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Health / Bill Clinton Has Been Hospitalized With Sepsis In California by okrote4real: 3:41am On Oct 15
CNN reported that he's being treated in the Intensive Care Unit for a possible blood infection known as sepsis. 

A spokesman for the Democrat commander-in-chief said he was admitted to University of California Irvine's medical center to get treatment for a non-COVID related issue.

'On Tuesday evening, President Clinton was admitted to UCI Medical Center to receive treatment for a non-COVID-related infection,' his spokesperson Angel Ureña said in a statement.

'He is on the mend, thankful tot he doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care.'  

CNN has reported that Clinton is in the ICU for privacy reasons rather than the state of his condition.

Clinton's physicians, Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack, released a joint statement that says he was admitted with an 'infection' but has improved since receiving treatment.

'President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection. He was admitted to the hospital for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids,' Amin and Bardack said.

'He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring. After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well.' 

Source: @dailymail

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10094541/Bill-Clinton-hospitalized-possible-blood-infection-mend.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline

Religion / Pay Bandits Monthly Stipend, All They Want Is Food —methodist Prelate To Buhari by okrote4real: 11:17am On Oct 12
The clergyman opined that hunger and poverty made the Northerners embrace terror and banditry.

he Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu-Uche, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to pay repentant members of the Boko Haram terrorist group and bandits N25,000 monthly stipends.

The clergyman opined that hunger and poverty made the Northerners embrace terror and banditry.


According to him, the payment of such stipends would stop those youths from engaging in criminal activities.

According to Daily Post, Kanu-Uche spoke on Monday, while appealing to the Federal Government not to underestimate the influence of controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, in the fight against banditry.

He noted that Gumi could help the government develop measures in tackling banditry in the North.

Kanu-Uche said Gumi’s access to bandits in the North could be used as an advantage to beat them into submission.

The Methodist Prelate said: “Who are those collecting ransom for bandits? If the government rather than criticising Gumi, engages him positively, he can bring a solution. You don’t dismiss him and say he is a bad man.

”If he goes to the bush and they (bandits) have confidence in him, the government can dialogue with them. Let me tell you, these boys are being used by politicians. I am telling you to quote me.

“If you engage them and pay them N25,000 monthly, they will not kidnap. All they want is food.”


http://saharareporters.com/2021/10/12/pay-bandits-monthly-stipend-all-they-want-food-%E2%80%94-methodist-prelate-tells-buhari

Sports / Nigerian Officials Diverted $100,000 Meant For Women Basketball Team - SR by okrote4real: 8:53am On Oct 12
EXPOSED: How Nigerian Officials Diverted $100,000 Meant For Women Basketball Team, D'Tigress, Owe Each Player $4,900 Allowances

She added that none of the D’Tigress team members would show up in camp in preparation for the February 2022 FIBA World Cup if the Nigerian government failed to pay them.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development have been accused of failing to distribute $100,000 (N41.1million) allowances donated by three banks to Nigeria’s women basketball team for their Tokyo 2020 Olympic participation.

Speaking with SaharaReporters, a member of the senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, revealed that their allowances, bonuses, training grant worth $4,900 had also not been paid.

She added that none of the D’Tigress team members would show up in camp in preparation for the February 2022 FIBA World Cup if the Nigerian government failed to pay them.

She said, “The last time we checked, some of our allowances, bonuses and training grants have not been paid. All our accounts numbers have been submitted but still no remittance. Donations made by banks for players, officials, volunteer stipends etc. dating all the way back to 2018 but I will let the managers address the vendor/contractor’s situation.

“They forget we all have a relationship and do communicate; $500 each 2018 FIBA World Cup for players and officials; $1,000 each for finishing final 8 in FIBA World Cup; $1,000 each bonus for winning AfroBasket in Senegal for 2019 players and officials.

“$300 - $400 each Mozambique Olympic Qualifier allowance balance, were supposed to be paid $100 per day; $2,000 each training grant balance from Tokyo Olympics, players only. The $100,000 donated by three Nigerian banks to all the players and officials that made D’Tigress Olympics qualification possible final roster. The men also got $100,000 assigned to them, the total was $200,000.

“Miscellaneous expenses by players and officials; the full breakdown has been submitted to the outgoing Basket Ball President and the honourable minister, Sunday Dare.

“With all due respect to the association leadership, the Presidency, the Ministry and NBBF administration old and new, if these monies are not paid before the next qualifier of the next tournament in February 2022, FIBA World Cup, the entire D’Tigress team will not show up in camp. We are all saying this as one unit and one voice.”

On the poor outing of the team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic, she said, “Whoever watched the Olympics games and knows Nigerian Basketball could see that something was wrong. We didn’t play our best because we weren’t treated or given the best during one of the greatest stages and moments of an Athletes career.

“Yes, we had some injuries, could have executed better but there were a lot of distractions around us like; Not knowing who we have available on the team. Not having enough practice time with each other to build cohesiveness.

“Our head coach did not prioritize adequate preparation nor trust his staff enough to delegate significant responsibility. Poor decision by the outgoing President Musa Kida, he avoided the D’Tigress in camp because we inquired about our money amongst other basic things, when he made it to the U.S, he bypassed us in Atlanta to Vegas to support the men’s team. He did not support us with any leadership personnel.

“I believe each player that has been a part of D’Tigress since 2017 has their own thoughts and feelings about the dissolved NBBF Board and coaching staff over the course of the time. It is evident that our voices haven’t been heard, our request for little things ignored, we are not being celebrated and recognized as this team deserves, instead allowances and bonuses are being owed by the NBBF and Ministry.

“Once again, not having a General Manager (GM) on the team created unwanted disorder. This was the icing on the cake for all players with the emotional buildup over the years. We knew all we could do is stick together, try to stay positive and enjoy the Olympics the best that we could. As a team, we know if we were well prepared to play in the Olympics, that there would be no doubt we could have advanced out of our bracket. To our loyal Fans that has been by our side, we appreciate you all.”

http://saharareporters.com/2021/10/12/exposed-how-nigerian-officials-diverted-100000-meant-women-basketball-team-dtigress-owe

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Politics / Desist From Using My Name For Cheap Political Clout–Hon. Mohammed Gololo by okrote4real: 3:42pm On Oct 11
Desist From Using My Name For Cheap Political Clout–Hon. Mohammed Gololo Warns Garus


A former member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Gamawa constituency of Bauchi State, Hon. Mohammed Garba Gololo has called on Nigerians to disassociate themselves from one hungry looking politician chasing clout and using his name to draw controversies in the polity.

Gololo made this known while interacting with some journalists at the Airport on his way to Bauchi where some Journalists ran into him because they equally saw the publication and wanted clarification, which he agreed to have been receiving phone calls on the said issue.

According to him, he has been getting calls from people across the federation and his political party about his statement against the government which he wasn't aware of.

The journalists who requested for clarification from the humble lawmaker wanted to know if he was behind the publications.

In his response, he explained that he's known with the name Gololo and the said person (Garus) decided to use his name Gololo to attain a mischievous aim.

He further stressed that the said Garus Gololo has been parading himself on social media with the intent of bringing de-satisfactions amongst his political cliques.

"I woke up one morning seeing my image on a post by Naija News and Daily Post alleging that I made the statement. They have to double check their facts because I won't take it likely with anyone trying to use my image or name for their mischievous aims," Gololo explained.

Hon.Garba Gololo who has been working tirelessly to improve the lives of his constituents even as an ex member has shown his philanthropic gestures won't diminish easily.

Mohammed Garba Gololo also hinted that plans are also on the way to organize a workshop and empowerment programme for some youths in his constituency to improve their way of livelyhood.

Politics / Older Youth Leaders Should Relinquish Powers To Youths –Amb. Coomassie by okrote4real: 11:14pm On Oct 06
The United Nations SDG Ambassador and continental director general, Advocacy For Good Governance and Social Justice Network, Amb. (Dr) Hussaini H. Coomassie has advised Nigerian youths to be more focused on taking over the political mantle by showing more interest in politics and participating in the various electioneering processes rather than instigating de-satisfactions amongst themselves.


Coomassie made this known while speaking with some selected journalists at launching of a book titled "Politics That Works" written by Sen. Babafemi Ojudu and Mr Alex James.

He said though the youths constitute almost 75 per cent of the population in Nigeria which makes them the jugular vein and lifeline of our society,he stressed that they play a vital role in Nigeria's today's democracy.

He said: "It's very unfortunate that in Nigeria and indeed Africa, we have a population of largely uneducated, ill tutored and uninformed youths, these youths have in recent times become more and more susceptible to being manipulated by the politicians into rigging elections, political thuggery and all sorts of social vices.

They have simply been used as political weapons over the years. Our youths are over ambitious and too desperate for power, without much needed experiences, having forgotten that success is a process and no stage can be skipped," he stated.

Amb. Hussaini Coomassie further explained that because of laziness, greed and over ambition, the youths have blindly latched on to the mantra that they are the leaders of tomorrow just to justify their indolence.

"Indeed, life they often said is a learning process and for you to be served you must serve first," he explained.

He further tasked the youths to be willing to learn to pay their dues and definitely not to expect overnight successes.

"The government cannot provide employment for all the teeming youths in our country, so the youths must recognise other avenues (private business) and take advantage of the Buhari mass empowerment programme, under the able leadership of our dear vice president, Professor (Pastor) Yemi Osinbajo GCON and grab enormous opportunities towards being self employed/self reliant.

"2023 is around the corner , I will like to seize this opportunity to advice our youths to play sensitive roles in the democratisation process, by conducting themselves in the true light of liberal participation in politics from the grassroots and walking their way up the ladder of political participation. It's surely in doing that and in starting with a baby steps of occupying leadership positions such as councillors, LG chairmanship, State Houses of Assembly, NASS etc where they will showcase their talents in political offices in the near future. I therefore urge all the Nigerian youths to start preparing for their future now and stop deceiving themselves of taking it from the top," he concluded.

DR. Coomassie also adviced the so-called outgrown youth leaders, that refused to relinquish powers to their younger ones, even at age 50/55years to start with themselves by vacating their respective seats to allow their younger ones takes over, "Change Begins With Me And You People Please."

