For Nigeria: In Search Of That Man – Dele Momodu

Published:8 Feb, 2014

“A man of knowledge is free… He has no honor, no dignity, no family, no home, no country, But only life to be lived.” – Don Juan

Fellow Nigerians, one of the most frequently asked questions by friend and foe is: why do you want to be President and not a Senator or Governor? The answer is very simple. You need executive power in the hands of a committed and determined change agent to be able to regenerate Nigeria. The Governors can do as much as the omnipotent and ubiquitous President allows these days. Governors have to pay obeisance to Him on High in Abuja as frequently as possible or face the wrath of the almighty. The lack of proper Federalism has made it impossible for the Federating units to operate at optimal speed and value. Everyone looks at the body language of the President and must know how to decode the subliminal messages emanating from him lest something bad begin to happen to you and yours.

The Legislators also understand the game. In reality they can’t be too independent. They are regularly bullied or compromised by the omniscient executive. Is it not curious that no legislator has been able to reject the atrocious remunerations being allocated to them? That is the bait the executive uses to hook, implicate, placate and tame the shrew. The Judiciary has been struggling to free itself from the stranglehold of the executive arm of government but it has not been too easy. The executive has the power to hire and fire via subterfuge. Everything has become politicised and no institution is too sacred to be desecrated. I do not want to be specific but we are all witnesses to the deluge of contradictory judgments dissembled by our Judges in staccato fashion.

The story of the Fourth Estate of the Realm is almost similar. Despite the preponderance of electronic and print media, most organisations require government patronage to survive in a turbulent market. The situation is worse for the electronic media. You have to behave and tread softly or get yanked off the air. Government remains the veritable source of news in Nigeria. Most journalists have to camp inside and outside various government houses and make sure they are chummy with the government spokesperson or miss out on the goody train. Our job is too delicate. Societal expectations are not often realistic. Everyone goes about their businesses and expect the reporter to be the sacrificial Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the Earth. And when the media organisation dies due to lack of patronage the same society moves on casually and leaves the casualties to stew in their own juices. We’ve seen it too many times.

Where then do we turn? You would say the civil society. Even that is not an easy route. That road is paved and littered with thorns. There is nothing any one can do for his country that the likes of Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN), Mr Femi Falana (SAN) and others of their ilk did not try. Gani could not be made a President despite being called the Senior Advocate of the Masses while Femi could not become the Governor of Ekiti State. The principalities that control the levers of power in Nigeria cannot be easily uprooted and upstaged. They have their secret weapons that are so potent and recyclable. If they drop the spectre of ethnicity and it fails, they will drop the bomb of religion. If that fails to explode, they will try the whiff of money or throw all the three aces at once. Trust me, it works like magic. How many people can resist the lure of lucre in a largely impoverished environment? I’m sure these facts are known to you all.

I’ve answered my opening question so many times that I can almost write a doctoral thesis on it. I’ve come to the conclusion that majority of our citizens would love to have a good President in Nigeria. However, I’m not sure they want him even if they find him and recognise him as the one they’ve been awaiting all along, for several reasons I will explain shortly. Wherever two or more Nigerians are gathered the topic of discussion must dovetail into politics. We are all experts in political science and it is strange that we each shout about corruption until we’ve been tested. Those who have no opportunities of getting close to the national cake call everyone in government rogues. I often wonder why it is so easy for radicals of yesteryears to decay and disappear into oblivion. This has made the search for that special leader very cumbersome and frustrating. So where do we go from here?

Let us begin with definitions to be sure we are all on the same page. Who is a good Leader? A good Leader is that man or woman who was born to lead or acquired the skills along the way. He is not a Saint but possesses saintly inclinations. He loves unconditionally. He’s detribalised. He has religious tolerance. He has the ability to manage people and resources. He is a man of vision with a sound mind to see what most people find difficult to decipher. He is a man of modest means who has managed his life prudently and is humble in success. He is very educated not by just going to school but by being exposed to great knowledge about the complex world in which we live.

He is God-fearing without being a religious bigot. He is an ideologue who’s flexible enough to consider other principles of governance where applicable. He is charismatic and must be a good representative of his country wherever he goes. He is eloquent and can communicate with his people effortlessly. He is inspirational and can galvanise his people into dreaming big. He is trusted to the extent that his people are ready to make any necessary sacrifice required of them. He is a man of the people, in short.

Why do we need that one leader and not many leaders? The answer is simple. No nation is governed by a multitude but by one powerful and clear-headed leader whose ideas and ideals percolate down the entire fabric of society. He knows his onions and is ready to risk his all to succeed glowingly where others failed woefully. Other leaders would naturally queue behind him to tap into his uncommon wisdom, determination and resilience. History is replete with stories of such monumental figures.

