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|When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 5:30am On Dec 04, 2023
Aso Rock is a coveted seat of Authority. Once in, its almost impossible to thrust you out, except you are no longer interested or willing to used money to buy the conscience of men of with out honor. Yet, even at that, no one has desecrated the sanctity of Aso Rock like Asiwaju. These are my reasons. Read carefully .
1. Identity theft.
2. Criminal past.
3. Travel scam.
Weeks ago, while still in Saudi Arabia, we learnt that the visas of all persons aboard a flight from Lagos/Abuja to Mecca were canceled upon arrival. This is enough to spook diplomatic exchanges because it is meant to be an insult to the Presidency; Not Asiwaju, but Nigeria in at large. Now we know what the Saudis know: The presidency or someone in the presidency is involved in travel scams. And the person off course could be "FAMILY"
During the COP 28 Dubai, a lot of people were shock stiff about Nigeria having a delegation of 1000+ plus persons in tits entourage, all expenses paid. Now if Nigeria was Switzerland, LUXEMBOURG or even China, there wont be issues. But Nigeria is broke, facing a deadly debt burden, can not pay its debts, have leased out it oil earnings for like five years in lieu of debts and currently seeking more options to borrow money.
So a lot of persons like yours truly started digging as to why it should be this. And we found out this before others: The supposed delegates allegedly paid some people to get listed as delegated. Some paying as much as $10,000 USD. Now imagine if the Emiratis authorities toe the Saudi way and cancel the visas of these fake delegates.
Real academias and scholars in different parts of Nigeria who could and should supposed to benefit the Nation well were sidelined for persons whose only interest were to go enjoy Dubai during xmas (because Nigeria is among countries facing travel ban) were choosen after paying hefty sums of money.
This is one of the reason why it is never in the interest of everyone to allow a criminal family any where near the seat of power. Everything will be transactional!
Get ready for more rides!
Here's how People's Gazzette puts it:
Being A COP 28 Delegate Was Only Chance To Do Christmas In Dubai After Visa Ban.
Being smuggled into Tinubu COP 28 entourage was only chance to do Christmas in Dubai after UAE general visa ban on Nigerians: ‘Delegates’
A blanket travel restriction imposed in 2022 eliminated access to a top shopping destination for Nigeria’s upper middle class and political and business elite families.
As President Bola Tinubu continues to endure the collective backlash of Nigerians over his perceived squandering of scarce federal resources on a junket for climate discussion in which Nigeria was not slated to play any critical or unique role, Peoples Gazette has learnt that some of those on the 1,400-delegation to Dubai saw an opportunity to circumvent the cumbersome and increasingly futile process of obtaining an Emirati visa and took it.
Mr Tinubu’s participation at the so-called Conference of Parties (COP 28) global climate summit has been overshadowed by his profligate use of public funds at a time of untold economic hardship for the vast majority of Nigeria’s 200 million people. The United Nations received 1,411 people from Nigeria at the opening of the event on October 30, official disclosures said, out of which at least 589 people were direct federal employees under Mr Tinubu’s administration.
Nigeria’s delegation surpassed that of the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, per UN disclosures, even though Mr Tinubu himself criticised emission cuts being pushed at global climate fora as detrimental to Nigeria’s industrialisation and overall economic growth.
The official list of attendees also indicated an undetermined number of other federal employees attached to the ministry of information and other federal ministries, departments and agencies on the trip. Whereas some people on the list appeared to be genuine climate change experts and activists who were sponsored by private non-profits, an analysis of those on the trip showed the government picked the biggest tab, which easily runs into billions.
Rank and file civil servants also made the trip, including some whose purviews did not cover climate policy, like an interior ministry aide in charge of personnel management. The president’s son, Seyi, who has no official designation and was recently warned by his father to stop meddling in government functions, was also at the conference on public dole.
On Saturday afternoon, The Gazette heard from four different delegates on the trip, who said they hustled their respective departments to be accommodated on the trip in order to escape having to apply for visas to the UAE on their own, which has become nearly impossible for Nigerians over the past year. Three of the delegates are private individuals, while the last person is an official of one of the federal agencies regulating hydrocarbons, The Gazette can report.
