Removal Threat: Olubadan Replies 21 Ibadan Kings – “You’re End Of Year Entertainers”

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The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Tuesday, replied the purported threat issued by the 21 new Ibadan kings to recommend him for removal, describing the decision as an affront to the people of Ibadan and an “end of the year entertainment programme.”

He stressed that the 21 Ibadan kings acted out of ignorance by threatening to recommend his (Olubadan) removal, adding that despite the level of education of the high chiefs-turned-kings, they seemed to have forgotten that there were cases in court challenging their elevation by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.

The 21 kings, who were an August 27, 2017 installed by Ajimobi, had on Monday gave 21-day ultimatum to the monarch to be of good conduct or risk being removed from the Olubadan throne.

However, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Adeola Oloko, the front line monarch said that their action showed that they were feeling unsecure about their positions in the royal court after their ‘rush for multiple crowns and cheap royalties.’

The statement said, “The king has described the purported threat of the 21 new Ibadan kings to recommend him for removal as an affront to the people of Ibadan and end of the year entertainment programme.

“The frontline monarch, who stated that the so-called Oba-in-Council was unknown to the Oyo State Chieftaincy Laws, wondered how a group of educated individuals such as the embattled high chiefs could resort to illegality by commenting on a matter before the court.

“Oba Adetunji, who has pleaded with the court to take judicious notice of the persistent contempt of court on the matter before it by the defendants in recent times, is of the opinion that if a scapegoat is not made of at least one or two culprits, there may be no end to court contempt.”

While addressing the allegation raised by the kings against Olubadan’s unilateral decisions on key issues, the statement said that the Olubadan-in-Council was only an advisory council with no force of law, customs and traditions backing it.

The statement continued: “In the same vein, baales, whom the embattled high chiefs have added to themselves to become 21, are not members of the Olubadan-in-Council and therefore should not be dressed in a borrowed robe, as they have no power whatsoever over their lord.

“The prescribed and appointing authority can promote and or peg the promotion of an high chief as long as he wishes but he did not contemplate any such decision as he does not see himself as an absolute king.”

“Oba Adetunji contended further that there was no time that the embattled high chiefs were barred from attending palace activities, adding that they were the ones who spurned palace invitation in their desperate rush for multiple crowns and cheap royalty. Despite their absence from official palace activities, the Olubadan has been exercising his duties without let or hindrance.

“Even when they (the 21 kings) were being harassed and molested in the city and called unprintable names, he (Olubadan) has been trying his very best to calm down frayed nerves in order to guarantee their safety and security by going to court to diffuse tension.  Oba Adetunji stated that as the Yoruba proverb says that an okro plant can never outgrow its reaper, a high chief can’t outgrow the king by threatening to recommend him for removal.”

“By custom and tradition, no Olubadan has been recommended for removal from office by any high chief or group of high chiefs at any time and my own reign will not be an exception. At least, we have received applications from families of about four of the embattled high chiefs asking for their immediate replacement.

“But, like a prodigal son, we hope that they would sooner than later renounce the unrecognised crowns and return to the warm embrace of their father as the palace door is perpetually open. The high chiefs are hereby advised to emulate high chiefs in other places, who are not wearing crowns but still earn respect of their people for peace and progress to reign supreme in the land. The high chiefs should not exercise fears yet, as their seats would not be declared vacant in the absence of court verdict.”

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Nigerian Navy Publishes Names Of Shortlisted Candidates For DSSC Course 25, Date For Interview [See Full List]

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The Nigerian Navy wishes to notify applicants who sat for the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 25 Aptitude Test that the interview for successful candidates is scheduled to hold from 15 to 23 December 2017 at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo, Lagos State.

Applicants are enjoined to check www.joinnigeriannavy.com for the list of successful candidates.

APPLICANTS ARE TO CLICK HERE TO CHECK THEIR NAMES IF SHORTLISTED

Read full statement below:

Applicants whose names appear below were successful at the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 25 Aptitude Test written on 2 December 2017.

Successful candidates are to report at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School Ojo, Lagos State on Friday 15 December 2017 for an Interview which will take place from 15 to 23 December 2017.

The Interview will involve the screening of academic certificates and credentials, medical and physical fitness tests, written and oral examinations. Candidates are to come along with the following items:

a. Original and photocopies of academic certificates and credentials including:

(1) National Identity Card (acknowledgement slip admissible).
(2) First School Leaving Certificate and Senior Secondary School Certificates (WAEC, NECO etc), with scratch cards for verification results (original copy of West African Examination Council Certificate is compulsory).
(3) Certificates from tertiary institutions.
(4) Federal Ministry of Education authentication of foreign certificates.
(5) NYSC Discharge/Exemption Certificate.
(6) Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age.
(7) Certificate of Local Government of origin.
(8) Two (2) recent coloured passport-sized photographs.

b. Writing materials.
c. Three pairs of white (unmarked) vests and navy blue shorts.
d. A pair of white canvas shoes/trainers.
e. Two bed sheets and pillow cases.
f. A set of cutlery.
g. Toiletries.

Candidates who fail to report on 15 December 2017 will be disqualified.

 

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2018 Budget: El-Rufai Signs N216bn In Kaduna

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has signed the N216.55 billion, 2018 budget passed by the State House of Assembly into law.

It is understood that the budget, which was signed by the governor at a ceremony at the Government House in Kaduna on Tuesday, is made up of N131.1 billion capital expenditure and N85.44 billion recurrent expenditure.

“We have deliberately tagged it as Budget of Consolidation, because it is the last full annual budget before the 2019 election,’’ he said.

He said the budget was designed “to complete many projects we have commenced in the service of our people”.

“As I said while presenting the budget, we have published a record number of tenders as we try to achieve the goals outlined in our manifesto, these tenders have led to the commencement of many projects across the state.

“We have looked at inherited projects that we considered feasible and viable, some of these have been completed, but others are at various stages of completion,’’ El Rufai said.

The State House of Assembly had passed the N216 billion budget into law with an increase of N100 million.

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Naira Steadies As CBN Boosts Currency Market With $210Million

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday said it had injected 210 million dollars into the interbank foreign exchange market, extending efforts to boost liquidity and alleviate dollar shortages.

In a statement it issued yesterday, the country’s apex bank said it had released 100 million dollars earmarked for the wholesale market, 55 million dollars for small businesses and individuals, and 55 million dollars for certain dollar expenses such as school fees and medical bills.

According to figures obtained from the Bank, Tuesday’s interventions were for the Wholesale, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and invisibles segments of the market.

The Acting Director, Corporate Communications at the CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor disclosed that the Bank offered the sum of $100million to the wholesale segment, while the SMEs and invisibles segments each received the sum of $55 million.

He reiterated that the releases were meant to boost liquidity, trade and ease of remittances for legitimate personal commitments.

In spite of the stable rate of N360/$1 and the expected inflow from various sources such as the Eurobond and remittances from the Diaspora, Okorafor said the Bank would continue to intervene in the inter-bank forex market to guarantee liquidity.

