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$1.2b Debt: Banks threaten to sue Etisalat’s Core Investor

 
The 13 banks that raised $1.2billion loan for mobile operator Etisalat Nigeria may press criminal charges against directors of Mubadala Development Company of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This is the latest option the banks are considering to recover the outstanding part of the facility.
It was gathered that the banks held a meeting at the weekend to consider engaging a London-based counsel to assemble a team of lawyers to press charges against Directors of Mubadala for abdicating their contractual obligations.
A source close to the meeting said the banks explored the legal option to save Etisalat Nigeria which they still see as a viable business. They are also said to be interested in ensuring the continuity of Etisalat Nigeria.
The source said: “The banks have a different position now. The first thing considered at the meeting is the legal option to compel Mubadala through a Mareva injunction to honour its obligations to the consortium. This is because other than this loan crisis, Etisalat is a viable business. The banks have access to theirs books and they can see that despite the crisis, Etisalat’s business value has not diminished. That is why the banks took that position that they are not interested in a takeover of the business. They are in fact more sympathetic to the Nigerian investors led by Hakeem Belo-Osagie and are willing to work with him to steady the ship and keep Etisalat business going while searching for new investors.”
The source said the lenders also felt that there was no need dissipating needless time and energy on the option of hostile takeover considering that the law is sacrosanct on that. “They realised the licence is not transferrable. So, they alternatively opted to pursue Mubadala for a recovery of the outstanding sum of money from the loan. The banks are said to be convinced of this option considering what they perceived to have been a trend with Mubadala. In each of the country where Mubadala had exited, it left behind burdens of unpaid loans,” the source added.
Another source close to one of the lenders who corroborated the development, said: “The banks rose from their weekend meeting with a strong resolve that Mubadala may have tried this trick with the wrong customers this time around. Yes, I can confirm they will press charges.
A leading Investment Analyst who works as External Consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), speaking on condition of anonymity, has advocated a stronger involvement of the Federal Government at the diplomatic, economic and trade relations levels as options to save Etisalat Nigeria.
According to him, government needs to reach out to the Abu Dhabi government to rein in the Directors of Mubadala and compel them to respect a contractual loan obligation they entered into in Nigeria with the consortium of banks. At the economic level, the government must provide all necessary support under its “Ease of Doing Business” policy to new investors the Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services’ team led by Hakeem Belo-Osagie may be reaching out to. Key members of the nation’s Economic Management team such as the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Minister of Finance and the Central Bank Governor can be directed to join the NCC to provide all necessary concessions to enable the new investors make their decision and settle in quickly,” he counseled.
“The second leg of the proposed economic intervention is for the government to direct the Sovereign Wealth Fund to invest in Etisalat considering its continued viability as a business. Telecom is a critical national infrastructure that represents the backbone of business, economic development and even national security. The intervention of the Sovereign Wealth Fund will not only preserve the jobs of thousands of Nigerians directly employed by Etisalat Nigeria but that of scores of other Nigerians indirectly employed in the entire value chain of the Etisalat business,” he said.

Police arrest soldier gang member of notorious kidnapper

The last has not been heard about billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, as a military personnel, who is a member of the gang has been arrested by the Nigeria Police High Command in Abuja.

The arrest of the serving Army Lance Corporal, Victor Chukwunonso, is giving the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris reasons to rejoice.

Chukwunonso, with Nigerian Army No: 09/NA/64/6317, until his arrest, was attached to Nigeria Army Band Corps, Abatti Barracks, Surulere Lagos. He is a native of Onitsha, Anambra State.

The source, which is very close to the IGP, revealed that the Police would not arraign Evans in a hurry, as his revelations would assist the force in busting kidnap gangs in the country.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Dasuki Galadanchi, who addressed newsmen, Saturday, said more suspects have been arrested in connection with Evans and his gang.

Although Galadanchi failed to disclose the identity of the arrested suspects, the story of the fresh arrest trended on social media platforms and within the Nigeria Police community.

According the situation of the Police, “Corporal Victor confessed to have followed Evans for kidnapping in Lagos State three times, where he got N2m, N1.5m and N3m respectively as his share. Serious efforts to arrest remaining gang members are in progress.”

Kidnappers send threat letter to another Lagos school

 

There is palpable fear at the Lagos State Model College, Kankon, Badagry, as kidnappers have threatened to abduct some pupils and staff members of the school.

It was learnt that the kidnappers sent two letters of the same content to the junior and senior sections of the college respectively.

This is just as the daughter of a councillorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Odi Olowo Local Council Development Association, Ilupeju, Bode Adeosun, was reportedly abducted.

It was gathered on Wednesday that that the letters sent to Kankon were posted on the corridors leading to the offices of the two principals.

In the letters sighted by our correspondent, the kidnappers claimed responsibility for the abduction of six pupils of the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who had spent 28 days in captivity.

They vowed to abduct six pupils from Kankon, as well as the two principals of the college, boasting that nothing could stop them.

A copy of the letters read, “Kidnappers are visiting the school the same way we did at Igbonla, Epe. We are going to capture three pupils from senior school and three from junior school. We are kidnapping both principals.

“We are coming in two days’ time. No security put in place will stop us from gaining entry and fulfilling our mission as stated in this letter. Be expecting us!”

Our correspondent learnt that the letters were sent to the college about two weeks ago, while the security agencies and the state government were alerted.

Policemen and soldiers were said to have been deployed in the school.

However, when the ultimatum given by the suspects elapsed, the security presence around the school reportedly reduced, which caused panic.

Some parents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they had initially wanted to keep the threat secret, but decided otherwise due to the reduction in the number of operatives manning the school.

One of the parents said he had visited his ailing son, who is in Junior Secondary School, on Saturday, June 10, when he saw one of the letters.

“As I was passing by the principal’s office, I saw a notice and stopped to read it. I was shocked when I read the content. The principal was not around at that time, but I alerted some staff members present.

“I informed the Parents Forum Association chairman, who contacted the school authorities. The government and security agencies had also been informed.

“A large number of policemen and soldiers were initially deployed in the school. There were also security vans patrolling the school surroundings.

“But when I went back four days after, the number of security men had reduced considerably. I saw only two policemen at the school gate.”

