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My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by midolian(m): 6:33am On Apr 16, 2016
Your Excellency, I’m convinced the time has come to write you this letter despite the fact that I have some measure of access to you. I decided to do this in order to tackle the mischief makers who believe I’m your very close friend and as such must be a rabid supporter of yours. I have been accused of all sorts of garbage including being paid heavy sums of money from your bottomless pocket. I’m aware that most of these guys can never believe that anyone could stand up for principle without pecuniary gains. But before I go into the meat of this letter, I need to state my background briefly as I’m sure you don’t even know me well enough to understand and appreciate my socio-political trajectory.

I have read all sorts about you and I and it is necessary sometimes to put the records straight for the sake of doubting Thomases who can never see anything good in others. You were a Governor for eight years and I can’t remember ever meeting you one on one. The only time I believe we exchanged physical pleasantries would have been at the 70th birthday dinner hosted in honour of your mother-in-law, Erelu Ojuolape Ojora at The Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos some years back. I remember seeing and greeting you and a few of the former and current Governors present including Olusegun Osoba, James Ibori, Babatunde Fashola and others.

I would later see one of the pictures I took at the party and read many years after that I was busy drinking champagne with James Ibori who was being wanted for several cases of corruption and so on. I could not believe my eyes because the picture showed clearly that I was chatting with Chief Olusegun Osoba while Ibori minding his business behind me but someone needed to rubbish me for reasons I could never fathom. Not just that, Ibori was still a Governor and would I run away from a function or refuse to greet people so as not to be accused of hobnobbing with corrupt leaders?

The next time I interfaced with you was after you employed Mr Bamikole Omishore who was my American campaign coordinator in Washington DC, when I joined the Presidential race from 2010-2011. I was happy that you got such a brilliant young man to manage your social media. But you and I got closer for only one reason in the past one year plus because we both campaigned vigorously for Major General Muhammadu Buhari and you and Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi were the best of pals and he has been my friend long before he became Governor of Rivers State. I loved the way you, Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Wamako, Tambuwal, Atiku Abubakar, and others took the bold decision that would change the course of Nigerian history for better or for worse when you abandoned PDP despite threats and harassments. I must have met you about twice in your Lagos home to strategise and was particularly impressed with your ability to rally the likes of Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Wale Tinubu and others who ordinarily would have felt a need to support the government in power. I was informed you were able to raise some stupendous amount of money during and after the APC primaries. We talked more on phone and you assured me constantly that everything was on course. The rest is history.

However trouble started as soon as victory came. I knew you had only one ambition and that was to become the Senate President. I thought that was a legitimate dream but did not envisage that it would turn out to be your albatross. Politics in Africa, and probably elsewhere, is a deadly game. You’ve fought several battles in your life but I doubt if you ever bargained for this one. It all started like a joke. Your party apparatchik was obviously opposed to your candidacy. You were equally determined to realise your life ambition. One of the rumours then was that you could not be trusted with power and that in the next four years you would have become unstoppable if you decide to go headlong for the Presidency. I’m not a member of your party so I could not understand what the hullabaloo was all about. The manner you emerged caught everyone unawares. The biggest problem was the fact that you sought and got the unequivocal support of members of the PDP in the Senate and even did a deal that made it possible for one of them to become your deputy. That was the hara-kiri you committed and your enemies would never forgive you for that.

One thing led to another, and things fell apart and the centre could no longer hold. You probably underestimated the resolve of your enemies to cut you down to size. The next we saw were allegations of impropriety levelled against you at the Code of Conduct Bureau. You were said to have been dodgy in your assets declaration forms. Anyway, it seemed you had touched the tiger by the tail and it remained to be seen how you would wriggle out of the monumental trouble you had inadvertently courted by your rebelliousness and bellicosity. I was personally irked that we were back to the Nuhu Ribadu days and I voiced my opinion openly. I was not defending you but defending the rights of man. I had thought naively that APC knew what it was getting into with an ill-assorted assemblage of different characters from varied backgrounds. I presumed there was an accord that all sinners became saints once they migrated and amalgamated with APC. The deluge of immigrants from PDP convinced me that President Buhari would have to sanctify the pollutants if any in the new party. Not once did I hear of any objection to the proliferation so I assumed all was well.

