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Akintoye Writes South West Govs, says Terrorists Have Encircled Yoruba Land, Urges People to Wake Up

Akintoye Writes South West Govs, says Terrorists Have Encircled Yoruba Land, Urges People to Wake Up

Says "New Covid-19 Mid-night Curfew Is An Attempt to Import Terrorists Into Yoruba Land"



Advises RCCG, Winners Chapel, MFM, Synagogue, Deeper Life, Ibadan and Lagos Central Mosques to beef up security around their premises 



Wednesday 12th May, 2021




Renowned Historian and Second Republic Member of the Senate, Prof. Banji Akintoye has raised an alarm, alleging that terrorists have invaded and encircled the South West Geo-political zone of Nigeria.


In a letter personally written by him to all South West Governors, the leader of the apex Yoruba Self-Determination Group, Ilana Omo Oodua, urged the leaders to be vigilant and ensure that their fatherland is not captured by foreign invaders.


Akintoye, according to a statement made available to Newsmen on Wednesday by his Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, declared that the new midnight curfew announced by the Nigerian Government to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria looks suspicious with clandestine motives.


While urging Yoruba people, especially the younger generations to wake up and be extra-vigilant, Akintoye alleged that the previous Covid-19 lockdown from March to May 2020 was used to import terrorists from the North to the Southern parts of Nigeria, especially, to the south-west, stressing that "people must therefore be very careful and observant now"


He advised some top religion centres in South West such as The Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG) Redemption Camp, Winners Chapel's Faith Terbanacle, Deeper Life Bible Church's Camp, Mountain of Fire's Camp, Synagogue Church of All Nations's Headquarters and the prestigious Central Mosque buildings in Lagos and Ibadan, to beef-up security around their premises.


The lengthy statement, as written by Akintoye, read in parts:


"This is an alert from Ilana Omo Oodua to the Yoruba people at home and in the Diaspora. The situation that has developed in Nigeria in recent days calls for the uttermost vigilance of the Yoruba nation, and every Yoruba man, woman, and child.


"There is danger that if we don't mount that high level of vigilance today, very serious pains can be inflicted upon us as a nation and on countless numbers of citizens of our nation. 


"A few days ago, precisely, Saturday, the 8th of May, I sent a very desperate letter to the six Governors of the Yoruba Southwest. The letter reads as follows:


"Your Excellencies, the Governors of the Yoruba Southwest. This is a very desperate message from me to the State Governors of our Yorubaland in the face of the impending escalation of the ongoing invasion of our homeland. A combination of Fulani terrorists, Boko Haram and ISIS have occupied Niger State which is immediately north of Yorubaland, thereby providing for themselves very easy access into Yorubaland through the Yoruba parts of Kwara and Kogi States. 


"Then, recently, the US has issued a statement that ISIS has infiltrated Southern Nigeria from the sea-- meaning that the coast of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States have been infiltrated.


"Our situation has thus become desperate and requires desperate actions from our State Governors. I feel obliged to devote much attention to the study of our Yoruba nation's vicissitudes in these terrible times, and from such studies, I am hereby raising an informed alarm to the Governors of our States. I humbly and passionately urge our Governors to come together to give the needed response to the danger that threatens to engulf our Yorubaland in, most probably, the next few days. 


"It is very well known that the signature action of these foreign terrorist organisations is to first destroy prominent assets of the society that they attack. That could mean that major public and private buildings in Lagos and Ibadan, particularly the hugely symbolic Cocoa House in Ibadan, would be their immediate targets. 


"By the grace of God, we will ultimately expel them from our homeland, but by then, very many valuable assets of our nation might have been wrecked. This is something that we can and must prevent by preempting them with our own massive defensive measures. 


"I wish our Governors God's wisdom and strength as they rise together to do the desperately needful now. I trust you all to make the best decision, but I respectfully urge that you also borrow a leaf from what Governor Ortom has done in his Benue State. 


"With my greatest regards. Prof Banji Akintoye."


"That was last Saturday. Now, in the past 24 hrs, that is, since late Monday, May 10, 2021, more troubling developments have occurred. First, the Secretary to the Nigerian Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, went on air and announced a number of Federal Government measures which were said to be made necessary by COVID 19. The measures included Nigerian-wide curfews, a limit of the congregation of persons to 50, closing down of bars and night clubs, among others. 


"However, while members of the Nigerian public were still pondering the Federal Government's announcement, another highly placed official of the same Government, Dr Sani Aliyu, Coordinator of the National Presidential Task Force on COVID 19, came out with a statement that the announcement a night before on lockdown, curfew, and public gathering were fake. He concluded that the public should ignore them.


"We urge the Yoruba people to be aware of what may be happening now. We ask Yoruba people to remember that when the Federal Government announced a lockdown in March 2020, the lockdown was converted to a sinister opportunity to truck countless loads of Fulani terrorists and others to the South, especially to the Yoruba Southwest. We Yoruba people must defend our homeland, our towns, cities, villages, farmlands and our people no matter what anybody else may be doing. 


"Happily, most Yoruba people are no longer in doubt about the danger that confronts their nation in Nigeria, but we need now is to mobilize ourselves in defence of our homeland . The Yoruba people are grateful to the Yoruba youths for the way they have woken up to resist the invasion of Yorubaland by terrorist bandits. 


"The Yoruba youths must take particular cognizance of the following facts: 


"That terrorists have taken over Niger State: That Niger State is the immediate Northern neighbour of Yorubaland; that terrorists now command easy access into Yoruba land through the Yoruba parts of Kwara and Kogi States; a powerful nation, the United States of America, has issued an alert informing Nigeria and the world that ISIS, probably in alliance with other terrorist groups, has infiltrated the Southern parts of Nigeria from the sea; That the Nigerian Federal Government has not responded in any way to all these dangerous developments, which means that we must not wait for any Federal Government to defend us. 


"We Yoruba people must also remember in particular that all past efforts by terrorists in Nigeria have always had special plans for Yorubaland because, as everybody knows, Yorubaland is the home of the richest non-petroleum resources in Nigeria. 


"All these call for a new and higher level of response and vigilance by the Yoruba people. Our youths have been holding mega rallies across cities and that is a very welcome development, but our youths must now respond at a much higher level than mega rallies. They must organise themselves urgently to protect our roads, especially the roads that lead into our homeland. They must ensure that the influx of terrorists and arms into our land definitively stops. 


"Owners and custodians of significant edifices in Yorubaland are strongly advised now to establish formidable security for their edifices. These include bridges, important public and private buildings, churches and such eminent Church estates as the Redeem, Winners, Deeper Life, Mountain of Fire Church camps and the unique Synagogue building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, and even our most prestigious Central Mosque buildings in Lagos, Ibadan and our other cities. 


"We must remember that when these terrorists broke into Mali Republic some years ago they destroyed the revered mosque of the ancient Sankore University in Timbuktu, the greatest Islamic monument in West Africa. To them, whatever does not qualify as fundamentalist or jihadist deserves to be destroyed.


"The Yoruba people trust their youths because the youths have done a lot of great things in recent times. We know they can do it, and we expect them to do their duty to their nation in these desperate times. Do this for your nation now to secure our nation and carve for yourself an honourable place in history.


"Yoruba youths must also make it clear to the world that NOW is the last and final battle of the Yoruba people against the destructive elements of Nigeria on the Yoruba nation", the statement concluded.

Says "New Covid-19 Mid-night Curfew Is An Attempt to Import Terrorists Into Yoruba Land"



Advises RCCG, Winners Chapel, MFM, Synagogue, Deeper Life, Ibadan and Lagos Central Mosques to beef up security around their premises 



Wednesday 12th May, 2021




Renowned Historian and Second Republic Member of the Senate, Prof. Banji Akintoye has raised an alarm, alleging that terrorists have invaded and encircled the South West Geo-political zone of Nigeria.


In a letter personally written by him to all South West Governors, the leader of the apex Yoruba Self-Determination Group, Ilana Omo Oodua, urged the leaders to be vigilant and ensure that their fatherland is not captured by foreign invaders.


Akintoye, according to a statement made available to Newsmen on Wednesday by his Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, declared that the new midnight curfew announced by the Nigerian Government to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria looks suspicious with clandestine motives.


While urging Yoruba people, especially the younger generations to wake up and be extra-vigilant, Akintoye alleged that the previous Covid-19 lockdown from March to May 2020 was used to import terrorists from the North to the Southern parts of Nigeria, especially, to the south-west, stressing that "people must therefore be very careful and observant now"


He advised some top religion centres in South West such as The Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG) Redemption Camp, Winners Chapel's Faith Terbanacle, Deeper Life Bible Church's Camp, Mountain of Fire's Camp, Synagogue Church of All Nations's Headquarters and the prestigious Central Mosque buildings in Lagos and Ibadan, to beef-up security around their premises.


The lengthy statement, as written by Akintoye, read in parts:


"This is an alert from Ilana Omo Oodua to the Yoruba people at home and in the Diaspora. The situation that has developed in Nigeria in recent days calls for the uttermost vigilance of the Yoruba nation, and every Yoruba man, woman, and child.


"There is danger that if we don't mount that high level of vigilance today, very serious pains can be inflicted upon us as a nation and on countless numbers of citizens of our nation. 


"A few days ago, precisely, Saturday, the 8th of May, I sent a very desperate letter to the six Governors of the Yoruba Southwest. The letter reads as follows:


"Your Excellencies, the Governors of the Yoruba Southwest. This is a very desperate message from me to the State Governors of our Yorubaland in the face of the impending escalation of the ongoing invasion of our homeland. A combination of Fulani terrorists, Boko Haram and ISIS have occupied Niger State which is immediately north of Yorubaland, thereby providing for themselves very easy access into Yorubaland through the Yoruba parts of Kwara and Kogi States. 


"Then, recently, the US has issued a statement that ISIS has infiltrated Southern Nigeria from the sea-- meaning that the coast of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States have been infiltrated.


"Our situation has thus become desperate and requires desperate actions from our State Governors. I feel obliged to devote much attention to the study of our Yoruba nation's vicissitudes in these terrible times, and from such studies, I am hereby raising an informed alarm to the Governors of our States. I humbly and passionately urge our Governors to come together to give the needed response to the danger that threatens to engulf our Yorubaland in, most probably, the next few days. 


"It is very well known that the signature action of these foreign terrorist organisations is to first destroy prominent assets of the society that they attack. That could mean that major public and private buildings in Lagos and Ibadan, particularly the hugely symbolic Cocoa House in Ibadan, would be their immediate targets. 


"By the grace of God, we will ultimately expel them from our homeland, but by then, very many valuable assets of our nation might have been wrecked. This is something that we can and must prevent by preempting them with our own massive defensive measures. 


"I wish our Governors God's wisdom and strength as they rise together to do the desperately needful now. I trust you all to make the best decision, but I respectfully urge that you also borrow a leaf from what Governor Ortom has done in his Benue State. 


"With my greatest regards. Prof Banji Akintoye."


"That was last Saturday. Now, in the past 24 hrs, that is, since late Monday, May 10, 2021, more troubling developments have occurred. First, the Secretary to the Nigerian Federal Government, Boss Mustapha, went on air and announced a number of Federal Government measures which were said to be made necessary by COVID 19. The measures included Nigerian-wide curfews, a limit of the congregation of persons to 50, closing down of bars and night clubs, among others. 


"However, while members of the Nigerian public were still pondering the Federal Government's announcement, another highly placed official of the same Government, Dr Sani Aliyu, Coordinator of the National Presidential Task Force on COVID 19, came out with a statement that the announcement a night before on lockdown, curfew, and public gathering were fake. He concluded that the public should ignore them.


"We urge the Yoruba people to be aware of what may be happening now. We ask Yoruba people to remember that when the Federal Government announced a lockdown in March 2020, the lockdown was converted to a sinister opportunity to truck countless loads of Fulani terrorists and others to the South, especially to the Yoruba Southwest. We Yoruba people must defend our homeland, our towns, cities, villages, farmlands and our people no matter what anybody else may be doing. 


"Happily, most Yoruba people are no longer in doubt about the danger that confronts their nation in Nigeria, but we need now is to mobilize ourselves in defence of our homeland . The Yoruba people are grateful to the Yoruba youths for the way they have woken up to resist the invasion of Yorubaland by terrorist bandits. 


"The Yoruba youths must take particular cognizance of the following facts: 


"That terrorists have taken over Niger State: That Niger State is the immediate Northern neighbour of Yorubaland; that terrorists now command easy access into Yoruba land through the Yoruba parts of Kwara and Kogi States; a powerful nation, the United States of America, has issued an alert informing Nigeria and the world that ISIS, probably in alliance with other terrorist groups, has infiltrated the Southern parts of Nigeria from the sea; That the Nigerian Federal Government has not responded in any way to all these dangerous developments, which means that we must not wait for any Federal Government to defend us. 


"We Yoruba people must also remember in particular that all past efforts by terrorists in Nigeria have always had special plans for Yorubaland because, as everybody knows, Yorubaland is the home of the richest non-petroleum resources in Nigeria. 


"All these call for a new and higher level of response and vigilance by the Yoruba people. Our youths have been holding mega rallies across cities and that is a very welcome development, but our youths must now respond at a much higher level than mega rallies. They must organise themselves urgently to protect our roads, especially the roads that lead into our homeland. They must ensure that the influx of terrorists and arms into our land definitively stops. 


"Owners and custodians of significant edifices in Yorubaland are strongly advised now to establish formidable security for their edifices. These include bridges, important public and private buildings, churches and such eminent Church estates as the Redeem, Winners, Deeper Life, Mountain of Fire Church camps and the unique Synagogue building of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, and even our most prestigious Central Mosque buildings in Lagos, Ibadan and our other cities. 


"We must remember that when these terrorists broke into Mali Republic some years ago they destroyed the revered mosque of the ancient Sankore University in Timbuktu, the greatest Islamic monument in West Africa. To them, whatever does not qualify as fundamentalist or jihadist deserves to be destroyed.


"The Yoruba people trust their youths because the youths have done a lot of great things in recent times. We know they can do it, and we expect them to do their duty to their nation in these desperate times. Do this for your nation now to secure our nation and carve for yourself an honourable place in history.


"Yoruba youths must also make it clear to the world that NOW is the last and final battle of the Yoruba people against the destructive elements of Nigeria on the Yoruba nation", the statement concluded.

NIGERIA: LAGOS POLICE ARREST, INVESTIGATE POPULAR NOLLYHOOD ACTOR BABA IJESA FOR DEFILEMENT

NIGERIA: LAGOS POLICE ARREST, INVESTIGATE POPULAR NOLLYHOOD ACTOR BABA IJESA FOR DEFILEMENT


The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Olarenwaju James 'm' 48, aka Baba Ijesha, popular Nollyhood actor for defiling a minor


The case of defilement was reported on 19th April, 2021 by one Princess Adekola Adekanya 'f' at Sabo Police Station and transferred to the Gender Unit of the State CID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for proper investigation


Based on preliminary findings, the suspect started sexually assaulting the victim, 14 years, since she was 7 year old. The suspect confessed to the crime and was also captured by a CCTV camera in the house of the complainant. 


The Commissioner of Police,Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for proper investigation as he promised to do justice in the matter. 


CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI 

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER 

LAGOS STATE COMMAND 

IKEJA-LAGOS 

22ND APRIL, 2021


The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Olarenwaju James 'm' 48, aka Baba Ijesha, popular Nollyhood actor for defiling a minor


The case of defilement was reported on 19th April, 2021 by one Princess Adekola Adekanya 'f' at Sabo Police Station and transferred to the Gender Unit of the State CID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for proper investigation


Based on preliminary findings, the suspect started sexually assaulting the victim, 14 years, since she was 7 year old. The suspect confessed to the crime and was also captured by a CCTV camera in the house of the complainant. 


The Commissioner of Police,Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for proper investigation as he promised to do justice in the matter. 


CSP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI 

POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER 

LAGOS STATE COMMAND 

IKEJA-LAGOS 

22ND APRIL, 2021

ODUDUWA REPUBLIC: Yoruba Group Plans One Million March Rally Across South-West States

ODUDUWA REPUBLIC: Yoruba Group Plans One Million March Rally Across South-West States

 Ilana Omo Oodua which has been the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups on Tuesday announced plans for a one-million-strong march rally in the south-west states of Nigeria.


