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US Government To Bar TikTok, WeChat From Country’s App Store On Sunday

18 September 2020 - 6:48am


The United States Government will ban social media apps WeChat and TikTok from US app stores starting from Sunday.

Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, in a statement on Friday said, “Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threat of the Chinese Communist Party."

The two services are currently used by more than 100 million people in the United States of America.

The restrictions will ban the transferring of funds or processing of payments through WeChat within the United States as from Sunday. 

In the case of WeChat, the restrictions will also prevent any company from offering Internet hosting, content delivery networks, Internet transit or peering services to WeChat or using the app’s code in other software or services in the United States, New York Times reports.

The same prohibition on services goes into effect on November 12 for TikTok.

Recall that Trump on August 6 had threatened to ban the app, saying it collects the data of millions of Americans, which could end in the hands of the Chineses Government.

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My Visa Ban Unacceptable, Yahaya Bello Tells US Government

18 September 2020 - 6:40am


The Kogi State Government has written a letter to the United States, saying the visa ban recently placed on Governor Yahaya Bello for rigging the 2019 governorship election in the state was unacceptable and unfair.

In the letter to the Ambassador of the United States of America, Secterraty to the State Government, Folashade Arike Ayoade, said the ban on Bello has emboldened opposition parties in the state, who had earlier maintained that the elections were rigged.

The letter reads partly, “The Kogi State Government became aware of a United States Government list of individuals who received US visa restrictions for alleged electoral malpractices via a press statement to that effect posted on your embassy website.

“In your own words, the still-unnamed individuals are cited as guilty of ‘acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic process.’ They are also alleged to ‘have operated with impunity at the expense of the Nigerian people and undermined democratic principles and human rights.

“You also noted in the statement that the sanctions are derived from unspecified misconducts by the said individuals which extend from the February/March 2019 general elections in Nigeria through the off-cycle November 2019 gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa to the as yet unheld governorship contests in Edo and Ondo states. Please note that for the purposes of this protest letter we are only interested in the citations to the extent that they are referable to Kogi State and her citizens.

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“For the most part, we concede that elections in Nigeria are complex affairs which will continue to require improvements for the foreseeable future. The 2019 Kogi State gubernatorial election was also not without its challenges. However, it is also crystal clear from critical and composite analyses of the records (official, media, observers, etc) of the November 16, 2020 polls that regrettable incidents were limited to a few polling units, while the overwhelmingly larger portions of the ballot were free, fair and credible.

“Our concern right now is not the prerogative of the United States of America to impose entry restrictions on anyone, for any or no reason at all, which prerogative remains unfettered, but the room for atrocious misinformation which the timing of your press statement and the mention of the Kogi elections therein has created in our state.

“For the February and March 2019 general elections, your advisory came out in July 2019, long before the Supreme Court delivered her judgments in the petitions against those elections, including challenges to President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection. The presumption is that in spite of your intervention, the Supreme Court still discovered no merit in the petitions and dismissed them accordingly.

“In our case, you made the tactical decision to release the update shortly after the Supreme Court delivered judgments in the 4 petitions which made it before her. Amongst a plethora of well-reasoned pronouncements, the Apex Court dismissed the said petitions for failing to prove their allegations and for having no ‘scintilla of merit’. The inference from your timing is that the judgment is somehow tainted and did not meet the justice of the case, thereby casting aspersions, not only on the Nigerian judiciary but on the second term mandate freely bestowed on His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello by the good people of Kogi State.

“We find this unacceptable, and we protest your presumption. The least you could have done, if indeed this is about democracy and human rights as claimed, is create a room, no matter how slim, for a fair hearing. As it is now, partisan speculations as to who is indicted, who is not and for what has become cudgels, furiously swung in the media space by all comers. Your action has therefore added abundant grist to the rumour mills and electrified the merchants of fake news.

“We believe that if the United States of America, despite her commanding heights and much longer experience as the acclaimed bastion of democracy in the world, is still locked in a fight to defend the integrity of her own electoral processes to this very day, then she ought to accord greater empathy, more civility and much less disruption, to nascent democracies.”

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Group Asks Police To Call Parties Participating In Ondo Election To Peace Talk

18 September 2020 - 6:37am


Following the violent clash between supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, the Oodua Youth Coalition has asked the police to call leaders of the political parties to a peace parley to avoid further violence ahead of the October 10 governorship poll in the state. 

The group said the continued clash between supporters of the APC and PDP had become a source of concern to stakeholders.

On Wednesday, supporters of the two political parties clashed, leaving destruction and apprehension in its trail.

No fewer than 20 branded vehicles belonging to PDP and the APC were destroyed while scores of supporters sustained injuries during the violent crash.

Also, Zenith Labour Party has condemned brutal attacks on supporters mostly in the Idanre Local Government Area of the state. 

In a statement, OYC President, Tayo Oluyi Akintade, said politicians in the state needed to shun violence and call their supporters to order.

He also advised security agencies especially the police to do their job professionally without any form of bias. 

The statement reads, "The recent violent clash between the APC and PDP that left scores of Oba-Akoko residents and members of both parties injured and properties destroyed negate the principles guiding us as Omoluabis. 

"The display of hooliganism is alien to our culture and we strongly condemn such. 

"We in the Odua Youth Coalition believe in the tolerance entrenched in the tenet of our democracy and advise that every political party convey their programs to the people without intimidation. 

"We also call on the security agents to live to their mandate of securing the lives and properties of the people of Ondo State during this election period. 

"We want to also mandate the security agencies as a matter of urgency to call a peace meeting among political parties to forestall further occurrence."

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African Action Congress Asks Members To Boycott Edo Election Over Exclusion Of Candidate From Poll

18 September 2020 - 5:21am


The African Action Congress has said members of the party will not be participating in the Edo State governorship election in protest of the exclusion of the party’s candidate from the ballot.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had removed the name of the candidate of the party, Edith Isokpan, from contesting in the election.

AAC primary election, which was peaceful and orderly, was witnessed by INEC officials.

However, while releasing the list of parties approved to contest the election, INEC omitted AAC from the log without any concrete explanation.

The party, in a statement by Chairman of Edo State chapter, Comrade J.C. Hafiz Lawal, said while it was challenging the decision of the electoral body in court, party members will not be voting in the election.

The statement reads, “In protest of INEC's unlawful exclusion of the party and it's candidate's name from the ballot, the Edo State chapter of the African Action Congress has resolved in solidarity to sit at home and boycott the election.

“As enshrined in Nigeria's constitution, every Nigerian from across tribes, religion, race, colour, sex, and on the required age bracket, is eligible to contest/vie for elective positions in Nigeria.

“However, this is not the case of African Action Congress and Hon. Edith Isokpan when INEC, after the party's primaries, refused enlisting the party from the Edo election. A situation that has been challenged in the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

“We believe we will get justice in court over the unlawful exclusion of the party/candidate, even if there is gross frustration in the justice system in Nigeria.

“Our demands are simple, return AAC and its candidate to the ballot, pay the damages of having the party lose teaming members to the opposition parties.”

 

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Nigerian Government Orders Schools To Conduct Weekly COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tests

18 September 2020 - 5:16am


Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigerian Government has directed all schools reopening on Monday in the country to conduct a weekly COVID-19 risk assessment test while local and state governments are expected to conduct monthly and quarterly risk assessment in schools.

Schools that were closed in March to curb the spread of the Coronavirus will now open in phases starting September 21. 

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, made the announcement, a report by PUNCH said.

Chikwe Ihekweazu

The assessment will determine the level of compliance by schools to COVID-19 guidelines such as hand-washing, use of face masks, social distancing among other protocols.

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Buhari’s Appointee Convicted For Drug Violations In United State Denies Allegation, Says ‘Village People’ After His Success

18 September 2020 - 4:42am


President Muhammadu Buhari.

Franklin Uzo lgbonwa, Chairman of Anambra State Selection Committee of the Nigerian Government Extended Special Public Works Programme, has denied being an ex-convict.

Igbonwa in a letter dated September 17, 2020 to SaharaReporters said the allegations against him was false.

President Muhammadu Buhari.

Igbonwa claimed that the allegation was from 'village people' not happy with his success.

He said, “This is village politics, nothing more. 

“There is no iota of truth in the.claim. 

I’m not an ex-convict. I’m not known to be a front or surrogate being used by anybody or Senator Ngige to siphon any fund, let alone public funds and/or corner ‘juicy’ contracts in the Ministry of Labour and Employment as well as other parastatals and ministries. I’m neither under any indictment nor declared wanted anywhere in the world to best of my knowledge and belief. 

