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Emefiele: Centre urges Buhari to sustain culture of transparency in appointing competent persons into critical sectors

Emefiele: Centre urges Buhari to sustain culture of transparency in appointing competent persons into critical sectors

By Dansu Peter

The Centre for Social Justice Equity and Transparency, CSEJST, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to sustain what it termed its “culture of transparency” in the critical sector as a panacea towards a just nation for her citizens.

It noted that such in the security sectors where Mr. President has demonstrated that competence must come above ethnic and religious coloration in the choice of his pillars has seen the nation emerging stronger out of the worst insurgency and economic recession within a short period of time.

CESJET, which was reacting to the re-appointment of Mr Godwin Emefiele as Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, said the President has always gotten it right on security and the economy through his competent appointees.

Comrade Isaac Ikpa, Executive Director of the group, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday, called on the apex bank boss and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

His statement below.

CESJET notes with enthusiasm the recent reappointment of Godwin Emefeile as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria for another term of five years in reward for his outstanding stewardship in the past five years. 

CESJET sees the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as one made in the overall interest of the country and devoid of ethnic or religious sentiments. This is indeed a welcome development and a departure from the norm where ethnicity and religion are placed above merit and competence.

President Muhammadu Buhari has by his action demonstrated a Pan-Nigerian spirit geared towards nation-building that requires equity and transparency in the conduct of government business.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sufficiently exhibited this much in the choice of his appointments in critical sectors such as the economy and security since the advent of the administration in 2015.

This is quite commendable, and CESJET wishes to state that such actions are for the public good and a step towards the right direction towards eliminating the feeling of ethnic and religious superiority which have been the bane of the myriad of the challenge confronting us as a people and a country.

CESJET also wishes to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of appointees into key strategic offices in the economic and security sectors of Nigeria that has been based strictly on merit, competence, and transparency.

CESJET consequently calls on Godwin Emefiele and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

This is especially so as their actions and inactions would either make or mar the current efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to take Nigeria to the next level to reclaim our pride of place in the comity of Nations.

They should also realize that the impact of their stewardship must continually impact on the masses which constitute a critical constituency in the scheme of things in Nigeria, and as such any that would be against their interest would mean a betrayal of the trust reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

CESJET also charges those in the critical security sector to continue to render their invaluable services in the tedious task of keeping Nigeria safe and secured and free from both internal and external threats.

CESJET commends their efforts so far mainly in the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria and other militant groups that threatened our relative peace and tranquillity. Their sacrifices have been invaluable and indeed worthy of commendation.

CESJET also wishes to use this medium to appeal to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to continue in the fashion of identifying and placing merit and competence above ethnic and religious affiliations in the conduct of government business which has resulted in the multiple gains in all aspects of the Nigerian economy in the past four years of this administration.

CESJET endorsees all the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari in the economic and security sectors and encourages him to continue in this fashion in the overall interest of Nigeria.
By Dansu Peter

The Centre for Social Justice Equity and Transparency, CSEJST, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to sustain what it termed its “culture of transparency” in the critical sector as a panacea towards a just nation for her citizens.

It noted that such in the security sectors where Mr. President has demonstrated that competence must come above ethnic and religious coloration in the choice of his pillars has seen the nation emerging stronger out of the worst insurgency and economic recession within a short period of time.

CESJET, which was reacting to the re-appointment of Mr Godwin Emefiele as Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, said the President has always gotten it right on security and the economy through his competent appointees.

Comrade Isaac Ikpa, Executive Director of the group, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday, called on the apex bank boss and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

His statement below.

CESJET notes with enthusiasm the recent reappointment of Godwin Emefeile as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria for another term of five years in reward for his outstanding stewardship in the past five years. 

CESJET sees the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as one made in the overall interest of the country and devoid of ethnic or religious sentiments. This is indeed a welcome development and a departure from the norm where ethnicity and religion are placed above merit and competence.

President Muhammadu Buhari has by his action demonstrated a Pan-Nigerian spirit geared towards nation-building that requires equity and transparency in the conduct of government business.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sufficiently exhibited this much in the choice of his appointments in critical sectors such as the economy and security since the advent of the administration in 2015.

This is quite commendable, and CESJET wishes to state that such actions are for the public good and a step towards the right direction towards eliminating the feeling of ethnic and religious superiority which have been the bane of the myriad of the challenge confronting us as a people and a country.

CESJET also wishes to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of appointees into key strategic offices in the economic and security sectors of Nigeria that has been based strictly on merit, competence, and transparency.

CESJET consequently calls on Godwin Emefiele and others holding strategic offices in the economic sector to continue to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to render quality and selfless services to the country in our quest to make Nigeria great again.

This is especially so as their actions and inactions would either make or mar the current efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in his quest to take Nigeria to the next level to reclaim our pride of place in the comity of Nations.

They should also realize that the impact of their stewardship must continually impact on the masses which constitute a critical constituency in the scheme of things in Nigeria, and as such any that would be against their interest would mean a betrayal of the trust reposed in them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

CESJET also charges those in the critical security sector to continue to render their invaluable services in the tedious task of keeping Nigeria safe and secured and free from both internal and external threats.

CESJET commends their efforts so far mainly in the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria and other militant groups that threatened our relative peace and tranquillity. Their sacrifices have been invaluable and indeed worthy of commendation.

CESJET also wishes to use this medium to appeal to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to continue in the fashion of identifying and placing merit and competence above ethnic and religious affiliations in the conduct of government business which has resulted in the multiple gains in all aspects of the Nigerian economy in the past four years of this administration.

CESJET endorsees all the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari in the economic and security sectors and encourages him to continue in this fashion in the overall interest of Nigeria.

Emefiele: Scholars hail Buhari, task FG against replacing security chiefs

Emefiele: Scholars hail Buhari, task FG against replacing security chiefs

By Dansu Peter

Emefiele
President Muhammadu Buhari has again received a pat on the back over the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a final five-year term.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora, an umbrella organization of Nigerian scholars in the Diaspora, which gave the commendation, noted that reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the apex bank governor’s boss was indeed a welcome development that depicts a strong political will by the government of Nigeria towards repositioning Nigeria to take its pride of place in the comity of Nations.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars as a prelude delegated its committee on Economic Development that consists scholars versed in Economic Development to assess the tenure of Godwin Emefeile as the CBN governor in Nigeria and discovered that the Nigeria economy indeed gained substantial traction in the last four years and also commended the dexterity with which the governor of the CBN handled our economic crisis.

