AUGUST 1- AUGUST 20, 2013

 

August 1, 2013

The Presidency started this month with distress as it appeared threatened by the moves of the five northern governors comprising RabiuKwakwanso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State. Alas, the Presidency raised the alarm, why are they still consulting, what are they consulting about? These rhetorical questions came from the Villa. Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan was among those they met with but it’s as if the Presidency no longer feels comfortable with their endless consultations alleging that the governors have ulterior motives. Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. DoyinOkupe said it would be wrong for Nigerians to assume that the governors were concerned with the happenings in Rivers State insisting that they were not truthful in their words, adding that what they had in mind was not what they were telling the Nigerian public. Okupe, now a mind reader, anyway, one who is down fears no fall, dem dey fear fear. “This is 2015 live”.

No sooner than the All Progressives Congress got the nod of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to “carry go” that it had already attracted critics and may be heading to court soonest. The All Progressive Grand Alliance has threatened to sue APC and the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola for N2 billion for listing it in an advertorial as one of the four parties that merged to form the new party. The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, who described the recognition of APC by INEC as “A black market registration” gave Fashola seven days’ ultimatum to publish a retraction of the said advertorial. Or else, N2 billion to sure …

 

August 2, 2013

The elected Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, in what seemed like a comic relief today sent words to Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan while he played host to a delegation of Niger Delta bishops who were trying to resolve the political logjam in the state. The bishops had visited Mrs. Jonathan during which she stated that she regarded Amaechi as her son and would not wish him evil but the governor used today’s medium to respond by saying “No mother takes away a police commissioner to the detriment of her son. So, when next you see my mother (First Lady), please tell her she should try and protect her son”. What an unimaginable “sweet mother”.

 

August 3, 2014

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride”, Senator Femi Lanlehin, representing Oyo South Senatorial District, told Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, who was eyeing a second term in office that his second term ambition was just a mere dream. “In Oyo State, it is only one term per governor. For you to change that, you must be exceptionally kind to the people. Whether or not he had been kind to the people, you can go and find out what the people were saying in town,” his words. Trust Oyo people, they are known for words, the Media Adviser to the Governor, Dr. Festus Adedayo quickly responded. “One’s enemy could never be considered to have hunted a massive game; it would always be one lean grasscutter. We could never have expected him to say otherwise about his 2011 gubernatorial nemesis. Since no true party man would say all those attributed to Senator Lanlehin, and since the ACN, as a party already endorsed Governor Ajimobi, deductive logic gives us the latitude to wonder whether Lanlehin is still in the ACN-APC or, as usual, he is about to take his well-known flight and, hence, the need to destroy the party before his departure”, words, orokanka!

 

August 4, 2013

Nobody is above mistake, the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar told the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party. He averred that the omission of his name from the list of delegates submitted from his home state was an error which should be corrected. He also used the medium to protest his not being invited for the party’s National Executive Committee and Board of Trustees meetings which he said should not be so since he is a statutory delegate as a former vice president, according to section 32, subsection 1 (a) of the party’s constitution. Abi dem don amend the constitution? Atiku dey wonder.

August 5, 2013

News travelled fast from Nigeria to Umrah in Saudi Arabia today, with information to the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola to cut short his visit as his ailing father passed on at the early hours. The family however, submitted to the will of Almighty Allah and with immediate effect started burial plans. Trust them, the burial site was Vaults and Garden, Ikoyi, Lagos, they announced. The former Advert Manager of the Daily Times was said to have been flown abroad for medical treatment during last year’s doctors’ strike that paralysed hospitals in Lagos State. He passed on at the age of 80, and Nigerians prayed that God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, today uncovered 93,000 fake voters in the state, 5.6 percent of the voting population in Anambra. This was a serious electoral malpractice; INEC however said the offenders would be prosecuted. Meanwhile, these fake voters were part of the last election in the state o, I think they should be prosecuted really big. INEC should make good their threat and these perpetrators should serve as scapegoats to others.

August 6, 2013

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress today listed their priority but you won’t believe it, presidential candidate was not top on the list, they claimed. How sincere, I don’t know, but I can tell you that the Villa matters most to APC. They opined that the present government was not doing well enough, thus their decision to take over. In the statement of Chief Bisi Akande, Interim National Chairman of the party, he declared that there won’t be talk of its presidential candidate until October or November, when the party would hold its national congress. He further assured a level-playing field in the take-off of the party for all prospective members.Akande said a committee had been set up under the leadership of Alhaji Bello Masari, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, to advice on how to go about the congress with August 20 deadline.

