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Mueller Report & The Miseducation Of President Donald Trump By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

Sahara Reporters - 23 April 2019 - 12:15am


Rudolf Okonkwo

Rudolf Okonkwo

The climax of a typical “Maury Show” is when the host reveals to an excited audience and a disputing couple the result of a DNA test that proves who the real father of a child is. If the redacted copy of the Mueller Report were released on the “Maury Show,” it would have happened like this: Maury Povich would have raised the brown envelope up and flapped it in the air to the cheer of his audience. He would have opened it, brought out the paper inside, and read:

On the issue of collusion with Russia, Robert Mueller did not find enough evidence to prove that you, Donald Trump, or your campaign colluded with Russians to rig the 2016 election. But the report noted that your campaign benefited from the Russian intervention in the election and also openly encouraged Russia or any other bad actor in the dark web to interfere in your favor during the election.

This would have drawn loud cheers from Trump’s supporters. Mr. Povich would pause for the cheers to subside. Then, he would read again.

On the issue of obstruction of justice, Robert Mueller did find enough evidence of efforts by you, President Trump, to influence the investigation. There were at least ten episodes of attempts by you to either fire the special counsel or to terminate the investigation itself. In most cases, your subordinates who received orders from you to fire the special council ignored you. Because of the Justice Department’s long-standing policy of not indicting a sitting president, Robert Mueller punted to Congress on the matter of what to do about your obstruction of justice.

This would have led to a division in the audience with one side cheering for President Trump, while the other side would be jeering. There would be clashes with punches thrown and someone throwing chairs at others. Mr. Povich and his security men would intervene. They would pretend to be interested in separating the warring factions while the camera rolled. When he felt he had gotten enough footage for great tabloid TV, he would say: “We’ll be right back.”  

That is Maury Show. And that is not very different from the show going on in America’s Capitol.

The reality is that the Democrats know that even if they impeached the president in the House of Representatives, the Senate will not convict or remove him. As a result, there is no stomach for an impeachment proceeding in Congress. It is, therefore, right to assume that President Donald Trump is as free as a bird.

In fact, the president celebrated this freedom by calling the Mueller Report a crazy work by 18 angry Democrats Trump haters. The man who celebrated no collusion and no obstruction a few weeks ago when the report was submitted turned around to deny what his aides told Robert Mueller. He called them total bullshits. One of such statements reported to have made the president mad was a quote on his reaction the moment his former attorney general Jeff Sessions told him that a special counsel had been appointed to look into the matter of Russian collusion.

The Mueller Report quoted Trump to have said, “Oh, my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.”

As it stands now, the worst is over for the president. In the words of White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway, the day the redacted Mueller Report was made public was the best day of Trump’s presidency. Other Republicans agreed with her. They quickly urged the country to move on.

In the next few weeks, the democrats will try to set up scrimmages but they will all amount to nothing. The nation will move on to the weighty issue of who will run the United States from January 2021 to January 2025.

Having said that, something that must not be ignored was what Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece. He stated that President Trump has become a cancer on the presidency of the United States and as such must be removed.

The failure of the polarized political class in America to objectively review what had transpired since Donald Trump stepped onto America’s political scene comes with an inherent danger. The danger has a name. And it is called, the consequences of the miseducation of President Donald J. Trump.

Washington Post fact checkers have calculated close to 10,000 times that President Trump told a lie to the American people. It is not okay to have it as a new normal that the words coming out of the mouth of the president of the United States are meaningless. Beyond the Mueller Reports, there have been scores of episodes where the president asked people working for him to break the law. Again, it is not okay to have this as a new normal.

For the president’s supporters, the only acceptable analysis of these flagrant violations of rules and norms is that the president had never been a politician and so does not know what is politically right or wrong. If he does not know, who is going to teach him? Mueller punted and so will Congress.

The supporters of the president who have an iota of moral code concede that the president does not care because he is single-mindedly determined to deliver on his campaign promises to the American people. An African proverb says that before you put down a fence, find out why it was put up in the first place. 

Those who make these excuses for the president are not curtailing his miseducation but enabling it. When the consequences of Trump’s miseducation stare us in the face, I hope they will proudly call themselves his accomplices.

Oh, dang. They did that already. We’ll be right back.

 

Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo’s latest book written under the pseudonym of Rudolf t. g. Hess is “The Secret Letters of President Donald J. Trump age 72 1/6“

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Zamfara Traditional Rulers Arrested For Serving As Bandits' Informants

Sahara Reporters - 23 April 2019 - 12:10am


Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to Operation Harbin Kunama 3 have arrested the traditional heads of Doka and Mutu villages in Gusau Local Government Area of the state, accusing them of serving as informants to bandits.

The Army confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Monday.

Six bandits was shot dead in Kirsa and Sunke villages in the Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State during a gun battle.

Two weeks ago, Mansur Dan-Ali, the Minister of Defence, had said some traditional rulers in Zamfara and the North-West region were helping some bandits to perpetuate criminal activities.

The Zamfara State Council of Chiefs denied the allegations.

Moreso, the Nigerian Army said apart from the arrests of the leaders of Doka and Mutu villages, whose names were not disclosed, the troops apprehended 16 other suspected informants and errand men to the bandits.

The Army said: “Troops on Operation Harbin Kunama 3, based on credible intelligence about bandits’ movements in Kirsa and Sunke in the Anka LGA, continued with a clearance operation into the hinterland to clear the brigands.

“Consequently, the troops engaged the bandits in a shoot-out at the bushes of Kirsa and Sunke villages which resulted in the extermination of six criminals, the recovery of two AK-47 rifles and two motorcycles.

