Sunday, July 6, 2014
A bishop promised the deacon’s wife a surprise gift and allegedly sent her a WhatsApp picture of his privates.
Deacon Given Ngwenya (29) and his wife Bukeka Ngwenya (23) were lying in bed at home in Cambridge, East London in the Eastern Cape at about the 11pm on Saturday 26 June when the phone beeped.
At first Bukeka was worried about a message being sent late at night so she handed the phone to her husband.
When they checked the profile photo, they realised it was Bishop Felix Khumalo, the fourth bishop in the First Twelve Apostolic Church of Christ, who was sending the message from Johannesburg.
Given replied as if he was his wife.
Then Felix promised to visit Bukeka some time in August.
Given replied: “Okay, daddy. Please bring something nice.”
Felix told Bukeka he would bring her such a nice thing that she’d forget about anything she’d ever had before.
That’s when he allegedly sent her the picture of his privates and then asked Bukeka to send him a picture of hers in return.
Given, still shocked at the unwanted image of the bishop’s organ, replied that it was difficult to take photos.
The conversation carried on for a long time until Given decided to let Felix know who was having the conversation.
“Father Khumalo, I thank you for your cruelty,” he messaged.
“I am going to take to this conversation to the church leaders. You are trying to seduce my wife while I am still alive.”
Then Felix blocked the phone.
Given told Daily Sun that he is very disappointed.
“We have been good friends with Bishop Khumalo for many years. I remember I opened a church in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga and Bishop Khumalo was the first person to support me, but now he has let us down.
“Now we must look for another church to suit our needs.”
Bukeka said she was shocked that a respected man of the church would send a picture of his private parts.
“I told myself this man was doing this to different women and I wanted to teach him a lesson.” she said.
Khanyile Khumalo, Felix’s wife, said she had heard the story. “I tried to ask him about it but he ran away,” she said.
“The situation is very tense at home.”
Article Source – Daily Sun
Friday, July 4, 2014
The massive looting of Lagos state by the Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently conered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the Action Congress’ states.
In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds.
Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.
Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.
The annex of the Lagos State Guest House in Asokoro, Abuja was bought by the State Government in 2006 for N450 million, purportedly to protect the main house from security breach. Shortly after Tinubu left office, the property was transferred to him under the pension plan he signed into law before leaving office.
The 250-hectare land valued at about N35billion and strategically located at the Ajah junction on Lekki Road was initially meant for a General Hospital for the people of Eti-Osa Local Government but was stolen by Tinubu and handed over to Trojan Estate Ltd – a company owned by Deji and Wale Tinubu – to develop as Royal Garden Housing Estate at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.
The 1,000 hectares of land valued at about N75billion located at Lakowe near Abijo at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Lekki Concession Company (LCC) which is partly- owned by Tinubu and Fashola and being developed as golf course and housing estate by Assets and Resource Management Ltd (ARM) as ADIVA project.
The prime land of 157 hectares with 2.5km of Atlantic beachfront valued at about N10billion and stolen by Tinubu from the communities of Siriwon, Igbekodo, Apakin, etc in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Ibukun Fakeye – his crony to build a golf course and luxury villa with little or no compensation to the villagers. In addition, Tinubu paid $20million (N3billion) out of public treasury to Ibukun Fakeye to commence the project in late 2006. Fashola has since released additional funding for this project, which is not owned by the state government.
The 14-hectare Parkview Ikoyi Estate foreshore land reclaimed by Lagos State Government is now owned by Bola Tinubu.
While in office, he allocated to himself the former Strabag yard beside the Lagos State Secretariat at Alausa, Ikeja. The property is now being developed into a shopping mall as big as the Palms in Lekki. This is public property brazenly stolen and now owned by Tinubu, aided by Fashola.
The choice property at Lekki-Epe road on which he built and owns the multi-billion Naira Oriental Hotel and the extension of multi-storey car park beside it. Also, the multi-level recreation centre by Mobil in Oniru Estate on Lekki-Epe road jointly owned with ARM and Tunji Olowolafe. All these assets valued at over N25billion were obtained without paying a kobo to the Lagos State Government.
Tinubu and Fashola sold the following prime Lagos properties to their personal friend and front – Prince Dipo Eludoyin at very ridiculous prices:
• The 3.8-hectare of land of Lagos State Fisheries office in VI (beside the Institute of Oceanography) valued at N3billion.
• The fishery landing jetty at Badore (where the Ilubirin fishermen were to be relocated) valued at N500million
• The entire Ogudu foreshore scheme initially earmarked for a low-cost housing scheme valued at N5billion
• The Ilubinrin housing estate (which used to house Lagos state civil servants and judges up till 2007) valued at N2.5billion.
• The former Julius Berger yard at Oko Orisan, Epe valued at N450million.
Tinubu raised a loan of N4.7billion on Eko Akete project for which nothing was achieved before he turned around to sell the property to his Chagouri friends of Chagouri & Chagouri and Hitech Construction Ltd at a ridiculously low price at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.
Tinubu applied to personally purchase the Federal Secretariat building while in office. When he couldn’t get to buy it, he directed Fashola to stop the eventual owner of the complex to develop it. The complex is presently wasting away courtesy of the Lagos State Government.
It took several months of horse trading and underhand payments before Fashola could allow the new owners of 1004 flats to redevelop the complex. Several other buyers of Federal Government properties and developers of properties in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Government Reservation Area Ikeja were forced to succumb to the outrageous demands of Tinubu, Fashola, Commissioner Abosede and other officials of the Lagos State Physical Planning Ministry and were made to pay ridiculous amounts to private accounts before their redevelopments were approved. Those who refused or were unable to pay could not develop their properties. This is a major economic strangulation of property developers and has contributed largely to the skyrocketing rent in Ikoyi, VI and Lekki axis.
Tinubu converted all the plots of land where Lagos Polytechnic was located at Ikosi near the old toll gate. He chased away the Polytechnic in 2006 and went ahead to locate the choice plots to himself, his cronies and political associates. The headquarters of Television Continental (TVC), which is owned by him, is located there. He deprived the youths of Lagos of decent education because of his greed.
Tinubu solely sold the prime land on Aboyade Cole, Victoria Island which was recovered from some allotees, to UACN Properties Plc. The amount of proceeds was shrouded in secrecy.
Eludoyin, fronting for Tinubu, built the estate directly opposite Goshen Beach Estate in Lekki area.
Tinubu’s wife, Remi Tinubu, built the massive New Era Foundation youth camp at the junction of Eleko, off the Lekki-Epe express road, with Lagos State funds and has now converted it to personal use.
Tinubu owns the Fara Park Estate and the Beach Wood Estate both in Lekki.
The Critical Care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, built and equipped with state funds, is now owned personally by Tinubu. He has put one Dr. Sikiru Tinubu, (a supposed cousin of his) to run the outfit. It is run as a private unit and the proceeds are pocketed by the duo. The unit charges its users exorbitantly and most Lagosians can hardly afford to pay its high charges. Much of the revenue is derived from fees paid by the State Government for patients referred there by its General Hospitals.
Several prominent Nigerians in the judiciary, police, INEC, and other sensitive agencies have obtained prime land from former Governor Tinubu and incumbent Governor Fashola over the years without paying a kobo. Many of them had turned around to sell the land to third parties at substantial profit. Many top officials in the police, INEC and the judiciary who participated in the 2003 and 2007 elections and tribunals in states where Tinubu has interest were compromised with parcels of free prime Lagos land and cash. If the Lagos State Land’s Bureau could publish the names and identities of beneficiaries of land allotees from 2000 to date, the scandal that will result is better imagined. Gbenga Ashafa, now a Senator, and Mrs. Awofisayo were the conduits through which these acts were being perpetrated. Both were also personally involved in various dubious land transactions on their own.
