Saturday, April 23

Detailed Evidence Showing That Buhari Is Still Running A Corrupt Government – POSTNIGERIA

Detailed Evidence Showing That Buhari Is Still Running A Corrupt Government – POSTNIGERIA

The fight against corruption has been acknowledged as one of the fundamental achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, barely one year in office.

Although, despite several efforts to root out this long age menace, Post-Nigeria has gathered that President Buhari is still running a corrupt government.

Political pundits have argued that the All Progressive Congress-led, APC, government has only succeeded in changing top officials in government offices, but has been unable to root out corrupt practices and does not seem to be making any efforts to do so.

As at April 20, all efforts made to end the lingering fuel crisis across the country have so far proved abortive, as commuters still queue for several hours to buy fuel, while black marketers continue to sell the product at exorbitant prices.

Post-Nigeria gathered that some fuel stations who were previously not having the product are presently selling fuel with commuters queuing several meters in some stations, while others were practically empty with few vehicular movements.

After painstaking investigations, Post-Nigeria discovered that some filling stations had adjusted their pump meters, displaying the official N86.50k, yet selling the product between N120 to N150 per litre against the official N86.50k per litre as subsidized by the Federal Government.

According to a Private Driver, Godwin Ernest, who was at NIPCON filling station at Banex junction Abuja, he stated that major fuel stations are still engaging in sharp practices despite the fact that President Buhari is the Minister of Petroleum resources.

“In F.O filling station at Maitama near the catholic church area, you will see N86 displayed there, but when you buy fuel of N3000, it will be shut by N500, that is why they are refusing to sell in gallons in those fuel stations, as their pranks will be easily discovered.

“I prefer to come and queue in NIPCO for hours to obtain fuel as their price and meter is ok, rather than patronizing F.O filing station, among several others who are duping people.” Ernest said.
This accusation is coming barely few days after the former member of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy, Boniface Emenalo, indicted the Chairman of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, for receiving millions of dollars as subsidy, while the products are diverted at the end of the day.

Ernest however, accused the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, for folding its arm while all these privileged few individuals reap ordinary Nigerians of their hard earned money.

A commercial driver, Usman Abdurahim said, “The issue of shut changing people by reducing their meter is true, I have experienced it several times, that is why we commercial drivers are always seen queuing in filling stations where they are selling at the correct price and litre.

“Like here I am, NIPCO is ok, my full tank is N4200, but in those filling stations (Forte Oil) you see few people patronizing them, I fill my tank there with N4600”, Abdurahim said.
Post-Nigeria, also gathered that some government owned filling stations have also joined the bandwagon of those cheating customers as DPR in the last few months have gone asleep.

By constitution, DPR has the statutory responsibility of ensuring compliance to petroleum laws, regulations and guidelines in the Oil and Gas Industry.

The discharge of these responsibilities involve monitoring of operations at drilling sites, producing wells, production platforms and flow stations, crude oil export terminals, refineries, storage depots, pump stations, retail outlets, any other locations where petroleum is either stored or sold, and all pipelines carrying crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products.
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Saraki’s CCT Trial: Enough Is Enough – Spiritual Leader, Guru Maharaj Ji Sends Warning Message To NASS

Saraki’s CCT Trial: Enough Is Enough – Spiritual Leader, Guru Maharaj Ji Sends Warning Message To NASS

Sat Guru Maharaj Ji

The spiritual leader and founder of One Love Family, Sat Guru Maharaj Ji has said with shocking revelations emerging from the on-going trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Bureau, any truly distinguished senator that is worth his name and accolade should avoid showing any form of solidarity with him Vanguard reports.

Maharaj Ji who spoke on Friday in Ibadan noted that the most honourable thing for the embattled Senator Saraki to do now is to resign his appointment.

According to him, the continued stay in office as Senate President constitutes a mockery of our collective intelligence and scandalizes our national conscience.

He added, “enough is enough and we can’t afford the image of ‎the country to be ridiculed before the international community now that the nation has been endowed with divine providence to provide global leadership”.
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Soldiers ‘force’ suicide bomber to blow self up

Soldiers ‘force’ suicide bomber to blow self up

The Nigeria army says its men have forced a suicide bomber to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on himself, thus preventing another suicide bomb.

According to a statement signed by Sani usman, a colonel and acting director of army public relations, the army intercepted the suspected bomber on his way to Ummarari community in Borno state,

“Troops of 7 Division Garrison, Forward Operation Base (FOB), on Saturday averted yet another suicide bombing catastrophe on Ummarari community by suspected Boko Haram terrorist at about 7 a.m,” Usman said.

“The suicide bomber was intercepted by the vigilant troops and the civilian JTF while attempting to enter the village to detonate his dangerous cargo on innocent persons in the community.”

It said the suspect was forced to detonate his explosives, after he was halted by security agents and members of the Civilian JTF.

“The suicide bomber detonated the strapped Improvised Explosive Device (IED) vest on his body, thus killing himself instantly, when he was forced to halt, based on suspicion that he was carrying suicide bombing material.

“Thankfully, there was no any other casualty other than the suspected suicide bomber.

“Troops and the Civilian JTF at the village are now combing the surrounding area to forestall further attacks and clear the environment of likely remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hibernating,”
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Kachikwu: FG can’t afford upgrade of refineries

Kachikwu: FG can’t afford upgrade of refineries

Ibe Kachikwu

Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum, on Saturday said $700 million, which the federal government “does not have”, is required to upgrade refineries to the state where they can produce at maximum capacity.

Kachikwu, who is also the group managing director of NNPC, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen during the re-inauguration of the Port Harcourt/Bonny Crude Supply Line at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Eleme, Rivers.

He said that due to the fact that the government does not have such amount, advertisements had been signed for investors to come in.

“We are not inviting foreign partners to take over the refineries; the total investment for that is up to $700 million and we don’t have that. Let us be honest about it,” he said.

“So the best thing to do is to find a very creative way to bring in investors, who will come in, work with our team here, investors, who have the skills to reactivate and upgrade facilities in this place and help us provide technical support and we will pay through the flow-out of the refined products over time.”

Kachikwu emphasised that there should be no confusion about what the investors would be coming to do, since they would not come to run the refineries.

”They are coming to provide funds to take our performance on these refineries to 90 percent and to provide us with technical skills, so the areas of intervention will be funding and technical support,.”

He explained that at the moment, Nigerians are consuming about 45 million litres of PMS daily, while the refineries are producing 12 million litres daily, as they only function at 60 per cent capacity.

He said that the nation will need to upgrade these refineries and let them develop to the point where they can perform up to at least 90 per cent.

“By the time the refineries are upgraded and they start producing at 90 per cent, about 20 million litres would be produced daily. Such production level will meet up with about half the country’s consumption,” he added, before apologising to Nigerians for the lingering fuel scarcity.

“We have been able to recover two critical crude supply pipelines, which are the Escravos/Warri and Bonny/Port Harcourt crude supply pipelines.