“In Doka and Mutu villages in the Gusau LGA, troops also had a serious encounter on Saturday with a group of bandits which lasted for about two hours.

"The brigands were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons, but they were overpowered by the troops, forcing them to flee from their hideouts. Eighteen suspected informants to the bandits were arrested, including the village heads of Doka and Mutu villages.

“The Force Commander, Major General Hakeem Otiki, said the troops would continue to go after bandits in Zamfara and the contiguous states of Kebbi, Katsina and Sokoto.”

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Police Declare Inspector Missing After Protest Over Killing Of Resident In Ogun

Sahara Reporters - 23 April 2019 - 12:03am


The Ogun State Police Command has declared missing one Sunday Ogundapo, team leader of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS), who allegedly shot one Akeem Akinsanya to death in order to escape attack by suspected cultists.

Abimbola Oyeyemi, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun State Command, said this on Monday, while addressing pressmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He said the whereabouts of the Inspector has remained unknown since Sunday, when the incident happened.

“A Police Inspector is missing. The police inspector was attacked with a machete during the mob attack and up till now, his whereabouts are unknown. That gave the credence that they were attacked,” Oyeyemi said.

The PRO said Bashir Makama, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, and some top officers of the command paid a visit to the scene to ascertain some facts.

He said Akeem was killed by a stray-bullet, while the policemen were making efforts to disperse the mob, which allegedly launched attack them.

However, DSP Hausa Idris-Adamu, the Zone 2 PPRO, has a slightly different version of events. 

In a separate statement, Idris-Adamu said the Police team had gone to effect the arrest of some suspected cultists when the team leader was attacked.

He said: “On April 21, at 2:00pm, a team of operatives from the ZIS, Obada Oko area, in Abeokuta, Ogun state, investigating an alleged case of unlawful possession of arms and ammunition/cultism, went to effect an arrest of one Abu, male, also known as Regal, a notorious cultist.

“Regal had been implicated by one Afeez Popoola, also known as Level, who had been previously arrested and undergoing investigation by the team. He is said to be the curator of arms and ammunition of the Eiye Confraternity Cassava Perch in Ifo axis of Ogun State. The said Abu Regal was arrested by the team around 3:00pm, while in possession of one locally made pistol, with cartridges kept in a handbag. The items were recovered by the police team.

“Whilst the team was taking the suspects to the station, along with the recovered items, a renowned tout, popularly known as Obasanjo, in company with a host of other suspected cult members, ambushed the team and launched an attack on them.

“One Inspector Sunday Ogundapo, the team leader, who happened to be in possession of the recovered exhibits, was inflicted with machete injuries on his head.

“He was about to be dispossessed of his AK-47 rifle, in the process of struggling with the mob, a bullet was accidentally discharged, hitting one Akeem Akinsanya and he was fatally injured.

"The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the Ifo General Hospital morgue, for postmortem, while members of the gang were arrested and are now under investigation.

“The public is hereby requested to come forward and assist the police with any useful information that will assist in tracking and apprehending all these cultists and other miscreants."

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We've Driven Corruption Under The Table And Made It Unattractive, Says Lai Mohammed

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 1:28pm


Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has said it would be unfair for Nigerians to measure the current administration's achievements in the fight against corruption by the number of convictions it has secured.

The Minister said this on Monday when he featured on a live TVC News Programme.

Listing what he claimed are the achievements of the administration, Mohammed said: “Under this administration, we insisted and have succeeded in ensuring that all payments and revenues are paid into the TSA.

“Before we came in, the Federal government had over 2,000 different accounts in various banks, which resulted in paying several billions of naira in charges.

“The government then also never had an idea of how much it had as revenue but today over N9.3 trillion has gone into the TSA and that is why it is possible for us to invest, especially in the area of infrastructure and social investment programmes."

On the fight against corruption, he said: “When we say the fight against corruption is successful, it is because we have laid the foundation that would make it difficult for people to engage in the evil act.

“For us, the success of the fight against corruption is the fact that we have driven corruption under the table and made it unattractive as it was before. Those who are corrupt are doing so with the fear of the law. It will be progressive, become more and more difficult in Nigeria for corruption to be attractive."

Mohammed disagreed with the allegation that the government’s anti-corruption fight is against perceived enemies and the opposition, saying it's all a misconception.

“We had 16 years of unbroken rule by the PDP so the likely people who will be accused of misuse of resources should be the people who were in charge," he said. "We also have some former governors who decamped to APC who have also been convicted."

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Two 'Armed Robbers' Lynched To Death In Bayelsa — But Two Escape While One Gets Injured

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 1:16pm


Angry Residents of Biogbolo community, a suburb of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Monday killed two suspected armed robbers in a mob action.

The suspects were part of a five-man gang of notorious robbers in the habit of terrorising the area and robbing unsuspecting business people around the Otiotio/Erepa district, mainly populated by Hausa traders.

While two were lucky to escape from the mob, one of them was severely injured.

The incident caused gridlock along the popular Mbiama-Yenagoa Road until policemen stormed the scene to stop the action.

It was gathered that luck ran out of the gang when they tried to rob a passerby who had only N1,000 in his pocket.

The victim reportedly raised the alarm to alert traders and residents, who immediately identified the suspects.

An eyewitness said the suspects were known to be tormenting people the area.

“We suffer a lot from them on daily basic," he said.

"They rob us and go free. The Police are not doing anything about it. They move freely with firearms in the state and nobody catches them. Even if they are caught, they’ll be released in no time.

“At least, we will be free for sometimes. This is the first and we will continue. Jungle justice will persist so that they will reduce this everyday crime. They rob people and cross to the other side of the community every day. We are on red alert now."

