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25 Years After, Nigeria Yet To Experience True Democracy – Ajadi



25 Years After, Nigeria Yet To Experience True Democracy – Ajadi



A Chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP), Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo has lamented that it is sad that after 25 years of continuous civilian rule, Nigeria is yet to imbibe true spirit of democracy, thus appealing to political leaders to play the game according to the rule so that every individuals irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliations can enjoy the dividends of democracy.





Ajadi in a statement to mark the country’s Democracy Day on Wednesday said since 25 years of Democracy in Nigeria, leaders are yet to play according to the rule.

He said no true democracy thrive in usurpation of all governmental powers by one arm, the executive, saying democracy can only thrive with the independent of all the three arms of governments, judiciary, legislature and executive.

Ajadi said the Judiciary and Legislature’s functions have been subsumed by the executive, thus making Nigerians to be living in civilian dictatorship.

He however urged Nigerians to continue praying for the leaders, for them to lead the country aright, saying Nigeria is blessed with huge mineral resources which if well harnessed will make the country one of the leading powers in the World.

Ajadi who was the NNPP governorship candidate in Ogun state during the last general election said in the statement, “It is sad that after 25 years of uninterrupted civilian rule, our leaders are yet to embrace true spirit of democracy. We have been having civilian rule that are not democratic.

“Starting from election which is the basis of democracy, we have not had a free and fair election in this country.

“Rather than people deciding who to govern them as it is obtained in true democracy, Five or Seven judges of the Supreme Court or Appeal Courts have been the ones deciding the winners of our elections.

“In a true democracy, there should be independent of three arms of government, but here in Nigeria, both Legislature and Judiciary are under the control of the Executive.

“Nigerians instead of experiencing dividends of democracy from the so called elected leaders, they are experiencing hardship, with many of them dying of hungers on daily basis.

“As we are celebrating Democracy Day today, I urge our leaders to have a change of heart and put the interest of Nigerians in their minds.

“I urged the government to use this occasion to formulate policies that would bring growth and development, price control and components of true democracy.

“I also appealed to Nigerians to continue praying for our leaders for them to toe the right path in bringing development to our nation. We don’t have any other country and when our leaders get it right, we will all enjoy the resources that the Almighty has blessed us with.




Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday



Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday

Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday








Sahara Weekly Reports That The chairman/CEO Adron Group, Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing, has extended warm felicitations to Her Excellency, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, the First Lady of Ogun State, on the occasion of her 57th birthday.





Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing Congratulates Ogun State First Lady, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, on Her 57th Birthday





In his congratulatory message, Aare EmmanuelKing lauded Mrs. Abiodun’s unwavering dedication to the welfare of women and children in Ogun State, highlighting her numerous philanthropic activities and her pivotal role in community development. He commended her compassionate efforts in advocating for the rights and welfare of the less privileged, which have significantly impacted the lives of many.












“Your Excellency, your exemplary life and steadfast dedication to the betterment of Ogun State and its people have been a beacon of inspiration to many. Your leadership and passion have not only complemented the vision of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, but have also played a crucial role in the continuous progress and transformation of Ogun State,” Aare EmmanuelKing stated.












He further praised Mrs. Abiodun for her support of initiatives aimed at enhancing health and education in the state, acknowledging her contributions to fostering a better and more inclusive society. Aare EmmanuelKing expressed his prayers for her continued good health, happiness, and the fulfillment of all her aspirations.













As Mrs. Abiodun celebrates this significant milestone, Aare EmmanuelKing joined her family, friends, and well-wishers in celebrating her remarkable achievements and contributions to Ogun State. He wished her a joyous birthday filled with peace, prosperity, and continued success.
















Adron Homes and Properties Ltd., under the leadership of Aare Adetola EmmanuelKing, remains committed to supporting the growth and development of Ogun State and looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the government in achieving these goals.

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The National President of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), Ambassador EO Okafor mni, on behalf of the National Executive Committee and the entire AANI family, heartily rejoices with and congratulates one of our outstanding members, Mrs. Diiarau Didi Esther Walson-Jack OON mni, Deputy Monitor General, SEC 30, 2008, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry for Water Resources, on her well-deserved appointment as the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with effect from August 14, 2024, by President Bola Tinubu GCFR, today.

