So The President Jonathan Should Resign? by Eta Uso, Jr

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So The President Jonathan Should Resign?

by Eta Uso, Jr.

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Few days ago, the wife of erstwhile Governor of Lagos State and current Chieftain of the APC, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, called for the resignation of Mr. President, citing the failure to secure the safety of lives and property in the country as the reason for her call.

Before we join or draw daggers at the distinguished Senator for her call, let us take a while and go back memory lane.

In the aftermath of the September, 2001 attacks, which totaled four attacks in a single day, history will recall the resilience of the American citizenry in their stand against their common enemy. History records that America mourned. “Some flew the American flag from their front porches and car antennas. Others pinned it to their lapels or wore it on t-shirts. Sports teams postponed games. Celebrities organized benefit concerts and performances”…

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Chibok Girls: PDP Criticizes Amaechi’s Wife For Indifference

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As the world and Nigeria?s First Ladies mobilize efforts to secure the release of about 200 innocent Nigerian girls abducted by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram some three weeks ago, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter has noted with disdain the failure of the wife…Chibok Girls: PDP Criticizes Amaechi’s Wife For Indifference

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3 JTF Operatives Die, As Jigawa Records 1st Bomb Blast

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Barely two  weeks after the signing of a peace agreement between community and religious leaders at the palace of the chairman, Taraba State Council of Chiefs, the Aku Uka, fresh crisis yesterday erupted in Kungana village in  Bali local government area of the state, leaving seven people dead.
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2015 Presidency: Arewa PDP Supporters Back Lamido

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Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State
Arewa PDP Supporters Network has endorsed governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2015 general elections.
The PDP supporters who are aggrieved over President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal  to quit in 2015 to al…

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PDP Will Not Apologise To Buhari, APC Over Terrorism Support Accusation

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not going to retract its earlier statement that the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) aided insurgency in Nigeria.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh said this on Tuesday in Abuja.

Metuh also said that in its pursuit of power shift the opposition party was heating up the polity by distracting President Goodluck Jonathan from his transformation agenda.

Immediately after a bomb exploded at the Nyanya bus park killing more than 75 people on April 14, Metuh issued a statement in which the ruling party alleged that the attack was politically motivated and could be traced to the words of some of the APC politicians who wanted to make Nigeria ungovernable

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Reps To Vote On Extension Of State Of Emergency In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

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The House of Representatives will on Thursday, vote on the extension of state of emergency in Adamawa , Borno and Yobe states.
President Goodluck Jonathan in a letter to the House on May 13, requested for the extension of the state of emergency in the three states for another six months.
Speaker…

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Nigerian soldiers open fire on their own army commander in Maiduguri — They say they lack the firepower to tackle insurgents

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Members of Nigeria's security forces in Borno state - April 2013
Soldiers say they lack the firepower to tackle insurgents

Soldiers in Nigeria have opened fire on their commander in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses say.

Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed escaped unhurt after soldiers shot at his car at the Maimalari barracks, the sources said.

The soldiers blamed him for the killing of their colleagues in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants.

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Meanwhile, Nigeria’s president has ruled out freeing Boko Haram prisoners in exchange for the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

A government minister had earlier said authorities were ready to negotiate with Boko Haram, but President Goodluck Jonathan insisted on Wednesday that this was out of the question.

“He made it very clear that there will be no negotiation with Boko Haram that involves a swap of abducted schoolgirls for prisoners,” said British Africa…

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GE and Dangote Foundation launch manufacturing GE garages

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dangote renewnaija GE renewnaija As part of efforts to support commercial growth in Nigeria, global infrastructure leader, GE and Dangote Foundation have officially announced a plan to launch a manufacturing GE garages program to help build a skilled workforce and drive entrepreneurial development in Nigeria.

The program is in development with the Dangote Foundation. The proposed Garages training facility will be based in Lagos, Nigeria and support hands-on skills training, work placement and leadership development and is designed to graduate students into the growing manufacturing and service sectors. The space will also support free classes, and workshops, for entrepreneurs to learn more about advanced technologies, software programming and business planning to support business growth in Lagos.

