El-Rufai on Friday: Indifferent Middle Class, Failing Government ~ Japheth J Omojuwa

Published:19 Oct, 2012

Young Voices (4) – Introducing Japheth Omojuwa
I met Japheth Omojuwa on Twitter before we met in person a few months after. He is one of those young Nigerians that are brilliant, courageous and detribalized and express these philosophies passionately using social media. With nearly 40,000 followers on Twitter, Japheth is both a thought leader among his peers, but gives sleepless nights to President Jonathan media managers. His blogging website www.omojuwa.com is one of the most popular amongst young people.
He writes today on the lackadaisical attitude of our elites focusing on the indifference of our middle class as one of the root causes of our failing government. He believes that unless our middle class rises up, organizes and demands decent governance and public accountability, it will be squeezed into joining the ranks of 112 million Nigerians currently in poverty.
It is my honor and privilege to introduce Japheth Omojuwa, an alumnus of Kings College, Lagos and graduate of Agricultural Economics of the Federal University of Technology, Abeokuta. He follows the tradition of Yemi Adaomlekun, Auwal Sani Anwar and Elnathan John in writing on a subject of concern to young people.

Indifferent Middle Class, Failing Government ~ Japheth J Omojuwa

Every day, Nigeria’s presidency – excluding the vice president – will have a bazaar-esque table of food and refreshment worth N2,010,000.00 excluding special events. The 2012 budget reserved N951 million for the president’s foreign travels and the president promised to cut on this after the Occupy Nigeria uproar. In keeping to that promise, the president has averaged two travels per month since then but that is nothing compared to the N2.6 billion dedicated to his 2013 foreign travels – N7.1 million for each day of 2013 including weekends. N2.6 billion is the salary of 12,037 Nigerians on the minimum wage working for the whole year.

For a government that says it has transformed our power challenge, one would wonder why they had to budget N72,510,832 to fuel the state house. Aso Rock expects to burn some 1,300 litres of diesel per day based on the pump price. The budget contains more irresponsible allocation of state resources to political office holders, including National Assembly members who get to spend some N150 billion up from not more than N50 billion from the Obasanjo years. It was established in a well-publicized paper how the worth of an average bill passed by the national assembly is N10 billion! Each legislator costs Nigerians over $2 million per year. How can this not be criminal in a supposed representative democracy? This sheer irresponsibility and obvious disregard for the people’s yearnings will continue as long as those who should demand for at least the application of common sense in the governance of Nigeria decide to keep quiet.

The world over you’d hardly find any country that ever survived the domination of a few over many without the rise of a people who are neither at the top of the pyramid nor essentially at its bottom, those who find themselves between both ends of the socio-economic divide. You cannot get to any Promised Land worth the travel without getting to cross bridges as we cannot bank on the miracles of going through water. The bridge of progress and development in any modern nation is the middle class. If a nation stays stagnated or retards in development, check the bridge.

Read tales of the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution and other mass movements including the several movements across Europe and even more recently with the likes of Rudi Dutschke in Germany and the Arab Spring and you’d find the middle class at the end of it if not at its beginning. This is because this class has the number and the resources to make change happen. Unlike the poor, they have resources to spare for advocacy. The poor live from hand to mouth and are the worst hit in case of any campaign that halts production one way or the other.

That Nigeria needs saving is a foregone conclusion and that there has to be a mass movement that seeks and demands genuine transformational change is a long delayed reality. Easterly, William, 2001 defined a “middle-class consensus” as a situation of relative equality and ethnic homogeneity, he went on to show empirically that such a middle-class consensus facilitates higher levels of income and growth, as well as higher levels of public goods. This may sound counter-intuitive especially considering the fact that the finger of blame for our national woes have always been pointed in the direction of those directly involved with governance but we are at fault for the woes of Nigeria because we are too docile and we have come to accept nonsense from our office holders as the norm.

We are the ones that live in homes with generators that have sworn an oath of war with silence. We don’t care if the roads to our houses are motorable, we just ensure our second tokunbo car is an SUV and we never care to bother about lasting solutions. We create a cocoon around ourselves against the many menaces of our society. We sit at beer parlours and gist about what is wrong with our country without ever really doing anything to be part of change. And now who do we blame for having a president whose policies look more like documents drafted from such beer parlour gatherings? Our government has policies with sounds without meaning, words without power and trillions of naira without value to the people.

Bar may be Sir Ahmadu Bello, every Nigerian leader has been from the middle class or from an even more wretched background. They get to the top by hook, crook, coup or luck and don’t give a damn if the people die or live. They could care less about the people where 2 out of 3 are poor. We can dress all up and go to church giving praises in empty stomachs that may never be filled except we get a chance to attend a church related event after that. We invest in cheap London-America outfits – wash am, press am well, spray perfume and we look good to go. If you are lucky to add a few fats on your cheeks then your money has indeed come. We wallow in poverty and have become so numbed to this abnormality as though we were pigs destined for dirt so would find calm where others find discomfort.

We are progressing and transforming Nigeria. We are progressing on our known path of mediocrity and transforming from a people that though did not have everything, had values and the basic things of life. Where the laws did count, to a country where the lawmakers are the chief lawbreakers, transforming to a land where to steal in a better and more rewarding position you must loot and loot well in your current position. A minister spends over N2 trillion naira on what the people agreed N260 billion should be spent on, she could still go ahead to make the laws that make her even more powerful. Every other presidential broadcast results in protests and every presidential broadcast either makes you angry or sad. You are angry about the fact that the Presidency has become the mascot for national intellectual poverty and sad that a nation, in all its glory and human resource endowment has been limited to being led by its dross.

