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V O L 27 N O <strong>552</strong> AU G U S T <strong>25</strong> - SEPTEMBER 7 <strong>2021</strong><br />

Extra $20m towards wellbeing of children in<br />

Somalia (Pic by UNICEF Somalia, Taxta)<br />

<strong>USA</strong> EDITION<br />

US promises<br />

partnership<br />

with Zambia<br />

President-elect Hichilema<br />

Extra $20m<br />

towards<br />

wellbeing of<br />

children in<br />

Somalia<br />

Continued on Page 2><br />

Administrator of the United<br />

States Agency for International<br />

Development (<strong>USA</strong>ID) -<br />

Samantha Power has congratulated<br />

Zambian President-elect Hakainde<br />

Hichilema on his election as the seventh<br />

President of the Republic of Zambia.<br />

Hichilema highlighted his plans for<br />

fighting corruption and strengthening<br />

democratic values, press freedom, and<br />

civil liberties.<br />

Power and Hichilema discussed the<br />

critical role played by Zambian civil<br />

society during the peaceful election and<br />

how their vigilant oversight increased<br />

the transparency of the electoral process<br />

and contributed to the widespread<br />

confidence in the results, despite the<br />

constraints imposed by the government<br />

on the President-elect, including limits<br />

on his movement and a social media<br />

shutdown that started on election day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> President-elect emphasized that<br />

it was important for his new government<br />

to demonstrate that it can deliver for the<br />

people of Zambia, especially young<br />

people.<br />

Administrator Power said that the<br />

United States looked forward to<br />

partnering with the President-elect’s<br />

government as it seeks to meet the<br />

Zambian people’s democratic and<br />

economic aspirations.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Administrator noted <strong>USA</strong>ID’s<br />

long-time support of the Zambian<br />

people across programming in health,<br />

education, climate change, economic<br />

development, and democracy and<br />

governance. <strong>The</strong>y also discussed the<br />

challenges Zambia and the world are<br />

facing as a result of the COVID-19<br />

pandemic, and they pledged to work<br />

together in an effort to fight the<br />

pandemic and accelerate Zambia’s<br />

economic recovery.

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News<br />

Ghanaian dignitaries tour US<br />

warship at Tema port<br />

United States’ warship - USS Hershel<br />

“Woody” Williams visited Ghana’s<br />

Tema port and supported regional<br />

maritime security efforts recently.<br />

At the conclusion of these engagements,<br />

Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan invited<br />

Ghanaian government and military<br />

dignitaries for a ship tour led by Captain<br />

Chad Graham - Commanding Officer of<br />

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams. Ministry<br />

of Defense officials, Ghana Navy officers,<br />

and Members of Parliament toured the ship<br />

and viewed a flight deck demonstration of<br />

the ship’s casualty and medical response<br />

capabilities.<br />

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is the<br />

first warship permanently assigned to the<br />

U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.<br />

<strong>The</strong> U.S. shares a common interest with<br />

African partner nations in ensuring security,<br />

safety, and freedom of navigation on the<br />

<strong>The</strong> United States Agency for<br />

International Development (<strong>USA</strong>ID)<br />

has contributed an additional $20<br />

million to the United Nations Children’s Fund<br />

(UNICEF) towards the protection, health, and<br />

wellbeing of the most vulnerable children in<br />

Somalia.<br />

This new contribution brings <strong>USA</strong>ID’s<br />

funding to UNICEF Somalia to a total of $34.7<br />

million for <strong>2021</strong>. It will play an integral role in<br />

supporting the organization and its partners to<br />

boost local capacity and reinforce the resilience<br />

of communities and systems in responding to<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises<br />

facing the country.<br />

“<strong>USA</strong>ID’s support for children in Somalia<br />

has never been more critical,” said U.S. Chargé<br />

d’Affaires a.i. Colleen Crenwelge. “This new<br />

funding not only will help curb the effects of<br />

the pandemic, but also will strengthen<br />

emergency child protection, health, and<br />

nutrition services, as well as the provision of<br />

clean water and good sanitation.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> humanitarian crisis in Somalia has<br />

escalated due to recurring climate shocks,<br />

protracted conflict, the impact of COVID-19<br />

and other deadly diseases, and the worst desert<br />

locust infestation in years. This has<br />

compounded vulnerabilities and protection<br />

challenges in a context where decades of<br />

conflict have displaced close to 3 million<br />

people and nearly 5.9 million people require<br />

humanitarian assistance.<br />

<strong>The</strong> risk of a large outbreak of COVID-19<br />

in conflict-stricken areas, where access to the<br />

population is challenging and social service<br />

provision is limited, persists and could add<br />

immeasurably to the suffering of the most<br />

vulnerable people in Somalia.<br />

waters surrounding the continent, because<br />

these waters are critical for Africa’s<br />

prosperity and access to global markets.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ship is a highly flexible platform<br />

that may be used across a broad range of<br />

military operations. Acting as a mobile sea<br />

base, it is part of the critical access<br />

infrastructure that supports the deployment<br />

of forces and supplies.<br />

Earlier this month, members of Ghana’s<br />

Special Boat Squadron joined the crew on<br />

the Hershel “Woody” Williams to<br />

participate in a maritime security<br />

capabilities exercise with partners in the<br />

Gulf of Guinea.<br />

“It was great having our Ghanaian<br />

embarkees aboard to interact with the crew,<br />

and to participate in the maritime security<br />

capabilities exercise we conducted,” Capt.<br />

Chad Graham said.<br />

“In-person interactions like this go a<br />

Extra $20m towards<br />

wellbeing of<br />

children in Somalia<br />

Continued from Page 1<<br />

“Children are still generally less likely than<br />

adults to get sick from the virus, but we must<br />

act now so that with the emergent strains they<br />

do not become the hidden victims, bearing the<br />

brunt of the long-term impacts of this crisis,”<br />

said UNICEF Somalia Representative<br />

Mohamed Ayoya.<br />

“With this generous contribution from<br />

<strong>USA</strong>ID, we can continue our work to ensure<br />

girls and boys have access to life-saving<br />

services that will give them an opportunity to<br />

prosper and have a brighter future.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> new funding enables UNICEF and its<br />

