Democracy Day: ‘Dont Wish Us Dead; You Will Still Need Us as Mentors’– Obasanjo.

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday in a conference, also attended by Aminu Tambuwwal of Sokoto state ane the Minister of Aviation (Osita Chidoka), pleaded with the nation’s youth not to wish the elders in the country “dead”, saying they will surely need them as “mentors” and “advisers” in their sojourn.

He stated categorically that his greatest fear about the Nigeria of today is about the “anger and frustration of the youths”. He likened the situation to a time bomb illustrating that if the situation is not well managed, it could lead to a “youth explosion.”

Nigerian youths are not getting help from anywhere lately and Continue reading

Democracy Day: Read The Acting President’s Speech Commemorating The Mid-term of The Present Adminstration in Office.

Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation.

Today marks the second anniversary of our assumption of office. We must thank the Almighty God not only for preserving our lives to celebrate this second anniversary, but for giving us hope, strength and confidence as we faced the challenges of the past two years.

Our administration outlined three specific areas for our immediate intervention on assumption of office: these were Security, Corruption and the Economy.

In the Northeast of our country, the terrorist group Boko Haram openly challenged the sovereignty and continued existence of the state, killing, maiming,and abducting, causing the displacement of the largest number of our citizens in recent history. Beyond the North East they extended their mindless killings, as far away as Abuja, Kano And Kaduna.

But with new leadership and renewed confidence our gallant military immediately began to put Boko Haram on the back foot. We have restored broken-down relations with Continue reading

Tempo Gets Heightened As Lagos Prepare For Local Government polls. See time table and full list of sitting sole administrators.

In a matter of weeks, the political atmosphere in the economic capital of Nigeria, Lagos, will depict competitiveness and rivalry as the lgs/lcdas in the state are preparing for the long awaited Local government elections. The 57 LGAs and LCDAs in Lagos will be the battleground for politicians and political parties as they battle for supremacy.

It should be recalled a Lagos High Court had in 2015 declared all caretaker administration (sole administration) null and void and has given injunctions to the State government to conduct fresh elections within 90. After subsequent appeals, state government is only conditioned to make the elections a reality.

Already, the Akinwumi Ambode led government had promised all residents, politicians and electorates of fairness and transparency. The state electoral body’s representatives has also assured of a smooth running. The Chairman of the LASIEC (Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission), Hon. Justice Ayotunde Philips, through the state’s official web page, disclosed that the commission is determined to ensure a successful conduct of the forthcoming elections. See… http://www.lagosstate.gov.ng/blog/2017/02/01/lasiec-set-to-achieve-success-in-lagos-lg-elections/

In agitations for the main event, all participating political parties have been actively demonstrating the internal democratic process in choosing their anointed candidates. The electorates are also on the look out. Hopeful, finite democracy will carry the day. July 22ndn 2017 has been picked for the conduct of all 57 lg/lcds in the state. View the time table in the picture below.  Continue reading

National Assembly (1): The Senate. (plus comprehensive list of all its members and political parties)

The Senate arm of the National assembly (Red Chamber as it is informal referred) comprises of 109 members effecting 3 each from 36 states of the federation plus 1 member representing the Capital. This arrangement is strictly according to the constitution.

The Senate is only but one half of the Nation’s Bi-cameral structure of allowing two legislative houses to foster progress and development. The Federal House of Representative is the other half. Known as the ‘Red chamber’ for its Red chair settings in its hall, is the Upper House. The Senate alongside the Housed of Representatives (Green Chamber) are vested with the power to deliberate and legislate laws for the country.

 

Its members are so referred to as ‘Senators’. Each constituency is expected to elect 3 members each (FCT provides only One) under the electoral conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for four years. Elected members stand the chance of re-running at Continue reading

US Replies Jonathan: 2015 Election Reflected The Will of the People.

The United States of America has replied Nigeria’s former President (Goodluck Jonathan)’s accusations. The US government communicated this through the US Embassy spokesperson in Nigeria, Russel Brooks on Wednesday.

 

Following Goodluck Jonathan’s sudden outburst about the US Government under the administration of Barack Obama was hell bent on kicking him out of office back in 2015, Brooks had come out to debunk such claim insisting that President Muhammadu’s victory at the 2015 presidential election was outrightly the will of the Nigerian electorates.

