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NIGER: Bandits go berserk, kill

62 in 5 days, sack 8 villages

•Bloody clash between B'Haram, military leaves

64 insurgents, 10 soldiers, 8 civilians dead

•Commanding officer killed in another attack in Borno





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First plenary session of the 9th Assembly —Speaker, House of

Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris,

proceeding to the Chamber for the first plenary session of the 9th Assembly

in Abuja yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Key players split over

Kingibe’s accusation

By Clifford Ndujihe &

Dapo Akinrefon



activists and leaders

were divided, yesterday,

over comments by former

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF, Alhaji

Babagana Kingibe, that

former President

Olusegun Obasanjo was

one of the architects of

the annulment of the

June 12, 1993,

presidential election,

which flung the country

into the abyss of sociopolitical

and economic

dislocation for six years.

While former Civil

Liberties Organisation,

CLO, and Nigeria Bar

Association, NBA,

President, Dr Olisa

Agbakoba, SAN, saw the

exposure as a welcome

development, Ms Ayo

Obe, another former

CLO president and

lawyer said it was

neither here nor there,

wondering why Kingibe

was just speaking up.

General Secretary of

the National Democratic

Coalition, NADECO, Mr.

Ayo Opadokun,

supported Kingibe’s

claim but Afenifere

chieftain, Pa Ayo

Adebanjo, and former

political adviser to

Obasanjo, Akin

Osuntokun, disagreed

with Kingibe urging him

to hide his face in


Another of Obasanjo’s

former aides and ex-

Aviation Minister, Femi

Fani-Kayode, described

Kingibe’s claim as a

blatant lie.

It’s a welcome

development –


Reacting, Agbakoba

said: “What I see are

comments. We can’t trust

what is coming out. They

are all stories and we are

beginning to learn about

how the military fooled us

in those days.

‘’One cannot say

whether it is true or not

but it shows the depth of

how the military held us

in captivity.

‘’If Babagaba Kingibe,

who is an insider, is able

to begin to reveal our

dark past and history, it

is a very welcome

development because no

nation can grow if it does

not understand where it

is coming from.

‘’I congratulate Kingibe

for being courageous

enough to begin to

expose the dark past.

This is the beginning of

the exposure of our dark

past by many actors of

the time.”

Ayo Obe: Why is

Kingibe just

speaking up?

On her part, Ayo Obe

said: “As far as I am

concerned, I don’t know

who is speaking the

truth. All I know is that

President Obasanjo has

shown that the idea of

not making June 12 the

inauguration day right

from the beginning did

not happen by chance.

“President Obasanjo

ignored every attempt

when the National

Assembly said the

National Stadium, Abuja,

should be named after

MKO Abiola, after all he

was the Pillar of Sports

in Africa.

‘’However, I wonder

when Kingibe came to

know about Obasanjo’s

involvement. Nigerians

voted for Obasanjo as

president in 1999. If he

knew then, why didn’t

he say such then? Why

is he telling us now?

Quite frankly, it is

neither here nor there.”

Kingibe is right,



In his reaction,

General Secretary of the

National Democratic

Coalition, NADECO,

Mr. Ayo Opadokun

supported Kingibe’s

claim, disclosing that

Obasanjo threw his

weight behind the

annulment because he

wanted to head the

Interim National

Government, ING.

Speaking with

Vanguard, Opadokun

lampooned Kingibe for

betraying the late Abiola

by accepting to work

with the late General

Sani Abacha.

Opadokun said:

“Kingibe should purge

himself of the act of

blatant betrayal first by

selling out the mandate,

which the Nigerian

people gave to Chief

MKO Abiola and


‘’He was part of the

collaborating clique that

was in the kitchen

cabinet of General Sani

Abacha and in the

process, he became

Minister of Foreign

Affairs and Internal

Affairs respectively.

‘’He (Kingibe) kept on

lying and denying the

various brutal acts of

human rights violation,

repression, humiliation,

detention and even

elimination of human

rights activists and

people with contrary

opinion, such as that of

Ken Saro-Wiwa.’’


Kingibe’s statement,

which indicted

Obasanjo, the NADECO

scribe said: “On

Obasanjo, there is no

doubt about that, he was

part of those who

collaborated to scuttle

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By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

How do we halt increasing cases of child rape? (2)

Child rape means

different things to

different nations and over

91.6% of rape cases go

unreported. We can start by

encouraging the report of

rape cases. If we must stop

it, then we must pass strict

laws with an agency to

enforce it and heavily

penalise rapists and also

ensure that kids' exposure

to visuals and peer group

are monitored. Sexual

education should be


-Ohanwe Emmanuel



Eradication of child

rape cannot be left to

government alone.

All hands must be on deck

to tackle the issue. To

achieve this, we must all

become agents of justice by

supporting policies that

encourage child

development, safety and

health. Citizens should

become agents against

child abuse. We should

never consent to child

abuse based on family ties,

religious views or fear of


-Oluwarayi Oluwarami


Government should

enforce laws that

bring perpetrators of

child rape to book without

sentiment. They should be

dealt with according to the

law notwithstanding the

person’s status in society.

The victims should be cared

for and not stigmatised.

Any child rape case swept

under the carpet, robs

the nation of the change

and development it


-Victor Oghenekewe

Fashion designer

Sexual abuse can affect

a child socially and

psychologically. The best

way is to prevent the child

from being abused and this

can be done by enhancing

the child’s development

and safety through the

initiation of policies and

support services.

Increasing the parents' or

guardians' awareness and

knowledge of protective

measures is necessary too.

-Joan Obans


From my perception,

many see rape as a

way of life and the reason

is that our judicial

system is not strong

enough to combat this

evil act.

Government should

enact and enforce laws

that will deal with

perpetrators and also

protect the victims from


-Oluwatoyin Ayinde


To eradicate child rape

and rape as a whole, we

need very strong legislation

like minimum of 7 years

imprisonment with hard

labour without option of fine,

public display of rapist's

photo with full names,address

and home town besides

forfeiture of all his property

to the child. Where the rapist

has no property, three

quarters of whatever income

he generates for 10 years

after his prison term should

go to the child.

-Toyin Raheem Activist

6—Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Bandits go berserk in Niger, kill 70, sack 8 villages

By Wole Mosadomi

MINNA—NO fewer than

70 people have been

confirmed killed by bandits that

attacked some communities in

Shiroro Local Government Area

of Niger State.

The invasion of various

communities, according to

sources, started Sunday and






to death

By Peter Duru


year-old student of

Federal University of

Agriculture, Makurdi,

FUAM, Emeka Maluzie,

was, yesterday, arraigned

by the Police before a

Makurdi Chief Magistrate's

Court for allegedly beating

his fellow student to death.

The victim, Francis Ekoli,

was until his death a final

year student of the


Prosecuting Police officer,

Sergeant Friday Kanshio,

told the court that the father

of the deceased, an Abujabased

legal practitioner, Mr.

Edet Ekoli, had on May 24

reported to the Police that

the accused conspired with

his gang members, now at

large, and beat up his son

during an altercation.

He said the boy was

rushed to Benue State

University Teaching

Hospital, BSUTH, for

medical attention after the

beating, but was confirmed

dead by doctors.

According to Sergeant

Kanshio, during the Police

investigation, the accused

was arrested for allegedly

committing the offence,

while efforts were on to

arrest others, currently at

large, who were involved in

the matter.

No plea was taken for

want of jurisdiction and the

prosecuting Police officer

intimated the court that

investigation into the matter

was still ongoing and asked

for an adjournment of the


In his ruling, Chief

Magistrate Isaac Ajim

ordered that the accused be

remanded at the Federal

Prison, Makurdi, and

adjourned the case till July

16 for further mention.

spread gradually to other

villages, unabated.

Besides the death toll, an

unspecified number of people

were also said to have

sustained various degrees of

injuries during the raid on the


Mostly affected, according to

the report, were women and

children. Already, about 1,000

By Our Reporter

Asearch has begun on the

internet for the Nigerian

policewoman with Service No.


She was the one standing

behind undeclared winner of

the June 12, 1993 presidential

election, late Basorun

Moshood Abiola, when he cast

his vote.

At noon yesterday, journalism

trainer, Taiwo Obe, Founder of

The Journalism Clinic, using

@araisokun Twitter handle,

twitted: “Wondering where this

policewoman is today.”

He tagged Deputy

Commissioner of Police, Tunji

Disu, (@TunjiDisu),

Commander of the Lagos Police

Rapid Response Squad, RRS,

and the Nigeria Police Force


DCP Disu responded that he

too had thought about it earlier,

but he didn’t know her

whereabouts. Obe replied that

she should be identifiable with

her service number, which is

conspicuous, to which Disu

responded with a smile and a


While the result of the search

is being awaited, more tweeps

have joined in the quest, with

people, who are predominantly

farmers and fishermen, have

been sacked from their various


Those injured have been

rushed to general hospitals in

Kuta, Erena and Zumba, while

the displaced villagers are

taking refuge in seven

internally-displaced persons,

IDPs, camps.

Senator David Umaru told

journalists that within the last

six days, some victims include

19 that died in Kwaki village,

14 in Barden Dawaki village,

while eight died in Ajatawyi


Other casualties include

seven in Gwassa, five in Ajayin

Bataro, four others in Bwailo,

three in Baton village and two

in Giji village.

The state Police Command’s

spokesman, DSP Mohammed

Abubakar, confirmed the attacks

but said only 12 people were

confirmed killed by the


He added that more security

personnel have been drafted to

the troubled areas to stem the


June 12: Policewoman 011220,

show up for recognition

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—A Sierra Leonbased

Nigerian pastor, Mr.

Hossana Okoi, and a native

doctor, Omini Kokei Joseph, were

among 25 crime suspects paraded

by Cross River Police Command

in Calabar for kidnapping,

robbery, rape and sundry crimes

in the state, yesterday.

Speaking with Vanguard, Pastor

Okoi, who pastors Gate of

Testimony Ministry in Sierra

Leone, denied any involvement

in such a crime, but admitted

knowing the native doctor, who

allegedly defrauded a lady, Gift

Nwogu, of N430,000 in the guise

of preparing medication for her

and allegedly raped her.

According to the native doctor,

Mr. Omini Joseph, he agreed

with Gift to prepare medicine to

treat her of a protracted infection

and also admitted to Vanguard

13 retweets and 25 likes as at

5:11p.m., even as one person

doubted that the lady in the

picture did not look original,

suggesting that she “might

just have picked up the outfit.”

Will the woman identify

herself or perhaps the Central

Administration section of the

Department of Finance and

Administration of the Nigerian

Police Force solve the puzzle?

Pastor, herbalist nabbed for fraud, rape in Cross River

that she threatened the lady to pay

him his balance.

His words: “I know the lady in

question, but I did not rape her. I

only collected money, which I

charged, to treat her of an

infection which we agreed was to

be N170,000. I also threatened

her when she refused to pay me

my balance, before I was arrested

by the Police.”

By Femi Bolaji


State Chairman of Nigeria

Labour Congress, NLC, Abigail

Gambo, was abducted by

gunmen in the early hours of

yesterday in Jalingo, the state


Owner of a popular bakery,

Emeka Okonkwo, who is a

The Commissioner of Police,

Cross River State, Mr. Austin

Agbonlahor, said they were ready

and have strategised to stamp out

criminals in the state, while

soliciting support of traditional

rulers to join hands in the fight.

He said: “We shall stop at

nothing in ridding the state of

criminals. I want to equivocally

state that the command has

neighbour of the NLC Chairman,

Peter Gambo, was also whisked

away by the gunmen.

Spokesman of the state police

command, DSP David Misal, who

confirmed the incident to

newsmen, said one other person

sustained a gunshot injury.

Peter Gambo, in his account of

the incident, said the gunmen

stormed their residence around

assiduously strategised an

onslaught on these criminals

across the state and we will never

renege on this no matter whose

ox is gored.

Among those paraded were

nine for robbery; 10, cultism; five,

sundry fraud; one for possession

of firearm, while N409,500 cash

was recovered as well as

ammunition and cartridges.

Taraba NLC chairman’s wife kidnapped

1a.m. yesterday morning and

shot sporadically before whisking

away their victims.

Gambo said he had reported the

incident to the Police, and he is

yet to be contacted by the


Vanguard learned that

Okonkwo’s gateman was shot

and is receiving treatment at

Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019—7

Father of triplets cries for help,

as wife dies during childbirth

The babies

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giraffe for school. Rotating eyeballs


Emmanuel Amadi, whose

wife died following delivery of

triplets in Elele Alimini,

Emohua Local Government

Area, Rivers State, has cried

out for financial support to

sustain the babies.

By Monsuru



storey building under

construction on Kayode

Aluko Olokun Close,

Shangisha, Lagos , yesterday,

collapsed at about 3p.m. with

several people reportedly


Chinyere, Amani’s wife,

died from excessive bleeding

following complications

minutes after she was

delivered of the triplets,

Wednesday night, by a

traditional birth attendant in

the community.

Residents told Vanguard that

the building collapsed while the

workers were engrossed with

the construction work.

The sources added that three

artisans were declared missing

few minutes later, as they were

discovered trapped under the

rubble after several search.

When Vanguard visited the

The widower said: “This is

too much for me to bear all

alone. I need help from

government, members of the

public, NGOs and others to

enable me take care of these

triplets’ feeding and


Many injured, as building collapses in Lagos

scene, officials of the Rapid

Response Squad, RRS, and

other emergency agencies were

sighted at the scene trying to

rescue the trapped workers from

the debris.

The trapped constrction workers

were later rescued after several

minutes and were rushed to the

General Hospital, Ikeja.

No divorce until she pays

me N3.5m, man tells court

•An evil spirit drove me out of the 9-day old marriage—Wife


businessman, Alhaji

Murtala Adamu,

yesterday, prayed a Gudu

Grade II Court, Abuja, not to

grant his estranged wife’s

request for divorce until she

returns the N3.5 million he

spent on her.

Adamu made the request

during a divorce proceeding to

end his one-year marriage to

Layisatu Abubakar.

He said he would not divorce

Abubakar until his conditions

are met.

Abubakar filed a case against

Adamu on the basis of Khul,

also called Khula, a procedure

through which a woman can

divorce her husband in Islam,

by returning the dower.

In his testimony before the

court, Adamu claimed that the

petitioner only stayed in his

house for nine days when they

got married, after which she ran

away to her friend’s house in


He also said it was until she

fell ill that her mother called him

so that he could pay for her


During his testimony, Adamu

calculated the total amount he

spent on the petitioner.

He said: “I spent N1. 2 million

during our wedding ceremony,

which includes her dowry of

N80,000. I bought clothes,

jewellery and shoes worth


“I also paid N750,000 for her

treatment when she was sick.

“Before I will agree to this

divorce, she must refund all

these money to me.”

In her statement to the court,

Layisatu said she left her

husband of nine days because

an evil spirit was disturbing her.

According to her, “all the

things he bought for me are still

in his house. I cannot afford to

return more than the N80,000

which he paid as my dowry.”

The judge, Ado Muktar,

adjourned the case until July 2

for judgment.

Mother, child, 6 others die in auto crash

By Evelyn Usman

AN accident involving seven

vehicles along Lagos-Ibadan

Expressway, Wednesday night,

reportedly claimed the lives of a

woman, her child and six others

with 12 others injured.

The vehicles involved are a

Toyota bus with number plates

LSR 560 XJ; a Mazda bus, XD

792 EZA; a Toyota Sienna, ABC

512 ZV and Toyota Camry, APP

196 RQ.

Other vehicles were an Iveco

tanker with number plates DED

776 XA; a DAF tanker, APP 248

XT, and a DAF flatbed truck, LND

04 XX.

Ogun Sector Commander,

Federal Road Safety Corps,

FRSC, Mr. Clement Oladele,

said the accident occurred near

Danco Filling Station at about

7.56p.m., attributing the cause to

excessive speed and reckless


He said: “It was learned that the

crash was caused by speeding,

reckless driving and loss of control

on the part of one of the vehicles,

which led to a container falling

on two buses. The other vehicles

rammed into each other.

“It involved 43 persons. 12

persons, five females and seven

males, were injured, while eight

persons died in the accident.”

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8—Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Nigeria’s oil revenue hits

N85trn in 5yrs — OPEC


NIGERIA made about

N85 trillion ($236.2

billion) from oil between

2014 and 2018, the 54th

edition of Annual Statistical

Bulletin by Organisation

of Petroleum Exporting

Countries, OPEC, has


The revenue earned in

the five-year period is

almost 10 times the 2019

budget of N8.91 trillion

signed into law by

President Muhammadu

Buhari in May.

The figure puts Nigeria

in 6th place and the

highest oil revenue earner

in Africa among the 14

OPEC member countries

surveyed in the report.

The highest revenue in

the reviewed period was

N27.1 billion ($75.2 million)

recorded in 2014, followed

by 2018, when N19.6 billion

($54.5 million) was earned.

N14.8 billion ($41.2

million), N9.8 billion ($27.3

million) and N13.7 billion

($38 million) were earned

in 2015, 2016 and 2017


Saudi Arabia topped the

earners table with $194.4

billion followed by United

Arab Emirates’ $74.9

billion, Iraq’s $68.2 billion,

Iran’s $60.2 billion and

Kuwait’s $58.4 billion.

On volume of crude oil

exported, the report said

OPEC member countries

sold an average of 24.67

million barrels per day (b/

d) in 2018, a slight increase

of about 14,000 b/d, or 0.1

per cent, compared to 2017.

The bulk of sales was

made to countries in Asia

and the Pacific, followed by

Europe and the least

exports to North America.

According to the OPEC

bulletin, Nigeria’s daily

crude oil production in 2018

was 1.601 million b/d, a 4.3

per cent increase from the

1.535 million b/d recorded

in 2017.

The largest oil producer

in Africa had agreed to cap

its output at 1.685 million

b/d after reaching

agreements with OPEC in

January to regulate oil

supply in order to drive up


CBN, PenCOM, banks workout

over N2trn mortgage for


By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief



would soon easily

access mortgage facilities, as

the Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, and Bankers’

Committee have

commenced a fresh

initiative, in collaboration

with National Pension

Commission, PenCom, to

make over N2 trillion

mortgage available to the


That was one of the major

decisions taken at the

Bakers’ Committee

Meeting, held at CBN

headquarters, in Abuja


CBN’s Director of Banking

Supervision, Mr. Ahmed

Abdullahi, briefed the press,

along with several bank

Managing Directors, on the

outcome of the meeting.

Speaking on the outcome

of the meeting, Ms. Ambah

Hambah, MD of FSDH

Merchant Bank, said: “I want

to make it clear that 25 per

cent of the RSAs being made

available to the RSAs holders

to be able to access the 25

per cent of their RSAs as

equity contribution for

mortgages is a work in

progress and what we are

talking about today is that

this is so important that we

felt that CBN and the

Bankers’ Committee should

work with PenCom to make

this a reality.

“Once it becomes a reality,

you will then be able to walk

up to your Pension Fund

Administrators and say, ‘I

would like to access 25 per

cent of the RSA in my name

and I would like to borrow

money to build my house’.

"Once you have that

approval, of course, your first

port of call will be your bank.

The whole point is that it will

make the banks very willing

to give you mortgage

because you will then be

coming with a sizeable

amount and you will now

have a scheme in the game.

“The whole idea is that

once this is done, at least,

anybody who is part of the

RSA scheme will very easily

access mortgage loan and

that alone will even attract

many more people to join the

scheme because the people

will say we want to join the

scheme because we see that

those who are part of the

scheme readily have access

to mortgage than we do and

it will have multiple effects.”

In his contribution, Akin

Dawodu of Citibank, said

banks would work closely to

implement the Export

Support Fund, ESP, to

strengthen the exportation of

Nigerian agricultural

produce, especially cashew

nuts and sesame seed .

According to him, loans

granted to farmers and

exporters under the scheme

will be at an interest rate of 9

per cent, all charges


The CBN Director of

Corporate Communications,

Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, said the

CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin

Emefiele, was grateful to the

committee for its support in

his first term and appealed

for even greater cooperation

from its members in the next

five years.

Bloody clash leaves 64 Boko Haram

insurgents, 10 soldiers, 8 civilians dead

•As Lt-Col dies in another attack

By Kingsley



hours of gunfire,

Multinational Joint Task

Force, MNJTF, yesterday

killed no fewer than 64 Boko

Haram terrorists, losing 10

soldiers and eight civilians.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian

Army lieutenant colonel

was, Wednesday, killed by

Boko Haram insurgents

who attacked a military

formation in Borno State.

Besides the insurgents

killed by MNJTF, three boats

conveying the terrorists were

also destroyed in the bloody

clash that took place on the

fringes of Lake Chad.

Chief Information Officer

of MNJTF, Col. Timothy

Antigha, who confirmed the

clash, said in a statement,

entitled "Section of

International and Local

Media Aiding Boko Haram

Narrative,' said: “The

attention of the

Multinational Joint Task

Force, MNJTF, has been

drawn to an emerging

pattern of international/local

media coverage of the crisis

in the Lake Chad area,

which suggests sympathy

and support for Boko Haram

activities, at the expense of

efforts being made by a

coalition of the Armed Forces

of countries of the Lake

Chad Basin.

“This pattern of coverage

has been observed over a

period, but the recent report

of the clash between Sector

1 of the MNJTF and Boko

Haram terrorists in Darak in

Northern Cameroon, which

portrayed Boko Haram as

being dominant, has called

for serious concern.

“In this instance, the

casualty figures quoted by

the AFP and slant given by

its local collaborator, an online

media, is very unfortunate.

“For the record, two days

ago, about 300 heavily

armed Boko Haram

terrorists invaded Darak.

However, they were met with

stiff MNJTF resistance

resulting in a bloody gun

battle, which lasted for

several hours.

“At the end of the fire fight,

the following statistics were

recorded: 10 MNJTF

personnel killed in action,

eight MNJTF wounded and

evacuated for medical

attention; eight civilians

killed and one wounded.

“64 Boko Haram terrorists

killed, eight captured,

several wounded, three

Boko Haram boats destroyed

and several arms and

ammunition confiscated.

“This bold and ruthless

response by MNJTF is in

keeping with the resolve of

the force to make the Lake

Chad area unsafe for

terrorists of whatever


“The MNJTF understands

that the news business

thrives on timeliness.

However, it is always

desirable to ensure that facts

and accuracy are not lost in

the quest for urgency in order

not to give the impression

that evil is favoured over


Lt-Col dies in

another Boko

Haram attack

Meanwhile, a Nigerian

Army lieutenant colonel

was, Wednesday, killed by

Boko Haram insurgents

who attacked a military

formation in Borno State.

It was learned that the 158

Task Force Battalion in

Mobba Local Government

Area came under attack by

the rampaging terrorists as

the country was celebrating

its new Democracy Day on


Several casualties,

including human and

equipment, were

reportedly inflicted on the

military during the fire


A lieutenant colonel, who

has been leading the

battalion as its

commanding officer was

pronounced killed.

The Army Headquarters

in Abuja was said to have

been alerted to the

development, and an

emergency team of rescuer

had been deployed to

manage the aftermath.

Presidential tribunal: INEC challenges

Atiku, PDP’s request to inspect server

By Ikechukwu




National Electoral

Commission, INEC,

yesterday, challenged the

request by Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

its candidate, Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar, to be granted

access to inspect the server

used to transmit results of the

February 23 presidential

election won by President

Muhammadu Buhari.

The electoral body, in a 17-

paragraph counter-affidavit it

filed before the Presidential

Election Petition Tribunal

sitting in Abuja, insisted that

such a server didn’t exist.

It, therefore, urged the fivemember

tribunal, headed by

Justice Mohammed Garba,

to dismiss the application the

petitioners filed through their

team of lawyers, led by Dr.

Livy Uzoukwu, SAN.

Besides, INEC noted that

the tribunal had in an earlier

ruling it delivered on March

6, dismissed an ex-parte

motion the petitioners filed for

the same relief.

The commission further

attached the enrolled order of

the tribunal with respect to the

ex-parte application the PDP

and Atiku filed on March 4,

as an exhibit to support its

objection to the request for its

server to be inspected.

“My lords, the petitioners

are simply testing the waters

with both legs. They are

asking us to bring something

we don’t have,” INEC’s

lawyer, Mr. Yunuz Usman,

SAN, submitted.

Similarly, President Buhari,

in a nine-paragraph counteraffidavit

he filed on May 31,

also attached two exhibits he

said the tribunal should rely

upon to dismiss the request.

The exhibits were a

Certified True Copy of the

motion ex-parte the

petitioners filed on March 4,

as well as the enrolled order


Chairman of



Forum, Kayode

Fayemi of Ekiti

State (left),

formally takes

over the mantle

of the

leadership of

the Nigeria


Forum from his


former Zamfara

State governor,


Abubakar, in

Abuja. Photo:




of the preliminary ruling delivered

by a three-man panel

of the tribunal headed by Justice

Abdul Aboki.

President Buhari, through

his team of lawyers led by

Chief Wole Olanipekun,

SAN, urged the tribunal not

to overrule itself for the sake

of the petitioners.

“We want to plead that the

interest of justice the

petitioners are waving

around, should not be turned

to judicial tyranny,”

Olanipekun added.

On its part, All Progressives

Congress, APC, also filed a

29-paragraph counteraffidavit

on May 24, urging

the tribunal to dismiss the

petitioners’ request.

“The court should be wary

of making an order which is

incapable of being executed.

INEC, which is the electoral

body, is saying they don’t

have what the petitioners are

requesting for,” APC’s

lawyer, Prince Lateef

Fagbemi, SAN, stated.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019—9

VISIT: From left, Chief of Staff to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Sanusi Rikiji;

Speaker,House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola

Tinubu, and Babajimi Benson, during a visit to the party leader, at his Asokoro residence,

Abuja, yesterday.

Senate rejects motion seeking to debate

Buhari’s Democracy Day speech

•Sets up c'ttee for office, seat allocation

•Empty offices, monetisation force Senate to adjourn plenary

•Lawan swears in Okorocha

By Henry


ABUJA—AS the 9th

Senate had its first

session, yesterday, the Senate

President, Ahmad Lawan

(All Progressives Congress,

APC, Yobe North), began by

frustrating moves by

senators, especially those on

the platform of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, to

deliberate the Democracy

Day speech of President

Muhammadu Buhari.

To show that he was in


By Sola Ogundipe

Lifestyle changes for

good health

GOOD health is complex,

but there are lots of tiny

tweaks you can make to

your daily habits to help

you live longer, and with

more energy, focus, and

happiness. Take in the

good fats from foods like

avocado, olive oil, fatty fish,

and nuts. They are essential

for immune system

function, and glowing skin.

It is important to get

seven to nine hours of sleep

every night. If you lose just

an hour of sleep each

night, your risk of obesity

goes up. If you have trouble

getting to sleep, try

learning from your sleep

patterns by wearing a

tracking watch. You can also

work on creating a better

environment for sleep.

Enjoy plenty of fruits and

vegetables, reduce salt and

charge, Lawan stopped a

point of order that would have

placed the 9th Senate on a

very shaking ground, with

the honeymoon almost


Trouble started barely

minutes into the

commencement of the first

plenary of the 9th Senate

when Senator Isitfanus

Gyang (PDP, Plateau North)

came under Orders 42 and

52 of the Senate Standing

Orders 2015 (as amended)

and raised that some parts of

the democracy speech by

sugar intake and also eat

regularly, with controlled

portion sizes.

Drink a lot of water. It’s

impossible to overstate how

important staying hydrated

is. Drinking enough water

will lead to more energy,

better skin, and maybe

even weight loss.

Vigorous exercise is

essential but heavy lifting

for an hour can’t undo the

negative effects of sitting for

the entire rest of the day.

Try taking the stairs or

taking short walks around

your office or around the

house at the top of every


Orgasms are good for

you, good for your brain,

immune system, sleep, and

more. A partner is great, but

you don’t need one to reap

the health benefits of sexual


President Buhari did not go

down well with some

Nigerians as it was

generating controversy.

Gyang, who relied on

Order 52 of Senate rules, said

he was bringing a matter of

urgent national importance

that had to do with the

Democracy Day speech of

President Buhari of June 12,


“This speech is already in

the public domain. I am

asking that in view of the

interest it has generated, we

should discuss it," he said.

The senator was particularly

referring to the areas that

relate to where the president

was reported to have said that

China and Indonesia

succeeded under

authoritarian regimes and

that India succeeded in a

democratic setting.