partners to reach more than 1 million people<br />

with COVID-19 prevention messaging;<br />

484,000 people with health services; 83,000<br />

children with treatment for severe acute<br />

malnutrition; and 300,000 people with<br />

emergency and sustained water, hygiene, and<br />

sanitation services.<br />

long way toward solidifying national<br />

partnerships, and we look forward to<br />

building on our two navies’ relationship in<br />

the future.”<br />

Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval<br />

Academy, who are studying abroad this<br />

semester at the University of Ghana, also<br />

participated in the ship visit as a part of a<br />

larger Women, Peace, and Security (WPS)<br />

initiative led by the Commander, Naval<br />

Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-<br />

NAVAF). While in Ghana, the students<br />

learned about the Ghana Armed Forces’<br />

ongoing Gender Advisor Initiatives and<br />

participated in community relations<br />

activities led by the University of Ghana<br />

and the U.S. Embassy.<br />

“Having future naval officers visit our<br />

ship affords them an opportunity to have<br />

Ghanaian dignitaries tour US warship at Tema port<br />


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Graham said.<br />

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Osinbajo launches US<br />

activity against Gender-<br />

Based Violence<br />

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in<br />

Nigeria - Kathleen FitzGibbon,<br />

joined Nigerian Minister for<br />

Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar<br />

Farouq representing Vice President<br />

Yemi Osinbajo, and Minister for<br />

Women’s Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen,<br />

to ceremonially launch a four-year<br />

activity from the U.S. Agency for<br />

International Development (<strong>USA</strong>ID)<br />

that will prevent and respond to<br />

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the<br />

States of Sokoto and Ebonyi.<br />

GBV is a health and social concern<br />

with far-reaching consequences<br />

affecting mostly women and girls.<br />

<strong>USA</strong>ID’s $5million MOMENTUM<br />

Country and Global Leadership in<br />

Nigeria (MCGL) will reduce maternal<br />

and child mortality by increasing host<br />

country commitment to provide quality<br />

health care. MCGL will address drivers<br />

of child, early and forced marriage, and<br />

prevent and mitigate the impacts of<br />

violence against women and girls.<br />

“This new activity from <strong>USA</strong>ID<br />

will strengthen GBV response<br />

mechanisms, help communities<br />

transform discriminatory gender and<br />

social norms that continue to<br />

subordinate women and make them<br />

vulnerable, and uphold and defend<br />

women’s health and human rights,”<br />

Chargé FitzGibbon said at the launch.<br />

“It will increase women’s voice and<br />

agency and reduce their vulnerability to<br />

gender-based violence.”<br />

GBV is driven by structural<br />

inequalities and unequal power<br />

relations that render women<br />

subordinate due to limited access to<br />

education, employment, finances,<br />

healthcare, and opportunities to<br />

contribute to their family, community,<br />

and the country’s economic growth.<br />

In Nigeria, one in three women and<br />

girls aged 15 to 24 years have<br />

experienced GBV. It is often at the<br />

hands of people they know, love, and<br />

trust. <strong>The</strong> unfortunate normalization of<br />

GBV against women and girls has<br />

continued under the guise of culture,<br />

tradition, and religion. GBV has<br />

reached epidemic proportions in<br />

Nigeria, exacerbated by the COVID-19<br />

pandemic, in the form of intimate<br />

partner violence, rape, and early and<br />

forced marriage.<br />

MCGL is already working in Sokoto<br />

and Ebonyi to engage communities,<br />

elected and traditional leaders, and a<br />

growing coalition of stakeholders to<br />

<strong>USA</strong>ID Launches New Activity to Counter Growing Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria<br />

explore social norms that drive GBV.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y will work with them to address<br />

gaps and develop interventions. This<br />

co-creation process can enhance laws<br />

and policies to protect vulnerable<br />

populations and improve access to<br />

reproductive health care.<br />

<strong>USA</strong>ID partner, Jphiego, will lead a<br />

growing consortium of Nigerian<br />

organizations to implement MCGL in<br />

Ebonyi and Sokoto due to their<br />

statistically high rates of GBV<br />

incidence and the presence of other<br />

<strong>USA</strong>ID activities working to improve<br />

health outcomes.<br />

“We are committed to working<br />

together for a safer society for women,<br />

girls and the vulnerable, Minister<br />

Farouq said “No time is more<br />

appropriate than now to adopt a policy<br />

of zero tolerance for gender-based<br />

violence in Nigeria.”<br />

Ultimately, the project will increase<br />

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Opinion<br />

2023: Tinubu vs Bello and others<br />


From what we have seen and heard so<br />

far, it seems most likely that the race<br />

for the 2023 Presidential position<br />

would end up as the fiercest, most<br />

contested, and perhaps the most<br />

controversial since Nigeria’s return to<br />

civilian rule in 1999. We all must keep an<br />

eye on 2023. In 1999, President Olusegun<br />

Obasanjo emerged not because he was a<br />

known, seasoned, politician but because the<br />

country needed a pair of steady hands and a<br />

strong character, with the right connections<br />

and experience to save the faltering ship of<br />

State, and move the country beyond the evil<br />

annulment of the 1993 Presidential election.<br />

Obasanjo delivered. But he ran into troubled<br />

waters with his succession plans: the<br />

politics of Third Term, the bitter quarrel<br />

with his Vice President, Alhaji Atiku<br />

Abubakar, and his open endorsement of<br />

Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, whose<br />

health status and eventual death in office<br />

defined the highest office of the land.<br />

President Goodluck Jonathan who<br />

succeeded his boss, Yar’Adua was a<br />

collective product of the law, and the<br />

majority insistence on what was right. His<br />

Presidency was a turning point and a major<br />

historic landmark for Nigeria, an<br />

affirmation that Nigeria could also be a land<br />

of dreams where a man of humble<br />

beginnings could rise to the top.<br />

By 2015, the forces of elite conspiracy<br />

and ethno-religious myopism, organised an<br />

acidic campaign against the Jonathan<br />

Presidency and got him out of office. He<br />

was succeeded by President Muhammadu<br />

Buhari, a former military Head of State,<br />

who had sought the Presidency of Nigeria<br />

as a civilian three different times – 1999,<br />

2007 and 2011. In 2015, he was propelled<br />

into office by an electorate that had<br />

embraced his managers’ promise of change<br />

and hope. He was yet another rallying point<br />

for great expectations. In 2023, the<br />

circumstances would be different. <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu<br />

