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Ethiopian Airlines Aborted Flight Was Standard Safety Procedure Says FAAN Boss

Fri, 2019-05-31 02:30


The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Hamisu Yadudu has said that the aborted flight incident involving Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday morning at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos was a normal safety procedure expected from pilots.

Yadudu said that pilots were trained to do a ‘go-around’ in case of poor visibility that may not be conducive for safe landing.

Yadudu, stated this on Thursday in an interview with journalists at the agency’s headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.

He explained that the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777-300 aircraft had an aborted landing at the airport because of the weather situation at that point in time, stressing that pilots were trained for such emergencies and more.

He insisted that the situation was a normal safety procedure, which was followed by the pilot and commended him for the professional decision.

He explained that such a sensational report in the media may compel pilots to take a wrong decision in the future.

He said: “A go-around is a normal procedure, not an abnormal situation. Even, abnormal situations are even catred for by the aircraft manufacturers and even the system. In all procedures, you have redundancy, which is also known as alternatives.

“I remember I did a go-around twice in one of our airports. As long as you have enough fuel in your aircraft, you can do a go-around. It is also part of the training we go through. In the cause of your training, you can do a go-around about five or seven times in a flight. Flying is a serious business. We have a duty to report accurately about the industry. Whatever is reported here, goes viral. So, everyone has the duty to report accurately and objectively about the industry.”

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airline has also confirmed that the flight ET 901, which departed from Addis Ababa on its way to Lagos encountered bad weather during landing and made a go-around the airport for a better and smooth landing.

Firihiewot Mekonnen, General Mnagger, Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria insisted that the decision of the pilot to abort the flight when he did was in tandem with standard procedure.

The airline said: “On a second attempt, it made a safe and normal landing. According to the safety standard, pilots are encouraged to make a similar go-around in such cases.”

It would be recalled that a report had said on Wednesday that former President Obasanjo and 392 other passengers onboard Ethiopian Airlines aircraft were involved in an incident at the Lagos Airport when the pilot attempted to land on the wet runway but had to do a “touch and go” in order to avoid overshooting the runway.

The report also mentioned Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, Director-General of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Prof. Samson Tunde Adebayo, the Director of Ports Inspection, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as well as scores of other Nigerians and other nationals.

The aircraft had departed the Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, at about 9:10 a.m (Nigerian time) for the over four hours flight to Lagos, but had to immediately takeoff in order to overshoot the runway because of the wet surface.

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Sanwo-olu Extends Lagos Traffic Management Work Hour To 11 pm

Thu, 2019-05-30 23:57


Babajide Sanwo-olu, newly sworn-in Governor of Lagos, has extended the working hour of Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) to 11 pm.

Sanwo-olu said this when he met with Security Chiefs of the state at the Lagos State]] Governor's office, Ikeja, earlier today.

He stated that the decision was hinged on ensuring Lagosians get to their destination safely while adding that the state would make laws to stop one-way driving in the state.

"Lagosians are not going to wait for us any longer to maintain orderliness on our roads hence, I have invited all the Security Chiefs to witness the signing of the Executive Order so that they can hear us and support us in this regard.

"We want to ensure that we control traffic until everybody gets home safely. LASTMA should, therefore, extend its working hours and ensure traffic control till 11 pm," Sanwo-olu said.

The Governor also charged LASTMA officials to ensure road users comply with all "extant traffic rules and regulations as prescribed in the enabling law."

The Executive Order signed by the Governor is to also ensure the attainment of zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and construction of structures on drainage points and setbacks.

 

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"International Human Rights Commission" Withdraws Saraki’s Nomination as Ambassador At Large

Thu, 2019-05-30 23:31


The Nigerian Central Office of a phony "International Human Rights Commission"  has withdrawn the nomination of the outgoing Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as Ambassador-at-large of the commission.

It will be recalled that Saraki was nominated as an “Ambassador-at-Large” for the IHRC earlier in March. Saharareporters had investigated that the 2-year old organization was not affiliated with the United Nations. See Also Politics UNVEILED: The Two-Year-Old Phony ‘International Organisation’ That Appointed Saraki 'Ambassador-At-Large' 0 Comments 1 Month Ago

The commission has now rescinded its decision. It says the cancellation of appointment was made because Saraki did not meet up with the necessary protocol demanded of the office.

This was contained in a letter signed on Thursday by the Head of the Nigeria Central Office of the IHRC, Ambassador Friday Sani.

The letter, entitled, “Letter of withdrawal of nomination” partly read, “ We refer your Excellency to the above subject which culminated in several meetings and calls with some of your aides and with yourself in person, especially as it pertains to meeting the protocol of the appointment and consequent decoration.

“However, in view of recent events towards the perfection of the intended decoration and the overall interest of the organization in Africa and the world, we hereby withdraw your nomination as Ambassador At Large of the International Human Rights Commission. The Secretary-General, Mr. Rafal Marcin Wasik, has since been notified of this development. We do also regret the inability of your office to meet up with the requirement of the IHRC.”

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Gov Udom Loses Bid To Quash N1.4bn Fraud Charge Against NBA President, Usoro

Thu, 2019-05-30 22:18


Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, dismissed an application filed by Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, seeking to quash the entire charge preferred against Paul Usoro, SAN, President, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Usoro was charged alongside Udom and others in a case of money laundering to the tune of N1.4 billion, belonging to the Akwa Ibom State government.

The NBA President was first arraigned before Justice Muslim Hassan of the same court on December 18, 2018.

He was later re-arraigned before Justice Aikawa on a 10- count charge.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Paul Usoro, SAN, Emmanuel Udom (currently constitutionally immune against criminal prosecution), Uwemedimo Thomas Nwoko (still at large), Nsikan Linus Nkan, Commissioner of Finance, Akwa Ibom State (still at large), Mfon Jacobson Udomah, Accountant-General, Akwa Ibom State (still at large) and Margaret Thompson Ukpe (still at large) sometime in 2015 in Nigerian, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: conversion of the sum of N1. 410, 000, 000, 000.00 (One Billion, Four Hundred and Ten Million Naira), property of the Government of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity to wit: criminal breach of trust and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act."

At Thursdays sitting, Justice Aikawa, in his ruling, held that the application filed by Udom lacked merit due to the fact that the charge before the court did not include the Governor and his aides as defendants.

The Judge held that “In a criminal suit, there are two segments: the complainant and the defendant(s).

“In this charge before me, the complainant is the EFCC and the defendant is Paul Usoro.

"Given the fact that the name of the applicant was mentioned in counts one to four does not make him a defendant in this case.

"It is also unconstitutional for the Federal Government to investigate and prosecute a serving governor. Udom cannot be charged in view of the immunity he enjoys, including his aides, and also due to the fact that the N1.4 billion were funds belonging to Akwa Ibom State and not Federal Government."

The Judge further held that the applicant could not apply to the court to quash the charge or seek fair hearing as prayed in the application because he is not a defendant in the case.

Justice Aikawa, therefore, ordered the prosecution to serve the defence team with the "proof of evidence", prosecution witnesses’ statements and letters from both Access Bank and Diamond Bank.

The prosecution was also ordered to furnish the defence team with the documents within seven days.

Justice Aikawa adjourned the case to June 3, 2019 for continuation of trial.    

