Reno Omokri tweeted this following Garba Shehu’s statement in which he blasted former President Olusegun Obasanjo who released a damning letter against President Buhari yesterday January 20th.
An ex-convict who kidnapped a 14-year-old boy on a train has been spared jail after a judge ruled his victim was ‘quite wild’ and would have suffered ‘minimal effect’.
Geoffrey Hirst, 48, who had 39 previous convictions, was arrested after police caught him boarding a train with the teen schoolboy. When officers met the pair at Manchester Piccadilly Railway station, both smelt heavily of cannabis, police said.
The boy was picked up in Manchester and taken home by his foster parents. He was subject to a social services order which said he was at ‘high risk’ because he was regularly associating with homeless adult men.
The boy had been known to go missing from his new foster home in Glossop that he moved to at the beginning of 2018. On 14 May, the boy was seen with Hirst in the Glossop area. On May 18, Hirst was issued with a child abduction notice which warned him to stay away from the boy amid fears he was allowing him to get involved with drugs. The notice said that he must not have any contact or association with the boy.
But then on 11 June, there was contact between the two. At 7.30am in the morning the boy left his foster home without permission, he was reported missing and not seen again until a police officer saw him on one side of the road with Hirst on the other side as they both headed towards the train station.
Hirst was arrested and taken to court where he admitted one charge of child abduction whereby detaining a child as to keep him from a responsible person.
He was spared jail with a 12-month community order including 40 hours in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme after Judge Bernard Lever said he needed help with his addiction.
He was also handed an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting the teenager again. Prosecutor James Priest said.
The judge said:
My particular regard is for the safety of the public and I think it’s very important that you get the help that you need with alcohol and drugs.
This boy was 14 years old and had a social services care order. He was in high risk of associating with homeless adults who might invite him to participate in drug use.
It was made quite clear that you must not associate with him but you were then seen getting on the same train to Manchester.
The child has been quite wild in his adolescence which is nothing to do with you.
The most important thing that the court has to do is to protect the public and to protect young people.
Apostle Anselm Madubuko, the General Overseer of Revival Assembly Church shared this selfie of himself and former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo posing together.
He wrote: ‘Baba Iyabo. My man anyday.’
Miles ‘Milo’ Brockman Richie, 24, the son of American music legend, Lionel Richie was arrested at Heathrow Airport after threatening to detonate a bomb inside a plane and assaulting a security guard.
The incident occurred at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five on Saturday morning, Jan. 19th.
According to witnesses, Mr. Richie became irate after being denied onto a flight – and claimed he would detonate a bomb on board if he was not allowed on.
The model then punched one of the members of staff before being detained by police. He has since been released, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
A police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘On Saturday, 19 January, a 24-year-old man accepted a caution for communicating false information causing a bomb hoax and battery following an incident at Heathrow Terminal 5 earlier that morning.’
The Metropolitan Police added that its statement was not a confirmation of the name of the person under investigation.
Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has gifted an apartment to the family of Waris Olamilekan, the talented hyper-realist student artist, who painted President Macron of France at the African Shrine in less than two hours.
President Macron visited Nigeria in July 2018 and one of his spotovers was the African shrine. There, Olamilekun displayed his amazing talent by drawing the French president in less than 2 hours.
To reward him for his amazing talent, Governor Ambode recently gifted the Olamilekuns a tastefully furnished apartment.
Police visited Blac Chyna after they received a call that she was allegedly drunk and was also neglecting her daughter.
According to a TMZ report, an anonymous person called Police on Sunday night and stated Chyna was drunk at her home. The caller claimed Chyna was in such bad shape, she couldn’t properly care for her daughter, Dream Kardashian.
When officials got to Chyna’s home they discovered that everything was fine, nobody was drunk, and Dream was being properly cared for. There was also a nanny at the home, the report added.
It was also reported that Blac Chyna got into an altercation with a member of her glam squad, which may have triggered the anonymous call.
Reality star and makeup mogul, Kylie Jenner, 21, who is enjoying a well-deserved vacation with her family shared this stylish photo of herself and baby daughter Stormi Webster enjoying a yacht trip in Turks and Caicos.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says President Buhari has ordered the prosecution of former Secretary to the government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal for allegedly stealing money budgeted for the displaced victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
Babachir, who was the chairman of the Presidential Initiative on the North East PINE, was relieved of his appointment in October 2018, after a panel chaired by the Vice President, indicted him for the misappropriation of funds meant for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons. Babachir was alleged to have diverted over N200 million under the guise of using it to clear weeds in various IDP camps.
