See faces at the birthday thanksgiving of Naomi, that took place at Glorious International church Dublin Ireland on the 14th of July 2019.
Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has spoken against the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) by states, saying the North contributes to the economic development of Lagos and Rivers.
Speaking exclusively with Daily Trust , Mr Masari described the agitation over tax collection as a joke.
“What is Lagos without the rest of Nigeria? The market Lagos is boasting of is dependent on the larger part of the country.
Benin Republic has a port, Togo has a port; do they have the population to back up the ports? Without us providing the demand part, what will be Lagos?” Mr Masari said.
“VAT serves them and us. We provide the bulk of the market because without the rest of the states what is Lagos or Port Harcourt?” Mr Masari said.
According to him, “Any state that thinks it can survive in isolation is joking. We provide the demand that makes Lagos what it is.”
Mr Masari did not speak on how northern states benefit from alcohol taxes generated from southern states while Sharia-backed state police in the north continue to confiscate and destroy alcoholic beverages that cross state lines.
Femi Fani-Kayode had said his maternal great-grandmother was a pure Fulani woman precisely from Sokoto state.
Going deeper into his family genealogy, Fani-Kayode disclosed:
His father, that is my maternal great-grandfather, was a pure Yoruba man from Ilesha. However, his mother, that is my maternal great-grandmother, was a pure Fulani woman from Sokoto.
“My grandfather, Sheik Nurudeen Sa’ I’d, who was half Fulani and half Yoruba, got married to my grandmother, Alhaja Abeke Sa’ id (nee Williams), who was a pure Yoruba woman. She was also known as ”Mama Ofin”.
She was from Lagos (Isale Eko) and she was the daughter of Alhaji Isa Williams who was a key leader in the Muslim community and the richest businessman and trader in the whole of Lagos in his day.”
Fulani socio-cultural organisation, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has engaged Queen Temitope Labinjo Ajayi, as brand ambassador to launder its image and for community engagement and promotion of Fulani herders interests.
The association said its members have undoubtedly become endangered species among local communities in Nigeria and beyond due to bad perception which it attributed to negative media reports. It said the ambassador would assist correct the misconceptions in the public sphere.
President of the association, Alhaji Bello Bodejo, who stated this at the investiture ceremony of Miyetti Allah brand Ambassador in Abuja, said the choice of Queen Ajayi was a wise one going by the reputation, integrity and loyalty she commands within and outside Nigeria.
Bodejo said with her new responsibility as brand ambassador, the image of Fulani pastoralists would change for good within and outside Nigeria.
He said the new ambassador lived abroad for over 30 years, thereby, putting her on a vantage position to launder the image of the Fulani.
Ajayi, in her remarks, said Nigerians at home and abroad, were deeply concerned and determined to find lasting solution to farmers/herders crisis, and that she was committed to any cause that would herald a peaceful end to the protracted crisis.
“We must collectively agree to end the crisis that has turned brothers and sisters against each other. It’s because of my firm believe in the peace and unity of Nigeria that I decided to relocate to Nigeria, temporarily, to engage with the Miyetti Allah Association towards engendering peace, unity and development.
“My investiture as Miyetti Allah brand ambassador has therefore placed a heavy burden on my shoulder and my indefatigable team of supporters, and I can assure you that I will not betray the enormous confidence reposed in me.”
Ajayi said a blueprint for the total transformation of cattle rearing and farming business that would change the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country had been developed by her team, and if implemented, at least half of the lingering clashes between farmers/herders would be a thing of the past.
A delegation from kano state led by the state governor Abubakar Ganduje Visits Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in London.
In recent times, supporters of the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, for the 2023 presidential project, have been silent following the long absence of their principal from Nigeria.
The former governor has spent months in London as a result of ill health. As a result of this, the agitation for him to publicly declare interest for the 2023 presidential election seems to have lost its tempo.
Tinubu, who is strongly believed to be nursing the ambition of succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, was last seen in public during the presentation of a book on the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on April 8 this year.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, on Friday, vowed to arrest the owner Olumide Oniwinde and shut down popular forex publishing platform, AbokiFX.
AbokiFX is a platform known for publishing the exchange rate of Naira against other currencies. It began operations in 2015.
The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele who spoke after the Monetary Policy Committee’s two-day meeting in Abuja described the platform as illegal, accusing it of putting the Nigerian economy at risk.
