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Politics / Lagos East Senate Elections: Lagosians Challenge BOG To Publish Certificates by DebbyJose: 6:19pm On Nov 25
Ahead of the forthcoming Lagos-East Senatorial election on Saturday, December 5, 2020, Lagosians and well-meaning observers are raising salient concerns that seem to question the integrity and reliability of the candidate presented by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi as he goes shoulder to shoulder with the All Progressive Congress, APC’s candidate, Tokunbo Abiru.

Gbadamosi, in the face of media, is, quite an assertive crusader, who is quick to jumps to this Twitter handle to condemn projects, policies, and proposals of serving government at every level and Lagosians are questioning his capacity to operate at any, considering the avalanche of court cases hanging in his neck.

In all his postings, it is shocking that BOG, as he’s fondly called, has not addressed any of the fraud cases filed against Lagos Court. He is yet to defend the allegations of educational certificate forgery and perjury against him before the court of public opinion.

It is recalled that a legal suit has been filed to compel the IGP to investigate and prosecute BOG for offenses bordering on giving false information on oath in his Form EC9 submitted to INEC and absconding mandatory National Youth Service.

The action enables the police to invite, investigate, and prosecute BOG before or after the elections. Thus the holding of the elections does not affect the substance of the suit

BOG had reportedly presented to INEC, a WAEC certificate which is materially different from that contained on the official website of WAEC contrary to the provisions of the Constitution.

Whilst in the result presented to INEC BOG is said to have sat for 5 subjects and obtained 4 credits, in the result online, he is said to have sat for 8 subjects and failed 3 including Mathematics and Bible Knowledge. It is believed by APC that the result submitted to INEC does not contain the accurate result obtained and hence same may have been falsified.

Furthermore, the suit questions how BOG would gain admission into LASU having not sat for the minimum number of subjects required by WAEC.

If found guilty, BOG may have all his votes, however much to be nullified or quashed by the court.

For a Gbadamosi that we know, he would have stormed his social media handle to defend himself on matters that has little or no connection to him, how come he has not addressed this fraud allegations or simply take a photo of his certificates and defend himself before the court of public opinion while we await the judgment from the court of law.

The Gbadamosi that we know will not leave his Twitter handle until all his credentials are sufficiently displayed for his 50 thousand followers to download. His reluctance to come out publicly to defend himself puts a question mark on the genuineness of his ambition.

A popular media association of independent online media publishers also raised issues concerning his political inconsistencies. The association secretary, Owodunni Lateef added that BOG has not only be jumping from one party to the other and contesting at different political capacities.

Gbadamosi had contested as a governor under ADP and now has run to PDP to contests for senate. Should he lose in this bid as he lost to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, there is the possibility that he may also want to contest for the Local Government Chairman elections. Is that the kind of person Lagosians want to trust?” he queried.

The association P.R.O added that the opposition party has over the years lack the political tack to field credible candidates against the ruling APC in Lagos.

There are also indications that the PDP senatorial candidate, Gbadamosi did not participate in the one year mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) as claimed.

He filled Form EC9 that he attended the Lagos State University after obtaining his WAEC certificate in 1985, with results that evidently did not meet requirements for admission in the university. Gbadamosi whose Wikipedia page shows that he attended the university failed to indicate the course of study. Sources who attended the same University also claimed not to be familiar with the name either back in school or on the University’s Alumni handbook.

He has been challenged to produce all his credentials to disclaim all these damning allegations of forgery, but all efforts to reach him on phone and in-person proved abortive.

He has refused to openly address all these inconsistencies and irregularities that question his self-acclaimed credibility and transparency. It is however important that Lagosians look critically into these salient issues before they cast their votes at the poll come December 5, 2020.

TV/Movies / How Veteran Actor Baba Suwe Paved Way For Me In The Movie Industry-ashimi Azeez by DebbyJose: 2:29pm On Nov 18
Fast rising actor cum cinematography Ashimi Azeez is one of the young cinematographers in the movie industry, having spent close to 2 decades in the industry he has worked with almost all the A list stars and directors in the industry though he started up as an actor but was advised to concentrate on cinematography which he loves so much.

He learned so much from the veteran actor Babasuwe and Kunle Adegbite and during his learning process he made contacts with lots of directors in the industry and Babasuwe's name paved way for him in the industry, this explains why he's very busy shuttling from one movie location to another and has worked with stars like Funke Akindele, Miss Martins, Afeez Abiodun, Kenny George, and a host of others.

In this exclusive interview with city people's senior showbiz reporter Biodun Alao he talked about his journey into the movie industry and his greatest dreams in life.

Can you take us through your journey into the movie industry?

My name is Ashimi Azeez Babatunde, I started learning acting from Babasuwe in 1999 I later went to my brother Kunle Adegbite to learn about the camera.

What is your experience like learning under Babasuwe?

When I was with him it was all just about the camera because as at then he bought different cameras so I had the opportunity to see more cameras and even know about them, he employed I and Blessing Adejumo as camera assistant we were asked to take cameras to every location and that was how I started learning more about and in the process of learning and handling cameras I even got the nickname Azeez Babasuwe.

How did learning under Babasuwe impacted your career?

Yes, it did help my career because Babasuwe is a veteran and highly respected in the industry and also Kunle Adegbite the DOP who taught me how to operate cameras then, so it really made me come in contact with almost all the big directors in the industry and everything I gained from them plus everything I learned it is currently helping me in my career.

Do you combine acting with cinematography?

Am currently concentrating more in cinematography, back then when Odufuye Niyi popularly known as Aare the producer of Gbomogbomo a popular TV series on Africa magic Yoruba took me to Tajudeen Gbadamosi I concluded on my own that it's better I concentrate on acting but these two great people advise me and insisted that I should learn cinematography so I only today I only get to feature in minor roles in movies. I eventually made up my mind and decided to dedicate more of my time to cinematography and I thank God for that decision, I enjoy what am doing.

Can you talk about the movies you have worked on?

Hmm I have worked on countless number of movies but I am the DOP of Kenny George,Afeez Abiodun,Mide FM Abiodun,Yomi Fabiyi, Funke Akindele amongst others. I have worked on movies such as Jenifa Diary, Aiyetoro town, Mejimeji, Adun, Oriki meji, Eje Aburo, Agbofinro, 77 Bullets, Four couples, Diary of Hamzat, Kogbagidi and so many others.

Which has been the most challenging movie for you and why?

The most challenging project I have worked on is Chronicles which was my third cinema work produced by Frank and it was challenging because we had weather crisis from Oyo state, the rain was much that we had to wait for the rain but unfortunately everything we shot there was deleted all because the foreign crew members didn't get what they want in terms of locations so we then moved from Oyo state to Ibese town in the east, that was the first time I worked with that director Uzar so on getting to that town we had to reshoot everything again from the beginning so that's my most challenging project.

How did you get your stage name "Cisse cam"?

I was formerly known as Azeez Babasuwe all because of Babasuwe, then later when I became a dop, I changed my name to Az then at that time, we were two in the industry bearing the same name and there was always a mix up so I decided to change it to Cisse Cam which I got from my name and it stuck immediately and people started calling that to date.

How long have you been in the industry?

Since 1999.

What is your greatest dream in life?

My greatest dream is to become very great in life, learn more about cinematography and start shooting movies in Hollywood and Bollywood standards and also work with both A-list local and international stars.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

I look up to the very best in the industry Uncle Tunde Kelani.

TV/Movies / Kiitan Bukola Features In Kunle Afolayan's New Blockbuster, Citation by DebbyJose: 12:50pm On Nov 18
It’s a known fact that Oloruntimilehin Bukola popularly known as kiitan's profile is rising drastically in the movie industry in the last few months she has achieved so much than what most of her contemporaries can only wish for. She has been nominated in over 15 categories of different awards despite the long break in the movie industry due to the pandemic.
Besides featuring in movies back to back she just acquired a beautiful house as if that was not enough she was among the stars that featured in the award-winning movie Citation by the multi-talented filmmaker Kunle Afolayan where she played a student in Moremi(Temi Otedola) department.

The movie canters on social decadence in the educational sector its a college drama about a post graduate who has to find a way of dealing with sexual harassment from a lecturer and the movie was shot in Nigeria, Senegal and Cape Verde. Kiitan joined the movie industry in 2010 where she had her first role before traveling out of the country to concentrate on her studies she has produced movies such as Iwalade,

Iku ile, kiitan which shot her to limelight and currently working on another movie titled Right time, she is also a successful business woman she is the CEO of kiitan Visuals,kiitanb supermarket and a baker

Politics / The Truth Behind Sanwo-olu’s Proposed Cancellation Of Pension For Past Governors by DebbyJose: 11:46pm On Nov 11
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC has cleared the air, following the news making round that Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has condescended the place of past Lagos governors by deliberately repealing their pensions.

In a statement made available to newsmen by Hon Seye Oladejo, the APC Publicity Secretary, the governor’s bold step is only a pointer to the conscious sacrifice and backing that the party stakeholders and statesmen have embraced to rejuvenate the economy in the path of recovery.

The statement reads;

Our attention has been drawn to the widely circulated falsehood about the purported truth behind the proposed repeal of the pension laws in Lagos State as they affect the past governors and their deputies.

The governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while dropping the hint about the repeal made it explicitly clear that it was a move to cut the cost of governance and show sincere the political will to re-order the priorities of the government in the face of current realities.

The move which has been widely applauded by a cross section of well-meaning people actually jolted the enemies of progress.

The after-thought response would not have been dignified with a rejoinder if not for the deliberate misinformation and falsehood tainted with bitter politics.

While the state government acknowledges and appreciates the tremendous goodwill its efforts to immediately kickstart the rebuilding process necessitated by the mayhem, it is mindful of its role to lead from the front while totally upholding the public trust.

The governor, typical of his administration, consulted far and wide before arriving at the decision to repeal the public officers’ pension law for our collective good.

We commend his exemplary courage which has added to his lofty credentials.

Since its inception, the Sanwo-Olu administration has focused on cost saving measures to make funds available for important projects.

The deliberate refusal of the governor to acquire official vehicles and the low-priced brands allocated to high ranking state officials were moves in the right direction.

The claim that “Lagos State intends to borrow additional huge sums of money from the Capital Market again, but it must cancel the illegal payments to Governors/Deputies by revoking Ex Governors Pension Law in order for PENCOM to qualify it's new borrowing for PFAs' investments” is completely false.

While we encourage opposition as part of the development of our democratic culture, deliberate falsehood and outright lies do not represent the quality of minds that our people deserve and is not the kind of culture we want our children to imbibe.

Lagosians are indeed glad and appreciative of the steps taken by Mr Governor to signal selflessness and personal sacrifice in governance and public service. If this is a good step for the people of Lagos, only someone who do not wish Lagos well will disparage it; especially using lies and falsehood.

It is expedient to state that the circular issued by Nigeria Pension Commission in Jan 2020 to Lagos was basically on queries relating to operational differences between the Pension Reform Act of 2004 and the Lagos State Pension Reform Law 2007. It had nothing to do with pensions to Governor’s or their deputies.

Pencom being a very professional organization and regulator will not raise a valid point and make a u-turn on it, without a resolution of those points. They issued a letter of no objection being satisfied of the resolutions of all the points raised.

Mr Governor is focused on

Infrastructural projects like the Regional roads, the Lekki Express way rigid pavement , three lane dual highway from Eleko junction to Epe, the urban roads , regeneration projects in Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Ikeja and Kosofe. He is focused on the Red line rail project amongst many others in Alimoso, Agege, Somolu, Ikorodu.

While the Lagos State government is not in need of praise singing from any quarters, it remains a disservice to deliberately feed the unsuspecting public with falsehood at a time like this.

Seye Oladejo

Lagos APC Spokesman.