Following his sack, Babachir is yet to be dragged to court by the EFCC, forcing Nigerians to question the anti-corruption campaign of the Buhari-led administration.
Speaking at an interactive session with a group of Christian Youths in Ikeja, Lagos state yesterday January 20th, Osinbajo said President Buhari has ordered the prosecution of Babachir alongside the former DG of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke.
”I think the first thing for us is that the report was acted upon; the former SGF was dismissed. Secondly, the president has directed that the SGF and former DG of NIA should be prosecuted. So, we are expecting that prosecution will take place. The next of course is that criminal allegations will be filed against them and the prosecution process will be completed.” he said
A 2-year-old child was filmed walking towards armed police officers with her arms raised after her parents were stopped on detained on suspicion of shoplifting.
In a shocking video shared online, Tallahassee Police officers can be seen holding pistols and rifles as they detain Chad M. Bom and James W. McMullen outside a busy department store in Florida. A toddler is then seen coming out of their black pickup truck with no shoes or socks on as she approached the police.
Officers kept their guns raised and the little girl raised her arms into the air in a heartbreaking move that shocked those filming the action from across the road. The child was then picked up by a woman, reported to be her mother.
A voice behind the camera filming the incident can be heard narrating.
The voice said:
‘She’s trying to get out but she can’t because she’s little.’
‘She is out. Oh, she’s holding her hands up. Oh my God, look at that. Oh my God.’
‘They’re still holding the gun at the baby,’ says one person.
But another disputed: ‘No, they’re holding the gun at the car.’
Tallahassee police said they were heavily armed as staff at the store reported that the suspects had a weapon with them. Police found a pellet gun in the back of the pick up truck.
Social media users who watched the video criticized the officers for not handling the situation in such a way as to shield the child from it all.
But footage from body cameras worn by the officers present was later reviewed said TPD Chief Michael DeLeo. It showed that they had asked one detainee who else was in the vehicle, to which he could be heard responding: ‘Just my two-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.’
The mother later retrieved the second child from the truck.
The body camera footage shows the officers’ concern for the children and their compassion as they permitted the mother to care for the children.
The mom, who is a suspect, asks an officer to hold her 2-year-old as she retrieves the infant from a car seat.
I am proud of how officers handled the situation, how they adapted when they became aware of the children, the level of concern and compassion they showed to the family.
Watch the video below.
Unknown criminals brutally hacked a young man and made away with his motorcycle at Bishop kula junction in Monrovia, Liberia.
A lady posted photos of the victims on Facebook , calling for increased security in the area:
“Oh God criminal offence is on the increase day by day
This boy was badly injured last night at Bishop kula junction
Attempting to kill him just for his own motor bike
We need security seriously”
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) sleuths in Bengaluru on Saturday, nabbed a Nigerian woman and seized 409 Gm cocaine concealed in bread packets.
She was travelling in a bus plying from Mumbai to Bengaluru. Further on her lead, two other Nigerians and a Saudi national were also arrested.
Nigerian singer, Shakar El just shared an article on the recent pant stealing rave. Writing from the perspective of an artisti struggling to promote music, he said, ‘I am sure some of this Pant stealers are upcoming artists that want to raise money for promo’.
He added that, ‘when they calculate how much they need for Radio, TV, Street promo, online promo and social media promo, they believe that Ritual is the way to go.if some people can do ritual just for Benz now tell me why many won’t do it cuz they want to blow and be famous’.
See the rest of the article below……
Many of you are collecting ritual money oh, most of you are the ones pushing people to do it.
The same way that some people are not able to withstand pressure in life and they commit suicide is the same way many can’t be paitent and they choose the Ritual Route.Some of us are So Strong while some are very Weak, the weak ones will always choose the faster route.
This Generation wants it fast,so many are choosing the faster route, when you watch the Tv you will see many unknown artists shooting big budget videos and driving expensive cars in real life, living high life.Most of them are children of poor parents that re currently living in poverty. Who is to Blame??
You that is enjoying the money, pray you dont become the victim sooner or later because one Day it might be you or your children or someone close to you… This Society is creating Beasts everyday.
A jealous girlfriend in Takoradi has completely bitten off the lower lip of another lady she suspected of having an affair with her boyfriend.
The newly trained nurse who did not understand why her boyfriend gave a lift to the 23-year-old hairdressing apprentice, identified as Beatrice Eric Agyapong pursued the victim to her house and bit off her entire lower lip.
