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Be Involved In The Choice Of Your Successor, Tunde Bakare Tells Buhari




Tunde Bakare, serving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly (LRA), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he is succeeded by a leader who would uphold, not destroy his legacies.

In 2019, Bakare had hinted that he would succeed Buhari.

Speaking at his church on Sunday, Bakare said it is not a coincidence that Buhari is leading the country into a new decade.

The cleric, who listed three “pivotal points” the Buhari administration should focus on, prayed for the last three years of Buhari’s administration to be the best three years of the president’s life.

“This is the decade of the new Nigeria. In this decade, we have an opportunity to turn the tides of our nation if we make the right choices. I believe it is not a coincidence that President Muhammadu Buhari has the privilege of presiding over the nation at the turn of the decade. I believe a rare opportunity has been thrust upon his shoulders to make history in the service of his fatherland,” Bakare said.

“Therefore, in the first three years of this decade which coincides with the last three years of his administration, the president must take the lead in building a legacy that will facilitate the emergence of the Nigerian dreams.

“Three focal objectives must drive governance in the appropriate path from this moment henceforth. First, this government must be driven by strong leadership. A strong man is different from a strong leader. Africa does need strong leaders who would build strong institutions. Providing strong leadership must the first pivotal agenda of the Buhari administration in the next three years. It includes being not just the commander in chief but also the unifier in chief.

“The second focal objective of this leadership in the next three years should be to strengthen institutions. The third pivotal goal of governance should be to build a strong post-Buhari legacy facilitated by accurate succession.

“A key responsibility that history has bestowed on President Muhammadu Buhari at this point of our journey to nationhood is to institutionalize systems of accurate succession that will build and sustain the Nigeria that we desire, not the ones that will hand us back again to treasury looters.

“God is into succession. Anyone that does not concern himself about succession is destroying his legacies because the person that comes after you can just destroy everything you have built.”

According to Bakare, who spoke on the theme “Unveiling the True Enemies of Nigeria”, the enemies of the country span across all the tiers and arms of government as well as ordinary Nigerian citizens.

He listed them to include “those that seek to keep the country divided permanently as ministers or VIPs at least, the tribalists, the nepotists. They can also be found on the streets, households.

Describing the bill seeking to regulate social media as “misguided”, Bakare said though he has been a victim of “social media mischief”, he would never support a clampdown on freedom of speech.

“Social media offered them (Nigerians) a direct channel through which they can unleash their creativity, express their expectation or release their frustration. This is what living in the 21st-century globalized economy entails. The mobile phone has become a mobile city and we cannot afford to lag behind,” Bakare said.

“The fact that some persons have deployed this tool in ways that have been less than honorable does not justify the attempted clampdown on freedom of speech by the legislature.

“I, too have been a target of social media mischief…but I will not support the suppression of a potent tool for citizen engagement in the 21st century through a misguided social media bill.”


Man Dies After Taking Sex Enhancement Drugs To Satisfy Lady In Onitsha Hotel

Gbemileke Ajayi



Barely two weeks after a married man was found dead in Lagos, while lodging with a prostitute; another middle-aged man, Paul Okwudili, was confirmed dead Monday morning, after having sex with a lady in Onitsha, Anambra State.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Anambra Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, Mr. Okwudili’s cause of death may not be unconnected to an overdose of sex enhancement drugs taken to satisfy the lady.

The statement reads in part: “On the 24/2/2020, at about 0:3am, the manager of Plus View hotel in Onitsha reported at Central Police Station, Onitsha that one Paul Okwudili ‘m’ aged about 40years of Ogboliolosi, off Awka Road, Inland town, Onitsha, allegedly took a lady to the hotel and lodged.

“Minutes later, the lady came out shouting for help and the hotel management who went to the room and discovered the man gasping for breath took him to St Charles Boromeo hospital Onitsha for medical attention where the victim was later confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty.

“Meanwhile, the scene was visited by Police detectives attached to CPS Onitsha and photograph of the victim obtained. No marks of violence on the deceased body but some drugs were discovered in the hotel room reasonably suspected to be enhancement drugs”.

The Police spokesman said, the corpse has been deposited at the hospital mortuary for autopsy, while the lady was arrested for further investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

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North Has No Justification To Remain In Power, Presidency Should Go To The South After Buhari —- El-Rufai




The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that the North has no justification to remain in power after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure.