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JAMB Apprehends Fake Candidate Who Registered 64 Times To Ghostwrite For 64 Real Candidates

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 1:08pm


The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAM) says it has caught a fake candidate who registered for the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) 64 times with the purpose of ghost-writing the examination for 64 real candidates.

The board described the examination mercenary  as a "notorious cheat".

The board also added that no fewer than 100 examination cheats, in total, have so far been arrested by by security operatives across the country during the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB decried multiple registrations, saying they inflate annual registration for the UTME exercise by up to 30 per cent.

In its Weekly Bulletin released in Abuja on Monday by its spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB said the fraudsters were engaged in multiple registrations to facilitate impersonation during the examination.

JAMB also said available data showed that the practice is prevalent in virtually all the states of the federation, including Abuja.

Among the persons arrested was a notorious cheat who had registered about 64 times in a bid to “ghost-write” for 64 candidates, the board revealed, adding that the arrest of the culprits was made possible by the comprehensive and mandatory identity checks conducted on those taking the examination, with a view to fishing out professional ghost writers before the release of the results.

JAMB also said that it had cancelled the results of two Computer Based Test centres in Abia State over “widespread irregularities” during the UTME.

It gave the names of the CBT centres as Heritage and Infinity CBT centre, and Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive School Ugwunabo, Aba.

It said the drastic action was necessitated by the visual evidence obtained from a careful review of the CCTV recordings by a panel of experts engaged by the Board.

“However, in order not to unduly punish honest and hardworking candidates who found themselves attached to these two centres, the board magnanimously relocated all the candidates who had taken or were scheduled to take their examination in the two centres to other centres where they subsequently took their examinations,” it said.

JAMB apologised to innocent candidates involved in the relocation for the inconveniences they may have suffered, reaffirming its commitment to providing equal opportunity to all candidates

to articulate their hopes and aspirations.

The body said that all the results of the examination sessions conducted by the Board in the two centres from April 11 to 18 were null and void.

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Saraki: It's Unfortunate That After 22 Months In The Senate, A Man Like Tinubu Still Lacks Understanding

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 12:45pm


Senate President Bukola Saraki says it is "unfortunate" that after 22 months in the legislature, Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), does "not have a better understanding of how the legislature works".

As reported by SaharaReporters on Sunday, Tinubu, had accused Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, both former members of the party, of budget padding, saying: “Just look at the way Saraki, Dogara and their ilk hijacked the budget process these past four years,” he said in a statement released by Tunde Rahman, his spokesman.

“National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them. Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefitted the average person. After four years of their antics halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly."

Responding in a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his spokesperson, on Monday, Saraki described Tinubu's allegation as unfounded, fictitious and  an attempt to cast the leadership of the eighth National Assembly in bad light.

Saraki challenged Tinubu to substantiate his claim by making reference to where the National Assembly "sought to pad with pet projects". He described the allegation as careless, irresponsible and callous, while demanding that Tinubu should withdraw it.

“Yesterday, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu released another of his now well-expected quarterly vicious attack on the person of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate,” Saraki said.

“Since we have taken it for granted that Tinubu’s attack on Saraki every three months (quarterly) will come as expected, we would just have ignored his statement but for the fact that it was filled with untruth, fallacies and misrepresentations. It is unfortunate that a man like Tinubu who had been in the Senate (though for 22 months and under a military regime) should not have a better understanding of how the legislature works.

“The passage of budgets is definitely not the exclusive responsibility of the leadership of the Senate. Most of the work is done by the various committees. These committees are headed by senators representing different parties. It is the level of co-operation between the committees and the MDAs in the timely defence of the budget proposals and the ability of the two chambers of the National Assembly to reconcile their figures that usually determine how soon the budget is passed.

“So, if a man like Tinubu is spreading this falsehood about budget passage and delay being deliberately orchestrated by the National Assembly leadership, one wonders whether he tries to even understand what happens in the federal legislature at all or is that the only thing that is of interest to him is ‘jockeying and maneuvering for influence’, as he puts it.

“In all the three budgets already passed by the National Assembly, we challenge Tinubu to make specific reference to where Dr. Saraki and the leadership of the National Assembly 'sought to pad with pet projects' as he alleged. Tinubu should be graceful enough to substantiate this allegation.”

Saraki said he is proud that the eighth assembly has records that are unmatchable by all previous senates in the sheer number of bills passed and its signifance to the economy

“As a leader of the Eighth National Assembly, Dr. Saraki is proud that under his watch, the Senate has surpassed the records of all previous Senate in the number of bills passed, the significance of these bills to the revival of the economy, the fight against insecurity and corruption, improvement in the provision of health service and the education sector, as well as better social service delivery to the generality of the people,” he said.

“The bills passed, motions moved, intervention made and frequent engagement with the people were all directed towards addressing the day to day issues that affect the lives of the ordinary Nigerians.

“However, Tinubu should leave Dr. Saraki out of his schemes and manipulations towards 2023. It is obvious his arbitrary and tactless interference in the process for the emergence of the leadership of the Ninth Assembly is already falling through. Our only advice for him is that if he is interested in the stability of the National Assembly, he should allow the members to elect their leadership in consultations with the party leadership.”

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'Those Trucks That Killed Him Are Still There' — Fans Mourn Dagrin Nine Years After

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 12:27pm


Today makes it nine years since the death of Nigerian Indigenous rapper Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun, better known as Dagrin, after a vehicle accident in Lagos. 

The rapper, who lived in Meiran, Alagbado, Lagos infused Yoruba English and Pidgin in his songs, which ensured that all types of Nigerian music lovers could relate with his sound.

Themes of his songs were centred around how it feels to be a ghetto child with no food, no help from the government and nothing but dreams. Songs like 'Ghetto dreams',  'Pon Pon Pon', and 'Thank God' paint a vivid picture of his tales.  