At this point, the Senate

President cut short the PDP

senator, saying he had to seek

the consent of senators for

approval as to whether he

should proceed or not.

When Lawan asked if the

PDP senator should continue,

the motion was shut down as

the nays carried the day.

Empty offices,

monetisation force

Senate to adjourn

plenary till July 2

Meanwhile, the Senate

hurriedly adjourned plenary,

yesterday, to resume on

Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

The adjournment was

informed by lack of office

furniture and the fact that

outgone senators had gone

away with their furniture,

refrigerators, printing

machines, typewriters,

television sets and water

dispensers, among others,

being result of monetisation.

The adjournment followed

a motion moved by the

Deputy Senate President,

Ovie Omo-Agege, which

was seconded by Senator

Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT).

According to the Senate

president, the adjournment

will give the management

and Senate Adhoc

Committee members the

space to put in place

measures to allocate offices

and seats.

C'ttee for office,

seat allocation

Before the adjournment, the

Senate set up a 12 member

committee to liaise with the

management of the National

Assembly for chamber’s

seating arrangement and the

provision of offices.

The committee, chaired by

Senator Abubakar Kyari

(APC, Borno North), has

Senators Aisha Ahmed

Modibbo, APC, Adamawa

Central; Gabriel Suswam,

PDP, Benue North East; Sabi

Abdullahi, APC, Niger North;

and Betty Appiafi, PDP, Rivers

West, as members.

Others include Bassey

Albert, PDP, Akwa Ibom

North East; Ibrahim Gobir,

APC, Sokoto East; Nicholas

Tofowomo, PDP, Ondo South;

Adeola Solomon Olamilekan,

APC, Lagos West;

Chukwuka Utazi, PDP,

Enugu North; Stella Odua,

PDP, Anambra North and

Jibrin Barau APC, Kano


The committee was given

two weeks to complete the

assignment and report

during plenary.

In his remarks, Senate

President, Ahmad Lawan,

who thanked the committee

members in advance, said

while others would be

enjoying the recess, members

of the committee would still

be working.

The Senate President

yesterday administered the

oath of office on Rochas

Okorocha, APC, as senator

for Imo West at 10.40am.

Senate: Abaribe is Minority

Leader; Bwacha, deputy; Aduda,

chief whip; Ordia, dep whip

By Henry Umoru


Working Committee,

NWC of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

senators on the platform of

the party, yesterday, elected

Senator Enyinnaya

Abaribe (Abia South) as

Minority Leader.

Also elected are

Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba

South), who retained his

position as deputy minority

leader, same position he

held in the just concluded

8th Senate.

Philip Aduda (FCT), also

retained his position as

Chief Whip, a position he

occupied in the 8th Senate.

Clifford Ordia (Edo

Central), was elected the

Deputy Minority Whip.

Emmanuel Paulker

(Bayelsa Central) was

Deputy Whip in the 8th

Senate following the

elevation of Senator

Biodun Olujimi, Ekiti, from

deputy whip to Minority

Leader when Senator

Godswill Akpabio left,

having dumped PDP for All

Progressives Congress,


The leadership of the

party will today write the

Senate President, Ahmad

Lawan, on the election.

The PDP NWC will today

meet with the House of

Representatives PDP

Caucus to select same

positions for the lower


The results were sequel

to a meeting PDP National

Chairman, Prince Uche

Secondus, and NWC

members held with

senators elected on the

platform of party

The meeting, which

lasted three hours, also had

in attendance, members of

the National Working

Committee, NWC.

The meeting, which took

place at the residence of

Secondus, was held

primarily to select the

Minority Leaders for the

Senate and House of

Representatives in the 9th

National Assembly.

Minority whips for both

chambers as well as

chairman of PDP National

Assembly Caucus are also

expected to emerge at the

end of the meeting.

Court fixes July 12 to deliver

judgment on suit seeking to

sack Ag CJN

By Ikechukwu


ABUJA—The Abuja

Division of the Federal

High Court, yesterday,

fixed July 12 to deliver

judgment seeking to sack

Acting Chief Justice of

Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko


An advocacy group,

Incorporated Trustees of

Malcolm Omirhobo

Foundation, had

approached the court,

asking it to declare Justice

Muhammad unfit to head

the judiciary.

The plaintiff, in its suit

marked ABJ/CS/420/2019,

urged the court to declare

that Justice Muhammad,

who is currently the most

senior jurist at the Supreme

Court, was not capable to

replace the ousted former

CJN, Justice Walter


Specifically, the group

prayed the court to declare

that the Acting CJN, having

made himself available as

a tool used in the violation

of the constitution,

especially with regards to

the “illegal” removal of the

former CJN, was, therefore,

not a proper and fit person

to be recommended for

appointment to head the


The plaintiff maintained

that the acting CJN

conducted himself in a

manner that reduced the

confidence of the public in

the integrity and

impartiality of the judiciary.

Cited as 1st to 7th

defendants in the suit were

National Judicial Council,

Federal Judicial Service

Commission, Acting CJN,

Federal Government,

President Muhammadu

Buhari, Attorney-General

of the Federation and the


The plaintiff is, among

other things, urging the

court to declare that the

suspension and/or removal

of a CJN from office is a

shared responsibility of the

1st defendant (NJC), 5th

defendant (Buhari) and 7th

defendant (National


Aside praying the court to

bar President Buhari from

appointing Justice

Muhammad as the

substantive CJN, the

plaintiff, in a 65-paragraph

affidavit it filed in support

of the suit, stressed that

unless restrained by the

court, the executive arm of

government would

continue to violate the

extant provisions of the

constitution and sanctity of

the judiciary.

However, the Acting


adopted their final briefs of

argument, yesterday, even

as they urged the court to

dismiss the suit for want of


Trial Justice Inyang Ekwo,

subsequently, adjourned

the matter for judgment.

10 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

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RESPITE NOT YET IN SIGHT: Traffic gridlock remains as trucks and Tankers

shut down Oshodi Apapa Express road yesterday. Photos: Akeem Salau.

Members of Presidential Task Team led by Vice Chairman, Mr Kayode Opeifa

(2nd left) and Commissioner of Police, Edo State (left) took a visit tour to Apapa

gridlock situation at Berger Suya, Tin Can, Coconut and others part of Oshodi

Apapa Expressroad in Lagos yesterday.

NIMASA’s cabotage strategy

created 7000 maritime jobs — DG

By Mike Ebonugwo


General of the

Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency, NIMASA, Dr.

Dakuku Peterside,

yesterday, disclosed that the

New Cabotage Compliance

Strategy introduced by the

agency, has in the last six

months created over 7000

jobs in the maritime sector

and opened up vast

opportunities for more.

Speaking with journalists

in Lagos, the NIMASA boss

said the Agency made a

conscious effort to key into

the Federal Government’s

job creation vision by

adopting strategies that

would ensure a steady rise

in the number of jobs

created through manning,

crewing, stevedoring, and

dockworkers engagement.

Peterside said: “We have

always known that the

political will to deal with the

issue of waivers in the

Cabotage regime had been

the challenge in the past.

Our pronouncement and

implementation of the New

Cabotage Compliance

Strategy has led to the

engagement of over 7000

Nigerians in various subsectors

within the industry.

This has also resulted in 32%

increase in vessels

operating under the

Cabotage regime in the first

two quarters of 2019.”

On the Anti-piracy Bill

sponsored by NIMASA, he

said it will help tame the

piracy monster and open up

more opportunities in the


He said: “The issue of

maritime crime has been

challenging, not only to us

as a nation but also the

entire Gulf of Guinea. To

achieve the objective of a

safe and secure maritime

environment that will

guarantee the realisation of

the President’s


commitment is critical and

we at NIMASA have

decided to take the

challenge head-on with the

Sanwo-Olu to partner FG

on prison decongestion



By Monsur


G O S —


Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, yesterday,

expressed readiness of the

state government to partner

with the Federal

Government in

decongesting the prisons

across the state.

Sanwo-Olu, who

described the huge

number of inmates in

prisons as worrisome,

said it does not reflect the

effectiveness of the

country’s judicial system.

The governor spoke at

the inauguration of the

Acting Chief Judge of the

state, Kazeem Alogba

held at the State House,


various strategies

formulated at the Agency’s

level to drive the process”,

he said.

He said: “We will partner

with you (justice

department) on one hand

and the federal

Government to find a

lasting solution to the

issues around prison

congestion which had

been a major challenge

in our judicial system.

“The current situation

where we have over 70

percent of inmates in our

prison awaiting trials is

not acceptable and not a

reflection of an efficient

justice delivery system.

“We will not hesitate to

do whatever is required

to sustain the ongoing

reform in the judicial

sector of the state so that

the desired result of

ensuring that the wheel of

justice works as it should to

achieve desired result.”

APAPA-OSHODI: Task Team fails as truck

drivers defy presidential order

By Olasunkanmi



gridlock on Oshodi-

Apapa Expressway,

yesterday, worsened as

activities of some military

personnel, including the

Army and Navy, as well as

truck drivers compounded

an already chaotic situation.

In the last 48 hours, the

gridlock has been

intractable despite the

efforts of the Presidential

Task Team on the

Restoration of Law and

Order in Apapa.

Some Army and Naval

personnel, deployed to the

area have allegedly turned

the situation to an avenue

to extort truck drivers.

The personnel were

alleged to have collected

N100,000 from each truck

driver to gain access to their


Residents and motorists

since Monday, June 10,

2019, have been subjected

to harrowing experience as

truck and articulated

vehicles completely shut

down traffic on the


Also, residents and

workers in the area have

abandoned their vehicles,

resorting to patronising

commercial motorcyclists,

popularly called Okoda, as

the entire area remained

blocked for vehicular


When Vanguard visited

area such as Trinity,

members of the Presidential

task team were seen trying

to manage the chaotic traffic


They extort money from

us—Truck driver

A truck driver, who spoke

with Vanguard on condition

of anonymity, accused some

military personnel of

extorting them before they

can access the road.

The driver said: “We are

tired of activities of these

military personnel who

have refused to quit,

despite the presidential

order. They collect between

N60, 000 and N100, 000

from some truck drivers to

allow them access to the

port. We learned they were

sent by one Brigadier

General. We want the

Federal Government to

investigate this and send a

team to the area to arrest


“We are also appealing to

Lagos State Government to

collaborate with the federal

task team, we have not seen

much from the state


Opeifa blames

unscrupulous military


Commenting on the

situation, Chairman of the

Presidential Task Team, Mr.

Kayode Opeifa, appealed to

residents and motorists to

exercise patience, saying

the team has moved its

operation to Oshodi-Apapa

Expressway to ensure

smooth traffic within the

next three days.

Opeifa said: “We have

commenced palliative work

on some parts of the road

so that we can access the

road to push some trucks

away from the road for

others to have access to

various designated truck


“By next Monday, we

should have a good

situation on the Oshodi-

Apapa Expressway. Our

efforts are being

undermined by some

unscrupulous military

officers and their cohorts.

“Therefore, we are

appealing to residents and

motorists to be a bit patient

with us; we are committed

to ensuring total sanity in

Apapa and environs.”

LASG detects three new polio cases

By Chioma Obinna &

Juliet Umeh


State government,

yesterday, confirmed three

new cases of polio virus in

the state even as it urged

parents and guardians to

present their children for


The virus was discovered

in three canals, located at

Makoko in Mainland, Itire

in Coker/Aguda and

Maracana in Ajeromi/

Ifelodun local government

areas of the state.

With this latest discovery,

Lagos State Government

will today commence the

second round of a four-day


immunisation against Polio

for children aged zero to

five years across its 20

council areas.

Speaking during an

interactive session with

journalists in Lagos, the

P e r m a n e n t

Secretary, Lagos State

Ministry of Health,

Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, said

that the four-day campaign

was to ensure that no child

is left out.

Goncalves said: “The

immunization is safe and

free. It can be taken in spite

of former immunization

status and no child is safe

from the vaccine

preventable diseases until


On his part, the

Permanent Secretary, Lagos

State Primary Health Care

Board, Dr. Tayo Lawal, said

polio is a viral disease that

is yet to be eradicated in

Nigeria even though it is

one of the major vaccinepreventable

killer diseases

of children under the age

of five.

Lawal said: “As a State,

tremendous progress has

been made, in our drive to

eradicate polio and

drastically reduce the

incidents of vaccine

preventable diseases and

its attendant morbidity and

mortality. We, therefore,

exude optimism that we are

on the home stretch of this

marathon race against the

public health disease

called polio. However, we

cannot and will not rest on

our oars.”

Also speaking, the

representative of World

Health Organisation,

WHO, Dr. Fiona Braka,

said: “This outbreak we are

facing is a different strain

and we, therefore, must

respond approximately.

The goal of this outbreak

response is to interrupt that

virus. We can only achieve

it if everyone works

collectively to bring out

children to get two drops of

polio vaccine over the next

for days.”

‘PTF is catalyst to school devt’


of Krisbethel College,

Ipaja, Lagos, Mr. John

Adetiba has identified the

Parents – Teachers Forum,

PTF, as a catalyst to solving

the myriad of problems

facing schools.

Adetiba stated this during

the election of new

executives to coordinate the

affairs of the forum for the

next two years.

Those elected were Mr.

Gbenga Ajayi, Chairman;

Mr. Austine Okoro, Vice

Chairman; Mrs. Shola

Koiku, Public Relations

Officer; Mrs. Laura

Nnebedim, Treasurer/

Financial Secretary, while

Mr. Michael Dawodu will

serve as Secretary.

The Chairman/founder of

the school, Chief Daniel

Ojo, JP, stressed the

importance of paying

attention to the security and

welfare of students to and

from school.

In his acceptance speech,

the new PTF Chairman,

Mr. Ajayi assured that the

new executive will support

the school to justify their


Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 — 11

I’m born again

- Yul Edochie declares, after

surviving ghastly auto-crash

Battle for Best Dressed, as “The

Bling Lagosians” premieres

Stories by Juliet Ebirim


few days to go and $1

million party to be

thrown for the directorial

debut of Bolanle Austen-

Peters movie - ‘The Bling

Lagosians’, which will be

out in cinemas 28th of June.

The grand premiere holds

this Sunday, 16th of June,

2019 at the Filmhouse

Cinemas, Lekki.

With the dress-code

tagged “Eko For Show”, the

premiere will definitely be a

show-stopper with stars

glammed up ready to strut

the red carpet, with all eyes

on them at the exclusive

invitation-only event.

A major highlight is the

sum of N1 million, which is

up for grabs for the best

dressed for the night, in the

most quintessential red

carpet look. The winner

goes home with 500,000,

while the first and second

runners-up will go home

with 350,000 and 150,000


“The Bling Lagosians”

tells the story of the affluent,

Nollywood mourns, as

Dagunro passes on

Veteran Nollywood actress,

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

has pointed out that marriage is

not the cause of domestic

violence, but people are.

The mother of four who has

been married for 23 years,

revealed this as she countered

media personality, Daddy Freeze’s

recent IG post, advising women

that being called a “Living Miss is

better than a dead Mrs”.

She wrote, “Marriage is not the

cause of violence. People are. Stay

away from violent/abusive people.

•The Bling Lagosians

brash, flamboyant, audacious and

over the top lifestyle of Lagosians.

The movie shows the lifestyle of a

Lagos family that is presently living

in their past glory. Although, they

are not as wealthy as they once were,

they still want to maintain the

lifestyle they used to live. They want

to host the talk of town parties, wear

the best designers and ride the

fastest of cars, even if it means

wallowing in debt. This movie is

intended to show how people go the

extreme to keep up appearances in

the society.

Veteran Yoruba Nollywood actor, Fasasi Ola

banke popularly known as Dagunro is

dead. The actor who hails from Osogbo and

known for roles in epic Yoruba-speaking movies

was reported to have died during the early hours

of Thursday, June 13, 2019.

The CEO of Best of Nollywood,

Seun Oloketuyi took to

social media to announce the

news of his death. Also,

popular actor, Adekola Tijani

a.k.a ‘Kamilu Kompo’ shared

the news of his death.

“Gone too soon boss! May

your soul rest in peace. Love

you boss but God loves you

most. Dagunro Alajiga Ogun.


Several actors and Yoruba

movie fans have also mourned

his demise, as they took to

social media to celebrate the

iconic actor. As at the time

of this report, the cause

of his death has not


been ascertained.


Marriage is not the cause

of domestic violence

Work, marriage, friendship, family.

Nothing/no one is worth the result.”

Recall, that OAP, Daddy Freeze has

said in an earlier post, that an

individual doesn’t have to be

married for them to be blessed and

happy. He said this while reacting to

the news of a man who killed his

wife over infidelity accusations.

His post reads: “You don’t have to

be married to be blessed, you don’t

have to be married to be happy, you

don’t have to be married to be rich or

successful in business, you don’t even

have to be married to make heaven.”

– Omotola



Nigerian actor and politician,

Yul Edochie has taken to

social media to announce to

the world that he is now a born again

Christian. Recall that days back, the

popular Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie,

revealed that he survived a major

road accident during a trip to the

eastern part of the country.

According to him, after the accident,

he had a rethink about his life which

made him have a ‘factory reset’ and

decided to give his life to Christ.

“Someone said to me ‘that accident

really shook you’. Well that’s an

understatement. Actually

it reset my brain to

factory setting. God

gave me a second

chance. I’m a new

man in Christ now,

I’m born again.

Don’t wait till it

happens to you,

follow Christ

today! I shall live

to testify the

goodness of

God.” he said.





over live



• MC Galaxy

Singer, MC Galaxy has hit

back at comedienne,

Etinosa after she accused him

of lying and trying to fool

Nigerians that they both

planned her nude-IG live saga

a while back.

After a recent interview

where he revealed that the

whole saga was a planned one,

Etinosa took to her Instagram

page to debunk his claims as

she revealed she’s moved on

from the trauma it caused her

at the time.

Following her response, MC

Galaxy has now threatened to

release proof that they indeed,

planned the whole thing. In a

now deleted post on his IG

page, the singer shared an old

video of Etinosa on live video

showing her body to her fans.

Captioning the video, he

wrote, “@etinosaofficial where

you drunk here ? This was

your first ever life video, where

you were naked... showing

your body to your fans and I

sent you a request to join

which you allowed. Will soon

post the audio…… of you

asking me to call you on my

live that you want to blow


12—Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Shell lost 11,000 bopd to

crude theft in 2018

By Udeme Akpan




Company, SPDC, lost 11,

000 barrels per day, bpd, in

2018, as a result of oil theft

and vandalism in Niger


The 11,000 bpd amounts

to $681,560 at the current

oil price of $61.96 bpd and

N209 million at the current

exchange rate of N306.5 per


Consequently, General

Manager, External

Relations of SPDC, Mr. Igo

Weli, has called for

stakeholders’ concerted

efforts to curb the incessant

vandalism of crude oilbearing

pipelines, harping

on the danger of

continuous sabotage to the

people and environment.

Weli, who spoke in Lagos,

yesterday, at a media

workshop on Pipelines

Right of Way

Encroachment and

Vandalism, added that

such efforts were targeted

at curbing pipeline

sabotage as well as save

lives, secure communities

and protect the


He said: “Shell is

concerned that the repeated

sabotage of recently

repaired pipelines exposes

the environment and

people to renewed and

worsening pollution. Oil

theft is focused on short

term fiscal benefits,

ignoring the long-term

effects of environmental


“Since 2017, sabotage

spill rate has risen steeply

and crude oil theft from

SPDC JV’s pipeline

network averaged 11, 000

barrels per day in 2018, an

increase of about 20 percent

over previous year. The

number of sabotage-related

spills increased in 2018 to

111 compared to 62 in 2017

and, since 2012, SPDC has

removed more than 1,160

illegal theft points.”

Also speaking at the

workshop, Shell’s General

Manager, Safety and

Environment, Chidube

Nnene-Anochie, said

irrespective of the cause,

SPDC cleans and

remediates areas impacted

by spills from its facilities.

According to Nnene-

Anochie, “SPDC

implements work

programmes to appraise

condition of, maintain and

replace key sections of

pipelines and flowlines. In

2018, for example, we

installed 70 kilometres of

pipelines and 188

kilometres of flowlines."

Ndokwa/Ukwuani: Indigenes

appeal judgment seeking to

sack Reps member

By Henry Ojelu

FIVE constituents of


Federal Constituency, Delta

State, have told the court to

upturn a Federal High Court

judgment, which dismissed

their suit against a member

of the House of

Representative, Nicholas


The appellants, Uche

Osamezu, Kingsley Oge,

Ifeanyi Okonji, Aghanenu

Monday and Nkechi

Odigidawu, are seeking to

void the Certificate of Return

issued Ossai, following

allegation that he lied in the

Form CF 001 he presented

to Independent National

Electoral Commission,


They had earlier asked the

Federal High Court sitting

in Asaba to disqualify the

lawmaker over allegation that

sometime in 2012, he was

arrested and prosecuted over

alleged complicity in forgery.

The plaintiffs, among

others, urged the court to

order investigation into the

circumstances that led to the

striking out of the charge

against the lawmaker.

Trial judge, Justice

Nnamdi Dimgba, on May

22, dismissed the case,

prompting them to approach

the Court of Appeal.

In their seven grounds of

appeal, the litigants are

contending that the trial

judge erred in law when he

held that the investigative

report of the police, which

was tendered as exhibit D,

could not be equated to an

indictment issued by a

judicial commission of

inquiry or an administrative

panel of inquiry.

They argued that the trial

court failed to appreciate that

the definition of a report of

administrative panel of

inquiry also includes

investigative report of the


According to them, the trial

court disregarded the

definition of indictment as

contained in Section 494(1)

of the Administration of

Criminal Justice Act 2015 to

the effect that indictment

means the filling of

information against a person

in the High Court..

Good governance: Jonathan advocates full

automation of electoral processes in Africa

By Olasunkanmi


FORMER President

Goodluck Jonathan has

stressed the need for the

adoption of full electronic

voting system in African

continent so as to enthrone

credible elections and good


Jonathan in his

presentation at the

International Leadership

Conference, ILC, organised

by Universal Peace

Federation, in

Johannesburg, South-Africa,

noted that as technology

continues to evolve, electoral

processes were being

retooled globally in tune with

the times, saying it explains

why some countries were

adopting electronic voting as

the system of choice.

He spoke on “The Need

for Good Governance and

Peaceful Electioneering

Process in Africa.”

APC govs'll support Buhari’s

economic policies —Obaseki

By Gabriel



Godwin Obaseki of

Edo State has assured that

the Progressive Governors

Forum, PGF, will support

the President Muhammadu

Buhari-led Federal

Government’s economic

policies in sustaining an


environment for investors

and ensure that

governance was brought

closer to the people.

Addressing journalists on

arrival at the Benin airport

yesterday after he was

elected the Deputy

Chairman of PGF in Abuja,

Obaseki said: “As an

association, the PGF is an

arm of All Progressives

Congress, APC, which is

the dominant party. This is

the beginning of a new

administration, but we

have to organise ourselves


“You saw the outcome of

the election of the National

Assembly leadership and

how APC, as a political

party, had to wade in, in

an organised manner to

make sure it produced the

Senate president and

Speaker of both chambers

of the National Assembly

through rancour-free


“APC governors are fully

in support of the president,

who will lead the way, as

Jonathan said: “In

countries where decision is

yet to be taken on full

electronic voting, automation

has taken over some sensitive

aspects of the process, like

in Nigeria where card

readers have already been

deployed to enhance

efficiency of voter registration

and accreditation during the

voting process.

“Despite the fact that some

people are still sceptical

about its reliability, I remain

we ensure that these

policies are implemented in

our various states.

“If you listen to the

president’s democracy day

message, you would hear

his emphasis on the roles

of states to ensure they

create an investmentfriendly

environment to

attract investors, and for

states to make sure that they

are governed properly so

that government policies

can be effectively pursued.

“We the APC states and

APC governors need to set

the example. That is why

our forum will play

significant roles in the next

four years in the life of this


Gridlock as flood cuts off roads in Asaba, submerges DBS

By Festus Ahon



Asaba, the Delta State

capital and its environs,

were yesterday, submerged

by flood, following a down

pour, which lasted for hours.

Parts of Okpanam Road

was taken over by the flood,

causing serious traffic

gridlock as motorists were

forced to drive against traffic.

Also, the road leading to

Junior Staff quarters from

Summit Road was cut off by

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Yemisi Ayeni; Director, Abdu Dantata; and Executive Director, Commercial, Fatima Aliko

Dangote, all of NASCON Allied Industries Plc, at the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the

company, in Lagos, yesterday.

the surging flood.

The premises of Delta

Broadcasting Service, DBS,

Asaba was submerged,

sacking the workers from

their offices. Our

correspondent who was at

the broadcasting station,

reports that some of the staff

were seen at the gate,


However, the contractor

handling the storm

drainage project in Asaba

was seen at the DBS

apparently trying to salvage

the situation. Some workers

of the contracting firm were

also seen at DBS and

Okpanam Road end

studying the problem.

Some of the staff of DBS,

who spoke toVanguard,

lamented that their offices

had been taken over by the

blood. The staff who

pleaded anonymity, said

most of the equipment at the

broadcasting station had

been destroyed by the flood.

Calling on the state

government to expedite

action on the storm

drainage project, they

expressed worry that the

flooding was hindering

their jobs and efficiency of

the station.

The situation was not

different in Ibusa town as the

flood rendered some

residents of Umueze

quarters homeless. One of

the residents, Ogechukwu

Okonkwor who spoke to

newsmen, lamented that

the flood was as a result of a

poor drainage system in the


convinced that full

automation is the way to go

in future elections. I am

optimistic that Africa will

ultimately cue into this


“Since leaving office as

President of Nigeria in 2015,

I have applied myself to

promoting credible,

transparent elections and

peaceful transfer of power on

the continent. Along this

same line my foundation,

The Goodluck Jonathan

Foundation, GJF, also

focuses on efforts toward

consolidating democracy on

the continent as a means of

strengthening our

institutions and stabilising

the continental political

space. This is a commitment

that fits into my personal

philosophy and ideals.

“As technology continues to

evolve, electoral processes

are being retooled globally in

tune with the times. That is

why some countries are

adopting electronic voting as

the system of choice.

“However, I believe that

before we get there, we

should be able to build

political and electoral systems

that should give our people

hope and confidence. When

we establish a credible

system, it will be easier to

deploy technology when the

time eventually comes for full

electronic voting.

“What is obvious is that the

credibility and legitimacy of

electoral processes are, to a

great deal, determined by the

competence, impartiality and

independence of Electoral

Management Bodies,


“For Africa to make more

progress towards building

liberal democracies,

upholding the rule of law,

protecting human rights,

improving human security

and enhancing good

governance, it should first

take deliberate measures to

strengthen the

independence of the electoral

management bodies."

Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019—13

Lalong unveils plans for

second term

By Marie-Therese




Governor, Simon Lalong,

yesterday said his second term in

office would focus on peace,

security and good governance;

physical infrastructural

development and sustainable

economic re-birth to ensure

impactful governance in the state.

The policy thrust for the first

tenure were Peace, Security and

Good Governance, Human

Capital Development and Social

welfare, Agriculture and Rural

Development, Entrepreneurship,

Industrialization as well as

physical infrastructure and

environment .

The Governor unveiled his

“Plateau State in the Next Level:

Policies and Programmes of the

Rescue Team, Phase 2” agenda

during the celebration of the June

12 Democracy Day.

According to him, “We have

deliberately resolved to review

the vision into three policy thrusts

to enable us focus and

concentrate our limited resources

in achieving more service

delivery. In addition, we have

carefully woven all the critical

sectors of the Plateau economy

and society into this three-point

policy direction to ensure that we

lay foundation for sustainable

growth and development for the

future of our dear state.

“In the next four years,

government hopes to consolidate

on the gains of security and peace

building, by focusing on

sustainable peaceful co-existence,

equitable development; inclusive

governance process that takes into

consideration the needs of the

most marginalized, including

women, young people, minorities

and people with disabilities as

well as protecting human rights

through appropriate Institutional

and legal framework.

“Sustain and enhance

necessary support to the security

agencies and boosting the

Operation Rainbow early

warning/crises detection

mechanisms. Ensure the full take

off of the Mobile Police Force

Barracks in Gashish, Barikin Ladi

LGA and in Longvel, Shendam

LGA. Ensure the total return of

all Internally Displaced Persons

(IDPs) to their original places of

abode before the end of the first

year of the administration.

