Pendulum: President Buhari And The Battle For Nigeria By Dele Momodu.

Chief Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, let’s call a spade a spade, and not by any other name today. I’m seriously perturbed that while our dear President is indisposed, for now, some of his so-called friends are only interested in consolidating themselves in power. I think President Muhammadu Buhari deserves better than this. Hate him or love him, President Buhari remains one of the most honest Nigerians alive today. Not even his worst enemy would accuse him of being a corrupt leader. As a prominent Nigerian businessman once told us: “I can’t imagine anyone discussing deals with President Buhari… The atmosphere would not be conducive…” We all concur to that.

I’m of the opinion that it is not Buhari’s fault that he has health challenges. All mortals are prone to sicknesses. No President is immune from it, simply by virtue of his occupation of that position. Even if he has not divulged his exact ailment, he’s been honest enough to tell us that he’s never been this sick before. That is honesty and humility at its best. At the very least, he deserves our sympathy and prayers. I’m impressed that he has not succumbed to pressure from real or imagined cabals or mafias.

These people who seek to hijack the Government for their perfidious ends have been able to do so because they have kept us in the dark about the status of the President’s condition thus fuelling the rumour mills. The President will do well on this occasion to manage that part well and provide regular updates to Nigeria as to his welfare. This should include photo and video opportunities as much as possible. It would put paid to the nefarious activities of those seeking to profit from the unfortunate illness of our beloved President. Those who reap the biggest benefits from government are not always those who worked assiduously for power. They are usually scavengers of opportunities who have the expertise of forcing themselves into any government in power, AGIP party members, as we used to call them. That is why they are unscrupulous and are not loath to exploit any opportunity that presents itself to further their base and primordial interests.

Those who wish to help Buhari govern by proxy are nothing but enemies of the President and even worse, enemies of Nigeria. Thank God, so far so good, Buhari has shunned them, albeit stylishly. He has handed over power appropriately to his able and capable Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo whenever required to do so and saved Nigeria the uncertainties and ambiguities that bedevilled the similar situation during President Yar’Adua’s enforced medical absence from the country. That is how it should be. No matter how imperfect our Constitution is, there is no iota of ambiguity in what should happen in such absences of the President. It should be repeated here for emphasis that if Buhari and Osinbajo shared a joint ticket, theirs should be a marriage made in heaven and no one should try to put the union asunder. I think they both complement each other. I love the palpable camaraderie that exists between them. Why would anyone wish to destroy such a peaceful and beautiful wedlock?

The time has come for all reasonable Nigerians to support the Buhari/Osinbajo administration. You cannot but love how power moves smoothly and seamlessly from Buhari to Osinbajo to Buhari and back again to Osinbajo. Everything should be done to cement that bond. This type of synergy is what our country needs to move forward. Nothing should be done again to slow down the new vigour and frenetic pace we see currently in government. Those who are busy fanning the embers of disunity will fail ultimately. If Nigeria survived such a calamitous fratricidal war, our country will survive the renewed political conspiracy to subvert or abort the democratic process and the will of the people.

It is obvious to me that an average Nigerian wants to live in peace. And it does not take too much to please us. Those who use ethnicity and religion to divide us definitely understand their evil strategy. The whole essence is to enslave us and sentence us and generations unborn to eternal servitude. But Nigeria and Nigerians are very resilient and this too shall pass away.

I’m happy that President Buhari has refused to destabilise Nigeria for personal aggrandisement. It is absolutely unnecessary. Professor Osinbajo is cool, calm and collected. He is a man of the people. An engaging personality who clearly knows what it takes to heal the wounds of this nation and deliver on the ‘Change’ agenda that brought their administration to power. That he does so in a distinctly unique humane and sensitive way is borne by the experience gained not only as a seasoned lecturer, administrator and topmost professional advocate but also as a respected and revered pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). These are impeccable credentials and veritable sources of knowledge and compassion.

They are needed to drive the nation from its present perilous state to the destination of success and prosperity desired by the vast majority of well-meaning Nigerians.

The Acting President is not a man with inordinate ambition and he would work according to the mandate handed to him by his boss. That the two men are constantly in touch with each other and that President Buhari approves of what his deputy is doing in his absence is obvious from the confidence with which Prof Osinbajo is dealing with his duties. A typical politician would have scattered Aso Rock Presidential villa with satanic intrigues by now. I’ve been studying him like a textbook for some time now. May God continue to imbue him with uncommon wisdom.

