Gov. Ayodele Fayose presenting the Budget on the floor of the house.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

To the glory of the Almighty God and by the collective will of Ekiti people, I am here again to present the 2017 Annual Budget to this Honourable House and the entire citizenry.  I am grateful to God and the entire Ekiti People for the privilege to be in the saddle of governance at this particular time in the history of our dear State.
2. Our stay in the saddle had not been without challenges. I need not bore you with the litany of troubles we have faced in the last two years all with the aim to make us fail, but which, with the help of God and the support of our people, we combated; we conquered and by His Grace we are still standing.  We can boldly say that God is on our side, and by Him, we shall continue to triumph gloriously to serve Ekiti People.

3. I cannot but register my sincere appreciation to Mr. Speaker and this Honourable House for your unflinching support since you came on board.  As I have had course to remark at various fora, my Government had received and enjoyed absolute co-operation from this House.  I am proud of your sense of unity and commitment to our vision and mission to transform Ekiti State to the Land of our dreams.  You have demonstrated consistently that we are one family.  On behalf of Ekiti people, permit me to express my gratitude for the peace you had allowed this government to enjoy from your honourable selves.

4. Mr. Speaker sir, you are aware that this will be the third budget to be prepared and executed by this Government.   Since inception, we have used the Annual Budget as the vehicle to translate our Six Cardinal Programmes to Government Policy.  It is common knowledge that the Annual Budget is not only a constitutional responsibility, but also an effective and efficient tool for the formulation, implementation and execution of government’s plans and programmes. It is a veritable means by which resources available to Government within a fiscal year are estimated and allocated to socially and economically productive sectors.

5. Today’s presentation is the culmination of a process that commenced more than three months ago with the preparation of the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).  It is worthy to note that the House was involved in virtually every segment of the Budget Process.  This accounts for the swift passage of the MTEF document at this House.  In accordance with the extant laws, the 2017 Budget will be a derivation of the MTEF already adopted by your honourable selves. You will also recall the series of Executive/ Legislative parleys we held on the proposed budget.  In essence, the budget to be presented today is a product of collaboration between this Honourable House and the Executive.

6. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate and commend all of you for your team spirit and support for this Administration.  Our efforts in Accountable and Transparent Governance have started to yield fruits.  In the 2015 fiscal year, as you will recall, the Civil Resource Development Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC) rated Ekiti State as the foremost in Nigeria in terms of transparency in budgeting.  Ekiti State was followed by Cross Rivers, Lagos and Jigawa States.  The Nigerian States Budget Transparency Survey was conducted by an independent Organization and the result was announced at the launching of the National Budget Transparency Survey in Abuja.  The CIRDDOC survey was done in collaboration with 36 fiscal governance-focused Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria with the support from the British Department for International Development (DFID).  This feat is in recognition of the fact that, responsible and responsive governance are key to any developmental programmes.

7. This explains our regular interface with Ekiti people through interactive sessions and the establishment of open channels for regular feedback.  I have exemplified our trust in the people as the best judges of our performance by keeping them abreast of Government’s activities.  In fact, the input of the people to this Budget could not be quantified.  Prior to the preparation exercise, we held a meeting with representatives of every community in the State to air their views on their expectations from the 2017 Budget.  I also went round our communities as well as communed with artisans, market women and other interest groups all in an effort to capture the collective aspirations of the people.  As a result, the 2017 Budget being presented today is the outcome of consultations across the broad spectrum of Ekiti.  It is indeed the Budget of the people by the people and for the people.

8. Before presenting the 2017 Budget, it is essential that I review our performance this outgoing year.  It will be recalled that the 2016 Budget size was N67,044,395,547.91 to be met from the sources  outlined in the table below:



BUDGET 2016 %

i. Federal Allocation 26,456,276,585.94 39%

ii. Internally Generated Revenue

(including Parastatals) 9,865,566,893.32 15%

iii. VAT 5,850,000,000.00 9%

Iv Draw-Down-External (Grants/Loans) 6,430,911,152.85 10%

v. MDG Conditional Grant Schemes 600,000,000.00 1%

Vi Loan. Internal Loan/Bond 10,000,000.000 15%

Vii Reimbursement from Federal Government on Road Projects   1,000,000.000 1%

viii. Ecological Fund  1,400,000.000 2%

Ix Excess Crude Oil Proceeds + Budget Differential 600,000,000 1%

X Sundry Income: Faac Augmentation, Refund from NNPC & Proceeds from Sales of Fertilizer 2,341,640,915,80 3%

xi. Others: Sundry Incomes (SURE-P) 0%

Xii Others: Transfer from Prior Fiscal Year. 2,500,000,000.00 4%

TOTAL 67,044,395,547.91 100%
9. In the course of the year, the Budget was revised to a total sum of N70,553,162,684.61 in response to the realities of the moment.  As at the end of October 2016, the performance of the Budget stood at 89% as indicated below.







