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Kanu Presents IPOB’s Vision Of ‘New Biafra’ To Jewish Philanthropists

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The self-acclaimed leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Saturday, December 15, met with US-Israeli Jewish philanthropists in Jerusalem, Israel.

During the visit, the secessionist leader discussed IPOB’s vision of the “new Biafra” with the US-Israeli Jewish philanthropists.

According to Kanu, the meeting was part of the worldwide project to connect the family of Israel.

The pro-Biafra activist who came out of hiding in October after the military invasion of his community in Abia State, southeast Nigeria, last year, made this known in a post on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Monday night.

Kanu tweeted: “On Saturday, December 15, 2018, I met with US-Israeli Jewish philanthropists in  to discuss ’s vision of the new Biafra. The meeting is part of the worldwide project to connect the family of Israel. May Elohim, Chukwu Okike Abiama bless  and .”

 

With the latest news, it is now believed that Kanu suspended his live broadcast on radio Biafra on Saturday in order to have a discussion with the US-Israeli Jewish philanthropists.

Kanu is leading a group seeking secession from Nigeria. The group has since been proscribed by the Nigerian Government.

Presidency blames Jonathan for delay in forming Buhari’s cabinet

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The Presidency has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for causing the delay in the formation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

Buhari was inaugurated on May 29, 2015 but formed his cabinet on November 11 of the same year.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Jonathan did not give Buhari handover notes until 48 hours before his departure.

He said, “That President Buhari took 166 days to form a cabinet is absolutely untrue. It took him time to form a cabinet because the outgoing administration in 2015 did not cooperate with the transition committee.

“The President was given handover notes 48 hours to the handover of power and for whatever reason, the President at that time determined that two governments would not operate at the same time.”

However, a Spokesman for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Mr. Phrank Shuaibu, said Buhari had a penchant for blaming others but himself.

Shuaibu said it was laughable that Buhari who had contested the Presidency for 12 years could take over 160 days to set up a cabinet.

He added, “Saying Mr President had to wait for handover notes from his predecessor before forming a cabinet is an admittance of lack of preparedness for the office of the President and the onerous responsibility of managing a country like Nigeria.

“For an office you sought election for four times, obviously you should be able to identify eggheads that can help you manage the country. He didn’t need to wait for handover notes before being able to form a cabinet. He had no working plan. He was practically what El-Rufai would refer to as an accidental public servant or an accidental President.”

EU Opposes Renegotiation On Brexit

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epa06043515 British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk (R) pose during a EU leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, 22 June 2017. European heads of states and governments gather for a two-days European Council meeting on 22 and 23 June which will mainly 'focus on the ongoing efforts to strengthen the European Union and protect its citizens through the work on counterterrorism, security and defence, external borders, illegal migration and economic development', the European Councils said in a press release. EPA/FRANCOIS LENOIR / POOL

European Union leaders have said the Brexit withdrawal agreement is “not open for renegotiation”, after appeals from Theresa May.

The British PM travelled to Brussels to make a special plea to EU leaders at Thursday’s summit,

She wants legal assurances on the Irish backstop to help her deal get through Parliament, after she delayed a Commons vote in anticipation of defeat.

The PM said the deal was “at risk” if MPs’ concerns could not be addressed.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said there could be clarifications but no renegotiation.

He urged the UK to set out more clearly what it wants, adding that the commission will publish information on 19 December on its preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

“Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want, and so we would like within a few weeks our UK friends to set out their expectations for us, because this debate is sometimes nebulous and imprecise and I would like clarifications,” he said.

Togolese Cook Accused Of Killing Ope Bamidose Makes Shocking Revelation

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Yesterday, the Ondo state police command arrested 22-year-old Togolese cook, Sunday Anani, over the murder of his boss, Chief Opeyemi Bademosi, a socialite and chairman of Credit Switch Technology.

Chief Bademosi was found dead in the pool of his blood by his wife, inside their home in Parkview estate on Wednesday, October 31st.

Anani who is the prime suspect in the murder of Chief Ope Bademosi, was arrested at his hideout in Ondo State yesterday, October 2nd

In a video posted online, Sunday alleged that some persons, believed to be assassins, came to their home on the day of the incident and killed the deceased.

”I am not the one that killed him. About four people entered the house that morning. They passed through the front door and opened the kitchen door.

Immediately I asked who is that. They blew my face and neck and then started to drag me on the floor.

They asked me where was chief? I used to call him Oga. So I asked them who be chief? I told them Chief is inside his room. They said where is his wife? I said his wife had gone out. They told me if I don’t say the truth, they would kill me. They blew me again and immediately I pointed to Chief’s room” he said

Watch the video of him confessing below:

BREAKING NEWS: IMO State Governor confirms IPOB Leader Allegation that the Buhari in Aso Rock is an Impostor

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Confirmed reports coming to us through a confidential source (who is also an aid to one of the governors) had it that the governor of Imo state, Mr. Rochas Okorocha was in a very big direct confrontation with some top APC jugganauts including the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai. This internal but silent fracas
is not unconnected with the open threat by Okorocha to work against APC if his chioce governorship candidate who is also his inlaw – Uche Nwosu is not helped by APC to become the next Imo State governor.

In a secret meeting held in Abuja over the weekend where Rochas Okorocha, Nasir Ahamad el-Rufai, Yahaya Bello and others were present, Okorocha soliticited once again the complete support of the APC and the power of incumbency to subdue the Imo population into inserting his choice candidate Uche Nwosu to be the next governor of Imo State. Okorocha reiterated that it was done in Ekitii and Osun states and asked why it couldn’t be done in Imo State with the help of the FG power.

