14022021 - Defiant protesters arrested as Defence Minister threatens use of force

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LEKKI TOLLGATE PROTESTERS

*Different scenes from Lekki tollgate, Lagos where daring protesters were arrested by the police yesterday

#OcuppyLekkiTollGate: Defiant protesters arrested as Defence

Minister threatens use of force

•Falana, Ozekhome, others seek release of detainees

•Adegboruwa mulls opting out of #EndSARS panel

•‘Detained persons to be charged to court’

By Henry Ojeluh,

Kingsly Omonobi,

Bose Adelaja&

Kennedy Mbele

Despite warnings by

the Federal Govern

ment, youths, yesterday,

went ahead with the

#OcuppyLekkiTollGate protest

against the reopening of

the Lekki Toll Gate.

Though the protest didn’t

witness a massive turnout of

participants, a handful of

people protested after the initial

arrest of an unspecified

number of persons who had

converged for the exercise.

As of 7:45 am yesterday, the

men of the Nigeria Police,

who were deployed to the

scene a day earlier, were seen

arresting some youths who

had just arrived at the toll

plaza.

The arrested persons, who

had some materials for the

protest, were seen being

forced into a waiting Black

Maria by the policemen.

Sunday Vanguard could

not ascertain the total number

of arrested persons that

many sources put around 30..

The Police team made up

of Task Force, Rapid Response

Squad,RRS, and other

units had positioned over

200 policemen at Lekki Toll

Gate, Admiralty Plaza, Obalende,

Ikoyi, Jakande Roundabout,

and other areas in Eti

Osa to prevent the protest

from taking place.

The protest was a fallout of

the decision of the Lagos

State Judicial Panel on

Restitution for Victims of

Police Brutality to reopen

the toll plaza.

Meanwhile, the Minister of

Defence, Major General

Bashir Salihi, Magashi (rtd),

said use of force on protesters

could not be ruled out.

#EndSars

protesters

On February 6, 2021,

Chairperson of the panel, Justice

Doris Okuwobi, had ordered

the reopening of Lekki

Toll Gate, a decision that

didn’t go down well with lawyers

of #EndSars protesters.

The Lekki Concession

Company, LCC, had applied

to repossess the facility.

The application generated

arguments from counsels at

the panel, with Adeshina

Ogunlana, counsel to some

of the #EndSARS protesters,

vehemently opposing the application

to reopen the Lekki

Toll Gate.

Ogunlana said the panel

should be in control of the

facility until all matters relating

to the Lekki shooting incident

of October 20, 2020,

are completed.

In her ruling, Okuwobi said

the forensic report on the

events that took place at the

Toll Gate was ready, saying

the panel was satisfied.

The panel, she said: “would

not wait till the termination

of the petitions before it

hands over control of Lekki

to LCC.”

The move infuriated #End-

Sars protesters, leading to the

#OccupyLekkiTollGate protest

also known #‘EndSARS

Season 2.

Panti

Also, angered by the decision

to reopen the toll plaza,

youth representative on

the Lagos State Judicial

Panel on Restitution for Victims

of Police Brutality, Rinu

Oduala, resigned her membership.

Beyond the ruling of the

panel, the organisers of yesterday’s

event said the ban on

cryptocurrency usage also informed

their decision.

A counter group that later

shelved its plan, had also

emerged on the platform of

#DefendLagos.

Among those arrested was

a popular comedian, Debo

Adebayo, popularly known as

Mr. Macaroni.

Sunday Vanguard learned

that the arrested protesters

were being held at the State

Criminal Investigation Department,

Panti.

Policemen

The arrested persons had

their phones, cameras and

other personal effects seized

by the policemen.

Despite the Police presence

at the scene, a protester, Belema

Prince, bearing a placard

with the inscription, “One Nigeria”,

arrived at the venue

in a Toyota car with number

plate: LAGOS AAA 30 EU but

was quickly picked up by the

Police and whisked into the

waiting Black Maria.

Breaches

Similarly, Eti-Osa Bar Forum

Legal Aid Clinic and Situation

Room for #Occuoylekkitoll

gates protests said Dabira

Ayuku, Omoyele Abdul

Ajebieber , Manager Ajake,

Oya Godwin and Babatunde

Saka were arrested.

A statement by Messrs Oludotun

Hassan and Ayo

Ademiluyi said: “We demand

their immediate release. We

reiterate our preparedness to

challenge these breaches of

the fundamental rights of

these persons within the ambits

of the law.”

A female protester who

simply gave her name as

Light said she was at the venue

to lend her voice against

the reopening of the Toll Gate

by the government.

She said: “My friend died

here on October 20, 2021, and

I am here to protest the reopening

of this tollgate. Nigerians

should learn to speak

up against injustice.’’

Mobile phones

Two of the protesters who

managed to evade arrest

told Sunday Vanguard that

their mobile phones and

cameras were seized by the

policemen.

They said: “We arrived at

the venue of the protests at

about 8:30 am but the Police

arrested many protesters including

innocent people. We

were accosted too but had to

run as far as our breath could

carry us. They seized our

camera and spectacles but we

were lucky to escape being arrested

and that is why we can

loiter around the venue.”

Outrage

Meanwhile, outrage greeted

the development as human

rights activists and groups

demanded their unconditional

release.

Those who condemned the

action of the Police include

human rights activist, Mr.

Femi Falana, SAN, a member

of Lagos State Judicial

Panel on Restitution for Victims

of Police Brutality, Mr.

Ebun Adegboruwa, Chief

Mike Ozekhome, SAN,

former Commissioner for

Education in Rivers State, Dr.

Austin Tam-George, Mr.

Charles Oputa aka Charley

Boy, and Center for Human

and Socio-economic Rights

,CHSR.

Falana made his position

known in his capacity as the

Interim Chairman, Alliance

on Surviving Covid 19 and

Beyond,ASCAB.

Section 34

According to him:”the Alliance

on Surviving Covid 19

and Beyond (ASCAB) has

confirmed that not less than

20 young men and women

were arrested this morning

while planning to participate

in the peaceful rally tagged

#OccupyLekkiTollgate,

scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.

on Saturday, February 13,

2020, against the reopening

of the Tollgate. The protesters

were arrested by a detachment

of the Police before the

commencement of the peaceful

rally.

“The fundamental right of

the protesters to dignity guaranteed

by section 34 of the

Constitution was crudely

breached by the police personnel

who arrested the protesters

and caged them inside

a Black Maria. By arresting

the protesters instead of providing

them with adequate

security the Police engaged in

a provocative contravention

of section 83 (4) of the Nigeria

Police Act which states as

follows:

“Where a person or organization

notifies the police of

his or its intention to hold a

public meeting, rally or procession

on a public highway

or such meetings in a place

where the public has access

to, the police officer responsible

for the area where the

meeting rally or procession

will take place shall mobilize

personnel to provide security

to provide security cover for

the meeting, rally or the procession.”

Sections 39

and 40

“ASCAB calls on the Lagos

State Commissioner of Police

to ensure the immediate and

unconditional release of the

protesters because they did

not commit any criminal offence

by exercising their fundamental

rights to freedom

of expression and assembly

guaranteed by sections 39

and 40 of the 1999 Constitution

of Nigeria. However, if

the protesters are dragged

before a criminal court by the

Police after their illegal arrest

and detention we call on the

Judiciary in Lagos State not

to allow the courts to be used

to cover up the monstrous illegality

perpetrated in Lagos

this morning.”

Opting out

An online news platform,

TheCable had quoted Falana

as saying he had been informed

by the Attorney-General

of Lagos State that the

detained persons would appear

before a mobile court in

Lagos.

On his part, Adegboruwa

described the arrest of protesters

as worrisome, saying

he was considering opting out

of the #EndSARS panel.

He said:”My heart is very

heavy. I’m saddened and devastated.

My soul is sorely

troubled at this time.

“For decades before the advent

of this administration,

Nigerians have risked their

lives, liberties, their times and

their energies, their resources,

to win back this country

on the side of democracy and

good government, from military

dictatorship. Some have

paid the supreme price with

their lives.

“I have been monitoring

events at the Lekki Toll Gate

since morning, and I am overwhelmed

with the images,

videos and sundry evidence

of police brutality of armless

civilians, who ventured to

protest at the Toll Gate. In one

particular video, I saw citizens

of Nigeria being dehumanized,

stripped half-naked

and cramped together in a

rickety bus. This is unacceptable.

October 20, 2020

“While we are yet to come

to terms with the events of October

20, 2020, it becomes

worrisome that the security

agencies have not learnt any

positive lesson from those occurrences.

I commend the

protesters for their peaceful

conduct.

“I cannot in good conscience

continue to sit at any

Panel of Inquiry to heal

wounds and end police brutality

when fresh assaults are

being perpetrated with impunity.

Consequently, I am presently

consulting with my constituency

within the civil society,

as to my continued participation

in the EndSARS Judicial

Panel.

“I hereby demand the immediate

release of all those

arrested in connection with

the peaceful protest at the Lekki

Toll Gate today. On no account

should anything happen

to any of them while in

the custody of the police.”

Immediate

Also, the Center for Human

and Socio-economic Rights

(CHSR) condemned the arrests

of the protesters, demanding

their immediate

and unconditional release.

A statement by its National

President, Comrade Alex

Omotehinse and General

Secretary, Comrade Ewajane

Osowo, said about 10 #OccupyLekki

were arrested.

According to the statement,

“the protesters under the aegis

of #OccupyLekki were arrested

today in Lagos by the

policemen deployed to the

protest ground to maintain

law and order.The information

before us is that the arrested

and brutalized protesters

have been taken to the

Adeniji Adele police station

and the state CID Panti.”

Unlawful

In his reaction, Tam-

George said: “The arrest of

peaceful protesters is wrong,

illegal and dangerous for the

future of the country.

Citizens must be free to assemble

and peacefully protest

against any public policy or

government actions with

which they disagree. To deny

citizens this important right

to protest is to reduce them to

slaves. We cannot build a nation

by locking up and clamping

down on those citizens

who have a different point of

view. I call upon the Inspector-General

of Police to direct

the immediate and unconditional

release of peaceful protesters

in unlawful police custody.”

Illegal

Ozekhome said: “The arrest,

taking away in a Black

Maria and detention of Debo

Makaroni and other peaceful

protesters at the Lekki tollgate

on Saturday is patently

illegal and totally unconstitutional”.

“At least the Nigerian Constitution

has not been abrogated

by this dictatorial government

of impunity.

“Sections 40 and 41 of the

said Constitution give Debo

and other Nigerians the right

to peaceful assembly and association,

and the right to freedom

of movement.

”Even under military dictatorships,

as one of the

founding fathers of the CLO -

the Civil Liberties Organisation

- (the first indigenous

human rights organization

in Nigeria founded on 15th

October, 1987), I was allowed

to demonstrate and protest

on the streets by successive

military juntas.” Meanwhile,

a lawyer, Tola Onayemi, who

provides legal aid for #End-

SARS protesters, said the Police

were denying lawyers

access to the arrested persons.

Use of force

The protest attracted the attention

of the Minister of Defence,

Magashi, last night,

who said the use of force could

not be ruled out where required

in order to avoid break down

of law and order.

He said some persons were

bent on destabilizing the peace

of the country.

The Minister spoke when he

visited his Galandanci Ward,

Gwale Local Government

Area, Kano State, where he

revalidated his APC membership.

According to him, government

will not sit, fold it arms

and watch the disgruntled elements

destabilize the country

under any disguise.

“There is a basic responsibility

of government and that is

to protect every Nigerian——

who ever he is. We always believe

that given the necessary

intelligence, no agent of government

will sit down and fold

his hand without doing something”,

the Minister said.

“I will also refer you to the

promise Mr. President made to

Nigerians in 2015, that is, security,

economy and corruption.

If in the process, the policy

has had some people who

think that they should be given

independence to do what

they want to do, in order to

bring this country down, so be

it.

“This EndSARS issue, if you

recall, the Minister of Information

has briefed this nation and

alerted that something like this

is coming; and we know we are

always prepared. This is our job,

to ensure internal security”.


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From left: Primate Henry Ndukuba; his wife, Angela; General Secretary,

Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion Ven Dr Gershinen Paul Dajur ,and

Sir Folu Olamiti, Chairman, Board of Management Advent Cable Network

Nigeria Television, during the just concluded Standing Committee Meeting

of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion at All Saints Cathedral

Church, Onitsha.

NDLEA Uncovers #1.4b Cannabis In Warehouse,

Intercepts Truckload of Illicit Drug in Benue

By Kingsley Omonobi,

Abuja

he National Drug Law

TEnforcement Agency,

NDLEA, has, again, uncovered

a warehouse of illicit

cannabis sativa in the suburb

of Guma local government

area of Benue State and intercepted

a truckload of same

drug in the state.

The agency had, last week,

arrested seven suspected drug

barons operating four large

warehouses in Ukpuje forest,

Owan local government area

of Edo State, where a total of

16,344 bags of cannabis and

seeds weighing 233, 778 kilogram

were seized, in addition

to two pump action and

one double barrel guns.

The estimated street value

of the illicit drug seized yesterday

was put at over N1.4

billion.

Giving a breakdown of the

Benue drug seizure while

briefing the Chairman/Chief

Executive of the anti-drug

agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed

Buba Marwa (rtd), the

State Commander of

NDLEA, Mrs. Florence Ezeonye,

said the total number of

bags of cannabis seized during

the operation weighed

1,578 kilogram.

Obong Attah, Owie mourn Jakande

F

ormer Governor of

Akwa Ibom State,

Obong Victor Attah has described

the late Alhaji Lateef

Jakande as a great example

of what a state governor

should be doing if he truly

loved his people.

In a tribute to the former

governor of Lagos State who

died on Thursday at 91, Attah

added, “His footprints in

the stands of time will never

be erased. My prayers go to

the family. May Allah Grant

him eternal rest.”

On his part, a former Chief

The silent industrial revolution in Akwa Ibom

By John Olisa

EYOND the shiny street

Blights which chase darkness

with unkind fierceness,

bringing to the fore the immersive

beauty of Uyo and lighting

bulbs spluttered around

homes in Eket, electricity plays

a much bigger role: powers

industries and empowers

small businesses. Governor

Emmanuel Udom of Akwa

Ibom State understands this

perfectly. So, he strategically

placed rural electrification

and provision of necessary infrastructure

to improve power

supply in the state at the

heart of his eight point completion

agenda.

Well, before now, the poor

farmer in Mkpat Enin never

knew that electricity played

these primary roles because he

had cherished it from afar and

perhaps thought it was an exclusive

preserve of the rich

which would eventually not

get to him while he lived. But

with the massive rural electri-

Whip of the Senate, Sir Rowland

Owie, commiserated

with the Jakande family, describing

him as a leader who

was inspirational and worthy

of being emulated.

In a statement in Benin City,

Owie who was a member of

the House of Representatives

in the Second Republic and

played an integral part of the

National Caucus of the defunct

Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN),

said his family received with

sadness, the death of the nonagenarian

politician.

2022: Oyetola disowns campaign posters

Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

overnor Adegboyega

GOyetola has dissociated

himself the 2022 Governorship

campaign posters in

his name, claiming that his

concern for now is delivering

good governance to the people

of Osun State.

A statement by his Chief

Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan,

said the governor is still

preoccupied with serving the

masses and would not want

to be distracted at this critical

stage of his tenure.

He urged those behind the

posters to tarry a while and

wait for the Independent National

Electoral Commission

(INEC) to blow the whistle for

the contest.

fication project and connection

to the national grid by the

Udom led administration, residents

of Mkpat Enin and other

parts of the state now have

a first hand experience of what

electricity does.

From far flung communities

to industrial clusters, it’s

been tales of surprise and hope,

joy and gratitude. The decision

of the current administration

to invest so heavily in rural

electrification and provision

of adequate infrastructure

for power supply to improve

in the state is laced in

the governor’s desire to make

Akwa Ibom a state of reference

in industrialisation and

employment generation.

The pivot of this drive has

been well captured in recent

budgets of the state. In 2019,

the governor presented a budget

titled ‘Budget of Industrialization

For Poverty Alleviation’

while the 2020 budget

was the phase two of it christened

‘Budget of Industrialization

For Poverty Alleviation,

hairman/CEO, Blue

Cprint Newspapers Limited,

Alhaji Mohammed Idris

Malagi, has registered at

his polling unit in Malagi,

Gbako Local

Government Area of Niger

State.

Malagi, who applauded

the peaceful conduct of the

exercise at his polling unit,

called an all members of the

All Progressives Congress,

APC, in the state to go out

enmasse to pick or revalidate

their membership cards

in their various units across

the nook and crannies of the

state. “I am delighted with

conduct of the registration exercise.

It is an indication of

the determination of both existing

and prospective members’

desire to grow the party

and deepen democracy in

Niger State”, he said.

“I call on all members and

those who want to join to go

to their various polling units

in the state to register. “

The publisher, who is also

the Chairman of Bifocal

Group and WeFM, Abuja,

said he was following the footsteps

of President Muhammadu

Buhari, Governor

From left: Executive Secretary, Ogun State Primary Health Care, Dr. Elijah

Ogunsola; Commissioner for Education, Ogun State, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu;

Head Human Resources, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mr. Shakiru Lawal and Representative

of the Executive Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board,

SUBEB, and Permanent Member-3, Hon. Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan, during the

commissioning of borehole donated by Nestle Nigeria Plc to St. Paul’s Primary

Schools, Orile-Imo, Ogun State.

“Operatives of the NDLEA

Benue State Command intercepted

in Makurdi, an empty

trailer from Awka, Anambra

state heading to Lafia, Nasarawa

state but when properly

searched, 600 blocks of compressed

cannabis sativa

weighing 600kg were discovered

in a compartment constructed

under the flat belly

of the truck”, she stated.

“The mode of concealment

was first of its kind.”

She further disclosed that

“another seizure was made

when our men stormed a

warehouse filled with drugs

harvested by some farmers at

the suburb of Guma LGA by

3am”.

APC Regis

egistr

tration: Blueprint Publisher, , Alh

Mohammed Idris Malagi, registers at

polling unit

phase two’.

While presenting the 2020

budget to the state House of

Assembly late last year, the

governor emphasized that the

“2020 budget is christened,

Budget of Industrialization

For Poverty Alleviation, phase

2, because my completion

agenda is predicated primarily

on the rapid industrialization

of the state”. This, he has

done so perfectly even during

his first term in office.

Well, hardly anyone would

be surprised given the background

from which the governor

came from as an accomplished

investment banker

who so clearly understands the

nuances of investment and

management, and most importantly,

the primary place of

small businesses in the economic

development of any

state or country.

So, when he approved the

construction of a 2 x 5 MVA,

33/11 KV injector substation

along Edet Akpan Avenue,

Uyo, construction of Ibom International

Airport’s 2 x 15

…Calls For Active Participation In Politics

Abubakar Sani-Bello and

other party leaders in and

outside Niger State, who have

registered at their polling

units in Daura, Kontagora

and other places across the

nook and crannies of the country.

He urged peaceful conduct

of the exercise.

He called on Niger State

people to be active participants

and not passive onlookers

in the affairs of the state

and Nigeria.

“It is important that as Nigeria

continues to deepen her

democracy, we must all join

hands to grow democracy and

build our communities, state

and country by being active

participants instead of passive

onlookers.” He commended

the stakeholders for peaceful

conduct of the exercise

adding that progress cannot

be achieved in atmosphere of

rancor and violence.

MVA injector sub-station, he

had a bigger picture in mind.

When the state secured license

for the generation of 685

megawatt at Ibom Power

Plant, Ikot Abasi, began the

construction of Power Sub-

Station at Ekim, Mkpat Enin,

and the rehabilitation of

PHED facility at Etim Ekpo,

Mkpat Enin, Ikot Ekpene,

Ikot Abasi Ekpu Village, as

well as construction of

1x60MVA, 132/33KV transmission

sub-station in Afaha

Ube in Itu LGA, he knew electricity

opens new doors and

trajectories.

These interventions speak

volumes of the governor’s understanding

of the interconnectivity

of the sectors and the

importance of providing the

backbone for all sectors of the

economy to thrive. Linking

communities in the state which

had, albeit, been in darkness

to the national grid, has also

been at the heart of the governor’s

agenda, because he understands

that about 96 million

Nigerians live without

Zulum showers millions of naira on

Yoruba doctor who dared B/Haram

By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has approved

N13.9 million and car gift for a 65-year old medical

doctor from Ogun State, Isa Akinbode, who lived within the

General Hospital in Monguno, and continued to offer healthcare

services to patients even when the town was faced with the

most severe threats posed by Boko Haram terrorists. Akinbode

graduated from the University of Maiduguri and joined Borno

State Civil Service, where he served for 22 years before he

retired in 2016 at Monguno General Hospital.

After his retirement, the medical doctor, even though he was

once abducted and released by Boko Haram, remained at the

General Hospital to offer voluntary medical services.

Former Governor Kashim Shettima had, during one of his

visits to Monguno, directed officials of the state Ministry of

Health to engage Akinbode as a contract staff. However, following

bureaucratic procedures, his contract formalisation

was delayed. Though he continued to offer his services, no

money has been paid to him.

Prof Olawoyin, SAN, dies at 82

rof G.A. Olawoyin (SAN), a former Pro-

PChancellor and Chairman of Council,

University of Osun (UNIOSUN), is dead,

aged 82.

Olawoyin passed on to eternal glory at a

private hospital in Lagos yesterday after a

brief illness.

The Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of

Ife since 2005 was a professor of business law

at University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo

University) where he retired from full-time

teaching in 1981. He later served as parttime

lecturer at the Nigerian Law School

between 1981 and 1982 and at Lagos State University between

1986 and 1988.

Some of his ancillary areas specialization included law of

insurance, commercial law, law of business association, Nigerian

legal system, law of banking and negotiable instruments, law of

corporate management and finance, non-marine insurance law

as well as constitutional law.

The commitment to professional excellence and service to

humanity found expression in many public appointments he

received. Noteworthy among these was his chairmanship of the

Nigerian branch of the International Chamber of Commerce,

membership of the International Court of Arbitration as well as

membership of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

In addition to these, he is a director, Wema Securities Nigeria

Limited; a fellow of the Institute of Directors; a director, Multi-

Royal Investments Limited; member, International Bar

Association. He is also the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese

of Ife. Prof. Olawoyin served as the Chairman of the Ife/Ijesha

Zonal Health Board and a member of the State Health Council

in old Oyo State.

electricity, according to World

Bank data. And the state, being

a trailblazer, has to do its

quota to crash this grim figure.

The launch, in 2019, of

Power-for-All — an initiative

of the state government which

seeks to see that every home

in the state has power supply

by the end of 2021 — also

speaks of the governor’s desire

to for a better life for the

people of Akwa Ibom.

Unprecedented turnaround

With this backbone set, the

governor began what many

watchers have called a silent

industrial revolution across

the state.

As of the last count, of course,

there are many more which

are under construction, Governor

Udom’s administration

has brought to stream not less

than 18 industries, which are

currently producing consumables

across the state. This is

in tandem with his goal and

commitment of ensuring that

80 per cent of consumable

items used in the state would

be produced therein before his

administration winds down in

2023.

In this regard, the state is

now the home of the largest

Syringe manufacturing factory

in Africa with a production

capacity of 400 million syringes

per annum, Jubilee Syringe

Manufacturing (JSM).

The firm has provided hundreds

of direct jobs and thousands

of indirect jobs and is

greatly tapping into the global

syringe market expected

to be worth over $1.64 billion

by 2021 from a market value

of $1.22 billion in 2016, at a

Compound Annual Growth

Rate (CAGR) of 5.98 per cent.

The best and first ever digital

Electric Metering Solutions

manufacturing company is

now situated in Akwa Ibom

State with a lot of direct and

indirect jobs created for residents

of the state. The firm has

a production capacity of three

million prepaid meters annually.

The Lions Plywood and

•Olisa wrote in from

Abuja

Continues on

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MAY OLADOSU WEDS EDWARDS AYO-ODUGBESAN

The holy matrimony between former Miss Damilola May Oladosu, daughter of Mr and Mrs Olusegun Oladosu, and Mr Olatokunbo

Edwards Ayo-Odugbesan, son of Hon Olugbenga Ayo-Odugbesan, a former Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, was held

at The Monarch Event Centre, Lekki, Lagos on Friday. Reception was held at the same venue. Photos by Lamidi Bamidele

From left: Mrs Modupe Oladosu; husband, Olusegun, bride’s parents; Mr Olatokunbo

Edwards Ayo-Odugbesan and his wife, Damilola, the new couple; Pastor

(Mrs) Folu Adeboye, wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian

Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Pastor (Mrs) Funmi Ayo-Odugbesan and

Hon Olugbenga Ayo-Odugbesan, groom’s parents, during the church service.

From left: Mrs Bose Oye; Mrs Adesola Odusote and Pa Kehinde Odusote, grandparents

of the groom, at the reception

From left: Oba Adesegun Alowonle, Elemuren of Emuren; Oba Olusegun Ogunye,

Ojatumoro of Abigi Ijebu, and Oba Adedotun Odusanya, Olu of Odosenlu Alaro

at the reception

From left: Chief (Mrs) Omotunde Oredipe; Mrs Omasan Amuka-Dudu, AGM,

Legal and Administration, Vanguard Media Ltd; Pastor (Mrs) Toyin Kunle-Ajayi;

Mrs Kofo Ojomo and Mrs Funmi Jaiyeola

Ugwuanyi inaugurates 272 Special Constables for Community Policing

GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ug

wuanyi of Enugu State,

on Friday, inaugurated the 272

Special Constables from the

17 local government areas, recently

recruited and trained at

Oji River Police College, for

Community Policing in the

state.

It would be recalled that

Ugwuanyi, on July 9, 2020,

inaugurated the 17-man Enugu

State Community Policing

Advisory Committee (SCPAC),

under the Chairmanship of the

State Commissioner of Police

with the Chairman of the State

Traditional Rulers’ Council,

HRH, Igwe Amb. Lawrence

Agubuzu, as co-chairman.

The novel Community Policing

programme, which is an

initiative of the Nigeria Police

Force, as communicated by

the Inspector General of Police

(IGP), Mohammed Adamu

Abubakar, is saddled with the

responsibility of deepening

community approach as well

as confidence, trust and mutual

respect between the Police

and the people, in the management

of crimes and criminalities.

Inaugurating the 272 Special

Constables, also known as

Community Policing Officers

(CPOs), at the Government

House, Enugu, Gov. Ugwuanyi

explained that 16 of them

were recruited from each local

government area of the

state and drawn from the existing

Neighborhood Watch Associations

and Forest Guards.

The governor disclosed that the

Special Constables will be deployed

to their wards and local

government areas to assist

the extant security apparatus

in gathering and sharing of intelligence

with the security

agencies as well as maintain

liaison between their communities

and the Police.

Ugwuanyi who pointed out

that “our rejigged and re-tooled

Enugu State Security Architecture

will facilitate their new

role”, congratulated the leadership

and members of the

SCPAC, saddled with the responsibilities

of overseeing and

coordinating the implementation

of Community Policing in

the state, for the self-evident

progress they have recorded.

The governor said that the

state government will continue

to provide the necessary support

for Community Policing

in the state “in furtherance of

From left: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, the state Commissioner of

Police, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, and the state Chairman, Christian Association

of Nigeria (CAN), Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Edeh, during the inauguration of 272

Special Constables (Community Policing Officers) for Community Policing in the

state, held at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

its unflinching commitment to

the protection of lives and property

of all law-abiding residents

in Enugu State”.

He therefore urged all residents

of the state to avail the

newly inaugurated Special

Constables their maximum

support and co-operation.

