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South Africa To Negotiate With Buhari, Describes Envoys Recall As Regrettable By Ugochukwu Onyeocha DTN

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In its response to the decision of the federal government to recall its ambassadors from South Africa over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals, the South African government has faulted the decision of the federal government describing the action as “unfortunate and regrettable”. The South African government also stated that it would wait for the incoming administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari before it resumes diplomatic communication with Nigeria. Recalling that it did not take a similar action when many of its citizens where trapped during the collapse of a guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, it described the reaction of the Nigerian government as “unfortunate and regrettable”.

In a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Clayson Monyela, the South African government expressed its shock that the Nigerian government would resort “to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government”. “We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting,” Mr. Monyela said. “The South African government takes note that the outgoing government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recalled its acting high commissioner to South Africa. “A government resorts to such an extraordinary diplomatic step to express outrage at actions or behaviour of another government. “We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting.

Jonathan: Six IGPs in six years by Emmanuel Udom

The outgoing president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has served Nigeria for six years. He was the vice president when the then president, Musa Yar’Adua died in 2009.

Through the doctrine of necessity, he was elevated to the position of acting president and eventually confirmed as substantive president by the senate that same year.

Between May 29, 2009 when he became the vice president and Tuesday April 14, 2015, it is on record that five inspectors-general of police (IGPs) have served the country.

These IGPs are: Mike Okiro, Ogbonna Onovo, Hafiz Ringim, Mohammed Abubakar and Suleiman Abba. The new IGP, Suleiman Abba, is the sixth.

Scrap Ministry Of Aviation by Capt. Daniel Omale

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The whole world has discarded a ministry dedicated to aviation alone. In addition to the associated cost elements, a ministry of aviation as opposed to a ministry of transport is directly an “addictive inverse” to the functions and responsibilities of the Civil Aviation Authority of a country.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) like its counterparts in other countries of the world should be autonomous, and charged with the responsibility for air safety. There is no reason, whatsoever, to retain a dedicated ministry for aviation sector, because the natural uncoordinated interface will come to play between the minister of aviation, a politician, and the director-general or head of the NCAA, who is usually a professional aviator.

Aviation stakeholders erroneously fought for the establishment of a ministry of aviation alone, and it’s no secret today that, with the benefit of hindsight, it was a gigantic mistake because of its hindrance to aviation development.

AHEAD OF INAUGURATION: President-elect takes charge by Levinus Nwabughiogu

Gradually, things changed for General Muhammadu Buhari for good. He is no more the ordinary Nigerian of yesterday. He is now the president-elect.

 President-elect Muhammadu Buhari (L) waves in Abuja on April 1, 2015. Nigeria's new president-elect Muhammadu Buhari hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in Africa's most populous nation as "historic" hours after he secured a decisive victory. AFP PHOTO

But that is no more news. The news now is that everything about the man has suddenly turned presidential: food, house, clothings, vehicles, name it. Have you seen him of late? Buhari has got swag. In fact, the usual Buhari’s two or three cars convoy has grown serpentine with fortified security presence.

But then, the man has lost his privacy. Ditto for his running-mate. The vice-president-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has transformed from the ordinary preacher to wearing the executive stuff.

When Buhari threw his hat into the political ring in 2003, seeking the presidency, he was seen as the biggest joker of the century. Of course, the people rejected him. In 2007, he gave it another shot but was humiliated by his kinsman, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. In 2011, he reappeared for the presidential contest, the same fate of the previous times befell him. By this time, he was already being dubbed a serial loser.

Nigeria provokes South Africa’s anger after envoys recall ….PM News

*Pretoria reminds Nigeria of its serious security shortcomings
*Boko Haram insurgency and kidnap of Chibok girls

The South African government reacted angrily Sunday to Nigeria’s decision to recall its ambassador from Pretoria over a wave of mob attacks on African migrants that killed at least seven people.

“We are not sure which actions or behaviour of the South African Government the Nigerian Government is protesting,” the South African foreign ministry said in a statement.

