#NoiseofRevolt: Buhari and Ribadu are Fools – By @Obajeun

Published:9 Dec, 2012

For the singular purpose of objectivity, inasmuch as I stand to be pilloried, readers should not pooh-pooh this vignette as mere agglomeration of sentences, but as a critical step forward to taking informed decisions during and after the 2011 elections. When in 2003 I rose to immerse myself into the financially handicapped but issue-based campaign caucus of the late Senior Advocate of the Masses (SAM), I discovered among other things, that a re-generational and trans-generational mental revolution was the only way out to get Nigerians on the right path. In 2003, I didn’t have any other option against the Hedonic Ogun State Mathew, than my own Gani Fawehinmi (Buhari was a lone ranger then). But Nigerians didn’t understand that there was a need for change. I was scorned at every of my campaign outing for SAM without being paid a Kobo. I just wanted Obasanjo out!  Obasanjo, you will recall, never pretended to sophistication. His training neither presupposed it, nor did his wit, which is entirely rustic and sometimes ribald. Inside the ubiquitous Lagos Molue, on the dirty streets of Lagos, at the ever busy newspaper stands in Lagos, jam-packed by the unemployed people, I was out against Aremu while canvassing votes for the then conscience of Nigeria. I was rejected everywhere, not because of anything, but because people didn’t see a need for change. Read people’s lyrics: “Gani can’t win but he is the best man”. This song became a bestseller, fuelled by the Alliance for Democracy’s grievous sin of throwing-in for the progenitor of do-or-die political shindigs in the crippling modern Nigeria.

But as the 2011 election springs on, we have so many ‘change’ mantras, including the frustrated and the pretenders, spreading goebellian propaganda to the easily swayed electorates (once you have the money). No wonder why a friend, out of rage, told me that: “imagine a Jonathan preaching the message of change!” If there is anything good in 2011, it is the singular fact that for the first time since 1999, we have many options to choose from: the Ribadus, the Buharis, the Jonathans, the Adeolas, the Bakares, the Sambos etc. For the first time too, we are having educated people (not necessary) vying for the most exalted office in Nigeria. Come to think of it, all the front runners have their peculiar personality. You think of Ribadu, courage comes to your mind. You think of Bakare, fearlessness comes to your mind. You think Adeola, professionalism comes to your mind. You think of Buhari, integrity comes to your mind. You think of Jonathan, luck comes to your mind. Besides, I am ecstatically well disposed to calling Buhari and Ribadu ‘fools’, given what Jonathan understands as ‘rascality’.

BUHARI

I don’t want to be easily hoodwinked, just like many others, that given the antecedents of Buhari, the tall one (you remember Bakare calling him that? I attend Bakare’s church in Lagos), he is the best that can spearhead the change we need. Of course, he is a better option than Babangida and Atiku (Babantiku).  What sets Buhari and Babantiku apart, and puts Buhari ahead at the moment, is the cumulative and sanitising effect of time, or what some historians and biographers describe as iconoclastic posterity. It is indeed a strange phenomenon that someone so aloof as Buhari, can work a crowd so passionately. Stranger still is the fact that he whips the crowd into frenzy, not by delicately wrought words and uplifting phrases, nor by calculated soapbox theatrics and choreographed dances, as perfected by both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), but by the simple fact of his unfathomably aloof personality. Integrity and honesty best describe this tall one.

Modern Nigeria is a fusion of boisterous and sometimes conflicting competitive ethno-religious groups in need of carefully measured but firm handling. However, if the country is not restructured, the contradictions it is groaning under today will explode in the long run. We need an iconoclast with a sublime understanding of how to situate these futuristic but urgent requirements within a wider framework of a flexible society anchored on disciplined but responsive values. Can Buhari be that man? I think so, only if he can assimilate within a very short time frame, what democratic principles are all about. One of his responses at the NN24 debate confirms my study on him. Asked at the NN24 debate how he has been faring with democratic values, Buhari said: “I spent 50 months challenging the 2007 election results in court; I didn’t go to the streets.” Is going to the streets an undemocratic engagement, especially when you are fighting a just course? Was it not on street protest that Buhari found Bakare, his running mate? I have many more reasons but for space!

Buhari has become the North’s hero, not because they think he can win nor because other parts of the country see him as competent to rule, but because they have simply fallen in love with him. After running for the presidency twice, he has demonstrated that losing twice was not enough to lure him into the sort of depressing compromises rife in Nigeria. As presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party in 2007, he insisted on going to court against his party’s wishes, and denounced the Government of National Unity which his party embraced to its peril. He has proved to be reliable, dependable, honest, self-assured and has shown he has the character to rule Nigeria with a steady, confident pair of hands. He is probably one of the few leaders in the world whose charisma has little to do with his speeches or erudition, or even his antecedents. If the turnout in the April polls is heavy in the North, it will be because of Buhari.

Given the tumultuous crowds that welcome Buhari at every stop in the North and the fairly massive crowds in the South-West, Buhari is capable of springing up surprises, though I won’t be surprised. Nonetheless, in all the talk about Buhari’s acceptability and the growing fanatical support for him, which has put Jonathan on the jittery foot, there has been little or no reference to his programmes, his suitability for high office, or even his political competence. They talk about his character, and he has it plenteous. They talk about his honesty, and he is impeccable. They talk about his courage and fearlessness, and to me, he is unsullied. And then they talk about his experience and discipline, and he is unimpeachable. But remember what they told us about the late insular of Katsina, Umaru Yar’Adua. They told us that he was honest too; they told us that he wasn’t corrupt; they told us that he has integrity. In the real sense, what we got in the long run were contradictions. Yar’Adua and all his travellers in the rickety wagon of Vision 20:2020, including Jonathan, never governed us well. I am quick to point out, with hardihood too, that by not owning a house in Abuja cannot guarantee Buhari’s ability to govern Nigeria in a democratic setting. So also by not owning an oil block as Petroleum Minister, by birthing our refineries, and by not being eloquent (recently adduced), cannot guarantee his optimal performance as civilian president. He needs, among other things, to be garnished with democratic fundamentals that are doable (he currently lacks them).

