Stop Inciting Statements: BMO Tells Afenifere, Others

Socio-cultural groups in the country have been urged to work with the federal government and security agencies to contain insecurity in the country, rather than issuing statements that are capable of escalating the situation or inciting people to violence. 

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) gave this advice in reaction to a press statement credited to the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere, that those it described as killer herdsmen should leave the South-Western part of the country or risk reprisal attacks. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke respectively, the group noted “with utmost disappointment the utterances of Afenifere and other such groups on the security situation in the country, as they are capable of instigating chaos and violence. 

“First of all, as we have said before, it is wrong to ascribe criminality to a particular tribe or group of persons, as this is capable of exacerbating the situation. We want to remind Afenifere and others that criminality is not restricted to any group and security challenges are also prevalent in the most advanced countries of the world.

‘’We are of the firm belief that under the circumstances we find ourselves, that all well-meaning Nigerians, especially leaders of thought, ought to lend a helping hand to enable the federal government tackle the security problems holistically. 

‘’Even in the midst of the security challenges, we are aware that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has remained focussed at solving the problems whenever and wherever they occur.”

The group noted that the Buhari administration has,  in a bid to improve the security of lives and property in the country, commenced the recruitment of 10,000 policemen as well as sending many of the serving police officers for training at home and abroad, all in a bid to improve their efficiency and productivity.

‘’We are therefore confident that the isolated cases of criminal attacks in the country, particularly the South West, is a passing phase and will fizzle out in no distant time.’’

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Yorubas Only Recognize Chief Fasanmi’s Afenifere – Group

A political group in Nigeria has stated categorically that the only faction of pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, that is recognized by all Yorubas home and abroad, is the faction led by Chief Ayo Fasanmi.

In a statement signed by the President of the Initiative to Save Democracy, Sunday James Akinloye in Lagos, the group said any other persons parading themselves as Afenifere leaders are traitors and turncoats who have been rejected by Yoruba.

Akinloye also pointed out that the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is on point, adding that, only bastards will support any other party.

“These miscreants who parade themselves as Afenifere are directed by their stomachs. They are greedy old men who have mortgaged the future of their children and also want to do same to the Yoruba nation.

“Let use have it on record that they have been rejected by the Yorubas. You will recall that these lot have been ousted from Afenifere, they are only after they can eat.

Akinloye then challenged any true Yourba to state the Omoluabi attributes that the likes of Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Yinka Odumakin and others possess.

“Odumakin lacks principle. Let him tell the world why he parted ways with then General Buhari. The story is well known in political circles, he got an offer from Goodluck Jonathan after the 2011 election to offer Buhari two ministerial positions while Buhari was in court fighting on the principle.

“Jonathan asked Odumakin to convince Buhari to accept the offer and Odumakin had hoped to get one of the two slots offered. But Buhari sent Odumakin packing and rejected the Greek gift, preferring instead to stick with his court case.

“An Omoluabi in Yorubaland is a person of honor who believes in hard work, respects the rights of others, and gives to the community in deeds and in action. Above all, an omoluabi is a person of integrity. Please can you find any of these attributes in these persons? he quizzed.

“These ones have lost it, they are for the highest bidder. There is nothing that they can say or do that is not motivated by money and greed.

“Yorubas have honour, dignity and integrity and we carry these attributes with pride. As our forefathers used to say, a good name is better than silver and gold.”

Akinloye urged all Yorubas home and abroad to shun the endorsement of Peoples Democratic Party candidates by corrupt elements. “They want to drag Nigeria and Yorubas back, but we will not let that happen. We, Yorubas, solidly stand behind the decision of Chief Ayo Fasanmi’s decision to support Buhari/Osinbajo.

“Prof Osinbajo is our son and he embodies everything that Yorubas stand for, we are proud to associate with him locally and internationally, adding that, “He has more than delivered.”

