NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY SUN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [3RD FEBRUARY, 2018].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 3rd February, 2018.


Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Since the New Year, 2018 was ushered in, no issue has dominated public discourse as the killings following the clashes between farmers and the Fulani herdsmen in various parts of the country. But one man whose name is considered to be at the centre of the conflict is the National President, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Socio-cultural Association, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo (Lamido Fulbe). He spoke to WILLY EYA on various issues and concluded that the anti- open grazing law enacted by some states caused the crises and insisted that it should be reversed.

As the chairman of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, what comes to your mind with regards to the killings in different parts of the country. In view of the fact that your tribe, the Fulani is associated with these killings, how do you feel?

There is a long history of clashes between the Fulani and the farmers in this country. Almost about 50 years ago, the Fulani and the farmers have been having clashes but the clashes were usually settled between the local chiefs and Fulani leaders but now since the last eight years, everything has changed. What is happening in Nigeria today is not a normal clash between the Fulani and the farmers. The whole thing has been politicized and politicians are getting involved in the problem. In 2014 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, there were clashes in Benue, Plateau and Taraba states but the media did not sensationalise it like what is happening now. In the present case, people are using all kinds of propaganda. Any time the nation wants to go into a general election to entrench a new government, people would start all kinds of propaganda. When one or two people are killed now, they would carry propaganda like a whole village has been wiped off. Now, there is no farming in the bush but anything that happens, they say it is the Fulani and farmers. Before, both the farmers and the Fulani, if they had a problem in the bush, they could easily settle themselves but now politicians are involved and they are preaching so much hatred between the Fulani and the farmers.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The traditional rulers  summit  which  took place in Port-Harcourt last Tuesday was almost marred by an unpleasant confrontation between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurasheed Adewale Akanbi ,and the Chief Securiy Officer (CSO) to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

The tense situation could have snowballed into a bigger crisis but for reason that eventually prevailed.

The incident occurred at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt.

It was gathered that the Ooni of Ife ,Oba Ogunwusi had just finished giving a vote of thanks, and was on his way back to his seat when  his CSO, Mr. Emmanuel Olawale Kolawole, who led other  security aides of the monarch  allegedly had a brush with the Oluwo, who  appeared to  be blocking the Ooni from accessing his seat.

The Oluwo, it was learnt, was by then discussing with the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdurahman Dambazzau, who shared the high table with the Ooni and the Rivers State gover, Nyesome Wike.

A source in the Oluwo’s court who witnessed the incident alleged that the CSO  out of overzealousness, threatened to push the monarch if he did not give way for Ooni to pass.

He was said to have ignored Oba Akanbi’s entreaties to “take it easy” and pushed him  out of the way.

A visibly embarrassed Oluwo, who is the Deputy Chairman of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council had to step aside to pave way  for Ooni to get to his seat, the source said.

But the media aide to the Ooni, Comrade Moses Olafare, denied that such scenario ever happened in Port Harcourt.

Olafare lamented that the report was not only shocking and a big surprise but also misleading, adding that there was no iota of truth in it.

Some of the guests at the event, and other eye witnesses accounts  reported observing Ooni expressing satisfaction  with the conduct of his CSO.

Some dignitaries at the event were however taken aback on what they considered as desecration of the crown wondering loudly how Ooni’s CSO could have the effrontery to push a first class paramount ruler of  Oluwo’s status.

The security detail concerned, Kolawole, also denied pushing the Oluwo or manhandling him, although he admitted in a telephone interview that the had an encounter with the monarch in the course of discharging his legitimate duty.

He said he could not  have disrespected a revered  Oba as a  true Yoruba son, but maintained that he had a duty to secure his principal.

According to him, when  the Ooni finished his speech and was returning to his seat   beside  the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdurahman Dambazzau and the  Rivers state governor ,as well as some Emirs ,he quickly moved to  receive and sit  behind him.

 “I didn’t expect the Oluwo  to stand there because his seat was not there. So, I only excused and asked him to move away from there. I didn’t push him as alleged’’.