Kano govt to partner NPS

on skills acquisition

By Abdulmumin



Abdullahi Ganduje plans to

partner Nigerian Prison Service,

NPS on skills acquisition

programmes to minimise crimes

rate in the state.

The governor spoke while

receiving participants at the

9th Advanced Command

Course Study Tour to Kano

who paid him a Courtesy visit

at the Government House,


According to him”Kano State

Government has constructed a

multi - billion naira Skills

Acquisition Centre designed

to train our teeming youths on

over 24 skills acquisition

courses which we will partner

Nigerian Prison Service to

promote its activities

“We are partnering you to

train some of your inmates at

the Prison Yard while some

Inmates with minor cases,

under a good supervision, will

be taken directly to the centre

for training after which they

would be issued with

certificates and finally get

employed so that they can

stand on their feet.”

Ganduje, who was

represented by his deputy

Nasiru Gawuna, maintained

that prison inmates were not

only expected to serve their

terms in prison but to be

reformed, trained and strongly

empowered to become

productive after leaving the


“I want you to explore other

economic sites in the state. We

have various infrastructures put

in place, we have embarked on

modernizing our markets to

make them more modern. Our

Mega Kano Economic City is

still on which is a giant project

initiated by this administration

to create more economic

activities” the governor said.

Earlier, leader of the

delegation, the Assistant

Comptroller General NPS,

Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim said

they were in Kano for advanced

command study tour to

witness some of the viable

projects being executed by the

administration of governor

Ganduje especially on prison


PenCom holds pre-retirement

workshop for prospective retirees


Commission, PenCom,

yesterday said it has concluded

plans to hold the 2019 Pre-

Retirement workshops for staff of

Ministries, Departments and

Agencies(MDAs) who are due to

retire between January and

December 2020.

In a statement by Peter

Aghahowa, PenCom’s Head

Corporate Communications,

“The workshop is designed to

educate the prospective retirees

on the modalities for accessing

retirement benefits under the

Contributory Pension

Scheme(CPS) and will hold

between 17 June 2019 and 25

June, 2019 at 15 centres across

the six geo-political zones of the

Federation and FCT.

“The centers scheduled for the

exercise include, Abuja, Lagos,

Kano, Port-Harcourt, Ilorin,

Gombe, Bauchi. Others are

Owerri, Sokoto, Enugu, Lokoja,

Ibadan, Lafia and Benin.”

It added that “intending

Participants are not required to

come with any document and

medically unfit employees are

exempted from the exercise.”

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Chairman, Board of Trustee; Governor Emmanuel Udom; Martha Udom, wife of the

governor; Chief Fadayomi, Trustee, at the 27th graduation ceremony of Atlantic

Hall School, Lagos.

NEDC urges stakeholders to

confront those fuelling North-East

crisis •Commission takes off as PCNI winds down

By Victoria Ojeme &

Omeiza Ajayi


North East Development

Commission, NEDC, Major-

General Paul Tarfa (retd) has

called on stakeholders to up their

games and be fearless in

addressing the security challenge

in the Northeast.

Tarfa spoke at a roundtable

review of the Northeast peace

building initiative in Nigeria

organised by the Institute of

Peace and Conflict Resolution,

IPCR, in Abuja.

He was represented at the

meeting by a Federal

Commissioner representing the

North East in the Commission,

Chief Sabo Kente.

Tarfa said there was need to

fearlessly confront vested

interests that took advantage of

war and crisis in the area.

The Chairman said “As the

stakeholders in the adventure of

the development of mankind, we

must be courageous if we

honestly want to save lives,

stabilise the situation, rebuild

lives and communities for the

future. Then we must

courageously interrogate our

conscience, re-examine our

character and evaluate the

integrity of our intentions. We

must be fearless in confronting

vested interests who are profiteers

and merchants of war, chaos and


“We must re-calibrate our

principles to be consistent with

the fundamental values that

uphold the dignity of humanity.”

According to him, "as

stakeholders in national and

international development for the

advancement of the course of

humanity there is need to

discourage those who dubiously

seek to exploit the vulnerable. We

must be principled toward

deconstructing and confronting

clandestine atrocious intentions

Over 500 job seekers

besiege NASS

By Emma


ABUJA—NO fewer than

500 Nigerians, yesterday

besieged the National

Assembly Complex seeking

employment as aides to

lawmakers after the

inauguration of the ninth

Assembly on Tuesday.

The job seekers took over the

entire lobby in the White

House of the Assembly

Complex at about 11.45am.

Recall that each lawmaker in

both chambers is entitled to

five parliamentary aides while

principal officers get more

than the mandatory five.

469 legislators in both

legislative chambers are

expected to employ 2345 aides

to work with them for the next

four years.

In 2011, immediately the

Assembly was inaugurated

more than 4000 job seekers

took over the lobby but because

of tight security arrangement

only those with contacts were

allowed into the complex this

time around.

Also, in 2015 more than 6000

job seekers took over NASS


A civil servant who spoke to

Vanguard on condition of

anonymity said” it’s a ritual

we see every four years and

in some rare cases some might

get jobs.

‘But in most cases the

lawmakers pay them peanuts

as they employ them as adhoc


“The salary of a Legislative

Aide is N150,000.00 but they

pay them N60,000.00 while the

name that is sent to the

National Assembly Civil

Service Commission, NACSC

is that of family members.

of some development actors who

dubiously seek to always exploit

the weak and vulnerable for

selfish gains.”

The Director-General, IPCR,

Prof. Bakut T. Bakut, said among

others, “there is therefore need

to engage multilateral peacebuilding

efforts to combat

radicalisation, ethno-religious

tendencies to help the Northeast

Development Commission

achieve its objectives."

Meanwhile, the Presidential

Committee on North East

Initiative, PCNI, yesterday

wound down its operations to

allow for a successful take off of

the NEDC

At an operational briefing in

Abuja to appraise the new

management of the NEDC of its

activities, PCNI Vice Chairman,

Tijani Tumsah, who received the

NEDC team, said the presidential

initiative began in November

2016 following the wave of

insecurity in the north east with

all its attendant destruction of

infrastructure and displacement

of the local population.

According to him, the

presidential order gave the

PCNI the mandate to serve as

a primary national

coordination and advisory

body for humanitarian,

transformation, and

developmental efforts in the

zone, and to achieve peace,

stability, socio-economic

rehabilitation, reconstruction

and long-term sustainable

development of the area.

On his part, Chairman of

NEDC, thanked the PCNI led

by Lt. Gen. T. Y. Danjuma

(retd) for doing a good job to

address the challenges facing

the people of the north east


Tarfa said the new

commission would pick the

gauntlet and continue from

where the PCNI stopped its

activities, saying “But don’t

forget that we are a

commission. So, we are also

working on a master plan for

which we are established.

Wherever they have stopped,

we continue.”

14 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

INEC to engage NASS leadership

on Electoral Act Amendment

By Omeiza Ajayi


future elections in

Nigeria, the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

said it will engage the

leadership of the 9th

National Assembly to

strengthen the legal

framework of the nation’s

electoral system.

INEC, which is currently

doing a postmortem of the

2019 general elections,

expressed optimism that the

review will be concluded in

the next two months.

Speaking yesterday in

Abuja when he received

the Special Representative

of the United Nations

Secretary, General for West

Africa and the Sahel,

Mohamed Ibn Chambas,

INEC Chairman, Prof.

Mahmood Yakubu,

regretted that a new legal

framework could not be


Progressives Party,

YPP, has called for the

immediate empowerment

of internally displaced

persons, IDP, across the

country by making them

productive by utilising their

various skill sets.

YPP Chairman, Comrade

Bishop Amakiri, who made

this call during a relief visit

to the Kuchigoro IDP camp

in Abuja, to mark the

second anniversary of the

party, stated that it does not

make economic sense to

allow them sit idly at the

camps, instead of allowing

them contribute contribute

to the economic growth of

the society and the country.

Amakiri appealed to the

Federal Government,

political parties and

politicians in the country to

support the IDPs to ensure

that they (IDPs) not only

get shelter but also be made

productive in the society.

He said, “Honestly

speaking, I think the

functions of political parties

should not be restricted to

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developed before the last

general elections.

He said: “We look

forward to any suggestions

that you may have for

improving the electoral

process in Nigeria as we

prepare for future elections.

In particular, we need to

focus attention on the

electoral legal framework

among several areas of

reform. Indeed, long

before the 2019 general

elections, the commission

submitted detailed

proposals for the

amendment of our electoral

laws in the light of our

experience from the 2015

general elections and

numerous off-season


“I want to assure

Nigerians that, as always,

we will start early. We hope

to conclude the ongoing

review of the 2019 general

elections in the next two


Empower IDPs, YPP tells FG

The menace of Fulani

herdsmen is still

reverberating, following the

death and burial of Pa

Uzemembhoya Anslem

Ehizibue at Matori Cemetery

in Lagos on May 31, 2019

because the family, which has

since fled their ancestral home

in Otukpo, Benue State, could

not take the remains of their

father home to rejoin his


The genesis of the trouble

dates back to June 17, 2014,

when the deceased’s children,

Everistus, Collins and Blessed

were attacked by Fulani

herdsmen on their father’s

farm at Otobi in Otukpo Local

Government Area of Benue

State. Their offence was

daring to protest the

destruction of their crops by

the cows of the herdsmen.

During the ensuing quarrel,

the herdsmen attacked the trio

with machetes. As the brothers

electioneering season

alone and I believe that

going forward, today

indeed marks the second

anniversary of the YPP and

we want to use this to

declare nationwide a YPP

day, where we begin to

reach out to communities

because we preach service

to humanity and we believe

that places like IDP camps

and the less privilege

should be the areas of


“We have to come and

identify with our fellow

citizen who has found

themselves in this kind of

predicament. I pray that

this government would

come to the aid of this

people, not just providing

means of shelter but also

touching their lives to

become productive in the

society. And that is our

intention going forward.”



explained that politics

was of different vision,

adding that the vision of

the YPP was to serve





I’m happy UN appreciates my fight

against corruption, poverty — BUHARI

By Johnbosco



B U J A —


Muhammadu Buhari,

yesterday expressed

happiness that the effort of

his administration against

corruption and poverty in

the country was

acknowledged and

appreciated by the United

Nations, UN.

The President also

expressed Nigeria’s

commitment to stabilising

the West-African subregion

within available


Speaking during an

audience with Mohammad

Ibn Chambas, United

Nations Special

Representative of the

Secretary-General for West

Africa and the Sahel, at the

State House, Abuja, the

President said he was

pleased that the United

Nations appreciated his

administration’s focus on

fighting corruption, poverty

and ensuring regional


President Buhari in a

statement by his Special

Adviser on Media and

Publicity, Chief Femi

Adesina, also restated his

belief that peaceful

relations with Nigeria’s

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young & Godwin



Workers Union of

Nigeria, MWUN, has

issued a 14-day ultimatum

to the Federal Government

to compel the International

Oil Companies, IOCs, to

pay over one year

outstanding wages to

Dockworkers among other

issues, or face industrial


The union asked the

Federal Ministry of

Transportation to within two

weeks ensure the payment

of all the outstanding wages

Benue family buries father in Lagos

fled, they caught up with

Blessed and butchered him

while others pursued

Everistus and Collins. They

succeeded in stabbing

Everistus while Collins

managed to escape to seek for


According to the victims, the

herdsmen said that the

farmland and, as a matter of

fact, the entire Nigeria

belonged to them. So, nobody

had the right to drive away

their animals from any farm

they chose to graze on.

Blessed died before help

could come while the

villagers took Everistus to

General Hospital, Otukpo.

The youths of the

community decided that it

was time to defend

themselves since the Federal

Government, which was

supposed to protect their

lives and properties had

failed them. In the process of

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Ola-Makinde; Pro Chancellor, Dr. Bayo Adegoke; Chairman, Board of Trustees,

General Oladayo Popoola; Chancellor, Bishop Wale Oke presenting a portrait to

Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State during a visit by the Governing Board of Precious

Cornerstone University, Ibadan to the governor yesterday. Photo: Dare Fasube.

neighbours remained

imperative in confronting

terrorism and insurgency.

Chambas, who

represented the UN

Secretary-General, Antonio

Guterres at the Democracy

Day celebration, said the

UN boss extended his

personal admiration for

President Buhari’s

integrity and quality as a

statesman especially, in

fighting corruption and




He said the UN

appreciated the Nigerian

leader’s commitment to

tackling poverty, terrorism,

insurgency and recharging

the Lake Chad.

While pledging UN

continued technical

support to the Independent

National Electoral

Commission (INEC)

towards the next general

elections, Chambas also

expressed the UN’s delight

that Nigeria’s Permanent

Representative to the UN,

Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-

Bande, was elected the

President of the 74thUN

General Assembly.

He described Prof.

Muhammad-Bande as

“highly regarded by his

peers in New York,”

adding that “We will

ensure his tenure is a

success. We have no doubt

that he will be a pride to

Nigeria and Africa.”

Labour threatens to shut nation’s ports over unpaid wages by IOCs

the confrontation, one of the

Fulani herdsmen and some

animals died, as others

escaped. However, the

herdsmen vowed to wipe out

the community, especially

Pa Ehizibue’s family

because of the death of one

of them.

Though the police later

restored peace to the area,

the threat of wiping out the

family by the herdsmen

made the children of

Pa Ehizibue to relocate to

Lagos where Collins leased

a parcel of land for farming.

This, however, achieved

virtually nothing, as the old

man received several threats

from the herdsmen in Otobi,

in Otukpo, concerning his

family. The herdsmen told

him that his family would

never escape until they

avenge the death of their

brother and animals.

Pa Ehizibue warned his

and address all other

related issues, failing

which the nation’s ports

would be shut down until

its demands are met.

However, efforts to get

comments from some of the

OICs such as Total, Shell

and ExxonMobil were

unsuccessful as they

promised to call back.

But at the time of filling

this report, nothing came

from them.

Meantime, MWUN in a

statement by its President-

General and Secretary

General, Prince Adewale

Adeyanju and Felix

Akingboye, respectively,

said it could no longer

children to be very careful

because of the threat. Sadly,

on the 16th of July, 2016,

Collins and his two labourers

were found murdered in his

make-shift farmhouse. This

was suspected to have a link

to the 2014 confrontation

with herdsmen. On May 5,

this year, Pa Ehizibue was

attacked by the herdsmen on

his farm in Otobi but was

saved by other farmers, who

raised alarm for help. The

attackers ran away. The old

man was rushed to the

general hospital, Otukpo.

When he was discharged,

his family members, who

were still taking refuge in

Lagos, following the threats

to their lives, brought him

to Lagos to recuperate.

Unfortunately, he died and

was buried on May 31, 2019

at Matori cemetery in

Lagos, away from his

ancestral home.

Austin Adole

watch while members die

prematurely and suffer

humiliation of not being able

to meet basic necessities

such as house rents, school

fees, medical bills among


The statement read in part

“we want to intimate you

and the Federal

Government of the nonpayment

of the stevedoring

wages to dockworkers by the

International Oil

Companies, IOCs,

operating in Nigeria. We are

aware that on June 1, 2018,

the NPA appointment

stevedoring contractors to

provide stevedoring

services at various off-shore

jetties and on-shore

locations to the International

Oil Services and other

operators. It will be

necessary to inform you that

NPA had held several

Punish those who annulled June

12, PFN tells Buhari

By Sam Eyoboka



Fellowship of

Nigeria, PFN, yesterday

hailed President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

administration for the bold

steps it had taken to correct

the injustice of the

annulment of the most

credible election in the

nation’s history by

recognising June 12 as

Nigeria’s Democracy Day

and immortalising the

acclaimed winner of the

1993 elections, Late Chief

MKO Abiola.

PFN president, Rev. Felix

Omobude, who spoke for

meetings with these

operators to grant access to

the government appointed

stevedoring contractors,

process their invoices and

effect payment,

unfortunately, the operators

have refused to comply

with the NPA directive after

one year that the

stevedoring contractors

were appointed.

“In fact, we recall the

stakeholders meeting held

on February 28, 2018,

organised by the NPA at

Victoria Island, Lagos, to

sensitise stakeholders i.e

IOCs, Jetty Owners and

Terminal Owners, that the

NPA appointed stevedores

and registered dockworkers

are empowered by law to

solely handle discharged

and loading operations at

the ports, jetties and oil


the group, described

correcting the injustice done

to MKO Abiola as a prerequisite

for peace and

unity, arguing however, that

the healing process would

only be completed if

government could sum up

the courage to bring those

who annulled the election

to justice.

Reacting to the President’s

declaration, the PFN leader

said: “There can only be

proper atonement if the

perpetrators of the

annulment, living or dead,

as in the case of Abiola and

Fawehinmi, should

similarly be brought to


Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019—15

Expectations from me’re weighty


By Chinonso Alozie


Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State yesterday, said expectations

from him are very “weighty.”

Ihedioha spoke while swearing

into office some of his appointees

at Imo Government House,

Owerri, including the Attorney

General, Ndukwe Azioma

Nnawuchi(SAN); Special

Advisers: Media, Steve Osuji;

Legislative Matters, Nnaemeka

By Chimaobi


NNEWI—THE Church of

Nigeria (Anglican

Communion), Diocese on the

Niger, has said the level of

corruption, the rate of bloodshed,

economic quagmire and

hardship, being recorded in the

present administration has never

been witnessed in the country.

It attributed the vices to the

presence of stubborn and dumb

demon that is at work, which can

only be cast out if Nigerians,

irrespective of religion or social

affiliations, in unity of purpose,

agree to work against it.

Speaking through the Bishop,

Diocese on the Niger, Rt. Rev.

Owen Nwokolo, during the

Diocese on the Niger, House of

Laity, installation of Patrons and

Grand Patron at St Philips

Anglican Church, Ogidi, the

church said: “The demon

working in Nigeria and against

Nigerians is the stubborn type

that does not talk.

“It is the dumb type of demon,

Nmaduagwu; Security, Raymond

Nkemdiri; Local Government and

Chieftaincy Affairs, Mayor

Chukwudi Eze; Technical Adviser,

Paschal Umunakwe, among


Ihedioha said: “We have

assembled men embodied with

professionalism and in doing this,

we intend to run an inclusive

system of governance and make

sure that we deliver on our

agenda of rebuilding Imo.

“We demand accountability and

very dangerous. When you see

what is happening in Nigeria

today, you know that the devil is

working with the stubborn and

dumb demon.

“But as men and women who

have the light of Christ, nobody

should blame each other because

no one is even sure if the same

dumb demon resides in him or

her. We need to do something as

people of God. We must cast out

the stubborn demon in our midst.”

Also speaking, one of the

recipients of the House of Laity

Patrons and an All Progressives

Congress, APC, senatorial

due diligence from the

appointees. We expect that we all

will put in our best, relating with

critical stakeholders to make sure

that we move our state forward.

Today, we are witnessing a

departure from the past.

“We shall speak truth to

powers and we shall step on

toes. We will not do it

deliberately. We shall do it

because we want to right the


“We know that the weight of

expectations is so much and we

will do our best. We encourage

the media not to accept any

attempt to de-market our state.

candidate for the Anambra

Central senatorial zone in the last

general election, Chief Sylvester

Okonkwo, said Nigerians must

accept the responsibility to make

the country better.

Some of the 25 recipients of

patrons and grand patron awards

were: the Chief Judge of

Anambra State, Justice Ijem

Onwuamaegbu; the immediate

past member who represented

Idemili North and South Federal

Constituency, Obinna Chidoka;

traditional ruler of Umunya, Oyi

Local Government Area, Igwe

Chris Onyekwuluje; former

President-General Ohanaeze

Ndigbo, Professor Philip Atanmo

“Our agenda is to rebuild Imo

based on openness, due

process, transparency as well as

to have alternative dispute

resolution for the state. We

believe with your superlative

knowledge, we will get there.”

On judiciary, he said: “I am

confident that your appointment

will herald a new era in the

judiciary system of Imo State.

“Possession of alternative tools

for alternative dispute resolution

is expected of the law officers in

the 21st century.

“Synergy will be identified and

the problems to move the justice

system forward will be achieved.”

INSPECTION:Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (2nd left); his former Special Adviser on Diaspora

and Special Projects, Mrs. Olangwa Ezekwu (left); Managing Director of K-TON Building Wave Nigeria Ltd.,

Engr. Oladayo Kolawole (right) and a private developer, John Onyechi, during the governor’s inspection tour

of ongoing construction work at the Diaspora Gardens Estate, Enugu, sponsored by the Office of Diaspora and

Special Projects, Enugu State Government, in collaboration with Olsommic Dwellers, yesterday.

Anglican Communion bemoans ‘high level el corruption,

bloodshed’ in Nigeria

By Vincent Ujumadu


Obiano of Anambra State,

yesterday, called on traditional

rulers in the South-East to take

action against the Osu caste

system in the region.

Addressing the royal fathers,

who began a two-day seminar in

Awka, Obiano observed that

although some communities in the

zone had eradicated the Osu caste

system, others were still

practicing it.

The governor, who frowned at

the discrimination associated with

the system, also expressed worry

over the rate of cultism among

youths and challenged the

traditional rulers to use their

influence at the grassroots level

and chairman, Dozzy Group of

Companies, Chief Dan

Chukwudozie, who was the only

person conferred with the Grand

Patron award.

Others are Anambra State

Commissioner for Transport,

Uchenna Okafor; Senior Special

Assistant to Governor Willie

Obiano on Financial Institutions,

Mr. Ernest Adinweruka;

Professor Edna Chukwurah and

many others.

Bishop Nwokolo, earlier in the

sermon, described their

installation as a call for service,

adding that it is the responsibility

of the Laity to represent God


to fashion strategies towards

dealing with the issue.

He listed the health insurance

scheme introduced in the state by

his administration to improve their

lives and the N20 million Choose

-Your-Project as efforts to improve

the welfare of the people.

According to him, the Choose-

Your-Project scheme is already on

its third phase, adding that most


agents arrest

122 IPOB

members in

Akwa Ibom

By Emma Amaize,

Regional Editor,

South-South; Harris

Emmanuel &

Chioma Onuegbu

ASABA—THE Indigenous

People of Biafra, IPoB,

said yesterday, that a

combined force of the Police,

Army and Department of State

Services, DSS, swooped

on a peaceful gathering of its

members in Akwa Ibom State

on June 12 and arrested over

122 unarmed citizens,

including a three-year-old


Media and Publicity

Secretary of the

group, Emma Powerful, in a

statement, said information

available to the group indicate

that security agents were

torturing the IPoB members.

He added: “We further

gathered that they have

perfected plans to start houseto-house

search against

anybody suspected to be a

sympathiser or IPoB member

in Akwa Ibom State.

“Those selected from the

arrested members are

undergoing serious and

severe torture.

“It is pathetic that Nigerian

security forces, which cannot

afford to stop or curtail

herdsmen and Boko Haram

terrorists are only strong in

abducting IPoB members,

who come out to demand for


However, Akwa Ibom State

Police Command has

described the allegations as


Police Public Relations

Officer, Superintendent

MacDon Ogbechie, said the

Police only arrested 20

members of the organisation at

Essien Udim Local

Government Area of the state

with their insignia and that

they were immediately taken

to Ikot Ekpene Area

Command, where they were

transferred to the Police

Headquarters at Ikot

Akpanabia for what he

described as discreet

investigation to ascertain their


Obiano renews call for abolition of Osu caste system

communities in Anambra State

were happy with it.

Speaking, chairman, Anambra

State Traditional Rulers Council

and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred

Achebe, said the seminar would

afford the traditional rulers the

opportunity to discuss and

evaluate issues of critical

importance to the entire eastern


16—Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

A W A R D :

Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa of Delta

State (right)

receiving the Award

of Football Friendly

Governor of the Year

2018, from NFF

President, Amaju

Pinnick, at

Government House,

Asaba, Wednesday.

NDDC Board: It's turn of Delta to produce

Chairman, MD, stakeholders insist

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—A coalition of

activists and

stakeholders drawn from

the nine states that make up

the Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, yesterday insisted

that it was the turn of Delta

State to produce both the

Chairman and Managing

Director of the next Board

of the commission.

Speaking to newsmen

after a meeting of the group

in Port-Harcourt where the

headquarters of the NDDC

is located, one of the

conveners of the meeting,

Mr Youkori Gibson held

Okowa's NNF pitch award, reward for visionary

leadership, good governance —Oghenesivbe

By Elizabeth


ASABA—A chieftain of

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, Dr Fred

Oghenesivbe, has

congratulated the

Executive Governor of Delta

State, Senator Ifeanyi

Okowa, over the

prestigious "Football

Friendly Governor of the

Year 2018 Award" presented

to him by the Nigerian

Football Federation, NFF,

President, Amaju Pinnick at

Government House Asaba,

on Wednesday June 12,


Oghenesivbe in a

statement said the NFF

Award is timely, well

deserved and obviously

testified to the numerous

strategic and result oriented

efforts made by Gov

Okowa, during his first

tenure to showcase Delta

State to the world in sports

and youths development.

He noted that prior to the

governor's assumption of

office on May 29, 2015, the

state suffered embarrassing

huge infrastructure deficit

in sports development but

that the proactive steps

taken by Gov Okowa

backed by uncommon

political willpower and

that the NDDC Act 2000

made it explicit on how

appointments into the

Board are to be made.

Youkori, a leader of the All

Progressive Congress, APC

in Delta State quoted the

relevant portions of the

NDDC Act 2000 to support

his claim thus, saying;

“there shall be for the

Commission, a Managing

Director and two Executive

Directors who shall be

indigenes of oil producing

areas starting with the

member states of the

Commission with the

highest production

quantum of oil and shall

adequate funding changed

the narrative within the

scope of four years and still


Oghenesivbe, a pioneer

Executive Assistant to Gov

Okowa on Communications

during his first tenure disclosed

that the construction and

commissioning of Stephen Keshi

International Stadium was one

of the star projects which got the

governor's political detractors

heartbroken because of their

initial claim that it would end up

as an elephant project and a

financial drainage pipe without a

Esogan of Benin, BNC laud, task new

NASS leadership

By Alemma Aliu


Esogban of Benin

Kingdom, Chief David

Edebiri and the Benin

National Congress, BNC,

yesterday lauded the

emergence of the new

leadership of the Senate and

House of Representatives led by

Senator Ahmed Lawan and

Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila

saying it was an example

of party discipline and that they

must compliment the people

oriented programmes of President

Muhammadu Buhari.

Edebiri in a chat with journalists

yesterday also congratulated the

rotate among member

states in order of


Quoting another

segment of the Act, he said;

“The office of the Chairman

shall rotate amongst

member states of the

Commission in the

following order: Abia, Akwa

Ibom, Cross River, Delta,

Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers


While condemning in strong

terms the report credited to one

Chief Perekeme Kpodoh from

Bayelsa State faulting the claim

of Delta State to the two positions,

the stakeholders took a swipe at

Kpodoh, saying there was

corresponding result.

He said, our governor got it

right, completed Stephen Keshi

stadium within a projected time

frame as stated in the contractual

legal terms; and immediately

hosted the 21st African Senior

Athletic Competition which

brought the entire African

continent to Asaba. In addition

to that, Delta came tops in

several sports competition and

hosted four FIFA soccer

engagements, all in a roll of short


President of NFF and 1st

President of Confederation of

National Chairman of the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

“under whose leadership some

form of discipline have now been

established in the party.

“This was what was not present

to checkmate two members of the

APC in the 8th assembly who

conspired to lay an ambush on

the Buhari’s administration of

2015 which almost made it

impossible for that administration

to function effectively. I call on

party people to be loyal to their

party because we the voters especially

we the non partisan voters

came out on election day to

vote for the party.

contradiction in his ( Kpodoh)

statement acknowledging that it

was actually the turn of Delta

State to produce the occupants

of both positions.

Faulting Kpodoh's request that

the present Managing Director

who is from Kpodoh’s Bayelsa

State should be allowed to

continue, they accused Kpodoh

of “primitive nepotism.”

To this end, they called on

President Muhammadu Buhari

to follow due process and the law

to let Delta State produce the

occupants of both offices as

enshrined in the NDDC Act 2000

in order to promote equity,

fairness and justice and sustain

the current peace in the region.

African Football, CAF, Amaju

Melvin Pinnick while presenting

the award noted that Gov Okowa

and his administration hosted

several activities of the NFF

which included four matches as

follows; Super Eagles vs Uganda

in November 2018, vs Seychelles

in March 2019, vs Egypt in March

2019, vs Zimbabwe in June 2019,

one match of the U23 National

Team, vs Libya in March 2019,

Delta hosted the Annual

General Assembly of the NFF in

October 2018 and a pre-

Extraordinary General Assembly

of NFF in August 2018.