Earlier in his address, the

Chairman of SCPAC and State

Commissioner of Police, CP

We will make NDDC deliver on its

mandate — Tunji-Ojo

CHAIRMAN, House

Committee on the Niger

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, Hon.

Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has assured

that NDDC will be made

to deliver on its mandate to the

people of Niger Delta.

Tunji-Ojo gave this assurance

during an oversight tour

of the headquarters of NDDC

and other project sites in in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State.

Speaking during the visit,

Tunji-Ojo

posited that the House Committee

had resolved to work

with the management of the

Commission and other critical

stakeholders to resolve the lingering

issue of abandoned

projects confronting NDDC.

He stressed that the committee

was prepared to give impetus

to the NDDC to put mechanism

in place to mitigate the

worrisome issue of abandoned

projects that is plaguing the

Niger Delta region.

The lawmaker therefore

posited that only contractors

with capacity should be awarded

contracts by the NDDC.

“This is an additional measure

to mitigate contract failure

and enhancement of value

added service to the Niger Delta

region”, Tunji-Ojo said.

The lawmaker stated that the

review and implementation of

Niger Delta master plan was

long overdue and therefore

urged stakeholders to jointly

review, implement and commit

the master plan of NDDC

to effective implementation.

In his response, the Sole Interim

Administrator of NDDC,

Effiong Okon Akwa, said the

canvassed position that only

contractors with capacity

should be awarded contracts

and the suggested reviewing of

Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu,

stated that the inauguration

was a remarkable feat in the

implementation of Community

Policing practice in Enugu

State.

the Commission’s master plan

were good ideas. He also supported

the need to amend the

NDDC Establishment Act to

ensure the appointment of

competent and capable Director

of Projects.

Okon Akwa appealed to

members of the House Committee

on NDDC to forgive

members of the Commission

for wrongdoings of the past. He

also pleaded for a robust working

relationship between

members of the House Committee

on NDDC and management

of the commission.

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on

NDDC, Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo (front row, fifth from

left) with officials of the commission and Committee

members during an oversight visit to the NDDC headquarters

in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday.


PAGE 8, SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

2023 ELECTIONS:

12 northern states demand

3, 323 new Polling Units,

southern states 2, 424

•Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa, Zamfara missing on list

•Enugu, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Yobe too

•Our case for additional PUs - INEC

By Wale Akinola

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, 12

northern states are demanding for 3,

323 additional Polling Units (PUs) as

the Independent National Electoral

Commission (INEC) begins the process of

creating new PUs in an attempt to expand

Nigerians access to elections.

From the southern part of the country, 14

states also want new 2, 424 PUs under the

exercise.

The requests total 5, 747 and that was as of

October 2020.

Curiously, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto,

Jigawa and Zamfara states, all from the North-

West where voter populations are huge, are

missing on the list of the requests for new PUs.

Also missing is Ekiti State on the South-West

list, Gombe and Yobe on the North-East list

while Enugu and Ebonyi are not on the South-

East list.

The breakdown of the requests on

geopolitical basis, according to the State of

Voter Access to Polling Units in Nigeria

Discussion Paper prepared by INEC and

obtained by Sunday Vanguard last week,

shows that North-Central’s (seven states)

demand is 1, 732 (30.1%), North-East (four

states), 1,321 (23%), North-West (one state), 270

(4.7%), South-West (five states), 1, 073 (18.7%),

South-South (six states), 1, 114 (19.4%) and

South-East (three states), 237 (4.1%).

The current 119, 973 PUs, created by the

defunct National Electoral Commission of

Nigeria (NECON) in 1999 (22 years ago),

INEC believes, have become inadequate by

the reason of the emergence of new settlements

across the country, difficult terrain and increase

in the number of registered voters.

For instance, whereas there were about

58million registered voters for the 1999

elections, there were around 84million for the

2019 polls.

And whereas the average voters per PU in

1999 were 482.9, the average voters per PU for

the 2019 elections were 700.1.

Analysts said the figures could further rise

for the 2023 elections as INEC embarks on

Continuous Voters Registration to capture those

who just attained the voting age of 18.

Justifying the case for new PUs across

Nigeria for the 2023 polls, INEC Chairman,

Mahmood Yakubu, in his preface to the

Discussion Paper on the State of Voter Access

to Polling Units in Nigeria, argued, “Over the

years, voter access to Polling Units in Nigeria

has been declining. For the 2019 general

elections, the average number of voters per

Polling Unit was about 700 nationally, rising

to over 2,000 in the Federal Capital Territory

while a specific Polling Unit in Nasarawa State

had over 15,000 voters.

“Furthermore, some Polling Units are

located in very difficult places that do not

encourage voters to participate in elections,

particularly persons living with disability.

Others are located in places experiencing

conflicts or in places under

the control of partisan actors.

“Moreover, because of

inadequate Polling Units,

many voters have to travel

long distances to their Polling

Units on Election Day.

“All these have contributed

to low voter turnout at

elections, egregious violation

of election regulations and

guidelines, violence and

insecurity.

“Crowding at Polling Units

also constitutes health and

safety issues in this period of

the global COVID-19

pandemic”.

Meanwhile, INEC has not

disclosed the number of PUs

it envisages will be sufficient

to add to the current 119, 973

PUs to improve voters’ access

on Election Day.

“The requests cut across the

country. This clearly

indicates that the dwindling

Curiously, Kano,

Kaduna, Katsina,

Sokoto, Jigawa

and Zamfara

states, all from

the North-West

where voter

populations are

huge, are missing

on the list of the

requests for new

PUs.

voter access to Polling Units is a national

problem, rather than a sectional”, INEC noted

in the Discussion Paper.

“By implication, the establishment of more

Polling Units will be beneficial to voters all

over the country, contrary to the conspiracy

theories that some parts would be favoured or

disfavoured.

“Secondly, in the 5, 747 received from the 25

states and the FCT, population growth, difficult

terrain and new settlements were the main

reasons given for the requests.

“These point to the fact that perhaps the most

important cause of declining access to Polling

Units is the non-availability of Polling Units

which leads to overcrowding in the few

available ones”.

30,027 Polling Units

This is not the first time INEC is embarking

on an exercise to expand voter access at PUs.

It narrated in the Discussion Paper: “In 2014,

in the build-up to the 2015 general elections,

the Commission proposed the ‘creation and

distribution’ of ‘additional 30,027

new Polling Units’.

“This was with the objective of

decongesting overcrowded

Polling Units and dispersing

voters as evenly as possible to

prevent disruptions, delays and

violence on Election Day.

“Furthermore, the exercise was

aimed at a spatial distribution of

voters, the relocation of Polling

Units from unsuitable places to

more suitable places and the

location of Polling Units within

reasonable commuting distances

of voters.

“But the effort was jettisoned as

a result of unfounded allegations

by various political interest

groups and the negative

propaganda from some sections

of the media.

“For instance, the Commission

was accused of engaging in a

‘disproportional distribution of

Polling Units in Nigeria aimed at

fostering the dominance of one section of the

country over the others for political advantage.’

“Eventually, the Commission reverted to the

use of Voting Points for the 2015 general

elections”.

Breakdown

according to states

The INEC Discussion Paper shows that

Borno tops the table of states demanding for

new PUs.

It currently has 3, 932 and is asking for

additional 1, 235 units.

This is followed by Niger which currently

has 3, 185 PUs but is asking for 1, 042 more.

Kebbi has 2, 398 but is requesting for

additional 270.

Lagos has 8, 462 but is asking for 29 more.

Abia which is asking for 79 PUs already has

2, 675, Adamawa has 2, 609, wants 14 extra;

Anambra has 4, 608, wants 56 extra; Akwa

Ibom has 2, 980, wants 15 more; Bauchi has 4,

074, wants 2 more; Bayelsa has 1, 804, wants

51 more; Benue has 3, 688, wants 108 more;

Cross River has 2, 283, wants 356 more; Delta

has 3, 624, wants 138 more; Edo has 2, 627,

wants 4 more; Imo has 3, 523, wants 102 more;

Kogi has 2, 548, wants 180 more; Kwara has

1, 872, wants 151 more; Nasarawa has 1, 495,

wants 63 more; Ogun has 3, 213, wants 239

more; Ondo has 3, 009, wants 101 more; Osun

has 3, 010, wants 358 more; Oyo has 4, 783,

wants 346 more; Plateau has 2, 631, wants

114 more; Rivers has 4, 442, wants 550 more;

Taraba has 1, 912, wants 70 more while FCT

has 562, wants 74 more.

Find below excerpts from the INEC

Discussion Paper No. 1/2021.

Polling Units located

in politicians’ homes

The Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) defines

a Polling Unit (PU) as “the place, enclosure,

booth, shade or house at which voting takes

place under this Act” (Section 156-

interpretation). Consequently, Polling Units

(PUs) constitute the basic structure of Nigeria’s

electoral system and democracy. They are the

nerve centres at which voters make contact

with the Commission during elections. As such,

it is exceedingly important that Polling Units

are not only ready and conducive to receive

voters, but that they are also well-organized

and secure for the beehive of activities that

occur in them on Election Day. Indeed, wellorganized

and efficiently run Polling Units are

emblematic of the quality of the entire election

ecosystem. Voter access to Polling Units is

therefore fundamental to our elections and

democracy at large. Over the years, several

challenges have confronted INEC with Polling

Units. First, there is the problem of inadequate

number of Polling Units available to voters. As

a result of population growth, demographic

shifts and establishment of new settlements and

residential areas, existing Polling Units have

become inadequate. Since the law ties

registration of voters and voting to specific

Polling Units, it means that voters have to walk

long distances on Election Day to vote. Often,

they are not able to do so because of restrictions

on movement. Second, inadequacy of Polling

Units implies that many of them are

overcrowded during elections, which is a recipe

for delays, disruptions, violence and apathy.

To be sure, overcrowding varies from one area

to another due to uneven growth in population.

Still, practically all Polling Units have

experienced increased population of voters.

Thus, during the 2011 elections, most of the

Polling Units saw turnouts exceeding the 500

voters designated per Polling Unit. In fact, a

review carried out by the commission in 2014

revealed that many Polling Units recorded very

large number of voters. Some had exceeded

the designated figure of 500 voters per Polling

Unit by a couple of thousands while some had

over 4,000 registered voters. These huge

numbers pointed to the urgency of reorganizing

Polling Units. Third, the location of some of

the Polling Units makes access very difficult.

For instance, some are located in very

physically inaccessible locations, particularly

for persons living with disability. And, at least

until recently, some were even located in the

homes of important people and religious

groups, who often have political leanings

capable of discouraging some voters from

voting. Also, some Polling Units are located in

highly charged and contested areas, including

areas experiencing communal conflicts.

Fourth, there is the problem of organization

of Polling Units. This is related to location.

Many of them are in the open, with little cover.

Others have inadequate space to cater for the

official schema for organizing Polling Units.

As a result, arrangement of Polling Units during

elections to facilitate voting is difficult to

achieve. For example, this has been conducive

to vote-buying whereby voters are able to

reveal their choices to “party agents” to enable

them to consummate the buying and selling of

votes. This particular problem has become even

more serious in the context of the COVID-19

pandemic because the constricted spaces

available at Polling Units do not support the

necessary social distancing recommended by

health authorities. Finally, even the actual

number and exact locations of Polling Units

were unknown for a long time. The Jega

Commission (2010 – 2015) had to embark on

a verification exercise to enumerate and locate

the Polling Units. In fact, it was only after this

verification that the number of Polling Units

was established as 119,973, instead of the

round figure of 120,000 that was assumed for

many years.

• To be continued


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PAGE 10, SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

LAST INTERVIEW WITH JAKANDE:

People mocked me

to my face when I

said I would build

houses all over

Lagos

BY OLAYINKA AJAYI

Tributes have been pouring in for Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian

governor of Lagos State, who died on Thursday at 91. Jakande’s

demise marked the end of an era: He was the last of the five governors

of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) of the Second Republic under

the leadership of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. His contemporaries

were the late Chief Bola Ige (Oyo), the late Chief Onabanjo (Ogun), the

late Chief Adekunle Ajasin (Ondo) and the late Chief Ambrose Alli (defunct

Bendel). Each of then-governors executed the defunct party’s four cardinal

programmes but many observers believed Jakande stood out of the pack.

Because of the free education he provided in Lagos, which was perceived

in many quarters as qualitative, many residents withdrew their children

from private schools and put them in public schools. Jakande established

Lagos State University (LASU) as part of then-UPN passion for education.

The administration’s housing policy was second to none as estates he built

are still everywhere across Lagos. Indeed the estates provided those who

otherwise may never have been landlords an opportunity to own houses.

In our last interview with the late elder statesman, conducted in December

2013, he spoke on issues at hand including the state of the nation. Excerpts:

Dr. Nelson Mandela, South Africa

leader, just died and people across

the world have been speaking

glowingly about him. What is your

perspective of Mandela?

Nelson Mandela was a great man.

He made public service inspiring

because he lived his life in the service

of humanity. What would South Africa

have been today if not for the antiapartheid

struggle led by Mandela?

Apartheid is now a thing of the past

in South Africa. We have every reason

to thank God for creating a man like

Mandela. I pray that by the grace of

God he sleeps well.

So many people in this part of the

world see you in the shoes of

Mandela based on your contributions

as an Awoist in terms of politics,

health and education. What is your

take on the state of the educational

sector in Nigeria?

I am not quite happy with what is

going on. For instance, I am very sad

that university lecturers have stayed

out of work for more than five months.

This is a thing of shame on both ASUU

and the Federal Government because

government carries the burden and it

should have done everything possible

to prevent such a situation from

happening because, at the end of the

day, it is those who cannot afford

private universities that suffer and

this country cannot afford such a

situation to happen. The annoying

issue is that nothing constructive has

been said by both parties to address

the situation. I want to appeal to both

sides to shift grounds on negotiations

in order to save this country.

Government, especially, should, in the

name of God, do something to bring

the strike to end.

There are dilapidated structures in

primary and secondary schools

everywhere across the nation. Are

you comfortable with that?

It is very disappointing to see that

some of those who benefited from the

free education we initiated during our

tenure and are in positions of

leadership today are doing virtually

nothing to address the

predicament. I would

like to appeal to my

friends in government to

give education priority;

after all, the future

belongs to these

children. I still

remember that when we

came to office in 1979,

our priority was to

provide qualitative

education to the masses.

To accommodate every

child, we had three

shifts of learning,

morning, afternoon and

evening, and we

accomplished it. So, if

we could accomplish our

goal during our time,

why can’t they accomplish those theirs

now? I pray that God should touch the

hearts of our leaders. Nothing is more

rewarding than producing men of

stature. The other day I was in a

gathering when I met some people

who came to appreciate me, saying

When I said we

were going to build

houses all over

Lagos, some

people mocked me

to my face, saying

the houses would

become poultry

they were products of my educational

system. I can never thank God enough

for the privilege because I ask myself

what these people would have turned

out to be if they had not had such

opportunity. I pray that God in His

infinite mercies will enter the hearts

of our present leaders to do what is

proper. All we hear them talk about

now is spending billions on projects

that do not impact on education.

You just spoke on ASUU strike.

Reports say government’s failure to

fulfill agreement led to the stalemate.

Do you have any word of advice for

government?

Government should honor the

agreement they had with the striking

lecturers because it has gotten to the

last point, but I will

also appeal to ASUU

to be kind enough to

consider the children

that are bearing the

brunt of their struggle.

If not for anything else

but for the sake of the

children, ASUU

should go back to

classroom.

How do you see the

coming together of

some n-PDP governors

and those of APC?

Quite frankly the idea

of moving from one

party to another does

not help the country.

People in partisan

politics should do it on

the basis of commitment and not moving

from one party to another for any reasons.

If they have problem in their party, let

them solve it. I appeal to them to let

conservative be conservative and

progressive be where they are and look at

service to our people which is the major

•Jakande

thing we need. I hope they spare us these

nagging issues. What we need is service

to the people.

Are you impressed with the

performance of today’s leaders?

Our leaders are not helping Nigeria, but

I pray God will make Nigeria better. To

be honest, I am not impressed with the

performance of our leaders and I want to

appeal to them to save this country from

collapsing. They should put the interest

of the Nigerian people at heart. They

should go into politics with the

determination to serve because there are

so many things to be done and this country

is greatly in need of them and I hope that

they clear up all the mess in order to get

back to the right course of serving our

people.

If you have the opportunity to

correct anything, what would it be?

It is very simple, once you put your

mind in the right place, you will

certainly achieve your goal. In public

service, the people must come first and

that was the reason I was able to

resolve those problems I addressed

my mind to. Although some people

thought it was impossible to address

those problems. When I said we were

going to build houses all over Lagos,

some people mocked me to my face,

saying the houses would become

poultry. I hope they are still alive

today to see the ‘poultry’. So what

matters most is determination and

having clear cut programs.

What is your advice for Nigeria?

Nigeria is growing and we have a

great future. I am totally convinced

that we shall get there because this is

a country created by God. God has

given us all the resources we need to

be a great country, so why should we

fail? We will not fail by the grace of

God.


MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION:

APC quakes as

leaders fight dirty

• Delta, Kwara, Rivers, Ogun, Osun are hot spots

By Sam Oyadongha, Olasukunmi

Akoni, Chioma Onuegbu, Demola

Akinyemi, Shina Abubakar, Egufe

Yafugborhi ,Davies Iheamnachor,

Ibrahim HassanWuyo & James

Ogunnaike

The All Progressives Congress, APC,

vision of emerging more unified at

the end of its nationwide

membership registration and validation

exercise appears threatened by old intraparty

crises in some states, findings by

Sunday Vanguard revealed.

In the affected places, the issues in

contention were found to have predated the

ongoing registration and revalidation

exercise.

The programme, however, offered an

avenue for opposing sides to renew the battle

for the party’s soul.

APC had commenced the exercise on

January 25, 2021, to increase its

membership and support-base

nationwide.

While the process is seamless in some

states, Delta, Kwara, Rivers, Ogun, Osun,

and Rivers state chapters are not likely to

emerge stronger from the exercise.

RIVERS:

In Rivers, the party faction headed by Isaac

Ogbobula, which enjoys the support of the

national leadership, is in total support of

the registration exercise. But the Sen

Magnus Abe-backed group is opposed to

the exercise.

Speaking on the exercise, Ogbonna

Nwuke, spokesman for the Ogbobula

faction, said: “The process will commence

after the training of personnel is completed.

The exercise will hold in Rivers.

“This assignment is from the national

body. Every zone has its time. South-East

started this week. We are commencing next

week. The fears that some persons will be

deregistered are not justified. They are

speculative. The exercise has not

commenced and people are making

conclusions.

“It is free for all genuine members of the

party. Why will the process be targeted at

anyone? There are also issues of headcount

and recounting in the Bible. The process is

just about looking at a database for the

party, which will help us know our strengths.

Any genuine member needs not to be afraid

of the exercise.

The argument that Abe and Aguma, who

dissented in terms of their expressions over

what the party is doing, would be removed

is mere speculation.

They are party members. Let them offer

themselves to be registered.”

Factional

However, Golden Ben-Chioma, factional

chairman of the Aguma camp, insisted the

revalidation exercise would not hold, noting

there was a court order stopping the

conduct of the revalidation.

He said: “There is a valid court order

restraining my party from conducting the

revalidation exercise in Rivers State. As a

law-abiding party, it will be out of place for

us to take part when there is a valid court

order.

“We don’t want what happened in 2019,

where disobedience of court order cost the

party a lot, to repeat itself. We will abide by

the court order that the revalidation should

not hold. The court order from Abuja

cannot stand because it has no jurisdiction to

handle what is happening in Rivers.

“Again, even when they went to court, they

did not go for the court to allow them to go

ahead with the revalidation. They only went

to the court, seeking that only their faction

should conduct the revalidation exercise.

I advise the party to obey the order of the

court because the matter will be resolved soon.

There won’t be any revalidation in Rivers.”

OGUN:

The exercise is witnessing hitches in some

local government areas in Ogun State.

In Imeko/Afon Local

Government Area,LGA, it was

gathered that some loyalists of

former Governor Ibikunle

Amosun were reportedly

prevented from being

registered.

In a video made available to

Sunday Vanguard at the LGA,

APC representative, Ismaila

Aregbe in Unit 9, Imeko Ward,

stated in clear terms that he

was ordered not to register an

Amosun loyalist standing,

saying he was a member of the

While the process

is seamless in some

states, Delta, Kwara,

Rivers, Ogun, Osun,

and Rivers state

chapters are not

likely to emerge

stronger from the

exercise

Allied

Peoples

Movement,APM.

The situation almost turned

rowdy as Aregbe insisted that

those he identified as APM

members would not be allowed

to register based on the directive given to him.

Speaking on the incident, a former

Chairman of Imeko-Afon LGA, Tosin Adeluyi,

accused the party of discriminating against

people who came out to voluntarily register.

Adeluyi said most of the registration officials

confirmed that they were told not to register

APM members.

He said:” All over Imeko-Afon Local

Government, most of the units are empty. They

went into hiding as the materials are not

available at the polling units. People who

came out to register went back home

disappointed.

“Amore Unit, Owuwu Unit, Alagbon Mejo

in Owo Idi Ayin Ward and many others are all

empty. They are doing the registration

secretly.”

In Yewa South LGA, there was an allegation

that registration materials were hoarded by

the council’s Transition Chairman, Fagbenro

Olabode.

But findings by Sunday Vanguard revealed

that the materials were not hoarded by

anybody, but were only kept at the police

station.

A source told our Correspondent that the

major problem was that the list of the

registration committee in the LGA was

tempered with.

OSUN:

In Osun State, the division in the party has

become more pronounced with the

registration exercise.

Pioneer National Chairman of APC, Chief

Bisi Akande, during the revalidation of his

membership by the South-West Registration

and Monitoring Committee at his home town

in Ila-Orangun, described the process as an

indefensible aberration.

However, the state governor,

Adegboyega Oyetola, and the

Caretaker Chairman in the

state, Prince Gboyega Famodun,

while addressing party members,

said the exercise should be

conducted without members’

factional bias.

But before the commencement

of the registration and

revalidation, the faction loyal to

former Governor Rauf

Aregbesola, now Minister of

Interior, had mobilized its

loyalists to ensure it dominates

the revalidation and registration

exercise to have the majority at

the various wards.

Part of the strategy deployed by

the group is helping members to

get passport photographs ready.

Sunday Vanguard also gathered that a

former chairman of the party and Secretary

to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood

Adeoti, directed his loyalists to ensure that at

SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021,PAGE 11

least 50 of them registered at each polling

unit across the state.

This, according to sources close to him, is to

ensure he is not treated with contempt.

Also, in Ejigbo LGA, the battle for the

control of membership registration is

between two former speakers in the state

House of Assembly, the immediate past

speaker, Dr. Najeem Salaam and

Professor Mojeed Alabi.

Before the commencement of the

exercise, Salaam had embarked on a tour

of LGAs in Osun West Senatorial District,

urging his supporters to participate

massively.

Sources confided in Sunday Vanguard

that the action was to prepare the ground

for his 2022 gubernatorial aspiration

election.

The intrigues among the political

gladiators, it was learned, forced the party

to move the distribution of registration

materials from its secretariat to the

Government House at Oke-Fia.

Besides, the party had to distribute

materials to different factions in LGAs

where there is difficulty in resolving

internal problems to avoid violence.

The battle for the control of the exercise

became a necessity for many reasons.

First, party chieftains want to exercise firm

control over state executives who would

emerge at a convention to be conducted by

members whose names appeared on the

register.

Before the commencement of the exercise, a

faction loyal to Aregbesola had petitioned the

caretaker committee, protesting the inclusion

of those they called Social Democratic Party

,SDP, members in the registration committee.

KWARA:

Unlike Osun, the impasse in Kwara is hydraheaded.

Factional members of the Kwara State

executive had accused the APC Registration

Committee of hoarding registration and

revalidation materials.

They also said the committee was not

carrying them along in the exercise.

Though efforts to get the Senator John

Danboi-led committee to react were not

successful, a credible source close to the

committee told Sunday Vanguard that plans

to attack selected registration units

particularly in the urban areas by thugs were

uncovered.

Deputy Chairman of the party in Kwara

North Senatorial District, Chief Sunday

Oyebiyi, and other factional members have

vowed not to participate until the registration

materials are made available.

Oyebiyi said:”The registration materials are

being hoarded in virtually all the units in the

state. The registration forms and the register

of members were not provided.

“Instead, party members who are

revalidating and others who are prospective

are being asked to write their details, including

the NIN on a rough sheet of paper.

“We will not participate in the exercise until

the materials are made available.”

However, Sunday Vanguard learned that

areas, where materials were not available, are

the flashpoints the thugs wanted to attack.

DELTA:

In Delta State, the lingering crisis in the

party took an alarming direction following

the commencement of the exercise.

As it was in the past when the battle over

who controls the soul of the party, especially

in Delta Central threatened the fold, the same

issue is still a challenge.

Specifically, the Deputy Senate President,

Ovie Oma-Agege, and the party chairman,

James Erhue, are at the centre of the storm.

It was to avoid further escalation that the

national leadership of the party suspended the

membership registration and revalidation

exercise in Delta.

KADUNA,

BAYELSA:

Meanwhile, the exercise has so far been

rancour free in Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Lagos

and Bayelsa states.

In Kaduna, our Correspondent observed

that there was massive turnout in most areas.

Given the huge turnout, the state chapter of

the party had sought additional registration

cards and other related materials from the

national headquarters to register more

people.

In a chat with Sunday Vanguard,Alhaji

Yahaya Baba Pate, secretary of the party,

dismissed claims by the opposition that

people were not enthusiastic about the

exercise in the state.

Asked if the recent altercation between

the camps of two APC stalwarts in Kaduna

North had any negative impact on the

exercise, he said: “We don’t have any

problem. There was an interesting

stakeholders’ engagement that brought all

elected officers together, and everybody is

working towards the success of the exercise.

In Bayelsa State, unlike in the past when

the party was highly factionalised, with

congresses and primaries conducted along

cleavages in different locations, it was

observed that the registration and

revalidation exercise is highly peaceful and

hitch-free.

Speaking on the exercise, the state APC

Chairman, Mr. Jothan Amos, said the party

has never had it this good in the state.


PAGE 12 — SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

Why is Kwara APC still enmeshed in

crisis?

I kept quiet because everything that has a

beginning will surely have an end. I have never

seen a state party chairman that boldly

conducts party affairs like the APC chairman

in Kwara except the person has external

backing.

Can anyone try that with Governor Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State or Governor Nasir El-

Rufai of Kaduna State? However, what is

happening is not new in Nigeria’s political

landscape. It happened in Ekiti, Ondo and

Kogi states respectively, but the state governors

later emerged victoriously. They will not

succeed in Kwara.

I really like the recent statement made by

President Muhammadu Buhari. He said APC

will no longer tolerate the act of imposing

candidates on states from Abuja. I am so

delighted about the statement.

Imposition is not new. Dele Belgore can give

an account of his ordeal while in the defunct

Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN. He

contested twice and was opposed in the party.

Since then, Kwara has been struggling to gain

its freedom from those who hindered Belgore

from fulfilling his dream.

No governor in Nigeria can tolerate what

our governor experiences in the hand of the

party chairman. Notwithstanding the

BATTLE FOR KWARA:

They are fighting

because Abdulrazaq

rejected their political

appointees — Awoyale

By Charles Kumolu, Deputy Editor

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara

State and President-General of Orisun Igbomina, Chief

Gbenga Awoyale, in this interview, speaks on the crisis in

the state chapter of the party.

distractions, the governor believes his

achievements will speak for him before

Kwarans.