Prime land and properties have been used to pay off public officials who are personally close to Tinubu and Fashola for “jobs well done” or for being privy to sensitive information, notably:
(a) Dele Alake, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, was sold a whole house on Alexander Road, Ikoyi where he lived as official quarters at a give-away price.
(b) Rauf Aregbesola, Osun State Governor, who was a former Commissioner in Lagos as well as Muiz Banire, also a former commissioner, got detached houses at Ladoke Akintola Street, GRA Ikeja for their “good job” while serving under Tinubu.
(c) Yemi Cardoso and Wale Edun, both former commissioners, were sold houses on Iru Close, and another location in old Ikoyi at give-away prices by Tinubu.
Monday, June 30, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Exclusive Secret Conversation Of A Boko Haram Detainee Mustapha Kolo Exposing Boko Haram.
June 30, 2014 by Eagle
Exclusive Secret Conversation of Mustapha Kolo, exposing
Boko Haram Activities Obtained. The suspect currently
being detained in Abuja for allegedly being a member of
Boko Haram confessed to an existing relationship between
the insurgents and Borno state Governor, Kashim
Shettima. Mustapha Kolo, who was arrested along with
others in Maiduguri confessed that the Governor has been
giving them money and has been meeting with their
leaders but is now trying to deny them.
It will be recalled that a terrorist was once arrested in the
Borno state Government Lodge.
Below is the transcript of the recording:-
Good evening how are you?
I greet you in English but you replied in Hausa. Don’t you
I can understand English and I speak it well well.
I want to be your friend since we are going to stay
I don’t want to be friend of stranger. You meet many of us
in that place we are before now they bring you here so you
can force me to reveal secret for you ko? Why they change
my cell and give me total stranger only two of us here?
Before we are twelve in that place now they bring me here
My name is Ahmed, I was arrested yesterday in Lokoja for
carrying guns. What is your own name and what brought
you to this place?
They get my name in their book so you can check. They
can tell you the offence that bring me here, because I did
not catch myself to come here. I am not prepare to
discuss any matter with you, because you are stranger
and I know you people just want to use me and dump me
like Kabiru and other people
Are you talking about Kabiru Sokoto?
You know about the Kabiru I am talking? I don’t know
whether you people have kill him ma sef. Me I know say I
will never release from here, but I never mind. I am here
because of Allah Subana Wata Allah and I am even
prepared to die to make the world Muslim, everybody. I
don’t know anything I can tell you more because if I talk
more they can kill me because it is offence to tell secret
things about our people, that is why since I come here
many days now I have refused to talk. Do you want them
to kill me? As you people want to kill me, if I talk and I go
out they will follow me to kill me is it what you want? So I
have no matter with you please.
I am not part of them. They also brought me here like you
for an offence. I have powerful person who is going to get
me out. I will help you when I go out and I will not reveal
your identity but you have to tell me the truth if you want
me to help you out. So tell me your name and why they
brought you here because the powerful person will want to
My Name is Mustapha, I am a student at Ramat
Polytechnic Maiduguri, before I join to work for Allah. My
friend introduce me to Markas and then we use to go
forwazi in different places. We listen to Mallam and he
teach us many things. Then we start to fight with
Government because the police they kill us. Governor SAS
he help police to kill us so we ma we kill his people so the
offence that I am brought here is offcence of killing people
Did Mallam teach you how to kill with guns besides the
Different people teach us guns, but Mallam is big man he
only carry small gun like pistol. But when he preach he
can shoot gun as warning to kafiri to change. Everybody
who is listening to Mallam can be able to tell how he is
preaching good for everybody to be muslim but other
people they do not agree, that is why he is having problem
with government and police and army and they have kill
him. We want to also kill police and army like they have
kill mallam and many people.
How did you come here?
It is some useless people that they tell police and army
where we are hiding in one place and they come and shoot
us and they catch some of us. Then they put us in car and
drive us in the night to this place. They cover our eyes
with cloth and they tie our legs also, later they tell us this
is Abuja. They have remove us from Maiduguri to this
place so that we can tell them something about out
people, but we have not talk to them. They just give us
food every day and then they ask you if you can be able to
say something but No, we are not ready to tell them
anythings. Even some of them tell me they are muslim but
I know they are not good muslimand so I never tell them
anything secret that I know, even you now I know you are
telling lie that you will help me, you cannot be able to help
Are you Boko Haram?
You don’t know what is Boko Haram that is why you say
somebody is Boko Haram. Me I am not Boko Haram. How
if I am Boko haram I go to school in Mafoni and I go to
Ramat? I am doing the work of Allah.
Then why did you kill and burn schools?
We kill everybody who kill our people. We kill anybody
who he refuse to become Muslim. Even muslims who is
not good we kill them. But they have kill us many of us,
many of the people they kill they have go to aljannah, but
any who die kafir he will go to jihannama.
When you are doing the work of Allah, how much were you
How can somebody pay to do work of Allah? They give us
money when somebody send us money to help in the work
of Allah. But when there is no money we manage. Like the
time they follow many of us we don’t have money so we
get smallsmall things from small small things from people
who want to help us.
But they say some people pay you to kill on their behalf.
Who were those paying you money to kill others?
Many people give us money for different different reason.
Many big people they give us money so that we will not
kill them, some people they give our big ogasmoney, they
say we should kill so so and so. Me I can tell you that I
know many big people in Maiduguri even in Abuja they
used to send money for us. During the time of politics
many people they use our name to kill other people. Some
of them say they are doing work of Allah also but that is
not true, they are doing politics. They are the one that give
us name boko haram, but our true name is Jama’atul
Sunnahlida awatti wal jihad.
Is it true that Government was giving you money in
The former Governor Ali Sheriff he did not give us money,
only to his ECOMOG people who they are doing politicis
together with them. All the ECOMOG they are not good
muslim so we kill some of them. Their own they are
politics, our own we are religion of islam, so we and
ECOMOG who is SAS giving money they are not our
people. So government can give ECOMOG money but they
not give us that time when SAS is Governor that is why we
are angry with Governor SAS.
Governor Kashim Shettima before he is a good man but
now he is not give money again to us. When he is
commissioner, he can give us plenty of money. He give us
money when we kill Fanami Gubio, so he can be Governor
but he is not completed his payment and even the other
money we are following him he no give us again. When he
become Governor he continue to give us money although
he abuse us in television and he give us money again then
no problem, but he is not giving money after sometime.
This Governor kashim he is from Maiduguri, but SAS is
Ngala andKashim he know very well what cause the
problem and the people doing the work. Even the person
he put for JTF he is his brother and he was do this work
we are doing before.
Are you saying Governor Kashim has been giving you
money to kill people?
Yes he give us money to do plenty things, like I have say
it. He give money to killFanami Gubio, he give us money
we shoot Awana Ngala and many of his enemy we have
kill them. That is why we are not happy because he
cannot give us the remaining money as he promise.
So now if they bring Governor here can you say it in his
presence that he has been giving you money for your
If he will not kill me after I can say it, but as Governor he
have power to tell police to kill me. That is why am afraid
of going out after I talk, but if you put GovernorKashim
Shettima I can able to tell him how he has give us money
since he iscommissioner up to time of Governor he still
give us money. He can meeting with us and give us plenty
money before but now he is afraid of people will know it,
but he cannot deny of knowing me or Amir Abacha or
Musa killer. We have go to Lagos house many times he
give us money. There are many people they give us
money, kadiri he give us money, bakura he give us money,
even they give us money to kill commissioner two of them,
but Goni was able to kill one and they catch him and they
kill him, the other one he ran away. That one is not
commissioner he is doctor.
Besides the Goveror, who else has been giving you
The other people who they give money I have tell you, I
can remember Ya Zanna, he is doing Hajj by road and he
help many people. He give us some time before he refuse
to come to Maiduguri. When many people they leave
Maiduguri, we did not see money again but some they are
giving only to big oga in our people like AmirGambo, he
can get money from big people, like Amir Abacha he can
collect money from Governor be he cannot give us only for
him, that is why he ran away and left us.