Speaking at a media event to announce the initiative, Adhiambo Odaga, Managing Director of Dangote Foundation said they pleased to be partnering with GE to set up an innovative learning environment, According to her, “this innovative program will…

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Nigeria: Vigilantes kill Islamic militants

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Protesters in Lagos defy weather to march for abducted girls
Dozens of protesters brave heavy rains in Nigeria’s most populous city to mark one month since more than 200 girls in war-ravaged northeast Nigeria were kidnapped from their school.
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BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — The villagers knew an attack was coming, so they used the dark of night to ambush the suspected Boko Haram militants, killing scores and arresting at least 10 in a move to deter the extremists and make future attacks “impossible.”

Vigilante groups have been springing up in north Nigeria over the past year amid accusations the military is not acting…

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Chibok: US Won’t Share Intelligence With Nigeria —Pentagon

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The United States of America (USA) military had conducted several surveillance flights over north-eastern Nigeria in an effort to find school girls held by a terrorist group, but it would not share the intelligence gathered with the Nigerian government, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday.

According to military.com, Army General David Rodriguez, Head of the Africa Command, was in Abuja, to work out “protocols” for sharing the information from the high-resolution cameras carried by the surveillance aircraft, the officials said.

“At this point, we are not sharing raw intelligence data,” said Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

Warren declined to give reasons for holding back the information, but Africa specialists have warned of corruption in the Nigerian military and fears that the Boko Haram terror group holding the girls has penetrated the security services.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan “himself has said that high levels of the security apparatus and the…

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Nigeria: Financial Probe – Sanusi Wins Round Two

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It was another sweet victory for suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday barred the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) from further investigating him.

Justice Tsoho made this order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by the suspended CBN governor against the FRCN and its executive secretary, Jim Osanyade Obase.

The court described the action taken by the FRCN so far as biased, malicious, premeditated, frivolous, deliberately skewed, malafide and abuse of executive power.

The judge also held there is clear evidence that FRCN’s bid to investigate Sanusi’s tenure at CBN is tainted with bias and motivated by bad faith.

Justice Tsoho’s verdict is coming three months after the president, Goodluck Jonathan, suspended Sanusi on allegations of financial recklessness.

He has denied the allegations, saying he had followed approved procedures while doing his job.

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Official: Nigerian Government Rules Out Swapping Islamic Militants For Nearly 300 Kidnapped Schoolgirls

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ABUJA, Nigeria (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — Nigeria’s government is ruling out an exchange of more than 270 kidnapped schoolgirls for detained Islamic militants, Britain’s top official for Africa said Wednesday.

President Goodluck Jonathan has “made it very clear that there will be no negotiation with Boko Haram that involves a swap of abducted schoolgirls for prisoners,” Mark Simmonds, British foreign office minister, told journalists in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

But Nigeria’s government will talk to the militants on reconciliation, Simmonds said, after a meeting with Jonathan.

“The point that also was made very clear to me is that the president was keen to continue and facilitate ongoing dialogue to find a structure and architecture of delivering lasting solution to the conflict and the cause of conflict in northern Nigeria,” Simmonds said.

He spoke before Nigeria’s Defense Ministry announced that extremists had again attacked the remote northeastern town of Chibok, from which…

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Did the U.S. War in Libya Boost Boko Haram in Nigeria?

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From the Institute for Public Accuracy:

Baraka is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who is based in Colombia. He has written extensively on Africa and just wrote the piece “From Benghazi to Boko Haram: Why I support the Benghazi Inquiry,” which states: “Seemingly out of nowhere, Boko Haram burst into the awareness of people around the world as a shadowy group of Islamists with the ability to carry out audacious attacks that paralyzed the army of the most populous country in Africa. People now want to know the group’s origins, where they came from, why they are kidnapping girls and how they became such a powerful threat. All important questions — but questions that cannot be answered by just looking at the internal politics of Nigeria, as important as those are, because Boko Haram is incomprehensible when decontextualized from the destabilization, death and destruction…

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Jonathan Is Not Strong Enough –Says Obasanjo

Many Nigerians are already missing the days of President Olusegun Obasanjo when misguided folks who dared to threaten the sovereignty of Nigeria are crushed, OluFamous.Com observed. Weighing in on the latest spat of Boko Haram heartless attacks in the country, Obasanjo declared that President Goodluck Jonathan is overwhelmed by the challenge of dealing with deadly Boko Haram insurgency.