1. Federal Allocation 23,810,648,927.35 19,842,207,439.46 15,900,159,726.46 80%

2. IGR (MDAs) 5,465,470,184.33 4,554,558,486.94 3,131,801,145.66 69%

3. IGR (Tertiary Institutions) 3,277,202,000.00 2,731,001,666.67 2,779,737,191.30 102%

4. VAT 8,000,000,000.00 6,666,666,666.67 6,222,049,303.15 93%

5. Draw-Down: External (Grants/Loans) 6,430,911,152.85 5,359,092,627.38 489,797,918.83 9%

6. MDGs-Conditional Grants Schemes (State and LGAs 1,200,000,000.00 1,000,000,000.00 926,205,480.80 93%

7. Loan-Internal Loan Bond 11,050,000,000.00 9,208,333,333.33 10,600,000,000.00 115%

8. Grants from Federal Government (Reimbursement on Federal Road Projects handled by the State 2,000,000,000.00 1,666,666,666.67 0%

9. Ecological Fund 1,400,000,000.00 1,166,666,666.67 0%

10. Excess Crude Oil Proceeds + Budget Differential 1,084,176,856.61 0%

11. Sundry Income: [FAAC Argumentation, Refund from NNPC/NGC] 1,000,000,000.00 833,333,333.33 5,427,153,441.80 651%

12. Other: Sundry Incomes                               –        2,105,544,331.41 0%

13. Other: Transfer from Prior Fiscal Year 6,918,930,420.08 5,765,775,350,.07 6,918,930,420.08 120%

14. Total 70,553,162,684.61 58,794,302,237.19 52,452,545,836.25 89%


10. Ladies and Gentlemen, the performance of the 2016 Budget is a reflection of the State of Nigerian Economy.  It must be noted that Ekiti State is not immune to the shocks and depressions of the National socio-economic scene.  It is no longer news that the economy of the nation is in trauma and this had impacted negatively on the finances of the state.  We all know that the dwindling revenue from the Federation Account coupled with the fiscal entrapments of the Federal Government disguised as bail outs, had adversely affected the state.  Unfortunately, our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base continued to be a challenge.  But in the course of the year, we have introduced certain measures aimed at improving the IGR.  Very soon, they shall begin to yield the desired fruit.


11. Be that as it may, the success of the present Administration in the State cannot be glossed over, as we have been able to record remarkable achievements in connection with its six cardinal programmes which is our covenant with the good people of Ekiti. The progress achieved throughout the year 2016 will sustainably have a real impact on the lives of millions of Ekiti people. You are all witnesses to our performance so far in road construction across the length and breadth of the state.  Some public buildings have been constructed prominent among which is the Adunni Olayinka Women Development Centre in memory of our late Deputy Governor.  We have commenced the Construction of a New Governor’s Office and High Court Complex.  We have also recorded modest achievements in Agriculture, Education and other sectors.  We initiated summits in Agriculture and Education to chart the way forward.  Many of the abandoned courses in our tertiary institutions are now accredited through our efforts.  Virtually all our secondary and primary schools are now well staffed through our SEPIP programme which provides incentives to teachers in hard-to staff schools.  Under our Stomach Infrastructure policy, we have commenced the monthly payment of a sum of N5, 000.00 per person to 10,000 poor and vulnerable citizens across the sixteen LGAs in the state.

12. I must state that our efforts have started to yield fruits.  Recently, Ekiti State came first among the 36 States of the Federation in 2016 NECO/SSCE Examinations and 11th in WAEC/SSCE.  This is a giant leap from our previous positions at the bottom of the ladder.  Since 2014, peace had returned to Ekiti as there has not been a single political killing.  The waves of armed robbery attacks and kidnappings had been successfully put in check.  The activities of Fulani herdsmen killers have been curtailed by our latest legislation on the matter, the first and only one of its kind in Nigeria.  Gradually, as God helps us, we are restoring the fortunes of the State in our bid to actualize the dreams of our founding fathers.  With God on our side, we will not rest on our oars, but will continue to strive hard to leave the state better than we met it.

13. I cannot but highlight our achievements in the State in the last one year under the Six Cardinal Programmes of my Administration:


14. As you are all aware, Economic growth and development in any economy are functions of conducive and enabling socio-political environment where standard of living and welfare of the people are given the deserved attention. This Government within the last one fiscal year 2016, against all odds, has recorded outstanding achievements in the following areas:

i. Completion of phase II Ikere-Ekiti Township Road Dualization which has been commissioned for public use;

ii. Awedele Road, Ado-Ekiti, dualization has been completed and commissioned;

iii. Renovation of Fayose Market at Ado-Ekiti;

iv. Completion of Adunni Olayinka Women Development Centre, Ado-Ekiti;

v. Construction of overhead bridge at Ado-Ekiti is on-going;

vi. Construction of new modern King’s Market (Oja Oba) in Ado-Ekiti is on-going;

vii. Dualization of Efon Township Road is on-going;

viii. Dualization of Omuo Township Road is on-going;

ix. Dualization of Ikole Township Road is on-going;

x. Dualization of Emure Township Road is on-going;

xi. Dualization of Ise Township Road is on-going;

xii. Patching of Iropora-Ara Road;

xiii. Patching of Epe-Ijero Road;

xiv. Patching of Awo-Ijero Road;

xv. Construction of New Governor’s Office within the Government House premises is on-going;

xvi. Construction of New High Court Complex is on-going;

xvii. Ilupeju-Ire Road is on-going;

xviii. Iluomoba-Igbemo is on-going;

xix. Dualization of Mugbagba-Odo Ado Road is on-going;

xx. Rehabilitation of Government House internal Road is on-going; and

xxi. Rehabilitation of Government House Chalets.

15.     This Administration has intensified efforts towards rehabilitating all the existing Dams in the State, and to replace old and damaged water pipes to ensure improved and stable supply of hygienic water to all communities in the State. All hands are on desk toward sustainable electricity supply across the State. To achieve this, Government has been supporting the Management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).