The victim was immediately rushed to the Kwesimintsim Government Hospital but doctors on duty said the cells in the bitten off part had died, hence could not stitch it to the mouth. Beatrice who has been on admission since Friday when the incident happened said the matter has been reported to the Police but the perpetrator is yet to be arrested.
According to the victim, she was recently treated for an ulcer and was thus advised by doctors to adopt the habit of eating early to avoid complications. On Friday at about 8:00 am, she decided to go to Kwesimintsim to find food to buy and just when she stepped out of her house, she saw a private car passing so she flagged it to stop.
Beatrice said she pleaded with the driver of the car, who turned out to be the boyfriend of the suspect, to give her lift to Kwesimintsim which he obliged.
“I saw the private car passing and pleaded with the driver to alight me at Kwesimintsim so I could find some food to buy,” she recounted.
She explained that just when she got back home and about to eat her food, the nurse whose name has only been given as Mummy, suddenly showed up and confronted her [Agyapong] about why she boarded the boyfriend’s car.
“She grabbed my lip and started chewing it as I struggled to defend myself but to no avail,” she told Connect FM. The victim said people intervened and rushed her to hospital and doctors on duty sent for the bitten off flesh but the time it was brought, they said all the cells in it had died so could not be stitched.
Asked whether she had any issues with the suspect, Beatrice responded in the negative, adding she had not even spoken with her before though she knows the nurse as a tenant in her (victim’s) uncle’s house.
A report has since been made to the Kwesimintsim police who are waiting for the victim to feel a little better to take a statement from her.
Festus Keyamo, the Director, Strategic Communications for the APC Presidential Campaign Council has issued an official statement on opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s trip to the United States which he describes as ‘clandestine’.
Read the full statement below….
In our press release issued on Sunday, December 30, 2018, titled “WHEN THE THIEF IS SHOUTING THIEF”: THE CASE OF ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR”, we correctly predicted as follows: “By running for President of Nigeria, Atiku intends to get some immunity from prosecution. Already he is hoping to obtain a visa to visit the US, as a guest of the State department, a concession that the US will grant to a Presidential candidate of Africa’s biggest Nation”.
Therefore, we were not surprised by his visit to the U.S. For us, this visit is really a non-event considering the issues involved in the forthcoming election. However, we have bad news for those who think this is a momentous event for Atiku Abubakar: the visit was nothing but a downright catastrophe because rather than dispel the fact of indictments hanging over his head, it further confirms and reinforces those facts for the following reasons:
(1) The visit had all the trappings of a fugitive sneaking into America under a “special diplomatic waiver”. For the candidate of the major opposition party in Nigeria, it is an absolute disaster that the visit was not announced ahead of time in Nigeria, with his programmes and itinerary clearly spelt out, the decent and customary minimum standard of such visits. This culminated in his close aides issuing conflicting statements about the visit when he was already on his way there. In fact, one of them called Paul Ibe actually spoke to the Press that his principal was nowhere near America! Such was the secrecy of the planning and execution of that visit.
(2) It is shameful that a presidential candidate of a major opposition party in Africa’s most populous country would visit America, and the international press was kept in the dark: There was NO SINGLE press conference with the array of international media and correspondents required for such ‘high-profile’ visit. Atiku knows he has no moral stamina to withstand the avalanche of hard questions bordering on his sordid past in America. In fact, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claims he visited the Voice of America (VOA) but only did two carefully-packaged interviews with the Hausa service and the English to Africa program – platforms that have always been available to him back home. How strange! In fact, both the Twitter handle (@VOANews) and official website of VOA did not mention any such visit of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to their station. For news hounds, you would agree with us that such an ‘important personality’ cannot walk into a news premises without reporters swooping on him. Whatever he went to do in the premises of the VOA must have been a carefully-arranged private visit for the photo-ops, which was intended to scam Nigerians. What more evidence do we need of a “sneak-in-sneak-out” arrangement than this?.
(3) For a candidate who claims he wants to “get Nigeria working again” (a meaningless phrase) to sneak into America without meeting major players in private businesses is a curiosity and an indication that we are dealing with a candidate with a dodgy and questionable character. He claims he went to the U.S Chamber of Commerce, which is supposed to be a business federation. Again, the Twitter handle (@USChamber) and the website of the organization make no mention of the visit of such an ‘important personality’ to them. Maybe their famous American lobbyist on a salary of N9million per month can help them ‘do something’ about this after this press statement.
