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Throwback: Primate Ayodele’s Interview With Tribune Newspaper About Nigeria On December 31, 2023

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Throwback: Primate Ayodele’s Interview With Tribune Newspaper About Nigeria On December 31, 2023

 

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In this interview, popular seer and spiritual head of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Elijah Ayodele speaks on 2024 and what awaits Nigeria and the world.

 

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Throwback: Primate Ayodele’s Interview With Tribune Newspaper About Nigeria On December 31, 2023

The economy

NIGERIANS need to be watchful, prayerful, and constantly appeal to God. The government needs help. If the government refuses to listen to God’s warning, it is bound to get into problems. The Bola Tinubu government is out of line. When I warned that voting for an All Progressive Congress federal government would lead to calamity and storm, many people felt I was talking rubbish. With all the economic formulas that the current government is postulating, it can’t get a correct model that will help the country. The World Bank and the IMF have killed Nigeria’s economy. If President Tinubu continues to listen to them, Nigeria will die. There is still payment of fuel subsidy. Tinubu cannot play with a subsidy. The complete removal of subsidies will result in complete economic trouble. We cannot buy fuel for N100 anymore. They are lies.

I foresee that under the current realities, the cefa will be stronger than the Naira. Also, the dollar will rise to N1400 and this will shake the economy so badly that some forces are hell-bent on frustrating the Tinubu-led Federal government but they will not be successful.

The economy will be fluctuating (rising and falling} to the extent that the Central Bank of Nigeria will cry out. The opposition will take several steps to fight the present government but they will miss their strategies. Government palliative is part of the things that are ruining the economy and has not added anything good to the economic revival. I foresee the Nigerian economy will fluctuate, it will be unstable and inflation rates will rise astronomically. The economic stability will crash down to very low levels even though the Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN} and the federal government will be working to find a way forward. I have not seen anything better, for the future looks gloomy.

Do not play politics with Nigerians. The government must do what is right. Playing politics with Nigeria will destroy the country and the nation will collapse. We must be realistic if we want to balance the nation. Increment in workers’ salaries will not improve things. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is blindfolded. The President of the NLC is incompetent; he will not be able to achieve anything. He is weak; he is only making political noise. He should stop making noise.

We must stop patronizing the dollar. It is killing our country. There must be a constant power supply; we must use our mineral resources to negotiate. The ministry that is supposed to be feeding Nigeria is the Ministry of Mines. The person who is in charge must work with the CBN governor. We must improve our mechanized farming.

In 2024, the government must reduce the price of food commodities; giving out palliatives is a fraud; it is a scam. There should be food markets in various states for genuine food palliatives. The price of a bag of rice can be reduced to N20,000. We must also improve our road infrastructure. These would make Nigeria better. God still insists that Tinubu is his plan but not his purpose for Nigeria. The cost of living will become unbearable in 2024 if the government refuses to do what is needed. There will be a shortage of water. We are smiling and suffering. Prices in essential commodities will rise.

Insecurity

They cannot end insecurity in 2024. The police and other forces must be equipped. There will be another unguided missile attack that will kill civilians. When this repeats itself, people would insist that it was orchestrated. If there is an adjustment in the war against terror in Nigeria, then it will work. The government must create employment opportunities; this will help in the fight against insecurity. We must also look at the issue of state policing again. If there is food, infrastructure, and electricity, then things will pick up. A cashless policy will destroy Tinubu’s government. We must pray against religious and ethnic war in Nigeria. A prominent African president will escape a bomb attack. Let us pray that Customs officers will not be attacked. The head of the NIS might be changed. Some people will rubbish the efforts of the EFCC chairman. More insecurity in the North. Benue, Plateau, Abuja, Ondo, and Kogi will experience more insecurities.

Politics

If Obaseki doesn’t take it easy, PDP will lose in Edo. If PDP loses, Obaseki will be troubled. Ondo State’s Aiyedatiwa will be frustrated, he cannot rule Ondo State. Tinubu will take over Ondo State. Some five PDP governors will rescue the party. Fubara must not cross to APC. He must remain in PDP; he should not follow Wike. If he does, that will be the end of his political career. He should not fight against Wike. If he fights against Wike, he will not win. The Akwa Ibom state governor too must not cross to APC. If Mbah comes out to contest for the governorship election, he may destroy Soludo. Soludo must prepare himself because the APC is ready to take over the state. If care is not taken, Ganduje and Tinubu will part ways. The relationship between Tinubu and Shettima will be constrained. Some of the President’s allies will fight his wife. He must watch his health properly. Seyi Makinde must not leave PDP; if he does, he will not make it politically again. Gbajabiamila will receive a rude shock.

Nigeria will keep borrowing and it would become so burdensome that we would start to beg for relief. Giving us debt relief is another bondage because there will be conditions. There are three cabals bent on hijacking Tinubu’s government. Buhari and Tinubu will still fight. A prominent leader in Afenifere will pass away. Nigeria will break if there is no restructuring as of 2035. Nnamdi Kanu’s bail will be unconditional and it is not too certain. Samuel Ekpa must be careful so that he will not be arrested.

