Sir, I would suggest you still hang on but maybe you'll become less active till Seun, his handlers/cohorts review their new style of administration that appears corrupt.
Sis Desola is very correct. You're very valuable to this section and Nairaland as a whole. The way you present, dissect and debate matters is always mentally stimulating. I do not even think Seun is your match in that regards. You are one of the few I know on here he ought to tap into his circle of administration to make NL better than it already is, really.
I hear you well 9jacrip. Just as you've observed, there is no gainsaying that Seun has finally decided to level the playing field in favour of NL's tea-party movement. Yes, I am referring to the group of Paid Per Post reprobates, whose stock-in-trade is bigotry and religious intolerance. Unable to compete on an equal footing, they've gone for the nuclear option - stifling any dissenting opinion.
Your advice, which has also been echoed by others, makes perfect sense; so I intend to scale down my contributions significantly.
Na waa for you? How come it is only you that knows this Bishop Obinna? This your man is so Igbo he is the general overseer of a faceless Igbo Organisation which, again nobody but you has heard of. The coincidences are getting too many. "0xOAF ARP Q who is Imam Lie Akukwe?"
Perhaps this Bishop Imam Obinna Akukwe and GAAICOM are figments of your Lai-Tinubu-paid imagination.
This would be my last contribution on this thread, in the interest of prosperity.
You see, I learnt sometime ago that it is possible to lower one's IQ (just as the Egyptians who built pyramids discovered) by mixing with inconsequential nitwits.
I believe you though. Just like our man Pastor Reno Omokri alias Wendell Simlin.
Not sure if you are agreeing with the imbecille you quoted up there. But for the record, Rev Obinna Akukwe, who happens to be one of the leaders of the General Assembly of all Igbo Christian Organizations and Ministers ( GAAICOM), is a social commentator in the mould of Femi Aribisala.
Rather than allowing yourself to be shepherded by PPP dolts who use religion and tribe to shape public opinion, why don't you research some of these issues yourself?
Sincere 9gerian: You guys in APC have enjoyed undue advantage on NL for far too long. I also created a thread on the same Sanusi saga, so why didnt mine make front page? And why should yours make front page? I didn't complain when mine didn't make front page and so I'm surprised you'r here crying about front page.
Enough is enough. All I've asked for on NL is a level playing field and I think that is beginning to happen.
I am not an APC affiliate, although I have long accepted that there is little point in contending your pedestrian logic.
If supporting the emergence of a counter-weight party, within a weak polity that was tending towards one-party statehood, is my sin; I stand to be counted. It is true that I did as much as I could to ensure there was some semblance of balance, during the long drawn-out process of birthing a strong opposition. For this, I offer no apologies.
The thread in question is not about any particular political party, so stick your unsolicited musings in the proverbial...
Footnote: it is now up to the APC and various other parties to prove themselves to an undecided electorate. Independent-minded folks like me have done our bit and may now move on to other concerns, in view of Seun's 'sense of fair play' .
At this point, I am seriously thinking about calling time on Nairaland. Seun is hell bent on tilting the scales in favour of certain ill-tutored and ill-mannered urchins on these boards, and I surely don't want to be part of his new regime in any way, shape or form.
I will give a few days....but right now, I am 80% committed to leaving for good.
Deiok: This thread has been taken off the front page.
It has indeed.
At this point, I am seriously thinking about calling time on Nairaland. Seun is hell bent on tilting the scales in favour of certain ill-tutored and ill-mannered urchins on these boards, and I am sure I want to be any part of his new regime in any way, shape or form.
I will give a few days....but right now, I am 80% committed to leaving for good.
Dude I've been using the internet since i was 13. I've been using the internet since when Alexa was a better search engine than Google. Anyone can create a facebook page with any name and post all sorts of article on the internet. It's called impersonation.
From his facebook page i can only see that the Igbo impersonator "Babatunde Obinna" is Anti-GEJ. Babatunde Obinna has only 6 photos on his facebook page. 6 photos of different individuals of which one of the photo, his profile picture is blurry, kinda like a copied GIF file that has lost its contrast due to compression.