The group in a statement encouraged Yoruba indigenes interested in the rally to get the shirts, caps, and flags for the march in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

According to the group in a statement released on monday that the rally, which had been scheduled for wednesday, had been postponed due to the need for saturday consultations with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination group


“ilana omo oodua postpones the one million march of the pro-yoruba nation,” read the statement. The much-anticipated one-million-strong march across yoruba-speaking states has been postponed indefinitel


“the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups within and outside nigeria, ilana omo oduduwa, has declare


“On wednesday, march 24th, a rally will be held in the cities of ikeja, ibadan, akure, ado-ekiti, osogbo, abeokuta, kabba, and offa in lagos, oyo, ondo, akure, ado-ekiti, osun, ogun, kogi, and kwara states to drum up support for the actualization of yoruba nation sovereignt


“We have a meeting with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination groups slated for saturday, march 27th. after the meeting, we shall announce a new date for the one million march, but it is possible next week. thus, we put all the seats of power in yoruba land on notic


“We have declared our freedom from the failed lugardian amalgamation of 1914. we have also declared our freedom from the fraudulent 1999 constitution of nigeri


The international community, including the united nations (un), european union (eu), african union (au), economic community of west african states (ecowas), and the governments of the united states and the united kingdom have been put on notice.


“The government of nigeria is being challenged legally. we are not going to engage in any illegal or violent act


The group said: "We shall achieve our liberation without shedding blood. we shall deploy our material and intellectual weapons to fight this battle."



Source: DailyTimes

 Ilana Omo Oodua which has been the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups on Tuesday announced plans for a one-million-strong march rally in the south-west states of Nigeria.


The group in a statement encouraged Yoruba indigenes interested in the rally to get the shirts, caps, and flags for the march in a tweet on Tuesday.

 

According to the group in a statement released on monday that the rally, which had been scheduled for wednesday, had been postponed due to the need for saturday consultations with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination group


“ilana omo oodua postpones the one million march of the pro-yoruba nation,” read the statement. The much-anticipated one-million-strong march across yoruba-speaking states has been postponed indefinitel


“the umbrella body of yoruba self-determination groups within and outside nigeria, ilana omo oduduwa, has declare


“On wednesday, march 24th, a rally will be held in the cities of ikeja, ibadan, akure, ado-ekiti, osogbo, abeokuta, kabba, and offa in lagos, oyo, ondo, akure, ado-ekiti, osun, ogun, kogi, and kwara states to drum up support for the actualization of yoruba nation sovereignt


“We have a meeting with all yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination groups slated for saturday, march 27th. after the meeting, we shall announce a new date for the one million march, but it is possible next week. thus, we put all the seats of power in yoruba land on notic


“We have declared our freedom from the failed lugardian amalgamation of 1914. we have also declared our freedom from the fraudulent 1999 constitution of nigeri


The international community, including the united nations (un), european union (eu), african union (au), economic community of west african states (ecowas), and the governments of the united states and the united kingdom have been put on notice.


“The government of nigeria is being challenged legally. we are not going to engage in any illegal or violent act


The group said: "We shall achieve our liberation without shedding blood. we shall deploy our material and intellectual weapons to fight this battle."



Source: DailyTimes

CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE, UNION DISPUTE AND THE EXPIRATION OF THE 90-DAY NOTICE OF GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES: NEXT-STEPS FOR TRAPPED ETHNIC NATIONS OF NIGERIA

CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE, UNION DISPUTE AND THE EXPIRATION OF THE 90-DAY NOTICE OF GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES: NEXT-STEPS FOR TRAPPED ETHNIC NATIONS OF NIGERIA


(Being the Text of the World Press Conference by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, (NINAS), Delivered by Prof Banji Akintoye at the Expiration of the 90-Day Notice of Grave Constitutional Grievances Issued by NINAS to the Federal Government of Nigeria, December 16, 2020).PROTOCOLS.


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

 

1) As the Distressed Federation of Nigeria continues to wobble through what seems its Terminal Throes, it will be recalled that the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), aggregating the Indigenous Nations and Peoples of Southern and Middle- Belt of Nigeria, who have found themselves at the receiving end of a most vicious Ethnic Cleansing Onslaught by Heavily- Armed Invading Fulani Militia, masquerading as “Herdsmen”, Formally Declared a UNION DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by the Federal Government of Nigeria via the CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE Proclamation of December 16, 2020 in which it made a Five- Point Demand upon the Federal Government of Nigeria, to Formally commence the Remediation of the Grave Constitutional Grievances enumerated in the said Proclamation, within a Period of 90 Days beginning from the midnight of December 16, 2020.

  2) The full text of the December 16 Proclamation was published unedited as an Advertorial in the January 20, 2021 Edition of the Guardian Newspaper at pages 38, 39, 40 and 41. Hard Copies of the Proclamation were also dispatched to the President of Nigeria, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the President of Nigeria’s Senate, the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies, the

 UN, EU and AU Missions in Nigeria, the Ambassadors of the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, and Japan to Nigeria; the High Commissioners of the United Kingdom and Australia to Nigeria, ECOWAS Secretariat and a other Stakeholder Institutions.

(3) We Report to you now that at the expiration of the 90-Day Period Notice by the midnight of March 16, 2021, no Formal Contact was made


 with NINAS by the Federal Government of Nigeria and so we are gathered here today March 17, 2021 to Inform our People as well as the International Community, what our Next-Steps will be in our resolve to extricate ourselves from the Death-Trap and Bondage Unitary Nigeria has become for our Various Peoples.


(4) In refusing to step forward to the table of Dialogue and in the Characteristic Arrogant Disposition of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we wish to call your attention to several knee-jerk, patch-work and bad- faith options the Federal Government of Nigeria chose to pursue in the desperation to once again evade the Sovereignty Question it had been evading since 1967, instead of embracing the Comprehensive Framework Tabled by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-

Determination, NINAS via the December 16, 2020 Proclamation. In this regard, we note the Emergency Conference anchored by Channels Television and tagged “Pulling Nigeria Back from the Brink” featuring Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State (who Chaired the APC Restructuring Committee); Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State who is Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum as well as Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator and Senate Minority Leader.


In their various Presentations at that Conference, they spoke of the Urgency of the Nigerian Situation; they alluded to many of the Grave Constitutional Grievances raised by the NINAS Proclamation but without any direct mention of NINAS or the December 16, 2020 Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation. In what seemed like an unprecedented Bi- Partisan Consensus and Legislative -Executive Cooperation, they all agreed that immediate Remediation Steps need to be taken forthwith including the return of Niger Delta’s Oil & Gas Assets to its owners, the Decentralization of Policing to allow State and Local Government Police but most curiously, they proposed Urgent Amendments to the 1999Constitution and the Invocation of the Doctrine of Necessity by the National Assembly to commence the Remediation Processes. NINAS interprets this attempt to railroad the Resolution of the Grave Constitutional Grievances to the National Assembly as a clear-minded evasion of the Fundamental Sovereignty Question relating to the Deep Distortions in Our Union Agreement (Constitution) which must now be engaged by the Constituent Components of Nigeria whose Sovereignties are Currently Hijacked and Confiscated by the Nigerian State via the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution. This Interpretation stems from the fact that the National Assembly which itself, is a Product of that Constitution, had a few months ago, acknowledged that it has no Constitution-Making Powers as that Power vests Exclusively in the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria as an Incident of their Sovereignty. It indeed amounts to Treason for the National Assembly or the Executive Branch of the Federal Government to continue to usurp the Sovereignty of the Peoples of Nigeria confiscated by the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution which is already repudiated and rejected by the Peoples of Nigeria especially in the Alliance Territories as represented by NINAS. NINAS also see external collaboration to this Treasonous Conduct of the National Assembly when Groups of individualscraft and Present to the National Assembly, Proposals inviting the National Assembly to embark on the exercise of Writing or Re-Writing the Constitution of Nigeria via Amendments, without the Constituent Component Nationalities first Addressing Sovereignty Dispute. Those external collaborators also talk about inserting a “National Referendum” Provision in the 1999 Constitution at a time the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria are Clamouring for Regional Referendums to Determine their Sovereignty. Some talk about Resuscitating the 1963 Constitution (i.e. Constitution-Writing) as the way to go. This also amounts to evading the Sovereignty Discussion. NINAS Unequivocally rejects these Propositions insofar as they would operate to commandeer and railroad our Hijacked Collective Sovereignty to the National Assembly.


There was also a recent suggestion by Nigeria’s Senate President, Lawan, that the assignment of Constitutional roles to Traditional Rulers in Nigeria will solve the broken down Security of Nigeria. These are all parts of begging the Question. We have to ask Mr Senate President why have State Governors who have Constitutional Roles, not resolved the Security Nightmares of Nigeria or even of their States.


In all, it is clear to NINAS that the both Federal Government of Nigeria and the National Assembly of Nigeria, are fully aware of the Grave

Constitutional Grievances of the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria, but are unwilling to address the Grievances, thereby inviting upon us all, a dangerous regime of Self-Help, especially against the Hydra- headed Monster of Gross Insecurity running wild all over Nigeria wearing at various times, the Garment of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, Miyetti Allah or Bandits.


(5) For the benefit of those who may not have read the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation and for the purpose of putting a contextual backdrop to the Post-Notice Action Outlines that we shall be spelling out today, permit me to Read in Full, the Five Demands of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, along with the Paragraphs immediately preceding the Demands and the one immediately after it (ie the Closing Paragraph) so that we can better understand the reasoning behind the extraordinary measure of Constitutional Force Majeure as well as the Implications for the Distressed Nigerian Union and various Stakeholders including Government, Political Parties and International Interests, and I quote: “ACCORDINGLY, WE THE UNDERSIGNED, BEING Accredited Representatives of the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria’s Southern and Middle-Belt Territories, hereinafter called “the Alliance Territories”, (Constituting over 75% of the Population of Nigeria), on behalf of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, and in Invocation of the Universal Rights appurtenant to our Sovereignties as Indigenous Peoples of the Distressed Nigerian Federation, including the Right To Self-Determination as enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 as well as the United Nations Charter On Human Rights; HAVING exhausted every Democratic, People-Driven Process in seeking an orderly redress for the aforementioned Grave Constitutional Grievances emanating from the Unilateral Imposition of a Unitary Constitutional Order on our supposed Federal Union by a Section of Nigeria that has also Imposed Sharia in their own Part of our supposed Secular Union; AND NOW in circumstances that have become an extraordinary emergency for our Peoples, being confronted by the Clear and Present danger of Extermination in the hands of our supposed Compatriots in the of Nigeria who are Pursuing an Ethnic Cleansing Campaign against the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria HEREBY DECLARE A SOVEREIGNTY DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by Federal Government of Nigeria, on account of our Repudiation and Rejection of the Imposed 1999Constitution of Nigeria whose authorship was Fraudulently imputed to us by the Preamble to that Constitution in its False Claim that “We the People”, Made, Enacted and Gave To Ourselves the said 1999 Constitution, with a further lie in that same Preamble, that we had Firmly and Solemnly Resolved to submit Our Peoples and Our Lands into the Union of Nigeria. FURTHERMORE, IN INVOCATION OF OUR LONG-SUPPRESSED COLLECTIVE SOVEREIGNTIES WE HEREBY PROCLAIM A CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE effective from the Midnight of the 16th Day of December 2020, with a 90-Day NOTICE to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the Security Council of the United Nations, the Government of the United States of America, the European Union as well as the International Community, of the Intention of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories to reconsider our Continued Allegiance to the Disputed 1999 Constitution as well as the Unitary Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness it foists on us.

 FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TO AVOID ANARCHY, IT IS OUR DEMAND THAT IN THE 90-DAY PERIOD OF THIS NOTICE, THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC ACTIONS MUST BE TAKEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA TO FIRMLY SET IN MOTION, AN IRREVERSIBLE PROCESS BY WHICH THE AFOREMENTIONED GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES WOULD BE ADDRESSED:

(A) A Formal Announcement by the Federal Government of Nigeria acknowledging the Constitutional Grievances and Sovereignty Dispute now Declared by the Peoples of South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria.

(B) A Formal Commitment by Federal Government of Nigeria to the wholesale Decommissioning and Jettisoning of the 1999 Constitution as the Basis of the Federation of Nigeria as was done by the Government of Apartheid-Era South Africa in 1990, to commence the process by which the Apartheid Constitution of the then South Africa was eased out.

(C) A Formal Announcement by the Federal Government of Nigeria suspending further General Elections under the Disputed 1999 Constitution since winners of such Elections will Swear to, and Govern by that Constitution.

(D) A Formal Invitation to the Peoples of the South and Middle-Belt of

 Nigeria to work out and emplace a Transitional Authority, which shall specify the Modalities for the Transitioning Process including the Composition and Mandate of the Transitional Authority as well as the Time-frame for the Transitioning and other Ancillary Matters.


(E) A Formal Initiation of a Time-Bound Transitioning Process to midwife the emergence of Fresh Constitutional Protocols by a Two-Stage Process


 in which the Constituent Regional Blocs will at the first stage, Distill and Ratify their various Constitutions by Referendums and Plebiscites and in the second stage, Negotiate the Terms of Federating afresh as may be dictated by the outcomes of Referendum and Plebiscites.


BY THIS PROCLAMATION, Let it be known to ALL, including International Money Lenders, that Nigeria is now a Disputed Project and that while the Constituent Components commit to honouring existing International Debt Obligations, WE CAUTION that whatever Obligations that may arise from any Foreign Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria from the date of this Proclamation may come into controversy. Similarly, all Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria, containing any

Clause that may Cede the Sovereignty of Nigeria or any part thereof in the event of Repayment Default shall be disputed as illicit, and in breach of the Sovereignty of the Federating Units.


We also invite Politicians from the Alliance Territories and all Political Parties Operating in the Alliance Territories, to TAKE NOTICE, that the 1999 Constitution by which the winner of any National Elections in Nigeria will Swear, and Govern, is the very Object of the Sovereignty Dispute We Have just Proclaimed, with a Demand that Further National Elections premised upon that Repudiated Constitution, be Deferred Forthwith, for the purpose of first Reworking the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. It is therefore our Expectation that you will stand with the People you Claim or Seek to Serve as Politicians or Political Parties in their current resolve to Wind up the Operation of the 1999 Constitution and Extinguish the source of their Misery. If instead of standing with your People, you choose to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 under that Constitution, it will simply mean that you are a part of the enemy-imposed Mechanism for Inflicting Death, Misery and Impoverishment upon your own People, for no other reason than Personal Gain.


The Signatories to this Proclamation commit themselves to providing a Detailed Proposition for Undertaking this Fundamental Reconfiguration of

 the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. In this regard, the Signatories Adopt and Incorporate the MNN Alliance’s November 16, 2018OPEN MEMORANDUM TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE RESTRCTURING DEBATE, reported by Guardian of Nov 18, 2018, as an outline of our Prescriptions in this Proclamation.  ​​​


ISSUED THIS 16thDAY OF December 2020” end of quote.


(6) Before I proceed with the Next-Steps, permit me to make a few clarifications about the Nature and Substance of the Sovereignty Dispute we Declared and about the Exact Remediation Propositions we made:

(i) The Constitutional Force Majeure is a carefully Designed Decisive Action Process that will continue until it achieves its Twin Objectives of Peacefully Easing out the Imposed Fraudulent 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and the Orderly Emergence of Successor-Constitutional Protocols, in keeping with the Self-Determination Rights of the Constituent Component Ethnic Nations of the Distressed Federation of Nigeria. It is therefore not a one day Armageddon in which the roof of heaven will fall upon the earth as being Speculated by some commentators, whether out of ignorance or mischief.

(ii) The 90-Day Period of Notice was for the Federal Government to Fully Consider the Grievances Raised and to Bring Itself to the Table of Dialogue set up by the Aggrieved Constituent Components of Nigeria. In that Period, NINAS persuaded the Peoples of the Alliance Blocs to refrain from any acts that might aggravate the volatile situation of Nigeria even in the face of severe provocations such as when amidst much killings across the Nigeria, the Governor of Bauchi State Bala Muhammed, recklessly Declared that the Murderous Fulani Herdsmen rampaging everywhere in Nigeria, had the right to be in every part of Nigeria they choose and to carry AK-47 Automatic Riffles.

This means that after the 90- Day Period of Notice, the Peoples of Nigeria as aggregated in the Alliance, will Proceed with various Processes towards achieving the Objectives of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, namely,the easing out of the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution and the Distillation of Successor-Constitutional0Protocols.


(iii) The Next Line of Action expressly indicated by NINAS in its Proclamation is that of Reconsideration of its Continued Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution. It is important to state here that the exact Processes by which this Reconsideration will be enacted shall be communicated to the Public in Measured Steps as the days progress and so NINAS hereby invites all Stakeholders to be on the Lookout for Directions, every care being taken to avoid Anarchy or any kind of Breakdown of Order.


