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Of Public Relations, Political Infection And Defection In Nigeria By Alaba Yusuf.

By Alaba Yusuf

“For forms of government, let the fools contest; whatever is best administered is best governed” – British Political Philosopher, Lord Acton

Let’s try to draw attention, and if possible affection, to this composition by way of definition of the terms public relations, politics, infection and defection. At this juncture, it is pertinent to ask the question: ‘what books do political scientists read nowadays given the rat race pervading the Nigerian political space?’ Not even the multimedia benefits of the Digital Age can cope with the robotic catapulting being displayed by highly placed Nigerian politicians in view of the forthcoming 2015 General Elections. Actually, it will take a man who rides on the meteor’s tiger to understand the game these men and women play with people’s mandate. You may name it cash-for-crossing transaction.

Amidst this enormous confusion, let’s lean on the back of public relations, PR, for probable explanation before drawing a tangible conclusion. PR is a dynamic discipline in human social engineering. It seeks and creates understanding between two or more people or organisations for mutual benefit, progress and development. Essentially, effective PR is the cumulative attitudinal latitude that extracts a man from the multitude and places him or her on an enviable altitude – such as the revered Nelson Mandela, the Madiba of the World. We all know the word and place for those who swim against the tide of good Public Relations. If unsure, search your history books.

So vital is PR that it forms the kernel of human aggregation; be it for political, religious, environmental or sundry reasons. Man always has to be seen as creating or generating understanding within society.  Therefore political actors, often times, perform highly or lowly to motivate or bamboozle their core audience – the spectators or constituents. And since politics is derived from the free association of men and women with common interest in a body called a political party, the leader and the led therefore require good PR to steam a dream team. This in politics-speak is referred to as Constituency Consultation.

Ideally, this arrangement constitutes an embodiment of people’s power or mandate; which by inference means a representative government. Old Athenians taught the world about the beauty of village square parliament; from which modern politics took a cue. Hence, a government of the people, by the people and for the people is labelled: Democracy! Little wonder, there is a dream and desire for the dividends of democracy. It is in itself a genuine and expected reciprocity of the people’s political faith in their elected representatives.

But when things fall apart and the ideal centre no longer holds, everybody gets confused and pandemonium reigns supreme. Such is the macabre dance in the Nigerian political theatre today where representatives brazenly play god to those they are representing. The falcon seems to have no ears for the whistle of the falconer. So much that people’s power now whither like flowers, in their twilight, in the hands of political mercenaries and gangsters.

Come to think of it, political parties are supposed to be based on ideological principles with clear-cut manifestoes for community development where chosen leaders serve the people selflessly. The opposite seems the case in Nigeria today. Now looters and rulers, much like Lords of the Manor, feast and oppress the masses that truly hold the key to power. Many politicians even buy their way into office, in order to find the net to fish in the country’s oil-rich treasury. The outcome is often so bare: mass looting, brigandage, unlimited corruption, nepotism, outright arrogance and cut-throat competition at elections. What a shame?

Sadly, in the 21st century, where advanced democracies are upping their political games seamlessly through global best practice of due process, transparency, responsibility and accountability; the Nigerian nation, albeit Africa, is still groping in the woods, like the primitive man, defying the laws of human relations and social contract.

If not, how do we explain the unabated spate of political crisscrossing or jumpology, as folks in Raypower’s Political Platform want us to believe? Check out the interplay of defection forces in David Mark’s Senate and Aminu Tambuwal’s House of Representatives. The States and Local Government Areas are even worse for it. Our parliaments nationwide are now veritable platforms for political summersaults. Where is the people’s interest in all of this? Just imagine if this gets copied into our business, religious and matrimonial relationships. Are we losing it? A people without ideological adherence can hardly seek relevance in the Comity of nations. Ours is being tagged a ‘Dollarised Democracy;’ one that enables the highest bidder to have the key to the treasury and an authority to steal. Funny enough, we all celebrate the looters in our midst; especially when they dangle a bit of benevolence through shady philanthropy – pet project, foundation or charity. This is not to say that there are no honest wealthy people who genuinely help the needy in our midst.

Like a coin, Public Relations is two-faced. One side is positive: publicity, promotion and branding. Whereas the other dwells on negatives: conflict, crisis and even war! Now that the lure of lucre has taken over the land politically; most young people do have taste buds craving the sweetness of quick money and power. So gun-running, kidnapping, armed robbery, thuggery, area-boyism, jeunsoke-ism, tasase-ism, no-shaking-ism have all become free-for-all ‘associations’ at the beck and call of political actors, to recruit an ‘army’ of young people.

This seemingly incurable affliction has become so contagious and has risen to the proportion of a serious infection in the nation. For want of appropriate terminology it is called defection. Otherwise political prostitution might be apt. It is a situation where a member of one political divide can jump to and from the other at will, without much ado!  And like any other business in Nigeria, copy-catism has dominated this anomalous and chameleonic political residency and expediency.

In fact, it is a pestilence that may soon ravage whatever is left of our commonalty, sanity, humanity, power of value and revered culture as a people. The young ones who daily face gross unemployment, school closure, lack of social welfare and infrastructure; are reading these verses and vices from their elders and so-called leaders. And very soon they shall overtake these current players. May the common brand we have, Nigeria, be strong enough to withstand the concomitant tidal wave of assaults that may follow in future.

