A Challenge To All Youths In The New Year By Prof. Isa

A Challenge To All Youths In The New Year

I open the new year, 2018 with these admonitions to our youths who are the leaders of tomorrow, who will take Osun to the next level.

This admonition is coming days after the hosting of a youth summit by Osun Government.

“Those who have ears, let them listen…I challenge Nigerian youth to wriggle out of their foolishness and docility by being determingly creative, i.e to Think out of the box…to achieve greatness!!!

– Hon. Ahmed Ipoola Omisore, ex MHA, Lagos State.

“My Dear Nigerian Youths,

I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you.

You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance.

You sit in front of a computer and rant all day through social media but with every click, you make money – not for yourself – but for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).

With every megabyte of data you spend complaining and maligning, you make stupendous bucks for Etisalat, Glo, Airtel and MTN.

Over the next two years, the number of Nigerian millionaires will jump by 47% but most likely, you will not be among because you are too busy whining and complaining, yet, about 60% of Nigeria’s 170m population are below 35 years. Oh, what a waste! By the way, Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he started Facebook.

Africa’s youngest billionaire, Ashish Thakkar, is 31. He escaped from the Rwandan genocide and relocated to Uganda where he started an IT business.

Collin Thornton, who made his millions by fixing bad computers and setting up Dial-a-Nerd, is 35.

Adam Horowitz, an 18-year-old entrepreneur, started 30 websites in 3 years before he became successful.

The only thing you have ever started is an online petition. Have you heard of Jason Njoku? He’s 33 and the founder of Iroko TV. He received $8m investment into his company just a few years ago. What he does? Sharing the same Nollywood films that you spend hours to watch online. He didn’t just hang around waiting for Buhari to make something happen or blaming Jonathan for not making anything happen.

Kamal Budhabhatti was deported from Kenya but while on the flight, he thought of the opportunities in Kenya. He found his way back after 6 months and today his company is valued at $30m. He’s 36.

Have you heard of Chinedu Echeruo? Apple just paid $1b for his app. He’s a Nigerian like you and all he did was attempt to fix a problem. But for you, the only thing you attempt to fix are your nails- and your hairdo! Chinedu moved to New York in 1995 and found it difficult to navigate the city with ease so he developed HopStop to fix the problem.

Stop listing all the problems – we know them already but what are you doing about them?

Awolowo was 37, Akintola was 36, Ahmadu Bello was 36, Tafawa Balewa was 34, Okotie-Eboh was 27 and Enahoro was 27 at the time of independence of Nigeria.

In 1966, the first coup was led by Kaduna Nzeogwu (29) and stopped by Murtala Mohammed (28), TY Danjuma (28), IBB (25), Sanni Abacha (23) and Shehu Yar’adua (23).

It brought in Yakubu Gowon as Head of State at 32 and Olusegun Obasanjo at 29.

You are in your 40s and you still sag your trousers.

Of course, you know Linda Ikeji. You’ve spent hundreds of hours on her blog laughing and commenting while she smiles her way to the bank.

She’s just built a house for her father in the village- just by you clicking on her gossip and sharing.

Your day is not complete without a stop by at her blog. She was as broke as you are but she turned a hobby into a business.

Are you that void of understanding?

You think many of those politicians in the opposition have any regard for you?

That is why I referred to the arrogance of your ignorance at the beginning of this diatribe.

You have a false estimation of yourself. You have an over bloated ego.

You are only as good as an election ticket for them to hijack power – pure and simple. You are only good to be used and discarded like a used ballot paper. Who keeps a used ballot paper anyway? That is why they only remember you every four years”.


Hope For Election In Nigeria

By Nofisat Marindoti

Elections in Nigeria has surprisingly taken a new turn over the years. Going by history, election in the recent Nigeria had always been a rowdy, highly manipulated one.

Apart from the 1993 Presidential Election which has been internationally adjudged as the most free and fairest election; subsequent elections in the country have been critically assessed and sometimes not anything to write about them.

The 1993 election was the first since the 1983 military coup that toppled the government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari and the result was a victory for Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola of the Social Democratic Party, who defeated Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention.

However, the elections were later annulled by the then military ruler, General Ibrahim Babangida, leading to a crisis that ended with Sani Abacha, also military general to assumed the power as the Head of State.

In the wake of return to civilian rule in 1999, the people’s agitation at that was for a change from military rule to civilian rule. Considering the circumstance at which the winner of 1993 presidential election died and subsequent demise of the Sani Abacha, Yoruba nation was on the frontburner as possible consideration for the presidential seat.