The delegates secured guarantees of anonymity from our reporter before agreeing to speak on the controversial issue. Two of them said there were over 3,000 people who secured visas to Dubai on the back of the conference, but many of them did not show up at the conference venue at all, hence the smaller number released by the UN administrators.
“I was informed by a ministry director that the trip was coming up, and he agreed to put me on the trip after I explained to him that my sister lives in Dubai and I would like to see her and stay for Christmas,” the civil servant said. “He quickly asked his secretary to add my name. It was a smooth process for me, so I imagine it was smooth for about 3,000 others who also obtained their visas this way.”
The official went on to introduce our reporter to three other individuals who also made the trip, with one explaining their ties to a bank in Lagos.
“Even as a banker, I couldn’t get a visa to Dubai for so long. Some travel agents said they could get me a UAE visa earlier this year, but it was too expensive, so I had to let go back then,” the delegate said. “So when this opportunity came, I quickly jumped on it.”
Another one said they were not even at the venue of the conference, even though it has been underway since November 30.
“I’ll be honest and say I don’t even know the venue,” the person said. “I quickly got an apartment when I arrived and I will be spending the Christmas and New Year here.”
The individuals sidestepped the ethical questions about gaining the system in this manner, and were also not concerned about whether or not this could potentially complicate Nigeria’s ability to timely resolve the ban with the UAE.
Whether or not the presidency knew that thousands of people were issued visas without any bases remained unclear as of Sunday morning. A spokesman for the president deflected a question about the matter to the federal cabinet secretary’s office, which did not return an enquiry from The Gazette on the matter.
The UAE had, in October 2022, placed a general visa ban on all Nigerians, including citizens of at least 17 other countries. The Gulf giant alleged growing criminal activities linked to Nigerians, capitalising on a viral video of a group of cultists ensnared in a break-in as evidence of rising deviance among immigrants of African origin.
The restrictions had deprived tens of thousands of people with Nigerian passports of being able to enter Dubai, which until last year was the top shopping destination for the country’s upper middle class and political and business elite families.
The president assumed office in late May with a promise to cut public waste and improve the country’s crisis, which economists concluded was exacerbated by the laziness and brazen looting of his predecessor Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Tinubu, who assumed office on a thin mandate of just 36 per cent of the vote with a record of public corruption, identity theft and drug dealing, saw initial public support when he removed subsidies on petrol upon assuming office. But with six months into his administration and no introduction of any serious welfare policies to sustain the poor, concerns are mounting about whether the Lagos politician sought the highest office strictly to demystify it.
Yet, his administration had sought to end the year-long visa restrictions on Nigerians, and the president himself directly met with Emirati authorities in September to discuss the crisis. A claim by a presidential spokesman that the restrictions had been listed without preconditions was subsequently exposed as a falsehood and also reported to have irritated the Emiratis.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bobloco: 5:48am On Dec 04, 2023
A slot selling syndicate or better still cabal have taken over our once respected presidential office
They sold appointment slots, they also sold COP28 Dubai delegate slots
This is what is expected of a government run by a notorious narcotics drug trafficker, a certified certificate forger of international dimensions
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 5:57am On Dec 04, 2023
I am certain the Emiratis has gotten wind of this and would do the needful like the Saudis!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by ican2020: 5:59am On Dec 04, 2023
Which one is travel scam again
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by DesChyko: 6:09am On Dec 04, 2023
The revenue generated from this venture, where does it fall under in Nigeria's financial books? 😏
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 6:19am On Dec 04, 2023
Its actually called "Proceeds from a transaction under false Pretense" Are surprised people like Toke Makinwa made the list? Guess what prefix they gave her to appear as delegate?
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 6:22am On Dec 04, 2023
It's alleged that people paid as much as $10,000USD to join the COP 28 Dubai delegation led by Asiwaju to Dubai. A lot of the delegates have secretly voiced out, that they have to resort to paying that much so as to be able to spend Xmas in Dubai.
1000+ PEOPLE went for the conference at a time Nigeria is facing a debt crisis, broke and unable to meet it minimum commitment to citizens!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by seunlayi(m): 6:38am On Dec 04, 2023
What a scam this country has turned into
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 6:45am On Dec 04, 2023
Now you know why the Saudis cancelled the visas of those 239 persons while Asiwaju was still in Riyhad. They know who he is. No none takes him serious as he is morally bankrupt. Imagine a sanctioned drug dealer telling Nigerians not to peddle drugs!
