Emir Sanusi: ‘The Praise Singers Of Buhari Are His Enemies Who’ll Destroy Him’

President Buhari left and Emir of Kano Sanusi

According to Emir Sanusi,the praise singers of Buhari’s administration are his true enemies.

Below is what he wrote and how Nigerians reacted…..

The Praise singers around the President MuhammaduBuhari are the real enemies of the government who could destroy his efforts.I feel sorry for the people in government because they are surrounded by enemies. T‎he President needed people who will tell him where he goes wrong. I‎ ‎knew power was transient, I spoke the truth during my time at the Central Bank of Nigeria, no matter the consequences. Some were afraid to speak out against evil because they were afraid of losing their jobs. All the people they were afraid of years ago, where are they today? For those who are still in power, remember that it is transient,‎ If you want to be a true Nigerian, tell the present government where they’re going wrong. A‎t the end of the day, this job, Central Bank, I’d leave it someday. I could die, or my tenure expires, or I’d be sacked. I had no control over it. But I have a control over how I live.

I wasn’t surprised about my suspension; I knew it would happen, because I had been called and asked to resign, and I said ‘no’. I was not going to make it easy for anyone. ‎My answer was simple. You asked me to resign for telling you money has been stolen. Ask the minister to resign first. Y‎ou forget that the person, either the President or the Governor, is also occupying a transient position. All the people that people were afraid of two, three years ago, where are they today? ‎Power is transient. The only thing that is permanent is what you do for people when you were alive. If you’re a Governor or a President or a Minister, it does not matter how much you have; you will be remembered for service, not the amount of money you have that you cannot even announce’.‎

Love turned sour? Sowore and Dino Melaye at logger heads (pic)

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Sahara reporter owner Sowore and Melaye left

Check out the picture above, when Dino Melaye visited Sahara reporters office in New York. He met with Sowore and commended their good works. That was in 2014 when SR forgot about his sins. Now SR has remembered Dino for good.

The main gist

When Sahara Reporters got you they have gotten you. The love, sweet relationship between Sowore, Sahara Reporters and Dino Melaye which was once sweet and glorious has gotten sour like a bitter orange.

I could remember 2014/2015, during the Nigeria’s last general elections. I remembered how Dino faulted  GEJ (Goodluck Jonathan’s Government). They used media to weaken the administration. Sahara reporters was one of the media houses used to fight the then GEJ administration by Dino and his group that were campaigning for senatorial seat.

Sahara reporters were dishing out hard news from their stable against the then incompetent GEJ administration, including lies that at a time many believed the media house (Sahara Reporters) was a media angle of the APC. I could remember that Dino capitalized on that media ground, I guess he even built a special relationship with Sahara Reporters owner, Omoyele Sowore. They really messed up some top guns in GEJ administration. It looked as if Dino and his people were the waiting saints to get into power while the GEJ people were the devil incarnate.

Dino melaye went as far as visiting Sowore and the office of Sahara Reporters in New York. He commended their good works and gestures for exposing the lies and loopholes in GEJ’s administration.

He believed so much in Sahara reporters that he said everything concerning the media house, their stories are truths and facts. The love between Dino and Sahara reporters was overwhelming that the news media forgot about his sins and concentrated on GEJ’s people. No investigation on Dino and he managed to smile his way to the senate seat as he won the election.

How time flies and how things have changed. Sahara Reporters have remembered Dino Melaye and exposing  many secrets about him. Am sure Smart Adeyemi is silently watching and warming up. The once sweet love between Dino and SR has gone sour. And Sahara Reporters is a media house that never gives up till they get to the root of the matter.

They will continue digging  until they come up with something to tarnish the image . I have to give it to them (Sahara Reporters).

Presently, its #DinocertificateGate. Did Dino actually graduated from ABU Zaria in Geography department as first degree as he claimed?

Dino also claimed he had a degree in Harvard university and London school of Economics (LSE), but the two prestigious institutions have disowned him. LSE claimed there was no record on Dino melaye in the institution while Harvard claimed the senator only attended a one week seminar at the institution.

ABU Zaria that is yet to release a statement concerning the issue. All these exposures courtesy Sahara Reporters.

Sahara Reporters don remember Dino and na him matter dem go die put. Presently, Sahara Reporters are doing more investigations and Nigerians are waiting for more exposures. Well I wish Dino Melaye,  goodluck.

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A President or Empror? Cabinet ministers kneeling before Mr President (pics)

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MALAWI PRESIDENT MUTHARIKA REDUCING MINISTERS TO A KNEELING GENERATION

Malawi President Peter Mutharika is forcing his ministers, including vice president Saulos Chilima and party functionaries to kneel before him as part of observing three pillars of patriotism, integrity and hard work.

There has been a social media buzz over the kneeling of ministers including vice president before President Mutharika.

