RECORDS OF JULY 2013

July 1, 2013

As we stepped into a new month, it was a cleansing season for the Nigerian Army as they tried getting it right by sanitizing its Joint Task Force and Special Task Force team in this month of perfection. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, in the month of May had said the army had arrested some moles that had been sabotaging its effort in the war against Boko Haram in Adamawa and Yobe states and Fulani herdsmen, who had held Plateau by the jugular. Further that they would be tried in a martial court and prosecuted accordingly if found guilty. However, action had followed the words of Ihejirika which showed the difference between the military and “bloody civilians”. Today, a lieutenant and 17 others were arraigned before a martial court for violating the rule of engagement. Their offences varied from communicating with the insurgent groups, cowardly behaviour, murder and manslaughter. Kai, dem go sorry for demselves…

July 2, 2013

Today was for sorrow and tears in Ibadan, Oyo State capital as the remains of the 10 traders brutally murdered by the Boko Haram sect in Borno State were brought back to Ibadan in wooden coffins. The market and its environs wore gloomy mood, the bereaved lamented their loss as the survivors of the attack narrated their ordeal. While the Oyo State Commissioner of Trade and Investment, Mr Adebayo Olagbenro Kareem condemned the killings, he said government would address the crisis but the government he referred to I don’t know, whether state or federal. However, he prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and urged their families to take the act of Boko Haram as the will of God… Dem don hear u sir, “will of God.”

Another feud emerged between the National Assembly and the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the economy, Dr. (Mrs)  NgoziOkonjo-Iweala. The two chambers of the National Assembly had not taken lightly insinuations in the electronic media that the country’s economy would shut down come September 2013 if the 2013 budget was yet to be passed by the lawmakers. She heightened the fear by asserting that the federal government won’t be able to pay salaries and allowances of workers if the situation remained the same come September. This did not go down well with the legislators that sent words back to madam sabi not to incite Nigerians against them and the executive against the legislators. She was however summoned by the lower chamber of the National Assembly to come and give meaning to her statement. Am sure she had words, but only if she would honour the invitation.

 

July 3, 2013

They were really building the nation, but in their own way, correct area fathers cum legislators. This Wednesday, at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the state of the nation bothers the legislators to the extent that there was uproar which degenerated to a boxing bout as Senator Kabir Marafa, representing Zamfara Central Senatorial District proved to be endowed beyond legislating.  He threw a punch to establish that he was not a coward and won’t settle for less with Senator Paulinus Igwe, representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District. Since he could not have his way through a democratic means, he decided to make it physical. But Senator Igwe, who was not trained or skilled in boxing, decided to withdraw after narrowly missing the punch. That however led to the unavoidable adjournment of the session which recorded the state of the nation bill argument. That scenario had however further established the reason why all aspiring legislators must be trained in physical combat, abi you no go need self defence?

Money, they say is the root of all evil, this, the Co-ordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala appeared to have forgotten as she withheld N100 billion constituency allowance of the lawmakers. Though sources said it was her way of paying back the law makers that were proving so hard in effecting the proposed amendment to the 2013 budget, but the aggrieved lawmakers that were so passionate about their constituents could take this to a physical length, abi u don forget who dem be? Anyway, the battle had just began, Okonjo, the tortoise will never embark on a journey she can’t end…you hear? Na advice o.

 

July 4, 2013

The House of Representatives, this day agreed with Nigerians that the president and governors should be stripped of immunity. This decision was reached amidst others as they adopted the recommendations of its ad-hoc committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution. The recommendation, which was the highlight would also have to receive the nod of the Senate before it could become a sealed matter. Meanwhile, the report was an adoption of the demand of Nigerians during last year’s public session organised by the National Assembly on the constitution. No matter where the Senate stands, at least Nigerians know the position of the members of the green chamber on this matter… Fellow Nigerians, you are not alone jare, no criminal must go unpunished.