16. This Administration has invested considerably in the development and improvement of the Education sector in order to revive, resuscitate and regain our lost glory in the Education sector. In this direction, the State government under my watch has recorded the following successes in the sector.

i. Ekiti State came first in NECO Examination in the 2016 fiscal year;

ii. Education summit had been successfully held to design road map for advancement of education sector in the state;

iii. The State Government has maintained a very good partnership relationship with the World Bank on funding the State Education Programme Investment Project (SEPIP);

iv. Successful celebration of Teachers’ Day where tangible prizes including cars were distributed to the Best Teachers in the Public Service of Ekiti to further boost their morale, motivate and encourage them to effectively and efficiently discharged their duties; and

v. Renovation of all dilapidated laboratories buildings in Public Schools.


17. We are determined to ensure that our economic strength and comparative advantage in Agricultural sector are tapped for greater utilization.  As we are all aware, outside the Federal Allocation, Agriculture is the second largest source of income to the State.  Hence, this Administration has directed its policy thrust toward provision of enabling environment capable of repositioning the sector for optimal productivity which in turn will provide food security for the good people of our dear State by making food available on their table sustainably.

The following achievements have been recorded in the sector within 2016 fiscal year:

i. Conduct of Agricultural Summit to chart a course for the development of the sector

ii. Government during the period under consideration purchased clip seals for grading of farm produce;

iii. The Ministry of Agriculture is currently raising 500,000 hybrid cocoa seedlings for transplanting in the New Year in order to increase cocoa production in the State.

iv. Establishment of Five (5) Hectares parenter Cocoa Garden; and

v. Purchase of 10 veterinary surgical equipment and furniture for ultra-modern veterinary clinic.    


18. As the saying goes, Health is wealth. This is the major reason why universal Health Care Delivery through effective and efficient functioning Health Care facilities across the State at all levels has been of great concern to this Administration.  The following successes have been recorded in the last one year:

i. Provision of free “Oju Ayo” glasses for the people with eyes challenges across the State;

ii. In the last one year, this Administration has provided free medical services for children under five years and pregnant women;

iii. Maternal Healthcare, disease control and effective private health practitioner regulation have been greatly improved under this Administration in the last one year;

(iv) This Administration has expended about N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) on control of other communicable diseases such as Ebola in the period under review.


19. I have a simple message!  We are strong and creative enough to manage and overcome our economic challenges.  All of us want jobs, thriving businesses, engaged professionals, narrowing inequality and eliminating poverty in the State. This is why this Administration is positioned to empower every Ekiti people to prosper in their chosen careers.  Under our Empowerment programs, the State Government has achieved the followings:

i. Distribution of food stuff and other materials to the vulnerable groups under Stomach Infrastructure Scheme;

ii. Payment of N20,000 each to 500 Tailors in the 16 Local Government Areas;

iii. Payment of N50,000 each to 200 Artisans in the 16 Local Government Areas;

iv. Payment of N5,000 each to 5000 beneficiaries across the 16 Local Government Areas; and

v. Payment of N5,000 each to Physically Challenged on a Monthly basis.


20. My good people of Ekiti State, the 2017 Budget will be a landmark for me.  As my tenure terminates in October 2018, next year is the last full year that I have to consolidate on the achievements of the past two years.  My focus therefore in the 2017 Budget is to complete all ongoing projects, as it is not my desire to leave uncompleted projects for my would-be successor. However, some deserving new projects have been accommodated in the proposals.


21. Based on the foregoing, the policy thrusts of the 2017 Budget include but not limited to the following:

i. Completion of all critical on-going capital projects that are central to the Six (6) Cardinal Programmes of the Government;

ii. To improve on the level of Internally Generated Revenue and monitor same for the purpose of blocking all leakages of Government revenue;

iii. A proper monitoring of income and expenditure of Government for transparency;

iv. To curtail extra-budgetary spending;

v. Improvement in the quality of Education;

vi. To provide qualitative health services;

vii. Sustenance of good governance through Budget discipline, probity and accountability in the utilization of Public funds;

viii. Improving on the socio-economic policy environment which is the bench mark of the Government Six (6) Cardinal Programmes;

ix. To guarantee sustainable Agricultural Production with a view to ensuring food security, alleviating poverty, providing employment and to encourage Private Sector participation in Food Production; and

x. To Motivate the Public Service for effective and efficient service delivery.
22. The size of the 2017 Budget is N93,456,399,143.40 to be derived from the following sources:

(i). Federal Allocation –     N31,000,000,000.00

(ii). Internally Generated Revenue (MDAs)  7,000,000,000.00

(iii). IGR (Tertiary Institutions)  3,928,010,058.12

(iv). VAT 10,000,000,000.00

(v). IDA (Education Intervention Fund)  3,381,400.000.00

(vi). Draw-Down: External (Grants/Loans)  8,391,989,085.28

(vii). MDGs Conditional Grants Schemes 

(State and LGAs)  1,200,000,000.00

(viii). Internal Loan  4,000,000,000.00

(ix). Grants from Federal Government

(Reimbursement on Federal Road Projects

Handled by the State)  3,500,000,000.00

(x). Ecological Fund  1,

(xi). Excess Crude Oil Proceeds + Budget

Differential  1,500,000,000.00

(xii). Sundry Incomes: (FAAC Augmentation,

Refund from NNPC  5,555,000,000.00

(xiii). Others: Sundry Incomes  1,000,000,000.00

(xiv). Paris Club (Refund of Differentials)  6,000,000,000.00

(xv). Others: Transfer from Prior Fiscal Year  6,

TOTAL 93,456,399,143.40

23. The budget size is about 33% above the 2016 revised figure of N70.5 billion.  Let me state here that it is not our intention to bloat the budget figure beyond what our revenue can handle.   In arriving at this figure, we took into consideration various Parameters, Assumptions and Indications.  Issues like the Exchange rate, inflation figure, Crude oil price, Oil Production and Inflation, among others dictate that the budget should be far above our projections.  But in our characteristic manner, we chose to be conservative believing that it is better to budget within achievable limits rather than overload the budget document with unrealistic figures.