There is no doubt this appointment bears eloquent testimony to Mrs Walson-Jack OON mni’s extraordinary career, a luminous tapestry woven with threads of immense contribution to national development, unwavering dedication to public service, and unparalleled excellence in the legal profession. Her impeccable public service career exemplifies the very essence of meritocracy, a beacon of hope for all who aspire to serve our great nation at the highest levels.

Her appointment is also a testament to her immense contributions to national development, public service, and the legal profession. Her dedication and exemplary service in various capacities have been pivotal in shaping the landscape of public administration in Nigeria. As an esteemed legal professional and an exceptional administrator, Mrs. Walson-Jack OON mni has significantly influenced national policy and governance through her unwavering commitment and leadership.

The President’s decision to entrust one of AANI’s most outstanding members with this momentous responsibility is a stroke of genius and very commendable. Her great wealth of experience garnered through decades of distinguished public service across various ministries, positions her perfectly to lead the civil service into a new era of brilliance. Her dedication to duty and commitment to the public good, coupled with her exceptional administrative acumen, brings hope and promises a civil service transformed and reshaped to meet the demands of the 21st century in this country.

Therefore, we at AANI are particularly elated by this development, as the new Head of Service’s accomplishments resonate deeply within our association. Her dedication to both AANI and its members is always a source of immense pride to us all. Her exemplary service as Solicitor-General of Bayelsa State, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, and most recently, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Water Resources, stands as a monument to her unwavering commitment and quest for professionalism and excellence.

Her educational background is equally impressive. An esteemed alumna of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Benin City, and the Federal Government College in Ilorin, she is a shining example for future generations. Her legal prowess, honed at the University of Lagos and solidified by her call to the Nigerian Bar in 1987, is a testament to her intellectual brilliance. Furthermore, her personal life reflects the values she embodies. Married to Honourable Nimi Walson-Jack, a former general secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a leading civic educator, she has instilled those same values in their two children, both of whom have chosen the noble path of law.

Impressively, Mrs Walson-Jack OON mni’s trajectory since her first appointment as Permanent Secretary in 2017 is nothing short of phenomenal. Her exceptional leadership has been felt across the Service Welfare Office, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and the Federal Ministries of Power, Water Resources, and Sanitation. Her commitment and contribution to public service began long before, flourishing during her time as a state counsellor in the Rivers State Ministry of Justice.

Consequently, AANI acknowledges, takes immense pride and celebrates the new Head of Service’s numerous accolades, including African Iconic Female Administrator of the Year (2024), an Award of Excellence from the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (2019), and Public Administrator of the Year for Bayelsa State (2008). We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to President Bola Tinubu GCFR, for recognising merit and appointing a distinguished AANI member to this esteemed position as the appointment reflects the high standards of training and leadership development provided by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Nigeria’s premier public policy and the highest think tank for the federation.

AANI wishes to reiterate its support for the new Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Walson-Jack OON mni in her new appointment. We have full confidence that she will not only justify the President’s trust but will also lead the civil service to new heights of professionalism and excellence while prioritising the well-being of all public servants in the country. As she takes up this onerous responsibility, we at AANI solidly stand beside her, ready to offer our support to enable her to succeed.

This appointment is a glorious day for Nigeria, where merit and excellence are celebrated. Therefore, we at AANI are filled with immense pride as we witness one of our ascends to such a prestigious position. We do not doubt that she will make history, leaving an indelible mark on the Nigerian civil service for generations.

Brigadier General SK Usman (Rtd) mni fnipr fapra fnarc FIORM fspsp
Sarkin Yakin Kanwan Katsina
AANI National Publicity Secretary
Wednesday 17 July 2024

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Akpabio Under Pressure To Axe Ndume Over Comments On Tinubu



Akpabio Under Pressure To Axe Ndume Over Comments On Tinubu

Akpabio Under Pressure To Axe Ndume Over Comments On Tinubu




THE Chief Whip of the Senate, Ali Ndume sustained criticism of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu style of governance may have courted the anger of certain forces in the Presidency who have vowed to make him pay for his “sins”.

Nigerian tribune gathered that peeved by the lawmaker’s recent comment that President Tinubu had been caged by a new cabal in the Villa, the forces during the weekend, in a coordinated plot reportedly reached out to the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leadership and the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, to ensure that Senator Ndume was reprimanded over his perceived antagonism of President Tinubu’s administration, which they described as embarrassing to the President and the ruling party.

