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Deji Adeyanju: An ‘activist’ stuck in the past

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By Prof. Oladimeji Akere

 

There appears to be an undeclared war being waged against the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) and its Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Mallam Mele Kyari.

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Since President Bola Tinubu took office on May 29, 2023, there has been a coordinated attack on the company by vested interests using proxies.

 

After the phantom Kyari suspension eposide, proponents of the nefarious agenda, immediately unfolded their Plan B.

 

Precisely on  Sunday, June 11. This time, rather than adopt an indirect strategy, they opted to tackle Kyari head on. This time their arrowhead was Timi Frank, the disgraced former Deputy national Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who over time has become a gun for hire to any interested individual. Frank, in a statement titled, “Why Buhari’s Ministers, CEOs should sink with Emefiele” said Tinubu’s suspension and arrest of Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele should be followed up with similar treatment meted to heads of government agencies alleged to have serially abused their offices and diverted public funds. He noted in that article:

 

“Those who illegally benefited from illegal allocation of oil blocks and marginal oil fields championed by the NNPCL and the CBN’s Money Redesign Policy must be fished out and prosecuted”

 

While on the surface, it appeared Frank meant well, it was clear from the general tone of the statement that it was a hatchet job meant to turn Tinubu against the NNPCL helmsman.

 

Frank’s call fell flat and went unheeded by Tinubu who has remained focus on fixing the rot in the Nigerian economy and society engendered by the sycophancy of men like Frank who saw nothing wrong in the previous government style of governance until he fell out of favour.

 

With the Frank gambit failing, the conspirators have launched a new offensive. This time their stooge is a so-called activist called Deji Adeyanju. On Friday, June 16, Adeyanju, in a tweet called on President Tinubu to restructure the “rotten and bigoted NNPC”. According to him:

 

“The NNPC or Northern Nigeria Petroleum Company? The all-Muslim top 20 executives in NNPC makes Nigeria look like a joke. President Tinubu must restructure the rotten & bigoted NNPC of Buhari.”

 

He gave the following names as those in the top 20 list:

 

  • Mele Kyari (GMD)

 

  • Umar Ajiya (Chief Finance Officer/Finance and Accounts)

 

  • Yusuf Usman (Chief Operating Officer)

 

  • Farouk Garba Sa’id (Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services)

 

  • Mustapha Yakubu (Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals)

 

  • Hadiza Coomassie (Corporate Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Corporation)

 

  • Omar Ibrahim (Group General Manager, International Energy Relations)

 

  • Kallamu Abdullahi (GGM Renewable Energy)

 

  1. Ibrahim Birma (GGM Governance Risk and Compliance)

 

  • Bala Wunti (GGM NAPIMS)

 

  • Inuwa Waya (MD NNPC Shipping)

 

  • Musa Lawan (MD Pipelines And Product Marketing)

 

  • Mansur Sambo (MD Nigeria Petroleum Development Company)

 

  • Lawal Sade (MD Duke Oil/NNPC Trading Company)

 

  • Malami Shehu (MD Port Harcourt Refining Company)

 

  • Muhammed Abah (MD Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company)

 

  • Abdulkadir Ahmed (MD Nigeria Gas Marketing Company)

 

  • Salihu Jamari (MD Nigeria Gas and Power Investment Company Limited)

 

  • Mohammed Zango (MD NNPC Medical Services)

 

  • Sarki Auwalu (Director, Department of Petroleum Resources)

 

Before responding to Adeyanju’s tweet, let me first present to Nigerians, a brief profile of him Adeyanju, a man of questionable morals, came into national limelight around 2014 in the build up to the 2015 general elections. At the time he floated around Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) top brass shaking them down for money and other favours. When the PDP lost the presidency to the APC, Mr. Adeyanju turned an emergency activist making a show of criticizing any and every step taken by the Muhammadu Buhari administration but it was all a ruse; a “notice me” strategy to attract the attention of the power brokers in the APC. It worked because after a while, Mr. Adeyanju turned on his former benefactor, the PDP, deriding the party, it leadership and members in a new found “activism” powered by secret funds by his new masters in the APC.

 

He has since been flitting surreptitiously from one politician to the other toadying up to them to assure his next meal. Whoever failed to “play ball” among them was fair game for blackmail But enough of his character! Let us engage the substance or otherwise of his argument.

 

Adeyanju has listed the names of northerners who he says are occupying the top 20 positions in the NNPC. Let us see if his position checks out.