I love the way Osinbajo is carrying every part of Nigeria along. His recent strategic visit to Garki Market and interaction with a fish seller, coupled with his exchanges and discourse with some Nigerian children from 23 schools in Abuja in commemoration of Children’s Day, demonstrate that he is someone in touch with the masses and positively geared for the task ahead of providing an enabling environment for future generations of Nigerians to thrive. As he tweeted in respect of those children that he met, “They and future generations are the reason we must committed to the growth of our nation and shared prosperity of its people.”

A President and Acting President are fathers of the nation. Once you attain that lofty height, you’re instantly transfigured into a father for all and must automatically shun parochial interests and primordial sentiments. That is what many Nigerians have noticed and noted in recent times by the attitude and approach of both President Buhari and the Acting President, Prof Osinbajo.

We all know what is wrong with Nigeria. We also know the solutions to our debilitating and intractable problems but feel too timid and extremely selfish and docile to do anything about it. The first is ethnicity. If we do not kill it fast, it will kill Nigeria ultimately. I personally do not care where the President of Nigeria comes. What I worry about is his/her level of performance. Everything else is secondary or complete balderdash.

Out of 36 states of Nigeria, Niger State has produced two former Heads of State, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar; Ogun has produced General Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Ernest Shonekan and, but for the fiendish perfidy of man, Chief Moshood Abiola would have been President. Katsina has produced at least two Presidents, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua and General Muhammadu Buhari. Kano State has produced two Heads of State, General Murtala Mohammed and General Sani Abacha. Plateau State produced General Yakubu Gowon and Bayelsa State produced Goodluck Jonathan. The occupation of the foremost position in Nigeria by indigenes of these States has not turned those States or regions into paradise. Rather the converse has been the case for the most part. Why then the hoopla by their tribesmen and others who agitate for rotation or scream vociferously for their kinsmen to be given the chance to rule if the result is second rate leadership at best. Nigerians must learn from our ugly past that grabbing power for your own kith and kin by all means has never brought development to those parts.

Otherwise, some places would have been more beautiful than Dubai within Nigeria.

The truth is that until we learn that our country’s salvation will only come from choosing our best materials for the most important leadership posts in our beloved country we will continue to miss it and bemoan our fate. Perhaps, one of the biggest legacies of this administration will be that, by happenstance, God has allowed us to see what is possible and achievable when two leaders complementing each other with their remarkable but different capabilities occupy the top leadership position in this country.

My prayer is that Buhari would be allowed to recuperate and fully recover and no one would bundle him back home in a hurry like it was done last time. Nothing tangible was achieved by that ill-managed publicity gimmick. Indeed, all that the protagonists succeeded in doing was to portray a very sick and feeble man to the country. They may indeed have demystified the man by parading him in his weak and vulnerable state when he should simply have been left to undergo his treatment and recover faster than he now will. My guess is that this stunt set back the course of the President’s treatment by a few good months. Certainly, not the best at all.

I’m very sure that if, on this occasion, the President’s doctors can have their way and treat him with the full course of treatment and rehabilitation that he requires, by the time he comes back fit and ready to resume the mantle of leadership of this great country, he would be proud he left some competent and loyal disciples behind and not some Judas Iscariot. Those who wish to use Buhari’s government to instantly obliterate their poverty or satisfy their greed should understand that certainly tomorrow will come.

Every part of Nigeria is blessed with great people. We should allow them to thrive. The biggest test Nigeria faces is how and when our leaders would agree to assemble and make use of our best brains. For as long we continue to recycle the dregs of society, we are going nowhere. The world today is driven by knowledge and fired by uncommon vision. We cannot continue to reason and act like pre-historic human beings and expect our country to experience sporadic improvement and development.

Fortunately, in the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria has such a man and we must all do her best to ensure he succeeds whilst he deputises for President Muhammadu Buhari.

ANOTHER APPEAL TO OUR FRIENDS IN POWER

This is yet another passionate appeal to our friends and brothers, Rt. Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Hadi Sirika who are both in charge of the Transport and Aviation sectors respectively, that something urgent and drastic should be done about the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. In the name of God, someone needs to save us from this incredible shame.

