The presiding overseer of the Latter Rain Church and the convener of Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare has lambasted the Presidency for giving him a cow as gift this Christmas.He told his congregation in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, on Sunday that he did not solicit for the cow which he said was dumped at the office of the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, in Lagos by people from the Presidency.According to Bakare, “I had a cow from the Presidency. I didn’t ask for it. They dropped it at the Save Nigeria Group office… But is it cow that we need? If you check their books, one cow could have been bought for $5,000. The rest of the money is pocketed! We don’t need cow, we need a country that will move forward!”He added that “they prevailed on me not to return it. Thanks for the cow, but no thanks! That means no cow for me next year (laughs). But we will have good roads, schools etc! We are the cause of our problems. We feel big when Mr President sends us hampers etc… We go to them for contracts etc… Until we change ourselves, we cannot expect change from those who lead us!”He said the way things are going, very soon people in power will be giving out elephants as gift during festive periods, saying it was wasteful to give such gifts when the money used in purchasing them could be used to provide hospitals, good roads, schools, etc.He announced that he was giving out the cow, adding that the problem with Nigeria was that the nation has low men in high places.
Report according to Sahara Reporters has discovered that the shady plan to sell off Nigeria’s four refineries to cronies of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has reached an advanced stage, with cronies of President Goodluck Jonathan and Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke in line to snatch some of the best assets.Our highly reliable sources revealed that Jide Omokore, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been penciled down to “buy” one of two refineries in Port Harcourt in what a highly reliable source described as “a rushed privatization process.” Our sources, who are in the Presidency and oil sector respectively, also disclosed that the second refinery in Port Harcourt will be sold to Benny Peters, the owner of Aiteo Energy. Mr. Peters is one of the major beneficiaries from Nigeria’s notoriously fraudulent fuel subsidy payments. A well known crony of Ms. Alison-Madueke, he is also quite close to President Jonathan.The sources told SaharaReporters that the Warri refinery will be handed over to Igho Salome’s Televaras while the Kaduna refinery will go to Sahara Energy, an oil firm whose owners are also cronies of the Petroleum Minister.Industry experts have questioned the Federal Government’s rush to sell the refineries when the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has not been passed by the National Assembly. The omnibus bill covers virtually every aspect of the oil industry and is currently being considered by the federal lawmakers. Various interest groups have protested and questioned several aspects of the proposed law.“By rushing to make a pronouncement on the sale of the refineries, it does not need a genius to know that Alison-Madueke is up to something,” a source at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) told SaharaReporters. He added: “If you go to the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) today, honest officials will tell you that they are under pressure to proceed with the sale. The agenda is very clear.”An official at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources said the major worry in the ministry was that most of those positioned toemerge as “preferred bidders” do not have any history in themanagement of refineries.“Even though Madam (Diezani) may not listen to anybody, we believe that she should allow other players to come into the sector. All these favored guys are getting the juiciest assets in the country. The feeling we have here is that they are just fronting for her. She is basically going to sell these assets to herself. It makes sense to throw the process very open and allow new players to come in,” said the official, who added, “I am already a marked man because of the critical questions I have raised on these things.”Last month, SaharaReporters had first exposed the scheme to hand over the national assets to friends and associates of the president and minister by any means necessary. Our sources revealed that Ms. Alison-Madueke had rigged the process to enable her cronies to emerge as the preferred bidders.
President Goodluck Jonathan has described the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 as an act of God.Jonathan, who joined the faithful at the Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi in Abuja, for the last Sunday service of the year, however, identified lack of unity and love as the greatest problem facing Nigeria.He likened the nation’s challenges to those of the Israelites when they were about to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land.The President said, “As a nation, we have our challenges. Anytime I look at the history of Nigeria and the challenges we face, I remember a part of the old testament in the Bible that talks about the Israelites when they decided to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land. We have something quite similar.“As you are getting closer to the promised land, you meet more obstacles and thank God for the sermon we have heard here today(Sunday). Even the songs showed that the greatest problem we have are lack of unity and love.“Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914. By January 1 next year, Nigeria will be 100 years . I totally agree with the minister that it was not by chance that we are one as a nation, it was ordained by God.“If God didn’t will it that way and at that point, the North and South would not have come together. The details of the North and South coming together make Nigeria a very great country.“I used to say that Nigeria is great not because of its oil. We have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody talks about them.“We have countries that have multi-billion dollars in their reserves and nobody talks about them but here we are, just talking about $40bn in our reserves , yet the biggest and smallest countries talk about Nigeria. Why? It is Because of the diversity from the North to the South, the human and natural resources, the potential and the population that we have.“ So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is therefore left to us to appreciate God and continue to pray for his intervention for this country to continue to be great.”Jonathan again promised to bequeath a different Nigeria to the next generation.He said his administration was
Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio has stressed the need for economic integration between Southsouth and Southeast geopolitical zones, to fast-track development and mutual co-existence. The governor, who spoke at the weekend at Nnewi in Anambra State after being conferred with the chieftaincy title of “Omelu-Ora” by Igwe of Nnewi, His Royal Highness, Igwe Kenneth Orilu III, as part of activities concluding a week-long celebration of Igwe’s 50 years on the throne, said: “We as great sons and daughters of Southeast and Southsouth must make efforts to unite the two geopolitical zones.” He said: “By this gesture, we have re-united the Southsouth and the Southeast, which is something Governor Peter Obi and I have been trying to do in the last six years. These geopolitical zones must be united.
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said he rose from the smallest community in Bayelsa State to become Nigeria’s President by the grace of God and people’s support. Jonathan spoke in Abuja at the Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi, during the Sunday church service. The President noted that lack of love and unity was the greatest problem facing the country. He likened the nation’s challenges to those faced by the Israelites in the Old Testament when they were leaving Egypt for the Promised Land.
FG is to spend N11 billion to host the national dialogue and the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Abuja
This figure is contained in the details of the 2014 budget breakdown, which states that N7 billion is to be spent on the national dialogue. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on January 18, 2005, requested the approval of N932 million to fund a three-month National Political Reform Conference scheduled to begin mid-February of the same year. In the breakdown, Obasanjo said delegates would earn N21.68million as sitting allowance and N650. 25 million as allowances in lieu of accommodation.
Suspected Boko Haram fighters opened fire on a bachelor party in Borno State,
Security agencies are weighing the options on whether or not to invite former President Olusegun Obasanjo for interrogation on his December 2 letter to President Goodluck Jonathan. They are wary of the political implications of subjecting a former President to grilling by security chiefs, who were mostly his juniors in the military. They appear to be in favour of probing security issues raised by Obasanjo rather than going after the messenger. The probe may also be for documentation purpose, in case of security breach in future traceable to the letter. There were also indications that the agencies might collaborate with security organisations in Benin Republic to find out if there was