USA Condemns Tinubu Over ‘Rig and Roast’ Threat
The United States of America has faulted threat comments by top Nigerian politicians, including the leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, ahead of the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States.
While the governorship election in Ekiti State is expected to hold on June 21, that of Osun is scheduled to hold on August 9.
It would be recalled that Tinubu had during his investiture as Chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, threatened that riggers in the elections would be roasted.
The ex-governor of Lagos State had said, “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.
“We are prepared not to go to court but to drive you out. We will not take it anymore. If you mess up in Ekiti and Osun states, you will see our reactions. For every action, there must be a reaction.”
But, the US in a statement entitled, ‘Countering the crisis of credibility’, by its Consul General, Jeff Hawkins, wondered why politicians keep making elections incredible in Nigeria. Add a comment
Breaking News: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi New Emir of Kano
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Battle Royale: Sanusi, Ciroma in Final Battle for Kano Emir Stool
Former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and first son of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Ciroma Kano, Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, are among the leading contenders for the throne, which became vacant on Friday following the monarch’s death.
Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has said that the new Emir of Kano would be announced today. Kwankwaso said this yesterday at the Government House in the state capital when the kingmakers of the Kano Emirate Council paid him a condolence visit.
“Insha Allah, by tomorrow those who are responsible to announce the new emir will do so,” the governor said yesterday. He declined to mention names of the contenders for the royal throne presented to him by the four kingmakers – Madakin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani; Sarkin Bai, Alhaji Muktari Adnan; Sarkin Dawaki mai tuta, Alhaji Bello Abubakar; and Makaman Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim.
But there were indications at the weekend that Kwankwaso might go for Sanusi, though, both the kingmakers and most influential indigenes of Kano are said to favour the Ciroma. The governor is in the opposition All Progressives Congress and Sanusi has for some time fought a running battle with the president, a member of Peoples Democratic Party.
Bayero died on Friday and was buried the same day in accordance with Islamic custom. If tradition is anything to go by, he will be succeeded by his first son, who is generally regarded as the heir apparent. But the choice is also dependent upon the kingmakers’ assessment of the heir’s suitability for the throne. They can decide to choose nominees – often three – from the ruling families whom they will present to the governor to pick one person for the traditional stool.
There are about six strong contenders for the Emir of Kano. They include three of the late emir’s sons, namely, his first son, Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero; a former journalist who graduated from Bayero University, Kano, and former pilot with the defunct Kabo Air, Aminu Ado Bayero; and the Turakin Kano, Nasiru Ado Bayero.
From the other ruling families, those vying for the royal post include the Galadima Kano, Tijani Hashim; Wamban Kano, Ajhaji Abbas Sanusi; and the former CBN governor. Add a comment
APC Know More Than They Are Saying About Chibok Girls - Femi Fani Kayode
Ever since I left Almajiri United they have been abusing me and getting their Haramite footsoldiers to attack me in the newspapers and on the social media.
If I was never of any value to them and they never trusted me why the loud lamentations, the open aggression, the anger, the bitterness and the tears simply because I have left? Cant they just leave me alone?
Out of respect for the few dear friends that I still have in the APC I have held my peace but if I am sufficiently provoked and I start on them they will be damaged beyond redemption. This is a war that they cannot possibly win.
Those that love them best advise them to leave Achilles alone because they cannot stand against him in battle. If I choose to speak out, fight back and tell the world who and what they are, what they represent, how they love to shed blood, their relationship with Boko Haram, the truth about Chibok and the role some of their leaders played in it, their islamist agenda, their links with the Middle East and the Arab world, their born to rule mentality, their desire to use the south west and later dump them, their utter disdain for southerners, the Middle Belt, the northern minorities, the moderate muslims and the christian community and so much more this country will burn.
For 38 years they enjoyed power and now they are destabilising the government, making the country ungovernable, slaughtering innocent civilians at will and abducting children just to get it back. They have also infiltrated the military and our security agencies with their moles and they have divided our army. Yet these are the people that are talking and pointing fingers at others. Add a comment
Sanusi May Emerge New Emir of Kano
The race to succeed the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, has begun.
Bayero, longest-serving emir in Kano’s history, passed on in the early hours of Friday after an undisclosed ailment.
He ascended the throne in 1963 and ruled for 50 years until his death and was buried in Kano a few hours later in accordance with Islamic rites.
Already, contenders for the throne have begun to emerge. They include the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido, who holds the traditional title of Dan-majen Kano; his uncle, Sanusi Abbas, who holds the title of Wamban Kano and Sanusi Ado Bayero, the late emir’s first son, who is the District Head of Gwale.
Others are the Galadiman Kano, Alhaji Tijjani Hashim as well as two other princes, Aminu Bayero and Nasiru Bayero.
However, kingmakers have begun a closed door meeting to pick three names out of the eligible contenders for Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to pick Bayero’s successor. Add a comment
Northern Leaders Branded Me A Taitor For Working With Jonathan — Ex-SGF Yayale
Says he went through hell
‘Why Nigeria’s budget fails’
By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmad can be described as one of Nigeria’s outstanding technocrats, who has had the rare privilege of serving at the top echelon of the nation’s political class, public service and the defence institution.