no coalescing, propelling force, at this time<br />

behind any aspirant, on such a national<br />

scale, and of such a momentum as we saw<br />

with Obasanjo, Jonathan, and Buhari’s cultlike<br />

popularity. And this is why the 2023<br />

Presidency is fast becoming a desperate<br />

gamble, a ‘try-your-luck’ kind of<br />

proposition, without any core basic<br />

agreements. A kind of anybody’s game,<br />

generating tension, so early, so far from the<br />

commencement of the 2023 electoral<br />

process.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no consensus on any issue. <strong>The</strong><br />

people of the South East argue, rightly that,<br />

it is their turn to produce the President of<br />

Nigeria. No Igbo man has been President<br />

since 1999, although Igbos have helped to<br />

put others into office. <strong>The</strong>y want the<br />

marginalisation of Igbos to end. <strong>The</strong>y want<br />

it on record that the Igbo race is not inferior<br />

to any other group in Nigeria. Igbos are the<br />

third largest ethnic group in the country.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have been told by Northern<br />

spokesmen that nobody will offer them the<br />

Presidency on a platter of gold, and that in<br />

any case, they should go and organise<br />

themselves and reach out to other Nigerians<br />

especially now that there is an internal<br />

debate in the South East about identity<br />

politics – who is Igbo and who is not and<br />

who is more Igbo than the other? Many<br />

persons consider this suggestion, an insult!<br />

<strong>The</strong> people of the North East and Central<br />

zones also insist that it is their turn to have<br />

their kinsmen inside the Presidential Villa<br />

and that after the Presidency has gone<br />

round the six geo-political zones, we can<br />

then begin to talk more seriously about<br />

those principles of merit, competence,<br />

knowledge – the same issues the other<br />

privileged geo-political zones never<br />

stretched when the Presidency fell into their<br />

laps.<br />

Constitutional provisions on eligibility<br />

for the Nigerian Presidency are stated in the<br />

1999 Constitution. <strong>The</strong>re is no mention of<br />

ethnicity or geographical zone, although<br />

Section 14(3) and (4) mention Federal<br />

Character, diversity, unity and justice. <strong>The</strong><br />

two major political parties have since<br />

agreed on an unwritten code of Rotational<br />

Presidency, but this is beginning to look<br />

more like a tool of political expediency.<br />

Ahead of the 2023 general elections,<br />

Nigeria’s two major political parties – the<br />

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the<br />

All Progressives Congress (APC) are both<br />

engulfed in crises that could be counterproductive.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no clarity on both sides<br />

about how the 2023 process could be used<br />

to address the people’s concerns. Not even<br />

the National Assembly is serious about the<br />

provision of an electoral framework that can<br />

inspire trust and confidence. In <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

Nigeria’s 9 th National Assembly, dominated<br />

by the ruling party, voted to prevent the<br />

adoption of electronic transmission of<br />

election results. <strong>The</strong> Independent National<br />

Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is<br />

possible and doable, the politicians<br />

disagree. In smaller, neighbouring African<br />

countries, electronic transmission of results<br />

is not a problem. In Nigeria, it is a source of<br />

crisis.<br />

But what I find even more disturbing is<br />

the bad rhetoric that is beginning to build<br />

up, the high velocity intolerance and the<br />

threat of violence that hang dangerously in<br />

the air, and the refusal of some emergent<br />

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• Have successfully completed a<br />

bachelor’s degree or a postgraduate<br />

degree in the UK<br />

• Undertook your course while on a study<br />

visa<br />

To obtain a Graduate Visa, applicants<br />

must have studied with an approved<br />

education provider with a track record of<br />

sponsorship compliance and achieved a UK<br />

bachelor’s degree, a UK master’s degree,<br />

or a UK PhD or doctorate, or on one of the<br />

following:<br />

• a law conversion course approved by<br />

the Solicitors Regulation Authority<br />

• the Legal Practice Course in England<br />

and Wales, the Solicitors Course in<br />

Northern Ireland, or a Diploma in<br />

Professional Legal Practice in Scotland<br />

• the Bar Practice Course in England and<br />

Wales, or the Bar Course in Northern<br />

Ireland<br />

• a foundation programme in medicine or<br />

dentistry<br />

• a Postgraduate Certificate in Education<br />

(PGCE)<br />

• a Postgraduate Diploma in Education<br />

(PGDE)<br />

Technology<br />

Disinfect your mobile phone<br />

Imagine if your mobile phone could be<br />

used to spy on you, listen to your<br />

conversations and send information<br />

and images from your device to a third<br />

party? This is not an imagined, dystopian<br />

future, it is the story of the Pegasus<br />

spyware put on mobile devices by clients<br />

of Israeli spyware software firm NSO.<br />

Although the Pegasus spyware is meant<br />

to be used by law enforcement only and<br />

is targeted at high-value individuals, this<br />

story provides some food for thought as,<br />

according to Anna Collard, SVP Content<br />

Strategy & Evangelist at KnowBe4<br />

AFRICA (), mobile malware and<br />

spyware are not only aimed at the<br />

wealthy and the important – they can<br />

have a serious impact on anyone’s life.<br />

“Other mobile threats such as banking<br />

malware for example use a similar<br />

process to the Pegasus spyware to get to<br />

users’ devices. “For example, many of<br />

these types of malware get installed by<br />

people clicking on a link that they<br />

received via SMS or WhatsApp and end<br />

up downloading a malicious app that<br />

could result in advertising click fraud,<br />

mobile ransomware, banking trojans or in<br />

some cases, even roots or jail breaks their<br />

phone to obtain full remote control over<br />

the device. <strong>The</strong> malware then allows for<br />

the criminals to listen to calls, take<br />

screenshots and see what the user types –<br />

catching passwords and banking details.”<br />

Criminals use social engineering tools<br />

and approaches to lull users into a false<br />

sense of security. Pretending to be<br />

anything from a parcel tracking link to a<br />

banking confirmation link, these malware<br />

messages are designed to provoke people<br />

to make impulsive mistakes. And these<br />

mistakes can lead to your device being<br />

completely compromised, putting you<br />

and your financial security at risk.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>se smart malware infiltrations are<br />

