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God told me to join APC...Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode, anticipating a deluge of attacks for switching from PDP to APC on Thursday attributed his action to God.

After he was formally welcomed to the party by President Buhari, the lawyer and former aviation minister said he was led by the Spirit of God.

He said he joined the APC to help in enhancing the unity of the country.

He said he was against anything that would cause the disintegration of Nigeria.

He said whatever opinion anyone may have about his credibility, as a result of his constant change of parties, was up to them.

On Wednesday, Fani-Kayode had moved round some APC governors to discuss his plan to finally ditch PDP.

He was with Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Governor Mai Mala Buni and his friend, Governor Yahaya Bello.

After each meeting, he wrote: “We had a fruitful and productive meeting and we shall continue to work closely together with others from all over the country over the years to build bridges and move our country forward”

On Thursday, he posted a cryptic message on Facebook: On the move.

He really did move, jumping full body into APC.



God told me to join APC...Femi Fani-Kayode

Awo,The Man,His Jewel! Osinbajo,Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu honour Awolowo in Lagos

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the Ibeju-Lekki axis of the State is prospering richly because of the prophetic utterances of the late sage and Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made the statement on Sunday evening after watching a stage musical drama performance titled 'Awo: The Man, His Jewel And...’ produced by The Duke of Shomolu, a theatre company run by Joseph Edgar.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the uniqueness in what was presented on "Awo: The Man, His Jewel And..." was bringing back memory of Ibeju- Lekki where Awolowo was incarcerated and the blessing the Premier of the Western Region showered on the community, which had come to reality.

The play "Awo: The Man, His Jewel And..." which took place at Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos Island, showcased the political life and times of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his wife, late Chief (Mrs) Hannah Dideolu Awolowo, who the late sage himself described as ‘Jewel of inestimable value.’ The play was directed by renowned director, Makinde Adeniran.

Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo led other prominent Nigerians, including Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Governor Sanwo-Olu; Osinbajo’s wife, Dolapo; former Governors of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Awolowo grandchildren, Segun and his mother, Mrs. Abah Zainab Folawiyo; Prof. Bankole Oyediran, the husband of Awolowo’s late daughter, Mrs. Omotola Oyediran, among others to accord honour to Chief Awolowo and his wife, Hannah. 

Speaking at the event, Gbajabiamila gave kudos to the producer, Edgar, saying what he saw with the presentation was "immortality."

The Speaker, while noting that it was common to have people who had passed being brought alive through books, drama and others, and not really through music, declared that the takeaway he had of the Awolowo from the presentation was that "once upon all the time, there was a man," and not the common saying of once upon a time, there was a man.

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his address said one of the lessons and take aways from the theatre is the story about Lagos and more importantly the story about Ibeju-Lekki, where Awolowo was incarcerated for many months.

“For those who do not know, or have forgotten, Papa (Awolowo) was incarcerated in Lekki Town, Ibeju-Lekki, and he made prophetic utterances that the place will flourish, do well and be prosperous. Well, those prayers have continued to prosper the town.

“Ibeju-Lekki today is the most talked about in real estate and property development. Should we even mention the refineries, petrochemical plants, sea ports, among others? There is no other place we can talk about in Nigeria now like Ibeju-Lekki, particularly Lekki town. Papa Awolowo’s blessings have come true upon that town,” he said.

Speaking on the importance of the 'Awo: The Man, His Jewel, And...’ to Nigerians, especially the younger generations, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the play showcased those who stood their grounds and brought the conversation about a united Nigeria to the front burner.

He said: “This story is also important, especially for the younger generation who wouldn’t have the opportunity to understand and reflect back on what life was like in the days of Awolowo, our fathers and grandfathers. It is very easy for us to push history behind, but this play has told us about those who stood their grounds in the conversation for Nigeria.

“When we hear about Awolowo, some people might not be able to put it in proper perspective, but those who have watched this musical show tonight can begin to connect that indeed these were great men who helped to shape the narrative of this country.

That is why all of us must hold on tightly to ensure Nigeria remains one, despite its ups and downs. We need to hold ourselves in these difficult times with the assurance that we will weather the storm together and come out stronger and better.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu said he was excited to see the past glory of Glover Memorial Hall being brought back. He also expressed his appreciation to the Director of Duke of Somolu Production, Joseph Edgar, for bringing entertainment back to Lagos.

The Governor further urged theatre practitioners to bring more historical performance to Lagos Theatres.

“We are not only proud of what Duke and his wife has put forward. This is Lagos for you and we are happy and excited that we can bring back the glory of Glover Memorial Hall. Let's bring more theatres, arts and issues back to Lagos, Western Nigeria and what we usually know and hear about in years past.”

Awo,The Man,His Jewel! Osinbajo,Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu honour Awolowo in Lagos

Victor Alewo Adoji! Celebrating a silent philanthropist extraordinaire at 50

 

When great men celebrate, even the stars bow in solemn hallow. As Dr. Victor Alewo Adoji (DVAA), the erudite banker-turned politician celebrates his 50th birthday on Saturday May 29, 2021, the periscope is focused on a man who has given his all to create peace, tranquility and progress for his people in Kogi State and Nigeria as a whole.

It is often said that some were born great, while others attained or achieved greatness. For Adoji, it is a combination of being born great and working hard to attain greatness.

As the former Kogi State governorship and Kogi East Senatorial District aspirants during the last 2019 general elections steps into the golden club, healthy, hearty, resolute and focused, it is never a dull moment for a man who has spent the greater part of his life to render selfless service to humanity.