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“If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda,” the ministry said, lamenting Nigeria’s “unfortunate and regrettable step.”

Taking aim at its rival for economic and political dominance in Africa, Pretoria said it had held off blaming Nigeria’s government when 84 South Africans were killed in the collapse of a church building in Lagos last year.

South Africa had also refrained from blaming Nigerian authorities for the “more than nine months delay” in the repatriation of the bodies “or for the fact that when these bodies eventually returned, they were in a state that they could not be touched or viewed as required by our burial practice

APC: ZONING ON A SHAKY FOOTING By Tony Ademiluyi

APCAfter the euphoria of the celebrations and the making of history, it is time to get to the serious business of the sharing of the spoils of office. The APC decided to zone the Senate Presidency to the North Central to fulfill the spirit of the 1999 constitution that allows for this practice in the name of federal character. This is a wrong move that does not take into critical consideration the need to balance the political power equation in the country. In the defunct third republic, the zone had two senate presidents in the persons of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and Ameh Ebute after the former was impeached. The zone still produced David Mark who has the distinction of being the longest serving senate president. Incidentally, they all hail from Benue state.

Premium Times:Top 10 Corruption Scandals Nigeria’s National Assembly Hasn’t Resolved

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The seventh National Assembly will most likely end its tenure in early June without resolving majority of the huge misgovernance and corruption issues that characterised the outgoing administration.

Under the present dispensation, the oversight power of the legislature was not judiciously exercised to guarantee Nigerians the dividends for electing their representatives.

There were clear cover-ups and lack of political will to bring a lot of the cases to closure.

Even when it issues reports on certain important national issues, such as the fuel subsidy scam, the National Assembly lacked the firepower to compel the execuitve execute its recommendations.

GANI ADAMS BY GBENGA TAYLOR

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How do one dub Gani Adam’s visit to the Nigerian Embassy in Xenophobic infested country of South Africa and the ‘warm’ reception given the OPC National coordinator by the Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa?

Could it be dubbed as an august and auspicious visit or dubious and suspicious move?

Well, much as the visit is in solidarity to the concerns of the Nigerian people affected by the somewhat cruel and irrational xenophobic attacks visited on foreigners by some emotive South Africans, such visit and the attendant grand reception that followed it show how ‘tattered’ the Nigerian foreign affairs had become under the administration of the current but outgoing government of Nigeria that has failed to provide the needed direction and leadership for the nation’s foreign affairs.

No Matter Where You Come From, By Owei Lakemfa.

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Human beings are first migrants. Then they become settlers, and settlers become citizens. In every clime, it is not so much your status, but your contributions. Kenneth Kaunda was synonymous with Zambia. He pronounced prophetically that Zambia shall be free! When colonial Britain tried to amalgamate present day Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi into a federation which the whites could control, Kaunda led the charge and won.

He came from colonial prison to lead Zambian into independence becoming its founding president. In his twenty seven years in power, he built the foundations of modern Zambia and supported the liberation movements, including the now ruling ANC in South Africa. There is no Zambian that has done more for the country than Kaunda. Yet, Kaunda’s father, Reverend David Kaunda was from Malawi. By the crazy criteria of those killing fellow Africans in South Africa, Kaunda will be a migrant in Zambia.

A Presidency In Peril, by Folarin Gbadebo-Smith

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“When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, he had an unprecedented chance to do what no other recent president could: seize the nation’s financial reins from the corporate elite and return them to the American people. Progressives everywhere held out hope that their new leader would take advantage of the economic crisis he stepped into and enact bold policies that would evoke real financial reforms – putting Main Street in front of Wall Street, at last. But that is not the way things turned out. Instead, America’s best chance for radical financial reform turned into Wall Street’s greatest victory”

Robert Kuttner in his book, whose title I have borrowed for dramatic license, chronicles the disaster that nearly befell the Obama presidency in its early days. These words could easily apply to the victory that General Buhari, the incoming president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can rightly claim. Already the rumours have begun. This name and that personality have been penciled down for Minister, Special Adviser, Director-General and cabinet member. There is palpable fear that the Lagos wing of the APC will dominate the appointments. That Bola Tinubu will outmanoeuvre and frustrate the Katsina mafia who already have designs on the presidency. Much of this material is and will be deliberately planted in the media to promote certain individuals or interests and must be discounted. Already there is talk that the first 100 days programme has been concluded and how the president will solve specific problems in that period. The low hanging fruit, so to speak.

