Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Video: Racism Increases in London. Host of 2012 Olympics

More rail 'racist' videos emerge Women hurl abuse on train in vile new footage

Police are hunting a woman who was secretly filmed appearing to hurl racist abuse at passengers on a train just days after another woman allegedly ranted at travellers.

In the latest YouTube clip filmed on a train between London and Manchester, the woman is seen yelling at a group of passengers: 'You're in my country now, talk my language. Don't f****** talk your ****, talk my language. You ****, ****'
The video has been viewed thousands of times and follows outrage over the alleged racist rant by a woman on a tram in Croydon, South London earlier this week. (UK DAILY MAIL)

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Video: "My Struggle Continues" Bola Tinubu reacts to acquittal by Code of Conduct Tribunal

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Goodbye Yasmine El-Rufai

At a dinner on Wednesday 29th June 2011, I overheard a young shy looking lady insisting that those of us in the Diaspora need to go back home and help in making Nigeria better, she then added that she would be doing just that as soon as she able to round up her studies and commitments in the United Kingdom.

I moved in and joined the discussion, found her quite articulate, intelligent and eloquent, I couldn’t but ask for her name and in a shy note she calmly said “I am Yasmine El-Rufai”, now I see where you got your eloquence from I said, she smiled and made a joke about her dad getting tips from her, we all laughed and I moved on, that was the first and only time I’d speak to Yasmine and it came to me as a rude shock when I heard she passed away at such a young age.

I call on my friends to join me in praying for the soul of Yasmine, that God will forgive her sins, receive her and protect her soul and her family the strength to hold on strong, for those she left behind may God keep the good times she spent with them as that golden gift that would never be erased.

Yasmine El-Rufai, is the eldest daughter of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), she passed away suddenly in her London apartment on Nov. 26, Yasmine held a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bath, UK and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE). She also had a law degree from the University of London.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Boko-Harram! Twist as Ali Sanda Umar Konduga Boko-Harram/SSS “double agent” pleads guilty!

Right of Photo: Ali Sanda Umar Konduga Boko-Harram/SSS “double agent” and Marlyn Ogah of the SSS

Ali Sanda Umar Konduga (A.K.A) Usman Al-Zawahiri, the man paraded by Nigeria’s secret police as a Boko-Harram spokesperson, was expelled by the Islamic Sect in February of 2011 for allegedly being a spy for the Nigerian State Security Service.

Konduga is not known to be an operational member of the sect and had been under ‘protective watch’ of the Nigerian Secret Police since February of 2011. Konduga is known to have unrestricted access to high ranking officials of Nigerian Secret Police (SSS) and top officials of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party

Security sources claim the name ‘Usman Al-Zawahiri’ is a ‘franchise pseudo name’ used by the Boko-Harram sect, the same way ‘Jomo-Gbomo’ is used by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta.

Disgruntled operatives in the State Security Service are said to be unhappy with Marlyn Ogah a source claim the SSS spokesperson is “putting field operatives at risk with politicization of investigations”.

Ms Ogah is said to receive directives from the Presidency, rather than follow the ‘operational standards’ of the Directorate of State Security Service. Director General of the State Security Service Ita Ekpeyong is facing a huge challenge as moral in the service is at its lowest.

Ms Ogah is reported to take directive from the presidency, she was recently promoted on the orders of President Jonathans National Security Adviser retired General Owoye Azazi, a source within the State Security Service made pointers to the trial of the October 1st bombing suspects and how some of the statements made by Ms Ogah appears to be jeopardizing the case.

Senator Ali Ndume and Ali Sanda Umar Konduga

In a bizarre twist to the ‘breakthrough’ announced by Marln Ogah of the SSS so called Boko-Harram spokesperson Sanda Umar Konduga and alleged backer Senator Mohammed Aliyu Ndume, representing Borno South senatorial District at the National Assembly.