Prof Bitrus Gwamna, President of the group in a statement on Sunday averred that it would have been counter-productive if President Muhammadu Buhari had effected a change in the leadership of the CBN, especially in this critical stage of our existence because the country just exited recession.

The group also cautioned the presidency against replacing the current security chiefs the country.

The statement reads.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora consequently wishes to charge President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to bring on board more seasoned individuals to assist in Nation building regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliations.

The reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the CBN is indeed a step in the right direction, which should be replicated in other critical sectors such as security.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora also notes the invaluable efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of criminal elements that have attempted to hold the country to ransom through their nefarious actions and inactions.

Worthy of mention is the role of the Nigerian Army in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. The position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the military hierarchy indeed displayed capacity and competence in arresting the various security challenges that almost brought the country to its knees.

Consequently, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the various heads of the security agencies in Nigeria should be supported and not replaced in the critical point of our existence.

This is in our opinion is so, upon a careful assessment of how the Nigerian military has carried on with the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria, as well as other militant groups in other parts of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora having assessed the performances of the Service Chiefs in Nigeria, unanimously agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari would indeed write his name in gold if he extended same gesture in the economy by the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as CBN governor to the current set of Service Chiefs who by all parameters have performed creditably well in onerous task of keeping the country safe and secured.

It is necessary so due to the volatile nature of the security situation in Nigeria. And an attempt to tinker with the current security architecture might have some consequences, which in our opinion might rubbish all the gains that have been made in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

It is, therefore, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora that the Service Chiefs should be retained so that can consolidate in the gains made in the security sector in Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is in tandem with the position of the Senate of the National Assembly of Nigeria on the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora wishes to state that President Muhammadu Buhari deserved commendation in the areas of the economy and security with the quality of appointments made so far, and having the will to resist political pressure to effect a change in the leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora sees the current Service Chiefs as the best in the annals of the country and highly recommends that just like in the case of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the status quo should remain for consolidation of the gains already made in the past four years in the sensitive security sector in Nigeria by the present administration.
By Dansu Peter

Emefiele
President Muhammadu Buhari has again received a pat on the back over the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a final five-year term.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora, an umbrella organization of Nigerian scholars in the Diaspora, which gave the commendation, noted that reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the apex bank governor’s boss was indeed a welcome development that depicts a strong political will by the government of Nigeria towards repositioning Nigeria to take its pride of place in the comity of Nations.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars as a prelude delegated its committee on Economic Development that consists scholars versed in Economic Development to assess the tenure of Godwin Emefeile as the CBN governor in Nigeria and discovered that the Nigeria economy indeed gained substantial traction in the last four years and also commended the dexterity with which the governor of the CBN handled our economic crisis.

Prof Bitrus Gwamna, President of the group in a statement on Sunday averred that it would have been counter-productive if President Muhammadu Buhari had effected a change in the leadership of the CBN, especially in this critical stage of our existence because the country just exited recession.

The group also cautioned the presidency against replacing the current security chiefs the country.

The statement reads.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora consequently wishes to charge President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to bring on board more seasoned individuals to assist in Nation building regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliations.

The reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the CBN is indeed a step in the right direction, which should be replicated in other critical sectors such as security.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora also notes the invaluable efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of criminal elements that have attempted to hold the country to ransom through their nefarious actions and inactions.

Worthy of mention is the role of the Nigerian Army in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria. The position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the military hierarchy indeed displayed capacity and competence in arresting the various security challenges that almost brought the country to its knees.

Consequently, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is that the various heads of the security agencies in Nigeria should be supported and not replaced in the critical point of our existence.

This is in our opinion is so, upon a careful assessment of how the Nigerian military has carried on with the fight against terrorism in North East Nigeria, as well as other militant groups in other parts of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora having assessed the performances of the Service Chiefs in Nigeria, unanimously agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari would indeed write his name in gold if he extended same gesture in the economy by the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as CBN governor to the current set of Service Chiefs who by all parameters have performed creditably well in onerous task of keeping the country safe and secured.

It is necessary so due to the volatile nature of the security situation in Nigeria. And an attempt to tinker with the current security architecture might have some consequences, which in our opinion might rubbish all the gains that have been made in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

It is, therefore, the position of the Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora that the Service Chiefs should be retained so that can consolidate in the gains made in the security sector in Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora is in tandem with the position of the Senate of the National Assembly of Nigeria on the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora wishes to state that President Muhammadu Buhari deserved commendation in the areas of the economy and security with the quality of appointments made so far, and having the will to resist political pressure to effect a change in the leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora sees the current Service Chiefs as the best in the annals of the country and highly recommends that just like in the case of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the status quo should remain for consolidation of the gains already made in the past four years in the sensitive security sector in Nigeria by the present administration.

2019 Elections: FG drags 2 INEC officials to court over electoral fraud

2019 Elections: FG drags 2 INEC officials to court over electoral fraud

By Dansu Peter

Sulaiman Ikhuoriah and Olugbenga Omotiloye
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has dragged two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the Federal High Court, Abuja on a five count charge of electoral malpractices in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections held in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo state.

In a press statement from the Chamber of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Government slammed the charges against the defendants pursuant to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Isah revealed the names of the culprits as Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old of No.13 Aisosa Street, Off Okhoro Road, Benin City who served as Collation Officer for Ward 6 in Saint Maria Gorreti Secondary School, and Olugbenga Omotiloye, male, 50 years old of Plot 1, Longe Street, Okoh Central, Benin City, Edo State were accused to have falsified results in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate.

He disclosed that according to the charges filed by Magaji Labaran, a Principal State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecution of the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, they committed the offence in their capacity as electoral officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission on and around the 23rd day of February, 2019 during the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state which is within the jurisdiction of the honourable court.

They were alleged to have conspired among themselves and with others now at large and upon receipt of an offer to procure the return of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the House of Representatives elections for Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Ikhuoriah was also alleged to without lawful excuse acted in breach of his official duty by placing a call to Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma and requested him through a telephone conversation for gratification for the purpose of delivering his ward to his party, the PDP during the elections. This he did erroneously thinking he was discussing with the PDP chairman, not knowing he was talking to Hon. Agbonyinma of APC.  By doing this, he has committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The Collation Officer is also accused to have received the sum of a hundred thousand naira as bribe for delivering the ward for his supposed paymaster, the PDP candidate; which is an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

On his part, and as count four, the Electoral Officer, Olugbenga Omotiloye while serving in his capacity as INEC electoral officer on the 2nd day of March, 2019 at Bishop Kelly, beside St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin City held a meeting with Honourable Ise-Edehen and collected the sum of one hundred thousand naira as gratification.

