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Vanguard Newspapers 21 February 2021

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (left) with Jude Ogbodo Ogene, one of the six

indigenes of the state who were among the recipients of the President’s NYSC Honours

Award, for the 2018/2019 service year, when the governor rewarded them for making Enugu

State proud, at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

Ohanaeze tells Buhari: Restructure Nigeria now or insecurity continues

*Sues for peace after military, ESN clash in Orlu

*IPoB accuses armed forces of waging war against Igbo

By Chinonso Alozie

The President of Oha

naeze Ndigbo World

wide, Professor

George Obiozor, yesterday,

called on President Muhammadu

Buhari to restructure,

renegotiate and decentralize

power to resolve Nigeria’s

insecurity challenges.

Obiozor spoke at the palace

of the traditional ruler of

Amaifeke in Orlu Local Government

Area of Imo State,

Eze Emmanuel Okeke, as he

came to ascertain the security

situation in the area after

the military/Eastern Security

Network (ESN), linked with

Indigenous People of Biafra

(IPoB), clashed.

Tension had risen in Orlu

late last week after the military

began operations in

search of the camps occupied

by the personnel of ESN in

the area.

The tension was exacerbated

when a video of aerial

bombardments, on Thursday,

surfaced on the social media.

The spokesperson of the 34

Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian

Army, Obinze, Owerri,

Babatunde Zubairu, confirmed

the deployment of helicopters

and other military

gadgets in the operations.

The army said the operation

was a product of military

intelligence.

The ESN operatives had, in

January, engaged in a bloody

clash with the army from the

Obinze Barracks where four

soldiers were reportedly

killed.

The Ohanaeze PG spoke

on the Orlu incident during

yesterday’s visit to the

Amaifeke palace: “We are

glad there is peace in Orlu

zone and that people are carrying

out their normal duties.

We appeal to the leaders of

Orlu to maintain peace in

Orlu, a zone traditionally

known for being the most

peaceful in Imo”.

Speaking on the insecurity

in the country, Obiozor said:

“Our position to the Buhari

administration is that no

matter how bad Nigeria problems

may be, only a peaceful

solution will be best to guarantee

Nigeria unity. This can

be achieved through restructured,

renegotiated, decentralized

or through power

devolution.

“Insecurity in the country

is real and must be treated as

a matter of national emergency.

In this context, I congratulate

the South-East governors

and government on the

anti-open grazing ban.

“Those who preach or prefer

military solution to Nigeria

problems are, today,

equally a threat to Nigeria

unity as those enemies they

are fighting”.

Meanwhile, the Indigenous

People of Biafra, IPOB, has

accused the military of waging

war against Ndigbo under

the guise of hunting for

members of ESN.

IPoB also alleged that the

From left: Former Governor of Niger State, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, Chairman of the

PDP Reconciliation & Strategy Committee and Fmr. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola

Saraki, and Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, at the Government House,

Minna — during the solidarity visit by the Committee to the Government House over the

abduction of teachers and students in Rafi LGA, Niger State.

armed forces, in conjunction

with the Nigeria Police and

the Department of State Service,

invaded South-East

with military jets, tanks and

heavy war equipment.

A statement by IPoB’s Me-

10 years after escape, NDLEA arrests suspected drug baron in Lagos

The Joint Task Force

(JTF) Operation Unit of

the National Drug Law Enforcement

Agency, NDLEA,

has arrested a suspected drug

baron, Mr Chidi Olife, who

escaped arrest for alleged importation

of 5.250kg of heroin

concealed in books from

Karachi, Pakistan to Lagos in

June 2010.

Olife’s arrest in Lagos came

just as operatives of the antidrug

agency in Adamawa

State nabbed an illicit drug

dealer, Rabiu Imam, on Friday

with Tramadal tablet

225mg weighing 45.4kg. The

Adamawa State Commander

of the NDLEA, Idris Bello

while briefing the Chairman/

Chief Executive of the agency,

Brig. General Mohamed

Buba Marwa (retd), yesterday,

said other illicit drugs allegedly

recovered from Imam

include Tramadol capsules

100mg weighing 550grms;

Diazepam tablet 850grms.

He said the drug trafficker

was arrested in a house at

Unguwan Madina, Mubi

North Local Government

Area of Adamawa. He put the

street value of the seized drugs

at over N50 million.

A statement by the agency

giving details of Olife’s arrest

states that following intelligence

on the drug source,

flight details, date and place

of arrival, weight and mode

of concealment, name, phone

number and address of the

Defend yourselves statement: Onitiri hits

Magashi, Defence Minister

Lagos activist and critic,

Chief Adesunbo Onitiri,

has berated the Defence Minister,

Bashir Salihi Magashi,

for asking Nigerians to defend

themselves against bandits

and other criminals ravaging

the country.

In a press statement in Lagos,

Onitiri said the minister’s

statement is an admission

that the All Progressive Congress,

APC, government has

failed woefully in its constitutional

duty of protecting

Nigerians and property.

He pointed out that the APC

was elected into power based

on its three points to provide

security, fight corruption and

improve the economy.

But unfortunately, according

to him, the Buhari administration

has failed on all

three fronts.

The activist emphasised

that the responsibility of government

is to protect lives and

property and failure to do

this, it has no constitutional

mandate to remain in power.

“The Minister of Defence

just said Nigerians should defend

themselves against insurgents

and bandits. We

wonder with what?”, Onitiri

said.

“Is he saying that the Federal

Government is now helpless

and can no longer defend

us? Is he calling for anarchy

or asking the citizens to take

up arms to fight the bandits?

“We demand that government

should allow every citizen

to carry arms, especially

AK47 rifle, now that herders

are carrying AK47 rifles publicly

without being challenged

by securitymen”.

He noted that during the

debate at the National Assembly,

it was resolved that

the Federal Government

should declare a state of

emergency on security.

STATE OF THE NATION: Nothing is working in Nigeria

— Obadiah, Utomi, Briggs, Henshaw, others

dia and Publicity Secretary,

Emma Powerful, titled, ‘Finally

the Nigerian Armed

Forces have brought war to

Biafra, but we will defend our

ancestral land,’ alleged that

the Nigerian government is

recipient of the consignment,

a planned controlled delivery

operation was cordinated

and led by the Commander

NDLEA’s JTF, DCN Adeniyi

Olumuyiwa.

The careful execution of the

operation led to the arrest of

Oladimeji Oladotun and Alhaji

Danjuma Idris allegedly

while processing the documents

for clearing the consignment.

Both were said to

be the clearing agents hired

by Olife.

Upon being arrested, Danjuma

was used to effect the

arrest of Oke Ningo who

By Dapo Akinrefon

Some eminent Nigeri

a n s ,

including foremost Economist,

Professor Pat Utomi;

former Deputy Governor of

Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN and 2019 Presidential

Candidate of the African

Democratic Congress, ADC,

Dr. Malaifia Obadiah; Senator

Henshaw Bassey, Executive

Director of Enough Is

Enough Nigeria (EiE), Yemi

Adamolekun and Tokunbo

Sholu-Ekukinahave expressed

worries over the state

of the nation, saying nothing

is presently working in the

country.

They also noted that life

in Nigeria has become meaningless,

stressing the current

system of the country is unfair;

killing the younger generation

and their talents.

According to them, all indices

show that Nigeria is

now a failing state.

They spoke at the 2nd

Goke Omisore Annual Lecture

organized by a Yoruba

launching land and air attacks

on Ndigbo, saying this

is a repeat of the genocidal

war of 1967-1970, in which

over five million people were

killed.

Federation of African Engineering Organisation honours Aluyor

The Vice-Chancellor, Edo

University Uzairue, Prof

Emmanuel Aluyor, has been

honoured for excellence in

engineering education in Africa

by the Federation of African

Engineering Organizations

(FAEO).

The honour was bestowed

on him at the 2020 General

Assembly and Investiture

Award Ceremony of the organization

held virtually in

Ghana. The award was in

recognition of his tireless efforts

and commitment to excellence

in Engineering education

in Nigeria, as well as

his distinguished service to

FAEO and the larger Engineering

profession in Africa.

In his remarks, President of

the organization, Martin

Manuhwa, praised Engr.

Aluyor and the Vice- Chancellor,

Harare Institute of

Technology, Zimbabwe for

particularly making Africa

proud in actualizing their academic

curriculum without

interruptions or a hindrance,

even in the face of the Coronavirus

pandemic.

Olife had allegedly contacted

to receive the consignment

from the agents on his behalf,

but he (Olife) allegedly escaped

arrest at the point of

receiving the drug as he suspected

the person with the

clearing agent to be an

NDLEA officer.

Intelligentsia Group, Voice of

Reason (VoR) in honour of its

late Convener, Prince Goke

Omisore, themed: “Creating

an Inter-Generational Dialogue

for the Nigeria We

Want”.

Others at the webinar included

Dele Farotimi and

Inibehe Effiong, Social Crusader

and Nigerian Representative

to the All African

Students Union (AASU), Icon

Olawale and Niger/Delta

Activist, Annkio Briggs,

among others.

President of the

BFI Group, Alabo

Dr. Reuben

Meitamuno Jaja

and his wife, Alabota

Patience

Jaja, during his

installation as

Prince Soide

Jaja II and Head

of the Saturday

Jaja War canoe

House of Opobo,

Rivers State.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 3

Land speculators have distorted FUTO

master plan — VC

By Chidi Nkwopara

The management of

Federal University of

Technology, Owerri,

FUTO, has cried out over the

continuing encroachment of

the institution’s land, by speculators,

pointing out that it

was distorting the master

plan.

The University’s Vice

Chancellor, Professor Francis

Eze, who raised the alarm

while briefing the press in

Owerri, however appealed to

land speculators to “stay

away from the institution’s

Bandits strike again, abduct Katsina monarch, 13 others

Amid anxiety over the

fate of abducted students

of Government College,

Kagara, Niger State,

bandits struck again in neigbourbing

Katsina State, abducting

a monarch and 13

others in two separate attacks.

The gunmen were said to

have kidnapped the 91-yearold

traditional ruler of Kunduru

community on Friday

night.

Sunday Vanguard learned

that the victim who is the

Galadiman Kunduru is the

father of the Secretary to Katsina

State Government, Alhaji

Kasimu Ibrahim.

The monarch was whisked

away by the gunmen who

stormed the town on motorcycles

One of his children who

pleaded for anonymity, confirmed

the incident to Sunday

Vanguard yesterday,

adding that the incident had

already been reported to the

Police.

The nonagenarian was

said to be having health challenges.

Sources also said the abductors

had not made any

contact with the family.

As of press time, the Permanent

Secretary could not be

reached as phone calls to his

mobile phone were not replied

to.

When contacted, spokesman

for the Katsina State

Police Command, Superintendent

of Police, Gambo

Isah, said he was not aware

of the incident.

NCFRMI/UNHCR and the task of managing refugees in Nigeria

By Agidike Abdul Onu

The National Commis

sion for Refugees, Migrants

and Internally Displaced

Persons (NCFRMI)

was originally established as

National Commission for

Refugees by Decree 52 of

1989, now Cap. 21, Laws of

the Federation, 2004.. This

was in fulfillment of the Federal

Government’s obligation

under Resolution 319(IV) of

the General Assembly of the

United Nations and Article

35 of the United Nations

1951 Convention.

Article 1a(2) of the 1951

Convention describes the

term “refugee” as any person

who as a result of events occurring

and owing to well

founded fear of being persecuted

for reasons of race, religion,

nationality, membership

of a particular social

group or political opinion, is

outside the country of his nationality

and is unable or

owing to such fear is unwilling

to avail himself of the

protection of that country: or

land because we have not ceded

an inch of the land to any

individual, group or association”.

His words: “The increasing

and unabated encroachment

of FUTO land, by the host

communities had continued

to pose an impediment to the

development of the 41-year

old premier University of

Technology in the country.

“We came in here since

1993, and we have brought

tremendous development to

the host communities, in addition

to offer of employment

and admission to deserving

indigenes but surprisingly,

“ I am not aware of that incident,”

he told Sunday Vanguard.

In a related development,

gunmen kidnapped 13 travellers

in Faskari Local Government

Area of the state.

The victims were made up

of 12 women and the driver

of the vehicle they were travelling

in.

Isah also confirmed the incident,

saying the bandits

struck at 10: am on February

17, 2021.

He explained that the victims

were travelling to Funtua

from Mai Gora to collect

loans from a bank provided

through a family support

programme.

The Police spokesman said

three persons later escaped

from the bandits.

He added that the Police

were making efforts to ensure

that abductees were rescued

alive.

According to him, “it’s not

true that seventeen women

going for a wedding were

abducted.

“What happened was that

thirteen women from Mai

Gora were travelling to Funtua

for this family support

loan facilities from a bank,

somewhere before Dan Rimi

village, these bandits came

from the bush and shot at the

tyres of the vehicle they were

traveling in, forcing the driver

to stop. Three women escaped

while the remaining

nine and the driver were abducted.

“We are making serious efforts

to ensure that the nine

who not having a nationality

and being outside the country

of his former habitual resident

as a result of such events,

is unable or owing to such

fear, is unwilling to return to

it. The National Commission

for Refugees (NCFR) as it was

then called was only responsible

for managing the affairs

of refugees.

However, in 2002, President

Olusegun Obasanjo enlarged

the Mandate to include Migrants

and Internally Displaced

Persons and this was

the beginning of the expanded

responsibilities of the commission.

Over the years, the NC-

FRMI has approached its

mandate of providing Care

and Maintenance as well as

durable solutions to all its

Persons of Concern (PoCs)

including: Refugees, Internally

Displaced Persons, Stateless

persons, and Returnees

among others with every

sense of responsibility.

The corner stone of refugee

operation is the provision of

what we are seeing now is

encroachment of our land by

the host communities.”

Answering a question, the

VC said that out of sheer pressure

by the host communities,

the University management

proposed to cede about 1,000

hectares of her land to the

agitators, leaving about 3,500

hectares, which he said “must

pass through due process”.

Professor Eze dismissed a

Memorandum of Understanding,

MOU, said to have

been signed by the host communities

and the University

for the release of land to the

land owners as fake.

women and the driver who

are still in captivity are rescued

alive. The incident happened

at 10 a.m.”

political protection and material

assistance necessary at

least to guarantee their basic

human rights. In this regard,

the Commission provides

them protection, food and

non food items, skill acquisition

and other forms of empowerment

aimed at ensuring

that they regain their dignity.

They are also assisted to

enroll in the National Health

Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

and to obtain Convention

Travel Document (CTD). Ultimately,

the desire of the

Commission is to ensure that

the refugees are either assisted

to return to their original

homes voluntarily, integrated

in their host communities

or out right resettlement in the

third countries.

The Honourable Federal

Commissioner NCFRMI,

Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed

(Lado) acknowledged

the daunting task of

managing increasing number

of refugees due to insecurity

across the globe which

Nigeria is not left out. On assumption

of office in August,

From left: Oba Benjamin Olanite, Onimeko of Imeko; Alhaji Kabir Labar, South West

Coordinator, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun;

his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Hon.Jamilu Akingbade and Eselu of Iselu, Oba

Ebenezer Akinyemi at the inauguration of the Peace keeping Committee on Farmer-Herders

Relationship held at the Governor's office, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Saturday

Residents said the bandits

were yet to contact any of the

families of the victims as of

press time.

New passport charges: Group

slams Nigerian High Commission

in Canada

By Adesina Wahab

A

group, the Nigerian

and Canadian Business

Network, NCBN, has

flayed the Nigerian High

Commission in Canada over

its planned introduction of

new service charges for passport

renewal, passport replacement

among others.

The group is also of the view

that the introduction of the

charges at this point on time

is not auspicious, bearing in

mind the various economic

issues Nigerians in Canada

are grappling with now.

It therefore vowed to sustain

its opposition to the outrageous

charges, describing

their introduction as not only

arbitrary and inauspicious,

but also capable of bringing

untold hardship to concerned

family members, as well as

Nigerian students who have

had to grapple with the effects

of COVID-19 pandemic.

While appealing to the

High Commissioner, Adeyinka

Asekun, to halt the implementation

of the new charges

pending a meeting with the

relevant stakeholders, the

group explained that the decision

would impose further

hardship on its members.

According to available reports,

the High Commission

had in a reference letter No.

NHC/OTT/ADM.422/X dated

2nd February, 2021 titled:

“Presidential directive on the

implementation of administrative

charges at Nigerian

missions,” announced the introduction

of the new charges

to ensure “effective management

and efficient service

delivery”.

The letter reads in part:

“Consequently, the High

Commission hereby presents

hereunder, the list of services

as well as the administrative

charges, which takes

effect from Wednesday, February

10, 2021. Passport:

Fresh Issue/Renewal. 50; Expedited

issuance (Wait and

get) 200; Lost Passport

(Caution Fee) 400; Letter of

Certification of Passport 70;

Emergency Travel Certificate

(E.T.C.): With expired Nig.

Passport 50; (ii) Without

Passport (Lost Passport

with police report) 100;

Authentication of Documents

30 (per document); Authentication

of Corporate/Business

documents 150; Letter to Police

for Character Certificate

(police report) 50; Repatriation/Shipment

of Human Remains

50 (per document);

Driver’s License letter 100”.

2019 as the Honourable Federal

Commissioner, he set out

clearly an agenda of strategic

partnership with stakeholders

in order to be able to

tackle the challenges squarely.

On refugee management,

Senator Mohammed said

the Commission has enjoyed

immense support from the

government as well as strategic

national and international

partners in tackling its

mandate.

According to him, the Federal

Government under the

leadership of President Muhammadu

Buhari has done

well for the Commission

through special intervention

funds to support budgetary

provisions while noting that

the United Nation High

Commissioner for Refugees

(UNHCR), the UN Agency

responsible for refugees management,

has been very supportive

to the Commission.

Continues on

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PR, NCFRMI

FG to provide 25 megawatts power

plant in Kano — Minister

By Bashir Bello

Federal Government

says plans are underway

to provide 25 megawatts

power plant before

the end of the year at the

Kano Free Trade Zone to

woo investors and boost

trade and businesses in the

zone.

The Minister of Industry,

Trade and Investment,

Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo,

stated this when he led

Ekitipanupo institutes endowment fund

for late Falegan

By Tunde Oso

Pre-eminent Ekiti intellec

tual round-table, Ekitipanupo

has instituted an endowment

fund in memory of

late Baba Isale of the group,

Chief S. B. Falegan.

In a statement by Ekitipanupo

Leader, Alagba Gabriel

Akinyemi FCS, considering

his unique roles and contributions

to the Ekitipanupo

initiative, members have

deemed it fit to honour the

members of his team on

inspection visit to industries

and warehouses in

the free trade zone located

in Panisau, Ungogo local

government area of

Kano State.

Adebayo said already

the government has

awarded and signed an

agreement with Independent

Power Project, IPP to

provide the electric facility

in the zone.

memory of this great son of

Ekiti.

Akinyemi disclosed that

many options were considered

and after exhaustive debate

comes up with the Option

of Endowment for Prizes

to be instituted in University

of Ado Ekiti in the name

of Chief S B Falegan for the

best graduating Student in

the field of Banking and Finance,

the area where our late

Babaisale was reputed to be

an icon.

Igbo’s funeral begins tomorrow

Barely three weeks after

the death of his wife,

Madam Josephine Igbo, aka

Nne Seminarians, Pa Dominic

Nwafor Igbo, alias Domingo,

has passed on.

According to a statement by

his eldest son, Job Igbo, on

behalf of the family, the retired

teacher, 69, died in a private

hospital at Abakaliki, on

February 10, 2021, following

a protracted illness. He has

been buried. His funeral starts

tomorrow with a Holy Mass

at his private residence in

Ameta Amudo, Ezza South

LGA, Ebonyi State.

Late Pa Nwafor Igbo

Azuka Anugwom dies at 70

The death has been announced

of a renowned philanthropist,

Mrs Azuka

Syllvia Anugwom, aged 70.

The deceased, who ran an

NGO for widows and orphans,

died on January 19,

2021 at Government Hospital,

Owerri after a brief illness.

She is survived by her husband,

Dr. B.SC Anugwom,

who worked as General

Manager at the Nigeria Airways,

London Office, nine

children and 16 grandchildren.

Service of songs holds tomorrow

@ 4pm at St Agnes

Catholic Church, 2 Ikorodu

Road, Mende Maryland,

Lagos.Sending forth for the

deceased holds on Friday @

9am at her husband’s compound

at Umuowa, Orlu

LGA, Imo State.

Interment follows immediately.

Late Mrs Anugwom


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From right: Former president, Goodluck Jonathan; Chibuike Pius Anyim;

Chioma Pius Anyim, wife of the celebrant; Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former

Secretary to the Government of the Federation , celebrant; Nkechi Pius Anyim

and Chisom Pius Anyim during the 60th birthday of Anyim Pius Anyim on

Friday in Abuja.

WORSENING INSECURITY: S/West govs, monarchs join forces against killerherdsmen

...back NEC in three-point resolution

By Adeola Badru

overnors of South-West

Gstates and traditional

rulers in the region have

agreed to adopt the National

Economic Council (NEC)

resolution on forest management,

which will put the governors

in the position to manage

forest reserves in their

respective states.

The decision was taken

during the over three-hour

closed-door meeting held in

Ibadan yesterday.

In attendance at the meeting

were Governor Seyi Makinde

(Oyo), Dapo Abiodun

(Ogun), Gboyega Oyetola

(Osun), Rotimi Akeredolu

(Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi

(Ekiti).

On the traditional rulers’

side were the Ooni of Ife, Oba

Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Alaafin

of Oyo, Oba Lamidi

Adeyemi; Olubadan of

Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji;

Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde

Ajayi and Olugbo of

Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Fredrick

Obateru Akinruntan.

The Chief of Staff to the

President, Prof Ibrahim

Gambari, who had convened

the meeting, was absent.

Also billed to attend the

parley but absent were the

Inspector General of Police

and the Director General of

the Department of State Service

and Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

Gambari, IGP, DSS DG and

Sanwo-Olu’s absence was

blamed on bad weather

which affected their flights.

According to a communique,

the meeting supported

the NEC decision on forest

management, that the nation’s

borders need to be fully

secured and protected, open

grazing must be checked and

that the media must assist to

end fake news.

Miffed by the menace of

open grazing of cattle which

was recognised as one of the

flashpoints for insecurity in

Nigeria over the past few

years, the Chairman of the

South-West Governors’ Forum

and Governor of Ondo

State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu,

who read the communiqué,

noted that the adoption of the

NEC resolution became imperative

owing to conflicts

between herders and farmers

caused by open grazing.

The NEC had, during its

meeting, last Thursday, resolved

that federal and state

governments should recommit

to “the protection of all

residents of all states including

non-indigenous communities

and religious and ethnic

minorities within state jurisdictions”.

It also recommitted to the

arrest and prosecution of all

perpetrators of crime.

Similarly, it was resolved

that in collaboration with federal

authorities, there should

be the commencement of “the

reconstruction of destroyed

•Why Gambari, IG, DSS-DG, were absent

homes and payment of compensation

where appropriate

by State authorities for damage

to property and livelihoods

sustained during targeted

attacks on communities

within their jurisdictions.”

Akeredolu said: “This

meeting was called by the

Chief of Staff to the President,

Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, but,

unfortunately, the Chief of

Staff and the security heads

Let’s assist the poor, Jonathan tells rich Nigerians

Emma Ujah, Abuja

Bureau Chief

Former

President

Goodluck Jonathan

has appealed to wealthy Nigerians

to assist the poor, arguing

that their wealth was a

gift from God.

Jonathan spoke at the

launching of the Jennifer

Etuh Foundation in honour

of the late wife of Mr. Thomas

Etuh in Abuja.

He said, “Let me call on

wealthy members of the society

to please assist the poor

and the vulnerable. This is

important because what we

have is a gift from God. If you

are rich, it is a gift from God.

If you have influence it is a

gift from God.”

The former president said

that there were many Nigerians

who could not afford the

basic needs of life and that

such people would need helping

hands to move them from

poverty.

He eulogised the late Mrs.

Etuh, who was said to have

lived a life of charity, especially

helping poor women and

girls, as well as other needy

members of the society.

Jonathan pledged that his

Goodluck Jonathan Foundation

would work closely with

could not make it here due to

bad weather in Abuja. They

had to cancel their flights.

They called in to tender their

apologies.

“From the discussion, we

had with our Obas here and

the security teams are that are

present, we agreed that the

time is now to support the

descision of NEC, that is National

Economic Council

about forest management.

the Jennifer Etuh Foundation

in order to fulfill the aspirations

of its founders.

In his short remarks, Mr.

Etuh said that the foundation

was established to fulfil the

vision of his late wife who

demanded its establishment

in order to continue the char-

And that we believe that all

the states should be in position

to manage their forests.

“By that, it will give enough

room for you to determine

who and who are there, what

purpose have they signed, and

where we have people who

are there illegally, the state

will have to take some steps

so that we can preserve our

forests. All of us believe that

we support that decision of

NEC. So all of us here are in

support of NEC decision in

forest management.

“We also debated on a few

way in inciting the citizens to

take up arms against other

ethnic groups settling in their

states.

“The governors’ utterances

emboldened criminals to

unleash violence against

northerners.”

Crisis had, on February 18,

ity work she had started.

According to him, hospitals

and diagnostic centres would

be built by the foundation in

all six geopolitical zones of

the federation to provide

world-class services to rural

women who ordinarily

would not be able to afford

them.

From left: Sons of the deceased, David Etuh and

Daniel Etuh; Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Former

President Goodluck Jonathan; spouse of the

deceased, Mr. Thomas Etuh; former Executive

Secretary, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr.

John Kennedy Opara; wife of the Speaker, Mrs

Salamatu Gbajabiamila; son of the deceased,

Emmanuel Etuh, and his brother Yusuf Etuh, during

the first year memorial service and launch of the

Jennifer Etuh Foundation, held at the Congress Hall,

Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi

Adeshida

other things. Our borders

have become too porous and

that we need to do something

urgently to prevent foreigners

or foreign herdsmen from

coming into this country without

any form of caution, because

a number of them are

coming with their herds or

cows and what they do is

something of concern to all

of us and we belive that our

borders need to be checked

and that we need to tighten

our borders so that all these

foreigners won’t come with

there herds here and destroy

erupted in Sasa following an

argument that ensued

between a pregnant Yoruba

woman and, following the

development, some persons

were feared dead while

houses were burnt.

Governor Rotimi

Akeredolu of Ondo State

Minister describes Ilaji hotels and resort

as perfect model Nigeria needs

T

he Minister for Youths

and

Sports

Development, Mr Sunday

Dare, has described Ilaji

Hotels and Sports center as a

perfect paradigm shift for

sports development in

Nigeria.

Dare made this statement

yesterday while inspecting

the sporting infrastructure at

the Akanran-based Resort.

According to the Minister

who also attended a retreat

organised by the South West

Group of Online Publishers

(SWEGOP) held at the

Center, he noted that there has

been a gradual shift from the

perception that sport is mainly

a tool of entertainment to a

business oriented one, adding

that for sports to fully develop

our farms.

“We also discussed the fact

that the time is now for us to

support cattle breeding. There

is need for government to support

cattle breeding as we are

supporting other areas of

farming.

“We also zeroed in on fake

news. You journalists need to

assist the country that fake

news is played down. You have

the duty on responsible journalism.

You know what fake

news did for us during End-

Sars. We must work at it. We

must not allow fake news.”

