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Buhari vs Atiku: Presidential Tribunal Stops Proceedings For 30 Minutes

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 4:34am


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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has stand down proceedings for 30 minutes to enable the petitioners study the counter affidavits and reply brief by the 3rd respondents All Progressives Congress  ( APC ). 

At the resumed hearing of the case Counsel to Atiku Abubakar, Livy Ozuokwu asked the court to stand down the case for 30 minutes  to enable them study the counter affidavits filed respondents. He added that they were just been served few minutes ago. 

Atiku had asked the Chairman of the tribunal Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to recuse herself on the ground that she will be biased in the case.

READ BREAKING: Presidential Tribunal To Hear Application To Withdraw Justice Bulkachuwa

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Spoken Word: Ramadan Week 3 - Ya Allah My Du’a Is For President Buhari As He Forms His Government By Hannatu Musawa

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 4:30am


Ya Allah, my Du’a in this third week of Ramadan is for President Buhari as he forms his next government.

In 2015, President Buhari became the first challenger to unseat an incumbent president in Nigeria’s history and was sworn-in amid great hope and enormous goodwill. Following his inauguration, the country was awash with optimism that his government would reignite a fading economy. In this crispy new 2019, he has been reelected.

The elections came with much apprehension, zeal and exuberance. All eyes were on the presidential elections as the top two contenders were heavyweights in their own right. The governorship, National Assembly, state house of assembly and local government elections arguably didn’t have as much attention as that of the presidential. While many were victors, many are still nursing their wounds of defeat as they head to the courts to challenge the outcome of the elections. 

Now that elections are over, governance needs to be kick-started. For a few months before the elections, the absence of governance has been conspicuously discernible as political actors were understandably politicking, aligning and realigning as well as de-camping as the case may be. However, the elections are over as such and the country is in dire need of effective governance at all levels. 

At the federal level, it is in order for one to be concerned with the pace at which members of the president’s cabinet will be appointed. As we all know, it took a while before ministers were appointed four years ago and that resulted in the slow pace of development. While the official reason given was that the President wanted to ensure that only credible ministers were appointed to his government, in time we have witnessed some ministers performing below par.

It goes without saying that choosing a cabinet in a diverse and multi-cultural country like Nigeria is a complicated balancing act. The one whose responsibility it is must juggle the need for skilled leaders with the requirement to repay political allies while navigating the shifting alliances of internal party politics and eliminating “accumulated deadwood”. Then there’s the need to carefully maintain an ethnic and religious balance, and to make sure each of the country’s 36 states is somehow represented.

In 2015, after an agonizing four months wait, the highly anticipated list of ministerial nominees was finally read out on the Senate floor of the National Assembly. However, this came after the President had only just met the deadline for submitting his proposed cabinet, relaying 21 names to Senate President Bukola Saraki. 

Unsurprisingly, the list contained a host of former governors and newfound political associates of the President. There were no great surprises amongst the names, which included a mix of those seen as career politicians and those seen as steady technocrats. While many in Nigeria were heaving sighs of relief after months of holding their breath, it took another couple months for them to be approved and assume duty.

This time, it looks like it will be a little different, as the Cabinet is expected to be dissolved today, 22nd May so that by May 29th, when Mr. President will be officially sworn in, a new cabinet is likely to be announced imminently. Four years ago, the delay in choosing a cabinet many months after the assumption of office adversely affected the economy and polity. The business community, for instance, was a casualty, as investors who had been waiting to see what shape Nigeria's new administration will take following the unseating of the PDP which ruled the country for 16 years were left in limbo.

By not having a full cabinet until 166 days after his inauguration, the President allowed the management of the nation’s economy to be virtually put on hold during which uncertainty prevailed, thus accelerating capital flight and weakening confidence in the Nigerian economy.

Cabinet ministers perform an important role within democracies, to provide direction and to get things done. As the heads of their departments, they are the bridgeheads between politics and the implementation of the policy by the departmental bureaucracy. The importance of the individuals that should be placed in these positions cannot be overstated.

Aside from quickly constituting the cabinet, the President should also ensure that appointments are based on merit, efficiency as well as capability. The norm of placing square pegs in round holes should be made away with. In many developed and developing countries, they attract the best brains into governance and civil service to formulate laudable policies. In Nigeria however, the reverse is the case as we place inexperienced, insincere and incapable individuals into key roles and expect them to outperform those who have invested in critical sectors of human capital development. This shouldn’t be the case going forward.

The people that President Buhari includes in his cabinet must be able to convince Nigerians that they care about Nigeria and not just about lining their pockets. They need to show empathy to the plight of the ordinary man on the street and propose plans that have been formulated with the interests and concerns of citizens in mind. As such, the chosen few are required to take an interest in citizens. This means all citizens: appointees should not only keep an eye on the happy few who have access to them but they have to show compassion with the nearly two hundred million civilians that are facing difficulties or who are vulnerable to the setbacks of the Nigerian terrain. 

Those eventually selected must win respect and support of the public for their views and plans. To be successful in this respect, credibility is a crucial asset. We need credible leaders who are thought to be competent, trustworthy, and caring. The competence required relates to knowledgeability, decisiveness, bravery, performance, and political strategy. Trustworthiness includes keeping promises, consistency in views and actions, honesty and sincerity, and dependability. Caring means having an eye for citizens’ needs and concerns, morality, constructive attitude, and no self-enrichment. Not only should the appointees be competent, trustworthy, and caring, they should also be perceived as such. People that have a dossier of corruption and questionable habits with public funds should not even make an appearance on any appointment list.

Those chosen should have the vision to inspire people, an effective communicative performance, having policy views that inspire action, being decisive, and having a good judgment and skill to process large amounts of complex information. They must be honest, sincere, have stability of views, and have authenticity. They must convince the public that they have the interest of public needs. Nigerians need to be convinced that they are not only in politics to promote their own position.

During his second term, along with his ministers, the President should focus more on improving the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians and enhance development projects. He needs to employ all constitutional means possible to checkmate unemployment in the country, the insecurity ravaging parts of the country and provide a future for out of school children.

Now that the inauguration is upon us, the real work is about to start. For the presidency to have the full confidence of the people and acquire continued support from citizens, it must absorb only the most pivotal asset of including credible agents. Because, no matter how credible or principled the President is said to be, if the Nigerian people do not believe in the messengers he appoints, they won’t believe in his message. 

We expect more from Mr. President and since he is said to be a man of integrity, one should be optimistic that the next four years with an honest, trustworthy, credible and caring set of people will be more eventful than the last four was. Nigerians deserve the needed development obtainable in other countries and, with the right set of people in place perhaps this leadership can attain it.

So, Ya Allah, my Du’a in this third week of Ramadan is for President Buhari as he forms his next government. May he have the knowledge, courage, wisdom and foresight to make the right and proper choice.

 

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Hannatu Musawa

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Spoken Word: Ramadan Week 3 - Ya Allah My Du’a Is For President Buhari As He Forms His Government By Hannatu Musawa

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 4:30am


Ya Allah, my Du’a in this third week of Ramadan is for President Buhari as he forms his next government.

