Reno Omokri: Social Media’s Rogue And Demagogue, By Moyosore Andrews

The internet continues to shape several aspects of our lives, it has undoubtedly caused a paradigm in how we communicate and share information regardless of proximity or existence of facts. There are many benefits of the web and its role in today’s world, but it should come as no surprise that the internet has also spawned a resurgence of misinformation or what we call fake news. For a country like Nigeria where internet penetration and literacy is still low, it is becoming increasingly easy to disperse news based on ethnic, political or religious bias for the purpose of swaying judgments and emotions. The problem is that information on social media doesn’t have to be vetted, investigated, or confirmed before it escalates, and this leads to misinformation and rumors spreading like wildfire online.

Reno Omokri, an ex-aide to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is widely known for his half-baked nuggets and untruths, propagated trolling and mostly serves as the mouthpiece of the opposition on social media, although he never admits the latter. Since the emergence of the Buhari-led administration, Reno has taken a bullish approach to countering everything the government is seen to be doing and is constantly in the business of promoting hate and disinformation.

The self acclaimed author and questionable clergyman does poor work in his research and facts before taking to his Twitter account to attack the President Buhari administration with funny yet acerbic hashtags to push his narratives. He seems to have taken it upon himself to feed Nigerians with hearsay and jumps at every opportunity to discredit the government with shallow points and pure hate under the disguise of social activism. The pervasiveness of his tantrums and political bigotry on social media, from the distribution of disinformation to organized social media attacks is low and lacks dignity. But it is without doubt, that Reno is a fire starter, and many times it is always for the wrong reasons or because of his lack of constructive intellect.

Not too long ago, Reno argued on his social media platforms that the reason why President Buhari wasn’t invited to the G-7 summit was because of his “misrule and poor leadership skills”, adding that the President’s visit to Japan was meant to distract attention from a G-7 snubGuardian was first to call out this fake news with a fact check post. Since when did Nigeria become part of the G-7? This is a gathering of the world’s super powers and they decide who they want to have partake in their meetings given global trends and issues dominating their agenda. Back in 2015, President Buhari earned a seat at that table. He was invited to engage with members of the G-7 on the pressing challenges of Nigeria especially security in the North East. Where was Mr. Omokri then? For someone who brags much about once being in the corridors of government this knowledge should have been easy stuff. It appears that there is more that he does not know – save he is being deliberately mischievous, which seems likely. But if we pretend that he does not know much about international politics and how these relationships work, he should learn these things rather than use illiterate tactics to prove his points.

Reno continues to use his social media platforms to make many unsubstantiated claims made against the government. Many unsuspecting Nigerians have unfortunately bought into his lies and falsehood without fact-checking him. His constant attack on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo does not just irritate, it questions Mr Omokri’s assumed sanity. It seems clear to any social media observer that this is his new point of duty. His latest trend, #RenoMoni, was created to mock the efforts of the Social Investment Programmes’ TraderMoni and MarketMoni. In this faux attempt to mock the genuine micro-credit scheme, he doles a few thousands to some of his followers persuading them to believing that the government’s Market and Trader Moni schemes are fake and dubious unlike his own twitter jamboree.

But just recently, the Vice President was in Nasarawa state to assess ongoing disbursements of loans and interact with the beneficiaries. During his visit, he highlighted the progress of the initiative and the government’s plan to reach more states across to country. Significant too was the testimony that more traders were paying back their loans and getting access to bigger loans. Before now, we have seen men and women tell their stories about how the program has impacted their lives and businesses. Yet Reno, who lives in California, USA is relentless about misleading people and preying on doling cheap money to his elite followers to get them to buy his faux logic.

And this is not the first or last of his shenanigans. He is well known for attacking people who are not on his side or more intellectually sound than he is. He is swift to block any one who shares the truth to his Social Media timelines. His concoctions of stories and religious sentiments are deliberate to ignite outrage and discredit others. Evidently he derives joy in pushing fallacies and harmful propaganda for attention. The same man who is quick to question other people’s integrity shies away whenever he’s called out concerning his credibility and other dubious campaigns he has been involved in.

What people like Reno Omokri fail to realize is that communication should enhance democracy, rather than endanger it. Instead of acting ignorant or tirelessly attacking the government, we should help the public air their concerns rather than manipulate them. Reno should think less of himself if he is as concerned as he wants us to believe, because rogue activism is undermining democracy, making it very hard for ordinary citizens to decipher truth from his falsehood. His constant bombardment of conspiracy theories, and other misinformation fuels cynicism, and citizen fatigue. His presence on social media has made the arena a danger zone, not because he claims to be an activist that puts government on its toes, but because he endangers truth, the most fundamental tool in information management.

Moyosore Andrews is a journalist and social media commentator.

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Nigerians Should Appreciate Me For Exposing Reno Omokri, By Seun Bisuga

Reno Omokri is the modern day illusionist for very obvious reasons. He is one person who never pays attention to details and hardly understands the organogram of the Presidency despite having worked there before as the New Media aide to former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

It’s increasingly clear why he was sacked and replaced by Obi Asika, he pays no attention to details and he’s apparently driven by emotions but more importantly by fraud and lies. In his article titled, “Osinbajo should appreciate me – Reno Omokri” he showed how uneducated he is especially with the workings of the Social Investment Programmes including TraderMoni which Omokri has been having sleepless nights over. First, it’s important for Nigerians to note how TraderMoni works.

The Nigerian Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) is one of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under the Office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

This means that TraderMoni is not a personal programme of the Vice President but of the Federal Government in the Buhari administration. The visits by Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to markets are on-site assessments of the programme and an opportunity for the Vice President to directly feel the pulse of the beneficiaries and understand the problems they could be facing.

The programme is managed and executed by the Bank of Industry and the VP never shares N10,000 as Omokri has often claimed. The disbursement is electronic, so is the registration process, so it’s safe to say everything is online. In the first phase, two million petty traders across Nigerian markets benefited from the scheme.

Understanding the economics of TraderMoni has been a problem for Omokri, not that he has shown finesse on any subject matter before TraderMoni. If you skim the social media channel of Omokri, you’ll admit that he has little or no grasp of most issues. It’s difficult to tell maybe he is ignorant or illiterate because he often carries himself like someone who understands what he is talking about.

Away from TraderMoni, Omokri tried to clear his name of the fraud he is perpetuating in the name of Leah Sharibu. It has been well documented that Omokri sold books and shirts in the name of Sharibu, a Dapchi schoolgirl captured by Boko Haram.