 

Earlier this week, Jonathan said,
“President Barack Obama and his officials made it very clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and we’re ready to do anything to achieve that purpose.
“They even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the election.
“I got on well with Prime Minister David Cameron but at some point, I noticed that the Americans were putting pressure on him and he had to join them against me.
“But I didn’t realise how far President Obama was prepared to go to remove me until France caved in to the pressure from America.
“But weeks to the election, he had also joined the Americans in supporting the opposition against me.” Continue reading

You Should Know Segment: THE SERVING GOVERNORS, THEIR DEPUTIES AND THE STATE THEY GOVERN.

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Governors                                       Deputy                          party            State            capital
Okezie Ikpeazu                         Ude Oko Chukwu           PDP               Abia           Umuahia
Jibrilla Bindow                             Martin Babale              APC            Adamawa       Yola
Udom Emmanuel                           Moses Ekpo                  PDP           Akwa ibom       Uyo
Willie Obiano                             Dr. Nkem Okeke            APGA            Anambra       Awka
Mohammed Abubakar                Nuhu Gidado               APC               Bauchi          Bauchi
Seriake Dickson                          Gboribiogha Jonah       PDP               Bayelsa         Yenogoa
Samuel Ortom                                 Benson Abounu          APC                 Benue         Makurdi
Kashim Shettima                             Usman Durkwa          APC                Borno        Maiduguri
Benedict Ayade                                  Ivara Esu                    PDP            Cross river       Calabar
Ifeanyi Okowa                                   Kingsley Otuaro        PDP                Delta               Asaba
Dave Umahi Eric Kelechi Igwe PDP Ebonyi Abakaliki
Godwin Obaseki                                   Philip Shuaibu         APC                 Edo            Benin City
Ayo Fayose                                             Kolapo Olusola          PDP                Ekiti            Ado-Ekiti
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi                                 Cecilia Ezeilo            PDP               Enugu          Enugu
Ibrahim H. Dankwambo                       Charles Illiya          PDP               Gombe         Gombe
Owelle Rochas Okorocha                    Eze Madumere         APC                  Imo              Oweri
Badaru Abubakar                                 Ibrahim Hadejia      APC              Jigawa             Dutse
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai                             Bala Bantex            APC               Kaduna        Kaduna
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje                     Hafiz Abubakar      APC                Kano             Kano
Aminu Bello Masari                                  Mannir Yakubu     APC               Katsina        Katsina
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu                 Samaila Yombe Dabai  APC               Kebbi      Bir. Kebbi
Yahaya Bello                                           Simon Achuba             APC                 Kogi             Lokoja
Abdulfatah Ahmed                                 Peter Kisira                APC                Kwara           Ilorin
Akinwunmi Ambode                        Idiat Oluranti Adebule APC                 Lagos             Ikeja Continue reading

Who is the Presidency? Lets Reply the SGF; Babachir Lawal.

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The media hasn’t recovered fully from the cataclysmic shock it received last week following the news of the Suspension of the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal. B D Lawal (as he is fondly called), prior to this news, is seen to ‘untouchable’. After concrete allegations against him, the man still seems to be standing on both legs. Some has even referred to him as one of the demons (cabal) in the villa.
Pending investigation reports, Babachir was suspended alongside the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) by ‘the Presidency’. The Latter needs to wash himself clean of involvement in 49million Dollars Cash hoarding found in a Flat in Ikoyi, Lagos. A panel of 3 led by the V.President, Yemi Osinbajo, together with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, was immediately set up by the President, Muhammadu Buhari to probe and investigate the SGF. Recall that the Senate had accused him of mismanaging IDP funds back in December.

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Mixed trails of reactions have anguished this frantic decision of the president. Even though Nigerians are finally beginning to regain confidence in the President’s Anti graft War with this fresh attempt to touch one of his anointed, coupled with the fact that it is coming late, they aint pleased with the composition of the probe panel which has further stated that it will conduct the trials in close doors.
In the midst of all of these, the SGF’s reaction to his suspension remains the trending topic. In an ‘on the move’ interview with newsmen in Abuja, the SGF led us through a goof or rather an imperative. When asked to comment on his suspension by ‘the presidency’, B D lawal ‘bladdergashly’ replied the journalists with the question: ‘who is the Presidency?’
That reply got the media a little cranky. In a clear sentence, the SGF is obviously making a mockery of the whole process. Let me guess, his intuition would actually read –How can the Presidency suspend the Presidency? Being the SGF, all documents should channel through his desk. Dear Babachir, Wake up. In Nigeria, Anything is possible when Everything is involved. Continue reading