“Who are you working for?” an angry Ex-President Obasanjo asks me after my own question to him

Published:13 Feb, 2013

I am in Berlin for my own event but I had gotten an invitation from the office of Prof. Peter Eigen (Transparency International) to attend this specially organized lunch for Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo at the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance and Berlin Civil Society Center. The major reason I attended this event was to get a chance to ask the ex-president a few questions about his stewardship as the president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.

When the event started, Prof. Eigen actually spurred me into finally deciding I’d the ask question I felt Chief Obasanjo needed to answer. The Professor praised the ex-president so much I had to look at the table again to be sure it was not Nelson Mandela seated there. Do not get me wrong, the ex-president had his good and bad days as the president of Nigeria but there was no way he was as saintly as Prof. Peter Eigen made him look. I must admit that the introduction made a funny thought run through my mind; is this really the man who started Transparency International? When Prof. Eigen was done, I was even more convicted the audience – mostly Germans – needed to know that the just introduced Saint from Africa may not be as saintly as painted. We had lunch and then President Obasanjo spoke for over 30 minutes though scheduled to speak 20 minutes but that’s fine because after all he is “Baba.”

Question time Prof. Peter Eigen said. My hand was first up and the Prof. was fair in pointing me out to ask my question. I introduced myself simply by mentioning my name. There are a million and one questions you’d want to ask Chief Obasanjo given the chance. My own case was not helped by the fact that I had thrown the house open on Twitter for folks to tell me what question they’d have me ask the very powerful Obasanjo. I really wanted to ask him about his broke state coming out of prison in 1998 and becoming a billionaire years later during his presidency, but I felt that’d set the whole place on fire.

My question went thus:

“You have been severally praised for your economic decisions as President amongst other achievements. In the same vein, the 2007 elections which you organized is widely regarded as one of the worst in history, do you take responsibility for this?
Secondly, Nigeria is just about 52 years old and you held power for about 10 of those 52 years. Today there are 112 million poor people in Nigeria, do you accept responsibility for being part of why this is a reality in Nigeria considering the fact that 1 out of every 5 years of our Independence had you as President?”

These questions were just two of the many questions I believed the ex-president needed to answer and answer lucidly. Third term would have been another but I knew the answer to that during the live performances of the drama. I just wanted to see a man accept some responsibility for his failures as much as he does his successes.
President Obasanjo was visibly rattled by my questions. It of course did not help that his question and answer session started on a balloon-busting note considering the image of the Messiah Prof. Aigen had painted of him.

His response:

Obasanjo: You are one of these people that stay abroad right?
Omojuwa: No. I am based and have always been based in Nigeria!
Obasanjo: Let me educate you. Not one life was lost during the 2007 elections. The results of the 2007 elections was similar to those of 1999, 2003 and 2011. Thirteen innocent corpers (sic) lost their lives during the 2011 elections, if that is the type of election you want, good luck to you
(note the Jonathan subliminal ?) | Note how the “success” of his election was never about whether votes counted or anything of that sort. By the way, you should google “2007 Nigerian elections” and see how several observers described it in the worst of terms but isn’t the Messiah always right?

Speaking further, the ex-president answered my question on taking responsibility on the unacceptable poverty rate thus;

Obasanjo: In 1999, 71 per cent of Nigerians were regarded as living under $1 per day. I reduced that to 54 per cent in 2004 and by 2007 it was under 38 per cent. The figures for 2010-2011 were 69 per cent. I accept no blame for the poor performance of others who came after me.

Fair enough some of you would agree. Through out his response, he was staring at my end but I totally ignored him because I felt returning a gaze may just add more petrol to the ex-president’s obvious burning anger. I had come to rock the boat it seemed. Most of the Nigerians there had gone to pose for pictures with him. Not that it wouldn’t be nice to have a good picture pose with Chief Obasanjo but my feeling at the time was with the Peter Aigen introduction of Obasanjo.

After the event I figured it would help to pick the ex-president’s brain a bit more. I allowed all the gentlemen get their picture rounds and the finally got the big boss to myself. He was the first to speak when he asked pointedly and accusingly, “who are you working for?” Now that is a classic question in Nigeria. The question arises out of the belief that Nigerian citizens do not do things like challenge authority by themselves, they had to have been sponsored by “vested interests.”
I replied him with a smile “I work for myself. I am a Blogger!”
He replied this time moving as he spoke, “a Blogger? That is not a profession. A Blogger, whatever that means. That is not a profession.” And I replied with an even bigger smile, “it’s all right sir.” And thus ended my first direct encounter with the man who has had the single most opportunity to change Nigeria. Whether he succeeded or not is not the call of this piece to make.