While also noting that the interventions had largely checked unwholesome activities of currency speculators, he said that the CBN would not relent in its daily monitoring of activities in the market in order to ensure that all concerned operate in line with extant rules.

Meanwhile, the naira maintained its steady rate against major currencies around the globe, exchanging for N360/$1 in the BDC segment of the market on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

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32 SARS Operatives Reportedly Arrested Amid #EndSARS Rally

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There are strong indications that no less than 32 operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) are currently in detention, in the wake of a just held rally that seeks the end of the police unit.

Police Vows To Punish Erring Personnel As Nigerians Protest, Give FG 21 Days To #EndSARS

TheCable quoted a source as saying that the arrested officers were moved to Abuja from different state commands during the weekend.

The source was quoted as saying that “The suspects, who are all male, are now being held at various detention cells of the Federal SARS at Guzape District Abuja.”

“Since their arrival in Abuja, their family members and lawyers have not been allowed to see them based on an order from above.”

It was gathered that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who was said to be responsible for their arrests, has assembled a team of top police investigators to look into their cases.

It was also learnt that the arrested officers are being investigated for cases ranging from extortion, robbery, rape, amomg others.

The source said Lagos command has the highest number of suspects, next to the federal capital territory (FCT).

“Their immediate orderly room trial and punitive measures will also become part of the ongoing moves to stem the tide of alleged impunity being campaigned against the police institution,” the source said.

“At a recent meeting with the police management team, the IGP decided to apply prompt punishment for any SARS officer found wanting, here in Abuja instead of their commands where such cases are not properly handled.”

The news of their arrest is coming barely a few days after Nigerians trooped out nationwide to protest the alleged brutality, intimidation, extortion and killings of innocent citizens by the police unit and called for its immediate scrapping.

The rally, which was held was on Monday, was also reeked of drama as indications emerged that the police allegedly hijacked the rally with the hashtag #SupportSARS.

ALSO READ:

#EndSARS: Nigeria Police Launches #SupportSARS | Counters Allegations Of Brutality

#EndSARS: Police Defends SARS – Those Who Want It Scrapped “May Likely Be Armed Robbers”

#EndSARS Campaign: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Reekado Banks Share Bitter Stories Of Their Encounter With SARS

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32 SARS Operatives Reportedly Arrested Amid #EndSARS Rally

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There are strong indications that no less than 32 operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) are currently in detention, in the wake of a just held rally that seeks the end of the police unit.

Police Vows To Punish Erring Personnel As Nigerians Protest, Give FG 21 Days To #EndSARS

TheCable quoted a source as saying that the arrested officers were moved to Abuja from different state commands during the weekend.

The source was quoted as saying that “The suspects, who are all male, are now being held at various detention cells of the Federal SARS at Guzape District Abuja.”

“Since their arrival in Abuja, their family members and lawyers have not been allowed to see them based on an order from above.”

It was gathered that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who was said to be responsible for their arrests, has assembled a team of top police investigators to look into their cases.

It was also learnt that the arrested officers are being investigated for cases ranging from extortion, robbery, rape, amomg others.

The source said Lagos command has the highest number of suspects, next to the federal capital territory (FCT).

“Their immediate orderly room trial and punitive measures will also become part of the ongoing moves to stem the tide of alleged impunity being campaigned against the police institution,” the source said.

“At a recent meeting with the police management team, the IGP decided to apply prompt punishment for any SARS officer found wanting, here in Abuja instead of their commands where such cases are not properly handled.”

The news of their arrest is coming barely a few days after Nigerians trooped out nationwide to protest the alleged brutality, intimidation, extortion and killings of innocent citizens by the police unit and called for its immediate scrapping.

The rally, which was held was on Monday, was also reeked of drama as indications emerged that the police allegedly hijacked the rally with the hashtag #SupportSARS.

ALSO READ:

#EndSARS: Nigeria Police Launches #SupportSARS | Counters Allegations Of Brutality

#EndSARS: Police Defends SARS – Those Who Want It Scrapped “May Likely Be Armed Robbers”

#EndSARS Campaign: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Reekado Banks Share Bitter Stories Of Their Encounter With SARS

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FIFA Fines Nigeria, Deducts Point For Fielding Ineligible Player During World Cup Qualifiers

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World football governing body FIFA has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 6,000 Swiss Francs (approximately N2,175,660.00) for fielding an “ineligible” player in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November, 2017.

#WorldCupDraw : Nigeria To Face Argentina, Croatia And Iceland In Group D

Nigeria had on that game fielded Shehu Abdullahi and according to FIFA, the three-time African champions violated article 8 of the Regulations of the 2018 World Cup Russia and article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for featuring the Anorthosis Famagusta defender, who was ineligible for the encounter on 10 November 2017.

The sanction is a result of Abdullahi’s failure to serve the automatic one-match ban imposed on him, after he had received two yellow cards during the World Cup qualification.

Consequently, Nigeria will forfeit the point gained from the encounter with three points and three goals awarded in favour of Algeria.

“This sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had already qualified (and Algeria eliminated) before the match took place,” FIFA said.

With the deducted point, the Super Eagles finished the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign with 13 points instead of 14 and can no longer be considered unbeaten.

Pinnick Reaction:

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has ordered that an internal inquiry be instituted immediately over the “error” that led to its sanctioning by the world football body, FIFA.

Mr Pinnick said this in a statement by the NFF on Tuesday while admitting the mistake on the part of the body (NFF), and accepting the position of FIFA on the matter.

“We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria.

“However, this is a grave error, and somebody must be punished. We apologize to Nigerians for this and assure that this will not in any way derail or even distract us in our well – laid plan to ensure that the Super Eagles have a great outing in Russia.

“At the same time, I want to assure that persons responsible for this slip would not be given just a slap on the wrist.”

 

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FIFA Fines Nigeria, Deducts Point For Fielding Ineligible Player During World Cup Qualifiers

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World football governing body FIFA has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 6,000 Swiss Francs (approximately N2,175,660.00) for fielding an “ineligible” player in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November, 2017.

#WorldCupDraw : Nigeria To Face Argentina, Croatia And Iceland In Group D

Nigeria had on that game fielded Shehu Abdullahi and according to FIFA, the three-time African champions violated article 8 of the Regulations of the 2018 World Cup Russia and article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for featuring the Anorthosis Famagusta defender, who was ineligible for the encounter on 10 November 2017.

The sanction is a result of Abdullahi’s failure to serve the automatic one-match ban imposed on him, after he had received two yellow cards during the World Cup qualification.

Consequently, Nigeria will forfeit the point gained from the encounter with three points and three goals awarded in favour of Algeria.

“This sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had already qualified (and Algeria eliminated) before the match took place,” FIFA said.

With the deducted point, the Super Eagles finished the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign with 13 points instead of 14 and can no longer be considered unbeaten.