Speaking in an interview with BBC Focus on Africa from Nairobi, Kenya, Obasanjo said:

“I took it upon myself to reach out to the group after consulting with the president. I went to Maiduguri to meet the families of those who were killed by the police through the help of the lawyer who represented them.“No matter how well-meaning the president is, his assertion on ending Boko Haram has not been achieved. The president is overwhelmed.”The respected former leader also suggested that dialogue could be the key to resolving the crisis. Reminded that he once advocated…

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Segun Adekoye Writes: A word or two on the Ese Walter & Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo saga

When we talk about issues regarding religion we have to be careful, because it is one of the things that fragments our beliefs, our thoughts and our world at large. Much has been destroyed in this world on the basis of religion. Atheism is a form of religion, as is Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and a horde of thousands of not-so-widely-known doctrines worldwide.

You would have read Ese Walter’s open confession on her affair with the senior pastor of COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo. If you haven’t read it, you can find the elaborate story here. Ever since she released the story, the social media has gone agog over it. The matter has been thrown back and forth. Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo has been flogged severely by comments from people who are thoroughly pissed at him. Ese Walter on the other hands has been reprimanded, comforted and even advised to go for ‘psychoanalysis’ as a particular commenter put it. I didn’t intend to talk about this issue, but I have a thing or two to say on the matter.

1. ‘Men of God’ are still men:
However disappointing this may sound, it is sadly true. Being called a pastor does not take the chromosomes in your DNA and mutate you into an angel. A pastor is a title that can be likened to other political titles like Prime Minister, President and Governor. It is an office that you occupy based on your qualifications be it spiritual, academic, political or moral merits. That a ‘man of God’ is alleged to have been involved in a scathing scandal like this does not make him a “fake man of God’. While the Judas was widely known to have betrayed Jesus, his role or deed did not erase his popular office as being one of Jesus 12 disciples. You can’t mention the 12 disciples without mentioning Judas. This did not warrant him ever being called a ‘fake’ disciple. Any acclaimed clergyman can become the subject of a scandal. These people were not born with wings. Discipline is what drives their office and the decisions to be set apart towards the service of God and humanity.

2. ‘Men of God’ have encouraged people:
I have witnessed the lives of a lot of people change positively because they have had contact with a ‘man of God’. Drug addicts have become better people. Poor, homeless and destitute people have been helped. Young children have had their education sponsored by these men of God. The ‘unbridled and carefree tendencies’ of humanity have been somewhat checked by majority of these people. Open allegations like this destroy other people’s beliefs and faith.
3.  Ese Walter was not the abused:

This is what I believe. How can you call one week of non-stop sex, abuse. Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. How can she call it abuse when she willingly consented? I am astound by how this confession has become a thing of sympathy. She must have enjoyed whatever she had and wanted more, so she kept going back. Consensual sex is enjoyable.
4. He who is without sin should cast the first stone:

The reason why this is generating so much ire is because he is called a senior pastor of a church. I am forced to wonder if Ese would have made a case on this, if he wasn’t a pastor. If he wasn’t just another rich, married man. I am forced to think about how much she holds marital values and if she had never dated a married man except the pastor. If you’ve never committed fornication before, If you’ve never committed adultery before, if you’ve never cheated on your partner or wife before, cast the first stone.

 

5. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo abused his office:

If the allegations are true, then one can say that the ‘man of God’ abused his office, the oath he took and the mantle placed on his hand. He can be said to have used the power of the position for the wrong motives. This has a ripple effect on all other people who occupy the same positions all over the world.