The ex-president had totally fit into the profile he had been painted by many with the chance to know him personally. I will find time to write about what he said about Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala that made me realize she remains in his black book still. Once an Olusegun Obasanjo, always an Olusegun Obasanjo.

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  • Dupe K.

    Many thanks for doing exactly what I would do – stand by myself. Great recount!

  • @mexim

    More power to you bro !

  • bukunmi Johnson

    Gr8 job Japhethoo lik i use to call you… Nigeria will experience change very soon and all those rulers will be alive to see it.

  • Temple

    Obasanjo is a hero to celebrate in Nigeria and Africa at large. His failures can be overlooked because by natural cause the impact of some of those failures are begining to recede politically

  • Ibitayo daramola

    O boy, you get balls o, always been an admirer of your brazen boldness.i can imagine baba’s face.lol. Notice d way he circumvented the question and gave bunch of irrelevant figures.shifting the blame on jona n not accepting that the decay started with himself.

  • yemisi adegoke

    Bravo!jayjay I love ur courage.Baba owu can never change. May God help us.

  • TDee

    Baba o! He smiles when praised and applauded. He rides in glory on the wings of praises but gets furious at the mentioning of his flaws and woes. Omojuwa, this piece is so defining and straight on point: Obasanjo is not a Saint. Simple! (Doesn’t mean he hasn’t done well in some areas)

  • TDee

    Baba o! He smiles when praised and applauded. He rides in glory on the wings of praises but gets furious at the mentioning of his flaws and woes. Omojuwa, this piece is so defining and straight on point: Obasanjo is not a Saint. Simple! (Doesn’t mean he hasn’t done well in some areas)But he isn’t a saint like some people in the international community paint him to be. Shikena!

  • http://www.uchendutalks.com Uchendu

    Obasanjo….military mentality, measuring situations with his own yardstick. He made many errors and gathered wealth for himself and a few others.

    But in this case, the man was was so tactful answering and didn’t even answer the question.

    He has no place in the future of Nigeria and I’m happy about that.

  • Betiku Kole

    nice one bro, am proud of you

  • ayodeji

    I read this and I so much feel being in your position to meet that monster! GOD SAFE NIGERIA!!!

  • Mitchell

    Good for you! You asked some tough questions. I’m trying to develop such thick skin. Don’t mind him. It is old age that is worrying him. LOL! His time is past.

  • @abdul_matane

    If only d old man understands wat it tekes 2 bcome u; he wldn’t had blabbed..! Nways, I blive he’z lost amidst his past misdoings……

  • Tosin

    Omo-J!ure a standard onijogbon!!!!lool,very nice u tackled dat man..baba wayray

  • Muhammed Halilu

    Wow am proud of u hope u don’t do a ruben Abati style in future and chase the “good life”

  • @hollasheny

    You guys ain’t seen nadda. You can try putting JJ in a chat with GEJ, there you’ll see real HotAirBalloon-busting! Thumbs up man!

  • YusufMilan

    Whaooooo…Bravo to you. I’v always and will continue to be an advocate of social transparency and accountability. Imagine how the retard mind answered(sorry,Blushed) relevant and sensitive question asked. Someone should please tell the past and current poli-thieves that,a storm is here that will sweep them off into Hell soonest.

  • http://wp.me/p2p3iN-1 Dan Baba

    Japhet I like your courage, Somebody really Need to start asking This Men This Question….Big Ups man.

  • Abubakar Yakubu

    Its good to note your wisdom in not pushing further. I look forward to reading other things he said. Keep up the good work

  • Olu

    Very well written. The nuances and subtleties come through. More power to you.

  • Charles

    Well done. Incisive piece there. Don got rattled. Wasn’t expecting such an adrenaline rush of a question you gave him. Wish you subjected him more to ridicule before his host with that question of “his broke state” after coming out of prison in 1998. But that would have raised an unending eyebrow though. Lol. Brave work well struck. Well done another. *Claps*

  • Magaji Garba

    Good, very good

  • saheed

    thats a good question you ve askeed Baba we re wating for the rest and the one of ngozi very imortant .

  • fadeke

    I believe you publish your opinion as a blogger, in your opinion did you suceed in what you tried to accomplish with those questions?on what authority did you state that he was poor after he left prison?do you do you should state as fact, information you cannot authenticate especially in public?really his question ‘who do you work for’ is a valid one!maybe tomorrow you’d say you want to run for some political office or the other!