“The pipelines were down for six to seven years, but have been repaired and are now working and supplying crude to the refineries. For the first time, the refineries will get their crude, pay for it, they will sell their products and they will earn the income from that product.

“And then, they can develop and continue to maintain the refineries even after this intervention is over. Port Harcourt is back in production, Warri is back in production. Kaduna today is receiving and will soon be back in production. It is something of joy.”

On the fuel scarcity, he said: “Lagos is easing off now from fuel scarcity and Abuja is doing the same thing; once Kaduna begins to produce, the north will see a lot of improvement.

”Over and above that, we are putting long term policies in place to ensure that while smaller marketers go out and do their stuff, we can then be the key suppliers for the rest of the country.

“I told you I will never give up. We owe Nigerians the duty to ensure that the refineries are working. We owe Nigerians that, we can’t give up.”
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Lamido: If you voted for PDP in the north, you were branded a Christian, pastor, infidel

Lamido: If you voted for PDP in the north, you were branded a Christian, pastor, infidel

Sule Lamido

Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa state, has sought to explain the poor performance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election in northern Nigeria.

The former ruling party lost governorship in all northern states apart from Taraba and Gombe — and won presidential election only in three out of the 19 states, compared to seven in 2011 and 12 in 2007.

Lamido told Weekly Trust on Saturday that many northerners did not have the freedom to vote their choices because of the branding of the PDP as a Christian party.

“In the build-up to the last general election, PDP was vilified, intimidated with religion, falsehoods and propaganda through Facebook postings. Rwandan genocide pictures were posted as Boko Haram victims. PDP was blackmailed into silence,” he said.

“When you queued to vote in the north, people viewed you as an infidel. You were all there and these things happened in a country where freedom should be the operating word. APC man can vote APC but if Lamido votes PDP, he is a Christian, he is a pastor.”

Significantly, APC had also accused PDP of branding it as a Muslim party.

Many PDP leaders labelled APC “Muslim Brotherhood” and “Janjaweed Party” ahead of the 2015 elections.

Lamido praised the appointment of Ali Modu Sheriff, former governor of Borno state, as the acting national chairman of the PDP as the party seeks to re-position itself ahead of the 2019 elections.

He said: “Modu Sheriff has a long standing political history. All those making noise are product of political invention. Sheriff has been in politics and defeating PDP at the poll since 1999.

“He was in the ANPP and worked for the alliance that brought together incompatibles. I mean, how do you put (Alhaji Abubakar) Atiku, (President Muhammadu) Buhari and (Chief Ahmed Bola) Tinubu in one political pot? How do you cook them? No, tell me. You can’t cook Buhari and these two in one political pot.

“When they were forging alliance with ANPP, Sheriff was the arrowhead. They were celebrating him when he was in APC, working for APC. He was a very wonderful person. But, when he joined the PDP, he became a Boko Haram member. Who is saying so, of course, the APC members because they are scared of him? He knows them damn too well.

“I think, today, Sheriff is the best thing to have happened to PDP. It is a huge good will, he has a huge followership. He is somebody who is courageous, inspirational and he can say: look, APC go to tell. APC is thoroughly scared because they know him and what he is capable of doing. He will come to Jigawa sometime next week.

“We will come out en masse to welcome him and assemble the biggest crowd ever in Nigerian politics. We want to force them (APC) out in 2019 because they have no agenda and manifesto to govern.”
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Obama Sends 42-Member High-Powered Delegation To Buhari [DETAILS]

Obama Sends 42-Member High-Powered Delegation To Buhari

United States President, Barack Obama, has sent a 42-member high-power delegation to Nigeria in support of the three priority areas of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Leader of the delegation, Ms Samantha Power, said the three areas – security, economy and governance remain the focus of the delegation’s visit to Nigeria.

Power, who is U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, said the delegation would reflect on the three pillars of the present administration which are security, economy and governance.

She said the partnership with Nigeria is so much bigger and would bear fruits to include “other aspects of our partnership.

“It will include dealing with Boko Haram, trade, economic development, the strengthening of institutions and the fight that you the country is waging against corruption.

“All of these are intrinsically central for the people of Nigeria who want to live in a secured environment and dignity and have maximum opportunity.”

According to her, all the other aspects that the visit will cover include focus on critical areas for dealing with the emergency situation, caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

She also said the Nigeria-U.S Bi-National Commission meeting, which held in Washington in March, had started yielding fruitful results.
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APC Did Not Promise To Perform Miracles – Rotimi Amaechi Explodes In Anger

APC Did Not Promise To Perform Miracles – Rotimi Amaechi Explodes In Anger

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Fed­eral Government’s town-hall meeting in Lagos on Mon­day, the Minister of Transport, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has urged cit­izens to exercise patience and give the President Muhammadu Buha­ri-led administration more time.

Speaking at the Maritime Technical Summit organised in Lagos on Thursday by the Associa­tion of Marine Engineers and Sur­veyors (AMES), where he was the special guest of honour, Amaechi acknowledged the masses’ grow­ing disenchantment with the pre­sent government following the yet-to-be fulfilled promises and even the alleged denied ones.

However, against such high expectations, he said that as the Director-General of the APC Pres­idential Campaign Organisation, he has “watched the video from beginning to the end and there was nowhere we promised Nige­rians that we are miracle workers.

“In fact, towards the end of the campaign, because expecta­tions were very high, if you lis­tened to us, we began to lower ex­pectations by telling you no, no, no, the challenges are going to be extremely difficult, but if we get your mandate, we will confront those challenges.”

Reclining on the party’s now ready defence, he said the “prob­lems that were caused in the course of 15 years of PDP (Peo­ples Democratic Party) certainly cannot be solved in eight months.”

The minister, who said he was not holding brief for others, insisted that the Minister of State for Petroleum and Group Manag­ing Director of the Nigerian Na­tional Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, was doing his best in the given circum­stances.

“Take the oil subsidy regime (for instance). Now, there is a huge argument on how to balance the interest of the poor by not re­moving oil subsidy and the inter­est of the nation by ensuring that the rich do not have access to the so-called subsidy, and letting the oil subsidy go to enable investors come into the construction of re­fineries.

“It was a huge challenge to us because if you just leave the poor, they will die of poverty; the rich men will just exploit the chanc­es, so the need to balance it, and it is affecting the supply of fuel. The Minister of State for Petroleum is quite smart, but we need time and patience.

“Don’t forget that we met queues. The fact that it was re­solved quickly was not what you think. Until we find a permanent solution, we’re going to have those queues. We want understanding.”

According to him, there is nowhere in the world that change is not painful, and by the speech­es the party delivered during its electioneering campaigns, which he said were clear and carefully made, “we said we would confront corruption and we are confronting corruption. You may say they are cosmetic changes; the changes you are expecting are changes that af­fect your purse.
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THERE IS FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN!!!!! Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Spits Fire!!! Buhari And Obasanjo

Ngozi Okonjo-iweala Spits Fire!!! Buhari And Obasanjo

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Obasanjo endorsed General Buhari as the man to deliver this nation. I was personally shocked, when I heard the news. This is because, I was expecting Baba to stay at the touch line, and leave Nigerians

to study his body language. But the masquerade could not control his dance in the public market.