Another parent said he was at the school on Wednesday (yesterday) to assess the security situation, but was disappointed, urging the government to take the threat seriously.

He also lamented that the school fence was very low while there were bushes at the back of the premises, which could be exploited by the hoodlums.

He said, “Part of the bushes had been cleared upon the threat, but there are still a lot to be done. The school fence needs to be raised. There should be light around the fence for safety at night.”

A parent called for massive security around the school, saying some insiders could be aiding the hoodlums.

“There is a Nigerian Air Force base near the school; the threat should not be taken for granted,” she added.

The PFA Chairman, Mr. Wale Alo, said the case was reported at the Akpa Police Post and Area K Command, Badagry.

He said, “We have been trying to beef up security. The state government sent policemen and military personnel. The school also employed some vigilantes to secure the school, especially at night. I learnt that the deputy governor is aware. Although the handwriting on the letters looks like that of a child, the content is beyond any pupil’s reasoning. The school is a little bit far from the waterside, but we must not leave anything to chance.”

A member of staff of the college, who begged not to be named, said security was required in the school.

He said, “It was the junior school that got the letter first. After three days, the same letter was dropped at the senior school. The school employed local vigilantes after the letter was received. They left after some days, saying the government did not appreciate their effort. They said if anything happened to them in the course of protecting the school, they could be abandoned.

“These vigilantes are the ones really doing the work. In the middle of the night, they were around the hostels, hiding in the bush. Presently, two policemen are on duty per shift. Once it is 11pm, they go to sleep. However, five policemen patrol the road leading to the school every day.”

The school authorities, however, described the letters as a rumour.

One of the two principals, Mr. Sunday Fadaunsi, said, “We regard the letters as a rumour. Parents and pupils have been circulating it, but nobody can come up with any letter.”

When asked about the security measures put in place in the school, he said, “the deputy governor is handling that.”

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the government was aware of the letter, adding that the security of the school, pupils and staff was guaranteed.

He said, “We are aware and the security agencies are on high alert and alive to their responsibility. Whether it is a threat or a prank, the Lagos State Government will not yield any of its schools or pupils to the evil machinations of kidnappers. We shall secure our schools and every pupil and tutor. The police and other security agencies are up to the task. This is an assurance to the Model College, Kankon, and the general public.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the police had beefed up security in the school and other colleges in the coastal areas of the state.

“There is intelligence report that these people (kidnappers) may perpetrate criminal acts at model colleges. The police are using proactive measures to fortify the schools, including Kankon, to prevent what happened in model college, Igbonla.

“The Area Commander, Area K, said there is an adequate police presence at the school and there was no cause for alarm.”

Meanwhile, the APC councillorship candidate’s daughter, Bukola Adeosun, was allegedly kidnapped around 9pm on Tuesday while she was sent on an errand to Shilon Street, Ilupeju, with her younger sister.

Her father, Bode, said the abductors contacted him around 1.30am on Wednesday with a hidden number.

He said “ Bukola, was sent on an errand with her younger sister, but only the little sister came back.

“Around 1.39 am, we got a call from the kidnappers confirming that Bukola is in their custody.

“I believe the kidnap of my daughter has some political undertone since local council election is coming up next week.”

The state PPRO said a case of missing person was reported to the police.

He said, “The family said she went to buy fish around 10pm, but she didn’t return. We are investigating. She is an adult.”

The PINCH

Governors insist Nigeria won’t break up

The 36 state governors, on Wednesday, said they had resolved that they would not allow Nigeria to break up, stating that those fanning the embers of war were wasting their time.

The governors spoke after their meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in continuation of Osinbajo’s consultations on the recent tension in the country as a result of several agitations.

Oyo State Governor, Abiola, Ajimobi, who spoke on behalf of the other governors, said the governors and other stakeholders had agreed that despite the agitations being witnessed in parts of the country, Nigeria must not break.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting, Osinbajo stated that any Nigerians expecting the country to break was only wasting his time.

“The message is for Nigerians to work more together and collaborate. We have more to gain when we are united.

“We cannot afford to break, and anybody that is thinking of that, is wasting his time, and we will not allow it, not in this country. All of us are unanimous about that,” he added.

He said the governors resolved that the unity of the country “is sacrosanct, non-negotiable and we have all agreed to work together to educate people.”

Ajimobi added, “Any time you have agitation, usually, there will be poverty; there will be unemployment; there will be hardship. So, we should address fundamentally these areas of poverty, unemployment and hardship.

“Nigerians are by nature a united people; nobody cares whether you are from the north, south or the east.”

The governor also warned against the consequences of war, urging Nigerians to learn from Rwanda and Somalia.

Osinbajo had appealed to the governors to always be ready to speak up against statements from individuals or groups capable of setting the nation on fire.

He said they must be ready to protect the nation and its democracy from the hands of those who were bent on dividing the country.

He spoke before the meeting, which was held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, went into a closed-door session.

He stated, “We must not allow the careless use of words, careless expressions that may degenerate into crisis.

“We are a people that like to talk and we express ourselves loudly but it is expected for us to recognise that it is those same words that can cause conflagration; that can unfortunately lead to calamity. We must be careful on how we express ourselves.

“What we have seen in recent times is that some of the languages (words) used have tended to degenerate badly and I think that we must begin to speak up against some of these things and ensure that we protect our democracy and our nation from the hands of rhetoric that may just divide us.

Osinbajo, who had earlier met separately with leaders of thought and traditional rulers from both the North and the South-East, said those who participated in the previous consultations agreed that Nigeria’s unity should not be taken for granted.

He said nobody wanted the nation to witness bloodshed or war.

While describing the previous meetings as frank and open, Osinbajo said they were able to agree on most of the critical issues that were discussed, and in most cases, changed perceptions that might have been long embedded in their minds.

He added that the participants also agreed that under no circumstances should hateful speeches be condoned and that government should take all steps necessary to bring to book all those who preached violence.

The acting President stated that they also agreed that government needed to do more to engage youths productively, create some jobs and multiply the economic opportunities available.

Osinbajo added, “More importantly, we agreed on the need for leaders to speak out forcefully to counter divisive speech or any kind of warmongering.

