-fitr with him

that the

Killer-fiance

supposed

husband was a

drunkard and

drug addict, which had made her

to start avoiding him, thwarting

further plans for marriage

arrangements.

Some relatives of the deceased,

who preferred to be anonymous,

expressed sadness over the

development, affirming that the

suspected murderer had indeed

requested that the deceased

spend the Eld el-Fitr with him and

the marriage was supposed to be

NAF helicopter crash-lands

in Katsina, detonates bomb

By Bashir Bello

K ATSINARESIDENTS

near the Umaru Musa

Yar’Adua International Airport,

Katsina State were, yesterday,

gripped by fear when a Nigerian

Air Force, NAF, helicopter

involved in the anti-armed

banditry combat mission in the

North-West under Operation

Hadaran Daji crash-landed and

allegedly detonated a bomb in the

airport.

Sources said the helicopter

crash-landed while returning

from operation and detonated a

bomb.

It was gathered that the empty

shell of the bomb smashed

glasses in the new terminal wing

of the airport and hit a residential

house few metres from the airport.

A combined team of soldiers,

Police, Air Force, officials of the

FAAN barricaded the main gate

to the airport, making it difficult

to gain entrance into the area.

Zaharadeen Dayyabu, one of

the landlords whose house was

hit by the empty shell of the

detonated bomb, said his fence

saved him and his family from

being hurt by the bomb.

According to him, “we were in

the house with my family when

we heard a heavy sound. My wife

was the first to run out, only to

see our fence penetrated by the

empty bomb shell.

“It was the fence to my house

that protected and saved us from

being hit by the shell. It was God

that saved us.”

officially finalised a day before he

took her life.

The Alasa of Ilasa, Oba Ajayi

Omolagba, said the community

has been in shock since the

incident occurred.

He said he had summoned the

families of all parties involved and

their landlords to a meeting,

where resolutions were reached

on how to forestall future

occurrence.

Oba Omolagba noted that the

community would also make

necessary appeasements to the

gods, as such an incident was

strange and a taboo in the land.

The Police Public Relations

Officer in the state, Caleb

Ikechukwu, who confirmed the

killing, said the suspect had been

arrested while investigations into

the incident had commenced.

… as herders kill one in Osun

In another development, some

herders, yesterday, reportedly

attacked passengers on the Ife-

Ibadan Highway, killing one

person.

It was gathered that the dead

man was identified as Mr.

Adenipekun Ademiju, a worker

in the Atakumosa West Local

Government Area of Osun State.

Ademiju was said to have

boarded a vehicle at Osu town

going to Ibadan, when he and

other passengers were attacked

at Ikire community along the

expressway.

According to an eyewitness,

Ademiju was hit by bullet as the

robbers fired indiscriminately to

forcefully stop the vehicle.

The eyewitness said: “The man

was killed instantly by herdsmen,

who rob regularly on this road. It

was Ademiju and the driver that

were in the car, but while the

robbers were shooting

indiscriminately to forcefully stop

them, the bullet hit the deceased.

“The driver ran into a nearby

bush and Ademiju’s body was left

on the highway by the robbers,

who went away with the car.”

The Public Relations Officer of

the Osun State Police Command,

SP Folashade Odoro, who

confirmed the incident in an

interview with newsmen, said

Police were still investigating the

matter.

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8Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Why Atiku has right to challenge

Buhari’s re-election in court

Jonathan

FORMER President

Goodluck Jonathan has

said Atiku Abubakar was

right to challenge President

Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.

According to him, it will be

unfair to compare

Abubakar’s situation to the

2015 election in which he

accepted defeat.

Jonathan said the

fundamentals of 2015

election, which saw him

become Nigeria’s first

incumbent leader to accept

election defeat, were very

different from the 2019

elections.

“It is not right for anybody

to compare Jonathan’s

decision in 2015 with Atiku’s

position in 2019 because

they are two different

scenarios,” Jonathan said in

an interview.

He said it was his

responsibility to ensure a

smooth and credible election

was conducted under him,

notwithstanding the

independence of the

election commission.

He said: “In 2015, I was a

sitting President. Although

INEC is an independent

body, every structure of

government still operates

under the President, one

way or the other.

“So I was a president and

INEC conducted the

elections under my watch.

Atiku is not a sitting

president and if he or the

party feels that things were

not done right, of course,

they are at liberty to

challenge it in court.”

The former president, who

described his presidential

tenure as ‘unique’ in

Nigeria’s history, also

praised his achievements in

office, saying he oversaw an

economy that was

consistently growing.

He said: “Nigeria was the

number one destination for

foreign direct investment

under my tenure. We were

rated the biggest economy

in Africa. We transformed

the agricultural sector and

brought the nation closer

towards food selfsufficiency.

“Our currency was stable

and inflationary pressure

was kept at single digit. We

may not have been

comfortable with the

exchange rate of less than

N200 to the dollar at that

time but I can tell you that

the economy was stable.

“The stability we had

ensured that business

people and investors could

plan because you were sure

of the exchange rate and the

cost of your goods at any

point in time, whether you

were exporting or

importing. Economically,

you could say that Nigeria

was stable and strong.’’

Minority shareholders seek

refund of cost for suspension

of Oando's AGM

By Peter

Egwuatu

M shareholders INORITY

of

Oando Plc, yesterday,

demanded that Securities

and Exchange

Commission, SEC, repay

the company the cost for the

suspension of 2018 financial

year Annual General

Meeting, AGM, stressing

that the commission did not

consider their interest.

Secretary General,

Association for Investors

Liberation, Hamza

Ridhwan, at a press briefing

organised by minority

shareholders in Lagos,

said: “We condemn in

absolute terms, the way and

manner chosen by SEC in

announcing the

cancelation on the eve of

the AGM, despite having

ample time to do same.

"We have shareholders

who have come in from all

over the country and it is

disappointing to think that

SEC did not think it worthy

to consider us, the

esteemed shareholders,

when determining when to

notify the general public on

the suspension of the

AGM.

"What kind of regulator

disregards the shareholders

it is supposed to protect

like this? We ask why

the AGM was suspended.

Why was it done at such

short notice? Did they

think about us shareholders

who have travelled

from all over the country

to be there? We challenge

the SEC to tell us how this

last minute suspension of

the AGM is in our best

interest.”

“We the minority

shareholders of Oando

categorically state our

utmost displeasure and

disappointment at the

SEC's current management

of the investigation into

Oando's report. The actions

over two years and

specifically the last 10 days

have shown that our voices

as minority shareholders

are not being listened to.

"SEC is a regulator that is

here to protect the market

and in particular we the

minority shareholders.

They have a duty to care

for us first. Their actions in

the Oando case has neither

protected us nor shown

duty of care. From the six

months suspension in the

trading of Oando shares to

a two year investigation into

the company, all have

eroded value and our

investments.”

VISIT: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (right) welcoming Head of Indian delegation to

Democracy Day cclebration, Mr. Muralee Dharan (2nd right) while Indian High Commissioner

to Nigeria, Amb, Abhay Thakur and Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India, Mr.

Ravindra (left) looked on during an audience the Vice President granted the delegation at

the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida

Banditry could be worse than Boko

Haram SGF

SECRETARY

to

Government of the

Federation, SGF, Boss

Mustapha, has said the

Federal Government was

dealing with a bigger

problem in banditry, which

could be worse than Boko

Haram.

Mustapha, who spoke in

an interview with online

newspaper, Premium Times,

said government was,

however, doing everything

possible to nip in the bud

banditry and other violent

crimes in the country.

He said: "We have had

incidents of banditry, which

have taken a new dimension

altogether. It is no more

kidnapping just for the sake

of it.

"Kidnapping is becoming

a commercial enterprise and

the banditry in the North-

West, if care is not taken, will

be another insurgency

because they come in and

take territories and declare

lordship over those territories

and they dare even

authorities and securities

agencies.

"There are many aspects of

this crisis that are

manifesting, but I can tell

you that we have tried as

much as possible to deal with

them. You can see there is

relative calm, even in the

southern part of the country.

"In the South-South, which

was a major challenge at the

time we came in 2015 but

because of the interface,

mediation, negotiation and

extending a hand of

fellowship and assuring

people that they are part of

Nigeria and they can make

claims for which the

government is obligated to

listen to them, there has been

relative peace even with the

issues of self-determination

as exhibited in South

Eastern part of the country.’

"So much is being done in

terms of interface with the

governors, with the

leadership of the South-East

trying to dissuade people

from towing that part, which

will not be of benefit to

anybody.

"So as much as possible,

in the area of securing the

nation, issues of security as

they manifest in different

dimensions, we are doing as

much as humanly possible

to ensure we contain it.

‘’Like the President would

always give assurances that

we would work to avoid the

conflicts which are needless,

the office of the OSGF has

done a lot in that area.

‘’We have tried as much as

possible to interface with the

traditional rulers being the

first respondent in most

communities through the

National Council of Nigeria

Traditional Rulers which is

co-chaired by the Ooni of Ife

and the Sultan of Sokoto."

Speaking further,

Mustapha said: ‘’When

President Buhari assumed

office, a substantial part of the

local governments in the

North-East were under Boko

Haram insurgents. As a

matter of fact, today I got a

new figure that shocked me

when the governor of Borno

at a meeting mentioned that

in 2015, 22 out of 27 local

governments in Borno States

were under Boko Haram.

‘’Today, I can tell you not a

single of those 22 local

governments are under

Boko Haram. We are not

completely out of the woods

yet, but I can tell you

substantially all the local

governments that used to be

under the occupation of the

Boko Haram have been

liberated.

‘’People have returned to

their homes. We still have

challenges because of the

level of indoctrination that

has taken place. They still

have some sleeper cells that

come alive. What they do is

that they look at soft targets."

9th Senate: APC’ll have no reason

not to deliver Oshiomhole

By Omeiza

Ajayi, with agency

report

AChairman BUJANational

of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole, has said with

the emergence of the

party’s preferred

candidates as presiding

officers of the 9th Assembly,

the ruling party will have

no reason not to deliver on

its promises.

Oshiomhole stated this

Tuesday, shortly after the

inauguration of the 9th

National Assembly in

Abuja.

He said: “Nigerians with

their eyes open gave APC

the executive, they also

gave us overwhelming

majority in the two arms of

the National Assembly. I

think in doing that, they

also expect that this time

around, APC would have

no excuse not to deliver.

“We can’t say we are

being blocked by the

parliament; parliament is

ours and those who don't

believe in change cannot

be entrusted with the

challenge of managing the

change. And that is why I

said we must give the

position of responsibility to

those who believe in our

change agenda So today,

that has been translated.”

According to him, the

challenge is to whom much

is given, much is also

expected.

Oshiomhole said: “We

now have no excuse not to

deliver on security, not to

deliver on the economy

and not to deliver on

prosperity because that is

what the ordinary man

voted for and they are our

constituents.’’

The APC national chair

said he was happy with the

development at the

National Assembly, saying

“you can just imagine how

I feel like a mother who has

been carrying babies and

now, we are on the verge of

delivering twins in the two

chambers of National

Assembly."

APC govs seek

meeting with

Lawan, Gbaja

Meanwhile, governors of

the ruling All Progressives

Congress, APC, under the

aegis of Progressive

Governors Forum, PGF,

have congratulated Senator

Ahmad Lawan and Femi

Gbajabiamila on their

emergence as Senate

President and House

Speaker respectively.

In a letter addressed to the

duo and signed by

Chairman of the forum and

Kebbi State governor, Atiku

Bagudu, the governors said

they were looking forward

to meeting with the new

National Assembly leaders,

with a view to forging a

common front for the APCled

federal government.

The letter read in part: “I

have the pleasure to write

on behalf of all our

progressive governors to

congratulate you on your

election as the Senate

president of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria.

"It is, indeed, a testament

to your faith, leadership

qualities but also the

strength of your character,

patience and interpersonal

relations capacity.

“While looking forward to

an early opportunity to meet

you and strategize on how

we can accelerate the

process of delivering on all

our campaign promises,

please accept our hearty

congratulations and the

assurances of our highest

regard.’’


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 20199

COMMISSIONING: From left, Chairman, Board of Federal Medical Centre, Yola,

Hajia Habiba Ibrahim Umar; First Lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo; First Lady of

Niger Republic, Mrs Aissata Mahamadou; Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman

of UBA Plc, Mr Tony Elumelu; wife of President of Nigeria and Founder of Aisha Buhari

Foundation, ABF, Dr Aisha Buhari; and First Lady of Chad, Mrs Hinda Deby Itno, during

the commissioning of ABF Maternity Complex constructed by ABF and commissioned by

Elumelu at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola, Tuesday.

9th NASS: Jostling for other principal

offices intensifies

By Clifford

Ndujihe &

Levinus

Nwabughiogu

AFTER the emergence of

Senate President,

Deputy Senate President,

House of Representatives

Speaker and deputy

speaker, the focus has shifted

to the 16 principal offices

where a rat race of sorts has

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Relief for indigestion

WHEN you have

indigestion, your

belly hurts and you may feel

sick. Indigestion affects the

lining of the stomach in the

upper abdomen and can be

caused by lifestyle choices

and medication. If you’re

feeling the unpleasant

symptoms of indigestion,

there are simple tips for

relief.

A good start is to be aware

of common causes that

include spicy, greasy and

fatty foods, as well as foods

with a lot of acid like citrus

and tomatoes.

Keep a food diary. Note

that it can take up to 72

hours for food to cause a

flare-up of indigestion.

Note what you ate and the

time you ate it, it can help

you deduce what it is that’s

bothering your belly.

ensued among lawmakers

eyeing the slots.

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, House of

Representatives caucus was

meeting on the issue at press

time.

Of the 16 slots, the ruling

All Progressives Congress,

APC, will fill eight majority

positions, while the

opposition parties, mainly

PDP, will produce the

Eat slowly. It’s not just

what you eat that can cause

indigestion; it’s also how

quickly you eat. Sit down

when you eat your meals.

Eat less. Over-eating

can also trigger indigestion.

Eating several small meals

throughout the day can

help. Avoid eating right

before bed.

Swallowing too much air

while eating is also a risk.

Avoid that by chewing with

your mouth closed and

talking less while eating.

Avoid drinking with your

meals. Try to limit drinking

fluids to 20 minutes before

or after a meal. Try sips of

room-temperature water.

Avoid taking soft drinks,

alcohol and caffeine with

your meals.

Exercise at the right time

after a meal.

•Abdullahi, Kalu, Doguwa, Ossai,

others in race for majority leader

•As PDP caucus meets

balance.

Also, both chambers of the

National Assembly Senate

and House of

Representativeswill

produce eight positions each

The eight positions in each

House are Majority Leader,

Deputy Majority Leader,

Chief Whip, Deputy Chief

Whip, Minority Leader,

Deputy Minority Leader,

Minority Whip and Deputy

Minority Whip.

The slots will be filled by

the parties’ caucuses in

consultation with the

leadership of the parties.

The question of zoning

and ensuring balance in the

sharing of offices are

expected to play crucial roles

in the filling of the offices.

Those eyeing the Senate

positions include Abdullahi

Adamu (APC, Nasarawa,

North Central); Orji Kalu

(APC, Abia, South-East); Ike

Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu,

South-East); Enyinnaya

Abaribe (PDP, Abia, South-

East); and Yahaya Abdullahi

(APC, Kebbi North-West).

In the House of

Representatives, the likes of

Ado Doguwa from Kano

State; Mohammed Bago

(Niger); Nkeiru Onyejeocha

(Abia); Yakubu Dogara

(Bauchi); John Dyegh

(Benue); and Ossai Ossai

among others are

considered as front runners.

Currently, former

Nasarawa State governor,

Abdullahi Adamu, is being

fingered for the Senate

Majority Leader. Another

senator in the pecking order

is Orji Kalu, who dropped

his deputy Senate

presidency aspiration in line

with the directive of APC

leadership.

Before the inauguration on

Tuesday, APC endorsed

Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North)

for Senate Presidency, Ovie

Omo-Agege (Delta Central)

for deputy Senate

presidency, Femi

Gbajabiamila (Lagos) for the

House of Representatives

speakership, and Idris Wase

(Plateau) for deputy speaker,

and they were so elected.

Effective strategies

The permutations and

strategies of the ruling APC

in the build up to the

elections of the presiding

officers of Senate and the

House of Representatives

worked very well.

While the emergence of

these personalities has been

applauded by many

Nigerians, it has also

received knocks from many

quarters for not reflecting the

federal character and

geographical spread as

enshrined in the Nigerian

constitution.

The big hole is traced to

the ceding the speakership

position to the South-West,

which has already tucked in

the office of the vice

president.

Power sharing

The prognosis of power

allocations now shows that

the President of Nigeria,

Muhammadu Buhari, hails

from Katsina State (North-

West); Vice President Yemi

Osinbajo,Ogun State

(South-West); Senate

President is from Yobe State

(North-East); Deputy Senate

President is from Delta State

(South-South); House

Speaker is from Lagos State

(South-West) and Deputy

Speaker is from Plateau State

(North-Central). The South-

East, the sixth geo-political

zone is yet to get any

legislative slot.

APC candidates

for remaining

principal offices

The remaining principal

offices are not contestable.

They are squarely party

affairs. It is the political parties

that decide who gets what.

Bago interested?

The events of 2015 threw

up the present speaker,

Gbajabiamila, as the majority

leader immediately after he

lost to the immediate past

speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

Should the situation repeat

itself, Mohammed Bago,

who contested with

Gbajabiamila is likely to

assume the position. But the

questions to ask about this

are: Is he interested in the

job? Would the party support

him to occupy the position

as was the case in 2015?

The answers are not

currently handy as

spokesman of his campaign

organisation, Victor Ogene,

told Vanguard last night that

there was no information on

the subject matter yet.

Ado Doguwa

is the man

Outside Bago, the lot

appears to have fallen on

Ado Doguwa from Kano

State. Many of his colleagues

said he is the man for the job.

Doguwa has since

positioned himself for the

office. In fact, he sacrificed

his speakership ambition for

Gbajabiamila.

Doguwa is a fifth timer to

the House. He has been in

the House since 2007. Apart

from that, he was first elected

as member in 1992 in the

botched third republic. He

also aspired for speakership

in 2015 but later withdrew as

directed by the APC.

Ossai for Minority

Leader

Similarly, Ossai from Delta

State is also tipped for

minority leader. Many of his

colleagues believe the

lawmaker has the tact and

the finesse to project and

defend the aspirations of the

major opposition party in the

House.

He told Vanguard that

although his party, the PDP

Caucus, was going to meet

on the matter last night, he

was waiting to be installed

as the minority leader of the

Ninth House.

He said: “I think the party

caucus is meeting today

(Wednesday) and I have

already circulated my profile.

We are already on the way.

Let’s know what the caucus

will say. My mindset is

focused. I don’t see any other

interest."

June 12:

Democracy,

our only

recourse

Saraki

FORMER President of

the Senate, Dr. Bukola

Saraki, has called on

Nigerians to embrace the

significance of June 12 as

Democracy Day, while

working together to defend

and protect the nation’s

democracy and its

institutions.

In a message signed by

his Special Adviser on

Media & Publicity, Yusuph

Olaniyonu, Saraki said

Nigeria must also honour

its heroes like Chief MKO

Abiola, the winner of the

annulled June 12, 1993

presidential election and

others who played key

roles in making the election

possible.

Saraki said: “Democracy

Day is a sombre

commemoration of our

nation’s history. It is a

reminder that a government

for, of, and by the people is

and must be Nigeria’s only

recourse.

“As we commemorate

today, and remember our

heroes like Chief MKO

Abiola, we must all

collectively commit to

playing our own individual

roles in the defence of

Nigeria’s democracy."

Why we can't

have another

MKO in Nigeria

Kola Abiola

By Victor

Ogunyinka

FIRST son of the

acclaimed winner of

June 12, 1993, presidential

election, Kola Abiola, has

said Nigeria was not likely

to have another person

with the clout of his late

father, Moshood

Kashimawo Olawale

Abiola.

Kola, who spoke in an

interview, explained that

the calibre of MKO only

comes once in a generation.

On what went down

before, during and after the

June 12 elections, Kola

explained that some of the

people who were the late

MKO's friends were out for

only what they could from

him.

He further explained that

Abiola would have

withstood the pressure of

not appointing politicians,

if he became president.

He said: “When you come

in with a monument,

whatever you do at that

point, you would be given

the benefit of doubt. It is

when you start messing up

that you will be criticised,

because then, for the mere

fact that MKO won that

election, prices of goods

were dropping."


10 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

See your office as sacred, Tinubu

tasks Lawan, Gbajabiamila

By Dapo Akinrefon

LAGOSA National

Leader of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,

yesterday, urged the

Senate President, Ahmed

Lawan and Speaker of the

House of Representatives,

Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila

and their deputies to see the

offices entrusted in them as

sacred.

He urged the new

National Assembly leaders

to do all within their powers

to not only nurture and

deepen the institutions of

the Legislature but the

country's promising

democracy.

Tinubu, in a

congratulatory message by

his Media Office and

signed by Tunde Rahman,

said the task before the new

NASS leaders “is to

compliment and support

President Muhammadu

Buhari to deliver on his

administration’s

progressive agenda and

truly take the country to the

Next Level with detailed,

timely and progressive

legislative initiatives and

restore a sense of patriotism

to the exalted offices they

now occupy.”

In the statement titled:

Nurturing & Deepening

National Assembly

Institution, Democracy,”

the APC leader said: “I

congratulate Senate

President Ahmed Lawan,

Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Mr. Femi

Gbajabiamila, and their

deputies, Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege and Mr.

Ahmed Idris Wase, on their

election as presiding

officers of the 9th National

Assembly. "

“To have been selected by

such overwhelming

majorities by their peers is

a wonderful honour and a

clear demonstration of the

implicit confidence reposed

in them as leaders and

legislators. The offices

these leaders have been

entrusted with are sacred

and must not be toyed with.

“Their emergence as

leaders of the 9 th National

Assembly comes at a crucial

time in our nation’s history.

“Their election in a free,

fair and transparent

manner is therefore a

further demonstration of the

fact that our democracy is

functioning well. It also

reaffirms party supremacy

because these officers are

also the choice of our

governing All Progressives

Congress and the party’s

caucus in the National

Assembly.

“As our National

Assembly leaders, I urge

them to do all within their

powers to not only nurture

and deepen the institutions

of the parliament but also

our

promising

democracy. Their task now

is to compliment and

support President

Muhammadu Buhari to

deliver on his

administration’s

progressive agenda and

truly take the country to the

Next Level. This they must

do with detailed, timely

and progressive legislative

initiatives and restore a

sense of patriotism to the

exalted offices they now

occupy.

“It is imperative that the

new leadership quickly

departs from the

adversarial posture of those

that came before and

extends hands of

fellowship and friendship to

the executive", he said.

Ekiti backs move to stop illegal

tolls on agro products

A DO-EKITIEkiti

State government

has thrown its weight

behind the drive to

eradicate illegal collection

of taxes and levies on

agricultural and allied

products on Nigeria, and in

particular, the state

highways and markets.

This was disclosed by the

state Commissioner for

Local Government and

Community Development,

Prof. Adio Folayan, while

declaring open the

interactive session of a

forum organised by the

Nigeria Association of

Agricultural Produce

Dealers, NAAPD, on the

implementation of Federal

Government Policy on Ban

of Illegal and Multiple

Taxes and Levies on

Agricultural Produce and

Allied Products on

Highways, Parks and

Markets, in Akure recently.

Stressing the importance

of agriculture to Ekiti State

as a predominantly

agrarian society, Folayan

said with the abundant and

fertile land, the state

government has a duty to

provide conducive

atmosphere for potential

investors in agri and agroallied

ventures to thrive.

He, however, cautioned

that much as the state

government depends on

taxes and levies as critical

means of revenue

generation for sustainable

development, it is "mindful

of the need to regulate the

pattern on collection of the

taxes so that it does not

jeopardise the purpose or

frustrate the charisma of

those engaged in

agriculture."

JUNE 12: From left: Wuraola Abiola, Mrs. Lola Abiola-Edewor, Mr. Deji Abiola and Lekan Abiola,

all children of Late MKO Abiola during celebration of June-12 as Democracy Day and Laying of

Wreaths at Late MKO Abiola's burial ground, at his residence in Ikeja, Lagos yesterday. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

DEMOCRACY DAY: How we celebrated

June 12 by Opadokun, Agbakoba, others

By Chioma Gabriel,

Clifford Ndujihe,

Dapo Akinrefon &

Olayinka Ajayi

Lpersonalities, AGOSNOTABLE

who

played crucial roles in the

June 12 struggle, yesterday,

shared with Vanguard how

they celebrated the historic

day.

Those who spoke with

Vanguard included Elder

Statesman, Pa Ayo

Adebanjo; former President

of the Nigerian Bar

Association, Dr. Olisa

Agbakoba; General

Secretary of the National

Democratic Coalition,

NADECO, Mr. Ayo

Opadokun; a former

General Secretary of the

National Union of

Petroleum and Natural Gas

Workers Union,

NUPENG, Frank Kokori;

leader of NADECO in

Canada and the United

States, Chief Ralph Obioha

and Afenifere chieftain,

Chief Supo Shonibare.

I returned home after a

TV programme

Opadokun

Narrating how he

celebrated June 12, Mr.

Opadokun said: “I was

invited to appear on a live

television programme, after

which, I returned home. I

was excited with the positive

response that we got from

Buhari with regards to

NADECO’s call that a

national monument should

be named after Abiola. The

fact that the national

stadium in Abuja has been

named MKO Abiola

stadium is beautiful to hear.”

I was on TV and Radio

Kokori

Kokori said: “I was on

television and many radio

programmes with Femi

Falana discussing June 12.

I was happy indeed but the

issue is that June 12 has

been hijacked by the

government.

“It is no longer about the

heroes of democracy

because we were not

invited to the Democracy

Day programme in Abuja.

Although I was in Abuja, it

was for the civil society

programme.

“Those, who gathered to

celebrate June 12 at the

stadium as Democracy Day

were strangers who had

nothing to do with June 12

or the struggle. We were not

invited. Well, I was not. But

all the same, I was happy.”

I can’t comment on June

12 Obioha

Obioha said: “How I

celebrated June 12? What

do you want me to say? I

cannot comment on June

12 any more after

Babagana Kingibe, who

allegedly sabotaged June

12, has become the

honouree and champion of

democracy. It is amazing.

So, I reserve my comments.”

I was at homeAdebanjo

Asked where he

celebrated June 12 and

Democracy Day, Adebanjo

said: ‘’In my house; I

don’t celebrate with those,

who do not believe in

democracy. I thank God I

am alive when some people

are having a second

thought about the

significance of June 12.

Those who refer to June 12

as democracy day must

practice what that day stood

for. They must practice what

Abiola promised and would

have done if he was swornin.

You can’t put people in

prison without trial, refuse

court orders and

clampdown on the press

and say you are practicing

democracy.

"These are important

ingredients of democracy. It

is when we have all these

put together that we have a

democratic society.’’

I celebrated it quietly

Agbakoba

On his part, Agbakoba

said he had fulfilled day

reflecting on the June 12

struggles with Tundun

Abiola, the daughter of

Chief Abiola’s most senior

widow, Bisi.

Asked how he celebrated

the day, he said: ‘’Quietly

and I also had a reflection

with one of Abiola’s children

on what went wrong, what

where the strategies we did

not apply and where we

would have applied the

breaks between prodemocracy

activism and

politics. We wondered if we

had not stopped and

continued with activism in

1998, may be things would

have been different.

‘’We also discussed

Abiola, how he decided to

be a martyr for democracy.

It was a throwback, going

back 26 years, looking at

the giants of the democratic

struggle like Ken Saro-

Wiwa, Beko Ransome-Kuti,

etc. It was a fulfilling day

for me and now I am

enjoying myself with a nice

bottle of wine.’’

I celebrated it in Ogba

Shonibare

Shonibare said: “We

celebrated the

commemoration of June 12

in Ogba, as we had been

doing annually since

1995.

“As you and I know that

Lagos was the bastion of the

resistance movement in the

c o u n t r y

through NADECO, United

Action for Democracy, UAD,

CDHR and other Pro-

Democracy groups. The

day deserves a soul

searching-reflection on our

polity. The event of our

having a free and probably,

the fairest election ever

conducted in our polity,

which was also intended to

be the benchmark in

establishing a democratic

polity and rejection of

dictatorship, did enable our

transition to civilian rule.

“We have, however, not

truly transited to a

democratic rule with the

spate of disputable and

rigged elections at all levels

of government.

"June 12 would have been

a debacle but for the bravery

of late Chief MKO Abiola

in not abandoning his

mandate even when faced

with the possibility of his

losing his life. All of us

angling to lead in our

country must be prepared

to make the same sacrifice

in standing and protecting

the collective good of the

country, even if it requires

our making the same

sacrifice that MKO made.

That should be the abiding

lesson of June 12.”

I was at the Eagles

Square in Abuja

Durojaiye

A former NADECO

chieftain, Senator Biyi

Durojaiye said: “Like every

other statesmen, I was at the

Eagles Square in Abuja,

where many African

Presidents and

representatives of the

queen of England were

present. It is a pity that

active participants who

suffered imprisonment

without court trial or

sentence and those who

continued the struggle in

exile were not present at the

event.

"People like Frank Kokori,

Ayo Opadokun, Wale

Oshun, Gen. Alani

Akinrinade (retd), Vice

Admiral Ndubusi Kanu

(retd), Commodore Ebitu

Ukiwe (retd), Ayo

Adebanjo, Olu falae

among others.”


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Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019 11

The nude video with Etinosa

was planned – Mc Galaxy

By Tolulope Abereoje

Popular afro-pop singer,

Innocent Udeme Udofot

a.k.a Mc Galaxy who became

even more popular with a

controversial nude live video

with actress, Etinosa on his

Instagram page few months

back, has admitted that the

video was planned.

Recall that Mc Galaxy had

caused a stir on the internet

after he did a live video in

which Etinosa appeared to be

under the influence of alcohol

and was not in her right state

of mind as she stripped

herself naked while a large

number of fans watched.

New reports have however

suggested that the actress

was aware of the video and

she was not coerced into

being a party to it.