General Olusegun Obasanjo who happened to be in the prison at the time he was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party while Alliance for Democracy settled for Chief Olu Falae another Yoruba man.

Though Chief Olu Falae whose party lost the election to the candidate of Peoples’ Democratic Party, claimed that there the elections were flawed with lot of manipulations from the electoral umpire to favour the eventual winner of the election.

The situation was however, not different in 2003 as President Muhammadu Buhari contested with the incumbent Olusegun Obasanjo and the latter emerged the winner of the election. But not without litigations alleging rigging and manipulation by the incumbent government.

Observers from the European Union described the 2007 elections, which brought Umaru Yar’Adua, a Muslim from northern Nigeria, to power, as among the worst they had witnessed anywhere in the world. Human Rights Watch estimated that at least 300 people were killed in violence linked to the 2007 elections.

Another election that leaves a clear picture in one’s mind is the 2011 presidential election when many lives were lost and properties destroyed.

“The April elections were heralded as among the fairest in Nigeria’s history but they also were among the bloodiest,” said Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch.”

Deadly election-related and communal violence in northern Nigeria following the April 2011 presidential voting left more than 800 people dead. The victims were killed in three days of rioting in 12 northern states.

The violence began with widespread protests by supporters of the main opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, a northern Muslim from the Congress for Progressive Change, following the re-election of incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the Niger Delta in the south, who was the candidate for the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

The protests degenerated into violent riots or sectarian killings in the northern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara. Relief officials estimated that more than 65,000 people have been displaced.

Human Rights Watch estimated that in northern Kaduna State, at least 180 people and possibly more, were killed in the cities of Kaduna and Zaria and their surrounding suburbs. According to media reports and journalists interviewed by Human Rights Watch, dozens of people were also killed during riots in the other northern states.

The elections conducted in 1999, 2003 and especially 2007 were characterized by widespread malpractices such as violence, corruption and falsification of results. After the 2007 election, there was widespread disenchantment with the electoral process.

The elections held in 2003 and 2007 were preceded by widespread intra-party and inter-party violence that continued on the polling days. In a report released in 2004, the Human Rights Watch observed that:

“Both Nigeria’s federal and state elections in 2003 and local government elections 2004 were marred by serious incidents of violence, which left scores dead and many others injured … In April and May 2003, at least one hundred people were killed and many more injured.

“Majority of serious abuses were perpetrated by members or supporters of the ruling party, the people’s Democratic Party (PDP). In a number of locations, elections simply did not take place as groups of armed thugs linked to political parties and candidates intimidated and threatened voters in order to falsify results … One year later, local government elections took place across Nigeria on March 27, 2004. These elections too were characterized by serious violence and intimidation, as well as widespread fraud and rigging. There were reports of dozens of people killed before, during and after the local government elections.”

However, in recent times, there is the rising hope for free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria with the resounding success in the last few elections starting from the 2015 presidential election when the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari won the race over former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The State of Osun Governorship election in 2014 that produced the incumbent Ogbeni Rauf Argebesola and that of the recent Anambra state guber election are shining examples too.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano, as the winner of the November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra state.

The success of Anambra election which is the most recently conducted election in the country has shown that the Nigerian electoral system is actually getting better.

It is a reassurance that Nigeria might still have the kind of 1993 election when all Nigerians shared the spirit of brotherhood, know what they wanted and come out en mass, peacefully, to vote for what they wanted.

In the final analysis, the possibility of transiting from the third world to the first where sanctity of fairest election is predicated on the resolve of the country’s political leadership to galvanize the people so that they can buy into the rescue programme devised by their leaders. The disconnect between the leaders and the rest of the population would need to be corrected before the prospects for socio-economic and political transformation can become so much enhanced.

Nigeria is, undoubtedly, poised for great electoral accomplishments in the years ahead, given its incredible endowments in both human and material resources. However, it needs be emphasized that greatness is not to be conjured into existence but a product of painstaking and dogged pursuit of well-thought out electioneering process.

PHOTONEWS: Methodist Church Prays With Gov Aregbesola Plus Jumat Service

Delegated Members of the Methodist Church of Nigeria on Friday gathered for the Annual Prayer visit to Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House, Osogbo led by most Rev Amos A Akindeko – Archbishop ArchDiocese of Ilesha.

The Governor later joined Muslim faithfuls to observe the two rakat Jumat Prayers at the Central Mosque, Oja-Oba, Osogbo for the first time in 2018.