Come and hear this. The Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido was given a query by his boss. Yes, President Goodluck Jonathan queried him on some infractions discovered in the bank’s 2012 audited account. Though they said he had answered the query but who knows what follows, but naNaija we dey sha, we go dey attentive…

August 7, 2013

Can you remember Chidi? One and only, no one but Lloyd, the embattled Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Mr. sorry, Hon. Chidi Lloyd was today granted bail at about 4pm to the tune of about N10m from the Port Harcourt Prison. But the trial Judge who granted his bail, Justice LetanNyordee of the State High Court, Port Harcourt, denied the ‘warrior’ lawmaker his international passport as it was deposited with the court as one of the conditions for the bail. And you know, politicians can’t do without their travel documents, thus, Lloyd’s decision to approach the court to appeal for a waiver on the document. But we would see what they get out of it.

 

August 8, 2013

Is it true, were they really confused? Sincerely, the development was confusing. The newly registered All Progressives Congress, today infuriated the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party forcing harsh words out from their camp. The leadership of the PDP alleged that the APC called on President Jonathan to join its rank. They concluded that the APC had no presidential material and that they had realised that none of those in their fold had the required credentials and competent enough to be president of Nigeria. In the statement of the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Tony Okeke, “the APC had openly showed itself as lacking in ideology and in dire need of leadership to have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to join its rank. The party is only a gathering of confused persons that will at one moment falsely condemn somebody as inept and incompetent and the next moment beg him to join them”. Hmnn…Well-deserved words, they asked for these because am also wondering why they stooped that low. Let’s see what Baba Lai will come up with in his response. Is APC really exhausted in human resource?

What a shame, Ebonyi State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Paul Okorie was sacked for alleged act of inconsistency with his office mandate. Anyway, as a consolation, Okorie was not going alone, he was relieved from office with his Personal Assistant on Primary Health, Dr. Nora Aloh, for the same act of inconsistency, but I wonder if they were not briefed of their official duties while they were sworn in to have been found wanting. Meanwhile, it surprised many as Okorie was an experienced commissioner. He served from 2007-2011 as Commissioner for Works and Transport in the state so, what went wrong, abi you don offend Governor Martin Elechi? Don’t be surprised jare, no be Naija we dey. Whichever way, Okorie had ceased to be a member of the state executive council; his chapter had closed in the governance of Ebonyi State.

August 9, 2013

See prophesy. The Presidency, today said if the All Progressive Congress fields former head of state, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari come 2015, the 2015 election will be a walkover for the Peoples Democratic Party. This statement was in reaction to APC’s statement that it would be a disaster for any party to field President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election. In the words of the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, he noted that they were praying for Buhari’s emergence so as to have an easy ride, so, Buhari is that cheap. But do they really mean their words? Am not sure, if they did, I will advise they try a marathon dry fasting for 40 days, believe you me, na sure answer. For APC, na gimmick be that o, they are only trying to affect your choice of selection, dem dey fear. Do the unimaginable and let see the result, but decision taking at your own risk o.

 

August 10, 2013

This was a tit-for-tat game in the Peoples Democratic Party as a plot was set rolling for the anti-Jonathan second term governors to ensure that their choice never emerged as successor come 2015 in their various states. This was another effort to checkmate them on their decision to stand against the second coming of President Goodluck Jonathan. The pro-Jonathan team thus advised the president to adopt the strategy of the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, by selecting the standard bearers of the party come next governorship election in those states affected. But they barely forgot that OgaJona had no military background. All the same, the party is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) o,not an Individual Autocratic Party (IAP).

 

August 11, 2013

What an insult, this was a stone for a pebble. President Goodluck Jonathan threw caution to the wind today as he decided to put the interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande in his place. Jonathan, responding to Akande’s description of him as an unserious-minded person running a kindergarten government through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said “It was certainly rude, ill-mannered, uncharitable and hypocritical” for Akande to describe him in such uncharitable manner.” Four powerful words; What am not sure of is whether Jonathan has made up his mind not to need the votes of the people from the South-West like he enjoyed in the last dispensation, if he eventually secured his party’s ticket come 2015. Politics apart, Yoruba don’t engage elders in words, which is moral. Ok, Jona is from the other side, but what about the chief speaker, should he not know better. Anyway, OgaJona, the coming generation dey watch you, you will also be aged.

