I Gave Up On Nigerian Electoral System After MKO Abiola’s Election Was Canceled -Pete Edochie

Mohammed Shosanya

Nollywood legend,Pete Edochie,says he lost hope in Nigerian electoral system after the June 12,1993 presidential election by Late Bashorun MKO Abiola,was annulled by the military ruler,Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.

He also lamented that the untoward circumstances surrounding Nigerian politics which has continue to draw the country back gives him no hope that Nigeria would be free from the hawks

He bares his mind with the host of the viral TV show #WithChude, Chude Jideonwo.

Lamenting the country’s electoral malaise and politicians’ inordinate ambition to perpetuate themselves in power,the actor said:“A lot of people say that history repeats itself because we learn nothing from history itself. History offers us a lot of lessons, but we prefer to ignore those lessons and keep repeating our mistakes. Each time we have an election, there’s always chaos – consequent upon it, because somehow there is this element of criminal ingenuity in our constitution. We want to find a quick fix for something which is not necessarily right.

“You find old politicians (septuagenarian, octogenarian politicians), who have little, or nothing left to offer the country, but they want to remain there till infinity. That’s not in the interest of the country. Make way for youngsters so they can introduce some changes.

“I have adult children, when it comes to manipulating the smartphone, they do all these things for me. I mean I can’t bring myself to keep staring at phones, so they make it easy for me. That is what life should be generally. You play your part, you move out, and let the youngsters take over. The youths of this country have been insulted, their sensitivity is brutalized, and their aspirations asphyxiated”

On the 2023 elections,be said:”So, they said, “come 2023, we shall show them that we’re not too young to run, we’re not lazy”. 2023 comes and what do you see? You have to pay a hundred million to purchase a declaration of intent form. How many youngsters are going to come out and do that just so they can take part in politics? Again, it is the hand of the octogenarian political journeyman that we see in play and that’s not very good”

0n the presidential ambition of Peter Obi,he said:“It was the situation that gave birth to Peter Obi. Peter seized that opportunity to detach himself from the old politicians who’ve been recycling themselves and Peter was publicized by people who thought they were denigrating his person, saying, “he is very frugal in terms of spending, he’s very stingy, he’s very parsimonious”, and all that sort of nonsense.

“Then, Peter comes out and the youth of the country see him as a kind of messiah. They thought ‘since we know that this man knows how to handle money, he must make our lives relevant and useful’. So, they flocked towards him. All the people who follow Peter around, that obstreperous number you see following him, nobody gives them a kobo. I know Peter. Peter was my governor. Peter was the classmate of one of my younger brothers in CKC.

“He leads the life of a Trappist monk. Peter is not a loud person, he never does anything so that you can applaud him in society. You can walk into Peter’s house, and he looks at you, gets a bottle of beer, and you split it. I mean, he’s a very rich man, he makes donations to bodies that require assistance – bodies like motherless babies’ homes and all that – and he does it quietly. You will not know.

“So, he comes out and all the youths of the country says, “this is the man who we will give our votes to” and they followed him. Then election comes. Again, that ingredient of criminal ingenuity in our constitution comes into play and the entire thing is ruffled and we are going to court. I gave up on our electoral system after Abiola’s election was canceled. That election was the freest and the best election we have had in this country.

” I am 76, so, if I’m not saying it with fear of contradiction, I am saying it with plenty of authority and with plenty of conviction. During that election, you didn’t see people snatching ballot boxes, creating problems, shooting around and scaring people. No, it was called ‘option A4’.

“It was Professor Humphrey Nwosu, who by the way got a first class in political science, who came up with something as smart as that. That election was canceled, and I lost hope. Ever since, we have never had a free and fair election.I don’t discuss politics because it hasn’t given me hope and it doesn’t give me hope,”he added.

My Scathing Criticisms Of Nigeria Borne Of Frustration-Tijani Bosun, Ministerial Nominee

Mohammed Shosanya

Tijani Bosun, a ministerial nominee from Ogun State,has said that frustration was responsible for most of his uncharitable comments about NIgeria in most of his tweets.

The tech guru,who revealed this when he appeared before the Senate for screening,recalled the frustration he encountered while he was seeking a Chinese visa which though was meant to take two days to process seeing that he was a Britain Citizen, but dragged to over two weeks when the authorities discovered his Nigerian affiliation.

He lamented that he was subjected to thorough and special checks as a result of this.

Insisting that the tweet in circulation was in two parts, with the second part reading “for us to lift this country, we must correct our image and project positive images to the world,” Buhari explained his passion for Nigeria, pointing out that he is recognized for the work he has done in the past as he has no Godfather in politics.

He emphasized that he has hosted world renowned tech-innovators such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who visited the country.

Tijanni,had in a recent tweet referred Nigerian Senators as morons.

He also published other tweets where he said that he does not appreciate the Nigerian passport, and that he does not also appreciate being a Nigerian, also emerged.

Tijani Bosun, holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from University of Jos.