The sum collected is said to be in appreciation of his effort in ensuring that PDP won the election during the February 23rd National Assembly polls for Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.

Isah equally detailed that count five, Omotiloye on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which he complied in clear breach of his lawful duty thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

To quote Count Three on the charge sheet, “That you Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old, of No. 13 Aisosa Street, off Okhoro Road, Benin City, Edo State, on 26th February, 2019 at Mr. Biggs, opposite the NNPC Mega Filling Station, Sapele Road Benin City, received the sum of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only as bribe for delivering your Ward, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended).”

While Count Five details, “That you, Olugbenga Omotilayo, male, 50 years old, of Plot 1, Longe Street, Oko Central, Benin City, Edo State, on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which you complied in clear breach of your lawful duty, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended).

A case summary deposed to by Magaji Labaran, stated thus; “My Lord, the summary of this case is electoral malpractices, perpetrated by the defendants who were the INEC Collation Officer and INEC Electoral Officer (E.O) respectively during the 23rd February, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ikpoba-Okha LGA, Edo State. The defendants have acted in breach of their official duties by been involved in electoral malpractices including bribery and conspiracy.

“The defendants were invited for interview on the 27th day of February, 2019 and 5th day of March, 2019 following a petition by the member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, E.J. Agbonayinma (Hon.), where his Techno Ponvair (Model LA7) with GSM No. 0803-428-5260 was exploited. Thus, some incriminating text messages between him and one Matthew Urhoghide (Senator), with GSM No. 0803-3385-5557, Adaeze Onubagu with GSM No. 0703-528-5622 were found on the device.

“The suspects made voluntary statements under caution, and admitted collecting the sum of N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only from Ise-Idehen (Hon.), as appreciation. My Lord, during the trial, the prosecution shall lead evidence to prove the guilt of the defendant based on credible and undisputed facts
By Dansu Peter

Sulaiman Ikhuoriah and Olugbenga Omotiloye
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has dragged two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the Federal High Court, Abuja on a five count charge of electoral malpractices in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections held in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo state.

In a press statement from the Chamber of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Government slammed the charges against the defendants pursuant to Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

Isah revealed the names of the culprits as Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old of No.13 Aisosa Street, Off Okhoro Road, Benin City who served as Collation Officer for Ward 6 in Saint Maria Gorreti Secondary School, and Olugbenga Omotiloye, male, 50 years old of Plot 1, Longe Street, Okoh Central, Benin City, Edo State were accused to have falsified results in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate.

He disclosed that according to the charges filed by Magaji Labaran, a Principal State Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecution of the Federal Ministry of Justice, on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, they committed the offence in their capacity as electoral officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission on and around the 23rd day of February, 2019 during the Presidential and National Assembly polls in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state which is within the jurisdiction of the honourable court.

They were alleged to have conspired among themselves and with others now at large and upon receipt of an offer to procure the return of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the House of Representatives elections for Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Ikhuoriah was also alleged to without lawful excuse acted in breach of his official duty by placing a call to Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma and requested him through a telephone conversation for gratification for the purpose of delivering his ward to his party, the PDP during the elections. This he did erroneously thinking he was discussing with the PDP chairman, not knowing he was talking to Hon. Agbonyinma of APC.  By doing this, he has committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

The Collation Officer is also accused to have received the sum of a hundred thousand naira as bribe for delivering the ward for his supposed paymaster, the PDP candidate; which is an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

On his part, and as count four, the Electoral Officer, Olugbenga Omotiloye while serving in his capacity as INEC electoral officer on the 2nd day of March, 2019 at Bishop Kelly, beside St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin City held a meeting with Honourable Ise-Edehen and collected the sum of one hundred thousand naira as gratification.

The sum collected is said to be in appreciation of his effort in ensuring that PDP won the election during the February 23rd National Assembly polls for Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area.

Isah equally detailed that count five, Omotiloye on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which he complied in clear breach of his lawful duty thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

To quote Count Three on the charge sheet, “That you Sulaiman Ikhuoriah, male, 36 years old, of No. 13 Aisosa Street, off Okhoro Road, Benin City, Edo State, on 26th February, 2019 at Mr. Biggs, opposite the NNPC Mega Filling Station, Sapele Road Benin City, received the sum of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only as bribe for delivering your Ward, thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 124 (b) of Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended).”

While Count Five details, “That you, Olugbenga Omotilayo, male, 50 years old, of Plot 1, Longe Street, Oko Central, Benin City, Edo State, on the 25th February, 2019 was directed by Senator Matthew Urhoghide not to take the Senatorial election’s result to Eghosa Grammer School which you complied in clear breach of your lawful duty, you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 123 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended).

A case summary deposed to by Magaji Labaran, stated thus; “My Lord, the summary of this case is electoral malpractices, perpetrated by the defendants who were the INEC Collation Officer and INEC Electoral Officer (E.O) respectively during the 23rd February, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Ikpoba-Okha LGA, Edo State. The defendants have acted in breach of their official duties by been involved in electoral malpractices including bribery and conspiracy.

“The defendants were invited for interview on the 27th day of February, 2019 and 5th day of March, 2019 following a petition by the member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, E.J. Agbonayinma (Hon.), where his Techno Ponvair (Model LA7) with GSM No. 0803-428-5260 was exploited. Thus, some incriminating text messages between him and one Matthew Urhoghide (Senator), with GSM No. 0803-3385-5557, Adaeze Onubagu with GSM No. 0703-528-5622 were found on the device.

“The suspects made voluntary statements under caution, and admitted collecting the sum of N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) only from Ise-Idehen (Hon.), as appreciation. My Lord, during the trial, the prosecution shall lead evidence to prove the guilt of the defendant based on credible and undisputed facts

Obasanjo has more to tell the world about his plans to destroy Nigeria — Coalition

Obasanjo has more to tell the world about his plans to destroy Nigeria — Coalition


The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has called out ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo over another failed plot to incite violence across the nation.