“How can Mutharika reduce our generation to this? How can we allow to be reduced to this by a power hungry creature? We have brought ourselves to this!” commented one social-media user Mr Noel Tebulo.

A Miss Malawi UK organiser Mr Kondi Munthali Bowoyoke also condemned the level of kneeling down for presidential favours when he posted the photo of vice president Chilima kneeling down before Mutharika comparing with vice president of Kenya talking to President Uhuru Kenyatta in the comfort of their chairs amicably.

“Same continent different attitudes…..one has Master and Slave mentality while the other it’s mutual respect/buddies mentality,” he wrote on Facebook.

Government spokesman Mr Jappie Mhango defended the kneeling down before President Mutharika, saying it out of respect to the Head of State.

Patriotism and integrity? -Minister of Trade and Industry Joseph Mwanamvekha kneeling before President Mutharika

“Kneeling is a custom. In most of Malawi’s culture, kneeling symbolizes submission, respect, obedience and appreciation. President Mutharika is also an elder (76 years old) and kneeling before him is out of respect,” he said.

Journalist Deguzman Kaminjolo  retorted: “I hate it when people try to justify Zopusa (stupid things)  with culture. Whats cultural about kneeling down? When was the last time you knelt dow before an elder?”

Mhango said kneeling down before the President was also a mark of loyalty and patriotism.

President Mutharika  is promoting three pillars ; patriotism, integrity and hard work for national development.

The  first president of the country, Kamuzu Banda introduced four pillars which were unity, loyalty, obedience and discipline to guide national development.

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I opened fire on Atiku for running down Obasanjo’s government – Ali

A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmadu Ali, speaks with OLUSOLA FABIYI on the crisis in the party and other national issues

How did the Peoples Democratic Party find itself in the current internal wrangling?

We wanted to elect a new national chairman from the North-East to complete the tenure of Adamu Mu’azu. For months, we couldn’t do anything. We were told that the former President (Goodluck Jonathan) said Ali Modu Sheriff should be given a waiver to come and run, and he won. When any leader is elected, he needs a convention to confirm (him as the chairman) – that was the convention he called for. No convention has confirmed him. He cancelled the convention because there was a court judgment that said the convention should not elect some officers, including the national chairman. But the rump of the convention decided to set up a caretaker committee to prepare a convention because the deputy chairman acted as the chairman at the Port Harcourt convention. That was the beginning of our crisis.

What’s the way out?

The way out is what they are doing now.

The two factions are saying they can’t work together. The court has recognised Ali Modu Sheriff, while a faction of the party is behind the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee. Where is the meeting point?

The courts were warned a long time ago by the Supreme Court that they should be weary of deciding on political parties’ problems because they would be charged with running the parties for the owners. If the people say this is our leader, and another goes to court and says he’s the leader, and the court says this is the leader, you can see that the court is interfering in a way. It is not right. People who lose election even at the state level of the party go to court, it is not right.

So, when a section or faction of a party does not follow the party’s constitution or when they misinterpret it, who should interpret?

We may have aggrieved people, do we allow them resort to self-help? The Supreme Court passed that judgment when I was the national chairman. It said the courts in Nigeria should be wary in taking on these political cases because they will take over the running of the party for the owners. That is what is happening now because as long as the court keeps taking all the injunctions, all the suits, then there would be no peace. Leave them to run their thing the way they want it. The problem is what we are seeing now. The Makarfi faction has ended up with more than 80 per cent of the members, but the court says Sheriff is the national chairman.

What is the solution now?

The only solution is not by courts. What we need is a political solution. Leave us to fight it out politically, and then we would find the solution. The court can’t find the solution.

But the political solution you are talking about seems to have failed. The governors met with former President Goodluck Jonathan and they agreed on a way forward. Yet, the Makarfi faction said only the Supreme Court could settle the matter. Jonathan has met the Makarfi group. He has also met with the Sheriff group, has this produced a solution?

That is it – he recommended Sheriff to join the party. He (Jonathan) should therefore be (held) responsible for all that is happening in the party. That is the truth; being our presidential candidate (during the 2015 presidential poll), he should still have the power to bring peace to our party. But he has not done that. He keeps listening to both sides and both sides are continuing in their ways because nobody has been told, ‘You stop there, come this way’; ‘You, come here, this is what you are going to do’. He has not done that.

But what of the governors who persuaded Sheriff to be chairman of the party?

The governors also drove us to this (problem). Olusegun Mimiko and his group, the governors, contributed (to the crisis). They thought that someone of his (Sheriff’s) stature like them would be in a better position to run the party. We in the Board of Trustees called a press conference three times to reject him. We said he was not suitable and that we couldn’t have him. But later, the National Executive Committee of the party voted him as the chairman. Even without the courts making this pronouncement, I know he was the national chairman because he was elected. We haven’t elected any other person. The problem he has is that he hasn’t had a successful national convention that would either confirm him or reject him.