“We agreed that leaders, at all levels, must speak out forcefully against any kind of divisiveness or divisive speech. And we expect that our political leaders will do so without waiting to be prompted.

“All of those who spoke felt that sometimes when leaders do not speak up promptly, it always results in degeneration, no matter what the problem may be.

“This applied to both the statements made by the young people in the South-East as well as the youth in the northern states. We discovered there was a need for much greater resonance in the way that these things are done and for the leaders to speak up more forcefully.

“We believe that if the leaders do not speak up forcefully enough, if for any reason, matters are allowed to degenerate, not only does leadership lose their legitimacy, they run the risk of things going completely out of control.”

He commended the leaders from the North and South-East for their openness at the consultations, saying they were extremely responsible even in their criticisms of what they felt were issues that should have been better handled.

While saying their criticisms were fair and balanced, he commended them for their sense of responsibility and their leadership.

Osinbajo mentioned the issue of herdsmen and farmers crisis, especially the way that some of these had resulted in flashpoints across the country, as one of the issues raised at the previous meetings.

He said it was important that lasting and satisfactory solutions were found to the problems identified.

Describing the problems as multidimensional, Osinbajo said state governors had important roles to play especially because they were in control of their territories.

He stated, “We must resist the temptation to play politics especially with matters of security, but to reach for simplistic narratives that might be originally expedient and satisfying but false, deceiving and sometimes unhealthy to proper understanding of the issues.”

Governors, who attended the meeting, included Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Among others are governors from Borno, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Benue, Plateau, Kogi, Lagos, Kebbi, Ondo, Imo, Taraba and Anambra states among others.

Nigeria loses N600bn monthly to Apapa gridlock – Dangote

The President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has lauded the decision of the Federal Government to reconstruct the failed Apapa Wharf Road as its grim state serves as both an embarrassment to the country and a huge loss of close to N140bn on a weekly basis.

Dangote, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday, said, “The economy loses more than N20bn daily. It (bad state of the roads) affects businesses across the country. All our operations in the hinterland in Ilorin, in Kano are operating at 40 per cent maximum capacity.”

Lamenting the state of roads in the country, Dangote said, “Today, there is no linkage road going from the South-West to the North. You have to go all the way through Ajaokuta, Obajana, Lokoja and you have to go by that uncompleted road that Obasanjo started 13 years ago.

Commenting on his resolve to personally get involved in the Apapa Wharf Road reconstruction, he said, “Because it is very embarrassing! We can’t just sit and have a road like that, which it is the heart of trade in the country. More than 60 per cent of our country’s imports and exports come through the Apapa Port and we leave the road unattended to.

“That is why we started on our own. Flour Mills said they will join us, but now the government has changed the design because they want all the cables and pipes underground and to have a more robust solution.”

To help in bringing the cost down, he explained that he forced his company to execute the project at a zero profit.

“Both Dangote and Flour Mills are pumping in over N2.5bn for the two-kilometre double lane on each side, making a total of four kilometres,” Dangote explained, adding that the biggest job “is drainage because that is what is destroying the road. We will make sure this problem is sorted out once and for all.”

Osinbajo, CDS, NSA, others in closed door meeting

 

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday met behind closed doors with some top security Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Among those at the meeting included the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Gabriel Olonishaki and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno.

Others included the Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

The meeting, which started around 3.05 p.m., was still in progress at the time of filing this report.

Details later…

New vehicle imports drop by 90% in Q1

 

Only 350 new vehicles were imported by Nigerian auto firms in the first quarter of this year, which shows a drop of about 90 per cent over 3,500 recorded in the same period last year.

The Managing Director of Toyota Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, who gave the statistics at a press briefing in Lagos, attributed the development to high duty on imported cars, shortage of foreign exchange and economic recession.

Similarly, he said the total retail sale of new vehicles for the first quarter of 2017 stood at 2,000 units compared to 5,500 units sold last year.

Although he said the fall in vehicle imports was also witnessed last year, it was not as pronounced as this year’s.

For instance, he recalled that the total vehicles imported into the country in 2016 dropped to 7,000 from 18,000 in 2015.

According to him, the total retail market plunged by about 42 per cent from 32,000 units in 2015 to 18,000 in 2016.

He, however, said commercial vehicles sold more last year at 70 per cent than passenger cars, which recorded 30 per cent of the total sales.

He also said the total forecast for the year was between 8,000 and 10,000 vehicles.

“The scarcity of forex affected business last year and that affected importation. Also, there was the devaluation of the naira. Whereas in the first quarter of the year, the United States dollar was just about N200, by the end of the year, it had doubled. So, prices of vehicles also doubled in the space of one year and a lot of businesses could not afford to pay for the increase given that they were also struggling to survive,” he said.

Ade-Ojo, however, added that Toyota Nigeria had the lion’s share of 43 per cent of the 2015 imports, and 38 per cent of 2016 vehicle imports.

The TNL boss also said while 22,000 new vehicles were sold in 2015, 18,000 units.

The Federal Government had jacked up the import duty on cars from 22 per cent to 70 per cent to discourage vehicle importation and crashed duty on imported vehicle components by auto assemblers.

 Etisalat loses 2.9 million subscribers as $1.2bn debt crisis bites

 

One of Nigeria’s major telecommunications companies, Etisalat, lost over 2.9 million subscribers in the last two quarters, The PUNCH reported today.

Findings by our correspondent showed that as of September 2016, there were 22.5 million active subscribers on the network but the figure dropped to 20.8 million by December. This represents a loss of 1.7 million subscribers within three months.
The drop, thus, represents a loss of about N3.1bn potential revenue for Etisalat for the quarter, going by the industry’s average revenue of N1,830 per user, according to the quarterly subscriber operation data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission.

Similarly, in the first quarter of this year, the telco lost 1.2 million subscribers. This is also estimated to cost the telecoms company potential revenue of about N3.8bn.

Fact checks showed that between September last year and end of March, this year, Globacom increased its subscribers from 36.9 million to 37.3 million; Airtel grew from 34.1 million to 34.6 million but MTN dropped in subscriptions from 60.5 million to 60.3 million.

Observers conversant with Etisalat’s operations said the poor network investment, occasioned by $1.2bn debt to eight Nigerian banks, was adversely affecting the company’s ability to deliver quality service and impeding its expansion.