(iv) Building upon the Formal Repudiation of the 1999 Constitution by the Constituent Components of Nigeria including by Solemn Assemblies over the last 20 Years, the Joint Proclamation of December 16, 2020 by NINAS was to Serve NOTICE of the Impending Formal Withdrawal of the


Contrived Consent (Forged Signature) of the Peoples of Nigeria by which the 1999 Constitution is being sustained and validated as Basis of the Nigerian Union and it’s Governance.


The Press Conference of today is to commence the retirement process of the 1999 Constitution in a manner that restores the Hijacked Sovereignties of the Constituent Components of Nigeria from which they may freely enterinto Fresh Protocols, all through a Transitioning Process that retains Existing Governance Structures throughout the Transitioning Period as South Africa did to ease itself out of the Apartheid Constitutional Order.

(7) NOW TO THE NEXT-STEPS:


(i) After Due Consultations with Stakeholders; Bearing in mind that the Five-Point Demand Contained in the December 16, 2020 Proclamation was addressed to Federal Government of Nigeria, and Considering the fact that in the event that matters progress to the Reconsideration of Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution, Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territories who will be directly impacted, may be caught in the Middle of a Dispute to which they have not been made parties, NINAS therefore deems it appropriate and necessary to first bring in such persons that may be so impacted, into the Dispute before further steps. ACCORDINGLY, NINAS Hereby Invites All Elected Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territory for Consultations with Stakeholders in their Respective Home Regions within a Period of 30 Days Commencing from the Midnight of March 17, 2021. Appropriate Communications Channels shall be used to Formally extend the Invitations to affected persons and such details as Modalities, Dates, Time, and Venue shall be Communicated along with the Invitations.


(ii) In the aforementioned 30-Day Period of Consultations, NINAS enjoins the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, particularly the younger Generation, home and abroad, whose Future have been badly compromised by the Nigerian State, to intensify the enlightenment about the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation amongst the Populace, with a view to mobilizing the Local Populace towards the inevitable engagement with Political Parties and Political Merchants from their Localities, who for humongous personal gains, cling tenaciously to the 1999 Constitution, and even planning to partake in further National Elections in 2023 under that Constitution at a time when the People they claim to Lead and Represent are struggling to ease out the same 1999 Constitution from which all their miseries flow, (including Killings, Gross Insecurity and Mass Impoverishment) and which make them Slaves In their Homeland. The Political Parties must now be persuaded to Close Shop forthwith, albeit Temporarily, until the Constitution(s) by which the Winners of any future Elections (especially 2023) will Govern, since all Political Parties in Nigeria  operate under the 1999 Constitution and the winners of any Elections must Swear to, and Govern by the 1999 Constitution.


This 30-Day Period of Consultations offers the Federal Government of Nigeria a fresh window of opportunity, beyond the 90 Days Period of Notice that expired March 16, 2021, to bring itself to the table of Dialogue set up by the Constituent Components of Nigeria, by way of the December 16, 2020 NINAS Proclamation.


Being all agreed that no progress is possible for the Peoples of Nigeria under the 1999 Unitary Constitution, we cannot be Proclaiming Restructuring, Resource Control, Rule of Law Security, EndSARS, End Corruption, or even Good Governance and still be warming up to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 that will renew the life of the 1999 Constitution which Guarantees Unitarism, Resource Hijack, Impunity, Insecurity, SARS Killings, Corruption, and Bad Governance.


We must now get honest with ourselves and Turn off the Tap from which these evils flow without further delay. The 1999 Constitution is that Tap.

In Closing Let it be Clearly Understood that in the Face of the Demise of the 1999 Constitution and the rapid progression towards self-help across Nigeria by People who find themselves under the invasion by Murderous, Heavily armed Fulani Militia masquerading as Herdsmen while the Security Agents look the other way, it is only a matter of time for the bloody altercations that are currently building up to explode into the Violent Disintegration of Nigeria with Catastrophic Consequences.


Let it also be understood that the Propositions of the December 16, 2020Proclamation by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self- Determination NINAS, offers Nigeria, Nigerians and the Concerned International Community, the Most Viable, Most Comprehensive and Most Peaceful Framework for Undertaking the Inevitable Fundamental Reconfiguration of the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria.


As we may all recall, the situation of Nigeria compelled the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Nigeria, Agnes Callamard in a September 2019 visitation, to describe the Constitutioal arrangements of Nigeria as “a Pressure Cooker for Injustice”, in circumstances that pose a Threat to Global

Security in the event that Nigeria snaps, since the most notorious Global Terror Networks including ISIS and Al-Quaeda are already converging in the large swathes of UNGOVERNED spaces Nigeria offers and with frightening prospects of an unprecedented Refugee Crisis for the World should Nigeria come undone. As we sit here today, we are already seeing the beginnings of the flood of Nigerian refugees into the rest of West Africa particularly the Yoruba who are now taking refuge in Benin Republic. 


Now that Sheik Ahmad Gumi has helped us piece together the last pieces of the jigsaw puzzle regarding who the Terrorists tormenting Nigeria are, where they are, what their Motives are, what the Nigerian Government and Security Agencies know, and the Ethnoreligious fissures within the Terror Battlefields, NINAS is confident that the illusions of many regarding the Monster we are up against, will be dispersed and more indigenous Nigerians will step forth to embrace the efforts that NINAS has initiated. 


Those who insist on Governing Nigeria with the Imposed, Fraudulent and Unworkable 1999 Constitution as well as those who still aspire to contest further National Elections under that Constitution should know they are the ones pushing Nigeria towards a Violent Disintegration but the Ethnic Nations Currently Trapped in the Failed Lugardian Experiment of 1914 will do everything Legitimate under appropriate International Instruments to extricate them from the Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness that Nigeria has become for them. NINAS urge our Various Peoples across the Alliance Territories to remain calm and confident as measured steps are being taken towards ending our Bondage.


For the avoidance of doubt, the NINAS proclamation of constitutional dispute on December 16th 2020 terminated the life of the fraudulent 1999 constitution of Nigeria and therefore restored our sovereignty that was confiscated by that constitution. What we are doing today is to outline the processes and modality for the necessary and orderly transition to our full self-determination and sovereignty in the World therefore we hereby call on the peoples of our alliance territory to rise to the challenge of shaking off the shackles and manacles hitherto imposed on them by the defunct 1999 constitution.


The task before our peoples are as follows:


1.​To distill and perfect the documents of their sovereignty namely Map of their Territory and draft constitutions or charters of relationships for multi-ethnic blocks.


2.​To embark upon and intensify their effort towards UN-Mandated referendums and plebiscites.


3.​In the face of the demise of the 1999 constitution which had been impediment to the control and management of their territories and resources (Particularly the 68-item exclusive list), the Governors of the State in the Alliance Territory are hereby advised to, in the interim, work as there state assemblies to make necessary Legislative and regulatory arrangement for the effective control and security of their respective territories as a part of the transitioning process to the new order which has been commenced today.


4.​As a part of the overall management of transition process we call on our people to co-operate with our State Governors for the maintenance of Law, Order, Peace and good Governance.


Thank you for your attention.


PROFESSOR (SENATOR ) BANJI AKINTOYE, CHARIMAN, NINAS


March 17, 2021.


(Being the Text of the World Press Conference by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, (NINAS), Delivered by Prof Banji Akintoye at the Expiration of the 90-Day Notice of Grave Constitutional Grievances Issued by NINAS to the Federal Government of Nigeria, December 16, 2020).PROTOCOLS.


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

 

1) As the Distressed Federation of Nigeria continues to wobble through what seems its Terminal Throes, it will be recalled that the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), aggregating the Indigenous Nations and Peoples of Southern and Middle- Belt of Nigeria, who have found themselves at the receiving end of a most vicious Ethnic Cleansing Onslaught by Heavily- Armed Invading Fulani Militia, masquerading as “Herdsmen”, Formally Declared a UNION DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by the Federal Government of Nigeria via the CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE Proclamation of December 16, 2020 in which it made a Five- Point Demand upon the Federal Government of Nigeria, to Formally commence the Remediation of the Grave Constitutional Grievances enumerated in the said Proclamation, within a Period of 90 Days beginning from the midnight of December 16, 2020.

  2) The full text of the December 16 Proclamation was published unedited as an Advertorial in the January 20, 2021 Edition of the Guardian Newspaper at pages 38, 39, 40 and 41. Hard Copies of the Proclamation were also dispatched to the President of Nigeria, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the President of Nigeria’s Senate, the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies, the

 UN, EU and AU Missions in Nigeria, the Ambassadors of the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, and Japan to Nigeria; the High Commissioners of the United Kingdom and Australia to Nigeria, ECOWAS Secretariat and a other Stakeholder Institutions.

(3) We Report to you now that at the expiration of the 90-Day Period Notice by the midnight of March 16, 2021, no Formal Contact was made


 with NINAS by the Federal Government of Nigeria and so we are gathered here today March 17, 2021 to Inform our People as well as the International Community, what our Next-Steps will be in our resolve to extricate ourselves from the Death-Trap and Bondage Unitary Nigeria has become for our Various Peoples.


(4) In refusing to step forward to the table of Dialogue and in the Characteristic Arrogant Disposition of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we wish to call your attention to several knee-jerk, patch-work and bad- faith options the Federal Government of Nigeria chose to pursue in the desperation to once again evade the Sovereignty Question it had been evading since 1967, instead of embracing the Comprehensive Framework Tabled by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-

Determination, NINAS via the December 16, 2020 Proclamation. In this regard, we note the Emergency Conference anchored by Channels Television and tagged “Pulling Nigeria Back from the Brink” featuring Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State (who Chaired the APC Restructuring Committee); Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State who is Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum as well as Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator and Senate Minority Leader.


In their various Presentations at that Conference, they spoke of the Urgency of the Nigerian Situation; they alluded to many of the Grave Constitutional Grievances raised by the NINAS Proclamation but without any direct mention of NINAS or the December 16, 2020 Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation. In what seemed like an unprecedented Bi- Partisan Consensus and Legislative -Executive Cooperation, they all agreed that immediate Remediation Steps need to be taken forthwith including the return of Niger Delta’s Oil & Gas Assets to its owners, the Decentralization of Policing to allow State and Local Government Police but most curiously, they proposed Urgent Amendments to the 1999Constitution and the Invocation of the Doctrine of Necessity by the National Assembly to commence the Remediation Processes. NINAS interprets this attempt to railroad the Resolution of the Grave Constitutional Grievances to the National Assembly as a clear-minded evasion of the Fundamental Sovereignty Question relating to the Deep Distortions in Our Union Agreement (Constitution) which must now be engaged by the Constituent Components of Nigeria whose Sovereignties are Currently Hijacked and Confiscated by the Nigerian State via the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution. This Interpretation stems from the fact that the National Assembly which itself, is a Product of that Constitution, had a few months ago, acknowledged that it has no Constitution-Making Powers as that Power vests Exclusively in the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria as an Incident of their Sovereignty. It indeed amounts to Treason for the National Assembly or the Executive Branch of the Federal Government to continue to usurp the Sovereignty of the Peoples of Nigeria confiscated by the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution which is already repudiated and rejected by the Peoples of Nigeria especially in the Alliance Territories as represented by NINAS. NINAS also see external collaboration to this Treasonous Conduct of the National Assembly when Groups of individualscraft and Present to the National Assembly, Proposals inviting the National Assembly to embark on the exercise of Writing or Re-Writing the Constitution of Nigeria via Amendments, without the Constituent Component Nationalities first Addressing Sovereignty Dispute. Those external collaborators also talk about inserting a “National Referendum” Provision in the 1999 Constitution at a time the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria are Clamouring for Regional Referendums to Determine their Sovereignty. Some talk about Resuscitating the 1963 Constitution (i.e. Constitution-Writing) as the way to go. This also amounts to evading the Sovereignty Discussion. NINAS Unequivocally rejects these Propositions insofar as they would operate to commandeer and railroad our Hijacked Collective Sovereignty to the National Assembly.


There was also a recent suggestion by Nigeria’s Senate President, Lawan, that the assignment of Constitutional roles to Traditional Rulers in Nigeria will solve the broken down Security of Nigeria. These are all parts of begging the Question. We have to ask Mr Senate President why have State Governors who have Constitutional Roles, not resolved the Security Nightmares of Nigeria or even of their States.


In all, it is clear to NINAS that the both Federal Government of Nigeria and the National Assembly of Nigeria, are fully aware of the Grave

Constitutional Grievances of the Constituent Component Nationalities of Nigeria, but are unwilling to address the Grievances, thereby inviting upon us all, a dangerous regime of Self-Help, especially against the Hydra- headed Monster of Gross Insecurity running wild all over Nigeria wearing at various times, the Garment of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, Miyetti Allah or Bandits.


(5) For the benefit of those who may not have read the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation and for the purpose of putting a contextual backdrop to the Post-Notice Action Outlines that we shall be spelling out today, permit me to Read in Full, the Five Demands of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, along with the Paragraphs immediately preceding the Demands and the one immediately after it (ie the Closing Paragraph) so that we can better understand the reasoning behind the extraordinary measure of Constitutional Force Majeure as well as the Implications for the Distressed Nigerian Union and various Stakeholders including Government, Political Parties and International Interests, and I quote: “ACCORDINGLY, WE THE UNDERSIGNED, BEING Accredited Representatives of the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria’s Southern and Middle-Belt Territories, hereinafter called “the Alliance Territories”, (Constituting over 75% of the Population of Nigeria), on behalf of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, and in Invocation of the Universal Rights appurtenant to our Sovereignties as Indigenous Peoples of the Distressed Nigerian Federation, including the Right To Self-Determination as enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007 as well as the United Nations Charter On Human Rights; HAVING exhausted every Democratic, People-Driven Process in seeking an orderly redress for the aforementioned Grave Constitutional Grievances emanating from the Unilateral Imposition of a Unitary Constitutional Order on our supposed Federal Union by a Section of Nigeria that has also Imposed Sharia in their own Part of our supposed Secular Union; AND NOW in circumstances that have become an extraordinary emergency for our Peoples, being confronted by the Clear and Present danger of Extermination in the hands of our supposed Compatriots in the of Nigeria who are Pursuing an Ethnic Cleansing Campaign against the Indigenous Nationalities of Nigeria HEREBY DECLARE A SOVEREIGNTY DISPUTE with the Federation of Nigeria as represented by Federal Government of Nigeria, on account of our Repudiation and Rejection of the Imposed 1999Constitution of Nigeria whose authorship was Fraudulently imputed to us by the Preamble to that Constitution in its False Claim that “We the People”, Made, Enacted and Gave To Ourselves the said 1999 Constitution, with a further lie in that same Preamble, that we had Firmly and Solemnly Resolved to submit Our Peoples and Our Lands into the Union of Nigeria. FURTHERMORE, IN INVOCATION OF OUR LONG-SUPPRESSED COLLECTIVE SOVEREIGNTIES WE HEREBY PROCLAIM A CONSTITUTIONAL FORCE MAJEURE effective from the Midnight of the 16th Day of December 2020, with a 90-Day NOTICE to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria, the Security Council of the United Nations, the Government of the United States of America, the European Union as well as the International Community, of the Intention of the Peoples of the Alliance Territories to reconsider our Continued Allegiance to the Disputed 1999 Constitution as well as the Unitary Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness it foists on us.

 FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE AND TO AVOID ANARCHY, IT IS OUR DEMAND THAT IN THE 90-DAY PERIOD OF THIS NOTICE, THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC ACTIONS MUST BE TAKEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA TO FIRMLY SET IN MOTION, AN IRREVERSIBLE PROCESS BY WHICH THE AFOREMENTIONED GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL GRIEVANCES WOULD BE ADDRESSED:

(A) A Formal Announcement by the Federal Government of Nigeria acknowledging the Constitutional Grievances and Sovereignty Dispute now Declared by the Peoples of South and Middle-Belt of Nigeria.

(B) A Formal Commitment by Federal Government of Nigeria to the wholesale Decommissioning and Jettisoning of the 1999 Constitution as the Basis of the Federation of Nigeria as was done by the Government of Apartheid-Era South Africa in 1990, to commence the process by which the Apartheid Constitution of the then South Africa was eased out.

(C) A Formal Announcement by the Federal Government of Nigeria suspending further General Elections under the Disputed 1999 Constitution since winners of such Elections will Swear to, and Govern by that Constitution.

(D) A Formal Invitation to the Peoples of the South and Middle-Belt of

 Nigeria to work out and emplace a Transitional Authority, which shall specify the Modalities for the Transitioning Process including the Composition and Mandate of the Transitional Authority as well as the Time-frame for the Transitioning and other Ancillary Matters.