The ‘Sekem’ crooner in a

I can’t stand being

in a relationship now

let alone marriage

– Ifu Ennada

By Tolulope Abereoje

Popular ex-Big Brother Naija housemate and

actress, Ifu Ennada has revealed that bagging the

‘Mrs.’ title is not her priority at the moment and isn’t

looking forward to settling down anytime soon.

One of her fan and ‘well wisher’ simply commented

“somebody’s wife” on one of her photos on her

Instagram page and the actress did not let it slide. She

went on to question why ‘husband house’ was such a big

deal to the average Nigerian woman.

“Not my portion now please. I want to make money and

travel the world myself before settling with any man. Why is

‘husband house’ such a priority to the average Nigerian woman?

People are built differently and they have different goals in life.

Marriage is not on the table anytime now. I can’t even stand being in

a relationship now let alone marriage. Please that institution is not for me now. I’m

not mentally, emotionally and financially ready now,” she revealed.

Naira Marley, Zlatan, Candybleakz

urge youth to work hard in ‘Owo Osu’

By Rotimi Agbana

Popular street music rapper, Naira

Marley, who has been in the news

for the wrong reasons, seems to have

learnt a few lessons from his

encounter with the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,

after being quizzed on a 10-count

charge bordering on credit card fraud.

The leader of the Marlians mafia

•Candybleakz

recent interview has finally cleared the

air as to what really happened and

according to him, the live video was

planned and he was not happy he

took most of the blame after it

happened.

“The live video thing, we planned

it. Etinosa and I planned that stuff

and I was not happy the way the

whole thing turned out on me

alone,” he said.

The singer further explained that

the plan was not for Etinosa to go

completely unclad but everything

spiraled out of control during the

video. He added that he was

surprised to see her acting like she

was drunk.

“We didn’t plan that she would

come out completely naked like

that, she over did it on that

live video. I was quite

surprised when I saw her

doing the whole acting

thing,” he said.

has returned to making music, as he teamed

up with his fellow rapper, Zlatan Ibile, on

Candy Bleakz’s first official single titled ‘Owo

Osu’, a street jam currently making waves on

radio/TV stations across the

country because of its

moralistic lyrics which

encourages the youth to work

hard to earn a living instead

of engaging in crime and

other social unacceptable

behaviors.

Candy is the First Lady of

Street Billionaires - a label

imprint of the Chocolate City

Music family, today dropped

the visuals to the song which

has enjoyed massive radio

play, on her label’s official

Instagram page.

After being in the news for

his alleged involvement in

internet fraud, popularly

known as Yahoo Yahoo or

Gee; coupled with the fact

that he also publicly

endorsed Yahoo-Yahoo

activities on some of his

Instagram live videos, it very

much seems this Owo Osu

(Monthly Salary) glorifying

song was the lifeline Naira

Marley needed to warm his

way back into the hearts of

music lovers.

•Ifu Ennada

•Jaywon

•Mc Galaxy

By Rotimi Agbana

Sultry

Nigerian

songstress, Simi, is

neither a politician, image

builder nor a political expert,

but she seems to have a good

knowledge of the major

problems that have contributed

to the poor image that has

characterized Nigerians over the

years in the international

community.

According to the velvety voiced

singer, who took time to analyze why

Nigerians are regarded as one of the most

corrupt countries in the world, “we have

underestimated the power and impact of a

good image, which is probably why

Nigerians find it difficult to obtain visa to

other countries easily.

“We need to fix our country, fix our image,

because the only reason the Nigerian

passport is going through so much scrutiny

is because of what they assume we’re all

capable of. The more desperate we are to

Why Nigerians have

bad image in the

international

community Simi

go there, the less likely they want us there

and vice versa. We’re the problem, we’re

also the solution. We have highly

underestimated the power and impact of a

good image and it’s catching up with us.

Plus the change is not just the government,

it’s all of us; we’re getting left behind.

Everyday we’re clapping for countries with

passports that have easy access to

numerous countries. Why the heck do you

think that is? They earned it”, she said.

She added; “The problem is not the

passport, it is us my brethren. Over 30-

years ago, my mother went to London and

got visa on arrival, the same green passport.

We’ve got to start telling ourselves the

truth. If we don’t fix up, how’re we going

to get better treatment? Previously, the

privileged were quiet because they could

somehow find a way, now, everybody is

affected. I feel like if we let it go too bad,

it’ll take even longer to repair. I’m tired.

Even talk is too much. We need people with

good hearts that really can be the change”,

she concluded.

Jaywon, Zlatan Ibile clash

over song title, ‘This Year’

By Tolulope Abereoje

Nigerian singer, Oluwajuwonlo

Iledare popularly known as Jaywon

has taken to Instagram to call out

indigenous street rapper, Zlatan Ibile for

copying his ‘This Year’ song title.

It started with Instagram

blogger, Tunde Ednut

posting a caption ‘This

year’ and asking his

followers to complete

the phrase.

Jaywon joined

other followers in

completing the

phrase by

commenting

with the lyrics

to his own

song, “this

year”. He

wrote:

“Asan wa sire,

Asan wa s’ayo,

Asan wa so gbogbo nkan t’eyan fi

ni Ayo. Tell the copy cats original is

original and fake will always be

fake. If it pains you, I’m in my

house, come and beat me but I’ve

said what I’ll say. Who no know

before don know and who no wan

gree know OYO.”

Recall that Jaywon sang a song

titled “This Year” back in 2012, so,

apparently, he is reminding people

that “original would always be

original.”

Fast forward to May 2019, Zlatan

released a new single titled “This

Year” and Jawyon is not finding it

funny.

Zlatan has also responded to his

accusations and the ‘Zanku’

crooner decided not to believe

Jaywon was referring to him.

“He can’t be talking to me! If na

me na my page he go write the

comment,” he replied.


12Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Insecurity: Nigeria, most

ineffective oil nation in the

world Osaghae

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT

UNIVERSITY don, Prof

Eghosa Osaghae, at a June

12 lecture in Port Harcourt,

Rivers State, yesterday,

described Nigeria as the

“most ineffective major oil

nation in the world,” because

of its failed capacity to

develop.

Osaghae, guest lecturer at

the event facilitated by Rivers

Unity House, RUH, also

said Nigeria was

undeniably a failed state

because “any state unable to

deal with security, hunger,

provide jobs, ensure

protection, welfare of the

people is failed.”

This year’s RUH June 12

lecture focused on National

Security: Beyond Power,

Passion and Politics with the

topic Insecurity Bigger Than

Recession, Bigger Threat To

Democracy.

Osaghae said: “Oil and

gas, in the volume Nigeria

has among leading

producing nations in the

world, should have

multiplied our capacity for

security, but we don’t add

value to that resources. We

just sell off the raw product

and wait for others to think

for us, produce and we

consume.

“Obviously, our state is not

meeting its side of the

bargain in providing

security. Security is

holistically not only about

violence and killings. Even

more fundamental is food

security, job, health security,

whose absence for the

majority is fuelling insecurity

in the land.

“Because the state has

failed to provide, people now

look for exits by way of selfhelp,

which in itself is

aggravating the insecurity.

Accountability is the thrust of

security. Above all, we would

have resolved our insecurity

when both the leaders and

the led begin to agree on

common purpose.”

2019 polls: God intervened

to give us victory Wike

OVERNOR Nyesom

G

Wike of Rivers State has

said God came down and

personally intervened in

the electoral turbulence in

the state to give the state a

desired victory.

Speaking during a

solidarity and thanksgiving

service by Anglican

Bishops of the Province of

Niger Delta at the

Government House, Port

Harcourt, Wike said he saw

the mighty working hand

of God during the elections.

He said: “We give God

the glory for what has

happened. During the

period of turbulence, we

prayed and God heard our

prayers. God came down

and intervened on our

behalf. Our thanksgiving

to God will never be

enough. But for the

intervention of God, there

was nothing anyone would

have done.

“The conspiracies and

gang-ups were heavy, but

God showed his presence.

When you have challenges,

then you know there is God.

“I need your prayers for

God to bring to me the right

people who will work with

me. People who will work

with me for the good of our

state."

Archbishop ofAnglican

Province of the Niger Delta,

Most Rev Tunde Adeleye,

said they were at

Government House to

thank God for ensuring the

victory of Governor Wike

in line with the prayers of

the Bishops and members

of the province.

SENSITISATION: Comptroller General of Customs, CGC, Benin Republic, Saca Charles

(left), and representative of the CG, Nigerian Customs, Benjamin Aber, during a stakeholders

sensitisation on Nigeria-Benin connectivity for seamless border transaction, in Lagos.

Photo: NAN.

PDP govs congratulate new NASS

•Urge 9th Assembly to defend legislature’s

leadership

By Samuel

Oyadongha

YENAGOA

BAYELSA State

Governor and Chairman,

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, Governors Forum, Mr

Seriake Dickson, has

congratulated the newly

elected leadership of the

National Assembly and

urged them to guarantee

the independence of the

legislature in accordance

with democratic ethos.

Dickson also charged the

independence

new leadership to ensure

that the rights of Nigerians

are defended and well

protected.

The governor gave the

charge in the forum’s

congratulatory message

following Tuesday’s

inauguration of the

national legislature and the

election of Ahmed Lawan

as Senate President and

Ovie Omo-Agege as

Deputy Senate President.

Femi Gbajabiamila and

Ahmed Wase were also

elected Speaker and

Deputy Speaker of the

House of Representatives.

Dickson in a statement by

his Special Adviser on

Public Affairs, Mr. Daniel

Alabrah, said what

transpired in the National

Assembly on Tuesday was

democracy in action.

He urged them to be

conscious of the fact that

they emerged at a trying

time in the nation’s

democracy.

Dickson said the

Oil spill: Impacted community warns against

compensation without NOSDRA approval

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT

AS Shell Petroleum

Development Company,

SPDC, moves to pay

compensation for the May

2018 oil spillages on its

Trans Ramos Pipeline,

impacted Amazor

communities, Ekeremor

Local Government Area,

Bayelsa State, have said

they would resist any

compensation outside that

approved by the industry

regulator.

Chiefs and Elders

Council of Amazor gave

the warning in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State,

yesterday, following Shell’s

invitation of the community

chairman and his attorney

among other affected

stakeholders to discuss

compensation report in

absence of Post Spill Impact

Assessment, PSIA,

supervised by regulating

National Oil Spill Detection

and Response Agency,

NOSDRA.

Chief Gari Suwa,

Chairman, Chiefs and

Elders Council of Amazor,

who presented the

community’s position, said:

“I was surprised my

community chairman and

his attorney were among

those SPDC invited in

January and May 2019 to

discuss compensation

while we await report of the

PSIA and damage

assessment carried out by

NOSDRA with full

participation of SPDC in

December, 2018.

“We are disappointed that

without consultation with

the traditional head, chiefs,

elders and the good people

of Amazor communities, he

went ahead and accepted

compensation terms even

though he was part of the

11/9/2018 meeting where

terms of compensation were

defined."

leadership and indeed the

National Assembly must

strive at all times to uphold

national unity and

cohesion.

His words: “On behalf of

the PDP governors, I

congratulate the new

leadership of the National

Assembly. I urge them to

strive to defend the

independence of the

legislature and to protect

the rights of Nigerians.

“If the independence of

the legislature is lost, then

our democracy would have

lost all meaning. The

legislators should seek to

protect both chambers as

well as the rights of

Nigerians. They have the

responsibility to protect the

Nigerian people against all

forms of arbitrariness and

abuses.

“The legislators should do

their utmost to further the

stability and unity of the

country while working hard

to deepen our fledgling

democracy. The principal

officers have assumed these

high positions at a trying

time in our nation’s

democracy. This reality

must not be lost on them.”

Assets declaration: Presidential panel transfers

Nwaoboshi case to DPPF

By Dapo

Akinrefon

S

P E C I A L

Presidential

Investigation Panel,

SPIP, for Recovery of

Public Property has

transferred to the

Director of Public

Prosecutions of the

Federation, DPPF, the

prosecution of Senator

Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta

North) over allegation of

failure to declare his

assets.

The panel, last week,

also forwarded to the

Code of Conduct

Bureau, CCB, for further

investigation the case

file of Nwaoboshi

In a letter

accompanying the case

file, dated June 7, 2019

by Dr. Celcius Ukpong,

SPIP said: “I am directed

to forward to you above

named case file for

further action. The above

suspect is under

investigation before us

for possession of

suspicious assets far and

beyond his legitimate

earnings.

“He has refused to

declare his assets before

the panel after lawful

demand by the Special

Presidential

Investigation Panel. This

refusal is contrary to and

punishable under

section 3(i)(a) of the

Recovery of Public

Property (Special

Provisions) Act 2004.

“It shall be appreciated

if a charge is brought

against him for this

offence pending the

conclusion of the

investigation. We,

hereby, attach a draft

charge against him, for

your perusal and further

action."


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 201913

4 cultists killed

in aftermath of

Anambra Imoka

festival

MONI PULO:From left HRH Okon Asuqu Abang of Ebughu; representative of the Paramount Ruler of Mbo Local

Government Area, Chief Etim Aba; representative of Commissioner for Environment & Mineral Resources, Mrs. Emem Ibokette;

representative of the Executive Vice Chairman of Moni Pulo Ltd., Mrs. Babeibi Pepple; representative of the Commissioner of

Police, Akwa Ibom State, ACP Rabo Ishaku; representative of the Zonal Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources, Mrs.

Philo Idire; Chairman, Mbo Local Government Area, Asukwo Effiong Eyo, and others at the 10th circle of Moni Pulo

Empowerment Programme in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Reactions trail emergence of Anambra

House Speaker from Obiano’s zone

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKAANAMBRA State

House of Assembly,

yesterday, elected Mr. Uche

Okafor representing Ayamelum

constituency, as Speaker for the

seventh state assembly, even as

many people who attended the

ceremony wondered why the

Speaker should emerge from

Governor Willie Obiano’s

Anambra North senatorial zone.

However, national chairman of

the ruling All Progressive Grand

Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Oye,

defended the action, saying it

arose from the fact that APGA had

earlier zoned the governorship

position for 2022 to Anambra

South senatorial zone.

Reception of our leaders in America, Canada

made nonsense of terrorist tagIPOB

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

NNEWITHE Indigenous

People of Biafra, IPOB,

yesterday, said the warm

reception its leader, Mazi

Nnamdi Kanu received in United

States and Canada has shown

that the terrorism tag against the

Biafra agitating group is

meaningless and foolish.

In a statement by its Media and

Publicity Secretary, Emma

Powerful, IPOB said,

“irrespective of the intimidation,

harassment, arrest, killings and

massacre orchestrated and

designed to humiliate Biafrans by

the dictators running the country

and security agencies, it has

continued to march relentlessly to

the pre-ordained destination of

Biafra freedom.”

Thanking the American and

Canadian governments and their

people, including the Biafrans

and IPOB members in both

countries for their warm reception

to its leader and members of the

group who accompanied him to

the countries, IPOB said the

people and government that

tagged IPOB as a terrorist group

have been excluded from the

forthcoming US-African

Summit.

The statement said: “The

worldwide family of the

Indigenous People of Biafra,

IPOB, congratulates IPOB family

in Canada for the huge turnout

and awesome reception given to

our indefatigable leader, Mazi

Nnamdi Kanu on June 8 and 9

in Toronto.

“Special thanks go to those who

dedicated their time and energy

in making sure that this landmark

visit by our leader Mazi Nnamdi

Kanu is a resoundingly

successful one.

“We equally thank our Biafran

veterans and various Igbo groups

in Canada for the respect, honour

and recognition given to our

leader during the event. IPOB

leadership also commends the

enthusiasm, love and regard

Biafrans across board exhibited

during the town hall meeting.

“Biafrans living in the United

States of America and Canada

have proven through these visits

and town hall meetings that our

people are fully determined,

united and committed to the

pursuit of Biafra independence as

indisputably championed by

IPOB.

“The reputation of the current

leaders of Nigeria has been left

in tatters as the world has shown

that the terrorism tag against

IPOB is meaningless and foolish.

The Nigerian leader under whose

administration IPOB was tagged

a terrorist group has been

thoroughly disgraced, which

culminated in his exclusion from

the forthcoming US-Africa

Summit.

“Regardless of the intimidation,

arrest, killings and massacre

orchestrated and designed to

humiliate Biafrans by the

unrepentant dictator running the

Nigerian government and her

security agencies, we continue to

march relentlessly to our

preordained destination of Biafra

freedom.”

We're united

IPOB boasted that its

leadership has so far successfully

mobilised and united Biafrans

living in North America under one

common purpose, adding that

they “will continue to hold town

hall meetings and private

consultations in the coming

weeks in the countries, adding

that the next port of call for the

group is Los Angeles,

California and from there to

Houston Texas and then to

Chicago and finally New York,

where he will be rounding off

this historic tour of North

America.”

The IPOB statement also

disclosed that its high command

and Directorate of State, DOS,

are working hard and will leave

no stone unturned in its

agitation for the total liberation

of Biafra and other oppressed

peoples in Nigeria and

therefore, appealed to Biafrans

both home and in the Diaspora

to continue to provide strong

support and security for its leader

during tours.

Clerk of the House, Mr. Pius

Udoh, after reading the

governor’s proclamation for the

inauguration of the seventh

assembly, directed the lawmakers

to submit their assets declaration

forms before the commencement

of the election, which the 30-

member legislature did.

Mr. Edward Igbuzo,

representing Onitsha North II

constituency, nominated Okafor

and was seconded by Lawrence

Ezeudu representing Dunukoofia

constituency.

Dr. Pascal Agbodike,

representing Ihiala II

constituency, was elected Deputy

Speaker, while Dr. Nnamdi

Okafor from Awka South I

emerged Majority Leader.

Apparently concerned about the

complaint by some people that it

was not proper for the governor

and the Speaker to come from the

same zone, Oye said: “It has

become expedient to issue this

statement to correct the malicious

and

tendentious

misrepresentation of facts with

regard to the choice of the

Speaker of the 7th session of the

Anambra State House of

Assembly.

“The decision to zone the

speakership position to the

Northern part of the state arose

from the simple fact that our

party had earlier zoned the

governorship position in 2022

to the South.

“Again, the decision was

reached after due and wide

consultation with critical

stakeholders and to maintain

equity and justice.

“We urge our members across

the various divides in the state

to abide by the choices made by

the party to oversee its affairs in

the 7th Assembly. It is our belief

that with the choices we have

made, the party is well-positioned

to face the challenges ahead.”

By Nwabueze

Okonkwo

ONITSHANO fewer

than four suspected

cultists were said to have been

killed in different locations in

Awka, Anambra State capital,

when two rival cults clashed.

It was gathered that the

clashes occurred Sunday and

Monday after the conclusion

of the Imoka festival last

Sunday.

According to sources, two

were killed with axe and gun

at Amaenyi and Aroma

Junction when the warring

groups, Aye (Black Axe) and

Vikings (Baga) clashed late

Sunday evening.

The other two were killed

with gun and axe between the

‘B’ Division of the Nigeria

Police Station and the

Secretariat and their corpses

removed by the Police.

Among the deceased was

one identified as Arinze

Igirigwe, aged 21, from Izzi in

Ebonyi State who belonged to

Aye confraternity, while the

identities of other deceased

members were not known at

press time.

Igbo group

laments

exclusion of Igbo

from principal

officers' slots of

NASS

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIAAN Igbo

group, Coalition of

South-East Youth Leaders,

COSEYL, has lamented the

exclusion of Ndigbo in the

newly-elected principal officers

of the 9th National Assembly,

describing it as “a declaration

of political war against Igbo.”

COSEYL described All

Progressives Congress, APC,

as a hate party which does not

have regards for all parts of

the country but thrives in

segregation.

According to the colaition,

“the decision of APC not to

support or zone any principal

position in the 9th National

Assembly to the South-East is

a clear indication and

statement by the party that the

South-East is not part of

Nigeria.

“How can the North produce

the Nigerian President, Senate

President, Chief Justice of

Nigeria and Deputy Speaker?

The South-West has APC

National Leader, Vice

President, Speaker.

“The South-South produced

National Chairman, Deputy

Senate President and the

South-East left with nothing.”


14 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

NATIONAL DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATIONS

The 2019 National Democracy Day held at Eagle Square, Abuja yesterday. Photos: Abayomi Adeshida.

President Muhammadu Buhari Inspecting brigade of guards.

President George Weah of Liberia and President Macky Sall of Senegal

leading other world leaders to the State Box.

From left; Chairman, BUA Group, Alh. Abdulsaad Rabiu, wife of Lagos State Gov,

From left; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Defence Staff, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Gov, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,

Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin; SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher; Ag. Chief Justice of the Alh. Aliko Dangote, Mr. Femi Otedola and ex-Min. of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

Federation, Justice Tanko Muhammad; Speaker, House of Reps, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila;

Senate President Ahmed Lawal and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

From left; Senator Ajayi Borrofice; Former Benue State Gov, George Akume; Former

Oyo State Gov, Abiola Ajimobi and ex-Osun State Gov, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola.

Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora (left) discussing with the children of MKO

Abiola, Jamiu Abiola and Hafsat Abiola-Costello.

Cross section of guests.at the event.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi arriving the venue.


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:Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058

MAIDEN NATIONAL DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION

Photos by: Dare Fasube, Bunmi Azeez, Olu Ajayi, Wunmi Akinola and Kehinde Shonola

From left Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Lagos State Governor,

Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; immediate

past Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Kachikwu during

the inaugural June 12 democracy Day ceremony, at Eagle Square, Abuja,

yesterday.

From left Prof. Pat Utomi, guest lecturer, Deji Abiola, Son of

MKO Abiola; Comrade Olawale Okuniyi, Convener, June 12

Coalition; Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor of Lagos

State; Dele Alake, former commissioner of Information, Lagos

State and Lola Abiola-Edewor, MKO's daughter, during

celebration of June-12 as Democracy day and laying of wreaths

at Late MKO Abiola's grave at his residence, in Ikeja, Lagos.

Yesterday.

From leftAlaguda of Ogba Aguda, Oba Akeem Shuaib; Aare Ona Kakanfo,

Iba Gani Adams; Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu; Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin

and Guest Lecturer, Dr. Dele Ashiru, during the Oodua People Congress

annual June 12 commemoration in Lagos yesterday.

Head of Service, Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shuaib

Salisu; Deputy Governor, Noimat Salako Oyede; Olori-Ebi Chief

Muri Abiola and Mumuni Abiola during the Prayers at Gbagura

Abeokuta.

From right, Secretary to the Osun Government, Wole Oyebamiji; Representative

of Osun Governor, Deputy Governor Gboyega Alabi;Speaker of the House of

sAssembly represented by his deputy, Hon. Femi Popoola; Deputy Majority

leader Hon.Maruf Olanrewaju and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles

Akinola, during the celebration of Democracy Day, at Aurora Event Centre,

Osogbo.

The march past by the disabled persons during the ceremony at

MKO Abiola Stadium Abeokuta yesterday.

Some Yoruba groups including Yoruba Koya and Voice of Reason staged a

peaceful protest against the killing and kidnapping of Yorubas by Herdsmen

as part of activities marking June 12 as Democracy Day.

Cross section of Nigerian Students Union, during the June12, Maiden

National Democracy Day celebration 2019 with the theme: Democracy

& Restoration of True Federalism in Nigeria, at Blue Roof, LTV-8,

Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday.


16Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

TRAINING: From left Representative of Kofsol Group, Mr. Success Adeleye; MD, One Global

Microfinance Bank, Mr. Jimmy Akwaowo; Co-owner, Rovet Pet Shop, Dr. Ronke Mapayi; MD, Obitex

Steshy Fish Farms, Sir. Okon Udosen and Head, SME Liability, First City Monument Bank, FCMB,,

Mr. Paul Adebo, during the Business Empowerment & Sustainability Training, BEST, programme

organised by the bank for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State .

16 Edo lawmakers take oath to back

Edoror as Speaker

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN CITYNO

less than 16 out of the

24 lawmakers-elect in the

Edo State House of

Assembly have reportedly

taken an oath to support the

Speakership ambition of

Hon. Victor Edoror, the

member representing Esan

Central constituency.

Vanguard reliably

gathered that the decision

of the lawmakers was not

because of competence or

trust but purely political to

pay back Governor Godwin

Obaseki who is supporting

Honourable Frank Okiye,

Esan North East I as they

claim the governor did not

give them financial support

through out their

campaigns and eventual

election.

They say with a “friendly”

Speaker which they fear

Okiye would be, the

governor would continue to

starve them citing instances

where funds for their

constituency allowances

have not been released for

a long time.

One of them confided in

Vanguard yesterday; “We

have sworn to an oath that

we will not leave him

(Edoro), if the governor

likes, let him do

proclamation two weeks

time, we are waiting, we

are intact and we insist

money cannot buy us. We

have two more who are not

too stable but we know that

when the chips are down,

they will go with us.”

Meanwhile, Edo- based

human rights activist and

founder, One Love

Foundation Patrick Eholor

yesterday protested the non

inauguration of the state

house of assembly and

asked the state governor,

Godwin Obaseki to settle

his political differences

with his party and not to

use the people of the state

to settle their scores.

Eholor said it was pathetic

that out of the 36 states of

the federation, Edo is

among the few states whose

House of Assembly has not

been inaugurated and

thereby preventing the

spread of the dividends of

NCC spends N65m on research, devt

Danbatta

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

ABUJATHE Nigerian

Communications

Commission, NCC has

presented the sum of N65

million to 11 universities in

Nigeria for research and

development.

The Executive Vice

Chairman of NCC, Prof

Umar Danbatta, made the

donation at the official

presentation of the award

letters to the benefiting

institutions in Abuja.

Prof. Danbatta noted that

the multi-million naira

award was instituted in

recognition of the role of the

Acadamia in the

development of the sector,

democracy to the people

who voted them into power.

"We are gathered here

today for a very few

peaceful protest to remind

the governor of Edo State

that the citizen deserves

better.

"We are aware that most

of the states have

saying that the research will

be focused on boosting the

N i g e r i a n

telecommunication sector.

He explained that the

scholarship awardees

under this project, had

earlier submitted their

detailed and well thought

out research proposals to

the commission for

innovative use of

telecommunication aimed

at finding lasting solutions

to national problems.

He said: "These

proposals, which are

varied, result in the

development of

commercially viable

prototypes.

"For the 2018 financial

year, the commission

inaugurated their House of

Assembly members. This is

our seventh house, we are

hoping that as of now, he

would have transmitted to

the clerk of the House of

Assembly, so that they can

carry out the duty and

functionality of democracy."

received 63 research

proposals and after

stringent evaluations 11

proposals were found to

have met the set criteria.

"This is a clear testimony

of the objectivity and

complexity of evaluation

process in ensuring that

best quality is achieved and

the researches are such that

will produce prototypes

with the potential of

providing solutions to both

local and global

challenges."

Danbatta said that the

commission had set out

clear terms and conditions

for the grants and it is

expected that awardees

abide by all terms of the

award.

DTHA leadership: Funkekeme hails

Oborevwori, Ochor's emerence

By Festus Ahon

A Political SABASENIOR

Adviser to

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa,

Chief Funkekeme

Solomon, has described the

emergence of Sheriff

Oborevwori and Ochor as

Speaker and Deputy

Speaker respectively of the

7th Delta State House of

Assembly as an indication

that the attainment of a

stronger Delta is achievable

through productive

collaboration among the

three arms of government.

Solomon in a statement

made available to

newsmen in Asaba,

rejoiced with all the

members of the House for

their successful

inauguration.

He said with the

seamless inauguration, the

stage was set for the House

to make laws that would

promote peace, order and

good governance

necessary for the attainment

of a stronger Delta.

Solomon who was one

time Deputy Speaker of the

House, expressed hope

that the Speaker and his

Deputy would maintain the

vibrancy for which the State

House of Assembly was

known in the annals of

legislative business in the

country.

He enjoined the

legislators to work as a team

and put the interest of the

state and their constituents

above other considerations

so as to give the people

effective representation and

improve their living

conditions.

Muted US inflation strengthens

case for Fed rate cut

US consumer prices barely rose in May,

pointing to moderate inflation that together with

a slowing economy increased pressure on the Federal

Reserve to cut interest rates this year.

But the report from the Labor Department on

Wednesday will likely not shift Fed officials’ views that

temporary factors are behind the weak inflation

readings. Airline fares, among the transitory factors

identified by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, rebounded

and apparel prices stabilized after two straight monthly

decreases.

U.S. central bank policymakers are scheduled to meet

on June 18-19 against the backdrop of rising trade

tensions, slowing growth and a sharp step-down in hiring

in May that has led financial markets to price in at least

two rate cuts by the end of 2019. A rate cut is not expected

next Week.

Ford recalls 1.2 million Explorer

SUVs for potential steering problem

Wall Street’s main indexes dropped yesterday on wor

ries of a prolonged US-China trade war after Washington

hardened its stance, but losses were cushioned by a

muted reading on inflation that backed the case for an interest

rate cut. Data showed consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent

in May, in line with expectations of economists polled by

Reuters and pointed to moderate inflation. Excluding the

volatile food and energy components, the CPI nudged up

0.1percent. “These numbers will add some fuel to the case

made by the markets and many analysts that the Fed should

cut rates,” said Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal

Credit Union in Vienna, Virginia.

Fresh worries erupted on the trade front after President Donald

Trump said he was holding up a deal with China and had no

interest in moving ahead unless Beijing agrees to four or five

major points.

Trade tensions weigh on Wall St,

hopes of rate cut limit losses

Wall Street’s main indexes dropped yesterday on

worries of a prolonged U.S.-China trade war after

Washington hardened its stance, but losses were cushioned

by a muted reading on inflation that backed the case for an

interest rate cut.

Data showed consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent in

May, in line with expectations of economists polled by

Reuters and pointed to moderate inflation. Excluding the

volatile food and energy components, the Composite Price

Index (CPI) nudged up 0.1percent.

“These numbers will add some fuel to the case made by

the markets and many analysts that the Fed should cut

rates,” said Robert Frick, corporate economist at Navy Federal

Credit Union in Vienna, Virginia.

Fresh worries erupted on the trade front after President

Donald Trump said he was holding up a deal with China

and had no interest in moving ahead unless Beijing agrees

to four or five major points.

With under three weeks to go before proposed talks between

the United States and Chinese leaders, sources say

there has been little preparation for a meeting even as the

health of the world economy is at stake.