Akinloye then compared Osinbajo to Pa Obafemi Awolowo, stressing that, Osinbajo has once again put Yorubas on the map like Awolowo did. “The great Awolowo, was a man fully committed to the democratic process as such he understood fully well that everyone cannot believe in the same ideas but to castigate a man and brandish him an unbeliever just because he is married into the family but does not attend the existing denomination clearly shows how myopic the Afenifere have become.

“A band of old men whose time in the sun has been graced by having their pockets laced with government greens. Having to make mention of the Vice Presidents’ vocation as a pastor must be the confirmation that these relics of a by gone era also hold nothing sacred but to simply wrestle in the dirt not unlike students but more akin to pupils simply because of a disagreement with Bola Tinubu is but a show of shame.”

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2019: Duke, Ezekwesili, Sowore Urged To Join Atiku To Defeat Buhari

Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, former Minister of Education and presidential candidate under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, who is also a presidential candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has been urged to join forces with the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to defeat the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

An elder statesman and one of the leaders of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political organization, Chief Femi Okurounmu, stated this in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

According to him, “Duke, Ezekwesili and others are just attention seekers. They should forget 2019. They are going nowhere. They should not waste their time.”

“My advice to Duke, Ezekwesili and others is that they should not waste votes. They should all come together and join Atiku to defeat Buhari. If Duke and Ezekwesili insist on contesting the presidential elections, they will be helping Buhari because the votes from their supporters which they should have asked them to give Atiku will be wasted.

“Duke and Ezekwesili should join hands with PDP to defeat Buhari and APC. The idea of a coalition being mooted by some political parties is a good one. They should all come together to chase out Buhari from office. None of these smaller political parties including ADC can defeat Buhari and APC on their own,” he added.

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Ohanaeze, Afenifere React To Report Of Alleged Voters Card Cloning

Following reports circulating online on an alleged attempts to clone and sell the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) on a foreign online business portal, alibaba.com, President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must come up with detailed explanation rather than making allegation with- out providing the substance.

According to Nwodo, the electoral commission has a history of raising issues without providing details.

“They should offer us better particulars and stop raising issues without providing particulars. If they said they found an attempt, what is the evidence, who is behind the attempt? Is it being done here in Nigeria or abroad? Have the people behind it been arrested?

“We have already told them that they are registering underaged children. They said they have made a report, but up till now the report has not been made public. So INEC should stop raising issues without providing particulars. I am a lawyer so I expect them to provide details of what they say”, Nwodo said.

On his part, Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, said INEC as the electoral umpire should be held responsible for whatever shortcomings associated with elections.

As far as Adebanjo is concerned, the masterminds of the cloning are trying to win election at all cost.

“Are they not the people in-charge or are saying they don’t know about it? As far as I am concerned, the INEC chairman should be held responsible for whatever shortcomings that comes to the election. He is the chief electoral officer of the country and can’t shirk his responsibility.”

Recall that INEC had in a statement on Sunday, said the electoral agency had heard of such attempts and has taken security steps to protect the PVC, ahead of 2019.

“We wish to assure the public that the Commission had anticipated these and proactively taken measures to preserve and further secure our electoral materials. Several security features and secret source codes are contained in the SmartCard Readers which enable them to read only PVCs duly issued by the Commission. The advertisement shows photographs of blank cards which have not been personalised and which do not contain any details,” Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, stated.

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2019: ‘Atiku Has Become A Commercial Politician, Political Merchant,’ Says Okurounmu

A top chieftain of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okurounmu, has described former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as “a commercial politician, political merchant, mercantile politician.”

In an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, Okurounmu stated that Atiku is one of those Nigerian politicians who see politics as business, and he is one of those several politicians who have been running Nigeria as a political enterprise.

His words: “Through this way and by their greed, they’ve run Nigeria down. Nigerians should forget about Atiku and his generation of greedy political class who have ruined Nigeria.”

The chieftain however stressed that what Nigeria presently need is a new crop of focused, and patriotic youths who should go and form another political party with the sole aim of rescuing Nigeria from PDP and APC.