“I also congratulate Governor

Godwin Obaseki on his election

as the Vice Chairman of the

Progressives Governors Forum.

It is a sign of many good things to

come to the state if there is peace

and unity.”

On its part, the BNC in a

statement by its President,

Aiyamenkue Edokpolo said the

Lawan/Gbajabiamila alliance in

the National Assembly would

heal old wounds:

It said: "After four years of being

in limbo, not because there

weren't qualified, but based on

remote circumstances; we have

no doubt whatsoever that they

must master the art of strategic

communication and confidence


Zambian President threatens

to fine miners who break law

Zambia will fine and break ties with mining

firms that fail to operate according to the

southern African country’s laws, President Edgar

Lungu said on Thursday, escalating a dispute

with India-listed Vedanta.

Vedanta is fighting Zambia’s decision last

month to name a provisional liquidator to run its

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) business and is

seeking international arbitration.Zambia,

Africa’s second-largest copper producer, says

KCM has breached the terms of its licence.

The dispute between Vedanta and the Zambian

government has intensified concerns among

international miners about rising resource

nationalism in Africa.

IMF approves disbursement

of $248.15mn under Angola’s

credit facility

The International Monetary Fund, IMF said its

board had completed the first review under

Angola’s extended arrangement and approved a

disbursement of $248.15 million, taking the total

of such payments to about $1.24 billion.

“The Angolan authorities have demonstrated

strong commitment to policies under the Fundsupported

program,” the IMF’s first deputy

managing director and acting chair, David Lipton,

said in a statement.

“However, a weakened external environment,

notably the heightened volatility in the

international price of crude oil, is posing

challenges to their reform efforts.”

Firm seeks $9 bn Nigerian asset

seizure over unpaid gas project



firm incorporated in the British Virgin

Islands will ask a British court on Friday for

the right to seize up to $9 billion of Nigerian

government assets some 20% of the oil-rich

nation’s foreign reserves - over an aborted gas


The case highlights a risk to Nigeria’s foreign

assets, potentially clouding its appeal to some

investors.The request is part of a long-running

saga over a 2010 deal in which the Nigerian

government agreed to supply gas to a processing

plant in Calabar

A little-known firm founded by two Irish

business men specifically for the project - would

build and run.When the deal went south, P&ID

won a $6.6 billion award at arbitration, based on

what it could have earned during the 20-year

agreement. It now says the total owed has

ballooned to $9 billon because of interest accrued

since 2013 .

Nigeria has tried to nullify the award, saying it


European refiners refuse price offering

for lighter Nigerian grade

European refiners continue to largely refuse

price offering for lighter Nigerian grades,

with Bonny Light and Qua Iboe being offered for

around $2.50.

own at least $1.50 from price offerings at the

beginning of the month, the two major grades still

appear to be ill-suited for Europe due to poor gasoline


Meanwhile, cargoes of Angolan crude oil for July

loading picked up on Thursday due to sharp discounts

and increased Chinese interest, though it appeared

unlikely they would sell out before the August

programme emerges early nect week.As few as 6

cargoes of Angolan crude remain for July loading,

putting it on track for the first overhang of 2019 as

August-loading programmes are expected on Monday.

All stories credited to Reuters

Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 — 17

THE world is full of manmade

tragedies and

avoidable difficulties that are

caused by evil or selfish

people; and there are times

when searing despair about

the human condition almost

overwhelms me.

But every cloud has a silver

lining and the flipside of the

dark side is members of the

human race whose essential

decency cheers me up and

delivers a sense of hope that

makes life worth living.

Sometimes, the good things

that good people do seem

minor or routine. But

goodness uplifts spiritually

and is never irrelevant, even

when the uplift is subtle or

invisible. A handful of


Miguel and Carol

I was recently invited to the

European Union, EU,

delegation’s annual party in

Abuja. It was a typical

diplomatic “do” at which

professionals and other

regular folks from Nigeria and

many other countries mingled

with VIPs from Nigeria and

many other countries.

Change and


I went to the party with two

treasured old chums, Miguel

Cabrera and Carol Cowl

Cabrera - a delightful Anglo-

Spanish couple I’ve known for

20 years and would like to

briefly pause to salute.

I met Miguel and Carol

when, hungry for change and

adventure, my English

journalist husband Dominic

and I sold our UK residence

and moved to the Federal

capital with our toddler son,

Oliver, in 1999. Oliver became

a pupil at Abuja’s American

International School,

alongside the delightful

Cabrera offspring, Carlotta

and Gabriela.

The children instantly

bonded and established firm

Small tributes

friendships that have survived

into their adulthoods (all three

are now in their twenties).

But, sadly, our marriage didn’t

survive the multiple stresses

and chronic disappointments

that Dominic and I

encountered in Nigeria.

Instead of pulling together

as challenges loomed, we

grew apart; and he wound up

returning to London, leaving

me and Oliver behind. Carol

(an inspired homemaker) and

Miguel (a hugely talented

professional landscaper) were

pillars of emotional support

when I became a bereft,

floundering nervous wreck of

a single mother.

They were key members of a

social circle that helped me

recover from marital collapse

and everything that goes with

it - loneliness, financial

anxiety, etc; and I’ve spent so

many happy hours and days

in their spectacularly stylish

home atop a verdant valley in


Alhaji Shittu

Anyway, after we’d

circulated and exchanged

pleasantries with various

fellow guests at the EU party,

Carol and I started to feel very

tired and decided to find

somewhere to sit down and

chill. But we couldn’t find any

vacant seats. So, I decided to

at least try to guilt-trip the

nearest two comfortablyseated

men into standing up

for us ladies; and I marched

up to a duo who were chatting

to each other and cheekily

asked them to please stand up

for me and Carol.

Smiling, they both jumped

up like perfect gentlemen and

offered us their seats and

asked us if they could get us

drinks or snacks. Then I

noticed that a police officer

was hovering close to one of

them. Then I suddenly

recognised him as someone

whose photograph I’d seen in

newspapers: Abdur-Raheem

Adebayo Shittu, the Minister

The rulers of Dubai

have delivered

speedy development

and shiny

sophistication; they

have transformed an


Arabian outpost into

a buzzing, pristine,

safe business and

tourism hub

of Communications and Oyo

State representative in

Buhari’s Cabinet.

When I asked him if I’d

identified him correctly, he

looked diffident and

somewhat embarrassed and

made light of his lofty status.

Considering that Shittu, a

barrister, became the

youngest-ever member of the

Oyo State House of Assembly

at the tender age of 26 and

was subsequently appointed

Attorney-General and is the

author of no less than 13

books, he has plenty to boast


But instead of strutting

around arrogantly like the

many toxic empty vessels who

pollute the Naija political

landscape, Alhaji Shittu was

so charmingly modest and I

hope that Mr President rehires


The Asikas, Ejiogus

and Pax Harrys

When I was down and

hurtling towards a divorce I

didn’t want and struggling to

avoid humiliation and

poverty, my late, great,

beloved, fabulous, fun and

unforgettable Auntie, Mrs.

Chinyere Asika, nee Ejiogu

put a roof over my head and

helped me take care of Oliver.

Last weekend, her

namesake, Data Chinyere Pax-

Harry, the beautiful daughter

of Auntie Chinyere’s beautiful

younger sister, Mrs. Obii

Ejiogu Pax Harry, got married

in Dubai. And I was there. I

don’t usually indulge in major

extravagances like attending

“destination” weddings in

overseas territories.

But I feel like an honorary

member of the Ejiogu/Asika

clan - which, by the way,

includes Mrs. Kema Chikwe,

a former Minister and another

of Auntie Chinyere’s beautiful

younger sisters.

Furthermore, I also happen

to be close to Dr. Pax Harry,

the distinguished father of the

bride. He is, like me, from

Rivers State; and he’s my

brother; and he’s smart and

extremely decent - a

consummate Kalabari

professional who possesses

tonnes of integrity.

I hail Pax and Obii for

sending their daughter off so

well. As for Dubai, I’d never

been there before beyond

briefly transiting through its

airport. And while I must

confess to a preference for

cities that are more steeped in

History and Culture, I was

massively impressed by the

sheer cleanliness and

modernity of the place.

The rulers of Dubai have

delivered speedy

development and shiny

sophistication. They have

transformed an unremarkable

Arabian outpost into a

buzzing, pristine, safe

business and tourism hub.

What on earth is wrong with

Nigerian rulers?

Why can’t they achieve even

one tenth of what their Emirati

counterparts have achieved?

Nigerians are always insulting

Indians. But even India is

better than Nigeria!

Why can’t the Nigerian

ruling class cope with basic

tasks like providing us with

round-the-clock electricity?



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18 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

The snowballing crisis in Sudan

THE Sudanese political crisis is

gradually acquiring a worrisome

dimension, with body count piling up

in large numbers.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019,

paramilitary squads, notably the neo-

Janjaweed Rapid Support Forces, RSF,

trying to quell protests that continued

even after the ousting of President

Omar Al Bashir’s 30-year regime,

opened fire directly on the protesters.

Opposition sources claimed over 100

people were killed, while government

counter-claimed it was 46 bodies that

were pulled out of the River Nile.

This followed the breakdown of talks

between the organisers of the protests,

Alliance for Freedom and Change,

AFC and the Lt-Gen. Abdel Fattah-led

Transitional Military Council, TMC,

which suddenly threw out the

preliminary agreement to set up an

inclusive transitional government to

run the country for three years before

handing over to a democraticallyelected

government. The TMC had

suddenly opted to call elections within

three months.

The protesters intensified their

demands because they fear that

allowing the military to call an election

so soon will enable remnants of the Al

Bashir regime return to power and thus

thwart the Sudan people’s democratic


The increased brutality by the TMC

towards the people has drawn stiff

criticisms from the US and UK

governments who warned that officials

linked to the atrocities “will be held

accountable”. However, no African

country or regional group such as the

African Union, AU, has raised any

serious voice as the Sudan military

takes on unarmed civilians with deadly


There are fears that if the military

succeeds in reinstalling a dictatorship

in Sudan, power might fall into the

hands of Darfur warlord, General

Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (alias

“Hemeti”), a former loyalist of Al

Bashir who is also the Vice Chairman

of the TMC. That would return Sudan

to square one.

The bigger and wider implication of

the unfolding Sudan conflict is that, as

is characteristic of similar events, the

main belligerents of the Middle East -

Saudi Arabia (with Egypt and the

United Arab Emirates, UAE, in tow) are

already supporting the TMC. Saudi’s

arch-rivals - Iran and the Houthi of

Yemen are also supporting elements of

the protesters who might increasingly

turn to armed struggle.

Beyond all these, the Sudan conflict

has additional implications for

Nigeria’s security. The country shares

a lot of geographical, cultural and

political links with Northern Nigeria.

In fact, the Northern political elite takes

a lot of inspiration from Sudanese

political experiments for replication in


Secondly, it could worsen the flow of

illicit arms and ammunition, and

strengthen armed groups in the North

such as Boko Haram, herdsmen and

the “bandits”.

Nigeria must, therefore, do

everything in its power to help ensure

the earliest return of peace and stability

to Sudan.


Democracy: Beyond symbolism and drama

By Charles Onunaiju

WHATEVER informs the

designation of a particular day as

“democracy day,” the fact remains that

no single event no matter how watershed,

epic, epochal or even significantly

milestone could be sufficiently democratic

to guarantee democracy.

No outline of single electoral process,

no matter how credible, free and fair can

ultimately qualify as the final product of

democracy and, therefore, its guarantor

and quintessences.

After all, the most notorious fascist

dictatorship that the world has ever known

was foisted after the outcome of a credible

free and fair election that brought the Nazi

nationalist party of Adolf Hitler to power,

in the early 1930s in Germany.

While a certain event can be pivotal in

the democratisation project, none actually

qualifies to be canonized as ultimately

representative of democracy. June 12 in

1993, the day of the military organized

election featuring two handpicked

candidates of military-arranged and

highly restricted two-party contest was

nonetheless significant for popular

enthusiasm and participation, despite

obvious and evident handicaps.

The presumed winner of the election,

Chief M. K. O. Abiola, held on to the

annulled results of the election, leading

to his confrontation with the military

authorities that eventually led to his long

incarceration and subsequent death. While

his firm commitment to hold on to the

outcome of the election as expressed by

Nigerians who voted in the election, is

admirable, the implication of defending

and standing up, in the protection of one

single electoral outcome cannot be

stretched to the breaking point of being

democratic epistle despite being

politically significant.

Though, critically pivotal in opening the

democratic space, sustaining and

widening the space can only come from

the act of eternal political vigilance by

the mass of the people. The democratic

process is a long journey characterized by

twists and turns, and while its core values

of credible, free and fair electoral process

at least in the context of political

liberalism is constant, its outcomes may

sometimes spell a setback for the


As democracy is not any definitive event,

it is perpetually transitional and

transformational, at constant flux and

growing qualitatively in the renovation

and reforms of institutions through which

democracy delivers measurable tangibles.

The formal institutions of the democratic

process can only justify its existence by

transforming to substantive mechanism

for efficient service delivery and a solution

provider in recurring contradictions

arising from society.

To effectively transform from formal

institutions to substantive mechanisms of

public service delivery and solution

provider to numerous questions of its

society, democracy and its processes must

acquire and incorporate values and

characteristics of any particular society.

Nigeria’s democratic process in the past

20 years has grossly under-performed in

the areas of public service delivery and

equally demonstrated incompetence to

resolve critical national issues,

strategically germane to building national


Key institutions of the Nigeria’s

democratic process in the 20 years of

civilian rule has functioned largely in

legalistic formal sense, without socially

valuable outputs that aggregate to

qualitative improvements in the living

conditions of majority of Nigerians and

engendering national consensus on

critical fundamentals to guarantee

sustainable cohesion and stability.

Institutions in the dispensation of

Nigeria’s political democratisation in the

Nigeria’s democratic

process in the past 20

years has grossly underperformed

in the areas of

public service delivery

past 20 years have functioned mostly,

mechanically, hanging on the automated

oxygen of legalistic finesse, without the

broad legitimacy of sustainable citizen


The process of the formal institutions of

the state in the context of democratisation

effort has not produced any socially

tangible outcome that directly contribute

to an inclusive political order and

material improvement in the quality of

lives of the broad mass of Nigerians.

Institutions of state in a democratic

process that do not continually adapt

themselves to resolving practical

challenges and meaningfully bringing

value to improvement in living conditions,

stand the risk of not only stagnation and

atrophy but decadence and extinction.

Institutions cannot exist to merely

reproduce and replenish themselves and

simply lay claim to their reason to exist as

mere ability to survive, without delivering

on the broad social mandate of enabling

and driving on a sustainable basis, better

life for citizens.

When all the formal democratic contents

of the rule of law, separation of powers,

checks and balances, independent

judiciary, free press and so many others

are present but are grossly deficient in the

aggregate values and characteristics of

the particular society they should serve,

they will function more to the whims of

the operators than a benchmark to which

its operators are held accountable.

The immutable contradictions of a

democratic process are not merely

resolved by more sloganeering about

democracy and its periodic flash points.

From the point and fact of Nigeria’s

existential contradictions, democracy and

its essentials are at crossroads. The

symbolism and dramas exhibited in

presidential inaugurations, parliamentary

proclamations and judicial ritualism are

no substitutes to institutional efficiency

and adaptations, which are only

measurable by the fairness of the social

order, inclusiveness of the political process

and the material well-being of the broad

mass of citizens.

•Onunaiju, a public affairs analyst,

wrote from Utako, Abuja.

MTN DISPUTE: Nigeria’s foreign investment

inflows plunge 43% •Sub-Saharan Africa grew 13%

By Yinka Kolawole, with

agency report

Nigeria’s dispute with the

telecommunications giant,

MTN Nigeria Plc, may have taken

a severe toll on the nation’s foreign

direct investment profile as FDI

plunged 43 percent in 2018 at the

backdrop of a significant 13 percent

rise in FDI across sub-Sahara

Africa within the same period.

The FDI inflow closed at $2.0

billion in 2018, down from $3.5

billion in 2017, according to a

report by the United Nations

Conference on Trade and

Development (UNCTAD), a

development which the report

said, came as two global financial

giants, HSBC and UBS, closed

their representative offices in


The UNCTAD in its “World

Investment Report”, also said FDI

in sub-Saharan Africa rose 13% to

$32 billion, adding that the rise in

the FDI inflow into sub-Saharan

Africa bucks a global downward

trend, reversing two years of


It stated: “Development of new

mining and oil projects, a new

U.S. development-finance

institution and the ratification of

an agreement to create a

continent-wide free-trade area

could further boost foreign direct

investment (FDI) in 2019.

“Africa stands in sharp contrast

to developed economies, which

saw FDI inflows plunge 27% to

their lowest level since 2004.”

The report said some African

countries fared better than others,

noting that “the Southern Africa

region performed the best, taking

in FDI of nearly $4.2 billion, up

from -$925 million in 2017.

Foreign investment in South

Africa more than doubled to $5.3


“Though much of the South














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African jump came from intracompany

loans, new investments

included a $750 million Beijing

Automotive Group plant and a

$186 million wind farm being built

by the Irish company Mainstream

Renewable Energy.

“By contrast, inward FDI to

Nigeria, a major oil producer,

plunged 43% to $2 billion.

Investors were put off by a dispute

between the government and

South African telecom giant MTN

over repatriated profits. Banks

HSBC and UBS both closed

representative offices there in


“That left Ghana, which is in the

midst of an oil and gas boom and

saw inflows of $3 billion, as West

Africa’s leading destination for

foreign investment. Italy’s Eni

Group was behind Ghana’s

largest greenfield investment


Ethiopia remained East Africa’s

top recipient of FDI at $3.3 billion,

despite an 18% drop compared

with the year before.

“Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

all saw increases in FDI inflows.

Foreign investment in Uganda

jumped 67% to a record $1.3

billion, boosted by the oil and gas

development of a consortium that

includes France’s Total, CNOOC

of China and London-listed Tullow


Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, receiving some

documents from the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers

Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, on the proposed Ibadan Inland

Dry Port at Government House, Ibadan

Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 — 19

FGN 2nd Green Bond records 200% subscription

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau


The Federal Government’s

second Green Bond offer

has recorded about 220 per

cent subscription.

According to the result

announced by the Debt

Management Office (DMO)

yesterday, investors staked

N32.93 billion for the

N15 billion offer.

The agency said,

“Total value of

subscriptions received

was N32.93 billion,

representing 220% of

the N15 billion


“Similarly, the

number of subscribers

doubled when

compared to the figure

for the first Sovereign

Green Bond issued in

December 2017. Retail

investors were not left

out, as the number of

individuals who

subscribed for the

second Sovereign

Green Bond more

than doubled.

“The amount of

subscriptions grew by

almost 201% with the

share of total

subscriptions rising to

1.43% compared to

0.67% for the 2017

Sovereign Green Bond.”

Although the offer was

oversubscribed, the DMO

allotted only the N15 billion

that was offered for a tenor of

seven years, at a coupon rate

of 14.5 percent per annum.

According to the DMO, there

was a stronger participation of

retail investors, an indication

of financial inclusion and

deepening of the domestic

financial market, which were

some of the key objectives of

the DMO instrument


The Offer, which opened

to the general public on

Monday, June 3, 2019 and

closed on Monday, June 10,

2019, was preceded by road

show meetings with

investors and other

stakeholders in Lagos and


The DMO said, “The

results of the second

Sovereign Green Bond

issuance revealed increased

knowledge and awareness

of Green Bonds by

subscribers, and a greater

NIMASA created over 7,000 jobs in 6 months — Peterside

ByGodfrey Bivbere

Director-General of the

Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku

Peterside, has said that the

agency created over 7000 jobs

in the last six months through

the New Cabotage

Compliance Strategy.

Peterise stated this yesterday

in Lagos while reviewing the

activities of NIMASA with


He said the agency had

come up with strategies that

had ensured a steady rise in

the number of jobs created

through manning, crewing,

stevedoring, and dockworkers

engagement. This, he added,

has positioned the maritime

industry as one of the key

sectors that will support the

realisation of President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

Democracy Day speech

promising to bring 100 million

Nigerians out of poverty in 10

years, as maritime possesses a

vast opportunity for economic


According to the NIMASA

DG, the implementation of a

five-year plan for the cessation

of waiver has encouraged the

employment of more Nigerians

by vessel owners.

He said the effect of the new

Cabotage regime was still

yielding positive results, as


parley to

redefine image

of banking


The Association of

Corporate and Marketing

Professionals of Banks

(ACAMB) has emphasised its

role in providing strategic

initiatives to redefine the image

of the Banking industry that

resonates with customers.

Speaking at an engagement

session during a recent

meeting with the Central Bank

of Nigeria, CBN, by ACAMB’s

Exco, the CBN’s Director of

Corporate Communications,

Mr. Isaac Okorafor, observed

that the increasing synergy

between CBN and ACAMB

will be beneficial in

championing new ideas to

properly manage the image of

the Banking industry as a

potent vehicle for promoting

financial systems stability.

Pledging the support of CBN

to ACAMB, Okorafor listed

frequently reoccurring

customer feedbacks that have

continued to form perceptions

around the Banking industry

such as appropriate pricing

and Bank charges, adding that

continuous customer

engagement will help clarify


The CBN’s spokesperson

used the opportunity to inform

the ACAMB Exco of the

objectives of various funding

intervention initiatives of CBN

such as NIRSAL, Agribusiness,

Small and Medium Enterprises

Investment Scheme, etc. being

operated to enable many people

get access to funding to

stabilize the economy, stating

further that: “the next agenda

of CBN is how to grow the

economy in a non-inflationary

manner or at best grow side by

side with moderate inflation.”

level of commitment from the

general public towards

protecting the environment.”

It added that the proceeds

of the Green Bond would be

used to finance projects in the

2018 Appropriation Act, which

would contribute to Nigeria’s

commitments to the Paris

Agreement on Climate


The projects would include

Off-Grid Solar and Wind Farm,

Irrigation, Afforestation and

Reforestation, as well as,

Ecological Restoration.

more Nigerians are set to be

engaged in various sub-sectors

of the maritime industry due to

the discouragement of the

dominance of the sector by


“We have always known that

the political will to deal with the

issue of waivers in the Cabotage

regime had been the challenge

in the past. Our pronouncement

and implementation of the New

Cabotage Compliance Strategy

has led to the engagement of

over 7000 Nigerians in various

sub-sectors within the industry.

This has also resulted in 32%

increase in vessels operating

under the Cabotage regime in

the first two quarters of 2019,”

he said.

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Meet Oluwatosin Agbalaya, our

Homemaker for the week

The saying that while many

people may be engaged in the

same thing, only the few who

dare to stand out will matter.

Oluwatosin decided to stand out

of the crowd among other Chefs by

bringing traditional dishes of old,

some of which are gradually going

into extinction, into mainstream

contemporary menu. But she did

not just appear suddenly. While

many of her colleagues back in the

university lived off stipends from

their parents, she seized an

opportunity that opened during

one of the faculty events to bake a

cake. The general acceptance her

cake received, provided Tosin the

confidence she needed to evolve

into the brand she has become

today. As Chief Executive Officer,

Appela Cuisine, also known as

Ibile Chef, Tosin is the brain behind

the reappearance of local dishes

such as Ebiripo, Ikokore, Egusin

Ijebu, Ewa Aganyin, Egbo,

Ekuru, Asaro, Banga soup, Owo

soup, Fisherman soup, Ogbono

soup and many others, at social

gatherings. Tosin was our guest at

Vanguard Live recently and she

shared her journey with us.


Why local dishes?

After the culinary school, I

realised there are lots of

continental chefs and I wanted to

carve a niche for myself. Though

initially I was cooking continental

dishes for people from home

when I was at Ibadan, after my

Youth Service, I decided to do

more of foods that we used to eat

while growing up, especially in

the rural areas. I met people who

were telling me they didn’t mind

eating egbo, ekuru, isapa and

because I used to have some

in my house, I would prepare,

package and send to them.

Because they loved it, some would

take the photographs and post on

social media to inform their

friends about what they just had.

From there, I would have orders

from more people. That was how

it began growing.

How do you source your

ingredients for these dishes?

For egbo, I get the ingredients

from Ibadan, Delta and other

South-South states. I also get stuff

from Ido market, water yam and

cocoyam from Ijebu. I cook my

egusin and ikokore with ogiri which

my mother sends from Shagamu

every week.

Considering the exotic tastes of

people in urban cities generally,

how well do they accept our

local dishes?

About 80 per cent of my clients

• Oluwatosin

who want Ijebu delicacy actually

want ogiri in it. Very few people

complain about the smell. For this

group of people, I have to cook

theirs separately to satisfy their

demands. Even for ofada sauce, I

have some clients who don’t want

iru in it (locust beans), so I have to

device how to use other

ingredients that will still give me

the same taste I need. Basically, it

is really hard to convince people

about what they have made up

their minds they don’t like. Some

say locust beans nauseate them

and the further you push them, the

more they lose interest in the order.

Most times, I don’t use

condiments like the cubes, I make

use of crayfish and dry fish which

I blend together to achieve that

local flavour. Usually, I have a list

of questions I send to my clients,

especially those who make bulk

orders. So, I cook along the

responses I get.

Do you have any formal training

in Catering?

My mum is a caterer and I would

say I learnt from her. At a point, I

was a server, at another time, I was

only washing plates and it got to

a time that I became the cook.

She was into local foods basically

but added jollof rice and fried rice

as the only continental dishes.

So I learned from her but only

Traditional dishes going

into extinction are back

I am helping

to preserve

our culture by


the native taste

buds of people

who have

forgotten what

these local

dishes taste like

added the business angle such as

social media.

When did you actually start Ibile


The whole business started in

my second year at Babcock

University. I noticed people like

cakes, so when I go home, I would

bring cakes for my friends and

they loved my cakes. Then it

occurred to me that I could make


from it. So,

at Valentine that

year, I took my first

orders. It was a huge success.

So, I started taking orders for

cakes, chin chin and other finger

foods. Later, during my

Departmental Week, the

organisers asked if I could make

food for them, so I told my mummy

to bring the food. From there,

other departments started asking

me and it was at that point that I

decided to partner with my mum.

So, she was doing the food and I

was doing the cakes and pastries.

But it was actually during my

NYSC in Delta State that I met a

Permanent Secretary who is late

now (God bless her soul) who

introduced me to Government

House and I started cooking for

them for their monthly meetings

in the Government House. I can

say it was there in 2009 that my

cooking business actually took

off. I had to stop on relocating to

Ibadan because I got married and

the children came. Then we

moved to Lagos and I started

cooking from home on orders.

Realising that I was still missing

something, I decided to go to

Culinary School. After that, I sat

down and thought about what I

can do to stand out in the industry

since Lagos is already saturated

with chefs making continental

dishes. That was how Ibile Dishes

was birthed.

Until recently, continental dishes,

especially Chinese, were the

bomb at parties, but now, you find

dishes like abula, asaro, what can

you ascribe to this change?

For me and I think for most

people of our generation, dishes

like ikokore, asaro, elegede,

orunla were not food that you

could eat outside. You will

notice that some of these

dishes have even began to

go into extinction. I have

heard some people say

they have not eaten

egbo in 20 years. There

are also those who

have never tasted

them, but have

heard about them

and are curious to

try them out. But the

catch here is that they are

not dishes that you can quickly

put together in your kitchen on an

ordinary day. Some of them

require certain ingredients you

may not have at home. So, when

people go to parties and see such

dishes on the menu, they are

excited and want to eat them.

Now there is a hype around native

foods. I get orders from people

visiting the country on holiday, I

get from people who can’t eat

them unless they visit their

villages. Also, from people who

want their children to learn how

to eat these dishes. Clients also

serve such at parties for their very

special guests. In a way, I am

helping to preserve our culture by

reawakening the native taste buds

of people who have forgotten what

these local dishes taste like.