(4) It is also an anomaly that the candidate of the major opposition party in Nigeria sneaked into America and did not meet large sections of political leaders of similar ideologies and persuasions towards which he claims to be inclined. For all his claim to be going to America to meet “U.S Government officials”, he only succeeded in meeting a certain “Congressman Smith”, who is the equivalent of a member of the House of Representatives in Nigeria. You would agree with us that as dignified and respected as the office of a Member of the House of Representatives is, an important personality cannot come to Nigeria on an official visit and claim he has met the “Nigerian government officials” after he pays a private visit to that Member. For all we know, the Congressman Smith may just be a private friend of Dr. Bukola Saraki or Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. That reminds us of Atiku’s famous legislator friend he threw under the bus, Williams Jefferson, who taught us how to hide laundered money ( which was meant for Atiku Abubakar) in the deep freezer when the cops came knocking on his door!
In all, it is very obvious now that the so-called American trip was a desperate trip for photo-ops. Throughout the trip, Atiku Abubakar looked cagey, frightened and on edge. We note the close support always provided by Senate President Bukola Saraki like a comforting guardian angel. The visit and arrangements smack of things local yahoo yahoo boys do to scam their victims. It is utterly disgusting and puerile that it has been brought into a serious political contest.
Rather than being the highpoint of his campaign, the American visit is indeed the lowest watermark of Atiku Abubakar’s campaign. It was a political and P.R disaster. The statements he released from there only to the Nigerian Press back home that he intends to alienate other countries and do business with the U.S is actually the antithesis to our policy of non-alignment.
For the information of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his handlers, Nigerians know that Nigeria is already working again for everyone and not for a few. As confirmed by him in a town-hall meeting a few days before his disastrous trip to the U.S, he said he wants to “get Nigeria working again” only for few of his friends who he claims he wants to make rich. If he cannot get them rich now from his private businesses, it is obvious that he is referring to the use of public funds to make his friends rich. Nigerians should judge for themselves whether this is the type of President they want.
Finally, whoever advised Atiku Abubakar to undertake that trip to America just destroyed his entire campaign and exposed him for who he is – a questionable character who has continued to leave huge questions over his suitability for the highest office of the land and as such cannot be trusted by the Nigerian people.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday slammed President Buhari over alleged intimidation of those perceived to be critics of his government.
In an explosive statement entitled ‘Points for Concern and Action’, Obasanjo said the President lacks that capacity to offer Nigeria what it deserves at this point in time. He also accused President Buhari of returning the country to the era of late General Sani Abachaand asked Nigerians to elect only leaders that can put Nigeria on the path of progress.
Read the full statement below;
I am concerned as a Democrat who believes that with faithful and diligent practice of democracy, we can get over most of our political problems and move steadfastly and surefootedly on the course of stability, unity of purpose, socio-economic growth, and progress for all.
Democracy becomes a sham if elections are carried out by people who should be impartial and neutral umpires, but who show no integrity, acting with blatant partiality, duplicity, and imbecility. For all Democrats and those carrying out the process of elections, there must be the red line that must not be crossed in tactics and practices of democracy.
I personally have serious doubt about the present INEC’s integrity, impartiality and competence to conduct a fair, free and credible election. And if the INEC is willing, will the ruling party and government allow it? From what we saw and knew about Osun State gubernatorial election, what was conclusive was declared inconclusive despite all advice to the contrary.
The unnecessary rerun, if viewed as a test-run for a larger general election, would lead people to expect incidences of deliberately contrived, broken or non-working voting machines or card readers, confusion of voters as to their voting stations, inadequate supply of voting materials to designated places, long line to discourage voters and turning blind eyes to favour the blue-eye political party of INEC because the Commission’s hands will be tied to enable hatchet men and women to perform their unwholesome assignment.
The transmission and collation of results are subject to interference, manipulation, and meddling. If the INEC’s favourite political party wins with all the above infractions, the result will be conclusively declared and if not, there will be a ‘rerun’, the result of which is known before it is carried out. I know that I am not alone in being skeptical about the integrity of INEC and its ability to act creditably and above board. But we are open to be convinced otherwise.
The joke about INEC would seem real. The INEC was asked if the Commission was ready for the election and if it expects the election to be free, fair and credible. The INEC man is reported as saying in response, “we are ready with everything including the results!” God save Nigeria! It is up to Nigerians to ensure that the redline is not crossed in safeguarding our fledgling democracy. And if crossed, appropriate action must be taken not to allow our democracy to be derailed.