Finally, instead of this prevalent heated political climate, exacerbated by bread and butter partisanship, each representative of the people at all levels, should ask him or herself:  ‘have I truly served my people well?’ Let them score themselves honestly on the ration of 1-10.  Because, in the words of a British Sage, Lord Acton: “for forms of government let the fools contest, whatever is best administered is best governed.”  After all, the beauty of democracy lies in people’s power of perception and ability to unravel deception. This is a lesson for those angling for political space now, in 2015 and beyond. Public Relations and good reputation, without doubt, will determine who we are and not mere political hypocrisy, or any infection of defection.

*The writer, Alaba Yusuf, is a International Publicist, Strategist and Commentator based in Abuja.


The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

National Conference just before another jamboree.


President Goodluck Jonathan has released the modalities for the convocation of a National Conference with limited powers.

Expectedly, criticisms have been trailing the modalities. The seriousness of the Federal Government has been questioned by many stakeholders. The consensus of opinion is that, for another three months or more, delegates will participate in a government-sponsored jamboree in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Since the premise for the national dialogue is not the ethnic nationalities, many have also argued that the exercise is an imposition.

However, pro-Jonathan forces have a contrary view. They believe that the conference will chart a new course for the country. Hailing the President for acceding to the popular request for a national debate, they also said that the conference will lay a better constitutional future.

When the President unfolded his plan for the conference on October 1, last year, many stakeholders queried his real intention. There were speculations that the idea was sold the option to the embattled leader to douse the mounting national tension. But, the sudden change of heart by the Commander-in-Chief still came as a surprise. In the past, Dr. Jonathan had objected to it, saying that a democratic government was in place. The proposal polarised the polity. A section said that the Federal Government was trying to divert attention from its gross failure to restore hope to the beleaguered country. In particular, the advocates of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) were not amused. In their view, the proposal fell below expectation.

Public enthusiasm has been waning since the Presidential Advisory Committee headed by Senator Femi Okurounmu submitted its report to the President. It was a divided committee. A minority report surfaced. It was written by a member of the committee, Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN). The bone of contention was the method proposed for the ratification of the conference report. While the majority report hammered on parliamentary ratification, the minority report emphasised the import of ratification by a referendum. The majority report on the mode of ratification reflected the President’s view. Last year, Dr. Jonathan told the nation that the report will be sent to the National Assembly for ratification. The implication is that the decisions reached at the conference may or may not be approved by the National Assembly.

The fear expressed by critics were confirmed last week when the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Pius Ayim, released the guidelines. 492 delegates are expected at the talk show. They are to be drawn from the strata of the society: government, traditional institution, political parties, judiciary, and civil societies. They are to be nominated by local, state and federal governments. Thus, it is “guided conference”.

The ethnic nationalities may not command a strong voice there. Observers have argued that nominees may not have the mind of their own. Since he who plays the piper dictates the tune, the presidential nominees will be his eye and ear at the conference. The delegates may therefore, be manipulated by the government to achieved a pre-determined goal.

The official name of the dialogue is The National Conference. This is antithetical to a Sovereign National Conference. There is a no-go area. The Federal Government is sensitive to the warning by a foreign body that the country may disintegrate next year. Therefore, it stated that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable. The time frame is also suspect. The government has proposed three months. But, it is evident that the conference will coincide with preparations for the 2015 general elections.

The timeframe for the nomination of delegates is between now and February 20. Wide consultations may not herald the nominations. In outlook, the proposed conference is elitist. The President may have also played a fast game. He is not indifferent to the position of the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on the vexed issue. Therefore, if the 17 APC governors refuse to nominate delegates, Dr. Jonathan, an Ijaw from the Southsouth, will nominate delegates on their behalf. These delegates may come from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). Critics will describe their assignments as “jobs for the boys”.

The delegates are expected to receive remuneration. But, funding for the conference is another hurdle. Although the conference is expected to commence proceedings this month, there is no assurance that the budget would have been passed before next month.

The script was carefully written at Aso Villa, the seat of government. But, The President needed an ally to sell the dummy. He found one in Senate President David Mark, who was saddled with flying the cart. The retired General, who had frowned at the agitation for the conference in the past, based on his belief in the legitimacy of the National Assembly as the anchor of popular rule, suddenly retraced his steps. Thus, many believed that the conference propaganda was designed to gage the public mood.

Historically, at critical points in national history, past governments have resorted to camouflage national debate, talk or dialogue to douse the tension. Indeed, when the dreadful dictator, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, set up a constitutional conference in 1994, the uprising in the Niger Delta stopped for one year. The Abacha conference was made up of 396 delegates. The late head of State nominated 96 members. Although the report of the 1994/95 conference did not see the light of the day, the delegates succeeded in dividing Nigeria into six geo-political zones. The six geo-political regions are not backed by law, but the structure is respected by the political class. Also, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo inaugurated the Abuja Reforms Conference, expectations were high that it would usher in a new dawn. The conference collapsed on the altar of the third term agenda. Of 400 delegates, Obasanjo nominated 50 delegates. Many delegates, who have reflected on the report, have called for the implementation of the report. Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, who also nominated delegates, has backed the call for the retrieval of the report from the dustbin. He said since resolutions have been passed on many of the issues that the delegates are going to debate in Abuja, the Federal Government should have the courage to implement the 2005 report.

Shortly after he assumed the reins, the first military Head of State, the late Gen. Thomas Auguyi-Ironsi, set up an ad hoc constitutional committee to debate the contentious issues tearing apart the country. The committee was dead on arrival. At the inception of the military rule, soldiers in power lacked the political skills to handle those sensitive issues and problems which the military intervention had compounded. When the Muritala/Obasanjo set up the Constitutional Drafting Committee and Constituent Assembly, the transition to civil rule programme of the regime received a popular acclaim. Even, when the former President Ibrahim Babangida set up the Constituent Assembly in 1989, it calmed down the nerves. But, the report also did not see the light of the day.

