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Restructuring is long overdue, however the focus at the moment is myopic, the restructuring debate at the moment is really about oil wealth and redistribution of it so there is more wealth allocation to Southern states where the oil comes from than the northern states. However, this view needs to be re-examined because indeed as already stated in the previous chapter there needs to be more equitable distribution of power and allocation, although the basis for doing this is still shaky. To start with little is truly known of what the real economic situation in Nigeria is by those doing the agitation the loudest.
Most do not know of this chart of our GDP resources nor can they interprete it.
Those driving the conversation or agitation don’t yet comprehend that while Crude oil exports accounts for 90% of foreign exchange, it only accounts for 14% of GDP. They don’t yet comprehend why a small infestation of Tomato plants in the North, led to Tomato scarcity that caused inflation of stable Tomato based products, that affects hunger directly. Most Nigerians haven’t learned the lesson of the “Ghana must go bag”. In other words the same northerners that you think you are subsidizing due to the oil in the south, may be the one feeding them right now with their produce.
However digital technology in the 21st century allows us to see clearer so we know exactly what is what, with the ability to not only collect data, collate it, cleanse it, data-mine it and draw business intelligent decisions that allow us to stop shooting ourselves in the foot or going around in vicious cycles.
Such digital opportunities are currently being exploited in the services sector in the graphic above, but there are many more datamining and business intelligence opportunities still lying fallow until recently such as:
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It should not go unnoticed to both supporters and antagonists of Buhari that for the low key celebration of independence he chose to visit and encourage Nigerian troops that are mopping up Boko Haram insurgents.
The opposition will have us quickly forget that North east Nigeria had been annexed as a caliphate just 2 years ago. And they were expanding southwards, incessantly bombing Abuja as well.
The commander in Chief has done the honourable thing.
To top it all, the US has released $54 million to Nigeria. Buhari antagonists will especially not be happy about that because
1. It messes up their propaganda strategy to weaken Buhari’s government, as they now claim he is despotic.
2. They would have loved to divert such funds the way they did $2.1 billion under Dasuki
This piece from Vanguard news:
MAIDUGURI—President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, visited troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State and lauded efforts by military, security operatives, Governor Kashim Shettima and members of Civilian JTF in the fight against Boko Haram. The President’s visit came as the US released $54 million, in addition to humanitarian assistance to Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and four countries affected by the Boko Haram crisis. Buhari, visiting Borno for the first time since he became President in 2015, arrived the Parade Ground of Maimalari Cantonment, 7 Division, Maiduguri, at about 12:05 pm addressed the troops, Police and other para-military personnel. Buhari in Maiduguri Addressing the troops, President Buhari said efforts put in place by security forces in sustaining peace, unity and progress of Nigeria as an indivisible country, were highly commendable and pledged government’s continued support for troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to end terrorism in the North-East. He said: “We are here today in Borno State to interact with you (troops) and to celebrate the 57th Independence Day anniversary. “I want to commend you for your sacrifices in the fight against insurgents. I am here as a morale booster and I assure you that we will continue to do our best to support you in the frontline and end all forms of terrorism in our dear country. “I want to also say that those who think they can do everything to divide Nigeria are jokers, because Nigeria is an indivisible country. “We, as government, will continue to improve on the economy to create jobs for the teeming youths. We are also determined to kick corruption out of this country. “I was a state governor sometime ago and Borno was my base. At that time, nobody thought Borno will witness any crisis, but I want to reiterate that we will do our best to restore peace in any part of this great country.” After addressing the troops, the President also took time to cut the anniversary cake and interacted with soldiers wounded in action, including Sergeants Owen Eze, who was shot in the neck in Gwoza Operational Base. Olonisakin lauds Buhari Earlier in his welcome address, Chief of Defence Staff, General A. G. Olonisakin, appreciated President Buhari for celebrating the 57th Independence anniversary with the gallant troops, who have all sacrificed their lives in the fight against Boko Haram. Olonisakin said:“This visit by Mr. President is really a morale booster for us on the frontline. Recall that in the last two years, the people in the North East witnessed series of wanton killings and destruction of property by insurgents, but we are glad for the relative peace being enjoyed now. And this could not have been achieved without the tremendous support we have been receiving from Mr. President.” Among those who accompanied the President to Maiduguri were Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, and Director-General of Department of State Services, Alhaji Mamman Daura. US gives $54m to Nigeria, others Meanwhile, the US