 

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ANALYSIS: How Come President Buhari’s Assets Did Not Appreciate or Depreciate In Four Years? By Kelechukwu Ogu

Thu, 2019-05-30 22:15



President Buhari Inspectig His Herds Of Cattle In Daura


President Buhari Inspecting His Mango Tree In Daura


President Buhari Inspecting His Farmland In Daura, Katsina State

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari declared his assets in fulfillment of Section 140 subsection 1 of the 1999 constitution. 

The section reads, “A person elected to the office of President shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in this Constitution and he has taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution.”

In keeping up with his title of Mr. Integrity, could the president have unwittingly lied before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), like former Senate President Bukola Saraki was accused of doing?

The opaque nature of Buhari’s asset declaration in 2015 and 2019, as well as the failure of the constitution to mandate full public disclosure of assets, makes it is impossible to make such a claim. However, there are items in that asset form as listed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in 2015 that should have either appreciated or depreciated in four years.

The 270 Cows

Buhari said in 2015 that he had 270 cows. The breed and a breakdown of the purpose of the cows in the herd- for pet, for breeding, for beef or for milk was not given. 

President Buhari Inspectig His Herds Of Cattle In Daura File

A certain percentage of the president’s herd that is reared for dairy products are expected to live for an average of 5-6 years while an unknown percentage that is purposed to produce beef should live for 12 to 24 months before finding their way to the butcher’s slab. Also, the unknown percentage of Buhari’s cattle kept for breeding would last for 8 to 12 years, if the herder chooses to keep some as pets, then those lucky ones could live to be 20 years old.

If Mr. President last added dairy cows to his herd in 2013, then all of them would have most likely passed on by now and his herd would have depreciated. His cow population would have also lost cows to the butcher’s slab. Only if they are reared for status and ceremony would the herd not contain those fattened for Salah.

Studies show that the average calving rate of grazing cows in Nigeria is at least an interval of two years. These cows start giving birth when they are five years old. Cows in controlled environments like ranches, however, could begin producing offspring when they are three years old. This means they would have a shorter interval between their first set of children and the next. Whether President Buhari’s cattle are in a fattening room receiving plenty healthy food or in the scorching arid lands of the semi Savanah and the Sahel, they would have added offspring that would have caused a ‘significant’ increase to his 270 cows.

One major purpose of rearing cattle is to milk the udder and produce cheese, butter, yogurt, fura, milk, and other dairy products for our consumption. Although Nigerian cows are said to produce one liter or less of milk daily, the beef suckler cattle breed is about the lowest milk producing species of cattle in a ranch setting and it produces four liters of milk a day. President Buhari’s list of cows might include local breeds like the White Fulani or the Red Bororo but considering the popularity of the Holstein-Friesian species- present in 150 countries, we could say that this brand will be in Mr. President’s flock. The minimum liter of milk produced by this breed is 28 liters.

During lactation which lasts for at least 10 months, there are cow breeds that can produce at least 60 liters of milk and up to 100 liters at most. Besides those cattle sold at a minimum of N100,000 for burials, religious and traditional festivities, Buhari will earn N150 on each liter of fresh pasteurized milk sold on his behalf in Nigeria or a minimum of N5,000 on every kilogram of milk he exports based on current global export prices. Mr. President’s account would have surely soared if his herd are well managed or he might have needed to draw some money out of his N30 million to maintain the herd if his cows have not been producing.

25 Sheep

Ewe- female sheep are quite productive. They have a short lambing interval and produce one-two offspring every time they give birth. The breeds of sheep in Nigeria produce 25 to 56 kg of milk per lactation period which usually lasts for 70 to 91 days. If President Buhari was selling all the sheep in his flock and maintaining just 25, he would have at least grown his N30 million from the sale of wool, milk, ram, ewe, and lamb for slaughter. The average lifespan of a sheep is 10-12 years.

Economic Trees

These plants are referred to as being economic because they generate income. The vagaries of the asset declaration made by the President gives no information on where these trees are located, does he have a forest range or does he have several plantations where these trees are grown. These trees provide medicine, food, domestic and other industrial needs. Or might Mr. President be keeping them for status purposes? PMB also has an unspecified number of orchards.

President Buhari Inspecting His Mango Tree In Daura File

Farmlands

The loophole in the constitution which permits just the minimum requirement of declaring your asset gave the President a French window sized space to escape telling us just how many hectares of land he has and the average earning he makes from his farms. While he was gracious to state that he has five houses including a mud one, he probably could not number his farmlands or maybe Mr. Shehu refused to tell us. What is obvious though, is that the farmlands would have yielded crops for Mr. President which would have been exchanged for money.

For instance, the average yield per hectare of maize in Nigeria is between 1,528 to 2,000kg per hectare. For cereals, it is 1,591.80 and 3 tons per hectare for rice. It is therefore inconceivable that Mr President’s uncountable hectares of farmland will be producing less than these averages. Except PMB spent all his money on Yusuf’s treatment in Germany, Zara’s wedding and the purchase of the cursed power bike that almost killed his priceless son, it is difficult to accept that N30 million is still the sum in his two bank accounts.

President Buhari Inspecting His Farmland In Daura, Katsina State File

Accusing Fingers

Under Mr. Integrity’s regime, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Walter Onnoghen, the disgraced former Chief Justice of Nigeria, were brought before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on accusations of declaring false assets.

The Code of Conduct bureau that is quoted to have commended the President for ‘leading by example by declaring his assets in accordance with the law, slammed 13 charges on Saraki. The bureau said he failed to declare some assets he acquired while in office as governor, allegedly acquiring assets beyond his legitimate earnings, operating foreign accounts while being a public officer – governor and senator, etc. On his end, Onnoghen was stung with six charges. He was accused of funding several bank accounts with foreign currencies, failing to declare his assets every four years and not doing the same after he assumed office as CJN.

Since President Buhari is protected by immunity, he has for now escaped the misdemeanor Saraki was accused of. Going by the media circus Nigerians were entertained with during the Onnoghen and Saraki trials, it is expected that the ninth Assembly will amend section 140 subsection 1 of the 1999 constitution to make asset declaration a transparent affair.

Kelechukwu Writes From Lagos

kocambel@gmail.com

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Surrender Yourself To EFCC, Fayose Tells Amosun, Okorocha

Thu, 2019-05-30 22:06


Ayodele Fayose, former Governor of Ekiti State, has asked Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha, ex-governors of Ogun State and Imo State respectively, to surrender themselves to the Economic and financial Crimes Commission.

Fayose commenting on the reported arrest of Okorocha said both governors should give up themselves to the anti-graft agency for questioning and investigation just as he did.

Fayose, who tweeted on his personal Twitter account, said he had foreseen Okorocha would be hunted by the EFCC.

The former Ekiti State Governor also welcomed Amosun and Okorocha to the EFCC Alumni club.

“Just reading that Okorocha was arrested by EFCC. True or not, we knew this day will come.

“However, I welcome him to the EFCC Alumni & enjoin the commission not to look away from Amosun too.

“While I encourage them to surrender themselves as I did, I welcome Mr Okorocha to the club.”

Just reading that Okorocha was arrested by EFCC. True or not, we knew this day will come.
However, I welcome him to the EFCC Alumni & enjoin the commission not to look away from Amosun too.
While I encourage them to surrender themselves as I did,I welcome Mr Okorocha to the club.

— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) May 30, 2019

Fayose is currently undergoing trial for a N6.9 billion fraud charges during his time as Governor of Ekiti State.

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#BiafraRemembranceDay: Nigerians Share Painful Memories of War, Want May 30 declared National Mourning Day

Thu, 2019-05-30 21:13


Fifty-two years ago, Igbo people of South-East Nigeria pulled out of Nigeria, declaring an independent Republic of Biafra that led to a brutal civil war which claimed millions of lives.
Although it is over four decades since the war ended, many of the victims have yet to get over the horrible experience. 
Using Twitter hashtags like #BiafraRemembranceDay, #BiafraHeroesDay2019, #Ozoemena, many Nigerians, especially Igbo people, are taking turns on social media to lament their losses and painful memories.   Ozoemena translates literally as “Another should not happen” in Igbo.
Calls for justice have dominated the Nigerian trends on Twitter while photos of malnourished children and corpses continued to flood the timeline.
Some of those who shared bitter memories of the war demanded that May 30 be declared a national day of mourning and public holiday.

A Nigerian with the Twitter handle, @bayelsa_arise, wrote, “I lost relatives to Biafra. Uncles were tagged saboteurs and shot. They were the lucky ones. The unfortunate were sent to starve in camps in Enugu. We still remember. #BiafraRemembranceDay.”

I lost relatives to Biafra. Uncles were tagged saboteurs and shot. They were the lucky ones. The unfortunate, were sent to starve in camps in Enugu. We still remember. #BiafraRemembranceDay

— Asahel✝️ (@bayelsa_arise) May 30, 2019 Another Nigerian, identified simply as Ifeanyi, wrote, “If I were the president, I will declare May 30 a public holiday...three million people deserve worldwide mourning. #BiafraRemembranceDay #BiafraHeroesDay2019.”

If I were president, I will declare May 30 a public holiday..... 3million people deserve worldwide mourning, #BiafraRemembranceDay #BiafraHeroesDay2019

— Mr Raphael (@OMONU244) May 30, 2019
Sharing a similar view, a Nigerian identified as Ekundayo Caeser wrote, “Today should be a public holiday all over the nation to remember the over three million lives lost during the civil war. May the souls of the dearly departed, through the mercy of God, continue to rest in peace.”

Today should be a public holiday all over the nation to remember the over 3 million lives lost during the civil war.

May the souls of the dearly departed, through the mercy of God, continue to Rest In Peace.#BiafraRemberanceDay #BiafraHeroesDay2019 #Ozoemena pic.twitter.com/Esc1bXkpYa

— Ekundayo Caeser (@dayo_dynamo) May 30, 2019 Other prominent Nigerians also took turns to share their opinions about the war.  A former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, wrote, “No one should feel good about young people who never saw the ills of war glamorizing it and wishing war on themselves and their generation. But no one should also think that denying memory ever contributes to healing. Mutual acknowledgment is always a basis for stronger foundations #Ozoemena.

No1 shd feel good abt young ppl who never saw the ills of war glamourizing it & wishing war on themselves & their generation. But no1 shd also think that denying memory ever contributes to healing. Mutual acknowledgement is always a basis for stronger foundations#Ozoemena

— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) May 30, 2019 “There's a good opportunity for #Nigeria to mine memory in order to build a different, more inclusive kind of country. We stumble from one avoidable tragedy to the next, never learning anything and always repeating the same errors. So, we democratize alienation. #Ozoemena.”

There's a good opportunity for #Nigeria to mine memory in order to build a different, more inclusive kind of country. We stumble from one avoidable tragedy to the next, never learning anything & always repeating the same errors. So, we democratize alienation#OZOEMENA https://t.co/VdMyfF0DKB

— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) May 30, 2019 A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, says it is unfortunate Nigeria never learnt from the war and continued to repeat mistakes that trigger tragedies.

A country of leaders & people who quickly move on from every Horror it suffers and never learned how to properly grieve and empathize with victims. Just look at us.... forever repeating tragedies because we have refused to learn. May our children end the horrors. #OZOEMENA

— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) May 30, 2019

She said, “A country of leaders and people who quickly move on from every horror it suffers and never learned how to properly grieve and empathize with victims. Just look at us.... forever repeating tragedies because we have refused to learn. May our children end the horrors.

This year’s #BiafraRemberanceDay , we not only remember and pray for all families among us who lost sons, daughters, dads, moms, siblings and relatives in the war but specially thank the @cfmemories for starting the great work of documentation. People are not Statistics #Ozoemena pic.twitter.com/IhG9u1dHVx

— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) May 30, 2019
“This year’s # BiafraRemberanceDay, we not only remember and pray for all families among us who lost sons, daughters, dads, moms, siblings and relatives in the war but especially thank the @cfmemories for starting the great work of documentation. People are not statistics #Ozoemena.”
Dr Joe Abah wrote, “Today being #BiafraRemembranceDay, I join others in remembering all those who died in the war, and say “Ozoemena” (never again)!”

Today being #BiafraRemembranceDay, I join others in remembering all those who died in the war, and say “ozoemena” (never again)!

— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) May 30, 2019

Media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, called for a national conversation about the war. He wrote, “Today is #BiafraRemembranceDay. Hopefully, someday, we will start having open honest conversations about our history...Ozoemena.”
Another Nigerian, @CollinsUma, says his father has yet to heal from the emotional scars inflicted by the war.

Today is #BiafraRemembranceDay. Hopefully someday, we will start having open honest conversations about our history...
Ozoemena 🙏🏾

— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) May 30, 2019

He said, “Two weeks ago I was in Ohafia to see my father. He still has physical and emotional scars from the Biafra war. My father lost family and friends to that war, like millions of others. Today, we remember everyone lost in that war. We will never forget. #BiafraRemembranceDay.”

Two weeks ago I was in Ohafia to see my father. He still has physical and emotional scars from the Biafra war.
My father lost family and friends to that war, like millions of others.

Today we remember everyone lost in that war. We will never forget.#BiafraRemembranceDay

— Callings (@CollinsUma) May 30, 2019

Another Nigerian with the Twitter handle, @iam_realjayson, shared stories his father told him about the war.

Stories My Dad told me...

My Dad was a boy during the war, he told me him and his peers struggled to get LIZARDS (as meal) for their families. It was a highly valued delicacy during the war.

The very same lizard we all discountenance today.
💔#Ozoemena #BiafraHeroesDay2019 pic.twitter.com/vb8PAtBL60

— Afụ Nwa na Tuwita! (@iam_realjayson) May 30, 2019

He wrote, “My dad was a boy during the war, he told me that he and his peers struggled to get Lizards (as a meal) for their families. It was a highly valued delicacy during the war. The very same lizard we all discountenance today. #Ozoemena #BiafraHeroesDay2019”

My dad's step brother, a young child, died during the war as a result of the tactical starvation used by the Nigerian side.
Today, I remember him and the millions of others who died fighting for the freedom of the Igbos.
RIP. You will never be forgotten.#BiafraHeroesDay2019 pic.twitter.com/aUQdB06STA

— Ife Sinachi (@DiplomaticIfe) May 30, 2019

Ife Sinachi blamed the Federal Government for starving Igbo people of food during the war, noting that starvation led to the death of some of her relatives.