“My wife and I are 100 per cent owners of Olde English Hotels and Suites which I completed in October 2006. I’m not a front for Senator Ngige or anybody living or dead."

SaharaReporters had reported how Igbonwa was indicted by a United States federal grand jury and convicted in 1990 for drug violations.

.@MBuhari Names Minister Of Labour, Ngige’s Cousin Convicted For Drug Violations In United State As Job Creation Committee Chairman | Sahara Reporters https://t.co/D8BMa36TDZ pic.twitter.com/Omx6MJ1S7u

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He was sentenced to nine years in prison on two count charges, the sentences to run concurrently, and 10 years of supervised release, court documents seen by the newspaper read.

Igbonwa was also accused in 1989 by the US Immigration and Naturalisation Service of sham marriage, thereby denying him permanent resident status.

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service adjusted Igbonwa's status to that of conditional permanent resident in 1987 following his marriage to a United States citizen. 

In 1989, Igbonwa petitioned to remove the conditional element of his immigration status. 

INS denied his petition on November 29, 1989, when the agency determined that his marriage was a sham entered into solely for the purpose of securing permanent resident status. 

INS began proceedings to terminate his conditional permanent resident status in 1990, but these proceedings were administratively halted on March 8, 1990 due to Igbonwa's incarceration on narcotics offenses.

He has, however, denied the allegations, blaming his detractors for trying to pull him down.

 

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Restructuring, Zoning And Northern Oligarchs By Osmund Agbo

18 September 2020 - 4:30am


Osmund Agbo

“You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep” - Navajo Proverb 

As the year 2023 draws near and political activities begin to pick up steam, there is the overall expectation that the Presidency will rotate to the South and maybe even micro-zoned to the South-East. Of course, some notable northern politicians want nothing to do with any of that. In an unprecedented act of statesmanly concession however, we all should be super thrilled to hear that the almighty nephew of Mr. President is now a strong advocate of merit; whatever that term meant to Mamman Daura.

In an exclusive interview granted to Vanguard recently, Chief Olu Falae advised that Nigerians should do away with zoning and focus on restructuring before the 2023 general elections. I totally agree with the former finance minister and one-time secretary to Babangida’s military government. Let our focus be more on long term solution instead of quick fixes that attempts to assuage the feeling of inclusion in one group while the rest cry foul in protest. Even a three-term presidential ticket zoned to the southeast will not begin to make a dent on the gross structural injustice inherent in the current system. That said, I see nothing wrong having to support the emergence of a Nigerian president of southeast extraction while working to restructure. The two are not mutually exclusive and Nigeria certainly could walk and chew gum at same time. It might be one good faith effort to reassure a sizable percentage of our nation’s population that they too constitute an integral part of a whole.

Few days ago, I came across a post credited to Prof. George Obiozor where the erudite scholar made a compelling case to either restructure Nigeria or allow the ethnic nationalities to go their separate ways. In that submission, he challenged his audience made up of mostly Nigerian diaspora in UK to show just one example of a multi-ethnic state in Europe where one group is positioned to dominate the rest that hasn't broken up. 

Osmund Agbo

Prof went to town in chronicling the fate that befell former nation states from Yugoslavia to old USSR that failed to rise up to the challenge of inclusion and representation that sustains such multi-ethnic societies. Lastly, he gave the reason why the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is still standing despite the ethnic differences of the constituents. In UK, he said, the system is led by men who permitted regional autonomy to the Irish, the Scott and the Welsh. Switzerland, another success story is an example of a nation where four ethnic groups that make up seven cantons constituted the federating units and agreed to a rotational presidency. His last two examples have gone to shown that an ethnically pluralistic society is not antithetical to building powerful nations. Multi-ethnicity is not an incubus.

The former director-general of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs whose prior portfolios included being a high commissioner to Cyprus, Nigerian ambassador to Israel and later United States is a man whose words many would want to take seriously. What Ambassador George failed to reckon with however, was that Nigeria is not UK and that Buhari is not their president. Someone also need to remind him that our own version of House of Commons is populated by jokers who crave the glamour of celebrity lifestyle instead of the sobering demands of statecraft.

In a Daily Post publication of August 31, 2020, the paper reported the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) statement following the recent calls for memorandum by Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution. The group opined that such a call is of no value and only stopped short of calling the whole exercise as a sham.

The Forum noted that prior efforts ended up being a jamboree that encouraged monumental waste of time and resources while giving false hope with nothing to show. Instead, they advocated for what was called a Nigerian Peoples’ Conference, the operational details of which appears more convoluted than the entity called Nigeria.

One finds it a bit counter-intuitive for a group like NEF to argue that tasking an already existing, legally constituted and tax-payer funded body like the Nigerian senate to carry out a review of a constitutional document encourages waste whereas starting what they called “A Nigerian Peoples’ Conference on Review of the Constitution” from the scratch would be more cost-effective.

In another related development, the northern leaders, who were members of the 2014 National Conference, in a meeting in Abuja some time ago and speaking on the platform of the Northern Delegates’ Forum (NDF) made a claim that the North was not given fair representation in the said conference. In conclusion, they disowned the recommendations of the conference and stated that it was designed to” put in particular our delegates and the North in general at a disadvantage”. It's important to note that the confab was led by no less a person than the 11th Chief Justice of Nigeria, the late Justice Idris Kutigi from Niger state.

President Buhari from day one has never been a big fan of restructuring and had made no pretension to the contrary. He had been quoted in several occasion to have said that no human law or edifice is perfect and that Nigeria’s problems have more to do with process than structure. What the President may have failed to recognize is that the structural deficiency he acknowledges to be the problem is a consequence of a supposedly federal constitution that operates like an overbearing feudal system reminiscent of medieval Europe. Today his handler wants us to believe that every matter relating to the subject of restructuring belong in the legislative list. While such is the case in a functional democracy with true separation of powers, they quickly forget that we have been here long enough to know that nothing even close to that obtains in Nigeria. Even the dream of it can’t be nurtured without the blessing of the Presidency.

In each of those scenarios, these northern oligarchs led us on a wide goose chase, wanting the rest of Nigeria to believe that their actions were fired by the zeal of patriotism. Such antics have become all too familiar and nobody is living in such a fool’s paradise anymore. There is hardly a doubt that the default policy position of these power intoxicated elite class is to indulge in an endless game of political whack-a-mole. An effort to kick the can of an inevitable reform down the road while continuing to profit off an unjust system that consigns every other group to a life of indentured servitude.

In making the case for restructuring Nigeria, many progressives continue to expound on its many virtues to the clogged ears of these oligarchs. The hope however, is that one day, these “owners” of Nigeria will come to their senses and become faithful converts; a product of ludicrous wishful thinking. By trying to wake the one pretending to be asleep, Southern intellectuals especially have become so befuddlingly naive to the point of forgetting how African men behave when in power. It’s the lure of power that continues to breed generations of “strongmen” in the continent who given a choice would rather die than give up their privilege. You have to be willing to severe their heads from the spoils which is the only way they let go.

I worry however, that every passing day the prospect of resolving the Nigerian question peacefully continues to dim. These motley bunch of rent seeking sleazebags would do whatever is necessary to protect their privileges. Those conscienceless prerogatives that are daily exercised on the backs of teeming population of Nigerians living in abject poverty. Paradoxically, the worst victims of this dangerously egocentric politics are not domiciled in the south but instead are mostly their fellow northerners who they claim to represent. These terribly unfortunate victims are left to live a life of beggarly existence and forced into a situation of utter hopelessness that make them willing recruits in the hands of terror organizations. These oligarchs whip up tribal and religious sentiments in a whim to pit compatriots against each other while gas-lighting the uninformed into buying whatever they choose to sell at any given time. They are lacking in even a single strand of patriotism.

Unfortunately, these cabals continue to oppose, overtly and covertly every effort designed to quench this raging inferno that is about to consume us all. For in the end, those who make peaceful revolution impossible, said John F. Kennedy, will make violent revolution inevitable. Nigeria does not have the luxury of time.

Dr. Agbo is the coordinator of African Center for Transparency and writes from USA. Email: eagleosmund@yahoo.com

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Edo Election: Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Inducing Voters With Cash, Gifts –YIAGA

18 September 2020 - 4:23am


The Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement Africa has revealed that the two major candidates in the Edo governorship election, Godwin Obaseki of Peoples Democratic Party, and Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress are heavily engaging in vote buying.

