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“You have failed us” Northern Nigerian Youths tell President Buhari

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Awkwardness blooms as the supporters of our President, abnormally becomes expressive. The Arewa Consultative Forum, the Northern Elders’ Forum and 16 other leading groups in the northern region, on Saturday, passed a vote of no confidence in politicians of northern extraction, saying most of them had failed.

The groups expressed to PUNCHnews  said politicians from the region had failed the North because they were unable to address the the problems of the region, especially in security and poverty.

They made the declaration at the end of a Summit of northern groups held at the residence of the late Premier of the defunct Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Arewa House, Kaduna.

They stated, “No northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general elections unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North.

“Most political office holders from the North are hereby served a notice that they have failed the test to lead the region towards economic recovery and growth.”

The signatories to the communique included Prof. Ango Abdullahi (Chairman ACF Political Committee/Convener, Northern Elders Forum); Dr. Yima Sen (NEF); Amb. Ibrahim Mai Sule (ACF); Bello Suleiman (CODE Group); Mataimaki Maiyashi, (Arewa Research Development Project); Zannah Boguma (Borno Elders Forum); Nafiu Baba-Ahmed (Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria), and Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame (Northern Union).

Others were Alhaji Yerima Shettima (Arewa Youth Consultative Forum; Pastor Aminchi Habu (United Christian Leaders Eagle Eye Forum); Balarabe Rufai (Coalition of Northern Groups); Isa Tijjani Labour (Veterans Association); Rev. Bitrus Dangiwa (CAN Northern Chapter); Umar Ahmed (Zaria Jama’atu Nasiril Islam); and Buba Adamah (Arewa People Unity Association).

Hassan El-Adamu (Arewa Initiative For Good Governance); Abdulazeez Suleiman (Northern Emancipation Network) and Bilkisu Oniyangi (Arewa Initiative for Good Governance) also signed the communique.

The communique was read by the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

Giving reasons for passing a vote of no confidence in its political leaders, the groups noted that since 2015, northerners had occupied positions with the potential to make decisive differences in the economy, security and political fortunes in the region.

They, however, noted that northern political leaders had failed on all fronts, hence the call on them to sit up and take notice or be voted out in 2019.

Part of the communiqué read, “The hopes that leaders who have been in power since 2015 will reverse the abuse and neglect of the region in the previous decade have been betrayed.

“Weak governance, gross insensitivity and unacceptable levels of incompetence have been compounded by battles of attrition in which northerners have sapped one another’s strength.

“Weak and incoherent responses to provocations from other parts of the country around the imperatives of re-visiting the foundations and structures of the Nigerian state have created the false image of a North without its own positions beyond survival as the parasite of Nigeria.

“The historic gains in the northern political unity secured by northern votes in the 2015 elections have been wasted by the poor management of conflicts between and among northern communities.

“Today, northern communities are erecting barricades against members of other communities, and politicians who have failed to lead and make impacts in the lives of the poor and the vulnerable are daily feeding the people with hate and resentment instead of searching for genuine and lasting solutions.”

The communique added, “In a region with enough resources for every community or trade, our people are now fighting for morsels, while leaders think of new ways to turn our misery into electoral capital.

“The summit noted that in spite of notable successes by the Buhari administration against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, many northern communities still live under its threat.

“In many other parts of the North, communities are routinely exposed to attacks from shadowy killers, while suspicion and anger against the suspected killers is pitching northerners against one other.”

The groups therefore, warned that “no northern politician should expect to be voted for in the next general election unless they demonstrate a willingness to champion a massive assault on poverty and underdevelopment in the North.”

In this regard, they added, “Most political office holders from the North are hereby served a notice that they have failed the test to lead the region towards economic recovery and growth.”

They emphasised the rights of all northerners to examine all options in political choices they would make in 2019.

“The leadership selection process must be critically interrogated to present the best leader to Nigeria as a whole. No one should take the North for granted, and it is not for sale,” they added.

Earlier, the convener of the summit, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, in his opening remarks, said the North was in search of credible leaders ahead of the 2019 elections.

Abdullahi noted that elections were less than one year away and it was imperative that the North searched for a credible presidential candidate to replace President Muhammadu Buhari.

Apart from that, the former Vice-Chancellor said the elders were also searching for credible potential governors and legislators that would have the interest of the region at heart and reposition the North.

My Opinion:

What I have been saying all along. Selfish leaders, incompetent leaders, bad leaders, corrupt leaders, greedy leaders.

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Corruption: “National Assembly members are requesting bribes to pass 2018 budgets of Federal Ministries.

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According to Premium times, Some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) Heads,  have had enough with the intense corruption going on in National Assembly, whose members have been forcefully demanding bribes anonymously, as a condition for passing the expected 2018 budgets of the Federal Ministries. With this being the same complain from the contractors, and engineers, and every other ambitious Nigerian in this society who needs to pass through the federal government for one thing or the other, it is raising more worry among the people of this Country. The demand for bribe, is a canker worm that has eaten deep into every aspect of this Country, and has washed the little dignity remaining in our laws down the drain.

