The tiny West African country of Gambia has been in the news since the December 1st 2016 presidential election that saw incumbent sit-tight President Yahya Jammeh lose to a former estate agent Adama Barrow. To the admiration of the democratic world, the incumbent called his closest rival in the polls and conceded defeat. The world thought a new dawn had come in Africa with Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria conceding as incumbent, then in Tanzania and now Gambia. But that excitement soon went into bubbles as Yahya Jammeh, faced with the reality of leaving power after many years, rescinded the decision and called for fresh polls, citing gross electoral irregularities. 

His action was not new or strange on the African continent and hardly one African was surprised by it, for it had been a norm for African leaders to always want to remain in power even against the will of their citizenry until Dr. GoodLuck Ebele Jonathan, Nigeria’s ex President set a new standard for African democracy after calling his closest rival Muhammadu Buhari to concede defeat during the 2015 presidential elections, even when votes were still being counted.

The political brouhaha in The Gambia attracted interests from within and outside Africa with ECOWAS, a regional organization to which Gambia is a member, making frantic effort to persuade President Jammeh to relinquish power to Adama Barrow before the January 19th handover date to no avail. The climax of the showdown came when Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari led a high-powered ECOWAS delegation to meet with President Jammeh. Many political analysts across the continent were analysed the move, especially considering the fact that the leader of the delegation is known to be a man who had never accepted elections results in the past whenever the results didn’t go in his favour.

Three time he had contested in the presidential election in Nigeria before he finally won, and in all three previous occasions he ended in court and in fact incited violence in the 2011 elections across the country which resulted in humongous loss of lives and properties. Despite days of intense talks, President Jammeh refused to step down with some citing the composition of the members of the delegation as the major reason for his refusal to relinquish power. Whatever happened to the English proverb, he who must come to equity must come with clean hands.
The brouhaha persisted with Gambians fleeing the country in droves to neighbouring Senegal, when it became obvious that the delegation could not persuade Jammeh to step down. 

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria in shame and unilaterally decided to order a military operation in the Gambia without recourse to the National assembly of Nigeria. He deployed a thousand troops, the country’s newest warship and other military hardwares to The Gambia, alongside other West African nations.
On the 19th of January, the elected president Adama Barrow was sworn in, in the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal while talks continued between incumbent president Jammeh and two other west African leaders. On the  21st of January the presidents of Mauritania, Mohammed Abdel Aziz and Guinea’s Alpha Conde finally succeeded in brokering a deal with the 22 year Gambian leader accepting to resign and leave the country on exile. It is widely  believed that president Jammeh finally agreed to cede power after days of meeting with the duo in company of the UN regional chord Mohammed Ibn Chambas. 

The deal which saw Jammeh accept to relinquish power was a clear indication that not all political crises can be solved using guns and bombs as proposed and planned by Muhammadu Buhari and his co-travellers. 

Calm has since  returned to The Gambia and business activities are beginning to pick up with normal life returning.
It is our hope that leaders like President Buhari who see forceful resolution as the first resort would think again.

But the world must know that the military way he had sought to resolve the Gambian crisis is the exact same way he has been attempting to respond to dissent, leaving thousands of lives in its wake – from the crisis in the Niger Delta, to the IPOB demonstrations, to the Shi’ites massacre by the military, etc. 
Steven  Kefas


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Press Release: Being an Aluta Impetration For Institutional Stability  From Concerned Students.

It is indispensable for us as  the acme leadership of students in  NANS   to invoke  for the stability of institutions within our amiable zone, Zone C, aligning with the fact that our  zone which encompasses north east and north central Nigeria,  also has the challenge of insurgency which NANS under our watch call for a total commitment in the war against the sects. Citing an example with the Provost of College of Research and Medical Laboratory VOM, Plateau State. Prof. Joseph Okwori who was appointed by president Buhari recently. 

We wish to quickly use this medium to appreciate the “Stand well well” President of our dear country, President Mohammad Buhari for deeming it expedient to resolve the lingering problems in the institution by appointing a God fearing & Students loving fellow like Prof. Okwori. 

We are not unaware that many a person who had interest in the position had course to write petition against him which is quite repugnant even when the positive changes upon his assumption to office are visible to the blind and audible to the deaf even within the few day of his appointment. We ,as the vertex  leadership of students within the zone, call on these petitioners to shield their swords and engage in activities that will benefit the institution and our Students in particular. We have resolved to  wait to ascertain the said petitions written against the provost to enable us focus the relevant authorities. 

