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Buhari Regime Desperate To Kill Our Leader, Say El-Zakzaky’s Followers

Sahara Reporters - Thu, 2020-01-16 10:52


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The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has raised a fresh alarm on moves by President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to kill their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, in custody. 

The sect revealed this on Wednesday in Abuja through the Secretary of the Media Forum, Abdullahi Musa.

Musa was reacting to the statement made by Kaduna State Commissioner for Justice, who claimed that the fate of the Islamic scholar rested in the hands of the Kaduna State High Court. 

He said, “We reject the statement made by the Kaduna State Government in which it insinuated that the fate of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, is in the hands of the Kaduna State High Court. 

“We however, consider it mischievous and spiteful. The update released by the Commissioner for Justice, Kaduna State, is no more than the mere barking of a toothless dog serving the interest of the perpetrators of the 2015 Zaria massacre.”

He added that the continued detention and denial of their leader to go for medical treatment was part of plans aimed at killing him in detention.

IMN added that the involvement of the military in the Zaria massacre in 2015 had exposed the complicity of the Nigerian Government in the genocide.

He said, “No amount of media and psychological propaganda will exonerate the Nigerian Government from being indicted for the atrocious crimes committed in Zaria during the massacre.”

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Defend Your Ancestral Land, Ooni Of Ife, Wole Soyinka Tell Nigerians

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 22:26


Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, have asked Nigerians to rise up and defend their ancestral land since the Muhammadu Buhari-led government was idling in protecting the lives of citizens.

The duo made the declaration in a statement on Wednesday after a meeting in Ogun State.

They said the selective approach of the Nigerian Government to security in different parts of the country points to an internal colonisation agenda, which is happening with the nod of the government. 

The statement reads in part, "The present development is not new, nor has it lacked warnings. 

"Numerous times, voices have been raised, and resistance mounted against the evolution of internal heirs to external colonialism, be this manifested by a military elite or by religious or economic groupings which flaunt their scant recognition of, or respect for human dignity, civic rights and sanctity of human life. The state has cultivated the art of looking the other way – until forced to confront reality.

"In this regard, the recent ultimatum delivered by a sectarian order to the president of this nation to set up the so-called RUGA cattle settlements across the entire nation within a stipulated time, despite national outcry, should be acknowledged as entitlement under the bounty of freedom of expression. In return, we exercise ours, and call upon Nigerian nationals across state demarcations to defend the sanctity of their ancestral lands. This birthright has never been annulled, not even under colonial occupation.

"We have in mind destructive forms of social transactions that characterise groups such as nomadic cattle herdsmen, and their umbrella groupings in the nature of Myetti Allah."

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Mompha Ran Illicit Bureau De Change -EFCC

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 22:17


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, better known as Mompha, ran an illegal bureau the change, which he used to defraud people.

Tony Orilade, spokesperson for the EFCC, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. 

The anti-graft agency said the fourth prosecution witness, Enu Matthew Obun, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, told a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, presided over by Justice Abdullahi Liman, that the suspected Internet fraudster ran an illegal bureau de change with his company Ismalob Global Investments Limited.

EFCC is prosecuting Mompha alongside the company on a 14-count charge bordering on cyberfraud and money laundering to the tune of N33bn.

Mompha, who is the first defendant in the matter, is alleged to have used the company to launder funds, part of which he used to acquire properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness, a compliance officer with the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering of the EFCC, told the court that on November 15, 2019, the commission requested from SCUML the regulation and compliance status of the company and that “upon inspection, it was discovered that Ismalob is not registered with the SCUML.”

He further stated that “From the database search in the office, there is no information on Ismalob Global Investment Limited and all the transactions that were done in the company’s account between December 14, 2015 and January 25, 2018 are not on SCUML’s record.”

Justice Liman adjourned the matter until February 26, 2020 for continuation of trial.

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BREAKING: Imo Gets New Governor As Uzodinma Is Inaugurated

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 22:14



Hope Uzodinma has been inagurated as governor of Imo State.