The non-governmental organisation stated that the two parties were inducing voters with money and gifts to vote for them in the election on Saturday.

Yiaga Africa reports show that the incidents of violence were prevalent in 13 of the 18 local government areas of the state.

Chairman of Yiaga Africa’s Watching the Vote 2020 Edo Election Observation Mission, Dr Aisha Abdullahi, bemoaned that the parties were engaging in inducement rather than issues-based campaign.

She said, “Political parties, especially the APC and PDP, are investing in the distribution of money and gift items as a strategy to swing voters.

“Within this reporting period, LTOs reported incidences of voter inducement in Igueben, Oredo, Ikpoba/Okha, Etsako Central, Owan West, Ovia South West, Egor, Ovia North East, Esan West, and Esan South East LG.”

Abdullahi also raised the issue of violence being sponsored by political actors in the state.

She urged the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as security agencies to ensure that the election was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

“These concerns are fuelled by the reports of violent arms stockpiling, recruitment of thugs, vandalism, and a surge in cult groups’ activities in battleground LGAs ahead of the election.

“INEC should ensure proper coordination with security agencies for the effectiveness and safety of personnel and materials deployment. This includes ensuring the safe delivery of personnel and materials after the election.

“Security agencies must maintain the utmost levels of neutrality and professionalism in enforcing election day security. They must respect the law and citizen’s constitutional and civic rights and refrain from excessive force,” she added.

 

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Power Drunk Tinubu And His Bartenders: Edo 'No Be Lagos'! By Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

18 September 2020 - 4:17am


The author, Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi

Someone once said: "Power is arrogant and the arrogance of power is stupidity and foolishness."

There have been an avalanche of reactions from Bola Ahmed Tinubu's camp to the video I had made calling him to order over his earlier video in which he had described himself as the leader of all democrats, irrespective of party affiliations. 

But the question we all need to ask our power-drunk 'national leader' of APC is, when was the election into the office of leader of all democrats across all parties in Nigeria conducted? 

The author, Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi.

Dear Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, such position is not a chieftaincy title and democratic ethos has not been murdered in Nigeria like you and your bartenders have done in APC where a cosmetic title not recognised by the constitution of your party was recklessly conferred on lawless individuals with  penchant for politics of thuggery and hooliganism.

The stupidity of this power drunks is to stupor. How else can one explain the height of foolishness that drew this conclusion:

"By Ize-Iyamu having 17 out of 24 members of the Edo State House of Assembly has shown who will win the Edo State gubernatorial elections" - Rapid Response Media Team.

The assertions of this media team has put to rest the rumours associated with the illegality of vagabonds and their usurper "governor," Ize Iyamu whose private residence became Edo State House of Assembly where Tinubu's stooges and Oshiomole's errand runners were "inaugurated," thus forming a parallel government.
In a normal clime under constitutional democracy, these gangs of robbers should have by now been quizzed by the police.

"By Ize-Iyamu having 17 out of 24 house of Assembly members:" How? 

Edolites,  have you at anytime elected Ize-Iyamu as governor? Has he ever been sworn in as governor? There are many questions begging for answers. 
This travesty of democracy must not be condoned. All Edolites must rise against it in the strongest terms at the poll on Saturday. Never again must vagabonds and their proteges be allowed at the corridors of power, not to talk of being in power.

Tinubu and his cohorts have lost touch with  the tenets of democracy. They have forcefully 'kidnapped' 17 representatives of the people and locked them up in Ize-Iyamu's house and made them take oaths under duress. 

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House of Assembly members are meant to be with the people and not governor Obaseki. That is the wisdom of democracy, the balance that all true democrats must uphold. 
This balance of power between the executives, judiciary and legislatures has favoured development in Edo State.

I appeal to the constituency of the 17 'kidnapped' House of Assembly members to vote and rescue their representatives from the 'kidnappers'' den.

Edo must not be turned to  Lagos where the governor, the speaker of the House and all members are glorified stewards of the emperor of Lagos serving the extension of his dynasty and never the interest of the people of Lagos.

Oredo Local Government in particular should imagine how much more they will get, if without anybody pushing their demands, they got much development witnessed under Obaseki in the past four years. The liberty of their representatives is sacrosanct in this Saturday's election. They must vote for their freedom from the dens of the lions and the tigers.

Edolites, you have about 1.7 million PVCs. Come out with them and make just one statement loud and clear: EDO 'NO BE LAGOS'.

Lagos is waiting on you to learn how drunken meddlesome interloper without a portfolio in APC should be treated. 'Derank' him finally and return him to Lagos in shame. That it might be said that indeed, 'EDO NO BE LAGOS'!

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Nigerian Government Apologises Over Controversial New Registration Order For Bank Account Holders

18 September 2020 - 4:06am


The Nigerian Government has apologised for ordering bank account holders in the country to register their information again.

The new rule by the government raised some dust on Thursday as Nigerians kicked against it, saying it was a unnecessary especially since the Bank Verification Number and National Identification Number was in place.

In a tweet on Friday, the Nigerian Government apologised for situation.

The tweet reads, “We apologise for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly.”

We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly pic.twitter.com/KBiPh0lCwJ

— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) September 18, 2020

In a statement by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, it was revealed that only “reportable persons” should now submit the said form.

It reads, “This is to clarify the publication for financial institutions account holders in Nigeria to complete the self-certification form, pursuant to the Income Tax (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations 2019 which is for the fulfilment of Automatic Exchange of Information Requirements.

“The self-certification form is basically to be administered on reportable persons holding accounts in financial institutions that are regarded as “Reportable financial institutions” under the CRS.

“Reportable persons are often non-residents. And other persons who have a residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or country.

“Financial institutions are expected to administer the self-certification form on such account holders when the information at its disposal indicates that the account holder is a person resident for tax purpose in more than one jurisdiction.

“The information that indicates an account holder is a resident for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction, is expected to be available to financial institutions during the account opening processes for the KYC and AML purpose.”

 

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Man Who Sponsored Law Firm To Assist Kano Government In Prosecuting Musician Threatens To Kill UK-based Nigerian Woman For Opposing Blasphemy

18 September 2020 - 4:03am


L-R: Fakhrriyya Hashim, Muhammed Lawal Gusau.


Lawal Gusau


One Muhammed Lawal Gusau, who volunteered to sponsor a law firm to assist the Kano State Government in prosecuting and ensuring the killing of a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, has threatened to kill a United Kingdom-based Nigerian woman, Fakhrriyya Hashim, for speaking against blasphemy.

Gusau had on Monday through his lawyer, Abubakar A. Ashat & Co, written a letter to the Kano State Attorney-General that he desired to render a “selfless service towards the advancement and upliftment of the goals and ideals of Islam in all positive spheres”.

L-R: Fakhrriyya Hashim, Muhammed Lawal Gusau.

He stated that he was ready to dedicate all resources to ensure that the musician was hanged for blasphemy.

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Gusau also condemned Fakhrriyya for speaking against the death sentence of the musician.

“You and Falana can go to hell for all I care. You can come down to Nigeria and marry Falana to show the world you are a real apostate and a kafir. My last advice to you is to be careful with the way you go on attacking Islam and Muslims. If you think that UK is a sanctuary and protection to you, please ask your co-traveller and neighbour, Salman Rushdie. Am sure he will tell you that death is better than living like a hunter animals, always running and hiding. So better take my gentle advice and stop the recklessness or else you will soon regret both here in this life and hereafter,” he posted on Twitter.

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— Lawal Gusau (@LawalGusau5) September 17, 2020

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— Lawal Gusau (@LawalGusau5) August 31, 2020

It was also learnt that her family members, who live in Kano, are being harassed.

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— Lawal Gusau (@LawalGusau5) July 8, 2020

SaharaReporters gathered that Gusau is known for attacking Muslims, who are not fanatics like him.

Lawal Gusau

He has threatened so many people on different social media platforms for not sharing in his ideology.

SaharaReporters recall that Sharif-Aminu, aged 22, was on August 10, 2020 sentenced to death for committing blasphemy against the Prophet of Islam in a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

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He was accused of committing the offence in March 2020 after which protesters burnt down his family house.

Appealing the death sentence in a suit filed at the Kano State High Court by his lawyer, Kola Alapini, Sharif-Aminu said he was dissatisfied with the judgment of the Sharia court.

He described the Kano State Penal Law 2000 as unconstitutional, null and void, having grossly violated and conflicted with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended and has violated the Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights respectively.