  • Ademola

    I believe some of the Obasanjo boys also contributed to the activities of the Baba, Minister as Mal. El-Rufai who acted as if there is no God.

  • http://gbotemireflections.blogspot.co.uk gboteemi

    Thanks big boss. I hope some of us can stand up and our leaders the how, when, why and where! Enjoy yourself

  • @bodetiri

    I think OBJ shouldn’t take all d blame..he also works wit some pple..like ur now Messiah El rufai…I always baffles when I c u guys praising him on twitter..anyway..God Bless omojuwa,God Bless OBJ,God Bless Nigeria

  • wale

    What is the contribution of those writing negative things about Baba Obasanjo to Nigeria including d blogger. They live abroad & started throwing stones to NigerIa. Omo ale niwon

  • wale

    Imagine one useless Tosin addressing d oldman as were(lunatic). Where is his father? In his family, is there anyone as important as Obasanjo? That’s why they die young

  • obi 1

    Japh!!! Pls tell me any time u r ready to shake this country! Ill be by ur side…I’m priviledged to follow u on twitter…kudos…u too much…thanks for making me proud to be nigerian

  • olabissy

    Nice one, think is high time they know we the youth would ask questions and require reasonable answers.

  • Shoyinka Oluwaseyi

    I dare to ask you the same question, “who do you work for?”. As much as I am fascinated by your play of patriotism,I still exercise some doubts about your reports. Call me cynic if you like.

  • Shoyinka Oluwaseyi

    I dare to ask you the same question, “who do you work for?”. As much as I am fascinated by your play of patriotism,I still exercise some doubts about your reports. Call me cynic, if you like.

  • Frank Ode

    I pray for the day that Nigerian leaders would tow the path of restitution and admit their mistakes made while in office. It’s a collective thing ruling a country and policies made, whether right or wrong are attributed to just one person-The Head (President, Head of State etc). It seems that when past and present Nigerian leaders are asked questions bordering on their stewardship, they take it as an affront on their person. When they are extolled on their successes, you see them beeping like proud peacocks. Thank you Japheth for asking those questions (even though I couldn’t pick a thing or two from OBJ’s response, than sheer braggadocio). We need to keep asking those questions with the belief that some day we would get honest answers from a leader who is willing to start the restitutive process Nigeria needs. Let’s not forget IBB’s Dele Giwa issue, N2.7billion gulf war oil windfall. Abdulsalam’s wiping of our external reserves and other pertinent issues that leaders past and present need to answer for.

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    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

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    Thank you japh, for speaking the mind of millions of Nigerians.

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Beyonce has spent a frankly ridiculous  £200k on one single pair of shoes. It’s yet to be confirmed whether they did in fact come with a Range Rover. The reported outrageous purchase was made in no other than UK’s answer to Rodeo Drive, Birmingham where bling loving Bey was shopping ahead of a forthcoming video shoot. So what does £200k worth of shoe get you? Well, diamonds apparently. To be honest, for that price bracket we’d...

Rihanna And Timaya Spotted Together In Barbados

Timaya is currently in Barbados for the music festival held in the country, he met Rihanna after his performance on stage. Rihanna was seen dancing to Timaya’s music while he performed on stage. Source: ngtrends.com

Kanye West Cheating On Kim Kardashian?

      Kanye West’s libido has vanished, and Kim Kardashian is reportedly far from pleased about it. Not just because she wants to get some, either: Kim is reportedly suspicious that her rapper husband is cheating on her every time she leaves the house as a result of this new phenomenon! A source dished to CDL about the struggling celebs, “Kim is freaking out because her and Kanye’s sex life went from 100 to 0, overnight." Sure, plenty...

Death Row Soldiers Sue Army For Contempt

Soldiers in the Nigerian Army who were recently sentenced to death by a military court martial have initiated contempt proceedings against the Chief of Army Staff over non-release of the record of proceedings that convicted and sentenced them to death. This is just as the army, in a statement by its acting director of public relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed reports that the it had commenced an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases...

Mariah Carey’s Weird Relationship Demands: She Only Has Sex on Mondays?!

That may seem foolish, considering the ink is barely dry on Mariah's divorce from Nick Cannon, but if there's any truth behind the list of relationship demands recently reported by Star and OK, Mariah better lock down any dude who's crazy enough to go along with her insane diva tendencies. First of all, the tabloids claim that Mariah only has sex on Mondays. Seriously. “There’s a beauty routine she goes through beforehand,” says a source. “And...