“There is no difference between APC and PDP. Both parties including President Buhari have nothing to offer Nigerians. Again, people like Atiku should be considered as men of yesterday. Nigeria should be forward looking and not be thinking about somebody like Atiku who is part of those who ruined Nigeria,” Okurounmu added.

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Tinubu’s Visit To Afenifere Leader: New Rapprochement Or Re-alignment? By Tunde Rahman

Since last Wednesday’s visit of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to the Akure residence of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the media, particularly the social media, have been awash with commentaries and analyses on the visit. Writers have hit the highway overdrive, analysing, speculating and conjecturing.

Some of these analyses have been interesting to say the least. Some surmised that the visit was a new political rapprochement between the leaders of the Yoruba socio-political group and All Progressives Congress National Leader.

Some labelled it a re-alignment of forces. Some alluded to the division, which broke out within the Afenifere around 2003 leading to the creation of Afenifere Renewal Group by some younger elements within the group, a division many anticipated at the time given the position of the mainstream Afenifere on some national issues.

So the writers deduced that the visit was to reconcile the Afenifere leader and Asiwaju, as if Tinubu and Pa Fasoranti were at daggers drawn. What new rapprochement? What re-alignment? Re-alignment of which forces, one may ask.

True, there may have been certain differences over some issues, which is normal in interactions among leaders or individuals within a group, a socio-political group for that matter. True, the differences may have been accentuated by the politics of the 2015 election.

But this is how far it appeared to have gone as the differences are neither deep nor cast in iron. In the build-up to the 2015 election, apparently baited by the curious decision of former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to convene a national political conference on the eve of an election and the promise of implementation of the outcome of same, the Afenifere leaders fell heavily for Jonathan.

They openly embraced the conference and participated fully in it. It was no surprise then that they went on to campaign and work for Jonathan’s re-election. Asiwaju, on his part, had a different view about that Abuja conference. He saw it as a trap; he doubted if the man from Otuoke had genuine intentions.

And because he belongs in the then opposition party, APC, a party he founded along with a few others, Asiwaju worked for his party’s candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, whom he believed and still believes in. This should be understandable in the normal run of politics. The APC candidate would later go on to win the 2015 election, unseating an incumbent for the first time in Nigeria’s political history.

On the matter of the move towards a better Nigeria, Asiwaju and the Afenifere leaders have always been on the same page. They have always operated on the same wavelength, for instance, on issues like the need for true federalism, devolution of more powers to the states and all of that, though they may couch this in different titles.

This may come in different forms or names. It is incontrovertible that both are united in the view that in order to engender a better country, Nigeria needs to be re-configured in one way or another.

My sense, therefore, is that there are no fundamental differences between Afenifere and Tinubu. This much was evidently clear from what transpired at the Akure meeting.

Because there was no division between them, because the visit was a family one, there was no fanfare about it. No trumpet blast, no ceremony. Asiwaju was only in Akure to give obeisance to whom it is due. Only a few close associates knew about the meeting. The APC leader felt he owed the Afenifere leader a return visit after the leaders of the group visited him in Lagos in early 2016. He felt he needed to visit Akure to restate his allegiance to Afenifere under Papa’s leadership.

Chiefs Fasoranti, Ayo Adebanjo, late Olanihun Ajayi and other Afenifere leaders had first visited Tinubu’s Bourdillon residence in 2016. At the meeting, there was a heart-to-heart discussion on Yoruba unity and how to advance her course in the Nigerian nation. Since then, the APC leader had been looking for an opportunity to reciprocate the gesture. It materialised on Wednesday.

Tinubu was accompanied on the visit by former APC Interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, and the party’s National Vice Chairman, South-west, Chief Pius Akinyelure. Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Chief Agboola Ajayi, some of his cabinet members and party leaders received the team at Akure Airport and joined it to Pa Fasoranti’s residence.