One of the greatest strengths of Buhari’s manifesto is the strong tie it has with constitutional reform, which is futuristic. This in a way, puts him far ahead of other contenders, were campaigns have been issue-based. Of course the Nigerian constitution, like a speech worked and reworked by many experts, has no soul. And so we have a responsibility to rise to the higher levels of existence and to stand and fight for something much nobler, something extraordinary, something more filling than food and clothing. For Buhari to have been able to think out constitutional reform, even if it is not that comprehensive, which will put Nigeria on the same path that is giving Lagos a face lift, then Buhari should be a ‘fool’, since Fashola is a ‘rascal’ as far as Jonathan is concerned! If Buhari is elected, either through a run-off or an alliance, he will bring to the office of president indomitable self-will, courage, honesty and an unquenchable patriotic spirit to move the country forward, I think so!

RIBADU

Again too, I refuse to be mesmerized with Ribadu’s sing-song of belonging to the age group of world leaders, albeit I commend his wit, candour and uprightness in his anti-corruption crusade. To me, age has never and can never be an instrument to show leadership capability.  Ribadu has the genuine intellectual enablement to gather bright people around himself and not suffer complex. He also has the ability to formulate domestic and foreign policies that are forward-looking, sensible and inclusive. However, my problem with him is that he left the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with conflicting integrity (think untainted integrity, Buhari has it in abundance). While he was fighting the negative status in our corruption lexicon, just because he stood firmly on the abomasums of corruption, he took with himself, a share of the corruption, getting promotions he never qualified for, especially when one considers the undue process his promotions passed through. More importantly to be noted as part of Ribadu’s strength of character in office was the singular fact that public officers soft-pedaled on their bicycle of corruption shenanigans. Unfortunately, he was removed from office unceremoniously, just like the garrulous arch-rigger for the PDP, Maurice Iwu, who hitherto seemed to have remained immovable on the seat he no longer deserves. While the Federal Government coerced  Ribadu out as against the wish of Nigerians and the international community, Nigerians sacked PDP rigging machine, Iwu!

However, Ribadu represents the yearnings of Nigerians. He portrays a brand new posture that Nigeria needs and his acceptance among the young population of Nigeria shows that if votes count, he can get the spread among the different age groups that make up our 140million number. He has unparalleled precision with his evocative message, even with his sullied eloquence, which is peculiar to the Fulanis. By training, by disposition, and by his interactions, Ribadu is cosmopolitan and seems to be more passionate with comprehensive grasp of the root causes of Nigeria’s injuries. With progressive friends ranging from the bohemian to the lengthily liberal, and from the largely divided North to the ecstatic secular Niger Delta, Ribadu will be more given to consensus construction. To me, Ribadu is more exposed, both locally and internationally, well refined, mild and energetic. Notwithstanding his relative inexperience at the highest levels of government, his policies are more likely to benefit from broader consultations, rigorous debates and intellectual, even academic, inputs. We would certainly be treated with daily interesting stories in the papers because to me, his government would be more engaging!

But the fact that Ribadu is also selling himself as the most righteous baffles me. What pains me most is that our supposed leaders don’t see any bad thing about their past. To all the presidential contenders, all of them are saints! None has any sin to confess to Nigerians! To me, this is menacingly untrue! Where then did they get the honesty they are preaching about themselves? The singular act that drew me to Obama during his campaigns was when I heard Obama saying: “My only regret in life was that I took marijuana when I was in school as a student.” He took himself to Americans for cleansing. Just like others, Ribadu lacks the level of honesty needed to govern Nigeria that is practically made up of God-loving people!

My strong point for Ribadu however, is that I see a new Nigeria in him. There is a certain robust effervescence in him that is suggesting that. His “Pathway to a New Nigeria” blueprint shows that he has the depth, instinct, and passion, garnished with resounding foreign policy relations (given his exposure and acceptance in the international community). His manifesto is aggressive (though not promising too much), which is what we need for now. Aggressive policies that can be aggressively implemented are what I can see in Ribadu’s paper, words and deeds. With all these, I deem it fit to call him a ‘fool’, since Fashola, the only template Nigerians are using for governance evaluation is a ‘rascal’ in the lexicon of President Jonathan! With Ribadu in the Villa, more young minds would be involved in governance, restoring hope to the young population that the future indeed belongs to the youth!

JONATHAN

Jonathan’s sudden rose to stardom has succeeded in the development of a new postulate of life. ‘Luck’, not hard-work, can guarantee success, simple! No doubt, Jonathan has formed major prayer points in churches and mosques as people jostle to name their babies Goodluck. With no shred of dubitation too, Jonathan is the most popular candidate running. He has the national spread and his campaign has been largely attended by massive crowds too. It is interesting that the frenzied politicking around Jonathan’s campaign is entirely limited to disproving the zoning formula and juggling supports from the states and the zones. He does not speak to issues with any visionary fervour, and indeed cannot. He does not connect with the electorate emotionally, and indeed, he is too distant, too detached and too plain to even try. And while his assumption of power has done a lot to give everyone a sense of belonging — and I would have loved him to win and continue in office — the presidency is far too serious a business to be reduced to the dynamics of zoning and the permutations of states support rather than the competence of the candidate. Four more years of Jonathan will corrode the national will to compete. I can bet it!