Whipping up religious sentiments as he always does, Omokri apparently conned people across the world, including the new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to buy his Leah Sharibu narrative. When queried to give details of the earnings, Omokri contradicted himself.

In a tweet, he claimed the proceeds from the book and shirt spent no more than five minutes in his account before he transferred it to the parents of Miss Sharibu but shortly after he was asked to show a screenshot of the transfer, he claimed that the monies were paid directly to the account of Sharibu’s father, Nathan.

But this is one of the many fraud perpetuated by Omokri. He once wrote an article in the name of Wendell Simlin – his nephew – to smear the then Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Sanusi Lamido. He tried to blackmail him by accusing him of being the financier of terrorist group, Boko Haram.
He did this to rubbish a noble person who had raised very profound questions about the disappearance of $20 billion from the government coffers. Omokri saw this as an assault on the corruption-ridden government that he was a beneficiary.

Omokri always claims that he is bestseller but in the real sense, he is not. He uses this ploy to target people who are unsuspecting. He grand stands and paints himself in a light that never exists. Take for example the giveaways he does on Twitter. 

Omokri claims to put smile on the face of the masses but that’s completely untrue, it’s another scam. He only gives one or two people N10,000 or N20,000, how exactly does that translate into the masses? In all, only six persons have benefitted from Reno’s equivalent of TraderMoni, how does that compare to the millions that benefitted from the FG scheme?
On Twitter, loads of people do giveaways and do not demand retweets in return but not Reno Omokri. He predominantly lives for the attention. He demands that people retweet him to benefit but despite all the retweets only six persons have benefited.

While real people do philanthropy without publicizing it, Omokri lives for the cameras, he even does videos demanding that his followers watch till the end. 

Another scam by Omokri is that he is a pastor, something that has become cliché among scammers. No one has seen Omokri preach before despite claiming he owns a church and that is a rarity, given that, he will die for the lights, camera and action.

Any follower that quizzes him about the theology school he attended or who his spiritual father is on Twitter will be blocked. Omokri is the ultimate tyrant, you can’t question his judgment or submission on any matter, even worse, you must not have a superior argument to Omokri, if you do, he will block you but this is the same guy who insults people for fun.

Talking about insults, Omokri cannot debate me, talk less, the aides of VP Osinbajo, it will be a walk in the park, particularly for me, given the lacuna in our intellectual level.

But more importantly, Nigerians must know that there are loads of end-time pastors and must be weary of anyone whose words profess God but his actions are anti-God. He takes delight in using religion to rattle his followers and incite them to violence.

Seun Bisuga is a journalist and public analyst

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Poverty Statistics: Reno Omokri Ridiculing Goodluck Jonathan – Group

A policy group in Nigeria says Reno Omokri, a former social media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan is ridiculing the former number one citizen of Nigeria.

The Global Economic Policy Initiative, GEPIn, said it was wrong for Mr. Omokri to be peddling lies and issuing statements on behalf of President Jonathan.

President of the group, Mr. Bernard Okri said that the world will be laughing at Mr. Jonathan for trying to undo the abject poverty which he thrust Nigeria into by falsifying figures.

“Mr. Omokri has a record for impersonation, identity theft and blackmail but who would have thought that he would do it to his former boss and former President of Nigeria,” Okri quizzed.

“In an attempt to slander Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the poverty figures that he quoted while addressing the Council of Foreign Relations in New York City he dented the reputation and goodwill of his former boss.

Okri stressed that Prof. Osinbajo was right when he said the poverty level in Nigeria as at 2010 was over 112 million, which was over 67 per cent of Nigeria’s population at the time.

Quoting the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), he said about 112 million Nigerians, which is about 67.1 per cent of the country’s total population of 167 million were living below poverty level.

He said Nigeria only became the poverty capital of the world because the Peoples Democratic Party which had been in government impoverished Nigerians and looted all the resources.

“In 2010, over 112.47 million Nigerians were living on less than a one dollar a day. The NBS data showed that 67% of Nigerians in 2010 were living in “absolute poverty” – this figure had risen from 54.7% in 2004.

He added that the NBS report revealed that Nigerians considered themselves to be getting poorer at the time.  “According to the report in 2010, 93.9% of respondents felt themselves to be poor compared to 75.5% six years earlier,” Okri added.

He said it was a shame that Mr. Omokri could not do a simple Google search to confirm the statement of the Vice President before jumping on Twitter and even issuing a statement.

“This is a disgrace to President Goodluck Jonathan, he has made him the laughing stock of the world, I think he deserves better than to be dragged in the mud by Mr. Omokri. A simple Google search would have saved both of them this embarrassment,” he said.

He, however, urged Mr. Omokri to apologise to President Jonathan, Vice President Osinbajo and all Nigerians for dragging the name of the country in the mud.

“He (Omokri) has record of telling lies and he is a very fraudulent person. Nigerians still remember Wendell Simlin, the name Mr. Omokri stole in his bid to blackmail then former CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, accusing him of sponsoring Boko Haram but he was busted.

“Only last week I read that he was using the name of abducted Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, to make money for himself by selling shirts and a book he wrote in her name.

“He has a past and most us know that he relies heavily on this type of fraudulent activity to survive, things have not been easy for him since the PDP left government,” Mr. Okri.

He urged Nigerians never to believe or take anything Mr. Omokri says seriously. “We should engage in constructive criticism if we really want Nigeria to succeed, persons like Mr. Omokri exude bad vibes, Nigerians should not believe anything he says.”

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Buhari’s Aide Releases Full Tape Of Amaechi’s Speech

Presidential aide on Digital Media, Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi, on Sunday, reacted to the doctored audio tape released by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi was said to have allegedly spoke ill of the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

Ogunlesi, in a series of tweets on Sunday evening stressed that the leaked audio was clinically edited. He noted that the area where Amaechi spoke about corruption was ‘edited out’.

He further released the full version of what Amaechi originally said via his twitter handle @toluogunlesi.

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Reno Omokri And His Satanic Verses, By Nathaniel Adoji

Satan the father of all liars will feel threatened by Reno Omokri’s constant and steady rise in his area of expertise. Omokri has told so many lies that one begins to doubt if he was born Reno Omokri. But Satan can take comfort in the fact that he is crafty and clever while Omokri is dumb and ignorant, he can’t keep up with his strings of lies.

