TAKE A LOOK AT THE RECORDS OF APRIL 11 – APRIL 30, 2014

April 11, 2014

Anyway, like father like son, even though things have fallen apart. You can disown your father, but you cannot erase the blood line. So, President Goodluck Jonathan vowed that the Peoples Democratic Party will capture the entire South-East region in the 2015 governorship election. The President spoke at the Unity Rally organised to reconcile aggrieved party members in the zone. He said come what may, the PDP would capture Imo State in 2015 and complete the circle in the South-East. The President spoke shortly after some of the security personnel at the venue of the rally in Enugu exchanged blows. Now, you have an idea, how things will look like. The exchange of blows, which involved members of the Nigeria Police and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, was as a result of complaints of alleged harassment of policemen drafted to the rally venue by the members of the civil defence corps. It took the intervention of members of other security agencies like the State Security Service, Army and the Federal Road Safety Corps, to prevent the police and NSCDC fight from escalating. The President, however said the PDP would clear the seats totally, he further stated that the party had been magnanimous enough. “In the South-East, the PDP is total. Every state has a maximum of three senators and a minimum of three senators. It is now clear the South-East is a PDP zone.” he said. Though the President refrained from mentioning the name of the All Progressives Congress, he took a swipe at the opposition party, describing it as nothing near progressive.  He said the PDP was more democratic than other political parties in Nigeria. “One party tags themselves as progressives but where are they progressing to. It is only in such progressive party that you find an ex-governor determining who gets what and how.” If Bola hear…

April 12, 2014

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, said marriages contracted through social media may not last. I hope the Facebook lovers are reading. He said, “if you marry the modern way like on Facebook, you may likely divorce the modern way. Marry traditionally and involve God.” Adeboye gave the warning in a sermon he preached  at the wedding of President Goodluck Jonathan’s foster daughter, Faith, and her husband, Godswill, in Abuja. Adeboye also stated that the success or failure of any marriage rests on the husband, who is the head and therefore advised the groom to ensure that the marriage succeeded. He urged him not to criticise his wife but correct her in love. The clergyman also urged mothers-in-law to avoid interfering in the life of the new couple. Dey don hear. Meanwhile, the wedding reunited the President with former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor RotimiAmaechi of Rivers State.

 

April 13, 2014

A delegate to the National Conference and the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Mustapha, has said that the North can survive economically without proceeds from petroleum resources. The controversial monarch noted that but for the laziness on the part of the people of the region, the proceeds from agricultural produce would have made the region less dependent on oil. He argued that while a litre of palm oil is sold for N300, the same measurement is sold for N97 per litre when it is petroleum. Simple arithmetic. He said if the North could harness its natural resources (agriculture), the region would have survived oil (petroleum), which had turned the people of the North to beggars in the eyes of those from the oil-producing states (petroleum). Mustapha, who spoke on the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, monitored in Kaduna, also noted with regrets how those from the oil producing states speak with impunity. He called on the people of the region to wake up from their slumber to develop agriculture. He explained that some notable countries of the world, such as Japan and Germany, had no oil (petrol) but they were able to harness resources endowed to them by God to make their nations great. See reasoning, a monarch talking sense. The Lamido Adamawa  noted that the region could come out of the current over dependence on oil, if it could shake off laziness and turn to agriculture for the development of the region. He said, “Just as I have said, these people who come from oil producing states are looking at us (northerners) as if we are beggars and gold diggers, who have nothing to do. Hmmnn…before nko? “That is why I said the non-oil producing states are not cowards. They don’t fear anybody. Everybody is contributing his quota to make Nigeria great. But these people from oil producing states think that if what they want is not given to them, they have been wronged and they would even prefer to stay out of Nigeria. “Japan and Germany have no oil. But we have lazy people here (in the North). These advanced countries utilised what they were naturally endowed with to develop; they don’t envy each other, they don’t have such thing. Whatever you want in this world, you get it in these countries.” hear wake up call. I hope they will sincerely wake up from their slumber.

Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha

April 14, 2014

It was a bloody Monday, as scores of people were killed and maimed as an early morning bomb explosion rocked a motor park in Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Nyanya is a satellite town bordering the FCT and Nasarawa State. The explosion reportedly occurred in a section of the park allocated to luxury buses popularly called “El-Rufa’i buses.” Worst hit was the area where vehicles plying Abuja-Ilorin-Kabba were parked. Security agencies confirmed that 71 persons lost their lives in the bomb explosion. Police spokesman, Frank Mba, disclosed this to journalists on behalf of other security agencies after President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene of the blast. Mba said 124 persons that sustained various degrees of injuries were receiving treatment in different hospitals in the FCT. He added that 16 luxury buses were razed with 24 others destroyed in the blast. The police spokesperson said information centres would be opened at all the hospitals where survivors were being attended to in order to provide information to their families. President Jonathan described the incident as an unnecessary distraction. He said his government would intensify efforts at ending the insurgencies being recorded in the country. The President also urged the media to put up enlightenment programmes aimed at dissuading those behind the attacks. He commiserated with the families of the victims.

Nyanya bomb-blast site

April 15, 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan took on Governor Rabiu Kwakwanso of Kano State, accusing him of embezzling the money his (President’s) campaign office provided to mobilise the state delegates for the 2011 presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party and the main election. He said the governor deliberately engaged in the act to make the state delegates angry and refuse to vote for him in the primary and during the presidential election. Jonathan said contrary to his claim, Kwakwanso did not vote for him in the 2011 presidential election. The President made the allegations at a PDP unity rally held in Kano to welcome a former governor of the state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, into the party. He was reacting to a media report that quoted the governor as saying that he regretted voting for him (the President) in the 2011 election because he had not brought any development to the state. The President recalled that when it was becoming obvious that he was going to win the presidential primary in 2011, Kwakwanso and the state delegates stormed out of the Eagles Square, Abuja venue of the election. He argued that if the governor had voted for him, he would have stayed back to rejoice with him alongside his colleagues from other PDP states. Is that his basis of accusation? He said, “First, we read in some of the newspapers that the governor of Kano State, Kwakwanso said he regretted voting for me. Let me tell my good people of Kano that Kwakwanso did not vote for me and the Vice President whether in the primary or the main election. We accommodate a lot, we know so much but we talk less.” Good of you, that is what the scripture teaches. “Even the little money that my campaign office provided for refreshment of the Kano delegates and for their transport, Kwakwanso refused to give to the delegates,” he nailed him. EFCC, you still dey around?

A stakeholder meeting called by the  Independent National Electoral Commission in Ondo State, almost degenerated into fisticuffs as the  Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akin Orebiyi, hinted that the commission had a report which showed that the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, had “his hands soiled” during the election. The meeting, which began at 12pm at the INEC office at Alagbaka and attended by political parties and the security agencies, began smoothly with the  respective parties stating their positions on the outcome of the election. While responding to the contributions of the parties, Orebiyi blamed politicians for the crisis witnessed during the Ilaje/Ese-Odo by-election, saying that it was their refusal to adhere strictly to the code of conduct of the election that resulted in the inconclusiveness of the election. He explained that besides the Electoral Act, INEC was also guided by its guidelines that provided for conditions under which an election could  be declared inconclusive. The REC also noted that election did not take place in about 59 units, with over 28,000 registered voters. Commenting on the conduct of politicians, Orebiyi said, “We are aware of how Obanikoro even soiled his hands obstructing the electoral process. You can quote me anywhere…” Members of the PDP at the meeting were angered by the statement, saying they took exceptions to the assertions of the REC. But Orebiyi, not done yet, said, “One of our officers was almost lynched by the people because they mistook him for Obanikoro. We know what happened and you can quote me anywhere.” The attendant rowdiness saw members of the PDP and the Labour Party almost engaged in a fight as one trying to outdo the other in a shouting match. As soon the dust settled, Orebiyi added, “Let the Minister of State for Defence defend himself let him defend himself.” Hmmnn, double twale for you, Orebiyi.