Pinnick Reaction:

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has ordered that an internal inquiry be instituted immediately over the “error” that led to its sanctioning by the world football body, FIFA.

Mr Pinnick said this in a statement by the NFF on Tuesday while admitting the mistake on the part of the body (NFF), and accepting the position of FIFA on the matter.

“We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria.

“However, this is a grave error, and somebody must be punished. We apologize to Nigerians for this and assure that this will not in any way derail or even distract us in our well – laid plan to ensure that the Super Eagles have a great outing in Russia.

“At the same time, I want to assure that persons responsible for this slip would not be given just a slap on the wrist.”

 

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?, By SKC Ogbonnia

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, has concluded its long-awaited national convention. The main takeaway from the gathering is the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections to Northern Nigeria. But they may not be alone. The fiercest narrative that has continued to greet my expression of interest to vie for president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is that power must remain in the North past 2019.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

So, why specifically the North at this critical stage of national development, when the nation is facing serious crises in all fronts? Have the leaders from any particular zone shown any magic wand in solving national problems? If zoning is suddenly the sole panacea for our problems, what are the criteria?

The cursory history below is a cue.

By May 2019, the North might have occupied the seat of power for about 42 out of 59 years of national independence. Of the three Northern political zones, the North-West would have been in power for roughly 18 years; 11 democratic, and seven years under military rule. The North-East already had about sixyears of democratic governance in the First Republic; while the North-Central accounted for solid 18 years, all by military administrations. Yet, despite unfettered allocation of federal funds to the Northern region, its huge natural and human resources remain grossly untapped. It is not surprising, therefore, that the image of the poor human condition in the North is the convex lens through which the history of bad leadership in Nigeria is seen worldwide.

Similarly, Southern Nigeria has held power for about 17 years. The South-West zone was at the helm for 12 years; eight years of democratic power, and years years of military and quasi-military dictatorships. The South-South has followed with five years, all under democratic leadership; while the South-East accounted for six months through military authority. Unfortunately, however, the condition of vital federal projects in the South, including roads and airports, remain an eyesore. Needless to mention that the region is well known for high crime rates, at home and abroad.

Ultimately, politicians from both the North and South are guilty of bad leadership in Nigeria. We must admit, therefore, that the distrust in the polity is deeply rooted in the past, where each ethnic group or region patently shares part of the blame. But if zoning must prevail at this critical time, common sense dictates that the law of equity would equally demand that the position of the president be allocated to the region or the zones thus far marginalised in the presidential equation.

Critics are expected to roar here. As if Nigeria just attained independence in 1999, they will attempt to argue that the rotation began in 1999. Others have also made the case that the rotation rationale does not consider military rule. Fine. But there is the need for consistency. Nigeria has moved onto political zones, instead of the regional concept. Thus, the presidential calculators ought to zoom their searchlight into the North-Central and the South-East, being the political zones that are yet to produce democratic presidents. In other words, any presidential aspirant from the North-West, South-West, South-South, and North-East might as well step aside.

More progressively, let there be a open contest from all zones without preordained anointment. Nigeria needs a leader who is best equipped to lead at this stage of national development. For things are not going well in our country. The ordinary man and woman is finding it difficult to survive. Many of the youth are fleeing the country, most of who have no other choice than to embrace the harsh conditions in immigration jails in foreign lands, as more hopeful than the free life in our native land. Some are even accepting to be sold as slaves, insofar they escape the Nigerian dilemma.

Make no mistake about it, the main problem is not the fault of the current national government. Instead, it is a culmination of acute leadership failures inherited from the past PDP regimes that squandered the nation’s golden opportunities. For example, despite unprecedented revenue generated from crude oil from 1999 to 2014, abject corruption, rather than the dividend of the hard-earned democracy, was the order of the day.

As can be recalled, that very situation prompted many patriots, including me—to sacrifice our individual political and business interests—to promote any candidate who could stem the tide of bad governance bedeviling the country at the time. We did not care about ethnicity, religion or creed. We did not care that the South-South, the very life zone of the nation, which at the time had a sitting president in Goodluck Jonathan, had not exhausted its eight years in Aso Villa. All we sought was a Nigerian, simply a Nigerian, with a history of fighting corruption. Muhammadu Buhari was that man.

Buhari came back to power with good intentions and has performed to the best of his ability. At least, corruption is once again being viewed as stealing. But, if the truth is told, his best can no longer cope with the demands of the 21st century Nigeria. In short, President Muhammadu Buhari has two glaring styles to consider moving forward: The Mandela manner or the Mugabe muggle. The world is watching.

The world is definitely watching, believing that Nigeria can do much better. It is not a secret that her citizens, including the youth, are leading lights worldwide in all-important areas of human civilisation, from medicine, education, engineering, law enforcement, and what have you. Yet, the same Nigerian professionals cannot replicate similar standards at home because of all manners of discrimination, including uneven zoning and quota. That trend must change. Posterity beckons on us to capitalise on our rich diversity and find common grounds where ideas could converge for practical solutions, instead of amplifying the echoes of a lifelong pattern of tribal or regional rivalries.

SKC Ogbonnia, an APC presidential aspirant, writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?, By SKC Ogbonnia

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, has concluded its long-awaited national convention. The main takeaway from the gathering is the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections to Northern Nigeria. But they may not be alone. The fiercest narrative that has continued to greet my expression of interest to vie for president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is that power must remain in the North past 2019.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

So, why specifically the North at this critical stage of national development, when the nation is facing serious crises in all fronts? Have the leaders from any particular zone shown any magic wand in solving national problems? If zoning is suddenly the sole panacea for our problems, what are the criteria?

The cursory history below is a cue.

By May 2019, the North might have occupied the seat of power for about 42 out of 59 years of national independence. Of the three Northern political zones, the North-West would have been in power for roughly 18 years; 11 democratic, and seven years under military rule. The North-East already had about sixyears of democratic governance in the First Republic; while the North-Central accounted for solid 18 years, all by military administrations. Yet, despite unfettered allocation of federal funds to the Northern region, its huge natural and human resources remain grossly untapped. It is not surprising, therefore, that the image of the poor human condition in the North is the convex lens through which the history of bad leadership in Nigeria is seen worldwide.

Similarly, Southern Nigeria has held power for about 17 years. The South-West zone was at the helm for 12 years; eight years of democratic power, and years years of military and quasi-military dictatorships. The South-South has followed with five years, all under democratic leadership; while the South-East accounted for six months through military authority. Unfortunately, however, the condition of vital federal projects in the South, including roads and airports, remain an eyesore. Needless to mention that the region is well known for high crime rates, at home and abroad.

Ultimately, politicians from both the North and South are guilty of bad leadership in Nigeria. We must admit, therefore, that the distrust in the polity is deeply rooted in the past, where each ethnic group or region patently shares part of the blame. But if zoning must prevail at this critical time, common sense dictates that the law of equity would equally demand that the position of the president be allocated to the region or the zones thus far marginalised in the presidential equation.

