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1/14/2018 2:55:03 PM
Transcript of message for the nation by Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith World Outreach aka Winners Chapel.
Prophets have a duty to warn people, nation against impending danger.
I am sent as a prophet to the nation and God grants me access to divine confidentialities of nations.
I have this wake up call for a nation in a state of slumber.
For example, how many of these killers have been brought to book since their campaign of carnage, death and destruction began, one may ask?
A nationwide crisis is in the offing than may be worse than anyone around knows.
Tell me the morality behind some strangers who are doing their business as cattle rearers overrunning your farm with your labour and graze their cattle on your crop and when you challenge them, they kill you.
Where are the leaders of thoughts in Nigeria? Where is the government and that continues unabated. We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. There is volatile reaction coming and God revealed this to me as far back as 1992, clearly written in my diary.
Nigeria shall not be destroyed. God shall trouble all that trouble the peace and progress of this nation.
While we are claiming to be curtailing Boko Haram, we are on the other hand aiding and abetting herdsmen and their murderous acts.
Nigeria is a nation at war with ourselves. No external aggression from aggressors, no ethnic crisis, no natural disaster, yet we are doing mass burial. What a nation in a state of slumber.
Hear the voice of God through this prophet, the soul of Nigeria is near the point of death.
Citizens of these nation are fast becoming endangered species, God have mercy.
Let me ask these pertinent questions that borders on the conscience of a nation and its leaders.
Is cattle business government business?
Should farmers be killed for Fulani herdsmen to live?
Should all the farmers leave their farms today for fear of Fulani herdsmen?
As the last time I knew, Nigeria still produces less than 20 percent of what it consumes and ask me what it the contribution of herdsmen to the GDP of this country. What is come to this country?
There is more to this low response of government to addressing this issue which is definitely a time bomb
Does Nigerian land belong to Fulani herdsmen?
There has never been this kind of assault on the intelligence of the people like we are having now.
Should you allocate my father’s land to Fulani herdsmen? No.
Are they now the customary land owners of every state, town, cities, villages and hamlets in Nigeria?
There is danger in the offing; every community may soon set up their own security system to defend themselves against the insurgency of the Fulani herdsmen.
Can the citizens still trust the security agencies of this nation to protect them? You will be vulnerable for life.
When citizens cannot trust the security a state of anarchy is in view. Insurrection may also be on the way. These largely unchecked activities of the Fulani herdsmen may eventually choke the soul of Nigeria to death, God forbid.
Is Nigeria project still working?
Without justice there cannot be peace. You don’t step on my toes and say let’s have peace. We can’t have peace but exchange of blows.
Caution, let politicians be warned, don’t sell off the destinies of men for your ambitions.
True leaders mind the coming generations. Nigeria is rescued. Let no religious bigot say to me what is your concern?. By the grace of God, one out every 150 Nigerian is under my apostolic coverage. You are not a leader by elective office; you are a leader by the number of people you have responsibility for.
I am answerable to God on what happens to them. You can’t kill their fathers and mothers in the name of being in power. It is enough. When prophets speak God confirms it. These wicked forces will be visited by vengeance.
Is our sense of value for human lives still alive? I don’t know. What I know is that it is not alive.
Today human lives are now being slain for cattles without any drastic interventions from relevant security agents.
Should men and women continue to lay their lives down for cattles ?
There is no nation on the earth where the defense of cattle is more than the defense of human lives.
How are these killers making away with their murderous acts? They must have the backings of some powers that be. Any right thinking Nigerian will speculate same.
Is Boko haram not spreading strategically across the nation?
How many cows will a Fulani man sell to buy a AK47? which now cost about N3m a piece.
A cow, the fattest is N180-200,000. To buy five riffles, equals N15m.
You don’t hire security guard in a room and parlour. Some fellows supply these guns and you cannot tell how much stockpiles of arms they have.
Nigeria is becoming an endangered nation where any group of persons may attempt to overrun the nation. Caution, Caution, Caution Caution to everyone responsible for the affairs of this nation.
God has sent me to warn this nation, a flood of evil is at the door.
12/30/2017 3:39:23 PM
I sincerely thank you all for your patience and support. 2018 will surely be better. Thanks once more.
8/21/2017 8:51:44 AM
My dear citizens,
I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.
2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.
3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
4. Nigeria's unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.
6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
7. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
8. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.
9. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
10. Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
11. Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.
12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;
· elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets
· kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,
· in addition to ethnic violence fueled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.
13. Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;
· economic security,
· political evolution and integration
· as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.
14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.
15. Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation
2/23/2017 10:35:34 AM
A 19-year-old Zimbabwean boy, Trymore Chibwe, has exposed a 40-year-old married woman, Memory Tete, who allegedly forces him to 10 sex sessions daily.
Chibwe said he noticed that his ‘sex mate’ was sexually involved with five other men after she left him for another man.
Zim News is reporting that their affair was exposed after the teenager spoke out and the duo was summoned before the Masango village court headed by the village headman, Caleb Masango.
Speaking before the village headman on Wednesday, Chibwe said, “It started well in my life as memory took me to her home when I was in grade six. I was going to school at the same time herding cattle.
“We started having sexual intercourse in 2012 and would do 10 rounds per day. She would stock the sperms and then go to South Africa to sell them.
“My father caught us red handed having sex in 2014. He was passing by and he heard the explicit sounds and forced his way into the house where he caught us pants down.
“He lodged a complaint with the police but they never took it seriously because she is so influential in the society.
“After I finished my grade seven, I got $30 from the woman for the services I rendered, so I left to my uncle’s place to stay but the woman still followed me, pleading for me to come back since I had witnessed her dumping a foetus at her homestead.
“But problem started when the woman dated Mafana Gideon who threatened and chased me away.
“I kept on demanding my money but Gideon continued to threaten me and now I am failing to sexually satisfy my wife whom I married,” the teenager added.
Narrating her own side of the story, Tete confirmed cheating with several men including the teenager.
She also confirmed dumping a foetus secretly at her homestead in the presence of Chibwe and one Madzimai Netsai.
She said she was sex starved since her husband Chamunorwa Hofisi was based in South Africa.
Tete said, “On allegations that I have been harvesting sperms, Chibwe is only after finding ways to tarnish my image after he learnt that I was dating another man.
“He is still pestering me for sex and I am denying he visit me anytime even during the day until one day that he clashed with one of my lovers,” the 40-year-old added.
Speaking further, she denied involvement in sperm harvesting.
She said, “My visit to South Africa was not to sell sperms as alleged by Chibwe.
“I was visiting my husband, who later learned about my affair with Chibwe from the villagers but he forgave me since he understands the fact that I was sex starved.
The village headman, who presided over the hearing of Tete’s illicit affair with the teenager said, “Following revelations of abortion during the trial, the case will be referred to the police.
“We are still carrying out investigations and findings will be made public soon.”
Culled from the Daily Post
12/15/2016 1:22:22 PM
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presented the 2017 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly.
Buhari, during the presentation said his administration will pay more attention to infrastructures with roads and rail projects taking centre in the incoming year.
See full text below:
1. It is my pleasure to present the 2017 Budget Proposals to this distinguished Joint Assembly: the Budget of Recovery and Growth.
2. We propose that the implementation of the Budget will be based on our Economic Recovery and Growth Strategy. The Plan, which builds on our 2016 Budget, provides a clear road map of policy actions and steps designed to bring the economy out of recession and to a path of steady growth and prosperity.
3. We continue to face the most challenging economic situation in the history of our Nation. Nearly every home and nearly every business in Nigeria is affected one way or the other.
4. Yet I remain convinced that this is also a time of great opportunity.We have reached a stage when the creativity, talents and resilience of the Nigerian people is being rewarded. Those courageous and patriotic men and women who believed in Nigeria are now seeing the benefits gradually come to fruition. I am talking about the farmers who today are experiencing bumper harvests, the manufacturers who substituted imported goods for local materials and the car assembly companies who today are expanding to meet higher demand.
5. Distinguished members of National Assembly, for the record:For many years we depended on oil for foreign exchange revenues. In the days of high oil prices,we did not save.We squandered.
6. We wasted our large foreign exchange reserves to import nearly everything we consume. Our food, Our clothing, Our manufacturing inputs, Our fuel and much more.In the past 18 months when we experienced low oil prices, we saw our foreign exchange earnings cut by about 60%, our reserves eroded and our consumption declined as we could not import to meet our needs.
7. By importing nearly everything, we provide jobs for young men and women in the countries that produce what we import, while our own young people wander around jobless. By preferring imported goods, we ensure steady jobs for the nationals of other countries, while our own farmers, manufacturers, engineers, and marketers, remain jobless.
8. I will stand my ground and maintain my position that under my watch, that old Nigeria is slowly but surely disappearing and a new era is rising in which we grow what we eat and consume what we make.
We will CHANGE our habits and we will CHANGE Nigeria.
9. By this simple principle, we will increasingly grow and process our own food, we will manufacture what we can and refine our own petroleum products. We will buy ‘Made in Nigeria’ goods. We will encourage garment manufacturing and Nigerian designers, tailors and fashion retailers. We will patronize local entrepreneurs. We will promote the manufacturing powerhouses in Aba, Calabar, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Nnewi, Onitsha, and Ota. From light manufacturing to cement production and petrochemicals, our objective is to make Nigeria a new manufacturing hub.
10. Today, the demand of the urban consumer has presented an opportunity for the rural producer. Across the country, our farmers, traders and transporters are seeing a shift in their fortunes. Nigerians who preferred imported products are now consuming made in Nigeria products. From Argungu in Kebbi to Abakalaki in Ebonyi, rice farmers and millers are seeing their products move. We must replicate such success in other staples like wheat, sugar, soya, tomato and dairy products. Already, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Organised Private Sector and a handful of Nigerian commercial banks, have embarked on an ambitious private sector-led N600 billion program to push us towards self-sufficiency in three years for these products. I hereby make a special appeal to all State Governors to make available land to potential farmers for the purpose of this program.
11. To achieve self-sufficiency in food and other products, a lot of work needs to be done across the various value chains. For agriculture, inputs must be available and affordable. In the past, basic inputs, like the NPK fertilizer,were imported although key ingredients like urea and limestone are readily available locally. Our local blending plants have been abandoned. Jobs lost and families destroyed. I am pleased to announce today that on 2nd December 2016, Morocco and Nigeria signed an ambitious collaboration agreement to revive the abandoned Nigerian fertilizer blending plants. The agreement focuses on optimizing local materials while only importing items that are not available locally. This program has already commenced and we expect that in the first quarter of 2017, it will create thousands of jobs and save Nigeria US$200 million of foreign exchange and over N60 billion in subsidy.
12. We must take advantage of current opportunities to export processed agricultural products and manufactured goods. Let it not be lost on anyone that the true drivers of our economic future will be the farmers, small and medium sized manufacturers, agro-allied businesses, dressmakers, entertainers and technology start-ups. They are the engine of our imminent economic recovery. And their needs underpin the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
13. Let me, Mr. Senate President, Right Hon. Speaker, here acknowledge the concerns expressed by the National Assembly and, in particular, acknowledge your very helpful Resolutions on the State of the Economy, which were sent to me for my consideration. The Resolutions contained many useful suggestions, many of which are in line with my thinking and have already been reflected in our Plan. Let me emphasise that close cooperation between the Executive and the Legislature is vital to the success of our recovery and growth plans.
14. Permit me to briefly outline a few important features of the Plan. The underlying philosophy of our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan is optimizing the use of local content and empowering local businesses. The role of Government must be to facilitate, enable and support the economic activities of the Nigerian businesses as I earlier mentioned. Fiscal, monetary and trade policies will be fully aligned and underpinned by the use of policy instruments to promote import substitution. Government will however at all times ensure the protection of public interest.
15. First we clearly understand the paradox that to diversify from oil we need oil revenues. You may recall that oil itself was exploited by investment from agricultural surpluses. We will now use oil revenues to revive our agriculture and industries. Though we cannot control the price of crude oil, we are determined to get our production back to at least 2.2 million barrels per day. Consistent with the views which have also been expressed by the National Assembly, we will continue our engagement with the communities in the Niger Delta to ensure that there is minimum disruption to oil production. The National Assembly, State and Local Governments, Traditional Rulers, Civil Society Organisations and Oil Companies must also do their part in this engagement. We must all come together to ensure peace reigns in the Niger Delta.
16. In addition, we will continue our ongoing reforms to enhance the efficiency of the management of our oil and gas resources. To this effect, from January 2017, the Federal Government will no longer make provision for Joint Venture cash-calls. Going forward, all Joint Venture operations shall be subjected to a new funding mechanism, which will allow for Cost Recovery. This new funding arrangement is expected to boost exploration and production activities, with resultant net positive impact on government revenues which can be allocated to infrastructure, agriculture, solid minerals and manufacturing sectors.
17. I earlier mentioned our ambitions for policy harmonisation. But we all know that one of the peculiar problems of our environment is execution. This phenomenon affects both government carrying out its own functions and the innumerable bureaucratic hurdles in doing business. To this end, I will be issuing some Executive Orders to ensure the facilitation and speeding up of government procurements and approvals. Facilitation of business and commerce must be the major objective of government agencies. Government must not be the bottle neck. Additionally, these Executive Orders will widen the scope of compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act by Federal Government owned entities and promote support for local content in Ministries, Department and Agencies.