designed to get past people’s defences,”<br />

says Collard. “Another form of<br />

distribution is taking advantage of<br />

devices that have not been updated or<br />

exploiting vulnerabilities on the phone or<br />

in apps that do not yet have patches. It is<br />

really important to ensure that your<br />

mobile devices are updated, and to ensure<br />

that you minimise risk by removing<br />

unnecessary apps, only downloading<br />

apps from official apps stores and by<br />

avoiding clicking on links from your<br />

mobile device.”<br />

“Unfortunately, people are more<br />

likely to click on a link using their mobile<br />

device because they think they are safer<br />

than a computer. You need to be cautious<br />

and ensure that if you do not know the<br />

sender, you do not download anything or<br />

click on anything. Do not believe an SMS<br />

message that tells you to update your<br />

WhatsApp software or a link that tells<br />

you to update an app that comes through<br />

a social media platform. Always update<br />

from the App Store or Google Play,<br />

nowhere else.” Also, be aware of<br />

clickjacking, which is a form of mobile<br />

phishing that comes with an invisible<br />

link, which is covered by a “bothersome”<br />

graphic element that is made to look like<br />

a small hair or a speck of dust. This tricks<br />

the user into wiping the hair or dust off<br />

the mobile’s screen, which activates the<br />

link and launches a connection to the<br />

phishing site.<br />

Keeping your mobile device free from<br />

infection means that you watch what you<br />

click, you do not trust unexpected links<br />

from unknown sources, do not share<br />


information with anyone – especially if<br />

they call and pretend they are from your<br />

mobile phone provider or bank – and do<br />

not provide people with your OTPs<br />

unless you have initiated the transaction<br />

with a trusted agent yourself. Mobile<br />

devices are as much at risk as computers,<br />

so stay aware, stay alert and stay secure.<br />

• Anna Collard is the SVP Content<br />

Strategy & Evangelist at KnowBe4<br />


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Family Food Stories<br />

AUGUST <strong>25</strong> - SEPTEMBER 7 <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Janet and Paul’s<br />

Healthy Taste of<br />

Back Home<br />

We know the last year has been<br />

challenging. With changes to our<br />

routines and more time at home,<br />

lots of us have picked up the odd<br />

unhealthy habit. But whether you<br />

want to eat better or lose weight,<br />

now is a great time to get started.<br />

Like many of us, Janet and Paul Soile<br />

from London gained some extra weight<br />

during lockdown. To help get their weight<br />

on track they started looking for ways<br />

to make their favourite foods healthier,<br />

<br />

<br />

As a former Stroke Information Advisor,<br />

Janet used to educate people about<br />

health risk factors and how to reduce<br />

the risk of having a stroke. “As Africans,<br />

we were e used to eating oily foods, but<br />

through working as a health advisor I<br />

learnt about the health risks that come<br />

with eating in this manner. So instead of<br />

just teaching people how to be healthier I<br />

decided to take my own advice!”<br />

Janet does most of the cooking but<br />

her husband Paul helps whenever he’s<br />

around. “Paul’s a pastor so he’s always<br />

busy with community work, but we<br />

usually cook together at least twice a<br />

week,” shares Janet.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir favourite household recipe is honey<br />

beans and plantain. Beans are a cheap,<br />

<br />

<br />

Janet is “always encouraging the kids<br />

to eat them!” As for the plantains, she<br />

would typically fry them with oil but has<br />

swapped to air frying or cooking them<br />

in the oven. “It comes out very nice -<br />

everyone is so surprised at how lovely<br />

they taste.”<br />

As well as changing her cooking methods,<br />

Janet has cut back on the amount of salt<br />

she uses. “You’d never guess that we’ve<br />

made changes since it tastes more or<br />

less the same, if not better.” Janet notes<br />

that even the children enjoy the healthier<br />

recipes. “<strong>The</strong>y’ve been eating their beans,<br />

without me having to push them.”<br />

For Janet, the best part of becoming<br />

healthier has been doing it together as<br />

a family. “Paul and I live, cook, and eat<br />

together - and it’s really strengthened<br />

our relationship.” She says that her<br />

<br />

healthier and more energised.<br />

Consultant Dietitian, Douglas<br />

Twenefour, adds: “Traditional African<br />

dishes are an integral part of our<br />

community and culture, but we need<br />

to be aware of how we prepare and<br />

serve them, and portion sizes. By<br />

making simple changes, you can<br />

continue to enjoy your favourite<br />

meals, manage your weight and help<br />

cut your risk of serious diseases like<br />

strokes, type 2 diabetes and certain<br />

types of cancers.”<br />

Douglas’ three tips<br />

for healthier eating:<br />

1. Become portion aware<br />

Swap your usual plate or bowl for one<br />

that’s smaller, and try to say no to<br />

second helpings.<br />

2. Include more fruit and vegetables<br />

<br />

<br />

fresh, frozen and tinned all count.<br />

3. Swap your carbs<br />

Swap white rice for brown rice, and<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

plantain, beans, sweet potatoes and<br />

green bananas.<br />

Ewa Oloyin<br />

(Honey beans and steamed plantain)<br />

Serves: 4<br />

Preparation time:<br />

10 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 60 minutes<br />

Ingredient list:<br />

300g (West African) honey beans –<br />

(soaked overnight, washed and drained)<br />

150g chopped onion<br />

2 teaspoons vegetable oil<br />

1 teaspoon ground chilli pepper<br />

1 teaspoon salt<br />

150g red bell pepper chopped<br />

700ml – 1000ml water<br />

350g (two medium sticks)<br />

ripe peeled plantain<br />

What to do:<br />

1. Add 700mls of cold water to a large<br />

saucepan, bring to boil and add beans,<br />

half of chopped onion. Cover the saucepan<br />

and cook beans for about 40mins.<br />

2. Test whether the beans are cooked by<br />

mashing a few with the back of a fork.<br />

Add more water (200ml at a time) and<br />

cook until beans are easy to mash with<br />

a fork.<br />

3. Add the remaining chopped onion, oil,<br />

ground pepper, and salt. Stir well and<br />

allow to cook for further 5 minutes on<br />

low heat. <strong>The</strong>n add chopped bell pepper<br />

– stir well, simmer for 2 mins on low heat.<br />

Preparing the plantain<br />

Advertorial<br />

1. Cut each plantain into 4-5 pieces.<br />

Steam for 15 minutes.<br />

2. Cooked plantain should be soft when<br />

pricked with a fork.<br />

3. Serve with honey beans.<br />

Free help and support<br />

If you want to eat better or lose weight, making small, simple changes can make all<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Search ‘Better Health’ or visit nhs.uk/betterhealth<br />

for free tools and support.