Those perpetrating evil acts in Kwara APC

are not up to 20 percent of the party members

within and outside the state.

Cars were donated from Abuja but the

governor did not even see them up until now.

The same people that condemned Saraki’s

government are now being ignored by the

masses when they came out again to condemn

the Abdulrazaq-led government in just one

year. I appreciate the masses for

acknowledging the governor’s efforts.

How can this intra-party crisis be

resolved to avoid collateral damage

for APC in Kwara?

It will rather be hard to stop such people

because they are being supported. How many

states in Nigeria will you see a party chairman

boldly going from one radio station to another

to discredit a sitting governor? Worthy of note

is that both the opposition in Peoples

Democratic Party ,PDP, and those within our

party cannot complain against the

performance of the governor. Rather, what they

are saying is that the governor is not carrying

them along. They want to impose political

appointees from Ogun, Lagos, Osun and Edo

states under the pretense that they are not

being carried along. That is what they do to

any governor they don’t accept because he is

not dancing to their tune. They did the same

in Kogi and Ekiti. Our revenue is small in

Kwara, at most N20bn compared to about

N200bn generated in a single local

government in Lagos. How can Kwara

finance a crisis with that little revenue? A

House of Assembly member and local

government chairman left their duty posts to

be jumping from one radio station to another

to condemn the efforts of the governor.

Desperation

Unfortunately, our desperation to oust

Saraki led us into accepting the imposed party

chairman. He was not elected. They said we

should go and sort ourselves out when we

complained. They used party chairmen to

wreak havoc in states. That is what they use

party chairmen for right from the beginning.

The same thing was done during the days of

defunct Action Congress,AC, and Action

Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

The party chairman and one member of the

state House of Assembly are always going for

Radio programmes to criticise the governor.

Is that fair?

Why are they distracting us? They attempted

the same thing in Kogi, but were warned to

stay in their geopolitical zone. They should

leave Kwara State alone too. We are not in the

South-West.

They tried their possible best to manipulate

the election result that ushered in Abdulrazaq

but to no avail. They are determined to

discredit his work. We all know what

happened to Akeredolu in Ondo and the people

they used against him were not popular.

All they are after is for government to be in a

debt trap. Interestingly, our governor is not

taking that path. He is paying salaries

regularly. He is one of the best governors in

Nigeria who has not borrowed a dime up until

now.

If the governor consented and allowed them

to have their way, what will be left to execute

projects in the state? Kwara will just end up

returning to its past and they would blame the

governor for it.

They want a dummy they can impose and

use to actualise their personal agenda. A

similar occurrence happened in Edo, making

Obaseki cross to PDP and he still won the

second term.

Today, the masses have stopped listening to

their lies. The masses curse them whenever

they go on the radio.

Don’t you think the lingering nature

of the crisis is capable of distracting

the governor?

It is a statement of fact that Governor

Abdulraman Abdulrazaq has achieved a lot

for the people of Kwara State in less than two

years in office. For instance, in my local

government, I can speak on three areas the

governor’s works are being felt. His positive

impacts are obvious in the entire 16 local

government areas of the state.

However, such achievements can be

classified into infrastructure, health and

education. There is no local government the

governor has not touched without borrowing.

He is even paying the debt he inherited from

previous administrations.

He is not after awarding elephant contracts

that he won’t be able to complete.

For instance, when a former governor of

Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, started

work on Gbongan Erin-Ile road, a project

which was so enormous that even the federal

government dared not engage, he ended up

without completing 10 percent of that project

in his eight years of two terms in office. That is

not the type of approach our governor uses.

He is conscious of the fact that the state is

left with little resources. Therefore, he adopted

the style of maintaining existing assets. He is

currently attending to all abandoned projects.

Even the Up Lawal water project is currently

receiving attention.

There’s no state with little allocation like

Kwara that has been able to efficiently manage

its resources the way Abdulrazaq has done.

Registration, revalidation should unite,

not divide APC — Rep Egbona

By Dapo Akinrefon,

Deputy S/West Regional Editor

Dr. Alex Egbona is a member of the

House of Representatives

representing Abi/Yakurr Federal

Constituency of Cross River State. In this

interview, he speaks on the state of the nation

including the ongoing registration and

revalidation exercise by his party, APC.

The ongoing APC registration and

revalidation exercise has generated

mixed feelings in the party. In some

states, party chieftains are divided,

leading to fears that the aftermath of

the exercise may not augur well for the

party…

It is going on very well in my state. Some of

us who are leaders are mobilising our followers

and the people of our constituency to either

register as new members or revalidate their

membership as old members. It is actually an

opportunity for us to evangelise and boost our

membership. In my constituency, it is even

more of a necessity for us to get more of our

people to join the party because we are seeing

development projects from the federal

government.

My only concern is that we should avoid

any form of crisis as a result of the ongoing

exercise. The registration exercise should unite

and not divide us. There have been stories of

clashes here and there in some parts of the

country. We do not want to experience it in

Cross River. I urge all my people to go about

this business peacefully and in peace.

Calls for restructuring still resonate

in the country, but your party’s

position on it isn’t really clear. What

do you make of this?

You must have been aware that I am a

member of the APC and our party is seriously

in support of restructuring. That was why the

party set up a high-powered committee led by

•Egbona

the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir

El-Rufai. The committee has since submitted

its report and the party, to the best of my

knowledge, is considering what the El-Rufai

committee did. Having said that let me add

that apart from APC as a party, I doubt if there

is anybody in this country who does not believe

in restructuring. The only area of

disagreement, if you ask me, is in the

modalities. There are people who argue that

the six regional structures of the country

should be changed. There are those who argue

that each state should be allowed to take care

of itself and make due returns to the centre.

There are people who believe the country is

too big to allow decisions to be taken by the

centre on behalf of the states. Some people

want what they call true federalism.

I have taken a look at the report of the El-

Rufai committee and I am aware that some of

these concerns were addressed by the

committee. What is remaining now is for a

definite statement to be made by the

government at the centre on some of the issues.

For me, we need to restructure. And the first

point of call should be our character and

attitude. I read recent reports where former

President Goodluck Jonathan was quoted as

saying that Nigerians needed to restructure

their mindset first. I agree with him. But I will

add that Nigerians need to restructure their

character and attitude first, while we wait for

other forms of restructuring to happen.

Nigerians have a way of shouting about

restructuring, about this and that. Again,

people have started calling for the birth of

state police as a way of tackling insecurity in

the country. Former President Olusegun

Obasanjo said so recently. Even El-Rufai also

talked about it a few days ago. But what I

have noticed is this, if Nigerians find the need

to restructure their attitude and character,

particularly in the way they deal with fellow

human beings, the crime rate will reduce.

Other forms of social vices will reduce.

One man will steal billions of naira and stash

them abroad or bury them in soak away pits.

They will display their ill-gotten wealth such

that kidnappers will go after them, and then

we will be shouting about restructuring to

allow for state police.

Have you noticed that the man on the street

who is shouting about restructuring and state

police is the same person who will disobey

traffic laws? It is the same man who will drive

against traffic, produce fake drugs and sell to

members of the public.

I truly support restructuring. I will support

state police, only with a caveat, that governors

will not use the same state police to deal with

all their perceived and real political

opponents. You can imagine what the

governors are doing with state independent

electoral commissions. Tell me, in which state

in Nigeria have you seen a proper local

government election? The governors do

whatever they want and at the end of the

day, the electoral commission will

announce some names as winners. Yet,

these governors will also be shouting

about restructuring. It does appear that

we do not really know what we want as a

people.

What would you recommend

specifically, especially in the aspect

of devolution of powers?

It boils down to what I said earlier. It is

important for us to restructure our

character and attitude. Those with

executive powers need to restructure their

character and attitude. What do you

make of a state governor who does not

want to see other leaders from his state

because he is not a member of his party?

What do you make of a governor who

refuses to complete abandoned projects

of his predecessor? Some of our leaders

are power mongers. And it is a matter of

character and attitude. The day our

leaders, especially those in executive

positions, who believe they are on top of

the world restructure their character and

attitude towards others, this country will

be better. Even the youths from some

sections of this country who keep shouting

about devolution of power, have you not

heard what some of them who were

militant leaders are doing to the monies paid

to them by the amnesty office for their boys?

However, I do know that leaders of the

National Assembly have a very deep passion

for the good of this country. If we have

documents presented to the National

Assembly in the forms of motions and bills as

we resume, I am very sure the leadership will

do justice to it.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021,PAGE 13

The moment you realise you’re no longer in love with your partner!

It’s supposed to be a

romantic scene.

Perhaps you are in a

restaurant or a club, or just

chilling out in front of the

telly. Your partner reaches

for you, you gaze into his

eyes. Then nothing. At that

moment, completely

undeniably, you realize

you’re no longer in love. “I

was totally appalled when

it happened to me,” said

Venessa, 31, and a

journalist. “I stared at Biyi,

my lover of four years, and

saw a stranger. Then I

made an excuse and left the

room. I just couldn’t face

what was playing out in

front of me. I went to bed

early, convinced

everything would be fine,

but in the morning, I felt

the same. Only Biyi was his

usual cheerful self.

“What was going on? I

looked again at Biyi, this

man I fell in love with and

happily moved in with. He

certainly is still a goodlooking

man, I said to

myself, if I’d just met him

say, at a party, I’d think he

certainly was a man to

rock my world. And he did

for the years we shared

together. But low the song:

‘Where did our love go?’

kept running through my

mind. I had to tell him and

it took all my courage to

face him – afterall, I once

loved him. Liked it or not,

things could never really

work out for us. When he

later realised how true it

was he no longer turned

me on, he let me go – with

a lot of bitterness”.

So, why does love die so

suddenly? When we fall out

of love, say Leslier

Cameron-Bandler in her

book: Solutions, this belief

shifts. Falling out of love

doesn’t mean simply

feeling temporarily bad

about our partner. When

we fall out of love, the very

way our mind works is

changed. She calls it

going over the threshold.

We might become

dramatically disillusioned

or simply bored. We might

become disgusted by our

partner or simply realized

that this is not the

relationship we originally

bought into. It can happen

instantly after a single

traumatic occurrence or it

can happen slowly and

inexorably. No one is

involved, the destructive

emotional spiral comes

entirely from within the

relationship. And we know

that nothing can ever be the

same again.

But what happens after

this dismal realization?

There might be children or

other financial and

practical ties with our

partner. Surely, we don’t

simply walk out on all

these, just because our

feelings have changed? Of

course we don’t. According

to Cameron-Bandler, we go

through a period of

checking out whether what

we suspect has really

happened, a process she

calls verification. Shade

and Audu were married

with a seven-year-old when

Audu announced he had

fallen out of love with her.

He was in love with

someone else and might

even get married to her!

“It would be unfair if I

said his outburst hit me like

a bolt”, Shade said. “We

both felt his dissatisfaction

building and I was lucky he

told me. The day in

question, we were getting

into bed one evening and, I

said to him ‘if we have to

stay awake all night, you’re

going to tell me what’s

No one influences Supreme Court

judgements — CNJ, Muhammad

By Nnamdi Ojiego

The Chief Justice of

Nigeria,CJN,Tanko

Muhammad, has stated that

no one, no matter how highly

placed, could influence the

decisions of the Supreme

Court, stressing that judges of

the apex court work very hard

to arrive at decisions.

Muhammad said this when

he played host to the leaders

of the African Bar Association,

AfriBA, led by its President,

Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo.

He opined that justices of

the highest court in the land

have received sufficient

training to discharge their

duties creditably.

While agreeing with the

association on the need to

work together for the

betterment of the legal

profession, the CJN urged

lawyers to always feel free to

interact with judges in

ethically acceptable ways.

Earlier in his remarks,

Uwaifo explained that the

meeting was to discuss issues

affecting the judiciary and

lawyers in Africa, and how the

stakeholders could positively

promote good governance,

access to justice and the rule

of law in Nigeria and Africa

at large.

He described the Supreme

Court bench as one of the best

on the continent and

commended it for carrying

out its functions without fear

or favour.

Uwaifo highlighted the

activities of the group and

progress made across the

continent and beyond

especially, in the areas of

human rights, elections,

intervention in crisis and

promotion of the principles of

constitutionality and the rule

of law, among others.

He said: “Since by law, the

judgement of the Supreme

Court is final, there is no need

for the court to respond or be

worried by external

comments no matter how

The Nigerian Petroleum

Development

Corporation (NPDC), in

conjunction with their partner,

Natural Oil Field Service

Limited (NOSL) (a subsidiary

of Sterling Oil), reached out

to host communities in

Eastern Obolo.

600 bags of rice, 66 cartons

of noodles, 66 bags of salt, 66

cans of cooking oil and

cartons of wine were handed

over to Engr. Hope Etetor, son

of the paramount ruler of

Eastern Obolo LGA who

represented Dr Charles

Mboung, leader of the Local

Government Committee on

Oil and Gas, in the presence

of other committee members,

harsh as such cannot change

the judgement or force the

court to allow public opinion

influence its decisions.”

While assuring the Supreme

Court justices of support of the

association, and lawyers in

From left: Mr. Eugine Unwana, Group Capt Etete Ekpo (rtd),

Mr Olutope Bello, Engr. Hope Etetor, Mr. Loveday Ekuyok

and Mr. Uro Bills during the presentation of food items to

host communities in Eastern Obolo by NPDC and NOSL

NPDC, NOSL present gift items to 33

Eastern Obolo communities, others

Mr. Uro Bills and Mr. Loveday

Ekuyok, at the admin

head office of NPDC in Eket.

The NPDC team was represented

by Mr Olutope Bello

while Group Capt Ettete

Ekpo (rtd) led the NOSL team

which paraded Mr. Eugene

Unwana, Mr. Ubong Eti and

Mrs. Emem Thomas.

About 33 communities from

Eastern Obolo benefitted

from the gifts. They include

Akpabom, Elekpon,

Atabrikang and Okoroete.

Bills and Loveday lauded

the kind gesture in spite of the

adverse economic situation in

the country.

wrong’. At first he tried to

calm me, then he denied

everything, but in the end,

he dropped the bombshell.

“We still lived together

after this, though both of us

expected he would

eventually leave to be with

his heartthrob. Yet, once

he’d stopped looking

furtively over his shoulder,

things changed. He

relaxed and became a lot

easier to get on with. I

knew I still loved him, but

decided to respect his wish

to be with someone else. It

wasn’t his fault that he fell

out of love with me. Then

he started staying home

more and bringing back

treats he knew I would

enjoy. When he reached for

me in the night, I was

Africa, he lauded Justice

Muhammad for his

continuous admonition

against technical justice at the

expense of substance.

Hero launches

Aha Gi Efula

campaign

In honour of the rich

cultural heritage shaped

by Nigeria’s blend of multiethnic

groups, premium lager

beer, Hero, has launched a

new campaign, tagged ‘Aha

Gi Efula’ which means ‘May

your name never be forgotten’

and speaks to the importance

of one’s name, personal

identity, and leaving a legacy.

Speaking during the

unveiling of the new

campaign, Tolulope Adedeji,

Marketing Director,

International Breweries Plc,

disclosed that as a brand

rooted in culture, Hero Lager

hopes to inspire consumers to

aspire for success and strive

to leave lasting legacies

through its recently launched

“Aha Gi Efula” campaign.

“Our core consumers embody

the values of Hero which

include bravery, persistence,

hard work, and purpose, and

the relevance of these

qualities are what the Aha Gi

Efula campaign

underscores,” she said.

Adedeji also noted that

Hero is embarking on the

journey to greatness with its

consumers, adding that Hero

recognises the courage,

ambition, resilience, and

leadership qualities the

average Nigerian possesses

through cultural initiatives

such as the Igbo

Apprenticeship System and

hopes to drive the awareness

of these attributes through the

one-of-a-kind campaign.

shocked. He

asked for my

forgiveness and

we stayed up

talking very

practically. He

wasn’t in love

with the other

woman, he

sobbed. It was me

he wanted all

along. He was

honest with me at

first and this

second time

around his

honesty was

touching. I

realized that

being with him

was something I

still wanted, so we gave

things a go and now have

three children...”

Was He Really

The Father?

(Humour)

A man is standing in the

queue at a supermarket

when a very attractive

woman beams at him and

says: “hello”! He’s baffled,

and gives her a ‘who are

you?’ Look. Thinking she’s

mistaken, she says: I’m

sorry, I thought you were

the father of one of my

children. She then walks

out.

The guy is dumbfounded,

and says to himself: What’s

the world coming to when

a woman can’t even keep

track of who fathers her

son?

Then he gets a bit

panicky. What if, during

one of the wild parties he’d

been to in his college days,

he did father her child! He

runs out and catches up

with her in the car park.

“Are you the girl I met at a

party in college?” he asks.

“We got really drunk and

had wild, crazy sex on the

pool table in front of

everyone...” No, she

replies, absolutely

horrified. “I’m your son’s

geography teacher.”

What A Choice!

(Humour)

A pompous minister sits

next to a cowboy on a flight

across the States. After the

plane has been airborne

for half an hour, the air

stewards pass through the

cabin and take drinks

orders. The cowboy asks

for whisky and soda, which

is placed before him. The

flight attendant then asks

the minister if he would

like a drink. He replies in

disgust. I’d rather be set

upon by brazen whores

than let liquor touch these

lips. The cowboy

immediately hands his

drink back to the flight

attendant and says: “Woah,

me too! I didn’t know we

had a choice!”

$1bn investment in automotive

industry excites NADDC

...as Stallion Group unveils Hyundai

Kona Electric Car

By Gabriel Ewepu

National Automotive

Design and

Development Council,

NADDC, has hailed the $1

billion investment in the

automotive industry.

This was made known by the

Director-General, NADDC,

Jelani Aliyu, at the unveiling

of Hyundai Kona Electric Car,

Nigeria’s first locally

assembled electric car in

Abuja. According to Aliyu, the

investment is from both local

and foreign investors in the

nation's automotive industry.

He said the investment was

a result of the resolve of the

Buhari-led administration's

effort to create an enabling

environment for investors.

He said: “As of 2019, over

$1 billion have been invested

in the industry with over

400,000 installed capacity by

credible local and

international investors such

as the Stallion Group which

alone has invested close to

$300 million.

“Nigerians can only live a

successful and happy life when

the nation is industrialised

and through leveraging

advanced technology.

“In the automotive sector,

we are strategising to

empower and integrate

advanced technology in the

mobility solutions produced

and used in the country to

dramatically enhance the

lives of all Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of

Industry, Trade and

Investment, Niyi Adebayo,

commended Stallion Group

for setting the pace and

placing the Nigerian

automotive industry among

countries that have embraced

electric cars.

The Minister of State ,Agriculture and Rural Development,

Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, displaying his revalidated

membership card of All Progressives Congress (APC), at

the State Low Cost Primary School Centre in Abbaganaram

,Maiduguri ,Borno State.


PAGE 14—SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

Nigeria’s insecurity:

Definitions & classifications

Nigeria’s high level

of insecurity in the

last couple of

years has been exacerbated

beyond insurgency to now

include banditry and

organized kidnapping.

This has put the nation at

red alert. Painfully, no one

appears to be doing much

about solutions; instead,

everyone has become an

expert in defining and

classifying

the

ramifications of our

dilemma. In Nigeria

today,it is the ethnic group

that is generally accused of

a gamut of criminality that

has become the issue and

not criminality itself. Some

Nigerians simplistically

refer to what they call

criminal Fulani herders.

Yet, all herders are not

Fulani just as all herders are

not criminals. For example,

there are media reports

from Igangan, a

community some 177

kilometres from Ibadan,

the Oyo State capital that

two Yoruba individuals, a

pair of twins, had been

notorious for series of

alleged crimes, including

kidnapping, cattle rustling,

and robbery. It is therefore

wrong for anyone to

classify every criminal as a

Fulani herder.

For those of us who have

PhD,Department of

Philosophy,

University of Lagos

08116759758

opuruiche2000@gmail.com

The United States of

America (or perhaps the

Disunited States of America

for a reason that would be

explained later) is a nation of

fifty states, a federal district,

five major self-governing

territories and various

possessions covering a vast

expanse of North America,

with Alaska in the northwest

and Hawaii extending the

country’s border to the Pacific

ocean. Covering a landmass

of about 9.8 million square

kilometres, the USA is

probably the third or fourth

largest country in the world

by total land area. With an

estimated population of 328

million, she is the third most

populous country on earth

behind the demographic

behemoths, China and

India.In terms of government

or political architecture, the

US is a federal republic and a

representative democracy

with three separate co-equal

branches of government,

namely, a bicameral federal

legislature, the executive and

the judiciary. America is not

only the greatest military

power on earth with a defence

budget bigger than what the

next nine countries out of ten

spend on their military, she

occupies a unique position in

the global indices for

economic freedom and

productivity, reduced levels of

corruption perception, world

class tertiary educational cum

research institutions, and high

quality of life in general. In

many Fulani friends, it is

irrational to criminalize

every Fulani. At the same

time, my friends need to

know that those who ignore

the existence of so many

decent and well-meaning

Fulani while wrongly

criminalizing the entire

group have a reason. They

are doing so because there

are evidence-based reports

that approximately 8 out of

every 10 kidnappers

recently arrested in parts of

Nigeria are Fulani. This

immediately puts more

burden on the decent

majority Fulani to design

strategies for bringing

those who soil their identity

to book. It is better to do that

instead of harping on the

argument that many Fulani

are not criminals. They need

to know that such

generalizations happen

everywhere. For instance,

although the world has

become quite aware of many

outstanding Nigerians, the

poor image of our country

caused by a few has not

changed in the international

community. This explains

the helplessness of Nigeria

in intervening in the fate of

Nigerians who break laws in

other countries.

Our Fulani friends need to

adopt same stance of

disowning criminal kith

Biden, Trump and the DisUnited

States of America (1)

addition, the US is arguably

the most racially diverse

nation on the planet, a

dynamic melting pot of

cultures and ethnicities whose

population has been

profoundly shaped by

centuries of immigration –

which is why she is often

described as a nation of

immigrants.

For millions of people

across the world who prefer

representative government to

authoritarianism, America is

the model of democracy and

liberty. According to

Wikipedia, she is the world’s

oldest surviving democratic

federation founded on a

delicate balance of majority

rule and minority rights

protected by law. Both in

theory and practice, the

American government is

regulated by a complex,

sometimes convoluted,

system of checks and

balances enshrined in the

Constitution, the grundnorm

or supreme legal document of

the country. Written in 1787,

ratified in 1788, and in

operation since 1789, the US

Constitution is the world’s

longest surviving written

charter of government. Its core

ideals of representative

democratic governance and

defence of civil liberties were

inspired by the philosophical

writings of the British

philosopher, John Locke. After

the end of World War II, the

United States and Soviet

Union were the only

and kin, otherwise, they may

inadvertently forget how to

be objective. One of the

disadvantages of that

approach is that it can push

a personto hurriedly react to

some reports about one’s

ethnic group before getting

the details of such reports.

The other day, many people

attacked Governor Rotimi

Akeredolu of Ondo State for

expelling Fulani from his

state before it became clear

that the quit order was

neither on Fulani in general

nor on Fulani herders.

Rather it was on herders

illegally occupying the

government reserves in

Ondo forests. Again, there

are arguments that bandits

should get amnesty before

dropping their arms as was

done to Niger Delta

militants. While there is

some merit in using dialogue

than force to end conflicts,

the analogy doesn’t fit.There

is therefore no need for

people to unnecessarily

generalize;persons

regarding every criminal to

be a Fulani herder are as

wrong as those who

generalize any act on a

specific subset of a group to

concern the entire group.

Another problem of

simplistic definition is the

tendency to give a wrong

umbrella to a group of

similar and dissimilar

issues.Nigeria’s

classification of its current

insecurity as herders and

farmers’ clashes is relevant

here.Last week, several cows

on open grazing walked into

the premises of Nobel

Laurette, Wole Soyinka in

Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Soyinka’s compound is

neither a farmland nor is the

international scholar a

farmer. Similarly, the

Now, the rising

economic and military

power of China is seen

by some prominent

American politicians

across party lines as

the greatest challenge

facing the country

today

superpowers; but when the

latter eventually collapsed in

1989 which ended the Cold

War, America became the sole

superpower. Now, the rising

economic and military power

of China is seen by some

prominent American

politicians across party lines

as the greatest challenge

facing the country today.

In spite of serious

challenges, for over two

centuries, Americans have

maintained the tradition of

electing presidents every four

years, thereby making the

political system more stable

and predictable. All such

elections have their

peculiarities, but the 2020

version and its aftermath have

thrown up some significant

issues about American

politics and about democracy

generallythat invite deep

reflection on the nature of

elections in a democratic

setting and on the traditions

and institutions that serve as

bulwarks for effective

democratic practice. Flowing

from that is the imperative of

having enlightened citizens

that can make reasonable

choices based on objective

assessment of relevant factors

that determine electoral

outcomes which meet the well

being and genuine

aspirations of the people. If

democracy is really the

government of the people by

Kankara school boys who

were recently abducted by

bandits in Katsina State,

met such a fate not in any

farm but in their school

premises. The same is true

It is thus

inappropriate to

attempt to resolve

herder/farmer

clashes and

expect the

problem at hand

to be over

of hundreds of passengers

that are attacked daily on the

highways making it obvious

that our crises cannot be

narrowly restricted to

clashes between farmers

and herders. It is thus

inappropriate to attempt to

resolve herder/farmer

clashes and expect the

problem at hand to be over.

Accordingly, it always better

to call a spade by its name.

Nigerians are not the only

one guilty of such simplistic

classifications. Our former

colonial government,

Britain has been worse in

history. A few years back I

had an opportunity to

berate the UK on that. It was

at an international media

conference where one of the

delegates spoke on a topic

titled, “The lost Treasures of

Ancient Benin” - a

documentary production on

the people, and for the people,

then it is extremely important

to build reliable electoral

process that truly reflects the

power which enables the

citizens to use their ballots

wisely and prevent the

emergence of undesirable

elements and scallywags into

political office. This is point

is even more cogent for a

country like Nigeria whose

deformed presidential system

is modelled after the

American template which has

not led to a deepening of

democratic practice after over

two decades of continuous

experiment with

representative government.

Let us be clear on one point:

whereas America’s

democracy is anchored on a

functioning federalist

practice, Nigeria’s system is a

mixed-up shambolic

federation that combines the

worst features of both

unitarism and federalism.

The US presidential poll

held on November 3, 2020

was the 59 th quadrennial

election which usually

involves political contest

between candidates of the two

major political parties there,

that is, the Democratic Party

and the Republican Party. Joe

Biden a veteran senator from

Delaware and Kamala

Harris, a serving senator from

California, were respectively

the presidential and vicepresidential

flag bearers for

the Democrats while

President Donald trump and

his vice, Mike Pence,

contested for the Republican

party. It is already a fact of

American history that Biden

defeated Trump, which makes

Trump the first President since

H.W. Bush in 1992 and the

eleventh incumbent president

in the country’s political

history who failed to win a

second term of office. In a

sense, the outcome of the 2020

presidential election shows

the origin of arts and crafts

of the Benin Kingdom. I

spent a long time to the

discomfort of some

delegations to denounce the

topic which I considered to

be disingenuous. How can

the treasures of ancient

Benin be described as lost, I

asked? When an item is lost,

it means it cannot be found

meaning that the said

treasures were not lost

because they are in British

museums. I then suggested

that the topic be changed to

“ Stolen Treasures of

Ancient Benin.” How the

controversy polarized the

conference and how it

ended, is a story for another

day. Suffice it to say the

organizers experienced at

first-hand how a wrong

classification can

destabilize a conference.