We cannot renege in our quest for the stability of any institution in the zone. The momentous changes made by the co-option of Prof. Okwori  have no bound even in the physical outlook of the school environment ,infrastructural development, provision of lighting in the school settings, we have no doubt to say that Prof. Okorie is quintessential of a captain of an institution,an avatar of a true institutional leadership the embracement of leadership is for now what I see in him. We must move forward. 

Aluta Continua!!! Vitoria Ascerta!!!



NANS Zone C 

Deputy coordinator

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List of Buhari’s New Ambassadorial Nominees And Their States. 

Full List of the new nominees as read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki as submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari include:

1. Aminu Lawal (Adamawa)

2. Uzoma Eminike, Abia

3. Godwin Umoh (Akwa Ibom)

4. Christopher Okeke (Anambra)

5. Yusuf Maitama (Bauchi)

6. Baba Maigudu (Bauchi)

7. Stanley Douye (Bayelsa)

8. Stephen Uba (Benue)

9. Baba Ahmed Gida (Borno)

10. Utobong Asuquo (Cross River)

11. Frank Ofegina (Delta)

12. Joda Udoh (Ebonyi)

13. Yagwe Ede (Edo)

14. Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti)

15. Chris Eze (Enugu)

16. Sulieman Hassan (Gombe)

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#ObamaFarewell: Full text of President Barack Obama’s farewell speech.

Barrack Obama, 44th President of the United States Of America.

Here’s the text of President Barack Obama’s farewell speech on Tuesday night in Chicago, as prepared for delivery.

It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. It was in neighborhoods not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss. This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.

After eight years as your President, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea – our bold experiment in self-government.

It’s the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It’s the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.

This is the great gift our Founders gave us. The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, toil, and imagination – and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a greater good.

For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande, pushed women to reach for the ballot, powered workers to organize. It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan – and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well.

So that’s what we mean when we say America is exceptional. Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow.

Yes, our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.

If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history . if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11 . if I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens – you might have said our sights were set a little too high.

But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.

In ten days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power from one freely-elected president to the next. I committed to President-Elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me. Because it’s up to all of us to make sure our government can help us meet the many challenges we still face.

We have what we need to do so. After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and most respected nation on Earth. Our youth and drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk and reinvention mean that the future should be ours.

But that potential will be realized only if our democracy works. Only if our politics reflects the decency of the people. Only if all of us, regardless of our party affiliation or particular interest, help restore the sense of common purpose that we so badly need right now.

That’s what I want to focus on tonight – the state of our democracy.

Understand, democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity – the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.

There have been moments throughout our history that threatened to rupture that solidarity. The beginning of this century has been one of those times. A shrinking world, growing inequality; demographic change and the specter of terrorism – these forces haven’t just tested our security and prosperity, but our democracy as well. And how we meet these challenges to our democracy will determine our ability to educate our kids, and create good jobs, and protect our homeland.

In other words, it will determine our future.

Our democracy won’t work without a sense that everyone has economic opportunity. Today, the economy is growing again; wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are rising again; poverty is falling again. The wealthy are paying a fairer share of taxes even as the stock market shatters records. The unemployment rate is near a ten-year low. The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower. Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in fifty years. And if anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system – that covers as many people at less cost – I will publicly support it.

That, after all, is why we serve – to make people’s lives better, not worse.

But for all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class. But stark inequality is also corrosive to our democratic principles. While the top one percent has amassed a bigger share of wealth and income, too many families, in inner cities and rural counties, have been left behind – the laid-off factory worker; the waitress and health care worker who struggle to pay the bills – convinced that the game is fixed against them, that their government only serves the interests of the powerful – a recipe for more cynicism and polarization in our politics.

There are no quick fixes to this long-term trend. I agree that our trade should be fair and not just free. But the next wave of economic dislocation won’t come from overseas. It will come from the relentless pace of automation that makes many good, middle-class jobs obsolete.

