The Official List Of TOP Ten Worst Nigerian Governors Of 2013

Despite the accolades the activities of most
Nigerian governors remain a hype, the work
of aggressive Public Relation stunt. A close
look at the work of these shrewd shaddy
politicians always reveal much more than
meets the eyes. Behind the curtain is
systematic looting and money laundering
activities going on and everyone is involved.
Despite the shameless corruption some of
these governors have done relatively well or
have been percieved to have done well.
Today we are discussing those who haven’t
done much or upto expectation, those who
don’t even know why they are governor. We
are looking at the first ten starting from 10 to
number 1.

(10) Delta State Governor: Despite the
huge revenue allocated to Delta State,
Governor Oduaghan hasn’t been able to bring
remarkable change to Delta State. When we
hear what people like Governor Rotimi
Ameachi have been able to achieve in Rivers
State, his Delta State counterpart is not
known for any serious infrastructural
development. Oduaghan became governor
like most governor. He was the cousin of the
previous governor, James Ibori, who is now
languishing in a London prison after he was
found guilty of money laundery. Oduaghan’s
government is characterised by sorrounding
himself with friends and family members and
making them rich to the detriment of the
state. He has spent almost eight years as
Delta State governor and we haven’t seen
anything remarkable yet.

(9) TA Orji of Abia State is the worst
governor in Igbo land for 2013. In Nigeria he
came as number 9. The people haven’t seen
anything like dividend of democracy and
many Abia indegenous people have
personally called to say he is the worst
governor in Nigeria. NEWISSUES categorise
him as number 9. His people expect much
from him but in the end governance to some
of these men in government is about
personal business and wealth accumulation
for themselves and their friends.

( 8 ) Kebbi State Governor Dakingari is
number 8 on the list. After talking to many
people in Kebbi State, they seem to all agree
that the man hasn’t done much. The good
thing is that the man doesn’t talk too much.

(7) FCT Minister Bala Muhammad, is the
number 7th on the list of the worst governor
in 2013. Forget the title FCT Minister, we
consider the 37th Governor of Nigeria. Bala
Muhammad is going on record as the worst
FCT Minister in the history of the FCT
Admiistration in Nigeria. The FCT Minister is
just doing anything but as those who know
him say, accumulating wealth for his
campaign for the 2015 Bauchi State Governor
election. His posters and billboards are
already all over the Bauchi State capital. He
has been accused of land racketeering. The
FCT administration is shamelessly corrupt
and nobody cares. Bala Muhammad efforts at
reforms in the transport area is the worst and
ludicrous. It is obvious that all the FCT
Minister cares about is generating revenue to
the detriment of the people. Under his nose
the FCT will demolish then later collaboarate
with the natives to sell these plots again. The
man simply lacks idea and Nigerians wonder
why he hasn’t been replaced. We heard it is
because he is a very good friend to Patience
Jonathan, the First Lady.

(6) Lamaran Yero of Kaduna state. After
Yakowa died his assistant became the
governor of Kaduna State. Governor Yero has
not been able to do anything since then. As a
young man people expect dynamic
leadership in a conflict State. Governor Yero
hasn’t shown that he is a promising leader.

(5) Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State is
number 5 worst governor on our list. Being an
old man one would think the man would do
something spectacular to leave a legacy for
his people. Nyako did nothing. He has been
busy throughout this year fighting the
president. That is more important to him than
his people.

(4) Gabriel Suswan of Benue State and
Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State. These people
have made it to number 4 of the worst
governors in Nigeria. Suswan has not been
able to pay salaries, even to primary school
teachers. In the area of development, not
much is on ground. Benue is still one of the
poorest states in Nigeria in terms of
infrastructures. Since 1999 Benue State has
been lucky with governor and Gabriel Suswan
is the worst of them all.
Isa Yuguda was once quoted as saying former
governor Muazu has done everything, so
there is no need to do anything. Muazu was
overwhelmingly voted in the first term
despite leaving the PDP to join the ANPP. He
would have lost if not for the rioting in 2011
but after the CPC rioting he won. Isa Yuguda
hasn’t done much and if in 2015 the PDP lost
to APC it wouldn’t be because of Goodluck
Jonathan hate in the North
The worst three governors in the Nigeria is
coming soon.

(3) The third worst State Governor in
Nigeria is Kogi State Governor, Idris
Wada. Since becoming governor no one can
pin point what he has done in the area of
human or infrastructural development.
Reckless, his convoy had an accident twice
within a short while, one killing his ADC and
the other killing the former ASUU boss. Wada
like his predeccessor Ibrahim have not been
able to do what Prince Abubakar Audu did in
Kogi State. Wada is the third worst governor
in Nigeria.

(2) The second worst governor in
Nigeria is Murtala Nyako. The old man
hasn’t done much in his State. One would
think as an old man, Murtala Nyako should do
something different for posterity to
remember him. Murtala Nyako is busy with
the whole PDP and APC politics, has been so
absolve in it, you will think he did something
in his state. The man is a total failure as far
as governance is concern.