A friend of mine who is more credulous and who claims to be close to the Chair of INEC keeps telling me that INEC will retrieve its image and reputation by conducting the coming elections with utmost integrity and impartiality. I am not sure as I believe more in action than in words and in past record than in promise. The track record of the present INEC is fairly sordid and all men and women of goodwill and believers in democracy must be prepared for the worst from INEC and their encouragers and how to get Nigeria out of the electoral morass that the Commission is driving us into.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed. A battle long forewarned does not embroil the cripple nor catch him unawares. A word is sufficient for the wise. The labour of Nigerian democracy heroes must not be in vain. Some men of God would hold President Buhari to his word on free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. I am a realist and I reiterate that I go by track record. Therefore, I am not persuaded by a track record of hollow words, impunity, insensitivity and ‘I-couldn’t-care-less’ attitude, or by the sanctimonious claims of any candidate and his campaign staff.
I will only believe what I see. This is a time for vigilance to fight to safeguard our votes and defend our democracy. The price of liberty and sustenance of our democracy is eternal vigilance and appropriate reaction to ward off iniquities. We must all be ready to pay that price and not relying on hollow words of callousness. The derailment of Nigerian democracy will be a monumental disaster comparable to the disaster of the Nigerian first military coup.
While Nigerians must not allow such a disaster to happen nor take such an affront lying low, the international community who played an admirable role in warning INEC, of course, to no avail on the Osun State gubernatorial election and who have been warning all political parties must on this occasion give more serious warning, send more people to the field to observe and work out punitive measures against INEC and security officials especially the Police and politicians who stand to gain from INEC’s misconduct, which is obviously encouraged by the Executive Arm of Government and who must be held responsible for the violence that will follow.
Such measures can vary from denial and withdrawal of visas from the people concerned and from their families to other more stringent measures including their accounts being frozen and taking them to International Criminal Court, ICC, if violence emanates from their action or inaction. Nigeria must not be allowed to slip off the democratic path nor go into anarchy and ruin. No individual or group has monopoly of violence or gangsterism. And we must not forget that in human interaction, reactions are normally greater than action, though opposite.
It is no use, at this juncture, to keep lamenting about the failure, incompetence, divisiveness, nepotism, encouragement and condonation of corruption by Buhari administration as there is neither redeeming feature nor personality to salvage the situation within that hierarchy. You cannot give what you don’t have. Bode George put it bluntly in his statement of December 3, 2018, when he said:
“The other day, the Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo – a learned man, an enlightened person in all parameters – was seen at various markets in Lagos State and Abuja distributing N10,000 each to market women. What an absurdity! It was indeed an obscene display of executive recklessness and abuse of office. Pray, where did the money come from? Was it budgeted for in the appropriation law? In more civilised nations, Osinbajo would have been impeached and prosecuted for gutting our collective treasury.”
What an act by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria lawyer, number 2 man in the Executive hierarchy; and what is more, a pastor of one of the Christian movements led by a revered, respected and upright church leader, Pastor E. A. Adeboye. Osinbajo must have gone for, “if you can’t beat them, join them”. A great pity indeed and which makes people ask the questions, “Any hope?” Yes, for me, there is hope. Osinbajo has shown the human weakness and proved the saying that the corruption of the best is the worst form of corruption. His explanation that it was their government programme can only be construed to be very shallow and lopsided, if not an outrightly idiotic programme.
Traders in rural and sub-urban areas of Nigeria are many more than those in urban areas and they are much poorer than traders in Lagos, Abuja and other cities. They need more attention and greater help. Are they to be confined to the heap of perpetual poverty? What of those who are not traders? They are not entitled to hand-out and they can languish in penury? And what about millions who have lost their jobs in the last three and a half years? The timing is also suspect. Those who criticise the action are called evil but they are not evil as they know what they are doing and saying, and they love Nigeria and Nigerians not less than the likes of Osinbajo. They are not devils incarnate; they are patriots.
What is the connection between taking the number of PVC (Permanent Voters Card) of the recipient of the N10,000 doled out to ‘traders’ and the forthcoming election? There is something sinister about it, and Professor Osinbajo, of all people, should know that. With collusion of the INEC officials and card readers not made to work, anybody quoting the PVC number may be allowed to vote as the revised Electoral Bill was not signed. And if that happens all over the country, it will be massive rigging indeed. The Chairman of INEC must stand firm and carry out his duties with competence and unbending neutrality. Card readers must be used without fail and accreditation must be completed and number ascertained and made public before voting commences as was done in 2015.
Amina Zakari has become too controversial a figure to be able to give assurance of free, fair and credible election for INEC. President Buhari and her family have declared that there is no blood relationship but there is relationship through marriage and that is more than enough for the good lady to step aside. A judge does not sit in judgement over a case once he or she becomes a cause for controversy or one side in the case has strongly objected to the judge. Madam Amina Zakari should, in honour, stay out and not be seen as a source of contamination of the election.