has released $54 million, in addition to humanitarian assistance, to Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and the four countries affected by the Boko Haram violence. US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon, disclosed this at a symposium, tagged ‘Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects for Advancing Durable Peace,” organised by the US Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. Shannon said the US government’s humanitarian assistance to the four countries totalled about $700 million since 2015. He said: “On security issues, Nigeria is an important leader and partner in the Lake Chad Basin, collaborating with its neighbours to defeat the scourge of Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa. “The United States supports this and other efforts to bring security and stability to citizens affected by violence. “At the United Nations last week, the US government announced $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Lake Chad region, bringing the total to almost $700 million over the past two years.” According to him, while humanitarian support is an immediate necessity, it cannot be a long-term solution. He said: “When Nigeria’s northern governors came to this institution in late 2016, the clear consensus was that addressing the war and poverty plaguing northeast Nigeria required robust initiatives for education, reconciliation and political inclusion. “I am pleased the working group here today is bringing together your collective years of experience as spiritual leaders, military commanders, journalists, election officials, human rights advocates and educators to develop strategies to address these enduring challenges. “The United States is proud to be your partner in these vital efforts. Your work to defuse conflicts over a range of issues, from elections to land use, inspires us all.” He recalled his bilateral meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly last week, saying they had robust engagements about the Boko Haram crisis and other pressing issues. Shannon said: “My meeting with the Nigerian Foreign Minister last week was a great opportunity to learn more about what else the Nigerian government is trying to accomplish on the security front. “It is clear to me that Nigeria is well aware that the fight against terrorism will be won not only by the military’s conduct on the battlefield, but also by its conduct off the field. “Nigeria understands that human rights abuses and impunity tarnish its international reputation, undermine the trust of its citizens, impede counter-terrorism efforts, and ultimately hinder our ability to fully partner with Nigeria.” According to him, however, a military response alone will not lead to sustained peace in the Northeast. “A holistic response is required. One that sets the conditions for the safe return of refugees and displaced persons. He commended the Institute and the Senior Working Group for their dedication and determination to create a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/10/boko-haram-buhari-visits-troops-borno-us-gives-54m-nigeria-others/
There is a terrifying flood causing devastation in Benue. Although somehow the tragedy is not occupying Nigerians attention as much as their attention with other matters including faraway Hurricane Irma.
This from Vanguard
Bauchi—No fewer than 452 persons have been displaced in Yama village of Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State as a result of flood disaster. The state’s Information Officer of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Rufai Yami, disclosed this while giving an update on the disaster. He said apart from displaced persons, farmlands and property were also destroyed, adding that “at the initial stage, some of the affected victims, who took refuge in some primary schools in the local government, later went to their relatives while others went back to their houses.” Reacting to the development, Permanent Secretary, SEMA, Shehu Abu Ningi, said the state government had purchased food and non-food items worth N11 million and distributed it to the affected victims. He attributed the flood to indiscriminate disposal of refuse on waterways, which caused the blockage of the drainage. “As we all know, water must always have its way, so we advise people to avoid erecting buildings on waterways,” he noted.
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/flood-displaces-452-bauchi/
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People are getting more concerned about their digital and data security.
First advise govern your passwords more than you care for your house and car keys!
If you need more tips.
In life, for the most important things: we naturally have concrete procedures in place to safeguard us in emergencies, break-in’s or breakdown’s.
Hence we have the Ambulance and Fire services, we have life and health insurance, we have burglar alarms, Roadside breakdown service etc. However little thought has been given to digital security beyond standard firewall security systems, because until recently the threats have been routine and predictable. Our lives weren’t too disrupted when there was a digital security breach because our lifestyle wasn’t yet fully digitised.
Now, reality is hitting home and the value of digital security and routine security checks is now becoming very important as even insurance companies want to know what our digital habits are before giving insurance.
Greg Ekhator is a Digital Solutions architect and Consultant
On March 28th 2015, Candidate Buhari and Osinbajo were elected president and vice president, mainly to restore security and to fight corruption.
The first part has been mostly achieved, but the second one, is right now smack bang in the middle of the battle.