6. There is more than meets the eye:

Hey but you only heard a side of the story and you’re quick to judge. Listen to the other side of coin. Are there things Ese isn’t saying? Are there other things that transpired between them that have not been stated in her epistle? This is only how far you can know.

7. This is not a legal matter:

This is not a legal issue at all, except was on the grounds of rape. The only person that is expected to make a legal action is his wife, and that would be a case of filing for divorce on grounds of mutual infidelity. Ese enjoyed it thoroughly and regretted her actions

8. Religious leaders are the victims:

These are tough times for religious leaders all over the world. They have to watch their speech and thoughts all over the world. If you are a religious leader and you oppose same-sex marriage in America, you are seen as a demented opinionist who needs primary schooling on what human rights are. If you are seen wearing a turban on your head, you are closely watched because you are believed to have affiliations with terrorists all over the world. If you own a large church, you are believed to be deceiving people and using their hard-earned more to ‘live large’. The world believes that religious leaders should take the blow and remain silent even if they are innocent.

8. Go and sin no more:

The deed is done. Ese has regretted her actions. The ‘man of God’ involved is getting all the chastisement of his life. Names have been called. It’s time to move on. It’s not time to form a movement. It’s time to move forward for all ministries involved. Ese should move on with her life. The accused should look for ways to amend the damage and move his ministry forward. He will lose members but some will remain with him.

 

9. Let the institution be:

That the leader of COZA has faltered does not make the church an unholy place to worship. We must filter the institutions from the servants in the institutions and let them resolve their conflict as mature people. That a country has leaders who mismanage its funds does not make the all the citizens of the country corrupt. The international society and media do not understand this fact as well.

10. Wisdom is profitable to direct:

Just in case there’s another Ese Walter out there who is having an affair with a married man or another ‘man of God’, rather than destroying more than you can create, find ways of resolving the issues or have the courage to move on. What becomes of the Monica Lewinsky’s who try to battle the Clinton’s – nothing. The world moves on. You might be a Dominique Strauss-Kahn for a moment but your shame gets erased someday and tables turn. Whistle-blowing is awesome but you should always do it with wisdom. Wisdom is profitable to direct. Don’t be another Edward Snowden.

Cheers!

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Okupe: 5 Northern govs are comedians -Says El-Rufai is a pernicious liar

Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has taken a swipe at former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai over his comments against President Goodluck Jonathan calling him a pernicious liar who could not be trusted.

The presidential adviser also lashed out at the five northern governors who had been going round the country, claiming they were merely embarking on comic tour while their states were on fire.

Dr Okupe, who featured as Guest of the Week on Liberty FM Radio monitored in Kaduna on Saturday, said El-Rufai and his group did not mean well for the country and wanted the country to end up in flames. According to him: ‘These are people that do not wish this country well, these are people, who in spite of their desperate on their ambition, would rather, the country crumble before they get to power. These are people who are beneficiary of the same government and of the same country, people who the nation has been extremely very kind to.

“A couple of years ago, El-Rufai was a nobody in this country; he was just a quantity surveyor who was discovered and brought into government by the then Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku and all of a sudden, he made himself a superstar; he became very rich, very comfortable and believes that unless he and his cliques are in government, that government cannot work, which is a fallacy. Nigerians have more than 40 million people who are better educated, better pedigree who can do better given the same opportunity that El-Rufai had.”

On the five  northern governors and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, he retorted: “you heard about five governors who said they were motivated to go round the whole country because of Rivers crisis. Is that not a national joke? It is like watching Africa Magic.

“What is the crisis in Rivers? Who is Amaechi and what is the issue that the whole country is being disturbed because of something that happened at the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). What is Nigerian Governors’ Forum to the destiny of this country? What has it got to do with us? The Rivers crisis is something that people just latch unto to fan the embers of this anti-Jonathan emotion and to continue to promote hatred against Goodluck Jonathan.