I have chosen to write about this subject today because I did the same thing when Princess Stella Oduah was Aviation Minister and many thought we were writing and criticising because we hated President Goodluck Jonathan. That is far from the truth. Anyone who loves Nigeria would naturally worry about the monstrosity that this airport has become. I have already written several times about different aspects of the operation and condition of the airport but cannot stop because it is the number one gateway to our country for most potential investors.

I use this opportunity to mention another inglorious aspect of this airport to the esteemed Minister and Minister of State. When we landed in Nigeria two days ago from Accra, Ghana, the stench that welcomed us was too disgraceful. I don’t know what is responsible but human sweat caused by the absence of any sort of climate control must be one factor. The deplorable state of the sanitary facilities is definitely another one. I still don’t understand why anybody can survive inside such squalid conditions on a daily basis. The place is a certified health and safety hazard and bodes ill for the good health and welfare of workers, passengers and other users of that airport. Our two Ministers must do something drastic to bring that place to the best of international standards. We cannot afford to continue to do things shabbily.

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​PRESS RELEASE: Address Delivered By  Comrade  Izang  Ajik Dogo, The President,  Students’ Union Government, Plateau  State  University  Bokkos. 

Comrade  Izang  Ajik Dogo, The President,  Students’ Union Government, Plateau  State  University  Bokkos. 

ADRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT, STUDENTS ’ UNION GOVERNMENT, PLATEAU STATE UNIVERSITY BOKKOS, COMRADE IZANG AJIK DOGO, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INAUGURATION ON THURSDAY, MAY 11 , 2017 .      

PROTOCOL: 
Permit me to start with a sincere and profound gratitude to the Almighty God by whose mercies and might we are all gathered here today, and also to extend the same gratitude to the vice chancellor, the deputy vice chancellor, the registrar, the dean of students affairs, the entire management of this university, my fellow executive members and the entire united students of Plateau State University Bokkos.                             

Today According to stipulated constitution, I have been sworn in as the president of our dear union, but I see this more as the swearing in of four comrades, coming together to contribute for the betterment of our union, I want to acknowledge the effort put in by all comrades that aspired for this position and re assure you that your meaningful submissions are always welcome. I want to also thank the management for finding time to be in our midst, this is to show the love you have for every plasite and for our union to grow. It is on that note that we see the  importance to raise some foundamental observations that relates directly or indirectly to the wellbeing and welfare of the  students. 

Signing of G.S.T in no distant time,  the we the new excos will fall back to the school management, to lias and lobby for the signing of G.S.T courses to be relegated to various departments so as to alliviate the hardship faced by students joining unending cues and missing lectures to effect their signing, we solicit for fair hearing.          

The e-library: the hardship faced by students in getting all online processes and assignments done, has really drawn our attention and we will not relent to enter into negotiation with the management until this right of the students is fully  restored back to us, we will also seek for the support of the management to nib in the bud the issue of smelling and unkept rest rooms around the school environment, maintainance of our facilities, in the hostel and school environment,

Extension in the opening and closing hours of our library, fair hearing in settling disputes, assistance and collaboration in any possible form to see that the issue of light and water becomes a thing of the past both within the hostels and off campus. Assistance in the hostel tree planting which we will soon embark upon.

General assistance in the welfare of the students.

 Our prayers is to run a very peaceful government, that will unite the union and the management,

 Thus conscious of our rights as students, we will approach every challenge with dialog.

 And make our demands humbly, Students must be treated right and their perspectives must be adequately listen to by management in formulation and implementation of any policy since they are at the receiving ends of any policies made.

However, doing this shouldn’t be perceive as a matter of generosity of the School Authority but an absolute necessity for the attainment of tranquility and in achieving the vision and mission of the founding father of this institutions which we still hold as sacred till today.

 As we dissipate our energy more in Consultation and Consolidation, let it be known that our choice of civility is not a sign of weakness, as sincerity is always subject to proof. We will never, never and never negotiate or dialogue out of fear and intimidation and when we negotiate or dialogue, we hope all parties will respect the rules of dialogue/negotiation.