On that victory day, in a democracy, those who voted for Buhari also signed up to fight the anti-corruption battle: ie
- Fight in their numbers against the corrupt judiciary
- Fight in their numbers Against the corrupt legislature
- Fight in their numbers Against the corrupt ministers and civil servants
- Fight in their numbers Against the corrupt Businesses
- Fight in their numbers Against the corrupt Pastors, Imams and all clergy
- Fight in their numbers Against all manifestation of corruption in our tribes/clan/family and homes
- Fight in their numbers Against all manifestation of corruption in ourselves (mind, body and spirit)
On these 7 counts of battle war fronts, many Nigerians are unaware or refuse to address. Hence the administration has a huge battle, because YOU CAN FORCE A HORSE TO THE RIVER, BUT YOU CAN’T FORCE IT TO DRINK WATER.
Professor Itse Sagay is a revered and qualified SAN appointed by the president to head his anti-corruption committee, and he is so honest in reporting on the anti-corruption battle, he even lambasts element of the presidency that are slack in this battle.
Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN)
..says AGF, others not serious about graft war
•Lawyers sponsor judges’ children’s weddings –Sagay
Two prominent members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption in Abuja on Saturday picked holes in government’s handling of the anti-corruption war.
Speaking in Abuja at a programme organised by the National Association of Seadogs (the Pyrates Confraternity), the Chairman of the panel, Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), and member, Professor Femi Odekunle, attributed recent setbacks suffered by the administration in the prosecution of corruption cases to the fraudulent activities of compromised elements in the judiciary and legislature, and a lack of diligence on the part of some senior government officials.
The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Itse Sagay, said the President and his team must come up with new ideas to fight corruption.
He said the judiciary was concentrating more on technicalities rather than the spirit of the law and justice.
Sagay said, “The Federal Government, particularly the President and Vice-President, who were elected into office principally to eliminate corruption, must go back to their drawing board, search and scan the constitution and other laws to draw the requisite irresistible power to deal firmly with this terrible scourge of our times – otherwise we are all dead.”
The senior advocate said the National Judicial Council was not equipped to look into corruption cases against judges. He said the primary duty of the NJC was to address judicial misdemeanour.
The PACAC chairman said before 1999, Nigeria had many incorruptible judges like Justice Kayode Eso, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Justice Mohammed Bello, Justice Chike Idigbe, Justice Adetunji Adefarasin, Justice Mason Begho and others
Sagay, however, said corruption pervaded the judicial system after the return to democracy in 1999, when judges started hearing election petition cases.
He noted that many senior advocates had corrupted and compromised judges to the extent that some of the advocates now pay the school fees of children of judges.
Sagay added, “Today, some judges actually solicit for money. They don’t even wait to be offered money. One of the judges that has been asked by the NJC to go back to work is a constant solicitor of money. He writes to counsel, ‘my mother died yesterday, I need money to bury her.’
“Two months later, ‘my daughter is getting married next month, I need money to organise a wedding: Another month, the same judge will write, ‘my uncle has just been made a chief and I need to make a contribution, send money.’
“This is written to lawyers and the lawyers gladly contribute. In fact, there is a long list of lawyers now who have to go to the EFCC at least once a month to explain why they had to send so much money to the account of one judge or the other who demanded money.
“Some lawyers do it out of a sense of obligation while some lawyers do it for consideration of future favours. It just shows you how (low) our judges have sunk.”
Sagay said his committee had drafted a bill for the ‘Forfeiture of Assets and Properties, procured by unlawful activity (proceeds of crimes)’ which will empower courts to order forfeiture of properties by a person without the person being convicted.
The senior advocate said he had advised anti-graft agencies to use non-conviction based assets recovery system to fight graft in some peculiar cases.
He said in such a situation, anybody who was found in possession of huge sums of money, whose source he or she could not explain, would be made to explain themselves in court.
Sagay said this approach was used by the EFCC in the case against Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, whose $15m has been forfeited to the Federal Government and is now battling to save the $5m found in her bank account.
The PACAC chairman added, “If you are seen to be living beyond your means of livelihood, the anti-graft agencies could apply for temporary forfeiture of funds and properties and you would then be made to appear in court to explain yourself.
“That bill is already before the National Assembly but we are not even waiting for it to be passed. A part of the EFCC Act empowers the agency to do this and it is already being done in the case of Patience Jonathan’s $15m.
“You will recall recently that when $5m which she owns was frozen in her account but was later unfrozen due to technical issues, the EFCC went back to court to apply through this non-conviction based forfeiture and got it frozen again. Now she has to come to court to explain how she got it.”