Mr Emefiele accused Mr Oniwinde of manipulating the exchange rate.
“I have given instructions to our experts to go after his website and let it be clear that we will go after him because we can’t allow this to continue,” he said.
Mr Emefiele also challenged Mr Oniwinde to make himself available at the CBN headquarters in Abuja.
“That is the story of AbokiFX and I hear he’s making news on social media. I’m not on social media, but let him come and meet me in the central bank, let him come and show his face. Those who feel they want to support him to fight me, come out, let’s fight,” he said.
This comes barely 24 hours after a report that the CBN was making efforts to shut down the platform. This was contained in a letter it sent to commercial banks requesting transaction records of the website over an alleged breach of the National Intelligence Committee Act of 2004.
An Oyo state high court sitting in Ibadan, friday ordered the DSS to pay the sum of N20billion to Chief Sunday Adeyemo also known as Igboho as damages for the invasion of his residence, destroying of his properties and killing of people in his house.
(Internet will Never Forget): Femi Fani Kayode Wrote, Aug 6,2018..👇👇
“You remain the father of the nation, our father and political father to all. Just like i told Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Osinbanjo yesterday in Nigeria… Those who think that they have politically grown to insult you will all regret it before month end sir. I am here (London) to register my undiluted love and unalloyed support to you. I was involved in all their meetings and I know what their plans are. The long recess of NASS is going to be your advantage and not theirs like they thought and planned”- Senator Godswill Akpabio to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Those that do not have the courage of their convictions and that do not have the guts to stand against tyranny when under fire are not worthy of being called men: they are little better than beasts.
The fact that the former Governor of Akwa Ibom, Senator Godswill Akpabio, is a coward and a traitor is no longer in dispute. The fact that his brazen treachery knows no bounds is what can best be described as “settled law”.
A leader must be ready to sacrifice his liberty and life in defence of truth, justice and righteousness and he must be prepared to defend his nation, faith, people and loved ones no matter the price he may have to pay.
Sadly such noble virtues and high standards are lost on men like Akpabio. To them such matters and sentiments are like Greek or Latin: they can neither understand their meaning or grasp their import.
They fail to appreciate the fact that fear is not a virtue but a vice. They refuse to acknowledge the fact that to blink the eye, bat the eyelid, surrender, compromise, buckle, capitulate and bend the knee to the tyrant and his minions in a futile and last minute attempt to preserve your life and liberty is utterly shameful.
Akpabio’s desire to decamp to the APC due to his trepidation and fear of the EFCC and Buhari’s regime is pitiful. If he has done nothing wrong then why the fear and why the trepidation? Where is his faith in God?
And if he has done something wrong, given the fact that he has opposed them virulently for the last three years, does he honestly believe that the Buhari regime will not punish him by using it against him if they manage to get back to power next year, no matter how much he helps them today?
If he believes that then he is not half as intelligent as I once thought. Buhari is not a man of honor, he is not a worthy ally, he does not keep to his pronlmises and he does not have friends. The only friend he has is his insatiable lust for power which he feeds on a daily basis.
Aside from that the following questions come to mind. Does Akpabio honestly see any good in Buhari and his goverrnment? Is that what he thinks that Nigerians deserve to suffer for the next few years and if so what is their crime?
Has he forgotten the gratuitous insults that Buhari dishes out so lavishly on the Nigerian people whenever he travels abroad and speaks to foreign leaders and the foreign press?
Has he forgotten about all those that the Buhari government have killed and all those that have died and suffered in the struggle against them? Does the shedding of innocent blood by a desperate government mean nothing to him?
Has he forgotten the tears of the tormented and persecuted and the cries of the widows, orphans and the bereaved whose loved ones have been butchered by jihadists, religious fanatics, cow-lovers and ethnic supremacists that Buhari has protected and encouraged over the last three years?
Has he forgotten the anguish of those whose loved ones have been locked up indefinately and those who have been demonised and subjected to the most barbaric and insidious media witchunts in the history of our nation?
Has he forgotten the practice of double standards in the application of our laws? Has he forgotten how the rogues in Buhari’s cabinet and government and the governors in his party are above the law and get away with blue murder?
Has he forgotten about the slaughter of northern Christians, IPOB youths and Shiite Muslims?