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Election: Police Orders Restriction Of Vehicular Movement Into Edo

18 September 2020 - 3:32am


IGP Mohammed Adamu

The Nigeria Police Force has ordered the restriction of movement into Edo State ahead of the governorship election in the state on Saturday.

The Inspector-General of Police in a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the restriction was to prevent the influx of political thugs, illicit arms and hard drugs into the state.

The restriction of vehicular movement is to take effect from 11:59PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 – 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020.

IGP Mohammed Adamu

“The IGP notes that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous states from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.

“He enjoins citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election,” Mba said.

The IGP urged the people to abide by the restriction of movement and see it as a sacrifice to ensuring a violence-free election.

He, however, issued a stern warning that the police will not watch nor condone any criminal and violent act during and after the election.

He said, “While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IGP enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy.

“He, however, warns that the Force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act - violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other act(s) capable of compromising the electoral processes.”

 

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Delta Assembly Quizzes College Of Education Provost Over Building Of Two Toilets With N36m

18 September 2020 - 3:29am


Delta State House of Assembly on Wednesday summoned the state's College of Education Provost, Warri, Mary Edema, over the building of two toilets in the institution at the cost of N36m.

The provost had allegedly used the said amount to build the two toilets in the institution despite the project being funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

The summon, which was at the instance of the state's House of Assembly Committee on Education, held Wednesday at the premises of the Assembly complex and was attended by the Commissioner for Higher Education, the institution's governing council and few management staff of the school.

SaharaReporters reliably gathered that the investigation sitting, which lasted over an hour with few questions from the committee members, ended with pleasantries and laughter among attendees.

When asked the outcome of the meeting with the provost of the college over the scandal, the House Committee Chairman on Education and member representing Ndokwa-West, Charles Emetulu, who was apparently protecting the provost, said she was not summoned.

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He said, "We didn't hold a meeting with the provost, we held a meeting with the governing council, the Ministry of Higher Education and the provost. That was the meeting that we held.

"The committee called for the meeting to know where the project came from and who awarded it. Nothing happened outside TETFUND concerning that project. The purpose of the meeting was to get to the bottom of the story alleging the building of two toilets with N36m by the provost and we made some findings which indicates that the story is not exactly the true position of things.

"This committee never voted any such money in this year's budget or that of 2017 where that job was awarded. The committee is satisfied with our findings concerning the scandal. We were not investigating corruption in the school but were only concerned why is a scandal coming out from the school."

Speaking in confidence to our correspondent, a staff of the institution described the committee's investigation meeting with the provost of the college and her team as a ploy to exonerate her. 

"The N36m deal was struck between the provost and TETFUND. Let EFCC and ICPC step into the matter now and you will be shocked of the kind of can of worms that will be exposed.

"Some of us know that the corruption in NDDC and NNPC is a child's play when compared to what is going on in TETFUND. TETFUND is corruption itself but our provost can never be exonerated in the N36m toilet scandal. Because it was a deal struck together. I repeat, let the EFCC and ICPC move into the matter and you will see what will happen. So many people will go to jail," the staff said.

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BREAKING: Governor Akeredolu's Aide Resigns, Joins Deputy Governor In ZLP Ahead Of Election

18 September 2020 - 3:28am


With less than a month to the October 10 governorship poll in Ondo State, Mr Andrew Ogunsakin, Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, has resigned his appointment. 

Ogunsakin tendered his resignation letter on Friday, 18 September, 2020.

The letter was addressed to Governor Akeredolu through the office of the Secretary to the Ondo State Government. 

The letter reads, "Permit me, your Excellency, to use this medium to convey my irrevocable decision to resign my office as Senior Special Assistant on Political (South) to the Governor of Ondo State with effect from today, September 18, 2020

"The call of my constituents on me to join the train to actualise a common aspiration different from what is offered by your government and your party stands at the root of my decision to quit at this point.

"Being an appointee, this will necessarily conflict with the performance of my duty to you, hence my resignation.

"I thank your Excellency for the opportunity afforded me to serve the good people of Ondo State as SSA for the period I was in office

"Once again, Sir please accept my appreciation and very high regard.”

Although Ogunsakin did not reveal his next move but sources close to him said he has decided to join Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of the state in the Zenith Labour Party.

Ajayi is the governorship candidate of ZLP.

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Mubarak Bala: Blasphemy And Islamic Sado-Masochism In Nigeria By Leo Igwe

18 September 2020 - 3:00am


Leo Igwe

Since the arrest of Mubarak Bala, I have repeatedly challenged Muslims on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I have asked these Mohammedans if they would like to be treated in countries where they are in the minority the way they are treating Mubarak Bala and persons who belong to minority religious and belief groups in Kano and other Muslim majority societies. 

Incidentally, no Muslim has responded in the affirmative. No Muslim has urged nonmuslim countries to jail, or execute Muslims for professing a religion that is critical of other religions and prophets. No Muslim wants other Muslims to be sanctioned or killed for the mere fact of being a Muslim. Muslims do not want to be thrown into jail, held incommunicado without access to a lawyer for expressing their beliefs anywhere in the world. Muslims do not want to be executed or beheaded for saying what they think or believe. Muslims do not want to be penalized for espousing views and opinions that are critical or 'disrespectful' of other religions and prophets. Muslims want to be free everywhere in the world. Muslims want their right to freedom of religion, thought and expression respected. Now, if Muslims do not want to be punished for holding "blasphemous" views in non-muslim societies, why do they punish or sanction the killing of non-Muslims in places where Muslims are in the majority for holding or expressing views that are critical of Islam and its prophet? 

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Look, Muslims are telling the non-Muslim world to its face: Don't kill or imprison us when we make statements that are critical of your religion or prophets. But we shall kill or imprison you; we shall behead or lynch you if you make a statement or indulge in any action that we deem insulting or disrespectful of the religion, god, prophet or holy book of Islam". This position of Muslims drips with disgusting hypocrisy and contradiction. 

I mean, what accounts for this penchant for murder and infliction of pain on religious and irreligious others- blasphemers, apostates, and unbelievers- among Muslims in Kano and other Muslim majority societies? What makes a significant segment of Muslims unremorseful about murdering those who insult their prophet while Muslim clerics go around the world making derogatory statements about prophets of other religions?

Islam is a religion that is fundamentally sadomasochistic. Islam is a faith that draws gratification from pains that Muslims inflict on themselves and others. The elements of sadism and masochism are the drivers and markers of Islam, as practiced in Kano and other places like Pakistan. Sado-masochism underlies the ongoing abusive treatment of Mubarak Bala, the unconscionable act of murdering alleged blasphemers including Muslims, and the complicity of the Islamic establishment in this savagery.

As a sadistic religion, Islam as practiced in Kano is predicated on pleasure derived from the suffering and maltreatment of any real or imagined transgressor as in the case of Mubarak Bala. Islamic faith feeds on agony, misery, and anguish that Muslims inflict on any supposed infractors, including other Muslims. Otherwise, how does one explain the jubilant reactions of Muslims in Northern Nigeria following the arrest and continued detention of Mr. Bala? How does one situate the fact that some Muslims have connived, with the police in Kano, to disappear Mr. Bala? Muslims have been celebrating online and offline that Mr. Bala is held incommunicado for over four months without access to a lawyer; without being formally charged. Muslims in Kano are content and pleased that Mr. Bala is being punished and treated as a criminal without being prosecuted or convicted in a court of law. What kind of religion justifies these violations? What kind of faith glorifies human indignity, degradation and humiliation? 

As if the ongoing abuses do not suffice, some Muslims have threatened to kill Mr. Bala if he is eventually released. The Muslim police in Kano have used the threats as a justification to keep him in custody, to torture, and let him languish and die in jail. Motivated by faith and fear, Muslim police and court officials in Kano have continued to lie, use subterfuge and indulge in various forms of mischief and treachery to punish Mr. Bala. Threats to murder Bala have been openly and publicly made with impunity, without any condemnation from the Islamic establishment, without any objection from the self-styled peaceful and law-abiding Muslims.

Besides, Muslims also draws gratification from self-inflicted pains. Islam teaches Muslims to believe that the Islamic god would reward them abundantly in the hereafter if they die fighting for Islam or defending their faith. Islam sanctifies masochism and motivates Muslims to embark on a suicide mission or engage in self-immolation for the sake of Allah and its messenger. 