In 2015, President Buhari became the first challenger to unseat an incumbent president in Nigeria’s history and was sworn-in amid great hope and enormous goodwill. Following his inauguration, the country was awash with optimism that his government would reignite a fading economy. In this crispy new 2019, he has been reelected.

The elections came with much apprehension, zeal and exuberance. All eyes were on the presidential elections as the top two contenders were heavyweights in their own right. The governorship, National Assembly, state house of assembly and local government elections arguably didn’t have as much attention as that of the presidential. While many were victors, many are still nursing their wounds of defeat as they head to the courts to challenge the outcome of the elections. 

Now that elections are over, governance needs to be kick-started. For a few months before the elections, the absence of governance has been conspicuously discernible as political actors were understandably politicking, aligning and realigning as well as de-camping as the case may be. However, the elections are over as such and the country is in dire need of effective governance at all levels. 

At the federal level, it is in order for one to be concerned with the pace at which members of the president’s cabinet will be appointed. As we all know, it took a while before ministers were appointed four years ago and that resulted in the slow pace of development. While the official reason given was that the President wanted to ensure that only credible ministers were appointed to his government, in time we have witnessed some ministers performing below par.

It goes without saying that choosing a cabinet in a diverse and multi-cultural country like Nigeria is a complicated balancing act. The one whose responsibility it is must juggle the need for skilled leaders with the requirement to repay political allies while navigating the shifting alliances of internal party politics and eliminating “accumulated deadwood”. Then there’s the need to carefully maintain an ethnic and religious balance, and to make sure each of the country’s 36 states is somehow represented.

In 2015, after an agonizing four months wait, the highly anticipated list of ministerial nominees was finally read out on the Senate floor of the National Assembly. However, this came after the President had only just met the deadline for submitting his proposed cabinet, relaying 21 names to Senate President Bukola Saraki. 

Unsurprisingly, the list contained a host of former governors and newfound political associates of the President. There were no great surprises amongst the names, which included a mix of those seen as career politicians and those seen as steady technocrats. While many in Nigeria were heaving sighs of relief after months of holding their breath, it took another couple months for them to be approved and assume duty.

This time, it looks like it will be a little different, as the Cabinet is expected to be dissolved today, 22nd May so that by May 29th, when Mr. President will be officially sworn in, a new cabinet is likely to be announced imminently. Four years ago, the delay in choosing a cabinet many months after the assumption of office adversely affected the economy and polity. The business community, for instance, was a casualty, as investors who had been waiting to see what shape Nigeria's new administration will take following the unseating of the PDP which ruled the country for 16 years were left in limbo.

By not having a full cabinet until 166 days after his inauguration, the President allowed the management of the nation’s economy to be virtually put on hold during which uncertainty prevailed, thus accelerating capital flight and weakening confidence in the Nigerian economy.

Cabinet ministers perform an important role within democracies, to provide direction and to get things done. As the heads of their departments, they are the bridgeheads between politics and the implementation of the policy by the departmental bureaucracy. The importance of the individuals that should be placed in these positions cannot be overstated.

Aside from quickly constituting the cabinet, the President should also ensure that appointments are based on merit, efficiency as well as capability. The norm of placing square pegs in round holes should be made away with. In many developed and developing countries, they attract the best brains into governance and civil service to formulate laudable policies. In Nigeria however, the reverse is the case as we place inexperienced, insincere and incapable individuals into key roles and expect them to outperform those who have invested in critical sectors of human capital development. This shouldn’t be the case going forward.

The people that President Buhari includes in his cabinet must be able to convince Nigerians that they care about Nigeria and not just about lining their pockets. They need to show empathy to the plight of the ordinary man on the street and propose plans that have been formulated with the interests and concerns of citizens in mind. As such, the chosen few are required to take an interest in citizens. This means all citizens: appointees should not only keep an eye on the happy few who have access to them but they have to show compassion with the nearly two hundred million civilians that are facing difficulties or who are vulnerable to the setbacks of the Nigerian terrain. 

Those eventually selected must win respect and support of the public for their views and plans. To be successful in this respect, credibility is a crucial asset. We need credible leaders who are thought to be competent, trustworthy, and caring. The competence required relates to knowledgeability, decisiveness, bravery, performance, and political strategy. Trustworthiness includes keeping promises, consistency in views and actions, honesty and sincerity, and dependability. Caring means having an eye for citizens’ needs and concerns, morality, constructive attitude, and no self-enrichment. Not only should the appointees be competent, trustworthy, and caring, they should also be perceived as such. People that have a dossier of corruption and questionable habits with public funds should not even make an appearance on any appointment list.

Those chosen should have the vision to inspire people, an effective communicative performance, having policy views that inspire action, being decisive, and having a good judgment and skill to process large amounts of complex information. They must be honest, sincere, have stability of views, and have authenticity. They must convince the public that they have the interest of public needs. Nigerians need to be convinced that they are not only in politics to promote their own position.

During his second term, along with his ministers, the President should focus more on improving the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians and enhance development projects. He needs to employ all constitutional means possible to checkmate unemployment in the country, the insecurity ravaging parts of the country and provide a future for out of school children.

Now that the inauguration is upon us, the real work is about to start. For the presidency to have the full confidence of the people and acquire continued support from citizens, it must absorb only the most pivotal asset of including credible agents. Because, no matter how credible or principled the President is said to be, if the Nigerian people do not believe in the messengers he appoints, they won’t believe in his message. 

We expect more from Mr. President and since he is said to be a man of integrity, one should be optimistic that the next four years with an honest, trustworthy, credible and caring set of people will be more eventful than the last four was. Nigerians deserve the needed development obtainable in other countries and, with the right set of people in place perhaps this leadership can attain it.

So, Ya Allah, my Du’a in this third week of Ramadan is for President Buhari as he forms his next government. May he have the knowledge, courage, wisdom and foresight to make the right and proper choice.

 

Spoken Word

Written by 

Hannatu Musawa

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Spoken Word: Ramadan Week 3 - Ya Allah My Du’a Is For President Buhari As He Forms His Government By Hannatu Musawa

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 4:30am


Ya Allah, my Du’a in this third week of Ramadan is for President Buhari as he forms his next government.

In 2015, President Buhari became the first challenger to unseat an incumbent president in Nigeria’s history and was sworn-in amid great hope and enormous goodwill. Following his inauguration, the country was awash with optimism that his government would reignite a fading economy. In this crispy new 2019, he has been reelected.

The elections came with much apprehension, zeal and exuberance. All eyes were on the presidential elections as the top two contenders were heavyweights in their own right. The governorship, National Assembly, state house of assembly and local government elections arguably didn’t have as much attention as that of the presidential. While many were victors, many are still nursing their wounds of defeat as they head to the courts to challenge the outcome of the elections. 

Now that elections are over, governance needs to be kick-started. For a few months before the elections, the absence of governance has been conspicuously discernible as political actors were understandably politicking, aligning and realigning as well as de-camping as the case may be. However, the elections are over as such and the country is in dire need of effective governance at all levels. 