For the residents of Ibadan, it was Oloolu’s judgment day today and its fear signified the beginning of wisdom, as the masquerade unleashed mayhem on them for attacking him last year. A Christian or Muslim clergy you may offend and be forgiven but reverse is the case with the Ibadan masquerade as Oloolu staged a vengeance year targeting residents of Popoyemoja and Bode in Ibadan. Their offence, they might have forgotten but the memory stays with Oloolu and the masqueraders. With the display of the inscription, “Odun Esan (Year of Revenge)”, mayhem was unleashed with dangerous weapons, residents were injured and 16 vehicles were allegedly damaged. Decrying the attack, the residents said Oloolu’s attack was carried out as a reprisal following what happened last year when the masquerader was allegedly attacked, killing one person and injuring others. Why you attack the spirit wey no dey forgive trespasses? Oloolu no be God o…

 

July 5, 2013

Since Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State had refused to leave the Peoples Democratic Party, despite his threat to do so if the party suffocated him, the Presidency came out openly to advice him to go. The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak said the governor should leave the party voluntarily, in what looked like a message that “we have suffocated you enough, stubborn man”. A PDP source, name, withheld, however, said Amaechi’s expulsion from the party was a matter of time.

It takes a mature mind to admit failure, apologize and move ahead. This, President Goodluck Jonathan did and for the first time he proved his critics wrong at the flag-off of the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He shunned the absence of the Action Congress of Nigeria governors from the South-West; he acted like a president from a western nation and silenced his critics. He admitted failure on the part of his government over the bad condition of the road; he apologized to commuters and motorists for the suffering they had gone through as he vowed that the hardship would soon become history. Who says something good can’t come out of Nazareth? Nigeria is blessed with a brand new and diplomatic Jonathan. But sorry is not enough o, sometimes, you actually have to change.

 

July 6, 2013

“Immunity is the best thing that has happened to Nigeria,” false or lie? The question was not mine, it was from the Presidency. Get set with your answer as the Presidency is getting prepared to slug it out with the congressmen for planning to remove the immunity clause being enjoyed by the president, vice president, governors and their deputies under the constitution. The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak argued that immunity was the best thing that had happened to Nigeria; he warned that unscrupulous persons, who were bent on getting at public officials out of sheer envy, would capitalize on the removal of the clause to cause distraction in the system. As for me, hmmnn,I comment my reserve, but don’t you think we are distracted already? Yes, that is my own question, answer question 1 and 2, immunity to sure.

What an allegation, so Governor Seriake Dickson knew what was really happening, he thus decided to speak out, he said Niger Delta militants steal crude oil to buy arms and ammunition while receiving the new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, Rear Admiral Sidi-Ali Usman. He said the act was dwindling government revenue, also that oil majors in the region had shut down while others were threatening to do so because of the vandals. He thus sounded a note of warning, “those who violate the laws of this state and country will be brought to book”. We would appreciate; let action match words without preference to any.

 

July 7, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan don vex o. He rain cursed Boko Haram for killing innocent school pupils yesterday at Government Secondary School, Mamudo, Potiskum, Yobe State. If we couldn’t get you legitimately, you won’t escape the curse, Jona appeared to have reasoned. Though, he, Oga, vowed to flush out perpetrators of violence out of the country, this we’ve heard times without number but Nigerians thought the curse would do better, an innovation from the Presidency.

Unbelievable, the reigning king had failed to recognize Joseph. Noooo, not in Egypt, right here for our domot. It was like a bombshell when the executive of Peoples Democratic Party from Adamawa State ignored their one time elected governor and the Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the list of delegates submitted to the national body of the party in the forthcoming PDP mini-convention. What a pity, so his reign has suddenly seized, Almighty Atiku, seriki ngoma…10 kings 10 reigns.

 

July 8, 2013

We are at it again; the federal government, in its wisdom, this day secured a loan of $1.1b from China. The Chinese low-interest loan, Finance Minister, Dr. Okonjo Iweala said was to develop airports and hydro power plants. But na tit for tat sha, China was also desirous of increasing its lifting of Nigerian oil, the coordinating minister of the economy affirmed. So, who get sense pass? And for the president and senior cabinet members visit to China, the Presidency maintained that the visit was not a junket, “China is a very important country. China is the largest market in the world, with its 1.35billion people. China is also the world’s largest creditor nation. China is also the largest importer and exporter of goods and it is a large consumer of primary commodities, including crude oil. In fact, after the US, China is the largest importer of crude oil from Nigeria”, this song of praise was chorused by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. When will Naija’s song of praise be composed  not to talk of being sang by other countries?