His latest attempt was in a poorly written piece titled “Sadly, Nigeria has a Pinocchio for a vice-president” published online. Omokri, a supposed pastor who was thrown out of Jonathan’s administration tried to malign the personality of Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President in this recent diatribe.

What Omokri attempted to do was to compare the successes and achievements between the Jonathan and Buhari administration but what he succeeded in doing was to praise the Buhari administration for its achievement.

Omokri claimed that “former President Jonathan can point to exactly 8956 projects that he initiated, started and completed, I challenge the Buhari government to name just three projects that they have initiated, started and completed in the last three years.”

Many Nigerians cannot readily recall any project that Jonathan started and finished talk less 8956 projects, this is just another bad dream by a drowning man whose followers are fast dwindling because of his Multi-Personality Disorder syndrome.

Since he wants to know the projects initiated, started and completed by the Buhari administration, he will get it.

The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme was introduced by the Buhari administration and overseen by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The programme currently feeds 8.5 million pupils across 24 states on daily basis.

Then there is the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme which was launched by President Buhari’s administration six months after it was sworn-in. The programme creates a linkage between anchor companies involved in the processing and small holder farmers of required key agricultural commodities.

The programme has increased banks’ financing to the agricultural sector, reduced agricultural commodity importation and reduce level of poverty among smallholder farmers among others. Over 600,000 farmers currently benefit from this scheme.

N-Power is another project that is designed to create employment and empower the youths. N-Power provides an opportunity to achieve inclusion and productivity in Nigeria. N-Power creates jobs and is one of the initiatives of the Social Investment Programme.

As at today over 500,000 people have been recruited and it will be over one million by the end of 2018.

The creation of opportunities for youths to leverage innovation in technology through the introduction of the Aso Villa Demo Day (AVDD) through which over N700 million has been disbursed to young entrepreneurs so has the revitalization of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign.

The Buhari administration has improved fertiliser distribution and access across states through the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. This has increased Nigeria’s production of rice and has not only help us stop importation but has made us potential exporters.

The ongoing Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme commenced in November 2016 in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, where soft loans ranging from N10, 000 to N100, 000 have been given to over 350,000 market women and traders across different states. These are all collateral-free loans.

Conditional Cash Transfer scheme, under which over 400,000 less privileged Nigerians so far are now being funded with the monthly N5,000.

The establishment of MSMEs Clinics, a small Business support programme to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in different states as well as the establishment of One-Stop-Shops to support policies on Ease of Doing Business.

There’s no gainsaying that electricity generation and distribution has improved greatly. During the Jonathan administration, Nigerians bought generators every year always had at least two because they perpetually had no light but that’s all changed. There is a fair share of electricity for all.

Buhari’s administration commissioned the super fast 187-kilometre Abuja-Kaduna railway and the Abuja metro. Even though Omokri claims his former boss completed both projects we know it’s a BIG FAT LIE.

If he did it would have been in use but that was not the case. There are major infrastructural achievements recorded. The Lagos-Ibadan expressway; Enugu-Onitsha expressway, East-West road, Abuja-Lokoja-Benin expressway, Kano-Maiduguri expressway, Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway among others.

Another giant stride of the Buhari administration is the creation and successful completion of Modular Refineries. Only recently, a team from the office of the Vice President visited the OPAC refinery site located at Umuseti, Kwale, in Delta State.

Thirty-eight modular refineries were granted licences to operate in the Niger Delta region and at least two will be ready by December 2018.

Feel free to throw in June 12 as the new Democracy Day and as recognition of late Chief MKO Abiola feat during the 1993 general election.

The list of achievements is endless, and I can go on and on. For people like Omokri sowing the seed of discord is what they have been ordained to do. He lives with his family in the United States but will stop at nothing to see Nigeria burn.

It’s important to note that for “End Time” pastor Omokri and his ilk they will stop at nothing to take away peace from Nigeria once they don’t have access to steal our commonwealth.

They will prefer to bring down any government they cannot steal from, and It’s time we ignore this E.T. looking dude and concentrate on more important issues.

More lies and satanic commentaries would continue to ooze out of Reno, but like the Bible shows us, we would continue to cast them out. 

Nathaniel C. Adoji

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The Real Price Of “Change The Change” Campaign (2), By Garba Shehu

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Buhari/Osinbajo led government will clock three years in office. With elections less than a year ahead, this period of people-oriented governance has been a great success. The administration has fared very well in various policy fronts. There is a long list of achievements to flaunt.

The popular support for the administration, especially among the poor and disadvantaged is still holding up and is unlikely to significantly wane. In fact trends from our internal polling suggest that this should hold up, or even grow all the way to 2019, the reason being that the ordinary citizens concede it to the president that he is trying to do his best for the country.

His concerns for the poor citizens and the nation are among his greatest assets. This is why he has led the country through difficult changes, such as the increase in the pump price of fuel and the landmark steps to stabilize the Naira, at grave risk to political capital, but measures that had become necessary for the benefit of the nation.

The distinguishing characteristic of the administration is its habit of not being bombastic. Look at the simple programme drawn up to celebrate the third anniversary: prayers in mosques on Friday and churches on Sunday; Democracy Day Lecture by Professor Attahiru Jega, erstwhile chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in the morning of Monday, 28th and a banquet in the evening on Tuesday 29th, at which event the country is also expected to say farewell to the Super Eagles of Nigeria, one of the teams representing Africa in the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.

The most telling event of the day is expected to be the broadcast on radio and TV by the President at 7:00 in the morning.

To mark the occasion, some ministers and senior officials of government are expected to be on radio and TV for much of the day, parading what has been achieved by the government in the three years. While the claims will be verifiable, the opposition is expected to continue their political jibes much of it unfortunately, promoting hate and intolerance that does not fit with the traditions of modern democracy.

When they ran the government at the centre, the opposition PDP showed aptitude in only one thing: the toppling of elected state governments using the police and secret service under their control. A five-man legislature met at 6:00 am and “impeached” Governor Dariye in Plateau; 18 members out of 32 removed Governor Ladoja of Oyo from office; in Anambra, APGA’s Governor Obi was equally impeached at 5:00 a.m. by members who did not meet the two-thirds required by the constitution.

His offence was that he refused to inflate the state’s budget. The lawmakers had reportedly met with representatives of the President in Asaba , Delta State and then accompanied to Awka by heavy security provided by the police Mobile Unit. The PDP President at that time had reportedly told Obi to forget re-election in 2007 if he did not join the PDP because he (the President) would not support a non-PDP member.