Politics / It's Time For Youths To Strategise,chart A Course For Their Generation–Sen Ojodu by okrote4real: 9:57pm On Oct 06
It's Time For Youths To Strategise, Chart A Course For Their Generation–Senator Babafemi Ojudu

The special adviser to the president on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu has called on Nigerian youths to desist from peddling fake news and promoting hate amongst themselves on social media, instead they should channel their effort entrenching unity and peaceful coexistence.

He made this known at the presentation of a book tilted ‘Politics That Works’ on October 4, 2021 at the Nigeria Army Resource Center, Asokoro.

According to him, he explained that this is the time for the new generation to fight!
" You are fighting hard on the social media. Yes, we can see that. Many of you are full of anger that you have almost been consumed by abusing everybody and throwing tantrums . Many of you have even gone as far as denigrating , hating and cursing your country Nigeria. Some have lost hope completely and talking about the ‘second option’ . A number of others are withdrawing to their ethnic cocoon , brewing hate, and weaving lies, sewing seeds of discord, manufacturing fakery, reaching out to the depth of the sewage to look for heroes.

"This cannot be right. Anger solves no problem. It will only lead to despondency and frustration. It is time to take a new approach. A positive one that will be beneficial to all.

"It is time for today’s youth to take the right tools, with the right understanding and strategy to chart a course for their generation. We believe the struggle, after Independence, after Democracy, is a struggle for Development! The responsibility is on the young generation, the incoming leaders, to hand over a developed nation, in the league of first world countries, to their children.


"This book makes an attempt at providing a strategic way for young people to play around the current obstacles and attain political office without compromising their values,"he advised.

Politics / Groups Hail C’river North APC Leadership Over Zoning Chairmanship Position by okrote4real: 10:39am On Oct 05
Groups Hail C’River North APC Leadership Over Zoning Chairmanship Position To Yala LGA

...as stakeholders commend South South leader, Gov Ayade

Ahead of 2023 general elections, support groups under the auspices of Cross River North Empowerment and Justice (CRNEJ) Initiative, Monday, hailed leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Cross River North Senatorial district over zoning chairmanship position to Yala Local Government Area of the State.

This was contained in a statement signed by the National Convener, CRNEJ Initiative, Comrade Ebriku John Friday, where they made their position and support known by assuring that they will always stand with decisions that would make the party remain in power as far as 2023 is concerned.

The statement expressed optimism that zoning positions will go a long way to unite the party and also make the party stronger in any elections.

It will be recalled that on the heels of arriving on the decision to zone the chairmanship position of the APC Chairmanship position in Cross River State to the northern senatorial district, a crucial meeting by party stakeholders from the Northern Senatorial District of the APC was recently hosted by Member Representing Bekwarra/Obudu/Obanliku Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Legor Idagbo, in his country home of Ijibor, Ugboro ward in Bekwarra Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Following an earlier strategic meeting where State Executive Committee positions of the party were zoned to the three Senatorial Districts, the leaders of the party in the Northern Senatorial District in the meeting zoned the available 10 positions to the five local Government Areas of the district.

The zoning was as follows Yala LGA; State Chairman, and Ex – Officio; Ogoja LGA; State Organizing Secretary, and State Assistant Auditor; Bekwarra LGA; State Vice Chairman North.; State Assistant Secretary; Obudu LGA; State Welfare Secretary, and Senatorial Youth Leader; and Obanliku LGA; State Legal Adviser, and Senatorial Woman Leader.

The statement expressed optimism that zoning positions will go a long way to unite the party and also make the party stronger in any elections.

The statement reads in part, “We hail the peaceful and mature way leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Cross River State Chapter is handling issues ahead of the State Congress.

“We hail the wise and amicable decision of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Cross River North Senatorial District over zoning chairmanship position to Yala Local Government Area.

“This is indeed welcomed because it is a step in the right direction we as support groups throw our weight behind the leaders of the party at the ward, local government and state levels for this resolution without any rancor.

They also commended leader of the party in the South South geopolitical zone and Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, "for carrying every member of the party along, which also stakeholders have given commendation to His Excellency’s wisdom and leadership style of inclusion."

Meanwhile, the groups also appreciated the effort of the Edoma-Egbama led Committee, “We support the zoning decision by the Edoma-Egba-led committee after doing a thorough job to constitute a State Executive Committee.

“We believe that the 17-member committee as constituted and inaugurated on the 21st of September, 2021 under the leadership of Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, with the mandate given to them to macro-zone all the positions to the three senatorial districts of Cross River State has done well and we are optimistic that this will go a long way to ensure power remains in the hands of our great party.”
Politics / Anti-open Grazing Law: FG Backs Herders’ by okrote4real: 8:09am On Oct 04
Anti-open grazing law: FG backs herders’ planned suit against South govs, police differ on enforcement

By Friday Olokor, Deji Lambo, Edward Nnachi, Dennis Naku, Bola Bamigbola, Peter Dada and Daud Olatunji

The Federal Government on Sunday threw its weight behind moves by herdsmen to sue southern governors over the anti-open grazing bill they recently signed into law.

The Special Assistant (Media) to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu, who disclosed this in an interview with The PUNCH, said Nigerians whose rights had been violated could go to court to seek protection.

Gwandu stated this as state police commands on Sunday differed on the enforcement of the law.

While Ebonyi and Osun state police commands told our correspondents that they would enforce the law, a source in the Lagos State Police Command stated that the police would only provide protection to the enforcement team of the state.

The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Friday Eboka, on his part said he had not seen a copy of the state anti-open grazing law.

But a top police officer told one of our correspondents that it would be difficult for state commands to enforce the law without the support of force headquarters.

Most southern states, including Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently, Delta and Ogun states, signed the anti-open grazing bill into law.


The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group, while reacting to the passage of the law in the southern states, described it as ‘satanic’ and ‘politically motivated,’ adding that it would sue the governors over the law.

The National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group, Selah Alhassan, told Sunday PUNCH, threatened that the group would sue the southern governors.

Gwandu, in an interview with one of our correspondents, stated, “The rights trampled upon are individual rights of Nigerians as constitutionally guaranteed.

“The Nigerians whose rights are violated reserve the right to approach the court for the protection of such rights within the context of freedom of movement among others. It will be viewed with that consideration in mind.”

Anti-open grazing: We’ll arrest, prosecute offenders, say Ebonyi police
In Ebonyi State, the state Police Command says it will arrest and prosecute violators of the anti-open grazing law in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Aliyu Garba, stated this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents in Abakaliki, on Sunday.

When asked if the police would enforce the law, Garba asked, “Why not? We will arrest and prosecute offenders. Come with a complaint and see whether it is not going to be attended to.”


Also, the Ogun State Police Command said that it was ready to implement the anti-open grazing law in the state as soon as possible.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said this in a chat with one of our correspondents in Abeokuta.

When asked when the police would begin the implementation, Oyeyemi said, “We will begin as soon as possible.”

We’ll enforce open-grazing prohibition law better than police – Rivers vigilante
A popular vigilante group in Rivers State, Diobu Security Service, also said it would enforce the law.

The Chairman of the Diobu vigilante, Prince Amatari who said during an interview with one of our correspondents said the group would enforce the law better than the police because of its presence in the rural areas.


“We have said that the security architecture should be decentralised because the responsibility of the police is much.

“And the police have not been able to effectively carry out their duties because the entire nation relies on them. If arrests are made by other security agencies, including the Army, they take such persons to the police.”


I haven’t seen the law – Rivers CP
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka said, “They (the state government) have not passed the law to us. I have not seen it.”

Asked if the command was ready to enforce anti-open grazing law in the state, Osun Police Command said as law enforcers, it was duty bound to enforce any law made by the government.

The spokesperson for the command, Yemisi Opalola, said police in the state would enforce any law made.

She said, “We are law enforcers. Our duty is to enforce the law made by the government. We will enforce any law made by government in the state.”

Lagos police will only provide security for enforcement team – Source
Reacting to the readiness of the police command in enforcing the anti-open grazing law in Lagos State, a police source said the responsibility of the police was to provide security for the enforcement team established by the state government to enforce the law.

“There is an enforcement team to be established by the state government to enforce the law and when the enforcement team is established, the police will provide security during enforcement.

“The enforcement team is going to be trained and empowered by the state government, and a place like a ranch will also be established to keep the cows until the fine is paid.


“But the job of the police is to give protection to the enforcement team during enforcement of the law in the state. The enforcement team has not been established, it is when the team is established that enforcement will be in full swing,” the source said.

Enforcement has begun, culprit arrested – Ondo Amotekun
The Ondo State Command of the Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun stated that enforcement of the state anti-open grazing law had commenced as some herders and cows had been arrested and dealt with according to the law.

The state Commander of the corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said a number of cows and herders had been arrested and they were made to pay fine and signed an undertaking not to violate the law again.

He said “After the law has been signed, we arrested over 180 cows, together with some herders. We have a number of herders that have been arrested we are making them to comply with the enacted law which stipulates penalty for defaulting herders.

“The position of the law is that, if they choose to go to court, we would implement the law as it is stated, which stipulates the minimum of N100, 000 fine or three years imprisonment.”



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Politics / Cornflakes For Jihad: The Boko Haram Origin Story by okrote4real: 8:57am On Oct 03
"Nigeria's organised Islamic terrorism problem did not start in 2009. It's a lot more insidious than you think."

By David Hundeyin

In May 2021, a 96 year-old businessman died in Rome, Italy. In his lifetime, Ahmed Idris Nasreddin might have amassed a personal fortune of close to half a billion dollars, but the death of NASCO Group’s multimillionaire founder barely made the news. At first glance, the only extraordinary thing about his life story was that it embodied the African entrepreneurship dream.

Nasreddin was an Eritrean who moved to Jos in Nigeria’s Plateau State, and grew his father’s small manufacturing business into a $460 million conglomerate involved in everything from breakfast cereal and confectionery to pharmaceuticals, real estate and energy. After many years of growth and success, he eventually handed his sprawling business empire over to his son Attia Nasreddin, and retired at an old, satisfied age.


In an official statement released after Nasreddin’s death in March, Plateau State governor Simon Lalong said:

“NASCO has over the years remained a major employer of labour in Plateau and continues to contribute to the economic prosperity of the State and Nigeria at large through tax revenue and corporate social responsibility.”

Well that was the cover story, anyway.