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Also speaking, Odekunle, in particular, questioned the commitment of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to the anti-graft war and also raised a doubt about the integrity of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar, who discharged and acquitted Senate President Bukola Saraki of all 18 charges levelled against him, on Wednesday.
The professor of criminology also questioned the resolve of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, to help the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.
The event titled, ‘Feast of Barracuda’, had ‘Critical Review of the Anti-Corruption War in Nigeria: Strategies, Challenges and Prospects’, as its theme.
While exploring the theme, Odekunle, raised eight salient questions which he said members of the public must answer in order to put the recent failures of the anti-graft war in proper perspective.
He asked, “Does the Presidency realise that routine crime prevention and methodology, instruments and processes are not adequate in fighting corruption in this country? That is, does the Presidency realise that fighting corruption must be a ‘rofo rofo’ fight? That it is not a question of due process, long process, fair hearing and all those that will give you technical justice instead of real justice?
“It is said that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands. In this regard, I ask, what were the details and the resolution of the EFCC matter on Danladi Umar’s bribery case? I don’t know, I’m just asking. Does the DSS possess any information about Danladi Umar on the use or abuse of hard drugs?
“Is there any record that Danladi Umar had been driving and crashing his car under the influence? These are questions that I don’t know the answers to but I want you to investigate.
“Is the Attorney-General of the Federation, who is to lead the anti-corruption fight, going by the way things have been going in the past two years, as committed as others who could have done the job better?
“I have no answers but I believe if they are answered, it will give us an insight into the cause of our current dilemma in the fight against corruption.”
Odekunle urged the Federal Government to use unconventional methods in the fight against corruption, saying it would never win if it continued to use what he described as conventional methods.
He said since the corrupt elite controlled the judiciary and the legislature, this group of people would continue to protect its own.
Odekunle added, “So, all this arrangee between the judiciary, the legislators, and people are saying, ‘We don’t want the APC to be destroyed, Saraki is our own, let us settle our own, party supremacy is better’, we must moderate that.”
Now to give us good perspective on this battle and how we the people of Nigeria are being manipulated by the media even within the constitution vis-a-vis freedom of speech:
You will hear a lot of noise of dismissing this administrations anti-corruption efforts, and that the government itself is corrupt.
This is where the 2nd point of my my blog post comes in ie WE THE PEOPLE IN OUR NUMBERS RECALLING OUR CORRUPT SENATORS, WITHIN THE SYSTEM JUST LIKE KOGI AND KWARA STATES HAVE DONE.
Lets not forget how corrupt these senators are, and how they oppress us, in light of Saraki recent verdict:
BENIN—CHAIRMAN of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, weekend, lamented the prevailing situation in which he said senators enjoy the powers to appropriate funds for themselves, draining the economy. Prof. Itse Sagay He also called for devolution to give more powers to the state and whittle that of the Federal Government. Sagay said: “Politicians are killing themselves to be President, National Assembly members because all the monies are at the centre. “With that type of self-interest and a few people collecting everything that we have, why should we allow the centre to have all the resources and the state completely impoverish, which is what we have today?” Sagay, who spoke at the Wole Soyinka Annual Public Lecture in Benin, the Edo State capital, stressed the need for urgent restructuring of the nation into regions, noting that it is the only way to stop the bumper pay being received by the senators. His words: “It is imperative that we return to the 1963 Constitution, modified to suit our present circumstances, if we are to co-exist in a stable crisis-free and fast-developing nation. “The senators have wardrobe allowance; but they did not go to Abuja naked. They have newspaper allowance and furniture allowance— about 50 items which they never talk about. “They only talk about their salaries, which is about N1 million a month. But when you add all these allowances, we are hitting N20 million per month. If you have true federalism, that money will not be available for them to blow. “These are besides budget padding, which is a stable means of drilling money from the poor people of this nation.”
Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/08/must-stop-senators-bumper-pay-prof-sagay/
Great hindsight and foresight is not most peoples strong suit. Actually for those people who have it both individually or collectively, it will show by how few mistakes they repeat, and thus how quickly the people progress.
Only 2 years ago Nigeria had lost control of 14 of its Local government areas to Boko Haram. Boko Haram were actually so emboldened to terrorise as far south as Edo, Lagos and Delta states. It go so bad, Nigerians living in the Niger Delta were now looking to MEND, a militant group terrorising multinationals in the south to protect them.