The senator representing Borno South had, last week, claimed that President Tinubu had been hijacked by forces in the Presidential Villa whom he alleged do not allow people outside their fold, including ministers have access to the President.

The federal lawmaker further claimed that the President does not have the true picture of the economic challenges facing Nigerians occasioned by his policies.

He said: ”The President should wake up, it seems he isn’t in the picture of what is happening because he has been caged off. He has been fenced off by plutocrats. He should open his doors and meet those who will tell him the truth. Unfortunately, the people who will tell him the truth won’t struggle to meet him. I am very worried not only for the President himself but myself.”

Investigation revealed that the APC National Working Committee at the weekend upbraided the Senate Chief Whip, accusing him of making outlandish allegation against the present administration.

A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, issued, on Saturday, dismissed Ndume’s allegation that Tinubu has been caged in the Villa and further described the lawmaker as an attention seeker.

A party source, however, told the Nigerian Tribune that a former lawmaker and now presidential aide, who was said to have instigated the party to issue the statement to condemn Senator Ndume, is also putting pressure on the president of the Senate to take certain reprisal action against Ndume in order to jolt him to withdraw what the Villa forces described as his needless antagonism of the President.

Akpabio in dilemma

Multiple sources revealed that Akpabio has been told to announce a re-jig of existing Committees of the Senate to remove the Senate Chief Whip from the Committee on Appropriation, where he is the current deputy chairman. Ndume may also lose his exalted position as Senate Chief Whip.

According to the sources privy to the plot, “Akpabio is, however, in a dilemma. Ndume was the Director General of the Stability Group, the campaign team that ensured his emergence as Senate President. Moving against Ndume could polarise the rank of his loyal team.

“Few months after Senator Ningi suspension and recall, it could also send a wrong signal to the Northern Caucus that they have been marked for annihilation by the Tinubu presidency, using its foot soldiers in the National Assembly,” a source said.

The sources revealed that some senators from the South-West whom their colleagues often referred to as Tinubu boys in the Red Chamber, have been railroaded into the orchestrated plot against Ndume..

Said a source: “These same set of lawmakers, who ensured that the senator representing Bauchi Central, Abdul Ningi was suspended despite pleas from their colleagues are putting Akpabio under pressure to submit to the demand to checkmate Ndume.”

Ndume could however not be reached for comment. He neither picked his calls nor responded to text messages sent by the Nigerian Tribune reporter.

Meanwhile, a group, under the aegis of Concerned Northern Forum (CNF), has thrown its weight behind Ndume.

A statement by its national coordinator, Mallam Abdulkadir Kura, which maintained that the Forum has no relationship with Ndume, declared that the group was impressed by what it called the patriotic stance of the Senate Chief Whip on pressing national issues.

He said the nation economy was in a precarious situation and well meaning Nigerians must not be afraid to say the truth in the face of the excruciating pains thrown up by the economic policies of the Tinubu administration.

He said: “We members of CNF deem it necessary to address some of the issues that surrounded the interview Senator Ndume had with Arise TV last Thursday. In that interview, Ndume came clear without recourse to political affiliation and said nothing but the truth.

“Although, this was not the first time the Chief Whip criticised or challenged policies of the federal government, as he has done so consistently during the past administration of former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari, such criticisms by Ndume have led to positive changes by the listening governments at that time.

“Presently, it is true that millions of Nigerians cannot even have two square meals a day due to exorbitant rises in the prices of foods items such as common Gari, Maize, tomatoes etc, and most importantly, people cannot sleep with their two eyes closed due to insecurity, such as kidnapping, Banditry, terrorism among other criminalities in the land.

“We however found it unfortunate and condemnable that some people, particularly those who have been milking from the national cake under the present administration join forces in attacking Ndume’s truthful and realistic statement on the current situation in the land.

“It is on record that Ndume is a critical stakeholder of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a close ally of President Tinubu. Therefore, if he can take such a bold step in saying the truth about the economic and social reality on the ground, then the Southern Borno senator needs to be celebrated by all and sundry, just like the NCF strongly backed him in all ramifications.

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