Jonathan and the $31bn Question By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

Published:30 Nov, 2012

Jonathan and the $31bn Question
By Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai

When I wrote an article in 2011, stating that the government of President Goodluck Jonathan was spending two billion naira every day, including weekends, on security without commensurate returns on the lives of Nigerians, the president’s reaction was to have his then chief goon, General Awoye Azazi, arrest and detain me for publishing ‘misleading information’. In retrospect, I agree with the accusation – because the amount I stated hugely understated the grand larceny going on in government.

An opening into what is really going on in government was provided a few days back by the Punch newspaper, which found that a staggering 5 trillion naira – or $31bn has been stolen under Jonathan’s 30-month stewardship of our nation’s affairs.

Assuming that Jonathan has been in power since May 2010, that works out to an incredulous $1bn stolen each month. If you add the average borrowing of another $1bn per month since Jonathan took office, then the true scale of the epic theft becomes clearer.

President Jonathan is making a mockery of himself if he continues to insist his government is determined to fight corruption, or that Nigeria under his watch has not finally lost the war on graft. It is no accident that Nigeria is perceived as the second most corrupt country in the world by a recent Gallup poll. According to International audit firm KPMG, the cost of fraud in the first half of 2012 alone is $1.5bn (N225bn), the highest on the African continent. And that is only because they have no real idea of what is going on in government circles While Nigeria is ranked third behind USA and China in backlogs of orders for personal private jets, the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) asserted that our nation is the worst place to be in 2013 due to deteriorating indicators of human security..

One day, we read that billions of naira of pension funds have been stolen, and the next, it becomes trillions of unbudgeted fuel subsidy monies. It seems Nigerians have simply gotten numb to these figures, or have not appreciated the opportunity cost of the sums being stolen in terms of goods and services forgone. To put things in context, if one spends one hundred thousand naira daily, it will take about 53 years to spend one billion naira! A billion dollars is of course some 150 billion naira, so go ahead and do the math.

In short, what would $31bn do for Nigeria or Nigerians? For a person who lives for 100 years, he would have to spend the sum of $310m dollars a year for an entire century – near a million dollars a day, weekends included to finish it all. And if he decides to join the league of private jet owners, that amount would purchase 1,550 planes at an average cost of $20m each.

If the funds were to be used to finance the operations of the Nigerian government, the $31bn sum effectively covers Nigeria’s N4.8trn 2012 budget with a leftover of about N200bn. And is only less than N1 billion short of the proposed N4.92trn budget for 2013. From another perspective, according to an MoU signed by government this year, 6 refineries would be constructed in modular forms within 30 months at a cost of $4.5bn. Each refinery would process 30,000 barrels of crude per day with an output of 5 million litres of gasoline. This means that with $31bn about 41 new refineries can be built.

The immediate implications of that are: the very volatile fuel scarcity situation existing all over Nigeria would be solved. And hundreds of billions of naira that are ordinarily stolen annually in the guise of fuel importation would be saved. Similarly, of the 41 refineries, one would be sited in every Nigerian state, with an extra five clustered or evenly distributed around larger consumption centres like Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and Abuja. There is simply no telling how many jobs this would create for Nigeria’s tens of millions of unemployed citizens.

And speaking of employment, some of the decisions by this government are simply confounding because the MoU for the refineries indicated that 6 months of construction work will be done in America, followed by one month of test-running and dismantling of the refinery. Another month is provided for transporting the dismantled refinery, and an extra 4 months to reassemble the plant and commence production. Not one Nigerian job will be created in the construction of the refineries for which $4.5bn was to be spent! And like everything with this hapless administration, nothing has been heard of the construction of these modular refineries, only a report of yet another committee on refineries.

The design and construction of rail services in Abuja which the Obasanjo administration awarded in 2007 and due to have been completed in 2010 was recently “re-approved” by the Federal Executive Council for about the same it was originally awarded – some $823m, less than a billion dollars. The vanished $31bn would have conveniently provided a project similar to the Abuja light rail system for 32 of our 36 states. Imagine the jobs we would have created, the savings on road repairs, reduction in accidents, cost of transportation and improvement in the standards of living we would have had.