Emmanuel who reiterated that he was only doing his job added; ’’I’m the Ooni’s CSO, and all the other CSOs sat behind their principals.


He also denied  that he acted on the instruction or the approval of Ooni Adeyeye, saying that he was not aware  of any cold war between the two royal fathers. “Eyan wa ni won now, meaning: He (Oluwo) is our own now. How could I have done that?”


Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme was a man of destiny who exemplified the best of Nigeria.  A child of humble beginnings in Oko, Anambra State, through the dint of hard work, love of country and his innate sense of dignity and decorum, Alex Ekwueme became a consummate statesman and visionary. Dr. Ekwueme was blessed by God with a superb and versatile intellect. He earned degrees in such varied disciplines as Architecture, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Law.

That he learned and knew so much made him a most rare and skilled individual. That he would devote this wealth of knowledge and learning to the betterment of the people of this nation made him great. He was as outstanding a patriot as any man could be. His sense of humanity was palpable.  There was no mean bone is his body. There was no malice in his speech. There was no evil in his deeds. He acted in the best of our traditions but also with a unifying and positive vision for the future.

Despite his exemplary skills, Alex Ekwueme moved about with great humility of spirit and singular modesty. He never sang his own praise. But his record of act spoke louder than words. Accompanying his soft-spoken demeanor was a drive to achieve and a belief in personal and national excellence. Thus, this renaissance man broke ground by becoming the first architect in the country and by establishing the first indigenous architectural firm in Nigeria. His skill can still be witnessed in much of the architectural landscapes of this country.

Dr. Ekwueme had made his mark in the social and educational development in this nation long before he became the Vice President of Nigeria in 1979. He started an Educational Trust Fund responsible for sponsoring the education of many youths to universities in Nigeria and abroad. At the national level, Dr. Ekwueme was a member of the housing sub-committee of the Adebo Salaries and Wages Review Commission. 

Yet it was on the national stage that he made his greatest contribution and the example he set would have a profoundly salutary effect on many aspiring public servants including me. Because of his outstanding personality traits and his broad expertise, he was nominated as the running mate for Alhaji Shehu Shagari in the 1979 presidential election.

As vice president, he showed himself to be an invaluable asset in governance of the nation. He was loyal to his boss and most importantly was ever faithful to the nation. He was genuinely concerned about bringing about a better Nigeria. His time and energy were geared towards nationalistic issues. He was always at the forefront of efforts to resolve problems. His deep intellectual interventions often helped the country navigate through critical periods and troubled times. 

Those of us who cherish democracy and those of us who celebrate the end of military rule in Nigeria must never forget that it was this soft-spoken man who mobilised the group of 34 eminent Nigerians that would put at risk their very lives and livelihoods to confront the oppressive Abacha dictatorship.

The G.34 would later form the basis of the Peoples Democratic Party and Dr. Ekwueme was the founding Chairman of that party. I do not intend to delve into partisanship on this occasion but suffice it to say that had Dr. Ekwueme been allowed to play his proper and rightful role in the party he helped create, Nigeria would be a better place.

I have always admired Dr. Ekwueme even though our political paths diverged. I became close to him when I was Lagos State governor. In 2002, I helped put together a 70th birthday celebration for him. Chief Ekwueme was a son of Lagos in many ways. He attended Kings College, Lagos. He lived in Lagos. Also, his architectural business flourished more in Lagos. As he was the pride of the people of Anambra, he was also our pride. He helped make Lagos a better place and his success in Lagos helped demonstrate that Lagos was a welcoming home to all Nigerians who wanted to achieve and contribute to our collective progress and purpose.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Hon. Kayode Amusan, a one-time national lawmaker representing Abeokuta North, Ogun State, at the House of Representatives, is also a former Governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with OPEYEMI ADELANI he advised President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice of former President Olusegun Obasanjo not to seek reelection in 2019.

Some argue that Nigerians have hardly enjoyed the dividends of democracy since 1999, wondering if their lives weren’t better under the military. As a former member of the National Assembly, would you agree with the position?