Hence he mistakenly flogged his own mother who is also a trader in the market. Nigerians, I am left with no option than to tell us that, these ex-generals and their boys are up to something. The issue at hand is not all about the presidential seat. But rather, the national cake (oil blocks).

Less I forget, is it not the same Obasanjo who woke up and hand picked his puppet 2011, who eventually grew like Joseph the messiah of Egypt? Is it not the same Obj that told us 2011, that General Buhari is too old to rule this country? Is it not the same Obj that told us Buhari is a dictator? Somebody should have a rethink like me. We must understand the preacher’s language before decoding his message. If Obj can take a swift and prefer General Buhari to Jonathan, a puppet he dedicated his energy and resources to win 2011 election, then as an average Nigerian, we should have a rethink and ask our leaders what is so special in Aso Rock.

If leadership is to serve the people, why is it that,the ex-generals finally gang up against their new recruit on account of change? If we’re to outline the sins of Mr.President, are the ex- generals not guilty of such sins? One may ask why is SPEAKER taking a swift? Everybody wants change. But I am astonished the way and manner these ex- general joined the train of change.

Is it that, this is the first time they heard the word change? If NO, why did they not change this country when they were given opportunity? Why advocating for change now when the puppet body language shows he Will not renew their oil blocks licence? Why advocating for change now, when the puppet purchased equipment to monitor and reduce vandalism? Why advocating for change now, when the strong headed puppet wiped out their ghost names from the civil service pay roll?

Why advocating for change now, when the puppet sacked your boys as corrupt ministers? Why advocating for change now, when the puppet refused to dump Sambo for another puppet? Why advocating for change when he refused to kill Nigerians indiscriminatel y. But rather he is exploiting all means of dialogue. Unlike your Odi brutal killings and destruction.

Why advocating for change now, when the puppet refused to twist governors hands with EFCC to pave his way like you did? Why advocating for change now, when at 72 years, you still tell your children of 50years they are the leaders of tomorrow? Why advocating for change now, when the puppet refused to give you the fertilizer deal? Why advocating for change now, when the puppet refused to jail your enemies? Why advocating for change now, when the puppet refused to rig election for your daughter? Why advocating for change now, when in your time railways were not working? Why advocating for change, when in your time, our judiciary could not delivered a fair judgement in favour of oppositions? Baba,Nigerians are fed up of you sitting in Otta, deciding their future. We want to decide our destiny with the help of God.

We want to practice true democracy by using our votes to decide our future. Let the good works or antecedents of our leaders speak volume for them. Just after the presidential chat with Mr.President, we discovered that, you, your colleagues and errant boys, are spreading false informations to pave your way to aso rock. Lastly, I challenge you Baba, #Tinubu, #Atiku and others to tell Nigerians you don’t have oil blocks or you Generals are not fighting the last battle to protect your oil blocks. They won’t come out and speak my brothers and sisters.

They want us to believe they are fighting for us. When they have their own local refineries at their backyards. R..I.P Fela: Animals wan dash me my human right.
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TINUBU IS AFTER ME BECAUSE I DID NOT SUPPORT HIM TO BE THE VICE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA – SARAKI FINALLY OPENS UP

TINUBU IS AFTER ME BECAUSE I DID NOT SUPPORT HIM TO BE THE VICE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA – SARAKI FINALLY OPENS UP

Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has given an indication for the first time on why APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is after him.

In response to an article written by celebrated Journalist, Dele Momodu in his column, Pendulum, Saraki opened up on his trial and highlighted why he thinks his party apparachiks like Tinubu are plotting for his downfall.
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How Wizkid and His Lawyer Begged Me – Linda Ikeji Opens Up

How Wizkid and His Lawyer Begged Me – Linda Ikeji Opens Up

Linda Ikeji

Hours after popular musician, WIzkid posted a picture of himself with the Lagos state police commissioner, blogger Linda Ikeji has come up with her version of what really went down.

Read what Linda Ikeji wrote on her blog below:

So, I am going to write about this Wizkid matter for the very last time. Anything else after this will no longer concern me. So Wizkid and I met with the Commissioner of Police today and when the Commissioner asked me what I wanted them to do with the case…I told him that I wanted peace. And the reason why I insisted on peace and not to drag the matter further i.e go to court, is because Wizkid and his lawyers have been apologizing since Friday, up until today!

I spoke with Wizkid through his lawyer on Friday April 15th where he tendered an apology to me and said he wasn’t a violent person, that he didn’t mean what he said, that it was just an emotional outburst. And then he asked for forgiveness. Please continue…

But despite forgiving him, he still had to show up at the Police HQ to officially apologize and write an undertaken which he did today.

I see a lot of negativity has come out of this case with Wizkid – with many folks bashing me for reporting a threat on my person. But here’s my consolation and why I am glad this happened. I promise you, especially the ladies, Wizkid will never threaten you with harm again. At least not in public. I believe I am the last bus stop. He will think twice before threatening another human being again on social media. A police file has been opened for him, and he has been cautioned. The day he threatens another human being again with harm, then…

Having said that, I turned down taking a photo with him and the police commissioner this afternoon. One of his people took a pic of him and the commissioner with me in it and my people insisted they delete it. Not because I haven’t forgiven him, I just don’t need the extra drama.

I wish Wizkid all the best and will continue to celebrate him.
God bless us all.
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26 Years After Orka’s Coup: Why I Did Not Kill President Babangida

26 Years After Orka’s Coup: Why I Did Not Kill President Babangida

LT. SOS ECHENDU!

The calm and cool Sunday afternoon breeze was slapping travelers on this quiet country road down south. Traffic was light thus driving on a two lane smooth road deeper into a sprawling sub division was like high ways to heaven. The clear blue sky was strikingly colorful and immaculate.

You could feel heaven hugging the earth this mid cold falls Sunday. At the median of the road were trees blooming with kaleidoscope of colors. Soon, the colorful leaves would turn brown and the leaves would begin to leave the trees. Old farmlands littered with antic farm equipment dotted the roadsides, inside beautifully landscaped gardens and acres of land.  As I travelled along, I was occasionally interrupted by raging farm trucks plying and  of country people disturbing the serenity of nature.

Behold the sights of corner stores along this road, set in between the Pleasant Valley Mountains and the Blue ridge mountains of North Carolina. Even the benighted wandering birds flew helplessly with the freedom of their souls seeking pleasure and peace along this clean and manicured country road. Lt Echendu Jebose

I pulled into this upscale sprawling subdivision and found him: LT. SOS ECHENDU!

This is where he calls home now, along with his beautiful wife and family. He is no longer a Nigerian soldier, but an investor and a Nuclear medicine scientist living in United States, 24 years after he master minded the siege on Dodan Barracks, the seat of Federal Military Government of Nigeria, in Nigeria’s last coup of April 22, 1990 that attempted to topple then President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

For many years, Lt Echendu, described by one of his colleagues, Capt. Tolofori as a” Very brilliant and courageous officer”’ stayed on the run due partly to the failure of the coup and a heavy bounty on his head by the then Military ruler, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida: “Jebose, I wasted seven years of my life on the run. Hence, I married late. It’s a huge sacrifice worthy for my country. No regrets.”