(E) A Formal Initiation of a Time-Bound Transitioning Process to midwife the emergence of Fresh Constitutional Protocols by a Two-Stage Process


 in which the Constituent Regional Blocs will at the first stage, Distill and Ratify their various Constitutions by Referendums and Plebiscites and in the second stage, Negotiate the Terms of Federating afresh as may be dictated by the outcomes of Referendum and Plebiscites.


BY THIS PROCLAMATION, Let it be known to ALL, including International Money Lenders, that Nigeria is now a Disputed Project and that while the Constituent Components commit to honouring existing International Debt Obligations, WE CAUTION that whatever Obligations that may arise from any Foreign Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria from the date of this Proclamation may come into controversy. Similarly, all Loans contracted by the Federal Government of Nigeria, containing any

Clause that may Cede the Sovereignty of Nigeria or any part thereof in the event of Repayment Default shall be disputed as illicit, and in breach of the Sovereignty of the Federating Units.


We also invite Politicians from the Alliance Territories and all Political Parties Operating in the Alliance Territories, to TAKE NOTICE, that the 1999 Constitution by which the winner of any National Elections in Nigeria will Swear, and Govern, is the very Object of the Sovereignty Dispute We Have just Proclaimed, with a Demand that Further National Elections premised upon that Repudiated Constitution, be Deferred Forthwith, for the purpose of first Reworking the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. It is therefore our Expectation that you will stand with the People you Claim or Seek to Serve as Politicians or Political Parties in their current resolve to Wind up the Operation of the 1999 Constitution and Extinguish the source of their Misery. If instead of standing with your People, you choose to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 under that Constitution, it will simply mean that you are a part of the enemy-imposed Mechanism for Inflicting Death, Misery and Impoverishment upon your own People, for no other reason than Personal Gain.


The Signatories to this Proclamation commit themselves to providing a Detailed Proposition for Undertaking this Fundamental Reconfiguration of

 the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria. In this regard, the Signatories Adopt and Incorporate the MNN Alliance’s November 16, 2018OPEN MEMORANDUM TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THE RESTRCTURING DEBATE, reported by Guardian of Nov 18, 2018, as an outline of our Prescriptions in this Proclamation.  ​​​


ISSUED THIS 16thDAY OF December 2020” end of quote.


(6) Before I proceed with the Next-Steps, permit me to make a few clarifications about the Nature and Substance of the Sovereignty Dispute we Declared and about the Exact Remediation Propositions we made:

(i) The Constitutional Force Majeure is a carefully Designed Decisive Action Process that will continue until it achieves its Twin Objectives of Peacefully Easing out the Imposed Fraudulent 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and the Orderly Emergence of Successor-Constitutional Protocols, in keeping with the Self-Determination Rights of the Constituent Component Ethnic Nations of the Distressed Federation of Nigeria. It is therefore not a one day Armageddon in which the roof of heaven will fall upon the earth as being Speculated by some commentators, whether out of ignorance or mischief.

(ii) The 90-Day Period of Notice was for the Federal Government to Fully Consider the Grievances Raised and to Bring Itself to the Table of Dialogue set up by the Aggrieved Constituent Components of Nigeria. In that Period, NINAS persuaded the Peoples of the Alliance Blocs to refrain from any acts that might aggravate the volatile situation of Nigeria even in the face of severe provocations such as when amidst much killings across the Nigeria, the Governor of Bauchi State Bala Muhammed, recklessly Declared that the Murderous Fulani Herdsmen rampaging everywhere in Nigeria, had the right to be in every part of Nigeria they choose and to carry AK-47 Automatic Riffles.

This means that after the 90- Day Period of Notice, the Peoples of Nigeria as aggregated in the Alliance, will Proceed with various Processes towards achieving the Objectives of the December 16, 2020 Proclamation, namely,the easing out of the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution and the Distillation of Successor-Constitutional0Protocols.


(iii) The Next Line of Action expressly indicated by NINAS in its Proclamation is that of Reconsideration of its Continued Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution. It is important to state here that the exact Processes by which this Reconsideration will be enacted shall be communicated to the Public in Measured Steps as the days progress and so NINAS hereby invites all Stakeholders to be on the Lookout for Directions, every care being taken to avoid Anarchy or any kind of Breakdown of Order.


(iv) Building upon the Formal Repudiation of the 1999 Constitution by the Constituent Components of Nigeria including by Solemn Assemblies over the last 20 Years, the Joint Proclamation of December 16, 2020 by NINAS was to Serve NOTICE of the Impending Formal Withdrawal of the


Contrived Consent (Forged Signature) of the Peoples of Nigeria by which the 1999 Constitution is being sustained and validated as Basis of the Nigerian Union and it’s Governance.


The Press Conference of today is to commence the retirement process of the 1999 Constitution in a manner that restores the Hijacked Sovereignties of the Constituent Components of Nigeria from which they may freely enterinto Fresh Protocols, all through a Transitioning Process that retains Existing Governance Structures throughout the Transitioning Period as South Africa did to ease itself out of the Apartheid Constitutional Order.

(7) NOW TO THE NEXT-STEPS:


(i) After Due Consultations with Stakeholders; Bearing in mind that the Five-Point Demand Contained in the December 16, 2020 Proclamation was addressed to Federal Government of Nigeria, and Considering the fact that in the event that matters progress to the Reconsideration of Allegiance to the 1999 Constitution, Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territories who will be directly impacted, may be caught in the Middle of a Dispute to which they have not been made parties, NINAS therefore deems it appropriate and necessary to first bring in such persons that may be so impacted, into the Dispute before further steps. ACCORDINGLY, NINAS Hereby Invites All Elected Political Office Holders from the Alliance Territory for Consultations with Stakeholders in their Respective Home Regions within a Period of 30 Days Commencing from the Midnight of March 17, 2021. Appropriate Communications Channels shall be used to Formally extend the Invitations to affected persons and such details as Modalities, Dates, Time, and Venue shall be Communicated along with the Invitations.


(ii) In the aforementioned 30-Day Period of Consultations, NINAS enjoins the Peoples of the Alliance Territories, particularly the younger Generation, home and abroad, whose Future have been badly compromised by the Nigerian State, to intensify the enlightenment about the December 16, 2020Constitutional Force Majeure Proclamation amongst the Populace, with a view to mobilizing the Local Populace towards the inevitable engagement with Political Parties and Political Merchants from their Localities, who for humongous personal gains, cling tenaciously to the 1999 Constitution, and even planning to partake in further National Elections in 2023 under that Constitution at a time when the People they claim to Lead and Represent are struggling to ease out the same 1999 Constitution from which all their miseries flow, (including Killings, Gross Insecurity and Mass Impoverishment) and which make them Slaves In their Homeland. The Political Parties must now be persuaded to Close Shop forthwith, albeit Temporarily, until the Constitution(s) by which the Winners of any future Elections (especially 2023) will Govern, since all Political Parties in Nigeria  operate under the 1999 Constitution and the winners of any Elections must Swear to, and Govern by the 1999 Constitution.


This 30-Day Period of Consultations offers the Federal Government of Nigeria a fresh window of opportunity, beyond the 90 Days Period of Notice that expired March 16, 2021, to bring itself to the table of Dialogue set up by the Constituent Components of Nigeria, by way of the December 16, 2020 NINAS Proclamation.


Being all agreed that no progress is possible for the Peoples of Nigeria under the 1999 Unitary Constitution, we cannot be Proclaiming Restructuring, Resource Control, Rule of Law Security, EndSARS, End Corruption, or even Good Governance and still be warming up to go to another round of General Elections in 2023 that will renew the life of the 1999 Constitution which Guarantees Unitarism, Resource Hijack, Impunity, Insecurity, SARS Killings, Corruption, and Bad Governance.


We must now get honest with ourselves and Turn off the Tap from which these evils flow without further delay. The 1999 Constitution is that Tap.

In Closing Let it be Clearly Understood that in the Face of the Demise of the 1999 Constitution and the rapid progression towards self-help across Nigeria by People who find themselves under the invasion by Murderous, Heavily armed Fulani Militia masquerading as Herdsmen while the Security Agents look the other way, it is only a matter of time for the bloody altercations that are currently building up to explode into the Violent Disintegration of Nigeria with Catastrophic Consequences.


Let it also be understood that the Propositions of the December 16, 2020Proclamation by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self- Determination NINAS, offers Nigeria, Nigerians and the Concerned International Community, the Most Viable, Most Comprehensive and Most Peaceful Framework for Undertaking the Inevitable Fundamental Reconfiguration of the Damaged Constitutional Basis of Nigeria.


As we may all recall, the situation of Nigeria compelled the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Nigeria, Agnes Callamard in a September 2019 visitation, to describe the Constitutioal arrangements of Nigeria as “a Pressure Cooker for Injustice”, in circumstances that pose a Threat to Global

Security in the event that Nigeria snaps, since the most notorious Global Terror Networks including ISIS and Al-Quaeda are already converging in the large swathes of UNGOVERNED spaces Nigeria offers and with frightening prospects of an unprecedented Refugee Crisis for the World should Nigeria come undone. As we sit here today, we are already seeing the beginnings of the flood of Nigerian refugees into the rest of West Africa particularly the Yoruba who are now taking refuge in Benin Republic. 


Now that Sheik Ahmad Gumi has helped us piece together the last pieces of the jigsaw puzzle regarding who the Terrorists tormenting Nigeria are, where they are, what their Motives are, what the Nigerian Government and Security Agencies know, and the Ethnoreligious fissures within the Terror Battlefields, NINAS is confident that the illusions of many regarding the Monster we are up against, will be dispersed and more indigenous Nigerians will step forth to embrace the efforts that NINAS has initiated. 


Those who insist on Governing Nigeria with the Imposed, Fraudulent and Unworkable 1999 Constitution as well as those who still aspire to contest further National Elections under that Constitution should know they are the ones pushing Nigeria towards a Violent Disintegration but the Ethnic Nations Currently Trapped in the Failed Lugardian Experiment of 1914 will do everything Legitimate under appropriate International Instruments to extricate them from the Union of Death, Attrition and Backwardness that Nigeria has become for them. NINAS urge our Various Peoples across the Alliance Territories to remain calm and confident as measured steps are being taken towards ending our Bondage.


For the avoidance of doubt, the NINAS proclamation of constitutional dispute on December 16th 2020 terminated the life of the fraudulent 1999 constitution of Nigeria and therefore restored our sovereignty that was confiscated by that constitution. What we are doing today is to outline the processes and modality for the necessary and orderly transition to our full self-determination and sovereignty in the World therefore we hereby call on the peoples of our alliance territory to rise to the challenge of shaking off the shackles and manacles hitherto imposed on them by the defunct 1999 constitution.


The task before our peoples are as follows:


1.​To distill and perfect the documents of their sovereignty namely Map of their Territory and draft constitutions or charters of relationships for multi-ethnic blocks.


2.​To embark upon and intensify their effort towards UN-Mandated referendums and plebiscites.


3.​In the face of the demise of the 1999 constitution which had been impediment to the control and management of their territories and resources (Particularly the 68-item exclusive list), the Governors of the State in the Alliance Territory are hereby advised to, in the interim, work as there state assemblies to make necessary Legislative and regulatory arrangement for the effective control and security of their respective territories as a part of the transitioning process to the new order which has been commenced today.


4.​As a part of the overall management of transition process we call on our people to co-operate with our State Governors for the maintenance of Law, Order, Peace and good Governance.


Thank you for your attention.


PROFESSOR (SENATOR ) BANJI AKINTOYE, CHARIMAN, NINAS


March 17, 2021.

The Glorious Exit Of Alhaji Lateef Jakande: A Contradictory Sober Reflection of Today's Poor Governance And Disservice To Humanity, By David Adenekan

The Glorious Exit Of Alhaji Lateef Jakande: A Contradictory Sober Reflection of Today's Poor Governance And Disservice To Humanity, By David Adenekan

"Ki a to ri erin odi inu igbo, ki a to ri efon o di odan", Baba kekere sun re o.



The writer of this piece was fortunate to meet Alhaji Lateef Jakande as a child. At the early hour of every morning, Alhaji Lateef Jakande would have a brief stop at our family house in Ebute-Metta, Lagos and come out from the vehicle to shout with a loud voice "Adenekan, your Tribune Newspapers are at your door". Chief Raji Afolabi Okeowo Adenekan would immediately rush out of the house to exchange pleasantries with his friend. I was about seven years old. 


My dad was one of the earlier distributors of Tribune newspaper in the Mainland division. My big brothers and my mother were part and parcel of the exercise as they were not spared in this chain of newspaper distribution. 


This was how much I knew and how  close I was to Alhaji Lateef Jakande before he became the governor of Lagos State in 1979.


The glorious exit of Alhaji Lateef Jakande brings to mind the issues of leadership in our today's Nigeria. Why are you a leader? Are you a leader to serve people or you are a leader for people to serve you? What will be your legacy after your tenure? These are some of the questions we need to address as we celebrate the glorious exit of Alhaji Lateef Jakande.


At this juncture, a logical and discerning mind should be able to draw a parallel line between democracy and affluence. What and what is expected of a leader when given the mandate to serve? Are you a selfless leader that will transform the common wealth of the people into good and benefit of all the citizens or is the ultimate goal of your ambition, a self aggrandizement and a display of oppressive behaviors and tendencies at the detriment of the masses? 


This posited argument and fundamental 

question is one of the reasons for this essay as we X ray and compare the leadership as well as stewardship of two notable past civilian executive governors of Lagos state. Paradventure, we may draw a parallel line between these two powerful figures in Lagos state politics. 


Historically, and without a doubt you cannot devoid the influence of money from power politics. This is because the position of power and authority automatically attracts wealth and fame. 


However, the question is, where do you draw the line? Are you using your position of authority to undermine or influence how your government conducts business and breaching the codes of conduct which invariably translate into conflict of interest by giving your blood related family members plum jobs in your government for the benefit of your family, and against the overall interest of the people you are called to serve or what kind of affluence are you craving for as a democratic leader?


Now, let's dissect the life of Alhaji Lateef Jakande as the former executive governor of Lagos state and using his achievement and affluence as a parameter.  A search light into the life and wealth of Alhaji Lateef Jakande both in and out of government connotes a life of moderation. 


There is no record that he turns the properties or wealth of Lagos state into his personal use or he uses his position as governor of Lagos state to enrich or put his family members in a position of authority. 


In fact, from a reliable source, it was gathered that his wife did try to influence him to make Deji Jakande his son a councillor in Lagos state. He rebuffed such a move and declared that leadership is not given but earned. He told his son to learn the art of leadership by proving himself to his ward that he can be a good councillor. Yes, Deji Jakande was never made a councillor under his leadership as the head of progressive movement in Lagos state for almost two decades. 


Is this not a sharp contrast between Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the de facto governor of Lagos? Is senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu not using his power and influence to accumulate wealth from the resources of Lagos state and putting members of his family in position of power to further expand his empire of ill gotten wealth at the detriment of Lagosians? 


A reference point is the unresolved bullion van "Watergate Scandal" that is still pending with the so called Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as petitioned by a human rights activist; Comrade Deji Adeyanju. 


Another reference point is the Alpha Beta "Water Gate scandal" that has been in the news for almost two decades. 


A glimpse at the following facts as reported by 

#OCCUPY LAGOS

#MASTER GREED  support all of these arguments: 


#TINUBU-IN-GREED


Bola Ahmed Tinubu 's vineyard.


1. Sade Tinubu, daughter - Administers Lagos markets, with revenue reportedly over ₦15bn/year


2. Seyi Tinubu, son - handles Lagos outdoor advertising sector reportedly pulling in over ₦19bn/ year


3. Fola Tinubu, (Primero) nephew - handled state funded BRT corridors. Takes over public transportation services in Lagos metropolis from unit operators worth N120bn/year 


4. Remi Tinubu fuels Light Up Lagos generators N36bn/year 


4. Bola Tinubu (Alpha Beta) - earns 15 % of Lagos gross internally generated revenue of N480bn  


5. Bola Ahmed Tinubu N500m monthly pocket money from Lagos House 


6. 15,000 copies of The Nation newspaper purchased by LASG daily


7. N5bn Lagos Morgues and Laboratories under Tinubu consultancy 


8. N13bn annual Lagos road toll gates under Tinubu consultancy 


Yet, he is eyeing presidential seat.. 


#OCCUPYLAGOS

#MASTERGREED


Yes, all of the above may not be true as reported. However, as I once posited in one of my articles few years ago that "o jo ga te, ko jo ga te ofi ese mejeji jo ara won" This may be interpreted as it seems like a parallel line but the obvious similiarites cannot be denied. Is it not the obvious fact that since the inception of this dispensation in 1999 there was no senator that has spent more than two terms apart from Senator Remilekun Tinubu (the wife of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu)? 


