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Saturday, 3 June 2017

North attacks Osinbajo, says he only appoints Yorubas and Christians

The acting president was accused of appointing Dr Okey Enelamah as Minister for Trade and Investment
The acting president was accused of appointing Dr Okey Enelamah as Minister for Trade and Investment

Some Northern leaders have lambasted the acting president for what they describe as sectional appointments
Northern leaders in the past weeks, have been grumblings about the acting president's appointments.

A Dr Ismaila Farouk recently accused Osinbajo of ‘tactical’ nepotism and cronyism.

He said: “Contrary to the widely held belief that vice President Osinbajo, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and a Professor of Law is above board, a forensic analysis of his activities since he assumed office reveals that the VP has consistently abused his office, negating the principles of Federal Character and has systematically favored members of the Redeemed Church and his Yoruba tribe.”


The Northern leader lambasted the acting president for the appointment of Dr Okey Enelamah as Minister for Trade and Investment.

He argued that Enelameh was his Deputy and later successor at the RCCG, Banana Island, Lagos.

He also accused the acting president of appointing “his RCCG Brother” Alex Okoh as DG of the Bureau of Public Enterprise.

According to the statement: “While Nigerians were trying to come to terms with the shock of Pastor Enelamah’s nomination, VP Osinbajo took a step further in his nepotistic disposition in the setting up of his office and selection of personal staff.

" First, he chose his former colleague at the University of Lagos Ade Ipaye who was also his Special Adviser while he was Attorney General of Lagos to serve as his Chief of Staff. Unsurprisingly, Ade Ipaye hails from Ogun state, the VP’s state of origin.

" He went on to relocate Laolu Akande, an indigene of Ogun state who was hibernating in New York to serve as his Media Adviser. For his Chief Economic Adviser, he appointed Ambassador Dipeolu also of Yoruba extraction.

"The VP didn’t stop there, of his 10 Principal Officers in his office, 9 are from his Yoruba ethnic group. In his quest to perpetuate his ilk in government, the VP has capitalised on the magnanimity of President Buhari’s implicit confidence in him to plant his Yoruba and RCCG brethren in key agencies of government.”

Senior Special Assistant, Media to the acting president, Laolu Akande, declined to comment, according to the Sun.

Meanwhile, some northern leaders also criticized the acting president.

Abubakar Tsav, former commissioner of police, Lagos state “Osinbajo has been very active as acting president working very hard, with zeal, dedication and utmost efficiency and this is commendable. However, the recent appointments he has been making alarm me. Those appointments are very narrow and sectional. Those appointments will create division and sow seeds of ethnic discord.

"How can Osinbajo appoint more than 80 per cent of his personal staff from South-West? Not only that, names of Yoruba also feature prominently on the list of appointments he made into parastatals. Again, most of these appointees are Christians. This is unacceptable. Osinbajo should realise that he is now a national figure.

“Although Osinbajo is humane, but he should be more liberal, and try to be pan-Nigerian in whatever he is doing . With the public outcry against him on this issue, I think he should do the needful. He should realise that what he has done on this appointments issue is not good for his own image, for the interests of the country, and it is also inimical to the growth and development of democracy in this country.”

Alhaji Balarabe Musa, second republic governor of kaduna state said: “I will comment appropriately when I see it in prints. It has happened before. For instance, this culture of WAZOBIA all the time, and people are not ashamed of it. When the president comes from the North, you see him marginalizing the Southeast, when the president comes from the Southwest, you see him marginalizing the North, even when the president comes from the South-south you will not see the Southeast getting its fair share. That is why some people who are honest are saying that this time it has to come from the Southeast to give every Nigerian a sense of belonging and for national unity. So, let us test them and see if it will be the same thing from those from the North, Southwest and South-south.

“It doesn’t make sense to surround yourself with people from your area; it doesn’t provide you with security. With the exception of Gowon and Murtala Mohammed, others didn’t give equal opportunities to people from other parts of the country. That is what Nigerians who are concerned should put their heads together to stop.”