April 22, 1990, a group of Army Majors and Lieutenants, attempted an uprising against the Military administration of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. Late, Major Gideon Orkar led these young officers. Lt Echendu was one of the major key player officers of that coup. His mission was to implode Dodan Barracks and as an Armored Vehicles officer expert, dislocate all Armored vehicles, secure the Dodan Barracks perimeters in order to allow the Infantry entrance, execute and or capture the president. He was given this assignment because he lived inside Dodan Barracks and tactically knew the logistics and operations of the environment.
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We Haven’t Recovered From The Fight That Made Obasanjo Tear His PDP Membership Card – PDP Cries Out

We Haven’t Recovered From The Fight That Made Obasanjo Tear His PDP Membership Card – PDP Cries Out

The Peoples Democratic Party said on Friday that it had yet to recover from the fight that made former President Olusegun Obasanjo tear his membership card.

It, however, blamed its former National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who it alleged empowered Sen. Buruji Kashamu to spite the former President.

It said that the party had yet to recover from the repercussions of the action of the former chairman.

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Ibrahim Jalo, who stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, also warned that the party must not make the same mistake it made in the past by denying the South-West the opportunity of producing the next national chairman of the party.

Jalo said those who misled former President Goodluck Jonathan into jettisoning the zoning system in the party emboldened Buruji, an action which he said worked against the PDP in the South-West.

He said for the party to succeed in 2019, the South-West region must not be treated with levity, adding that there were capable hands in the zone who he said, could lead the party to success during the next general elections.

Jalo said it was wrong for Buruji to be speaking for the members of the party in the zone, which he described as the foundation of civilisation in the country.

He said, “We were deceived into fighting Obasanjo, a well respected man in Nigeria and outside the country.

“It was our former chairman, Tukur, who (did that) because he thought he could cut him to size by empowering Buruji. It was the biggest mistake we ever made in the party.

“Tukur thought he could use Buruji to reduce the influence of Obasanjo, who was fighting that the party must obey the zoning formula in our party’s constitution.

“But people believed that we should go ahead with the impunity as sold by the few powerful men in our party. At the end of the day, Obasanjo had the last laugh while the party found itself in opposition today.”

Jalo said the party would also be treading a dangerous path if Buruji and his group were not checkmated in their determination to deny the South-West the opportunity of producing the next chairman of the party.

He said it was wrong for the current National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, to envisage that he could continue in office after the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt on May 21.

He said, “The North has produced seven national chairmen for the party. PDP isn’t meant for the North alone.

“Solomon Lar, Audu Ogbeh, Bernabas Gemade, Ahmadu Ali, Tukur, Adamu Mu’azu and Sheriff are all from the North. Other zones have all produced the national chairman as well.

“But the South-West has yet to produce the national chairman. It is their turn and we must not deny them this opportunity.

“We need to curry the favour of the zone, because that’s where we need votes in 2019. The North is for the PDP and what the people there are expecting is the presidency and not the office of the PDP National Chairman.

“Former Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu started with only one state, which is Lagos but he later took over the entire South-West and now he’s controlling the entire country.”

Jalo listed the likes of Sen. Bode Olajumoke, Chief Bode George, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Chief Shuaib Oyedokun as possible candidates for the office.
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Brooklyn BeckhamYoung model and Chloe Grace Moretz appear to confirm relationship rumours

Brooklyn BeckhamYoung model and Chloe Grace Moretz appear to confirm relationship rumours

Brooklyn Beckham
(The Sun UK)

David and Victoria Beckham's first child appeared smitten with the 'Carrie' actress as they locked hands while sauntering along London's Shaftesbury Avenue.

Rumours of a reconciliation between the two have been rife in recent times following Brooklyn's split from former girlfriend Sonia Ben Ammar.

Brooklyn BeckhamYoung model and Chloe Grace Moretz appear to confirm relationship rumours

Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Grace Moretz appear to confirm relationship rumours (The Sun UK)


It now seems all but confirmed now that Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Grace Moretz are back together, following their romantic stroll in London on Friday.


The romance between the pair is though to have been reignited earlier this month, when Chloe and Brooklyn dined with the Beckhams, and Chloe's mother, Terri, at Soho House in Los Angeles.

Brooklyn BeckhamYoung model and Chloe Grace Moretz appear to confirm relationship rumours

Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Grace Moretz appear to confirm relationship rumours (The Sun UK)
A source told The Sun UK that; "Chloe and Brooklyn are very much a couple. They were really comfortable getting their families together.

"Chloe kept stroking Brooklyn's hair and putting her head on his shoulder and then he would do the same.

"Victoria was making a huge effort with Chloe too. She sat chatting to her for ages and was clearly interested in finding out more about her life."


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I make more money stealing than hair biz —19-yr-old stylist confess

I make more money stealing than hair biz —19-yr-old stylist confess

Shock and disbelief could best describe the expressions on the faces of customers at a popular hair dressing saloon in Ago, Okota area of Lagos, Tuesday, after one of the stylists was arrested for allegedly vandalizing vehicle parts.

The 19-year-old suspect, Samuel Emmanuel, was alleged to have vandalized most of the customers cars right under their nose, without their knowledge.

He usually went for the vehicle carriers and his target were usually Highlander SUVs. How he removed the carriers which are usually fixed on top of the SUV remains a mystery to those who have fallen victims , as the cars were usually parked right in front of the saloon.

Emmanuel is, however, not alone in this crime. Arrested alongside him, was Uchenna Nwosu, who specialized in removing chromes from parked vehicles, particularly Highlander SUV’s and Toyota Corolla cars. Crime Guard investigation revealed that their likes are spread in high brow areas where residents use Pathfinder SUV’s, Toyota Corolla and other posh cars. The suspects confessed that they sold these parts at the popular Ladipo market in Mushin local government area, at give away prices.

When approached, 19-year-old Emmanuel revealed that he left his stylist work for this criminal job out of greed. He said “ I run a one-man squad. I do not have any partner. I was introduced into this business by a friend whom I approached to lend me some money.

He took me out on operation once, to watch how he removed chromes from parked SUV’s. We succeeded in stealing from six vehicles . At the end, he gave me N5000, an amount that takes me one or two weeks to make in the saloon. I started with the customer’s cars and graduated to the neighborhood.

“What I do is, anytime I sight a Highlander SUV, I would wait until it is parked. Thereafter, I would act as if I was pressed and go close to the vehicle. First, I would unscrew the plastic knot before pulling it out. Thereafter, I would take it to a safe place, keep it and come back next day for onward sale at Ladipo.


Most times, vehicle owners would never take note until few days later . By then, they won’t know where it got missing. I decided to leave my stylist work for this business after a while. I never knew I would be caught so soon because I wanted to raise some money to buy equipment to open my own saloon. I only started three months ago. The owner of the vehicle I removed the carrier saw me climbing and raised an alarm . I sold a set of carrier for N10,000 at Ladipo market , “said the Senior Secondary School Certificate holder.