This followed a ruling by the Supreme Court for the Independent National Electoral Commission to announce him as governor.

INEC had earlier in the day presented him with a Certificate of Return in line with the order of the apex court.
 

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JUST IN: INEC Presents Certificate Of Return To Uzodinma

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 19:25



The Independent National Electoral Commission has presented Certificate of Returns to Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State.

The electoral commission presented the certificate to Uzodinma in line with the order of the court.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday sacked Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state.

The court also ordered that INEC should withdraw the certificate of return issued to Ihedioha and issue Uzodinma a fresh one.

Delivering the ruling, the court held that INEC had cancelled some electoral votes in polling units Uzodinma had won.
 

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ALERT: Mob Riot Ongoing In Jakande, Lekki, Citizens Getting Attacked And Robbed

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 19:12


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There is a riot happening at the moment at Jakande in Lekki area of Lagos.

The Nigerian Police Force is yet to arrive at the scene of the incident at the time of filing this report.

A mob angry over the invasion of Jakande Market by the Lagos State Task Force are attacking citizens, properties and shops in the area.

More to come...

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Go Back To Sleep, Amotekun Is Here To Stay, Wole Soyinka Tells Nigerian Government

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 19:04


 

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said that the regional security of South-West states, "Amotekun", which was created to protect citizens in the area due to government failure to do so, has come to stay.

The Nigerian Government on Tuesday declared the outfit illegal, saying the power to provide security lies on the executive list only and not on the concurrent list. 

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Soyinka said, “Those who said Amotekun is illegal should go back to sleep. 

"Amotekun has come to stay. I even think we should start moving from Amotekun to Awosikun. Let’s deal with the issue of hunger.”
 

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We'll Not Issue Certificate Of Return To Uzodinma Yet -INEC

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 18:55


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The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it cannot issue Certificate of Return to Senator Hope Uzodinma until it has received a court order.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday declared Uzodinma as winner of the March 2019 governorship election in Imo State and ordered the electoral body to issue him a Certificate of Return immediately.

Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, on Wednesday said that the commission will issue the Certificate of Return to him as soon as it is served with the enrolled order.

Oyekanmi said, "Please be informed that the commission is yet to be served with the enrolled order of the Supreme Court judgment, therefore we cannot issue the Certificate of Return to the APC candidate yet. 

"However, once the commission receives the enrolled order, the CoR will be issued."

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EXCLUSIVE: Petroleum Equalisation Fund Manager, Goody Nnamdi, Indicted By EFCC For Fraud Returns To Position With Benefits Fully Paid

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 18:52


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Goody Nnadi, a General Manager of Corporate Services in Petroleum Equalisation Fund, who was indicted in December by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for corruption has been reinstated to his position with his benefits fully paid.

On December 20, 2019 a Federal High Court in Abuja granted final forfeiture of his property, which included a plaza and many residential properties in Abuja after the EFCC proved that the property where gotten from corrupt practices while in office. 

Nnadi, who has been declared as a corrupt public official by the court, was paid an upfront sum for 2020 amounting to N15,862,172.

He also received N61,343,402.06 from the Nigerian Government as monetisation for his mortgage loan.

Nnadi, SaharaReporters gathered was being shielded by powerful forces within the Presidency, making it impossible for the board of the PEF to suspend him.
 

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Nigerian Forced To Work Without Pay In Lebanon Regains Freedom

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 16:15


 

 

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A Nigerian mother, who was forced to become a home help without pay in Lebanon, has regained her freedom.

Gloria Bright left her two children on October 25, 2019 to teach English in the Middle-East country but found a different job description awaiting her.

She said, “The experience wasn’t a nice one in Lebanon; they take advantage of some ladies. I just want to thank God for bringing me back home safely.

“I left October 25, 2019 to work and I was told that I’ll teach English to the children there but when I got there, it was a housemaid work.”