After the prayers, he was widely acknowledged by the waiting crowd.

Here are photos from the events as captured by Dolapo Julius, Aregbesola’s Photographer

Nigeria Will Develop When its People Are On ‘Good Terms’ – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to be in good spirit with one another in order to allow for the development of the country.

The President said this on Monday when he received a delegation of religious, political, and traditional leaders who paid him a Christmas homage at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him, people living in unity will lead to resources being reserved which will fast-track the development process of the country.

“If you are in good terms with your neighbour, then you can make some savings for development but if you start fighting your neighbour, I’m afraid the resources you have you’ll waste in trying to be very clever.

“So, I try to be very close to my neighbour individually and nationally. I thank you very much for being good neighbours,” said President Buhari.

In his earlier remarks, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, FCT Chapter, Reverend Jonah Samson, commended the President’s efforts in stabilising Nigeria, especially his anti-corruption drive.

He said: “The (Christian) community has deemed it fit to come and pay this homage to you sir and appreciate your leadership in the entire nation, especially in the aspect of fighting corruption.”

On his part, FCT Minister, Mr Bello Mohammed, commended security personnel in the city for being proactive in keeping the nation’s capital safe.

“I want to place on record our sincere appreciation to the security agencies and the entire security architecture of Abuja, and the FCT at large, which has made the territory very peaceful and conducive.”

Subsequently, the delegation presented President Buhari with cards as a mark of goodwill and support for his administration.

President Buhari was delighted by the gesture and the visit and also made a passionate appeal to the delegation to continue to support his administration.

The delegation was also delighted at the improvement in the President’s health and departed holding unto his optimism that Nigeria and Nigerians would fare better in the coming year.

Center Confirms One Death, 61 Cases Of Monkeypox In Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported the first death and 61 cases of monkeypox fourteen weeks after the first outbreak of the disease in the country.

According to situation report for monkeypox outbreak released by the health agency for the epidemiological week 49, on Wednesday, the dead patient was a confirmed case with a “background immune-compromised condition.”

The health agency, however, said it has deactivated the monkeypox Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) this week.

In addition, five additional confirmed cases and two probable cases have been reported since the last update, bringing the total confirmed cases to 61 in 14 states.

There has been a decline in the number of new suspected cases reported over the last five weeks. Since the onset of the outbreak, a total of 172 cases (suspected, confirmed and probable) have been recorded from 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the NCDC, only seven percent of the current cases in Nigeria have been linked to human-to-human transmission, including one healthcare worker.

The first suspected case of the disease was reported in Bayelsa and later reported at neighbouring River State before spreading to other states across the country.

One new suspected case was reported from Adamawa State in the reporting week, while two new confirmed cases were recorded in the reporting week from Bayelsa.

The health agency said though clustering of cases was demonstrated in some instances, there was no known evidence yet of epidemiological linkages across states.

Breakdown Of What Each State Received From Third Paris Club Refund

Nigerian Government has released a state-by-state breakdown of third tranche of Paris Club refund.

The money was released alongside the allocations from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).

Idris Ahmed, accountant general of the federation, who announced this in a statement, said it was done so that Nigerians could have a better Christmas.

A statement from the ministry of finance said these payments totalled N243, 795,465,195.20.

Paris Club refund is a partial settlement of long-standing claims by state governments relating to over-deductions from their federation account allocation committee (FAAC) allocation for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.

Two tranches had been released earlier. Below is exactly how much every state got:

1. ABIA 5,715,765,871.48
2. ADAMAWA 6,114,300,352.68
3. AKWA-IBOM 10,000,000,000.00
4. ANAMBRA 6,121,656,702.34
5. BAUCHI 6,877,776,561.25
6. BAYELSA 10,000,000,000.00
7. BENUE 6,854,671,749.25
8. BORNO 7,340,934,865.32
9. CROSS RIVER 6,075,343,946.93
10. DELTA 10,000,000,000.00
11. EBONYI 4,508,083,379.98
12. EDO 6,091,126,592.24
13. EKITI 4,772,836,647.08
14. ENUGU 5,361,789,409.66
15. GOMBE 4,472,877,698.19
16. IMO 7,000,805,182.97
17. JIGAWA 7,107,666,706.76
18. KADUNA 7,721,729,227.55
19. KANO 10,000,000,000.00
20. KATSINA 8,202,130,909.85
21. KEBBI 5,977,499,491.45
22. KOGI 6,027,727,595.80
23. KWARA 5,120,644,326.57
24. LAGOS 8,371,938,133.11
25. NASARAWA 4,551,049,171.12
26. NIGER 7,210,793,154.95
27. OGUN 5,739,374,694.46
28. ONDO 7,003,648,314.28
29. OSUN 6,314,106,340.62
30. OYO 7,901,609,864.25
31. PLATEAU 5,644,079,055.41
32. RIVERS 10,000,000,000.00
33. SOKOTO 6,441,128,546.76
34. TARABA 5,612,014,491.52
35. YOBE 5,413,103,116.59
36. ZAMFARA 5,442,385,594.49
37. FCT 684,867,500.04
TOTAL 243,795,465,195,20