Football Business: Ifeanyi Ubah versus Aliko Dangote – Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

They are two great men worthy of emulation by any upcoming or aspiring Billionaire and of course their wealth can be traced, no doubt. In several ways, they have both shown interest in the round leather game and also, the most popular sport in Africa, if not in the globe. Billionaires in their own right, who have rightly invested home and abroad with visible achievements. I remember Gabros Football club during my days as a...

Is Tyga Moving In With Kylie Jenner?

We're less than two weeks away from Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday, and the racy reality star has some big plans for her life as a legal adult. No, we're not talking about the reports that Kylie will pose nude to celebrate her independence. (But don't be surprised if it turns out there's some truth to those rumors.) We're talking about Kylie's creepy relationship with her much-older rapper boyfriend. For months, we've been hearing that Kylie and Tyga will...

“Okonjo Iweala Became A Different Person When She Worked For Goodluck Jonathan” – Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed that immediate past coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, changed under the regime of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Mrs Okonjo- Iweala who served under president Obasanjo as minister of fiance was accused of encouraging corruption under the regime of Mr Jonathan. She was also accused of approving funds not budgeted for, and rather than strengthen the Nigerian economy, she worked against the growth of the economy. “But...

Ghollywood Actor Majid Michel And Wife Virna Renew Marriage Vows As They Did 10 Years Ago

Ghollywood actor Majid Michel said I do again to his adorable wife Virna Michel. The couple has been together for 10 years; this was done in the presence of friends, family and celebrities.    

Dickson, Alamieyeseigha Ordered Out Of PDP BoT Meeting Held In Otuoke With Jonathan

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) o Sunday held an emergency meeting at the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State,  it wades into the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party. At the meeting, both the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and former governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, were ordered out of the venue by the party leadership. At the meeting which looked into the recommendations...

Michelle Obama Wants To Be Beyoncé

Even FLOTUS has dreams of being Bey. Michelle Obama shared a video on Instagram where she sat down with Wale for an quick interview. In the clip, the rapper asks the First Lady several questions, such as, “If you had the opportunity to have a different occupation, what would it be?” Mrs. Obama answers, “I would be Beyoncé,” then does the hand shimmy from “Single Ladies” while saying, “I’ve got the hands.” https://instagram.com/p/5yGjvNPZBc/

Scott Disick: Reaching Out To Kourtney Kardashian On Instagram?

It's been almost a month since Kourtney Kardashian dumped Scott Disick, and the Lord is still being uncharacteristically quiet online. Is he finding life as a single man less appealing than it seemed back when he felt he was trapped in a nine-year relationship? Perhaps. Disick sort of broke his silence on Instagram last night by posting the pic below, along with an intriguing caption: Read...

OPC Members Clash in Kwara, Three Feared Dead

Three people are feared dead following a clash among members of the Oodua People's Congress (OPC) in the Irepodun LGA of Kwara State on Sunday. A witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a further six people were injured during the fight. It has been alleged that the clash came about as a result of a protest held by expelled members of the group during an official meeting at the St. Paul Anglican...

Bobbi Kristina Brown Funeral Details: A Shocking Fight And A Heartbreaking Finale

Sadly, what was meant to be a loving tribute to a life lost far too soon turned into another battle between the feuding families of her mother and father, as Bobbi Kristina's paternal aunt, Leolah Brown, was ejected from the service following a bizarre outburst. As Krissi's maternal aunt, Pat Houston, took the podium to speak, Leolah reportedly stood and shouted, "Pat, you know you are wrong for this!" Witnesses say she was swiftly escorted from the...

President Buhari Insists On Slashing Number Of Ministries, Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration was seriously looking for ways of cutting down the cost of governance by reducing the number of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). The president, who stated this at the weekend when he met with the Nigerian community in Benin Republic, assured, however, that in cutting down the number of MDas, he would not take the interest of Nigerians, including those living in Diaspora, for granted. He also assured...

Chris Brown And Baby Mama Post Competing Royalty Photos Amid Latest Dispute

Chris Brown and his baby mama Nia Guzman-Amey shared back-to-back photos of Royalty on Sunday, and something tells me that’s on purpose. As soon as Nia shared a photo of Royalty on Instagram, Chris responded with one of his own with the caption: “The best thing in my life. #QUEENROYALTY” Read More: rickey.org

Hotels For Dead People In Japan

Tucked away in the backstreets of Osaka, the Hotel Relation building is nondescript and bland. It's the kind of place you'd scroll past if you were looking for a room on a hotel booking site. But decor and ambiance are probably not a priority for the guests who use the six rooms at the Hotel Relation. That's because it's a "corpse hotel", and the guests at this final resting place are all dead. No need for...