24. As usual, the Budget consists of Recurrent and Capital heads.  On the Recurrent side, a sum of N55,028,891,248.80 representing 59% of the total budget will be expended for the day to day running of Government as follows:

(i) Personnel Cost N16,566,429,583.84
(ii) Other Charges    2,587,000,158.79
(iii) Recurrent Grants to Tertiary

Institutions    8,965,659,199,02
(iv) Transfer to other Funds    9,224,366,722.28
(v) Consolidated Revenue Fund

Charges  17,685,405,534,97

TOTAL –        N55,028,891,248.80

25. The Recurrent Expenditure is just about 2% above current year’s projections.  This is a reflection of our resolve to cut costs in order to free more funds for capital development.  Nevertheless, enough provisions have been made for salaries and allowances of Public Servants, their promotion and necessary but minimal recruitment.  Our tertiary institutions shall continue to enjoy Government support within the limits of our resources.  Finally, we have made allowance for Pensions and Gratuities while a large chunk of the Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges goes into Debt servicing.


26. Mr. Speaker sir, in our bid to ensure rapid development and transformation of our dear State, a sum of N38,427,507,894.60 is earmarked for Capital Projects.  This is 41% of the total Budget.  The breakdown to the key sectors is as follows:






Estimates %


1. Economic Sector 13,596,530,880.00 17,983,234,093.33 19%

2. Social Sector     857,981,183.09  7,348,077,885.78  8%

3. Environmental     745,557,656.99  1,585,000,000.00  2%

4. Administrative Sector  4,075,263,220.73 11,511,195,915.49 12%

5. TOF Capital  3,077,728,946.00            –    –

6. TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURE 22,353,061,886.81 38,427,505,894.60 41%
It will be noted that the projects to be executed cut across every sector of our Six Cardinal Programmer.  A large percentage however is allocated to infrastructure in our bid to ensure transformation of our Landscape with good roads, Modern Public Buildings, Potable Water and such like. Our Social Security Scheme will receive additional boost with provision for widows and women empowerment. The ongoing works on the Ado Ekiti Flyover bridge, Oja Oba Modern Market, Ikere Road Dualization, Construction of Governor’s Office and High Court Complex among others shall continue. We shall also dualize more roads in some Local Government Headquarters. We hope to complete some ongoing rural electrification projects and start new ones in Ile Ona, Iwaji, Igeede, Ilokun and Aba Igbira Waste Plant among others. We intend to boost our capacity in Agriculture by supporting our farmers in Cocoa and Rice production.

27. These and many more form the thrust of the Capital Budget.  The Honourable Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning will provide the detailed Analysis at a later date. Suffice to say that this is a budget encapsulating our collective desire for growth and development.  This shall be our pursuit in the New Year as we strive to consolidate on what we have done so far. It is designed to take Ekiti to a higher pedestal. Our overall goal is that Ekiti will be second to none in the provision of social amenities, infrastructural development, Education and Security of Lives and Property. The 2017 Budget is consequently named our BUDGET OF CONSOLIDATION AND HIGHER HEIGHTS.

28. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, together, we need to uplift our dear State by discharging our corporate and individual responsibilities, we all have obligations which we must be ready to meet, and by the grace of God, we shall take Ekiti to greater heights.  I therefore, implore all and sundry to support my Government by fulfilling your civic responsibilities to the State by regularly paying your taxes and fees in order to have resources to meet our collective aspirations.

29. Mr. Speaker, I have just presented to this Honourable House and the good people of our dear state our goals and aspirations for the next twelve months.  To me, it represents a landmark as it is a Budget aimed at consolidating our achievement so far in the last two years.  It is our hope that in the next one year, we would have put in place what can be referred to as our legacy as we prepare for the 2018 election.  As I conclude, I enjoin all and sundry to join hands with us to move this state forward.  We have only one state.  We are one people and our destiny is tied to this state. Let us all work together to make Ekiti a better State than we met it.

30. Finally, I wish the Honourable House Fruitful Deliberation as they consider the Budget Proposals for appropriation. I also wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance.

31. Thank you and God bless.

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Promised Change Was Just A Slogan To Buhari As Nigeria Is Sinking By Prof. Wole Soyinka. 

Prof. Wole Soyinka

Noble laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Thursday lamented that Nigeria is sinking under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari as he has failed to deliver on his promises.
Soyinka, who spoke in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Punch, which quoted AFP, said he was not surprised that Buhari had lost popularity just 18 months into office, given the high expectations that weighed on his government.

The former military ruler won the 2015 election on an agenda of “change”, vowing to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, fight graft, fix broken infrastructure and heal the economy.
But since his election, the economy has officially gone into recession and global energy prices have plummeted.