Such

wrong

categorization accounts for

our inability in Nigeria to

put behind us centrifugal

subjects. We are in turmoil

because of the belief that our

predominant problem

concerns just farmers and

herders, which is not the

case. It is indeed, far from

the main problem of our

compatriots in the South

East who have had cause to

express fears in the last few

years of lack of acceptability

in Nigeria. But if our interest

is to first sort out the issue

of attacks by herders on

farmers, it is gratifying that

in the last one week,

everyone appears to be

moving towards the same

page that herding by open

grazingis obsolete and

should give way. Luckily,

Governor Abdullahi

Ganduje of Kano State has

helped to illuminate the

classification of Fulani

which he divided into 3

that participatory democracy

in the US has improved

because it recorded the

highest voter turnout in

America’shistory, with Biden

and Trump each receiving

over 74 million votes, which

is more than the 69.5 million

votes Barack Obama got in

2008. In fact, Biden made

history in two ways at least:

his tally of over 81 million

votes is the highest number of

votes garnered by any

presidential candidate

whereas his 51.3% of total

votes cast is also the largest

percentage of the popular

ballots won by any challenger

to an incumbent president

since 1932. It also follows

logically that no incumbent

American president had lost

an election for a second term

with the same number of votes

that Trump lost to Biden.

In order to understand why

Biden defeated Trump despite

his slow start in the

Democratic primaries and the

bullying tactics the latter

deployed especially after the

election to retain power, one

most look at some key factors

at play in the last four years

which tended to favour a

change in the White House.

To begin with, after Hilary

Clinton lost to Trump in 2016

despite getting over 3 million

votes more than her rival, it

became obvious that

Democrats underrated

Trump, and many of them did

not vote probably because

they assumed that Clinton

would win easily. Four years

later, it seems they have learnt

their lessons and are

determined to correct their

mistake. Quite instructive in

this regard is that in every

battleground state Biden

exceeded Hilary Clinton in

votes, oftentimes by double

digit percentages, although in

these same areas Trump also

increased his tally of votes

with which he defeated her. For

namely: a) Fulani, b)

herders and c) foreign

Fulani herders who commit

crimes. It therefore stands

to reason that what Nigeria

needs to do is to mobilize

against the foreign Fulani

herders, especially as our

history confirms that

several well-intentioned

Nigerian Fulani had

always lived peacefully

with their neighbours.

No one should be

expelled from any part of

the country. Even where a

group shows ample

criminality, the expulsion

of such a group is forbidden

by our constitution. The

mobilization of some type

of force to flush out anyone

is therefore not the best

option in our democratic

federation.The way out is to

prosecute any criminal

and not to use a quit order

to transfer the problem to

another part of the country.

It is against this

background that we

commend the posture of

Governor Obaseki of Edo

State who last week

declared his intention to

mobilize everyone in his

state against criminals

irrespective of their ethnic

origin. We can only hope

that he and other governors

will be that pragmatic.

Perhaps this is when to

appeal to our governors to

deemphasize their own

faulty classification. If after

an election the person

elected becomes the

governor of all, titles like

Northern and Southern or

APC and PDP governors

must give way for our

governors to act in unison

to make their territories

free for all.

instance, Biden’s smallest

percentage increase was

7.62% in Ohio. In other places

the number of votes for

Democrats moved up

between 14% and 40%. In

Arizona because of the

“McCain factor” to some

extent, Biden garnered

40.48% increase over that of

Clinton in 2016. Another point

sometimes neglected by

commentators is that in most

swing states the Democratic

candidate’s gains over Clinton

are higher than the quantum

of Trump’s percentage

increase on his own

performance over four years

ago. Accordingly, Biden beat

his Republican rival in

Arizona, Georgia, Michigan,

Minnesota and Texas, all of

which the latter won in 2016.

Besides, even though both

men made gains from solidly

blue and red states, Biden

increased his tally more

aggressively than his

opponent in traditional blue

states such as Virginia and

Connecticut by six figures and

by five figures in four other

blue states; he also flipped at

least 51 counties won by

Trump in 2016. Georgia is a

textbook example of how a

committed activist can

trigger or orchestrate

changesin entrenched

political behaviour and

outcomes. To illustrate: the

last Democratic presidential

candidate who received

majority of the votes in that

state than his Republican

challenger was Bill Clinton in

1992. Years of get-out-thevotes

campaigns lead by the

tireless lawyer and

entrepreneur, Stacy Abrams,

and legal onslaught against

voter suppression from a

number of community

organisations and activists

helped increase voter turnout

to 21%, which enabled Biden

to add 600,000 votes to

Clinton’s 2016 total.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE15

My heart has been broken many

times – Temidayo Babatunde

Delectable actress Temidayo Babatunde started acting in 2003 with

the Ogungbesan Theatre Group in Ilorin, Kwara State. For

reasons best known to her, she was inconsistent until 2017 when she

really took the full plunge. Her passion and commitment have birthed

her 7 films of her own, namely: Twist of Fate, Ife Ojiji, Ife Fun Ife,

Aseoluwa, Karahun (Greed), Eru (Not Released yet) and Ipa (Force).

In this interview with AYO ONIKOYI, Entertainment Editor, she

speaks about her journey so far and the experiences garnered along

the way.

Unforgettable experience

I was called for a job in Ibadan from

Lagos, after spending 2days in

location rehearsing my character,

waiting for my turn to act my role,

they gave my supposed character to

a lady because her father is a

topnotch actor in the industry

without telling me. I felt extremely

embarrassed. I noticed I was totally

ignored. When I called the attention

of the producer and director I was

told my character had been given

out to a lady that just came in.

After much confrontation and

argument, the director pleaded and

gave me a role to feature in.. But I

can never forget that experience in

my life.

Sacrifices made

I have sacrificed working in a good

organisation with a good salary

structure for acting. I have used

huge money I could have invested in

good businesses for good profit to

produce films where I didn’t make

as much profit.

On love

My heart has been broken many

times but I believe it’s part of

learning. You can’t have it all, you win

some and you lose some.

Acting and livelihood

This question I will answer for

By Sylvester Kwentua

Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better

known by his stage name,

Vector, a Nigerian veteran rapper

and songwriter, has confessed that

his long drawn beef with another rap

legend, MI, sold them records upon

records. He made this confession

recently in Lagos, while also giving

details of how an alcoholic brand

stepped into their beef, when he had

a parley with members of the press,

to promote his yet to be released

new album, T.E.S.L.I.M.

“Did we make money with the beef

tracks? Yes, the records sold. Yes,

there comes a special demand for

beef tracks by the fans. Our songs

were streamed a lot; I mean, we

trended at number one in the US.

both beef tracks trended at number on

the Genuis.com, a lyrics website,

which means Nigerians can go on

and write something for the world to

read and enjoy.” Vector started.

myself only, acting doesn’t pay my

bills. I have some other things that

do that for me. Besides, I am not into

acting because I want to make

money, I do it because I have

passion for it. So, whether it pays my

bills or not, I don’t mind because

that’s not the primary objective.

Selling point

My selling point is my face and

shape. It has really helped my career

in a positive way. I have actually

been given a role I didn’t merit

because of my looks. I am so happy I

look this way.

Turn on and off in the opposite

sex

Once you are smart, educated, and

good looking, those characteristics

turn me on and make me want to

come close to you 100%. No one

loves a dullard

Limitations

I think as actors, we shouldn’t have

any limitations. I want to explore

each and every kind of role but I

would like to work in movies which

are based on history. In future, if I

get an opportunity to play a real

character then I will be more than

happy but apart from that I don’t

have specific preferences because as

an actor I feel I shouldn’t restrict

myself. I want to explore everything.

My beef with MI sold us records

— Vector confesses

Vector also revealed that he and MI

were going to go on a tour round the

world, to show that the beef between

them had actually ended, and not a

publicity stunt and to also pass a

message across to other artists that

beefs don’t have to go beyond

music. This would happen,

when the world fully recovers

from the corona pandemic,

according to Vector.

The yet-to-be released album,

T.E.S.L.I.M, meaning The

Energy Still Lives In Me,

features a lot of artists, and

has 13 tracks. The particular

track that features MI,

crown of clay, drops on

February 26, 2021, while the

official release date for the

album would be made

known by Soundcore Media

Limited, those responsible

for the promotion of the

album.

•Ruky Olotu

•Vector

•Temidayo

Babatunde

Ruky Olotu drops

new single,

Voodoo Love

MTN Project

Fame West

Africa season 7’s

first runner-up,

Ruky Olotu has

released a brand

new single titled,

Voodoo Love.

The single, which

was released on Friday,

February 12 and available

on major music streaming

platforms, introduces

listeners to a neo-Afro and

pop fusion that comes

with a different flare

reminiscent of Ruky’s

Project Fame success.

Speaking on the

inspiration behind the

song produced by

Fibre, Olotu said: “Voodoo Love

boasts Afro house spiritual sound,

inspired by the true nature of an

African heart in love. To this heart,

love is a celebration. The song also

seeks to show love as the epitome of

our existence, believing true love to

be magical and mystifying.”

Olotu began her journey into music

with Project Fame. Shortly

afterwards, she formed an all-girl

band, R-Cube, that consisted of her

sister, Ruona and cousin, Rubunu. In

2015, the band released its debut

song/video, Show Dem and

followed this with appearances at top

events like Industry Night alongside

Cynthia Morgan, Phyno, and Lil

Kesh among others.

The group also performed at

Freedom Hall’s Women Arise concert

alongside Ruby Gyang, Esther and

Oyinkan; and then at other shows

including Felabration in 2016.

However, in late 2016, R-Cube took a

break as members decided to pursue

their individual interests. Olotu

went solo and released her debut

EP, Brave Love in March 2018.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE15

My heart has been broken many

times – Temidayo Babatunde

Delectable actress Temidayo Babatunde started acting in 2003 with

the Ogungbesan Theatre Group in Ilorin, Kwara State. For

reasons best known to her, she was inconsistent until 2017 when she

really took the full plunge. Her passion and commitment have birthed

her 7 films of her own, namely: Twist of Fate, Ife Ojiji, Ife Fun Ife,

Aseoluwa, Karahun (Greed), Eru (Not Released yet) and Ipa (Force).

In this interview with AYO ONIKOYI, Entertainment Editor, she

speaks about her journey so far and the experiences garnered along

the way.

Unforgettable experience

I was called for a job in Ibadan from

Lagos, after spending 2days in

location rehearsing my character,

waiting for my turn to act my role,

they gave my supposed character to

a lady because her father is a

topnotch actor in the industry

without telling me. I felt extremely

embarrassed. I noticed I was totally

ignored. When I called the attention

of the producer and director I was

told my character had been given

out to a lady that just came in.

After much confrontation and

argument, the director pleaded and

gave me a role to feature in.. But I

can never forget that experience in

my life.

Sacrifices made

I have sacrificed working in a good

organisation with a good salary

structure for acting. I have used

huge money I could have invested in

good businesses for good profit to

produce films where I didn’t make

as much profit.

On love

My heart has been broken many

times but I believe it’s part of

learning. You can’t have it all, you win

some and you lose some.

Acting and livelihood

This question I will answer for

By Sylvester Kwentua

Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, better

known by his stage name,

Vector, a Nigerian veteran rapper

and songwriter, has confessed that

his long drawn beef with another rap

legend, MI, sold them records upon

records. He made this confession

recently in Lagos, while also giving

details of how an alcoholic brand

stepped into their beef, when he had

a parley with members of the press,

to promote his yet to be released

new album, T.E.S.L.I.M.

“Did we make money with the beef

tracks? Yes, the records sold. Yes,

there comes a special demand for

beef tracks by the fans. Our songs

were streamed a lot; I mean, we

trended at number one in the US.

both beef tracks trended at number on

the Genuis.com, a lyrics website,

which means Nigerians can go on

and write something for the world to

read and enjoy.” Vector started.

myself only, acting doesn’t pay my

bills. I have some other things that

do that for me. Besides, I am not into

acting because I want to make

money, I do it because I have

passion for it. So, whether it pays my

bills or not, I don’t mind because

that’s not the primary objective.

Selling point

My selling point is my face and

shape. It has really helped my career

in a positive way. I have actually

been given a role I didn’t merit

because of my looks. I am so happy I

look this way.

Turn on and off in the opposite

sex

Once you are smart, educated, and

good looking, those characteristics

turn me on and make me want to

come close to you 100%. No one

loves a dullard

Limitations

I think as actors, we shouldn’t have

any limitations. I want to explore

each and every kind of role but I

would like to work in movies which

are based on history. In future, if I

get an opportunity to play a real

character then I will be more than

happy but apart from that I don’t

have specific preferences because as

an actor I feel I shouldn’t restrict

myself. I want to explore everything.

My beef with MI sold us records

— Vector confesses

Vector also revealed that he and MI

were going to go on a tour round the

world, to show that the beef between

them had actually ended, and not a

publicity stunt and to also pass a

message across to other artists that

beefs don’t have to go beyond

music. This would happen,

when the world fully recovers

from the corona pandemic,

according to Vector.

The yet-to-be released album,

T.E.S.L.I.M, meaning The

Energy Still Lives In Me,

features a lot of artists, and

has 13 tracks. The particular

track that features MI,

crown of clay, drops on

February 26, 2021, while the

official release date for the

album would be made

known by Soundcore Media

Limited, those responsible

for the promotion of the

album.

•Ruky Olotu

•Vector

•Temidayo

Babatunde

Ruky Olotu drops

new single,

Voodoo Love

MTN Project

Fame West

Africa season 7’s

first runner-up,

Ruky Olotu has

released a brand

new single titled,

Voodoo Love.

The single, which

was released on Friday,

February 12 and available

on major music streaming

platforms, introduces

listeners to a neo-Afro and

pop fusion that comes

with a different flare

reminiscent of Ruky’s

Project Fame success.

Speaking on the

inspiration behind the

song produced by

Fibre, Olotu said: “Voodoo Love

boasts Afro house spiritual sound,

inspired by the true nature of an

African heart in love. To this heart,

love is a celebration. The song also

seeks to show love as the epitome of

our existence, believing true love to

be magical and mystifying.”

Olotu began her journey into music

with Project Fame. Shortly

afterwards, she formed an all-girl

band, R-Cube, that consisted of her

sister, Ruona and cousin, Rubunu. In

2015, the band released its debut

song/video, Show Dem and

followed this with appearances at top

events like Industry Night alongside

Cynthia Morgan, Phyno, and Lil

Kesh among others.

The group also performed at

Freedom Hall’s Women Arise concert

alongside Ruby Gyang, Esther and

Oyinkan; and then at other shows

including Felabration in 2016.

However, in late 2016, R-Cube took a

break as members decided to pursue

their individual interests. Olotu

went solo and released her debut

EP, Brave Love in March 2018.


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SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE17

•Sotayo

Sobola

•Nneoma

Okor

oro

•Fatimah

Adeoye

•Ijeoma

Thomas

•Whyka

ykayy

yy

•Peju Johnson

•Toyin Idowu

•Monalisa

Stephen

•Eva Adaeze

•Chesan Nze

•Feyisar

yisara

Hassan

•Mimisola

Daniels

•Florence

Chinaza

•Ella Mensah

•Olive e Utalor

•Mojisola

Adebanjo

•Peggy y Onah

•Titi Adeoye

Behold St Valentine’s plans and secret wishes

St. Valentine’s Day which comes up every February 14th of each year means different things to different

people. However, there’s no special prescription for the day on what to do, how to do it or even where you

need to be. It is an occasion opened to all sorts of desires, aspirations and secret yearnings. However, when it

comes to St. Valentine’s Day publications, Potpourri has done it all. This year, some few days to the D-Day, we

decided to seek opinions of some entertainment people on what they got planned for the day and the secret wishes

they harbour in the innermost recesses of their hearts. Read on:

I just want to lie in bed -

Sotayo Sobola

I just wanna lie in bed, surf

the internet, click likes and

drop a few comments on

posts. Drop a very brief

Happy Valentines Day

Hunnie to my husband.

My wish is for God to

continue to bless myself and

my household, since

everyday is like Valentine’s

Day around me.

Spending time with my

man - Ella Mensah

My plan for Val’s is simple:

spending time with my man.

We will go out. He has

already planned the whole

thing but I have no idea

where exactly we are going

since we are still on half

lockdown here in New York.

But I trust my man ! So I

know wherever he will take

me will be amazing.

I’m giving him some crazy

styles like never before –

Peggy Onah

Exploring new erotic crazy

shit. My plans for Val are

being with my man, doing

things I have never done

with him before, giving him

some crazy styles like never

before. Showing him love

like I have never done

before.

My secret wishes are:

Recently, I just bought a sex

kit, I cant wait to handcuff his

hands on bed and whoop his

sexy little ass. Also, making

more money and spending

the rest of my life with the

man I love. My baby is so

crazy that he sniffs my

lingerie. So, exploring crazy

things with him this Val

season won’t be a bad idea

I wish to celebrate next

Val with my husband - Peju

Johnson

All I want for St.

Valentine’s Day is 24 hours

of doing nothing weird

though. But I just want to

sleep, eat and watch movies

then sleep again. My secret

wish is to celebrate next

year’s Val with my husband

or fiance.

I wish for my man to be

around, all cuddle up -

Whykayy

My plan for Val is to stay

indoors; watch movies and

sleep. For wishes, I wish for

my man to be around, cuddle

up, watch movies together, go

out for dinner and exchange

gifts .

I’m staying home with my

family - Florence Chinaza

My plan for Val is staying

home with my family

because they are my loved

ones. Val is not only for

couples and boyfriends etc.

its for your loved ones.

My secret wishes is to

become a great woman in

life in good health, long life

and support the needy.

I am going to be crowned

queen - Ijeoma Thomas

Honestly, I have a lot of

plans for Val. I am going to

be crowned queen that very

day and after that I will go

catch fun, a whole lot of fun

with few of my girlfriends.

This day only comes but

once a year, and when it

does, it means it’s time to

spread the love, give those

you know a big hug, and

enjoy yourself.

I don’t have a Val -

Feyisara Hassan

I don’t have a Val . So, I

don’t have any plans , I will

be at work.

My man wants us to go

for paintballing then

dinner - Monalisa Stephen

Well, my man wants us to

go for paintballing then

dinner. But for us everyday is

Valentine.

My Secret wish is just to be

happy.

I sincerely wish I have a

man I can go on vacation

with - Titi Adeoye

I don’t always go out on

Valentine’s day because I

believe there shouldn’t be a

special day to celebrate

the people we love. We can

celebrate them any day,

anytime and anywhere. But

this year, I wish to do

something different. Majorly,

spending the whole day with

my daughter and sister. I

sincerely wish I had a man I

can go on vacation with this

season; all loved up and

doing crazy things I’ve never

done before.

I will celebrate Val when I

find love - Mimisola

Daniels

Someone who is single

doesn’t really have plans but

would most likely be at

home. I have never

celebrated Val, so, hopefully

when I find love. No love

yet.

I wish to twerk for that

special person - Chesan Nze

My plan for Valentine Day is

to send gifts to orphans who

need love. Spoil myself with

spa and lovely gifts because I

am single. My secret wishes

on that Day would be to

receive Red Roses and 8-digit

cheque. Red light salsa dance

to Konga music beat with

someone’s son; Share a bottle

of sweet wine with someone

special; watch my first film

with him and twerk for that

special person and end it with

prayers.

I should be married by

next year - Fatima Adeoye

I will be spending St

Valentine’s Day in Dubai and

my secret wish is that by this

same time next year I should

be spending Valentine with

my husband. That means I

should be married by next

year Valentine.

I will be with my guy in

the house - Toyin Idowu

Actually I don’t really have

plans. Just going to be in the

house with my guy that’s

all...

I will cook and hit the

street with food made with

love -Nneoma Okoro

Cook and hit the streets

with food made with love to

share in my own little way

of showing love.

My secret wishes are to

be wealthy, to have a man

who respects me and to

have awesome kids.

I wish to be alone on an

island with the man I love

– Mojisola Adebanjo

Valentine’s Day is like

every other day to me, I will

be working though. I wish I

can just be on an island

with the man I love

throughout that day without

doing anything and be

showered with all kinds of

gifts.

I will get myself a lovely

greeting card with the best

of love messages - Olive

Utalor

Love definitely heals the

world, it is the only thing we

need now in this nation,

knowing we have gone

through a lot this past few

months. So, for me, my

Valentine’s Day is really

gonna start with meditation.

Then go out there and get

myself a lovely greeting card

with the best encryption of

love messages and go to

church and dance like never

before . After that, I will show

love and celebrate my fans

with lots of gifts.

I have just one special

wish and that is that the

cure for Covid-19 comes

from my beloved country

Nigeria.

Will love to receive

flowers, the type with

dollars in between - Eva

Adaeze

I’d like to describe

Valentine’s Day as an

international festival

celebrating the feeling of love

but, on the contrary, when

you live in Nigeria it is used

as a yardstick and a

validation for true love. I, on

the other hand, like to think

of it as just a normal day. I’ve

never been that type of girl

that takes Valentine’s Day too

seriously. Everyday feels like

it ,but then different strokes

for different folks. While some

of us plan on waking up to

that hot steamy sex, having a

shower together, wearing that

hot lingerie underneath your

work clothes etc, my own

plan is to stay indoors during

the early hours of the day.

And receiving flowers (the

type that include dollars in

between), Oh!, and

chocolates too,and also

drinking my favorite bottle of

wine , `Declan’ would be

ideal for me. Seeing that we

are currently in a pandemic,

one has to learn to enjoy their

own company. And for the

rest of the evening, I guess

we’ll never find out would

we?


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•Fatimah

Adeoye

•Sotayo

Sobola

•Nneoma

Okor

oro

•Ijeoma

Thomas

•Chesan Nze

•Feyisar

yisara

Hassan

•Mimisola

Daniels

•Florence

Chinaza

Behold St Valentine’s pl

St. Valentine’s Day which comes up every February 14th of each year means different things to different

people. However, there’s no special prescription for the day on what to do, how to do it or even where you

need to be. It is an occasion opened to all sorts of desires, aspirations and secret yearnings. However, when it

comes to St. Valentine’s Day publications, Potpourri has done it all. This year, some few days to the D-Day, we

decided to seek opinions of some entertainment people on what they got planned for the day and the secret wishes

they harbour in the innermost recesses of their hearts. Read on:

I just want to lie in bed -

Sotayo Sobola

I just wanna lie in bed, surf

the internet, click likes and

drop a few comments on

posts. Drop a very brief

Happy Valentines Day

Hunnie to my husband.

My wish is for God to

continue to bless myself and

my household, since

everyday is like Valentine’s

Day around me.

Spending time with my

man - Ella Mensah

My plan for Val’s is simple:

spending time with my man.

We will go out. He has

already planned the whole

thing but I have no idea

where exactly we are going

since we are still on half

lockdown here in New York.

But I trust my man ! So I

know wherever he will take

me will be amazing.

I’m giving him some crazy

styles like never before –

Peggy Onah

Exploring new erotic crazy

shit. My plans for Val are

being with my man, doing

things I have never done

with him before, giving him

some crazy styles like never

before. Showing him love

like I have never done

before.

My secret wishes are:

Recently, I just bought a sex

kit, I cant wait to handcuff his

hands on bed and whoop his

sexy little ass. Also, making

more money and spending

the rest of my life with the

man I love. My baby is so

crazy that he sniffs my

lingerie. So, exploring crazy

things with him this Val

season won’t be a bad idea

I wish to celebrate next

Val with my husband - Peju

Johnson

All I want for St.

Valentine’s Day is 24 hours

of doing nothing weird

though. But I just want to

sleep, eat and watch movies

then sleep again. My secret

wish is to celebrate next

year’s Val with my husband

or fiance.

I wish for my man to be

around, all cuddle up -

Whykayy

My plan for Val is to stay

indoors; watch movies and

sleep. For wishes, I wish for

my man to be around, cuddle

up, watch movies together, go

out for dinner and exchange

gifts .

I’m staying home with my

family - Florence Chinaza

My plan for Val is staying

home with my family

because they are my loved

ones. Val is not only for

couples and boyfriends etc.

its for your loved ones.

My secret wishes is to

become a great woman in

life in good health, long life

and support the needy.

I am going to be crowned

queen - Ijeoma Thomas

Honestly, I have a lot of

plans for Val. I am going to

be crowned queen that very

day and after that I will go

catch fun, a whole lot of fun

with few of my girlfriends.

This day only comes but

once a year, and when it

does, it means it’s time to

spread the love, give those

you know a big hug, and

enjoy yourself.

I don’t have a Val -

Feyisara Hassan

I don’t have a Val . So, I

don’t have any plans , I will

be at work.

My man wants us to go

for paintballing then

dinner - Monalisa Stephen

Well, my man wants us to

go for paintballing then

dinner. But for us everyday is

Valentine.

My Secret wish is just to be


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE17

•Peju Johnson

•Toyin Idowu

•Monalisa

Stephen

•Whyka

ykayy

yy

•Eva Adaeze

•Ella Mensah

•Olive e Utalor

•Mojisola

Adebanjo

•Peggy y Onah

•Titi Adeoye

ans and secret wishes

happy.

I sincerely wish I have a

man I can go on vacation

with - Titi Adeoye

I don’t always go out on

Valentine’s day because I

believe there shouldn’t be a

special day to celebrate

the people we love. We can

celebrate them any day,

anytime and anywhere. But

this year, I wish to do

something different. Majorly,

spending the whole day with

my daughter and sister. I

sincerely wish I had a man I

can go on vacation with this

season; all loved up and

doing crazy things I’ve never

done before.

I will celebrate Val when I

find love - Mimisola

Daniels

Someone who is single

doesn’t really have plans but

would most likely be at

home. I have never

celebrated Val, so, hopefully

when I find love. No love

yet.

I wish to twerk for that

special person - Chesan Nze

My plan for Valentine Day is

to send gifts to orphans who

need love. Spoil myself with

spa and lovely gifts because I

am single. My secret wishes

on that Day would be to

receive Red Roses and 8-digit

cheque. Red light salsa dance

to Konga music beat with

someone’s son; Share a bottle

of sweet wine with someone

special; watch my first film

with him and twerk for that

special person and end it with

prayers.

I should be married by

next year - Fatima Adeoye

I will be spending St

Valentine’s Day in Dubai and

my secret wish is that by this

same time next year I should

be spending Valentine with

my husband. That means I

should be married by next

year Valentine.

I will be with my guy in

the house - Toyin Idowu

Actually I don’t really have

plans. Just going to be in the

house with my guy that’s

all...

I will cook and hit the

street with food made with

love -Nneoma Okoro

Cook and hit the streets

with food made with love to

share in my own little way

of showing love.

My secret wishes are to

be wealthy, to have a man

who respects me and to

have awesome kids.

I wish to be alone on an

island with the man I love

– Mojisola Adebanjo

Valentine’s Day is like

every other day to me, I will

be working though. I wish I

can just be on an island

with the man I love

throughout that day without

doing anything and be

showered with all kinds of

gifts.

I will get myself a lovely

greeting card with the best

of love messages - Olive

Utalor

Love definitely heals the

world, it is the only thing we

need now in this nation,

knowing we have gone

through a lot this past few

months. So, for me, my

Valentine’s Day is really

gonna start with meditation.

Then go out there and get

myself a lovely greeting card

with the best encryption of

love messages and go to

church and dance like never

before . After that, I will show

love and celebrate my fans

with lots of gifts.

I have just one special

wish and that is that the

cure for Covid-19 comes

from my beloved country

Nigeria.