Also, if the likes of Alhaji Lateef Jakande had turned the position of power and authority in Lagos state to a family affair or dynasty, the likes of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu will never smell the seat of power. The frank question, is that, what would be the fate or destiny of the son of a trader or artisan (ordinary citizen) that God Almighty has endowed with leadership qualities to add great value to our democracy with this dubious and selfish political arrangement institutionalized and perpetrated by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his likes? 


Yes, in this instance, there can never be a fair distribution of powers and resources. This is because powers and resources will be revolving around few individuals at the detriment of the masses. This to me is not the essence of democracy as defined by many political pundits or scholars.


Moreover, what are the legacies of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu apart from the obvious atrocities that we just highlighted above?


Now, let's bring to light the many legacies of the people's governor; Alhaji Lateef Jakande and see the clear distinction between a selfless leader and a leader that is enmeshed in "hippopotamus attributes" that is borne out of greed and selfishness.


One, the government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande built the current Lagos State Secretariat which houses all the state ministries as well as the popular round house hitherto occupied by all subsequent governors of the state.


Two, his government built the Lagos State House of Assembly complex.


Three, his government built the Lagos State Television


Four, his government built the Lagos Radio


Five, his government built Lagos State University


Six, his government established General Hospital in zones all over the state with assurance of free health care.


Seven, his government established Teacher Training College and the College of Education.


Eight, his government built low cost houses in Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe, Amuwo-Odofin, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu, Badagry, Isheri/Olowu, Orisigun etc.


Nine, his government established the Water Management Board and Waste Disposal Board on the 18th of August, 1980.


Ten, his government constructed the Adiyan Water Works to increase water supply in the state to 18.16 million litres per day.


Elleven, his government modernized and expanded the Iju Water Works which was first commissioned in 1915. This increased daily capacity from 159 million to 204 million litres per day.


Twelve, is government purchased and commissioned the giant car crusher equipment. The equipment was designed specifically to crush derelict vehicles in Lagos State. It had the capacity to crush 45 vehicles per day.


Thirteen, his government constructed, rehabilitated and resurfaced Epe/Ijebu-Ode Road, Oba Akran Avenue, Toyin Street, Town Planning Way, Alimosho-Idimu-Egbe Road, Idimu-Iba-LASU Road, the new secretariat road and several others.


Fourteen, his government constructed Victoria Island/Epe Road and thereby creating an ‘oil rig’ for Lagos State.


Fifteen, his government established Asphalt Plant for the Department of Public Works.


Sixteen, his government established Electricity Board for Rural Electrification with provision of street lights.


Seventeen, his government modernized, expanded and commissioned Onikan Stadium in 1982.


Eighteen, his government established a singular school system and ensured genuine free education in Lagos State and the beneficiaries of this policy are in different positions of eminence in the country and around the world.


Nineteen, his government raised the primary schools in Lagos State to 812 with 533,001 pupils (against 605 primary schools with 434,545 pupils he met in 1979) and secondary schools to 223 with 167,629 students (against 105 schools with 107,835 students in 1979).


Twenty, his government constructed 11, 729 classrooms with the maximum of 40 children per class between March and August 1980, by 1983, he had constructed over 22,000 classrooms. 


Moreover,  in July 1983, two commercial passenger boats christened "Baba Kekere and Itafaji" to run the Mile 2 - Marina (CMS) route via the lagoons were inaugurated by his government to mark the official launch of the Lagos State ferry services.


Futhermore, his government took over the ownership and financing of Lagos State Printing Corporation in July 1980


Also, his government established the first State Traffic Management Authority (Road Marshals).


In addition, his government established small scale Industries Credit Scheme which preceded the EKO bank.


Another landslide achievement, is that, his government established LASACO Insurance.


His government also expanded existing market and built new ones.


Lastly, his government established Traditional Medicine Board. 


It is imperative to note that all of these great achievements was done within the span of 4years and three months in office as executive governor of Lagos state. 


The fundamental question, is that, what truly are the legacies of  Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the over 20 years he has stayed put in power as the de facto governor of Lagos state?


Prejudice apart, the above are the highlights of the legacies of Alhaji Lateef Jakande as reported in the internet news media and these are validated facts that we all can see all over Lagos state. We shall leave the honest and final verdict for the people's court to decide if Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu ever deserves being considered for the highly exalted office of the President of Nigeria in 2023? This is if there will ever be, as a result of recent events and signs, a general elections in 2023 with the beating of war drum that’s reverberating all over the land.


In summary, will the people allow Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to commercialize the entire resources of Nigeria for himself and few acolytes the way he has pocketed the entire resources of Lagos state as the defacto governor of Lagos state?


Only time will tell.


Adieu Baba Kekere, Alhaji Lateef Jakande "orun re o". You are truly a rare gem and your great achievements will remain a placard in the minds of unborn generations. "Rest in peace" (RIP).


David Adenekan writes from Chicago, Illinois.

"Ki a to ri erin odi inu igbo, ki a to ri efon o di odan", Baba kekere sun re o.



The writer of this piece was fortunate to meet Alhaji Lateef Jakande as a child. At the early hour of every morning, Alhaji Lateef Jakande would have a brief stop at our family house in Ebute-Metta, Lagos and come out from the vehicle to shout with a loud voice "Adenekan, your Tribune Newspapers are at your door". Chief Raji Afolabi Okeowo Adenekan would immediately rush out of the house to exchange pleasantries with his friend. I was about seven years old. 


My dad was one of the earlier distributors of Tribune newspaper in the Mainland division. My big brothers and my mother were part and parcel of the exercise as they were not spared in this chain of newspaper distribution. 


This was how much I knew and how  close I was to Alhaji Lateef Jakande before he became the governor of Lagos State in 1979.


The glorious exit of Alhaji Lateef Jakande brings to mind the issues of leadership in our today's Nigeria. Why are you a leader? Are you a leader to serve people or you are a leader for people to serve you? What will be your legacy after your tenure? These are some of the questions we need to address as we celebrate the glorious exit of Alhaji Lateef Jakande.


At this juncture, a logical and discerning mind should be able to draw a parallel line between democracy and affluence. What and what is expected of a leader when given the mandate to serve? Are you a selfless leader that will transform the common wealth of the people into good and benefit of all the citizens or is the ultimate goal of your ambition, a self aggrandizement and a display of oppressive behaviors and tendencies at the detriment of the masses? 


This posited argument and fundamental 

question is one of the reasons for this essay as we X ray and compare the leadership as well as stewardship of two notable past civilian executive governors of Lagos state. Paradventure, we may draw a parallel line between these two powerful figures in Lagos state politics. 


Historically, and without a doubt you cannot devoid the influence of money from power politics. This is because the position of power and authority automatically attracts wealth and fame. 


However, the question is, where do you draw the line? Are you using your position of authority to undermine or influence how your government conducts business and breaching the codes of conduct which invariably translate into conflict of interest by giving your blood related family members plum jobs in your government for the benefit of your family, and against the overall interest of the people you are called to serve or what kind of affluence are you craving for as a democratic leader?


Now, let's dissect the life of Alhaji Lateef Jakande as the former executive governor of Lagos state and using his achievement and affluence as a parameter.  A search light into the life and wealth of Alhaji Lateef Jakande both in and out of government connotes a life of moderation. 


There is no record that he turns the properties or wealth of Lagos state into his personal use or he uses his position as governor of Lagos state to enrich or put his family members in a position of authority. 


In fact, from a reliable source, it was gathered that his wife did try to influence him to make Deji Jakande his son a councillor in Lagos state. He rebuffed such a move and declared that leadership is not given but earned. He told his son to learn the art of leadership by proving himself to his ward that he can be a good councillor. Yes, Deji Jakande was never made a councillor under his leadership as the head of progressive movement in Lagos state for almost two decades. 


Is this not a sharp contrast between Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the de facto governor of Lagos? Is senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu not using his power and influence to accumulate wealth from the resources of Lagos state and putting members of his family in position of power to further expand his empire of ill gotten wealth at the detriment of Lagosians? 


A reference point is the unresolved bullion van "Watergate Scandal" that is still pending with the so called Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as petitioned by a human rights activist; Comrade Deji Adeyanju. 


Another reference point is the Alpha Beta "Water Gate scandal" that has been in the news for almost two decades. 


A glimpse at the following facts as reported by 

#OCCUPY LAGOS

#MASTER GREED  support all of these arguments: 


#TINUBU-IN-GREED


Bola Ahmed Tinubu 's vineyard.


1. Sade Tinubu, daughter - Administers Lagos markets, with revenue reportedly over ₦15bn/year


2. Seyi Tinubu, son - handles Lagos outdoor advertising sector reportedly pulling in over ₦19bn/ year


3. Fola Tinubu, (Primero) nephew - handled state funded BRT corridors. Takes over public transportation services in Lagos metropolis from unit operators worth N120bn/year 


4. Remi Tinubu fuels Light Up Lagos generators N36bn/year 


4. Bola Tinubu (Alpha Beta) - earns 15 % of Lagos gross internally generated revenue of N480bn  


5. Bola Ahmed Tinubu N500m monthly pocket money from Lagos House 


6. 15,000 copies of The Nation newspaper purchased by LASG daily


7. N5bn Lagos Morgues and Laboratories under Tinubu consultancy 


8. N13bn annual Lagos road toll gates under Tinubu consultancy 


Yet, he is eyeing presidential seat.. 


#OCCUPYLAGOS

#MASTERGREED


Yes, all of the above may not be true as reported. However, as I once posited in one of my articles few years ago that "o jo ga te, ko jo ga te ofi ese mejeji jo ara won" This may be interpreted as it seems like a parallel line but the obvious similiarites cannot be denied. Is it not the obvious fact that since the inception of this dispensation in 1999 there was no senator that has spent more than two terms apart from Senator Remilekun Tinubu (the wife of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu)? 


Also, if the likes of Alhaji Lateef Jakande had turned the position of power and authority in Lagos state to a family affair or dynasty, the likes of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu will never smell the seat of power. The frank question, is that, what would be the fate or destiny of the son of a trader or artisan (ordinary citizen) that God Almighty has endowed with leadership qualities to add great value to our democracy with this dubious and selfish political arrangement institutionalized and perpetrated by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his likes? 


Yes, in this instance, there can never be a fair distribution of powers and resources. This is because powers and resources will be revolving around few individuals at the detriment of the masses. This to me is not the essence of democracy as defined by many political pundits or scholars.


Moreover, what are the legacies of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu apart from the obvious atrocities that we just highlighted above?


Now, let's bring to light the many legacies of the people's governor; Alhaji Lateef Jakande and see the clear distinction between a selfless leader and a leader that is enmeshed in "hippopotamus attributes" that is borne out of greed and selfishness.


One, the government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande built the current Lagos State Secretariat which houses all the state ministries as well as the popular round house hitherto occupied by all subsequent governors of the state.


Two, his government built the Lagos State House of Assembly complex.


Three, his government built the Lagos State Television


Four, his government built the Lagos Radio


Five, his government built Lagos State University


Six, his government established General Hospital in zones all over the state with assurance of free health care.


Seven, his government established Teacher Training College and the College of Education.


Eight, his government built low cost houses in Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe, Amuwo-Odofin, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu, Badagry, Isheri/Olowu, Orisigun etc.


Nine, his government established the Water Management Board and Waste Disposal Board on the 18th of August, 1980.


Ten, his government constructed the Adiyan Water Works to increase water supply in the state to 18.16 million litres per day.


Elleven, his government modernized and expanded the Iju Water Works which was first commissioned in 1915. This increased daily capacity from 159 million to 204 million litres per day.


Twelve, is government purchased and commissioned the giant car crusher equipment. The equipment was designed specifically to crush derelict vehicles in Lagos State. It had the capacity to crush 45 vehicles per day.


Thirteen, his government constructed, rehabilitated and resurfaced Epe/Ijebu-Ode Road, Oba Akran Avenue, Toyin Street, Town Planning Way, Alimosho-Idimu-Egbe Road, Idimu-Iba-LASU Road, the new secretariat road and several others.


Fourteen, his government constructed Victoria Island/Epe Road and thereby creating an ‘oil rig’ for Lagos State.


Fifteen, his government established Asphalt Plant for the Department of Public Works.


Sixteen, his government established Electricity Board for Rural Electrification with provision of street lights.


Seventeen, his government modernized, expanded and commissioned Onikan Stadium in 1982.


Eighteen, his government established a singular school system and ensured genuine free education in Lagos State and the beneficiaries of this policy are in different positions of eminence in the country and around the world.


Nineteen, his government raised the primary schools in Lagos State to 812 with 533,001 pupils (against 605 primary schools with 434,545 pupils he met in 1979) and secondary schools to 223 with 167,629 students (against 105 schools with 107,835 students in 1979).


Twenty, his government constructed 11, 729 classrooms with the maximum of 40 children per class between March and August 1980, by 1983, he had constructed over 22,000 classrooms. 


Moreover,  in July 1983, two commercial passenger boats christened "Baba Kekere and Itafaji" to run the Mile 2 - Marina (CMS) route via the lagoons were inaugurated by his government to mark the official launch of the Lagos State ferry services.


Futhermore, his government took over the ownership and financing of Lagos State Printing Corporation in July 1980


Also, his government established the first State Traffic Management Authority (Road Marshals).


In addition, his government established small scale Industries Credit Scheme which preceded the EKO bank.


Another landslide achievement, is that, his government established LASACO Insurance.


His government also expanded existing market and built new ones.


Lastly, his government established Traditional Medicine Board. 


It is imperative to note that all of these great achievements was done within the span of 4years and three months in office as executive governor of Lagos state. 


The fundamental question, is that, what truly are the legacies of  Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the over 20 years he has stayed put in power as the de facto governor of Lagos state?


Prejudice apart, the above are the highlights of the legacies of Alhaji Lateef Jakande as reported in the internet news media and these are validated facts that we all can see all over Lagos state. We shall leave the honest and final verdict for the people's court to decide if Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu ever deserves being considered for the highly exalted office of the President of Nigeria in 2023? This is if there will ever be, as a result of recent events and signs, a general elections in 2023 with the beating of war drum that’s reverberating all over the land.


In summary, will the people allow Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to commercialize the entire resources of Nigeria for himself and few acolytes the way he has pocketed the entire resources of Lagos state as the defacto governor of Lagos state?


Only time will tell.


Adieu Baba Kekere, Alhaji Lateef Jakande "orun re o". You are truly a rare gem and your great achievements will remain a placard in the minds of unborn generations. "Rest in peace" (RIP).


David Adenekan writes from Chicago, Illinois.

Jakande internment, what the Son says later

Jakande internment, what the Son says later

I read this piece below written by Tunde Jakande (son of Governor LKJ of Lagos) please endeavour to read through it to the end: 


Late Jakande
As we set to leave for the ikoyi vaults and Gardens, no less than thirty police and Lastma out-riders stationed strategically to clear traffic.


On a long stretch of convoy of over a hundred cars, we embarked on the trip.


 It seemed everyone wanted to witness the internment of lagos most cherished son.


As we moved to connect ikorodu road, people lined the streets some waving , some in tears.


 I thought to myself, wao, what honour!


At the ikoyi vaults, hundreds of people tried to force their way in. 


Security officials struggled to prevent the influx. 


I heard a very angry individual screaming at a policeman.


"You cannot prevent me from entering o. You no fit. If you like kill me. I must enter that place. That man is my father. You no know the tin Baba kekere do in my life?'


I approached him, calmed him down and explained why everyone could not be let in.


 He said he was a councilor a long time ago and if not for LKJ, his life would have ended . 


He begged me to let him in. I did but told him he could not go beyond the reception area.


As we deposited the remains back to mother earth, a flood of memories overwhelmed me.


 Even with all the triumphs, accolades and accomplishments, is this the end result? His final abode?


I suddenly felt sick in my stomach. LKJ was now indifferent to the clicks from cameras that wanted to capture every detail. 


He was before his maker, alone. No cheers, no followership. Just him.


As I walked back, I realised the entire crowd had disappeared. 


The crowd that wanted to break down the gates of the Ikoyi vaults and Gardens just to gain entrance had all gone.


 Not a single person stayed back. The reality is that none will ever visit the place except for family members.


So what is your mentality towards life? Do you constantly remind yourself that our stay on earth is transient?


Do you constantly remind yourself that eventually, not a single person will be there with you at the end? 


Does this thought not make you sober and humble? Does this not make you want to do good and live right? 


What happens to the houses and millions of naira you are now struggling to make? 


You may be rich or poor, yoruba or hausa, literate or not but death is the ultimate leveler. It makes us all equal.