Similarly, what became the Primus Specialist Hospital in Abuja, was awarded for less than N5 billion by the FCT Administration, and reportedly finally completed at multiples of the original price. Assuming it would cost N100 billion to build and equip such a facility, it would mean that if the looted $31bn was channelled into healthcare, it would have comfortably built about 31 hospitals of that calibre. And if it had not been inflated, the same amount might have built a world class hospital in every state capital with the best equipment anywhere. Incidentally, the First Lady would not have had to go to any German hospital for any reason. Nigeria would also have saved the N450 billion we lose annually, travelling overseas for medical treatment.

In the last two fiscal years, less than N20 billion have been budgeted annually for the capital needs of all federal universities. Between 2004 and 2007, the FCT administration and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund contributed about 200 hectares of land plus $10 million, and $25 million respectively as virtually sole contribution to the set-up of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja. With the stolen funds, the federal government would have financed the capital programmes of all federal universities for some 250 years! And if the same funds were applied to building new universities, we could easily have got at least 60 AUST- like institutions up and running all across the country.

From every perspective one looks at it, the amount of stolen funds would have improved the lives of Nigerians: if the $31bn had been invested in road construction, Nigeria would have emerged with one of the best road networks in all of Africa; even at the reported N89.53bn at which the Lagos Ibadan expressway was ‘concessioned’ in 2009, the amount would have translated into about 525,500km of roads, several multiples of the paved road network we now have nationally.

Meanwhile, was it not this administration that set up an assessment committee to look into cases of abandoned Federal government projects? The final report of the committee can be summed up in 2 points: there are 11,886 abandoned federal projects across Nigeria, and it would cost an estimated N7.78 trillion to complete these projects. With the $31bn in stolen funds, Nigeria would have successfully completed about 65% or some 7,000 abandoned projects all across Nigeria that would create jobs and improve our standards of living.
The report of the committee has not been implemented; instead, President Jonathan recently sent a letter to the National Assembly requesting approval to borrow $7.9bn to fund a pipeline of projects between 2012 and 2014. This is not to say borrowing money to fund national developmental priorities is a bad idea. But we all know that most of these monies will add up to the Jonathanian statistics of stolen funds.

On the issue of debt, if we add the proposed borrowing to our currently known $5.7bn debt burden at the end of 2011, our external debt stock would rise to $13.6bn by 2014. It leaves little to wonder if Nigeria can sustain servicing its rising debt profile. Curiously, the proposed foreign borrowing and the requests were not included in the 2012- 2015 Medium Term Expenditure Framework presented to the National Assembly last year by the President himself, thereby violating the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.
The most frightening aspect of the $31bn question is: what if international and reputable audit firms had been engaged to audit Nigeria’s accounts not just at the federal, but also at state and local government areas? What would have been the findings? It is not hard to imagine that Nigeria would have been labelled the world’s most corrupt country by far, without a close second.

What should concern every Nigerian is that the President knows where mass fraud is being perpetuated, yet chooses to ignore the goings on. Why else have all the reports on the petroleum subsidy fraud only resulted in more ad-hoc committees, and then white paper committees whose reports are never ever published, and then finally abandoned to gather dust with no pretext at even attempting to implement any of the recommendations? No wonder, Dr. Faruk Lawan had to be compromised, while deliberate attempts were made to discredit the Ribadu Task Force report.

If the President wants to be regarded with any vestige of respect now or in the future, he must rise up with some spine, face corruption squarely and fight it with sincerity. He must de-emphasize reliance on foreign and domestic borrowings that simply line up the pockets of the lenders and the few unpatriotic Nigerians serving their interests. He must order the Debt Management Office to publish information on existing loans, tie them to the projects for which they were obtained, and make this information public to all Nigerians on a regular basis.
In the meantime, what most Nigerians simply want to know from the president is what happened to N5trillion in 30 months. That is the $31bn question which Dr Jonathan ought to answer

  • Modee Santuraki

    GEJ is the worst president on Earth. What pains me more is that there is more to what we just read.