On hand to receive the visitors at the residence were Papa himself, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, Afenifere Secretary, Chief Seinde Arogbofa, and a few others. The meeting was held in Pa Fasorant’s living room. The excitement of the leaders in seeing Tinubu was palpable. The meeting itself was very impressive. The ensuing discussion was frank and guileless.

Accosted by journalists as he came out of the meeting, Asiwaju spoke about why he visited Pa. Fasoranti. “I am in Akure to acknowledge the leadership of Pa Fasoranti in our own race (Yoruba). He is a great leader of the Omoluabi and in his twilight we want him to be happy. He has been a great leader to all of us. His intellect is still very intact. We are here to seek his advice, seek his understanding and prayers. That is why I am here”.

Pa Fasoranti too commented on the import of the visit thus: “It is an indication of great things to come. With the coming together of Yoruba leaders, there will be an understanding on major issues affecting the Yoruba race. We will consult and move ahead.

As it is now, there will be a great understanding among the leaders as Tinubu is a leader in his own right. I think it (the visit) should lead to reconciliation, ARG and the mainstream.” The two leaders called for regular meetings. They said there was a need for them to be interfacing frequently so they understand each other better and their positions on issues would be clear and unambiguous. Any need to add more?

Rahman is media adviser to Asiwaju Tinubu.

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Tinubu, Akande Holds Closed Door Meeting With Afenifere Leader Rueben Fasoranti

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Osun State, Chief Adebisi Akande, are reportedly holding a closed door meeting with the leader of Afenifere, Chief Rueben Fasoranti.

The meeting, which is holding at the residence of Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo State capital, also have chieftains of Afenifere in attendance.

Although details of the meeting remain sketchy but sources at the meeting said it may be unconnected to finding a common course for Yoruba leaders ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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APC, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Others Condemn Threat To Impeach Buhari

The All Progressives Congress has described reports of a plot by some Senators to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari as laughable and a “huge joke taken too far.”

The party was reacting to the plot purportedly suggested by a Peoples Democratic Party Senator and widely applauded by some of the lawmakers during a closed session of the Senate on Tuesday.

APC’s position was contained in a statement by the party’s National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to him, the Party advises the Senators in question to stop what he called “this huge joke” and concentrate on their primary constitutional responsibility of lawmaking.

He urged them to pay greater attention to discharging their legislative mandates to their constituents, a task he stated, they had been elected to perform at the National Assembly.

The party reiterated that the Senators in question should not allow political shenanigans to becloud their overall national interest.

The APC said, “The party will not take issue with the Senate over the forgery suit and other court cases concerning some members of the 8th Senate because it will be subjudice.

“We advise the Senators in question to toe the same line and allow judicial process run its normal and legitimate course.

“Repeated allegations that the court cases are politically-motivated by the President and the APC are baseless. The President Muhammadu Buhari administration strictly respects the principle of rule of law and also adheres to the constitutional provisions of separation of powers between the three arms of government.”

Buhari’s impeachment not what we need, says Afenifere  

Also, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has kicked against the purported plot by a section of the Senate to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Secretary-General of Afenifere, Pa Sehinde Arogbofa, said the solution to the problem facing the country was not the impeachment of the President. He called on the National Assembly to settle whatever the problem it had with the President for the country to move forward.

Arogbofa added, “What have they done to correct the situation of the country? It is their government, it is an APC government. What have they done within their party internally to make things better? We have been hearing of corruption everywhere even among them. I don’t think they (members) are sincere with the move of saying they want to impeach the President.

“Their hands are not clean; if they are clean, people will support them; if their hands are clean, they will not be talking about pension and gratuities and other benefits for themselves, when people are hungry; when people are dying on the street; no food, no work for people and they are doing nothing about it.”

The Afenifere chieftain charged the National Assembly and the APC-led government to find solutions to the problems of the country rather than taking issue with the President.