“As such, we are beginning to see an exodus of subscribers from Etisalat network to rival networks, most especially now that subscribers have options through the Mobile Number Portability,” a source conversant with the Etisalat’s operations said.

On the contrary, a former senior manager of a rival telco, MTN, disagreed that Etisalat’s quality services had disappeared because of the loan crisis and that subscribers were porting away due to poor services and reduced expansion.

She said, “It would rather be convenient to say that due to steps taken to pay the $1.21bn debt, it (Etisalat) currently doesn’t have the kind of cash flow for product development, product activation, promos and advertising, and other activities that should retain its customers at the bottom of the pyramid.

“The customers at the bottom of the pyramid are about 90 per cent and are those who don’t have any permanent loyalty to a particular telecoms company and are easily taken aback by small things like promos and advertising promises, bearing in mind that getting another SIM card costs just only N300.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity since she is no longer in the industry and would not want to be seen as working for a particular telecoms firm, said, “As a matter of fact, Etisalat has the best services – voice and data – in the country. Even when I worked in MTN until recently, most of us kept Etisalat as a second SIM card.”

Apart from owing eight local banks, it was also discovered that the company owed tower firm, IHS Nigeria.

This was made known by the IHS, which said that it had experienced instability in terms of timing of settlement of invoices with certain customers including Etisalat.

In 2014, the World Bank lent $200m to the London-based African tower manager, IHS, for the acquisition of about 2,100 tower sites from Etisalat Nigeria. Under this Master Lease Agreement, Etisalat sold its tower assets to the IHS, while the IHS leased it back in exchange for lease rentals.

The IHS also has an $800m bond, which is partly securitised from the cash flows of the Etisalat lease.

“We do experience volatility in terms of timing of settlement of invoices with certain customers. We have a strong relationship with Etisalat and it has continued to make some payments under our Master Lease Agreement.

“As of December 31, 2016, $8.5m was more than 120 days overdue from Etisalat. This amount represents less than 2.5 per cent of the expected proforma full-year combined revenue of the group for 2016,” a press statement from the company stated.

An analyst with JP Morgan, Zafar Nazim, said that it had downgraded the IHS bonds due 2021 because of Etisalat Nigeria as it was uncertain whether the company could keep up with the lease commitments.

Fitch Rating has said the IHS might experience delays in collecting payments from Etisalat Nigeria over the short term, but medium-term prospects should remain broadly intact.

“Should Etisalat Nigeria go into bankruptcy proceedings, we believe its creditors will want to maximise recovery prospects by continuing normal mobile network operations, which include payments to the IHS for use of its tower infrastructure,” it said in a statement.

But in an e-mail sent to our correspondent, the Vice-President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, Etisalat Nigeria, Ibrahim Dikko, said remarkable progress had been made to resolve the loan crisis.

His mail read, “We are optimistic that an agreement will be reached shortly and this will be communicated through the appropriate channels of the involved stakeholders.

“As a business, our immediate focus is to ensure that we not only sustain a positive performance, but that we are in a position to continue to grow the business, deliver excellent customer service and increase value to our stakeholders, which include our bankers.”

Source: PUNCH.

Dangote hails FG’s new tomato policy

Vice President of Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Sani Dangote, has lauded the government’s new policy on tomatoes saying it would encourage increased local production and self-sufficiency.

Speaking on the heels of the new policy aimed at reducing N52bn spent on the importation of 150, 000 metric tons of tomato concentrate through neighbouring countries into Nigeria, Dangote said that the nation has enough arable land to cultivate and meet local demand for tomatoes.

He said that tomatoes remain one of the easiest crops to cultivate in all the geopolitical zones as the nation is blessed with arable land suitable for crop cultivation.

Dangote added that prior to the new policy, farmers lose about 50 percent of their tomato harvest as there were not enough processing plants to buy the fresh produce and turn them into concentrate. These heavy losses according to him discouraged the farmers from cultivating more tomatoes.

The new policy he said will encourage farmers to cultivate more tomatoes, earn more money as they sell to processing plants and with decrease in importation of concentrate, the nation saves huge sums in foreign exchange.

For those calling for an extension in the time given for the implantation, Dangote said that since 2010 government has been discussing with stakeholders on the need for backward integration in the tomato industry adding that plants for production of tomato paste comes in different sizes ranging from small to medium and large scales therefore giving producers various options of investment in the industry.

He emphasized that given the resources and abundant arable land, the country has no business importing tomato concentrate.

He said: ‘We are working for production of more tomatoes through an out-growers scheme, but this will not feasible if there are no processing plants to take the excess products off the hands of the farmers. This policy is for every stakeholder. The Vice President visited our farms and plants to see things for himself and he was very impressed. Government stance and policy should be commended.’

The new policy was aimed at promoting local production of fresh tomato fruit required for fresh fruit consumption and processing and also increase local production of tomato concentrate and reduce post-harvest losses. the policy was expected to create at least 60,000 additional jobs in fresh fruits production and processing.

The policy restricts the importation of tomato concentrates to the seaports to address the abuse of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS), stops the importation of tomatoes preserved otherwise by vinegar or acetic acid; and increases the tariff on tomato concentrate to 50 per cent with an additional levy of $1,500 per metric ton.

Nigeria imports an average of 150,000 metric tons of tomato concentrate per annum valued at $170million mostly due to inadequacy in capacity to produce tomato concentrate. Current demand for fresh tomato fruits is estimated at about 2.45million metric tons per annum while the country produces only about 1.8million metric tonnes per annum.

 Fasheun says FG shouldn’t allow T.B. Joshua relocate

 

Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) Dr. Frederick Fasehun has called on Nigerians to prevail on the government to make sure founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Ikotun, Prophet Temitope Joshua, does not relocate from the country.

Reacting to the announcement by Joshua that he was relocating to Israel where he has been provided with land, building and facilities, Fasehun told reporters in Lagos that all well-meaning Nigerians must intervene to change the relocation plan.

He said the relocation of the preacher would be one brain-drain too many, arguing it will be a national embarrassment for him to embark on self-exile.

He said Nigerians must do everything possible to ensure the popular televangelist rescinds the decision and remain at home to for his ministerial assignments.