At the federal level, it is in order for one to be concerned with the pace at which members of the president’s cabinet will be appointed. As we all know, it took a while before ministers were appointed four years ago and that resulted in the slow pace of development. While the official reason given was that the President wanted to ensure that only credible ministers were appointed to his government, in time we have witnessed some ministers performing below par.

It goes without saying that choosing a cabinet in a diverse and multi-cultural country like Nigeria is a complicated balancing act. The one whose responsibility it is must juggle the need for skilled leaders with the requirement to repay political allies while navigating the shifting alliances of internal party politics and eliminating “accumulated deadwood”. Then there’s the need to carefully maintain an ethnic and religious balance, and to make sure each of the country’s 36 states is somehow represented.

In 2015, after an agonizing four months wait, the highly anticipated list of ministerial nominees was finally read out on the Senate floor of the National Assembly. However, this came after the President had only just met the deadline for submitting his proposed cabinet, relaying 21 names to Senate President Bukola Saraki. 

Unsurprisingly, the list contained a host of former governors and newfound political associates of the President. There were no great surprises amongst the names, which included a mix of those seen as career politicians and those seen as steady technocrats. While many in Nigeria were heaving sighs of relief after months of holding their breath, it took another couple months for them to be approved and assume duty.

This time, it looks like it will be a little different, as the Cabinet is expected to be dissolved today, 22nd May so that by May 29th, when Mr. President will be officially sworn in, a new cabinet is likely to be announced imminently. Four years ago, the delay in choosing a cabinet many months after the assumption of office adversely affected the economy and polity. The business community, for instance, was a casualty, as investors who had been waiting to see what shape Nigeria's new administration will take following the unseating of the PDP which ruled the country for 16 years were left in limbo.

By not having a full cabinet until 166 days after his inauguration, the President allowed the management of the nation’s economy to be virtually put on hold during which uncertainty prevailed, thus accelerating capital flight and weakening confidence in the Nigerian economy.

Cabinet ministers perform an important role within democracies, to provide direction and to get things done. As the heads of their departments, they are the bridgeheads between politics and the implementation of the policy by the departmental bureaucracy. The importance of the individuals that should be placed in these positions cannot be overstated.

Aside from quickly constituting the cabinet, the President should also ensure that appointments are based on merit, efficiency as well as capability. The norm of placing square pegs in round holes should be made away with. In many developed and developing countries, they attract the best brains into governance and civil service to formulate laudable policies. In Nigeria however, the reverse is the case as we place inexperienced, insincere and incapable individuals into key roles and expect them to outperform those who have invested in critical sectors of human capital development. This shouldn’t be the case going forward.

The people that President Buhari includes in his cabinet must be able to convince Nigerians that they care about Nigeria and not just about lining their pockets. They need to show empathy to the plight of the ordinary man on the street and propose plans that have been formulated with the interests and concerns of citizens in mind. As such, the chosen few are required to take an interest in citizens. This means all citizens: appointees should not only keep an eye on the happy few who have access to them but they have to show compassion with the nearly two hundred million civilians that are facing difficulties or who are vulnerable to the setbacks of the Nigerian terrain. 

Those eventually selected must win respect and support of the public for their views and plans. To be successful in this respect, credibility is a crucial asset. We need credible leaders who are thought to be competent, trustworthy, and caring. The competence required relates to knowledgeability, decisiveness, bravery, performance, and political strategy. Trustworthiness includes keeping promises, consistency in views and actions, honesty and sincerity, and dependability. Caring means having an eye for citizens’ needs and concerns, morality, constructive attitude, and no self-enrichment. Not only should the appointees be competent, trustworthy, and caring, they should also be perceived as such. People that have a dossier of corruption and questionable habits with public funds should not even make an appearance on any appointment list.

Those chosen should have the vision to inspire people, an effective communicative performance, having policy views that inspire action, being decisive, and having a good judgment and skill to process large amounts of complex information. They must be honest, sincere, have stability of views, and have authenticity. They must convince the public that they have the interest of public needs. Nigerians need to be convinced that they are not only in politics to promote their own position.

During his second term, along with his ministers, the President should focus more on improving the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians and enhance development projects. He needs to employ all constitutional means possible to checkmate unemployment in the country, the insecurity ravaging parts of the country and provide a future for out of school children.

Now that the inauguration is upon us, the real work is about to start. For the presidency to have the full confidence of the people and acquire continued support from citizens, it must absorb only the most pivotal asset of including credible agents. Because, no matter how credible or principled the President is said to be, if the Nigerian people do not believe in the messengers he appoints, they won’t believe in his message. 

We expect more from Mr. President and since he is said to be a man of integrity, one should be optimistic that the next four years with an honest, trustworthy, credible and caring set of people will be more eventful than the last four was. Nigerians deserve the needed development obtainable in other countries and, with the right set of people in place perhaps this leadership can attain it.

So, Ya Allah, my Du’a in this third week of Ramadan is for President Buhari as he forms his next government. May he have the knowledge, courage, wisdom and foresight to make the right and proper choice.

 

Spoken Word

Written by 

Hannatu Musawa

I invite you to:
Follow me on Twitter- @hanneymusawa
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Respect Saudi Arabia’s Law Or Face Consequences, Buhari Warns Drug Traffickers

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 4:25am


President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians residing in Saudi Arabia to respect the laws of the country especially as it relates to the prohibition of hard drugs.

The President said this on Tuesday when he received the leaders of Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia during his visit to the country to perform lesser pilgrimage.

He stated that efforts being made against drug trafficking would be sustained while urging Nigerians in diaspora to respect the laws of Saudi Arabia and always provide information that will help the government to curb the menace.

“Every country has its own unpatriotic citizens. In China and Saudi Arabia, the laws are stringent on these things. Our citizens must obey our laws. They must respect the laws of other jurisdictions and if they don’t, then they should blame themselves, not the harsh laws that they meet,” President Buhari said.

He also said that the country would intensify efforts to expose everyone involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade in Saudi Arabia.

President Buhari called for an expansion of searchlights on the recent exposure of a network of drug dealers operating at one of Nigeria’s international airports, who were discovered to be tagging bags filled with drugs in the name of innocent passengers.

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Respect Saudi Arabia’s Law Or Face Consequences, Buhari Warns Drug Traffickers

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 4:25am


President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians residing in Saudi Arabia to respect the laws of the country especially as it relates to the prohibition of hard drugs.

The President said this on Tuesday when he received the leaders of Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia during his visit to the country to perform lesser pilgrimage.

He stated that efforts being made against drug trafficking would be sustained while urging Nigerians in diaspora to respect the laws of Saudi Arabia and always provide information that will help the government to curb the menace.

“Every country has its own unpatriotic citizens. In China and Saudi Arabia, the laws are stringent on these things. Our citizens must obey our laws. They must respect the laws of other jurisdictions and if they don’t, then they should blame themselves, not the harsh laws that they meet,” President Buhari said.