Mr Obasanjo, Nigeria's number one citizen between 1999 and 2007 had claimed that Boko Haram and marauding Fulani herdsmen are out to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and the entire West Africa.

However, in response, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement believes this is another coy by the “professional rabble-rouser” to cause friction in the much-admired relationship between Christians and Muslims.

The group further revealed that Mr Obasanjo's secondary aim is to pitch the south against the north, which would lead to massive deaths.

These concerns were brought to the fore in a press conference on Monday in Abuja.

According to Sabo Odeh, the group's Convener, the estranged former president could have more mischief under his sleeves hence Nigerians shouldn't be surprised.

“ We are aware that Obasanjo suffers from intermittent depression brought on by his failure wasted years in office as a president that did not do enough to positively impact the life of Nigerians. His depression has been worsened by the direction and focus that President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to show Nigerians as opposed to the lost years that the country has under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“ It is important that Nigerians do not allow Obasanjo to lead the country into crisis, which is his age long ambition. We are not strangers to his many failed letters and antics in the run up to the General Elections, how he tried to appropriate even the name of our group in his desperate bid rally Nigerians behind his destabilization agenda. It took the maturity of Nigerians to see through his duplicity at that time.

“This has now made him to switch to sectarian and ethnic sentiments knowing that these are the only issues that make Nigerians react with passion instead of logic. He is cashing in on the weakness of the masses where their religion or ethnicity is concerned in order to plunge the country into civil a war. Nepotism, lack of continuity of policies by successive administrations, and corruption had hindered development, resulting in widespread insecurity, mistrust, nepotism, and electoral fraud that he mentioned as other reasons for the possible collapse of the country were intended to merely pad his speech and deflect attention from his true intent.

“ Coalition for Nigeria Movement is using this opportunity to remind Obasanjo that the era where he can full most people sometimes is over. He can now only fool a few people once in a while. Nigerians are wiser and they know that problems of the country today have their root in the manner Obasanjo handled the affairs of the country when he had the unusual fortune of being the first civilian president in the current democratic dispensation.”

In terms of his alleged Islamisation of the country, the group revealed that had Obasanjo done the right thing when he was in office, the then dubious governors that toyed with Sharia rule would not have had the fertile ground to sow the seed of controversy that is today bearing the fruits of extremism and radicalization.

“He ignored them and allowed them to set the country on the tortuous part it today threads. The poverty he laid the foundation for remains the foundation of the huge recruitment.

“ We state unequivocally that the ex-president is playing a game. He knows exactly where he is going which is not far from the agenda to disintegrate the country at all cost. We have seen this pattern in the assertions of those that have come out to support his evil position. It is for this reason that we declare that Obasanjo owes Nigerians and the rest of the world more explanation to shed light on his aims, intentions and objectives why he made such evil pronouncement that is now dividing the country. He him come out to tell the world about his evil plan in details.

“ The federal government must take steps to counter the damage intended by Obasanjo’s utterance. It will take the grace of God for the country not record a spike in ethno-sectarian strife when a supposed leader made the kind of criminal comments that came from Obasanjo. Citizens have to be reassured that government is on top of the security situation, which have no bearing with the lies of Obasanjo.”

The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has called out ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo over another failed plot to incite violence across the nation.

Mr Obasanjo, Nigeria's number one citizen between 1999 and 2007 had claimed that Boko Haram and marauding Fulani herdsmen are out to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and the entire West Africa.

However, in response, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement believes this is another coy by the “professional rabble-rouser” to cause friction in the much-admired relationship between Christians and Muslims.

The group further revealed that Mr Obasanjo's secondary aim is to pitch the south against the north, which would lead to massive deaths.

These concerns were brought to the fore in a press conference on Monday in Abuja.

According to Sabo Odeh, the group's Convener, the estranged former president could have more mischief under his sleeves hence Nigerians shouldn't be surprised.

“ We are aware that Obasanjo suffers from intermittent depression brought on by his failure wasted years in office as a president that did not do enough to positively impact the life of Nigerians. His depression has been worsened by the direction and focus that President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to show Nigerians as opposed to the lost years that the country has under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“ It is important that Nigerians do not allow Obasanjo to lead the country into crisis, which is his age long ambition. We are not strangers to his many failed letters and antics in the run up to the General Elections, how he tried to appropriate even the name of our group in his desperate bid rally Nigerians behind his destabilization agenda. It took the maturity of Nigerians to see through his duplicity at that time.

“This has now made him to switch to sectarian and ethnic sentiments knowing that these are the only issues that make Nigerians react with passion instead of logic. He is cashing in on the weakness of the masses where their religion or ethnicity is concerned in order to plunge the country into civil a war. Nepotism, lack of continuity of policies by successive administrations, and corruption had hindered development, resulting in widespread insecurity, mistrust, nepotism, and electoral fraud that he mentioned as other reasons for the possible collapse of the country were intended to merely pad his speech and deflect attention from his true intent.

“ Coalition for Nigeria Movement is using this opportunity to remind Obasanjo that the era where he can full most people sometimes is over. He can now only fool a few people once in a while. Nigerians are wiser and they know that problems of the country today have their root in the manner Obasanjo handled the affairs of the country when he had the unusual fortune of being the first civilian president in the current democratic dispensation.”

In terms of his alleged Islamisation of the country, the group revealed that had Obasanjo done the right thing when he was in office, the then dubious governors that toyed with Sharia rule would not have had the fertile ground to sow the seed of controversy that is today bearing the fruits of extremism and radicalization.

“He ignored them and allowed them to set the country on the tortuous part it today threads. The poverty he laid the foundation for remains the foundation of the huge recruitment.

“ We state unequivocally that the ex-president is playing a game. He knows exactly where he is going which is not far from the agenda to disintegrate the country at all cost. We have seen this pattern in the assertions of those that have come out to support his evil position. It is for this reason that we declare that Obasanjo owes Nigerians and the rest of the world more explanation to shed light on his aims, intentions and objectives why he made such evil pronouncement that is now dividing the country. He him come out to tell the world about his evil plan in details.

“ The federal government must take steps to counter the damage intended by Obasanjo’s utterance. It will take the grace of God for the country not record a spike in ethno-sectarian strife when a supposed leader made the kind of criminal comments that came from Obasanjo. Citizens have to be reassured that government is on top of the security situation, which have no bearing with the lies of Obasanjo.”