One thing that is certain is that, military rule is no longer fashionable, so we have to continue to nurture this democracy. As far as I am concerned, democracy is far better than military rule. If you look at the military era, even when they were doing anything wrong or going astray, nobody could ask questions. It was like an animal kingdom. No law, no right. Nobody could challenge them, but today, even if you are the president we can challenge you whenever you are taking a wrong step. Assuming that we are having a military ruler today, who will dare challenge him they way President Muhammadu Buhari is being taken to task on virtually every aspect of the country? The moment you do that under military rule, you become a subject of arrest, and you are endlessly locked up and no court can save you. But, today, even if any law enforcement agent rests anybody for doing anything, the next thing is to go to court. Don’t just compare the military with democracy. Those who are saying that, I am sure they don’t understand the concept of democracy. In the history of Nigeria, when you look back, my first car that I bought in 1976 was six hundred and twenty naira (#620), a Volkswagen. As at then, my salary was #124, but today what is the cost of vehicles? What is the salary wage structure, as we are growing? Don’t forget that foreign exchange was bastardized by the military. I remember vividly in those days, they had a series of exchange rates, ranging from health to personal, business and so on. Once you were connected to the military, they could make you rich. All they needed to do was just to give you a paper at a particular rate near CBN’s office. You needed not trouble yourself, just sell the paper and the difference is worked out and given to you. Sometime in 1989, I was going for a course in Germany. I remember that the exchange rate then was  67 kobo to one dollar and one pound was N1.20k. Valuable as the Nigerian currency was then, you could walk into any bank in Europe and present it and they would give you local equivalent.


 
I am sure that if our oil is refined locally, the value of the Naira will shoot up again. I know this because I am in the oil and gas industry. I once went to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)  and  met with one of their Directors there. I asked him, “why don’t you people encourage the Niger Delta people who are doing local refineries?” He said what they are doing is adulterated. The argument may be correct, and it may be wrong. The question is: “why not encourage them to do it correctly until they get it right?”

There is no sense in exporting our product and in turn they still bring the refined version for us to buy. It doesn’t make sense at all. It’s like in the early days when the Igbo were imitating products and everybody was running away from them until the traders got smarter and started putting foreign labels on the products — Made in Taiwan, Hong Kong, United States of America –  and they started making a lot of money! Anything made in Nigeria, we reject.  Look at what happened in India and China years back. They shut down their doors at foreign products. Those days, we were looking at them with pity, believing that they were suffering; not knowing that they knew what they were doing and they were building a future for their unborn children.

The best car in India then was TATA. If you looked at that TATA then, and its tricycles, you would say that they were suffering. They slammed high tariffs on imported products. If you wanted to bring an imported car into India in the early 1980s, you would break your account because the duty was almost 1000 percent. India insisted that they wanted everything to be produced locally. Look, when the colonial masters were coming, they came with religion, they had technology. India took their technology and retained its religion. In Nigeria, and the other parts of Africa, we chose religion and threw away technology and language. Look at them today, they are enjoying. Those TATA cars that were looking terrible then are on the streets of Lagos today. TATA has become an executive car. They keep developing; they are the best in IT, they build their aircraft, they’ve done virtually everything in India.

So you are suggesting that Nigeria should shut its borders?

Yes. Shut it and forget anything imported. That is our major problem. That is why we rely on foreign exchange. Tell me one thing in his country that doesn’t have forex component, one thing that is being produced in this country that doesn’t have forex  component. Where are the Peugeot Automobile cars, where is Volkswagen Nig Limited? Virtually all those warehouses have been turned to churches. People keep contributing money in church, coming with their jets and cars. The overseer will tell you that God will protect you, but while he is going to his own house he doesn’t believe in God. He will surround himself with Mobile Policemen, but he will tell the congregation that God will protect them. Why does he not wait for God to protect him also? He uses church members’ contributions to build a school where even the members who contributed the money cannot pay the fees. And this is untaxable money. You hear the G.O or Overseer saying that he wants 10 people to contribute one one billion naira. Where do you think people work for money will donate one billion naira? This is the country where you will see people staying in their houses and praying that God will bring food to them in their houses. We need to have a rethink if we want to build a lasting nation for our unborn children.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo just advised President Muhammadu  Buhari not to seek reelection. He also said that for 2019, neither the PDP nor the APC can take the country to the promise land. Do you agree with him?