Final thoughts:


The greatest human is not he that has the most knowledge in his head but he whose heart is full of love and compassion. 


Help those that you can while you can!


Rest in perfect peace LKJ.


Have a great week and thanks to everyone 

Who condoled with the family.


**Tunde Jakande**

I read this piece below written by Tunde Jakande (son of Governor LKJ of Lagos) please endeavour to read through it to the end: 


Late Jakande
As we set to leave for the ikoyi vaults and Gardens, no less than thirty police and Lastma out-riders stationed strategically to clear traffic.


On a long stretch of convoy of over a hundred cars, we embarked on the trip.


 It seemed everyone wanted to witness the internment of lagos most cherished son.


As we moved to connect ikorodu road, people lined the streets some waving , some in tears.


 I thought to myself, wao, what honour!


At the ikoyi vaults, hundreds of people tried to force their way in. 


Security officials struggled to prevent the influx. 


I heard a very angry individual screaming at a policeman.


"You cannot prevent me from entering o. You no fit. If you like kill me. I must enter that place. That man is my father. You no know the tin Baba kekere do in my life?'


I approached him, calmed him down and explained why everyone could not be let in.


 He said he was a councilor a long time ago and if not for LKJ, his life would have ended . 


He begged me to let him in. I did but told him he could not go beyond the reception area.


As we deposited the remains back to mother earth, a flood of memories overwhelmed me.


 Even with all the triumphs, accolades and accomplishments, is this the end result? His final abode?


I suddenly felt sick in my stomach. LKJ was now indifferent to the clicks from cameras that wanted to capture every detail. 


He was before his maker, alone. No cheers, no followership. Just him.


As I walked back, I realised the entire crowd had disappeared. 


The crowd that wanted to break down the gates of the Ikoyi vaults and Gardens just to gain entrance had all gone.


 Not a single person stayed back. The reality is that none will ever visit the place except for family members.


So what is your mentality towards life? Do you constantly remind yourself that our stay on earth is transient?


Do you constantly remind yourself that eventually, not a single person will be there with you at the end? 


Does this thought not make you sober and humble? Does this not make you want to do good and live right? 


What happens to the houses and millions of naira you are now struggling to make? 


You may be rich or poor, yoruba or hausa, literate or not but death is the ultimate leveler. It makes us all equal.


Final thoughts:


The greatest human is not he that has the most knowledge in his head but he whose heart is full of love and compassion. 


Help those that you can while you can!


Rest in perfect peace LKJ.


Have a great week and thanks to everyone 

Who condoled with the family.


**Tunde Jakande**

Bail granted! Mr. Macaroni and 39 others have been granted bail and the struggle continues!

Bail granted! Mr. Macaroni and 39 others have been granted bail and the struggle continues!



 Mr. Macaroni and 39 others have been granted bail after the Nigeria police in Lagos State have charged  him  and other protesters arrested at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday to court, for breaching public peace.

The arrested protesters include, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, Damilare Adenola, Anjorin Joseph, Paul Terkuma and Anisere Sodiq.

The protesters were charged at the Magistrate Court of Lagos State, Yaba.

Charges
In the charge sheet obtained by Reporters today, they were charged on three counts including failing to comply with the “Quarantine Law which prohibit any social gathering to avoid spreading and contacting of Coronavirus Disease”.

The other charges are “breach of public peace, harassment, and causing unnecessary alarm to the public




#RevolutionNow #NoGoingBack #SupportTheTruth #OccupyLekkiTollGate



 Mr. Macaroni and 39 others have been granted bail after the Nigeria police in Lagos State have charged  him  and other protesters arrested at the Lekki tollgate on Saturday to court, for breaching public peace.

The arrested protesters include, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, Damilare Adenola, Anjorin Joseph, Paul Terkuma and Anisere Sodiq.

The protesters were charged at the Magistrate Court of Lagos State, Yaba.

Charges
In the charge sheet obtained by Reporters today, they were charged on three counts including failing to comply with the “Quarantine Law which prohibit any social gathering to avoid spreading and contacting of Coronavirus Disease”.

The other charges are “breach of public peace, harassment, and causing unnecessary alarm to the public




#RevolutionNow #NoGoingBack #SupportTheTruth #OccupyLekkiTollGate

Protest Unstoppable as Lagos State Governor, state Police Command order immediate kangaroo mobile court trials for the comrades arrested (photos)

Protest Unstoppable as Lagos State Governor, state Police Command order immediate kangaroo mobile court trials for the comrades arrested (photos)

After the police brutality and Arrest of the Protesters at #OccupyLekkiTollGate failed to stopped the protest meant to demand for justice for those killed on the order of the Presidency and Lagos State Governor on the October 10 2020, Lagos State Government and the Commissioner of Police in the state have  reportedly ordered that those Protesters arrested be tried and remanded.


Contrary to the lie by @nigeriapoliceforce Lagos Commissioner, Odumosu, the Lagos state governor, @jidesanwoolu has directed @mrmacaroni1 and several others being tortured & dehumanized to be arraigned before a kangaroo mobile court and our lawyers led by Femi Falana SAN has sent representatives.


#RevolutionNow #NoGoingBack #SupportTheTruth #OccupyLekkiTollGate


#EndBadGovernanceInNigeria



Protesters defiled all forms of police intimidation, harassment, brutality and Arrest to continue the planned protest.


The Nigeria's Government as currently led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari has failed to secured the country as the APC led leadership of the country failed to deliver electoral promises.


The Government can happily dialogue with Banditary and Boko Haram Terrorists but use that same security to intimidate the peaceful Protesters and disobeyed the court orders and rulings at will.


The Nepotic Buhari led administration has destroyed the socio political and economic well being of the country as the security of lives and properties are optional to the state.


 Citizens are being treated like animals because they engaged in peaceful protest, they are sending a message to us that we don’t deserve any dignity! We must liberate ourselves, even in the days of slavery people had some dignity left! #revolutionnow 

#RevolutionNow #NoGoingBack #SupportTheTruth #OccupyLekkiTollGate








After the police brutality and Arrest of the Protesters at #OccupyLekkiTollGate failed to stopped the protest meant to demand for justice for those killed on the order of the Presidency and Lagos State Governor on the October 10 2020, Lagos State Government and the Commissioner of Police in the state have  reportedly ordered that those Protesters arrested be tried and remanded.


Contrary to the lie by @nigeriapoliceforce Lagos Commissioner, Odumosu, the Lagos state governor, @jidesanwoolu has directed @mrmacaroni1 and several others being tortured & dehumanized to be arraigned before a kangaroo mobile court and our lawyers led by Femi Falana SAN has sent representatives.


#RevolutionNow #NoGoingBack #SupportTheTruth #OccupyLekkiTollGate


#EndBadGovernanceInNigeria



Protesters defiled all forms of police intimidation, harassment, brutality and Arrest to continue the planned protest.


The Nigeria's Government as currently led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari has failed to secured the country as the APC led leadership of the country failed to deliver electoral promises.


The Government can happily dialogue with Banditary and Boko Haram Terrorists but use that same security to intimidate the peaceful Protesters and disobeyed the court orders and rulings at will.


The Nepotic Buhari led administration has destroyed the socio political and economic well being of the country as the security of lives and properties are optional to the state.


 Citizens are being treated like animals because they engaged in peaceful protest, they are sending a message to us that we don’t deserve any dignity! We must liberate ourselves, even in the days of slavery people had some dignity left! #revolutionnow 

#RevolutionNow #NoGoingBack #SupportTheTruth #OccupyLekkiTollGate








VERY IMPORTANT: Ten things you must do if you’re going for the protest at #OccupyLekkiTollGate

VERY IMPORTANT: Ten things you must do if you’re going for the protest at #OccupyLekkiTollGate

Check the picture below  👇👇👇#OccupyLekkiTollGate




Check the picture below  👇👇👇#OccupyLekkiTollGate




#OccupyLekkiTollgate: Nigeria Police begins illegal show of force (PHOTOS)

#OccupyLekkiTollgate: Nigeria Police begins illegal show of force (PHOTOS)


The Nigerian Government under the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC leadership needed to be constantly reminded that Protest is a constitutional and fundamental rights granted by the Nigeria's constitution.


The Illegality, repression, killing and suppressions of Protesters, fragrant disobedience to the court judgment are clearly unacceptable.



The whole world Will be watching tomorrow as the young people match against bad governance, police brutality, Insecurity and call for justice for those that have been illegally put to untimely deaths by this current administration both at the states and federal levels of government in Nigeria.



The Nigerian Government under @Mbuhari's regime is notorious for human rights abuse and attacks on dissenting voices. Despite the massacre of Nigerian Youths at the Lekki Tollgate on 20-10-20 the whole world will see what they're up to this time as Nigerians troop out tomorrow to #OccupyLekkiTollGate

Hopefully they are there to protect the Protesters. The police authorities have deployed a large contingent of officials to the Lekki tollgate ahead of Saturday’s planned protests.

This is a few hours to the planned #occupyLekkitollgate and #DefendLagos protests, slated to hold at 7 a.m., several police vehicles and officers are already on the ground at the tollgate.

At least 10 police vehicles were seen at the tollgate with scores of officers guarding the plaza.

The protest is coming on the heels of the ruling of the judicial panel for the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to reopen the tollgate months after soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters, who were calling for an end to police brutality, at the same spot.

The #EndSARS protests, which held across the nation in October 2019, were later hijacked by thugs. This led to violence and deaths of civilians and police officers.

Judicial panels of enquiries are currently holding across the country, including Lagos, to investigate cases of alleged human rights abuses by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), as an offshoot of the government’s subsequent moves to douse tension.

Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge, heading the Lagos panel gave the ruling on the reopening of the tollgate last Saturday and this generated controversies at the panel, with some members disagreeing with the ruling.

Despite the controversies surrounding the reopening of Lekki tollgate, the company has begun some repairs on the site, and plans to resume the toll soonest.

Despite the controversies surrounding the reopening of Lekki tollgate, the company has begun some repairs on the site, and plans to resume the toll soonest.

Youths, however, plan to express their anger at the reopening using the #occupyLekkitollgate hashtag.
Counter-protest

In response to the plan to occupy Lekki tollgate, another set of youths are planning a counter-protest, #DefendLagos, “in defence of the tollgate”.

The state government, the police, the LCC and other parties have appealed to youths not to go ahead with the protests.


The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier announced that no protest will be allowed to hold on Saturday.

He said the state “is still in pains from the destruction perpetrated after the Lekki shooting incident in October 2020”.

Despite the pleas, the youths have insisted on embarking on the protest.




With PT


The Nigerian Government under the Major General Muhammadu Buhari led APC leadership needed to be constantly reminded that Protest is a constitutional and fundamental rights granted by the Nigeria's constitution.


The Illegality, repression, killing and suppressions of Protesters, fragrant disobedience to the court judgment are clearly unacceptable.



The whole world Will be watching tomorrow as the young people match against bad governance, police brutality, Insecurity and call for justice for those that have been illegally put to untimely deaths by this current administration both at the states and federal levels of government in Nigeria.



The Nigerian Government under @Mbuhari's regime is notorious for human rights abuse and attacks on dissenting voices. Despite the massacre of Nigerian Youths at the Lekki Tollgate on 20-10-20 the whole world will see what they're up to this time as Nigerians troop out tomorrow to #OccupyLekkiTollGate

Hopefully they are there to protect the Protesters. The police authorities have deployed a large contingent of officials to the Lekki tollgate ahead of Saturday’s planned protests.

This is a few hours to the planned #occupyLekkitollgate and #DefendLagos protests, slated to hold at 7 a.m., several police vehicles and officers are already on the ground at the tollgate.

At least 10 police vehicles were seen at the tollgate with scores of officers guarding the plaza.

The protest is coming on the heels of the ruling of the judicial panel for the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) to reopen the tollgate months after soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters, who were calling for an end to police brutality, at the same spot.

The #EndSARS protests, which held across the nation in October 2019, were later hijacked by thugs. This led to violence and deaths of civilians and police officers.

Judicial panels of enquiries are currently holding across the country, including Lagos, to investigate cases of alleged human rights abuses by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), as an offshoot of the government’s subsequent moves to douse tension.

Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge, heading the Lagos panel gave the ruling on the reopening of the tollgate last Saturday and this generated controversies at the panel, with some members disagreeing with the ruling.

Despite the controversies surrounding the reopening of Lekki tollgate, the company has begun some repairs on the site, and plans to resume the toll soonest.

Despite the controversies surrounding the reopening of Lekki tollgate, the company has begun some repairs on the site, and plans to resume the toll soonest.

Youths, however, plan to express their anger at the reopening using the #occupyLekkitollgate hashtag.
Counter-protest

In response to the plan to occupy Lekki tollgate, another set of youths are planning a counter-protest, #DefendLagos, “in defence of the tollgate”.

The state government, the police, the LCC and other parties have appealed to youths not to go ahead with the protests.


The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier announced that no protest will be allowed to hold on Saturday.

He said the state “is still in pains from the destruction perpetrated after the Lekki shooting incident in October 2020”.

Despite the pleas, the youths have insisted on embarking on the protest.




With PT

Former Lagos State Governor Lateef Jakande is dead

Former Lagos State Governor Lateef Jakande is dead

 


Both the family and the incumbent state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu confirmed the passage of the father of the modern Lagos.

 


Both the family and the incumbent state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu confirmed the passage of the father of the modern Lagos.

Touch not my anointed is Bible verse: Ooni represents Yoruba preservation, If he errs in the postion.... He deserves to face disgrace....

Touch not my anointed is Bible verse: Ooni represents Yoruba preservation, If he errs in the postion.... He deserves to face disgrace....


The Ooni should have been shown the door from the day he made that fraudulent comment with no historical backing about Igbos link to Ife.... the throne of Ife exists to preserve Yoruba heritage.... it is not a hub for a hustler trying to make money by using his cultural influnce for personal gain. 


In the days of old... any monarch that does not represent the interest of the people is removed... Ife was not an exception .... The ultimate decision in this battle is the movement of the people. Not movement of the elders, kings or politicians.... 


Ooni Gbanlare was murdered for going against the popular wish of his people. So was Ooni Gegbaaje


Wunmolaje was disposed as well because the people rejected his style of leadership. 


At a point... everyone became scared to become Ooni because of how people turned against them... Ooni Adegule had to make the nobility at Ife swear not to disgrace him if he took office... He was also killed by poisoning. 


How about Oyo,


Alaafin Ajaka was rejected because he was too weak... Shango rejected because he became very dictatorial....Ojigi was forced to commit suicide because of his son's tyranny ( and after him, crown princes were forced to die with their fathers as punishment)

Alaafin  onisile was forced to commit suicide cause he loved to invoke the spirit of Sango and his people were uncomfortable. 


In Ijebu, Awujale Afidipote was rejected because his policies caused recession in Ijebu. 


Ooni Adesoji was nearly rejected by people of Ife because he mismanaged the common wealth of Ife kingdom with the proceeds from its forest timber. 


Alake of Egba land was deposed by the great Egba women because of his tax policies. 


Now... If any monarch stands in the way of Yoruba progress... or go against the determination of Yoruba people not to be turned into slaves in their ancestral home like the Hausa people... we owe it as a duty to reject and force them to be deposed.....


They sit on the throne to serve Yoruba interest and the desire of its people.... not the other way round.... 


We have made a decision. We dont want herdsmen in our bushes and region anymore.... we also want emancipation of Yorubaland. Any monarch that stands in our way is part of the problem... He is no different from the Fulani that is oppressing us, we need to be get rid of such people from our palace.


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Anonymous author


The Ooni should have been shown the door from the day he made that fraudulent comment with no historical backing about Igbos link to Ife.... the throne of Ife exists to preserve Yoruba heritage.... it is not a hub for a hustler trying to make money by using his cultural influnce for personal gain. 


In the days of old... any monarch that does not represent the interest of the people is removed... Ife was not an exception .... The ultimate decision in this battle is the movement of the people. Not movement of the elders, kings or politicians.... 


Ooni Gbanlare was murdered for going against the popular wish of his people. So was Ooni Gegbaaje


Wunmolaje was disposed as well because the people rejected his style of leadership. 


At a point... everyone became scared to become Ooni because of how people turned against them... Ooni Adegule had to make the nobility at Ife swear not to disgrace him if he took office... He was also killed by poisoning. 


How about Oyo,


Alaafin Ajaka was rejected because he was too weak... Shango rejected because he became very dictatorial....Ojigi was forced to commit suicide because of his son's tyranny ( and after him, crown princes were forced to die with their fathers as punishment)

Alaafin  onisile was forced to commit suicide cause he loved to invoke the spirit of Sango and his people were uncomfortable. 