18. The Executive will soon place before the National Assembly proposals for legislation to reduce statutorily mandated minimum times for administrative processes in order to speed up business transactions. In addition, I have established the Presidential Enabling Business Council, chaired by the Vice President with a mandate to make doing business in Nigeria easier and more attractive. Getting approvals for business and procurements will be simplified and made faster.
19. In 2017, we will focus on the rapid development of infrastructure, especially rail, roads and power. Efforts to fast-track the modernization of our railway system is a priority in the 2017 Budget. In 2016, we made a lot of progress getting the necessary studies updated and financing arrangements completed. We also addressed some of the legacy contractor liabilities inherited to enable us to move forward on a clean slate. Many of these tasks are not visible but are very necessary for sustainability of projects. Nigerians will soon begin to see the tangible benefits in 2017.
20. We also have an ambitious programme for growing our digital platforms in order to modernise the Nigerian economy, support innovation and improve productivity and competitiveness. We will do this through increased spending on critical information technology infrastructure and also by promoting policies that facilitate investments in this vital sector.
21. During 2016, we conducted a critical assessment of the power sector value chain, which is experiencing major funding issues. Although Government, through the CBN and other Development Finance Institutions has intervened, it is clear that more capital is needed. We must also resolve the problems of liquidity in the sector. On its part, Government has made provisions in its 2017 Budget to clear its outstanding electricity bills. This we hope, will provide the much needed liquidity injection to support the investors.
22. In the delivery of critical infrastructure, we have developed specific models to partner with private capital, which recognize the constraints of limited public finances and incorporate learnings from the past. These tailor-made public private partnerships are being customized, in collaboration with some global players, to suit various sectors, and we trust that, the benefits of this new approach will come to fruition in 2017.
23. Fellow Nigerians, although a lot of problems experienced by this Administration were not created by us, we are determined to deal with them. One of such issues that the Federal Government is committed to dealing with frontally, is the issue of its indebtedness to contractors and other third parties. We are at an advanced stage of collating and verifying these obligations, some of which go back ten years, which we estimate at about N2 trillion. We will continue to negotiate a realistic and viable payment plan to ensure legitimate claims are settled.
2016 Budget Performance
24. In 2016, the budget was prepared on the principles of zero based budgeting to ensure our resources were prudently managed and utilized solely for the public good. This method was a clear departure from the previous incremental budgeting method. We have adopted the same principles in the 2017 Budget.
25. Distinguished members of the National Assembly may recall that the 2016 Budget was predicated on a benchmark oil price of US$38 per barrel, oil production of 2.2 million barrels per day and an exchange rate of N197 to the US dollar.
26. On the basis of these assumptions, aggregate revenue was projected at N3.86 trillion while the expenditure outlay was estimated at N6.06 trillion. The deficit of N2.2 trillion, which was about 2.14% of GDP was expected to be mainly financed through borrowing.
27. The implementation of the 2016 Budget was hampered by the combination of relatively low oil prices in the first quarter of 2016, and disruptions in crude oil production which led to significant shortfalls in projected revenue. This contributed to the economic slow-down that negatively affected revenue collections by the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Nigerian Customs Service.
28. As at 30 September 2016, aggregate revenue inflow was N2.17 trillion or 25% less than prorated projections. Similarly, N3.58 trillion had been spent by the same date on both recurrent and capital expenditure. This is equivalent to 79% of the pro rated full year expenditure estimate of N4.54 trillion as at the end of September 2016.
29. In spite of these challenges, we met both our debt service obligations and personnel costs. Similarly, overhead costs have been largely covered.
30. Although capital expenditure suffered as a result of project formulation delays and revenue shortfalls, in the five months since the 2016 Budget was passed, the amount of N753.6 billion has been released for capital expenditure as at the end of October 2016. It is important to note that this is one of the highest capital releases recorded in the nation’s recent history. In fact, it exceeds the aggregate capital expenditure budget for 2015.
31. Consequently, work has resumed on a number of stalled infrastructure projects such as the construction of new terminals at the country’s four major airports; numerous major road projects; key power transmission projects; and the completion of the Kaduna – Abuja railway to mention a few.
32. We remain resolute in our commitment to the security of life and property nationwide. The courageous efforts and sacrifices of our heroes in the armed forces and para military units are clear for all to see. The gradual return to normality in the North East is a good example of the results. Our resolve to support them is unwavering. Our spending in the 2016 fiscal year focused on ensuring these gallant men and women are properly equipped and supported. We will continue to prioritise defence spending till all our enemies, within and outside, are subdued.
33. Stabilisation of sub-national government finances remains a key objective in our plans to stimulate the economy. In June 2016,a conditional Budget Support Programme was introduced, which offered State Governments N566 billion to address their funding shortfalls. To participate, State Governments were required to subscribe to certain fiscal reforms centered around transparency, accountability and efficiency. For example, States as part of this program were required to publish audited accounts and introduce biometric payroll systems with the goal of eliminating ghost workers.
34. Our efforts on cost containment have continued throughout the year. We have restricted travel costs,reduced board members’ sitting allowances, converted forfeited properties to Government offices to save on rent and eliminated thousands of Ghost workers. These, and many other cost reduction measures will lead to savings of close to N180 billion per annum to be applied to critical areas including health, security and education.
2017 Budget Priorities
35. Let me now turn to 2017 Budget.Government’s priorities in 2017 will be a continuation of our 2016 plans but adjusted to reflect new additions made in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. In order to restore growth, a key objective of the Federal Government will be to bring about stability and greater coherence between monetary, fiscal and trade policies while guaranteeing security for all.
36. The effort to diversify the economy and create jobs will continue with emphasis on agriculture, manufacturing, solid minerals and services. Mid- and Down-stream oil and gas sectors,are also key priority areas. We will prioritise investments in human capital development especially in education and health, as well as wider social inclusion through job creation, public works and social investments.
37. Our plans also recognise that success in building a dynamic, competitive economy depends on construction of high quality national infrastructure and an improved business environment leveraging locally available resources. To achieve this, we will continue our goal of improving governance by enhancing public service deliveryas well as securing life and property.
The 2017 Budget: Assumptions, Revenue Projections and Fiscal Deficit
38. Distinguished members of the National Assembly, the 2017 Budget is based on a benchmark crude oil price of US$42.5 per barrel; an oil production estimate of 2.2 million barrels per day; and an average exchange rate of N305 to the US dollar.
39. Based on these assumptions, aggregate revenue available to fund the federal budget is N4.94 trillion. This is 28% higher than 2016 full year projections. Oil is projected to contribute N1.985 trillion of this amount.
40. Non-oil revenues, largely comprising Companies Income Tax, Value Added Tax, Customs and Excise duties, and Federation Account levies are estimated to contribute N1.373 trillion. We have set a more realistic projection of N807.57 billion for Independent Revenues, while we have projected receipts of N565.1 billion from various Recoveries. Other revenue sources, including mining, amount to N210.9billion.
41. With regard to expenditure, we have proposed a budget size of N7.298trillion which is a nominal 20.4% increase over 2016 estimates. 30.7% of this expenditure will be capital in line with our determination to reflate and pull the economy out of recession as quickly as possible.
42. This fiscal plan will result in a deficit of N2.36 trillion for 2017 which is about 2.18% of GDP. The deficit will be financed mainly by borrowing which is projected to be about N2.32 trillion. Our intention is to source N1.067 trillion or about 46% of this borrowing from external sources while, N1.254 trillion will be borrowed from the domestic market.
43. The proposed aggregate expenditure of N7.298 trillion will comprise:
i. Statutory transfers of N419.02 billion;
ii. Debt service of N1.66 trillion;
iii. Sinking fund of N177.46 billion to retire certain maturing bonds;
iv. Non-debt recurrent expenditure of N2.98trillion; and
v. Capital expenditure of N2.24 trillion (including capital in Statutory Transfers).
44. We have increased the budgetary allocation to the Judiciary from N70 billion to N100 billion. This increase in funding is further meant to enhance the independence of the judiciary and enable them to perform their functions effectively.
45. A significant portion of recurrent expenditure has been provisioned for the payment of salaries and overheads in institutions that provide critical public services. The budgeted amounts for these items are:
· N482.37 billion for the Ministry of Interior;
· N398.01 billion for Ministry of Education;
· N325.87 billion for Ministry of Defence; and
· N252.87 billion for Ministry of Health.
46. We have maintained personnel costs at about N1.8 trillion.It is important that we complete the work that we have started of ensuring the elimination of all ghost workers from the payroll. Accordingly, adequate provision has been made in the 2017 Budget to ensure all personnel that are not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System platform are captured.
47. We have tasked the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance to cut certain overhead costs by 20%. We must eliminate all non-essential costs so as to free resources to fund our capital expenditure.
48. The size of the 2017 capital budget of N2.24 trillion (inclusive of capital in Statutory Transfers), or 30.7% of the total budget, reflects our determination to spur economic growth. These capital provisions are targeted at priority sectors and projects.
49. Specifically, we have maintained substantially higher allocations for infrastructural projects which will have a multiplier effect on productivity, employment and also promote private sector investments into the country.
50. Key capital spending provisions in the Budget include the following:
• Power, Works and Housing: N529billion;
• Transportation: N262 billion;
• Special Intervention Programmes: N150 billion.
• Defence: N140 billion;
• Water Resources: N85 billion;
• Industry, Trade and Investment: N81 billion;
• Interior: N63 billion;
• Education N50 billion
• Universal Basic Education Commission: N92 billion
• Health: N51 billion
• Federal Capital Territory: N37 billion;
• Niger Delta Ministry: N33 billion; and
• Niger Delta Development Commission: N61 billion;
51. N100 billion has been provided in the Special Intervention programme as seed money into the N1 trillion Family Homes Fund that will underpin a new social housing programme. This substantial expenditure is expected to stimulate construction activity throughout the country.
52. Efforts to fast-track the modernization of our railway system will receive further boost through the allocation of N213.14 billion as counterpart funding for the Lagos-Kano, Calabar-Lagos,Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Warri railway, and Kaduna-Abuja railway projects. As I mentioned earlier, in 2016, we invested a lot of time ensuring the paper work is done properly while negotiating the best deal for Nigeria. I must admit this took longer than expected but I am optimistic that these projects will commence in 2017 for all to see.
53. Given the emphasis placed on industrialization and supporting SMEs, a sum of N50 billion has been set aside as Federal Government’s contribution for the expansion of existing, as well as the development of new, Export Processing and Special Economic Zones. These will be developed in partnership with the private sector as we continue our efforts to promote and protect Nigerian businesses. Furthermore, as the benefits of agriculture and mining are starting to become visible, I have instructed that the Export Expansion Grant be revived in the form of tax credits to companies. This will further enhance the development of some agriculture and mining sector thereby bringing in more investments and creating more jobs. The sum of N20 billion has been voted for the revival of this program.
54. Our small- and medium-scale businesses continue to face difficulties in accessing longer term and more affordable credit. To address this situation, a sum of N15 billion has been provided for the recapitalization of the Bank of Industry and the Bank of Agriculture. In addition, the Development Bank of Nigeria will soon start operations with US$1.3 billion focused exclusively on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.
55. Agriculture remains at the heart of our efforts to diversify the economy and the proposed allocation to the sector this year is at a historic high of N92billion. This sum will complement the existing efforts by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and CBN to boost agricultural productivity through increased intervention funding at single digit interest rate under the Anchor Borrowers Programme, commercial agricultural credit scheme and The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending.Accordingly, our agricultural policy will focus on the integrated development of the agricultural sector by facilitating access to inputs, improving market access, providing equipment and storage as well as supporting the development of commodity exchanges.
56. Government realizes that achieving its goals with regard to job creation, also requires improving the skills of our labour force, especially young people. We have accordingly made provision, including working with the private sector and State Governments, to establish and operate model technical and vocational education institutes.
57. We propose with regard to healthcare to expand coverage through support to primary healthcare centres and expanding the National Health Insurance Scheme.
58. The 2017 Budget estimates retains the allocation of N500 billion to the Special Intervention programme consisting of the Home-grown School Feeding Programme, Government Economic Empowerment programme, N-Power Job Creation Programme to provide loans for traders and artisans, Conditional Cash Transfers to the poorest families and the new Family Homes Fund (social housing scheme). The N-Power Programme has recently taken off with the employment of 200,000 graduates across the country, while the School Feeding Programme has commenced in a few States, where the verification of caterers has been completed
59. As we pursue economic recovery, we must remain mindful of issues of sustainable and inclusive growth and development. The significant vote for the Federal Ministry of Water Resources reflects the importance attached to integrated water resource management. In this regard, many river-basin projects have been prioritized for completion in 2017. Similarly, the increased vote of N9.52 billion for the Federal Ministry of Environment (an increase of 92% over the 2016 allocation) underscores the greater attention to matters of the environment, including climate change and leveraging private sector funding for the clean-up of the Niger Delta.