President Obasanjo has seen it all in this country. When he speaks, you don’t just overlook what he’s saying because most of his predictions have come to pass. When he said that (former President Goodluck) Jonathan would not return for the second term, what happened? Did Jonathan return? So, I will not want to argue with what Baba has said. He’s somebody who has seen and knows Nigeria from head to toe. Before he speaks, Obasanjo know all things.


 
Generally when you look at the situation of the country, we deserve a change for the better and not the change of propaganda. What we had in 2015 was a change of deceit. It was not the proper change that Nigerians expected. The foundation of this present government was built on deceit, so Obasanjo has a right, as a Nigerian. Where are the activists of those days when Jonathan was in power who were sleeping at Ojota and were promoting protests? Wole Soyinka, Pastor Bakare. Where are they now? They cannot speak again? They should go back to Ojota and start killing cow and feeding protesters. They now issue statements in newspapers and on the social media. How many of the poor protesters can afford to buy newspapers or listen to news on radio when there is no light to power your radio. Even to power generator, where is the fuel? Is that the way it is supposed to be?

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Nigerians have been advised to ignore the letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari. Describing the letter as a thrash and full of mischief, former member of the National Assembly, Senator Joseph Waku lambasted Obasanjo whom he described as a serial blackmailer.

In this interview with TUNDE THOMAS, Waku also spoke on other national issues including the recent herdsmen killings, proposed cattle colonies by the Federal Government among others.

What’s your take on the letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Olusegun Obasanjo?

Obasanjo is an attention seeker who should be ignored. Obasanjo likes playing to the gallery. If Obasanjo is a mature man and a genuine patriot and elder statesman who he wants us to believe he is, that letter he wrote to Buhari is needless.

Why do I say the letter is needless? It is needless because Obasanjo has unfettered access to President Buhari and all those issues he raised in the letter he could have discussed with the President one-on-one, and if Obasanjo didn’t want that option, he could have requested that a meeting should be convened where he, President Buhari and other former presidents and heads of states in the country who are all members of the Council of States would have discussed the issues he raised. But Obasanjo I know very well can never change – Obasanjo is mischievous. He is a blackmailer. Through that letter, Obasanjo wanted to incite Nigerians against Buhari.

Obasanjo is very mischievous. He wrote that letter to Buhari out of mischief and not out of patriotism. If Obasanjo had sought an audience with Buhari or even invite Buhari, and he refused to honour his invitation or if he had been unable to get the Council of States to discuss the issues he raised, it would have been understandable, but Obasanjo had not exploited all these avenues before he wrote his satanic letter to Buhari. Obasanjo is a selfish individual who likes playing to the gallery.

You were saying that Obasanjo lacked the moral right to write the letter …

Yes. As the saying goes, those who live in a glass house should not throw stones. Obasanjo is throwing stones from inside the glass house he is living in, and he deserves to be stoned back.

Without trying to be a spokesman for Buhari, but now speaking the fact as a Nigerian, Buhari compared to Obasanjo is a saint. Obasanjo should keep quiet. Obasanjo was a terrible leader when he was President of Nigeria between 1999 —  2007. He was a dictator, brutal and very incompetent. Obasanjo’s evil deeds are many, but one can mention a few. He introduced political corruption into this country. Although he set up EFCC and ICPC, but he just used the anti-graft agencies to witch-hunt his political opponents. We all remember how Obasanjo used EFCC to persecute his political opponents. The then EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu became Obasanjo’s hunting dog – in connivance with Ribadu. Obasajo illegally impeached several state governors including Joshua Dariye in Plateau and Rasheed Ladoja in Oyo State.

Obasanjo also in a brazen act of corruption elevated Ribadu within a period of six months from Assistant Commissioner of Police to Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG.

Obasanjo also introduced the privatization programme through which his administration sold Nigeria’s primed assets to Obasanjo himself and his cronies.