Nigeria is what it is because we are who we are…mostly selfish, short-sighted, parochial and a grab-your-own mentality obsessed group of people who make noise when not positioned to steal, who steal when positioned to do greater good. We have hit rock bottom even though the realities of modern day Nigeria make us feel our current office holders will breach even this bottom and take us further down. God forbid! We can forbid it too.

We need to organize ourselves and start right from our local governments. One person takes up the challenge, gets others together and pays the local government chairman a call. You want to know all there is to know about what s/he has been doing with your money. We cannot just live in patience for the day someone from our family will get the chance to steal. As bad as that sounds, it is even more statistically impossible compared to if we ensured our country works for us all at the same time. As for those of us who cannot see beyond a need to divide Nigeria, let me state that Ibori stole Delta people’s money. The people of Oyo state are not looking for the Hausa Governor that stole their money and the people of Edo State are not cursing an Igbo man for the development they seemed to have had a divorce with until the Oshiomhole years. The homogeneity of language is essentially a need for us to see beyond our differences as a group and at least get involved. We must fight to cut down the size of government. This is killing development. Recurrent expenditure has barely changed despite what the statistics intend to tell you. N2.425trillion in 2011, N2.47trillion in 2012 and N2.41 trillion for 2013 is not change. Cut this big government and for every cut, we cut down its failures. We need to reduce its obstructive size for a people driven economy and system. What Nigeria needs is an army of active citizens because activists and CSOs are always going to be limited. What we need is an economy free from cronyism and incessant government control. Are we ready to get involved yet or do we just wait our turn to chop?

  • ahmed ibrahim

    Having said it all,the question that keeps raising in my mind is that,should we now drop our pens and take up to the streets?Alot have been written about the Nigeria’s elites and ruling class,its high time we make history repeat itself by taken the footpath of the likes of Michael Imodu,the champion and pioneer of the 1945 general strike……..Omojuwa you hav played ur role…..what a prolific writer you are!!

  • http://www.twitter/ameeynu.com ameeynu

    U are really on point! what pains me most is when this ppl in power execute a small kangaroo project bootlickers will gather all around them singing praises and giving them kudos as if they used their salary to do it. The hardest part is someone who wil break the ice!

  • haryodeyley.

    Waow nice piece. How I wish all nigerian middle class could read dis. Awake from ur slumber nigerians, now time to redirect dis country and chase d evil pple ruling dis nation. Suffering tire me jooor

  • @ayox2003

    I’m still yet to come to terms with the fact that bank workers who were laid-off are yet to take the streets. Very naïve of them!
    I want to keep my job; my shit does not smell: my family matters to me… And all sort of weak sentences are what u’d hear from those sacked bankers until govt policies kicked them out of “their jobs”, made their shit to smell, made them lose respect in their families. Can u see what it means not to take ur destiny in ur arms at the right time? Had they demanded for justice from the govt during those scams? Had they marched to the CBN headquarters to make their voice known during the trials of their bosses? Had they sacrificed their job, time with family and so on for just one day? I bet their bosses would be scared to lay them off.

    I just hope we rise up and do what’s right because Nigeria is all we’ve got.
    Nice write-up.

    Frawzey

  • http://www.folorunsodavid.wordpress.com Folorunso David

    You seem to be calling for an intellectual revolution; it would help to have a bullet point step-wise plan on how to carry it out. The middle class must understand the possible consequence of such a coup.

  • @ayox2003

    Oops! Kindly disregard my typographical errors ^^

  • Musa Bashir

    Great piece. Omojuwa is obviously advocating masses revolution under the leadership of intellectuals, a group Marxists describe as petty bourgeois class. However, the experience of history is that petty bourgeois intellectuals are not capable of independent political action; they eventually rely on one of the two better organised and more disciplined classes; the big bourgeoisie and the proletariat. If not under the leadership of working class, petty bourgeois intellectuals always capitulate to the big bourgeoisie; this is what Arab Spring confirmed where elements of the old regimes hijacked the masses revolution. So I think Omojuwa is right in recognising the inevitability of masses revolution and his emphasis on the fact that economic classes are the motive forces of change. But he missed the class historically capable of playing a leading revolutionary role; it is the working class not the petty bourgeois intellectuals/activists.

  • Haruna akombo

    Its time 2 stop talking abt our problems, its time 4 action 2 begin

  • IamLegendIam

    For all those who are concerned with a real change in this country, you’re saying their thoughts aloud. Thanks for penning this down. I have always believed that the present Nigeria is in itself, an oxymoron. The more things change, the more they remain the same. This has to stop. We must cease to be comfortable with mediocrity, legalised thefts (by the legislatures) and non-performance of our leaders. Just as you said, “the middle class will be squeezed into the lower class living below the poverty line” if they keep “oath of war with silence”. And surely, it is that class that can make things happen. Let everyone, just as you said, start doing something about. Enough of keeping quiet. Infact, keeping mute in these Nigerian times is A CRIME.

  • @sinzubaba

    Nice piece Japheth, cleverly written and great sub themes but the question heavy on my mind is this- Who can lead us? Its not just by talking and doing nothing, if there is a lesson to learn from Occupy Nigeria is the fact that the lower class will join in any cause as long as it strikes dear to them and only when they see the middle class pushing it forward but my fear is no matter how we tend to swing it our political elders will find a way to kill this dream the only way to stop this is to completely remove their hold on us and it starts with enlightement, let’s wish for the best.

  • Jimoh Dauda

    Yes, me am ready.

  • Remmy

    Nice piece and good analysis brother. Keep it up!