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Health<br />

91% of Black adults want to introduce<br />

healthy habits into their lifestyle<br />

Janet and Paul Soile<br />

Arecent England-wide survey by<br />

Public Health England (PHE)<br />

reveals that 9 in 10 (91%) of<br />

Black adults are motivated to introduce<br />

healthy habits into their lifestyle this<br />

summer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new insights show the extent that<br />

lockdown has impacted the eating and<br />

physical activity habits of different<br />

communities with 45% of Black adults<br />

reporting that they have put on weight<br />

since lockdown. On average, those who<br />

said they had gained weight during this<br />

period reported they had gained over half<br />

a stone (5.8kg) and 70% believed this<br />

was due to eating unhealthily and too<br />

much.<br />

In response, PHE has launched its<br />

latest ‘Better Health’ campaign to<br />

encourage adults across the nation to lose<br />

excess weight, eat more healthily and get<br />

active this summer. <strong>The</strong> new campaign<br />

offers free evidence-based support and<br />

guidance to those working towards a<br />

healthier weight.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are a variety of NHS endorsed<br />

apps, including the newly updated NHS<br />

Weight Loss Plan app - which according<br />

to new research due to be published by<br />

PHE, suggests that those who used and<br />

followed the plan over 12 weeks,<br />

reported an average loss of almost a<br />

stone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> wide range of resources also<br />

includes new recipes that offer healthier<br />

versions of traditional dishes to help<br />

people introduce small and simple<br />

changes this summer, such as Ewa<br />

Oloyin and plantain, Bajan Cou Cou with<br />

spicy fish and Oat Fufu and kale riro.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se recipes, and more, will be available<br />

on the NHS Easy Meals App.<br />

As part of the campaign Janet and<br />

Paul Soile from London have shared their<br />

experience of weight gain during the<br />

pandemic and how they are determined<br />

to adopt healthier habits by adapting their<br />

favorite recipes.<br />

Janet does most of the cooking in her<br />

house but husband Paul helps whenever<br />

he’s around. <strong>The</strong>ir favourite household<br />

recipe includes honey beans and plantain,<br />

which Janet would typically fry but she<br />

has now switched to air frying or cooking<br />

them in the oven. “It comes out very nice<br />

- everyone is so surprised at how lovely<br />

they taste!” she says. As well as changing<br />

her cooking methods, Janet also opts for<br />

healthier alternatives such as using<br />

sunflower oil instead of palm oil, or low<br />

salt stock cubes.<br />

Janet says that the best part of<br />

becoming healthier has been doing it<br />

together as a family. “Paul and I live,<br />

cook, and eat together - and it’s really<br />

strengthened our relationship.” By<br />

making small changes, Janet says she<br />

now feels healthier, happier and more<br />

energised.<br />

Dr Alison Tedstone, Chief<br />

Nutritionist, Public Health England<br />

said: “<strong>The</strong> past sixteen months have<br />

caused many to change their habits so it is<br />

not a surprise to see so many people<br />

reporting weight gain. We know how<br />

hard it can be to lose weight and keep it<br />

off – so, we are providing a range of<br />

support options to help motivate people<br />

and help them maintain a healthy weight.<br />

It’s never too late to make changes to<br />

help improve your health. Visit the Better<br />

Health website for ideas and support that<br />

is right for you and you can seek support<br />

from your local weight management<br />

service.”<br />

Janet Soile, said: “As Africans, we<br />

were used to eating oily foods, but then I<br />

learnt about the health risks that come<br />

with cooking in this manner and have<br />

decided to make a change for my health,<br />

and the health of my family.”<br />

Better Health is also working in<br />

partnership with a number of weight<br />

management and physical activity<br />

partners who are providing both free and<br />

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<strong>The</strong>re are new recipes that offer healthier versions of traditional dishes<br />

Health England is also working with<br />

local authorities to provide weight<br />

management support to those who need<br />

it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> upcoming launch of the new<br />

Office for Health Promotion in Autumn<br />

will lead national efforts to level up the<br />

health of the nation by continuing to<br />

support people living with obesity,<br />

supporting mental health and promoting<br />

physical activity.<br />

Search ‘Better Health’ or visit<br />

nhs.uk/betterhealth for free tools and<br />

support to start leading a healthier<br />

lifestyle today.<br />

About the Better Health campaign<br />

<strong>The</strong> Better Health webpage<br />

(nhs.uk/BetterHealth) provides tools to<br />

help people improve their health and lose<br />

weight:<br />

Weight Loss:<br />

• NHS Weight Loss Plan App<br />

• BMI Calculator<br />

• NHS Easy Meals App<br />

• NHS Food Scanner App<br />

Get more active:<br />

• NHS Couch to 5k<br />

• NHS Active 10 App<br />

Reduce alcohol intake:<br />

• NHS Drink Free Days App<br />

All the above apps are free and can be<br />

downloaded via the App Store or Google<br />


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Earn money as a <strong>Trumpet</strong> Ambassador<br />

campaign.<br />

Sale of Banner Adverts, ‘Highlights’ and<br />

Mail-shots our in Email Newsletters.<br />

With rates ranging from £100 to £500 per<br />

insertion, we pay Ambassadors a 15%<br />

Commission.<br />

Sale of Advertising on our Social Media<br />

channels.<br />

With rates ranging between £100 to £200<br />

per channel per post, we pay a 15%<br />

Commission.<br />

Sale of Sponsorship, Advertising,<br />

Exhibition spaces and Tickets for GAB<br />

Awards and <strong>Trumpet</strong> Connect.<br />

With most products and services ranging<br />

between £100 and £20,000, we pay a 15%<br />

Commission.<br />

Engagement Status<br />

Our freelance Ambassadors run their own<br />

business, work from their own home or<br />

office, and choose the amount of time<br />

they devote to the programme. <strong>The</strong>y work<br />

towards the amount they want to earn.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y choose their legal status in terms of<br />