The United Kingdom subsidiary of the Guaranty Trust Bank was fined £500,000 today by the UK based Financial Conduct Authority for not doing well enough in the anti-money laundering campaign on its potential clients from high risk countries. But was this a deliberate effort to launder money or an error of omission? Meanwhile, the agency believed that between 2008 and 2010, the bank had failed to properly screen customers and establish the sincere purpose of the accounts being opened in London, thus a penalty. No think am, UK no be Naija o… I agree though, dem no holy pass…

 

August 12, 2013

Nobody is above the law, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told the former governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki. He was invited today by the EFCC to come and explain his role in the collapse of SocieteGenerale Bank of Nigeria. Earlier in the month, the lawmaker’s media aide, Bankole Omisore, denied that the anti-graft agency invited Saraki for interrogation. Anyway, Nigerians can understand, it is their way of responding. However, he admitted that the issue was an unfolding drama and truly it was because he said yes, and vividly we saw no. All the same, the EFCC started well but na finishing matter most, we hope they do justice without preference, Nigerians are watching o and Jay jay Okocha still dey expect his money.

This is seriously getting out of hand as today recorded several loss of lives in Borno State, no thanks to Boko Haram. Gunmen, suspected to be members of the Islamic sect, dressed in military uniform killed no fewer than 50 people while they were saying their morning prayers (Asba) around 5 at Konduga, about 30 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. These people were no respecter of God and human lives but nemesis would surely catch up with them, shege!

August 13, 2013

Baba Iyabo don vex o… The former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo attacked ‘the new generation of Nigerian leaders. In his assessment, he opined that they performed poorly in terms of integrity and decency. He made this pronouncement at the 4th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit, at the University of Ibadan. He specifically mentioned the former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Alhaji Salisu Buhari, DeprieyeAlamieyesiegha and Lucky Igbinedion as some of the leaders that fall in this category. Those mentioned happened to be at loggerhead with him at one time or the other when ‘Baba’, as he was fondly called was in and outside the government. Now, ‘Baba’ has assessed and graded the so-called younger generation of Nigerian leaders’, am quite sure they would also be interested in assessing and grading the leaders. Let’s wait and see what grade or category they would place the ‘EboraOwu’ himself.

It is not over until it is over o, so said the Lagos State Government on the case of Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha with the death of Kudirat Abiola, the late wife of the acclaimed June 12, 1993 election winner, MKO Abiola. The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye said there were good grounds of appeal in the case and the ministry filed two separate notices. The Lagos State Government in its own opinion however, insisted that Mustapha must be sentenced, “Kudi’s murderer must not go unpunished”.

 

August 14, 2013

The Joint Task Force today recorded a feat in its war against Boko Haram, the military insurgents that have been terrorising the nation. They announced that the JTF had killed Momodu Bama, second in command to the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, during an encounter with troops in Bama, Borno State. Meanwhile, Bama was not alone as 17 other terrorists lost their lives in the encounter, while 24 were arrested. Bama’s father, Alhaji AbubatchaFlatari, one of the spiritual guiding lights of the outlawed terrorist group also died in the operation. Did I hear you clap? The battle is not over.

The Central Bank of Nigeria said Nigerians should expect new naira notes before the end of September. Why are you happy? It is not meant for spraying at parties like you always do, don’t forget the law that penalises anybody spraying naira notes is still in place, so, be careful. Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, Operations, of the CBN, Mr. Tunde Lemo said the CBN will take delivery of new naira notes before the end of September for circulation. On the scarcity of lower denomination notes, Lemo blamed it on commercial banks for what he called “Poor circulation”.

August 15, 2013

Smart guy, big brain! The former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar decided not to put all his eggs in one basket by working on an alternative, which many tagged “Atiku’s plan B”. He was linked with one of the newly registered political parties, the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) by the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC). However, the news was that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party appeared to be uncomfortable with the development and were doing everything possible to ensure that Atiku’s effort went down the drain, most especially when information at their disposal indicated that Atiku was not alone as some nine PDP governors were alleged to be behind the floating of Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM). Hear him, “I am still in PDP and I do not have the right or power to stop others from associating with or seeking registration of new parties”, what a response, sharp guy, really mean business.

Why should it be? The All Progressives Congress (APC) was saying the same thing but with different words. It’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed tried to correct what he called “Gross misrepresentation of the APC governors’ position on local government autonomy”. He said its governors were not against autonomy for local government but that such autonomy should be determined by the houses of assembly rather than the National Assembly and he wanted the autonomy debated in the houses of assembly, not in the National Assembly. We hear you sir. All the same, the people have spoken and they know what they want, so, tell Lai and his people to desist o, the wrath of the people may be dangerous.