President Jonathan’s first step at implementing the proposal was confusing. He named an advocate of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), Dr. Okurounmu, as the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee to prepare the ground for the talk. But, the committee was on tour of the six geo-political regions to collate views on modalities, the President announced that the National Assembly will debate the conference report. The statement irked many people. But, the members of the committee became deviated from their terms of reference when they were defending the President. When the team led by Okurounmu visited Benin, the capital of Edo State, for consultation with the Southsouth stakeholders, a committee member, Col. Tony Nyiam, took on Governor Adams Oshiomhole. Thus, the committee was censoring public opinion on the conference.

During the debate on the proposed conference, members of the National Assembly were not aloof. In the beginning, they loathed the idea of conference, pointing out that the nation should not waste time on another Constituent Assembly that will be saddled with the business of constitution making at a time the National Assembly is also reviewing the constitution. But, when reality dawned on them that the conference would be inevitable, they indicated a deeper interest. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu said in Lagos that it will not be a bad idea, if the legislators are also delegates. He explained that federal lawmakers are also stakeholders. However, the agitation for the inclusion of the legislators was doused when the President announced that the report will be ratified by the National Assembly.

According rights activists and leaders of the ethnic nationalities, a conference, on its merit, is not a bad idea. The obstacle to its success in the past was the lack of sincerity by the government. Since it is not going to be a SNC, many rights activists have submitted that the scope of the national dialogue will be essentially limited. There are some puzzles: If a constitution is expected to be fashioned out by the conference, should there be no-go areas? Can a national conference produce a truly peoples’ constitution? Should the government insist that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable in a country that has not become a nation, 100 years after the amalgamation? How will the suitability and competence of delegates be determined? If they are nominated or appointed by the government and influential elite as it is being proposed by the Federal Government, will their nominations meet the criteria for representativeness and legitimacy? How popular are the delegates at the grassroots? Would they have the mandate of the people who are emotionally attached to the ethnic nationalities? Now that the nomination is based partially on the ethnic nationalities, states, local governments or constituencies, what will be the ratio of representation? Will the proposed single term of six or seven years resurface at the conference for debate?

There are other questions: since delegates be appointed by the governors, what is the criteria? What will be the terms of reference? How will they emerge across the states? Will the conference resolutions be subjected to referendum? If it is not subjected to a referendum, how will the report or resolutions be validated? If it is not validated by a referendum, will it be legitimate? Will recommendations be accepted by the government, if delegates oppose the proposed ratification by the National Assembly? Will the report be thrown into the dustbin as usual? The Federal Government has said that resolutions on contentious issues would be taken, based on the approval of 75 percent of delegates. 75 percent of 492 is 369 delegates. How about resolutions that mainly touch on the lives of the minority tribes, who may not be adequately represented? Will the majority not trample on the wish of the minority?

Since the eighties, the agitation for a Sovereign National Conference had gained prominence. It was first articulated by the legal luminary, the late Chief Alao Aka-Bashorun. The deceased human rights lawyer said that it was possible to hold the conference in Nigeria. He urged the government to tap from the experience of the Soviet Union and the Republic of Benin, which resolved some of its problems by convoking conferences. Throughout the military rule, Aka-Bashorun was harassed for his principled position on the national question and agitation for a Sovereign National Conference.

Also, in the nineties, the former Oyo State governor, Chief Bola Ige, who summed up the arguments for the national conference, raised two questions: “Do we want to remain as one country? If the answer is yes, under what conditions?”. The implication is that a debate is necessary to determine the basis for peaceful co-existence and harmony. Ige said that many national problems could be resolve by debate, instead of resorting to the barrels of gun.

Following the annulment of the historic June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief Moshood Abiola, there was disillusionment. The cancellation disputed the basis for peaceful co-existence among the competing tribes. The advocates of the SNC expanded the national question. Discussion on the resolution of the identity, integration, participation and distribution crises came to the front burner. Stakeholders came to the conclusion that Nigeria was hanging on a flawed or defective federal system. The unitary system foisted on the polity by the military had created strains. But the interlopers opposed the struggle for a new order with brute force.

Up to now, these questions remained unsolved: Is state or community police not desirable in a big, diverse, heterogeneous country characterised by multiplicity of traditions, customs, and languages? Should the governors, who are the chief security officers of their states, continue to obtain permission from the distant Inspector-General of Police to maintain law and order? Should an Igbo or Yoruba, who was born and bred in the North be denied political and economic rights, owing to the tension between indigeneship and residency? Should a Fulani/Hausa, who had lived in the South for 30 years be edged out of the participatory political process? It remains to be seen if these questions will be answered by Jonathan’s National Conference, which has limitations. Does the President needs a conference to fight the infrastructure battle, tar the roads and fund education and public hospitals efficiently? Does the President needs a conference to build refineries, fight corruption and resolve the crises that have engulfed his party? Does he need a conference to guarantee power supply?


Source: Radio Biafra

M. D. Abubakar intensifies anti-Igbo agenda, wipes out Igbo senior officers from Nigeria Police.


Alarm bells are ringing in connection with what is considered as a deliberate policy of the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force headed by the Inspector General of the Police, Alhaji Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, to ensure that no police officer of Igbo extraction heads the force in about the next 10 years.