Can you tell me more on some of these people you say are
It is big offence to talk about your oga to stranger, I have
tell you about Governor and government how they help us
but my ogas it is wrong to tell you because they can catch
them, they cannot catch Governor because he is oga
kwatatata and everybody must obey him.
How many of you are doing this work of Allah in
We are more than the people of Maidugur. We plenty in
Number, Many people they run away when Governor give
them money. Many they are in the camp and many we are
still in Maiduguri. Some of us they are from Yobe state but
we are all doing one work for the Jihad of Allah. Some
people sef they are doing government work but they are
doing our work under under. Some they have travel to
Abuja, to Lagos and many of our people they travel to
Cotonou. I have once go to Cotonu but my friend Jibrin he
said we can come home to Maiduguri, nothing can happen
to us, now see what he has cause for us, even Jibrin they
kill him when they come to catch us in Maiduguri.
If I help you to get out will you stop killing people?
I just agree to talk to you but I know you cannot be able to
help me. But if I go out I can stop killing people but I will
not stop doing work of Allah because as muslimmy life
depend on the work which I can do for Aljannah. Then
again all my people they have died and I cannot get
anywhere I can stay because they will catch me. Army
people they are many in Maiduguri because of state
emergency is happening there now even I don’t know the
situation but I am feeling it in my body that they have
spoil the work for us.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Most APC die-hard supporters could not believe there
would be an upset. But the handwriting became clearer on
the wall when it was obvious that Bimbo Daramola, Yemi
Adaramodu, Adewale Omirin, the Deputy Governor Prof
Mrs Adelabu and former Governor Niyi Adebayo all lost
their wards/booths. From results, out of the 12 wards in
Oye Local Government, Governor Kayode Fayemi's Local
Government, APC won only 2 wards while PDP cleared the
rest. Fayose won in all the Local Governments in Ekiti
State, scoring over 203,090 votes to Fayemi's 120,433.
The defeat was total and absolute.
It was one defeat that leaves your jaws open and makes
you wonder what went wrong. Fortunately or
unfortunately, depending on the side you are, the election
was free and fair. Though it took place under a massive
security arrangement, there was no report of
disenfranchisement whatsoever. The turnout was massive
and it was reported that some polling booths witnessed
close to 80% turnout of registered voters. People travelled
from Lagos and other states just to vote in Ekiti. I
personally know people who went to their Ekiti home state
just to register their feelings with their votes. After voting,
people stayed and ensured the votes were counted. One
account had it that an old woman asked a citizen
journalist to write Fayose's results on her palm.
Some people attributed Peter Ayodele Fayose's victory to
the sharing of rice and other inducements but this is
begging the question because APC also shared rice and
even doled out money. Those who were on ground
confirmed this and most of them collected from both
parties. Consequently, it was not the victory of 'raw rice'
over 'cooked rice'. So what caused the massive rejection
of APC and consequently Governor Kayode Fayemi at the
polls in spite of the well noted above average performance
of his government? Why would the most educated
homogenous group in Yoruba land rebel elect Ayo Fayose,
someone supposedly 'under-educated' by their high
educational standards and reject Kayode Fayemi, a PhD
holder and incumbent for four years? What lessons are
there for APC for the coming elections?
1. PEOPLE DO NOT CARE HOW MUCH YOU KNOW UNTIL
THEY KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE
True, Governor Fayemi built roads and embarked on urban
renewal. His footprints were all over the State. However,
he was disconnected from the masses. There was a
general perception that his government was elitist and he
didn't do anything to correct that impression. He did not
have the common touch. He was building for the people
but the people did not feel any connection with him. His
style brought back a feeling of nostalgia about Fayose's
days to the people. Fayose could speak their language.
Fayose also made a mountain about living among the
people. In all the years he was away from office, he never
left Ekiti. He did not become a Lagos or Abuja politician
and the people noted it. That was why there was a chant
of 'Ghana Must Go' a few days to the election- referring to
where Governor Fayemi resided at a point in time. Did
Fayemi engage in town hall sessions across Ekiti
constantly through his tenure? If he did, were they
effective? Our politics in the South West still remains
rudimentary and that is why any touch of populism will
carry the day.
2. ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL AND WHEN YOU FORGET THIS
YOU GET PUNISHED FOR IT
Governor Fayemi practically lived and campaigned on
social media. He ran a very effective facebook and twitter
campaign. You can never fault him for taking advantage of
technology. However, twitter does not vote and most
facebook activists don't come out to vote. When Governor
Fayemi assembled bloggers from Lagos and brought them
to Ekiti to assess his performance, I knew he was
embarking on a fruitless exercise. The bloggers could only
influence the opinion of those who read them and how
many people actually read them in Isan, Ijan, Erio-Ekiti,
Iworoko and other less-city towns?
3. WHEN YOU REFUSE TO MAKE FRIENDS OF A FORMER
ADVERSARY, HE HURTS YOU MORE THAN EVER BEFORE
This election was APC's to lose. Actually, it should have
been a walkover for Governor Fayemi if they had kept
Fayose in their corner of the party. Fayose was a major
contributor to Fayemi's victory at the last polls. I
remember Fayemi published an advertorial thanking
Fayose for his efforts. When Fayose's father died, it was
widely acknowledged that he carried a signage with the
note 'Vote For Fayemi'. When Fayose celebrated his
birthday, the who's who in the then ACN were present and
they poured accolades on him. However, he claimed there
was an understanding that he will be given a senatorial
slot as compensation. This was never honored and he
decamped to the Labour Party where he was trounced. He
brought in this bruised ego into the political field. When a
man's ego suffers, other things bear the consequences.
What would it take to cede a slot to 'Oshoko' and let him
retire at the Senate? Even the Holy Writ asked us to
quickly make friends of our adversaries lest they put us in
gaol. APC is now in gaol, politically.
4. THE REJECTION OF THE OVER BEARING INFLUENCE OF
Many people that I know don't see Ayo Fayose as a
credible candidate yet they voted for him. They explained
that their vote for Fayose was actually a rejection of the
Bourdillon overlords. Many in Ekiti e have not forgotten
how Hon Oyetunde Ojo, a son-in-law of Bola Tinubu
became a member of the House of Representatives. This
same Hon Ojo is married to Tinubu's daughter who is now
the Iyaloja of Lagos. Tinubu's wife is also a Senator of the
Federal Republic. Fayose made some comedy out of this
when he announced that he will 'bring the government
back from Bourdillon to Ekiti'. Tinubu needs to watch it.
His drum is sounding too loud and this election was to
burst his bubble, just like Ondo and Anambra people just
did. His latest pronouncement to the effect that only three
kings in Yorubaland were reliable and supported the
aspirations of June 12 further alienated him from the
traditional rulership and essentially the people. Fayemi's
defeat was a collateral damage of sorts. Widely
acknowledged as a good and responsible leader, he caved
in due to the wrong perception of his godfather.
5. THE BANDWAGON EFFECT IN ONDO STATE
Due to the cultural affinity shared between Ondo and Ekiti
States, there would always be a meeting point. When
Governor Mimiko of Ondo State asserted himself and won
the Ondo State Gubernatorial election, I knew it was just a
matter of time before Ekiti followed suit. A very proud
group of people don't want to be vassals. And vassals
they think they are especially when there is the perception
that all key decisions are taken in Lagos. So it was
waiting to happen.
6. POLICIES THAT DO NOT CONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE
Such as the Teachers Needs Development Assessment
Tests, ban on okada riders without preferring an
alternative solution, removal or demolition of shops to
give way for urban renewal without immediate adequate
compensation, demolition of 'slums' without providing
alternative homes and similar policies. Once the livelihood
of people are threatened, they will find a way to revolt.