60. Provision has also been made in these estimates for activities that will foster a safe and conducive atmosphere for the pursuit of economic and social activities. In this regard, the allocation for the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been increased to N65 billion in the 2017 Budget. Furthermore, N45 billion in funding has been provisioned for the rehabilitation of the North East to complement the funds domiciled at the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative as well as commitments received from the multinational donors.
61. Mr. Senate President, Mr. Speaker, distinguished and honourable members of the National Assembly, I cannot end without commending the National Assembly for its support insteering our economy on a path of sustained and inclusive growth. This generation has an opportunity to move our country from an unsustainable growth model – one that is largely dependent on oil earnings and imports, to an economy that focuses on using local labour and local raw materials. We cannot afford to let this opportunity slip by. We must all put our differences aside and work together to make this country succeed. The people that voted us into these esteemed positions are looking to us to make a difference. To change the course of this nation. I have no doubt in my mind that by working together, we will put Nigeria back on the path that its founding fathers envisaged.
62. This Budget, therefore, represents a major step in delivering on our desired goals through a strong partnership across the arms of government and between the public and private sectors to create inclusive growth. Implementation will move to centre-stage as we proceed with the process of re-balancing our economy, exiting recession and insulating it from future external and domestic shocks.
63. I thank you all for your patience and patriotism.
9/15/2016 8:26:10 PM
I am delighted to be here with you at this Ministerial Retreat on the Economy and the Budget. The theme of the Retreat which is “Building Inter-ministerial Synergy for Effective Planning and Budgeting in Nigeria” is very apt and timely, especially as we are in the process of developing the 2017 Budget.
Over the years, there has been a mismatch between planned targets and budgetary outcomes at the National and sectorial levels. The Federal MDAs have not also benefited significantly from working together and building consensus around common national objectives. This has impeded growth and development of the country.
It is in this context that this Retreat has been designed to discuss issues around the State of the Economy and build consensus amongst Cabinet Members and top Government officials. The Retreat will also serve as an opportunity to have a general overview of the economy and discuss the framework for the 2017 Budget, its key priorities and deliverables.
This Retreat is coming at a critical time in our economic history, when the Nigerian economy is in a recession, with significant downturn in performance in various sectors. It is with regard to the importance of this Retreat that I decided to sit through the first part of the session to listen to the views from experienced economists and development experts on how best to implement our plans to rid the country of its oil dependence and to diversify the economy and bring the country out of the current economic recession.
This is in line with our Administration’s determination to lay a solid foundation for growth and development as outlined in the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) of our Change Agenda.
Given that this Retreat is a lead-up to the 2017 Budget, my expectation is that we will come out of the these sessions with a determination and common position on how to have improved synergy amongst the various Ministries and Departments for the effective formulation and implementation of the 2017 Budget.
I also trust that the breakout sessions will enable you to discuss extensively amongst yourselves, the details of the four sub-themes and come up with practical solutions on the way forward in order to come out with a set of prioritized projects and programmes that will fit into the 2017 Budget.
In this regard, let me inform you that because of the need to focus on our key priorities, some Ministries may get significantly less capital allocation than they received in 2016, while others may get significantly more.
You may notice that some key non-spending agencies, such as the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM), are participants at this Retreat.
This deliberate inclusion underscores the commitment of this Administration to leverage on private sector resources, through Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and other arrangements, in order to augment the scarce budgetary resources at our disposal and to accelerate investments in building critical infrastructure.
Indeed, the challenges we face in the current recession require ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, to deploy strategies that involve engaging meaningfully with the private sector, to raise the level of private sector investment in the economy as a whole.
We are confident that the level of private investment will grow as we are determined to make it easier to do business in Nigeria by the reforms we are introducing under the auspices of the Presidential Committee on Ease of Doing Business.
Let me reiterate that this Government will continue to strategize on how we can turn the current challenges into opportunities for our nation and especially for our vibrant youth on whose shoulders lies the future of this nation.
This is why we have embarked on measures and actions that will open up the opportunities we have seen in the Power, Housing, Agriculture, Mining, Trade and Investment, Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sectors, Tourism, Transport and other sectors.
I wish to reassure its teeming youth that this Government would remain steadfast in its effort to ensure greater progress and prosperity for you.
While Government is taking the lead in the task of repositioning our economy for Change, we cannot achieve this completely by ourselves. We will need, and we ask for the support and cooperation of the private sector’s domestic and foreign investors, the States and Local Governments, the National Assembly and the Judiciary as well as all well-meaning Nigerians in this important task. We are confident that working together, we shall succeed.
Finally, I trust that the cabinet members will learn from the experiences of the Resource persons and facilitators to prioritise their sector programmes and projects to bring the country out of the current economic recession and place it on the path of growth and development.
I therefore urge the Honourable Ministers and other senior government officials here present, to actively participate in the Second Technical Session, which I believe will provide you with deeper insight into the complex issues that will open opportunities for you to identify critical priority projects and programmes for the 2017 Budget.
At this juncture, may I formally recognize and acknowledge the presence of the array of experts invited to serve as resource persons and facilitators at this Retreat. I am confident that Ministers and Senior Government officials will benefit immensely from your expertise and wealth of experience.
I wish you all fruitful deliberations and look forward to receiving the report of the Retreat.
8/4/2016 8:30:49 PM
Imo State Government has scrapped annual leave for its workers, following the introduction of its controversial three-day working week policy.
Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Public Utilities, Chief Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Owerri, also affirmed that the current directive was part of the decisions of the last State Executive Council, SEC, meeting. “Having given approval for the immediate implementation of the new work policy, the beneficiaries will no longer be entitled to annual leave, casual leave, sick leave and unnecessary absence from work, for all manner of reasons,” Ajumbe said. After rolling out the categories of workers that would benefit from the new work policy, the Commissioner however said that “nurses, doctors, teachers, journalists, broadcasters and other essential services workers would maintain the old work schedule.” The Commissioner also assuaged concerns among workers that the new policy was another way of forcing in a salary cut through the back door. “I must make it very clear that the new policy will not in any way; affect the take home pay of workers. Government is giving it’s word on this, “ Ajumbe said. Continuing, the Commissioner said the state government had recovered the Shell Camp Staff Quarters from the management of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, AIFCE, Owerri, noting that the government would now give out each plot to any individual that pays N50 million into its kitty. “Shell Camp Staff Quarters has been taken over by Imo State Government and each plot will be given out to any individual that can pay N50 million into government kitty,“ Ajumbe said. When asked to quantify the losses suffered by the citizenry since the administration started the current massive demolitions in Owerri and its environs, the Commissioner said: “Anybody that built his house close to the road should not expect any form of compensation from government. While saying that, “destruction leads to development,“ Ajumbe, according to Vanguard Newspapers added that “if you don’t destroy, you won’t develop.“
6/5/2016 8:46:56 PM
The Deeper Life Church pastor and husband of a 74-year-old woman allegedly killed for “insulting” Prophet Mohammed has clarified that his wife was not beheaded. He was present when a mob allegedly made to believe Bridget, his wife, blasphemed the holy prophet, lynched her.
The pastor said the mob beat his wife to death after apparently snatching her from the hands of the Nigeria Police. He said an Alhaji in the area had tried to save her to no avail. Prior to the clarification, it had been widely reported that Bridget was beheaded and her head paraded, but the pictures were fake.
The Kano State Police Command has succeeded in arresting two key suspects: Dauda Ahmed and Subeiru Abubakar. Ahmed was the man who instigated the attack after Bridget allegedly stopped him from performing ablution (washing of feet before Islamic prayer) in front of her shop.
4/24/2016 4:41:31 PM
For lovers of Tecno Phones, I want to announce here that I successfully updated my Camon C8 from Anroid 5.0 to Marshmallow (Android 6.0). Tecno has indeed come to stay in the race for supremacy. The link to the update software is: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=7CC63BD864F41BAF!107&authkey=!AEtUnsWhyDgEFc4&ithint=file%2czip
4/3/2016 9:35:18 PM
When 26-year-old Abigail Olori met Alhaja Latifat and her husband three years ago, she felt she had met an angel in human form who would turn the odds of her life for good. Considering the fact that she had lost her parents and was saddled with the responsibility of catering for her siblings, she jumped at the offer to travel to Italy to work as an auxiliary nurse for the couple. Unknown to her, however, she was making the biggest mistake of her life. A look into the eyes of the frail looking Abigail revealed misery, pains and betrayal that she has been subjected to in the last three years. Coughing intermittently and straining herself to be audible, she narrated her ordeal in the hands of her traffickers. “I met Alhaja Latifat and her husband in 2013 when they came to Nigeria; then I was 23-years-old. I knew them via a relative of mine, Rofel, when I was residing in Bayelsa with my siblings. Rofel invited me to Lagos; it was during the visit to Lagos that I was introduced to Alhaja Latifat who promised to take me to Italy”, she stated. “Before the journey, they said they wanted me to become an auxiliary nurse for them in Italy but unfortunately I found myself in Libya. They took me via the desert. We were about 30 that were taken to Libya from Nigeria. Abigail “Since I didn’t have parents, I was only able to raise N10, 000 which the alhaja claimed was for the passport she procured for me. The agreement was that I will work and pay her N2.4 million once I get to Italy which included the amount she spent to take me abroad and the return on her investment. “Before we left Nigeria, they took us to a native doctor called Ewe in Abeokuta, Ogun State where we were made to swear an oath. It was after the oath that we were taken to Libya instead of Italy. “Initially when I got to Libya and found out that my responsibility was to abort pregnancies for young girls, I refused but Alhaja Latifat and her husband locked me up in a room and beat me severely with a mop stick I had no option but to bulge. Each time I refused to perform abortion for any of the girls, they will lock me up and beat me. “That was how I started assisting them to terminate unwanted pregnancies for the young girls who were working as call girls for Alhaja Latifat. “We had girls within the ages of 10-15 working as call girls, sleeping with all sorts of men unprotected. Most of the girls were forced to sleep with elderly men as old as 60 years-old. Some of these girls confessed to me that they were hairdressing apprentices and fashion designers before they were deceived to come to Libya to work as prostitutes. “Any of the girls who refused to work, they will beat her up. Some of the girls who attempted to escape got into more trouble as they were resold to other traffickers in Libya. “My main responsibility was to carry out abortion for the girls forced into prostitution. By my calculation, I would have aborted 320 pregnancies in the process. They built instrument which I used to perform the abortion on the girls. If a pregnancy was about a month, and the girl in question notified Alhaja Latifat about the development, the Alhaja Alhaja will not allow me to abort the baby till the pregnancy was about four or five months old. “Apart from carrying out abortions, I also performed the job of a physician to the girls. “They had about three houses which were used as brothels to house the girls who worked as call girls. I resided in one of the brothels called New York. The second was called White House. I can’t remember the name of the third one. “I worked for the alhaja for about three years and I was able to raise the amount from the abortion I was performing on the girls and the money I got from my male friends who were into armed robbery in Libya. Like the call girls, I was not allowed to operate a bank account. Since I didn’t operate any bank account, the money I earned was kept with Alhaja Latifat. Within two years I was able to pay the N2.4m agreed amount on the contract and also give her N1.5M which I kept with her as my personal savings. “Meanwhile, trouble started after I demanded that she gives me back my N1.5m which was with her as I wanted to return to Nigeria. Immediately after I demanded for my money, this strange sickness started. I began to grow thin and lose weight. And then skin rashes began to appear all over my body. Look at me I am now a shadow of myself. I don’t know what is wrong with me. I feel very weak too. “I was rescued alongside two other girls weeks after Basirat and Omobolanle were rescued through an NGO, Alliance for Rights Defender, owned by human activists and lawyer, Mr. Ojay Akinwale. Mr Akinwale has been the one working with operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Since I was rescued and brought back to Nigeria, Alliance for Rights Defender has been instrumental to providing medical care for me. I want to get well first and I also want the Federal Government to investigate Alhaja Latifat, her husband and others running this human trafficking as a family business by taking advantage of young girls from indigent families”.
Culled from Vanguard
Culled from Vanguard
1/7/2016 7:29:58 PM
Prophet Olagunju w h o s e prediction about the victory of President Mohammadu Buhari in the 2015 general election was widely applauded for its accuracy on both the outcome of the poll and the margin of votes between the APC presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari and other candidates, also predicted that the North will remain in power for the next 12 years just as he foretold the possibility of Nigeria’s eventual break-up.
Prophet Olagunju, in a 51-point prophecy for the Year 2016 said the agitation for Biafra nation is 70 percent accomplished and advised the President to be cautious in handling the issue.
Below are his prophecies for the nation:
■ During one of my prayers for the nation, I saw Buhari in thick darkness trying to bail out the country from disaster. God said, we should commence prayer now for the President that God should rise in his defense and rescue him from the antics of wicked and corrupt people.
■ God said we should commence serious prayer for Buhari that God should grant him good health and long life, so that he will be able to accomplish God’s purpose.
■ Almighty God warned that President Buhari should be careful not to allow favoritism, religious sentiment, nepotism and regional corruption to spoil his government and make him lose the love Nigerians demonstrated in voting for him.