Another 249 Nigerians Return From Libya

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) on Thursday facilitated the return of another 249 Nigerian returnees from Libya.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 9.47pm aboard an Afriqiyah Airbus A330-300 with Registration Number 5A-ONR.

They were received by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja.

Maihajja, who was represented by the South West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, implored the returnees to be champions of positive change by supporting the campaign against irregular migration.

He said they should be able to enlighten other Nigerian youths on the dangers of seeking greener pastures outside the country through illegal means based on their experiences in Libya.

“You should let them know that you are always second citizens outside your country and your rights can be violated without opportunity for you to seek redress at all,” Maihajja said.

No fewer than 3,000 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya through the IOM supported programme in the last few months.

NAN reports that 387  had, on Tuesday, returned from the volatile North African country where they had been stranded enroute Europe.

Many return with gory tales of their experiences in the country.

As at the time of filing this report, another batch of Nigerians was being expected from Libya, as their aircraft was said to be on the way from Tripoli.


Buhari Departs Nigeria For Paris

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave for Paris, France on Monday to join 50 other world leaders to participate in the One Planet Summit on Tuesday.

The President, who will be accompanied by the governors of Adamawa, Kano and Ondo States, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Environment. He will return to Abuja on Thursday.

The summit is jointly organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French Government in partnership with non-governmental organisations.

The summit which concerns reversing the negative effects of climate change, will take place at the eco-friendly La Seine Musicale, situated on the picturesque Seguin Island in western Paris.

The theme of the summit is “Climate Change Financing.” .

According to the organisers, the summit will “innovatively pool public and private finance to support and accelerate our common efforts to fight climate change”.

While recognising that all countries are affected by the effects of climate change under “One Planet”, but some are more vulnerable, organisers noted.

The summit seeks for tangible collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said President Buhari will attend a lunch hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France for Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace.

President Buhari and other world leaders and participants will make presentations under four sub-themes.

They are Scaling-up Finance for Climate Action; Greening Finance for Sustainable Business; Accelerating Local and Regional Climate Action; and Strengthening Policies for Ecological and Inclusive Transition.

President Buhari signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the side-lines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22, 2016.

He noted then that the country’s signature “demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts to reverse the effects of the negative trend”.

He followed that significant step by signing the Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement on March 28, 2017 at the State House, Abuja, making Nigeria the 146th party to the Paris Treaty.

It became binding on the country effective June 15, 2017, one month after the submission of the Ratification instrument to the United Nations on May 16, 2017 by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande.

The participation of Nigeria’s delegation at the One Planet Summit will reinforce the country’s commitment to realising the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Terror Alert: No Cause For Alarm – FG

The Federal Government has assured of adequate security measures to thwart any possible terror attack in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and elsewhere around the country, saying there is no cause for alarm despite the latest travel advisories by some Western countries.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that security agencies have not let down their guard, despite the fact that there had been no terror attack in the FCT since the Buhari administration assumed office.

“We know that the terrorists, who have been massively degraded and put on the run, have been looking for soft targets to attack. This is the nature of terrorism all over the world, as can be seen in recent attacks in the UK, France and Egypt, among others.

“That is why the Nigerian security agencies have continued to be on the alert, even if their efforts have been largely unobtrusive so as not to disrupt the daily activities of the citizenry,” he said, adding: “Such efforts are routinely stepped up during religious festivals.”

Mohammed said the Federal Government would continue to take adequate measures to protect the lives and property of citizens and non-citizens alike, even as the military remained unrelenting in ensuring that the terrorists neither regroup nor regain the capacity to carry out organised attacks.

He said the Federal Government’s sensitisation campaign on security, with the punchline “if you see something, say something”, would be stepped up on national radio and television, and advised the citizens to be security conscious and to report suspicious people and objects to the security agencies.