Alarmed by the shocking development, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) today sent a petition to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Senate President David Mark, House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, and Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission, Prof. Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem to seek their urgent intervention into the matter.

The petition is copied to the Inspector General of Police himself; Chairman, Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro; and Chairman of Southeast Governors’ Forum, Governor of Anambra State.

The petition, a copy of which is in the possession of News Express, was jointly signed by Intersociety’s Board Chairman Umeagbalasi and Head, Publicity Desk,

Justus Ijeoma. It is entitled Unmasking “Dogari/Dansanda” Policy In The Nigeria Police Force & A Case Against Sectional Domination In Promotions & Postings Of Key Officers In The Force. Part One of the petition dated February 3, 2014 and sent from Intersociety’s head office in Onitsha, Anambra State, reads as follows:

‘In our last letter (Averting Chaos & Bloodletting In 2015 General Polls) to the Presidency and the leaderships of the National Assembly, dated 13th day of January, 2014, one of our demands was the presidential intervention in the lopsided promotions and postings characterizing the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force, headed by the Inspector General of the Police, Mr. Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar. Sadly, the wicked policy has not only continued, but also risen to an apogee, to the extent that one of Nigeria’s leading federating partners: Southeast geopolitical zone is in a verge of being erased in the high command hierarchy of the Nigeria Police Force, through the policies of “promotion dormancy and tea-making duty assignments/postings”.

‘Except drastic constitutional measures, such as immediate intervention of the President, in his capacity as “Chairman of the Nigeria Police Council” and “Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces”, are taken urgently; otherwise, no senior police officer of Southeast extraction will occupy the rank of AIG in the immediate time and DIG in the next ten years or more, not to talk of becoming an IGP. Already, except timely presidential intervention, Southeast zone has lost the possibility of producing the next Inspector General of Police when the present IGP, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar retires on 30th July, 2014, having lost the headship of the Army in recent shake up in the Service Chiefs.

‘This is because no senior police officer from the zone presently serves as AIG, out of the country’s 21 serving AIGs and the only serving DIG from the zone (Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji) will retire on 9th of September, 2014. The Southeast case is made worse by the fact that out of eight (8) serving CPs from the zone, three will retire this year (2014), three next year (2015) and two next two years (2016). The present IGP (M.D. Abubakar), who will retire in next six months (30th July), was appointed IGP on 25th of January, 2012. By the end of his tenure, he would have served two years and six months as IGP.

‘It is recalled that the leadership of this organization – International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law-Intersociety, had in May 2013 made two representations to the President & Commander-in-Chief over lopsided promotions and postings in the Nigeria Police Force high command(esp. ACPs to IGP), which gravely violates the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 including her Section 14 (3). The letters were predicated on promotions carried on 3rd of April, 2013 by the Police Service Commission, which said it acted based on “IGP’s recommendations”. The seeming inaction of the President & Commander-in-Chief, emboldened the prompters and promoters of this “dogari policy”, to the extent that it has become a wicked norm in the present leadership of the NPF.

‘Since then, three sets of promotions, “on the recommendations of the IGP”, have been carried out with patently lopsidedness and gross breach of the federal character principle. In the September 27, 2013 promotions, four (4) CPs (Ballah Mogaji Nasarawa – Kebi State, Northwest), Mohammed J. Gana (Niger State, North-central), Sabo Ringim (Jigawa State, Northwest) and Edgar Tam Nanakumo (Bayelsa State, South-south) were elevated to the rank of AIG. Shockingly, no senior police officer from Southeast zone was among those promoted. The promotion exercise also involved elevation of eight (8) DCPs to CPs, seven (7) ACPs to DCPs and twenty (20) CSPs to ACPs. In the December 19, 2013 promotions, made public by the IGP on 20th of January, 2014, AIGs Michael E. Zuokumor (Bayelsa State, South-south) and Jonathan Johnson ( Taraba State, Northeast) were made DIGs, while CPs Fana Abdullahi Salihu (Kebbi State, Northwest), Musa Abdulsalam Daura (Katsina State, Northwest) and Kakwe Christopher Katso (Taraba State, Northeast) were elevated to the rank of AIG. Out of these promotions, no senior police officer from Southeast was among. This is in spite of the fact that Southeast has two serving CPs, who have remained in the rank of CP since 2006 and 2007 respectively.

‘In the last promotions that took place on 21st of January, 2014, six (6) DCPs were made Commissioners of Police. They are Aminchi Samaila Baraya (Taraba State, Northeast), Hurdi D. Abubakar Mohammed, (Kebbi State, Northwest), Usman Alkali Baba (Yobe State, Northeast), Tijani Baba (Yobe State, Northeast), Mohammed K. Mohammed (Katsina State, Northwest) and Victor O.E. Onofiok (Akwa Ibom State, South-south). In the above promotions, none of them came from Southeast zone. This is despite the fact that the zone has twenty (20) serving DCPs including three (3) that will retire this year (2014). Also, nine (9) ACPs were promoted to DCPs in the exercise. They are Olukolu Shina Tairu (Lagos State, Southwest), Omololu Shamsiden Bishi (Lagos State, Southwest), Isaac Akinmoyede Olutayo (Lagos State, Southwest), Tijani Babatunde Olasupo (Kwara State, North-central) and Okon Ene Etim (Cross River State, South-south).