Sinachi wrote, “My dad's stepbrother, a young child, died during the war as a result of the tactical starvation used by the Nigerian side. Today, I remember him and the millions of others who died fighting for the freedom of the Igbo.RIP. You will never be forgotten. #BiafraHeroesDay2019.”

My late grandmother told us stories about the war on how she had to cross murky waters with crocodiles into delta state paddling the canoe alone without help because she didn't have 1naira to pay. She was from anambra state and gave me my beautiful name #Ozoemena

— Diana 💖 (@MizGlamfairy) May 30, 2019 Another Nigerian, @MizGlamfairy, recalled how her late grandmother crossed murky waters with crocodiles into Delta State while paddling the canoe alone without help because she didn't have one naira to pay as fare.

“She was from Anambra state and gave me my beautiful name #Ozoemena,” she wrote on Twitter.”

Another Nigerian with the Twitter handle, @Chinedutoskolo, wrote, “To you, it might be statistics and numbers but it means more to us. It is parents we would never see again, brothers that will never return, sisters that we don't know their fate. This means more.”

To you it might be statistics and numbers but it means more to us.

It is parents we'd never see again, brothers that will never return, sisters that we don't know their fate. This means more.#BiafraHeroesDay2019#Ozoemena pic.twitter.com/okusW6A8gD

— Toskolo (@Chinedutoskolo) May 30, 2019

 

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Timi Dakolo Calls Out COZA Pastor Fatoyinbo Over Sex With Church Members

Thu, 2019-05-30 20:06




Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo has taken to his Instagram handle to call out popular Abuja based Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo who is the founder of The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) over his alleged sexual relationship with female church members.

In a series of post on Thursday, the singer called on members of the church to “try and find” these ladies and men who have at one time come out to say their truth but got shut up by the pastor and his “criminal lawyers”.

Alongside a picture with text written on it, Timi Dakolo captioned the picture, "COMMONWEALTH KO ZION NI...CHURCH IS SUPPOSE TO FIX BROKEN PEOPLE AND NOT CRUSH PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP IN CHURCH NEEDING GOD.

"DEAR AGGRIEVED AND AGGRESSIVE CHURCH MEMBERS, PLEASE USE THE SAME ENERGY YOU ARE USING TO CALL ME, AND THREATEN ME OR SLIDE INTO MY DM TO SEARCH FOR THIS VICTIMS AND ASK THEM WHAT REALLY HAPPEN. THAT IS WHAT JESUS WILL DO."

The picture with text written on it reads: “From florin to Abuja to Lagos to Dubai to Port Harcourt to London and any city he visits, your pastor is leaving a trail of broken women, sexually abused and mentally strangled. From Avalanche to Gratitude, from Pastoral Care Unit to Host and Hostesses, from witty Inventions to Hospitality Unit. They are found in every department in that “Church”. He hand picks his victims and ruins them. 

“So none of you wonder why a dedicated church worker or leader stop coming to church and don’t want to talk about it. Suddenly rumors start flying around the person being evil, I will tell you all straight up, all your branch pastors know about this evil going on for years and are part of it. 

“Some of the victims they will threaten some they will pay off and some they will spur by isolating from the “Church Members”. Oga “Criminal Lawyer” always ready to do the dirty work behind the scenes just to drown the truth. Dear Church Members, try and find these ladies and men to hear their side of the truth before crucifying them or branding them evil. Trust me, their side of the story will SHOCK YOU.

“Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm? They have used that line to scam us well well. How we carefully uproot a scripture and give it an interpretation that soothes us without actually knowing the context with which it was said./ Both the congregation and the pastor are very much anointed. Jesus did not die two separate death. One for the pastor and another for the congregation. The House of God is a place of prayer not a den of thieves.”

It will be recalled that in 2013, a former church member Ese Walter had in a blog post revealed her alleged sexual encounter with Pastor Fatoyinbo in a hotel in Lagos. 

According to her, the Pastor told her to feel at home and should not be "shy".

She alleged that he told her to order for "alcohol, feel free and order what you want."

Ese Walters said she felt guilty at first that she and the pastor were getting involved however, Mr. Fatoyinbo told her that he will  “ teach you a level of grace that you don’t understand."
 

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Delta House Of Assembly Passes 49 Bills In Four Years

Thu, 2019-05-30 20:01


In the four legislative years of Delta State House of Assembly, 49 out of 83 bills presented before the Assembly were passed.

This was revealed by Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, while giving his valedictory speech at the floor of the House.

Oborevwori revealed that 83 bills were brought before the Assembly during the course of legislative activities.

“The House received a total number of 83 bills. Out of the bills received by the House 49 were passed, two fell through the legislative processes, six were merged and 26 are still pending in the House.

“Out of the forty-nine Bills that were passed by the House, 45 of them were assented to by the Governor, His Excellency Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa while four of the bills were not assented to,” Oborevwori said.

He also said that of the 177 motions, which include Requests from the Executive Arm of Government, 175 were considered while two were rejected by the House.

The Speaker of the Delta Assembly listed the Bills and Motions passed, they include: the Delta  State Contributory Health Commission Law, 2015,Delta  State Public Procurement Commission Agency Law, 2015,  Administration of Criminal Justice  Law, 2017, Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria  ( Fourth Alteration ) Act,  2017, Delta State  Public and  Private Property  Protection  Law, 2018, Delta State  Audit  Law, 2018.

Others are Delta State Public Finance  Management Law, 2018, Delta State House of Assembly Fund Management  (Financial  Autonomy ) Law, 2018, Delta State  Water  Law, 2016, Warri /Uvwie  and Environs Special Area Development Agency Law, 2019, Establishment of Agro-Industrial Park  at Aboh Ogwashi -Uku through  Public  Partnership  (PPP ), Devastating Landslide/Coastal erosion at Akugbene Community in Bomadi Local Government Area,  Provision of relief materials to Ogbe -Udu community in Udu Local Government Area, Abuse of Narcotic Drugs and other  psychotropic substances in Delta State,  Demand for the speedy trial of the suspects who murdered Miss  Elozino Joshuana Ogege and Unlawful and illegal invasion,  massacre and occupation of  Ovre R'Eku Community in Ethiope East  Local Government Area. 

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EFCC Debunks News Of Okorocha's Arrest

Thu, 2019-05-30 19:07


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied reports it arrested former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha and his wife.

A top source at the EFCC who spoke to SaharaReporters, however, said: "it's not true".

Corroborating this, Tony Orilade, acting head media, and publicity for the anti-graft agency said "we do not investigate sources of disinformation, we investigate economic and financial crimes. So if anybody is quoting us, we can then take it up."

The news is coming a day after Okorocha while exiting office warned political opponents to steer clear of conspiracies and plans to arrest him.

He said, “As I walk out of this government house, let no on fight me and I will not fight anybody. 

“When you remove this seal of governance off my face, you will see the real Rochas. The real Rochas is still asleep, if not bigger than the governor, so let no one fight me and I will not fight anybody.”

The ex-Governor of Imo alleged that there is an ongoing conspiracy to arrest and try him.

“Why I say so is there seems to be a gang up and conspiracy to hold me down politically but I don’t think they can hold me down politically because what God has ordained must surely come to pass. I will leave you for good and I will wish you well."