‘And, of course, Amaechi is a willing tool, very rich, wealthy so he is very useful to the opposition. What you are seeing is an over dramatisation of the preparations for 2015 period.

‘These governors that were so motivated, so passionately concern about the ultimate destiny of Nigeria, were not motivated when the Boko Haram crises were raging in the north to go round the north and plead on how to solve the problem.

‘They were not concern enough for the thousands of people that were being bomb, killed in their mosques, their churches in their domains under their eyes. I feel like crying, people are opening their doors to hypocrites…

‘Amaechi used police and power to harass, intimidate and punish people unjustly. Because Mbu has refused to be a tool in the hands of Amaechi and has refused to bend to unjustified high handedness of Amaechi, now because he is supported by the opposition, he now presents Mbu as a villain. It is not true. He is a professional man; he is a man of dignity who has remained steadfast’.

 

Source : Nigerian Tribune

PDP NWC Pay Condolence Visit To Fashola

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Sunday implored Nigerians, especially those who knew his late father, Alhaji Ibrahim Bayo Ademola Fashola, to propagate the virtues of deep love for humanity and very strong moral values which he espoused during his lifetime.

Governor Fashola, who spoke while playing host to members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by the Acting National Secretary, Dr. Charles Remi Akitoye, who paid him a condolence visit at Lagos House, Marina, while thanking the visitors, declared, “The only other point to make is to implore those of you who knew my father to do whatever little you can to continue to propagate the ideals that his life history represented;”.

Governor Fashola, who reiterated some of the virtues that his father displayed while alive including a very deep love for humanity and very strong moral values, as has been testified by many people about him, declared, “Those were things that were never worth the trouble for him when it divided humanity or when it devalued honour and so for me I hope that those are ideals that we can all connect to as we seek better side of the promise for our State and our nation”.

Urging all and sundry to put honour and value ahead of every other thing, Governor Fashola declared, “Everything we strive to build would stand or fall in the presence or absence of those virtues. They start from the family and they are translated to the community and from the community they spread into much more formal government structures like states, local governments, political parties and in that way we can express a stronger side of who we are as Nigerians”.

He further  noted, “I know there are very many people in this country and in this state who believe in those virtues and those values; values where, in the midst of all that may be wrong, they still stand for the good course”.

Governor Fashola thanked the delegation for the courtesy of the visit and expressed gratitude to the PDP National Chairman for the honour he accorded to the memory of the late Alhaji Fashola through the Committee.

His words, “On behalf of the Fashola family, we thank you very much and we thank Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and those of you who have also taken the responsibility to personally bear the condolence message. It is a great honour for our father and our family and on their behalf I express gratitude to you”.

He prayed that the Almighty God would honour members of the delegation both collectively and individually in the way they had honoured the memory of his father.

Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and Acting National Secretary, Dr. Remi Akitoye said the Committee was sent by the National Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whom he said was very a close friend to late Alhaji Fashola, to express his deep condolence to the Governor and the Fashola Family over the passage.

Extolling the virtues of the late Alhaji Fashola, the Acting National Secretary noted that the deceased was a strict disciplinarian and also a lover of children recalling how the late octogenarian used to rebuke them as children if he caught them misbehaving adding that immediately after; he would offer them sweets.

“I benefitted from his disciplinary attitude because I remember in those days we were children in school, he would call us to order and scold us when we misbehaved. But he would soon after call us back and offer us sweets. I learnt from it that he rebuked us because he loved us”, Akitoye said.

He prayed, on behalf of the PDP National Chairman, for the repose of the soul of the departed and that the Almighty Allah would grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Also among the delegation were Chief (Mrs.) Aduke Maina, State Chairman of the PDP, Captain Shelle (rtd), Chief Ola Apena, Deputy State Chairman, Chief (Mrs. ) Bukky Ajomo, Mr. Ebitare Otrofanowei, representing South South, Mrs. Agnes Igbanoi and Alhaji Bode Oyedele among others while the State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Oyinlomo Danmole, joined the Governor in receiving the delegation.