I must state lucidly too, that by not having shoes when he was young, by not having bags for schooling and by going hungry often during his youthful age, are not enough excuse why he should be voted. While his advertorial stories are not inspiring, probably because they may not be true, his personality does not speak volume. But Jonathan is wholly without restraint, as his re-enactment of the politics of the 1960s is showing. As far as he is concerned, the only line to draw is at one extreme end, not in the middle. He is not only intimidating the Southwest and engaging in name-calling, he is apparently willing, without understanding the consequences, to use state apparatus to demolish all obstacles to his electoral success. His indifference to the assault on the constitution by his supporters and friends in Ogun State  and Bauchi cannot be ignored. So, too, his intemperate responses to the opposition’s verbal assault, which is seriously unpresidential!

However, there is a strong reason why Jonathan may be better off than Buhari and Ribadu. He can sacrifice anything in his life to achieve a course. At the expense of many of our ungracious politicians including himself, Jonathan has initiated an electoral reform that may even swallow him, I can foresee it! One may be displeased with the way important sections of Uwais’ Recommendations were treated to rubbles, but the fact still remains clear that Jonathan birthed the long awaited reform. He represents the cries of the minority. He stands as symbol of hope to his people in the Delta, and for the first time too since 1999, the incumbent president has a strong resolve for one man, one vote (Obasanjo never did that!), but then, I find it hard to pitch my tent with his resolve. He never for once, showed to me that he meant it! Jonathan, from my study, is humble in words, not in deeds, probably because he rose to stardom by sheer luck. What set him ahead of other contenders is that he is more prepared this time around to lead Nigeria and he is more experienced in terms of understanding contemporary Nigerian complexities, having risen from being a Deputy Governor, to Governor, to Vice President, to Acting President and to President, all in modern Nigeria, not in the Nigeria under the military junta (here Buhari has a say, don’t even think Ribadu at all).

Jonathan would be better off as our president only if he can fill up his seemingly empty blueprint with intellectually enabled content, buttressed by pragmatic implementation framework. He must show to us that he is widely accepted by Nigerians, not by coercing the electorates to believe this, but by the free will of the Nigerian people. It is unarguable that Jonathan cannot match Fashola in terms of governance understanding. To me, Jonathan is not a ‘fool’ since Fashola is a ‘rascal’.

MY CANDIDATE

I have decided not to vote for any of the candidates above based on their personalities because of my reasons aforementioned, mainly because none of them is honest enough to talk about his bad past. I hate to see people claiming ‘saint’! Flipside, I have decided to vote for either of them based on their manifestos, having followed the spirits and letters of their blueprints. Let me point out that I am swinging towards the manifesto that is both aggressive (because of immediate need) and futuristic (because of long term benefits). Sadly, none of the blueprints has the duo elements combined! Were it possible to vote for two candidates, I would save myself the brainwork. An alliance between Buhari and Ribadu would make my decision less rigorous to take. With the failed alliance talk for the first ballot, with Ribadu making the biggest sacrifice of his life for the national project, which many would not do, just like Buhari, then my logic suggests that my vote should go for Ribadu. We need a leader with a sacrificial heart, not a leader who does not see any thing good in his followers, talkless of trusting them. The alliance talk experiment, followed by tear-dropping of Buhari showed to me that Nigeria is full of deceit. Ribadu has finally won my ONE vote…The POWER OF ONE!

It is me, @Obajeun

First published on my Facebook note on March 23, 2011

Jonah Ayodele Obajeun blogs @www.obajeun.com. Catch him on twitter via @Obajeun

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So Riri was seen at the beginning of the event with some duct tape, and everyone wondered what it was for. Well, she tied up Floyd Mayweather with it and said 'B#tch better have my money', lol. She did the same thing to Boris Kodjo and his wife. She tied up their wrists with a rope, in front of her dressing room. All in good jest though. More photos below...

APC Caucus Meets On Tuesday

The national caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is expected to meet on Tuesday to resolve the crisis rocking the party over the selection of principal officers in the National Assembly. Tuesday’s meeting, which will hold at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, is expected to serve as a prelude to a more expansive meeting of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) later in the week. The meeting would review the crisis that has engulfed the party's...

President Buhari Vows To Crush Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest attacks carried out by suspected members of terror group Boko Haram. More than 50 people died last week after three separate attacks in the country. At least 42 people died in two attacks in Borno state which followed the deaths of at least 10 people at a market in Yobe state killed by a child suicide bomber, believed to be aged 12. No group has claimed responsibility for...

Nigeria Loses N50 Trillion Annually From Untapped Natural Resources

Federal, states and local governments are losing about N50 trillion annually from untapped resources that abound in the nation’s soil. Nigeria is estimated to be losing about N8 trillion annually from untapped gold. The estimates are monies that should have accrued to the federation account from royalties, taxes, charges and other fees from companies and individuals operating in the solid mineral sector if the Federal Government had paid enough attention to the development of solid minerals in...

50 Things That Can Kill An Artiste’s Career -Alibaba

Nigeria's king of comedy, Alibaba who recently turned 50, has taken his time to share this piece of wisdom, valuable for not just artistes but everyone. Take your time to go through this inspirational piece and soak the words in.... 50 THINGS THAT CAN KILL AN ARTISTE'S CAREER 1. Not understanding the business 2. Failure to research 3. Poor financial management skills 4. Charges and discounts 5. Pride and arrogance 6. Expensive Lifestyle 7. Taking game changers for granted 8. Bad health 9. Peer pressure 10. Lack of quality education 11. Wicked...