But before the law today, who is the national chairman?

Sheriff is the national chairman.

Why has it been difficult for Jonathan to call Sheriff, whom he brought to the party, to order?

Only he can answer that. I can’t read his mind.

How then will the political solution you suggested be achieved?

Political solution by consultation; they are still consulting. If the consultations are genuinely carried out, Sheriff – who is recognised as the national chairman by the court – should convene a convention. The court went further to say that we should return to status quo ante, May 16, 2016 national convention. This means that all the national officers in the National Working Committee should be returned under Sheriff. He would then call a convention and the NEC would approve it. Everyone would come from their zones to the convention. And what will happen there is that the national officers will resign at the convention. Then new officers would be elected. That would be the new executive. If Sheriff is accepted again at the convention, he will return as the national chairman.

It was learnt that some officials had resigned voluntarily.

What do you want them to do? If the next national publicity secretary is going to come from the South-West, while the occupier of the office is from the South-East, he has to resign.

It was also alleged by Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Sheriff’s deputy, that about five of those who resigned were paid severance allowance.

That they collected money from the party? Well, I don’t know of that. Cairo was not part of them. He is an imposition by Sheriff. Sheriff handpicked him. He was never elected and was never confirmed either at the NEC or anywhere. That’s why the court said we should go back to where we were before; whether you resigned or not, come back. That’s what the court said.

Is the BoT talking to the two sides?

Yes, the BoT is talking to them. Because that’s the only neutral body left and we are listening to them.

Is the BoT actually neutral? Your chairman has openly identified with the Makarfi faction.

The BoT is neutral. He (the BoT chair) associates with Makarfi and also associates with Sheriff. If he calls a BoT meeting today, Sheriff will be there as the national chairman and Makarfi will be there as a member of the BoT. The BoT can’t go either way. We have to remain neutral. The BoT never wanted him (Sheriff) and we didn’t hide it. I personally opposed him as the national chairman. I didn’t want him. On the day of the election, I resisted him. At the NEC, I said no.

What then happened?

I nominated another person for the position. I nominated a former ambassador for the position at the NEC. His name is Wilberforce Juta. That is the candidate I wanted. I did so because almost all the big names from the North-East had issues with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. We needed a chairman for just three months, and we needed someone who was never involved in any crisis. I refused to support Sheriff and when we voted, Juta got just one vote.

He didn’t vote for himself?

No, he didn’t. I was the only one that voted for him, while Sheriff who was supported by the governors got more than 50 votes. As far as I’m concerned, Sheriff is the national chairman of the party. I’m a democrat. The election was not done behind me. I was there. My candidate failed and he (Sheriff) succeeded overwhelmingly. I told him when he visited me a day after the election that he remained the chairman. So, all the things happening now are a matter of ego. That’s the problem.

But the Makarfi faction said it would never attend any convention called by Sheriff.

That is neither here nor there. Makarfi definitely said that because the convention made him the chairman of the caretaker committee and the convention is the most superior organ of our party. That’s the final arbiter and the convention has the power to set up anything. The question now is this: Did the Port Harcourt convention hold? It did not hold before the law. The Court of Appeal said so. It was summoned by Sheriff and Sheriff also suspended it. He called it off because a court in the South-West said no election should be held into some offices. So, was there any convention? If we follow the premise that the court said there was no convention, we then return to the status quo ante. We have to start the journey all over again. Sheriff still has to call for a convention.

Are you talking to some of the party members about this argument of yours?

If they come to me, I will, because you see, I have met Sheriff and I have met Makarfi and I tried to let them know what they should do. That’s what is expected of an elder in the party. But unfortunately, whatever they tell you and you think you are reaching a level where there is a solution, as soon as you leave them, they do another thing.

Maybe the party has not been able to recover from the loss of the 2015 elections.

Yes; the problem of the PDP is because we lost the election and the leadership brought this problem. When I protested as a person to Uche Secondus, who was the acting national chairman then, he said Sheriff was the best candidate. The 12 governors said he was the best. We in the BoT still said no; up till the last day when we held the NEC meeting and when the NEC voted. The BoT has no powers; we are (an) advisory (body). People are saying the BoT should take over the party and run it; that is unconstitutional. The constitution doesn’t give us that power. If we had that power, we would have got rid of this problem. We would have called them to order.

Maybe this couldn’t have happened during your time.

During my time as the national chairman, when the (former) President (Olusegun Obasanjo) and his deputy were having issues, many governors were casting their lots for Atiku Abubakar. We were coming to the 2007 election and we were not sure who our members were. We felt that the best thing was to re-register our members before going to the general elections so that we could know our strength. We did that exercise effectively and many of the governors quickly returned to the party and abandoned Atiku because they knew if they didn’t do it, they were gone. It was difficult but we used a political solution.