Victor Alewo Adoji, simply known as DVAA by friends and well-wishers, is a rare gem and a household name across a garland of interests and places.

DVAA’s humanitarian gestures cannot be overemphasized as he has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Igala Kingdom (Kogi State) in several areas especially around education, empowerment, health care delivery and physical development.

Even before his attainment of fame as a public figure, his humanitarian service started as a pro bono auxiliary teacher at CSCC, Anyigba for a long period of time on a free of charge.

A visit to the Ministry of Mercy orphanage in Otutulu, any of the Doctors at Diagnostics and Reference Hospital Anyigba, the Ogugu Ofante Catholic Community, the bursary department of KSU or any members of Project Igala Education Committee will update you more than the little that I have mentioned of his humanitarian Services to the orphans, widows and the less privileged.

Though he is not directly in any position to employ people in his service sector, he has influenced a number of people into a number of private firms and public parastatals through his contacts.

He singlehandedly built the main Mosque and UEC Church in his village (Okula-Aloma). Added to this, he built a modern classroom block in the only Primary school in Okula and in conjunction with other elites in the village established the secondary school in the village.

For over twelve years, he has been responsible for paying the salaries of all the teachers in his village. He is in the process of building an estate in the village under a 20-year mortgage scheme for people of his village based in states around the country to own houses in the village.

He has sunk several boreholes in several villages and places including the Open University in Idah, the catholic orphanage in Anyigba and for the people of Ogene-Igah his maternal home.

The Zenith Bank branches in Anyigba and Ankpa and the cash office in Idah are all to his credit. This is aside from the numerous people whose employment he influenced and never mentions for professional and strategic reasons. 

About three decades ago, as an undergraduate, he gained insight into his role as a citizen in the Greek mythological sense of the word. This influenced his commitment to service which culminated in his election as Leader of the Students' Union Government (SUG) of the University of Jos in 1993 and national Public Relations Officer of the Igala Students Association (ISA).

As a unionist, economist, banker, professional in politics, educator, resource person and others, he has been exposed to and responsible for an array of tropical and broad spectrum developments in several areas. Since the turn of the millennium, he has applied his experience as an independent consultant to provide support, advice and training to a variety of stakeholders in different roles, working in different institutional and cultural contexts, including the Igala region. Wherefore, he gained admiration for sociopolitical perspicacity, integrity, ethical behavior, passion and commitment to his fellow citizens.

As a consensus builder, he demonstrated proficiency in securing high-impact collaborations, acting decisively to deliver successful outreaches; thereby, gaining a track record of launching interventions related to business strategy and citizenship. For such collaborations, he worked productively as an innovation catalyst, dexterous in structuring alliances across private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. This involved high-profile advocacy, best practice in selling public awareness initiatives, a keen understanding of sustainability issues and relationship-building.

He has been focused on empowerment and capacity building of young Igala people especially in the fields of education (where he has several indigent students on his scholarship) and the creative industry where he partners with an assortment of thespians on an ongoing, evolving and ad hoc basis.

Recently, in partnership with the Kamar Football Academy and Igala-Bassa Nations Cup, he sponsored the establishment of the Igala United Football Club with about forty players and the entire coaching crew on his payroll. His partnership with the cashew farmers association of Nigeria, Kogi East chapter, is another evolving goldmine that is set to particularly impact the economy of the eastern part of Kogi State and by extension, Kogi state and the country at large.

Being uniquely different from others in his silent style of humanitarianism, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji has been a source, a catalyst and instrumental to the growth and development of many groups, individuals and communities in Igala nation for over a decade.

He has been focused on empowerment and capacity building of young Igala people to embark on further studies, particularly in Kogi East and Kogi State at large. Because he hates to have his humanitarian services been mentioned in public, he used individuals and organizations to assist several less privileged people to pay school fees, hospital bills and provision of shelters in times of need.

An infrequently misunderstood fellow who balances neatly along demographic and psychographic grids, you find emblematized in him a personality who has met milestones on the (same) road he took to avoid them. Either by discretion or disposition or both, Victor Adoji furtively but discernibly reckons that most of the greatest things in life revolve around knowing which bridge(s) to burn and which to cross and at what cost.

Highly impressionable, liberal and expressive, he is a man whose calmness even under pressure is rare and enormous. His numerous attributes align with sanctity, empathy and collectivism while his dexterity at balancing views, perceptions and affiliations justify and validate his huge appeal across relationships and interests. He duly fits an array of descriptions, meanings and phraseologies including, but not limited to, one with an excellent mind, an anchor and an enthusiast equipped with a disposition that avails a hybrid perspective (on issues) where/when necessary and imperative.

Often regarded as a patient but an excellent planner with high business acumen, he is intuitively analytical, intellectually sound, reasonably determined, highly efficient, appreciably trustworthy and hugely compassionate. Piety, reverence, attention to details and compassion without frontiers distinguish this noble gentleman who is obviously produced from the finest source-materials of the Master Porter.

By training, Victor wears several hats but would rather be called an economist; a discipline he drifted into after a memorable event at Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. According to him, he sauntered into studying Economics as a first degree but appreciated it because of its numerate nature that is entrenched in the social sciences with focus on people, society, allocation, preferences, human and social dynamics and interventions/decisions at all levels.

Adoji, a man of peace and a man of the people is married to one of the most unassuming of women and a wife who fits all classifications of “a virtuous woman”, exceptionally accommodating, unusually patient and highly considerate. Their marriage is blessed with two children.