  • Orujekwe Chibuzor

    Omojuwa we need revolution but every revolution is spearheaded by a group of people or person. We need line of examples to follow.

    You talked about going down to Local government, we might want to see a practiced example from someone who have done that.

    Apart from the fact that the youths are jobless, they are also afraid. Omojuwa this subjection all begins from our educational system. We are socialized to be subservient and withdraw from reaction to oppression. We have a long way to go – the Nigerian youths must need a role model to reckon with or else it might be hard for folks to take a decisive step to revolution.

  • parrot

    Omojuwa, the fist thing that struck me after reading your tedious article was the stark contrast between what you were preaching in the essay, and your avatar on the blogsite – depicting you attired in a suit and conspicuosly advertising (what i hope is not) a tokumbo watch obtained from our ubiquitous road-side retailers.

    Now before anyone crucifies me for the preceding comment, my purpose was not to ridicule Omojuwa but to advance his very valid arguments by illustrating the contradictions of our middle class in Omojuwa himself.

    That picture says it all – the grotesque portrayal of an individual in vainglorious posturing to convey affluence and importance that should be the last concern or preoccupation of a self-acclaimed activist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/obayomi.b.abiola Obayomi abiola

    Excellent write up.

  • Fatyma

    I’m happy you summarized the main concepts of the issues revolving the situation in Nigeria. Like one of the commentators said, subjugation and lack of proper education is A hindering factor in getting people to understand the importance of acting out. Eventually, and I’m not going to say hopefully, things have already been put in motion. Such awareness is not abstractly left in the dungeon, but rather is taken piecemeal. We cannot solve our current situation instantaneously because it also took a lot of years for the problem to evolve into what it is today.

  • Qasim

    Fela said this same thing years back..what did d masses do? Nothing! We have a long way to go. I must say, a revolution is long overdue in Nigeria.

  • http://haroldwrites.wordpress.com HaroldWrites of www.haroldwrites.wordpress.com

    Good read, but after all is said and done,more is said than done.

  • ejike eya

    I was moved to tears Japhet as I read your piece. You are on point and we must all stand to be counted. I won’t wait until my son grows up to ask me what happened to Nigeria. More grease to your elbow.

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  • http://twitter.com/sheymanB Seyi Bolaji

    How do we get here as a people? Fear and lack of confidence has destroy a majority of nigerians. So many things are now wrong with us, we celebrate mediocrity. Government deceive us,we do same to them or what do you call a visit of the minister transportation and that of information to Ilorin station of Nigeria Railway Corporation. All those doing businesses along the railway were stopped, things pimped up,wrong impression of a working system sent and the directors are our middle class. All muddled up. People should learn the value in honesty. Let’s swing into action, delay is dangerous. Naija is all we’ve got. PEACE

  • stClem

    First thing first, then comes the trivial. Omojuwa, I must say, has brought to us the reality of a modern democracy. It’s people-driven as he’s said. This huge, intrinsic conspiracy called Nigerian government would not loose her strained grip from our bony neck – wages of starvation – until we realised that we deserve more, and better more. This is the reality Omojuwa has ushered us into. And it’s a wake-up call from the stifling complacency, the virus that has eaten off the common sense of self-worth in us. Who and what we take the country to the Promise Land are not this bunch of failures wrapped in flesh and their self-centred policies which are obviously parallel, and most times antithetical to the reality of the masses, but a coalition of educated fellows who understand that as God is for all, Government should be for all as well. Enough of our “National Cake” mentality.
    Now to the trivial. Mr. Parrot, as your name implies ‘ you too dey talk’! Get serious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ddebay @Mr_DYD_Gooner

    Excellent write up JJ. You said it all.

  • ndaguye

    This piece fills a much-needed gap.”

  • FUNKE

    Well, beautiful one. . . Atleast a solution was suggested, people need to be guided. . . First we need to be organised to effect change and it can only start from an activist so dat people are well oriented and informed. . . Cos d level of decadence in Nigeria is better imagined than experienced!! From monthly area meetings to local biz organisations n stuff like dat. . God bless Nigeria

  • Dale

    An excellent wake up call from deep slumber and lethargy that has held us down for God knows when! Thank you JJ for this write up, our collective effort to translate this to action and reality NOW will not be in vain and to the non significant parrot … Mtcheeeeeew!

  • Ayodeji

    This country cannot have a revolution because of the ethnic/tribal nature of our politics. Were it left for the south west alone we could have had a revolution long ago. Look at the subsidy protest of January 2012, the south west started it, the south east was not interested because they have their eyes on 2015, the south south protested against the protest cos Jonathan is from there, the north joined because to them Jonathan must fall.

  • Obimakinde Ibukun

    Great piece,if only we can, change ??I?????n????? Nigeria s possible,

  • Jamjam

    What more needs to be said? JJ has hit the bullseye but it still IS more said than done till we actually start the ‘doing’.

    The starting point suggested is a good one but more of what is required is enlightenment of the people, as suggested by FUNKE.

    Good job at ignoring parrot, by the way. This is a serious discussion that affects his/her future and not a forum to air more mediocrity.

  • hafiz

    My people sef dey fear too much,they fear for the thing they no see,they fear to fight for freedom,…….
    Suffering and smiling…..
    FELA

  • segun

    JJ you have said it all. To start with, human right organizations should be involved cos trust the politicians to use the police against the pple. So there must be a plan to handle this

  • Toye Oladiran

    You are right JJ, we are not in anyway different from our leaders, as a matter of fact,those who lead us are reflection of us that they lead. We are ideologically poor and at the same time ready to settlle for less. Things can change for better if only the middle class is ready to confront the challenges. If we can successfully organise the occupy nigeria protest, what then are we still waiting for?