I never said you should not be prosecuted but that we should discourage a situation where every successive government uses anti-corruption camouflage to punish its enemies. This position was not meant to protect you but to discourage a perpetuation of such tradition. I wrote copiously against the harassment of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he went on similar trial. I had demonstrated publicly against the Yar’Adua cabal when they tried to stop Dr Goodluck Jonathan from assuming power when his boss was terminally ill. I remember also when I wrote an open letter to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu in 2007 and how I was viciously attacked by his supporters. But what happened after? Nuhu himself was forced into exile as a victim of impunity. Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi, formerly known as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, became veritable victims of impunity and I was vehemently opposed to their ordeals.

I needed to state this background very well as a way of documenting my modest contribution to the discouragement of impunity as a former victim myself under the military regimes. Now that it seems many Nigerians are comfortable with setting fire to an entire village in order to catch some rats, I will not belabour the issue further.  Please, permit me to now address the case at hand. I want you to know that no matter what you do henceforth, the case against you will go on. The earlier you resign yourself to fate the better. You have done all you can to prevent this from happening and the time has come for you to defend yourself as best as you can. I understand the psychological trauma you are under. You are in utter shock that a party you laboured with others to build and nurture has decided to treat you as a pariah. You are stupefied at the sudden turn of events.

But let me advise you, the Judiciary is still the best arbiter and if you’re truly innocent, you will be vindicated but if you are found guilty after exhausting all legal options available in the land you must take a bow and accept the judgment with equanimity. Even if the APC decides to sweep this under the carpet, someone may still bring it up tomorrow. It is in your best interest to face the bullet and hope for a miracle. I’m not one of those who have written off the Nigerian Judiciary. I will also not join those who have already convicted you in the court of public opinion. I’m a Christian and I know none of us can cast the first stone and we should be careful not to gloat over anyone’s misfortune.

Please, note that you must do nothing to pervert the course of justice by enacting hurriedly-packaged laws ostensibly meant to block your trial. It will further diminish you and make your sympathisers recoil in shame. To whom much is given, much is expected. God has been very kind to you and as a Muslim you must submit yourself only to the will of Allah, the only one who can forgive our sins. Who knows what the outcome may be at the end of the day?

I beg you in the name of God to take courage. Stand like a man and carry your heavy cross.



http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/04/16/my-candid-letter-to-the-senate-president/

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by Last2comment(m): 6:34am On Apr 16, 2016
Ok

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by midolian(m): 6:38am On Apr 16, 2016
Please, permit me to now address the case at hand. I want you to know that no matter what you
do henceforth, the case against you will go on. The
earlier you resign yourself to fate the better.
This letter should have come much earlier than now. Saraki has used all his life-lines already na.. So what is the essence? If they like, let them pass 500bills against CCB, this trial won't stop...not even for the world grin grin

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by otukpo(f): 6:40am On Apr 16, 2016
But Momodu can write.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by Aufbauh(m): 6:40am On Apr 16, 2016
Dele Momodu, President Open letter writers Association of Nigeria. Please summarize, according to your open letter to PMB we don't have all the time.

For the benefit of those who don't have the patience to read through the lengthy epistle, Dele Momodu felt that even though Mr Saraki was in monumental trouble as a result of his rebelliousness and bellicosity he should resign his fate to the judiciary instead of attempting any underhand legislative tactics. Shikena!

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by peacengine(m): 6:41am On Apr 16, 2016
This man don turn Obasanjo
Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by ammyluv2002(f): 6:41am On Apr 16, 2016
Why would they always write, when they always eat and dine with him. sad



So who's deceiving who?

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by midolian(m): 6:45am On Apr 16, 2016
ammyluv2002:
Why would they always write, when they always eat and dine with him. sad



So who's deceiving who?
Diezani's boyfriend will always write... Don't you know him anymore?

