What I am going to say here will not be popular, but it needs to be said. Rarely do I disagree with my brother, Pius Adesanmi, because even in anger, his views on international affairs and national development are usually well considered. But, here, I disagree with him. Funny enough, I actually agree with his conclusions and exhortations to Nigerians at the end, but what I disagree with are the sentiments that made him to arrive at those conclusion.
President Goodluck Jonathan plans to pay former President Olusegun Obasanjo a visit by himself for the hard-hitting letter the old man sent to him, which was leaked to the press today.
The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police has arrested Prince Adekunle Adeyeba Johnson, a former director of Gulf Bank Plc, which is now in liquidation, for defrauding the bank of over N2.5billion.
A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ngozi Isintume-Agu, said that Johnson, “a major shareholder and a director,” was involved in the insider abuses that led to the bank’s liquidation, as reported by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
A delegation of the United States government is concluding a three-day fact-finding mission on oil theft and related revenue loss, at the request of the Government of Nigeria.
Striking university teachers across Nigeria today moved closer to resolving the five months old industrial dispute that had led to the closure of Nigerian universities by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with officials of the federal government of Nigeria.
A fresh week had just commenced, Tolulope Lawal, a final year student of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, typed the words “latest on Asuu strike” on the Google Search Engine (he had been doing that for over a month), and again was so disappointed to find this major caption- Latest on Asuu strike: ASUU strike continues-ASUU President. Another sub-caption was- We’ve met all of Asuu’s demands says FG”. Confused, a feeling of frustration overwhelming him, he shook his head sadly and wondered aloud “what is really happening, who is deceiving who?”
Some of us making statements and eulogizing Nelson Mandela have a deeper understanding of his value to the world because we shared a similar background with him as Africans born and raised in the values of traditional rulers who were lumped together and stereotyped by the British imperialists and colonial masters as “tribal chiefs” to use their exact words. Among my progenitors in Akure, for instance, was 38th Deji of Akure named Odundun Asodedero who ruled Akure with an iron hand from 1882 to 1890. He was known to have ordered his wife beheaded for innocently sharing a joke with him in the bathroom as I hinted in chapter 4 page 62 of my Lion King and the Cubs. Mandela like many of us born with the silver spoon in our mouths, to African Royalties, so to speak, are the inheritors of covenant sins which could have predictably prevented many of us from getting out of the box to see the world for what it really is and to thereby reposition ourselves for greatness like Mandela did.
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,”-Nelson Mandela
On 2nd December, this year, an apparently angry and frustrated ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan, a letter that clearly competes as one of the most acerbic in modern history, accusing him of ineptitude and of taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria.
“Nigeria is bleeding and the hemorrhage must be stopped,” Mr. Obasanjo said in the 18-page letter he titled “Before It Is Too Late” exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday.
Osun State parents and students are protesting the new educational reforms as fighting are breaking out.
Deputy Governor Mukhtari Shagari of Sokoto State has stated that he would never leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declare for the All Progressive Congress (APC) as Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko did. Mr. Wamakko is one of several PDP governors called the G-7 who had formed a splinter group of the party before most of them announced their decision to join the APC.
An apparently angry and frustrated ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has written what clearly competes as one of the most acerbic letters in modern history to President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing him of ineptitude and of taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria.
Corruption in Nigeria's judicial system continues to undermine the chance of convictions in multiple cases involving petroleum subsidy schemes, fund diversions, bank loan fraud, pension same, and government swindles where suspects are politically well-connected. The Judicial system is effective, however, in prosecuting and handing down lengthy jail terms for poor citizens.
Members of 50 Nigerian civil rights groups rallied today calling on the Lagos State Governor to reinstate Ayodele Akele to his job.
It is perhaps one of the most famously quoted references on the Nigerian blogosphere, particularly in ethnic squabbles. You probably heard or read it before if you are active on the Nigerian online community. Equivalent to the Holy Grail of anti-north Nigeria population dominance is a statement attributed to late controversial colonialist Harold Smith that goes something like this:
Following public pressure, Ogun East Senator, Adegbenga Kaka, announced at a press conference Tuesday, he'd removed the controversial provision in the Electronic Fraud and Transactions bill that could have given social media critics a seven year prison sentence for speaking out against the government.
The US Justice Department and FBI said Tuesday the German-based international engineering company, Bilfinger SE, has agreed to pay a $32 million penalty for charges relating to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
A prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Chukwuma Orji, on Tuesday presented documents to a Lagos High Court to show how three top management staff of the Keystone Bank connived with an Indian man, Ashok Isran, to convert over N800 million of an investor’s fund to personal use.