Are you aware that President Goodluck Jonathan is also a debtor? The Northern Elders’ Forum this day said so. Though they were not talking about money here but they said he was owing them a moral debt and “he must pay”, the words of Professor Ango Abdullahi, the forum’s spokesperson. He added that they were not going to support his second term ambition, noting that there was something wrong with the system that threw Jonathan up against equity and justice. Watch out, na season film…

 

June 9, 2013

This day recorded a strange ‘democratic coup’ at the Rivers State House of Assembly, though it was aborted in what looked like a military or physical approach but it was a scene to watch. Meanwhile, for those that were present they said it was a season film and they could not wait to catch another glimpse that could aid their telling the story. But those that stayed were the good area fathers; they were trained martial artists, kick boxers and that made it a free for all. Another interesting development was that five as a number seemed to be mightier than 27 and that led to fisticuffs in the assembly complex, and since 5 and 27 couldn’t agree constitutionally, they decided to settle it physically. The five anti-Amaechi lawmakers, in a palace coup claimed to have impeached the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan Amachree with other principal officers and replaced him with Hon. Evans BapakayeBipi as well as others. The five anti-Amaechi lawmakers further proceeded by claiming to have suspended 15 of the pro-Amaechi lawmakers, but since they were all skilled in physical art, they tested their strength and lawmakers turned to law breakers. Alas, there was blood, the complex was stained, the police intervened, there were sporadic gunshots, release of teargas and the state was left in disarray.  Fracas, chaos, mayhem at Rivers Assembly.

Jailed for life! Don’t misplace this for Kunle Ajibade’s terrible experience under the military junta; they were Boko Haram members, convicted on three of the five counts brought against them before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today. Those sentenced were Shuaibu Abubakar, Salisu Ahmed, Umar Babagana-Umar and Mohammed Ali. They were arraigned following the April 8, 2011 bombing of the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Suleja, Niger State. 16 people died in the attack, many others were injured. They were also charged with the July 10, 2011 explosions at the All Christians Fellowship, Suleja in which three people were killed and others injured amongst other charges. That was the first major decision on cases involving Boko Haram members; I hope this will serve as a warning signal to other sect members, Justice Bilikisu Aminu, seven gbosa for you.

 

July 10, 2013

Another doctrine of necessity by the National Assembly, this time around they call it Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, the Federal lawmakers swung into action and put it in motion, simply because of the breakdown of law and order  in the Rivers State Assembly, making it impossible for the assembly to perform its legislative duties, and since the section states that “At any time when any house of assembly of a state is unable to perform its functions by reason of the situation prevailing in the state, the National Assembly may make such laws for the peace, order and good government of that state with respect to matters on which a house of assembly may make laws as may appear to the National Assembly to be necessary or expedient until such time as the house of assembly is able to resume its functions; and any such laws enacted by the National Assembly to this section shall have effect as if they were laws enacted by the house of assembly of the state” thus the federal lawmakers double as Rivers legislators.

The seat of governor is not hereditary, anybody can become the governor of Ekiti State, National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu today told House of Representatives members from Ekiti State. He thus implored them today to revoke their decision of suspending Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele as their caucus leader just because he showed interest in the gubernatorial office of Ekiti State. Opeyemi’s reinstatement, we would await to see how democratic and obedient Ekiti lawmakers are.

July 11, 2013

What a tragedy, seven lives were lost again today at Ebute Metta, Lagos, in a building collapse while several were injured and others still trapped, leaving the people of Oloto Street, Ebute Metta, in a sorrow mood. The three storey building came down around 2am while residents were fast asleep.  Meanwhile, a survivor said the building had shown signs of weakness before it collapsed and had been marked for demolition by the Lagos State Government officials but the landlord always managed to stop it. Despite this allegation, the case was a bit to the left and a little to the right; all parties involved had gotten a share of the blame which led to loss of lives. Incompetence on the part of the Lagos State Government officials; stupidity of the occupants of the collapsed building because they were not tied down as occupants by the landlord even if the house was given without paying rent. For oga landlord, you tried, blood on your hands…

This day witnessed another emergence of a forum from the crisis ridden Nigeria Governors Forum, it was christened Progressive Governors Forum. Their mission, to warn that nothing must happen to their counterpart, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State. But who they referred their warning to was made open without reference to any particular quarters. The members of the forum which comprised the 11 governors under the yet to be registered All Progressives Congress however lamented that the anti-democratic forces were using security agencies to threaten and intimidate the Rivers State governor which was condemned by the group as a gross abuse of power. This development could be likened to the case of “Dada, who could not fight but had a warrior younger brother to rely on”, PGF, Voice of the voiceless…

