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Buhari’s Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots By Tunde Odesola

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Buhari’s Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots By Tunde Odesola

Buhari’s Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots-It’s only a 43-year-old novice President like Emmanuel Macron of France that can take a hot slap on the right cheek and go back home to sleep. That can never happen in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This oyinbo people sef! Are they weird or wayward, or both?
Buhari’s Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots By Tunde Odesola
Last Tuesday, a 28-year-old French citizen, Damien Tarel, publicly held President Macron close to himself with his left hand and planted a deafening slap on the President’s left cheek with his right hand, t-t-w-w-a-a-i-i!!! Macron must have seen presidential stars at midday as the slap landed and echoed far in the city of Lyon.
When taken to court, Tarel said the slap was Macron’s reward for representing ‘very neatly the decay of our country’, and the court, in turn, rewarded Tarel with four-month imprisonment and a 45,000-euro fine. Na wa for ndi beke o!?
The maximum sentence for slapping the President of France is just three years in an ultra-modern jail that’s better equipped and more secure than all of Nigeria’s public institutions, but Tarel got only four months out of the maximum of 36 months. Imagine?
Hear Macron, the President who accommodated the dirty slap, “It’s not such a big deal to get a slap when you go toward a crowd to say hello to some people who were waiting for a long time.”
Haaa! You can never understand these oyinbo people! Someone slaps a president, gets bail and the lightest of sentences, and the President says nothing spoil? Dis one shock me o! E no shock you?
If that happened in Nigeria? Ha, Ogun Lakaye Osinmale ooo! The Igbo and Yoruba gods of thunder, Amadioha and Sango Olukoso, will reincarnate live at the scene, spitting thunder, lightning, and brimstone. Forever, no grass will grow at that scene!
Demons will descend on Damien the son of Tarel, who would instantly arrive at heaven’s gate with his body parts such as teeth, eyes, ears, and right hand packed in a ‘nylon’ bag hanging around his neck. Slap who!? What are you talking ke? No mistake pepper for powder o.
Also, many innocent victims killed by stray bullets at the scene would accompany Tarel to heaven’s gate with some of them belching teargas while some others would have their spinal cords sticking out like the malfunctioning hands of an unstuck wall clock.
There was no slap at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020. But there were bullets and blood after a protest by harmless flag-clutching Nigerian youths, who were over 700 kilometers away from Aso Rock, the official castle of Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Conscienceless, the dictatorship headed by Buhari and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, unleashed security agents on the protesting youths, some of whom were dispatched to their early graves with their green-white-green flags dripping with blood.
By demanding an end to corruption and the enthronement of good governance, the youths had committed a sacrilege punishable in the Nigerian state by death. By calling on the Buhari-Osinbajo regime to wake up from eternal slumber and check the country’s slide into anarchy, the youths earned one-way tickets to their graves.
But if there was a Lekki tollgate in France, funds generated thereof would not be enshrouded in everlasting controversy. French is a romantic language. I think they would call their Lekki tollgate, ‘Tollgate Du Leqqui’. And French gendarmes would stay meters away from the protesters and watch as French youths exercising their human rights.
The over 200 years old French democracy sits on the shoulders of the young President Macron. Nigeria’s unbroken 21-year-old 4th Republic sits on the weak shoulders of olden President Buhari.