He also said that the country would intensify efforts to expose everyone involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade in Saudi Arabia.

President Buhari called for an expansion of searchlights on the recent exposure of a network of drug dealers operating at one of Nigeria’s international airports, who were discovered to be tagging bags filled with drugs in the name of innocent passengers.

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Respect Saudi Arabia’s Law Or Face Consequences, Buhari Warns Drug Traffickers

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 4:25am


President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians residing in Saudi Arabia to respect the laws of the country especially as it relates to the prohibition of hard drugs.

The President said this on Tuesday when he received the leaders of Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia during his visit to the country to perform lesser pilgrimage.

He stated that efforts being made against drug trafficking would be sustained while urging Nigerians in diaspora to respect the laws of Saudi Arabia and always provide information that will help the government to curb the menace.

“Every country has its own unpatriotic citizens. In China and Saudi Arabia, the laws are stringent on these things. Our citizens must obey our laws. They must respect the laws of other jurisdictions and if they don’t, then they should blame themselves, not the harsh laws that they meet,” President Buhari said.

He also said that the country would intensify efforts to expose everyone involved in drug trafficking and illegal trade in Saudi Arabia.

President Buhari called for an expansion of searchlights on the recent exposure of a network of drug dealers operating at one of Nigeria’s international airports, who were discovered to be tagging bags filled with drugs in the name of innocent passengers.

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President Buhari Gives Truck Drivers 72 Hours Ultimatum To Vacate Apapa Road

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 3:52am


President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a-72 hour ultimatum to truck drivers that parked along Apapa, Lagos road to vacate.

The President noted that the vacation would help in clearing the Apapa gridlock and help in restoring law and order to Apapa and its environs.

The vacation notice was issued today as one of the outcomes of a meeting convened by President Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the 25th of April, 2019.

READ ALSO 'I Will Get Rid Of Trailers In Apapa Within My First 60 Days In Office', Says Sanwo-Olu

Truck drivers going into the Lagos port have turned every road and street to parking space. This has been one of the major cause of traffic in the state. The truck drivers have consistently ignored the warning by the Lagos State Government to vacate the road. Some of the drivers also bribe Police Officers, Soldiers and Naval Officers who work with thugs in the area to allow them to park on the roads.

The notice issued by the President reads, “A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks.

“The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.

“To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.

“The meeting proffered lasting solutions to the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic congestion has continued to restrict all operations and livelihood in the area.”

A Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Osinbajo was established to ensure the restoration of law and order to the area within two weeks.

The Taskforce, "will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic; enforcing the permanent removal of all stationary trucks on the highway, and the development of an effective manual truck call-up system, pending the introduction of the electronic truck call-up system and the implementation of a workable Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, amongst others."

Members of the task force include Kayode Opeifa, former Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, as the Executive Vice Chairman; a representative of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); Nigerian Ports, and the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC).

At the meeting were key heads and representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing; Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police; Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo, representative of the Chief of Nigerian Navy Staff; Salaam Taiwo Olufemi, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation; and Sokonte Davies, Executive Director, Marine and Operations of Nigerian Ports; among others.

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President Buhari Gives Truck Drivers 72 Hours Ultimatum To Vacate Apapa Road

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 3:52am


President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a-72 hour ultimatum to truck drivers that parked along Apapa, Lagos road to vacate.

The President noted that the vacation would help in clearing the Apapa gridlock and help in restoring law and order to Apapa and its environs.

The vacation notice was issued today as one of the outcomes of a meeting convened by President Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the 25th of April, 2019.

READ ALSO 'I Will Get Rid Of Trailers In Apapa Within My First 60 Days In Office', Says Sanwo-Olu

Truck drivers going into the Lagos port have turned every road and street to parking space. This has been one of the major cause of traffic in the state. The truck drivers have consistently ignored the warning by the Lagos State Government to vacate the road. Some of the drivers also bribe Police Officers, Soldiers and Naval Officers who work with thugs in the area to allow them to park on the roads.

The notice issued by the President reads, “A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks.

“The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.

“To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.

“The meeting proffered lasting solutions to the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic congestion has continued to restrict all operations and livelihood in the area.”

A Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Osinbajo was established to ensure the restoration of law and order to the area within two weeks.

The Taskforce, "will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic; enforcing the permanent removal of all stationary trucks on the highway, and the development of an effective manual truck call-up system, pending the introduction of the electronic truck call-up system and the implementation of a workable Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, amongst others."

Members of the task force include Kayode Opeifa, former Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, as the Executive Vice Chairman; a representative of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); Nigerian Ports, and the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC).

At the meeting were key heads and representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing; Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police; Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo, representative of the Chief of Nigerian Navy Staff; Salaam Taiwo Olufemi, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation; and Sokonte Davies, Executive Director, Marine and Operations of Nigerian Ports; among others.

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President Buhari Gives Truck Drivers 72 Hours Ultimatum To Vacate Apapa Road

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 3:52am


President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a-72 hour ultimatum to truck drivers that parked along Apapa, Lagos road to vacate.

The President noted that the vacation would help in clearing the Apapa gridlock and help in restoring law and order to Apapa and its environs.

The vacation notice was issued today as one of the outcomes of a meeting convened by President Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the 25th of April, 2019.

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Truck drivers going into the Lagos port have turned every road and street to parking space. This has been one of the major cause of traffic in the state. The truck drivers have consistently ignored the warning by the Lagos State Government to vacate the road. Some of the drivers also bribe Police Officers, Soldiers and Naval Officers who work with thugs in the area to allow them to park on the roads.

The notice issued by the President reads, “A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks.

“The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.

“To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.

“The meeting proffered lasting solutions to the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic congestion has continued to restrict all operations and livelihood in the area.”

A Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Osinbajo was established to ensure the restoration of law and order to the area within two weeks.

The Taskforce, "will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic; enforcing the permanent removal of all stationary trucks on the highway, and the development of an effective manual truck call-up system, pending the introduction of the electronic truck call-up system and the implementation of a workable Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, amongst others."

Members of the task force include Kayode Opeifa, former Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, as the Executive Vice Chairman; a representative of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); Nigerian Ports, and the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC).

At the meeting were key heads and representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing; Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police; Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo, representative of the Chief of Nigerian Navy Staff; Salaam Taiwo Olufemi, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation; and Sokonte Davies, Executive Director, Marine and Operations of Nigerian Ports; among others.

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Confirmed: Buhari, Other Nigeria Leaders Suffering From Narcissist Disorder By Ehi Ekhator

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 3:46am


Yesterday, while I was walking in the street of London, the thought of Nigeria predicament and how we keep taking one step forward and five steps backward kept crawling on me. I haven't been able to digest why a country full of intelligent and influential Nigerians cannot solve a simple problem, that is, to improve the lives of her people despite the natural endowment God has gifted us.

Since 1999, the Nigerian leadership qualities fell drastically, the culture of respect and integrity completely disappeared from us. I recall as a child, the only thing I ate without permission from my grandfather was a chicken thigh. The old soldier returned home and discovered the fleshy thigh was bony. Knowing who could have done such a marvelous transformation, the man grabbed me by the arm while he ordered my aunt to grind the African pepper.