The Heads of these departments disclosed that the unending, and vindictive demand for bribes, is the reason for the  reluctance of a number of heads of MDAs to honour invitations by Senate and House of Representatives committees to defend their budgets.

Four officials of  MDAs, who spoke to premium times Nigeria correspondent in separate interviews, alleged that the senators and members of the House of reps are so desperate and bent on grabbing all they can from the Nation’s 2018 budget, because it is the last they would consider before the next general elections, that isn’t certain for the money hungry, greedy money grabbing, incompetent so called leaders.

“Many of them need money for reelection and they see this budget approval process as a way of finding the resources to prosecute their forthcoming elections,” the Director General of one Agency said.

The Senate had in February issued a one week ultimatum to Ministers Department Agencies, who were yet to submit details of their proposed spending to appear before the various committees to defend their budgets.

The Lawmakers in turn, have accused federal ministers and heads of MDAs of  ill preparedness to attend scheduled meetings, ignoring invitations and sometimes not providing relevant information needed by the lawmakers to carry out their jobs of scrutinising the proposals.

However, three weeks after the ultimatum was issued, majority of the MDAs are yet to comply, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from these law makers.

In fact, the situation got so bad, that President Muhammadu Buhari had to issue a directive to the heads of agencies ordering them to avail the National Assembly of their budget details as well as attend budget defence sessions.

The head of a key agency, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES but does not want his name mentioned for fear of victimisation, said:

“I can confirm to you that National Assembly members are brazenly harassing MDAs for bribes, using budget process and oversight. They have become very desperate this time. They ask pointedly and try to make life difficult for those who don’t play ball by summoning them endless times, asking irrelevant questions, asking for unrelated documents. I think they are desperately looking for money for election. I think they have also seen that they could do all these and get away with it, because we are in Nigeria, as the executive is not really pushing on anti corruption against them. Until this year, we have managed to manage ourselves. They did not ask for money directly and we did not give. Occasionally, they asked that we employ someone or some people or give contract to some companies. For those pointed demands, we would explain why we could not meet their demands and they understood. I had no doubt that some MDAs were even giving them money without their asking. I wanted us to be seen as one of the agencies that don’t give and hoped that they would let us be. But this year is different. They have become more direct and more brazen. Their new practice is to ask the chief executive to wait behind and go see their chair or their deputy chair. And they pointedly ask, what are you giving us?If they sense you are not playing ball, they do everything to frustrate you, ask you questions and not allow you to answer, ask you to come back over and over.”

He also added, that fear of victimisation was not allowing most of the agencies affected to cry out for help, or expose these so called law makers.

“I am sure other heads of agencies are going through the same but I don’t know who will talk on or off the record. As I said earlier, they are desperately looking for money for primaries and elections, and they have seen that the executive is not really bothered about bringing them to order”

Another chief executive of an agency spoke along the same line, saying his experience with the lawmakers has been ‘frustrating’.

“These guys (the lawmakers) are not even afraid anymore,” he said. “They keep demanding cash and asking us to insert projects in our budgets for them. I can’t definitely satisfy their needs because I don’t want to go to jail because of some frustrated greedy lot.

“With the unaccounted 13 million (running fund) and more that  they collect every month, they are still not contented”

The MDAs had earlier been defended by Ben Akabueze, director-general of the Budget Office of the Federation, who said in a statement that the budget was submitted with every details the lawmakers need to do their work.

He said the budget proposal included details of all federal MDAs based on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) templates suggesting that the scrutiny by lawmakers ”should be an easy task”.

Despite Mr. Akabueze’s intervention, the MDAs are still going through a tough time with the committees.

Another head of MDA, who spoke about his experience wants the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intervene.

“Your paper will help us a great deal if it can help us alert the EFCC of what we are going through,” he said.

Yet another MDA official said, “Demanding bribes is something that has been endemic over a long period of time. This thing started since (year) 2000, the first budget.

“All these other things they used to get in the past, under this government they can’t get those things. The MDAs are also afraid because the president is very serious. Any MDA that does nonsense and is discovered you know…

“Even in a public hearing at the House of Representatives. They intimidated a man. A lot of these members of the various committee, both senate and Reps, wanted bribe but the man refused to oblige them. It’s just intimidation. MDAs are afraid and these people (Senate and Reps committees) are not relenting. With the cat and mouse relationship between the heads of the agencies and the lawmakers, the fate of the N8.6 trillion budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2017 hangs in the balance, it appears.

Also, the wish of the executive to resort to the January-December calendar year budget seems unachievable.

In a belated move to salvage the situation, President Buhari last week ordered ministers and heads of MDAs to appear before the National Assembly to defend their proposed 2018 budget estimates.

The order was given at the end of a meeting the president had with the leadership of the National Assembly led by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Denial

Meanwhile, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Sonny Ogbuoji (Ebonyi-PDP), denied the allegations levelled against his entire colleagues.