Fellow plasites in your hands, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. I as an individual have decided that in ensuring our betterment as the president, safeguarding the Unions constitution and keeping to my presidential Oath, will put in all my best if doing this means I should crawl, I will crawl, if I must run, I will run, If I must fly, I will fly as no sacrifice is too big in ensuring that our union moves forward.

 And to my fellow plasites let us endeavour to comply with the School Regulations and behave ourselves as  intellectuals, to maintain the much needed peace and unity to progress, while we stay focused in achieving our aims and objectives as a Union. Shun Cultism, examination malpractices, substance abuse, sexual harassment and indecent dressing, shun threatening of lecturers and bully of fellow students.

Finally, I solicit for the full support of the School Authority starting from the office of Dean of Students Affair to the vice chancellor, the School Senate and Governing Council, my fellow union in the struggle(NAPPS) and also full corporation of my fellow PLASITES in ensuring that this administration indeed lay the foundation for a UNITED responsible, responsive and intellectually-oriented students’ union that won’t be a bane of development rather a partner for development and academy progress 

I appreciate the Dean of Students Affair for painstakingly making today a reality, the vice chancellor and every member of this academy community. I Appreciate the presence of all comrades and fellow plasites seated here.

One of the Student leaders, Com. Mattew Naankin, the Cordinator (002) NANS Zone 2 is ably represented here today and I give kudos to his comradic support at all times. 

God in your hands, I commit my destiny!

Thank you and God bless!!!

Long live Plateau state

Long live Plasu

Long live SUG!!!

Aluta Continua! Victoria ascerta
IZANG AJIK DOGO.    
S.U.G PRESIDENT.   

PLATEAU STATE UNIVERSITY, BOKKOS!!!

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​PRESS RELEASE: BEING A COMMUNIQUE OF THE SENATE SEATING OF THE NATIONAL ASOCIATION OF THE PLATEAU STATE STUDENTS NAPSS (NATIONAL BODY). 

COMMUNIQUE OF THE SENATE SEATING OF THE NATIONAL ASOCIATION OF THE PLATEAU STATE STUDENTS NAPSS (NATIONAL BODY), ATTENDED BY 71 SENATORS ALL OVER NIGERIA ON THE 13TH MAY 2017 AT NENPIN HALL, PANKSHIN LOCAL GOVERNMENTT AREA. AT 11:05 AM  – 1:45 PM.

The senate in an urgent seating motivated by the Judicial Committee of NAPSS (National Body) judgment dated 10th may, 2017. Answering the prayer of Sen. Comr. B.B Gaknung on his petition against the past president of the NAPSS FCE Pankshin chapter and the then senate president on the following count charges that:

The then Senate President was not the chapter President of FCE Pankshin which the constitution clearly stated in section 33 (1) that,” The Senate President shall be a President of his chapter” where the respondent Comr. Lawrence Dawat was not. In answering the prayers of Comr B.B Gaknung’s petition, his charges of item 8, 9 and 12 were granted which nullified the Senatorship and the Senate Presidency of Comr. Lawrence Dawat and all his activities from the 9th of January 2017 till the date of the Judicial Committee’s judgment 10th may, 2017. It was in the judgment that only the Chief Clerk of the Senate; (Sen. Comr. Abednego Itse) is vested with the powers to call for any Senate seating o f the NAPSS (National Body), because the others were not the representative of their various schools (Chapters).

In the seating, the Chief Clerk called for the nomination of the Speaker Pro tempo which became Sen. Comr. Hilary Pam who cheered the seating by enacting the by-laws that stated the nomination of the legitimate Principal Officers to occupy the following vacant seats. 

The Senate President: Sen. Comr. B.B Gaknung (Chapter President FCE Pankshin)

Deputy Senate President: Sen. Comr. Hilary Pam (Chapter President 

(Plateau State University, Bokkos)

The Chief Whip: Sen. Comr. Alexander Royal (Chapter President UNIJOS)

The Deputy Clerk: Sen. Comr. Eric Mulak (Chapter Sec. Gen. Theological College, Gindiri)

The Senate in the session has indefinitely suspended the National Executive President, Comr. Alex Daklong Lugutna’an on the following count charges.

He (the National Executive President) had mobilized a huge number of thugs (over 50) to disrupt the Senate seating which was saved by the SSS and the STF Pankshin LGA

He had purportedly speculated that the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State had directed the stoppage of the all-important Senate seating (an act of which is totally unconstitutional and amounting to character assassination).