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SPECIAL FEATURE: 52 Years After: Looking At The Civil War Through Biafran Eyes

Thu, 2019-05-30 18:52


IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu


General Gowon And Lt. Col Odumegwu-Ojukwu In Aburi, Ghana


Ankrah, Gowon And Ojukwu Sharing A Symbolic Meal In Aburi, Ghana


Biafran Soldiers


Biafran Tank


Starving Biafran Women And Children


Starving Biafran Children


Biafran Pounds


Biafran Flag



General Gowon And Lt. Col Odumegwu-Ojukwu Shake Hands

General Gowon And Lt. Col Odumegwu-Ojukwu In Aburi, Ghana File

Few issues in the history of Nigeria are as controversial as the Nigerian Civil War that lasted for 30 months from 6 July 1967-15 January 1970.

The war is often called the Biafran war because it is believed that the war was caused by the attempted secession of the south-eastern provinces of Nigeria to become a sovereign entity known as "The Republic of Biafra".

However, the civil war did not just start. A number of factors ignited the war that pitched compatriots against each other and led to mindless bloodletting that exacted millions of casualties from both camps (with heaviest casualties coming from the Biafran Camp).

The ghost of the war still haunts the country until today.

It is a subject that always turns people to impassioned and impatient debaters once it finds its way to the public square.

It is now 52 years after the outbreak of the war. Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra had ordered a sit-at-home to commemorate the Biafra war and honor their fallen heroes.

Here we take a look at events that happened during the civil war, focusing on the Biafrans.

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

BEFORE THE WAR

  THE ABURI ACCORD
In a last-ditch effort to stop the war from happening, on 4th and 5th, January 1967 a few military officers from Nigeria dragged one another to a location in Ghana named Aburi.

They left the meeting with a consensus agreement now historically known as the Aburi Accord. It is however well known today that the much-touted meeting turned out to be futile.

Ankrah, Gowon And Ojukwu Sharing A Symbolic Meal In Aburi, Ghana

DURING THE WAR

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

The south-easterners, having been killed in their thousands, showed their ingenuity and inventiveness by coming up with various contraptions of warfare to repel the Federal army.

Biafran Soldiers AP

Some of the contraptions, called various names based on what they were deployed to do, include Ogbunigwe (mass killer when roughly translated in English), Grenader Launcher, Biafra Armoured Personnel Troop Carrier, Biafran Armour Vehicles Known as Red Devils, there were type A, B, C,  and D.

These contraptions, especially the Ogbunigwe, became so fearsome that they sent shivers down the spines of most Nigerian soldiers and most of them would rather feign illness than face these powerful contraptions.  

Biafran Tank

OVER THREE MILLIONS BIAFRANS DIED
In what has been called various names from pogrom to genocide and even ethnic cleansing. The Nigerian Army killed over a million Biafrans, chunks of whom were children, and women.
IS EVERYTHING FAIR IN WAR?

The innovative Biafrans and their intrepid soldiers repelled the Nigerian forces for months. In fact, around 1968, the war was in a stalemate state. The Nigerian Forces could not make significant advances into the Biafran strongholds.

The Nigerian troops had suffered serious defeat in areas such as Arochukwu, Umuahia, Onne, Oguta, Abagana, and Ikene Ekpene and this forced the Federal government to change tack in their execution of the war: The government stopped supplying food to the Biafrans.

Starving Biafran Women And Children Getty Images

Biafrans resorted to eating lizards, cassava leaves e.t.c. After a while, most Biafrans started suffering from Kwashiorkor, Beriberi and other diseases caused by deficiencies in vitamins. It is often said that coupled with poor medical intervention, Biafrans lost millions of people through debilitating illness occasioned by lack of access to nutritious food. 

Starving Biafran Children BBC

Till today, some south-easterners still say Nigerian Government used hunger to win the war. Is everything fair in War?

THE BIAFRAN FLAG, ANTHEM, AND MONEY

To show their determination and preparedness "The Republic of Biafra" even at its incipient stage had everything needed to lay claim to nationhood. The Biafran Army,  Definite Territory, National Anthem, Flag and Currency. 

Biafran Pounds

The Biafran Anthem was culled from the late Nnamdi Azikwe's poem titled "Land of the Rising Sun" and set to the tune of  Sibelius'-- Finnish Composer-- "Finlandia".

Land of the rising sun, we love and cherish,

Beloved homeland of our brave heroes;

We must defend our lives or we shall perish,

We shall protect our lives from all our foes;

But if the price is death for all we hold dear,

Then let us die without a shred of fear.

(The first Stanza of the Biafran Anthem)

The Biafran Flag consists of a horizontal tricolor of red, black and green charged with a golden bar. Each 'logo' on the flag stands for something, but the yellow/golden rising sun symbolizes a GLORIOUS FUTURE.

Biafran Flag

END OF THE CIVIL WAR

On the 23rd December 1969, a final offensive was launched against the Biafrans by the Federal forces of Nigeria who had support from the British.

Owerri and Uli which were both Biafran towns fell on 9th and 11th January 1970 respectively and that ended the starry-eyed optimism and the doggedness of the Biafran soldiers.

AFTER THE WAR

THE 3RS

After the civil war in Nigeria (from 1967-1970), in order to keep the fragile peace of the nation then, General Yakubu Jack Gowon, the Nigerian Head of State (President), instituted the 3Rs—Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Reintegration; and also pronounced to the world’s acclaim that the war ended with a: “No Victor No Vanquished” stand. 

The efforts were made to ensure the easterners reabsorportion and reintegration into the Nigerian Nation.

General Gowon And Lt. Col Odumegwu-Ojukwu Shake Hands

THE £20 STORY

In 1970 after the war the Nigerian government generally gave money to every eligible adult of Igbo extraction regardless of the amount they had in their account before the outbreak of the war.

This decision was 'engineered' by the late Obafemi Awolowo. While the Igbo still see the decision as pure cheating, Nigerians from other ethnic groups, especially those of Yoruba extraction still think it was pure economic wizardry from the Ikene-born former premier of the Western region.

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AAC Blasts President Buhari Over 'Speechless' Inauguration

Thu, 2019-05-30 18:41


Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi

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The African Action Congress (AAC) has expressed its disappointment over the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari at his second term inauguration despite concerns by Nigerians about various issues in the country.

This was conveyed in a statement signed by Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, the Director of Media and Communications for the party.

Onamusi-Kpiasi said the disrespectful move is proof that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by President Buhari had no real plans for the country and its citizens.

The statement reads: "Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies – President Muhammadu Buhari started his second term as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as he meant to continue: with no message of hope and nothing to offer the good people of this country.

"Yesterday, the elderly leader set a new record by being the first democratically elected leader in the history of Nigeria not to deliver an inaugural speech. The Take it Back Movement, led by Omoyele Sowore, believes this shocking silence to be disrespectful to Nigerians and further reflective of the non-existent plans that the APC-led government has for the country.

"Anyone holding out for change, next level or any level other than the one the country has found itself would have been met by silence yesterday. Silence at a time when the economy has plunged to unimaginable depths. No advice as lawlessness and terrorism reign supreme, and the criminals – those with guns and those in positions of power – escape unpunished. No words of comfort or encouragement as Nigerians are denied entry or rights abroad and denied respect at home. No stern words or promises of sanction or punishment for those who bleed the country dry and waste human lives at scale as people are denied security, access to healthcare, education or reliable infrastructure.