According to our source, trouble started when Okorocha became emotional in his continuous request and was shouted down by El-Rufai. El-Rufai taunted Okorocha that he is afraid because he will be rotting in jail if another governorship candidate apart from his choice enters Imo State.

It was this time that Okorocha, who was visibly annoyed and shaken, resolved to threats. He first of all sang his own praises on how he took a very gigantic risk by aiding APC and Buhari into power desipite the hatred by the South easterners in general. Mr. Okorocha vividly threatened to help Nnamdi Kanu who is the leader of the Indegenous People Of Biara (IPOB) into exposing the impostor in Aso Rock who is not Buhari.

According to our secret source, Okorocha maintained that he have at his disposal every information proving that the person in Aso Rock isn’t Buhari and he will mention all the people involved in the evil plot to deceive Nigerians. This threats infuriated particularly El-Rufai and almost resulted into physical fight especially between Okorocha and El-Rufai. The meeting ended abruptly with El-Rufai dashing out of the conference room into his awaiting car looking highly furious.

The secret close-door meeting was held without the presence of any journalist or camera.

Stay tuned for more information as they unfold.

Buhari is the one stopping you from sacking corrupt officials not religious leaders — Omokri fires back at Osinbajo

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Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that Vice president Yemi Osinbajo is not telling Nigerians the truth about who is stopping him from sacking corrupt government officials.
According to him, it was actually President Muhammadu Buhari who stops Osinbajo from sacking corrupt politicians and not religious leaders.
Omokri tweeted, “@ProfOsinbajo claims that when he plans to sack corruptpersons, religious leaders call him to beg him not to.
“Osinbajo is only saying half the truth. When Osinbajo suspended the allegedlycorrupt NHIS boss, it was @MBuhari, not religious leaders, who recalled him.”

Nigerians are lucky to have Buhari as President, says Osinbajo

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Vice president Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday that corruption remained the major challenge of Nigeria, declaring that the country was lucky to have President Muhammadu Buhari as the nation’s leader.
Osibanjo made the statement in Bauchi when he paid a courtesy visit on the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu.
“One of the things that have surprised me the most in government is that it is not that we do not have money.
“It is that most of the money that should be used on projects and the poor, is stolen; corruption is the major problem of this country,” he said.
According to him, it was a blessing for Nigeria to be blessed with a leader like President Muhammadu Buhari at this material time, who is committed in tacklingcorruption.
“I think it is a blessing that God has given our country Muhammadu Buhari to be the president of our country at this time. This is because everybody knows he would not steal our money.
“Despite the fact that we are earning 60 per cent less than they were earning in the previous government, we are spending almost five times more on projects today.
“For the first time, we are spending N2.7trillion on capital projects ,” he said.
The vice president also said that the Federal Government would be launching a “One Stop Shop” programme for the regulatory agencies in Bauchi, where traders could go and have their problems solved with ease.
“For the first time in Bauchi, we are launching what we call ‘One Stop Shop’ for the regulatory authorities.
“This means we would have the NAFDAC, SON and Corporate Affairs Commission under one roof here in Bauchi, so that any trader or small businesses owner can go and have his or her problems solved,” Osinbajo added.

Nnamdi Kanu didn’t agree with anybody to work against Buhari’s second term, says IPOB Deputy leader

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Uche Mefor, deputy leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says Nnamdi Kanu did not reach any agreement to work against President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, had said Kanu vowed to work against the reelection of Buhari when they spoke via telephone on Saturday.
But in a statement, Mefor said Fani-Kayode’s claim is “crude tactics” in an attempt to drag the name of the IPOB’s leader in the mud.
The deputy leader of IPOB said Kanu is on a “divine mission to restore Biafra and the resolve behind this restoration project remains irrevocable, sacrosanct and irreversible”.
“Our attention has been drawn to some deceptive and crude tactics employed by some politicians to drag the name of our leader, Nnamdi Kanu to the mud by suggesting that he held talks with such politicians to oust Muhammadu Buhari,” the statement read.
“We want to use this medium to state unequivocally that at no time did Nnamdi Kanu reach any agreement with any politician to participate in Nigerian politics.
“Consequently, any publication not authorised by our leader, his deputy or by the head directorate of state regarding IPOB and/or our leader is pedestrian and null and void.
“Finally, Nnamdi Kanu’s humility and courtesy in appreciating a few individuals and groups in Nigeria for what they did to assist during his incarceration cannot be construed as weakness. We invite you to listen to Nnamdi Kanu as he addresses IPOB family members and the world in general from the city of Tel Avivin Israel on the direction of the struggle.
“It is only after this address that you will advise yourselves accordingly regarding all the lies and propaganda being peddled.”

Politics: Gov Obaseki’s aide resigns, defect to PDP

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Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki in Ohordua, Esan South East local government, Mr. Imhandegbelo Louis, has resigned his appointment anddefected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Louis said he left the ruling APC because of highhandedness of the party leader in the locality.
He joined the PDP at a rally held at Ohordua village.
Louis said he has engaged in several humanitarian services to empower the people ahead of next year’s general elections.
The former Obaseki aide said he would mobilize his supporters for the PDP.
Receiving the APC defectors, leader of the PDP in the locality, Mr. Lawrence Odiase, said they would accord them all rights and privileges of former members of the party.
Odiase stated that members of the ruling party are joining the PDP in droves despite the party being in opposition.

NYSC scandal: I’m not only govt functionary without certificate – Shittu

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Minister of Communication, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu has said that he is not the only public office holder without the discharged certificate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The Minister was disqualified from contesting the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Oyo State because he does not have the NYSC discharged certificate.