(1) THE WORST GOVERNORS IN NIGERIA
FOR 2013 ARE Niger State Governor,
Babangida Aliyu and Governor Tanko Al
Makura of Nassarawa State.
Babangida Aliyu, nick name the Billboard
governor is known for displaying his billboard
all over Minna, the Niger State capital. The
governor had the billboard of him and his
daughters made when his daughters got
married some couple of months ago. We
don’t know if the billboard were with his
personal money or State Government’s
money. The road to Minna from Abuja and the
roads around Minna are some of the most
terrible roads in Nigeria. Babangida Aliyu is
one of the most noise making and unpopular
governor today in Nigeria. Nobody takes him
serious anymore in Niger State. With his
education and eloquence a lot of people
expect transformation.
Tanko Al Makura, Nassarawa State governor,
on the other hand was the only governor
under CPC before the merger. Winning under
the CPC ticket one expected him to work. One
expect him to do something with the
opportunity and to promote Muhammadu
Buhari’s ideals. Al Makura hasn’t done much.
People all over Nassarawa State are already
complaining bitterly about his government.
He has divided the people rather than bring
them together, for instance, the Imbatse
issues. The Nassarawa Youth Congress
leader, Ajen Bako, when talking to
NEWISSUES said “Nassarawa State is still
toddling.” He described Al Makura as a failure
already even before his tenure elapse.

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BREAKING NEWS: Governor Adams Oshiomole Involved In Serious Car Accident

Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole survived a
motor accident at Ewu Village along the ever-
busy Benin-Auchi road in Edo State at about
9.45am Saturday, 28th December 2013 on his
way back to Benin City from his Iyamho
Village.
The incident occurred at about 9.45am at
Ewu, in Edo Central Senatorial District, when
a Peugeot J5 Bus filled with tomatoes and
plantains apparently lost control and rammed
into the Governor’s Flag Car from the
opposite direction before swerving into a
roadside ditch.
Three vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were
in front of the Governor’s Flag Car and had
passed the Peugeot J5 Bus before it [J5 Bus]
had direct impact with the Governor’s car,
which had the Governor, his Aide-De-Camp
[ADC] and his Driver as occupants. The
Governor’s Car was badly affected but both
occupants of the Peugeot J5 Bus and that of
the Governor’s sustained no injuries.
The Peugeot J5 Bus was following a truck that
was descending the Ewu Slope when it
suddenly veered off into the Governor’s lane
from the opposite direction and directly
impacted on the Governor’s vehicle,
apparently because of brake failure. The good
story is that nobody sustained injuries in both
vehicles. The Comrade Governor is hale and
hearty, his ADC and other occupants of the
Peugeot J5 are also in good condition.
The incident has been reported to the
Divisional Police Station at Ewu for further
investigation. This is to assure all good
people of Edo State that there is no cause for
alarm. Their loving Comrade Governor is fine,
hale and hearty as well as other occupants of
the other affected vehicle. The Comrade
Governor is wishing everyone a prosperous
new year ahead.

Signed
Prince Kassim Afegbua
Special Adviser, Media & Public Affairs.

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Pope Denounces Discrimination, Violence Against Christians

Pope Francis on Thursday
(December 26) denounced
discrimination against
Christians, including in
countries where religious
freedom is in theory guaranteed
by law.
He delivered his traditional noon
prayer and address to thousands of
people in a wet and windy St.
Peter’s Square on the day the
Roman Catholic Church
commemorates St. Stephen, its first
martyr.
The 77-year-old Argentine pope
asked the crowd for a moment of
silent prayer for “Christians who are
unjustly accused and are subjected
to every type of violence”.
Francis, celebrating his first
Christmas season as pope, said
“restrictions and discrimination”
against Christians was taking place
not only in countries that do not
grant full religious freedom but also
where “on paper, freedom and
human rights are protected”.
“In a civilised world, injustice must
be denounced and eliminated,” he
said. “Mary Queen of Martyrs help
us to experience Christmas with
ardour of faith and love that shines
in St. Stephen and all the martyrs of
the Church.”
Francis did not name any countries
but the Vatican has long urged
Saudi Arabia, the site of Islam’s
holiest places, to lift a ban on
Christians worshiping in public.
This year there have been a number
of incidents of intolerance and
attacks against minority Christians
in Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Sudan,
Nigeria and other countries where
their rights are guaranteed by law.
In the past, the Vatican has also
expressed concern over what
former Pope Benedict called
“sophisticated forms of hostility”
against Christians in rich countries,
such as restricting use of religious
symbols in public places.

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BADOO, Waje, Iyanya, Phyno and others made the Headies 2013 (Full list of winners)

It’s a wrap! The Headies 2013 has come and
gone and left in its trail a mass of winners.
The event, which reached its most competitive
level this year, held yesterday, December 26, at
the Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The show was hosted by MAVIN’s Dr. Sid and
Tiwa Savage and featured categories which saw
many top artistes go head-to-head to claim the
ultimate prize.
The man of the night was rapper, Olamide, who
won 3 awards out of 7 nominations and “Sho le”
singer, Sean Tizzle won the highly coveted “Next
Rated” award.