Her version of the tale has however, been denied by a representative of the travel agency that processed her departure.

Channels Television quoted Adetuni Sanusi as saying that Bright knew what awaited her and was fully compliant.

She stated, “When she got to Lebanon, we kept in touch with her, she was in communication with us, the agency and that she was happy that everything is going fine and the family she was working for are fine.

“I was shocked to hear her say that she was asked to go over there to teach in Lebanon.”

Bright’s rescue comes less than a week after another Nigerian trafficked to the country was set free.

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Amotekun: Ondo Governor Reminds Malami He Has No Power To Make Laws

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 16:10


 

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, said in an interview with Channels Television that laws are not made in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Akeredolu, who was reacting to the pronouncement of the AGF, Abubakar Malami, that the creation of Amotekun was illegal, said the South-West number one citizens will respond when Malami provides relevant portions of the constitution that oppose the creation of the outfit.

He said, “One thing is clear, laws are not made in the office of the Attorney-General; he can only interpret the laws and give positions of government on matters relating to the law.

“When he comes out with relevant portions of the law on the matter, we will consider it and respond adequately as the law stipulates.”

Akeredolu, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, said the governors had not yet met to discuss about the declaration of the AGF.

He added, “We have not met, but I can assure you that when we meet, we will adequately respond to the position of the AGF.”

 

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Why We’re Yet To Pay Striking Doctors –Ondo Government

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 16:07


 

The Ondo State Government has said insufficient fund in 2019 is the reason why it had not been able to pay striking doctors.

The government said the delay in the payment of the doctors’ salaries was caused by inability to appropriate funds in its year 2019 budget for the state teaching hospital operating both in Ondo town and Akure.

In May 2019, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu signed a bill establishing a multi-locational University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital into law months after the House of Assembly gave its nod for the year's appropriation bill.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, Special Adviser on Health Matters to Governor Akeredolu, said the teaching hospital had to run on little funds generated internally from the government health facility,

According to him, the hospital management had in the heat of the unpaid salaries and arrears last year agreed with the medical practitioners to pay just 33 doctors with the available funds without any preference.

He said, “So, during that period the money that was available was not enough to pay all resident doctors and they were given priority in payment arrangement.

“Now only the newly employed doctors and those yet to do proper filling of their documents with the management were affected by the unpaid salaries.

“But the resident doctors and other workers on the teaching hospital's payroll would begin to receive their salaries as and when due in the next three weeks.

“The reason is that the hospital would have started operating the 2020 budget that was signed into law in December.” 

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Amotekun: Ignore Malami, Southern, Middle Belt Leaders Tell South-West Governors

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 16:04


 

Leaders across four geopolitical zones in the country with the exception of the North-West and North-East have told governors in the South-West region to ignore claims by Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, that its security outfit, Amotekun, was illegal.

Rejecting Malami’s pronouncement, the prominent persons under the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum questioned if different sections of the country were governed by diverse laws.

They wondered why the Civilian Joint Task Force and Hisbah were not considered illegal as well.

They also accused the AGF and the presidency of posturing to make some parts of the country vulnerable to herdsmen attacks.

The group said, “The attention of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has been drawn to the illegal diktat by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN, declaring Amotekun, the South-West security (not military or police) outfit illegal.

“We consider his action as an abuse of office to suppress the rights of federating units to secure themselves and in furtherance of the widely-held suspicion that sections of the country are deliberately being rendered vulnerable for herdsmen and other criminals by the Federal Government.

“We ask governors of the South-West to ignore Malami and allow him to go to court to challenge their decision as he cannot constitute himself as a court over elected governors. We are not under military rule.

“The right to preserve your life cannot be under any exclusive list other than the list of those who have no value for human lives.

“The ultra vire action of the AGF has further exposed Nigeria as a country under command and control and governed by a conquest mentality.

“We ask Malami to tell us what makes Amotekun illegal and Hisbah legal.