Will love to receive

flowers, the type with

dollars in between - Eva

Adaeze

I’d like to describe

Valentine’s Day as an

international festival

celebrating the feeling of love

but, on the contrary, when

you live in Nigeria it is used

as a yardstick and a

validation for true love. I, on

the other hand, like to think

of it as just a normal day. I’ve

never been that type of girl

that takes Valentine’s Day too

seriously. Everyday feels like

it ,but then different strokes

for different folks. While some

of us plan on waking up to

that hot steamy sex, having a

shower together, wearing that

hot lingerie underneath your

work clothes etc, my own

plan is to stay indoors during

the early hours of the day.

And receiving flowers (the

type that include dollars in

between), Oh!, and

chocolates too,and also

drinking my favorite bottle of

wine , `Declan’ would be

ideal for me. Seeing that we

are currently in a pandemic,

one has to learn to enjoy their

own company. And for the

rest of the evening, I guess

we’ll never find out would

we?


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SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE 19

Is God Invisible? (2)

Jesus says some people have eyes, but they

cannot see. Some have ears, but they

cannot hear. But some have eyes that

can see and ears that can hear. (Matthew

13:13-16).

Solomon provides the distinction: “The hearing

ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made

them both.” (Proverbs 20:12).

Two examples should suffice. The Pharisees

had eyes, but they could not see. Jesus said to

them: “For judgment I have come into this

world, that those who do not see may see, and

that those who see may be made blind.” (John

9:39).

The Pharisees had blind eyes, but they did

not know.

Bartimaeus, on the other hand, was a blind

man who could see. What or who could blind

Bartimaeus see? He could see Jesus: “He cried

out, saying, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy

on me!’” (Luke 18:38).

How did he know Jesus is the Son of David?

He had the seeing eye.

Seeing resurrected Jesus

Mary Magdalene saw the resurrected Jesus

but did not see Him. She thought He was a

gardener. Jesus opened her eyes and identified

Himself to her.

Cleopas and another disciple saw the resurrected

Jesus but did not see Him. They only

realised who He was on His departure:

“Then their eyes were opened and they knew

Him; and He vanished from their sight. And

they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart

burn within us while He talked with us on the

road, and while He opened the Scriptures to

us?’” (Luke 24:31-32).

Note that the burning was in their heart, not

We are afraid because

we lose sight of God

their eyes.

The natural eye

The natural eye is not for seeing. The

natural eye prevents people from seeing

God. The natural eye localizes and limits

our vision. You cannot see with the natural

eye Someone whose glory fills the heavens

and the earth.

Moreover, the glories of this world prevent

people from seeing God. Isaiah saw

God after the death of King Uzziah. But

the believers of today are greater than Isaiah.

The seeing eye is the eye we use to behold

God. We cannot use the visible to behold

the invisible. But we can use the invisible to

behold the invisible. We cannot use the

natural to see the spiritual. The spiritual

must be seen with the spiritual.

Yearning heart

God cannot be seen with natural eyes.

But He can be seen with our heart. The

spiritual man sees with his heart. Thus,

Michael W. Smith wrote a seminal song

saying: “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, I

want to see You.”

This means the invisible God is visible

even now. He can be seen with our hearts.

Jesus says: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for

they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8).

When our heart is opened, we see the glory of

God all the time. Thus, in the height of his affliction,

Job declares the confidence that he would

see God in his lifetime:

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall

stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is

destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see

God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes

shall behold, and not another. How my heart

yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27).

The bible testifies that Job’s yearning was realised.

Job said to God when God finally intervened:

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the

ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore, I abhor

myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-

6)

İndeed, God hides, but He often appears in

our times of affliction. He does not always hide

in the storm. He appeared to me for the very

first time during an armed robbery attack.

When the three Hebrew children were thrown

into the burning fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar,

the pre-incarnate Jesus showed up in the

fire and was seen even by the pagan king:

“Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished;

and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his

counselors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound

into the midst of the fire?’ They answered and

said to the king, ‘True, O king.’ ‘Look!’ he answered,

‘I see four men loose, walking in the

midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the

form of the fourth is like the Son of God.’” (Daniel

3:24-25).

This tendency for God to appear during our

afflictions is affirmed in Hosea. There, God

says: “I will return again to My place till they

acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek

My face; in their affliction they will earnestly

seek Me.” (Hosea 5:15).

But when we earnestly seek God, we find Him.

He says: “I did not say to the seed of Jacob,

‘Seek Me in vain.’” (Isaiah 45:19). “You will

seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me

with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13).

Which is better, to see God or to know God?

When we know God, we also see Him: “For

ever since the world was created, people have

seen the earth and sky. Through everything God

made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his

eternal power and divine nature. So,

they have no excuse for not knowing God.”

(Romans 1:20).

Open vision

God has now been made visible by the incarnation

of Jesus. Jesus says: “He who sees

Me sees Him who sent Me.” (John 12:45).

He says to Philip: “If you had known Me, you

would have known My Father also; and from

now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

(John 14:7).

We sin because we foolishly believe God is

invisible and, therefore, absent. But God always

shows up. Therefore, Hagar says to Him:

“You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said,

‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’”

(Genesis 16:13).

Similarly, Jacob woke up from a dream and

exclaimed: “Surely the Lord is in this place,

and I did not know it.” (Genesis 28:16).

We are afraid because we lose sight of God.

We see problems but don’t see God. We see

storms but don’t see God. But the Lord is everywhere.

He never leaves, never forsakes.

His Name is “THE LORD IS THERE.” (Ezekiel

48:35).

Gehazi saw those sent to arrest Elisha. But

he did not see the mighty army of God sent to

defend him. Therefore, Elisha said: “‘Lord, I

pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the

Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and

he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of

horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

(2 Kings 6:17).

Do you really believe that God has been your

dwelling place in all generations? Do you

really believe that it is in God you live and

move and have your being? Do you really

believe that you are in God and God is in you?

Then you should be able to see God.

Open your eyes. You must belong to the

generation of Jacob; the generation of those

who seek God’s face. (Psalm 24:6).

Tell God: “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’

my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will

seek.’ Do not hide Your face from me.” (Psalm

27:8-9).

J.K. Akinola. (Senior Pastor)

The Gospel Faith Mission International

(GOFAMINT), Ibadan, Nigeria.

Email: flprofenassociate@gmail.com

Pastor (Dr). E.O. Abina – General Overseer

success in life and ministry: Exercising self

control

Salvation is free (6)

By William Kumuyi

Ican see someone get

ting saved today, and

that person is none other

than you! Yes, I mean you.

Decide against playing the

game and activities that surrounds

religion and decide

Pastor Kumuyi

everybody, including you, then erase those

thoughts and feelings, which makes you to confess

in the negative and begin to confess things

in the positive because you are no more miser-

INTRODUCTION

Self -control, or temperance is the third element

to be built on the foundation of faith for

achieving life and ministry success.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence,

add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,

to knowledge self-control (egkrateia)

perseverance, to perseverance godliness

brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness

love. (2 Pet. 1:5-7)

After having developed faith, moral excellence,

ministry excellence, and experiential

knowledge, you must develop self–

control to succeed in the spiritual ministry.

against becoming a spectator to the plan

programme of God for the salvation of your

soul, and become a partaker of His divine

provision.

Make up your mind to obtain your salvation

and your life together with that of

your family will never be the same again

for ever.

Psalms 145:9 "The LORD is good to all:

and his tender mercies are over all his

works."

How many people is the LORD good to

today? Okay. Since the LORD is good to

O Lord God, have mercyupon this nation

Even though the Almighty God is a merci

ful God, yet He is a consuming fire and it

is a fearful thing to fall into His hands-HE-

BREW 12:29; HEBREW 10:31.

When a nation sins against God by trespassing

grievously, He will stretch out His hand

upon that nation and cut off man and beast

from it, by sending famine, noisome beast, the

sword and pestilence upon that nation- EZEK-

IEL 14:13, 21. Covid-19 is a pestilence and

noisome beast. This nation is under the anger

of God because of the oppressions, the bloodshed

and the dishonest gains of corruption.

God’s judgments are in the nation. And these

judgments, are meant to make the inhabitants

of this nation to learn righteousness, by look-

Some people have great faith, with the spirit

of excellence and much experiential knowledge,

but they are reactive, extreme, and dogmatic.

They cannot work effectively with others. Experiential

knowledge without the exercising of self

– control can give rise to the attitude of arrogance.

without self-control they cannot succeed

in the spiritual ministry.

Our addendum treatment of ‘virtue’ in the last

episode was a good prelude to this subject we

are starting in this session. We must now see the

for us need to keep the flesh in check if we must

succeed in life and ministry. This session will

show us the way forward.

AN INTENTIONAL MASTERY OVER THE

FLESH

Egkrateia , which is translated as self –control

or temperance , means mastery or dominion

over self – command, self-control (opposite

to self-indulgence), the grace by which flesh is

able. You are no more unlucky, but lucky. No,

you are no longer unfortunate, but fortunate.

This is because you have come to a kind and

generous God and you will no longer be the

same. You will begin to experience songs and

testimonies of joy, because He will do you good.

Acts 10:38 "How God anointed Jesus of

Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power:

who went about doing good, and healing all

that were oppressed of the devil; for God was

with him."

Jesus went about doing good. Has he changed?

Because His power and promise has not changed

He will locate you with His goodness right there

where you are in Jesus name. When He locates

you be rest assured to experience a relocation

because His wonders will come upon you. His

ing up to Jesus, for salvation - ISAIAH

26:9b; ISAIAH 45:22. It is righteousness

that exalts a nation; sin is a reproach to any

people – PROVERBS 14:34.

The Lord God is looking for men of God,

that should stand in the gap for the nation –

Ezekiel 22:30. But unfortunately some of

them have entangled themselves in the political

affairs of the nation, when they are

supposed to be soldiers of Jesus Christ—2

TIMOTHY 2:3-4.They have grievously

transgressed against God by being unequally

yoked with unbelievers, and have refused

to come out from amongst them, as commanded

by God—2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-

18. They have become adulterers and enemies

of God and of the cross of Christ—JAMES

4:4; PHILIPPIANS 3:18. They have been bewitched

not to obey the truth-GALATIANS 3:1.

But what shall it profit men of God, if they gain

the whole world and lose their souls in eternity—MARK

8:36. No servant can serve two masters.

No man of God can serve God and mammon

or serve God and the gods of this world,

one of which is the god of partisan politics—

LUKE 16:13. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour,

was not of this world, and so, He refused to

be enticed by Satan, with the kingdoms of this

controlled. The adjective , egkrates, means

having power over, being master of one’s self,

or having self-control.

The word ‘temperance’ signifies the quality

acquired through constant application of pressure

until the material is hardened or strengthened.

For example, tempered glass. Putting

temperance and self-control together therefore

gives the idea that self–control is developed

through much testing.

If you checked the records of those who finished

their race well and strong in the Bible

days, you will discover that they were those

who mastered and controlled the flesh. On

the corollary, those who failed to finish well,

or did not succeed in their ministries and callings

failed to have control over the flesh. The

same is true in the contemporary world of

today. So, how do we have this virtue? The

next paragraph answers that.

Continues on www.vanguardngr.com

grace and salvation will rest upon your life

and His forgiveness will come to your life.

But you must apply for relocation from sin,

if you would want the allocation of God for

your life in heaven to get to you. That is why

you would need to apply for the forgiveness of

your sins by accepting that you are a sinner

and require pardon for sins you have committed.

The all important moment for your salvation

has come. Close your eyes and begin to

confess your sins as you ask for forgiveness

and accept Jesus into your life as your personal

Lord and Saviour. Promise Him that

you would never go back to sin again.

world and their vain glories—

MATTHEW 4:8-9.

The anger of God came upon

King Jehoshaphat, king of Judah,

because he joined himself in

“business” with Ahaziah, king of

Israel, who did very wickedly-2

CHRONICLES 20:35-37. Unholy

alliance with unbelievers, is one of the wiles

of the devil, in bringing the people of God,

and even a nation under the anger of God –

EPHESIANS 6:11.

If this nation must be healed the people of

God, especially the men of God, must humble

themselves and turn from the evil of disobedience

to God’s doctrine of separation from the

world and from the ungodly—2 CHRONI-

CLES 7:14. Judgment shall begin at the house

of God and the righteous shall scarcely be

saved—1 PETER 4:17-18.

CHRISTIAN GOSPEL CHURCH

(The Truth Centre) 4, Christian Gospel Avenue,

Beside Psychiatric Hospital,

Uselu, Benin City, Edo State.

Email: cgc.com.ng@gmail.com

Telephone: +234 (0) 7052061135, +234 (0) 9030731406.

Website: www.cgc.com.ng


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Changing the filthy garment (1)

Adult choir of the Lord's Chosen

Children Choir at the just concluded Mgbidi 2021 Lord's Chosen Crusade

Psalms 102: 26 says, “They

shall perish, but thou shalt endure:

yea, all of them shall wax

old like a garment; as a vesture

shalt thou change them,

and they shall be changed”

Beloved, time impairs

all things, thus fash

ions becomes old,

worn and get shredded as a

result of adverse condition or

carefree attitude of the owner.

And when this takes place,

the needful is to change the

garment. Today your problem

in the likes of an old garment

must be changed. It will

never be on your life again.

Your problem and the enemy

causing it shall pack their

baggage out of your life and

garment of salvation, freedom,

honour, and miracle

shall be your portion in Jesus

name. Putting on a new garment

therefore means experiencing

a total positive transformation

and restoration

that will embolden you to testify

that indeed Jesus is the

Lord, thus you will not sing

again the Lord’s song in a

strange land.

If sin symbolizes your old

garment, today you shall be

clothed with garment of salvation.

And if it is hunger, diseases,

sickness or lack of promotion

as you receive the

touch of God and get healed,

you shall be clothed with fulfillment,

good health and

promotion respectively.

2 Cor. 5: 17 says, “Therefore

if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature: old

things are passed away; behold,

all things are become

new”.

Beloved, when you are baptized

with Christ, you have put

on Christ and by this your

filthy garment is changed,

that old dirty garment that

have constituted reproach

and mockery in your life and

in the lives of members of

your family is removed.

Those garments of shame

and ridicule are removed because

you are now a partaker

of His Spirit and thus have

the Excellency of His life.

I don’t know the curses following

you as old garment,

but take note that whatever it

may be that is causing reproach

and attracting mockery

upon you and all the

members of your family, shall

today be no more. By the operational

work of the Spirit

of Christ, there shall be a

change of garment today

and you shall be covered

with a new garment that will

bring honour to you, the garment

that will constitute

beauty and grandeur in your

life, the garment that will

speak dignity to your life,

that will make everything

about your life to attract

favour and blessing throughout

this year in Jesus name.

Do you not believe that

prophecy, if you believe it say

amen.

Do you know that after you

have put on the new cloth today,

all the evil that negatively

affect your life will be

taken away. In fact as you

decide to believe and rededicate

your life to Christ today,

you shall be cleansed

and favour will follow you.

So, be renewed in the spirit

of your mind now. Do not

delay because it is time for

your restoration. Make no

provision for the flesh to fulfill

the lust for the divine

grace is here for you now. Remember

you were made in

His image at creation but

that enemy the devil removed

it from you but now opportunity

for its restoration has been

availed to you. You shall not

miss it in Jesus name.

Ps 102: 13 says, “Thou shalt

arise, and have mercy upon

Zion: for the time to favour her,

yea, the set time, is come”

Yes your set time has come.

There is a certain set time for

God’s great actions. He has a

Without humility

we are not fit to

receive it,

without affection

we cannot place

value on His

mercy and

without sincerity

we are not fit to

improve in it

set time for the discovery of

His mercy, and He will not stay

a jot beyond. There is a set time

for deliverance, freedom and

favour. From today I am assuring

you, favour will follow

you. I don’t know what you are

passing through and the struggle

in your life over these

years, but from this set time

your life will no longer be characterized

by struggle in Jesus

name. Something new will

begin to happen in your life.

Is. 43: 18-19 says, “Remember

ye not the former things,

neither consider the things of

old. 19 Behold, I will do a new

thing; now it shall spring forth;

shall ye not know it? I will even

make a way in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert”

A new thing has God decided

to do in your life today.

Those good new things shall

not be by your merit because

you never qualified for it but

the grace will qualify you.

Jesus has paid for it thus you

are entitled to have them now.

However remember that

without faith we are not fit to

desire His mercy, without humility

we are not fit to receive

it, without affection we cannot

place value on His mercy

and without sincerity we are

not fit to improve in it. Believe

it, God is changing your old

garment today in Jesus

name.

TESTIMONY

MY ESCAPE

FROM ARMED

ROBBERRY

ATTACK AFTER

DECLARING

WHO I AM

My name is sister Loveth

Chibueze, I reside in Enugu

state, I became a member of

chosen 2015. I want to thank

God for His guidance and

good health granted to me

and family. My testimony is

about what the Lord did for

me in the house my child built

at Enugu which is where I am

living. I happened that there

was this tenant that lived

there who refused to pay his

rent for four years. Subsequently,

we asked him to quit

the apartment since he

couldn’t pay but instead of

quitting he asked that we

should go to court as according

to him it is only a court of

competent jurisdiction that

can quit him. He also threatened

that before he would

vacate the flat, somebody’s

head would fall, But I told him

it was his head that will fall.

Then on 6th December

2020 as I just came into my

flat through the iron protector

and walked into my room,

not quite 30 minutes later, I

heard an unusual sound from

the staircase. Initially, I

thought it was noise from the

neighboring flat but as the

noise increased I got to realize

that someone was climbing

the iron protector so that

he could reach up to the ceiling.

As I tiptoed to have a

glimpse of what actually was

amiss, I discovered the person

entered the ceiling and

crawled through to the parlour.

It was when he crawled to

that ceiling parlour that it

dawned on me that there was

danger. At that juncture, the

assailant was trying to break

the ceiling materials in order

to jump down into the parlour.

Then I made a detour and

dashed into the parlour only

to see a huge man falling from

the ceiling in my flat, I

jumped and shouted Jesus,

immediately he got up and

pushed me down to the floor

and started hitting me with a

gun on the chest and ordering

I should give him money,

But I retorted that I am a chosen

three times, and asked,

“you armed robber who are

you” Then, he immediately

lifted the gun and pointed at

me, I shouted, “where is the

God of my pastor power,

prove yourself” Then he

pressed the trigger and the

gun made a cracking sound,

surprisingly his hand hanged

and remained immovable.

Beside us on the wall was a

chosen calendar I bought last

November during enemy

submitted program and also

the apron I wore when I returned,

I raised them up and

said to him these are the only

money I have here, then

asked him three times to

take it, but his hand was still

hung and he stood there looking

at me. Then suddenly he

started shouting mopol and

ran away through the same

way he came.

That was how God of Chosen

delivered me from hire

assassin and armed robber.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE 21

Insecurity: Give everyone sense of belonging,

Baptist cleric advises FG

By Olayinka

Latona

The New Estate Baptist

Church, NEBC, has

called on the Federal Government

to give every Nigerian

a sense of inclusiveness to

prevent the country from degenerating

into a state of anarchy.

The church made the call

while briefing journalists on

the activities to mark the 60

anniversary of NEBC with the

theme: "New Estate Baptist

Church Yesterday, Today and

Tomorrow: An Enduring

Legacy”.

The Pastor in charge of the

church, Rev. Amos Achi Kunat

urged President Muhammadu

Buhari led adminstration

to be fully committed to

the deepening of Nigeria’s

democratic experiment by ensuring

that all the sections

and regions of the country

were given a sense of belonging.

In his words: "We call on the

government to do all within

its power and muster all resources

available to it as well

as employ the services of Nigerians

across the different

spectrums of life to find lasting

solutions to the economic

and security problems confronting

the nation before

they assume a dangerous

curve.

"Everything possible must

be done to restructure the polity

through constitutional

Follow me as I follow Christ

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:1

Today we want to look at

the life of one character in the

scriptures, one major spiritual

heavyweight worthy of emulation,

whose impact transcends

time. He is no other

person than Paul the Apostle.

One of the spiritual figures

whom the Lord used to turn

the then world upside down.

Through him the separation

of Judaism and Christianity

into two different religions

became very clear and distinct.

He was a man who

chose to jeopardize his life for

the purpose of the gospel. One

By Pastor G.C. Osuigbo

CAC Madaiyese Regional Headquaters

Plot 701/702 Durumi District

P.O. BOX 2577

Garki, Abuja.

Contact us on: 08155555048, like us on

facebook @cacdurumi

Rev. Emmanuel Awazie

*Assemblies of God Church

Nigeria, 111 Clegg Street,

Surulere, Lagos.

Friendship with Jesus (1)

Friendship is a rare oc

currence but when it

does happen, and by the design

of God, that is the best

thing that can ever happen to

one. It is rare because a vast

majority of us only want relationship

that is cut and patterned

after our personal, selfish

and warped ways of thinking

and being. The very essence

of the natural man is

myopic, selfish and exploitative.

We are quick to manipulate

and take advantage

wherever and whenever we

have the opportunity. What

many had assumed to be

friendship, have ended up in

disappointment and greater

damage to the individual and

we all are guilty because at

most times we have displayed

means to ensure that every region

of the country is equally

catered for. “We believe

strongly in the unity and indivisibility

of the country because

in unity we stand. Our

diversity remains our strength

and hallmark as a people and

nation.

Continuing: "Everything

possible must be done to restructure

the polity through

constitutional means to ensure

that every region of the

country is equally catered for.

Rev. Kunat added that more

our lack of friendly dispositions

“There are “friends”

who destroy each other, but a

real friend sticks closer than

a brother.” – Prov. 18:24

(NLT).

A friend is one who selflessly

makes me seek and do my

very best in life. That is exactly

what we stand to achieve

through friendship with Jesus.

Friendship with Jesus means

that there is now something

of the nature of Jesus in a man

which has been imparted

through a life of communion,

on which God can base this

friendship. It is this new disposition

which is imparted

and coming, not from within

the individual, but akin to the

benefactor Jesus Christ Himself

and coming from Him

powers must be devolved to

the states and local government

councils as well as allocate

more resources to them

to enable them cope with the

responsibilities of modern

day challenges and governance.

While commending Nigerians

for their resilience in the

face of untold hardship, the

cleric urged them to strive toward

maintaining the oneness

of the country as a single

entity at all costs.

L-R; Deacon Yinka Obalade, MD, Capital Express Global

Assurance Limited, Lagos; Professor Grace Otinwa, Director,

Quality Assurance and Servicom, University of Lagos,

Akoka, Lagos; Rev. Amos Achi Kunat, pastor in charge of

NEBC; Deacon Oji Alala, Chairman, International Control

Systems Limited and Chairman, Board of Trustees, NEBC;

Layi Babatunde (SAN), Editor - in - Chief, Newsbreed Law

Publication and Secretary, Board of Trustees, NEBC and

Deacon Bola Balogun,Chairman, NEBC 60th Anniversary

Committee, during the press conference announcing the 60th

anniversary of New Estate Baptist Church, Surlere, Lagos

man who though he did not

see Christ in the flesh, yet the

impact of his ministry is seen

by all and sundry. And by human

judgment we can rightly

say that he exceeded the

impact of those who lived and

walked physically with Jesus.

Today the life of the Apostle

Paul can be used as a template

for faithfulness with regards

to the life, ministry and

calling of any true believers.

The life of Paul is indeed a

beacon for Christians relating

to the faithfulness of a

man who is connected to

Christ Jesus. Before a product

is introduced to the market,

such a product must be

proved, it must pass what we

call

the factory test. This is mandatory

so as not to malign the

name of the company. In

fact, every product that is

used in the market has guidelines

as to its usage, and a

range of what we can call

permissive pressure before it

buckles. This means that that

product was designed specifically

to withstand a particular

range of pressure attesting

to its durability and usability.

Upon which if exceeded

it fails. The life of Paul the

Apostle is such as deserves

both commendation and

emulation. Paul was a man

who was bold to ask people

to copy his life style. How

many preachers today can

beat their chest and say such?

Before Apostle Paul could

make this boast in the Lord,

God had to work upon his life.

God is in the business of sitting

upon the lives of individuals

to effect proper pruning

and moulding for spiritual

development.

alone, that forms the basis for,

nurtures this friendship and

produces the gains of this relationship.

This disposition

must be present and in place

for the true realization of

friendship because friendship

places enormous demands

on the people in the relationship

and you could not place

a demand on what was not

present just as the exponentiation

of zero would only give

you an absolute zero.

You will remember the story

in the Gospel of Luke, chapter

eleven on our Lord’s pattern

for prayer and the story

of the friend at midnight. The

importunate request was

predicated on a key factor in

their relationship, as “...a

friend loveth at all times....”

Prov. 17:17. The story of the

life of Abraham is very apt;

he was called the friend of

God, and God was obligated

to the “ ... descendants of my

good friend Abraham.” Isa.

41:8 (Msg.).

YWCA worries over impact of COVID on women

…Calls for integration of gender in national response

By Chioma Obinna

The Young Women’s

Christian Association,

YWCA, has expressed worry

over the possible impact of

COVID-19 pandemic on

women and children.

It also called for a holistic

management approach to

address the pandemic in

communities.

According to the YWCA

leadership, gender factor

must be integrated into the

national response of the pandemic.

Speaking during a stakeholders

webinar recently to

present findings of a need assessment

survey carried out

by the organisation in Lagos,

Insecurity: Group tasks Yoruba on self-protection

By Olayinka Ajayi

A

Yoruba movement, oth

erwise known as Yoruba

Nation Now, YNN, has

urged Yoruba sons and

daughters across South-West

to be vigilant and protect

themselves from killer herdsmen.

In a statement, spokesperson

for the group, Dr. Ola

Ajanlekoko, maintained that

recent happenings in Yoruba

land could not be overlooked,

saying:” We the Yoruba in Diaspora,

hereby declare our

firm commitments and undy-

On this week’s Cable

News Network (CNN)

top-rated show, African

Voices ChangeMakers,

Bolanle Austen-Peters,

commonly referred to as the

Queen of Nigerian Theatre

will be featured. The

magazine show sponsored by

Globacom will explore the

unique journey of success the

Nigerian creative icon has

taken.

Bolanle is a lawyer and

award-winning film and

the National General Secretary

of YWCA, Mrs. Ijeoma

Nweke through the Bread

For The World Project funded

by their World Movement

in Geneva Switzerland, they

carried out a need assessment

to document the experience

of women and girls in the state

with COVID- 19.

She added that the need assessment

also set the gender

specific advocacy agenda on

COVID-19 response in Lagos

and Nigeria at large.

“With the global absence of

an effective therapy or limited

access to an effective vaccine

it is anticipated that the

pandemic will have more severe

adverse consequences,

*Calls for Sunday Igboho’s support

he Peoples Democartic

TParty, PDP, chieftain

and former Delta State governorship

aspirant, Chief

Sunny Onuesoke, has condemned

claim by the Bauchi

State Governor, Bala

Mohammed, that herders

should carry AK47.

He also agreed with the

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of

Kaduna State that bandits

should be flushed out of the

country.

Mohammed was reported

to have said that herders

had no option than to carry

AK47 for their protection

and that of their cows.

Addressing journalists in

Asaba, Delta State, Onuesoke

said it was not only

shocking but embarrassing

for a governor who is a

chief security of a state, to

make such an errant statement

when “there is Nigerian

Firearms Act (1990)

which provides that no person

shall have in his possession

or under his control, any

firearm or ammunition except

such person has a license

from the President or

from the Inspector General

of Police.