Critics are expected to roar here. As if Nigeria just attained independence in 1999, they will attempt to argue that the rotation began in 1999. Others have also made the case that the rotation rationale does not consider military rule. Fine. But there is the need for consistency. Nigeria has moved onto political zones, instead of the regional concept. Thus, the presidential calculators ought to zoom their searchlight into the North-Central and the South-East, being the political zones that are yet to produce democratic presidents. In other words, any presidential aspirant from the North-West, South-West, South-South, and North-East might as well step aside.

More progressively, let there be a open contest from all zones without preordained anointment. Nigeria needs a leader who is best equipped to lead at this stage of national development. For things are not going well in our country. The ordinary man and woman is finding it difficult to survive. Many of the youth are fleeing the country, most of who have no other choice than to embrace the harsh conditions in immigration jails in foreign lands, as more hopeful than the free life in our native land. Some are even accepting to be sold as slaves, insofar they escape the Nigerian dilemma.

Make no mistake about it, the main problem is not the fault of the current national government. Instead, it is a culmination of acute leadership failures inherited from the past PDP regimes that squandered the nation’s golden opportunities. For example, despite unprecedented revenue generated from crude oil from 1999 to 2014, abject corruption, rather than the dividend of the hard-earned democracy, was the order of the day.

As can be recalled, that very situation prompted many patriots, including me—to sacrifice our individual political and business interests—to promote any candidate who could stem the tide of bad governance bedeviling the country at the time. We did not care about ethnicity, religion or creed. We did not care that the South-South, the very life zone of the nation, which at the time had a sitting president in Goodluck Jonathan, had not exhausted its eight years in Aso Villa. All we sought was a Nigerian, simply a Nigerian, with a history of fighting corruption. Muhammadu Buhari was that man.

Buhari came back to power with good intentions and has performed to the best of his ability. At least, corruption is once again being viewed as stealing. But, if the truth is told, his best can no longer cope with the demands of the 21st century Nigeria. In short, President Muhammadu Buhari has two glaring styles to consider moving forward: The Mandela manner or the Mugabe muggle. The world is watching.

The world is definitely watching, believing that Nigeria can do much better. It is not a secret that her citizens, including the youth, are leading lights worldwide in all-important areas of human civilisation, from medicine, education, engineering, law enforcement, and what have you. Yet, the same Nigerian professionals cannot replicate similar standards at home because of all manners of discrimination, including uneven zoning and quota. That trend must change. Posterity beckons on us to capitalise on our rich diversity and find common grounds where ideas could converge for practical solutions, instead of amplifying the echoes of a lifelong pattern of tribal or regional rivalries.

SKC Ogbonnia, an APC presidential aspirant, writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?

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Why Must The Next Nigerian President Come From The North?, By SKC Ogbonnia

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, has concluded its long-awaited national convention. The main takeaway from the gathering is the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2019 elections to Northern Nigeria. But they may not be alone. The fiercest narrative that has continued to greet my expression of interest to vie for president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is that power must remain in the North past 2019.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

So, why specifically the North at this critical stage of national development, when the nation is facing serious crises in all fronts? Have the leaders from any particular zone shown any magic wand in solving national problems? If zoning is suddenly the sole panacea for our problems, what are the criteria?

The cursory history below is a cue.

By May 2019, the North might have occupied the seat of power for about 42 out of 59 years of national independence. Of the three Northern political zones, the North-West would have been in power for roughly 18 years; 11 democratic, and seven years under military rule. The North-East already had about sixyears of democratic governance in the First Republic; while the North-Central accounted for solid 18 years, all by military administrations. Yet, despite unfettered allocation of federal funds to the Northern region, its huge natural and human resources remain grossly untapped. It is not surprising, therefore, that the image of the poor human condition in the North is the convex lens through which the history of bad leadership in Nigeria is seen worldwide.

Similarly, Southern Nigeria has held power for about 17 years. The South-West zone was at the helm for 12 years; eight years of democratic power, and years years of military and quasi-military dictatorships. The South-South has followed with five years, all under democratic leadership; while the South-East accounted for six months through military authority. Unfortunately, however, the condition of vital federal projects in the South, including roads and airports, remain an eyesore. Needless to mention that the region is well known for high crime rates, at home and abroad.

Ultimately, politicians from both the North and South are guilty of bad leadership in Nigeria. We must admit, therefore, that the distrust in the polity is deeply rooted in the past, where each ethnic group or region patently shares part of the blame. But if zoning must prevail at this critical time, common sense dictates that the law of equity would equally demand that the position of the president be allocated to the region or the zones thus far marginalised in the presidential equation.

Critics are expected to roar here. As if Nigeria just attained independence in 1999, they will attempt to argue that the rotation began in 1999. Others have also made the case that the rotation rationale does not consider military rule. Fine. But there is the need for consistency. Nigeria has moved onto political zones, instead of the regional concept. Thus, the presidential calculators ought to zoom their searchlight into the North-Central and the South-East, being the political zones that are yet to produce democratic presidents. In other words, any presidential aspirant from the North-West, South-West, South-South, and North-East might as well step aside.

More progressively, let there be a open contest from all zones without preordained anointment. Nigeria needs a leader who is best equipped to lead at this stage of national development. For things are not going well in our country. The ordinary man and woman is finding it difficult to survive. Many of the youth are fleeing the country, most of who have no other choice than to embrace the harsh conditions in immigration jails in foreign lands, as more hopeful than the free life in our native land. Some are even accepting to be sold as slaves, insofar they escape the Nigerian dilemma.

Make no mistake about it, the main problem is not the fault of the current national government. Instead, it is a culmination of acute leadership failures inherited from the past PDP regimes that squandered the nation’s golden opportunities. For example, despite unprecedented revenue generated from crude oil from 1999 to 2014, abject corruption, rather than the dividend of the hard-earned democracy, was the order of the day.

As can be recalled, that very situation prompted many patriots, including me—to sacrifice our individual political and business interests—to promote any candidate who could stem the tide of bad governance bedeviling the country at the time. We did not care about ethnicity, religion or creed. We did not care that the South-South, the very life zone of the nation, which at the time had a sitting president in Goodluck Jonathan, had not exhausted its eight years in Aso Villa. All we sought was a Nigerian, simply a Nigerian, with a history of fighting corruption. Muhammadu Buhari was that man.

Buhari came back to power with good intentions and has performed to the best of his ability. At least, corruption is once again being viewed as stealing. But, if the truth is told, his best can no longer cope with the demands of the 21st century Nigeria. In short, President Muhammadu Buhari has two glaring styles to consider moving forward: The Mandela manner or the Mugabe muggle. The world is watching.

The world is definitely watching, believing that Nigeria can do much better. It is not a secret that her citizens, including the youth, are leading lights worldwide in all-important areas of human civilisation, from medicine, education, engineering, law enforcement, and what have you. Yet, the same Nigerian professionals cannot replicate similar standards at home because of all manners of discrimination, including uneven zoning and quota. That trend must change. Posterity beckons on us to capitalise on our rich diversity and find common grounds where ideas could converge for practical solutions, instead of amplifying the echoes of a lifelong pattern of tribal or regional rivalries.