Senate President attacks Yoruba governors, says they are responsible for Sasa, other killings

By Henry Umoru

SSenator enate

Ahmad President,

Lawan,

yesterday, lampooned South-

West governors, accusing

them of being the

masterminds of the killings

in Sasa, Ibadan, Oyo State

and other parts of the Yoruba

dominated region.

According to Lawan, the

governors are also

responsible for the violence

and attacks against

northerners in the region.

Speaking in an interview

with BBC Hausa Service,

Lawan attributed the

violence to the latest call for

the eviction of herders from

south-western states, adding

that utterances by some

governors in the zone were

responsible for the killings in

Sasa and other violence

against northerners in the

region.

“Leadership failures in

the region caused what

happened in Oyo State and

other things that kept

happening in the southwestern

states,” he said.

“Some utterances by some

governors also went a long

Bandits, criminal herdsmen are not Nigerians — FG

•Seeks amendment of ECOWAS protocol to block them

he Federal Government,

Tyesterday, addressed the

issue of insecurity facing

Nigeria, saying some of that

the bandits and criminal

herdsmen terrorising the

country are non-Nigerians.

Consequently, the

government said it is seeking

amendment of the ECOWAS

Protocol on free movement

of human and cattle within

the sub-region.

This came on the heels of the

spate of kidnappings and

banditry across the country,

the latest of which was the

mass abduction in Kagara,

Niger State, last Wednesday.

The Minister of Information

and Culture, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, disclosed this

when he featured on

Channels Television

programme ‘Sunrise Daily.’

According to the Minister,

bandits and criminal

herdsmen coming into the

country through the land

borders could not be checked

because of the ECOWAS

Protocol that allows transhuman.

“The ECOWAS Protocols

allows trans-human between

all the ECOWAS countries.

That is why we are thinking

of seriously reviewing the

ECOWAS Protocols in that

respect. What we find out

today is that a lot of

criminalities have been

introduced through the

herdsmen and trans-human,”

he said.

According to him, the

criminal herdsmen and

bandits also have access to

sophisticated weapons

because of the proliferation

and smuggling of small arms

and light weapons across the

sub-region.

“The issue of smuggling of

small and light arms is a very

serious one and it has to do

with border control. If you go

and build a house in the slum

as a rich man, poor people

will not allow you to rest.

Nigeria is surrounded by

countries that are either poor

or land-locked,”

Mohammed said.

“We say we want to develop

our local agriculture to

ensure food sufficiency, by

encouraging our farmers to

grow rice, maize, cassava and

stop importation of rice.

“But our neighbour, the Benin

Republic says no, because

they make their living from

the duties they collect from

their ports. So, when we are

charging 70 per cent duties

on imported rice to

discourage importation, they

will charge five per cent.

“All the rice smugglers from

Thailand and the rest of the

world will come to Benin

Republic, but the rice is

destined for Nigeria market.’

had, last month, issued a

seven-day quit notice to

herdsmen operating illegally

in the state’s forest reserves.

Apart from ejecting

herdsmen, the governor also

banned underage grazing,

night grazing, and cattle

movement within the cities

and on highways.

KAGARA: No contact with abductors of students, others — Source

By Nnamdi Ojiego

ontrary to reports that

Ccontacts had been

established with the

kidnappers of students and

workers of Government

Science College, Kagara,

Niger State, Sunday

Vanguard gathered that the

abductors have not been

located by state and non-state

actors.

Niger State governor,

Abubakar Sani-Bello, had

said consultations were

ongoing between

government and some

bandits for the purpose of

releasing the abductees.

He added that

negotiations were at the final

stage.

This was sequel to a visit to

some bandits in the state by

Sheik Ahmad Gummi and

some government officials.

But a source who was

among those who visited the

bandits told Sunday

Vanguard that those who had

a meeting with Gummi and

Niger State officials were not

the abductors of the Kagara

students and workers.

The source said the bandits

only promised to assist in

identifying the kidnappers,

who belonged to another

group of bandits terrorising

the state.

According to the source,

“No direct contact has been

established with the

abductors of the Kagara

students. We visited the

bandits in the forests, but

those people Nigerians saw

on television are not

responsible for the Kagara

incident. They were

kidnapped by another group

and they have all been taken

inside the forest. The bandits

only promised to assist in

locating them and

establishing contacts with

those responsible’’.

in Nigeria compared to the

way it is in the advance

countries, there is need to

develop the business aspect of

it.

He added that his office in

conjunction with the Sports

Ministry has been working on

a policy plan that will see

Nigerian government taking

a total departure from the

perception of seeing sports as

a means of entertainment

alone.

His words, “For a while

now, I have been working

along with the Sports

Ministry on a policy which

will see us developing the

business model for sports in

Nigeria because that is the

only way sports can be fully

maintained and developed.

Some of those who received Dare

during the inspection of facilities at

Ilaji Hotels and Resort


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SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 5

APC MEMBERSHIP REVALIDATION:

Furore over Tinubu,

Akande, Oshiomhole

•We want to return party ownership

to members — Akpanudoedehe

•Keyamo, Nwoye, Lukman also speak

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Politics Editor & Omeiza Ajayi

THE membership revalidation and

registration exercise of the ruling All

Progressives Congress, APC, across the

country is being assailed by knotty issues,

controversies and crises.

Suspicion among leaders, battle for

territorial control, alleged attempts to whittle

down the influence of some founding pillars

of the APC, and weed out disgruntled people

from the party among other issues have made

the exercise a war of sorts being fought on

many fronts.

Currently, the exercise has been fraught with

complaints and crisis in many states including

Kwara, Delta, Rivers and Imo.

It was suspended in Delta on account of

misgivings over the composition of the

committee.

The APC secretary of the caretaker

committee in Delta, Chidi Okonji, alleged that

the chairman of the registration panel, Wilson

Anyaegbu, was doing the bidding of a certain

leader of the party in the state and that

nominees for registration officers came from

an Abuja-based politician.

According to him, party leaders, including

the Minister of State for Labour, Festus

Keyamo; NIMASA Director, Victor Ochei;

founding leader, O’tega Emerhor and Great

Ogboru, were schemed out.

Indeed, Keyamo, on February 10, alleged

plans to hijack the exercise in Delta by an

unnamed political leader.

He raised the alarm in a protest note to Yobe

State Governor and Chairman of the APC

Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention

Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni;

Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-

Agege; Anyaegbu and other top party leaders.

In Kwara, Minister of Information and

Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, called for

cancellation of the registration over alleged

non-observance of APC’s rules and guidelines.

Some youths are already in court to stop the

exercise in Kwara and Rivers.

In Imo, two factions are at each other’s

jugular over ownership of the exercise. The

faction of the party loyal to

Governor Hope Uzodimma

said the exercise had started

while the rival camp led by

Dan Nwafor said nothing like

that is on in the state.

Chairman of the South-East

Governors Forum, and

Governor of Ebonyi State,

Dave Umahi, who recently left

the Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, for the APC, cried out to

Buni, last week, that the South-

East zone was facing scarcity

of registration materials.

Aside the flaming crises, two

former national chairmen of

the APC and some leaders

faulted the necessity and

legality of the exercise and they

were countered by some

leaders.

Thus, an exercise that should

have united leaders of the

party appears to be causing

more division and hiatus as a

pitch battle for the soul of the

APC rage.

Otherwise, the issues of scarcity and hoarding

of registration materials, denying some areas

the materials, angst over composition of the

registration committees, litigations against

the exercise, claims and counter-claims

among feuding leaders would not be upwelling.

A host of APC leaders seem to see the exercise

as an election itself. They are in a rat race to

get more of their supporters registered why

denying their perceived opponents

opportunity. The number of members each

politician gets registered is expected to count

during party primaries ahead of 2023 whether

direct or indirect.

As seen in recent primaries of the party,

those who controlled the party

structure determined who

emerged as delegates and

candidates.

‘’In the past, only a few

people controlled the party

structures to the disadvantage

of most members of the APC.

We want to end that and give

all members of the party equal

footing,’’ a top leader of the

party told Sunday Vanguard.

Why Akande,

Tinubu,

Oshiomhole

kicked

Some said

Tinubu said

this, Akande

and

Oshiomhole

said that. They

know that the

party is bigger

than an

individual

Interim National Chairman

of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande,

who was also a governor of

Osun State, described the

exercise as a waste of time and

resources, which, if not

carefully controlled and expeditiously

managed, might end up in contempt and

disgrace.

Reacting to the registration/revalidation

exercise in Ila Orangun, Osun State, he said:

“I see the present APC membership

registration within less than a decade after

the original register as an indefensible

aberration leading to certain ugly perceptions.

“The first major perception is that APC,

already having a well-computerised register

for an average of 100 leaders of similar

ideological orientation per each of the more

than 120,000 polling units across Nigeria,

might be lacking comprehension and matrix

of the modern-day technology.

“The APC leadership might be wasteful and

unappreciative of the proper use of money in

a kind of scanty economy in which

Nigeria now finds

itself.”

National

Leader of

the APC

a n d

former

governor

of Lagos,

Asiwaju

B o l a

Ahmed

Tinubu, shared Akande’s

views during an interaction

with journalists at his Ikoyi

residence in Lagos after

registering.

Noting that he had not

heard that the party’s register

submitted to the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, at the

time of APC registration had

been invalidated, he said:

“Since we have a foundation

and that foundation is on

which the structure up till the

present was built at the time

of the registration of this party,

I will not fault Baba Akande’s position; I will

not but endorse it.”

There is no revalidation

in APC Constitution –

Oshiomhole

•Akande

Immediate past National Chairman of

•Oshiomhole

APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, also

faulted the revalidation of the membership of

the party by the Interim Caretaker

Committee, saying it was contrary to the

party’s constitution.

Oshiomhole told reporters after revalidating

his membership of the party at Unit 1, ward

10, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government

of Edo State.

“APC is governed by a constitution and not

by man, the constitution only provides for

registration, and I registered as a member of

the APC in 2014 under the Interim National

chairman, Chief Bisi Akande”, he said.

‘’There is nothing in the APC Constitution

that says a member shall revalidate or renew

his membership.

“Once you registered when you joined the

party and you have not decamped, you are a

member.

“So, revalidation is strange to our

constitution. I have only done this because I

want peace to reign but in doing this we have

to be careful not to create constitutional

breach.”

•Tinubu

Fayemi, Odigie-

Oyegun, others counter

However, Ekiti State Governor and

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’

Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; and former

APC National Chairman, Chief John

Odigie-Oyegun, disagreed with

criticisms of the exercise.

Fayemi said there was nothing wrong

with the exercise since it was being done

in compliance with the party’s

constitution, adding that the views

expressed by Akande and Tinubu didn’t

portray the exercise as unconstitutional

and illegal.

“Baba Bisi Akande is my father. I hope

you know that and he is somebody I

have the greatest respect for but I also read

the constitution of the party.

“What the constitution says I believe in

Article 9 is that the party register must be

updated every six months. So, if this is being

done in compliance with the constitution of

the party, I really don’t see anything wrong in

it.

“We don’t want to de-register anybody, let

members revalidate their membership, and

those who are non-members but interested

should also feel free to join us, that is what the

exercise is all about”.

On his part, Odigie-Oyegun dismissed THE

insinuation that the registration/revalidation

exercise was aimed at destroying the political

base of any party member.

“I cannot understand the logic behind such

thinking or fear. I also cannot comprehend

reason some people started raising dangerous

alarm about the exercise when it had already

started.

“The exercise was on the front burner for

over three months and it was postponed twice

or more. These people did not raise an eyebrow

then until it started. Honestly, I cannot

understand why.”

Nagging questions

The dust billowing from the exercise is

raising a number of questions in the polity. Is

there a provision for revalidation of

membership in the constitution of the APC?

What happens to members who could not

revalidate their membership within the two

weeks window provided for the exercise? Why

are registration materials being hoarded?

Why is the task being undertaking by the Buniled

Caretaker/Extraordinary National

Convention Planning Committee, whose sixmonth

initial tenure was extended recently by

another six months?

Won’t the scarcity of registration materials,

requirement of voter’s card among others

affect members who do not have the

documents?

We want to return APC to

members — Akpanudoedehe

Speaking on these issues, Secretary of the

APC National Caretaker Committee, Senator

John James Akpanudoedehe, told Sunday

Vanguard that the exercise is in the best interest

of APC because it would return ownership to

members and make the party a disciplined

Continues on page 6


PAGE 6 —SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

Furore over Tinubu, Akande, Oshiomhole

Continued from page 5

one.

Asked what would happen to a member who

did not revalidate his membership, he said:

‘’It’s at his liberty. That means he is no longer

a member of the party. That means he is not

interested in contesting for political positions

on the platform of the party because

membership is one of the requirements for

you to vie for any office.

“The National Executive Committee, NEC,

of the APC gave us the mandate to revalidate

our membership register; it doesn’t matter

whether we are right or wrong.

‘’In their wisdom, the NEC said, ‘go and do

this’. If you don’t or not a law abiding person

or feel you are bigger than the process, or there

is something you know and we don’t know,

you can stay out of it. “But the fact is that you

must follow the rules and regulations. That

means you are a sympathizer of the party, with

my understanding.

“I am even shocked by the massive response.

We were targeting the number of votes we got

last time, but, as I’m talking to you now, we

don’t have cards; we have to be rushing to

print more cards.

‘’With due respect to what they did before,

you can’t go to any ward and see your name in

any register; it was stored in the cloud. Who

does that?

“Now, by the time we finish, we will return

the membership to the wards. It is a continuous

thing. If you are not joining today, may be you

will join tomorrow and they will issue you the

card.

‘’We can remember when someone said,

‘don’t do it because of COVID-19’. That was a

trap. We disagreed and said ‘thank you, we

are going to finish this in six months and get

out of here. We will not over stay our

welcome’”.

Told that the caretaker committee had

exceeded its six months without organising

national convention and has been handed an

extension of six months, he said: ‘’You are a

living witness of what happened. We were in

lock-down for many months.

“We are on the right path and doing what

exactly they asked us to do. The response to

the revalidation is truly tremendous and

unimaginable.’’

Asked if the party is doing biometric and

other modern captures, he said: “Yes, for sure.

You have to put your fingerprints. By the time

we come down, it’s going to be the property of

APC – the computer, data centre, etc.

“It’s not going to be anywhere else. It is going

to be here. We are going to print the kind of

chip card like the INEC card. If you put your

information everything will come out. When

we finish we will send the cards to the wards

for people to go and collect”.

On comments that the party hierarchy wants

to use the exercise to work against initial pillars

of the party and check their 2023 ambition,

Akpanudoedehe said: ‘’No, I don’t think that’s

the truth. If you are a popular person and they

want you to stop you... have you not been

seeing people coming from the PDP and other

parties and becoming what they want to

become in APC?

“That’s not the problem at all.

To become President in Nigeria a lot of

interests must be taken into consideration.

We are trying to organise APC to be a

disciplined party.

“We need members of the APC to own the

party. We have to do it because President

Buhari is not going to be on the ballot. We

have to be sure that those who are members of

this party are also voters.

“One of the requirements is voter’s card. You

have to put your voter’s card number there. If

you don’t vote on that day, we know our people

have sold us out. We can calculate how many

votes we can get in any state”.

On comments that membership

revalidation is unconstitutional because there

is no provision for it in APC Constitution, he

quipped: “Let’s say it is not in the constitution,

what power has the constitution given to the

NEC?

“The NEC said we should go and do it and

you say it is unconstitutional? NEC authorised

it, what makes anyone feel it is not

constitutional?

‘’Some said Tinubu said this, Akande and

Oshiomhole said that. They know that the

party is bigger than an individual. The

President holds them in high esteem. He does

not expect us to disrespect them. “Akande is

an elder statesman. When he advises, whether

right or wrong, you don’t expect me to start

arguing with him.

‘’Tinubu is my personal friend;

even though my loyalty has

shifted to the President, you don’t

expect me to forget my

friendship with him and start

abusing him.

“These are elder statesmen

that we must respect. Even if

every other person can abuse

them, I won’t. Besides I came

from ACN.

“If Oshiomhole talks, he is

talking from the angle of anger,

so we simply ignore it.

‘’We have internal mechanism

of resolving grievances. We have

been mandated to do the

revalidation exercise, and until

mandated otherwise, we will

stick to our mandate.

“Their opinion or whatever

they say will not derail what we

are doing”.

On PDP leaders’ allegation

that APC was doing the

revalidation and registration to

prepare a rigging template for 2023, he said:

“When somebody is more technical and

knowledgeable than you, what will you do?

What does membership revalidation have to

do with rigging techniques? Their argument

does not hold water. It is senseless.

“Membership revalidation is, for example,

Tambuwal and Saraki left with their

structures, if other people are coming to our

party in those states, how do we know? “What

about those coming to the party with their

members?

‘’In the wisdom of NEC, it says ‘we are giving

waivers to everybody’. So if you join the party

now, it is like you are foundation member of

the APC”.

‘They are wrong’

Caretaker Chairman of the APC in Enugu

State, Dr Ben Nwoye, also faulted Tinubu,

Akande and Oshiomhole.

According to Nwoye, who spoke to Sunday

Vanguard in an interview, Akande was wrong

to have publicly faulted the initiatives of one

of his successors when he had channels of

making his submissions to the party

leadership.

He said; “On what our revered leader, Baba

Akande, said, one of the guiding principles of

The National

Executive

Committee,

NEC, of the APC

gave us the

mandate to

revalidate our

membership

register

leadership is that when you leave office, your

successors running the same office, you are

supposed to allow them the peace of mind of

handling the affairs of the party within the

confines of the constitution as they deem fit.

“This type of politics is normally not

acceptable; you cannot stand up and begin to

criticize what your successor does in office.

“So, whatever informed the criticism of the

methods on how this particular Caretaker

Committee has decided to run the office, it is

not expected that our elder, our leader, one of

the founding fathers will go to the press to

make his criticism.

“What he should do is to advise and where

the advice is given and perhaps not taken, you

will watch the outcome of the decision which

you advised against.

“However, having said that, I beg to differ

with Baba Akande on several fronts. One, it is

in our Constitution that every so often, I believe

it is six months, there shall be membership

registration.

“However, the revalidation I believe is

occasioned by the fact that successive

leadership, perhaps, did not

maintain accurate register of

members.

“I am a founding member

and I know that there were

attempts by successive

chairmen who promised that

the registration would be

electronically done and that

everyone would receive a

permanent card. They never

did.

“The first registration was

done in 2013 and, up to this

moment, we are still going

about with slips of paper.

“From July 31, 2013 when

the party was formed till date,

nobody has a permanent

membership card.

“So, one can say it is also a

failure of successive leadership

that led to this revalidation.

“No member from 2013 to

the present time has

permanent membership card.

It is a failure.

“People are carrying slips that may have

been torn, the data system is not well

maintained, some people are dead and some

names omitted

Director General of the Progressive

Governors’ Forum, PGF, Salihu Mohammed

Lukman, on his part, said the fact that the

three men revalidated their membership

indicated that all party leaders are in sync

with the decision of the APC.

‘APC leaders not opposed

to registration’

Speaking on the issue, Lukman said,

notwithstanding that after making those

strongly worded remarks, Akande and

Oshiomhole revalidated their membership of

the APC, media reports were reduced to

negative conclusions suggesting, perhaps, that

part of the foundation leadership of the APC,

including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is in

disagreement with the leadership of the party,

especially the Caretaker Committee on the

decision to conduct the membership

registration/revalidation exercise.

According to him, the disagreement among

some leaders of the party is proof of the

democratic credentials of the APC which

allows for internal contestations.

“Is it really true that because leaders are in

disagreement, crisis will set in? Is it even

possible for leaders of any political party not

to disagree? Is there any political party worthy

of any potential electoral victory whose

leaders are in complete agreement with every

position the party approves? If all leaders are

in agreement, why do we have internal contests

in political parties? Why should we even be

interested in internal democracy?” the DG of

Progressive Governors Forum said.

“Once you eliminate internal disagreements

among leaders of political parties, democracy

will lose its appeal.

“Rather than contest, what we will end up

having in politics is some notional faith in the

sanctity of the party and its leadership. “Like

all our religious shrines, all that we will be

talking of as members of our respective parties

is some claims about the purity of our leaders

and our party even as we know that our only

justification in joining the party is far from

any imagined purity.

“Integral to our decisions to join the party is

the expectations we all seem to have in terms

of what being members should translate to.

“This is where most times leaders often

distinguish themselves. While to ordinary

members, the issue is about political

permutations of who is going to emerge as

candidate for election, for leaders, it is more

about ensuring that the party is able to retain

its electoral viability.

“Call it enlightened self-interest, every leader

will be much more concerned about the

capacity to win elections as the propelling

factor for personal ambitions.

“As members of APC, we should be proud of

our leaders and their ability to make open

their positions about all the issues around the

challenges facing the party.

“We should be inspired by their disciplined

commitment to support the decisions of the

party irrespective of their personal positions.

“We should be proud of the illustrious

leadership of Chief Akande, Asiwaju Tinubu

and all our leaders in APC for demonstrating

in very strong unequivocal terms that to

remain united is not about denying what your

personal preferences are with regard to

choices open to the party in addressing

challenges.

“Being united should be about accepting

decisions that are not necessarily supportive

of our personal preferences.

“Since the time of the APC merger

negotiations between 2012 and 2013, there

has never been time when all our leaders are

in agreement.

“This is partly why there have always been

internal contests within the party.

“Part of the challenge facing the party today

is to ensure that internal contests in the party

reflect the freedom of party leaders and

members to express themselves within the

limits of both the rules of the party and the

country.

“It must be emphasized, therefore, in all the

debate leading to the current membership

registration/revalidation exercise of the APC,

no one has disputed the current membership

register of the APC.

“The emphasis has been that it should be

updated to delete names of members who have

left the party and register new members.

“In addition, the register should be

domiciled in the National Secretariat of the

party and not with individual leaders.

“Having the membership register in the

custody of individual leaders especially when

such leaders are being speculated to have

ambitions for electoral contests is

problematic.

“With all leaders of the party, including Chief

Akande and Asiwaju Tinubu, accepting to

revalidate their membership, the message is

that every party member should revalidate

his/her membership.

“There is no better evidence today that all

APC leaders are united other than the ongoing

membership registration/revalidation

exercise.”

Rules fair enough - Keyamo

Minister of State, Labour and Employment,

Festus Keyamo, dismissed the fear that the

APC membership registration and

revalidation was targeted at diminishing the

influence of some party leaders.

Keyamo told Sunday Vanguard that the

rules set for the exercise appeared fair to all

tendencies in the party but however conceded

that in politics, uniform application of such

rules could pose a serious challenge.

“In the last four, five days, I have been in

Delta where I flagged off the exercise in the

state as the Minister from Delta”, he said.

“I also received the state registration

committees. So far, so good, the rules they

have set for the purpose of conducting this

exercise appear fair enough. The rules appear

equitable enough.

“However, in most cases in politics, the

application of the rules would be the problem.

“So, we are watching closely. We are

watching the committees closely. So far, they

have tried to engage all stakeholders; they

have tried to get our opinion on every issue”.

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SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 7

PIB: Origin of ‘oil war’ in

Niger Delta communities

In continuation of the story of the rivalry between two Niger Delta leaders, National Chairman, Host

Communities of Nigeria (Producing Oil and Gas), HOSCON, Bishop Mike Emuh, and his Host Communities

of Nigeria (Producing Oil and Gas), HOSTCOM, counterpart, Chief Benjamin Style Tamaranebi, which led to

the exchange blows at the hallowed chamber of the House of Representatives during the public hearing on

Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Sunday Vanguard traces the origin of the feud.

By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor,

South-South, Sam Oyadongha, Jimitota

Onoyume, Egufe Yafugborhi and Chioma

Onuegbu

Scrapping or no

scrapping NDDC

Maintaining that HOSTCOM

scandalously demanded for the scrapping

of NDDC, Bishop Mike Emuh told Sunday

Vanguard: “The act that Benjamin

performed at the National Assembly was

not as a result of argument on the bill, no.

“We have not made any presentation

there. He has a limitation of education,

which was why he said at the National

Assembly that NDDC should be scrapped.

Why should you ever think about scrapping

NDDC?”

But the HOSTCOM President (Benjamin

Tamaranebi) shot back: “We are not

opposed to the existence of NDDC but the

Commission has failed on its mandate and

is now a political tool.

“Therefore, NDDC should be

restructured. The Oil Production

Development Areas Commission is the key

to oil and gas bearing communities that

will deliver sustainable development.”

13 per cent derivation

Emuh also charged at Tamaranebi’s

HOSTCOM for calling for 13 per cent

derivation to be channeled directly to host

communities, saying,” He has also said that

13 per cent derivation should be channeled

to host communities in the PIB, that it

should be Host Communities Development

Commission and it should be paid directly

to the Commission.

“That is an error. 13 per cent derivation is

a law that has been established. NDDC is

a law that has been established. PIB law is

yet to be established; so these are his

deficiencies.

“I want to say that NDDC should stay,

nobody should scrap NDDC. You can only

amend the law. At the same time, 13 per

cent derivation, you can only review and

you do not have to talk about taking it away

from governors. PIB is that if Host

Communities Development Commission is

established, let the host communities do

the nomination of directors and

commissioners, not politicians, which is our

stand.”

‘Our problem with

the word settlor’

Tamaranebi also said: “HOSTCOM also

wants expunged from PIB Sections 115 and

117.

“Section 115 talks about settlors, which

is that oil companies are settlors in our

land. “How can they be settlors in our land,

they should remain as tenants. Section 177

talks about giving them Certificate of

Occupancy. “We want these things

expunged from the bill. A settlor in their

words cannot be a landlord, we do not want

to see that word settlor.”

Genesis of crisis

A Niger Delta monarch privy to the

formation of HOSCON told one of our

reporters: “After forming HOSCON with

other persons, Chief Wellington Okirika

was called to head DESOPADEC but

between 2010 and 2015 when he was away,

some individuals, led by Chief Alfred

Bubor, changed the acronym from

HOSCON to HOSTCOM.

“We began to educate them since that

time because most of them were new

members that the group was founded as

HOSCON but they

remained adamant until

2015 when it became clear

to Okirika that these

people were ready to

cause more trouble.

Bubor’s alleged

deviation from

other founders

“He (Okrika) now

brought in Bishop Mike

Emuh. That was after

much discussion. Bubor

group agreed that he was

about to finish his two

terms of three years each.

“He took over Chief

Okirika in 2010, his first

tenure ended in 2011,

another one ended in

2015.

“So in 2015, they agreed

that Bubor would step

down because it was not

supposed to be a life thing.

“The highest you can get is two tenures

but on the day he was putting in another

executive, Bubor disagreed and the other

founders said this cannot be, you cannot be

blindfolding us and Mike (Emuh) was put

in place.

“There is nothing they have not done

against Mike. They worked against him to

the extent that they said that the money

collected on gas flare was not anywhere.

“They said Mike is fake and published

that Mike has been removed by host

communities. We were not bothered

The other group

went to arrange

their own

certificate of

incorporation at

the CAC, there is

nothing they have

not done until this

very last one (fight)

at the National

Assembly

because we know that he is the National

Chairman.

“They took us before South-South

monarchs, there was nothing the other

group did not do, they took us before

TROMPCON and, in that meeting, they

brought a document for Mike to sign but

he told them he was not signing.

“We were invited to a reconciliatory

meeting with 10 people but they came with

more than 100 people.

“Looking at the situation on ground, some

people advised Mike to sign but write

under that he signed under duress.