Unreason in a season of emotion – Pat Utomi

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Besides being an admirer of a Christian group, Promise Keepers, I hate it whenev­er I fail to keep a promise. In the heat of the run-up to the gubernatorial election, my name was caught in a surreal outpouring of passions regarding remarks by the Oba of Lagos. I chose to keep from responding after a few tweets. But I promised to respond the day after season of emotions had gone past and my prayer and purpose for a tranquil atmosphere in which none was lost to rupture sprung from tensions associated with rumpus flowing from the remarks. Thankfully my prayers were answered on the peace the day after. It should be helpful to first present a factual chrono­logical sequence of how I came to be involved with this matter, then I will challenge on the welfare and wellbeing of Ndigbo in Lagos pull off the gloves on character, as the language of the internet seems to be uncivil conversation.

On the morning of Easter Monday I had sever­al scheduled meetings at my home. As I chatted with some concerned professional friends, Chief Festus Odumegwu and some others arrived, complaining as they walked into the living room, of a remarks made by the Oba of Lagos. From the I-pad of one of those who arrived in his company, read the front page of a newspaper trumpeting it and collectively lamented the remarks and the prominence the newspaper had given it. We decided to call the Oba and express our displea­sure indicating we would be heading to the palace to suggest how to make plans for erasing the impression. As we got set to go to the palace, some people for the next meeting arrived. We then agreed that I stay back while the others go on to see the Oba. The next day I was at in a meeting in my office when a call came through from a friend in Abuja. The friend, Ubong, was neither, Igbo, Yoruba, or a politician. He said that he was calling to say to me that hate-laced exchanges in the social media around the remarks were getting out of hand and if not managed could result in a small spark on Election Day producing tragic outcomes.

All through the campaigns I had written, condemning hate speech, from all sides of the divide. Was my worst nightmare about to play out in the one place I did not manage to think it was likely, Lagos. My instinct was to do something to calm nerves and douse the flames. I quickly tweeted a view that the remarks were unac­ceptable but that familiarity with the Oba suggested it was in character to crack expensive jokes so the remarks should be ignored. I went back to work thinking I had made a modest contribution to ensuring that none may come to any harm with an escalation of barter of hate talk.

Two hours later, I got a call that I was in the eye of a storm in social media. I could not imagine why. I thought which of my many foolish remarks has started this one. The last thing that crossed my mind was that something motivated strictly for what I at least thought was the common good. Could cause this I tried to read. The amount of poison was incredible. I immediately re­alised I had unwittingly played into the hands of those who wanted to make political capital relative to the vote of a few days ahead.

In a tradition of using hate to accuse others of hate, a few themes were evident. I had to be an Ibophobe, someone acting as a surrogate for another to make light something grievous. I thought then it made no sense to provide more ammunition to those trying to make hay from polarizing the community, with little thought to how it was warming the keg of gunpowder. Surely if the Oba was wrong, I said so, why would I still attract such attacks? If the person, the Oba was wrong and go­ing after that person so viciously could make the thing horribly feared, happen, there had to be unwisdom here. But politics and the emotion of that moment is not given to thinking things through so I decided to wait till after nerves have calmed.

Later that day, I got another call from Chuma Okolo, a corporate executive who is a chief of Asaba. He said he was berating some people on what he called the hyp­ocritical quarrel with the Oba’s remark when someone said are you taking the Utomi position, and he asked what my position was. He had not seen the tweets. He said that what the Oba said would be said by the Asagba of Asaba if he was pouring libation days before voting if someone from elsewhere was contesting for local government chairmanship against his ‘son’ and that any traditional ruler in the East who did not do act similarly would be unnatural. And that those complaining were hypo­crites. I told him that in truth I had not even thought about all that, and only had the safety of the same people who were abusing me in mind when I sent out the tweet.