 

July 12, 2013

Hmmnn, Nigeria, we hail thee… Today would go down in history of judicial pronouncement in the country as Justice Rita Pemu, who read the lead judgment at the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos in a convicted case of Al-Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Sofolahan discharged and acquitted the duo over the June 4, 1996 murder allegation of AlhajaKudirat Abiola. The judge described the investigation of the police as “wishy washy”, he shunned the testimonies of Sgt. Rogers and others, in his reason; he said their evidence were rendered discredited because of some identified contradictions. Everybody rose and said “as your lordship pleases”.  And in Kano, they said “justice at last”, jubilation everywhere as they offered in mosques and other places, special prayers to express gratitude to Allah for the “historic event”.

This same day recorded another unbelievable. Her Royal Majesty, Almighty First Lady, the Linguist Patience Jonathan took on the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and put him in his place. Yes, his place, she summoned the courage; she spoke “lingua franca” and concluded that the white hair, bearded professor is an embarrassment to have pointed at  her in the crisis rocking her home state, Rivers. Did you say hahaaaa? Don’t you know how powerful the office of the First Lady is, she’s got the power. The Presidency, however corroborated this when the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, described Soyinka as an ignorant that spoke without knowing the fact and advised him to be “responsible”. Wonders shall never cease, truly it has just begun…

Mama went home today! Mrs Eunice Ayodele Fajuyi finally united with her husband, the late former military governor of the defunct Western State, Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi after 47years of separation. Mama passed on in her sleep in the early hours of the day at about 6.45am. Ekiti State government however described the deceased as religious, God-fearing, compassionate, generous, tolerant and selfless.

 

June 13, 2013

The killing had just began, Boko Haram today denied ceasefire pact with government, with the threat to continue the killing of western education teachers. Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Islamist militant group, called the government liar, denied claims by the Minister of Special Duties, KabiruTuraki that a ceasefire was reached. “Let me assure you that we will not enter into any truce with these infidels”, Shekau, said. What is it you can’t understand here? Shekau said the Nigerian government is an infidel, enn…those that are there now, if na Soyinka now, dem go say make dem cut him head off.

Zamfara State was at war with the Federal Government and there was probability that they approach the court. They were not at war over allocation, mba, you guessed wrong. The war was about gun, gun battle. The federal government this day seized 1,500 double-barrel guns imported by the Zamfara State Government from Ukraine which was meant to be distributed to its vigilance group. Yeess, no state police approved yet, but vigilance group. You want to know the difference, call Governor AbdulazizYari.

 

June 14, 2013

Wicked Nigerians called for the worst today. They called on a Lagos-based private broadcaster, Channels Television, to organize a “Night of a Thousand Laugh” debate between the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan and Professor Wole Soyinka on the heels of the diatribe the First Lady launched against Soyinka in which she described the renowned playwright as an embarrassment. I don’t know if it will end as envisaged or as a comic relief, but it will surely end as a season film.

See discoveries, a shocking one anyway: Boko Haram’s grave of arms and ammunition, bunker and tunnels. This discovery was as a result of the unrelenting efforts of the Joint Task Force team, it seemed the JTF really meant business, the team was hell bent on making a reality the words of President Goodluck Jonathan in ensuring the end of the insurgents. Aside arms and ammunition found in the grave, JTF spokesman, Lt.Col. Sagir Musa, said Boko Haram members who died in gun battles with security troops were also buried in the graves. The tunnels were believed to have served as a passage for the insurgents from their hideouts. E be like say dem don watch American movie wella…but JTF continued to be telling them, you can’t be as wise as us.

With tears, I didn’t say crocodile tears o, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha narrated his ordeal at the prison where he spent 15 years, on his arrival at Kano in front of cheering admirers. He said his incarceration turned him into an orphan as he lost his parents and was unable to pay his last respects to them. Meanwhile, he submitted that he had forgiven those behind his incarceration…smiles. But about the tears, somebody said “The soldier also cries”.

 

July 15, 2013

For the Peoples Democratic Party, it was another setback as the National Working Committee, headed by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur ordered the Jerry Gana led committee to suspend the special convention it planned to hold on Saturday, August 31, 2013. The NWC cited anomalies and breaches of the party’s constitution by the committee and claimed that it won’t want a repeat of the events that affected the party’s convention in 2012. This development also affected the Southwest congress slated for Saturday, August 24, 2013. Hmmnn, a new branded PDP with a pro-active reasoning, once beaten twice shy. But I hope this claims are genuine because Gana no go like am o.