“He should further explain to us what makes Civilian JTF legal in the North-East where there is war and in Zamfara and Katsina and Kano where there is no war, while Amotekun is his only illegal take.

“This is a defining moment to decide if we are under segregation and different laws in the country.”

The statement was signed by Yinka Odumakin (South-West); Gen CRU Iherike (South-East); Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt).

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Pupils In School Attended By Ondo Deputy Governor Sit On Bare Floor, Learn In Classrooms With Leaky Roof Despite N13bn Education Expenditure

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 15:18



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SS2 classroom with few broken chairs and pitted floor.


Examination hall with leaking roof, no chair and bad floor.


A roll of classrooms, overtaken by bush, in the school premises, with leaking and mostly no roof top.







The second unkempt toilet on it part to being overtaken by the bush, students have already stopped using for the fear of snakes.


 

As the population of out-of-school children continues to soar above 13 million in Nigeria and the country comfortably sit atop that infamous list in the world, there is no sign of things changing for the better in the near future especially with government’s uninspiring attitude towards improving the quality of education in the country. To a large extent, this has contributed towards the dilapidation of many school buildings and unavailability of academic materials for pupils in such places across most parts of the country.

According to the Universal Basic Education Board, over 20 states in 2019 failed to provide matching grants to build more schools in their different states.

For pupils of Community Comprehensive High School, Sabomi, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, the future indeed holds no hope and promises of a better life. This is largely because the facility of learning has become the very epitome of rot and neglect. Despite producing several prominent persons over the years including the current deputy governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, the school has only little to show in terms of infrastructure for its contribution towards human capita development. 

Established in 1859, CCHS has remained the only hope of secondary education for many children across the region. During a visit to the area recently, our correspondent observed how pupils, parents and even teachers have grown frustrated by the sad situation that has reduced learning to a hellish experience for young boys and girls.

While expressing disappointment at the situation, one student said, “It’s impossible to be eager to attend classes but many of us still show up because we want better future for ourselves.”

The student, who identified himself only as Femi, said they now have to go through pains to receive lectures in the government-owned school.  SaharaReporters Media

An ex-student of the school, Omoenibinu Gbenga, also expressed worry that children around the area could get discouraged by the situation of things and abandon education.

“I graduated from the school in 2015, and during our time the infrastructure was still manageable, but now the students have little or nothing left to study.

“How can you possibly understand anything being taught in class when you have to run away from water dripping from leaky roof and sit on bare floor when everything is already wet and broken?” Gbenga asked.

Classrooms With No Chairs

Empty classroom with no chair. SaharaReporters Media

“There’s more to a student’s academic success than just being taught; the environment in which they learn has a major impact on their progression,” he added.

The floor of most of the classrooms are cracked thus making it difficult for pupils to sit on it as chairs are almost non-existent in the school. The few available ones are shared by pupils while those, who have the capacity, construct wooden chairs for personal use.

One parent while expressing unhappiness about the state of the school, lamented that the neglect by the state government and lack of improvement on quality of education in the community was affecting their children.  SS2 classroom with few broken chairs and pitted floor. SaharaReporters Media

“What is going on in the school is sad. The government including the deputy governor is watching on as this school collapses, it’s really sad.

“How can we have a deputy governor as an ex-student and our children are studying under this kind of condition. It is very sad,” she added.

A student of the school, who identified himself only as Segun, also jumped into the debate. He said, “Some students have to sit on the window frames because we don’t have enough chairs.

“A lot of us fall off and injure ourselves in the process. We are begging the government to help us fix this school.”

Leaking Roofs

Examination hall with leaking roof, no chair and bad floor. SaharaReporters Media

Beyond the crumbling state of the classrooms, the school’s hall where students write the West African Examination Council tests has also witnessed a great deal of dilapidation. It is perhaps the worst building with leaky roof. The hall, which has four additional classes in it, is likely going to collapse soon because the roof is already falling apart and no longer safe for learning.