In Ekiti, Governor Fayose in his first term faced allegations of financial corruption and murder. Following the failure to heed the instruction of the presidency to impeach only Fayose and spare the deputy, Madam Olujimi, now a senator, the PDP President declared that there was a breakdown of law and order in the state and declared a state of emergency. He appointed Brig-Gen. Adetunji Olurin (rtd) as the sole administrator of the state on October 19, 2006. In an earlier incident in Anambra, it took an insider collaboration to thwart the unseating of Governor Ngige by a powerful thug sponsored by the PDP administration. The parliament at the centre seized the law-making powers of the Rivers State House of Assembly as a way to save Governor Rotimi Amaechi, the then chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum from impeachment by the PDP presidency. Thank God for Buhari, none of these absurdities has happened under his watch but the PDP is indicating their boredom with his meticulous observance of the constitution by calling for a return to the old order.

If not for “dry eyes,” as said in our common parlance, what is it that would push this party to write a letter to the United Nations, laying false claims to constitutionality and alleging that democracy is presently under threat?

But then, we all understand that by its tone, this is an angry opposition unhappy about the loss of privileges they desperately want to hang on to, privileges now abolished by the prudent, austere Buhari Administration. The former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, shocked the world by the revelation in her new book, titled, Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines, that they paid N17 billion bribe to the National Assembly to get them pass the 2015 budget.

President Buhari’s first budget in 2016 was the first year of passing the budget without the bribery of legislators. He came to power to clean up the mess and has so far managed a cleaner government than all of the past administrations.

As we said in the first part of this article, the beneficiaries of the old order have since been complaining that they are being starved. Four more years of Buhari?

If by chance or accident you have a USD 16 billion question hanging on your neck, money large enough to construct the Lagos-Port Harcourt standard gauge railway and the massive Mambila power plant put together without borrowing a kobo, then you see a capacity in the change administration to end the shenanigans and get to the root of what happened with the money in that exercise, what do you do? Most people will say start running, scream it: that this change we voted for has gone too far. Foxy generals don’t wait to be caught.

It is the same thing with the narrative of suffering and hunger in the land, the blame which is unfairly being heaped on this administration. Understood in its proper meaning, it is just a way of saying that the country’s ghastly and complicated corruption industry, which provides inestimable amounts of disposable incomes to public servants and elected officials is being shut down. What government has done in the trade and investment sector, and in other processes of government are illustrative of this. Government has been streamlining systems as a result of which there is transparency and fewer rules. That’s what the ease of doing business is all about, measures that have brought a lot of international compliment to Nigeria and for which there is a Presidential Enabling Business Council. As a result of this work Nigeria moved 24 places on the World Bank ease of doing business rankings, and earned a place on the list of 10 most improved economies in 2017. A prospective investor unjustly denied visa to visit Nigeria by a consular officer in a Nigerian mission can today hop into a plane and obtain his/her visa on arrival. New businesses which took years upon years to register now have a maximum of a 48-hour waiting period to be certified.

“Change the Change,” cries will continue to ring from elected officials and the beneficiaries of the old order who enjoy grinding the ordinary citizens into the dust and denying them access to the basics of government. These are the real losers who are rooting for the reversal of the change.

The Buhari Administration has since 2017 issued five Executive Orders, all of them to enhance the ease of doing business, increase local content and forcing businesses to use trained Nigerians in place of foreign labour and skills. Tell me, will all those who procure and sell expatriate quotas; the ones who bring in substandard furniture and electrical goods; fake drugs and the others engaged in the dumping of goods that threaten local agriculture and industry, not be happy to change the change?

These Executive Orders are already having a positive impact on Nigeria’s business and manufacturing sectors. The “bad” thing about them however is that they have dealt a devastating blow to officialdom, not just one having to do with petty bribes but scams to the tune of billions of Naira that highlight a political-industry nexus which, if not checked, would continue to hold down the economy in an underdeveloped state.

In a country that traditionally plundered its resources and wasted its best opportunities, it is a remarkable departure that this administration continues to do more with fewer resources. Despite the fall in oil price on the global markets and the cut in local output due to sabotage unleashed on the nation’s oil assets, more than N1.2 trillion was released for capital expenditure in the 2016 budget, and 1.476 trillion, so far, in the 2017 budget, making a total of 2.7 trillion (about $9 billion) in two years. This investment has enabled the resumption of work on several stalled projects — road, rail and power projects — across the country. At the same time, savings continue to be recorded with:

Ø Nigeria’s External Reserves doubled from $24 billion in October 2016 to $48 billion at present

Ø The Sovereign Wealth Fund seeing inflows of US$500m in 2016 and 2017 (the first inflows since the original US$1bn that established the fund in 2012)

The Buhari Administration has demonstrated a single-minded commitment to upgrading and developing Nigeria’s transport, power and health infrastructure.

In May 2018 the Federal Government launched the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), under the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). The PIDF is kicking off with seed funding of $650 million and will soon hit $1 billion.

Priority projects to be funded include the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the East-West (Lagos-Port Harcourt) expressway, the new Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway, the Second Niger Bridge and the Mambila power project.

In March 2018, the NSIA invested US$10m to establish a world-class Cancer Treatment Centre at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and $5m each in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, to establish modern diagnostic centres. These centres will be completed before the end of 2018.

It is also noteworthy that in 2017, the Buhari administration invested N127 billion in the transport sector, N130 billion in agriculture & water sector and N325 billion in power, works & housing sectors compared with the then Federal Government in 2014 that spent a paltry N14 billion on transport, N34 billion on agriculture & water and N106 billion on power, works & housing.

Road projects are on-going across every State of the country; many of these projects had been abandoned in recent years because of mounting debts owed by the Federal Government to contractors.

Our predecessors in office made a lot of political capital out of the fact that they are from Niger Delta and had the exclusive right to properly handle the affairs of the region. As it turned out, this was a big, big swindle as nothing came out of it. Money came; money went and passed through Niger Delta with nothing to show for it.

The Buhari administration’s ‘New Vision for the Niger Delta’ brings together a robust set of promises, solutions, targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region’s oil wealth.

The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16-point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in November 2016. Tangible results of the New Vision so far include:

Ø Take-off of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State. The University was granted approval in January 2018 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 2017/18 session, and academic activities on April 12, 2018.

Ø In 2017, President Buhari had approved an increase in the take-off grant allocated to the Maritime University from N2 billion earlier announced, to N5 billion. Similarly, in November 2017, an additional N1 billion was approved by the President to support essential infrastructure works and staff recruitment in the University.