Here came the time to probe the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission itself. This decision was taken by the House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes to verify the status of all assets seized and recovered by the EFCC since inception. At a 3 day public investigative hearing organized by the committee, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal ably represented by Hon. Leo Ogor, Deputy House Leader, decried the secrecy surrounding seized assets of accused and convicted persons in custody of the anti-corruption agency. The committee said it must trace the whereabouts of the assets seized by EFCC estimated at N2tr. Na cunny hunter go kill cunny animal, Nigerians hope this will add value to our lives.

 

July 16, 2013

If not for God, the heads of Governors RabiuKwakwanso (Kano), Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) would have been broken at Rivers State by anti-Amaechi protesters while the governors visited their counterpart, the Rivers State Governor and elected Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, Rotimi Amaechi. Their offence, protesters said they poke nose in the Rivers State affair and should have better stayed in the North to face their unresolved Boko Haram crisis. Passers-by however ran for their lives believing that if elected governors could be stoned, they are neither safe nor secured. The scenario which heightened tension in the state was thus described as necessary by the Peoples Democratic Party Secretary of the Rivers State chapter, Samuel Nwanosike . Though he denied that protesters threw stones but acknowledged that the police did a good job. “They said everybody had the right to protest”, Nwanosike said. But I dey fear fear, dis South South people better be careful, Aboki no dey play with stone o, when next dey throw stone dey fit get bomb in return o.

Governor KashimShettima of Borno State played host to 50 orphans this evening at the Government House, Maiduguri, Borno State capital where they all broke their fast together. Aside the meal, the unusual visitors who were victims of Boko Haram bagged scholarship to pursue their education. Meanwhile, Shettima said the same gesture would also be extended to orphans from Christian homes during Christmas. Abi make we fast forward the month to December?

 

July 17, 2013

The last had not been heard of the suspended redesigned N5,000 note by the Central Bank of Nigeria and its boss, Sanusi Lamido. Sanusi stylishly used a stone to kill two birds when today he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency to explain the source of the fake naira notes allegedly being dispensed by the Automated Teller Machines of some commercial banks. Sanusi said one of the reasons the CBN wanted to redesign the currency a few months ago was because counterfeits tend to catch up with currency that had been in circulation for up to five to eight years. He thus submitted that to address the issues surrounding counterfeiting, new naira notes must be redesigned. Trust him, he knew what he was doing.

July 18, 2013

Dis people no dey hear word, another batch of governors again visited the troubled state of Rivers today to meet with the embattled governor, Rotimi Amaechi. They dared the Rivers people of stone; I guess they were there with shields and armour to save their heads. The governors were Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and IbikunleAmosun (Ogun). Others were Eze Madumere, Mukhtar Anka and DamashiBaruwa, Deputy Governors of Imo, Zamfara and Nasarawa respectively. While their colleagues were attending the National Economic Council meeting they opted for Rivers because of their deep concern for the security of the citizens of Rivers State they said. But Riverians no send you o, governors visited at their own risk.

The “Baba” himself was eventually consulted on the troubled issue disrupting the Peoples Democratic Party. The issue they wanted to hide from “Baba” was finally forwarded to him for elder’s intervention and probably solution. This obedient servant to Jonathan, Akwa-Ibom State Governor  and Chairman Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum did when he approached the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo to support the ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan come 2015 and help to douse the tension within the PDP, most especially the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors Forum. But trust “Baba” now, dem say him no talk anything, that’s why Segun Osoba no go forget arm lailai. Don’t take silence for consent o, if you do, you are mistaking.

 

July 19, 2013

Today, 17 legal practitioners were stepped up as Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs). Their appointments were approved yesterday at the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee meeting. The 17 were chosen from 44 legal practitioners interviewed by the committee last week. Congratulations o, the Laws, we hope you intensify efforts in this noble profession, the sky is just the beginning.

Arrant nonsense, come listen to this, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru stated that the federal government was under serious pressure from the international community to sign the Gay Rights Bill into law in Nigeria. He however, insisted that Nigeria would not sign the bill into law and neither would the death penalty be abolished without reviewing the constitution. Ok, well said, their meat, our poison.