SKC Ogbonnia, an APC presidential aspirant, writes from Abuja, Nigeria.

This piece was written by SKC Ogbonnia. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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2018 CAF Champions League Draw Entries – 58 Clubs Listed For Qualifying Rounds Draw

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2018 CAF Champions League Draw Entries – 58 Clubs Listed For Qualifying Rounds Draw

List of 58 clubs who will be included in the 2018 CAF Champions League qualifying rounds draw in Cairo on Wednesday:

Algeria: Entente Setif, Mouloudia Alger, Angola: Primeiro Agosto, Benin: to be named, Botswana: Township Rollers, Burkina Faso: Kadiogo, Burundi: LLB Academic, Cameroon: Eding Sport, Central African Republic: Olympic Real Bangui, Congo Brazzaville: AC Leopards, Otoho, Democratic Republic of Congo: V Club, TP Mazembe, Egypt: Al Ahly, Misr Lel-Makkasa, Equatorial Guinea: Leones Vegetarianos, Ethiopia: Saint George, Gabon: Mounana, Gambia: Armed Forces, Ghana: Aduana Stars, Guinea: Horoya, Guinea-Bissau: Benfica, Ivory Coast: ASEC Mimosas, Williamsville, Kenya: Gor Mahia, Lesotho: Bantu, Liberia LISCR, Libya Al Tahaddy, Madagascar: CNaPS Sport, Malawi: Be Forward Mighty Wanderers, Mali: Stade Malien, Real Bamako, Mauritania: Concorde, Mauritius: Pamplemousse, Morocco: Difaa el Jadidi, Wydad Casablanca (holders), Mozambique: Songo, Niger: AS FAN, Nigeria: Plateau Utd, MFM, Rwanda: Rayon Sports, Senegal: Generation Foot, Seychelles: Saint Louis, South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns, Wits, South Sudan: Wau Salaam, Sudan: Al Hilal, Al Merrikh, Swaziland: Mbabane Swallows, Tanzania: Young Africans, Togo: Port, Tunisia: Esperance, Etoile Sahel, Uganda: KCCA, Zambia: Zesco Utd, Zanaco, Zanzibar: JKU, Zimbabwe: Platinum

Did not enter: Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Namibia, Reunion, Sao Tome e Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia

Dates: preliminary round – Feb 9/11 and 16/18; first round: Mar 9/11 and 16/18

Note: sixteen first round winners qualify for group stage

AFP

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Federal Government To Pay Ikoyi Whistle-Blower N421m This Week

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The Federal Government has announced that the Ikoyi whistle-blower who provided information that led to the recovery of the N13bn  loot will receive his commission this week.

Two weeks ago, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said that the Government would pay the sum of N421,330,595 to only one individual identified for providing information that led to the recovery of the alleged stolen funds hidden in a flat at the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. Adeosun had said N421,330,595 would be paid to the legitimate informant.

According to reports, a senior government official explained that a directive for the release of the fund had been issued by Mrs Adeosun. The source said all the administrative procedures needed for the release of the fund had been concluded, noting that before the end of the week, the money would be released.

“The money for the payment of the Ikoyi whistle-blower is ready and that money is ready for release this week. A directive has already been issued that the money should be released to the whistle-blower and that will be done before the end of the week.”  The source explained.

According to the Federal Government’s whistle-blower policy, informants in such cases are eligible to receive between 2.5% and 5% of any recovered loot. Several persons have so far laid claims to providing information that led to the recovery of the huge Ikoyi sum.

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21 New Ibadan Kings Threaten To Dethrone ‎Olubadan, Issue 21-Day Deadline

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The 21 new Ibadan kings, installed by the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on August 27, 2017, have issued a dethronement notice to the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji.

Olubadan Of Ibadan Distances Self From Mass Coronation Of 21 New Obas

Trouble had started in the state after their installation was rejected by the Olubadan, who threatened to pursue the matter in court.

The new kings and some Baales were, however, crowned by the Oyo government following the recommendation made by a panel set up to review the Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration.

You Are Wearing “Fake And Carton” Crowns – Olubadan Tells 21 Elevated Kings

At a press conference addressed by the 21 kings at Mapo Hall, Ibadan on Monday, leader of the group, Oba Lekan Balogun, who is also the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, accused the monarch of taking unilateral decisions on behalf of the ‘Olubadan-Kings-in-Council’ and inciting the people against the state government.

They also accused the Olubadan’s wives of embarrassing the palace through their excesses and alleged misleading the monarch on many issues.

Olubadan Sues Oyo Governor Ajimobi, 23 Others For Installing 21 Kings

The council members also accused the Olubadan of inciting people against Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who undertook the review, which made him an Imperial Majesty.

They said: “We are, by this conference, giving His Imperial Majesty a 21-day ultimatum to change his stand and work for the improvement of Ibadan, rather than promoting disorderliness. Failure to do so, the entire Ibadan Council of Obas will pass a vote of no confidence in the Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and declare him persona non-grata, and the government will have no other choice than to move for appropriate action.

“You need to know that we the then Olubadan-In-Council nominated and appointed him and presented the said Kabiyesi Adetunji to the government of Oyo State for inauguration and approval or confirmation as the Olubadan of Ibadan, knowing well that under the law, anybody from the position of Ekerin is qualified for the position of the Olubadan.

“The obaship of the Olubadan did not start from Oba Saliu and it will not end in his palace…”

The Olubadan Palace has, however, not reacted to the dethronement threat.

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Oil Prices Jump Above $65 – First Since 2015

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Brent crude oil prices jumped – by one percent – above $65 per barrel on Tuesday to their highest since mid-2015, after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $65.32 a barrel at 07:48 GMT, up 63 cents, or one percent, from their last close. The contract hit a high of $65.70 a barrel earlier in the day.

That marks the first time Brent has risen above $65 since June 2015.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were at $58.38 a barrel, up 39 cents, or 0.7 percent, from their last settlement.

“Brent crude raced higher … as news broke that the North Sea’s Forties Pipeline system would have to be shut down for a ‘number of weeks’ after a hairline crack was found in it,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at futures brokerage OANDA in Singapore. “The pipeline … is a significant component underpinning the Brent benchmark.”

Britain’s Forties oil pipeline, the country’s largest at a capacity of 450,000 barrels per day (bpd), shut down on Monday after cracks were revealed.

“The market reaction shows that in a tight market, any supply issue will quickly be reflected in higher prices,” said ANZ bank.

 

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14-Year-Old Girl, Joy Ezechikamnayo, Emerges Abia State’s One Day Governor

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Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Monday sworn in Miss Joy Ezechikamnayo as the first one day Governor of Abia State.