Ø $170m seed funding for the Ogoni Clean Up, in an Escrow Account established for that purpose. The Escrow Agreement Signing ceremony took place in April 2018.

Ø Approval by President Buhari for an additional N35 billion for the 2016 budget of the Presidential Amnesty Programme

Ø Approval for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the nine States of the Niger Delta – one such refinery has been commissioned and two others will be completed by the end of 2018

Ø Resumption of construction work on abandoned projects across the Niger Delta, including the all-important East-West Road.

On agriculture, even our worst critics will [reluctantly] accept that the agricultural revolution is real. A food importing nation spending more than one trillion Naira annually, in the past, on food imports is now proudly producing nearly all that is needed to take care of herself. The Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria has substantially raised local production of rice, yielding from 2-3 tonnes per hectare to as high as 5 – 6 tonnes per hectare), and produced a model agricultural collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi States.

Between 2016 and 2018, eight new rice mills have come on-stream; and Nigeria’s paddy production and productivity has doubled compared to 2014 levels. Nigeria’s milled rice production has increased from 2.5MT to about 4MT, and rice exports from Thailand to Nigeria dropped from 1.23 million MT in 2014 to 23,192 MT as of November 2017.

The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (which includes a partnership with the Government of Morocco, for the supply of phosphate), has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants across the country, with a total installed capacity in excess of 2 million MT. The benefits include annual savings of US$200 million in foreign exchange, and N 60 billion annually in budgetary provisions for fertilizer subsidies. The Scheme has also made it possible for farmers to purchase fertilizer at prices between 30 to 100 per cent cheaper than previously bought.

Through agriculture, millions of our citizens, especially the unemployed youths are being brought into the growth trajectory.


“Pastor” Reno Omokri is forcing me to do what I don’t do. I don’t react to published criticisms. I have spent my entire career in the media and as one who criticizes others; you must be ready to take criticism.

This is about exposing a liar masquerading as a pastor. By the way, I have known and worked with exemplary pastors who are decent and from whom you learned more of the etiquette of truth telling.

Take for example Pastor Emeka Izeze and his brother, Pastor Ifeanyi, or his friend, Pastor Segun Babatope. And lately, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President and Pastor Femi Adesina.

For those Reno tried to mislead, yes it is a fact that I worked in the media office of a PDP administration. Not for five years as the new-day pastor published but only for six months at which point it was announced on NTA news, to my surprise, that my letter of resignation had been accepted when I hadn’t written any. I learned of course that I was fired because the head of the country at that time, who believed that every published criticism was sponsored by an insider, read the weekly magazine, The News, and didn’t like what was written about him.

Another point the “Pastor” keeps making is that he was my colleague at that time. No, he wasn’t. His boss was. The Reno I knew was a Personal Assistant (PA) to a Principal Officer like me. He didn’t attend meetings and didn’t receive official briefings as we did but ran errands for his boss.

Not being a principal officer by status, he could not have had an office opposite my own. He may, however, have perched on a stool in one of those offices but I didn’t take particular notice of which one. He was, however, very personable at that time.

“Pastor’’ Reno lied by calling me an AGIP – meaning an unprincipled person ready to serve any government in power. The period he was referring to was one in which my boss ran into bad political weather and some of us around him were scapegoated. I was locked in DSS detention many times, my houses in Kano and Abuja broken into and valuables, including cash some of which were never returned were seized. I was going to court for two years and for the most part of which I didn’t have a passport. In the course of that trial, the judge presiding called back my lawyers, Niyi Akintola, SAN and Rickey Tarfa, SAN, after an adjournment to say that “I didn’t mean that he should be kept in DSS detention. I said he should be taken to Kuje Prison,” and that’s where I was kept. Under detention in the DSS I was stripped down to the pants and photographed head to toe. All that didn’t make one to capitulate.

When they lost to Muhammadu Buhari in the party primaries, the candidates in that race, Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Waziri Atiku Abubakar, Rochas Okorocha and Sam Nda-Isaiah surrendered their media assets to the winner who had the grace to ask me to lead the media team. When we won, he (then President-elect Buhari) invited me to serve as one of his two spokespersons and I pledged 100 per cent loyalty to him and that’s where I am. This cannot be AGIP by any standards.

Reno should stop lying, if only to help the pastoral calling to retain its good name. Otherwise he should quit the ministry.

Garba Shehu is Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity)

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I Introduced BVN, Converted Enugu Airport To International, Says Jonathan

Immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan says his administration, initiated, started and completed over 1000 projects in three years of his six-year rule.

In a press statement, signed by his former aide, Reno Omokri. he listed the projects to include introduction of BVN, Conversion of Enugu airport to internation, 12 new universities,120 almajiri schools, revival of Lagos-Kano rail, reconstruction of Benin-Ore rd, reconstruction of Vom-Manchok road, the YouWIN initiative, the Graduate Internship Scheme, the rebasing of the Nigerian economy.

The statement also addressed the assertion by former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole, that former President Jonathan’s administration was laced with corruption.

“I also call on journalists to go to Abuja and Edo State to appraise the value of Adams Oshiomhole’s homes which are more expensive and worth more than former President Jonathan’s homes in Abuja and Bayelsa. Yet former President Jonathan was a deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President and President while Oshiomhole was a labour leader before becoming a Governor. From where did he get the money to build such palatial homes? Omokri, queried.

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The Grand Hypocrisy Of Pastor Reno Omokri And His Looting Gang, By Nduka Anwuzie

If there is any Nigerian that is so hypocritical, it is Reno Omokri. You claim to be a Pastor but trade in lies just to please your paymasters, who conspired to loot billions of dollars from the treasury between 2010 and 2015. The peak of the looting was done in 2015 just before the General Elections. It would take the Nation several years to recover from such brigandage.

If Nigeria were a company, it would not be able to survive such grand theft. But with the help of God, the Nation is gradually getting its groove back to the disappointment of Pastor Reno and his comrades. As a Christian, you should be conversant with the Lord Jesus’ admonition which stated clearly that man shall not live by bread alone. You are hungry, and the hunger has made you mad. Forget the boastings of having a bestseller.

If you really made so much from the sale of your book, you should have been financially independent by now. You have not recovered from the defeat suffered by your boss in 2015 which made you and your comrades jobless. A Pastor is supposed to be a man of character and dignity who preaches and practises the principles enunciated in the Bible, but that is not the case with you.