Governors Owing Salaries Did Not Heed Okonjo-Iweala’s Advice – Monye

A former official of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has accused Governors in Nigeria owning workers’ salaries of turning a deaf ear to the advice of the Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Giving his opinion on Monday about the claims that the country’s treasury was empty, a former Senior Adviser to the President on Performance and Evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye, urged Nigerians to hold Governors accountable for the non-payment of salaries...

Report suspicious persons to security agencies, El-Rufai tells Kaduna communities

Kaduna state government under the leadership of the state governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday told communities to be vigilant and report suspicious persons or questionable activities to security agencies. The Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this while addressing Government House press crew in Kaduna. According to the government, it has become imperative to intensify public enlightenment towards strengthening in the state. The...

Police Arrests 60 Boko Haram Suspects

Police authorities in Chad have arrested 60 Boko Haram suspects in connection with an attack that killed dozens of people and wounded more than 100 others in June in the capital, N’Djamena. The suspects include men and women from Nigeria, Cameroon and Mali. The June 15 attack was the first of its kind on N'Djamena and came following threats from Boko Haram. Chad prosecutor Alghassim Khamis, who confirmed the arrest on Sunday, said debris recovered from the scene...

APC Requests Resignation Of Judge Who Called For Aregbesola’s Sack

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has called on Justice Olamide Oloyede to toe the honourable path by first, resigning her position as a High Court Judge in the state’s judiciary before, “ganging up with the opposition to attempt to destroy the state government” of which she is an integral part. The ruling party made this call on Sunday in response to a petition the judge forwarded to the State House of...

President Buhari Inaugurates National Economic Council

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated the National Economic Council led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The council, which has the 36 state governors and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria as members, is saddled with the responsibility of advising the President on economic affairs of the country. Buhari tasked members to come up with ways of liquidating outstanding salaries and wages across the country. He restated his administration’s commitment to tackling insecurity, corruption and...

Cleaning PDP’s Mess Requires Painstaking Planning – Presidency

The Presidency has reacted to PDP's statement that the last 30 days under President Muhammadu Buhari for Nigeria has been a period of all motion and no movement. In a new statement made available to journalists today, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said cleaning the mess left behind by the Peoples Democratic Party, especially the immediate past administration, requires scrupulous and painstaking planning. That across all sectors, national life was devalued under...

Hoodlums Beat Journalist To A Pulp For Reporting Their Illicit Activities In Badagry

The Executive publisher of Prime Magazine, a Badagry based publication, Yomi Olomofe was on Thursday June 25th beaten to a pulp by hoodlums suspected to be smugglers for allegedly reporting their illicit activities in Badagry, Lagos state  Narrating his ordeal to Vanguard, Mr Olomofe said “I was with another colleague of mine on a visit to the command, when some smugglers, who claimed that journalists have been writing negative stories about them, pounced on me. While beating...

Rivers APC Supports Plan To Recover Looted Funds

The All Progressives Congress in the Rivers State welcomed the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and recover the funds allegedly looted by the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan. “We received with great joy news of the resolution by President Buhari to go after those who stole Nigeria blind and virtually grounded the country’s economy," Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, said. "For six years we shouted ourselves hoarse that Jonathan’s administration was the most...

Media Mogul Dayo ‘D1′ Adeneye Is Now A Grandfather

The media personality and co-owner of Primetime Africa announced on instagram this afternoon that he is now a grandfather. He shared the photo above and wrote "Wow, can't believe that am now a grand dad. Jordan welcome to the family. #trulyBlessed."

Stonebwoy Wins 2015 BET Awards African International Act

Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy has won the 2015 BET Award for Best international Act...He beat Wizkid, Sarkodie,Yemi Alade Aka,Fally Ipupa and The Soil ..

Patience Jonathan’s Ex-Security Aide Murdered

A Deputy Superintendent of Police, Tamuno Jacob Igbomie, who was Principal Security Officer to the wife of the former President, Patience Jonathan, has been shot dead by unknown assailants. Igbomie’s corpse was found in his Honda Accord car last Friday along the Airport Road, Abuja. The former PSO, who was married with two children, was believed to have been killed by assassins who shot him at close range in his car and left...

Buhari To Appoint Ministers In 2 Months

President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers may come in two months at the earliest as the new administration seeks to come to grip with what its officials claim as the rot it inherited. Insiders in the new government claim that this is due to the acute state of affairs of government finances and resources. It was also disclosed that President Buhari would in the next few days take very painful decisions akin to “pulling off the tooth” of...

Beninoise Wife Poisons Husband Over Boyfriend In Lagos

A Beninoise, Kwenume Ojo, aka Abiodun, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing her husband, Jimoh Ojo, 32, in the Yaba area of the state. PUNCH Metro learnt that Kwenume put poison in her husband’s soft drink and forced it down his throat while he slept on the bed. Our correspondent gathered that the 17-year-old suspect took the poison from a relative of her boyfriend after she was...

Greece In Shock As Banks Shut Down

Greeks woke up to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumors and conspiracy theories on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its creditors plunged the country deep into crisis. After receiving no extra emergency funding for Greek lenders from the European Central Bank, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sombrely announced capital controls in a televised address on Sunday night to prevent banks from collapsing under the weight of mass withdrawals.