And so we must forge a new social compact – to guarantee all our kids the education they need; to give workers the power to unionize for better wages; to update the social safety net to reflect the way we live now and make more reforms to the tax code so corporations and individuals who reap the most from the new economy don’t avoid their obligations to the country that’s made their success possible. We can argue about how to best achieve these goals. But we can’t be complacent about the goals themselves. For if we don’t create opportunity for all people, the disaffection and division that has stalled our progress will only sharpen in years to come.

There’s a second threat to our democracy – one as old as our nation itself. After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. For race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago – you can see it not just in statistics, but in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum.

But we’re not where we need to be. All of us have more work to do. After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves. If we decline to invest in the children of immigrants, just because they don’t look like us, we diminish the prospects of our own children – because those brown kids will represent a larger share of America’s workforce. And our economy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. Last year, incomes rose for all races, all age groups, for men and for women.

Going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination – in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system. That’s what our Constitution and highest ideals require. But laws alone won’t be enough. Hearts must change. If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

For blacks and other minorities, it means tying our own struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face – the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender American, and also the middle-aged white man who from the outside may seem like he’s got all the advantages, but who’s seen his world upended by economic, cultural, and technological change.

For white Americans, it means acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn’t suddenly vanish in the ’60s; that when minority groups voice discontent, they’re not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness; that when they wage peaceful protest, they’re not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our Founders promised.

For native-born Americans, it means reminding ourselves that the stereotypes about immigrants today were said, almost word for word, about the Irish, Italians, and Poles. America wasn’t weakened by the presence of these newcomers; they embraced this nation’s creed, and it was strengthened.

So regardless of the station we occupy; we have to try harder; to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own.

None of this is easy. For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. The rise of naked partisanship, increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a channel for every taste – all this makes this great sorting seem natural, even inevitable. And increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we accept only information, whether true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that’s out there.

This trend represents a third threat to our democracy. Politics is a battle of ideas; in the course of a healthy debate, we’ll prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts; without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent is making a fair point, and that science and reason matter, we’ll keep talking past each other, making common ground and compromise impossible.

Isn’t that part of what makes politics so dispiriting? How can elected officials rage about deficits when we propose to spend money on preschool for kids, but not when we’re cutting taxes for corporations? How do we excuse ethical lapses in our own party, but pounce when the other party does the same thing? It’s not just dishonest, this selective sorting of the facts; it’s self-defeating. Because as my mother used to tell me, reality has a way of catching up with you.

Take the challenge of climate change. In just eight years, we’ve halved our dependence on foreign oil, doubled our renewable energy, and led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet. But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change; they’ll be busy dealing with its effects: environmental disasters, economic disruptions, and waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary.

Now, we can and should argue about the best approach to the problem. But to simply deny the problem not only betrays future generations; it betrays the essential spirit of innovation and practical problem-solving that guided our Founders.

It’s that spirit, born of the Enlightenment, that made us an economic powerhouse – the spirit that took flight at Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral; the spirit that that cures disease and put a computer in every pocket.

It’s that spirit – a faith in reason, and enterprise, and the primacy of right over might, that allowed us to resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression, and build a post-World War II order with other democracies, an order based not just on military power or national affiliations but on principles – the rule of law, human rights, freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, and an independent press.

That order is now being challenged – first by violent fanatics who claim to speak for Islam; more recently by autocrats in foreign capitals who see free markets, open democracies, and civil society itself as a threat to their power. The peril each poses to our democracy is more far-reaching than a car bomb or a missile. It represents the fear of change; the fear of people who look or speak or pray differently; a contempt for the rule of law that holds leaders accountable; an intolerance of dissent and free thought; a belief that the sword or the gun or the bomb or propaganda machine is the ultimate arbiter of what’s true and what’s right.

Because of the extraordinary courage of our men and women in uniform, and the intelligence officers, law enforcement, and diplomats who support them, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years; and although Boston and Orlando remind us of how dangerous radicalization can be, our law enforcement agencies are more effective and vigilant than ever. We’ve taken out tens of thousands of terrorists – including Osama bin Laden. The global coalition we’re leading against ISIL has taken out their leaders, and taken away about half their territory. ISIL will be destroyed, and no one who threatens America will ever be safe. To all who serve, it has been the honor of my lifetime to be your Commander-in-Chief.