Many years ago, a parent from one of the Middle-Eastern countries said in reaction to the news that the son had died on a suicide mission: "Thank God my son is in heaven". In heaven? Many Muslim parents in Nigeria fall into this category. In Kano, there are many Muslims who are ready and happy to kill themselves or be killed or get imprisoned in the quest to avenge any real or imagined insult on the Islamic god or prophet. This is obscenity and insanity masquerading as religion-in this case Islam. Muslims in Nigeria must abandon and discard this toxic and sadomasochistic form of Islam.

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Against Secession: A Testament To Yoruba Leaders And Promoters Of Oduduwa Republic By Moses Oludele Idowu

18 September 2020 - 2:58am


I saw a video clip of a group of young Yoruba elites canvassing the creation of Oduduwa Republic. The spokesman claimed that they are not even interested in restructuring, that it is late in the day, but the outright creation of Oduduwa Republic.

Carrying placards, they insist they are fed up with Nigeria and that Nigeria has been a setback for the Yoruba's because in 1949 when Yorubas had the television, even when France has not have one.

Also, that Yorubas were ahead of Korea in the 1950's, but today, we have been derailed by the Nigeria project.

These are their main arguments, which, as I will soon show, are no arguments at all.

I write to you leaders of Yorubas to warn you to be careful; be extremely careful so that you don't make some fatal errors that will set Yorubas even further aback.

Times have changed and we must address issues within the context of our time or we risk failing in  this endeavour.

Some days ago I had an epiphany of a secession of Yorubas and I am not surprised that some are making underground moves to actualise this end.

However, permit me to share some wisdom for our consideration.

I think it will be a serious mistake at this time for Yorubas to contemplate a secession from Nigeria as the repercussions will be grave, if not incalculable. 

It was Albert Einstein who once said, "condemnation without investigation is the highest form of ignorance." 

I believe we have done the due diligence and proper investigation before embarking on this course of action?
I hope the youths promoting this venture know the implications and consequences of what their actions could bring and spring in their time? 

It is the Yorubas who say that when a child stumbles he looks forward, but when an adult stumbles he looks backward to see the cause.

Let us look backward and also forward to see why Yorubas have been stumbling in Nigeria and examine the cause; we will be surprised who we would see.

The enemy is ourselves.

The enemy of the Yorubas is the Yoruba and secession will not stop the stumbling because it would only take the theatre to a different space.

I must tell you that I am opposed to any form of secession or a unilateral secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria at this point in time. Soon you will know why.

However if other stakeholders agree at a Conference Table that the Nigeria project is no longer workable and there should be mutual separation then that becomes a different thing.

Here are my reasons why I oppose any Oduduwa Republic at this time or any secession from Nigeria.

I shall make this under three specific headings:

1. GENERAL ISSUES

A secession of Yoruba from Nigeria or the creation of an Oduduwa Republic at this time would be wrong for the following reasons:

1. The Yorubas made the largest required investment which made Nigeria possible. If you read the history of nationalism, of Nigerian nationalist struggles and agitations against colonial rule, you will know that the Yorubas made more contributions than any other tribe or group to make Nigeria possible.

Although Chinua Achebe wrongly claimed that the Ibos alone fought for Nigeria's independence in his ill- received, poorly- edited, divisive and tendentious book THERE WAS A COUNTRY, his claim can never stand under proper scrutiny or face authentic history.

The Macaulays, Paynes, Majas, Pearces etc and most of the names known to give trouble to the Europeans to force them into leaving were Yorubas.

Thus it would be wrong to agitate for Nigerian Independence and then turn away from Nigeria.

If it is not working, then make it work.

This is the first argument against secession of the Yorubas from Nigeria.

2. The evils we complain about in Nigeria also exist in Yorubaland and amongst the Yorubas.

The young Yoruba elites who want to take Yoruba out of Nigeria complain of many evils in the nation. True. But these evils too exist among us and Yorubas are not exempted from them.

Remember Soka Hill discovered in Ibadan where human parts were being sold to rich clients for years - its in Yorubaland. Same has been found in several other places in the Southwest.

An Islamic slave labour camp was discovered recently in Ibadan, almost as bad as the ones in the North.

Human "poultries " have been found in Akute, Ogun State, and in Abeokuta etc where teenage girls are kept by super madams to be paired with young men to breed like rabbits and the offsprings sold to rich clients for money.

How about cultism and cultic warfares in Ikorodu, Lagos, Ibadan and Abeokuta which are regular features of news items?

Most of the evil in Nigeria exists among Yorubas.  Thus leaving Nigeria solves nothing, in fact, it only compounds the problems because its now spread on a smaller area.

3. The question should be asked: Why should we leave Nigeria at this time?

If we are leaving, why are we leaving?

Because of the bad leadership of Buhari and the APC. 

The major reason today causing this agitation was the misrule of the last five years under this government and the promotion of Fulani hegemony over the whole nation.

So I ask, should Yorubas leave because of Buhari?

Really?

Okay. Questions:

Who made Buihari presidency possible?

Who elected Buhari as president of Nigeria?

Not the Ibos. Not the South South.

It was Yoruba votes that brought this disaster of a government upon us, this "one chance" of a government upon this nation.

In 2015 it was so and this error of a government was reinforced again by the Yorubas in 2019 across Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Lagos - where Buhari won.

The Igbos rejected him both in 2015 and 2019.

So if Nigeria is becoming a failed state because of Buhari, Yorubas have a hand in it.

You cannot cause a problem and then run away from the consequences.

Asking for Oduduwa Republic now is like that.

You cannot leave while the house is on fire: your founding fathers asked for Nigeria from the British and you voted Buhari and financed him into office for which you now regret.

Be brave: you cannot leave without first solving the problem you helped birthed into Nigeria.

4. Most of the problems that plagues Nigeria today are caused by all of us including the Yorubas.

Yoruba elites describe Nigeria as a failed state, a rogue state.

In fact it is worse. It is a bandit state, a gargantuan occult republic run by syndicates and gangster collectives.

Read Claude Ake, it is worse.

Yes, that is true. But that is not the whole truth.

The Yorubas too contributed to making Nigeria into the failed state that it is today. It is time the Yorubas tell themselves the truth.

We love to tell others the truth but we should once in a while tell each other.

Sometimes we talk as if Yoruba is perfect, as if there are no evils on our hands.

We accuse Tafawa Balewa of declaring a state of emergency in the West. True.

But would he have done that if we have not given him the cause to do so?

If they had not found a mole amongst the Yorubas?

- Who betrayed Awolowo at the Treason able Felony trial in 1963?

- Who were the prosecution witnesses and the judge that sentenced him "whose hands were tied "?

- Who betrayed Abiola to Abacha telling him all the movements of the man?

- Who traded-off June 12 to form political parties which was later dubbed Alliance for Destruction (apologies to Gani Fawehinmi)?

- Who betrayed Diya to Abacha telling him what he did not say?

- Who defended the mathematical fraud of 12 2/3 = 13 in 1979 to foist that NPN gang, a consortium of robbers on Nigerians?

- Which of the Chief Justices gave the ruling that fair judgment must never be referred to?

- Which military head of state ensured, by all means, that NPN won and told Nigerians before the elections that "the best candidate need not win the election"?

- Who imposed Yar'Adua on the PDP as its candidate in 2007 and rigged him into office as President?

- Who drafted Jonathan, our Dr. "Clueless" from Otuoke, a man whose mindless looting regime preceeded this "one chance" government, under which we are now trapped?

Let every Yoruba son and daughter sincerely ask himself these questions and answer who those people are - whether they are Yorubas or not.

If they are Yorubas, then Yoruba people also contributed heavily to Nigeria's problems.

Do the promoters of Oduduwa Republic know all these?

Are they aware that their own parents and kinsmen are part of those that compounded the problems of Nigeria and made it, in the words of one of the British racist colonist, "a nation where the worst never happens but the best is impossible."

Oh Britain, treacherous Britain, the blood of Nigeria be upon thee!

All the problems we complain about in Nigeria Yoruba have their own share of them and even more than their own share in their formation, fruition, nurturing and development.

Take cultism that has now become the one giant monster searing the soul of Nigeria before the advent of kidnapping and ransom taking.

A Yorubaman brought cultism to the Nigerian Church. Yorubas brought cultism to the judiciary and the legal profession. And need I tell you that 7 young scholars started confraternity in our university, most of whom are of Yoruba extraction and parentage?

That seed has now bludgeoned to cultism that is infesting every campus, teachers and students and our youths today.

Let me stop here. 

My point is Yorubas have a hand in Nigeria's problems. If Nigeria is today a rogue state, a bandit state, we too helped in making it so; just like the Ibos, Hausa-Fulanis etc.