In reality, as is so often the case in Nigeria, the gap between the facts and the information released to the public is so wide as to be scarcely believable. What on earth could this shrewd, respectable businessman who looked like he could not hurt a fly have done, to put him in the same article as a story about the world’s deadliest terrorist organisation? Why would the brand he built, which to many Nigerians evokes memories of a beloved childhood breakfast staple, appear in the same sentence as Boko Haram?

To answer these questions, our story begins on another continent in 1955, some 8 years before his father would move to Nigeria and establish NASCO Group.

A Scholar From Zamfara
The year is 1955, and a 33 year-old Islamic scholar from Gummi in modern day Zamfara State has made his way to Mecca for his first Hajj pilgrimage. Alongside him is a certain Ahmadu Bello, who is the Premier of Northern Nigeria. During this trip, the scholar impresses both Ahmadu Bello and the Saudi King Sa’ud with his Arabic translation skills. He rapidly makes a big impression on many locals and clerics in Mecca.

These relationships will later become his most valuable asset following the events that take place after his subsequent return to Nigeria. Upon returning to Nigeria, he takes up positions teaching Arabic Studies at Islamic schools in Kano and Kaduna. His style of teaching focuses on educating his students about the differences between Islamic religious doctrine and local customs. Based on his strict Sunni understanding of the Qur’an, he teaches his students to adopt a ‘pure’ Islamic identity at the expense of practises that he considered bid’ah (roughly translated as ‘innovation’ or ‘corruption’).

What is a bidah? | Hadith quotes, Islamic teachings, Islamic messages
He also becomes the first Islamic scholar to translate the Qur’an from Arabic into Hausa, which puts him in a uniquely influential position comparable to that of Ajayi Crowther in 19th century southwestern Nigeria. Using this leverage, he becomes an increasingly powerful figure in Northern Nigeria, with his essentialist views on Islamic doctrine gaining popularity. To him, the existing Sufi orders of Northern Nigeria are polluted with bid’ah and unfit for purpose. He becomes well known for attacking the Tijaniya and Qadriyya brotherhoods during his appearances on Radio Kaduna, while advocating for a ‘return’ to ‘Islamic purity.’

Following the death of his friend and benefactor Ahmadu Bello, the scholar finds himself in a precarious situation. The new Nigerian federal government led by soldiers has a motive to crack down on anyone who is outspoken and influential. He may be a giant in Northern Nigeria, but he is a giant with feet of clay. His solution is to seek financial, doctrinal and political help from his friends in Mecca. The Saudis, as always, are ready to help.

His Saudi backers are keen to use him to espouse the Saudi Arabian state’s official interpretation of Islam, which is based on the work of 18th century Islamic scholar Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab. This fundamentalist doctrine, often known as Wahabbism fits very closely with the teachings of our hero in Northern Nigeria, and he enthusiastically sets about gathering support for this new Saudi-funded project. In the 2009 book ‘The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia,’ historian David Commins says:

“The [Saudi-funded Muslim World] League also sent missionaries to West Africa, where it funded schools, distributed religious literature and gave scholarships to attend Saudi religious universities. These efforts bore fruit in Nigeria's Muslim northern region with the creation of a movement (the Izala Society) dedicated to wiping out ritual innovations. Essential texts for members of the Izala Society are Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab's treatise of God's unity and commentaries by his grandsons.


Reaching out to his erstwhile students across Kaduna and Kano over the course of the 1970s, the scholar-turned-politician slowly builds a coalition of strategically-aligned individuals who will someday become very powerful people in Northern Nigeria. In 1978, one of his prominent students, Sheikh Ismaila Idris takes charge of this increasingly powerful but somewhat unofficial movement, and calls it Jama'atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus Sunnah (Society of Removal of Innovation and Re-establishment of the Sunnah), also known as JIBWIS.

Based in Jos and known colloquially as the Izala Movement, this organisation will go on to become the most influential Islamic body in Nigeria over the next few decades. Its members will become some of Nigeria’s most revered Imams and clerics. They will achieve high ranks in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

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They will sit on the Federal Executive Council.

Pantami threatens legal action over allegation of Boko Haram link
JIBWIS will come to exert a level of influence over Nigeria’s national politics and governance that is unprecedented for a religious body in Nigeria. Soon, it will become almost impossible to achieve power in many parts of Northern Nigeria without identifying with the Izala Movement.

Among other things, the scholar states that Muslims should never accept a non-Muslim as ruler, which can be interpreted as a call for insurrection against a Christian Nigerian president. He is never held to account for this statement. In any case, he no longer believes that writing books or teaching people about Islam will on their own, lead to an Islamic renaissance in Northern Nigeria. Now he is all about partnership and politicking. He maintains his membership in Northern Nigeria’s legacy Islamic group, Jama'atu Nasril Islam (“Group for the Victory of Islam”), but he is unmistakably the beating heart of the new Izala Movement. To all intents and purposes, this is the birth of modern Salafist Islam in Nigeria.

Without firing a shot or winning an election, this Islamic scholar has become one of the most powerful men in Northern Nigeria

His name?


Continue reading on the link bellow:
https://westafricaweekly.substack.com/p/cornflakes-for-jihad-the-boko-haram

Politics / VIDEO: Nigerian Protesters Slap Top Government Official In US by okrote4real: 6:36am On Oct 03
VIDEO: Nigerian Protesters Slap Top Government Official In US For Meddling In Anti-Buhari Protests

Some Nigerian protesters have been captured in a video slapping a top government official believed to be one of those who accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States.

The official was harassed and slapped by the anti-Buhari protesters for meddling in the demonstrations and trying to dissuade the protesters.

The video, obtained by SaharaReporters, showed the moment the official, clad in a blue suit, was scolded by the protesters, as he tried to convince them to leave the scene of the demonstrations.

WATCH: Nigerian Protesters Slap Top Government Official In US For Meddling In Anti-Buhari Protests pic.twitter.com/OezJGunych

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) October 2, 2021
The official, whose identity could not yet be ascertained, was seen approaching the protesters and shouting “I’m for One Nigeria” but he was resisted as the angry agitators shouted him down and eventually slapped him, for pushing one of them.

Meanwhile, in a video obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday, the official standing in the way of the anti-Buhari’s government protesters was humiliated as he yelled, “I am for One Nigeria.”

One of the agitators then told the government official, “Mention three streets in the North. Get out. If you are for one Nigeria, go home. Go home. Go home. Go back to Nigeria and dress like this and let them see you. I just came back from Nigeria. Look at you, go and sit down.”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCDNDqPdIsw

He was, however, slapped when he forced himself on the protesters and pushed one of them, which made the person filming to shout the more as he threatened to beat up the official.

Another protester said, “Respect yourself. You’re a useless man; such an unfortunate fellow. You’re a citizen, I’m a citizen too. We’ll beat you and nothing will happen.”

SaharaReporters had reported last week how three groups stormed the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States to stage protests as Buhari attended to address at the UN General Assembly, an event held for a week.

Two groups were in the US to protest against the ills of Buhari’s government while one was organised by a pro-Buhari clique to stand against his critics.

One of the groups, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, is headed by Yoruba Historian, Prof Banji Akintoye.

Also, activists under the aegis of TakeItBack Movement who mobilised for a protest at UN headquarters in New York were there to lay out their demands.

Meanwhile, a third group 'One Nigeria Group,’ was there, after the members were allegedly paid to express their support for the nation’s leader while promoting the concept of unity in diversity.

The renowned historian had accused the Nigerian government of sponsoring the counter-protest at UN headquarters, alleging that black foreigners living in the United States of America were “hired at $500 per head.”

http://saharareporters.com/2021/10/02/video-nigerian-protesters-slap-top-government-official-us-meddling-anti-buhari-protests

Politics / Senator Arise Clocks 65 On Tuesday by okrote4real: 12:49pm On Oct 02
Businessman, politician and philanthropist, Senator Sylvester Ayodele Arise will be 65 on Tuesday, October 5. He was born October 5,1956.
He was elected into the Senate in 2007 on the platform of the People's Democratic Party, where he represented Ekiti North Senatorial district.
He served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation and also served in the Committees on Local and Foreign Debts, Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions. He was instrumental to the Establishment of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, having
proposed the Bill while he was in the 6th National Assembly.
Before his foray into politics, Senator Arise has etched his footprints as a successful entrepreneur.
In the United States, he established a Computer Training Institute. In 2000, he launched Cards Technology Limited, which supplies MTel GSM recharge cards. He also launched Card Plant Limited for producing and supplying magnetic and chip cards, International Payment Devices Limited for manufacturing and distribution of ATMs, and Fortune Games for GSM Lotto.
A graduate of the Polytechnic Ibadan, where he earned a Diploma in Urban & Regional Planning, he obtained an M.Sc Urban & Regional Planning from Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama USA in 1984. and is an A+ Certified Computer Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional.
Married to Chief (Mrs) Adebisi Arise, the matrimonial is blessed with three promising children: Moyo, Seye and Bowo.

Celebrities / Re: Dj Cuppy Went On A Blind Date To Look For A Life Partner And Was Surprised by okrote4real: 7:01pm On Oct 01
Rubbish.
Politics / Shekh Gumi: Bandits Deserve Respect, Empathy, They Have Children, Families by okrote4real: 6:54pm On Oct 01
Bandits Deserve Respect, Empathy, They Have Children, Families – Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Gumi


Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has urged security operatives to stop killing bandits that are ravaging villages, abducting schoolchildren and killing Nigerians.

The controversial cleric asked that they should rather be respected and accorded human rights.

“The bandits also have empathy as we have; they have families, children. The first step is to use psychology on them. They aired their grievances and are ready to change.

“They should be respected and should be given all the human rights everybody has,” Gumi said Thursday at a peace conference by the Center for the Advancement of Human Dignity and Value held at Arewa House in Kaduna.

The controversial self-appointed mediator to assist in finding a solution to banditry, Gumi, said Nigeria will spend less to enlighten bandits than it is spending on arms and ammunition, Peoples Gazette reports.

“Some are suggesting killing them. All because they are killing. For three year’s you have spent $1 billion, and now you need another $1 billion. But, I said one-third of that will enlighten them, and they will stop killing. Have you tried it? Nobody tried it,” Gumi said.

Contrary to Gumi’s stance, Katsina Governor Aminu Masari said he bemoans that bandits have continued with their criminal activities despite being granted amnesty.

In several coordinated attacks, the criminals have kidnapped hundreds across North-East states, forcing school closure in Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Zamfara at different points.