Otherwise, it will be difficult to deny the rumour that she is being assigned to Collation Centre for one duty only – to write out figures that are not results of the voting in the field on fake results sheets without watermark or on genuine results sheets which she will have access to as a Commissioner. Amina Zakari is not the only Commissioner that can be in the Collation Centre. Let the INEC Chairman act boldly and impartially and prove his absolute neutrality and responsiveness to contribute to make the election peacefully free, fair and credible. His integrity needs to be transparently demonstrated.
We should remember that there had been reports of INEC sponsored rigging in the past, and also with INEC officials through collation and with officials being put in party coordinators’ dresses and working for the political party favoured by INEC and also putting the dresses of other parties on INEC-favoured parties and police uniforms on INEC-favoured parties to rig all the elections for the favoured party. Like all of us, INEC knows all these and it should devise means to make sure they do not happen. But will they?
One way will be to only allow card readers to be means of authenticating voters and where there is no such authentication, it should mean no voting. The second is to use only identity cards with watermarks issued by INEC itself to party officials only for identification of political party coordinators, officials and agents and not political parties dresses or arm and wrist bands which anybody can wear for purposes of identification on election duty or function. Both the Presidency and the National Assembly must so far be commended for adequately providing funding as confirmed by INEC, and therefore funding cannot be an excuse for poor performance by INEC.
President Buhari and his hatchet men in the coming election think that the judiciary must be primed in their favour. Hence, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, has been harassed and prosecuted for non-declaration of his assets without following the Constitution and the law, just to make him conform or set him aside for a Buhari man to take over or act, as President Buhari and his people believe no stone should be left unturned to rig Buhari in.
It seems to be a ploy to intimidate the judiciary as a whole in preparation for all election cases that will go before them. Where and how will all these stop? Typically, with overwhelming outrage and condemnation, we are told that the Presidency denied knowledge of the action. But the Vice-President told us that the President knew of the action on Saturday night for everything that has been prepared for Monday morning. Haba VP, it doesn’t happen that way. Nobody should take such measure against any of the four in hierarchy below the President or any of his ministers without his knowledge and indeed his approval.
But if that can happen to the Chief Justice of the Federation, the fifth man in the hierarchy of government, without the knowledge let alone the approval of the President, then it speaks for the type of government we have which means the President is not in charge let alone being in control and no Nigerian must take anything for granted. We are all unsafe and insecure under such an administration. And enough of it!
Buhari’s apologists will not stop at anything to try to cover up his administration’s inadequate performance and character. A constitutional liberal democracy cannot thrive without an independent and insulated judiciary from the executive and the legislature. Nigerians must wake up and stop these acts of wanton desperation tantamount to mental incapacity to run the affairs of Nigeria wholesomely.
Life and living are anchored on trust. But if I trust you and you deceive, cheat or disappoint me the first time, it is shame on you. However, if I allow you to do so the same thing for me the second time, I do not only have myself to blame, I must be regarded as a compound fool.
Buhari has succeeded in deceiving us the first time and we will be fools to allow ourselves to be deceived the second time. Buba Galadima, who knows Buhari very well as a confidant and National Secretary of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, the Buhari’s party before it joined in forming All Progressives Congress, APC, has warned us this time around that no matter what he promises, he cannot change his character and attitude.
He describes him as inflexible, insincere, dubious, intolerant, never accepts responsibility when things go wrong and impervious to reason and advice for change. If you cannot change your mind, you cannot change anything is the assertion of George Bernard Shaw. Even when figures, facts and statistics are made clear to Buhari, he keeps repeating what is untrue, either because he cannot understand or for mischief purposes and that places him on the level of a pathological liar. He believes he can get away with impunity and deceit as he seems to have done on many occasions in the past. Buba Galadima’s position is well complemented by Dr. Auwalu Anwar on the APC, CPC, TBO and Buhari’s character and attitude in his yet to be launched book, “Politics As Dashed Hopes in Nigeria”.
It is also a stunning revelation. Anwar clearly pointed out, “the brazen display of incompetence, insensitivity and irresponsiveness by delusional party, CPC, leadership at all levels”. Buhari was the leader of the party. Bola Tinubu’s statement about Muhammadu Buhari in 2003 is fairly prophetic, “Muhammadu Buhari is an agent of destabilisation, ethnic bigot and religious fanatic who, if given the chance, would ensure the disintegration of the country. His ethnocentrism would jeopardise Nigeria’s national unity.”