“It’s a big lie,” he said. “The president has directed them to submit to the committees. If they submit and the committee does not receive it, they should blow it open. This should not be a secret. It’s a big lie. Such things (bribery) should not be entertained.”

Mr. Ogbuoji had on February 28 called the attention of the senate to the refusal of MDAs to either submit details of their 2018 budget proposal or their amendments as requested by Senate committees.

He said the allegation was an ‘escape route’ concocted by the MDAs to cover up.

“People are looking for escape route for their ineptitude. If they say they are demanding bribe, its human beings that are demanding the bribes. They should say the person’s name. There should be no cover up. Nobody should entertain such story.

“If it is me, they should call my name. Hiding it is like virus. If you cover virus, it will never die but the moment you expose it to the atmosphere, it will die. They should say which committee is demanding it. Let them not just say and give a wrong impression.”

Source: Premium times Nigeria

My Opinion:

I think this is right for them to call names. Call the names of these men, who demanded bribes. But then again, these men are afraid for their lives. The don’t want to be endangered for mentioning a name. It just might be everyone of them in that house that constantly demand bribe form people who are doing things to develop the Nation.

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The disturbing analysis presented about the future of Nigeria.

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*Very disturbing analyses following* >>Daniel Bott wrote about the Major Trouble ahead of Nigeria. Please, read.

We are in all kinds of trouble already but we don’t know it yet. I shudder to think how bad things might get if we fail to realize how bad things are, and how difficult they will get a few decades forward. If we don’t take strategic national planning seriously, Nigeria will become the worst place to live in in 50 years.

But don’t take my word for it, let’s arrive at this conclusion together:

Nigeria’s GDP is $406 billion (2016), and our population stands at an intimidating 186 million (2016 data, World Bank). So our GPD/capita is $2,177 (i.e. $406b/186m people). For the purpose of this illustration, this is a measure of how rich (or poor) we are. Again, just so you understand our poverty in context, the US has a GDP/capita of $58,000; Germany’s is $42,000; DR Congo – the most mineral-resourced country on earth has a GDP/capita of $440, and it is officially the poorest country on earth.

Back to Nigeria: We have an embarrassingly high Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 5.5. This means that by the time an average Nigerian woman is 49 years old, she would have given birth about 6 times. And this is the average. In states like Zamfara and Jigawa, the TFR is 7.6 and 8.4 respectively. So, an average woman in Zamfara would have given birth about 9 times within her reproductive years. And it could be as high as 12 or 15 for outliers.

The other part of this sad story: according to the NBS our GDP of $406 billion only grows at the snail speed of 0.83%. That means that at this rate, our GDP will be $622 billion by 2068, 50 years from now. Also, according to the National Population Commission, our population grows at the rate of 3.2%. This means that by 2068, we will be about 600 million! Our GDP per capita will therefore be $1,025.

If this figures don’t make sense to you, then just remember this: in the next 50 years, the average Nigerian will be twice as poor as he is right now (from GDP/cap of $2,177 in 2018 to $1025 in 2068). With the foundation we inherited, and the foundation we are building on, our children and grandchildren are likely to be twice as poor as we.

But it gets worse. The country loses 350,000 hectares of arable land to the Sahara from 11 front-line states in Northern Nigeria. None of these states has a serious afforestation policy, as deforestation is seen as a legitimate economic activity. Charcoal sellers are even registered by CAC and they pay tax. The Food and Agriculture Organization says that Nigeria has about the highest deforestation rate in the world, as it has lost about 60% of its primary forest. With the encroachment of the Sahara and the loss of primary forest, Nigeria’s corporate existence is threatened as herdsmen and farmers are likely to clash more frequently. The entire north will migrate southwards, as the Sahara threatens a murderous handshake with the delta. Imagine a scenario where the entire north is taken over by Sahara and the south has to house all 600 million of us. Remember also that the Atlantic is threatening to swallow Lagos, home to 24 million people now, possibly home to 50 million by 2068.

So, this is where we will be in future, if we don’t do anything about our slow economic growth, our rejection of family planning, and our unrestrained appetite for converting trees to wood and fire. In 50 years, we will be three times more populous, twice as poor, several times more insecure, and in fierce competition for space and natural resources.

If we don’t begin to hire forward thinking leaders, who think about Nigeria’s future as much as it thinks of its present, we are assured of a cataclysmic end.

This is not doomsday prophesy. It is a sneak-peek into a future that is victimized by a plan-less present.

This is the time to seriously consider the type of people we hand the keys of Aso Rock to, for we hand them the keys to our present and the keys to the future of our innocent children and grandchildren.
#copied.
Daniel Bott

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Senator Dino Melaye writes to Inspector General, giving condition to turn self in.

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Our Kogi State singing Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West, has been facing threats of being called back by his constituency, which led him to call on the good Lord God, and other prominent law makers of the country to save him from the public disgrace, has once again been placed on a hot seat as the matter comes back into limelight.