In July, bandits bombed a Nigerian Air Force jet in Zamfara and attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna in August, killing two and abducting a Major.

http://saharareporters.com/2021/10/01/bandits-deserve-respect-empathy-they-have-children-families-%E2%80%93-islamic-cleric-sheikh-gumi

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Politics / BREAKING: Independence Day Protesters Commence #revolutionnow #buharimustgo by okrote4real: 7:47am On Oct 01
Some Nigerians have commenced #RevolutionNow and #BuhariMustGo protest in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city on the country's Independence Day anniversary.

Early on Friday morning, October 1, the protesters could be seen chanting and displaying banners and placards saying 'Buhari Must Go'.


Nigeria is marking its 61st Independence anniversary on October 1 this year.

Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore had on Thursday Nigerians to protest across the country on independence day to reject President Muhammadu Buhari.

The activist was reacting to a statement released by a presidential aide Femi Adesina on Thursday titled 'October Independence Anniversary: President Buhari to broadcast to the Nation'.

"I am urging all citizens and non citizens of Nigeria to boycott @MBuhari’s national “INDEPENDENCE DAY” broadcast scheduled for tomorrow, instead you should partake in protests across d country tomorrow to reject this man,the Failure-In-Chief of the Federal Republic #BuhariMustGo https:///HbEQ0lpyPV," he said on Twitter.

PHOTONEWS: #BuhariMustGo Rocks Nigeria’s Capital City, Abuja #October1stProtest #RevolutionNow #IndependenceDay2021 #IndependenceDay #NigeriaAt61 pic.twitter.com/SdopnEQ8iX

— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) October 1, 2021
On Facebook, the activist posted," What is this Failure-In-Chief going to broadcast to the country? #RevolutionNow #October1stProtest #BuhariMustGo."

http://saharareporters.com/2021/10/01/breaking-independence-day-protesters-commence-revolutionnow-buharimustgo-protest-abuja

Celebrities / Dangote Ex-lover To Reveal Their Love Affairs by okrote4real: 7:09am On Oct 01
Aliko Dangote, A Nigeria Billionaire's ex-lover Allarounda, who was sued for revealing her relationship with the business mogul has revealed she would be spitting everything that transpired in her relationship with him as the case was struck out by the court.

Politics / Read President Mohammadu Buhari Nigeria@61 Speech by okrote4real: 6:55am On Oct 01
SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI DELIVERED AT THE CLOSING EDITION OF NIGERIA@60 ACTIVITIES HELD AT THE BANQUET HALL, PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, ASO ROCK, ABUJA ON THURSDAY, 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2021

Protocols

I am very delighted to be addressing you today as we conclude the activities marking our sixtieth anniversary celebration as a Nation. Looking at the activities lined up for today’s event gives me a great deal of comfort that no matter the challenges we face as we go through the Nation building process, we would always come out better.

2. Nigeria is undoubtedly a blessed nation with abundant human and natural resources underpinned by a very rich socio – cultural diversity which needs to be positively harnessed to forge a greater Nigeria.

3. For this diversity to translate into positive gains that would ensure an inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth requires that we Nigerians consistently embrace the ethics and values that unite us in spite of our diversity, appreciate our individual and collective role in nation – building and forging ahead as a people with a common vision as a strong and indivisible nation.

4. For me, this is the key message of today’s activities. Today’s event is anchored on the importance of our discovering our great Nation TOGETHER and not discovering it in our individual spaces as we are wont to do. I am sure some of us have gone through the various stands at this venue and as we went through the Discover Nigeria pavilion, we must have been struck with not only the beauty but also the intensity of the common strands running through our culture.

5. As we all march towards building the Nigeria of our dreams, Government will continue to provide the enabling environment for citizens to achieve their dreams while we count on their support to make Nigeria a better place for all.

6. We must all come together to propagate a new and positive narrative that Nigeria is ready to harness her own resources to become a global player in commerce, governance, arts, sports and other fields of endeavour.

7. Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to emphasize that, for the attainment of any sustainable development, unity is important. Let us unite as a nation and be irrevocably committed to one indivisible Nigeria.

8. I am, therefore, very excited to be unveiling the book “Discover Nigeria” because it broadly makes the case why we should always be positive about our country.

9. As I look round this hall and marvel at the scenery, I feel the more challenged to keep my word in my 2021 Democracy Day speech “My commitment to bequeathing a sustainable democratic culture remains resolute, my pursuit of a fair society remains unshaken and my desire to see that Nigeria remains a country for each and every one of us has never been stronger”

10. I will like to also congratulate the Inter-Ministerial Committee of Nigeria at 60 that have put all these wonderful displays together.

11. Finally, I wish to congratulate all the awardees of today’s event and to encourage Nigerians to work hard in our respective callings to make sure that we bequeath a better country for those coming after us.

12. This award is unique, not only to the recipients but to the Nation as it marks a significant epoch in our Nation’s history, just like the Centenary awards. Being different from the Nigerian National Merit Award, it has given us another opportunity to encourage Nigerians that individual achievements would always be rewarded.

13. As we close the sixtieth anniversary celebrations today and look forward to the beginning of a better, brighter and greater Nigeria come tomorrow, when we begin our sixty first year as a Nation, it is my hope that our march to unity and greatness gathers momentum.

14. Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Business / Santuscom Secures Over $1.2m Facilities From CBN, Boi, Suntrust, NIRSAL by okrote4real: 3:46pm On Sep 28
Food Production: Santuscom Secures Over $1.2m Facilities From CBN, BoI, SunTrust, NIRSAL

An agribusiness giant, Santuscom Agro Investment Company Limited, Tuesday, disclosed securing $1.2 million facilities from Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Bank of Industry, BoI, SunTrust Bank, and Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing system for Agricultural Lending, NIRSAL, to boost food production.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Managing Director, Santuscom Agro Investment Company Limited, Chief Paul Ofana.

Ofana also said the company signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with CBN, BoI, SunTrust Bank, and NIRSAL Microfinance Bank to access the facilities.

According to him, the BoI/SunTrust facility is for procurement of equipment, plant and accessories for complete rice milling plant of 60 tonnes per day, which is put to the tune of over N300 million.

Santuscom Agro Investment Company Limited is the producer of the popular Ogoja Rice.

He said: “Santuscom Agro Investment Company Limited, the producers of our popular Ogoja Rice have secured and signed an investment deal with the Bank of Industry (BoI) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the Anchor Borrowers Programme to the tune of $1.2 million, which is equivalent of over N761.9 million.

“The investment from Bank of Industry through the SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited is to upscale our rice processing factory to package and process a 60 tonnes per day and five tonnes per hour per boiling mill.

“While the N460 million is secured from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme through the NIRSAL Microfinance Bank to finance 2,000 hectares  rice field in Okpoma, Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.

He also expressed optimism that, “These facilities are not just going to impact in few months but the facilities that will impact positively in the agro industrialization of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and also help support the food security initiative of the government.”

Meanwhile, the Santuscom boss assured that, “It will create employment and wealth for our teeming youths, because a lot of them are going to be engaged in activities in our farm and in the entire value chain.

“It is also going to support the Government’s food security effort, and also improve our export, because part of the agreement is to export to nearby African countries, which is going to earn us some foreign exchange into the country as well.

“So it's a huge boost in the agricultural value chain, especially in the rice sub-sector and our target in the next couple of months is to crash the price of rice, which is one of the stable foods in Nigeria. And all these are hugely encouraged by the government intervention in agriculture.

On the issue of the current high prices of rice in the market, he said, “Our target is to crash the price of rice and make it affordable and available for Nigerians to get vitamised Ogoja Rice in the nearest shop and market.”

Music/Radio / Breaking News: R. Kelly Guilty In Federal Sex Crimes Trial by okrote4real: 9:15pm On Sep 27
R. Kelly has just been found guilty on all counts in his federal sex crimes trial ... and could be staring down life in prison.

The jury started deliberating on Friday afternoon, had the weekend off, and took about half the day on Monday to reach its verdict on 9 federal counts ... including racketeering, sex crimes, human trafficking, obstruction of justice and kidnapping.

The trial wrapped a little over a month after it began ... with the prosecution calling far more witnesses than the defense. Kelly's team only called 5 witnesses over a couple of days. Kelly himself never took the stand.

https://www.tmz.com/2021/09/27/r-kelly-verdict-guilty-federal-sex-crimes-trial-brooklyn/

Politics / Nasiru Haladu Danu Is Sponsor Of Pro-Buhari Protest In New York - SR by okrote4real: 7:59pm On Sep 27
BUSTED: Sponsor Of Pro-Buhari Protest In New York Identified As Businessman And All Progressives Congress Party Chieftain, Nasiru Danu

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nasiru Haladu Danu sponsored the pro-President Muhammadu Buhari protest which was recently held in New York, United States, SaharaReporters gathered.

Danu was said to have single-handedly ensured the payment of $50 per hour to over 50 men and women who came out for the rally.

"The 'One Nigeria' protest which is pro-Buhari was funded by Nasiru Danu. He funded all the Pro-Buhari hired crowd at the United Nations General Assembly in New York," a source told SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters also got the copy of a mail written by one of the organisers of the protest titled, ‘I need 50 people men and women for tomorrow morning 50$ a hour (sic) (Midtown East)'.

It reads: “Good evening, I need 50 people men and women, preferably black, to come support and cheer for a black government official at the United Nations headquarters on midtown East Manhattan at exactly 11.30am. The whole gig will be around a hour (sic) and a half to 2 hours, you'll be compensated on the spot by me 50 dollars a hour. Text or call me asap if interested 7184130053 for more details, bring more people if you can please. See you all tomorrow.”

Checks by SaharaReporters showed that the phone number attached to the email belongs to one Ogundare Olukemi who is said to be based in New York, United States.

From further checks, the main sponsor, Danu had over time identified as a die-hard Buhari loyalist and has enjoyed the support of the Buhari administration.

His flagship company, Casiva, which is also into security, civil and mechanical construction, supply, and procurement, was listed among the 15 consortia/companies awarded the 2019/2020 contracts for the exchange of crude oil for imported petroleum products by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Information about Casiva Limited on its website reads: “Casiva Limited is an indigenous company offering services in Procurement, Project Management and Logistics, committed to delivering Solutions and Services for Construction, Oil & Gas Industries, Security equipment, and accessories; as a total solution provider for all your security requirements."