 

To begin with, there is no longer any organization in Nigeria know as NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation). That entity ceased to exist in 2021 with the coming into being of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021. The PIA, a revolutionary piece of legislation hailed by oil and gas industry experts as the best thing to happen to the Nigerian oil and gas sector since independence, scrapped the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a government-owned entity and created in its place, a commercial entity known as the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL). The Act also abolished long standing entities in the upstream and downstream sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. These were the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board (PEF(M)B). In the place of these agencies were created the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), which assumed the upstream functions of the defunct DPR, and the Nigerian Midstream, Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), which took over the downstream functions of the DPR, PPPRA and PEF(M)B.

 

By the creation of the NNPCL, Kyari transmuted from being the GMD of NNPC to the GCEO of NNPCL. A simple search in Google would have helped Mr. Adeyanju to get his facts right. But in his haste to execute the agenda of his paymasters, he goofed badly.

 

Let us look at the names Mr. Adeyanju has bandied as occupying the “all-Muslim top 20 executives in NNPC”.

 

A simple investigation would have revealed to him that of the 20 names he listed, only Kyari and Ajiya could be said to still hold their positions as captured in the phoney line up.

Others have since retired or transfered to new divisions while one was never part of the company. Let’s take a look at them.

 

For instance, while Omar Ibrahim who was Group General Manager, International Energy Relations retired in 2020, Yusuf Usman ,Chief Operating Officer, and Farouk Garba Sa’id, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services retired in 2021, Mustapha Yakubu, Chief Operating Officer, Refining and Petrochemicals, retired in 2022 while Hadiza Coomassie, Corporate Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Corporation was replaced by Chidi Momah the same year.

 

Further more, a little effort of Adeyanju’s part would have shown him that Malami Shehu, MD Port Harcourt Refining Company, retired since 2020 while Inuwa Waya, MD NNPC Shipping, Musa Lawan, MD Pipelines and Product Marketing, retired in 2021. Mansur Sambo, MD Nigeria Petroleum Development Company was replaced the same year.

 

The inclusion of Sarki Auwalu, the last name in his 20-man list is clearly laughable. Auwalu, the last Director of Department of Petroleum Resources, was not an employee of the NNPC. He retired in 2021 following the scrapping of the DPR as prescribed by the PIA. The DPR before it ceased to exist was a regulatory agency, which had existed for decades independently of the NNPC and even oversighted its upstream activities. How Auwalu managed to find his way into the list of employees of the NNPC, surely must be one of the greatest mysteries of our time.

 

What is clear from all of this is that Mr. Adeyanju is his bid to satisfy his patrons copied and pasted on his Twitter handle, a jaded WhatsApp platform message created by some mischief makers to create ethnic disharmony in the country. It says a lot about his predilection for mischief and sloppiness that he could not spare a moment to organize a simple “racket” for his benefactors who must have addled eggs dripping down their faces with faux pas concerning this list.

 

Prof. Akere, an electrical engineer writes in from Lagos.

 

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How God warned the Arab nations of tragedies and disasters -prophet Ikuru

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By Collins Nkwocha

The death of the president of Iran Ebrahim Raisi came as a huge shock to everyone as nobody was expecting the huge lose,the helicopter carrying him and other officials crashed in a mountainous and forested area of the country in poor weather.

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It’s very explicit that Iran lost their president due to climatic problems and this reminds me of the prophetic hall of fame, prophet Godwin Ikuru of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry who warned the Arab nations,last year,when he was dishing out his prophecies for the year 2024.

He specifically warned the Arab nations of impending calamities disasters and tragedies that will be prompted by climatic problems and this was exactly what caused the death of the president of Iran.

Just few weeks ago, heavy and thunderous rain caused the death of about 17 people in Oman, just the way it caused serious disaster in UAE and crippled business activities in the nation for days.