“They required that him and one other

executive member of HOSCON to sign the

paper, but after he signed, the document was

taken to Prince Whiskey, now a monarch, who

declined to sign, saying he did not come to

sign agreement but for reconciliation.

“When they saw the way he spoke, they left

the meeting.

“After the meeting, the Emuh-led HOSCON

was invited for a meeting at Aso Villa, Abuja.

When the other group saw the

photographs of our visit in

newspapers, they were

infuriated and that was when

the current trouble started.

“So the other group went to

arrange their own certificate

of incorporation at the CAC,

there is nothing they have not

done until this very last one

(fight) at the National

Assembly.

“We were given the

impression that we would be

represented by two members

and HOSCON was

represented by two

members; we also thought

that HOSTCOM would be

represented by two

members.

“The only thing I can

remember is that

HOSTCOM people just

came and said Mike could

not present his paper before

them.

“He, Benjamin, was raining blows on Mike,

it is most unfortunate, and it is not as if Mike

went to meet him and said ‘I must present

first’, so Benjamin’s action looked

unbelievable.

“If you watched the video (of fight), you

would see that Mike was seated and Benjamin

was standing raining blows on him.

“His position is that he would speak first,

that he is the authentic Chairman. Note that

Okirika handed over to Bubor, both are Ijaw,

and he still thinks that he, an Ijaw from

Bayelsa State, would continue as National

Chairman. Emuh is Urhobo. Is the group

owned by Ijaws? Are there no other tribes in

the group?”

The monarch explained that because Emuh

is a bishop, he does not want crisis among

host communities.

“Even on that day that Benjamin fought him

at the National Assembly, some people

brought the police to arrest Benjamin but he

(Emuh) said they should leave him”, he added.

‘We‘re duly registered’

HOSTCOM leader, Tamaranebi,

responded to the claims: “My group

(HOSTCOM) is a reliable structure. Oba of

Benin is the life grand patron, King Edmund

M Daukoru is the Chairman of BOT,

TROMPCON President General is a board

member while Pa Edwin Clark is the grand

patron. Other well meaning personalities are

involved.

“The other group is not known anywhere;

it is a political group going about with youths

and claiming to be doing pipeline jobs,

modular refinery and youth empowerment

schemes etc.

“They do not have structure in any

community. The government of Delta State

gave us office complex at 11 Uti Street,

Effurun, Warri where our national secretariat

is, so what are they saying?

“We were duly elected and inaugurated, not

just appointed by anyone and we are a

registered organization and our operations

are guided by our Constitution”.

Intervention

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to

the President on Niger-Delta, Senator Etang,

who was disturbed by the dirty linen being

washed in the public by leaders of the host

communities, invited the warring factions to

a peace meeting in Abuja.

Emuh and Tamaranebi attended the

meeting.

A source in the Emuh-led HOSCON told

Sunday Vanguard: “The Special Adviser

explained that he was disturbed by what

happened at the House of Representatives and

wanted both sides to iron out their differences

and present a common front on PIB.

“It was resolved at the meeting that we will

put on a common front on the PIB but other

issues were not resolved.

“In fact, he said it not him that will resolve

them.

“So we have not resolved, the battle

continues at home, we only agreed to present

a common front on PIB”.

Addressing the two factions on the need to

present a harmonized position before the

House of Representatives’ Committee, Etang

said: “We would request using the

instrumentality of this Office for the House of

Representatives and the Senate Committee,

even in their Committee Session, to hear us

present a harmonized position at the National

Assembly.

“We have not invited you to settle any

dispute but we have invited you to shake

hands with each other and move on because,

in the Niger Delta, dispute and disputation

is a regular feature; so we are not settling

dispute.

“I know you people do not have dispute with

yourselves, you only agree to disagree on the

procedure and the disagreement passed the

elbow to the ankle.”

The presidential adviser decried a situation

in which oil companies divide host

communities while they sponsor and put fire

on both sides.

“They take the oil, desecrate the

environment, abuse your children and your

youths, give them instrument of selfdestruction

and while we keep fighting,

they keep clapping and taking our

resources”.

“Under President Muhammed Buhari,

this would not happen again, we would not

be perpetually at war with ourselves and

we have agreed to come together for the

purpose of defending the interest of the

entire community.

“So what I intend to do is to work with

you, put you on the same page on issues

contend on the Host Communities Content

of the Petroleum Industry Bill, to enable you

put up a unified presentation on what you

want for the Host Communities for the bill

to become law”.

But Tamaranebi explained that the pact

at the meeting was to jettison the demand

for 2.5 per cent and stick to 10 per cent

equity for host communities.

“We did not just ask for 10 per cent equity

without knowing our left from our right.

The system is 100 per cent, the Federal

Government holds 60 per cent equity and

the oil companies 40 per cent. We are

saying that both sides should surrender

five per cent each and let us have 10 per

cent equity as host communities”, the

HOSTCOM leader stated.

“Who says we are going to make any

financial contribution? Our land and other

assets therein are already there as our 10

per cent contribution, we have surrendered

our land to them for the business”.

• N ext Sunday, Chief Wellington

Okrika and more stakeholders in Niger

Delta oil communities speak


PAGE 8—SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

•Musa

KAGARA:

Killings for seven years preceded

41,257 killed in road

accidents in 97 months

Says nine Niger LGAs under siege

'How Katsina, Zamfara ara fores

orest t aids banditry in Niger'

school children abduction – Senator Musa

•Says nine Niger LGAs under siege

•'Ho

•Speaks on why he sponsred motion on state of emergency on security in Senate

By Charles Kumolu, Deputy Editor

MID security forces’ manhunt for

Athose behind the abduction of 42

people, including 27 children, from

Government Science College, in Kagara,

Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State,

Senator Sani Musa, who represents Niger

East where the LGA falls in the Senate,

speaks on the siege his constituents had

been enduring over the past seven years

from banditry. According to him, it is not

only Rafi LGA that is under siege in Niger

East. The other eight LGAs in the senatorial

district are under attack. Heavily armed

men in military uniforms raided the

Government Science College on

Wednesday, killing one student and spiriting

others into a nearby forest. The mass

abduction came just two months after 300

students were kidnapped from a school in

Kakara, Katsina, President Muhammadu

Buhari’s home state, while the President

was visiting home. The boys were later

released by their captors after negotiations

with government officials but the incident

triggered outrage and memories of

schoolgirls kidnapped by armed gangs in

Dapchi, Yobe State and Chibok, Borno State

that shocked the world. Out of at least 276

girls who were kidnapped by the Boko

Haram group from Chibok, at least 100 are

still unaccounted for. In this interview,

Senator Musa reveals how bad banditry

has become in Niger State. He also frowns

on the act of negotiating with bandits who

he describes as criminals and terrorists.

Excerpts:

How bad are things in Niger State?

Kidnapping has become a recurring

decimal in Niger State in the last seven

years. Almost every time I stood at the

hallowed chamber, I brought the issue of

security in Niger, especially in my

senatorial district, to the fore. The area

consists of nine local government areas of

the 24 local government areas in the state.

In the last seven years, three of the local

governments have had serious attacks

which were unreported. Because of that, I

feel it is necessary that government, going

by the Constitution, which guarantees the

protection of lives and property, acts on it. I

just felt it was necessary to ask on the floor

of the Senate that a state of emergency be

declared on insecurity in Nigeria.

Abduction of schoolchildren happened in

Chibok. It happened in Dapchi. It has now

happened in Kagara. We can’t guarantee

where next. Necessary steps have to be

taken. A few days ago, about 19 people

lost their lives to bandits in Niger East.

The Village Head of Daras in Kusherki

District heard a bang on his door and

bandits forcefully entered his room, took

him out and shot him in the presence of

his family. They took his brother, his son

and wives away.

Pandogeri

Some people came for an examination

in Kagara. On their way back to

Pandogeri, they were attacked. Two

people lost their lives while seven were

abducted. The same thing happened in

Sarkin Power in Munya Local

Government Area. It is continuous. The

Federal Government needs to take the

security of this nation as its priority. No

matter what development we are talking

about, no matter what palliative we give

to people, if there is no security, it is as

good as not doing anything. I stand to be

corrected, is there anybody in this

country that is immune to insecurity?

The Federal Government is

overwhelmed. I can say it without fear

or favour that other tiers of government,

it seems they lack the knowledge of how

to rise to the security

challenge.

Tell us the number of

local governments

seriously under the

siege of bandits…

There are nine local

governments in my

senatorial district. I can tell

you that almost all the local

governments in the

senatorial district have been

attacked. Worse of it is the

Rafi Local Government Area

where Government Science

College, Kagara is situated.

Shiroro Local Government

Area, from Alawa axis to

Erena, has been under

constant attacks. There is no

presence of anybody in that

axis other than bandits. I don’t

call them bandits, I call them terrorists. If

you go to Munya Local Government Area,

it is the same thing. The situation is

underreported. If you go to Gurarara Local

Government Area by Lambata, it

happened. Between Minna and Suleja it

happened. It happened in Tarfa Local

Government Area where some people were

kidnapped just at the boundary between

Niger and Kaduna State.

Could you explain what you mean

by a state of emergency in this context?

What I meant by a state of emergency is

very clear. It is an automatic option of doing

Kidnapping

has become

a recurring

decimal in

Niger State in

the last seven

years

what is needful and what is necessary to be

done. For instance, when you say that the

local government chairman is the chief

security officer of a local government, what

are his functions? It is to maintain law and

order in the local government. Is that what

is happening today? I can tell you without

fear of contradiction that the majority of

the local governments in this country are

not operational. When you talk about the

states, I can’t be the chief security officer of

a state who has been having intelligence

reports on security matters and I will come

to the media to make statements that will

be instigating the populace. In that essence,

is there a security approach to it? At the

national level, we have all the service chiefs,

we have the Department of State Security

Service, DSS, Defence Intelligence Agency,

and National Intelligence Agency, who

daily provide intelligence reports to the

President and other organs of the state. Are

other organs of the state making good use of

the reports? The answer is no. What I meant

by state of emergency is for the federal

government to ask all state governments

to take security as a

priority.

Boko Haram/banditry

Boko Haram has been

there for over 10 years. This

banditry in the North-West

and North- Central has been

there for over seven years.

Do you want to tell me that

it is just something we have

to live with? We don’t have

to live with it. If we have

armed forces that are

overwhelmed, what do we

need to do? We have youths,

a generation that is just

being wasted. We have

youths that have

graduated without jobs,

why can’t we make use of

them? Why can’t we

recruit them to address the

security challenge in this

country? Why can’t we get the funds, buy

weapons and equip the armed forces to make

sure they chase these people to their door

steps? Why do we always wait until an

attack happens before we take action? Why

can’t we get our soldiers ready and go into

the bush to face these people?

Are you saying the President

hasn’t done enough?

The President has done what is needful

to be done. The President has assented to

the budget. The President has never

deprived the armed forces of what they

require. The President has done so much

for the state governments. Some of the

state governments cannot even pay

salaries. The federal government is

assisting them. A lot of the state

governments are embezzling security

funds.

But the President controls the

police and the military…

I am one person who was very vocal about

former service chiefs. I felt they had done

their beats and there was the need for them

to go so that new people can take over. And

this has been done. Mr. President has done

that. The new service chiefs have

commenced work. What I am saying is that

we should energise them and give them all

the logistics they require to face these

criminals. When you are talking about

ransom, in a decent society, this cannot be

allowed to continue. If you negotiate with

one group today, another cell will come up

tomorrow. It is not done. No country will

tolerate that.

Locating bandits

Talking about the terrain, Kagara Forest

in Katsina and Zamfara extends to Kamuku

Forest through Kosheriki and Pandogeri.

If you come through Shiroro, the Alawa

Forest is there. Most of these bandits were

coming through the Alawa axis. And I had

said it in so many of my motions on the

floor of the National Assembly, that the

military should establish a base within

Alawa axis. There is no way they can’t pass

through Alawa when they are coming from

Zamfara. After my governor had tried many

things without success, he tried to see how

the Alawa axis can be handled. Meanwhile,

these bandits had already come in. Without

the field presence of the armed forces, we

can’t do anything in that area. That is why

these guys have a field day in that axis. And

it is a hilly area but not a dense forest with

poor visibility. I have spoken severally with

my governor on the matter and he told me

that he shares intelligence with his Kaduna

State counterpart. It is by so doing that we

are able to know the locations these people

use. The governor has no powers to deploy

the army and the police. All he can do is to

get the information which he gives to them.

There is nothing he can do without federal

might. That is the reason I am asking the

federal government to declare a state of

emergency. With the insecurity in this

country, we cannot runway from the

disintegration our elders are talking

about.


North has already destroyed itself

“The North has become a

region of endless funerals and

perpetual bereavement.

Bandits in the North have

become a state. They impose

fines and taxes, send notices,

control spaces, determine life

and death and operate without

challenge” – Senator Shehu

Sani of Kaduna State, March

2020

I

wish that historical Lord

Lugard and the King or

Queen of England who

granted him the powers to rule

and ruin our lives are alive

today to behold the explosions

being set off by the time bomb

they planted in this part of

Africa in 1914. History does

not tell us its alternatives. In

other words, we don’t know

what would have happened if

amalgamation had not

occurred. But, we are now

beginning to see the

beginning of the end of the

“geographical expression”

(apologies to the late Chief

Awolowo) they formed and

named Nigeria by the satraps’

concubine.

More than a century after,

the feudal, mostly Islamic

North, backward, slow to

adapt to changes, mostly

lacking in any interest in

universal education and

bereft of vision, remains

relatively just that. Just about

any major calamity impeding

progress and tending towards

the destruction of the disaster

waiting to happen is now

located squarely in the North

whose elite have, for too long

lived, under the illusion that

the region could increasingly

breed millions of almajiris

side-by-side with the selfish

tiny political and feudal

minority without dire

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consequences. Well, the

“judgment days” are here.

The almajiris, hitherto docile

and gratefully accepting the

crumbs from the elite’s tables,

have literally turned the tables

against their masters –

including Sani – who, now

dumped from the buffet table,

discovered wisdom which

previously escaped him and

his friends and associates for

years. This article could easily

have been titled, LESSONS

FROM A SUPER-

TERRORIST, and it would still

have been apt. In my library

is a little known book titled,

HITLER’S SECRET BOOK,

and written by the late

German monster himself.

One thing I have learnt from

my adventures into history is

the fact that when the major

topic on the national agenda

is war, then go and read what

war-mongers think about it.

What is wrecking Nigeria,

especially the North, and will

continue for years to come, is

TERRORISM. So, the first

port of call is a super-terrorist

– Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945. It

will amaze our leaders and

readers to know how much of

what had developed in the

North since the rise of Boko

Haram in 2009 could have

been predicted by reading

Hitler’s book. The FG in

particular might also pick up

some ideas about what to

expect next. Finally, they just

might discover how to

combat it – for the sake of our

country Nigeria. I wish them

luck; although it is doubtful

that those in charge of our fate

now can ever learn anything

useful. People who have lost

the appetite for reading have

almost always lost the

Leaving the country

in the hands of the

least competent

people to manage its

affairs after

independence was a

master-stroke of

wickedness

appetite for learning, for

thinking deeply and for

finding novel solutions to

serious problems. The brain,

like any organ, rots – if not

actively used – as is the case

within Abuja’s top

government circles. Buhari, as

the Commander-In-

Condolence Delivery, C-I-CD,

is contented to just send

condolence messages to the

bereaved without an

accompanying message of

hope that terror will abate.

There is no discernible plan.

He is an example of what

David Halberstam, in his bestselling

book, titled, THE

BRIGHTEST AND THE

BEST, called “the best general

for another war.” General

Buhari (retd), clearly tired, is

leading this war effort so

badly, it is pathetic. He is

actually now part of the

problem and it is increasingly

difficult to see him as part of

the solution. That is bad news

for all of us. “An increase in

the population which finally

no longer stands any relation

to the productive capacity of

its own soil to support life” –

Hitler p 22. That, according

to Hitler, follows from

prolonged periods when a

people or nation or parts of it

regard “large families as a

blessing rather than a

burden.” Only recently, the

Federal House of

Representatives was treated to

a show put up by a buffoon. A

member from one of the

northern states brought his

four wives for exhibition of his

prowess. He announced that

he already had 19 children

and he was just starting

because his father had several

wives and over 80 children.

He did not tell us how many

of the 80 siblings are

almajiris. That is the sort of

lunacy to which the South is

yoked – like indentured slaves.

Eventually, as Hitler had

warned us, territorial

expansion becomes

imperative for those who have

exhausted the limits of their

capacity to provide for

themselves within their own

domains. I will come to it later.

But, the rapid and violent

expansion of herdsmen

communities, all over

Nigeria, in the last four years

and nine months, is more

deliberate than most of us

realise and it is being

encouraged at the topmost

level of government. The body

language says it all but what

is being said to southerners

and Middle Belt people can

only be understood by a few.

The C-I-C is alive and well in

Abuja. But, first let us trace the

history of how we got here and

how goddamned Lugard and

the British got us here.

POPULATION WAS THE

CAUSE OF OUR DESTINY

Preparatory to their

departure, our evil-minded

colonial masters had a

strategy for making the

contraption they glued

together to form Nigeria

eventually unworkable – an

accident waiting to happen.

First, they conducted a bogus

census. Whereas everybody in

the far better educated South,

Christian or Muslim, had to

be sighted to be counted, the

same was not true of the North.

Women and young girls in

harems were counted sight

unseen. My eldest brother, who

was born in Zaria, was one of

the enumerators. The

Megida of each primitive

shanty stood in front of the

place and issued a figure – so

many wives and kids. The

figures were accepted as the

truth. The problem was, the

young people in the

communities knew how

many of their age groups were

in each shanty. My brother,

who spoke Hausa fluently,

knew that the figures he was

forced to record were grossly

exaggerated because the

District Heads and Serikis

had conducted a campaign

misleading the people that

money would be distributed

SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021,PAGE 9

per head. So, the more people

in the shanty the more money

could be expected. The North

was declared to have a larger

population than the South.

That made Nigeria unique in

the history of the world – a

country in which the arid zone

had more people than the

luxuriant and well-watered

South. It was a deliberate

ploy. England was just getting

ready to play its biggest jokers.

Armed with a bogus census,

political constituencies were

created and the North was

given the majority. The

country was handed to the

region with less than five per

cent literacy compared to

already close to 50 per cent in

the South. Leaving the country

in the hands of the least

competent people to manage

its affairs after independence

was a master-stroke of

wickedness. But, they were not

finished with us just yet. While

southerners were encouraged

to attend schools, northerners

were urged to go into the Army

with the ominous words “who

controls the army controls the

nation”. That was a campaign

which the late Sardauna of

Sokoto, Premier of Northern

Region, carried to all the

schools – primary and

secondary – in the North.

Meanwhile, Awolowo and

Azikiwe enrolled us in

schools. The Army was

actually intended to safeguard

northern elite interests and not

to protect the nation against

external aggression because

none of our closest neighbours

– Cameroun, Benin Republic,

Chad, Niger, Sao Tome, etc –

was strong enough to attack

us. The first coup of 1966,

which was quickly crushed,

came as a surprise. It was a

temporary setback for the

British. Thereafter, political

and religious leaders in the

core North – North-East and

North-West – went about

encouraging their people to

breed like bed bugs – the more

the better. Incidentally, most

of the Middle Belt was left out

of the race to over-populate

the earth – mainly because of

the higher percentage of

Christians in the old Benue/

Plateau zone. When the oil

bonanza started in 1973 and

federalism had given way to

unitary government under

General Gowon, population

became the primary basis for

sharing crude oil revenue. The

lion’s share went North; the

left-over came to the Niger

Delta. It never ceases to

amaze me when Niger Delta

people welcome Gowon as

they do. Making a hero out of

somebody who enslaved the

people is the clearest sign that

the black man is indeed

mentally retarded. The man

took 50 per cent derivation

from them and gave only one

and a half per cent in the worst

case of barefaced robbery in

history and yet they still clap

for him? Gowon established

the template for the economic

enslavement of the South –

which exists till today. If I am

an Ijaw or Ibibio, or Ilaje,

Gowon would never be my

hero. Never! He started the

injustice which is still the basis

for federally-allocated

revenue till today. It might

shock our readers to know

that Gowon did not act alone.

The Federal Commissioner

(Minister) for Finance during

the Gowon administration

and the author of the atrocious

edicts which resulted in the

economic rape of the South

was none other than our own

dear late Chief Obafemi

Awolowo. Papa helped to

enslave us despite his known

position on true federalism.

We might never know why

Awolowo did it. But, we

cannot deny his complicity in

the financial crimes against

the South. He and Gowon

took our 50% and gave back

to us as derivation a mere

1.5% as federating units.

Lagos now generates about

60 per cent of Value Added

Tax, VAT, revenue. It gets back

less than four per cent!! But,

without realising it, Gowon

also set the events which will

destroy the North eventually.

He encouraged population

explosion and idleness. He

probably never knew about

Ghandhi’s warning regarding

the things that would destroy

a nation.

•Article first published on

March 15,2020

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Do you really believe His word?

Brethren, we’ll start off by

asking a question that

many people will answer in

the affirmative.

Do you really believe the

Word? You are likely to say, if

I don’t believe, I won’t be a

Christian.

The answer is deeper than

that. The true test of your

belief is actually a test of your

faith. It’s easy to say, “I am a

Christian. I go to church, I

serve God, I’m

knowledgeable in the word of

God’. These words are 50% of

the answer to the question.

The answer to the question

lies in how you respond to a

major challenge in your life.

You may have been waiting

to have a child for years, five

years, seven years even 10

years. If your attitude is let

the LORD do it when he wants,

or you begin to say, I am tired

of praying, or you say, my

parents never waited, why

should I be waiting? Once you

allow these thoughts in your

life, Brethren, you are not a

believer. It doesn’t matter if

your go to church 10 times a

day.

Let’s consider examples of

one or two persons that

believed the Word and others

that had doubts.

Daddy Abraham is the best

example. Genesis 16 vs. 1: “

Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare

him no children……”.

Abram was 99 years

according to Genesis 17 vs. 1:

“ And when Abram was ninety

years old and nine, the LORD

appeared to Abram, and said

unto him, I am the Almighty

God; walk before me, and be

thou perfect”. In verses 5&6

of the same chapter the LORD

said, “ Neither shall thy name

any more be called Abram,

but thy name shall be

Abraham; for a father of many

nations have I made thee.

And I will make thee

exceeding fruitful, and I will

make nations of thee, and

kings shall come out of thee”.

If you and I were in

Abraham’s shoes, we would

have our doubts.

It’s human to have doubts

but those in whom the Spirit

of the Lord is, have their belief

strengthened by faith.

A good example of a

Is your faith strong

enough for you to

discard the medical

report from your

thoughts and hold on

to the Word of God?

believer that had doubts is

found in Sarah, the wife of

Abraham after they

unknowingly entertained the

Lord. Genesis 18 vs. 10-13 “

And he said, I will certainly

return unto thee according to

the time of life; and, lo, Sarah

thy wife shall have a son, And

Sarah heard it in the tent door,

which was behind him.

Now Abraham and Sarah

were old and well stricken in

age, and it ceased to be with

Sarah after the manner of

women. Therefore Sarah

laughed within herself,

saying, After I am waxed old

shall I have pleasure, my lord

being old also?

And the LORD said unto

Abraham, Wherefore did

Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I

of a surety bear a child, which

am old?”.

Note - she laughed within

herself. In other words,

though she was a believer, she

doubted the Word.

Doctors may have told you

that the eggs you produce as

a woman is weak, you may

even have been told that you

have reached menopause like

Sarah, or were you told that

your fallopian tubes are

blocked, or that your

husband’s semen is lifeless, it

doesn’t matter the report that

medical science has given

you.

What matters is what you

believe? Do you believe the

word of God in Genesis 1 vs.

28 “ And God blessed them,

and God said unto them, Be

fruitful, and multiply, and

replenish the earth, and

subdue it: and have dominion

over the fish of the sea, and

over the fowl of the air, and

over every living thing that

moveth upon the earth”.

Is your faith strong enough

for you to discard the medical

report from your thoughts

and hold on to the Word of

God? If indeed you are a true

Believer, that medical report

should make you move close

to God and remind him of his

promise to your. Do you know

that God gave Abraham

conditions that he must fulfill?

Genesis 17 vs. 1&2 attests to

this: “ And when Abram was

ninety years old and nine, the

LORD appeared to Abram,

and said unto him, I am the

Almighty God; walk before

me, and be thou perfect.

And I will make my

covenant between me and

thee, and will multiply thee

exceedingly”. Are you

walking with the LORD? Are

you striving to be perfect?

Simply put, are you living

your life in accordance with

the Word of God?

Are you not giving in to

pressure from your friends

and parents that you should

go and impregnate another

woman outside your

marriage?

If you walk with God, the

LORD, He will give you the

physical and spiritual strength

to disregard such pressure.

Brethren, bear in mind that

all parts of your body are

created by God and not

medical science.

Therefore, God can make

possible what doctors have

told you is impossible.

I once met a lady that

doctors said, the husband’s

semen was weak and the

woman’s chances of

producing fertile eggs was

about 40% given her age.

Scientifically speaking, the

doctors were correct.

However, our God is

beyond science. He is able to

make the barren fruitful at

anytime. Age is no barrier to

a miracle in the presence of

the Lord.

The couple I referred to now

have three children, including

a set of twins.

May the LORD strengthen

your faith and reward your

faith as you hold on to HIM

in Jesus name.

Last week, I stumbled on the

story of a couple that had been

waiting to have children for

six years but according to

them, God embarrassed them

with five babies at once.

The woman speaking on

Punch online said, “ People

used to call me barren before,

they used to insult me but I

thank God today, that God

embarrassed with five babies

at a go. Two boys, three girls.

What else can I ask from God?

I really, really, thank God for

this great gift that he gave to

me.

Brethren, what if the man

had fallen into the

temptations of impatient inlaws

and unfriendly friends?

What if the woman too had

cheated on her husband in a

bid to have children? To do

any of these may mean

shutting your doors against

the miracle of God. The

testimony they now have may

elude them.

Even if you have doubts like

Sarah, the merciful God can

rise up for you and you will

become a mother.

Sister, Brother, hold on to

God. I see the Lord embarrass

you with your heart’s desires

before this year ends in Jesus

name.Ensure you have an

improved relationship with

the Lord that is never late.

I see your rejoice soon.

Be reminded that 40 days

fasting period in the Christian

calendar started on

February17, Ash Wednesday.

As you key into the fasting

and prayer, make your

demand specific before the

Lord.

God be with you.


PAGE 10 —SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

My heart has been broken

more than 999 times

—Evia Simon

Challenges

Challenges are part of our daily life’s

routine. I have faced a lot of challenges

in the industry since I started acting. I

have had to face a senior female

colleague who insulted me for doing

nothing on a location. I have had to hear

a voice-note of a senior colleague who

denied me after she introduced me just

because she felt intimidated. I have

escaped accidents from jealous

colleagues severally. I have also, at

different times, being propositioned for

sex for a role by a director or a producer.

Another annoying challenge in the

beginning is the belief by some directors

that they are doing you a favour and not

paying you for your service. But in all,

man is not God. There is always time and

season for every one

Low points

My low point is trying to prove a point

to a director or a producer that I can do

this because most of them feel if they

haven’t seen you act they find it difficult

to believe you can give your best. I have

learnt so much, which is believing in

yourself and never giving up, no matter

the countless times you have to go on and

on to get what you really want from the

career you have chosen.