Bobby Brown’s Wife Rushed To Hospital After Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

Musician Bobby Brown was faced with more heartache after he lay 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina to rest yesterday, with his wife, Alicia Etheredge, being rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure. According to TMZ reports, mere hours after saying goodbye to his daughter at her funeral, Bobby’s wife, who had given birth to their daughter Bodhi, earlier this month, had to be taken to hospital via ambulance as paramedics rushed to help her. Thankfully, Alicia was...

16 Year Old Girl Who Was Stabbed At Jerusalem Gay Pride March Dies From Her Wounds

Israeli high school student, Shira Banki, 16, (left and the one in green with the knife in her back) was one of six people stabbed by ultra-orthodox jew Yishai Shlissel during a gay pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday July 30th. She died today at Hadassah hospital from injuries sustained during the attack. She wasn't gay...she went to the march in support of her LGBT friends. Sad...

EFCC To Prosecute Goodie Ibru Over Alleged N1bn Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed 11 counts of fraud against the former Chairman of Ikeja Hotels Plc, Mr. Goodie Ibru, for allegedly defrauding the hotel to the tune of N1bn. A copy of the charge sheet, numbered LD/117C/2015, was filed before Justice Raliatu Adebiyi of the Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court. Ibru was charged alongside three other corporate organisations, including Associated Ventures International Limited, IHL Services Limited and Clearview Investment...

Photos Of Ciara’s New Boo & Baby Future Upsets Future

With Ciara’s baby daddy, Future, out of the picture, her new man Russell Wilson is really stepping it up. The very in-love, very abstinent Seattle Seahawks quarterback got a visit from his girlfriend and her 1-year-old son, Future Zahir, at training camp over the weekend. Could that matching pint-sized jersey be any cuter? https://twitter.com/lindseywasson/status/627572485291008000/photo/1 For the most part, people on Twitter couldn’t stop fawning over the...

Absence of Ministers Delays U.S Assistance to Nigeria

Notwithstanding the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States of America last month, the US government was said to have informed him that it would not start to address the requests brought by the Nigerian government until Buhari sets up his cabinet. Buhari had gone to the US with a number of requests including seeking assistance from America in Nigeria's war against Boko Haram, support in the reconstruction of the North-east, support in...

Healthy Nurse Decides To Die At 75 Rather Than Grow Old

A healthy former nurse decided to end her life than grow old and be a burden to her family. Gill Pharaoh, 75, was not suffering from a terminal disease or depression .She travelled to the Lifecircle clinic in Basel, Switzerland where Dr Erika Preisig assisted in her suicide on July 21st. In a blog post she wrote just days before her journey to Switzerland, she explained the events that led up to her decision to end her life. "Until...

Mega City! Lagos Governor, Ambode To Start Prosecuting Owners Of Stray Animals

The Lagos State Government has said it is ready to start prosecuting owners of stray animals especially the owners of those that wonder on major roads. According to the government these animals cause accidents, spread diseases to citizens and this will no longer be tolerated. In a statement issued by the state Ministry of Agriculture, the Government explained what they intend to start doing; ”In spite of government’s concern and awareness campaign on the danger posed...

INEC Office In Abia State Burnt Down

The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission at Obingwa Local Government of Abia state was razed yesterday August 2nd by some hoodlums. Residents of the community say the fire outbreak was politically motivated as suspected political thugs armed with knives, cutlasses and guns stormed the local government before setting the electoral office on fire. This action comes ahead of the August 10th date fixed for the commencement of the state election tribunal. Results from...

Niger State Government House : ‘No Money Is Missing’ – Dooba

The attention of Niger State government has been drawn to a statement credited to the APC state publicity secretary, alleging that N150 million had gone missing from the government house; however, our checks have revealed that this was a complete fabrication. When the chairman of the party, Engr Muhammad Jibril Imam, was asked to confirm if the story indeed came from the party secretariat, he said it did not. “I’m the party chairman and I know...

‘Mr. President, You Are Wrong On The Regulation Of Domiciliary Accounts In Nigeria’ – Olisa Metuh

Press statement from the PDP below... The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to bring to the notice of President Buhari that the apparent absence of an economic team in the third month of his administration is leading the country into economic quagmire and doldrums. In the past, we had given examples of the devastating effect of lack of an economic team and a clear-cut fiscal policy by this administration as evidenced in the lull and painful decline...