Simultaneously Nigerian wealth was being siphoned with reckless abandon overseas, with such temerity, it was the new normal. Even corrupt sycophants were alarmed at the scale of the galloping bold faced corruption with impunity.
When you looked to the president at the time (GEJ), for leadership, we all remember the reverberating words “Stealing is not corruption.”
This was what Nigerians voted against in the last election two years ago. However, change always comes at a price, and it seems Nigerians have easily forgotten where they are coming from, such that they may unwittingly allow wolves in sheep’s clothing to lead them right back to where they are coming from.
The protests against Buhari to resume or resign, while i agree with it in principle, because he should be treated in Nigeria and lead by example; however the narrative for this protest can easily be hijacked by the scheming opposition to a narrative of the Buhari government being incompetent. This can easily be achieved if the Buhari administration do not carefully manage their media department especially social media.
This is the time to start rolling out verifiable stats that the electorate can easily recall, and to drum it clearly so gains achieved will not be forgotten so easily.
To start with: All must recall clearly that:
1. Boko Haram no longer hold 14 of 770 nigerian local government areas, and are now forced to use soft targets
2. Stealing is now corruption, Dasukigate, Sarakigate, Dezianigate. No one is above the law
3. The country is now richer with excess crude reservoirs, even though the value of the crude is about 3 times less than it was during the last administration
4. Nigeria is building refineries again, the last one was built when Buhari was head of state 33 years ago
5. Judges now remember they have to be incorruptible
– Before every child is born naturally, the mother has to go through great labour pains, but the joy afterwards is ability for us to exist which includes reading this.
Imagine if our mothers refused to go through that pain?
This report from Greenbarge Reporters, quoting the then US Secretary of State John Kerry, reminds us exactly what change Buhari has brought. Security gain is much clearer, the gain from anti-corruption is still apparent because of the life cycle of funds recovery, and the not yet audited, but seriously swollen N1.42 trillion now singular treasury account of the federation.
Corruption Was Destroying Nigeria’s Future Before Buhari Came – US Scribe
United States of America (USA) Secretary of State, John Kerry, has narrated at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland how President Muhammadu Buhari has come to save Nigeria from destruction as a result of corruption that had even rendered the nation’s armed forces ineffective to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
“When Nigeria’s President Buhari took office last spring, he inherited a military that was under-paid, underfed, and unable to protect the Nigerian people from Boko Haram. And one reason is that much of the military budget was finding its way into the pockets of the generals. And just this week, we saw reports that more than 50 people in Nigeria, including former government officials, stole $9 billion from the treasury.
“Still in the United States, my friends, we continue to prosecute corruption and we live with a pay-to-play campaign finance system that should not be wished on any other country in the world. I used to be a prosecutor and I know how hard it is to hold people in positions of public responsibility accountable. But I also know how important it is.
“The fact is there is nothing – absolutely nothing more demoralizing, more destructive, more disempowering to any citizen than the belief that the system is rigged against them and that people in positions of power are – to use a diplomatic term of art– crooks who are stealing the future of their own people; and by the way, depositing their ill-gotten gains in ostensibly legitimate financial institutions around the world.
“Corruption is a social danger because it feeds organized crime, it destroys nation-states, it imperils opportunities particularly for women and girls, it facilitates environmental degradation, contributes to human trafficking, and undermines whole communities. It destroys the future.
“Corruption is a radicalizer because it destroys faith in legitimate authority. It opens up a vacuum which allows the predators to move in. And no one knows that better than the violent extremist groups, who regularly use corruption as a recruitment tool.
“Corruption is an opportunity destroyer because it discourages honest and accountable investment; it makes businesses more expensive to operate; it drives up the cost of public services for local taxpayers; and it turns a nation’s entire budget into a feeding trough for the privileged few.
“And that is why it is imperative that the business community of the world starts to demand a different standard of behavior, that we deepen the fight against corruption, making it a first-order, national security priority. It’s why we are now providing technical assistance to more than 25 countries to build online business registration sites, which helps to reduce red tape and opportunities for graft – for the bribery necessary to get the permit, to get the local zoning, to get the land, to get the go-ahead. It’s why we’re expanding our law enforcement programs that send judges overseas to share best practices. And it’s why the U.S. Department of Justice has successfully returned $143 million since 2004 and is litigating now more than a billion dollars’ worth of stolen assets. It’s why we are working with businesses to spur reform and civil society groups whose investigative work on the ground is vital to strong law enforcement and justice. And it’s why we are developing stronger intelligence on kleptocrats and their networks on those who were using targeted economic sanctions and visa restrictions to deny bad actors the profits from graft.