Fashehun pointed out the church has turned Ikotun, a suburban part of Lagos to a Mecca of sort for local and foreign dignitaries since its establishment some 30 years ago.

He said: ‘’Thanks to Pastor Joshua, Ikotun has become a verifiable tourism hotspot for local and foreign worshipers, who flock the synagogue for verifiable healing, deliverance, miracles and prosperity.

“Nigeria stands to lose positive dividends currently bestowed by SCOAN on not just Ikotun Lagos but also on the entire country,’’ he said.

Spiritually speaking Fashehun stressed Nigeria will be losing a giant intercessor whose prayer and those of other men and women of God across all religions are helping to sustain the peace and sanity of the nation.

He lamented the planned SCOAN’s relocation amounts to losing the country’s reputedly biggest tourist attraction, the most visited destination point by religious tourists in West Africa.

He cited the report by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), which acknowledges the church hosts six of every 10 foreigners.

‘’We shall be losing the economic benefits and potentials or religious tourism, a sector in which SCOAN commands about 2 million local and international tourists annually,’’ he said.

He added: ‘’The airlines shall be losing customers coming to Lagos and several African, European, and Asian countries as well as the American and Australia.

“Local business and hotelier directly established to service patrons of this ministry will close shop.”

Nigeria, according to Fasheun, will also lose Joshua and SCOAN’s donations, charities and philanthropies worthy not less than N8billion in scholarships, disasters reliefs, house rent support, sports and sportsmen sponsorship and others.

Stating he is never a member of SCOAN, Fasheun said: ‘’I am an Anglican. I’m only speaking for him because I am an human right activist and I make case for anyone whose right and privileges are violated.”

He appreciated the pleas of Minister of Information Lai Mohammed on the prophet not to leave, the politician said government must immediately stop his ongoing judicial persecution.

He added that the government must not act like the envious ancient Jews did to Jesus.

“Government must ensure that this prophet received honour home not just abroad,” he appealed.

LAUTECH students lock out UTME candidates

 

Students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso have shut the gates of the institution against UTME candidates scheduled to write their examination on Monday morning.

The gates were locked after students leaders held a congress by 5am and resolved that the school will be lockdown and no Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination will hold until their demands are met.

The demands include, a comprehensive academic calendar, commencement of lectures and a permanent resolution of the crisis in the institution.

Unless the demands are met, the student leaders said they will continue to protest and ensure a total lock down of the institution.
The student leaders said the aim of the lock down is to get the attention of the federal government on the plight of the institution.

I’m bigger than Ooni, others obas – Olugbo

 

 

The Olugbo of Ugbo land, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, has said he is the most prominent and leader of all the traditional leaders in Yoruba land and the custodian of the authentic history of the race.

Speaking at an event organised to mark the 30th anniversary of Kola Olootu as a radio presenter in Ibadan on Sunday, the monarch, who is also the Chairman, Yoruba Obas Conflicts Resolution Committee, said he had published a book on the true history of Yoruba race, which placed the Olugbo above all other monarchs in Yoruba land.

According to him, he is on the verge of publishing the volume two of the book.

The Olugbo said he was aware of some critics of his works and historical analysis, stressing that many of those who criticised his works were unhappy that the true position of their lineage was being put into proper place.

The Olugbo said, “I am the leader of all obas in Yoruba land. I speak with thunder in my mouth and I make bold to say so. No one is above me in Yoruba land in as much as it has been accepted that we are from Ife. I am the one that Oduduwa met at Ife. We are the husband of Moremi Ajasoro. Anyone who wants real Yoruba blessing should approach me. I am the one bestowed with the power.”

Asked which of the various historical accounts of Yoruba land was authentic since his own version was the latest in the series, the Olugbo said his account was most accurate.

The Oba said, “People should face the truth. My account of the history of Yoruba race is the most accurate and authentic. I have published a book on it already. Like I said, Oduduwa met my people in Ife. Don’t mind my critics who use Facebook to abuse me. The truth is that many of them are children of slaves.

“They don’t want the true story of their fathers to be told. Slaves don’t want history to be told. I am bold because I am not a son of a slave. My book is there. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has accepted the book as the authentic history of the Yoruba race. I am about to publish another book on the same subject.”

Responding to the claim by the Olugbo, Mr Adeola Oloko, who is the Director, Media and Public Affairs to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, said the Olubadan had yet to read Olugbo’s book on Yoruba history, saying that after reading the book, the monarch would be glad to respond.

Fake prophet jailed 25 months for stealing, impersonation

 

A 32-year-old man, Lukman Yaya, who claimed to be a prophet, was on Monday sentenced to 25 months’ imprisonment by an Ota Magistrates ‘Court in Ogun.

The senior magistrate, Mr S. O.Banwo, in his ruling did not give the convict any option of fine.

Yaya, whose address was not disclosed in court, pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of impersonation and stealing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Chudu Gbesi, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 8 at about 11.30a.m.at Joju Area of Ota, Ogun.

Gbesi said that the accused who pretended to be a prophet unlawfully obtained N17, 500 from one Aderibigbe Toyosi, with the intention to assist her to solve some of her spiritually problems, an agreement he did not fulfill.

He also said that the accused stole a mobile phone valued at N22, 500 from the complainant in the process of helping her to solve her problems.

Gbesi said that the offences contravened Sections 249(d) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 1, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

2017 Budget: Officials get N1.12bn for meals, refreshments

The State House and several Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government are to share over N1.119bn on foodstuffs, meals, refreshments and welfare packages as contained in the 2017 budget.

The National Assembly had passed a budget of N7.441tn on Thursday, last week.

The Appropriation Bill (budget) has yet to be signed into law by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, but he might do so this week.
Details of the document show that the State House would buy foodstuffs and make other provisions for catering in excess of N123.5m while a separate N97.5m will be expended on ‘refreshments and meals’.

The President’s Office has another sub-head on ‘foodstuffs and catering supplies’ with a vote of N114.9m, while under the same heading for the Vice-President’s office, there is a provision of N53.4m.

In 2016, the vote on feeding and refreshments for the President’s office was N104.7m.

The Lagos Liaison Office of the State House is not left out as it has N7.4m for meals and another N8.3m for supplies.