He has apparently written the Inspector General of Police, with the intention of turning himself in for investigations on the condition that he would be investigated by police officers from Abuja, and not Kogi.

From the look of things, it is either the Senator is avoiding being investigated by politically influenced police men against him, or he is trying to get himself investigated by politically influenced police men who are for him.

In a five-page letter written by his counsel, Rickey Tarfa, the lawmaker alleged that police officers in Kogi state were compromised and were controlled by the governor, Yayaha Bello. Meaning that every step taken, will be to convict him, and not to find the truth, He claims.

According to Premium times, Mr. Melaye noted that the attempt by police officers to arrest him at the FCT High Court on March 1 was a manifestation of a compromise to abduct and murder him. ( In order words, he is afraid for his life).

He claims to have gotten a wimp of the  Enemy Governor Yahaya Bello’s plan to abduct  murder him. His Lawyer made the news public by writing.

Our client told us that from information made available to him by his supporters, the intention was to abduct him and whisk him to Kogi State where he would be at the complete mercy of the governor and where plans had been perfected and were being implemented to frame him on spurious charges, arrest and detain him, and then murder him in prison while he is awaiting trial,” 

“It is worthy of note that our client has severally stated in the media that he is aware of this nefarious plan and the involvement of Kogi State Police Command in implementing the same. The sheer number of armed policemen and security personnel deployed from Kogi State on 1st March 2018 to abduct our client from the FCT High Court premises gives credence to our client’s fears. Our client was however lucky not to be noticed by the policemen laying siege, as he left the court premises.

“Sir, as the chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we urge that you intervene in the circumstances. It is obvious to our client that there is no plausible reason for him to believe that his personal safety is guaranteed in the hands of Kogi State Police Command.”

The letter equally explained that the Senator was very much aware that the police had made his invite public to the National Assembly,  but that his presence in Kogi State, will put him in  grave personal danger, and may also lead to a breakdown of law and order, going by  the governor’s notorious ways.

Mr. Melaye  however stated that he was not challenging or evading the law, but only wants ”to avoid a breakdown of law and order”.

So to prevent his fears from happening,   he  is pleading with the Inspector General of police,  to intervene, while declaring his willingness to turn himself in to police officers from Abuja.

Sir, we urge for your urgent intervention in this matter. As we have stated, our client, convinced of his innocence is ready to submit himself for investigation and to answer any charge against his person but by police officers of whose neutrality he is confident in this matter, police officers from Abuja.

“Our client being a prominent serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Chairman, Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Publicity and member of several other senate committees, will not and cannot run from justice, but balks at being delivered directly into the hands of people who have made public threats against his person.

“We anxiously await your intervention sir, to secure the life of our client, and to avoid any breakdown of law and order.”

The police is yet to react to this accusation, plea, and turn of event. I don’t know him on a personal level, but I believe his accusations.

Source: Premium times Nigeria

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Each of Us Receive N13.5m Running Cost Every Month” – Senator Shehu Sani.

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In the dawn of guilts ville, a truly bothered Senator Shehu Sani has reveals that each senator receives a running cost  N13.5 million monthly.

Speaking to The NEWS magazine, The bothered Senator discloses that  the monthly running cost was not all, that it was in addition to the over N700,000 monthly consolidated salary and allowances of each member of the Senate.

According to him, “I think what we can say is that the running cost of a senator is N13.5 million every month.”

He revealed that while there is no specific instruction on what the fund should be used for, lawmakers must provide receipts to back up their expenses from the running costs.

He added that the running cost is in addition to funds earmarked for each senator for constituency projects. “But what I am saying is that that money (N13.5 million per month) must be receipted for what you do with it. .

But what you are given to go and spend without any accountability is N750,000.00. The constituency project itself is given on a zonal basis and almost every Senator will go with a constituency fund of about N200 million, but it is not the cash that is given to you. .

You will be told that you have N200 million with an agency of government for which you will now submit projects equivalent to that amount. And it is that agency of government that will go and do those projects for you. .

Now, the corruption comes when the projects are not done and the money is taken. But right now, it is difficult to do that because NGOs and transparency groups have come into it. .

They track every allocation made to you and where they are being used. So, it’s becoming difficult for what used to happen in the past to happen now. .

But I can tell you that I would love a situation where we do away with running costs, constituency projects and leaves senators and members of House of Reps with salaries.”

While erring his grievances, the Senator insinuated that though the money is meant for projects, these Senators hardly embark on any. Which then means that they are directly going into private pockets and enriching themselves and their families. I love that at least one person is speaking up about it, I just hope that the law makers of innocent of this crime, can buy his idea and look into this horror called ‘Running Cost’. While constituencies are literally  feeding on stones and sand just to survive while their senators are building mansions with the money meant for them.

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After a concealed negotiation, abducted Daphchi Girls return.