After a flourishing career with the Bauchi State Government and the Federal Civil Service, he was named the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation HoS in 2000 and was immediately announced as the Defence Minister upon completion of his tenure as the HoS in 2007.
Mahmud Yayale Ahmad
He was brought into the political power house of the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, in 2008. It was during his tenure as the SGF that the intrigue over the transfer of power from the ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to the then Vice President Goodluck Jonathan played out, leading to the adoption of the now famous ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ to salvage Nigeria from the brink.
In this interview, Yayale speaks on his role in the battle to make or not make Jonathan President, how the ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ became imperative and how northerners accused him of selling out their interest to make Jonathan President. Yayale also reminisces on why the Yar’Adua administration granted amnesty to Niger Delta militants and what Boko Haram should do in order to enjoy same pardon. Excerpts:
Looking at the way things are going in the country, are you worried, or disappointed like those who have predicted that the country will break up because of the dangerous signs that are visible?
As a patriotic Nigerian, I’m worried and disturbed. Worried not because of the fear that Nigeria may break up tomorrow but because Nigerians, who constitute Nigeria as a people, are not sincere with themselves. I am worried because certain things that are happening these days should have been avoided.
Ordinarily, Nigerians have faith in their leaders but most of the leaders do not have faith in the nation. So, what is basically wrong is that there is near complete absence of patriotism and the commitment to the nation at the leadership level. When I say leadership level, it does not mean the President or those who constitute government. I mean every leader, including myself.
I say so because ample opportunity has been given to all of us to really do something that is positive in terms of changing the fortunes of the less privileged but, over the years, we have really taken a different course of action by taking the interest of ourselves first, then others and the nation last. What I see as various happenings, especially those that will put the nation into threat or disintegration, are many but my worry does not extend to entertaining the fear that Nigeria will break soon.
Why I say this is because I have studied the various groupings in this country, past leaderships, those who knew Nigeria, know Nigeria and are passionate about Nigeria and I have not seen a situation whereby some of these critical people have started to show lack of confidence in the federation. Add a comment
Borno House of Assembly Member Sponsor of Boko Haram - Escapee Girls
The Gwoza Christian Community Association in Borno State has released details of disturbing disclosures made by six Christian girls who were abducted in 2013 by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
The girls were abducted last year from different locations in Gwoza local government area. Their statements revealed that, following their abduction, they were subjected to serial rapes by Boko Haram terrorists. In addition, they were turned into domestic slaves in various Boko Haram camps before they pulled off their daring and lucky escapes.
Istifanus Ibrahim, one of the Christians in Gwoza, disclosed that the extremist Islamist sect had many abducted girls in their camps long before their abduction of more than 200 students from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State drew international media attention and global outrage.
Below are the summaries provided by the Christian community in Gwoza from the extensive statements of the six girls who escaped from Boko Haram camps. The girls’ names and other identities have been concealed for their security and in order to protect them from stigmatization:
Captive for 12 days in Boko Haram Camp in Sambisa (15th May 2013 - 26th May 2013)
She boarded for commercial bus at Tashan Bama in Maiduguri on 15th May 2013. There were five men in the vehicle when they took off. She was the only female among them. When they reach Bama Local government around Firgi area in Borno State, some Boko Haram members with heavy weapons abducted them and they were taken to Boko haram camp in Sambisa Games Reserve.
Immediately after their arrival they slew the five men with knife in her presence. She was there in their camp for 12 days when they slew more than 50 people in her presence. Whenever they bring a hostage, they check their identity card and differentiate them base on their belief, if your Christian they killed you, if the victim happened to be Muslim they recruit them. Those who refused they slew them.
It was one faithful day on 26th may 2013 that she escaped when the insurgent distance themselves from them to service their weapons and equally trained the new recruit on how to handled guns. She was pondered on how to run when she saw how females were killed.
They told her to get ready for conversion the following morning, and fortunately God took control of the event and one young man among the captive took courage and jump into one of their cars and started it. Eventually she and other six young men entered the car and they drow off. Unfortunately the Boko Haram followed them and succeeded in killing four but she and the driver escaped. That was how they abandon the vehicle and trek for some more Kilometers to get to the main road.
Captive for 3 Months in Boko Haram at Gwoza Hills (12th May 2013 - 13th Sept 2013)
This was a girl abducted by the insurgents in early May 2013 and was in their custody for about three months before her escape in September, 2013 by the grace of God. Luckily they did not sexually abuse her as she was groomed to marry the insurgent leaders' junior brother. However, she suffered beating even at point of death to convert to Islam and forced to wear their 'hijab' as they go from one hiding came to another atop the mountain hills where they are based.
She even followed them to the attack on Gwna police station conveying the bullets they used during the attack. Her escaped gave her a new life of hope but never believed it was really true until she was taken out of Borno State.
Her parents' home and the whole village were attacked after her escape, burning all the houses and killing two people in revenge. She was later examined and found physically fine. Add a comment