  • Ken Tagbo

    Good piece. We need a managable size of Govt officials to combat our economic quamire. A single NASS arm and cut in ministerial cronies will help us out of the woods. Good write up.

  • Bala

    JJ, what an inspiring piece. The middle class are so docile and selfish and always trying to protect and maintain their supposed comfort zone which in a way is temporary the way things are going in this country. We, the middle class need to organise ourselves, direct, guide the poor and lead change protest consistently against these criminally minded elites, so that, we can collectively rescue our dear country. JJ, you have done well in highligting this issue plainly.
    Bala

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau dissolved the 17 Local Government Councils in the state. Mr Rufus Bature, Secretary to the State Government, said that the dissolution was in accordance to the powers of the governor...

Doctors Of Jos Teaching Hospital Suspend Strike Because Of Twin Bomb Blast

The Secretary of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Plateau, in person of Dr Meshack Daniel, made it clear that the suspension of strike was to enable the doctors give adequate medical attention to the victims. Dr Meshack Daniel said, "As

FIFA Bans Head Of World Cup Committee For Two World Cups

FIFA banned the former head of the FIFA evaluation committee, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former Chilean FA president, for the next seven years, that is, for 2018 and 2022 World Cups for “confidentiality” breeches. Harold Mayne-Nicholls will not be taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level. The full details of the charges were, however, not disclosed.

President Buhari Approves N400 Billion For Workers’ Salaries

President Buhari has approved a comprehensive relief package valued at over N400bn to put an end to the lingering crisis of unpaid workers’ salaries in the country. Vanguard gathered that a three-pronged relief package that will end the workers plight include: The sharing of about $2.1b (N413.7bn) in fresh allocation between the states and the federal government. The money is sourced from recent LNG proceeds to the federation account, and its release okayed by the president; A...

Ciara’s New Boyfriend Russell Wilson Says They Are Abstaining From Sex!

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a born again Christian who abstains from sex! From Future, that is definitely an upgrade for Ciara. Russell told The Rock Church in an interview over the weekend that God told him to lead Ciara and says they abstain from having sex… "I met this girl named Ciara who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She is the most kind person, the most engaging person, everything I could ever...

Gbese !!! Pastor Disgraced After Women Storm His Wedding Claiming To Be Married To Him

Drama ensued at the NPC Church in Valley Road in Kenya recently after some women stormed the church while the wedding ceremony of a pastor in the church, Pastor John Waituha was ongoing. According to reports, the women claimed they were legally married to the Pastor and even showed children which they said they had for the pastor. Pastor John broke down in tears while the women were shouting at the church. The police was called in...

Nigerian Poses As Royal Marine, Dupes Four Women Of N30m

*Four women who were duped out of £100,000 by lonely hearts conman on dating website Match.com after he posed as a Royal Marine will only get a few hundred pounds back each *The victims paid money to Nigerian immigrant Adewale Adewole, 31 *He posed as a Royal Marine commando on the dating website Match.com *Falsely claimed to be army captain Timmy Francis who ran an orphanage *Duped women into sending him money which he transferred to his wife Four besotted women duped...

Man Sentenced to One Month In Prison For Stealing 7 Pieces Of Meat In A Pot Of Soup

An Ota Magistrates’ Court this morning sentenced a 28-year-old man to one month in prison for breaking into a shop to steal seven pieces of meats from a pot of soup. The Magistrate, Miss Temitope Adebutu, however, gave the convict an option of N5,000 fine. The accused, of no fixed address, was arraigned on a two count of stealing and burglary.

See Photos Of The Ikorodu Bank Robbers Being Paraded By Lagos State Police Command

hese are the faces of the suspected criminals who partook in the Ikorodu robbery -attacking two banks and carting away with huge sum of money....The robbers attacked the banks located at Ipakodo Ebute, near Ogolonto in Ikorodu. They were said to have used speed boats in accessing the community, raiding First Bank and Zenith bank in the area. See more photos below...   PHOTO...

Pictures Of Prof. Jega Resuming Office At The University Today

Prof. Attahiru Jega, former INEC Chairman reporting today at the Dept of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano. Welcome back sir!    

Khloe Kardashian Shares Hot Lingerie Pic With Kourtney

Khloe supports her sisters like no other..Amidst photos of Scott Disick flirting with his ex in France, Khloe decided to remind him who's the baddest..She shared the pic above with caption: #TBT to the baddest in the game... Then and now. My ace for life @kourtneykardash Khloe is very close to Scott but when it comes to her sisters, she draws the line..

Abandoned Mother of Triple Twins Speaks: “I Will Take My Runaway Husband Back”

It was easy locating the storey building where Ruth Uche, the woman whose husband fled home when he learned she was expecting another set of twins after previously giving birth to two sets of twins, resides. The dark-brown building at 32, Awori/Morica Street, Agege, Lagos stands out like a sore thumb, but locating the single room where she currently takes refuge with her three sets of twins is a bit more challenging. Gaining access to the room situated at...

Simon Cowell Loses His Mum

Simon Cowell's beloved mother Julie Brett has died. The 89 year old passed away recently after a lengthy health battle. She died of a stroke. Simon is said to be devastated. X Factor auditions which were supposed to start today have been cancelled. May her soul rest in peace, amen.