I put it to you that your friend "Babatunde Obinna" is a Yoruba man with a "fight-lion" tribal mark on his face. Do you have any proof that he is Igbo?
What you are effectively saying is that there no Igbo commentators who share a similar mindset to Obinna. This is so retardeeeed, it gives a lie to the time you spent studying at Nottingham University.
Your principal is Nepotism himself! Emirate Touch is owned by his cousin Bayero. Emirate Touch had no record of air operations and was not properly accredited to do business in Nigeria's airspace when Emir Sanusi connived with them to launder money in a no bid contract. Was the contract award legit? How could a portofolio business man outbid established airlines like Arik, Aero Contractors, etc and then turn round to source aircraft from the big players?
Sanusi diverts money to only his people : Muslim, Kano state, Fulani. Talk of kpora kpo! Nepotism is his modus operandi. And people like you see nothing wrong with, fraudulently, diverting billions to only your friends and mosque members.
You see, I have absolutely no problems calling out Sanusi for the various infractions he has committed over time. My posting history testifies to this! Can you say the same about yourself?
Anybody can bear any name on the internet. Prove that his real name is Obinna. You Yorubas don't get tired of impersonating Ndi-Igbo. We don't have tiger clawed face, please stop the impersonation, it's becoming an embarrassment.
Another truth denier!
Obinna had a truck load of articles on the internet, which cover a plethora of issues.
slydog: Another N38.23billion Stolen At Nigeria’s Central Bank? By Seyi Olu Awofeso, Abuja.
To avoid passing on a key issue of the audit-proved theft of N38.23 billion at the Central Bank of Nigeria – uncovered by the Financial Reporting Council (F.R.C) – longish editorials were gaily written by broad sheet journalists in Nigeria as off-ramp.
Are you intellectually able to tackle the substantive points raised in that article without falling back on some contrived piece of hogwash served by Awofeso?
Included below is one of my earlier posts on this subject:
It is becoming increasingly clear to me that the govt overshot itself on this one. Now we know it is 'Emirate Touch' that was contracted to move currency and not 'Emirates Air' as the FRC report erroneously indicates.
Arik Air announced it will lease two B737-300s under an ACMI-agreement to a Kano-based cargo airline, Emirate Touch Aviation Services (future website). The two aircraft (5N-MJA and 5N-MJB) are currently stored in the United Kingdom and will be converted to freighters. Apparently, Emirate Touch Aviation also operates a B727F (5N-BNQ), formerly operated by Millennium Air.
We also know the following from the first interview Sanusi gave on his arrival back to Nigeria.
SR: Why did you choose to come back to Nigeria, having been accused of financial recklessness...? SLS: First of all, I have always said that if I had anything to hide, I would not be doing the things I did. I have not seen the details of those allegations but some of what I have heard is very ridiculous and funny.
And we would obviously - the central bank as an institution - would be able to respond to all of those things, because we have always operated strictly in line with the rule of law.
Now when you look at the things happening in this country...a week ago for example, the NNPC came out on National television and agreed to have spent $3.5 Billion on Kerosene subsidy without appropriation... Nobody has called than financial reckless!
The Central Bank is audited every year - in fact we have just completed the audit for 2013; we are supposed to submit our audited accounts within 2 months of the end of every financial year. We have a board meeting to approve the audited accounts on the 27th of February, to submit on the 28th. We are audited by PriceWater House Coopers and Ernst and Young. This has been going on since I became governnor. NNPC has not been audited since 2005! Nobody talks about finacial recklessness in NNPC!
Since I became governor, I have constantly reduced expenses and operating costs; I have increased operating surplus, I'll give you an example: the year before I became governor in 2008, the central bank contributed N8 Billion to the federal budget. By 2012, I contributed 80 Billion. This year I am contributing 159 Billion - from 2013 - that is 20 times what was being contributed before I became governor..
The issues they are talking about... I saw something about currency expenses...that we said 38 billion and MINT said 20-something... MINT is only one printer of ours! We print currency and import from abroad. So you cannot take what MINT says and declares a revenue..and say that was the entire currency expense of the Central Bank.