April 16, 2014

Wukari town in Taraba State came under another serious attack by gunmen, said to be militant herdsmen, who appear to have shifted their attacks to the state. The troubled town, which is outside Jalingo, the state capital, was said to be under heavy bombardment by the gunmen, who were suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. Some villages in the area had, for some time, come under  the attack of the violent herdsmen, who had killed hundreds in Kaduna, Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa states in recent times. Residents, who have managed to escape the Thursday attack, were said to be fleeing to neighbouring towns. The fleeing residents, who alleged that several villagers had been killed by the herdsmen in Wukari, called for the immediate intervention of security operatives before the town is destroyed.

 

April 17, 2014

Widow of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief H.I.D Awolowo, among others, urged current generation of leaders to emulate the virtues of the late former Premier of the defunct Western Region. She spoke in Lagos, during the launching of a book, ‘Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency’, written by an associate professor at the University of Carlifonia, Davis Wale Adebanwi. Others, who also spoke at the event were: a daughter of the late sage, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, who represented her mother and the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation; Chairman, Afenifere Renewal Group, Olawale Oshun; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi and Chief Ayo Fasanmi. Others were a former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who was represented by Aregbesola, and representatives of governors of Ogun and Ekiti states, Ibikunle Amosun and Kayode Fayemi, respectively. The event which was chaired by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, was co-organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation and the Afenifere Renewal Group. Reviewer of the book, Mr. Kunle Ajibade, described Awolowo’s tenure in public office as “messiahnic.” Ajibade, see coinage. If no be say him be my oga, I for jail him for life…na play o. Awolowo-Dosunmu expressed sadness over excuses of current political leaders that many of what Awolowo achieved in his time as Premier of the Western Region could no longer be replicated in the current generation. She said, “It upsets me when people say it is impossible to do what Awolowo and his colleagues did. It upsets me because that means they wasted their time. “What Awolowo and his colleagues did was to make sure we do things better. Good does not go out of fashion; truth does not go out of fashion.” She urged the Yoruba people to continue to play its role of stabilisation in Nigeria, especially in this time Nigeria is faced with security challenges.

 

April 18, 2014

Why would somebody tell Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar not to pardon retired General Oladipo Diya after he was accused of planning a coup by the late head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, and later freed but not pardoned? This is the question posed before him, but you know what he said? “Don’t let us go into all these details, because if you do, you would mention names and when you mention names, (hmm…) I know that somebody told Abubakar not to pardon me, promising that he would pardon me when he took over as president, because he too had been pardoned after he had been rusticated in prison. I thought Diya said he wouldn’t want to mention names, but this is a strong indication now… Abubakar nearly believed him but I had to send another message to Abubakar that he shouldn’t believe the man, that if he believed him, we would all be in the prison till eternity. I requested that he should grant us release and that if the man chose to grant us pardon, that would be fine. The most important thing was for us to be out and that was what he did. I thank him for it and I remain grateful for that because if he didn’t grant that release, maybe we would still be in Potiskum prison. Human beings are different. You have some human beings that are just naturally wicked. It may not be their making, may be that was the way God made them. So, I don’t even hold any grudge against anybody. The way God made them indeed. Make person no insult baba o…

April 19, 2014

The Nigerian military began a deployment of soldiers along the country’s northern borders as part of efforts to rescue the schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect. No fewer than 129 girls were kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary school, Chibok, Borno State.  A day after the attack, 14 of the girls escaped when one of the lorries in which they were being conveyed broke down. Later, another 14 escaped from their abductors, close to  Cameroun border, leaving 85 in the custody of the sect. The principal of the school, Mrs. Asabe Kwambura, reportedly said members of the sect were dressed in military uniforms. The Defence Headquarters said the military had rescued 107 girls of the abducted pupils. Meanwhile, Kwambura faulted the claim of the Defence Headquarters that 107 girls had been rescued. Kwambura, had, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, said apart from the 14 pupils that escaped from the sect, she was not aware of any that had been released. She had described the statement of the military as “a blatant lie.” But soldier no dey lie now. The  Defence Headquarters later that same day, retracted its statement on the release of the 107 schoolgirls. What a bold one, or did you call it maturity.