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Crime / Weeks After Endsars Protest, Policeman Points Gun At Journalist At Close Range by DebbyJose: 1:35pm On Nov 11
…Calls For Investigation

A Yet to be identified Policeman Attached to Ipaja Alagolo Police Division has threatened to kill popular Urban Express-News Publisher, Olusegun Ariyo in a location not far from Jakande Estate within ipaja metropolis at the point of making a u-turn within a conflict-point

Narrating what transpired, Mr Olusegun Ariyo, the publisher of the popular newspaper Urban Express, said it all started when some fierce-looking policemen were Jogging from the opposite direction of ipaja Ayobo road signifying their origin, stopped moving vehicles that are within the point of making a U-turn from the other side of the road, given that they were coming in numbers inside a sienna vehicle with purple colour identification, with an inscription of “Nigeria Police” Lagos state Command.
“As we were ask to wait, while it took about twenty minutes of waiting, decided to sign at the policeman that it was an emergency situation and that he should allow me to pass, what followed was, you are stupid, pointed firearm toward my direction and threaten to kill me”, he narrated.

“I will wipe-out you and your generation, who are you to say you want to go? The policeman asked me.

Continuing Olusegun Ariyo said he was shivering, he added “my daughter was excruciating pains with malaria symptom and all efforts to make him see reasons fell on his deaf ears.

“While waiting endlessly for their vehicle to pass from a long-distance stretch, just because they wanted to manoeuvre there way from traffic a bottle-neck, we waited for over twenty minutes, as they eventually came through with the said sienna space buss and passed; the said policeman walked sluggishly, entered their vehicle as he continues with using inflammatory words coming with a threat”.

“This is a policeman that is supposed to protect people’s lives and property, is the same individual using Gun bought with taxpayers money to point at a Nigerian and at the same time threatening to kill with it, not minding the facts that there was an emergency at hand but the fact that he’s wearing that uniform, it becomes a certificate to oppress up to the level of wanting to shot”.

Ariyo wondered while with all that transpired that led to the protest against police brutality, some those bad eggs still persist even with all the said rolled-out training

“The command once said in a statement that it is embarking on training to give them a new leaf, but judging from the action of this said policeman today, it seems there’s still a longer walk to freedom.

He said at the conflict-point where he wanted to make a u-turn, there has been an issue of non-traffic officer’s presence after the EndSARS protest, adding that this has been the norm for those on that routine duty not to come to take up their bit instead to watch and look away as if it’s not part of their responsibility.

“Let me call on the Lagos State commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Odumosu to investigate a case of threat to my life as such words are too weighty to be thrown inside the trash”.

His word: “ the Lagos state commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Odumosu should endeavor to investigate these matter before the threat is carryout as one need not wait for such threat to life is carried out especially coming from a uniform man that have access to fire-arm at all times

The visibly disappointed editor told this writer that he knew one of the policemen specifically the one driving the vehicle, saying there’s the need to put inside their ongoing curriculum “ Behavior Pattern and Management as it is observed that the said policeman lacks such, he said

Politics / Seye Oladejo: Sanwo-Olu Will Not Be Distracted By PDP by DebbyJose: 10:33pm On Nov 01
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) has said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will not be distracted by the antics of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The ruling party alleged the main opposition party was pushing for anarchy in the state.

Lagos APC Publicity Secretary Seye Oladejo said the call by the PDP on Sanwo-Olu to resign was unwarranted.

The PDP, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, said the Governor has not lived to expectation in the areas of security, infrastructural development, transport, commerce and sustenance of public trust.

According to the PDP, Sanwo-Olu was never prepared for the job.

But, taking exception to the virtuperation, Oladejo said in a statement that advice by the PDP was in bad faith, adding it was “unfunded and uncouth.”

He described Sanwo-Olu as a crisis manager, who is on top of every situation in the state.

Oladejo lamented that PDP chieftains were jubilating over the destruction of public ututies in Lagos, adding that their plot to capture power through the back door had failed.

The APC spokesman said: “The unfortunate event of the past two weeks which took off as a peaceful nationwide protest and snowballed to the breakdown of law and order remains regrettable and distasteful.

“This, to any discerning and unbiased mind, is not the time for blame game but to heal the wounds, provide succor and an environment to prevent a re-occurrence.

“The role of the governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, as a topmost crisis manager is not lost on all and sundry.

“The visits to the various hospitals treating the injured and the motivation and incentives provided for the members of the Nigeria Police Force are remarkably commendable.

“It’s expedient to yield space to the fact finding panel that has already commenced work to deliver on its mandate. It is lawless and self-serving to pre-empt the panel’s findings.”

Oladejo added: “The PDP in Lagos state that suddenly came to life in the past week owes the innocent members of the public detailed explanation about its ignominious and condemnable role in the mayhem.

“The intermittent falsehood about governance in the state fed to the unsuspecting public fanned the ember of the unprecedented violence which has left in its wake sorrow, tears and blood. The daylight murder of police officers and the razing of several stations across the state has no doubt taken its toll on our security architecture.

“The state government is working assiduously to provide temporary accommodation to forestall the breakdown of law and order. We are persuaded by the firm assurance of the governor to revamp our losses in no time.

“The dream of PDP to govern Lagos state through the back door after persistent rejection at the polls remains a nightmare.”

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Politics / Lagos Needs Urgent Federal Assistance - APC by DebbyJose: 9:57pm On Oct 27
The All Progressive Party, Lagos has advised the opposition party, PDP not to mock the sensibility of the state of Lagos after going through a troubled period for the past one week.

In a statement released by the part publicity secretary, Hon Seye Oladejo, it will be a gross insensitivity for any one or party to gloat over the huge loss and damage that the state had suffered following the looting and vandalization of public utility that greeted the peaceful protest aftermath.

The statement reads;

Our attention has been drawn to the uninformed and blind challenge of the opposition PDP in Lagos State of the estimated #1tr to restore the massive destruction of public properties, utilities and investments unleashed on Lagos State during the recent mayhem.

For starters, this remains an inappropriate and insensitive time to play idle politics with an incident that has thrown the entire state into mourning as a result of avoidable loss of lives and properties.

We, as a responsible and responsive party , commiserate with the good people and government of our state.

While not preempting the findings of the commission of enquiry already set up, we condemn all acts of omission or commission that might have directly or indirectly contributed to this national tragedy.

We acknowledge the characteristic swift and decisive response of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu who continues to stand firm in the face of tremendous pressure to uphold his oath of office to protect the lives and property of all Lagosians.

The visits to the injured victims in various hospitals and the state wide tour to pacify the citizenry and access the extent of damage were, without any doubt, moves in the right direction.

The statewide tour enabled the state government to have an inventory of the monumental destruction which set our state back by decades.

The long list of destroyed public and private property in Lagos state , to list a few, include Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government secretariat; Palace of the Oba of Lagos; Lagos High Court, Igbosere; Oyingbo BRT terminus; Ojodu Berger BRT terminus; Vehicle Inspection Office, Ojodu Berger; Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Ojodu Berger; Lagos City Hall and Circle Mall, Lekki; numerous luxury shops in Surulere, The Nation Newspaper, TVC and Shoprite Lekki.

The transport sector lost 27 of the BRT vehicles that cost $200,000 each, while 57 of them cost $100,000 each, all totalling about N3.9 billion.

According to the police, the 25 stations burnt in Lagos were Orile, Amukoko, Layeni, Ilasamaja, Ikotun, Ajah, Igando, Elemoro, Makinde, Onipanu, Ebute Ero, Pen-Cinema, Isokoko, Alade, Cele, Igbo Elerin, Shibiri, Gbagada, Onilekere, Makoko, Daleko, Asahun, Makinyo, Amuwo-Odofin, Anti-Kidnapping, Surulere. Other police stations that were vandalised but not burnt were Ojo, Ojodu, Mowo, PPL and Morogbo.

This is apart from personal losses incurred by innocent members of the public.

We opine that the estimate could at the end of the day be found to be hasty and conservative with a careful consideration of the present cost of reconstruction, revamping and regeneration of these public utilities.

We find it distasteful that the opposition PDP would rather mindlessly condemn and contest a mere estimate to restore our state as soon as possible.

PDP in Lagos state, after two decades in opposition, ought to have developed a template for responsible opposition. It’s also germane to gauge the mood of the people before mocking the dead and the wanton losses. Our people deserve emphathy and understanding from all and sundry.

We wish to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to come to the aid of Lagos state at a trying time like this to successfully re-build and restore our dear state in a record time.

We also want to join our voice to the call by other well-meaning Nigerians on the need for state police to forestall such incidents in the future.

We wish to urge all Lagosians to rally round our government, embrace unconditional peace and commence the process of far-reaching healing.

Seye Oladejo

Lagos State APC Spokesman.

Literature / #endsars Protest: Customer Is Waiting By Uri Ngozichukwuka by DebbyJose: 8:03pm On Oct 27
So that year, Tejuosho was gutted by fire. I was far removed. It did not hit home. I did not connect. I visited tejuosho market monthly. But after the fire I did not bother.
I was also very busy with production of programs.
So I did not need to do Tejuosho.
Then three months after I was being a good boss and thought to drop my staff where she could get an easy bus closer to home.
I drove into the Tejuosho market road from the rear end of the rail line.
As I saw the ruins a heavy dread enveloped me. I wept deeply . I saw years and decades of lost toil, sweat and sacrifice.
I remembered the shops. My ” customers” as we called each other.
Customer” a common term used by either sellers or buyers to establish a common repeated purchase and better bargain between both during transactions. ( Naija lingo)
I had plenty customers. I was also customers to many.
From when I shopped during maternity for baby’s things. The mother care shops and wannabe shops.
When I needed to furnish. The curtain fabric section. Needed to upholster the furnishings were there. Poles and brilliant tassels.
Last minute wedding things.
When I needed to dazzle my friends and keep then guessing where the shoes or bags and clothes were. I went to “Okrika” now christened “Bendown boutique”. Aka second hand market.
When I needed to bake. Cook correct afang soup or banga. My customers dey.
Alhajas make up. All her products were original. (If you know what I mean)
The vases and decor shops.
My favorite shop for party favors. I loved making favors for parties then. Now who has that kinda time? Kids are all adults now.
The bags.
The provisions . Ah original Brazilian cornbeef was in demand before Brazilian hair.
My customers. Yes my customers.
I cried. I cried so hard on the steering my staff felt guilty she allowed me to do this good Samaritan job of dropping her closer home.
I cried so hard I started convulsing . I parked. Cars honking impatiently or was it me that was causing the commotion. Holding up traffic. I did not care. Peoples lives have been ” held up”.
The abruptness of destruction is unfathomable. The silence and anguish and despair that follows no words can describe.
That was Tejuosho. More than ten years ago or less. Can’t remember.
Now today
How do I begin to talk about the shops that put a smile on my face anytime I walked into them.
Lagos is a cosmopolitan city and really have shops that defined the very fine lines of its cosmopolitan appeal.
The beautiful well laid out malls with its quant and dainty stores are always a sure pleasure for retail therapy and for authentic shoppers.
The stores or shops with well cultured attendants all in sync with the well arranged products on display.
Sometimes you just want to be in the shops walk round the rows of exquisite products for health well being or cosmetics. The sweet aroma keeps you staying longer you planned and sometimes you end up buying just 100 naira sweet or gum. Bet you would have done that with the corner side mallam or the traffic mobile super market boys. But no.
Being surrounded by beauty is an integral need of man. The beautiful stores in the malls did just that.
The owners went over and above while selling to you what you may need, they also thought of how you may feel. Marketing strategy 101. They got that right.
All the same, I’m still trying to understand how some of these places now lie in ruins.
The loss of lives , livelihoods and Properties may be unquantified. How about the loss of hope and faith to rise from the ashes like a Phoenix?
The silence that comes after such destruction? The dark long road to recovery?
The pain that comes from the realization that you did absolutely NOTHING WRONG.
Words indeed fail me.
I say to my “Customers” your “Customer” is waiting.
I fall with you. I walk with you at this time and will Rise with you.
Uri Ngozichukwuka is a Public Relations Consultant based in Lagos
( Dedicated to those who lost livelihoods and businesses to violence by hoodlums post #EndSars protest)

Politics / #endsars: Fellow Lagosians, We Have Just Been Had! by DebbyJose: 3:28pm On Oct 22
*_Tonight in prison

By Tacit Agreement

We shall all sing one song

Nkosi Sikekela_*

- Dennis Brutus

The western state is currently undergoing a session of surgical operation and currently struggling to breathe.

