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Call to secession would lead to unnecessary loss of lives – Rev. Thompson
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Call to secession would lead to unnecessary loss of lives – Rev. Thompson

A Christian clergy and security expert, Rev. Ladi Thompson, has stated that the situation that Nigeria has found herself wasn’t natural but a plot that had been devised by the British colonialist from the beginning. Speaking on a radio current affairs programme in Osogbo Friday, the cleric disclosed that with all the statistics on ground, the current state of insecurity in the country and the agitations for secession when achieved will cause a catastrophic defeat for each party. He noted that the only means of avoiding this defeat is for all the people of different nationalities to stay together and strong. He hinted that the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, former premier of Western Nigeria had instructed the South West to collaborate with the South East in order to move Nig...
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‘Your Father Was A Traitor’ – Kayode Ogundamisi Blasts Femi Fani-Kayode

The cat was let out the bag on Tuesday when the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode called out popular social and political commentator, Kayode Ogundamisi over the judgment by the Abuja Federal High Court Judge, Justice Okon Abang, indicting the former publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh of corrupt practices at the 2015 presidential election to the tune of 400 million naira. In the judgment, The Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced Mr Olisa Metuh, to seven years in prison. Justice Okon Abang handed down the sentence in his judgment on Tuesday on seven counts of money laundering and criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N400 million. The charges were filed against Metuh and his company, Destra Investment, by the Economic and Financial ...
Renowned Historian, Prof. Akintoye Defeats Tinubu To Emerge 4th Leader Of Yoruba Race
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Renowned Historian, Prof. Akintoye Defeats Tinubu To Emerge 4th Leader Of Yoruba Race

Eminent sons of Yorubaland under the aegis of “Assembly of All Yoruba groups Worldwide” on Thursday elected Prof. Banji Akintoye, a renowned Historian, as the fourth leader of the Yoruba race, according to NewTelegraph. His election which was applauded by many saw him emerging with 73 votes to defeat former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu who polled three votes. Akintoye, 85, becomes the fourth Yoruba Leader, coming after the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo; Pa Adekunle Ajasin and Senator Abraham Adesanya. The event, which was moderated by an activist, Dr. Tunde Amusat, was convened by Comrade Victor Taiwo, founder of Oodua Redemption Alliance. Taiwo said that a notable Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, had been severally contacted to be the new leader but he turned down t...
Ladipo, Onigbinde Pay Tribute to Thunder Balogun’s Wife
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Ladipo, Onigbinde Pay Tribute to Thunder Balogun’s Wife

The President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, and the former chief coach of the Super Eagles, Adegboye Onigbinde, have extolled the virtues of the wife of Nigeria’s football legend, Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun, Alhaja Mulikat as the family celebrates her 21 years memorial. Ladipo, said, Alhaja Mulikat was indirectly responsible for the great contributions and indelible mark her husband made to the development of football in Nigeria. “It was Alhaja Mulikat, an astute football lover that convinced Teslim Balogun to return to Nigeria from England where ‘Thunder’ was playing as the first Nigerian to sign a club deal to play in the English league. He was a player of Queens Park Rangers and it was the late Premier of Western Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolow...
MURIC Reacts as Buhari Makes June 12 Democracy Day
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MURIC Reacts as Buhari Makes June 12 Democracy Day

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has hailed the Federal Government of Nigeria (FG) for shifting the celebration of the inauguration of President Buhari’s second term to June 12. MURIC in a statement by its Founder and Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola said, “June 12 symbolises the struggle for the return of democracy to Nigeria and the transfer of power to the Nigerian people and the rejection of military rule. The statement added that” June 12 is an indelible landmark in the annals of Nigeria’s political history. “That was the day Nigerians eschewed acrobatic religiosity and gymnastic ethnicity and gave their votes to a man who truly deserved it. They gave the cold shoulder to mediocrity and parochialism and donned the toga of merit and excellence in its t...
2019 Elections Will Be Peaceful — Okhue Iboi
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2019 Elections Will Be Peaceful — Okhue Iboi

High Chief (Dr) Okhue Iboi is a seer and a trado-medical practitioner. An executive member of the Association of Seers & Trado-Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ASTMP) and a former member of Edo State Board of Traditional Medicine, Iboi is credited with many predictions on national and international affairs that came to pass. The widely travelled High Chief of Whepa –Wheno Kingdom in Edo State has, in the course of his practice of traditional medicine, been to many countries in Africa and beyond, including Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Togo, Republic of Benin, Ethiopia and South Africa as well as India on cross-cultural exchange programme. In this interview, Iboi, who just returned from a meeting of the Worldwide Association of Seers (WAS) held in Benin Republic, speaks on the state of the...
Obasanjo Returns To Beat, Humbles Buhari And APC
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Obasanjo Returns To Beat, Humbles Buhari And APC