He can write letter to a rat before killing it

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by johnwizey: 6:46am On Apr 16, 2016
Dele Momodu sinachi, easier said than done. I still av my reservations about saraki's trial, i just hope justice is served

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by CACAWA(m): 6:47am On Apr 16, 2016
Nice mix
Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by JoeCutie(m): 6:48am On Apr 16, 2016
ammyluv2002:
Why would they always write, when they always eat and dine with him. sad



So who's deceiving who?
Don't mind them, they are all the same.

They only speak or as it's more recently stereotyped, write when the government/situation does not favour them. Nigerian politics is swimming in one big ocean-circle. And in there, the welfare of the masses is drowning. Pity!

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by TPAND(f): 6:51am On Apr 16, 2016
Dele momodu send your candid letter to Davido and Davido's father. Leave Saraki alone.

Pot calling Kettle black

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by Stalwert: 6:53am On Apr 16, 2016
Now I see why someone sang dele is my boy. He is not guilty because you are sympathetic to rich and corruptful. When last did you write a letter defending the poor from impunity? Nigeria is doomed with this elitist sickness. Your letter wreaks of immorality.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by ammyluv2002(f): 6:54am On Apr 16, 2016
JoeCutie:
Don't mind them, they are all the same.

They only speak or as it's more recently stereotyped, write when the government/situation does not favour them. Nigerian politics is swimming in one big ocean-circle. And in there, the welfare of the masses is drowning. Pity!
Yes! Really sad

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by ammyluv2002(f): 6:55am On Apr 16, 2016
midolian:
Diezani's boyfriend will always write... Don't you know him anymore?

He can write letter to a rat before killing it
Lol grin

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by otukpo(f): 6:56am On Apr 16, 2016
Should i say that Momodu has come to see the dangers involved in sleeping with strange bed fellows.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by DIKEnaWAR: 7:03am On Apr 16, 2016
SarAki rose to power betraying his benefactors and superiors: from his father to Goodluck Jonathan. Same way he rallied the world against Jonathan for APC, the APC is rallying the world against him.

I am not trying to speak for Jonathan. No! I am just saying that Karma is a hoe and goes to bed with whomever's turn it is to. Yesterday, it was Jonathan's turn, for Abandoning the poor masses that voted him into power and hobnobbing with the rich. The same rich persons abandoned him when he needed them most( Dangote, Otedola et al contributed heavily to Buhari's election through Saraki). Today, it is Saraki's turn. The same party he did all for in betraying his former. party has betrayed him too. Tomorrow it shall be another's turn...

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by odutolasodiq(m): 7:05am On Apr 16, 2016
i love the bitter pill(truth) being prescribed by uncle dele in the last two paragraphs, the earlier saraki swallows it the better the healing process! and i just hope to God this not one of the many media publicity stunt by the ovation boss!

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by Histrings08(m): 7:17am On Apr 16, 2016
Pfft... And I like dis man o, Buh I don't know who to trust as far as dis country's politics is concern...

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by rusher14: 7:21am On Apr 16, 2016
Saraki you are a common thief from a privileged background.

Your ruinous lifestyle finally caught up with you

You cannot steal from the poor at the same time betray your gang. Eventually, either your gang or the victims or both would catch up with you.

What clemency or empathy have you shown bank depositors whose lifesavings you squandered?

What hope have you given the average Kwaran as an executive?

What besides high pensions, money laundering, illegal and devious offshore assets can one point to as the legacy of Saraki?

What besides backstabbing your party, your catchment and more importantly the populace would Saraki be remembered for?

Your life is uninspiring and insipid.

Your works are full of iniquity and insolence.

Your future is impotent and regretful.

Go and sulk in your many mansions and sports cars.

The rich also cry.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by Hasawa(m): 7:30am On Apr 16, 2016
Book Space
Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by BeardedMeat(m): 7:39am On Apr 16, 2016
rusher14:
Saraki you are a common thief from a privileged background.

Your ruinous lifestyle finally caught up with you

You cannot steal from the poor at the same time betray your gang. Eventually, either your gang or the victims or both would catch up with you.

What clemency or empathy have you shown bank depositors whose lifesavings you squandered?