But protecting our way of life requires more than our military. Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That’s why, for the past eight years, I’ve worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firm legal footing. That’s why we’ve ended torture, worked to close Gitmo, and reform our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties. That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans. That’s why we cannot withdraw from global fights – to expand democracy, and human rights, women’s rights, and LGBT rights – no matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem. For the fight against extremism and intolerance and sectarianism are of a piece with the fight against authoritarianism and nationalist aggression. If the scope of freedom and respect for the rule of law shrinks around the world, the likelihood of war within and between nations increases, and our own freedoms will eventually be threatened.

So let’s be vigilant, but not afraid. ISIL will try to kill innocent people. But they cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution and our principles in the fight. Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world – unless we give up what we stand for, and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors.

Which brings me to my final point – our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions. When voting rates are some of the lowest among advanced democracies, we should make it easier, not harder, to vote. When trust in our institutions is low, we should reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics, and insist on the principles of transparency and ethics in public service. When Congress is dysfunctional, we should draw our districts to encourage politicians to cater to common sense and not rigid extremes.

And all of this depends on our participation; on each of us accepting the responsibility of citizenship, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings.

Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.

In his own farewell address, George Washington wrote that self-government is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty, but “from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken.to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth;” that we should preserve it with “jealous anxiety;” that we should reject “the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties” that make us one.

We weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character are turned off from public service; so coarse with rancor that Americans with whom we disagree are not just misguided, but somehow malevolent. We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others; when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt, and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.

It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen.

Ultimately, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere. Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose. Presuming a reservoir of goodness in others can be a risk, and there will be times when the process disappoints you. But for those of us fortunate enough to have been a part of this work, to see it up close, let me tell you, it can energize and inspire. And more often than not, your faith in America – and in Americans – will be confirmed.

Mine sure has been. Over the course of these eight years, I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve mourned with grieving families searching for answers, and found grace in Charleston church. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and our wounded warriors walk again. I’ve seen our doctors and volunteers rebuild after earthquakes and stop pandemics in their tracks. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us of our obligations to care for refugees, to work in peace, and above all to look out for each other.

That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change – that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. I hope yours has, too. Some of you here tonight or watching at home were there with us in 2004, in 2008, in 2012 – and maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off.

You’re not the only ones. Michelle – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.

Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.

To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life.

To my remarkable staff: For eight years – and for some of you, a whole lot more – I’ve drawn from your energy, and tried to reflect back what you displayed every day: heart, and character, and idealism. I’ve watched you grow up, get married, have kids, and start incredible new journeys of your own. Even when times got tough and frustrating, you never let Washington get the better of you. The only thing that makes me prouder than all the good we’ve done is the thought of all the remarkable things you’ll achieve from here.

And to all of you out there – every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town and kind family who welcomed them in, every volunteer who knocked on doors, every young person who cast a ballot for the first time, every American who lived and breathed the hard work of change – you are the best supporters and organizers anyone could hope for, and I will forever be grateful. Because yes, you changed the world.

That’s why I leave this stage tonight even more optimistic about this country than I was when we started. Because I know our work has not only helped so many Americans; it has inspired so many Americans – especially so many young people out there – to believe you can make a difference; to hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic – I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands.

My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.

I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can.

Yes We Did.

Yes We Can.

Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

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We wholeheartedly call on the good people of Nigeria to come out en mass for a protest (#OccupyCBN) to stop this impunity: the Fraudulent Forex Trading, Round Tripping and racketeering going on in the Central Bank of Nigeria aided by its Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and bring to an  end the Manipulation of Forex, illegally funding Federal Government budget, shortchanging the Money Deposit Bank’s reserve ratio at the expense of the Masses as the abuse of internal process is unbearable as the economy is negatively impacted and the resultant effects on the Nigerian masses is already at a dangerous level.