I am told that I invested 5 million dollars in International Islamic Liquity Management Corporation? I have the written approval of President Jonathan to invest, and I will produce the papers...
Question is; how many other spurious claims are contained in the report which has commentators, who are driven by self-serving interests, salivating with glee?
Presidential Victimization Of Sanusi And The Treasonable Theft Of $20 Billion Dollars
March 8, 2014
Whether President Goodluck Jonathan decides to victimize, sack or prosecute Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria’s sacked Central Bank Chief, the truth is that a $20 billion dollar theft has been exposed and the sheer size of the theft is treasonable, especially with 80 million people living below $10 dollars daily.
$20 billion dollars have been stolen, hoarded, hidden and unremitted by some officials of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with the connivance of some elements within the presidency. I have made case in the earlier piece released just before Sanusi’s suspension titled ‘Jonathjan, Sanusi, NNPC and the missing ( Stolen) $20 billion Dollars ‘ that “those who connived to withhold the $20 billion dollars include Christians from the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, White Garment and Pentecostal folds. They also include Muslims from Shia sect, Sunni sect, NASFAT, Boko Haram sect and all groups calling on God or Allah to protect them from the wicked ranting of impoverished unfortunate countrymen about to challenge their divine $ 20 billion dollar breakthrough”
All these attempts to tag a N163 billion naira, ( $1 billion dollar) accusations of wasteful and unauthorized spending on Sansui’s head is an attempt to sweep the issue of the stolen billions into the carpet. To cover up a treasonable theft of $20 billion dollars, a kite of reckless use of $ 1 billion dollars was flown about. In 2012 when Hon Farouk Lawan Committee of the lower parliament exposed the theft of $10 billion dollars (N1.7 trillion naira) of petroleum products paid for without being supplied to the Nigerian people, the agents and friends of government pursued Lawan with corruption until they trapped him with bribery of $1 million dollars, and that was how a theft of $ 10 Billion dollars was forgotten.
The House of Representatives have confirmed that Nigeria loses $5 billion dollars to oil theft annually. According to the Chairman of the House ad-hoc Committee on Crude Oil Theft, Bashir Adamu, “The level of oil theft is alarming and of grave concern to stakeholders”.. “Illegal bunkering has caused Nigeria to lose an estimated $5 billion (N780 billion) yearly, amounting to $400 billion since Nigeria’s independence. “Statistics show that a total of 350,000 barrels per day was lost to illegal bunkering in 2012, representing an increase of 45 per cent over the figure of 2011, and 67 per cent over that of 2010, while the trend for 2013 is even more alarming”.
In Jonathan’s tenure since 2010, it amounts to $20 billion dollars in 4 years. Sanusi’s revelations shows that $20 billion dollars was stolen in eighteen months, it follows that in four years $56 billion dollars would ultimately have missed. Therefore, from this oil business, Nigeria has lost approximately $20 billion dollars to oil theft, $20 billion dollars to subsidy theft of 2011, $20 billion dollars missing funds and probably another $20 billion dollars missing from the previous 18 months not yet exposed. Add the recently exposed $ 7billion dollars fraud in the NNPC Swiss oil deal and the $1 billion dollar Malabu Oil Deal and you get $88 billion dollars stolen in four years. Therefore, when Nigerians stop asking questions on what happened to $88 billion dollars and become interested in how Sanusi allegedly mismanaged $1 billlion dollars, then an Indian charm is working on everybody.
Months ago a document allegedly from the Nigerian Customs indicted the Coordinating Minister of Finance, Okonjo Iwuala of granting waivers to the tune of 1.4 trillion naira ( $9 billion Dollars ) between 2011 and 2013 to companies allegedly owned by friends and cronies of government., The Comptroller General of Nigerian Customs, Mr Dikko. Inde Speaking when he appeared before the Joint Senate Committees on Finance and Appropriation said that about N 866 billion was lost to waivers within a 9-month period, including N263.8 billion granted on importation of petroleum products. This is $ 4 billion dollars in nine months alone. Jonathan is yet to issue a query to Mrs Okonjo Iweala on the issue. When the Senate was cross examining her, she admitted granting waiver of over N170 Billion naira. Her bosom friend and Nigeria’s oil minister Dieziani Madueke has more financial infractions than every other government official and no frown has yet come from the government. Therefore, the speed at which Sanusi was thrown away is just an act of victimization for exposing a 20 billion dollar sleaze.