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In what seems to be a very confusing situation for Nigerians to comprehend, the abducted students of Girls science and technology college Dapchi Damaturu, Yobe  State have peacefully returned back to their families.

While the Federal Government denied the existence of a financial settlement which means a ransom, it was revealed that the media and press men, were prohibited from entering the village while the release was made. They had the army prevent access to the village, and now want the exposed, learned,smart thinking men and women of Nigeria to believe that this religious criminal sect called Boko Haram, actually woke up one day after adopting the girls, and decided to give them back to the federal government to have peace reign?

This story is an insult to the people of Nigeria, which is why Nigerians have come up with the three possible things that have happened.

. It is either the Sect adopted this girls to gain attention because the world bodies have stopped talking about them since they are assumed powerless now. So they decided to make a move and release the girls after a period of time, to spite the President and the Nigerian Army.

. It is another possibility, that the President is very much aware of this abduction, and is trying to redeem his incompetently dented name from the disappointment he has caused the entire nation since being a president.

. The third is that there his been a hidden exchange, where the girls were given back after a certain amount of money was collected by Boko Haram, to buy their arms and food. This means that the President is in denial of what really happened before the release of these girls.

While the number for girls released have not been made clear, the true story to this released is clearly hidden from the World.

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Have Nigerians Chosen their next leader?

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In preparation for the 2019 presidential election race, former leaders are back at their bad habits of boot licking and public deceit of he ever gullible, and desperate masses, like we have always known. While many present themselves for deceit by these former leaders, others are making their deciding based on the previous records of the leader during his reign. It is no joke that the only recycling that Nigerians now engage in, is that of the former leaders.

A. President Buhari is right now still the President, and already having Nigerians complain of his inability to deliver what he boldly promised the Country during his campaign. He has become so invincible that he is now has asked that the opinions of the same Nigerians that he is failing, be monitored. Nigerians are done with the same circle happening all over again. There is hardly a credible election no matter what they tell us. With the whole nation now crying out to God for a credible leader, and with the Northerners who hardly ever complain about a leader from them, now complaining and attacking the APC party members. So Buhari’s own is not yet clear.

B. For former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, his thinks bad mouthing the incumbent Presidnet is all he needs to gain the attention of the people. He recently paid for some youths/children to go watch the movie ‘Black Panther’, thinking that the same style they used in the 90s and early 2000, is what they can use in this generation to gain attention. He wasn’t infant an impeccable leader at his time, because they basically have Vice President who just stand in the shadow of the President. He is actually just not significant. But we heard he did a little thing for his people, combined with a lot of things for himself. The vice President was part of the hidden, never ending story of former leaders who sorted themselves out from the national pocket, and even though we can’t do anything about it, we the youths just arm ourselves with the information that will be put to use when t he time comes.

C. The former Governor of Cross River, and the most significant leader of his time Donald Duke, has been accepted by Nigerians due to his previous records. He had taken over a poor state and transformed into the world tourist, with the annual Calabar Carnival that has been one of the main sources of income for the state and its people. He has left office for a long time now, but he legacy is growing stronger on the Sourh state of Cross River. I am not from that state, but he is the most impressive man of the Country. He even received a ‘Man of the year award’ for his incredible impact on his state.

Thry are saying that young people can’t do anything for this nation, but Donald Duke was the younger of all leaders durin his reign as the Governor. He did what other very old governors couldn’t do for their indigenes. Going by the experience the have had in the hands of these men, many Nigerians are looking at ‘C’. But what about those people who will vote, not for the good of the Country but for the selfish thing they stand to gain when their corrupt candidate wins. This is the issue with the Country. While many are not feeding on a dollar, a few are feeding on a billion. And this is most dangerous group of all. Because why will they want to do anything for the good of the whole Country, when selfishness can get them so much more? While we all have a plan on our mind, the election is not always trusted, because a lot of corruption and bad influences are going on every level of the Country. From the Presidential level, to the primary school level. It has eaten deep into the blood of everyone .

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Senator Olurunnimbe Mamora rejects President Buhari’s appointment .

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Seems Nigerians are less desperate these days, and that is the beginning of our change. Some people will actually kill to have the President’s appointment, but not Former lawmaker Senator Olurunnimbe Mamora, who has rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.

Mamora, who was the Deputy Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation during the 2015 presidential election, was nominated for the job by the President.
It was learnt that during the inauguration of the board of the AIIC a few weeks ago, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in the 2016 Ondo State governorship election, Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowoshe, was named the chairman.  Ajasin-Anifowose, who is the daughter of the first Governor of the old Ondo State, Adekunle Ajasin, was sworn in by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Bello.

According to a report by Punch, the Ex-lawmaker, Mamora rejected the appointment after meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and expressed his displeasure with the appointment.

We need others to be like him. I hope they learn to say ‘NO’, when the time comes for them to. But what is his reason?

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Secret picture that could have cost Obama the presidency surfaces.