SaharaReporters learnt that in 2016, Danu’s company was awarded a contract for the provision of pipeline security and maintenance services along the Kaduna-Kano and Zaria-Gusau segments.

Danu, was in March 2021 accused of conniving with some top officials of the Nigeria Customs Service to defraud the Nigerian government of N51 billion, meant to improve Customs revenue.

Danu is an arrowhead in what is now known in some quarters as President Muhammadu Buhari’s oil mafia group.

A source said the fraud, which implicates the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col Hameed Ali (rtd), was named “Revenue Assurance Fraud" by some officials of the agency.

He however denied the allegations through a March 6, 2021 letter to SaharaReporters by his lawyer, Bose Olanipekun of Wole Olanipekun & Co.

In 2019, Danu made headlines when he was reportedly arrested at Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom, for an alleged passport scam and money laundering.

He was reportedly caught with a fake Malta Passport and in his possession, more than £200,000.00 in cash.

Danu, who hails from Jigawa State, is currently the traditional title-holder of ‘Dan Amanar Dutse’ in the state.

Video Shows Alleged Recruitment Of Pro-Buhari Protesters

In a video seen by SaharaReporters, some Nigerians in the diaspora agitating for self-determination accuses the Pro-Buhari protesters of collecting $50 per hour.

They are heard explaining to the Pro-Buhari protesters that killings are going on in Nigeria as the protesters are seen going into a room and coming out with T-shirts.

They also appear like hired foreigners.

A voice could be heard saying, “They hired them for $50 per hour and gave them clothes. As you can see, they are doing the transaction inside that place.

“The ‘One Nigeria group' is giving clothes to these people inside that place.

“You can see that most of these people are not Nigerians, they were hired."

Another voice added, “Nigeria is a terrorist country, the government of Nigeria is killing people. The Nigerian government is a wicked government. It is tyrannical.”

The Pro-Buhari protesters, were however unbothered as they go in and out of the ‘transaction’ room.

This newspaper recalls a report from September 21 stating that pro-government Nigerian protesters who countered groups agitating for self-determination in New York, United States were paid $50 per hour.

One of the people involved in “the deal” told SaharaReporters that the “One Nigeria” protesters were promised $50 for one hour and $150 for three hours to be at the venue of the protest and to show support for the Buhari regime despite the glaring failures.

“One of the organisers of the fake 'One Nigeria' protest who bribed some Nigerians with the money is Haruna Bello,” a top source revealed to SaharaReporters.

Also, a woman confirmed that she was contacted by the organisers of the “One Nigeria” protest but she declined.

The source said the organisers requested a copy of the identity card of those who would be joining the protest which caused an uproar and made some people back out of the protest.

She said, “I was invited for the pro-Buhari protest. The organisers promised to pay $50 for one hour and we'll be there for three hours. The person did not know we are Oduduwa adherents; we played along as if we didn't understand him. He explained that he was given a contract to do it but yesterday, it became an issue.

“Nigerians who initially agreed later had an issue with the organisers because the organisers of the pro-Buhari protest said those who would join the protest must tender their ID cards, a copy would be made and taken to the Nigerian House but those ones refused because an ID card in America is very significant.

“With that, the organisers had to quickly go and look for any other Nigerian they saw or those who had no legal papers yet and who are in need of the $150, that they would take them to the venue. It was a staged protest. It was $50 an hour for three hours making it $150.”

Two Nigerian groups with conflicting ideologies confronted each other in New York over the President's visit.

The groups had converged at the Nigerian House on 42nd Street, 2nd Avenue, airing opposing views about the issues of insecurity in Nigeria and its unity.

The protest began as President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in New York for his scheduled activities for the United Nations General Assembly.

The One Nigeria group members carried placards on which were written, “Stronger together”, “Unity in diversity”, “Genocide in Eastern Nigeria plain propaganda”,


“Nigerians want national unity, not secession”, “Nigerian Christians not targets of genocide or ethnic cleansing”.

They were, however, opposed by some anti-Buhari protesters who had been organising protests for days calling for a referendum to determine the fate of the country.

The protesters who are calling for self-determination alleged that the members of the One Nigeria Group were “fake” Nigerians hired to display the country's flags and take pictures.

http://saharareporters.com/2021/09/27/busted-sponsor-pro-buhari-protest-new-york-identified-businessman-and-all-progressives

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Politics / PDP To APC: You Have Admitted To Wrecking The Naira by okrote4real: 5:37pm On Sep 26
September 26, 2021

Press Statement

PDP to APC: You Have Admitted to Wrecking the Naira

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the acceptance by the All
Progressives Congress (APC) that it retained a Central Bank of Nigeria
(CBN) Governor that allegedly supervised the sharing of money and
looting of our treasury, is an admission that it deliberately sabotaged
the economy and made life very difficult for Nigerians.

The PDP invites Nigerians to note the nerviness, uneasiness and tension
that have gripped the APC since the call for the resignation and
prosecution of the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, was brought to the
public, apparently for fear that such will definitely expose the
atrocities of APC leaders.

Our party insists that by the comments of the APC National Secretary,
Senator John Akpan Udoedehe, the APC deliberately kept a CBN Governor
that supposedly supervised the “sharing and looting” of monies in office
to enable APC leaders to pillage the CBN.

Akpan Udoedehe might want to be reminded that General Buhari, as he was
then known, had in his campaign, promised to fight corruption, yet he
retained a CBN Governor, who his party is now accusing of having
superintend over “sharing and looting” of funds in the CBN.

Is it not revealing that six years down the line, with the naira heavily
depreciated, the same CBN Governor, whom Akpan Udoedehe claimed to have
supervised the “sharing and looting” of monies in CBN is still in
office?

We call on the APC and the Buhari Presidency to come clean on their
activities in the CBN that has brought the value of our naira to her
knees and stop the horrible resort by the APC to blackmail those who are
demanding for transparency and accountability in the nation’s fiscal
sector.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
Politics / How Ex-immigration Boss, Babandede Promoted Northern Interests, Passport Racket by okrote4real: 9:06pm On Sep 24
How Nigeria's Ex-immigration Boss, Babandede Promoted Northern Interests, Passport Racketeering In Office — Report

How Nigeria's Ex-immigration Boss, Babandede Promoted Northern Interests, Passport Racketeering In Office — Report
According to the investigation published by West Africa Weekly, under Babandede's watch, deep-seated opacity was institutionalised at the Immigration office such that there was no transparency regarding staff pay scales, deductions and entitlements.


An investigation by David Hundeyin, Nigerian journalist, has revealed how Muhammad Babandede, immediate past Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, promoted passport racketeering and northern interests during his stay in office.


According to the investigation published by West Africa Weekly, under Babandede's watch, deep-seated opacity was institutionalised at the Immigration office such that there was no transparency regarding staff pay scales, deductions and entitlements.

While the sources mention different things that Babandede could have done to protect NIS staff welfare and morale, they all have one consistent criticism of him - his alleged ethnocentric posting policy. During his tenure they say, desirable NIS postings such as NIS offices in Lagos, were given exclusively to northerners, while the southerners working there were all posted out. The Ikoyi immigration office I am told, is now staffed almost exclusively by northerners - a state of affairs that would be impossible if the roles were reversed.

Under Babandede and even in these early days of his successor Idris Jere, the sources say, many northerners in the NIS, encouraged by the prebendalist disposition of their superiors, are keen to let everyone know that it is “their turn” and they are in power. Following Idris Jere’s appointment a source claims, the next most senior Deputy Comptroller - a southerner from Lagos - who might have been next in line to succeed Jere, was promptly transferred to Sokoto. At press time, I have been unable to independently verify this.

A source quoted in the report said: “He (Babandede) tried to make some moves such as the passport express centres, but it didn’t work out because he was just there to make money before he retired. He didn’t really care about fixing any systemic issues like staff motivation or the ISTL contract. All that one was not his business.”

Another source also said: “It has now got to the point that you don’t know what will come in at the end of the month, and whatever it is that comes in - you just have to take it like that. The deductions vary every month so we don’t know how much we will take home. So tell me as a man with people depending on you, how else will you survive if not through ‘egunje’ (bribes)?”

The report also revealed that the former immigration boss introduced an ethnocentric posting policy.

Sources quoted in the report said during his tenure, desirable NIS postings such as NIS offices in Lagos, were given exclusively to northerners, while the southerners working there were all posted out.

The investigation also revealed how Abdullahi Liman, a Deputy Comptroller in charge of the Ikoyi Passport Command of the NIS, promotes "extreme racketeering" considered to be one of the major reasons behind Nigeria’s passport shortage.

Liman is also said to be running rackets within the NIS to restrict access to passport booklets in large population centres like Lagos so as to create a lucrative black market, the sources are also clear that they believe that the NIS simply does not have enough passport booklets.

Every single source has a terrible story to tell about Abdullahi Liman. Liman they say, is responsible for the northernisation of the Ikoyi Passport Command. Even worse one source tells me, under Liman’s tenure, the atmosphere at the Command has taken on explicitly polarised ethnic and religious overtones. Take this anecdote from one of the sources for example:

“You can imagine that you are in the middle of doing a capture, then all of a sudden your colleague who is also capturing will just stand up and leave his station with a crowd of people there - because he says he is going to pray. You now end up doing his work for him, can you imagine that? This did not happen before Liman came in.”

Liman they say, is in the habit of pointedly using Hausa to converse with his subordinates at work, which automatically puts every southerner working under his command at a real career disadvantage. Speaking English - or in fact any other language but Hausa - at work is now a career demerit at the Ikoyi Passport Command under Liman’s watch.

The investigation also revealed how Olayinka Sonayon Fisher, Nigerian diplomat in mid-to-late 1970s, indicted for cocaine trafficking, became an integral part of IRIS Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL), the company handling the issuance of Nigeria's e-passport.

The report, citing U.S. court records, showed that Fisher allegedly used to be part of an intercontinental cocaine smuggling ring.

The court documents also showed how he used his diplomatic immunity at the time to traffic shipments of cocaine into the U.S. on their behalf.

It revealed that in spite of the allegations against him, he signed the Nigeria's e-passport contract for ISTL under President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 due to the country's failed system.