■ Buhari should be careful so that what happened to Murtala Muhammed will not happen to him. He should rely more on God for his security and should not joke with the physical.
■ For equating former President Jonathan with our Lord Jesus Christ, God said Fayose’s days as Ekiti State governor are numbered. God said He has torn his government and has given it to whom He wants and the government will henceforth be moving from one crisis to another until he gets out of office.
■ The controversial governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, will end up in failure if he fails to pray now, for God revealed him to me in handcuff.
■ God said He will, beginning from 2016 begin to vent His anger against those false prophets and pastors using demonic powers to perform miracles because they are not sent by Him.
■ God says for legalizing the sin of fornication and adultery, He will stir up serious adversity and dreaded disease against the American nation very soon.
■ God says the end of Boko Haram in the northern part of Nigeria is at hand.
■ Failure of President Buhari to set up a balanced national confab and restructure Nigeria will pave way for another militant group that will terrorize the nation.
■ It will take the greatest miracle of the century for the current Senate President Bukola Saraki to complete his term as Nigeria’s Senate President.
■ The time for Seyi Makinde to rule Oyo State as governor is at hand as revealed to me by Almighty God, but he needs fervent prayer.
■ In Ondo State, Governor Mimiko and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP should forget ruling the state in the next governorship election.
■ Rapture is very near.
■ Nigerians should pray for Oba of Benin and the Olubadan of Ibadan Land.
■ Break-up is imminent in Nigeria. Another generation is coming that will break Nigeria without any war.
■ There is going to be retrenchment in NTA and FRCN.
■ Nigerians should commence serious prayer now to forestall death of prominent emirs, obas and some eminent Nigerians in 2016. Nigerians should also pray against fire and motor accidents.
■ The ruling APC should be careful so that the race for 2019 Presidential Election will not break it and take Nigeria back to square one.
■ Rasheed Ladoja should pray seriously against terminal sickness.
■ Nigerians should commence prayer for IBB against stroke and death.
■ Sunday Oliseh, as revealed to me by God, is not the right coach for the Super Eagles.
■ The ruling APC should not laugh because some of those that decamped to it will soon go back to their original home, PDP.
■ God said the only solution to Nigeria’s problem is for the President to mobilize the entire nation for a 3-day repentance crusade to seek the face of God for His favour in the fight against corruption.
■ Serious misunderstanding will arise between Buhari and some APC leaders, for Buhari will favour his Hausa tribe above others. Yoruba leaders should therefore pray against their marginalization.
■ Nigerians should pray fervently for the Vice President and his wife and rebuke the spirit of sickness in their lives. They should also pray against misunderstanding between the President and his Vice.
■ Opposition will be seriously noticed against Buhari and his government before the 2019 Presidential Election.
■ There is going to be worldwide plane crash in 2016.
■ There is going to be merger of PDP and some other mushroom parties before 2019 General Election.
■ Concerning the 3SC of Oyo State, God Says unless they pray and beg their former coach Niyi Akande, they will remain in the problem facing them.
■ God says the poor masses in Nigeria will enjoy his mercy.
■ There is going to be early rain in 2016.
■ Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has completed his divine assignment on the planet earth.
■ A new generation of men of God is coming on board to replace those who misrepresented God.
■ As revealed in my 2013 prophecy “The looting we have witnessed in the past is nothing compared to unabated massive looting which we will begin to hear about. The God of Christians who is a unique and supreme God said, the present exposure of looters is not a surprise to Him and He purposely kept President Buhari alive till this time to use him to expose and deal with the perpetrators in holistic manner.
■ God ask me to warn Buhari to be very careful with those looters who are very smart, clever and are advancing not only scientifically, but also physically and spiritually. God said those looters will stop at nothing to cover their tracks which according to God include consultation with Alfas and Bishops to help them out.
■ God revealed that Nigerians should pray now for former Interim President.
■ God said 2016 is a year of tsunami war against corruption and the perpetrators for Buhari will shake Nigeria and reveal his true colour against corruption.
■ The God Almighty who revealed to me in my 2013 prophecy to warn the former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke to pray against cancer again revealed to me that she should be prayed for against untimely death.
■ God promised unlimited blessing for every Godly people in 2016.
■ Regardless of what is currently happening in Nigeria, God revealed that Buhari will try his best for the country and his government will perform.
■ God revealed to me that there is no agape love within the All Progressives Congress.
■ God revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party will bounce back in a big way before 2019 General Election as those members who defected to the APC will go back to their original home.
■ God revealed that there is going to be mass retirement of top military and police officers.
■ As revealed to me by God of ancient prophets, except by accident, presidency will remain with the North for the next 12 years.
■ The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Chief John Oyegun should pray and be very careful for there is going to be serious gang up against him for his removal.
■ God warns that Nigerians should not put their hope on Buhari as he is not the messiah but only being used by God as a saving grace to rescue the country from the hand of looters. As revealed, Buhari will try his best for the nation but, he is not the messiah.
■ Serious crisis will soon break out in the All Progressives Congress. The enemies within and outside the party will soon commence their scheming to get rid of Tinubu and Buhari whom they have identified as pillars of the party. Once this is achieved, that will be the end of the party.
■ As revealed to me now by God Almighty, Biafra nation is real and those behind it have accomplished 70 per cent of their dream. God warns that Buhari should be careful about their agitation because the unity of Nigeria is imbalance.
■ God said the newly elected Governor of Kogi State will not enjoy that seat. This is because in the sight of God, James Faleke was cheated.
Culled from the Sun
12/28/2015 7:00:40 PM
Mr. President, as one of your most loyal and faithful subjects who has nothing but the utmost respect for your person and your office, I am constrained to write you this open letter. This is because there are a number of issues that I believe it is important for you to clarify and to come clean on. I say this because some of your assertions of late are at best contradictory and at worst patently dishonest.
Whichever side of the political divide we are on, I believe that we can all agree on one thing: that the prosecution of the war against terror is not something that any of us should play politics with. This is especially so given the fact that human lives are at stake and the very existence of our nation is under threat. Like much of the rest of the world, our country is going through hell at the hands of the jihadists and Islamist terrorists.
There is no gainsaying that we must all come to terms with the fact that the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), al-Qaeda, the Taliban, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, Hamas and another group that the internationally-respected Global Terror Index has described as “Fulani militants” (aka Fulani herdsmen) are nothing but bloodthirsty murderers and the lowest form of life. They are indeed the scum of the earth, the troublers of humanity and the vermin of hell. It is with this in mind that I urge you to take the war against terror far more seriously than you are doing and plead with you to stop passing the buck.
Your penchant for blaming your failings in this regard on the previous administration is simply nauseating and it does not serve you well. You continuously contradict yourself when it comes to this matter and frankly such flip-flops are unworthy of the office that you presently occupy. We your subjects look up to you for consistency, strength, unequivocal commitment, a firm resolve and the “leadership from the front” that you promised during your presidential campaign in this war. We do not want and neither do we need doublespeak, lame excuses and buck passing.
Permit me to point out a few examples of your contradictory assertions and your buck-passing in this short intervention.
Deviations in the arms deal scandal
Initially, you claimed that your predecessor in office, President Goodluck Jonathan, never bought any arms and that instead he squandered and stole all the money that was appropriated for the procurement of arms.
Yet. when the British minister ofdefense visited you in the presidential villa the other day, the story changed. You did a U-turn and gleefully told him and the wider world that President Jonathan bought arms with raw cash.
One wonders which story you shall come up with next and which one you will conjure up in the future. Kindly tell us what the position is: is it that Jonathan did not buy arms at all and stole all the money or is it that he used cash to buy arms? You cannot have it both ways. It is either one or the other.
Quite apart from your glaring doublespeak on this matter there was another issue which you ought to have raised with your highly esteemed and respected British guest. You forgot to tell him that his was one of the countries that not only refused to sell weapons to us during the course of this bitter conflict but that also helped to impose and enforce the international arms embargo on our country even though we are at war.
This resulted in the unnecessary death of thousands of our people because we found it difficult to procure the weapons to protect them. Your guest’s country insisted on towing the American line and doing this to us even though we were fighting a war against a relentless, well-motivated, well-funded and well-armed fighting force that Global Terror Index has described as the “deadliest terrorist organization in the world”. One is forced to ask: with friends like this, who needs enemies?
Given the fact that the embargo was in place, one wonders how we were supposed to procure arms unless we did so with raw cash on the black market. The alternative was to buy none at all, to do nothing and to allow Boko Haram to take Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos. Perhaps that is precisely what your western friends and allies wanted but thankfully it never came to pass.
Flaws in Boko Haram wipe-out strategies
Despite the challenges and constraints President Jonathan faced, instead of losing any more ground, he rose to the occasion and retook no less than 22 local government areas and virtually pushed Boko Haram out of Nigeria. The only place that they occupied by the time the election took place was Sambisa forest.
Jonathan achieved all this with those arms that he bought with raw cash. This is apparently what you are now complaining about. Permit me to remind you that it is those same arms that Jonathan bought with raw cash that your army is still using till today. Yet sadly since you were sworn in as president seven months ago you have lost some of those same local government areas that were earlier recovered and they are now back in the hands of the terrorists.
Despite this, you keep telling the international community and the Nigerian people that we are “making progress” in the war against terror. As a matter of fact you went as far as to say that we had “won the war” against Boko Haram and your minister of information, Mr. Lai Mohammed, echoed that grotesque mendacity and reiterated that sentiment by adding the words “technically won” (whatever that may mean) to the equation.
Sadly, two days later, on Christmas day, in what can only be described as an eloquent response from the terrorists, scores of innocent civilians were killed by Boko Haram in Borno state and a whole community was burnt to the ground. Again on Sunday 27th of December Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, came under heavy attack from the terrorists. So much for having “won the war against Boko Haram,” whether technically or otherwise.
Appealing to Boko Haram’s “good side”?
Instead of conceding that you had told the Nigerian people a pernicious lie, curiously the next thing that you did was to tell them that you would persuade Boko Haram to drop their arms. One is compelled to ask: why would you have to persuade them to drop their arms if you had already defeated them and won the war against them?
In any case this would be the first time in the history of modern warfare that a sitting president has sought to destroy and defeat a vicious and relentless terrorist organization and win the war against terror simply with the awesome and devastating weapon of persuasion. Perhaps you should recommend that same tactic to the Americans and the rest of the international community as an effective and credible weapon to adopt in their war against ISIL, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, Hamas and all the other jihadist groups that plague the world.
Whilst you are at it perhaps you could also persuade Boko Haram to free the Chibok girls. It is disturbing to note that despite all your campaign promises and assurances that once you are elected president the girls would be rescued or returned, nothing has been done or heard about any of them ever since you were sworn in. Worse still, the Bring Back Our Girls Group, which was essentially an appendage of your election organization, together with its distinguished leaders and conveners, appear to have gone very quiet. I guess they are busy trying to persuade Boko Haram to drop their arms too.
The truth is that it is time for you to free yourself from your monumental delusions and to get real. Sadly, you appear to be detached from reality. Instead of fighting the war against terror you are making it worse by slaughtering one thousand Shia Muslims in Zaria on December 12th, locking up their leader Sheik Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and opening yet another war front in our country. The last thing that we need is for Hezbollah or the Iranian Republican Guard to rise to the occasion, take up the challenge, jump into the fray and decide to protect and avenge their Shia Muslim brothers and sisters in northern Nigeria.
Yet despite the reprehensible and indefensible actions of your military commanders in Zaria, you have refused to show any remorse for what was undoubtedly a war crime against fellow Nigerians and you have not prosecuted the officers and military personnel that were involved in the butchery. Instead the homes of the victims and those that share their Shia faith have been burnt to the ground in Zaria and their graves and burial sites have been dug up and desecrated.
Instead of fighting Boko Haram, you are fighting and killing your own people. Worse still, you have refused to defend our country. I say this because a few days ago the Cameroonian military invaded our country, violated our territorial integrity and savagely murdered over 70 innocent Nigerians in their village before burning it down.
Your government refused to acknowledge that this event even took place, despite the media reports. You did not console or express condolences to the families of the victims or retaliate against the Cameroonians.
You did not even warn them or demand an apology or reparations from them. This is heartless and shameful. It could not have happened under Jonathan, Obasanjo, Babangida, Shagari, Abacha, Abubakar, Shonekan, Mohammed, Balewa, or indeed any other former Nigerian president or head of state. If any of them had been in power and the Cameroonians cultivated the effrontery to do such a thing, there would have been consequences.
Yet you did nothing to avenge this affront or to defend our honor. What happened to the gallant and brave General Buhari that courageously led our troops into victory in Chad in the early 1980s? What happened to the honest and forthright man that we all admired and looked up to because of his military exploits in Chad? What happened to the war hero that gave the Chadians a “bloody nose” for daring to attack a Nigerian village and that almost took Ndjamena, the Chadian capital? What happened to the man that proved to the Libyans and their Chadian proxies that Nigerians knew how to fight? It appears that you have changed and that you are no longer the man that you used to be.