The Ministry of Education and some of its listed parastatals will spend over N126m on refreshments, meals and sundry packages this year.

In the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, the figure is N29.8m for the main ministry and listed parastatals, while in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, up to N17.012m will go for tea, coffee, confectionery and other consumables.

For the Ministry of Justice and listed parastatals, N15.8m will be spent on meals and refreshments; N14.5m in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; N12m in the Ministry of Women Affairs; N11.5m in the Ministry of Niger Delta; and N3m in the Ministry of Water Resources.

Similarly, Police Formations and Commands are to spend N25.8m on refreshments and the Ministry of Power, Works/Housing will spend N39m, while the Ministry of Interior and its listed agencies have a provision of N18.5m.

At the Ministry of Information and Culture, refreshments will cost N30.3m this year and N40.2m at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Anenih’s son slumps, dies while playing lawn tennis

A son of a former Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, Eugene, has died while playing lawn tennis on Sunday in a Lagos club.
Medical sources suggested his death could be as a result of a heart attack.
The death of Anenih’s son came less than a month after the deceased’s mother died in April.
But a source close to the family confirmed the incident.
A source close to the family confirmed the development but refused to give detail about the circumstances surrounding Eugene’s death.
When contacted, the Edo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Dan Orbih, who also confirmed the development, noted that the party would make an official statement soon.
“The thing (incident) just happened. We will be making a statement, maybe, tomorrow,” Orbih added.
The deceased was, until his death, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nova Finance & Securities Limited.
He was formerly the Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury Operations at A and Hatman Ltd. before moving on to Nova Finance & Securities Limited as Chief Executive Officer.
He was an authorised Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers. Eugene holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Benin.
He also attended the Programme for Management Development at Harvard, United States. He was an alumus of the Harvard Business School.
He also attended several courses in capital market internationally including Capital Equity appraisals suite courses with the New York Institute of Finance, New York and Strategic valuations on equities with Euromoney.

Girl chosen for suicide bombing after refusing marriage proposal

A 14-year-old female suspected suicide bomber has said Boko Haram leaders chose her to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, because she rejected the marriage proposals of their members in Sambisa Forest.
Also, the troops of the Nigerian Army, under Forward Operation Base, Fika, Yobe State, have arrested four suspected Boko Haram kidnappers in Mundu village in the Yuga area of the state.
It was learnt that the suspected Boko Haram members – 25-year-old Yahaya Auta; Salisu Lawal, 20; Umar Mohammed, 18; and Samaila Abubakar, whose age was not known – were apprehended after a tip-off and found to be in possession of several ammunition.
However, the girl suicide bomber was among three suspects arrested by the military when they allegedly came for a suicide mission at a military facility in Jakana in Maiduguri.
The suspect (name withheld because she is a minor) told the News Agency of Nigeria that she was sent on the mission to detonate the device because she refused marriage proposals from three Boko Haram terrorists.
The suspect said she was abducted with her father, Usman, by Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno State, in 2013.
She stated that she and her father were running to Mandara Mountain for safety when they were abducted.
The teenager added, “I have spent three years in the hands of Boko Haram. Three different Boko Haram (terrorists) had proposed to marry me and I refused. Two among them were commanders (amir).
“When I refused for the third time, one of the commanders became furious and threatened to kill me and my father. I told him I would rather die than marry a Boko Haram (terrorist).
“So, after one week, they said since I have refused to get married, I should be taken to Maiduguri for a suicide mission. So, three of them held my hands and they injected me.
“Then, I never knew what was happening again.
“Ï was taken to a herbalist, who, after I regained consciousness, told me that I had been with him for 30 days.
“He told me he was preparing me for a mission. So, he gave me some water to drink. I don’t know what it tasted like but I drank it. So, he said they would come and pick me today.
“At about 7pm, three Boko Haram (members) came with a male and a female. They were also recruited for the mission like me.
“We spent one and a half days on the road to Maiduguri. It was when we got to Maiduguri that they strapped the bombs to our bodies. At that moment, I knew that I was going to die; so I started crying.
”I was watching when the first bomber, a female, detonated her explosive close to a military checkpoint, which killed no one but herself. The second, a male, was killed by the military before he could detonate his.
“At that time, something told me to remove my own IED and surrender, which I did. I was surrounded by soldiers and policemen and I fainted.
”When I woke up, I discovered that one of the policemen at the checkpoint was a brother of my mother. I think that was the reason I survived.”
Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the suspects were being de-radicalised at a military detention facility.
“We have quite a number of them here in our facility. We have been profiling them and making them feel comfortable.
“So far, from their testimonies, they usually tell us that they were brainwashed by some sort of charms to commit suicide,” Irabor said.
According to the army, the weapons recovered from the four Boko Haram kidnap gang are one locally-made six-loader single barrelled gun, one empty cartridge, two machetes, a knife, two mobile phones, two packets of Tramadol tablets and N360,000.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed the arrest, adding that the suspects were currently undergoing investigation.
He said, “Troops deployed at Forward Operation Base, Yuga, on blocking position, on Sunday, following a tip-off from well-meaning individuals, ambushed and arrested four suspected kidnappers at Mundu village.
“Also, troops of Forward Operation Base, Fika, on routine patrol, on Sunday, arrested a suspected fleeing Boko Haram terrorist, Bala Ibrahim, 30.
“Preliminary investigation shows that the suspect hails from Bulabulin village in the Fika LGA. He is being further interrogated.”