"We do, however, thank him for his honesty. The man who assured the nation four years ago that he “belonged to everybody and nobody” made it clear in his first term that he did indeed belong to a select few who did not serve the interest of the Nigerian masses.

"The flagrant disregard of a leader who has secured his second term and no longer has a need to keep up the pretense is not surprising to us at the Take it Back Movement, and we remain resolute in our stance: Nigeria must be liberated. We will continue to speak truth to power, educate the masses, and show our people the freedom in daring to hope. Where they meet Nigerians with silence, we will give our people revolution, a dream to aspire to.  We will fight every step of the way to create a Nigeria we will be proud to call home."

 

 

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Ethiopian Airlines Explains What Happened On 'Almost Crashed' Aircraft

Thu, 2019-05-30 16:16


Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that its aircraft, Boeing 737-300 made a "go-around" at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Wednesday. 

The General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnen said that the aircraft, which departed from Addis Ababa on its way to Lagos had encountered bad weather during landing and made a go-around the airport for a better and smooth landing.

She said the decision of the pilot was in accordance with the industry procedure. 

She added that on "a second attempt, it made a safe and normal landing.

"According to safety standards, pilots are encouraged to make a similar go-around in such cases."

Lucky Escape

Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian president and other Nigerians escaped death on Wednesday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport when an Ethiopian Airlines plane almost crashed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that other prominent Nigerians in the Ethiopian airline passenger aircraft, Boeing 777-300, included the Director General of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni.

Also in the plane was Prof Samson Tunde Adebayo, the Director of Ports Inspection, National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC) as well as scores of Nigerians and other nationals.

The passenger aircraft, ET-901, had departed the Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, at about 9:10 a.m., Ethiopian time; 7 a.m Nigerian time.

No casualty was reported in the incident.

READ BREAKING: Obasanjo, 393 Others Escape Crash On Ethiopian Airlines

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BREAKING: Court Grants Sober Looking Naira Marley Bail

Thu, 2019-05-30 15:03


The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi has granted Nigerian musician Azeez Fashola bail.

At the resumed bail application, the lead defense counsel, Olalekan Ojo apologized for his absence at the initial arraignment on May 20 due to heavy down poor.

Ojo urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1).

The defense also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.

The prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, however, argued that it is not the temporary release of the singer that mattered but the final judgment. 

He, therefore, urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail.

He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defense and prosecution arguments granted the singer bail to the sum of two million Naira with two sureties.

The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23 and 24 of October for accelerated hearing.

 

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BREAKING: After 10 Days In Prison, Naira Marley Appears In Court For Bail Hearing

Thu, 2019-05-30 14:22


Nigerian Musician, Azeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley has appeared at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi for the continuation of his trial.

At the court premises, a group of young people suspected to be rented crowd by friends of the singer can be heard shouting "free Marley".

His mother who is wearing a red gown is also present at the court to witness the hearing.

He was dragged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on an eleven-count charge for his alleged connection to advance fee fraud popularly called 'Yahoo Yahoo', cybercrime, possession of counterfeit cards and conspiracy to obtain gain. 

READ Full List Of EFCC's 11-Count Charge Against Naira Marley

Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the arraignment on May 20, 2019, ordered that Naira Marley, be remanded in prison until May 30th when the hearing of his bail application will take place.

After the 11 charges were read to him, he pleaded 'not guilty'.

The prosecuting counsel led by Rotimi Oyedepo prayed that the musician be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of bail application.

Following this proceeding, the defense counsel represented by Taiwo Oreagba passed on an application for bail and a need for the defendant to remain in EFCC custody.

After hearing from both sides, the Justice Oweibo concluded that the application for bail will be looked into on the 30th of May, 2019.

More to come.

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BREAKING: Court Of Appeal Sacks Ned Nwoko, Reinstates Nwoboshi

Thu, 2019-05-30 13:56


The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reversed the April 3, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which sacked Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta North Senatorial seat.

Justice Mohammed Idris, in the lead judgment, held that the suit by Nwoko was statute barred and that Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja ought not to have heard the case and gave the judgment he gave in favor of Nwoko.

The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, held that the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to have heard the case filed by Ned Nwoko.

Justice Mohammed had, in the April 3, 209 judgment, sacked Nwaoboshi as the PDP candidate for the last election in Delta North Senatorial district and among others, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept Nwoko as the party’s candidate.

Before This Judgment

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on May 11, 2019, withdrew the Certificate of Return it issued to the chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) and senator representing Delta North senatorial district of Delta state, Peter Nwaoboshi.

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola Esq. INEC Director of Legal Services issued the Certificate of Return withdrawn from the senator representing Delta North senatorial district of Delta state, Peter Nwaoboshi to Ned Nwoko as Senator-Elect for Delta North Senatorial District at the commission's headquarters Abuja.

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Spoken Word: Ramadan Week 4; Ya Allah My Du’a Is For Hajiya Zulaiha Muhammad Buhari By Hannatu Musawa

Thu, 2019-05-30 13:44


Today marks exactly five and a half years, since the passing of a very special and unique woman, my friend and sister, Hajiya Zulaiha Muhammad Buhari. She passed on Thursday the 29th of November 2012. She was the first daughter of President Muhammad Buhari. To anyone that knew or heard of her gentle soul, Zulaiha or Magajiya (she was named after her paternal grandmother) as her loved ones fondly called her, was the most humble and gentle human being you could ever meet. An endless list of complimentary words cannot define the incredible person that this astoundingly selfless lady was. She was the pride of her family, the most obedient daughter, the most caring mother any child could wish for, a devoted wife, a loving sister, a faithful friend and a priceless asset to her community.

Today as her father, President Muhammadu Buhari, is sworn in for his second term as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is important for me to write a tribute for Magajiya and remind the world of the astonishing person she was and the legacy she left behind. Some months before her passing, I fell extremely ill to the extent that it was thought that I wasn’t going to survive. When Magajiya heard of the magnitude of my illness, she called me and we had an earnest conversation.

Within that discussion, I said to her, “Magajiya, perhaps Baba will become President one day and I will not be here to witness it.” She replied to me, “Hanney, only Allah knows who will be here and who won’t be. You may be ill now and I may be healthy but who knows whether it is I who will not be here to witness Baba become President.”

Back then, neither of us could have ever imagined how true her words would be. Neither of us could have imagined that I would be alive and witnessing her father being sworn in as President and she wouldn’t be here. As the world witnesses what she so dearly hoped for, without her, I am moved to remember the impact of the time she spent with us, and how her words of wisdom resounds in my heart.As I use pen and paper to speak about our continued devastation at the absence of Magajiya, I will take the opportunity to spread the message she left and the great lessons she taught, just by being herself.

Zulaiha Muhammed Buhari was born on the 5th December 1972 to Muhammad Buhari and Safinatu Buhari, now late. She attended Nursery School in the USA where her family was stationed at the time. She graduated from Primary School in Air Force Military School in Lagos. Zulaiha began her Secondary School in Queens College, Lagos and in 1985 she began her JS2 in Federal Government College, Kaduna where she graduated in 1990. She was admitted as a student of B.Sc. Economics in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she later completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Management. She worked for a period of time for African Intercontinental Bank (AIB). Zulaiha then proceeded to work with Ministry of Solid Minerals And Steel in Kaduna; where she remained until her passing.