The high level of impunity and rascality overlooked and/or condoned by the Nigerian people in the past without taking action has made the apex bank’s top executives to continue to engage in abuse of office, breach of trust, abuse of process and manipulation of the Economy. 
Recall that the apex bank’s top management carried out a backdoor recruitment exercise for the children of high profile Nigerian politicians, business men, in which the door was shut against the children of  an average Nigerian who may have been qualified to work in the bank on merit base and were not allowed, but, the employment was freely handed to the children of friends and families of those in Government. 
The act stirred and arose anger amongst Nigerians, yet there was no punitive action or consequences against the perpetrators at the CBN because, the people overlooked the situation.
 It is rather sad that the poor masses who most of time supports the government to ensure good and rubost revenue, peace and stability are the ones who always get shut out when it comes to benefits even in a so called democratic government.
We ordinarily imagined that the government of President Buhari whose campaign fulcrum was on anti graft, anti corruption will expose this all round, all sector massive corruption and impunity, but, alas, it is looking the other way to the astonishment of all and sundry. 
Since the emergence of the administration of President Buhari, Forex Trading has been illegally turned to an exclusive business of the friends and family of those in power as against the principle of banking which allows for professionalism in trading and ensuring circulation to the business community for import and export of goods and services that will have direct positive impact on the economy and the people.
We have again taught that the CBN will allow a level playing ground for all real stakeholders especially business community to access FOREX for trading, but they have aided the government cronies to horde it, and make it very expensive for them to in turn make huge profits upon trading. These are the factors that has made the prices of goods and services in the country to be very high and expensive, most times unaffordable. 
We shudder at the high impunity and knavery at which the CBN has carried on this illegality in this dispensation, playing lip service to the change mantra of Buhari’s government. This is another clear demonstration that the government and the CBN is double mouthed, playing double standards about corruption-free Nigeria.
Matter  of fact, the CBN is like a mother who openly shows love and care to her baby who is corruption by selling dollar at  304 naira to friends and families of Buhari led government and selling at 480naira to the commoners who are also carrying out forex trading. Many of these Buhari’s cronies makes over N2 billion profit per trading which is sometimes on a daily basis.
There is no other name to call what is going on in the Central Bank other than corruption. This is perpetrated to foist Buhari’s led government by allowing his friends and family to illegally divert funds, amass wealth in preparation ahead of 2019 elections to enable them have much more money that will be more than enough for them to control the poor people, manipulate and rig the elections to his favour without batting an eye.
Therefore it is with great love for our dear nation that we passionately call on fellow Nigerians to come out en mass on Friday 13th of January, 2017 by 9am for a mass protest against the high handedness and impunity of corrupt officers in the Central Bank, so as to call the CBN to order and stop this deleterious evil for it’s perniciousness and harmfulness to our nation, as we must stop the CBN from continuing in this impunity, fraud, money laundering, corruption and wickedness and make life better and easy for an average Nigerian. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Fasipe Oluyemi

Deputy National Publicity Secretary

The Nigerian Wailers.

Headquarters, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.

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Breaking News: Pastor Adeboye retires at 74 as RCCG GO, Names Pastor Obayemi as Successor. 

Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Pastor Johnson Odesola, Special Assistant to Pastor Adeboye on Administration and Personnel, said at the time that the church’s constitution did not state that anyone above 70 years should not lead the ministry.

He said: “Whereas the constitution provided that the deputy and assistant general overseers are appointed to retire at 70 and enjoy their retirement benefits for life, there is no such provision for the general overseer.”

Pastor J.O. Obayemi has been named as Adeboye’s successor.

Obayemi was a deputy in charge of Finance and a member of governing council, before his appointment. 

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Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari On State Of The Nation, Available Options, By Ariyo-Dare Atoye. 

President Muhammadu Buhari

Dear Mr. President,

Your Excellency, with respect and humility, I greet you in the name of Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth, the merciful Lord who granted you the opportunity to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the fourth attempt and who has made it possible for us to see a new year – 2017. It is my candid prayer that the plan of God for Nigeria shall be fulfilled. Amen.

I wish to use this open letter to urgently draw your attention to the import of a recent statement you made on the Christmas day when you received, in the Villa, some senior citizens residing in the Federal Capital Territory, who had come to greet you. I also think it is crucial for Nigerians to fully understand the consequences of such comments, so that we could all work collectively to help you.

But let me first congratulate you and your precious wife on the success of your daughter’s wedding to the son of oil magnate and billionaire, Alhaji Ndimi. Obviously, the classical organization of the ceremony, the resources expended in millions of dollars and the array of capitalists and personalities that graced the event in your honour, will remain very dear to your heart.

Mr President, I am compelled to put in clear perspectives, the national burden of your well-publicised statement that you are still in a shock since May 29, 2015, because there was no saving made from oil boom by previous governments for you to use to run your own government. It is the degree of hopelessness in that comment, after 18 months in the saddle as the President, that I intend to interrogate.