Instead of being honest with our people you have insisted on selling them a dummy and telling them a lie. You refuse to tell the world that our military is terribly demoralized, our soldiers are suffering heavy casualties and are not being paid their salaries regularly and, worst of all, that you have failed to procure a single bullet or weapon for them to use in the last seven months since you came to power.
Instead of deploying all the power of the state against Boko Haram, you have spent all your energy and resources trying to teach the former national security advisor, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, and all your other perceived enemies the lesson of their lives by misrepresenting them before the world, subjecting them to state-sponsored tyranny and the most insidious form of persecution, violating their human rights and lying to the world that they stole and shared money that was meant for the purchase of arms.
You have also misled and misinformed the Nigerian people about the rules and conventions that are applied when it comes to the administration of security funds, and about the fact that it is the National Assembly alone that has the right to probe the use of such funds as part of their oversight functions. To cap it all, you have claimed you did not receive any benefit from the NSA’s office whilst Jonathan was in power. This is an assertion which we all know is, at best, questionable.
You must be mindful of the fact that God hates liars and He despises those that abuse power. You must remember that the more you scorn God’s counsel and mock His admonitions, the more your errors will be made manifest and the more your people will suffer.
You must understand that any leader or government that is motivated by bitterness, fear, hate, vengeance and malice will eventually hit the rocks and crash like a pack of cards. You must appreciate the fact that God is watching and that He sees and knows all.
May the Lord have mercy on you and may He forgive you for your many sins and wicked ways. God bless Nigeria.
Author, Femi Fani-Kayode
Culled from Naij.com
11/29/2015 11:05:37 PM
The Islam religion was founded by Mohammed in the seventh century. In 622 he founded the first Islamic state, a theocracy in Medina, a city in western Saudi Arabia located north of Mecca. There are two branches of the religion he founded.
The Sunni branch believes that the first four caliphs--Mohammed's successors--rightfully took his place as the leaders of Muslims. They recognize the heirs of the four caliphs as legitimate religious leaders. These heirs ruled continuously in the Arab world until the break-up of the Ottoman Empire following the end of the First World War.
Shiites, in contrast, believe that only the heirs of the fourth caliph, Ali, are the legitimate successors of Mohammed. In 931 the Twelfth Imam disappeared. This was a seminal event in the history of Shiite Muslims. According to R. Scott Appleby, a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame,"Shiite Muslims, who are concentrated in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon, [believe they] had suffered the loss of divinely guided political leadership" at the time of the Imam's disappearance. Not"until the ascendancy of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1978" did they believe that they had once again begun to live under the authority of a legitimate religious figure.
Another difference between Sunnis and Shiites has to do with the Mahdi, “the rightly-guided one” whose role is to bring a just global caliphate into being. As historian Timothy Furnish has written,"The major difference is that for Shi`is he has already been here, and will return from hiding; for Sunnis he has yet to emerge into history: a comeback v. a coming out, if you will."
In a special 9-11 edition of the Journal of American History, Appleby explained that the Shiite outlook is far different from the Sunni's, a difference that is highly significant:
... for Sunni Muslims, approximately 90 percent of the Muslim world, the loss of the caliphate after World War I was devastating in light of the hitherto continuous historic presence of the caliph, the guardian of Islamic law and the Islamic state. Sunni fundamentalist leaders thereafter emerged in nations such as Egypt and India, where contact with Western political structures provided them with a model awkwardly to imitate ... as they struggled after 1924 to provide a viable alternative to the caliphate.
In 1928, four years after the abolishment of the caliphate, the Egyptian schoolteacher Hasan al-Banna founded the first Islamic fundamentalist movement in the Sunni world, the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun). Al-Banna was appalled by"the wave of atheism and lewdness [that] engulfed Egypt" following World War I. The victorious Europeans had"imported their half-naked women into these regions, together with their liquors, their theatres, their dance halls, their amusements, their stories, their newspapers, their novels, their whims, their silly games, and their vices." Suddenly the very heart of the Islamic world was penetrated by European"schools and scientific and cultural institutes" that" cast doubt and heresy into the souls of its sons and taught them how to demean themselves, disparage their religion and their fatherland, divest themselves of their traditions and beliefs, and to regard as sacred anything Western."14 Most distressing to al-Banna and his followers was what they saw as the rapid moral decline of the religious establishment, including the leading sheikhs, or religious scholars, at Al-Azhar, the grand mosque and center of Islamic learning in Cairo. The clerical leaders had become compromised and corrupted by their alliance with the indigenous ruling elites who had succeeded the European colonial masters.
Osama bin Laden was a Sunni Muslim. To him the end of the reign of the caliphs in the 1920s was catastrophic, as he made clear in a videotape made after 9-11. On the tape, broadcast by Al-Jazeera on October 7, 2001, he proclaimed:"What America is tasting now is only a copy of what we have tasted. ... Our Islamic nation has been tasting the same formore [than] eighty years, of humiliation and disgrace, its sons killed and their blood spilled, its sanctities desecrated."
Juan Cole, a well-known historian of the Middle East, has pointed out on his blog, Informed Comment, that the split between Sunni and Shiites in Iraq is of relatively recent origin:
I see a lot of pundits and politicians saying that Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq have been fighting for a millennium. We need better history than that. The Shiite tribes of the south probably only converted to Shiism in the past 200 year s. And, Sunni-Shiite riots per se were rare in 20th century Iraq. Sunnis and Shiites cooperated in the 1920 rebellion against the British. If you read the newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, you don't see anything about Sunni-Shiite riots. There were peasant/landlord struggles or communists versus Baathists. The kind of sectarian fighting we're seeing now in Iraq is new in its scale and ferocity, and it was the Americans who unleashed it.
In 2014 Professor Cole summed up the differences between Sunni and Shiite this way:
Shiites are more like traditional Catholics in venerating members of the holy family and attending at their shrines. Contemporary Salafi Sunni Islam is more like the militant brand of Protestantism of the late 1500s that denounced intermediaries between God and the individual and actually attacked and destroyed shrines to saints and other holy figures, where pleas for intercession were made
In December 2006 the New York Times reported that it is not just ordinary Americans who find it difficult to remember the difference between Sunnis and Shiites:
SURPRISE quiz: Is Al Qaeda Sunni or Shiite? Which sect dominates Hezbollah?
Silvestre Reyes, the Democratic nominee to head the House Intelligence Committee, failed to answer both questions correctly last week when put to the test by Congressional Quarterly. He mislabeled Al Qaeda as predominantly Shiite, and on Hezbollah, which is mostly Shiite, he drew a blank.
“Speaking only for myself,” he told reporters, “it’s hard to keep things in perspective and in the categories.”
Not that he’s alone. Other members of Congress from both parties have also flunked on-the-spot inquiries. Indeed, some of the smartest Western statesmen of the last century have found themselves flummoxed by Islam. Winston Churchill — in 1921, while busy drawing razor-straight borders across a mercurial Middle East — asked an aide for a three-line note explaining the “religious character” of the Hashemite leader he planned to install in Baghdad.
“Is he a Sunni with Shaih sympathies or a Shaih with Sunni sympathies?” Mr. Churchill wrote, using an antiquated spelling. (“I always get mixed up between these two,” he added.)
And maybe religious memorization should not be required for policymaking. Gen. William Odom, who directed the National Security Agency under President Ronald Reagan, said that Mr. Reyes mainly needs to know “how the intelligence community works.”
Yet, improving American intelligence, according to General Odom and others withclose ties to the Middle East and the American intelligence community, requiresmore than just a organization chart.
A cheat sheet is in order.
The Review asked nearly a dozen experts, from William R. Polk, author of “Understanding Iraq,” to Paul R. Pillar, the C.I.A. official who coordinated intelligence on the Middle East until he retired last year, to explain the region. Here, a quick distillation.
What caused the original divide?
The groups first diverged after the Prophet Muhammad died in 632, and his followers could not agree on whether to choose bloodline successors or leaders most likely to follow the tenets of the faith.
The group now known as Sunnis chose Abu Bakr, the prophet’s adviser, to become the first successor, or caliph, to lead the Muslim state. Shiites favored Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law. Ali and his successors are called imams, who not only lead the Shiites but are considered to be descendants of Muhammad. After the 11th imam died in 874, and his young son was said to have disappeared from the funeral, Shiites in particular came to see the child as a Messiah who had been hidden from the public by God.
The largest sect of Shiites, known as “twelvers,” have been preparing for his return ever since.
How did the violence start?
In 656, Ali’s supporters killed the third caliph. Soon after, the Sunnis killed Ali’s son Husain.
Fighting continued but Sunnis emerged victorious over the Shiites and came to revere the caliphate for its strength and piety.
Shiites focused on developing their religious beliefs, through their imams.
10/18/2015 10:28:05 AM
A couple in the coal city has fallen into police net for worsening the trauma of Benjamin Eneje, a businessman, whose 28-year-old son, Paschal Eneje, was murdered in cold blood, very close to his house, on April 19, 2014, at Nsude, Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Act One, Scene 1:
In January this year, Okechukwu Emeka, 37, cooked up a story and sent a text message to Eneje with intent, as the police alleged, to deceive and extort money from him, by claiming that he knew the person who killed his son, adding that the killer was residing in Uwani, Enugu city. In the text message, he pretended to be a woman and told the grieving father that before Paschal was gruesomely murdered, he had impregnated “her” and that “she” later gave birth to a baby boy, who was already four months old. Seeing a glimmer of good coming out of the sad end of his only son, Eneje was excited at the prospect of getting some comfort from nurturing his grandson. So he requested that a picture of the child be sent to him.
Act 1, Scene 2:
Promptly, Emeka sent a picture of his own four-month-old son, through Whatsapp to Eneje, who requested to discuss with the supposed mother of his late son’s child. Quickly, Emeka recruited his wife, 35-year-old Destiny, to act as the lady, who was impregnated by late Paschal and mother of the boy.
Act 2, Scene 1:
Emeka called Eneje and passed the phone to his wife, who regaled the heartbroken man with a convincing tale of how she met and fell in love with his son. She spoke glowingly about Paschal and the baby boy. The spider web tale apparently touched the man and he agreed to provide to her with financial support, to care for his “grandson.” From that day, the couple began to push him for money.
Act 2, Scene 2:
In a chat with Sunday Sun, Eneje narrated his encounter with the couple, which corroborated what the couple said. He added: “I believed what the lady told me. I thanked her letting me know the story. And I promised to take care of her and the baby boy. I even connected her to my wife in London. She began tochat with my wife on Whatsapp.”
My wife asked for a picture of the baby boy, which was sent to her in London, through Whatsapp. At this point, they made a request for N500,000 for the upkeep of the baby boy. We agreed and I sent them N350,000 naira. chat with my wife on Whatsapp.”
Later, I asked the woman to bring the baby to Enugu, for us to see him. She said I should send them money for air-tickets. At this point, I became suspicious and reported the matter to Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu and detectives from the command started trailing them.”
Act 3, Scene 1
Adamu told Sunday Sun that his men eventually laid ambush for them in Port Harcourt. And then moved to arrest them on September 23, 2015, at Rumuigbo, a suburb of the garden city. Eneje said he was shocked to the marrow when he saw the suspects.
His words: “When they were arrested and I saw them, I was shocked to see that the husband of the woman was Okechukwu Emeka, a staff working in my oil service firm.”
When Okechukwu Emeka spoke with Sunday Sun, he confessed to the crime. His wife added that she and her husband used the money they got from Eneje to meet their living expenses and pay their children’s school fees. As their cookie had crumbled, the couple have been begging Eneje to forgive them, lamenting that poverty and greed led them into the alleged crime.
However, the police boss has assured that the couple would have a day in court soon.
Culled from the Sun
10/16/2015 8:44:42 PM
I have tried delaying the writing of this piece in the honest expectation that someone probably misquoted Chief E.K. Clark, when he reportedly publicly disowned former President Goodluck Jonathan.
I had hoped that our dear father, E.K. Clark, would issue a counter statement and say the usual things politicians say: “they quoted me out of context!” “Jonathan is my son”. That has not happened; rather, some other Ijaw voices, including one Joseph Evah, have come to the defence of the old man, to join hands in rubbishing a man they once defended to the hilt and used as a bargaining chip for the Ijaw interest in the larger Nigerian geo-politics.
If President Jonathan had returned to power on May 29, 2015, these same persons would have remained in the corridors of power, displaying all forms of ethnic triumphalism.
It is the reason in case they do not realize it, why the existent power blocs that consider themselves most fit to rule, continue to believe that those whose ancestors never ran empires can never be trusted with power, hence they can only be admitted as other people’s agents or as merchants of their own interests which may even be defined for them as is deemed convenient. Mercantilism may bring profit, but in power politics, it destroys integrity and compromises otherwise sacred values.
President Jonathan being publicly condemned by his own Ijaw brothers, particularly those who were once staunch supporters of his government further serves the purpose of exposing the limits of the politics of proximity. Politics in Africa is driven by this particular factor; it is at the root of all the other evils: prebendalism, clientelism and what Matthew Kukah has famously described as the “myownisation of power.”