ISTL is affiliated with Malaysia’s Iris Corp, which carries out the actual security printing services including the supply of e-passport booklets.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian company subcontracted by ISTL to print the booklets, has found itself facing corruption probes by Malaysian authorities over its activities in other African e-passport jurisdictions such as Guinea.

http://saharareporters.com/2021/09/24/how-nigerias-ex-immigration-boss-babandede-promoted-northern-interests-passport

Politics / Leave Emefiele, CBN Out Of Your Political Gimmicks, CSOs Tell PDP by okrote4real: 4:03pm On Sep 24
Civil societies under the auspices of Coalition of Civil Society Groups, CCSGs, on Friday cautioned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to leave the nation's apex bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele from it's political gimmicks.

The statement was made during a press conference jointly addressed by the coalition's' President, Etuk Bassey Williams, and Secretary, Abubakar Ibrahim held in Abuja, where it condemned in strong terms the opposition party's call for the resignation of Emefiele over a statement that has nothing to do with him.

According to Bassey, the coalition after an appraisal of the statement credited to Senator Udoedehe, we observed that he neither accused Emefiele of any wrong doing nor implied that the CBN Governor was involved in any infraction; therefore the call for the resignation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele by a highly respected political party is regrettable and most uncharitable.

He said, "In response to the unguided and unexpected call for CBN Governor’s resignation by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), we consider it pertinent to call for restrain from any form of distraction or political mischief from the PDP. This political entanglement with a public institution like the CBN is very unpleasant, uncalled for and should not be entertained by any patriotic Nigeria.

"We frown at the mischievous misrepresentation of the political utterance of the APC Caretaker Secretary: Senator John Udoedehe by the PDP and advice that the political Parties should exempt the CBN Governor and the CBN in general from their political gimmick and concentrate on their political games.

We hereby call on those who find it profitable to peddle wrong information to stop. This act is unpopular, mischievous, wrongful and should not be associated with a political party that once praised and proudly informed Nigerians that Mr. Godwin Emefiele performed excellently well and did justify the confidence reposed on him by the PDP.

Meanwhile, Mr Bassey has said the coalition here state emphatically that any act designed to frustrate efforts of Mr. Godwin Emefiele to restore the economy from its downward slope orchestrated by fall and unstable price of crude oil, rejection of our agricultural produce in foreign market, low quality of our industrial good and the advent of Covid-19 pandemic will be opposed.

"We frown and express deep disappointment that some persons or political party will make itself available to unsettle the CBN Governor. No reasonable person will embark on such venture, because it is unpatriotic. We should not be seen creating crisis for an individual/institution making effort to revamp the economy that has witnessed two recessions by no fault of the Governor of CBN.

"In conclusion, we request that we all support Mr. Godwin Emefiele irrespective of creed, party affiliations or ethnicity. There is no doubt that the Governor of CBN and his team will stabilize the naira value of restore the economy," the coalition concludes.
Crime / Full List: Names Of 15 Top Companies Sponsoring Boko Haram In Nigeria by okrote4real: 9:50am On Sep 23
……The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirate (UAE) revealed a damning list of sponsors of Boko Haram in Nigeria, a terror group that has killed close to 50,000 Nigerians and displaced more than half of the population in most part of the North-East states, most especially Borno State since it began its operation close to two decades.

…..In Resolution No 83 of 2021, 38 people and 15 companies appeared on the Local Terrorist List complementing the efforts of UAE at fighting terrorism across the world.



…..Highlight Efforts of UAE At Exposing Terror Sponsor In 2016, the country collaborated with the Treasury Department of the United States to expose one of the foreign exchange companies that funded al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Today, the United States, in close partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), took action to disrupt the operations and support networks of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Specifically, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Al Omgy and Brothers Money Exchange (Al Omgy Exchange) and the company’s two owners, a statement by the U.S Treasury Department says.

Again, the Al Omgy Exchange appeared on the fresh list of companies that fund Boko Haram here through foreign exchange. (check No.7 on the list of companies that fund the terror group in the table below) In 2020, UAE claimed to have sentenced six Nigerians to jail for funding the killer group.

……However, InfomediaNG discovered that some of the names appear in the latest list.



……..“The resolution underscores the UAE’s commitment to target and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and its related activities,” Emirate News Agency quoted part of the report.

Analysis of the list
6 Nigerians
8 Yemen nationals
5 Iranians
3 Syrians
4 UAE nationals
2 Iraqis
2 from Saint Kitts and Nevis
1 sponsor from Jordan
2 Lebanese
1 Indian
1 Afghan
1 sponsor from Saudi Arabia
1 from great Britain

….The sponsors and their nationalities are:
– 1 Salihu Yusuf Adamu Nigeria
– 2 Ibrahim Ali Alhassan Nigeria
– 3 Muhammed Ibrahim Isa Nigeria
– 4 Surajo Abubakar Muhammad Nigeria
– 5 Bashir Ali Yusuf Nigeria
– 6 Abdurrahaman Ado Musa Nigeria
– 7 Mohamed Saqer Yousif Saqer Al Zaabi United Arab Emirate (UAE)
– 8 Saeed Naser Saeed Naser Alteneiji United Arab Emirate (UAE)
– 9 Hamad Mohammed Rahmah Humaid Alshamsi United Arab Emirate (UAE)
– 10 Ahmed Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Alshaiba Alnuaimi United Arab Emirate (UAE)
– 11 Mehdi Azizollah Kiasati Iran
– 12 Mohsen Hassan Kargarhodjat Abadi Iran
– 13 Seyyed Reza Mohmmad Ghasemi Iran
– 14 Farshad Jafar Hakemzadeh Iran
– 15 Ibrahim Mahmood Ahmed Mohammed Iran
– 16 Alaa Khanfurah – Alaa Abdulrazzaq Ali Khanfurah – Alaa Alkhanfurah Syria
– 17 Osama Housen Dughaem Syria
– 18 Hazem Mohsen Farhan + Hazem Mohsen Al Farhan Syria
– 19 Mohammed Ahmed Musaed Saeed Yemen
– 20 Sharif Ahmed Sharif Ba Alawi Yemen
– 21 Rashed Saleh Saleh Al Jarmouzi Yemen
– 22 Naif Nasser Saleh Aljarmouzi Yemen
– 23 Adel Ahmed Salem Obaid Ali Badrah Yemen
– 24 Suliman Saleh Salem Aboulan Yemen
– 25 Fadhl Saleh Salem Altayabi Yemen
– 26 Ashur Omar Ashur Obaidoon Yemen
– 27 Imad Khallak Kantakdzhi Russia
– 28 Hayder Habeeb Ali Iraqi
– 29 Basim Yousuf Hussein Alshaghanbi Iraqi
– 30 Walid Kamel Awad Saint Kitts and Nevis
– 31 Khaled Walid Awad Saint Kitts and Nevis
– 32 Mouhammad Ayman Tayseer Rashid Marayat Jordan
– 33 Hassan Hussain Tabaja Lebanon
– 34 Adham Hussain Tabaja Lebanon
– 35 Manoj Sabharwal Om Prakash Indian
– 36 Zubiullah Abdul Qahir Durani Afghanistan
– 37 Ali Nasser Alaseeri Saudi Arabia
-38 Fadi Said Kamar Great Britain Companies That Sponsor Terrorism in Nigeria and Their Operation Headquarter



……While 38 individuals have been fingered in the new revelation, 15 companies were also listed sponsors of the terror group.



The companies are:
– 1 Naser Aljarmouzi Ceneral Trading (L.L.C) UAE
– 2 Naser Aljarmouzi Cargo & Clearing LLC UAE (Dubai)
– 3 Wave Tech Computer LLC UAE
– 4 NYBI Trading – FZE Established in 2014, Nybi Trading Fze is a Private Limited Company based in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.
– 5 KCL General Trading F Z E Ajman, UAE
– 6 Alinma Group It’s a medical services company based in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
– 7 Al-Omgy & Bros Money Exchange It’s a money exchange company based in Yemen. United States in November 2016 sanction the same company to sponsoring terrorism
– 8 Al Jarmoozi Cargo & Clearing (L.L.C) Dubai, United Arab Emirate
– 9 Four Corners Trading Est Dubai, UAE
– 10 Sasco Logistic L.L.C It is a shipping company that is bsed in DeiraAl Rigga – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
– 11 Ray Tracing Trading Co LLC Dubai, UAE
– 12 H F Z A Arzoo International F Z E It’s a marine chemical manufacturing company based in Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
– 13 Hanan Shipping L.L.C Established in 1997, Hanan Shipping L.L.C headquarters is located at 171 Al Nahda St – Al QusaisAl Qusais 2 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
– 14 AlJarmouzi General Trading LLC Dubai, UAE
– 15 Al Jarmoozi Transport By Heavy & Light Trucks (L.L.C)

…..It’s a logistics company based in UAE Activities of Boko Haram have killed thousands of Nigerians, displaced millions of others majorly in the North-East part of the country.

…..Borno state is the worst hit by the activities of Boko Haram, Yobe, Adamawa, and others are also affected. Recall that in 2020, the late Chadian leader Idriss Déby accused Nigeria of releasing captured Boko Haram fighters. He was killed on April 19, 2021.

How Committed Is Buhari’s Government In Exposing Boko Haram Sponsors?



The commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari at fighting and exposing the sponsor of the killer group is zigzag. It’s very difficult to know the direction in which the Buhari-led government is headed.

……In 2020, the president approved a special operation comprising Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and the Department of State Services (DSS) to unravel the financial heavyweights supporting the terror financially. And by May 2020, the operation arrested 400 persons and submitted their findings to the president.

….They were reportedly arrested in several cities across the country including Kano, Abuja, Borno, Sokoto, Lagos, Adamawa, Zamfara, and Kaduna. Since the arrest, nothing has been heard from the president except the regular announcement of granting amnesty to some unknown terrorists.

…..The silence of the president prompted the law firm of Femi Falana, on August 3, 2021, to request that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to provide information on the charges brought against the 400 persons who were indicted and arrested. Again, nothing has been heard from the presidency.

…..Authorities in the United States had also offered to assist Nigeria to expose the sponsors of the killer group, but at the time of publication, the Buhari-led government was yet to accept the offer. Judging from the body language of the president, who is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Nigeria isn’t ready to expose the sponsors of those who have killed thousands of innocent Nigerians.