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“All told, corruption costs the global economy – global GDP – more than a trillion dollars a year and costs the global economy on an international basis about $2.6 trillion. Imagine the difference that would make to all those kids under the age of 30 – 60 percent in some countries – yearning for jobs and opportunity, for electricity, for education. This corruption complicates, I assure you, every single security, diplomatic, and social priority of the Government of the United States and other governments who are trying to help countries in the world. And this in and of itself creates tension, instability, and a perfect playing field for predators. It is simply stunning to me – I head up the interagency task force of the all-government effort of the United States to deal with human trafficking – it is simply stunning that in the year 2016, more than 20 million, some estimate 27 million people, are the victims of modern-day slavery in what has become a $150 billion illicit human trafficking industry. New York Times recently had a compelling story on its front page of a young Cambodian boy seduced into leaving his country, going to Thailand, believing he’d be part of a construction company, and he wound up at sea for two years with a shackle around his neck as a slave for illegal fishing. Those numbers should shock the conscience of every person around into action, because although money is legitimately and always will be used for many things, it shouldn’t be hard for us to agree that in the 21st century, we should never, ever, ever allow a price tag to be attached to the freedom of another human being.
“The bottom line is that it is everybody’s responsibility to condemn and expose corruption, to hold perpetrators accountable, and to replace a culture of corruption that has changed the way in which people accept the standards that the world long ago adopted, whether in Basel banking standards or in the universal standards of behavior or human rights, and it replaces malfeasance with a standard that expects honesty as a regular way of doing business. Never forget: The impact of corruption touches everyone – businesses, the private sector, every citizen. We all pay for it. So we have to wage this fight collectively – not reluctantly, but wholeheartedly by embracing standards that make corruption the exception and not the norm.
“Now, obviously, corruption’s not a new problem. Every nation has faced it at one time or another in its development. America’s own Founding Fathers knew the threat of corruption all too well, warning of the dangers that it posed to democratic governance. But today, corruption has grown at an alarming pace and threatens global growth, global stability, and indeed the global future.
“And when Prime Minister Abadi, who I met with yesterday – and we talked about the reform effort in Iraq – when he took office in Iraq over a year ago, he found the government payroll weighted down with 50,000 soldiers who didn’t even exist. That meant $380 million of dishonest public officials that got that money instead of it going to build the kind of inclusive and capable security forces that Iraq desperately needed.”
~ Greg Ekhator (August 22nd, 2017)
I am pleased to say that finally it’s ringing true to both the leaders and followers in Nigeria that THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE IS GREATER THAN THE PEOPLE IN POWER.
The our mumu don do protests and the London Abuja protests no doubt made it quite clear to all and sundry holding PMB in London, that this intolerable.
This report from Sahara Reporter’s
President Muhammadu Buhari has finally landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja after 103 days on medical treatment in the United Kingdom. The President arrived on Nigeria’s President jet with registration number 5N-FGT at exactly 4:35 PM. He is being received by a delegation led by his Deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. The huge delegation includes governors, ministers, security service chiefs and his aides.
It is really amazing how the corrupt get supported either wittingly or unwittingly by Nigerians due to tribalism and or partisan support. Of course, tribalism and partisanship are the excuses used to justify their sycophancy. These Nigerians know the right thing to do, but they won’t do it, and will rather trade rumours just so they can get their next stipend.
Only today i was asked to name one thing Buhari has done as an achievement. Another one said, i should trust him as an insider, that nothing has changed in Nigeria. Another one said, that Buhari administration is only after his enemies. These 3 people will keep quiet now, and lie low until the next piece of propaganda material is cooked up in their dark anti-Nigeria echo-chamber!
This report from Sahara Reporters 16:08:2017
A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja.
The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked in the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty. The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message; a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the Commission. Ishaku who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud Section is in charge of corruption investigation involving several politically exposed persons and retired military brass hats.
The attack on the Zone 7 office which houses the Commission’s AMCON Desk, Procurement Fraud and Foreign Exchange Malpractices Sections, is coming few weeks after another investigator, Austin Okwor was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The latest incident has already been reported to the police for investigation.