Full list of winners below:

Best R&B Single:
Good Good Loving – Banky W

Best Rap Single:
Man of the Year – Phyno

Best Street-Hop Artiste:
Durosoke – Olamide

Best Recording Of The Year:
This Year – Jaywon

Best Collabo:
Ghost Mode – Phyno FT Olamide

Best Rap Album:
YBNL – Olamide

Hip Hop World Revelation:
Omo Baba Olowo – Davido

Lyricist On The Roll:
Let It Go – Mode 9

Producer Of The Year:
Sho Lee – Dee Tunes

Best Alternative Song:
Repete – BlackMagic

Best Pop Single:
Ihe Ne Me – 2Face

Best Vocal Performance Female:
Only You – Nikki Laoye

Best Vocal Performance Male:
Rich And Famous – Praiz

Next Rated:
Sean Tizzle

Best Reggae/DanceHall Single:
I Wish – Waje

Song Of The Year:
Limpopo – KCee

Album Of The Year:
YBNL – Olamide

Artiste Of The Year:
Iyanya

Best Music Video:
Alingo – Jude Okoye & Clarence Peters

Best R&B/Pop Album:
O.B.O – Davido

Hall Of Fame
Wasiu Ayinde The 1st

Most Downloaded Callertune
Mandela – Harrysong

Good News!!! BBM For Nokia Lumia Coming Soon!!!

You know most atimes I kept wondering why will BBM intelligently bypass window phone like Lumia to
supports Android and iPhone operating system. And I just can’t find the best answers to that question.
I was surfing the net a while ago and I discovered some group of passionate developers are already
working hard to lunch BBM for Window8 phones. BBM for windows phone 8 devices is already rumoured
and is in progress according to the report from some hidden BlackBerry’s officials.
According to the report, Nokia Lumia 520, Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 720, Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia
1020 and all Nokia and HTC devices running the Windows Phone 8 (WP8) platform will be getting the
update early from those devices running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango like Nokia Lumia 510, Lumia 610,
Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and the Lumia 900.
Well, I really hope to see this coming to pass soonest if actually they are working on it. Though BlackBerry
took a long time to confirm the BBM app for Android and iOS so its obvious that they will take some more
time to confirm the BBM app for windows phone platform.
In other words, there is hope for Nokia users. Let’s wait and see what next.