In the ten commandments listed in Exodus Chapter 20, God specifically commanded in verse 15 that we should not steal. Pastor Reno, you certainly witnessed the monumental graft in the Government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, yet you kept quiet. You never preached the gospel to the looters. Or were you on spiritual leave between 2010 and 2015? Did you suspend your Christianity to enable you partake of the naira feast?

Assuming without conceding that you were not aware of the heist that was going on then, have you not been made aware of it since 2015? Or, you still don’t believe that Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser and Dieziani Allison Maduekwe stole billions of dollars from the treasury.

Is Mrs Patience Jonathan’s induction into the Club of Dollar Millionaires a result of hard work, or the savings from her earnings as Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State? Are you not aware of how Billions of Naira were transferred from our national treasury into the personal account of your comrades including Femi Fani-Kayode during the 2015 Elections? It is so shameful to see you look away from these mindless looting of our national treasury just because you and your guys were involved. I daresay that with your penchant to attack people, you would have since turned against your comrades if you weren’t part of these grand theft of our national wealth. Because you were part of the group that stole our Nation blind, you no longer think the commandment against stealing is from God.

Pastor Reno, I didn’t hear you tell your colleagues to return the monies they looted from the treasury during the reign of your boss, President Jonathan. A Pastor is supposed to be bold to admonish his sinful friends. Instead, you engaged in shadow boxing to please your paymasters whose names appeared on the list of looters recently released by the Government. You allude to the one-sided nature of the list as if that washes away the sins of the looters on the list before God. Can that serve as a legal defence to the crime they have committed?

Pastor Reno, since you have never criticised the parading of armed bandits by the Police, it is hypocritical to criticise the naming of looters who have stolen far more than all the armed robbers in the world combined. These are looters whose acts of corruption caused more the suffering and death of millions of Nigerians, far more than the total number of deaths caused by armed robbery in the history of this Nation. Because you cannot preach against stealing without offending your paymasters, you have chosen to focus your messages on sexual purity only. How convenient?

Your obsession with tweeting about sex and Big Brother Naija (of all things) while living the good life in the United States just attests to the calibre of men who occupied critical positions in Nigeria. On the 3rd of March, 2018 you tweeted about the housemates of Big Brother Naija calling them agents of darkness and not stars. You went further to say that they are a blight on the nation, foaming in the mouth indecency and Nigeria must not celebrate them. Pastor Reno, is this not hypocritical?

How can you leave out those who plundered this Nation to focus on young Nigerians on the Big Brother Naija show who have been forced by the poverty and hopelessness caused engendered by corruption most especially of the Jonathan era to partake in a Reality contest with a promise of a better life if they win the N45 Million at stake? Yet you left the thieves untouched and labelled the housemates of Big Brother Naija as agents of darkness.

Despite the moral failings of the show, the average Nigerian would choose the Big Brother Housemates over you and those who stole Nigeria blind who you presently serve as their mouthpiece. You and your comrades are the agents of darkness whose stars would never shine again.

Your tweets reveal the mind of a man who has nothing meaningful to do with his time, hence your recourse to spewing rubbish against the Federal Government just because you have been deprived of your economic lifeline by the blocking of all loopholes that aid corruption which was glorified during the reign of your boss, Goodluck Jonathan.

Trillions of Naira were looted by the immediate past government, of which you were a spokesperson. These monies would have built and equipped several hospitals, schools, roads, houses etc for the benefit of millions of Nigerians. Do you know how many Nigerians who have died in the past years because of corruption perpetrated by the government of former President Jonathan, your boss? Instead of deploying our resources to better the lives of millions of Nigerians, President Jonathan and his comrades like you cornered the wealth for themselves. Young graduates roam the streets because the money that would have been used to establish and support job creating companies and industries was looted.

Even those that schooled abroad come back home and find no jobs because of corruption. You are also a testament to the effects of corruption on our youths as you also relocated abroad since you could not find a job here in Nigeria as a result the record-breaking corruption perpetrated by your boss and his group. The suffering and deaths visited on millions of Nigerians because of the large-scale stealing that took place would never go unpunished here on earth, and even in the afterlife.

Pastor Reno, going by the recent vituperations against the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo by you and your comrade, Femi Fani-Kayode, it is clear that you have been paid by your gang members who are members of the Looting Class to attack the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) for daring to expose them at every forum. The attacks against him went a notch higher the day after he specifically mentioned that the sum of N150 Billion was shared by the Jonathan government before the 2015 elections at the 7th Presidential Quarterly Business Forum in Abuja. If you were a patriotic Nigerian and a man of God as you claim, these revelations should be enough to make you call out the thieves if you were not part of them. But instead, you jump to the media to deny that such grand theft ever took place.

Working with the President should have exposed you to the powers of the President to access information about the financial dealings in the country. The Vice-President is not flippant. He spoke based on facts. And just like you stated in your recent epistle to your comrade, Femi Fani-Kayode wherein you quoted late Daniel Patrick Moynihan who stated that “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” Pastor Reno, the fact is that over N150 Billion was looted by the Jonathan Government before the 2015 elections alone. There is no spin that would change that.

The damage done to our country by the worst heist in history is what this Government is working hard to repair by naming and shaming the thieves as well as getting them to face the legal consequences of their actions which includes refund of the stolen funds. But you and your comrades would have none of it. Just because “wife and children must chop” doesn’t mean you should talk so shamelessly. It is ironic that those who stole so much from the Nation and refused to use the billions of dollars generated from the sale of crude oil at $112 per barrel can now claim to be the apostles of good governance and anti-corruption. Shame on you all!

Nigerians do not have amnesia as you so wish. You and your comrades should hide your faces in shame and shut your corrupt mouths. Your great-grandchildren would be told of your role in the rape and destruction of our Nation. You have decided to fight back and attack those setting the course of the Nation on the right path, but you would all fail. No amount of name-calling, blackmail and propaganda can stop the moving train.

Nduka Anwuzie

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Fuel Subsidy: Reno Omokri’s Wilful Ignorance And His Quest For Misinformation, By Bernard Okri

In the last of the President Goodluck Jonathan days in office, a certain Reno Omokri was ousted as Social Media/ New Media adviser and was replaced by famed media mogul Obi Asika.