“Allowing herdsmen to

carry AK47 about means

giving them preferential

treatment than other Nigerians

and it can also make

them do and undo as law

abiding Nigerians are ex-

ing resolve to flush out any

individuals, tribes, groups, associations

and movements

that are involved in crimes

against humanity.

“It is also beyond arguments

that the Yoruba security

has been compromised by

the Nigerian oligarchy local,

state and federal governance.

We will neither negotiates nor

enters into any bargain on the

safety of the Yoruba natives.

The group urged Yoruba

sons and daughters to join

hands with them to openly

condemn killer herdsmen.

“The clarion calls are on all

By Osa Amadi

The autobiography of

Chief Mrs. Taiwo Taiwo titled,

“My Mother’s Daughter”

will be publicly presented

on 16 February, 2021.

Speaking to the press in Lagos

yesterday, the author said

the book, which offers valuable

insights on inter-generational

female entrepreneurship

and mentorship, also

contains materials on the importance

of mentorship for

young entrepreneurs.

The online event will also

be used to celebrate Taiwo’s

mother with friends, family,

business associates and

members of her numerous

mentorship groups, as she

theatre director. She is the

Founder and Managing

Director of Terra Kulture, a

Nigerian arts and culture

centre located in Lagos, as

well as a film company, BAP

Productions, which has

produced various musicals,

including 'Saro The Musical',

'Wakaa The Musical',

'Moremi The Musical', 'Fela

and the Kalakuta Queens’

and ‘Fela's Republic and The

Kalakuta Queens'.

The 52-year-old mother of

two has also produced

especially on women and

girls who are usually the

worse hit in health emergencies.

“The effects will be direr on

the vulnerable women and

girls with primary focus on

their sexual and reproductive

health and rights, psycho-social

and mental well-being.

“The national response on

COVID-19 is primarily centered

on disease surveillance

and prevention of infection

transmission; which is an understandable

approach.

However it has missed the

community response link

that brings to bare the holistic

approach to epidemic

control.”

Yoruba sons and daughters,

at home and abroad to fully

support every Yoruba agitators,

including Chief Sunday

Adisa Adeyemo a.k.a Chief

Sunday Igboho,” it added.

“In the pursuit of this agitation,

all Yoruba should begin

to protect themselves with

all available means as advised

by General T.Y Danjuma.

Be vigilant in your environment

and within your surroundings.

“Yorubas should be proactive

and be fully involved in

stopping the criminal activities

perpetrated by killer

herdsmen, within our communities,

highways and forests”.

Banditry: Onuesoke backs El-Rufai, chides Bala

Mohammed

periencing at presents

“And if the Governor says

because of the hazard of

their business then, the okada

riders, the keke riders, the

taxi drivers, farmers, traders

and in short all Nigerians

should carry AK-47

because there is no business

without hazard,” he stated.

Onuesoke disclosed that

what is expected Governor

Bala was to caution the

herdsmen to respect the law

and the people on whose

lands they do business instead

of forcefully occupying

their lands, terrorising

innocent citizens and

molesting their women.

While supporting the call

by El-Rufai for the elimination

of bandits, the PDP stalwart

said the current level

of insecurity in Nigeria

must be confronted without

mercy.

Taiwo’s new book offer

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As a young lady who was

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Nigeria’s ‘Queen of Theatre’, Bolanle Austen-Peters,

features on Glo-Sponsored African Voices

several films, including ‘93

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She is currently nursing a new

project, an online academy

which has the prospect of

expanding the Nigerian

theatre.

She is the daughter of Chief

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Advocate of Nigeria and a

graduate of the University of

Lagos as well as a Master's

degree holder in

International Law from the

London School of

Economics and Political

Science.


PAGE 22—SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

In-depth research now proves size matters!

One would have

thought these

busy-body

scientists would have

more beneficial things to

do than delving into the

anatomy of men. One of

the great mysteries of

mankind may have been

solved by these Nosey

Parkers.

Scientists from King’s

College in London have

measured 15,000 penises

in 16 countries. This work

has allowed them, after

feeding the findings into

computers, making

boffinish statistical

adjustments, twiddling

knobs and squinting at

graphs, to announce an

average size for men’s

undercarriage. This in

turn has been seized on as

having psychological

significance. Apparently,

men are now less likely to

have a nervous collapse

about their own

shortcomings.

“We have not been told

the logistical ins and outs,

if that is the term, of this

ground-breaking global

operation,” commented

Martin Letts, a social

critique. “The research

demanded at least two

readings (one at ease, one

standing to quivering

attention) for each

specimen. The mind

boggles. Were the

laboratory assistants who

took the data dreary

middle-aged men

speaking in monotones,

or were they busty, sultry

ladies with husky larynxes

and widening eyes? To

what level of exactitude

were the measurements

taken? What instruments

were employed - school

rulers, tape measures,

laser micrometers or

(ouch) cold, industrial

clippers? While we’re

about it, exactly how in 16

languages, do you say

‘sorry to interrupt your

busy day, monsieur, but

would you mind dropping

your drawers so that my

pouting assistant Miss

Droop can take the bore

and length of your old

man?”

The ‘expert’ who led the

psychiatrists from King’s

College Hospital,

announced that the

average length of an erect

penis is 5.6in. Typically,

it sounds more in

continental centimetres -

13.12cm. The figure

shrivels to 3.6in when the

member is in a state of

genital repose. “I

seriously doubt that many

men are much concerned

by these readings,”

continued Martin. “I bet

most of us, when we read

the report, discreetly did

some thumb work to try to

work out what 5.6in looks

like, and then had a rough

gonder below decks to see

how we fared by

comparison.

“But will men have been

psychologically affected?

Does size matter to them

as it is said to matter,

particularly to their wives

and girlfriends? Or is this

yet another attempt by the

medical/psychiatric

world to create colly

wobbles where previously

few existed? Dr. Veale

said his findings would

help doctors reassure the

large majority of men that

the size of their penis is in

the normal range. He said

he would ‘use the graphs

to examine the

discrepancy between what

a man believes to be their

position on the graph and

their actual position’.

Another doctor disclosed

that some men, poor

fellows, suffer from

something called body

dysmorphic disorder,

which can cause a person

to have a distorted view of

how he looks. Apparently,

this is a serious source of

anxiety to some gents, who

become convinced they

are laughably tiny. One

does not wish to downplay

the gravity of body

dysmorphic disorder

which no doubt exists.

One naturally has

sympathy with those who

may worry that they have

been given short

commons in the trousers

department by the

Almighty.

“But is this perhaps a

case of publicly employed

scientists going to

expensive lengths to

investigate a not

particularly widespread

problem? Is male

appendage size quite

possibly a false hoo-hah

created by society? There

may be extreme cases of

smallness or vastness,

where it can create

disharmony between men

and their sexual partners.

The late Elizabeth Taylor

had physical difficulty

with one of her early

husbands, so enormous

was his manhood. Wide

as a beer can, apparently.

But does any of this truly

justify a research

operation of the size

(dread word) just carried

out by these London

medics? And anyway, are

women really so

concerned with

measurements than size -

namely love?

“For millennia, the

male member has

occupied a curious place.

Immediately riposte: Yes,

mate, between your legs!

Men know there is not

much they can really do

to alter the equipment

fate has given them.

Women can increase,

decrease the size of their

busts by visiting a plastic

surgeon, but medical

science offers men much

less chance to vary their

dimensions. Similarly,

despite all those baldness

cure adverts, there is not

much they can do to stop

their hairlines receding.

You just have to accept it

and get on with life.

Adrian Mole may have

agonised about this

subject, but he was

created by a woman. I

simply don’t believe, even

in this age of explicit

advertisements with

endless commercial

emphasis on sex, that men

give much thought to their

willy size.

“I attended boarding

schools in the seventies

and barely recall anyone

mentioning how well

hung they were. We did

have one boy who was

nicknamed ‘Chopper’, but

that was because he was a

notoriously dirty tackler

on the football field. Did

we size up one another in

the communal showers?

Not that I recall. Mind

you, I have always been

short-sighted and in

showers, you naturally

have to remove your

spectacles. If I had been

interested in seeing how a

fellow-student measured

up, then I would have had

to peer down quite close

for a proper gawp, and

I’m not sure that would

have been appreciated!”

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Okere-Urhobo monarch installs kingmakers

History was made in the

ancient Urhobo

Kingdom of Okere in Warri

South Local Area as HRM

Emmanuel Ono Okumagba,

the Orosuen (traditional ruler)

of the area installed three

kingmakers at his palace last

weekend.

The three new kingmakers

include: Retired Brigadier

General Gold Eburu as the

Otota (traditional mouth

piece) of Okere Urhobo

Kingdom, Chief Francis

Alagba-Ikpuri, the Ogbe (

custodian of deities and other

related matters ) and Chief

Solomon Onoriode Okoh the

Olotu (traditionally in charge

of defence and security

matters )

The monarch assured that

more kingmakers would be

announced in future dates and

that the new kingmakers

comprised of the five major

families in Okere Urhobo

Kingdom.

The event also witnessed the

appointment of Rev (Dr) David

Otofia and Chief George Eburu as

president - general and deputy

president - general respectively by the

Orosuen of Okere Urhobo Kingdom

Speaking to journalists shortly

after the installation ceremony, the

new Otota of Okere Urhobo

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HRM Okumagba 11 and indeed,

the Okere-Urhobo people for the

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Don't drag Omo-Agege's name into hijack of

revalidation materials — Onokpite warns

Achieftain of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, and legislative

aide to the Deputy President of

the Senate, Comrade Edafe Onokpite,

yesterday, warned those alleging that

his boss, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

hijacked the materials for revalidation

and registration exercise in Delta.

The allegation came when the Delta

State chapter of the APC announced the

suspension of the party’s registration

and revalidation exercise in the state by

the National Caretaker Committee of

the party, describing the statement

against his boss as unfounded, false and

cooked up story to malign the name of

the Deputy President.

Onokpite who addressed newsmen in

Ugono community, Okpe local

government area of Delta State, said

no reasonable person would think that

the APC Caretaker Committee

Chairman, Jones Erue connived with

the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie

Omo-Agege to divert materials for the

exercise, saying that the allegations is

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Onokpite said the allegation against

his boss was mere distraction to overlook

plans by some political leaders with

desperate political intentions to remove

the state party chairman, Jones Erue by

all means, adding that since they could

not succeed hence there is this allegation

of hijacking revalidation materials.

Onokpite said, "We will not succumb

to this cheap blackmail trending in both

social media, online and newspapers, l

had thought that the Deputy President of

the Senate should be appreciated for his

uncommon achievements and

purposeful representation and not to

smear his name over what he knows

nothing about.

“How could same Omo-Agege, who

prior the validation exercise, called on

Deltans to come out and register and

even extended it to other political parties,

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exercise he was appealing to members

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Homes to bandits and kidnappers:

New job definition for Obaseki

By Okoh Aihe

Iam in one of the pretty

priced hotels in Benin

City, capital of Edo State,

lying on the bed and staring

blankly at the ceiling. My wife

is on my side, and there is a

reason we are not talking to

each other this pretentiously

lovely afternoon. We are a stone

throw or, if you accommodate

the metaphor of today’s

Nigeria, a bullet away from the

police headquarters. Nothing

explains this more than the

intermittent staccato sound

from the station.

Each time my wife jumps.

What is happening here? She

asks worryingly. Down stairs by

the pool, once those gunshots

were heard, a middle-aged lady

and her friend had had to a

jump to the lobby, saying “we

don’t want to stop a bullet with

our bodies”.

You need to understand the

troubling theatre of the absurd

playing out and why people are

living on edge. A few weeks

earlier the #End SARS

movement had reached a

blood-letting crescendo in parts

of the country, and was

particularly very horrible in the

state where the prison doors

were flung open in the afternoon

for the inmates to take a scram.

To understand how tragedy

could be choreographed, what

happened in the city in full glare

of the law was repeated at Oko

Prisons, some little drive from

the city centre. Even if you are

not good in mathematics like

this writer, you will easily reach

the conclusion that the number

of criminals has swelled in Edo.

And this is very annoying. Just

when you think you have a

trophy in your hands, just when

the rest of the country was

beginning to look up to Edo as

Emma Ujah, Abuja

Bureau Chief

hat Nigeria suffers a

Twide infrastructure

deficit is stating the obvious.

As captured in the National

Infrastructure Integrated

Master Plan (NIIMP) and the

Economic Recovery and

Growth Plan (ERGP), the

value of Nigeria’s total

infrastructure stock represents

only 35 per cent of GDP.

This is far below the level of

emerging market countries,

like South Africa, Brazil,

India, Indonesia, China and

Poland, where the average is

70 per cent.

The ERGP document

estimates show that Nigeria

needs to invest $3 trillion in

infrastructures over the next

30 years, to bridge the wide

gap in the provision of

some kind of redeeming

paradigm for our very flawed

democracy, through an election

that shamed all projections and

shenanigans, some bizarre

spanners are being thrown in

the trail of excitement.

This cannot be Edo!

I am not in the State to attend

the inauguration of Governor

Godwin Obaseki. That was last

week (the writer started this

material in November 2020).

That very week, cost of air ticket

from Abuja to Benin was N65,

000 for Economy while

Business Class was N115, 000

for a journey of less than forty

minutes. This communicates a

system that is broken. The roads

or whatever you may want to

call them have become homes

to bandits and kidnappers and

since nobody looks out for

anybody, not even government

looking out for the citizens (I

mean the arm of government

holding the entire security arms

in a pouch), those who can

afford the fares don’t want to

die a painful, miserable death

in the hands of people without

souls. So, they fork out the cash

and slug it out for a ticket. The

way we are going the fittest may

be unable to survive very soon!

The Edo State governorship

election was full of bile and

political flatulence, made

worse by a receding dodo who

thought he would control the

levers of power forever and that

those who didn’t want to

worship in his shrine would be

made to face ignominious

dismissal from politics. To add

more pepper to an eye already

brimming with tears, a

misnomer from a part of the

country suddenly came up with

the story and a bogus but

virtual register of those who

fought for democracy, claiming

that since the name, Godwin

Obaseki, wasn’t in that register,

he wasn’t entitled to a

continuing political leadership

of the state. You see Nigeria is a

place where the wrong people,

only those with a very strong

voice and veiled force of arms,

remain in the harvest field to

rip from the sweat of the people

and they do it with

comprehensive avarice, and

flaunt their ill-gotten wealth to

shame those who work hard.

The people of Edo State have

a mind of their own and they

made that very clear with the

election results. That was last

year.

But I have my take away from

that election. I have my

fascination with what

happened during the

campaigns. The contest was

fierce. The people, who

normally enjoy no significance

in our democracy, suddenly

became the corner blocks of a

system fighting for life. The

politicians traversed the land,

promising heaven and the

moon with its unfolding layers

of beauty, you know, like a

young man serenading his first

date. Except that there was no

beauty here. The power of

incumbency was vapour. This

was dog fight. The State handed

down by great leaders like late

Samuel Ogbemudia and

SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE 23

What Obaseki

needs in the

immediate is help

to build a team

that will work with

him to redeem the

State from the axis

of evil

Ambrose Alli, and Odigie

Oyegun, who remains with us,

has suffered so much abuse in

the hands of political

desperados who suffer the

illusion of messianism. The

story is that Obaseki’s attempt

to try and correct some of these

latent misnomer had pitched

him against powerful political

figures.

So the campaigns came with

loads of promises: to build

roads, to build bridges, to build

factories, to dig bore holes, to

take electricity to far flung

villages, to help develop

agricultural settlements –

things that look very ordinary

but which in our part of the

world are used to bait the voters

- and, in fact, to work for the

people this time, which is what

democracy should be were it

not reversed inwards by our

politicians.

I have been lucky to go

through some parts of Edo

State recently and I can attest

that the footprints and evidence

of that campaign – billboards,

posters and all kinds of

campaign insignia - still litter

the State generously to

demonstrate that two giants did

indeed fight here. At the time,

the job did look clear-cut for

Obaseki, to bring development

and more development to the

people of Edo State.

If you ask anybody now, that

job definition has given way to

a more supervening intrusion,

which is security: to secure the

lives of the people who live in,

or are visiting Edo State. If you

are from that State which can

conveniently be described as the

cradle of ancient civilization,

the State of the powerful Bini

Empire that boisterously

resisted the intruding forces of

the colonialists in 1897, the

State that was an exemplar of

sports development through the

ingenuity of Ogbemudia, if you

live in the State that had one of

the first Oil Palm Research

Centres in the world, the type

that Malaysia benefitted from,

you will have to accept the truth

that the State needs deliverance

very desperately from

criminality.

If insecurity across the nation

has become a troubling

headache causing Governor

Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo

State to make a desperate call

the other day, the painful truth

is that Edo State has been in so

much of bad news because of

insecurity that Governor

Obaseki must make it his prime

focus, at least, in the immediate

to return the State to the path of

peace and sanity.

The current state of being

looks nasty and brutish. A

jailbreak that marked the

horrific climax of #EndSARS

protest, cult war all over the

State, kidnapping for ransom,

robbery and herdsmen

ubiquitous evil operations in

our forests and highways,

making the State a-no-go area

for those who live outside of it.

Do a little search on the Benin-

Auchi Road, it will turn out that

it is one of the most dangerous

roads in the country at the

moment.

This is not the time for nice

games and double speak. I am

a proud son of the State with

my umbilical cord firmly buried

in the soil of my fathers. This

not the State we grew up in,

where we read about the

exploits of Oba Ovonramwen

in the primary school. Edo State

is in dire strait and needs help

urgently. I have seen people

jostling for advantage to

produce the next governor of

Edo State. There is nothing

wrong with such aspirations.

But what Obaseki needs in the

immediate is help to build a

team that will work with him

to redeem the State from the

axis of evil. While I support the

view of those who plead equity

and balance in producing

successive leadership for the

State, a solid team is needed to

build the State for life ahead.

The age of demonism and godfatherism

may be gone but the

genie is still on the loose with

satanic havoc.

Just on Wednesday afternoon,

Uromi was in uproar. The

women had come out in their

numbers to protest the activities

of the herdsmen, blocking all

the roads leading to the

commercial nerve centre of

Esan land. According to some

of the messages, the herdsmen

don’t only destroy their crops,

they rape them in the farms, and

kill them gruesomely. The

women needed the

intervention of the Onojie who,

perhaps, should take their

message to the governor. That

may only be the beginning; the

rumbling of a volcano boiling

within.

While the women’s action

clearly indicate the failure of

their political representatives,

I want to implore Governor

Obaseki to study the metaphor

of the ant and sip from its

bravery. The ant doesn’t run

away from a fight and will never

abandon its home. With its tiny

frame, if the ant has to lose any

fight there must be a mark on

the ground that a giant had

fallen.

This is not to say that

Governor Obaseki will lose any

good fight in Edo State. Scoring

over 57 per cent of the votes in

the September election, he has

a pretty crowd looking up to

him for leadership. First line of

political leadership is security

of lives. The people of Edo State

are not sure of this anymore.

The governor needs to give the

people life in appreciation of

their votes. He needs to step into

the trenches and forfeit,

momentarily, the distractive

pleasures of office.

• Aihe lives in Abuja

BPE and the PPP imperative for bridging infrastructure gap

infrastructure in the country.

Speaking during a recent

webinar on how to deepen the

Public Private Partnership in

other to bridge the huge

infrastructure gap in the

country, the Vice President,

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said that

despite interventions of the

federal government over the

years, Nigeria still faced a

huge infrastructure gap,

requiring, as much as, $3

trillion over the next 30 years.

The VP noted that with

about over N2 trillion capital

budget annually, it was

obvious that public

infrastructure funding would

not meet the nation’s needs.

He said that the proposed

Infrastructure Corporation

(Infraco) expected to pool

about N15 trillion would be

another major platform for

Obada urges party to

sustain power rotation

By Jimitota Onoyume

A

chieftain of the

Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, and governorship

hopeful, Olorogun Charles

Obada has enjoined all

members of the party to

sustain power rotation

started by former governor

James Ibori, adding that

•Obada

it would continue to

promote healthy politics

within the party and the

state.

The eldest son of late

General Orho Obada, rtd

, who spoke at his birthday

bash in Agbarho

community, Ughelli north

local government area

expressed strong hope that

he would clinch the

party’s governorship ticket

in 2023.

Continuing, he said with

his sterling qualities and

programme for the state he

was sure to be elected

governor of the state

“ I am celebrating my

53 birthday today.

Obaseki

•Okoh

collaboration between

private sector operators and

the government in addressing

the infrastructure needs of

Nigeria.

He charged the Bureau of

Public Enterprises (BPE) and

the Infrastructure Concession

Regulatory Commission

Though my father passed

on at a ripe age but we

would still have loved him

to be around . Let me

answer your question

straight, I will be contesting

for the governorship ticket

of my party, the PDP in 2023

and I know I will win. And

will also be elected governor

of our state in 2023 “, he

said.

“ The PDP has done very

well in zoning. The

grand father of our

politics, Chief James

Ibori started this

rotational thing in the party

. And it has gone round the

senatorial districts. Now it

should come back to the

Delta central . “, he said.

“I will add value to the

state. I know it is a herculean

task, God being on my side ,

I will be elected governor

come 2023. “, he said.

(ICRC) to close ranks with a

view to making creating the

enabling environment for

private capital to flow into

infrastructure development.

In his paper on the next steps

in the implementation of the

federal government’s vision

for the Public Private

Partnership (PPP), the

Director-General of the

Bureau of Public Enterprises

(BPE) Mr. Alex Okoh,

observed that the recent

circular of the federal

government on the roles to be

plaid by its institutions on PPP

issues would accelerate the

efforts, in that regard.

His words, “Clearly, the

Federal Government cannot

provide these resources alone

and needs to leverage private

sector capital in a variety of

ways but especially through

well-articulated and

mutually-beneficial PPP

arrangements with private

investors.

“The Federal Government

has already taken a

significant step towards

making Nigeria an

investment destination for

infrastructure development

by issuing a circular that

provides the much-needed

clarity on FGN institutional

roles for PPP arrangements.

“Further to the circular, the

Bureau of Public Enterprises

is expected to provide the

following support to MDAs

on PPP transactions and

contract management.”

The BPE, he said, would

“collaborate with Ministries,

Departments and agencies

(MDAs) and provide support

in the screening and appraisal

of all the identified projects to

determine their suitability as

PPP projects in line with the

ICRC guidelines” and

“ensure that all the necessary

steps required to comply with

regulatory requirements (at

every phase of the PPP project

life cycle) are followed.”

In addition, he pledged his

organisation’s readiness

to,“Promote PPP

arrangements within

government to ensure that

projects that would attract

market interest are not

procured using traditional

methods; and offer experience

and specialist skills acquired

over the last 30 years in

managing transactions

involving local and

international private sector

investors.”

Continues

on

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My music doesn’t sound like Wizkid’s

—Terri

Having paid his dues on the

Nigerian music scene with hit

songs including ‘Ojoro’, ‘Kill

Man’, ‘On Me’ and a feature

on Wizkid’s club banger,

‘Soco’, Afro-beat music

sensation, Akewe Terry

Daniel, better known as ‘Terri’

has released another

smashing hit song titled ‘Come

Around’.

The P.Prime produced jam

is Terri’s first musical project

in 2021.

In a chat with Vanguard the

‘Ojoro’ hit maker revealed that

the song is his Valentine Day’s

gift to his fans and lovers of

good music.

“I just dropped a new song

titled ‘Come Around’; it is my

valentine gift to my fans and

lovers of my music. It is also

my first song of the year and I

am going to be releasing other

projects in the year”, he said.

Speaking further, Terri who

deferred his University

education to enable him

focus on his passion for music,

corrected the impression that

he dropped out of school to

pursue his music craft.

“My parents didn’t think I

dropped out of school. I only

deferred and I feel like my

parents understand that when

I had a chance to get a record

deal. I had to take it and its

like Wizkid is the biggest

thing, it was a chance, so it

was not hard for me to

choose”, he explained.

Adding, he also

corrected the notion that

because he is signed to

Wizkid’s Starboy

Entertainment, Wizkid

makes all the decisions

concerning his music.

“I live on my own; my

music is what Wizkid is

really about.

Sometimes, I have a

song and he only advises

on when to drop it, when not

to, or if it is good for the season

or not. I get to make music by

myself most of the time

because Wizkid is not always

in the country”, he said.

Terri who has been touted

to sound so much like his label

boss, Wizkid, finally set the

record straight.

“I feel like a lot of young acts

get inspiration from

everywhere and I do not

knock myself out and

intentionally sound like

Wizkid. When I pick

the microphone, I just

sing and if you think

I sound like him, fine.

Anytime you hear

Terri sing, it’s good

vibes only. Good

music is what is

important to me, but

if you ask me, I do

•Terri

not exactly sound

like Wizkid”, he

concluded.


PAGE 24 —SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021

By Boluwaji Obahopo, Lokoja

Kasuwan-Ruwa is one of the slums in

Lokoja, Kogi State capital. It is

located around the International

Market, just a stone throw to Nataco

Junction. Nataco Junction is the merging

point in the town. Motorists from Abuja and

other parts of the country stop to offload

passengers there, as well as pick passengers.

That junction never sleeps. So also are the

ungodly activities carried out inside Kasuwa

-Ruwa.

Kasuwa-Ruwa is the Hausa name for the

market by the river side. So also is the one

in Lokoja.

During the day, traders converge at the

market to sell yam, but at night, something

else is on sale: bodies.

The place is an abode for prostitute, worse

still underage prostitution and sex slavery.

The man believed to be the brain behind

the activities of these girls and identified as

Small Lusher (not real name), according to

sources, gets the lion share from the girls’

income after selling their bodies to men who

patronize them at night.

Findings revealed that the girls come from

outside Kogi.

Those in the know say they were convinced

to relocate to Lokoja with the hope that they

will get jobs as promised by their master

(Small Lusher) but ended up becoming

prostitutes and sex slaves.

Recently, a non-governmental

organization, Wadata Media and Advocacy

Center, Abuja, raised the alarm that some

girls were trafficked from the northern part

of the country such as Kano, Katsina,

Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Bauchi and

neighbouring countries like Chad and

Niger Republic into Lokoja, and dumped at

the Kasuwa-Ruwa area, but the particular

building where they were dumped was not

known.

Sunday Vanguard took a trip to the area.

Of course, some residents around the area

had long suspected the house. The building

looked old and it was the same situation

inside.

That is where those girls, some in their

teens, are housed. The building is divided

into two: A hall for ‘disco’ dancing

moderated by some guys, and, some

demarcated cubicles where the girls sleep.

An extended building around the area is used

to take care of those who get pregnant.

Promise

One of the trafficked girls who spoke with

Sunday Vanguard inside the building said

she was brought from Kano.

She gave her name as Hadiza.

Hadiza said she was lured into Lokoja with

the promise of job. She said the girls are

brought out around 8 pm to start dancing in

the hall.

On one of Sunday Vanguard visits, some

Young girls from northern

cities are sex slaves in Kogi

men were seen seated opposite the dancing

girls. Occasionally the men would stand up

and spray the girls money. Anyone who gets

the highest money becomes the ‘STAR GIRL

of the Night’. Anyone who does not dance

well is asked to sit on the floor with a small

basin placed on her head as ‘punishment’.

“At the end of the dance, the men will take

us back into our cubicles or to town as they

wish. If it is into town, they will return us the

second day, but if it is inside

our cubicles, we can have as

many clients as possible that

night”, Hadiza said.

The girl, who spoke in

Hausa through the help of an

interpreter, said they didn’t

know Small Lusher’s name but

described him as short and

skinny; and loves to be called

‘Chairman.’

Hadiza, 17, said Small

Lusher pays them after

collecting money from clients

on their behalf.