His Educational Background

Victor Adoji was born on 29th May 1971 to the reverent family of late (Elder) Bernard Angulu Adoji and Deaconess Rebecca Adoji, of Okula-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria.

He had his primary and secondary education at the St. Paul’s Primary School (now, Mohammed Bankano Primary School), Sokoto and Federal Government College Sokoto, respectively.

A holder of Diploma in Project Management from the International Business Management Institute, Germany and he also has a baccalaureate degree in Economics from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. He has four MBAs with specializations in Corporate Strategy, Leadership and sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Business Analytics as well as five graduate (Masters) degrees in Economics, Public Administration and International Affairs, Sociology, Managerial Psychology and Social Welfare.

Adoji also has several non-credit certifications including, Special Executive Masters in Project and Strategic Management (PSM) and Special Executive Masters in International Business Law (IBL) both from the London Metropolitan Business school. Added to these are certifications in Risk Management, Economics/International Business and Change Management all from IBMI, Berlin.

Victor Alewo Adoji who holds a Masterclass certification in Business Management and leadership from the London Graduate School (LGS), also studied and trained with several reputable local and international, professional and academic institutions including the Pan African University of Nigeria, University of Pennsylvania, University of Edinburgh, Wharton University, Yale University, University of Virginia, Oxford University, Harvard University, the World Bank, the IMF and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

His first doctoral degree (PhD) received from the University of Panama, focused on credit management. The second, a doctoral degree in Business Administration (DBA), focused on leadership, corporate governance and people management, from Leeds Beckett University, UK. He has a post-doctoral degree; a DBA (Honoris Causa) in Project Management from the Commonwealth University in conjunction with the London Graduate School, UK.

He holds several professional memberships and fellowships, including Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and a British International Certified Credit Fellowship (ICCF), Fellow, chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria, Fellow, Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and Fellow, American Academy of Project Management (FAAPM). Aside being a Certified Procurement & Project Management Specialist (CPPMS) and a Master Project Manager (MPM), he is also a member of several Professional and academic bodies in Nigeria and beyond including, but not limited to, Nigeria Economic Society (NES), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN) and the America-based Institute for Transformative Thoughts and Learning (ITTL).

Adoji is a faculty member of the Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria (ICA). The ICA is Nigeria’s only nationally recognized professional credit management body, solely dedicated to the provision of micro and macro credit management education, award of specialist qualifications, development of skills and capacity building of people involved in everyday management of trade, financial and business credits in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world.  He is a board member of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN). The institute promotes and encourages the study and development of the art and science of economics in public practice, industries, commerce and seeks to inculcate professionalism and specialization in the economics profession in Nigeria.

Victor is a hushed philanthropist, an educator, a publisher, an administrator, a professional in politics and an academic. Victor is also an economic development consultant who has contributed to praxis in entrepreneurship, middle management, economic analysis, strategy development and project management.

In addition to his training as a lifestyle coach and level-1 Neuro-Linguistic Programmer (OLCA), Victor Alewo Adoji also trained as a Conflict Analyst with the United State Institute of Peace (USIP). The Institute was established by the American Congress in 1984 as an independent institution devoted to the nonviolent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict.

His Working Career – (His superlative footprints at Zenith Bank)

Adoji's working career started with Paterson Cussons (Nig) Plc as a superintendent from where he moved to as deputy editor, the business section of the Northern based Concern Magazine. He joined Zenith Bank Plc in 2000 and disengaged in 2018 as the head of corporate communication after a meritorious service spanning eighteen (18) years.

While at Zenith Bank, Nigeria’s biggest and Africa’s fifth largest Bank, he functioned as a diplomatic liaison who interrelated with diverse stakeholders comprising board of directors, C-level management and community leads, dexterously building excellent local and international network endeavours around management, governance, administration, the private sector and civil society. Further, in this role, he initiated and cultivated robust and strategic relationships with the Fourth Power, thereby contributing to efforts at repositioning and enhancing interactivity and social collaborations on local, international and social media channels.

Having chaperoned the development of aspects of the bank’s stakeholder engagement strategy, he leveraged the ability to drive the embedding of sustainable practices within an organization as part of reputation management initiatives. He is reputed as a transformation agent with the competence to engineer continuous process improvement, while incorporating business-out sourcing initiatives to enhance productivity and modernize operations to attain remarkable results in the face of regulated resources.

He was responsible for establishing strategic partnerships across some sectors of the economy. He was the liaison between the bank and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), an organization of private sector leaders representing key economic sectors in Nigeria, the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), a leading US business association focused on connecting business interests in Africa by promoting businesses and investments between the United State of America and the nations of Africa. He was also a liaison for the World Economic Forum (WEF), a foremost international Organization (for public-private corporations) that engages leading political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

As deputy head of the Corporate Communications department at Zenith bank, he was the lead for the project-specific team charged with the responsibility of marketing (offline and online) the Bank's Initial Public Offering (IPO). The IPO was oversubscribed by 554 per cent, the highest by any bank, in the history of Nigeria’s capital market till date. He was likewise the team-lead for the marketing team of Zenith bank's listing of $850 million worth of its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as well as post-listing marketing required to access a wide range of institutional investors.

At the time he joined the bank, it was regarded as just "a bank" but with growth around the 10,000th percentile in major financial parameters including, but not limited to, Gross Earnings {8,259%}, Profit Before Tax {7,150%}, Profit After Tax {7,317%}, Total Assets + Contingent Liabilities {8, 128%} and Tier-1 Capital {11,643%}, he left the institution as “the bank”: The biggest and most profitable bank in Nigeria and the fifth largest in Africa.