Like him or hate him, Olusegun Obasanjo is an enigma. I am convinced that God has granted him a special grace to influence the course of events in this nation for good or for bad, sometimes for a mixture of both.   There is no living Nigerian leader who is like him and I cannot easily remember any past Nigerian leader who was quite like Obj. He is unique in many respects.   When you ask some Nigerians to give you a list of the bad political leaders Nigeria has or has had, you will find Obasanjo’s name prominent in the list sharing the podium with leaders like IBB, Sani Abacha, Shehu Shagari, Orji Uzor Kalu, DSP Alamesiagha, Bunu Sheriff, James Ibori, Rochas Okorocha, etc .   When you ask what he did to merit such classification, they would readily reel out s...
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Benue Killings: Herdsmen Now Running Super Government – Prophet Alao

The Supreme Head, Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church Worldwide, Prophet (Dr) Solomon Alao, has lamented the killings by Fulani herdsmen in different parts of the country. Prophet Alao said that the herdsmen were behaving like a “super government” dictating for their host communities. He said this at a press conference at The Holy Mount of Salvation Model Parish, Surulere, Lagos, to commemorate the 88th Annual General Conference of The Sacred C&S Church, where he also urged Christians to be actively involved in politics to ward off corrupt and unpatriotic elements. He said that restructuring was the solution to the numerous problems facing the country. He said, “Register and get your PVC and vote wisely to influence decisions that affect the polity. Stop saying politic...
A ‘Nation’ In Search Of Nationhood
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A ‘Nation’ In Search Of Nationhood

Let’s discuss two groups of events, make some analysis and see whether something like them is likely to happen anywhere in the world other than in Nigeria, the Giant of Africa and the biggest black nation on earth. When Nigerians in South Africa were killed, maimed and harassed in the height of xenophobic attacks in 2008 and 2015, there was hardly any Nigerian back home that didn’t condemn the dastardly acts on the top of his voice. Similarly, revelations of trafficked and migrating Nigerians been sold as slaves in Libya late last year generated widespread and unanimous condemnation from fellow Nigerians. The most interesting thing was that, virtually nobody cared about the tribe or religion of those victims before showing concern. Moments like this make you actually think Nigeria is a ...
I Worked With ‘Area Boys’ In Lagos For 10 Years – Osinbajo
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I Worked With ‘Area Boys’ In Lagos For 10 Years – Osinbajo

Wife of the Vice-President, Pastor Dolapo Osinbajo, has said that she spent about 10 years during her pastoral work under the notorious Lagos flyovers with ‘area boys’ in an effort to reshape their lives. She explained that most of the youths that loiter in the dark corners of the bridge are not children of the poor but come from wealthy or well-to-do background. Mrs Osinbajo, who was speaking at a ‘Teens Career Conference’ organised at the weekend by The Everlasting Arms Parish (TEAP) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Garki, Abuja, also revealed that during her interactions, she discovered that these youths were into all kinds of hard drugs. According to her, the indiscriminate use of hard drugs by these youths often turn them into tools for criminal activities ther...
Offer Yourself For Leadership – Obasanjo Tells Ex-NBA Chief
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Offer Yourself For Leadership – Obasanjo Tells Ex-NBA Chief

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has offered to personally mentor and guide a prominent Igbo lawyer, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), if he would “step forward and develop a mobilisation framework that seeks to rearrange Nigeria.” The former President said it was time for Agbakoba, who is a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, to “jump down from the fence and siddon look corner,” noting that the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe were younger than Agbakoba when they assumed the mantle of leadership in public offices. Reminding Agbakoba that Nigeria is his fatherland too, Obasanjo charged the SAN to “take the hard road,” rather than sit on the sidelines. The former President said this in a July 28, 2017 letter which he wrote to Agbakoba. It was his reply t...
How To Get Nigeria Out Of Recession – Expert
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How To Get Nigeria Out Of Recession – Expert

A former Director, Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat, Professor Oyebanji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, has urged the Federal Government to concentrate on industrial manufacturing and not agriculture to move faster towards economic growth and exit recession. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka said this while speaking at the distinguished lecture series of Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona Professorial Chair of Governance, held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, on Monday. He decried failed years of unsustainable industrial manufacturing and commission of industrial errors such as embarking on complex, capital-intensive plants without commensurate human and technological capacity, planning based on assumptions, and introduction of wrong policies. Furthermore, he identified structural weakn...
Nigeria Has No Future Unless It’s Restructured – Yoruba Leaders
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Nigeria Has No Future Unless It’s Restructured – Yoruba Leaders