 

April 20, 2014

A coalition of over 13 United States-based organisations under the aegis of Working Group in Nigeria, has written to President Goodluck Jonathan seeking a drastic action against the activities of Boko Haram Islamic sect. It described the sect as “the second most deadly terrorist group of 2012 ranking only behind the Taliban – and ahead of Al Qaeda.” The WG advocates  based in Washington, United Nations and International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherland’s also commiserated with the President on the Boko Haram insurgency and other sectarian attacks in northern Nigeria. The organisation, in a letter to Jonathan dated April 15, a day after the bomb blast in Nyanya motor park in the FCT, expressed concern about “the devastation Boko Haram has brought not only to your people in northern Nigeria but also to citizens of 15 other nations who have died at their hands.” The letter was signed by the President, Solidarity With the Pilgrim Church, Mr. Steven Wagner; Special Counsel to Justice for Jos Plus, Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe; Regional Coordinator, Christian Association of Nigerian Americans, Dr Kemi Onanuga; Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition, Mr. William Murray, amongst others. The coalition therefore made the following recommendations: Developing  a comprehensive Human- Impact Management Strategy  that provides adequate assistance and immediate/long-term interventions for the 5.9 million people affected by the insurgency, according to UNHCR estimates. Signing the UNHCR Internally Displaced Peoples agreement to facilitate multilateral and other donor humanitarian assistance to victims. Establishing a victim compensation fund to assist the victims of the large-scale destruction in the north. We consider the needs of your people to be a higher priority than the rebuilding of the UN building in Abuja. Repatriating, as a matter of the utmost urgency, Nigerian citizens who are refugees in Cameroun, Chad and Niger and reintegrating them into safer locations within the country; and Instituting satellite monitoring and other early warning and rapid response mechanisms to effectively pre-empt further atrocities. This is all the more critical during this Easter holiday when attacks have historically occurred. The WG said, “Over five thousand lives have been lost in this slaughter of people in Nigeria at the hands of Boko Haram including members of the UN staff in the 2011 UN bombing. Nearly one-third of the religious institutions targeted globally in 2012 were located in Nigeria. There were more attacks on religious institutions in Nigeria than there were attacks on embassies around the world combined. “The time has indeed come to help bring an end to this genocide and to provide aid to victims, especially as the crisis has now assumed international dimension with thousands of Nigerian refugees spilling into Cameroun, Chad and Niger. Nigeria has always been a host to refugees fleeing conflicts in other nations, and we commend you for generously accommodating them over the years. However, it is deeply troubling to see Nigeria, which has been a regional oasis for refugees, now becoming a refugee-exporting country.”

 

April 21, 2014

About 190 schoolgirls remain missing after being abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, their head teacher, Asabe Kwabura, maintained. She said the parents of 230 girls had reported them missing but that 40 had managed to escape from the insurgents. The Associated Press had reported that parents of the pupils of Government Secondary School, Chibok told Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima when he visited, that 234 girls were abducted. When news first emerged of the kidnap, initial reports said more than 200 students were abducted, but state officials said the correct figure was about 130. The students, aged between 16 and 18 were about to write their final year examinations when the insurgents invaded their school. Reacting to conflicting reports on the number of students kidnapped, Kwabura said, “Only report that come from us is the truth and based on the register we have on paper.” Nothing but the truth. She however called on the kidnappers to “have mercy on the students”.

 

April 22, 2014

The Christian Association of Nigeria expressed concern over the composition of the leadership of the National Conference Committee on Religion, saying its chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi, was carrying out an Islamic agenda, lo ba tan. The association specifically accused the ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria of appointing a Muslim from his home state, Niger State, as the chairman of the committee but refused to make a CAN delegate a co-chairman. A statement by the Director (National Issues) of CAN, Mr. Sunny Oibe, entitled, ‘Justice Idris Kutigi’s Islamic Agenda and Confab Committee on Religion’ said the appointment of Bishop Felix Ajakaiye was laced with mischief because he is representing Ekiti State in the confab and not CAN. Oibe said the mischief became more pronounced when Kutigi decided to include the name of a delegate, Dr. Jonathan Obaje, representing Nigerians in the Diaspora as a member of the Committee on Religion after granting permission to him to travel abroad. Oga, na true? Noooooo, no murmuring, please allow him to answer by himself. The association therefore demanded equal representation in the confab adding, “If Muslims are 12, Christians must be 12 on the religious committee.” I concour.