Business has been good and

support from people have been


CONSUMER WATCH A place that makes you plan ahead

Items Prices Items


Items Prices

Basket of Tomatoes N17,000 - N19,000

A bag of Pepper (Rodo) N 16,000 - N17,000

A bag of Long pepper N9, 000 - N12,000

A bag of Onions (white) N12,000 - N14, 000

A bag of Onions (Red) N9, 000 - N11, 000

50kg of long grain Rice N16,000 - N16,500

A derica of long grain Rice N250 - N300

50kg of short grain Rice. N15,000 - N15,500

A derica of short grain Rice N250

A crate of eggs N1,000 - N1,100

A bag of Olotu beans N14,000 - N38,000

A bag of Oloyin N15,000 - N20,000

A bag of Yam Flour (Elubo) N63, 000 - N69,000

A bag of Garri (Yellow) N5,000 - N8,000

A paint bucket


A bag of Ijebu Gari N5,000 - N8,000

A paint bucket


25 Litres of Vegetable Oil N10,500 - N11, 000

10Litres N5,500 - N6000

25 Litres of Palm Oil N9,000 - N9,500

5Litres of Palm Oil N1,900 - N2,000

Salt N50 - N200

Noodles- 70g N1,900 - N2,200

Spaghetti (1packet) N180 - N200

Macaroni(1packet) N180 - N200

Semovita (10kg) N2,800 - N3,000

Pampers (cartons of 8) N3,400

Seasonings N100 - N500

Tomato paste (2,200g) N1200 - N1500

Tomato paste (Medium) N550 - N700

Tomato paste(small)


Tomato sachet (a roll)


Pack of toilet roll (48pieces) N1500-N1,800

A Satchet of milk


A Sachet of beverage




5 Litres of Kerosine N1,100

12.5kg. Cooking gas N3, 700

Yam (1 tuber). N400- N1,000

Ugu Leaf (a bundle) N3, 000 – N4, 000

A dozen of tied Ugu Leaf N7,50,

Moin-Moin Leaf (a dozen) N800-1,000,

1 pack- N150

Carton Titus ice Fish N19,000

1 Carton of Kote ice fish N14,500

1 Carton of Sawa iced Fish N10, 000, 1Kg-N600

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By Theodore Opara


sales increases

in US, Europe,

S. Korea

MERCEDES-Benz sold

195,690 vehicles

worldwide in May (-1.3%). The

sales success of the new A-

Class and the new CLA

Coupé,which was launched in

Europe in May, had a positive

effect last month. In a highly

competitive market

environment worldwide, the

new compact-car models in

particular generated sales

momentum in many key

markets. Nonetheless, ongoing

model changes in the highestvolume

SUV segment had a

dampening impact on total unit

sales in May.

Mercedes-Benz sold 938,499

units in the first fivemonths of

the year (-4.7%). In May,

Mercedes-Benz maintained its

market leadership in the

premium segment in markets

including Germany, the United

Kingdom, France, Spain,

Belgium, Portugal, Denmark,

Czech Republic, Finland,

South Korea, Japan and


“Despite a challenging

market environment and

ongoing model changes,

Mercedes-Benz increased its

unit sales in many markets in

May. We are very confident

that the significant sales

momentum from our model

offensive will be reflected in

the second half of the year,

particularly with the SUVs,”

said Britta Seeger, Member of

the Board of Management of

Daimler AG responsible for

Mercedes-Benz Cars

Marketing and Sales.

“The third month in a row

with worldwide growth in sales

of Mercedes-Benz compact

cars demonstrates the strong

demand for our new models.

We are very pleased with

theexcellent feedback,

especially from our younger

customers, on the launch of the

new CLA Coupé in Europe, on

the new A-Class and on our

MBUX multimedia system.”

Mercedes Benz CLA Coupe

Toyota Hilux

Hilux tackles the rough, relishes the smooth

IN the one tonne pick-up vehi

cle segment, the Toyota Hilux

has carved a niche for itself in all

ramifications. It has a beautiful design

like no other while leaving others

trailing behind in term of performance,

safety and comfort. Every

pick-up manufactured in this

segment knows that Hilux is the

one to beat. But Toyota has never

relented in making the Hilux to

keep its leading position with every

successful model launching

into the market.

The continuous improvement of

the Hilux has made it the choice

pick-up for those who want for both

work and leisure. The Hilux perfect

fits into the two no matter with

a captivating design that hardly

goes unnoticed everywhere it goes,

the Hilux has been able to capture

the attention of most families who

need vehicles that can go anywhere,

carry out every task without

compromising comfort. It is

built for work. Take a con-do approach

to carrying varied loads

whatever the task. The double cabin

version takes this little further

with its sporty design thereby guaranteeing

pleasurable ride.

Under the bonnet of the Hilux is

either a 2.7 litre gasoline engine

or 3.0 lire diesel engine. Although

the diesel are the most popular, the

gasoline engine with dual VVT-i

(variable valve timing intelligent)

delivers increased torque and output,

excellent fuel economy and

reduced emissions. The Turbo diesel

engines features direct fuel injection

by common rail into the

cylinder. This precisely controls the

air-fuel ratio, contributing to excellent

response and fuel efficiency.

The Hilux is available in either

manual and automatic transmissions.

Though automatic transmissions

are not very common in pickups

in this segment, Hilux offers it

for those who enjoy pleasurable

rides. A super intelligent automatic

transmission produces outstanding

driving performance and fuel

efficiency. In addition, the drive

mode switch allows the driver to

select between Eco or power mode

to suit the driving conditions.

Single or double cabin, the Hilux

provides leisure. The cabin offers

unique and modern features

expected of Trailblazer like the Hilux.

The easy-to-read meters, and

a 4x2 inch colour Thin film transistor

multi-information display

provides a driver with vital vehicle

information at a glance, which the

audio system with a large display

enable touch operation. The USB/

mini-jack enable portable music

player to be enjoyed. Steering

wheels comes with switches. The

four direction switch integrated in

the steering wheel makes it easy to

adjust the multi-information display

among other functions. Added

to all these is smart entry and

start system.

The Hilux offers spacious interior

like a large sedan. Spacious and

inviting the refined comfort and

smart functionally of the cabin enriches

the quality of life of all occupants.

Hilux comes in either 4 wheels

drive or 2 wheel drive which gives

the car the toughness to tackle any

task, challenges all terrains with a

new level of durability and driving

comfort. Added to these are features

such as Hill-Start Assist Control,

A-TRC which helps to prevent

the vehicle from rolling backward

when starting on a steep or slippery

inchin. The A-TRC activates

the moment the risk of wheelspin

is detected to help enhance the ability

to grip the road and maintain

traction especially when starting

off or accelerating on uneven or

slippery surface.

Safety features abound in the Hilux

seatbelts, air-bags, vehicle stability

control, trail sway control etc

are some of the safety features of

the Hilux.

Electric vehicles technology: JLR,

BMW join forces

JAGUAR Land Rover and

BMW Group have confirmed

they are joining forces to

develop next generation Electric

Drive Units, EDUs, in a move that

will support the advancement of

electrification technologies, a central

part of the automotive industry’s

transition to an ACES (Autonomous,

Connected, Electric,

Shared) future.

The strategic collaboration will

build on the considerable knowledge

and expertise in electrification

at both companies. Jaguar

Land Rover has demonstrated its

leading technical capability in

bringing the world’s first premium

battery electric SUV to market

- the 2019 World Car of the

Year, the Jaguar I-PACE, as well

as plug-in hybrid models; and

BMW Group bringing vast experience

of developing and producing

several generations of

electric drive units in-house since

it launched the BMW i3 in


Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover

Engineering Director

said: “The transition to ACES

represents the greatest technological

shift in the automotive

industry in a generation. The

pace of change and consumer

interest in electrified vehicles is

gathering real momentum and

it’s essential we work across industry

to advance the technologies

required to deliver this exciting


“We’ve proven we can build

world beating electric cars but

now we need to scale the technology

to support the next generation

of Jaguar and Land Rover

products. It was clear from discussions

with BMW Group that

both companies’ requirements for

next generation EDUs to support

this transition have significant

overlap making for a mutually

beneficial collaboration.”

The agreement will enable both

companies to take advantage of

efficiencies arising from shared

research and development and

production planning as well as

economies of scale from joint procurement

across the supply


Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 — 27

As the world awaits all new Kia Seltos SUV

KIA Motors announced that

‘Seltos’ will be the name of

its new global compact SUV. Due

to be launched in the summer, the

Kia Seltos will bring sophistication

and assertiveness to the compact

SUV segment.

The name of the Kia Seltos is

inspired by Greek mythology

and the legend of ‘Celtos’, the

son of Hercules. Representing

the brave and assertive spirit of

Celtos, the ‘S’ in the vehicle’s

adapted name implies speed

and sportiness. The Seltos has

been created for the millennial

generation, standing apart from

its rivals with a combination of

sophisticated, sporty design and

the space and capabilities of a traditional

SUV – all in a compact


The Seltos offers sophisticated

exterior design details, such as

its long hood, a strong, character

line on the front bumper, and

sharp lines pressed into the bodywork.

Its robust shoulder line,

matched with a glasshouse

which tapers towards the rear of

the car, as well as a rear bumper

with a metallic muffler effect,

lends the compact SUV an air of

understated sportiness.

Aimed at youthful, tech-savvy

buyers, the cabin is characterized

by broad, sweeping shapes and

highly technical details.

Equipped with a range of technologies

to maximize convenience,

connectivity and ease of

use, the bold design of the cabin

incorporates a high-tech 10.25-

inch touchscreen infotainment

system and Sound Mood Lighting.

Kia Motors is extending its

range of SUVs to fulfill the needs

of customers in every market,

with the new model bringing

many of Kia’s strengths – in design,

quality and technology –

to the compact SUV segment for

the first time.

The Kia Seltos will be revealed

later this month, with sales in

Korea and other regions to follow

in the second half of 2019.

Nissan announces senior management changes in Africa

NISSAN has announced se

nior management changes

in Africa to drive sustainable

growth across the continent. With

a growing middle class, and rapidly

increasing demand, Africa

is seen as the last frontier

for global automakers.

Mike Whitfield, currently

managing director of Nissan

South Africa and sub-Saharan

Africa, is appointed managing

director of Nissan Motor

Egypt, NMEG. He will also

serve as chairman of Nissan

in Africa South. He will be

based in Cairo and his appointment

will be effective

from June 20.

Mike, a former president the

National Association of Automobile

Manufacturers of

South Africa (NAAMSA) and

vice president of the African

Association of Automotive

Manufacturers (AAAM), joined

Nissan in 1981 as a marketing


Since then he has held a variety

of senior positions in the company

resulting in his appointment

as Nissan SA’s managing

director in 2008. Under his leadership,

Nissan posted a record

market share in South Africa of

over 10 per cent in the last financial

year, the highest this century.

Shinkichi Izumi replaces

*Mike Whitfield

Mike as managing director,

Nissan South Africa. Appointed

deputy managing director in

2018, Shinkichi joined Nissan

in 2001 and has held various

roles in Sales, Marketing and

Corporate Planning. Before

*Shinkichi Izumi

joining South Africa last year,

he was based in Nissan’s Japanese

headquarters working

within Nissan’s Asia and Oceania

region and also has experience

within the global Datsun


28— Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

June 12 @ 26: Celebration like no other

By Clifford Ndujihe, Political


THIS year's celebration of the 26th anni

versary of the June 12, 1993 presidential

election was historic. It was the biggest, widest

and most national since 1994, when the first anniversary

was marked by pro-democracy activists

in Lagos.

For the first time, the election, dubbed the freest

and fairest in the annals of balloting in Nigeria,

and which marked a watershed in the electioneering

process in the world’s largest Black nation,

was celebrated by the President in Abuja

with foreign heads of state participating. In the

last 25 years, June 12 had been marked in Lagos

and a few states in the South-West. For the first

time June 12 has become a national holiday.

The annulment of the election won by late business

tycoon, Bashorun MKO Abiola, by the General

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida regime in

1993, the death of Abiola’s wife, Kudirat via as-

sassination in 1994 and Abiola’s death in detention

in 1998 only served to deepen the struggle for

actualization of June 12 and return to democratic


When power returned to the civilians in 1999,

President Olusegun Obasanjo, who hails from

Ogun State as Abiola, deflected calls to recognize

June 12 and immortalize Abiola. The efforts

of President Goodluck Jonathan to immortalize

Why we must uphold Abiola’s

ideals – Wuraola

•How my daddy’s unexpected, untimely exit

affected our family

Abiola by naming the University of Lagos after

him hit the rocks.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari

broke the ice. With the support of the National

Assembly, June 12 is now Democracy day and

a public holiday.

As Nigerians celebrate the day, Vanguard

spoke to one of Bashorun Abiola’s children,

Dr. Wuraola Abiola and other pro-democracy

activists, who shared their thoughts on the ideals

of June 12, Abiola and the way forward for


Dr. Wuraola Abiola is the daughter of the late Bashorun

MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential

poll. She is the last child of Abiola’s first wife, the late

Simbiat Atinuke Abiola. An organizational behaviour expert,

she runs a consultancy firm and also sits on the board of

many companies including Unicorn Group. In this interview

with Vanguard, Wuraola expresses how much she missed her

father and urges Nigerians to embrace his ideals for democratic

growth in the country.

•Wuraola Abiola ...celebrated June 12 with special prayer

By Chris Onuoha

WHAT is your view on the Federal Gov

ernment’s recognition of your late father’s


At the time that President Muhammadu Buhari

announced the Federal Government's decision

on June 12, most of us in the family congratulated

the president for the declaration

that was really long overdue. I was very pleased

despite the fact that we have carried on quietly

ever since my father passed on. My brother Kola

had solicited help from different kinds of people

over the years and the government of the

day was able to make this happen.

But there were diverse opinions in respect

of the recognition of June 12, with some family

members reportedly expressing the feeling

that the declaration did not fully meet their


I guess the beauty of our family and the way

we were raised is in the way we are encouraged

to think critically and transform opinions based

on convictions. I suspect that even if anyone

feels that the government has not done enough

for the family, the fact that this day will now be

marked in Nigeria for generations to come

must be a welcome development. This would

be particularly so to those who believe that my

late father and many other people paid the ultimate

price to bring democracy to Nigeria.

Now, whether it is sufficient is a different thing

altogether, but it is necessarily a positive development.

Would you have expected government to go

beyond normal recognition of the family by

the way of appointments or other incentives?

Taking it back a little, even if my father had

not passed on, today there are many of his children

that are more than qualified and worthy

of federal appointments. It is not because he

died for democracy

to thrive but because

of his accomplishments

in the

family. Some of us

are recognized outside

this country. So

a merit for appointments

cannot be

confused or related

to my late father’s

status and struggle

for democracy.

If our state or the

federal government

considers any of us

worthy for positions

because we have

value to add to the

community, people

or Nigerian economy,

so be it. This

should not come

because we are Abiola’s children. But if that

should be the only reason why we should be

brought forward now, I think we deserve it too.

Many of my siblings are doing so well and are

accomplished. If they are provided any opportunities

to serve this country, they will do it excellently.

My late father wouldn’t even have wanted

that. He hired people in his companies who

were the most talented and best in their fields

without knowing their fathers or mothers.

How would you describe life without your

father, the late Bashorun MKO Abiola?

My late father was very passionate for sure.

Quite honestly, I didn’t know it because I was

telling somebody the other day that daddy was a

passionate father and

a leader. He was

down to earth and

would always look

out for me and want

to catch up with me.

He would call me up

at 4.00 a.m and

would ask how I was

faring. He loved his

children so much. He

had this unconditional

love for his

children. He was so

Nigerians are

not shy of hard

work, they have

intellectual capacity,


and energy

but the will to actualize

these are

not here yet

grateful for what God

gave him as children and gave all of us opportunities

to excel. That was really special. At age

15, my late father had already started asking

me to represent him at events. I missed him


The truth is that my late father passed on unexpectedly.

We always felt that he would come home

to interact with all of us in that seamless manner

as he used to do. It took quite some time for us to

adjust, because there was no alternative. You said

something about having a voice, I can tell you

that government did not give us a voice. It was

our father that gave us a voice. From the legacies

he left, he was tirelessly helping people and

this was outside politics. Sometimes people

would meet me and tell me how my late father

impacted their lives. That is the voice we have

as his children. He was busy nurturing businesses

and creating opportunities for people to

grow, and that is what nobody can take away

from him.

On the need to uphold Abiola’s ideals

All you need to look at today is the nature of

our economy. You will see that there is much

work to be done. In one of my father’s books

Farewell to Poverty, which he wrote because

he saw considerable poverty in the land, he

noted that there was quite a lot of work to be

done. There is indeed much to be done and

maybe some people may say that it was easier

in his time than now or maybe there is more

work for leaders to do.


and energy

But the truth is that the next generation

would be relying on this generation to re-address

the fundamentals. In my days, I went to

good schools in Nigeria. The only reason I

went abroad for higher education was for exposure,

not the quality of education. Back then

in Surulere, we never used generator until later

when we relocated to Ikeja.

The truth is things have deteriorated. Basic

infrastructure has deteriorated. Healthcare

is in a sorry state. Nigerians are not shy of

hard work, they have intellectual capacity,

motivations and energy but the will to actualize

these are not here yet.

Her advice to Nigerians, and pro-democracy

groups that kept the June 12 struggle


We really believe that we need to go back to

education because if we don’t learn from our

history, we may tend to repeat the same mistakes.

The story of June 12 needs to be studied

in every primary and secondary school in this

country. We need to move forward step by step

and that means that the younger generation

must aspire to learn more from where others

stopped. The Ministry of Education needs to

go back and look at what Nigerians need as

education to grow. We must be a country where

promises are fulfilled.

Finally, I am proud to be a Nigerian and I

am also grateful to the government of Nigeria

for finally doing the right thing. I believe

that if we begin to move the narrative of June

12 to the next generation, Nigeria will move

to the next level. Personally, I will celebrate

the occasion with special prayer to my father

and for Nigeria’s prosperity.

Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 — 29

Address by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 National

Democracy Day at the Eagles Square, Abuja, June 12

Continues from


Yesterday we published

part of President Buhari's

June 12 Democracy

Day address, this is

the concluding part.

Fellow Nigerians, Your

Excellencies, Ladies &

Gentlemen, at the heart

of inequality and insecurity,

is pervasive

corruption. When we

took office we realised

that if you fight

corruption, corruption

will fight back – and we

have seen this at all


For Nigeria to progress,

a collective resolution to

address corruption and

foster broad-based prosperity

is required to

create a country that is

not only for a few

privileged, but for all


This charge is not only

to Civil Servants,

Ministers, Legislators

and State Government

functionaries, but also to

Corporate leaders.

We shall make greater

investments in our rural

economies. We shall

aggressively source

locally our raw


We have incentives for

investments specifically

made in rural communities.

However, nationwide

development cannot

occur from Abuja alone;

it must occur at States.

And Government cannot

do it alone.


bureaucracy and


I therefore implore all

State Governments,

especially those with

large rural economies, to

aggressively solicit

investments in your

states. Invest in

developing human

capital, reducing

bureaucracy and

corruption, hosting and

attending investment

summits and improving

the ease of doing


At this point, I would

like to express my sincere

gratitude to the entrepreneurs,


and venture capitalists

who have built or are

building agro-processing

projects; petrochemical

plants; crude oil

and solid mineral refineries;

energy exploration;

software development

projects; telecom

infrastructure; health,

education and manufacturing

projects; and the

like, across our country.

I would like to make

special mention to promoters

of our small

businesses that are

proudly making goods

and services for export

and for local consumption.

The Nigerian

economy rises and falls

on the strength of your

investments and productivity.

We will continue to

listen to your ideas and

plans not just about how

we can secure more investment,

but how your

plans can help create a

more equitable economy.

I also thank the labour

unions, farmer

groups and associations,

organized private

sector and the civil society

organisations for

their support and cooperation

with our government

these last four


We will continue to

count on your support,

guidance and understanding

during the

next four years.

I especially thank our

traditional leaders and

congratulate re-elected

and newly elected State

Governors and members

of the National Assembly.

Our Government will

continue to count on

your support so that we

can together move our

country forward.

Fellow Nigerians, Your

Highnesses, Your

Excellencies, Ladies &

Gentlemen, despite the

challenges over the last

four years, my optimism

about Nigeria’s future is

unshaken and Nigeria’s

role in the world as an

emerging economic force

is without a doubt.

Over the next four

years, we are committed

to assembling a strong

team of Nigerians, and

allies, to implement our

transformative plans and


a. We will see

significant focus,

resource and, where

necessary reform, in

tertiary and technical

education to reposition

Nigeria’s workforce for

the modern technological


Acceleration of

investments in

education, health


b.We will accelerate

investments in primary,

secondary and tertiary

healthcare programmes,

Fellow Nigerians,



will not tolerate

actions by

any individual

or groups

of individuals

who seek to

attack our

way of life or

those who

seek to corruptly


themselves at

the expense of

the rest of us

interventions and infrastructure

as well as in

upgrading of our medical

personnel to stem the

flight of our best trained


c. On food security,

our farmers have made

great strides in local

production of rice,

maize, cassava, poultry,

fertilizer, fisheries and

sesame. We remain

resolute in supporting

private sector in emphasizing

backward integration

and export expansion


d. Felling of trees to

provide energy for

domestic use is taking its

toll on our rain forests,

our ecology and our

climate. Accordingly, we

are taking steps to harness

cleaner and more

sustainable sources of

electricity. We export

over 2 million tons of

cooking gas, yet we

consume less than half a

million tons.

e. We will work to

address this issue and

support rural

communities with

challenges of safely

switching from firewood

to cooking gas.

f. Dedicated agroindustrial


zones will be developed

on a PPP basis to increase

farming yields,

agricultural productivity

and industrial output.

g. Over 2,000

kilometers of ongoing

Federal road and bridge

projects across the

country will be

completed to reduce

journey times and the

cost of doing business.

As I mentioned earlier,

critical feeder roads will

be built to facilitate

easier transportation for

people and goods from

rural areas to major


h. We are at advanced

stages of securing

investments to

modernize and expand

our transmission and

d i s t r i b u t i o n

infrastructure, ensuring

that electricity is

available and affordable

for all Nigerians.

i.Several rail, seaport

and airport projects are

at various stages of

completion. We will open

the arteries of



j. It is a fact that

Nigeria has more gas

reserves than it has oil.

Over the last four years,

we have become a net

exporter of urea, which

is made from natural

gas. We invite investors

to develop more natural

gas-based petrochemical


k. Fellow Nigerians,

This Government will not

tolerate actions by any

individual or groups of

individuals who seek to

attack our way of life or

those who seek to corruptly

enrich themselves

at the expense of the rest

of us. We will crack down

on those who incite ordinary

innocent people

to violence and unrest.

l. We will ensure that

such actions are met

with the strong arm of

the law.

Nation building takes

time. But we must take

solace in the knowledge

that this country, our

country, has everything

we require to make

Nigeria prosper.

Fellow Nigerians, Your

Highnesses, Your

Excellencies, Ladies and

Gentlemen, I invite you

to join me in this journey

of rebuilding our nation.

Our focus will not be

to help the privileged

few but to ensure that

Nigeria works for

Nigerians of all

persuasions. That is a

more just arrangement.

As we all know, 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

elections of that year.

Moshood Abiola

National Stadium

Today, I propose the renaming

of the Abuja National

Stadium. Henceforth

it will be called Moshood

Abiola National Stadium.

In my first term, we put

Nigeria back on its feet. We

are working again despite

a difficult environment in

oil on which we depend too

much for our exports. We

encountered huge resistance

from vested interests

who do not want


has come, we now must

move to the NEXT LEVEL.

By the Grace of God, I

intend to keep the oath I

have made today and to

serve as President for all


I thank you for attending

this august occasion from

far and near, and for all

your best wishes to me, to

our party and to Nigeria.

God bless us all, and God

bless the Federal Republic

of Nigeria.

30 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Celebrating 4 years of Dogara's

unprecedented legislative reforms

By Turaki Hassan

N June 9, 2015, the 8th



Representatives was inaugurated

and Bauchi-born

Barrister at Law, Hon

Yakubu Dogara, emerged

as the 14th Speaker of the

House following a keenly

contested election which left

many viewers on the edge

of their seats.

In his acceptance speech,

Hon Dogara made a solemn

declaration that under his

leadership, the House “shall

wage an unrelenting

legislative war on Nigeria’s


True to his words, they

moved with a speed of light

and hit the ground running

with the implementation of

the Consolidation Agenda,

embarking on a series of

innovations that swept

across legislative activities of

the Green chamber.

Four years after, the

House of the Nigerian

people has not only discharged

its constitutional responsibilities

to the people,

it did so with utmost zeal

and patriotism. Parliaments

uses four measures to function

in a democracy. These

include lawmaking, resolutions,

oversight and the last

one – which is least known

and hardly appreciated – the

instrument of public

petitions. These are the

major yardsticks of

assessing the performance

of the legislature, which are

intangible and, therefore,

rarely appreciated by the


Unprecedented record

of passage of


The House under Dogara

has done exceptionally well

as it achieved many firsts,

with an unprecedented

record of passage of

legislations that is

unparalleled in Nigeria's

history from independence

in 1960 to date. Following

adoption of the 8th

Assembly Legislative

Agenda the speaker, in a

flash, embarked on a review

of obsolete and outdated

laws by setting up a

committee of experts comprising

of legal luminaries

and erudite scholars who

worked for months and

recommended about 300

Bills for consideration with

the aim of cleaning Nigeria’s

statute books adopted

from Britain under the

Statutes of General Application

as in force in England

as at 1st January, 1800; that

have never been amended

and which still had some

Hon. Yakubu Dogara

describing places in England

and even have

penalties stipulated in

Pound Sterling.

To this end, in December,

2015, the House set record

by passing for first reading,

130 bills in one legislative

sitting, most of which were

from the recommendation of

the Statutes Reform

Committee constituted by

the Speaker.

Dogara also became the

first speaker, since the return

to democracy in 1999, to

have stepped down from

the chair to sponsor a

motion on the urgent need

for rehabilitation,

resettlement and recovery of

the violence ravaged

northeast region.

To his credit, even as

Speaker, he sponsored not

fewer than 10 bills-two of

which led to the establishment

of the North East Development

Commission and

the Federal Competition

and Consumer Protection


However, his

interventions on the

violence ravaged region was

not only limited to the

hallowed green chamber of

the House, he championed

the cause of Internally Displaced

Persons (IDPs) by

visiting their camps across

the country and sustained

advocacy for the convocation

of an international donor

conference to rebuild the


Four years on, a total of

382 Bills were passed which

did not only dwarf the

performance of all previous

Assemblies but also surpassed

the number of Bills

passed from first to the

seventh Assemblies. In the

same vein, a total number

of 1,587 motions and 1,192

public petitions were


Indeed, public petition is

a critical and important work

of the parliament that is

rarely known and hardly

appreciated by pundits,

critics and even the

populace. The Committee

addresses cases of violation

of human rights, illegal termination

of appointments

and sundry matters.

Through this, hundreds of

people have gotten back

their jobs and had their

rights restored. This is the

true work and meaning of

representation. This record

too, is unprecedented.

In keeping with his

agenda, he introduced

sectoral debates into the

workings of the legislature

in Nigeria. This initiative

made it possible for

ministers from the executive

arm of government to give

updates to Nigerians on

how they were faring with

their responsibilities in their

respective ministries.

That is not all. The House

under Speaker Dogara also

helped with regular interventions

to stabilise the

polity. For example, during

Everything loses its

meaning in the absence

of the truth.

Anyone who sees

disagreement or

conflict as inherently

bad has no business

leading a democracy

because we are not

likely to ever see any

healthy democracy

that is not productively


the fuel price crises, the

House reconvened on a

Monday, held a special

session and deliberated on

the issue, which helped in

calling off the industrial

action by labour unions and

saved Nigerians needless

troubles. He also helped to

mediate between the

Federal government and

the Nigeria Medical Association

and the National of

Association of Resident

Doctors during their strikes,

thereby averting a major

crisis in the health sector

which would have impacted

badly on Nigerians.

Lest we forget, it was Hon

Dogara that addressed the

plight of Pensioners when

he intervened in resolving

the non-payment of

pensioners for three years.

He also championed efforts

to amend the Constitution

to remove the age barrier for

elective offices with the

introduction of the

#NotTooYoungToRun Bill,

reducing the age

requirement for electives

offices in Nigeria and has

succeeded in opening up

the political space and

ensured youth inclusion in

politics and governance.

To his credit, he pushed

for financial independence

of the State Houses of

Assembly which was

hitherto seen as impossible.

He was also passionate

about autonomy of local

governments and did

everything humanly

possible to ensure its


Similarly, but for Speaker

Dogara, our minimum

wage would be been

N27,000 as proposed by

President Buhari. But he

stood his ground, insisted

and ensured that it was

increased to N30,000

despite pressure mounted

on him not to do so by the

powers that. This was

attested to by some of his

colleagues during their

valedictory session.