But the Minister, who was yet to overcome the shock if his disqualification said he is not the only person who is in public office or seeking for public office who does not have discharged certificate

According to him, he was only made sacrificial lamb as the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi do not have the mandatory NYSC discharged Certificates.

Also mentioned by Shittu, who are in the government service without NYSC discharged certificates are: Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Abubakar, opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kwara State, Hon. Razak Atunwa, govetnor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar and Senator Sola Adeyeye.

In the message sent to New Telegraph, Shittu said, “None of the above ever participated in NYSC program, yet it was convenient to make Adebayo Shittu the sacrificial lamb.

The National chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who spoke on Shittu’s disqualification said that the party could not afford to allow somebody who did not participate in the one year mandatory Youth Service to fly the flag of the party.

Shittu is in court contesting the legality of the Oyo State APC state congresses.

The issue of the NYSC discharged certificate led to the resignation of the former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

Adeosun was said to have forged her NYSC exemption certificate.

The Minister resigned last month after a long media trial.

Breaking: Fayemi sworn in as Ekiti governor

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Former minister of Solid Mineral, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, has been sworn-in as the Ekiti state governor.

Fayemi, was a former governor of the state between 2010 and 2014, regain the seat on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).

The 53-year-old governor is a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State.
He was defeated by Mr Ayodele Fayose in 2014.

Details Later.

BREAKING: Fayose Arrives EFCC Office

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BREAKING: Fayose Arrives EFCC Office

The immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has arrived at the Abuja head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at about 1:12 p.m on Tuesday afternoon.

Fayose visited the EFCC office in fulfillment of his earlier promise to voluntarily visit the headquarters of the anti-graft agency to answer questions pertaining to his N1.3 million alleged corruption case.

President Obasanjo & Alhaji Atiku Abubakar: A Reconciliation Not An Endorsement

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Bishop Matthew Hassan KUKAH

I have deliberately made this explanatory note long because I think it is necessary that people make up their minds based on the facts, given my central role in the event. I note that Sheikh Gumi has already told his own side of the story. I feel obliged to state my own side so that Nigerians can have a clearer picture of my own involvement. Sadly, I personally did not read President Obasanjo’s statement until two days later on the Internet since I was not physically in the hall.

Although trying to reconcile President Obasanjo and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was something I had been working on intermittently in the last few years, nothing could have prepared me for the way things finally shaped up. My focus all along had been with President Obasanjo and I had never brought Alhaji Abubakar into what I was doing. Quite fortuitously, a chance meeting changed the tide in favour of reconciliation.

Understandably, the pictures of the four of us (President Obasanjo, Alhaji Abubakar, Shaikh Gumi and I) literally lit up the social media and elicited divergent reactions from the general public. Although over 99% of the reactions that have come to me have been largely those of commendation, with people focusing, rightly, on the reconciliation, there have been others whose focus has been on an isolated development that had absolutely nothing to do with what I had in mind all these years, namely, the endorsement.

I must say that I am eternally grateful to God that this reconciliation finally happened. The focus of attention has been on the endorsement of Alhaji Abubakar by President Obasanjo, a development that I can call the third leg of the process which I initiated. I am not sure of President Obasanjo’s other interlocutors after we agreed to meet leading to the participation of other actors and so, I will only clear the air on what I can take full responsibility for.

Let me state first that I am a priest of the Catholic Church and by the grace of God, a Bishop. I have more than a passing knowledge of our discipline and doctrine in matters relating to the role of a Catholic priest in political engagement. My doctoral thesis was on Religion and Politics in
Nigeria. So, this is an area that I have written and spoken extensively about for over thirty years.

I am therefore very clear about the boundaries, the slippery slopes and the contexts. Unlike Shaikh Gumi and Rev. Oyedepo who were invited to this event, I am a central actor. So let me explain what really happened.
On Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 I had the honor of being the Guest Speaker for the annual Conference of the Four Square Gospel Church in Alagomeji, Lagos. (The Presidential
Spokesman, Femi Adesina, a member of this Church had first invited me some years back but I could not honour the invitation). President Obasanjo was the Chairman of the occasion. At the end of the lecture, he indicated that he would have to leave because he had a scheduled meeting.

I told him I needed to see him briefly and he obliged. I brought up again the issue of what he thought of his reconciliation with Alhaji Atiku.
My last discussion with him this year was either January or February. His response was still negative and he told me what he later told the media. I reminded him that I was not interested in the politics of reconciliation but the spiritual angle. After all, I said to him, ‘as a Christian, this is an important thing for you to do’. He was quiet and then said he would speak with me later that evening on his final decision. We parted, he to his car and I returned to the Church to end the event.

At about 9pm the same Tuesday, he called to say that he had thought over the issues I had raised and finally decided to accept my suggestion and that yes, he would be happy to reconcile with Alhaji Abubakar. When did he think we could meet then, I asked him? He said he would look at his diary and get back to me later. Then, just before 11pm the same Tuesday, I received another call from him saying his diary was full, that the earliest date for him was October 21st. I accepted happily and told him that I would try and reach Alhaji Abubakar either directly, or through his aides to convey the news.

My initial intention had been to return to Abuja that same evening from Lagos, but my hosts at the Four Square Gospel had suggested that I should get some rest. Next morning, Wednesday October 10th, after I had finished celebrating the Holy Mass, I received a call from President Obasanjo: ‘Bishop, listen, I have changed my mind’. My heart nearly sank, but before I could ask why, he said: ‘Let us do it tomorrow if you can reach Atiku. I am going to deliver a lecture in Ife and will be back home before 1pm. So, tell him to come at 1pm’. I started frantic efforts to reach Alhaji Atiku without luck. I reached one of his aides, Paul Ibe, and asked him to please let him know I am trying to reach him. Finally, at about 1pm, I received a call from him. I told him what had happened with President Obasanjo. He agreed and said he would be in Abeokuta for 1pm on Thursday.