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Photojournalist Askia Muhammad released a photo showing Obama and the controversial Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, from Obama’s years as a state senator — and the photographer revealed Thursday that the Congressional Black Caucus had pressured him for more than a decade to keep it hidden. .

Muhammad told the Trice Edney News Wire that he believed that the image “absolutely would have made a difference” in the 2008 presidential campaign had it been made public. .
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The image taken in 2005 at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill showed then-Senator Obama, a young Democrat from Illinois, smiling side-by-side with Farrakhan. Muhammad told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that the same day he snapped the photo, the CBC contacted him. .
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“A staff member from the black caucus called me and said ‘we have to have the picture back,’ and I was kind of taken aback. And we talked a couple of times on the phone after that, and I said ‘Okay, I will give the picture back to Minister Farrakhan’s chief of staff,’” he said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” .
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He added that after he gave the original copy to Farrakhan’s staff, he kept his own copy but remained quiet. “I gave the original disk to him and in a sense swore myself to secrecy because I had quietly made a copy for myself,” Muhammad said. .
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“It’s my picture, it’s my art, and it’s my intellectual property. I owned it and I wanted to keep it.” He said the CBC called him while he was still on Capitol Hill and he believed that it was because “they sensed the future.” .
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“Minister Farrakhan and his reputation would hurt someone trying to win acceptance in the broad cross-section,” he said, referring to the possibility at the time that the young senator was being considered for a presidential run. .
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Muhammad also said that Obama had, at some point, people from the Nation of Islam working on his staff and in his offices. 📸: Instablog

My Opinion:

If he didn’t want you to release it, then why are you releasing it? Cheap fame? Enmity? Which one of them?

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Federal Government of Nigeria to monitor hate speech on social media by Nigerians.

Minister of Defence, Mohammed Dan Ali

After every other aspect of this Country is dangerously lacking transparent, sincere, selfless attention by its so called leaders, The federal government yet again adds one more thing to his full plate.

According to news making rounds, the Federal Government who has failed the entire Country men and women, but doesn’t want them to talk about it because it will hurt his FEELINGS, has directed security agencies to tackle the propagation of hate speech, especially through social media.

The order was given at a security meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Mansur Dan Ali, minister of defence, had described the trend of hate speech on social media as worrisome. Knowing that they have failed, but can’t stand something as simple as a hate speech, as they believe it’s continuity will give ideas to Nigerians to take dangerously drastic measures towards leaders. So in order to stop this from happening, they are coming for the always victimised masses.

“Relevant security agencies should as a matter of urgency tackle the propagation of hate speeches through the social media, particularly by some notable Nigerians,” Ali said.

So who then tackles the bad governance given to Nigerians since Babangida and Abacha? The security agencies that were created to protected the Country, have now been made to understand that their job is now to protect the bad leaders and stop them being persecuted by the law.

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Buhari has achieved more in 2 and a half years than Obasanjo has in 8 years — Itse Sagay

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Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), has boldly come out to attavk Obasanjo by saying that the current President, Buhari, has achieved more in 2 and a half years than Obasanjo had in 8 years.

He said this while speaking to Channels TV about the letter former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari, appealing with him not to seek a 2nd term.

Obasanjo, grading the performance of the Buhari-administration, said while credit must be given to Buhari on strides made in fighting corruption and insurgency, there are other areas where he has failed, including in nepotism, internal politics, and passing the blame.

The Federal Government had released a statement countering Obasanjo’s claims, saying he is mistaken on his belief that the economy has taken a hit during the Buhari administration.

Sagay, speaking to Channels TV, has said Obasanjo has no right to criticise the government, as he didn’t achieve much during his terms as president.

My Opinion:

This is the kind of finger pointing that I wonder enjoy. Old men calling out each other, while making excuses for their individual incompetence.

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We Are Still the Best Option for Nigerians–

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In what many consider an untrue statement, the All Progressives Congress (APC) after failing the whole nation with false hopes and exaggerated competence, bold enough to state that it “remains the best option for Nigerians who are genuinely committed to the country’s progress and development.”

Bolaji Abudullahi, the party’s National Publicity Secretary made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

The statement was in reaction to a letter credited to former president Olusegun Obasanjo titled: “The Way Out: a clarion call for coalition for Nigeria movement.” The former president had in the letter, alleged that the APC-led federal government had failed to live up to the expectations of Nigerians and had advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to re-contest the presidency in 2019. “We acknowledge our challenges as a new political party, even as we believe that APC remains the best option at this time for all Nigerians who are genuinely committed to the country’s progress and development. “While we do not agree with everything the former president said, especially on his assessment of the government and our party we note the sundry issues raised by the former President, and we assume these were made in good faith,” the APC spokesman said.

He added that as a father of the nation, the APC understood that the former president would feel obliged to intervene if certain things were not being done or are not being done in a particular way.

Abudullahi, however, said that the APC believed that such interventions should be for the sole purpose of improving the system.