The last 13 days have seen episodes of political engagements and calculation at the expense of innocent lives.

What started as a peaceful protest against the oppression, intimidation, and brutality of Nigeria Police Force, in one fell swoop, metamorphosed into a regional infraction, hijacked, remolded, and positioned to be a weapon in itself against the south, which hitherto, only wanted justice.

We all saw the genuineness, and plights of Rinu, Debo, Falz, and the rest of the cadres, we supported, took to the streets of Lagos and occupy major states in the south, to demand what is rightfully ours; Our rights to life. Demands were made and meetings reportedly commenced.

Fast forward to 20-10-20. It was the 12th day of protest. The cabals, which were supposed to deliver the plights of the people, were busily understudying who is sponsoring the genuine protest.

This is how low we have sunk. The government failed the people. It failed to carry out its natural mandate of securing lives and property, yet believes that a genuine call for good governance has a political undertone. "After all, Nigerian youths are too lazy to think or coordinate themselves to sustain a protest for that long".

12 days and protesters lack almost nothing. They were organized, coordinated, composed, and collected. This formidability was strange to the cabals. Someone must be behind this. Thus, all fingers point to Asiwaju.

Asiwaju, who bowed to pressure, after a long silence, took to Twitter in the early hours of that day to call for peace and encouraged the government to, as a matter of urgency fashion our a workable modality to save the country from imminent crisis. Sadly, that was the premise the traducers were waiting for. Unknown soldiers, by the directive of an unknown authority, moved tanks to the peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate and offload rounds of bullets on harmless protesters, killing the same people they swore to protect.

A few crops of directionless tout took to the streets, in a deliberate move to thwart the protest which was of course overdue for the next phases; retreat and reassessment, they took charge of remote corners of Lagos and vandalize public properties.

Please note that the aforesaid public properties were businesses that were believed to belong to Asiwaju, with which, in their perception, he controls the south. The list of vandalized businesses would include the LCC, Oriental Hotel, LASEMA trucks, Television Continental, The Nation and many establishments with over twenty thousand staff strength; all in Lagos.

This may be seen as a conspiracy theory, but the dots are fitting. Asiwaju has been unarguably the pillar of Yoruba’s long-standing political ground. Hate him or love him, he’s been able to contribute hugely to the affairs at the central and have maintained a strong negotiating position at the center. Unconfirmed insinuations hold that he may have the interest run for presidency come 2020, a contest which he is entitled to by every right. His deafening silence over the matter has left the opposition and internal forces confuse. He cannot be predicted.

Asiwaju’s political grandiose is no doubt, a threat to any region. A man who had at every historical junction built political parties from the scratch and competes with the bigger party yet remained afloat for over 20 years. A man who identifies brilliant minds and raise them to become influencers in various political and economic sectors. A man who brought Buhari from political oblivion and make him the number one citizen of the country, after three failed attempts.

I sincerely feel sorry for those who gloat over the vandalization and destruction of Lagos state properties. We have been had, the 5th columnist took our anger against insecurity and used it against us. we became a pawn in a bigger scheme and lives were lost. They redirected our focus from #EndSARS to #EndLagos.

Asiwaju is our own, whether APC, PDP, ADP, and whatever Ps we may identify with. We are southerners, and Asiwaju is our soldier. Let’s not allow this “remoting” to continue.. This is the time to speak out and identify the traducers amongst us. we are better than this.

How can jailbreaks happen in Lagos and Ondo at the same time, just a couple of days after Edo State? How do we explain the coordination?

The plot is to make Lagos ungovernable and therefore declaring a state of emergency.

If Buhari declares a state of Emergency by tonight or tomorrow an Administrator will be appointed to replace Sanwo-Olu.

All these storming the prisons and killing people and burning public buildings is to lay a basis for a state of Emergency.

Our center of excellence may be controlled by a military administration for the rest of Buhari’s term, probably by a general from Kano or Kaduna. 2023 is a long time..

Once we lose our political figure.. We lose our negotiating strength at the center.

We have been had.

Segun Savage writes from Lagos State

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Culture / Where Are The Two Asiwaju’s Young Obas?’ Where Are Saheed & Gbolahan? by DebbyJose: 9:10pm On Oct 21
In what was staged as a simple and peaceful protest, the momentum expanded and the political stakeholders are all on their toes to restore sanity and orderliness in the country.

In all of these, one is forced to ask, were are the Asiwaju’s young Obas?

The place of a royal father requires a high level of wisdom, intellect, and sufficient sensitivity to the affairs of his community, which he heads as a spiritual father and cultural custodian. Sadly, these two young Obas, who were evidently a product of conspiracy and patron-client godfathers lack these virtues.

The so-called social media Obas have lost the esteemed relevance of environmental responsibility; the two of them.

After all, they still chose to deliberately display their social eminence and vanity, on their respective social media handles. While one is showing off on the golf course, the other is showing off his line of attires on Instagram

When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. It is only in Lagos that we have social media Obas, who spend more time tweeting and showing off on Instagram, rather than carrying out their sacred mandate (whether stolen or hijacked), which they owe the people.

Just as the Latin expression “nemo dat quod non habet” (You cannot give what you don’t have) insinuates, they have become social climbers who are first to get to Owanbe venue and are the last to leave.

These Obas' behaviours undermine the royal institution of the Yoruba people, refusing to wade in and say something meaningful in times like this shows that traditional institutions in Lagos is in need of deep reform.

It sends a wrong signal - that the norms, values, and culture of the Yoruba people are being taken for granted, especially by the Obas on Lagos Island.

Being a leader is a call to serve, not be served Jollof rice and Moet. It is our hope that these young landlords turned Obas will reason beyond their noses and amend their ways accordingly.

Gbolahan and Saheed are hereby advised to take a cue from the invasion of angry youth into the palace of Oba Akiolu in Isale Eko earlier today. It took the intervention of the military machinery to get him out of the scene.
It should teachl you that when you are irresponsible, your loyalist could turn to be your worst nightmare.

Culture / Reform, Restructure OR RESIGN Erelu Tinuade Tells Buhari by DebbyJose: 11:52pm On Oct 20

Renown philanthropist, custodian of African culture and tradition Tinuade Mabel Onaneye, The Erelu Oodua of Aye Kingdom has on Tuesday 20th of October, 2020 blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the on-going protests which have started two weeks ago all over major cities in Nigeria and warned him to act fast before the mass protest degenerate into the much-dreaded revolution.

The resolute and articulate crusader and advocate for true federalism made the declaration from her base in Texas, the United States through a release she signed and made available to the press and the general public via her media aide, Saint-Olawale Jimoh on the beautiful morning of Tuesday, 20th of October, 2020. She emphatically mentioned the moment Nigerian leaders fear so much has finally arrived and that there's nothing any of them could do about it.

'Nigerian leaders who have always behaved like Nigerians don't amount to anything are beginning to realize the masses are no longer the fools and slaves they have been taking them to be. Unfortunately, they are unable to see the handwriting on the wall.' Erelu stated.

'In the same vein, I won't be surprised if President Buhari takes the protests as the handiwork of a few rabble-rousers or at the very worst, opposition elements. It's pathetic and the reality is staring right at them and borrowing from the words of our own Oonirisha, the youths are now fully awake.' She added.

Erelu Mabel Tinuade further posited the protest is beyond #EndSARS and that even though the President has switched from SARS to SWAT which basically amounts to renaming the same problem instead of solving it. She assured the movement is for the soul of Nigeria. The masses are in addition to #EndSARS demanding a systemic overhaul of governance and institutional reforms as the barest minimum. She mentioned that judging from reports from Nigeria where for instance a governor was asked to come down from his long convoy before he could pass the roadblocks mounted by angry youths and a few other instances, then the revolution is very near than expected except President acts fast, the unexpected might happen.

It would be recalled that in some of Erelu's past press statements, she has lamented the poor state of things in Nigeria and the new level of poverty Nigerian masses have been catapulted to by Buhari-led government. She had expressed worry over how Nigerian governments at all level treat the masses like some pieces of cabbage and warned that the masses might fight back if they're pushed to the wall. Unfortunately, the time has come and she's hoping the President might enter an agreement or dialogue with the protesters to calm the situation.

'If the President can negotiate with terrorists, he can as well negotiate with peaceful protesters!' She concluded.

Politics / Lagos Apc Fetes Sanwoolu On 500 Days In Office by DebbyJose: 9:29am On Oct 20
The Lagos state chapter of APC wish to congratulate the Lagos State governor , Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu and members of his team on the occasion of 500 days in office.

We acknowledge and commend his leadership, focus and the passion he has brought to the governance of the state.

The unexpected Covid-19 brought out the inherent leadership quality in Mr Governor who led the battle from the front as the Incident Commander. His government provided the requisite needs in medical facilities, consumables, incentives and palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown on our teeming populace.

Without any doubt, Mr Governor passed the true test of leadership in flying colors.

It is commendable that the set-back and the distraction occasioned by the pandemic has not hindered the government from fulfilling its promises to the electorates.

The governor along the guiding pillars of the THEMES agenda has been impactful during the period under review.

In line with his assurance to complete projects inherited from the previous administration, the Murtala Mohammed International airport road has been completed, while the Badagry expressway has remained a top priority. The Eric Moore to Mazamaza has been fully completed, while the Mazamaza to Agboju-Trade fair end is nearing completion.

The Pen cinema fly-over is 80% completed.

The state governor commissioned 37 new roads to mark his first year anniversary, while 500 others were rehabilitated across the state.

1000 LASTMA personnel were recruited, trained, kitted and deployed to various locations in the state to combat traffic congestions in the state.

Water transportation has been boosted in the state with the acquisition of 8 new ferries by LAGFERRY to bring its fleet to 14.

Recently, 8 out of the 30 firms that expressed interest in the construction of the 4th mainland bridge were shortlisted.

The health sector continues to receive the deserved attention with the construction of 2 Mother and Child centers at Eti-Osa and Igando.

The state government provided free and diverse medical interventions for 250,000 Lagosians, while another 1,417 residents successfully had pediatric, eye, dental, orthopedic, ear, and nose and throat surgeries through the government efforts.

It will be recalled that the public outcry about the state of the environment shortly before the advent of the present administration has become a thing of the past. The Lagos State Waste Disposal (LAWMA) was not only reorganized but an academy was launched to boost its technical competence. The Olusosun dumpsite was not only expanded to 42 acres to accommodate more waste, the state blue box recycling was also launched at the Lagos Island transfer loading station.

Dr Abayomi Finnih Recreation park, Oregun was commissioned.

The state government continues to regularly clear all primary and secondary drainages across the state to prevent flooding.

The Sanwoolu government has placed the improvement in the standard of education in the front burner. 3000 teachers were recruited and trained to join the work force. 146 classrooms were constructed for primary and secondary schools. 70,164 units were delivered through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC ) and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) intervention projects.

Under the Home Grown Feeding Program 135,445 pupils in 976 schools are being fed.

In other to boost tertiary education , the state government signed agreements with six private investors to construct 8,272 hostel units for Lagos State University.

The Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) with a start-up funds of $687,000 to drive investment in research and development of tech-focused solutions across the six pillars of the administration’s THEMES agenda was set up.

The State Government executed various empowerment programs with special attention to youths, women, farmers, artisans and public servants.

The commissioning of the 4 housing projects at Igando, Jakande gardens, Topo-Badagry and Ikate-Elegushi goes a long way to reduce the housing deficit.

The soon to be completed 22 hectares Imota Rice mill will most certainly promote food security in the state.

While Lagos state remains the entertainment and tourism hub of the country, the government is leaving no stone unturned to promote the sector and provide a platform for new talents to project themselves. In this regard, 4 Lagos theaters located at Oregun, Badagry, Epe and Igando were completed. The reconstruction of the J. K. Randle center for Yoruba Culture and History in Onikan as well as the restoration of the old Glover Memorial Hall, are on course and will soon be commissioned.

The security of lives and property of Lagosians occupies a place of pride in the THEMES agenda. The state government supported the security operatives with vehicles, motorcycles and other logistics to keep the state at peace.

We have a good reason to roll out the drums as we celebrate a solid foundation for a greater Lagos.

There is no doubt that our government can do a lot more with the support of all and sundry.

Our state will thrive in an environment of law and order, regular and prompt payment of taxes.

Celebrities / #endsars Protest: Singer, Asha Gangali Blows Hot, Calls Form Of Gun Law by DebbyJose: 12:16pm On Oct 18
Singer and founder of Roc Da Mic Africa, Asha Gangali has waded into the ongoing #EndSARS protest with a more intelligent position, as he called for gun reform law to allow qualified citizens to carry weapon and rifles to protect themselves against unwarranted harassment and intimidation by random criminals and trespassers.
Asha who is actively into the protest, told newsmen on Friday, October 16, 2020, that there are a number of common-sense measures that we can implement to address the frequent attack of Police and other criminals who hide in their guise to storm our homes and violate persons and cart away properties.

He said:

“The uniform men in the identity of SARS have shattered too many lives. They have killed countless of tomorrow’s leaders who were harmless at those points.

“No one should be unsafe in their home, schools, or country, and laws ensuring that firearms are sold and used responsibly are an essential part of improving public safety.

“But instead of taking steps to live up to that responsibility, the self-vested cabals have shut down every attempt to pass a gun law reform.

“There are a number of common-sense measures that we can implement to address SARS brutality and keep our communities safe for real. Let the government strengthen background checks, fight gun trafficking, increase protections for victims of domestic violence, among other efforts.

“Guns have an important role in empowering people. As part of a system of checks and balances, armed citizens are an oversight mechanism and deterrent for any government, outfit, or agency considering tyranny, intimidation, or oppression.

“Most basically, the lawmakers must authorize research on gun violence so we can better understand the impact of this SARS epidemic on our country.

“We have a duty, not only to ourselves but to the rest of the world to keep our people armed and ensure the government is acting right, within the limits of the Constitution. If you don’t trust that the government will always do the right thing, then we as citizens must be armed.

“Therefore, I believe that we need massive reform on who can own and/or possess guns. Our country also needs criminal justice reform without mandatory minimums. So, when a trigger-happy police officer or an armed robber intends to strike, they will have it in my mind that their target is fully equipped to respond in the same frequency,” Asha said.

Politics / Politicizing EndSARS Protest Is Irresponsible - APC Warns PDP by DebbyJose: 7:08am On Oct 16
The All Progressive Party, APC has warned mischief makers to be wary of hijackers, to avoid diversionary interest in the ongoing #EndSARS protest.

The youths took to the street on Thursday, 8 October 2020 to protest across the states of the country, against intimidation and harassment from the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, and arm of the Nigerian Police Force.

In a statement released by the party public secretary, Hon. Seye Oladejo, the party warned the opposition party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP to steer clear of the protest and not disguise to cause mayhem because of the October by-elections in the Lagos East Senatorial district.

The statement reads;

Our attention has been drawn to the needless and irresponsible politicizing of the #ENDSARS nationwide protest by the opposition PDP.

It will be recalled that the Lagos state government since the commencement of the protest march around different parts of the state has been supportive. Mr Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu and his deputy have taken turns to address the protesters identifying with the issues at stake and assuring of the state government sympathy.

The governor, in keeping with his promise, went ahead to present the terms of the resolution of the crisis to President Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja.

In addition, the state government ensured that all the protesters arrested were released.

It is worthy of note that the most important responsibility of any worthwhile government is the protection of the lives and property of the citizens as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution.

The #ENDSARS protest seeks to enforce this provision within the ambit of the citizens fundamental human right to life and dignity. As a party, we’re all concerned about the incessant incidents of police brutality which largely remain unchecked. There’s no doubt that no one is immuned against the lawlessness of a police force trained and sustained by the tax payers money.

However, the recent turn of events at the protest today gives serious cause for concern. The attack launched by hoodlums on armless and peaceful protesters was in bad taste.

The attempt in the social media, sponsored by the opposition PDP, to hold the state government responsible is to say the least , the height of bitter politics.

However, our investigation has revealed that the PDP would like to take advantage of the spate of protest to cause mayhem because of the October by-elections in the Lagos East Senatorial district.

Our intelligence has revealed the plans to unleash further attacks on the protesters especially in the Kosofe Local Government in the days ahead.

As the ruling party, we’re mindful of our role to support the government especially as regards the citizens rights and the delivery of our electoral promises.

We wish to call on law enforcement agencies to be alive to their responsibility to protect the citizens of the state from any untoward development that can disrupt our peaceful co-existence.

By the same token, the opposition party will be well counseled to revert to issue based campaign that will make for healthy politicking.

Seye Oladejo

Lagos APC Spokesman


Politics / Ondo Guber: Lagos APC Congratulates Akeredolu by DebbyJose: 9:43pm On Oct 11
The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Sunday congratulated Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo on his victory at the polls.

The party, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo described Akeredolu’s victory as well deserved.

According to the statement, the victory is a referendum on his sterling performance in the first term to the commendation and appreciation of the good people of Ondo state, but to the consternation and bewilderment of his political opponents.

The party further pointed that his victory is a further testimony of Ondo state as progressive that is desirous and deserving of good governance.

“The majority endorsement of Akeredolu is a challenge to build on his past achievements and address the yearnings of the people.

“The victory of the ruling APC shows that the opposition is no match whenever we have all hands on deck working for the overall interest of the party. It reinforces our conviction that the loss of Edo state was an own goal which is not beyond redemption in the near future.

“By the same token, we congratulate Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu who as the chairman of the Ondo state Campaign council for Governorship election brought his Midas touch to bear to ensure the desired result.

“Hopefully, governance which has literally grounded to a halt in the opposition PDP states as a result of their governors’ desperation to snatch victory in APC states will now mercifully resume,” the statement added.

According to INEC, Akeredolu polled 292,830, Mr. Jegede scored 195,791 votes, a difference of 97,039 votes

The incumbent deputy governor in the state and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi, came a distant third by scoring 69,127 votes.

Mr Akeredolu had also defeated Mr Jegede in the 2016 governorship election. Then, Mr Ajayi was Mr Akeredolu’s running mate.

Politics / Ondo2020: Ajayi Agboola's Political Career Will End October 10 - Group Says by DebbyJose: 4:49pm On Oct 07
Away from the popular allegation of a forged certificate and blanket betrayal, more condescending attributes of Agboola Ajayi, the gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Party, has been revealed to the media and the good people of Ondo State, after his desperation chased him from the All Progressive Congress, APC, and after the People’s Democratic Party, PDP camp used, and dumped him.

The popular progressive movement in the State, Ondo Forward Movement, OFM has reiterated that Agboola will loose on the first ballot come Saturday, October 10, 2020, when the people of Ondo will decide who will sail the ship for the next four years.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the group convener, Olumide Joseph maintained that Agboola will dance naked after he’s be stripped of what is left of his dignity by the opposition party, before finding temporary refuge in the party of insignificant value in the State.

He stated:

"The desperate hunger for power-at-all-cost has exposed the true nature and colour of Agboola, who has at every historical junction bitten all the fingers that have fed him and burnt all the bridges built to get him aligned with the party, which has built his political career and made him all that he thinks he is today.

"Agboola had carried the badge of failure for as long as history can record before he was pulled out of his dying political career by his benefactor, Rotimi Akeredolu.", he stated

Agboola Ajayi was formerly a member of the PDP before he defected to APC in 2016, he contested in 2016 election against the same Akeredolu, but he was humiliated at the poll. He was however chosen as Akeredolu running mate

“Mr. Ajayi formally joined the ZLP in August 2020 after he was rejected by the PDP, which lured him to snitch on his political benefactor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the false promise of clinching a guber ticket with the party. Unfortunately, his sleazy conspiracy against the governor, came as a shock, even to the PDP. If Ajayi can betray his own boss, he can betray anyone, thus, PDP dumped him.” He told newsmen

"The party would go ahead to state categorically that Agboola’s exit from the PDP will not affect its vote.

“In the spirit of loyalty, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ignored all warnings about his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, and ensured he was well paid to make him comfortable. Ajayi is the only deputy governor in Nigeria, who receives as high as 13 million naira as his basic salary. He also had “free hands to decide on what project to embark upon and which contractor to award projects to. Yet, his desperation to have it all pushed him to consider the pot of porridge that eventually bury his political career.

“With no sense of remorse or dignity, Agbool Ajayi flunks his shamelessness around to reiterate that he would emerge victorious against Governor Akeredolu of the APC and Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

“Agboola is an ill-cultured pseudo-progressive irritant, who climbed through the APC political ladder and pushed it aside. He is now stuck in the mud and he’s dead-desperate to drag anyone on sight with him.

“We are also aware of his plot to fabricate lies and propaganda to demean the hard-earned integrity of the governor as a mechanism to distract his excellency, Rotimi Akeredolu so as to pave way for the PDP. While we also know that the governor will not dignify him with any response, but the people of Ondo knows Agboola so well, and nothing that comes from his camp will be taken seriously. They may gather together, but not by God: whosoever shall gather together against Aketi shall fall for his sake

“The people of Ondo knows better. The good people of the state will file out on October 10 to speak in one voice, a voice that may sound strange to a bastard of strange parentage, who puts power before value.

"October 10 will be the day when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.”, he added.

Politics / Lagos East Senate Bye-elections: Abiru Has No Serrious Opponent - Seye Oladejo by DebbyJose: 7:31pm On Oct 03
Hon Seye Oladejo is the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State. In this interview, he speaks on the cordial status of the party in the state, the party’s edge in the forthcoming by-elections in the state, and the leadership quality of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, among others. Daily Vendor reports

What is the state of APC in Lagos State as it is presently constituted in terms of how cordial the party is?

APC in Lagos State is healthy and we are the party to beat. We remain very strong, we have the widespread, we are growing in leaps and bounds in terms of membership and we have no major crisis. Of course, there will be rift as expected in any political party but there is nothing we cannot handle. So, we remain confident in taking care of our affairs, winning elections and overcoming whatever challenges that will come our way. So, APC in Lagos is good and we are one big family.

One of the talking points from the primaries to field candidates for Lagos East senatorial seat and Kosofe Constituency II, was that those who emerged were imposed by the leadership of the party. What is your take on that?

I am glad you said primaries. I can tell you that there was no selection. The APC constitution allows us to have a candidate either by consensus or an open primary. The question to ask is if a particular system is working, why do you want to break it? The consensus option was to the extent that the aspirants from their own free will, not by compulsion, were able to arrive at a consensus that a particular person should fly the party's flag and we had an affirmation thereafter where close to 120,000 people came out to ratify that in form of the primary. If such a huge number could come out to ratify that candidacy, that to me doesn't mean protest or any kind of imposition. As we speak, we found all the would-be aspirants there working and mobilising for Tokunbo Abiru, our candidate.

