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This Ali too, must go

March 24, 2017 admin 0

When hubris goes to bed with obduracy, they sire impunity, a wild-eyed son. This is the case with the retired Col. Hameed Ali’s defiance of the Senate. But let’s be upfront with it: this column is of the opinion that Ali, Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), must either GO answer the call of the Nigerian Senate or quit the service. This is the considered stand of this column on yet another matter that has not only vacated the realms of logic and commonsense, but diminishes the essence of the Buhari administration each day it lasts.

This column was to interrogate the loud tales of agric exploits in Nigeria in the midst of intensified smuggling and rising cost of foodstuff. But this protracted folly has become a numbing distraction not only on this space, but for the Presidency, the Senate and indeed the entire polity. Eventually, the CGC, the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and indeed the Presidency, only managed to tread th..

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Recession and war situation

March 24, 2017 admin 0

SIR: Two major things are responsible for Nigeria’s economic recession: corruption (haram) and war against Boko Haram that is ravaging human lives and economic resources, compounding Nigeria’s underdevelopment and mass abject poverty, 2011 to date. But the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has no qualms deceiving Nigerians that a particular bill will end economic recession. How can that be when those in the presidency, the federal legislators, and the ministers are earning fabulous salaries and allowances?

Dogara colluded with the Reps and bought 360 cars at N10m each for 360 Reps. The picture is not different with the Senators, and so, 109 Senators and 360 Reps (469 persons altogether) are said to spend N120b annually for various things, using various means, such as committee and oversight functions’ entitlements.

Money is not the problem of those in government but what to do with it. They share and spend money anyhow. After four years, a Senator gets 24…

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Samuel Ogbemudia (1932-2017)

March 24, 2017 admin 0

•Builder of Nigeria’s Midwest passes on

THEY don’t come like this anymore; not in the realm of Nigeria’s leadership. Very few leaders in Nigeria’s history will compare with Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, a retired Brigadier-General who passed on March 9, 2017, at the age of 84.

Among his contemporary war time governors and even long after his tenure, his monumental legacies in office remain at once, a matter of bemusement and awe. Today, at death, he is still recognised as a standard for measuring successful performance and hardly any successor has surpassed his record.

Enlisting in the army in 1953 after his secondary education, he had undergone numerous military trainings over the next decade across Nigeria, Ghana, UK and the United States of America. Prominent among them were the Nigeria Military School, Zaria; Officer Cadet School, Aldershot, England and Army Special Welfare School, Fort Bragg, South Carolina. Ogbemudia also served in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in the C..

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Understanding Buhari

March 24, 2017 admin 0

Creative dysfunction is sometimes an unofficial government tool. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo occasionally set top government officials up against themselves to test their loyalty or ideas.

But there was no doubt who was in charge.

US President, Donald Trump, is reputed to have the worst cabinet in modern US history, comparable in its dysfunctionality only to Richard Nixon’s.

But again, there’s no doubt who is in charge.

In the last two weeks or so, there has been an outbreak of civil war in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, creating serious concerns about who is really in charge.

Buhari’s medical leave could not be responsible for it because there was no vacuum during his absence.

It started with the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama pouncing on the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri.

Out of concern for the misery Nigerian travellers were going through at the hands of immigration officials in a number of countries, especially South Africa and t..

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The battle between Senate and SGF

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The Senate last December urged President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend and ensure the prosecution of the SGF for alleged breach of the law in handling contracts awarded by the PINE.

The Senate’s resolution followed the presentation of the report on the humanitarian crisis in the Northeast by the ad-hoc committee.

A firm, Rholavision Nigeria Limited, one of the companies indicted by the committee for allegedly benefiting from the alleged inflated contracts awarded by the PINE, is linked to Lawal.

It allegedly got a N230 million contract to clear “invasive plant specie” in Yobe State.

The committee claimed that as of the time the contract was awarded last March, the SGF was still Rheolavision’s director and that he only resigned in September. The SGF has denied any wrongdoing.

According to the Senate, Lawal’s directorship of the firm while being a public official contravened the Code of Conduct for public officials as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

The lawmakers found that the c..