I got back to my hosts, the Four Square Gospel Church to tell them about the change in my travelling plans especially as I had no car to take me to Abeokuta. I didn’t want to ask President Obasanjo’s people to send me a vehicle because I believed I needed a leeway of independence and trust. My hosts were exceedingly gracious in making a vehicle available, a driver and an aide to take me to Abeokuta. Earlier that morning, President Obasanjo had called me a second time and told me that he wanted Alhaji Abubakar to come with the Chairman of the PDP, and two or three others. He also told me he had also invited both Shaikh Gumi and Rev. Oyedepo. This was welcome news- Rev. Oyedepo is a kinsman of his, and the presence of Shaikh Gumi made sense.

I was a bit nervous, seeing that the circle was getting larger for something I thought was between three of us.I arrived Abeokuta about 12.15pm ahead of both President Obasanjo and Alhaji Abubakar and his team. Alhaji Abubakar and his team arrived, and then I saw more and more people coming in.

I saw familiar faces of different people who turned out to be the leaders of Afenifere. All these years, whenever I brought up this matter of reconciliation, my idea has always been for the three of us to sit down together. I still believed that the meeting would be between the two of them and the three religious leaders.
When President Obasanjo appeared, I walked up to him and said I wanted to know the protocol for the meeting. He suggested that we would meet in a hall and that I should say a few words about how we got here. I declined because it seemed again that at this point, we were in small forest of politics and I had no wish to be caught in it. I was happy that what I wanted to achieve had been achieved, namely, getting these two men to put the past behind them. My personal preoccupation was a pastoral one, and not a political one. I was uncomfortable with this and I decided to make my position clear. I offered a different proposal to help us sift the moral grain from the chaff of politics via a three-step process so as to insulate the three of us from the political fallout.

I proposed that the first step would be for he and Alhaji Abubakar to sit down behind closed doors, sort out their issues and then the next step would be for both Sheikh Gumi and I to go in and listen to the two of them as Rev. Oyedepo had not arrived. After that, I said, they could continue with the third phase which from what I could see was high wire politics and I had no wish to be caught in the web. After they both finished their brief meeting, Sheikh Gumi and I went in and sat down with the two of them. We had some small briefing and then both of us spoke briefly on what they had done, encouraging them to ensure that this reconciliation holds. I even said jokingly that I am a Catholic priest and our marriage vows are indissoluble! After that, we prayed and then took what has now become the famous photograph behind closed doors.

At this point, I felt that my spiritual duties had been achieved and I was prepared to maintain my independence. Sheikh Gumi and I shook hands and although I was hungry and food was being laid out, I skipped lunch. I quietly let myself out by the side door, got into the Four Square Gospel car and we drove off to Lagos. Despite the dread of Lagos traffic and the disruption of flights at the Airport in Lagos, I had declined the offer of a seat in the Aircrafts which had flown them to Abeokuta. Although flying with them was the best (and most convenient) assurance I had of getting to Abuja in time for a speaking engagement at an event with the Sultan and Cardinal Onaiyekan for 9am the next day, it was necessary to ensure that I took no favours from any of the two parties.

I was not in Abeokuta to endorse Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party. I perfectly understand the feelings of many of my friends and members of the opposition who believe that I travelled with Alhaji Abubakar and his team to attend his endorsement by President Obasanjo, but I reiterate that this was not the case. All the bills for my travel were settled by the Four Square Gospel hosts for the earlier dated programme who had bought my tickets, booked accommodation for me and took care to get me to the airport for my flight to Abuja and Sokoto.

I am a strong believer in a peaceful and united Nigeria, ideals for which I have striven and served my entire adult life as a thinker and a priest. My instincts for reconciliation and peace were sharpened during my involvement and experience with the Oputa Panel. When the Generals refused to respond to the invitation of Oputa Panel, I personally undertook to visit both General Babangida and Buhari (he was not at home) at a time that today’s latter day Buharists were asking the Panel to compel them to come or risk being blacked out of national life.

Objective-minded people will remember that back in 2001, when the Christian community and many of President Buhari’s opponents claimed that General Buhari had said that Muslims should vote only for Muslims, many people in the Christian community were disappointed that I wrote a long article to explain the context of what he had said after speaking with the General. His party, the ANPP later used part of my article for their 2003 campaigns! My faith and experience have taught me to learn to suspend judgment till I have heard both sides of a story, no matter what.

I hope that this clarification helps to allay the concerns of those who may have seen all of these in a different light. Many minds will remain set no matter the reasonableness of my comments here, and this is to be expected- one can not please everyone. This is why it is often best to seek to please only one’s own conscience, and here, mine is very clear.

I have been involved in a few behind-the-scene shuttle diplomacy for years, largely on my own initiative, taking advantage of my knowledge of those engaged in the conflict or at the invitation of third parties. Some have succeeded and some have not. As priest, it is not in my place to publicise what we have achieved.

I am the Convener of the National Peace Committee. This alone is enough to place a moral boundary which I am bound to respect. The NPC able to accomplish much because of trust and that is not what I can treat lightly. When it became clear that both President Obasanjo and Abubakar were on the verge of making peace, I alerted the Chairman of the NPC, General Abdusalam. Since I happen to be in Lagos, I drove to the Ikoyi home of Chief Emeka Anyaoku and alerted him. I spoke to my Metropolitan, the Archbishop of Kaduna, Archbishop Matthew Ndagoso. All in all, everyone believed this was a very good move if we could achieve it. None of us imagined the third phase of this meeting.