He added that such interventions should also be for encouraging the relevant institutions to work harder in improving certain situations in the interest of all.

Abudullahi stressed that it was for this reason that the party disagreed with the former president “in what appears like a wholesale dismissal of the entire political system in the country.” He noted that there were about 72 other registered political parties in the country and the people reserve the right to support any of them.

My Opinion:

It is one thing to have an issue, it is another to admit it. The PDP might not have worked for this country the way they exaggerated, but that doesn’t make APC our best option. Who are we deceiving? It is not even as if an external body was interviewing you when you had to say this bunch of lies to make your party seem good, you simply said it to Nigerian masses, the same people that are the recipient of the sham called leadership. Ability has and never will lay in the hands of a party. A party doesn’t make a leader, a human being can decide to be a good leader or not. But from our experience, it seems the corruption going on, on that level, prevents the intending good leader to change their mind. Since Nigerians can’t tell what this party has done since 2015, I wonder on what ground the elder states man is speaking. They fact that bad leaders cant be impeached in this country, is making the Evil Leaders a mini god. They lose their guilt along the way, and assume the position of a Fairy godfather to Nigerians.

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Governors, senators, support Obasanjo’s idea for  Buhari to step down.

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Former President and Nigerian political God father Olusegun Obasanjo, who called out President Buhari for failing the Country, discouraging his second the intention, asking him to step down for a better person to lead the nation to a higher place. He has gone as far as  mobilising politicians and other prominent Nigerians, since he practically got most of them where they are politically, they are compelled to obey him, as they went ahead to  sign on to his Coalition for Nigeria project, to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office.

Many of those consulted by Obasanjo are said to have signed on to his elaborate plan for a mass movement away from the ruling APC, and his former party, PDP, to “rescue” the country. .

Obasanjo described the two parties as “wobbling” and unfit to run Nigeria. On Tuesday, the former president issued a scathing public commentary on the Buhari administration, advising the president to take a “deserved rest” and urging Nigerians to vote him out should Mr. Buhari insist on running. .

Impeccable sources told PREMIUM TIMES the former president repatedly discussed his concerns with Mr. Buhari, and then decided to go public after he noticed no improvement in the way the country is governed. .
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Frustrated by the worsening political and security situation of the country, Mr. Obasanjo spent the last few months consulting key political leaders in the country. .
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He then used the better part of January drafting and editing what is now the explosive “special press statement” that has shaken the nation’s political foundation. .
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Obasanjo has held meetings with former Nigerian leaders, serving governors, lawmakers and other key leaders across the country before arriving at the decision. .
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“At the last count, seven governors, 20 senators and over 100 House of Representatives members have agreed in principle with Baba to go into this coalition,” a close associate of the former president told PremiumTimes.

My Opinion:

I hope this time around, his plans work. Because they have been going through a phase for a very long time where they are using the Country as a lab rat. They allow every one to go in, right before they realise  that he is not the right one for the job.

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following the back lash from Nigerians, the presidency lists its own achievements.

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Apparently, all the shouts, screams and calling out, that Nigerians and world have been engaged in since Buhari assumed office, is getting to him. With the lash stroke being that flat advice of the former president Obasanjo, who himself is not exactly a perry leader, the presidency, in the person of the Buhari, have decided to clear his name, and retain a little dignity for himself, that would be enough to help him win the 2019 election, which no one wants him to do. Nigerians think they have given him enough time to prove himself, and they think that his time is up.

The Presidency has even gone as far as listing  out its achievements, which clearly shouldn’t be the case. This is Because, if you have done so well for the Nation, then the citizens should be able to list them out themselves, with out the presidency himself, or themselves , listing them out. First bad sign right there.

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Nigerian Churches and Mosques are capable of transforming the Country, but would they?

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No doubt that the Nation Nigeria  hasn’t been lucky with its leaders right from the very day It gained independence from the Queen. An act we the young Nigerians wish the leaders never did in the 1960. The seat of Governemnt  In Nigeria, has been greatly caused with the spirit of greed and selfishness, garnished with a lot of  insincerity, and then a sprinkle of lack of guilt, with four slices of getting away with crime. After almost 60 years, The supposed rate of its development as a Nation, is not in any way being lived up to,with every new leader claiming to be better than the past, meanwhile they have no ide what they are doing.  How rich is Nigeria that the sight of its revenue always activates the devil in everyone who passes through the seat of government? The leaders are quick to elevate the living situation of their families and loyal faithfuls the very moment they ascend the seat of government. Giving absolutely no care for the little kids  of the ordinary citizen, who survive on a dollar with their mommys and daddys everyday, living in gutters(literally), and eating from the same gutters. No hope for yourself, and no hope for your children’s future. You see Nigerian going through deserts and seas of the world just to make it to other Countries, no matter the amount of danger they are faced with, just so they can at least give their children a better future. So they don’t eat stones and sand like their parents.