Maybe they were forced to ratify it?

No, they were not. There was nothing like being forced. Even one of the then aspirants is now the chairman of the campaign committee of our candidate. If he was forced, he wouldn't be doing that. It shows understanding and discipline in the party and that's why after the primary, we are not having a situation whereby we will be doing reconciliation and try to pacify people here and there. We were able to do that which is according to the details of our constitution. I think the party has done well. What you are seeing is just the narrative of the opposition who chooses to weep more than the bereaved. There is nothing like imposition in Lagos APC, far from it.

Do you think party member at the grassroots are in sync with this?

Of course, they are. They were the ones that came to do the ratification and I am sure you and your colleagues (journalists) went round when we were doing this exercise. I also went round too and I saw what happened. These grassroots people are the ones championing the campaign of Tokunbo Abiru and Segun Saheed in their respective constituencies. So, it is a system that has been working for us. Of course, people could have their personal opinion but in a democracy, it is the will of the people that will prevail.

Another talking point was that the Kosofe II candidate, Femi Saheed, is a known party person but the people don't know Tokunbo Abiru within the party structure...

That's not true. From his antecedents and pedigree, Tokunbo’s dad was a politician within the progressive family. His father, Justice Abiru, was at the Senate during the 1979 to1983 tenure to represent this same Lagos East. Don’t also forget that Tokunbo was a Commissioner in this state for about two years. After serving as Commissioner, he went back to the banking sector to get to the peak of his career. This is to tell you that we are talking about somebody who is career-minded and focused. For me, his coming into this race is simply about giving back to the society that has given him so many opportunities.

Don't you think it is a big gamble on the part of APC to field someone with little or no elective position experience?

We are talking about a party that has a structure, we are talking about a party that been calling the shot since the advent of democracy in 1999. The party has viable structures in every nooks and cranny of this state. That ticket is about the party because Tokunbo Abiru is not an independent candidate. So, it is not right to say that he doesn't have a structure, it is about the party, he is carrying the party flag. Since his emergence as a candidate, he has become the baby and business of the party and we are going to by God's grace ensures he wins the election.

Tokunbo Abiru is squarely up against an opponent that has contested governorship in Lagos before and has some measures of political experience….

We need to put it as it is, Tokunbo is in the same race with an opponent that contested the governorship election just a few months ago and lost. This is an opponent that doesn't even have Tokunbo's pedigree in terms of career success, an opponent whose selling point mainly is about running a backyard estate which he flaunts that they enjoy 24-hour power supply. If someone gets to the peak of his career as the managing director of a first-rate bank in this country, definitely, he can't be at the same level as a realtor that is running an estate somewhere.

So, we have brought out Tokunbo to complement what our present senators are doing. We have brought out somebody who on his own, having just left the banking sector, can boast of some measures of national network, someone who can boast of some measure of connection that he can leverage on to attract the proverbial dividend of democracy first to his Lagos East Senatorial district and generally to Lagos as a whole. We are proud that we have Tokunbo Abiru flying our flag, he is our pride and we believe he will do well. In the past, the song from the opposition party used to be we don't have an indigene as a candidate, that doesn't exist now. They are now trying to leverage on other petty stuff, Tokunbo will win.

Let's talk about this so-called opponent, an opponent that has not been consistent. Just few months ago, he was a member of ADP contesting the governorship election. In a jiffy, he moved over to PDP, oppressed the poor aspirants in that party, paid virtually for all the delegates, the result of the so-called primary was predictable which also means that it is so convenient for this man to jump from party to party, I just hope in next year's local government election, he won't be in Labour party contesting for councillorship. It speaks volume about inconsistency and desperation on his part, Lagosians are not fools. We can't rely on such a character to represent the good people of Lagos East senatorial district, Tokunbo is simply shoulder and head above him.

On the Lagos East, there has been some talks in the social media that the Lagos State by-election might also come hard for APC as a party going by what happened in Edo election, I don't know if you have anything to say to that kind of allusion?

That should be expected from social commentators but they are comparing orange and apple. The scenarios are different, the dramatis personae are different. Now we are talking about Lagos State and not Edo State. The circumstances and scenarios are different and that would reflect. There is no way APC will lose that seat, we are also not mindful of the fact that they are trying to mobilise forces within and outside the state to come work for the PDP candidate, that will make the victory very sweet.

Do you think if some of those personnel that worked in Edo come to Lagos, they won't be able to make the difference?

We know what played out in Edo State and that will not happen here; it was a case of APC scoring an own goal and that will not happen here. They are all welcome in Lagos, besides some of them govern their states from Lagos. We are aware of the fact that when they are not in Abuja, they are in Lagos because Lagos is home to everybody. It's our pride but when it comes to coming by-election, we are not losing sleep, you can see the impacts of the campaign, you can see that we are not taking things for granted, you can see that we are confident but not complacent. Tokunbo is selling his programmes, manifesto and he's offering good service to the district, I believe they will keep the faith and will still vote APC.

Recently, the chairman of APC in Lagos, Chief Tunde Balogun, was reported to have reconciled the warring factions in Ndigbo in APC in Lagos? Do you think that matter is rested?

Yes, it is rested. APC is a disciplined party and all gladiators have to play by the rules. They all have their supporters who believe in APC as a party and all the issues have been thrashed out but by and large, moving forward, it has to be a relationship of mutual respect. They are all mature gentlemen with requisite political experience and we believe they will abide by the decision of the party which is that Comrade Joe Igbokwe is the apex leader of Ndigbo in APC while Hon Jude Idimogu is the deputy. That's the way we are going and I believe they will abide by it.

What do you think is the impression of Lagosians about Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the last one year or thereabout?

Governor Sanwo-Olu has been able to surpass the expectations of the majority of Lagosians in the past one year. When one is coming into government, a lot of unexpected and unpredictable issues play themselves up. The pandemic threw up the leadership quality in the governor, he was on top of it in words and action. Lagosians were able to leverage on that and have confidence in the government they elected. To put the icing on the cake, he was always communicating, doing daily briefing twice or thrice in a week; making sure Lagosians are abreast of the plans of the government to ameliorate situations, provide medicals and support at all levels.

Let's take the pandemic out, which has been more or less a big distraction to his governance. Since the pandemic has been easing out, we are all aware of lots of activities going on in the government under the THEME agenda. Just last week, 255 roads and power projects across the state have been approved, reaching out to the grassroots. These are impactful projects and not propaganda. I even feel the government is not saying enough about activities going on in the seat of government in Alausa; he remains a silent worker and achiever and I'm very sure the majority of Lagosians are very happy and proud that they voted him in as a governor. Of course, he will and can do better and as the resources of the state continue to permit him, he will reach out to all the nooks and crannies of the state even surpassing the achievements of his predecessors which will be a thing of pride.

But the opposition is saying he is working with a snail's speed and looking like an apprentice that is yet to get his footing on the job?

The opposition is in the business blabbing but we are in the business of delivery of our promises to the people. The governor has simply refused to be distracted by the opinion of a few frustrated oppositions. He is not even meddling in the politics of APC, apart from the recent assignment where he is heading the campaign of the reelection of his colleague governor in Ondo State. You can see he has rolled up his sleeves, focusing on his work, you won't find the governor respond to any comment or opinion of the opposition; that's the business of the party and which we are up to. Remember he dropped the appellation 'his excellency' which means that when he's all done and dusted, people can now decide if he's worthy of being called by the title. For me, that speaks so much of humility and determination about someone who is really committed to perform and deliver on his mandate.

There were talks when Abiru emerged as the senatorial candidate that he is being set up to take over from Governor Sanwo-Olu...

That came from the camp of opposition because we won't have a governorship election until the next two and half years. So, our party and Abiru as a candidate is focusing on the assignment at hand. The opposition will want to throw a spanner on the wheel to cause disaffection in the ruling party, perhaps that's why they remain as permanent opposition in Lagos State. But nothing can be farther from the truth, Abiru is focusing on the ticket he got from APC and I enjoy some personal relationship with him and I can tell you that he is not even thinking beyond the present mandate he has. But it will suit the propaganda of the PDP to say that somebody is being prepped up to take over from the governor and you can see that the governor didn't even respond to that.

What are your thoughts about Nigeria at 60?

We are still together at 60 and we should be grateful for that. The challenges are enormous but can we do better, the answer is yes. Have we being able to fulfill our dreams at independence, the answer is no. I think all of us could be held responsible for this. Everyone has a part to play in making this country great at different levels. We should ask ourselves whether we have done our parts to make this country great. Or better still, we should ask ourselves what we can do at our levels to make Nigeria fulfill her promises and potentials at independence. If we are all able to do that, I believe Nigeria will be better for us all. I know Nigeria can be greater than what we have today.

Do you think Nigeria might break up?

I don’t think Nigeria can break up but there are germane issues that we need to address. If we are having agitations for a breakup, it means that those issues are now at boiling points and they need to be addressed. I don’t really foresee a break-up

Politics / APC Dispels Rumour Of Criminal Summons Against Abiru by DebbyJose: 8:32pm On Oct 01
The All Progressive Congress, APC has reacted to the rumour that the senatorial candidate for the forthcoming Lagos East senatorial elections, Mr Tokunbo Abiru is enmeshed in a legal battle that questions his eligibility to contest at the elections.

In a Press Statement issued by the party Publicity Secretary, Hon Seye Oladejo. Lagos Chapter, the general public are advised to ignore the concocted rumour being peddled by traducers, who are bent to distract the said candidate; a move that is dead on arrival.

It reads;

Our attention has been drawn to an online report by an unknown blog alleging that a suit has been instituted challenging the eligibility of our candidate, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, to contest for the Lagos East Senatorial Election on account of a purported double registration as a voter ..

The allegation as contained in that report is not only false but we find it laughable. It is apparent that the Plaintiffs have not availed themselves the original copy of the Electoral Act 2010 (As amended).

We understand their panic, fear and unease on account of the overwhelming and calamitous defeat that awaits them on the 31st of October, 2020. They should do well to ask the Traducers of Willie Obiano (of Anambra State) and Yahaya Bello (of Kogi State) and avail themselves of several other Court decisions in that respect.

Let them continue to chase shadows while we remain focused as we campaign and gather support in the nooks and crannies of the Lagos East Constituency.

We assure our teeming supporters and the entire electorate that our candidate's eligibility is unassailable and by God's grace, he will emerge victorious at the election come 31st October, 2020.

Seye Oladejo

Lagos State APC Spokesman.
Politics / Lagos Apc Ndigbo Resolve Feud by DebbyJose: 8:27pm On Oct 01
The leadership of Lagos State APC led by its chairman, Hon Tunde Balogun, has resolved the raging leadership tussle within the Ndigbo group.

At the meeting convened to resolve the conflict between various splinter units led by Chief Joe Igbokwe , Hon Jude Idimogu, were the Igbo Vision, Igbo Coalition, South East in APC, Igbo Mandate and Anioma Group.

The meeting was also attended by Eze Nwachukwu and Eze Okpotemba, Chief Joe Igbokwe, Dr Segun Mordi and Chief Akabueze. While Hon Jude Idimogu was unavoidably absent.

The meeting resolved that Mr Joe Igbokwe remained the apex leader of NDIGBO in Lagos APC while Hon Jude Idimogu is the deputy.

The meeting reiterated the supremacy of the party and the need to uphold and respect its decisions.

It called for the unity of all Ndigbo in Lagos APC and the accommodation of all tendencies in their fold.

The party called for total discipline among its members and commitment to its ideals.

The proposed inauguration of the executive of Lagos state APC Ndigbo and coordinators earlier slated for Saturday 26th September, 2020 was called off.

Other party chieftains at the meeting were Cardinal James Odunbaku, a GAC member, Hon Lanre Ogunyemi, the state secretary and Mr Ademola Sadiq, the legal adviser.