What happened in Ekiti was a revolt of peasants- a revolt
of sorts. Not even the cooperation of all the kings in Ekiti
land with APC could stop it. Policies must 'wear' a human
face. Opinions must be polled and listened to in some
cases. This is not to say that decisions should not be
carried out to the benefit of people, even if they are
difficult. However, the people must be engaged and the
benefits explained rigorously. Having policy somersaults
at the 11th hour on election eve opens you to opprobrium.
7. THE LACK OF CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN APC AND
Before now, it was very popular to tout the achievements
of the 'poster boy' of APC, Babatunde Raji Fashola as
proof that the APC was different and will offer a better
platform for the people. That argument won over people in
droves. But no more. Ekiti people also saw the
achievements of Olusegun Mimiko during his first term
under the Labour Party and realized it was not just about
the party alone. Political parties as we know them in
Nigeria have no clear cut ideologies. People seem to be
wiser now and they are ready to consider candidates
irrespective of the platforms presenting them.
APC needs to re-strategize if the same fate will not befall
them in Oyo, Ogun and Edo States. I personally think
Ogbeni Aregbesola is on ground in Osun State and will be
able to retain the State for APC except a serious misstep
occurs before the election. Oyo, Ogun and Edo are three
swing states that may be lost to the opposition anytime
soon. A word is enough- if they are wise.
- Bayo Adeyinka
Saturday, June 14, 2014
THE CHIBOK GIRLS: A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE
MIDDLE BELT DIALOGUE
The abduction of over three hundred female secondary
school students from Government Girls Secondary School
(GGSS), Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria on April 14, 2014 has
elicited consternation all over the world.
This is not the first time that Boko Haram has abducted
female students. This is, however, its biggest haul. Chibok
is a predominantly Christian community and the bulk of
the abductees reflect this predominance in the ratio of 9:1.
A few facts have since arisen about the abduction saga:
• The Sambisa Forest is some 60 kilometers from Chibok,
• The Federal Minister of Education had advised the state
Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, to relocate all students
sitting for this year’s West Africa School Certificate
Examination (WASCE) to Maiduguri the state capital of
Borno State, Nigeria for adequate protection, because the
examination body, West Africa Examination Council lost
three invigilators to Boko Haram in 2013. The advice was
implemented everywhere in Borno State except as it
relates to GGSS Chibok;
• Muslims in Chibok cooperated with the insurgents when
they invaded to carry out the abduction. As a matter of
fact, a son of the former Secretary of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) in Chibok ward was the supplier of petrol
to Boko Haram. He was arrested by the community and
handed over to the military;
• Chibok is a bastion of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in Borno State, though the state is an All
Progressive Congress (APC) Party ruled state;
• Boko Haram was generally avoiding Chibok after a
former Chairman of the LGA, Hon. Wanangu Kachuwa, was
gunned down in front of his house, shortly after returning
from a Church service;
• Boko Haram invaded Chibok with fighters dressed in
military fatigues in 25 pick-up vans and operated from 11
p.m to 3 a.m;
• The invaders burnt down some houses belonging to
Christians in Chibok town while a detachment proceeded
to the school premises, where they told the students that
they were soldiers who had come to rescue them;
• Two of the vehicles that were used to transport the
students were commandeered from the local motor park;
• Boko Haram insurgents looted the school’s food store
burning the school down;
• The school’s Principal and Vice Principal,
Administration, (both Muslims) and their families, and
other teachers were nowhere around the school on the
night of the abduction, suggesting some foreknowledge.
The Principal is new to the school having just been
appointed to take over from the former Christian Principal
in keeping with the unwritten policy in Borno State to not
allow Christians head any state government institution;
• The Governor of the state claimed that he alerted the
military of the pendency of an attack on the school four
hours before the attack took place, yet made no attempt to
evacuate the students from the school. In any case, Boko
Haram does not require four hours to travel to Chibok from
the Sambisa Forest, their believed
embarkation point. As such, anyone with foreknowledge of
four hours before the attack must be a Boko Haram
• The state Governor kept contradicting the Defence
Headquarters spokesman, and the Principal repeats
whatever the Governor says;
• Certain individuals are in cahoots with the insurgents.
For instance, Governor Shettima of Borno State announced
to the media that the girls abducted in Chibok had been
forcibly converted to Islam and married off to Boko Haram
fighters. A day
later, Abubakar Shekau, the sect’s leader released a video
clip making the same claim. Shehu Sani, an “activist”,
claimed that the sect wanted to exchange the girls with
members of the sect arrested by the Nigerian authorities.
A day later, another clip emanated from Shekau making
the same demand;
• Notable northern and opposition leaders have voiced
opposition to international assistance to help bring back
the Chibok girls and to fight terrorism in Nigeria. As
shocking as the Chibok incident is it is not a
happenstance. Non-Muslim females have historically been
preyed upon by Muslims in Northern Nigeria. The obvious
conclusion is that the Chibok girls were abducted because
of their faith. Also:
• In May 2013 Boko Haram attacked a police barracks in
Bama, Borno State, and abducted 12 Christian women and
children. Shekau took responsibility for the attack and
abductions on May 7 2013;
• Hajja, a 19 year old Christian was abducted from the
Gwoza, Borno State area. She was forced to convert to
Islam, forced to involve herself in the sect’s operations
and was set to be married to one of her captors when she
managed to escape;
• In August 2013 a Christian student reported an attack on
her university accommodation. The men were murdered,
the women segregated into Muslim and non-Muslim and
the Christian women were systematically raped;
• Mid-February 2014, Boko Haram murdered 51 persons in
Konduga, Borno State, and abducted 20 young women;
• In Buni Yadi, Yobe State, earlier in 2014, 76 students of
Federal Government College were murdered in cold blood
and 16 female students abducted. They have not been
heard of ever since.
• Forceful marriages of Christians to Muslims
• Most the new attacks by Boko Haram, such as Algarmo
(Mbulakuduga), Shima, Kimber and Ablam are all
Forcible Conversion to Islam in Historical Context. In 1804,
Shehu Othman Danfodio led itinerant Fulani from the Futa
Jallon Heights in present day Gambia and Senegal to
settle in present day Northern Nigeria. Danfodio led a
the existing Habe dynasties and supplanted them with
Fulani emirs. The Hausa were forcibly Islamized. The
Fulani Jihad, and Islam made inroads into other areas not
inhabited by the Fulani or Hausa but were successfully
resisted in much of today’s Middle Belt.
It was British Colonial Rule that brought non-Hausa/
Fulani peoples who were never conquered by the latter
under the rule of the emirates. Called Indirect Rule, it
suited British colonial design to bring the different ethnic
nationalities under the
rather developed emirate system for the purposes of
maintaining law and order, recruiting for forced labour and
exacting taxes to run the colony with.
After power was transferred to nationals and Sir Ahmadu
Bello, the late sardauna of Sokoto, became Premier of the
Northern Region, non-Muslim communities were denied
potable water, roads, post offices, schools, hospitals and
access to civil service absorption. Under the premiership
of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, forcible conversions were
From 1961, till he died in 1966, Sir Ahmadu Bello went on
annual Islamisation drives all over the Northern Region.
Traditional rulership of communities became a preserve of
only Muslims. The resistance against Muslim traditional
rulers led to the Tiv Riots 1960-64, and restiveness in old
Gongola (today’s Adamawa and Taraba states), Southern
Kaduna (Kafanchan), Tafawa Balewa (Bauchi State) and
Promotion in the civil service depended on if a candidate
had converted to Islam. The late Sardauna promised to
“dip the Koran into the sea” meaning he will spread Islam
from the far North across the country to the Atlantic Ocean
before he was done.