ISIS Executes 2 Media Activists For ‘Working Against Them’ In Syria

ISIS over the weekend released a horrific video showing the execution of two media activists in Raqqa, for allegedly being 'informants', speaking against them and handing out anti-Shariah leaflets. In the video, the two men identified as Bashar Abdul Atheem and Faisal Hasan Al Habib, who were local residents in Raqqa, were first interrogated before they were tied to a tree and shot dead. ISIS says it's a warning to other activists working against them. More photos...

Fuel Scarcity To Continue As Importers Run Out Of Bank Credit!

The scarcity of refined petroleum products, especially petrol, may continue across the country for the unforeseeable future because marketers have stopped importing the product due to the reluctance of the banks to provide them with credit. It was also learnt that as of May 29, 2015, the amount being owed all the oil marketers by the Federal Government was N291.7bn. Our correspondent gathered that the refusal of the banks to provide credit to the marketers had adversely affected the...

Borno Residents Caution FG Against Dialogue With Boko Haram

Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents. Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face...

How To Be A Nigerian By Ololade Ajekigbe

Nigerians are a very special breed of people who possess unique qualities that only they could have been blessed with. Today, I will be attempting to help you recognize a full blooded Nigerian when you see one. If you are a Nigerian who has lived mostly in the diaspora, especially if you didn't spend your formative years here, you may not be able to relate with the characteristics I will be highlighting, sorry... but that only suggests...

On The Ball : The Rise Of Dele Alli By Edward Okaro

In this piece, I'll be talking a little bit about the two things I absolutely adore as an avid football/soccer fan: (a)The Barclays Premier League (The most watched league in the world) and (b) My beloved Nigerian National Men’s Football team (or the Super Eagles as they are fondly called) The subject to which these two things are centred around is none other than promising Nigerian born starlet Bamidele ‘Dele’ Alli and I’ll be...

One Minute Extra With Jess : Jess Says Thank You

This episode is to say thank you to everyone for the feedback, corrections and especially to my viewers and subscribers. We are closely coming to the end of the first season of One Minute Extra With Jessica and I look forward to a more informative and entertaining season two.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yMAauCC_AQ&feature=youtu.be

Kidnapped Wife Of Former Bayelsa Acting Governor Regains Freedom

The kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa State, Madam Martha Nestor Binabo, has been released. According to a family source, the 48-year- old woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers State in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family adhered to the strict instructions by the kidnappers not to involve the police. She was released with a transport fare of N18,000 and a...

Army Plans More Court-Martial To Fight Indiscipline

The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday said that the Nigerian Army would continue to set up court-martial to check indiscipline among troops within its ranks. The Army boss, who made the statement while speaking during the an Interdenominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015, NADECL, added that the Army is taking all proactive measures to restore sanity and battle confidence to troops. “I must set up court-martial and...

Cross River State To Host MBGN Pageant In October

Cross River State Government and Silverbird Group have signed a 4-year management contract for the hosting of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), at the prestigious 5,000 seat capacity Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC). According to the agreement, Calabar will play host to both the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and the maiden edition of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant owned by the Cross River State Government. Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony at...

Free Man : Delta State Policemen Rescue Pastor From Kidnappers’ Den

A joint team of police operatives from Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area and NNPC area in Warri have rescued a pastor of a new generation church in Effurun from kidnappers’ den after he had spent some days in captivity. It was gathered that the victim was rescued from a bush along ECN road, Otu-Jeremi following a tip-off. The victim, our correspondent also learnt, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at about 8:30 pm, along Keme...

Pope Francis Begins South America Trip In Ecuador

Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador, in his first visit since becoming pope to the Spanish-speaking part of South America, bringing a message of solidarity with the poor in the region, while trying to rally his church amid dwindling numbers. Francis, history’s first South American leader of the Catholic church, arrived in the capital Quito at 19:40 GMT on Sunday for a week-long tour of the continent, which also includes stops in Bolivia and Paraguay.

Suswam Denies Beating Wife In London, Says He’s In Germany

Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, Sunday said he was not arrested in London for wife beating. His lawyer, P.H. Ogbole, who spoke in Abuja yesterday called on friends and family of the former governor to disregard the publications claiming that Suswam was arrested in the United Kingdom for beating up his wife, Yemisi. While threatening to take legal action against those behind the falsehood, Suswam described publication alleging that he beat his wife as...

NEMA Releases Official Report On Jos Bomb Attacks, Contradicts State Govt’s Report

The Director in charge of the North-Central zone of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has put the number of deaths in Sunday night’s bomb attacks on Jos at 44. Mr. Abdulsalam also told journalists via telephone on Monday morning that 48 others were badly injured, and are currently hospitalized in various hospitals in the Plateau state capital. But the Plateau state government insisted that only 18 people died in the incidents, with 18...

Shettima Urges Fleeing Residents Of Attacked Villages To Return Home

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has urged fleeing residents of attacked Zabarmari and Hadamari villages to return, as troops will provide protection against any Boko Haram attacks or bombings on the affected farming and herding communities in the state. The governor, while addressing surviving residents of Zabarmari, urged the fleeing villagers trooping to Maiduguri to return to their respective houses. “Since the military have repelled the insurgents from destroying this village, the people should not...

President Buhari To Revisit Unbanning Of Textiles

President Muhammadu Buhari is to revisit the recent decision of the Jonathan Administration which removed the importation of textile products from the list of banned items. A highly placed government official  said the decision by the last administration to remove textile from the list of banned items to be imported into the country was “unconscionable” ?in view of larger implications on the unemployment situation in the country. The official who spoke on condition of anonymity...