At Last! President Jonathan finally replies Obasanjo’s letter

OBJ vs GEJ

OBJ vs GEJ

President Jonathan has finally replied former
president Obasanjo’s 18-page letter where he
accused Jonathan of taking actions calculated at
destroying Nigeria. President Jonathan’s reply
below…
His Excellency,
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR
Agbe L’Oba House, Quarry Road,
Ibara, Abeokuta.
RE: Before It Is Too Late
I wish to formally acknowledge your letter dated
December 2, 2013 and other previous
correspondence similar to it.
You will recall that all the letters were brought to
me by hand. Although both of us discussed some of
the issues in those letters, I had not, before now,
seen the need for any formal reply since, to me,
they contained advice from a former President to a
serving President. Obviously, you felt differently
because in your last letter, you complained about
my not acknowledging or replying your previous
letters. Continue…
It is with the greatest possible reluctance that I now
write this reply. I am most uneasy about embarking
on this unprecedented and unconventional form of
open communication between me and a former
leader of our country because I know that there are
more acceptable and dignified means of doing so.
But I feel obliged to reply your letter for a number
of reasons: one, you formally requested for a reply
and not sending you one will be interpreted as
ignoring a former President.
Secondly, Nigerians know the role you have played
in my political life and given the unfortunate tone
of your letter, clearly, the grapes have gone sour.
Therefore, my side of the story also needs to be
told.
The third reason why I must reply you in writing is
that your letter is clearly a threat to national
security as it may deliberately or inadvertently set
the stage for subversion.
The fourth reason for this reply is that you raised
very weighty issues, and since the letter has been
made public, Nigerians are expressing legitimate
concerns. A response from me therefore, becomes
very necessary.
The fifth reason is that this letter may appear in
biographies and other books which political
commentators on Nigeria’s contemporary politics
may write. It is only proper for such publications to
include my comments on the issues raised in your
letter.
Sixthly, you are very unique in terms of the
governance of this country. You were a military
Head of State for three years and eight months,
and an elected President for eight years. That
means you have been the Head of Government of
Nigeria for about twelve years. This must have,
presumably, exposed you to a lot of information.
Thus when you make a statement, there is the
tendency for people to take it seriously.
The seventh reason is that the timing of your letter
coincided with other vicious releases. The Speaker
of the House of Representatives spoke of my “body
language” encouraging corruption. A letter written
to me by the CBN Governor alleging that NNPC,
within a period of 19 months did not remit the sum
of USD49.8 billion to the federation account, was
also deliberately leaked to the public.
The eighth reason is that it appears that your letter
was designed to incite Nigerians from other
geopolitical zones against me and also calculated
to promote ethnic disharmony. Worse still, your
letter was designed to instigate members of our
Party, the PDP, against me.
The ninth reason is that your letter conveys to me
the feeling that landmines have been laid for me.
Therefore, Nigerians need to have my response to
the issues raised before the mines explode.
The tenth and final reason why my reply is
inevitable is that you have written similar letters
and made public comments in reference to all
former Presidents and Heads of Government
starting from Alhaji Shehu Shagari and these have
instigated different actions and reactions. The
purpose and direction of your letter is distinctly
ominous, and before it is too late, my clarifications
on the issues need to be placed on record.
Let me now comment on the issues you raised. In
commenting I wish to crave your indulgence to
compare what is happening now to what took place
before. This, I believe, will enable Nigerians see
things in better perspective because we must know
where we are coming from so as to appreciate
where we now are, and to allow us clearly map out
where we are going.
You raised concerns about the security situation in
the country. I assure you that I am fully aware of
the responsibility of government for ensuring the
security of the lives and property of citizens. My
Administration is working assiduously to overcome
current national security challenges, the seeds of
which were sown under previous administrations.
There have been some setbacks; but certainly
there have also been great successes in our efforts
to overcome terrorism and insurgency.
Those who continue to down-play our successes in
this regard, amongst whom you must now be
numbered, appear to have conveniently forgotten
the depths to which security in our country had
plunged before now.
At a stage, almost the entire North-East of Nigeria
was under siege by insurgents. Bombings of
churches and public buildings in the North and the
federal capital became an almost weekly
occurrence. Our entire national security apparatus
seemed nonplussed and unable to come to grips
with the new threat posed by the berthing of
terrorism on our shores.
But my administration has since brought that very
unacceptable situation under significant control.
We have overhauled our entire national security
architecture, improved intelligence gathering,
training, funding, logistical support to our armed
forces and security agencies, and security
collaboration with friendly countries with very
visible and positive results.
The scope and impact of terrorist operations have
been significantly reduced and efforts are
underway to restore full normalcy to the most
affected North Eastern region and initiate a post-
crisis development agenda, including a special
intervention programme to boost the region’s
socio-economic progress.
In doing all this, we have kept our doors open for
dialogue with the insurgents and their supporters
through efforts such as the work of the Presidential
Committee on Dialogue and the Peaceful
Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North-
East. You also know that the Governor of Borno
State provided the items you mentioned to me as
carrots. Having done all this and more, it is
interesting that you still accuse me of not acting on
your hardly original recommendation that the
carrot and stick option be deployed to solve the
Boko Haram problem.
Your suggestion that we are pursuing a “war
against violence without understanding the root
causes of the violence and applying solutions to
deal with all the underlying factors” is definitely
misplaced because from the onset of this
administration, we have been implementing a
multifaceted strategy against militancy, insurgency
and terrorism that includes poverty alleviation,
economic development, education and social
reforms.
Even though basic education is the constitutional
responsibility of States, my administration has, as
part of its efforts to address ignorance and poor
education which have been identified as two of the
factors responsible for making some of our youth
easily available for use as cannon fodder by
insurgents and terrorists, committed huge funds to
the provision of modern basic education schools for