FB worries emails could show Zuckerberg

knew of questionable privacy practices

Facebook Inc uncovered emails that appear to show

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s connection

to potentially problematic privacy practices at the company,

the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing

people familiar with the matter.

Within the company, the unearthing of the emails in the

process of responding to a continuing federal privacy investigation

has raised concerns that they would be harmful

to Facebook, at least from a public-relations standpoint, if

they were to become public, the WSJ reported.

The report said it could not be determined exactly what

emails the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has requested

and how many of them relate to Zuckerberg.

“Facebook and its executives, including Mark, at all times

strive to comply with all applicable law, and at no point did

Mark or any other Facebook employee knowingly violate

the company’s obligations under the FTC consent order,”

a company spokesman said in a statement. “We have fully

cooperated with the FTC’s investigation to date and provided

tens of thousands of documents, emails and files.”

Shares of the Menlo Park, California-based company fell

2.5 percent to $173.64.

All stories credited to Reuters


Obasanjo, Fulanisation and

Islamisation

HEN I read the statement

Wcredited to former

President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on

the present national security

muddle, I almost choked from

bewilderment. It was a statement

he made at the Cathedral Church

of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Oleh

in Osoko South Local Government

Area of Delta State and because of

his stature as a former president

the statement went viral

immediately in all the media

platforms.

He was quoted to have said that

the deadly activities of Boko

Haram insurgents in the North-

East, plus kidnapping and the

herder and farmer entanglements

in many parts of the country, are

no longer as a result of lack of

education and employment of

youth in Nigeria. It is, he claimed,

as a result of West African

Fulanisation, African Islamisation

and global organised crimes and

human trafficking, money

laundering, drug trafficking, gun

trafficking, illegal mining and

regime change. He said that the

twin evils of Boko Haram and

marauding cattle herders were

initially treated with kid gloves

before they reached the present

level.

I wonder what came over the

great statesman to make such

utterances that can only be

construed to stigmatise a whole

race and a religion. Stigmatisation

and labelling are deeply frowned

at all over the world because of

historic consequences. Such

infractions even attract sanctions

by international courts.

Understandably so it was close

associates of Obasanjo who were

the first to advise him to desist

from embarking on that

unwholesome road to bigotry. Sule

Lamido a former governor of

Jigawa State and foreign minister

in Obasanjo’s government had

been a close ally of Obasanjo. Even

lately both have been critical of

how President Muhammadu

Buhari’s government had been

handling the economy as well as

the security situation.

But in a letter Sule Lamido sent

to Obasanjo he asked him to

withdraw the statement credited to

him that Boko Haram has an

agenda of ‘Fulanisation and

Islamisation’ of West Africa. He

advised him not to allow his

disappointment with the current

administration to turn him into a

religious and ethnic bigot.

His advice was almost plaintive

when he begged: ‘Please sir do not

allow your disappointment with a

sitting president turn you into a

bigot. You must not abandon the

national stage.’

Probably no one was more taken

by surprise than this reporter who

had written extensively on the

nationalist credentials of

Obasanjo. In 2017 when he was

celebrating his 80th year, I recalled

my initial misgivings when he took

over from General Murtala in

1976: “I was in my final year in

Kongo campus of ABU Zaria, and

I recall watching on television in

the student’s common room, with

a deep frown of disapproval on my

face, General Olusegun Obasanjo

taking the oath of office.

He was dour-looking and the

speech he made immediately after

he was sworn in was uninspiring.

It didn’t help matters when in that

inaugural speech he admitted

that: ‘I have been called upon,

against my personal wish and

desire, to serve as the new head of

state’.

I felt he was a poor substitute for

a person like Murtala whom we

genuinely admired as a dashing,

I wonder what

came over the great

statesman to make

such utterances that

can only be

construed to

stigmatize a whole

race and a religion

fiery speaking leader who was

patently nationalistic. Fortunately

for Nigeria’s fate and to the

astonishment of many of us who

were cynical ab initio, General

Obasanjo settled into power like

duck to water, his feet filling up

the shoes of his predecessor with

relative ease. He faithfully kept to

the programme they set out to

implement, step by step, fulfilling

virtually all of them, and finished

up by leading his team to hand over

to a civilian administration in

October 1979.”

It was an impressive finish and

helped garnish Obasanjo’s

credentials as a nationalist. In

time he established the Africa

Leadership Forum, AFL, in his Otta

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farm which became a centre for

leadership advocacy and training.

One of the programmes he ran was

the Farm House Dialogue which

became famous in the 1980s as an

informal platform which

facilitated interaction between

groups within Nigeria and across

African countries.

Prominent leaders such as

former US President Jimmy

Carter, former Tanzanian

President Julius Nyerere, former

World Bank President Robert

McNamara and former German

Chancellor Helmut Schmidt came

calling at Otta to participate.

All these activities and

interactions helped to keep

Obasanjo abreast of happenings

and interpret events not only as

they occurred in the country but

across Africa and the wider world.

Subsequently Obasanjo grew in

stature to transform him into an

international citizen and his

impressive CV was times and

again presented by Nigerian

governments for high offices in

United Nations organisations and

the Commonwealth.

This run of successful

transformation was to receive a

rude stop during the Abacha

regime when Obasanjo was

fingered to be muddled up in a

coup attempt. He received a death

sentence by a military tribunal and

was only saved by providence when

the head of state General Sani

Abatcha died suddenly in June

1998.

His successor General

Abdulsalami Abubakar granted

him clemency. And as the country

was once more returning to

democracy Obasanjo found

favours with the power brokers and

got himself hoisted as the flag

bearer of one of the major political

parties and was elected President.

Out of office in 2007, Obasanjo

kept himself up and coming in

national affairs. He kept making

efforts to mediate in many

communal feuds. I recall his visit

to Maiduguri in 2011 to

commiserate with the family of

Mohammed Yusuf the slain leader

of Boko Haram and his efforts to

placate the group from their

heinous campaigns of bombings

and murders.

There are reports that about the

same period Obasanjo had visited

Plateau State and a number of

other scenes of communal violence

to help in dousing frayed tempers.

Besides these personal solo efforts

Obasanjo must have received

special briefing on all security

matters as a former head of state

and a member of the Council of

State. And I guess he must have

been making official inputs at

various stages of interventions.

So why is Obasanjo engaged in

this brouhaha of hate speech and

name-calling at the most unusual

venue of a church? No wonder Lai

Mohammed, the former minister

of information expressed

disappointment at Obasanjo’s

outbursts calling them ‘divisive

and depressing’.

Lai Mohammed even pointedly

observed that: "It was tragic that

Obasanjo who had fought to keep

Nigeria one, is the same person

seeking to exploit the country’s

fault lines to divide it in the twilight

of his life."

Obviously former President

Obasanjo knows that the areas

over-run by these bandits are in the

northern-most parts of the country

mostly populated by the Fulani

and Muslims.

They are the ones whose villages

and towns are visited with

mayhem and their roads made

impassable by bandits and

kidnappers. Yet they are the ones

being stigmatised by Obasanjo, not

the criminal gangs.

We shall return to the subject next

week as we examine if Obasanjo

had other motives for these unkind

remarks. Keep a date with this

page.

Creating a sustainable and accountable democratic

system in Nigeria (2)

The trouble with the numbers

A

COUNTRY can only operate

efficiently if it has a basic grasp of

the number of people that exists within it.

This is where democratic accountability

begins. I do not believe the data from our

last census, and I don’t think anyone else

does either. Yet, this is the basis for our

current population projections. It was last

done in 2005. We are yet to update it. I

often hear about independent studies,

conducted as part of wider development

initiatives that have produced estimates

using technology that so wildly contradict

the official data that is disputable. A

problem exists. Now the United Nations

says Nigeria has 201 million people!

We continue to confidently assert that our

population is now over 180 million people.

We are fond of double counting. A growth

spurt in Kano is matched by a spurt in

Lagos, and vice versa. The numbers are

the base input to our political system, so

we need to remove the arbitrary nature of

their collection, and the political

manipulation that comes with it.

Recently, the National Population

Commission indicated that in 2015, it

budgeted N220 billion (over $600 million)

to conduct a census and that depreciation

of the naira, means that estimates in 2019

are likely to be much higher. I struggle

with these numbers. I don’t believe that

with modern technology and existing data

collection, we cannot do this more

efficiently, but I believe the price tag is a

secondary concern that we can swallow.

The important thing is that it is done, and

done right. Once we have a basic

understanding of our population, we can

effectively design solutions to our problems,

and we can layer in all the wider data that

we have to do so. There are warehouses

full of the data we need to understand this

country, just sitting in Abuja.

Nigeria needs its own digitisation

project, to access the value in that data

and we need to recognise that doing so

serves all of our interests, not just the

narrow political interests of a small group,

whether ethnic, religious or any other. Our

bureau of statistics has made major strides

in the last decade, but it must be given the

There is no real advantage in

inflating the numbers in your

area because inevitably and

eventually, you would be

expected to use those numbers

for production and growth

resources to make its function even more

valuable to the nation.

The more independent, valid data that

we have in the public domain, the more

difficult it is for our political class to distort

or misrepresent it, and the more effective

our interventions will be. We cannot get

good information with garbage data.

Our census is deliberately used to

mislead us, as a means to try and maintain

the status quo between ethnic or regional

groups. Can you imagine if we had an

accurate one, and it showed that the Igbo

outnumber the Hausa, or the Yoruba? What

would the result be? Would

we disintegrate in the way

people fear? Let us remove

the traditional regional

tension from it. What about

the Fulani and the Hausa?

Would the disclosure of actual numbers

affect the relationship between the two?

The South does not believe the figures

produced for the North nor does the North

believe those of the South. People

generally say that in the North they travel

from A to B, covering hundreds of

kilometres and they saw no soul.

Northerners say that Southerners lived

near the roads and the rest of the places

are thick uninhabited forests. We must

counter these beliefs and substitute

confidence in our census.

The biggest political problem we have is

this belief which has coloured every single

relationship between the North and the

South, between South-South and South

East, North West, North East and North

Central, South-South and South West.

Every political appointment is seen

through these mirrors - how come

“everything” is going to state A, zone B,

or other? Power is dispensed through the

prism of these divisions. It is healthy to

have rivalry between states or even zones.

But the progress of each area should be

the infusion of developmental

chromosomes not the spread of the cancer

of envy and tribalism

Luckily, in this technological age, I am

hoping that the enemies of progress, the

zenophobists among us would not find a

way to frustrate even the most arduous

technological algorithm used in census. I

know what happened in the South-South

and in Lagos during the past census of

2005. I also know what happened in

various parts of the North. None of the

above activities was particularly edifying.

There is no real advantage in inflating

the numbers in your area because

inevitably and eventually, you would be

expected to use those numbers for

production and growth. The era of all

monies going to the Federal Government

for disbursement to the states must

inevitably end soon enough. The era of

accountability is now upon us. This

millennia generation would not have it any

other way.

It’s a well-known fact that multiple

different data sets, none of which interrelate,

have been gathered over the last

decade. Our census, BVN, telecoms

registration, our voter register, the national

identity management system, our tax

system and our passport office are just some

of them, but they don’t talk to each other.

We have to change that.

The data in each of these places have

the potential to transform our political

systems as well as our economy and so

getting it right needs to be a national

priority.

C

M

YK


18Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

FOLLOWING the expiration of the

eighth National Assembly consisting of

the Senate led by Dr. Bukola Saraki and

the House of Representatives headed

by Hon. Yakubu Dogara, a momentous

era of feisty Legislative - Executive

relationship came to an end on

Thursday, June 6, 2019 as President

Muhammadu Buhari formally

dissolved it in line with constitutional

provisions.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, marked a new

beginning for our bicameral Federal

Legislature, as the 109 newly-elected or

re-elected Senators and 360 Members

of the House elected their principal and

other officers.

These included the President of the

Senate, the Deputy President of the

Senate as well as the Speaker, House

of Representatives and the Deputy

Speaker. Other officers will emerge

later from their party caucuses and

appointments.

The emergence of the principal

As the 9th National Assembly is inaugurated

leadership through election comes with

arcane but exciting intrigues that

sometimes produce surprises as in

2015. The parties with the majority of

members in both chambers have always

sought to impose leaders of their

choice. This session was not different.

Most well-meaning Nigerians

concerned for the healthy growth of

our democracy, however, preferred

strict adherence to Section 50 (1a and

b) of the Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended),

which directs that the above-named four

principal officers of the Senate and

House of Representatives “shall be

elected” by members “from among

themselves”. It not only throws the

contest open to all members but also

gives the power to choose to the

membership, not their political parties.

We are gratified to note that since

1999, the membership of both chambers

of the National Assembly have

established a strong track record of

independence, even when the ruling

parties commanded overwhelming

majorities.

This independence of conscience is

responsible for the National Assembly

refusing, at any time of our 20-year

renascent democracy, to become the

rubberstamp of the Executive Branch.

Sadly, the same cannot be said for the

Legislature at the State level, and that

is why corruption and impunity reign

supreme at that level. It has enabled

the governors to transform into quasiemperors

with the power to do

unchecked.

The day this ugly syndrome makes a

landfall at the national level our

democracy is doomed. The President

could turn into a monster and

manipulate the NASS membership to

grant him unlimited tenures.

That will finally sweep away our hardwon

freedoms and turn Nigeria into

the proverbial “Banana Republic”.

We call on the Ninth Senate and

House of Representatives to remain

true to their consciences and refrain

from betraying their constituents and

the Nigerian people over ephemeral

selfish gains or fear of intimidation.

For the Ninth session of the National

Assembly it should be Nigeria first

before anything else.

OPINION

Deadly consequences of improper e-waste disposal

By Kayode Ojewale

IT is a fact that we cannot completely

do away with e-wastes because of

technological advancement in the world

of electronic gadgets. E-wastes are

electronic wastes.

They include used or discarded electrical

or electronic devices like mobile phones,

computers, TVs and other electronics that

have reached the end of their usage. After

few years of usage, some electronics

become obsolete, and turn to e-wastes

which are either reused or refurbished,

while others are recycled.

While the old electronic devices are still

in use by those yet to catch up with modern

technologies, the volume or quantity of e-

wastes increases as technology advances

with new inventions and innovations of

gadgets.

Information technology firms

worldwide are in an unending research to

develop improved technologies. These

new electronic gadgets are massively

welcomed by users as long as they come

with new features and functionalities.

Some devices donot reach their end-oflife

span before they are replaced with new

ones. Old or near end-of-life gadgets are

sold as second-hand or as scrap to be

dismantled and burnt in order to obtain

valuable precious metals(gold, silver,

copper) for sale.

The bare-hand dismantling and open

burning of e-waste is regarded as informal

e-waste handling. Another informal e-

waste management practice is by dipping

dismantled electronic pieces into acid to

wash off the valuables. Some toxic

substances are released to the environment

in the process.

Nigeria’s former Minister of State for

Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, once

enlightened the public on the

consequential effects of improper and

informal handling of e-waste on health

and environment. The ex-minister said:

“The challenge that e-waste poses to the

environment and Nigeria as a nation can

no longer be ignored: at the same time,

e-waste is an economic opportunity that

can be exploited to generate wealth”.

Alhaji Jibril pointed out that e-waste is

a real challenge and environmental

hazard. He further said that there is a

concerted effort by major players in

electronics all over the world to tackle e-

waste challenges. Some electronics

manufacturing companies have come

together to take the initiative, knowing

they have the responsibility of recycling

these products which they initiated in the

first place.

The problem of informal recycling of e-

waste has caused untold harm to air, soil

and water components of environment,

and indirectly on health of Nigerians. E-

wastes contain some hazardous heavy

metals which include lead, mercury,

arsenic, cadmium and brominated flame

retardants.

Household batteries are potentially

hazardous forms of e-wastes because they

contain some heavy metals too. These

batteries, when improperly disposed or

recycled, become toxic to the

environment. An e-waste dumpsite is a

one-way ticket to the grave for the

scavengers and dumpsite workers.

Metallic toxins released during the open

burning of the dismantled gadgets are

regularly being inhaled by these people.

Exposure to these heavy metals by contact

or ingestion may cause various forms of

cancer, damage to body organs and brain,

and sometimes death.

The managing director of a Lagos-based

e-waste recycling firm, Mr. Andrian Clews,

said: “Some of those electronic wastes

contain harmful substances. All of them

are safe when in use but when you start

breaking or burning them, they become

harmful; by touching these metals people

expose themselves to danger.”

It may interest you to know that the e-

waste scavengers and dumpsite workers

are not the only ones at risk of health

The onus to keep the

environment safe also lies

on the user by handling

and disposing e-wastes

properly

problems, those who stay in that vicinity

are also at risk.

The soil and water bodies around e-

waste dumpsites are contaminated.

Burning of plastic-coated components of

e-wastes is responsible for this and may

portend imminent health hazard to

unprotected recycle workers and people

living within the vicinity. It is expedient to

state clearly here, especially to the

scavengers and those directly involved in

informal e-waste recycling, that the

business feeds you first and then it kills

you!

The DG, National Environmental

Standards and Regulations Enforcement

Agency, NESREA, Mr. Lawrence Anukam,

while speaking on ‘Solution to the growing

e-waste problem facing Nigeria’, in one

of the editions of a Channels TV

programme, ‘Earthfile’, said the

introduction of Extended Producer

Responsibility, EPR, will help solve the e-

waste problem. The EPR programme, he

said, involves the manufacturer of a

product taking the responsibility for what

happens to the end of life of that product -

to be returned to producer or to be

recycled. He added that the EPR

programme would be effective if all

stakeholders (manufacturer, user and

recycler) are involved.

To tackle this growing e-waste challenge

in Nigeria, three stakeholders are

principally involved - the government,

manufacturer and the user. The

government must ensure increased

sensitisation of the general public,

periodic and regular review of legislations,

guidelines, standards, policies and

regulations through its environmental and

health ministries.

Law enforcement agencies are also not

left out in the fight against e-waste menace.

The EPR programme checks the

manufacturer’s role in the area of end-oflife

product take-back by the producer

through proper recycling. Manufacturers

are advised to use less hazardous

chemicals to reduce inherent health risks

in handling and recycling these e-wastes.

Product users must channel their used or

old electronics to recycling companies

only, not to dumpsites where open burning

is done.

The onus to keep the environment safe

also lies on the user by handling and

disposing e-wastes properly. So, when it

comes to gadgets, think before you throw

or dump!

•Ojewale wrote via

kayodeojewale@gmail.com.


No change in forex policy, says CBN

By Yinka Kolawole, with

agency report

The Central Bank of

Nigeria (CBN) said it has

not changed its foreign

exchange rate (forex) policy,

after a revision on its website

led some analysts to speculate

that it was ending a system of

multiple exchange rates.

“Nothing has changed in

Nigeria’s exchange-rate

structure,” and the naira’s

value continues to be

determined by trading in the

Investors and Exporters’ FX

Window, Isaac Okorafor, CBN

spokesman, informed

Bloomberg in a text message.

The I&E FX window was

introduced in 2017 as Nigeria

sought to attract capital inflows

by offering investors a weaker

and market-determined naira

rate.

CBN’s website on Tuesday

stated that the official rate was

“market-determined,” whereas

it previously gave a fixed value.

The website, however, reverted

to its original form yesterday.

The naira was little changed

at 360.46 per dollar on the I&E

market in the afternoon

yesterday, and was 306.5 on the

official market. Bonds rose

slightly, with yields on oneyear

interbank Treasury Bills

(TBs) falling five basis points

to 13.93 percent.

CBN Governor, Godwin

Emefiele, who was reappointed

for a second fiveyear

term last month, says the

current system, which includes

restrictions on imports, is the

best way to diversify Nigeria’s

oil-dependent economy and

boost manufacturing.

The International Monetary

Fund (IMF) has long been

critical, saying the absence of

a single exchange rate creates

confusion and deters foreign

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

investment.

“By limiting the

circumstances in which Fund

members may introduce and

maintain multiple exchange

rates, the multiple-currency

practices policy aims to

138.6 million Nigerians uninsured

Insurers Committee

By Rosemary Onuoha

About 138.6 million

Nigerians are uninsured,

the Insurers Committee, the

body of the Nigerian

insurance industry regulators

and all chief executives of

insurance companies, has

said, declaring this has made

it imperative for Nigerians to

imbibe insurance as a lifestyle

and not as a regulatory

necessity as.

Vice Chairman, Sub-

Committee on Publicity and

Communications of the

Insurers Committee, Mrs

Ebelechukwu Nwachukwu,

who gave this information also

noted that the situation has

necessitated the

rebranding of the

country’s insurance

industry.

Speaking with

journalists in Lagos,

Nwachukwu said that

the Insurer’s

Committee engaged

Alder Consulting, a

creative intelligence

firm, which began a

brand marketing

programme in 2018 to

rebrand the industry

and make it better

understood by

Nigerians.

She disclosed that

the initiative was born

out of the need to

redefine the narrative

about insurance and

to educate Nigerians

on its importance.

She said: “The

campaign was also

designed to change

the perception of the

sector and increase the market

penetration of insurance in

Nigeria. Considering that less

than one percent of the

Nigerian adult population was

insured. About 80 percent of

those insured are 35 years and

above. Millennials below 35

years, who form over 70

percent of Nigeria’s

population, or about 138.6

million, form a large part of the

uninsured.

“In line with the foregoing,

the project was designed to

showcase the advancements

made in the insurance sector

and to encourage more

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promote orderly exchange

arrangements and a stable

system of exchange rates,”

IMF said in a statement.

From left, Arch. Jacob Olufemi Williams, Managing Director, Willao Nigeria Limited, Abiodun

Amokomowo; ManagingDirector, Ibile Holdings Limited and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye;

Commissioner for Commerce Industry and Cooperatives (Representative of Lagos State

Governor) at the Commissioning of The Campbell Centre in Lagos.

Nigerians to take up

insurance. It would also

highlight real customer

testimonials of insurance. At

the end of the day, insurance

would be positioned as

desirable and not just a

regulatory necessity.”

On his part, Managing

Partner, Alder Consulting, Mr.

Leke Alder, explained that

instead of pushing a message

of fear and tragedy, the

campaign focuses on the

fulfilment of hopes and

dreams, when insurance

serves as a safety net in life.

Hence, the phrase “Live with

Freedom” was adopted as the

theme for the campaign.

FG urged to tackle multiple taxation, explore

more opportunities

By Peter Egwuatu

The Federal Government

has been advised to fight

multiple taxation and explore

better ways of raising tax

revenue by bringing more

people into the tax net.

The former Chairman,

Managing Director/CEO Asset

Management Corporation of

Nigeria (AMCON) and

Executive Vice Chairman,

Alpha African Advisory,

Mustapha Chike-Obi, who gave

this advice also stated that

intervention funds by

governments have not worked

effectively in the country.

Speaking at the Finance

Correspondents Association of

Nigeria (FICAN) Bi-Monthly

Forum, with theme:

Repositioning Nigerian

Economy for Sustainable

Growth, he said: “Nigeria’s

tax rate at 30 per cent is one of

the highest in the world, adding

that multiple taxation should be

discouraged.”

Speaking on the intervention

funds, he stated: “All these

intervention funds, don’t work.

And let me tell you why they

don’t work. If you lend to a

farmer at five per cent, you think

you are helping him but

everything around him is at 26

per cent. So, he gets a little bit

of relief on his financing, but he

doesn’t get relief on his

supplies, diesel, food,

employees, so at the end of the

day, those things he gets at 26

per cent invades his five per

cent.”

Chike-Obi said intervention

funds also don’t work because

“the default rates are as high as

default rates of non-intervention

funds. So, they don’t work. They

are not very efficient”.

According to him, what the

FCMB tasks FG

on generating

local wealth

The Chief Executive

Officer and Executive

Director of FCMB Bank (UK)

Limited, Mr. James Benoit, has

emphasized the need for the

federal government to reduce

the proportion of the country’s

diaspora remittances to the total

budget if it must achieve its

growth agenda in the near

future.

In 2018, diaspora remittances

to Nigeria stood at $25 billion,

(an estimated N9 trillion),

representing 83 percent of the

federal government’s budget

and 11 times the Foreign Direct

Investment (FDI) into the

country. The figure also

represents 6.1 percent of the

country’s Gross Domestic

Product (GDP).

Speaking in an interview with

the media, Benoit urged African

economies to look more inward

by creating wealth that will

ensure sustainable development

of the continent and reduce

over reliance on foreign

remittances.

He stressed the need for

African countries to eschew

excessive regulation, saying that

it is responsible for unnecessary

bureaucracy hindering growth.

Speaking about what is

needed to be done to fast-track

growth in Africa, Benoit

said:”There is no fast-track

because it is part of the problem.

We need to stop thinking of fast

track, one-off game changers.

Africa has a major demographic

challenge, which will be its

growth engine or else drown it.

Red tape bureaucracy must be

cut, youth must get education or

trade, and other skills and the

empowerment of women must all

be addressed. The continent

must also be joined up to trade

among itself rather than just

export, which is low valueadded,”.

He emphasised that the critical

role of technology in Nigeria’s

economic growth and

advancement must be accorded

priority consideration, adding

that the extent of adoption of

technology would depend a lot

on its accessibility, with requisite

infrastructure deliberately built

for that purpose.

economic managers need to do

is to provide capital at a

reasonable interest rates that

work for everyone.

He also kicked against foreign

borrowing by government,

arguing that borrowing in

foreign currency may not be

cheaper in the long-run.

He stated: “Even when one

borrows dollar at eight per cent

for instance, the creditors will be

looking at the exchange rate at

the time of repayment, which is

unlikely to remain at N360/$. He

said the foreign creditors also

consider borrowers that have the

capacity to generate needed

funds for repayment of loans.

“The reason why they are

lending money at eight per cent,

instead of 16 per cent, is because

they know that by the time that

money matures, your Naira will

not be exchanging at N360/$.

This is because the Naira always

depreciate by approximately 50

per cent in every five years.”


20 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019


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22Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Address by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 National

Democracy Day at the Eagle Square, Abuja, June 12

TWENTY YEARS ago, a

democratically elected government

took over from the military

in a historic transfer of political

power for our country.

Today, we are privileged to

mark the longest period of unbroken

democratic leadership and

5th peaceful transfer of power

from one democratically elected

government to another in Nigeria.

Throughout the last four years,

I respected the independence of

INEC. I ensured that INEC got

all the resources it needed for independent

and impartial management

of elections in the country

Ȧll interested parties are agreed

that the recent elections, which

except for pockets of unrest, were

free, fair and peaceful.

I thank all the people who

worked for our party, who campaigned

and who voted for us. I

thank my fellow Nigerians, who,

since 2003 have consistently voted

for me.

Victory is your greatest reward;

peace, unity and greater prosperity

will be our collective legacy.

Your Excellencies, Fellow

Nigerians, I and Nigerians collectively

must give adequate

thanks to our Armed Forces, Police

and other law enforcing agencies

for working round the clock

to protect us by putting themselves

in harm’s way and defending

our values and protecting our

future.

Terrorism and insecurity are

worldwide phenomena and even

the best policed countries are experiencing

increasing incidents of

unrest and are finding things

hard to cope.

Principal thrust of this

new Administration

The principal thrust of this new

Administration is to consolidate

on the achievements of the last

four years, correct the lapses inevitable

in all human endeavors

and tackle the new challenges the

country is faced with and chart a

bold plan for transforming Nigeria.

Fellow Nigerians, I have had

the privilege of free education

from Primary school to Staff College

to War College.

I received my formative education

in Katsina and Kaduna and

my higher education in England,

India and the United States.

I have worked and served in

Kaduna, Lagos, Abeokuta,

Makurdi, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri,

Ibadan, Jos and finally here

in Abuja. Throughout my adult

life, I have been a public servant.

I have no other career but public

service. I know no service but public

service.

I was involved at close quarters

in the struggle to keep Nigeria

one. I can therefore do no

more than dedicate the rest of my

life to work for the unity of Nigeria

and upliftment of Nigerians.

In 2002-2003 campaigns and

elections, I travelled by road to

34 of the 36 states of the Federation.

This year I travelled by air

to all 36 states of the Federation.

Before and during my time in

the Armed Forces and in government,

I have interacted with Nigerians

of all ages and persuasions

and different shades of

opinion over a period of more

than fifty years.

And my firm belief is that our

people above all want to live in

peace and harmony with their fellow

Nigerians. They desire opportunity

to better Most of

the instances of inter-communal

and inter-religious strife and violence

were and are still as a result

of sponsorship or incitements

by ethnic, political or religious

leaders hoping to benefit by exploiting

our divisions and fault

lines, thereby weakening our

country.

Nigeria is a great country

And our country Nigeria is a

great country. According to United

Nations estimates, our population

will rise to 411 million by

2050, making us the third We

have water, arable land, forests,

oil and gas and vast quantities of

solid minerals. We are blessed

with an equable climate. However,

the bulk of our real wealth lies

in Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry

and Mining. We possess all the

ingredients of a major economic

power on the world stage.

What we require is the will to

get our acts together. And our

strength is in our people – our

youth, our culture, our resilience,

our ability to succeed despite the

odds.

A huge responsibility therefore

rests on this and succeeding Administrations

to develop, harness

and fulfil our enormous potential

into a force to be reckoned with

globally.

Thus far, we Nigerians can be

proud of our history since Independence

in 1960. We have contributed

to UN peace-keeping responsibilities

all over the world;

we have stabilized Liberia, Sierra

Leone, Ivory Coast and two

years ago we prevented the Gambia

from degenerating into anarchy.

Without Nigerian influence

and resources, the liberation of

Angola, Mozambique, Namibia,

Zimbabwe and ultimately South

Africa would have come at greater

cost. This fact had been attested

by none other than the late

Nelson Mandela himself.

Elsewhere, Nigeria is the Big

Brother to our neighbours. We are

the shock-absorber of the West African

sub-region, the bulwark of

ECOWAS and Lake Chad Basin

Commission. We can therefore be

proud to be Nigerians. We must

continue to be Good Neighbours

and Good Global Citizens.

At home, we have been successful

in forging a nation from

different ethnicities and language

groups: our evolution and integration

into one nation continues

apace.

When, therefore we came to office

in 2015 after a decade of

struggle we identified three cardinal

and existential challenges

our country faced and made them

our campaign focus, namely security,

economy and fighting corruption.

None but the most partisan will

dispute that in the last four years

we have made solid progress in

addressing these challenges.