Make Emiratis search that plane well, e get why!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 6:48am On Dec 04, 2023
COPA28: Tinubu under fire for travelling with 1,114 contingent
President Bola Tinubu has come under fire after it emerged that Nigeria’s contingent to the Climate Change Conference (COPA28) holding in Dubai is 1,411, making him the Africa leader with the highest entourage, and the third largest representation of foreign delegates after China and Brazil.
Nigerians have been expressing their anger, particularly on social media, about the large Nigerian delegation attending the event, which also drew over 97,000 participants from over 100 countries of the world.
A look at the data from the CoP28 organisers’ registration platforms revealed that 1,411 Nigerians had registered to attend the event with many Nigerians suggesting they were all funded by the Federal Government; a claim the Presidency has rebuffed.
According to carbonbrief.org, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has the largest-ever registered delegation of any country with 4,409 badges followed by Brazil with 3,081 and then China and Nigeria, which have issued 1,411 badges. Nigeria’s delegate rose from the 169 delegates that attended from Nigeria last year.
In contrast, Kenya’s President, William Ruto, reduced his delegates from 189 to 51. The conference, which started on Thursday, November 30, and would end on Tuesday, December 12, is an avenue for governments to agree on policies to limit global temperature rise and adapt to impacts associated with climate change.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change showed that out of the 1,411 that Nigeria registered as delegates, 590 were sponsored by the Federal Government. They include the president, 25 ministers, the chief of staff, five directors general, several directors, deputy directors, assistant directors, and officials with different titles. Others were allegedly sponsored by the state governments, nongovernmental and corporate organisations. The Federal Government would have spent not less than N850 million for flight tickets alone for the 590 persons, which excludes hotel accommodation and other expenses.
• Obi decries it as showmanship
Reacting to the development, many Nigerians took to social media to condemn President Tinubu’s actions. The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, in a series of tweets via his X handle, described the president’s actions as wasteful and an unnecessary showmanship, where Nigeria is competing with China on the size of delegations. He said the vast majority of those in the Nigerian delegation were either non-relevant civil servants or relations, friends, and hangers-on of high government officials, and most of them hardly understand or have anything to do with climate change.
“In a twist of sad irony, let me congratulate the giant of Africa, Nigeria, for matching the great China with the same number of contingents at the ongoing COP28 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Nigeria’s contingent to COP28 totaled 1,411, the same number as the Chinese contingents. While China’s budget for 2024 is about $4 trillion, about $2,860 per head; Nigeria’s budget is about $33 billion, about $165 per head. China has a high Human Development Index (HDI) with a ranking of 79 out of 191 countries measured and Nigeria has a low HDI, with a ranking of 163 out of 191 countries measured. Nigeria has more people living in ‘multi-dimensional’ poverty than China, despite the fact that China has seven times Nigeria’s population.
“Most importantly, the vast majority of those in the Nigerian delegation to COP28 are either non-relevant civil servants or relations, friends, and hangers-on of high government officials. Most of them hardly understand or have anything to do with Climate Change. This huge contingent is at public expense, and at a time when most Nigerians can hardly afford food and basic needs as a result of economic hardship. I pray earnestly that a day will come soon enough when we can focus on competing with China on productivity and the miracle of migrating the highest number of its citizens out of poverty over a relatively short time.
“As we have kept emphasizing, we must stop waste as an addition to our government and nation. We urgently need to cut the cost of governance and invest in production. We need to tie spending to necessity and national priority, pointing out that a New Nigeria is possible but we only need to do the reasonable and the necessary.”
An X user, Akintunde Babatunde, said: “The average cost for an individual to attend COP is about $4k. With 821 official party delegates from Nigeria, that is about $3.2 million. Well, that is average knowing that Nigerian officials are extravagant with state money. The cost will definitely be higher than this! I have been to COP countless times, so I can tell you for a fact that I know how this works. Nigeria registered over 1400 delegates out of which 821 are party or official delegates. If you’re an NGO, what you get is a party overflow badge.”
Be patriotic, offer solutions to Nigeria’s challenges, Abiodun urges spiritual leaders
• Presidency faults critics
The Presidency, in a piece titled ‘Nigeria at COP28: Separating the facts from fiction,’ by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Temitope Ajayi, said President Tinubu and other senior officials of his administration attended the significant international event for serious business, and not for jamboree.