He poured the pepper on my head and left me in the sun, then invited all the children on the street to play a band made out of plastic rubber bag while I dance like a masquerade with a torn pant. After that special treatment, whenever I see someone's belonging, I remember my grandfather face pouring the ground hot spice on my head.

Well, that was the Nigeria I grew up, parents were very cultural and disciplined. Stealing was believed to be a stain to the family's name and your parents would rather skin you alive than to let you get away with it. In today's Nigeria, things have changed. Stealing is the professional career of parents, some use their children bank accounts to hide the diverted public funds.

I kept thinking, maybe, who knows, Nigeria will be great again, who knows, one day, the Land of the great will be blessed with King Joseph and not the many Pharaohs we have now. Suddenly, it occurred to me that Nigerian leaders are suffering from a narcissistic disorder.

Why haven't I thought about this all these years? The signs are there, it is very vivid and why couldn’t I realize that the disorder is now passed from fathers to children?.

Let's analyze some signs of the disorder according to Help Guide.

"Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration. Others often describe people with NPD as cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing, and demanding. This way of thinking and behaving surfaces in every area of the narcissist’s life: from work and friendships to family and love relationships."

Tell me, does that sound familiar? People with this kind of disorder resist any form of change in their behaviors, even when it's causing them problems. The motive is to turn the blame on others. They are usually very sensitive and react crazily to the slightest criticism, disagreements, perceived slights, which they translate as personal attacks. To live peacefully with a narcissist, you go along with whatever demand they make to avoid attack, coldness, and rages.

Again, does this sound familiar? Let's now list the signs, perhaps, this will make it even clearer for you.

  • Grandiose sense of self-importance:

Nigerians, mainly the leaders feed their inferiorities with grandiose. They show Hollier than thou with a hoity-toity mentality. They do everything to demonstrate they are progressively prevalent, "one of a kind or exceptional" than you. They believe nobody understands them other than exceptional individuals such as themselves. They only want to associate and be associated with other high-status people, places, and things. Do you have a friend or a politician like this?

  • Lives in a fantasy world that supports their delusions of grandeur:

Since reality hit them in the face, they develop a fantasy that makes them live in a world beyond, a world propped up by distortion, delusion, self-deceit. "They spin self-glorifying fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, attractiveness, and ideal love that make them feel special and in control." Who do you think has this quality among your Senators, President, Governors even the Instagramers?

  • Needs constant praise and admiration

Narcissists feed on constant praises and admirations and when they don't get it, they whip, rage and willing to hurt anyone in their ways. The fantasy of superiority blows in their faces if they don't receive the constant applause to keep the balloon inflated. Narcissists need consistent nourishment for their sense of self, so they encircle themselves with individuals who are happy to take into account their fanatical longing for attestation. These relationships are very one-sided. It’s all about what the admirer can do for the narcissist, never the other way around. And, if there is ever an intrusion or diminishment in the admirer's consideration and recognition, the narcissist regards it as a betrayal. Again, does this sound like Nigerian leaders? I mean, right from the Nigeria President to the local government Chairman?

  • Sense of entitlement

I realized that all Nigerian leaders have this sense of entitlement. They believe because they are special, they should get whatever they need. The people around them are expected to provide it, otherwise, such a person is considered irrelevant. If you dare ask for anything in return, you are likely to meet rage, anger, cold shoulder and a sense of betrayer from those already betraying you. Do you know any leader like this?

  • Exploits others without guilt or shame

Narcissists lack empathy. That is their greatest weapon. They exploit others without shame. They believe they are entitled to everything and you are not qualified to get anything. Like in Nigeria, the government divert the funds meant for the general public while they care not if the people it's meant for are suffering. Remember the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed who said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the best because he flew to the United Kingdom for medical tourism while Nigerians face the rotten medical system? Narcissists do not think how their behaviors affect others and if you point it out, you likely expose yourself to their attacks. The solution is that you have to keep quiet and dare not complain. Don't forget they have admirers who are watching every step you make and every group you belong to.

  • Frequently demeans, intimidates, bullies, or belittles others:

Because of their fantasy world, they do everything to keep it at a level where you will never be able to stand up. They constantly reduce you, intimidate, demean and bully you just to keep you at their fingertips. E.g A few days ago, a student of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Ikot Akpaden, Joy Nkanang was suspended indefinitely for calling the Vice Chancellor Eno Ibanga "foolish" on Facebook.

Ms. Nkanang only expressed her anger over the increased threat to properties and lives in the University campus since the school authority won't allow a protest not to expose the rot in the school. Remember, you are supposed to keep quiet when a narcissist drains the blood out of your vain. With the current situation in Nigeria, there are journalists in prison, lecturers fired, buildings bulldozered by mini narcissists for challenging the authorities of their boss.

Someone with this disorder always thinks of what to get from the people and not what to give. They usually have nothing to give and they won't let you say it to their face. When you finally get the bull to speak out, you get intimidated, bullied, demeaned and belittled. Is there a leader of such in your state?

After I thought of these signs, I realized that Nigeria may never reach its true potentials as many Nigerians are now pushed to kowtow the system set by the narcissist's leaders. The son of the President was recently rated as one of the richest youths even though he can't disclose where he received his monthly salary.

The Nigeria of today is self-inflicted by the narcissist leaders who have transferred the blood to their offspring. Many Nigerians now suffer from Stockholm syndrome (feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor).

Is there a solution to this disorder in a country where the kidnappers are more than the victims? How do you stop a wildfire from spreading in the summer with limited water supply? If you ask me, na who I go ask?

It's now obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari, the self-acclaimed self righteous and his counterpart, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who believed that he is the best thing that ever happened to Nigerians, the state governors, current and past, former and current ministers, lawmakers, Nigerian pastors, Yahoo Yahoo boys whose first thought is to buy expensive cars and spend thousands at a night club whenever they make money, or tricking their victims to surrender their wealth without thinking of how they feel later, local government chairmen, and those always insulting you at WhatsApp groups whose true intention is to be seen by political leaders rather than the objectives of the groups, are all suffering from narcissists disorder.

Name one person you know that is suffering from this disorder. Let's start from your state politicians to the federal power.

Ehi Ekhator is a UK based journalist. He can be reached on ehidan@naijacenter.com

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Confirmed: Buhari, Other Nigeria Leaders Suffering From Narcissist Disorder By Ehi Ekhator

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 3:46am


Yesterday, while I was walking in the street of London, the thought of Nigeria predicament and how we keep taking one step forward and five steps backward kept crawling on me. I haven't been able to digest why a country full of intelligent and influential Nigerians cannot solve a simple problem, that is, to improve the lives of her people despite the natural endowment God has gifted us.

Since 1999, the Nigerian leadership qualities fell drastically, the culture of respect and integrity completely disappeared from us. I recall as a child, the only thing I ate without permission from my grandfather was a chicken thigh. The old soldier returned home and discovered the fleshy thigh was bony. Knowing who could have done such a marvelous transformation, the man grabbed me by the arm while he ordered my aunt to grind the African pepper.