Adoji was one of the definitional figures at Zenith bank having handled several responsibilities and served on critical committees and on crucial decision making bodies of the financial behemoth. For his diligence and impactful roles, he won numerous commendations and awards at both the Board and Management levels: 2007 - commendation for tremendous project success, 2006 - Best Individual Staff bank-wide, 2003 - commendation for impactful and strategic inter-department support, 2002 – 2003 Best Non-Marketing Staff bank-wide, 2002 commendation for outstanding project implementation and 2001 – 2002 Best Non-Marketing Staff bank-wide.

Adoji who left Zenith Bank unscathed after almost two decades of a productive and an untainted career has considerable posteriori knowledge amassed from long-term middle and senior positions in management, including process evaluation, public relations, internal and external communications, strategy implementation, and corporate/brand marketing. He effortlessly applies hands-on experience in market/ecosystem research, business/process analytics, assessment of contexts, initiating and implementing interventions and using design-thinking protocols that are culture-specific and value adding.

Dr. Adoji is cosmopolitan, a well-groomed gentleman and he is joyfully married to Mrs. Helen Eneumi and gracefully blessed with children.

                     

His Public-Sector Related Skills/Trainings/Proficiencies

With over two decades of active private sector engagement at both the corporate and personal enterprise levels and substantial public sector relations, training and experience make Victor Adoji a well-rounded, deeply blended and resourceful individual. Verifiably, he has a good understanding of issues and a great capacity to incorporate divergences in a manner that is seamless and productive, as his achievements in the corporate and personal enterprise realms and the following rendition of some of his proficiencies and skills attest to. Some of these works include: (A.) Oxford University – From poverty to prosperity; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - The challenges of global poverty; Harvard University – Entrepreneurship in emerging economies;  TUDelft Institute – Rethink the city: New approaches to global and local urban challenge;  IIMBx Bangalore – Infrastructure development, PPPs and regulation; Princeton University – Making government work in hard places; Berkeley University of California – Solving public policy problems and SDG Academy (World Bank) – Industrial policy in the 21st century: The Challenge for Africa.

His Political Journey…

When Adoji ran for the Senate in 2019 and was not successful in getting nomination of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), he alternatively ran on the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC). Within four months (October - January) he had (again) traversed over seven hundred (700+) villages in Igala land and all the ninety eight (98) wards in the eastern flank of Kogi State. On the platform of a relatively unknown (at the time) ADC, the people, hand-in-gloves with Victor, humbled pessimists and derided predictions with the pre-election, election and post-election outcomes. Nonetheless, insightful and knowledgeable observers would confirm that the thirty one thousand one hundred and seventy one thousand (31,171) votes ‘received’ by Victor Alewo Adoji was a confirmation of two things; Victor is an entrenched grassroot politician and that his strength resides with a generality of the people.

Immediately after the ‘loss’, Victor and his ebullient supporters went back to the grieving electorates, across all the nine (9) local governments to express appreciation for their roles and enormous sacrifices enjoining them to remain steadfast and positive with a final word, “I will be back”. I do not know of any politician who returned to give thanks to the people in ‘defeat’.

. Adamu Bello writes from Kogi State, Nigeria.

Victor Alewo Adoji! Celebrating a silent philanthropist extraordinaire at 50

Gov. Abiodun restates commitment to complete roads abandoned by Amosun in Ogun

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, at the weekend, reiterated his administration's commitment to complete road projects awarded but abandoned by the immediate past administration.
Gov Abiodun said these roads have direct socioeconomic benefits on the residents of the state.
The governor further said more fund would be allocated to the ongoing construction of 53KM Lafenwa-Ayetoro Road to ensure its timely completion.
He noted that the project, also awarded by his predecessor, ought to have been given more priority than it was given by the previous administration, saying work would be expedited on the project which he described as "major arterial road between Ogun Central and Ogun West".
Abiodun stated these on the sideline of the inspection of three key road projects including Lafenwa-Ayetoro, Panseke-Adigbe-Opako and Oke-Lantoro-Elite-Idi Aba, in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
He said, "We are committed to the quick completion of Lafenwa-Ayetoro Road, because it accounts for thousands of our citizens that are traveling between Ayetoro and Abeokuta for commerce, school and work. In my own opinion, this project should have been given more priority than it was given by the previous administration, we should have not come to meet this project in the state as we have met it".
He further noted that he had seen for himself some portions of the road which required immediate attention, adding that he had ordered the contractor handling the road to as a matter of urgency move to the affected areas and make movement around the corridor motorable".
"I have seen that there are areas and pockets of parts of this project that require immediate attention, particularly, the part and area towards Lafenwa market, which is extremely deplorable. I have consequently instructed the contractor to move to that part of this project and immediately make it motorable, so that it can bring the needed relief to the travelling passengers going from Abeokuta to Ayetoro, the governor said.
On the three kilometre Panseke-Adigbe-Opako Road, Abiodun disclosed that the road will be further extended by one and half kilometers, to solve the perennial flooding and submerging of Opako Culvert as well as to ease vehicular movement between Obafemi Owode and Abeokuta South Local Government Areas.
He, however, disclosed that he had been assured by the construction company that the road would be completed by the second week of May.
"The contractor has assured us that this project will be finished second week of May. We will be back here, we are going to hold the contractor to his words. He says May 20, that date is just about another month and a half away and we will all come back here to witness that indeed the road is completed," Abiodun stated.
Meanwhile, the governor has assured residents on Oke-Lantoro-Elite-Idi Aba Road, that the faulty power transformer serving the area would be fixed before Easter celebration.
He also informed the residents that the drainage along road had been redesigned to accommodate more water, adding that a canal on the road would be dredged with a retaining wall built to ensure that the water flows freely.
While calling on the people of the area to desist from dumping refuse into the canal, Abiodun disclosed that the asphalt laying of the road would commence very soon.
Gov. Abiodun restates commitment to complete roads abandoned by Amosun in Ogun