A relentless rebel campaign to sabotage the production of oil, the country’s main export, has added to the woes.
“There’s nothing surprising to me about his losing popularity, it should be expected,” said Soyinka, who was a fierce critic of Buhari’s earlier term as head of state after taking power in a coup in 1983.

“People wanted change, that word was not just a slogan, it was a promise,” Soyinka said in Johannesburg.
But when he took over power, “Nigeria was sinking”. 

“Fulfilling political promises when you take over the reins of power and you have to clean up a lot of mess, it’s not easy,” said the Nobel prize-winning author.

The ex-military ruler has seen his approval ratings decline in recent months from 80 percent last year to 41 percent this September, according to analysis firm BMI Research.

Soyinka said while Buhari was the better choice of the two candidates in last year’s vote where he squared off against ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, it was high time the country weaned itself off leaders with military backgrounds.

“I was not particularly enamoured of the idea of a military person continuing — for heaven’s sake, it’s been too long,” he said.

“I feel very passionate that it’s about time that we eliminated the last vestiges of military control, of military representation. It’s as if there are no brains outside the military.”

Nigeria abandoned military rule in 1999 in favour of multi-party democracy following six military coups after independence from Britain in 1960.

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Our attention has been drawn to the sinister plot and siege on the Nigerian people by the Federal Government of Nigeria, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, through one of its agencies, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) who reportedly instructed all the telecommunication companies in the country to increase their DATA Services Tariff by 200%. This will make 1.5 Gig which is presently N1,000.00 to go for N3,000.00, this means an extra N2,000.00.

This is sheer insensitivity and callousness demonstrated by the Buhari administration who we believe created this economic crisis and hardships on purpose to arrogate ‘Absolute Powers’ to himself. 

Since Buhari became the President, his policies has been wrecking the economy of the nation, Nigerians may not know that, Buhari is employing Poverty as a weapon  of enslavement to enslave the people of Nigeria.

Recall that few days ago, one of his aides, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele proposed that the Government should begin to tax Nigerians who make phone calls above 3 minutes. In the same vein, Buhari’s cabinet, Minister of Information Mr. Lai Mohammed complained that Social Media has been the bane of their government, previously, Buhari had tried to suppress the Social Media via the Senate but the bill was thrown out after a widespread public rage.

Let It  be known that if Buhari’s government is moving in the right directions, no one will criticize the Government on social media. If the Nigerian youths are provided with employments as they promised during their campaigns, they will not be bothered about criticizing the administration, and will focus on the strengths, achievements and accomplishments of the Government if there is any, but there is not one visible achievements of this Government to commend about.

We see all their public utterances as a reflection of the whimps and caprices of their master Buhari.

Adding insult to injury, NCC has instructed all Telecommunication companies to increase their data tariffs at the expense of the the Nigerian people, without taking into consideration all the economic hardships scourging the people, in the country.
The whole device, plot, purport, is to make it difficult for the citizens to be able to air out their opinions,  thereby loose their voices which they can only do through the instrumentality of the social media to call government to account for any abuse of office or power. 

The Government of President Buhari is taking every desperate steps and measures to suppress the voice of Nigerians.

We again ask, if the Government of Buhari encourages Telecommunication companies to increase their Tariffs on Data services, what is then the gain of the Privatization of the Telecommunications in the era of Chief Obasanjo which allowed for the competition and price fall for the benefit and the advantage of the Nigerian citizens. 

Furthermore, the TELECOMS did not cry out to Buhari’s Government to say that they want a price or tarrif increment.
We also thought that the Government ought to be concerned with negotiating a fair and better deal for the benefit and the advantage of the citizens. However, Buhari and his cronies sees the Social media as a threat to his incompetent government. This has informed his decisions to instruct Telecoms to hike up their prices and tarrifs to frustrate millions of Nigerians away from the Internet and deny the people access to Social Media.

It is sad that President Buhari is not seeing the positive side of the criticisms against his administration, but rather, wants to clamp down on it at all costs. It is also sad that Nigeria is lagging behind in the ICT world where ICT companies are coming up with a more cheaper means of making internet easily accessible, portable and available to millions of people all over the world and to reach more people globally at near zero cost. 

We call on the telecommunication companies to shun the directives of the Government because, the regulator (government) should not meddle with the pricing except where such is to the disadvantage of the people, and where citizens are being ripped off. 

The excuse given by the government is unfounded, untenable, unscrupulous, as it carries no weight and not sensible to all that have critically looked at it. It is nothing other than a ploy to cut the people off from the internet because Buhari and his cronies feel threatened by the people’s agitations on social media.
If the TELECOMS agrees to go ahead with the instructions or directives, hoping that it will fetch the companies more money at the expense of the people, they will witness to the fact that millions of the people who patronize them are willing to stop buying their data and that is the only plan of Buhari’s Government.
We also call on Mr Godwin Emefiele to stop his unscrupulous idea of taxing Nigerians who make calls above 3 minutes. This is not a sensible idea, that after the caller buys call cards, pay VAT in the process, to still pay another TAX. This a callous idea devised to have the citizens thoughtlessly imperiled and worse than they already  are.

Mr Lai Mohammed should advise the government to deliver on its promises. No one loves to criticise Government but, will prefer to commend the Government. 

Democracy allows for free speech. Nigerians must at all time be able to express their wishes, desires, form opinion about the government, and hold government accountable where and when it is failing. 

