Mallam Nasir el-Rufai: The Unguarded Utterances of Mr. I know it all.
In his book, The Accidental Civil Servant, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai said former President Olusegun Obasanjo told him that he was going to easily make enemies and be hated because he looked too smart and intelligent. The letter writer was mistaken because there was nothing unusual about el-Rufai’s petite physique that could intimidate anyone, only his loudmouth. Mallam el-Rufai has a way with words, and regardless of who you are, if you hear him talk for five minutes on any subject matter, you will either applaud, loathe, or hate him. He is smart, very articulate, and bold in all his arguments, opinions, and expressions.
I am compelled to write this article because I no longer believe that Mallam el-Rufai’s vituperations and postulations are those of a statesman or a true leader. Furthermore, the way and manner in which he talks about the president and his party is sickening. In fact, el-Rufai wants us to believe that he was single handedly responsible for the emergence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the presidential flagbearer of the APC. As far as the Kaduna state governor is concerned, he was the most critical factor that led to the emergence of Tinubu as the flagbearer of the APC, and he will not rest on his oars until the jagaban becomes the president. That way, the jagaban will be indebted to el-Rufai, the new power broker and leader of the new cabal. I reckon that el-Rufai is working very hard to emerge as our next Mamman Daura.
Recently, el-Rufai was on his Channels to castigate the president as an indecisive leader who is incapable of identifying a successor, and also accuse some people in the Aso villa of working for the defeat of the APC. He stated that those forces in the villa were enraged that their preferred candidate had been defeated in the APC presidential primaries. Before you could say, Jack Robinson, the so called most intelligent and fearless governor in Nigeria was on TVC and BBC Hausa, where he not only expounds on his Channels interview but also says that there are no more elders in the north. He said he is an elder because he is a grandfather and he was twice elected governor, and that those so-called elders in the north don’t deserve to be called elders because they were never elected into political office, as if all that it takes to be an elder is winning an election. Unfortunately for el-Rufai, many Nigerians don’t see him as an elder, and had it been that he was standing for an elective office in this general election, Nigerians would have shown him the red card.
I’m told el-Rufai is a fox who doesn’t care about the APC or even Nigeria as a country. What he is concerned about is his interests and ego. Three years ago, the news was rife that el-Rufai would be paired with Rotimi Ameachi as vice president and president, respectively. The two were like Siamese twins, and as of that time, el-Rufai was always in Abuja meddling with the duties of the vice president just to show that if he ends up becoming vice president, he will be a better one. He did all he could to get Buhari to name him and Amaechi as successors, but the president kept mum. He continued with Ameachi until when he realized that Ameachi was planning to take a former Army chief as his running mate. That was all that el-Rufai needed to change his direction and look for another presidential aspirant who could take him on as a running mate. The fact that el-Rufai refused to contest for any post was because he was eyeing the vice president slot. Since Rotimi Ameachi was planning to take his running mate from the northeast, el-Rufai manipulated and advised the northwest governors to opt for Tunubu as flagbearer of the APC. He did so because he believed Tinubu would choose him as his running mate if he became the APC’s flagbearer. He did that knowing fully well that the president preferred either Yemi Osibanjo or Ameachi to succeed him because of their age, guts, and clean records. But since neither of the two wants to take him as a running mate, they will not get the ticket. He worked tirelessly and encouraged the APC flagbearer to make use of money to win the APC primaries. But alas, Tinubu, despite all the shenanigans and manipulations mounted against him, refused to take the most intelligent governor as his running mate but instead went for Kashim Shettima.
The PDP’s flagbearer is a dangerous man—very dangerous in el-Rufai’s estimation. Life will be hell under an Atiku presidency. Mr. Atiku identified and recommended el-Ruafi to Chief Obasanjo, but el-Rufai betrayed him when Obasanjo gave him the impression that he was going to make him president. There is no love lost between el-Rufai and Atiku, and el-Rufai knows that. For that reason, Tinubu must succeed and become president. No, not because el-Rufai believes in Tinubu but because the flagbearer of the PDP is a sworn enemy. Therefore, when he wrongly thought that some people inside the villa were working for Atiku, he became mad and lost control. He went berserk and began to say things that he could not verify. All I can say here is that no one forced the president to redesign the Naira and give a date for changing it; the president did it on his own. To be fair to el-Rufai, the timing of the idea was wrong. As we can see, the enchilada has become counterproductive simply because the criminals are always a step ahead of the president. At a time when the APC needs the goodwill of Nigerians through their votes, this scarcity of the Naira notes made them frown at the party and even stone the president in Kano when he went for a state visit. The Naira scarcity is a national disgrace because it has dragged the government into fortuitous terrain that they never imagined they would find themselves in. We are now selling our own currency; both APC and PDP stalwarts unleashed their goons to scout and buy new Naira notes for them to the tune of hundreds of millions at a commission. The scarcity had crippled the business of the ordinary man on the street. It has made the APC very unpopular, and el-Rufai like every other Nigerian, has to be worried.