I do not intend to argue with you on the state of finance you met, simply because you are the one who defaulted and failed to match words with action after promising to publish the accounts of the federation, during your early meeting with Aso Rock media correspondents last year. Since you never did, it has become increasingly difficult for some of us to buy into your lamentations, not until you are able to present empirical evidences by keeping to your pledge.

Sir, the major implication of your “in-the-shock” statement on the workings and understanding of corporate governance and political leadership is that, up till the time you made that painful remarks, you have spent about 40 per cent of your term of 4 years without having any idea on what to do about governance and how to address the numerous challenges facing our endangered nation.

If after 18 months, you are yet to grapple with the reality of governance and you have no clue on what to do about the worsening economy, it is regrettably risky to continue to entrust the fate of our nation in your hand or to continue to remain patient as you have severally admonished. This is because there is no hope or guarantee that you can ever come out of this shock.

With due respect sir, I concede to you that you have been overwhelmed by the enormous burden of leadership and responsibilities since May 29, 2015 when you took over the reign of leadership, and it will be difficult for you to cope any further, considering the facts that these challenges are not decreasing. This is in addition to the obvious factor of old age and the sophistication of handling democratic governance, which is different from your known military style that is not in tune with current global trends.

Mr. President, you do not have a luxury of time. Therefore, you cannot continue to waste the precious time of Nigerians by regurgitating on the same over-flogged and untenable excuses of being in a shock. It is in the collective interest of our nation and your own dignity that you may consider the following plausible options to save our nation and protect your integrity.

– Option One: Due to the biting economic recession and the sheer hopelessness in the land, I sincerely urge you to consider a mid-term presidential election for new hands to take over. Although there is no direct provision for a mid-term poll in the constitution, yet it is indirectly guaranteed. What is required is for you to prevail on your vice president, so that you jointly resign and handover to the senate president who, will in turn, conduct a fresh presidential election within three months. It is a noble path to personal redemption.

– Option Two: Since option one could be a difficult process to follow, considering the interest of supporters and the pressure from aides, it will be apposite for you to urgently announce your decision to quit in 2019 and quickly ask the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to commence an early preparation for 2019 – so as to put in place a transition programme that will usher in capable hands.

– Mr. President, you should never fall for the antics of those asking you to seek a second term. The legacy of allowing an open and transparent process for new hands to emerge is fitting enough. However, if you are to consider option two, I will still expect you to re-jig your cabinet, get better hands to manage some strategic sectors and introduce far-reaching policies that can take Nigeria out of the unfortunate and self-inflicting economic recession. This is because things are fast falling apart for the masses and there is chronic hunger in the land. Yet, there are capable Nigerians who can help you out.

I believe that either of the two options, if taken in the first quarter of 2017, will automatically bail you out of this unabated shock that is holding you hostage. This will guarantee you a veritable space to enjoy old age with peace of mind and be self-assured with joy that you have given the nation an opportunity to decide its own future, one more time.

I urge you to deeply reflect on my Open Letter in good faith and see it as a genuine expression of my concern irrespective of my standing as an ordinary Nigerian who daily yearns for a better nation. Governance is at the lowest ebb in my country and we have to adopt the principle of collective sacrifices, no matter the personal cost and pains to individuals in leadership positions.

All I seek is a courageous, God-fearing, competent, knowledgeable and wise leadership who can assemble the best of the North and the best of the South to solve our problems. It does not matter to me if he is a Christian or a Muslim, North or South. A merit based-system that will search out raw hidden talents and bring back our human resources scattered abroad back home, to work together for the development and prosperity of Nigeria. This is all that I seek.

Permit me to raise a few other concerns, Sir. I think you need to address the desperation of “The Buhari Boys” who have made power grabbing a political conquest that must be achieved by all means. You will recall how former President Goodluck Jonathan called to congratulate you and concede defeat without challenging your victory at the tribunal. It was not your making but out of his fear of God and genuine concern for democracy and peace.

There is also a new and recent one. The import of the combined display of sportsmanship by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State and the candidate of the PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, as well as that of Alliance for Democracy, Olusola Oke, must not be lost on you. They have congratulated Rotimi Akeredolu of your party, who emerged the winner of the Ondo State governorship poll. In essence, there will be no court cases.