The Senate considered the twenty one (21) count charge petition ranging from financial misappropriation, gross misconduct  and inappropriate behavior.  written by the Executive Provost Marshal of NAPSS (National Body) and signed by Eight (8) members of the Executive (Vice President ll, Treasurer,Secretary General, Director of Social, Director of Sports, Women Director, Provost Marshal and  Vice President l).

Based on the powers bestowed on the Senate in Chapter three (3), Sections 29, 30 and 31, the decision of the Senate is supreme and final. Therefore, the Senate gives 74 hours to the Former Senate President, Comr. Lawrence Dawat and the suspended National Executive President, Comr. Alex Daklong Lugutna’an to return all association’s properties to the Senate, Sen. Comr. BB Gaknung as the Senate President and the Vice President l, Comr. Kadugun Simon Dakum as the Ag. National Executive President, NAPSS (National Body). 

Signed:

Sen. Comr. Pantong Simon

Chairman Communique committee

Sen. Comr. Pantong Simon (Sec. Gen. ABU, Zaria) Member 

Sen. Comr. Elkana Gwanto (Sec. Gen. FCE, Pankshin) Member

Sen. Comr. Semuel Mallo (President TCNN, Bukuru, Jos Member

CC:

The Judicial Committee NAPSS, National Body

The Executive Arm, NAPSS National Body

The Legislative Arm, NAPSS National Body

The Suspended National Executive President, NAPSS National Body

The Former Senate President, NAPSS National Body

The S.S.A on Youth and Students Affairs to the Governor

The D.S.S Plateau Division

The Commissioner of Police, Plateau State

The Nigerian Civil Defence Corp, Plateau Command

The Director, Scholarship Board, Plateau State

The scholarship Board, Plateau State

Grand Patron, NAPSS National Body

Entire NAPSSite and Nigerian Student

Members of the Public

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Road To Commitment By Kalisha And Rolex. 


kalisha



Alone on this road
Of pain and agony

Dressed in my burden suit

With my bag of tears

Walking along the alley
Of tragedy

Thinking of when I would get to the part

Of commitment

commited to love

Him earnestly

Valor enhanced
Prowess uncovered

Determination afloat

Burdens abase

Ready to walk on 

These road to commitment

Commited to love you 

earnestly.


Rolex



As hurdled as the roads were 
The water much more coloured 

The streets littered with dirt 

The face couldn’t hold down the tears freely flowing 

A baggage filled with burden 

Truthfully, all tragedies happens for a reason Even though reason fail me often 
Still, can’t decipher why bad things happen to good people 

Sometimes it is hard to keep going 

Walking thousands of kilometers isn’t bringing me closer

Renewed vigor 

Colony of derogates 

Assiduously against the new order 

Lost some to some 

Determination is key 

God vindicate me 

For I love kids

Road to commitment 

Rubicon already crossed No matter what Commitme enroute



Written and composed by kalisha and Rolex



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Alhaji Sule Lamido And The Burden Of History.

Dr. Sule Lamido

It is cristal clear that whenever the annals of the Nigerian political configurations is chronicled, it will certainly be incomplete without devoting some crucial chapters of history to the rise and triumph of Dr Sule Lamido, a political gladiator who cut his teeth under the influential tutelage of the late Aminu Kano, progenitor of the Talakawa brand of revolutionary politics.
Down memory lane during the Second Republic, Sule Lamido was a member of the House of Representatives under the banner of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) where he slugged it out with his capitalist-oriented colleagues, particularly the NPN and the UPN political parties and it was during this period that the youthful Lamido was able to construct an enduring coalition of like-minded political confederates throughout the length and breadth of the nation.

Infact, this rainbow coalition of sorts cut across sectional, sectarian and linguistic groups regardless of tongue and creed and this marked him out as a nationalistic.

No doubt, the true test of Sule Lamido s patriotic mindset was during the pivotal struggle to actualise the mandate of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, During the course of the campaign, it was Lamido working with his political soulmate, the late Abubakar Rimi that crucially sold Abiola’s candidacy to the sprawling Kano metropolis and by extension, the Northern part of the country resulting in the resounding defeat of Abiola’s rival, Bashir Tofa even in his home state of Kano.