This Friday recorded several wonders; some unserious senators went to pass ‘underage marriage’ law. In their own ‘wisdom’, they felt a girl child that could not cast a vote could be a wife, they thus found a way to retain the provision of section 29 (4) (b) of the 1999 Constitution. But trust Nigerians, lailai, mba, ko joo, even our people from that side added words, “ba haka”, they said. Am sure some of these senators were not given mandate for this cause. If u be senator, senate am well o, African China say so…

 

July 20, 2013

A sudden reality just dawned on President Goodluck Jonathan today as he visited his estranged political godfather, Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he described as a father. The media were however not briefed of the outcome of the meeting which was held at the hilltop mansion of the former president. Nigerians, with immediate effect drew their conclusion, nobody needed to be spoon fed. But it would be recalled that things went sour between the duo when the later was opposed to the re-election bid of Jonathan as well as opposed some of his policies. Meanwhile, no sooner that the president left Obasanjo’s mansion that four northern governors opposed to Jonathan’s second coming also appeared at the same venue. Many however, described this as a hide and seek drama. Anyway, don’t tell me you already know the motive behind  the visit of the governors, Nigerians, hmmnn, u too dey draw conclusion.

The polity was heated up in the Northern part of the country as President Goodluck Jonathan found a way to penetrate the region through the newly found machinery, the Sharia specialist, a new friend and advocate of the ‘underage marriage’ law, the former governor of Zamfara State,  Senator Ahmed Yerima. The Northern leaders however blasted Jonathan and his machinery; they said that would never work. A Second Republic House of Representatives member, Dr. Junaid Mohammed said that the move by the two partners to divide the North would fail and he belittled Yerima, “Yerima has no clout in the North to get the people behind the President”, he said.

July 21, 2013

2015 palaver, yes, they were both worried. Jonathan on one part, some Northern governors on the other part. Jonathan was worried about his second term ambition and the threat posed by some of the northern governors, most especially with their utterances that he won’t emerge as the Peoples Democratic Party standard bearer come the fast approaching 2015, further that even if he secured the party ticket that won’t guarantee his winning of the presidential election, he thus set up a 3 man committee, comprised Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta and LiyelImoke of Cross River. Their mission: to meet with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to broker peace, and the former president to help him intervene in the crisis militating against his second coming.  On the part of the five northern governors comprising of RabiuKwakwanso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, they launched a “save-democracy shuttle” and planned to meet with former heads of state, Gens. Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar. They already met with Obasanjo with an intention to consult with former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma on the need for what they described as effort to save the nation’s democratic process from collapse. What do we call it when politicians get it all wrong and approach the generals for solution in a democratic setting?

The same statement said many times by the Peoples Democratic Party, just because Nigerians seemed not to be listening they have to echo it again that Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu were no democrats. Those who have ears should listen to the voice of the spirit but I can’t tell if the voice is ‘holy’ though. In a statement issued by Tony Okeke, PDP Acting National Publicity Secretary, “Buhari and Tinubu who are well-known despots, lack the moral justification to pontificate on democracy, especially, when their actions are dictatorial”, he said. It was like the tale of the kettle and the pot o…

 

July 22, 2013

The Peoples Democratic Party this day appointed a judge to preside over its own case. In the party’s bid to reconcile all warring factions, they opted for a reconciliation panel which was deemed fit by many but the error was seen as the appointment of Governor Seriake Dickson, one of President Goodluck Jonathan’s “hatchet men” as the chairman of the panel. This had however, generated row within the party as many saw no difference between the appointed chairman and the star striker himself, “OgaJona”.

“I sorry sorry o, I sorry for Ondo people…”, just borrowing from Femi Kuti’s lyrics. Sincerely, it was a sorry case for the constituents of Ondo Central Senatorial District who gave their mandate to an erroneous lawmaker, Senator Ayo Akinyelure. Akinyelure voted in support of the underage marriage bill which annoyed his constituents, they thus summoned him for an emergency stakeholders’ meeting to explain the motive behind his position. Instead of words he thus gave them tears, “nobody is above human error”, and he later summoned words with courage.  Akinyelure said he mistakenly pressed “Yes” instead of “No”, adding that the voting style was electronic that what happened had made him wiser, and because nobody is perfect except God. Hmmnn, what an excuse to make mistake?  Anyway, how many votes would be casted before their distinguished senator will get it right o? Ondo Central Constituents, think twice o.