Mebolaje Ekujumi, an alumni of the school, while expressing disappointment in how much the school has decayed, urged government to quickly come to the aid of the people and renovate the school being the only hope of the people around the area.  A roll of classrooms, overtaken by bush, in the school premises, with leaking and mostly no roof top. SaharaReporters Media

“The government needs to help, this school is the only secondary school for children from this area. It’s disappointing that this is happening,” he said.

Library With No Textbooks

While a library is expected to house collections of books, periodicals and sometimes recordings for people (students) to read, borrow or refer to, the one at CCHS is a mere carcass – accommodating only three tables and no bookshelves. The school has no academic materials for students to read during free hours. Pupils are made to buy textbooks and other academic materials despite the free education in the state.

In October 2019, the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu administration in Ondo claimed it had spent N13bn on education in the state since coming into office. With this figure, it is therefore shocking to see the level of rot in Community Comprehensive High School, Sabomi.

Here’s a photo of the school library:

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Computer Science Lab With No Computers

Apart from not having a functional library, students of the school do not also have the luxury of a computer laboratory. The closest they have seen of a computer is inside textbooks. While conversing with this reporter, some of the pupils joked at how they have been equipped with the textbook theory of how a computer works but never operated one in reality.

“We don’t have computers in our school, our teachers teaches us from textbooks and we write the examination based on what we have been taught.

“Maybe two or three students in the senior class can boast of having the practical knowledge of how to operate a computer maybe because their relatives in the town have a computer,” one of the students said.

Koledoye, another student, also lamented the fact that students in the school have no access to computers while revealing that the two computers in the school are faulty and the school has no immediate plans to repair them.

“We don’t have computers but we have a room tagged computer science lab in the school.

“The two desktop computers left in the lab are not functional,” he said.

Barricaded Bush Used As Toilet As Students Risk Snakebites 

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The sight of CCHS’ toilet hurriedly brings thoughts of the dangers of open defecation to mind. A pit latrine and with no access to water, students are forced to improvise by using leaves or papers to clean themselves after using the toilet.

“That toilet? I can’t use it, never,” said a female student, who narrated how she once rushed home during lectures to answer the call of nature so as to avoid contracting infection.

“That day, I ran home from class because I couldn’t hold it anymore. I needed to use the toilet but after one of my friends in school complained about contracting toilet infection from the latrine, I had stopped moving close to the place,” she added.

The female pupil said that aside being infected with disease, the risk of being bitten by a snake while trying to use the school’s toilet was a real threat.

The second unkempt toilet on it part to being overtaken by the bush, students have already stopped using for the fear of snakes. SaharaReporters Media

“Aside from toilet infection, you could get bitten by a snake in that place. It’s so bushy that you can’t even see the floor,” she said.

Pleas For Urgent Government Intervention

Going by the terrible state of infrastructure in the school, pupils and their parents have appealed to the Akeredolu-led Ondo State Government to immediately turn its attention towards renovating the school. They have asked the governor to prioritise education and ensure that schools in rural and inner communities get sufficient funding to avoid a collapse of infrastructure.

Some of the parents, who spoke, lamented that lack of quality education for their children could further increase poverty level in the region if not quickly addressed.

“We strive to work and ensure our children get educated but it is sad that the only school available for us in this community is not in good shape.  SaharaReporters Media

“Teachers are not enough, textbooks are not provided for students let alone other academic facilities.

“Our worry is that one day there won’t be school in the community and our children’s future would be jeorpadised thereby further impoverishing this community. We do not want this to happen that is why we are crying out for help,” one parent said. 

 

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How Nnia Nwodo, Nnamdi Kanu And IPOB Damaged Biafran Brand In Nigeria By Churchill Okonkwo

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 14:05


There is always a huge political risk and danger whenever erratic, embattled, and paranoid leaders assume the responsibility of “protecting” their ethnicity in a multicultural country. The simultaneous emergence of Nnia Nwodo and Nnamdi Kanu (who were both erratic and paranoia) as leaders of Ohaneze Ndigbo and Indigenous People of Biafra respectively was thus unfortunately a bad omen for Igbos in Nigeria. 