This agenda of “dipping the Koran to the sea”has
continued unabated till date by consistent terror attacks
and killings in the middle belt followed by mass movement
of new communities of Hausa Fulani into the middle belt
all the way down to the south states near the Atlantic
In 1960, the late Sir Ahmadu Bello said “The new nation
called Nigeria should be an estate of our great-grandfath
er, Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a
change of power. We use the minorities of the North as
willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and
never allow them to rule over us, and never allow them to
have control over their future.” (Parrot Newspaper, 12th
Oct. 1960; republished on November 13, 2002, by the
Tribune Newspaper, Ibadan.);
• The Conference of Northern Chiefs, in response to a letter
from the UK-based West African Students’ Union (WASU)
to the Northern emirs asking them to support the
constitutional evolution of Nigeria into an independent
nation, had declared “holding this country together is not
possible except by means of
the religion of the Prophet. If they want political unity let
them follow our religion.” (Obafemi Awolowo, Path to
Nigerian Freedom, London: Faber and Faber, 1947, p.51.);
• During military rule in the 1970s Christian missionary
schools were forcibly taken over by government, and in
many instances their names changed to Islamic ones;
• As late as 1997 under General Sani Abacha’s rule, all
Police Commissioners in Nigeria were Muslims;
• In 1990, all members of the Armed Forces Ruling Council
(AFRC) were Muslims except General Ike Nwachukwu, an
Igbo, whose mother was a Fulani Muslim;
• During military rule, General Ibrahim Babangida
surreptitiously registered Nigeria as a member state of the
Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) without tabling
the issue before the AFRC. The then second in command,
Rear Admiral Ebitu Ukiwe told the world that he heard
about Nigeria’s membership of OIC like everybody else in
the media. He was promptly removed and retired from the
• Babangida hosted the first Islam in Africa conference in
Abuja and donated Federal Government funds to its
operations, including its vision of transforming Nigeria to
an Islamic state and enthroning the Sultan of Sokoto as its
“supreme ruler”. (The communiqué released after the
conference is herewith attached
as appendix 1);
• Under the presidency of General Olusegun Obasanjo,
1999-2007, the Sharia code of Islamic law was re-
introduced in the North in an expanded format. Islamic
Police (Hisbah) was introduced and Christian girls were
abducted, forcibly converted and married off to Muslims in
Bauchi, Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara states. The Sharia
Commissions of the states merely write parents informing
them that their daughters had converted and had been
• In a show of utter contempt, indigenous Hausa and
Fulani Christians in Kaduna State are given “certificates of
non- indigeneship”, meaning that they would not have
access to rights and privileges accruable to indigenes of
the state; Islamisation is carried out not only by Muslim
rulers. Unsuspecting southern rulers are unwittingly used
to drive some aspects of the Islamisation agenda:
• Under President Goodluck Jonathan, erstwhile Central
Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi introduced Islamic
• President Jonathan has set up Almajiri schools for the
exclusive benefit of Muslims in spite of robust protest by
the Christian community, whose schools were taken over;
• In many Northern states like Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara,
Katsina, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Gombe state
governments refuse to give building permits for the
erection of churches. As a matter of fact, a disclaimer
contained in building permits in Kano State specifies that
the building permit is not to be used to erect bars,
brothels and churches thereby classifying churches
among undesirable establishments like bars and brothels;
• In places where churches have been destroyed in the
past three decades state governments in several states in
the North refuse the owners permit to rebuild. In Borno,
Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe, Sokoto, Katsina and
Gombe states Christian churches numbering over five
thousand have been lost this way.
None of the owners were compensated;
• The Hausa/Fulani insist that they are the largest ethnic
group yet when former
president, General Obasanjo wanted to include ethnicity
and religion as issues to be disaggregated in the Census
exercise of 2006, the Hausa/Fulani elite pressurized him to
drop the idea because doing so would expose the lie.
• The Hausa International Media outfits e.g. BBC, VOA,
Germany etc. usually employ Moslem Hausa Fulani and
they tend to propagate the Islamic views of events in
Nigeria in line with their religious perception of not
identifying with any government not ruled by a Moslem.
The Boko Haram insurgency is only the latest in the
history of Islamist insurgencies in the North and they have
vowed to drive away, if unable to kill all Christian and
non-Moslems from northern Nigeria:
• There was the Maitatsine Rebellion in Kano, in 1980, that
sought to bring to pass an Islamic fundamentalist order;
• There was the Bulumkutu Rebellion in the North East that
sought to do the same thing in Maiduguri, Borno State;
Jimeta, Yola; and Bauchi, Bauchi State.;
• There was the Kala Kato Rebellion in Bauchi State in the
• The eighties and nineties also witnessed riots
perpetrated by Muslims in Kano, Zaria, Kafanchan,
Maiduguri and Bauchi;
• Since the return to civilian democracy, Jos has
witnessed four major religious riots perpetrated by
Muslims including the murder of more than 500 indigenes
of Dogo Nahawa in the dead of the night in 2010. Boko
Haram claimed responsibility for that attack;
• Each time something irks the Muslim world anywhere in
the world Nigerian Christians are made to pay for it. In
2003 a Danish newspaper published a cartoon that
Muslims felt painted Prophet Mohammed in a bad light.
Nigerian Christians were slaughtered in cold blood in
Maiduguri, Kano and Bauchi and their property looted and
After US planes attacked Tripoli, Libya in the 1990's
Nigerian Christians were attacked and killed in Northern
Nigeria. After the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York
on September 11 2001 Muslims celebrated in Northern
Nigeria. After US forces started its war on Iraq Nigerian
Christians were attacked and killed.
After late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua fell ill in 2009,
there were concerted efforts by the northern political elite
to prevent the then Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan,
from being elevated to the position of Acting President.
The then Vice President was made to take an undertaking
that he would not vie for election in 2011 before northern
governors gave their members in the National Assembly
the green light to elevate Jonathan. Before he was
elevated to Acting President, Nigeria had no leader. As a
matter of fact, the 2010 Appropriation Act allegedly signed
by Yar’adua in Saudi Arabia was procured through
Yar’adua was not in a position to sign anything! Highly
visible northerners in the ruling PDP (including former Vice
President Atiku Abubakar, former NSA General Aliyu
Gusau, former military President General Ibrahim
Babangida and former
Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki) banded together to
fight Jonathan under the “consensus arrangement”.
One of those leaders, Aliyu Gusau, is today Minister of
Defence and this complicates the fight against Boko
Haram because Gusau is a dye-in-the-wool Islamist.
The post 2011- election violence was orchestrated in
places where Goodluck Jonathan did not win the required
25% (Kano, Bauchi, Maiduguri, Yobe). The spike in Boko
Haram violence is a continuation of that episode. Boko
Haram has not hidden its ambition to drive away if unable
to kill all non-muslims from Northern Nigeria.
The inspiration for the current insurgency of Boko Haram
and the murderous activities of the Fulani Militia
onrampage in the Middle Belt is about the desperation of
the Muslim North to have power at the center returned to
whether the Nigerian electorate say so or not.
In Gombe State where President Jonathan got over the
25% votes, post election violence was unleashed against
the southern Gombe Christians who gave President
Jonathan 70% of their votes compared to the few votes he
got in Gombe North. This violence led to the house of the
State PDP Chairman being burnt and he was never
compensated until his untimely death.
Six northern governors namely: Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso
of Kano State; Alhaji Magatakarda Wamako of Sokoto
State; Alhaji Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State; Alhaji
Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Alhaji Murtala Nyako of
Adamawa State and Alhaji Abdufattah Ahmed of Kwara
State banded together with Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi to
demand that the sitting President, Goodluck Jonathan,
should undertake not to partake in the forthcoming 2015
The refusal of the President to give such an undertaking
led to an orchestrated crisis in the PDP, and led to the
willful abandonment of the party by five of the
aforementioned governors. Members of the National
Assembly, states houses of assembly and other party
faithfuls in those states also exited PDP. Such is the
desperation with which northern muslims want power at
the center in Nigeria.