Infrastructure

There will be problems in the telecommunications industry. G5 has come to stay. The tax on these companies will increase and the burden of this will drive some of them away. The government has plans to establish a telecommunication company. Let us pray that we won’t witness any fire outbreak in any federal secretariat. Let us pray that no governor’s office will be set ablaze. A prominent pastor will die, same with an Islamic scholar. And ex-governor will pass on. Building collapse in Abuja is imminent; there will be a bomb scare in Abuja. I foresee the Nigeria Gas Company will be shut down as there will not be enough gas to meet the energy needs of companies and the Transmission Company of Nigeria. Let us pray so that the facilities of the Transmission Company of Nigeria will not be attacked. I foresee the Ijede Power plant, Egbin Thermal Station, Shiroro Dam, and Kanji Dam will have problems and be shut down. Let us pray so that none of the dams will become dry. I foresee that the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Kubwa substation and the Apo substation will be shut down.

Global terrorism and insecurity

At the global level, I foresee the emergence of a new set of terrorist organizations different from HAMAS in Gaza, the Kurdistan Workers Party {PKK} in Turkey, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Al-Shabaab in Somalia. I foresee a network of terror gangs scheming in the year 2024 to cause havoc and also plan evils towards the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the State of Israel, France, Germany, and Turkey to create a breakdown of law and order and a state of insecurity. The spirit of God revealed to me that there will be aborted or failed coups de-tat in some countries. I foresee another terrorist group that is a faction of the PKK in 2024. The Al-Shabaab terror gang, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS criminals will begin to terrorize more countries in Africa and Europe. Europe will begin to witness more frequent acts of terrorism. The spirit of God says another coalition of terrorist groups will emerge in Africa. The band of criminals will work hand in hand with the likes of AL-QAEDA and Boko Haram.

Primate Ayodele to Nigerians: 2024 is gloomy, dollar will rise to N1,400

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An Icon of Service: NATCOM boss, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro’s Leadership Legacy

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An Icon of Service: NATCOM boss, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro’s Leadership Legacy

 

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In the intricate mosaic of Nigeria’s societal fabric, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a beacon of commitment, resilience, and service.

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Born on March 6th, 1973, in Lagos, he draws from a lineage steeped in political legacy, being the grandson of the late Premier of Western Region, Alhaji Daudu Sooroye Adegbenro. Raised in a family that values service to the community, Otunba Adegbenro has carved his path as a distinguished figure in Nigerian society.

The culmination of his familial heritage and dedication to community service was marked by his installation as the first Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

This historic event, which took place on January 20th, 2018, under the auspices of His Royal Majesty Oba Olusanya Dosunmu II, traditional ruler of Owu kingdom, reinforced Otunba Adegbenro’s deep-rooted ties to his cultural heritage and commitment to uplifting his people.

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Beyond his traditional titles, his influence extends globally, with his appointment as High Commissioner by the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), where he spearheads foreign special missions aimed at preventing illegal migration and human trafficking. This appointment is a testament of his reputation as a renowned security expert and industrialist, whose expertise transcends national borders.

In his role as the acting Director-General of the National Commission against the Proliferation of Arms, Light Weapons, and Pipeline Vandalism (NATCOM), Otunba Adegbenro has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to combating threats to national security. His vast experience in security consultancy and supply of security gadgets has positioned him as a pivotal figure in Nigeria’s security landscape.

However, Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom’s contributions extend beyond the realm of security.

Through his foundation, the Otunba Adejare Adegbenro Foundation (OAAF), he channels his resources towards uplifting the less privileged in society. With initiatives ranging from the provision of boreholes to communities lacking access to clean water, to scholarships for deserving students, he exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy and communal solidarity.

Reflecting on his journey, Otunba Adegbenro once acknowledged the challenges he has faced, from navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship to confronting societal stereotypes.

Yet, through it all, he remains resolute in his commitment to service and upliftment. His philosophy, rooted in faith and compassion, drives him to make a tangible difference in the lives of others, regardless of obstacles encountered along the way.

Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a testament to the power of leadership, resilience, and unwavering dedication to the common good. In him, Nigerians find not only a visionary leader but a compassionate steward of progress, whose impact reverberates far beyond the shores of his homeland.

 

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Bullying: Victim may sue As Abuja School Shut

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Lead British International School Abuja, which has been in the eye of the storm over viral videos of bullying involving some of its students, has been shut for three days.

The shutdown order was issued on Tuesday by the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye.

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The Public Relations Officer of the FCT Education Secretariat, Kabiru Musa,  confirmed that the school had been shut down by the minister.

“Yes, it was shut down by the honourable Minister of Women  Affairs for 3 days,” Musa in response to a Whatsapp message by one of our correspondents.

 

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staff member of the school, whose name could not be ascertained as of press time, had earlier announced the shutdown of the school by the minister.

The PUNCH reports that an X user, @moooyeeeee, had on Monday night posted two videos of a female student of the school being repeatedly slapped by another female classmate.

The user called for justice for the victim. Since they were posted, the videos have drawn the wrath of many users of the microblogging platform, who condemned the incident and called for the school authorities to investigate and punish the culprits.