In 2009, he released his album 'C.E.O.” an acronym for 'Chief Executive Omoita'. 'Pon Pon Pon', a song off the album, went on to get nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for Best Album (C.E.O.), Hottest Single, Best Rap Act and Best Collaboration with vocals, in 2010. 

Still wondering if it is all a dream that their favourite rapper is gone, fans have taken to social media to mourn Dagrin. 

A fan wrote: “9years ago #Dagrin died in an accident. He drove into a truck parked by the roadside. Guess what, those trucks still park on the road. He had internal bleeding but the Doctors didn't detect. Guess what, negligence in the health sector has worsened. Nigeria, we hail thee."

9years ago #Dagrin died in an accident. He drove into a truck parked by the roadside. Guess what, those trucks still park on the road.

He had internal bleeding but the Doctors didn't detect. Guess what, negligence in the health sector has worsened.

Nigeria, we hail thee pic.twitter.com/wGoRoV6TqE

— RIP Dagrin (@emperordami) April 22, 2019  

“But we know your soul is not in the ground, Its in our heart. Your memory lives on... #DaGrin“ Joseph celebrated the rapper.

Another Twitter user, Belzeez, wrote: “This Legend Dagrin is just too full of talent. His Legacy gave a lot pace in the music industry. Check his legacy here."

Taking a quote from one of Dagrin’s song, Sir Bobo’s tweet read: ”How Do You Convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when we are surrounded by poor graduates and rich criminals - DAGRIN2010. Continue To Rest In Peace. #DAGRIN”

How Do You Convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when we are surrounded by poor graduates and rich illiterates - DAGRIN 2010.

Continue To Rest In Peace. #DAGRIN

— pavez (@po5eidun) April 22, 2019  

Some even advised that an anniversary should be organised next year in honour of the rapper: “This day next year will be the 10th anniversary of Dagrin's death. Would be nice if someone did like a concert or something with proceeds going to his family."

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Police Recover Cache Of Weapons At PDP, APC Secretariats In Kano

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 11:58am


Police authorities in Kano have recovered a cache of weapons at the state secretariats of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Tudunwada Local Government Area of the state as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, a group of eight suspected thugs were arrested purpotedly in connection with the weapons recovered.  

Confirming the development, DSP Abdullahi said the weapons included swords, cutlasses, knives, various types of drugs and other lethal weapons that are being used by political thugs.

He said: “The weapons were recovered during a special raid on political parties secretariats in the local governments. After we recovered weapons and arrested four persons at the PDP headquarters, we also moved to the APC secretariat where we equally arrested four thugs and recovered weapons."

He said the arrest and recovery of the weapons followed the Police’s intensified raiding of criminal hideouts in the State.

Meanwhile, when contacted, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, the Chairman of APC in the state, denied the arrest of any member of APC in connection with weapons recovered.

“After all, the weapons were recovered at PDP secretariat, how can they then members of APC be arrested in connection with the weapons recovered from PDP? This cannot be possible," Abdullahi said. 

“The Police should come out and say the truth. We have been vindicated and gradually, people will begin to understand what we have been saying about these people.”

Alhaji Shehu Wada Sagagi, the PDP’s Secretary, also claimed that nobody, to the best of his knowledge, reported the matter to the party secretariat.

He said “it could be possible to recover such weapons from people around Tudunwada at least for being hunters", but he expressed confidence that "the weapons recovered were not meant to kill or hurt anybody".

Sagagi confirmed that PDP members who were arrested had been released on bail, as Police did not find anything incriminating on them.

He said the Police would be petitioned for indiscriminate arrest.

“This is what we have been going through since the beginning of this year’s election season," he said. "Many of our members have been arrested for alleged wrong doings. We will soon petition Police in this respect."

 

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Arguments In The Nigerian Left By Edwin Madunagu

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 11:12am


The 2019 general electionsprovoked undeclared and unstructured discussions and debates in the Nigerian Left. Of the various themes that can be articulated from these animated exchanges of opinions—some of which are continuing—at least three may be considered central in the history and politics of revolutionary socialist struggle in Nigeria. 

My interest in this article is more to help the discussions to continue—at all levels—more productively and heuristically than to take definitive positions. And I shall attempt to serve this primary interest by providing information, clarifications and reminders. I shall also recall significant insights in the earlier segments of the discussions. But I shall not attempt to moderate the discussions that had already taken place or those that are continuing.

The first theme can be called “ideological classification of politics and political formations;” the second can be titled “forms of state in the transition to socialism,” and the third is the “identification of a Marxist or a revolutionary socialist in a capitalist country like Nigeria.” The three themes, taken together, relate to the fundamental general need of the Nigerian Left to understand the society it wishes to transform and its possible directions of movement. Beyond these are the specific needs of organization-building, tactics, strategy, alliances, manifestoes and platforms.

On the transition to socialism: The name given by Karl Marx himself to the form of state in the transition to Marxian socialism (or scientific socialism) is “dictatorship of the proletariat”. Socialism itself, as we know, would have no need of state, as state. That was the classical formulation in the second half of the 19thcentury. Since then world history and the concrete experiences of global socialist revolution have led to several other formulations forged by revolutionary socialists in the midst of struggle: dictatorship of the proletariat and the peasantry; people’s democracy; popular democracy; state of the whole people; etc. In one of the discussions during Elections 2019 “developmental state” came up as a possible form of state for transition to socialism. Information available to me is that developmental state is “a term used by international political economy scholars to refer to the phenomenon of state-led macroeconomic planning in East Asia in the twentieth century.”