I refuse to blame any tribe for what has happened to Nigeria.

We are all involved and we must all solve the problem together.

Leaving the union is defeatism and a nation is not built on defeatism or frustration.

SPECIFIC STRATEGIC ISSUES

I now address some specific issues of strategy about the proposed Oduduwa Republic for consideration. 

There are lots of fantasy, incoherent inconsistencies, phantasmagoria about a Yoruba nation.

Some people have a hidden agenda which they don't want to tell us. All they do is to couch their demands under the dubious revival of a glorious past in a supposed Yoruba Republic.

We should be careful. 

We talk of the past as if the past is Eldorado.

It is not. We talk of Awo as if he was a perfect saint.

He was not. He was a great man, perhaps one of the greatest from this land but he is not God.

He never saw himself as God, either.

I am old enough to know him and read his campaign speeches.

One of the men now promoting the Oduduwa Republic from the video footage made some interesting statements.

Funny and amusing.

He said Yorubaland had television station before France.

This is not a good argument, even if it were true. I ask you, is television station an achievement?

Was television invented by a Yorubaman or woman?

How much of the history of television do we know?

John Baird who invented it cried when he saw the havoc and the perversion of purpose that his invention was been used for as against its intended purpose.

That is why it is amusing that in 2020 someone would be crediting a  television station as an achievement. I do not see how having a television station in 1949, ahead of France, gives us any cause for bragging.

Congo had printing, as far back as the 18th century, before many European country, due largely to the Catholics who needed it.

Of what use is any technology without the know-how to operate  it?

Can we say Obasanjo and the PDP was a success because GSM telephony occured under their watch or because MTN came during their tenure?

I am also surprised that someone is celebrating the 50-storey cocoa house in Ibadan as an achievement.

It is not an achievement. In fact, it is a bad investment and a huge developmental mistake.

Highrise structures are built where there are constraints of landspace.
We all know this.

Ibadan or Southwest Nig did not have that problem now or in the 1950's when that structure was built.

But these are the list of firsts these Yorubas are touting that they want to recreate the Awo miracle.

This would be a fatal mistake, because none of their proposed leaders is an Awoist or even remotely in the mold of anything resembling the shadow of Awolowo or an Aluko for that matter.

And times have changed!

Again, I present the following for consideration. 

1.  I ask a very pointed question: Would the Yorubas live together, even if they succeed in separating?

A foolish question you would say.

But not so foolish or insolent.

The differences between the Yorubas are there and the cleavages are there.

Because we are currently still within Nigeria, often time we don't see these differences, but they are there.

In the Oduduwa Republic those differences will come to the fore and become magnified.

How then do we address them?

The Aladura Scholar, Prof J.D.Y Peel, noted during his research in Yoruba land in the 1960s, that the differences between the Yoruba sub-tribes, the Ekitis, Ijebus, Egbas, Oyo's etc are as wide as those between the tribes of Nigeria.

In other words, the Ekitis are as different from the Ijebus as the Hausas are to the Ibos. If you have not observed this, you are not very observant.

The white man was right.
Because we are together in Nigeria we don't see this, but now in the Oduduwa Republic they will cone magnified.

How will the Yoruba Republic handle them, because they will not go away.  

Will the Ijebus accept the rulership of the Egbas?

Will Oyos allow the Ijebus to lord it over them and continue with their exploitation given their bitter history?

Will the Ijeshas forget their ancient animosity to the Oyos and what they suffered in their hands or revive them?

Can the stubborn Ekitis allow the equally stubborn Ijeshas to Lord it over them?

Because a wound is covered does not mean it has been healed.

If the Oduduwa Republic becomes a reality you will all see the truth of what I am saying.

All the major wars that have been fought in Yorubaland have been fought amongst the Yorubas themselves.
Not against outsiders.

Osun, the Yoruba god does not destroy strangers, it destroys her own children.

Soon you will see what I am saying.

2.  We often speak of the Old Western Region as if it was perfect. There were injustices based on ethnicity but which we should not reopen for peace sake.

All the projects done by the Action Group govt, how many of them were sited in the Ondo- Ekiti- Ijesha axis?

Yet the cocoa plantations and wealth that made the West came substantially from there.

How many cocoa plantations exist in Ijebu- Egbas axis, yet all the projects were situated or concentrated there.

How just is that?

Read Profem Ayandele's breakdown and judge for yourselves. 

So if there were these imbalances even in those days of yore, how are we so sure that Oduduwa Republic will not be a miniature Nigeria, with more problems but with less resilience to handle them?

The Itshekiris and Delta regions of Warri actually voted to leave the West and have their own region. If they were fairly treated, why did they chose to leave?

The old Ondo and Ekiti equally agitated to have their own state from the West because they saw that they were being exploited by the Ijebus and Egbas in the West.

Will all these agitations suddenly melt away once we have our Oduduwa Republic?

3. We have forgotten that exploitation is in the very nature of men, whether white or black.

There is exploitation amongst Yoruba's too.

Someone is collecting 15% of the entire revenue of a state in the Southwest now.

We all know this and nothing is done about it, yet we are complaining about Nigeria being a failed state.

How are you sure Oduduwa Republic will not be a greater failure? 

In which other part of Nigeria does this happen?

How many states in the southwest pay the minimum wage, even whilst most states in the North does? 

Who is the exploiter of the people, their own people, now?

How many states in the North pay scandalous pensions to their former governors like is done in the southwest?

Which state started this racket?

These are the same people and their children and cronies that will rule the proposed Oduduwa Republic. 

Sadly it will not be the leading minds and top brains in Yorubaland but the dregs and the gang of usurpers that have profited from years of unrestrained looting of the public till.

4. Have you asked yourself where is the industrial base that we will use for take off?

Virtually all the viable banks, industries and conglomerates in the Lagos- Ibadan-Abeokuta axis today are owned by other tribes in Nigeria, certainly not by the Yorubas. Have they thought of this?

Rome did not collapse in one day, it was gradual.

Yorubas are yet to see that they are in big mess, far bigger than they inherited or envisaged, not because of Nigeria, but because of themselves.

5.. In the Oduduwa Republic, which traditional ruler will be supreme?

Will Alaafin accept the supremacy of Ooni or vice versa?

Or will the disputes continue?

6. Ethnicity and Hegemony among the Yorubas is another serious issue.

In the Republic how do we handle the ethnicity and hegemony of the Yorubas.

Perhaps you may not know, I tell you today that there is deep, serious ethnicism amongst Yorubas.

We all speak so loudly about Hausa-Fulani domination and oligarchy that we have forgotten that there is the Egba- Ijebu hegemony over Yoruba affairs.

We used to hammer the Kaduna Mafia, but we forget the Ikenne Mafia.

Consider this - during the 2014 National Conference, 6 slots were allocated to the Yoruba group, Afenifere.

They promptly shared the slots among themselves.

Not a single slot was given to anyone to represent the Yorubas in Kogi and Kwara.

But when they want to negotiate for power, they remember they have their brethren in Kogi and in Kwara and that Yoruba land extends to Jebba and Lokoja.

But when it comes to representation they forget them.

As the Americans say, "taxation without representation is tyranny ".

These are the same men, the same schemes, who are now promoting Oduduwa Republic.

Please think very well, my people in Kogi and Kwara states, so that you don't change one slave master for another.

What about ethnicism among Yorubas?

It exists. Ijebu ethnicism, that sees everyone as strangers except themselves, even in the  church!

Some Yorubas have told me, "Can we also call you Yoruba, those of you from Kwara?"
Not once or twice.

As a lecturer from Yoruba, I know the frustrations and struggles given to me by fellow Yorubas. I have never heard of a Fulani man doubting the legitimacy of another Fulani because he's from a different place.

Neither does the Igbos or Hausa or Ijaws.

Only among the ones who call themselves the children of Oduduwa.

That is why I wait to see how that Republic will work even while these contradictions amongst the Yorubas remain as they are. I wait.

THE REALITY OF WAR

I now come to my last issue and conclusion.

Here I am talking of reality.

What does this agitation sum to in real life?

Getting an Oduduwa Republic means war.

If you don't know, know it now. There cannot be an Oduduwa Republic unless there is secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria; and secession essentially means war, unless two conditions subsist, namely:

- Where the other stakeholders in a nation state agree to go their way, as happened in defunct USSR, or

- Where the secessionist group (in this case, the Yorubas) is the largest and the strongest within the existing union and can therefore bully the others.

The two scenarios above is not likely to happen,so the implications is war. I hope the promoters know this?