Has he forgotten about the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Fulani terrorists and herdsmen? Has he forgotten about the attack against the Church and the attempt to undermine and ridicule Christendom?
Has he forgotten about the censorship of the media and how newspapers houses and radio and television stations are warned against airing or publishing anti-government material?
Has he forgotten about Buhari’s insidious secret romance with Boko Haram and how he has strengthened them in the last two years by freeing their commanders and paying them huge and unprecedented ransoms?
Has he forgotten the appauling way that members of our Armed Forces are being treated by the government and how they are massacred on the front lines and given secret mass burials in secret graves with no honor or thanks?
Has he forgotten about the brutal assault on the judiciary and judges and the undermining of the rule of law? Has he forgotten about the relentless attacks on the legislature and the humiliation of his colleagues at the National Assembly?
Has he forgotten about the horrors and wickedness that members and leaders of the opposition PDP were subjected to over the last 3 years? Has he forgotten about what the Govermment did to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Sheik El Zak Zaky and Col. Ibrahim Dasuki?
Has he forgotten the vitriolic terms and words that they used to describe President Goodluck Jonathan, President Olusegun Obasanjo and every single PDP leader and government that held power between 1999 and 2015?
Has he forgotten that Buhari considers himself to be the third and final Mahdi of the north and that he has nothing but contempt and disdain for those that come from the Middle Belt and the south and those that do not share his religious faith?
Has he forgotten the insults the Buhari government heaped on southerners, Middle Belters, Afenifere, Ohaeneze, the Niger Delta Elders, the Middle Belt Forum and every single elderstatesman and leader that has called for the restructuring of our country.
Has he forgotten about the division, strife, disgrace, penury, corruption, poverty and despair that they have subjected the Nigerian people to over the last three years.
Has he forgotten what Christians have been subjected to by these demons from hell? Has he forgotten their hatred for the Church? Has he forgotten the division, strife, turmoil, bloodshed, torment and havoc that they have inflicted on our nation?
Has Akpabio forgotten about all these things or is that he is so tormented by the fear of his own shadow, the EFCC and Buhari’s ghost that he has capitulated like a fatherless peasant that lacks nobility, class, dignity, self-respect, good-breeding and honor?
On a general note one is constrained to ask: why are most Nigerian leaders plagued with such a cowardly disposition and servile spirit? Why do they compromise so often and why do they tremble before power?
If Akpabio had issues with PDP that is fair enough. We all have issues with the party in varying degrees.
Yet if he felt constrained to leave why can’t he join any of the other numerous opposition parties? Why does he have to sell his soul to the devil and enter a Faustian pact with Buhari and the APC.
Why should he join the birds of prey to feed on the blood, flesh and guts of the Nigerian people?
The truth is that he has betrayed his people and joined forces with those that seek to enslave them simply in an attempt to secure freedom and goodwill for himself.
Is that what leaders are meant to do? Are they meant to give in to their most morbid and irrational fears and collaborate with those that seek to destroy their nation, their people and their future?
Akpabio reminds me of the old African chiefs and traditional rulers that sold their own people into slavery to the white slave dealers in return for tiny crumbs and protection.
He reminds me of the black slaves that fought on the side of the southern secessionist forces in the American civil war who attempted to preserve the institution of slavery.
He reminds me of the inglorious Scottish clans that turned their backs on Scotland’s heroic Bonny Prince Charlie and instead betrayed their people and fought on the side of the English oppressors to oppose Scottish emancipation and liberation.
He reminds me of everything that is unpleasant, servile, weak, ugly, uncouth, cowardly and dishonorable.
The fact of the mattee is that Akpabio deserves to be pitied. He is more worthy of pathos than wrath because, like Judas Iscariot and those that betrayed and crucified Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he “knows not what he does”.
Shakespeare wrote that “a coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”
Soyinka wrote that “the man died in him who remained silent before tyranny”.
Akpabio has died a thousand deaths and the man has died in him.
Courage, risk and sacrifice are the fuel and engine room of the struggle for liberation. I would rather live as a free man for one day than live a thousand years as a coward and a slave.
May God guide my friend and brother Godswill Akpabio and may He open his eyes and cause him to appreciate the folly of his own actions and the very grave consequences of the monumental mistake he is about to make.