 

July 23, 2013

No sooner than the Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the Interim National Working Committee released a 30 man list reconciliation panel that stakeholders within the party rejected the panel, it described it “dead on arrival”. Some elders and governors who pleaded anonymity because of the “sensitivity of the matter”, opined that Governor Seriake Dickson, who was appointed the chairman of the committee cannot preside over a serious and delicate matter of such gravity. Further that there was no difference between President Goodluck Jonathan and Seriake, most especially when the governor was also a party of the PDP crisis, going by the face-off between Bayelsa and Rivers over oil wells. Furthermore, “some of us are suspecting that the 30 man panel has a hidden mandate because some apostles of third term are members of the committee. Count some of us out of working with the committee”, they said. You know I told you…

Have you heard? Series of drama in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State had bears suspended from the Peoples Democratic Party for act of insubordination, the same fate suffered by Governor Aliyu MagatakardaWamakko of Sokoto State in the hand of Bamanga Tukur, PDP National Chairman, who also is from the same state. Anyway, this appeared like an unending drama as Mr. MakanjuolaOgundipe, the PDP chairman who pronounced Fayose’s suspension amongst others was said to have been fired by some members of the state executive just a week ago. While Fayose described his suspension as a joke, Ogundipe noted he can only be fired by the national body of the party, so who fools who?

July 24, 2013

They knew he was not hired, so they didn’t call him a hired killer, but they charged him for attempted murder. No other person than the most skillful karate king of Rivers State House of Assembly, the Majority Leader of the House, who used the mace on Hon. Evans Bipi, Hon. Chidi Lloyd. The State Criminal Investigation Department said Lloyd claimed to have used the mace on his colleague in self defence while he also sustained injury, but they ruled out the possibility of releasing him on bail as he was under interrogation. Meanwhile, in another development, the elders and stakeholders of the South-South forum had called on Governor Rotimi Amaechi to resign from the Peoples Democratic Party or else they would force him out of the party. This effort, they said was to bring sanity to the party. So Amaechi na waste…

Song of victory at last in the lips of the grassroots politicians as the House of Representatives finally granted autonomy to local governments. It also allowed for independent candidates in future elections and as well barred local government chairmen from getting funds from Federal Government Allocation, abrogated State Joint Local Government Account and empowered local governments to maintain they own special account to be called “Local Government Council Allocation account”. State Independent Electoral Commission was also scrapped with the alteration of Section 197, noting that under the new amendment, elections into local government councils would be managed by Independent National Electoral Commission. But there was a drama in the house while the electronic voting machine that gulped N50 million failed during the vote on the 87 clauses penciled down for alteration in the constitution review. Thus they opted for manual voting which would never create error as the case of Senator Ayo Akinyelure of the upper chamber.

 

July 25, 2013

Against all odds, this week ended well for the executive and legislative arms of government. This Friday presumed a harmonious relationship among the duo as the National Assembly passed the budget amendment as proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan, restoring all the cuts they made to the original 2013 Appropriation Bill before passing the budget last year. This however raised concern and Nigerians were left with three thoughts: whether the legislators were so passionate about Nigerians and decided to forestall the financial crisis envisaged by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. MrsOkonjo Iweala, or they were threatened with Okonjo’s game to withhold their constituency allowance, or there was an handshake, yes handshake.

Allah-Dey, one of Nigeria’s foremost journalists this day passed on. Alhaji AladeOdunewu today died in Lagos at the age of 85 after a long battle with an age-related sickness. The former Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council died at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos. He would forever be remembered for the roles he played in media advancement… Good Night AllahDey.

 

July 26, 2013

Believe me, you won’t want to hear this, and I think we would need the intervention of many intelligent Muslim Scholars to clear the air on this matter.  The now scary man to so many young girls, the first executive governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima had said in Islam, any girl could marry once she started menstruation. “And the Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) said, for you to be married, there are conditions you must have attained as a woman. One of them is menstruation. Once you start menstruation, you are of full age, you can marry, that is the Quran and the Haddith (saying and actions of the prophet)”, did anybody care to know how the menstruation came to being, hmmnn, I no fit shout o, I hope those that desire this won’t quicken the arrival of menstrual period.