The pair where only charged with conspiring to commit a felony, breach of official trust by disclosing official information to persons not authorized to have such information.

The offense was said to be contrary to sections 79,98 and 398 of the Criminal Procedure Code and not with Terrorism as publicised by Marlin Ogah.

Ali Sanda Umar Konduga described as a “double agent” by security sources immediately pleaded guilty to the charges.

He can only be sentenced on the strength of section 398 of the CPC which deals with criminal intimidation by anonymous communication which prescribes a term of 2 years imprisonment to an offender.

Monday, 14 November 2011

How Goodluck Jonathan got his GCFR Written by Dr Reuben Abati. June 11, 2010

HOEVER came up with that explanation about how President Goodluck Jonathan got his GCFR – the highest national honour in the land a few days ago must be thoroughly disingenuous. It is as follows. The setting was the last meeting of the Council of State. Someone had proposed that the President should take the GCFR title. He already has the GCON. He reportedly demurred citing an extant law (possibly the National Honours Act No. 5 of 1964) which says only a sitting President can confer the title of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic or Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger on another.


A former Chief Justice of the Federation, Alfa Belgore then advised that his was a special case in the sense that he, Jonathan, took over from a dead President. But so did Obasanjo in 1976.Jonathan-_news_3-6-10 In 1983, Buhari deposed a sitting President. And so did Babangida in 1985. Abdulsalami Abubakar also succeeded a dead President. But everyone at the meeting, particularly the state Governors felt persuaded that Jonathan should take the GCFR. They then started begging the man. “Please Your Excellency”; “Please Sir, GCON is too small for you.” They begged. Oh, how they begged! Imagine all those big men begging one man to become a GCFR; and so, Dr. Jonathan, ever-so-humble, capitulated.

How could the President taking a GCFR title have created so much drama at a meeting of the Council of State? Why couldn’t such trifle wait? All of a sudden, President Jonathan who in 30 days had clearly demonstrated that he is in charge and in power was no longer in charge. His award of a GCFR was signed by all former Heads of State, with General Gowon saying: “we signed it”. Under what authority was he and his colleagues acting? They have no such powers. And how many more actions would the President be persuaded to take due to overwhelming pressure, or expediency, but more because of his failure to obey his own moral intuition? The President is the highest authority in the Council of state and so, all that contrived histrionics notwithstanding, the truth is that President Jonathan after only 30 days in office has conferred upon himself the highest honour in the land.

The Council of State is, in a strict sense, an advisory body. It is a creation of the Third Schedule Part 1, Sections 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution. Section 6(a)(iii) defines the role of that Council in relation to the “award of national honour,” and nowhere is it stated that former Heads of state can constitute themselves into a superior authority conferring National Honours on a sitting President. Whatever General Gowon and co may have signed is therefore inappropriate, if not illegal. Arthur Schopenhauer is right: “Honour is on its objective side, other people’s opinion of what we are worth; on its subjective side, it is the respect we pay to this opinion.” (Position, 1851).This raises an inevitable moral question: should President Jonatahn award himself the highest honour in the land? The honour that he should seek is not an additional suffixation to his name but such general opinion which by the end of his tenure would advertise his deeds and achievements in office as truly deserving of honour and celebration and a place in the people’s hearts and memory. General Sani Abacha also had a GCFR. Does anyone today think that he truly deserved it? Every Inspector General of Police in recent times has had a National Honour while in office. If anyone is looking for a list of those who have damaged Nigeria in the last 50 years, the place to begin the search is the National Honours List.