Please, don’t get me wrong; old age isn’t a curse. I mean, accurate old age isn’t a disease. Indeed, the wisdom that accompanies old age becomes a blessing to generations if the geriatric doesn’t take on tasks beyond his physical and mental capacities.
There are world leaders who, in their old ages, still exhibit profound mental acuity. Examples of such leaders are American President, (78), his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, (68), Israeli Prime Minister; Benjamin Netanyahu, (71), and the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is 85 years old, among others.
These are leaders with genuine ages. They are leaders whose mental outputs bespeak their true ages. But the same cannot be said of President Buhari who honestly disclosed in December 2017 that he doesn’t know his real age.
In his typical mishmash manner of answering questions, the President had said, “I am thinking I am 75. I thought I was 74 but I was told I was 75.” Thinking 75. Thought 74. Told 75: Imagine the distorted thought process? And upon the shoulders of this President rests the task of reinventing a nation of 200 million people? Can the blind lead the sighted?
Particularly, the clueless manner with which Buhari answers questions during media interviews could be a pointer suggestive of the possibility that the President could be far beyond the 78 years he adopted as his official age.
The characteristic disconnection of Buhari’s answers from questions asked during interviews is worrisome. I had exposed this cavity in one of my recent articles.
But, going by the worsening of this ever-present trend, I began to suspect that Buhari could, after all, be an octogenarian, a nonagenarian or a centenarian – given the fact that his birth was not documented – just like his secondary school claim.
Answering questions from some handpicked Villa-familiar journalists on Arise TV last week, President Buhari, again, revealed a mind chained to tribalism, ransomed by nepotism, and completely out of depth about democracy.
I was alarmed that the Buhari-Osinbajo regime of the 21st Century is still giving thought to revamping ancient grazing routes used when the total population of Nigeria was barely 50 million.
This Fulani President, who has persistently made a case for nomadic Fulani herdsmen to be allowed to graze their cattle on Middle Belt and southern farmers’ crops, didn’t say a word of commiseration when herdsmen killed many people in the  Igangan community of Oyo State, last week.
Because he’s involved, Buhari, the Life Patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria – the umbrella body of all herdsmen in the country – has also threatened to deal ruthlessly with Biafran agitators, closing his eyes to the atrocities wreaked by his Fulani folks.
Till date, no herdsman has been prosecuted and found guilty in the southern part of the country by the Buhari regime.
During the interview, Buhari vouchsafed his regime’s claim to baseless integrity, telling Nigerians that his lopsided appointments were based on competence, experience and years of service.
No, Buhari didn’t forget that his feudal regime had technically retired 70 southern Army generals with the appointment of the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya, from Sokoto, who was picked way down the ladder of military seniority.
He only stuck to his guns on talking points in which barefaced lies couldn’t suffice, and employed sophistry to mask the atrocities of his inept government against the Middle Belt and the southern parts of the country.
For self, Buhari outlawed Twitter. For kith and kin, he retires 70 serving generals, bringing their careers to an abrupt, unplanned end.
For Buhari, experience, service and competence are nothing: Tribe is everything. This is the promised CHANGE. A-P-C!
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Re: Need To Call Ugochinyere To Order* By Adamu Kuta.

