Reno Omokri Speaks On Adaptation Of English Names

Former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has urged Africans, especially Nigerians, to stop bearing European names. He said;

Neither my children nor I have any European names. We all proudly have ONLY African names (Reno is Itsekiri). The attitude Africans ought to have is that neither they nor their children should bear Western or non African names since Europeans and non Africans don’t bear African names. And don’t believe the myth that they will lose opportunities due to African sounding names. America elected a man named Barack Hussein Obama. It does not get more ethnic than that. Streatham in the UK elected a Member of Parliament called Chuka Umunna”.

“also don’t be fooled by theories that Westerners will never be able to pronounce African names. Is your name more complicated than Schwarzenegger or Xiaoping? If they could pronounce those names, they can pronounce yours. If they can’t pronounce it, it is because they don’t want to!”


Transcorruption Agenda And Omokri’s Blunders!

Reno Omokri would not stop amusing Nigerians! Maybe it is the nature of the Jonathanists, to regale ignorant Nigerians with aimless cuts often  times synonymous with the poor understanding of socio-political issues around them.



In a conflicting and confusing  tirade against Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun recently, Omokri mistook Aregbesola for a ”lazy talkative” and a ”confused man suffering from verbal diarrhoea” for daring to expose former President Goodluck Jonathan as a man too incompetent and obsessively profligate, to run the affairs of a country as rich in resources as Nigeria.



Well, let me start by reiterating that, just as truth hurts, Omokri’s unceasing whimpering, almost three years after Nigerians have spoken with their thumbs has, shown that, if not properly managed, the pain of defeat could last a lifetime. Little wonder our friend has continued to caress terrible information which he knows in reality are untrue. In any case, that his ”phones no longer ring” deserves our sympathy, not an outpouring of euphoria! but, while the politrickian in him is at liberty to fantasise that Nigeria ”witnessed an era of unprecedented growth” under Jonathan, any attempt to blackmail Aregbesola for reminding Nigerians of their ill-experiences during the administration of former president will be tantamount to rewriting history.



Back to the brass tacks, Omokri’s assertion that ”calamity did not strike the Nigerian economy …  at any … time that former President Jonathan governed Nigeria” is nothing but an insult on our collective intelligence. Let it be noted that Nigerians were not ignorant of the price per barrel of crude oil during Jonathan’s era as well as how much of our commonwealth went into private pockets from whose consequences Nigeria and Nigerians are yet to fully recover. As fate would have it, militancy and terrorism added their own flavour to Nigeria’s cup of woes and it was as if the gods were angry! As things stand, our situation is likely to be compounded should world powers like China, Europe and USA make good their “threat” to fully embrace plug-in electric vehicles in the near future.



While Omokri might have forgotten that most of the states which currently appear healthy are only so on the surface, and his weak and sickly categorisation of an oil-producing state like Anambra as one that ”… has creatively come up with ways to generate revenue without taking loans or the bailout”  would without any second thought degenerate to questioning his belief in his political party. Does it mean that People’s Democratic Party (PDP), fittingly described as ‘a blind giant groping in the dark’, is in want of governors with ”producer mentality”? Well, with Anambra’s touted fortune which has all along pitched the godfather against his godson, it’s like ‘Nigerians ain’t seen anything yet!’



Patience Jonathan! Diezani Allison-Madueke! Andrew Yakubu! Femi Fani-Kayode! Ayo Fayose! Musliu Obanikoro! Bala Muhammed! Attahiru Bafarawa!  Ayo Oke! Quite frankly, Omokri’s friends should wake him up from his deep slumber on the issue of ”$25 billion scam at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation” when such a gesture still has some semblance of honour in it. Having said that, rather than strike Nigerians with shock, our friend’s puerile, 10-for-10 kobo tantrums should be a wake-up call to the electorate that it is not over until it is over! After all, the cumulative impact of the PheeDeePhee’s contribution to the decline of democracy in Nigeria was so devastating that it shouldn’t be given any opportunity of resurrecting in Nigeria again; not even in Osun!. Essentially, All Progressives Congress (APC) needs to, as a matter of urgency, upgrade its political arsenal in line with international best practices. Instructively, post-Isiaka Adeleke controversies have compelled Nigerians to tie the party’s success in future elections to its ability to prevent any internal squabbles from imploding into unmanageable conflagrations.



“The purpose of life”, according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, ”is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that” one has ”lived and lived well.” It is interesting to note that Kehinde Agboola as the man at the centre of it all has over the years discharged himself as a man of honour – always as plain as the nose on his face. As a matter of fact, our friendship dates back to our days as students and hall mates at the University of Ilorin where his candour and forthrightness eventually led him to become the president of the institution’s Student Union Government. Yours sincerely ended up serving as Editor-in-Chief in that government. Aren’t Nigerians surprised therefore that the lawmaker and Omokri belong to the same political party?



But then, why did Prophet Elijah, once credited with slaughtering prophets of Baal in their hundreds have to speak to his legs on mere threats from a woman? Well, this is where Muhammadu Buhari’s roles as president and leader of the party comes in! Frankly, the APC-led national government needs to do more, especially, in the area of strategic marketing of its policies, programmes and achievements. In my candid view, constructive engagements on how to exit the salary quagmire which has the potential to become a national embarrassment if not carefully handled ought to have been populating the space by now. Yes, the president’s”frowning at the inability of state governors to pay outstanding salaries” of their workers is right on point. However, accompanying it with a good measures of extreme caution is also important, taking into consideration the dead-and-about-to-be-buried opposition’s capacity for shameful inequities.