Two important points can be raised to advance this discussion. The firsthas to do with the functions of the state—under capitalism. These functions, following Ernest Mandel, can be summarized under three categories: “provision of those general conditions of production which cannot be assured by the private activities of the members of the dominant class; repression of any threat to the prevailing mode of production from the dominated classes or particular sections of the dominant classes; and integration of the dominated classes, to ensure that the ruling ideology of the society remains that of the ruling class ….” (Ernest Mandel: Late Capitalism). What changes would these functions undergo in the transition to socialism? The secondpoint is that the critical question for any transition is that of class power, that is, the dominant class character of the coalition of forces in power and the direction the transition is moving and seen to be moving under this coalition.

On the identification of a Marxist: A Nigerian Marxist recently offered the following proposition: “And, if I may add, where you work, or earn a living isn’t what makes you a revolutionary. What makes you a revolutionary is your conviction and your actions, your theory and your practice, that is, your praxis. And more importantly, in a capitalist society, what makes you a socialist or a Marxist is not your place in the mode of production—that is, whether worker, academic, petty-bourgeois, etc. but essentially your convictions, your politics, your political action ….” This is an old issue in the Nigerian Socialist Movement, especially in the Marxist subgroup. That it is again being debated now simply means either that it has not been resolved or that it has assumed new forms, or both.

On the classification of politics: Since the emergence of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013 and, in particular, since its victory in Nigeria’s presidential election of 2015, comparison between this ruling class party and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)—the ruling class party it defeated and supplanted—has remained on the agenda of the Nigerian Left. And, of course, the two parties have remained the dominant (capitalist) ruling class parties in Nigeria. This comparison logically and expectedly came up and remained a point of discussion throughout Elections 2019.

At a point a prominent Nigerian Marxist decided to telescope the discussion with two suggestions: one, that what the two ruling class parties—APC and PDP—have in common is more than what divides them; and two: that APC is a Centre-Right party while PDP is a Right Party. In other words, the two dominant ruling class (capitalist) parties—APC and PDP—though similar in several respects, are not the same. To miss this point, the Marxist insists, is to miss the critical difference between the Right and the Centre-Right (or Right of Centre) in politics. What follows is offered to assist the expansion of discussions of this important subject.

The term, Left, in politics is believed to have originated in the National Assembly of France during the first phase of the revolution (1789-1894) that put an end to the feudal and absolutist order in that country. The term was used in that revolutionary assembly to identify the radicals who were seated to the left of the presiding officer. Today, the Leftis used, not only in France, but all over the world. And it is used not only to refer to or describe the more radically progressive or socialistic wing of a legislative assembly, but also to describe a political party, platform, movement or tendency, a political system, or a public policy (governmental or non-governmental) that is popular-democratic, radically progressive or socialist. Historically and logically what was left of the whole after the identification or designation of the Left became the Right and what I may call the “Ambivalent.”

New terms are introduced in the sciences (natural or social) either to capture the emergence of new things or phenomena, or to combine or aggregate separate things or phenomena that are now known to be similar or to have developed similarities in some vital respects, or to differentiate elements in phenomena or things that had previously been thought to be homogeneous. In other words, we have new terms when new things and phenomena emerge, through the process of combination and association and through the process of differentiation and separation. This is the situation in the particular system of classification of politics under discussion. But if the Left-Right differentiation in politics originated in revolutionary France, its further sub-differentiation has been and is still being spearheaded in the United States of America.

Generally, once in a political system we identify and designate the Left, we can easily define the Right; and from the Left-Right political spectrum, we can easily construct the Centre (the old “Ambivalent”). Having established the Left, the Right and the Centre, it is an elementary exercise to articulate “intermediate” positions between the Centre and the Left and between the Centre and the Right. These “intermediate” positions are designated Left-of-Centre and Right-of-Centre respectively. The former “leans to the left-wing, but closer to the centre than other left-wing politics,” while the latter “leans to the right but closer to the centre than other right-wing politics.” The Far-Left“is located further on the Left of the Left-Right political spectrum,” while the Far-Rightis similarly located further on the Right. But speaking personally, I would confess that once we begin to further subdivide the Left-Centre-Right spectrum in Nigeria I also begin to have serious problems!

 

Madunagu, mathematician and journalist, writes from Calabar, Cross River State. 

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Hoodlums Set Ogun Deputy Speaker's Office, Vehicles Ablaze

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 8:41am


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Ifo, in Ogun State, was embroiled in violence on Sunday when thugs suspected to be in the employ of opposition politicians attacked property or structures having connection with either the All  Progressives Congress (APC) or politicians of the party's extraction.

Hon. Kunle  Oluomo, Deputy Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, was the first victim of the rampaging thugs when he had his constituency office in Ifo, together with five vehicles, set ablaze.

The Constituency office of Hon. Ibrahim Isiaka, the Ifo/Ewekoro Federal House of Representatives member, was also not spared as hoodlums stormed and burnt it down.

The hoodlums seized on the grand finale of the town's annual Akoogun festival to perpetrate the dastardly acts.

It was learnt that operatives of the Special Anti–Robbery Squad (SARS) had trailed one of the boys suspected to have masterminded the arson to the venue of the Akoogun Festival for gun possession. The boy was also said to have disrupted activities at various polling units during the last general election.

But his gang allegedly encircled the Police, stoutly preventing him from being taken away and retrieving the said gun from the Police.

SaharaReporters learnt that the hoodlums also attempted to snatch an AK47 from one of the policemen but in a fierce struggle for the riffle between the Police and the daring hoodlums, gunshot rang out and one of the boys was cut down while the policemen also fled the scene.

This raised the ire of the hoodlums as they quickly regrouped and stormed the constituency office of Kunle Oluomo, torching the constituency building and the vehicles on the premises.

