NULGE Rejects APC Restructuring Report.

The national coalescence of Local Regime Employees, NULGE has repudiated the recommendation by the All Progressives Congress APC, committee on true federalism, on the delisting of local regimes from the constitution as a tier of regime.

President of NULGE, Ibrahim Khalil verbally expressed this when he appeared on an ait political programme, people, politics and potency, PPP, on Friday

Khalil verbally expressed the recommendation runs contrary to the clamour for the independence of local regime administration in Nigeria

He verbalized the ruling APC cannot force its credences on Nigerians, without seeking their views

A member of the apc committee on true federalism who was additionally a guest on the programme, edifier Osariemen Osunbor while expounding the position of the governor el’rufai’s committee on true federalism, verbally expressed the NULGE should agnize that the authenticity of the present local regime system in Nigeria is that it is not working.

The national amalgamation of local regime employees, NULGE, however insists that the present 774 list of local regimes in Nigeria should be maintained and local regime elections conducted by the independent national electoral commission, INEC.

IBB seeks political rearrangement.

 

Former President Ibrahim Babangida has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step down in 2019 to allow a generational shift that should reinvent the wheel of leadership and spur healing in the land.

Babangida in a special statement issued on Sunday also lamented the failure of the All Progressives Congress, APC to advance its change mantra in several areas of the polity saying that the devolution of powers which the party campaigned.

Babangida in the statement issued on his behalf by his spokesman, Prince Kassim Afegbua particularly lamented the flow of blood in the country saying that it was a thing of irony that the country that himself and other Nigerians fought to keep together is daily being drawn to the seems by the flow of blood across the land.

Babangida also lamented the herdsmen/farmers clashes as he called for the adoption of ranching as a way of stemming the crisis.

Babangida who governed Nigeria as military head of state between 1985 and 1993 while lamenting the recycling of analogue leadership said:

“In the past few months and weeks, I have played host to many concerned Nigerians who have continued to express legitimate and patriotic worry about the state of affairs in the country. Some of them have continued to agonize about the turn of events and expressly worried why we have not gotten our leadership compass right as a country with so much potential and opportunity for all. Some, out of frustration, have elected to interrogate the leadership question and wondered aloud why it has taken this long from independence till date to discover the right model on account of our peculiarities. At 57, we are still a nation in search of the right leadership to contend with the dynamics of a 21st century Nigeria.

Having been privileged to preside over this great country, interacted with all categories of persons, dissected all shades of opinions, understudied different ethnic groupings; I can rightfully conclude that our strength lies in our diversity. But exploring and exploiting that diversity as a huge potential has remained a hard nut to crack, not because we have not made efforts, but building a consensus on any national issue often has to go through the incinerator of those diverse ethnic configurations. Opinions in Nigeria are not limited to the borders of the political elite; in fact, every Nigerian no matter how young or old, has an opinion on any national issue. And it is the function of discerning leadership to understand these elemental undercurrents in the discharge of state responsibilities.

 

WHERE WE ARE.

 

There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigeria is at a major crossroads at this moment in its history; the choices we are going to make as a nation regarding the leadership question of this country and the vision for our political, economic and religious future will be largely determined by the nature or kind of change that we pursue, the kind of change that we need and the kind of change that we get. A lot depends on our roles both as followers and leaders in our political undertakings. As we proceed to find the right thesis that would resolve the leadership question, we must bear in mind a formula that could engender national development and the undiluted commitment of our leaders to a resurgence of the moral and ethical foundations that brought us to where we are as a pluralistic and multi-ethnic society.

Nigeria, before now, has been on the one hand our dear native land, where tribes and tongues may differ but in brotherhood we stand, and on the other hand a nation that continues to struggle with itself and in every way stumbling and willful in its quest to become a modern state, starting from the first republic till date. With our huge investments in the African emancipation movements and the various contributions that were made by our leadership to extricate South Africa from colonial grip, Nigeria became the giant of Africa during that period. But having gone through leadership failures, we no longer possess the sobriety to claim that status. And we all are guilty.