El-Rufai maintained that the Presidency should rightly return to the Southern part of Nigeria.

He said though the constitution of the All Progressives Congress, APC, does not make provision for rotation but in the interest of justice, equity, and fair play, Presidency should go to other regions of the country.

Vanguard quoted him as saying: “The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency should rotate between the North and the South. It is not written but everyone understands it.

“In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but it was breached in 2015. I think that every politician of honour should understand and abide by that consensus except there is an extenuating circumstance compelling it to be set aside. What could this be?

“President Yar’Adua died in office and it was compulsory for Jonathan to continue but when 2011 election came, there were many people who insisted that Jonathan should step aside for a northerner to complete the tenure of Yar’Adua but I opposed it because I didn’t think it was proper for an incumbent that got there not by his own design should be stopped from contesting when the constitution has not barred him from running.

“In the APC, we deliberately omitted rotational Presidency in our constitution and the emergence of a presidential candidate does not take into account zoning and that was why in 2015, Rochas Okorocha from the East contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah contested, Buhari, Kwankwaso and others contested.”

El-Rufai a chieftain of APC, added that presidential candidates are chosen on the basis of merit and general acceptance.

“I can say that as distinct from the PDP, APC has no rotational Presidency but candidates are selected strictly on the basis of political merit and the general acceptability of the candidate.

“I want to say that those of us from Northern Nigeria honour agreements. We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead in violating that agreement. I may have a personal view but that should be the basis. I don’t care where you come from but I look for merit.

“But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there is some extenuating circumstances. But all things being equal, we will honour our agreement and we keep our words,” he said.

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Woman, 3 Others Jailed 160 Years Over Fake Naira Notes




A woman, Hadiza Bello, and three other accomplices have been sentenced to 160 years in prison by a Federal High Court, sitting in Yola, Adamawa State, for dealing in fake naira notes.

The convicts were dragged before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission after they were caught at a checkpoint along Girei-Yola Road.

A statement from the ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said five suspects — Hadiza, Mohammed Dauda, Bello Salisu, Ali Adamu and Hassan Bello, were involved in a deal to exchange the sum of N5m counterfeit notes for N1m real notes, adding that Hassan, a native doctor, could not be sentenced because of his death before conviction.

The statement said, “A Federal High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State, has sentenced four persons, including a woman, to 160 years’ imprisonment on a multiple-count charge of conspiracy and possession of counterfeit banknotes.

“Justice Abdulazeez Anka, who handed down the sentences to the convicts in the case brought by the ICPC, ruled that they would spend 10 years in prison on each of the four counts preferred against them.

“Three of the convicts, Hadiza Bello, Mohammed Dauda and Bello Salisu, had in March 2017, left Kaduna and were joined by the fourth convict, Ali Adamu, from Kano, to meet a native doctor, Hassan Bello, who was a counterfeiter at Wamdeo Uba, Borno State, with the intention to procure about N5m counterfeit banknotes to exchange for about N1m genuine banknotes from a customs officer.

“The deal with the customs officer did not go through for undisclosed reasons. However, as they made their way back, they were caught at a checkpoint on Girei-Yola Road, with counterfeit N1000 banknotes to the value of N5, 504,000 by soldiers on duty and subsequently handed over to the ICPC.”

The anti-graft body said an investigation launched by its officers led to the residence of the native doctor at Wamdeo Uba, where he was arrested.

“A search conducted on the premises revealed more counterfeit N1000 bank notes reading the same serial number to the value of N26,000.

“At the conclusion of investigations, except for Bello Salisu, who was charged with abetment to commit an offense of possession of counterfeit banknotes, the other four suspects, including the native doctor counterfeiter, were arraigned on four counts of being in possession of counterfeit banknotes, which is an offense contrary to sections 5(1) (b) and 6(2) (b), and punishable under Section 5(1) (c) of the Counterfeit Currency (Special Provisions) Act, cap. C35, LFN 2004,” the statement added.

In his ruling, Justice Anka found the accused persons guilty on each of the four counts and sentenced them to cumulative 40 years’ imprisonment each, although the sentences would run concurrently.

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