‘ Others are Aminu Pai Saleh (FCT/North-central), Makama Usman Hamisu (Plateau State, North-central), Aminu Koji Kwabe (Adamawa State, Northeast) and Chris Mbazor (Ebonyi State, Southeast) who will retire on 26/11/2014, having been born on 03/09/56 and enlisted on 26/11/79. Eight (8) CSPs were elevated to the rank of ACP and they are Alonge Adebowale (Lagos State, Southwest), Augustina Nwuka Ogbodo (Enugu State, Southeast), Polycap Chilaka Dibia (Enugu State, Southeast), Bello Tajudeen Olanrewaju (Kwara State, North-central), David Dangiwa Dantata (Kaduna State, Northwest), Anthony Okon (Akwa Ibom State, South-south) and Babangida Adam Zannah (Borno State, Northeast).

‘Further Authoritative Findings: Our further authoritative findings from high quarters of the Nigeria Police Force have continued to show shocking lopsidedness and sectional promotions and postings of senior officers in the Force. The lopsided and despicable policy appears worst under the present IGP, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, who became IGP on 25th January, 2012. According to an authoritative NPF document seen by our field team of investigators led by Emeka Umeagbalasi; a criminologist and security expert; in addition to an investigation carried out on the last promotions’ exercise of 21st of January, 2014, there are one(1) serving Inspector General of Police (IGP), seven(7) Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs), twenty-one (21) serving Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) including one specialist, eighty-eight (88) serving Commissioners of Police(CPs) including four specialists, one hundred & seventy-two (172) Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) including fifteen specialists, three hundred & ninety-eight (398) Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs) including fifteen specialists and nine hundred and six (906) Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) including thirty-five specialists. The list of “IGP-CSPs” under reference was updated to 23rd day of January, 2014. According to the list thoroughly investigated by our team, there are a total of one thousand, five hundred & eighty-six (1,586) serving senior police officers in the Nigeria Police Force occupying the ranks of IGP to CSPs as at 31st day of January, 2014. This is in addition to last promotions under reference (21/01/2014) per PSC (Police Service Commission) website.

‘Serving IGP & DIGs: Out of seven serving DIGs in the Force, the Northwest geopolitical zone, which produces the present IGP, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, also produces two DIGs in the persons of Suleiman Dauda Fakai from Kebbi State and Atiku Yusuf Kafur from Katsina State. The remaining five geopolitical zones have one DIG each and they are Abdurahaman Akano from Osun State (Southwest), Peter Yisa Gana from Niger State (North-central), Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji from Abia State (Southeast), Michael E. Zuokumor from Bayelsa State (South-south) and Jonathan Johnson from Taraba State (Northeast). The birth, enlistment and retirement dates of the IGP and the seven DIGs and their educational qualifications are as follows: 1. Mohammed D. Abubakar (IGP), birth: 05/05/58, enlistment: 30/07/79, retirement: 30/07/2014, educational qualification: Dip., Public Administration & Criminal Justice. He was promoted IGP on 25/01/2012. 2. Suleiman Dauda Fakai (DIG), birth: 01/11/59, enlistment: 01/01/84, retirement: 01/01/2019, educational qualification: B.Sc., PGD, Geography, Policy & Administration. He was promoted DIG on 22/02/2012. 3. Atiku Yusuf Kafur (DIG), birth: 07/07/57, enlistment: 08/12/82, retirement: 07/07/2017, educational qualification: B.A., Education/History. He was promoted DIG on 22/02/2012.

‘Others are: 4. Peter Yisa Gana (DIG), birth: 15/11/59, enlistment: 31/12/84, retirement: 15/11/2019, educational qualification: B.Sc., M.Sc., Policing & Public Order. He was promoted on 22/02/2012. 5. Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji (DIG), birth: 09/09/54, enlistment: 15/07/80, retirement: 09/09/2014, educational qualification: B.Sc., LLB, Sociology & Law. He was promoted DIG on 22/02/2012. 6. Abdurahaman Akano (DIG), birth: 22/06/54, enlistment: 31/12/84, retirement: 22/06/2014, educational qualification: B.A., LLB, English & Law. He was promoted DIG on 22/01/2012. 7. Michael E. Zuokumor (DIG), birth: 14/04/56, enlistment: 01/08/80, retirement: 01/08/2015, educational qualification: B.A., LLB, M.Sc., Law &History. He was promoted DIG on 15/01/2014. 8. Jonathan Johnson (DIG), birth: 23/09/55, enlistment: 03/07/79, retirement: 03/07/2014, education: Teachers’ College (Grade 11). He was promoted DIG on 15/01/2014. A careful look at the foregoing clearly shows that apart from damaging geopolitical lopsidedness, there are also no women among the seven serving DIGs in the NPF. The geopolitical representation of the seven DIGs is utterly lopsided as it is totally wrong to allow the Northwest zone that produces the present IGP to also produce two DIGs.

‘Sirs, please see part two and three of this important letter for continuation and conclusion. It is our hope that the letter in its completeness will be expeditiously looked into and issues of extreme importance raised therein addressed frontally.’

Source: Radio Biafra.

Full List Of Defecting PDP Senators Released.


By Saharareporters, New York

Saharareporters has obtained the full list of 11 Senators that submitted a letter to Senate President David Mark today asking to defect to the opposition   All progressives Congress (APC) party.