What about the Obasanjo’s Presidential Library in Ota, a personal project of Obasanjo but in which Obasanjo ensured that he extorted billions of naira from state governors, business moguls and others to put up the monumental structure. Recently, one of the state governors then, Ayodele Fayose claimed that Obasanjo forced state governors to donate billions of naira to the project, and Fayose had asked Obasanjo to refund Ekiti State donation.

How do you now describe somebody involved in all these scam as a wise man, who is in a position to lecture others or accuse others of corruption? Obasanjo is the father of all corruption.

But some Nigerians are saying that the letter should not just be dismissed with a wave of the hands and that it contains some allegations and issues which, Buhari should address …

That’s why I said earlier that Buhari is not a saint, and that no human being is 100 percent perfect. But I’m still on Obasanjo, I have not finished with him. Obasanjo talking to Buhari about insecurity and killings – for Obasanjo himself, it was worse under his administration when he was the president. Remember Odi killings that took place under Obasanjo’s watch where innocent people were murdered and their properties destroyed based on the orders of Obasanjo to the security agents.

What about the killings in Zaki Biam, the village of the then Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Victor Malu. Even though Malu was a senior official in Obasanjo’s administration, yet Obasanjo betrayed him by destroying his village.

What about individuals that were assassinated during Obasanjo’s era. Bola Ige, the then number one judicial officer was killed and up till today, his killers are yet to be apprehended. What about Marshall Harry and others whose lives were wasted during Obasanjo’s years in office? We can go on and on. The list is endless and this is one of the reasons why I said Obasanjo lacks the moral stand to attack Buhari.

Obasanjo was a callous and vindictive man who hounded so many innocent Nigerians into jail during his time in office. At over 80 years, it is sad that Obasanjo is yet to mature. He can never change.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Chief Shuaib Oyedokun was the former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Secretary to the Oyo State government. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP. 

Oyedokun whose political antecedents date back to the Second Republic believes that the PDP will take back the reins of government considering what he called the poor leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE, he said President Buhari has bitten more than he can chew.

You have seen it all in Nigerian politics, since the First Republic, how will you compare the politics then and now?

Politics at that time was purely like that of Greek, where politics originated from. At that time, we had parliamentary system of government which was all inclusive and beneficial to the people. This means collective participation and it was less materialistic. When I was a councilor, we were still working and all we had was sitting allowance and not a bogus allowance like we have today. But now, people struggle for materials and not for the people. I will therefore recommend a parliamentary system of government. It will benefit us if we can return to parliamentary system. I will also recommend that the take home of political office holders be reduced. This is done in other places. Political office holders work and serve on part time basis. Our system should not be winners take all. What we have in Nigeria is what I will call “demonic” unitary system. Our politicians don’t really need to cross carpet, but the way we do it today is like we are practicing parliamentary system in presidential setting, and there is lot of confusion in this.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a recent letter  advised President Buhari not to run for the 2019 presidential election. What is your take on this?

Obasanjo is an adult extrovert. He says things and does things according to the dictates of his mind at a particular time for a particular purpose and his writings are always very poisonous. Have you ever read his books? He is down to earth in everything he does. Obasanjo knows what he is saying and he knows what he is doing. The rest depends on all Nigerians to have a good debate on what Obasanjo said.

With this, what advice will you give President Buhari considering the situation of things in the country?

Sometimes it is not safe to criticize the ruling government or party because in doing so, one may undo his own party, especially when you are eyeing the same office. Buhari bit more than he can chew and that is the problem he is having now. The issue is that Buhari has a legacy to leave behind. I am not used to blaming leaders because the followership is not co-operating based on the system we are running. The legacy he can leave behind to correct whatever mistake of the past is for him to correct the system and that will need complete re-orientation. The solution to the problem in Nigeria is restructuring.

How will you react to the incessant attack by Fulani herdsmen and the proposed Fulani Colony in the states of the federation?

This is a very interesting issue and I will talk outside politics. Let us forget about the menace of Fulani herdsmen because we already know that. The issue is that must we necessarily eat cow meat.