El-Rufai appoints Chief of Staff, more aides

Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has appointed a new Chief of Staff. She is Hadiza Bala Usman, a well-known figure in the APC where she served in a number of committees and capacities, key amongst which are: the Administrative Secretary of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization, Member Secretary APC Elections Planning Committee, Member APC Strategy Committee. She was also Director of Finance in the Nasir El-Rufai Campaign Organization, and later the Kaduna State APC Campaign Council.

How Subsidy Thieves, Corrupt Businessmen, Enthroned Saraki, Dogara- Bisi Akande

The former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande, has fingered fuel subsidy thieves, and corrupt businessmen as being behind the current crisis in the APC which culminated in the emergence of Bukola Saraki as senate president and Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives, contrary to the wishes of the ruling party. In a statement Sunday, the former governor of Osun state said those jittery of President Muhammadu Buhari’s constant...

Buhari Vows To Expose Jonathan

President Muhammadu Buhari  on Sunday vowed to expose the gross fraud perpetrated under former President Goodluck Jonathan administration to the whole world to see. Buhari, who was responding to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appraisal of his administration, said Jonathan and his aides will be exposed when the loots they stole are recovered, and returned to the national treasury soon. The President made this known in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media...

Sack Jonathan’s Last Minutes Appointees, Review Contracts Of Last 18 Months, Joda Committee Tells Buhari

The Ahmed Joda transition committee has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately terminate all dubious appointments made by former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last nine months, and review all contracts awarded by the administration in the last 18 months. The committee said this is to help the new government sidestep ineptitude and waste, and scale up its revenue base. The recommendations are part of a portfolio of swift steps Mr. Buhari must take within...

Presidency Orders VC, Registrar Of The Fed University Of Otuoke To Refund Overpaid Salaries

The Presidency, through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, has instructed the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, to refund overpayment of salaries running into millions of naira. The Registrar of the university, David Suowari, was also directed to refund the sum of N130, 692.71 per month in excess of his due salary. The overpayments were said to have been discovered during the commission’s visit to the...

Dapper And Fab Looks From The 2015 BET Awards #Photos

The stars turned out in eye-popping outfits at the BET Awards on Sunday.Nicki Minaj, Christina Milian,Karrueche showed off lots of cleavage in plunging ensembles at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.. Who is your best dressed? More photos below ....  

Fire Razes Agip Oil Facility In Rivers

The Agip oil company centre in Ebocha in Ogba Egbema Ndoni LGA in Rivers was yesterday gutted by fire. According to a citizen reporter, Lukeson Oguchi, the fire started at about 11pm after a loud explosion. Fire fighters are still battling to put out at the fire as at the time of this report. Credit: vanguardngr

Fuse ODG On Why He Did Not Attend The BET Awards This Year

The Ghanaian singing superstar was nominated in the Best Pop & alternative category at the 2015 BET awards but says he won't be at the ceremony happening today because they give their awards backstage.

Why Buhari’s Cabinet Is Delayed- Report

As Nigerians await President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, there are indications that ministers may not be named within the next two months. In the past weeks, Buhari has come under criticism over the delay in appointing ministers, one month after assuming office and three months after winning the presidential election. A competent source has revealed that President Buhari’s delay in constituting a cabinet is caused by his reluctance to build on the “rotten foundation” he inherited from the...

Nicki Minaj Shows Off Her Mum For The First Time At The BET Awards

Rapper, Nicki Minaj who won best female Hip hop artist at the BET award showed off her beautiful Mum, Carol to the entire world. She looks so much like her Mum. More photos below...    

2015 BET Awards: The Good, Bad & Ugly

The 2015 BET Awards celebrated its 15th anniversary on Sunday night, which was fitting because the biggest and best moments of the night were all about throwback performances, appearances from old school artists and mashups of greatest hits. From the Janet Jackson tribute to Rihanna's duct tape mystery, here are the best and worst moments from...

Diddy Falls Into Hole On Stage During Performance At BET Awards

Rapper disappears out of sight as he performs a medley of hits alongside Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, 112 and the Lox at Los Angeles show. Rapper Diddy fell during an exciting performance at the BET awards in Los Angeles on Sunday that celebrated Bad Boy Records’ 20th year anniversary. The hip hop star briefly dropped out of sight as he walked towards the back of the stage, dropping into a hole that was used by Lil’...

BET Awards Nominees And Winners

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST BEYONCÉ WINNER CIARA JANELLE MONÁE JHENÉ AIKO K. MICHELLE RIHANNA BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST AUGUST ALSINA CHRIS BROWN WINNER JOHN LEGEND THE WEEKND TREY SONGZ USHER BEST GROUP A$AP MOB JODECI MIGOS RAE SREMMURD WINNER RICH GANG YOUNG MONEY BEST COLLABORATION AUGUST ALSINA F/ NICKI MINAJ – NO LOVE (REMIX) BIG SEAN F/ E-40 - IDFWU CHRIS BROWN F/ LIL WAYNE & TYGA -...

Amber Rose Kisses Blac Chyna on BET Awards Red Carpet, Celebrates Gay Marriage

Amber Rose and Blac Chyna shined on the red carpet at the 2015 BET Awards on Sunday, rocking matching, super-hot white ensembles to honor the recent landmark Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality.

Janet Jackson Makes An Appearance At The BET Awards

We were teased with little snippets from a lot of Janet Jackson's hit songs, she eventually showed up to take the Ultimate Icon award but didn't perform. She accepted her award, said many thanks to her fans, husband and her parents who were in the crowd. See photos of parents below......