“How much, he never

discloses but sometimes N1,

000 per night”, the teenager

said.

“Business became dull last

year and sometimes we didn’t

receive more than N300 per

night”, she lamented.

The business is said to have

been in operation for more

than four years.

Many times, Hadiza said she and some

other girls had informed their ‘Chairman’

of wanting to quit, but, first of all, she did

not know the route to her town, and, second,

she forgot about it afterward and never

bothered about leaving.

She said they are close to 20 girls in the

building, saying their parents are not aware

of their whereabouts.

Fingers

Residents of the community pointed

fingers at some security agencies for aiding

this illegal business

which, according to

them, has exposed the

girls to insecurity,

Hadiza said

she was lured

into Lokoja with

the promise of

job. She said

the girls are

brought out

around 8 pm to

start dancing in

the hall

psychological trauma

and diseases.

Some of them said they

had informed the police

about the suspected

activities in the building

but they (police) always

turned blind eyes.

Sunday Vanguard

learnt that some of the

girls get pregnant on

regular basis and later

give birth at the extended

building, while those

who cannot carry the

pregnancies to term are

compelled to undergo

abortion.

Those who are

pregnant are taken from

their cubicles to the

extended building until

they put to bed and

returned into the main building right after

delivery. Hadiza said Small Lusher does not

bother if clients demand unprotected sex

from them.

Branch

‘Chairman’, according to Wadata Media

investigation, decided to open another

‘branch’ of his business at Saban Zango,

less than one kilometer to Kabba junction,

along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja highway.

The condition of those at the new ‘branch’

is not much different from Kasuwan-Ruwa’s.

Saban Zango is less than eight kilometers

from the Lokoja city centre.

When contacted, Kogi State government

officials were surprised that such ‘business’ was

being carried out right under their noses.

They vowed to clamp down on those behind

the use of underage girls for prostitution and

sex slavery in Lokoja.

The state Commissioner for Women

Affairs and Social Development, Mrs

Fatima Buba, said all the perpetrators of

the crime will be brought to book.

She described the crime as heinous, adding

that government was not aware that such

‘business’ was operating in the state as it is

against the Child Rights Act.

“This is total wickedness. How will someone

who has conscience carry out such a heinous

crime like this? With this illicit business, these

girls will be denied the right to education; they

would be exposed to all manner of dangers

and diseases”, she said.

“I assure the general public that this matter

will not be swept under the carpet and will be

pursued to a logical conclusion. Whoever

that is behind this, no matter how highly

placed in the society, must face the full wrath

of the law.

“Kogi State is not a safe haven for

criminals, teenage prostitution or sex

slavery”.

Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdulsalami, others commiserate with

the family of Olorunnisola Ibraheem (Snr)

By Abayomi Adeshida, Lagos

Former President Olusegun

Obasanjo has written to condole

with the family of the late Chief Imam of

Idimu, Alhaji Sharafdeen Olorunnisola

Ibraheem (Snr), who died on February 4,

2021 in Lagos.

In a condolence letter, Obasanjo said,

“Words can hardly express how much my

family and I share your pains as you

mourn the death of the patriarch of your

family.

“His guidance and contributions as a

father and a leader will be greatly missed,

Indeed, his selfless and patriotic

contributions to the social, political and

economic life of our nation which brought

desired esteem to the family will also be

treasured forever.”

In a similar message to the family from

his Hilltop Residence in Minna, General

Babangida (rtd) said, “On behalf of Aisha,

Muha, Aminu and Halima, accept from

me our condolences as we commit his soul

to aljanna fridaus.”

On his part, General Abdulsalami

Abubakar (rtd) described the deceased

Imam as a peace-loving leader.

In a message he sent to the family,

Abdusalami wrote, “I write with a heavy

heart and sadness on the passing away of

our brother, Late Alhaji Sharafdeen

Olorunnisola Ibraheem (Snr) which sad

event took place on Thursday 4th,

February 2021”.

Over 50 Imams from across the country

were joined by many other Islamic

scholars, students of Islamic studies,

L-R Tunde Oshinowo, Tunde Razaq Okoya, Amina

Ibraheem, Abé Ibraheem, Mallam Hafiz Moh’d Bashir,

Dr. Funsho Obasanjo and Hon. Kaoakab Ibraheem.

friends, family and members of the Idimu

community as well as political and

traditional leaders from the Idimu/Egbe

LCDA, led by the Chairman Idimu Egbe

LCDA, Hon Kunle Olowoopejo, to honour

the Ibraheem family during the 8th-day

fidau prayers for the soul of the departed

Chief Imam.

Guest Lecturer was Baba LÁgege who

was supported by Fadilatush-Shaykh

Habeebulah Adam Abdullah Al-Ilori

Fadeelat, Sheikh Sulaiman Faruq-

Onikijipa, Al Imam MudeerMoricz

Uluoom Ejigbo, Alhaji Muizdeen Salmon

Alawiye. In attendance at the occasion

were captains of industry, and

representatives of traditional rulers

among others.

The Guest Lecturer, Baba LÁgege, Fadilatush-Shaykh

Habeebulah Adam Abdullah Al-Ilori (l) being recevied

by the first son of the deceased, Alhaji Abe Ibraheem

(r) and other members of the family.

L- R Fadeelat Sheikh

Sulaiman Faruq-

Onikijipa, Sheikh

Alawiye, and other

Imams listening to the

Guest Lecturer during

the 8th-Day Fidaau

Prayers for the Chief

Imam of Idimu,

Fadeelat Sheikh Al

Imam Sharafadeen

Olohunnsola Ibraheem

at the Chrisland

College, Idimu, Lagos,

Photos by Bunmi Azeez


The evils that presidents

do live after them

“Having power destroys the

sanity of the powerful. It allows

their irrationalities to leave the

sphere of the dream and come

into the real world” - Saul

Bellow, 1915-2015,

VANGUARD BOOK OF

QUOTATIONS, VBQ, p195.

By the time Buhari goes

home in 2023,

Nigeria, since 1999,

would have been ruled by two

Southerners and two

Northerners; two former

Generals and two bloody

civilians; two Christians and

two Muslims, two highly

educated and two not so well.

Yet, in the 22 years, Nigeria, of

about 200 million people, had

made far slower progress than

Singapore with 5.7 million.

We need not repeat the litany

of reasons things are the way

they are; and we are the way

we are. Just look at those who

have ruled us since 1999.

“The evils that men do live

after them…” - William

Shakespeare, 1564-1616

The first leader – Olusegun

Obasanjo – became President

through fraud. He was in jail

when the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, was formed. The

party had won all the other

elections before OBJ was

released from prison and

imposed on the party. His

selection as PDP flag-bearer

would have violated the

country’s Constitution which

disallows an ex-convict from

running for President. A

pardon was hastily granted to

him – to clear the way. His

candidacy certainly was

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contrary to the PDP

Constitution which strictly

required that the party must

have won majority of the Local

Government elections, State

Houses of Assembly, Federal

House and Senate seats to be

eligible as a presidential

candidate. Obasanjo failed on

all counts. Through fraud and

force, he became candidate.

Thus, we started the first

government of the Fourth

Republic on a foundation of

corruption – never mind Baba

Iyabo’s self-righteousness. He

was a beneficiary of the first

electoral scam. He also left

two atrocious legacies behind

which continue to haunt the

nation.

One, till today, we still don’t

know what happened to the

$13-16 billion withdrawn for

improvement of power

supply; N8 trillion was not

accounted for by the end of

his tenure and no President

since then has had the guts and

patriotism to probe this

scandal and provide answers.

Two, his successors are

reluctant to probe Obasanjo

because, one way or the other,

he made them President. So,

the national interest has been

steadily sacrificed in

gratitude.

The presidency, which

started with official

corruption, ended neck deep

in worse corruption. It set the

template for what followed

until now.

“The evils that men do live

after them…”

Obasanjo made Jonathan

governor by adopting

Nobody is so

omniscient as to

foresee all the

problems the

country will face

unconstitutional means –

involving Nuhu Ribadu,

Chairman of EFCC, to

remove the late

Alamieyeseigha and making

it possible for Jonathan to step

up. The same Obasanjo

imposed Umoru Yar’Adua as

PDP presidential candidate –

with Jonathan as his Vice

President.

It was already known to

OBJ that Yar’Ádua was

battling terminal illness

before the 2007 elections. His

death was therefore not

totally unexpected. The

question now is: why attach

someone with very little

previous experience in public

or private sector

administration to a sick

President? The answer is

simple. Obasanjo wanted to

be in control. But, as usual,

man proposes; God disposes.

“Men make history; but not

just as they please” - Karl

Marx, 1818-1883

Yar’Ardua was forced by

OBJ to run for President –

notwithstanding the man’s

already well-known

infirmities. Unfortunately, the

expected dividends of that

selfish imposition failed to

materialise. Every cabinet

erects several barriers of

influence which include the

Cabinet of Ministers and

Special Advisers, the so-called

kitchen cabinet, Chief of Staff

and close associates holding

no appointments and the

‘Bedroom Cabinet’. The

ability to influence decisions

in any government depends

on which group to which an

individual belongs. Some are

in two groups at the same

time. Obasanjo was surprised

to find himself shut out from

any group as soon as

Yar’Adua took office. That

was not part of the script.

SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE 25

Umoru’s illness and ultimate

death was an opportunity for

him. His ‘biggest puppet’ was

going to be President. He

would have unlimited access

to power once again. Or so

Obasanjo thought. He was in

for a shock; but not before

celebrating his success in

imposing his next two

successors in a row.

“You must run for President,

don’t tell me you won’t run” -

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to

President Jonathan, 2010

Political intrigues

concerning how long he

should or would stay started

as soon as Jonathan mounted

the saddle. Should he finish

Yar’Adua’s first term and quit

for a Northerner to complete

the North’s presumed two

terms or should he run on his

own in 2011? While

Nigerians, and perhaps

Jonathan himself, were still

debating the merits of the two

choices, in light of the

unwritten rule on rotation, one

man had decided for

Jonathan. The man was

Obasanjo, who was still the

most powerful voice in the PDP.

The North was caught totally

unprepared and could not

mount a credible opposition

against the incumbent

President. So, Jonathan ran

and won.

Among those running the

victory laps in 2011 was

Obasanjo. Certainly, the

woefully inexperienced

President-elect knew who to

consult when taking

important decisions and

making key appointments.

Baba Iyabo failed to reckon

with the power of the kitchen

cabinet. He had forgotten so

quickly about the ‘Bedroom

Cabinet’. The latter group,

frequently headed by the

occupant of the ‘other room’,

is invariably jealous of its

power and prerogatives. The

members never intend to

share influence over the

President with others when

they choose to intervene.

Jonathan’s occupant of the

‘other room’ was particularly

more ferocious than most. She

had demonstrated this during

the brief period GOJ was

governor in Bayelsa. Before

long, Obasanjo found the

gates of Aso Rock slammed

in his face. Again, that was not

in the original script. Nursing

a grudge; waiting patiently for

a slip, Baba started plotting

his revenge against the

ingrate. But, there was a snag

which was overlooked while

sharpening the knife.

“He who sets out on revenge

must first dig two graves” -

Chinese Proverb,

VANGUARD BOOK OF

QUOTATIONS, VBQ, p215

Even the best and brightest,

the most well prepared

Presidents elected, sooner or

later, get into trouble. Nobody

is so omniscient as to foresee

all the problems the country

will face so as to develop the

perfect answers that will

satisfy everybody. All you need

to do is to wait long enough

and you can nail any leader.

Jonathan, despite the Ph. D in

zoology, turned out not to be

the brightest, best or most well

prepared President Nigeria

ever had. He was a sitting

duck for anybody imbued

with ‘bad belle’ politics. Very

quickly, the mistakes started

tumbling in – some on

account of bad luck; others

unforced errors. Because there

were too many to count, two

will help to underline how

Jonathan helped to get us

where we are today. Obasanjo

was again shopping for a new

presidential candidate.

“Treason means anything

that gives annoyance to your

own people, thereby giving

aid to the enemy” - Will

Rogers, 1879-1935, VBQ p

252.

Obong Victor Attah, as

governor of Akwa Ibom

State, almost single-handedly

got the Federal Government,

despite strong and ill-willed

opposition from President

Obasanjo, to grant the oil

producing states 13.5 per cent

derivation. Lagos was not yet

an oil producing state; but, I

was a staunch supporter of

Attah’s quest for justice for the

people of the Niger Delta, ND.

Readers can obtain a copy of

Attah’s RESOURCE

CONTROL, revised edition,

edited by me and find out how

much the ND benefited from

the crusade. But, I also

indicated on the cover pages

how much more the owners

of Nigeria’s crude could get if

they collectively push for 50

per cent derivation or true

federalism. I was not

expecting Yar’Adua to fight

for 50 per cent. I was not also

expecting that Jonathan

would become President so

soon. But, he did in 2010.

PIB: THE FIRST

BETRAYAL OF THE NIGER

DELTA

Before GEJ became

President, the first Petroleum

Industry Bill, PIB, 1, was

already drafted with the late

Dr Rilwan Lukman then-

Minister of Petroleum

Resources. It was a mammoth

document – 892 pages long.

A group of patriotic Nigerians

got in touch with me. They

needed someone who would

read the entire document,

summarise it for them and

advise if it was in the national

interest to present it to the

National Assembly, NASS, to

be passed into law. I read the

document and came to the

conclusion that PIB 1, which

incidentally was drafted by the

International Oil Companies,

IOCs, amounted to

mortgaging Nigeria’s future

to IOCs and selling the oil

producing states down the

river.

A small group of us decided

to kill PIB 1 when it was

presented by Yar’Adua – who

died before the bill had gone

very far at the NASS.

Jonathan became President

and our first assignment was

to draw his attention to the

flaws in the bill and the urgent

need to recall it for

amendments. But, by then

Mrs Alison Diezani-

Madueke had become

Minister of Petroleum

Resources. She persuaded

Jonathan to push on with

passage of PIB 1 as it was. We

were just as determined to

ensure the bill was not passed

by the NASS before May 29,

2011. We succeeded in killing

PIB 1 – against the wishes of

President Jonathan and saved

Nigeria as well as the ND from

oil slavery. Here is evidence

from one article written in

2011:

How Jakande helped me when I was governor – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Ever since his passing on

Friday, February 12,

tributes have been

pouring in torrents, and

justifiably too, proclaiming

Alhaji Lateef Kayode

Jakande’s immense virtues

and his indelible

contributions to the social,

political and economic

development of Lagos State

and Nigeria. The first civilian

governor of Lagos State in the

Second Republic was great in

life. He is emerging

surpassingly greater in death.

For several years and down

the ages, the life, times,

leadership and politics of

Alhaji Jakande will continue

to be a reference point, a

subject of unceasing study and

the undying light of his life a

guide for future generations.

Truly, even in death, the man

we fondly call LKJ lives! For

those, whose good and

positive deeds live in the

memories of millions of lives

that they touched, never die.

Armed with his secondary

school certificate, LKJ

immediately opted for his

cherished profession,

journalism. This is not

surprising. Inevitably woven

into the very definition and

notion of good and

responsible journalism is the

practitioner’s commitment to

the public good. Alhaji

Jakande was reputed to be a

courageous and fearless

journalist who was

uncompromisingly

committed to the public

good. His biting and incisive

editorials always advocated

good and accountable

governance and were a thorn

in the flesh of successive

military dictatorships. As a

journalist, the great man was

as cerebral as they come

having largely educated

himself through his voracious

reading.

All too often, however, critics

of incumbent governments in

power have been known to

perform no better than those

they mercilessly berated when

given an opportunity to hold

public office themselves. This

was certainly not so with

Alhaji Jakande. As governor

of Lagos State between 1979

and 1983, his output was

prodigious, his conduct

exemplary and his impact in

diverse sectors endure till

today. In many areas,

including education, health,

housing, transportation and

roads construction, among

others, he laid the foundation,

which I and my successors

have been building on since

1999. His example

demonstrated unequivocally

that democracy, when it

allows leaders of vision,

competence and compassion

for the common good to

emerge, is the best vehicle for

promoting rapid

development.

It is amazing that over four

decades ago, Jakande could

have conceived of the

revolutionary metro-line

project, which would have

transformed the transport

landscape of Lagos forever. I

am happy and I am sure that

Papa himself would have been

elated by the fact that work

has steadily and

systematically been going on

since 1999 to give Lagos a

befitting mass light rail transit

system and the first phase of

As governor of Lagos

State between 1979 and

1983, his output was

prodigious, his conduct

exemplary and his

impact in diverse

sectors endure till today

the project is approaching

actualization. Deliberately

adopting the utilitarian theory

of pursuing ‘the greatest

happiness of the greatest

number of the people’ as his

governing philosophy, Alhaji

Jakande faithfully

implemented the four

cardinal programmes of the

Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)

– free education at all levels,

free health services for all, full

employment and rapid rural

development.

His face often inscrutable, his

poise always calm and

unshaken; his emotions ever

under control, Alhaji Jakande

was supremely self-confident.

Yet, he was the very

embodiment of humility and

simplicity. As one of his

commissioners, the late Alhaji

Olatunji Hamzat, writes of

LKJ in his memoirs, “My first

impression of him was that of

an efficient and highly

engaging administrator and

public servant. He was

virtually without the preening

and presumptive importance

that is the wont of such high

public office holders. He was

comradely, instinctively warm

without the sometimes

unctuous detachment of

gubernatorial office”. Along

with the likes of the first

Military Administrator of

Lagos State, Brigadier

Mobolaji Johnson, Alhaji

Jakande can be described as

the father and architect of

modern Lagos. Indeed, the

late statesman played a

pivotal role in the advocacy

for the creation of Lagos

State.

It is on the shoulders of these

titans that I and my successors

as governors of Lagos State

since 1999 have stood to take

Lagos to today’s heights,

although the emergence of the

Lagos of our dreams remains

a work in progress.

Commenting on the

exemplary leadership style of

Alhaji Jakande, the renowned

academic, Professor Akin

Mabogunje, wrote, “When a

governor chooses to spend

nearly twelve hours every day

at his desk planning for the

people, officials are forced to

take their cue from their leader

and cultivate the habit of

diligent, sustained and

effective application”.

Alhaji Jakande was the

quintessential politician and

statesman. He embodied the

great Chief Obafemi

Awolowo’s definition of

politics as ‘the art of selfless

service to humanity’. His

loyalty to the parties he

belonged to in the first and

second republics, namely the

Action Group (AG) and Unity

Party of Nigeria (UPN), was

unflinching and constant as

the northern star. At a time of

great political and moral

crisis in the First Republic,

when men of straw betrayed

their consciences and

principles for short term

material considerations,

Alhaji Jakande stood as solid

as a rock behind the

leadership of Chief Obafemi

Awolowo. Even those who

disagreed with his politics and

some of the decisions he took,

never questioned the

character and integrity of

Papa Jakande. Always

uppermost in the mind of the

great man was the unity,

peace, progress and

development of Nigeria.

One of the finest definitions

of the politician that I have

come across is that of

President Richard Nixon in

his tribute at the funeral of

Senator Everett Dirksen on

September 9, 1969. His

evocative description of the

politician in my view vividly

captures the political

philosophy and practice of

Alhaji Jakande. As Nixon

powerfully put it:

“A politician knows that his

friends are not always his

allies, and that his adversaries

are not his enemies. A

politician knows how to

make the process of

democracy work, and loves

the intricate workings of the

democratic system.

A politician knows not only

how to count votes, but how

to make votes count. A

politician knows that only if

he leaves room for discussion

and room for concession can

he gain room for maneuver.

And a politician – in the

Dirksen tradition – knows

both the name of game and

the rules of the game, and he

seeks his ends through the

time-honoured democratic

means”.

Alhaji Jakande loved politics.

It was his passion. Not for him

the mistaken perception of

politics as a dirty game or a

means of acquiring power for

its own sake. Politics was, for

him, a means to an end that

end is the pursuit of the welfare

of the people and the

enhancement of the common

good. He made the votes of

the people count by delivering

democracy in fulfillment of

his mandate. It is a

testimony to his political

skills that, despite the fierce

rivalry between the then ruling

National Party of Nigeria

(NPN) at the centre and his

own party, the UPN, Alhaji

Jakande as governor of Lagos

State sought and got the

required Federal

Government approval for the

commencement of the

metroline project. He was

cosmopolitan in his political

outlook and always exhibited

a generosity of spirit even to

his political opponents.

As governor of Lagos State, I

constantly sought Papa

Jakande’s advice on matters

of governance and politics in

the state. He was always most

generous with his time as well

as in affording me the benefit

of his profound wisdom. We

will all surely miss Papa but

continue to be grateful to God

for the exemplary and

enormously impactful life that

he lived. May Papa Lateef

Kayode Jakande’s soul rest in

peace.

*Asiwaju Tinubu is a

former governor of

Lagos State.


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Makinde in Ibarapa:

A walk through

trouble spots

By Taiwo Adisa

Early in January, a torrent of bad news

started emanating from the Ibarapa

axis of Oyo State. The stories were

about kidnapping, attacks by killer-herdsmen

and destruction of farmlands across

Ibarapaland.

Incidentally, those attacks came on the heels

of the alarm earlier raised by Governor ‘Seyi

Makinde when he declared in Saki, a key town

in Oke Ogun axis of the state in December

2020 that some criminal elements were

crossing the international borders into the

forests around Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa.

He said that the state would not allow

criminal elements seize hold of the state and

terrorise its people.

Though the state had deployed a combined

team of state actors and non-state actors to

comb the forests, reports of herdsmen attacks

and violence kept emanating

from Igangan, Idere, Ayete,

Lanlate, Tapa and parts of

Ibarapaland. On January 9,

in the aftermath of the killing

of Dr. Fatai Aborode and a

business woman of note in

Ibarapa, the Oyo State Security

Network Agency codenamed

Amotekun, embarked on a

joint exercise to rid the forests

of Ibarapa North, Ibarapa

Central, Ibarapa East and

Iwajowa Local Government

Areas of criminal elements.

That exercise brought together

the Vigilante Group of Nigeria,

Amotekun Corps and even

Miyetti Allah Vigilantes and it

marked the return of normalcy

to the troubled area.

A government delegation led

by Sunday Odukoya, Executive

Assistant to the Governor on

Security was deployed to

ascertain the true situation and

ensure peace.

As the bad stories won’t go away, the governor

again on January 24 deployed the retired

Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai

Owoseni (rtd) accompanied by the

Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi

Onadeko, to the troubled areas. The

delegation, which held meetings in Igangan,

Ago-Are and Tede in Ibarapa and Oke Ogun

axes, insisted on the need for peaceful

coexistence after meetings with monarchs,

youths, and Hausa-Fulani leaders.

At the meeting in Igangan, Owoseni

debunked insinuations Governor Makinde

had abandoned the people, adding that at least

51 suspected perpetrators of kidnapping, rape

and banditry are currently in police net. He

emphasized the need for vigilance by all,

saying “If you see something, say something.”

FACT FINDING

On Sunday, January 31, Governor Seyi

Makinde launched a peace/fact-finding

mission to the trouble spots of Ibarapaland.

It was a two-day trip that afforded him the

benefit of hearing directly from different layers

of stakeholders and seeing the extent of the

crisis first-hand. The trip also afforded the

governor the opportunity of combining

investigation with consultation, while he made

critical declarations at the same time. He was

able to silence those who criticized his style of

first receiving detailed briefing before

embarking on the all-important trip.

From Eruwa in Ibarapa East Local

Government, the governor kickstarted his

consultations; this continued in Igbo-Ora in

Ibarapa Central Local Government, with a

meeting that started at 9 p.m. and lasted till

the early hours of February 1.

At the meeting held at the Igbo-Ora home

of the chairman of the Oyo State Water

Corporation, Dr. Anthony Adepoju, leaders of

Ibarapa community took

turns to brief the governor

on the extent of the crisis.

Hon. Okediji Daniel

Olusegun, chairman,

Ibarapa North-West Local

Council Development Area

told the meeting that the

displaced Seriki Fulani of

Igangan, Alhaji Saliu

Abdukadir, was the source

of the tension that had

grown between the Ibarapa

people and the Hausa-

Fulani, as according to

him, the said Seriki was

linked to series of

infractions. Others who

addressed the meeting

included Olaoniye Sarafa

(Ibarapa Central), Diji

Odegoke (Ibarapa North-

East), Adekunle Waheed

(Ibarapa East), Gbenga

Obalowo (Ibarapa East),

Shittu Liazu (Ibarapa

North).

A common thread that ran through their

submissions was the fact that crisis rocking

Ibarapaland started around 2007/2008 and

that the Fulanis started coming to the area in

numbers with the claim that they were invited

by others who told them there is abundance of

land in the area and that there was peace.

The community leaders said that things took

a sad turn when some of the Fulanis graduated

from ordinary vandalism of farmlands to

attacking farmers, kidnapping, rape, and

killings. The leaders said that the attacks

became vicious from March 2019 and that

different communities in Ibarapaland have

altogether paid in the region of N50 million

as ransom for kidnap victims.

Odegoke, chairman of Lanlate LCDA said

that the attacks were already scaring

agricultural investors from the town. He said:

“We have since July 2020 put a hold on

receiving Fulani visitors and with that

decision, peace is returning to our area.”

Other community leaders who spoke

included Abideen Olamilekan, Obande

Quite frankly,

the governors

are at the mercy

of federal

security

agencies to

implement

certain laws

•Makinde

Sarafa (Ayete), Akeeb Salami (Lanlate), Hon.

Shola Fakorede (Idere), Hon. Peter Ojedokun,

a member of Oyo State House of Assembly

and Onifade Olugenga Michael (Igangan).

The governor was told that the killing of Dr.

Aborode, a well-known farmer and

philanthropist and some business owners in

Ibarapaland angered the people and led to

the ‘Fulani must go’ slogan.

ENDURING PEACE

Besides the Igbo-Ora meeting at Adepoju’s

residence, early morning meetings were held

at Igbo Ora town hall, Idere and Igangan.

The governor equally visited the homes of

victims of attacks by the killer herdsmen

including the home of the slain Dr. Aborode.

While speaking at Igbo-Ora, the governor

told the gathering that he felt their pains,

adding that a failure of intelligence partly

informed the inability of security agencies to

nip the criminal activities in the bud.

“We regret the loss of lives of our compatriots

who have been cut down in their prime and

the thing is that we must not lose any more

lives,” the governor said, adding that

community leaders should request to see him

as quickly as they want it once security matters

are concerned.

He also told the people that there is the need

for enduring peace but that the people must

correctly characterise the enemies so as to be

able to work out an enduring peace.

At Idere, the stakeholders, who were largely

traditional rulers gave historical perspectives

of the crisis and asked for another meeting in

Ibadan where they can speak with Makinde

in close quarters.

The governor said: “You are central to the

security situation. I have implicit confidence

in the traditional rulers and chiefs. We do not

want war and we do not want to jeopardise

the lives of our people in different parts of the

country. Rest assured that I will continue to do

my best for the people of Oyo State.”

At Igangan Town Hall, the governor met

with youth leaders, the elderly and monarchs

who narrated the tales of woes that spanned

more than a decade. General Secretary of

Farmers’ Union, Taiwo Adeagbo said that he

once in 2013 took some 14 victims of herders’

attacks to the immediate past government of

Oyo State but that succour did not come. He

said that activities of the killer herdsmen could

threaten food security.

Jamiu Ogungbenro, of Igangan

Development Advocates, listed a number of

victims of kidnapping and the ransom paid.

Others lamented the terror the killer herdsmen

had inflicted on the people in the past years

and declared that enough was enough.