Let all the southerners boycott cow meat and reject cattle in the south. Where there is no one to be oppressed, there will not be oppressors. I look at the meaning of colony and I found out that it means movement of people of other tribes to settle in another place that does not belong to them. For instance in my home town, Inisha in Osun State, we have a lot of colanuts and Hausas often come to take it to the North.

However, the problem we will have in this kind of dealing is religion and ethnicity. There are lots of suspicions in the proposed colony. If the herders want to do their trade and they settle in a place in form of ranching and pay royalty to the owner, that is good because it will promote commercial activities in such locations. The facilities will also be provided for them there. That is business and I subscribe to that.

What we should do now is to sit down together and plan together to see this country going. Don’t let me deceive you; the underline factor is that we should be careful about the Fulani colony. Can’t we stay on our own and can’t the North stay on its own and the East. It is condemnable to take the life of fellow human beings as we have it now.

I know my own religion (Islam) doesn’t allow taking life, same with Christianity. No religion preaches crisis or killing and we should know this. Traditionalists have not been involved in killings, so if the “imported” religions are no longer sweet for us, let us embrace our fore-fathers’ religion.

How will you assess the last two and half years rule of President Buhari?

There is no government that has not done its little, but because we are heterogeneous, we don’t feel satisfied. However, what I notice in this government is that we have a little growth but there is no development. We can see buildings and no development. What are the benefits of these gigantic structures to an average Nigerian? Even the APC members are now complaining. Go into the markets and commercial buses and listen to the views of the people. Everybody is now condemning the government of Buhari. The economy has been ruined and many people have lost their jobs. Is that a government?

How will you compare the government of the APC with that of the PDP?

The PDP combines growth with development. During our time, there was growth and there was development. However, PDP suffered from being complacent. The publicity was so poor during the PDP rule. PDP believed that people should see things by themselves, while the APC is good in propaganda. APC also used the advantage of the social media and this worked for them. Things have changed eventually and the same social media are now being used against the APC. Let the people judge.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara is the acting Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on some touchy issues in Nigeria. He is of the opinion that the recent letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari in which he advised the latter not to seek re-election in next year’s general election was not self serving.

He however picked hole in the stand taken by Obasanjo on PDP. He predicted that the next presidential election will be won by PDP as the main opposition party. He spoke with IHEANACHO NWOSU in Abuja.

What do you make of the letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari?

I was impressed with his courage to speak loud to the conscience of our political leaders when the need arises. If we had one or two more of people of his kind that could speak the way he does and monitor what is happening in the country, I think Nigeria would have better, politically, economically and have total development. If he had taken keen interest in the choice of his successors in office, we would have obviously gone farther than where we are now.

Yes it is true, the situation is very clear that Nigerians are suffering. When the populace speaks, of course, you know that it is serious. I don’t know if it was because of the health situation of President Buhari or it was in his character to turn deaf ear to the yearnings of the people. I choose to believe that his bad health situation affected his capacity to perform. So, the observation of President Obasanjo to some extent was correct. Even the reactions of APC and people in power show that they were hit below the belt and I expected a punchy response to those accusations on their way of running the country. But they accepted virtually everything the ex-President said. Maybe they were afraid of him or they don’t want to join issues with him. They were even thanking him for such observations. That might, perhaps, force them to sit up and deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. When I was listening to the interview by Prof. Oyebode, he stated that Obasanjo was not the first person to highlight these failures. Bishops John Onaiyekan, Mathew Kukah, former Speaker Ghali Na’Abba and others have previously reminded the President of these things. But then when you hear such a thing coming from such a colossus like Obasanjo, then it was true.

What actually one does not understand was that while the former President accused President Buhari of performing below average, the AU heads of state adopted him as the symbol of anti-corruption war. They unanimously endorsed him as one who has made Africa proud in the way he has fought corruption. The AU assessment of Buhari might be right or wrong. One thing we must know is that corruption is not fought by an individual but by institution. But Buhari is the only one that is fighting corruption in this country and that might be the reason for the level of success we have made in that regard.

What do you mean by ‘he is the only one fighting corruption’?