This is perhaps why most Nigerians are indifferent about the National Honours system. It does not change anyone’s opinion about the character of the title-holder. It does not attract a salary or a lifetime pension. It probably allows access to the VIP lounge at the country’s airports. But anyone with a couple of thousand Nairas can also use the VIP lounge. And what manner of man or woman is that who rather than pay a token sum for an hour of comfort, waiting to catch a flight, would insist on waving a medal? Still, we should not make light of it. The concept of honour is at the heart of society. Men from time immemorial have craved it. They would kill for it, if possible, go to war, and risk all. Honour is an intangible asset; it is about prestige and self-worth. But that prestige must be seen to have been earned, to have been worked for, such that it inspires the admiration of the community. Like Akintola Williams, CBE; I.K. Dairo, MBE. Each year when the Queen’s Honours’ List is announced in Great Britain, the award is taken seriously; it is an advertisement of the British value system: merit, achievement, international diplomacy. It is not every British Prime Minister that is on the Queen’s Honours list. It is not an entitlement list reserved for anyone and everyone in public position.

Here lies an instructive difference: the Nigerian National Honours list is driven by an entitlement mentality. The day Namadi Sambo became Vice President, he was automatically decorated with a GCON, the second highest honour. As soon as Senator David Mark became Senate President, he also got one of the country’s high honours. Every year, state Governors nominate their friends, family, contractors who donated money to their political campaigns, and traditional rulers who helped to deliver the votes. A few persons of substance show up on the list, but you really have to scratch your head to figure out why certain names have been considered worthy. Because of the emphasis on entitlement and patronage, the award ceremony is ever so bland; the citations say nothing significant.
A review of the National Honours Act and system is overdue. Nigeria must be probably the only country where people are given national honours for work not done, or in anticipation of what they would achieve. National honours should be reserved for those who through hardwork and extraordinary achievement have helped to raise the Nigerian profile and its place in the world. If this be the case, the highest honours in the land should be reserved for the Wole Soyinkas, the Kayode Esos, the Chinua Achebes, the Chukwudifu Oputas, the Dick Tigers, the Fela Kutis, the Margaret Ekpos, inventors, entrepreneurs, great promoters of the Nigerian dream, including the honest average Nigerian, but not politicians and their sponsors, not every civil servant who manages to get to a certain position, not coup plotters, not traditional rulers, not government contractors and certainly not similar rent collectors.

President Jonathan missed a good opportunity to raise the standard on the award of national honours by quickly promoting himself to the GCFR rank. This is reminiscent of the military era and the vaingloriousness of the political elite. When the late President Umaru Yar’Adua was decorated with the same GCFR on the day he assumed office, by the then outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo, he had remarked that he would have preferred getting such high honour after his tour of duty as President. It was a useful point. Once more, President Jonathan has failed to eschew the business-as-usual syndrome. I should not be surprised if in due course, the Council of Traditional Rulers unleash all kinds of chieftaincy title offers on him, including that notorious, eponymous one in Yorubaland: OTUNBA. He would of course, demur. But the Council of chiefs from this or that community will beg him. And beg him. And of course, he will accept. The moment may also soon arrive when some Nigerians will beg the President to run for office in 2011. And they will beg and beg. And of course, he will accept. That after all, is the story of how Jonathan got his GCFR.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Oil Subsidy Removal! Goodluck Jonathans 'Dangerous Game' A statement by former NANS officials

WE have watched with incredulity the brazen attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to take the pauperisation of the Nigerian people to even more unprecedented heights by way of a purported fuel subsidy withdrawal. We, as indeed all honest fellow citizens, believe that there is no subsidy on oil products. If, however, it does exist, then it was fabricated by and for those who allocate or own oil blocks and petroleum import licences. It does not subsidise living for the masses who groan daily from the penal servitude of surviving on less than N150 (or $1) a day to which their successive rulers have sentenced them.