In the past seven years, IPOB has been praying for calamity to befall Igbos. By promoting hatred, anger and conflict between Ndigbo and herdsmen; Igbos and Yorubas; Igbos and multiple South-south ethnic nationalities; Igbos and Hausas; Igbo and everyone else in Nigeria, IPOB, tried and thankfully, woefully failed to ignite any major conflict. Their intent of imposing upon Ndigbo an eccentric state of falling in love with ourselves made them popular among Igbos.

Unfortunately for Chief Nwodo, he became the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo at a time that the ethnic sentiments whipped up by IPOB have, unfortunately, been accepted by much of Igbos in the street. His authority as the most powerful figure in Igbo affairs (supposedly) was thus threatened by the emergence of a vociferous and divisive character in Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi Kanu, through IPOB, did everything to intimidate the Igbo politicians and groups in the middle. Chief Nnia Nwodo was, thus, forced to mimic Nnamdi Kanu in order not to lose the Igbo voice on the streets. 

The attempt by Nnamdi Kanu and Nnia Nwodo to outwit each other made them take the extreme position that was and is very divisive in national politics. To remain relevant and avoid the wrath of IPOB Internet soldiers, Chief Nwodo, felt the need to do something groundbreaking to be the man of the people. Chief Nwodo gradually started acting and sounding like Nnamdi Kanu. 

In the process, he, unfortunately, dragged Ohaneze Ndigbo into dangerous partisan politics to the extent of openly endorsing a political party, something a cultural group that is apolitical should tactfully avoid. That was the genesis of political miscalculations and blunders that have brought Ndigbo to this cul-de-sac in Nigerian politics. It may take more than a generation to repair the damage caused by Chief Nwodo and Nnamdi Kanu in Nigerian national politics.

It is bad that the market valve of Igbo politicians has been so degraded that even within the PDP, they are all shying away from national politics. This has placed Igbos in a precarious position going into the next round of major politicking at the national level.  

The lesson from this is that the politics of nationalism by an ethnic group that is not the majority in a multicultural country could backfire if not handled with the dexterity and care that it deserves. Today it is very easy to mobilize the support of members of any ethnic nationality in Nigeria based on minor, real and perceived cleavages. However, having erratic and ambivalent leaders as spokespersons is bound to be detrimental to any minority ethnic nationality in the complex Nigerian political equation. 

As the saying goes, “Cry wolf often enough and you eventually get eaten by the wolf, even if the wolf is you.” The political relevance of Chief Nwodo, Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB were eventually swallowed by the wolf that they have been crying for years. Now, Nnamdi Kanu is on the run, just like Odimegwu Ojukwu. Chief Nnia Nwodo, on the other hand, was reduced to a weak political figure after he failed in his attempt to help Chief Atiku Abubakar win the 2019 presidential election. 

There is a saying that unless we learn to know ourselves, we run the danger of destroying ourselves. These are two characters, Chief Nwodo and Nnamdi Kanu, who failed to think before talking may have destroyed the Igbo political class in Nigeria. 

Finally, the truth is that however much it rains on us; no wild banana tree will grow on our heads. No wild banana will grow on the heads of Igbo politicians soon in Nigeria after the damage caused by Nnia Nwodo, Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. For success, be it in having a restructured political system in Nigeria or having a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, the Igbo political class will need to work with other ethnic nationalities for any meaningful progress. 

If the pestle misses the mortar, it pounds the ground. Chief Nnia Nwodo, Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB completely missed the mortar. They have pounded the ground and damaged the pestle. 

It may be difficult to whitewash the fact that Chief Nnia Nwodo, Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB have destroyed the market value of Igbo politicians in Nigeria. They have damaged the Biafran Brand. 