 

August 16, 2013

The ambition of the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo to govern his home state, Anambra, hit a brick wall again as he was disqualified by the screening committee of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). Soludo, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he was sponsored as the party’s standard bearer at the last governorship election in the state, was disqualified alongside other five. He however said he would abide by the party’s decision. What a gentleman, no desperation. If na you, you no go appeal, who said professors are not gentle? Sorry jare, Oga Soludo, to serve Anambra is not by force.

Hmmnn… Today Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registered two more political parties, the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and Independent Democrat (ID). This development thus heated up the polity in the Peoples Democratic Party as it further revealed that the northerners were ready to give President Jonathan a run for his money come 2015. Alright, Nigerians, sit down and relax, the movie is about to begin…

 

August 17, 2013

Today, Nigerians decried President Goodluck Jonathan mother’s gift to the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State. The President’s mother, MrsAyi Jonathan, had on August 9, donated two buildings containing 20 en-suite flats to the school at a ceremony attended by the president and some top government officials. The event however, generated comments on social media with the majority of the commentators questioning the source of the money the president’s mother used in facilitating the project. Anyway, while others were questioning ‘Mama’s source of money, the federal university was appreciative. One man’s meat, another man’s poison. Even, why Mama no go get money, the person wey born our own Jona…

August 18, 2013

E don pass our power. The National Assembly today approached three agencies to help them out of the unresolved Academic Staff Union of Universities crisis. The agencies were the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund. Do we share the same thought, yes, TETFUND’s role is understandable but NNPC and CBN, hmmnn…Yesna money matter, the federal government cannot afford the N87bn demand of ASUU according to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In the FG’s wisdom, they deemed it fit to approach the three agencies to sort them out but Nigerians hope their case won’t end up like that of Jacob and Esau, you know, he who pays the piper dictates the tune …

Where was Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party when the name of the former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was missing from the delegates’ list from his home state, Adamawa, for the PDP mini convention? This should not be a rhetorical question, if you have an explanation you better give because it appeared that Tukur suddenly remembered the name of Atiku, not for the list but to help him out in pacifying his opponents to allow him retain his office. The Chairman, this Sunday at about 7pm invited Atiku over to his Wuse 2, Abuja residence to help him save his job when he got the wind of the plan to remove him from office as PDP National Chairman.

Lailai, it can’t be or better still, it shouldn’t be. A non-governmental organisation, the Crusaders for Good Governance, had, in a petition sent to the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleged that a serving minister had, in the last two years, spent over N2billion on private jets, with which the said minister attended private and official assignments. Enn, no be where person dey work him go chop?Moreso, it is all because of the country’s smooth running of office and service delivery… ASUU, I sorry for you, I pity the students.

 

August 19, 2013

This could be true but was not ascertained. They said the Boko Haram leader was killed by the Joint Task Force. And you know what the federal government said, “We reserve our comment”. Hmmnn, Abubakar Shekau was said to have died of gunshot wounds sustained in a gun duel with the JTF. According to the JTF, the Boko Haram leader was shot in June when the Special Forces of the JTF raided the vast forest of Sambisa in Borno. They further revealed that he escaped to Mali where he was placed on treatment but the injury became worse and had to be moved to Cameroon by some of the members before he died. Another source said a close confidant of Shekau, who was mandated to accompany and ensure he received proper treatment and return him safely to the country, was however, killed by other members of the group for allowing the information to get to the public. Are you following the story? Shekau’s death would be a good one but terrorists no dey quick die, I no blame FG o, me sef go reserve my comment but I hope say dey won’t tell the world hedon resurrect o…

Money matter again! This time na Ezekwesili dey vex, she said the National Assembly had spent so much since 2005. The former minister of education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, once again stirred the hornet’s nest. She alleged that over N1 trillion was spent by federal legislators in the last eight years. Further that a research conducted in Britain identified Nigerian legislators as the highest paid in the world. This however annoyed her, and thus she spoke bitterly at a one-day dialogue session on the cost of governance in Nigeria. But you know, truth is bitter. This was an area which the National Assembly doesn’t take lightly with anybody. Oby, this is a no-go area o, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

 

August 20, 2013

I guess the meeting between the National Assembly and three agencies had yielded result. Because the sum of N30 billion was today offered to the Academic Staff Union of Universities to put an end to the industrial action that had paralysed activities in the nation’s public universities. The cash was for their allowances, which they said the federal government had agreed to pay in an October 2009 deal. Other packages that accompanied that gesture was the approval of a N100 billion projects in the 61 public universities but the representatives of ASUU gave a political response, they said they would report back to their principals. Do you know what that means? Approach a politician for an interpretation. All the same, Nigerian students were tired of the sit at home o, they would appreciate a compromise from the two quarters to ensure an end to the unwanted action, or should they appease the gods?

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