“Let them go and settle the internal problem they have within themselves and give Nigeria better government. Nothing is moving. We need better government; it is not the impeachment of the President that we need now in Nigeria,” the Afenifere secretary stated.

Also the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said, “The impeachment clause is a provision in our constitution and no one can query its use if there is a reasonable need for it.

“But as it is, we are dealing with a breaking rumour. The country will look at the grounds upon which such action is being contemplated if it ever comes on stream. For now, we have no such thing before us and we therefore cannot form any reasonable opinion yet.”

The Secretary-General of the pan-Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, declined comments when one of our correspondents contacted him on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to make any comments on this matter. Let the political parties make their decisions,” Nwaorgu said.

We won’t support impeachment motivated by vengeance –Ohanaeze

But the President of Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said Ohanaeze would not support the impeachment of the President if it was motivated by vengeance.

He, however, believed that Buhari should be impeached if he had committed an impeachable offence.

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, Isiguzoro said, “If the President has committed any offence that warrants his impeachment, I think it will be in order to impeach him, but if it is done out of vengeance, malice or anger, especially because of the ongoing prosecution of the Senate leadership, then we will not support it.

“We advise the President to reconcile with the leadership of the Senate. He should stop the prosecution of the principal officers.

“We also advise Mr. President to stop his ‘Northernisation’ agenda. He should not continue to appoint only people from the North.

“In the same vein, we also advise the Senate to tread carefully. Impeachment is a serious matter and they should be careful so as to avoid any crisis that could undermine democracy in this country.

“We don’t want anything that could lead to another military intervention in Nigeria.”

Neither the Chairman of the pan-northern socio-political group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, and former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Commassie, nor the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Alhaji Muhammadu Ibrahim, returned several calls to their mobiles on Wednesday.

Also, there was no response to text messages sent to their telephones.

The President of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Mr. Malachy Ugwummadu, described the alleged impeachment threat against the President as one “joke too many.’’

Ugwummadu, a lawyer, insisted that the AGF, under the constitution, has the power to institute criminal proceedings against anybody and take over as may deem fit.

He said, “I think it is one joke too many. The National Assembly, particularly, the Senate, must recognise that they (members) are there in representative capacity whereby their duty includes that of lawmaking, oversight duties and budgetting.

“However, this penchant of overreaching the other arms of government as though it is more of competition than collaboration doesn’t augur well at all.”

Reacting to the allegation of the threat of an impeachment against Buhari, the Senator, representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, who was at the closed-door session of the upper chamber on Tuesday, denied the existence of such a plot.

Melaye, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, described the report as false and the handiwork of individuals, who believed that a Nigeria that was not led by them must not exist.

In a statement he signed, he described the allegation “as the narrative of the attack dogs of demagogues who have decided to turn Nigeria upside down for failing to choose leaders for Senators.”

Melaye said, “It is pertinent to note that the incredulously machinated misinformation was orchestrated by forces bent on destabilising the upper chambers of the Nigerian parliament for selfish reasons.”

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Fresh Crisis Hits Pan-Yoruba Group, Afenifere As Leader Fasoranti Resigns…Says Group Has Derailed

A fresh crisis seems to be tearing Pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere apart again as its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti yesterday announced his resignation as the leader of the organization. He attributed his decision to alleged disloyalty among members of the apex Yoruba cultural organization. The resignation, according to Fasoranti takes immidiate effect.

Fasoranti who became the leader of Afenifere after the death of Chief Abraham Adesanya said in a statement he personally signed that he has ceased to be the Leader of the foremost Yoruba organization. After his emergence, a faction of the group supported by former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu broke away and till date operates as Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG

In the letter addressed to the Secretary General of the organization, Chief Seinde Arogbofa and copied other leaders of the group including Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Sir Lanihun Ajayi, Chief Olu Falae, Chief Supo Sonibare and all the state Chairmen of the organization, the elder statesman alleged that some members of the organization are not loyal.