whether they operate as a Self-Employed<br />

individual or a Limited Company or any<br />

other appropriate status depending on the<br />

country they operate, but we suggest you<br />

take professional advice on this.<br />

Ambassadors are fully responsible for<br />

ensuring their tax affairs and other related<br />

issues fulfil the legal requirements of their<br />

country of operation.<br />

Incentives<br />

From time to time, to incentivise our<br />

Ambassadors, we may run special<br />

promotions, or reward achievements,<br />

milestones and introduction of other<br />

Ambassadors to the programme through<br />

cash or advert credits.<br />

About Us<br />

<strong>Trumpet</strong> Media Group is an<br />

international media organisation with<br />

various media products, services and<br />

events targeting Africa, Africans and Friends<br />

of Africa in the Diaspora and on the<br />

Continent.<br />

Its first media venture - <strong>Trumpet</strong> <strong>Newspaper</strong><br />

started 23 years ago - in 1995, closely<br />

followed by the founding of the prestigious<br />

Gathering of Africa’s Best (GAB) Awards in<br />

1999. <strong>The</strong>re are a number of other niche<br />

products, services and events - with plans to<br />

grow our portfolio over the coming months<br />

and years.<br />

Sales Ambassadors<br />

Our planned future growth has given rise to<br />

the need to take on talented and ambitious<br />

Sales Ambassadors who share our vision of:<br />

promoting the positive image of Africa and<br />

Africans, and are able to sell some (or all) of<br />

our growing number of products and services<br />

on a freelance basis.<br />

Products and Services<br />

We are introducing our portfolio of products,<br />

services, and events below on to the <strong>Trumpet</strong><br />

Ambassadors Programme (TAP) in phases.<br />

Print <strong>Newspaper</strong>s: <strong>The</strong> <strong>Trumpet</strong> <strong>Newspaper</strong><br />

and <strong>Trumpet</strong> Ghana <strong>Newspaper</strong>.<br />

Website: www.<strong>Trumpet</strong>MediaGroup.com<br />

Email Newsletters: <strong>Trumpet</strong> Newsbreaker,<br />

<strong>Trumpet</strong> Kenya, <strong>Trumpet</strong> Nigeria, <strong>Trumpet</strong><br />

Sierra Leone, <strong>Trumpet</strong> Gambia, <strong>Trumpet</strong><br />

Ghana<br />

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,<br />

Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and WhatsApp.<br />

Events: GAB Awards and <strong>Trumpet</strong> Connect.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Opportunities<br />

Opportunities to earn revenue through<br />

Commissions are currently available by<br />

way of:<br />

Sale of Subscriptions to any (or both) of<br />

our Print <strong>Newspaper</strong>s.<br />

With Annual Subscriptions starting from<br />

£60, we pay a 10% Commission.<br />

Distribution and Sales of bulk copies our<br />

<strong>Newspaper</strong>s.<br />

We pay a 35% Commission - split between<br />

the Ambassador and the Sales Outlet.<br />

(Outlets will usually take between 15%<br />

and <strong>25</strong>% depending on its type and your<br />

negotiating skills.)<br />

Ambassadors may choose to sell directly<br />

to their clientele or at events and keep the<br />

entire 35% Commission.<br />

Sale of Advertising Spaces in our Print<br />

<strong>Newspaper</strong>s.<br />

With most Advert Spaces ranging from<br />

£80 to £4500 per edition, we pay a 15%<br />

Commission. You receive a Commission<br />

on all editions in the campaign in line<br />

with the Client’s payment - for example, if<br />

an advertiser books and pays for six<br />

editions, you get a Commission on all six<br />

editions.<br />

Sale of Banner Adverts on Website<br />

With Banner Adverts ranging between<br />

£50 and £200 per week, we pay a 15%<br />

Commission for the length of the<br />

Payments<br />

Commission Payments to Ambassadors<br />

are made by the 15th day of the month<br />

following payment of Clients - For<br />

example, Commission on Clients’<br />

payments in January will be paid by 15th<br />

February.<br />

Distribution and Sales of bulk copies of<br />

<strong>Newspaper</strong>s (4.3) are excluded from the<br />

payment arrangement above (7.1).<br />

An Ambassador buys and pays for bulk<br />

copies in advance at a discounted rate<br />

with the TAP Commission deducted upfront.<br />

For example, if an Ambassador<br />

orders bulk copies worth £100 in advance,<br />

the Ambassador only pays us £65<br />

(deducting the 35% Commission upfront).<br />

We operate a No-Returns policy on<br />

<strong>Newspaper</strong> Sales.<br />

Joining the Programme<br />

It currently costs £100 per annum to join<br />

the <strong>Trumpet</strong> Ambassadors Programme<br />

(TAP).<br />

Introductory Offer - Join the programme<br />

by 31 <strong>August</strong> 2018 and accumulate sales<br />

of at least £1000 across any or all of our<br />

products by 30 <strong>September</strong> 2018; and we<br />

will reward you with 100 TAP Points<br />

worth £100 - which you can spend on any<br />

of our opportunities (4.2) - (4.8).<br />

To join the programme, please request the<br />

<strong>Trumpet</strong> Ambassadors Programme Form<br />

and via email: info@the-trumpet.com

Sport<br />

AUGUST <strong>25</strong> - SEPTEMBER 7 <strong>2021</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong><strong>Trumpet</strong><br />