Dr. Junaid Mohammed, second republic member of the House of Representatives in his reaction said: “The way and manner Osinbajo made the recent appointment goes to prove that in the event of Osinbajo succeeding Buhari, we are going to have the same problem of nepotism, clannishness, cronyism and religious bigotry.

“Buhari doesn’t know the difference between cronyism, clannishness and religious bigotry, but the one by Osinbajo is determined and being done to pursue and favour the Yoruba agenda in Nigeria.
"This untenable and unacceptable and he should be reminded in very clear terms that he has failed legitimately, he was not elected. He is nothing but a spare tyre and he still remains that.

“I understand (I have not been there though) that since Buhari came to power, if you go to Osinbajo’s office it is Ogun dialect that is spoken there. In addition also, all the key appointments, even those not made by Buhari, as he was not in office, he insisted on his own Yoruba people. Is that the kind of Nigeria we want to build?

"All this goes to show that Nigerians were unfortunate to have Buhari as a leader, because if Buhari had been a leader there won’t have been all these problems, but because he is not in charge of the Presidency, it has been hijacked by the cabal, and Osinbajo is trying to hijacked what remains of the presidency. His actions are condemnable.”

On his part, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), said: “a lot of government officials behave like that. When Buhari was making his appointments, some of us shouted and told him that this would not augur well with the nation, and we are thinking of how to unite the country to avoid any reason for people to be making agitations. What Osinbajo is doing is not different from what Buhari is doing whereby all appointments go to Daura village.

“This won’t help us, we must begin to see that the right thing is done and begin to consider other people and give each person a sence of belonging. When you see agitations coming from some quarters, it is not that they want to go; it is that they are not given the sense of belonging.

Meanwhile, the special assistant to former president Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs has said that it will be wrong for the Acting president Yemi Osinbajo to run for presidency if anything should happen to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Doyin Okupe in an interview with Tribune said the Northern region of Nigeria will feel cheated out if Osinbajo runs for president in 2019.

Citing the case of a former president late Umaru Yar'Adua, Okupe said the northerners are scared that what happened in 2010 after Yar'Adua's death might happen again.

You can watch this video of Nigerians listing President Muhammadu Buhari's achievements in two years:

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Lagos NYSC camp allegedly forced corp members to sleep outside due to overcrowding

Some male corps members of the Lagos camp of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) allegedly slept under the open sky on the night of Friday, May 26.

The affected corp members were reportedly forced out of the registration room were they had been sleeping due to lack of space in hostels since camp resumed on Tuesday, May 24.
Corp members sleeping outside.
Corp members sleeping outside

Corp members sleeping outside
Corp members sleeping outside

A concerned corp member who was affected, Aniebiet Anie Udo, took to his Facebook page to show the condition of corp members in the camp.
Lagos NYSC camp
Lagos NYSC camp

Udo wrote: "NYSC staff and Soldiers pursued us and we slept on the Ground.This is how we slept Tonight.
Corp members were allegedly forced out of registration room were they were sleeping.
Corp members were allegedly forced out of registration room were they were sleeping.

"We were pursued from the Registration Hall floor we've been sleeping on for 3 days straight to sleep in a tiny overcrowded room containing over 28 people most times with no fan.
Corp members were allegedly forced out of registration room were they were sleeping.
Corp members were allegedly forced out of registration room were they were sleeping.

"When we said that it was wrong to pursue us because their Boss was coming on Sunday we were left to our fate. This is because the camp admitted more people than its capacity.
Aniebiet Udo
Aniebiet Udo

"And we had to sleep on Sand. This is where we slept . Keep in mind that this is Bare Ground(Sand) We are sleeping.

"Rain is now falling and the NYSC staff have Abandoned us here."

Meanwhile, Yusuf Ege Olaide, a member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) with registration number KB/16 A/379 serving in Kebbi state has passed away.

According to NAIJ.com, it was gathered that Alhaji Lawal Turawa, the state coordinator, stated this on Thursday, May 25, during the swearing in ceremony on Batch A stream I at the NYSC permanent camp, Dakingeri.