Seye Oladejo

Lagos state APC spokesman.
Business / Money Laundering: Fidelity Bank MD, Nnamdi Okonkwo In The Eyes Of The Storm by DebbyJose: 9:43pm On Sep 30
The managing director and chief executive officer of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, is said to be pleading with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to get soft-landing over a 14-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering before a federal high court judge.

The Fidelity Bank boss is said to be lobbying a top official at the Presidency to help him intervene and settle out of court, but sources privy to the moves told our reporter that the anti-graft agency rejected the plea stressing that the bank chief must be jailed if found culpable.

The anti-graft agency had arrested Okonkwo and some officials of the bank for allegedly receiving $115m from a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The EFCC also arrested the bank’s head of Operations, Mr. Martins Izuogbe, for his role in the alleged scam, which the anti-graft agency described as unprecedented.

According to reports, in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election, Diezani invited Okonkwo to help her handle some cash, which would be disbursed to electoral officials and groups.

However, the fraud was uncovered when the EFCC began investigations into how officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom States received N675.1m.

It was alleged that the first company, Auctus Integrated, deposited $17,884,000 into the bank. The second company, Northern Belt Gas Company, deposited $60m while another company, Midwestern Oil and Gas, deposited $9.5m. A fourth company, Leno Laitan Adesanya, deposited $1.85m while the MD himself received $26m in cash.”

Diezani’s son, Ugonna Madueke, later served as a middleman between the former minister and the MD of the bank.

The bank officials were arrested, charged to court and granted administrative bail.


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Celebrities / The Many Challenges I Face To Remain Relevant In The Movie Industry- Oseni Aremu by DebbyJose: 2:55pm On Sep 16
Samson Oseni Aremu is one of the most talented and dedicated actors in the Yoruba movie industry. He has been in the industry for close to a decade and has featured in over 50 movies and still counting.

This young man interprets roles so perfectly and his passion for acting has kept him going despite hot competition in the industry.

In this exclusive interview, Aremu revealed how star actor Afeez Abiodun helped him grow in the industry, and the many challenges he has faced. He also mentioned the many sacrifices he has made just to fulfill his greatest desire in life and his plans for his movie Lisa.

Take us through your journey into the movie industry

Well, have been longing to join the movie industry since, before it all started in 2011 when I was coming from a party around Sango area when Mr. Afeez Abiodun Owo drove past the bus I was and immediately I sighted him, I instantly told the driver I wanted to come down and I alighted thereafter, due to the heavy traffic, I was able to run and meet his car.

So I knocked and he rolled down to hear me. He’s such a very nice man, I quickly made my point known to him and he gave me his is contact and asked me to call him the following day which I did and asked me to come to his office the following Monday and that's how all started.

Tell us about the challenges you have been faced with?

Well, actually, the challenges are actually not something so bad but making one grow every day. Should I talk about the ones faced as man, because the ladies have the upper hand, and are always the first to be favoured unless God blessings come yours truly?

When we started, most of the time we sleep on the mere floor at a location, especially in tiles with A. C on but got nothing to do cos it's my passion, So we just have to keep our heads up. But we thank God, we don't look like what we've been through.

Which has been your most challenging role so far?

Doing a typical Islamic cleric is one of the challenging roles have played because I am a Christian and playing a Muslim cleric role to perfection will surely be difficult, but to God be all the glory, I delivered beyond expectation.

Did you train under any caucus for more knowledge?

Yes, I trained under Seriki Olopolo School of Performing Arts owned by Afeez Abiodun and Mide Martins.

Who are your contemporaries in the industry?

Well, the likes of Lateef Adedimeji, Mustapha Sholagbade, Jamiu Azeez are my contemporaries.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

A lot of people, because we have many outstanding and professional role interpreters from a different angle. So can't really pick one, but one to be like some of our good actors today.

Are you working on any personal projects?

Well,, Am working on The Return Of LISA....... Lisa is my first and only movie for now,, it's a crime movie,, So am working on the return.

Can you tell us about some of the movies you have featured in?

Odere Alagbo by Allwell Ademola, Alaya Marun by Afeez Owo, Moni by Mide Martins, My Mom My Wife by Allwell Ademola, Queen Mi By Afeez Owo, Alagbawi Aye by Aide Martins, Ilu Aje and so on.

Where do you hope to be in your career in the next 5 years?

Greater places,,, God almighty in his infinite mercy should make it happen.

Family / The Life And Times Of Omo-oba Dr. Obadiah Johnson (1849-1920) by DebbyJose: 9:52am On Sep 11

Omo-Oba Dr. Obadiah Johnson was a Creole (of Nigerian and Saro descent), the second Nigerian to qualify as a medical Doctor (Dr. Horton was probably the first), but the first indigenous Yoruba medical doctor. He was also a writer, a great intellectual mind, a respecter of African culture and values and a social engineer who opposed racial discrimination. He also made immense contribution to the sanitation and environmental health of Lagos during his days in the Legislative Council.

Birth and Heritage

Born in Hastings, Sierra Leone, to Henry Johnson (Snr) (Erugunjimi) and Sarah Johnson on the 29th of June,1849, he was the 4th of the 7 children who survived their parents (Henry (Snr) who died on 10th February 1865) and (Sarah who died 2 in June 1876) and both are buried in the cemetary of St. David’s Cathedral Kudeti, Ibadan. Obadiah’s parents had been captured as slaves but were liberated in Freetown and resettled in the village of Hastings. His father was a farmer and leader of the Church in Hastings and later became a church missionary worker. Henry ‘Erugunjimi’ Johnson (Erugunjimi being an appellation he gave himself meaning ‘slavery has favoured me’), was originally from Oyo-Ile, and a grandson of Alaafin Abiodun of the great Oyo Empire.

In 1886, Obadiah married Mabel Emily Johnson daughter of Rev. Thomas Maxwell, (13th May 1865 – 20th September 1944). The couple unfortunately had no children. Obadiah’s siblings were:

1. Venerable Henry Johnson Jnr- Born 10th November, 1840 - 1901
2. Venerable Nathaniel Johnson- 1844 - 15th August, 1921.
3. Reverend Samuel Johnson- 24th June1846 - 29th April, 1901.
4. Mr. Adolphus Stephen Johnson
5. Mrs. Margaret Sarah Brown (later Mrs. Cole) and
6. Mrs. Rosaline Dorothy Allen

(The Johnson children. Henry Johnson Jr. is absent in this photograph) Education and Career

The young Obadiah started his formal education in 1855 at the Day School, Hastings, Sierra Leone. However, when in 1857 his father was invited by David Hinderer for mission work in Ibadan, Nigeria, Obadiah and the rest of the family (except Henry Jnr. who remained in Freetown and taught at the Grammar School) had to move to Ibadan. They arrived in Ibadan on February 11th1858. He continued his education at the Day School Kudeti, Ibadan, which was then being run by Mrs.

Anna Hinderer. He spent some time there and transferred to Lagos where he 3 enrolled at Faji Day School in 1864. His older brother Nathaniel was a teacher at the School at this time.

When Obadiah finished his primary school education at the Faji Day School in 1868, he became an apprentice to a Lagos Carpenter, Mr. Joseph Pearse on Odunlami Street, Lagos. He subsequently also became apprenticed to Dr. A. A.
Harrison, a Church Missionary Society medical doctor who practiced in Abeokuta.

This apprenticeship tasked Obadiah physically and mentally and introduced him to medical terminology, equipment and drugs as he had to arrange what the doctor would need to use. It is believed that this probably ignited his interest to pursue a career in medicine.
In 1870, Obadiah returned to Sierra Leone for his Secondary School education at the Grammar school in Freetown. This he did from 1871 to 1873. Thereafter he taught at the Holy Trinity School, Kissy Road, Freetown, from 1874 to 1876 when he resigned his appointment. At the time of his resignation he had attained the position of Head Teacher of the school.

In 1876 Obadiah was admitted into the prestigious Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, from where he graduated in 1879 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in flying colours. He moved on to study medicine at King’s college, London, the first of four generations in the Johnson family to study at King’s. He was an exceptional student and he achieved the remarkable feat of winning “all the prizes in science” for his set. He graduated from the medical school in 1884 and was admitted into membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) in April that year. He was also elected as an Associate Member of King’s College by the institution’s Council.

He went for further studies at the University of Edinburgh from where he graduated with an M. B., C. M. degree and in 1889 he bagged his M. D. degree. After his medical studies, he was appointed Assistant colonial Surgeon in Sierra Leone in 1889 and worked in Shebro District. From 1890 – 1897 he was the Chief Medical Officer in Lagos. This is another historical feat (hitherto, only Europeans had held this office). He resigned from this position in July 1897 after suffering continued racial prejudices with dignity. Examples of such discrimination appeared in the discrepancy of the remuneration of the natives as opposed to the Europeans even when the natives were more qualified and experienced.

He had earlier experienced racial discrimination in 1893, when he applied for the vacant position of Senior Assistant Colonial Surgeon (which post was previously held by a European). His application was turned down despite the fact that he had superior qualifications than the person who vacated the post. When he resigned 1897, he set up his own private medical practice which was situated next to his residence (Marble Hall) on 50 Broad Street, the current site of the CSS Bookshop

4 Publications
1. His thesis on, ‘West African Therapeutics’ in 1889, earned him his Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from the Edinburgh University.
This thesis described the medi-care traditionally practiced among West Africans “who have no English education”. The thesis centered around his own personal experiences and first-hand knowledge of practices in Sierra Leone and its neighbouring areas and more especially of Lagos and the “Yoruba Country” where he practiced medicine on his return from Europe.

2. He is the co-author of the pioneering historical work, “A HISTORY OF THE YORUBAS: FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE BEGINNING OF THE
BRITISH PROTECTORATE”. This book was originally authored by his immediate senior brother – Revd. Samuel Johnson, but misfortune befell it’s original manuscript as he and his brother Samuel were informed by the first intended publisher that the original manuscript had been misplaced and could not be found. They perceived mischief and rejected the monetary offer by the first intended publisher to Samuel Johnson to buy the said ‘’lost’’ manuscript off him. The author of the original manuscript did not live to rewrite the book. Dr. Obadiah Johnson re-wrote the book from the copious notes and rough manuscript left by his brother (who died on 29th April, 1901).

Dr. Obadiah Johnson also did not live to see the publication of this great book because he died in September 1920 and the book was eventually published in London, in 1921 by George Rouledge and Sons. The eventual publication of this book etched the name of Rev. Samuel Johnson in world history and further reaffirmed Obadiah Johnson place as a diligent and dedicated person.

Apart from his remarkable career in medical practice, Dr. Obadiah Johnson also made his mark in political affairs. From August 1901 to 1912, he was appointed an unofficial member of the legislative Council of the Colony of Lagos. He was an unofficial adviser to the Governor of the Colony. The role he played in this respect endeared him to many. His opinion became invaluable. He resigned from the legislative council in 1912 in protest against some (then) newly introduced policies of Governor Lugard after serving for 13 years. His tenure at the Legislative Council covered the period of 3 serving Governors in succession i.e. Sir Williams MacGregor, Governor Egerton and Lord Fredrick Lugard. He openly confronted government authorities on the issue of racial discrimination. His older brother, the Venerable Henry Johnson and Bishop James Johnson (Holy Johnson; not a relation of his), were ideological fellows in this regard. He advocated for the upholding of African culture and pushed for Africans to run their own affairs both in the church and in the larger society.