Cyber cafe operators arrested for selling information to JAMB candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) yesterday said it had arrested operators of cyber cafés for defrauding candidates of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for N10,000 to access information on their e-mails.
Its Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said this yesterday in a statement issued in Abuja.
He said the operators deliberately changed the e-mail addresses and passwords of candidates to ensure that messages sent to the candidates by JAMB get to them (operators of cyber cafes) and in turn sell such information.
“We also appeal to candidates not to allow cheats to defraud them as we have arrested cyber cafe operators who changed candidates email addresses and passwords and ensure that all messages send to candidates get to them and in turn sale such information like examination notification for N10,000.
“It’s our humble expectation that a candidate aspiring to be a student in any tertiary institution should be able to operate an email. All information are send to their email addresses and also on our site for the public use,” he said.
He said the organisation did not post candidates out of their preferred towns as was reported in the media.
“Again we want to reiterate that we did not post any candidate outside his or her town of choice as expressed in their application, contrary to reports in some quarters. Candidates are always allowed to make a choice of examination town while we allocate centres within the examination town chosen by a candidate,” he said.
Fabian hailed the organisation for the successful conduct of the UTME, which began on Saturday across 642 computer based centres (CBT).
He said: “We are happy that the 2017 UTME, which kicked off on Saturday, May 13, has been hitch-free so far and in line with the arrangements put in place for candidates to write the examination without stress.
“All negative speculation of shift, change of schedules etc over the ongoing 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) are from mischief-makers, who are desperate to create confusion before or during the exams, owing to personal and selfish interests that are detrimental to the development of public examination and education.
“We thank all Nigerians who supported this drive. We promise that we will continue to fine-tune the process for the better. From the reports across the federation, there has not been any major hitch on the ongoing UTME with over 1.7 million registered candidates captured for the examination.”
He advised candidates to check JAMB’s website as well as its official twitter handle for information concerning the conduct of the examination.

Macron promises new order in France

Emmanuel Macron yesterday promised to restore France’s global standing, as he was inaugurated as the country’s youngest president. He is 39.
At an elaborate ceremony at the Élysée Palace in Paris, he said his presidency would “give the French back the confidence to believe in themselves”.
He vowed to see the EU “reformed and relaunched” during his time in office.
He takes over from François Hollande, whose five-year term was plagued by high unemployment figures.
Macron was proclaimed France’s new president a week after his resounding victory over the National Front’s Marine le Pen, with 66 per cent of the vote in the run-off poll.
The former investment banker, who had never contested an election before and only formed his centrist movement a year ago, has vowed to shake up the country’s political order and reinvigorate its economy.
Tight security was in place across Paris for the ceremony at the president’s official residence, with hundreds of extra police on patrol.
France has been under a state of emergency since terror attacks in 2015 and a large section of the city centre was closed to traffic all morning.
During his inaugural address, President Macron pledged to restore the confidence of the French people in their country’s future.
“The division and fractures in our society must be overcome,” said the centrist politician.
“The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity,” he declared.
He said he would convince the people that “the power of France is not declining – that we are on the brink of a great renaissance”.
He was presented with a necklace once worn by Napoleon I, as a symbol of his position as Grand Master of the Legion of Honour (a title usually given to the leader of France).
Before the ceremony began, he spent nearly an hour with his predecessor, who handed him the country’s nuclear codes. It was Mr Hollande who launched the new president’s political career, appointing him first as adviser and later economy minister.
Despite historic low approval ratings, the former president tweeted after leaving the palace: “I leave a country in a much better state than I found it.”
It was interesting to note how many “re-” words Emmanuel Macron used in his address. There was “re-formulate”, “re-invent”, “re-mould”, “re-juvenate”, “re-launch”. And of course “re-naissance”.
It was all intended to reinforce the message that this presidency will be one of newness, youth and optimism.
Macron is one of nature’s optimists. Francois Hollande – the man from whose hands he took the reins of power – said that when Mr Macron worked for him, he “radiated joy”. An almost preternaturally sunny demeanour, combined with his winning way with words, has been the new president’s magic formula.
But to hold presidential office is to walk a road of thorns. Rarely is there good news to smile at. Success – if it comes at all – may only be appreciated years later. Mr Macron’s “re-splendent” personality is about to be tested like never before.

At 39, Mr Macron is France’s youngest leader since Napoleon and the first to be born after 1958, when a presidential system was set up.

His En Marche political movement was formed just last year and as a new party – La République En Marche – will be fielding candidates across France in June’s parliamentary elections.

He has promised to “work for everyone” and sees his programme as straddling both left and right.

Macron’s first week in office will be busy. He heads for Berlin on Monday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and to demonstrate his commitment to the European Union.

He is also expected to name a prime minister on Monday morning.

Mr Macron faces major challenges including high unemployment, especially among France’s young, and low growth.

He says his main aims are to boost investment and to set up a “new growth model” that increases social mobility and helps the environment.

Mr Macron yesterday visited the Arc de Triomphe and laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Efe wins BBNaija N25m, SUV

Efe Ejeba, has emerged winner of Big Brother Nigeria 2017 reality TV show.

He was named the winner on Sunday in South Africa where the show was staged.

Efe remained the last man standing after winning the hearts of majority of the reality TV fans ahead of 13 other housemates.
Among those who threw their weight behind the 23-year-old rapper were celebrities like Olamide, Wizkid, Annie Idibia, Basket mouth, Ali Nuhu, Karen Igho among other.

Efe, from Warri Delta State, was born in Jos. He attended Federal Government College, Jos. He is a graduate of Economics from the University Of Jos.

He came to Lagos after his National Youth Service Corps programe, launching an Extended Play (EP) record called, Lagos, shortly before the Big Brother Nigeria game came up.

 

Reaction to Femi Fani Kayode’s Fulani theory

A PERSON BY THE NAME OF ‘OMNIA 1’ WROTE THE FOLLOWING ON THE VANGAURD NEWSPAPER THREAD OF MY LAST ESSAY TITLED “THE MARCH OF THE ETHNIC NATIONALISTS AND A FRIENDLY WARNING TO THE BRITISH AND FRENCH AMBASSADORS” (PART 1).
I DO NOT KNOW THE AUTHOR OR HIS/HER REAL NAME BUT I WAS IMPRESSED BY HIS/HER CONTRIBUTION AND FOUND IT TO BE VERY INSIGHTFUL.

CONSEQUENTLY I CHOSE TO LIFT IT FROM THE THREAD AND SHARE IT HERE. ENJOY…..

“Even if you do not like the messenger (in this case FFK), you ought to listen carefully to the message.

The disruptive power of the Hausa-Fulani cabal is a structural reality and will only get worse, no matter where the President of Nigeria comes from. It is a seven-fold yoke which we must break for the sake of our children. I HAVE SUMMARIZED THIS SEVEN-FOLD YOKE. PLEASE, STUDY IT AND REFLECT ON IT!