Both theoretically and practically, I have come to know that peace making is a very risky business and often a thankless job. I recall listening to the late Kofi Anan speak about his on two different occasions. Anyone involved in peace making from domestic quarrels to larger battles, must be ready for the good, the bad and the ugly. In the end, we must wear the shoes of the long distance runner, believing and trusting that the truth never ever sinks to the bottom of the sea. The truth will always have a stubborn way of defying the hostile elements and popping up at the right time, no matter how long it takes.

I perfectly understand that with Alhaji Abubakar having just picked up the Presidential ticket of his Party, without providing this context, definitely, I can appreciate why many people will have a lot of anxieties. They will definitely be right to question my neutrality. However, I have far too many friends across party lines for me to openly endorse one candidate or party against the other.

It will be against the principles of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church which regulates our public life in the political space. The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has signed a statement to the effect that no altar of the Catholic Church must ever be open to any politician, something we have all taken seriously. I therefore hope that this clarification helps those whose minds are open.

I am thankful to God and quite pleased that this reconciliation took place and that I was a small instrument in making it happen. However, I am sorry that it has been given a different colouration and doubts to many people. Its timing was purely fortuitous and purely circumstantial not a contrivance. Personally, I will never relent in the very urgent task of making peace and reconciliation across the spectrum of our country.

Anambra South: Bianca Ojukwu loses senatorial bid

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Amb. Bianca Ojukwu, widow of the late Biafra warlord and supreme leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, has lost her bid to represent Anambra South Senatorial Zone at the National Assembly.

She was defeated by Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, a business mogul and one time member of the Federal House of Representatives.

Mrs Ojukwu went into the race with three aspirants: Nicholas Ukachukwu, Dr. Odume Chidolue and Dr. Anselm Ofordike; while Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah was earlier disqualified from participating in the race.

Prince Ukachukwu, who emerged winner of the primaries pooled 211 votes, placing Bianca Ojukwu at second position with 177 votes; while Dr. Ofordike and Dr. Chidolue got 2 and 1 vote respectively.

In his remarks after the exercise, Prince Ukachukwu thanked APGA delegates for the overwhelming support.

Kumuyi under fire for saying Nigeria is safe under Buhari

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The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church Worldwide, Pastor Williams Kumuyi, is under fire for saying that Nigeria is safe under Buhari.
Pastor Kumuyi, in a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, had told the president that the country is safe under his watch and that Nigerians are praying for the success of his government.
The cleric’s statement did not go down well with Nigerians as they expressed their anger on facebook.
Below are their reactions:
Ibiye Devotion — If there is any man of God I respect most in Nigeria, n the World,it is Pastor W.F.Kumuyi…fortunately enough, I was born n breed in Deeper Life Christian Ministry, and dat had,to some large extent sharpened my life in Humanity and God… But to b alive and see my Papa frolicking with politicians,more so an Islamic fundamentalist who has no iota of respect for humanity, more especially Christians, is to say the least that I am grievously disappointed.. Let all men be liars, and Our True and Everlasting Lord be the True Judge of All..I rest my case.
Eberechi Jinanwa — God had given Kumuyi the opportunity to use his encounter with Buhari to tell him the gospel truth but he missed the mark. Christians are being butchered in Jos, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba, Nasarawa and across the Nation. Soldiers from the east and west are being preyed to die in the hands of Gboko Haram rebels. 15 years old Leah Sharibu is in captivity in the hands of Gboko Haram. Hunger and starvation is ravaging the country. Rule of law is disregarded. Impunity is the rule of the game. None of these ills crossed his mind to tell the President to rule with the fear of God, like Prophet Nathan would tell King David in the case of Beersheba and Uriah. He decided to give him fake assurance that ‘everyone will support him.’ No wonder the bible warned us to test the spirit. By their fruits you shall know them.
Martha Otobong Okpon — can you imagine Paul the Apostle encouraging Caesar Augustus for the “good works he is doing”, or Moses encouraging Pharoah…God help us
Gbwong Dadu John — Don’t look to far. The Kumiyi now and then are not the same. Now you can buy and watch TV, watch movies, participate in social and worldly events, put on pans, go to church half naked, buy expensive jewries, sleep around, steal from government and other quoters and still be a deacon today in deeper life bible church. Kumuyi is now a new man the old man has passed away behold all thing are become new.
Christian Ezeh — tears in my eyes, did kumuyi ask him of the outcome of one of his pastors wife killed in kano, does he know that her killers were aquited and working around even when so much noise was made of getting justice? by buhari and kano governor?. o no this too much to bear, I am crying right now
Israel Adanu — My brother, on display here is the political ignorance of most Christian leaders. Kumuyi and papa Adeboye are both from Osun state but could not bring their influences to bear on the last Osun election! Christians should note that be one demonically inspired government policy would take more people to hell than our years of evangelism would point people to heaven.
Ekene Ezenwanne — I’m beginning to have doubt about d genuineness of Kumuyi; I think I should withdraw from dat church
Moyemi Owolabi — I felt so sad watching it on tv,what is so felicitating about the visit?If there is anything i would have love Pastor Kumuyi to do,is to tell the truth to the face of the tyrant.Late madam Bridget Agbahime a deeperlife member for that matter was killed in a Kano market for no just cause,his husband was injured.This was a couple who had spent close to 40yrs in kano,the perpetrators are walking free,even threatning the husband before he ran for his dear life.Is this fair Pastor Kumuyi?Leah Sharibu is in the hand of her tormentors and bloody sons of devil,no hope of rescue.Is this fair? and the dictator is talking about God and united country…chai! what a leaders! what a country!
 