Godfatherism: A Monumental Blessings For Lagos And Lagosians - Derin Phillips

Godfatherism: A Monumental Blessings For Lagos And Lagosians - Derin Phillips

By Dansu Peter

Derin Phillips
Derin Phillips, a real estate financial expert and son of former Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, speaks to The View Editor about godfatherism in Nigerian politics and tells governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, that Lagosians are not tired of their godfather because of the developmental strides Lagos State is enjoying. Excerpts:

First, what is you understanding of godfatherism, especially in politics?

When we talk of godfathrism, especially in politics, we are talking of someone who has probably seen it all, by virtue of his experience, and using that experience to mentor younger one and put them through and help them up in the ladder of politics.

But unfortunately, more often than not, when we talk of godfatherism in Nigerian politics, we look at it from the negative perspective more than the positive, because of the uniqueness of the average Nigerian.

A godfather is someone who takes up the role of adopting the younger generation, supervising them and teaching them the rudiments of politics, he tries to play the role of contributing his experience and also ensure that there is continuity in the process of governance.

Continuity has plagued the Nigerian nation for long; we have suffered from lack of it in governance and that contributes in no small measure to what we are going through presently in our nation, especially in terms of abandoned projects that litter the landscape, all at the taxpayers’ expense.

Godfatherism has its positive and negative sides and the negative side is the misuse of that power, which comes with high responsibility. When you use such powers to control your godson and you are not putting the greater good of the people into consideration, then it is negative godfatherism.

And in most cases, godfathers in this category don’t last long; they get shoved aside along the way and they become irrelevant in the scheme of things, because, in as much as you try to control people, you must ensure that their welfare is well catered for, otherwise, you will only be shooting yourself in the foot.

There has been so much noise about the supposed godfather of Lagos politics, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. What kind of godfather, in your opinion is Tinubu?

I would say Asiwaju Tinubu has exhibited the positive traits of godfatherism in Lagos State. The term godfather, when it comes to Tinubu has always been used in the negative, but as far as I am concerned, that is far from the truth.

My mother, Teju Phillips, was a commissioner under Asiwaju Tinubu when he was governor of Lagos State, and I remembered going to the State House, Alausa and I have had the privilege of seeing him at close range. There was even a time during his tenure and even that of Babatunde Raji Fashola, when they had this concept of one-day governor; I was, as a young person, always imagining myself as governor of Lagos for just one day. Fundamentally, although no man is perfect, but I have come to discover that Asiwaju Tinubu is always interested in the greater good of the people of Lagos State.

And if anyone is looking for the outcome of his work, just take a look at Lagos today and you will find his footprints in almost every facet of the developmental strides in Lagos State.

I remember my excitement about all the beautiful projects embarked upon by him and his successors; several road projects being done and all of that and you don’t need anyone to tell you that all of these developments Lagos is witnessing today had long been planned and the foundation laid during the Tinubu tenure.

All these developments don’t just come because of whoever is occupying the office, it is a long marshaled Master Plan of Lagos and I think this is the type of “godfatherism” that we actually need in Nigeria.

Continuity is a problem; look at the Ajaokuta Steel Development Company, which had over the ears remained moribund. Go to Cross River State for example; we had the Donald Duke legacy projects: the Obudu Cattle Ranch and the Tinapa Resort, all of them were abandoned by his successors.

These projects were fantastic projects, but unfortunately, immediately he left office, the next governor after him abandoned those legacy projects and start pursuing their own agenda. This is something I feel so strongly about, honestly.

If Duke had emerged as a godfather, I am sure he would not have allowed those things to go to waste; or if he probably had taken interest in who succeeds him, maybe we would be telling a different story about those wonderful projects.

And this is why I think Asiwaju Tinubu is a very important figure, leader and politician, not only in Lagos, but across Nigeria.

Comparing Lagos with other 35 states of the federation, Lagos has been on an upscale developmental progression. What do you think is responsible for this?

Things don’t just happen per chance; you have to initiate, you have to plan and follow up on those plans before things can start falling in shape and also ensure that you put in control measures and see to the monitoring of those plans you have made and you also have to ensure that there is consistency and that is what has been done with Lagos.

There is a master plan; which has been revisited several times; it has been enforced and there is adequate monitor to ensure that nobody derail from the plan.

When you have someone coming into the office of governor, which is so powerful, each occupant would probably want to come in with his own plan, irrespective of previous government.

In the case of Lagos, there is a Master Plan, which is enforced and which is also being reviewed according to the dictates of the times and I think we need a Master plan for Nigeria as well. Where do we want to be in 20, 30 years from now; and we also need institutions and balances and checks that will ensure that we don’t derail from the Master Plan and that we are progressively moving in the right direction.

There is no harm in laying a structure that will ensure that we make progress in our developmental strides as a nation. Yes, people might fear that it could lead to dictatorship, but when you put in place checks and balances mechanisms, we won’t get to that point.

Like I said, Ajaokuta, Obudu Cattle Ranch and Tinapa Resort are left rotting away because each occupant of the seat of power has his own agenda.

Duke was Asiwaju Tinubu’s contemporary. Is it not ironic that all governors during the era of Tinubu are no more relevant today and their legacies are more or less forgotten? What do you think is responsible for this?

I think most people are selfish. And I think Nigerians are also very forgetful people, they forget easily. May be due to the pressure of surviving in this country, people quickly forget things. I think may be what we should do is to set up a record or fact checking organ for Nigeria, one that would take each governor, see where they started off from and where they were ending at the expiration of their tenure; it would be very obvious to all who has worked and who has not worked.

If you visit Obudu Cattle ranch today; if you visit Tinapa Resort, you will weep profucesly, because those structures put in place by Duke are now in ruins.

In the case of Lagos, what makes the difference is the tenacity of purpose of the godfather, who ensures that the right man gets to office as governor at every point in time and also monitors and ensures that there is no deviation from the Master Plan of Lagos.

You will notice that there are lots of federal government projects in Lagos that were abandoned by the then Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government, but which are now being executed.

Should we say that Lagos State is developing according to the Master Plan because the ‘grandmaster’ of the Master Plan takes interest in who pilots the affairs of the state, while in other states, it is survival battle which has now become their bane?

Yes. That exactly is the situation. One governor finishes his two terms of eight years and is less concerned about who takes over from him, as long as his interest is protected. Every person is taking care of themselves, trying to secure and protect their own legacy and they are not thinking about after they leave office.