PICOMSS: The Small Battles That Killed The Big Anti-Maritime Crimes Dream

THISDAY's Senator Iroegbu has written a detailed report on what led to the demise of PICOMSS. It is something that is worth a read and I do hope the Buhari government pays attention to this. You can read the report here PICOMSS: How Feuding Govt Depts Scuttled Anti-Maritime Crimes Agency .

Boko Haram Commander Captured By The Military, 178 People Rescued From Sect’s Camp

The Nigeria military has captured Boko Haram Commander and rescued 178 captivities in Bama axis, Borno State. The development was sequel to the ongoing operations to clear Boko Haram terrorists in its area of operations, the troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with elements of 151 Task Force Battalion of 7 Division, Nigerian Army have conducted offensive operations along Aulari in Bama axis. The...

Justice Folahanmi Oloyede Petitions For The Impeachment Of Governor Aregbesola

Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who recently accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of graft, had been invited to the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Oloyede, a serving judge in the Osun State judiciary recently petitioned the state House of Assembly, asking that impeachment proceedings be commenced against Aregbesola, who she also accused of...

Ambode Boasts Of Lagos As Africa’s Fifth Largest Economy

During an interactive session with a US delegation at the Lagos House, Marina, which bordered on the deepening of democracy, trade relations and tackling Boko Haram, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said, “The parliamentary structure that we have is synonymous with what is obtainable in the US. The All Progressives Congress is the first party in the history of Nigeria to unseat an incumbent government. I also want to let...

APC Urges Governor Abubakar Sani To Investigate Missing N150 Million In Government House

As a result of the alleged disappearance of N150 million in Government House, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has asked the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello to embark on a full investigation into the missing money so as to expose the culprits. APC added that the governor should not spare any member of the party who is caught stealing government money. Jonathan Vatsa, Publicity Secretary for APC Minna, explained that,...

DPR Closes 5 Petrol Depots In Calabar For Selling Above Official Price

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has shutdown five petroleum depots in Calabar for selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) above the ex-depot price of N77.66 per litre. Mr Asuquo Antai, DPR’s Controller of Operations in charge of Cross River and Akwa Ibom, said, “The depots have been suspended from loading products to marketers, for selling above the ex-depots price of N77.66 as stipulated by government. We are selling off the product to the marketers...

President Buhari Orders Auditor-General To Resolve Outstanding Audit QueriesQueries

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Malam Garba Shehu, made it known that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Auditor-General of the Federation to ensure that all outstanding audit queries are conclusively resolved within 30 days. He added that Buhari is displeased with the audit queries that remained unanswered for long periods, sometimes running into years, especially those under previous administrations. Shehu said, “The era of impunity...

Pastor Nick Vujicic and wife in pregnancy photoshoot

Popular televangelist, motivational speaker and founder of life without limbs organisation, Pastor Nick Vujicic and his beautiful wife, Kanae who are expecting their second baby have shared their beautiful maternity photoshoot. See more photos after the cut...

How Jonathan’s Ministers, aides, Generals, agencies’ heads shared 500 FG houses

Many senior officials under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration allegedly shared over 500 Federal Government houses located in high brow areas of Abuja and Lagos as parting gifts.   The beneficiaries were influential ministers, top presidential aides, heads of some powerful feder­al agencies, like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the armed forces, as well as top military officers.   Saturday Sun reports that most of the beneficiaries’ allocations were done under fictitious names and companies.     But since the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari...

Cecil The Lion’s Brother Is Protecting His Cubs From Rival Males #LionKing2.0

It’s like The Lion King, except the uncle is the good guy. Over the past week, there has been an outpouring of anger and sadness at the death of a beloved Zimbabwean lion named Cecil.  

Kaduna Refinery Begins Production, To Hit 2m Litres Daily By October

The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company (KRPC), is now refining of about 60,000 barrels of crude per day following the rehabilitation of two of the company’s production lines. The company said it was currently working with a target to release two million litres of petrol daily into the market by October. The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Saidu Muhammed told THISDAY ON Friday that the company was on phased rehabilitation, with a target to hit 60 per cent...

Governing Councils of federal universities not dissolved – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the Governing Councils of Federal Universities be exempted, for the time being, from the dissolution of Boards of Federal Government parastatals, agencies, institutions and government-owned companies announced on July 16, 2015.   Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity made this known in a statement Saturday.   He added that all Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities have been informed of this exemption through a circular issued by the Head of the Civil Service...