George Nnamdi — While there is freedom of association, what Kumuyi has done is an endorsement of PMB and all what has been happening before Our very eyes. It is unfortunate. It is not right to reinforce failure
Okuta Ken — I wonder what they are laughing about. Maybe laughing at Nigerians for being so stupid. Useful slaves everywhere.
Asogwa Ken Obiekezie — I was beyond disappointed to say the least.
Thank you FFK for bringing this up. I’m also very happy you didn’t insult him or disdainfully speak of his personality.

Babachir Lawal: I Earned N930,000/Month As SGF, Now I Make Half A Billion Monthly

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Babachir Lawal, the sacked former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has boasted of his success after he was sacked from the government.

Lawal was fired in October for allegedly diverting funds meant for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

But speaking on Monday with Abuja reporters, the former SGF said he made more than he had made as the SGF in one year.

He said: “Let me shock you, before I came into government, I have been in business, I was a very successful businessman,” he said.

“I am a world-renowned IT consultant and I have a very large farm, spanning over 1,000 hectares, which I abandoned to join governance.

“I was earning N930, 000 monthly as the SGF, now that I have returned to my farm and reactivated it after my sack, I now have 4,000 hectares under cultivation.

“Last year, I earned close to half a billion naira from my farm proceeds, I have a cattle ranch that I am developing gradually and I am back to IT consultancy, life is now good.

“Everything that happened to a man is for his own good; my sack I would say is rather a blessing in disguise.

“Let me tell you, nothing happened to me. Right from the beginning of the saga, I knew that the whole thing was fabricated and that was why I did not give any damn from the beginning.

“The reason some people don’t like me is that I am so confident of myself. Did you hear me defend myself at that time, I didn’t do it and I will not do it because I know that they are fabricated.”

He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements in fighting terrorism in the country, saying: ”virtually everything that was destroyed by the sect, including schools, police stations, markets and hospitals.

“Before his coming into office, I could not go to my village, I could not go to my farm or to my local government, but the situation has changed.

“Now, I can drive to my house even at 2am, I can visit the remotest corners of the village with my family. I go to my farm in the forest and come back safely. If you have never faced an unsecured situation, you may not appreciate what I am saying.”

I have the medicine of the man regarding himself as godfather terrorizing Lagos, says Saraki

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has promised to ensure that the PeoplesDemocratic Party, PDP, produces the next governor of Lagos State.
Speaking during his meeting with PDP delegates at the party’s secretariat yesterday, Saraki said he has “the medicine of the man who regards himself as godfather terrorising Lagos State.”
Saraki, a PDP presidential aspirant, said, “What you have been fighting for many years, you will have it during the coming election because you now have somebody that has intention and charisma to deal with those disturbing you.
“I have a medicine of the man who regards himself as godfather terrorising Lagos State. We have their formula, come next year, PDP will take over Lagos.”
The Senate President also warned Nigerians to be mindful of presidential aspirants promising to restructure Nigeria, if elected president.
He said: “Many aspirants will tell you that they will restructure Nigeria, but don’t let them deceive you because restructuring is not something only a president can do because certain laws also need to change.
“So you need a president that has political sagacity to carry people along. But there are very few aspirants today that possess such charisma. Once I assume office, I will devolve more powers to the state.’’

Buhari does NOT represent me, my tribe, my zone or my faith, not a symbol of my country — Fani-Kayode replies Lai Mohammed

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The President of a country, irrespective of the party or tribe which he comes from, is the symbol of that country”- Lai Mohammed, Hon. Min. of Information.
I wonder why Lai Mohammed and his friends didn’t say this when President Goodluck Jonathan was in power?
Instead they called him a “looter”, and a “corrupt and clueless goat” and they called his dear wife, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an “illiterate and ugly hippopotamus”.
Such painful and cruel words were deployed against a profoundly good, peaceful, kind and loving man and great President and his precious wife but now the joke is on them and they are eating those words.
I say this to them:
Buhari does NOT represent me, my tribe, my zone or my faith and he is NOT the symbol of my country. As a matter of fact the contrary is the case.
He represents evil and that is why we have rejected him. He represents everything that all right-thinking people detest and despise. He represents blood, death, destruction, failure, anarchy, division, poverty, pain, conflict, malevolence and strife. He represents the forces of darkness and sorrow beyond measure.
Now is the time to dig deep, build bridges, form new alliances, bury old differences and conscientiously collaborate with others that share our concerns about his flagrant incompetence, reckless ineptitude and inordinate capacity for evil.
We must vote him out in February and remove him from power. If we succeed Nigeria will heal and we shall restore and rebuild her.
If we fail Nigeria is doomed, she will never rise again and she will fade away into the sad and sorrowful ashes of a failed and inglorious history.

APC challenges Saraki to debate on national TV

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The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has accepted Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s challenge to debate national issues on any national television.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, had said: “Mr Yekinni Nabena should know by now that many people on the media believe he is a robot and has no face. Here is an opportunity for him to come out of his hiding and come on a national television to debate all the issues he has raised with one of the aides of the Senate President.

“We hope he will take up this challenge and stop behaving like a masquerade. He is free to choose any independent TV station of his choice.

“When his masters show their face, we will debate all the issues they have raised and the ones they may wish to even concoct,” the statement said.

Responding to Saraki’s challenge, Nabena noted that the debate will be between the party and Saraki, not his aides.