Buhari acknowledging the

crowd at the Democracy day

celebration yesterday

When I took the oath of office

on 29 May 2015, insecurity

reigned. Apart from occupying 18

local governments in the North

East, Boko Haram could at will

attack any city including the Federal

Capital, could threaten any

institution including bombing the

United Nations building and Police

Headquarters in Abuja.

Admittedly, some of the challenges

still remain in kidnappings

and banditry in some rural

areas. The great difference between

2015 and today is that we

are meeting these challenges with

much greater support to the security

forces in terms of money,

I was involved at

close quarters in the

struggle to keep Nigeria

one, I can

therefore do no

more than dedicate

the rest of my life to

work for the unity of

Nigeria and upliftment

of Nigerians

equipment and improved local

intelligence. We are meeting these

challenges with superior strategy,

firepower and resolve.

In face of these challenges, our

Government elected by the people

in 2015 and re-elected in

March has been mapping out

policies, measures and laws to

maintain our unity and at the

same time lift the bulk of our people

out of poverty and onto the

road to prosperity.

This task is by no means unattainable.

China has done it. India

has done it. Indonesia has

done it. Nigeria can do it. These

are all countries characterized by

huge burdens of population.

China and Indonesia succeeded

under authoritarian regimes.

India succeeded in a democratic

setting. We can do it.

With leadership and a sense of

purpose, we can lift 100 million

Nigerians out of poverty in 10

years.

Following the 60 percent drop

in oil prices between 2015 and

2016, through monetary and fiscal

measures, we stimulated economic

growth, curbed inflation

and shored up our external reserves.

We now have witnessed 8

quarters of positive growth in the

economy and our GDP is expected

to grow by 2.7 percent this

year.

Furthermore, our external reserves

have risen to $45 billion

enough to finance over 9 months

of current import commitments.

This Administration is laying

the foundation and taking

bold steps in transforming our

country and liberating our people

from the shackles of poverty.

First, we will take steps to integrate

rural economies to the national

economic “grid” by extending

access to small-scale credits

and inputs to rural farmers, credit

to rural micro-businesses and

opening up many critical feeder

roads.

Secondly, for small-scale enterprises

in towns and cities, we

shall expand facilities currently

available so that we continue to

encourage and support domestic

production of basic goods and

reduce our reliance of imported

goods as I will outline later.

For the next four years, we will

remain committed to improving

the lives of people by consolidating

efforts to address these key

issues as well as emerging challenges

of climate change, resettling

displaced communities and

dealing decisively with the new

flashes of insecurity across the

country, and the impacts on food

scarcity and regional stability.

We are not daunted by the

enormity of the tasks ahead. Instead,

we are revived by this new

mandate to work collaboratively

with State and Local Governments,

Legislators, the Diplomatic

Corps and all Nigerians to rebuild

and reposition our country as the

heartbeat and reference point for

our continent.

Urgent need to modernize

our roads and bridges

Fellow Nigerians, Your Excellencies,

Ladies & Gentlemen:

a. Despite the enormous resources

pledged to infrastructure

development these past four

years, there remains the urgent

need to modernize our roads and

bridges, electricity grid, ports and

rail systems.

b. Whilst agriculture and industrial

output have recovered

since the recession, we are more

committed than ever to work with

the private sector to improve productivity

and accelerate economic

growth.

c. The Manufacturing Purchasing

Managers Index which

is the gauge of manufacturing

activity in the country has also risen

for 26 consecutive months

since March 2017 indicating continuous

growth and expansion in

our manufacturing sector.

d. It still takes too long for

goods to clear at our seaports and

the roads leading to them are congested.

It still takes too long for

routine and regulatory approvals

to be secured. These issues affect

our productivity and we are committed

to addressing them permanently.

e. Our Government will continue

work to reduce social and

economic inequality through targeted

social investment programs,

education, technology

and improved information.

f. Our social intervention programs

are a model for other nations.

Together with state governments,

we provide millions of

school children with meals in primary

schools, micro loans to traders

and entrepreneurs, skills and

knowledge acquisition support to

graduates and of course, conditional

cash transfers to the poorest

and most vulnerable in our society.

Database of poor and

vulnerable households

g. A database of poor and vulnerable

households is being carefully

built based on age, gender,

disability, educational levels for

proper planning in this Administration’s

war against poverty.

h. A database of unemployed

but qualified youth has also been

developed under the National Social

Investment Programme

which can be used by the public

and private sectors for recruitment

purposes. Cumulatively, nearly 2

million beneficiaries have received

aid under this Programme

apart from Anchors Borrowers Programme

and School Feeding initiative

each reaching 2 million recipients.

And we will do more.

Much more.

Fellow Nigerians, Your Excellencies,

Ladies & Gentlemen, we

know that there exists a strong

correlation between economic inequality

and insecurity.

When economic inequality rises,

insecurity rises. But when we

actively reduce inequality

through investments in social and

hard infrastructure, insecurity reduces.

The disturbing increase in rates

of kidnapping, banditry and other

criminal activities can be attributed

to the decades of neglect

and corruption in social investment,

infrastructure development,

education and healthcare.

This issue is further compounded

by the impact of our changing

climate and ecology.

The ECOWAS and Sahel regions,

starting from Chad all the

way to Mali, are also experiencing

adverse impacts of drought

and desertification, which have

triggered waves of human displacement;

conflicts between

farmers and herdsmen; terrorism;

and a fundamental socio-economic

change to our way of life.

These issues are regional and

not unique to Nigeria alone. The

problems call for increased regional

and international cooperation

in developing a sustainable

solution.

As Chairman of ECOWAS, I

will be hosting a regional security

summit of heads of states in the

Sahel to develop a Joint Strategy

to continue our efforts in addressing

these issues.

Concludes tomorrow.


•Bashorun MKO Abiola

The fortuous June 12 road: Timelines of the struggle

By Clifford Ndujihe

June 10, 1993: The Abuja High Court,

with Justice Bassey Ikpeme presiding, issues

an order restraining NEC from conducting the

presidential election.

June 12, 1993: Presidential election was

held in defiance of the court order

June 14, 1993: NEC publishes results from

15 states on its billboard outside its Abuja

headquarters showing that M.K.O Abiola was

leading in all regions of the country including

Bashir Tofa’s home state, Kano.

June 15, 1993: Another interim Order by an

Abuja Court restrains NEC from releasing the

results of the presidential elections.

June 16, 1993: NEC stops the release of

the final results of the election

June 23, 1993: General Ibrahim Badamasi

Babangida annulled the election

June 24-29, 1993: Abiola declared himself

president-elect; individuals and groups protest

annulment

June 30, 1993: Campaign for Democracy

(CD) an

umbrella

organization of

40 NGOs/

Human Rights

Groups, fixed

July 5 one-week

nationwide

protest

August 1,

1993: 30

senators signed

a joint motion

asking the

government to

declare the

winner of the

June 12

election.

August 4,

1993: Abiola

leaves Nigeria

unannounced.

August 12,

1993:

Government

begins clamp

down on activists all over the country.

November 17, 1993: General Abacha

takes over power following the ‘resignation’

of Chief Ernest Shonekan.

May 15, 1994: Activists and political

leaders formed the National Democratic

Coalition, NADECO, to press for the

revalidation of the June 12, 1993 presidential

election

May 23, 1994: National Constitutional

Conference elections begin but are massively

boycotted by Nigerians heeding NADECO’s

boycott call especially in the South-West.

May 31, 1994: Ibrahim Coomasie, Inspector

General of Police, declared NADECO illegal

June 11, 1994: Chief MKO Abiola declared

self president at Epetedo, Lagos

June 23, 1994: The Federal Military

Government arrests Chief M.K.O Abiola on

charges of treason.

July 5, 1994: National Union of Petroleum

and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and

Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff

Association (PENGASSAN) began the longest

strike in Nigerian history to protest the

annulled presidential elections.

July 8, 1994: Riots break out in the

Southwestern states, especially Lagos, Oyo,

Ondo, Ogun, as well as Edo State.

August 1, 1994: Abacha meets with the

Armed Forces Consultative Assembly to

discuss Nigeria’s political problems and their

security implications.

August 3, 1994: Nigerian Labour Congress

(NLC) calls for a general strike in solidarity

with the oil workers.

August 5, 1994: An Abuja High Court

presided over by Justice Abdullahi Mustapha

grants Abiola a controversial and unsolicited

conditional bail.

August 6, 1994: Presiding judge over

Abiola’s case withdraws

August 8, 1994: Professor Wole Soyinka,

nobel laureate and pro-democracy activist, goes

to the Federal High Court in Lagos asking the

Court to declare the Abacha government illegal.

August 18, 1994: The Abacha government

responds to the workers’ strike by sacking the

Executive Council of NUPENG and

PENGASSAN, and NLC, closes down three

newspapers: the Punch, Concord group

(owned by Abiola) and The Guardian. It

announces a partial lifting of the ban on politics,

allowing individuals to ‘canvass political ideas’

but not to ‘form political parties for now.’

August 19, 1994: Chief Anthony Enahoro,

elder-statesman, General Alani Akinrinade,

former Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Cornelius

Adebayo and other NADECO officials were

arrested at Sheraton Hotel and Towers. In

Kaduna, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, former

Governor of Kaduna State, and others,

attending a meeting in his house, were arrested

and later released.

August 20, 1994: Chief Frank Kokori,

General Secretary of NUPENG is arrested.

August 27, 1994: The military government

inaugurates the National Constitutional

Conference.

August 31, 1994: A pan-Yoruba Conference

holds at Premier Hotel Ibadan. Though

divided, it nevertheless manages to ask Yoruba

ministers and other appointees in government

to resign.

September 4, 1994: Oil workers call off

strike.

September 12, 1994: Olu Onagoruwa, a

well-known pro-democracy activist, is sacked

as Attorney General and Minister of Justice for

disowning eight decrees promulgated by the

Government.

October 1, 1994: Federal Government

arrests and detains Chief Gani Fawehinmi for

launching a political party, the National

Conscience Party, in Lagos.

November 1994: Professor Soyinka flees into

exile

November 28, 1994: Abacha hosts President

Nelson Mandela of South Africa who has

repeatedly asked for the release of Abiola from

detention.

December 6, 1994: The terminal date of the

Abacha government is fixed for January 1, 1996

by the Constitutional Conference. Attempts to

reverse the decision were overwhelmingly

rejected the following day.

December 17, 1994: Abacha releases Chief

Enahoro after four months in detention.

February 28, 1995: Brigadier Lawan

Gwadabe, the longest serving governor during

the Babangida regime, General Obasanjo (rtd),

his former deputy, General Musa Yar’Adua,

and others arrested over an alleged coup plot

against the Abacha government.

May 15, 1995: The National Democratic

Coalition (NADECO) emerges as a protest

movement for the revalidation of the annulled

June 12, 1993 presidential elections,

June 27, 1995: The Constitutional

Conference presents final report; recommends

multiparty system, rotational presidency, rejects

the 1991 census and resolves that the military

should hand over on January 1, 1996.

June 30, 1995: A military tribunal under the

chairmanship of Major General Aziza

pronounces judgement on the March 10, 1995

coup plotters.

February 2, 1996: Alex Ibru, publisher of

The Guardian titles and Abacha’s first Minister

of Internal Affairs was shot and wounded by

gunmen suspected to be hired assassins.

June 4, 1996: Kudirat Abiola was murdered

in Lagos

August 6, 1996: Presiding judge over

Abiola’s case withdraws

March 12, 1997: Government charges Chief

Enahoro, Chief Falae, Prof. Soyinka, General

Akinrinade and others with treason.

December 12, 1997: Government announces

a coup plot involving Generals Oladipo Diya

Abacha’s deputy; Adisa and Olanrewaju former

ministers of Works/Housing and

Communications respectively and an array of

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both military and civilian personnel.

May 1, 1998: United Action for Democracy

(UAD) organizes a public protest against the

adoption of Abacha as consensus presidential

candidate by the five partiesMay 7, 1998: G-

34, a multi-ethnic coalition of eminent Nigerians

led by Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former vice president,

sends a letter to Abacha, adducing eight

grounds on which the latter’s adoption as sole

presidential candidate by the five political

parties breached all relevant laws and urged

him to decline the purported nomination.

May 13, 1998: Comrade Ola Oni, a legendary

radical lecturer-activist, Bola Ige, Lam Adesina

and other activists, arrested over the May Day

riots in Ibadan, arraigned before the Chief

Magistrate’s Court, Iyaganku, Ibadan.

June 8, 1998: Abacha dies

June 8, 1998: General Abdulsalami Abubakar

emerges as the country’s new head of state.

June 9, 1998: Abubakar announces that the

socio-political programme of the Abacha

Administration will be faithfully pursued in order

to transfer power to a democratic government

on October 1, 1998

June 15, 1998: Abubakar orders the release

of some high profile political detainees:

Obasanjo; Dasuki, Bola Ige, Beko Ransome

Kuti, Chris Anyanwu, Frank Ovie-Kokori, as well

as journalists and pro-democracy activists.

July 2, 1998: Kofi Annan, the UN scribe, on a

visit to Abuja reports that Abiola longs for freedom

and may have dumped his mandate.

July 7, 1998: Chief M.K.O. Abiola dies

‘apparently of cardiac arrest’ after taking ill

during a meeting which Nigerian and United

States officials had with him.

July 8-9, 1998: Widespread highway riots

break out in response to the news of Abiola’s

death;

August 11, 1998: Abubakar inaugurates a 14-

member Independent National Electoral

Commission (INEC) headed by Justice Ephraim

Akpata (rtd) to evolve fresh electoral guidelines

and a schedule for party registration and elections

within two weeks.

13 August 11, 1998: Government abrogates

Decrees 9 and 10 of 1994 which outlaw the

executive councils of the NLC, NUPENG and

PENGASSAN.

August 25, 1998: INEC announces election

timetable: voters registration, October 5-19, 1998;

Local Government elections, December 5, 1998;

Governorship/State House of Assembly, January

9, 1999; National Assembly elections, February

20, 1999, and Presidential elections, February

27, 1999.

October 9, 1998: Air Commodore Dan

Suleiman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Bola

Tinubu and other self-exile NADECO chieftains

return to Nigeria.

October 19, 1998: INEC gives provisional

registration to nine political associations. The

associations will have to score 10 % in at least

24 states of the federation and the Federal Capital

Territory (FCT) at the council polls to qualify for

permanent registration. The parties are: People’s

Democratic Movement (PDM), People’s

Consultative Forum (PF), All People Congress

(APC), Democratic Advance Party (DAP),

Movement for Democracy and Justice (MDJ),

National Solidarity Movement (NSM), People’s

Redemption Party (PRP), Social Progressive Party

(SPP) and the United People’s Party (UPP).

December 14, 1998: Constitutional Debate

Co-ordinating Committee (CDCC) headed by

Justice Niki Tobi submits a draft constitution to

government

February 27, 1999: Nigerians vote in

presidential elections, Obasanjo wins.

May 29, 1999: Obasanjo sworn-in as president

June 12, 1999 -2014: activists sustain crusade

for immortalization of Abiola, recognition of June

12

2018: President Muhammadu Buhari said

June 12 next year will be celebrated as

democracy day

2019: National Assembly pass bill making

June 12 public holiday

June 11, 2019: President Buhari assents bill

makin June 12 democracy day and May 29

hand-over/inauguration day.


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26 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Nigerian flag flies in US

as Boko Haram survivor,

US congresswoman

bag degrees

BY SAM EYOBOKA

OVER the weekend,

Nigerians in the Diaspora

went agog with pride and

jubilation as the Nigerian flag flew

in honour of a survivor of Boko

Haram terrorism who bagged a

Bachelor of Science degree in a

Californian university.

At the capacity-filled invitationonly

event, a US Congresswoman,

Representative Grace Napolitano

representing California, was also

awarded an honorary doctorate

for 30 years of public service.

Congresswoman Napolitano

who was the special guest speaker

at the graduation described her

ordeal growing up poor after her

birth in 1936 and early marriage

at 18 and birthing five children by

the time she was 23.

She commended the graduating

class of 2019 for “the strength of

character and courageous spirit

that brought you to this day.”

The congresswoman said that

she herself had “no degree” due to

discrimination in her childhood

but “I congratulate you” for

earning degrees.

"Without a degree," she

continued, “I am representing you

in the Congress, proving that

America still remains the greatest

symbol of Hope the world has ever

seen.”

Congresswoman Napolitano,

however, warned about “foreign

attacks on our constitution” which

she called Constitutional

constipation and the return of the

Demons of discrimination she

faced in her childhood.

She charged the graduands to

show gratitude. “You have been

beneficiaries of someone. Be

grateful for the blessing” of

education.

She noted that almost half of the

class of 2019 “are the first to

graduate in their family” and the

university was “fifth for social

mobility” of all universities in a

recent US ranking.

After her inspirational speech,

certificates were presented to

graduands by the university’s

president. When the survivor of a

Boko Haram attack, Zion Umar,

was called to the podium amidst

cheers and applause by her

Nigerian and American guests, the

president of the university went out

of her way to hug her.

Ms. Zion Umar had come a long

way from terror-ravaged North-

Eastern Nigeria. In May 2013, as

a secondary school girl, terror

unveiled its ugly head when

dreaded Islamist terrorists broke

into her family home in Maiduguri

and grabbed her pastor father.

As she pleaded with the gunman

for her father’s life, they warned

her to enter the house or be killed.

Before she could do so, they

opened fire, killing her father while

a bullet lodged in her head.

After two months of searing

headaches, Ms. Zion Umar

underwent a successful surgery to

extract the bullet from her head.

Two years later in 2015,

international human rights lawyer,

Emmanuel Ogebe flew her to the

US to join other Chibok girls

whom he had sponsored to school

in the US in 2014, in honour of her

late father who had taken care of

orphans of numerous pastors also

killed in Maiduguri.

Upon her arrival, Zion

distinguished herself

academically and soon entered

university with one Chibok girl

and another survivor in early

2016. She graduated from

the Community College

with an Associate Degree in

Science Magna Cum Laude

(high Honors) in 2018

transferring and

obtaining her

Bachelor’s degree in

Science from the

California

university last weekend.

Her Chibok colleague had

herself graduated also with an

associate degree in Science from

the Community College two weeks

earlier and transferred for further

studies.

At the stadium to honour Ms Zion

Umar were several eminent

Nigerians in Diaspora including

a one-time Attorney-General of Fiji

and his wife, a former World Bank

Auditor and his wife and

international human rights lawyer,

Emmanuel Ogebe and his wife.

Each of them had known Ms

Zion’s father, the late Rev. Umar

Pama.

In an interesting turn of events,

the Nigerian guests included

people from the North-East,

South-South, North-Central and

South-West, giving the contingent

a pan-Nigerian colouration.

Also in attendance were an

American lawyer, doctor, pastor

and retired professor who had all

supported Zion in her schooling in

California. Incidentally, the retired

professor had taught in Nigeria

during the Nigerian Civil War in

the 60s and the pastor had herself

been born in Nigeria.

At the end of the ceremony, they

lined up next to the Nigerian flag

specially hoisted in honour of Zion

for photographs.

According to human rights

lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe, “Zion’s

feat is historic as the first victim of

Boko Haram to earn a Bachelor

of Science degree in America.

More amazing is the fact that she

did this despite undergoing

•Zion

Umar

My only

regret is

that no

f a m i l y

member

f r o m

Nigeria

was here to

witness this

glorious

day due to

visa denial

by the US

embassy

surgery to her head.

“Boko Haram generally does not

directly kill women. While I have

seen male victims of gunshots to

the head, she’s the first and only

female victim I have seen with this

type of experience. Yet, from her

amazing smile, you could never tell

what horrors she’s been through.

“To overcome this and excel

academically while adjusting to a

foreign country showcases her

resilience and is a true

manifestation of the triumph of the

human spirit over adversity.

“For me personally, this day is

special because I recall that three

years ago on May 30, the Nigerian

Embassy sent agents to disrupt the

end-of-term activities of the

Chibok girls I placed in school in

Washington and took two of them

away from the school.

“Till date, those two girls have

been unable to achieve even

secondary school certificate after

three years. But on May 31, 2019,

another girl is graduating with a

bachelor’s degree,” he said, adding

that the Nigerian Government

snatched failure from the jaws of

success.

“When God wants to vindicate

you, he makes a distinction

between the children of Israel and

the people of Egypt. In three years,

the Muhammadu Buhari regime

replicated failure while in the same

three years, these girls reproduced

success.

“I urge people to pray for the girls

in the government’s failed

programme who are recycling

failure that they will not continue

to do so throughout Buhari’s

tenure and that they will not end

up without certificates after all the

millions of dollars squandered on

them.

“I thank God that the vision he

gave me to give them an

opportunity to perform in a global

space has come to fruition today.

The Nigerian government’s effort

to steal and sabotage my vision has

failed,” Ogebe opined.

According to him, the good book

says my people perish for lack of

vision “as you can clearly see in

the Buhari regime. May those girls

be delivered from a visionless and

purposeless administration that has

held them captive to mediocrity.

Money cannot buy brains but

nurturing, mentorship and a

teachable spirit will perform

wonders.

“I believe it is a special

sign of God’s divine favour

and grace that Zion lived

with my family and I for the

majority of her time in the

US. We ate the same food

and drank the same

water.

“She bonded with my

children and my wife

helped answer her

questions and provided

guidance on navigating

life in America. My son

provided tech support for

their computers. For the last

girl to come to America to

be the first to graduate with

a full degree, is a fulfillment

of scripture that ‘the first shall

be last and the last shall be

first.’

“That she lives with me is an

added honour from the Lord that

we produce champions not

failures. We return all glory to God

and appreciate all who helped see

her through.

“The season of harvest has come.

We sowed in tears and are reaping

in joy as we go from glory to glory

with one graduation after the other

while the non-performing

government does what it does best

lies and propaganda. You can’t argue

against results!

“My only regret is that no family

member from Nigeria was here to

witness this glorious day due to visa

denial by the US Embassy.

“However, that Zion and a United

States Congresswoman shared the

same stage to obtain degrees on the

same day was a fitting divine

blessing for a hardworking,

responsible and conscientious

young lady,” he noted.

Interestingly, Zion, who was Vice-

President of the Honors Society in

her community college became a

Professor’s assistant in the university

and was even grading exams of first

year students.

The university had offered her a

postgraduate sponsorship and

employment as a lecturer but she

declined due to her desire to pursue

a medical-related course that would

benefit others in the future.

Already, she has been offered

admission for postgraduate studies

but is evaluating her options.

Mr. Ogebe said: “I am thankful

that today she has a better education

than her peers at home and abroad

with a degree that is marketable

globally. She has the opportunity

and ability to work and earn a living

or continue schooling. Zion is a

worthy ambassador of her late father

who was a senior CAN official in

Borno State. Her parents inculcated

in her the discipline and work ethic

for success.

“As I receive reports of continuing

attacks by Boko Haram in Borno, I

am glad I made the right choice to

provide her an opportunity in the

United States,” Mr. Ogebe stated.

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Transcorp Hilton takes youth on

career development

BY VICTORIA OJEME

RECENTLY, some young and

creative Nigerian female

make-up artists were put to test in

Lagos in a dual purpose manner;

to bring out the best, inspire,

empower and instill independence

and confidence in them. This was

made possible when some makeup

artists in the country who may

not have been given that much

chance to excel in the beauty

industry, found time in the midst

of a competitive environment to

make an impact.

In a series titled: The Making of

Entrepreneurs: Lagos Chapter

Make-up Series, held in Lagos, the

founder, Women’s World Show,

WWS, Clara Chizoba Kronborg in

collaboration with Dabota Lawson

of Dabota Cosmetics, engaged

some young Nigerian beauticians

in a make-up training exercise.

Mrs. Clara Kronborg, Europebased

Nigerian entrepreneur and

global talk show personality, had

series of projects aimed at giving

back to society just to change the

narrative of a typical African

woman. To her, this is one way of

giving voice to women in Africa.

“This is the making of an

entrepreneur, a segment in the

Women World Show. We are

engaging the beauty entrepreneurs

to showcase their talents. They are

not really professionals but they are

good artists and need support to

grow,” says Clara.

She further disclosed: “This is

what we are doing to establish

them. It is all about reaching to

women, talking to them, using our

success stories to inspire them but

at the end of the day, we want to

reach out to those that do not have

the avenue to have to be where they

week hospitality internship

program in the hotel,” Adeyemo

informed.

Participants were taken in a guided

tour of the building as well as various

departments where they met with

professionals from all areas of

activity at the hotel.

“Through career speed

networking, team members shared

advice on the skills and attributes

participants need as they embark on

their chosen careers.

“Careers@Hilton Live events

want to be. Using myself as a case

study, I want them to be confident

and independent. I do not want

them to go through what I went

through. I want to be able to see a

woman’s life transform.

“We have done fashion series in

Abuja, right now, we are doing

makeup series in Lagos and there’s

a lot of it coming up in Rwanda,

Kenya and other African

countries. In each of these shows,

I collaborate with people who are

experts in their profession to make

it a reality,” Clara added.

The exercise had about five

female contestants showcasing

various creative makeup styles in

regulated timing, each working on

a model in an intense and

compelling condition. At the end

of the show, a winner who

surpassed expectations was chosen

provide unique opportunity for

Hilton team members to inspire and

encourage those interested in the

hospitality industry.”

Earlier in his remarks, the General

Manager, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja,

Kevin Brett, noted that since young

people have continued to face

challenging employment prospects,

it was pertinent to ensure they receive

information and advice about

available options, skills and

attributes required as they embark

on their chosen careers.

“We are passionate about raising

awareness of the opportunities the

THE Transcorp Hilton Hotel,

Abuja, has embarked on a

capacity-building programme

towards educating young people

about existing opportunities in the

hospitality industry.

Tagged: Careers@Hilton Live:

Youth in Hospitality Month, the

series of programmes which are

expected to last till the end of the

month, has been described as the

largest global career events

organised by the hotel.

According to the Public

Relations Manager, Mr. Shola

Adeyemo, the initiative is part of

Bright Blue Futures - a global

program that encourages Hilton

team members to devote their time

and expertise in helping young

people pursue professional

development.

The hotel had recently hosted a

Career Fair for the youth. The

programme provided platform for

interaction between participants

and Hilton team members.

“The Career Fair familiarised

them with Hilton’s organisational

culture. Over 300 students drawn

from 15 secondary schools in Abuja

participated at the Fair.

“Also in attendance at the Fair

were 45 young men and women,

who will be taking part in a fourand

rewarded with a make-up

pack, courtesy of Dabota

Cosmetics and a cash prize of

N100, 000 with other incentives.

All other contestants were equally

rewarded.

Speaking after the show, Dabota

Lawson, founder, Dabota

Cosmetics said: “Honestly I think

it is a very good platform for

women. I did not know what to

expect when Clara approached me,

but today, I must say I am really

impressed. I look forward to

collaborating with her on more

events that hinge on empowering

women even if it has nothing to do

with beauty. I like what she is doing

– ‘women supporting women’. To

me, this is really great and the

women have really put in their best.

We saw a winner, someone who has

really put in her best to take the

knowledge given to her to the next

hospitality industry offers and we

are delighted to be doing this

during the month of May when we

are celebrating 100 Years of

Hilton,” Brett stated.

For the Director, Human

Resources, Omorinsola Sofola,

“activities we have put in place for

this year’s Careers@Hilton are a

great way of engaging and

inspiring the youth, and we are

delighted to be part of such a

fantastic initiative.”

Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in

Hospitality Month is part of Hilton

Worldwide’s Open Doors

commitment aimed at positively

impacting not less than one

million young people by the end of

2019 by preparing them to reach

their full potentials.

WWS give voice to female entrepreneurs in Africa

BY CHRIS ONUOHA

*Cross section of participants at a capacity-building programme towards educating young people

in Abuja recently.

level.

Linda Nwankwo, Women World

Show Nigerian coordinator, also

said: “This is generally about

empowering women using a

successful woman on that same

field as an inspiration to empower

others. We are going to make more

series of making an entrepreneur

in women workshop. For now, it is

a segment in the Women World

Show. We are going to cities and

other African countries. One thing

we are doing differently is that we

don’t just give people money on the

street, but we discover you on the

street and begin to build your life,

career, promote you on our

platform, use our own connections

to give you businesses. Women

World Show is not an ordinary show

but a way of reaching out to

younger ones and empowering

them,” concludes Linda.

•From left: Dabota Lawson, Clara Chizoba Kronborg, winner of the contest and another contestant.

•Omolara Adagunodo

Firm urges

Sanwo-Olu to

set agenda on

tourism

BY EBUNOLUWA SESSOU

LAGOS State Governor, Mr.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu has

been urged to focus on sustainable

tourism to further boost the

chances of Lagos becoming a 21st-

Century economy to take the

Nigerian tourism industry to the

next level and ensure that the sector

contributes more to the state’s

Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

Managing Director of Jumia’s

hotel and flight marketplace,

Omolara Adagunodo, disclosed

this in a statement while setting out

a tourism agenda for the new

governor.

Adagunodo who noted that the

past administration led by Mr.

Akinwunmi Ambode featured

tourism as one of its developmental

agenda, called on Sanwo-Olu to

follow suit.

“As the government is settling

down to work, I encourage the

administration to concentrate on

Sustainable Tourism.

“This is because the next phase

of tourism is for it to become

sustainable, and for Lagos to

establish a robust tourism

industry, it requires a roadmap

that takes full account of tourism’s

current and future economic,

social and environmental impacts,

addressing the needs of visitors, the

industry, the environment and host

communities.

“In fact, a combined report by

the United Nations World Tourism

Organisation, International Trade

Centre and Enhanced Integrated

Framework, EIF reveals that

tourism is sustainable and it is

widely recognised as a key sector

for achieving the United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals,

SDGs, given its major potential to

contribute to jobs and wealth

creation in the developing world.

Tourism is estimated to represent

10% of global GDP and generates

directly or indirectly one in ten jobs

globally.

“Interestingly, the development

agenda of the Governor is geared

towards achieving sustainable

tourism. Tagged: Project THEME, the

administration’s pillars of

development will focus on traffic

and transportation, health and the

environment, education and

technology,” she said.

Adagunodo added that alongside

sustainable tourism, the government

should invest massively in

infrastructure, give a facelift to the

state’s tourism assets, look into

taxation challenges in the hospitality

industry as well as the ratings and

classification of hotels.