1. THE POLITICAL YOKE: Globally, out of the 16 Federal Republics in the world, Nigeria is the only federation where land mass is used as a primary criteria for creating federating units.

NO Southern leader (civilian or military) has ever had the guts to create any federating unit; all the federating units have been created by Northern military adventurers. 20 federating units were created from only one region (North), while 17 federating units were created from 3 regions (East, West & Midwest).

Competent leaders are easily filtered off by the rigged political structure. At every election, the evil and corrupt Northern cabal needs only a few Southern collaborators to impose any presidential candidate upon the two foremost political parties, only for the electorate to formalize one of the candidates with votes.

That’s why Nigeria has been having such mediocre leaders as OBJ, UMY, GEJ, and now PMB as president, in a country awash with extremely capable presidential materials.

This also explains why since 1960 no Southerner has ever led Nigeria except by accident. (The FIRST comings of ALL 3 Southern leaders – Ironsi in 1966, OBJ in 1976 & GEJ in 2010 – followed the death of Northern incumbents!).

For 2019 the presidential contest is being set for Atiku (Mr. Corruption) vs Buhari (Mr. Tribal Bigotry) – two Fulani representatives of the Cabal.

2. THE ECONOMIC YOKE: Nigeria is the only oil-producing country where oil wells are allocated to individuals. The Hausa-Fulani cabal allocated over 80% of the oil blocks either to the Northerners or to their Southern fronts/allies. The names of these oil block allotees is in the public domain.

3. THE RELIGIOUS YOKE: No other faith is mentioned in the Nigerian Constitution, except Islam. For instance, in the 1999 Constitution, Christ, Christians and Christianity are not mentioned even once; whereas Islamic signposts are strewn all over the Constitution –
Sharia is mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54 times, Islam 28 times , Muslims 10 times, etc. That Constitution was written SOLELY by one Muslim Fulani Jihadist named Prof. Auwalu Yadudu (Special Adviser to Abacha on Constitutional Matters). While the 1979 Constitution emphasized Nigeria’s secularity, the 1999 Constitution of Yadudu is a de facto Islamic Constitution, and the Cabal ensured that Yadudu was there to fight that position at 2014 National Political Conference.

Subsequently, during OBJ’s govt, the same Northern cabal formally adopted Islam as the State Religion in the core Northern States. OBJ refused to even discuss the issue, except to state that it would ‘fizzle out’ (he knew fully well that it would not ‘fizzle out’ but was afraid of confronting the cabal).

4. THE CULTURAL YOKE: The Sultanate forms a major pillar of the Hausa-Fulani cabal. As Permanent President-General of NSCIA the Sultan is the permanent leader of all Muslims in Nigeria (whether they are Northerners or Southerners). As the Permanent Chairman of NCTRN the Sultan is the permanent leader of all traditional rulers in all 36 States of Nigeria & Abuja. (By the way, the current Sultan was the Brigadier-General Commanding 241 Recce Battalion Kaduna).

Many public policies are determined only with the tacit approval of the Sultanate of Sokoto and the Emirates. For instance, when the gender Bill was introduced in the National Assembly, the Sultan ‘killed’ the Bill simply by criticizing it publicly. Even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (the world’s most revered monarch) would never criticize Parliament publicly, because that would be an abuse of royal privilege.

5. THE ADMINISTRATIVE YOKE: Nigeria is the only African country that built a new capital from scratch (using resources from the oppressed, deprived and degraded Niger Delta/SE).

The Cabal claimed that the location of Lagos by the ocean was a security risk, but this was just an excuse to Northernize national public service. A careful look at the map of Africa shows that only 2 nations have central capitals. The most common location for African capitals is at the coast.

London (UK) is situated at the edge of England on the River Thames. Washington DC (USA) is located along the Potomac River on the East Coast of USA. Paris (France) is located at the edge of France in the north-bending arc of the river Seine.

When Lagos was capital the governors of Lagos State were from East, West and North. Since the Capital moved to Abuja, NO Nigerian leader has ever had the guts to appoint a Southerner as substantive FCT Minister. The FCT Minister must be a Northerner, preferably a Muslim (the current FCT Minister was appointed while he was ES of Hajj Commission).

6. THE DIPLOMATIC YOKE: Any Christian leader who questions Nigeria’s membership of the two main international Sharia-driven bodies (OIC & D-8) faces the wrath of the Hausa-Fulani Cabal. So far, only Cdr Ebitu Ukiwe has ever had the guts to seriously question Nigeria’s involvement in these Islamic bodies and as a result Ukiwe was summarily dismissed from office.

7. THE MILITARY/SECURITY YOKE: Nigeria is the only federation in the world where all MAJOR security agencies are headed by only one section of the federation.
(Army – North; NSA – North; Defence – North; Airforce – North; Police – North; SCDC – North; DSS – North; NIS – North; NIP – North; FRSC – North; Customs – North; Defence Staff – North; NIA – South; Fire Service – North; NEMA – North; and If you consider the Ports as important to Security of the country – North).

No southerner has been made substantive Comptroller General of Customs in 30 years. Even with all his braggadocio, OBJ dared not break the jinx in all his
years as Nigeria’s President.

The above multi-faceted enslavement to the Hausa-Fulani Cabal is not an accident. Read the book by Harold Wilson which clearly states how and why the British laid the foundation for the Hausa-Fulani hegemony in Nigeria.

The principle guiding the Cabal was clearly set forth by the cabal’s patron saint, Sir Ahmadu Bello who said to the media:

“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Othman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the north as willing tools and the south as a conquered territory and NEVER ALLOW THEM TO RULE OVER US and NEVER ALLOW THEM TO HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN FUTURE.” – (The Parrot Newspaper, October 12, 1960).

Freedom from the Cabal is NOT about “North versus South”. In fact, the greatest victims of the Northern cabal are the Northern masses themselves. The struggle entails “Northern Cabal versus All of Lovers of Freedom”.

Nigeria is structurally unworkable and MUST EITHER BE RESTRUCTURED OR BROKEN. The Hausa-Fulani cabal will resist this with their blood, but there is no other way out of the enslavement for us and our children. We cannot continue ‘suffering and smiling’ in un-restructured zooNigeria.

”I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman” – OMNIA 1

CONCLUDED.