The military campaign against Boko Haram in the North
East has not been the spectacular success that would
normally be expected of the Nigerian Armed Forces
• The Armed Forces and other security agencies are
divided along religious lines. There are instances where
Muslim soldiers have fired their rifles in the air rather than
take aim because they do not want to harm fellow
• Muslims in the rank and file of the Armed Forces and
other security agencies serve as active moles for Boko
Haram in their different organizations. Recently, soldiers of
the division in Maiduguri mutinied against their General
Officer Commanding, a Muslim, because they perceived
that he ordered fallen colleagues
into a Boko Haram ambush;
• Corruption is a pernicious problem in Nigeria, and the
Armed Forces and other security agencies are not immune
to it. There are allegations that funds meant for purchase
of hardware, operations and troop welfare are diverted to
the private coffers of the brass.
There is an active agenda of Jihad and much of the rest of
the country, especially the South, are sleep-walking into
what could be a fait accompli. This agenda is being
actively pursued with the imprimatur of the authorities in
The Federal Government seems incapable of appreciating
the true dimensions of the problem and is often a facilitator
of the Jihad agenda.
All Nigerians must be prepared to play by the rules. The
country is practicing democracy and in any democracy,
power issues from the ballot. The international community
should not allow itself to be hoodwinked into supporting
the attempt by Islamists to conquer Nigeria, because that
is what Boko Haram and the Fulani
Militia are attempting.
The West, including the United States of America, United
Kingdom, France etc. should be wary of information they
get about Nigeria if they do not want to be guilty of helping
the Islamist agenda. The comments coming out of the
that President Jonathan’s government was anti-North
reflects flawed intelligence about Nigeria and
The Nigerian public must begin to ask questions
concerning how humongous amounts given to the Armed
Forces and other security agencies in the past three years
were expended. The National Assembly of Nigeria ought to
be very interested in how funds it appropriated were spent.
The Nigerian public should go beyond the façade erected
by contemporary politicians to tease out what they are not
saying publicly. That is the way out of sleepwalking into
the Islamist agenda that we are faced with.
MIDDLE BELT TOTAL TRIBES
ISLAMIC CONFERENCE: COMMUNIQUE (JOINTLY ISSUED
BY THE ISLAMIC COUNCIL, LONDON; THE ORGANISATION
OF ISLAMIC CONFERENCE, OIC; AND THE NEWLY
FOUNDED ISLAM IN AFRICA ORGANISATION, IAO)
FURTHER DETERMINED to evolve a permanent Islamic
body which has firm roots in and is securely anchored to
the long-standing ideals, and values of Islam, designed to
articulate the hopes and aspirations of Muslims in Africa
and coordinate Islamic work variously undertaken by
Muslim communities and organizations and to initiate
projects which would assist in improving the lives
of Muslims on the continent and the Muslim world as a
whole; We, the delegates assembled here in ABUJA, this
1st day of Jumada al Awwal, 1410 (28/11/89), DO
To call on Muslims throughout Africa to unite as an
important part of the Ummah which is blessed with the
guidanceand mercy brought by the messenger of Allah,
To urge Muslims, who have been separated by imposed
barriers of artificial boundaries drawn up by imperialists to
serve colonial and anti-Islamic interests, to cooperate
with their brethren throughout the Muslim world with a
view to reinstating a strong and united Ummah which is
determined to fulfill the commands of
Allah, the Almighty;
To call upon the Ulama to close ranks and thereby
facilitate among the Ummah and to urge them to unite and
to strive to remove all barriers between them and the
general Muslim populace especially the youth;
To call on Muslims to review the syllabi in the various
educational institutions with a view to bringing them into
conformity with Islamic ideals, goals and principles and to
serve the needs of their community;
To urge Muslims to pay special attention to the education
of women at all levels; To encourage the teaching of
Arabic language which is the language of the Quran as
well as the lingua franca of the continent and to strive for
the restoration of the use of Arabic script in vernacular;
The conference salutes and highly commends the efforts
which the Muslim youth are making in the service of Islam
and pledges its full support for them in this worthwhile
To urge Muslims to establish strong economic ties
African Islamic countries and other parts of the Muslim
world in order to facilitate mutual assistance and
cooperation in commerce, industry, and finance with a
view to evolving a sound economic system based on
The Conference notes the yearnings of Muslims
everywhere on the continent who have been deprived of
their rights to be governed by the Shari'a and urges them
to intensify efforts in the struggle to reinstate the
application of the Shari'a;
The Conference notes that modalities for the establishment
of the African Muslim Media Practitioners Association in
Nigeria has been set in motion. It appreciates this noble
move and urges Muslims in the media organizations to
offer it all the support it needs to succeed;
To form a permanent body to be known as Islam in Africa
Organisation under the trusteeship of representatives to be
selected from among participating countries; to perform,
among other functions, the stated activities and seek to
goals and objectives as provided for in the annexe to this
The Conference unanimously expresses its gratitude and
appreciation to the government and people of Nigeria for
the interest shown in the Conference and in particular,
extends its thanks to the President, Commander-in- Chief
of the Armed
Forces of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida
for the stimulating inaugural address which he sent to the
Conference and was delivered by General Sani Abacha, the
Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria;
To the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Islamic
Council, London and the Organisation of Islamic
Conference, OIC for supporting and organizing the
To the planning committee and other officers of the
Conference for all the efforts expended to ensure the
success of the Conference;
To scholars and other distinguished personalities who
have presented papers and chaired sessions during the
Conference and to all those who have either erected
stands at or otherwise helped in making the exhibition a
INSPIRED by the Unity of Allah, the Creator and Lord of the
Universe; MOTIVATED by the Quranic declaration; `Verily,
this year (Islamic) Ummah is oneÂ….' and DETERMINED to
comply with Allah's directive contained in the Quranic
ayah `And hold fast to the rope of Allah, and do not break
up into factions,' the PARTICIPANTS at the Islam in Africa
Conference on this First day of Jumada al Awwal, 1420
A.H., (28/11/89) RESOLVE to found the Islam in Africa
Organisation (IAO) with the following as its objectives,
Undertake vigorous human resource development
programmes; To serve as a mouthpiece for the articulation
of issues of common concern to Muslims in Africa and the
Muslim world generally;
Commission experts to write the history of Islam in Africa
and of Muslims and the institutions from authentic Islamic
viewpoint and to retrieve literary works and artifacts
designed to train workers who will be trained to acquire
trades and skills which equip them to be self-employed
To ensure the continuity of the noble work initiated at this
To cooperate with other national or international Islamic
organizations for the attainment of its stated objectives;
To promote unity, spiritually and materially, among
Muslims all over the world, particularly in Africa;
To promote peace, harmony and general human
development and strive to remove all forms of
To support, enhance and coordinate Da'wah work all over
Africa and propagate the knowledge of Islam throughout
To encourage research efforts on Islamic matters and
publicise the research findings;
To undertake and encourage the translation into various
African languages of Islamic works, their publication and
To support the establishment and application of the
Shari'a to all Muslims;
To encourage vigorous participation of Muslim youths in
all spheres of its activities and to ensure that women are
accorded their due rights and roles in society in
accordance with the Shari'a;
To ensure the appointment of only Muslims into strategic
national and international posts of member nations;
To eradicate in all its forms and ramifications all non-
Muslim religions in member nations (such religions shall
include Christianity, Ahmadiyya and other tribal modes of
worship unacceptable to Muslims);
To ensure that only Muslims are elected to all political
posts of member countries;
To ensure the declaration of Nigeria (the 24th African and
World member of the OIC) a Federal Islamic Sullanalo at a
convention on any day from 28th March 1990, with the
Sultan of Sokoto enthroned the Sultan and Supreme
Sovereign of Nigeria;
To ensure the ultimate replacement of all western forms of
legal and judicial systems with the Shari'a in all member
nations before the next Islam in Africa Conference;
To organize an Islam in Africa Conference regularly as well
seminars, symposia, conferences, workshops and
Towards the attainment of these ends, therefore, a
Steering Committee, with membership drawn from the
following countries as well as the Islamic Council, London
and the Organisation of Islamic Conference, OIC, has been
set up, viz:
3. The Gambia
The Permanent Headquarters of the Islam in Africa
Organisation, IAO, shall be in Abuja, Nigeria. The Steering
Committee has been assigned the special task of the
details establishing the IAO in Nigeria, including
structures and constitution within six (6) months.