Junaid Mohammed was eloquent on the issue of nepotism. But if as we were told that Buhari is nepotic because he does not trust others, why should others trust him to continue to put their fate and life in his hand. Trust begets trust. They cannot be trusted for ‘sensitive’ appointment but they can be sent out to campaign for his re-election. Who is fooling who?
What is happening under Buhari’s watch can be likened to what we witnessed under Gen. Sani Abacha in many ways. When Abacha decided that he must install himself as Nigerian President by all means and at all costs, he went for broke and surrounded himself with hatchet men who on his order and in his interest and at high costs to Nigeria and Nigerians maimed, tortured and killed for Abacha. Buhari has started on the same path in mad desperation.
From available intelligence, we have heard of how Buhari and his party are going about his own self-succession project. They have started recruiting collation officers who are already awarding results based on their projects to actualise the perpetuation agenda in which the people will not matter and the votes will not count. It is the sole reason he has blatantly refused to sign the revised Electoral Reform Bill into law.
His henchmen are working round the clock in cahoots with security and election officials to perfect their plan by computing results right from the ward to local government, state and national levels to allot him what will look like a landslide victory irrespective of the true situation for a candidate who might have carried out by proxy presidential debate and campaigns.
The current plan is to drape the pre-determined results with a toga of credibility. It is also planned that violence of unimaginable proportion will be unleashed in high voting population areas across the country to precipitate re-run elections and where he will be returned duly elected after concentration of security officials as it happened in Osun State. We are monitoring them and we call on all democrats across the world to keep an eye on the unfolding anti-democratic agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is the time for preventive measures to be taken otherwise Nigeria may be presented with a fait accompli with impunity and total disregard of all pleas.
His scheme bears eloquent testimony to this road similar to Abacha whom he has praised to high heavens and as an arch-supporter and beneficiary from Abacha, he has seen nothing wrong done by him. It is clear from all indications that Buhari is putting into practice the lessons he learned from Abacha. Buhari has intimidated and harassed the private sector, attacked the National Assembly and now unconstitutionally and recklessly attacked and intimidated the Judiciary to cow them to submission.
I was a victim of Abacha’s atrocities against Nigeria and Nigerians – high and low. At the height of Abacha’s desperation for perpetual power, he did not brook any criticism because Nigeria was seen as his personal property. You must go along with him or be destroyed. All institutions for ensuring security, welfare and well-being of Nigeria and Nigerians particularly the Police, the Military and the Department of State Services (DSS) were abused and misused to deal with critics of Abacha and non-conformists with Abacha.
Today, another Abacha Era is here. The security institutions are being misused to fight all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy. EFCC, Police and Code of Conduct Tribunal are also being equally misused to deal with those Buhari sees as enemies for criticising him or as those who may not do his bidding in manipulating election results. Criticism, choice and being different are inherent trademark of democracy. If democracy is derailed or aborted, anarchy and authoritarianism will automatically follow.
Today, as in the day of Abacha, Nigerians must rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha. Churches and Mosques prayed. International community stood by us Nigerians. I was a beneficiary and my life was saved. Well-meaning Nigerians took appropriate actions and made sacrifices, some supreme, some less than supreme but God had the final say and He took the ultimate action.
God of Nigeria is a living God and a prayer-answering God. Nigerians must cry out to God to deliver Nigeria. Here again, I have been threatened with arrest and extermination but I will not succumb to intimidation or threats. Maybe I should remind those who are using probe as a threat that I have been probed four times by EFCC, ICPC, House of Representatives and the Senate and Buhari has access to reports of these probes.
But I have also challenged Buhari and the criminals around him to set up a probe on the same allegations and I will face such probe in public. But I know that these criminals cannot withstand a Police inquiry let alone clinical probe on the past public offices they held. My fervent prayer is that President Buhari may live to see the will and purpose of God for Nigeria.
My final appeal to him is to desist from evil with manipulation and desperation because evil has repercussion, especially as man who should watch and be mindful of his self-acclaimed and packaged integrity. At the end of the day, those who goad you on will leave you in the lurch. You will be left alone, naked and unheralded. In defeat, which must be Buhari’s fear leading to desperation, he and his co-travellers can still maintain modicum of decency, and exhibit fear of God in their actions.
We have been told that governance has been abdicated to a cabal. Now, campaigning has been abdicated to ‘jagaban’. And it is being authoritatively stated that he would not join any presidential debate. Nigerians will not allow the elections to be abdicated to INEC and Police to give us false and manipulated results. I personally commend the President for yielding to popular outcry to let the former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, go when he is due as he had the track record and history of being assigned to rig elections for the incumbent.