The letter reads in part “our organization, Afenifere was formed in 1951 under the leadership of our leader; Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The organization was formed to serve as an umbrella to be used to actualize the dream of a great nation and the Yoruba race.

“Over the years, Yorubas have tried to focus on a common goal. Chief Awolowo tried to ensure the oneness of our people with a lot of efforts notwithstanding the challenges he faced in the process. Unfortunately, he passed on without actualising this dream.

“I joined Afenifere from inception with the following leaders of our race, Pa Onasanya, Alhaji Ganiyu Daodu, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Sir Olanihun Ajayi, Chief Sam Sonibare, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Wunmi Adegbonmire and so on.

“The mantle of leadership fell on Late Pa Adekunle Ajasin and subsequently Pa Adesanya and then my humble self. As events have been unfolding in the past few years, the focus and goals of the founding fathers of our great organization ‘Afenifere’ were gradually eroded.

“This therefore made it herculian task for our members to work in unity. Several efforts were made to ensure the actualization of the Afenefere goals, but it appeared that we have not succeeded in achieving this. This is basically due to reasons best known to our members individually.

“Let me state clearly that the issue of adoption of the National Confab report had always been the focus and goal of our people in Afenifere even long before the National Confab was set up. The support of a leader who promised to implement this report was therefore not a mistake and inevitable despite all public insinuations.

“Considering my age, efforts and selfless dedication to my country, my state (Ondo), my political parties, my past leaders and my members in Afenifere both in Nigeria and in diaspora, I hereby wish to inform you all that I have decided to step aside as leader of our great organization Afenifere.”

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Afenifere Fires Back At Kwankwaso For Insulting Yoruba Elders

A pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has denounced the comments credited to a former governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso, during his recent visit to Ibadan describing it as “uncouth, rude and insensitive.”

Senator Kwakwanso had during the inauguration of some facilities in Ibadan reportedly asked some Yoruba elders to “shut up.”

The ex-governor, now a senator, said that “the issue of conflict between the farmers and Fulani herdsmen is not common to the South west alone. It is not even common to Nigeria. It is all over the sub region.

According to Afenifere, Kwankwaso’s grouse with the Yoruba leaders was their call for an end to the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen in the South West at a recent summit in Ibadan. At the summit, the leaders had said they would reconsider the place of the Yoruba nation in Nigeria if the Federal Government could not protect their people from the incessant attacks of the Fulani herdsmen.

But Afenifere in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odunakin, on Monday, said Kwankwaso did not condemn the abduction of a former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae, by the Fulani herdsmen.

He said, “The declaration is not anywhere near the statement of Gen. Yakubu Gowon on August 3, 1966 that “there is no basis for Nigeria unity, which has been so badly rocked, not only once but several times,” or the theme of the North’s revenge coup of July 29,1967 titled, ARABA, an Hausa word meaning “let us divide it.”

“In all his ramblings in Ibadan, Kwankwaso did not condemn the abduction of Chief Olu Falae, the killing of innocent farmers, the raping of women and destruction of crops and farmlands in the course of the grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen. He only tacitly justified their activities by offering excuses for their criminal conducts.”

Afenifere noted that Kwankwaso’s utterance was a replay of the sordid episode of 2,000 when some Arewa leaders stormed the office of the late Oyo State Governor, Alhaji Lam Adesina, on behalf of nomadic cattle rustlers.

“It is another sad day for the clash of civilizations within the Lugard cage when a man who has occupied all the offices Kwankwaso has held, opens his mouth in a people’s domain and all he vomits make listeners to confuse him with a herdsman

“With the uncouth, rude and insensitive remarks of Kwankwaso and his ilk in the North which are like pouring salt on injury, it is coming clear to us that there may be a grand agenda with the activities of the Fulani herdsmen either as an advance party of Boko Haram into our territory or an expansionist project.”