One peculiar thing about them is that they embark on projects that can either be commissioned during their tenure or projects they can lay claim to; but projects like Obudu Cattle Ranch and Tinapa are 20, 30-year projects, that are meant to outlive whoever initiates it and I think these are projects that we need to focus on for our infrastructural growth in the country.

And I think the more politicians now begin to think of the greater good of the people, the better for us, because we can’t keep dancing around looking for solutions where there are none.

Abandoning your predecessor’s projects is not peculiar to Cross River State alone, it is all over the states across Nigeria, perhaps with the exception of Lagos, and this is because of the foresight of Asiwaju Tinubu.

Kaduna State governor, NAsir El-Rufai recently claimed to have retired four godfathers and even said he was coming to Lagos to retire the godfather in Lagos, apparently referring to Tinubu. What is your reaction to this development?

The first question El-Rufai should find answer to is: Are Lagosians ready to retire the godfather of Lagos politics? Are Lagosians complaining? And I think Lagosians have answered his ilks with the massive votes they gave to the APC in the last governorship election, where for the first time since 1999, the APC defeated the PDP with over half a million votes.

Are Lagosians benefitting from the godfather? Are Lagosians better off than Kaduna or worse off? Is Lagos State thriving or not? Is Lagos developing or not?

While I agree that there is always room for improvement, I make bold to say that Lagos is working; Lagos is a work in progress and it is not in any way comparable to Kaduna.

Immigration to Lagos according to statistics is about 850,000 people every month. Lagos is developing and I know for sure that the incoming governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, who has been part and parcel of the Lagos Master Plan, would take Lagos State to greater heights than it is now.

You can see the array of people who have gone through the ‘Tinubu School of Politics’ and where they are in the scheme of things in the state and in the country today.

And the best way to measure your performance is what you have done for the welfare and greater good of the people and not any other parameter.

What do you think Duke can do about his legacy projects that had been left to waste?

I don’t think there is anything he can do now. I’m sure he has said a lot about how he tried to reach out to his successors about those projects and his efforts were rebuffed. Although he is not happy about the situation, but there is practically nothing he can do now. I know he has put in a lot of efforts to ensure that the projects are either maintained or brought back to prominence, but all to no avail.

What are your expectations from the incoming governor of Lagos State, Sanwoolu?

I was fortunate to follow his campaign train for the election and when you study somebody at close range, you will be able to know more about the person.

Sanwoolu has a perfect blend of the corporate world and the public service experience he is bringing into governance and I think they are very good combinations and not many people have the privilege of both private and public service experience to bring to bear on governance. And he is also a man of the people. He has over 20 years of public service experience, he is part of the team that developed the Lagos Master Plan and he has also operated at the highest level in the corporate world and I think all of these are going to come into play in the way he would administer Lagos.

Dealing with a state as complex as Lagos, which is wearing the toga of a mega city comes with different challenges, but I have no doubt that he is equal to the task.

Diverse people of diverse interest, he would be challenged with how to satisfy these various interests. But like I said, I have no doubt that he and his team are going to do justice to whatever challenges come to the fore.

And because they are not coming in as novices, which is also a plus for him and his team, he has been trained and grilled in the system. He knows the system in and out. He has been part of the system since the days of Asiwaju even up to the present outgoing administration.
By Dansu Peter

Derin Phillips
Derin Phillips, a real estate financial expert and son of former Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, speaks to The View Editor about godfatherism in Nigerian politics and tells governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, that Lagosians are not tired of their godfather because of the developmental strides Lagos State is enjoying. Excerpts:

First, what is you understanding of godfatherism, especially in politics?

When we talk of godfathrism, especially in politics, we are talking of someone who has probably seen it all, by virtue of his experience, and using that experience to mentor younger one and put them through and help them up in the ladder of politics.

But unfortunately, more often than not, when we talk of godfatherism in Nigerian politics, we look at it from the negative perspective more than the positive, because of the uniqueness of the average Nigerian.

A godfather is someone who takes up the role of adopting the younger generation, supervising them and teaching them the rudiments of politics, he tries to play the role of contributing his experience and also ensure that there is continuity in the process of governance.

Continuity has plagued the Nigerian nation for long; we have suffered from lack of it in governance and that contributes in no small measure to what we are going through presently in our nation, especially in terms of abandoned projects that litter the landscape, all at the taxpayers’ expense.

Godfatherism has its positive and negative sides and the negative side is the misuse of that power, which comes with high responsibility. When you use such powers to control your godson and you are not putting the greater good of the people into consideration, then it is negative godfatherism.

And in most cases, godfathers in this category don’t last long; they get shoved aside along the way and they become irrelevant in the scheme of things, because, in as much as you try to control people, you must ensure that their welfare is well catered for, otherwise, you will only be shooting yourself in the foot.

There has been so much noise about the supposed godfather of Lagos politics, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. What kind of godfather, in your opinion is Tinubu?

I would say Asiwaju Tinubu has exhibited the positive traits of godfatherism in Lagos State. The term godfather, when it comes to Tinubu has always been used in the negative, but as far as I am concerned, that is far from the truth.

My mother, Teju Phillips, was a commissioner under Asiwaju Tinubu when he was governor of Lagos State, and I remembered going to the State House, Alausa and I have had the privilege of seeing him at close range. There was even a time during his tenure and even that of Babatunde Raji Fashola, when they had this concept of one-day governor; I was, as a young person, always imagining myself as governor of Lagos for just one day. Fundamentally, although no man is perfect, but I have come to discover that Asiwaju Tinubu is always interested in the greater good of the people of Lagos State.

And if anyone is looking for the outcome of his work, just take a look at Lagos today and you will find his footprints in almost every facet of the developmental strides in Lagos State.

I remember my excitement about all the beautiful projects embarked upon by him and his successors; several road projects being done and all of that and you don’t need anyone to tell you that all of these developments Lagos is witnessing today had long been planned and the foundation laid during the Tinubu tenure.

All these developments don’t just come because of whoever is occupying the office, it is a long marshaled Master Plan of Lagos and I think this is the type of “godfatherism” that we actually need in Nigeria.

Continuity is a problem; look at the Ajaokuta Steel Development Company, which had over the ears remained moribund. Go to Cross River State for example; we had the Donald Duke legacy projects: the Obudu Cattle Ranch and the Tinapa Resort, all of them were abandoned by his successors.

These projects were fantastic projects, but unfortunately, immediately he left office, the next governor after him abandoned those legacy projects and start pursuing their own agenda. This is something I feel so strongly about, honestly.