'I went to study in Cambridge'...Atiku Abubakar,boasts PDP will return to power in 2023

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar,has opened up on his long absense from Nigeria.

There have been unconfirmed reports that the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) relocated to Dubai after he lost the 2019 election to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking after the PDP board of trustees (BOT) meeting on Thursday, Abubakar said he left the country to study for a masters degree in international relations at the Cambridge University.

“Many people have wondered where I have been since September last year and it became a matter of rumour among many people and all what not,” he said.

 

“I want to say that I was away, because I went back to school and I have finished my lectures in May, where I read  masters in international relations from Cambridge University.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank our former President Obasanjo for actually recommending me for that course to that university.”

Abubakar said the crisis in the party has ended, adding that the PDP will return to power in 2023.“I believe PDP will lead to the expectation of Nigerians because they know us more than any other party, because we provided the best governors since the return of democracy to this country. And I believe Nigerians will not forget those good old days,” he said.

'I went to study in Cambridge'...Atiku Abubakar,boasts PDP will return to power in 2023

Presidency Confirms Attempted Robbery at Buhari’s Chief of Staff House

The Presidency yesterday confirmed two attempts to burgle the Presidential Villa homes of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari and the State House Administrative Officer (AO), Abubakar Maikano.

Presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu, who confirmed the botched attempts, said some criminally-minded individuals attempted to force their way into Prof Gambari’s residence on Sunday night.

The attempt on the AO’s apartment was on Thursday, last week, Shehu said.

Confirming the attempts in a couple of tweets yesterday, Shehu, who is Senior Special Assistant to the President of Information and Publicity, said there’s was indeed an unsuccessful attempt by unknown persons to burgle Gambari’s house, which is located within the Villa area, a short distance away from the State House, Abuja.

According to the tweets, placed on his verified Twitter handle, @GarShehu, he said: “The Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari has confirmed that there ‘was a foolish attempt’ to burgle his residence at 3:00am this morning but it turned out to be unsuccessful.

“Professor Gambari, whose house is on a street next to the Villa has assured that there is nothing to worry about from the incident.”

In another tweet, the Presidential spokesman confirmed that there was an earlier attempt, last week Thursday, by a suspected burglar to break into the home of the Administrative Officer of the State House, Abdullahi Maikano, who stays on same street with Professor Gambari.

When reached on phone Shehu ascertained the authenticity of the report.

According to the tweet, the suspect, whose attempt to break into Maikano’s house was captured by was captured in a CCTV footage, is currently at large and being traded by the Police.

“The police, in a related development is searching for a suspected burglar who unsuccessfully attempted to break into the house of Maikano Abdullahi on Thursday, last week. Maikano lives on the same street with the Chief of Staff, close to the Villa,” the tweet said.

Presidency Confirms Attempted Robbery at Buhari’s Chief of Staff House

President Buhari greets Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on 69th Birthday

 

President Muhammadu Buhari joins the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and its teeming members in congratulating Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his 69th birthday, March 29, 2021, sharing the joyous occasion with the former two-term Governor of Lagos State, whose acumen and influence continue to resonate round the country and beyond.
The President rejoices with the “patriot and statesman” on the 12th colloquium, an intellectual gathering to commemorate his birthday, that had over the years turned into a veritable opportunity for discussing topical national issues, and harnessing ideas that will move the nation forward.
Looking at the theme of the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, “Our Common Bond, Our Common Wealth: Imperative of National Cohesion for Growth and Prosperity’’, President Buhari believes the choice of further highlighting loyalty to the country and the shared vision that will bring harmony and well-being to everyone is most timely, clearly reflecting Sen. Tinubu’s patriotism and benevolence.
The President affirms that the former Lagos State Governor has inspired many leaders and continues to nurture talents for the benefit of the country, while acknowledging his role in the stability of the APC, and advocating good governance.
The President felicitates with family, friends and political associates of the astute politician, praying that God will grant him longer life, good health and more wisdom.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
President Buhari greets Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on 69th Birthday

I have been receiving death threats since I became EFCC chairman....Abdulrasheed Bawa

Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),has just confirmed that heading an Anti-graft agency in Nigeria,is dangerous job.He said he has been receiving death threats since he became the chairman of the anti-corruption agency.

Bawa said when he was away in the US, he was contacted by a high-profile Nigerian who told him that some Nigerians were after his life. He said this on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday.

“Last week, I was in New York, as all Nigerians are aware of. A very senior citizen received a phone call from somebody that is not even under investigation. What the caller said to him on the phone is that; he is going to kill the EFCC chairman,” he said.

“He said, ‘I am going to kill him. I am going to kill him’. This is to tell you how bad it is. It is actually real. Corruption can fight back.”

In February 2021, the 40-year-old law enforcer was named as the new EFCC chairman to replace Ibrahim Magu, the former acting chairman of the anti-graft commission.