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Jonathan’s Multi Billion Naira Gifts: JNI, CAN, MASSOB, OPC Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Should Return the Money

The multi-billion naira gifts that the ruling party shared to all manners of groups to purchase endorsement for the incumbent Nigeria’s leader Goodluck Jonathan should be returned, if the thieves who collected the money have any conscience at all. This money belongs to the Nigerian people and those who induced the outgoing president to give bribes for votes at the expense of the suffering masses of Nigeria should return them before the fire of God fails on their lives.
Leading the pack of those who scammed Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP of billions of naira is the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) This body allegedly collected N35 billion naira from Jonathan’s cronies on the pretext of sharing such to pastors, priests and ministers all over Nigeria to label opposition candidate Buhari an Islamist, and ask their church members not to vote for them. Happily, some of us, with the help of some priests, pastors, reverends, were able to silently diffuse the lies and declare those that collected the money agents of Baal and servants of Balaam.
Senior gospel ministers in Abuja and environs believe that N35 billion naira was released from ‘the villa’ but only N10 billion naira was declared. They want to know what happened to the remaining N25 billion naira.   While others especially in the South were told that it was N10 billion naira, the opposition party put the figure at N6 billion. However, the money shared to pastors, which was monitored from various sources, was above N10 billion naira, including those reserved for ‘super men of God’. Whosoever collected the N35 billion bribes should return the excess change that remains. This body is led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) was alleged to have also collected their share of the ruling party bribe. They were alleged to have collected N12 billion naira meant to ensure that in remote villages, Jonathan was given enough votes spread around the North to get the mandatory 25 percent. A week after the  postponement of the February 28th polls, crisis broke out among leaders of JNI, where they accused their leaders of declaring only N5billion out of the N12 billion naira alleged bribe. JNI is led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad .Those who collected the money on the behalf of JNI should return such.
A faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo was allegedly given N5 billon naira which infuriated the Igbo intelligentsia and out of disappointment that their leaders have sold them again, the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) in the 19 northern states and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 19 northern states also refused to endorse Jonathan. The first tranche of the N5 billion naira bribes was shared at Chelsea Hotel Abuja on the night of January 12th while the second tranche was shared at Ohanaeze Secretariate on the 3rd of February amidst serious fracas. The sharing formula has been condemned by Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze Chieftains including Chief Chekwas Okorie, Chief Mbazullike Amechi, Chief Raph Obioha, Dr Dozie Ikedife among others This body is led by Chief Gari Igariwey. They should return the balance not shared to the Nigerian people.
Afenifere, having been informed by their Ohanaeze counterparts that there is excess money to loot, went for Jonathan’s jugular and they allegedly collected N9 billion naira. An infuriated Governor Fashola of Lagos, in reaction to the bribes said that ‘the South-west leaders betrayed the Yorubas because of money, saying the money “is blood money. Posterity will judge them for that action,” Their money for endorsement stance also brought condemnation from various Yoruba leaders. This body is led by Pa Fasoranti. They should return the balance of the bribe back to the people.
The two factions of Oodua Peoples Congress were settled with extra billions of naira which nearly caused problems between them before PDP settled the money sharing rancor. Reports have it that the two factions were settled with N3 billion naira each. They justified the loot by unleashing mayhem on Lagosians ahead of the polls. Please return the unspent balance back to the Nigerian people. This group is le by Dr Frederick Fasheun and Mr Ganiyu Adams.
Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) having gotten hint of the OPC billion naira bonanza, promised to help the ruling party sack Prof Jega of INEC, and they collected their own billions of naira. They spent a few millions on protest and thuggery and ran to the bank with the rest. The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lai Mohammed put the money shared to these three militias at N9 billion naira. According to Lai Mohammwed “N9bn was recently paid out to the OPC, MOSSOB and a few others to scuttle the polls”. This sum is too much for some  groups of thugs. Please return the unspent back to the people. This group is led by Chief Raph Uwazurike.