Church Life
He was a very prominent member of the Christ Church Marina Lagos, and in the current Christ Church Cathedral building, a stained glass window was installed on June 15, 1929 in his memory, paid for by his wife. It is possible, according to records at the Harrison & Harrison Organs of Durham, United Kingdom, that he was not just a prominent member of the Church, but a Church warden; for when in 1901 the company completed the first pipe organ for the Church during the tenure of Rev. Nathaniel Temple Hamlyn, his name was mentioned in correspondence as a Church warden. From 1891, he served on several Church Committees and Boards. That year he was appointed by the Church Missionary

Society as a member of the Visiting Committee of the Grammar School. He later became a member of the Parochial Committee of the Lagos District Church Council and in 1906, a member of the Diocesan Synod of Western Equatorial Africa. In the Synod, he was a member of the Translation Committee, Procedure Committee, the Motions Committee and the Constitutional Amendments.

Committee. In 1910, he was appointed by the Church Missionary to the Publications Committee of the Church Missionary Society Bookshop.

This principled gentleman, pioneer physician, scholar, shrewd legislator, politician and devout Christian lived a very active life and by the time of his death in1920, his contribution to society was recognized by all. He had travelled with his brother, the Venerable Nathaniel Johnson to Sierra Leone from Lagos on December 25th 1919 to recuperate from illness. On the stop-over in Accra, they picked up their sister, Mrs. Margaret Sarah Cole and her only daughter Patience Genista Cole, who were also both ill at this time and they arrived safely home in Hastings.

Unfortunately, early in 1920, Mrs. Cole died. Nathaniel returned to Lagos after Mrs. Cole’s death and Obadiah sent for his wife from Lagos and together with his niece who was still ill at this time, they left for and arrived London in July 1920. There in London, both Obadiah and his niece died. He died on the 12th of September aged 71, and she died 10 days later on the 22nd. Obadiah was buried in Kensel GreenCemetary on the 15th of September and a graveside service conducted by Bishop

6 Isaac Oluwole and Bishop Howells was held. At the same time in Christ Church Lagos, a memorial service was held with a sermon by the Rev. T. A. J. Ogunbiyi.

He has indeed played his part very well. He was our great grand uncle and we are proud and inspired by his commitment to God and service to Man. May his soul continue to rest in perfect peace, Amen.
Rt. Revd Akinpelu Johnson M.Phil.; AKC; FKC
Chairman: Venerable Henry Johnson Foundation for Theology and Social
Transformation on Behalf of the ‘Erugunjimi’ Henry Johnson Family.
1. Dr. Adelola Adeloye. African Pioneers of Modern Medicine. University Press
Limited Nigeria. 1985.
2. Venerable B. C. Akinpelu Johnson “As For Me and My House … The Story
of a Levitical Dynasty”.
3. Barr. (Mrs.) Mowunmi Ogunlesi (nee Agbebi)
4. Wikipedia. Dr. Obadiah Johnson – https://en.m.wikipedia.org

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Celebrities / NAIOMP Commends Prince Kazeem Eletu-odibo Philanthropic Gesture by DebbyJose: 8:33pm On Sep 05
…acknowledges his philanthropic strides

National Association of Independent Online Media Publishers, NAIOMP, an organization with the stated purpose of restoring media sanity in online journalism has commended Prince Kazeem Eletu Edibo, Chairman of Kazeem Royal Properties Limited, for supporting the work of the organization to improve lives. In a letter signed by the Association’s Publicity Secretary, Lateef Owodunni, on behalf of other directors, the organization acknowledged his contributions towards supporting the youths and the unemployed.

The letter partly reads, “As an exemplary leader, you join an international group of compassionate people who are committed to serving others, no matter what the challenge is. Today — because of you — another generation can care for their communities in times of uncertainty and need.”

The letter further states that, “because of your generosity, you have found solutions that change lives and make communities more resilient. Your support is critical as we work together to address new and urgent humanitarian challenges.

Congratulations on your wonderful philanthropic achievement, and thank you for building a better world for the youth.”

Recently, Prince Kazeem Eletu Odibo also empowered some of his followers on social media, after challenging those who wants to become a realtor.

He wrote; I want to empower someone who really want to be a Real Estate expert by sending the person to go for the Fast track training by Debo Adejana. State the reasons you want to be a Realtor. I will pick randomly.

The winners include:

Instagram winners:

●@ Skoagmola



Facebook winners:

●Akin Joel

●Don Pablo Aimar

●Omowunmi Kikelomo

●Prince Obanla Adeyemi Adeniyi

●Adeniyi Barakat Oluwatobiloba

Ambassador Dr. Prince Kazeem was born on February 14, 1978, in Lagos into the Eletu-Odibo family; a royal family that historically served as the Chief Kingmaker who crowned the Oba of Lagos. This was unknown to him for several years that he was born with a silver spoon.

Prior to when his life took a new turn to prosperity, he grew up in a suburb called Ajegunle where he worked as a bus driver, a bus conductor, and even a scavenger. He has attended numerous educational training programs both within and outside the country.

He has shown over the years that he is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of performance in his enterprises. Amb. Dr. Prince Kazeem as Founder and Chairman of Kazeem Royal Properties Limited has done a lot of remarkable projects in the real estate sector and this earned him the City People Magazine Real Estate Award as Most Outstanding Royal Family In Property Award.

Philanthropy is associated with Amb. Dr. Prince Kazeem through the Prince Kazeem Eletu-Odibo Foundation. His kindheartedness is visible amongst many individuals whom he has touched; he personally likes putting smiles on people’s faces irrespective of their tribe, ethnicity, creed, or language.

As a matter of fact, he singled-handily constructed many roads at Osapa London in the Lekki axis in Lagos state following their dilapidated state. Today, Osapa London is a prime area and has very expensive properties situated in it. He has made several donations to many groups, civil societies including the Rotary International, and a lot of individuals, running into several millions of naira. He also set up the Prince Kazeem Eletu Royal Football Academy in order to give young people the opportunity to grow and showcase their talents.

A good number of them are now playing outside the shores of the company. Music is one thing that could not escape his attention; the Kazeem Royal Music Empire does justice to this. Some artists have been signed under this label. His philanthropic lifestyle has attracted a lot of awards from various quarters such as the Nigerian Army, Ecowas Youth Organization, the Yoruba council, and the Nigerian youths just to mention a few.

Investment / Effective Leaders Have No Race Nor Colour by DebbyJose: 10:15am On Sep 05
From #NigerianRisk tweetchat

When asked who an effective leader is, Abdullah Musa Abdul replied: “An Effective leader! Well in my humble opinion, an effective leader is that leader who has in him or her a combined characteristic of competence, diligence, and passion and equally has the ability to identify talents and harness those talents to get things done without prejudice. An effective leader chooses competence over virtue.”

Abu Jabir Abdullah Musa Abdul (Penabdul), is an Architect, principal partner at Diamond 4 Architects, CEO Sustainable Project Works (SPW) Limited as well as the Managing Director A & A HOMES Limited. As an academician he teaches Architecture at Baze University, Abuja. As a cleric he is a member of the Expanded General Purpose Committee Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Founder Darul Tauheed Islamic Center. PenAbdul is a renowned columnist with Dailynigerian.com and a regular writer with www.penabdul.com. Besides being a marriage counselor PenAbdul is also a Polo Player.

In his response to this question in a tweet-chat session held on Friday, when he was hosted in one of Nigerian Risk Awards and Summit’s Chat with the hashtag #NigerianRisk, PenAbdul added that “An effective leader could also be seen as a selfless, competent person who listens and appreciates the insight of others on how to achieve common goals. He thinks ahead of his time and masters the art of delegation. Simply put, he goes macro instead of micro.”

Mr Joachim Adenusi, the MD Conrad Clark Nigeria Limited, who co-hosted the conversation with a youth leader, Mustapha Sa’eed, an SDG advocate, further asked: “What inspires followers to becoming leaders?”

PenAbdul responded that “Interestingly, in life you are either a leader or a follower. However, you can be both because each one of us is a leader in his/her own right. I think, followers get inspired to becoming leaders if they see truthfulness, honesty, selflessness, competence and pragmatism in the way their leaders handle leadership. When a leader leads (in the true sense of the word) he or she inspires the followers to wanting to become like him/her, thus making leaders of our followers.”

PenAbdul stressed the role of leaders in uniting their subjects and ensuring a seamless reign. “Leadership is all about sacrifice and dedication. It entails putting behind any prejudice against any class of the followers. When a leader embraces one and all, including his antagonists and look at the bigger picture, he lays a solid foundation for unity. When a leader is vindictive and bias, he closes all the avenues of unity. So, a leader that demonstrates justice regardless of who it affects will win the hearts of the followers and he will be a rallying point for them. He simply unites.”

He further suggested that the antidote to the polarisation along religious and ethnic divide as it is becoming popular in Nigeria. “A leader that shows love and compassion and deals justly with others irrespective of their religion, background and ethnic affiliations and ensures equal opportunity is provided for one and all definitely will have the moral power to depolarise a nation that has been polarised along ethnic and religious sentiments.”

Followers are not left out of the discussion as they equally play a vital role in ensuring the actualisation of an ideal state or environment with functional leaders. He stated that: “The hallmark of good followership is in showing respect and obedience to the leader. When there is that synergy between the two then the leader strives to please the followers. Gaining confidence is key. The followers should see themselves as pillars upon which the leadership rests. If the leader is doing anything that will undermine the functionality of the society then it is the responsibility of the followers to alert the leader and use an effective tool of checks and balances.”

It is important to know that followers do influence leaders to do the right thing when they are responsible and equally can stand for their rights. If the leaders know that the followers are aware of their rights, it will be sufficient to influence the leaders to lead responsibly.

Shaykh Abdullah Musa stated that in solving the leadership and followership crisis in Nigeria and elsewhere; “First, the leader should own the crisis and simply take responsibility for whatever it is.

This will make the followers to be less defensive. Then, let him then identify the cause of the crisis and immediately invite the stakeholders to initiate a process of managing the crisis to avoid its escalation. Then, roll out strategies that will address the concerns of the aggrieved parties without openly taking sides. This can be followed with an understanding of the remote and immediate causes of the crisis which is critical when setting up an action plan to resolve the issue.”

“Start immediately! By constantly ensuring that all the different members of the community are duly represented and carried along until none of the diverse groups feels marginalized. I think if the leader engages all the diverse members of his community through their accepted representatives, he will be able to sustain and maintain unity.” He added that Leaders should also set up feedback mechanism for their own assessment and action plan with respect to the peculiar needs of each of the diverse groups of the community.

When asked about the risks in leadership, PenAbdul said; “Well, in my humble opinion, Leaders are actually servants of people who step out of their comfort zone to take known and unknown risks to meet up with the demands of those they serve. They are exposed to the risk of physical harm, financial harm, reputation loss, failure, accountability...”.

“The risks that are really of great concern to us in Nigeria and which I would love that Nigerian Risk Leadership Summit (coming up on September 17, 2020) should address are the risks of reputation loss, failure and accountability.

To be part of this Nigerian Risk Leadership Summit, visit www.nigerianriskawards.com/summit to register and reserve a seat at the online summit.