Those opposing World Cup every<br />

two years are selfish<br />

Page13<br />

“Those who are against the World Cup every<br />

two years are selfish people who discriminate<br />

against billions of people just to protect their<br />

own commercial interests”<br />

<strong>The</strong> President of the Royal<br />

Moroccan Football Federation<br />

and FIFA Council member -<br />

Fouzi Lekjaa, is a strong supporter<br />

of the project of a World Cup every<br />

two years. In this interview with<br />

Le360 Sports, he explains his choice<br />

and lists the many benefits it would<br />

bring to the African continent.<br />

Le360 Sports: During the 71st<br />

Congress of FIFA, held on 21st of<br />

May <strong>2021</strong>, you supported the idea<br />

of organizing a World Cup every<br />

two years. Why?<br />

Fouzi Lekjaa: “A World Cup<br />

played every two years instead of<br />

four will give African teams more<br />

chances to improve by competing<br />

more often with the best. This change<br />

will also offer many more<br />

opportunities for African talents to<br />

develop and shine at the world stage.<br />

Only eight teams have won the World<br />

Cup. And most part of the<br />

participants are always the same. We<br />

need to make the World Cup a much<br />

more inclusive competition not only<br />

with the already approved increase of<br />

teams but also with an increase in the<br />

frequency.”<br />

How will that affect the<br />

Morocco national team?<br />

“Morocco is a great nation of<br />

football and in almost 100 years of<br />

world cups we only participated in<br />

the tournament in five occasions.<br />

This is not only due to the extremely<br />

difficult qualifiers but essentially<br />

because of the frequency of the<br />

competition.”<br />

But won’t this make the World<br />

Cup lose its appeal?<br />

“A great competition is forged by<br />

the quality and meaning of it, not<br />

because it is rare. We have great<br />

competitions in all sports, including<br />

football, played every year and every<br />

two years (like the AFCON) and they<br />

don’t lose interest, nor the fans lose<br />

appetite for them. <strong>The</strong> World Cup<br />

will keep being an amazing<br />

competition while at the same time<br />

being more democratic and giving<br />

less developed nations an opportunity<br />

to participate and get better.”<br />

We heard one or two voices,<br />

namely from UEFA, saying they<br />

were against this idea. What do you<br />

think about it?<br />

“I have to say I was extremely<br />

disappointed with some reactions on<br />

this matter. <strong>The</strong> international match<br />

calendar is not decided until after<br />

2024 so people should sit down and<br />

talk about the best solutions for<br />

everyone not just for those who enjoy<br />

all privileges, who have all the<br />

resources and look at Africa and other<br />

continents as second-class people that<br />

they have to put up with. It’s easy to<br />

make headlines and campaigns<br />

against racism and discrimination but<br />

what Africa wants is concrete actions<br />

and good will, not arrogant,<br />

dictatorial, and discriminatory<br />

positions while refusing to debate<br />

ideas. One more month every four<br />

years. We are not asking for<br />

something unrealistic. <strong>The</strong> ones who<br />

are against the World Cup every two<br />

years are in fact egotists because they<br />

are discriminating against millions of<br />

people just to protect their own<br />

commercial interests. <strong>The</strong>y should<br />

support the possibility to give hope to<br />

hundreds of millions of people of our<br />

continent.”<br />

Do you think some Federations<br />

can prevent this project from going<br />

ahead?<br />

“FIFA is nowadays a democratic<br />

organization and Europe shows us the<br />

importance of respecting the opinion<br />

of the majority in a true democratic<br />

spirit. We hope that everyone in<br />

Europe respects democracy.<br />

Fortunately, there are a lot of<br />

European people and Federations<br />

who support the idea.”<br />

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been someone who thinks about<br />

football - not only inside the pitch. He<br />

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irrational and absurd to criticize his<br />

proposal without even reflecting on<br />

what is happening and on ways to<br />

stop and reverse this tendency. To<br />

play the World Cup every two years<br />

won’t be the miracle solution to<br />

everything that is wrong, but it can<br />

certainly be a positive contribution.”

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Yahaya Bello<br />

“stomach democracy activists” to engage in<br />

decent conversation. This has been a bane<br />

of Nigerian politics. But it is getting worse.<br />

It could even become more frightening. <strong>The</strong><br />

professional political class must seek<br />

counselling for its growing mass psychosis.<br />

<strong>The</strong> right of Nigerians to choose, to express<br />

their differences and choices must be<br />

respected. Nobody has a monopoly of the<br />

right to Nigerian citizenship, or the<br />

corridors of power. <strong>The</strong> way some<br />

interested parties are carrying on is<br />

deplorable. I recall writing once in this<br />

column about likely candidates for the 2023<br />

Presidency titled “<strong>The</strong> South West<br />

Presidential Hopefuls” (April 20, <strong>2021</strong>). I<br />

made some categorical statements about the<br />

chances of those who were in the news at<br />

the time: Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu,<br />

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senator Ibikunle<br />

Amosun and Dr Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti<br />

State. It was my own review of the political<br />

situation and the possibilities. But what did<br />

I get in return? Those who felt I was critical<br />

of their masters went after me with a sledge<br />

hammer. I read one reasonable piece in<br />

which the author tried to respond to the<br />

issues raised but the others were so poorly<br />

written, I couldn’t waste my time reading<br />

till the end. Bad writing gives me migraine<br />

and there seems to be a large supply of<br />

hacks around many of our political figures.<br />

In the 80s and 90s, we used to have quality<br />

debates in Nigerian newspapers. Today, the<br />

space is dominated by hacks without brains.<br />

Well maybe I was lucky. <strong>The</strong>y didn’t abuse<br />

my parents.<br />

Since that piece, the conversation about<br />

2023 has gained greater momentum,<br />

beyond Zoning and possible Southern<br />

candidates to a full-blown obsession. This<br />

reached a peak recently with the<br />

prescriptions by former Head of State and<br />

President, General Ibrahim Babangida<br />

during an interview with Arise TV, ahead of<br />

his 80 th birthday on <strong>August</strong> 17, <strong>2021</strong>. I<br />

wrote a review of some of his submissions<br />

in the context of what marked his 80th<br />

birthday: an attempt at revisionism on<br />

certain key historical points, but again I got<br />

thoroughly abused by one of the key<br />

organizers of the IBB white-wash. I have<br />

made my point. (See Reuben Abati, “IBB’s<br />

Birthday Interview”, ThisDay, <strong>August</strong> 10,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>). <strong>The</strong> IBB interview, considering his<br />