He poured the pepper on my head and left me in the sun, then invited all the children on the street to play a band made out of plastic rubber bag while I dance like a masquerade with a torn pant. After that special treatment, whenever I see someone's belonging, I remember my grandfather face pouring the ground hot spice on my head.

Well, that was the Nigeria I grew up, parents were very cultural and disciplined. Stealing was believed to be a stain to the family's name and your parents would rather skin you alive than to let you get away with it. In today's Nigeria, things have changed. Stealing is the professional career of parents, some use their children bank accounts to hide the diverted public funds.

I kept thinking, maybe, who knows, Nigeria will be great again, who knows, one day, the Land of the great will be blessed with King Joseph and not the many Pharaohs we have now. Suddenly, it occurred to me that Nigerian leaders are suffering from a narcissistic disorder.

Why haven't I thought about this all these years? The signs are there, it is very vivid and why couldn’t I realize that the disorder is now passed from fathers to children?.

Let's analyze some signs of the disorder according to Help Guide.

"Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration. Others often describe people with NPD as cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing, and demanding. This way of thinking and behaving surfaces in every area of the narcissist’s life: from work and friendships to family and love relationships."

Tell me, does that sound familiar? People with this kind of disorder resist any form of change in their behaviors, even when it's causing them problems. The motive is to turn the blame on others. They are usually very sensitive and react crazily to the slightest criticism, disagreements, perceived slights, which they translate as personal attacks. To live peacefully with a narcissist, you go along with whatever demand they make to avoid attack, coldness, and rages.

Again, does this sound familiar? Let's now list the signs, perhaps, this will make it even clearer for you.

  • Grandiose sense of self-importance:

Nigerians, mainly the leaders feed their inferiorities with grandiose. They show Hollier than thou with a hoity-toity mentality. They do everything to demonstrate they are progressively prevalent, "one of a kind or exceptional" than you. They believe nobody understands them other than exceptional individuals such as themselves. They only want to associate and be associated with other high-status people, places, and things. Do you have a friend or a politician like this?

  • Lives in a fantasy world that supports their delusions of grandeur:

Since reality hit them in the face, they develop a fantasy that makes them live in a world beyond, a world propped up by distortion, delusion, self-deceit. "They spin self-glorifying fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, attractiveness, and ideal love that make them feel special and in control." Who do you think has this quality among your Senators, President, Governors even the Instagramers?

  • Needs constant praise and admiration

Narcissists feed on constant praises and admirations and when they don't get it, they whip, rage and willing to hurt anyone in their ways. The fantasy of superiority blows in their faces if they don't receive the constant applause to keep the balloon inflated. Narcissists need consistent nourishment for their sense of self, so they encircle themselves with individuals who are happy to take into account their fanatical longing for attestation. These relationships are very one-sided. It’s all about what the admirer can do for the narcissist, never the other way around. And, if there is ever an intrusion or diminishment in the admirer's consideration and recognition, the narcissist regards it as a betrayal. Again, does this sound like Nigerian leaders? I mean, right from the Nigeria President to the local government Chairman?

  • Sense of entitlement

I realized that all Nigerian leaders have this sense of entitlement. They believe because they are special, they should get whatever they need. The people around them are expected to provide it, otherwise, such a person is considered irrelevant. If you dare ask for anything in return, you are likely to meet rage, anger, cold shoulder and a sense of betrayer from those already betraying you. Do you know any leader like this?

  • Exploits others without guilt or shame

Narcissists lack empathy. That is their greatest weapon. They exploit others without shame. They believe they are entitled to everything and you are not qualified to get anything. Like in Nigeria, the government divert the funds meant for the general public while they care not if the people it's meant for are suffering. Remember the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed who said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the best because he flew to the United Kingdom for medical tourism while Nigerians face the rotten medical system? Narcissists do not think how their behaviors affect others and if you point it out, you likely expose yourself to their attacks. The solution is that you have to keep quiet and dare not complain. Don't forget they have admirers who are watching every step you make and every group you belong to.

  • Frequently demeans, intimidates, bullies, or belittles others:

Because of their fantasy world, they do everything to keep it at a level where you will never be able to stand up. They constantly reduce you, intimidate, demean and bully you just to keep you at their fingertips. E.g A few days ago, a student of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Ikot Akpaden, Joy Nkanang was suspended indefinitely for calling the Vice Chancellor Eno Ibanga "foolish" on Facebook.

Ms. Nkanang only expressed her anger over the increased threat to properties and lives in the University campus since the school authority won't allow a protest not to expose the rot in the school. Remember, you are supposed to keep quiet when a narcissist drains the blood out of your vain. With the current situation in Nigeria, there are journalists in prison, lecturers fired, buildings bulldozered by mini narcissists for challenging the authorities of their boss.

Someone with this disorder always thinks of what to get from the people and not what to give. They usually have nothing to give and they won't let you say it to their face. When you finally get the bull to speak out, you get intimidated, bullied, demeaned and belittled. Is there a leader of such in your state?

After I thought of these signs, I realized that Nigeria may never reach its true potentials as many Nigerians are now pushed to kowtow the system set by the narcissist's leaders. The son of the President was recently rated as one of the richest youths even though he can't disclose where he received his monthly salary.

The Nigeria of today is self-inflicted by the narcissist leaders who have transferred the blood to their offspring. Many Nigerians now suffer from Stockholm syndrome (feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor).

Is there a solution to this disorder in a country where the kidnappers are more than the victims? How do you stop a wildfire from spreading in the summer with limited water supply? If you ask me, na who I go ask?

It's now obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari, the self-acclaimed self righteous and his counterpart, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who believed that he is the best thing that ever happened to Nigerians, the state governors, current and past, former and current ministers, lawmakers, Nigerian pastors, Yahoo Yahoo boys whose first thought is to buy expensive cars and spend thousands at a night club whenever they make money, or tricking their victims to surrender their wealth without thinking of how they feel later, local government chairmen, and those always insulting you at WhatsApp groups whose true intention is to be seen by political leaders rather than the objectives of the groups, are all suffering from narcissists disorder.

Name one person you know that is suffering from this disorder. Let's start from your state politicians to the federal power.

Ehi Ekhator is a UK based journalist. He can be reached on ehidan@naijacenter.com

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Confirmed: Buhari, Other Nigeria Leaders Suffering From Narcissist Disorder By Ehi Ekhator

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 3:46am


Yesterday, while I was walking in the street of London, the thought of Nigeria predicament and how we keep taking one step forward and five steps backward kept crawling on me. I haven't been able to digest why a country full of intelligent and influential Nigerians cannot solve a simple problem, that is, to improve the lives of her people despite the natural endowment God has gifted us.

Since 1999, the Nigerian leadership qualities fell drastically, the culture of respect and integrity completely disappeared from us. I recall as a child, the only thing I ate without permission from my grandfather was a chicken thigh. The old soldier returned home and discovered the fleshy thigh was bony. Knowing who could have done such a marvelous transformation, the man grabbed me by the arm while he ordered my aunt to grind the African pepper.