She founded the Hajiya Safinatu Buhari Foundation (HSB) in loving memory of her late Mother, Hajiya Safinatu Buhari, who died of diabetes in January 2006. The Foundation caters for those stricken by diabetes mellitus. She also served as the Treasurer of NIM (Nigerian Institute of Management). In addition to these community service obligations, she worked diligently, yet silently, on several other NGO’s in her immediate community and beyond. Only those closest to her knew of her battle with sickle–cell anemia, a condition that she lived with bravely, for she never succumbed to it until it so cruelly snatched her away.

It is a wonder that a person living with this traumatic disease made such a positive impact on the community as Magajiya did. She was an epitome of an unassuming lady, who lived her life with the humility and simplicity unheard of for a former first daughter. My sister, Hadiza, with tears of sorrow and a heavy heart, recall the memorable undergraduate days spent with Magajiya in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She had a humble nature, spirit of forgiveness, dedication in studies, accommodation of friends and loved ones, her gift of a simplistic character that drew her to everyone and endeared her in the eyes of all that were privileged to be part of her life. Her soft-spoken voice and beautiful smile was the perfect antidote for calming fiery tempers in the dorm and class. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, Magajiya never raised her voice or lifted a finger to hurt anyone or anything around her.  “Yaya Babba” (fondly called by her sisters) had the gift of an amazing spirit of living her life in the most exemplary way and this served as a shining example to, not only her peers but, her loved ones at home.

There is nothing minor about the legacy Magajiya left behind, or the impact she had on others. It is a solid and vivacious legacy. In life she was in a constant state of motion. In death she left us in a constant state of emotions. She left a solid message of helping, listening, solidarity. She was known to never ever be late. She was a whirlwind, never stopping, or slowing down. She was always there for me and for many others. Always. A mother, an aunt, a daughter, a friend, a sister, a mentor and a neighbor. She took her relationship with people and her role very seriously and never wavered, no matter what. 

Her network of community and family was unparalleled. Magajiya left a legacy of unity, faith, love and concern to all who knew her and those who came in contact with her. During the course of her life, Magajiya never ceased to remind us that the greatest poverty of all is to live and to die unloved and unwanted. She demonstrated that love through her commitment to community, family and relationships.

Even all these years on, Magajiya’s absence is extremely sad news: she will continue to be missed with her warmth of spirit, her ability to adapt to relate with everyone. Her distinctive witness of care will be missed. At the same time we give thanks to the Almighty for the wonderful memories Magajiya left us: her commitment to ibadat and Du’a.

Magajiya’s good works will always be remembered but more deeply, we will remember the love that shone from within her heart, love that was fueled by her absolute dedication to her faith. She will long remain an inspiration to those who would serve their communities and those who cherish the value of family, and we are blessed to have shared the gift of her life with us all. She will never be forgotten. Her reward will be great in Heaven. We pray for her and for those who have followed her that the beautiful memories she left us with will serve as a lesson for us and those who may not have had the privilege of knowing her.

Wise, Brave, generous, sweet, adorable, resilient, warm, punctual, kind, caring, loving, courageous, strong, endearing, religious, energetic, thoughtful, enlightened, humorous and hopeful. Magajiya possessed all of these qualities and more. I will forever salute her.

At the time of her passing, Hajiya Zulaiha Buhari was survived by her husband, Captain Junaid Abdullahi, three wonderful children, Halima Junaid (Amira), Muhammad Buhari Junaid and her precious baby girl Zulai (Baby Z). Her memory lives in the hearts of her caring father, mother, beloved sisters and brother, family, many friends and admirers. We continue to take consolation in the fact that very few people can be described with the wondrous revelation and accolades that this dearest soul has been. No Father can be prouder of a daughter with such an admirable spirit, no child can be prouder of a Mother who transgressed beyond her illness to ensure they got the best in life, no sister can be prouder of one who showed them the path of dignified humility and no friend can be prouder of the legacy this amazing soul has left behind.

To all who loved Magajiya; her community, neighbors, admirers, friends and family;

“May the Almighty continue to reward you and help you to apply patient endurance and appreciation. Indeed our spirit, possessions and families are magnificent gifts, which God has loaned us for a period and he takes them away after the termination of that period. Gratitude becomes necessary when He gives, and patience is mandatory when He takes. Magajiya, your neighbor, friend, sister, mother, wife and daughter was from among that great gift which God allowed you to enjoy in a way that was fortunate and gratifying. Although you loved her, her place is with her maker. As she has gone home, it is your duty to show patience in her absence and gratitude for her life. May the Almighty augment your recompense, be kind in your misfortune, forgive the deceased, encourage you with endurance and give you peace.”

…Many years ago when I was very ill, I said to Magajiya, “Perhaps Baba will become President one day and I will not be here to witness it.” She replied to me, “Hanney, only Allah knows who will be here and who won’t be. You may be ill now and I may be healthy but who knows whether it is I who will not be here to witness Baba become President.” The irony of her words rings true to me, especially on this day that she forebode that which she would not witness.

So on this day, as the world celebrates Magajiya’s father being sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his second term without her, my prayer is for her.

“I pray that Allah forgives and has mercy on the soul of Hajiya Zulaiha Muhammadu Buhari and makes honorable her reception. May Allah keep her safe and sound, protect the place where she has rested and make her entrance wide; bless her for her good deeds and surround her with a garden filled with beauty. May she receive the gentle blow of a cool breeze, be washed with snowflakes, ice, sleet, water and everything pure and cleansed of sin as a white cloth is purified perfectly. I pray Allah admits Hajiya Zulaiha Muhammadu Buhari to Paradise and may her grave be spacious and filled with light; Amin.”

Ya Allah, my du’a for this fourth week of Ramadan is for Hajiya Zulaiha Muhammad Buhari.

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Crocodile Tears For Zamfara And A Culture Of Interference By Azu Ishiekwene

Thu, 2019-05-30 13:30


The immediate reason why the Supreme Court ruling on Zamfara has sparked a civil war in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is that the decision could further complicate the outcome of the leadership vote in the 9th National Assembly in a few days.

Before the ruling nullified the election of the three APC senators from Zamfara, the party had 65 senators, for example, which is seven less than the two-thirds majority required to produce the next Senate president, without help from the opposition.  

With the party unable to persuade Senator Ali Ndume to step down for Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Supreme Court’s decision worsens the APC’s numerical nightmare in the legislature. But it improves the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to renew, possibly for another four years, the gift of political adultery which it has enjoyed these past years in the Saraki-Ekweremadu love affair.  

But the problem is not only short term. At the state level, the tally has improved from the pre-election status of 23-12 in favour of the APC to the current 19-16, with at least two key states of Osun and Kano still undecided by the courts and one potentially consequential governorship election (Kogi) coming up later this year. 

Given the demi-god role that governors play in local and national politics, largely because of the enormous funds they control, the stage is set for a showdown between the APC and the PDP in the next four years, with a huge army of APC discontents, further splitting themselves between the PDP, and possibly, a new third force.

And all this appears down to the spectacular mismanagement of the APC primaries as a result of corruption, incompetence and the blatant refusal of party mandarins to follow the rules. I’ll come back to this shortly.