Lawmaker Urges Colleagues To Make Sacrifice For Change

A Lagos lawmaker, Bisi Yusuff, on Sunday urged lawmakers in the country to make sacrifice in the interest of the masses. Yusuff (APC-Alimosho 1), Lagos House of Assembly, spoke against the backdrop of the call for lawmakers to review their salaries and allowances. The lawmaker, who spoke to the media in Lagos, advised his colleagues to ensure positive change in the living condition of Nigerians. "Anything that will bring change should be embraced by all of us; there...

South Sudan’s Rival Leaders Meet As Fighting Continues

South Sudan’s warring rival leaders held face-to-face talks in Kenya but failed to make progress as fighting continued on the ground this weekend. President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar met in Nairobi as part of the latest peace push led by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, after previous efforts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Arusha, Tanzania, failed. “My two brothers held five hours of face-to-face talks,” Kenyatta said in a statement, adding it...

Why I Didn’t Read Oyegun’s Letter- Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday explained his refusal to read the letter from the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, nominating principal officers on the floor of the House last week. He disclosed at a meeting with some former members of the House who visited him at the weekend that he decided against reading the letter because of a pending court case. The former members were...

North Set To Take Over NNPC- Report

Barely 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved the board of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), intense lobby has begun to fill the positions of the Group Managing Director (GMD) and those of Executive Directors. Eight new structures are being proposed for the corporation and it is already awaiting the approval of the President. It was further gathered that there was likely to be further sweeping changes at NNPC, a development which may lead to the sack...

Rivers APC Backs Buhari To Recover Stolen Funds, Calls For Wike’s Probe

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari in his bid to investigate and recover the billions of naira looted by the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan. “We received with great joy news of the resolution by President Buhari to go after those who stole Nigeria blind and virtually grounded the country’s economy. For six years we shouted ourselves hoarse that Jonathan’s administration was the...

Al Shabaab Attack Army Camp Killing Several People In Somalia

Several Somali soldiers were killed overnight Sunday when Shebab fighters attacked a base in the southern Kismayo region, officials and witnesses said Monday. The attack is the latest in a string of assaults by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated insurgents, who last week stormed a base manned by the African Union forces in Somalia (AMISOM), killing dozens. Heavy gunfire was reported late Sunday for several hours, with the Shebab briefly taking over the camp near Kismayo and beheading...

Buhari Wants To Clear The Rot Left Behind By The Past Government Before Appointing Ministers – Report

President Muhammadu Buhari may not have ministers any time soon, as the new administration seeks to come to grip with the rot left behind by the previous administration, reports Vanguard. The news platform stressed that the Buhari-led administration’s stand was due to the acute state of affairs of government finances and resources. A source close to the president made this known to reporters at the weekend. He spoke in reference to assertions of the president’s...

APC’s Collapse Imminent, Akande Warns Buhari, Governors

Former Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and governors elected on the platform of the APC to settle the differences in the party and save it from imminent collapse. “What began as political patronages to be shared into APC membership, spreads among ethnic zones, religious faiths and political rankings and experiences have now become so complicated that the sharing has to be done by and...

Pastor Gives Away 22 Cars, Millions Of Naira To Celebrate Birthday

The Senior Pastor of Champions Royal Assembly, Kubwa, Abuja, Joshua Iginla, on Sunday gave out 22 cars and millions of naira ranging from N50,000 to N500,000. The pastor, who celebrated his birthday and that of his wife at the service, also unveiled 33 book titles written by him. Presenting the cars, among which were 10 SUV cars to the beneficiaries, Iginla challenged the well-to-do in the society to assist the less-privileged. The pastor, who...

Buhari Condemns Latest Boko Haram Attacks

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in the strongest language the latest terrorist attacks on Borno and Yobe communities by the Boko Haram bandits. In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said he was deeply touched by these mindless incidents of violence on innocent people during the month of Ramadan. According to President Buhari, the terrorists are enemies of everybody, and enemies of humanity everywhere.

CBN Rules Out BVN Registration Extension As Deadline Approaches

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ruled out the possibility of an extension of the deadline for customers to register for the Bank Verification Number (BVN) which closes tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. The director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Ibrahim Mu’azu, who spoke to a reporter on the telephone, yesterday, said that the window was open for one and a half years and customers had ample opportunity to register. According to him, as at the...

Tolu Ogunlesi: Half-time, and a quick win mentality

The postponement of the general elections from February to March and April ensured that the entire country was going to spend the whole of the first quarter of the year playing high-tension politics. Add the fact of a formal handover scheduled for the end of May, and a June widely seen as a settling-in period for a new government, and we can easily conclude that we essentially donated the entire first half of the year to the...

Dr. Aloy Chife: The National Identity Management Commission’s Misguided September Deadline and Our Charade of National Identity

On June 22, 2015, (Page 32) THISDAY newspaper reported that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) would, from September 1, 2015 mandate that “all transactions involving the identification of individuals must be done with the National Identification Number.” This means that it would not be possible for Nigerians to conduct transactions “offered by applicable government institutions” (for example, opening a bank account, applying for a license, participate in social welfare programs) unless they acquired the agency’s ID...

Ex-Beauty Queens Munachi Abii And Ene Maya Lawani Cover ‘The Celebrity Shoot’

Ex-Beauty Queens – Rapper, Munachi Abii & Designer, Ene Maya Lawani are the beautiful cover girls for the new edition of celebrity stylist, Abbyke Domina's magazine – The Celebrity Shoot. In this sizzling edition of The Celebrity Shoot, Muna is styled in a gorgeous white dress while Ene is featured in a new collaborative segment of the magazine titled ‘Abbyke Meets Ene Maya’ See photos from the shoot below...