His words: “Is it his aides that will argue for him? What about himself? I am challenging him to come out and debate on national issues with the leadership of the APC.

“He has declared for presidency. If he feels he knows what he will go and do there, he should come out and tell Nigerians. It’s not by bringing his aides. Are they the ones running for presidency?

“APC is ready to take him up on any issue. He believes that he doesn’t have any issue apart from his personal and selfish interest,” he said.

Nigerian media unfair to me on herdsmen killings, says Buhari in China

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday accused media organisations of bias in reporting conflicts in the country.
He made the accusation during an interactive meeting with the Nigerian community in China yesterday.
He said while security agencies were doing their best to curtail clashes, the Nigerian media should complement the efforts through objective and informed reportage.
“To my disappointment, the members of the press in Nigeria do not make enough efforts to study the historical antecedents of issues that are creating national problems for us,” the president said.
He therefore appealed to the media to understand the cultural and historical implications of some of the misunderstanding especially between herders and farmers.
Buhari, who is in Beijing for the seventh Summit of the Forum on China- Africa Cooperation, explained that due to the effects of climate change, a farm that used to belong to five people now belongs to 50 and that the weather condition, particularly the rainy season, has become unpredictable.
He partly blamed the farmers/ herders controversy on the shrinking of the Lake Chad, which according to him has forced many cattle nomads to seek greener pastures for their herds in other parts of the country.
According to the president, he is not intimidated at the prospect of a credible process in the 2019 general elections.
“I have no fear about free and fair elections because that is what brought me to the present position. I know what I went through, and very few Nigerians could boast of trying four times.”
Buhari’s complaint about the media came as the Nigerian Army also condemned what it described as a flawed reporting of its operations against Boko Haram.
The army yesterday denied the alleged killing of 30 soldiers by the insurgents at Zari village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that an international wire service had stated that the troops were killed when Boko Haram launched a deadly attack Thursday evening.
According to the report, many jihadists in trucks stormed the base, seizing it briefly after a fierce battle.
The director of army public relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, however denied the report in a phone interview with NAN.
He said the alleged killing was the “figment of the imagination of the news agency”.
Chukwu said contrary to the claim , the insurgents did not attack any military formation but rather came to loot foodstuffs and extort money from the locals.
He said land troops of 82 Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole, aided by the Air Task Force, successfully repelled the insurgents.
“During the fight, an overwhelming volume of fire was unleashed on the insurgents from both the air and ground troops, neutralising several of them and their weapons.
The Boko Haram fighters took some of their corpses and fled while others escaped with bullet injuries,” he said, adding that normalcy had been restored in the affected communities.
He said it was very unfortunate that people would sit in the comfort of their zones and fabricate stories that don ’t exist.
“Such false narratives, we have always believed, are deliberate attempts to promote Boko Haram and their activities against the sovereignty of the country.
“That media organisation was said to have got their information from a security personnel and went ahead to file their report without making further inquiries.
This is unethical and unprofessional to say the least,” Chukwu added.

Buhari makes U-turn, says he will respect rule of law

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A few days after he said the rule of law must be subjected to national interest and security, President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will always uphold the sanctity of the rule of law in governing the country.
Mr Buhari said this while assuring German Chancellor, Angel Merkel, who visited the country on Friday, that all agreements between the two nations will be fully respected, according to a statement by Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari’s spokesperson.
“In his remarks during a bilateral meeting, the president said unity and harmony in every society can only be preserved by observing the rule of law, and ensuring that agreements reached in good faith are followed through to the mutual benefit of countries.
“President Buhari told Chancellor Merkel and members of her delegation that the rule of law embodies all the rightful mechanisms for conflict resolution, both within the country, and in dealing with all foreign partners, assuring that his administration remains focused on delivering a peaceful, economically viable and politically stable polity to all Nigerians,” Mr Shehu said.
While speaking at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference last Sunday, Mr Buhari claimed it was a settled law that national security should always trump the rule of law.
“Rule of Law must be subject to the supremacy of the nation’s security and national interest,” the president told the gathering of lawyers.
His statement came weeks after his attorney-general gave a similar reason for the government’s decision to ignore court orders for the release of Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser, who has been detained since 2015 for alleged arms possession and misappropriation of funds.
President Buhari’s comment was condemned by a Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, as well as several lawyers including activist Femi Falana.
In a statement Thursday, Mr Soyinka mocked the president by saying Mr Buhari had obviously given a deep thought to his travails under a military dictatorship and concluded that his incarceration at that time was also in the “national interest.”
Mr Buhari was imprisoned for years by the Ibrahim Babangida regime after his military dictatorship was overthrown in 1985.
“At his first coming, it was ‘I intend to tamper with Freedom of the Press,’ and Buhari did proceed to suit action to the words, sending two journalists – Irabor and Thompson – to prison as a reward for their professional integrity.
“Now, a vague, vaporous, but commodious concept dubbed “national interest” is being trotted out as an alibi for flouting the decisions of the Nigerian judiciary. President Buhari has obviously given deep thought to his travails under a military dictatorship, and concluded that his incarceration was also in the ‘national interest.’”
Mr Buhari’s comments also sparked outrage amongst other Nigerians.
However, Mr Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Friday, said Mr Buhari said he would respect the rule of law. The spokesperson said the president made this pledge during a bilateral meeting with the German Chancellor, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The president maintained that unity and harmony in every society could only be preserved by observing the rule of law, and ensuring that agreements reached in good faith were followed through to the mutual benefit of countries.
Mr Buhari told Ms Merkel, who was accompanied by top government officials and a business delegation, that the rule of law embodied all the rightful mechanisms for conflict resolution, both within the country and in dealing with all foreign partners.
He assured that his administration would remain focused on delivering a peaceful, economically viable and politically stable polity to all Nigerians.
He said Nigeria remained grateful to the German government for the fair treatment of migrants.
According to him, Nigeria looks forward to improving its trade figures with Germany, which had taken a strong interest in investing in the country.
The president also lauded Germany for supporting Nigeria in providing effective services in security, education and creation of jobs.
In her remarks at the meeting, Mrs Merkel said: “Germany is prepared to further strengthen bilateral and business relations with Nigeria’’ which, according to her, controlled 60 per cent of ECOWAS economy.
The German Chancellor said the population growth and opportunities in the economy could always be explored to improve employment situation in the country.
Mrs Merkel said the three Memoranda of Understanding signed during the visit represented a starting point for a healthier and deeper partnership with Nigeria in areas of security, trade, immigration and education.
The federal government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Volkswagen of South Africa for the manufacturing of Volkswagen vehicles in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Petkus Technologies GMBH for the supply of seed and grain processing machines.
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German African Business Association on fostering trade and investment.