Watch a video of some NYSC members doing charity works below:

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Naira continues recovery against Dollar at parallel market, appreciates to N379/$1



















Dollar to Naira

The Naira on Tuesday, May 22, continued its recovery against the American Dollar at the parallel market since it dropped to a record low of N520/$1 in February.

According to NAIJ.com findings, the local currency closed the day at N379/$1, two points better than the N381/$1 rate of yesterday, May 22, at the parallel market.

However, the Nigerian currency maintained the same rate of N490 and N420 against Pound Sterling and Euro respectively.

The Naira appreciation comes at a period when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) injected $205 million into the foreign exchange market.

Isaac Okoroafor, the acting director, Corporate Communications Department of CBN, confirmed the dollar injection in a statement, on Monday, May 22.

According to Okoroafor: “The CBN again injected over $205 million in to the foreign exchange market.

“A breakdown of what market watchers termed as another massive intervention indicated that the sum of $100 million was released for the wholesale segment of the market for both spots and forwards.

“Also, Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) which comes under invisibles segment garnered $50 million while the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME) segment got $55 million."

Earlier there was a report that Nigeria has been struggling with a currency crisis brought on by low oil prices which have hammered its foreign reserves and created chronic dollar shortages.

However, the CBN has resorted to regular injections of Dollars to narrow the spread between the official and black market rates.

The apex bank has sold more than $4 billion to various sectors of the economy since it started intervening on the official market in February.

Meanwhile, Nigerians were asked if they think Buhari should hand over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo due to his health challenges. Watch their reaction in the video below

Monday, 22 May 2017

Tinubu warns against military coup in Nigeria

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has spoken on the rumours of military coup in Nigeria.
Tinubu said Nigerians will never allow the military to rule again, adding that coup plotters will be resisted in the country.
According to NAIJ.com, the former Lagos state governor made the comment on Monday, May 22, at the special parliamentary session to mark Lagos at 50 celebration at the Lagos state House of Assembly.
Tinubu warns against military coup in Nigeria
Tinubu says any attempt to truncate Nigeria's democracy will be resisted by the people

He said the nation had gone too far to allow a thing like military coup to happen again, as such move would be resisted at all cost.

Recall that Tinubu recently called for true federalism across the federation.

The APC leader said Nigerians must ask questions why the country is underdeveloped despite being rich in oil.

He added that Nigeria’s politics has been directed to wrong things.

The man in the NAIJ.com video below said there is no more hope for citizens of Nigeria, in the wake of happenings around us.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Soldiers kill 13 Boko Haram; arrest 10 suppliers (photos)

Soldiers kill 13 Boko Haram; arrest 10 suppliers (photos)
The Nigerian army in its fight against terrorism killed 13 Boko Haram terrorist in an operation that also led to the arrest of 10 others engaged in smuggling of supplies to the terrorists (photos).

According to Premium Times, this was contained deputy director, public relations, 8 Task Force Division, who revealed that the operation was carried out on Saturday, May 20 around the fringes of Lake Chad.

He said: “In the ongoing clearance operation around the fringes of Lake Chad, troops of 8 Task Force Division have continued to hit the few remaining Boko Haram hideouts and what is left of their logistics holding.”

“In the last 72 hours, gallant troops operating in Chikun Gudu, Tumbuma Karami and Tumbuma Baba have neutralized 13 Boko Haram terrorists, while many others escaped with gunshot wounds.

“Similarly, troops recovered 3 AK 47 and 1 pump action riffles, assorted riffle magazines and 306 rounds of ammunition, tool box, deep freezer and a Toyota gun truck. In the same vein, troops destroyed 2 other Toyota Hilux vehicles, 1 Toyota truck, 2 Motorcycles and 6 bicycles.

“In a related development, troops of 242 Battalion, acting on a tip off, rounded up 10 suspected Boko Haram smugglers. The suspects comprising 6 females and 4 males were arrested in Monguno and Nolwodo Malgori with assorted house – hold items, food stuff and 63, 060 Naira cash.
Soldiers kill 13 Boko Haram; arrest 10 suppliers (photos)
“The suspects are being profiled to determine the extent of their involvement in Boko Haram insurgency.”

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