Was that achieved because the PDP was in power then?

Yes, PDP was in power then and we had the chairman and the leader working in tandem. That was how it ought to be.

You don’t have such a leader now. Do you?

But we have someone who was the presidential candidate. He should complete the task by coming in to show us direction and putting his foot down and showing us the way out. He hasn’t done so. He has been talking to both sides.

Why was he unable to put the party in shape after losing the presidential election and before leaving office?

Only he can answer that. Maybe by recommending Sheriff for membership, that’s what he thought was a way to put the party in shape. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked.

The Governor Seriake Dickson reconciliation committee has recommended that a national convention be held. What do you think about the committee?

I don’t believe in the committee. You know why? Dickson’s committee was set up on the eve of the convention that failed. We were going to the convention and many of us said we should postpone the convention and wait because about seven states had yet to hold their congresses and produce delegates. But he said there was no problem; that it would be sorted out. In any case, if at least two thirds of the states had produced delegates to the convention, then its outcome would have been valid. So, without seven states, the convention was valid. But we said that we needed to find out and sort out the problems in those states. Some states in the South-West and North were part of it – that was the purpose for the Dickson committee. What is its relevance now? We have gone beyond that.

But Sheriff said he accepted the recommendations for the convention.

Well, we have gone beyond that. He set up the committee for another problem and now, we have passed that situation.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said you had left the PDP.

When? He never said so.

But he said the PDP collapsed when you and him left the party?

No, he didn’t say so. You journalists didn’t listen to him very well. He said, when I was the chairman and he was the president, everything went well with the party. But when I left as the chairman of the party and he left the party, the fortunes of the party dropped. That’s what he said. I only left as the chairman; I didn’t leave the party. So, to him, the highest peak of the party was when I was the national chairman and he was the president. That’s what he was trying to say: that when I left as the chairman and he also left the party entirely, there was nothing left in the party again.

And you agree with his claim?

Almost; we can all see it. Although he has left, Sheriff goes to him and Makarfi also goes to him as well.

But he keeps telling them that the PDP is dead?

He didn’t tell them that. He only said that during his 80th birthday. And when he said it, I grudgingly said that he is not God. But that is his own feeling. You know the former president has a way of saying his mind. It was his support that gave birth to the All Progressives Congress. He and (Bola) Tinubu have never been friends, but when he and Tinubu agreed, APC stood. They both produced General (Muhammadu) Buhari and they won the (presidential) election.

You are close to Obasanjo. Don’t you think he left the PDP because its leaders failed to abide by the zoning formula agreement?

Which one are you talking about?

There was an agreement that Jonathan was going to serve a single term of four years and allow a northerner to pick the party’s presidential ticket.

That is a hypothesis. Wasn’t he (Obasanjo) also accused of promising one term when he came? Why did you think Atiku challenged him? They were the people who went to beg him (to run) when he came out of prison. Politics is not like that. When you reach the bridge, you cross it. Jonathan promised one term and he ended up not doing that. I supported him because I’m a minority man and I don’t believe that this country should be ruled by Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa alone. As a minority man, I supported him.

What do you think of the electoral reform committee?

Okay, headed by that restless character (Ken Nnamani) that is looking for what to do? He ran away to the APC and had to lobby to get something.

He (Ken Nnamani) was appointed to head the committee before he declared for the APC.

The APC won’t give him if he was still in the PDP. He sold the idea to them when he joined them and they bought it. By the way, he is one of the persons who want to be the (presidential) candidate, if the South-East would produce the candidate. So, he is just gathering his momentum. But that is neither here nor there – good luck to him. Whatever he produces now, if it is not also implemented, it will be a waste.

Have you ever thought of leaving the PDP?

Me? My intention was, at my 81st birthday – which took place this month – I would leave partisan politics and be in a position to comment on any issue provided it would benefit all. But with my party in this situation, I have decided to stay until my party gets back to its feet. If not, it will look like as a captain of a ship, I’m deserting it. In the navy, either merchant or military, when a ship is sinking, the captain will sink with it. He will be the last to leave.

You will either swim or sink with the PDP?

Yes. At the moment, I can’t do what I wanted to do; leaving the PDP now is not the right thing. But I will not join them in castigating anybody. I keep telling other elders to let us settle the crisis.

Does the APC really have a hand in the crisis?

Why not? They will benefit from it. What brought Sheriff? We can say because he was a friend of Jonathan. But it is beyond that now.

How did the APC come into the picture?

Are you sure he (Sheriff) is 100 per cent with us? The APC was formed with him. The fact however is that the APC will take advantage of the crisis. This makes me to say we are not operating a proper democracy because there must be a strong opposition – not the one in disarray. It is to the advantage of the APC that we are in disarray. The APC itself is in disarray. It is because they are in power (that things seem to be fine with the party).