Again, what’s Aregbesola’s sin? Put in strict terms, it is either the Jonathanists are not well-informed about Aregbesola’s huge impact on the state’s economy or he has willfully acquired ascertain notoriety for walking where success fears to walk. For the avoidance of doubt, the governor is a confident administrator and sure carrier of hope whose achievements have propped up Nigerians’ belief in themselves.



Lastly, let Omokri be reminded that PDP-controlled states like Ekiti, Enugu, Abia, Taraba, Ebonyi and Bayelsa are also captured in this witches-and-wizards-created salary turmoil. From the foregoing, subscribing to such silliness as Aregbesola having ”tens of cars in his convoy” will always remain the exclusive preserve of ‘narrow thinkers.’ And Reno refers to my governor’s performance as ”massive failure”? Honestly, facts on ground  to the contrary!


Omokri Is Suffering From Multiple-Personality Disorder

By Kikiowo Ileowo

My attention has been drawn to the rant of one Wendell Simlin, better known as Reno Omokri, disparaging the person of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola over facts revealed by the Osun governor on how former President Goodluck Jonathan and his cronies pillaged our national resources before he was eased out by vigilant Nigerian voters.

Reno’s outburst against Ogbeni does not deserve a response and the reasons are not far-fetched. Recall Omokri in a desperate bid to justify the petro-dollar looted under his boss, or perhaps diverted to his office, had lied by taking up the now infamous Wendell pseudonym to slander the former governor of Central bank by accusing him of sponsoring the Boko Haram terrorist group. It goes without saying that, for anyone with a multiple personality disorder, nothing is off limits in their books to justify their pay; hence, the end justifies the means.

For ease of understanding, multiple personality disorder is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process which produces a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Omokri is obviously dissociated from reality; living a lie, surrounded by unseen forces, and believes in a distorted historical fact of a government he once actively participated in.

For the sake of clarity, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola whilst hosting a team of delegates from the Federal Government on the Digital Switch Over project explained how Nigeria got into this sorry state. Three indisputable facts given by the governor for the payment of modulated salary in his State are the following; economic downturn induced by brazen corruption, wanton theft of crude oil and mismanagement of the country’s resources by the Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP) led Federal Government under Goodluck Jonathan.

Has Reno forgotten so quickly that at least $20bn disappeared into thin air under his master’s watch? Lest we forget, never has Nigeria’s resources being plundered like was witnessed during the Jonathanian era. The brazen theft of cash and unprecedented looting of public funds under Goodluck Jonathan is an historical one since the entity called Nigeria was created. Obviously, Jonathan and his gang of thieves were obviously trying to outdo the colonial masters and all his predecessors combined. The Goodluck Jonathan led administration single-handedly redefined corruption in government.

Lest we forget, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala went on a borrowing spree to pay salaries of federal government workers shortly after she revealed over 400,000 barrels of crude oil was being stolen daily by government protected-plunderers, whilst her colleagues in other ministries busied themselves with thieving what was left in the treasury.

In fact, one of the notorious bandits that made up Jonathan’s cabinet was said to have chartered private jet at will to cater for her housemaid, whilst another abused her office by instructing agencies under her to purchase multi-million naira armoured vehicles for her leisure ride.

I will not belabour the issue of the ruin and destruction the Goodluck Jonathan era brought our way; however, my prayer is that may Nigeria never have to be governed by another president whose singular objective in leadership is to balkanize Nigeria.

Since Reno lacks the requisite knowledge on how governance works in Nigeria, let me take a moment to school him. Theoretically, Nigeria practices federalism. Except the Nigerian Constitution is amended, States within its domain will continue to depend on the federal government for sustenance, except for a few. Many of the resources are locked up in the hands of the federal government. Interestingly, there are 68 items in the exclusive list, with just around 30 on the concurrent list in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Osun for example has enough gold deposits, whose income can cater for a minimum of 50 years budget, is forced to go cap in hand to the federal government because the constitution acts as a major impediment to achieving our dreams as a State.

Beyond the rhetoric, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola continues to deliver on key infrastructural projects that will shape Osun’s landscape for the next 50 years. The Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration met a State in comatose, but will be leaving it come November 27, 2018 better than when he took over the reins of power. When he was sworn in, the IGR was an abysmal N300m; now, the State generates around N1bn monthly. Can things be better? Yes, and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration is working tirelessly to ensure that his Six points integral action plan is realised in order to improve the standard of living in the State of Osun.

Omokri Says President Buhari Is Aware Of Maina’s Recall

The former Special Adviser on New Media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of the reinstatement of ex-head of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the Federal civil service.

Omokri maintained that there is no way the former Pension boss was reinstated and given a “plum position” without Buhari’s approval.

In a post on his Facebook wall, the former Presidential aide insisted that both Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, “just deceived Nigerians and installed a government of the corrupt, for the corrupt and by the corrupt.”

He wrote: “Even if President Muhammadu Buhari devalued the Naira, did he also devalue your brain?

“How can you believe that Maina returned, was reinstated and given such a plum position without his say so?

“How can you believe that the EFCC did not know the address of his $2 million house before yesterday?

“The question the should be asking is this: Did the Buhari administration sacrifice Maina to the press and Nigerians to divert attention from the alleged $25 billion scam at NNPC?

“Whatever the answer, we now know that Buhari and the APC just deceived Nigerians and installed a government of the corrupt, for the corrupt and by the corrupt. Curroptocracy!”