Investment / What Are You Doing And Why? by DebbyJose: 9:55am On Sep 05
Students lining up by the road sides to wave small handy flags at executives seated in luxury cars with tinted glasses is not uncommon. In fact, such students and pupils are always looking forward to such experience, where they can stand few miles away from the car conveying the executive. It was usually out of magnanimity that some of these leaders take peeps out of the cars to wave hands even with the presence of heavy security.
This act not only made our leaders appear untouchable but also unreachable. Thus, there exist a huge gap between what our leaders are doing and what indeed the followers want and need. In return the sense of followership is appearing to be on the decline. However, for a nation to develop, there has to be a significant synergy between good leadership and followership.
To close this huge gap that is withering the efficiency of our leadership structure, Conrad Clark Nigeria Limited is staging a Leadership-Thought risk summit on 17th of September, 2020 through a virtual platform in conformity with the ongoing social gathering restrictions towards curbing the further spread of Covid19. The 5th edition of the Nigerian Risk Awards and summit, (NRAs 2020) will have the risk leadership summit addressing the leadership and followership with theme: Leadership vs Followership Risk; Uniting a Divided People, and the summit will be chaired by Mrs. Ibukun Awosika (Chairman, First Bank Nigeria Limited/CEO and Founder of The Chair Centre Group) and keynote paper shall be delivered by Prof. Karuti Kanyinga (University of Nairobi). Other speakers are Dr Salihu Lukman, the DG Progressive Governors Forum, and Mr Kola Adesina MD/CEO Sahara Energy Group.
Also, unlike previous editions, this year will feature young generation of leaders as interrogators. These young leaders will have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation as the summit seeks to proffer solutions to socioeconomic impediment of business and economic growth by asking why and what from the younger generation’s perspectives.
Segun Awosanya, Zeal Akaraiwe, Just Omomo Ibe, Ifeoma Melody Ajumobi, Barr Amina Usman, Mustapha Sa’eed and Rt Hon. Mijinyawa are the confirmed interrogators joining the cross-section of leaders that will be speaking.
Visit www.nigerianriskawards.com/summit to register and reserve a seat at the summit. Please note that the premium ticket to the summit will allow the participants access to a break out networking session with panellists. Corporate organisations can also sponsor students and youths to attend this summit with the complimentary tickets to the summit.

Investment / Young Leaders Query The Roadmap To A Better Nigeria. by DebbyJose: 9:47am On Sep 05
Leaders of tomorrow are not expected to take the back seat when the architecture of what tomorrow will look like is being put in place. Besides the planning for a better nation is always a continuous and evolving process, sustained by periodic conversations that will build and fine-tune the mistakes of yesterday, inadequacies of today and the brighter days tomorrow.

The 5th edition of the Nigerian Leadership & Risk Summit scheduled to hold on 17th of September, 2020 as conceived by Conrad Clark Nig. Ltd in collaboration with the Institute of Risk Management-IRM (UK), Risk management Society-RIMS (USA) Business Day (Nig), Convention for Business Integrity (Nig.), is aimed at exploring solutions to national leadership and followership risk through a cross-generational conversation tagged Leadership vs Followership Risk; Uniting a Divided People.

Olufemi Iroko, the Project Lead and Chairman of the Organising committee unveiled the confirmed speakers for the summit which has been redesigned to hold virtually due to the prevailing public gathering restrictions caused by Covid19 spread. The summit will be chaired by Mrs. Ibukun Awosika (Chairman, First Bank Nigeria) and keynote paper shall be delivered by Prof. Karuti Kanyinga (University of Nairobi). Other speakers are Mr Kola Adesina (MD, Sahara Group) and Dr. Salihu Lukman (DG, Progressive Governors Forum). All of whom will be taking critical look at the theme from different perspectives and how it affects the business landscape as well as building our nation.

To actively engage the younger generations, the organisers are fielding proactive young leaders as interrogators who will be asking thought-provoking questions while the speakers dissect the problems and proffer solutions. The interrogators lined up include Segun Awosanya (popularly known as SegaLinks) who is the founder/president SIAF, Zeal Akaraiwe the Founder-Graeme Blaque Advisory, Just omomo Ibe who is the President, Association of African Startups, Ifeoma Melody Ajumobi, Broadcast journalist at Solid 100.9fm, Amynah usman, a lawyer and girl-child advocate, Mustapha Sa’eed SDG and leadership advocate with remarkable strides in the northern Nigeria, and Rt Hon. Mijinyawa, the current speaker of the Nigeria Youth Parliament.

The interrogators are exited to be part of the summit, seeing it as a rare opportunity to be at the front row of the summit with direct involvement in conversations that aimed at making the nation better in business, leadership and overall economy. Doing such will not just give the younger leaders their rightful place in the development framework of the country but also allow them to effectively contribute to the developing of a workable framework for the country.

The summit will allow its premium attendees the opportunity to network with the panelists in a break out session. Sponsorship offerings will also allow corporate organisations to sponsor students, youths and organisations with young members to attend with complimentary pass to the event.

Also, the 2020 winners of the Nigeria Risk Awards aim to recognise and reward excellence in individuals and organisations who have made measurable impact within their sector or industry through the effective application of good governance, risk management and internal control systems and strategies. To register for the summit and be part of this cross-generation leadership conversation, visit www.nigerianriskawards.com/summit to reserve a seat.

Politics / 'I Will Not Let You Down', APC Senatorial Candidate, Tokunbo Abiru Speaks by DebbyJose: 10:38pm On Sep 03
The All Progressive Congress, APC Senatorial candidate, Lagos East, Me Tokunbo Abiru, has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the party functionaries and supporter after scooping a landslide victory at the party primaries held on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Abiru had polled 111,551 votes to emerge as the senatorial candidate for the October 31, bye-elections to replace the late senator Adebayo Osinowo, who passed away on June 15,2020 after a brief illness.

In a statement released by the new candidate, Abiru stated that his emergence as a candidate in the forthcoming senatorial bye-election is a significant achievement in his personal journey.

He wrote:

Today is significant in my personal journey and in the history of our great party, All Progressives Congress (APC), especially in Lagos East Senatorial District. My deep gratitude and humble appreciation goes out to our leaders and members across the district who have trooped out en masse to ratify my candidature as the APC flag bearer for the Lagos East senatorial bye election scheduled to hold on October 31, 2020.

This decision is no doubt an expression of confidence in me, a confidence and trust which as a loyal party man, I will live day and night to earn, justify and protect. Given this great expression of trust, let me first appreciate all our members for coming out in good number to affirm me as the party flag-bearer.

This is an attestation to your firm belief in our great party and its leadership.
Even though all other aspirants graciously withdrew from the senatorial contest in the interest of our party, our members in Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Somolu could still choose to vote against me. That is the power the people hold in a democracy. Overwhelmingly, however, they decided to affirm me, thus attesting to their belief in the APC.

From what transpired in the last few weeks, I have learnt a lot of things about our party members. I have seen their unshakable belief in the values our party stands for. I have also seen teeming support for the direction our leaders at all levels have been providing to bring about much-needed development. I have witnessed their desire to elect leaders, who can avidly deploy their offices to seek the common good of all.

I must therefore say this ratification is your victory. We must bear in mind that this is the first phase in the senatorial contest. Already, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled the second phase of the contest for October 31, 2020. Let me plead with you all that we must all come out in good number on this date in support of our party and me, your candidate for the senatorial election in Lagos East.

Specifically, let me commend all my brothers, who sought our party nomination for Lagos East Senatorial Election but who in the spirit of sportsmanship and in the interest of our party withdrew from the contest and threw their political weight in its entirety in support of my aspiration. I must confess that this is a mark of honour, which I will forever appreciate.

I must also appreciate the Chairman of Lagos APC, Alhaji Babatunde Balogun and all members of the State Working Committee (SWC) and State Executive Committee (SEC), whose hands have been on the plough in the last two months to organise this exercise without acrimony and disharmony. Without them, we could not have been able to conduct seamless and successful primary elections.

All our leaders in the Governors Advisory Council (GAC) have been wonderful and exceptional. They have provided rare leadership, counsel and wisdom that culminated in the success of this exercise. They worked closely with the State Working Committee to ensure the process through the APC candidate for Lagos East Senatorial Election emerged did not lead to disaffection among the aspirants.

My appreciation also goes to my dear brother, the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for steering the affairs of our dear state in line with the manifesto of the APC, the laid-down vision and development plans of our leader and his THEMES Agenda. Since our party leaders began this nomination process, His Excellency has provided unflinching support for Lagos APC at all times to ensure a peaceful, harmonious and unifying process.

Finally, I am in no small measure indebted to the National Leader of our party and Governor Emeritus of our dear state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He has been providing sterling leadership for the APC right from its conception to date. In all ramifications, he has been a leading light not only to Lagos State, but also the federation at large.

This was again made evident in an interview a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal granted Sunday Punch about fortnight ago. In that interview, Mr. Lawal attested: “Asiwaju is a colossus of Southwest politics. If he had said there would be no merger in 2013, there would not have been any merger we now refer to APC.”

With this testimony and numerous others, history will affirm the place of Asiwaju Tinubu in the conception, birth, growth and consolidation of APC. With Asiwaju’s immense contribution, APC is now a ruling party at federal level with control of 21 states of the federation. This is a great feat historians will document as part of the political evolution of Nigeria.

I can not end this address without putting on record and appreciating the love and support of my dear family-my wife Feyisola and children, my brothers and sisters, my mother and the entire extended Abiru family. I honour the memory of my late father Justice M. A. O Abiru who was elected Senator between 1979 to 1983 and his life and legacy which continues to inspire all of us.

Most sincerely, I thank you all for your support and promise never to disappoint you.

Tokunbo Abiru
APC Senatorial Candidate for Lagos East
September 3, 2020

Politics / Abiru, Obafemi Emerge As APC Candidates For October Bye-elections. by DebbyJose: 9:13pm On Sep 03
Tokunbo Abiru and Obafemi Saheed have emerged as APC candidates for the Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe 2 House of Assembly October bye-elections.

At the bye-election which was by affirmation, the Chief Returning Officer, Hon. Ibrahim Masari announced that Tokunbo Abiru recorded a total vote of 111,551- one hundred and eleven thousand, five hundred and fifty- one votes only from the returned votes from the five local governments, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Somolu- that make up the senatorial district covering 71 wards.

Obafemi Saheed scored a total of 34,012 - thirty-four thousand and twelve votes only from the 6 wards that make up Kosofe 2 constituency.
With the emmergence of our candidates, all is now set for APC to contest and retain the respective legislative seats.
Celebrities / I Was Promoting D'banj, Don Jazzy, Wande Coal Way Before Mo Hit- Asha Gangali by DebbyJose: 11:44pm On Aug 29
Every development in the world of music is due to the creativity and originality of an artist—or, more often, a handful of artists pushing each other playing with rhythm, experimenting with instrumentation, blending genres and sounds to create something new. It’s a living process as musicians build upon the creations of their peers, making something their own.

This clearly defines the gesture of Nigerian creative music act, Asha Gangali, a versatile music act who has not only proven himself in the industry, but also pushed most popular artists who make the headlines today.

Asha revealed in his recent interview with Hip-Tv, how he pushed Wande Coal to stay focus and find himself in the music space. He also revealed how many top artistes today struggled to feature on his music platform, Rock the Mic. He mentioned the likes of D’Banj, Don Jazzy, Wande Coal, and many more.
Speaking Live on Hip TV, Asha hinted that Wande Coal was a dancer, until the day he fell while performing.
“Wande Coal started singing on Rock The Mic, but he was a dancer. And one day he was dancing when he fell. He felt bad and thought to himself, all these other artists that are singing are not better than him..he was referring to the likes of Suspect, LKT and so on. That was when Wande started singing.
“So, Rock The Mic gave them the opportunity but I was funding it. There was a misconception that it was being sponsored but all those corporate people didn’t pay nothing. They will just put banners and backdrop to identify with the project but they didn’t pay. We were not collecting money so I had to end it.
“We did 3 seasons and had the grand finale which featured Goldie. May her soul rest in peace.”. he said.
The interview has raised controversy online as major big artist are coming out to admit that Asha Gangali has been a great influence in the music industry.
Scooby Nero took to Tunde Ednut’s Instagram page to confess how strong and influential is Asha and hisRock The Mic brand he wrote: “Na True oo I was Dancing for RUGGEDMAN around that time , After DonFlex went to PSQUARE dem use me do Substitute”

Ace comedian, Seyi Law also came in to admit. He wrote:
I was on Rock Da Mic with @ashagangali back then. He is a great guy. He gave his platform to many.
DJ Spicey also wrote: Asha ganganli � Na better man from tey tey

Asha Gangali is said to be releasing Lifestyle EP which will be available globally in September 2020.

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