Infact, there were times

that the House passed Bills

in just two sittings and

transmitted same to the

Executive for assent, which

is the reason why the

Federal government

recently gave the Speaker

an award.

No doubt, the 8th House

gave the Executive

maximum support and

cooperation in these four

years as there was no single

Executive request that was

not granted, none. In fact,

for peace to reign and in

order not to heat up the

polity, the House

overlooked numerous

Constitutional infractions

committed by either the

President himself or his

appointees, including but

not limited to several illegal

withdrawals of funds from

the Consolidated Revenue

Fund of the Federation.

Unfortunately, the

President, who sees himself

as the most righteous

human to ever walk on the

earth, constituted himself

into a moral judge and

passed a negative verdict on

the leadership of the 8th

Assembly describing them

as “unpatriotic” even

though it was the same

government which he leads

that specially recognised the

patriotic role the Speaker

played in passing the Ease

of Doing Business Bills. The

Latin maxim "quod approbo

non reprobo", readily comes

to mind.

As Hon Dogara said in his

valedictory speech, the job

of parliaments all over the

world is to escalate

constructive conflict and that

it is their job to search for

the truth and without the

clash and compromise of

ideas, the truth can never

be found. Everything loses

its meaning in the absence

of the truth. Anyone who

sees disagreement or

conflict as inherently bad

has no business leading a

democracy because we are

not likely to ever see any

healthy democracy that is

not productively noisy. The

House and indeed the legislature,

he argued, must

always engage in debates

about both pleasant and

unpleasant issues, if it must

continue to do the work of


"Progress ceases the very

day we cease to disagree.

Every invention, every

innovation has always come

from someone who

disagreed with the status

quo. That is why the

Athenian law maker, Solon,

undoubtedly one of those

who cradled Democracy,

once decreed it a crime for

citizens to shrink from

controversy. No Parliament

anywhere can win a

popularity contest and

Parliaments are not meant

to receive praise. Any

Parliament that receives

praises especially from the

Executive must be an

assemblage of enablers who

have abandoned fidelity to

their oath of office," he


Indeed, the Speaker

Dogara’s stellar

performance is as a result

of a combination of his upbringing

and his leadership

skill, honed over time from

experiences gathered in

various positions he held

both as a member of the

House and as a lawyer.

Exemplary lives of

service, sacrifice and


To him, public office is not

meant for personal gains but

for public good and it is his

philosophy that leaders

should at all times live

exemplary lives of service,

sacrifice and selflessness so

that greater good can be

delivered for the greater

number of the people.

That ability to reach out,

to concede, to compromise

for peace, to expand his

tentacles, to build consensus

and remain calm and

steady even in the face of

unwarranted provocation

from agent provocateur, was

what distinguished him as

a leader.

As he rightly reminded

his colleagues four years

ago, members of the House

are heirs to a long tradition

where debates are robustly

undertaken, where radicalism

flows as an institutional

prerogative; 8th House

under Dogara has truly

demonstrated that it is the

bulwark for the defense of

the rights and privileges of

the common man, the

champion of the rights of the

weak and poor and anchor

for the wellbeing of the

Nigerian people.

Leaders are judged and

assessed by the records of

their works while in office

and in this instance, no one

needed to invent facts or

even search for alternative

facts because the facts are

there and speak for

themselves. The 8th House

has given Nigerians many

firsts which time and space

cannot permit me to

enumerate but all the

numerous landmark and


achievements are there for

all to see. This is just an

attempt to highlight,

appreciate and appraise the

Green Chamber from a very

close range as a direct

witness to this historic


Surely, posterity will be

just and fair to Hon Dogara

for the leadership he

provided in one of Nigeria's

most trying and

challenging times in our

history as a nation.

Hassan is the Special

Adviser (Media & Public

Affairs) to Rt. Hon. Yakubu


Sudanese usurpers and Africa’s

neo-colonial army

ONE of the most memorable

places I have ever visited is

the Corinthia Hotel on Nile Street,

Khartoum. My favourite past time

each time I visited, was having an

early morning breakfast in the high

rise restaurant in the hotel. There, I

sit facing the confluence where the

White Nile which began its lifeenriching

journey from Burundi’s

Ruvyironza waters and those of

Rwanda’s Nyungwe, flowing into the

Kagera River in Tanzania from

where it embarks on a 3,700-

kilometre journey, to meet the Blue

Nile. The colours of the later which

began its 1,450-kilometre journey

from Lake Tania, in Ethiopia are

clearly distinguishable from the

White Nile.

Whenever I sit watching this

mesmerising eternal marriage of the

Nile which then flows to Egypt, I never

fail to recall that it gave rise to

modern civilization. The confluence

last week continued its flow, but it

also yielded the unsightly images of

bloated bodies: those of prodemocracy

activists and protesters

who had on April 11, sent off the al-

Bashir government and swept its

contents, including President Omar

al-Bashir into prison. The new

dictators, while calling for continued

‘negotiations’, murdered least 101

protesters for insisting on civil


The Sudanese military is behaving

like the man Leo Tolstoy wrote about:

“I sit on a man’s back choking him

and making him carry me, and yet

assure myself and others that I am

sorry for him and wish to lighten his

load by all mean possible…except

by getting off his back”.

The on-going peoples’ uprising

began in December, 2018 with

protests against the rising prices of

bread and a poorly managed

economy. The Sudanese generals

had pretended they were one with

the people and supported their move

to democratise the country. They

even exchanged shots with

functionaries of the Bashir

government to give the false

impression that they wanted

change. But all they have done is to

sacrifice Bashir, and impose a

deadlier regime.

The Sudanese people had clear

identifiable leaders who

spearheaded the revolution and all

they want is for the civil populace to

govern. The neo-colonial military,

while claiming to agree, wore the

people down in endless

‘negotiations” while re-building its

forces that had been overwhelmed

by the peoples movement. Even while

it claimed it was engaged in

negotiations on civil control and was

yet to settle the question whether the

transition government will be

headed by civilians or the

military, General Abdel Fattah al-

Burhan went on state visits as the

head of state.

He was in Egypt where a similar

betrayal of a peoples’ movement had

taken place and a more murderous

General, later ‘Field Marshall’

Abdul fatah el-Sisi had seized power

on July 3, 2013. General Burhan, still

pretending to be the Sudanese head

of state visited Saudi Arabia and the

United Arab Emirates who gave him

$500 million to consolidate his

position in Sudan. They promised

him a further $2.5 billion if he can

After slavery and

colonialism, the

single most tragic

occurrence in Africa

which is also largely

responsible for its


is military


quash the pro-democracy protests

and bring Sudan under the tutelage

of both countries and their masters

in Washington.

It is the culture of the neo-colonial

armies of Africa to arrest genuine

change. The Sudanese army was

established in 1898 by colonial

Britain’s General Herbert Kitchener

to serve colonial interests. The

process of indigenizing the officer

corps to give it Sudanese flavour,

began in 1900.

When the country became

independent in 1956, the military

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was fractured into ethno-religious

and political alliances. The

military was constantly planning

coups, then Colonel Gaafar

Mohamed el-Nimeiry, a

1966 graduate of the United States

Army Command College at Fort

Leavenworth, Kansas, succeeded in

overthrowing the Ismail al-Azhari

government in 1969. When a

peoples’ uprising toppled Nimeiry

in 1985, the military led by General

Abdel al-Dahab, opportunistically

took over. This is the history being

replicated today.

The typical neo-colonial military

officer in Africa comes from lowly

background, is sucked into an

institution in which he is trained with

public funds and, in comparison

with other public officers, is well paid

with good welfare package. But in

the absence of war, and apart from

training, does no productive work.

Despite this, he is quick to demand

more benefits and is ready to subvert

the peoples’ will, especially where

there is move to change the system

as is happening in Sudan.

A former Nigeria Police public

relations officer, Alozie

Ogbugbuaja, in the 1990s told a

Tribunal of Inquiry that the military

was not seriously engaged; so from

noon, the officers could be found at

their mess drinking pepper soup and

beer; hence they had all the time to

plan coups. He was victimized,

transferred out of Lagos, detained

and pushed out of the police. Even

in retirement, the most popular

policeman in Nigerian history, was

not allowed to find his feet.

I grew under the cumulative 29-

year military rule in Nigeria and was

shocked when I encountered a

different kind of military on the

streets of Havana. This was a

military whose primary duties

included constructing mass housing,

clearing drainage and generally

being productive like the rest of the

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populace. Yet when it came to

fighting one of the most ruthless

armies in the world, the South

African Defence Forces, the Cuban

Army proved to be matchless.

I could not but reflect that while

back home, the military was

alienated from other Nigerians

whom they call “bloody civilians”,

in Cuba the military is an integral

part of the people, and soldiers are

expected to be better behaved than

other citizens. Yet, it is not because

Cuba is a communist country. In

non-communist European countries,

the soldier exhibits the highest

decorum on the streets.

A decade and half ago, I spent about

two weeks in Vienna, Austria; not

once did I see a soldier in uniform.

In fact, the only times I saw

policemen in uniform was at the

train station. Initially, I saw none,

and had to ask a Nigerian resident if

there were no policemen in the

country. She told me I should try once

or twice to cross the road with the

pedestrian red light on, that is when

I will discover that the passerby

might be a policeman.

With very few exceptions like in

Mouamar Ghadafi in Libya and

Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso,

Africa’s military regimes have been

a curse. After slavery and

colonialism, the single most tragic

occurrence in Africa which is also

largely responsible for its

underdevelopment, is military

dictatorship. Spreading like Ebola,

military dictatorship infected 15 of

the 16 West African countries; only

Senegal was spared.

Today, most of Africa continue to

suffer from the withdrawal

symptoms of military dictatorship

which include impunity, disregard

for the legislature, disdain for the

judiciary, corruption of the electoral

process, a dictatorial mindset and

general lack of respect for the


2023: Case for a Christian president

By John Zikeyi

CURRENT estimates put the Christian

and Moslem population in Nigeria at

almost par, though some estimates give a slight

edge to Moslems in the country. While the North

is predominantly Moslem, the South is

predominantly Christian. Yet, these broad

categories ignore significant populations of

both faiths across both sections of the country.

For instance, the Middle Belt and parts of the

North East have significant Christian

populations, while the South West has

significant Moslem population.

The balance of the faiths has encouraged a

balancing act in the choice of political leaders

but there are fears that if current projections

are right Christians will have a hard time

leading this country in future.

According to the Pew Research Centre,

Nigeria’s delicate population balance between

Christians and Moslems will tip significantly

over the coming years. It predicts that by 2060,

some 40 years away, 60.5 percent of the

country’s projected population of 283.2 million

people will be Moslems, while Christians will

make up just about 37 percent. Four years ago

in 2015, Moslems made up 50 percent as

against 48.1 percent for Christians.

The implication of the large shift in the

population is significant in political terms,

especially for Nigeria where political

leadership at the national level and in several

states have been coloured by partisan interests

such as religion and ethnicity.

In the country’s history there have only been

four heads of state/presidents who were

Christians and seven Moslem heads of state/

presidents. The Christian heads of state and

presidents were General Aguiyi Ironsi, General

Yakubu Gowon, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

The Moslem leaders have been General

Murtala Muhammed, Alhaji Shehu Shagari,

General Ibrahim Babangida, General Sani

Abacha, General Abdusalam Abubakar,

President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and

President Muhammadu Buhari. While all of

the military heads of state came through coup

d’états facilitated by their positions in the

military, the political leaders have emerged

through an unwritten understanding that

power should rotate between the North and

South and between Moslem and Christian to

breed inclusiveness and cohesion. So far that

principle has held at the national level.

Given the ethnic and religious mix at the

national level and in many states, there has

been a deliberate attempt to balance the

leadership between the two faiths such that

there is a Christian deputy when a Moslem is

president and vice versa.

This assures most people that at the highest

level of decision-making they are represented.

This has been the practice over the years but at

no time is it more necessary than now when

the country is buffeted on all sides by conflicts

and cries of partisanship. Yet, the signal from

certain quarters raise fears and call us to


In the last general election, the Kaduna State

governor, Nasir el Rufai, went against the grain

of this basic understanding to present a

Moslem-Moslem ticket, which eventually won

the election in a state with a significant

Christian population. While the governor

called his decision an informed one based on

competence, many people saw it as pushing

the envelope too much. In the words of Femi

Fani-Kayode, when the governor’s decision

was made November last year: “It is wrong,

divisive, dangerous, provocative and insulting

for Nasir el Rufai to field a Moslem-Moslem

ticket in the governorship election in a state

like Kaduna in which 50 percent of the people

are Christians and in which thousands of

Christians were butchered over the last three


Indeed, we have had cases in the past, like

the famous ticket of the Social Democratic

Party in 1993 which had both Moslems - Chief

MKO Abiola and Alhaji Baba Gana Kingibe -

on the ballot, and which is generally believed

to have won the annulled election. But Nigeria

has drifted terribly in recent years because of

nepotism in government and the reality that

political leaders have exploited their

leadership positions to apportion favours on

partisan parameters, including religion.

A clear case in point is in the distribution of

local governments across the country, which

has seen less populated dominant Moslem

states with more local governments than states

in the South with significant Christian

population. These were largely enabled by the

military governments but they have come to

stay as immutable facts of the Nigerian reality,

Christians must insist on a

shift not just in the

geopolitical origin of the

next president but on a

Christian president

perpetuating a culture of discrimination

against Christians.

A second reality of the adverse effect of

sectional dominance is the nepotism that has

attended the federal administration such that

the key security agencies are all headed by

Moslems. This has led to cries of sectionalism

from minorities and Christians, reinforced by

cases of pogroms against them. Over the last

few years, criminals working in tandem with

herdsmen have terrorised communities across

the Christian states, especially in the North,

burning churches, razing villages and

something akin to religious cleansing. These

security challenges have raised fears of

exclusion across sections not in power. .

President Buhari has already kicked off his

second term in office, which will run till 2023,

by which time the Presidency should go to the

South and to the Christian faith. Already,

permutations are afoot in both the ruling All

Progressives Congress and opposition Peoples

Democratic Party on the succession. Christians

must insist on their due right, despite the

obvious undercurrent to raise the ‘competence’

argument as a smokescreen to continue the

tradition of nepotism and sectional


Balancing the presidency and political

offices are central to guaranteeing inclusion

in Nigeria. The country is too fragile, with

widespread insecurity, reports of ethnic and

religious cleansing and partisanship to

disregard the zoning principle and religious

sensibilities. The recently released 2019

Fragile States Index ranks Nigeria as the 14th

most fragile state in the world, with a score of

98.5 out of a maximum 120 points, even much

worse than Mali. Insecurity and

marginalisation of ethnic and religious groups

have not helped. There are fears that more

crises will come if equity takes a flight in the

sharing of political offices.

The National Assembly has already been

inaugurated and for the first time since the

return to democracy the heads of the two arms

- Senate and House of Representatives - are

Moslems given the victory of Senator Ahmed

Lawan as Senate president and Mr.Femi

Gbajabiamila as speaker. These fears have

been raised by different political and pressure

groups because it means that for the first time

Moslems occupy three of the four leading

political offices at the federal level, with the

vice president being the only non-Moslem.

Added to the fact that the Chief Justice of

Nigeria is also a Moslem and key military

and intelligence agencies are led by Moslems,

the possibility of further tension and cries of

marginalisation are not farfetched. This

permissiveness must not set the tone for the

presidency in 2023.

Christians must insist on a shift not just in

the geopolitical origin of the next president

but on a Christian president.

•Zikeyi, a pastor, wrote from Abraka, Delta State

32 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14 , 2019


By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

GEMINI; Many people are not in the mood to take

thing lightly probably because of tension generated by

the Moon and Saturn. Thus you’ll need to be prepared

to take responsibility of whatever you do and/or say.

CANCER; Unnecessary argument can not help your

cause today, no matter how logical you think you are.

Take domestic issues more seriously than before.

LEO; good results, your mood looks less buoyant. Whatever

this is the wrong time to gamble with matters of the


VIRGO; Since you cant run away from your shadow it

is better you face challenges coming your way both at

home and in the office. Eventual success’ll be yours very


LIBRA; Although, partnership related issues are becoming

seriously, today you will need to rely on your

creative mind to get the desired results.

SCORPIO; Similar to yesterday as money continues

to dominate issues. This is the wrong time to rely too

heavily on friends either for assistance or advice.

SAGITTARIUS; You’ll continue to be relevant in the

scheme of things, although you’ll be made to operate

under pressure through career/business related affairs

but great success indicated for you today. Be stable.

CAPRICORN; It’s your day when good luck’ll crown

your efforts. The more secretive you are the better for

your cause. Avoid unnecessary argument.



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


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”



One spoon of

soup in need

has more value

than a pot of

soup when we

have an abundance

of food.



By Kola Fayemi

AQUARIUS; Reliable associates of yours may unconsciously

disappoint you .Nursing false hope may force

emotion to run very high. Be patient please.


PISCES; If you like to cut-corners you’ll need to prepare

for unpleasant surprise as those you least expect’ll

disappoint you. Prepare to protect your image.

ARIES; Relying on the element of luck today may fail

to give you the desired results. Then it’ll be wrong of you

to disrespect the law and/or it’s enforcement agents.

TAURUS; It’s important to differentiate between enterprise,

gambling and adventure, because you may not

go free by unnecessary mistake. Take love very seriously.



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


Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, 7, Apapa, Lagos

Who am I?

Dear Joshua,

Kindly analyse my star and tell me the type of person I

am. Because not only other people do misunderstand me I

do not sometimes know myself. Please tell me the truth.


Dear Amize,

As you were born when both career-oriented-Saturn and

loving Venus were prominent in the heaven, you are giving

to both ambition and love related issues. And with

Venus having more powers than Saturn, PEACE, LOVE

and harmony will always have final influence whenever

you are to take important final decision.

As loving, gentle, caring and good hearted as you are,

with your final-dispositor (Venus) at 90th degree apart to

rebellious Uranus in Kingly Leo, FREEDOM and JUS-

TICE must come to play before the said love and peace

will get your final approval.

Naturally Cancer makes it’s natives to appear timid and

cool headed but another vigorous aspect in your chart is

conjunction formed by aggressive Mars and manipulative

Pluto when you were born; thus your will-power is

very strong, making it difficult for people to manipulate

you at will.

To crown it all the Moon (an indicator of sub-consciousself

) was placed in genius related Aquarius. Therefore

will power strengthened by educated mind will always

want to have FREEDOM.

With your natal Sun (basic selfhood) and Moon placed

in Cancer and Aquarius respectively, you are mainly a

Cancer born person and partly Aquarian; meaning that

basic characteristics of the two said Star sings (Cancer

and Aquarius) are highly pronounced in your inner-self.




By Lawrence Akapa

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Transparency Int'l, CISLAC

allege military involvement in oil

theft in N-Delta

By Davies





International and Civil

Society Legislative

Advocacy Centre, CISLAC,

have alleged that military

men are complicit in oil

theft in the Niger Delta,

adding that they (military)

provide cover for the

thieves to operate.

The international nongovernmental


also said for the menace to

be tackled, the military

must stop their alleged

involvement in oil theft.

TI and CISLAC disclosed

this in a six-page

discussion paper in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State,

yesterday at a one-day

validation meeting and

media report launch on

military involvement in oil

theft in the Niger Delta.


International noted that six

different independent

researchers conducted,

with interviews and focus

group discussions in the

Niger Delta between

February and July 2018, in

Bayelsa, Cross River and

Rivers states.

It also noted that the

researchers observed busy

scenes at several points

where refined oil products

were unloaded in Port

Harcourt, Abonnema Wharf

Jetty, Creek Road jetty, Woji

jetty, Marine Base Jetty and

Iwofe Jetty within the


The report claimed that

military involvement in the

menace is seen at the

tapping points, bush

refining during

transportation stage.

Speaking, the Programme

Manager of CISLAC,

Salaudeen Hashim, said

Transparency International

and CISLAC launched

investigation into the

alleged involvement of

military in the menace,

adding that reports of the

investigation proved it to be


Hashim said: “For over a

year, we looked into the

serious issue, which is

military involvement in oil

bunkering and theft. Some

of the revelations made by

the natives raise serious

concern. One is that there

is a level of facilitation by the

security coverage to those

who are involved in oil thief.

“There is an organised

criminality on our oil in the

region. The concern at this

point is how this has created

economic sabotage and

dented the image of the

military and caused its

distrust by the people.”

Protect our democracy, Osanebi

tells Nigerians

By Festus Ahon


e m b e r

representing Ndokwa East

Constituency in the Delta

State House of Assembly,

Mr Friday Ossai Osanebi,

has charged Nigerians to

protect and sustain the

nation’s thriving

democracy as the country

celebrates 20 years of

unbroken civilian rule.

Speaking to newsmen in

his home town, Beneku,

Ndokwa East, when he

hosted 'his constituents,

friends and others to a party

to celebrate his first son’s

10th year birthday

anniversary and Nigeria

democracy, he said June 12

was special to the entire

Osanebi family and to the

people of Ndokwa East.

Osanebi said democracy

has brought development

to the country when

compared to the period of

military rule, noting that

though the nation is not

where it ought to be, a lot

of progress had been made

since 1999.

He urged people of the

Ndokwa nation to sustain

their support for the

Okowa-led administration

in order to build a stronger

Delta State.

The lawmaker said “The

governor means well for

Ndokwa nation. Several

life transforming projects

had been embarked upon

with some completed while

others are ongoing.”

Bayelsa host communities lauded

on peoples-oriented projects

By Emem Idio

Y leaders ENAGOA—THE

of Dodo

River Communities Rural

Development Association,

DRCDA, in Ekeremor Local

Government Area of

Bayelsa State, have been

commended for

successfully managing the

General Memorandum of

Understanding, GMoU,

with the execution and

commissioning of over 52

projects across five

communities of the state.

General Manager, Policy,

Government and Public

Affairs, DRCDA, Mr

Esimaje Brikinn, gave the

commendation at the 7th

Annual General Meeting,

AGM, of the association in

Yenagoa, yesterday.

According to Brikinn, the

AGM represents another

milestone in the

implementation of the

GMoU geared towards

bringing more benefits to

the people of its host

community, as he urged the

communities’ leaders and

stakeholders to continue to



implementations of the

GMoU to enable the

communities reap more

benefits from the agreement.

Nigeria not standing well at the moment


By Ike Uchechukwu


Pan Niger Delta

Forum, PANDEF, has again

said that Nigeria as a

country was not “standing

well” at the moment,

stressing that the people

need restructuring for

growth and even

development across board.

Air Cmdr Idongesit

Nkanga (retd), National

Chairman, PANDEF spoke

in Calabar while

inaugurating the Cross

River Chapter of the Forum,


He said, “Nigeria must be

restructured so that the

Niger Delta can have a say.

Nigeria as it is, is not

standing well because we

cannot have first class

citizens living in a second

class economy.

“All our citizens must

have equal opportunities

and what is obtainable in

other climes must apply

here as people are revolting

over old ways of doing


“Niger Delta is a land of

peace and our language is

one because we speak with

one voice, which is to

ensure that peace is

sustained in a bid to

complement government

effort in a bid to bring

growth and development.

“Revolution is taking

place in the Niger Delta and

Cross River State cannot

afford to be asleep. For

instance, the Bakassi issue

is still in the front burner,

ours is to advocate while

government implements.

“We are economically and

socially marginalised, our

region is dying, we need

urban renewal in the Niger

Delta and we need it now.

You cannot be a first class

citizen and live in a second

class economy,” he said.

On her part, Amb. Nkoyo

Toyo lamented the plight of

Bakassi people, urging

PANDEF to take the bull by

its horn as the region has

been completely neglected,

adding that there was a rise

in the number Internally

displaced people in the

Niger Delta.

“I call on PANDEF to take

the bull by its horn. Our

•Says we can't be 1st citizens living in a 2nd class economy

region is almost dead,

cities like Port-Harcourt

needs re- urbanisation,

IDPs are on the rise

especially from Cameroon,

NUJ, Anioma youths congratulate Omo-Agege

By Festus Ahon,

Evelyn Usman &

Ochuko Akuopha


of Journalists,

NUJ, Delta State Council

and a non-governmental

organisation, Anioma

Youths Network for

Development, AYND, have

described the emergence of

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

as Deputy Senate President

as a divine manifestation of

the will of God in the affairs

of men.

NUJ noted that Omo-

Agege's victory “represents

a solid voice for the people

of Delta Central, Delta State

in particular and the South-

South geopolitical zone in

general,” adding that God

had ways of confounding

the wisdom of men’s

calculations and


Congratulating Omo-

Agege on his election, the

state council of the union,

in a statement by it’s

Chairman, Michael

Ikeogwu and Secretary,

Churchill Oyowe said the

elevation of “Omo-Agege in

the face of suffocating

opposition was a

demonstration of the will of

God at work.”

Urging Nigerians to take

a cue from Omo-Agege’s

elevation and remain

steadfast in believing the

Lord for a greater,

prosperous and united

Nigeria, the union said that

nothing was too difficult for

God to turn around.

On its part, AYND in a

statement by its National

Coordinator and Publicity

Secretary, Mr Odita Sunday

and Frank Oshanugor,

respectively, advised Omo-

Agege to use his office to

address insecurity in the

country among other

burning issues.

The statement read:

“AYND expresses its

appreciation to the senators

who deemed it fit to vote for

we need to look into it as

soon as possible.”

Also speaking, former

Deputy Governor of Cross

River, Efiok Cobham

Omo-Agege, a lawmaker

from South-South,

considered from a minority

zone of the country.

“While rejoicing with the

new Deputy President,

AYND advises him to see

Respect rights of others, NIS boss

charges officers Nigerian Immigration



By Gabriel


N I N —


of the Edo State Command

of the Nigerian

Immigration Service, NIS,

Mr. Ralph Eniolorunda,

has charged officers and

men of the service to always

respect the fundamental

rights of all persons that

come their ways while

performing their duties.

He gave the charge

yesterday in Benin City,

during the decoration of 57

personnel of the command,

who were promoted to their

next ranks by the

Comptroller General of the


M e m b e r


Ndokwa East, Delta

State House of

Assembly and

former Deputy

Speaker of the

House, Rt. Hon.

Friday Osanebi, his

wife, Ogechi,

daughter, Jessy,

sons, Joshua and

Geoffery at the 10th

birthday celebration

of Joshua in

Beneku, Ndokwa

East Local

Government Area,

Delta State.

tasked PANDEF to ensure

that ex-agitators who have

acquired different degrees

are absorbed into the

Nigerian system.

his election as a challenge

to his leadership ability at

a time Nigeria is facing

difficulty in different aspects

of her national life,

prominent among which is

the issue of insecurity.''


He said, “Promotion is

from God. God will not be

happy if you are promoted

and you fail to do the right

thing. You must respect and

enforce the fundamental

rights of all those who come

to do business with you.

“You must realise that

your promotion goes with

a lot of responsibilities. You

have to live up to the

expectations expected of

you and justify the

confidence repose in you

by the service.

“You must be diligent,

vigilant and patient with all

those who come to do

business with you and you

must continue to uphold the

good image of the service.”

Labour Party gets new leadership

THE Labour Party,

LP, has re-elected its

National Chairman, Alhaji

Abdulkadir Abdulsalam,

alongside other national

officers to lead the party for

the next fours under a

keenly contested and

peaceful national

convention of the party held

in Akwanga, Nasarawa


Also, other newly elected

officers during the

convention, ardently

observed by officials of

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, include, Maria

Lebeke, Alhaji Bashiru

Lamidi and Platform as

Deputy National


The elected National Vice

Chairmen include Sunday

Okeke for South East; Bode

Simon,South West; Favour

Reuben, South South; Adi

Shirsha, North Central;

Alkali Mohammed, North

East and Umar Faouk

Ibrahim, North West.

While Julius Abure

emerged the party’s

National Secretary, Mr.

Kenedy Chigozie and

Alhaji Saleh Lawan were

elected Deputy National

Secretaries, respectively.

Others are Mrs.

Oluchukwu Oparah,

National Treasurer; Mrs.

Dupe Sanyaolu, National

Women Leader; Gbenga

Daramola, National

Financial; Secretary,

Innocent Lagi, National

Publicity Secretary;

Clement Ojukwu, National

Organising Secretary and

Akingbade Oyelaki,

National Legal Adviser.