We have experimented with Parliamentary and Presidential systems of government amid military interregnum at various times of our national history. We have made some progress, but not good enough to situate us on the pedestal we so desirously crave for. It is little wonder therefore that we need to deliberately provoke systems and models that will put paid to this recycling leadership experimentation to embrace new generational leadership evolution with the essential attributes of responsive, responsible and proactive leadership configuration to confront the several challenges that we presently face.

In 2019 and beyond, we should come to a national consensus that we need new breed leadership with requisite capacity to manage our diversities and jump-start a process of launching the country on the super highway of technology-driven leadership in line with the dynamics of modern governance. It is short of saying enough of this analogue system. Let’s give way for digital leadership orientation with all the trappings of consultative, constructive, communicative, interactive and utility-driven approach where everyone has a role to play in the process of enthroning accountability and transparency in governance.

I am particularly enamored that Nigerians are becoming more and more conscious of their rights; and their ability to speak truth to power and interrogate those elected to represent them without fear of arrest and harassment. These are part of the ennobling principles of representative democracy. As citizens in a democracy, it is our civic responsibility to demand accountability and transparency. Our elected leaders owe us that simple but remarkable accountability creed. Whenever we criticize them, it is not that we do not like their guts; it is just that as stakeholders in the political economy of the country, we also carry certain responsibilities.

In the past few months also, I have taken time to reflect on a number of issues plaguing the country. I get frightened by their dimensions. I get worried by their colourations. I get perplexed by their gory themes. From Southern Kaduna to Taraba state, from Benue state to Rivers, from Edo state to Zamfara, it has been a theatre of blood with cake of crimson. In Dansadau in Zamfara state recently, North-West of Nigeria, over 200 souls were wasted for no justifiable reason. The pogrom in Benue state has left me wondering if truly this is the same country some of us fought to keep together. I am alarmed by the amount of blood-letting across the land. Nigeria is now being described as a land where blood flows like river, where tears have refused to dry up. Almost on a daily basis, we are both mourning and grieving, and often times left helpless by the sophistication of crimes. The Boko Haram challenge has remained unabated even though there has been commendable effort by government to maximally downgrade them. I will professionally advise that the battle be taken to the inner fortress of Sambisa Forest rather than responding to the insurgents’ ambushes from time to time.

 

THINKING ALOUD.

 

In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country. While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running. While saying this also, I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but there comes a time in the life of a nation, when personal ambition should not override national interest. This is the time for us to reinvent the will and tap into the resourcefulness of the younger generation, stimulate their entrepreneurial initiatives and provoke a conduce environment to grow national economy both at the micro and macro levels.

Contemporary leadership has to be proactive and not reactive. It must factor in citizens’ participation. Its language of discourse must be persuasive not agitated and abusive. It must give room for confidence building. It must build consensus and form aggregate opinion on any issue to reflect the wishes of the people across the country. It must gauge the mood of the country at every point in time in order to send the right message. It must share in their aspirations and give them cause to have confidence in the system. Modern leadership is not just about “fighting” corruption, it is about plugging the leakages and building systems that will militate against corruption. Accountability in leadership should flow from copious examples. It goes beyond mere sloganeering. My support for a new breed leadership derives from the understanding that it will show a marked departure from recycled leadership to creating new paradigms that will breathe fresh air into our present polluted leadership actuality.

My intervention in the governance process of Nigeria wasn’t an accident of history. Even as a military government, we had a clear-cut policy agenda on what we needed to achieve. We recruited some of the best brains and introduced policies that remain some of the best in our effort to re-engineer our polity and nation. We saw the future of Nigeria but lack of continuity in government and of policies killed some of our intentions and initiatives. Even though we did not provide answers to all the developmental challenges that confronted us as at that time, we were not short of taking decisions whenever the need arose.

 

GROWING INSECURITY ON OUR HANDS.