He said: “The people coming together to advance their different agenda and interests from governments, businesses and civil societies, are the parties to the convention who represent various shades of opinions and push for various mitigating actions.
“In Nigeria, like in so many other countries, interested parties, comprising government officials from both the federal and sub-national governments, business leaders, environmentalists, climate activists and journalists, are present in Dubai.
“Also, participating are agencies of the government such as the NNPC and its subsidiaries, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, NIMASA, and the NDDC. Many youth organisations from Nigeria, especially from the Northern and Niger-Delta regions, whose lives and livelihoods are most impacted by desert encroachment and hydrocarbon activities, are also represented.
“The President of Ijaw Youth Council, Jonathan Lokpobiri, leads a pan-Ijaw delegation of more than 15 people who registered as parties from Nigeria. Among delegates from Nigeria are over 20 journalists from various media houses.
“Their participation is very important. It is not for jamboree as it is being mischievously represented on social media.
“It is important to state here that delegates from all countries, whether from government, private sector, media and civil society groups attend COP summits and conferences as parties and the number of attendees are registered against their countries of origin.
“This does not mean that they are sponsored or funded by the government. It must be said also that the fact that people registered to attend a conference does not mean everyone that registered is physically present.”
Ajayi also emphasized the significance of Nigeria’s participation in CoP28 and noted that President Tinubu has not only reaffirmed the importance of treating Nigeria and Africa fairly during the energy transition process, but also taken advantage of the occasion to broker agreements and entice new commitments from various spheres of influence.
“Like former President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders, who demanded fair deal and climate justice for Africa at previous UN climate summits, President Tinubu is leading the charge at COP28 on behalf of Nigeria and the rest of the continent, demanding from the West that any climate decision and action must be fair and just to Africa and Nigeria in particular, especially the debate around energy transition.
“President Tinubu has been unequivocal in his position that Africa, which is battling with the problems of poverty, and security, and struggling to provide education and healthcare to her people, cannot be told to abandon its major source of income, which is mostly from extractive industries, without the West providing the funding and investment in alternative and clean energy sources.
“President Tinubu and other officials on the federal government delegation are in Dubai for serious business not jamboree. Our president has been very busy representing our country well. Since Thursday morning when he arrived in Dubai, President Tinubu has spent not less than 18hours daily in attending very important sessions, pushing our national agenda while holding bilateral and business meetings on the sidelines.”
~ Culled from a post
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Lovemeharder(f): 6:50am On Dec 04, 2023
Almost everyone in also rock is there for thier belle. Thieves!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by seunlayi(m): 7:07am On Dec 04, 2023
Bigkoko:Naija on cruise
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 7:36am On Dec 04, 2023
From selling white powder in Chicago down to selling travel slots to Dubai! Las las when every country on earth know una finish, we go leave Nigeria for una enter our own Biafra since both old & young, refine & agbero, christian or muslim, pastor or alfa or juju no wan get sense!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Splashme: 7:37am On Dec 04, 2023
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 7:39am On Dec 04, 2023
They love it that way! Bunch of misfits!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Quodseverismete: 8:06am On Dec 04, 2023
Tinubu has nothing to offer, they will continue the packaging till 8years will be gone, at the end his first tenure, the handlers would say 4years is not a enough to turn around the mess they met, let's give him another 4yrs.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by online4business: 12:29pm On Dec 04, 2023
My Uganda friend brought this to my notice ooo e shock me ooo.
Make I scheme to get Uganda visa fast traveling to Rwanda from Uganda anytime I present naija passport them dey always stop me.
Thank God say I sabi the language of the military (Swahili) small and my daughter get Uganda passport.
My scheme is very easy instead of sending money to Nigeria back here na to open Uganda bank account.
Send $3-5k every month and try to collect it in the bank.
Na me and manager go sit down before them go fit give me the money.
If I do am like that twice them go call me come invest and I tell them my demand before investing a dime.... Citizenship to protect my investment.
If them no ready to play ball I move to Gambia (na my money)
Uganda govt dey fear people wey get money no be small because of terrorist attack.