 

A third video depicting a separate case of bullying at the Lead British International School, Abuja emerged on Tuesday.

In the new video posted on Tuesday, some male students in the school’s uniform are seen surrounding another boy who appears to be in casual attire.

A student slapped the boy, who was on his knees, and then some of the other boys who were gathered appealed to stop the ‘bully’ from further harming the boy, who was later whisked away in the nine-second video.

An X user, @PopoolaJoke4, who posted the video wrote, “No be the same school?”, in response to the first viral video of bullying in the same school that was released earlier.

In one of the videos of the minister’s visit, the  representative of the school was heard saying, “By the request of the Minister of Women Affairs, we are Nigerians who respect rules and regulations and we are under the law because our school is actually recognised and our school is under the Federal Capital Territory, and we are registered and based on that, Lead British International School, Abuja is hereby shut  for three days.”

As of the time of filing this report, our correspondent could not ascertain whether the FCTA would use the occasion to investigate other private schools in which alleged cases of bullying take place in the FCT.

Victim threatens lawsuit

 

Namtira Bwala, the student assaulted by her fellow students at Lead British International School, has written the school management, demanding a thorough investigation and heavy sanctions for the 11 students who bullied her.

Two of the bullies were identified tobe Maryam Hassan and a certain Faliya.

Bwala, in a letter addressed to the management of her school through her lawyers at the Deji Adeyanju and Partners Law Firm, gave the school an ultimatum of 48 hours after which she will seek legal redress.

 

A copy of the letter obtained by The PUNCH read, “Our client and several other parents in Lead British International School have informed us and we verily believe them that this act of bullying is a reoccurring issue in the school, and despite several attempts to draw the school’s attention to it, the issue has persisted, leaving our client traumatised from the emotional and physical effect of the oppressive acts by these daredevil bullies.

“Our client completely dissociates herself from the statement issued by the school on April 22, 2024, wherein a case of battery was unconscionably referred to as an ‘incident between minors’.

“Sequel to the foregoing, we have our client’s instruction to demand an immediate investigation and the pronouncement of the stiffest possible sanctions in the student’s rule book on Ms. Maryam Hassan, Miss Faliya and nine other students who have formed a cult of bullies in Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

“Please note that if the school fails to sanction the student bullies within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we have our client’s further instruction to seek an immediate and severe legal redress against Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, without further recourse to you.”

 

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Yahaya Bello: Appeal Court fails to hear EFCC’s suit against order restraining ex-Gov’s arrest

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Yahaya Bello: Appeal Court fails to hear EFCC’s suit against order restraining ex-Gov’s arrest

 

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Hearing on the appeal instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against an interim order of the Kogi State High Court restraining the Commission from arresting, detaining, harassing or prosecuting Yahaya Bello, pending the determination of the substantive originating motion for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights, suffered a setback on Monday, as the Court of Appeal failed to sit.

 

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The appropriateness of the siege on Bello’s residence by operatives of the Commission last Wednesday had elicited a heated debate across the country, particularly with the realisation that there had been a restraining order against such action, which had not been vacated as of the time of such action.

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The EFCC had appealed the order on March 11, 2024 and sought for a stay of execution in Appeal No: CA/ABJ/CV/175/2024: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission v. Alhaji Yahaya Bello. The Court of Appeal did not grant the stay of execution but fixed Monday, April 22 for hearing.

However, the Kogi High Court, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, had delivered its substantive judgment in the matter and directed the commission to seek the leave of a superior court before taking further step against Bello. The judgment was read at about 12pm.

As at about 8am, when EFCC laid siege on Bello’s Abuja residence, the interim injunction, which restrained them from arresting or harassing him, among others, was still subsisting.

Justice Isa Abdullahi had, in his latest verdict, held: “Looking at the Orders sought by the applicant (Yahaya Bello), I am inclined to grant them subject to some alterations which in my view will meet the justice of this case, in the following terms;
1. An Order is hereby granted enforcing the Fundamental Rights of the applicant to liberty and freedom of movement and fair hearing, by restraining the Respondent (EFCC) by themselves, their agents, servants or privies from continuing to harass, threaten to arrest or detain or in any manner whatsoever arresting, detaining or prosecuting the Applicant on the basis of the criminal Charges now pending before the Federal High Court, Abuja to wit; Charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/550/2022 between FRN v. Ali Bello & Anor, without prejudice to the power of the said Federal High Court, to make any Order as it may deem just in the determination of the rights of the Applicant and the Respondent as may be submitted to her for consideration and determination.

2. An Order is hereby granted directing the Respondent to bring before the said Federal High Court, or any such appropriate Court, such criminal Charge, allegation or Complaint in respect whereof the Applicant is reasonably believed by the Respondent to have committed any offence subject of its jurisdiction, provided that the Respondent shall not invite, arrest or detain the Applicant on account of a reasonable belief that the Applicant has committed any financial crime, without first obtaining the leave of a superior Court of Record, especially haven regard to the antecedents of the Respondent in the manner it has managed its engagements with the Applicant.”

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