Ever since the end of the despotic but arguably patriotic Buhari-Idiagbon regime in 1985, every succeeding head of state has indulged in the governmental pastime of oil subsidy withdrawal. The reason is plain enough. Oil is not merely the “mainstay” of the Nigerian economy but also its strength and sinew. Through the easy petro-dollars that flow into the national treasury, and from there to the state and local government purses, oil has become Nigeria’s raison d’ĂȘtre, perhaps the only reason for her existence. It is thanks to oil that the foundational structure of regionalism that became strong federalism at independence in 1960 was very quickly converted into a unitary system in all but name. It is thanks to oil that Nigeria abandoned any serious interest in agriculture and self-sufficiency in food, an area so crucial to the identity of the emerging nation that it is symbolised in the national flag by the colour green. (As for peace, symbolised by the white, Nigeria has not known it - from the Civil War a mere seven years after independence to today’s bomb jihad of Boko Haram.) And it is thanks to oil that Nigeria has had an unending run of greedy, visionless, and remorseless mercenaries parading themselves as leaders, and who, with every change of government, only succeed in casting us further down the rungs of hell. In short, it is why we have no productive economy, since all our “leaders” have to do is bribe, blackmail, kill and maim to get to high office then sit and wait for oil dollars. Yet, when through their ineptitude and indolence the dollar supply dwindles and cannot match their immeasurable greed, they take one resort. We are told then that the government subsidises our consumption of a commodity of which we are the sixth largest producer in the world. And that if this subsidy were removed, there would suddenly be enough money to do all the things it has failed, so abysmally, to do. As proof of its sincerity, a petroleum trust fund would be created - as if by sheer nomenclature, money would evade their grasping hands.

Only that the story is now so old and tiresome a babe-in-arms would laugh were it the sort of thing she should care about. For a start, the vast amounts saved from previous subsidy withdrawals - call them “graduated subsidy reductions” aimed at getting closer to the alleged “appropriate price” of petroleum products - have not led to any such good results. What has the Education Trust Fund, a by-product of the Petroleum Trust Fund, set up under General Babangida, done to avert the total collapse of education from the primary to the tertiary level? Where has General Obasanjo’s Police Trust Fund left the police? And why have whole roads been washed away and become death trails? Where are the hospitals and clinics to cure the simplest ailments, some already banished from luckier climes? We know. As intended, the “funds” ended up in the bottomless pockets of those in the corridors of power. The government has even admitted as much. A powerful cartel, which profits from fuel importation, we are told, has been sabotaging every effort to repair the existing four refineries or build new ones. And we have heard or read of import licences awarded in the shadiest manner; of oil blocks given without competitive bidding to friends and cronies with little or no connection to oil production. In other words, we have heard or read of the mainstay of the economy shared out as personal gifts.

But the dubiousness of the oil subsidy claim does not end there. There is a subsidy, the government argues, because it pays more per litre to import fuel from abroad than currently charged at the pump. It is a clear case of seeking to profit from its own wrong; of rubbing salt in the wounds of the victim while inflicting fresh gashes. Says the government: “Yes, we failed to repair our refineries or build new ones. As a result, we refine our crude abroad. We also have to transport home the refined products. Consequently, we incur a higher cost than we would if we refined at home. And though we thereby create an import cartel of millionaires and billionaires, the entire burden of this scandal must be borne by the masses. We intend, however, to embark on massive infrastructure projects that will ameliorate their suffering when foodstuff, transport fares, house rent and other related costs of living rise through the roof.”

That Jonathan and his crew of advisers can peddle this story is proof of their astonishing remove from the abject reality of the people. For, we repeat, whatever comes from the withdrawal of any “phantom subsidy” will serve no common purpose. It will end up where our patrimony has always gone: into the insatiable jaws of the plundering cabal with a choke-hold on the country’s jugular. It will become part of the twenty-five per cent of the national budget spent on the highest paid legislators in the world. It will vanish the same way N3 trillion vanishes yearly from the public sector alone, according to the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Agencies. It will melt in the maws of state bureaucracies, those administrative units of the unitary government of Nigeria, which exist solely as distributive centres of the national cake.