So I ask - are the Yorubas of today prepared for a second civil war with Nigeria?

Mind you, Yorubas will be fighting not just the Fulanis or Hausas, but the whole of Nigeria.

Why?

Because Lagos is too strategic to Nigeria, too important to it's economy and its prosperity.

Whoever controls Lagos will not be allowed to leave Nigeria except at the cost of war . 
  
2. Are Yorubas prepared, at this time, to face all the regions at the same time?

Do we have the wherewithal to prosecute a war?

The Hausas will fight you because they have said and boasted long ago that Yorubas are the next tribe they want to deal with. I heard this in 2010, in Zaria, during my research.
You will now play into their hands.

The Ibos will fight you because of the old poison sown into them (over the civil war) that the Yorubas betrayed them, which, although not true, but is nevertheless widely believed as true by most Igbo youths to this day - and this is what matters.

Many Igbos will fight you because you foisted Buhari, whom they rejected and who has been, to be honest to the fact, an unmitigated disaster, upon them.

The Ijaws will not support  you for removing Jonathan from power...

The Fulanis will fight you for opposing their Fulani Republic on the back of Nigerian wealth.

The Middle belt may not fight, but they won't support you for creating misery for them through Buhari..and so on.

I don't know how you will win this battle. I don't see how you can win all these with things as they are.

No, I am not a defeatist, I am just a realist. 

4. Division among the Yorubas. Even when there is unity, success in battle is not assured, how much less when there is division?

Are Yorubas united at this time? I doubt it.

There are Yourba- Islamists who are even opposed to the Amotekun initiative and don't see anything wrong with Buhari, a fellow Muslim.

To them, everything Buhari does is okay, like our rubber-stamp Senate.

Islamists among Yorubas  will oppose and can even be the fifth columns in a war.

There are still politicians who are benefiting from Nigeria who have made investment towards 2023 and want to see their ambitions realised.  And they have their cronies, tools, aides, who control the press, the traditional power of the southwest. These people will not be keen on any Oduduwa Republic. They can subvert it.

So with all these how can you win a war with Nigeria?

5. People who have never seen a war are usually happy and excited about war, but war must be avoided at all costs. Unless it becomes inevitable. 

As a Christian, I am not a pacifist, I am a just-war theorist, in the mold of Augustine and Martin Luther.

I will fight if it comes to that, but not for an Oduduwa Republic that is now being promoted in view of all I have raised here.

No one is driving the Yoruba's from Nigeria, so why leave?

All the evils that's been enumerated above, the Yorubas too, have a hand in them and if Oduduwa Republic is created today they will still manifest those problems.

So why the hassle?

You only know when a war begins, no one knows when it would end.

Think of the Sudan Civil War.

I warn the youths and elites promoting this venture to tread softly.

It is better not to fight than to fight and win. War is evil. Only in cases when it is just- war as conceptualized by Cicero, Augustine etc.

A just war is any war that's fought to stop aggression or remove the cause of evil.

My next article will be on this.

CONCLUSION

In view of all I have said here I think the time is not right for a secession.

We should promote and canvass another special sovereign national conference where we can have a return to regionalism or even a confederate arrangement that's mutually agreed.

We did not have a civil war in 1993 yet we brought down the military without firing a shot.

That is power.

We don't need a revolution of fighting, that is what brought us here.

What we need is a revolution of perception, to quote David Icke.

Fighting changes nothing. You become what you fight.

Gandhi brought down the British empire in India without firing a shot. That is what we need.

The problem of Nigeria is that we have never really had a government worth its name.

We have no leaders but mascaras, jesters and clowns.

Most of what we blame on Nigeria are actually troubles caused by mis-leadership.

But hatred should not be the reason to exit a nation.

You cannot found a nation on hatred, frustration, mutual antagonism. That is why the Oduduwa Republic promoters should watch it.

Nations are built on ideals, on visions, on values, on ethos, on truths; not on hate, or mutual antagonism or misgivings.

That is what caused APC's problem.

They came together to float a party, not on any ideology but on their hatred of PDP and Jonathan. And now that Jonathan and PDP are no more in sight, they have nothing else to strive for but to deploy the same hatred to one other.

They are totally bereft of what to do with Nigeria.

Look at Ogun State, Edo State, Ondo etc., they are fighting each other.

Those who sow the wind must, of a necessity, reap the whirlwind.

Too bad.

©️ Moses Oludele Idowu

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Nigerian Government Orders All Bank Account Holders To Fill ‘Self-certification’ Form Despite BVN, Threatens To Close Non-compliant Accounts

18 September 2020 - 2:17am


President Buhari



The Nigerian Government has ordered all bank account holders with financial institutions in the country to obtain, complete and submit a new “self-certification” form or face monetary penalties and inability to operate accounts.

In a tweet on Thursday @NigeriaGov, the government said the forms are with Income Tax Regulations 2019 and would include, “form for entity”, “form for controlling person” and “form for individual”.

President Buhari

The new directive and its purpose are, however, already being achieved by the Bank Verification Number, an 11-digit biometric identification system mandated by the Central Bank of Nigeria, which collected and still collects all data of account holders, making the new “self-certification” forms a duplication of process.

The tweet reads, “INFORMATION: This is to notify the general public that all account holders in Financial Institutions (banks, insurance companies, etc) are required to obtain, complete and submit self-certification forms to their respective financial institutions.

“Persons holding accounts in different financial institutions are required to complete and submit the form to each one of the institutions. The forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.

“The self-certification form is in three categories: - Form for Entity - For Controlling Person (individuals having a controlling interest in a legal person, trustee, etc) - Form for individual.

“Failure to comply with the requirement to administer or execute this form attracts sanctions which may include monetary penalty or inability to operate the account. For more enquiries visit @firsNigeria website (http://firs.gov.ng) for more details.”

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Outrage As Nigeria’s Humanitarian Minister, Farouq, Uses Passenger Jet For Flood Assessment In Niger State

18 September 2020 - 2:04am


Nigerians are expressing anger over what they have described as wasteful spending of public funds after Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, used a jet to conduct flood assessment of the Kanji Dam in Niger State.

Farouq, who is controversial for delayed payment to N-Power beneficiaries, irregularities in COVID-19 palliatives distribution and claiming that the Nigerian Government fed school children with millions of naira during the lockdown put in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus, said she was conducting an aerial view of the impact of the flooded Kainji banks.

Her ministry @FMHDSD tweeted with pictures on Thursday, “Yesterday, HM @Sadiya_farouq flew over Kainji Dam for an aerial view and assessment of the impact of the flooded banks.”

assess the impact of the flood on the river banks.

— Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs (@FMHDSD) September 18, 2020

Nigerians on Twitter, however, said the trip was wasteful and could have been achieved using drones instead of spending money for jet fuel and all flight associated costs.

Nasiru Idris @Nasiruidrisu said, “What about drone? Drone tech and satellite imagery will do the needful and give you a comprehensive overview of the before and after information on the inundated areas. 

"Flying passenger aircraft at higher altitude will never give u results. Assessment - evaluation - measurements.” 

What about drone?
Drone tech & satellite 🛰 imagery will do the needful and give you comprehensive overview of the before and after information on the inundated areas.
Flying passenger aircraft at higher altitude will never give u results.
Assessment - evaluation - measurements

— Nasiru Idris (@Nasiruidrisu) September 17, 2020

Ngozi Chukwuka @ViengeOffical tweeted, “Using a jet to view the overflow of Kanji Dam? No one ever told you that there is easier tools called UAVs or "drones etc used for aerial photos or videos? Hopefully, one day we will have you 

@Sadiya_farouq account for all the reckless mismanagement of funds in your care.”

Demola of Lagos @OmoGbajaBiamila’s tweeted, “Just one drone. One drone would have saved us from wasting the pilot's time, the aviation fuel, and of course, the headache of seeing this unfortunate photo op because I'm not sure there's anything she can see from such altitude.” 

LMFAOOOooooo... Just one drone.

ONE DRONE pere would have saved us from wasting the pilot's time, the aviation fuel, and of course, the headache of seeing this unfortunate photo op because I'm not sure there's anything she can see from such altitude. https://t.co/RYO35nicS4

— Demola Of Lagos (@OmoGbajaBiamila) September 17, 2020

Modibo @Tahirsdq said, “She must have superpowers to be able to assess the damage from that altitude 'hawk eyes’."

Okito @itsMyme warned government officials to stop taking Nigerians for granted. 

He said, “First of all, you saying she can see from the jet? What an eagle eye she must get to zoom through. 2nd of all, you all need to stop taking us for granted.”