To many persons, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi represents many things-
To majority of Christians in Nigeria, he is a religious fundamentalist who wanted to impose Islamic Banking on the nation.
To some Churches, he is the villain who ordered he freezing of the accounts on accounts of terrorism
To some indigenes of Southern parts of Nigeria, he is a suspected Boko Haram sponsor
To the Kano Citizens, he is the Best successor to the throne of the Emirship of Kano
To International investors, he restored confidence in the Nigerian economy.
To stock brokers, he maintained stability in the stock exchange market.
To business men, he controlled inflation and brought it to all time low in many years
To corrupt bankers, he is the demon who is worse than the EFCC, seeking to retrieve money that is not his father’s
To PDP politicians, he is the Lucifer who wants to stop the accumulation of funds to prosecute the 2015 presidential elections.
To financially aware depositors, he is the champion who ensured that every fund they deposited in any bank in Nigeria is always available on demand even at huge cost to national treasury.
To me, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is an Islamic Zealot who has a few baggages which has to be tamed and lots of assets which can be of immense help to Nigeria. In a write up I released two years ago titled ‘Sanusi, Ohanaeze and the Timidity of Igbo Public Servants’, I asked Ohanaeze to stop complaining about what Sanusi did for the North, rather they should encourage their Igbo counterpart to do same for their people. It was the most senior Igbo Public Servant in Nigeria that stopped Azubuko Udah from replacing Hafsat Ringim as Inspector General of Police due to Assemblies of God Church local politics.
During the period when CBN froze bank accounts of churches, some Christian Bishops and leaders under the aegis of CAN and PFN approached me to do something about Sanusi’s rascality especially over their frozen funds. They believed that as an activist in their midst, there is something I could do that will yield result quicker than the court processes being planned by the National Leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. Therefore, when I released the report on how CBN froze the accounts of churches, CBN under Sanusi spent tens of millions of naira denying the facts on every national daily, radio and television stations. Eventually the churches accounts were opened within twenty four hours from the time the report was released and their harassment by EFCC ceased till today. This however does not mean that Sanusi is all about mischief.
Sansui’s greatest achievement is ensuring that the man on the street has access to his money in the bank, anytime he wants it.
Sanusi also ensured that that the era of thieving bankers doing business with depositor’s money at the expense of genuine business men came to an end.
Sanusi drew people’s attention to monumental corruption among South South Governors at the expense of their people. If Sanusi were to be an Igbo man, he would probably have committed billions towards building or pressurized President Jonathan start and finish the construction of a second Niger Bridge. I wish Sanusi were Igbo, he would have dragged our boot licking politicians to the mud, and attracted infrastructural patronage to the South East.
Sanusi is being victimized for exposing another treasonable theft of $20 billion dollars belonging to all Nigerians and people should demand the recovery of the stolen funds because over 80 million Nigerians living below poverty lines need it.
Nigeria Police Foil Attack On Enugu Government House
March 08, 2014
Security personnel attached to the Enugu State Government House have foiled an armed attack on the State Government House by unknown persons.
Confirming the incident, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sullivan Chime, Chukwudi Achife, said the attack occurred about 4.30am local time, when a group of young men numbering about 50 and carrying machetes and cutlasses, invaded the Government House and tried to force their way in.
He said the attackers were immediately engaged by security personnel who shot one dead and arrested three while the rest escaped.
The mission of the youth, who were carrying flags with different inscriptions and insignia, is not yet known.
Eyewitness said they parked their vehicles along Nza Street and marched to the Government House’s gate where they met the security operatives.
They were said to have told the security men to open the gate claiming they were at the Government House for protest, but when one the officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps opened the gate to ask why they decided to come in the night, one of the invaders attacked him with the machete and made attempts to force the gate open for his members.