Omokri had become a liability and a disaster waiting to happen to the Jonathan government. At the time of his sack, Sahara Reporters wrote this about him: “Mr. Jonathan’s move is seen as an apparent maneuver to re-energize his social media image following a growing slide in his electoral fortunes as well as a series of scandals involving Mr. Omokri, who until now shaped and ran the incumbent President’s campaign on social media.

The online newspaper continued, “A source at the Presidency told SaharaReporters that Mr. Omokri, who returned from California to boost President Jonathan’s political campaigns in 2011, had become a huge liability and source of distraction. Mr. Omokri, who also doubles as a pastor, came to be known as “Wendell Simlin” after tech-savvy Nigerian social media activists caught him red-handed as he circulated reports on the Internet that claimed to have found a link between former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

“Enterprising social media sleuths discovered that the so-called reports implicating Mr. Sanusi as a sponsor of Boko Haram were first created on and disseminated from Mr. Omokri’s personal computer in Abuja.”

Fast forward to 8th April 2018 and you will understand why Omokri is haunted, disturbed and still not a force to reckon with despite his non-stop rant on social media and ploy to gain attention.

Since the name Reno Omokri has become associated with ‘source of distraction’ and ‘falsehood’, it came as no surprise to me when he tried to distract Nigerians by having a go at the present administration on the issue of subsidy.

Increasingly, it has become clear that when Omokri worked in the immediate past government he was never allowed anywhere near intelligence or administration matters – even the basic of information.

To enlighten Omokri, the statement by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that the Nigerian government does not pay subsidies is perfectly true.

However there is a tweak to it: Under the subsidy regime of the Jonathan government, his boss paid oil marketers bogus amounts of monies to cover for their expenses to supply the country fuel and maintain the price at an affordable amount – this led to the enriching of a few and impoverishing of the country, as most of the oil marketers did not even make any deliveries to Nigeria but were paid billions of Naira. Some others took crude oil to Ghana and Benin Republic but where paid as well.

Under the new system which operates under the Buhari’s government, oil marketers do not receive money from government. Instead, NNPC bears the cost of the differential and takes the hit on their own balances by ensuring that the price of petrol remains at N145 regardless of the fact that the landing cost has increased in such a way to make the 145 unprofitable.

In this new arrangement – which is called UNDER-RECOVERY – the Nigerian consumers benefit and not the marketers. If this is not done, the price of fuel would shoot up and the President has said he would never allow that happen.

What the government is doing to put an end to this regime, which is in itself a short term solution – is to fix our refineries including encouraging private sector involvement.

Chief Financial Officer of NNPC, Mr. Isiaka AbdulRazaq, who traced the advent of the subsidy regime to October, 2003 when NNPC was directed by government to commence the purchase of domestic crude oil at international market price without a corresponding liberalization of the regulated price of petroleum products noted that the subsidy regime has changed.

He explained that under the Jonathan subsidy regime, NNPC and other suppliers of refined petroleum products were entitled to file subsidy claims to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

Mr. AbdulRasaq, however, noted that unlike oil marketers, under the under-recovery regime NNPC did not receive cash payment for subsidy claims as its claims were deducted out of cost payment to the Federation Account after due certification by PPPRA.

Mr Omokri must stop making a fool of himself, and deliberately playing ignorant to misinform Nigerians. And if indeed he is as ignorant as he exudes himself, then he needs to learn that search engines still work. But he must first open himself to learning, even from those who oppose him: Reno is known to block on Twitter every person who disagrees with his views – which are mostly wrong. If he must find knowledge, he must end his hypocrisy and listen to the voice of wisdom outside his altered mindset.

That his former principal, Goodluck Jonathan, can label him a ‘huge liability’, what more can one expect, he is only living up to his billing.

So long Omokri!!!

Bernard Okri writes from Asaba, Delta State

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Goodluck Jonathan Is A Modest Man, Says Reno Omokri

The spokesperson to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has described his former boss as a modest man who all through his years acquired his assets through legitimate earnings.

Omokri said this while reacting to a purported videos of a police raid of the home of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and in which huge sums of money was found.

He alleged that the video is circulated by agents of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal Government.

His words: “No police officers or any other security agents have stormed any of the residences of former President Jonathan and no cache of dollars or any other foreign currencies have been found in any of his residences and indeed none can be found because no such stash exists.”

Omokri, explained that the former President had declared loyalty to Nigeria’s economy on March 7, 2014 where he said “I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”

“Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is a modest man and whatever he has by way of cash and property are the result of his legitimate earnings.
“He is the most investigated living former President in Nigeria’s history. That nothing implicating has been found on him should not lead his traducers to become desperate and fabricate evidence and circulate it as propaganda,” he added.


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Time To Find Idle Reno Omokri A Job, By Adoga Ibrahim

Reno Omokri is increasingly leaving Nigerians with no other impression than to take him as jobless and idle since he seats idly, consuming precious long man hours in crafting odd tweets about government officials who are busy attending to the needs of Nigeria and its citizens.

Mr Omokri often times professes being a pastor. His actions speak volumes, defining him as belonging to the wrong side of the pulpit.

Pastors are known to keep very busy and tight schedules. They are ever know to dissipate energies and time on tending congregations that are constantly in search of salvation and solutions to personal problems. It is doubtful whether Mr Omokri was genuinely called for this kind of onerous tasks. Omokri communes only through social media, soaking his soul in intricate political matters on which he is not adept and little informed.

Omokri, a protégée of former President Goodluck Jonathan adjudged to have presided over the most corrupt government in history is pained that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was not heard talking glibly about the refusal of Boko Haram to release a one of its abducted Christian captive, Sharibu Leah. He tied his anger to earlier remarks by Professor Osinbajo that his principal stole a whooping N150 billion which he shared among cronies to ensure his re-election in 2015.

Omokri fight anyone who, either by commission or omission attempts to expose Jonathan or any of his aides who contributed to abuse of governance in different forms during their reign.

Omokri should be made to understand that governance does not run by the peck of his own imagination. It is more surprising that the Jonathan’s aide on social media still does not know that the constitution of Nigeria allots functions to cabinet members, offering each of them the compass to operate.

He seems oblivious that when the President is physically in charge of a situation, the vice president only plays a supportive role. Regrettably, Omokri has not been reading the lips of President Muhammadu Buhari on the abduction and release of Dapchi secondary school girls and his avowed determination to get Sharibu Leah released. So, he expected the Vice President to again interlope. What more could be engaging than the assurances by the authorities that Leah is already on the verge of being released by Boko Haram?