But his remarks set me thinking about context and understanding. In traditional prayer forms, we often say things which people outside the context could read differently. I recalled that just three weeks before, the President of Aka Ikenga had called me to host a meeting he was arranging for the APC team of the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola and the now VP-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and the now Gov­ernor-elect Akinwunmi Ambode to meet the Igbo elite in Lagos. Even though it was not convenient for me, I acquiesced, as duty, to host the meeting of nearly 200 in my home. I had the duty to break the Kola. Speaking in Igbo as was the tradition, I called on the gods; onye na chu anyi, ada. Onye anyi nachu, ada. Which translates those chasing after us will trip and fall, and those we chase after, will stumble and fall. There was rapturous applause. All it really says is may we prevail in the storms of life and in our pursuits. But it could be taken out of context to mean a prayer to dominate other peoples. I thanked Chief Okolo for his call and realised that even though my aim was quite narrow the lessons from this brouhaha for living together in peace was much broader. The great old Igbo mantra was Egbe belu, ugo ebelu. Nke si Ibe ya ebena… roughly live and let live. But I wonder if in the collapse of culture which I referred to when I introduced Prof Chinua Achebe for his Valedictory at the Ahajoku lecture. In Owerri shortly before he joined the ages.

But it did not stop my amazement at suggestions of ill-will or even Chamberlain-type appeasement on Igbo matters. Me? Could it be ig­norance or mischief that anyone would dare suggest that? I would like here to pull off the garb of modesty and challenge anybody to show me six Ibos in the last 30 years in Lagos who have done more to advance the Igbo cause in Lagos than myself. I will be willing to go toe to toe in evidence-based debate. Just on institutional arrangements I was in on the base year of the founding of Aka Ikenga. Could be wrong but I doubt anybody has chaired more working committees of Aka Ikenga than myself.

When the challenge was media disposition to Ndigbo in the 1980s, I was requested to chair the information and culture com­mittee. I believe men like Professor Joe Irukwu, Chief Hilary Onok­ogu, Dr. John Abaelu can give personal testimonies of the work we did. When the concern was educating the merchant class I was asked to chair the education committee, and when it was which way for the eco­nomic wellbeing of Ndigbo, I chaired the Economic and Finance Com­mittee. The latter committee produced the blueprint of the Niger Basin Project, a plan for private sector based development of the South East/ South South Zone into the industrial hub of Africa. I believe Dr. Ken  Ife who reviewed the document at the World Igbo congress in London in 1998, when coming of politics overrode the agenda, may still have words for that effort.

I served repeatedly as Vice-Presi­dent of Aka Ikenga and remain till date perhaps the longest serving member of the Board of Trustees of Aka Ikenga. Surely many of the leading Igbo merchants will recall that it was into my Living room they crowded as Chris Asoluka and I worked shuttle diplomacy when Port reforms aimed at crippling them, were being implemented. It was in that same Living room that an Ikenga Gen­eral Meeting decided Ndigbo in Lagos needed to have an Apex, Umbrella platform different from Ohanaeze. Someone then quickly sug­gested the task be mandated the ‘bridge’, as I was considered the one from this group of then 40- something year olds who was well wired into the Igbo elite in their 70s and was much accepted by the youth and at the same time the one Igbo as at home in the core South East as in his birthplace of Igbo bi nuzo, therefore able to pull together the Igbos of the South East and those in states like Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Benue, etc.

On that mandate I called Odu Arthur Mbanefo, now Igwe Green Nwankwo, Admiral Ndubisi Kanu, Admiral Allison Madueke and a few others. In that same living room, with Odu Mbannefo presiding the formation ofNdigbo Lagos started.