Oluomo’s property destroyed during the attack include office, five vehicles (three Mercedes 42-seater buses, one Isuzu Luxurious bus and a 36–seater coaster bus being used for free school shuttle pupils and students in Ifo 1 State Constituency.

However,  Oluomo called on security agencies to beef up the security in the area being turned into a war zone.

"This to invite the attention of security agencies to Ogun State Ifo to forestall total breakdown of law and order," he said.

“I hereby appeal to all securities agencies in Ogun State to please give special attention to Ifo (I understand they planned another attack for today again) and order thorough investigation into matter to bring the perpetrators to book.”

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Young Couple Sell Their Six-Hour-Old Baby For N850,000

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 7:10am


A five-member trafficking syndicate consisting of a young couple and three other accomplices have been apprehended by operatives of the Imo State Police Command for allegedly selling a six-hour-old baby for N850,000 shortly after he was born.

Rabiu Ladodo, the Commissioner of Police in the state, who paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Owerri on Saturday, described the crime as “absurd and irritating".

Ladodo said the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.

The CP noted that it was unbelievable that the mother of the newborn, Chinonye Oparaocha, 23, conspired with the other suspects to trade the child after delivery.

The other suspects are Confidence Anyanwu, 28; Duru Christian, 38; George Iyowuna, 38, and William Cynthia, 44.

Ladodo said the mother of the baby conspired with a nurse at the hospital where she was delivered of the baby to take the child to Rivers State, where he was trafficked for N850,000.

According to him, it took coordinated intelligence from his men for the baby to be recovered and the suspects arrested.

“On February 8, 2019, at an undisclosed clinic on Nekede Road in the Owerri West LGA, one Chinonye Oparaocha was delivered of a baby boy," he said.

“The woman immediately conspired with one Confidence Anyanwu, a nurse and native of Umuhu Okwuato in the Aboh Mbaise LGA, in company with her husband, Amanze Anyanwu (at large), and carried the six hours old baby to Port Harcourt in Rivers State, where one Duru Christian, was standing by. In Port Harcourt, Christian in company with Iyowuna, met them and took custody of the baby.

“George Iyowuna met them at their hideout, took the baby boy and handed him over to a prospective buyer, William Cynthia, and her husband, who eventually paid the sum of N850,000. On April 13, operatives of the Scorpion Squad of the command, after diligent investigation, arrested these five suspects, including the mother of the baby and the nurse who delivered her of the baby.”

Ladodo added that the suspects had given useful information to the Police, which should lead to the arrest of other fleeing members of the gang.

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BREAKING: 10 Killed During Boys’ Brigade Easter Procession In Gombe

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 6:56am

A car ran into a Boys’ Brigade procession in Gombe State late on Sunday evening, killing at least 10, the Police have confirmed.

SaharaReporters learnt that the Boys’ Brigade, from ECWA Church, Bamusa in Barunde and from St Peter’s Anglican Church in were in a procession to Sabon-Layi Area of Gombe metropolis, where they were expected to celebrate Easter on Monday, when a car crashed into them.

Theose injured were rushed to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, Gombe.
 
According to Mary Malum, Public Relations officer of the Gombe State Police Command, at least 10 persons died in the accident, eight out of them members of the Gombe State Boys’ Brigade.

The other two, Malum said, were the driver of the car and his friend.

Michael Achika, Captain of the ECWA Church’s Boys’ Brigade from Bogo (Gombe State), urged government to take over the bills of those receiving treatment at the hospital and compensate the families of the deceased.

He also expressed high hopes that all the injured would survive, saying they were responding to treatment due to the professionalism of the Gombe State Specialist Hospital's medical personnel.

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Two Friends Badly Burnt As Car Crashes Into Electric Pole In Abuja

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 6:25am


Tragedy struck in Abuja on Sunday as two friends were burnt when their car hit an electric pole and somersaulted several times before it was engulfed in flame.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to Saharareporters, the accident occurred on the Berger bridge flyover when the Toyota Corolla car with two male occupants rammed into an electric pole and lost control in the process before bursting into flame. 

It was gathered that the vehicle was on high speed, which made the impact so devastating that the occupants suffered severe burns. One of the occupants who suffered minor injuries was said to have been flung out of the vehicle in the process. 

Passersby were said to have made frantic efforts to rescue the second person, who was still trapped in the car, as they battled the fire with fire extinguishers. The fire defied all efforts to extinguish it as a result of its magnitude.

When the fire was completely put out, the occupant had suffered serious injuries and was burnt all over his body. He was later rescued alive and taken to the hospital. 

Many people blamed the driver for the accident, saying that the impact would have been minimual if he was not on high speed.

Road within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) metropolis are always empty and scanty during festive periods, leaving motorists always taking advantage to drive recklessly.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ondo APC Members Kick As Akeredolu Orders Them To Return Buhari-Osinbajo Campaign Vehicles

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 4:46am

Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, has ordered the withdrawal of all the branded vehicles he donated for the re-election bid and campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 general election, SaharaReporters can exclusively report.

The vehicles donated by Akeredolu before the election were presented to some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state in order to increase the victory chances of Buhari and the party's candidates, mostly those contesting for the House of Assembly seats in the state.

SaharaReporters learnt that buses were "given" to party chairmen while the Sienna cars were handed out to elected members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, in December.

Some of the branded vehicles were also given to all candidates of the party and party chairmen across the 18 local government areas of the state at an elaborate event held at the open field beside Nigeria Prison Service, GRA, Owo.

As of press time, the motives behind the withdrawal of the branded campaign vehicles were not known to the party leaders/members, who have been grumbling underground since the decision was effected.