There are lessons for you to learn from all these and everyone is watching to see if you will still allow democratic justice in the political process going forward because our democracy is in coma. The desperation of your party to win everything in the country is sickening. You may need to call “The Buhari Boys” to order.

Also, INEC now appears compromised by your party, while our security agencies are being influenced to do its bidding in every election. Mr. President, following the role some security personnel played in the Rivers State rerun election, there is no longer justification for the sanctioning of some military officers over the 2014 Ekiti State election. For the sake of justice and posterity, you may need to recall them to active service with full benefits.

Your Excellency Sir, Southern Kaduna is the emerging Aleppo of Nigeria. Hundreds of persons have been killed in that zone, under your leadership as the President of this nation. It is quite unfortunate that you have not considered it necessary to urgently intervene and rescue these oppressed people. They are as important as the people of Bauchi State that you found time to address via a recorded message for failing to pay them a visit.

I urge you to remember how you once visited Oyo State in 2001 to speak for some Fulani herdsmen who had clashed with farmers, leading to deaths. You need to speak for all Nigerians and act in a sincere way to protect them as a father and a grandfather. The Governor of Kaduna State has failed the voiceless people of Southern Kaduna. He imposed a curfew which created more loopholes for the enemies to unleash terror on them. Posterity will judge him and all of us. I know that God will come to the rescue of Southern Kaduna people and other oppressed Nigerians very soon, while some of us must continue to stand for them.

I also want you to review your stand on the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN – the Shiites) and the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). Only justice can heal the wounds that have been inflicted on them and their members by security forces. If you have once shown willingness to dialogue with Boko Haram to free our Chibok Girls and you still have a place in your heart for the herdsmen irrespective of the atrocities some of them are committing, it is equally important that you dialogue with IPOB and the Shiites. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein. There will be justice for all one day.

Let me quickly mention the issue of corruption. Dear Mr. President, a friend once described the type of corruption going on under your watch as “Garrison Stealing” and this is not far from the truth based on the emerging revelations about some of your kitchen appointees that took you record five months to search. Stealing from Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is a crime against God and humanity and this is going on under your watch with reckless abandon. It is quite unfortunate that you are foot-dragging in addressing this issue. This has lowered your rating, frittered away your humongous goodwill and reduced your anti-corruption fight to a mere persecution of opposition since it is obvious that the process lacks justice.

Your anti-corruption crusade has lost its sincerity of purpose. Going by your much flaunted pre-election anti-corruption credential, nobody thought anyone will last 24 hours as your appointee after the kind of damning revelations against the secretary to the government of the federation. But under your watch, two persons standing corruption trials emerged the candidates of your party for governorship elections. Your supporters on social media have now reduced this argument to “our corruption is at least better than your corruption.” Shameful!

Sir, the only reason your aides are fighting to undo one another is because of corruption. Your house is not in order and the infighting has badly affected the outlook of your government, locally and internationally. There is so much wisdom in what your wife told the whole world not too long ago. Kindly let her be your main adviser and she is in a good stead to help you to unravel the ongoing mess. She loves you and wants you to succeed. Also a major political strategist that could have helped your government, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been displaced by the hawks that now control Aso Rock.

I have so much to write on, but I will leave the rest for another day. Mr. President, there is no reason for you to go on a personal vendetta against anyone. At 74, the Almighty God has been very kind to you, and all you need to do is to ensure social justice for all Nigerians, irrespective of tribes and religions. I do not want you to follow the path of notorious tyrants who have brought shame to humanity. Mahatma Gandhi once said: “There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it, always.” Mr. President, there is a Mandela to emulate: he refused to pursue vendetta against the Whites despite all the inhuman treatment he was subjected to, and his people. Think about this dear President Muhammadu Buhari and allow God be the judge of all.

Thank you Mr. President. If there is any reason to write to you in private or in a similar fashion in future, I will not hesitate to do so. But lest I forget, I want to plead with you to drop the idea of the 30 billion U.S. dollars loan, which is capable of mortgaging our future. I assure you that we can get out of the current economic mess without such a loan. Yes, it is possible with the right leadership and team: it is a no brainer at all. I also hope you will forward the name of the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Nkanu Onnoghen to the Senate for screening and confirmation. The world is watching.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ariyo-Dare Atoye, member of several civil society groups can be reached at aristotle001us@yahoo.com

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