own stature added oxygen to the 2023<br />

Presidential debate. ThisDay newspaper<br />

followed up with a front-page list of 31<br />

likely candidates, and a review of those who<br />

can lead Nigeria in 2023. I take all of that as<br />

a healthy promotion of public conversation.<br />

But it merely ended up showing a certain<br />

trait that I think can pose a threat to the<br />

journey towards 2023: the thinking by some<br />

people that the Presidency of Nigeria is<br />

already an acquired right. How? When?<br />

Where?<br />

One of the immediate reactions to the<br />

ThisDay list came from Dr. Doyin Okupe,<br />

veteran politician, spokesperson to a<br />

political party, the defunct NRC, and media<br />

adviser to two former Presidents. Dr.<br />

Okupe, appearing on Arise TV Morning<br />

Show, said there are only three possible<br />

candidates: Senator Bola Tinubu, his good<br />

self and incumbent Vice President Yemi<br />

Osinbajo in that order. We later hosted Mr.<br />

Sonny Iroche, Chairman of the Anambra<br />

League of Professionals, who thought that<br />

Dr Doyin Okupe must have been joking,<br />

and that he, Iroche, would make a better<br />

candidate. Before Iroche, Malam Kashim<br />

Ibrahim-Imam, President of the Kings<br />

College Old Boys Association, and<br />

Chairman of the Board of the Tertiary<br />

Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) also<br />

appeared on the Arise TV flagship show to<br />

discuss the state of the nation. He had kind<br />

things to say about Tinubu, leader of the<br />

APC but he made it clear that he, Kashim-<br />

Imam, would be the best man for the job.<br />

Somehow, within the South West and<br />

the APC, every man who considers himself<br />

a potential President manages to defer to<br />

just one man: Senator Bola Tinubu. Those<br />

who say anything that is off-key in that<br />

regard or fail to pay homage get knocked no<br />

matter how sensible they may sound. This<br />

then, reminds me of the case of Governor<br />

Yahaya Bello of Kogi State who has been a<br />

target of heavy pummelling for having the<br />

effrontery to have told Senator Tinubu in an<br />

interview with the Daily Trust newspaper<br />

that the senior politician should allow his<br />

“children” to take over the Presidency of<br />

Nigeria in 2023. Yahaya Bello obviously<br />

considers himself a Tinubu “son”. Whereas<br />

the leader of the APC has not yet announced<br />

formally that he wants to be President, there<br />

is already an army of Tinubu Support<br />

Groups out there pushing the 2023 Tinubu<br />

for President agenda. As far back as May<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, Governor Bello had announced in a<br />

television interview that “Nigerian youths,<br />

women and all Nigerians, including very<br />

objective elites” were asking him to run for<br />

President in 2023. Bello was immediately<br />

dismissed by Professor Itse Sagay, SAN,<br />

who reminded him that the Presidency in<br />

the APC had been zoned to the South, and<br />

that being a youth cannot be an automatic<br />

qualification.<br />

Indeed, much earlier, Eniola Bello in his<br />

ThisDay column – “Yahaya Bello: <strong>The</strong><br />

Ugly Face of APC” (March 8, <strong>2021</strong>) had<br />

made even more damning remarks about<br />

the Governor. But Yahaya Bello has been<br />

resilient in saying he wants to be President.<br />

His latest effort must have been prompted<br />

by the renewed debate about age and 2023<br />

Presidential politics. His reported interview<br />

in the Daily Trust newspaper of <strong>August</strong> 22,<br />

<strong>2021</strong> is titled “2023: Buhari, Tinubu Pact<br />

not Binding on APC Members – Kogi<br />

Governor.” Having confirmed that he<br />

would run for President in 2023, Governor<br />

Bello said of Tinubu: “Senator Tinubu is<br />

one of our leaders and I respect him so<br />

much. He has played a very significant role<br />

in Nigeria’s democracy and has built a lot<br />

of people. He has paid his dues, and with<br />

all respect, as a son to him, my simple<br />

advice is that it is time for him to allow his<br />

children take over the mantle of leadership<br />

and do it to the glory of God and his<br />

admiration. He should see that those<br />

children he raised are now doing well. Let<br />

him see how we manage this country in his<br />

lifetime. However, he has a right to run,<br />

nobody is questioning that. I always urge<br />

everybody to respect him for the role he has<br />

played in this country’s democracy. He is a<br />

man of integrity, to be candid.” He was then<br />

asked: “Do you think the APC would<br />

survive if Tinubu is denied the party’s ticket<br />

and he pulls out with the South West?”<br />

Bello, who says he believes it is the turn of<br />

the North Central to produce the next<br />

President responds: “You don’t build a<br />

house and destroy it. I don’t think he will do<br />

that. He has grown past that. As an elder<br />

statesman, he will not say that the country<br />

should be destroyed in his lifetime, not even<br />

after his demise, so I don’t see him doing<br />

that.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are the words Yahaya Bello said,<br />

except he was otherwise misquoted by the<br />

Daily Trust newspaper. But for these<br />

respectful, almost subservient expressions<br />

of admiration for the party leader, and the<br />

affirmation of his own future ambitions<br />

within the APC, Yahaya Bello has been<br />

severely rebuked by the Tinubu Support<br />

Group. In a statement signed by the<br />

Director-General of the TSG, Umar<br />

Ibrahim, Yahaya Bello has been called a<br />

“disgrace, a failure and a betrayer.” He is<br />

advised to channel his efforts into “begging<br />

and praying for forgiveness for all the<br />

sufferings you have inflicted on the good<br />

people of Kogi State, rather than eyeing the<br />

Presidency.” Ibrahim insists that Tinubu is<br />

the most qualified person for the Nigerian<br />

Presidency in 2023.<br />

I have never met Governor Yahaya<br />

Bello personally. I don’t need to. I have in<br />

fact been very critical of him: his re-election<br />

in 2019, and his many gaffes about COVID-<br />

19. But I think he, like every Nigerian, of<br />

eligible age, can aspire to the Presidency of<br />

Nigeria, and that the rest of us have the right<br />

to express an opinion and an interest<br />

without being mauled by any group that<br />

claims a monopoly of insight about the<br />

future of Nigeria. <strong>The</strong>re is nothing that<br />

Yahaya Bello has said that was not implied<br />

in the Babangida criteria for the 2023<br />

Presidency. Where was the Tinubu Support<br />

Group? Why didn’t Umar Ibrahim go after<br />

the elder statesman? Given the level of<br />

interest that the 2023 Presidency has<br />

generated, there would be more persons<br />

expressing views. How many views and<br />

expressions of interest will the TSG shut<br />

down? It may be possible to intimidate<br />

persons in the South West and the APC, but<br />

there are enough Nigerians who will also<br />

lay claim to the Presidency of Nigeria. <strong>The</strong><br />

Tinubu Support Group does him great<br />

disservice. This is a leader who made great<br />

sacrifice to promote democracy in Nigeria.<br />

He invested a lot in building a generation of<br />

leaders. He earned a reputation as a master<br />

political strategist. Today, he appears to be<br />

surrounded by a group of political vultures<br />

and hacks on the question of 2023.<br />

Whoever and whatever they may be,<br />

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu owes us a duty to call<br />

the TSG, as presently constituted, to order.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are damaging his brand. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

campaign should be more focussed on<br />

selling his ideas, not motor-park politics.<br />

Going forward, two key questions are<br />

pertinent: Is there a dark horse and a third<br />

force in the political space who may emerge<br />

as President in 2023? And is there enough<br />

time for such an alternative to make any<br />

meaningful impact, timing being a major<br />

factor in politics?

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