It is both positive and negative, but obviously, more of the latter than the former. It is considered positive only when it is beneficial to all parties concerned, and when the template changes, the ground also shifts. As in that song, the solid rock of proximity is soon replaced by shifting sands. Old worship becomes new opportunism. And the observant public is left confounded.
Chief E.K. Clark? Who would ever think, Chief E.K. Clark would publicly disown President Jonathan? He says Jonathan was a weak President. At what point did he come to that realization? Yet, throughout the five years (not six, please) of the Jonathan Presidency, he spoke loudly against anyone who opposed the President.
He was so combative he was once quoted as suggesting that Nigeria could have problems if Jonathan was not allowed to return to office. Today, he is the one helping President Jonathan’s successor to quench the fires. He always openly said President Jonathan is “his son.”
Today, he is not just turning against his own son, he is telling the world his son as President lacked the political will to fight corruption. He has also accused his son of being too much of a gentleman. Really? Gentlemanliness would be considered honourable in refined circles. Is Pa E.K. Clark recommending something else in order to prove that he is no longer a politician but a statesman as he says?
As someone who was a member of the Jonathan administration, and who interacted often with the old man, I can only say that I am shocked. This is the equivalent of the old man deleting President Jonathan’s phone number and ensuring that calls from his phone no longer ring at the Jonathan end.
During the Jonathan years, Chief E. K. Clark was arguably the most vocal Ijaw leader defending the government. He called the President “my son,” and both father and son remained in constant touch.
There is something about having the President’s ears in a Presidential system, elevated to the level of a fetish in the clientelist Nigerian political system. Persons in the corridors of power who have the President’s ear- be they cook, valet, in-laws, wife, cousin, former school mates, priests, or whatever, enjoy special privileges.
They have access to the President and they can whisper into his ears. That’s all they have as power: the power to whisper and run a whispering campaign that can translate into opportunities or losses for those outside that informal power loop around every Presidency, that tends to be really influential.
Every President must beware of those persons who come around calling them “Daddy”, “Uncle”, na my brother dey there”, “my son”, “our in-law”- emotional blackmailers relying on old connections. They are courted, patronized and given more attention and honour than they deserve by those looking for access to the President or government.
Even when the power and authority of the whispering exploiters of the politics of proximity is contrived, they go out of their way to exaggerate it. They acquire so much from being seen to be in a position to make things happen.
Chief E. K. Clark had the President’s ears. He had unfettered access to his son. He was invited to most state events. And he looked out for the man he called “my son”, in whom he was well pleased. Chief Clark’s energy level in the service of the Jonathan administration was impressive. Fearless and outspoken, he deployed his enormous talents in the service of the Jonathan government. If a press statement was tame, he drew attention to it and urged a more robust defence of “your boss.”
If any invective from the APC was overlooked, he urged prompt rebuttal. If the party was tardy in defending “his son”, he weighed in.
If anyone had accused the President of lacking “the political will to fight corruption” at that time, he, E.K. Clark, would have called a press conference to draw attention to the Jonathan administration’s institutional reforms and preventive measures, his commitment to electoral integrity to check political corruption, and the hundreds of convictions secured by both the ICPC and EFCC under his son’s watch.
So prominent and influential was he, that ministers, political jobbers etc etc trooped to his house to pay homage.
In due course, those who opposed President Jonathan did not spare Chief E. K. Clark either. He was accused of making inflammatory and unstatesman-like statements. An old war-horse, nobody could intimidate him. He was not President Olusegun Obasanjo’s fan in particular. He believed Obasanjo wanted to sabotage his son, and he wanted Obasanjo put in his place. Beneath all of that, was an unmistaken rivalry between the two old men, seeking to control the levers of Nigerian politics.
Every President probably needs a strong, passionate ally like Chief E. K. Clark. But what happened? What went wrong? Don’t get me wrong. I am not necessarily saying that the Ijaw leader should have remained loyal to and defend Goodluck Jonathan because they are both Ijaws, patriotism definitely could be stronger than ethnic affinities, nonetheless that E. K. Clark tale about leaving politics and becoming a statesman is nothing but sheer crap.
If Jonathan had returned to office, he would still be a card-carrying member of the PDP and the “father of the President” and we would still have been hearing that famous phrase, “my son”. Chief E. K. Clark, five months after, has practically told the world that President Buhari is better than “his own son”.
It is the worst form of humiliation that President Jonathan has received since he left office. It is also the finest compliment that President Buhari has received since he assumed office. The timing is also auspicious: just when the public is beginning to worry about the direction of the Buhari government, E. K. Clark shows up to lend a hand of support and endorsement.
Only one phrase was missing in his statement, and it should have been added: “my son, Buhari.” It probably won’t be too long before we hear the old man saying “I am a statesman, Buhari is my son.” I can imagine President Obasanjo grinning with delight.
If he really wants to be kind, he could invite E.K. Clark to his home in Ota or Abeokuta to come and do the needful by publicly tearing his PDP membership card and join him in that exclusive club of Nigerian statesmen!
The only problem with that club these days is that you can become a member by just saying so or by retiring from partisan politics. We are more or less being told that there are no statesmen in any of the political parties.
It is not funny. Julius Ceasar asked Brutus in one of the famous lines in written literature: “Et tu Brutus?” President Jonathan should ask Chief E. K. Clark: “Et tu Papa?” To which the father will probably tell the son: “Ces’t la vie, mon cher garcon.” And really, that is life.
In the face of other considerations, loyalties vanish; synergies collapse. The wisdom of the tribe is overturned; the politics of proximity dissolves; loyalties remain in a perpetual process of construction. Thus, individual interests and transactions drive the political game in Nigeria, with time and context as key determinants.
These are teachable moments for President Jonathan. Power attracts men and women like bees to nectar, the state of powerlessness ends as a journey to the island of loneliness.
However, the greatest defender of our work in office is not our ethnic “fathers and “brothers” but rather our legacy. The real loss is that President Jonathan’s heroism, his messianic sacrifice in the face of defeat, is being swept under the carpet and his own brothers who used to say that the Ijaws are driven by a principle of “one for all and all for another”, have become agent-architects of his pain.
The Ijaw platform having seemingly been de-centered, Chief E.K. Clark and others are seeking assimilation in the new power structure. It is a telling reconstruction of the politics of proximity and mimicry.
Chief E.K. Clark once defended the rights of ethnic minorities to aspire to the highest offices in the land, his latest declaration about his son reaffirms the existing stereotype at the heart of Nigeria’s hegemonic politics.
The same hegemons and their agents whom Clark used to fight furiously will no doubt find him eminently quotable now that he has proclaimed that it is wrong to be a “gentleman”, and that his son lacks “the political will to fight corruption”. There is more to this than we may ever know.
Chief Clark can insist from now till 2019, that he has spoken as a statesman and as a matter of principle. His re-alignment, is curious nonetheless.
7/19/2015 12:15:42 PM
Primate Ayodele Elijah Babatunde, the founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Lagos has released new prophesies.
The cleric is renowned for his near accurate revelations, which has made him one of the Nigeria’s greatest seers of our time.
He predicted the current economic crisis two years ago and was the first prophet to declare that President Goddluck Jonathan would be the last President to be produced by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The man of God, who recently unveiled the 2015 edition of his annual prophetic book titled, “Warnings To The Nation” was engaged by Saturday Independent Metro.
Below are excerpts
President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo have good intentions for the nation. They should be wary of enemies within plotting to frustrate them. There are moles among members of their political party, All Progressives Congress (APC). Buhari will attempt to fight corruption. There will be many shocking fraudulent revelations about former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, but government will develop cold feet at some points and won’t be able to reveal some of the discoveries. I foresee a lot of cover ups. Let the government pray against what can make the opposition draw back the wheel of progress. The northern leaders will move to hijack the government with greed and move to take over key posts to the detriment of other sections of the country. Tell Buhari not to give room for tribalism because that will not augur well for him. If he succumbs to whims and caprices of some cabals under the guise of northern governors or group of senators, they will later turn around to instigate crisis that will affect his government.
The President must rebuke health challenge that may hamper his effectiveness. This is a serious matter. I hope the President won’t dismiss it with a wave of the hand. His attempt to get a second term will be dicey. The case against Mohammed Abacha will be reopened. That will surprise many northern leaders. Many of Buhari’s political calculations will be threatened by the new political block that is emerging except, he puts his house in order. He may be left with option of reviving his old political fold, Congress For Progressive Change (CPC) when the chips are down if he fails to read the handwriting on the wall. South West and South East will be short changed under the current government. I foresee serious conspiracy against other sections of the country by the northerners. In other words, I am warning President Buhari to beware of pending northern agenda.
The spirits of the lord is warning the present governors to tread softly and avoid anything that can drag their names into the mud. Some of them will have problems with Buhari. I could see some of them being indicted. Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose should pray against self induced crisis that may weaken his government. He should concentrate on serving the people rather than wanting to glorify himself, otherwise, the APC will crumble his government and render his political structure irrelevant before the next election.
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal will transform his state to the envy of other political office holders but he should pray against a trap that may lead the state into serious debt. I hope Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State will not rubbish this piece of advice. He should not allow sycophants to drag him into crisis against former Governor James Ibori. The consequences will make him lose political relevance. Also, I foresee crisis between him and his predecessor, Emmanuel Uduaghan. He will survive attempt to remove him through the court but the Delta State House of Assembly will be on his neck. Change of Speaker is imminent in that state. Let the man on that seat pray against sudden removal from office.
The governors of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states should not underrate petitions against them at the Election Tribunal. I saw an axe at the Supreme Court being dangled on them. They risk being removed from office if they assume that all is well. Governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatail Ahmed should be careful not to jump to new political block towards the end of his tenure. The action may consume him. He should rebuke what can make his state to be relegated in the scheme of things as a result of debt. The Taraba State’s APC governorship candidate fondly called Mama Taraba needs prayer for favour to win her petition at the tribunal. If she takes prayer steps, she will be installed as governor. Governor Aregbesola of Osun State should guide against some unpopular policies that may be counterproductive towards the end of his tenure as well. Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Kano State governors would have misunderstandings with their predecessors. It’s up to them to seek the face of the almighty. They need the wisdom of God to survive the crisis.
Ex Governors And Former Ministers
I foresee some former governors and ministers being led to jail by Buhari’s government. Attempt will be made to give some of them soft landing but it will fail. Many powerful Nigerians will be offended by the government in the process. However, if those affected repent and seek the face of God, the almighty will listen and show mercy on them. Ali Modu Sheriff, former Borno State governor should pray against being disgraced after trial.
Both the APC and PDP will soon fizzle away. Some may think this is a joke, but the spirit of the lord says a northern political party will emerge with strong force. The PDP faithfuls will attempt to form alliance with other political parties. They will enter into alliances with several political groups, yet, they will not get to the El Dorado. Implosion is imminent in APC. I am advising President Buhari and National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu to mend fences so that their party won’t be history. The choice of the Chairman of Board of Trustees of the party will generate bad blood. Tinubu will do everything within his power to be chosen. He will encounter crisis after the BoT chairmanship election or selection. At the end of the day, I can see a faction of the APC led by the BoT caucus aligning with another political group. Tinubu will be betrayed in APC. The South West leaders will work against themselves and northerners will explore that. Except they manage the situation; I see them being frustrated out of the party.
The location of the Chibok girls will be found and foreign countries will assist Nigeria. Some of the girls will not be rescued alive. Buhari’s government should be careful in dealing with the situation because those foreign countries, especially, America will shock Nigeria by withdrawing their assistance at some points. Buhari should watch his back while negotiating with America. All that glitters is not gold. Bombings will be rampant in the northern parts. I have said the solution to Boko Haram is spiritual cleansing. The country needs cleansing. God is not happy that blood of the innocent souls is being shed. Let our leaders return to God and stop deceiving themselves. The weapon to conquer Boko Haram insurgency is not warfare but prayer. The Boko Haram sect will eventually be defeated but it will take some years. We should pray against bomb explosion in the South West and South East. Prayers should be offered to avert plane crash particularly Air Force jet in the year.
Some senators and Reps will be sacked by the tribunal. The leadership of both the Senate and House of Representatives will not know peace throughout their tenure; their party will not forgive them. Senate President, Bukola Saraki will be scandalised and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara will be troubled ceaselessly. At some points, opposition will close in on them and they risk being removed from office. The crisis in the National Assembly will be tough as that will cause problems for the APC. The presidency will not back the National Assembly leadership. Effort to unite Saraki and Dogara with their members will not work. However, the removal of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu will worsen the situation. The House of Representatives should guide against legislating in support of Gay Marriage. In the months of October, November, December 2015 through January 2016, the Speaker of House of Representatives needs prayers to survive political storm. The Reps should also pray against accident and untimely death. The Senate will be boxed into a corner with tenure elongation idea. Some of the senators will be sanctioned by their parties and many of them will face probe panels. Money will divide the senate into various camps and principal officers’ effort to reconcile the factions among them will fail. Former Governors in the senate like Rabiu Kwankaso, Godswill Akpabio, Theodore Orji and some other ex-governors will be probed seriously.