My favourite example is Mao Tse-tung, former Chairman of the Communist Party of China. He was a revolutionary who’s often referred to as the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. The irony of his life is that he was never born poor being the son of a wealthy farmer who was greatly influenced by Marxist-Leninist theories. It is interesting to note that Chairman Mao declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 under the control of a one-party socialist movement. Against all odds, and after several cultural, economic and political battles, he was able to build a new China into a super power. The lesson in his life is that change can never be a tea party. A leader who is only interested in enjoying the paraphernalia of office would never be able to transform his nation. The population of China alone was challenging enough yet he was able to put China on sound footing.

My next example is Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. Like Chairman Mao, he is also regarded as the Father of Singapore and was its first Prime Minister. At the time of his attaining power, Singapore was a miserable Third World Country but through discipline and determination he was able to rebuild a dilapidated nation into a First World country and a remarkable Asian Tiger. The lesson again is that a true transformational leader must be ready to put his nation above earthly treasures and pleasures. The story of Lee Kuan Yew is a must read for all aspiring politicians who wish to make the much-desired difference.

Mahatma Gandhi’s name can never be omitted in world history because of the sacrifice he made for the emancipation of his country. He was the major promoter of nonviolent civil disobedience and led India to Independence in August 1947. Interestingly, his birthday which is now a national holiday is on October 2. The man practically starved and fasted himself to death while protesting against man’s inhumanity to man. He was imprisoned on several occasions in India and South Africa. His was a life of sacrifice for the betterment of his larger society and humanity in general.

Please, endure one more example in contemporary history, The Great Madiba, Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Everyone is fascinated by the life history of Mandela yet we can hardly point at one African leader today who is willing and ready to make the necessary sacrifice for his country like he did. All those who went to shed crocodile tears at his funeral forgot his legacies as soon as they returned from the photo opportunity. The man would not have suffered in vain if his painful existence gave birth to others like him. Such is the irony of life.

Long before all these leaders, the world had men who became deified and whose names continue to reverberate globally. Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ remain the biggest iconic figures in religion. It is noteworthy that many of us call their names but easily forget what they stood for in world history. Their lives reflected how one tree can make a forest. The essence of my preamble is to demonstrate why we must continue the search for that elusive man or woman with the true capacity to transform our country from its penurious state to a prosperous haven.

Is it possible to have such a leader in Nigeria? The answer is yes. We tend to think our liberator would have to descend from heaven. It is never going to happen in that manner. The kind of man we want exists already but we are too blinded by many primordial sentiments that we can’t even see or identify such a person. Indeed, several of them exist. I will go into our sordid history to pick a few examples of how we missed the boat in the past and hoping such mistakes would not be repeated over and over again. The choices I’m going to pick will be controversial but so be it. In a country where everything is quotalised, I expect many people to kick but my choices are by no means exhaustive. They are just glaring glimpses of missed opportunities due to our collective myopia.

I will also endeavour to prove that apart from our wasted heroes we have many heroes wasting away at the moment. Until we unburden our souls and purge our minds of long-held prejudices, that man we need would continue to elude us. The land is filled with bitterness and volatile anger. Is this the solution? I sincerely don’t think so. Many are saying the country should break up. But this is a worse option. They tend to forget that the greatness of China, India, America and several others stems largely from their substantial population. The secret of America is in absorbing and tolerating people of all races. Our intolerance level is abysmal and extremely dangerous. We hate our next door neighbour with such venom and only God knows who would restore peace, love and joy to this land of great men and women.

I believe all hope is not lost. My duty is to pursue the line of argument that Nigeria has many great men and women who can lead her to greatness. Most times, politics is a game of trial by error. There are no hard and fast rules. Until you try a particular leader you may never know his capabilities.

I shall start with the living generation of potentially great leaders simply because they can make a difference whilst we can only rue what might have been regarding those that have passed on. Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State epitomises one of such miracles and positive accident of Leadership. He has confounded all those who queried the wisdom of the then Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he backed him with all his might. We must give Tinubu some credit more than his critics are willing to do. He knows how to identify good materials.

Our search for that man of our dreams must begin with seeking our best materials with a fine toothcomb. We must find and encourage them. Gold is usually rough before it is polished. We have a unique opportunity to turn ourselves into miners. If we do not participate in one form or another, we have no reason to lament later.

We shall continue our analysis next week, by God’s grace. The change may be closer than we think.

Chief Dele Momodu published this article in his PENdulum column on THUSDAY.

Views expressed are solely the author’s

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  • Muhammad Bello Aliyu

    I completely concur with your piece. If truth must be said the likes of Governor Fashola can be true representatives of the above giants of change.
    This country is in dire need of such young personalities that God has endowed with wisdom and action(s)…They are agents of change not just for our dear and bereft country but Africa in general.
    Thanking you Mr Dele Momoudu as we earnestly awaits your next piece.

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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...