Publish salaries, allowances of lawmakers, Gbajabiamila tells NASS

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos-APC), has urged the National Assembly to publish a breakdown of salaries and allowances of federal lawmakers in the country.   Gbajabiamila told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that the call became necessary in order to correct conflicting figures as perceived by the public.   He said the need for official disclosure of the figures became necessary in view of the current campaign for full disclosure of funding of all tiers and arms of...

Photos: Former Governors, Fashola and Amaechi Visit Wole Soyinka in Abeokuta

Former governor of Lagos state Babatunde Fashola and ex Governor of Rivers state Rotimi Amaechi visited Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka at his home in Abeokuta, Ogun state today July 31st. Another photo below...

Veteran Actor, Chief Kanran to spend N50m on 50th anniversary celebration

Veteran actor, Chief Kanran, who is set to celebrate his 50th anniversary as an actor in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, revealed that about N50m would be spent on the weeklong celebration. He said that the money would be got from well meaning Nigerians, government and corporate organisations.

A Diver Exploring An Old Shipwreck Under The Sea Finds Gold Artifacts Worth Over $1 Million

A Florida family has been rewarded for years of treasure hunting after finding gold artifacts worth $1 million or more from the wreckage of a 1715 Spanish fleet that sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Eric Schmitt found the coins in 15 feet of water off Fort Pierce, approximately 130 miles north of Miami. The find included 51 gold coins of various denominations and 40 feet of ornate gold chain.

Robbers Employ New Tactics To Rob At ATMs – Nigerian Police Warns

The Police on Friday advised members of the public using ATM at various banks to be security conscious as some criminals now disguised as customers queuing to withdraw money. This is contained in a statement on the Nigeria Police Force website exposing the antics of criminals. The statement noted that on July 30, at about 12.10 a.m., a male bank customer went to withdraw money from one of the ATMs at the Central Business District (CBD), Abuja. It stated that...

We Live Like Rats, Yet Nigerians Want Us To Be Their Friends – Policemen

He was drenched with sweat by the time he wriggled himself through the narrow entrance of his room into the passageway. Looking very depressed and drowsy that Thursday afternoon, he dragged himself along the hole-ridden passage and collapsed into the rickety sofa beside the staircase that leads to the upper floors in one of the buildings in the barracks. With frustration written all over his face, Emma Uden (not real names), a sergeant in the police,...

Popular Yoruba Actor, Ajigijaga Dies At 60

Popular Yoruba actor, Mufutau Adio popularly known as Ajigijaga has died, aged 60. The famous actor known for playing the role of a crime boss in Yoruba movies, was also fondly called Broken Bottle by his fans. In a chat with his colleague,...

Mrs Saraki Is My Sister & Friend… Melaye Explains Why He Was At EFCC Office

The Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Mr. Dino Melaye, has explained why he was at the EFCC office with Mrs Toyin Saraki, the wife of the Senate President when she  was invited by the commission. According to him, “The invitation of Mrs. Toyin Saraki by the EFCC, however, is not a criminal indictment. I will not abandon my friend because of (a) mere EFCC invitation. “I also went there as a private...

Mariam Abacha University Replies NUC, ‘You Are Out To Blackmail Us!’

After the National Universities Commission (NUC) asked Nigerians not to patronize Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, the university on its website has replied the commission saying they are only out to black mail them and could be due to jealousy of the young but fast growing institute. Below is what the university management also wrote in a memo published on its website. In the memo the institution said; “It considers the NUC publication about Maryam...

Nigeria Assumes Presidency Of UN Security Council

Nigeria has assumed the one-month rotational presidency of the United Nations Security Council, as the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Prof Joy Ogwu, takes over from Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, the permanent representative of New Zealand, who held the presidency for the month of July, 2015. This will be the first time in the history of the UN...

International Superstar, Akon visits Bola Tinubu in Lagos

International singer, Akon, who is currently in Nigeria for his Solar power project, paid a visit to APC  National leader & former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu at his Ikoyi home in Lagos yesterday July 31st. See more photos after the cut..

Facebook baby on the way: Mark Zuckerberg & his wife expecting their first baby!

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have revealed that they are expecting their first baby -a baby girl! Making the announcement via Facebook, the billionaire founder and his wife who is a medical doctor, revealed that they suffered multiple miscarriage prior to this pregnancy. The statement reads... Priscilla and I have...

Woman stabs robber to death in Lagos

A member of a robbery gang met his death after attacking a middle-aged woman with the intention of robbing her rented apartment on the Lagos Island. The woman identified simply as Adenike, who is currently recuperating in a Lagos hospital, stabbed one of the assailants to death after she and her family...