He is the only one fighting corruption. I don’t want to be too explicit. The fight against corruption should be systemic and not individualistic. The system has not accepted the fight against corruption.

But he has allowed EFCC to do its job.

Yes, they have enjoyed a level of freedom in their operations but many Nigerians see them as being selective in the fight. Recent arrest of the former SGF, Babachir Lawal, after Obasanjo letter was seen by Nigerians as smokescreen. You don’t fight corruption by placing your cronies at the head of critical government agencies and control them your own way. The EFCC is obviously not independent. The EFCC is still being controlled by the Fulani oligarchy in this country today. I don’t want to talk about what they are doing with my party. That is the selective nature of that fight. But when it comes to individuals, it takes a lot of pressure on Mr. President, a lot of pressure on EFCC before they will do something outside their game plan. Their game plan indicates they are selective, and are determined to deal with PDP and their members who are perceived to be corrupt. The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, should have been sent packing because it was brought to our notice that he has houses in Dubai but he was neither invited nor questioned by the EFCC. The fight against corruption ought to be systemic, no matter whose ox is gored. Look at what is happening in America, Muller’s investigation is still going on and they would talk to President Trump. They will invite him and talk to him. Forget about what he is saying about no obstruction, no collusion and what have you. They are doing their job. They are independent. He cannot fire Muller. He can hire him but he cannot fire him. But here, the system has not even accepted Magu. Magu probably could be the best man for the job. But he is still in acting capacity and that is unconstitutional. You cannot be acting on a position for infinity. That is unconstitutional. The system has not accepted the fight against corruption. Corruption is not only looking for dollars and oil money. Even government policies could be corrupt and as far as Buhari policies are concerned, he is corrupt. How do you explain three security chiefs coming from his own state? That is corruption in a diverse society like ours that ought to promote equity. It is not only when you say you caught Wabara with $3 billion or something. It’s not all about money. Your policies should also be looked into.

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Coach Bala Nikyu has assured that Nigeria's U17 girls, Flamingos, will be at their best to cage the 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Lukman Olabiyi Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned further hearing 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Vincent Kalu Elder statesman, and Yoruba leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, former governor of Anambra State, 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
FG renames Federal University Alike, Ebonyi after him Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka and Jeff Amaechi Agbodo, 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
JOE EFFIONG, UYO Akwa Ibom State leaders have expressed grave concern over the Nasir El-rufai-led APC 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
PAUL ORUDE, BAUCHI A misunderstanding between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Shimba Village in Song Local 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Lagos State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has commended his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari and Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki hadtheir first official meeting, since 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Abuja said Nigeria had no regret 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
I pity women who marry irresponsible men. I pity women who date irresponsible men. I also pity ladies 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
ON Tuesday February 6, 2018, I would be 60 by the grace of God. I have every reason to thank God because 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
It is now one week, one defection in the House of Representatives. Hardly does a week pass now without 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Over 75% causes of infertility, both in men and women are hormonally related. 20% is tubal related, while 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Two men on their way to Emmaus, according to the Gospel of Dr. Luke, in chapter 24:13-15, were talking 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
When I grow up, I want to write just one letter and control the weather! Then, walk around with a wheel-barrow 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
All of a sudden, a party, a cabal, a team, a group or power wielders and mismanagers of Nigeria got jolted. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Recently, the issue of women proposing to their men has dominated cyber space. This issue came to fore 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Sleep walking is one sleep condition that seems to affect a lot of people. There is also this condition 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Omolola Shonowo is from a family full of fashion enthusiasts. From playing in the showroom of her late 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Seeing Emmanuel Okeke, the CEO of Living Home Estate Ltd, one would hardly think he has ever worked under 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
OLUNKWA FELIX, Umuahia The people of Abia North have continued to express joy as the sensitization 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Lola Masha is the Country Manager of OLX Nigeria. Just before joining the organisation, she spent four 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Capes are something that is attached to body of dress close to the neckline. This kind of sleeves gives 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Every marriage or relationship goes through trying times at one time or the other, but the way that period 
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