This is not the time for the APC to come out to the public and wash their very dirty linen, which many Nigerians already know. What they need to do is exercise caution, refrain from all unguarded utterances, and work together to see how the APC can win the February 25th elections. I say this because the stakes are high, and the APC cannot afford to treat this election lightly. This is because it will be difficult to rig this election, not just because of the BVAS but also because Nigerians are ready to see that their votes count. But I think what the APC should be worried about is the conspicuous silence and absence of major northern Christian APC stalwarts in the Tinubu campaign train. I am worried about the posturing and indifference of Boss Mustapha, the SGF. I think he is on the same bandwagon as Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and Babachir Lawal. Not only that, I also believe that VP Yemi Osinbajo is also against his own party because of his stand against the Christian-Christian ticket. In fact, Tinubu compounded the matter when he picked someone who castigated him as an ice cream seller. Same with Ameachi and a host of others. Regardless of whatever their present position is, the APC must do everything to win them over and make sure that they work for the party. Even though Kashim Shettima hurriedly ran to go and see Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi in the company of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, it is public knowledge that both Sheikh Bauchi and Ibrahim Saleh al-Hussain had endorsed Atiku, and this is something the APC should also worry about.
Why did I ignore Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi, some readers of this post may ask? This is Nigeria, a very distinctive nation with its own distinct quirks. For an Obi presidency, the moment is still not right. The man still doesn’t have widespread appeal. Sen. Kwankwaso would have performed better, but he began his campaign later than expected, and his party’s influence is only in Kano and a few northern states. The upcoming elections in Nigeria will still be heavily influenced by money because Nigerians haven’t learned their lesson, just like when the big boys traveled to Abuja as party delegates to choose the presidential flagbearers, but instead of casting their votes for the candidates who would best serve their moral convictions, they opted to amass money instead.
Given the current political climate, it is essential for all APC leaders to show restraint and abide by the rules of their party and show decorum. Any overzealousness from a party leader, such as the recent statements from el-Rufai, could potentially rock the boat and destabilize the APC. It is therefore important that el-Rufai be cautioned and be advised to work harmoniously with other APC leaders to ensure that their party succeeds. APC leaders as well as PDP leaders strive to remain united and committed to the fundamental principles of democracy in order to ensure a stable and secure nation.
MAKING AN IMPACT WITH CHORAL MUSIC, DR DK AND DR SHADE OLUKOYA SETS A NEW STANDARD
MAKING AN IMPACT WITH CHORAL MUSIC, DR DK AND DR SHADE OLUKOYA SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR CHILDREN IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ACROSS LAGOS STATE.
For some weeks now the Dr. Dk and Dr. Mrs. Shade Olukoya Choral Competition for secondary schools in Lagos state has been on going, this is an event that discovers raw singing talents across the state, this competition is held Throughout the 6 educational district of the state and has featured over 164 participants from all the Lagos state educational districts both online and offline, with 14 participants emerging as the finalist.
On the 25th of February, the final competition will hold at the grace hall of the MFM INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS YABA LAGOS NIGERIA. it is not surprising that the pioneers of this one-of-a-kind life changing event is the General overseer of the mountain of fire and Miracle’s ministries worldwide DR. D.K OLUKOYA and his wonderful wife DR. SHADE OLUKOYA
This competition is put in place to discover great musicians at their prime and enable youngsters find their love in the music space while they win awesome cash prizes and other academic benefits.
The finals of this great event will take place on the 25th of February 2024 so come and be a part of history, this event is fully certified by the Lagos state government WATCH OUT YOUR STATE MAY BE NEXT.
Governor Sanwoolu Replicates Primate Ayodele’s ‘Palliative Market’ Initiative In Lagos
*Governor Sanwoolu Replicates Primate Ayodele’s ‘Palliative Market’ Initiative In Lagos*
Since Nigeria has been enmeshed in economic hardship that started after the removal of fuel subsidy last year, Primate Elijah Ayodele, a Nigerian prophet, has been practically taking several measures to alleviate Nigerians from penury through different philanthropic activities.
Long before fuel subsidy was removed, Primate Ayodele has always dedicated the first Sunday of every month for ‘food service’, a service where everyone would go home with packs of food items like Rice, Beans, Garri, crates of eggs, tubers of yam, and a token.