I will soon leave APC Saraki breaks silence

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Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki has admitted that he will soon leave the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Saraki made this remark while speaking to Reuters.
When asked about leaving the ruling party, he admitted that “the chances are very, very high”.
This comes after the Senate President oversaw Tuesday’s plenary session, that witnessed 15 Senator defect from the APC.
Senators that joined the PDP are: Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano); Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara); Shaba Lafiagi (Kwara); Bayero Nafada (Gombe); Ubale Shittu (Jigawa); Dino Melaye (Kogi); Abdullahi Danbaba (Sokoto); Isa Hamma Misau (Bauchi); Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi); Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna); Barnabas Gemade (Benue) and Lanre Tejuoso (Ogun).
Monsurat Sumonu (Oyo) and Abdulaziz Nyako (Adamawa) opted for the ADC.
With this, the APC has slim majority with 53 Senators, while the PDP has 50.

JUST IN: Gov Ortom defect to PDP

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Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor announced his defection at a meeting with local government chairmen and councillors at government house, Makurdi, on Wednesday.
TheCable had listed Ortom as one of the three APC governors that would join the opposition party.
Ortom was a member of PDP who served as minister of state for trade and industry under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. He left the PDP for APC in 2014.

Boko Haram bombs mosque in Borno, kills worshippers

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Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect struck inside a mosque in the Konduga area of Borno state on Monday, killing some worshippers.
A security source confirmed the attack to TheCable, saying it happened around 5:30am.
Those who sustained injuries in the incident have been taken to the hospital while security operatives have cordoned off the scene of the attack.
Boko Haram has continued to hit soft targets in its violent campaign. Efforts of government to put the sect in check has not yielded the desired result.
Last week, the military arrested one Abubakar Kori who reportedly confessed facilitating suicide bombing activities of the sect.
He said he was paid not less than N5,000 for each suicide bomb attack carried out in Maiduguri.
“My role is to keep the Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) for onward delivery to another person who will carry out the attack,” NAN quoted him to have said.
“On different occasions, two of my acquaintances gave a parcel to keep for somebody, who will come and take it.
“I normally kept the parcel in my duty post; the appointed person would come and picked it; after successful delivery, they paid me N5,000.
“We reside in the same neighborhood in Maiduguri; they always told me that the parcel was given to them by one Ba’Adam, and asked me to keep it. They introduced me to Ba’Adam, who is the mastermind of the attacks.”

Oshiomhole threatens to expel Ngige, Hadi Sirika from APC for disrespecting Buhari

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Pic.19. Formal Governor Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Formal Governor of CBN and Keynote Speaker, Prof. Charles Soludo, during the Vanguard Economic Discourse in lagos on Friday (10/3/17). 01896/10/3/2017/Babatunde Atolagbe/MO/JAU/NAN

Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has threatened to expel ministers from the ruling party for failing to comply with the instructions of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oshiomhole accused Chris Ngige, minister of labour, and Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, of failing to inaugurate boards under their ministries.

The APC chairman said he had given a one-week ultimatum to Ngige and Sirika to do the needful or face disciplinary action from the party.

Speaking with journalists after meeting with President Buhari on Monday, Oshiomhole said there must be internal discipline in the party.

“If the minister refuses, we will suspend him from the party. You know we must return to internal discipline. For me it is the height of mischief for any minister, you cannot purport to be honourable minister and you act dishonourably and nobody is greater than the party,” he said.

“And if the president condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party. And when we expel the minister we will prevail on the president that he can’t keep in his cabinet people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party without which they would not have been ministers. There are no independent candidates in our system, nobody, I emphasise, no minister is above the party and they have taken undue advantage of the president’s fatherly disposition.

“Now, it is the same green pen that made them minister that appointed these boards that they are refusing to swear in. And it is absolutely legal for a minister in a democracy to prey the powers of the board because the laws establishing those institutions are clear, that the boards have procedures to follow.

“I am convinced that what they are doing is not with the endorsement of Mr. President. Over the period they have tried to drop the president’s name but I tell them it is the same authority that appoints these people.

“So, we are informing them that it is either they comply to the president’s instructions or they comply with the party’s position or they go and administer outside the government.”

Oshiomhole said the party has respect for ministers but they should know that they are products of a political party.

“We have respect for ministers but only to the extent that they recognise that they are a product of a political party and we are not negotiating that. If they have done that in the past, under our leadership we will not tolerate it,” he said.

“They either comply or we will expel them from the party. When we expel them, we will find out how a government can keep a rebel in the cabinet. There is no question about that.”