To further confirm withdrawal of the branded vehicles, SaharaReporters exclusively obtained a terse memo calling on leaders and members of the party in possession of the branded vehicles to return them.

The memo, signed by Isiaka Yusuf, the Senior Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Governor, was sent to both the elected lawmakers and the 18 LGA chairmen. 

“I have been directed by Mr. Governor to withdraw the branded Sienna in your possession,” read the memo. “You are required to submit the vehicle to the office of the SSA (Political Matters) on or before Friday 12th April 2019. Please, kindly comply. SSA (Political Matters)."

Multiple sources in the ruling party in the state, who spoke with SaharaReporters, expressed great dissatisfaction with the order for return of the vehicles. 

These sources wondered why Akeredolu would abruptly call for the return of vehicles that were given to them as gifts with so much fanfare.

“Yes, it is true they have withdrawn the branded vehicles, as they informed us that the Governor asked for them; I have returned the vehicle and the keys to them,” said a member of the party who has just been elected into the Ondo State House of Assembly.

"I am not surprised if the Governor is asking for the vehicle. Thank God I have been elected into the House of Assembly elected, so I can easily get money to buy the same type of vehicle if I want to. In fact, happenings now in the party show that our Governor is no longer on the same page with the presidency and APC at the national level, especially with Oshiomhole.

“The call for the return of these vehicles is almost two weeks old. I gathered that our party leadership in Abuja got wind of this action and this also made them to hasten the suspension of the Governor from the party.” 

Also, a high-profile member of the party confirmed the withdrawal of the vehicles to SaharaReporters on the phone, saying: "The branded campaign vehicles have been withdrawn from us and we were told it was an order from Governor Akeredolu himself, since the election is already over. 

"It was a surprise when we started to receive calls and messages from the Governor's aide that we should submit the vehicles and keys in our possession for validation. These cars were given to us as donations. For me, I have returned the Sienna vehicle in my possession to them.

"We were not expecting that from Mr. Governor and whoever gave him the advice was not helping him but just creating more enemies for him, as a new election is coming. It is this same set of people that will lead him to downfall.

"The bad advice being given to him by these idiots forced the presidency to withdraw the invitation for him to represent the President at an event in Ado Ekiti few days ago while Senator Ajayi Boroffice was called up instead.”

Another freshly-elected state lawmaker queried the withdrawal of the vehicles, saying: “It is true they told us to return the vehicles in our possession and many of us have done that. I have since returned the one with me, with the keys and some other documents.

“But you know our people, they are asking why the Governor will take such a step after the wide media publicity that he presented the cars to us to boost our election. It shows that he just used that to make a name for himself and attract cheap publicity… to deceive those people in Abuja into thinking he has been working for the party, whereas he was only playing second-term games.

"Just imagine that, would Akeredolu be the first to donate vehicles to the party and its candidates? We have lot of people who give to the party and never collect them back. I know some governors who are in APC in other states who donated vehicles and other material things to the party and never requested for them back.”

An APC official in the state who asked not to be named justified the action of the Governor. The official, who is also part of the state executive council of the ruling party, described the matter as “a dead discussion”, adding that Akeredolu has the right to retrieve the vehicles

"What exactly do you want to know?” he asked.

“These vehicles were given to them during the election and the Governor has decided to collect them back. So, what is the big issue about that or is it an offence to give something to someone for a purpose, and later collect them back after the use?

"Ordinarily, this should not even be an issue to talk about, or are those given the vehicles complaining on why the Governor is collecting them back? If the Governor wants to contest for a second term in office, won't he make use of those vehicles again? I feel the issue on the return of these vehicles are dead. So, let us discuss something else.”

When SaharaReporters contacted Alhaji Yusuf Sanya Isiaka, the Senior Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Governor, he said the vehicles were not really "gifts" but were only given out to aid  campaigns.

"What the Governor did was to give those buses for campaign purposes; it was not a gift," he said. 

"It was just to aid their campaign programme during the electioneering period, and the arrangment was that after the election, it should be return. So, that was the arrangment between them and the MHAs (members of the House of Assembly).

"So, they were aware... before these buses were handed over to them, they were all told that they would return them after campaign. And they have actually complied. If it was a gift, nobody would comply. it was not a gift."

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Examination Malpractice To Youth, Electoral Malpractice To Leaders By Akeem Alao

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 4:19am


I once said if I was asked to proffer a solution to examination malpractice, I would suggest a deschooling society. All the schools in the society will be closed down. I know this is impossible. Why I would suggest that is due to the fact that examination malpractice has become a celebrated crime in Nigeria.  It is difficult to eradicate. We should only think of curbing it and tackling its negative effects.

This year, some UTME candidates are affected by the immorality of other candidates aided by those unscrupulous owners of CBT centres, including parents. Examination malpractice is now being practised at all examination.

If a student lacks the ability to independently sit and pass examination into a tertiary institution, is the student intellectually qualified to proceed to higher institution? 

It is unfortunate that parents and teachers, who are supposed to preach against it are actively involved in this immorality. It is equally pitiable that some owners of examination centres who are desperate to make billions of naira out of the examination are also actively involved in the act.

Immorality plagues our society. Everyone seems not to see sanity in moral decency. Indecency is praised. Leaders are agents of immorality. Can they be exonerated from this immorality? Can the authorities who pass judgement on those involved in examination malpractice be exonerated from being part of electoral malpractice? They are models for the perpetrators of examination malpractice. To the examination candidates, success is achieved through malpractice.

And what moral do our schools teach? Teachers are chief agents of examination malpractice. What about the homes? Parents are so much interested in examination malpractice. Candidates are all desperate to get what we do not deserve. They want to perform excellently in an examination by all means. They want to gain admission into tertiary institution. Examination malpractice is now everywhere, even in our atmosphere.