“Anything can happen”, this was the language of Mr. BeluolisaNwaofor (SAN), Counsel to Chidi Lloyd, the detained Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly as he feared for the life of his client who he said was blindfolded and tortured by the Nigeria Police. While he sought his temporal release based on the rules of fundamental human rights, he said Lloyd’s safety was not guaranteed in the hand of the Nigeria Police. “You are aware of what is happening now. Anything can happen before next week”, the experienced counsel that had witnessed the case of MKO Abiola, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua amongst others lamented. I no blame him o, he has learnt.

 

July 27, 2013

War of words in Ekiti Peoples Democratic Party! The “suspended” Mr. Ayo Fayose versus the “sacked” Mr. MakanjuolaOgundipe. Fayose today, accused the Ekiti State PDP Chairman of asking him to buy him 2013 Range Rover to secure the governorship ticket of the party which he turned down. He thus described his suspension as laughable and meaningless. “It is like somebody taking his own heart out of his body or stopping his heart from pumping, I am the engine room of PDP in Ekiti State”, he boasted. “Fayose is a pathological liar and it is unfortunate that he can go this extent to blackmail me. It is really sad that he has resorted to blackmail. Everybody knows his character. It is so cheap for me to collect N5 million as the chairman of the greatest party in Africa”, he retaliated.

 

July 28, 2013

Tears, sorrow and blood in Dawashe, a village in Borno State as Boko Haram unleashed terror again, killing 21 civilians and left several injured in what appeared to be a reprisal attack. A group of Civilian Joint Task Force from Maiduguri stormed Dawashe village in search of Boko Haram members when the suspected sect members came armed and fired sporadic shots that killed the innocent civilians. The victims were mostly fishermen and traders in the area. What a tragedy.

 

July 29, 2013

Barely 24hours after Boko Haram members unleashed terror in Borno State, in its pro-active measure, men of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army arrested no fewer than 42 suspected members of the Islamic sect in Lagos. Majority of the arrested suspects were said to have migrated from Borno State to South-western states, particularly Lagos and Ogun. The suspects, they said allegedly confessed to have participated in some of the mayhem in the northern parts of the country. They were however arrested in Hausa populated places in the two states based on intelligence reports. Eko o nibaje o, Ogun nko? O bajeti.

The hand of the law caught up with the Chief Judge of Abia State today, Justice Shadrack Nwanosike, as he was sacked by the National Judicial Council for falsifying his date of birth. What a serious offence, I wonder what Salisu Buhari would say if he could pass a comment. Anyway, others with similar offence should get set for the worst as reaching information indicated that others will soon be summoned to defend their iniquities.

July 30, 2013

These five northern governors were really pulling strings, they said their effort was all about fine-tuning ways and solutions to the country’s multiple problems. The five northern governors comprising of RabiuKwakwanso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State recently visited the former military heads of state and also met with President Jonathan in a closed door meeting. Anyway, one of the feats achieved is the plan of President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with the 36 governors to resolve the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, una do well.

 

July 31, 2013

Victory at last, no news could be better today as far as Alhaji Mohammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu amongst others were concerned as they were dancing “Azonto” with different songs of victory as the Independent National Electoral Commission today approved the registration of the long awaited All Progressives Congress, thereby putting an end to the controversy surrounding the rightful owner of the APC acronym. On considering the application, the commission found that the applicant-parties had met all statutory requirements for the merger, and had accordingly granted their request. Consequently, the commission approved the withdrawal of the individual certificates of the applicant-parties, and the issuance of a single certificate to the APC. The APC thus described the development as victory for Nigerians; they appreciated all including the media with the promise not to disappoint Nigerians, noting that the registration of APC would propel the country to the league of top democratic nations with two major political parties. Meanwhile, they sent words to some people too, though names not mentioned but I want to believe the recipients already got the message. In a statement issued by the APC Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, “and to those who vowed to change their names if APC survives for a year, we hope they will live up to their words” he said. The Peoples Democratic Party however, said it won’t lose sleep over the APC registration as they see the development as a healthy one needed for the growth of democracy in the country but they cautioned in the words of its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Tony Okeke, “with the registration of the APC, Nigerians now expect the leaders of the opposition to eschew all forms of bitterness and desperation and desist from politics of propaganda which characterized their former parties”. Hmmm, Interim National Publicity Secretary versus Acting National Publicity Secretary, truly, this is the beginning of a “new war”, sorry a new dawn.

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