Wike Again Retrieves Car From Another Amaechi’s Aide

The Rivers State Government, Nyesom Wike has again impounded an armoured Range Rover belonging to the immediate past Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha. This comes after he had earlier impounded a Lexus SUV from the residence of the former state Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, in a similar manner. The bullet-proof vehicle was removed from Okocha’s residence at Rumuigbo in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area at about 9am by security operatives attached to Government House,...

Dino Melaye Pays Homage To God (Photos)

Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West Federal Constituency, has taken to Instagram to share photos where he kneels and bows in reverence to God. See more photos below...

It’s Too Late To Kick Saraki Out Of APC -Audu Ogbeh

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and a founding member of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who also played a key role in the merger of different opposition parties to form the All Progressives Congress has said he doesn't have any regrets in regards to the current National Assembly crisis. In a recent interview with Punch, Chief Ogbeh said, "No, I have no regrets. It was a good thing to do. Without doing it, there was no...

I Stepped Down For Buhari In 2015 Presidential Elections -Saraki

Denying reports that he is nursing an ambition for presidency in 2019, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said he actually quit his presidential bid in the 2015 election for President Muhammadu Buhari and also that he contributed immensely to the emergence of Buhari as President. The Senate President, who spoke to select journalists in an exclusive interview in Abuja on Saturday, also denied having plans to dump the All Progressives Congress due to the ongoing crisis in the...

Festus Keyamo Explains Why Diezani Must Be Probed

Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has reiterated his call for the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to be probed barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari dismissed the NNPC board. Keyamo had earlier written a letter to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Rep on June 17, asking the National Assembly to commence investigations into the activities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), especially with regard to the crude oil swap program and...

The NFF, Keshi and Enyeama Brouhaha – Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

Since the inception of the present board of the Nigeria Football Federation there have been different chronicles of crisis at different levels which is causing a great distraction for the players, Federation and football loving Nigerians. In Nigerian history, and from my childhood to adulthood, I have never at a time come about or read anywhere that the Football Federation fined a Super Eagles player for the acquisition of a red card. Ogenyi Onazi who went...

How TB Joshua Reacted To The US Gay Law Supreme Court Ruling

Various reactions have come in the wake of America formally legalising gay marriage across the entirety of its borders but one of the most unusual has sprung from a popular Nigerian cleric.  After the historic announcement, T.B. Joshua tweeted a YouTube video showing a young man allegedly receiving ‘deliverance’ from a ‘homosexual demon’.    The clip titled, ‘Deliverance From Homosexual Demon’ shows a Nigerian from Imo State...

How I have governed Kaduna in one month – Nasir El-Rufai

I welcome you all with humility and gratitude to the very first Town Hall meeting we are hosting as a government. It is not yet one month since we were sworn-in, but to the extent that it has pleased Allah to bestow His grace upon us, we have set about doing the work of change that you mandated us to do. During the campaign, we promised that we shall be engaging and interacting with the public...

Saraki Tells APC His Hands Were Tied Over Selection Of NASS Principal Officers

In a letter written to the All Progressives Congress, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said his hands were tied in regards to the selection of principal officers of the upper chamber. In his letter dated June 25, he said... “The said letter (Oyegun’s letter) was received after various APC zonal caucuses had taken their decisions to candidates as principal officers of the senate in line with parliamentary convention and the extant provisions of the senate standing orders 2015 as...

FG To Shut Down Open Patent Medicine Markets

The federal government as from July 1 will commence the implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines (NDDGs), in a move to ensure that the organized drug distribution system in the country is strengthened. According to the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, there is a need to put an end to the open drug market as the chaotic drug distribution poses a very big challenge to the entire health care delivery system of the country. “We are...

List Of The NNPC Board Members Dissolved Today By President Buhari

President Mohammadu Buhari on Friday dissolved the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This disclosure was contained in a letter signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi. The 9 members of the dissolved board are: Dr. Joseph T. Dawha – Group Managing Director Mr. Bernard O.N. Otti – Group Executive Director, Finance & Accounts Dr. Dan Efebo Group Executive Director, Corporate Services Ikechukwu Oguine – Coordinator, Legal Services/ Secretary to the Corporation Alhaji Abdullahi Bukar – Member Mr....

Tribunal Sacks Edo APC Lawmaker

The Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Benin on Friday upturned the election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Yakubu Gowon, as the lawmaker representing Etsako West II Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly. Gowon had been declared the winner of the April 11 state assembly poll and returned elected to represent the constituency, where Governor Adams Oshiomhole hails from, by the Independent National Electoral Commission. But in the judgement,...

Buhari Holds First Jumat Prayer Inside Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday joined Muslim faithful for the Jumat service inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. That was the first time a Jumat service will be held in the premises. All former Muslim Presidents and Vice Presidents have been taking part in the services at the National Mosque, Abuja. Since his inauguration on May 29, Buhari had taken part in three Jumat services at the National Mosque.  He was in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State, last Friday. The...

Buhari Backs APC’s Stand On National Assembly Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday threw his weight behind the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to nominate candidates for the various principal offices in the National Assembly. Buhari, while responding to Thursday’s fracas in the House of Representatives, said he expected the APC lawmakers to toe the party’s line in the election of principal officers. Buhari, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu noted that the lawmakers should have...

Gay Marriage Declared Legal Across All 50 States Of America

Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional. In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. Victory in the case – known as Obergefell v Hodges,...

Group Warns Osun Assembly Not To Impeach Aregbesola

A group under the aegis of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation has warned the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam against impeaching Governor Rauf Aregbesola. A Judge in the state had earlier called for his resignation over his inability to pay workers’ salaries. The Speaker of the House also confirmed on Wednesday that the Assembly had received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, calling for the impeachment of Aregbesola on the grounds of...