The new Chief Service Chiefs will work tirelessly to improve the security of the nation, but they should pray against saboteurs. The Chief of Defence Staff should pray against attack. He will attempt to improve the welfare of the lower cadre of the military, but saboteurs will work against him. He should pray against indictment. He will take various steps to defend the nation, however, he should be extra careful by clarifying his actions from the government so that he will not have issues with the neighbouring countries. Tell him not to trust politicians so that his good intentions won’t be frustrated. The Directorate of State Security should pray against scandals. There will be several changes among the rank and file of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The Federal Road Safety Corps will remodify the driver license to reflect more security features and there will be attempts to merge the agency with the police. The uniform of the Immigration Service will be changed. There will be reforms in the establishment relating to the method of documentation of expatriates in Nigeria. Both the Nigerian Customs Service and Immigration will experience change of leadership
The current Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria will face crisis of fraud. I foresee him leaving that office unexpectedly except he prays hard. Issues will be raised against the Information Technology Department of the bank. Tell the Deputy Governors of CBN to be careful concerning the new guidelines on cash deposit, money transfer and commission on savings account. A word is enough for the wise. The CBN will be probed. The Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company will be reorganised. Banks will face money laundering offences. The procurement unit of the CBN will experience crisis and fake currencies will be detected in circulation. Some banks will be indicted on that. Workers will be sacked at CBN. Contractors will be at logger heads with the CBN, I foresee litigations against the establishment as well.
Apart from that, the CBN will place ban on foreign exchange approvals for importers of goods and this will cause controversies. Devaluation of naira will continue unabated. The government will make attempt to improve the economy. I see Buhari’s government coming up with several positive reforms aimed at revamping the economy but not all the efforts will see the light of the day. There will be serious probe at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The price of petrol will continue to fluctuate. Government must be careful; the days of crude oil are numbered. Refineries in the country will have some challenges even though new ones will be put in place. As the Lord liveth, more states will discover crude oil on their soil soon.
PDP has bright chance of retaining the Bayelsa’s governorship next year but if the party is not careful, it will be ridiculed by the opposition. In Edo state, APC will face uphill task to retain the governorship. Only a sellable candidate can stop the PDP from winning the election. In Ondo State, unless the APC members settle their internal rift, the PDP may capiterlise on that to retain power. But if APC puts its house in order, the party will win the state without stress.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
The new chairman of INEC will be frustrated, except the leadership of the agency prays hard. Their effort will not be appreciated at the end of the day.
The labour union and other workers will embark on strike over minimum wage and other issues, the Federal Government won’t be able to meet their demands. I can see peace in Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) soon as factions within the union will come together.
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Unexpected candidate will emerge as National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). Some of the Vice President of the union should pray not be sidelined; I also foresee some of the members of the union being banned from operating in some state. I want NUJ members to seek the face of God for mercy against unfavourable occurrences.
Some monarchs will be dethroned In South West and South East.
America and France must be wary of fresh terror attacks. I urged those countries not to take their security for granted. Burkinafaso’s President should pray for God’s protection and electoral crisis in the nation. Sierra Leone should offer prayers against political tension. South African President should pray not lose his political leadership, I also foresee mass protest in that country. Election in Togo will be marred with violence. The leaders in that nation should also pray against sanctions from the western word. Congo Brazzaville’s parliament will rise against their President. I want them to also pray against crisis in their oil sector. Saudi Arabi will be attacked, only prayer can avert that. I also urged the Saudi King to pray for good health as well.
Culled from The Daily Post
3/15/2015 5:05:28 PM
Prayers were said at churches across India Sunday for an elderly nun who was gang-raped at a convent in an attack that has intensified anger over sexual violence and fuelled fears among beleaguered Christians.
The assault on the 71-year-old is the latest in a string of high-profile rapes in India and comes after a spate of attacks on churches that prompted Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promise a crackdown on religious violence.
The nun was attacked late Friday after a gang of half a dozen robbers broke into a convent school in eastern West Bengal state and ransacked the premises, police said.
The robbers gagged a security guard before assaulting the nun. They then entered the principal’s room and stole cash, a laptop and a mobile phone, according to police.
Four of the six attackers have been identified through CCTV footage and a reward of 100,000 rupees (around $1,500) is on offer for any leads on the suspects.
Five others have been detained for questioning, but a breakthrough has proved elusive so far.
Arnab Ghosh, a police superintendent who visited the convent near the town of Ranaghat, said the robbery appeared to have been carefully planned.
“CCTV footage showed that six men, aged between 20 and 30, scaled the boundary wall around 11.40 pm (1810 GMT) and entered the school and disconnected the telephone lines,” he told AFP.
“At least two of them were armed and the rest were carrying burglary tools. In the chapel, a holy scripture was found torn and… a bust of Jesus was broken,” Ghosh said.
2/14/2015 8:27:40 PM
The Presidency on Saturday said it was aware of a plot by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and some unnamed others within and outside the country to thwart the forthcoming general elections and foist an unconstitutional Interim National Government,which he hopes to head, on the nation.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
Abati was reacting to an allegation by Obasanjo that President Goodluck Jonathan was planning to plunge the country into crisis if he loses the forthcoming general election.
He said the Presidency found Obasanjo’s allegation odious and repugnant.
He said the former President had repeatedly been impugning on Jonathan’s integrity for the purpose of self-promotion.
The presidential spokesman said it was senseless, irrational and out of place for Obasanjo, who still claims to belong to the same party as the President, to accuse Jonathan of plotting to win the rescheduled presidential elections by “hook or crook” and planning to plunge the nation into crisis if he loses the election.
He said contrary to Obasanjo’s claim, the President would continue to support the Independent National Electoral Commission and other relevant federal agencies to ensure that the rescheduled elections are successfully conducted.
The statement read, “We find the false claims and allegations reportedly made against President Goodluck Jonathan by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday in Abeokuta very odious and repugnant.
“As we have had cause to say before, it is most regrettable indeed that a man like Chief Obasanjo, who should know better, chooses to repeatedly, wantonly, and maliciously impugn the integrity of a sitting President of his country for the primary purpose of self-promotion.
“It is obvious from Chief Obasanjo’s serial vituperations against President Jonathan who is doing his best to positively transform Nigeria for the benefit of all of its people that he has willfully chosen to close his eyes to the present administration’s good works and intentions. For reasons best known to him, Chief Obasanjo has set his mind on regime change by fair or foul means.
“Otherwise, it would be completely senseless, irrational and out of place for Chief Obasanjo, who still claims to belong to the same party as the President, to accuse President Jonathan of plotting to win the rescheduled presidential elections by “hook or crook” and planning to plunge the nation into crisis if he loses the election.
culled from Punch
2/13/2015 6:23:29 PM
Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has ordered his deputy, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, to stop attending the state executive council meetings over his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It would be recalled that Ibeto defected to APC last month claiming injustice and lack of fair-play in the PDP as his reasons for dumping the party but the state governor in a reaction said despite his deputy’s decision to defect, he (Ibeto) remains his deputy governor until May 29.
But on Wednesday, the relationship took a different dimension when Ibeto was asked during the council meeting to excuse them as matters concerning PDP and the forthcoming elections were to be discussed.
It was learnt that the Governor in his opening remarks before the commencement of the state executive council meeting protested that he would not chair a council where the deputy was seated. And that at this point, the deputy governor was excused out of the chambers and he headed straight to his office where he was said to have gone to park his valuable items out of the office.
In a press statement yesterday in Minna, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Israel Ebije, said that the deputy governor sought for permission and was granted the permission to stay away from state executive council meetings adding that he is still entitled to all the entitlements of the office.
But the deputy governor described the statement by the governor’s spokesman as a total falsehood and a complete misrepresentation of the true picture of what transpired at the council on Wednesday.
Ibeto said: “If this statement is coming from government, let me react. It is not true that I excused myself. When I received notification for the council meeting of yesterday, I went as usual. But before the council meeting started, the governor in his opening remarks said that people and members of the executive council were aware that I have decamped from the PDP to APC, and that we had gone on campaign round the state. He said that he has the information and clips that I called him a thief and that he will not preside over the council where I am sitting.”
The deputy governor said that the governor said he was no longer sure that he would not use council deliberations against the PDP government.
“I objected and explained that I have never called him a thief and that everywhere we go, people always wanted to know why I defected to APC and I have been telling them I left PDP because of the injustice in the party”, he said.
Ibeto said that although he quietly left office as a law-abiding citizen after the governor had threatened to use the security men against him, he was studying the relevant provisions of the constitution, adding: “I will challenge the governor’s undemocratic action in court appropriately.
“If I am deprived of attending council meetings, whatever decisions taken at such meetings are null and void.”
2/11/2015 2:26:12 PM
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday publicly expressed support for the All Progressive Congress Presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari.
Until now, Obasanjo has not specifically endorsed Buhari despite his open criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.
Speaking at the launch of his book, My Watch , in Nairobi, Kenya , the former Nigerian president, under the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also condemned the postponement of the election.
He said: “The circumstances [Buhari] will be working under if he wins the election are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature – he knows that
“It’s a question of leadership – political and military. He’s smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?” It was the first time that the ex-president was publicly speaking of his support for Buhari.
He criticised the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing him of wasting the country’s resources. “You need to ask [Jonathan] how has he let [the army]go to this extent,” he said “Many things went wrong: recruitment went wrong; training went wrong; morale went down; motivation not there; corruption was deeply ingrained; welfare was bad.” When asked if he was still nursing further political ambition, he said: “I am an old man and I’m enjoying what I’m doing now… And then you forget I am a farmer; I have to manage my farm.”
2/8/2015 9:32:28 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We invited you here today to make known the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the timetable for the 2015 general elections. Let me state from the outset that the Commission’s position was reached after carefully weighing the suggestions from briefings held with different stakeholders in the electoral process.
The conduct of elections in a country like Nigeria is invariably a collective venture that involves not just the Election Management Body (EMB), but also a diverse range of stakeholders, notably security agencies, political parties and their candidates, voters, as well as interest groups, such as the civil society organizations and the media. To guarantee successful conduct of elections, there are things that are wholly the responsibility of the EMB. But there are other things critical for the success of elections, which fall outside the control of the EMB.
In other words, while INEC must work hard to perfect its systems and processes for conducting elections, and take responsibility for any imperfections thereof, whatever the Commission does may not by itself be sufficient to guarantee the success of elections. There are a number of issues in the preparation and conduct of an election, the most critical of which is security, which is not under the control of INEC.
Current State of INEC’s Preparedness
On Thursday, February 5, 2015, I was invited to brief the National Council of State, which is the highest advisory to the President comprising past and present leaders in Nigeria, on the level of preparedness of INEC to conduct the 2015 general elections. I made a presentation to the Council titled ‘Preparations for the 2015 General Elections: Progress Report,’ in which I gave a detailed account of what the Commission has been doing in readiness for the national elections (National Assembly and Presidential) scheduled for February 14th, and the state elections (Governorship and State Assembly) scheduled forFebruary 28th, 2015.
The summary of my presentation to the National Council of State meeting is that, for matters under its control, INEC is substantially ready for the general elections as scheduled, despite discernible challenges being encountered with some of its processes like the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by registered members of the public.
In addition, INEC has been doing everything it can to facilitate the collection of the PVCs by registered members of the public. As at 5th February 2015, the total number of PVCs collected was 45, 829, 808, representing 66.58% of the total number of registered voters.
In the delivery and deployment of electoral materials, INEC is also at a comfort level in its readiness for the general elections as scheduled (see the presentation to the Council of State). The Commission’s preparations are not yet perfect or fully accomplished. But our level of preparedness, despite a few challenges, is sufficient to conduct free, fair and credible elections as scheduled on February 14th and February 28th. Compared with 2011 when, within a short time, we conducted general elections that were universally adjudged free, fair and credible and the best in Nigeria’s recent electoral history, our processes aretoday better refined, more robust and therefore capable of delivering even better elections.
But as I mentioned earlier, there are some other variables equally crucial for successful conduct of the 2015 general elections that are outside the control of INEC. One important variable is security for the elections.
While the Commission has a very good working relationship with all security agencies, especially on the platform of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) since its inception in 2010, it has become pertinent for it to seriously consider the security advisory presented to it by the Security and Intelligence Services. I would like to reiterate here that INEC is an EMB and not a security agency. It relies on the security services to provide a safe environment for personnel, voters, election observers and election materials to conduct elections wherever it deploys. Where the security services strongly advise otherwise, it would be unconscionable of the Commission to deploy personnel and call voters out in such a situation.
Last Wednesday, which was a day before the Council of State meeting, the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) wrote a letter to the Commission, drawing attention to recent developments in four Northeast states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe currently experiencing the challenge of insurgency. The letter stated that security could not be guaranteed during the proposed period in February for the general elections.
This advisory was reinforced at the Council of State meeting on Thursday where the NSA and all the Armed Services and Intelligence Chiefs unanimously reiterated that the safety and security of our operations cannot be guaranteed, and that the Security Services needed at least six weeks within which to conclude a major military operation against the insurgency in the Northeast; and that during this operation, the military will be concentrating its attention in the theatre of operations such that they may not be able to provide the traditional support they render to the Police and other agencies during elections.