This should be a walk in the pack for me... Some NGO work in Uganda self na easy way to gain citizenship but I no fit work for free for NGO wey dey make money.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 12:47pm On Dec 04, 2023
Oga Carry your hustle comot here. Na Asiwaju matter and he travel for COP 28 Dubai we dey handle here!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by online4business: 12:55pm On Dec 04, 2023
Na you I wan hustle? If you get money leave the shit hole let people wey wan suffer suffer in peace na.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 1:24pm On Dec 04, 2023
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by MrColdsweat: 1:32pm On Dec 04, 2023
You're talking about a man with god complex. He feels he must have his way and doesn't give a damn.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 1:47pm On Dec 04, 2023
Since he's no G-d but mere mortal, he will be humbled till he leaves there!
Shaaa what do I know, person wey don sell his body, soul & everything to Satan, he has nothing to lose again!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by MrColdsweat: 3:03pm On Dec 04, 2023
Bigkoko:He has impoverished Nigerians already. He will always have his way.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 6:21pm On Dec 04, 2023
He may get away, but he will still pay the price!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by numericalguy(m): 6:38pm On Dec 04, 2023
Pained and bitter IPOB cannibals are still in pains Nigerians kicked the Pandora criminal called Obi to the last presidential elections.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 6:41pm On Dec 04, 2023
Some people mothers and elders are protesting they can no longer afford panla and bonga fish in the village, yet this werey on cheap powder from Asiwaju is talking of HE Peter Obi, an astute fine gentleman of rare qualities. Can this man of the people called Obi be compared with a Grandpa with leaking orifice; according to Rauf?
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by SSFeedsNigeria: 7:09pm On Dec 04, 2023
Zoogeria has become a full time criminal state under the certificate forger and druggie.
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 12:59am On Dec 05, 2023
When funds alloacted for training are mindlessly looted by leaders, tell me what you get? A massacre of poor innocent villagers by air!
|Re: When Presidency Gets Involved In Travel Scams: IT'S FINNISHED! by Bigkoko: 1:04am On Dec 05, 2023
Peter Obi: "Even as I am still studying the 2024 fiscal budget as presented to the National Assembly last week, I cannot wait as I am compelled to ask : what is exactly wrong with us as a country?"
"I ask this question because it is hard for me to understand some of the recent happenings in our nation, in these critical times. The recent news about a budget provision of N15 billion for the construction of a new residence for the Vice President is both shocking and disheartening, considering the many important challenges facing our nation.
"Just recently in the Supplementary Budget, the sum of N2.5 billion was included for the renovation of the Vice President's residence in Abuja, which means that he already has a residence. Again, during the budget presentation, I heard the sum of N3 billion was allocated for the renovation of the Vice President's residence in Lagos. If we total all these sums, we would have budgeted the sum of N20.5 billion for the housing of the Vice President.. "
"..at this critical time when we are not just the world’s poverty capital, but more people are falling into poverty, with so many Nigerians not knowing where their next meal will come from. Our health facilities have collapsed, and unemployment is skyrocketing. I am convinced that 99.9% of Nigerians can only dream of living in the current residence of the Vice President. Several people employed in the universities are not being paid."
"Just to give an example, the salary of a professor in a Nigerian university is about N400,000, which without removing tax is about N5 million a year. What we have budgeted for the housing of the Vice President who is already luxuriously housed is, therefore, the annual salary of about 3000 professors! This is the finance needed to develop the much-needed human capital."
"The budget of N5 billion for student loans, which is yet to be disbursed is only a tiny percentage of the cost of the Vice President’s new home. We are projecting to use four times the amount for educating ALL Nigerian indigent students to house the Vice President, and we are being told there is nothing wrong with us. I am sure the major teaching hospitals in Nsukka, Lagos, Ibadan, and Zaria did not receive this much capital vote in the budget this year. We have had leaders that were exemplary in the past."
"Most Nigerians may not know that the popular 1004 flats in Lagos, was a land allocated for the building of a Presidential Mansion for the then Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed. He sternly turned down the offer and instructed that the land should be used to build blocks of flats for civil servants. That is the kind of sacrificial leadership worth emulating. Our leaders must therefore stop the recklessness and insensitivity to the plight of the masses."
"We need leaders who show compassion and are willing to sacrifice for common progress and development. Such compassionate and frugal leaders are critical in our journey to the New Nigeria." -PO
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