FULL LIST: Names Of 15 Top Companies Sponsoring Boko Haram In Nigeria https://www.osunreportersng.com/full-list-names-of-15-top-companies-sponsoring-boko-haram-in-nigeria/
Source: Emirate News Agency (InfomediaNG)
Politics / Civil Society Groups Hail Buhari, Emefiele by okrote4real: 3:43pm On Sep 22
Civil Society Groups Hail Buhari, Emefiele Over Impact On Agriculture, Youth Empowerment, Others

Civil societies under the auspices of Coalition of Civil Society Groups, CCSGs, Wednesday, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, over impact made in agriculture, youth empowerment and others.

The statement was made in an address titled ‘Solidarity Rally in Support of President Muhammadu Buhari and CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele on the Achievements Recorded in Their Efforts to Stabilise the Economy’ jointly signed by President, CCSG, Etuk Bassey Williams, Secretary, CCSG, Abubakar Ibrahim, and Public Relations Officer, CCSG, Femi Osabinu, which was read by the group’s President, Etuk Bassey at the rally held in Abuja.

According to Bassey the Buhari-led administration is doing its best to ensure the economy continues to survive despite economic downturn occasioned by the unstable low price of crude oil in the international market, advent of COVID-19 pandemic and the multifaceted insecurity challenges facing the country.

He said: “The achievements by the Government under the leadership of President Buhari cannot be possible without the support of the able lieutenants appointed to head the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the able leadership of the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who has made efforts to turn around the negative indices of the economy as a result of good policies.

“We applaud the recorded achievements in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMWs), the small farm holders. We also appreciate his effort towards assisting our industries to meet-up with international standard in the quality of goods produced for export.

“Today, many Nigerians have benefitted from wonderful policies of the CBN such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP), Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS), the Agri-business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS). These policies have impacted positively in the lives of many Nigerians. Jobs have been created and millions of Nigerians are happy and grateful.

“The Anchor Borrowers Programme that has increased yield per hectare and food security in the country is a plus to the CBN. This policy among others is in support of the drive by the Government to diversify the economy and stimulate growth in the agriculture sector.

“It is without doubt that the efforts of the CBN in ensuring protection of Bank customers, effective supervision of Deposit Money Banks and Other Financial Institutions; and deepening of financial inclusion through an effective banking and payments system in recent times has yielded positive results.”

However, he alleged economic sabotage going on in the forex market, which has negatively impacted the economy.

“We condemn a situation where the disparity between the official bank-exchange rates for Dollar/Naira will be too high, thereby creating inflation.

“We applaud the sincere efforts to salvage the Naira, the CBN stop of sales of Forex to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators, who exploit and artificially inflate Dollar/Naira exchange. We applaud this move to discourage illicit financial flow, BDC racketeering and indiscriminate round tripping.

“We hereby call on the Governor to suspend the activities of the BDC operators in totality and supply money to the commercial banks.

“We also demand that a monitoring committee that comprises of EFCC, CBN and NFIU be set up to check and arrest BDC operators who go to the banks to buy off the dollar using fake application.

“We also applaud the CBN introduction of e-naira, we are confident that this policy will stimulate economic activities that will result into jobs and wealth creation.

He also called on Nigerians to support the government and key into it.

“Based on the recorded achievements listed above, we this call for more support to the leadership of the country and the leadership of the CBN”, he added.

Religion / October 1st:Nigeri Will Experience Independence From Attacks, Oppression-Kumuyi by okrote4real: 1:39pm On Sep 22
The General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM), Pastor William Kumuyi has said that Nigeria will experience real independence from attacks, oppression and torture as it celebrates this year’s Independence on 1st October.

Kumuyi made this declaration upon his arrival to Abuja for a 5 for a 5-Day crusade with the theme, ‘Divine Solution Global’ which is starting, on Friday, 24th September.

“We are having a great program, we call it crusade, others call it a conference, we want to bring a divine solution for all people as we come together, and from the past, what has happened and what we believe will happen is that there is going to be a turnaround for the better for everyone that will participate. The program will last for 5 days and it is from Friday all through to Tuesday,” Pastor Kumuyi said.

Furthermore, he said “after the program, we will be having our independence, I believe that with the focus on a divine solution for all, not just for people who are on the ground, but we are going to connect online with people all over this nation and all over the world.

“I believe that as we move to the next phase as a country and as individuals and family together, I believe that real independence from all the things that oppress, attack and torture our lives, we are going to have real freedom and solution for every problem.”

Speaking on the faceoff between Resident doctors and the Nigerian Government, the Clergy called for dialogue or negotiation among parties in order to find a lasting solution.

“I believe that as we follow the issues, they are trying to resolve everything, I think as we have conflict, the solution is not attacking each other and finding fault, but finding a middle ground, whether we dialogue or negotiate and I believe that we are about seeing the end of the tunnel,” he stated.

On pardoning repentant Boko Haram, Pastor Kumuyi was of the opinion that the government should approach the issue with carefulness in order to restore peace in the country.

“Because of the past experiences, the government will have to look at the situation, look at real surrender and sincerity, and as we think about that together, it is a two-way program, which is like having the carrot and the stick, but sometimes we have to approach the carrot method so that there can be peace, the important thing is not to punish a culprit, the important thing is to have peace in our country,” he added.

Business / Civil Society Coalition Hails CBN Gov, Emefiele For Sustaining Economic Growth by okrote4real: 2:00pm On Sep 21
….says economy in ‘safe hands’

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups, CCSG, Tuesday, hailed Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, for sustaining economic growth and development.

This was contained in an address signed by President, CCSG, Etuk Bassey Williams, and Secretary, CCSG, Abubarka Ibrahim, respectively, and read at a press conference held in Abuja.

According to Williams, effort of Emefiele and the entire Management of the CBN needs to be appreciated and commended by Nigerians for the pervasive success achieved so far in their effort to revamp the economy.

He also added that the tact of Emefiele amid COVID-19 induced economic challenges made the economy to bounce back faster compared to other African countries, and it has been impactful on the lives of Nigerians.

He said: “We observe these efforts and consider it pertinent to appreciate their hard work, commitment, dedication and tact employed in the management of Naira, empowering the Farmers and Entrepreneurs towards job and wealth creating.

“The aim of this activity toady is to encourage the CBN Governor and his team not to relent but to do more and continue to justify the confidence reposed on them by Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari. 

“There is no doubt that his appointment in 2014, and re-appointment in 2020 was the right judgment. Without equivocation, Emefiele's contribution to the development and growth of the Nigerian economy, as well as innovations in development financing, earned him President Muhammadu Buhari's nomination for a second term in office as CBN Governor; this singular achievement is by the records the first time anyone had been so nominated since 1999.

“In line with his promise at the unveiling of his Agenda in 2014, he commenced operation with the objective of enhancing access to credit to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as that sector remains the catalysts of economic growth in Nigeria.

“His tactful supervision of a periodic OMO interventions resulted in a mop up of excess liquidity to curtail inflation and boost investors’ confidence in Nigeria’s fixed income securities such as Treasury Bills and Bonds.

“He has also ensured the protection of Bank Customers, effective supervision of Deposit Money Banks and Other Financial Institutions; and deepening of Financial Inclusion through an effective banking and payments system. In recent times,

“Governor Emefiele has also backed up his pledge to facilitate job creation with the creation of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), which is being implemented in collaboration with the Bankers' Committee.

“To encourage diversification of the economy and stimulate growth in the agriculture sector in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan, the CBN Governor established an innovative agriculture credit plan: Anchor Borrowers Programme and this has increased yield per hectare of agricultural produce like Rice, Groundnut and Cocoa.

“CBN Governor embarked on other policies such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YEDP), Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS), the Agri-business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS), the National Collateral Registry (NCR) and lately the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), which is collaboration between the CBN and the Bankers' Committee.”

Meanwhile, the group also asserted that the economy is in ‘safe hands’, saying that the CBN boss being a nationalistic economist, no doubt he has shown commitment in the course of his tenure, championed diversification of the Nigerian economy, away from heavy dependence on crude oil and other imported items that can be produced in the country.

“He has continued to make effort to stabilized the Naira and put the economy on a right footing. Creating the Inter-bank/Wholesale and the Investors/Exporters’ windows. This has brought great relive, leading to remarkable acreage in foreign reserve and rise in capital inflow.

“He also introduced an import exclusion policy increased patronage for local goods and stimulated local production significantly, introduces a check on the activities of the Bureau De Change (BDC) and ended continued depreciation of Naira over the years.

“In a sincere effort to salvage the naira, the CBN stopped the sales of Forex to Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators who exploit and artificially inflate dollar/Naira exchange. We applaud this move to discourage illicit financial flow, BDC racketeering and indiscriminate round tripping.

“We applaud the genuine effort of the Governor in trying to stabilize the Naira. The Governor has halted the recession that recently threatened the country through the new monetary policies on Diaspora remittance and sustainable intervention. We consider this as a master strokes.

“In conclusion, we are bold to say that ‘Nigeria is in Safe hand’ economically”, he said.

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Career / NGO Flags Off Empowerment Scheme For Sickle Cell Warriors by okrote4real: 4:24pm On Sep 20
BY CECILIA OGEZI
An Abuja based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Maidunama Sickle Cell Foundation(MAISCEF) has recently flagged of empowerment scheme for sickle cell warriors in Abuja with target of training 1000 warriors in various skills.
Speaking during the project launch, the founder of the organisations, Rabi Maidunama who explained that Sickle Cell Disorder(SCD) is an inherited form of anaemia, a condition in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells to transport adequate oxygen throughout the body which gives rise to many health challenges.
She said sickle cell awareness and advocacy has become imperative especially amongst intending couples to curb rise on sickle cell disorder as one in four Nigerians are either carriers or even living with sickle cell anemia bringing it to about 25 percent of the population.
Maidunama, a warrior herself who was motivated by the death of her sister to SCD and another living with the disorder to start up the foundation to assist warriors with free drugs expressed concern over plight of the less privileged living with SCD as someone from a privileged background who is faced with challenges everyday.
She lamented the descrimination warriors face in work place and neglect from loved ones and the society even as she stressed that their health condition usually results in loss of jobs which gave birth to the empowerment scheme project for self reliance.
Chief Operating Officer, Studio24 Nigeria, Edesua Henrietta Adeyemi while speaking on behalf of the company noted that as part of the company's very strong values and social corporate responsibility they try to always make impact on society.
She disclosed that they will be training 20 warriors in photography and make-up for free as part of their support for the scheme.
Chief Executive Officer, Bio Scrubs Enterprise, Bolanle Oluchi Babalola, who has been volunteering with the foundation for over eight years and who would be training warriors on soap making pointed out that it is very impactful and different from awareness campaigns done earlier.
Food Production Facilitator, Nike Ojeh who would be training warriors on different food production, explained that the the training in about 10 food items which involves custard, milk, ketchup among others will help warriors be more self reliant.