She urged the government to

consolidate on the commendable

tourism work of the previous

administration.


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28 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

How infrastructure

decay in tertiary

institutions affects

students (2)

By Dayo Adesulu,

Gbenga Olarinoye,

Demola Akinyemi, Femi

Bolaji and Alemma-

Ozioruva Aliu

Buildings, classrooms,

hostel accommodations,

laboratories, water,

power, roads and transportation

are crucial elements of learning

environments in schools.

There is strong evidence that

high quality infrastructure

facilitates better instruction,

improves students learning, and

reduces drop-out rates, among

other benefits.

Vanguard’s recent study of

many of our public tertiary

institutions as published in our

last edition and this report have

shown that many of the schools

are lacking in basic facilities,

services, and installations needed

for the functioning of its

learning community.

The infrastructure on these

campuses, such as hostel

accommodations, roads,

transportation, water, power and

sewage treatment plants are

either decay or not in existent.

Situational reports from these

institutions of higher learning

revealed that students from

affected schools groan under

these infrastructure deficits. While

some universities are trying to do

something near quality

infrastructure, many seem not to

care about it.

Institutions under consideration

today include: Federal University,

Wukari, Taraba State University,

Jalingo and Kwarafa University,

all in Taraba.

Others are University of Ilorin,

University of Benin, Ambrose Alli

University, Federal Polytechnic,

Auchi, Obafemi Awolowo

University and Osun State

University.

Edo State

A common thread of

insufficient hostel

accommodation runs through

the three major public tertiary

institutions in Edo State.

From the Federal Polytechnic,

Auchi, to Ambrose Alli University

(AAU), Ekpoma and the

University of Benin, Benin City,

our findings show infrastructure

deficits, such that private hostel

developers have become the

alternative for decent

accommodation in the

institutions.

The over population also

takes its toll on facilities like

toilets, bathrooms, water

supply, light and others.

At Auchi polytechnic, a room

in the hostel is officially meant

for three persons; a single bunk

for final year students and then

double bunker. But in most

cases, you have minimum of

five students in one room and

in some instances, the single

bunkers are replaced with

double bunkers by the

students to make room for more

eight students.

Some of the students who

spoke with Vanguard

expressed

their

disappointment in the poor

state of hostel facilities in the

Institution and called on the

federal government to do the

needful.

Many of the students decried

the lack of sanitation and

dilapidated state of the hostel

toilets. A situation they

described as threat to their

lives.

The hostels

need to be

fumigated

because for the

past three weeks

now, snakes and

other reptiles

have taken over

the hostel

Deborah, a female student in

the female hostel said: “The major

challenge in my hostel is lack of

fans, adding that the toilets are

bad. Also, the cleaners don’t take

their job seriously. Because of

this development, rodents and

reptiles such as snakes now make

the hostel their abode.”

Similarly, a Banking and

Finance ND II student at Auchi

A room at UNIBEN females hostel. A toilet facility at the Auchi Polytechnic.

Polytechnic, Momoh said that his

hostel lacks maintenance,

stressing that many of the facilities

are outdated and need urgent

repairs. He said: “The hostels

need to be fumigated because for

the past three weeks now, snakes

and other reptiles have taken over

the hostes. We are calling on the

management to fumigate this

place.”

Dean of Student Affairs

reacts

In his reaction, the Dean of

Student Affairs of the Polytechnic,

Dr. Sola Oshionebo debunked the

claims, adding that the school has

the necessary facilities to cater for

the needs of the students.

“Though the hostel is taking

much resources to maintain,

management don’t play with its

maintenance,” he said.

Moreover, at Ambrose Alli

University, AAU, Ekpoma, our

investigation shows that the most

viable hostels are Igbinedion

hostel which was demarcated to

accommodate both male and

female students and Kudirat

hostel named after wife of late

MKO Abiola which is an all

female hostel.

Besides, other hostels are like

classrooms demarcated into rooms

for students.

A students who volunteered to

talk said; “Only two hostels;

Igbinedion and Kudirat Hostels

are spacious, others are mostly

overcrowded.

“The only fair place for the boys

hostel is part of Igbinedion hostel

meant for male.

Areas like Uhumudumu,

Ujoelen, Emado, Eguare have

become thriving areas for private

hostel developers.’’

At the Ugbowo Campus of the

University of Benin the

management with support from

individuals and intervention

agencies like NDDC have

complemented hostels at the

Ugbowo campus of the University

but even at that, it is still not

enough.

The school’s policy of

compulsory accommodation for

100 level students was a

challenge in the current session

as some of them could not get

accommodation.

A law student simply called

Blessing said: “We also have the

challenge of power because

sometimes, they would not put on

the light, and once there is no

light, there will not be water

especially Sundays.”

Taraba State

Taraba State which boasts of

three universities, namely

Federal University, Wukari,

Taraba State University, Jalingo

and Kwararafa University have

shortages of hostel

accommodations.

It was gathered that hostel

accommodations at the Federal

University, Wukari are grossly

inadequate. Three blocks of two

storey building are allocated for

the females while the male

students have one. The

development has resorted to

students renting apartments

outside the school campus.

However, the school is said to

have built two new blocks of

hostels, which according to

findings are yet to be allocated

for students usage.

On the other hand, at Taraba

State University, it was gathered

that the hostel accommodations

are conducive, but inadequate.

Kwara State

At University of Ilorin, except

the ongoing private hostels for

students under construction by

private investors, there were no

abandoned project(s)by the

federal government in the

University of Ilorin when

Vanguard visited.

Contacted,the Director of

Information of the university

Alhaji Kunle Akogun said there

is no abandoned projects in the

institution since about two

decades ago.

He said:”If your organisation

doesn’t believe, let them send

independent investigator here

and the truth would be reaffirmed

that we don’t have any federal

government project abandoned

here”

Osun State

Obafemi Awolowo University,

OAU has renovated its hostel

accommodations.

Prior to the renovation carried

out by the management of

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-

Ife on the campus hostels in the

early 2018, the hitherto

overcrowded halls of residence

were in parlous and dirty state as

the health of over 11,000 residents

was grossly threatened on daily

basis.

Before the facelift that were

given to the over 50 year old halls

of residence, one would be

worried at the level of rots and

dirtiness that reigned on the

campus hostels. Over populated

rooms, especially in male hostels,

dirty toilets and bathrooms,

broken louvres, damaged septic,

stinking gutters, abandoned

rooms, tattered ceilings along

other dilapidated structures

characterized the hostels.

Ruth Okere, a 400-level student

of English Language, however

urged the management of the

institution to embark on repair of

damaged doors, ceiling and

louvers and facilitate the supply

of water to occupants staying on

top floors to reduce the stress they

pass through in getting water

downstairs.

Meanwhile, the concept of

Osun State University,

UNIOSUN is non residential for

all its students scattered in all the

six campuses of Osogbo, Okuku,

Ipetu-Ijesa, Ifetedo, Ikire and

Ejigbo.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019 29

Koiki urges IB Sixth Form graduates on

excellence

CHIEF Executive

Officer, CEO,

Greensprings School,

Mrs Lai Koiki has urged

students to always aim at

excellence in every task,

be it academics or non

academics.

Mrs Koiki who gave this

charge during her

goodwill message to the

Greensprings’ Sixth

Form graduating class of

2019 in Lagos said: “You

must strive for

excellence in every

task.”

While positing that

challenges abound in

every endeavour, she

however noted that

amidst the challenges,

lie

immense

opportunities for

personal achievement

and contribution to the

world.

According to her, the

22 IB graduates

experiences over the

years at the

Greensprings School

have stand them in good

stead against all odds.

Speaking in the same

vein, its Head of School,

Bola Kolade lauded the

academics investment of

Greensprings in the

sixth IB Class of 2019,

adding that almost all of

them have gained

admission with

scholarships into

universities and colleges

around the world.

She urged them to

explore the world, enrich

their experience and

expand their horizons.

“I believe the time spent

here at Greensprings

has been very rewarding

for you and that you are

taking the skills and

competence you have

mastered into the world

to make a difference and

leave your unique

impact,” she said.

While charging them

on the need to embrace

integrity, Kolade said:

“You must do the right

thing. It is either

integrity or lack of

integrity.” According to

her, integrity guides,

protects and earn you

respect in the society.

Quoting Nelson

Mandela, she said, “By

lacking in integrity, you

settle for the life that you

are capable of living.”

Stakeholders seek introduction of

etiquette into curricula

By Dayo Adesulu

C

O N C E R N

stakeholders in

education sector have called

on the Federal Government

to introduce etiquette as a

course into the primary and

secondary school curricula,

positing that the lack of

grooming among secondary

school girls has almost

eroded our cultural values.

They noted that until

parents recognised that our

core values among the young

female folks have been

replaced with western culture,

we would not take positive

action.

According to them, the

etiquette of cooking, eating,

sitting etc were taught during

their days in secondary

school, adding that those

trainings have made them

better women at home and

in society today.

Speaking during the St.

Anne’s School 150

Anniversary press conference

in Lagos, its Committee

Chairperson, Dr.

Funmilayo Soleye,

Finance and Fund Raising

Team Lead, Mrs. Nifemi

Adeshina and Mrs Bisola

Ariyibi, the Media and Public

Relations Team Lead spoke

with one voice on this issue.

Seeking for better education

and grooming for the girlchild,

they pointed out to

many St. Anne’s School

Alumni who had positively

impacted the country and the

world.

Some of its trail blazers,

they noted include: Late Lady

Kofo Ademola, first Nigerian

female graduate and also the

first African female student in

Oxford university; Mrs.

Tejumade Alakija, late Justice

Roseline Omotoso, Mrs

Dorothy Akanya, the first

female commissioner for

Health, late Prof. Jadesola

Akande.

Others are: Rtd. Major

General Kale, the first

Nigerian female Major

General, late Mrs. Flora

Nwapa-Nwakuche, late

Justice Atinuke Ige, Prof.

(Mrs.) Bolanle Awe, Prof.

(Mrs) Bisi Sowunmi, and Dr.

(Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-

Iweala, former Director in the

World Bank and two time

Federal Minister of Nigeria

to mention a few.

As the school celebrates its

150 years in October, the

concern individuals from

within and outside the school

are seeking to raise N250

million to revamp the

school.

Mrs Adeshina said: “As the

oldest institution in the

country, to provide formal

education for the Girl Child,

we have selected the topic:

The Trials and Successes

of the Girl Child Education

in Nigeria: The St Anne’s

Story as our theme.

“As part of our celebrations,

many projects that involve the

restoration of the school will

be commissioned, awards

given, and celebratory

activities delivered.“We have

scheduled the

commissioning of all projects

and other activities to hold on

the 18 th October in the

School premises, Molete,

Ibadan.

“Projects to be

implemented include: Reroofing

of classroom blocks,

clearing and landscaping

of the whole school

compound, demarcation and

creating proper roads and

pathways to the various

houses and enhanced

security – repair/rebuild of the

school fence/gate and gate

house.

‘’Others are creation of

various sports fields,

renovation of the school hall,

and establishment of a

vocational centre, provision of

a school bus, renovation and

return to usage of the

boarding houses.''

Senate passes vote of

confidence in UNILAG V-C

Elizabeth Uwandu

THE Senate of the

University of Lagos,

UNILAG has passed vote of

confidence in the Vice

Chancellor of the institution,

Professor Oluwatoyin

Ogundipe.

This is coming after the

Governing Council had

accused the university

management of

misappropriation and

mismanagement. The

Senate in a release however

absorbed Ogundipe and his

team of any wrongdoing.

It said: “Senate at its

meeting of Tuesday, May

28, 2019 deliberated

extensively on the strained

relationship between the

Governing Council and

Management, culminating

in the allegation of

impropriety against the

management of the

university.

“Senate regrets that the

avoidable development, if

unchecked will blight the

noble efforts to improve the

global ranking and

generally advance the

enviable brand of the

university at this crucial

time.

“Senate noted that the

intervention of Regulatory

Agencies and the House of

Representatives Committee

on Procurement have so far

confirmed that the issues

bordered mainly on: day-today

administration of the

university; finances;

infrastructure maintenance;

security and official travel.


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32Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

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IN principle, there is nothing

wrong with setting aside a day

to celebrate an epochal event in a

nation’s life. Every country does it.

But the official recognition by

President Muhammadu Buhari’s

government of June 12 as

“Democracy Day”, the first of which

was marked noisily but vacuously

across the nation yesterday, is a

political symbolism that lacks

substance.

Of course, the annulment of the

June 12, 1993 election was a

significant event. But why did it

happen? And what lessons has

Nigeria learned from it?

Unfortunately, the answers to these

questions are not only negative, they

also make the official recognition

of the event a self-serving political

gesturing that does little to enrich

Nigeria’s political development.

Take the first question, why did the

annulment happen? The official

reason in a statement issued on June

23, 1993 was that “in view of the

spirit of litigation pending in various

courts”, the government was

"compelled" to annul the election “to

protect our legal system and the

judiciary from being ridiculed and

politicised”.

But really? Who believes that

General Ibrahim Babangida, the

military dictator who annulled the

election, did so “to rescue the

judiciary from intra-voyaging”, as

the statement said?

To date, General Babangida has

said nothing publicly about the

annulment other than his usual

refrain: “I take full responsibility for

The meaningless symbolism of

June 12 as Democracy Day

the decision”. Elsewhere, such a

pivotal figure would have written a

book on the event. Elsewhere, a future

democratic government would have

set up a judicial commission of

enquiry to investigate the annulment,

expose the roles several individuals

played in it and document all the

behind-the-scenes events that led to

the decision for posterity. But, alas,

Nigerians may be commemorating

the annulment, few know anything

of significance about it, beyond the

fact that it happened.

Think of any significant

commemorative event in any

civilised country, the citizens are fully

enlightened about the grand

narratives of what they are

commemorating through official

enquiries and reports, books and

other historical documents.

Of course, the lack of an enquiry

on the June 12 annulment has

perversely allowed several people

who should be named and shamed

for their ignoble roles to parade

themselves as true democrats. For

instance, it remains within the realm

of speculation that David Mark was

one of the middle-ranking army

officers who put a gun on

Babangida’s head, so to speak, and

forced him to annul the election. If

that’s true, and we won’t know

June 12 only

gives Nigerians

another public

holiday; beyond

that, it signifies

nothing

meaningful!

without an enquiry, it’s an affront on

democracy that the same Mark later

became president of Nigeria’s

Senate for eight years!

But leaving aside the military, what

about the shameful complicity of the

politicians? The Babangida regime

created two parties, National

Republican Convention, NRC and

Social Democratic Party, SDP and

drafted their constitutions. Indeed,

he later removed the elected

chairmen of the parties and

appointed administrators to run

them. Yet, in their desperation for

power, the politicians allowed

themselves to be strung along; they

joined the two parties and saw

nothing undemocratic about them

even though they were being herded

in both parties like sheep!

Later, in October 1992, Babangida

cancelled the results of the

presidential primaries of the parties

and banned all the 23 presidential

aspirants. Chief MKO Abiola, who

later joined the race, and was the

presumed winner of the annulled

election, only did so after virtually

all the prominent politicians had

been banned, but he saw nothing

wrong or undemocratic about the

process. Truth is, the Babangida

election, given all the chicanery that

preceded it, was not different from

any conducted by Communist

China or North Korea; participation

in such an election comes with caveat

emptor!

Of course, the annulment of the

June 12 election was iniquitous, but

a thorough enquiry would have

exposed the duplicitous,

unprincipled and opportunistic roles

of the politicians in the decision or

in the events leading up to it. Sadly,

even today, the Nigerian political

class remains as opportunistic and

unprincipled as ever!

Which brings us to the

politicisation of the June 12

Democracy Day decision. As

Professor Wole Soyinka rightly said

at the time, the decision was made

“with an eye on electoral fortunes,

undoubtedly”. Since 1993, South-

West politicians had ethnicised the

June 12 annulment; some of the

governors even legislated to make

June 12 a public holiday in their

states. Buhari, who had rarely said

anything publicly against the

annulment, suddenly decided to

recognise the date as Democracy

Day, make it a national public

holiday and award Abiola the highest

national honour, GCFR, all in a bid

for the Yoruba votes – not wholly

successfully in the end!

But it was empty symbolism

because, apart from the above

reasons, there is no official

recognition that Abiola won the

election.

If the gesture was to be credible,

Buhari should have released the

results of the annulled election,

declare Abiola winner, if he won, and

formally recognise him as a former

president with all the entitlements,

not just a GCFR – after all, Chief

Obafemi Awolowo got a GCFR

without being a president!

Of course, June 12 is more credible

than May 29 as Democracy Day. The

latter existed because of the former.

But due to the empty symbolism of

the president’s decision and its crass

politicisation, June 12 only gives

Nigerians another public holiday.

Beyond that, it signifies nothing

meaningful!

Social investment programmes and the poverty question

By Akinlayo James

AT the start of President Muhammadu

Buhari’s administration, oil prices had

plunged from the Olympian height of $140

per barrel to less than $50. The administration

also inherited the backlog effects of years of

economic policies that had not taken adequate

account of the social safety of the poor.

To make matters even worse, it was also

erroneously accused of causing a recession that

would later make many people lose their

means of livelihood. Any economist worth his

onions knows that recession is the aggregation

of several years, or even decade, of misplaced

or wrong macroeconomic policies. Recession

cannot be cooked up in eight months which

was about the time frame into the

administration when it started.

Indeed this administration was seemingly

dealt a bad hand. It came to inherit the

culminating effects of several years

of macroeconomic policies that created

growth but failed to alleviate unemployment

and poverty. Statistics from a scientific journal

report published by the Faculty of Economic

Sciences of the Danubius University,

Romania, on Nigerian macro economic

policies prove this.

The Nigerian economy averaged a good

growth rate of 6.5 per cent between 2001 and

2010, largely fuelled by the favourable price

of crude oil in the global market. Yet between

this time period it also averaged alarming

unemployment and poverty growth rate of

14.7 per cent and 63.99 per cent, respectively.

This pointed to a growing economy that did

not reduce poverty and unemployment even

at good times. It showed an oil-led growth that

had not percolated into other areas of the

economy that would have real impact on the

poor.

This, however, meant that the rich got richer,

either through hook or crook, while the caste

of the poor swelled alarmingly. It was the

archetype of income inequality that no nation

would be proud of. Evidenced by the fact that

more rich Nigerians owned properties in

Dubai and bought private jets than at any time

before, while almost half of the population

was struggling to get by with a decent meal a

day.

This was the type of socio-economic ground

zero situation that the new administration

found itself in. It was almost similar to the

predicament former President Barack Obama

of the US faced at the onset of his first

administration when he inherited an economy

on the cusp of recession. The recession had

thus set in and many Nigerians were facing an

increasingly falling standard of living. What

could alleviate the people’s suffering was a bold

socio-economic programme; the type that was

different from the ones initiated in the past

that were broadly ineffective. It had to be the

type of socio-economic programme that would

increase the access of the poor to basic

necessities such as food, credit, healthcare,

sanitation and education. The root of poverty

lies in the deprivation of people’s access to these

basic necessities.

Hence, the administration came up with

National Social Investments Programmes,

NSIP, a revolutionary approach to tackle

extreme poverty. It was the kind of programme

that was a radical departure from those

initiated in the past and were poorly

implemented or abandoned. It was

contemplated to not only give fish to the poor,

but to also teach them how to catch fish, clearly

designed with the lessons of the past in mind.

The NSIP was quite unprecedented in the

nation’s history and it was initiated to address

the challenges around human capital

development, with the aim of reducing poverty

and creating wealth in order to tackle the socioeconomic

vulnerability in the country. “We are

launching the most ambitious social

protection programme in our history to start

the process of lifting many from poverty, while

at the same time creating the opportunity for

people to fend for themselves,” President

Buhari had said then. The programme would

later prove to do so.

The NSIP, domiciled in the Office of the Vice

President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, its supervisor,

is an all encompassing programme built in

with checks and balances to prevent abuses. It

does so by bringing in a broad spectrum

of development partners on board in its

execution. The partners include World

Bank, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates

Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy

advisor, Accenture and Save the Children.

Others include Lagos Business School,

Department for International Development,

DFID, Dangote Group, the Partnership for

Child Development, International Committee

of Red Cross, ICRC, World Food Programme,

WFP and NEPC India Ltd. The programme

also employs the latest cutting edge technology

such as BVN for effectiveness.

Broadly divided into four components, the

NSIP ensures that the social safety net is spread

wide enough to capture all. The four aspects

of the programme include the National Homegrown

School Feeding Programme, NHGSF,

the N-Power job scheme, the Government

Enterprise Empowerment Programme, GEEP,

and the Conditional Cash

Transfer Programme, CCT.

The School Feeding Programme, aside from

feeding school pupils with a free nutritious

meal a day, is designed to boost primary school

enrolment which was abysmally poor in

Nigeria. According to UNICEF about 11

million children between the ages of five and

14 years are not in school. One in every five of

the out-of-school-children in the world is a

Nigerian. About 45 per cent of these are girls.

Only 61 per cent of children between six years

One in every five of the outof-school-children

in the world

is a Nigerian, and about 45

per cent of these are girls

and 11 years old regularly attend primary

school and only 36 per cent of the 31.8 million

children under five years receive early

childhood education.

NHGSF was designed to correct this

anomaly by providing children in public

primary schools from class one to three free

nutritionally balanced meal as an incentive to

drive primary enrolment. The programme uses

locally produced food, employs low income

fairly unskilled women as cooks and engages

local farmers. This unique framework

accomplishes several goals at the same time.

It boosts primary school enrolment, improves

the welfare of women and the income of small

scale farmers in its bid to eradicate extreme

poverty and hunger. One could say that it

amounts to killing three birds with a stone.

Already, the impact of the programme has

been huge. It has led to increased enrolment

of pupils into government schools nationwide,

while school absenteeism has reduced

considerably since it started about three years

ago. Its impact on the rural economy has also

been astronomical. The programme employs

over a hundred thousand cooks in about

54,000 government schools, feeding 9.5 million

pupils. Each week over 94 metric tonnes of

fish, seven million eggs, and 800 cattle are used,

as well as large quantities of fruits, vegetables

and grains sourced from local farms. This has

increased the income of rural women and

farmers. It has indeed been a grist to the mills

of farmers as it has helped mop up postharvest

losses suffered by small scale farmers

leading to additional income.

The N-Power is geared towards capacity

building amongst unemployed youth. It is

largely subdivided into two categories; for

graduates and non-graduates. The graduate

initiative prepares them to be health workers

in primary health centres, agricultural

extension advisor to small scale farmers and

teachers in public, thus bridging the skill gap

in this sector. Participants are also paid a

monthly stipend of N30,000 for a period of

two years. There are trainings also in various

trades, repair of hardware devices, software

programming, script writing, voice acting,

amongst others.

The N-Power currently has over 500, 000

beneficiaries. It has helped to engage idle

youths who otherwise have been tempted to

go into criminal enterprise to eke out a

livelihood. The Government Enterprise and

Empowerment Programme, GEEP is an

initiative designed to give business credit to

those who would not ordinarily have had access

to such. It provides both collateral and interestfree

loans to businesses at the bottom rung of

the financial ladder.

The programme is subdivided into

FarmerMoni, MarketMoni and TraderMoni.

Beneficiaries of the first two have access to

interest free loans between of N10,000 and

N350,000. For TraderMoni, beneficiaries are,

however, eligible for higher loans when they

repay the first N10,000 upon repayment of the

first loan within the stipulated time frame.

Continues online

•James, a public affairs analyst, wrote from

Abuja


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OSHIOMHOLE: Resign now,

Delta APC group tells Shuaibu

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By Chris Ochayi

A

B U J A

VANGUARD for

Political Expediency, Delta

State, has solicited support

for National Chairman of

All Progressives Congress,

APC, Mr Adams

Oshiomhole, saying he was

on right track to entrench

party internal democracy.

The group’s Chairman

and Secretary, Akpofure

Omoniunu and Omasone

Erute, respectively in a

statement, yesterday, in

Abuja, accused the Vicechairman,

North, Senator

Lawal Shuaibu of treachery

and causing damage to the

party.

The group said, “It is our

belief that the National Vice

Chairman, North, of the

party has done much

damage to the fabric of the

party coherence by starting

an ‘Oshiomhole must go’

campaign.

“We believe that he

should be asked to step

down from the exalted

office, as his action had

given a bad example of

loyalty and commitment to

68 ex-militants conclude

refresher course in Delta

By Jimitota Onoyume

W EIGHT ARRISIXTY-

ex-militants

have concluded a refresher

course on welding and

electrical installation in

Warri, Delta State funded by

the amnesty office with the

Federal Government

commended for its human

capital investment in the

Niger Delta region in the

last four years.

Special Adviser to the

President on Niger Delta

and Coordinator,

Presidential Amnesty

Programme, Prof Charles

Dokubo at the closing

ceremony said the training

offered youths in the region

SON tasks producers on

quality products

By Festus Ahon

A

S A B A

STANDARDS

Organisation of Nigeria,

SON, has urged producers

in the country to produce

quality products for the

consumption of the people.

Speaking at a two-day

workshop on Laboratory

and General Sensitisation

on SON Certification of

Lubricants, SON’s

Director-General, Mr Osita

Aboloma said, the essence

of the workshop was to

engage stakeholders in the

productive sector on

laboratory services.

The DG, represented by

the Regional Coordinator,

Saleh Babaji, said

laboratory was more

important to the agency

than social issues, urging

the participants to take the

workshop serious.

He told stakeholders to

see SON officials as

progressives with good

the party’s oneness. He has

obviously not learned

anything from the beautiful

example of loyalty that had

been shown between

President Muhammadu

Buhari and Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo in the first

four years of our party's

reign over the country.

“We wish to, however,

differ from this position. The

party members and the vice

chairman should know that

a great party as ours has a

large structure of choosing

leadership and in the

process people whose

desires are not realised

would usually want to work

against the leadership in a

bid to achieve their dreams.

“Oshiomhole allowed

state chapter leadership

independence to follow

party rules to elect state

leaders and for state

internal democracy to

flourish, the action of the

National Chairman is in

total agreement with

international best practices

of election administration,

which is to entrench internal

democracy in political

parties,” the group said.

would further boost the

economy of the region.

Represented by Senior

Reintegration Officer, Eghe

Ogbodu, Post Training and

Empowerment Unit of the

amnesty office, he said

various trainings by the

amnesty office had opened

youths to opportunities for

development in the region,

adding that the refresher

course would further

deepen their skills on their

vocation.

He said: “This refresher

course underscores the goal

of the Amnesty programme,

which is to restore and

sustain peace, security and

stability in the Niger Delta

region.''

intentions, adding that the

general sensitisation on

certification of lubricants

was to create awareness and

educate the people.

He charged them to desist

from deviant acts capable of

destroying

the

manufacturing and

production sectors of the

economy, adding that SON

officials were partners in

progress.

One of the guest lecturers,

Mr Ojo Akogun, Edo State

Coordinator, SON said the

stakeholders were being

exposed to laboratory

services and how to ensure

quality products in the

market.

Also in her lecture, Lilian

Ikoro, said SON had taken

several steps which include

certification scheme,

consumers protection

activities, market

surveillance, inspectorate

compliance unit among

other measures to promote

certified products.

Harping on the benefits of

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COUNCIL AUTONOMY: APC accuses

À’Ibom of subverting NFIU guidelines

By Harris-Okon

Emmanuel

UYOAKWA State

Government has

come under attacks over

alleged subvention of the

guidelines of Nigerian

Financial Intelligence Unit,

NFIU, on financial

autonomy for local

governments in the country.

It was alleged that

Governor Udom

Emmanuel recently

warned that most

councils in the oil rich

state would not be able

to pay salaries and meet

other financial obligations

if left on their own.

The council chairmen in

an apparent show of

support to the governor

paid him a courtesy call

where they vowed to

continue with the joint

state and local

government account.

But the All Progressives

Congress, APC, while

explaining the overall

importance of the new

financial autonomy, alleged

that the “guidelines is/are

offensive to Governor

Emmanuel.”

Publicity Secretary of the

party in the state,

Nkereuwem Enyongekere

said, “The governor is

definitely working against

the effort of the FG to make

democracy more

flourishing, result

oriented and impactful at

the local government level

for people for the first time,

to have a good feel of

governance in Akwa Ibom

State.

“Or what else is prompting

the governor to embark on

this undemocratic path of

perpetrating enslavement

of the masses against the

reliefs the guidelines are

about to offer?

“Akwa Ibom, under the

governor has become

poorer, despite the

gargantuan cash flow from

the Federal Government’s

coffers. The state continues

to remain relatively

undeveloped right from

the dawn of his

administration in 2015.”

The party accused the

NAOC JV commissions 1.I6km road,

drainage in Bayelsa community

By Onozure Dania

ELATED indigenes of

Ikarama community,

Yenaogoa Local

Government Area, Bayelsa

State, turned out in their

numbers to witness the

commissioning of a 1.16

kilometre road and

drainage constructed by

Nigerian Agip Oil

Company and its JV

Partners, Nigerian

National Petroleum

Corporation, NNPC and

Oando.

Speaking during the

ceremony on behalf of the

community, Community

Development Committee

Chairman, Seiba Progress

Brown expressed

appreciation and gratitude

to the JV partners.

He said the completion

of the road and other

significant developmental

projects embarked upon

by the oil companies will

make life easier for

indigenes of the

community.

He called on other oil

companies operating in

the community and Niger

Delta at large to emulate

the developmental efforts

of Agip and its partners.

In his remark, NAOC’s

General Manager District,

Alessandro Tiani, urged

the community to continue

to sustain the enabling

environment for the

operations of the JV

partners in the interest of

the stakeholders.

Represented by the

Stakeholders

Management and

Community Development

Division Manager, Dennis

Mase, the company

governor of rebelling

against the goodwill of

President Muhammadu

Buhari to make life more

promised more

developmental projects in

communities they operate.

Highlights of the

ceremony were the

presentation of project

completion certificate to

community leaders and

cultural display by youths.

Present at the event were

the Paramount Ruler of

Ikarama community, Chief

Herbertson Alfred and his

wife, the Deputy Chief,

Chief Geoffrey Beli,

Orbih tasks NASS on need to

ammend electoral law

By Gabriel

Enogholase

B

E N I N

CHAIRMAN of

Edo State chapter of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, Chief Dan Orbih,

has called on the National

Assembly to urgently

revisit the electoral law to

strengthen the law as it

affects the card readers in

the conduct of future

elections.