In response to the Supreme Court judgement which declared that votes for the party in the governorship and legislative elections were wasted, the party’s deputy national chairman, Lawal Shuaibu, asked national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to resign.

Making the era of John Odigie-Oyegun looks like the party’s golden age, Shuaibu said Oshiomhole had failed and brought nothing but grief and misery to the party.

In the meantime, Oshiomhole, who you can bet on my dime would return fire, has trained his own gun elsewhere. He aimed at the Supreme Court judgement, accusing the court of stretching technicalities, rather than the substance of the law to ridiculous limits, and by so doing imposing strangers on the people of Zamfara, as if their misery at the hands of bandits was not enough.

I don’t know what Oshiomhole wanted the Supreme Court to do, but if the Court indeed imposed strangers on the people of Zamfara, then the APC opened the door and offered the strangers front seats. 

This is one of the states in the North where the opposition PDP has never won elections since the beginning of the Fourth Republic 20 years ago. It’s been solid anti-PDP, along with Borno and Yobe, before party shenanigans opened the door.

The former governor, Abdulaziz Yari, is the stranger-in-chief. He spent more time in Abuja either looking after himself or looking after the Governor’s Forum than he spent in Gusau. And instead of going quietly after his eight wasted years, he insisted on imposing a successor on the long-suffering people of the state.

It was the fight between Yari and another desperado, Senator Kabir Marafa, that would wreck the party, with the two men calling God as witness that their selfish notion of justice had not been served.

Surely, Oshiomohle remembers that there were no primaries in Zamfara after Yari threatened that anyone from the party’s headquarters who came to the state to conduct one would not return to Abuja alive.

Rather than face Yari and Marafa – the party’s nemesis in Zamfara – and confront allegations of serious corruption in the primaries (with some people spending as much as N4billion, according to multiple credible sources), Oshiomhole has chosen the soft and convenient target: the Supreme Court.

Zamfara was the metaphor of APC’s catastrophic primaries in a number of states and Oshiomhole cannot pretend otherwise. In Delta, Imo, Rivers, Adamawa, Ogun and Lagos, it was a shambolic spectre of bribes, shady deals, intimidation, blackmail and rules-bending in varying degrees, with the national secretariat worsted in all outcomes.

Yet, party secretariat turmoil has a fairly long recent history; a culture that often produces temporary pleasure and comfort for the instigators, but ultimately, never ends well.  

Like many bad habits in the last two decades, former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the first major exponent of meddling in party affairs and later, hijacking the party completely. A former PDP governor told me on Tuesday that it was under Solomon Lar, the first Chairman of the PDP, that the office of party chairman became a tollgate – something that might never have happened had Sunday Awoniyi emerged the chairman of the party. 

The former governor said after party primaries had been conducted and winners announced, it was common, under Lar, to find an unexpected letter from the chairman’s office nominating a completely different candidate or list of candidates, and saying, “This letter substitutes any previous letter you may have received on this matter.” 

To checkmate this problem, Obasanjo who had just been drafted by the military to run for office, mobilised ten governors who confronted Lar and apart from “imposing” Obasanjo’s running mate (Atiku Abubakar) on Lar, also paved the way for Obasanjo to demand his resignation. 

After Lar’s execution, Obasanjo increasingly took control of the party to the point where he got former governor James Ibori and co to amend the party’s constitution which then vested him with the position of chairman of the BOT – the party’s alpha and omega – apart from being president.

His initial intention was to bend the party to his will, but over time interference became entrenched and widespread. The habit festered, infecting not only the PDP but also other political parties, which were, to be honest, the PDP’s Siamese cousins.

As politicians crossed and crisscrossed carpet, the habit of malicious interference in the party secretariat mutated to the point these days where government officials think they are in charge of the party and party officials think they are in charge of the government.

When, for example, Oshiomhole stepped into line, displacing the chief of defence staff, to receive President-elect Muhammadu Buhari at the Eagles Square on Wednesday, he didn’t mean any harm. He was just overwhelmed by Freudian grandeur; grandeur that has not only blurred party-government lines, but which has also conquered it.

Yet, an important distinction in style remains: if Obasanjo reduced the party to a mere pawn, Buhari’s aloofness has created a mushroom of aggressively contending power centres and radical cells, with each centre or cell eager to use the party to its own advantage. And that advantage means only one thing: getting power at any cost.

I can understand Oshiomhole thinking that the Supreme Court is his problem. He’s probably too occupied with mourning his party’s current loss and the blemish on his record as chairman to see that the problem goes much deeper. I can also understand Shuaibu asking Oshiomhole to resign. He’s too concerned about the party’s numerical nightmare, not to mention Oshiomhole’s grating style, to see that the problem goes much deeper.

Until the party becomes more than a mere vehicle to get power for its own sake; until it has some clear organising principles, develops and honours a system that keeps its leaders honest and accountable, it would continue to drift. And it requires more than taking a stab at the Supreme Court, playing musical chairs with the party leadership or asking for Oshiomhole’s head, to fix the broken system.

The party must find its soul.

Ishiekwene is the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview and member of the board of the Global Editors Network

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Court Overturns Property Forfeiture Linked To Bala Mohammed

Thu, 2019-05-30 13:16


An Order of Interim Forfeiture of property allegedly belonging to Bauchi States Governor, Bala Mohammed obtained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had been overturned.

The  EFCC had on 17th May 2016 obtained an order of interim forfeiture of about 8 properties allegedly belonging to Sen. Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi state. 

However, it was discovered that one of the properties forfeited by virtue of the Interim Order, a Twin Tower Plaza, located at Wuse 2 actually belonged to Sam's Engineering Ltd and not Bala Mohammed.

Justice J.S. Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja discharged and set aside the interim order of forfeiture on grounds that EFCC had failed to prove that Bala Mohammed was the owner of the property.

Bright Uche, Counsel to Sam's Engineering, stated, "Justice Tsoho granted an Order A) discharging and setting aside the interim order of forfeiture made on the 17 May 2016 in favor of EFCC attaching the properties of Sam's Engineering Ltd mistakenly as belonging to Sen. Bala Mohammed.

"B) releasing the property/ properties to Sam's Engineering Ltd, which is the rightful owner of the said twin tower plaza located in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

"C) and restraining EFCC from disturbing the quiet possession of Sam's Engineering Ltd over the twin tower Plaza in Wuse Zone 3, Abuja.

"Continuing with the ruling, the court ruled that EFCC has not proved that the property belongs to Sen. Bala Mohammed and that Sam's Engineering Ltd has the constitutional right to own properties anywhere in Nigeria legitimately acquired as in this case", Uche stated.

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Pro-Biafra Group IPOB To Commence Sit-At-Home Today

Thu, 2019-05-30 10:50


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The Indigenous People of Biafra will today commence what it described as a shutting down of the entire South-east and South-south on Thursday.

The group said the sit-at-home action is to honor men, women, and children of Igbo descent who lost their lives in the Nigeria-Biafra war from 1967-1970.

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Emma Powerful, the group's publicity secretary said, the event will be "a clear demonstration to oppressors and collaborators and traitors alike that no amount of abductions, arrests, and killings will stop IPOB. 

"May 30 is a holy day and Biafra land will be on lockdown."

The Nigerian police force has however threatened a crackdown on anyone see donning the group's flag or participating in the planned action.

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