Lexy’s Cafe @CafeLexy said, “Madam please stop wasting taxpayers money, this your portfolio is highly undefined, deploy your time to more useful things and get an assessment team to do this with drone satellite! This your ministry seems busy being unproductive.”

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COVID-19 Vaccines Unavailable Until 2021, Says Nigeria’s Health Minister, Ehanire

18 September 2020 - 1:51am


Nigeria Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire

The Nigerian Government has said no vaccine for the Coronavirus would be available until 2021.

Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, made the revelation on Thursday while speaking during the briefing of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Nigeria Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire VON

He said, “Vaccines will not be available until next year at best. No reliable therapeutics has been confirmed but our country must restart businesses, including travel to allow citizens to earn their livelihood.

“Compliance with all the recommended measures like wearing your masks, social distancing, avoiding gatherings etc will go a long way to help.

“I also use this opportunity to renew my calls to members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to put the plight, safety and well-being of their patients into consideration and to call off the ongoing strike while the differences are being addressed by negotiations.

“It is important to remind ourselves that COVID-19 is real and spreading gradually in some parts of the world as we speak.

“It is risky to believe that it is going away even though it looks as if the figures are reducing here. Some countries are experiencing the so-called second waves with all the complications that go along with this easily spreading disease.”

 

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Edo Grudge Match Reaches Final By Azu Ishiekwene

18 September 2020 - 1:40am


Azu Ishiekwene

It couldn’t get worse. Like many family feuds, offence festered as quickly as affection grew. In this case, though, there was some hope that the feuding parties had too much going for them to risk losing all. And for what?

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was the common glue. A decorated unionist and two-term governor of Edo State, Oshiomhole once made trenches his home. 

He led the fight to dislodge the principalities of godfather politics embodied at the time by Tony Anenih, a man famous for bringing his own shade wherever trouble offered no trees. 

Oshiomhole humiliated Anenih and degraded the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo. He made an open show of the old man and declared an end to godfather politics in Edo.

In that fight against Anenih, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was on the other side; that is, he was for some time on Anenih’s side against Oshiomhole. Though he was a founding member of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the legacy parties that formed the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ize-Iyamu later switched sides, attracting the worst form of abuse from Oshiomhole. The only name that Oshiomhole didn’t call Ize-Iyamu was the name Ize-Iyamu’s parents called him: Osagie. 

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the feud at the time was Godwin Obaseki, the blue-eyed Lagos boy in smart suits and a vocab chest of avantgarde capitalism under his belt. Oshiomhole took him everywhere in Edoland advertising him as the new poster child of Edo’s future in whom he was well pleased. 

Azu Ishiekwene

Four years later, Oshiomhole would describe his labour of love as one of the greatest political mistakes of his life. Shedding many tears, he has gone from palace to public square, begging on bended knees, that Edo should forgive him for foisting Obaseki on them as governor. It’s bizarre for those who still remember yesterday. But who cares? Bizarre is the soul of politics. If you didn’t know that Oshiomhole meant Ize-Iyamu when he presented Obaseki, then that’s your problem.

On Saturday, Edo voters would decide which of the two Oshiomhole prodigal sons would be their governor: the one who returned and with whom he has made peace; or the one who left and who like the biblical Absalom, would kill him, if he could.

Voters will have no excuses this time for making the wrong choice. Yet, even if they make the wrong choice by themselves without desperadoes on both sides holding them at gunpoint, that’s fine. It’s their wrong choice and they’ll have to live with it for another four years. 

As I watched the live TV debate between Obaseki and Ize-Iyamu on Saturday, it was clear to me that voters will have to sift the wheat from the chaff. Except if they don’t mind eating their rice with stones for the next four years, sifting shouldn’t be too difficult because the main contestants are quite familiar.

Out for the 14 political parties in the field, two major ones – PDP and APC – will dominate play. The estimated 2.2million voters (up from 1.9m four years ago) will choose between Obaseki (PDP) and Ize-Iyamu (APC). 

When both of them squared up four years ago, the winner, Obaseki, emerged victorious with 319,483 (66,310 more than Ize-Iyamu) or 52 percent of the votes. But PDP got more votes in the presidential poll last year, even though APC defeated PDP by 100 percent in the local (state assembly) polls two weeks later. Once again, the die is cast.

After four years, is life for the average Edo voter better than it was when Obaseki came to power? Is Ize-Iyamu a battering ram in a grudge fight or is he his own man determined and able to serve a higher public interest with his Simple Manifesto?

Speaking with the down-to-earthiness of a local Edo politician, Ize-Iyamu said during the TV debate that Obaseki had failed on his promise to provide 200,000 jobs; failed on his promise to revamp education and provide teachers; failed on his promise to provide doctors and reasonable healthcare; failed on his promise to provide security; and failed disastrously to invest in agriculture and seize other investment opportunities in the state. 

In short, in spite of larger transfers from Abuja, Ize-Iyamu said Obaseki had failed roundly, his only distinction being in the department of importing outsiders to join the gravy train in Denis Osadebey House in a fest of squander mania.

In that debate, Obaseki engaged like a reluctant boxer, too eager to obey the rules while enduring body shots, a few of them below the belt. I suspect that Obaseki knows full well that given his role in the eight years of Oshiomhole’s government, he is to a large extent, a part of the success or failure story of that government. 

Although it was clearly not an ideological combat – and it couldn’t be with both contestants switching parties like chameleon – the hardcore private-sector instincts of Obaseki and the more statist, populist-driven perspective of Ize-Iyamu could hardly be mistaken.

Ize-Iyamu was right that federal transfers to Edo has increased significantly. According to figures by budget watchdog, BudgIT, the state received N25billion in 2016 and in four years federal allocation has more than doubled. While internally generated revenue has also improved marginally, the state’s debt profile remains high relative to its investment in regenerative capital projects.

But we can say this now because there is a considerably higher degree of transparency in states’ budgeting than was the case before 2016, when a report by the Civil Resource Development Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) on budget transparency in the 36 states rated Edo as one of the worst.

Yet, available scraps of record, if they are anything to go by, suggest that Edo has made some progress. As of 2010 when Oshiomhole was in the second year of his first term, the NBS Annual Abstract 2017 said 93 percent of residents in Edo had no personal computers; only 56.4 percent had mobile phones; while only four percent had access to the Internet. 
By the end of Oshiomhole’s second term, Edo had the second worst record of per kilometre roads tarred in the Niger Delta, though his supporters are quick to say that in relative terms, Edo was the second lowest earner of federal revenue in the oil-rich region. 

It’s important to keep in mind, too, that the facts do not support Ize-Iyamu’s claim that education under Obaseki has been a shambles. 

On the contrary, Edo is placed third among the states that performed consistently well in WAEC exams between 2014 and 2018 and its best performances have been in the Obaseki years, during which Edo outperformed Delta, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom that earn significantly more and was only second to Rivers State in the South South.

And jobs? It was clear that the governor, apart from his perfunctory references to community policing and increased flight frequency into Benin, was hard pressed to explain with his own mouth where he created 157,000 out of the 200,000 jobs he promised in a state with unemployment at 19 percent – interestingly the lowest in the region according to the August figures by the NBS. 

Even though Obaseki named agriculture as the state’s mainstay, and correctly so, it’s obvious that he has yet to create the structure and incentives that could open up significant employment opportunities in that sector. It also remains to be seen how he would leverage technology to create opportunities for the youth, 68 percent of who are below 30. His promise of jobs has been lip-service and his politics appears to lack the common touch.

Without a doubt, however, the spectacular falling out between Obaseki and Oshiomhole has produced a much larger and vibrant industry of opportunists and fair-weather entrepreneurs than ordinary Edo people deserve or could have wished for.

A good number of the elected members of the State House of Assembly were holed up in no-man’s land, refugees from a failed attempt by the pro-Oshiomhole faction to hijack the House of Assembly leadership. There were many attempts to reconcile Obaseki and Oshiomhole but they came to naught leaving the governor looking over his shoulders and tripping over precious time and resources he could have used to make lives better for ordinary people. 

Saturday would be another opportunity for voters to redeem lost time. If current trends in elections are anything to go by, though, the results after Saturday’s vote may not be final as our politicians have learnt not to accept defeat until the highest court had “cast” its own vote.

Voters must do their part, regardless. That would be the first step in repairing the damage that predatory politics has caused the state, especially in the last two years. They know the main contestants well enough to take personal credit or blame for the outcome of their choice.
 
Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview

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