Orbih, in a statement in

Benin City, yesterday as the

nation marks her

Democracy Day, said that

Nigerians were losing faith

in, “Our electoral process

and it is certainly not good

for our democracy.

“We are democratically

retarded by our inability

to conduct free and fair

elections, obvious lapses

and re-miss on the part of

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, all must be dealt

rewarding for Akwa

Ibomites and entire

Nigerians in his next

level agenda.

Women Leader, Chief Rose

Ishmael, Youth President,

Warder Benjamin,

Infrastructure and Estate

Maintenance and

Engineering Manager,

NAOC, Naina Osima,

Assistant Manager,

Government Relations,

NAOC, Uloma Olosunde,

Senior Community

Projects Engineer, NAOC,

John Ikimi and Public

Relations Officer, NAOC,

Evans Ijeoma.

with and those concerned

should be removed for us

to move forward.

“It’s often said that the

worst democratic

government is better than

the best military

government. To that

extent, Nigerians are

observing Democracy

Day, not celebrating.

“Coincidentally, this is

the worst democratic

government since

independence. The

economy is in shambles,

insecurity of lives, bad

roads, bastardised judiciary

and a government that is

second to none in denial

of presidential assent to

bills.

“Coming on the heels of

the worst elections ever

held, we are observing

Democracy Day on a day

that Nigerians are

reminded of Abiola who is

adjudged the winner of

the most transparent, free

and fair election ever

conducted.”


34Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Return govt property, Umahi

orders ex-commissioners others

By Peter Okutu

A BAKALIKI

GOVERNOR David

Umahi of Ebonyi State,

yesterday, directed former

commissioners, special

assistants and other former

appointees to return all

government vehicles and

property still in their

possession.

This was contained in a

statement by Mr. Austin

Udude, Permanent

Secretary-designate in

Charge of Protocol.

According to the

statement, the affected

officers are expected to

submit the vehicles and

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

ABAABIA

State

Commissioner of

Police, Mr. Ene Okon, has

warned residents of the

state to stop giving bribe

to Police officers but to

insist on doing the lawful

thing.

Speaking during a town

hall meeting in Aba with

traditional rulers and other

residents of the city, Okon

explained that the

command is determined to

get rid of bad eggs in the

Force, adding that he had

arrested 15 policemen who

were involved in extortion.

He stated that he does

not tolerate anyone

tarnishing the image of the

Police and assured that

they would not shield

anyone with criminal

behaviour.

The Police boss said: “It

takes two to tango. If you

don’t give, the Police

officer will not take. It

CSOs commit to anti-graft

crusade in Enugu

By Dennis Agbo

E NUGUCIVIL

S o c i e t y

Organisations, CSOs, in

Enugu State have agreed

to incorporate anticorruption

crusade in their

different programmes of

operation in the state.

The CSOs agreed that,

henceforth, they would go

into the hinterlands to

educate the rural

populace, especially

women, on different forms

of corruption they may be

indulging in

unconsciously.

The faith-based groups

made the agreement in a

parley with media

organisations, facilitated

by YIAGA Africa in

other property today.

It said: “They are

expected to submit the

vehicles and other

property before

Thursday, June 13

(today), to the Permanent

Secretary-designate,

Government House.”

The statement noted

that it is a criminal

offence for an appointee

to vacate office and still

retain government

property.

It added: “The

governor has not

authorised anybody to

keep government’s

property. The affected

officials should comply.”

Abia CP to residents: Stop

giving bribe to policemen

starts from you.

“If you know that

you’ve not done

anything wrong, if you

know that you’re

operating according to

rules, if a policeman

comes, you prove to him

that you know your right.

“I don’t know that

policeman that will not

be afraid to even tell you

bring, knowing that you

know your right; insist

that you know your

rights.

“You know the paradox

of the whole situation; let

me be very frank to you.

I am not supporting

officers collecting any

money.

“I have 15 policemen

in my cell. Seven were

arrested here at Opobo

Junction. When I heard

the information that they

were collecting money, I

sent out my monitoring

unit which met them in

the act and arrested

them.”

partnership with

Strengthening Citizen’s

Resistance Against

Prevalence of

Corruption, SCRAP-C,

in Enugu, yesterday.

Coordinator of YIAGA

Africa, Mrs Tracey Keshi,

lamented that corruption

has so much permeated

the fabrics of Nigerians

to the extent that market

women who cheat

customers feel it is

normal.

Keshi gave instances of

corruption in Nigeria to

include estimated

electricity bills, police

extortion, cheating at

gas stations, among

other acts that Nigerians

feel they have become

norms in the society.

FUTA'S 110TH LECTURE: From left Bursar, Mr. Emmanuel Oresegun; Lecturer, Professor

Benjamin Akinyele; Vice Chancellor , Professor Joseph Fuwape, and Dean, School of Sciences, Professor

Olabode Koriko, all of Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, after its 110th inaugural lecture

on Plant Genetics for Nutrition and Food Security, on Tuesday in Akure.

June 12: How Ndigbo's plight

should be addressed Ohanaeze

By Peter Okutu,

Dennis Agbo,

Chinonso Alozie &

Ugochukwu Alaribe

THE Igbo apex body,

Ohanaeze Ndigbo,

yesterday, stated that the

plights of Ndigbo deserved

to be addressed through a

legislative, political and

equitable intervention, just

as the Federal Government

had intervened in matters

affecting other regions of

the country.

In a statement by the

organisation’s Secretary-

General, Uche Okwukwu,

the group observed that the

first obvious and

undeniable political plight

Ndigbo faced was the inbalance

in the state

numerical structure of

regions, as no region has

less than six states in the

country.

According to Ohanaeze

Ndigbo, “the resultant

effects are many and weigh

negatively against Ndigbo

in legislative and executive

representations and

distribution of national

resources.

“This inequality and

injustice can be addressed

by the creation of an

additional state in the

South-East.”

The statement read:

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo

heartily celebrates with the

Abiola family and

Nigerians in general on the

event of the recognition of

June 12 as Democracy Day

and the celebration of the

same today(yesterday).

“Ndigbo agree that the

annulment of the

presidential election of

June 12, 1993 was an act of

injustice that required to be

re-dressed through an

equitable, political and

legislative intervention.

This intervention came 26

years after.

“Ndigbo are committed to

the fundamentals of justice,

equity, fair play, freedom,

democracy, rule of law and

truth. In like manner,

Ndigbo deserve that their

plights be addressed

through a legislative,

political and equitable

intervention.

“First, the obvious and

undeniable political plight

Ndigbo face today is the inbalance

in the state

numerical structure of

regions; whereas no region

has less than six states, the

South-East has 5 states, the

resultant effects are many

and weigh negatively

against Ndigbo in

legislative and executive

representations and

distribution of national

resources.

“This inequality and

injustice can be addressed

by the creation of an

additional state in the

South-East.

“Ndigbo also express joy

with the election of the

Senate President and his

deputy, and the Speaker

of the House of

Representatives and his

deputy. We hope that the

election of this key

principal officers of the

National Assembly will

put to an end the rift

between the legislature

(8th National Assembly),

and the presidency as

witnessed in the last four

years.

“As a body, we appeal to

the leadership of APC to

consider an Igbo for the

position of Majority Leader

of the Senate. Also, we

appeal to the President and

the leadership of APC to

consider Ndigbo for major

executive positions in due

course.”

It’s for free, fair

electionIhedioha

Governor Emeka

Ihedioha of Imo State,

yesterday, described June

12 as a day to remember

free and fair election in the

country.

Ihedioha spoke in Owerri

through his Chief Press

Secretary, Chibuike

Oyeukwu, adding that he

was part of those who

fought for today’s

democracy.

He highlighted that June

12 signifies the

unrestrained will of

Nigerians in the face of any

anti-people policies of

government, pointing out

that the idea of June 12 as

a Democracy Day was in

order.

According to the

statement, “Governor

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State has expressed warm

felicitations to the people of

Imo State and Nigerians in

general, recalling his direct

and active involvement in

the struggle for the return

of democratic rule in

Nigeria alongside some of

the other notable prodemocracy

activists in the

Third Republic.

“The circumstances that

necessitated the

institutionalisation of June

12 every year, marks a

watershed in the history of

Nigeria’s political

development and it is fitting

that the day has been

properly situated in the

annals of the nation.”

It was the advice of

Ihedioha that “Nigerians

uphold and defend the

significance for

institutionalising the day as

a national holiday.”

Zero activity in Enugu

However, the capital of

Enugu State, was dull with

no activity to mark the June

12 Democracy Day.

The state observed the

public holiday with schools,

civil service, banks and

other institutions closed for

business except for the

markets.

The state was made more

dull with the relocation of

politicians to Abuja for the

inauguration of the 9th

National Assembly on

Tuesday.

Vanguard learned that

majority of the politicians

were still in Abuja resting

as at yesterday, while the

state lacked any official

function to commemorate

the new public holiday.

Some persons who spoke

to Vanguard had reservations

about the choice of

June 12 as Democracy Day,

noting that the decision was

just to massage the South-

West's ego.

Abia yet to fulfill promise

to Chima Ubani’s family

Meanwhile, former

Secretary of the Civil

Liberties Organisation,

CLO, in Abia State,

Okechukwu Ukaegbu, has

lamented that Abia State

government was yet to fulfill

a pledge it made during the

burial of the late civil rights

activist, Chima Ubani.

Ubani, former Executive

Director of CLO, died in

auto crash on September 25,

2005 on the Postikum-Yobe

Highway while

coordinating the Labour

and Civil Society, LASCO,

coalition protests against

the increase in the prices

of petroleum products by

the then President, Chief

Olusegun Obasanjo's

administration.

Ubani hailed from Obete

Umuoha village in

Obingwa Local Government

of Area of Abia State.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 201935

We've lost greater part of

democratic gains to Boko

HaramGov Zulum

By Ndahi

Marama

M AIDUGURI

GOVERNOR

Babagana Zulum of Borno

State has said the activities

of Boko Haram insurgents

have eroded the dividends

of democracy from the

people of the state for over

a decade.

Zulum spoke while

addressing citizens of the

state to mark Democracy

Day at Ramat Square,

Maiduguri.

According to him, over 80

per cent of state’s

infrastructural facilities

were destroyed by

insurgents, saying: “Over

the years, we lost greater

part of our democratic

gains to the devilish acts

and destructive tendencies

of Boko Haram insurgents.

"We witnessed a massive

displacement of

Fuludu urges Delta Ijaw

lawmakers to sponsor riverine

communities devt agency bill

By Onozure

Dania

THE Leader, Burutu

Local Government Area

Legislative Arm, Delta State,

Mr Joseph Fuludu,

yesterday, urged the five

Delta Ijaw lawmakers in the

state House of Assembly to

sponsor a bill for the

establishment of riverine

Communities Development

Agency.

Fuludu also appealed to

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to

consider development of the

riverine communities as it

was imperative to make life

more meaningful for the

coastal community dwellers.

Speaking to journalists at

a reception ceremony in

honour of Mr. Kenneth

Preyor, member

representing Bomadi

constituency; Mr. Peter

Forteta, member

representing Burutu

constituency 1; Mr.

communities and high

number of Internally

Displaced Persons, IDPs, in

the country.”

On other destroyed

facilities, the governor said:

“In the 10-year insurgency,

there were destruction of

irrigation facilities with

collapse of market and

trading facilities. This led

to high levels of food

insecurity. The task before

us is enormous, given the

meagre resource base of the

state. We will never relent

or give up.”

Speaking on security, he

said: “Within the two weeks

of my assumption of office,

I have garnered support to

reinorce security measures

and adopt additional

strategies to counter the

insurgency. I have taken

measures to empower

Civilian JTF, give logistic

support to all security

operatives.”

Ekpotuayerin Pullah,

member representing

Burutu constituency II; Mr.

Emmanuel Senebe, member

representing Patani

constituency, and Mr.

Emomotimi Guwor, member

representing Warri South-

West constituency after their

inauguration into the Delta

State House of Assembly at

Asaba, noted that much

responsibility had been given

to them.

He specifically called on

Preyor, who is the highest

ranking member among the

five lawmakers, to take the

lead and jointly sponsor a bill

for the establishment of

Riverine Communities

Development Agency.

He said:“The riverine

areas of the state are in dire

need for roads and bridges

because of its terrain, hence

this clarion call and demand

since Deltans have identified

Okowa as road master across

the state and silent achiever.”

Delta group commends

Omo-Agege

By Olayinka

Ajayi

THE Vanguard for Political

Expediency, Delta State

has congratulated Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege on his

election as Deputy Senate

President.

The group in a statement

by Akpofure Omoniunu and

Omasone Erute, Chairman

and Secretary respectively

said it believed in Omo-

Agege’s capacity, though he

was one of the last to be

inaugurated in the 8th

Senate but he left his

imprints in that legislative

session.

“Though he was the last

senator to the red chambers,

he has left his print in the

sand of time in the 8th

Assembly. We, therefore,

believe that he is most

qualified for the position

from the South-South Zone.”

The group blamed

immediate past All

Progressives Congress,

APC, National Chairman,

Chief John Oyegun, for

causing disaffection in the

Delta State chapter of APC.

It said: “A very clear case

in point is the on-going legal

battle in Delta State chapter.

He hurriedly inaugurated a

faction of the party into

leadership without due

process, which was latter set

aside and this single action

ruined the fortunes of the

party in the just concluded

elections in the state.”

Taraba, Benue collaborating to fight

kidnapping, other crimes Bwacha

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA IMMEDIATE

past Deputy Senate

Minority Leader, Senator

Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP,

Taraba South), yesterday

NGO organises free surgeries in memory of

Okparavero

AS part of activities

marking the 10th

anniversary of the death of

Chief Godwin Okparavero

who passed away on June

17, 2009, free surgeries

(fibroids and thyroids) took

place from June 3 to 7, 2019.

disclosed that as part of

moves to nip in the bud,

kidnapping and violent

crimes in Taraba and Benue

states, government of the two

states have resolved to

collaborate to tackle the

These were carried out in

collaboration with Sunshine

Medical Care Initiative, an

NGO founded and headed

by Freeborn Ukpede.

No fewer than 35

surgeries were done (27

myomectomies and eight

thyroidectomies) by

volunteer healthcare

challenges.

Disclosing this in Abuja at

a reception in his honour by

his constituents after the

inauguration of the 9th

National Assembly, Bwacha

said skirmishes in the state

personnel from Sunshine

Medical Care Initiative,

DELSUTH and staff of

Okparavero Memorial

Hospital.

Also, there was an

opening ceremony on June

3 to flag off the anniversary

activities.

SURGERIES: Doctors carrying out surgeries on some patients in

collaboration with Sunshine Medical Care Initiative, an NGO

founded and headed by Freeborn Ukpede as part of activities marking

the 10th anniversary of the death of Chief Godwin Okparavero, in

Delta State.

were “largely informed by

the activities of criminal

elements in the borders of

Taraba and Benue,” noting

that “government is working

assiduously to get to the root

of the matter.”

Bwacha said: “I want to call

on all of us from the south to

embrace peace. If there is

anything we need in the

south, it's peace. The devil

is using some individuals to

create instability in the region

and I want to say that we are

simply one set of people, we

are brothers and sisters, we

don’t need to take up arms

against one another; there is

really no need for that.

“The devil is lurking

around our neighbourhood

to see where they can take

advantage of any opening

and see that we begin to

fight. Whatever we do at the

end of the day, we will still

come and sit on the round

table and dialogue. So, why

can’t we explore those

areas?

“I know the ongoing

skirmishes are largely

informed by the activities of

criminal elements in the

borders of Taraba and Benue.

The criminals take advantage

of this because they know

when there is peace, they

cannot perpetrate their

criminal enterprise and so

they want us to take arms

against ourselves so that they

have time to kidnap people

and lay ransom on

individuals to pay.

“So I want to encourage us,

let us not be tired, let us

explore all avenues that

peace should reign.

"I want to inform you that I

am collaborating with my

colleague from Benue North

West, Senator Gabriel

Suswam, who is a one-time

governor in the state. The

two of us will meet our

governors and they are also

working out something to

ensure that this crisis is

brought to an end.

Uduaghan, Okumagba, IYC hail Lawan, Omo-Agege,

Gbaja, Wase President and Deputy

Senate President

By Jimitota

Onoyume& Festus

Ahon

ADelta SABAFORMER

State governor, Dr

Emmanuel Uduaghan;

former Commissioner for

Finance in the state,

Olorogun Bernard

Okumagba, and Ijaw Youth

Council, IYC, have described

the emergence of Senator

Ahmed Lawan and Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege as

President and Deputy

President of Senate as a

welcomed development.

Uduaghan in a statement

by his Special Assistant on

Media, Monoyo Edon, said:

“I wholeheartedly wish to

congratulate Senators

Lawan and Omo-Agege on

their emergence as Senate

respectively as well as Mr.

Femi Gbajabiamila and Mr

Idris Wase for emerging

Speaker and Deputy

Speaker respectively. You all

sincerely deserve your new

offices.

“I thank our national

chairman, Mr Adams

Oshiomhole-led National

Working Committee, NWC,

and other leaders of the party

for ensuring seamless

emergence of the National

Assembly leadership. This

year’s Democracy Day is

very significant to our

political journey because we

are celebrating it on June

12.”

Okumagba on his part,

said: “I congratulate Senator

Omo-Agege on his election

as the Deputy Senate

President,” adding that “the

victory of Omo-Agege is very

well-deserved.

“I commend the leadership

qualities of Omo-Agege and

his acceptance across a broad

spectrum of senators, which

ensured his overwhelming

victory in the contest for the

office of Deputy Senate

President.

Omo-Agege’s pedigree as

a forthright person, a

dependable and loyal partyman,

fighter for justice,

equity and progress is

reassuring."

On his part, IYC’s National

President, Mr Eric Omare,

called on Senator Omo-

Agege to use his position to

promote interest of the Niger

Delta in the Buhari

government, saying the

region did not enjoy

deserved attention in

Buhari’s first term.

He also enjoined Omo-

Agege not to use his position

to engage in unnecessary

political wars with perceived

political enemies in his Delta

State and the region.

Tidi lauds

Manager,

Ereyitomi

Meantime, Chairman,

Warri South Local

Government Area of Delta

State, Dr Mike Tidi, in a

statement congratulated the

Senator representing Delta

South senatorial district in

the Senate, James Manager,

and the member

representing Warri Federal

Constituency in the House

of Representatives, Chief

Thomas Ereyitomi, on their

inauguration as members of

the 9th National Assembly,

expressing hope that they

will provide quality

leadership for the people.


36Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Democracy has restored fundamental

rights and liberties Gov Bello

By Wole

Mosadomi

M Abubakar INNAGOVERNOR

Bello of Niger

State has joined millions of

Nigerians in celebrating the

20th year of unbroken

democratic governance in

Nigeria, saying the system has

restored fundamental rights,

liberties and ushered in rapid

development to the people.

In a statement by the

Permanent Secretary in the

Ministry of Information and

Strategy, Alhaji Isah Ibrahim,

the Governor said,

“Democracy as a system of

government has restored the

fundamental rights and

liberties enjoyed by the people

and brought development

closer to them. Celebrating the

day calls for everyone to look

back on the activities of

government and see how it

has been able to provide good

governance in line with the

tenets of Democracy.”

Governor Bello noted that

sustained democratic

governance had brought

comparative improvements in

various sectors of the economy

noting that the present

administration was not resting

on its oars in ensuring that it

met the yearnings and

aspirations of the citizens.

While felicitating with

citizens of the state in

particular and Nigerians in

general, Governor Bello

reiterated his administration’s

commitment to the cause of

Democratic ideals of good

governance and service

delivery to the people.

The Governor paid glowing

tribute to patriotic Nigerians

who directly or indirectly

contributed in restoring the

nation to the path of

Democratic governance

stressing that their efforts would

not be in vain but called on all

levels of governments to strive

towards quality service delivery

as the hallmark of democracy and

good governance.

Democracy day: Gov Sule charges

Nigerians to sustain struggle for

democracy

By David Odama

LAFIANASARAWA State

Governor, Abdullahi Sule has

advised the people of the state to

sustain the collective struggle for

self determination and

entrenchment of democratic

governance at all levels to

achieve the development agenda

set out by the nation’s

forebearers.

The governor who gave the

admonition while felicitating with

the people of the state on the

celebration of 2019 democracy

day, urged Nigerians to hold on

to the Democratic tenets as the

nation marked yet another

significant milestone in the

country’s democratic journey as

a people with a common destiny.

According to the governor,

“sacrifice, perseverance and

partnership, as well as

enthusiasm which informed your

choice and abiding faith in our

ability to provide selfless

leadership for the development

of Nasarawa State must continue

to direct our quest for unity”.

Sule who congratulated

President Muhammadu Buhari

for his exemplary leadership,

noted that the present

administration had whittled down

the tremendous challenges of

security of lives and property,

activities of Boko Haram

insurgency, the Niger-Delta

militancy and the conflict between

farmers and herdsmen, as well

as fight against corruption.

Flawed policies responsible for

prolonged farmers/herders conflicts

Saleh

By Marie-Therese

Nanlong

JOSFLAWED policies, weak

governance, retarded

development, escalating violent

conflicts, inappropriate responses

and interventions have been

highlighted as major factors

contributing to the perennial

farmers/herders conflicts in the

country.

This was disclosed by the

Permanent Commissioner,

Kaduna State Peace Commission,

Momale Saleh while presenting

a paper on Farmer and Herder

Conflicts (Policy Option and Roles

of the Media) during a conflict

sensitivity media roundtable

organized by Search for Common

Ground with sponsorship from the

Kingdom of the Netherlands.

He noted that so much energy

and resources had been

dissipated on farmers and herders

conflict without commiserate

results because stakeholders were

yet to understand the dynamics

of the conflicts and how best to

tackle them hence the declining

production and increasing

poverty.

As a way out, he said, “No

problem is insurmountable,

Nigeria needs a long term plan,

a 15-20 years or more strategic

national development

programme to transform

traditional crop and livestock

production and effectively

manage our resources and robust

inclusive programme are needed

not the economically senseless,

nonrealistic programme like

ranching.”

Earlier, Search for Common Ground’s,

Senior Programmes Manager/Head of

Office, Middle Belt, Olutoyin Falade

blamed lack of sincerity for the persistent

conflicts despite series of activities to stem

the tide as tribalism has encouraged the

condoning of violence to the detriment

of the entire society and called for a

change.

Participants drawn from the media, All

Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN,

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders

Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, the

security, community members, among

others suggested ways of mitigating the

conflicts including punishment of

identified sponsors and perpetrators of

conflicts, ending stereotypes and

addressing socialization agencies like

public schools which have collapsed.

Zamfara gov vows to crush banditry

•Ex-Zamfara gov pledges to support in tackling insecurity

By Nasir

Muhammad

GUSAUAS part of his efforts

to curtail security challenges

in Zamfara State, Governor Bello

Matawallen-Maradun of

Zamfara State, yesterday vowed

to end the protracted armed

banditry in the state.

This came as former governor

of the state, Ahmad Bakura

promised to support the governor

in his effort to surmount the

challenges facing the state

including insecurity.

Governor Matawallen-

Maradun spoke at a meeting he

reconvened with leader of Miyetti

Allah Cattle Breeders Association

of Nigeria, MACBAN, Alhaji

Muhammad Kiruwa Ardon Zuru,

Deputy Governor Mahadi Aliyu

Gusau, Speaker of the state

house of assembly, Nasir

Magarya, PDP State Chairman

Alhaji Ibrahim Mallaha Gusau,

Secretary to State Governmnet,

SSG Alhaji Bala Bello Maru,

among other key stakeholders in

the state.

Governor Matawallen-

Maradun informed that a bill

would be presented to the state

assembly today for a law

proscribing death sentence for

unjust killings by either the

bandits or Civilian Joined Task

Force (‘Yan-Sakai).

According to him, his

administration had plans for

various developmental projects

for rural and nomadic

communities and would be

launched as soon as peace was

restored in the state.

He called on the “nomadic

communities to embrace peace,

surrender their arms and enjoy

the development programmes of

his administration.”

Earlier, while addressing the

stakeholders, the leader of

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders

Association of Nigeria, reiterated

his commitment to employing

every workable solution for the

attainment of peace.

He alleged that his previous

efforts were scuttled by the past

administration, but expressed

optimism that governor

Matawallen-Maradun would

end banditry in Zamfara State.

Meanwhile, former governor of

the state, Ahmad Bakura has

promised to support the

incumbent governor in his effort

to surmount the challenges facing

the state including insecurity.

He called on the people of

Zamfara State to support the

administration to move the state

to greater heights.

Senator Bakura who

represented Zamfara West

Senatorial District at the 6th, 7th

and 8th National Assembly ,

spoke during a courtesy visit on

the governor..

The senator who is the leader

of the All Progressives Congress,

APC, in the state, described the

emergence of Governor

Matawalle as an act of God and

urged the people to accept it,

saying “there is need by all well

meaning citizens of the state to

come together and support the

governor with good and genuine

advice that will promote the

wellbeing of the people in the

state.”

AWARDS: Chairman of the occasion,Alhaji Mahdi Shehu,Chairman/CEO,Dialogue Group

of companies presenting award of honour to representative of the Chairman , Pinnacle

Communications, Abdulameed Babatunde (left) with Chairman NUJ Kaduna Council

Malam Adamu Yusuf [right] at the Maiden Democracy Day public Lecture/award

presentation by the NUJ Kaduna Council yesterday. PHOTOS: Olu Ajayi

Senate: Tuggar kicks as A-Court declines to nullify

Bulkachuwa’s election

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJATHE Court of

Appeal in Abuja has declined

to sack the newly inaugurated

Senator for Bauchi North, Alhaji

Adamu Bulkachuwa, following

an allegation that he was

handpicked by leadership of the

All Progressives Congress, APC,

to contest the Senatorial election,

after he lost at the primaries.

The lawmaker, who is the

husband of the Court of Appeal

President, Justice Zainab

Bulkachuwa, was allegedly

nominated by the party to replace

the supposed winner of the

primary election that held on

October 3, 2018, Alhaji Usman

Tuggar.

Dissatisfied with the action,

Tuggar, dragged the party before

the Federal High Court in Abuja,

alleging that Bulkachwa was

illegally nominated to vie for the

Senatorial seat.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/

CS/1240/08, the plaintiff, urged

the high court to declare that he

was the valid winner of the APC primary

election and therefore ought to have his

name forwarded to the Independent

National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Among other reliefs, he prayed the

court to restrain the electoral body from

recognizing Bulkachuwa as the bonafide

flagbearer of the APC for the Bauchi

North Senatorial District election that

held on February 23.

Meanwhile, the high court, in a

judgment it delivered on April 18,

dismissed the suit, saying it was statute

barred since the plaintiff failed to institute

the action within 14 days after APC

forwarded Bulkachuwa’s name to INEC.

Not satisfied with the high court

judgment, the plaintiff, proceeded to the

Court of Appeal where he also lost on

Tuesday.

The appellant had prayed the appellate

court to invoke section 15 of the Court of

Appeal Act to hear and determine his

case on its merit.

He maintained among others, that

the trial court failed to properly evaluate

evidence as well as undenied facts that

were brought before it by the parties.

However, in a unanimous judgment,

a three-man panel of the appellate court

led by Justice Akomolafe Wilson, upheld

the high court’s verdict.

Delivering the lead judgment of the

appellate court, Justice Akomolafe, held

that the suit, being a pre-election matter,

was filed outside 14 days time limit that

was stipulated in section 285(9) of the

4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution.

The appellate court noted that the

appellant had in a petition he wrote to

the APC leadership on October 9, said

he was shocked to hear an

announcement that Bulkachuwa was

the winner of the Senatorial ticket.

The appellate court held that the

cause of action arose from the day the

appellant admitted that he heard and

became aware of Bulkachuwa’s

nomination.

“Considering when appellant became

aware of his exclusion as validly

nominated candidate, the suit had

become statute barred.

“Any suit filed outside the time frame

is statute barred”, Justice Akomolafe held.

Meantime, in a swift reaction, Tuggar,

in a statement he issued through his

team of lawyers led by Chike Okafor,

insisted that he won the APC primary

election with over 54,000 votes.

He vowed to take the matter before

the Supreme Court.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019 37

08052202308 (sms only)

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

SINCE the take-off of the

Employees’ Compensation

Scheme, ECS, in 2011, following

the Employees’ Compensation

Act, ECA, of 2010, the

scheme until recently, had been

suffering from a familiar disease

of “motion without movement”

basically linked to inefficient, ineffective

and to a greater degree,

self-centered management.

Arguably, the scheme being

managed by the Nigeria Social

Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF,

before the controversial replacement

of Chief Frank Kokori as

Chairman of the board in April

by the immediate past Minister

of Labour and Employment,

Senator Chris Ngige, elevated

NSITF and the scheme to national

discourse, nothing much

was heard about the scheme or

the fund.

Under the ECS, NSITF is essentially

to promote social security

services to the Nigerian

workers, relying on ECA that was

signed into law on December 17,

2010 by then President

Goodluck Jonathan,

ECS provides social security

for employees who sustain injuries

in the course of employment,

or their dependants in case

of death and encourages occupational

safety and health standards

in the workplace.

Among others, the scheme covers

compensation for injuries,

Employers gang up against ECS

•Risk imprisonment for non-compliance

*From left: General Manager Administration, Mr. Segun

Bashorun, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Adebayo

Somefun, and another official of Nigeria Social Insurance

Trust Fund, NSITF, at a programme in Lagos.

mental stress, occupational diseases,

hearing impairment, permanent

or temporary disability,

vocational rehabilitation, in addition

to covering for benefits of

deceased employees whose

families' fortunes are upheld

even after the passing away of

their bread winner.

Employers’ responsibilities

The responsibilities of employers,

as spelt out by ECA in ECS,

among others, are to report injuries,

diseases or death of an employee

on the prescribed ECS

forms to NSITF, within the stipulated

periods in the Act; Submit

estimates of earnings of employees

upon which contributions will

be made in the current year;

Pay 1% of employees’ total remuneration

as ECS contribution to the

Fund; Produce payroll records

for inspection on demand by officials

of NSITF; Regularly update

NSITF with variation/changes in

any of the records earlier submitted

and Inform NSITF of closure

of business, in case of liquidation

or when an employer is

closing down, within the stipulated

time.