We remind Jonathan and his advisers that the minimum wage is N18,000 (for a presumed family of six), and even this only for those households lucky to have a breadwinner and living in a state that agrees to pay it. We believe that our crisis of socio-economic development is caused, first and foremost, by a grossly distorted political structure that turns the nation into a “no-man’s land” to be plundered at will, which in turn breeds lazy and visionless rulers. And, subsequently, by the enthronement of corruption as a core policy of government. Thus, while the government claims to have spent about N3.6 trillion from 2006-2011 on the importation of fuel, the Senate reveals that an equal amount is lost to corruption in a single year. There is nothing more to say. And it is our view that if Jonathan goes ahead to bring such catastrophic suffering as a purported subsidy withdrawal will cause on the masses in the name of redressing wrongs not done by them, he will only be continuing the shameful tradition of robbing the poor to further enrich the corrupt. He will prove to be a good student of the King Rehoboam school of government. Remember him, Rehoboam? In 1 Kings 12:10-16, he forsakes the counsel of the elders (read patriots), adopts the wisdom of the misguided youth (read greedy nation-wreckers) and says to the Israelites, “My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”

We urge President Jonathan not to take for granted the seemingly endless capacity of Nigerians to endure hardship. No evil persists forever, as our past struggles and the Arab spring revolutions currently re-affirm. We urge Jonathan, a good Christian as he avows, to read the sixteenth verse: “So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? ... to your tents, O Israel ... So Israel departed unto their tents.” Need we say, for Israel, read Nigeria?

By Ogaga Ifowodo(frm Sec-Gen, Students Union Uniben, 19889); Abdul Mahmud(fmr President NANS, 1991); Nasiru Naseer Kura(fmr President NANS 1993-94); Ropo Ewenla(fmr President NANS 1997); Innocent C. Chukwuma(fmr Dep Senate President NANS, 1990); Omoyele Sowore (fmr President Students Union Unilag 1993); Gbenga Komolafe(fmr Dep Senate President NANS 1989); Chido Onumah(fmr Dep Preside...nt NANS 1990); Kayode Ogundamisi(fmr Sec-Gen, Students Union Unijos 1990); Anthony Kola-Olusanya(fmr President Senate 1995); Francis Banji Abayomi(fmr P.R.O NANS 1995); Benjamin Okonofua(fmr P.R.O Students Union Unijos 1990); Ayo Akinfe(fmr NANS National Mobilisation Officer 1989); Okey Nwanguma (fmr National Mobilisation Officer NANS 1991); Lade Adunbi(National Mobilisation Officer NANS 1991) Uche Onyeagucha(fmr NANS National Mobilisation officer 1991

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Video: YOBE State Indigenes Clapped For TERRORISTS! Marilyn Ogah Spokesperson for Nigerian Secret Police!

Bizarre Claim by State Security Service: State Indigenes Clapped For TERRORISTS! Marilyn Ogah. Spokesperson for Nigerian Secret Police!

Ms Ogah claims indigene of Yobe State clapped as terrorists ‘set security men on fire and opened doors for the miscreants’ The newly promoted Deputy Director of SSS describe the action as appalling and that the people of Yobe hide and encourage terrorists.

She claims that Nigerians are being unfair to security agents. “SSS in Yobe are less than 200 so it is the duty of the people to help in fighting terrorists and not encourage terrorists” Marlyn Ogah also claimed "Nigerians value football more than human lives"

Friday, 4 November 2011

Abuja Power Show As Nigeria's Vice President Security Details Arrest Law-Maker!

Nigeria’s Vice President Namadi Sambo’s Security Details Arrest Federal Law Maker for ‘obstructing the Vice President’s Convoy’

A member of the Federal House of Rep. Hon Oyetunde Ojo, representing Ekiti West, Ijero and Aramoko has been arrested in front of Nanet suites in Abuja by security agents attached to the Vice President.

He was accused of obstructing the Vice President's convoy and he is currently being detained at the VP's house. Ojo is a member of the opposition ACN, a son in-law of Bola Tinubu.