The Conference decided that the Steering Committee
should also work out detailed plans for transforming a
national political party in each member nation into a
National Islamic Party, and that the National Republican
Convention, NRC, of
Nigeria should be made to serve this purpose in Nigeria as
the only recognized National Islamic Party of Nigeria.
These parties so approved shall be the only ones to
produce leading government
(executive and legislative) functionaries. The NRC of
Nigeria and other parties shall have their names changed
to reflect Islamic nature of their purpose.
The Conference further agreed and decided that the IAO
should for the time being, operate from the facilities of the
Islamic Council, London, and not from that of the OIC (that
has become too controversial in Nigeria.)
Translation of Shekau’s Message
''My fellow Muslim brothers, we are the ones that wage
war in the state called plateau (jos). We are the ones that
accomplished those things and if you dont know us we are
the jama'atu Ahalisunna Liddahati Waljihad popularly
known as Boko Haram.
The only simple reason we did what we did is because
Allah has told us to fight whosoever has refuse to embrace
Islam our religion after we have ask them to and also how
they (Christians and government) have been killing us with
no reason at all in various states were our people leave in
Nigeria. What we have seen with our eyes is much more
than what the media is telling the world.
We have witnessed it in Lagos, Ibadan, Kaduna especially
Zangon Kataf, Bauchi and plateau state. Our women and
children were taken from us and we don’t
know there were about till date. There is a town called
Sabon Gari in Kano is also an eye witness and there are
so many places that such atrocities were committed that
we don’t even know about but is only Allah that knows
It is because of all these that Allah has given us the
authority to wage war against the Christians and whoever
stands against the will of Allah. The killing of our people is
a reason for us to fight but also our freedom to worship
and is only Allah that knows.
Finally this is the message; I want all Muslims in Nigeria
and the World at large to know that this is a religious war
between Muslims and Christians. Every Muslim should
take not that this is not an ethnic war, civil war or any kind
of war but a religious one.
We have not started this war to finish in a week, month or
year. The end of this war will be either they kill us all or
we emerge victorious and for sure this war will not end
because we are ready and Allah is with us in this religious
war and no
government can stop us.
This stands as a warning any Muslim that helps any
Christian in this war should know that he is a dead person.
(Statement issued by the Middle Belt Dialogue)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
His Royal Highness, the new Emir of Kano, might end up
with the same fate that befell him as CBN Governor.
Of all the cities in Northern Nigeria, Kano is perhaps the
most important. Although it used to be subject to the
Sokoto Caliphate, in many respects it has since become a
far more important city in Nigeria than Sokoto. Kano was
the administrative capital of the entire Northern Nigeria
under British colonial rule. Today, it is by far the biggest
metropolis in Northern Nigeria. It is not only the vibrant
commercial capital of the region; it is a leading epicenter of
economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kano is also in many respects the most truly progressive
state in Nigeria. It has never been a follow-the-leader city.
The people of Kano have a mind of their own. They
specialize in bucking the national trend. Kano is the city of
trail-blazing Mallam Aminu Kano and the Northern
Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), which later became
the formidable People’s Redemption Party (PRP). It is also
the city of Maitama Sule, another one of Nigeria’s former
luminaries and perhaps the most distinguished orator ever
in the history of Nigerian politics.
For these reasons and more, the politics of Kano have far-
reaching regional and national implications. It also goes
without saying that the Emir of Kano is inevitably a very
influential man, not only in Kano and the North, but in
Nigeria as a whole. By virtue of his office, a lot of people
look up to him. His views go a long way to shape public
opinion in the Northern part of the country and even beyond.
This makes the choice of the Emir of Kano more than a local
affair. It is a choice that must be made soberly and with
great circumspection as befitting such a local office of
Lack of probity
This makes the choice of Lamido Sanusi, the disgraced
former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, as the new
Emir of Kano most inappropriate. It is a choice that,
wittingly or unwittingly, will bring the office of the Emir into
disrepute. It is improper that a man who still has
allegations of financial improprieties hanging over his head
at the national level, to which he might have to answer in
the court of law, should be appointed to such an important
post. This is how Nigerian leaders show they have little or
no understanding of the ethics of public office and good
governance. Lamido Sanusi has just been fired as CBN
governor on allegations of corrupt practices. How then can
such a man be rewarded with the appointment of Emir of
Kano before his innocence is established?
This is the Nigerian way and it is the way of ignoble and
corrupt practices. Sanusi’s appointment to such an
important post could not have taken place in countries
concerned about probity and transparency in public office.
His appointment confirms the allegations of our gaggle of
Western traducers that Nigeria is a citadel of corruption. It
tells the world that Nigeria deserves to be one of the lowest-
ranked countries on the corruption index of Transparency
International; a global civil society organization that
engages in comparative analysis of the levels of corruption
in the countries in the world.
Case against Sanusi
Sanusi is accused by the federal government of running the
accounts of the CBN like a bull in a china shop. It is only in
Nigeria that you can have a Central Bank governor spend
government money as outrageously and as whimsically as
Sanusi is alleged to have done. The government reveals
that Sanusi gave away nothing less than ₦163 billion in 63
unauthorised “intervention projects” in different parts of the
country. This largesse is more than the entire annual
budget of a state like Edo. He is also accused of being guilty
of a number of grave financial improprieties.
Will he now get away with these corrupt practices simply
because he has been appointed as Emir, or will he be
prosecuted to the full extent of the law? Your guess is as
good as mine. If the charges against him are dropped
simply because of his appointment, it will be another
example of Nigeria’s tendency to condone corruption. Even
the former prime minister of Israel was tried and sentenced
to jail for corruption, which is what happens in those
countries with zero tolerance for the improprieties of public
officials. The question now is whether the Emir of Kano is
beyond the law. Another question is whether Nigeria a real
republic or no more than a banana republic?
The Emir of Kano does not have any constitutional immunity
from criminal prosecution. If Sanusi is prosecuted in spite of
his appointment and found guilty, it would undoubtedly be
demeaning to the office of the Emir of Kano when and if he
is ignominiously sent to jail. Indeed, he would be the first
Emir to be granted such distinction in Nigeria. While every
Nigerian must be deemed innocent of all charges until
proven guilty in a court of law, commonsense dictates that
you do not appoint a man with criminal allegations hanging
over his head into high office until he has cleared himself of
those allegations in the court of law.
This makes the appointment of Sanusi as Emir by Governor
Kwankwaso of Kano an act of deliberate mischief. The
Nigerian Senate recently declared Sanusi a liar and
mischief-maker for making false allegations that a
whopping 49 billion was missing from the federal accounts.
A liar and mischief-maker is not suitable for the politically-
sensitive post of Emir of Kano. Governor Kwankwaso
himself was accused of being a fraudster by no less a
person than Goodluck Jonathan, the President of Nigeria.
What we now have is that an alleged fraudster has
appointed another alleged fraudster into high office,
undermining the reputation and integrity of the important
city of Kano.
Are there no protocols concerning the appointment of Emirs
and Obas in Nigeria? Certainly there must be. Even if there
is none, should propriety not tell Kwankwaso that a man
facing corruption charges is not be eligible for political
appointment? Only in Nigeria does this kind of disregard for
ethics and good governance hold sway. Since this is
coming from one of the new kingpins of the APC, who is
even being touted by some as presidential- candidate
material, what does it tell us about “fresh air” that the APC
claims it will bring to Nigerian politics? It tells us that the
APC is one big charade.