Why We Invited Ekweremadu For Questioning- Police

The Nigerian Police Force has given reasons for inviting the deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, to its headquarters for questioning. The police explained on its Facebook page that it received a petition from a senator who alleged unauthorized substitution of senate document. It said in line with the policy of the police leadership on evidence gathering, the matter was referred to the Force CID in Abuja for investigation. Following the investigation, a...

Youths Block Highways In Kaduna To Protest Appointment Of Interim Council Chair

There is currently tension in Kaduna as youths, predominantly Gbagyi, blocked the ?major roads leading to Chikun local government area of Kaduna State in protest of the appointment of Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as interim chairman of the local government. The situation attracted heavy traffic jam? as workers were prevented from accessing the road to their work places. Meanwhile, heavily armed policemen are? presently using tear gas to disperse the angry youths.  About five youths have...

Yero left Kaduna in deficit, says KDSG

The Kaduna State Government has dismissed claims that the former government left over N8 billion in the accounts. Former deputy governor, Mr. Nuhu Audu Bajoga, made the claim  over the weekend. A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor said the Mukhtar Ramalan Yero government actually left the state in deficit. “The Kaduna State Government had N228,333,371.67 in its central account on 29 May 2015....

Man Pictured Draped In Isis-Like Flag Near Big Ben And Houses Of Parliament In London

Police have confronted a man draped in what appeared to be an Isis flag, as he walked past the Houses of Parliament with a young child on his shoulders waving a miniature version of the parchment. Startling images of the incident shows the man walking past a group of scouts with a black flag around his shoulders as he...

Boko Haram Members Sell Seized Goats To Owners To Raise Money To Buy Petrol

A survivor of Boko Haram attack on a Borno town made a startling revelation that Boko Haram insurgents were selling goats and other livestock seized from owners during se­ries of attacks on the communities to buy pet­rol. Danladi Umar who fled the troubled Kukawa town, north of Borno following the Wednesday Boko Haram at­tack disclosed to Sunday Sun. “They took away our goats, chicken and other livestock after attack on Kukawa and other neighbouring villages. They also...

Photos: Femi Fani-Kayode’s Daughter Weds

The traditional wedding of Temi, the daughter of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to her beau, Jaiye Randle, the son of Lagos Chief, Bashorun J.K Randle, took place today July 5th in Lagos. Congrats to them...

What I Told Nicki Minaj When She Broke Up With Safaree – Meek Mill

Meek Mill has opened up on his role in Nicki Minaj's break up with Safaree ...It was reported he was instrumental in their breakup,by setting Safaree up on various occasions .Speaking with Sway of Sirius FM, Meek said all he did was tell her: ‘Do what’s best for you really. I’m not no hater,‘Do what’s best for you. Whatever you feel in your heart.‘Cause I don’t want to be in the middle of something and that ain’t...

‘Negotiate With FG And Stop The Killing’ – Saraki Tells Boko Haram

Senate president,Bukola Saraki has called on Boko Haram to accept president Buhari's offer of negotiation.This comes as it was revealed the FG is ready to negotiate with the insurgents to bring an end to insurgency ..In a statement released by his media office, Saraki condemned the killing of 6 at the Redeemed church in Yobe today...His statement reads My heart is with individuals and families who were directly or indirectly affected by this ungodly, sadistic and evil...

I Did Most Of The Work In The EME Album – Skales Reveals

 Its no news that Skales and Wizkid had a huge social media fight over somethings the former said...Skales had alleged he wrote most of Wizkid's hit songs,he also said Wizkid was avoiding a collaboration with him.. Now,Skales has moved on to a new record label but tells whoever cares to know,he wasn't unproductive during his time at Banky W' led EME records..In a new interview with RubbingMinds today,Skales...

Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Just Got Married

According to People magazine, the stars tied the knot this weekend, reps have not yet responded to requests for comment. There were several rumours they had been married earlier this year but they are finally married now. Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while playing love interests on the Fox sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2006. "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show," she said in W magazine's August issue, adding, "We all get movie star crushes....

Dangote Explains Why He Wants To Buy Arsenal

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has disclosed his reason for seeking to acquire a stake in English Premier League team, Arsenal. Few weeks ago, Dangote, 58, attracted widespread criticism from various quarters in Nigeria when he re-iterated his interest in acquiring the Premier League team. Many Nigerians called him out, insisting that his money would be better spent by acquiring a local Nigerian football team and promoting the Nigerian Premier League rather than...

See the Moment ISIS Child Killers Brutally Shot Dead 25 Syrian Soldiers In Front Of Bloodthirsty Crowd

ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored...

Graphic Photo From The Jos Bomb Blast At Yan-Taya Mosque Yesterday

This is a photo from the deadly bomb blast that rocked the Yan-Taya mosque in Jos yesterday.  The blast had happened as a sermon on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was going on. Another blast occurred at Bauchi Road, a major thoroughfare in Jos that is also in an area where many Muslim families reside. At least 15 people were killed and 20 others were injured...

Best Foods For Weight Loss & Quick Results

Listed below are a few of the best food categories to promote healthy digestive health. They each have helpful functions to cleanse your body of harmful toxins and promote overall wellness: 1. Foods that are Rich in Fiber You are probably going to notice one recurring theme throughout this article. That theme is the use of healthy dietary fiber. This is an important dietary staple to focus on since our current diets tend to lack...

Ministerial Appointments: Delay Aimed At Assembling Best Hands – Al-Makura

Nasarawa State governor Tanko Al-Makura has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming delay in the appointment of ministers and other key government officials has nothing to do with the leadership crisis rocking the party. He added that it also has nothing to do with insinuations that the president is finding it difficult to take action because he is torn between patronising those who contributed to his victory and those who can really deliver the goods.