On sex

Well, sex is sex, and having sex outside

marriage is a sin against God because

our body is the temple of God. We are not

supposed to have sex before marriage. But

it’s better having it with someone you love

and care about.

On relationship

Relationships are sweet when you and

your partner understand each other.

Being there for each other, knowing each

other’s likes and dislikes and not taking

advantage of each other.

On marriage

The word “marriage” is big because it’s

a school you will never graduate from. It’s

where two people come together to form

a union as husband and wife to become

one. So many women go into marriage

for many reasons which I find very

annoying and improper and they end up

breaking up after six months. Don’t get

married if you are not mentally and

spiritually ready for it; if you can’t trust,

forgive, learn,

understand and make amends. But

marriage is sweet if you get to marry your

friend , your gist and gossip partner. A lot

of women are waiting for marriage to get

out of poverty which is very wrong.

On being sexy

Being sexy to me is how intelligent a

woman appears to be; smart, elegant and

outspoken. You can be sexy in your body

and be a dumb ass. And if you want to

flaunt your sexiness make sure you are

very intelligent and smart to compliment

it

On social media

Social media has been the greatest tool

to the success of my career. Gone are the

days when social media was not in use

and your works were only seen by certain

people. But now social media is a

platform to reach millions of people

around the world without moving a

muscle.

beautiful Nollywood

Voluptuously actress, Evia Simon has come a long way

in the movie industry. She started acting in

2007 but officially began her journey in

Nollywood in 2011. She’s an actress as well

as a producer. Some of her films include;

Child Not Bride, Unbreak and Mind’s Eye.

She has seen the good, the bad and the ugly

sides of Nollywood and she bares it all in

this interview with AYO ONIKOYI,

Entertainment Editor.

Embarrassing moments

My most embarrassing moment is when

you are being cast for a role and some other

actors come to lobby with money or their

body to get the role and you are being

pushed out of the job. It is so embarrassing

because you might have already announced

to your friends you are starting the job.

Another embarrassing experience was

when a senior colleague insulted me

and said to me I could never grow in

the industry. If you ask her what I did

wrong she’s got nothing to say. She

even threatened to leave the set if I was

allowed to remain.

Turn-on in opposite sex

What turns me on in a man is his

generosity. Not just to me but to everyone

around him; near or far. What turns me

off in a man is laziness and someone

who doesn’t care about people but

himself alone.

Sacrifices

Leaving my business to suffer and

travelling from state to state must be the

biggest sacrifice. Also, letting go of one of

my most cherished relationships because he

wants to get married to an actress.

Heartbreaks

My heart has been broken more than

999 times and in fact shattered

severally. What I did was to build an

unbreakable wall around me not to

let my heart be broken again and

if you can break the wall and

penetrate through, then

maybe you are the right

person. I have also had my

share of bad

relationships, I have

seen and met 999 wrong

guys who think I am

made, not knowing I am

managing my life,

hustling to survive.

How `GOtv’ Max giving more content for less

Since the reign of terrestrial television broadcasting

went from the front row to the backseat in the wake of

cable or digital television revolution, the question has

been about content. And in the battle of content and what

the viewers want, only the fittest and strongest are

surviving and a step ahead beyond the imagination of

their viewers.

First to rule the digital realm in Nigeria is

unquestionably DStv, and then MultiChoice introduced

GOtv, a Digital Terrestrial TV service platform which

delivers an array of quality and entertaining programmes

at affordable rates.

When they materialized on the scene, they met a few

others already pulling their weight, but GOtv has

consistently shown its innovative streak by playing the

game differently. One of such tactics is offering more

content for a lower price.

While they have packages to suit all types of pockets,

the package called GOtv Max, was the trump card to flip

the balance in Digital Terrestrial TV service. As it is, the

service provider is offering far more than ever before for

less. A look at what GOtv Max offers is not only mouthwatering

but also in sync with the prevalent economic

condition of Nigeria and Africa at large.

GOtv customers on Jolli and Jinja packages can still

•Evia Simon

take advantage of the “Max For Less” offer which started

on January 14. This limited time-only offer, gives GOtv

customers on the lower packages the opportunity to enjoy

quality entertainment on the GOtv Max package at a

discounted price of N2,999 only instead of N3,600. Jolli

and Jinja customers who upgrade to the Max package

get a wider range of quality entertainment to choose from

over 72 great local and international channels.

Sports lovers get to enjoy world-class sporting action

such as: La Liga and Serie A and other select matches of

the EPL, UCL and UEFA Nations League airing on

SuperSport channels – SS La Liga, SS Football, SS Select

1&2.

There’s also a great serving of American and European

leagues including Major League Soccer (MLS), Scottish

Premier Football League (SPFL), Dutch Eredivisie on

ESPN.

GOtv Max package also boasts of quality international

series and reality programming on channels such as BET,

StarLife, CBS Reality, Discovery ID; local movies and

dramas on Africa Magic Family, ROK GH and ROK 2; a

variety of kids and educational content on channels such

as Cartoon Network and Disney Junior; and movies from

M-Net Movies 4, TNT Africa and lots more.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE11

•Bolanle

Ninolowo

Bolanle Ninolowo

(Nino B)

One actor that is very hot

in demand right now is none

other than six-pack Ninolowo

Bolanle. Every actress who is

worth her name wants to be

featured alongside this amazing

pound of beautiful flesh.

Bolanle Ninolowo popularly known

as Nino B is a Nigerian actor,

accountant, and entrepreneur. He began

his career in the banking and music

industries before venturing into the

Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood.

He made his debut

production, Rebirth in 2010, and came to

limelight in 2014, following a series of

films he starred in. Over the past few years,

Bolanle has made a name for himself and is

often regarded as one of Nollywood hunks.

Alexx Ekubo

Nollywood actor, Alexx Ekubo, is famous

for his lover boy roles and good looks. A

member of the ‘Chop Life Gang’, alongside

his friends IK Ogbonna and Yomi Casual,

Alexx is blessed with a charming personality.

A versatile hunk, he is one of the most

relatable Nigerian celebrities on social media,

with thousands of female admirers.

An award-winning actor, model,

motivational speaker, compere, producer and

entertainer, Alexx is “Johnny” from the

popular music video of Yemi Alade Song

“Johnny”. He has won numerous awards and

competitions including the Mr Nigeria

contest in 2010 where he emerged 1st Runner

Up, which gave him the platform to launch

his mainstream movie career in Nollywood.

He is a Law graduate from the University of

Calabar and also has a Diploma in Mass

Communication from Calabar Polytechnic,

Nigeria.

Kunle Remi

Kunle Remi is an actor, model and

entrepreneur. A graduate of the NewYork Film

Academy, he started acting professionally

after winning the 2010 edition of the reality

TV show, Gulder Ultimate Search.

From then on, Kunle has featured in many

award-winning Nollywood films such as

Tiwa’s Baggage, Sobi’s Mystic, Falling, etc.

He has also starred in several TV series,

including Tinsel, Lagos Cougars Reloaded,

Africa Magic’s Forbidden among others.

Talk about dripping with finesse! Kunle is

the total package; an amazing actor, a

handsome, charming dude with a body to die

for! The 32-year-old has continued to wow his

teeming fans and has been crowned the king

of Tiktok in Nigeria for his entertaining and

creative contents on the platform.

He was rumoured to have dated actress

Adesua Etomi before she got married to

singer, Banky W. Kunle however denies this.

IK Ogbonna

Another member of the ‘Chop Life Gang’.

Since he first featured on our screens, IK has

kept the charm and ramped up the heat.

Dubbed one of the most stylish men in the

country, IK Ogbonna joined Nollywood after

his university education and has risen to

become one of the biggest Nollywood actors.

His first appearance in a movie was ‘Lovelorn’,

produced by Rukky Sanda in 2013 and he has

Nollywood hottest

hunks

•Alexx

Ekubo

By Juliet Ebirim

They’ve got it all; the abs, the smile, charisma,

successful careers and incredibly charming looks.

These ones have established themselves in the

hearts of many. Though not exhaustive and in no

particular order, here are male Nollywood hotties

setting our screens on fire!

•Kunle

Remi

•Uzor

Arukwe

also won several awards for himself.

He hit fame with his role in the movie

‘Playing Safe’ alongside Tonto Dikeh

and Ini Edo.

IK Ogbonna and his Colombian wife, Sonia

Morales parted ways in 2019.The couple got

married in 2015 and have a son.

Mawuli Gavor

Mawuli Gavor, is a Ghanaian born actor and

producer who also plies his trade in

Nollywood. A TV presenter, accountant and

entrepreneur, Mawuli is known for his six

packs, heavily built biceps and baritone voice

. Mawuli is the hot drink of chocolate we never

knew we needed, until he stepped onto the

scene, bringing steam to our screens, whether

playing Linda’s husband in Rumor Has It, or

playing the estranged son of a wealthy

patriarch in Chief Daddy, Mawuli is the

epitome of class and sexiness.

He is also known for his exquisite fashion

sense and made headlines when he kissed

BBNaija Cee-C during a fashion shoot.

BBNaija’s Diane was also alleged to have a

thing for him.

Timini Egbuson

For those who don’t know who this charming

dude is, Timini is the younger brother of

Nollywood veteran actress, Dakore Akande

(nee Egbuson). The actor who also doubles

as a voiceover artist and influencer has carved

a niche for himself in the industry. His

handsome face and well-structured figure

cannot be ignored and his fashion sense is

top-notch. His role in blockbuster movies like

Elevator Baby, SGIT, MTV Shuga Naija, is

•IK

Ogbonna

•Swanky

JKA

•Ayoola

Ayolola

•Timini

Egbuson

commendable.

Timini first came onto

our screens thanks to

MTv’s Shuga series, since

then, the Bayelsa native has branched out into

the big screens, with roles in movies like Fifty,

alongside his sister, …but beyond his acting

capabilities, Timini is a classy man, stunning

on and off screen, working his charms on his

female fans.

Fredrick Leonard

Frederick Nnaemeka Leonard is a Nigerian

actor who won the award for Best Supporting

Actor in a movie at the Golden Icons Academy

Movie Awards in 2014 and in 2016, won the

City People Movie Award For Best

Supporting Actor of the Year at the City People

Entertainment Awards.

Beyond his steady climb since his

emergence, Frederick has successfully turned

the heads of ladies his way and still remains

at it! He is no doubt one male figure ladies

purr at every time a picture or a video is

dropped on his social media timeline. This

dude is not just a hunk of muscle and frame

but also a smart ass!

Enyinna Nwigwe

Enyinna Nwigwe definitely makes the list.

This fine gentleman was first noticed in Jeta

Amata’s ‘Black November’ and has gone

ahead to register his presence in various

movies ever since, including the blockbuster

‘The Wedding Party’. Since then,

Enyinna has grown in leaps and bounds,

blessing us with his presence

on our screens.

And we must

admit, the

leading man

role, suits him

rather nicely.

If he were to

upload a picture

Instagram, with the

caption “Single and

searching” many ladies

would fall over themselves to

get his attention. The actor’s

good looks cannot be hidden.

However, his relationship status

remains in a tight lid.

•Fredrick

Leonard

•Enyinna

Nwigwe

Ayoola Ayolola

Nigerian actor and singer, Ayo

Ayoola came to prominence

when he won the 5th

Season of Project Fame

West Africa, a popular

reality TV show, in the

year 2012. His compelling

and commanding roles in

various web series and

movies such as Skinny

Girl In Transit, The Men’s

Club, If I Am President,

Isoken, and Everything In

Between will surely have

you swooning, as he will

definitely grab and keep

your attention..

Whatever your taste and

flavor, Ayoola is sure to

make it on your menu,

because, what’s not to

love? A dazzling smile,

sexy eyes, confident aura...

The 34-year-old Covenant

University graduate is a

performer through and

through, definitely made for

our screens. Ayoola left many

ladies in tears in 2019 when

he showed off his girlfriend

whom he described as the

“entire love of my life” on

Instagram.

Uzor Arukwe

Uzor Arukwe is a

Nollywood actor and

model from Abia State.

Popularly known for his

role as Inspector Sam in

the 2017 action/comedy

Sergeant Tutu. Uzor

started acting

professionally in the

popular TV series

Flatmates alongside

Yaw in the early 2000s.

His big break came in

2017 after he starred in

the popular comedy,

Sergeant Tutu. So far,

Uzor has had the

opportunity to work with

some of Nollywood’s

biggest stars, featuring in

over 40 Nollywood

movies and counting.

He is known for the

confidence he exudes in

delivering his lines and his

ability to blend into any film

genre ranging from comedy to

high-paced action movies.

Currently one of the mostsought-after

Nollywood actors, Uzor is an act

that grows on you. Behind that nerdy

demeanour, he’s got a sexy body on him, one

that we hope will grace our screens for a long

time.

•Mawuli

Gavor

Swanky JKA

Jideofor Kenechukwu Achufusi, born 17

October 1991 is a Nigerian actor and model,

best known for his portrayal of Nnamdi Okeke

in Living in Bondage: Breaking Free as well

as Neo in Trace TV’s campus drama series

Crazy, Lovely, Cool. Known professionally

as Swanky JKA, he won the Trailblazer

Award at the 2020 African Magic Viewers

Choice Awards. Originally a model, Achufusi

began his acting career playing supporting

roles in Nollywood films Poka Messiah, Black

Rose, Pretty Little Thing, Ofu Obi and A

Lonely Lane.

Swanky JKA seems like the innocent new

kid who joins the class in a new school year

and steals everyone’s attention. Since he

exploded on the scene, this tall glass of

champagne has established himself as a

Nollywood heartthrob. He has gotten a good

start in the entertainment industry and there’s

no doubt the future looks very bright for him.


PAGE12 —SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

I was never

married,

Google lies

—Actress, Ejine

Okoroafor

Just like the old mantra, “The mirror

never lies” the new one everyone has

become so comfortable with is “Google

never lies” or “Ask Google” when in doubt.

But the search engine is not infallible just

as a Nollywood actress by the name of

Ejine Okoroafor just pointed out

to Potpourri.

According to her, her Google update has

it that she’s married which is totally false.

Hear her: “My update on Google says I’m

married. I don’t know the stupid blogger that

wrote it in 2013 when I had my son in South

Africa. I was never married. I am a single

mother of one.”

According to her update on Google “Ejine

got married to Prince Wale and the product of

that marriage is a son delivered in December

2013 in Sandton, South Africa.”

This cannot be farther from the truth and

the actress, who is very much single wants

to clear the air on this.

Ejine Okoroafor is also a movie producer

and an entrepreneur. She has produced

movies like “Trophy Wife” directed by

Tchidi Chikere among others.

There’s lot of money on Instagram

—Happiness Adebayo

play with that business, it

Happiness Adebayo, Chief Executive

Officer of Glee Luxury Hair and

Skincare, who is unarguably referred to

as number one in Africa in the business

of human hair and skincare, recently

revealed in an Instagram post what has

helped her business to grow.

According to her, her discovery or the

advent of Instagram changed the game

for her.

Hear her: “When I started my businesses

on Instagram I had no idea they would

turn out so big by just marketing and

screaming on here. In fact if I had known

that I could put up something for sale

here and they will get sold out in no time,

turn over, make sales, save and make a

lot of money, maybe I would have

doubled my hustle again.”

“There is a lot of money on Instagram

if you are consistently consistent. Don’t

Nigerians rate “Two Weeks In Lagos”

high after impressive opening weekend

After an impressive opening weekend

debut at cinemas across the country,

Nigerians across board have nothing

but praise for the movie Two Weeks In

Lagos as the movie got up to a flying

start at cinemas across the land.

The movie which features the likes of

Mawuli Gavor, Toyin Abraham, Beverly

Naya, Joke Silva, Deyemi Okanlawon,

Prince Jide Kosoko, Tina Mba, Shaffy

Bello, Okey Uzoeshi, Steve Onu among

others has spent barely a week at the

cinema and has posted impressive

numbers at the box office.

The movie which is an original love

story talks about a young man who has

his eyes set on the lady he wants to

marry but has to contend with his

parents as they have other ideas of a

bride for him, he is torn between

working towards marrying the bride his

way or having to seek the will of God

concerning her.

Two Weeks In Lagos has also been

•Ejine

Okoroafor

can grow big if you build

it. Even if it’s pure

water I post for sales

here strategically I

will cash out,” she

adds.

Happiness

Adebayo goes

by the name

@gleeoflife

on Instagram

and currently

boasts over

5 0 0 , 0 0 0

followers. She’s a

mother of three.

Recently she gifted top

Nollywood actress,

Mercy Aigbe who is her

brand ambassador a Range

Rover HSE.

tipped by industry watchers to pull more

impressive numbers at the cinema judging by its

picture quality, the way the cast of the movie

collectively interpreted their respective roles and

the quality of the lens used in shooting this

amazing story of love.

•Cast from Two Weeks in Lagos

•Happiness

Adebayo

Many people

don’t

understand what

real romance is

—Nadia Buari

Top rate Ghollywood-Nollywood actress, Nadia

Buari has aired her opinion on what real

romance is all about. The actress was in the spirit

of the St. Valentine’s Day, when she made her

thoughts public through her social media

handles, perhaps, to give out some

tips to the vulnerable and naive

lovers yearning to celebrate

love on that day, a week ago.

According to her, in a lengthy

post, “I think a lot of people

don’t understand what real

romance is. Anyone can buy

•Nadia Buari flowers, candies and

jewelries, there’s no love in

those.”

The truly romantic things

in life are those little things

you do every day to show

you care, and that you are

thinking of them. It is

going out of your way to

make them happy. The

way you hold her hand

when she’s scared; or

you save the last piece of cake for him. The

random text in the middle of the day, just to say “I

love you” or “I miss you”. The way he stops to

kiss you when he passes by. It’s dedicating your

favourite song to her, and letting her eat your fries;

telling her she’s beautiful even when she’s in

sweats; with her hair in a ponytail and no makeup.

It’s putting your favourite show on pause so she

can tell you about her day, and laughing at his

jokes even the really lame ones. It’s slow

dancing in the kitchen and kissing in the

rain. Romance isn’t about buying. It’s

about giving. True romance is in the

gestures,” she says.

However, in real life Nadia has not

been so lucky, or so it seems. She dated

a handful of other celebrities like

Michael Essien and Jim Iyke but the

trysts never came to fruition. She’s a

mother of 4 children out of which there

is a set of twins but the snag here is that

no one knows the father or fathers and

the actress has never said a word about

that.

Genesis Restaurant

launches new

French designed

outlet in Lagos

Genesis Group of companies which has been

in existence for over 30 years with

interests in cinemas, restaurants, hotels,

industrial catering and real estate, launches a

new French designed restaurant outlet on Adeola

Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The now 23 Genesis Restaurant outlets across

Nigeria are known for their signature looks and

tastes. You will be pleased to know that the Adeola

Odeku location does not disappoint. Every detail

of this location was well thought out and intricately put together

for you by a stellar team of national and international professionals.

The stunning interior was designed by Patrick Norguet, the

renowned French designer acclaimed for amongst other things, his

iconic redesign of the McDonalds on the Champs Élysées in Paris.

The project was exquisitely managed by the award-winning Dakota

Design (South Africa) and Harcourt Aduke Associates (Nigeria).

The modern fit-out of the building was executed by Desmo UK

(United Kingdom) and the external design flawlessly done by

Architect Chuka Okolo of PDT Consulting (Nigeria).

Genesis Founder and Group Managing Director, Dr. Nnaeto

Orazulike, shared the vision behind this location: “The Genesis

experience is anchored on exceptional delivery of style and taste.

When deciding to open our Adeola Odeku outlet, we had the Lagos

professionals in mind. From the opening hours of 7:00am to 10:00pm

every day of the week, to our delivery services and cost-friendly

tasty meals, you can dine in style without breaking the bank.”


APC’s bashing of Lai

Mohammed is unwise

At end of the 2015

election which was

won by the then

opposition party- the All

Progressives Congress

(APC), many Nigerians were

confident that Lai

Mohammed, the party’s

national publicity secretary

would easily clinch the

position of Minister of

Information.This was

informed by his satisfactory

performance not only in his

management of the party’s

political and electoral

information but also his

aggressive posture as the

party’s ‘attack dog’ which

virtually disarmed the then

ruling Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP). Lai has since

then served as Nigeria’s

Information Minister

making him the face of the

ruling party. It also made

him the undisputed leader

of the party in his home state

- Kwara, which had no

higher member in

government.

This position changed in

2019 when the APC became

the ruling party in Kwara

State. Although Lai retained

his position as the highestranking

office holder at the

federal level from the state,

he can no longer lay claim

to the same privileged

position in the state which

now has an APC governor.

PhD,Department of

Philosophy,

University of Lagos

08116759758

opuruiche2000@gmail.com

In the November 3

presidential election,

about five out of six in the total

votes with which Joe Biden

surpassed Hilary Clinton

came from Georgia’s biggest

metropolitan cities, namely,

Augusta, Atlanta, Columbus,

and Savannah. The Stacy

Abrams Effect was also visible

in the senate run-off election

in the state, as Democratic

candidates defeated the two

incumbent Republicans to

secure a razor-thin majority

for their party in the upper

legislature. With the

increasing importance of

patterns of racial and ethnic

configuration in

determining the outcome of

elections in the US, the

question now arises: What is

the significance of black

votes to Biden’s electoral

victory? The short answer is

– extremely significant. In

fact, without the solid

support he got from black

voters during the primaries,

it is very unlikely Biden

would have emerged as the

presidential candidate of his

party let alone defeat

Donald Trump in the

general election proper.

Remember, when the

Democratic Party

commenced its presidential

primaries last year, Joe

Biden initially fell behind

Pete Buttigieg and Kamala

Harris. His resurgence

started in South Carolina, a

state where 56% of the

primary voters were black,

and 61% of them voted for

him. Three days later, on

Super Tuesday, Biden won

ten states with

The dwindling position of

Lai in the state has become

glaring with the decision of

the party to undertake a

membership drive and

revalidate existing

membership. Rather than

work together, the governor

and the minister plus their

followers have been at

loggerheads as if the

registration exercise is a

contest between them.

Only last week, the fight

between the two groups got

a media boost when

Minister Lai addressed a

press conference stoutly

criticising the handing of the

membership exercise in

Kwara State. According to

the minister, officials sent to

the state to conduct the

exercise violated the

procedure set by the party as

the registration was being

done without Party

Membership Register

adding thattemporary

membership slips, were also

not given to any purportedly

registered member.Having

convinced himself that the

anomaly was happening in

no less than 80 percent of all

registration units in the state,

Lai called for the

cancellation of the

exercise.If anyone imagined

that the minister had a point,

Yekini Nabena, the deputy

national publicity secretary

Biden, Trump and the DisUnited

States of America (2)

overwhelming support from

blacks. It has been estimated

that Biden probably got

about 90% of black votes in

the last presidential

election, which is

impressive but still less than

95% and 93% for Obama in

2008 and 2012 respectively,

but 8% more than Clinton’s

in 2016. The improved

turnout of black voters last

year is probably because of

the meteoric increase in

early and mail-in ballots

caused by the covid-19

pandemic that tended to

discourage in-person voting

especially among

D e m o c r a t s .

Besides,Democraticleaning

voters had learnt a

bitter lesson from their

complacency after Clinton’s

defeat in 2016 and, this time

around, decided not to take

any chances. Accordingly,

president Joe Biden owes

black people a ton of

gratitude for defeating

Donald Trump. In order to

retain their support he

should implement

programmes that address

the main concerns of the

African-American

community such as racism,

police brutality and

growing unemployment,

crime and dilapidated

infrastructure in black

communities.

Trump’s emergence as

president has proved once

again that democracy does

not necessarily guarantee

that the most qualified

candidate would be elected.

Objectively considered,

Hilary Clinton was better

qualified in terms of

of the party, held an opposite

view. Nabena openly

berated Lai over his demand

for the cancellation of the

exercise and advised the

minister to put himself in the

position of the state governor

and submit to his leadership

of the party in the state.

Unfortunately, the

intemperate and abusive

diction of both leaders

showed that the registration

exercise had bluntly divided

the ruling party into two

warring groups - those in

favour and those against the

exercise. The minister who

promised to avoid

exchanging words with the

party’s publicity secretary,

did not forget to describe

Nabena as an impostor on

the ground that with the

dissolution of the national

executive of the party no one

was mandated to be the

party’s spokesperson. On his

part, Nabena described Lai

Mohammed as the “biggest

problem” of the Buhari

administration, who has

added no value to

government in the last 5

years. This public fight which

was an assault on the

reputation of the ruling party

went on for days with no

intervention by party

leaders. Certainly, all is not

well with the APC!

Nigerian politicians are

generally known to be bad

losers who always adversely

criticise any exercise where

they lose, but there is nothing

special about the Minister’s

complaint to warrant the

bitter war of words between

him and Nabena.

Interestingly, no one is in a

position to disprove the

minister’s alarm going by

how our politicians always

seek to win any contest

without playing by its rules.

Trump’s emergence as

president has proved

once again that

democracy does not

necessarily guarantee

that the most qualified

candidate would be

elected

temperament, cognate

experience and track record

to be America’s president

than Trump, a man whose

persona and life as a

businessman and public

figure seem somewhat

shallow and contrived. Yet,

Trump was clever enough to

exploit the throbbing

resentment of white voters

worried about the changing

demographics that seem to

threaten their irrational

white supremacist beliefs,

and disenchantment

amongst a section of

minority groups who feel

that the 8-year presidency of

Barak Obama did not

improve their existential

conditions in any substantial

way. Clinton, like every

politician, committed

blunders that made her lose

narrowly in states that she

should have – for instance,

collecting huge fees for paid

speeches she gave to

Goldman Sachs after

serving a government that

bailed out the financial

sector which made her seem

bad to many voters, and the

issue of using private e-mails

while serving as Secretary

of State.. But Trump was

worse: his lack of

discipline,flippant cruelty

and nonchalant attitude to

the fine details of policy,

penchant for conspiracy

theories, ringing egoism and

transactional approach to

public office among other

deficiencies eclipse

Clinton’s deficiencies. In

my opinion, Clinton lost for

two main reasons. The first

This is more so, as Lai’s

grudge is against

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq,

a state governor who

naturally belongs to a

privileged group that plays

The attack on

Lai Mohammed

along with the

tacit approval

given by the

party is unwise

the totalitarian politics of

winning every contest and

quite often scoring more

votes than the total

available. As Umar Ghali

Na’Abba, a former speaker

of the House of

Representatives explained

the other day, state

governors are largely

responsible for the absence

of internal democracy in

political parties in Nigeria.

The implication of this is

that in a bid to control party

machinery, state governors

often adopt the policy of all

is well that ends well, no

matter the procedure

adopted.

In the case of political

party membership registers,

our politicians are still not

in the frame of mind of

producing any viable

documents. This is however

one is sexism – Americans

were just not ready in 2016

to vote a woman into the

White House. America is a

great democracy and

arguably the greatest

country in human history.

Yet, a sizeable percentage of

Americans are still not

psychologically prepared to

break the last glass ceiling

in presidential politics. As

Ezra Klein, editor-in-chief

atVox puts it, “Many of

Clinton’s strengths were

hidden by our gendered

expectations of leaders –

what she was good at would

have been important for her

presidency, but it was not

what 44 male presidents in

a row have taught us to…see.