The defecting senators are  as follows :
1. Senator Bukola Saraki-Kwara Central
2. Senator Umaru Dahiru-Sokoto South
3. Senator Magnus Ngei Abe -Rivers South-East
4. Senator Wilson Asinobi Ake-Rivers  West
5. Sen. Bindawa Muhammed Jibrilla-Adamawa North
6. Sen. Mohammed Danjuma Goje-Gombe central
7. Sen. Aisha Jummai Alhassan-Taraba North
8. Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume-Borno South
9. Senator Mohammed Shaba Lafiaji-Kwara North
10. Sen. Abdulahi Adamu-Nasarawa West
11. Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir-Sokoto East

Eleven Senators of The Peoples Democratic Party Defect To APC.


By Saharareporters, New York

Eleven Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party this morning defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A formal letter to this effect has been delivered to Senate President David Mark and is expected to be read on the floor of the Senate this afternoon.

This is only the first installment of many other Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party expected to defect to the All Progressives Congress soon.

President Jonathan Nominates Corrupt Former Adamawa Governor Haruna, Eleven Others As Ministers.


Boni Haruna
By Saharareporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan, who is now in Zurich to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has officially presented the names of 12 ministerial nominees for screening and approval by the Nigerian Senate.

The list was received by the Senate President, David Mark, had former National Security Adviser, retired General Aliyu Gusau, who SaharaReporters earlier revealed would likely become the minister of defence topping the list.

Other nominees include former Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana, Musikilu Obanikoro from Lagos, Khaliru Alhassan from Sokoto, and Mohammed Wakil from Borno. Also on the list is a former Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Boni Haruna who is currently facing N161m corruption charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, also the nominee from Osun State, Abduljelili Oyewale Adesiyan was one of the accused person arrested and charged for the murder of late Nigeria’s Attorney General, Bola Ige. Mr. Adesiyan stood trial with Senator Iyiola Omisore for several months before the case was controversially dismissed.

Others are : Aminu Wali from Kano; Jamilia Salik from Kano, Mrs Akon Etim Eyakenyi from Akwa Ibom; Lawrencia Labaran Mallam from Kaduna, T. W. Danagogo from Rivers; Asabe Asmau Ahmed from Niger and Dr. Khaliru Alhassan from Sokoto.

The Nigerian senate spokesperson, Senator Enyinnaya  Abaribe confirmed the list to Saharareporters on phone saying that the screening of nominees and possible approval by the senate will be conducted next week.

President Jonathan is trying to please the Northerner ahead of 2015 election, by appoints 12 new ministers names and states of origin.



PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, sent two letters to the Senate, seeking its confirmation of 12 ministerial nominees, as well as the consideration and approval of the newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff and three other service chiefs.

Senate President, David Mark, read out the list of the ministerial nominees, as contained in a letter dated January 20, 2014, but which he received from Jonathan shortly before the commencement of plenary session.

Those on the list included Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos); Aminu Wali and Hadjia Jamila Salik (Kano); Mrs Lawrencia Laraba Mallam (Kaduna); Mrs Akon Etim Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom); Honourable Mohammed Wakil (Borno); and Abdul Jelili Oyewale Adesiyan (Osun).


Others were Dr Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto); Tamuno Danagogo (Rivers); Mrs Asabe Asmau Ahmed (Niger); General Aliyu Gusau (Zamfara) and Mr Boni Haruna (Adamawa).

Danagogo, a former Commissioner for Urban Development in Rivers State, left the Governor Rotimi Amaechi-led administration in a controversial move late 2013.

He was reported to have told members of PDP at Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, that he remained a member of PDP, adding that he was more confortable in PDP that joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) with Amaechi.

President Jonathan, in the letter to the Senate, said he sent the list to the Senate in compliance with the provisions of Section 147 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

In his second letter, the president also asked the Senate to confirm for immediate appointment Air Marshal Alex Badeh as Chief of Defence Staff; Major General Kenneth Minimah as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin as Chief of Naval Staff and Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu as Chief of Air Staff.

Meanwhile, the Senate resumed plenary session on Tuesday, after one month recess without the anticipated tension, following the threat of defection by some aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members.

Noticeably, known arrowheads of the planned defection into the All Progressives Congress (APC), including Senators Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central) and Mohammed Jubrilla (Aldamawa North), were seen in their usual seats in the two PDP rows in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Briefing newsmen immediately after the session, which lasted more than two hours, chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, said there was no tension of defection in the Senate as being speculated.

“We have our plenary without any mention of defection, but the point is that all matters that are brought to the Senate will be dealt with on the floor, in accordance with the laws and rules that guides debates in the Senate,” he said.

Abaribe also said notwithstanding the fact that political activities in the build up to the 2015 elections would be heating up the polity, the Senate would not allow itself to be distracted from its primary responsibility to Nigerians.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan has appointed former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as the chairman of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, conveyed the appointment in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Anyim, in the statement, also announced the appointment of Dr Ghaji Ismaila Bello as Director-General, National Population Commission (NPC), with effect from January 8, 2014.

Tukur, it will be recalled, resigned his position as national chairman of PDP last week and had since been replaced with ex-Bauchi State governor, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.

The position of NRC chairman was formerly held by Alhaji Kawu Baraje, former factional chairman of PDP, who had since led his faction to fuse into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Baraje resigned as chairman of the corporation in the height of the PDP crisis late 2013.

It will be recalled that President Jonathan, at a meeting where Tukur’s resignation as national chairman of PDP was announced, said “Tukur is not guilty of any offence and I am going to give him an assignment that is tougher than PDP chairman.”

In another development, Tukur has congratulated the new national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, describing his appointment as “a call to serve the fatherland.”

Tukur, in a message he personally signed, in Abuja, said the emergence of Alhaji Mu’azu was a manifestation of his unique leadership abilities.