I have been receiving death threats since I became EFCC chairman....Abdulrasheed Bawa

OGSIEC amends Electoral Timetable,retains July 24 for Election

In preparation for the forth coming Local Government elections, the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has amended the earlier released timetable, as party primaries have been increased from five to 22days, starting from Wednesday, May 5 to Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Political campaigns are now to end midnight on Thursday, July 22, 2021, as against the earlier slated time, while the election date remained Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Chairman, OGSIEC,Babatunde Osibodu made this announcement at the official flag-off ceremony of the political activities leading to the 2021 Local Government elections, at the June 12 Cultural Center kuto Abeokuta, urging the political class and aspirants to embrace stipulated guidelines.
Osibodu said the Commission would waive the payment of a non-refundable deposit by intending candidates for female aspirants, adding that it was a gesture to encourage more women to participate in the election.
OGSIEC amends Electoral Timetable,retains July 24 for Election

2023! Buhari will Betray Tinubu…Afenifere Leader,Ayo Adebanjo

The new leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President,Muhammadu Buhari, won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

He said this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noting that Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving themselves.

Adebanjo also tackled Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC governors in the South-West for being silent on the restructuring of the country.

He said, “The exception is the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi (Makinde). They are all under the canopy of Tinubu, who himself is under the canopy of the President. But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) since they supported him (Buhari).

“I have said it openly before and I would say it again that Buhari is deceiving Tinubu and Tinubu is deceiving Buhari. I’m an old man and I’m a funeral candidate already, so quote me. If Tinubu contests the primary in APC today, he will fail.

“When I say Buhari is fake and he has a private agenda, I know what I’m saying. He wants Fulani to take over and that was why he allowed them to come in. When we ask them about the herders killing people, they would say they are foreigners.”

The Afenifere leader asked Tinubu and others to retrace their steps and support the restructuring agenda of the Yoruba group.

Adebanjo added, “All of them were Afenifere before they broke away. It was on the Afenifere platform that Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, and the others were elected as governors.

“I have always told them, from Tinubu downwards, that it’s better they save themselves speedily. I’m talking to all of them, that in the interest of Yorubaland and the country, they should get out of the carcass they call APC. I made a public pronouncement that they were a conglomeration of incompatibles. It’s on record. I said it then and I’m still saying it now; if they don’t save themselves early enough, then they are ready for a disaster.”

The new leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says the President,Muhammadu Buhari, won’t hand over power to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

He said this in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noting that Buhari and Tinubu are deceiving themselves.

Adebanjo also tackled Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC governors in the South-West for being silent on the restructuring of the country.

He said, “The exception is the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi (Makinde). They are all under the canopy of Tinubu, who himself is under the canopy of the President. But they are deceiving themselves that Buhari would hand over to him (Tinubu) since they supported him (Buhari).

“I have said it openly before and I would say it again that Buhari is deceiving Tinubu and Tinubu is deceiving Buhari. I’m an old man and I’m a funeral candidate already, so quote me. If Tinubu contests the primary in APC today, he will fail.

“When I say Buhari is fake and he has a private agenda, I know what I’m saying. He wants Fulani to take over and that was why he allowed them to come in. When we ask them about the herders killing people, they would say they are foreigners.”

The Afenifere leader asked Tinubu and others to retrace their steps and support the restructuring agenda of the Yoruba group.

Adebanjo added, “All of them were Afenifere before they broke away. It was on the Afenifere platform that Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, and the others were elected as governors.

“I have always told them, from Tinubu downwards, that it’s better they save themselves speedily. I’m talking to all of them, that in the interest of Yorubaland and the country, they should get out of the carcass they call APC. I made a public pronouncement that they were a conglomeration of incompatibles. It’s on record. I said it then and I’m still saying it now; if they don’t save themselves early enough, then they are ready for a disaster.”

2023!  Buhari will Betray Tinubu…Afenifere Leader,Ayo Adebanjo

Democracy Day! President Buhari’s June 12 address to Nigerians

Fellow Nigerians,

I join you all  to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.

2. As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation state to be reckoned with globally.

3. In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.

4. The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.

5. Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.

6. Once again, I want to render my sincere and heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.

7. I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our country men, women and children who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings and murders.

8. I also share the pains of families and direct victims of ransom-seeking, kidnaped victims who went through unimaginable trauma in the course of their forced imprisonment.

9. Let me assure my fellow citizens that every incident, however minor gives me great worry and concern and I immediately order security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

Fellow Nigerians,

10. When you elected me as your President in 2015, you did so knowing that I will put an end to the growing insecurity, especially the insurgency in the North East, but the unintended consequences of our scattering them in the North East pushed them further in-country which is what we are now facing and dealing with.

11. We will, by the Grace of God put an end to these challenges too.

12. Unfortunately, like in most conflict situations, some Nigerian criminals are taking undue advantage of a difficult situation and profiteering therefrom with the misguided belief that adherence to the democratic norms handicaps this Administration from frontally and decisively tackling them.

13. We are already addressing these obstacles and we will soon bring some of these culprits to justice.

14. We are, at the same time addressing the twin underlying drivers of insecurity namely poverty and youth unemployment.

15. Interventions led by Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria driving economic growth over the past 6 years are targeted mostly to the agricultural, services, infrastructure, power and health care sectors of the economy.

16. In the Agricultural sector, for instance, the Anchor Borrowers Programme resulted in sharp decline in the nation’s major food import bill from $2.23billion in 2014 to US$0.59billion by the end of 2018.