Akinyemi and Kutigi

April 23, 2014

The expanded National Security Council meeting convened by President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the security challenges in parts of the country was said to be underway at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The National President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, also attended the meeting which has state governors, security chiefs and some key ministers in attendance. The meeting started at about 12.10pm with the arrival of the President and was declared open with prayer sessions led by Oritsejafor and Abubakar following which the session entered into a closed door meeting. At the time of filing this report, state governors in attendance included, Willie Obiano (Anambra), Theodore Orji (Abia), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Martins Elechi (Ebonyi), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna ), Garba Umar (Taraba), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Lyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Isa Yuguda (Bauchi). Governors of Jigawa, Imo, Oyo, Rivers, Kano, Ogun, Edo, Plateau and Yobe states were represented by their deputies. The National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), led the Minister of Defence and heads of the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Corps as well as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to the meeting. Ministers in attendance included those of Interior, Defence, Police Affairs, Foreign, Agriculture, FCT and the Attorney-General of the Federation. May you get it right.

 

April 24, 2014

The Federal Government reached out to the World Bank to assist it in the repatriation of €185m (about $250m) allegedly stolen by the late   dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, investigation revealed. A Liechtenstein court had in 2012, ordered the confiscation of the money recovered from companies linked to the Abacha family. Since then, the Federal Government had been fighting to recover the money without success. A competent Presidency source disclosed that the government decided to approach the World Bank for help when it became obvious that the Abacha family would not let go of the money. He explained that after the government won a case instituted on the looted fund, the family of the late dictator filed an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights. Say wetin? The government felt that the appeal was unnecessary and therefore applied to the State of Liechtenstein for the release of the money. Yes, I am with you on this. “After the Federal Government won the case, the Abacha family appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. As a government, we felt that was not necessary and we made our position known to the State of Liechtenstein. They agreed with us but again asked us to bring sovereign guarantee which we also believe is unnecessary. That was why we approached the World Bank.” He added that government suspected that the State of Liechtenstein was only interested in ensuring that when repatriated, the looted fund would be put to good use.  He expressed the belief that with the intervention of the World Bank, the money would soon be released to Nigeria. We go dey wait.

 

April 25, 2014

What the adults could not do, Mma Abumi Edet did, and the three year old Mma Abumi  Edet had since emerged the toast of her community.  The people of Mbarakom community in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State believe this “mysterious’’ child  has not only  helped  in resolving an age-long monarchical struggle in their community, but put an end to a catalogue of evils that had befallen them for over a decade. To reward Abumi Edet, the community has pledged to sponsor her education to tertiary level as a sign of appreciation. You want to know what she did? A long story though, but let’s see how we can narrate it in brief. The new monarch of the community, Sylvester Etim Eta-Agbor, explained, “In our tradition, the killing of the python, especially after crowning a new king, indicates that the true king has emerged. For some time now, living things like snail, periwinkle, which were common sights in the community had vanished because of the evil things that were going on but after Mma Abumi resolved the traditional stool tussle in the community, things have become normal.” How was she able to do that? The community, according to the new monarch, had after the demise of  its king,  Effiong Nyong, in 1997, been entangled in controversies which led to the coronation of his successor (names withheld) who was  dethroned after Mma-Abumi allegedly revealed  that he was not the right person for the throne. Further that the problems confronting the community were as a result of a wrong choice of monarch. It was difficult for me to believe a 3year old child, her father, Mr. Ekpe Edet, said. “I was initially confused because she had never visited the village and I had never mentioned the name of the community to her, “She had warned that the community was having problems because of the wrong choice of monarch and ordered that a new monarch be crowned. On January 13, while our family fasting was ongoing, we were returning home from the church when my daughter suddenly insisted that we shouldn’t go back to the house but should rather proceed to Mbarakom, otherwise she would die. She immediately fell on the main road and did not allow anyone to touch her that was why we went to Mbarakom. To cut a long story short, after so many prayers and revelations in Mbarakom, she instructed that a royal cloth be sown for the new monarch.” The community said the fact that  Mma-Abumi’s directive on the installation of a new monarch was right was confirmed by  the killing of a python that had attempted to swallow a goat by a middle-aged man, Stanley Okpu, after the new monarch was installed. The killing of a python whenever a new monarch is named, according to the traditional belief of the community, is an indication that the right  monarch has been installed. Wonders shall never cease. But make good your promise o, give her education.