When Jonathan’s men saw that defeat was imminent, following the postponement of the polls earlier scheduled for February 28th, they allegedly mobilized over$ 5 billion dollars through Nigeria’s oil minister, Diezani Madueke with the purpose of bribing traditional and religious leaders of Northern extraction. To this effect, and from my estimate, close to N500 billion naira was shared in the19 northern states, especially North East and North West. ,Malams, Emirs and notable politicians in the north  smiled to the banks. However, the mood of change was too hot for them to woo voters. The propaganda that Buhari may die in office did not convince the northern masses to give Jonathan a second chance. This money was shared mostly in dollars and it helped shore up the price of the naira to dollars. The balance running into billions of naira should be returned to Nigeria’s coffer because poverty is too much.
While northern traditional rulers and politicians got over N500 billion naira, their Yoruba counterparts got over N200 billion within three weeks of Jonathan’s financial bonanza.  Oba’s and other politicians were assembled and given dollars, between $ 100,000 to 500,000 dollars were given, depending on status. PDP Chieftains also stole Jonathan silly“
Garba Shehu, APC Campaign spokesman, fearing that the excess money can bring about victory for Jonathan said that “President Jonathan has been criss-crossing Nigeria giving an average of N50 million each to traditional rulers, most especially in the South West and the Northern parts of Nigeria. This week, the President’s campaign money is being shipped to the North. Letters in English and Hausa backed by millions in cash are being dispatched to willing rulers in the region.
“Religious leaders, trade unions, youths organizations, professional bodies, entertainers are not ruled out of the money sharing jamboree of President Jonathan,”
At least, those in the South West tried to deliver their states, justifying part of the loot. But N200 billion naira for few persons is too much. Let them return the balance unspent ho help alleviate poverty in the land. .
Some traditional rulers from Igbo land, hearing about the bazaar in the North and South West, cried foul and they were assembled like chicken at Owerri and settled with another paltry sum of N5 billion naira at the last minute. These people did not betray Jonathan; they delivered, even though nobody voted for Jonathan in the South East on account of any Traditional ruler. Though the amount is small, and might have been spent on Emergency Ofala festival, the remainder must be pooled together to alleviate poverty in the land.
Another group of thieves known as Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and Goodluck Support Group (GSG) have already finished spending whatever they scammed out of that unsuspecting President who trusted people who have not his interest at heart. These two groups between themselves scammed Jonathan of over N100 billion naira. They also went on to scam other various groups, numbering about five thousand, who registered with them of billions of naira. A former governor of Anambrs State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, though a Jonathan apologist, openly condemned the criminal tendencies in TAN. They have already finished buying houses with the loot, however, whatever is remaining, should be returned, no matter how small. Poverty is too much in the land. EFCC recently arrested some members of GSG who hid hundreds of millions of naira in their houses.
Capturing the extent of the Jonathan bonanza, APC claimed that over a trillion was spent in few weeks. According to APC statement from Mallam Garba Shehu “We will like to bring to your attention and that of Nigerians how the President Goodluck Jonathan led Peoples Democratic Party government is wasting one trillion naira that belong to Nigerian people in his self-serving and desperate bid for a re-election at all cost in the midst of grinding poverty his party and government has subjected Nigerians to in the last 16 years”
Those who scammed Jonathan, Diezani and the Nigerian treasury of trillions of naira between February 28th and March 26th should please return part of the loot. CAN, JNI, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, OPC, MASSOB, Emirs, Obas, Ezes should please take note and act accordingly in the interest of the nation. If you cannot return it to the next administration, rechannel that loot to charity and poverty alleviation programmes in your  neighborhood as soon as possible, and reduce poverty in the land.
Those members of CAN, JNI, MASSOB, OPC, Ohanaeze and Afenifere who collected Jonathan’s multi billion naira gifts for votes, have committed sin of stealing, according to the Bible in Exodus 20 vs 15, they should return such, either directly to the next government, or through purposeful charities and poverty alleviation programmers in their respective communities, before the anger of God, who delivered Nigeria from their hands, falls on them.
Obinna Akukwe
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