He poured the pepper on my head and left me in the sun, then invited all the children on the street to play a band made out of plastic rubber bag while I dance like a masquerade with a torn pant. After that special treatment, whenever I see someone's belonging, I remember my grandfather face pouring the ground hot spice on my head.

Well, that was the Nigeria I grew up, parents were very cultural and disciplined. Stealing was believed to be a stain to the family's name and your parents would rather skin you alive than to let you get away with it. In today's Nigeria, things have changed. Stealing is the professional career of parents, some use their children bank accounts to hide the diverted public funds.

I kept thinking, maybe, who knows, Nigeria will be great again, who knows, one day, the Land of the great will be blessed with King Joseph and not the many Pharaohs we have now. Suddenly, it occurred to me that Nigerian leaders are suffering from a narcissistic disorder.

Why haven't I thought about this all these years? The signs are there, it is very vivid and why couldn’t I realize that the disorder is now passed from fathers to children?.

Let's analyze some signs of the disorder according to Help Guide.

"Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration. Others often describe people with NPD as cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing, and demanding. This way of thinking and behaving surfaces in every area of the narcissist’s life: from work and friendships to family and love relationships."

Tell me, does that sound familiar? People with this kind of disorder resist any form of change in their behaviors, even when it's causing them problems. The motive is to turn the blame on others. They are usually very sensitive and react crazily to the slightest criticism, disagreements, perceived slights, which they translate as personal attacks. To live peacefully with a narcissist, you go along with whatever demand they make to avoid attack, coldness, and rages.

Again, does this sound familiar? Let's now list the signs, perhaps, this will make it even clearer for you.

  • Grandiose sense of self-importance:

Nigerians, mainly the leaders feed their inferiorities with grandiose. They show Hollier than thou with a hoity-toity mentality. They do everything to demonstrate they are progressively prevalent, "one of a kind or exceptional" than you. They believe nobody understands them other than exceptional individuals such as themselves. They only want to associate and be associated with other high-status people, places, and things. Do you have a friend or a politician like this?

  • Lives in a fantasy world that supports their delusions of grandeur:

Since reality hit them in the face, they develop a fantasy that makes them live in a world beyond, a world propped up by distortion, delusion, self-deceit. "They spin self-glorifying fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, attractiveness, and ideal love that make them feel special and in control." Who do you think has this quality among your Senators, President, Governors even the Instagramers?

  • Needs constant praise and admiration

Narcissists feed on constant praises and admirations and when they don't get it, they whip, rage and willing to hurt anyone in their ways. The fantasy of superiority blows in their faces if they don't receive the constant applause to keep the balloon inflated. Narcissists need consistent nourishment for their sense of self, so they encircle themselves with individuals who are happy to take into account their fanatical longing for attestation. These relationships are very one-sided. It’s all about what the admirer can do for the narcissist, never the other way around. And, if there is ever an intrusion or diminishment in the admirer's consideration and recognition, the narcissist regards it as a betrayal. Again, does this sound like Nigerian leaders? I mean, right from the Nigeria President to the local government Chairman?

  • Sense of entitlement

I realized that all Nigerian leaders have this sense of entitlement. They believe because they are special, they should get whatever they need. The people around them are expected to provide it, otherwise, such a person is considered irrelevant. If you dare ask for anything in return, you are likely to meet rage, anger, cold shoulder and a sense of betrayer from those already betraying you. Do you know any leader like this?

  • Exploits others without guilt or shame

Narcissists lack empathy. That is their greatest weapon. They exploit others without shame. They believe they are entitled to everything and you are not qualified to get anything. Like in Nigeria, the government divert the funds meant for the general public while they care not if the people it's meant for are suffering. Remember the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed who said President Muhammadu Buhari deserves the best because he flew to the United Kingdom for medical tourism while Nigerians face the rotten medical system? Narcissists do not think how their behaviors affect others and if you point it out, you likely expose yourself to their attacks. The solution is that you have to keep quiet and dare not complain. Don't forget they have admirers who are watching every step you make and every group you belong to.

  • Frequently demeans, intimidates, bullies, or belittles others:

Because of their fantasy world, they do everything to keep it at a level where you will never be able to stand up. They constantly reduce you, intimidate, demean and bully you just to keep you at their fingertips. E.g A few days ago, a student of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), Ikot Akpaden, Joy Nkanang was suspended indefinitely for calling the Vice Chancellor Eno Ibanga "foolish" on Facebook.

Ms. Nkanang only expressed her anger over the increased threat to properties and lives in the University campus since the school authority won't allow a protest not to expose the rot in the school. Remember, you are supposed to keep quiet when a narcissist drains the blood out of your vain. With the current situation in Nigeria, there are journalists in prison, lecturers fired, buildings bulldozered by mini narcissists for challenging the authorities of their boss.

Someone with this disorder always thinks of what to get from the people and not what to give. They usually have nothing to give and they won't let you say it to their face. When you finally get the bull to speak out, you get intimidated, bullied, demeaned and belittled. Is there a leader of such in your state?

After I thought of these signs, I realized that Nigeria may never reach its true potentials as many Nigerians are now pushed to kowtow the system set by the narcissist's leaders. The son of the President was recently rated as one of the richest youths even though he can't disclose where he received his monthly salary.

The Nigeria of today is self-inflicted by the narcissist leaders who have transferred the blood to their offspring. Many Nigerians now suffer from Stockholm syndrome (feelings of trust or affection felt in many cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim towards a captor).

Is there a solution to this disorder in a country where the kidnappers are more than the victims? How do you stop a wildfire from spreading in the summer with limited water supply? If you ask me, na who I go ask?

It's now obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari, the self-acclaimed self righteous and his counterpart, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who believed that he is the best thing that ever happened to Nigerians, the state governors, current and past, former and current ministers, lawmakers, Nigerian pastors, Yahoo Yahoo boys whose first thought is to buy expensive cars and spend thousands at a night club whenever they make money, or tricking their victims to surrender their wealth without thinking of how they feel later, local government chairmen, and those always insulting you at WhatsApp groups whose true intention is to be seen by political leaders rather than the objectives of the groups, are all suffering from narcissists disorder.

Name one person you know that is suffering from this disorder. Let's start from your state politicians to the federal power.

Ehi Ekhator is a UK based journalist. He can be reached on ehidan@naijacenter.com

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North-East Journalists Vow To Investigate, Expose Corruption In Government

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 2:54am



Journalists in North-East, Nigeria, have vowed to use the instruments of investigative journalism to expose corruption in governments at all levels.

The resolution came in the aftermath of one week training on Fact-Checking and Investigative Journalism in Yola, Adamawa state, facilitated by Premium Times Center For Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).

Twenty-one, journalists from across the North-East were screened for the training.

Participants were drilled in wide ranged topics, focusing on understanding the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), Investigative Journalism, Fact-Checking, among other topical issues.