The politicians have been Casting famine on the land called  Nigeria, and making sure that no youth is ever financially successful or educationally confident enough through governance to fight the bunch of bad leaders, and get them all imprisoned. They advise the youths to go to school and graduate because that will make for a better future, and give them their dream job. But meanwhile, there are no jobs in the country, and the youths who are now graduate have realised that they wasted the entire years of  their lives, taking the advise if the enemy, who are the political leaders. The law makers keep taking the money with out stopping, because their greed is incredibly hard to stop, and their addiction to stealing the Country’s revenue, is hard to stop.

They all should have to go to prison for a very long time, and let this count recover from their evil, but they are still the leaders we have today, so they can’t imprison themselves. They have been devoting themselves to discourage the younger people from running for Presidency, because they are afraid of what might happen to them when the wrong people are given the chance to punish the leaders.

No youth in Nigeria, is living the life they were promised by the Governemnt, right from their birth. They tell us that the Governemnt does not owe us anything, but they and the third generation survive on the money that is meant for a people of over 250 million individuals.

When these youths go out of their moral ways into something that they shouldn’t engage in, in the name of surviving , it is the same Governemnt officials that will arrest and jail them for life. When a man steals spices in the market, the citizens gather to kill him, but the real theives of the country, (politicians), have protected themselves with the police men who are suppose to protect us. So the people of Nigerians are the victims who are feared. They are cheated on, and then protected against.This is the same reason our responsible youths, have turned to the life of crime and deceit all over the world, to feed them selves and their families,who government equally cheated.

With all these being Said, what is the religious setting of the country doing to enable its people? Nigerians are known to be the most religious people on earth. They have too many churches in the country, and that is still not changing the Situation. Churches and mosques were made to help its religious members. But instead of that, they are exploiting its members and then the pastors are appearing on Forbes list of richest pastors.

What happened to churches building companies that will employ 50 000 people of the Country, instead of  saving up billions of dollars in their name, having private jets, and then making sure they make it to the famous Forbes list. Do you know how much change the country will experience if someone, or any of these theives, is kind enough to build a company, that will employ a little fraction of the millions of jobless people  in Nigeria.?

You see these countries call Nigerians all kinds of Names for being desperate for money. They are trying to survive guys. If you have been through half what these Nigerian youths are going through on a daily basis, then you will know that they need to do anything possible to survive, and even provide for their poverty stricken relatives. Churches are always preaching about prosperity, but they never help yo make these preaching scone to pass.

The Governemnt had failed us, but should the church and mosques do the same thing? I guess the church has done that as well. Employ a Nigerian or two today, and save a country. And the religious and political leaders instead of being selfish, pretentious leaders, can watch the youths untangle themselves from their blood sucking claws.

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Nigerian government through a whistle blower, has uncovered the secret properties of Ike Ekweremadu in different parts of the world.

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The Nigerian government has written to the Authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom and the United States of America after discovering hidden assets owned in the three countries by Nigerian Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

In the letters written to the UAE and USA, Mr. Fowler is relying on the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI), a multi  jurisdictional instrument for exposing hidden assets and incomes, to which Nigeria is a signatory. The AEoI, which kicked in Nigeria on January 1, was conceived to stop illicit financial flows.

Mr. Ekweremadu’s properties in the UAE were exposed by a whistleblower. In the country, the Deputy Senate President owns eight properties. Among these are Apartments EGG1/1/114 and EGG1/1/115 Emirates Garden, Apartment DFB/12/B 1204 Park Towers, Flat 3604, MAG214 and Villa No.148, MAEEN1 The Lakes, Emirate Hills. The others are Boulevard 3901, two flats of Burij Side Boulevard, The Signature; and Room 1903, Hotel Downtown.

In respect of Mr. Ekweremadu’s properties in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari through one of the Special Assistants wrote to the Serious Fraud Office and is relying on the recently passed Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) in the country. The order prescribes forfeiture of assets valued at 50,000 pounds and above for which the owner cannot adequately explain the source of income with which it was acquired.

“The objective of this letter is to alert you of this development in view of the Voluntary Declaration of Assets and Income Scheme introduced by the Federal Government,” stated Fowler in the letter.

In the United Kingdom, Mr. Ekweremadu owns Flat 4 Varsity Court, Homer Street, WIH 4NW London and 52 Ayleston Avenue, NW6, London. In the United States, the Deputy Senate President has a three-property portfolio comprising 4507 Stella Street, Bellavida Estate, Kissimmee, Florida; 2747 Club Cortile Circle, Kissimmee, Florida and 2763 Club Cortile Circle, Kissimmee, Florida.

The letter to the US government was addressed to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) under the United States Justice Department. A copy of the letter was also sent to Tunde Fowler, Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service in Abuja.

Can you see what I have been  talking about for the longest? These law makers are extremely mean. But they will all be exposed. A whole deputy senate president is being exposed for this sort if behaviour?  I wonder if he would be arrested, or ones again, he is above the law.

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Source: Sahara Reporter

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