Anyone who thinks that

sexism isn’t a force in

American politics should

have a good answer to the

question of why, in a country

that’s more than half

women, there has never

been a female president and,

aside from Clinton, no

woman has ever come close

to winning a major party’s

nomination.” Secondly,

these days in virtually all

democratic countries the

ability to govern based on

objective assessment of the

candidates running for the

topmost political office plays

a second fiddle in the minds

of a broad section of the

electorate. Majority of

voters tend to gravitate

towards candidates with the

ability to attract attention

and enthusiasm. Now, in

terms of relevant knowledge

and capacity to govern,

Clinton was light years

ahead of Trump. However,

Trump, a former reality

show host, knows how to get

the attention of his

audience, and he used that

to great effect when he ran

against Clinton. But

everything has its limits.

Trump’s ability as a crowdpuller

which galvanises his

loyal supporters makes him

a great candidate which, as

we have seen, does not

necessarily mean he would

be a great president. His

shambolic tenure in office

SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 13

not a new hobby. From a

vantage position of

personal observation as a

Director in the nation’s

electoral body some 3

decades back, I recall the

mystery found by a team to

which I belonged while

verifying party membership

registers during the

transition to civil rule

programme of President

Ibrahim Babangida’s era.

Part of what we found then

was that the registers were

filled with fake entries of

ghost names and in some

cases non-existent

addresses. In one location,

we ran into a major problem

as one old man we visited

collapsed as soon as we

asked him about a name

listed against his house. It

turned out to be the name of

his son who died 11 years

earlier, now listed as current

party leader in the area. So,

whereas the alarm raised by

minister Lai may not be

correct, no one can vouch

for what the minister’s

faction of the party may also

have perpetuated during the

ongoing registration

exercise.

In other climes, party

membership registers help

the parties to know their

numerical strength and also

serve as a guide to the

direction from where to

seek more members. But in

Nigeria the registers are

patently fake, just as every

exercise to admit more

members or to validate

existing membership is used

to displace power blocs

within the party. In other

words, admonitions by

President Buhari to his

party leaders to use the

current exercise to positively

position the APC is a tall

order. Indeed, the appeal by

has exposed the soft

underbelly of relying on

bluster and braggadocio

without real substance or

governing ability.

Therefore, although for the

second time he deployed the

catchy slogan “Make

America Great Again,” to

captivate voters,

unfortunately for him and

Trumpians his ‘America

First’ policy was not

anchored on a detailed

pragmatic economic

framework that would

cushion the negative impact

of his trade wars particularly

with China. In addition, his

bizarre attitude to the covid-

19 pandemic which has

killed over 400,000

Americans and devastated

America’s economy was the

biggest nail in the coffin of

his re-election effort against

Biden.

One of the important

reasons why Biden

succeeded where Clinton

failed was because of his

gender. Again, all things

considered, he appears

more “presidential” and

compassionate than Trump.

Millions of Americans were

tired of the chaos, uncouth

and petulant attitude of

Trump and were looking

forward to a possible Biden

presidency to restore the

decorum, gravitas and

decency in the White

House.Whereas Trump, in

the eyes of many voters, was

widening the racial cleavages

and fault-lines in Americaby

encouraging white

supremacist and other

extreme fringe groups, Biden

consistently propagated the

gospel of unity and pledged

to work very hard not only to

tackle the covid-19

emergency head-on but also

to reduce the divisions

exacerbated by his rival.

Biden’s message of being a

unifier-in-chief rather than

divider-in-chief resonated

with voters who rewarded him

with over seven million votes

more than Trump, a feat

unprecedented in American

political history.

That Trump is

Senate President Lawan for

the APC to use the present

exercise to target 100

million members would

likely be marred by leaders

seeking to overwhelm local

rivals. It is thus rational to

suggest that none of the

factionsis bothered about

the authenticity of

membership registers. What

they want is to tilt the

registers in a manner that

would win future party

primaries for them.

Painfully,the APC has

failed to see the collateral

damage of the atomistic

behaviour of its factional

leaders. To rubbish Lai

Mohammed as Nabena has

done goes beyond a

personal loss. By telling

Nigerians that Minister Lai

only tells lies, our cynical

nation has been reinforced

to discountenance whatever

the minister says later about

government activities since

his party member has

testified that he is an

effortless liar. To say the

minister is of no use to

government; yet he was

picked some 5 years ago

and reappointed 4 years

later suggests that the ruling

party is neither discrete nor

result-oriented in

assembling dead woods to

run government business.

While it is easy to ignore

opposition politicians who

lambast government

officials, the situation is not

same when the attack is

from within. It is worse when

the victim is the

g o v e r n m e n t ’ s

officialspokesperson who

bears an imprint of the

ruling party’s image. The

attack on Lai Mohammed

along with the tacit

approval given by the party

is unwise.

temperamentally unfit to be

president as Hilary Clinton

claimed several times was

proved beyond reasonable

doubt by his disgraceful

incitement of insurrection in

the Capitol on January 6 as

Congress was about to certify

the Electoral College results.

Several commentators from

across the world, especially

America’s chief rivals China

and Russia, gleefully point to

that event as evidence of the

poverty of democracy. That

judgment is flawed:

democracy,as the Austrianborn

British philosopher Karl

Popper remarked, is superior

to other forms of government

because it provides an orderly

nonviolent mechanism for

replacing bad leaders.Indeed,

that the insurrection inspired

by Trump and his supporters

ultimately failed is a

validation of America’s

democratic institutions,

particularly the willingness of

major actors in the electoral

processes, including judicial

officers, to carry out their

constitutional duties without

undue bias in favour of the

incumbent president.

On the surface, Nigeria

operates the presidential

system modelled after the

American paradigm. The

fundamental difference is the

kind of human beings that run

the system. If Trump was

Nigeria’s president seeking

re-election, beginning with the

chairman officials of the socalled

Independent Electoral

Commission (INEC) would

have concocted results in

various states showing that he

“won” with a wide margin.

The judiciary up to the

Supreme Court would have

invented outlandish reasons

why the fabricated results

should stand in spite of

evidence to the contrary. In

politics institutions matter.

However, the intellectual and

moral quality of human

beings running the institutions

matters most – and there lies

the fundamental difference

between America’s

presidential system and its

deformed clone in Nigeria.

Concluded


PAGE 14—SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

Alabi-Isama: An officer and a socialite?: A tribute

This article was published

in the Vanguard when Gen

Alabi-Isama hit 70. Very little

has changed since then except

that he finally published his

book, which was a block-buster

that sold out so fast. Alabi-

Isama had to autograph its

pirated version for his friends

and admirers after the first

edition sold out! He is the

chairman of the Amala Group,

a bunch of professionals who

meet once a month to savour

bowls of hot Amala with

choice pieces of meat washed

down with the best of drinks!

Gen. Isama recently turned

80 and this reprint is a

celebration of the legendary

soldier!!!

Ihave often wondered

who General Godson

Alabi-Isama would

have turned out to be if he

hadn’t made that spur-of-themoment

decision to enrol into

the Nigerian Armed Forces a

few months shy of his taking

his West African School

Certificate Examination

(WASCE). He wasn’t scared

of the exams - he’d taken quite

a few after that and came up

tops. According to him, he had

watched a few military

parades in Ibadan where he

lived with his late mother,

fancied being part of it and if

he didn’t take that chance of

joining fresh recruits then, he

might never have the

opportunity again. He passed

the test and that was it! Alhaja,

his poor mum, was almost

apoplectic. An only son of her

two children joining the

Armed Forces? And, this at a

time when joining the Forces

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The Lagos State

government has

commenced the

process for the review of the

State Properties Protection

Law, LSPPL, 2016 to expunge

the option of fines for any

convicted landgrabber(s) with

a mandatory six-year jail

term

Ṗermanent Secretary,

Lagos State Lands Bureau,

Mr. Bode Agoro, revealed this

at a stakeholders’ forum on

fraudulent sales of state

government land by

landgrabbers, popularly,

called “Omo-Onile,” held in

Aausa, Ikeja.

He said: “Since the first of

February 2021, you probably

must have been exposed to our

advertisement calling on

Lagosians to the activities of

was like sounding your own

death knell. After a lot of

efforts to pull her son ut failed,

the poor woman had to resign

herself to her fate.

Well, Alabi-Isama

thankfully lived to tell the tale

of his exploits in the Army, and

he is still telling tales of his

mesmerising adventure in the

war-front to anyone who

cared to listen. You must have

recently read of his military

exploits in the various

newspapers that have carried

his stories - so I’ll spare you

all that - again! All I’m

convinced of is that if he

hadn’t been a soldier, he would

have excelled in any other

profession of his choice. At

37, he suddenly found himself

in the midst of us ‘bloody

civilians’, hung around for a

while, then relocated to the

USA to cool his heels before

restrategising. And, so began

a chain of events that

eventually moulded him into

the man he is today - a

Brigadier-General and a

highly-successful

businessman carving his

niche in the telecoms business.

Yet, the man is not as cut and

dried as he seems. A socialite

in his own right, it is amazing

how he could make friends

with the low and mighty and

make all of them feel like his

bosom buddy. You step into

his house - and the revel

begins! He virtually pours

booze down your throat - you

name your poison, he has it -

from champagne to the best

of brandies down to lager and

exotic wines and soft drinks.

But scarcely would you find

him touching the stuff. Once

•Gen Alabi-Isama

a member of the ‘Champagne

Charlie’ gang, he said he once

drove for house through a

nerve-wracking traffic from

Ikeja to his Surulere

residence. He was naturally

in his soldier-temper when he

got home. Still seething, he

popped open a bottle of

champagne and glug the lot

straight from the bottle! “It

knocked me for six,” he

confessed. “Why I reacted so

badly to a drink I’d enjoyed

for years really frightened me.

There and then, I resolved not

to touch the stuff and I haven’t

really looked back. Apart

from a few celebratory drinks,

I’ve stuck to my gun. I guess

I’d had more than my share

of the stuff. My exploits as a

member of the ‘Elbow

Raisers’ Club attested to that.

But, there are a lot of things to

enjoy in life than steeping in

booze...”

Like what, for instance? I

asked him. “Like charting the

Djooky music contest calls for entries as Brian

Malouf, Patrice Rushen, others emerge judges

He is a people’s

man who made a

lot of lasting

friendship during

the war, people

whose lives he

had saved still

show him a lot

of gratitude

course of all my children

some of who, thank goodness,

are in some of world’s best

professions.” He is also very

passionate about his business

- and there is his resolve to

write a book about the civil

war. Interesting how his life

always revolve round his stint

in the Army. Several books

have been written about the

war and a lot of Generals

have given different accounts

of their dare-devil adventures

that another book would be a

sort of so-what? To the reading

public. “Not this one I’m

writing,” he assured. “It’s so

easy to distort facts when

you’re not smack in the

middle of action. My book is

guaranteed to fill in the gaps.”

Alabi-Isama is a

perfectionist and that is

preventing his book from

going to press. He has refused

to use a ghost-writer and he is

writing the book long hand

and with his computer. He is

By Tunde Oso

AS part of its efforts to

improve the traffic

situation in Lagos, Lagos

State Management Agency,

LASTMA, has partnered with

the Association of Nigeria

Courier Operators, ANCO by

appointing some members of

the association as Special

Traffic Mayors, STMs.

Speaking at the induction

of the new mayors in Lagos,

Commandant of Special

Traffic Mayors, Lagos, Mr

Othman Adesina Tajudeen

said the burden of managing

and controlling the traffic in

the metropolitan city is so

enormous it could not be left

for LASTMA or Police alone,

hence the partnership with

private organisations like

ANCO.

According to him, with the

involvement of the special

traffic mayors and publicspirited

individuals, the

chaotic traffic situation and

enending and ubiquitous

gridlock will be a thing of the

past.

Educating the newlyinducted

ANCO members on

the functions of a mayor, the

LASTMA chief said: ‘’You are

to control traffic anywhere

there is gridlock and chaos on

the road; You are also to

monitor road users and traffic

painstakingly going through

the mountain of photographs

he has of his war days. A sort

of collector’s item, he

muttered he might just make

a separate book of those! A

glance at him on his desk with

that determined scowl on his

face had often made me want

to turn back and run, as more

often than not, I’d be used as

his sounding board. In time I

realised that he often asked

your advice, you gave it, he

sighed and promptly did

exactly what he set out to do!

And, he had got into a lot of

trouble for that too! I had

shown my indignance when I

had to intervene in some of

his skirmishes but he wasn’t

having none of it. “My sister,”

he often patronised, “you

know I seldom go out. Most

of the time you find me here

at home in my corner,

minding my business. So, how

could I be guilty of all those

things people accuse me of?”

Then, the argument would

start. The soldier in him never

allows him to cede. “I don’t

suffer fools,” he snaps. So, he

cuts those he sees as traitors

off without a backward

glance. I have often reminded

him he is no longer a soldier,

that he now has to deal with

mere mortals and make

allowances for their

shortcomings. Once in a

while, he listens. Other times,

he gives me the look he must

have given some of his preys

in the war-front before he

pounced!

In spite of all that, he has a

large and generous heart.

Why he decided to have his

Land grabbing: Convicts to face 6-yr jail term with no option of fine

...as Lagos reviews law

By Nnamdi Ojiego

This year’s winner of the

prestigious Djooky

music contest award will go

home with the star prize of

$10,000 and an all-expensepaid

recording session at

Capitol Recording Studios in

Los Angeles, United States of

America.

The runner up will get a

$5,000 cash prize and the

third prize winner will pocket

a cash prize of $2,000.

The Djooky song contest

is a global music competition

dubious elements in certain

communities who are selling

Lagos State government

lands to unsuspecting people

in some parts of Lagos.

“The lands are located at

Okenla village, Ibeju-Lekki,

Idake village, Ajao Oki,

Ladegbole, Imedu, Iratirin,

Obadimisi, Ogombo, and Eti-

Osa, among others.

“These land grabbers have

now taken their game to a

new level as they have the

audacity to erect signpost

bearing government logo and

excision application file

numbers in their desperate

attempt to deceive prospective

buyers into believing that

sales of such lands are

genuine transactions and

have government backing.

“In line with our vision to

be a platform for efficient land

resources management that

promotes easy access to land

that runs four times a year

(winter, spring, summer and

autumn), and opens to all

types of music and genres

from artists across the globe

including African countries

like Nigeria, Ghana,

Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire,

Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda,

Tanzania, South Africa,

Namibia, Mozambique

and Zimbabwe.

The contest, backed by

world-recognized platinum

producer, Brian Malouf, will

kick start the national voting

round from February 21-23,

and title registration in Lagos

State and our mission to

entrench a culture of

excellence, that ensures

prompt and efficient

service delivery anchored

on the most current

technology,

“We are doubling efforts

to confront all

circumstances that may

undermine transparency

and integrity in the process

of accessing land for either

residential or commercial

purposes.

“The Attorney-General of

the state has drafted the

proposed amendment bill

and presently with the state

House of Assembly for a

public hearing. In the next

two months or less, we

expected the law to be in

operation.

‘The focal point of the

review is to remove the

aspect of the option of fines

2021. The continental and

global voting will hold from

24 - 26 and 27 - 28 February

2021.

This year’s judging panel

includes multi-platinum US

producer, Brian; Grammynominated

artist and music

director, Patrice Rushen; UK

Ivor Novello winning

songwriter, Sacha Skarbek

and producer/music executive

and songwriter Justin Gray;

and Music Producer and

Founder of BukiHQ Media,

Buki Sawyerr-Izeogu,

amongst others.

and make it mandatory of

six years in jail for convicted

landgrabber(s).

“We cannot afford to fold

our arms while some persons

continue to take advantage of

hardworking and responsible

Lagosians by selling illegal

lands to them.

“This is even so as the

consequences of those

transactions put lands bureau

The management of Edo

State University

Uzairue, formerly Edo

University Iyamho, has

announced

the

commencement of

postgraduate studies.

This was contained in a

statement made available to

Sunday Vanguard.

According to the

statement:"Edo State

University Uzairue, formerly

Edo University Iyamho has

scored another academic

milestone with the

commencement of admission

into her postgraduate

programme for the 2020/

2021 academic session after

securing the approval of the

National Universities

Commission (NUC).

The commencement of the

postgraduate programme is

a sequel to the graduation of

70th birthday bash at his late

mother’s city of Ilorin beats a

lot of us who had been

warming up for the big event.

He did have a good party, a

lot of people whose hearts he

had touched over the years

managed to make their way

to the venue in spite of the fact

that it was a day to Christmas.

Alabi-Isama is still

expanding on details he

wants in his soon-to-bepublished

three-part book.

“Why don’t you turn it into a

sort of Encyclopaedia of the

Nigerian Civil War?” At least

I tried to! Alabi-Isama has

remained a good friend. His

children relate well to him.

So, do his wives. He is a

people’s man who made a lot

of lasting friendship during

the war. People whose lives he

had saved still show him a lot

of gratitude. Even now, he

seems humbled by the fact

that he pops into

establishments looking for

one favour or the other and

up pops someone, eager to

help and extol his help when

they stared despair in the face.

He boats of a stack of

awards; and letters of

commendation mostly from

his business associates

abroad. But his best moments

are when he is amongst

friends and family, dolling out

hospitality and making as

much noise as most of his tipsy

guests whilst he remained as

sober as a judge. Izam! This

is wishing you the best of the

rest of your years. As for the

twins you have on your wishlist,

may they materialise in

your children and not in you!!!

LASTMA inducts courier operators as Special Traffic Mayors

officers with a view of

providing information and

updates to the agency.

‘’Special traffic mayors are

also expected to participate in

workshops, seminars and

training on traffic

management periodically to

avail themselves of best global

practices.’’

under unnecessary pressure

when the buyers eventually

come forward to process title

documents. That is why it

is better to proactively

tame this preventive action

now".

The STM Commandant

pointed out that the same laws

guide LASTMA officers and

Special Traffic Mayors,

reminding the new inductees

that being a mayor does not

make them above the law,

stressing that it rather behoves

a responsibility on them to be

exemplary and lead by

example.

Edo State Varsity, Uzairue commences

postgraduate programmes

two sets of students and a

resource verification visit to

the University by the National

Universities Commission in

November 2020.

"The University secured

approval for postgraduate

Diplomas, Masters and

Doctors of Philosophy in

Economics, History and

International Studies and

Political Science. Others

include; Biochemistry,

Computer Science, and

Microbiology and

postgraduate Diplomas,

Masters in Accounting

With this, graduate students

from around the country are

advised to visit the

University’s website for more

details and procedures to

obtain the postgraduate

admission form for the

commencement of their

programmes.


SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 15

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister,

responds to the reactions trailing his rumoured

bid to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party

(PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Trap, spy claims

Over the last one week, millions of Nigerians have expressed concern about which

direction I am going politically and much has been said.

Some have gone out of their way to reach out to me and offered their counsel out of

genuine love and concern.

Others have not reached out to me and have written or spoken out of ignorance, hate

and malice imputing the worst motivations for actions which they claim I have

purportedly taken.

This contribution is an attempt to provide answers to just a few of the oftentimes

asinine and absurd assertions and observations that the latter group has made.

Some say they warned me and that I have fallen into a trap whilst others say my voice

has been silenced, I am a spy and that this signals the end of my political career. My

response to them and others who have conjured up even stranger motivations and

conspiracy theories when it comes to FFK is as follows:

To whom it may concern: spare me your crocodile tears and be rest assured

that I am too big, too intelligent, too experienced and too forthright to fall into

any trap. It is impossible to castrate a lion, render it impotent or silence its

roar.

Beliefs

I stand on all my beliefs, core values and principles. I am the

voice of the voiceless, I am a warrior, I fear nothing, I fear noone,

I am as constant as the northern star and I will ALWAYS

stand against evil.

Speaking to other leaders across party lines in order to

build bridges, engender peace, foster stability and enhance

national unity ought not to create such national and

international rage, panic and pandemonium.

Are we so divided that we can’t even talk to one

another and take pictures together without

causing a public stir and setting the Internet

on fire?

You insult me and say I am scared of

prison because I had a meeting with two

APC governors?

Do you know how many PDP and APC

governors and leaders I interact with and

meet regularly? Do you know how

many I talk to on a daily basis?

Do you know that I was prosecuted

for seven years by PDP governments

which tried to jail me simply for

speaking out against them yet it did not

deter me? Ask those that were in the

Yar’Adua and Jonathan

administrations.

After a while they got tired because

the more they tried to intimidate me into

silence or make me flee the country, the

more I stood my ground and fought from

my corner till they gave up.

Does that sound like a man that is scared

of death or prison?

You insult me and say I am broke because

I had talks with two APC governors.

Do you know that what I spend on salary

in one month is more than what some of

these people that are claiming I am broke

earn in five or 10 years?

I have 55 domestic staff in my house alone.

Not one of them gets below 70,000 naira

per month which is higher than the national

minimum wage.

I do not owe salaries and I feed each of

them three square meals every day.

I do all this just to help them and to ensure

they can look after and feed their families.

Does that sound like a broke?

That is my little contribution to the welfare

of our people because I certainly do not

need so many staff. I employ them just to

keep them off the unemployment line.

Apart from that, do you know how many

people I give scholarships to and how many

people’s children I feed and educate? Do

you know how many other families I am

responsible for in terms of day-to-day living?

The Bible says “be your brother’s keeper”

and I do these things unto the Lord. I do

them and I will never stop even when my

good is repaid with evil.

The Lord has always provided for me and

given me the fat of the land. He has always

caused me to be a blessing to others though

I do not make noise about it.

For the last 60 years of my life He has

been good to me. He has caused me to excel,

prosper and flourish and from beginning

to end He has always been with me and

mine. You say I make money through

politics; meanwhile I left public office in

2007 which is 13 years ago! Does that make

sense to you? In any case is politics my only

source of income?

Am I your conventional politician who

craves for elective office? Do I even attend

their meetings? I have been in this game

since 1990!

I have been making contributions to

current affairs, political discourse and

politics for the past 31 years which is long

before most of today’s governors or

Ministers even knew the meaning of the

word.

NADECO

And it was always a struggle which

involved sacrifice. Where were my

detractors when I was in NADECO and

fought against military rule?

The records are there and so are the essays

and some of the people I worked with.

Where were they when we set up

•Dikwa

Fani-Kayode opens

up on ‘defection’:

I am a lion

that cannot

be caged

September Club in 1989 and some of the

nation’s greatest leaders and elder

statesmen and top politicians over the last

30 years, including Presidents,

governors, Ministers and

legislators across party lines,

were members?

Where were they in the days of

NRC, SDP and Choice ’92 when

politics was real, when the

greats held sway and when men

honored their word?

Where were they when we

risked all for MKO Abiola’s

stolen mandate and June 12th

and even had to go into exile for

years because of it?

Where were they when we

stood against the annulment of

June 12th and fought against

the government of General Sani

Abacha?

Where were they when we

formed the Progressive Action Movement

in 1999 and some of the nation’s brightest

and best young stars and minds made their

I owe noone

any

explanation

for what I

will do or

will not do

tomorrow

contribution to national affairs?

Where were they when we fought against

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was

allegedly sent to destroy the PDP?

Where were they when I led

President Goodluck Jonathan’s

presidential campaign in 2015 and

took the battle to the gates of the

enemy?

Where were they when I stood

behind President Olusegun

Obasanjo and faced down ALL his

detractors?

Where were they when I was

targeted and almost assassinated

on two separate occasions during

the Obasanjo presidency simply

because I was the President’s

defender-in-chief and armour

bearer and was totally committed

to his cause?

I did all this in the past and

present and you say I am making money

from it? Do you know the risks involved in

these things?

Do you know I could have been killed

together with members of my family long

ago and most certainly would have had it

not been for God?

Can my detractors give up so much and

risk so much just for politics? Honestly it

really is the deepest insult.

Wealth and politics

Some of us were born into wealth and have

never lacked it. We were born into politics too.

We were born into the circles of power so

nothing moves us.

For us politics is a noble calling and not a

profession. It is about proffering solutions to

complex national issues and not about

acquisition of primitive wealth.

We gave up all for the struggle for democracy

and the opportunity to help to develop our

country and move her forward and now we

are insulted and mocked and told we did it for

money? Which money?

How much can I be bought or bribed with?

All the money in the world could not move me

because I have never lacked it.

What have I not had or enjoyed in life from

a very young age? Where have I not been?

I came to the conclusion long ago that all is

vanity and that material wealth means nothing.

I would never sacrifice my principles or

integrity for it.

Mallam Abba Kyari, the President’s late and

powerful Chief of Staff, was my brother for

over 40 years and we interacted regularly

whilst he was in power.

I never asked him for ANYTHING from his

government just as I never asked or got

ANYTHING from any of the previous Federal

Governments between 2007 and 2021.

If I had done so I would not have been able

to criticise those governments publicly and I

would have been exposed. You cannot criticise

where you eat from.

I did not join APC when Abba was in

government and I did not compromise my

principles when I could have asked him for

anything since he had the ear of the President.

I respected and loved him for who he was

and NOT for the position he held and the

feeling was mutual.

I opposed his government in spite of our

friendship and did not share his views yet we

remained friends because our friendship was

well above politics.

That is what civilised people do. They agree

to disagree and respect each other’s views.

They never let it come between their friendship.

I opposed Abba’s government and risked

losing an old and loyal friend and brother

because I believed passionately in all I said. I

believed all that I said then and I still believe it

today.

All that and now you dare to question my

resolve and consistency? It is laughable.

Consistent

You say I am inconsistent. Meanwhile I

have been more consistent in my views over

the last 30 years than 95% of Nigerian

leaders and I have stuck to my guns despite

all manner of persecution and suffering!

You say I have no relevance meanwhile

millions all over the world read my words

avidly every day and follow my actions

religiously because I inspire them due to

the fact that I have always had the courage

of my convictions and I have always spoken

truth to power.

Unlike most politicians I actually inspire

people and give them hope. And most

important of all they trust me and trust my

judgment.

They have also acknowledged the fact

that more often than not my words are

prophetic and I have displayed remarkable

insight and foresight when it comes to

national affairs.

How many of your so-called “relevant”

leaders have done that? How many of them

have displayed such courage under fire for

years on end?

How many of them can have their

newspaper columns in three national dailies

closed over the years due to threats to the

publishers from government and yet keep

writing his essays on social media with

millions of people all over the world still

reading them and receiving the message?

How many of them can be blacklisted by

newspapers and television stations with

threatening orders from above and still

keep talking?

How many of them across party lines can

mould the thoughts and guide millions in

this way with their counsel, words, actions

and thoughts?

First seven years of persecution under PDP

then five years of persecution under APC!

HOW many of your leaders can stand such

fire and pain and still fight on?

Almost all of them ever do is sell you down

the river, tell you lies, ignore your pain,

deceive you, mock you, use you and give

you crumbs in return for your acclamation,

support and loyalty but you love them for

that.

You say I am scared of even more

persecution. At the age of 60 you believe I

am scared?

Continues on page 16


PAGE 16—SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

Searching for Home in

The Camp

Title: The Camp

Author: Livinus Jatto

www.thecampbook.com

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Number of pages: 131

Year of publication: 2020

Category: Fiction

By Adegoke Tope Mark

‘As the vehicle clambered

up the last hill leading to

Auchi town, the subtle

petrichor of wet sand mixed

with cow dung and the

stench from overflowing

dustbins lining the main

road reminded him of

home.’ The Camp, Livinus

Jatto

What tribe you belong to,

your state of origin, religion

is somehow what are used

as yardstick to gauge a

Nigerian. It doesn’t really

matter his qualification or

merit, these defining

yardsticks or measures are

the sentimental tools for

sizing up a Nigerian. Thus,

the Nigerian identity is

very much troubled at

home too; it begs the

question, what or where is

home truly? This is the

story of Paul Badamosi in

Livinus Jatto’s debut novel,

The Camp. Through this

character’s many obstacles

and development, we

witness the displacement of

a person within his own

country, and how systems

that favours ethnic bigotry

and religion and

mediocrity up-ends him at

different stages of his life

and career.