Mbolo Eno, programme and Advocacy Manager at PTCIJ, said the training was designed to spur journalists in the region to hold governments accountable.

As such he emphasised the need for the journalists to key into the trending Fact-Checking and Investigative Journalism.

"This training is put together to improve investigation and Fact-Checking, particularly within the criminal justice system and to improve accountability nationwide".

For Dapo Olorunyomi, Executive Director PTCIJ, "for a number of reasons, Fact-Checking has become critical to the capacity of journalists to function effectively in a democracy".

Olorunyomi, who doubles as the Publisher of Premium Times, further said "the truth has come under severe assault, most especially in recent times".

Mojeed Musikilu, Editor of Premium Times, tasked participants on credible reportage, just as he urged journalists to get acquainted with the ACJA 2015.

He also charged reporters to educate the public on the provisions of ACJA 2015 and issues relating to abuse of power by institutions within the criminal justice system.

Jessica Obudu, PTCIJ Program Assistant, capped it all by challenging participants to reflect their new knowledge in their reportage in a manner that improves governance and better the lot of the masses.
 

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North-East Journalists Vow To Investigate, Expose Corruption In Government

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 2:54am



Journalists in North-East, Nigeria, have vowed to use the instruments of investigative journalism to expose corruption in governments at all levels.

The resolution came in the aftermath of one week training on Fact-Checking and Investigative Journalism in Yola, Adamawa state, facilitated by Premium Times Center For Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).

Twenty-one, journalists from across the North-East were screened for the training.

Participants were drilled in wide ranged topics, focusing on understanding the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), Investigative Journalism, Fact-Checking, among other topical issues.

Mbolo Eno, programme and Advocacy Manager at PTCIJ, said the training was designed to spur journalists in the region to hold governments accountable.

As such he emphasised the need for the journalists to key into the trending Fact-Checking and Investigative Journalism.

"This training is put together to improve investigation and Fact-Checking, particularly within the criminal justice system and to improve accountability nationwide".

For Dapo Olorunyomi, Executive Director PTCIJ, "for a number of reasons, Fact-Checking has become critical to the capacity of journalists to function effectively in a democracy".

Olorunyomi, who doubles as the Publisher of Premium Times, further said "the truth has come under severe assault, most especially in recent times".

Mojeed Musikilu, Editor of Premium Times, tasked participants on credible reportage, just as he urged journalists to get acquainted with the ACJA 2015.

He also charged reporters to educate the public on the provisions of ACJA 2015 and issues relating to abuse of power by institutions within the criminal justice system.

Jessica Obudu, PTCIJ Program Assistant, capped it all by challenging participants to reflect their new knowledge in their reportage in a manner that improves governance and better the lot of the masses.
 

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North-East Journalists Vow To Investigate, Expose Corruption In Government

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 2:54am



Journalists in North-East, Nigeria, have vowed to use the instruments of investigative journalism to expose corruption in governments at all levels.

The resolution came in the aftermath of one week training on Fact-Checking and Investigative Journalism in Yola, Adamawa state, facilitated by Premium Times Center For Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).

Twenty-one, journalists from across the North-East were screened for the training.

Participants were drilled in wide ranged topics, focusing on understanding the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), Investigative Journalism, Fact-Checking, among other topical issues.

Mbolo Eno, programme and Advocacy Manager at PTCIJ, said the training was designed to spur journalists in the region to hold governments accountable.

As such he emphasised the need for the journalists to key into the trending Fact-Checking and Investigative Journalism.

"This training is put together to improve investigation and Fact-Checking, particularly within the criminal justice system and to improve accountability nationwide".

For Dapo Olorunyomi, Executive Director PTCIJ, "for a number of reasons, Fact-Checking has become critical to the capacity of journalists to function effectively in a democracy".

Olorunyomi, who doubles as the Publisher of Premium Times, further said "the truth has come under severe assault, most especially in recent times".

Mojeed Musikilu, Editor of Premium Times, tasked participants on credible reportage, just as he urged journalists to get acquainted with the ACJA 2015.

He also charged reporters to educate the public on the provisions of ACJA 2015 and issues relating to abuse of power by institutions within the criminal justice system.

Jessica Obudu, PTCIJ Program Assistant, capped it all by challenging participants to reflect their new knowledge in their reportage in a manner that improves governance and better the lot of the masses.
 

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Public Bus (BRT) Currently Burning On Third Mainland Bridge In Lagos

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 2:46am


 

 

There is chaos on the  third mainland bridge right now as one of the buses used for the bus rapid transit (BRT) in Lagos is currently burning on the bridge.

According to an eyewitness, the blue bus, which was heading towards Iyana-Oworo, caught fire just after Adeniji Adele axis of the bridge with the disaster resulting in chaos and heavy traffic gridlock.

It is unclear if there have been any casualties from the incident.

The officials of Lagos fire service and LASTMA are desperately trying to put out the fire and ensure order in the area.

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Public Bus (BRT) Currently Burning On Third Mainland Bridge In Lagos

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 2:46am


 

 

There is chaos on the  third mainland bridge right now as one of the buses used for the bus rapid transit (BRT) in Lagos is currently burning on the bridge.

According to an eyewitness, the blue bus, which was heading towards Iyana-Oworo, caught fire just after Adeniji Adele axis of the bridge with the disaster resulting in chaos and heavy traffic gridlock.

It is unclear if there have been any casualties from the incident.

The officials of Lagos fire service and LASTMA are desperately trying to put out the fire and ensure order in the area.

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Public Bus (BRT) Currently Burning On Third Mainland Bridge In Lagos

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 2:46am


 

 

There is chaos on the  third mainland bridge right now as one of the buses used for the bus rapid transit (BRT) in Lagos is currently burning on the bridge.

According to an eyewitness, the blue bus, which was heading towards Iyana-Oworo, caught fire just after Adeniji Adele axis of the bridge with the disaster resulting in chaos and heavy traffic gridlock.

It is unclear if there have been any casualties from the incident.

The officials of Lagos fire service and LASTMA are desperately trying to put out the fire and ensure order in the area.

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Lagos State Task Force Brutalizes And Arrests Sellers, Motorcycle Riders, Passersby In Maryland

Sahara Reporters - 22 May 2019 - 2:37am



Men of the Lagos State Task Force have brutally rounded up some motorcycle riders, traders and passersby in Mende, Maryland, Lagos State.

The men stormed the area at about 9 am in combat style bearing sophisticated weapons, tear gas canisters and massive trucks.

They then proceeded to round up almost everyone in sight, brutalizing many in the process.

They also carted away valuable wares of some traders such as food items as well as seizing motorcycles.

The men of the Task Force all brandished their guns at motorists and onlookers who were observing the incident.

One trader who spoke to SaharaReporters in Yoruba on the condition of anonymity said: "It's not good when it is time for elections, it is these people that will still vote them. see how they are treating them like criminals."

Another said, "I was lucky when I saw them I ran immediately because that is their style even though we pay taxes."

When SaharaReporters tried to contact CSP Saheed Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, his phone rang to no avail.
 

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