Nigeria Recycles Criminals: Ex- Gov. Muazu, accused of stealing N19.8 billions, is the new PDP chairman.


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Barring any last-minute change in plan,  the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will, at its National  Executive Committee meeting on Monday (today), ratify a former governor  of Bauchi state, Adamu Muazu, as its new national chairman, party and  presidency sources have said.The usually reliable sources told  PREMIUM TIMES early Monday morning that Mr. Muazu emerged the consensus  candidate for the job after a rash of meetings involving President  Goodluck Jonathan, PDP governors and other influential chieftains of the  party, including Vice President Namadi Sambo and President of the  Senate, David Mark.Mr. Muazu, who will now replace Bamanga  Tukur, who was forced out of office Thursday, emerged ahead of Minister  of Transport, Idris Umar, a former Minister of Commerce, Idris Waziri,  former Acting National Secretary of the party, Musa Babayo, a former  party spokesperson, Ahmed Rufai Alkali   and a former minister of the  Federal Capital Territory, Ibrahim Bunu, who were all widely reported to  have jostled for the position.A party source familiar with the  maneuverings and negotiations that threw up Mr. Muazu said President  Jonathan actually preferred Minister Umar for the position but was  outfoxed by governors from the North-East geopolitical zone who all  rooted for Mr. Muazu.When Mr. Jonathan tried to insist on Mr.  Umar, insiders say, the North-East governors reminded him of how they  deferred to him two years ago when he insisted on Mr. Tukur for the  position in spite of massive opposition from the zone.Our sources said Bayelsa state governor,  Seriake Dickson, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, and President  of the Senate, Mr. Mark, joined the North-East governors in pushing that  position.They reportedly warned the president  against foisting an unpopular candidate on party members to avoid a  repeat of the Tukur situation where the party was perpetually  in crisis  throughout his reign.Mr. Muazu, 55, was among candidates who contested for the PDP chairman position in March 2012.In a zonal congress election conducted  by the North-East PDP in Bauchi to choose a consensus candidate for the  zone at the time, Mr. Muazu got only one vote to place last.Mr. Babayo got 14 votes  to defeat other  contenders. Mr. Tukur, who was clearly the president’s anointed  candidate for the position at the time, got four votes.Former Ministers Bunu and Shettima Mustapha scored 2 votes each while Mr. Alkali , just like Mr. Muazu, scored only one vote.Mr. Muazu and corruptionIn November 2013, President Jonathan appointed the former Bauchi governor chairman of the Nigerian Pension Commission, PENCOM.He was appointed to the position even  though he is still being investigated for graft by the Economic and  Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly looting N19.8billion  belonging to his state while he was governor between 1999 and 2007.The former governor has consistently denied any wrongdoing but he is yet to be cleared of the allegation.

The civic group, Transition Monitoring  Group, protested the appointment at the time, saying it was morally  wrong for the president to appoint a man being tried for corruption to  such a high office.Mr. Jonathan and the National Assembly disregarded that position and proceeded to clear the former governor for the position.The TMG statement at the time reads in  part, “The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, is astonished and peeved by  this move of the President, especially in the light of the fact that  the former Governor is yet to be cleared by the Economics and Financial  Crimes Commission, EFCC, of the corruption charges he is facing for  allegedly defrauding the coffers of Bauchi State to the tune of  N19.8billion when he was Governor of the State,” the group said in a  statement on Monday.“This and other similar acts of Mr.  President, particularly his penchant for surrounding himself with famed  corrupt individuals, makes his government’s so-called anti-corruption  efforts a laughing stock, for it is patently obvious from his  antecedents that President Jonathan endorses corruption.“The EFCC is investigating Mr. Mu’azu  for allegedly stealing billions of naira belonging to Bauchi State  during his term as governor between 1999 and 2007.Other names forwarded  to the Senate for confirmation as Commissioners of PENCOM include  Chinelo Anohu-Amazu (South East), Reuben Omotowa (North Central),  Mohammed Ka’oje (North West), and Adesojo Olaoba-Efuntayo (South  West).But the group said that appointing Mr. Mu’azu to head the  commission is in line with his practice of shielding corrupt  individuals.“TMG recalls that in the heat of the  corruption charges against the same Mu’azu Adamu, President Jonathan  appointed him in 2011 as Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Maritime  Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),” said the statement signed by  Ibrahim Zikirullahi and Eddy Ezurike, the group’s Chairman and  Publicity Secretary respectively.“It was with the President’s nod that  Business Mogul, Mike Adenuga and his wife, Titi Adenuga in late 2010  walked free from the EFCC charges they were facing for reportedly  collecting bribes from Siemens officials; and it was this same attitude  of Presidential Romance with alleged corrupt individuals that enabled  controversial Lawyer, Dele Oye to walk scot free from EFCC charges of  allegedly acting as front for the defunct Oceanic Bank CEO, Cecilia  Ibru; and aiding her to loot tens of billions of Naira in Bank assets.“The Nigerian people of course will not  forget in a hurry how this same President granted presidential pardon to  a notorious convicted corrupt former Governor and his kinsman, DSP  Alamieyeseigha, and other criminals, including a paedophile.“Those who recently looted the Police  Pensions Board, including its former Director are yet to be brought to  book. The list is endless; yet Jonathan’s regime talks about fight  against corruption. The attitude of Mr. President in recycling corrupt  individuals in public places is worrisome and does not inspire  confidence at all.“In fact, on issue after issue, he has  shown that he will never combat corruption but will rather aid, abet and  shield corrupt officials.“The group called on President Jonathan  to withdraw, immediately, Mr. Mu’azu’s nomination and take “creative  steps” to rebuild confidence and imbue confidence in the anti-corruption  war.“This is the only pathway to redemption, prosperity and development in this country.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

B’Haram, David Mark recounts enormous financial loses, says enough is enough.