  • Deji

    In as much as am not a fan of Elrufai, he has hit the nail on its head. President Jonathan is clueless, reckless and corrupt.

  • Gbemi

    This explains why the proportion of the population living below the poverty line Increases every day.

  • Akeem Iyanda

    Stealing in trillions…recklessness and coruption that can’t be rivaled!

  • Godswill

    Elrufai may not be too liked in some quarters but he is proving to be a possible rallying point, i wish he do a little tour of Nigeria and recruit interested persons in the new Nigeria dreams we must reborn Nigeria.

  • Yusuf

    What a country were a president cannot fight corruption rather encourage it i don’t think this clueless president can fight these el-rufai thanks for this information.

  • Danjuma

    Its unfortunate having GEJ as Nigerians president.he is certainly d worst of all presidents we had.may God punish dos dat punish others administratively.we hav our God they should have their money.future shall tell

  • http://buhari4change.com Adamu Idris

    For all those that voted for Jonah’s ‘Fresh Air’ welcome to the real world of nemesis. The figure is just $31 billion and we have 3 more years to go, enjoy yourselves while you beath your last Fresh Air!

  • http://buhari4change.com Adamu Idris

    For all those that voted for Jonah’s ‘Fresh Air’ welcome to the real world of nemesis. The figure is just $31 billion and we have 3 more years to go, so enjoy yourselves while you beath your last Fresh Air!

  • Yashim Joseph

    Stench…just spread my room some air freshner. 31bn ! The is unbearable.Pheeeww…!

  • Bilkisu

    What can we ordinary citizens do? There MUST be something we can do to help save ourselves and our country asides social media activism. Lest we be judged for not standing up to evil.

  • http://www.omojuwa.com Ishaku Adamu Dada.

    El-rufai, if i develop high BP, be aware you are the cause. Your revealations are true but dificult to believe. El-rufai, help us one more time and find out from them how long they intend to live on this earth.

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The 46-year-old actor, clearly fed up with the ongoing divorce rumors about himself and wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, took to Facebook Monday to make a rare public comment about the nonsense. "Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (Because it's contagious)," Will wrote. "But, so many people have extended me their 'deepest condolences' that I figured - 'What the hell... I can be foolish, too!'" "So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness... Jada...

Personality Types That Are Most Likely To Be Unemployed

If you're wondering why it's so difficult for you to hold down a job, you might consider taking a personality assessment. Science suggests there's one personality type that's more likely to be unemployed than others. A new report from Truity Psychometrics, a provider of online personality and career assessments, found that, overall, being a "Perceiver" significantly predicts your tendency to be jobless. ISFPs (people with a preference for Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving) were the most likely of all 16 personality types...

Nicki Minaj Responds To Breakup Rumours By Posting This Picture On Instagram.

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? “Anaconda” singer Nicki Minaj seemed to respond to rumors that she dumped her boyfriend, rapper Meek Mill, after gossip swirled over the weekend. And Minaj perplexed followers when she took to Instagram Monday and posted a picture of her hugging the “I’m a Boss” star. Minaj, 32, shared the photo after she finished her Pinkprint Tour concert in Atlanta. “Last night was one of the most epic shows I've ever been apart of. Atlanta has a different kind...

Gwen Stefani To Divorce Husband

Singer Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from rockstar husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years of marriage, several news reports said on Monday. In her divorce petition, Stefani, 45, cited irreconcilable differences and asked for joint custody of the couple's three children, 9-year-old Kingston, 6-year-old Zuma and 1-year-old Apollo. Rossdale, 49, filed his response at the same time and also asked for joint custody, TMZ reported. Neither Stefani nor Rossdale's attorneys immediately responded to emails seeking comment.