Mr Achife said that one security personnel was injured while repelling the attackers.
The arrested persons and some of the machetes recovered had been handed over to the Enugu State Police Command for further investigations.
So what about Sierra Leone:This one is totally false. Yes Abacha sent Nigerians troops via ECOMOG to fight the RUF rebels, but their impact was minimal because the ECOMOG forces were deemed weak and unprepared. No democracy was established in Sierra Leone while Abacha was alive. In fact the Sierra Leone civil war ended in 2001, three years after Abacha death.
All this on 8$ per barrel of oil! You have to be kidding me.
Actually Sadiq is the one kidding us here. This is quite false. The average price of crude oil during Abacha’s term (1993 to 1998) was $17.00. However, in December of 1998 the year Abacha died, the price of crude oil dropped to as low as $8.64. But by December 1998, Abacha was already dead! reference http://www.ioga.com/Special/crudeoil_Hist.htm
You say, with the weight of your sense of history and the authority you possess on national issues that ” a vicious usurper under whose authority the lives of an elected president and his wife were snuffed out” referring to my late father, you must be growing old, or you would rightly recall that that president elect you refer to did not die while my father was alive.
He has a point, Abiola died under suspicious circumstances shortly after the death of General Abacha.
If a smoker dies of lung cancer, is it the smoke that killed him or the cancer? You see the fact is that Abiola will still be alive today if he was not imprisoned by Abacha for 4 years. So yes Abiola may have suffered from heart attack (the cancer), but it was as a result of 4 years of unjust imprisonment (the smoking) by Abacha that killed him. #fact
You see at the end of the day, the issue with Abacha was not high inflation rates but rather high unemployment rates, it was not whether or not he established or fought for democracies in other countries but rather whether he upheld democracy in his own country, Nigeria. It was not whether or not he tripled our foreign reserves, but rather whether or not he reserved some of Nigeria’s billions for himself.
But the real issue, was his treatment and suffocation of freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of life, freedom of everything. The way he silenced and killed his enemies and in-case we have forgotten…here is a summary of SOME of the many atrocities of Abacha…
June 11, 1994: Chief M.K.O Abiola declares himself president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the eve of the first anniversary of June 12 in an attempt to claim his June 12, 1993 presidential mandate at Epetedo, Lagos Island. He goes into hiding after the declaration, for fear of being arrested.
31 June 23, 1994: The Federal Military Government arrests Chief M.K.O Abiola on charges of treason.
August 18, 1994: The crackdown finally begins: the Abacha government responds to the workers’ strike by sacking the Executive Council of NUPENG and PENGASSAN, and NLC, closes down three newspapers: the Punch, Concord group (owned by Abiola) and The Guardian. It announces a partial lifting of the ban on politics, allowing individuals to ‘canvass political ideas’ but not to ‘form political parties for now’.
October 1, 1994: Federal Government arrests and detains Chief Gani Fawehinmi for launching a political party, the National Conscience Party, in Lagos.
October 31, 1995: A Special Military Court sentences Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists to death.
Not only that, but Abacha still managed to put $9Bn into our external reserves and also pay off $7Bn of our external debts, whilst keeping fuel at N14 per litre.
and without the proceeds of all the national assets and oil blocks Obasanjo sold off (privatised).
Because the West hated Abacha's patriotism in rejecting their ruinous IMF loans, they imposed sanctions on him for executing the 9 Ogoni people after trial and due process was observed.
What did the same Western nations do to Obasanjos when he massacred thousands of civilians in two communities of Odi and Zaki Biam? they turned a blind eye.
Abeg we should analyse issues more deeply.
The West want us to hate our patriots and heros
Your failure to use enlarged fonts for this post is rather uncharacteristic General B. Whatever came over ye'?
Okechukwu Ofili: Let’s fact check Sadiq Abacha’s letter to Soyinka
March 6, 2014
Yesterday, I read Sadiq Abacha’s letter to Wole Soyinka. My immediate gut reaction was to immediately mark down the article as one of many crazed and delusional Fani Femi Kayode articles that deserved no attention. But as I read that article I began to realize that it contained some interesting claims about Abacha that is rarely talked about in Anti-Abacha circles.