The suspects, according to Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni , would be charged to court soon.
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Akon meets Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, to discuss ‘Great Green wall project’, a pan-African proposal

Akon meets Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, to discuss ‘Great Green wall project’, a pan-African proposal

Singer Akon visited Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed in New York today April 22nd. They discussed the Great Green wall project, a pan-African proposal to “green” the continent from west to east in order to battle desertification.
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Akon meets Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, to discuss ‘Great Green wall project’, a pan-African proposal

Akon meets Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, to discuss ‘Great Green wall project’, a pan-African proposal

Akon meets Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, to discuss ‘Great Green wall project’, a pan-African proposal



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EfCC detain ex-Permanent Secretary as he cannot account N316M in personal account

EfCC detain ex-Permanent Secretary as he cannot account N316M in personal account

Clement Illoh

The EFCC yesterday arrested and detained a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Clement Illoh, after N316 million was traced to his personal account in Zenith Bank.

 A source at EFCC who spoke to The Nation, said the N316 million which is questionable, was discovered during investigations into the fraud in NIMASA

“The EFCC in the course of investigating the Technical Committee for Ratification of MLC of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) discovered that the sum of N14.1 million was paid to Clement & Bob Associates.

Further investigation revealed that the said company, Clement & Bob Associates, belongs to Dr. Clement Illoh, where he is the sole signatory.

It was further discovered that the sum of N49 million and N13 million were also paid into Clement & Bob Associates account from the now defunct Subsidy Reinvestment Programme, SURE –P. Illoh has been unable to provide satisfactory answer on how he came about the said N316 million in which he has the sum of N200 million in fixed deposit and over N16 million as balance in Zenith Bank.

The EFCC also discovered that Illoh purchased property worth N75 million from Aso Savings and Loan, Abuja using the name of his wife, Rose.”
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ICPC: Imo, Two Other States Diverted Bailout Funds Meant To Offset Salaries

ICPC: Imo, Two Other States Diverted Bailout Funds Meant To Offset Salaries

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday disclosed that 16 states were yet to disburse about N57, 663, 185, 735 out of the bailout funds approved for them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is just as it fingered some states including Imo, Zamfara and Enugu, as engaging in diversion of the bailout funds which were meant for workers’ salaries, to other use.

Some states were yet to either collect or utilize the bailout funds as at the time the ICPC compiled its report.

Those in this category are Sokoto, Kogi and Bayelsa states.
The Commission made the disclosures in a statement in Abuja by its spokesperson, Edet Ufot, on the report of its investigation into the use of bailout funds by 23 states.

It would be recalled that President Buhari in a three-pronged relief package last July, approved the sharing of a total of N713.7 billion to cash strapped states to pay outstanding workers’ salaries.

The package involved the sharing of N413.7billion Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proceeds between the states and the Federal Government using the revenue allocation formula, a special intervention fund of between N250 billion and N300 billion from which states could obtain soft loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to pay salary arrears as well as a debt relief programme as proposed by the Debt Management Office (DMO), to help states restructure their commercial loans now put at over N660 billion.

In the document, ICPC/P.E/27/S.1, which was dated April 22, 2016, the commission said: “The report comes under ICPC Prevention mandate and states are welcome to use this initiative”.

Some states that have not fully utilized their bailout funds according to the ICPC, are as follows: Adamawa (N7,200,000,000); Bauchi (N195,011, 616m); Benue (N1,650, 084,000.520); Cross River (N4,715, 516, 959); Ekiti (N390,613, 747m); Katsina (N8,574,415,469); Gombe (N4, 361, 119,848.27); Ondo (N1, 537,575,050.32); Osun (N16, 311,765,418); Plateau (N26, 980,938.85m); Kwara (N29,862,014.92m); Oyo (N1,111,652, 408.40); Delta (2,806,911,019.50); and Kebbi (N4,463,975,420.27).

The commission said: “As part of the Federal Government’s effort to end the lingering crisis of unpaid workers’ salaries in most states of the federation, President Muhammadu Buhari approved a comprehensive relief package designed to salvage the situation through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Special Intervention Fund which offered affected states’ soft loans solely for the purpose of paying the backlog of salaries.

“Whereas the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is yet to officially confirm this to the commission, the 27 benefiting states from the open sources are: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara.

“Following strident allegations of diversion of these bail-out funds and to avoid industrial unrest, ICPC in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) decided to monitor the disbursement of the bailout funds in the 27 benefiting states. However, relying on available sources we could only cover 23 states.

“The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), working in concert with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made good its resolve to monitor the bailout funds for the offset of salary arrears loaned to 27 states of the federation as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Following the conclusion of the monitoring exercise, the commission hereby wishes to issue, for public notice, the report of the exercise. The commission also will not hesitate to provide updates to this report where applicable.

“It is important to note that the monitoring exercise report and probable updates are being released to the public by the ICPC to foster understanding between workers and the state governments by providing a transparent process that eliminates information gaps that often lead to rumour-mongering.

“The commission is convinced that this will promote a healthy atmosphere for interaction between the parties on the matter”.
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Assault: Prisons CG says female lawmaker lied, explains own side of incident

Assault: Prisons CG says female lawmaker lied, explains own side of incident

Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu has faulted claims by a member of the House of Representatives, Joan Marakpor that she was assaulted by the orderly to the CG on Wednesday.
Ekpendu in a statement issued Friday in Abuja and signed by spokesman of the Service, Francis Enobore said whereas it was true that the he was at the National Assembly on the invitation of a Committee, with some of his staff, neither the pilot car in front of him nor his official car had any confrontation with anyone.

“He went there with 4 cars and not 20 as alleged”, the statement added.


“However, since it is alleged that the assault took place within the precinct of the National Assembly, precisely at the security post of the outer gate with hordes of security personnel from various agencies including that of the National Assembly on duty, it is advisable to establish what actually transpired from these security officers. The matter is currently being investigated by the Police.

“The Controller-General is a peace loving and law abiding citizen of Nigeria who has never been involved in any act of bravado, impunity or hooliganism and will never encourage any form of abuse on any Nigerian including the Honourable member of the National Assembly and will not tolerate any form of indiscipline on the part of his staff”, the CG said.

The House of Representatives had on Thursday summoned the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Prison Service, NPS Peter Ekpendu to appear before its Committees on Interior and Police Affairs over the incident.



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Head Pathologist At UUTH, Ivy Umana Murdered At Her Uyo Residence

Head Pathologist At UUTH, Ivy Umana Murdered At Her Uyo Residence

Dr. Ivy Umanah | Facebook

Unknown gunmen suspected to be hired assassins have killed Dr. Ivy Umana at her residence in Shelter Afrique Housing Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The 44-year-old Dr. Umana until her death was the Head, Department Pathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH).

The circumstances surrounding her death was still sketchy at the time of filing this report but several family sources said she was killed by unknown gunmen in her home.