The SS3 student and senior prefect of Intellectual Giants Christian Academy in Umuahia was yesterday joined by members of her executive council drawn from all the LGAs of Abia State.

14-Year-Old Girl, Joy Ezechikamnayo, Emerges Abia State’s One Day Governor

14-Year-Old Girl, Joy Ezechikamnayo, Emerges Abia State’s One Day Governor

It is understood that the 14-year-old girl emerged as the top performer after a rigorous essay competition that lasted over a week.

The 20 top performers in the essay competition were designated as follows:

1st position-Governor

2nd position – Deputy Governor

3rd position – SSG

17 others are Commissioners

It will be recalled that Abia State maintained top position in West Africa School Certificate Examinations for a consecutive 3 years leading to the emergence of the state as the number one state in Education in Nigeria.

While performing her first official assignment, Ezechikamnayo declared December 12th teenager day in the state.

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Nigerian Army Announces Date For 76 Recruits Passing Out Parade

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The Nigerian Army has fixed Tuesday, December 19, for the Passing Out Parade (POP) of Regular Recruits Intake of the Depot NA, Zaria.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Depot Nigerian Army, Capt. Haruna Mohammed-Sani, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Monday.

“The Passing Out Parade (POP) for Regular Recruits Intake of the Depot NA is billed for Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at Depot NA Parade Ground, Chindit Cantonment, Zaria by 7:00a.m.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour and Reviewing Officer for the event,” Mohammed-Sani said.

According to him, other distinguished personalities expected at the occasion include; State Governors, Local Government Chairmen and Traditional Rulers.

He said senior military officers, both serving and retired, as well as Heads of Paramilitary Agencies and family members of the passing out recruits, were expected to grace the occasion.

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#EndSARS Is Inadequate: The Entire Nigeria Police Force Is Rotten

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#EndSARS Is Inadequate: The Entire Nigeria Police Force Is Rotten By Churchill Okonkwo

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The rot in the entire Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is terrifying. The current agitation for the scrapping of SARS is like cutting off one wild branch of an evil tree and expecting the new sprout to be different or the evil tree to die. Without necessarily downplaying the importance of the current protest and agitations, I dare say that #EndSARS is too narrow and any outcome will be inconsequential in changing the character of NPF. What the hawk gives birth to will not fail to carry chickens.

This piece was written by Churchill Okonkwo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

With that preamble, it is obvious that only radical and sweeping changes will transform the Nigerian Police. The fact is that the Nigeria Police Force, as a whole, is murderous, corrupt, ineffective, lazy, criminally-minded and worst of all, not ready for reform. The present NPF denotes guttering that had corroded, vibrated in the wind, half held by the brackets but not willing to fall. For a new Nigeria Police Force to rise, this present disgrace must fall. Unfortunately, #EndSARS will have an insignificant effect on a Police Force that was recently rated the worst in the world.

#EndSARS: Drama As Police Fight Back With #SupportSARS – And It’s Trending

The worst of the NPF is the culture of see-no-evil, hear-no-evil and cover-ups. Nobody is policing the police in Nigeria. That’s why they can beat up and kill suspects at will and are not afraid of being arrested. In their twisted minds, they are challenging, “who is going to tame us? We are the Nigerian police and we are in charge.” Unfortunately for Nigerians, the legislature that should be checking the excesses of NPF keep mum because they are the major beneficiary.

Refusing to acknowledge that the degree of rottenness in the Nigeria Police Force is beyond scrapping of SARS certainly means that the current protests and rallies will come to nothing. Before this momentum fizzles out, therefore, Nigerians should define clear goals and sweeping demands that will have a lasting impact on the overall operations of the Nigeria Police Force.

The convener #EndSARS, Mr. Segun Awosanya, said that SARS has “outlived its usefulness and now constitutes a clear and present threat to the safety, well-being, and welfare of most Nigerians.” The truth; the entire NPF notorious for extrajudicial murder (e.g., APO Six), wrongful search and arrest, registration of false cases, conducting illegal operations and worst, disregarding the directive of the IG of police to dismantle illegal roadblocks has outlived its usefulness.

Disbandment of SARS may be soothing to their victim for a night, but thousands of Nigerians will suffer the same or worse abuse under the operation of NPF. It is encouraging, though, to see Nigerians are getting involved and flooding social media with tales of extrajudicial killings, torture, wanton arrests for bribes and other menacing conducts. But, it is not by staring hard that one sees the road. We have been through this circus before.

In January 2005, Tafa Balogun was forced to resign and was replaced by Sunday Ehindero, who scrapped the notorious “Operation Fire-for-Fire,” stressing the need to move away from “authoritarian and symbolic justice” to a more accountable and responsive force. A new slogan, “To serve and protect with integrity,” was chosen to reflect that shift.

That cosmetic approach did not give Nigerians a police force that served or protected the citizen with integrity. If it did, we would not be talking about ending SARS, which is no different than “Operation Fire-for-Fire.” Another bitter truth; the Nigerian Police cannot give us what they don’t have. The rank and file of Nigerian Police have brutality and abuse of power in their DNA. So, how is anything going to change? The madmen of SARS are dancing to the sound of the drums beaten for them by the leadership as of the Nigeria Police Force. To stop the dance, we have to stop those beating the drums.

Police Vows To Punish Erring Personnel As Nigerians Protest, Give FG 21 Days To #EndSARS

Calling for the immediate dissolution of SARS will get a boost from the likes Atiku seeking cheap political attention. However, it will be more helpful if serving and former public office holders like the governors, ministers and senators will allow the Nigerian Police to serve and protect the public. When the instrument of law protection turns into an instrument of lawlessness and protecting big men and the wealthy, you begin to wonder what #EndSARS will achieve.

Instead of being an instrument to enforce the rule of law, the Nigerian Police is increasingly seen as a pliable tool in the hands of unscrupulous politicians, business moguls and many unpatriotic Nigerians. You only need to observe the number of policemen attached to politicians and these business moguls to realize that we are a long way off.

This troubling departure from what a law enforcement agency should be is all very self-evident to anyone that has used the hashtag #EndSARS. It is not the weaker sections, which includes women, children, old people, the poor and handicapped – the law abiding citizens – that need the police more than other sections of the society? The present energy we are spending in #EndSARS at a time when progress is urgently needed in transforming the entire police should be redirected.

My point, therefore, is that we should not limit our protest to the narrow and insignificant demand for the scrapping of SARS or for the name of the operation to be changed. It’s a waste of time and resources. The scrapping of SARS will, if anything, have a marginal impact. Is there anyone out there who believes that our police force is not in need of deep-seated repair?

The only thing that will change the impunity and rot in the NPF is a radical shift from the status quo.  To change the rot in the NPF, we need radical measures from within the force starting with overhauling the leadership. We need a radical leadership shakeup to be spearheaded by a special crack team, trained abroad and brought back with the singular purpose of overhauling the NPF.  It will need the support of the executive and legislative arms of government.