Despite attempts to ethnicise the June 12 mandate by Chief Abiola’s antagonists and supporters alike, a principled Lamido remained above the fray while engaging in a determined struggle to actualize Abiola’s mandate.

To this day, Sule Lamido has never withdrawn his support for democracy and the Chief Abiola’s mandate even though those issues have been overtaken by political events, alignments, and realignments across the Nigerian landscape. However, a farsighted and courageous Lamido was determined to see the end of military dictatorship and enthrone democratic system of governance throughout the land.

He astutely led like-minded group of eminent persons to form the G9 group which included the late Abubakar Rimi, late Iyorchia Ayu, late Bola Ige, late Sen. Ella, late Solomon Lar, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Adamu Chiroma, Prof. Jerry Gana, Sule Lamido, etc. leading to the birth of the G18, then G34 and later the PDP. Therefore, as a way of assuaging the south west part of the country over the annulment of the June 12 polls widely believed to be won by Chief MKO Abiola, an altruistic Lamido and his cofactor brought in Olusegun Obasanjo, former military head of state as the 1999 general election’s presidential candidate of the PDP. Obasanjo as president appointed Lamido as the minister of Foreign Affairs where the latter assiduously pushed the image of Nigeria as a pariah state bore fruit with the lifting of the country’s suspension from the commonwealth bilateral and multilateral trade deals between Nigeria and foreign trade partners.

In continuation of his successful and ever glaring political career, during the 2007 general elections, Sule Lamido contested and won a landslide victory in the governorship elections paving the way for his transformative revolution in Jigawa State in the health, educational, agriculture, manpower development, road infrastructure, power, water provision and youth and women empowerment spheres within his eight year tenure.

Lamido as a grassroots-oriented leader did not waste time in moving swiftly towards delivering crucial democratic dividends to the people. Various contracts were awarded and executed by the state government for the construction of roads, schools, hospitals, dams, airport, water boreholes and what have you.

In fact, Jigawa State from 2007 to 2015 resembled a giant construction site with a lot of landmark projects being executed for the welfare of the people and the state was envied and had remained a model to his contemporary governors.

The construction of the epochal Dutch International Airport by the Lamido government with the limited resources at its disposal will go down in history as one of the most enduring feats of any state governor in our present democratic continuum. Lamido has been ranked as one of the most transparent and exemplary state governors by Transparency International, a global anti- corruption watchdog.

Indeed despite the orchestrated campaign of calumny and witch-hunting against Sule Lamido, it is self-evident that his towering profile continues to rise daily to the chagrin and dismay of his transgressors.

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Detailed Profile Of Shina Rambo, The Abeokuta Born Notorious Armed Robber.

Shina Rambo is a former bandit who terrorised South-West Nigeria in the 1990s. After serving jail-time for his crimes, he was converted by an evangelist and became a Christian evangelical pastor. Shina Rambo now Mathew Oluwanifemi was a name that sent shivers down the spine of people who lived in the South West of Nigeria and even outside Nigeria, like Benin Republic and neighborhood, in the 1990s.

He was a hardened criminal, a terror and killer, one whom men of the security agencies will never forget in a haste.

A hugely built of about 6 ft 5inch, well built, dark skinned  and sweltering eyes, he carried out his operations, like a movie, in the broad day light, with sophisticated weapons, and bullet belts and explosives strapped roundabout him. He specialized in robbing exotic cars on highways and robbing banks. Nothing could stop him, not even security operatives, he was totally invincible. He was Shina Rambo!

PROFILE 

He was born in the year 1958 to a military man who was a bad egg in the service. His father was from Abeokuta in Ogun state, but his mother was a native of Sabongida–Ora in Edo state. His father had over 18 wives. He recalls, “I remembered when I was about 7 years old, my father came home with a lot of money, foreign currencies, with blood on it, and they were using something like a woman’s scarf to wipe it, then I asked him, is this an animal’s blood, or human blood? But he wouldn’t answer me, they were just drinking, smoking, and merry making.

INITIATION INTO ROBBERY 

”Shina was already indoctrinated into the underworld by his father at a tender age of 7 without him knowing it, as he would sit in front of his son, to dismantle and assemble all sorts of weapons and then polishing them in preparation for an operation.