So I decided, rather than dismissing the article or writing yet another open letter, what about breaking it down and fact checking the claims. So that is what I did….
I broke down Sadiq’s letter and researched his claims written in bold font below. My goal was to be as objective as possible, without showing any bias. In this analysis I state my research source and put links to all the articles and documents I referenced. My goal with this was to write something different from the usual Abacha insult filled articles…I just wanted to write the facts…so here goes…
Sadiq Abacha: What about the advances we made in commerce, reducing the inflation rate, what about security and welfare, how many projects, hospitals and schools were created? Inflation went from 54% to 8.5%!
However inflation is not the best representation of a nations economy and can easily be manipulated by governments restricting currency flow. At the end, the low inflation rate looks good on paper, but does little for the Nigeria people. For instance the inflation rate between 2000 and 2010 has been relatively low, but the same cannot be said about our unemployment rate which is extremely high despite the low inflation rates. But the original claim by Sadiq is still a fact!
My father oversaw an increase in our foreign currency reserves from 494 million dollars in 1993 to 9.6 billion dollars by the middle of 1997, that is unprecedented…
“The Nigerian government has formally asked Britain to freeze the bank accounts of the late military dictator General Sani Abacha who is alleged to have stolen $4.3bn during his five years in office from 1993….Nigeria estimates that of the $4.3bn, some $2.3bn was taken from the central bank, $1bn was awarded for contracts to front companies, and a further $1bn was extorted from foreign companies, some of them in Britain.”
So Abacha might have saved money but he also stole money…lots of it.
What of peace keeping and nation building, not just in West Africa but the entire continent, restoring democracy in Liberia and Sierra Leone, all these under my father’s leadership, are all these not laudable?
GEN. SANI ABACHA, Nigeria’s military strongman, is credited with having the moral leadership that imposed an agreement (The August 1996 Abuja Accord) by DTC Liberia’s brutal warlords to disarm and hold elections.”
But the whole restoring democracy to Liberia is just technically true…here’s why…the resulting election from the Abuja Accord in 1997 was a Kangaroo election mired with intimidation and cheating. And ended up with the election of human rights abuser Charles Taylor as President. In addition to that…
“The peace did not last long, and in 1999 the Second Liberian Civil War broke out.”
So did Abacha restore democracy to Liberia, yes but it was a Mugabe style democracy that plunged Liberia into more despair and yet another war. Liberia did not fully regain Democracy will Charles Taylor was exiled in 2003.
Sincere 9gerian: While I do not advocate that threads with unsubstantiated topics be moved to the front page, fact is that, for whatever reasons, it has happened on several occasions on NL just that APC was on the receiving end this time. I have also complained about this same issue on one or two occasions but my attention was always drawn to the question mark added to the topic
There is no quibble with your observation, which I consider entirely valid.
But then, even you must agree that an arbiter who willfully moves threads which originate from FB-based sources like 'Hope for Nigeria' or 'Nigeria Liberation Movement', to the front page; only to then turn round and ask disingenuous questions such as "which senator did you speak to", is far from impartial.
I have seen Seun do this on at least 3 separate occasions in recent months, and it is a source of grave concern.
Jack Baueress: isn't it obvious that he is? Isn't it glaring to the eyes that he has been biased with the kind of threads that hit FP? If he cannot prove that APC has been in control of nairaland, he should stop making dumb statements!
Trust me, I was only trying to keep the channels of communication open by using diplomatic language He has made remarks that aren't too dissimilar in the past, so I am not altogether surprised actually.
Seun: Nairaland has been controlled by the APC for a long time, despite my best efforts, and this pisses me off! Trying to correct the imbalance.
Seun, it is that perception of imbalance which has propelled you to push unsubstantiated allegations sourced from various facebook groups to your front page, in recent months. No?
As someone who is aligned with neither of the two leading parties but who has gone to great lengths to ensure there is a modicum of balance on these boards, it is clear that your impartiality has become rather malleable.
Are you under any kind of threat from the government?