17. Rice import bill alone dropped from $1 billion to $18.5 million annually.

18. This initiative supported local production of rice, maize, cotton and cassava. Government financed 2.5 million small-holder farmers cultivating about 3.2 million hectares of farmland all over the country and created 10 million direct and indirect jobs.

19. Several other initiatives, namely AgriBusiness/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme, the Non-oil Export stimulation Facility, the Targeted Credit Facilities operated across the 774 Local Governments.

20. In the manufacturing sector the CBN – BOI N200 billion facility financed the establishment and operations of 60 new industrial hubs across the country, creating an estimated 890,000 direct and indirect jobs.

21. The CBN’s N50 billion Textile Sector intervention Facility increased capacity utilization of ginneries from 30% to nearly 90%.

22. The Economic Sustainability Plan – our rebound plan for the COVID-19 pandemic developed in 2020 is currently being executed. The plan is primarily focused on the non-oil sector, which has recorded phenomenal growth contributing over 90% to the GDP growth in Q1 2021.

23. Though marginal we have recorded GDP growth over two quarters; Q2 2020 and Q1 2021. This is evidence of a successful execution of the ESP by the Federal Government.

24. My vision of pulling 100 million poor Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years has been put into action and can be seen in the National Social Investment Programme, a first in Africa and one of the largest in the world where over 32.6m beneficiaries are taking part. We now have a National Social register of poor and vulnerable households, identified across 708 local government areas, 8,723 wards and 86,610 communities in the 36 States and the FCT.

25. Our conditional cash transfer program has benefited over 1.6 million poor and vulnerable households comprising more than 8 million individuals. This provides a monthly stipend of N10,000 per household.

26. I have also recently approved the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy Plan that augments existing plans to further reduce poverty in Nigeria.

27. As at the end of 2020, the Development Bank of Nigeria had disbursed 324 billion Naira in loans to more than 136,000 MSMEs, through 40 participating Financial Institutions. I am to note that 57% of these beneficiaries are women while 27% are the youth.

28. We are able to do all these and still accelerate our infrastructure development through sensible and transparent borrowing, improved capital inflow, improving and increasing revenue through capturing more tax bases and prudent management of investment proceeds in the Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Fellow Nigerians,

29. Our infrastructure revolution continues with key projects attaining critical milestones under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund; The Second Niger Bridge, The Lagos- Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.

30. I have also approved the establishment of Infraco Plc, a world-class infrastructure development vehicle wholly focused on Nigeria with a capital structure of N15 trillion.

31. The rail system is not left out as the Itakpe-Warri standard gauge rail was completed and commissioned 33 years after construction began. The Lagos-Ibadan double track railway line which I have just commissioned has commenced operations.

32. We are focused on ensuring that our infrastructure drive is key to economic growth and one that can be felt by every Nigerian. Building critical infrastructure in our ports is also opening up opportunities for the Nigerian economy.

33. My approval for 4 new seaports using a Public-Private-Partnership approach is hinged on growing the Nigerian economy. These four sea ports; Lekki Deep Sea Port, Bonny Deep Sea Port, Ibom Deep Sea Port and Warri Deep Sea port will create massive job opportunities and foreign investment inflows.

34. We have worked at deepening our Eastern ports leading to success like having three container ships berth at Calabar port, a first in 11 years. Similarly, on October 30 2019, an LPG tanker operated by NLNG berthed in Port Harcourt, the first time an LPG ship is berthing at any of the Eastern Ports.

35. As we invest in these new assets, we have also made strides in ensuring that they are secured and protected. In this regard I am also pleased to note the launch of the NIMASA Deep Blue project – which is an Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure that I recently commissioned. This initiative is designed to add to the layer of security we have to safeguard our maritime sector.

Dear Nigerians,

36. I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. Our over-all economic target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is our goal notwithstanding COVID-19.

37. In the last two years we lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty – farmers, small-scale traders, artisans, market women and the like.

38. I am very convinced that this 100 million target can be met and this informed the development of a National poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy. The specific details of this accelerated strategy will be unveiled shortly.

39. In the last one year, Nigeria and the whole world faced COVID-19 for which no one was fully prepared.

40. Our response to the pandemic involved making hard choices in balancing livelihoods and public health concerns. You are all living witnesses to how successful this has been due to a number of pro-active measures put in place. Our response to COVID-19 is globally acclaimed.

41. We were able to ensure that the various lockdown measures did not impact too negatively on the ability of ordinary Nigerians to continue sustaining their livelihoods.

42. During the pandemic, we disbursed N5,000 to 1 million Nigerians using a Rapid Response Register and advanced N20,000 to 750,000 beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Progamme and provided 1.37 million Nigerians with palliatives from CACOVID.

43. At the same time the Federal Government released 109,000 metric tonnes of food reserve stocks and 70,000 metric tonnes of grains to the poor and vulnerable in all 36 states of the federation.

44. In addition, Government reduced interest rates from 9% to 5% for struggling businesses and extended credit facilities to 548,345 beneficiaries.

Fellow Nigerians,

45. When this administration decided to change our Democracy Day from 29th May to June 12th in my first tenure, it was not only to honour the sacrifices of the men and women of our country who fought for the return to democracy but also to demonstrate our commitment to satisfy the aspirations of the people and creating an environment for democracy to be an accepted way of life.

46. As your President, I remain committed to providing an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible electoral system under my tenure.