One of the sources said the late Umana was living alone in her Shelter Afrique residence before the incident occurred.

The source said: “She was living alone in her Shelter Afrique residence before her murder. We just heard that gunmen came to her house and killed her.”

When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, confirmed the death of the pathologist.

Nwawe said two suspects have been arrested  in connection with the murder.

Dr. Umanah was a graduate of the University of Ibadan and an alumnus Federal Government Girls’ College Calabar. Since the news of her death broke, her classmates and friends have noted her excellent academic record on Facebook.
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‘Gani Lives Forever’: Fawehinmi’s Daughter Opens Hospital in His Honour (PHOTOS)

‘Gani Lives Forever’: Fawehinmi’s Daughter Opens Hospital in His Honour (PHOTOS)

L-R: President Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin; Founder Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Hospital, Dr. Hafsat Fawehinmi & Husband, Mr. Tunde Oni; Gani's Widow, Mrs. Ganiyat Fawehinmi & Chairman NCP, Dr. Yunusa Tanko @ the Opening Of Gani Fawehinmi Memorial Hospital For Low Cost Health Services By Daughter Of Late Gani Fawehinmi On April 22nd, 2016 at Agbara Estate, Ogun State

Families, associates, activists, friends and politicians massed to the Opic Estate at Agbara in Ogun State, as one of the daughters of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, the legendary human rights lawyer opened a hospital in his honor on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Dr. Hafsat Fawehinmi-Oni is a medical professional and had practiced for several years abroad before returning home to establish a hospital in honour of her father. The hospital opening was done on April 22 which is the 78th posthumous birthday of Chief Fawehinmi.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin who led other activists said the human rights legend was a man of the masses and the hospital which is built by his daughter at subsidised health service is in line with Gani Fawehinmi’s ideals.

“This is part of what we mean when we say Gani lives forever”, Dr. Joe Odumakin said at the occasion.

“Even though we can no longer have his physical presence with us, his impacts are always increasing and we can see one of them in this new fulfillment, she continued. She also called on supports for Hafsat, especially as the staff of the hospital are envisioning to go to IDP’s camps to support them with free medical services.
The widow of the Gani Fawehinmi and mother of Hafsat Fawehinmi-Oni commended the initiative by her daughter, pledging to continue to stand by her.

While commenting at the hospital opening, Dr. Fawehinmi-Oni said the hospital is cited at Agbara Estate because the land was willed to her by her father, and she had determined to use it to immortalize her father.

She said she has now spent all her life savings to see the dream come true, while also calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to come to her support in order to continue with vision to make the hospital a state-of-the-heart facility that will address issues that Nigerians take abroad.

“My father died of cancer and so I want to treat all sorts of sickness here,” Dr. Hafsat said.

“My father loved this country so much he refused to come abroad for treatment because he wanted Nigerians to get their treatments here,” she added.

‘Gani Lives Forever’: Fawehinmi’s Daughter Opens Hospital in His Honour (PHOTOS)

‘Gani Lives Forever’: Fawehinmi’s Daughter Opens Hospital in His Honour (PHOTOS)


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Prince’s Only Sister, Tyka Nelson, May Inherit His Estimated $800 Million Fortune

Prince’s Only Sister, Tyka Nelson, May Inherit His Estimated $800 Million Fortune

Musician Prince

Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
The vast fortune accumulated by Prince over the course of his music career is likely to go to his only sister if the singer failed to leave behind a will.

Tyka Nelson, 55, will be awarded Prince’s estate under Minnesota state law as his closest living relative.

She and her brother were close in recent years after a difficult stretch in their relationship when Tyka was struggling with an addiction to crack cocaine and prostituting herself to support her two young sons, Sir Montece Laeil Nelson and President LenNard Laeil Nelson.

Prince has an approximate net worth of $300 million, which does not include the millions his estate is set to make in the coming weeks from the increased sale of merchandise and music or the money the singer received when he signed a deal agreeing to stream all his music on Tidal.

His music catalog meanwhile is worth over $500 million according to Prince’s first manager Owen Husney, due in large part to the fact that unlike other artists he owned both his master recordings as well as his own music publishing.

Prince’s Only Sister, Tyka Nelson, May Inherit His Estimated $800 Million Fortune

Prince’s Only Sister, Tyka Nelson, May Inherit His Estimated $800 Million Fortune

Prince’s Only Sister, Tyka Nelson, May Inherit His Estimated $800 Million Fortune

Prince also has a large collection of unreleased music, which Husney believes may include an album he made with jazz great Miles Davis

Minnesota law states that if an unmarried individual with no children dies without a will, the parents, grandparents, and siblings of that person stand to inherit their wealth, though that can be contested in court under certain circumstances.

Prince’s parents, John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw, are both dead and Tyka is his only sibling.

After Tyka, Prince’s closest relatives are his three half-sisters and four half-brothers.

His father John had three daughters and two sons from his marriage to Vivian Nelson – Lorna, Norrine, Sharon, Duane, and John.

Lorna passed away in 2006 and in 2011 her brother Duane died.

Then, after her divorce from John, Prince’s mother Mattie remarried and gave birth to two sons, Omarr and Alfred.
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Hair Everywhere! Nigeria's Hairiest Lady Shows Off Her Huge and Hairy Boobs in New Photos

Hair Everywhere! Nigeria's Hairiest Lady Shows Off Her Huge and Hairy Boobs in New Photos

Queen Okafor

Queen Okafor is reputed to be the woman with the most hair on her body in Nigeria and she is not shy about that fact.

The woman who has become quite popular after news about her went viral sometime back, has released new set of photos.

The new photos go further to show off just how hairy the young woman is and how she is proud of her body.

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Hair Everywhere! Nigeria's Hairiest Lady Shows Off Her Huge and Hairy Boobs in New Photos

Hair Everywhere! Nigeria's Hairiest Lady Shows Off Her Huge and Hairy Boobs in New Photos

Hair Everywhere! Nigeria's Hairiest Lady Shows Off Her Huge and Hairy Boobs in New Photos

Hair Everywhere! Nigeria's Hairiest Lady Shows Off Her Huge and Hairy Boobs in New Photos



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Details of How Billionaire Mogul, Dangote Pledged to Assist FG Turnaround Economy

Details of How Billionaire Mogul, Dangote Pledged to Assist FG Turnaround Economy

Aliko Dangote

Speaking in Lagos on Friday after he was honoured as 'Man of the Year 2015' by The Guardian Newspapers Limited, and richest man in Africa and foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, has restated his commitment to assist the Federal Government in turning around the economy.

Foremost industrialist and richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, has restated his commitment to assist the Federal Government in turning around and diversifying the country’s economy.

He said this in Lagos on Friday where he was honoured as “Man of the Year 2015” by The Guardian Newspapers Limited.

He said he was working hard with his company to take Nigeria to the next level and that within the next two and half years, Nigeria was going to excel in some critical areas.

“We want to do that by looking at critical areas where Nigeria is not doing well in terms of local production and tackle the problem areas,” Mr. Dangote said.