This went on for so long till one day, little Shina, entered into his father’s room while he had stepped into the toilet, and saw a dismembered gun on the floor. He sat down in front of it, and bit by bit, he had assembled it effortlessly in no time at all. His father came out of the toilet, and saw his son, with a loaded gun in his hands.

Shina flashed back and said, “That day my father was so disappointed, that he wanted to kill me, he grabbed the gun from my hand and shot straight at me, but I miraculously escaped out of the room. Then he waited for me to be less alert at night he came to my room with a machete and tried to behead me, but once again, I escaped, but the machete caught my left leg (he rolled up his trouser to show us the large scar, that made everyone sighed in pity). It cut me so deep I thought I was never going to walk again.

That day I knew I had graduated, all that was left was to pull the trigger, and I was so eager.

Shina Rambo became so notorious in no time, and was hell bent on succeeding in his career as an armed robber, that he went through any length to secure spiritual powers for fortification.

To the extent of pounding over 27 live new born babies in the mortar with a pestle, cutting off about 100 human tongues and cooking them to eat, visiting the spiritual river called river of life in Ogoja, Cross Rivers State, living in an Iroko tree for days, and sleeping in the cemetery.

He was given a spiritual wife who always followed him for any operation, she dressed like an Alhaja, people thought she was human, but she was a spirit, that was why they never saw her face. He said she was his personal driver, that she could drive from Nigeria to Cotonou, in the speed of light.

Hear him. ”I was involved in so many rituals, that I can’t start naming them now, I was so powerful, I went underground, inside trees that looked like a city, a lot of beautiful houses inside the tree, I had my own too. I went into a river called River of life in Ogoja, where a lot of politicians and wealthy men used to come.

I had several personalities, I could change my form whenever I wanted to, that’s why the police were busy killing innocent people, and thought they were killing Shina Rambo.The 9 herbalists that gave me that power, I became stronger than them, one day I went to their shrines, and killed all of them, so that they don’t reveal my secrets.

I had too many powers; my spiritual wife could drive any car in this world or out of it, no police vehicle, or anyone for that matter, could ever chase and catch me during an operation. She was out of this world, and when she had completed her operation, they took her away from me. I could give anything to get powers, and the elders knew, so they also gave me anything I wanted. I once beheaded hundred men, and gave them the heads fresh, they were so happy with me that they made me invincible.

No matter the kind of bullet you shot at me, it was just like pure water on my body. I could give anything to get power, but of all the things I did to get power,the one that still breaks my heart the most, is sleeping with my mother. My father is dead now, but my mother is still alive, and she lives with me she is 85 years old. Whenever I set my eyes on her, I just start crying. I can’t bear it.

He would go to police stations, in broad daylight and kill every policeman there, drive to check points and open fire on every policeman on duty, he didn’t like the police at all, and was never afraid of them, he operated in broad day light armed to the teeth looking like Johny Rambo, in the popular Sylvester Stalone movie, “First Blood”.

He once robbed 40 exotic cars in one day and drove all of them in a convoy, from Lagos to Cotonou, unstopped. He was powerful; he was wealthy, and impenetrable. He was a tin god, apparently belched from the very arroyo hell, we all dreaded him.

He had a wife and three children, but he lost all of them in one day during a bloody police raid whilst he was away on operation. His wife was his stabilizing factor his life changed afterwards. He says “my wife was everything to me, I was forbidden by the elders to sleep with any other woman apart from her.

I could gather about 50 women around me in a hotel, and they will just be playing with me. We would smoke, drink, and sniff cocaine, I will give them money but I will never sleep with them. I will go back home to my wife and sleep with her. That was why the police never caught me. She knew my job, she knew what I was and I never left them alone at night, I operated in the day time and go back home to my family at night.

I had everything, I was very wealthy, I sometimes spent 50 million naira in a day, I did that a lot. There was one day that we were coming from an operation and it seemed as if my powers were going to fail me, the police and the army were almost closing in on us, so we had to drive into a crowd and threw millions of naira in the air, there was commotion, everybody was busy picking naira notes even the police, until we escaped.

I was too rich, but anything the devil gives you never lasts, he will collect more from you, it’s only the devil that will give you Fila, (cap) and ask for Iro and Buba (wrapper and top). I lost everything, all the money, my family; I was so powerful the police couldn’t catch me but I lost it all. I had to surrender myself to the police and I was arrested and jailed for 11 years.