Did you see the crisis in the APC coming?

I predicted it. I said the APC was an amalgamation. Different metals were melted together. When heat is applied, each metal would melt away at its own melting point. When it reaches the amalgam, it will melt away and they will all scatter. That process is happening slowly but because they are in power, you don’t see it. In 2009 or so, after I left the party as chairman, I said that all the pronouncements they were making that we would rule for 50 or 60 years, small political parties would amalgamate and throw us out of power if we continued to do what we were doing – imposition of candidates and unilateral decisions by the governors as if they were the owners of the party – I predicted it and it happened; nobody was listening.

You were able to call the governors to order while you were the chairman. How come people that came after you were unable to do the same?

I don’t want to praise myself, but I ran the party with all my energy and I never went to any governor to beg for contracts for myself, my family, and friends. They came to my headquarters and I used to tell them to get out and go back to their states. If they were coming to me for party issues, they would come with their state chairmen because if I didn’t do that, I would be undercutting my own people. Because they control the purse, they were already manipulating the state chairmen. I never went to look for contracts from them. If they showed me kindness, I thanked them – I went on state tours, they entertained me. They provided accommodation for me in presidential lodges. Sometimes, I paid for my hotel accommodation and I did not care. With that, I had no difficulty in maintaining discipline. When the vice president then decided to criticise the party and the government, I summoned him and warned him. The (then) President (Obasanjo) wrote a letter to me saying his deputy (Atiku) was running down the party and the government and that this should not be. I agreed with him because he asked me to intervene. So, I summoned the vice president and decided not to involve the National Working Committee but invited the (then) Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, and I opened fire on him.

How did he (Atiku) feel?

He felt very bad. He said I was biased and I said his statement was irresponsible. He said it was not in his written statement. He said it was a passing statement that he made that you people (journalists) used as the headline – that’s how the press is. I said he should go and write a letter of apology to the president and that he should bring a copy to me. He did so. When the problem came up again, he was actively involved in recruiting members from all over the country. I identified them and summoned them for disciplinary measures and suspended them, including the vice president, for three months. I told them, ‘When you show remorse, come back to the party.’ All of them, including Jim Nwobodo, all ran back to the party within three months. Atiku refused to come back. He continued and I didn’t care. That was when I ordered a re-registration (of PDP members) and they did not register him in his state. He complained to me and I came out to apologise on behalf of the party and I registered him with my own hand.

What do you think about your party being unable to pay its workers’ salary?

When I came in, there was no kobo in the party. They were accusing my predecessor of having stolen money. I said they should leave him alone because there was no money to be stolen. We hardly paid salary to my staff. I had a friend from the North-East that was always giving me money to pay salary. My NWC had no kobo; no allowance. I managed to do one thing for them – they wanted cars – we managed to get Peugeot which sold second-hand cars to us which I gave to them. But by the time I was leaving after the election and payment of nomination fees, I found out that my party had over N1bn – that was what my director of finance said we had. I was surprised. One billion naira! I couldn’t believe it. I was told that we owed N35m for Wadata. I said it should be paid immediately. I followed up with the application for land for the party to build its headquarters. They gave me land, and I summoned Jonathan, who was then the vice president, to tell him that he should be the chairman of the building committee. “This is N1bn, go on and raise funds,” I said. I also called the NEC and I told them that we would build a national secretariat and that I would not pay one kobo as consultancy for engineering, designs, architecture, quantity and land surveyors because they had all of them in their midst. That was how Namadi Sambo’s firm volunteered to do the design. He was the governor then. That is the 12-storey building that we have now. The intention was that we would use four floors and rent out the others. The party won’t be broke again. No need to run to any governor. I told Jonathan during the (2015 presidential election) campaign that we had launched funds for the building and that we should open it. He said, ‘No, when we come back (win re-election); don’t worry’. We never came back. Now, we are in trouble. Nothing is being done there now. We don’t know what has happened.

Is formation of the APDP the solution to the PDP crisis?

They are wasting their time because it is not the same as the PDP. At a meeting, I said those who are leaving the party are fools. Here we are, we have a property that is worth over N12bn and you people are leaving for a party that has no shed to call its own. Nobody does that. We are the party of the future. We are the party that other people should find a way to accommodate. The building has four floors for underground parking. Why should we be in this mess? Unfortunately, it is not a military setting for me to say, ‘Eh, all of you, shut up. Here we go.’ I would have done that, but it doesn’t work.

The present government keeps blaming the PDP for the woes of the nation. Do you agree with that?