Family Disagree Over Bobbi Kristina’s Burial Plans, Slams Boyfriend With $10m Suit

Dionne Warwick is threatening to boycott Bobbi Kristina Brown’s funeral because of a bitter disagreement over plans drawn up by Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston. And while the Brown and Houston families have strived to maintain a united front following Bobbi Kristina’s death last Sunday, Daily Mail Online reveals that the families are, in reality, riven by in-fighting over Pat Houston’s funeral plans, her attempts to solicit money in Bobbi Kristina’s name and what will become...

Beating Arsenal & Wenger Is Nothing Special – Mourinho

The Frenchman is yet to beat his Chelsea counterpart in 13 attempts, with the two set to face off in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday   Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says beating Arsenal and Arsene Wenger is "nothing special" as he prepares to take on the Gunners...

Wilshere: Arsenal Can Be Successful This Season If…

Jack Wilshere is confident Arsenal can challenge for the Premier League title this season provided they are quick out of the blocks. Arsene Wenger's men won 19 of their last 26 matches in all competitions in a strong finish to the 2014-15 campaign but a worst ever start under the manager saw them win two of their opening eight league matches. Arsenal finished the season...

$9.3b Not $6b Was Stolen By Jonathan’s Minister – Duke Abiola

Just as the dust raised by the statement credited to Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole over the $6 billion dollars allegedly stolen by a former minister in the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Another prominent Nigerian, Queen Zainab Duke-Abiola, the Akasoba of Kalabari land in the Niger Delta, has said she had evidence from the White House that a former Petroleum Minister stole $9.3 billion. Duke Abiola, one of the wives of the late Chief MKO Abiola,...

Goodluck Jonathan Did Not Usually Pick My Calls, He Gave Power To Boko Haram – Biya Tells President Buhari

The official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Cameroun to discuss joint efforts to curb Boko Haram in the region has thrown up an indictment of former President Goodluck Jonathan. A very credible Presidency source told Daily Sun that in the anti-terror war, Jonathan did not do much in forming a synergy with leaders of Nigeria’s neighbouring countries. The source said during Buhari’s interaction with his Camerounian counterpart, Paul Biya, he disclosed that Jonathan isolated...

Let The Lawmakers Move On and Work for Nigeria – Yusuph Olaniyonu

Tuesday resumption of the two chambers of the federal legislature resumed after five weeks suspension of plenary. The recess scheduled for July 21 had been postponed by one week, obviously to allow more time for the reconciliatory process going on then among the legislators in both chambers of the National Assembly. As a result of the media hype and sensationalism surrounding the crisis, obviously fuelled from outside the parliament, many had believed that the resumption day...

Call for Applications – GEMS4 Launches £3.5 Million Funding Window For Private Sector Development

Charged with the mandate to catalyze private sector investment in innovative, commercially viable, and inclusive business models that result in improved performance, job creation and improved income opportunities for poor men and women engaged in the Wholesale and Retail sector, two funding windows have been launched by the Growth and Employment in States – Wholesale and Retail Sector (GEMS4) - a market development project in Nigeria funded by DFID/UKaid and the World Bank. It has been...

Female Suicide Bomber Apprehended After Failed Suicide Attempt In Cameroon

This female suicide bomber was arrested after her failed attempt to bomb a market in Marou, Cameroon this morning See another photo below...

Male Suicide Bomber Dressed As A Female Arrested In Chad

A male suicide bomber who disguised as a female was arrested after his attempt to bomb Djembe market in Chad this morning failed.

Kylie Jenner Clears The Air On Marriage Rumours

Kylie Jenner has finally shut down those pesky rumours that she’s tied the knot with Tyga, after being spotted with a fancy band on THAT finger. Rumours that weren’t *exactly* helped when she appeared on ‘I Am Cait’, replying to Caitlyn Jenner telling her her grandma was married at 17 by saying: “Kind of like me.” Taking to Twitter to clear things up once and for all, the 17-year-old wrote: “Not planning...

FG Tasked On Completion Of Ajaokuta, Other Steel Mills

The Federal govt. has been called upon to vigorously pursue, complete and put the Ajaokuta iron and steel complex, the Aladja steel rolling mills and the Oshogbo machine tools and Aluminum Smelter project into full and efficient production in order to boost the performance of PRODA, NASENI and FIIRO. Obibuzor Ifeanyi, President/Chairman of Council Institute of Business Development, who made the call in Lagos, said if   the nation’s steel and petrochemical plants are working well, producing...