They see it as the only means to obtain excellent scores. The introduction of CBT is to eradicate examination malpractice.

Is this aim not defeated? What is the solution?

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Muslims Marginalised In Security Agencies, Supreme Council for Shari’ah Laments

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 2:00am


The Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN) has lamented the marginalisation of Muslims in security agencies.

The council also lamented the state of insecurity in the country.

Led by Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, at a pre-Ramadan meeting held in Kaduna during the weekend, the council emphasised the need for the Nigerian government to address insecurity challenges.

The meeting was attended by Muslim leaders from states across the country.

A communiqué signed by its Nafiu Baba Ahmad, the SCSN Secretary-General, read: “We call on all Muslims to continue to pray for peace to reign in this country and both the Imams of Jumma’ah and other mosques to start saying the Qunut for the improvement of the security situation in the country.

“The Council equally frowned on what it called continuous marginalisation of Muslims in the armed forces, intelligence and other law enforcement agencies.

“Justice demands that this prolonged marginalisation must be urgently addressed.”
 

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Police Officer Kills Man In Ogun

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 1:53am


A Police officer in Ogun State has killed a resident at Iyana Coker in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The officer, whose identity could not be ascertained as of the time of the report, allegedly killed the young man during an argument.

Kehinde Ogunyale, who witnessed the tragic incident, told Punch newspaper that trouble started when an argument ensued between the deceased and the police officer over an unknown issue.

Ogunyale said the deceased was a young man, although his identity had not yet been ascertained.

Another witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there was no clear reason as to what transpired between the deceased and the officer. 

Enraged by the incident, residents of the area embarked on a protest, which resulted in a chaotic situation as they blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway with burnt tyres to stop movement of vehicles on both sides of the road.
 

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AYF: Tinubu's Actions On Leadership Of 9th National Assembly Shows He Is Anti-North

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 1:51am


The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) has accused Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), of turning himself into a dictator by trying to pocket the party's structure.

The group made the accusation in a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday.

They accused the former Governor Of Lagos State of trying to impose his stooges on the members of National Assembly, a move they described as "anti-democratic" and against the political interest of the North as a whole.

The northern socio-cultural group made the accusation in a statement jointly signed by Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu and Bello Abdulhamid, the National President and National Director, Public Affairs of the group, respectively.

The statement read: “To any right thinking and close observer of the polity, this unfolding development showcases Bola Tinubu as anti-North and is selfishly paving the way to have total control of the APC and its tidings, as well as influence the decision of the party chairman, all as a build-up to the 2023 elections."

"AYF has received with surprise, the recent position of the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, dictating who will emerge as the Senate President as well as the Speaker, House of Representatives for the 9th Assembly.

“We are also amazed by the statement credited to the party chieftain, where he was quoted to posit that party officials not comfortable with the choice and dictates of the party as orchestrated by him and some party officials are free to leave the APC. So much so that we consider this statement as unbecoming of the national leader, also, we believe that these dictatorial tendencies are undemocratic, unethical, not in line with international best practices, politically incorrect and in bad taste."

The Northern forum condemned Tinubu's approach as unbecoming of a true elder.

It said: “An elder who is supposed to toe the path of amicable resolution and embrace the spirit of reconciliation, particularly amongst the contestants, is openly found to be overbearing and divisive by all intents. 

“The Arewa Youth Forum, therefore, maintains that this singular action, especially as it affects the National Assembly, smacks of the problematic issue of influence of godfathers, which overtime has been a serious draw back to the tenet of good governance, because the so called ‘godsons/daughters' are in shackles, enslaved and captive to the whims and caprices of their bosses; hence the desirous and ever needed delivery of democracy dividends through good governance is stunted and threatened."

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In IDP Camp, Children Feed On Onion Leaves To Survive

Sahara Reporters - 22 April 2019 - 1:42am


Children taking shelter at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), located about two kilometres from Rindebin community in Bauchi Local Government Area, have resorted to feeding on onion leaves to survive.

Aged between three and five years old, the children, who showed signs of malnutrition, have resorted to feeding on the leaves as a result of inadequate provision of food items at the camp. 

Speaking with NAN correspondents, who visited the camp, some of their parents said there wasn't enough food, and as such, they had to "improvise" ways of tackling hunger.

According to the parents, onion leaves are nutritious and would also protect their children from hunger and diseases.

Mrs. Aisha Musa, one of the parents, said for the past one year, children and adults in the camp have been struggling to survive, with little or no assistance from all quarters.

Another parent, Mrs. Ajidda Ahmed, lamented the hardship faced by the IDPs, stating that: “Both adults and children suffer from hunger; this has resulted in forcing us to eat raw onion leaves from sellers that come to the camp.

“Rainy season is about to set in and another fear is the outbreak of childhood diseases, because for the past one year, our children were not immunised and there are no water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.

“We defecate in the bushes and the rain water will soon wash our faeces back to the stream, where we source for water to drink."

Bulama Gojja, leader of the camp, said they are more than 200 in number of the Shuwa-Arab stock from Marte, Marfa and Jere local governments of Borno State, and that they were forced to relocate to the camp last year as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

According to Gojja, their challenges include insufficiency of food items, lack of potable water, health facility and education for their children. He said in 2018, no fewer than 20 pregnant women delivered in the camp without the required medical attention, expressing fears that the offspring might develop health challenges due to lack of immunization.

He appealed to government and non-governmental organizations for assistance.

Attempts to get the comments of those in charge of ensuring provision of facilities and items at the camp were not successful as they were not on seat each time NAN visited to make enquiries.

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