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Harmony Gardens & Estate Development Unveils Lekki Aviation Town Amidst Glitz & Glamour

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Sahara Weekly Reports That In a spectacle of jubilation and festivity, Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD made a resounding mark on the real estate landscape with the grand launch of Lekki Aviation Town in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos. The unveiling took place within the confines of the estate, blending urban sophistication with the charm of a vibrant neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harmony Gardens & Estate Development Unveils Lekki Aviation Town Amidst Glitz & Glamour

 

 

 

 

The event, graced by esteemed personalities including traditional rulers, dignitaries from government parastatal and renowned celebrities, saw Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD ambassadors, 9ice, Nancy Isime, Small Doctor, Iyabo Ojo, and Anita Joseph, taking center stage as the faces of the brand, adding a touch of glamour to the occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding to the allure of the festivities, the presence of popular Fuji musician, The Ibile master in person of Sefiu Alao and King Saheed Osupa, infused the atmosphere with rhythm and melody, enhancing the celebratory ambiance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon. Dr. Audullahi Saheed Mosadoluwa, the visionary CEO of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD, delivered an impassioned opening speech, articulating his mission in developing Lekki Aviation Town, Granville Estate and Majestic Bay Estate by Harmony Gardens and reaffirming the company’s commitment to delivering properties of unparalleled quality. Assuring prospective buyers, he emphasized the authenticity of the company’s titles, instilling confidence in their investments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amidst a plethora of activities aimed at creating unforgettable memories, the day held additional significance as it marked the birthday of Hon. Dr. Audullahi Saheed Mosadoluwa. The celebration took place in grand style at his residence, where discussions were held about the progress of various partnerships, including the Seyi Vodi-tagged Vodi Cottage, NancyVille Estate, and the recently finalized Maitakobi Emirate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the event, it was announced that these three projects would feature prominently in the upcoming Lekki Aviation Town grand launch. Additionally, the Seminar on Bridging the Housing Deficit in Nigeria, scheduled for July 2, 2024, was highlighted. This seminar will gather 7,000 industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss solutions for the country’s housing challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event not only showcased the grandeur of Lekki Aviation Town but also underscored Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD’s unwavering dedication to redefining secured, affordable luxury living in Nigeria’s real estate landscape. As the sun set on a day filled with joy and revelry, the promise of a bright future for Lekki Aviation Town shimmered on the horizon, beckoning investors and homeowners alike to embark on a journey of opulence and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sahara Weekly Reports That A former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), has predicted an end to the security challenges Nigeria is presently passing through saying it will soon be a thing of the past.

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria will overcome security challenges — Ex-army chief, Buratai

 

 

 

 

General Buratai spoke at the public presentation of books written by the Director Academic, Planning and Quality Assurance, Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State, Brigadier General Mogbekeloluwa Oluyinka Fakokunde, which was held at Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The former army chief commended the efforts of the Nigerian military in the war against insecurity saying they have given their best within the circumstances they have found themselves. He however expressed optimism in the ability of the military to nip the security challenges in the bud very soon saying insecurity is a global occurrence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to commend them (the military). They are doing well. They are doing their best within the circumstances they find themselves and what is happening. It (insecurity) is not only in Nigeria, it is global. What is happening is Nigeria is not an exception. Within our neighbours, we see what is happening and globally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We see what is happening in Sudan, Ukraine, in the Middle East and so on. They (the military) need to remain resolute, remain focused and continue the project they are doing and surely they will succeed. For sure it (insecurity) cannot be permanent, there must be a solution and we can get out of it one day,” General Buratai told media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The author, Brigadier General Fakokunde, while speaking with Tribune Online, said the books were written with the intention to solve societal problems such as stress, drug abuse and addiction as well as providing the leeway for teachers to manage stress associated with their profession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said as builders of talents, teachers need the required skills and qualifications to excel and impart knowledge on their students as leaders of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If you look at these books, they are not just ordinary books, they are also working instruments addressing the problems of the society like problem of drug addicts, problem of occupational stress and others ravaging the workforce now. These are competencies they need to imbibe so that they can manage their stress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The rate of drug abuse is a serious thing now and is prevalent among the students and the youths. With these publications, we have instruments that can be used to manage drug abuse among our youths, our workforce and every strata of the society. The intention is to solve problems of the society and that is what we have done by unveiling these books.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The books’ reviewer, Professor Mary Ogechi Esere, of the University of Ilorin, while commending the author for his efforts said the books describe Nigeria’s current realities and provide solutions for the way out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She said the books could not have come at a better time describing them as tools for stress management and to tackle the menace of drug abuse especially among the youths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The author has deemed it fit to give us tools that we can use to manage the stress and tackle drug abuse which is prevalent among our students right from primary schools. The books are apt, written at the right time. It is scholarly and the writing style is unique,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The books presented are Handbook of Occupational Stress Management for Teachers, Psychological Testing and Technique in Continuous Assessment for Colleges and Universities, Drug Abuse Awareness Scale (DAAS) and Drug Abuse Awareness Scale (DAAS) Manual.

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