Maybe it’s time to think of Police Crime and Corruption Commission (PCCC). We need a strong and well-financed Special Prosecutor who is appointed and reports to the Police Service Commission and the not the Police Inspector-General. Until we get an independent and fearless prosecutor working with a crack team at the top to clear the rot in the leadership as well as the rank and file of the Nigerian Police, #EndSARS will fizzle out like the rest of online driven protests in Nigeria with fuzzy goals.

#EndSARS: Nigeria Police Launches #SupportSARS | Counters Allegations Of Brutality

#EndSARS: Police Defends SARS – Those Who Want It Scrapped “May Likely Be Armed Robbers”

#EndSARS Campaign: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Reekado Banks Share Bitter Stories Of Their Encounter With SARS

The activities of the entire NPF are stinking like a decaying corpse buried in a shallow grave. The Nigerian Police is the head of the corpse, while SARS is just the feet. To be effective in stopping the stench; we have to dig from the head and not the feet. Changing the Nigerian police culture of brutality, indiscipline, non-professionalism, corruption, etc. will not emerge from the narrow cause of campaigning for scrapping of SARS.

In the final analysis, the Nigerian Police is rotten, #EndSARS is too narrow to be effective. Overhauling the entire Nigeria Police Force, #OverhaulNPF should be the reasonable goal.

You can email Churchill at churchill.okonkwo@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @churchillnnobi.

This piece was written by Churchill Okonkwo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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#EndSARS: Drama As Police Fight Back With #SupportSARS – And It’s Trending

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A dramatic twist has emerged in the ongoing #EndSARS campaign, which is seeking for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), as indications have emerged that the police may have hijacked the purpose of the rally and are in fact trending with the hashtag #SupportSARS.

Police Vows To Punish Erring Personnel As Nigerians Protest, Give FG 21 Days To #EndSARS

Sahara Reporters is claiming that the Nigerian Police may have rented some women and girls to counter activists calling for #EndSARS rally.

And the claim has begun to gain currency as a segment of Nigerians are beginning to show their support for SARS even with the hashtag #LeaveSARSAlone.

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Here are more reactions that have trailed the #ENDSARS vs #SUPPORTSARS Rallies:

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Police Vows To Punish Erring Personnel As Nigerians Protest, Give FG 21 Days To #EndSARS

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The police high command has vowed to investigate all complaints and allegations against the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS); with the assurance that the big stick will be wielded on those found guilty of professional misconduct.

According to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Joshak Habila, any officer indicted for human rights abuses and professional misconduct would be sanctioned and eased out of the Police Force.

#EndSARS: Nigeria Police Launches #SupportSARS | Counters Allegations Of Brutality

He assured Nigerians that the complaints against SARS on the social media were being compiled by the Force Public Relations unit for further investigation and action.

Habila made this known while speaking with protesters led by Deputy National Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee, Sanusi Ajiya, who marched to the Force headquarters, Abuja, after a rally at the Eagle Square in support of the SARS on Monday.

He said: “All allegations against SARS will be investigated. They are being put together by the Force Public Relations Officer.

“The reason we are doing this is because we believe SARS has something to offer, but anyone found wanting will be taken out of the Force.

“The PCRC has been telling us some of the wrongs we did and today, they are saying they won’t want SARS to be thrown away.

“The IG is rebranding SARS; those that have violated people’s rights or killed won’t go unpunished.”

The assurance by the DIG is coming on a day Nigerians trooped out nationwide to protest the alleged brutality, intimidation, extortion and killings of innocent citizens by the police unit and called for its immediate scrapping.

The convener #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG, Segun Awosanya, who spoke during the rally, disclosed that Nigerians have spent the last one week highlighting the travails many of them have suffered in the hands of SARS.

Allegations of brutality, extra-judicial killings, torture, wanton arrests for bribes and other menacing conducts have since flooded the internet, with scores of citizens calling the police department “a cluster of criminals in uniform.”

READ MORE HERE: #EndSARS: Nigerians Say ‘Enough Is Enough’

Awosanya further noted that the police unit has outlived its usefulness and now constitutes a clear and present threat to the safety, well-being and welfare of most Nigerians.

Consequently, the group is giving the authorities 21 days within which to meet these demands failing which they will be compelled to resort to other measures to embarrass them into taking action.

They listed their demands as follows during the lead rally at the Unity Fountain Abuja:

1. We demand for an outright scrapping of the entire SARS unit across the country. Its members have become engrossed in crime, murder, brutality, extortion and disrespect for the rule of law in a manner that makes any attempt at reform a waste of time.

2. We demand the constitution of a panel by the Police Services Commission to reform the Nigerian Police in its entirety. The agenda must include provisions for better training of police officers; provision of better equipment and firearms; better welfare including housing, insurance, prompt payment of salaries and pensions etc; establishment of a code of conduct and strict compliance thereto as well as strong disciplinary measures for any officer who violates the code of conduct.

3. We also demand a public hearing at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to enable Nigerians to table their grievances before our elected representatives as well as the submission of memoranda on reforms of the Nigerian Police including recommendations on the amendment of laws to ensure a more efficient police force.

4. We demand thorough investigations into complaints filed against SARS officers. We demand that such officers be identified and immediately brought to justice. In some cases, we will provide video and pictorial evidence against officers who have been seen to be involved in such acts of brutality and extortion.

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2018 Budget: Ambode Presents N1.046 Trillion To Lagos House Of Assembly

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday presented a budget proposal of N1.046 trillion ‘Budget of Progress and Development’, to the State’s House of Assembly – for consideration and subsequent approval – for the 2018 fiscal year.

The projected budget size in full is One Trillion, Forty-six Billion, One Hundred and Twenty-one Million, One Hundred and Eighty-one Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty naira – N1,046,121,181,680.

The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N347bn and a capital expenditure of N699bn.

Speaking after the presentation, the Lagos House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, assured that the Assembly would examine the Lagos N1.046tn to ensure it delivered on its goal in meeting the aspirations of the people.

He said, “As usual, we are duty bound to painstakingly look at the the budget for the purpose of transforming same for the benefits of all Lagosians.

“I assure Lagosians that this House, through effective oversight, will ensure that the Year 2018 budget deliver on its promises to stimulate the economy of the state by focusing on infrastructure development, delivering inclusive growth and prioritising the welfare of Lagosians.”

Ambode had on November 26th, 2017 presented N813 billion as Year 2017 Appropriation Bill to members of the assembly.

Also, he had previously, on December 17, 2015 presented N662.588billion Year 2016 Appropriation Bill to the Assembly.

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Thierry Henry To Visit Nigeria On The 17th Of December As Part Of The Guinness Made Of Black Programme

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In a first for Nigeria, Guinness is delighted to announce that Made of Black ambassador, Thierry Henry, will be visiting Lagos on 17th-18th December as part of the Guinness Made of Black programme. 