We’ve spent enough fighting insurgency – Mark

Senate President David Mark yesterday took stock of the enormous resources pumped into fighting insurgency in some states, declaring that, “enough is enough.” He disclosed this during  a tour of his Benue South senatorial district at the weekend.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark also restated his resolve and total commitment to humanity and the nation even as he  bemoaned the unabating socio-political  and security challenges  facing the country.
Senator  Mark urged Nigerians to use this festive season to seek the face of the Almighty God to overcome the lingering security challenges.
Represented by his wife, Helen, the Senate President urged the people to preach love and peaceful co-existence,  urging prayers for leaders to be guided by God’s wisdom in piloting the affairs of Nigeria.
“My visit is not only to felicitate with you this season, but to also remind you as patriotic Nigerians, the need to seek God’s intervention in our country. We have witnessed series of violence. We have lost many of our loved ones on account of violent attacks.
“It is high time we say enough is enough. Our resources are hugely spent on security in order to maintain law and order across Nigeria. These resources would have been channeled to some other developmental needs. With God’s  wisdom and guidance, Nigeria will overcome her challenges and make the nation a better place for all,” he said.
Mark also pledged: “I will not deviate from the service to our fatherland and I urge every Nigerian to be part of this crusade. All we need is to return to God and He will answer us.”
Elated by the large  turn-out in this year’s constituency annual visit, he emphasized that the food items including bags of rice and clothes be distributed across the wards in the senatorial district and advised that they should be shared specifically to  the less-privileged, widows and the aged.
In their remarks, chairmen of the nine councils, who spoke through the Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Dr. Innocent Onuh, commended Senator Mark for the love of his people and pledged to make service delivery to the citizens the cornerstone of their administrations.


We’ve spent enough fighting insurgency – Mark

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Senate President David Mark yesterday took stock of the enormous resources pumped into fighting insurgency in some states, declaring that, “enough is enough.” He disclosed this during  a tour of his Benue South senatorial district at the weekend.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark also restated his resolve and total commitment to humanity and the nation even as he  bemoaned the unabating socio-political  and security challenges  facing the country.
Senator  Mark urged Nigerians to use this festive season to seek the face of the Almighty God to overcome the lingering security challenges.
Represented by his wife, Helen, the Senate President urged the people to preach love and peaceful co-existence,  urging prayers for leaders to be guided by God’s wisdom in piloting the affairs of Nigeria.
“My visit is not only to felicitate with you this season, but to also remind you as patriotic Nigerians, the need to seek God’s intervention in our country. We have witnessed series of violence. We have lost many of our loved ones on account of violent attacks.
“It is high time we say enough is enough. Our resources are hugely spent on security in order to maintain law and order across Nigeria. These resources would have been channeled to some other developmental needs. With God’s  wisdom and guidance, Nigeria will overcome her challenges and make the nation a better place for all,” he said.
Mark also pledged: “I will not deviate from the service to our fatherland and I urge every Nigerian to be part of this crusade. All we need is to return to God and He will answer us.”
Elated by the large  turn-out in this year’s constituency annual visit, he emphasized that the food items including bags of rice and clothes be distributed across the wards in the senatorial district and advised that they should be shared specifically to  the less-privileged, widows and the aged.
In their remarks, chairmen of the nine councils, who spoke through the Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Dr. Innocent Onuh, commended Senator Mark for the love of his people and pledged to make service delivery to the citizens the cornerstone of their administrations.

Source: Radio Biafra.

War Drums Sound, Jonathan Insists Nigeria Must Remain a United Country.

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday led other politicians across party divides to bid farewell to the late first national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Lar.
During a commendation service held at the National Christian Centre in Abuja, Jonathan, in a tribute read on his behalf by Senate President, David Mark, described Lar as “a bridge builder and emancipator of the oppressed.”
He said, “Solomon Lar was generous to a fault and as you will all recall, he continued to be a benefactor to so many Nigerians as he was paying school fees for so many people. He was looking after so many widows and he didn’t care what religion you belonged to.
“His legacies are going to be difficult for us to follow and emulate. But he taught us some lessons: first that once you are blessed by God, you must extend that blessing and favour to other human beings and not be selfish about things that come from God.
“The second and perhaps, the most important of all is that Nigeria must remain a united country. Lar was called an emancipator with his white handkerchief not because he wanted a particular section of this country to dominate the others but because he wanted every Nigerian to feel that he had equal opportunity to walk freely as a Nigerian and be respected as a Nigerian.”
The National Chairman of PDP, Bamanga Tukur, also eulogised Lar, saying, “Today is a testimony that Lar is a person, a true Nigerian, a true African, an emancipator of the oppressed. We are very happy and Lar is giving us an understanding of why we should continue to regenerate and lead our party to unity.
“The PDP needs to be united and strong for us to continue to have a strong government for a strong economy.”
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, said, “Lar was like a father to me, he was generous. I am certainly short of words for this politician par excellence. The nation has lost a pillar of support, certainly, he has gone to rest in the bosom of the Lord.”
In his sermon, the Archbishop of Jos, The Most Rev. Ben Kwashi preached on the significance of resurrection.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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