 

April 26, 2014

Britain and the United States of America joined the search for the 234 schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, by the Boko Haram sect. The girls were kidnapped in their hostel on April 14 after members of the sect, pretending to be soldiers, lured the pupils away from their hostel before setting it ablaze. Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said his country had begun talks with Nigeria over the incident. Hague said, “The appalling abduction in northern Nigeria on April 14 is a stark reminder of the threat of sexual violence faced by women in conflict prone areas. I am very concerned that the majority of the girls are still missing.  I spoke to Nigerian Foreign Minister, Wali, about this case on 18 April, and we are talking to Nigerian authorities about how best to assist in their efforts to secure the girls’ release and bring those responsible to justice.” Ese o, we would appreciate. But I hope there is no price to be paid o, Naija should not jump from frying pan into the fire.

 

April 27, 2014         

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo said that the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, investigated him and his late wife, Stella, even when he was in charge as the nation’s leader. What are you insinuating sir? Obasanjo, whose administration created the anti-graft agency, also alleged that the manner Ribadu carried out the war against corruption created enemies for him (Obasanjo). He made the claims after the former EFCC boss presented a paper entitled,   “Illicit Financial Flow and Governance of Natural Resources,” at the 3rd Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa in Badir Dar, Ethiopia. The former President   said that rather than being afraid of the enemies Ribadu created for him, “it is rather them that fear me.”Obasanjo, who acknowledged that the fight against corruption “comes with enemies,”    did not tell the audience about the outcome of the investigations against him, Stella, and his close associates. He also did not name the enemies that Ribadu created for him. Baaaaba agba…na you biko. But the former president   disclosed that Ribadu almost lost his life when he was poisoned in the course of his duty. He described the incident as a serious case that was “a matter of life and death.” He told the gathering how a serving minister in his administration, who was his senior in   secondary school, was found wanting by the EFCC and “there was no issue of senior again.”  Obasanjo, who   is also the chairman of the Tana Forum, agreed with Ribadu’s submission that  a  willing political leadership  was the epicentre   of  any anti-corruption campaign.

 

April 28, 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan today terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, announced this on his Twitter page. Abati said the President thanked Gulak for his services to the present administration and wished him success in his future endeavours. He however did not give reason for the sack. He said a replacement for Gulak would be announced in due course. I hope Lai won’t laugh about this. Okupe beware.

April 29, 2014

Highly praised film-maker, Amaka Igwe, died. The producer of popular movies and soap operas that include ‘Violated’, ‘Checkmate’ and ‘Fuji House of Commotion’ passed on in Enugu, Enugu State, following an asthma attack. She was 51. According to family sources, the prolific film-maker and her husband/business partner, Chief Charles Igwe, were on a pre-production trip to the Coal City when she had the attack. They were said to be preparing for the production of a new Igbo soap. Although she was said to have been rushed to the hospital when the incident happened, she eventually breathed her last at the clinic, thus throwing many of her associates and fans into grief. She was survived by her husband of 21 years, three children, an aged mother, siblings and a large extended family.

 

April 30, 2014

The Federal Government extended the duration of the National Conference by six weeks. Under the new arrangement, the conference would end on July 31, instead of the earlier June 19 when the discussion had been programmed to last. Before the extension, some delegates had advocated that the three-month allotted was not enough. But it was not clear whether additional budgetary allocation would be made to finance the extension. Hmmnn…I would have loved to comment my reserve on that.

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