 

The unchecked activities of the herdsmen have continued to raise doubt on the capacity of this government to handle with dispatch, security concerns that continue to threaten our dear nation; suicide bombings, kidnappings, armed banditry, ethnic clashes and other divisive tendencies. We need to bring different actors to the roundtable. Government must generate platform to interact and dialogue on the issues with a view to finding permanent solutions to the crises. The festering nature of this crisis is an inelegant testimony to the sharp divisions and polarizations that exist across the country. For example, this is not the first time herdsmen engage in pastoral nomadism but the anger in the land is suggestive of the absence of mutual love and togetherness that once defined our nationality. We must collectively rise up to the occasion and do something urgently to arrest this drift. If left unchecked, it portends danger to our collective existence as one nation bound by common destiny; and may snowball into another internecine warfare that would not be good for nation-building.

We have to reorient the minds of the herdsmen or gun-men to embrace ranching as a new and modern way to herd cattle. We also need to expand the capacity of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Army, the Navy and Air Force to provide the necessary security for all. We need to catch up with modern sophistication in crime detection and crime fighting. Due to the peculiarity of our country, we must begin community policing to close the gaps that presently exist in our policing system. We cannot continue to use old methods and expect new results. We just have to constructively engage the people from time to time through platforms that would help them ventilate their opinions and viewpoints.

 

THE CHANGE MANTRA

 

When the ruling party campaigned with the change mantra, I had thought they would device new methods, provoke new initiatives and proffer new ways to addressing some of our developmental problems. By now, in line with her manifesto, one would have thought that the APC will give fillip to the idea of devolution of powers and tinker with processes that would strengthen and reform the various sectors of the economy. Like I did state in my previous statement late last year, devolution of power or restructuring is an idea whose time has come if we must be honest with ourselves. We need to critically address the issue and take informed positions based on the expectations of the people on how to make the union work better. Political parties should not exploit this as a decoy to woo voters because election time is here. We need to begin the process of restructuring both in the letter and spirit of it.

For example, I still cannot reconcile why my state government would not be allowed to fix the Minna-Suleja road, simply because it is called Federal Government road, or why state governments cannot run their own policing system to support the Federal Police. We are still experiencing huge infrastructural deficit across the country and one had thought the APC-led Federal Government would behave differently from their counterparts in previous administrations. I am hesitant to ask; where is the promised change?

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

At this point of our national history, we must take some rather useful decisions that would lead to real development and promote peaceful co-existence among all the nationalities. We must be unanimous in what we desire for our country; new generation leadership, result-driven leadership, sound political foundation, demonetization of our politics, enhanced internal democracy, elimination of impunity in our politics, inclusiveness in decision-making, and promotion of citizens’ participation in our democratic process. The search for that new breed leadership must start now as we prepare for 2019 election.

I get worried when politicians visit to inform me about their aspirations and what you hear in terms of budgetary allocations for electoral contest does not cover voters’ education but very ridiculous sub-heads. A typical aspirant in Nigeria draws up budget to cover INEC, Police, Army and men and officers of the Civil Defense, instead of talking of voters’ education, mobilization and sensitization. Even where benchmarks are set for electoral expenditure, monitoring and compliance are always difficult to adhere to. We truly need to reform the political system. And we must deliberately get fresh hands involved for improved participation.

We need new ways and new approaches in our political order. We need a national rebirth. We need a rebranded Nigeria and rebranded politics. It is not so much for the people, but for the institutions that are put in place to promote our political engagements. We must strengthen the one man one vote mantra. It is often ridiculous for me when people use smaller countries in our West Africa sub-region as handy references of how democracy should be. It beggars our giant of Africa status.

The next election in 2019 therefore presents us a unique opportunity to reinvent the will and provoke fresh leadership that would immediately begin the process of healing the wounds in the land and ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of the people are realized in building and sustaining national cohesion and consensus. I pray the Almighty Allah grant us the gift of good life to witness that glorious dawn in 2019. Amen. I have not written an open letter to the President, I have just shared my thoughts with fellow compatriots on the need to enthrone younger blood into the mainstream of our political leadership starting from 2019.

 

The Nation.

Armed Herdsmen Attack 3 Villages In Dumne, Scores Dead.  

Some villages in Dumne, Song local government area of Adamawa State have been attacked by rampaging Fulani herdsmen leading to multiple deaths of person with 3 villages torched down.

