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Lai Mohammed Stole N100 Million Sent To Me By Igbo Businessman For Election – Kwara Governor.

Information minister Lai Mohammed has been accused of being a thief after allegedly cornering hundreds of millions of naira donated to the governorship campaign of AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

“The Chief of Staff to the Kaduna State Governor called and said Lai gave us an account but it’s not going through, “can you give us another account so we can send you the money?” But I was going to campaign so I said fine.

“I came back two days later and remembered, and I said they should call him and give him an account number. When we called, he said Lai had sorted it out. That one and several. Until today, as we speak, he never told anybody that he collected money.

“There’s a businessman from the South-east. His banker came to me and said his Oga wants to speak with me. I spoke with him and he said he was sending money to me. I said, thank you very much. After the election, he called me to congratulate me.

“When he saw I was just saying ‘thank you’, then he asked if Lai didn’t deliver the money, I asked him what money? He said N100 million,” Mr AbdulRazaq told ThisDay in an interview out on Sunday.

The governor said the unnamed Igbo businessman later called to congratulate him and also mentioned the donation, but he was unable to confirm receipt. The governor said Mr Mohammed has failed to account for hundreds of millions donated he intercepted and pocketed in the course of the campaign.

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Pandora Papers: EFCC Opens Probe Of Tinubu, Peter Obi, Stella Oduah, Oyetola, Others

There are indications that the Economic and Crimes Commission has commenced investigations into the alleged tax evasion by some Nigerians named in the Pandora Papers.

It was gathered that a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has already been summoned for questioning by the commission over his secret assets and financial deals exposed in the Pandora Papers.

Apart from Obi, the acting Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko; and a former minister and serving senator, Stella Oduah, mentioned in the report are also being probed.

Others include Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State as well as his associates including former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, and Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun.

Children of a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), were also said to have engaged in offshore deals.

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The Unity Of Nigeria Is Nehotiable- Babagana Kingibe

Babagana Kingibe, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says the unity of Nigeria is negotiable.

Kingibe, Nigeria’s envoy to Chad and the Lake Chad basin region, spoke on Saturday at The Sun Newspaper awards for 2020 in Lagos, according to a report by Thisday.

Using the relationship between couples as an example, he explained that once a party is trying to opt out of a union, he/she must consider the pros and cons of his/her choice before making a final decision.

“I was born in Nigeria. I was groomed in Nigeria. I believe in Nigeria. People of my generation believe in Nigeria. We have no doubt about the fact that we have no option, but Nigeria,” Thisday quoted him as saying.

“However, I think that a few of my colleagues believe that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. Of course, it is negotiable. Even the unity of a family is negotiable. Even the constitution of husband and wife is negotiable.

“The moment either party feels this union is no longer bearable, that he or she will rather go his/her way. You help them to sit down, consider their condition after a careful and rational examination of the pros and cons of how to be married that they make the decision which suits them best.

“It is not enough to say I do not fare well where I am. So, I am going.”

Kingibe said those seeking secession from Nigeria should consider the implications of leaving and how it would affect them.

He added that they should have it at the back of their minds that they would still be on Nigeria’s land, even if they got their wish.

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We Are borrowing To Give Nigerians World Class Infrastructures – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government on Thursday descended on critics of its frequent request for fresh loans describing them as insincere.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, spoke for the government during a town hall meeting in Maiduguri, Borno State to address vandalism of power and telecommunications infrastructure.

Mohammed said the critics were members of previous administrations who ‘performed abysmally in terms of modernising our infrastructure, even when they served at a time when our earnings were multiples of what we get today.”

He said that government was not borrowing for recurrent expenditure or to pay salaries but to build world class infrastructure that would benefit generations of Nigerians.

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President Buhari Has Shown Mercy To Fani-Kayode – Femi Adesina

Naturally, a lot of loyal APC members are hopping mad that FFK was readmitted into the party. And not only that, he got back at the highest level. Not at his ward in Ile-Ife, Osun State, but the triumphal entry was at the Presidential Villa, with President Buhari himself as the host.

I understand the umbrage taken against the development by teeming APC supporters. It’s the natural thing to do. But then, having vented spleen, raised dust and almost brought down the roof, the next thing is to isolate the issues dispassionately. With the bile displayed towards President Buhari and his family over the years, how did the man find the grace to have received FFK? How was he convinced? Who did the convincing? What were the extenuating factors? How? When? Why?

By agreeing to the readmission of FFK to APC as the leader of the party, and hosting him at the Villa, President Buhari displayed amazing capacity to forgive, to show mercy, and let bygones be bygones. How many of us can do that? Not many.

Not a small ruckus has been caused by the defection of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last week.

An icing on the cake, or the salt added to injury (depending on which side you are), was his reception at the Presidential Villa by Muhammadu Buhari, father of the nation. The development has been rocking the polity for many days.

FFK is by no means a miscellaneous personality, and whatever he does, or does not do, attracts loads of attention.

He was a founding member of the APC, before he ported back to the PDP. And he did not leave quietly. He ruffled feathers and stirred up the mud. He became a rabid hater of his former party and its members.

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Northerners Developed Lagos And Rivers State – Masari Speaks On VAT

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.

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Fulani Blood Following In My Vain, My Maternal Grandmother Was A FULANI, Femi Fani-Kayode

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.”

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Insecurity: Miyetti Allah Hires Yoruba Woman as a Brand Ambassador for Image Laundering

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.

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Photos From Ganjuje And Kano Delegations To Chief Bola Ahemed Tinubu

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.

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Present APC Is Not Same As One I Criticised ― Fani Kayode

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.”