The novel is worked into

eleven chapters, with every

chapter short and titled to

encapsulate the core theme

it focuses on. In the opening

chapter titled ‘A Camp

Called Home’, it follows the

origin of Paul Badamosi

who became Faul Badamasi

through the hand of the

clerk who registered him

into primary school:

He didn’t notice that the

Hausa teacher called him

Faul, with his Hausa accent.

Fani-Kayode opens up on ‘defection’: I am a lion that cannot be caged

Continued from page 16

What more can they do to me that they

have not done already? And what more am

I looking for in life that I have not enjoyed

over the years?

Yet you say I am scared! And those that

say so can barely endure one tenth of what

I have endured.

Some of them make noise from the safety

of other countries and stay away from Nigeria

out of fear of being locked up yet they mock

those of us that live on the doorsteps of our

oppressors in Nigeria and dare them to their

faces.

Some of them have not been able to face

hardship or deprivation and neither can they

bear it when their rights are being violated.

Yet to many of us this has become the norm

and we are used to it yet we still continue to

struggle and fight the system regardless. Let

me give you just one example. Do you know

that I have not been able to travel out of Nigeria

for the last 13 years because my passport was

first seized by a PDP government for eight

years and then by an APC government for five

years?

Do you know that I could not even go for

medical check-ups outside the country because

of that?

Locked up with

B/Haram suspects

Did you ever hear me complain or did this

ever stop me from speaking truth to power,

standing firm against injustice or speaking

up for the weak, the persecuted and the

voiceless?

Do you know I was locked up by both PDP

and APC Federal Governments for no just

cause?

Do you know I was even locked up in Boko

Haram detention centers with Boko Haram

suspects?

Do you know that only terrorists were kept

in the facility that they kept me? Do you know

that that place was worse than Gauntanamo

Bay and that it was built by the British

government?

Neither was he aware of the

future impact of the

misspelling of his surname,

which now read

“Badamasi”. At first glance,

Badamasi and Badamosi

looked the same, but the

politics of Nigeria made this

almost innocuous difference

a matter of survival. The

Northerners spelt theirs

Badamasi, while those from

the Southwest, mostly

Yorubas, and Binis in the

Midwest spelt the same

name Badamosi.

Whichever way it was

spelt, it meant

approximately the same

thing. (pg. 9)

Paul who was born to a

stern and disciplinarian

father learned from the

onset of his childhood the

complexity of his identity.

His parents migrated from

Midwest Nigeria

somewhere called Tabo

Gido-Ora to seek a new life

in the northern part of

Nigeria called Badaka State

immediately after the Civil

War. Badaka is a fictional

state but resembles any

cosmopolitan urban centres

in the north that has

various ethnic groups

domiciled there. The

author here is leaving the

setting blank thereby

creating a kind of template

anybody with similar

experience can copy theirs

on. This makes the story

ring true and shows the

history of a nation is knitted

with its peoples:

The difference between

the North, the South, the

East and the West replicated

throughout the whole

national life of Nigerians

and defined Paul’s growth

and development as it did

the growth and

development of the

country. These differences

determined who could

legitimately claim to have

a stake in the entity called

Nigeria. It shaped Paul’s

evolution. It also played an

important role in the

stunned growth of the

country. Both Paul and other

Nigerians conduct

themselves as if they were

internally displaced. (pg. 9)

As the narrative is

centred on Paul, it follows his

frustrations and

disappointments in his

quest to arrive at a place or

point where he can call

home. When he decides to

visit his parents’

hometown, he discovers

home is just an idea as he

has become an alien in his

parents’ state of origin. They

come from a minority

group as ‘Midwestern

Northerner’. He also

discovers that baggage

comes with certain

advantages and

disadvantages. The

advantage being that

standard could be lowered

for him to scale through

educational challenges. The

author writes that the pass

mark for JAMB, a tertiary

entrance examination in

Nigeria, can be lowered for

northerners to fulfil the

federal quota or character

as stipulated by the

constitution. This, he

attests, through the

protagonist entry into the

university. The advantage

he thought he had soon

turned into a big

disadvantage as he couldn’t

apply for a bursary from his

Badaka State because he is

not legitimately recognised

there because his parents

only settled there and

therefore cannot lay claim

to his place of birth.

Do you know how terrifying that was and

that I could have been killed or maimed whilst

there?

Yet did you ever hear me complain about it,

submit, compromise, give up or back down

from criticising the government or previous

governments because of these trials and

tribulations?

How many of your so-called “relevant” and

“great” leaders can bear such torment and

injustice without cracking? Did you ever see

or hear me crack? Did I ever break?

Do you know what horrors my first wife

Regina and my daughter Remi were subjected

to by a PDP government? Do you know why

they had to go into exile and live abroad?

Do you know what hell my ex-wife Precious

and first son Aragorn were subjected to by the

APC government?

Do you know the tears we shed secretly and

the number of times we suffered and were

forced to go underground for no just cause?

Do you know the kind of stress and torment

this put us through? Do you know that all our

bank accounts were frozen for five years?

Did all that stop me or stop us from standing?

Did we not endure and bear it all with dignity

for years and still continue to make our

contribution to national affairs with zeal and

passion?

Yet leaders like me that make these sacrifices

and speak truth you describe as having no

relevance, no consistency and you hate.

You mock, ridicule, insult and believe the

very worst about us at the drop of a hat. Some

even have the nerve and effrontery to say we

are not politicians simply because we have

not run for elective office.

It is those who speak truth and that are

courageous enough to expose and confront

evil that you hate, judge and always think and

assume the worse off at the drop of a hat.

Do you know that despite facing the most

vicious persecution and prosecution for seven

long years the court found me not guilty of

corruption whilst I was Minister of Aviation

and Minister of Culture and Tourism and

acquitted and discharged me?

How many of your leaders can endure going

to court for seven years before four different

CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR: NPDC, NOSL remember

Eastern Obolo communities, others

T HE

P e t r o Nigerian

l e u m

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 during

Christmas/New Year.

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, 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,

saying they got only rice in

2019 but got salt, cooking

oil, noodles and wine in

addition to rice in 2020.

They urged NPDC and

NOSL to continue to reach

out to their communities,

improve engagement with

them to ensure a conducive

environment for their

operations.

In a brief chat with the

Base Manager, Mr Fabian

Ebri, in his office, he said, in

addition to the items given

to the Eastern Obolo

communities and

neighbours, military and

some governmental

agencies got another 1,200

judges and in the midst of a vicious media

witch-hunt in which most people who knew

nothing about the case had declared me guilty?

How many of you could have survived

that without capitulating, cracking,

begging and bending the knee?

Do you know that I have been facing

prosecution for the past five years in two

separate courts for doing absolutely nothing

wrong except leading a presidential campaign

against Buhari and for Jonathan in 2015 and

as a consequence of politically-motivated and

malicious charges which were filed only

because of my bitter and vicious opposition to

the Buhari government?

Do you know that under my tenure as

Minister of Aviation there were no plane

crashes whilst the year before I came in there

were five and 453 died in those crashes?

Do you know that I put a stop to those crashes

and that I am the only Minister of Aviation in

Nigerian history under which there were NO

plane crashes?

Poll

Do you know that despite all the challenges

and persecution I was recently polled by 85%

of the readers of Vanguard Newspaper that I

was the loudest and most consistent voice of

opposition against the Buhari government

over the last five years?

All this yet you label me a coward and

someone that has achieved nothing?

Do you know that most of those leaders you

revere and love so much are cowards who are

unable and unwilling to risk all and speak

truth to power.

All they are able to do is to mislead you and

their followers to hate and insult those of us

that really care for you.

Joker

Honestly some people need mental health

checks and medical attention!

And for anyone to say I will not be welcome

in a party that I have not publicly expressed a

desire to join amazes me.

The joker that claimed I was rejected by the

bags of rice as NPDC and

NOSL considers them

important stakeholders.

Ebri said NPDC and NOSL

will constantly reach out to

all involved in making

their operations smooth

and peaceful.

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.

Some of the items donated.

Ekpo, leader of the NOSL

team, in a chat after the

presentation, assured all

that the company, as

always, would continue to

give attention to the welfare

of host communities and

other stakeholders.

APC needs to tell me where and when I applied

to join them and what my registration number

was!

Did I tell you I am leaving PDP for APC? Or

did I tell anyone that I will stay in PDP forever

no matter what happens or no matter what

they do to me or to the country?

You see, unlike most, I am a one-man army

and riot squad and I am accountable to no

man or party. I am only accountable to God!

Unlike most, I do not do things in the dark

and I do not shy away from speaking the truth

or my mind once it is set.

When and if I ever choose to make a move I

will be clear and categorical and I will let the

world know, so hold your hate fire till we get

to that bridge.

Yet know this: I owe no-one any explanation

for what I will do or will not do tomorrow, I

will gladly live with the consequences of my

actions and decisions and I will defend myself

and explain my actions when I choose to do

so if I believe it is ever necessary.

2023 realignments,

new alliances

I do not know what the details are yet but,

before 2023, there WILL be many

realignments and new alliances. Both parties

will see many shifts and many individuals will

change sides.

This is because we must get it right in 2023

and we must ensure that whoever takes power

at the center, regardless of party affiliation,

restructures our country and takes our nation

to the promise land.

We must build bridges and secure the peace,

unity and progress of this country and most

important of all we must avoid civil war and

do all we can to save our nation from armed

conflict and fratricidal butchery.

That is the challenge before us today and

that is the reality of Nigerian politics.

Whilst others meet secretly and hide from

the cameras in their quest to achieve these

objectives, I will not. I am the beloved of the

Lord and I am a LION!

No man born of woman can silence my roar!

I am who I am. I am FFK.


SUNDAY VANGUARD, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 17

Must you confess to an affair?

Most people want to

keep their affair secret

because they want to have both

the marriage and the affair.

According to Zelda West-

Meads in her book: The

Trouble With You: “Many

people claim that an affair

helps sustain their marriage,

or provides a part of their

needs that are not being met

in the marriage. They are

unhappily married, and they

may recognize that the person

with whom they are having the

affair is not offering what they

want on a full-time basis, but

just providing something

which is important at the time.

There are some people who

want their affair to be

discovered, as a way of

signalling to their partner that

for them, the marriage is over.

Or there are some people who

want the affair to be

discovered because of their

guilt. They believe, foolishly,

that if they tell their partner –

and this is usually at the time

when the affair is moving to

an end or has just ended – they

will be forgiven.

But life is not like that and

their partner is not into

forgiveness at this stage – it’s

too soon. So, the person who

confessed, far from being

forgiven, suddenly finds they

are on the receiving end of

outrage, anger, hurt, or even

the desire to murder or destroy

their partner or the other

person involved. The desire

to confess can be a selfish act

if all you are trying to do is

relieve your guilt. But if your

partner suspects that you are

having an affair, and insists

they want to know the truth, it

is fairer to admit it.

If, on the other hand, an

affair is over, and particularly

if it is in the past, there is little

point in suddenly telling your

partner all about it, because

for them, it will not feel over

at all. Not only will this hurt

them deeply, but they will want

to know all about it. Equally,

a one-night stand or a brief

but regrettable encounter,

would be deeply upsetting.

Whichever way you look at

it, discovery of an affair really

does shake most marriages to

their foundations. Some fall

apart, others grind on

unhappily, or continue and

then break up several years

later. Others, however, can

recover and can end up being

stronger and more loving than

before the affair – although

for most couples, this is a long,

painful journey.

Can the marriage be rebuilt

after an affair? “If you

really want to rebuild the

marriage, and you’re both

committed to this, it is

possible, although not easy”,

says the author. “It takes time

and a great deal of talking.

The person who has not had

the affair usually needs to talk

much more than the

unfaithful partner tends not to

want to be questioned about

the details of the affair. They

see a fresh start as a way to

put the affair behind them and

get on with repairing the

‘marriage’. But their partner

has to be given time and the

opportunity to express

negative feelings of hurt,

disbelief, anger, grief, rejection

and loss of confidence and

self-esteem. As well as this,

some questions have to be

answered honestly. Who the

affair was with, how long it

had been going on, who else

knows, when they met, and

what the affair meant to them.

This is painful to hear, but if it

remains unsaid, it gives their

partner no chance to deal with

what has been going on.

What is usually not a good

idea, however, is to talk about

intimate sexual details,

because these can really stay

in the mind of your partner

and haunt them for years. So,

when they ask, as most do, it

is kinder not to be explicit. If

you say too much, it can get in

the way in the future,

particularly when making

love. It takes time for these

memories to fade.

The next state in the

recovery process is moving

from the recriminations to

starting to look at what went

wrong and what led to the

affair. This is often

particularly difficult for the

partner who has not had the

affair. For them, it is often

easier to stick with the thought

that it’s all their partner ’s

fault and to go on blaming

them, rather than looking

at what they might have

contributed. It is only by

discussing what was going

on before the affair that

you can begin to

understand each other and

then painfully and slowly

start to rebuild your

relationship.

What about making love

again? West-Meads

believes it is usually better

not to rush into making

love too quickly after the

discovery of an affair.

Some couples do so

because the person who has

not been unfaithful and

want their partner to stay,

feels it is a way of keeping

them or repairing the

relationship. It’s more

often a woman who thinks

this. She sees it as a way of

showing she still loves her

partner, or as a way to

compete with the mistress.

It usually does not work.

This is because the man is

missing his mistress,

feeling guilty, or both,

which can result in loss of

interest in sex or the loss of

an erection, which then

feels like further rejection

to the woman. Or the

woman is too plagued by

thoughts of the mistress, or

the relationship is still too

tentative. Either way, both

of you can end up getting

hurt.

So for both sexes, if you

do make love fairly soon

after the discovery of an

affair, it may be all right

but you are more likely to

think of what your partner

might have been doing with

their mistress or lover.

These flash-backs are

always possible, but they do

fade and die. However, in the

early days, the memory or the

imagination are likely to be

very vivid and do not help the

recovery process. It is better

for most people to allow time

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Coca-Cola Foundation awards $85,000 grant

to Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative

By Josephine Agbonkhese

The

Coca-Cola

Foundation, TCCF, has

awarded a grant of $85,000

to a non-governmental

organisation, Aid for Rural

Education Access Initiative,

AREAi.

According to the Public

Affairs, Communications &

Sustainability Manager,

Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited,

Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, the

grant will be used to curb

plastic pollution in six states

across the federation, through

recovery and repurposing of

600 tons of PET Bottles in 12

months.

Speaking to Vanguard,

Gideon Olanrewaju, Founder,

AREAi, said beneficiaries of

the project will include over

60 communities in the Federal

Capital Territory, Yobe, Kano,

Kaduna, Kwara and Oyo

states, where periodic recycling

activities will take place and over 300

women will be recruited as waste

pickers and sorters.

"These female waste collectors will

be trained on financial literacy and

environmental safety practices,

equipped with Personal Protective

Equipment, PPE, and empowered

through a trash-for-cash recovery

scheme.

"Recycling stations would be

instituted across these states, with

public recycling bins also distributed

to strategic locations to drive

effective recycling processes and

activities in the various

communities," he explained.

Reiterating Coca-Cola's

commitment towards addressing the

issue of plastic pollution,

Onyemelukwe said: "Coca-Cola

remains committed to addressing the

issue of plastic pollution across the

world. Our vision for a World Without

Waste focuses on recycling and

behavioural-change initiatives.

Peaceful coexistence: Uvwie monarch

lauds Arewa community

His Royal Majesty

Emmanuel Ekemejewa

Sideso, Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie

Kingdom has commended Arewa

people in Uvwie kingdom for

their peaceful and friendly

disposition since he ascended the

throne.

The Uvwie monarch made the

commendation in his remarks at

his 13th coronation anniversary,

noting that Arewa people under

the leadership of Alhaji Suleiman

Jauro had always identified with

his palace and indeed the

kingdom in ceremonial activities

in wonderful ways.

The traditional ruler also noted

that there had never been issues of

menace of herdsmen or clashes

between Arewa people and his

subjects under the Arewa

leadership of Alhaji Jauro in

Uvwie kingdom.

While assuring Arewa people

and other non indigenes of their

peaceful stay in Uvwie, Abe 1

urged the Arewa community and

other non indigenes to sustain their

cordial relationship with the Uvwie

people.

Alhaji Jauro, the Arewa leader

in Uvwie, in a chat with our

correspondent shortly after the

event, expressed delight over the

remarks of the Uvwie monarch,

vowing that the remarks would

spur them to build more cordial

relationship with Uvwie people.

While pledging his continued

loyalty to the Ovie of Uvwie

kingdom on behalf of the Arewa

people in the area, Alhaji Jauro

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Uvwie kingdom.

"That is why we always feel at

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Eko Club: Again, Fanimokun

wins at Appeal Court

The Court of Appeal, Lagos, has

dismissed the case filed by the Eko

Club Board of Trustees and Guardian

Council of Eko Club against Chief

Babatunde Fanimokun over his third term

as President of the club. Fanimokun was

the president of Eko Club from February

2017 to February 2019.

However, his attempt to vie for a third

term was opposed by Eko Club and the

Guardian Council. Meanwhile, the Club

and Council brought a candidate, Dr.

Shamsideen Dosumu as their preferred

choice.

The Federal High Court, Lagos, presided

over by Justice C. J. Aneke, on Monday,

March 9, 2020, held that Fanimokun has

every right to vie for selection as the

President for a third consecutive year.

But the Board of Trustees and Guardian

Council challenged the judgment at the

Court of Appeal.

In her ruling on Wednesday, February 17,

2021, Justice Otisi, dismissed the appeal

and upheld the judgment of the lower

court.


PAGE 18—SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021

The sure mercies of David (2)

What would you do if God told you (a

Christian) to attack some people and

kill everybody, including women and

children? You might decide to pity some of

them. You might see a newborn baby and decide,

out of the goodness of your heart, to spare

him. In short, you might end up declaring that

you are more righteousness than God.

Several years ago, God told me to terminate

the appointments of all the people working

with me. He then said I should tell those who

still wanted to work with me to reapply. He

told me, furthermore, that two people would

not reapply because He did not want them to

continue working with me.

So, I did as I was told, and the two people did

not reapply. They asked when they could submit

all the official paraphernalia with them,

and we made an appointment for the next day.

Then, I became very sad. I said to myself in my

heart, I was not even talking to God mind you:

“What a pity that they have to leave.” And God

heard me.

I got into trouble. The Holy Spirit rebuked

me sharply. “Are you more righteous than God?

I said some people should go and you are asking

that they should stay in your mercy. What

do you know about mercy?”

I know nothing at all.

Judgment of Amalek

For God to be merciful to

us, he has to be merciless

to somebody else

When God told Saul to attack the Amalekites

and kill everybody, that extreme instruction

came out of God’s kindness to Israel. God

remembered the wickedness of the Amalekites

in attacking Israel from the rear in the wilderness.

He was also trying to prevent the Amalekites

from attacking David’s people in the future.

Do you know that if Saul had completely

wiped out the Amalekites as instructed, they

would not have attacked David’s people

much later at Ziklag?

“Now it happened, when David and his

men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that

the Amalekites had invaded the South and

Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with

fire, and had taken captive the women and

those who were there, from small to great;

they did not kill anyone, but carried them

away and went their way. So, David and his

men came to the city, and there it was,

burned with fire; and their wives, their sons,

and their daughters had been taken captive.”

(1 Samuel 30:1-3).

In effect, the judgement of God on Amalek

reflects the mercy of God on Israel. This

is how the psalmist expresses this kingdom

dynamic. He says the mercy of the God

who killed the firstborn of Egypt but brought

out Israel safely endures forever:

“To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,

for His mercy endures forever; and made

Israel pass through the midst of it, for His

mercy endures forever; but overthrew Pharaoh

and his army in the Red Sea, for His

mercy endures forever… To Him who

struck down great kings, for His mercy endures

forever; and gave their land as a heritage,

for His mercy endures forever; a heritage

to Israel His servant, for His mercy endures forever.

(Psalm 136:15-22).

According to the scriptures, calamities occur

because God’s mercy endures forever. The

psalmist says God killed all the firstborn of Egypt

because His mercy endures forever. He drowned

all Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea because His

mercy endures forever.

In effect, the mercy of God to Israel is the judgement

of God to Pharaoh. Israel knows that the

mercy of God endures forever because in one

day God killed all the firstborn in Egypt in one

fell swoop and spared all the firstborn of Israel

in Goshen. Had the two different acts of God

not occurred simultaneously, Israel would have

been oblivious of the mercy of God.

Thus, the same Red Sea that was the instrument

of God’s deliverance of the Jews was the

instrument of God’s destruction of the Egyptians.

Unmerited favour

God did this so both the Israelites and the

Egyptians can fully appreciate the mercy of God.

Some people were destroyed so that their land

may be given to the Israelites. In this way, all

men everywhere would fully appreciate the unmerited

favour of God.

Thus, God says to Israel: “I sent the hornet

before you which drove them out from before

you, also the two kings of the Amorites, but

not with your sword or with your bow. I have

given you a land for which you did not labour,

and cities which you did not build, and

you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards

and olive groves which you did not plant.”

(Joshua 24:12-13).

Similarly, God gave me a fellowship that I

did not start. He gave me a house in exclusive

Victoria Island, Lagos that I did not build. He

gave me a school, Nouveau International

School, Lagos that I did not establish. He gave

me a car, Toyota RAV4, that I did not buy. My

house in Lagos is full of very expensive paintings

that I did not pay for.

As for you reading this, some people have died

of Covid-19 but you have survived, for God’s

mercy endures forever. Some people contracted

Covid-19 and died while you contracted

Covid-19 and survived, for God’s mercy endures

forever.

Therefore, from today, never talk about

God’s unfairness again. What do you know

about fairness? Who taught you fairness? Is it

fair that your name should be written in heaven?

It is fair that some should be in the hospital

now but you are at home? Is it fair that you

can see, but some are born blind? Is it fair that

you should know the Lord and others don’t?

Any insistence on fairness would cost you

your salvation. The person who insists on fairness,

or vengeance, is the person who despises

the grace of God.

Double-edged sword

Therefore, if your father should die, if your

brother you have an accident, if you should

fail in your exams, if your husband should

leave you for another woman, from now start

seeing everything that happens from the perspective

of God’s mercy.

The word of God is sharper than any double-edged

sword. Jesus is both a sanctuary

and a rock of offence. He is a sanctuary and a

gin and a snare at the same time. This is because

for God to be merciful to us, he has to be

merciless to somebody else. For us to live,

Jesus Christ had to die.

In your life, the mercy of God endures forever.

You are born again, you are in the ark

of Jesus Christ, for His mercy endures forever.

From the ark, Noah must have seen a

lot of dead bodies floating on the water and

rotting in the sun, for God’s mercy endures

forever. You have received what God promised:

the sure mercies of David.

“Therefore, consider the goodness and severity

of God: on those who fell, severity;

but toward you, goodness, if you continue

in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will

be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue

in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God

is able to graft them in again.” (Romans

11:22-23).

CONTINUED

I ‘died’ but God raised me on third day – Asubiaro, G.O., Calvary Assemblies

By Adegbola Temitope &

Abiodun Theresa

From left: Pastor Asubiaro, celebrant; Pastor Paul,

Guest Speaker and Mrs. Asubiaro when the General

Overseer of Calvary Authority Pentecostal Assemblies

celebrated his birthday.

The General Overseer of Calvary Author

ity Pentecostal Assemblies (CAPA), Pas

tor Abel 'Segun Asubiaro, has narrated

how he passed out following a sudden ailment

but God raised him on the third day.

Asubiaro gave this testimony in appreciation

to God and in obedience to the vow he

made to God that no matter the day his birthday

falls, he will always set aside that day with

family, friends and Church members to appreciate

Him.

He explained during his 61st birthday thanksgiving

service held on Saturday, February 6,

2021 that he lost consciouness on Friday, August

14, 2020 and God raised him on Sunday,

August 16, 2020.

“Before Friday, August 14, I had been having

signs of weakness and tiredness”, Asubiaro

started.

“But on that Friday I could hardly walk and

I was already hearing strange voices of melodious

songs different from human voices.

“I managed to give myself Holy Communion

thinking that it was time of departure.

“By 7 p.m. or thereabouts, I lost consciousness.

I knew that anywhere I slept on that day

will be where I will breath my last except there

was divine intervention.

“I was forced to one hospital which had not

happened for the past 31 years.

“From the 14th to the 16th of August, I did

not know what happened in this realm. I came

back to life between the night of 16th & Monday

17th.

“After the sudden/quick recovery, the medical

report revealed that my sugar level on the

14th of August was 598 (I have forgotten the

B.P. on the report now) which the doctors involved

said no one gets to (598) and recovers.

“One of them said my being alive before

I was brought to hospital was beyond explanation.

“Now, the miraculous aspect of

it is this.

I recovered within weeks not on special

diet and not on medication of any sort.

“I am back on my feet performing all

pastoral functions (conducting revival programmes,

having fasting & vigils, etc) doctors

said that I would not be able to perform.

“The recovery and back to normalcy

clearly showed that what happened was not

just an ordinary illness”.

Guest Speaker at the occasion, Pastor John

Dada Sunday Paul, District Superintendent of

the Christ Apostolic Church, Royal District, Ikorodu,

said Asubiaro is a gentleman who takes

God's work as though it was his life.

“When God asked us to number our days, it

means you should know that your life is not

yours and, no matter the number of days we use

on earth, we should use them wisely and for the

purpose God created man”, Paul said.

The Guest of Honor urged Christians to pray

and fight the battle for Nigeria spiritually.

“They should pray in unity that God should

fight for us. That is what will make peace to

reign in this nation”.

Earlier in his sermon titled, 'Be a part of histo-

Primate Ayodele empowers journalists, youths, widows

By Jacob Ajom

The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual

Church, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele

marked his 2021 annual Thanksgiving

with a difference. The Primate, in his usual

manner, dished out gifts, ranging from cash to

cars, tricycles and facilitated the award of scholarships

and jobs to hundreds of youth.

Widows were empowered, the poor were given

various forms of assistance, while some

lucky religious devotees were aided with funds

If there is nothing to

write or put on record

about you in history,

that means you have

come to this world in

vain

to go to the holy lands for pilgrimages.

Strikingly, Primate Ayodele did not discriminate

between the beneficiaries as, apart

from Christians who will be travelling to

Jerusalem, there were Muslims who also

got funds to go to Mecca.

The church leader also recognised the

positive role the media has been playing in

not only his life, but in the growth of his

church. In appreciation, Primate Ayodele

gave out a jeep each to two journalists, Lukmon

Akintola of Octopus News and Folorunsho

Hamzat of the Status News, an online outfit.

Ten other journalists got N200,000 each from

the church leader. He also announced the donation

of a bus to NTA 10, Lagos.

Speaking at the presentation, Primate Ayodele

told the journalists not to see the gifts as bribes.

“You should be free to criticise me if I do wrong.

What I am doing here is a directive from God.

He gave me all I have and I should share what

he has given me with those who don't have.”

ry’, the District Superintendent encouraged

Christians not to pass through the world without

making impact.

''Let the world know and be able to put it on

record that you actually came to this world.

There are some histories that cannot be

erased. You must be someone that has an impact

in history because if there is nothing to

write or put on record about you in history,

that means you have come to this world in

vain”.