the Almajiri in several Northern States. The Federal
Government under my leadership has also set up
nine additional universities in the Northern States
and three in the Southern States in keeping with
my belief that proper education is the surest way of
emancipating and empowering our people.
More uncharitable persons may even see a touch of
sanctimoniousness in your new belief in the carrot
and stick approach to overcoming militancy and
insurgency. You have always referred to how you
hit Odi in Bayelsa State to curb militancy in the
Niger Delta. If the invasion of Odi by the Army was
the stick, I did not see the corresponding carrot. I
was the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State then,
and as I have always told you, the invasion of Odi
did not solve any militancy problem but, to some
extent, escalated it. If it had solved it, late
President Yar’Adua would not have had to come up
with the amnesty program. And while some
elements of the problem may still be there, in
general, the situation is reasonably better.
In terms of general insecurity in the country and
particularly the crisis in the Niger Delta, 2007 was
one of the worst periods in our history. You will
recall three incidents that happened in 2007 which
seemed to have been orchestrated to achieve
sinister objectives. Here in Abuja, a petrol tanker
loaded with explosives was to be rammed into the
INEC building. But luckily for the country, an
electric pole stopped the tanker from hitting the
INEC building. It is clear that this incident was
meant to exploit the general sense of insecurity in
the nation at the time to achieve the aim of
stopping the 2007 elections. It is instructive that
you, on a number of occasions, alluded to this fact.
When that incident failed, an armed group invaded
Yenagoa one evening with the intent to assassinate
me. Luckily for me, they could not. They again
attacked and bombed my country home on a night
when I was expected in the village. Fortunately, as
God would have it, I did not make the trip.
I recall that immediately after both incidents, I got
calls expressing the concern of Abuja. But Baba,
you know that despite the apparent concern of
Abuja, no single arrest was ever made. I was then
the Governor of Bayelsa State and the PDP Vice-
Presidential candidate. The security people
ordinarily should have unraveled the assassination
attempt on me.
You also raised the issues of kidnapping, piracy and
armed robbery. These are issues all Nigerians,
including me are very concerned about. While we
will continue to do our utmost best to reduce all
forms of criminality to the barest minimum in our
country, it is just as well to remind you that the
first major case of kidnapping for ransom took
place around 2006. And the Boko Haram crisis
dates back to 2002. Goodluck Jonathan was not the
President of the country then. Also, armed robbery
started in this country immediately after the civil
war and since then, it has been a problem to all
succeeding governments. For a former Head of
Government, who should know better, to present
these problems as if they were creations of the
Jonathan Administration is most uncharitable.
Having said that, let me remind you of some of the
things we have done to curb violent crime in the
country. We have reorganized the Nigerian Police
Force and appointed a more dynamic leadership to
oversee its affairs. We have also improved its
manpower levels as well as funding, training and
logistical support.
We have also increased the surveillance
capabilities of the Police and provided its air-wing
with thrice the number of helicopters it had before
the inception of the present administration. The
National Civil Defence and Security Corps has been
armed to make it a much more effective ally of the
police and other security agencies in the war
against violent crime. At both domestic and
international levels, we are doing everything
possible to curb the proliferation of the small arms
and light weapons with which armed robberies,
kidnappings and piracy are perpetrated. We have
also enhanced security at our borders to curb cross-
border crimes.
We are aggressively addressing the challenge of
crude oil theft in collaboration with the state
Governors. In addition, the Federal Government has
engaged the British and US governments for their
support in the tracking of the proceeds from the
purchase of stolen crude. Similarly, a regional Gulf
of Guinea security strategy has been initiated to
curb crude oil theft and piracy.
Perhaps the most invidious accusation in your
letter is the allegation that I have placed over one
thousand Nigerians on a political watch list, and
that I am training snipers and other militia to
assassinate people. Baba, I don’t know where you
got that from but you do me grave injustice in not
only lending credence to such baseless rumours,
but also publicizing it. You mentioned God
seventeen times in your letter. Can you as a
Christian hold the Bible and say that you truly
believe this allegation?
The allegation of training snipers to assassinate
political opponents is particularly incomprehensible
to me. Since I started my political career as a
Deputy Governor, I have never been associated
with any form of political violence. I have been a
President for over three years now, with a lot of
challenges and opposition mainly from the high
and mighty. There have certainly been cases of
political assassination since the advent of our
Fourth Republic, but as you well know, none of
them occurred under my leadership.
Regarding the over one thousand people you say
are on a political watch list, I urge you to kindly tell
Nigerians who they are and what agencies of
government are “watching” them. Your allegation
that I am using security operatives to harass
people is also baseless. Nigerians are waiting for
your evidence of proof. That was an accusation
made against previous administrations, including
yours, but it is certainly not my style and will never
be. Again, if you insist on the spurious claim that
some of your relatives and friends are being
harassed, I urge you to name them and tell
Nigerians what agencies of my administration are
harassing them.
I also find it difficult to believe that you will accuse
me of assisting murderers, or assigning a
presidential delegation to welcome a murderer.
This is a most unconscionable and untrue
allegation. It is incumbent on me to remind you
that I am fully conscious of the dictates of my
responsibilities to God and our dear nation. It is my
hope that devious elements will not take
advantage of your baseless allegation to engage in
brazen and wanton assassination of high profile
politicians as before, hiding under the alibi your
“open letter” has provided for them.
Nevertheless, I have directed the security agencies
and requested the National Human Rights
Commission to carry out a thorough investigation
of these criminal allegations and make their
findings public.
That corruption is an issue in Nigeria is
indisputable. It has been with us for many years.
You will recall that your kinsman, the renowned
afro-beat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti famously
sang about it during your first stint as Head of
State. Sonny Okosun also sang about corruption.
And as you may recall, a number of Army Generals
were to be retired because of corruption before the
Dimka coup. Also, the late General Murtala
Mohammed himself wanted to retire some top
people in his cabinet on corruption-related issues