However, failure to make a report

as stipulated under the Act

constitutes an offence.

Employees’ obligations

Similarly, employees are obligated

under the scheme to among

others things, report injuries,

occupational diseases to his employer,

through his supervisor. In

case of death or serious injury or

disease, the dependant should

report on the prescribed ECS

Forms to NSITF, within the stipulated

periods in the Act; Submit if

he/she is fit to do so, the particulars

of the injury or occupational diseases

on the prescribed ECS form

duly completed by the Health

provider where the employee received

treatment; Complete the

necessary compensation claims

form and submit as appropriate for

processing and payment; Monitor

through their Union representatives

the compliance status of the

employer (implicit obligation); Act

as whistle blower for any observed

malpractice on the part of the employer

or its representative; and

Monitor health and safety issues

in their workplaces and report

promptly to NSITF to enable the

Fund take necessary action to safeguard

their health.

Obligations of NSITF

In the same vein, ECA requires

NSITF to among others, register

the employer by supplying all ECS

forms; Issue registration number

unique to each employer; Collect

contributions through REMITA

platform all money payable under

the Act into the Fund’s Treasury

Single Account, TSA ; Inspect employer

records at regular intervals

to ascertain the degree of compliance

with the Act; Maintain an experience

account for each employer,

indicating the assessments

levied and cost of all

claims chargeable in respect of

the employer; and Make all

payments of various compensation

or benefits to any person

entitled to such and make all disbursements

required to be made

out of the Fund.

NSITF is also obligated under

the Act to invest any money

standing to the credit of the Fund

only in accordance with the advice

of the Independent Investment

Committee; Co-operate

with the National Council for Occupational

Safety and Health for

the prevention of occupational

diseases and promotion of

safety and health culture in the

work place; Appoint accredited

hospitals /clinics; Formulate

guidelines for implementation;

Educate and create public awareness

for ECS; and Enforce compliance

with the ECA, 2010.

Employers breaching ECA

By virtue of the enabling law,

all employers of Labour, public

or private, including informal

sector are bound by the act to register

with the scheme to cover

their employees including the socalled

casual, service or

outsourced workers.

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38 VANGUARD, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni, Chris Onuoha

and Monsuru

Olowoopejo

L

A G O S

GOVERNOR

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, former Chief

of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Alani

Akinrinade (retd) and

former Presidential

aspirant, Prof. Pat Utomi,

yesterday, led other notable

Nigerians to relive the

spirit, struggle, principle

and the lessons the June 12

stands for in the history of

democracy in the country.

They spoke in Lagos to

commemorate the 26th

Anniversary of the annulled

June 12, 1993 Presidential

election won by late

Moshood Abiola.

The event was also

attended by former military

June 12: How best to immortalise Abiola Sanwo-Olu,

Akinrinade, Utomi, others

administrator of Lagos State,

Rear Admiral Ndubuisi

Kanu (retd).

However, speaking at the

residence of MKO, in Ikeja,

Governor Sanwo-Olu,

represented by his deputy,

Dr. Femi Hamzat, urged

Nigerians to imbibe the

spirit of June 12.

While laying the wreath,

Sanwoolu commended

Abiola’s family and the prodemocracy

group that

fought and made the day a

reality.

He said: “It has always

been a family affair but

today, government is

joining to celebrate it as a

democracy day in the

country. I will use this

moment to appeal to

citizens to contribute their

quotas to make the country

governable.

“Government cannot do it

alone without the

commitment of the citizenry.

Also Lagos State as also

keyed Abiola’s ideals in its

programmes.”

In their remarks,

Akinrinade commended

President Muhammadu

Buhari’s decision to

rename the Abuja Stadium

after late Abiola.

In his remarks, Prof.

Utomi urged the president,

as mark of immortalization,

to restructure police and

tackle poverty in the

country.

Speaking at an event to

commemorate June 12 as

Democracy Day held in

Alausa, Ikeja, organized

by the Lagos State

Government themed:

Democracy and restoration

of true federalism in

Nigeria, Akinrinade said:

“It will be economically

sensible if the national

assembly can be

encouraged by the

president to pass a law or

amend the constitution to

move the inauguration date

to June 12.

“I urge the president to

protect itself from guilt by

association and should

declare public anyone,

herdsmen, kidnappers,

banditry, and whichever

name they chose to go by

either local or foreign, as

criminal of the first order

and to be dealt with as the

law dictates. I notice that

you are trying to restructure

the police, please do it

snappy and do not allow it

turn to another talk shop.”

In his lecture, entitled:

Hope 93: Democratic

Prosperity and Political

Stability, Utomi urged

political office holders and

the elite to work together by

YCE kicks as DSS arrests

leader of Pro-MKO Abiola

rally in Oyo

By Ola Ajayi &

Adeola Badru

creating wealth to avert the

impending anarchy in the

country.

Also, Senator Shehu Sani

commended the group for

keeping the light on even

when it was not favourable.

He said, ”The most

important thing about the

day is not the holiday or gifts

but the spirit, message and

principle that the day

symbolise.''

IBADANTHE June

12 celebration,

yesterday, turned sour

as officials of the

Department of State

Security, DSS, arrested

leader of the group, Dr.

Kunle Hamsat and four

others during a peaceful

rally organised by

members of the Yoruba

Summit Group (an

amalgamation of all Yoruba

socio-cultural and self

determination groups) in

Ibadan, Oyo State.

The peaceful

demonstration tagged:

Otoge Rally organised

by all socio-cultural

group with theme: The

future and Status of

Yoruba in Nigerian

Federation,” was

brought to an abrupt end

in Oyo State due to the

failure of the organizing

committee to secure a letter

of permit from the

appropriate government

quarters.

Vanguard gathered

reports that one of the four

leading activists, Dr.

Hamzat was arrested

around 8:00 am in front of

the Government House,

Agodi Ibadan, where the

rally was billed to take off,

after which Comrade

Akeem Lawal, Chairman,

Committee for Defence of

Human Rights, alongside

two other activists were

arrested on the same spot.

As at the time of filing this

report, the DSS was yet to

comment on the

development.

YCE condemns arrest

Following the arrest of the

four human rights activists,

the Yoruba Council of

Elders, YCE, said it was

aware of the protests across

the state capitals in the

South West.

Speaking on behalf of

the council, Dr Kunle

Olajide said protests of

that nature were

constitutional if they

did not breach the law

of the land.

Olajide said: “Why

should they be arrested

I’m aware that the protests

against continued

insecurity in the South

West would take place in

all the state capitals in the

zone. It was organised

some Yoruba groups. The

protest was legitimate

and constitutional except

they breached any known

law. I have not heard

about their arrests. I will

get in touch with the

leader of the group”


VANGUARD, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019 39

Restructuring, only way to honour

MKO's memory AARE ADAMS

By Gabriel Olawale

LAGOSTHE Aare

Ona Kakanfo of

Yorubaland, Iba Gani

Adams, yesterday,

commended President

Muhammadu Buhari for

signing into law June 12 as

Democracy Day even as he

admonished him to go a

step further by ensuring

that Nigeria is properly

restructured.

Adams, who spoke

during the commemoration

of June 12 organized by

Oodua Peoples Congress,

OPC, said that

restructuring remains

imperative if the memory

of the late MKO Abiola

must be honoured.

He said: “If Nigeria is

properly restructured, the

spate of kidnapping,

banditry, cattle rustling and

clashes will become history.

“It is a shame that in the

21st century states still go

to Abuja, cap in hand, for

monthly allocations. That

action is, in itself, contrary

to the spirit of federalism.

Although we are in a

democracy, Nigeria is still

being governed through a

unitary system.”

He also used the avenue

to warn the perpetuators of

kidnapping in Yorubaland

to be mindful of their act,

saying: “I want to say it with

pride that the Yoruba were

never conquered and

nobody can conquer

Yorubaland.

“Those behind this

dastardly act should repent

now or face the music soon.

The patience of our people

has been exhausted. As the

15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of

Yorubaland, I must lead this

battle and it will won.”

By Ola Ajayi

I CONTRARY B A D A N to the


directives given by the

Olubadan of Ibadanland,

Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje

Ogungunniso 1 that

masquerades should pay

homage to him and

Governor Seyi Makinde of

Increase funding for education, NANS

tasks Oyo Governor

By Adeola Badru

I MEMBERS B A D A of N the


National Association of

Nigeria Students, NANS,

joint campus committee in

Oyo State, yesterday, led a

protest to the Governor’s

Office, Agodi, Ibadan,

demanding from Governor

Seyi Makinde adequate

funding of education in the

state.

The students, who

stormed the state

secretariat, around 1:30 pm

were seen with placards

agitating for adequate

funding of education and

Masquerades defy Olubadan’s directives

Oyo State, the masquerades

turned out in large

numbers to the Aliiwo

family house of Otun

Olubadan, Oba Lekan

Balogun to entertain him

and other new kings.

Oba Adetunji, had

through his Director of

Media and Publicity, Mr.

Adeola Oloko that “only the

Oyo State Governor, Engr.

Seyi Makinde and the

Olubadan of Ibadanland

would be entertained by the

masqueraders.”

But the masqueraders

turned out in large

numbers, coming into the

large compound one after

the other to entertain Oba

Balogun.

the reinstatement of student

leaders in institutions

across the state.

In a chat with newsmen,

Chairman of NANS, joint

campus committee in Oyo

State, Mr. Asubiojo

Olujuwon said the protest

became necessary

following the unstoppable

excesses of the higher

institution managements in

the state.

He said: “Education is

the most important issue to

be addressed in Nigeria.

We believe that Oyo State

is pivotal to the sustenance

of good culture in Nigeria.

Proper funding of

education in Oyo State is

the key to the process.

“Similarly, the

reinstatement of the

students’ unions will allow

proper voice for students

agitation and demand for

better welfare and

participation of students

in decision making

process on issues that

affect their well-being.''

“Reinstatement of all

victimised student leaders

across the state in which we

are aware of the situation

in the University of Ibadan.

And for the sake of records

our intervention is due.”

Renounce

membership of

secret societies,

Oluwo tells

Yoruba monarchs

IWOTHE Oluwo of

Iwo land, Oba Abdul-

Rasheed Akanbi,

yesterday, called on

traditional rulers in the

South West to renounce

their “membership of secret

societies”.

In a statement by his

press secretary, Ibraheem

Alli, the monarch urged the

traditional rulers to live up

to defend their status as

“divinely appointed rulers”

He said they ought not to

enslave themselves in

secret societies, charging

them to fight against those

societies and not to

empower them through

their membership.

He said: “Our foremost

Yoruba traditional rulers

must defend the status of

their long reign. As kings,

we have exclusive

authority over our subjects.”

“No office or status should

be more powerful,

influential and command

more respect than our

position as monarchs

because we enjoy divine

appointment.

“Many of the criminal

activities in the country

today are linkable to secret

societies. So, no labour is

lost fighting against

existence and membership

of the cults springing up at

alarming rates in the

country.

“I am giving an

assurance of my support for

the emancipation of

enslaved monarchs, who

have already submitted

their authorities to these

inferior secret bodies in

expectation of false spiritual

and monetary gains.''


40Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Corruption: Let Emir Sanusi defend himself

IN less than two years, the

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu

Sanusi II, has been let off the

anti-corruption hook twice. This

is not because he has been

adjudged innocent. No! Friends

in high places, petrified that he

may be consumed by the antigraft

inferno, which embers he

helped to stoke, came to his

rescue.

Each time I reflect on the fact

that Sanusi would rely on the

magnanimity of powerful

Nigerians to extricate himself

from anti-corruption snare, I

can’t help but marvel at the

incredible metaphor of such a

gauche strategy.

For those who may not know,

a recap is germane here. The

Kano State Public Complaints

and Anti-corruption

Commission recently accused

Emir Sanusi of

misappropriating N3.4 billion

between 2014 when he was

installed Emir of Kano and

2017.

The report, which accused

Sanusi of abuse of due process

in the award of contracts,

financial recklessness and

obstruction of investigation,

indicated that the Kano Emirate

Council

lavished

unappropriated N1.4 billion

and another N1.9 billion,

equally unappropriated, on

personal expenditures.

Personal

expenditures

The expenditures, the

Commission insisted,

contravened Section 120 of the

1999 Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria (as

amended), Section eight of the

Kano State Emirate Council

Special Fund Law 2004, and

also violated Section 314 of the

Penal Code as well as Section

26 of the Kano State Public

Complaints and Anti-

Corruption Commission Law

2008 (as amended).

On the obstruction of

investigation charge, the

Commission wrote: “Based on

the available evidence, Emir

Muhammadu Sanusi II

continued to undermine the

investigation through various

means which include giving

instruction to all officers invited

for clarification to shun the

commission’s invitation”, an act

which, it claims, “offends the

provisions of Section 25 of the

Commission’s enabling Law

2008 (as amended)”.

These, no doubt, are grievous

allegations but it was not the

first time they would be made.

When the issues came up in

2017, it took the intervention of

several prominent Nigerians,

including Vice President Yemi

Osinbajo, Generals Ibrahim

Babangida and Abdulsalami

Abubakar; the Sultan of Sokoto,

Alhaji Muhammad Saad

Abubakar III, and businessmen

Aliko Dangote and Aminu

Dantata, who prevailed on the

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi

Ganduje, to save the Emir.

Ganduje wrote the State

House of Assembly that was

already probing the

allegations, begging the

reluctant lawmakers to “temper

justice with mercy”. But in so

doing, the governor made it

clear that Sanusi had a case to

answer. "There is no gainsaying

that Emir Muhammad

Sunusi II has admitted all his

faults and mistakes and agreed

to make adjustments. I think at

this juncture, we should allow

peace as has been achieved to

continue,” Ganduje wrote.

Sanusi never controverted the

governor’s claim thereafter. But

the Emir is not without his

courtiers who insist that he is

only a victim of his

All he needed

to do was to

publish the

audited

accounts of the

Emirate in a

national

newspaper to

shut up his

'detractors?'

outspokenness. To be fair, his

penchant for “speaking truth to

power” is deniable. Not even

the traditional institution took

the sting out of him.

But what is sorely lacking in

Sanusi’s personae is the

capacity to tell himself the truth.

Put differently, he lacks the

discipline to walk his talk, to

weigh himself on the same scale

of probity with which he weighs

others.

So, while those who

sympathise with him see his

travails from the prism of

vendetta, the facts do not lend

credence to such insinuation.

What is at issue today just as it

was two years ago is corruption.

Whatever role Nigeria’s noxious

partisan politics is playing is

secondary.

The fact which has been

carefully put in the public

domain by a legitimate

authority is that Kano State

Emirate Council’s N4.3 billion

may have been misappropriated

through the award of bogus

contracts worth hundreds of

millions of Naira to personal

aides of Sanusi. Worse, over N2

billion was allegedly

appropriated

illegally as personal

expenses.

And rather than

helping in the

investigations,

Sanusi allegedly

impeded the cause of

justice by instigating

his aides to ignore

summons from the

anti-corruption

agency.

On Monday, June

3, the Commission formally

recommended that the Emir be

suspended from office for

obstructing financial crimes

investigations.

Three days later, Ganduje

queried Sanusi over the alleged

misappropriation of N3.4 billion

by the Kano Emirate Council

under his watch and gave him

48 hours to respond. But just

as it happened in 2017,

Dangote, this time coopting

Ekiti State governor and

chairman of Nigeria Governors

Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi,

stepped in again to broker

peace. But this is not all about

personality clash between

Ganduje and Sanusi. This is an

allegation of financial fraud

made against one of Nigeria’s

most trenchant anti-graft

campaigners.

In fact, to say that Sanusi

owes his standing in not only

the Nigerian society but also the

international community today

to his anti-corruption posturing

is to say the obvious. But it is

not enough to pontificate on

anti-corruption

and deliver

flowery

speeches

around the

globe, Emir

Sanusi should

be able to walk

his talk. That,

he has not

been able to

do. For

instance, in

this extant

case, rather

than begging

powerful

Nigerians to

come to his

r e s c u e ,

wouldn’t it

have been

better for

Sanusi to

produce the

a n n u a l

financial

statement of

the Emirate?

Wouldn’t it

have been

better if at a

time like this,

all he needed

to do was to

publish the

audited

accounts of the

Emirate in a

national

newspaper to

shut up his

“detractors?”

But Sanusi has

not done that.

And question

is: Is he not the

saint he claims

to be.

Those who

eulogise the Emir pretend to

forget that his tenure as the

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

governor ended controversially.

Just as the Kano Commission

investigated and indicted him,

the Financial Reporting Council

of Nigeria, FRCN, also investigated

Sanusi and released

a damning report on the operations

of the CBN under his

watch.

The 13-page FRCN report

which was based on Sanusi’s

response to a query by

President Goodluck Jonathan in

2013, over the apex bank’s

spending made very weighty

allegations of financial

impropriety against him. It was

based on the findings and

recommendations of the FRCN

that Jonathan suspended

Sanusi.

Acts of financial

recklessness

While announcing Sanusi’s

suspension, Reuben Abati, the

Special Adviser to the President

on Media and Publicity, said

Sanusi committed acts of

financial recklessness and

misconduct that are inconsistent

with the vision of the apex bank.

The FRCN report claimed that

Sanusi spent a whopping

N1.257 billion for lunch for

policemen and private guards

in 2012, made bogus payments

to airlines for currency

distribution as well as held an

account balance of N1.423

billion for an unidentified

customer since 2008.

It also accused him of

violating financial regulations

and carrying out activities with

financial implications not

related to the CBN’s mandate.

Like the Kano anti-graft

agency, the FRCN also

recommended Sanusi’s

suspension. So, it is déjà vu. Of

course, Sanusi got away with it

then because he was dealing

with Jonathan.

Though he portrays himself as

the defender of the wretchedof-earth,

his ostentatious and

flamboyant lifestyle betrays him.

He was once quoted as saying

that the two Rolls Royce

limousines he uses were given

to him as gifts, while his friends

in the banking sector provided

the private jet he uses for his

foreign and local travels.

That may well be true. But for

a traditional ruler who

superintends over the affairs of

a domain with some of the

world’s poorest people, such

ostentatiousness flies in the face

of decency and common sense.

Sanusi may well survive this

latest round of financial scandal

as he did under Jonathan, but

one thing is clear, his ability to

turn the table against his

accusers using the anticorruption

bogey is grossly

diminished.

Yes, Ganduje is not himself an

exemplar of probity in public

office, but even those who want

him out of office are beginning

to ask the very innocuous

question: Why Sanusi also?


Continues from Page 5

Speaking further, Buhari

said: “Terrorism and

insecurity are worldwide

phenomena and even the

best policed countries are

experiencing increasing

incidents of unrest and are

finding things hard to

cope.

“The principal thrust of

this new administration is

to consolidate on the

achievements of the last

four years, correct the

lapses inevitable in all

human endeavors and

tackle the new challenges

the country is faced with

and chart a bold plan for

transforming Nigeria.

“I have had the privilege

of free education from

Primary school to Staff

College, to War College. I

received my formative

education in Katsina and

Kaduna and my higher

education in England,

India and the United

States.

Public service

“I have worked and

served in Kaduna, Lagos,

Abeokuta, Makurdi, Port

Harcourt, Maiduguri,

Ibadan, Jos and finally

here in Abuja. Throughout

my adult life, I have been

a public servant. I have no

other career but public

service. I know no service

but public service.

“I was involved at close

quarters in the struggle to

keep Nigeria one. I can,

therefore, do no more than

dedicate the rest of my life

to work for the unity of

Nigeria and upliftment of

Nigerians.

“In 2002-2003 campaigns

and elections, I travelled by

road to 34 of the 36 states

of the federation. This year,

I travelled by air to all 36

states of the federation.

“Our country Nigeria is

a great country. According

to United Nations

estimates, our population

will rise to 411 million by

2050, making us the third

most populous nation on

earth behind only China

and India.

“We have water, arable

land, forests, oil and gas

and vast quantities of solid

minerals. We are blessed

with an equable climate.

However, the bulk of our

real wealth lies in

Agriculture, Livestock,

Forestry and Mining. We

possess all the ingredients

of a major economic power

on the world stage.

“What we require is the

will to get our acts together.

And our strength is in our

people – our youth, our

culture, our resilience, our

ability to succeed despite

the odds.

“A huge responsibility

therefore rests on this and

s u c c e e d i n g

administrations to develop,

harness and fulfill our

enormous potential into a

force to be reckoned with

globally.

“Thus far, we, Nigerians,

can be proud of our history

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Politicians, religious leaders

fueling insecurity BUHARI

since Independence in

1960. We have contributed

to UN peace-keeping

responsibilities all over the

world; we have stabilized

Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory

Coast and two years ago

we prevented the Gambia

from degenerating into

anarchy.

“Without Nigerian

influence and resources,

the liberation of Angola,

Mozambique, Namibia,

Zimbabwe and ultimately

South Africa would have

come at greater cost. This

fact had been attested by

none other than the late

Nelson Mandela himself.

“Elsewhere, Nigeria is

the Big Brother to our

neighbours. We are the

shock-absorber of the West

African sub-region, the

bulwark of ECOWAS and

Lake Chad Basin

Commission. We can

therefore be proud to be

Nigerians. We must

continue to be good

neighbours and good

global citizens.

“At home, we have been

successful in forging a

nation from different

ethnicity and language

groups: our evolution and

integration into one nation

continues apace.

“When, therefore, we

came to office in 2015 after

a decade of struggle we

identified three cardinal

and existential challenges

our country faced and

made them our campaign

focus, namely security,

economy and fighting

corruption.”

Pass mark

The President, while

giving his administration

pass mark in the last four

years, said: “None but the

most partisan will dispute

that in the last four years

we have made solid

progress in addressing

these challenges.

“When I took the oath of

office on May 29, 2015,

insecurity reigned. Apart

from occupying 18 local

governments in the North

East, Boko Haram could at

will attack any city

including the Federal

Capital, could threaten any

institution including

bombing the United

Nations building and

Police Headquarters in

Abuja.

“Admittedly, some of the

challenges still remain in

kidnappings and banditry

in some rural areas. The

great difference between

2015 and today is that we

are meeting these

challenges with much

greater support to the

security forces in terms of

money, equipment and

improved local

intelligence. We are

meeting these challenges

with superior strategy,

firepower and resolve.

“In face of these

challenges, our

government elected by the

people in 2015 and reelected

in March has been

mapping out policies,

measures and laws to

maintain our unity and at

the same time lift the bulk

of our people out of poverty

and onto the road to

prosperity.

“This task is by no means

unattainable. China has

done it. India has done it.

Indonesia has done it.

Nigeria can do it. These are

all countries characterized

by huge burdens of

population.

“China and Indonesia

succeeded under

authoritarian regimes.

India succeeded in a

democratic setting. We can

do it.”

Transformation

He said the

administration was laying

the foundation and taking

bold steps in transforming

the country and liberating

the people from the

shackles of poverty.

He said: “First, we will

take steps to integrate rural

economies to the national

economic “grid” by

extending access to smallscale

credits and inputs to

rural farmers, credit to rural

micro-businesses and

opening up many critical

feeder roads.

“Secondly, for smallscale

enterprises in towns

and cities, we shall expand

facilities currently available

so that we continue to

encourage and support

domestic production of

basic goods and reduce

our reliance of imported

goods as I will outline later.

“For the next four years,

we will remain committed

to improving the lives of

people by consolidating

efforts to address these key

issues as well as emerging

challenges of climate

change, resettling

displaced communities

and dealing decisively

with the new flashes of

insecurity across the

country, and the impacts

on food scarcity and

regional stability.

“We are not daunted by

the enormity of the tasks

ahead. Instead, we are

revived by this new

mandate to work

collaboratively with state

and local governments,

legislators, the diplomatic

corps and all Nigerians to

rebuild and reposition our

country as the heartbeat

and reference point for our

continent.”

He assured that his

government will continue

work to reduce social and

economic inequality

through targeted social

investment programmes,

education, technology and

improved information,

adding that the social

intervention programs

were a model for other

nations.

The President said when

economic inequality goes

up, insecurity would also

rise, noting that when

inequality was reduced

through investments in

social and hard

infrastructure, insecurity

would reduce.

“The disturbing increase

in rates of kidnapping,

banditry and other criminal

activities can be attributed

to the decades of neglect

and corruption in social

investment, infrastructure

development, education

and healthcare. This issue

is further compounded by

the impact of our changing

climate and ecology.”

For Nigeria to progress,

President said there will be

a collective resolution to

address corruption and

foster broad-based

prosperity to create a

country that is not only for

a few privileged, but for all

Nigerians.

He implored all state

governments, especially

those with large rural

economies, to aggressively

solicit investments in their

states, invest in

developing human capital,

reducing bureaucracy and

corruption, host and attend

investment summits and

improve the ease of doing

business.

Abiola’s sacrifice,

lesson of

determination

Tinubu

Speaking on the sideline

of the event, the APC

national leader and former

governor of Lagos State,

Ahmed Bola Tinubu, said

the declaration of June 12

as Democracy Day by

President Buhari and the

celebration by Nigerians

symbolised an enduring

perseverance and a

committed individual in

the person of Moshood

Abiola.

Tinubu, who described

democracy as the best form

of government which

MKO Abiola died for and

helped Nigerians to

entrench, said: “His

election was very fair,

transparent, open and

that gave us our

democracy.

‘’By honouring Abiola for

sacrificing himself after the

presidential election feat of

1993 given to him by

Nigerians that cut across

tribes, religious group in a

transparent and open

democratic system, the

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June 12 Democracy Day, yesterday, in Lagos. Photo: NAN.

journey for democracy has

just begun.

“Abiola suffered

detention, persecution,

humiliation and a whole lot

of sacrifices but it is a lesson

of determination, strong

perseverance and

commitment to democracy.

I highly value human

commitment to freedom,

and democracy. We did

that but it took 20 years to

recognise the efforts.

‘’People lost their limbs,

arms, some died. I dedicate

today to people like

Ransome Kuti, Chief Gani

Fawehinmi and millions of

students who sacrificed

their lives so that we can

have this democracy. There

are so many things in the

offing to immortalise

Abiola, you are seeing

nothing yet.”

We can’t escape

devolution of power

– Osoba

On his part, a chieftain

of the party and one of the

founders of APC, Chief

Olusegun Osoba, said:

‘’We have reason to

celebrate June 12 as

Democracy Day because

we have been able to keep

the military in the Barracks

and recognise the sacrifice

of those who died, suffered

all kinds of deprivation to

bring us where we are

today

“With the President

entrenching that in our

minds, we can only expect

that we can now have

democratic practice in

Nigeria. We will make sure

democracy reigns in

Nigeria.”

On devolution of power,

Chief Osoba said there will

be devolution of power

through genuine

federalism.

“In UK, after centuries of

being together, they are

still devolving power to

Scotland, Wales, we cannot

escape it. Russia went their

way and Soviet Union

broke into pieces.

Czechoslovakia went their

ways. We have to do all we

can to ensure continuity in

Nigeria and to sustain

unity and that unity is

based on devolving

power.”

It’s not enough

Atiku

Meanwhile, former Vice

President and presidential

candidate of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP in

the 2019 election, Alhaji

Atiku Abubakar, yesterday,

charged President Buhari

not to get carried away with

the euphoria of the

declaration of June 12 as

Democracy Day, saying

beyond the symbolism, the

date represented a

watershed in the nation’s

political history.

Atiku flayed the All

Progressives Congress,

APC-led government for

what he described as its

flagrant disobedience of

court orders and infractions

on the fundamental rights

of Nigerians since its

assumption of office in

2015.

In a statement signed he

personally signed, the

Wazirin Adamawa also

scored the four years of

President Buhari low in

service delivery, even as

he lamented the alleged

clampdown on press

freedom in the past few

years by the government of

President Buhari.

He said: “It is not

enough to declare June 12

a Democracy Day when the

government of the day is

disrespectful of the rule of

law and wantonly

disregards court orders on

issues that border on

fundamental human

rights.

‘’It is not enough to

declare June 12 a work

free day when the ordinary

people of Nigeria still don’t

have the freedom to find a

better life from the

suffocating grip of poverty,

when Nigeria is now the

global headquarters of

extreme poverty.

‘’It is not enough to

declare June 12 a work

free day when a

disproportionate number of

citizens are not sure of

where their next meal will

come from and when the

sanctity of their lives is not

guaranteed. It is not

enough to declare June 12

a work free day when

freedom of the press, and

of speech, fundamentals of

democracy are being

assailed.’’


42 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13 , 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

TAURUS; Those willing to put you to shame one way or

the other’ll be disappointed with the turn of things today.

It’s good to secure support of your spouse.

GEMINI; You’ve had enough of fun in the recent times

and it’s now time you settle down for hard work in order to

prevent avoidable trouble. Be patient please.

CANCER; Your concentration level and determination

are the pillars of your success today. Yet you’ll need to

respect your senior colleagues and protect your image

LEO; It’s true you’re willing to work harder but you just

have to drop both aggression and mental arrogance to

allow things to roll accordingly. Then, you’re accident

prone within your working arena. Respect the law and its

agents today.

VIRGO; Serious thought may be giving to matters of the

heart but it’s better you tarry a while. Joint ventures of

short duration today may be an invitation to avoidable

trouble

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART ELLA RANDLE

The best part of being human is being able to connect

with others. The drive to connect is in all of us

whether we acknowledge it or not.” Take Heart

Quotes-

Our vulnerability is the driving force in this connection.

When we close down our vulnerability we are

shielded from hurt, but we are also shielded from

love, intimacy and connection. They come to us

through the same door. When we close it to one, we

close it to all. -Ella Randle-

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

The hyena

with a cub

does not consume

all the

available

food.

~Akamba

Proverb

By Kola Fayemi

LIBRA; If you back your financial plans with concrete and

positive actions things’ll go according to your desire. If

you fail to realise importance of your spouse you would

work your way into avoidable trouble

SCORPIO; Your intelligence, competence and level of concentration

may today bring you envy, which you don’t deserve

within your working arena in a negative form.

SAGITTARIUS; Placement of the Moon favours your Star

but, if you try to buy true love with money, you’ll be disappointed.

