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Nobel laureate , Prof . Wole Soyinka , has advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo to desist from struggling to restore Nigeria to the path of sanity and moderate rectitude, describing him as objectively unfitted for the role. He urged him to instead head for a monastery.

Soyinka said, “I know that deep inside, there is a soakaway pond of personal insecurity struggling to be drained. Beneath every bully, there is a scared product of insecurity and troubled conscience. Now , fight your own demons as best as you can, and feel free to flagellate Buhari ( President Muhammadu ) with all the weapons in your armoury.

I have only one demand : keep away from movements struggling to restore this nation to the path of sanity and even moderate rectitude . End your hijacking propensity.

Soyinka said these in the latest of his interventions series , Interventions VIII, titled ‘ Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? : Gani ’ s Unfinished Business’ officially released to the public by Bookcraft on Tuesday. It formed the text of his speech at the 10 th memorial lecture of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi .

He also described the Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, built by Obasanjo as Presidential Laundromat, alleging that it was constructed with fraud.

He said, “That structure in Abeokuta remains a moral eyesore to those who were in a position to obtain even a glimmering of the proceedings that inflicted such a purulent carbuncle on the landscape of my state, Ogun. However, even the grossest evil can be turned to some good . When we were school pupils, one of our illustrated reading texts was one entitled, This is the house that Jack built.

Today, and forevermore, generations will point to that thing which I have daubed the Presidential Laundromat and say: This is the house that Fraud built.

The playwright also asked if someone with Obasanjo ’ s governance record dare accuse anyone of failing to rise to the challenges of governance.

Soyinka , who said one of the challenges that had confronted Nigeria since military incursion into politics was electricity, asked Obasanjo to tell Nigerians how he rose to the challenges of power while he was in office for eight years.

He added,“I dare Obasanjo to meet me one on one on any podium to present the facts of that stewardship to the Nigerian people. Just how did you, in eight years, rise to the challenges of power generation for a population of a hundred and fifty million people, endowed with enormous energy resources.

“Eight years repeat , eight years in office , and the elected estate manager of this vast territory could not even provide the modicum level of power to activate even a low -level cottage industrial culture. And such individual has the nerve to sermonise about rising to challenges . ’

The essayist and poet also said that he had a vested interest in the power industry and could claim to be an insider in that ministry for a while when the late Bola Ige agreed to serve as minister of power in Obasanjo ’ s cabinet against his ( Soyinka ’ s ) personal conviction .

Besides , he noted that the allegation of corruption against Obasanjo by a former Abia State governor , Chief Orji Kalu , should be formally addressed , adding again , we are also duty bound to point out that the author of that damning expose is himself standing trial on charges of corruption . We are aware that this pioneer letter -writer has been summoned by the EFCC to substantiate his claims.

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Olatoye Sugar’s Family Sues UCH N200m For Releasing Horrific Photo Lawmaker [PHOTO]

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For releasing the photograph, the Olatoye family is seeking N200 million damages.

C. C. Amedu of Ikeh Sunday Chambers in Ibadan filed the petition on behalf of the Olatoye family, which is accusing the hospital of allowing the gory photographs of the late lawmaker in his dying hours at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital to be circulated on social media, thereby causing members of his family a lot of grief.

The petition was also sent to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, and the Ibadan chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association.

It reads in part: “A cursory assessment of the attached photographs revealed that the deceased, as at the time the photographs were taken, was still at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital in a pool of blood. Therefore, it is reasonable and unarguable to believe that only your staff could access the unit at the material time.

“The above conduct of your staff suggested that instead of your personnel on duty to have acted in their full professional capacity, focusing on taking care of the deceased, which might have probably saved his life, they were busy taking his pictures, which perhaps for the purpose of selling same to social media operators as it can be seen trending online.”

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Ganduje Issues Strong Warning Ahead Of Kano Election Rerun

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Ahead of the supplementary elections in Kano on Saturday, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has warned that his government will not tolerate any breach of peace by any group or persons in the state.‎

‎Ganduje gave the warning on Tuesday in Kano, when an amalgam of 320 associations called Kano Peace Ambassadors, paid him a solidarity visit.‎

“We will not tolerate breach of peace under whatever guise, and the government will not fold its arms and watch people instigating instability in the state.‎

“As a governor of Kano state and the Chief Security Officer of the state, I cannot sleep if any drop of blood is wasted.

‎”I am not speaking as a gubernatorial candidate, but as the executive governor of Kano state and the chief security officer of the state. Anybody wishing to disrupt the peace of the state will not go scot-free,” he said.‎

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Drama In Kano As Ganduje’s Aide Resigns Over Governor’s Refusal To Concede Defeat In Kano Guber Race

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Alhaji Hashim Suleiman, the Senior Special Assistant on Urban Beautification to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has tendered his letter of resignation to Secretary to the State Government.

In his resignation letter, he attributed his reason to the failure of Governor Ganduje to concede defeat to the Guber candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf, who won the election that has been declared inconclusive in controversial circumstances by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The letter of resignation, dated, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, which he personally signed, reads, ”I write to formally inform you of my voluntary resignation from the office of SSA, Beautification.

“I thank you for offering me the opportunity to serve under your administration as SSA.”

He added that as a transparent Khadimul-Islam, the governor ought to have conceded defeat, so as to serve as a precedent to other Muslims, who serve Allah in truth and sincerity.

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