APC, A National Disgrace; Says PDP Ex-Senate Leader

Former Senate leader and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, has flayed the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the protracted leadership tussle rocking the National Assembly, saying with its desperate political shenanigans, the party was taking the nation to nowhere, despite its promise of an Eldorado. Folarin, who represented Oyo Central Senatorial District twice in the upper chamber, noted that the manner the APC had so far handled its...

President Buhari Allegedly Dissolves NNPC Board

President Muhammadu Buhari, has dissolved the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with immediate effect, NTA reports. The dissolution was reportedly conveyed in a  letter signed on Friday, by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi. The President also...

Tweep Begs Nigerians To Stop Mentioning @NASS

Man with the twitter handle @Nass, has pleaded with  Nigerians to stop mentioning him through various reactions by Nigerians for an open National Assembly. The trending @Nass is coincidentally the real twitter handle of one Nasser Al-Saadi, a Senior Executive at Al Jazeera Media Network. See tweets below: https://twitter.com/Nass/status/614366727858589696 https://twitter.com/Nass/status/614416960147697668

Former First Lady Storms Liaison Office In Abuja, Takes Away N100m Property Worth

Shocking details of a raid on the Benue State Liaison Office in the Asokoro area in Abuja by the former First Lady of Benue State Yemisi Suswam has been provided to newsmen. Witnesses told SaharaReporters that the raid was conducted by associates close to Yemisi Suswam operating under the cover of darkness. These witnesses told our correspondent that Yemisi’s associates drove two large trucks to the Liaison Office in Abuja, with the intent to cart out...

UPDATE: 27 Killed In Tunisian Hotel Attack- Interior Ministry

Nearly 30 people, mostly tourists, have been killed and tens of others injured in an attack by unidentified armed men on a tourist resort in the central Tunisian town of Sousse. Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said two assailants opened fire on a beach resort near hotels in Port El Kantaoui tourist complex, located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of Sousse on Friday. According to the Tunisian official, 27 people were killed in...

France Attack: Terrorist Beheads One, Suspect Arrested & Identified

One person has been beheaded and two people injured in a terrorist attack at a gas factory near Lyon in southeastern France, French President Francois Hollande said Friday. The suspect's contacts with Muslim fundamentalists, and reports that Islamist flags or writings were found at the scene, point to an Islamist extremist motive. The shocking incident comes on the same day as both Tunisia and Kuwait were hit by terrorist attacks, the latter an...

Oyegun Has Lost Focus As APC Chairman And Must Resign Immediately – Save APC Group

Less than 2 years ago, different political parties came together to form one single, nationalistic opposition party in Nigeria, making history by not only being the first truly opposition party with national spread, but most importantly, going on to defeat the ruling party PDP in the March 28th elections after 16years in power. It was a glorious moment in our political history as a nation, one that political analysts and pundits from around the world are still trying to...

APC Lawmakers Vow To Ensure Dogara Obeys Party

Some members of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives have vowed to ensure the position of the party on the choice of principal officers in the House prevails. The lawmakers made this known at a press conference after the House descended into chaos Thursday. Nasiru Zango Daura, a member representing Zango/Baure Federal constituency of Katsina State, spoke on behalf of the lawmakers. Fracas erupted in the House following agitation by the lawmakers that the party’s...

Davido Launches New Clothing Line; O.B.O

Nigerian top artist, Davido has launched a clothing line, O.B.O. The singer took to his Instagram page to make the announcement.   Check out some of  his designs below: He has however been heavily criticized by his fans for using white models to unveil the line.  

HAPPENING NOW: Gunmen Attack Tourist Hotel In Tunisia

A tourist hotel in the Tunisian town of Sousse has been attacked by gunmen, a security source said. Ongoing exchanges of gunfire were being reported between the attackers and security forces. There were no other details immediately available. Tunisia has been on high alert since March when gunmen attacked the Bardo museum in Tunis, killing a group of foreign tourists in one of the worst attacks in a decade in the North African country. Credit: aljazeera

Ambode Visits Apapa-Oshodi Traffic Gridlock (Photos)

On his visit yesterday to the Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode threatened to sanction erring tanker drivers who park indiscriminately on bridges and roads in Apapa. The  governor who a paid a visit to the area said a special task-force team will be set up soon that will ensure free flow of traffic in the area. He also witnessed first hand, the frustrating traffic caused by petroleum tanker drivers who park their tanks on the expressway while going to...

7 Secrets Of Successful Relationships

1. Supportive: For a relationship to be successful each person needs to feel a sense of support and optimism in the connection. When partnerships are supportive they are infused with hope giving each person the consistent sense that things can only get better as they continue to work together. All people respond to hope as hope sustains motivation. When people feel supported they can more clearly visualize the process of staying together and each becomes...

Afrobeats Legend, Fela’s 1st grandchild Weds Tomorrow At The New Afrika Shrine

Rolari Segun, the first grandchild of legendary afrobeats singer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is set to wed Benedict Jacka tomorrow Saturday, 27th June 2015 in a traditional wedding ceremony at the New Afrika Shrine in Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Rolari Segun is the daughter of Fela’s first child, Yeni Kuti and late businessman Femi Segun.

Why Senate Adjourned Plenary- Saraki

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said that the Senate adjourned plenary to July 21, after just returning from another break, to give the Senate Ad-Hoc Committees on Legislative Agenda and Review of the Senate’s Finances time to conclude their work and submit their reports. Mr. Saraki had inaugurated the two committees on Thursday after the adjournment. In a statement on Friday, Mr. Saraki said the two committees were given one week to...