It is a case of giving a dog a bad name and hanging it. That statement is not 100 per cent correct but it should be partially correct. If we have ruled this country for 16 years uninterrupted, that is a record in Nigeria’s history. We have changed government from civilian to civilian three times. If something went wrong, we should be able to take some blame. I believe that. We can’t be clean; we are not angels. But they (APC) have forgotten that they did not come in to rule – they thought that the PDP would be announced the winner of the election and they would set the country ablaze. They were hoping to do that. They thought the PDP would be announced the winner and they would be burning everywhere. They wanted a civil war. That was their intention. We foresaw that and that was why we said the president should throw in the towel, let’s move on. Now, they came into power and they didn’t know what to do.

They said you emptied the house before leaving?

Which house? If we emptied the house, where did they get $2bn as excess crude money immediately they came into power? Is it not the money we left? Couldn’t we have spent it?

Why were you unable to convince Obasanjo to support Jonathan’s second-term ambition?

They were quarrelling. I kept myself out of their quarrel and the article he wrote about his quarrel with Jonathan, he said I was a witness. Because they called me, three of us sat, and I knew everything.

What was the cause of their quarrel?

It was neither here nor there. I am not interested in that. What is my own? But he wrote it in the paper and embarrassed me because many people said, ‘Eh, you witnessed it. What happened?’

President Muhammadu Buhari just returned to the country and he said he needs some rest. What do you think?

Allow him to rest. Because you made him President, does it mean he should not rest? He is a human being like you. For God’s sake, why are people so heartless in this country? Nigerians are so heartless. If you make a man a president, he has the right to fall sick. Does he not need rest?

If he finds the job to be too tedious, does he not need to resign and face his health challenges?

It has nothing to do with the job being too tedious. A job that he has a deputy and minsters; does he have a super-brain? He is there to coordinate and show direction.

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President Buhari Can Not Send His(Magu) Name To Senate Again’: Dino Melaye – 

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Dino Melaye

Chairman, Senate  Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye has said that following the Senate rejection of the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) on two different occasions, President Muhammadu Buhari cannot validly re-nominate the same candidate again.

Melaye while commenting on the debate in the media about whether Magu can continue to act as EFCC boss in spite of his failure to be confirmed by the Senate or if the President can renominate him, Melaye said there is a provision of the Senate rules which would not allow members consider Magu for the same position again.

Citing Order 131 of the Senate Rules, Melaye said after the rejection of Magu’s nomination, his candidacy is considered lapse and therefore advised the President to consider a fresh nominee who is qualified, in terms of experience, integrity, knowledge and temperament to lead the anti-graft agency.

Order 131 of the Senate Rules states that “nominations neither confirmed nor rejected during the session or within 21 working days in the case of Ministerial nominees shall be returned by the clerk to the National Assembly to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and shall not again be made to the Senate by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The Senator who insisted that Magu did not impress anybody including those Senators who would have been sympathetic to his cause during the confirmation hearing in the Senate urged President Buhari to look for a replacement and avoid actions that may result in violation of the laws of the land.

“Those suggesting to the President that after failing to scale the confirmation process twice, the President should leave Magu to be acting are only recommending violation of the law, disrespect for due process and perpetration of illegality. All these will only undermine democracy and constitutionalism in our country.

“Those drafters of the law who made the provision that the Senate should confirm the nomination of the EFCC chairman did not make any mistake and nobody should observe the law in the breach by getting a person into that office who has not been confirmed. Magu is not greater than the law creating EFCC. Magu is not the last messiah. He can’t be the only competent person for the job out of 170 million Nigerians. Should he voluntarily decline the appointment today, will EFCC fold up?”, the Senator asked.

Signed

Senator Dino Melaye

Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT

Refuse to mourn the leader, go to 6 months jail or hard labour pics & video

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Kim Jong il

Kim Jong-il was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea, from 1994 to 2011.

By the early 1980s Kim had become the heir apparent for the leadership of the country and assumed important posts in the party and army organs.

He succeeded his father and founder of the DPRK, Kim Il-sung, following the elder Kim’s death in 1994.

He died on 17 December at 8:30 am of a massive heart attack while travelling by train to an area outside Pyongyang.

His son Kim Jong-un was announced as North Korea’s next leader.

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The burial and mourning

Jong-il’s funeral was held on 28 December in Pyongyang. The footage of the mourning was shown in the media all over the world.

Footages showed  North Korean people sobbing uncontrollably in the streets during Kim Jong-Il’s funeral as if possessed by emotionally unstable ghosts? It wasn’t because they loved him. It wasn’t even because they were being shown sad videos on a giant TV screen. It was because of this:

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North Korea’s hardline regime had plans to punish those who did not cry at the death of dictator Kim Jong-il.

There were different reports that ‘The authorities are handing down at least six months in a labour-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organised gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine.’