To repair the damaged Biafran brand, what Igbos need now is hope, not fear. We should renegotiate the tension between reckless, self-expression and strategic action. There was no strategic action in the activities of IPOB over the last couple of years. There was also no strategic plan and thus no political achievement by Ohaneze under the leadership of Nnia Nwodo. 

Nnia Nwodo and Nnamdi Kanu failed. Unfortunately to acknowledge that gaining support is an art, involving the ability to justify an agenda, establish credibility, appreciate what the other party is looking for, and remaining politically astute. 

Finally, on this day as we mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigerian Biafran Civil War, a true honor for Biafran Soldiers who fought gallantly during the civil war is a paradigm shift to a Renaissance with political goals that will refresh and perpetuate Igbos through education, proactive political engagement in such a manner that will ensure that Igbos grow and thrive in an open Nigerian society.

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Amotekun Not Illegal, Fani-Kayode Tells Nigerian Government

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 13:59


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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the decision by the Nigerian Government to declare Amotekun, the security outfit set up by South-West governors, an illegal organisation.

Earlier, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had said that the setting up of the paramilitary organisation called “Amotekun” was illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law.  

He further stated that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy and Airforce including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria, thereby making it illegal.

While reacting to the statement, FFK in a post shared on his Facebook page on Wednesday, wondered why the Hisbah Police in the North-West and Civilian Joint Task Force in the North-East can be seen as legal but Amotekun which is to protect indigenes of the South-West is illegal.

He said, “Hisbah Police in North-West is okay, Civilian Joint Task Force in North-East is okay. Meanwhile, IPOB in South-East are terrorists and Amotekun in South-West is illegal! 

“One day, Nigerians will get tired of this bullshit, get sense and free themselves from this insufferable bondage.

“The bitter truth is that what the Federal Government has done by claiming that Amotekun is illegal is to strengthen the hand and harden the resolve of the more radical and forceful elements and the more extreme nationalist forces in the South-West who have always challenged the erroneous notion, flawed logic and questionable assumption that the unity of Nigeria is not only settled but also sacrosanct.

“If you say that we cannot defend ourselves and our people from tribal and religious bigots, ethnic cleansers, genocidal maniacs, barbarous savages, bloodthirsty jihadists, blood-lusting terrorists, racial supremacists, and cold-blooded mass murderers simply because we are Southerners, then to hell with your Nigerian unity.”

 

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Nigeria’s Entrepreneurs Key to Africa’s Prosperity –US Consul General, Pierangelo

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 13:55


 

United States Consul General, Claire Pierangelo, on Tuesday reiterated the importance of Nigeria’s entrepreneurs to the continued growth of economies in the West African sub-region and the prosperity of the continent.

Speaking at a one-day capacity-building seminar for the first cohort of U.S sponsored Tony Elumelu Foundation alumni, Pierangelo noted that population trends in Africa’s largest economy will not only mean that Nigeria could become the world’s third most populous country by 2050, but events in the country could have wide-ranging global repercussions going forward.

She said, “If Nigeria is successful, its extremely young population will represent a tremendous source of productive labour and an extremely attractive market for a variety of products and services. 

“Its success will be Africa’s success and the world will also benefit from the creativity and resourcefulness of its people.

“That is why the government of the United States cares so deeply about supporting entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

“Right now, according to sources, small to medium sized enterprises run by entrepreneurs create about 85 per cent of all jobs in this country. 

“We are therefore committed to working with you and our local partners, including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, to help you maximise opportunities to use your drive and skills to create a better Nigeria for all of us.”

Chief Executive Officer of Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ifeanyinwa Ugochukwu, who expressed the organisation’s appreciation for the partnership with the U.S. Consulate General, highlighted the importance of strategic alliances for the country’s sustained economic development.

She said, “It is clear that development aid does not solve economic problems, handouts never work in the long-term and in no developed country does government shoulder economic burden alone. 

“On the other hand, partnerships such as this support the job-creating, solution-driven mentality which Nigeria needs to lift itself up.”