The attempt by the Government to gag or prevent them from doing so is an affront on the sensibilities of millions of Nigerians who democratically voted Buhari’s Government and it is an assault on our Demoncracy.  

We call on Nigerians, leaders, responsible civil society groups, International bodies to wade into this matters now before BUHARI traps Nigerians in Nigeria making it hard to reach out to the world, as the Internet is the easiest way to reach out. If it is taken away from the people, what will be their means of calling out for democracy. The implementation of this instructions or directives will result in a full blown Militocracy by a tyrant.

Usman Abubakar

Ag. Wailing Wailers

Headquarters, FCT Abuja.

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Pastor excites Ladies as he shares ‘anointed’ cucumbers during service. 

Church members during prayers with cucumbers.

The founder of Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries in Zimbabwe, Prophet Walter Magaya, stirred up controversies on the social media on Sunday as pictures of him distributing and selling ‘anointed’ cucumbers during his church service went viral.

The report is causing a stir as cucumber has recently been “literally discovered to have many uses,” apart from being an edible fruit.

The pastor created room for criticisms as the report had it that his church members, especially the ladies, heavily patronized him.

While some called him fake for selling cucumbers in the house of God, others said “only him knows why he chose cucumber of all fruits” to distribute.

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Since 2011 the Southern Kaduna people have experienced series of genocidal attacks where women,  children,  the aged and in some cases unsuspecting young men have been sent to their Graves by Fulani herdsmen,  these killings are usually unprovoked and one sided in nature. 
Prior to the emergence of Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i,  the people had hope that their greatest nightmare will be a thing of the past considering the fact that their son Architect Bala Barnabas Bantex who has been an advocate against the killings was the running mate of El-Rufa’i,  elections came and gone but the state of affairs never changed instead got worse 18 months after the elections,  like the popular saying ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’,  that has been the case of the duo who have turned deaf ears to the mindless killings of the southern Kaduna people.  As if that is not enough,  they also embark on arrest and detention of youths and traditional rulers who made attempts to protest or resist the Fulani marauders. 

Governor El-Rufa’i via his puppets state police command has arrested and detained some youths and traditional rulers from Southern Kaduna without charging them to court,  this is a violation of their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended,  it is pathetic that people that were mourning their dead loved ones could be subjected to such inhuman treatment in their time of grieve. 

All these are pointers to the fact that El-Rufa’i is shielding the perpetrators of these killings for reasons best known to him. 

Since the killings began under his administration there has never been any arrest or even attempt to arrest any of the perpetrators but the victims’ relatives are often time arrested for protesting the killings. 

To the southern Kaduna people it is simply a case of beating a child and preventing him/her from crying out the pains. 

It was the daughter of late military dictator General San Abacha who once opined that “if insurgency lasts more than 24 hours then the government has a hand in it”,  with the recent  happenings in southern Kaduna and the attitudes of El-Rufa’i and Bantex,  one will be tempted to agree with Gumsu Abacha’s opinion. 

I hereby call on governor El-Rufa’i to kindly resign immediately since he has proved that he has no clue on how to end the mindless killings going on in southern Kaduna. 

I also call on the ICC,  Amnesty international and Human right watch to direct their searchlight on  El-Rufa’i and his deputy for crime against humanity in Kaduna state.

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Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, something big is about to happen in our dear beloved country. I wish I could foretell a pleasant development. I truly wish. But what I see is total confusion. I refuse to see mayhem out of faith and not by conviction. I’m praying, fasting and hoping that our benevolent God would avert yet another dangerous crisis hovering over our great country. Nigeria has suffered too much since attaining Independence in the year of our Lord 1960. We have tried all sorts of permutations and configurations but nothing has work to our collective benefit. Each time we thought we were close to Eldorado, something came from the blues to dash our hopes and put us all into absolute disarray.

I sometimes wonder who we have offended as a people and a country. Why are we so jinxed? A gracious God actually provided us with everything we needed to make our lives as comfortable as we wanted or desired. God did not just provide us with what was necessary for existence HE lavished upon us goodies that many nations crave for but have never seen. However, for some unbeknown reason we chose to be a country of excruciating pain and debilitating agony.

We have tried scholars, mediocres and even stark illiterates in government, none has taken us far. What exactly is the matter with us? This is a question begging for answer. The resolution may well be our salvation.

I have gone through this preamble for one major reason. Say what you will about former President Olusegun Matthew Okikiolakan Aremu Obasanjo, he is one man who knows Nigeria inside out. If you like, call him tempestuous, egocentric, cantankerous, or what have you, but you cannot remove the word patriotism from his qualifiers. He is a one-man riot squad. He is a true General who is not afraid of battles, never mind wars. When he talks, the world listens, no matter what he says, or how he says it.

The trick he used to acquire such respectability was simple. As our military Head of State, General Obasanjo voluntarily handed over power to a civilian government at a time it wasn’t fashionable to do such. If he wanted, he could have engaged in a merry-go-round transition programme but he was very smart by presenting the image of a lover of democracy to the world. Everyone, especially, the Western powers, applauded him for that singular action. He has reaped the reward many times over and indeed is still enjoying the accolade and plaudits that are a consequence of his rare feat.

Also, General Obasanjo earnestly attracted and surrounded himself with some of our greatest names in academia and started his regular summits in Ota farm where he promptly established a humongous poultry farm. This was how he began his own personal intellectualisation process as well. He was thus able to transfigure from a rambunctious dictator to a world statesman. In fact, he was close to becoming the United Nations Secretary General. He travelled the globe several times over. At a time, he was trailing only The Madiba, Nelson Mandela, in popularity. He became the voice of our continent and was invited to chair many international occasions and bodies.