After listening to the tales of woes, Governor

Makinde declared the readiness of his

administration to fast-track the State’s Identity

Management Scheme and set up peace and

security committee in all councils. He also

told the people that the state would compensate

families that lost loved ones even though no

amount of money could equate the lost lives.

He also announced that the state

government would immediately take over the

treatment of the three victims of herders’

attacks who were being treated in Igangan

besides the deployment of more Amotekun

corps to man strategic spots.

It is worthy of note that three victims; Isaiah

Seun, 26; Emmanuel Aderogba, 71 and

Adekola Adeyemo, 65, have already been

relocated to Ibadan, where they are receiving

medical attention courtesy of the state

government.

TAKE HOME

Governor Makinde said in Igangan: “The

take-home from the interaction for me is that

it is a collective problem and I can see the

commitment from everybody to find a solution

to this.

“And, at least, I am quite glad that some of

the initiatives that the government is trying to

put in place to stem insecurity are coming to

fruition.

“We will ensure that our identity

management programme takes off as quickly

as possible. We will also ensure the setting up

of peace and security committee that is allencompassing

in the councils.

“So, this is also to let people know that I feel

their pain, because I have had a very close

interaction with Dr. Fatai Aborode in the past.

I commiserate with his family and many

others who have lost loved ones to this

situation.

“I feel the pain and I believe that with

everybody coming together, we will be able to

tackle the problem.

“Also, political office holders need to know

that when they see something, they have to say

something.”

On the enforcement of anti-grazing law, the

governor declared that such is an area where

state police would have helped.

He said: “Quite frankly, the governors are

at the mercy of federal security agencies to

implement certain laws.

“That was why we asked for State Police. In

the first instance, it is a constitutional issue

and, in the absence of having that, governors

in the South West came together and formed

Amotekun as a stop gap.

“Problems don’t go away completely. But

you have to keep working at it; keep pushing

to get to where you really want to be and that

is what we will keep doing.

On the deployment of additional

Amotekun operatives, the governor said:

“The 200 Amotekun Corps have been

deployed. They are here and we are also

supporting them with logistics by bringing

four additional operational vehicles for

them.”

To the stakeholders, the trip by Governor

Makinde was eventful and result oriented.

In the words of the Olu of Igbo-Ora, the

governor only needs to sustain the security

strategy he put in place 15 days ago.

The monarch said: “In the last 15 days,

the governor has put in place a security

strategy. From that time, we have not

witnessed kidnapping and we want you to

help us to further strengthen that security

architecture to ensure that the peace

endures.”

•Adisa is Chief Press Secretary to the

Governor of Oyo State.

Akwa Ibom seeks closer economic ties with the US

GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of

Akwa Ibom has called on the government

of the United States and its investors to

come and partner the state in the development

of the Ibom Deep Seaport project.

The governor, who made the call in Uyo

when the Chief of Political and Economic Affairs

of the United States Consulate in Nigeria,

Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, visited him at

Government House, noted that by its sheer

conceptualization, Ibom Deep Seaport was

programmed to become the flagship of the

shipping industry in this part of the world in

view of its strategic location which is endowed

with a natural draught and direct access to

all parts of the world including the Americas.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr

Moses Ekpo, the governor observed that the

United States has enjoyed robust bilateral relationship

with Nigeria since the nation’s independence,

adding that huge investment

opportunities abound in the state for American

investors to take advantage of.

He used the opportunity to appreciate the

American government for endorsing the candidature

of Dr Okonjo-Iwela for the position

of the Director General of the World Trade

Organisation, WTO.

Assuring the US envoy that the peaceful

ambience which Akwa Ibom offers is the best

in Nigeria for investors, the governor invited

the U.S. to take advantage of the enormous

business opportunities, especially in the Ibom

Deep Seaport project which has received the

approval by the Federal Government.

The governor, who cited Exxon Mobil as an

American company already enjoying the

state’s favourable ambience, urged the Consulate

to encourage the oil major to relocate

its headquarters to the state as a way of encouraging

other international

oil companies, IOCs, especially

as the state government has

invested heavily infrastructure

that are compliant to global

standards such as the 21-storey

intelligent building built by the

state government.

He thanked the team for flagging

off its visit to the Niger

Delta with a visit to the state

and wished them a successful

tour of duty in the region.

Speaking earlier, Hudspeth

said that he was in the state as

part of his tour of the Niger

Delta, describing it as a show

of his country’s interest in the

region.

•Akwa Ibom State Dep Gov, Mr Moses Ekpo, presenting

a plaque from Gov Udom Emmanuel to Mr Brandon

Hudspeth, Chief of Political & Economic Affairs,

US Consulate, Abuja, when Brandon visited Govt

House with a team from the Consulate.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE 27

From right; Secretary, Board of Trustees, New Estate Baptist Church, NEBC, Layi Babatunde

(SAN); Chairman, Board of Trustees, Deacon Oji Alala; Pastor in charge, Rev. Amos

Achi Kunat; Chairman, NEBC @60 Anniversary Committee, Deacon Bola Balogun, and

Professor (Deaconess) Grace Otinwa, during an event to unveil the 60th anniversary of New

Estate Baptist Church, Surulere, Lagos. Photo by Kehinde Gbadamosi

Ebonyi crisis: Security agents raid shrine,

arrest 4; seize weapons

By Soni Daniel, Abuja

A

combined team of sol

diers and other security

forces has invaded a dreaded

shrine in Ebonyi State and

arrested several suspects believed

to have spearheaded

the Ezza-Effium violence that

has claimed many lives and

property and put the state on

edge.

The breached shrine, according

to security sources,

served as a protective haven

for the masterminds of the

Ezza-Effium crisis, now being

investigated by the government

to determine whether it

was induced by the proscribed

Indigenous People of

Biafra (IPoB) or other violent

elements bent on disrupting

public peace and order.

The sting operation, according

to Sunday Vanguard

source, was carried out by

the Department of State Service

(DSS) in conjunction with

the Nigerian Army in the early

hours of Friday at Effium

Ohaukwu Local Government

Area of Ebonyi and resulted

in the hauling of high caliber

arms and ammunition.

One of the top officials, who

was involved in the sting operation,

listed the weapons

Yoruba, Hausa tensions in Oyo, Ogun: Don’t take

the law into your hands, Akeredolu, Fayemi warn

*Four dead, houses razed as youths give herders 7-day ultimatum to quit Yewa

By Dayo Johnson and

James Ogunnaike

Tension brewed in Ogun

State, yesterday, where

hoodlums suspected to be

herdsmen allegedly launched

an attack on Orile-Igbooro

in Yewa North local government

area, killing no fewer

than four persons.

Sunday Vanguard gathered

that houses were set

ablaze while several people

sustained varying degrees

of injury in the said attack.

Several other communities

in the area were also allegedly

attacked.

The situation prompted

the Olu of Ilaro and the paramount

ruler of Yewaland,

Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, to

appeal to government to

protect lives and property in

his domain.

Youths in the area under

the auspices of Yewa North

Patriotic Forum issued a

seven-day ultimatum to killer

herdsmen to vacate the

area.

The violence in Shasha

area of Ibadan, Oyo State

capital, among others in the

South-West, got Governor

Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo

State, who is the Chairman

of South-West Governors

Forum, and Governor Kayode

Fayemi of Ekiti State

worried as they pleaded

with parties to conflicts in

the region not to take the law

into their hands.

The Ibadan clash had reportedy

led to the death of

some residents, destruction

of properties and displacement

of people.

The state government imposed

curfew in the area.

Speaking on the Ogun incident,

a member of Ogun

State House of Assembly,

Hon. Wahab Haruna Abiodun

Egungbohun, said killings

in the area were becoming

unbearable as his

people could no longer

sleep with their two eyes

closed.

His words, “On Thursday,

some communities in Yewa

North, that include Owode

Ketu, Ijoun, Eggua, Igan-

Alade, Tata were reportedly

attacked by herdsmen who

killed two villagers.

“On Friday night again,

heavily armed men entered

Orile-Igbooro village in

Yewa North and no fewer

than four villagers were

killed, some houses burnt

while many people were left

with varying degrees of injury.

“It is clear that these

herdsmen are behind the

attacks.

“Ketu Constituency II has

often witnessed violence attack

stemming from disputes

between herdsmen

and farmers”.

Reacting to attacks in his

domain, the Olu of Ilaro

and paramount ruler of Yewaland

in Ogun State,

Olugbenle, appealed to the

federal and Ogun State

governments to protect

lives and property.

According to him, indiscriminate

killing and

maiming of innocent people

in the area by herdsmen

and bandits should stop.

The traditional ruler, who

made the appeal in a press

release he personally

signed, noted that the call

became imperative in order

to save the situation before

it gets out of hand.

He explained that criminal

and dangerous activities

of herdsmen in his domain

had so far happened

in Egua, Oja-Odan, Igan-

Alade, Gbokoto, and Ijoun,

Owode-Ketu, Ebute Igbooro,

Imeko Afon among

other major towns in Yewaland”.

The youths, under the

auspices of Yewa North

Patriotic Forum gave their

ultimatum in a press statement

tagged ‘YNPF to killer

Fulani herdsmen: We

can’t condone you beyond

seven days’.

According to the statement

signed by the President

of the group, Sani

Omobolaji, villagers had

been living in fear of killings

which could only be

traced to herders.

Akeredolu

appeals

In a statement, Akeredolu

appealed to residents,

in particular the Yoruba in

Ibadan, Oyo State, not to

take the law into their

hands following the violence

that erupted in

Shasha.

In the statement he personally

signed last night,

the Chairman of South-

West Governors Forum

said the region’s governors

“note with deep concern,

the most unfortunate and

avoidable orgy of violence

in Shasha, Ibadan, Oyo

here is a need for the

Federal Government to

formulate and implement a

comprehensive youth development

policy, a child advocate,

Chinenye Onuorah, has

said. The policy according to

her, should proffer solutions

to the current challenges the

nation is facing such as youth

militancy, violence, delinquency

and unemployment.

Government, according to

her, should also invest heavily

in the implementation of

youth development programmes

that would flow

from such a policy, identifying

the National Assembly as

the body to initiate debate on

the concept and modality for

implementing various programmes

to re-organise the

lives of youths. Onuorah

spoke while addressing some

young people at Regalo Hope

State capital”.

.He went on: “As governor

of Ondo State who

doubles as Chairman,

South West Governors’

Forum, it becomes very

compelling for me to address

ALL RESIDENTS, in

particular, the Yoruba

speaking people of our

dear region as regards recent

happenings bordering

on security.

“Without doubt, the situation

we have found ourselves

as a people is most

despicable and contends

violently against, and abhorrently

at variance with

the values and hospitality

for which our people are

known.

“We have been known

for thoroughness. We have

identified with legality

over the centuries; and our

ethos as a civilised breed

of people are such that we

do not identify with lawlessness,

not even illegality.

“ ln this regard, we urge

all indigenes of the South

West to sustain these values

and enviable virtues by

remaining law abiding.

“Our resolve in this direction

is not a sign of weakenss;

it is indeed, the strongest of

all.

“ ln particular, while I understand

the height of provocation

in the light of recent

happenings as regards

Shasha, Ibadan, I, alongside

my other brother Governors

in the Region are against willful

appropriation of Laws

unto hands.

“ We do not support violence

and in particular, brigandage,

jungle justice and

unnecessary self-help.

“We note with delight, the

efforts of our brother Governor,

Engr Seyi Makinde of

Oyo State who has taken very

bold steps to stave off further

escalation of the violence by

imposing curfew in the affected

areas.

“He deserves every support

in his avowed commitment

towards peace and security in

Oyo State. We shall all survive

these times and live

peacefully, once again in our

lands”.

Disaster looms if

… Fayemi

On his part, Fayemi has

called on the warring parties

to the Shasha, Ibadan clash

to sheath their swords.

Fayemi, in a statement by

his Chief Press Secretary,

Yinka Oyebode, sympathised

with the government and people

of Oyo State, especially

families that have lost lives

and properties during the violent

clash.

He also commended Governor

Seyi Makinde for taking

immediate steps in arresting

the carnage, including

the declaration of curfew.

Fayemi said regardless of

the cause of the disagreement

that led to the mayhem, a

peaceful resolution of the

conflict remained the best

option.

He urged the Yoruba and

Hausa traders in the area and

in different parts of the country

to see themselves as brothers

and partners in progress,

adding that disagreements

should not always be allowed

to degenerate into violence,

maiming and killing.

The Chairman, Nigeria

Governors’ Forum (NGF)

warned that the Shasha crisis,

if not curtailed, could ignite

pockets of crises in different

parts of the country,

adding that that could be disastrous

for the country.

Nigeria needs youth development policy

— Chinenye Onuorah

T

Foundation Resource Centre

in Igando area of Lagos

State

Onuorah, who is founder

and project director of the

foundation, spoke as keynote

speaker at the event. She added

that the orgy of violence

and criminality that dented

the image of Nigerian youth

is traceable to a long period

of inadequate attention to the

needs of the youths by virtually

all the levels of government

for over three decades

since 1986 when Structural

Adjustment Programme

(SAP) was introduced by military

government. She argued

further that even since independence

in 1960 and up till

the second republic in 1979

to 1983 and thereafter, Nigeria

has always spent less than

26% of the budget on the education

sector which is the sector

that really affects youth

substantially more than other

sectors of the economy.

It is in line with the need to

find solutions to these issues

that the Regalo Hope Foundation

has scheduled series of

youth enlightenment and educational

programmes

back-to-back all through

2021. These programmes include

skills acquisition programme

for youth, grooming

classes, mentoring programmes,

educational programmes

in Lagos State

among others.

Regalo Hope Foundation

was registered with the Corporate

Affairs Commission in

2017, although it has been in

existence since 2010.

It has carried out over 250

projects across 32 locations

in Cross River, Oyo, Ogun,

Edo, Abuja, Imo, Anambra

and Lagos States

recovered from the suspects,

who are now in custody, to

include: AK-47 rifle, one G3

rile, one pump action rifle,

one double barreled dane

gun, five single barreled guns,

two locally made pistols, one

locally made revolver pistol

and 592 different calibres of

ammunition including those

for General Machine Guns

and Ak-47 rifles.

Spokesman for the DSS,

Dr. Peter Afunanya, neither

confirmed nor denied the arrests

and the raid on the

shrine which have, however,

excited the traumatized

members of the Ezza-Effium

community, who have been

under siege for some time

now.

Afunanya, who promised to

call our correspondent back

for information on the situation,

said that there was nothing

wrong in the joint operations

between the army and

the DSS but declined to give

further details.

Senator Teslim Folarin, Chairman, Senate Committee

on Local Content, revalidates his membership of

the All Progressives Congress (APC) at Ward 5, PU

002, Idi-Ose in Ona-Ara LGA of Oyo State.


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From left: The Baale of Kirikiri Town, Apapa, Chief Babalola Shabi, presenting an award

of transparency to the Deputy Comptroller of Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Custody

Centre, Mike Okorie, while the initiator of the award, Dr. Rhuefe Khaese of the Africa

Emerging Leadership Research Organisation, watches on.

From left: President of the African Bar Association (AfBA) Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo, Chief

Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed (GCON), when Uwaifo led a delegation of

AfBA leaders on a courtesy visit to the CJN and other Justices of the Supreme Court, in

Abuja, last week.

BEARING OF ARMS BY HERDSMEN:

You’re anarchist, Akeredolu tells Bauchi

gov, Bala Mohammed

By Dayo Johnson, Peter Duru , Nnamdi Ojiego,

Olayinka Ajayi and Ozioruva Aliu

C

ondemnations have

continued to trail the

statement credited to Governor

Bala Mohammed of

Bauchi State supporting

herdsmen to carry dangerous

arms.

Chairman of the South-

West Governors Forum, Rotimi

Akeredolu, his Benue

counterpart, Samuel Ortom,

and civil society groups,

Foundation for Good Governance

and Social Change,

FGGSC, and the Middle Belt

Movement for Justice and

Peace, MBMJP, condemned

the statement by Mohammed,

describing it as reckless.

Mohammed, who spoke

during the Press Week Celebration

of the Correspondents’

Chapel of the Nigeria

Union Journalists, NUJ, on

Thursday, had said herders

should carry firearms to protect

themselves against cattle

rustlers who attack, kill

and take away their possessions.

He also blamed Ortom for

‘the negative perception of

Fulani herders’ in the country

and decried attempts to

expel them from parts of Nigeria

for their alleged involvement

in kidnapping

and clashes with farmers.

Recall that Akeredolu had,

on January 19, given unregistered

herdsmen a seven-day

ultimatum to vacate the

state’s forests.

The order came on the

heels of the high rate of kidnappings

and other nefarious

activities allegedly committed

by herders hiding in forests

across the state.

Speaking with Sunday

Vanguard in Akure, Akeredolu,

through his Information

and Orientation Commissioner,

Donald Ojogo, said,

“We read with dismay, the

outburst in the purported

statement by the Bauchi

State governor. We are persuaded

to believe he didn’t

make that statement.

“If indeed he made that

statement and owns up to its

contents, it then means that

the Mohammed has declared

on behalf of the Federal

Government, an Executive

Order, which now allows

all Nigerians, herdsmen inclusive,

to carry prohibited

firearms like Assault Rifles for

self-defence.

“That is exactly what the

Governor has done and displayed

by his conduct which

brazenly depicts that whether

other Nigerians like it or

not, herdsmen must carry Ak

47 for self-defence while other

non-Fulani herdsmen must

remain unarmed to be perpetual

victims of arms wielding

bandits”.


SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 14, 2021, PAGE 29

CAF Confederation Cup

Enyimba, Rivers Utd clash a celebration of NPFL— Osho

Enyimba coach Fatai

Osho has described

his side’s CAF

Confederation Cup playoff

encounter against Rivers

United today as a

‘celebration of the NPFL’.

Two-time African

champions Enyimba host

Rivers United in the first

leg in Aba , before both

sides square off in the

reverse fixture on 21

February at the Adokiye

Amiesimaka stadium in

Port Harcourt.

It is the first time two

Nigerian teams are

meeting at this stage of the

competition, and the

Enyimba gaffer believes it

would be different from

their usual clashes in the

Nigeria Professional

Football League (NPFL), as

the stakes are higher this

time.

“They (the players) want

to see it a bit different

because the setting is

actually different, you are

talking of the continent

now,” the former Remo

Stars coach told

busybuddiesng.com

“What is at stake is quite

different from what is

obtainable at the level of

the NPFL, and we are

going to see a situation

where both sides will come

out. And these players

know what it means for

their careers to be at the

group stage. It’s a platform

that they can use to

actually express

themselves and let people

•NFF President and FIFA Council Candidate,

Amaju Melvin Pinnick, with FIFA President,

Gianni Infantino, at the Club World Cup in

Doha, Qatar.

J

Zidane: Coaching France is a goal

Real

Madrid

manager, Zinedine

Zidane, has said that he

hasn’t ruled out

coaching the French

national team.

“We will see, my mind

is here. I am at Madrid

and I enjoy every day. I

am passionate about football.

You never know

about the future. My relationship

with Mr.

[Noel] Le Graët [President

of the French Football

Federation] is long,

since 1998.

“The national team is a

goal, like I said when I

started coaching ten

years ago, but now I’m

here.”

Real Madrid are currently

plagued by injuries,

but Zidane doesn’t

feel it’s just a matter of

misfortune, with the

coach putting it down to

the congested fixture list

“It is not bad luck. We

are worried,” he said.

“We have talked about it

many times. We do not

like not having the players

[available]. We are

going to try to help them

recover.

“We’ve got back Lucas

[Vazquez] and [Dani]

Carvajal and little by little

I hope that we can recover

the others, whom

we miss. I always want

my players with me.”

know what they can do.

And nobody wants to lose

that opportunity.

“I foresee a situation

where both sides will be

coming out; these players

want come for each other

and like I have been

saying, it will be more of a

celebration of the NPFL

that we would be looking

at on Sunday.”

Ronaldinho my greatest

inspiration, Eze reveals

Nigeria-born Crystal

Palace midfielder has

revealed that former Brazil

and Barcelona star,

Ronaldinho played a major

role in his rise to stardom.

The 22-year-old is fast

becoming famous for his

dribbling ability, creating

goals and his spectacular

strikes.

“We would come home

from school, go on the

computer and just type in

Ronaldinho,” Eze told Daily

Mail.

“He’s a player I have

watched pretty much every

day from maybe the age of

seven, eight, with my

brothers on the computer

watching YouTube videos

and whatever he is doing.

“The same videos over and

Aggregate winners of

the fixture will advance to

the group stage of the CAF

Confederation Cup.

Enyimba reached the

semi-finals and quarterfinals

of the competition in

2018 and 2019 respectively,

while Rivers United (then

Dolphins) lost in the final

to Moroccan outfit FAR

Rabat in 2005.

over again on Ronaldinho

and how he played. There’s

probably not a video of him

you could show me that I

haven’t seen before. Even

now I type in Ronaldinho and

watch him. That’s how much

impact he’s had on me. He

was an inspiration.

“Growing up watching

Ronaldinho, he is the perfect

example of an entertainer. Of

course, I don’t play the same

as him or anything like that

but it is just having that idea

of ‘I want to enjoy myself.”

Eze and Crystal Palace

struggled against Burnley in

yesterday’s Premier League

game. It was his 22nd

Premier League appearance

and it was a bad day in the

office Burnley destroyed

Palace with a 3-0 win at

Selhurst Park.

Klopp concedes Premier

League title hopes

urgen Klopp has

publicly admitted for the

first time that Liverpool’s

hopes of retaining their

Premier League title are

over following the 3-1

defeat at Leicester.Alisson

suffered another nightmare

as a late collapse at the

King Power Stadium left

Liverpool 10 points adrift of

leaders Manchester City,

who have two games in

hand over the champions

ahead of their evening

kick-off with Tottenham.

Speaking afterwards,

Klopp conceded his team

have left themselves with

too much to do to catch City.

When asked if Liverpool’s

title hopes were over, he

responded: “Yes”.

“I don’t think we can

close the gap this year, to

be honest. We have to win

football games, and a large

part of our game today was

very good.

“What we need to try to

avoid are mistakes and

misunderstandings. In two

situations today we didn’t

do that and that’s how they

were allowed to score two

goals. Results are

massively related to the

performance - we were

good enough today to win

the game apart from a

couple of mistakes towards

the end."

Iwobi, Aina, Maja set for Goodison showdown

Super Eagles players

Alex Iwobi, Ola

Aina and Josh Maja will

come face to face when

their clubs Everton and

Fulham lock-horns in a

Premier League match

this evening.

Fulham are desperate

for points to escape relegation,

while Everton

are in the hunt for more

wins to shore up their

top four hopes. Iwobi

Ancelotti’s home burgled

by two men

The home of Everton

coach Carlo

Ancelotti has been

burgled by two masked

men.

The former Real

Madrid boss was not at

home during the incident,

but his daughter

was and she was the

one who caught the

thieves.

There were no injuries

from the robbery and

Merseyside Police confirmed

that the thieves

were not armed.

The police are asking

for any witnesses to

come forward with any

information.

The thieves were

wearing black clothes

and ski masks.

has been enjoying more

playing time after being

converted to a right

back by Carlo Ancelloti.

Aina has also been

regular for Fulham.

Speaking on the game

•Ancelotti

•Klopp

on loan Fulham forward

Josh Maja believes Fulham

have a key advantage

over Everton

ahead.

“I am feeling positive.

Everton played extratime

so hopefully they

can feel a bit of fatigue

from that and we can go

into it feeling confident,

feeling energetic, feeling

positive and hopefully

we

can come away with

three points,” Maja said

Maja played the last

eleven minutes on his

Premier League debut

as Fulham were held to

a goalless draw by West

Ham United.

•Tobi Amusan

Tokyo 2020 Olympics:

Nigeria can win 5 medals,

MoC boss lists conditions

Some of the Nigerian athletes that have sealed their tickets

to the 2020 Olympics Games opened their season with

heart warming performances indoors.

And those back home who are still hopeful of boarding Tokyo

2020 train have also indicated that they can still qualify before

the Games billed for July with good outings. These

developments have given athletes and officials reason to hope

that the country can do better than it did at the 2012 and 2016

Games where there was no podium performance.

One athletics buff who has a firm believe that Nigeria can

get podium peformances at the Tokyo 2020 is Making of

Champions (MoC) founder and chief executive officer, Bimbo

Akani. He affirmed that athletics alone can fetch Nigeria five

medals.

The last time Nigeria made a podium appearance in Athletics

at the Olympics was in 2008 when both Blessing Okagbare

and the quartet of Franca Idoko, Halima Ismaila, Gloria

Kemasuode and Damola Osayomi respectively won Bronze

medals in the Long Jump and women’s 4x100m, with the medals

being upgraded to Silver a few years later. While it’s now been

13 years without an Olympic medal in Athletics, Akani believes

this negative trend can be stemmed if focus is given to certain

events, especially the Relays, ahead of the Tokyo Games.

He said, “To date Nigeria has won 25 Olympic medals in

total, with 13 of them coming from Athletics, but crucially since

2008 the nation has only 1 Olympic Medal – Football Bronze

at Rio 2016. Gone are the days when Nigeria could expect to

have to have two men in the 100m or 200m Finals at the

Olympics, like at Atlanta ’96 or Barcelona ’92. Gone are the

days when Nigeria was always a medal contender in the

Olympic Relays – 8 of Nigeria’s 13 Athletics Medals in Olympic

history were in the Relays. Indeed, Nigeria has won medals in

all 4 Relays that have appeared at the Olympics so far – men’s

and women’s 4x100m and 4x4x00m. Relay medals are the most

obvious for Nigeria to target to return to winning ways at the

Olympics.”

“The good news for Nigeria is that there is light at the end of

the tunnel. Despite a difficult decade in the doldrums relative

to the two decades prior, a new generation of Athletes are

showing the promise that could make Tokyo the nation’s best

Olympic showing since Atlanta ’96, where Nigeria won 4

medals in Athletics and 6 medals in total.

“In 2019, Ese Brume won Nigeria’s first World Championship

Medal in six years in the Long Jump, while Tobi Amusan

narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m Hurdles – they

will likely be Nigeria’s greatest individual medal hopefuls in

Tokyo, but don’t count out the likes of Divine Oduduru and

Blessing Okagbare to contest for 100m or 200m medals.

“Nigeria could well win five medals in Athletics at the Tokyo

Olympics, but this would not happen by chance – as a nation

we must have a flawless preparation to bring our Relay Teams

to train and compete together despite the challenges posed by

the ongoing pandemic.”

Tokyo Olympics chief quits

over sexist remarks

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori resigned on

Friday and apologised again for sexist remarks that

sparked a global outcry, leaving the troubled Olympics

searching for a chief five months from the opening

ceremony.

The resignation of the 83-year-old former prime

minister further erodes confidence in organisers’ ability

to pull off the postponed Summer Games during a

coronavirus pandemic.

A selection committee made up of an equal number of

men and women, and centred around athletes, would

choose a new president for the Tokyo 2020 organising

committee, the group’s chief executive Toshiro Muto told

a news conference.

Ronaldo now No.1 on Instagram

Cristiano Ronaldo has now reached 500 million

followers over the three main social media

platforms - Instagram, Facebook and Twitter - making

him the first person in the world to reach this figure.

He now has the most fans on the planet and holds the

number one spot for most followers on Instagram after

surpassing singer Ariana Grande in recent weeks.

According to the website Aphrodite, he earns more

than seven million euros a week, 370m a year, through

Instagram due to his massive following of 262 million

fans on the site. He earns 159m more than Neymar and

220m more than Leo Messi.


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