Among the more intriguing things about the so called storm on the Oba’s remarks is that el­ements involved with TAN and its objectives stoked the fire. Interestingly Ifeanyi Uba of TAN is one of those who has repeatedly acknowl­edged, along with people like Chidi Anyaegbu of Chisco, my sacrificial giving of time, talent, financial resources and network to advance the wellbeing of Ndigbo in Lagos. To his credit Uba has on occasions sent cartons of premium alcoholic beverage and gifts, to support what he calls the non-stop traffic through my house on Igbo issues. Indeed, six years ago this month Ifeanyi Uba and others came there for a private dinner to introduce them to the newly elected President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Thank­fully, there is record of the President-Generals tribute to my efforts at the World Igbo Congress in Orlando Florida a few years ago. This is why I put the social media sentiments aside as pure politics and took no offence.

All of these people have been aware of my mantra on how to engage with host communi­ties. It is a theme often reflected in my speeches at Igbo day celebrations as I have been consis­tently keynote speaker at the Lagos event, year after year. At the one of last year, my dear friend, Jimi Agbaje was sitting a few places from me.

In these positionsI have often cited the writ­ing of Filipino Professor at Yale, Amy Chua, whose book, World on Fire, explores how glo­balization is expanding the coast of “market dominant minorities” and stoking ethnic hatred against them. Her illustrations include the Jews, Chinese across Asia, Igbos in West Africa, etc. And my proposition always has been that such groups should develop strategies for building goodwill and mutually beneficial interdepen­dence relationships with host communities.

Even though we know of some who run off to Aso Rock and other centres of power in the name of Ndigboand get due personal reward, none can relate my service to anything but self­less giving as duty. Yet to think that the descent into incivility is so complete in our social me­dia culture that some suggested I was bribed by Senator Bola Tinubu to make light of the Oba’s comment, is to talk of the pits.

I dare here to repeat a boast I have made be­fore. Even in this country of systemic corruption where I have heard testimonies at a fellowship of thanksgiving for being posted to a lucrative desk, I can invite anybody who knows of any occasion where I have used position to demand of another a bribe, what is not my due, to make something happen. Not in my entire life, no matter how difficult things were at any point in time, grace, which is more than sufficient, has enabled me never ask or take a bribe.

The last time I made this claim and invited anyone who disputes it to come forward I said the person did not need to provide proof. Just indicate the transaction, even if it is a false ac­cusation. I am pretty confident even the nature of the transaction will show up such a person.

I may be many things – naive, careless, even incompetent etc. but have never taken a bribe. My relationship with the APC leader has quite a history, but certainly one in which no material benefit has ever come to me. I first met him at an event in the National theatre in 1998 when he came up to me to say that while they were in NADECO exile, my writings provided them a compass from which they took positions. A few months later, he was elected Governor and I was invited to chair one of the working groups of the transition. As the Tinubu cabinet got in place, I was asked to lead cabinet retreats. Those services were pro bono but as Yemi Cardoso, who was commissioner for Budget and Plan­ning would know, I charged the bank he was an ED at, Citizens, and clients like National Mar­itime Authority, between seven and 10 million Naira for similar services in 1999. As part of my citizenship duty, I was literally donating tens of millions of Naira to the Lagos State Govern­ment, not getting something from Tinubu.

The one effort to show appreciation in return was an unsolicited gift that was eventually not actualized. One day, the then Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor saw me and said, ‘I have been holding something for you’. It was a letter awarding me a parcel of land on the Lekki Fore­shore. In the end the government could not reclaim the land from the sea for budget reasons, and the allocations were cancelled with promise of reallo­cation. I have never asked what happened. Since I am not a contractor I generally have never asked for a contract in Lagos. I know I have been told I am foolish, and being used, many times, but it’s just that people think your goals and theirs match. My goals have often been around institutions that will leave tomorrow better than yesterday. When it dawned on me that Governor Tinubu was best located to make my dream of a two party democ­racy in Nigeria come through, I stayed close and kept the pressure on him. Seemed impossible, but it has happened, and I am pleased to walk into the sunset and beg for God’s mercy and history’s kindness. The gift of contentment, and love for my people and all of God’s children have caused action sometimes not understood, by people of different values.