Ice-T And Coco Say They’re Having A Girl, And She Already Has A Name

Back in 2013, Coco told InTouch that she wanted to have a daughter with her husband and that she wanted to name that daughter Chanel. "I want her to be a lawyer," she said at the time. While we're still a couple years out from law school applications, Ice and Coco announced Monday on their new talk show, Ice & Coco, that Coco is, indeed, carrying a girl and they intend to name her Chanel. Read...

Photos From Vice President Osinbajo’s Visit To Zambia To Commission Dangote Cement Factory

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived Zambia yesterday for a one day visit where he will be joining the Zambian president, Edgar Chagwa Lungu to commission a 1.5Mt Dangote Cement plant and 30MW coal-fired power plant in Ndola, Zambia. Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole and some top Nigerian businessmen are in Zambia for the commissioning. More photos below...

Post-Cecil: Huntress Boasts About Killing ‘An Old Giraffe’ And Warns ‘Haters’ There’s More To Come

Sabrina Corgatelli, a keen huntress from McCammon, Idaho, uploaded this image of her posing over a giraffe she shot  The death of Cecil the lion has shocked the world and led to a backlash against big game trophy hunting - but this Idaho woman knows what side she's on. Sabrina Corgatelli, a university accountant from McCammon, Idaho, has gleefully posted images of herself on big game hunts comparable to that taken by Walter Palmer onto...

PDP Crisis Intensifies As Staff Lay Siege, DSS Storms Secretariat

The national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was Monday almost turned into a battle ground as the staff members laid siege at the premises, spoiling for war with members of the National Working Committee (NWC). Reports gathered made members of the NWC to stay away from the party’s headquarters, for fear of being attacked by the aggrieved workers. Following the mounting tension, operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) stormed the party’s national secretariat,...

“President Buhari Suggests New Books For Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) School Curriculum at Book Launch”

So we heard around the media and blogosphere yesterday about President Buhari Introducing  Islamic Religious Knowledge Books into the curriculum of schools in Nigeria and rumors flew about president Buhari planning to islamize Secondary Schools round Nigeria which was one of the propagandas levied around by the opposition before the march 2015 elections . President Muhammadu Buhari urged the Federal Ministry of Education to include these two Islamic Studies books written by the late Justice Muhammad Bashir...

OAU SUG president suspended over planned N.65m US trip

The Students Union President of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mr. Omotayo Akande, has been suspended over moves to get N650,000? to attend an International Campus Conference at New York, United State of America. This was contained in a parliamentary resolution...

Drake Mocks Meek Mill At OVO Fest

On Monday night, during his headlining performance at OVO Fest at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in his hometown of Toronto, Drake took the stage and ripped through a rousing rendition of “Back to Back,” his diss track aimed at the Philly rapper Meek Mill. But it wasn’t what he said that caught the attention of the 28-year-old’s legion of fans who’ve been lapping up every moment of this ridiculous beef, but what he projected behind him: a series of hilarious...

We Are Identifying Banks, Countries Where Stolen Funds Were Lodged, Says Buhari

Speaking at an audience with visiting United States Congressmen at the presidential villa, Abuja, Mr. Buhari acknowledged the support and cooperation given his administration by the international community in gathering all required intelligence for tracing and recovering stolen national resources. “We are getting cooperation from the international community, including information on ships that take crude oil from Nigeria and change direction, or pour their contents into other ships mid-stream,” he said. “Some monies were paid...

FirstBank Partners The Asian Banker, hosts Dialogue on Retail Banking in West Africa

In fulfillment of its commitment to the realization of a sustainable and competitive retail banking environment in West Africa, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's most valuable banking brand partnered with The Asian Banker Magazine to host the West Africa International Retail Banking Dialogue 2015, which held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on the 9th of July, 2015. The theme for the dialogue was "Building a Sustainable & Competitive Retail Banking Infrastructure for West...

Tu Face Hails His Best Nigerian Artiste

Tu face has revealed his best artiste in Nigeria. The star who is regarded as a legend in the industry took to his Twitter handle to announce the artiste that he admired the most in the country.