PMB Should Address Nigerians On Insurgency – BBOG

Expressing concerns over the resurgence of suicide bombings in the North-East, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking during the group’s sit-out, Aisha Yesufu, noted that Nigerians, especially those affected by the bombings, would want to know government’s efforts towards ending the nightmare that had been terrorizing the nation over the years. According to her, the president's’ silence on the issue was unacceptable,...

Police Arrest Ikorodu Bank Robbers

Four members of the robbery gang that raided two banks in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on 24 June, have been arrested, the police claimed. The gang had robbed First Bank and a new generation at Ogolonto and carted away huge sums of money. The police in Lagos in the aftermath of the public outrage triggered by the robbery and the manner of escape via the Ikorodu lagoon, offered a N5 million reward for information.

Buhari Reacts To Criticisms On Appointing More Northerners

Following criticisms that trailed the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari which many argued were lopsided in favour of the north, the president, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was implementing a northern agenda in his appointments. It will be recalled that President Buhari since taking over the reins of power on May 29 has, so far, made 11 appointments, out of which only one came from the South West. Although some people considered...

USA Women Team Wins World Cup For The Third Time

The female team of USA showed once more they are great by defeating Japan 5-2. Carli Lloyd was the star of the day as she became the first woman to score a hat-trick in world cup final. USA lifts the world cup once again in 16 years, since their last title in 1999.

Ben Affleck Denies He Has Serious Feelings’ For Margot

Fans of 'Bennifer' were left heartbroken earlier this month when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner called time on their 10 year marriage. And in the days that followed, the rumour mill went into overdrive. The latest claims to plague the 42-year-old actor are reports that he's 'developed serious feelings' for his Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie.

Greek Finance Minister Announces Resignation

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned after Greek voters delivered an overwhelming "No" vote in a referendum on whether to accept more austerity measures in return for new bailout cash. In a statement published on his personal blog on Monday, Varoufakis said he was stepping down to allow Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to reach a new deal with European creditors. "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made...

Nigeria Can’t Be Fixed Overnight – David Umaru

Senator David Umaru representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly has said that the 16 years of destruction of Nigeria by the former ruling party cannot be fixed in a short period. The senator who spoke over the weekend at a Thanksgiving service organised by the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Shiroro District Church Council (DCC) at Gwada area of the state, called for patience from Nigerians. David Umaru assured that the present...

We Have No Hand In Ekweremadu’s Police Invitation- APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it has nothing to do with the reported police invitation of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, over which the PDP has released an “outlandish” statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it neither wrote a petition to the police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate...

Fraudsters Alert: Chibok Girls’ Parents Warn Nigerians

The parents of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on Sunday alerted the public on the activities of some fraudsters using their names to defraud Nigerians and corporate bodies. Yakubu Maina, the chairman of the association of parents of the abducted girls, raised the alert at a news conference in Maiduguri. “We wish to alert Nigerians and corporate organisations on the existence of some individuals and organisations masquerading as parents of...

APC Southwest Chairmen Vow To Never Acknowledge Saraki, Dogara

Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Southwest have vowed not to recognize the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara until the crisis revolving around the National Assembly contest is sufficiently resolved by the party. Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the party, Chief Jide Awe disclosed this yesterday as his counterpart in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke insisted that the two presiding officers of the...

Hundreds Defect From PDP To APC In Kogi

It was celebration galore in Onyedega, headquarters of Ibaji local government in Kogi State, as thousands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the local government defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The leader of the decampees, Engineer John Ibrahim Ocheje, who led all the 10 former councillors, PDP ward chairmen and their supporters to the venue of their defection at Onyedega, said that the decision of the people to dump PDP for APC...

Gunmen Attacked Two Villages In Zamfara

Gunmen killed at least 30 people in the Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area, in Zamfara. Chairman of the council, Muhammad Gusami, said on Sunday that the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages, setting houses ablaze and carted away animals mostly cows. The previous day, some attackers shot sporadically in the air which prompted the people of Chigama to try to prevent the attack. This might have provoked the gunmen to come back so as to punish...

Another Accusing Finger Points At Okonjo-Iweala For Mismanaging ECA Funds

Raymond Omachi, the acting chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has stated that the past administration led by Goodluck Jonathan and its Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala mismanaged funds in the Excess Crude Account (ECA). Although Omachi did not mention names, he frowned at the practice of the federal government to pay subsidy from the ECA or to share to states from the ECA when available funds are not adequate to meet revenue projections. He said...

Jos Bomb Blast: Read What Really Happened

Scores of people were believed to have lost their lives as two suicide bombers detonated their bombs in Jos, the Plateau State capital this(Sunday) night. Reports gathered that the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi road campus of the University of Jos at about 9.15pm, while the second one exploded at a mosque near Yan Tyre (tyre market) area of Dilimi Junction, along the same Bauchi road about 15 minutes later.

Suicide Bomber Strikes RCCG Church; President Buhari Responds

A suicide bomber on Sunday found his way into the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe State, and detonated an explosive device which led to the death of five worshippers and the bomber. One other person also sustained injuries. The dead bomber, suspected to be a member of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, entered the church auditorium during Sunday service with the Improvised Explosive...

Abducted Ex Gov’s Wife Released On “N8.2 Million Ransom”

Martha Binabo, the kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa, Nestor Binabo, has been released. Ms. Binabo, abducted on June 29, was freed on Sunday. A family source who wished to be anonymous said on Sunday that the woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family complied with the kidnappers warning not to involve the police. The kidnappers...