While I was serving my jail term in Agodi prisons, Ibadan, Prophet T.O Obadare came visiting, and having been encouraged several times by the Christian brothers and sisters in the prison to give my life to Christ, he prayed for me and converted me, and changed my name to Oluwanifemi, and it was so miraculous, the next day I woke up and started speaking in tongues. It was during the time of President Olusegun Obasanjo, that we were granted freedom.

His salvation is indeed one of grace, as not many had the rare privilege of atoning and having God forgive their sins. 

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Check Out the Changes Nigeria Senate Made On Our Electoral Act. 

The Nigerian Senate Chamber

Today, the Senate passed the Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2017 into law. The passage of this Bill in the Senate is a bold, innovative and common sense step on Electoral Reforms designed to guarantee free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria. Without much ado, these are some of the highlights of the Bill:

1. There shall now be full biometric accreditation of voters with Smart Card Readers and/or other technological devices, as INEC may introduce for elections from time to time.

2. Presiding Officers must now instantly transmit accreditation data and results from Polling Units to various collation centers. Presiding officer who contravene this shall be imprisoned for at least 5 years (no option of fine).

3. All Presiding Officer must now first record accreditation data and polling results on INEC’s prescribed forms before transmitting them. The data/result recorded must be the same with what they transmitted.

4. INEC now has unfettered powers to conduct elections by electronic voting.

5. Besides manual registers, INEC is now mandated to keep Electronic registers of voters.

6. INEC is now mandated to publish voters’ registers on its official website(s) for public scrutiny at least 30 days before a general election and any INEC staff who is responsible for this but fails to act as prescribed shall be liable on conviction to 6 months’ imprisonment.

7. INEC is now mandated to keep a National Electronic Register of Election Results as a distinct database or repository of polling unit by polling unit results for all elections conducted by INEC.

8. Collation of election result is now mainly electronic, as transmitted unit results will help to determine final results on real time basis.

9. INEC is now mandated to record details of electoral materials – quantities, serial numbers used to conduct elections (for proper tracking).

10. A political party whose candidate dies after commencement of an election and before the declaration of the result of that election now has a 14-day window to conduct a fresh primary in order for INEC to conduct a fresh election within 21 days of the death of the party’s candidate;

11. Political parties’ Polling Agents are now entitled to inspect originals of electoral materials before commencement of election and any Presiding Officer who violates this provision of the law shall be imprisoned for at least1 year.

12. No political party can impose qualification/disqualification criteria, measures or conditions on any Nigerian for the purpose of nomination for elective offices, except as provided in the 1999 Constitution.

13. The election of a winner of an election can no longer be challenged on grounds of qualification, if the he (winner) satisfied the applicable requirements of sections 65, 106, 131 or 177 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and he is not, as may be applicable, in breach of sections 66, 107, 137 or 182 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. [For example, a person’s election cannot be challenged on the ground that he did not pay tax, as this is not a qualifying condition under the Constitution.]

14. All members of political parties are now eligible to determine the ad-hoc delegates to elect candidates of parties in indirect primaries. The capacity of party executives to unduly influence or rig party primaries has been reasonably curtailed, if not totally removed.

15. Parties can no longer impose arbitrary nomination fees on political aspirants. The Bill passed prescribes limits for each elective office as follows:
(a) One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) for a Ward Councillorship aspirant in the FCT;

(b) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000) for an Area Council Chairmanship aspirant in the FCT; 

(c) Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) for a House of Assembly aspirant;

(d) One Million Naira (N1,000,000) for a House of Representatives aspirant;

(e) Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) for a Senatorial aspirant;

(f) Five Million naira (N5,000,000) for a Governorship aspirant; and

(g) Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) for a Presidential aspirant.

16. Relying on the powers of the National Assembly in Paragraph 11 of Part II (Concurrent Legislative List) of the Second Schedule (Legislative Powers) to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the Senate also passed measures reforming procedures regulating Local Government Elections. State Independent Electoral Commissions can no longer conduct elections that do not meet minimum standards of credibility.

17. Any INEC official who disobeys a tribunal order for inspection of electoral materials shall be imprisoned for 2 years, without an option of a fine. 

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