A warrior, Mathew Stephen Ojonugwa, 26, lauded the MAISCEF for the initiative, adding that due to the health condition posed by SCD not all warriors are employable. The podcaster who is currently doing her youth service explained she takes her routine drugs everyday, avoids stress and take a lot of water to reduce incidences of crisis.

Another warrior and civil servant, Olasupo Munirat Olamide, 27, who decried the cost of living with SCD, pointed out that buying routine drugs can be expensive especially without support from any organisation, adding that monthly check ups and hospitalisation bills are a huge financial burden even as she commended the foundation for their efforts.

Politics / VAT Generated By States And What Was Allocated So Far This Year by okrote4real: 7:53am On Sep 20
The table below shows the VAT generated by states and what was allocated so far this year.

GENERATED ALLOCATION
1 Abia 2.290b 20.020b
2 Adamawa 3.689b 22.260b
3 Akwa Ibom 8.39b 27.749b
4 Anambra 5.938b 25.001b
5 Bauchi 5.309b 25.613b
6 Bayelsa 12.536b 17.659b
7 Benue 1.268b 24.527b
8 Borno 3.442b 25.896b
9 Cross River 2.347b 20.478b
10 Delta 13.964b 27.854b
11 Ebonyi 7.894b 18.768b
12 Edo 8.284b 22.588b
13 Ekiti 6.635b 19.756b
14 Enugu 5.485b 20.729b
15 Gombe 4.028b. 17.650b
16 Imo 1.941b 25.111b
17 Jigawa 3.375b 26.369b
18 Kaduna 18.262b 32.726b
19 Kano 24.492b 47.082b
20 Kastina 3.738b 31.539b
21 Kebbi 1.284b 22.162b
22 Kogi 3.286b 22.282b
23 Kwara 3.471b 18.998b
24 Lagos 429.203 b 139.587b
25 Nassarawa 2.495b. 16.872b
26 Niger 3.723b 25.042b
27 Ogun 11.823b 25.141b
28 Ondo 4.554b. 22.107b
29 Osun 1.995b 24.766b
30 Oyo 64.646b 45.136b
31 Plateau 5.208b 21.433b
32 Rivers 90.293b 46.270b
33 Sokoto 4.978b 24.219b
34 Taraba 1.756b 18.469b
35 Yobe 9.445b 20.525b
36 Zamfara 598.133m 35.716bn
37 FCT 235.794bn NOT ELIGIBLE

*Vanguard News Nigeria*
Religion / Kumuyi Set To Hold A 5-day ‘divine Solution Global Crusade’ In Abuja Sept 24-28 by okrote4real: 1:03pm On Sep 19
…as guest gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey to minister alongside

THE General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, DLCM, Pastor William Kumuyi, is set to hold a 5-day ‘Divine Solution Global Crusade’ in Abuja from September 24-28, 2021.

This was contained in a statement signed by the State Overseer, Deeper Life Bible Church, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Pastor Elijah Adebiyi, where it explained that the Crusade is on a global scale following the plan, preparation and platforms the Church intends to reach out to people who are in need of ‘Divine Solution to their spiritual, physical, and material needs by God Himself.

According to the statement, 5-day ‘Divine Solution Global Crusade’ will be the fourth edition Pastor Kumuyi is holding such mega crusade in the nation’s capital as being led by the Holy Spirit.

The Statement reads in part, “The Deeper Life Bible Church is holding another mega Global Crusade in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, with theme, ‘Divine Solution Global Crusade’ which will be a 5-day Crusade and it will start from September 24-28, 2021, and the venue is at Papal Ground Kubwa, Abuja.

“This ‘Divine Solution Global Crusade’ is divinely led by God himself by laying it in the heart of our Father in the Lord, Pastor (Dr) William Kumuyi, who will minister live at the Crusade for the five days.

“We are using this medium to call on Abuja residents to attend the ‘Divine Solution Global Crusade’ because there is solution for all kind of problems that anybody will come with to the venue of the crusade.

“God has guaranteed salvation, healing, deliverance, joy, peace, and other expectations you have. Indeed, there will be divine solution.”

The statement also made it known that the church has made provision for those in other states in Nigeria, countries and continents of the world to hook-up with the Crusade via social media handles including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, including Zoom.

Meanwhile, the statement made it known that a guest gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey, will minister alongside the General Superintendent, Pastor Kumuyi for the five days of the Crusade.

The statement also assured free transportation of participants to the venue for the five days, including security and traffic control.

“The church has made arrangement for long buses to convey participants free of charge from all over the FCT to and from the venue of the crusade for the five days of the Crusade from designated bus stops, and all would be well secured by security personnel.

“We have also collaborated with relevant security agencies to provide security for all participants including vehicular control.

“We assure you that the programme will proffer solution to he myriads of challenges in the lives of Nigerians and those across the world that would hookup during these five days of the programme”, the statement added.

Politics / Divine Eches: Sheikh Gumi Promoting Banditry In Northern Nigeria by okrote4real: 8:43pm On Sep 16
The Christian organisation demanded a thorough probe on the activities of Sheikh Gumi, expressing concerns that the security crises and banditry in the north would be prolonged as the Almajiri system continued unchecked.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused Kaduna State-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, of being responsible for the increasing activities of bandits in the northern part of the country.

The Christian organisation demanded a thorough probe on the activities of Sheikh Gumi, expressing concerns that the security crises and banditry in the north would be prolonged as the Almajiri system continued unchecked.

The Imo State CAN Chairman, Rev Dr Divine Eches, raised the concerns in an interview in Abuja ahead of its 45th anniversary and Founder’s Day scheduled for Friday in Owerri.

He advised that the Nigerian government should caution Sheikh Gumi whose utterances, he said, had emboldened the bandits, thereby promoting their inhumane acts in the North.

He maintained that except drastic measures were taken to curb the Almajiri system, banditry would remain in northern Nigeria for a long time with devastating effects on the socio-economic lives of the people.

He said, “You can’t have the Almajiri system of life and government in the last 40 years in our nation, bringing up people without any trace to families, hometowns or nationalities. These children are scattered all over the streets, without you knowing that someday, they would leave the streets and go to the bush where they would begin to do the trade of kidnapping.

“Also, you can’t, in a sane nation, have the likes of Sheikh Gumi, a religious scholar, going about promoting banditry and you don’t think that this will continue. Yet, that is what we are seeing today. We are not seeing anything more than what we have planted.

"We allowed this thing (insecurity) to continue and it is now going to consume the nation if drastic measures are not put in place to take them (Almajiri) out of the streets. Give them a sense of belonging, put them in school, and help them realise their potential.

"These bandits were the Almajiri who used to be in front of our houses and begging. Howbeit, we are praying and that is why God is still sustaining our nation. I trust God will continue to sustain us in Jesus name."

http://saharareporters.com/2021/09/16/sheikh-gumi-promoting-banditry-northern-nigeria-%E2%80%93-christian-association-nigeria-alleges

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Politics / Northern Groups Throw Weight Behind CBN Gov, Emefiele by okrote4real: 2:25pm On Sep 16
Some Northern groups under the auspices of Northern Advocacy Groups, Thursday, threw weight behind the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, following calls for his resignation by a group in the north.

This was made known in an address jointly signed by, Alhaji Mohamed Bashir-Ali- Northern Professional Forum; Hajia Fatima-Abubakar- Arewa Business Women League; Mallam Sadiq Ibrahim- Arewa Frontier; and Comrade Yusuf Yahaya-Arewa Patriotic and Anti Corruption Network, at a media conference held in Abuja.

The statement reads in part, “Today after an appraisal of the uncharitable utterances made by a supposedly Youth Assembly from the north, we came to a conclusion that it is imperative to address most of the issues wrongfully and mischievously presented.

“Our position is unanimous and we are all in support of Mr. Godwin Emefiele and his management team in CBN and all their effort to stabilize the Naira and grow our foreign reserve for the nation. This holistic resolve brought us together under the aegis of Northern Advocacy Group (NAG).

“We welcome you all to this important press briefing which is a patriotic motive to disabuse the public on misrepresented issues and claims of infractions on the Governor of Central Bank leading to a call for his resignation by same hired and sponsored discontented elements whose aim is to distract and unsettle the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is unfortunate to observe that the misrepresentation and falsehoods emanated from some legislators who believe that pulling Emefiele down will culminate into their political God Father having access to Nigerian’s money for his presidential ambition.

“It is regrettable that these persons feel that it is wisdom to tarnish and bring to ridicule, the outstanding effort of CBN just to gain the support of the President and seize power.

“We hereby call on those who find it profitable to peddle wrong information to stop. This act is unpopular, uncharitable and should not be associated with Northern interest.

“We hereby state emphatically that any act designed to frustrate efforts of Mr. Godwin Emefiele to restore the economy from its downward slope orchestrated by fall and unstable price of crude oil and the advent of Covid-19 pandemic will be opposed.

Meanwhile, the group unequivocally stated that, “Let it been known that we are not part of any Northern organization trying to bring disrepute to the Government. We consider it wrong to call for the resignation of the CBN Governor by the Arewa Youth Assembly over an unproven claim that the policies of the CBN have leaped the county into poverty.

“It is worthy of note that any call for resignation of Emefiele will erode the achievements recorded by President Buhari in his effort to revamp the economy.

“The economy was already in shambles and it got worsened by low prices of crude at the international market, empty treasury, corruption, dilapidated infrastructure and insecurity in the country.

“We are grateful to the CBN Governor and his effort in expanding foreign exchange earning opportunities so as to increase our foreign reserve and raise the value of the Naira. It is our belief that this effort will improve the economy.

“The politicians should please allow the Government to work; we are convinced that President Mohammadu Buhari will deliver at the end.

“We are disappointed that some persons will make themselves available to unsettle the Government. No reasonable person will embark on such venture, because it is unpatriotic.

The group also warned that, “We should not be seen creating crisis for a Government that we all made effort to install. This is the time to support the Government for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

“In conclusion, we request that everybody support this Government, there is no doubt that the Governor of CBN and his team will deliver.”

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