He also has a Masters degree in Information Systems and Technology, and a Doctorate degree in Innovation and Economic Development from university of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Senator Abdufatai Buhari (APC, Oyo North) who reviewed the nominee’s resume,disclosed that Tijjani on his social media handle (Twitter) describes being a Nigerian as an “Expensive Tag” that closes doors of opportunities.

Senator Buhari who added that some of the tweets were published on the 29 July 2019, wondered if the nominee still believes in a Nigeria which he considers as a bad omen.

This development made matters worse as efforts by the Senate leader Opeyemi Bamidele who referred to him as an end SARS protester , who believes he can join hands with the government to build the country was fruitless

Senator Abbo Elisha said “sometimes when people tweet their frustrations online, they do so for the love of the country.”

He added that the nominee was qualified and should be allowed to apologize for any wrong tweet of the past.

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, urged the lawmakers to “forgive” the nominee over the remarks.

I Supported Oyetola’s Ministerial Appointment For Growth Of Osun – Gov. Adeleke

Mohammed Shosanya

Osun state governor,Ademola Adeleke has disclosed the reason he supported the ministerial appointment of the former governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola

He disclosed this to newsmen after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors and stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja.

He said he gave his immediate predecessor the support on account of his commitment to the overall interest of Osun and her indigenes irrespective of political affiliations for his support for Oyetola’s Ministerial screening at the Senate.

He said the election process is over and that it is time for all Osun people to join hands for the development of the state.

He added: “I told our Senators to support Mr Oyetola. There is no need to embarrass him by withdrawing the support of the three PDP senators. We have a state to develop and my focus on that goal is total.

“Political maturity is needed to build the Osun of our dreams. Poverty knows no party difference. So we must support each other at all levels as long as Osun’s interest is at the center stage”, the Osun Governor told the journalists.”

Speaking on his plans for Osun state,the governor disclosed that he just unveiled the Osun Business Growth Initiative, noting:”Our administration is working hard to develop the state business sector. So we need new partnerships with several federal and international agencies.

“I have the sense of urgency to change this label of civil service state. We want our industrial sector to grow. So we have to develop the abandoned free zone. This will drive inflow of investment. We hope to get the SME industrial clusters off the ground. We need mini-industrial parks all over the Senatorial district. We are reviewing the Omoluabi economic zone to make it truly functional.

“With the state cabinet in place, I seek to quicken the pace of our delivery.That is why we are hosting several delegations locally and internationally. That is why we are targetting national and global agencies.”

CNL Onboards Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe Host Community Development Trust

Mohammed Shosanya

Chevron Nigeria Limited (“CNL”), operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (“NNPCL”) and CNL, (“NNPCL/CNL JV”), has completed an onboarding workshop for members of the Board of Trustees (“BOT”), Management Committee (“MC”) and Advisory Committee (“AC”) of the Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe Host Community Development Trust (“Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe HCDT”).

The workshop, which held recently in Warri, was facilitated by a consortium of non-governmental organizations under the Participatory Partnership for Community Development (“PPCD”) program in the charitable contribution agreement between CNL and New Nigeria Foundation.

A statement from the company on Saturday,said the workshop served to foster collaboration with the Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe HCDT towards achieving sustainable development for the host communities and to discuss the roles and functions of the BOT, AC and MC.

The company also thanked the community stakeholders for the existing cordial relationship with the company over the years, a situation that facilitated the success of the erstwhile community engagement model, the Offshore Memorandum of Understanding (“OMoU”), and its onshore equivalent, the Global Memorandum of Understanding (“GMoU”).

Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, emphasized that CNL is committed to the operationalization of the Host Communities Development Trusts in compliance with the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021 (“PIA”). According to him, “CNL is a law-abiding corporate citizen that respects the rule of law and carries out its operations in compliance with applicable laws and regulations governing the Nigerian oil and gas industry including the PIA”.

Extending CNL management’s goodwill and congratulations to the members of the BOT, and the MC and AC of the Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe HCDT, Esimaje, who was represented at the event by Joseph Adeyemi, Senior Social Performance Advisor, expressed optimism that the body would sustain the partnership and mutual relationship between CNL and the Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe HCDT’s constituent communities.

The Chairman of Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe HCDT, Peter Satu, commended the NNPCL/CNL JV for its commitment to sustainable development in communities neighboring its areas of operations and for coordinating the transition from the OMoU/GMoU to the HCDT in line with the Petroleum Industry Act.

He assured that the Agbonu Ogulagha-Ibe HCDT will work towards enhancing the socio-economic development of the communities. The Nigerian Upstream Investment Management Services (“NUIMS”) of NNPCL was represented at the event by Mrs. Joy Eguahon.

Nigeria’s D’Tigress Win 6th Women’s Afrobasket Title

Nigeria D’Tigress, Saturday in Kigali won their sixth Women’s Afrobasket and their fourth in rom following their 84-74 points defeat of Senegal Lioness.