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The press release issued by the Rivers State Caucus in the House of Representatives, titled “Need to Call Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere to Order” is one that anyone who loves Nigeria and the future of Nigeria must pay attention to, study and condemn the warped thinking of those who issued it.
In this regard, while Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Dekor-Leader, Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives and Hon. Cyril Hart-Secretary, Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives, are the signatories to the document, the reality is that the statement and the false narrative it sought to push is a clear instance of the “voice of Jacob but the hand of Esau” as the Rivers Caucus is merely running errands for those who are exploiting Rivers State as a staging ground to hijack democracy in Nigeria.
Had the ideas propounded in the statement not been depraved and despicable it would have been comical because of its poor grasp of the fair intervention that Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere made on the theatre of the absurd playing out in Rivers State. The lawmaker representing Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency in Imo State had led a group, G-60, to demand the trial of 23 former local government chairmen in Rivers State for alleged treason after they refused to vacate office upon the expiration of their tenure. Their tenures derived from the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and to attempt to elongate their tenures without recourse to elections as prescribed in the Constitution is treasonable – it is a violation of the core aspect of the grand norm.
The former local Government Chairmen and some former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who passed a sham resolution to extend council bosses’ tenures are of course openly loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister Nyesom Wike, who is the predeccessor to the incumbent governor, Siminalayi Fubara.
Whatever anyone has said or argued about the descent into anarchy playing out in Rivers State, the abridged version of the fact is that Fubara rebuffed Wike’s attempt to make himself a defacto life governor of the state, what some call the godfather, which is an euphemism for unrestricted access to keep stealing the state’s resources by dictating who occupies every single office in the state government.
That arrangement is criminal. The crisis it has precipitated in River State is even more criminal. Hence the need to commend the honourable feat of people like Ugochinyere who marshalled the bravery to make statesmanly interventions that call attention to the ongoing brigandage by Wike’s loyalists in Rivers State, including the recalcitrant former council chairmen who would not leave office even when their tenure is over.
The House of Representatives Rivers State Caucaus’ statement titled “Need to Call Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere to Order” is consequently a laughable piece of writing by a group of oppressors, tyrants and anarchists who want to go equity with dirty hands.
The caucus is a vocal minority in the House of Representatives whose members are desperate for their coup in Rivers State to succeed so that they can use it as a template to hijack the House leadership, hence their drive to factionalise the House as a precursor to a Wike take-over of the parliament.
So, while not holding brief for Ugochinyere and G-60, it is pertinent to point out the tenuous attempts by the Rivers State Caucus in the House of Representatives to stand facts on their head in their press release.
First, insinuating that the Honourable member is making interventions in the Rivers debacle to “feather his nest” is outlandish as the Caucus members have by this assertion confirmed that they are the ones protecting their feathered nests through their attacks on Ugochinyere. They possibly hope to scare him off from drawing global attention to their reign of infamy in Rivers State. Sadly for them, Ugochinyere was not known to chicken out, even before he became a lawmaker. If the caucus concluded that Ugochinyere was sponsored then it is logical that they too were sponsored.
Secondly, they alleged that his interventions “constitute a thoughtless assault on due process and ongoing judicial processes aimed at resolving the disagreement in Rivers.” On the contrary, the court cases in Rivers State are not aimed at “resolving disagreements”. Rather, the litigations were mostly instituted to stop state capture by Wike and his associates. To the extent that there have been attempts by associates of these caucus members to cow or intimidate the judiciary to hijack the judgment in these cases then the interventions of the likes of Ugochinyere are the vigilance needed to save democracy in Nigeria.
Furthermore, if Ugochinyere is an insignificant twerp in the social space as asserted by the caucus, then he is a useful one because he has compelled his supposed colleagues to reassess the damage they are causing to the grand scheme of Rivers politics and by implication the whole of Nigeria. It is comic that these caucus members believe that only someone from Rivers State has the right to comment or intervene in a crisis that risks being replicated or spreading to other states and ultimately set Nigeria ablaze.
Of course, the current situation in Rivers State concerns Hon. Ugochinyere, who has experienced a version of the evil franchise in his home state, Imo State; a state where he was repeatedly targeted for assassination by people who share the same ideology as the caucus members. His intervention in Rivers is thus to ensure that a new strain of the madness is not allowed to mature and spread to another state, which does not require that the matter be brought to the floor of the House before he acts proactively.
As a parting shot, members of the caucus must hide their faces in shame since it took their colleague from Imo State to draw national attention to something they should have flagged in plenary under a motion of urgent national importance. The Rivers Caucus can still save their faces by doing the needful and taking genuine steps to end their support for illegality in their home state.
In conclusion, the Rivers lawmakers must publicly call on the leadership of the House of Representatives to recognise Ugochinyere’s contributions in holding up the House as an institution of repute and using its platform to seek a solution to the Rivers State debacle.