Look out for his special message to Nigerians ahead of his visit on the Guinness Nigeria Facebook page @GuinnessNGR . During his time in Nigeria, the international football icon will meet winners of the ‘Be a Front Row Fan’ consumer promotion, which is currently running across the country.  He will join them to watch the West Brom v Manchester United EPL game at the Landmark event centre in Victoria Island and celebrate their passion for football and their Made of Black spirit in the ultimate viewing centre event.

He will also officially unveil Nigeria’s brand new Made of Black brand ambassador and join well known names at an exclusive Nigerian Made of Black celebration event.

If you would like to be in with a chance of meeting Thierry Henry in December, look out for special promotional bottles of Guinness in your favourite bar and SMS the code under the crown to 1759 for a chance to win. Instant win prizes of cash and airtime are also up for grabs. Participants must be over legal purchase age (18+).

Adenike Adebola, Marketing Director Guinness Nigeria Plc said, “Thierry Henry is a great example of someone with Made of Black spirit.  He is best known for his time at Premier League club, Arsenal where he achieved a number of accolades. But his early days there were challenging.  No goals in his first eight games left people questioning the record transfer fee.  But he had the confidence in his ability and was determined to show people what he was made of.  Henry carved his own path to bring his creative flair to the game, he worked hard to demonstrate and his skill and ability; ultimately changing the way the game was played in England and showing that he was truly Made of More.”

Thierry Henry

Guinness embodies the Made of Black mind set.  It is an iconic beer that has the darkest liquid, but the brightest flavours.  A beer that has lived in the hearts and minds of millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years but has always had the authenticity, boldness and vision to do things differently.

 

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SSANU, NASU, NAAT Strike: No End In Sight As Striking Workers Go Tough On FG

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Following what is on ground, there is apparently no end in sight as to when the striking workers of Nigerian institutions will be calling off their industrial action.

Trouble For Nigerian Universities As NAAT, NASU, SSANU Begin Indefinite Strike

This is just as the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT); Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have declared that its members will not be cowed by the threat issued by the federal government to implement the ‘no work, no pay’ policy.

Campus Shutdown As SSANU, NASU, NAAT Strike Grounds Academic Activities At OAU

The unions also said it would resist the veiled plot to fractionalize the University and cause disaffection within the system.

Vanguard newspaper reports that the associations also stressed that the renewed strike action over the non-implementation of memorandum of terms of settlement as signed with the Federal government last September was indefinite despite the threat and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the plot and punished those trying to cause industrial disharmony.

SSANU, NASU, NAAT Strike: We’ve Met Demands Of Striking University Staff — FG

Speaking with newsmen in Jos during the Unions rally at the Permanent site of the University of Jos, the SSANU Vice President, (North), Comrade Solomon Alfa, said the rally among other reasons was to protest the federal government’s skewed payment of University earned allowance which has been paid to the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU.

He said, “It would be recalled that the Joint Action Committee, JAC of NAAT, NASU and SSANU embarked on a strike on 11th September, 2017 over the refusal of the federal government to implement the 2009 Agreement its signed with the Unions.

“A conciliatory meeting was convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on behalf of the federal government where a memorandum of terms of settlement was signed. Two months after the MOU, the situation remains the same.

“Government has decided to orchestrate an evil plot to fractionalize the University, cause disharmony and disaffection within the system thereby destroying the emerging industrial peace and we implore President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the skewed allocation and punish those responsible.”

The Unions further frowned at “the non-release of call circular in compliance of the National Industrial Court judgment on staff schools, shortfalls in salary payments, poor funding of education as against the UNESCO recommendation, inadequate infrastructure and abandoned projects, non-implementation of CONTISS 14 for Technologists and corruption in the Nigerian University system.”

They maintained, “There is no going back until our issues are addressed, we are not moved by ‘no work, no pay’, government should go back to the ILO Convention and take note of the rights of workers to ‘no pay, no work’.”

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Strike: Doctors Extend Ultimatum To Dec. 31 In Kogi State

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Doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi chapter, have agreed to extend to December 31, the two-week ultimatum it gave to the state government to meet its demands or face strike.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja, the state capital, Dr Godwin Tijani, the state Chairman of the chapter, said that the extension of the date was due to the reassurances from the state government to meet the demand members of the association before Dec. 31.

He said: “Congress resolved to extend the ultimatum to Dec. 31, for the actualisation of those promises.

“However, with effect from Jan. 1, 2018, NMA will be left with no option but to commence total withdrawal of services in all hospitals in Kogi.

‘’This is on the condition that the state government fails to properly address the demands on or before Dec. 31.”

According to Tijani, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna had also assured NMA that government would address its demands.

He said Haruna gave the assurance during the Emergency Congress Meeting (ECM) of the association on December 8, he attended with other top government officials.

“The Kogi NMA appreciates the Commissioner for Health, the Special Adviser on Health Matters and the Medical Elders for their role to ensuring industrial harmony in the health sector.’’

The state chairman said the decision to extend the ultimatum also emanated from the communiqué from the State Executive Council Meeting (SEC) of the association in Lokoja.

He said the demands of the association include; failure of the state government to correct the salary underpayment of doctors in the Hospital Management Board (HMB).

NMA also demanded that continuous implementation of new tax regime be commensurate with implementation of staff promotion and annual increment.

Other demands are; that: the eight doctors cleared over three months ago should be paid their 11 to 12 months backlog salary arrears.

Implementation of adjusted Consolidated Medical Salary Sale and Skipping for its members and payment of four to five months backlog of salaries of doctors in public hospitals in the state.

NMA also called for payment of salaries of the newly employed doctors who it said assumed duty August 2017.

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“Nigerian Youths Must Stop Rewarding Ignorance And Tribalism” || Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo Speaks At The Future Awards Africa 2017

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo called on young Nigerians to create a better future for the nation by ignoring those seeking to divide the country through willful ignorance, narrow-mindedness, and tribalism.

Giving his keynote speech at the 12th edition of The Future Awards Africa, Osinbajo pushed for a determined drive among Nigerians, especially active youth seeking to develop the country through unity, strength, and peace.

“We can all agree that nobody should be allowed to steal or waste public resources; that the government should always create circumstances that benefit the happiness and prosperity of the majority; that the rule of law and order should be central; that we must always protect the weak and the vulnerable, and that the life of the Nigerian person is the country’s most precious resource. These are the demands that bind us together,” he said.

He described the new tribe of Nigeria as citizens who recognise that honest labour is dignified, worthy of respect and reward. He also called on Nigerians with love for the country and one another – those who recognise that integrity is a non-negotiable asset.

Themed Nigeria’s New Tribe, 21 winners emerged in various categories at The Future Awards Africa with artiste, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun taking home the prestigious ‘Young Person of the Year’ award.

Personalities at the event include the Governor of Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; former Central Bank Deputy Governor, Prof. Kingley Moghalu; former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; Mo Abudu; Pastor Ituah Ighodalo and more.

Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State and Dada Olabisi Mary, winner of The Future Awards Africa prize 2017 for Public Service.

Yemi Osinbajo

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