May He remind him that the forces of darkness have nothing to offer but death, sorrow, shame and destruction.
May He remind him that no matter how dark the night, joy comes in the morning for those who have faith, who trust in the Lord and who stand firm till the end.
May He remind him that those that joined Adolf Hitler, even in his last days, ended up dying with him.
Latest All People Congress, APC, chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode has stated categorically that the APC he heavily criticised in time past is not the same party he joined.
Fani-Kayode, defending his defection to the ruling APC party on Channels TV, explained that the APC he joined is forward-thinking, and accommodating.
He maintained that he joined the ruling party to promote the unity of the country.
Fani-Kayode, when asked if switching side has any financial undertone, took exceptions and termed it “insulting”.
“I find that very insulting whether it is coming from your or my critics, I am not the first person that would decamp to the APC, have you asked others this same question?
When asked if his return to the APC was his last bus stop, Fani-Kayode stated that he could only speak for the moment and has no regret making the switch.
“If you ask all politicians this question, you will get the same answer; nobody knows tomorrow. I have my values and I will continue to work towards that.”
The Nigerian Southern Governors’ Forum held a meeting today, Thursday, 16 September 2021 held in the Government House, Enugu, Enugu State reviewed the state of the nation and the progress of implementation of the decisions reached in her previous meetings and further resolved as follows:
- Expressed satisfaction with the rate at which the States in the Southern Nigeria are enacting or amending the Anti- Open Grazing Laws which align with the uniform template and aspiration of Southern Governors and encouraged the States that are yet to enact this law to do so expeditiously.
- Encouraged the full operationalization of already agreed regional security outfits; which would meet, share intelligence and collaborate, to ensure the security and safety of the region.
- Reaffirmed its earlier commitment to fiscal federalism as resolved at the inaugural meeting of the Forum held on Tuesday, 11th May 2021 at Asaba, Delta State and emphasized the need for the Southern States to leverage the legislative competence of their respective State Houses of Assembly as well as representation in the National assembly to pursue its inclusion in the Nigerian Constitution through the ongoing constitutional amendment.
- Following from paragraph “3” above, the meeting resolved to support the position that the collection of VAT falls within the powers of the States.
- Expressed satisfaction with the handling of issues around the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and ownership of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by the larger Nigerian Governors’ Forum.
- Reiterated their earlier position that the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria in line with politics of equity, justice and fairness.
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN
Governor, Ondo State and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum
Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi says the state is not in support of Rivers, Lagos and other states in their moves to collect Value Added Tax.
Umahi stated this at a dinner organised in honour of a former Chief of Army Staff and Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Amb. Tukur Buratai, on Monday night.
Umahi said Ebonyi was solidly and would continually throw its weight behind the Federal Inland Revenue Service’s collection of VAT.
Speaking at the dinner held at the Governor’s Lodge, Centenary City, Abakaliki, Umahi reiterated that state would not support any of the states collecting VAT, adding “Evil will continue to thrive if good people keep quiet.”
He said, “We must make Ebonyi State very exceptional by rising to the challenges. When we shout true federalism, I say, I agree; but it should be administrative restructuring.
“Ebonyi State is not in support of any state collecting VAT. We are in support that FIRS should continue to collect tax and share.”
South-South Govs should embrace VAT collection now -Orbih
While urging the country’s leaders to speak up against dissenting voices that were capable of polarising the nation, Umahi stressed he was open to debate with any governor from the stable of the Peoples Democratic Party, who felt he had delivered more democracy dividends to his people than the APC-led administration in Ebonyi State.
“People are taking special interest in Ebonyi State and her Governor, positively and negatively; but it is very important to be in the news than for you to say there are 36 states, you will name 35 and say what is the other state?
“We have aborted it; we are now a state to reckon with and we have no apologies.
“When I say I have no apologies, you can talk everything about me but you can not say we have not delivered and so when people open their mouths in PDP to talk about APC, they should know that I belong to APC and if they like, let PDP offer any of their best Governors to come for debate with me and I will defeat any of them; it’s not just to be talking and talking. You don’t sit on people’s sweat and resources and be talking nonsense.
“We have no regrets taking our people to the centre. We have always played at the centre. We are not playing party politics, we are playing politics that will be an advantage to our people, criticise me; no problems. But we need resources, we need friendship with the centre,” Umahi stated.