before he was assassinated. Even in this Fourth
Republic, the Siemens and Halliburton scandals are
well known.
The seed of corruption in this country was planted a
long time ago, but we are doing all that we can to
drastically reduce its debilitating effects on
national development and progress. I have been
strengthening the institutions established to fight
corruption. I will not shield any government official
or private individual involved in corruption, but I
must follow due process in all that I do. And
whenever clear cases of corruption or fraud have
been established, my administration has always
taken prompt action in keeping with the dictates of
extant laws and procedures. You cannot claim to be
unaware of the fact that several highly placed
persons in our country, including sons of some of
our party leaders are currently facing trial for their
involvement in the celebrated subsidy scam affair.
I can hardly be blamed if the wheels of justice still
grind very slowly in our country, but we are doing
our best to support and encourage the judiciary to
quicken the pace of adjudication in cases of
corruption.
Baba, I am amazed that with all the knowledge
garnered from your many years at the highest level
of governance in our country, you could still believe
the spurious allegation contained in a letter written
to me by the Governor of the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN), and surreptitiously obtained by you,
alleging that USD49.8 billion, a sum equal to our
entire national budget for two years, is
“unaccounted for” by the NNPC. Since, as
President, you also served for many years as
Minister of Petroleum Resources, you very well
know the workings of the corporation. It is
therefore intriguing that you have made such an
assertion. You made a lot of insinuations about oil
theft, shady dealings at the NNPC and the NNPC
not remitting the full proceeds of oil sales to the of
CBN. Now that the main source of the allegations
which you rehashed has publicly stated that he was
“misconstrued”, perhaps you will find it in your
heart to apologize for misleading unwary Nigerians
and impugning the integrity of my administration
on that score.
Your claim of “Atlantic Oil loading about 130, 000
barrels sold by Shell and managed on behalf of
NPDC with no sale proceeds paid into the NPDC
account” is also disjointed and baseless because
no such arrangement as you described exists
between Atlantic Oil and the Nigeria Petroleum
Development Company. NPDC currently produces
about 138, 000 barrels of oil per day from over 7
producing assets. The Crude Oil Marketing Division
(COMD) of the NNPC markets all of this production
on behalf of NPDC with proceeds paid into NPDC
account.
I am really shocked that with all avenues open to
you as a former Head of State for the verification of
any information you have received about state
affairs, you chose to go public with allegations of
“high corruption” without offering a shred of
supporting evidence. One of your political “sons”
similarly alleged recently that he told me of a
minister who received a bribe of $250 Million from
an oil company and I did nothing about it. He may
have been playing from a shared script, but we
have not heard from him again since he was
challenged to name the minister involved and
provide the evidence to back his claim. I urge
you, in the same vein, to furnish me with the
names, facts and figures of a single verifiable case
of the “high corruption” which you say stinks all
around my administration and see whether the
corrective action you advocate does not follow
promptly. And while you are at it, you may also
wish to tell Nigerians the true story of questionable
waivers of signature bonuses between 2000 and
2007.
While, by the Grace of God Almighty, I am the first
President from a minority group, I am never
unmindful of the fact that I was elected leader of
the whole of Nigeria and I have always acted in the
best interest of all Nigerians. You referred to the
divisive actions and inflammatory utterances of
some individuals from the South-South and
asserted that I have done nothing to call them to
order or distance myself from their ethnic
chauvinism. Again that is very untrue. I am as
committed to the unity of this country as any
patriot can be and I have publicly declared on many
occasions that no person who threatens other
Nigerians or parts of the country is acting on my
behalf.
It is very regrettable that in your letter, you seem
to place sole responsibility for the ongoing
intrigues and tensions in the PDP at my doorstep,
and going on from that position, you direct all your
appeals for a resolution at me. Baba, let us all be
truthful to ourselves, God and posterity. At the
heart of all the current troubles in our party and the
larger polity is the unbridled jostling and
positioning for personal or group advantage ahead
of the 2015 general elections. The “bitterness,
anger, mistrust, fear and deep suspicion” you wrote
about all flow from this singular factor.
It is indeed very unfortunate that the seeming crisis
in the party was instigated by a few senior
members of the party, including you. But, as leader
of the party, I will continue to do my best to unite it
so that we can move forward with strength and
unity of purpose. The PDP has always recovered
from previous crises with renewed vigour and
vitality. I am very optimistic that that will be the
case again this time. The PDP will overcome any
temporary setback, remain a strong party and even
grow stronger.
Instigating people to cause problems and
disaffection within the party is something that you
are certainly familiar with. You will recall that
founding fathers of the Party were frustrated out of
the Party at a time. Late Chief Sunday Awoniyi was
pushed out, Late Chief Solomon Lar left and later
came back, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Chief Tom Ikimi
also left. Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo left and later
came back. In 2005/2006, link-men were sent to
take over party structures from PDP Governors in
an unveiled attempt to undermine the state
governors. In spite of that, the Governors did not
leave the Party because nobody instigated and
encouraged them to do so.
The charge that I was involved in anti-party
activities in governorship elections in Edo, Ondo,
Lagos, and Anambra States is also very
unfortunate. I relate with all Governors irrespective
of political party affiliation but I have not worked
against the interest of the PDP. What I have not
done is to influence the electoral process to favour
our Party. You were definitely never so inclined,
since you openly boasted in your letter of how you
supported Alhaji Shehu Shagari against Chief
Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and
others in the 1979 presidential elections while
serving as a military Head of State. You and I
clearly differ in this regard, because as the
President of Nigeria, I believe it is my duty and
responsibility to create a level playing field for all
parties and all candidates.
Recalling how the PDP lost in states where we were
very strong in 2003 and 2007 such as Edo, Ondo,
Imo, Bauchi, Anambra, and Borno, longstanding
members of our great party with good memory will
also consider the charge of anti-party activities you
made against me as misdirected and hugely
hypocritical. It certainly was not Goodluck
Jonathan’s “personal ambition or selfish interest”
that caused the PDP to lose the governorship of