But in all, I take to Jack Welch’s famous words: Leadership is not a popularity contest, so lead. Igbo sayAdie’ji mgbagbu ayologu. Will never shirk a just battle because people die in war. Be­sides mgbele ka eji ama dike. Ability to respond to the unexpected shows the strongman. To be of service elected appointed or even self-appointed you sometimes have to ignore what gets you claps and do what your conscience tells you is right no matter how many are ready to pour scorn in an age where abuse is considered public conversation. So I take no offense and apologize to those who truly misunderstood me. To those who choose to hold on to what they conjure up I respect it as their right but urge that they find a place for the ethos of decency in how they advance their judgmental disposition.

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DStv Subscription Fees Hike: Rebirth Of Consumerism As Subscribers Kick By Ntia Usukuma

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APART from the three stormy years — 2007 to 2010 — that the defunct HiTV controlled the “almighty” English Premier League (EPL) rights, South African firm, Digital Satellite Television Company (DStv) has enjoyed near total monopoly in the Nigerian pay-TV market for about 25 years.

Despite flurries of complaints from many subscribers in Nigeria, the brand has carried on in the arrogance of most business monopolies. To the discomfiture of consumers, they raise subscription fees on a yearly basis.

But today, a flurry of events is threatening to rock DStv’s equable cruise. The management of Multichoice Africa, parent company of DStv Nigeria, should be having sleepless nights over the perception of the brand in the Nigerian market.

They should equally be deploying diverse efforts to prevent business operations in Nigeria degenerating to an irredeemable level.
How did it get to this?

Who is a Lagosian? By Muyiwa Adetiba

akioluAbout 12, 15 years ago, when the issue of who is really a Lagosian was nothing more than a stimulating debate among friends, I had asked a friend to write an article on it for me. His was one of the more passionate voices when the issue was discussed at Ikoyi Club amidst banter and drinks then. He had every reason to be passionate. He was born and bred in Isale Eko, the ‘cradle’ of Lagos of Edo father and Yoruba mother.

He bears his Yoruba name and his spoken Yoruba is rich and often laced with proverbs and idioms. He is also now a Chief in one of the suburbs in Lagos. Surely he qualifies to be called a Lagosian. Unfortunately, his surname gives him away. Another friend who was also born and bred in Isale Eko goes to the Campos area every fortnight to ‘feel the earth’ and identify with his roots.

He proudly bears his Yoruba name but there is nothing he can do about his surname. Does that make him less of a Lagosian? Another, a colleague in my days at the Vanguard is an Ijaw from Bayelsa, but was born and bred in Lagos, and attended one of the popular secondary schools in Lagos. Even when he ventured out, it was to the University of Ife and it was to Lagos he came during breaks and holidays. He says proudly ‘omo Eko l’awa’. (We are Lagosians) despite his names which scream Ijaw. Is he in denial?

Scrap Ministry Of Aviation By Capt. Daniel Omale

CHIDOKA-OSITAThe whole world has discarded a ministry dedicated to aviation alone. In addition to the associated cost elements, a ministry of aviation as opposed to a ministry of transport is directly an “addictive inverse” to the functions and responsibilities of the Civil Aviation Authority of a country.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) like its counterparts in other countries of the world should be autonomous, and charged with the responsibility for air safety. There is no reason, whatsoever, to retain a dedicated ministry for aviation sector, because the natural uncoordinated interface will come to play between the minister of aviation, a politician, and the director-general or head of the NCAA, who is usually a professional aviator.

Aviation stakeholders erroneously fought for the establishment of a ministry of aviation alone, and it’s no secret today that, with the benefit of hindsight, it was a gigantic mistake because of its hindrance to aviation development.

Keshi will fail -Akpoborie

KeshiFormer international, Jonathan Akpoborie, has predicted that Super Eagles coach, Steven Keshi, will fail, faulting the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for handing the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON)-winning coach a fresh two-year mandate.