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Adeyinka Adebayo (1928-2017)

March 24, 2017 admin 0

•A pacifist, man of peace departs

IT is an irony that although he was a professional soldier, the late General Adeyinka Adebayo, who died on March 8 at the age of 89, will be best remembered as a pacifist and man of peace. The Federal Military Government apparently saw this quality in him when after the Nigerian civil war, General Adebayo was appointed as Chairman of the Committee on the Reconciliation and Integration of the Igbos (former Biafrans) into the Nigerian Polity.

Reportedly advising against resort to force in resolving the crisis that ultimately led to war, Adebayo had said with remarkable prescience, “I need not tell you what horror, what devastation and what extreme human suffering will attend the use of force. When it is all over and the smoke and dust have lifted and the dead are buried, we shall find, as other people have found that it has all been futile, entirely futile, in solving the problems we set out to solve”.

As military governor of the defunct Western State..

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Eminent Nigerians for Tinubu Colloquium Tuesday

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Eminent Nigerians from all walks of life are expected to converge on Lagos on Tuesday for the ninth Bola Tinubu Colloquium.

The event will be used to mark All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s birthday. The former Lagos State governor will turn 65 on Wednesday.

A statement by Mr. Tunde Rahman from the Tinubu Media Office said this year’s colloquium has as its theme: “Use What We Make, Make What We Use”.

It will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.

The colloquium will focus on the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in Nigeria.

“The goal is to create a space where ideas and people relevant to creating innovative but everyday solutions in Nigeria can share knowledge, experiences and proffer solutions to the challenges facing the sector,’’ the statement said.

The organisers said the idea was conceived in 1999 by Tinubu’s close friends and associates.

“The friends and associates thought it important that the rich debates and..

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Cynthia Osokogu’s killers to die by hanging

March 24, 2017 admin 0

•Facebook stalker, nephew found guilty of ex-general’s daughter’s murder

Two of the four men tried for the 2012 murder of a general’s daughter, Cynthia Osokogu, are to pay the supreme price for the offence.

Okwumo Echezona Nwabufo and his nephew Olisaeloka Ezike are to die by hanging, Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos High Court said yesterday.

Justice Akinlade found them guilty of drugging, chaining and strangling Osokogu, who was a Nasarawa State University post-graduate student, to death at Cosmilla Hotel, Festac Town, Lagos, on July 22, 2012.

Orji Osita, 37, and Ezike Nonso, 29, were discharged and acquitted of the charge of recklessness, negligence and possession of stolen goods.

Osita, a pharmacist, had been accused of supplying Nwabufo with Rophynol, a sedative which was allegedly used on the deceased, without a prescription.

While Nonso was accused of buying her stolen Blackberry phones from Ezike.

Nwabufo, 37, Ezike, 27, Osita and Nonso were arraigned on February 8,..

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CBN gets bids for $100m

March 24, 2017 admin 0

•Naira is N385/dollar

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has received bids for $100 million from dealers in the interbank market to meet customers’ requests. The sale will be settled today.

CBN spokesman Isaac Okorafor said no intervention was made by the bank to meet requests for invisibles.

Okorafor reiterated that the CBN will continue to intervene in the interbank market to meet all legitimate transaction-based foreign exchange demands by customers.

The CBN had in its last auction sale offered $150 million to the interbank market with the highest bid rate at N335 to dollar while the marginal rate was N320 to dollar.

Foreign exchange speculators are expected to lose over N100 million in the coming days as CBN intervention in the interbank market continues.

Already there are heightened fears among traders and other market participants who are yet to recover from the losses of the last two weeks owing to sharp and sudden appreciation of the naira.

Okorafor confirmed this develo..

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Sanusi advises Buhari to beware of praise singers

March 24, 2017 admin 0

Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II yesterday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against praise singers and sycophants.

He said they were the real “enemies” of the government who could “destroy” his efforts.

Urging the President not to resist criticisms, Sanusi said: “I feel sorry for the people in government because they are surrounded by enemies.”

He said the President needed people who will tell him where he goes wrong.

Sanusi said he defied a directive by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to resign as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor after he blew the whistle that $20 billion oil money was missing.

The Emir, who chaired the 10th Kehinde Sofola (SAN) memorial lecture in Lagos, said he was not surprised when he was suspended by former President Jonathan.

According to him, in blowing the whistle on the missing money, he was not afraid because he knew he was not going to remain CBN governor forever.

The emir said because he knew power was transient, he spoke the truth, no m..

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