Obasanjo seized every opportunity presented to him with both hands. He catapulted himself very skilfully to the pinnacle of leadership in his home country, Nigeria, and became almost indispensable in matters of governance. Obasanjo’s ability to speak up boldly and vociferously completed his transformation into the consciousness and conscience of our complex and complicated country. He criticised every government that came after him but met his nemesis in General Sani Abacha who brooked no rascality from any quarter. Before one could say Jack Robinson, Abacha had roped Obasanjo into some phantom plot to unseat him and pronto Obasanjo landed in an unfriendly archipelago of a prison where he languished forlornly before he was mysteriously freed several years later. His former deputy, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua wasn’t that lucky. He died in prison under strange circumstances. No one ever expected such an ugly fate to befall these highly esteemed and gargantuan leaders but this is Nigeria, a country of all possibilities.

As fate would have it, Obasanjo’s excruciating stint in prison was compensated by the Nigerian Mafia after a short while following the demise of both General Sani Abacha and the man who had won the fairest election in Nigeria, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. It is interesting that Obasanjo inherited all the goodwill and sacrifices of Abiola, his kinsman, but yet never expressed gratitude or appreciation to his saviour and benefactor. That is a story for another time.

Obasanjo was unceremoniously freed from imprisonment and recalled from retirement to lead the People’s Democratic Party. By then, Obasanjo had become dressed in the robe of invincibility. In a jiffy, he won the election against a very cerebral economist, Chief Oluyemisi Falae and instantly became one of Africa’s most powerful leaders and secured another fist of being a former military dictator turned civilian autocrat.

For eight blistering years, whilst Obasanjo was at the helm of affairs of this country, he swiftly moved to stamp his authority not just on our nation but also on world affairs. He assembled a very formidable team. His economic blueprint was awesome. He was somehow able to pay off our debts, although the jury is still out on the practical effect of the debt forgiveness deal that went hand in glove with this. He embarked on aggressive infrastructure development. Everything was going well for his government. His vast knowledge of Nigeria and the world came in handy for him. He looked poised to truly create a new and greater Nigeria. But there was a snag.

Obasanjo and his Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who incidentally turned 70 just yesterday (I congratulate and rejoice with him), engaged in a debilitating war of attrition that exposed their government to incredible perils as things fell apart. We all watched incredulously as things spiralled out of control. Obasanjo unleashed terror against known and imaginary enemies. His most effective weapon then was the war against corruption. A war that now seems to have come full circle! Two powerful agencies, EFCC and ICPC, helped to pursue the sinners and saints alike with the agility of a thoroughbred warhorse and the savageness of a wounded lion. No one dared challenge that government.

Time flew at the speed of light. Before long, it was obvious that a third term agenda was being laid and hatched from the innermost recesses of Aso Rock to the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly. Many legislators were being coaxed or coerced into assenting to a bill to change the Nigerian Constitution and set the stage for the possibility of a third or more terms in power for the President. Somehow, this ambitious plan was torpedoed and Obasanjo and his acolytes abandoned the ship of third term and started singing a new song.

It remains a mystery how Obasanjo arrived at his decision to force Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Nigeria as President and Vice President respectively. A party that paraded Governor Donald Duke, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iwealla, Governor Bukola Saraki, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and many others threw up this less than sparkling combination. Though Yar’Adua appeared to be a good leader, his ill-health would soon prove fatal and he couldn’t do more than his weak strength could carry. The mantle of power fell on the laps of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, a university scholar who was expected to push his team hard in some key sectors. That dream also evaporated.

The ubiquitous godfather, General Obasanjo, would soon emerge from the grove he had retreated into and shred Jonathan, his cohorts and his party into smithereens. It is difficult to decipher what truly went awry between them but one thing led to another and the falcon could no longer hear the falconer. And that was the beginning of the end. Had Jonathan known, maybe he should have done everything under the sun to offer Obasanjo whatever pacifier was needed and necessary. Obasanjo soon assembled a group of strange bedfellows in his bid to get rid of Jonathan, by fire by force. The strangest face at his Hilltop mansion, in Abeokuta, was that of his former sworn enemy, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Somehow, they were able to brew the concoction that finally killed the ruling party and usher in another former enemy, General Muhammadu Buhari. Many of us provided the media platforms for this conspiracy forged in Hades out of our deep frustration with the manner Jonathan ran the affairs of our nation.

Anyway, Buhari took power and many things have happened. Nigeria has eventually and ostensibly entered an unprecedented recession. No one has a clue of how long it would take before we are out of the woods. The voodoo economists have been busy cooking up cocktails upon cocktails of economic experiments but none has resolved the intractable crisis.

I had predicted that the romance between Buhari and Obasanjo would soon evaporate and many of my friends doubted. I’m sure they did not know Obasanjo and his uncommon antecedents well. Put a gun to his throat, Obasanjo would still gasp like a stricken chicken but muster enough stamina to spit out and regurgitate whatever he had in mind to say.

Now the chicken has come home to roost and it seems the same man that invented the pencil can also quite easily manufacture the eraser. Obasanjo has started talking in sinister overtones. Tinubu has gone quiet and cleverly eased himself out of circulation. I don’t know who is deadlier, a voluble Obasanjo or a taciturn Tinubu.

