The drug addict – Femi Fani-Kayode accused President Jonathan of hating Yoruba’s •Says: Let’s divide Nigeria instead of Ijaw dominating Yoruba

All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode, this evening accused President Goodluck Jonathan of hating his (Fani-Kayode’s) Yoruba ethnic group. The one-time Minister of Aviation also accused Jonathan’s Ijaw ethnic group of dominating the Yoruba. Though he did not provide evidence to back up his allegations, Chief Fani-Kayode in a Facebook update about an hour ago advocated the dissolution of Nigeria as a country instead of the Yoruba to continue under the domination of the Ijaw or any other ethnic group. Below is his unedited post on his Facebook page: President Goodluck Jonathan and those within his inner circle simply hate the yoruba. And we the yoruba did not resist, fight and defeat the hegemony of other nationalities in the last 100 years just for it to be replaced with Ijaw domination. I have said it before and I will say it again, if we cannot have a level playing field for all tribes, all religions and all nationalities in Nigeria and if we cannot all be treated as equals then let Nigeria cease to exist.


Rotational Presidency and Jonathan’s withdrawal from the race the only way to avert bloodshed: Open Letter to the President

Borrowing from the Ondo and Anambra Governorship Polls of October 20, 2012 and November 16, 2013, respectively, as in INEC’s conduct of election 120 days before the end of the tenure of a serving governor; and specifically according to Section 132 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended in 2011, the election into the office of the President of Nigeria may most likely hold by January 2015. On the same premise, elections into the 360 members of the House of Reps and 109 senatorial seats may most likely take place by the same month. This is in accordance with Section 76 (2) of the Constitution as amended. Elections into about 1,152 State legislative seats of the 36 States may most likely take place by the


Sack Me If You Can, PDP Chairman Bamanga Tukur Dares President Jonathan

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to remove him from office if he can. Tukur’s outburst followed the refusal of members of the party’s National Working Committee to attend a meeting he called at the party’s secretariat in Abuja last Wednesday. The Adamawa State born politician, who is growing isolated at the top levels of the party where he is being held responsible for its dwindling influence and the defection of members, was infuriated by the attitude of his fellow national officers. He told reporters that he can only be removed from office through a properly conducted National Convention and that unless and until that takes place, nobody, including President Jonathan can remove him.


Say no to APC in Biafraland. Ezenna Okoro Inaugurates APC Women Coordinator In Awa Community

The All Progressive Congress (APC) Awa Chapter in Oguta LGA of Imo State recorded a stunning success last weekend as Hon. Ezenna Okoro inaugurated APC Women Co-ordinators and Executives in Awa Community.The tumultuous event which was held at Hon Okoro’s compound in Awa Community attracted a good number of APC faithful from all the 25 villages which made up Awa Autonomous Community as they were represented by 2 executives and other women leaders who were all in a joyous mood as the drum their support for APC, proclaiming that come rain come shine Owelle Rochas Okorocha they know.Addressing the Awa women during the event Hon. Ezenna Okoro who doubles as SA Special Duties/Chief of Staff to Managing Director ISOPADEC enjoined the women to embrace the party ahead of the 2015


The ‘Northern’ blackmail of Nigeria

I HAVE never voted in a Nigerian election. I have only ever voted once, but it was in Britain and not in Nigeria. As a Commonwealth student in England in the 1970s, I was allowed to vote for the re-election of Harold Wilson’s Labour party. However, I am seriously thinking of casting my vote, for whatever it is worth, in Nigeria’s forthcoming elections in 2015. There is only one reason for this. I am determined that a “Northerner” must not be the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Cry-babies I have nothing against the North per se, but I have reached the conclusion that it would be unhealthy for Nigeria’s next president to come from the North. To accede to the insistence of certain loud Northern politicians that the North must produce the next president, is to send a wrong signal to the North. The North has become


Army establishes special command to fight terrorists

Following incessant attacks by Boko Haram in the North East and security reports indicating that more members were being recruited for terrorism acts, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika said yesterday, that the Army has established a Special Operation Command, NASOC, solely to tackle insurgency. This was even as the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, yesterday, hailed the US and other countries for standing behind Nigerian military in fighting terrorists in the country and the sub-region. Speaking with newsmen at a workshop on counter insurgency and terrorism in Abuja, Ihejirika,however, said that NASOC was approved by the Army Council as a boost to the transformation effort of the army.


A Nigerian terrorist Umar Abdulmutallab given four life sentences for his attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight

A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Detroit, United States yesterday upheld the conviction of a Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, given four life sentences for his attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight on its way to Detroit. Abdulmutallab was one of 289 passengers on a Christmas Day flight in 2009 from Amsterdam to Detroit when he attempted to ignite explosives concealed in his underwear as the plane made its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The explosive failed, catching fire and injuring only Abdulmutallab before pilots landed the plane and authorities took him into custody. He was later tried for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and other charges.


We await their actions: Jonathan’s presidential panel accuses Oduah formally of a crime over N255m car scandal.

The committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to probe the N255m bulletproof car scandal in the aviation ministry has indicted the Minister, Ms. Stella Oduah. It was gathered  in Abuja on Sunday  that the report of the presidential committee tallied  with some findings of the House of Representatives  Committee  on Aviation on the scandal.In October, there were reports that with the approval of the minister, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority purchased two bulletproof  BMW cars at an allegedly inflated rate of N255m. The development sparked a countrywide controversy with  many Nigerians and groups  calling  for her sacking.The House  subsequently mandated its Committee on  Aviation to probe the allegation against the minister.On  December 19, 2013, the House endorsed the report of its   committee and agreed that the minister breached the 2013 Appropriation Act.It therefore asked Jonathan to review Oduah’s  appointment for approving expenditure of over N643m for the NCAA  to procure 54 vehicles last year.The spokesperson   for the House, Mr. Zackary Mohammed, had explained that the lawmakers wanted the minister sacked.He said, “The word  ‘review’ here means a change in status. It is a mild way of saying that Mr. President should sack the minister.”A major recommendation of the  Aviation committee, which was adopted, reads, “The House urges the President to review the continued engagement of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, for having contravened the Appropriation Act, 2013 and the approved, revised thresholds by exceeding the Ministry of Aviation’s approval limit of N100m by the purchase of 54 vehicles valued at N643m.” Although Jonathan confirmed the receipt of the report of the presidential committee chaired by a former Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Sali Bello, he had yet to make a pronouncement on it.Other members of the presidential panel included the National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki and Vice-Marshal Dick Iruenabhere. It was learnt on Sunday that the   panel, like that of  the House, also discovered that the minister’s approval for the cars exceeded the N100m limit. A top government source, who disclosed this to The PUNCH on Sunday, said   although the committee indicted Oduah , it did not say whether she should be sacked or not. But sources told The PUNCH  that there was every likelihood of the President using the    cabinet shake -up that would follow the presentation of his ministerial list to the National Assembly to relieve himself of the moral burden of Oduah’s continued presence in his government.One of the sources   said Jonathan did not take any action on the matter when the issue was raging last year because it was not in his character to be seen as being stampeded into taking any decision.He said, “Those who know oga knows that he is not the  kind of person that can be stampeded into taking a decision. That was why he remained calm in the face of the public calls for the minister’s sacking  last year.“As it is now, since he is planning a cabinet shake-up, he may use the opportunity to ease the woman out. After all, during shake-up like the one being planned, he owes no one any explanation. He has the power to hire and fire.”Another official was more categorical in his claim that Oduah might  not escape the imminent shake-up.The minister’s  issue,according to him,  came up when the President was preparing his response to an 18-page letter written to him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.He said, “The consensus then was that Mr. President could explain all the issues raised in Obasanjo’s letter convincingly except the area that bordered on corruption.“The observation people made that time was that it would be difficult to claim that the President did not harbour corruption with the continuous stay of Oduah in the cabinet at the time of replying the letter considering the calls by members of the public.”Efforts to get the Presidency’s position on the presidential committee’s report  did not yield positive result   as the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, did not respond to the calls made to his mobile telephone lines. Meanwhile,  former governors  Abdulkadir Kure (Niger), Boni Haruna(Adamawa) and an ex- National Security Adviser, Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd.)  are among  those   whose names may  be sent to the Senate this week by Jonathan for consideration as ministers.It was learnt that a former Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, also made the list.Jonathan had during a meeting with a delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party from the North-West last Thursday given an indication that the list   would be sent to the National Assembly this week.


Inferno Remark:Jonathan hails armed forces of Nigeria for Killing Biafrans to Keep Nigeria Together.

President Goodluck Jonathan has commended the Nigerian Armed forces for keeping Nigeria united,adding that but for their sacrifices, Nigeria would have been two or more nations today.President Jonathan said that the only to honour those who paid the supreme price for the nation to remain one was for  leaders of today,  to watch what they say and ensure that they song they sing will bring honour to the fallen heroes and peace to the country.The President said this Sunday at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration 2014 Inter-denominal church service, at the National Christian Center, AbujaJonathan who reiterated that his personal ambition was not worth any Nigerian spilling his/her blood, urged  politicians to heed the warning of the cleric, Revd. Oche that threats will not push the people to the polling stations come 2015 and without people voting no manipulation of figures will declare one a winner.He commended the country’s armed forces particularly those that paid the supreme price to ensure Nigeria’s unity and urged Nigerians to emulate their selflessness in their service to the nation.“I always believe that it could have been worse than this in terms of our challenges within and in the global trend but because of your prayers God has been kind to us.“Pray for us to always remember our fathers because we are in a political environment and politicians always have ambitions, we really appreciate your prayers”.The President commended the Archbishop for admonishing politicians in this era of camping and decamping.“The Armed Forces Remembrance Day is a unique occasion but this year’s programme is even more unique because 1st January this year Nigeria marked 100 years as a nation, its not easy to get there.“There were a lot of challenges. For us to have reached 100 years some people paid dearly for it, some people worked for it.“The first group of people we can remember that worked and paid dearly for it are the armed forces. You know the challenges they had to face during the civil war, but for them we wouldn’t have celebrated the Centenary, Nigeria would have been two or more nations by now. But they worked for it, some died in the process, some died serving the world outside.  These are the people we are remembering today.“We also have to emulate them. Those who have paid supreme sacrifice to keep our nation together, those of us who are alive especially leaders today, the only way to honour them is to watch whatever we say, whatever song we sing should be a song that will bring honour to them and peace to this country.“Sometimes I get worried when I listen to provocative statements that come from very senior citizens. People that ordinarily you perceive are very senior citizens. People who are probably 70 or 80 years who have seen it all who ordinarily should know the unity of this country is more important than the interest of any individual.  Sometimes they preach hate and even encourage young people to carry arms and kill themselves.“I have always said it that any ambition I have at any time is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. I will never ever expect a Nigerian to spill a drop of his blood because Goodluck Jonathan must fulfil his ambition.“I pray that all politicians should know that there will be no nation if we kill ourselves, just like the Archbishop said if you want people to come out and vote why do you threaten them. If you threaten them people will stay in their houses and how do you intend to win election is it by manipulating the figures and declare yourself a winner?“So in an occasion when we are remembering those people that have kept this country one for us to be celebrating our centenary we should admonish ourselves the key actors today, we should preach peace, we should preach unity. If all of us collectively talk about the unity and peace of this country then of course all our economic, security problems will be resolved and the country will move in the direction we want it to”.