“The Nigeria of our founding fathers’ dreams will elude us in our lifetime unless it is thoroughly restructured to allow for the devolution of powers and resources to the federating units.” This was the position of eminent leaders of the Yoruba nation who gathered yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, less than two weeks after they took similar position in the city. While calling for massive devolution of powers and resources from the centre to the federating units, the Yoruba leaders, under the aegis of Conscience of the Yoruba Race, with the theme: ‘Restructuring Nigeria: Options and Strategies,’ also harped on devolution of powers which must also involve decentralising responsibilities. Present at the event held at the Banquet Hall, Premier Hotel, were the former Secretar...
Bihari’s Chief Of Staff Leads Fed Govt Delegation To Maitama Sule’s Funeral
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Bihari’s Chief Of Staff Leads Fed Govt Delegation To Maitama Sule’s Funeral

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday named Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, as the head of the Federal Government delegation to the funeral of Alhaji Maitama Sule. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the Vice-President), Mr Laolu Akande, made this known on his Twitter handle on Tuesday in Abuja. Other members of the delegation, according to Akande, include the Minister of Interior, retired Abdulrahaman Danbazau; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi; and the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu. The presidential aide revealed that the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris and some government functionaries were part of the delegation. The delegation is to submit Presi...
Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Mourn As Maitama Sule Passes On At 87
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Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Mourn As Maitama Sule Passes On At 87

Nigeria’s former minister and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule, is dead. He died at the age of 87. Sule, who holds the traditional Dan Masanin Kano title, according to his son, Alhaji Mukhtar Maitama Sule, died on Monday in an Egyptian hospital 24 hours after he arrived for treatment. Confirming the death, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Mohammed Garba, said, ‘’The death has occurred today (Monday) of Alhaji (Dr.) Yusuf Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano.” The commissioner’s confirmation was contained in a statement he issued to journalists on Monday. Meanwhile, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has declared Tuesday (today) a work-free day in the state to mourn the death of the elder statesman. The state Commission...
What Exactly Are We Restructuring?
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What Exactly Are We Restructuring?

Fellow Nigerians, let me say categorically that I’ve never seen a country where the citizens like to argue over every miniscule issue like Nigeria. We are a country of absolutism. Every now and then we just enjoy coming up with highfalutin theories out of the blues and everyone begins to recycle and regurgitate the mantra. Once upon a time, TRUE FEDERALISM was the swansong. Half, if not most, of those shouting the phrase had little or no idea of what it meant. It seems we just love to hear the cacophony of our own voices and prefer to join whatever is in season or in vogue. I vividly recollect how a SOVEREIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE became the only panacea for a united Nigeria after the satanic annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election. If you asked the exponents of that discord...
Awolowo Gave Western Region In 7 Years What British Couldn’t Give Nigeria In 50
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Awolowo Gave Western Region In 7 Years What British Couldn’t Give Nigeria In 50

Professor Banji Akintoye was close to the sage, Pa Obafemi Awolowo, when he was alive. The senator speaks on what papa’s view would have been like if he were to be around now that the country is beset with serious challenges in many fronts, in this interview with BOLA BADMUS. Excerpts: IT is 30 years since Chief Obafemi Awolowo, went to the world beyond. Who was this man that everybody keeps talking about in glowing terms? To us, to people like me, who walked by his side, he was a very special gift to all of us. He was a special gift to our world, the world of a Black man of Nigeria and of the Yoruba nation. The impression I always had about him is that he knew quite early that he was a special gift and he was ready to give that gift fully without looking for anything for himself. He...
Tinubu’s Title As APC Leader Now A Nickname – Okorie
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Tinubu’s Title As APC Leader Now A Nickname – Okorie

Chief Chekwas Okorie popularly known as Ojeozi Ndigbo, was the presidential candidate of the United Progressives Party, UPP, in the 2015 presidential election. He was the founding national Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and founder/national chairman of the UPP. In this interview, he discusses topical national issues including the National Assembly/Presidency squabbles, Igbo situation in Nigeria, Nnamadi Kanu and the Biafra agitation, the south east political integration, the sudden influx of Ndigbo into APC, the chances of the UPP in the 2019 general elections and the two political parties that he founded, among other issues. What are the chances of UPP in 2019 elections? Our Party, the United Progressives Party, UPP, is going to be the surprise of Nigerians;...
Quit Whining, No Body Owes You Anything, Fayemi Tells Nigerian Youths
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Quit Whining, No Body Owes You Anything, Fayemi Tells Nigerian Youths

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged Nigerian youths to ‘quit whining’ and that no body owe them anything. Fayemi made this known in a lecture titled ‘The Successor-Generation: Reflections on Values and Knowledge in Nation Building’ at the 2017 UNILAG Convocation Lecture in Lagos, Monday. Fayemi: I am ready to defend my actions Fayemi who went on memory line told the graduating students of his Alma Mater that as a UNILAG graduate and a post-graduate student in the United Kingdom for him to survive he drove taxis and worked as a security guard, amongst several other menial jobs. He said ‘the last lesson I want to talk about is the debilitating entitlement mentality that is commonplace among young people today. The earlier we realise that no o...

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