Paul advised against celebrating the dead

than the living. He gave five steps to make

someone a partaker of history: Always think

of what to do for God, do not wait for you to be

compelled before you are moved to do the

work of God, have zeal and a great passion

for things that need urgent attention in the

church of God and sacrifice for genuine prayer

and fasting with a big heart to work.

Asubiaro, addressing the gathering, said he

owed God a lot as he had no regret since he

started the ministry.

“In some ministries, people have godfathers

to push them to the top but God is my godfather”,

the General Overseer said.

“He secured the building and everything

needed to start the ministry.

"God has been so kind to me.

Unlike some churches where the elders frustrate

their pastor, my elders are very unique

and very supportive. They are God-sent angels

to me.“I never thought of becoming a

pastor but there were so many experiences I

went through that proved that God called me

despite my refusal several times not to do the

work of God.

“Despite all odds, we are now building young

generations (called young crusaders) to also

buy into the vision of going out there to expand

the ministry”.

He assured that those who didn't get this

year should be hopeful. “Next year, it could be

your turn,” he pleaded.

The height of the day's activities was the

hoisting of the United Nations flag at the

church premises, as, according to Amb Nabit

Kapoor, head of delegation from the International

Association of World Peace Advocates,

IAWPA, Primate Ayodele was being honoured

by the UN for his enormous contributions to

world peace, particularly in Africa. The IAW-

PA chief was accompanied by Amb Blessing

Palmberg, Amb Emmanuel Nkweke, among

a host of other important personalities.

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Some of the beneficiaries of miracles waiting to testify during the last crusade at the national headquarters

SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 19

For your old

garment to

become new

you must be in

Christ because

in Him only shall

we obtain new

life

FIRST TESTIMONY

HOW SOWING SEED

BROUGHT ABOUT BLESS-

ING OF A FOUNDATION

OF 3 BEDROOM FLAT

My name is Sister Antonia

Alemo. I reside in Ogun state

and worship at Ojore branch

aka Solution branch. I want

to testify the goodness of God

upon my life. It happened that

I was not able to attend last

year’s annual program titled

“from Sorrow to Joy program”,

because I travelled to

my hometown. So it was my

children that attended the program.

So, on Sunday being

the last day of that crusade, my

son called me while Pastor was

rounding up his ministration

and said Mummy, Daddy GO

is rounding the prayer now, I

should queue into the prayer.

So as I was listening to the prophetic

utterances of our Daddy

GO, he said, there was a

woman listening to my

prayers who is worried because

she is no longer experiencing

menstrual period but

now I’m commanding that

period to be restored. When I

heard that I knew that the

word of knowledge was for

me. In the night of same day,

I started feeling pain at the

back and before I knew it my

period started flowing and

that was how my 6 months

menstrual period was restored.

Secondly, I took a loan of

#250,000 in a place where I

am working and pondering

on what to use it for, one

thought ministered to me to

use it and buy land. So, I

called my former branch

pastor, Pastor Enoch and told

him that I want to buy a land

and he prayed for me. Thereafter

I had another ministration

that asked if I had consider

the bad condition of my

branch pastor before venturing

into purchasing personal

property. So I changed my

mind and out of the money

sowed a seed of 30,000 into

the life of my branch pastor.

Lo and Behold within a short

time God released showers of

blessings upon my life that

today, God of Chosen made

me to lay a foundation of 3

bedrooms flat.

Thirdly: My Managing Director

which is also my husband’s

brother favoured me

with 50,000 last December

SECOND TESTIMONY

One of the beneficiaries of miracles rejoicing during the

last crusade at the national headquarters.

ISAIAH 64: 6 says, “But we

are all as an unclean thing,

and all our righteousnesses are

as filthy rags; and we all do

fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,

like the wind, have taken

us away”

Beloved, in every sense

of it, filthy garment

epitomizes ugly situation.

The horrible situation

could be physical such as dirtiness,

muckiness and grimness

or spiritual as when one

is engrossed in chronic sin

such as smoking, adultery,

fornication, masturbation,

lying, fighting, drunkenness,

etc, of which you have made

efforts to stop but to no avail,

instead it has brought reproach

to you on many occasions.

Filthy garments could

also be considered as a condition

of barrenness, poverty,

lacks, hindrances, etc. It

could also be affliction of different

kind or sickness and

disease. I want to let you

know that the filthy garment

in the form of ugly situation

mentioned above must be

changed so that the purpose

by which you were created

would be actualized. You

should understand that all

those ugly situations are the

works of the devil and for it to

be changed Jesus Christ must

be presence in your life.

The Scripture says, “… For

this purpose the Son of God

was manifested, that He

might destroy the works of the

devil” (1Jn 3: 8). In order to

destroy these ugly situations,

Jesus was manifested. But before

then we were bonds, fetters,

shut and locked up in the

prison-house of affliction,

poverty, barrenness, sickness,

diseases, and above all subjected

under the dominion of

sin, and power of Satan, but

the Son of God came to rescue

us, to break our fetters,

and to set us free. He came

that we might have life and

have it more abundantly. Your

ugly situation in the form of

filthy garment remains until

He comes into your life.

Putting on the new garment

means that you have been

Former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (right), presenting to the General

Overseer of the Lord's Chosen , Pastor Lazarus Muoka(left), the child he granted full

scolarship during theMgbidi 2021 Crusade

baptized with Christ, surrendered

and ready to obey

Him. When you accept Jesus

Christ as your Lord and personal

Saviour and are baptized

in Him, you have put on

Christ and through this have

removed the filthy garment,

that dirty garment that have

been constituting reproach

and mockery in your life and

in the lives of members of

your family.

Those problems that have

brought shame and mockery

to your family, and even to

you, those problems that people

would see and conclude

that nothing good will come

from you are the works of the

devil. Those problems of stigmatization

that will make

people say, you are the son or

daughter of that poor man

that has been sickly, that

woman that has been suffering

from diabetes and then

they will conclude that you

will likely suffer the same, are

the works of the devil. If that

is your situation, I declare today,

that situation cannot remain.

Today, if you are suffering

the judgment of poverty,

sickness, oppression or affliction,

but are ready to accept

Jesus as your Lord and personal

Saviour, God will show

you mercy and that mercy

shall prevail against judgment.

I am assuring you that experience shall be no more,

day, that old and filthy garment

every power behind your you shall be clothed with a

problem shall be withered. new garment that will bring

All your sorrow shall today about all round blessing upon

be turned to joy and it shall your life. The only requirement

be well with you in Jesus for this new experience is to

name.

repent and surrender your life

Beloved, that mockery to Christ.

must cease. If they have referred

to your family as a if any man be in Christ, he is a

2Cor. 5 : 17 says, “Therefore

home where nobody goes to new creature: old things are

seek for spouse, family passed away; behold, all things

where people die prema-

are become new”

Changing the filthy garment (2)

turely, a family that even if

one marries the woman will

not stay at home and cannot

conceive, and even if the

woman manages to have

one child, the child would be

imbecile or a sicklier, I want

to tell you that from today

after your garment have

been changed, those aspersion

will no longer be your

portion. If they have told you

that they know where you are

coming from and could predict

your end and as far as

they are concerned you are

potentially an object of

mockery and caricature. So,

looking at you, makes them

draw conclusion that you are

a failure because nobody has

made it in your family. But if

these things are your experiences,

consider them as

filthy garment we are talking

about that must be

changed today by the operation

of the Holy Spirit in

Jesus name.

I don’t know what has constituted

a filthy garment in

your life and business but

what I know and can assure

you is that with God all

things are possible. Remember

that when God comes

into any situation there must

be a positive change. As He

comes into your situation to-

For your old garment to become

new you must be in

Christ because in Him only

shall we obtain new life. If any

is in Christ, his affections, his

motives, thoughts, hopes, and

whole life will be renewed. So,

have your filthy garment

changed today by giving your

life totally to our Saviour Jesus

Christ. And as you do so I am

assuring you it shall be well

with you in Jesus name.

WITHOUT WOMB I

GAVE BIRTH TO FIVE

CHILDREN

My name is Sister Margret

Ejeh. I’m from Ayabo 4 in Ijegun.

I joined Chosen in 2008

in a programme titled “Hope

for the Barren” (Needy). I am

that sister that had ectopic

pregnancy in June 2008. Because

of the ectopic pregnancy,

my womb was cut off including

my fallopian tubes

but by the grace of God of

Chosen today I am a mother

of five children.

For the benefit of new comers

who did not know my testimony,

let me repeat it in a

summary. In 2008, I had ectopic

pregnancy, because of

that, my womb and fallopian

tubes were cut off. In the sight

of man, I couldn’t conceive

again but in the sight of God,

all things are possible. In

November of that year, I was

invited here by my uncle in

that very programme but that

time it was called Hope for

the Barren. During ministration

through prophetic utterances

the General Pastor said

“There is a woman here

whose womb was cut off, I

request for new womb from

above for her, in the name of

Jesus I give her a new womb

now”. I claimed it and shouted

amen. Brethren, that was

all. That statement alone

changed my situation and I

became pregnant. The cutting

off of my womb was done

at LUTH by professor Abudu.

But God began a new thing

in my life, in the year 2009, I

had my first Child named

dominion, my second child

named Abundance came in

2011, in 2013 I had Victory

and in 2015 I had Confidence.

And now the last is Hope that

came 2018.

In 2008, when I firstly came

in here, I was just looking,

watching what was happening.

Today, I’m a living testimony.

As you too have come,

God will give you hope in

Jesus name. To crown it all,

this last delivery was in my

bedroom, not in the hospital.

God of Chosen is wonderful

indeed. May His name be

glorified in Jesus name.

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We have translated Bible into 26 Nigerian

languages — BSN

By Olayinka Latona be dedicated on February 27,

at the Atiku Square, Ayetoro

THE Bible Society of Ni

geria, BSN said it has

translated the Bible into 26

Nigerian languages in addition

to the Braille Bible for

those who have visual disability

and Nigerian Sign

Language Bible for the deaf.

The General Secretary of

BSN, Rev. Dare Ajiboye revealed

this during a news conference

to dedicate the Igala

Bible and Okun New Testament

at Bible Guest House,

Ilupeju, Lagos.

The BSN boss noted that

through translating the Bible

into Nigerian languages, the

society has helped to preserve

various Nigerian languages

and culture.

Adding that the two languages

are spoken predominantly

among locals in Kogi

State.

In his words: "This is in pursuance

of our mission to meet

the scriptural needs of every

Nigerian and to help them interact

with the Word of God.

So far, we have the full bible

in 26 Nigerian languages,

while revision and translation

is ongoing in 10 Nigerian

languages.

"It costs us a minimum of

N72 million to complete a

translation project, if completed

in 12 years," he said.

On the dedication of the two

Bibles, Ajiboye said that the

Okun New Testament would

Jesus the pioneer and perfecter

of our faith

TEXT: HEB 12:1-2

“Therefore, since we are surrounded

by such a great cloud

of witnesses, let us throw off

everything that hinders and

the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance

the race marked out

for us. 2 Fixing our eyes on

Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter

of faith. For the joy set before

him he endured the cross,

scorning its shame, and sat

down at the right hand of the

throne of God. 3 Consider him

who endured such opposition

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from sinners, so that you will

not grow weary and lose

heart.”

The word ‘therefore’ is a

part of speech known as

a conjunction which is used

to join a phrases or sentence

together. It can best be described

as a linker referring

to the consequences of one

event upon another. The preceding

chapter in Christian

circles is known as the library

of faith. It is a catalogue of

heroes of the Jewish and

Christian faith who surmounted

all oppositions to

stand out for Christ. The first

Rev. Emmanuel Awazie

*Assemblies of God Church

Nigeria, 111 Clegg Street,

Surulere, Lagos.

Friendship with Jesus (2)

The fundamentals of

friendship with Jesus

Christ rest in inherent qualities,

which are formed in us

by the incoming and indwelling

of the Holy Spirit; they

are not by natural birth. Then

as we obey the revelation

granted, friendship begins to

grow.

Like anything that thrives

and that is beneficial,

friendship must be cultivated

and nurtured and certain

conditions are essential for

the achievement of this, viz:

1.Acquaintance with

Him: Friendship is based

on a relationship “Can two

walk together, unless they

are agreed?” – Amos 3:3.

This is the very foundation

and the implication is that

you must have renounced

in Kogi State, while the Igala

Bible would be dedicated on

March 13, at the Chapel of

Resurrection, Kogi State University,

Ayingba.

He said that the Okun New

Testament translation had become

the fastest new testament

translation with a

record of four years and three

Satan, the world and every

sinful entanglement in order

to cultivate a relationship

with God.

2.Read and meditate on

God’s word: The person

who will cultivate a relationship

with God must have

a passionate hunger for His

word. You must long to meet

Him daily in the word. He

commands that “This Book

of the Law shall not depart

from your mouth, but you

shall meditate in it day and

night, that you may observe

to do according to all that is

written in it. For then you

will make your way prosperous,

and then you will have

good success.” Joshua 1:8.

The vigour of our spiritual

life will be in exact proportion

to the place held by the

Scriptures in our lives and

months, while the Igala Bible

was completed within 11

years.

He added that the Old Testament

of Okun is in its advanced

stage of completion.

The society also called on

the Federal Government and

other tiers of government to

make deliberate efforts to

preserve Nigerian languages

by enforcing their usage,

especially in schools.

Baptist cleric emerge CTPAN president

By Olayinka Latona

CHRISTIAN Tourism

Practitioners Association

of Nigeria, CTPAN has

elected the Senior Pastor of

Shepherdhill Baptist Church,

Obanikoro, Lagos, Rev. Israel

Kristilere as her new president.

The body which comprised

of over 60 registered pilgrimage

operators nationwide

was led by Mrs Adeola Adekola,

the CEO of Ideal Pilgrimage,

until when Israel

Kristilere was unanimously

elected as the new president.

At the same time, Deaconess

Lola Oluokun was elected

Vice President while Pastor

(Mrs) Jumoke Adeniyi,

was elected General Secretary

and a host of other officers

were elected.

In his response, Rev. Kristilere

appreciate the body including

the former executives

for counting him worthy to

lead the group.

He, however, pledged to

work with all the members in

order to take Christian Pilgrimage

in Nigeria especially

the privately organized

tours to an enviable height.

While reflecting on the

challenges the COVID19

pandemic posed on Christian

Pilgrimage in the last one

year, he expressed hope that

in the next few weeks, the borders

of Israel shall be opened

to Nigerian pilgrims again

and those who have been

yearning to walk in the footsteps

of Jesus and experience

the Holy land shall find their

dreams coming to pass.

The cleric further solicited

for the support and co-operation

of all CTPAN members

as they all strive together to

make a difference during their

tenure and bring into the fold

other Private Christian Pilgrimage

operators that are

yet to join the association.

verse of chapter twelve points

us to these cloud of faithful

witnesses who despite their

outstanding spiritual accomplishments

are incomplete in

the spiritual order of things

without us. They had been effective

witnesses despite the

negative effect of the environment

upon their lives. Our

own times and seasons although

ladened with its own

peculiarity should not overwhelm

us. The heroes before

us are heroes because they

overcame and are witnesses

and a confirmation to us that

we too shall overcome.

The evidence to their becoming

heroes of the faith is

that they threw off sin that

hinders and easily entangled

them. Definitely a great number

of those listed had one

form of entanglement or the

other, but that they appear listed

here proves that they overcame.

thoughts.

3.Make prayer a lifestyle

– Ps. 5:3: It is impossible to

be in a relationship and not

have time to commune and

talk with each other. Prayer

is talking with God. People

who are in a relationship

frequently want to express

their thoughts and feelings

towards each other and in

prayer, friendship is developed

and expressed with

God, “Evening and morning

and at noon I will pray, and

cry aloud, And He shall

hear my voice.” Ps. 55:17;

it is not just in order to have

things, but is a place of

sweet adoration and dealings

with Him.

There are many more

conditions that are necessary

but as we learn to fellowship

with Him on a regular

basis, He will not leave

us empty; He is not selfish

“Then you will call upon Me

and go and pray to Me, and I

will listen to you. 13 And you

will seek Me and find Me,

when you search for Me with

all your heart.”– Jeremiah

29:12 – 13.

FG, activists call for stiffer sanctions

against child abuse

By Dirisu Yakubu

gainst the backdrop of

Afrequent incidences of

child molestation and abuse,

the federal government,

stakeholders and activists,

Wednesday, called on the

National Assembly to come

up with laws providing for

tough sanctions against

infringement on the rights of

the child.

They specifically drew the

attention of the public to

Section 15 (Right of a child

to free, compulsory and

universal primary education,

etc) of the Child’s Rights Act,

wondering why the law

prescribed that in the event of

failure of a parent or guardian

to enrol a child under his care

in primary school, such a

person would pay a fine of

N2000 or spend a month in

prison in lieu of fine or both.

Addressing participants at a

workshop on child abuse,

organised by Kidsright

international, Minister of

Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline

Tallen, decried the fact that

By Etop Ekanem

he management of

TSoloti Gaming Limited,

a new investor in Nigeria’s

fast-growing gaming

industry, has announced its

entry into the gaming sector.

Soloti Gaming Limited

recently obtained its

operation licences from the

National Lottery Board and

Lagos State Lottery Board

and is poised to

revolutionise the sports

betting industry in Nigeria.

The Chairman of Soloti, Mr.

Adebayo Tade expressed

optimism at the consistent

growth trend in the gaming

industry in Africa and

Nigeria.

According to Mr. Tade, “We

have over the last two years

been conducting extensive

research on the gaming

industry in Africa, notably

West Africa, and we believe it

Onuesoke lauds Buhari’s support for

Premium Steel Coy

By Ephraim Oseji

Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP) chieftain

and former Delta State

gubernatorial aspirant, Chief

Sunny Onuesoke has

commended the Federal

Government support and

encouragement for the

development of Premium

Steel and Mines Limited,

Warri, Delta State and other

steel industries in Nigeria.

He equally hailed the

government move for the

proposed Metallurgical

Industrial Bill, stressing that

when approved, it would

support the growth and

development of the steel

industry in Nigeria.

Onuesoke made the

commendation during the

facility tour of Premium Steel

and Mines Limited, by

the Minister of Mines and

Steel Development,

Olamilekan Adegbite,

recently.

The Minister had earlier

called on the steel company

to speed up the production

process, as the mandate of the

Students hail appointment of Akwa as NDDC

Sole Admin

By Jimitota

Onoyume

Akwa Ibom State’s

students have hailed

the appointment of Mr

Okon Effiong Akwa as the

Sole Administrator of the

Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC.

A statement by the

some states in the country are

yet to domestic the Child

Rights Act.

Represented by Adekunle

Balogun-Ashry, the Minister

counselled parents and

guardians to accord child

right pride of place, noting

that until children are

protected from the ills of the

society, they would struggle

to realize their potentials

early in life.

“A memorandum was last

By Chioma Obinna

morale of frontline

Thealth workers at the Nigerian

Institute of Medical

Research, NIMR, is gradually

getting low following nonpayment

of their COVID-19

allowances by the institution.

The workers accused the

management of NIMR of refusing

to pay their accrued

COVID-19 allowances.

Soloti Gaming Limited announces

entry into Nigeria’s gaming industry

is time to revolutionise and

reposition the gaming

industry in Nigeria, offering

innovative and more

strategic outcomes beneficial

to the over 70 million Punters

in the Nigeria Gaming

industry.”

Speaking on the entry of

Soloti Gaming Limited’s

foremost product, FRAPAPA,

Mr Derrick Bell, Chief

Executive Officer, stated: “We

are thrilled to announce the

entry of FRAPAPA; a unique

product under Soloti

Gaming Limited into

Nigeria’s fast-rising gaming

industry. Our entry into

Nigeria supports our

strategic business decision

and global growth strategy

aimed at adding value to the

gaming industry through

innovative offerings, human

capital engagement and the

value chain of wealth

creation.”

Ministry was to expand the

steel sector and use it to

diversify the economy, create

jobs and generate revenue for

the government.

Reacting to the minister’s

statement, Onuesoke said

Premium Steel would save

the nation more than a

million tons of steel in import

and conserve about $600

2 couples win Tec

echno’s Blue

Valentine promo

By Ephraim Oseji

Two couples, Osho

Ganiyat Kofo and Gift

Ajirioghene Efeteha won N1

million each in the Techno’s

Blue Valentine promo held

recently in Lagos.

The programme was held

to celebrate St. Valentine’s

Day and reward couples.

The PR & Strategic

Partnership Manager, Tecno

Mobile, Jesse Oguntimehin

said: “Without a doubt,

Valentine’s Day is a big deal

President of National

Association of Akwa Ibom

State Students, NAAKISS,

University of Port Harcourt

chapter, Comrade. Favour

Emah, said Akwa would

take the commission to a

greater height.

” We congratulate our

great son, Mr. Okon Effiong

Akwa on his new upliftment

as the interim Sole

Administrator of the

year presented before the

National Assembly for the

review of the Child Rights Act

and I can assure you that we

won’t rest until the right thing

is done. States in Nigeria that

are yet to adopt this law need

to rise up and show concern

for our children who are the

leaders of tomorrow,” said

Balogun-Ashry, who pledged

the readiness of the Ministry

to work with stakeholders

and civil society

organizations with thematic

focus on child’s rights.

COVID-19: NIMR health workers

grumble over allowances, working

conditions

Some who spoke to Sunday

Vanguard under anonymity

said they had only

been paid three months of

their COVID-19 allowances

in April, May and June 2020.

According to them, the

management of NIMR has

continued to claim that the

federal government has not

paid their allowances.

The workers also claimed

that the results of COVID patients

were being delayed due

to the failure of the management

to fix one of the machines.

While saying the situation

in NIMR may impact

negatively on the efforts of the

federal government to reduce

the spread of the virus, a patient

who pleaded anonymity

at the NIMR Laboratory

for COVID-19 test told Sunday

Vanguard that the workers

are facing a lot of pressure.

He said many patients who

were manifesting COVID-19

symptoms, last Wednesday

were asked to come back for

the result one week after.

He said: “We found out that

the delay was because one of

the machines for the test has

broken down and has not

been fixed.

“I also learnt that some

NIMR employees are sleeping

over in the office just to

ensure that deadlines are

met.”

Responding to the allegations,

the Director-General

of NIMR, Professor Babatunde

Salako, in a text message

to Sunday Vanguard

dismissed the allegations.

million in foreign exchange

when operated at full

capacity.

Onuesoke said it is exciting

that the present government

has initiated a simultaneous

and wide-ranging

investment plan in

infrastructure, which is

expected to boost the steel

demand, while also serving

as the backbone of Nigeria’s

industrialisation.

all over the world. It is a day

for lovers to celebrate and

flaunt their love

’’This year, Techno played

the ultimate lover to its fans,

serenading them with lots of

gifts and cash to the tune of 2

Million.’’

The smartphone brand

called for Nigerian couples

in romantic relationships to

tell their love stories as each

participating couple shared

beautiful stories and records

interactive videos with their

partners telling how old their

love journey was, their

experiences, and the things

they admire in each other.

NDDC. We are indeed so

proud of you and we pray

that God will be with you

throughout your service in

good health”, they said.

” You will bring your

wealth of experience to bear

on the job, take the

commission to greater

heights. You are a nobleman

from Akwa Ibom and a great

value to the commission “, the

students said.


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SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 21

FIREWORKS IN KANO OVER ‘DIVISIVE’ CLERIC

Among other sins, Abduljabbar

has led a lot of people astray

—Prof Labdo

By Bashir Bello

Umar Labdo is a professor of

Islamic political thought at

Maitama Sule University,

Kano. In this interview, Labdo

speaks on the banning of an Islamic

cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar

Nasir Kabara, by Kano State

government on account of

preaching inciting messages.

The state government had, a

fortnight ago, banned the cleric for

alleged inciting preaching.

Muhammad Garba, the state

Commissioner for Information,

who announced the order in a

statement, said government

considered the cleric’s mode

of teachings as incendiary.

Kano State government

has banned an Islamic

cleric,

Sheikh

Abduljabbar, from

preaching and other

religious activities for

what it termed as

incitement...

I think the decision of Kano

State government to ban

Abduljabbar from preaching and

other religious activities is

long overdue. It should

have been done a long

time ago. This man

claims to be an Islamic

scholar but his ways are

divisive. He is working

to divide Muslims in

•Labdo

Kano and other places in Nigeria. His

method is that he quotes non-text from

authentic sources but gives them

interpretations that are entirely his

own. Islam is 1, 500 years old. This

young man is now coming out with

new interpretations that are unheard

of. I am an expert in Islamic Studies,

although my field is Islamic political

thought. I did my Islamic studies in

Arabic not in English as others do. I

can tell you authoritatively that

Abduljabbar is a charlatan. I can’t even

call him a scholar because

he doesn’t understand

the Qur’an. Everybody

will tell you that whenever

he quotes from the

Qur’an, he makes grave

mistakes. And an Islamic

scholar is supposed to

commit the Qur’an to

memory which is the basic

requirement of Islamic

scholarship. In the past,

committing the Qur’an to

memory used to be the

elementary stage of

studying Islam. The

Qur’an is a fountain while

other knowledge of Islam

emanate from the Qur’an.

How can somebody who

doesn’t know Qur’an claim that he is

an Islamic scholar?

Sermons

Second, if you listened to his sermons

and lessons, you will be surprised that

some people regard him as a scholar. This

is somebody who will be uttering

unguarded utterances. This is

somebody who will tell his followers to

slaughter anyone who differs or goes

contrary to their teachings. He was

openly calling for violence. This is the

kind of person that, if left unchecked,

could grow to be another Maitasine,

another Muhammad Yusuf (leader of

If you

listened to

his sermons

and lessons,

you will be

surprised

that some

people

regard him

as a scholar

Boko Haram).

First, he told

young people

not to go to

Western

school like

Zakzaky did in

the 1980s. We

were in the

university and so

we knew what

•Sheikh

Abduljabbar

Nasir Kabara

happened. Now,

Abduljabbar is trying

to take the place of

Zakzaky because he is also

a Shiite. Now, because Zakzaky is old

and devastated because six of his

children were killed and he has

been in detention for five years,

Abduljabbar is trying to take

his place. He said that

publicly. That is why I said

what government did was

right. It came a little late

because the young man

has led a lot of people

astray. Many young

people now listen to him as

if he is significant. He is

zero in the world of

knowledge and not a

religious man. He is

exploiting our bad situation

because we have a lot of

Almajiri children and

unemployed youths

roaming the streets that

need to be entertained. And

he is providing

entertainment.

Sword

Go to social media, you will see him

sometimes with a sword, marching on the

streets of Kano and hundreds follow him.

And he would threaten that whoever dares

him would be dealt with. If not because

we are not serious, how could we tolerate

this man all these years? He should have

been dealt with long ago. What the Kano

State government did is in order and they

are equally fair to him for even agreeing

to organise an open debate. It is also in

line with Islamic tradition and culture

to organise an open debate

between opposing camps.

For hundreds of years,

traditional rulers have

been organising this. In

history, here in Kano, Emir

Sanusi I, organised such an

open debate. It is to convince

the populace that what the

government did is in order.

Let this man come out and

air his views and scholars

will be there.

Don’t you think a lot of

people might also be

derailed during the

debate?

No, he would air his views

and scholars would be there to reply

him. It would also be an opportunity to

examine his evidence and show that it

is faulty. Once this is done, even if he is

not convinced, people would be

convinced. That is why it is for

government to organise this open

debate.