What hope have you given the average Kwaran as an executive?

What besides high pensions, money laundering, illegal and devious offshore assets can one point to as the legacy of Saraki?

What besides backstabbing your party, your catchment and more importantly the populace would Saraki be remembered for?

Your life is uninspiring and insipid.

Your works are full of iniquity and insolence.

Your future is impotent and regretful.

Go and sulk in your many mansions and sports cars.

The rich also cry.
Didn't you know all these when you sang his praise and cheered him to high heavens when he was destroying the party that brought him to politcal lime light? When he goes down, a PDP senator will reign in his stead and with the amendment of the CCB bill will ensure that NEVER AGAIN will any kettle call pot black!!

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by GOATandYAMtheory: 7:41am On Apr 16, 2016
The pot-bellied goat that ate all kwaran's yams should call it quit already. He doesn't need long letters to do this undecided

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by Rikidony(m): 7:42am On Apr 16, 2016
SARAKI SHOULD RESIGN AND CONCENTRATE ON THE CASE. I DONT THINK HE'S GETTING OUT OF THIS ONE, JAIL AWAITS HIM

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by GOATandYAMtheory: 7:44am On Apr 16, 2016
BeardedMeat:
Didn't you know all these when you sang his praise and cheered him to high heavens when he was destroying the party that brought him to politcal lime light? When he goes down, a PDP senator will reign in his stead and with the amendment of the CCB bill will ensure that NEVER AGAIN will any kettle call pot black!!
shut up there or risk getting an e-slap from me angry


The CCB bill will never see the light of the day

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by tuniski: 7:50am On Apr 16, 2016
When will the apc gang implode? Criminal gang ups don't endure they must scatter!!!!!


Saraki do the needful implode apc.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by Goke7: 7:52am On Apr 16, 2016
Stalwert:
Now I see why someone sang dele is my boy. He is not guilty because you are sympathetic to rich and corruptful. When last did you write a letter defending the poor from impunity? Nigeria is doomed with this elitist sickness. Your letter wreaks of immorality.
That elitist sickness is our number one problem right now. The elites only speak out when it hurts them.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by BeardedMeat(m): 7:52am On Apr 16, 2016
GOATandYAMtheory:
shut up there or risk getting an e-slap from me angry


The CCB bill will never see the light of the day
Nope! I have unfettered access to Amadioha, I am invoking it right now to strike your buccal cavity shut for you. And if you piss me off any futher, I will ask it to shut it completely forever! Be warned baba.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by funlord(m): 8:10am On Apr 16, 2016
grin
rusher14:
Saraki you are a common thief from a privileged background.

Your ruinous lifestyle finally caught up with you

You cannot steal from the poor at the same time betray your gang. Eventually, either your gang or the victims or both would catch up with you.

What clemency or empathy have you shown bank depositors whose lifesavings you squandered?

What hope have you given the average Kwaran as an executive?

What besides high pensions, money laundering, illegal and devious offshore assets can one point to as the legacy of Saraki?

What besides backstabbing your party, your catchment and more importantly the populace would Saraki be remembered for?

Your life is uninspiring and insipid.

Your works are full of iniquity and insolence.

Your future is impotent and regretful.

Go and sulk in your many mansions and sports cars.

The rich also cry.




Na dis 1 be the original letter wey DHL don package send to saraki! Even 'hilary the gangsta boo' approves!


Dele momodu should shut the _fuck up and have several seats!

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by blackpanda: 8:26am On Apr 16, 2016
This is my mind exactly. Its time for saraki to stop dodging and face his trial. You cant run faster than ur shadow. Even if u succEed in amending the bill, it wont help much as ur case has already commenced. So get good lawyers and face ur trial. The outcome may even surprise u.

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Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by adezjamz(m): 8:38am On Apr 16, 2016
What is this open letter all about when he already have his number and can do this privately?

Trying to fool us and indirectly giving answers to unasked questions.

#TimeWillTell
Re: My Candid Letter To Saraki By Dele Momodu by jaydee8(m): 8:39am On Apr 16, 2016
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