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Sentences of at least six months in labour camps are also apparently being given to those who didn’t go to the organised mourning events, while anyone who criticised the new leader Kim Jong-un is also being punished.

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Those who tried to leave the country, or even made a mobile phone call out, were also being disciplined, it has been claimed.

Watch the video:

The diary of a recuperating President

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withOlalekan Adetayo; asorocklens@gmail.com

President Muhammadu Buhari is fond of holding a blue diary, especially when receiving guests in his office. He may be using it to take note of suggestions made to him by his high profile guests and other national issues. I guess that the diary will contain a lot of information that civil servants will readily classify as “top secret.”

This piece is however not about that diary that I do not have access to its content. It is about my own record of activities since Buhari returned from his 49-day medical sojourn in London, United Kingdom on Friday. The President and a few aides who accompanied him on the trip had landed at the helipad located within the premises of one of the guest houses inside the Villa popularly known as House Seven in the early hours of the day. He proceeded to the First Lady Conference Hall where he met with some government officials before retiring into his official residence.

The President’s wife, Aisha, received him at the entrance first with a handshake. In what appeared to be a second thought, she gave Buhari a hug. For somebody that is recuperating from a serious ailment as confirmed by himself that he had never been that sick, I suspect that they did not enter “the other room” thereafter. Throughout the weekend, the President remained indoors with his family members.

On Monday, we arrived early enough to monitor Buhari’s resumption at his office. His handlers knew we and indeed all Nigerians were on the lookout for that. So they decided to make a big issue out of it. Some presidential aides joined him at home to trek the short distance between his residence and his office. His personal photographer and a cameraman recorded the movement from residence to the office.

On getting to the office, Buhari signed a letter addressed to the National Assembly to intimate the lawmakers of his resumption of duty. Not long after, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo arrived to brief him of developments in the polity while he was away. He thereafter retired to his residence.

On Tuesday, the President’s activities were also light. He granted audience to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who came to brief him on the activities of the apex bank. He thereafter signed the instrument of ratification of the treaty on the establishment of the Abidjan-Lagos corridor. He also met with the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The President again returned to his residence early.

On Wednesday, the President presided over a meeting of the Federal Executive Council. He threw a banter when he said loudly for all in attendance to hear that he had not seen the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who answered sharply that he was present. Those who understood the joke laughed. The joke was that Mohammed was wearing a pair of suit that day and the President must have subtly said he was finding it difficult to recognise him in suit. The President again did not stay in his office longer than necessary before he returned to his residence.

On Thursday, Osinbajo presided over a meeting of the National Executive Council which he chairs. The council has state governors as members. Since Buhari had announced on his return that those who wanted to come and welcome him should stay back in their bases and continue to pray for the country, the governors felt they could use the opportunity of the meeting in the Villa to pay respect to the President.

While the meeting was underway, Buhari arrived at about 12.30pm to the admiration of the governors. He exchanged handshakes with them. The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, welcomed him on behalf of his colleagues and thereafter presented a get-well-quick card to the President. Not long after he left the venue of the meeting, Buhari again returned to his residence.

On Friday, the President received briefings from both Osinbajo and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, before joining some top government officials for the Jumat prayers inside the mosque near his office. The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, and some ministers also joined him. The embattled Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, was also there alongside the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, whose agency authored the security report that made Senate to reject Magu’s nomination. Buhari returned to his office briefly before going back to his residence.

Meanwhile, activities at the Vice-President’s Wing of the Villa reduced drastically since Monday when compared with when Osinbajo was the Acting President while the President was away. Apart from a meeting of the Economic Management Team chaired by the Vice-President, there was no big media event at that side of the seat of power during the week.

Maybe Osinbajo was only adhering strictly to one of the laws of power that forbids outshining one’s master. Maybe not.

President Buhari you better retrace your steps by El Rufai

You Are Losing the Mission And the Momentum, Governor El-Rufai Warned President Buhari In 30-Page, 2016 Memo

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai in September 2016 sent a powerful memo to President Muhammadu Buhari arguing that their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has made the situation in Nigeria worse than it met it by failing to be proactive in taking key decisions in a timely manner, SaharaReporters has learned.

THE MEMO:

“In very blunt terms, Mr. President, our APC administration has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insurgency and corruption,” he said in the 30-page memo, which was a follow-up to an earlier one he sent to the president.

“Overall, the feeling even among our supporters today is that the APC government is not doing well,” he declared, before proceeding to an analysis of the key areas: Politics, National Economy and Governance, and then making suggestions for Mr. Buhari’s consideration and action.

Listing his reasons for the memo, he said, the final one was his opinion that President Buhari is Nigeria’s only hope now and in the medium term of saving the Nigerian nation from collapse, and enabling the north of Nigeria to regain its lost confidence, begin to be respected as a significant contributor, and not the parasite and problem of the Nigerian federation.