If Duke had emerged as a godfather, I am sure he would not have allowed those things to go to waste; or if he probably had taken interest in who succeeds him, maybe we would be telling a different story about those wonderful projects.

And this is why I think Asiwaju Tinubu is a very important figure, leader and politician, not only in Lagos, but across Nigeria.

Comparing Lagos with other 35 states of the federation, Lagos has been on an upscale developmental progression. What do you think is responsible for this?

Things don’t just happen per chance; you have to initiate, you have to plan and follow up on those plans before things can start falling in shape and also ensure that you put in control measures and see to the monitoring of those plans you have made and you also have to ensure that there is consistency and that is what has been done with Lagos.

There is a master plan; which has been revisited several times; it has been enforced and there is adequate monitor to ensure that nobody derail from the plan.

When you have someone coming into the office of governor, which is so powerful, each occupant would probably want to come in with his own plan, irrespective of previous government.

In the case of Lagos, there is a Master Plan, which is enforced and which is also being reviewed according to the dictates of the times and I think we need a Master plan for Nigeria as well. Where do we want to be in 20, 30 years from now; and we also need institutions and balances and checks that will ensure that we don’t derail from the Master Plan and that we are progressively moving in the right direction.

There is no harm in laying a structure that will ensure that we make progress in our developmental strides as a nation. Yes, people might fear that it could lead to dictatorship, but when you put in place checks and balances mechanisms, we won’t get to that point.

Like I said, Ajaokuta, Obudu Cattle Ranch and Tinapa Resort are left rotting away because each occupant of the seat of power has his own agenda.

Duke was Asiwaju Tinubu’s contemporary. Is it not ironic that all governors during the era of Tinubu are no more relevant today and their legacies are more or less forgotten? What do you think is responsible for this?

I think most people are selfish. And I think Nigerians are also very forgetful people, they forget easily. May be due to the pressure of surviving in this country, people quickly forget things. I think may be what we should do is to set up a record or fact checking organ for Nigeria, one that would take each governor, see where they started off from and where they were ending at the expiration of their tenure; it would be very obvious to all who has worked and who has not worked.

If you visit Obudu Cattle ranch today; if you visit Tinapa Resort, you will weep profucesly, because those structures put in place by Duke are now in ruins.

In the case of Lagos, what makes the difference is the tenacity of purpose of the godfather, who ensures that the right man gets to office as governor at every point in time and also monitors and ensures that there is no deviation from the Master Plan of Lagos.

You will notice that there are lots of federal government projects in Lagos that were abandoned by the then Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government, but which are now being executed.

Should we say that Lagos State is developing according to the Master Plan because the ‘grandmaster’ of the Master Plan takes interest in who pilots the affairs of the state, while in other states, it is survival battle which has now become their bane?

Yes. That exactly is the situation. One governor finishes his two terms of eight years and is less concerned about who takes over from him, as long as his interest is protected. Every person is taking care of themselves, trying to secure and protect their own legacy and they are not thinking about after they leave office.

One peculiar thing about them is that they embark on projects that can either be commissioned during their tenure or projects they can lay claim to; but projects like Obudu Cattle Ranch and Tinapa are 20, 30-year projects, that are meant to outlive whoever initiates it and I think these are projects that we need to focus on for our infrastructural growth in the country.

And I think the more politicians now begin to think of the greater good of the people, the better for us, because we can’t keep dancing around looking for solutions where there are none.

Abandoning your predecessor’s projects is not peculiar to Cross River State alone, it is all over the states across Nigeria, perhaps with the exception of Lagos, and this is because of the foresight of Asiwaju Tinubu.

Kaduna State governor, NAsir El-Rufai recently claimed to have retired four godfathers and even said he was coming to Lagos to retire the godfather in Lagos, apparently referring to Tinubu. What is your reaction to this development?

The first question El-Rufai should find answer to is: Are Lagosians ready to retire the godfather of Lagos politics? Are Lagosians complaining? And I think Lagosians have answered his ilks with the massive votes they gave to the APC in the last governorship election, where for the first time since 1999, the APC defeated the PDP with over half a million votes.

Are Lagosians benefitting from the godfather? Are Lagosians better off than Kaduna or worse off? Is Lagos State thriving or not? Is Lagos developing or not?

While I agree that there is always room for improvement, I make bold to say that Lagos is working; Lagos is a work in progress and it is not in any way comparable to Kaduna.

Immigration to Lagos according to statistics is about 850,000 people every month. Lagos is developing and I know for sure that the incoming governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, who has been part and parcel of the Lagos Master Plan, would take Lagos State to greater heights than it is now.

You can see the array of people who have gone through the ‘Tinubu School of Politics’ and where they are in the scheme of things in the state and in the country today.

And the best way to measure your performance is what you have done for the welfare and greater good of the people and not any other parameter.

What do you think Duke can do about his legacy projects that had been left to waste?

I don’t think there is anything he can do now. I’m sure he has said a lot about how he tried to reach out to his successors about those projects and his efforts were rebuffed. Although he is not happy about the situation, but there is practically nothing he can do now. I know he has put in a lot of efforts to ensure that the projects are either maintained or brought back to prominence, but all to no avail.

What are your expectations from the incoming governor of Lagos State, Sanwoolu?

I was fortunate to follow his campaign train for the election and when you study somebody at close range, you will be able to know more about the person.

Sanwoolu has a perfect blend of the corporate world and the public service experience he is bringing into governance and I think they are very good combinations and not many people have the privilege of both private and public service experience to bring to bear on governance. And he is also a man of the people. He has over 20 years of public service experience, he is part of the team that developed the Lagos Master Plan and he has also operated at the highest level in the corporate world and I think all of these are going to come into play in the way he would administer Lagos.

Dealing with a state as complex as Lagos, which is wearing the toga of a mega city comes with different challenges, but I have no doubt that he is equal to the task.

Diverse people of diverse interest, he would be challenged with how to satisfy these various interests. But like I said, I have no doubt that he and his team are going to do justice to whatever challenges come to the fore.

And because they are not coming in as novices, which is also a plus for him and his team, he has been trained and grilled in the system. He knows the system in and out. He has been part of the system since the days of Asiwaju even up to the present outgoing administration.