In Ijebu, Awujale Afidipote was rejected because his policies caused recession in Ijebu. 


Ooni Adesoji was nearly rejected by people of Ife because he mismanaged the common wealth of Ife kingdom with the proceeds from its forest timber. 


Alake of Egba land was deposed by the great Egba women because of his tax policies. 


Now... If any monarch stands in the way of Yoruba progress... or go against the determination of Yoruba people not to be turned into slaves in their ancestral home like the Hausa people... we owe it as a duty to reject and force them to be deposed.....


They sit on the throne to serve Yoruba interest and the desire of its people.... not the other way round.... 


We have made a decision. We dont want herdsmen in our bushes and region anymore.... we also want emancipation of Yorubaland. Any monarch that stands in our way is part of the problem... He is no different from the Fulani that is oppressing us, we need to be get rid of such people from our palace.


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Anonymous author

Summarised opinion on Kidnappers, their modus operandi and way forward

Summarised opinion on Kidnappers, their modus operandi and way forward


These are, however not all on the matter.. 


Groups recently implicated= Herdsmen


Target population= Anyone, no age or religious barrier. 


Primary gain= Obedience to hierarchial tendency. 


Secondary Gain= Money. 


Area of Action= 


1. Highways

2. Interstate roads

3. Trunk B roads

4.  City outskirts


Modes of operation 


1. The Spy/ Syndicate System


2. The Collegiate system 


3. The Crude Brute System


1. The Spy System 


Who are the spies??


 A. Law enforcement agents.


B. Jobless road repairers


C. Busy bodies sitting at road junctions.


Mechanism of Action..


Unathorised Peeping inside the car by any of those listed above to;


1. Identify wealthy individuals


2.  Identify presence of armed guards


3. Rating of vehicles as a measure of wealth 


4. Isolation of all govt registered vehicle as a MUST for kidnap, even if with driver alone.


Means of Action by Spies;


1. Undue friendliness at contact


2. Undue familiarity 


3. Unwarranted/ unsolicited waving @ you.


4. Presence and Fiddling with phone by one or all of these spies at contact. 


5. Eventual call to Kidnappers in front for action.


2. The Collegiate System


In this case the kidnappers are of the same tribe working together at very short distance to each other. 


Mechanism of Action. 


You suddenly see a man in front of you beside the road in an unexplained area,  that is an area leading to nowhere.


When you move close to him and after sizing up your car from afar he enters the bush again in your presence. 


He then call his colleagues who are at a very short distance away to effect the kidnapping.


Please note the moment you see this group of kidnappers in front, you have already walked Into an ambush as some of them are already behind you. 


Any reverse = death. 

 


3. The Crude Brute System. 


Latest entrants into the kidnappers strategy. 


These types are crude and very brutal. 


They are great risk takers. They care less about security agencies. 


They work alone and kidnap anyone they see No matter how poor. 


They have no time to access anyone.


Mechanism of Action.. 


They jump at any road of their choice at anytime of the day and start shooting at any incoming traffic, no matter the speed. 


They kill as many as those hit by bullets at random and carry away those who survive the wreck that ensued after the shooting. 


Post Kidnapping 


After kidnapping, the kidnappers make everyone to understand that they are in serious business by


1. Incessant Threat language at gun point


2. Regular slaps 


3..Removal of Shoes and slippers of victims to make them miserable while walking on sharp stones, thorns, shrubs etc to create injuries on their feets to ensure early soberness.


4. Walking in circles for hours to disorient the victims in terms of time and place and position. 


5. Late initiation of negotiation until the victim is thoroughly sober and dying slowly..


6. Release after collection of ransom. 


7. Death.


Special cases.


Death after Ransom


This occur rather too often in some cases. 


Causes of Death


1. Exhaustion


2. Ongoing medical ailments at the point of kidnap 


3. Snake bites and bites from other poisonous animals in the bush


5. Dehydration and acute renal injury 


6. Hemorrhage from Multiple gang rapes, for women.


7. Gunshot from the kidnappers due to 


1. Attempt to escape


2. Too Weak victim who cannot move again.


Why they still collect ransom after death.


The kidnappers see each operation as an investement and hence no matter what happens to the victim they still want to maximize the gains of each operation. 


Can kidnappers release a victim without collecting ransom?


Yes,very possible. 


This is common in the spy system.  


Where the spy called them and said that they have kidnapped the wrong person or that the person kidnapped will generate too much heat and stress for them from the security agencies or from the community.


An example avail of a person kidnapped  and was later released and given transport money the following day by the kidnappers  when some issues arose.


Best way to handle kidnappers. 


1. Avoidance 


2. Avoidance


3. Avoidance


4..Once kidnapped you have lost all control. If you attempt to escape you get killed, if you Don't try to escape, you may STILL die..


5. Avoidance at all cost 


WAY FORWARD


1. Youth Employment opportunities 


2. National  Disorientation and Reorientation in tribalism


3. Regular and permanent highway patrols at 10 minutes intervals with policemen in mufti


4. Increase wages and motivational weapons for policemen 


5.. Rapid response helicopter with night vision equiprment


6. Stringent punishement for kidnappers and conspirators.


7. Community anti kidnap policing. 


8. Close audit and Cctv monitoring of law enforcement agents in charge of armoury 


9. Employment of spy agents across  communities. 


10. Prayer


11. Stay at home and engage yourself in meaningful endeavors.


These are, however not all on the matter.. 


Groups recently implicated= Herdsmen


Target population= Anyone, no age or religious barrier. 


Primary gain= Obedience to hierarchial tendency. 


Secondary Gain= Money. 


Area of Action= 


1. Highways

2. Interstate roads

3. Trunk B roads

4.  City outskirts


Modes of operation 


1. The Spy/ Syndicate System


2. The Collegiate system 


3. The Crude Brute System


1. The Spy System 


Who are the spies??


 A. Law enforcement agents.


B. Jobless road repairers


C. Busy bodies sitting at road junctions.


Mechanism of Action..


Unathorised Peeping inside the car by any of those listed above to;


1. Identify wealthy individuals


2.  Identify presence of armed guards


3. Rating of vehicles as a measure of wealth 


4. Isolation of all govt registered vehicle as a MUST for kidnap, even if with driver alone.


Means of Action by Spies;


1. Undue friendliness at contact


2. Undue familiarity 


3. Unwarranted/ unsolicited waving @ you.


4. Presence and Fiddling with phone by one or all of these spies at contact. 


5. Eventual call to Kidnappers in front for action.


2. The Collegiate System


In this case the kidnappers are of the same tribe working together at very short distance to each other. 


Mechanism of Action. 


You suddenly see a man in front of you beside the road in an unexplained area,  that is an area leading to nowhere.


When you move close to him and after sizing up your car from afar he enters the bush again in your presence. 


He then call his colleagues who are at a very short distance away to effect the kidnapping.


Please note the moment you see this group of kidnappers in front, you have already walked Into an ambush as some of them are already behind you. 


Any reverse = death. 

 


3. The Crude Brute System. 


Latest entrants into the kidnappers strategy. 


These types are crude and very brutal. 


They are great risk takers. They care less about security agencies. 


They work alone and kidnap anyone they see No matter how poor. 


They have no time to access anyone.


Mechanism of Action.. 


They jump at any road of their choice at anytime of the day and start shooting at any incoming traffic, no matter the speed. 


They kill as many as those hit by bullets at random and carry away those who survive the wreck that ensued after the shooting. 


Post Kidnapping 


After kidnapping, the kidnappers make everyone to understand that they are in serious business by


1. Incessant Threat language at gun point


2. Regular slaps 


3..Removal of Shoes and slippers of victims to make them miserable while walking on sharp stones, thorns, shrubs etc to create injuries on their feets to ensure early soberness.


4. Walking in circles for hours to disorient the victims in terms of time and place and position. 


5. Late initiation of negotiation until the victim is thoroughly sober and dying slowly..


6. Release after collection of ransom. 


7. Death.


Special cases.


Death after Ransom


This occur rather too often in some cases. 


Causes of Death


1. Exhaustion


2. Ongoing medical ailments at the point of kidnap 


3. Snake bites and bites from other poisonous animals in the bush


5. Dehydration and acute renal injury 


6. Hemorrhage from Multiple gang rapes, for women.


7. Gunshot from the kidnappers due to 


1. Attempt to escape


2. Too Weak victim who cannot move again.


Why they still collect ransom after death.


The kidnappers see each operation as an investement and hence no matter what happens to the victim they still want to maximize the gains of each operation. 


Can kidnappers release a victim without collecting ransom?


Yes,very possible. 


This is common in the spy system.  


Where the spy called them and said that they have kidnapped the wrong person or that the person kidnapped will generate too much heat and stress for them from the security agencies or from the community.


An example avail of a person kidnapped  and was later released and given transport money the following day by the kidnappers  when some issues arose.


Best way to handle kidnappers. 


1. Avoidance 


2. Avoidance


3. Avoidance


4..Once kidnapped you have lost all control. If you attempt to escape you get killed, if you Don't try to escape, you may STILL die..


5. Avoidance at all cost 


WAY FORWARD


1. Youth Employment opportunities 


2. National  Disorientation and Reorientation in tribalism


3. Regular and permanent highway patrols at 10 minutes intervals with policemen in mufti


4. Increase wages and motivational weapons for policemen 


5.. Rapid response helicopter with night vision equiprment


6. Stringent punishement for kidnappers and conspirators.


7. Community anti kidnap policing. 


8. Close audit and Cctv monitoring of law enforcement agents in charge of armoury 


9. Employment of spy agents across  communities. 


10. Prayer


11. Stay at home and engage yourself in meaningful endeavors.

Corruption in Nigerian military: Captain allegedly faces court-martial over petition against CNS

Corruption in Nigerian military: Captain allegedly faces court-martial over petition against CNS

 Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


A former Assistant Director Procurement in the Defence Intelligence Agency, Capt. Emmanuel Ekpe, has reportedly been summoned to appear before a court-martial in Lagos, for allegedly petitioning the president, accusing the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, of misconduct.


Ekpe, aka Owen, a decorated naval officer, was said to have been relieved of his appointment at the DIA following the petition in which he accused Ibas of corruption, abuse of office and employment of state powers to pursue personal vendetta.


This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the lawyers to the captain, Pelumi Olajengbesi, titled, ‘Demand for the immediate sacking of the CNS for gross misconduct and acts capable of destroying national security.’


The statement said Owen’s ordeal began in 1996 while onboard NNS AMBE when he admonished Ibas to serve with integrity after he allegedly discovered that the CNS was involved in corrupt practices.


“Rather than taking the admonition of Capt. Owen, the now CNS locked him up in the toilet and tried him for a trumped-up offence while still onboard the NNS AMBE in Liberia. The innocent and decent Captain has since 1996 remained an object of victimisation by the now CNS in the Nigerian Navy,” the lawyer alleged.


Olajengbesi further said the CNS has channelled resources to make life as a naval officer unbearable for Owen, adding that Ibas withheld funds from him for the training of naval officers for Admiralty yachting regatta in India in 2016 and 2017.


He added, “The CNS also refused to approve funds to purchase equipment for the officers nominated to attend the exercise in India. The diligent Captain was forced to borrow the sum of $2,400 for the purchase of the said equipment in honour and respect for the Nigerian Navy without any refund till date. He has been denied promotion thrice and his records have been tampered with.”


The lawyer explained that after enduring several years of suffering and intimidation, Owen filed a petition to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, but Ibas allegedly frustrated the complaint by assuming jurisdiction over it.


He stated, “Rather, the CNS assumed jurisdiction by proxy over the matter by setting up a committee to hear the complaint. The committee simply ignored the complaints and manufactured new spurious issues, thereby turning the petitioner to the accused person in an attempt to silence him. The CNS has now summoned Capt. Owen to Lagos to face a court-martial.”


The statement argued that the CNS had no authority to convene a court-martial, noting that by section 131 of the Armed Forces Act, officers having the power to convene a court-martial are the President, the Chief of Defence Staff or the Service Chiefs; a general officer commanding, a brigadier, colonel or lieutenant colonel or their corresponding ranks.


It further noted, “Constituting the court-martial in Lagos whilst the officer is engaged in Abuja because of his official posting is tantamount to a deliberate attempt to frustrate him when same could have been constituted in Abuja and made for ease of attendance of proceedings, among others.”


The lawyer called on the President to review Owen’s case, while demanding the sacking of the CNS without further delay “to save the reputation, integrity and right standings of the Nigerian Navy and by extension, the Armed Forces as a whole.”


When contacted, the NN spokesman, Suleiman Dahun, said, “The matter is being handled administratively.”


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 Adelani Adepegba, Abuja


A former Assistant Director Procurement in the Defence Intelligence Agency, Capt. Emmanuel Ekpe, has reportedly been summoned to appear before a court-martial in Lagos, for allegedly petitioning the president, accusing the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, of misconduct.


Ekpe, aka Owen, a decorated naval officer, was said to have been relieved of his appointment at the DIA following the petition in which he accused Ibas of corruption, abuse of office and employment of state powers to pursue personal vendetta.


This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the lawyers to the captain, Pelumi Olajengbesi, titled, ‘Demand for the immediate sacking of the CNS for gross misconduct and acts capable of destroying national security.’


The statement said Owen’s ordeal began in 1996 while onboard NNS AMBE when he admonished Ibas to serve with integrity after he allegedly discovered that the CNS was involved in corrupt practices.


“Rather than taking the admonition of Capt. Owen, the now CNS locked him up in the toilet and tried him for a trumped-up offence while still onboard the NNS AMBE in Liberia. The innocent and decent Captain has since 1996 remained an object of victimisation by the now CNS in the Nigerian Navy,” the lawyer alleged.


Olajengbesi further said the CNS has channelled resources to make life as a naval officer unbearable for Owen, adding that Ibas withheld funds from him for the training of naval officers for Admiralty yachting regatta in India in 2016 and 2017.


He added, “The CNS also refused to approve funds to purchase equipment for the officers nominated to attend the exercise in India. The diligent Captain was forced to borrow the sum of $2,400 for the purchase of the said equipment in honour and respect for the Nigerian Navy without any refund till date. He has been denied promotion thrice and his records have been tampered with.”


The lawyer explained that after enduring several years of suffering and intimidation, Owen filed a petition to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, but Ibas allegedly frustrated the complaint by assuming jurisdiction over it.


He stated, “Rather, the CNS assumed jurisdiction by proxy over the matter by setting up a committee to hear the complaint. The committee simply ignored the complaints and manufactured new spurious issues, thereby turning the petitioner to the accused person in an attempt to silence him. The CNS has now summoned Capt. Owen to Lagos to face a court-martial.”


The statement argued that the CNS had no authority to convene a court-martial, noting that by section 131 of the Armed Forces Act, officers having the power to convene a court-martial are the President, the Chief of Defence Staff or the Service Chiefs; a general officer commanding, a brigadier, colonel or lieutenant colonel or their corresponding ranks.


It further noted, “Constituting the court-martial in Lagos whilst the officer is engaged in Abuja because of his official posting is tantamount to a deliberate attempt to frustrate him when same could have been constituted in Abuja and made for ease of attendance of proceedings, among others.”


The lawyer called on the President to review Owen’s case, while demanding the sacking of the CNS without further delay “to save the reputation, integrity and right standings of the Nigerian Navy and by extension, the Armed Forces as a whole.”


When contacted, the NN spokesman, Suleiman Dahun, said, “The matter is being handled administratively.”


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This Tunde Bakare's Video on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

This Tunde Bakare's Video on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu


I have watched that latest Pastor Bakare's video on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu not less than three times in my bid trying to understand what the Pastor is really saying.


At the end, to my mind, what the Pastor is saying can be summarised in these TWO WAYS👇


1. 


That some Yoruba people are questioning the ancestry of Bola Tinubu, saying that he's not from Lagos but Iragbiji in Osun State. The Pastor has no defence for Tinubu on this apart from the fact that he doesn't consider the issue of his ancestry material.


2. 


That some people say he's making money from taxation and on this, the Pastor said people saying that should also go and do likewise because, according to the Pastor, Tinubu simply exploited the system to his own advantage. 


My Take:


I don't know whether Pastor Tunde Bakare really set out to promote and launder the image of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu but if that's his motive, I think he failed in doing so and those who think he succeeded may need to watch that video again.


Yes, about the ancestry of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu which I agree is a non-issue, though not on the basis that it doesn't put food on the table of the hungry as the Pastor put it. I rather think that it's not an issue because Asiwaju can no longer be interested in contesting for any position in Lagos State and as for the rumoured Presidential ambition of his, he doesn't need to claim Lagos State to succeed in that. He's a Yoruba man, period! 