However, Omokri, appears more confused that the government of President Buhari is more prone to action than fancy talks just to impress and that the government gets visible results more from its past and present actions. He should take into reckoning that the Buhari’s government secured the release of many of the Chibok Government Secondary School who Boko Haram kidnapped under Jonathan, while also wasting no time securing the release of school girls from Dapchi who were kidnapped in same manner, just weeks ago.

Reno Omokri gives an impression of himself as a watchdog and megaphone to echo perceived ills within a government. But he was tongue tied all through the reign of former President Jonathan when the commonwealth of Nigeria was mindlessly butchered or pillaged by desperate heists who served in the government and drew down the national economy almost to ground zero.

Till date, Pastor Omokri has never spoken against the wide spread looting that footnoted the era of his Principal; former President Jonathan in government. He rather sounds like a hypocrite looking out to fault the Vice President or any official of government, just for the sake of being heard rather than speaking the truth about the evil that the past government created and left for Nigeria.

Omokri can continue to look away from the sins allegedly perpetrated by the Jonathan government, but he will not deny that the international community severed ties with that government on account of huge scale of corruption it permitted while its reign lasted. Omokri will also not deny that former President Jonathan lost the 2015 election because Nigerians were eager to kick it out, siting the infamies anchored on large-scale corruption as strong reason. He also will not deny that up till date, the government of President Buhari has continued to recover government’s monies looted by many in the cabinet of his main principal and perhaps has not succeeded in recovering half of what had been looted.

Deep down in his heart, Omokri is aware that the government of former President Jonathan wronged Nigerians in many ways, including granting avenues for insecurity to fester with failure to invest in infrastructure and human capital development. He cannot controvert the fact that governance under Jonathan cracked so much that the government was generally branded as ineffectual and focusless. He should bear the guilt that the economy of Nigeria went prostrate under former President Jonathan, plunging Nigeria into a harrowing recession which took the present government less than a year to fix.

The suggestion here is that Omokri should stop hiding behind a finger by defending the indefensible. He should stop embarrassing his principal by his shameful theatrics of desperation to act like a good aide even when occasion never called for such. He should probably find something doing and get busy rather than loafing away precious time while immersed in nonsensical tweeting on irrelevant matters.

*Adoga Adejoh Ibrahim, a grassroots politician and public commentator wrote in from Lokoja, Kogi State.

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Reno Omokri’s Religious Intolerance And His Determination To Divide Nigeria, By Adefemiwa Oluwole

The Nigerian government needs to draw the line on persons like Reno Omokri who thinks every happening in Nigeria is an opportunity to divide the country along religious lines and probably start a war while he watches from California.
Omokri’s latest attempt to stir religious unrest was via a tweet on Friday. He said, “Vice President @ProfOsinbajo, a Pastor, is quick to publicly speak lies against @GEJonathan and others. Yet this same man has not thought it wise to even say one word of comfort to the parents of Leah Sharibu and the Christian community who are in deep anguish over her ordeal!”
Omokri’s tweet lacked intelligence, sensitivity and maturity. The only thing that tweet showed is that the writer is a child stuck in the body of an adult and what that brings to mind is ‘The Curious Case of Reno Omokri’.
Omokri showed that he is not only politically ignorant but religiously intolerant. He displayed his thoughts are one-sided, very human insensitive and very callowish. And this is not the first time he is going on this road, saying the VP Osinbajo is a Pastor and he should do this or do that, or he is a Christian and has not spoken about herdsmen killing Christians.
Unlike Omokri, the Vice President is a man of integrity. A man who has no prejudice towards any religion, he respects the belief of all Nigerians, he loves peace, he wants to keep this country united and will not in any way listen to someone who is drowning and who is seeking relevance by any means possible.
Let’s take a look at Omokri’s tweet again and analyse it. First, he has divided Nigeria’s leadership as Muslim President and Christian Vice President. With this mentality, he expects the two to only speak up when either religion is under some attack?
But guess what, governance does not work that way. There is no colour, religion, race, ideology in governance. The leaders must be balanced in their thinking, attitude and approach to issues, this is something I do not expect Omokri to know.
On Twitter, Nigerians prayed for Leah Sharibu and commended her to refusing to convert to Islam but it was only Omokri who saw it as a ‘Christian community’ thing. It was him who identified the VP as a Pastor who have refused to speak up for the ‘Christian community’.
Let’s do the math here. Boko Haram captured 110 girls from Dapchi and released 107, where are the other two girls besides Leah Sharibu? Why were they not released? Now, that is the thinking of a responsible person, to get all the girls back to their parents and not single one out for religion purposes.
Omokri speaks about the Christian community in Nigeria like he and his principal, Goodluck Jonathan, spoke up for that ‘community’ when Chibok girls were abducted. What readily comes to mind is that the abduction was a hoax. And you can add, ‘There is God oooooo’ drama to that.
Back to Omokri’s tweet again. What kind of man would VP Osinbajo be if he spoke up for Christians alone? What kind of precedence would he be setting? And how would someone like Omokri perceive the Vice President if he were Muslim?
The only thing I can say is thank God that Nigeria is not run by low-lifers like Omokri. We probably will be fighting civil war II by now. He would have practically divided the country between the Muslims and Christians.
To think that Omokri claims to be a pastor is very frightening. He claims to be the pastor of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California and Abuja. I wonder what he tells his congregation, if he has any? I wonder how much hate and religious intolerance he would have passed on to his friends and family members.
That Osinbajo has not rushed to his Twitter page to tweet about Leah does not mean he doesn’t care but it means he understands the weight of his office and his position in our society. He is a responsible man and like most of us he will want all the girls reunited with their parents.
For all I care, Omokri is stalking the Vice President of Nigeria. Go to his Twitter account and you will find that he is always trying to spur VP Osinbajo to talk along religious lines. At every opportunity, he mentions the VP. Is Twitter page, is strewn with the VP’s pictures.
It is almost like he has orgasm every time the President and VP is at any function or when they react or don’t react. One thing that is clear, is that Omokri is an end-time pastor, please flee from him.
Lastly, this is 2018 and Omokri should know that ignorance is not bliss. If he goes to Google, he will find that Prof Osinbajo has spoken at many Christian fellowships and gatherings since he became Vice President.
In any case, someone like Omokri should not be educated, he should be cooling his heels in some jail in Nigeria. Oh, I forgot, he is stirring chaos from California while working hard to make Nigeria burn.
By Adefemiwa Oluwole, a public affairs analyst, wrote from Akoka Lagos State.
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