Negotiate With Kanu, Obasanjo Tells Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised President Muhammadu Buhari during an interview with Newsweek Magazine, to dialogue with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to curb the secessionist agitations instead of the deployment of soldiers in the South-East.

Obasanjo said “I don’t see anything wrong in that (Buhari meeting with Kanu). I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it. I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, (and ask) ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the South-East but from all parts of Nigeria.”

Obasanjo, who led the final offensive that brought the civil war to an end in 1970, said he had seen too many wars and it was time for Nigeria to move on. He said, “Those who fought in the war in Biafra will not want to fight any other war. I fought in that war and it was an unfortunate war and I said I had fought one war too many in Nigeria; I don’t want to see another.

“The heavy boot is not the solution. I believe also whatever may be the frustration of any youth in any part of Nigeria; I believe secession is not the solution.”

He however stated the need to “satisfy the youth in job creation, in wealth creation, in giving them a better, fulfilled life, in giving them hope for the future. There’s no easy way out”.

President of Igbo Community Dissociates from Kanu, IPOB

Chief Ebenezer Chima, the President-General of Igbo Community Association in Kano state has rejected and dissociated the Igbo from the activities of IPOB.

“We want to state categorically here that we, the Igbos residing and doing business in Kano state, unequivocally state that we dissociate ourselves from the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu. We are strongly advocating for peace and unity in the land,” Chima said.

Chima called for residents to remain calm while assuring them that the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and security agents have given the assurance of adequate security of our lives and property.

“However, we join the South-East governors, the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and other notable Igbo leaders, to ask the Federal Government to address the issues of equality and even distribution of our common wealth. This, we believe will bring an end to these agitations in the country.’’

President of Ethnic Community Leaders Association (ECLAK) in the state, Dr Jimpat Ayelangbe, also assured all non-indigenes of adequate security of their lives and property.

He said “ECLAK got the mandate to speak to the media by allaying fears of our people over the concern of their lives and property. ECLAK is interested in a united Nigeria because we believe that those not living in their states of origin should not contribute to disorganise the country.’’

Ayelangbe called on his members and other Nigerians to avoid hate speeches in order to foster national unity.

Forbes list: Dangote, Kalu, Otedola among richest Nigerians

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, the Chairman of Slok Holding and Oba Otudeko, the Chairman and founder of the Honeywell Group, are among the 10 richest Nigerians in 2017 just unveiled by Forbes, a website renowned for ranking of richest people in the world.

In the latest release, nine Nigerians made the billionaires club with some, just few million dollars away from reaching the benchmark.

Aliko Dangote, the African richest man still retains that title, apart from being the richest black man in the world he is also the richest man in Nigeria. In 2014, he ranked as the 24th richest man in the world but has since then fallen to positions below 100 due to the poor naira run and depreciation against other convertible currencies. His net worth is put at $12.5 billion.

Kalu, the former Governor of Abia State and also the founder and Chairman of Slok Holding, a conglomerate with interest in shipping, banking, oil, trading, manufacturing and the media, became a real businessman at the age of 19. His net worth is currently put at $1.1 billion by Forbes.

The club also parades the likes of Jim Ovia, Zenith Bank Chairman; Theophilus Danjuma, former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff; Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, an oil tycoon; Tony Elumelu, a philanthropist and founder of the Transcorp and Heirs Holdings, as well as Mr. Femi Otedola, the CEO of Zenon Oil & Gas and Forte Oil Plc, among others.

Below are the top 10 richest men in Nigeria, according to Forbes 2017 ranking, ranging from the least to the top.

Oba Otudeko, the Chairman and founder of the Honeywell Group, occupied 10th position. He was also the Chairman of FBN Holdings Plc. His operations spread across oil and gas, flour milling, real estate, and marine transportation. His net worth is put at $650 million.

Oba Otudeko, the Chairman and founder of the Honeywell Group, occupied 10th position. He was also the Chairman of FBN Holdings Plc. His operations spread across oil and gas, flour milling, real estate, and marine transportation. His net worth is put at $650 million.

Jim Ovia, the founder of Zenith Bank where he holds sway as the Chairman and the largest shareholder with a stake of almost 10 per cent. Forbes says his net worth is $1 billion.

Tony Elumelu, a philanthropist and founder of the Transcorp and Heirs Holdings and also the Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), was estimated to worth $1.4 billion.

Abdusalam Rabiu, the founder of the famous BUA Group, a conglomerate active in sugar refining, cement production, real estate and port operations, was ranked fourth in the billionnaires’ club with $1.5 billion as his net worth. In September 2015, his group signed a $600 million deal with a Chinese cement equipment service provider, Sinoma International Engineering, to construct a second production line located in Edo State, Niger Delta, Nigeria.

Former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Danjuma, who is the current Chairman of Atlantic Petroleum has a net worth of $1.7 billion.

The only woman in the list, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, a business tycoon who has interest in fashion, oil and printing industries, is reputed to be the richest woman in Nigeria and the richest woman of African descent in the world. She is said to have $2.1 billion in her kitty.

Femi Otedola, the CEO of Zenon Oil & Gas and Forte Oil Plc.,who also has interest in real estates, among other sectors, is ranked third richest in the country with $2.3 billion as his net worth.

Mike Adenuga is ranked as the second richest man in Nigeria with interest in oil and gas and telecoms. He is the owner of Globacom, the  second biggest telecom operator in the country, and the Chairman of Conoil. He has a net worth of $10.5 billion.

Aliko Dangote still retains the title of the richest man in Nigeria, Africa and, of course, the richest black man in the world. In 2014, he ranked as the 24th richest man in the world but has since then fallen to positions below 100 due to the poor naira. His net worth is put at $12.5 billion.

Jim Ovia, the founder of Zenith Bank where he holds sway as the Chairman and the largest shareholder with a stake of almost 10 per cent. Forbes says his net worth is $1 billion.

Tony Elumelu, a philanthropist and founder of the Transcorp and Heirs Holdings and also the Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), was estimated to worth $1.4 billion.

Abdusalam Rabiu, the founder of the famous BUA Group, a conglomerate active in sugar refining, cement production, real estate and port operations, was ranked fourth in the billionnaires’ club with $1.5 billion as his net worth. In September 2015, his group signed a $600 million deal with a Chinese cement equipment service provider, Sinoma International Engineering, to construct a second production line located in Edo State, Niger Delta, Nigeria.

Former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Danjuma, who is the current Chairman of Atlantic Petroleum has a net worth of $1.7 billion.

The only woman in the list, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, a business tycoon who has interest in fashion, oil and printing industries, is reputed to be the richest woman in Nigeria and the richest woman of African descent in the world. She is said to have $2.1 billion in her kitty.

Femi Otedola, the CEO of Zenon Oil & Gas and Forte Oil Plc.,who also has interest in real estates, among other sectors, is ranked third richest in the country with $2.3 billion as his net worth.

Mike Adenuga is ranked as the second richest man in Nigeria with interest in oil and gas and telecoms. He is the owner of Globacom, the  second biggest telecom operator in the country, and the Chairman of Conoil. He has a net worth of $10.5 billion.

Aliko Dangote still retains the title of the richest man in Nigeria, Africa and, of course, the richest black man in the world. In 2014, he ranked as the 24th richest man in the world but has since then fallen to positions below 100 due to the poor naira. His net worth is put at $12.5 billion.