The country first won the title in 2003 and successfully defended it on home soil in 2005. They returned to their winning ways in 2017, defended it in 2019, 2021 and 2023.

Elizabeth Balogun was the standout player in D’Tigress roaster.She shot 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and added two assists, two block shots.

Ifunaya Okoro led D’Tigress scoring with 26 and dished out 4 assists in the game that Amy Okoro scored 14 points, crashing the boards 8 times.

Captain Sarah Ogoke produced 13 points and four assists in the game.

I Never Wanted To Be A Footballer – Oshoala

Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala has disclosed that her biggest dream was to be a professional lawyer and not a footballer.

She disclosed this recently in a chat with Karen Carney’s Leaders Of The Pack podcast.

She said it has always been her dream to become a lawyer.

“I never wanted to play football professionally. It was never in my plan.So I wanted to be a lawyer, for real. That was my dream. I wanted to be a lawyer. You know, I love to make research. I love to question people. I love to make excuses for people. And all of that, you know.

“So even though when you are wrong, I still, kind of like, back my friends up. I kind of like give excuses.”

CBN To Nigerians:Stop Mutilating Naira

Mohammed Shosanya

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised members of the public not to spray, hawk, mutilate, or counterfeit the naira.

The director, Corporate Communications Department of the bank,Dr. Isa AbdulMumin,
said the apex bank would strive to sustain its efforts in ensuring the availability of the naira at all times for transactions.

AbdulMumin,who spoke in Lokoja during the CBN Fair holding in the city,advised members of the public to see the naira as a critical symbol of national identity, stressing that the onus lies on them to respect and keep it clean.

He was represented at the event by Mr Esu Imo.

He said the fair was designed as a platform to interact with members of the public on the policies and strategic interventions of the Central Bank for sustainable economic development of the country.

He stated that the objective of the engagement was to sensitize members of the public on how the bank’s several initiatives can grow their businesses and contribute positively to the Nigerian economy.

He explained that the aim of the outing was to acquaint the public on the efforts of the bank in driving financial inclusion in the country and ensure that consumers of financial products are protected.

According to him,the recent innovations in the Nigerian payment system, including the contactless payment were meant to drive payments for goods and services without having to physically touch the payment terminals.

Jubril Baba, assistant coach of D’Tigers, the country’s national men’s basketball team has explained that the current crop of players being paraded in Ruanda at the ongoing continental tourney are essentially hungry to make name for themselves.

He spoke at the sidelines of the maiden edition of the Ex-Pro Kwara Secondary School Basketball League at the stadium in Ilorin after being prompted on his take on national women basketball team’s performance in Rwanda.

D’Tigress have qualified for the final of the ongoing 2023 FIBA women’s Afrobasket in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Nigerians defeated Rwanda, the hosts, 79-48 in the semifinals on Thursday to achieve the feat for the fourth consecutive time.

He said:”D’Tigress are very hungry, apparently and already to snap up any opportunity given to them and we must also remember that the team are the defending champion.

” Maybe not all of them previously in the team are there now. The new players are seeking to make name for themselves.

“When you have been the champion before, you don’t want to settle for anything less,” he explained.

According to him,the consistency of Nigerian athletes in the game could also be due to the steady growth of Basketball in country despite odds.

“Basketball is growing in the country, currently, it is the second team sports after football.

“As you can see even in Kwara, the Kwara Falcons represented Kwara State at the continent,” he added.

Speaking on the Ex-Pro basketball tournament, the coach commended the sponsors and organizers, saying it will further deepen the sports in the grassroots.

He added:”This is how to give back to the grassroots. Wherever the sponsors are I am sure they will be happy. And this also shows that they remember their roots, where they came from.

” I am happy with this development. At least, this will spore others to do more for basketball development in the state and the country”, Coach Baba said.

Women W’Cup: How My Team Will Defeat Nigeria– England Coach

Sarina Weigman, the coach of Three Lionesses of England,says they would work to capitalise on the weakness of the Nigerian team when both sides clash on Monday in one of the Round of 16 of the ongoing 2023 Women World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will clash with England in Brisbane on Monday for a place in the quarter-final.

The coach maintained that they would come out on top on Monday.

”We are going to study how the Nigerian team plays, take out the strengths and exploit their weaknesses,” she stated.

No Cure For Celine Dion’s Ailment Yet-Sister

Claudette,sister of Canadian singer, Celine Dion, has revealed update on the singer’s health on account of her diagnosis of stiff person syndrome that forced her to stopl her recent world tour.

Claudette,who spoke to Le Journal de Montreal,said that Celine, is being cared for by their sister Linda and working closely with researchers who specialise in the rare condition.

She said, “We can’t find any medicine that works, but having hope is important.I honestly think that she mostly needs to rest. She always goes above and beyond [when performing], she always tries to be the best and top of her game.

“At one point, your heart and your body are trying to tell you something. It’s important to listen to it.”

Dion had last December said that she’d been diagnosed with stiff person syndrome, an incurable neurological disorder.