Immediately fuel subsidy was removed, Primate Ayodele doubled his effort by making food service almost every Sunday. He understood the effect of the fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians and as an influential personality in the country, he effectively played the role of a succor provider for the people.
As time went on, the federal government announced that it will release some funds for palliatives in order to reduce the impact of fuel subsidy removal which has turned out to become a full blown economic hardship. When the government came up with this idea, Primate Ayodele knocked down the idea and said it would be another means to embezzle funds because it won’t get to the right people.
These were his words,
’’The N8,000 palliative is corruption, I see nothing in the palliative and it will not reach out to the poor masses. Despite the fact that Mr President has signed it, it will not make any impact. The governors will use it for their selfish needs. The poor will not enjoy it at all.’’
‘’It will not be a blessing to the majority, the palliative is just a waste of time and energy, it cannot work for its purpose,’’
Ever since, Primate Ayodele proposed in his heart to teach the government how to effectively organize a palliative that will impact the people directly. Instead of merely talking, Primate Ayodele went ahead to organize a ‘palliative market’ where he sold food items for ridiculous prices.
The idea behind this palliative market was to purchase items at the exorbitant prices they are being sold for and sell to the people at cheap prices. The first edition which was held in November 2023 saw a bag of rice sold for less than N5,000. There were other items like beans, indomie, tubers of yam, garri, groceries, turkey, groundut oil sold for very ridiculous prices and this wasn’t opened to church members alone, people from distant places benefited from this initiative.
As if that wasn’t enough, again on Wednesday,14th Of February 2024 to celebrate his annual thanksgiving programme, Primate Ayodele held another edition of palliative market and sold a full bag of rice for N20,000. There were also different food items bought at exorbitant prices by the man of God and sold to the people at cheap prices.
While speaking at the palliative market, Primate Ayodele called on state governors to replicate the same palliative market initiative in their various states because of the economic hardship in the country. He explained that affordability of food will go a long way in reducing the impact of the hardship on citizens.
In response to Primate Ayodele’s actions and calls, it appears Lagos state government has keyed into the palliative market initiative with the announcement of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu on Thursday morning during a live interview session.
Given the rising cost of food and other staples, Mr Sanwo-Olu expressed the state government’s resolve to open more markets where residents can buy food items at discounted rates.
Specifically, the governor disclosed that plans have been concluded to open Sunday Markets in at least 42 identified markets across the state where residents will be able to buy food items at discounted price. “You will only be able to buy items worth up to N25,000,”
This is no doubt a welcome development and it vividly shows that state governments are now interested in doing the right thing for the benefit of the people. If other state governments follow suit, the impact of economic hardship would be reduced to its barest minimum.
Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State
Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State
Eze Oko Splendour, the Labour Party’s 2023 governorship candidate for Ebonyi State, has levelled serious allegations against the party’s former National Chairman, Julius Abure, in a statement released on Wednesday. Splendour accuses Abure of orchestrating a campaign of “criminality, deceit and manipulation” to deny him the governorship candidacy.
Following his victory in the party’s primaries, Splendour claims Abure pressured him to step down in favour of Edward Nkwegu Okereke, who had unsuccessfully contested the primaries for the All Progressives Congress (APC). When these efforts failed, Splendour alleges Abure resorted to forgery, fabricating a withdrawal letter bearing his forged signature and submitting it to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to facilitate an illegal substitution.
“I was left in utter shock when I eventually caught wind of the reprehensible actions of the former Chairman,” Splendour states in a speech he read at a press conference. He describes Abure’s actions as a “betrayal of trust” and a “brazen act of criminality” that undermines “internal party democracy, free and fair elections, and the rule of law.”
Splendour further claims that after pursuing legal action, the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) recommended Abure’s prosecution. However, he expresses concern that the case has stalled, prompting him to appeal directly to the new Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi.
“The prosecution of Abure is not only a matter of justice but also a reaffirmation of our commitment to the principles of transparency, fairness and accountability in governance,” Splendour emphasizes. He urges Fagbemi to take swift action, highlighting the importance of holding those who attempt to manipulate elections accountable.
He concludes with a call for upholding the rule of law and ensuring no one is above it. While Abure has yet to respond to the allegations, Splendour’s accusations raise concerns about potential manipulation within the Labour Party and the integrity of electoral processes in Ebonyi State.
Also the party Governorship flag bearer in plateau state had his name removed and substituted by National Chairman, Julius Abure who allegedly forged his signature on purported letter of withdrawal.
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