34—Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Emergence of Anambra

Speaker follows party’s

zoning arrangement— APGA


chairman, All

Progressive Grand

Alliance, APGA, Dr. Victor

Oye, says zoning of

Speaker of Anambra State

7th House of Assembly to

Anambra North is in line

with party’s arrangement.

Oye, who spoke in Awka

on the sidelines of the

inauguration of the

Assembly, said: “It is not

true that we denied

Anambra South the

speakership because you

know APGA is a party with

well-defined ideology and


“We have also issued a

statement in that regard

from my office to address

the issue.

“We are also conscious

By Peter Okutu


Federal Government,

through National

Horticultural Research

Institute, NIHORT,

yesterday, began a

specialised training and

empowerment of 80

unemployed youths,

including women in

Ebonyi State.

The three-day training,

which brought the trainees

from Ohaozara, Ivo,

Onicha and Ishielu Local

Government areas was

centred on Scent Leaf and

Telfairia production and

value chain addition in the


Declaring the training

open in collaboration

with Sagad Interbiz

Nigeria Ltd. at Uburu,

Ohaozara council, the

Executive Director of the

2nd Niger Bridge

project gets website



Nigeria Plc has launched

a dedicated website,


for the Second

River Niger Bridge project,

to make progress visible to

the public.

A statement by the

construction firm said

visitors to the site will have

access to visually-driven

content, mainly photos and

videos, reflecting the actual

status of construction works

along with key facts and

regularly updated data

relevant to project’s progress.

The bridge, a Federal

Government project that is

being managed by the

Ministry of Power, Works

and Housing in

of the fact that the

present administration

under Governor Willie

Obiano will terminate in

2021 and our zoning of

the seat of governor will

go to the South.”

He said he was

confident that the

inaugurated members of

the Assembly would

work as a team,

describing them as a

collection of intellectuals,

whose integrity and

capabilities were not in


Also speaking, the

traditional ruler of

Ndikelionwu, Professor

Chukwuemeka Ike, said

Anambra State was on a

pedestal of development,

wishing the state well.

FG trains, empowers 80

youths, women in Ebonyi

Institute, Dr. Abayomi

Olaniyan, stated that the

empowerment of youths

on Telfairia and Scent

Leaf production would

go a long way in

reducing the menace of

unemployment in the

country, improve food

security and sustainable


According to him,

“training on value

addition will improve the

capacity of stakeholders

in reducing post-harvest

losses being

experienced in the

commodities value

chain; the crops also

have export potential to

attract foreign exchange


“I implore participants

to pay critical attention to

all sessions to make the

best use of this golden


collaboration with the

Nigeria Sovereign

Investment Authority, is

expected to bring great

relief to the many

commuters who currently

use the over 50-year-old

Niger Bridge.

Expected to be

completed by February

2022, it will also link

Onitsha and Aba markets,

as well as the industrial hub

of Nnewi and beyond, to

the Northern and

Southern parts of the


Upon completion, the

project will reduce strain

on the current bridge, ease

traffic flow, create

opportunities for local


Okorocha finally sworn in

By Chinonso


State, Owelle Rochas

Okorocha, has been swornin

when other senators were

inaugurated and the

those who had closely

followed his politics.

as the Senator leadership of the Senate “He would remain broad

O WERRI—ROCHAS representing Imo West constituted.”

minded and Godly in his

Okorocha, the Senatorial District.

The former governor politics and would also be

immediate past governor of

Imo State, has been sworn

“He was sworn-in at the

Red Chambers of the

recalled his experience and

said “he has no regret over

in the forefront of any

action or move that would

in as the Senator National Assembly on the politics that had strengthen the oneness of

representing Imo West Thursday, June characterised the issuance the nation, since it pays

senatorial district yesterday, 13(yesterday) by the clerk of his certificate of return, to be united than to be

just as he blamed of the Senate, Chief Nelson since the whole drama had divided.”

marginalisation of Igbo in Ayewoh. The former worked together for good. Declaring his stand on

the 9th National Assembly governor and now a “And the whole the controversial issue of

leadership on lawmakers distinguished Senator, had development should also be the marginalisation of the

from the South-East. also signed all the seen as one of the indices Igbo in the choice of

Okorocha was quoted to necessary documents of a growing democracy Principal Officers of the

have said this by his requiring his signature. like ours. Senator Okorocha National Assembly,

Special Adviser on Media,

Sam Onwuemeodo, in

“The swearing-in event

had come barely 48 hours

would also continue to take

serious exception to politics

Okorocha said: “The truth

is that both the questions

Owerri, after he was sworn after the Independent of vindictiveness, and answers about what

in, adding that he would not National Electoral clannishness, bitterness, the issue is all about, lie

disappoint the people of his

senatorial district.

Commission, INEC, issued

him his certificate of return

hatred and do-or-die.

“In his politics, he has

with the Igbo themselves.

“Finally, as a Senator,

According to which had remained never been associated Okorocha won’t

Onwuemeodo, “this is to

inform all men and women

of the good tidings that the

former governor of Imo

contentious for months and

which also prevented the

former governor from being

inaugurated last Tuesday

with any of these vices

and that was why the

accusation of duress was

strange to him and to all

disappoint the people of

Imo West Senatorial

District, Imo people and

Nigerians in general.”

GIRLS IN ICT: Commercial Director, Vodacom Business Nigeria, Solomon Ogufere(3rd

left), presenting the winning prize for best website design during the Girls in ICT competition

to students of Grace High School, Gbagada, at Vodacom Office in Lagos, yesterday.

INEC reviews 2019 polls in Anambra

By Vincent




National Electoral

Commission, INEC, in

Anambra State, yesterday,

reviewed the conduct of the

2019 general election and

identified violence and card

reader failure as the major

challenges it encountered

in the state.

The review session

involved collation officers,

electoral officers and

assistant electoral officers

from all the 21 local

government areas of the

state, as well as facilitators

from the INEC

headquarters in Abuja.

The state Resident

Electoral Commissioner,

REC, Dr. Nkwachukwu

Orji, who addressed the

participants on behalf of the

INEC National

Commissioner in charge of

Anambra, Enugu and

Benue states, Chief Festus

Okoye, said it was a routine

exercise after every general

election, adding that this

year’s was the third time

the commission carried out

the review exercise since

the return of democracy.

He expressed hope that

the problems encountered

during the last elections

would be corrected to

ensure smooth exercise in

the future.

The participants narrated

By Dennis Agbo


N i g e r i a


Commission, NCC, has

disclosed its partnership

with the Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, to curb

their experiences during

the polls, with many saying

the failure of card readers,

violence in many polling

units and collation centres,

as well as pressures from

outside the commission

almost marred the election

despite adequate


Orji also urged the INEC

officials to point out all the

interferences during the

polls, adding that their

views would guide the

commission in preparing for

future elections.


NCC Deputy Director,

Consumer Affairs Bureau,

Ismail Adedigba, made

the disclosure in Udi,

Enugu State yesterday at

a consumers’ awareness

campaign on mitigation of

cybercrimes in the

Altogether, 42 items that

affected the 2019 were

considered by the

participants and

suggestions were made on

ways to improve conduct of

future elections in the


One of the facilitators from

the INEC headquarters in

Abuja, Mrs. Pricilla

Ezeigwe, assured the

participants that their

recommendations would

form part of the

preparations for future


NCC, CBN partner to curb cybercrimes


He said since most

cybercrimes are prevalent

in banking system, NCC

as regulator of the

cyberspace had to go into

an alliance with the apex

bank to mitigate the


Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019—35

Delta HoS tasks civil servants

on improved productivity

By Victor Young

DELTA State Head of

Service, HoS, Mr

Reginald Bayoko, yesterday

pleaded with the state's

servants to double their

efforts to enable Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa fulfill his

second term electoral

promises to the people of the


The HoS, however,

expressed his gratitude to the

workers of the state for their

cooperation, commitment

and support in the last three

years he assumed office as


According to Bayoko, in a

statement to mark his third

year in office, “For us in the

public service, at whatever

station or rung of the ladder,

the onus is on us to lead by

example, not only as public

officers for whom public

office is a public trust, but also

as moral beacons of the

public sector.

“This is the challenge

Sharta applauds Omo-Agege’s

emergence as DSP



Congress candidate for

Delta State House of

Assembly, Udu

Constituency, in the justconcluded


election, Benjamin Sharta,

has congratulated Senator




Iferemegbuewe Osian

(a.k.a) Black Moses, 61, of

Ileje Quarters, Umunede in

Ika North East Local

Government Area, Delta

State is dead.

The funeral service holds

at Foundation of Truth

Ministry, Umunede today

and interment at his family

compound, 24, Hospital

Road, Umunede, Delta

State same day. He is

survived by children and

other family relations.

before all of us and our ability

to live it will determine the

level of success the state

government attains in service

delivery and what shape the

future we bequeath to our


'Going by the policy thrust

of this administration led

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, and

in line with the SMART

Agenda that is translating to

peace, progress and

prosperity, the governor has

provided the civil service the

platform to, at any given

time, contribute to the growth

of the state.

"It is on this premise that I

urge civil servants in the

state to reflect on what we

have done in the last three

years since I assumed office

as HoS and on how we can

double our efforts to

exponentially increase

productivity and the

efficiency of the civil service,

for the overall benefit of the

state as envisaged by our


NDE to train 1,000

unemployed youths in Delta

By Festus Ahon


Government through

the National Directorate of

Employment, NDE, has

listed 1,000 youths to be

trained in various skills as

part of efforts to reduce the

problem of unemployment

plaguing the country.

Flagging off the

orientation, yesterday, in

Asaba, acting State Coordinator

of NDE, Mrs.

Roseline Enebeli, said 550

youths would be trained in

“quick-win demand driven

skill sets, 400 in

cosmetology while 50

would be trained in schoolon-wheels.”

Enebeli said the

orientation exercise for

newly recruited trainees of

B-National Open

Apprenticeship Scheme of

Vocational Skills

Development Department

in Asaba was to address the

beneficiaries of the skill

acquisition programme.

She expressed hope that

the youths, after the

training would be the next

generation of cosmetology

products producers, fashion

designers, electricians,

computer operators,

bricklayers and tillers.

According to her, "the

youths, at the end of their

training, will create several

other jobs, which would

impact on the country’s


Ovie Omo-Agege on his

emergence as Deputy

Senate President.

Sharta commended the

leadership qualities of

Omo-Agege and his

acceptance across party

lines, adding: “His victory

is a pendulum moving in

the right direction.”

In his words: “Senator

Omo-Agege is a father, a

friend, a brother to all and

a son to all party members.

He is a dependable ally

and a man that will always

stand by what is just and


" Omo-Agege is the right

man for the job and the

senators made no mistake

by electing him, adding

that he would make the

Urhobo, Delta Central,

Delta State and Nigerians

in general proud by

contributing his quota to

the development of the


GRADUATION: From left, Chief Executive Officer, Corona Schools’ Trust Council, Mrs.

Adeyoyin Adesina; 2019 Valedictorian, Miss Shalom Emeka; Chairman, Corona Secondary

School Board of Trustees, Mr. Niyi Yusuf, and Principal, Corona Secondary School, Agbara,

Mrs. Chinedum Oluwadamilola, during school's 2019 graduation and valedictory service

with theme “Excellence As a Culture” held at the school compound in Agbara, Ogun State.

PDP to Kogi election tribunal: Dino Melaye,

Dino Daniel Melaye're same person

By Boluwaji


PEOPLES Democratic

Party, PDP, has

informed Kogi State

National Assembly Election

Petition Tribunal that

Senator Dino Melaye and

Senator Dino Daniel

Melaye are the same

person, contrary to the

senator’s earlier claim.

Melaye had in a

preliminary motion claimed

that Senator Smart Adeyemi

was suing a wrong person

at the tribunal and asked the

tribunal to dismiss the

application demanding the

cancellation of his election.

Melaye, while

responding to the petition

told the tribunal that the

petitioner addressed the

wrong person by describing

him as Senator Dino

Melaye in the petition,

claiming his name was

Dino Daniel Melaye.

Melaye in the motion said:

“Take notice, 1st respondent

(Melaye) shall before or at

the hearing of the petition,

urge this honourabIe

tribunal by way of

preliminary objection seek

to dismiss or strike out the

petition for being grossly

incompetent, thereby

depriving the tribunal of

jurisdiction to entertain


“Take further notice that

the 1st respondent (Melaye)

as stated herein is not a

party interested in the

election petition. The person

sued as 1st respondent

herein is not the person who

was returned as winner of

the election, the subject

matter of this petition.

“The person who was

returned as the winner of

the election, the subject

matter of this petition, is

Melaye Daniel Dino, and

not Senator Dino Melaye,

contrary to the mandatory

provision of paragraph 4(1)

(a) of the 1st Schedule to the

Electoral Act 2010 (as


But at the tribunal’s sitting

yesterday in Abuja, where

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, Kogi West

senatorial district’s

candidate, Senator Smart

Adeyemi, petitioned the

credibility of the election

leading to the emergence of

PDP Kogi West senatorial

district’s candidate, Senator

Dino Melaye, there was a


PDP Administrative

Secretary, Isa Balarabe,

under cross examination

admitted that Dino Melaye

was the person known to the

party and the same person

as Dino Daniel Melaye.

The petitioner during

intense cross examination

had accosted Balarabe with

the tax clearance the PDP

senator used to fill his party

nomination form, which

read only Dino Melaye.

Balarabe confirmed to the

Justice Chijioke-led panel

that the 1st respondent was

known to the PDP as Dino

Melaye which is contrary

to Melaye’s claim.

Meanwhile, Senator

Melaye has closed his

defence before the court

which, subsequently,

adjourned to June 20, 2019

for continuation of hearing.

Expert advises students to always

embrace excellence

By Innocent


CHAIRMAN, Board of

Trustees, BoT, Supreme

Education Foundation,

Lagos, Mr. Peter Bankole,

has called on secondary

school students in the

country to constantly

embrace excellence, which

is the only vehicle that can

drive them to excel in their


Bankole, at the 2019

graduation and valedictory

service of Corona Secondary

School, Agbara, Ogun State,

with the theme, Excellence

as a Culture, where the

school celebrated its

talented, hardworking and

exceptionally brilliant

outgone class of 2019,

admonished the graduands

to uphold the spirit of

Rivers govt'll not tolerate

shutting down of oil

production facilities —Wike


Wike of Rivers State

has stated that the state

government will not

tolerate the shutting down

of oil production facilities of

operating companies in the


Wike said under no

circumstance should

communities take laws

into their hands by

preventing oil companies

from working.

Speaking during a

meeting with Chairmen of

Cluster Development

Boards in Asari-Toru,

Akuku-Toru and Degema

Local Government Areas of

the state with oil companies

and security agencies at the

Government House, Port

Harcourt, yesterday, Wike

directed the immediate

revival of the State Steering

Committee on Cluster

Development Boards.

He said: “I will not

support any company not

to carry out their corporate

social responsibilities to

their host communities.

“However, communities

must not take laws into their

hands. They must not stop

production by the operating

companies. Such actions

will negatively affect the

finances of the Federal

Government, the state and

the local government areas.

“It is important that we do

not allow crisis to occur in

the communities. The

Aeroton rig in one

community was seized.

That rig should be allowed

to work. I called this

meeting because of the

concerns raised by the

operating companies in the

area,” he said.

excellence in all they do, as

they embrace the world.

The educationist noted that

there was nothing

accomplishing than

producing the best people

that will change the world.

He said: “Excellence is not

something that happens. It

is something you plan for,

and you do in a very

meticulous way. And when

you do it consistently, it then

becomes a culture. And once

excellence becomes a

culture, it is very difficult for

you to see mediocre and

associate with it.

"Everything you do, even

in your personal life, would

be different. But it is a

commitment much more

than something else. And I

can only admonish you to

keep the excellent flag flying

as you depart from here today

into the rest of your bright


In her welcome address,

the principal of the school,

Mrs. Chinedum

Oluwadamilola, reeled out

some of accomplishments of

the graduating students and

showered praises on them.

She said:“You have been a

talented, hardworking and

well-behaved class. I am

proud to have been your

principal. This class has

demonstrated a propensity

to succeed on the biggest of

stages. Be it in the classroom,

on the competition surface or

in the community, they have

displayed their talents,

passions, skills,

accomplishments and


36 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Amaechi’s train ride for $2bn silence

IF it had been news about the

former sports minister who had

defiantly sat on $150,000

mistakenly paid into the ministry’s

account by the IAAF, I might have

found it easier to believe. Never mind

Solomon Dalung’s beret and fatigue,

his recalcitrance over the miscued

money is at odds with his socialist

pretensions. The IAAF saga suggests

that he likes money and covets it even

more when it does not belong to him.

Why seize $150,000 in spite of

passionate pleas by IAAF for two

years that only $20,000 was actually

meant to have been transferred?

But Dalung is Dalung, one of

President Muhammadu Buhari’s

many pre-historic discoveries in a

cabinet of strange bedfellows. As

Dalung stood over the sports

ministry’s treasury shortly before

departing on May 29, brooding with

green eyes while the ministry

reluctantly refunded IAAF’s

overpayment of $130,000 - one

certified dollar at a time - a story

was brewing of another minister

who, unlike Dalung, swore publicly

that he does not like money.

Former transport minister, Rotimi

Amaechi, not only disavowed bribes,

he said that he would not even be

tempted, much less yield, because he

does not like money. From the news

last week, temptation may be at the

minister’s door in form of the Lagos-

Ibadan railway construction, which

reports suggested may have been

significantly inflated.

Multiple news reports said while

the 156-km Lagos-Ibadan railway

line is estimated to cost $2 billion,

mostly sourced from loans borrowed

from the Chinese, the same Chinese

could finance the rehabilitation and

construction of Ghana’s 414-km

railway line for $2 billion.

Different sources estimate that the

cost of constructing the Lagos-

Ibadan railway should not be the

same as the cost to build the one in

Ghana - and in fact should be

significantly lower - since Nigeria’s

is roughly one-third shorter, without

any significant differences in gaugetype,

power source or terrain.

Ghana’s discount

To be fair, Amaechi’s tenure had

expired when the news broke, but his

exit cannot justify the silence by him

or by the ministry. The remotest

suggestion that public funds may

have been misspent or that the

country may have been cheated by

partners who appear determined to

drown us in loans, must grieve a

minister who does not like money.

Neither his nor public fund is good

to waste.

Keep in mind that at some stage in

this business - long before Ghana

thought of revamping its own railway

line - Amaechi had invited the

Ghanaian Minister for Railway

Development, Joe Ghartey, to see

what the Chinese were doing with

the Lagos-Ibadan railway line,

among others.

It was after the visit that Ghana

locked down its own 414-km

standard gauge deal with the

Chinese, which would also include

the building of two terminals in

addition to plans to establish local

hubs to build locomotive coaches.

How did Ghana get a better deal

when Nigeria still does not know

how much it has so far borrowed

from the Chinese in what now

appears to be a rogue’s inventory of

loan grab for everything from power

to airport renovation and railway


Don’t get me wrong. I’m familiar

with the mantra about nonconsumption

borrowing; about

relatively safe debt-GDP ratio; and

about how borrowing is good as long

as it can be paid back. Clearly, the

zeal with which former President

Goodluck Jonathan pursued

reviving the railways, followed by

Buhari, is commendable. And if they

had pledged a pound each of 200

million Nigerian flesh to borrow to

build our railways, we would have

gladly obliged them.

Eat silence

But we will not be taken for an

expensive 156-km ride and not ask

questions when Ghanaians would be

paying far less for double the

distance. It won’t happen. After years

of broken promises and

scandalously missed deadlines,

Amaechi had promised the country

that the Lagos-Ibadan railway line

would be open in May 2019. But just

as he was saying that earlier in the

year, the Chinese contractors,

unknown to him by his own

confession, were on board a flight to

Amaechi owes the

public an explanation

about why we may be

paying significantly

higher for a railway

line that is

comparatively shorter

than what Ghana is


Beijing and would not return until

after the general elections were over.

Not only is the project now past its

May delivery date (civil works on the

Ibadan-Abeokuta section and also

the Lagos-Iju axis have been

disrupted by the rains), the project

cost has also increased by a sum

which Amaechi publicly and

defiantly refused to disclose. That is

unacceptable. The public has a right

to know.

More questions

No journalist I know has taken as

much interest and pain in

highlighting the malicious

confusion around this railway line

project like the syndicated columnist,

Sonala Olumhense. Time and again,

he has called out Buhari’s

government, and Amaechi in

particular, over the handling of the

project. In an article on October 8,

2017, entitled, “Nigeria’s railway

merry-go-round,” Olumhense

narrated how Amaechi told a

business forum in Abuja on January

23, 2017 that the government had

paid its full counterpart funding of

N72 billion for the construction of

the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.

According to the article, Amaechi

added that the payment was required

to access a $30 billion Chinese

government loan, already approved

by Beijing and only waiting approval

by the National Assembly. In March

of the same year, Amaechi

said again that the Chinese

Export-Import Bank,

EXIM, was prepared to

lend Nigeria $6.1billion to

complete all current rail

projects in Nigeria - and all,

here, meant, Lagos-Ibadan;

Lagos-Calabar; Lagos-

Kano; Abuja-Kaduna; and

the Abuja light rail.

And then one day seven

months later, Amaechi said

the country may not

develop the rail networks,

after all, because, “there is

no money”. In Nigeria, the journey

from too much money to money

missing, and finally, no more money

takes only a press statement, which

once reported vanishes into a

blackhole. Whatever the Ghanaian

minister saw during his visit that

recommended the Chinese model to

him might just have been the idea in

principle and a sense of what can be

done in his own country.

If Ghartey ever saw the first page

of the contract papers - the billions

of dollars sunk in loan by the Chinese

and the missed deadlines - he might

have thought we were building a

snail rail. To quote Olumhense,

Nigeria has spent “about $75 billion,

but nobody is making clear where

the investment has gone or is going.”

Debtor’s paradise

But as surely as the Chinese know

the cost of every stone on the Great

China Wall, they’re keeping record

of the loans and would call in every

yuan someday. We can enjoy our

debtor’s paradise for now, but a

country like China that executes its

public officers for corruption knows

where to draw the line.

The culture is different here. The

Chinese know it, have mastered it,

and are quite happy to abet

corruption. Our public officers

conduct themselves as if they owe us

nothing and we must either endure

their arrogance or get lost. That

might have been acceptable 21 years

ago under military rule, but we’re

well past that stage. And citizens

must demand account.

Amaechi may no longer be in office

- or he may be waiting to return - but

he owes the public an explanation

about why we may be paying

significantly higher for a railway line

that is comparatively shorter than

what Ghana is getting.

When the Kenyan government was

accused of spending $3.6 billion to

build the 250km Mombasa-Nairobi

railway line, which cost significantly

higher per kilometre of track than

the Addis Ababa-Djibouti rail line

($3.4billion for 756km), the Kenyan

government explained that the

Mombasa-Nairobi line would carry

more cargo and be powered by diesel.

There was, at least, an official


It took only five years (2011 - 2016)

to complete the Addis-Djibouti line

(powered by electricity, which

significantly increased the cost); and

six to complete the Mombasa-

Nairobi line. Both services have

opened up vast business

opportunities along the routes,

connected more towns, multiplied

trade and economic activities, and

drastically cut commute time and

needless loss of lives on bad roads.

We know that Amaechi does not

like money. But millions of Nigerians

who have to make honest money

and love doing so need to know why

Ghana appears to be getting a better

deal than Nigeria in a rail project

over which we have suffered much


Silence would be a $2 billion

insult, unbecoming of a man who

might have been happy to serve

Nigeria free-of-charge as minister,

if only we asked him. And so, now we

ask him nicely: Amaechi, what


Senate rejects motion seeking to

debate Buhari’s Democracy Day




Nigerian senators yesterday

voted against a motion to debate

President Muhammadu Buhari’s

Democracy Day speech in


The motion to scrutinise the

speech was moved by Istifanus

Gyang, Plateau, PDP.

Coming under Order 52 of the

Senate standing order, Gyang

asked his colleagues, through the

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan,

to grant him leave to present a

motion on matter of public


“The matter of urgent national

importance I am bringing before

this Senate has to do with the

Democracy Day speech of

President Muhammadu Buhari

Legalising June 12 has deepened

democracy — Onu

•says the World needs Nigeria, Japan relation to

bolster peace

By Emmanuel



minister of Science and

Technology and chieftain of the

All Progressives Congress (APC)

in South East, Dr. Ogbonnaya

Onu says by legalising June 12

as democracy day President

Muhammadu Buhari has further

deepened democracy in Nigeria.

The former minister made the

remark yesterday in Abuja when

he received the Special envoy

of the Prime Minister of Japan,

Shunsuke Takei at his residence.

Shunsuke also attended the June

12 celebration among other

world leaders at Eagle Square in

the Federal Capital Territory,


Dr. Onu, affirmed that

President Buhari is making

frantic efforts to make sure

democratic rule takes root in

Nigeria, adding that he is always

interested and ready to cooperate

with any friendly country such as


The former minister averred

that because of the strategic

position of Nigeria in Africa and

Obiano commends Buhari for naming

National Stadium after MKO

•Asks him to declare Zik’s birthday a national holiday

By Vincent



Obiano of Anambra State

has commended President

Muhammadu Buhari for

honouring Moshood Abiola,

with a national holiday and the

renaming of the National

Stadium in Abuja after him.

Obiano, who spoke through

the state Commissioner for

Information and Public

Enlightenment, Don Adinuba

described the president’s action

as the icing on the cake in the

steps taken so far to immortalize

a national figure, who won the

1993 presidential election, but

was denied victory and, more

painfully, incarcerated solitarily.

The governor said: “We have

watched with admiration how

President Buhari first

announced in the first week of

June, 2018, his intention to

make June 12 a national

holiday and bestowed on

of the 12th June 2019. This

speech is already in the public

domain. I am asking that in view

of the interest it has generated...,”

he said.

The lawmaker was cut short by

Lawan who asked to seek the

consent of other senators to

entertain the motion.

After putting the question,

majority of the lawmakers voted

against the motion and it was

consequently stepped down.

It is not clear which part of the

speech Gyang wanted to raise.

Highlights of the speech

delivered at Eagle’s Square,

Abuja on Wednesday include a

proposal for the renaming of the

National Stadium after the widely

acclaimed winner of 1993

election, Moshood Abiola.

Japan in Asia, the world earnestly

needs Nigeria and Japan friendly

relation to attain peace.

He urged Japanese

government to continue its

relationship with Nigeria, adding

that Nigeria requires support to

be able to succeed because the

hope of African countries depend

on Nigeria's prosperity.

His words, “Nigeria has the largest

population in Africa, largest market and

strongest economy in Africa. So a happy

and prosperous Nigeria is also a happy

and prosperous Africa. We believe that

Japan and Nigeria are working closely

together particularly in economic areas that

would be very helpful for the world, make

the world very peaceful and more


“President Muhammadu Buhari is very

interested in making sure that democracy

rules in Nigeria and he is very interested

in working on a very improved relationship

between nations like Japan and Nigeria.

“Nigeria’s democracy has developed

and matured over the years. In the past

20 years, we have had transfer of power

from a military government to a civilian

government. We have also had transfer of

power from a civilian president to another

civilian president in the same political

party,” Onu stated.

Abiola Grand Commander of

the Federal Republic, Nigeria’s

highest national honour given

to only heads of state.

“President Buhari followed it

up with an appropriate bill in

the National Assembly and then

assented to it on passage, thus

changing Nigeria’s Democracy

Day from May 29, in commemoration

of the day the military handed over

the Nigerian national leadership to

elected civilians on May 29, 1999, to

June 12, in remembrance of the day the

historic election between MKO of the

Social Democratic Party and Bashir Tofa

of the National Republican Convention

was held.

“On the occasion of the first

anniversary of June 12 as Democracy

Day in honour of a great Nigerian

patriot, it has become imperative to

remind President Buhari of the request

I made to him on behalf of the

government and people of Anambra

State when he visited Onitsha to

commission the newly completed Zik

Mausoleum last January 24 that he

should declare Zik’s birthday a national


VANGUARD, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 — 37

VISIT: Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State (2nd left); Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (2nd

right); Major Gen Anthony Omozogie (left); Supervisor of Federal matters from Osun, Miss Idiat Babalola and

Major Gen. A. O. Shodunke, during the Governor's visit to the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja yesterday.