“Mr. President, it is also clear to many of us that have studied your political career, that so long as you remain in the political landscape, no Northerner will emerge successfully on the national scene,” Governor El-Rufai said.  “All those wasting time, money and other resources to run in 2019 either do not realize this divinely-ordained situation or are merely destined to keep others employed and rich from electoral project doomed to certain failure.”

He noted that President Buhari’s relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal and informal, as well as with former Governors of ANPP and PDP which joined, and the ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty, as many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider to be total absence of consultations with them on the part of the president and of those he has assigned such duties.

Observing that that many not be Mr. Buhari’s intention or outlook, the governor affirmed that that is how it appears to those that watch from afar.

This situation is compounded by the fact that some officials around you seem to believe and may have persuaded you that current APC State Governors must have no say and must also be totally excluded from political consultations, key appointments and decision-making at the federal level,” he said.

“These politically-naive ‘advisers’ fail to realize that it is the current and former state governors that may, as members of NEC of the APC, serve as an alternative locus of power to check the excesses of the currently lopsided and perhaps ambivalent NWC,” he continued, adding that alienating the governors so clearly and deliberately ensures that you have near-zero support of the party structure at both national and state levels.

Advising the president that it is not too late to reverse the situation, El-Rufai told the president that he, however, appears to have neither a political adviser nor a minder of his politics.

“The two officials whose titles may enable them function as such generally alienate those that contributed to our success,” he declared, dismissing the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as not only inexperienced in public service but lacking in humility, in addition to being insensitive and rude to virtually most of the party leaders, ministers and governors.

“The Chief of Staff is totally clueless about the APC and its internal politics at best as he was neither part of its formation nor a participant in the primaries, campaign, and elections,” El-Rufai said.  “In summary, neither of them has the personality, experience, and the reach to manage your politics nationally or even regionally.

Among many others, the governor also noted that in this era of global interconnectedness, nations compete viciously in the economic arena – for a larger share of international trade, investments, maritime and aviation services, and a whole raft of knowledge-based services and industries. He noted that this competition is neither moral nor fair, even if the advanced nations pretend to present it as such to those that are gullible.

“No one cares about, or will ‘help’ us unless we get our act together and organize our political economy and national affairs to be regionally,” the governor said.  He added that these troubling perceptions, whether accurate or not, must be addressed frontally by the president, and no other person.

To that end, he asked Mr. Buhari to consider communicating actively and directly with the Nigerian public about his vision – the government’s plans, strategy, and roadmap to take the country out of the current, dire economic situation, suggesting a five-year national development strategy and plan urgently.

“The President should speak to the nation – something akin to a State of the Union address on December 1 or January 1,” El-Rufai also said in the memo, dated September 22,2016, “preferably in a joint session of the National Assembly during which he will explain away some of the perceptions and lay out the national plans, strategies, and roadmap [contained in this memo].

He noted that the memo might be misunderstood, misinterpreted and even perverted, but said he was willing to accept the usual accusations of arrogance and ambition, adding that the President knows that none of those arguments hold water.

“I ran for state Governor because you directed me to do so,” he said.  “From 2010 when we joined your team, I have no other interest other than your place in history as our President. I believe in your integrity, commitment and sense of duty to make our nation better. I am distressed that our government is seen not to be succeeding mostly due to the failures, lack of focus and selfishness of some you have entrusted to carry on and implement your vision. I am troubled that our own missteps have made the PDP and its apparatchiks so audacious and confident.”

Calling on the president to “act decisively,” and expressing the hope that his memo will “contribute in some way in regaining our governance momentum,” the governor told Mr. Buhari, “You have both a crisis and opportunity in your hands to turn around our country in the right direction. We pray that Allah gives you the strength and good fortune to succeed. This is an honest, frank and objective view of an admirer, a mentee, and a loyalist. I hope it helps, and I apologize if it displeases you. My duty to you is to tell you the truth as I see it. I have no interest other than the progress of our party, our president, our government, and our country.”

Where is Lai? President’s question as he presided over 1st FEC meeting after coming back from medical leave (pics)

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President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the Federal executive council meeting after his medical vacation to London United Kingdom.

The President is seen here beaming with smiles as he resumes duties with his political appointee at the weekly FEC meeting.

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There was a mild drama on when the President asked about the whereabouts of the Minister of Information an Culture, Alhaji lai Mohammed.

The president called on the Ministers of Transportation and Information, Rotimi Amechi and respectively, said the opening prayers

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The drama ensued before asking the information minister to say the prayer when Mr. Buhari said: “I haven’t seen Lai”.

The minister responded: “I am here sir.”

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This is the first council meeting Buhari is presiding over since he returned to the country last Friday from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.

The last FEC meeting President Buhari presided over was on January 11 before he departed for London on January 19.