Hungary Interested In Nigeria’s Oil And Gas Sector

The Hungarian Government has indicated interest to purchase crude oil and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Hungarian Ambassador to Nigeria, Professor Gabor Ternak, who during a courtesy call on the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, in Abuja.

Ternak said the decision to import crude oil and LNG from Nigeria was informed by the need to bridge the current supply gap being experienced in Hungary.

“Hungary depends on oil importation to serve its energy needs as the country is non-oil producing. We want to diversify our sources of crude oil and LNG import and we are considering purchasing these products from Nigeria,” Ambassador Ternak stated.

The NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the Nigerian crude oil would be of great help to Hungarian Refineries involved in large scale commercial refining.

The Hungarian envoy stated that Nigeria could also leverage on the bi-lateral relationship with his country by engaging the services of Hungarian firms that specialize in repairs, maintenance and building of refineries as well as medical services.

He said that Hungarian universities with many years of oil and gas engineering expertise, could assist Nigeria in the areas of capacity building of oil workers.

In his remarks, the NNPC GMD, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated that the Corporation had commenced tendering process for the selection of the 2018 crude oil off-takers, adding that Hungarian companies could utilize the opportunity by participating in the exercise to maximize value from direct purchase, rather than going through a third party.

“If you don’t participate in the tendering process, you would have to buy the products from one of the traders. However, if you participate with companies and refineries that meet our requirements, they could be shortlisted as off-takers” the GMD averred.

He explained that Hungary could purchase LNG through “spot cargo,” an arrangement in which excess production is given to registered off-takers with the Nigerian Liquified Natuaral Gas Limited (LNNG).

“Normally, gas business is a long-term business and NLNG is not different, we already have existing 20-year contract that will expire by 2022. Nevertheless, we have what is called “spot cargoes”, when there is excess production, and the current contractors have gotten there share as enshrined in the contract, the excess production will be given to registered off-takers in the system,” Dr. Baru averred.


Nigeria Is Blessed To Have Dangote – Ganduje

The Governor of Kano State, Dr Umar Ganduje on Monday said that Nigeria and indeed the world are blessed to have Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the president of Dangote Group in the business world.

Ganduje, who was speaking at Dangote Special Day, described the revered business as the ‘Pride of the Black Race’, adding that his investments have placed Nigeria in the global economic sphere.

Represented by state Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism Ahmad Rabiu, the Governor said Dangote is synonymous with development given the giant strides recorded in the different sectors of the economy.

“Dangote Group and Dangote Foundation have touched lives in the different states in Nigeria and beyond.

“There is no household that does not use Dangote product. Every where you go there are Dangote products and services from which many are benefitting.

“Many sectors of the economy have been boosted- Infrastructure, Agriculture, the Mining sector, Health, Education etc Dangote is surely a man of the people”

Governor Ganduje expressed gratitude to the foremost Industrialist for his contribution and support to the Fairs conducted by Kano state over the years, many of which recorded immense success.

He said there is no doubt that the 38th Kano International Trade Fair will also be a success because Aliko Dangote is involved.

He called on leaders, wealthy individuals and organisations to emulate his unique qualities for a better society by making life a lot easier for the people especially at the grassroots.

Speaking earlier, President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said the current administration’s diversification agenda has put the Nigerian economy on the right trajectory for growth.

The Africa foremost industrialist said diversification would take the country to the next level, and away from overdependence on oil.

Represented by General Manager Stakeholder Management, Dangote Group, Bello Abdullahi Dan-Musa, Dangote the nation should continue to explore opportunities in the various sectors to grow the economy.

“We are committed to diversification as it is what Nigeria needs and indeed Africa, to add value to our basic endowments for economic growth.

“That is why we are also exploring opportunities in the different sectors, cement, flour, salt, sugar and recently, Oil and Gas as well as Agricbusiness to move the nation forward.

“Dangote businesses are meant to impact the lives of the people in different ways, that is why Dangote Group is structured to deliver basic goods and services that are essential for improving standard of living of the general populace, and have presence in 13 different countries.

Last week, Dangote commissioned its cement plant in Congo Brazaville.

Its mission in the next five to ten years is not only to be the largest brand in Africa but also be amongst the top 20 companies of the World.

Hajiya Maijidda Modibbo of the Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, spoke briefly about Dangote Rice out-grower scheme in line with President Buhari’s policy to reinvigorate the economy, saying it has gone a long way in enhancing farmers and their households.

Participants at the fair thronged Dangote Pavillion to see what Dangote has to offer. They include Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Salt, Dangote Rice, Dangote Flour, DanQ, among others.

Source: Huhuonline.com