INSECURITY: Osun under siege, Oyetola cries out

....As Makinde vows to stop kidnapping in Oyo

By Kingsley

Omonobi & Adeola



B U J A —


Adegboyega Oyetola of

Osun State, yesterday,

cried out over the rising

spate of kidnapping and

armed robbery in the

state calling for

deployment of a joint

patrol outfit to tackle the

security challenges.

By Daud Olatunji


of Agbor, Delta

State, Benjamin Ikenchuku

(KeagborekuziI) has

advised President

Muhammadu Buhari and

Nigerians to listen to the

statements of former

President, Chief Olusegun

Obasanjo in the interest of

the country.

The monarch said further

that Obasanjo is sensitive

to both the wishes and

pains of Nigerians.

The Dein said this shortly

after visiting Obasanjo in

Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He said contrary to claims

against the former

President, “he remained an

Elder statesman that is

committed to the progress,

peace and unity of this

country, irrespective of

positions in certain

quarters. His views have

not changed about Nigeria

even as at today that I met


Ikenchuku said: “I have

known Baba (Obasanjo)

now for almost 20 years.

He’s the President I came

to know when I came back

to Nigeria in 2000. He’s the

President that I admire.

This came as Governor

Seyi Makinde of Oyo

State expressed his

determination to provide

adequate security to

forestall such occurrence in

the state.

Oyetola raised the

alarm at the headquarters

of the Nigerian Army when

he paid a courtesy visit to

the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.

General Tukur Buratai.

The governor said he

was at Army

headquarters to

Buhari, Nigerians must

listen to Obasanjo, says

Delta monarch

Some people say so many

things about this old man,

which I found to be very

untrue. All the negative

things they say about him,

even before I met him, I

found out they were lies.

“Obasanjo is somebody

that is very sure of his

position. He’s somebody

that is confident of who he

is and where he is going.

But at the same time,

Obasanjo is somebody

that is very humble. So we

should not be abusing our

elders. Whether anybody

likes it or not, Obasanjo

is an elder and a

statesman, who has

served as Head of this

country and led in different

capacities. This is

somebody that is well

respected by the

international community


“So, if somebody with this

kind of experience and

knowledge is saying

something, the Nation

should listen. We have a

problem in this country and

that is how we dialogue,

which is sometimes

abrasive and disrespectful

and that is not how

brothers and sisters

should be living

because, we are brothers

and sisters.''

commend the COAS for

approving the

construction of a Bridge

across Osun River to Ede,

which will greatly assist

the state by boosting the

economic wellbeing on the


He said: “I am here to

bring to your knowledge

that the spate of crime is

increasing in Osun and

around us. It is giving me

a serious cause for

concern and as you know,

the primary function of

government is to ensure

security for the people for

economic progress and


“To address these

challenges, the state

(Osun) has decided to

establish a joint patrol

operation comprising the

Police, Nigerian Army

and the NSCDC. I have

written to your office in

this regard but I deemed

it important to come see

the Army leadership due

to the concern I attach to

tackling these security


“Though we, in Osun

State, are challenged by

paucity of funds, we are

prepared to support the

security agencies with

vehicles and other

equipment because crime

is on the increase.”

Responding, Buratai

said: “Your presence here

today shows level of

commitment you have for

the security of the state.

We will do everything

possible to support the

effort because fighting

crime is part of our



Reassuring the

governor on the request,

the COAS said: “Your

request is well

understood. We will do

everything to ensure the

Army unit in Osun is

properly equipped.”

Makinde vows to stop


Meanwhile, Governor

Makinde assured the

people to protect the state

from bandits.

The governor gave the

assurance following calls by

members of the Nigeria

Association of Women

Journalists, NAWOJ,

Nigerian Union of

Journalists, NUJ, and other

stakeholders who were at

the state secretariat, Agodi,

Ibadan on a peaceful

demonstration to call

attention of the government

to the increasing spate of

kidnapping and banditry in

the country.

The peaceful walk

tagged: Walks for Stop The

Kidnapping Now took off

from the ancient Mapo

Hall, Ibadan, before

terminating at the Agodi

State Secretariat.

Speaking through his

Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi

Ilaka after receiving the

protesters, the governor

assured that the security

of lives and property in

the state remains

paramount in his mind

and would always make

it a top priority.

Ilaka said: “Governor

Seyi Makinde is a

governor that understands

his duties and

responsibilities as the Chief

Security Officer of this state

and I know and speak

without any fear of

contradiction that he

regards the life of every

single person in this state

sacred and he will not

tolerate or allow any

pervading insecurity

around Southwest to

extend to Oyo State.”

“I am sure the governor

will use his office to

champion the cause of a

secured Southwest. I also

know that our father that we

all know, Chief Olu Falae

who is a leading light in the

Afenifere movement also

suffered in the hands of

these obnoxious

individuals who are

popping up all over the

place. We say to you, we will

not allow such to happen

in Oyo State.”

Ondo council caretaker

chairmen sacked

By Dayo Johnson


Ondo State House

of Assembly, yesterday,

dissolved the interim

Management Committee of

the 18 local government

areas in the state.

The council caretaker

chairmen were directed to

handover to the Director of

Local Governments

Administration with

immediate effect.

Governor Rotimi

Akeredolu had extended

their stay in office twice.

Speaker of the House of

Assembly, Mr. Bamidele

Oloyelogun announced the

dissolution of the council

chairmen in Akure.

The sack of the council

chairmen may be connected

with the recent fraud where

many of them reportedly

dropped the name of the

governor to collect N20,000

from each of their

supervisors to facilitate the

extension of their tenure.

Governor Akeredolu had

disowned the chairmen after

the fraud was leaked to him

by some of the serving

supervisors in the council


He was also said to have

queried the affected

Caretaker chairmen for the


Fayemi berates cleric over fake


By Rotimi Ojomoyela



Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti

State, yesterday, described

as disheartening and

disappointing a situation

where a supposed man of

God would fake his own

abduction because of


A Methodist Cleric,

Reverend Adewuyi

Adegoke had faked his

own abduction but was

arrested alongside his

accomplice on Wednesday

while attempting to cash the

ransom he had collected for

his own kidnap.

Fayemi, while speaking

during the State Ministers

Prayer Forum, held at the

Government House Chapel

Ado Ekiti, said it was

unfortunate that a Cleric

could engaged in such

devilish act.

He noted that such action

was a great disappointment

and mockery of the sanctity

of religious leaders.

He promised that his

government would work

with relevant Security

agencies to check crime

wave in the state while

those behind the dastardly

act would be brought to


Earlier the Bishop of Ekiti

West Anglican Diocese

Bishop Adepoju said the

state would continue to

witness peace and

development and urged

leaders to ensure

selfless service.


Air Peace faults AIB

By Lawani Mikairu

AIR Peace Airline has

disagreed with the

contents of a press statement

released by the Nigeria

Accident Investigation

Bureau, AIB, suggesting

that the airline has

consistently failed to file

Mandatory Occurrence

Report , MOR, on incidents

involving its aircraft.

The airline said the

statement was not issued

in good faith as there was a

misrepresentation of facts

concerning the incidents in


It further said: “AIB

grossly misrepresented” the

facts when it alluded that the

airline only reported the

incident, after the Bureau’s

team visited its corporate

headquarters in Lagos on

June 6, 2019, which was

about three weeks after the


According to Adedoyin

Adeniji, Assistant Manager,

Legal , Air Peace, “On the

night of May 15, 2019, an

Air Peace Boeing 737-300

with registration number

5N - BUK made a hard

landing in Lagos on

account of sudden change

in weather at the point of

touch down.

“Contrary to the press

statement issued by the AIB,

Air Peace duly notified the

Nigerian Civil Aviation

Authority (NCAA) of the

incident on May 16, 2019,

before it followed up with a

written communication and

subsequently filed an MOR

on May 17, 2019, with

reference number APL/QM/

279/19. The said MOR filed

by the airline was received

and signed for by the NCAA

on the same date. Air Peace

complied with the statutory

time-line for the filing of


Adeniji said the airline is

still in shock over the

misrepresentation of facts

by AIB and questioned the

motive behind the press

statement, saying: “Was the

press statement intended to

scare the flying public

against an airline that has

consistently demonstrated

zero tolerance for unsafe


He also expressed

surprise at AIB’s dredging

up of the incident, which

occurred on December 14,

2018, en route Enugu

Airport, during which

oxygen masks were

automatically deployed as a

result of change in cabin

pressure, adding that

masks dropping during

flight is not peculiar to Air

Peace, but common to

airlines the world over.

38 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019


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VANGUARD, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019 — 39

Police arrest man who supplies

guns to cultists, 20

other criminals in Rivers

By Davies Iheamachor

P O R T -


TIVES of the Rivers State

Police Command have

arrested a man who supplies

guns to cultists and

kidnappers in some parts

of the state.

The suspect, Uche Ogbuka,

was arrested in

Rumuji Community,

Emohua Local Government

Area of the state by

the operatives of Anti-

Cultism Unit and men of

the Rumuji Police Station.

Ogbuka, who was paraded

alongside 20 other

criminals arrested by

the police for different

offences, expressed worries

that his accomplice

in the crime has been released.

He disclosed that he

was a hunter and had

contact with a gun runner

in Anambra State,

who supplied guns and

ammunition for him, adding

that the same man

provided the guns he

sells to cultists.

He said: “I am a civil

servant, I work in court.

Before I got the job I was

a hunter. There was a

man who supplies me

cartridges when I was

into hunting.

“Last month he called

me that police arrested

him, when I got there the

police said he indicted

me in his statement. He

said he gave me one

pump action last year, I

told him that I gave it to

‘Uchman’ the person he

said I should give it to.

“When police got Uchman,

he ,Uchman, accepted

I gave him the

gun. But, the man ,Uchman,

escaped from police

custody. I have supplied

five pump action

guns, but they came from

my customer in Anambra


“He brings the guns.

Police have released the

man and brought me

here. He is the person

who brings the guns. I

am not a criminal.”

However, addressing

the press in Port Harcourt,

yesterday, the

Commissioner of Police,

Usman Belel, noted that

Ogbuka supplied guns to

the criminals and cultists

terrorising the East-West

road, adding that the

suspect sold over six rifles

to kidnappers in the


NDDC trains 500 Bayelsa

women on innovative skills,

self sustenance

By Samuel Oyadongha


DELTA Development

Commission, NDDC, in

partnership with Father’s

Heart Foundation

has trained over 500

Bayelsa State women on

innovative skills and rudiments

of self sustenance

in order for them

to take care of their

needs and that of their


The workshop was part

of the commission’s programme

to mark the 2019

International Women’s

Day, which had as its

theme “Balance for Better,”

a call to action for

accelerating gender parity.

Speaking at the event,

yesterday, one of the facilitators,

Tobore Olumoye

said it was aimed

at advancing gender

equality and empowerment

of women, particularly

in areas of social

protection system, access

to public services and

sustainable infrastructure.

Olumoye, who is the

President of Sterling

Toast Master Club, said:

“As you know, innovation

and technology provide

unprecedented opportunities,

yet trends indicate

a growing gender divide

and women are under

represented in the field

of science, technology,

engineering, mathematics

and design.

“This prevents them

from developing and influencing

gender responsive

innovations to

achieve transformative

gains for the society.

“When women upgrade

themselves with

advance knowledge, it

makes them more relevant

and afford them the

opportunity to leave the

legacy of a fulfilled life,

and become asset not

only to the society but to


Another facilitator who

spoke was Ibelema

Greene who advised the

women to always endeavour

to upgrade their

knowledge and learn

new skills in order to

sustain themselves in the

challenging economy.

40 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Iran calls tanker explosions

‘suspicious’ as global concern grows

THE United Nations

has warned that the

world cannot afford “a major

confrontation in the

Gulf” as international concern

grew over suspected

attackson commercial

ships that left one tanker

ablaze near the Strait of


UN Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres denounced

Thursday’s incidents

at a Security Council

meeting, saying: “I strongly

condemn any attack

against civilian incidents.

Facts must be established

and responsibilities clarified.”

The reported attacks in

the Gulf of Oman off the

coast of Iran left both vessels

adrift, forcing scores of

crew to abandon the ships.

They were the second in a

month near the Strait of

Hormuz, a major waterway

for world oil supplies.

And though details of

what happened were still

scarce, the incidents came

amid heightened frictions

between the United

States and Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Minister

Mohammad Javad Zarif

described the reported attacks

as “suspicious” since

they coincided with a meeting

between the country’s

supreme leader and Japan’s

prime minister, who

was in Tehran on an unprecedented

visit to defuse the


“Suspicious doesn’t begin

to describe what likely transpired

this morning,” said

Zarif, without elaborating


The US called the incidents

“unacceptable” with

Jonathan Cohen, acting US

ambassador to the UN, saying

Thursday’s “attacks on

the Gulf of Oman raise very

serious concerns”.

He stopped short of blaming

Iran, but said: “Iran remains

the most significant

threat to regional peace and


The US has blamed

Iran for earlier attacks on oil

tankers, saying Iranianmade

limpet mines were

used to attack four oil tankers

on May 12 off the Emirati

port of Fujairah. Tehran

dismissed the allegation as

“ridiculous” and called

for dialogue between countries

in the Gulf to ease what

it called an “alarming security

situation” in the region.

Earlier in May, Washington

had sent troops and

warships to the region to

counter unspecified threats

from Iran. The deployment

came a year after

Washington exited a multinational

accord that lifted

sanctions on Iran in

exchange for curbs on its

nuclear programme.

It also reimposed and

tightened sanctions on


Zarif said the incidents

on Thursday show Iran’s

proposed regional forum

was “imperative”.

Meanwhile, a spokesman

for the Saudi Arabialed

coalition fighting

Houthi rebels in Yemen

called the suspected attacks

a “major escalation”

and linked them to attacks

in July 2018 on two Saudi

oil tankers the Red Sea.

“From my perspective ...

we can connect it to the

Houthi attacks at Bab al-

Mandeb,” Colonel Turki

al-Maliki told reporters in

Riyadh. The Saudi-led

coalition accuses Iran of

arming the Houthis, but

Tehran denies the allegation.

In recent weeks, the

Houthis have responded

to Saudi-coalition’s intensified

raids on its positions

by stepped up attacks inside

Saudi Arabia, including

on its oil infrastructure.

Obasanjo, Kufuour task AU, ECOWAS

on Benin political situation

By Daud Olatunji

FORMER president of

Nigeria, Chief Olusegun

Obasanjo and his

Ghanaian counterpart, Mr.

John Kufuor have tasked

the African Union (AU)

and the Economic Community

of West African

States (ECOWAS) to act on

the political situation in the

West African country of

Republic of Benin.

In a statement jointly

signed by the former African

leaders, titled “Statement

on situation in Republic

of Benin” which was

made available by

Obasanjo’s Special Assistant

Media, Kehinde Akinyemi

in Abeokuta, Ogun

state on Thursday, the duo

declared that there was

need for intervention in

order to avoid escalation of

the festering political crisis.

The statement reads “In

the follow up to the parliamentary

election that took

place on April 28, 2019

which was considered to be

exclusive for not accommodating

the opposition parties

in the electoral process,

there is a general feeling

of violation of the individual

and collective liberties

which has invariably culminated

in the restrictions

currently imposed on

former Presidents Boni

Yayi and some other opposition


“Contrary to the general

principle which stipulates

that elections should be inclusive

of all political stakeholders

to ensure fairness,

justice and equity, the prevailing

situation in Benin

appears not to be in line

with the aforementioned.

“The crisis in Benin calls

for urgent action by ECO-

WAS and AU to avert the

escalation of the festering

political unrest. We are of

the view that all stakeholders

should be carried along

in the electoral process.

Buhari supports Sahrawi

Republic’s quest for self



By Johnbosco



hammadu Buhari

on yesterday restated

Nigeria’s support for the

people of the Sahrawi

Arab Democratic Republic,

SADR, and their

quest for self-determination

and independence.

President Buhari who

made known the position

of Nigeria on the

SADR agitation for self

determination when he

granted audience to

Brahim Ghali, the country’s

President, at the

State House, Abuja stated

that Nigeria’s position

was in line with several

resolutions of the

African Union (AU) and

the United Nations (UN)

on the matter.

According to him, “Nigeria

remains committed

to supporting the efforts

of the AU and the UN

towards finding a lasting

solution to the Sahrawi


Earlier, President Ghali

had congratulated President

Buhari on his reelection

and the successful

celebration of

Democracy Day.

He commended Nigeria’s

past support for

SADR during President

Buhari’s tenure as military

Head of State, and

the country’s support for

liberation movements on

the African continent.

The SADR leader said

the weight of Nigeria’s

support remained crucial

to the final resolution

of the “continued

colonization of his people.”

42—VANGUARD, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, , 2019

Shawwal 11, 1440 A.H.

Al-Azhar Azhar has produced sever

eral huffaz


— Dr Habeeb

•Charges parents to help their childeren become leaders by choice

Dr Yekeen Abdullah Habeeb, proprietor, Al Azhar College,

a former lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and

University of Ilorin, says Al Azhar has produced several huffaz.

In this interview, he advises parents to make their children to

become leaders by choice through the school they attend.


Amir described the South-South/

Eastern region Jalsa Tarbiyah as

successful, what is your take, do you

think there are areas that should have

gotten better attention?

Alhamdullilah, we thank Allah that

the Jalsa Tarbiya of the Eastern region

has come to an end with great success,

but there are still a lot we can do

especially about Ahmadiyya members

in the region. You know in this region,

Ahmadiyya is not widspread like we

have in other regions. People do not

know us as much as we feel they should

know us. It therefore means that we

need to do a lot of work especially,

bringing more social investment to this

region. Part of our social investment

must include changing the attitude of

people. Materialism has preoccupied

the mind of everybody, but through

social orientation, we can let them

understand that we don’t have to be

too materialistic. Through that, we can

let them appreciate God, Who is capable

of doing everything we need for us

against the belief that it is our smartness

and wisdom that can bring us

everything we want. If you make God

first, then every other thing will be

added to it. We also need to have more

of our presence in the South-South and

Eastern region. We have one of our

hospitals in Owerri which has been

closed down. It was one of our best

hospitals in the past. There is no reason

why we can’t re-open the hospital.

Another hospital is in the offing in Auchi.

In the recent time also, we have made

ourselves known through Humanity

First. At a point, we were to give support

to Internally Displaced Persons, IDP in

camps in Benin, but we were stopped

by one Rev. Father in charge. But

wherever we have the opportunity, we

will always provide services through

our Humanity First. It is beyound calling

them to join the jamaat, it is about

service to humanity.

*Dr. Yekeen Abdullah Habeeb

Is there any plan for the Jalsa

Tarbiya of the Northern region

holding soon?

We are now dividing our Northern

region activities into two. Before we

used to have Jalsa Tarbiya plus the

National Peace Symposium. I

introduced the Peace Symposium four

years ago, we are supposed to have

the fifth now, but we have the directive

from Lagos that we should separate

them now. They also want us to hold

the Jalsa Tarbiyah outside Abuja. We

are likely to hold it in Kano but no date

has been fixed. But the National Peace

Symposium which is the fourth will be

coming up Insha Allah on June 15, at

the International Conference Centre,


Have you realised the goals for

setting up Al Azhar Foundation?

When I established Al Azhar

Foundation and subsequently, Al

Azhar International College, my goals

were two-fold meant to restore quality

education. We discovered we did not

have students who were ready to learn,

and teachers who were ready to teach.

Infrastructure was also not available and

the end result was that people engaged

in exam malpractice. Again, it was

meant to check the trend of Muslims

changing their religion whille several

others who have not changed,

remained nominal. Their excuse was

that they went to Christian schools. You

know immediately you get to their

Christian fold, you are almost compelled

to do what they are doing.

Unfortunately, when you ask the

Muslims why they take their children

to Christian schools, they always say,

‘there is no standard Muslim School’.

I then decided to bridge that gap by

establishing a Muslim school with high

standard and moral training. We are

happy that to a large extent, that has

been achieved. As far as academic

standard is

concerned, we

are doing very

well. In fact,

today, Al Azhar


School is the only



associate school

in Kogi State.

Approved to run

all Cambridge


We also have

the Islamic

Foundation for

moral training.

So, looking back,

Alhamdulillah, I

will say we have

achieved our

goals because a

lot of Muslim


continue to bring

their children.

Again, as far as


standard is concerned, we are doing

well. There was a time the

Commissioner of Education visited the

school unannounced. She went to the

classrooms and inspected every area,

questioned the students herself and

later that day we saw the news on

NTA Lokoja saying: "Only two private

schools are in Kogi State", rating Al

Azhar International School higher. We

did not invite her, she came on her

own without notice. Many a time,

officials from the ministry would come

and they would tell other schools -

this is the school you have to emulate.

What are your challenges?

The massive infrastructure we put

on 25 hectares of land involved a lot of

money. To put up this kind of

infrastructure, you need money.

Again, government policies have

become a bottleneck to achieving our

goals. About two years back, the Kogi

State Government asked me to pay

about N27million in taxation, even

threatened to close down the school.

For PAYE alone, they demanded for

N19 million. How did they arrive at

that? They said the staff strength was

100 and they mentioned only two

names and the remaining 98 names

were unknown. They tabulated the

unknown and put fictitious salaries to

all of them and calculated the PAYE

on all of them and it came to that

amount. They go about imposing

various taxes as many as 20 when

you count them. That is a major

challenge of private school operators

in Kogi State. They said they want to

emulate Lagos, Edo and others by

imposing several taxes. As I am talking

to you, many proprietors want to sell

off their schools and many want to

leave the state. Unfortunately, the

numbers of students are reducing in

these schools because civil servants

are not paid and as a result, school

fees are not paid, leading many

schools to close down.

In Al Azhar, we run schools on

Montessori. We have the primary and

secondary schools as well as the

Cambridge A levels. We also have

Tahfiz ul Quran where several

students have already memorised the

Holy Quran. Originally, it was

planned for Muslim students to

memorise the Quran concurrently

with their academics. We found out

that students were not very serious

with it, so, we set up a complete

different department. We have some

students who have completed the

memorisation in less than two years.

It is an individualised programme

where you move at your own pace.

We have so far produced more than

20 huffaz.

As a parent, I should determine

which school is going to train my

child in order that he becomes the

leader of tomorrow. We are not just

training; we groom them with

discipline to become leaders, not

by chance, but by choice. I agree

some can become leaders by

chance, that is what is common, but

for us, we train them to become

great by choice. This is what should

guide the parents in looking for

school for your child. We should be

ready to pay for education where

we are having the value.


Lend help to the weak

Remember always, Allah is Most Merciful.

None but Him has the ultimate powers of


Your Ramadan obedience alone earns NOT

Allah's favours nor His forgiveness.

What would elevate you is your practised

goodness by which you joyfully lend help to

the weak and honour the rest of humanity.

Live honourably, and with all that ties your

existence with your very conscience.

Happy Jumat — Dr Adewale Adeeyo,


Ahmadiyya a appoints Barr. . Alatoye

as new Amir

THE Supreme Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at

worldwide, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Almighty

Allah be His helper) has appointed Alhaji (Barr.) AbdulAzeez

Alatoye as the new Amir (National Head) of Ahmadiyya

Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.

This was contained in a release signed by the General Secretary of the

Muslim organisation, Alhaji Abbas Iromini and made available to Vanguard.

Alhaji Alatoye was hitherto the Naib Amir (Deputy National

Head) Sout- West region. He succeeds Dr. Mashhud Adenrele Fashola

who has been serving in that capacity for the past 15 years.

The organisation held its annual national forum (Majlis

Shoora) last month at Tahir Mosque, Ojokoro Lagos where

representatives from across the country participated in the

National Executive Officers’ elections.

Alhaji Alatoye, alongside the newly approved members of

the National Executive Committee will resume office on July

1, 2019.

Profile of the New Amir

Born on the 13th of February, 1963, Alhaji AbdulAzeez

Folorunso Alatoye had his tertiary education at the Kwara

State Polytechnic, Ilorin where he bagged Unique Distinction

in Accountancy in 1991. He obtained a Diploma in Law from

the Executive Business School, Ikeja Lagos in 2011 and

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Bradford, the

United Kingdom in 2012.

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Alhaji Alatoye joined the Ahmadiyya Community through

his maternal grandfather (biat) in 1975. In 1981, he personally

signed the biat. Since then, he has been holding sensitive

positions within the Jamaat. He was the Tabligh Secretary,

between 1982 and 1985 and Financial Secretary between 1985

and 1989 of Inisa Jamaat Osun State. At the auxiliary level, he

held the post of an Internal Auditor of Majlis Khuddam-ul-

Ahmadiyya Nigeria (Youth Wing) between 1988 and 1990.

At the national level, Alhaji Alatoye was appointed as the

Naib Jalsa Officer II (Deputy Conference Officer II) between

2009 and 2019; Naib Amir South-West region (2013-2019);

Treasurer (2010-2019); Vice-Chairman, Humanity First Nigeria

(2011-2019); Chairman, Sad Sala Jubilee Committee (2016-

2019); Chairman, South-West Mosque Building Trust Fund

Committee (2016-2019); Chairman, Economic Empowerment

and Development Committee (2014-2019), among others.

His areas of interest include Tabligh (Preaching), Holy Qur’an

and Mosque Building. He is an advocate of honest service to

Almighty Allah and Humanity.

The immediate past

Commissioner for

Wealth Creation and

Employment, Lagos State,

Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat

Akinbile-Yussuf has

presented a new book on her

stewardship in office.

The book launch was the

high point of Akinbile-

Yussuf’s 45th birthday held at

the multi-purpose hall of

Musaroq Mall in Ipaja area of


The event was chaired by

the lawmaker representing

Alimosho Constituency 1 in

the Lagos State House of

Assembly, Hon. Bisi Yusuf.

The 114- page book,

entitled: Duty Calls, was

launched by the immediate

past Special Adviser to the

Governor on Lagos Overseas

Affairs, Prof. Ademola Abass.

Giving her reasons for

publishing a book about her

tenure and strides in office,

Akinbile-Yussuf, who had

also served as Commissioner

for Youth and Social

Shawwal 11, 1440 A.H.

From left:Mr Hassan Balogun,Admin Manager Vanguard Newspaper;Yusuf Abdulrazaq, Admin

Secretary, Unilag Muslim Community, UMC;Dr Mustapha Ibrahim, Resident Imam, UMC; Alhaja

Kudirat Salami, Member UMC; Alhaja Bola Akindele, Member; Prof Lai Olurode,Chairman, UMC;Mr

Eze Anaba, Editor Vanguard; Mr Adekunle Adekoya, Deputy Editor; Mr Dada Adekola,Catoon Editor

Vanguard and Mr Ishola Balogun during a courtesy visit of Unilag Muslim Community to Vanguard

Newspaper in Lagos yesterday. PHOTO AKEEM SALAU

From left:Mr Adekunle Adekoya,Deputy Editor Vanguard Newspaper; Dr Mustapha Ibrahim, Resident

Imam Unilag Muslim Community; Alhaja Bola Akindele Member; Prof Lai Olurode,Chairman UMC; Mr

Ishola Balogun, Islam editor; Mr Eze Anaba Editor Vanguard and Mr Dada Adekola,Cartoon Editor Vanguard

during a courtesy visit of Unilag Muslim Community to Vanguard Newspaper in Lagos


Akinbile-Yussuf launches hes book on stewardship at birthda


Development, said: ‘’The first

section of the book highlights

my trajectory in public

service and commitment to

excellent service delivery to

the people of Lagos State,

especially the youth,

children and overall

development of the society

as Commissioner for Youth

and Social Development.

‘’In all, this book is not just

a reflection of my

commitment to duty and

selfless service to the people

of the state, but also a

compendium of my activities

in the last four years of taking

up public appointments in

two ministries as

commissioner. It is for this

reason that some

photographs capturing some

of my activities and

programmes in office have

been included in this book for

the sake of posterity.”

While launching the book

which contains select

speeches and pictorials of

activities of the excommissioner,


poured encomiums on

Akinbile-Yussuf, who he

described as energetic and

mine of ideas.

Earlier, there was a youthbased

symposium with the

Head of Service of Lagos

State, Mr Hakeem Muri-

Okunola; founder of Arabel

Centre, Mrs Shareefat Andu;

Mr Abiola Champs Salami;

renowned entrepreneur, Mr

Kuti George and Mrs

Folayemi Olaitan as guest


The guest speakers

admonished youths to strive

for excellence with due

diligence and explore

creative ideas for selfreliance.

Highlights of the event was

the presentation of her

portrait by the youths

shortly after the cuttin