Governor El-Rufai Sacks ADC For Insubordination

Kaduna state governor Malam Nasir el-Rufa’i last week sacked his Aide De Camp (ADC), ASP Abdullah Usman over allegations of insubordination. Governor el-Rufa’i had particularly asked the Police authority to appoint ASP Usman to work with him after winning the gubernatorial election. LEADERSHIP understands that ASP Usman worked with governor el-Rufa’i throughout the electioneering campaigns, but was relieved of his duty in the Government House after being found guilty of many allegations. LEADERSHIP gathered, the former ADC was found guilty...

See Video Of Rihanna Dancing To Timaya’s Music

It seems like Timaya has gotten recognised by Rihanna, the video of Rihanna dancing to Timaya's music is out. Timaya is in Barbados for the music festival going on in the country. The two were spotted back stage after Timaya performed on stage.   https://youtu.be/rr5Cg0LnokU Credit: Funmi Kayode  

Angel Di Maria Will Always Regret Failing At Man United, Says Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Paris Saint-Germain-bound winger Angel Di Maria will regret his failure at Old Trafford. Di Maria, 27, is on the brink of joining PSG after he was pictured in Doha for a reported medical in the Qatari capital on Monday ahead of a £44.5 million move. The...

Former Saudi Soldier Jailed For joining ISIS

A former Saudi soldier was on Monday found guilty of joining ISIS militant group. A special criminal court in Jeddah sentenced the man to 9 years in jail and fined SR5,000. Besides, a travel ban of 9 years has also been imposed on him, effective from the date of his completing the jail term. The verdict was challenged both by the defendant as well as the public prosecutor. They have been given time to appeal...

Beyonce Looks Pregnant In New Photo!

Beyoncé, Jay Z & Blue Ivy were spotted traveling in NYC earlier today. While Jay was busy carrying Blue, Bey (strategically?) carried her silver MacBook Pro across her midsection.   Credit: lovebscott.com

Guardiola Warns Manchester United: Schweinsteiger Has Not Been Fit For Two Years

New Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been fit for two years, according to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola. Schweinsteiger, 31, completed a summer move to Old Trafford for around £12 million having spent his whole career with Bayern, but has struggled with injury problems in recent seasons.

Manchester United Target Pedro Can Play For Any Team In The World – Pep Guardiola

The 28-year-old Spain international is a target for Louis van Gaal, and the Bayern boss believes the forward would be a success at Old Trafford Manchester United target Pedro has the ability to play for "any team in the world,” according to Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola. Pedro, 28, is reportedly being lined up by

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Funeral Reportedly Ends With Touching Tribute To Whitney Houston

The Brown and Houston families found a way to honor both Bobbi Kristina Brown and her late mother, Whitney Houston, during the 22-year-old’s funeral. Family and friends gathered at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Sunday. She died July 26 as a result of a tragic accident nearly six months prior. According to TMZ, the funeral featured speakers from both sides of the family. Filmmaker Tyler Perry, who was a close friend of Bobbi...

Nigerian Army Set To Establish Special Task Force Base In Sambisa Forest

The Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai, may have concluded plans to establish a Special Task Force Battalion to be located in the dreaded Sambisa Forest. It was learnt on Sunday that the establishment of the new brigade was meant to take the battle to the insurgents in their stronghold and operational domain. It was gathered also that the plan to establish the force brigade was part of efforts to re-organise the Army.

Bobbi Kristina Brown Buried Next To Her Mother

Family and friends gathered at a cemetery Monday to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown as she was buried next to her mother, singer Whitney Houston. Police closed the road into Fairview Cemetery for the private ceremony. Outside the cemetery, well-wishers gathered to wave to the motorcade and hold up pictures. The casket holding the 22-year-old daughter of Houston and singer Bobby Brown arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 10 a.m....

Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh And The Ebola Scourge: A Year After The Storm By Babs Iwalewa

It’s been almost a year that Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, a senior consultant endocrinologist at the First Consultant hospital Lagos breathed her last. The circumstances of her death were tragic-comical to say the least. She had “laid down her life so that we may live” so to speak. Whenever the story of the outbreak of the ebola scourge in Nigeria is told, the story of the late medical doctor is also sure to be told. The story of Dr. Adadevoh was one...

Kanu Nwankwo’s Hotel Shut Down By Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency

The Hardley Apartments, on Victoria Island owned by Kanu Nwankwo was among other hotels, churches and mosques sealed across the state on Monday over alleged air and noise pollution. No fewer than 30 facilities were shut in areas, including Ketu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Victoria Island and Surulere. LASEPA said the owners of the facilities had been contacted several times in the last one year, adding that they refused to fully complied with LASEPA’s instructions. At...

Opposition Within APC: What Buhari Should Do By Zayyad I. Muhammad

One of the biggest political challenges that President Muhammadu Buhari is facing is the opposition within his party- the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially at the National Assembly. How Buhari tackles the ‘rebellion’ will determine how smooth he will run his government, the fortunes of his party- the APC, especially in future elections, and how members of the APC will view the supremacy of the party. Being the President of...

UK To Jail Illegal Migrants’ Landlords

Britain has announced new measures to tackle illegal migrants by forcing landlords to evict them, as a growing number of migrants in Calais continued their attempts to enter the UK via the undersea cross-channel Eurotunnel. Under the measures announced on Monday, British landlords who do not remove illegal migrants, or who do not check their immigration status before renting them a property, could be jailed for up to five years. The move, announced by Greg...

Nigerian Refineries Low On Petrol Production

Current data on refineries production in Nigeria indicate that more heavy or fuel oils (low and high fuel oil/black oil) are being produced from the four refineries than other high demand products like premium motor spirit, PMS, otherwise known as petrol.  The revelation comes despite assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, which said last week that two of its refineries were working between 60 and 80 percent of their installed capacities.

Summary Report on #AkwaIbom Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal 3rd August, 2015

IN THE AKWA IBOM STATE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL HOLDEN AT FCT HIGH COURT 8, MAITAMA, ABUJA PETTITION NO: EPT/AK/GOV/1/2015. SUMMARY REPORT ON PROCEEDINGS OF MONDAY, 3RD AUGUST, 2015. PRESIDING OFFICER(S): Umar J. (as chairman) leading a three man panel of judges.   PARTIES PRESENT: The 1st Petitioner was in court. The other parties were absent.   LEGAL REPRESENTATION: For the Petitioner: Mr. Dayo Akinlaja,...

Pictures from Senate President, Saraki’s Visit to Maiduguru, a first since the Insurgency Began

Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki and other Senators who went to Maiduguri, Borno State on Monday 3rd of August 2015 to get on spot assessment of situation on ground. The delegation, 1st of its kind by the leadership of the Senate since the insurgency began over 6 years ago assured the people of Borno State and North East in general that the Senate will pass legislations to help restore normalcy in...

2016 budget: Buhari orders reduction of recurrent expenditure

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the National Planning Commission to go back to the drawing board and produce the framework for a 2016 national budget that will reduce recurrent expenditure and prioritise developmental projects. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

NAFDAC DG arrested by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the director-general of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhi over allegation of abuse of office. According to Vanguard reportage, Orhi is currently answering questions by a team of detectives for  allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests.

Corruption: President Buhari Descends On Civil Servants

Disturbed by the rot and thriving corruption in the civil service, which has cost the country trillions of naira, President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his anti-graft war to the sector. He has ordered that all outstanding audit queries which had piled up over the years be resolved within the next 30 days. Confirming the presidential directive, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the unanswered audit queries sounded unsavoury to the President...

Church General Overseer Converts To Islam In Ekiti And Gives Reasons

Says strange man in dreams convinced him to do so In Nigeria, particularly among the Yoruba tribe where religious tolerance is most noticed, it is a regular occur­rence to see muslims convert to Christianity. Hardly do we see a Christian turn to Islam. However, a man, former Pastor Adekunle Afolabi, founder and leader of Apata Adu­ra Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ekute, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, broke that jinx recently. He converted fully to Islam after practising Christianity for over...

Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo Urges Nigerian Government To Repeal Anti-Gay Law

Below is a press statement sent out by her; Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo a US trained Nigerian International Journalist, Global Gun Violence Activist, Pharmacist and Public Relations Specialist has denounced the ongoing onslaught of the Nigerian Homosexual law giving stiff prison penalties to Nigerians who are just being themselves. "The Nigerian government and lawmakers have given themselves the license to represent the people stating that God does not endorse homosexuality. God also does not endorse hate, ritualism, rape,...

Mother Discovers Neighbour, 55, Abused Her 14-Year Old Daughter For Two Years

William Brown, 55, is pictured draping his arm around Natasha Cooper during her 16th birthday celebrations (centre) before her parents discovered that he was grooming and sexually abusing the teenager while living next door. Brown, a mechanic, became friendly with neighbours Anthony, 47, and Sharon Cooper, 45, when they moved into a three-bedroom property in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, with their daughter Natasha (together inset) and son Joseph. The family quickly became friends with Brown and his hospital...

Nigerian Army To Review Case Of Soldiers Condemned To Death For Mutiny

The Nigerian Army has ordered a review of the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers condemned to death for mutiny and deserting the battle against Boko Haram in the North East. AP reports that a statement released signed by army administrator, Maj. Gen. A. B. Abubakar yesterday August 2nd, states that all the accused and condemned soldiers will appear before a committee that will sit and review their cases in Kaduna state from Aug. 7 to...

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody Over Alleged Graft

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office. Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests. An EFCC top source confirmed to...

#EdutexNigeria : The Education and Training Exhibition To Hold In Abuja August 5th and 6th

The Education and Training Exhibition Nigeria 2015 will hold in Abuja with University of Wollongong Dubai campus, an Australian University and Skyline University in attendance to offer on spot admissions to eligible students and answer any inquiry regarding studying in Dubai.  Amteclinks International will also be on ground to provide counselling on studying abroad. The event will take place at the Ladi Kwalli Hall, Sheraton Hotel Abuja on the 5th and 6th of August 2015, 

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office. Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests. An EFCC top source confirmed that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been...

Akon And Lighting Africa Team Meets Lagos Governor, Ambode

Akon and his Akon Lighting Africa Team met with Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday August 2nd at the State House. Also at the meeting was the artiste May D and Akon's Rep in Nigeria Ayo Shonaiya. Another photo below...

#AkwaIbom :Okori VS Akpabio; INEC’s Head of ICT testifies

...tenders Card Reader Report ...insists accredited voters , failed authentication must tally with total votes cast ...No election held,  Chief Sunny Ibanga, others,  tell tribunal The Hon Justice Goddy Anunihu led Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Customary Court,  Dutsen Alhaji , Abuja on Monday received as exhibit the Card Reader Report used for the conduct of the March 28, 2015 Akwa Ibom North West...

Certificate Forgery: Tribunal Rules on APC Suit August 15

The National and House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has fixed August 15 to deliver judgement on the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress against the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr. Eddy Julius, the senatorial candidate for the APC in the last National Assembly election conducted in Bayelsa West Senatorial District dragged his PDP rival, Senator...

This Video Claims The World Will End October 7th 2015

A campaign found on the internet, with the website address, ct7th.com, claims the world would end on the 7th of October 2015. Read excerpts and watch video below:  We have now entered into the darkest time in Earths’ history, as we are living in the day of judgment, and heading for the final end of all things, the destruction of the universe, and the beginning of the new heavens and new...

Anybody Close To Me Knows That I Don’t Like Money – Rotimi Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused his successor, Nyesom Wike, of leading people of the state to blackmail him. Amaechi noted that since Wike and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state are jittery that his appointment will be the main determinant of the state politics, they have moved to tarnish his image in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari, who detests corruption. The ex-governor spoke at a reception organized in his honour in Abuja...