“Number one is refinery, Dangote Group is building a refinery which will produce 650,000 barrels of petrol per day; the current capacity that we have as a country now, both the ones that are working and the ones not working, is just 450,000 barrels per day.

“Our petrochemical is 10 times that of Eleme, we are at 1.3 million, Eleme is 120,000, so it will be the largest petrochemical industry in Africa.

“In fertilizer production, we are not only trying to satisfy the market, but our size is 3 million tonnes which is 10 times more than what is available in Nigeria today.

“We are trying to make sure we satisfy the local needs and also export and we thought about how to address our power issues, the only way we can address power issues is to have enough gas and sort out distribution.

“Distribution is important because unless you collect money from the consumers, you cannot grow.

“There are two sub-sea gas pipelines coming from Bonny which will produce about 3 billion volume of gas which is exactly about the same size of LNG.

“We are committed to turning around the economy of Nigeria and in the next two and a half years, Nigeria will be the highest oil petroleum products export country, will be the highest in terms of fertilizer export, will be the highest in petrochemicals export.

“Nigeria will also be the highest in terms of cement export in Africa,’’ he said.

Speaking on bailouts for the states, Mr. Dangote said: “I don’t believe the Federal Government should continue to be bailing out the states, the states have to sit down and plan to cut costs instead of looking for bailout and being lazy.

“They can create jobs and give incentives to people to come and invest, they should assure people that they are not going to be slammed with various taxes which is what some of them do.’’

Mr. Dangote added that the current situation of the economy would push people to work harder, to work in terms of diversifying the economy.

Earlier, the publisher of Guardian Newspapers Limited, Maiden Ibru, said that they were honouring Mr. Dangote because of his impact on the lives of Nigerians and Africa.

She restated the role of the newspaper in the society as working for the enduring benefits of the people and being critical and identifying as well as publicizing heroes as a way of redirecting the values of the society.

The first “Man of the Year’’ award was presented to former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 1987.

Some of the guests at the event were former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, Bishop Alexander Gianniris of the Diocese of Greek Orthodox Church, and former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Chris Ali.
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EFCC Freezes Femi Fani-Kayode's Account...Checkout the Interesting Reason

EFCC Freezes Femi Fani-Kayode's Account...Checkout the Interesting Reason

Femi Fani-Kayode

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen an account belonging to former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.

Mr Femi Fani-Kayode will have to live without one of his accounts for now.

The account has been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as it steps up investigation into the alleged N4billion campaign bazaar cash received from ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in the build-up to the 2015 elections.

The funds were allegedly withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and shared to 10 other directors, directorates, zonal directors and state directors of the Presidential Campaign Organization of Jonathan.

Fani-Kayode declared yesterday that he knew nothing about the withdrawal of the cash from the CBN or funding of the campaign by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.

But he  admitted that campaign funds were paid into the account of a company linked with a former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Nenadi Usman, from where it was shared to him and others.

He dared the EFCC to “do their worse” in a statement in Abuja entitled “The Money Transfers and the Truth about the Presidential Campaign Funds.”

The beneficiaries may be arrested for questioning by the anti-graft agency.

Details of the largesse sharing are as follows: Fani-Kayode (N840million); Goodluck Support Group (N320million); Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri (N350million); Nenadi Usman (N140million); and Okey Ezenwa (N100million).

Giving his own side of the story,Fani-Kayode said  he received the funds from ex-President Jonathan and he is accountable only  to the former leader and not the EFCC.

He said the funds disbursed were not from public coffers and these were routed through a private company.

His words: “Our funds were given to us by the President who was the leader of our party through the Director of Finance of the PCO and we were not in a position to inquire into the sources of funding of the party’s campaign. Indeed, it was not our responsibility to do so.

“Once I got these clarifications and confirmations, I agreed to receive the funds into my bank account and use them for their stated purpose.

“The transfers were made and I used the funds to carry out all our operations during the course of the presidential campaign.

“It was an aggressive and well-run campaign and we gave our opponents a very hard time indeed. It was also very expensive and we barely had the resources that we really needed, but we did an effective job with the little we were given.

“The whole nation, including our friends and our enemies, can bear witness to that and they saw the excellent quality of our work. Hardly anyone can dispute this, yet some fail to appreciate the fact that such a strong showing costs a lot of money. Media and publicity campaigns cannot be run on goodwill alone. You need cash and plenty of it.

“During the course of the election and after its conclusion, I submitted detailed accounts of our expenses and evidence of our work to the Director of Finance of the PCO for onward transmission to the Director-General of the PCO and ultimately President Jonathan himself about how the money was spent and they were satisfied.

“Given the fact that these were not public funds, the only legal body that can inquire into our expenditure of campaign funds is President Goodluck Jonathan who set up the PCO.”

Continuing, he said: “I cannot sit by silently as my name is dragged through the mud in this way and I am convicted in the court of public opinion. This has happened to me once before and it took me seven years to clear my name. It will not happen to me again.

“Consequently I am constrained to take this opportunity to state the facts of this matter, set the record straight and await my traducers and accusers to make their next move. It is indeed time to challenge those that are making these allegations and to kill the lie.

“The fact that my bank account was frozen on the orders of the EFCC two weeks ago without any explanation is proof of the fact that I am being targeted and that those that seek to have their wicked way with me are about to pounce.

“Given this, it is important that all the relevant facts are put before the world before I am subjected to the Dasuki treatment, put away indefinitely and not given the opportunity to defend myself before the public. Meanwhile, in their usual manner, after this is done, the EFCC will then flood the media with all manner of lies about my so-called atrocities which only exist in the figment of their imagination.

“The allegation of fraud and the receipt of public funds from the National Security Adviser’s Office and Central Bank into my bank account are false.

“These allegations are baseless, wicked, shameful and irresponsible. It is not true that any money was paid into my account by or from the National Security Adviser’s Office, the Central Bank of Nigeria or any other government agency or institution last year or at any other time.”

He said the funds were wired into his account and others through a company associated with ex-Minister Nenadi Usman.

 ”As the Director of Media and Publicity of the Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organization, I was asked to submit a budget for my Directorate by Chief Tony Anenih, the Presidential Adviser to the Presidential Campaign Organization and Mrs. Nenadi Usman, the Director of Finance.

“My team and I prepared the budget and it was approved.

“Rather than collect cash, for security reasons and the purposes of accountability, I was advised by the Director of Finance to open a bank account for this purpose, which I did.

“The funds were paid into that account in instalments at the beginning of last year by the Director of Finance and each deposit was authorized and approved by the Presi dential Adviser to the PCO, Chief Tony Anenih.

“The account that they used to transfer the money to me was a private company account which was owned or under the control of the Director of Finance.

“It was the same company account that was used to send money to all the other Directors of the PCO and the Zonal Directors, State Directors and all our PDP governorship and legislative candidates during the various campaigns.

“ When I asked about the sources of the funds, I was told by the Director of Finance that the funds were sourced from private individuals and private companies who opted to support and fund President Jonathan’s campaign. She told me that no money was paid into her company from any government official, account or agency. This she told me in the presence of witnesses and I believed her.