I don't see how his continuous claim of Lagos State as his state of origin will be a setback for his ambition, if he actually has any, anyway.


Now, the major reason why I think the Pastor's video is a huge minus for Asiwaju is the final comment of the Pastor in that video. He said Asiwaju learnt how to be transparently corrupt from Chief Obasanjo, former President. So, is that a compliment?


Why is Nigeria as backward as it's? Didn't Buhari say - if Nigeria doesn't kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria?


Don't even the deaf know that the bane of Nigeria's underdevelopment is corruption?


Why should we now look up to a Tinubu who has personally confessed to being corrupt?


My position is that - whatever positives that Asiwaju Tinubu may have are rubbished by his self-acknowledged and advertised corruption.


Well, Prof. Farooq Kperogi made a more elaborate piece on the video issue. Find it below and read 👇


Bakare Didn’t Defend Tinubu; He Defanged Him


 By Farooq A. Kperogi

Twitter: @farooqkperogi


Pastor Tunde Bakare’s trending video on Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for which he is receiving caustic flak from the Nigerian online commentariat, isn’t the deodorization of Tinubu’s smelly underbelly that many people say it is. It is, on the contrary, an effective denunciation of Tinubu and a deep, lasting, strategic delegitimization of his “omo Eko” bona fides. 


In the video, Bakare essentially mainstreamed reputationally deleterious information about Tinubu that had flourished on the fringes of Yoruba society, that people avoided to talk about openly in polite company, and that most people outside Yorubaland didn’t have the faintest familiarity with.


That information is that everything about Tinubu— from his very name to his claims of being from Lagos State, from his source of income to his parentage and many things in-between— is an elaborately fraudulent scheme. 


Let me narrate an anecdote to illustrate what I mean. In the over two years that my column has appeared on the back page of the Saturday Tribune, I have cultivated a vast, engaged readership in the Southwest who reach out to me to share ideas with— and confide in— me.


One of the persistent requests I’ve received from readers of my column in the Southwest has been the invitation to delve into Tinubu’s well-layered, labyrinthine network of duplicity about his origins and identity. 


A few people from his hometown of Iragbiji in Osun State offered to provide me with evidence that he is not from Lagos, that he is not from the Tinubu family in Lagos, that he was never named Bola Ahmed at birth, that he has avoided public association with his natal family in Iragbiji to sustain the fraud that he is from Lagos, and so on.


I told a particularly persistent interlocutor who wanted me to publicize what he thought was a scoop on Tinubu that I was already familiar with the information he had shared with me because I’d read most of it in Yinka Odumakin’s March 19, 2019 column titled “Dear Chief Tinubu.” Although the article went viral last year, the Iragbiji man said he hadn’t read it.


There were clearly several angles to explore about Tinubu’s vast and varied deception following Odumakin’s column, but I didn’t hop on it because, being a media law teacher, I knew it was a slippery legal slope. Although people of Iragbiji said Tinubu was born and raised in their town and has no connection with either Lagos or the Tinubu family, I can’t prove this in a court.


Similarly, although many people who knew Tinubu when he grew up in Iragbiji said he was known as Amoda Lamidi Sangodele, I can’t prove this in court. (Amoda is the Yoruba Muslim domestication of Ahmad and Lamidi is the Yoruba Muslim domestication of Abdulhamid.) And even though the current governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, is the son of Tinubu’s older sister—which calls into question Tinubu’s claims to being 69 years old since Oyetola is 67 years old—I have no DNA evidence to prove anything.


 Of course, Tinubu can’t sue anyone who brings up his forfeiture of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the US government in the early 1990s in the aftermath of circumstantial evidence that he amassed tremendous wealth from trafficking in drugs. The court document of the forfeiture is in the public domain in the U.S. and was published by Sahara Reporters on September 15, 2008.


Nor can he sue anyone for saying that all the schools he claimed to have attended in his INEC form in 1999—from primary school to university—are false because the late Gani Fawehinmi proved that in court and risked the social ostracism of the hegemonic political elites of the Southwest who now hypocritically valorize him posthumously. 


Tunde Bakare has helped to not only centralize these and other odious aspects of Tinubu’s personality; he has also (unwittingly) granted public commentators the latitude to discuss them without fear of legal consequences. In media law, opinion writers have legal cover to comment on otherwise libelous subject matters if the subject matters are in the news and are of public interest. It’s called the fair comment privilege.


In Bakare’s political homily, he basically affirmed all the hitherto fringy whispers about Tinubu: that he is from Iragbiji in Osun State; that his current name is not his original name; that he has disowned his biological parents and “adopted” the Tinubu family of Lagos with whom he has zero consanguineal affiliation; that the late legendary Alhaja Abibat Mogaji of Lagos is not Tinubu’s biological mother; that he has an odious “past”; that he is corruptly “making money from taxation” by “exploiting the system to his advantage”; and that he is “transparently corrupt.”


These are not the sorts of issues Tinubu wants Nigerians to be discussing about him as he stealthily campaigns to be Nigeria’s next president and works to fend off ferocious, multifarious challenges to his grip on Lagos and Southwest politics.


He would much rather that people think of him as a Lagosian who is a scion of the famous Tinubu family, who has always been known as Bola Ahmed, and whose biological mother was the late Alhaja Abibat Mogaji.


Even though Bakare appears to be wracked by a dissociative identity disorder (which probably explains why he says and embodies mutually contradictory positions), megalomania (recall his boast that he would succeed Buhari because he is “number 16” while Buhari is “number 15”), delusion (anyone who claims God communicates with him is delusional), and compulsive mendacity, he is also a skilled rhetorician who is artfully defanging Tinubu, his political opponent, using a clever rhetorical tactic. 


In rhetorical studies, there is a technique we call synchoresis, which is the intentional concession of an alternate point of view for the sake of refuting it. As rhetorical scholar Miles Coleman put it, synchoresis is the art of “conceding one point for the sake of another.”


Bakare intentionally disclosed and popularized unflattering facts about Tinubu’s life putatively to undermine them but, in reality, to mainstream them so they can be invoked to delegitimize him.


Notice that Bakare was stronger in channeling anonymous people’s claims that Tinubu is a fraud than in defending Tinubu’s fraud. For instance, his only defense against Tinubu’s fraudulent Lagos identity claim is that the truth of the claim won’t “put food on the table of the hungry or create jobs for the unemployed or the unemployable.”


 That’s a weak strawman argument. No one said it would. The self-evident implication of that fraud, of course, is that if Tinubu isn’t straight with something as basic as his origins— and even his name and ancestral pedigree— why should he be trusted with something as grave as the presidency of a country of 200 million people? Anyone who can disown his parents, his name, his hometown, etc. for power and influence can sell anyone.


Bakare’s defense for Tinubu’s false claim to being the late Abibat Mogaji’s biological son (Bakare insisted on calling him her “adopted son”) was simply to state that no one is a “self-made” man and that given what the woman did for Tinubu, it was “not only proper, it is also honorable” for Tinubu to call her his mother. “Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu did not and could not choose his biological parents, yet no one can forbid him from choosing his role models or stop him from changing his name,” he added for emphasis.


Then Bakare brought Tinubu’s legendary corruption to the center of his congregants’—and, by implication, Nigerians’-- consciousness, but feebly “defended” him by quoting him as saying he learned how to be “transparently corrupt” from Olusegun Obasanjo. How is that a defense, especially given that Tinubu and Obasanjo are not political associates, and Obasanjo, being a retired two-term president, isn’t hurt by any association with corruption? 


In sum, every indication points to the conclusion that Bakare wanted to put Tinubu’s sordid deception about his origins—which people talked about in hushed tones in Yorubaland and about which most people outside Yorubaland are ignorant— in the forefront of the prevailing current of thought about him in Nigeria. The best way to do that without backlash was to appear to be censorious of the narrative while giving it publicity and currency.


[email protected]


I have watched that latest Pastor Bakare's video on Asiwaju Bola Tinubu not less than three times in my bid trying to understand what the Pastor is really saying.


At the end, to my mind, what the Pastor is saying can be summarised in these TWO WAYS👇


1. 


That some Yoruba people are questioning the ancestry of Bola Tinubu, saying that he's not from Lagos but Iragbiji in Osun State. The Pastor has no defence for Tinubu on this apart from the fact that he doesn't consider the issue of his ancestry material.


2. 


That some people say he's making money from taxation and on this, the Pastor said people saying that should also go and do likewise because, according to the Pastor, Tinubu simply exploited the system to his own advantage. 


My Take:


I don't know whether Pastor Tunde Bakare really set out to promote and launder the image of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu but if that's his motive, I think he failed in doing so and those who think he succeeded may need to watch that video again.


Yes, about the ancestry of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu which I agree is a non-issue, though not on the basis that it doesn't put food on the table of the hungry as the Pastor put it. I rather think that it's not an issue because Asiwaju can no longer be interested in contesting for any position in Lagos State and as for the rumoured Presidential ambition of his, he doesn't need to claim Lagos State to succeed in that. He's a Yoruba man, period! 


I don't see how his continuous claim of Lagos State as his state of origin will be a setback for his ambition, if he actually has any, anyway.


Now, the major reason why I think the Pastor's video is a huge minus for Asiwaju is the final comment of the Pastor in that video. He said Asiwaju learnt how to be transparently corrupt from Chief Obasanjo, former President. So, is that a compliment?


Why is Nigeria as backward as it's? Didn't Buhari say - if Nigeria doesn't kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria?


Don't even the deaf know that the bane of Nigeria's underdevelopment is corruption?


Why should we now look up to a Tinubu who has personally confessed to being corrupt?


My position is that - whatever positives that Asiwaju Tinubu may have are rubbished by his self-acknowledged and advertised corruption.


Well, Prof. Farooq Kperogi made a more elaborate piece on the video issue. Find it below and read 👇


Bakare Didn’t Defend Tinubu; He Defanged Him


 By Farooq A. Kperogi

Twitter: @farooqkperogi


Pastor Tunde Bakare’s trending video on Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for which he is receiving caustic flak from the Nigerian online commentariat, isn’t the deodorization of Tinubu’s smelly underbelly that many people say it is. It is, on the contrary, an effective denunciation of Tinubu and a deep, lasting, strategic delegitimization of his “omo Eko” bona fides. 


In the video, Bakare essentially mainstreamed reputationally deleterious information about Tinubu that had flourished on the fringes of Yoruba society, that people avoided to talk about openly in polite company, and that most people outside Yorubaland didn’t have the faintest familiarity with.


That information is that everything about Tinubu— from his very name to his claims of being from Lagos State, from his source of income to his parentage and many things in-between— is an elaborately fraudulent scheme. 


Let me narrate an anecdote to illustrate what I mean. In the over two years that my column has appeared on the back page of the Saturday Tribune, I have cultivated a vast, engaged readership in the Southwest who reach out to me to share ideas with— and confide in— me.


One of the persistent requests I’ve received from readers of my column in the Southwest has been the invitation to delve into Tinubu’s well-layered, labyrinthine network of duplicity about his origins and identity. 


A few people from his hometown of Iragbiji in Osun State offered to provide me with evidence that he is not from Lagos, that he is not from the Tinubu family in Lagos, that he was never named Bola Ahmed at birth, that he has avoided public association with his natal family in Iragbiji to sustain the fraud that he is from Lagos, and so on.


I told a particularly persistent interlocutor who wanted me to publicize what he thought was a scoop on Tinubu that I was already familiar with the information he had shared with me because I’d read most of it in Yinka Odumakin’s March 19, 2019 column titled “Dear Chief Tinubu.” Although the article went viral last year, the Iragbiji man said he hadn’t read it.


There were clearly several angles to explore about Tinubu’s vast and varied deception following Odumakin’s column, but I didn’t hop on it because, being a media law teacher, I knew it was a slippery legal slope. Although people of Iragbiji said Tinubu was born and raised in their town and has no connection with either Lagos or the Tinubu family, I can’t prove this in a court.


Similarly, although many people who knew Tinubu when he grew up in Iragbiji said he was known as Amoda Lamidi Sangodele, I can’t prove this in court. (Amoda is the Yoruba Muslim domestication of Ahmad and Lamidi is the Yoruba Muslim domestication of Abdulhamid.) And even though the current governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, is the son of Tinubu’s older sister—which calls into question Tinubu’s claims to being 69 years old since Oyetola is 67 years old—I have no DNA evidence to prove anything.


 Of course, Tinubu can’t sue anyone who brings up his forfeiture of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the US government in the early 1990s in the aftermath of circumstantial evidence that he amassed tremendous wealth from trafficking in drugs. The court document of the forfeiture is in the public domain in the U.S. and was published by Sahara Reporters on September 15, 2008.


Nor can he sue anyone for saying that all the schools he claimed to have attended in his INEC form in 1999—from primary school to university—are false because the late Gani Fawehinmi proved that in court and risked the social ostracism of the hegemonic political elites of the Southwest who now hypocritically valorize him posthumously. 


Tunde Bakare has helped to not only centralize these and other odious aspects of Tinubu’s personality; he has also (unwittingly) granted public commentators the latitude to discuss them without fear of legal consequences. In media law, opinion writers have legal cover to comment on otherwise libelous subject matters if the subject matters are in the news and are of public interest. It’s called the fair comment privilege.


In Bakare’s political homily, he basically affirmed all the hitherto fringy whispers about Tinubu: that he is from Iragbiji in Osun State; that his current name is not his original name; that he has disowned his biological parents and “adopted” the Tinubu family of Lagos with whom he has zero consanguineal affiliation; that the late legendary Alhaja Abibat Mogaji of Lagos is not Tinubu’s biological mother; that he has an odious “past”; that he is corruptly “making money from taxation” by “exploiting the system to his advantage”; and that he is “transparently corrupt.”


These are not the sorts of issues Tinubu wants Nigerians to be discussing about him as he stealthily campaigns to be Nigeria’s next president and works to fend off ferocious, multifarious challenges to his grip on Lagos and Southwest politics.


He would much rather that people think of him as a Lagosian who is a scion of the famous Tinubu family, who has always been known as Bola Ahmed, and whose biological mother was the late Alhaja Abibat Mogaji.


Even though Bakare appears to be wracked by a dissociative identity disorder (which probably explains why he says and embodies mutually contradictory positions), megalomania (recall his boast that he would succeed Buhari because he is “number 16” while Buhari is “number 15”), delusion (anyone who claims God communicates with him is delusional), and compulsive mendacity, he is also a skilled rhetorician who is artfully defanging Tinubu, his political opponent, using a clever rhetorical tactic. 


In rhetorical studies, there is a technique we call synchoresis, which is the intentional concession of an alternate point of view for the sake of refuting it. As rhetorical scholar Miles Coleman put it, synchoresis is the art of “conceding one point for the sake of another.”


Bakare intentionally disclosed and popularized unflattering facts about Tinubu’s life putatively to undermine them but, in reality, to mainstream them so they can be invoked to delegitimize him.


Notice that Bakare was stronger in channeling anonymous people’s claims that Tinubu is a fraud than in defending Tinubu’s fraud. For instance, his only defense against Tinubu’s fraudulent Lagos identity claim is that the truth of the claim won’t “put food on the table of the hungry or create jobs for the unemployed or the unemployable.”


 That’s a weak strawman argument. No one said it would. The self-evident implication of that fraud, of course, is that if Tinubu isn’t straight with something as basic as his origins— and even his name and ancestral pedigree— why should he be trusted with something as grave as the presidency of a country of 200 million people? Anyone who can disown his parents, his name, his hometown, etc. for power and influence can sell anyone.


Bakare’s defense for Tinubu’s false claim to being the late Abibat Mogaji’s biological son (Bakare insisted on calling him her “adopted son”) was simply to state that no one is a “self-made” man and that given what the woman did for Tinubu, it was “not only proper, it is also honorable” for Tinubu to call her his mother. “Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu did not and could not choose his biological parents, yet no one can forbid him from choosing his role models or stop him from changing his name,” he added for emphasis.


Then Bakare brought Tinubu’s legendary corruption to the center of his congregants’—and, by implication, Nigerians’-- consciousness, but feebly “defended” him by quoting him as saying he learned how to be “transparently corrupt” from Olusegun Obasanjo. How is that a defense, especially given that Tinubu and Obasanjo are not political associates, and Obasanjo, being a retired two-term president, isn’t hurt by any association with corruption? 


In sum, every indication points to the conclusion that Bakare wanted to put Tinubu’s sordid deception about his origins—which people talked about in hushed tones in Yorubaland and about which most people outside Yorubaland are ignorant— in the forefront of the prevailing current of thought about him in Nigeria. The best way to do that without backlash was to appear to be censorious of the narrative while giving it publicity and currency.


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