The seminar also included a presentation on “Globalisation and Nigeria” by John Doggett, a Senior Lecturer at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. 

It concluded with a panel discussion on the “Key to success” featuring Olori Anita Ololade Odozi, fashion entrepreneur; Adebola Williams, Co-Founder of Red Media Africa; AfricanFarmer Mogaji, CEO of AfricanFarmer; and Omowale Ogunrinde, CEO of Field of Skills and Dreams. 

The United States Government in October 2019 announced its partnership with the Tony Elumelu Foundation to promote entrepreneurship initiatives in Nigeria through a public diplomacy grant of $105, 000 or approximately N37.8m.

 

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Delta Government Bans Protests Within Premises Of Multinational Companies

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 13:50


The Delta State Government has said it will henceforth arrest and criminalise protests, meetings or negotiations by youth associations within the premises of oil prospecting companies in the state.

The state government gave the warning on Tuesday in a statement following the alleged death of two security personnel attached to Midwestern Oil and Gas Company at Umusadege community under Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state over a disagreement between the host community and oil firm.

The statement signed by Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Emman Amgbaduba, read, “No youth must approach any oil company operating in Delta State over any form of issue. 

“Should anyone attempt to take over the premises of any company, security operatives should take necessary actions by treating such person(s) as criminals.

“No form of youth activity is expected to hold within the premises of oil companies operating in our state, be it peaceful protest or meetings.”

The commissioner while directing all forms of protests to his office, called on security operatives to carry out a thorough investigation on the cause of breakdown of law and order which led to loss of lives and properties in Umusadege community last weekend.

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Police Warn Families Of Kidnap Victims Not To Negotiate Ransom With Kidnappers

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 13:30


Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu

The Nigeria Police Force says it will always discourage families of kidnap victims from negotiating ransom with kidnappers in a bid to rescue their loves ones from captivity. 

The police said it was its duty to protect lives and property in the country but can only achieve that through the cooperation of the people.

Speaking while featuring on a radio programme in Akure, Ondo State, spokesperson for the police in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, accused families of some kidnap victims of always thwarting the efforts of police from rescuing their love ones by negotiating with kidnappers.  

He said, “We have never encouraged family of any kidnapped victim to negotiate with kidnappers in case of abduction because it is like a double crime. 

“But you know in the desperate bid to get their love ones out of the hook, you would see family of kidnapped victims sourcing for money to pay for ransom.

“And at times, such attitude do affect our job in tracking these criminals because they would have threatened them that the police must not be involved. 

“When a kidnap case occurs, you come to the police and make report. So, we are expected to swing into action but you see many of them abandon their cooperation with us and start negotiation with the kidnappers. They turn around to blame us when things go wrong.”

Joseph asked the people to always cooperate with the police by furnishing them with useful information when cases of kidnapping occur in the state.

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New Imo Governor, Uzodinma, Freezes State Accounts

Sahara Reporters - Wed, 2020-01-15 13:26


New governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has given an order to all financial institutions where the state funds are maintained not to honour any draft till further notice.

This order came a few hours after the Supreme Court declared him the duly elected governor of the state on Tuesday, a report by PUNCH said. 

A letter addressed to the regional directors and managers of all financial institutions in Imo State and signed by Cosmos Iwu, Director-General of Senator Hope Uzodinma Campaign Organisation, on behalf of the governor, ordered “post no debit” on all accounts of the state domiciled in their banks till further directive.

The letter which was titled, “Order of post no debit on all accounts of Imo State Government effective 14, January 2020” stated that the order was a sequel to the apex court judgment which declared Uzodinma the new governor of the state.

The three-paragraph letter reads, “Following the Supreme Court judgment of 14, January 2020, I am directed by his excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, to take this as your authority/instruction to place a post no debit order on all accounts of the Imo State Government maintained in your various institutions.

“You are by this letter directed to comply and await further instructions from the office of his excellency, the executive governor of Imo State. Thanks for your cooperation.”

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