I can see some of Buhari’s guys trying to take on both men. I read an article credited to Dr Kayode Fayemi on a certain platform and I prayed it was pure fabrication and not an interview he actually granted. It is gratifying to note that my friend has since come out to deny authorship of this Satanic Verses!

It is too early in the tenure of this government to begin the hocus-pocus of re-election. Nigeria is dangerously haemorrhaging to death on all fronts and what we need is urgent rescue not electoral rhetoric. All this in-fighting won’t do us any good. The political pugilists should please save Nigeria from this fiendish war of egos. No matter what happens, Buhari should cool temper and manage his benefactors. Even if the leper cannot squeeze out milk from a cow, he can spill out the ones already produced.

No one is above the law but Nigeria deserves some respite after a long period of higgledy-piggledy. All men and women of good conscience should beg our powerful forces to allow President Buhari and his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo SAN to run their full course of four years out of which two are almost gone.

As for me and my house, I’m willing to exercise some patience hoping that a miracle can still happen in the life of this government. If nothing tangible occurs by the end of next year, then let Nigerians start working on how to assemble a new team and strive to attract our best materials from every part of the world. It can be done and it should be done. I have seen examples of the giant strides being made by young African leaders in Rwanda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Tanzania and Senegal. Ours should not be too different, after all we remain the Giant of Africa!

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Ondo election: Rig and see the dogs of war – Fani-Kayode dares INEC, APC. 

Chief Femi Fani-Kayode

A former minister of aviation and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against rigging Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo state.

Fani-Kayode told the electoral umpire that any attempt to rig the Ondo election just like it did in Edo State would be consequential.

The outspoken PDP chieftain while congratulating the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede ahead of the poll, urged the people of the Ondo to come out enmasse and vote for the ruling party in the state.

He gave his warning in an article entitled: Ondo election – A warning to INEC

Prince Adedeji Soyebi who is the INEC National Commissioner for the south west is leading the team for the Ondo state governorship election tomorrow whilst Professor Kayode Soremilekun the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye is the Returning Officer.

This is a dangerous combination. Both men are anti-PDP and Soremilekun is the same individual that was appointed as the returning officer for the Edo state 2016 governorship election.

Sadly we witnessed the havoc that he caused there. He shamelessly rigged the election for APC in Edo and he is under orders to do the same in Ondo state tomorrow.

We must stop him and those that sent him on this robbery operation. Ondo state is not Edo and if they rig the election there will be consequences.

We must begin to learn from history. We must remember the fire and carnage that engulfed old Ondo state in 1983 after the ruling party of the day, the NPN, rigged the governership election.

We must draw the necessary lessons from that and never allow it to happen again.

That single act of electoral robbery led to the death of many innocent souls and signaled the end of the second Republic because it resulted in a military coup d’etat a few months later.

The truth is that rigging in the south west, whether it be in the elections of 1964, 1983 or 1993, always results in massive violence and its consequences are always felt way beyond the shores and boundries of Yorubaland.

It also always results in the total and complete destabilisation of the entire nation and a violent, unconstitutional and controversial change of government at the centre.

Permit me to explain. The rigging of the south western regional elections in 1964 and the violence that followed it was the primary justification and reason for the bloody and violent coup that took place on January 15th 1966. Many were killed that night.

Again the rigging of the governorship election in 1983 and the violence that followed it was the primary reason and justification for the coup that took place a few months later in that same year and that ironically brought General Muhammdu Buhari (as he then was) to power. Again many were killed that night.

Finally the rigging (or the “annulment”) of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, in which the free and fair election of Chief MKO Abiola, a leading son of the south west, as President of Nigeria was cancelled at the last minute caused a violent reaction in the south west (and indeed consternation all over the country) and resulted in the “stepping aside” of General Ibrahim Babangida as Head of State in 1994. Again many were killed that night.

We must avoid a repeat of any of these scenarios at all costs. We must not allow murder, arson and violence to hold sway or take root. We must pray for and keep the peace.

INEC should not allow itself to be used by a rappacious and desperate Federal Govermment to win the state “at all costs”.

They must not do anything that will provoke the wrath of the people of Ondo and they must ensure that the election is free and fair. That is the only way to guarantee and ensure peace.

Anything short of that will result in the murder of sleep, the invocation of the clouds of uncertainty and the release of the dogs of war.

To the PDP in Ondo state I have just this to say: we are very proud of you, your state and your governor, Segun Mimiko.

You have fought against all odds and ensured that you were not robbed, murdered and buried by the enemies within and the cockroaches, vultures, traitors and usurpers that infiltrated your ranks and that sought to cripple, disable and destroy you.

The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal have given you justice and God has brought you so far.

Now is the time for you to shed all your fears and anxieties and exercise your faith in God and express your confidemce in your governor, your leaders and your candidate.

Do not be overwhelmed and do not be intimidated by the rantings, intentions and plans of the enemy because the Lord, who is always faithful to His own, is with you. He will never allow you to be put to shame.

The whole nation is watching you and praying for you. Go forth and do us all proud.

Go out in your millions, vote for our candidate Eyitayo Jegede and make sure that you stand firm and guard your votes jealously.

Do not be intimidated by the power of the Federal Government or the threats, taunts and insults of their numerous emissaries and agents because in the end we shall surely prevail.

Saturday the 26th November is your day of victory and vindication. Go forth, claim it, take it and show them that your God is mighty.

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