Make no mistake about it: this is a political appointment.
Even more pointedly, it is an APC appointment. Governor
Kwankwaso who made this appointment is a rebel PDP
Governor who recently defected to the APC. He would not
have made the appointment as a PDP governor. This
appointment was made to spite the government of Goodluck
Jonathan. But what small-minded people like Kwankwaso
don’t seem to understand is that when they undermine the
government of the Goodluck Jonathan, they are
undermining the government of the Federal Republic of
One of the allegations against Sanusi by the federal
government is that he is suspected to be one of the
financiers of Boko Haram. The fact that the man is now
appointed as Emir, without these allegations being ironed
out, is further evidence that some Northerners are not ready
to confront the issue of terrorism in the North. If they were, a
man facing terrorism-related charges by the federal
government would not be the preferred choice as Emir of
Kano, a city that has been attacked severally by the Boko
By this act, Kwankwaso has made himself an unworthy
governor of Kano. Only an unworthy governor would turn
such a revered institution as the emirate of Kano into
political football. Kwankwaso has made the people of Kano
into a laughing-stock. Revered institutions like that of the
Emir of Kano should be beyond the shenanigans of this type
of political manipulation. I have said it before and I say it
again: there is nothing progressive about the APC. This
appointment of Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano is further
proof. What the APC bring to Nigeria is the same tired old-
time corrupt politics that has been the bane of the country
for the longest time. The APC is one big con.
Unfortunately for Kwankwaso, he chose the wrong state to
do this prank. Kano is a highly volatile city. The people are
not going to take this appointment lightly. Already, there
have been a number of violent skirmishes since the
appointment. Kwankwaso has lighted a bush-fire whose
consequences may be more than he bargained for. You can
never tell how far Kano citizens who have been brazenly
disrespected by the governor will go in registering their
protest. In any case, Kwankwaso’s act is sure to backfire
against the APC in Kano. This means we have not yet heard
the last of Kwankwaso’s treachery.
If Lamido Sanusi were wise, he should spend some time
reading the tea-leaves. Some people are already concluding
that Sanusi is the new Emir by divine providence. However,
appointments as Emir or even as Sultan are no longer
sacrosanct. Mustapha Jokolo was removed as the Emir of
Gwandu in 1995 and replaced by Mohammed Jega. Ibrahim
Dasuki was removed as the Sultan of Sokoto in 1996 and
replaced by Muhammadu Maccido.
Therefore, this is a piece of advice for the new Emir of Kano.
Don’t bother to move your belongings into the Emir’s
palace just yet. Don’t even bother to change the curtains or
the carpets for now. You may not be on your throne for
long. Thanks to Kwankwaso, the Kano Emirate has been
politicized to all effects and purposes. Today, it is clearly in
the APC camp. But if the APC lose the governorship election
in Kano in February next year, it is not improbable that the
Emirate will immediately be declared as a PDP terrain.
In that case, His Royal Highness, the new Emir of Kano,
might end up with the same fate that befell him as CBN
Governor. He might be summarily dismissed.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Those who takes education away from the poor should also think of its consequences, this is what you call progressive government. Shame!
Thursday, June 5, 2014
UK deports Nigerian woman seeking asylum in the UK over fears her daughters would be circumcised here:
32 year old Afusat Saliu (pictured right) has been deported from the UK after a campaign to keep her in the country failed. There was a campaign against her deportation on the grounds that her two daughters, 4 and 2 (pictured above) face the possibility of female genital mutilation in Nigeria.
Afusat had fled Nigeria in 2011, claiming her stepmother had threatened to circumcise her first daughter. She was pregnant again at the time and claimed she feared her second daughter would also be subjected to FGM.
Afusat and her two daughters were arrested on May 28th by the UK Border Agency and although over 120,000 people signed a petition calling on the Home Office not to deport her, the campaign failed as the woman and her kids were put on a flight back to Nigeria yesterday June 4th.
"We consider every claim for asylum on its individual merits and in this case, the claimant was not considered to be in need of protection. The case has gone through the proper legal process and our decision has been supported by the UK courts on five separate occasions, while the European Court of Human Rights declined an application to halt the removal." UK Home Office said.
Afusat's lawyer said she's spoken to her since she returned to Nigeria and said Afusat is quite upset at being sent back and plans to continue fighting her case until she's allowed back in the UK.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
No fewer than 15 senior military officers including 10 generals have been tried before a court-martial and found guilty of giving information and ammunition to Boko Haram terrorists.
In the recent past, the Army and the Defence headquarters have raised the alarm that some of their officers and men are leaking official information to the terrorists and that some of them have been arrested and arraigned before some court-martials in some army divisions in the north.
Military sources said that some of them who were tried at their division levels still have hope until the final review of the judgement at the headquarters in Abuja.
“There are a lot of arrests that have been made over some officers who were sabotaging the ongoing counter-insurgency operations. The suspects include about 10 generals and other ranks, not to talk of soldiers who have been found culpable of sabotaging our operations. They are facing trial before court-martials set up by their divisions; some have been found guilty, and some are still facing trial. Once the court martial rule, the recommendationsare forwarded to the Army Headquarters or Defence Headquarters as the case may be,” a source disclosed.
Another top security source told our correspondent that four senior soldiers were found guilty of being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect.
“Four generals have been court-martialedfor divulging high-class security information to the members of the sect. They were found guilty of leaking military strategies to the Boko Haram people. This was why many soldiers have been ambushed and killed by the Boko Haram,” the source added.
A source who could not disclose the names of these generals simply said some senior military officers and soldiers from a particular section of the country are deeply involved in the treasonable acts..
“They have been found guilty of also collaborating with some top politicians in the country to make the country ungovernable for selfish reasons. A lot of re-organisationis going on in the military. Many generals will go. Some will be court-martialedand some will be forcefully retired,” he added. “The movement of our troops in the north-east have been leaked to the Boko Haram by many of our colleagues, but the Defence headquarters has realized that and is seriously considering redeployment of some senior officers out of the north-east.”
The army had, on Sept. 19, 2013, said its 3 Division had set up a general martial court to try erring officers and soldiers.
During a press briefing, the then director, army public relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru, said the new court would instil discipline and professionalismamong its troops based on Army Headquarters’ directives.
The court under general commanding officer Ebiobowei Awala was inaugurated on April 22 at Rhino Officers Mess, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Jos, and has tried nine soldiers for various offences ranging from murder to manslaughter.
But it was not clear at the time of fielding this report whether the generals were court -martialed by the same court.
Although efforts to confirm from the Defence Headquarters’ spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, did not yield any result, a top serving general in the DHQ said a lot of trials were indeed going on: “A lot is happening. Those suspected are being tried, and this is why it is difficult to confirm or deny the story. But whenever the final verdicts are taken on these trials, the press would be briefed by the appropriate officers.”
Monday, June 2, 2014
Nigeria Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has
released his 23 man list for the World Cup starting in a few
See the squad
Vincent Enyeama (Lille/FRA),
Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United),
Austin Ejide (/ISR)
Elderson Echiejile (Monaco/FRA),
Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC/SCO),
Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor/TUR)
Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves),
Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough/ENG),
Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC/ISR),
Joseph Yobo (Norwich City/ENG)
Mikel Obi (Chelsea/ENG),
Ogenyi Onazi, (Lazio/ITA)
Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers),
Gabriel Reuben (Beveren/BEL),
Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis/SPA),
Sunday Mba (CA Bastia/FRA),
Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge/BEL)
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow/RUS),
Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United/ENG)
Victor Moses (Chelsea/ENG),
Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce/TUR),
Osaze Odemwingie, (Stoke city/ENG)
Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese/ITA)