“ I was told that there was a fundraising event held by our party (PDP) which took place in early January 2015 in which billions of naira were raised specifically for the Presidential campaign. I believed this to be true and I had no reason to doubt it.”

The ex-Minister said the slush funds were shared to 10 other directors, directorates, zonal directors and state directors of the Presidential Campaign Organization of Jonathan.”

He wondered why he has been the subject of “absurd and outlandish headline stories in various newspapers which have accused me of being a fraudster and which have claimed that funds were transferred into my bank account by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, and by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

Such stories, he claimed, portrayed him as having used  public funds for the campaign of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He branded such stories as petty, shameful, nauseating and “ also a reflection of the desperation of those that seek to pull me down and destroy me simply because my opposition to this government has been unrelenting.”

“In January 2015, I was appointed as the Director of Media and Publicity for the Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Director-General of the Campaign Organization was Senator Ahmadu Alli and the Deputy Director-Generals were Alhaji Ibrahim Turaki SAN (North) and Governor Peter Obi (South).

Chief Tony Anenih, an elder statesman and one of the most distinguished and revered leaders in our country, was the Presidential Adviser to the campaign organization.

“There were at least 10 other directors and directorates apart from me and mine including the Directorate of Mobilization which was led by the respected Professor Jerry Gana and the Directorate of Administration which was led by Alhaji Aliyu Modibbo. There were also zonal and state directors of the Presidential Campaign Organization in all the zones and states of the country.

“All these names that I have mentioned including all the other directors whose names I have not mentioned are, as far as I am aware, men and women of immense integrity and good character and they have mostly been either ministers of the Federal Republic or state governors at one time or the other in our history. It was an honour to serve alongside such people and I have absolutely no regrets about doing so.

“Yet given the fact that I was not the only director in the campaign organization and in view of the fact that all the directors and zonal and state directors got their funds from the same source and account as I did, one wonders why only I and three others should be singled out for this reprehensible treatment and these false allegations.

“ I chose to remain silent on the issue until now simply because the allegations have not been officially made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or anyone else, but the newspapers keep citing their sources “inside the EFCC” as their basis for these shameful allegations.

Mr. Josef Goebbels, Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s information minister, when Germany was in the terrible grip of the Nazi party, said that once a lie is repeated enough times, it becomes truth to those who are continuously subjected to it. This is especially so if it goes unchallenged.”

Fani-Kayode, who took swipes at the EFCC and The Nation in his statement, asked the anti-graft agency to “do the worst.”

He said: “Yet if this is an attempt to intimidate, silence or distract me, they shall fail because I am not a coward and I do not fear them or those that sent them to torment me.

“As long as Jesus is on the throne and our hands are clean, no matter how long it takes, we shall prevail and ultimately they will pay a heavy price for their malice, injustice and wickedness.

“These are facts and readers can be rest assured that I will say nothing different from this if and when I am formally asked by anyone or any agency.

“When the EFCC begins to leak their falsehood and salacious allegations to their agents in the media, kindly take note of the fact that, as usual, they will be telling tall tales and they will be lying.

“Now I challenge them to do their worse. I have no fear of them or of those who have sent them to do this dirty job. May God judge them all and may He reward them for their wickedness.

“The suggestion that the money was some kind of “cash bonanza” or “bazaar” as has been reported by the leading pro-government newspaper in the country today is childish and absurd.

“If that had been the case, I doubt that I would have been foolish enough to open a bank account to receive government funds or “bazaar funds” as this would have been easily traced.

“If I had anything to hide or if I was doing anything wrong, I would have insisted on collecting cash for my operations which would have been far easier to conceal.

“The fact that the EFCC gained access to my bank account and leaked details of it to the media, including my inflows, is not only a gross violation of my privacy, but it is also unlawful.”
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I Inherited and Changed a Nigeria That Was Not Working - Goodluck Jonathan Lists His Legacies in America

I Inherited and Changed a Nigeria That Was Not Working - Goodluck Jonathan Lists His Legacies in America

Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has made a list of his achievements while he was president.

Goodluck Jonathan yesterday touched on some of the legacies of his administration while speaking to Friends of Africa Coalition on “Strengthening Democracy and Elections” at the mayor’s office in Newark, New Jersey, United States.

Speaking to the elite group, Jonathan said the 2015 general elections in Nigeria had potential for major crisis and that the campaigns leading to the elections almost polarised the country into Christian v Muslims and North v South divide.

The former president said that most world leaders were worried that the elections would result into major crisis.

“Some pundits even from here in the United States said that those elections would spell the end of Nigeria and that we would cease to exist as a nation because of the polls. That is where the leadership question comes into play.

“As a leader that was duly elected by the people, I considered the people’s interest first. How do I manage my people to avoid killings and destruction of properties? With the interest of the people propelling all the decisions I took, we were able to sail through. Indeed, we sailed through because I refused to interfere with the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, having appointed a man I had never met in my life to run it.

“My philosophy was simple. For elections to be credible, I as a leader, must value the process more than the product of the process. And the citizens must have confidence in the electoral body,” he said.

Jonathan said his strict adherence to the rule of the law ensured that Nigeria’s peace, prosperity and progress were not derailed by the conduct and results of the 2015 elections.

Speaking on the other legacies of his administration, he said: “I am proud to say that while I took over a Nigeria that was the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009, I handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World with a GDP of $574 billion.

“I inherited a Nigeria in which the trains were not working, and handed over a Nigeria in which citizens can safely travel by trains again. I inherited a Nigeria that was a net importer of cement, and handed over a Nigeria that is a net exporter of cement. In 2009 the richest Nigerian was the 5th richest man in Africa, but I handed over a Nigeria that produced the richest man in Africa.

“These are but a few of the parameters that illustrate some of the economic transformations we engineered during my term in office.”

The former president said this success was made possible by the fact that there was a stable political leadership in Nigeria that did not have to pander to any other constituency except the electorate who brought him to power.

Jonathan also argued that if the process that brought leaders to power “did not flow through the people, they naturally administered their governments to first and foremost serve the constituencies that brought them to power.”

Jonathan also met with the CEO of Moskeeto Armor, Robin R. Crespo and his team as part of events leading up to the World Malaria Day on April 25th, 2016.

Moskeeto Armor manufactures clothing to protect against malaria, the zika virus, Denue and other vector-borne diseases.

It was successfully clinically field-tested in Nigeria in 2014.

When worn by children as a standalone product, Moskeeto Armor was 90% effective at reducing the malaria infection rate, and when combined with a bed net, the Moskeeto Armor combination was 97% effective at stopping the spread of malaria.

The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation is partnering with Moskeeto Armor to protect African children against malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

“The simple principle of ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’ lays a foundation of commitment to protecting nations,” said Jonathan during the meeting with Moskeeto Armor.

Continuing, he said “these crises caused by such small insects, transmitting these deadly diseases, have devastated so many lives across Africa and the world, but with one just as small idea, there is hope for a better tomorrow.”
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