Emefiele: Re-appointment of CBN Gov excites Nigerians in Europe as group lauds Buhari

Emefiele: Re-appointment of CBN Gov excites Nigerians in Europe as group lauds Buhari

By Dansu Peter

The Re-appointment of Godwin Emefiele has continued to draw positive reactions in and out of the country, just as the Association of Nigerians in Europe have hailed the President’s decision as the final victory over ethnic and religious bigotry.

This commendation is coming barely one week after a United Kingdom-based group, Arise-Nigeria, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over his reappointment the CBN Governor for another term.

Association of Nigerians in Europe in a communiqué issued at the end of the 5th Annual General, which held in Belgium to deliberate on recent happenings in Nigeria expressed excitement over the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as Governor of the apex bank.

The Association also commended the numerous sacrifices made by the Nigerian troops fighting terrorism in North East Nigeria and also praised the leadership of the various Armed Forces in providing sound guidance and direction for the services.

The communiqué was jointly signed by Dr.  Agwu Onyeke President, Arc. Adesugun Lawal (Ukraine), Chief Adekoya (Italy), Engr. Bright Anyanwu (Spain), Mr. Godspower Smith (Germany), Chief Chuba Chime (UK) Mr. Charles Ayoola (UK), Prof. Afik Babarinde (Cyprus), Mrs. Anita Ibeh (Malta, Dr. John Umeh (Republic of Ireland) and Tobias Idoko esq  (Netherlands).

It reads below.




The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe the umbrella organization for Nigerian Professionals in Europe having critically studied the state of affairs in Nigeria, held its 5th annual general meeting in Belgium to deliberate on the state of affairs in Nigeria, and consequently came up with the following resolutions:

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe commends President Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefeile. This action is a deviation from the past, where hard work and dedication to duty are always sacrificed on the altar of politics.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe foresees a great future for Nigeria with the disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari to issues in the critical sectors of the country despite the instigation of violence and criminality by politicians especially those that have refused to accept electoral defeat in good faith.

It is a known fact that the state of insecurity in Nigeria, are politically motivated in an attempt to discredit the efforts of the current administration and by extension the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


On the state of the Economy, the Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe commends President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring confidence on the suitability of Nigeria for businesses that have seen to a significant increase in the number of Nigerians relocating back to Nigeria to contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals notes the laudable initiatives in the critical economic sectors that were implemented by the current administration in proactive ways that have caused a turnaround in the economy of Nigeria.

The Association, therefore, calls on all well-meaning Nigerians all over the world to extend their support to President Muhammadu Buhari in the quest to take Nigeria to the next level as there is nowhere else to call home, and as such we must lend a helping hand in the arduous task.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals commends the Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces for repositioning the Nigerian Military and protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria from the threats of Boko Haram terrorists and other militants’ organizations that at one point in time took the laws into their hands.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals also commends President Muhammadu Buhari for placing a high premium on the security of lives and properties in Nigeria and the tremendous support he has given to the Armed Forces in their bid to curtail the activities of terrorists, bandits and other vices in the country.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe, after a careful assessment of the various policies of the current administration in the critical areas of the economy and security, it consequently, resolved to:

Support President Muhammadu Buhari throughout his second term in office.

Continue to drum support for the Nigerian Military in its fight against terrorism and other militant groups.

Encourage Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to join hands with the present administration to take the country forward and to the next level.
By Dansu Peter

The Re-appointment of Godwin Emefiele has continued to draw positive reactions in and out of the country, just as the Association of Nigerians in Europe have hailed the President’s decision as the final victory over ethnic and religious bigotry.

This commendation is coming barely one week after a United Kingdom-based group, Arise-Nigeria, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over his reappointment the CBN Governor for another term.

Association of Nigerians in Europe in a communiqué issued at the end of the 5th Annual General, which held in Belgium to deliberate on recent happenings in Nigeria expressed excitement over the reappointment of Godwin Emefiele as Governor of the apex bank.

The Association also commended the numerous sacrifices made by the Nigerian troops fighting terrorism in North East Nigeria and also praised the leadership of the various Armed Forces in providing sound guidance and direction for the services.

The communiqué was jointly signed by Dr.  Agwu Onyeke President, Arc. Adesugun Lawal (Ukraine), Chief Adekoya (Italy), Engr. Bright Anyanwu (Spain), Mr. Godspower Smith (Germany), Chief Chuba Chime (UK) Mr. Charles Ayoola (UK), Prof. Afik Babarinde (Cyprus), Mrs. Anita Ibeh (Malta, Dr. John Umeh (Republic of Ireland) and Tobias Idoko esq  (Netherlands).

It reads below.




The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe the umbrella organization for Nigerian Professionals in Europe having critically studied the state of affairs in Nigeria, held its 5th annual general meeting in Belgium to deliberate on the state of affairs in Nigeria, and consequently came up with the following resolutions:

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe commends President Muhammadu Buhari for reappointing of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefeile. This action is a deviation from the past, where hard work and dedication to duty are always sacrificed on the altar of politics.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe foresees a great future for Nigeria with the disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari to issues in the critical sectors of the country despite the instigation of violence and criminality by politicians especially those that have refused to accept electoral defeat in good faith.

It is a known fact that the state of insecurity in Nigeria, are politically motivated in an attempt to discredit the efforts of the current administration and by extension the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


On the state of the Economy, the Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe commends President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring confidence on the suitability of Nigeria for businesses that have seen to a significant increase in the number of Nigerians relocating back to Nigeria to contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals notes the laudable initiatives in the critical economic sectors that were implemented by the current administration in proactive ways that have caused a turnaround in the economy of Nigeria.

The Association, therefore, calls on all well-meaning Nigerians all over the world to extend their support to President Muhammadu Buhari in the quest to take Nigeria to the next level as there is nowhere else to call home, and as such we must lend a helping hand in the arduous task.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals commends the Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces for repositioning the Nigerian Military and protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria from the threats of Boko Haram terrorists and other militants’ organizations that at one point in time took the laws into their hands.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals also commends President Muhammadu Buhari for placing a high premium on the security of lives and properties in Nigeria and the tremendous support he has given to the Armed Forces in their bid to curtail the activities of terrorists, bandits and other vices in the country.

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe, after a careful assessment of the various policies of the current administration in the critical areas of the economy and security, it consequently, resolved to:

Support President Muhammadu Buhari throughout his second term in office.

Continue to drum support for the Nigerian Military in its fight against terrorism and other militant groups.

Encourage Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to join hands with the present administration to take the country forward and to the next level.

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