It was alleged that he was sent to Kano for that purpose in 2015. He was already deploying his Commissioners of Police on similar mission before his exit. We must all encourage the new Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to tread the path of professionalism, even-handedness, respect and new image for the Police.
While Nigeria must appreciate Buhari for the little he has done and allow him to depart for home in peace if he allows free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, we must also tell ourselves that Nigeria deserves better at this point in time than what Buhari is capable of offering. History will note that he has been there. Nigeria now needs a man with better physical and mental soundness, with an active mind and intellect.
Let me say again that Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians and exists for the benefit of all Nigerians and non-Nigerians who desire to live or do business in and with Nigeria. The attitude of “it is my turn and I can do what I like” with impunity will not last because Nigeria is created by God and it will outlive all evil machinations and designs against the overall interest of Nigeria.
Before I conclude, let me assert that the security situation has deteriorated with kidnapping everywhere and Boko Haram more in action and nobody should deceive Nigerians about this. With the teaming up of Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), Boko Haram is stronger today militarily than they have ever been. Boko Haram has also been empowered by the Nigerian government through payment of ransom of millions of dollars which each administration disingenuously always denies.
With ISIS being liquidated in Iraq and Syria, Africa is now their port of concentration. Soon, they may take over Libya which, with substantial resources, is almost a totally failed state. When that happens, all African countries North of Congo River will be unsafe with serious security problems. The struggle must be for all West African, Central African, North African and most East African States. Nigeria has to play a vanguard role in this struggle as we have much to lose. This administration has reached the end of its wit even in handling all security issues, but particularly Boko Haram issue, partly due to misuse of security apparatus and poor equipment, deployment, coordination and cooperation.
Finally, those Nigerians that are being intimidated or threatened by this Administration must trust in God and stand firm. Tough times do not last forever, but tough people invariably survive tough times. This is a tough time for almost all Nigerians in different respects, but the people’s will shall triumph.
All people who have registered to vote with their PVCs must never allow anybody or anything to deny or deprive them of the right of performing their fundamental civic duty of voting and sustaining democracy. Establishment of democracy and its sustenance is second to attainment of independence in our political life, leaving out the victory of the civil war. We shall overcome.
A woman who was injured when Prince Philip, 97, crashed into the car she was in has said she wants the royal to be ‘prosecuted or give up his licence’.
Emma Fairweather, 46, broke her wrist in the accident which occurred on Thursday, January 17, near Sandringham Estate. Another woman and a 10-month-old baby were also involved in the accident.
Ms Fairweather said she had not yet received an apology from the Duke of Edinburgh, even though it would ‘mean the world’ to her.
She told the Sunday Mirror that Buckingham Palace had not reached out to her, despite officials saying that contact had been made and ‘well wishes exchanged.’
The mother-of-two said: ‘I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry. It has been such a traumatic and painful time and I would have expected more of the Royal Family.
She added that she was unhappy with how the incident has been dealt with by police and Buckingham Palace.
Emma said her friend suffered cuts to her knee. The baby boy was unhurt in the accident.
Prince Philip was spotted driving himself again just two days after the accident.
Ms Fairweather said of the Duke: ‘I think he should be treated the same as anyone else. How could you say no to prosecuting him if he’s broken the law?’
Drivers who are found guilty of careless driving can face imprisonment or have their licence revoked.
Ms Fairweather continued: ‘I still haven’t had any contact from the Royal household. Maybe he should prioritise that over test driving his new car. It would mean the world to me if Prince Philip said sorry but I have no idea if he’s sorry at all.’
As shared by the nightlife king cum politician.
“World’s oldest man” Masazo Nonaka, who was born just two years after the Wright brothers launched humanity’s first powered flight, died today at the age of 113.
According to Guinness World Records, Nonaka was born in July 1905, just months before Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity. Guinness officially recognised Nonaka as the oldest living man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera last year.
“We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure. He was as usual yesterday and passed away without causing our family any fuss at all,” his granddaughter Yuko told Kyodo News.
Nonaka had six brothers and one sister, marrying in 1931 and fathering five children. He ran a hot spring inn in his hometown and in retirement enjoyed watching sumo wrestling on TV and eating sweets, according to local media. Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and was home to several people recognised as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.
They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013. The oldest verified person ever Jeanne Louise Calment of France died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.
Looks like Cardi B is missing the father of her child.