47. However, you need to play your part by getting involved at any level you can supporting a democratic system that works for all and not for a section or a select few and demand accountability from your elected leaders.

48. My commitment to bequeathing a sustainable democratic culture remains resolute, my pursuit of a fair society remains unshaken and my desire to see that Nigeria remains a country for each and every one of us has never been stronger.

49. In responding to the challenges that this period imposes on us, Government also recognises the need to acknowledge notions of marginalisation and agitations for constitutional amendments among various segments of our population.

50. While this government is not averse to constitutional reform as part of our nation building process, everyone must understand that the primary responsibility for constitutional amendments lies with the National Assembly.

51. This body which, as I said, is the arm of government responsible for constitutional changes has concluded the preliminary stages of amending and improving our constitution in a way that the majority of Nigerians will be happy with.

52. Government is, however, willing to play a critical role in the constitutional amendment process without usurping the powers of the National Assembly in this regard.

53. As a nation we have come very far from where we started and we are getting incrementally closer to where we ought to be.

54. Overcoming the present challenges is but one of a necessary process that we have to undergo as a nation so that we can come out stronger. The day I joined the Nigerian Army I was prepared to lay down my life for Nigeria.

55. As your President I remain ever committed to upholding and defending Nigeria’s Corporate existence.

56. In adhering to the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy notably section 14(2)(b) I shall do all within my power to ensure that the Security and welfare of the people remain the primary purpose of government.

57. I have, throughout my tenure, provided the security agencies with all they require relative to available resources and will be providing more as the dynamics unfold to put an end to our security problems.

58. My strong belief in the Nigerian spirit gives me comfort that we are facing these challenges with renewed commitment to keep our country one.

59. I thank you for your patience and attention and more importantly your resolve to join hands in making Nigeria the country of our dream.

Happy Democracy Day! God Bless us All, God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Democracy Day! President Buhari’s June 12 address to Nigerians

President Buhari returns after UK medical check-up

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from the United Kingdom (UK) 16 days after he left for a medical check-up.

The President left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30 briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs, as well as other security sector managers.

 

The President’s aircraft touched on ground at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja around 4:45pm.

He is expected to resume official duties on Friday.

Those at the airport to welcome the president included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambar; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammed Bello, and the National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno.

Others were Service Chiefs, acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i, the Director General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi and other presidential aides.

The President, after a brief welcoming ceremony at the airport, boarded a presidential helicopter that conveyed him to the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari returns after UK medical check-up

Primate Ayodele Issues Strong Warnings to African Presidents

The leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has issued strong warnings to some African presidents in a newly released prophecy.

He gave this prophecy during a live service in his church, while making it known that some selected presidents need to seriously seek the face of the lord concerning their health and administration.

He made it known that foresee them having trouble with their health, and if precautions are not taken, the unexpected may happen before the end of their terms.

‘These presidents should be watchful of their health; President Paul Biya Of Cameroon, Denis Sassou Nguesso Of Congo Brazzaville, President Yoweri Museveni Of Uganda President Alassane Dramane Ouattara Of Ivory Coast, President Patrice Talon Of Benin Republic.

I want them to be very watchful of their health, anything may happen, they must pray for good health and long life, they should pray against uprising. These presidents need to handle their health and take necessary precautions so there won’t be trouble as regards their health to avoid the unexpected from happening before the end of their term’’

He also revealed that another dangerous terrorist group will rise up in Africa which will call the attention of the African union to come and check the security state of the African borders.

‘The AU will come to check security in various borders because I foresee a new terrorist like Boko Haram in Africa. It will come from Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin Republic, Nigeria and Chad, these are the places they want to attack’

On Nigeria’s insecurity state, Primate Ayodele again slammed President Buhari, and asked him to be incharge of his government because He is already incapacitated.

He made it known that the President is tired, and that the service chiefs need to seek the face of the Lord to solve the crisis.

‘’President  Buhari must sit right so that this security thing will not cause APC problem in 2023, Nigerians will vote out APC if they don’t do what is right, this will also affect the election and bring out a third force.

Buhari must not give incompetent people government to run, He is not the one ruling, he knows nothing about what is going on in his government. He needs prayers because he is tired, and fed up. He doesn’t understand anymore, He doesn’t know those working with him. They are taking advantage of Buhari’s incapacity.

The service chiefs, DSS, NPF should seek the face of God, the insecurity will become worse, and it will affect the rich. They should come up with local security to also battled this insecurity.

We need to pray so we won’t see the death of any supreme court justice again. With the way insecurity is going, religious and ethnic crisis will come up’’

Furthermore, He released prophecies about other countries, Presidents, and political parties.

– In Congo, there will be a lot of security trouble. Congo will have a political turmoil, there will be a gangup against the President coming back as the president, and it will be hijacked by opposition.

– South African president will lose a prominent person in his cabinet, there will be crisis in his party, he must handle Covid-19 well

– Ghanaian President will finish his term without any fear of death as long as he gets closer to God.

– Africa still needs pray so they wont lose another president in the next one year.

– PDP will be confused in order to get the right person for presidency 2023

– People decamping to APC are those who will ruin them, they need to restrategize.

– Malawi president must be careful of political tension, he will try his best, but there are people who will gang up against him.

– I see unrest in Benin republic, the president will begin to fight opposition, he must pray for good health, and pray against Terminal illness. The president will not have rest, he will be troubled with misconduct, political tension, unnecessary killing and burning of houses.

Primate Ayodele Issues Strong Warnings to African Presidents
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