Ikorodu Bank Robbery: Police Arrests Four Suspects

Four members of the robbery gang, which unleashed terror on two commercial banks in the Ipakodo, Ikorodu area of Lagos two weeks ago, have been arrested by the police. Our correspondent learnt that the suspected robbers were arrested from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Ikorodu, Lagos State, while three Sport Utility Vehicles allegedly bought from the proceeds of the robbery were recovered. The suspects’ names were given as Monday Akpan, Bright Agbojule, the third identified simply...

Twitter Account of President Buhari’s Daughter @Zahra_Buhari Was Hacked

The Presidency disowned a comment on Twitter, credited to one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra. The tweet contained some uncomplimentary comments about some foreign leaders through a Twitter handle, @Zahra_Buhari. But the Presidency, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the Twitter handle has stopped being Zahra’s for a long time since it was compromised by hackers. Therefore, the said comments from the handle are therefore...

#NoiseOfRevolt: The Speed of Change and Buhari’s First Eleven – By @Obajeun

After all, we must move on to the next level of national engagement with slight references to our wins and defeats in the immediate past. But to politicians, this may not always be the case and in one way or the other, they will still come back – for some don’t usually feel defeat-able. It is normal per human psychology of bossing tendencies. Saraki/Dogara victories are transient. In politics, you don’t win the battle against time. These power brokers...

“And I Got Hacked” – Tunji Andrews Writes On How Hackers Taught Him A Lesson

Tunji Andrews, popular on Twitter for his #MoneMasterClass sessions told me about how he got hacked across virtually all his online media channels. I got an update from him this morning and it has been published unedited.  AND I GOT HACKED This would probably be as unbelievable to you as it still is to me. On many levels, i’m still trying to wrap me head around it. The whys, seem endless really. Why would anyone...

Indirect Free Kick: DSS Director Demotes Marilyn Ogar, Others Promoted By Past Administration

Newly appointed director general of the Department of State Security, Lawal Musa Daura, has demoted Marilyn Ogar, the agency’s former spokesperson, via a memo. Apart from demoting Ms. Ogar, the acting DSS director general also directed the demotion of numerous other officers of the agency who were just promoted in March in what was seen as a politically motivated exercise. Ms. Ogar was seen as a controversial official of the DSS who often made statements...

Oshiomhole Claims Nigeria Is Almost Bankrupt Because Of Okonjo-Iweala

Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had always been displeased with the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, administration. He described the situation as mismanagement of the economy under the watch of Okonjo-Iweala. The governor started echoing the economic crunch in the country since early last year when he predicted that the way the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and other oil revenue funds...

Maiduguri Under Surveillance Due To Recent Attacks by Boko Haram

The deadly attacks by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Borno State has left no less than 200 persons killed in the last 10 days. As a result, the Nigerian military after survelliance checks said that it recovered a four-wheel vehicle loaded with bombs meant for more attacks. According to Defence headquarters, “A jeep full of Improvised Explosives Devises, IEDs, was among the weapons recovered by troops conducting Cordon and Search Operations after suicide bombing attacks on Zabamari Muna,...

Anambra Prison Taken Over By Military

Since Boko Haram detainees have been moved to the Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State, the military has taken over the security of the prison facility. Security operations in the prison are no longer exclusively ran by officials of the Nigeria Prison Service. Armed military personnel were located in strategic locations around the prison. Free movement of people and vehicles are no longer permitted around the place. Passengers moving by were frisked and vehicles searched. Residents of Anambra had been protesting against...

America is Unaware of the Location of Chibok Girls -Hawkins

Past United States Consul General, Jeffrey Hawkins, in a recent interview said - "No. I will like to say that the Nigerian government is trying very hard to generate information and tell us where they are. But when people ask, ‘Do you know where these girls are?’ I do not think they quite get the dynamics of the Chibok girls’ situation. First of all, we are talking about a large number of individuals (group of girls) who are sitting in...

Cases Of Political Killings Would Be Reopened by President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised and emphasized that his administration will ensure that all cases of political assassination and kidnapping in the country are thoroughly investigated. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, released a statement that quoted the President as making the promise while addressing state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress who visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Femi Adesina said, “I can confirm to you that the President did say during the closed-door meeting...

Group Alleges Plot By Gov. Wada To Assassinate PDP Guber Aspirant, Mohammed Ali

A group, Kogi PDP Youth Network has alleged that the governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada, has perfected plans to assassinate a governorship aspirant under the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP), in Kogi State, Mohammaed Ali. The group in a statement made available on Saturday by its Secretary, Ibrahim Rabiu, also accused the suspend Ali from the party, commence the arrest of his supporters and also the destruction of his campaign billboards and posters throughout the state. Citing a...

NFF: Keshi Fired, Amodu Hired

Stephen Keshi's appointment has been terminated by the Nigeria Football Federation as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday read, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to...

Rabiu Kwankwaso Denies House Arrest

Ex Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has debunked reports he was being placed under house arrest by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a statement signed by his private secretary, Kwankwaso, now representing Kano Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, said he was neither invited by the EFCC nor was ever prevented from discharging his legislative duties by any agency. He also noted that some political detractors of the politician were bent on causing a...

Aisha Buhari Expressed Her Vote Of Confidence in Mr President’s Administration

Mrs Aisha Buhari has spoken confidently that her husband would go the the extra mile to improve the standard of living for Nigerians. Mrs Buhari gave the assurance when she broke the Ramadan fast with the less privileged at the old banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She further solicited the support of all Nigerians, saying the country at the moment is still undergoing a transition. She said, “Ladies and gentlemen, you know that the nation is passing through a...