What about his followers?

I think his followers should be

rehabilitated because most of them are

jobless. They are idle people. They just sit

around and some are drug addicts.

Government should empower them by

using scholars to salvage them from the

situation he led them into.

Ganduje instigating Imams

against Abduljabbar — Lawyer

By Bashir

Bello

R abiu

Shuaibu

Abdullahi

is a member

of the legal

team of the

b a n n e d

Islamic cleric

in Kano,

S h e i k h

Abduljabbar

Nasir-Kabara. In

this

interview,

Abdullahi accuses Kano

State government of wrongly

accusing his client of inciting the

public. He gives a fresh

perspective on the matter.

What can you say about the

controversy surrounding Sheikh

Abduljabbar?

On February 3, this year, around 11:30

am, we heard an announcement from

Kano State Commissioner for

Information that Sheikh Abduljabbar

has been banned from preaching. His

mosque and all his places of religious

activities were directed to be closed

with immediate effect. The following

day, at about 5 am, security men were

mobilised to his residence, library,

mosque, school, and others situated at

Sani Mainange in Filin Mushe. Since

then, he has not been allowed to come

out and nobody was allowed to see

him except his lawyers who got access

to him after encountering many

difficulties. The team of lawyers sat

down and resolved that we should take

legal action for the reinforcement of

his fundamental human

rights. His freedom of

liberty was affected, right

of movement, religion,

assembly, thoughts, and

life among others. We

now filed a case before

Federal High Court and

it was slated for hearing

on February 10, but the

matter was not heard

because we had two

motions (motion ex-parte

and motion of notice). The

judge said the matter

itself is of urgency. Both

are of urgency, so he

would not entertain the

motion ex-parte but will

entertain the substantive

matter on February 18.

We will now appear

before the Federal High

Court for the hearing of the motion of

notice.

What is the update about your plans

to go to the state High Court?

We have two problems. First is the ban

from preaching, closing of his mosque

which touch on fundamental human

rights and that is the one we took to the

Federal High Court. The second issue is

an order given by a Magistrate Court in

Gidan Murtala. That order was not

properly given to our understanding. We

got the order and observed that only one

party (applicant) was before the court but

not the respondent. We have never seen

that kind of order before.

Recently, some lawyers said there

shouldn’t be dialogue in the matter...

Yes, I read the view of my learned friend,

Barrister Marouf Yakasai. He is a very

good friend but, with all due respect, he

did not even understand the issue. It seems

he didn’t read the order of the court. The

order banned Sheikh Abduljabbar from

preaching and conducting other religious

We have two

problems.

First is the

ban from

preaching,

closing of his

mosque

which touch

on

fundamental

human

rights

activities. It also stopped media stations

from broadcasting his preaching and his

alleged unguarded utterances. What is the

relationship between this and dialogue?

Is he going to preach in that dialogue? Is

he going to make unguarded utterances

in that dialogue? Dialogue is different

from preaching. It implies he will discuss

with Ulamas. We welcomed the idea when

we heard that government is now trying

to do justice to our client by giving him a

fair hearing. These Ulamas lodged a

complaint against him. They said he is

making unguarded utterances.

Let’s go back to the dialogue, is your

client looking forward to it?

My client is very eager for this dialogue.

I went to my client a few days ago on the

dialogue. He said he is waiting for the

dialogue and wishes it comes soon. It is

with this dialogue that my client will

enlighten the public on his intentions,

interpretations and understanding of

Islam. Without the dialogue, justice will

not be served and people will not

understand what is happening. Without

this dialogue, people will be deceived.

They are already being deceived. And

some minorities are deceiving the public

and want to continue. That is why they

don’t want this dialogue to take place

because definitely, something will come

out of it.

But your client is said to have a link

with the Shiite movement...

My client has already answered this

question in an interview with BBC. Let me

quote my client. He said: “If you ask me,

are you a Shiite? I will ask you what is the

meaning of Shiitism? The answer you give

will determine the answer I will give you”.

These are the wordings of my client and I

don’t want to add to it. If

he is allowed to exercise

his right of movement,

will he be safe? My client

did not see any threat

from anybody here in

Kano except that from

government who sent

security men to guard

him. At a meeting between

the governor and the

Friday Imams,

penultimate Thursday, he

(Governor Ganduje) gave

them directives on what

he wanted them to say in

their sermons on Friday.

He was instigating

Imams to preach against

him and he is now sending

security men to guard and

protect his life. Would

you accept it? We don’t see

any threat from the public but

government. Our governor’s utterances

are very scary.

The cleric was quoted to have

allegedly said he is being witchhunted

for working against

Ganduje in 2019...

This is purely a religious issue. Can

you hide under Ulamas to take revenge

on what happened during an election?

He is not supposed to do that. Leaders

are leaders because they have big

hearts above their subjects.

But some people are saying

government’s action is long

overdue...

That is their view. Have you ever heard

Sheikh Abduljabbar on radio or

television station? He doesn’t take his

preaching to public radio stations or

television stations. It is through social

media. It is you that will buy your data

and log into the site voluntarily. Why

would you log into the site, listen to

him and complain? It is restricted to

those willing and not the entire public.


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Viewpoint

BY GAB EJUWA

BY ABDUL JELIL ADEBAYO

WITH over 15,000 cubic meter per hour

and about 131 million cubic meter per

annum, the FCT Water Board can be said to be

one of the best potable water providers not only

in Nigeria but also across the sub region.

It is a government utility organisation saddled

with the responsibility of providing safe,

adequate and affordable water supply service

in the country. And it has not failed in that aspect

despite the challenges along its path of

operations.

The Board was established in 1989 with the

sole responsibility of providing water supply in

accordance with World Health Organization

and Nigerian drinking water quality standards

to residents of FCT, Abuja.

With four departments and seven operational

units and 17 Area offices, only 40 per cent of

FCT has potable water.

Its main sources of raw water are the Lower

Usman Dam (LUD) in Abuja and Gurara, Kachia,

in Kaduna State. It has six storage tanks

and 13 booster stations for high elevation.

The Board has 54,584 customers including

major ones like Julius Berger, Transcorp,

Remembering Hannah Arit Ejuwa

HOSE we hold most dear never truly leave

Tus, they live on in the kindness they

showed,the comfort they shared and the love they

brought into our lives.’’ —IsabelNorton

How timeflies!!

Just like yesterday!!

It’s exactly 365 days now that my Friend, Bestie,

Comforter, Sunshine, Dearest,

Soulmate,Sweetheart, Counsellor, Adviser, Treasure,

Precious, Gold, Diamond, Jewel, Darling

and One in a Million Wife - HANNAH ARIT

EJUWA - left us for the great beyond.

On February11, 2020.

Indeed, my heart is still heavy and full of sorrow;

the pain is unbearable while the woundis still

open.

Han, how could I ever forget you? Your presence

was a never-ending delight ; your good

deeds will forever remain indelible in my heart.

I remember those good old day sand our

perfect bonding. We shared a lot of things in

common! Yes, O!! Such a person like you is rare.

No one can ever replace you. Your untimely and

sudden death mean much to me as it left a big

vacuum in my heart and life.

Han, howcould I ever forget you, when everything

reminds me of you? I love you. Han, I still

love you! I have not stopped loving you. And, I

will not stop loving you. Each time I sit up, memories

of your love kept crowding in on me!

How can I forget you when everything reminds

me of you? You were a wonderful person to be

remembered always. You brought joy into my

life. I thank you for all you did to my life. You were

my pillar of strength. My life pillar. I vividly remember

how you led me to know Jesus Christ,

our Lord and Saviour. You made me know thatthere

is God, and there are gods. The gods that

have mouths, but cannot talk; have eyes, but

cannot see; have ears, but cannot hear; of whose

hands and legs are paralysed and are deaf and

dumb. You made me know that the one and

only God is JEHOVAH!!! Jehovah Jireh! Jehovah

Rapha! Jehovah Elohim! Jehovah El-Shaddai!

Han, you are always in my heart. You left too

soon. I never thought I was going to lose you this

soon!

Each evening, my mind could not accept the

fact that you were gone, hoping somehow, that

one day you would come back from work, and

shout ‘’Gabo, honey, I love you; which food should

I prepare for you?

I have cried and cried and cried over and over

because there’s no one who can ever take your

place.

What a life!

Hans, thatyou are gone is like a candle in the

FCT Water Board Giant Strides

Sheraton, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,

University of Abuja Teaching Hospital,

NIA, NAF, CBN, Nigerian Army, 7UP, Coca

Cola, Dantata and Sawoe, Presidential Fleet,

NNPC, CGC and ACG.

Since the appointment of Dame Joy Okoro as

acting General Manager of the Board late last

year, there have been changes that reflect in the

increase of its revenue generation and performance.

Out of her intolerance for corruption,

The Abuja Water Supply Master Plan first

phase is fully operational and has raw

water supply source from LUD and Gurara

she warned the Board staff to desist from collecting

cash from customers with the claim to

help them pay. She vowed that any staff caught

would be dealt with; this, she said, would stem

tide of corruption among its 1,402 staff.

*Arit Ejuwa

whirlwind; it is still a mirage. You always say

you were not going to leave me; that we are

forever! Now I have to go through life alone.

Alone without you is emptiness and void. Like a

match stick without its box! Naked! How could

I burn without you?

Oh, death where is thy sting? If nobody had

ever told you, you’re most wicked and callous!

Why did you snatch away my soulmate? Anyway,

who are we to question Jehovah God?

Only He knows why! He alone knows best,

Okoro therefore urged customers to make use

of the four platforms for payments: direct payment

at the 16 area offices of the agency, e-

Transact, Remita and Nibox. She also encouraged

regular customers meetings with the area

offices, where complaints are tabled and addressed.

Before her appointment, the monthly revenue

was as low as #95,000 to #150,000 monthly,

but now the revenue has increased from between

#195,000 and #209,000 monthly, an

improvement stakeholders commend her for.

In the meantime, funding of the Board is

through FCT annual statutory budgetary appropriation

and Donor Agencies. Unfortunately

the funding has been irregular, insufficient

and inconsistent with attendant consequences

in slow operation and dwindling revenue generation.

For instance, in 2011, the Board was able to

realize #2.195 billion while, in 2016, it realised

only #1.585billion and, as of August last year, it

generated #895million only. A poor outing one

may say. But since the assumption of office of

why He decided to take you out of this sinful

world for you to be with him in Eternity.

Hans, no day passes without the loving

thoughts of you! I sit and contemplate many

things. You were a vibrant prayer warrior, very

hospitable. Always ready to help those who

came to you for assistance; you could almost

give your eyes to please people. You very much

believed in the Biblical saying, that, ‘’It is more

blessed to give than to receive.’’ You are the best

wife in the universe! Awife like you is really

hard to find.

You’re a kind-hearted woman! It is no overstatement

t o declare that you are the best

woman any man could desire! You were a precious

gift from God, somuch beauty, love and

patience, very pleasant, loving and characteristically

courageous. I appreciate your care and

devotion. You touched my heart in so many

ways; your strength and smileeven on dark days

made me realise I had an Angel beside me. You

encouraged me when I was down. I remember

on such occasions, you would lovingly say, ‘’Gabo,

cheer up.’’ For the rest of my sojourn here on

Earth, you’ld have a Special place in my heart! I

miss you dearly!

Continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord and

Saviour Jesus Christ until the Resurrection Day

when we shall meet to part no more.

‘’Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest...

Lay down thy head up on thy Saviour’s breast...

We love thee well, but Jesus love thee best...

Good night!Good night!! Good night!!!!

Okoro, the revenue has increased to an average

of #200million every other month.

In spite of this, however, the Board has been

able to serve the city effectively. It has also over

40 per cent coverage level of water supply to

the FCT and environs. It has introduced AMR

meters to enhance billing efficiency and revenue

generation.

The infrastructural development plan was

designed to be implemented in five phases,

which, unfortunately, was not followed hence

the hiccups in smooth flow of water to every

cranny of the territory.

The Abuja Water Supply Master Plan first

phase is fully operational and has raw water

supply source from LUD and Gurara.

The 1, 2, 3, and 4 Water Treatment Plants,

WTPs, are fully operational, while six Storage

Tanks at the periphery of the city (2, 3, 4 and 5)

are completed and 1 and 6 located at Katampe,

Maitama, Asokoro, Apo and Lokogoma

Districts re under construction.

Continues on

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•Abdul Jelil is an Abuja based journalist

and writes via

abduljelil2001@gmail.com

BY CHUKWUMERIJE OKEREKE

30% power supply from renewables by 2030: Another perspective

VICE President Yemi Osibanjo was re

ported by many news platforms as reaffirming

the commitment that Nigeria will

achieve at least 30 percent of its power supply

from renewable energy by 2030.

It is reported that he reinstated the commitment

to this ambitious target while inaugurating

a 1.12 MW Solar Hybrid Project at the

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, in Bauchi

State.

The intention to have at least 30 percent of

the total electricity supply from renewable energy

is very welcome and heartwarming.

It signals that Nigeria is committed to the

Paris Agreement and fulfilling its climate

change action pledge as contained in the Nationally

Determined Contributions (NDC).

More importantly, it shows that Nigeria is cognisant

of the global transition away from fossil

fuel and the vast opportunities that renewable

energy provides for solving the country’s

energy poverty and economic development

challenges. With around 80 percent of its rural

population relying on wood, charcoal,

dung, and other traditional biomass for cooking,

there is no doubt that expanding access to

affordable, reliable and clean household energy

services is one of the most pressing developmental

challenges facing Nigeria today. At

the same time, the supply of adequate and affordable

modern energy is a key enabler of

other developmental sectors in the country.

Furthermore, the fact that this commitment

is coming from the Vice President at

the period of Covid-19 pandemic, indicates

that the Nigerian government understands

that COVID-19 should not be used as an

excuse to focus on more fossil fuels and ignore

investment in renewable energy as a

central piece of the post-COVID-19 economic

recovery. It is commendable that the

government has embarked on Energising

Education Programme (EEP), which is

aimed at solving the energy deficit in all

the 37 federal universities and seven teaching

hospitals in the country by using renewable

energy, with the programme having

been completed four projects at four

different sites.

However, in as much as the commitment

is commendable, government must be clear

that just saying that 30 percent of the total

electricity supply will come from renewable

energy by 2030 is not sufficient to make it

happen.

The commitment must instead be backed

up by a clear and bold plan of action.

There is a need to fashion a workable strategy

towards achieving the target because as

of today Nigeria is not on course to meeting

the pledge. So far, there have been several

places where the government is missing it –

namely political will, policy implementation

and evaluation, financing and investment.

One mistake the country has made so far

is that it seemed to concentrate too much on

solar energy in meeting this ambitious target.

While aggressive investment in solar is

welcome, focusing only on solar PV to meet

the target as seems to be in the case in the

current NDC is too ambitious and unrealistic.

This overemphasised interest in solar PV

electrification may also be responsible for the

low renewable energy penetration in the country.

Continues on www.vanguard.ngr.com

* Okereke, a professor, is the Director, Centre

of Climate Change and Development at

Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-

Alike Ebonyi State. He is a Visiting Professor

at Oxford University, UK and Coordinating

Lead Author for the United Nations’

IPCC.

ANAMBRA 2021: Help is on the way to make our state great again

BY EJIKE ONUOGU

THE definition of a failed state is often

found in the history of its foundation, and

in that foundation lies the truth that has

plagued Africa since the dawn of the 20th century.

A foundation built on the emergence of

despotic leaders and other human moles infused

in the fabric of governance, whose primary

allegiance is not to Africa, but to the

whims and caprices of a Colonial Human

machine, dedicated to burrowing into the

mindset of a people, programming them to

live only in the here and now of time, and in

that psychological arrest, Springs and sustains

a failure to reflect on the past and project into

a brighter future. The envisioned outcome is

perpetuation of apathy, inertia, and lack of

motivation, blindsided by a dominant egodriven

pursuit of self-serving principles to the

exclusion of altruism.

The success of this war machine unleashed

against Africa has found expression in the failure

of many Africans states to chart a course of

unity amongst her people, provide a solid foundation

for sustained economic growth, raise

awareness of her people on the doctrine of collective

nation-building, shedding the cloak of

divisive forces embedded in religious, ethnic

and tribal sentiments and intolerance as well

as other class driven caste systems. These and

other factors have chained Africa to the ground,

preventing the emergence of a time-driven

paradigm shift, challenging Africa to greater

heights and place in the world of human accomplishments.

Little wonder the great continent

of Africa is at the bottom of the barrel in

infrastructure development, human capital

acquisition, healthcare delivery, resource and

production- oriented educational curriculum,

as well as technological innovations. Black

Africa must be ashamed that it ranks first in

poverty, infant and maternal mortality, corruption

index, human rights violations and a

host of other vices.

The Nigeria situation is a microcosm of an

African tragedy where a nation is turned on its

This overemphasised interest in

solar PV electrification may also be

responsible for the low renewable

energy penetration in the country

head by the shortcoming of its own people. By

extension, the black man in failing to understand

himself and his positioning in the pyramidal

stratification of the human race, continues

to live in a fool’s paradise, oblivious of the

fact that his house is on fire. It is not an accident

but rather by design that the black man is

positioned at the bottom of this pyramid in

terms of productivity, self-sustenance and definition

of character. Africa, through abandoning

its heritage and cultural values, in preference

for a white only ideology has opened itself

up for exploitation and self-imprisonment;

more so as the dichotomy created by these competing

variables will never fit into a coherent

monolithic construct of a pathway to global

competitiveness. This is our Achilles’ heel and

the reason why Africa is so vulnerable to the

intrusive forces of colonialism and neocolonialism.

In the Nigerian experiment, history must not

always repeat itself especially when the outcome

is inimical to our survival. History will

always judge us for standing by and doing

nothing in the face of growing danger in a

society drifting towards attrition, moral decadence,

collapse of her traditional ethos, and a

struggle between the forces of sensual validation

and vindication of just practices, values,

self-sacrifice and self-effacement.

Indeed, the danger of a dying society is that

it is agog with celebration of the primordial

and mundane aspects of life to the exclusion

of the need to take stock of the expedient needs

of that society.

When this is juxtaposed with the fact that

everybody can intellectualize on what the

problems are, and able to proffer rambunctious

solutions to these problems; the missing

link has always been the inability to bring these

solutions to fruition.

Continues on www.vanguard.ngr.com

*Onuogu, a medical doctor, lives in New

York, United States

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SUNDAY Vanguard, FEBRUARY 21, 2021, PAGE 23

CAF Confed Cup: Green blasts Anyasi-Agwu over

false thuggery claims

...Crunch time ... Rivers United and Enyinmba

The build-up to today’s

CAF Confederation

Cup second leg play off tie

between Rivers United and

Enyimba has been marred

by accusations and counter

accusations.

Enyimba was reported to

have written a petition to

CAF complaining that Rivers

United planned to unleash

thugs against the visiting

Enyimba entourage.

The match has now been

upgraded by CAF as a

“high risk”.

However, Rivers State

Football Association

chairman Chris Green said

Awoniyi targets Liverpool return

Former Flying Ea

gles star Taiwo

Awoniyi, has said he is

hopeful of returning to

Liverpool despite the

lingering issue of workpermit.

Awoniyi currently on

loan at Union Berlin

was signed by Liverpool

in 2015, but has

spent most of his time

outside the English

Premier League after

failure to pass the hurdle

of work-permit.

“Liverpool will always

be the priority for me

and I am grateful to everyone

at the club,”

Awoniyi has told World

Soccer Magazine on

seeing his path blocked

on Merseyside.

“I still don’t have the

work permit to play in

England. But with the

new rules in place, and

the minutes I have

played in Germany this

season, no one knows

what the future will

hold regarding the UK

work permit.

“If I become eligible

*Awoniyi

to play in the UK, I

think I can have a say

on what my decision

will be. Things have

changed remarkably

with the new rules and

this will certainly help

me decide my next

step.

“Liverpool is a very

special club. They are

always in contact to see

how I am doing and to

ensure I know that they

are following my

progress out here. It

motivates me to know

my parent club is following

up and have my

best interests at heart.”

Enyimba was engaged in a

tactic of intimidation, he

accused Enyimba and their

chairman, Felix Anyasi-

Agwu of bad faith.

“To me, it’s uncalled for

and it’s regrettable because

I didn’t expect that

Felix Ayansi Agwu, an executive

member of the Nigeria

Football Federation

(NFF) will write against a

fellow Nigerian team. It is

sad commentary of our

game and he has actually

done a disservice to Nigerian

football,” he said.

“As the Chairman of the

Rivers State Football Association,

it is my responsibility

to ensure that the

game goes hitch free. And

that is what I am going to

ensure.

“Football is a game of

friendship and amity. I

wonder what Enyimba

would gain by heightening

tension in a football match

of brothers. This is why we

have said that it is quite unethical

for a person to be

head of a club and a member

of the Executive Committee

of the NFF. We expect

a good example.”

Rivers United will be tough

—Enyimba coach

Holding a 1-0 advan

tage from the first

leg, Enyimba of Aba coach,

Fatai Osho said today’s

CAF Confederation Cup

tie against Rivers United

will be a tough duel.

The winner of the tie will

qualify to play in the group

stage of the competition.

Rivers United are highly

motivated for tie and playing

in front of their teeming

supporters today in Port

Harcourt, their target is to

beat Enyimba and advance.

But Enyimba are

equal to the task of stopping

the flow of Rivers United.

“It is not going to be an

easy task, we’re quite aware

of that.

“Looking at the quality of

our opponents and looking

at what happened in the

first leg, none of the teams

will be so sure of getting the

ticket because the two

teams looked equally

matched.

“We have to be honest

with ourselves, coming in

here, it won’t be an easy task

but we want to be optimistic

that we’ll scale this hurdle.”

Osimhen disowns brother’s

claim on Napoli

Super Eagles striker,

Victor Osimhen has

disowned claims by his

brother Andrew Osimhen,

that he was not playing to

potentials at Napoli.

Osimhen has scored only

two goals after his high

profile move to the Italian

side. He has battled with

injury and coronavirus infection.

“I wish to make it clear

that asking for a footballrelated

opinion from a relative

of mine is not the

same as asking me directly.

I love Napoli, the club,

my coach, and my team. I

especially love my teammates

and I hope to continue

growing and improving

to help the team more”,

he posted on Instagram.

“This is my official opinion

and I ask you to respect

it. No one is my spokesperson

or whatsoever,” he concluded.

Osimhen is barring any

circumstances will be on

hand to help Napoli in today’s

Serie A clash against

Atalanta.

Arteta banks on Saka to lift Arsenal against City

Arsenal coach Mikel

Arteta, has said he

would continue to play

Bukayo Saka despite the

19-year-old facing the

threat of burnout in his second

full season as a firstteam

regular.

Another highly-rated

product of the Emirates

Stadium academy system

has cemented a standing

as a key man for the Gunners

and England despite

*Osimhen

his relative lack of senior

experience.

Arteta continues to select

the youngster whenever he

can, with 29 appearances

taken in across all competitions

in the current campaign,

and is not about to

start reining Saka in.

“I think he’s in a great

moment, he’s full of confidence,”

Arteta has told reporters

of Saka ahead of a

Premier League clash with

Manchester City today.

“He’s been really important

in recent results. His

form is probably the highest

that it’s been since I’ve

been here and he’s been really

consistent. He needs to

keep going and (we need to)

be wise with him because

at the moment he’s a big

part of the team.

“I think we have to protect

him and keep the extractions

where they

should be, but I’m not going

to put a brake on his

development or how much

he can do week in, week

out.

“We have to support him

and give him the best possible

advice all the time,

and then manage his minutes

so he can maintain this

level.

“It is (difficult) at the

moment because he’s been

a real threat. He’s involved

in a lot of goals all the time

and his consistent performances

make him a starter

obviously. So it’s a fine

balance, but at the same

time he’s 19 years old and

we have to protect him.”

Tuchel berates Hudson-Odoi as Chelsea falter at Southampton

*Osaka

Osaka beats Brady to grab

second Australian Open title

Naomi Osaka crushed Jennifer Brady 6-4 6-3

to secure her second Australian Open title

yesterday and cement her standing as the new queen

of the women’s game.

Osaka’s one-sided win over the 22nd-seeded

American in the final at Rod Laver Arena gave the

Japanese juggernaut her fourth major crown, with

her career still budding at the age of 23.

She joined Monica Seles and Roger Federer as

winners in their first four Grand Slam finals, marking

her out as the ultimate big match performer.

“My reaction is that that’s very amazing company,”

Osaka told reporters, sitting next to the winner’s

Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

“I hope that I can have one grain of how their

career has unfolded. But you can only wish and you

can only just keep going down your own path.

“But it’s definitely something crazy to hear.”

Ojez lauds sports minister on

National Stadium pool

reopening

Swimming enthusiasts have heaved a sigh of relief

at the complex as the Sports Ministry has cleared

the coast for activities to reopen at the National Stadium

swimming pool complex in Surulere, Lagos.

The pool has been under lock and key for almost a

year running following the coronavirus lock down and

the renovations embarked upon by the Sports Ministry.

While the swimming pool was closed, there was no available

Olympic standard swimming pool for the athletes

to practice or do their time trials.And there were fears

that the complex renovated by entertainment entrepreneur,

Joseph Odubeatu a.k.a Ojez, will relapse into disrepair.

“It is a good thing that the Sports Minister, Sunday

Dare has directed the swimming pool to be opened again

we thank him very much,” Mr Odubeatu said yesterday.

“It was not because of our personal gains that we embarked

on the renovations. It was because of our commitment

to sports development in the country and we

are going to cooperate with the sports ministry to ensure

that the facility is well maintained and ready all the time

for athletes training and hosting of national and international

competitions.”

Dean returns with red card for Ajayi

M

ike Dean took centre stage on his return to the

Premier League by showing a red card to West

Brom defender Semi Ajayi at Turf Moor yesterday.

After taking a break from top-flight duty on the back of

receiving death threats for a recent decision, the referee

once again had to make a potentially match-defining

VAR call.

Dean initially waved play on amid Burnley protests for

handball against Ajayi, who had intervened in attempt

to prevent returning striker Matej Vydra from storming

through on goal.

As soon as play stopped, though, the 52-year-old headed

straight towards his pitchside monitor and, ultimately,

returned to brandish a red card to Ajayi.

Dean followed that up by turning down two strong Clarets’

penalty appeals upon the restart, the first of which

for another handball incident he wasn’t asked to consult

VAR for.

Chelsea coach, Tho

mas Tuchel has said

that he was “not happy”

with Callum Hudson-

Odoi’s performance in the

1-1 draw at Southampton

when he substituted the

winger after bringing him

on at half-time.

The England international

reacted angrily to

being substituted but Tuchel

stood by his decision

and said he expected more

from Hudson-Odoi.

“I am not concerned

about Tammy Abraham, it

was not about the injury, it

was hard for him to show

his quality,” he told BT

Sport after the game.

“He could not put his

stamp in this game so we

changed the formation. We

brought in Callum Hudson-Odoi

but I was not

happy with his attitude,

energy and counter-pressing.

“I took him off and we

demand 100%, I feel he is

not in the right shape to

help us. It was a hard decision

but tomorrow it is

forgotten and he has all

possibilities to start

against Atletico Madrid.”

Speaking in a news conference

afterwards, Tuchel

added: “It was hard to

create chance and we

needed counter-pressing

to force errors for the second

ball and get an easy

chance.

“We had to be sharp with

counter-pressing and I

didn’t feel this from Callum

today. I did not feel it,

but I trust him.”


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