Ogun State and all its senatorial seats in the last
general elections.
You quoted me as saying that I have not told
anybody that I will seek another term in office in
2015. You and your ambitious acolytes within the
party have clearly decided to act on your
conclusion that “only a fool will believe that
statement” and embark on a virulent campaign to
harass me out of an undeclared candidature for the
2015 presidential elections so as to pave the way
for a successor anointed by you.
You will recall that you serially advised me that we
should refrain from discussing the 2015 general
elections for now so as not to distract elected
public officials from urgent task of governance.
While you have apparently moved away from that
position, I am still of the considered opinion that it
would have been best for us to do all that is
necessary to refrain from heating up the polity at
this time. Accordingly, I have already informed
Nigerians that I will only speak on whether or not I
will seek a second term when it is time for such
declarations. Your claims about discussions I had
with you, Governor Gabriel Suswam and others are
wrong, but in keeping with my declared stance, I
will reserve further comments until the appropriate
time.
Your allegation that I asked half a dozen African
Presidents to speak to you about my alleged
ambition for 2015, is also untrue. I have never
requested any African President to discuss with you
on my behalf. In our discussion, I mentioned to you
that four Presidents told me that they were
concerned about the political situation in Nigeria
and intended to talk to you about it. So far, only
three of them have confirmed to me that they have
had any discussion with you. If I made such a
request, why would I deny it?
The issue of Buruji Kashamu is one of those lies
that should not be associated with a former
President. The allegation that I am imposing
Kashamu on the South-West is most unfortunate
and regrettable. I do not even impose Party
officials in my home state of Bayelsa and there is
no zone in this country where I have imposed
officials. So why would I do so in the South West?
Baba, in the light of Buruji’s detailed public
response to your “open letter”, it will be charitable
for you to render an apology to Nigerians and I.
On the issue of investors being scared to come to
Nigeria, economic dormancy, and stagnation, I will
just refer you to FDI statistics from 2000 to 2013.
Within the last three years, Nigeria has emerged as
the preferred destination for investments in Africa,
driven by successful government policies to attract
foreign investors. For the second year running, the
United Nations Conference on Trade and
Investments (UNCTAD) has ranked Nigeria as the
number one destination for investments in Africa,
and as having the fourth highest returns in the
world.
Today, Nigeria is holding 18 percent of all foreign
investments in Africa and 60 percent of all foreign
investments in the ECOWAS Sub-Region. Kindly
note also that in the seven years between 2000 and
2007 when you were President, Nigeria attracted a
total of $24.9 Billion in FDI. As a result of our
efforts which you disparage, the country has seen
an FDI inflow of $25.7 Billion in just three years
which is more than double the FDI that has gone to
the second highest African destination. We have
also maintained an annual national economic
growth rate of close to seven per cent since the
inception of this administration. What then, is the
justification for your allegation of scared investors
and economic dormancy?
Although it was not emphasized in your letter of
December 2, 2013, you also conveyed, in previous
correspondence, the impression that you were
ignorant of the very notable achievements of my
administration in the area of foreign relations. It is
on record that under my leadership, Nigeria has
played a key role in resolving the conflicts in Niger,
Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea Bissau and others.
The unproductive rivalry that existed between
Nigeria and some ECOWAS countries has also been
ended under my watch and Nigeria now has better
relations with all the ECOWAS countries. At the
African Union, we now have a Commissioner at the
AU Commission after being without one for so long.
We were in the United Nations Security Council for
the 2010/2011 Session and we have been voted in
again for the 2014/2015 Session. From
independence to 2010, we were in the U.N. Security
Council only three times but from 2010 to 2015, we
will be there two times.
This did not happen by chance. My Administration
worked hard for it and we continue to maintain the
best possible relations with all centres of global
political and economic power. I find it hard
therefore, to believe your assertions of untoward
concern in the international community over the
state of governance in Nigeria
With respect to the Brass and Olokola LNG projects,
you may have forgotten that though you started
these projects, Final Investment Decisions were
never reached. For your information, NNPC has not
withdrawn from either the Olokola or the Brass LNG
projects.
On the Rivers State Water Project, you were misled
by your informant. The Federal Government under
my watch has never directed or instructed the
Africa Development Bank to put on hold any
project to be executed in Rivers state or any other
State within the Federation. The Rivers Water
Project was not originally in the borrowing plan but
it was included in April 2013 and appraised in May.
Negotiations are ongoing with the AfDB. I have no
doubt that you are familiar with the entire process
that prefaces the signing of a Subsidiary Loan
Agreement as in this instance.
Let me assure you and all Nigerians that I do not
engage in negative political actions and will never,
as President, oppress the people of a State or
deprive them of much needed public services as a
result of political disagreement
I have noted your comments on the proposed
National Conference. Contrary to the insinuation in
your letter, the proposed conference is aimed at
bringing Nigerians together to resolve contentious
national issues in a formal setting. This is a sure
way of promoting greater national consensus and
unity, and not a recipe for “disunity, confusion and
chaos” as you alleged in your letter.
Having twice held the high office of President,
Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria, I trust that you will
understand that I cannot possibly find the time to
offer a line-by-line response to all the accusations
and allegations made in your letter while dealing
with other pressing demands of office and more
urgent affairs of state.
I have tried, however, to respond to only the most
serious of the charges which question my sincerity,
personal honour, and commitment to the oath
which I have sworn, to always uphold and protect
the interests of all Nigerians, and promote their
well-being.
In closing, let me state that you have done me
grave injustice with your public letter in which you
wrongfully accused me of deceit, deception,
dishonesty, incompetence, clannishness,
divisiveness and insincerity, amongst other ills.
I have not, myself, ever claimed to be all-knowing
or infallible, but I have never taken Nigeria or
Nigerians for granted as you implied, and I will
continue to do my utmost to steer our ship of state
towards the brighter future to which we all aspire.
Please accept the assurances of my highest
consideration and warm regards.

GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN

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Cultists Kill Sociology Senior Lecturer In OOU, Ogun State

Tragedy struck, yesterday, at the Olabisi Onabanjo
University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, in Ijebu North area
of OgunState when a lecturer, Dr Segun Onabanjo,
was shot dead by suspected cultists.
Onabanjo who until his death was a senior lecturer
at the Department of Sociology in the university,
was said to have been killed by the assailants who
stormed his residence in Odomolasa area of Ilese-
Ijebu and broke into his home at about 1:00 a.m.
We gathered that while his assailants were
attempting to break into his house, he was
reportedly shouting “e bami gbe ibon mi (kindly
bring me my gun)” to his kids and relatives in an
attempt to scare away the armed men.
The gunmen eventually, in the wee hours, shot the
lecturer dead and carted away some personal
items.
It was learnt that the body of the deceased had
been desposited at the mortuary.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa
Adejobi, confirmed the killing, saying the command
was on the trail of the suspected killers who
escaped through a nearby bush and would do
everything possible to bring them to justice.
The police spokesman said some of the suspects
sustained injuries in the gun duel and urged
members of the public to promptly report anybody
found with bullet wounds to security agents.
“The incident was quite unfortunate. The police
command is seriously investigating this case and
the suspects would be brought to justice. We are
already working on some leads; the police combed
the area and found blood stains at the back of the
house of the lecturer. The police traced the blood
and hopefully, it will help in this case,” he said.
Adejobi appealed to residents to be careful in
handling such crime situation, saying they should
be wary of showing off even if they have firearms.
He called on medical doctors in the state to alert
the command in case they notice anyone with gun
wounds in their hospitals.

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Aftermath of ASUU Strike: UniJos Students Appeal To Landlords To forgo/Splash Rent

Following the suspension of the over five months
old strike by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), the University of Jos
Student Union Government (SUG), has appealed to
landlords of students of the institution to collect
only 50 percent of rent owed by students
during the strike. The appeal was made through its
President, Ajik Magaji, in a chat with African
Examiner on Wednesday in Jos.
The students appeal came after ASUU suspended
its over five months old strike which they
embarked on July 1, 2013.
The University lecturers’ industrial action was to
compel the Federal Government to implement the
2009 agreement it entered into with the
union. The SUG President said, the passionate
appeal if heeded by the landlords would assist the
students in no small measure in their academic
pursuit.
According to him, “We are appealing to the
landlords on compassionate ground not as right
owing to the fact that none of us was prepared for
the strike.
“Students staying off campus stayed away from
their accommodation for six months, we are
appealing to landlords to help them and collect 50
per cent of the rent.
“The strike is six months, let them collect three
months from the students for the period,’’ he
appealed.

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OMG!!! Nigeria Top Comic actor, Saka TURNED DOWN PRESIDENT JONATHAN’S APPOINTMENT

Hafiz Oyetoro also known as Simply Saka has
turned down the appointment given to him by his
excellence, President Goodluck Jonathan of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria as one of his ministers.
The disappointment to Mr president seems to be
the hottest in town as several comments begins to
come up on the social networks from different
angle.
Saka is said not to be happy with Mr President
because he has not improved the lives of many
Nigerians who really needed the help, but rather
than helping the needs, Nigerian government is
adding to those who are absolutely living better.
Though, this act is very rare in this nation.
According to Saka’s tweet on his twitter account
last September 14th “please ignore any rumour of
me being made a minister. Yes, president GEJ
called me and I declined for personal reasons”. This
tweet was retweeted by a Lagos based stand up
comedian, Omobaba that same day.