In a chat with www.footballlive.ng Akpoborie said Keshi has not improved in any way and will fail to deliver the goods once again.

”The way things are now I don’t think he has anything to offer our Super Eagles at this time. If everybody faulted Samson Siasia for not qualifying for AFCON 2012, because our Super Eagles must get results, how then can you celebrate another’s failure by offering him a new contract?

”With the way it is now I am not saying we should not watch the Super Eagles but I will not stop short from saying people should boycott the team, to inform the NFF their decision is wrong.

Xenophobia: ​​OPC leader, ​Gani Adams​,​ visit​s​ South Africa

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The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, on Thursday visited the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa in support of Nigerians affected by the spate of xenophobic attacks in the country.

Mr. Adams promised to propose to the Nigeria​n​ government the need to make additional laws that will further protect Nigerians who have legitimate reasons to be outside the country.

Mr. Adams was received by the Ambassador at the Consulate General of Nigeria, Uche Ajulu-Okeke.

He later addressed Nigerians assuring them that the mission was doing everything it could to ensure their safety

The Cost Of IGP Abba’s Bitter Pill by Azubuike Ishiekwene

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After what happened to him on Tuesday, I’m not so sure former Inspector-General Suleiman Abba will still want his son to follow his path.

Why should the young man wish to live his father’s dream after the harsh treatment his father got at the hands of President Goodluck Jonathan?

I still remember Abba’s official visit to LEADERSHIP in August after his appointment as acting inspector-general of police. It was his first media visit. He said how he’d like to be remembered and made a wish for his son.

“I will like to be remembered as the IGP who made sure we have ethical police officers…my prayer is that one of my boys (he has six boys and three girls) should be a police officer,” he said on that visit.

EKO FOR SHOW? SURELY, NOT THIS TIME! by Femi Adegoke

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In the good old days of NUGA games when the number of universities in Nigeria could still be counted on the fingers of one hand, University of Lagos was famous for presenting contingents that were consistently well-attired on and off the field. Most times they delivered less, on the medal tables, than the promise of their sartorial elegance. That was the origin of ‘Eko for show’ slogan.


Ambode, in almost all his posters, is portrayed as a man with good taste when it comes to dressing. He comes recommended on the account of his years as a civil servant who knows the system. One hopes that this would not be his Achilles’ heel. He will need to get out of the civil service mentality for him to succeed.

AMBODE, TINUBU, LAGOS STATE AND THE FUTURE by Femi Adegoke

Tinubu has moved on to a bigger stage. He has shown that he recognizes talents and he is not afraid to help put them in positions of authority where the talents could be put to the common good.. Those he has put in positions, however, have to make their names for themselves individually through their performances.

Fashola, by all accounts, performed creditably well. In 2011, he had a re-nomination battle with Tinubu which, according to stories, was not unconnected with the commission to consultants which he prematurely wanted to tamper with without the consent of his leader. Then Tinubu still had his eyes on the centre where all the muscles would be needed, and he felt betrayed.
But times have changed, he is now a big player at the center. He is not likely to be hurt now as much as he would have been if Fashola had prevailed then. Apart from this, Tinubu himself realised that the performance of Fashola further enhanced his credibility as a visionary. He is someone who sees the big picture.

Sunny Ade Loses MD

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King Sunny Ade’s Managing Director and Juju Musician, Sunday Abayomi, popularly called Sunny Wonder, is dead.

He died on Thursday night in his house at 9, Fatai Oluyole Street, Aboru, a suburb of Lagos in western Nigeria.

Sources said he collapsed after taking his bath at about 10 p.m.

P.M.NEWS gathered that King Sunny Ade contracted a team of Indian doctors to treat him but no particular ailment was diagnosed.According to his wife, he has been sick for three weeks or so, but she did not disclose the kind of ailment.

As at the time of filing this report, efforts to speak with Sunny Ade about the tragedy were unsuccessful.

Abayomi’s corpse has been deposited in a private mortuary in Lagos.

Sunny Wonder, 55, hailed from Idoani, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State and is survived by an aged mother, wife and four children.

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