According to locals troubled started a few days ago as herdsmen and villagers  clashed  on a stream that  used as the only source of water supply to the village. There were altercation which resulted in violence leaving four people dead at Shimba village.

The herdsmen are said to have launched an early morning attack today on three villages namely Tinde, Shiure and Gban. Locals confirmed that although security forces were drafted to the area since the attack two days ago, the herdsmen still reenforced and came back killing wantonly even as majority of the people were in church.

Both police and the army have sent reenforcement of more personnel to the area,  an uneasy calm pervades the area even as villagers who have scampered to the bushes are returning to count the dead.

So far four persons have been confirmed dead in this morning raid.

The police public Relations officer Othman Abubakar confirmed the attack but could not give a casualty figure.

FUTA Final Year Student Dies While Playing Football.

A 500 level Geophysics student at the Government College of Innovation Akure, Ondo State, Tunji Agboola, has kicked the bucket while playing football on Saturday at FUTA South Door zone of Akure, the state capital.
It was assembled that the undergraduate, who lived off campus, had no record of illness challenge before the episode, while the reason for his death was yet obscure as of press time.
A source said instantly the boy slumped, he was hurried to the hospital but the hospital has been on strike buthe was later hurried to a private hospital in the region.

On getting to the private hospital, the student was purportedly not taken care of because of the absence of oxygen that could have been utilized to revive him.

“This influenced the safeguard to group surge him to the State Pro Doctor’s facility, Akure, where he was affirmed dead,” the source expressed.

The source said the understudies of the organization, particularly the Nigerian Relationship of Earth and Mineral Science Understudies, were furious about the occurrence and nearly went on challenge, saying their associate would not have passed on in the event that he had got help on time.

Their pioneers were said to have calmed them down.

In his response, the Student Association Government President, Mr. Adeyinka Olasehinde, portrayed the episode as exceptionally miserable and disastrous.

He said the association would meet with the administration of the organization to express their brain on the episode, as they additionally communicated their disappointment over the school not having a working wellbeing focus.

He said the remaining parts of the late Agboola has been given over to his senior sibling, for ahead development to Ado Ekiti where his folks live.

In the interim, the Administration of the FUTA in an announcement issued on Sunday by the Leader of the Convention and Advertising Unit of the foundation, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, frowned over the occurrence.

The announcement read, “Our supplications are with the family at this exceptionally troublesome time. The college sympathizes with his family and companions and supplicate God to concede them the strength to tolerate this excruciating misfortune.

“This is a period of calm reflection. As an establishment, we will proceed to survey and fortify existing structures as far as medicinal services conveyance and different administrations that straightforwardly influence the prosperity and welfare of individuals from the FUTA, especially the undergraduates, who remain our primary core interest. “

Speed Darlington rants on IG after spending $215 on a Dominican lady but ended up not having sex with her.

Speed Darlington is ranting on IG after spending $215 on a Dominican lady but “couldn’t have a feel of her boobs” 

Here is what he wrote on his Instagram page as some of his fans laughed at him while others sympathised with him

Read what he wrote below..

She’s a Dominican black beauty and she got shiny dark skin I picked her up yesterday evening for class. After I dropped her off then I showed up 3 hours later to pick her up again for dinner. My plan was to take her to African restaurant feed her jellof rice with fry fish and some goat meat. But she insisted on downtown restaurant which I didn’t want to because I like to keep my money in my pocket. But didn’t want to come off cheap so I greed. But now I feel like a *SUCKER* aka mumu because I don’t Bleep her after $215 worth of dinner. I feel like poo. My African American friends aways put it in my head that only looser spend hefty money on girls he never sex. Here I’m spending over $200 I didn’t even squeeze boobs or anything smh. The other part of my mind is telling me not to see it as bad thing because it is said that good girls are not suppose to Bleep on the 1st date. To see it as the beginning of some good. But the part that kinda pissed me off was that as I was taking her home, she was on phone with another guy. I checked her and let her know that’s a no no with the Bang Master. You can’t be on my time and talking to another guy on the phone in my present. So disrespectful.
Should I call her again for second date since I already invested so much already or move on?

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