CAPRICORN; The Moon gives you new confidence and

with new supports from the powers-that-be, it’s like you

are now un-stop-able. But be cautious, especially with the

veterans within your base of operation

AQUARIUS; Better days are ahead of you but, you will

today need to do away with non-productive argument and/

or agreement. Try to be more diplomatic now.

PISCES; If what you’re doing today’ll depend on

tomorrow’s event it’s better you’re more careful now. Even

things may not go according to your personal plans today.

Yet it’s important you plan both your immediate and far

future carefully now

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

ARIES; If you take to aggression, your ego would be

deflated by your superior colleagues, but your being cooperative

in a civilised way’ll prevent trouble

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

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Counselling, P.M.B 100

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Success for me?

Dear Joshua,

I am interested in your Astrological counselling. Kindly

tell me everything about myself, especially my finance and

career; would I be rich eventually, if yes what should I do to

make it happen quickly.

Chris Enugu.

Dear Chris,

There are indications of financial success for you but you

can not change what Almighty God Has designed for you

talking about the timing (the quickness you talked in your

letter) Certainly however no failure for you

YOUR CAREER LINE

Mercury –the planet of education and Accountancy, together

with mighty Sun at positive angle to planets in Virgo

(another Accounting Star sign) attracted you to both Accountancy

profession and the academic world. Truly you

did not make wrong choice of career.

Money will eventually come along this line but it’ll not be

as faster as if you take to OIL RELATED BUSINESS. Because

Neptune (the planet of OIL) was very comfortable

when you were born. It will not be out of place if you have

filling stations as time goes by, because you are basically a

GAS PERSON. Another money spinning vocation for you

include writing either along your line or for film making

industry; it is important you exhibit the higher quotient of

creativity in your inner-self. Yes your dream of becoming A

Professor will come to reality. Politics is another area you

are not looking at now but will surely come. Do you say

why? Because Aquarius is equally political

YOUR FINANCE

Venus that was powerfully placed when you were born is

all about MONEY. Thus you have special ability to make

money. And as it was at positive angle to disciplined Saturn,

you are not giving to serious frivolity. One major challenge

here is envy by others but you will eventually overcome.

Another source of challenges is your love life which

looks not totally balanced.

YOUR LOVE LIFE

Basically you are a family minded person. You are equally

loving and caring. But sometimes your love of freedom

get better off you to the resentment of your closer

partner(s).Then some other times it is other party’s fault

making love-business very interesting. And unless you are

more careful and determined you may marry more than

once.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


Dr Agbakoba, SAN

Restoring hope to a blighted

people who are daily

confronted with hunger

disease, armed bandits,

kidnappers, and no jobs.

The 9th National Assembly,

NASS, must do everything

possible to see that

government's key objective to

protect lives and property is

achieved and Nigerians can

live in peace and harmony.

Then we can talk about the big

issues of power, infrastructure,

economy, restructuring etc.,

but for now, Nigerians need

immediate succour.

I expect the 9 th NASS to work

in harmony and not acrimony

with the executive for the

common good and I urge

them to all remember their

lofty words on the campaign

trail and to know that the

people expect to receive their

dividends of democracy now.

Prof. Ojukwu, SAN

The 9th National Assembly

should pay early and very

urgent attention to

constitutional and legislative

reforms, restructuring the

country in terms of control of

resources by the states and

giving the states more

responsibilities, establishing

state police, reducing the

workload of the Supreme

Court, reviewing the Electoral

Act, creating a radical Electoral

Offences Commission Act that

provides robust deterrence

against election financing

crimes, enacting a law against

living and owning above ones

means that places the burden

of proof on the defendant,

reviewing the Money

Laundering Act, and

establishing an independent

National Orientation Agency.

Mr Babatunde, SAN

They should put party politics

and affiliation aside in order

to unite against and confront

the myriad problems

confronting our fledgling

democracy especially grinding

poverty, unemployment,

corruption and palpable

insecurity all over the land.

They should guard their

independence but have

respect for other arms of

government. They should

work at strengthening and

safeguarding the judiciary,

because that is one of the

safety nets of our democracy

and bulwark of economic

recovery and progress. If the

judiciary comes to ruin under

their watch, we will all pay

dearly for such neglect,

omission or indifference.

Nigeria is now their overall

and collective constituency.

She deserves their love and

commitment for the

opportunity given them to

serve.

Dr Igbinedion.

With the inauguration, the

9th Assembly should

constructively assert itself and

rebuff attempts by the

executive branch to erode its

independence especially as it

affects its oversight function.

Secondly, it should urgently

arrest the descent of Nigeria

•Agbakoba, SAN

•Ojukwu, SAN

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•Babatunde, SAN

08152060944

Lawyers set agenda for 9th National Assembly

By Innocent Anaba, Henry

Ojelu & Onozure Dania

he National Assembly on Tuesday, elected its principal

Tofficers after its inauguration, brining to an end, the tension

and apprehension that trailed the process. That phase having

been accomplished, it’s time for the lawmakers to settle down

for the serious business of making laws that will help place

Nigeria back on the path of growth.

In this edition of Vanguard Law and Human Rights, we sought

the views of lawyers on what should be the major

into Hobbesian state of nature

where life is short, nasty and

brutish as a result of the

murderous and atrocious

activities of herders, bandits,

kidnappers, etc amidst

executive branch’s reluctance

or incompetence to secure

lives and properties. Lastly,

the Assembly should suo motu

slash their salaries and

allowances to reasonable level

having regard to our laws and

international best practices.

Wahab Shittu

The 9th NASS must really

walk the talk in terms of

representation, law-making,

oversight and constructive

engagement. The lawmakers

really must focus on the next

generation and engrave their

names in letters of gold.

The lawmakers must walk the

talk as nation-builders. My

expectations are as follows:

1.List of cabinet ministers

must be speedily processed

and approved strictly on merit.

2.They should partner and

collaborate with other arms of

government, namely:

executive and judiciary in a

manner devoid of

confrontations and needless

grandstanding. Executive bills

and proposals must be

addressed strictly on merit.

3.Emphasis should be on

indicators of good governance

with focus on growth and

development. 4.The security

and welfare of the people

should be the primary purpose

of governance. The 9th NASS

must prioritise security of our

people and arrest the drift to

anarchy in our country.

Igbinedion Dele

The major preoccupation of the

9th Assembly should be a

concentration on human rights

and the administration of

justice. It is common

knowledge that human rights

enforcement in Nigeria is a

joke. Even the courts and our

judges do not consider human

rights as deserving of priority

treatment. Three areas must

be tackled: 1. Endorsement of

human rights must be

removed from the sole

jurisdiction of high courts.

This constitutional aberration

has been a death point for

many human rights cases. The

constitution must be amended

to confer jurisdiction to

enforce human rights on all

categories of courts.

2. The requirement for the

consent of Attorneys-General

of states or of the federation

before enforcing money

judgments against

government, must be

removed. It is an anachronism

whose time has expired.

3. Refusal to obey court

judgments must be made an

impeachable offence.

The leadership of the Senate

must bear this in mind that

Nigeria is in deep crisis both

in human and capital

resources. The unemployment

of her citizens, the

infrastructure collapse,

insecurity and a host of others,

are tough issues they must

deal with.

The 9th Senate must not be

distracted by the toga of

political leaning. Legislative

function demands total service

to the constituent units and not

party.

Evan Ufeli

The 9th Assembly must first

redirect itself to that basic and

forthright constitutional

objective of oversight function

especially as it relates to the

recovery of the economy. They

should remember even in the

euphoria of victory that the

victory of the citizenry - of the

masses, is the most important

and frontline achievement of

governance, so that agenda

must be pursued vigorously to

rescue the country from

outright collapse.

Yemi Omodele

With the set of politicians

elected to lead the 9th

National Assembly who are

more than one term in the

Assembly, Nigerians expect

They should put

party politics and

affiliation aside in

order to unite

against and

confront the

myriad problems

confronting our

f l e d g l i n g

democracy

especially

grinding poverty

preoccupation of the current National Assembly.

Those who spoke include former President of the Nigerian

Bar Association, NBA, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN; Prof. Ernest

Ojukwu, SAN; Mr Layi Babatunde, SAN; Dr Simron

Igbinedion, Sub-dean Faculty of Law University of Lagos;

Law teacher, LASU, Wahab Shittu; Yemi Omodele; Evan Ufeli;

Terry Badmus; Emmanuel Ochai; Ogu Ogedi; Fadile David

and Igbinedion Dele.

them to do the needful in

terms of amendment of archaic

laws in the country. They

should ensure that budget is

passed as and when due, they

should distinguish themselves

from the 8th National

Assembly, who were hostile to

Nigerians and the country at

large. The 9th Assembly

should not be involved in any

form of budget padding and/

or manipulation. They should

give Nigeria good image in

the international community

rather than disgrace. They

should not turn themselves to

money launders. They should

have in mind that they are

there today but tomorrow they

may not be there. They should

know that the Assembly is not

their father’s house. They

should leave a legacy that will

project their good names

rather than hatred. Wishing

them best of luck.

Terry Badmus

They should hit the ground

running irrespective of party

affiliation, the interest of the

country should dictate to

them, especially the neverending

Petroleum Industry

Bill since the 7th Assembly.

The issue of state police to

address the prevailing

security threat ravaging the

whole country, should be

tackled with urgent

constitutional amendment.

Lastly, there should be a robust

relationship with other arms of

government especially the

executive, so that the issue of

yearly budget delay will be

over.

Emmanuel Ochai

I think their major

preoccupation should be

making laws that will be of

great benefit to Nigerians,

quality representation and

also to ensure speedy passage

of budget and other bills

brought before them. Their

loyalty should be to their

constituencies and Nigeria as

a whole and not to anybody or

political party.

The issue of jumbo pay and

many unspecified allowances

should be looked into by the

members, because if they

really want to serve the

people, they cannot be

receiving millions in salary

and other allowances while the

minimum wage is N30,000

and workers are still being

owed salaries for months.

•Ochai

They should not act as rubber

stamp for the executive arm of

government but an

independent and important

part of the government whose

functions include checks and

balances for proper separation

of powers.

Ogu Ogedi

With the commencement of the

9th Assembly, it is expected

that they must hit the ground

ruining. And this, they must

do with promptitude.

The era of window dressing

is over. It's either they are

performing as expected or

they are only an extension of

the plundering of the wealth.

The era of milking the tax

payers should be over, it is

time to ensure the enactment

of economic policies to revive

and improve the lot of the long

suffering masses.

The 9th Senate should look at

the bills that were rejected,

dust them up, amend were

necessary and ensure their

passage. They must be ready

to work out bills that should

revive everything wrong with

our polity. We all cannot afford

to fail. The leadership and

indeed, the members of the

9th Assembly must as a matter

of urgency, roll up their

sleeves and go to work.

Fadile David

What I consider should be

their pre-occupation now is to

liaise with the executive to see

to the end of the insecurity

that has ravaged the entire

country to the extent that the

Governor of Ondo State

stated recently that there was

an attempt to kidnap him.

This is unprecedented in the

history of this nation.

Nigerian citizens can no

longer walk freely in their own

country because of the

activities of kidnappers and

bandits. The other issue is to

ensure that their outrageous

salaries and allowances are

reduced. Lastly, is the fact that

all members must work

together in the interest of the

nation at large, regardless of

party affiliation. The era of

executive and legislative rift

should be jettisoned at least

in the interest of the larger

populace. Budget should be

passed as soon as possible

rather than mudslinging

witnessed in the 8th

Assembly.

C

M

Y

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44 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

Inadequate funding hampering social

investment projects-Actionaid

By Onozure Dania

Civil

Society

Organisation,

ActionAid Nigeria has

called on the Federal

government to release

funds voted for the

Nigeria’s National

Social Investment

Programme, NNSIP, so

that various projects

under the programme

could achieve better

results.

According to

ActionAid, out of N1.3

billion allocated to

NNSIP between 2016

and 2018, only

N463,298,913,714 was

released within the

same period.

The CSO believes that

with more funding, the

social security

programmes of the

government will make

better impact on the

people.

ActionAid and other

international

d e v e l o p m e n t

organizations which has

consistently monitored

the

NNSIP

programmes however

commended the Federal

government’s Home-

Grown School Feeding

Programme , HGSFP,

saying that the

programme is having

desired impact of the

lives of school children

across the country.

In a release signed by

the Country Director of

ActionAid Nigeria, Ene

Obi, the group

acknowledges their

supervisory and

monitoring role in three

projects under the

NNSIP, and gave the

programmes a clean bill

of health.

On the School Feeding

programme, Obi

stated: “From the

monitoring conducted,

there are clear evidence

of meals provided in

primary schools through

the HGSFP, this

resulted in more pupils

going to school,

improved concentration

of pupils during

classroom teaching,

reduction

in

absenteeism, and in

some cases reduction in

the rate of illness among

pupils as reported by

headteachers, parents

and pupils in the

communities visited”.

Obi said ActionAid

Nigeria, AAN, has been

following the

implementation of the

National Social

Investment Programme

in Nigeria, AAN with

support from DFID,

PERL, and Ford

Foundation coordinated

Civil Society bodies

from the 35 States

(except Ekiti state that

had problems with

funds transfer) and the

FCT, to

independently

monitor, evaluate and

report findings based on

the implementation of

three out of the National

Social Investment

Programmes, N-SIP,

namely: N-Power

Programme, HGSFP

and the Government

Enterprise and

Empowerment

Programme, GEEP.

“The CSOs conducted

monitoring in 70% of the

Local Government

Areas in all the states

(except Kano state

where monitoring was

carried out in 18 LGAs)

at varying times

between May and

December 2018

interacting with over 2

million Nigerians

(beneficiaries and nonbeneficiaries)

of the

three programmes.

AAN also held quarterly

feedback sessions with

the National Social

Investment Office,

NSIO, on findings and

suggested how to

improve service delivery

to the citizens;

“On the N-Power

P r o g r a m m e ,

Government officials at

state levels heading the

Places of Primary

Assignments/sites

generally, confirmed the

added

value

thatbeneficiaries of the

programmes brought to

their schools, Primary

Healthcare Centres,

PHC, agricultural

establishments, and

offices.

“ The monitoring

exercise also confirmed

that schools that were in

critical need of teachers

got beneficiaries to

teach through the N-

Power programme, and

other non-teaching

establishments also

gained trained labour to

add to their existing

workforce. On GEEP

there is need for system

strengthening and

public enlightenment for

the programme to gain

more ground with the

citizens”.

In Adamawa State, the

CSO conducted

monitoring in 15

selected LGAs (Yola

North, Yola South, Girei,

Gombi, Hong, Michika,

Madagali, Mubi North,

Mubi South, Maiha,

Guyuk, Lamurde,

Numan, Demsa, Jada) –

over 100 wards were

reached, and in Kano

State, the CSO

monitored in 18 selected

LGAs (Nassarawa,

Minjibir, Ungogo,

Dambatta, Bichi and

Karaye, Kano

Municipal, Gwale,

Kumbotso, Tarauni,

Gwaro, Kabo, Dala,

Sumaila, Wudil, Gaya,

Ajingi and Rano) with

over 55, 000

beneficiaries and non

beneficiaries consulted

in both States.

“ For example, over 70

percent of beneficiaries

interviewed in Adamawa

State believed that the

programme had

impacted positively on

their lives. The positive

impacts of the

programme on

beneficiaries includes

access to monthly

stipend and trainings.

An N-Teach beneficiary

at Government Day

Junior Secondary

School, old GRA of

Alkalawa Ward, said he

could develop a lesson

plan as well as a scheme

of work which he could

not do prior to enrolling

in the programme. Also,

schools visited in the

communities in Kano

State reported

decreased illness

among pupils, and

teachers in charge of

first aid reported that

request for medications

had declined.

EDITORIAL

Innocent Anaba

( Editor)

Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

Henry Ojelu,

Onozure Dania

NO MESS-ING ABOUT

Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar top Forbes rich

list of world’s highest-paid athletes

•First time ever 3 footballers have done so

LIONEL MESSI got one over old

rival Cristiano Ronaldo as he was

crowned Forbes’ highest-paid

athlete in the world.

Ranking the top-100 global

earners, Ronaldo came second in

Forbes’ sporting rich list with

Neymar third, making it the first time

footballers have ever filled the top

three spots.

The Argentinian maestro earned a

whopping £100million, unseating

retied boxer Floyd Mayweather who

topped the list four times in seven

years.

Messi, 31, earned £72m from his

salary and prize money, with an extra

£28m filling the coffers from

endorsements.

Fresh from lifting the Uefa Nations

League title, Ronaldo took home

£86m, with £51m from wages and

£35m from endorsements.

Brazilian forward Neymar scooped

£83m, with Manchester United’s Paul

Pogba the next highest footballer in

44th place on £26m.

The list includes prize money,

salaries and bonuses earned

between June 1, 2018 and June 1,

2019.

And Mexican boxer Canelo

Alvarez is the first non-footballer in

fourth (£74m), with tennis star Roger

Federer in fifth (£73.5m).

Completing the top-10 are NFL

stars Russell Wilson and Aaron

Rodgers (both £70m), and NBA

legends Le Bron James (£70m),

Stephen Curry (£63m) and Kevin

Durant (£51m).

Chelsea open way

for Omeruo’s

Leganes switch

Anthony Joshua has had the worst few

weeks of his career after losing his

heavyweight belts to Andy Ruiz Jr.

But Forbes placed him in 13th position

to become the highest-earning Brit

alongside Lewis Hamilton, with both

netting a cool £43m.

Alexis Sanchez (£24m), Mesut Ozil

(£24m) and Mo Salah (£20m) are the

other Premier League stars in the top-100,

with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale in

79th place after earning £21m.

Serena Williams (£23m) was the

highest-placed woman, finishing in 63rd

after no woman appeared in the 2018 list.

Forbes Media senior editor Kurt

Badenhausen said: “The global impact

of soccer is clearly reflected in earnings

in 2019, with the top three athletes on the

list being Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar.

“But basketball players continue to

dominate the top 100 overall with 35

athletes on the list earning a total of

£1billion, with 72% of that income

coming from salaries rather than

endorsement deals.”

Chelsea are ready to trade off defender

Kenneth Omeruo in the summer, if clubs

interested in signing the Super Eagles star can

match up their asking price.

Omueruo signed for Chelsea in 2012, but has yet

to kick a ball for the London club. He was key to

Leganes campaign this season in the Spanish La Liga

and has expressed his desire to remain there and enjoy

•Omeruo

club football.

The reliable Spanish sports daily Marca has reported that Chelsea have turned down

a bid of four million euros from CD Leganes for the Super Eagles star because it did not

meet their valuation.

The 25-year-old’s priority is to remain at CD Leganes after an outstanding season in

which he played 31 games in all competitions.

Though Leganes want to sign Omeruo on a permanent deal, he is also on the radar of

Spanish and German clubs. He previously enjoyed loan spells at ADO Den Haag,

Middlesbrough, Kasimpasa, and Alanyaspor.

EPL fixtures for the 2019-20 season

out today

The fixtures for the 2019-20

Premier League season will

be announced at 09:00 BST

today.

The opening matches will be

played on the weekend of

Saturday, 10 August and the

season will end on Sunday, 17

May.

Manchester City, who finished

one point clear of European

champions Liverpool, will be

aiming to win the Premier

League for a third season in a

row.

Norwich City, Sheffield United

and Aston Villa are all returning

to the top flight after securing

promotion.

Liverpool and Europa League

winners Chelsea, minus Eden

Hazard who has joined Real

Madrid, have a busy start to the

campaign as they will also meet

in the Uefa Super Cup in

Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday,

14 August.

Wolves could have played

three Europa League qualifying

matches before the beginning of

the Premier League season.

For the first time in Premier

League history, the clubs will get

a short mid-season break in

February.

Over a two-week period, there

will be only five matches on one

weekend, with the other five

games taking place the

following weekend, ensuring

that each team gets one week

off.

There will be a total of 380

Premier League games

throughout the 2019-20 season

and you can see every team’s

fixtures on the BBC Sport

website from 09:00 BST on

Thursday.


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46 Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

African champions Nigeria did

what they needed to do by

throwing all they had into the

game to defeat Korea Republic 2-0

yesterday and earn their first three

points of the 8th FIFA Women’s World

Cup.

In the event, the Super Falcons set

the stage for a fierce encounter with

host nation France on Monday next

FIFA WOMEN

WORLD CUP:

Nnadozie

sets world

record

C

hiamaka Nnadozie has

become the youngest ever

goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a

Women’s World Cup game aged 18

years and 186 days following her clean

sheet against the South Koreans.

Nigeria will seal progression to the

knockout stages of the tournament for

the first time in their last five attempts

if they can get a favourable result in

their next group game against France.

week, as they look to reach the knockout

rounds for the first time in 20 years.

Having lost 0-3 to Norway in their

first match and realizing they could be

heading back home after the group

phase, the Falcons opted for a spritely

approach against the Koreans. But

captain Desire Oparanozie wasted a

great opportunity in the 8th minute

when presented with a simple header

By John Egbokhan

nyimba are back in the groove

Eof things after being crowned

champions of the Nigerian

Professional Football League 2018-

2019 yesterday at a packed Agege

Stadium in Lagos.

The People's Elephants have

done it again, thumping Akwa

United 3-0 in their final Super Six

match to win their eight league

titles and overtake oriental rivals,

Rangers International of Enugu,

with seven titles, as the club with

the most league trophies in the

country.

Enyimba ran riot with goals

against their foes from Uyo, netting

three to finish top of the NPFL playoff

table and clinch a ticket to next

season's CAF Champions League,

which they have won twice in 2003

and 2004.

But they were made to sweat for

their sweet victory, waiting till the

43rd minute before Reuben Bala

found the back of the net, beating

a hapless Akwa United goalkeeper

Emmanuel Iwu.

Stanley Dimgba doubled

Enyimba's lead on the hour mark,

sending club chairman, Felix

Anyansi-Agwu and jubilant fans

into endless celebrations as they

sensed they were closer to their

eight league title, which would

make them the indisputable king

of Nigerian football.

Ighalo dismisses goal scoring fears

S

uper Eagles forward Odion

Ighalo has asserted that the senior

national team strikers are not suffering

from goal drought ahead of the 2019

Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, after

they were held to a goalless draw by

less fancied Zimbabwe in a friendly

game in Asaba.

‘Everyone can give their opinion on

the team but what I know is that this

team will surprise everyone at the

Afcon because we have the quality to

go all the way,” Ighalo said.

“For us as a team, we will keep

working hard and ensure we give our

best at all time especially at the Afcon

where all eyes will be on us. I don’t

think we have any problem with our

strikers and they are not suffering from

any dip in form.

“We have been working hard as a

team to bring smiles back to the faces

of Nigerians and hopefully when we

NPFL Playoff: Kano Pillars

fined, Rabiu Ali banned

from a pull-out from Ngozi Ebere. She

nodded straight at the Korean

goalkeeper.

Perhaps the most inspired decision

for the game by Nigeria’s coach

Thomas Dennerby was starting former

junior international Chiamaka

Nnadozie in goal and sending

Tochukwu Oluehi, so jittery against

Norway, to the bench. The 18 year –old

goaltender simply continued from

where she left off at the 2018 FIFA U20

Women’s World Cup also hosted by

France, where she drew some rave

reviews.

She cuddled and punched with good

judgment, used her long limbs

marvelously and stood between the

Asians and any goal in the game. Her

competence and confidence enabled

the Falcons to push forward in search

of goals.

After Korean defender Kim Do Yong

misdirected a forward thrust by

midfielder Rita Chikwelu past her

goalkeeper for Nigeria’s first goal in

the 29th minute, the Falcons’ spirit

soared and they bossed the game for

large periods.

Nigeria could have made it two four

minutes after the restart, but

Oparanozie’s header from a floated free

kick by left back Ngozi Ebere went

narrowly over the woodworks.

At the back, Nigeria kept things tight

against the faster Koreans, with

Onome Ebi, appearing at her fifth

World Cup, Osinachi Ohale, Ebere and

Chidinma Okeke throwing everything

in there.

Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Okobi and

Chinaza Uchendu worked hard in the

middle. But it was the intelligent right

back Okeke, another performer from

the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup,

who got her touches right to send Asisat

Oshoala to nick the second goal for

Nigeria with 15 minutes left.

Enyimba are Nigerian League champions

•win Super Six after thrashing Akwa Utd 3 - 0

get to the tournament proper we will

start scoring goals that we haven’t

scored in recent matches. We are

confident that Eagles will shine in

Egypt but we have the utmost respect

for our opponents.”

And on the 89th minute,

Abdulrahman Bashiru scored the

third goal for the People's

Elephants, a thunderbolt of a

strike that sent fans bursting into

U

NITED STATES' players were

blasted for over-celebrating their

record-breaking 13-0 win over

Thailand in the Women's World Cup.

The victory - in which Alex Morgan

scored FIVE - was unsurprisingly the

biggest victory in World Cup history,

men's or women's.

But as the goals kept flooding

into Thailand's net, the US did not

relent in their celebrations, either.

And while few could criticise the

number of goals scored, many felt

they unnecessarily rubbed it in.

With the contest already over,

Morgan led a team celebration

including the substitutes, dancing

on the touchline.

Chukwueze among top 50 U20 players

in the world

V

illarreal winger Samuel

Chukwueze has been named

among the top fifty U20 players in the

world for the 2018-2019 season by

celebrated French sports daily

L'Equipe.

The Nigeria international has been

ranked 25th out of the 50 talented

players considered.

He ranked higher than Chelsea's

Mason Mount (30th), Benfica's

•Club fined N8m, to play three

home matches behind closed

doors

•Hit with suspended three

Points deduction

•Ali banned for 12 matches

equel to the crowd disturbances

Sand harassment of match Referees

in one of the fixtures of MatchDay4 of

the Nigeria Professional Football

League(NPFL) Championship Playoff,

Kano Pillars FC have been fined Eight

million Naira (N8m) and its captain,

Rabiu Ali banned from all NPFL

activities and matches for a period of

12 matches.

Supporters sympathetic to the Kano

football side invaded the pitch,

damaged perimeter fences and

advertising panels while hauling

objects at the VIP stands at the end of

the fixture between Kano Pillars and

Rangers International which ended 1-

1.

The League Management Company

(LMC) in a summary jurisdiction notice

charged Kano Pillars with a four count

breaches of the Framework and Rules

of the NPFL including breaches of Rule

B13.18, C9, C1.1.

Rabiu Ali was charged for accosting

the Referee and in so doing incited

others to commit acts of violence and

misconduct in breach of Rule C1.3

The notice to Ali read, “consequently,

and taking into consideration your role

as the captain of the team, by which

your conduct is deemed to be an

aggravated breach with a view to

imposing more severe sanctions

pursuant to Rule C19, the LMC intends

to exercise its summary jurisdiction and

to impose on you the following

sanction: a ban from all NPFL matches

and activities for a period of twelve (12)

matches, commencing immediately”.

Photo by: Akeem Salau

another round of ecstatic

celebrations, a fitting finale to a

classy goal to mark a sweet

hunting season for the Aba

Landlords in Lagos.

Women’s World Cup

USA blasted for over-celebrating 13-0

rout of Thailand

Gedson Fernandes (31st), Manchester

United's Diogo Dalot (34th) and Real

Madrid's Brahim Diaz (38th).

National Team coach Gernot Rohr

was contacted to discuss the key

attributes of the winger whom he

handed a debut to in November 2018.

against Uganda.

''He can become a very good player.

He has a very good left foot, he is fast,

he has a low center of gravity that gives

him balance, he can score and pass,''

said Rohr to the newspaper.

And Megan Rapinoe decided

to sprint around the pitch then

do a dramatic slide after making

it 9-0.

Perhaps unsurprisingly,

Canadian pair Clare Rustad and

Kaylyn Kyle were two of the

highest-profile pundits to lay into

the US.

Rustad told TSN: “I just think

they could have won with some

humility and grace, and they just

couldn’t manage to do that.

“Celebrating goals later in the

game like this is just completely

unnecessary. What is this?”

And Kyle fumed: "They’re the

No. 1 team in the world and for

me, I’m disgusted, honestly."

Plenty watching on also piled

in on Twitter.

In the charged against Kano Pillars,

the breaches covered offenses such as

the hauling of objects towards the field

of play by some of their supporters in

violation of Rule B13.18. Kano Pillars

were also charged for failing to control

and ensure proper conduct of its players

and officials who accosted the match

Referee in protest which constituted a

breach of Rule C9.

The third charge read, “you are in

breach of Rule B13.18 of the Framework

and Rules of the Nigeria Professional

Football League, in that on Monday,

10th June 2019, immediately after your

NPFL Championship Playoff Match:

Kano Pillars vs. Rangers International,

some of your supporters encroached

onto the field of play, pursuing after

match officials”.

The fourth count was hinged on the

violent conduct of the Supporters in a

manner capable of bringing the league

to disrepute and including injury to

spectators and damage to facilities and

equipment in violation of Rule C1.1

which is punishable by virtue of B15.17

and B13.23 of the Framework and Rules

of the NPFL.

FIFA Women WC:

We must avoid

France defeat,

says Super Falcon

coach

fter pulling an upset win

Aagainst South Korea, Super

Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby said

the team must now believe they have

a chance of moving to the round of 16

by avoiding a defeat to France.

The Super Falcons profited from an

own goal by DY Kim in the 29th

minute of their group A game

yesterday and Asisat Oshoala killed

off South Koreans' fight back with a

75th goal after rounding MJ Kim and

slotting in the ball from a tight angle.

Chiamaka Nnadozie who was in goal

denied the Koreans several times to

give the Super Falcons their first ever

clean-sheet of the FIFA Women World

Cup.

“Our discipline was better than

against Norway – no mistakes at all.

The players followed our match plan.

“Now we go to play France, a really

good team. If we can come out with a

point everyone would be extremely

happy. But you can’t just go to defend

– you need to know what to do when

you win the ball back. And hopefully

we can have a little bit of success.”

Oshola admitted that the team was

scared in the early stages of the game

but came out in the second half as the

South Koreans could make good use

of their superior possession.

“At first, I think we were a little bit

scared of losing and going out. But

after a while we just decided to go for

it.

“The group is wide open now. We

just have to concentrate now on

making sure we get the points we

need against France.”

The Super Falcons will face the

hosts on June 16.


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Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

FRIDAY’S ANSWER

TODAY’S CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

THURSDAY’S SOLUTION

How to Play Sudoku

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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