Kuta wrote this piece from Bosso.

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Blame yourselves for disobeying Tinubu on Rivers Peace Accord, Not Fubara – Group Tells APC

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Blame yourselves for disobeying Tinubu on Rivers Peace Accord, Not Fubara – Group Tells APC

 

 

The Joint Accord for Tinubu and Fubara for 2027 has refuted the claims made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Governor Siminalayi Fubara is solely responsible for the crisis rocking Rivers State in recent times.

In a statement signed by its President, Dr Jackson Adebayo, the group stated that, contrary to the APC’s claims, the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule, the purported Chairman of the state APC Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha and their allies should be held accountable for not respecting the President and father of the nation, rather than Governor Fubara.

Adebayo insisted that Amaewhule, Okocha, and other allies of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, along with their principal, were the ones who created the crisis in Rivers State by disregarding the Rivers Peace Accord that was signed at the behest of President Tinubu.

He emphasised that despite Fubara’s camp complying with the conditions of the peace accord and withdrawing their legal cases, Wike and his allies in both the PDP and APC continued to sponsor attacks on Governor Fubara and his supporters through the media, legally, and physically.

Adebayo added that it is unreasonable for the APC to blame Governor Fubara for a crisis that they and their allies orchestrated.

“Anyone who has been following the happenings in Rivers State can testify to the fact that the political crisis rocking the state is being orchestrated by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and his allies from both the PDP and the APC in a bizarre attempt to destabilise Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s administration. It is, therefore, preposterous for the APC to now be shifting the blame to the victim,” the statement said.

“The real culprits are the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule, the purported Chairman of the Rivers State APC Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha, and their allies. They instigated the crisis by openly breaching the Rivers Peace Accord, which was signed at the request of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“One of the key agreements in the 8-point peace agreement with the President was for both parties to withdraw all court cases. Governor Fubara’s camp complied and withdrew all their cases. However, Wike’s allies in the state assembly obtained a judgment from Justice Omotosho’s court in Abuja, undermining the agreement. This not only violated the spirit of the peace accord but also reignited tensions within the state.

“It is regrettably lugubrious, to see democratic institutions supporting undemocratic behaviour exhibited by former local government chairmen who insisted on remaining in office after their tenure ended. Governor Fubara acted responsibly by constituting Caretaker Committees until a fresh election is conducted.

“The APC and their allies lack the locus standi to criticise Governor Fubara’s actions and should not blame him for the crisis in the state. It’s important to note that the people of Rivers are his employers, and they are satisfied with his actions so far.

“As a party, the APC should not allow itself to be involved in the crisis by the purported Chairman of the party’s state Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha, who is influenced by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, a PDP chieftain. The party should maintain a neutral stance to continue enjoying the goodwill of the people of Rivers.”

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Rivers: Network Of NGOs Condemn Violence, APC’s Call For State Of Emergency

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*Rivers: Network Of NGOs Condemn Violence, APC’s Call For State Of Emergency

 

The Network of NGOs on Peace Building in Nigeria has condemned in strongest terms the security situation in Rivers State following the expiration of the tenure of local government officials.

The group also criticised the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) call for a state of emergency to be declared in the state as a “reckless and cynical ploy to exploit the situation for political gain”.

In a statement signed by its leader, Comrade Johnson Nwogu, the NGOs said the APC does not mean well for Rivers and its actions are a deliberate attempt to throw the state into further chaos and confusion.

According to Nwogu, the call for a state of emergency is a thinly veiled attempt to cover up their atrocities in the state ultimately aimed to overthrow the governor.

“The Network of NGOs on Peace Building in Nigeria is deeply concerned and alarmed by the deteriorating security situation in Rivers State following the expiration of the tenure of local government officials,” the statement said.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and chaos that has erupted in the state, perpetuated by the refusal of outgoing local government chairmen, vice chairmen, and councillors to hand over power to the duly appointed heads of administration.

“Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s decision to swear in caretaker chairpersons in accordance with the law was a necessary step to ensure continuity and stability in the governance of the state. However, the opposition APC’s call for a state of emergency is a reckless and cynical ploy to exploit the situation for political gain.

“The APC’s actions are a deliberate attempt to throw Rivers State into chaos and confusion, and their call for a state of emergency is a thinly veiled attempt to cover up their own atrocities in the state.

“We condemn this move in the strongest possible terms and demand that the state chairman of the APC in Rivers State apologise immediately for his role in inciting violence and unrest.

“We urge the people of Rivers State to remain calm and peaceful, and to resist the attempts of the APC to provoke them into violence. We also call on the security agencies to take immediate action to restore peace and order in the state, and to hold accountable those responsible for the violence and chaos.

“We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Rivers State, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and take all necessary actions to promote peace and stability in the state.”

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