Is Senator Dino Now Madam Saraki’s Handbag Carrier? By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

Dear Senator Dino,   Congratulations on your appointment as Chief Bag Carrier to madam Toyin Saraki. I must confess it's a well deserved appointment considering your support to her husband's emergence as our senate president.   I'm doing you this letter in response to your comic defense on your recent visit to the head quarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...

Benin Republic Heats Up Fight Against Boko Haram, Pledges 800 Troops

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said a new task force involved in the fight against terror group Boko Haram will defeat the insurgents by December. The leader made the comment as he was visiting Benin, one of the countries involved in the offensive. Buhari previously visited Niger, Chad and Cameroon to strengthen the antiterrorism cooperation. The five countries were already involved in a regional offensive against the terrorists which scored some goals since it was...

India Blocks Pornographic Websites

The Indian government on Monday in New Delhi, told internet service providers and telecom operators in the country to block 857 pornographic websites. The directive came after the Supreme Court in July expressed concern, over the Home Ministry’s failure to block websites, featuring child pornography. An official said on the condition of anonymity that the original petition, which led to the Supreme Court response in June argued that crimes against women and children were influenced...

5 Secrets to a Happy Marriage

1. Communication is vital We’ve all been told that communication is key to a healthy relationship, but according to Pillemer, his subjects couldn’t stress this point enough. Not only is conversing with your partner the best way to build a deeper connection, but it’s also crucial for solving any obstacles you encounter. Pillemer noted that the subjects in successful marriages believed...

Call For Senator Ben Murray Bruce To Retract Article Vindicating Boko Haram Immediately – ENDS

For those of us who have committed a majority of our lives and time these past few years to combating Boko Haram terror across West Africa, a recent article by a Nigerian Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, published in ThisDay, could not be more insensitive, mischievous, malicious and suspicious, particularly at a time when at last Nigeria is concentrating on putting a lid on this dastardly menace that has seemed so intractable for too many years. The...

JTF Arrests 18 Suspects Of Oil Theft, Destroys 31 Illegal Refineries

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, arrested 18 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 31 illegal oil refineries in multiple raids in July. This is contained in a statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, media coordinator of the JTF, in Yenagoa yesterday. It stated that troops of JTF deployed at Iguododo community and Chanomi Escravos in Orhionmwon and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta discovered and...

Saraki Arrives Maiduguri, Expected To Visit IDP Camps

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday arrived in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, to assess the situation at several Internally Displaced Persons camps across the town and to receive briefing from the military at the forefront of the war against Boko Haram. He arrived the town in an aircraft 5N-FGV belonging to the Nigerian Air Force at 12:10pm. While in the town, he is expected to visit the Borno State government house, some IDP camps, military...

Boko Haram Releases New Video

Militant Islamists have released a new video on the insurgency in Nigeria, with Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau again failing to appear in it, reports BBC on Monday. His continued absence has increased speculation about his fate. He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. Soon thereafter, Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured all towns and cities from Boko Haram. The military said on...

Niger State: Jonathan Vatsa’s Missing Money Claim, “a False Alarm”

Report that the sum of N150 million disappeared at the Government House, Minna, has been denied and described as "ignorant and malicious". This was revealed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant, ICT (Government House), Mr. Abdulbaqi Usman Ebbo. This is coming as a result of a revelation credited to the Publicity Secretary of the state chapter of APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa in the online portal, The Eagle Online. According to Mr. Ebbo,...

Turai Yar’Adua Runs To OBJ For Help As EFCC Goes After Her Daughter

Former First Lady, Turai Yar’Adua, on Saturday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. Mrs. Yar’Adua, reportedly accompanied to the former president’s residence by businessman Kenny Martins, met privately with Mr. Obasanjo for more than an hour before departing in a convoy of three cars, our sources said. It is the former First Lady’s visit to Mr. Obasanjo since her husband died in office in 2010 after prolonged...