We have done wide ranging consultation to enable us have as much input as is necessary before taking an informed decision. In the series of consultations that we held with stakeholders, the questions consistently posed to them for consideration are:
In view of the latest development, should INEC proceed with the conduct of the general elections as scheduled in spite of this strong advice; and if so, what alternative security arrangements are available to be put in place?
Or, should INEC take the advice and adjust the schedules of the general elections within the framework of Constitutional provisions?
The Commission held a meeting after the consultations, and decided to take the advice of the Security Chiefs and adjust the dates of the elections. We have done this relying on Section 26(1) of the Electoral 2010 (As Amended), which states thus: “Where a date has been appointed for the holding of an election, and there is reason to believe that a serious breach of the peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on that date or it is impossible to conduct the elections as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies, the Commission may postpone the election and shall in respect of the area, or areas concerned, appoint another date for the holding of the postponed election, provided that such reason for the postponement is cogent and verifiable”.
INEC not being a security agency that could by itself guarantee protection for personnel and materials, as well as voters during elections, the Commission cannot lightly wave off the advice by the nation’s Security Chiefs. The Commission is specifically concerned about the security of our ad hoc staff who constitute at least 600,000 young men and women, together with our regular staff, voters, election observers as well as election materials painstakingly acquired over the last one and half years. This concern is limited not just to the areas in the North-eastern part of Nigeria experiencing insurgency; the risk of deploying young men and women and calling people to exercise their democratic rights in a situation where their security cannot be guaranteed is a most onerous responsibility. Under such circumstances, few EMBs across the world, if any, would contemplate proceeding with the elections as scheduled. No matter the extent of INEC’s preparedness, therefore, if the security of personnel, voters, election observers and election materials cannot be guaranteed, the life of innocent young men and women as well the prospects of free, fair, credible and peaceful elections would be greatly jeopardised.
Consequently, the Commission has decided to reschedule the 2015 general elections thus: the national elections (i.e. Presidential and National Assembly) are now to hold on March 28th, 2015; while the state elections (Governorship and State Assembly) are to hold onApril 11th, 2015. It should be noted that this rescheduling falls within the constitutional framework for the conduct of the elections, notably, Sections 76(2), 116(2), 132(2) and 178(2). See also Section 25 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).
For the avoidance of doubt, we will under no circumstances approve an arrangement that is not in line with the provisions of our laws. Our hope is that with this rescheduling, the security services will do their best to ensure that the security environment needed for safe and peaceful conduct of the 2015 elections is rapidly put in place.
We in INEC reassure all Nigerians and indeed the international community of our commitment to do everything within the law and to conduct free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. We call on the security agencies to honour their commitment to restore sufficient normalcy for elections to take place within the period of extension. We also call on Nigerians, political parties, candidates and all other stakeholders to accept this decision in good faith and ensure the maintenance of peace.
As for us in INEC we’ll endeavour to use the period of the extension to keep on perfecting our systems and processes for conducting the best elections in Nigeria’s history. In particular, we believe that we would resolve all outstanding issues related to non-collection of PVCs, which agitate the minds of many Nigerians.
Finally, we wish to call on all Nigerians to accept our decision, which is taken in good faith and the best interest of deepening democracy ion our country.
Professor Attahiru M. Jega, OFR
2/5/2015 9:03:44 PM
The National Council of States meeting called to discuss issues about the nation’s security challenges and the forthcoming elections has ended.
At the end of the eight-hour meeting, members insisted the general elections must proceed as scheduled, reporters were told.
Members also agreed that elections could be postponed in troubled zones — areas ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Nigerians, and indeed the international community, had watched out for the outcome of the meeting all day given the alleged plot by government to force INEC to shift the elections.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State told reporters after the meeting that INEC assured the Council it was ready to conduct the elections and that the distribution of the permanent voter cards was going well.
Mr. Okorocha said the nation’s security chiefs also said they were ready for the elections but raised concern about the possibility of elections holding in areas under the control of Boko haram insurgents.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State however later told journalists that the council advised INEC to reflect over the concerns raised by members and the suggestion made by those who spoke in taking a decision that would allow for the conduct of smooth elections.
President Goodluck Jonathan presided over the meeting, where national issues bordering on the nation’s security and the elections were deliberated upon.
All former Presidents and Heads of State — Shehu Shagari, Yakubu Gowon, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Interim National Government President Ernest Shonekan — except Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, attended the meeting.
Other participants were Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, and former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Musdafa Belgore.
Governors of Anambra, Kogi, Katsina, Kano, Osun, Imo, Sokoto, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Bayelsa, Rivers, Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kwara, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Cross River, Enugu and Delta states were also in attendance.
Also present were Governors of Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Jigawa, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, acting governor of Taraba while Abia, Oyo and Borno were represented by their deputy governors.
The National Security Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), FCT Minister Bala Muhammed and the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke also attended.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, [INEC], Attahiru Jega, and the nation’s security chiefs made presentation to the meeting, which started around 11.56 a.m. and ended after 7.pm.
2/4/2015 9:56:08 AM
Just watch out and keep a date with us. It will be as it has never been.
1/1/2015 2:06:18 PM
I wish all my fans over there a happy and prosperous new year. Expect the best from us this year. It is really going to be fun, wonderful and thrilling.
10/31/2014 12:24:16 PM
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has published the Service Charges schedule for the 2014/2015 academic session. The published schedule is for both new (fresh) students and old (returning) undergraduate students..
Below is a summary of the UNN Service Charges Schedule arranged according to Faculties:
1) PHYSICAL SCIENCES
First year= N58,950.00
Second year= N40,250.00
Other years= N35,150.00
Final year= N34,700.00
2) SOCIAL SCIENCES
First year= N57,950.00
Second year= N39,250.00
Other years= N34,150.00
Final year= N33,700.00
3) ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
First year= N60,450.00
Second year= N41,750.00
Other years= N36,650.00
Final year= N36,200.00
First year= N57,950.00
Second year= N39,250.00
Other years= N34,150.00
Final year= N33,700.00
First year= N57,950.00
Second year= N39,250.00
Other years= N34,150.00
Final year= N33,700.00
First year= 57,950.00
Second year= N39,250.00
Other years= N34,150.00
Final year= N33,700.00
7) BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
First year= N58,950.00
Second year= N40,250.00
Other years= N35,150.00
Final year= N34,700.00
8) VETERINARY MEDICINE
First year= 63,450.00
Second year= 44,750.00
Other years= N39,650.00
Final year= N39,200.00
9) MEDICAL SCIENCES
First year= N64,450.00
Second year= N45,750.00
Other years= N40,650.00
Final year= N40,200.00
First year= N64,450.00
Second year= N45,750.00
Other years= N40,650.00
Final year= N40,200.00
11) HEALTH SCIENCES
First year= N64,450.00
Second year= N45,750.00
Other years= N40,650.00
Final year= N40,200.00
12) BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
First year= N60,450.00
Second year= N41,750.00
Other years= N36,650.00
Final year= N36,200.00
First year= N61,450.00
Second year= N42,750.00
Other years= N37,650.00
Final year= N37,200.00
First year= N63,450.00
Second year= 44,750.00
Other years= N39,650.00
Final year= N39,200.00
15) PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES
Fisrt year= N64,450.00
Second year= N45,750.00
Other years= N40,650.00
Final year= N40,200.00
9/3/2014 11:23:30 AM
Few days back, I was doing what I cherish doing recurrently; going to and fro the internet and I stumbled upon an article titled “Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency: The Battle Ahead”. I was to say the least fascinated and charmed for three obvious reasons:
- I am from Igboeze North Local Government Area
- The discourse is a topical and contemporary issue; and
- I know all the charismas named in the article.
I must commend the writer for doing a wonderful job. In my opinion, to the best of his ability; he was not predisposed in his analysis of the characters. If he made any mistake, it was the mistake of the mind and not of the heart.
To add voice to his, I go as follows:
Dr Sally Adukwu Bolunjoko.
Dr. Bolunjoko ranks in the class of late Dr. Dora Akunyili, Dizeani Alison Madueke, Josephine Anine and a host of others. There is no doubt she is a good material when you talk of effective and efficient representation. She is well connected in the real sense of it.
Though an Anglican, she relates well with other denominations and I am sure of the Catholic Church. I do not subscribe to the idea that she is not thinking home. After all she is the brain behind the proposed South East University.
That she is married to an Okene man in Kogi state and will inevitably share what belongs to Igboeze north/Udenu with Okenes if elected may not be an issue. Is Mrs. Alison Madueke not from Bayelsa State and married to an Enugu State man? To me, that is an added advantage to her chances of clinching that position
Hon Chijioke Ugwu
Mr. Chijioke Ugwu served as the Chairman of Igbo Eze North Local Government from 2007-2011 . That position must have exposed him to the rudiments of what it takes to be and remain in power and this is a good opportunity for him to showcase his experience. He performed creditably well within his ability during his tenure not minding that he did not complete some of his projects before his tenure elapsed.
I totally disagree that his pocket is lean when compared with other money bags in the race. He may not be the richest but he must not be adjudged as a poor man. He will put up a good fight when the time comes.
Engr Simon Atigwe
Engr. Simon Atigwe is the General Manager, Enugu State Rural Electrification Board and since he assumed that position, he had given a good account of himself. Just take a trip to some selected communities of your choice and you will see and hear things for yourself.
He is a household name and there is hardly any community in Enugu State let alone Enugu North Zone he has not heartened with his rural electrification assignments.
He served as a town planning engineer in Udenu Local Government Area and one may not be wrong to say that he is a perfect bridge between Udenu and Igbo Eze North Local Government Areas.
We are in a new dispensation and we are talking of credible representation. We will look for the person who will deliver and from the way Engr Atigwe goes about his rural electrification duties, one can rightly conclude that he is not selfish and he is not greedy.
I agree with analysts that the fear of the name “Atigwe ” is the beginning of wisdom while playing politics in Igbo Eze North. They are as rich as they are popular.
It is even wrong for one to conclude that his chances could be threaded with the fact that two people from his country home of Aji have occupied that position in the past. Was that not in the old order? In the new arrangement, only Ambassador Fidel Ayogu has been there and there is no way it affects Engr. Atigwe who is from the Umunano clan.
Hon Mike Onyeze
Hon Mike Onyeze as far as Enugu State House of Assembly is concerned is in the first eleven. He is not only intelligent but applies human face in all his dealings. Coming to credible representation, his performance is superb and I personally wish him luck.
Engr Ifeanyi Eze
Lord Ezetech is a gifted child right from his secondary school days. He will go places if he invests his energy at least for now in science and technology. He is kind hearted and relates well with anyone who comes his way. How I wish he takes more time to study the game of politics. Like others, he stands a good chance.
Prince Dr Emeka Mama
IDE has the financial muscle to vie for and win any position of his choice. What he needs now is a synergy of finance and other required components and the sky would be his limit. He stands a very good chance if he takes time to put his machinery in the right perspective.
8/11/2014 8:12:56 PM
GOOD NIGHT MY BROTHER
Writing this tribute is one of the hardest tasks of my entire life. From which point will I start writing and where will I end it. I sat down and went back on memory lane to the night of 16th February, 2014 when Izuchukwu was about being buried. You asked me if there was nothing we can do again and I answered you, there was nothing. You cried like a baby. I implored you to console your sister for that was my greatest concern at the moment. Now if I must ask you, have you consoled her enough for it was barely five months ago?
What of your aged mother? Both of you were fond of each other. To whose care have you left her? To the care of aggressors and belligerents? I don’t know.
What of your young family? To whose care have you left them? To the care of opportunists and freebooters whose stock in trade you know very well? I know not.
I am consoled by the fact that God sanctioned your death otherwise nothing could have killed you not even the incantations of the wicked and evil men. You have died and you will not die again. Death is an unavoidable portion of every mortal. I leave you to the care of Mother Mary. May your soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty God who is the ultimate Judge. Adieu till we meet to part no more.
6/25/2014 2:29:53 PM
Another phase has opened in the leadership crisis rocking the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria as the General Committee of the church, which met in Enugu Thursday amid tight security, suspended seven members of the executive council (EC) and appointed new ones.
It was a meeting in which members were made to undergo accreditation and thoroughly frisked before being allowed into the capacity-filled national secretariat of the church located at Independence Layout, Enugu.
According to the Guardian Newspapers reporter, the conveners of the meeting decided to tighten security following the invasion of the venue earlier in the day by suspected hired thugs, who attempted to block the entrances to the venue but were dispersed by security officials with over 20 of them arrested.
The thugs were said to have arrived from Aba in five hired buses.
The General Committee, the highest judicial making body of the church comprising District Superintends, Ordained Ministers and delegates drawn from various parts of Nigeria, accused the suspended Executive council members as responsible for the lingering crisis.
Although they reappointed four members of the suspended executive committee to work with the new one, the body reaffirmed that the move was part of effort to restore peace and progress in the church.
6/10/2014 12:44:24 PM
Hi. I will soon be back on track. I was only down and I was never out. My deepest regards and respect to all of you. Just keep faith with me.