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Kasamu Replies Obasanjo: You are Goliath, and I am David.

Obj Kasamu

In a swift reaction to Olusegun Obasanjo letter to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman on his withdrawal from the party activities due to the presence of Mr. Buruji Kashamu as the leader of the party, the accused have issued a statement calling Obasanjo a blackmailer.
In a statement issued Saturday, he detailed how the former President made him donate huge sum of money to his church and other projects. Recalling their once romantic relationship, he stated that he use to enter Obasanjo bedroom. He revealed that he helped Obasanjo to fight Gbenga Daniel and even used his structure to give the party to him when he lost grip of the party. He noted that the ex Army general is only crying because he has lost relevance in the party.
“Ordinarily, I would not have responded to his latest cocktail of lies having sufficiently addressed the same issue in my response to his letter to the President only a few weeks ago. However, since he has shown that he is too embittered to be assuaged by that response, I am constrained to do another.
“First, it is now clear to all and sundry that why I have become the target of Obasanjo’s wicked campaign of calumny and blackmail is his perceived loss of political relevance in Ogun State and the South West.
“In his 18-page satanic letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, I was the other person – indeed the only one (after the President) – that he singled out for his venomous attack. But if the truth be told, I am not the architect of whatever political woes that he is suffering today. Like David, I am just a tool in the hands of the almighty Allah Subhana wa tala. I am too small to confront a Goliath like him but for the almighty Allah who is the supporter of the suppressed and oppressed.
“In his usual hypocritical manner, he talked about not being able to work with me because of his principles and decency. But the questions Nigerians should ask him are: where were these principles when he used me to fight Gbenga Daniel? Where was his self-righteousness when I took the party structure from Daniel and handed it to Obasanjo? Where was his decency when he brought Gen. Adetunji Olurin to me and asked that I should roll my structure behind his governorship ambition? Where was his morality when he introduced me to South West PDP leaders like Engr. Segun Oni, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (Rtd) and a host of others?
“Where was his discipline when he hosted me severally in his Hilltop mansion, taking me into his bedroom and innermost recesses? Where was his decency when he accepted donations from me to his church and other concerns?  Where was his gumption when he mounted the rostrum to sing my praises, praying for me as he did in May 2010 during a reception for the former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye? I can go on and on!
“Let me state from the outset that contrary to Obasanjo’s claim, I am not the leader of the party in the South West. I am just one of the party’s foot soldiers in the zone and it is in that capacity that I am made the chairman of the Organisation and Mobilisation Committee for the party in the zone. It is indeed preposterous for anyone to call me the leader of the party in a zone that parades political juggernauts like Chief Olabode George, Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, Senator Lekan Balogun, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Senator Teslim Folarin, Alhaji Yekeen Adeojo, Senator Clement Awoyelu, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, Senator Bode Olajumoke and a host of others. All these leaders know me and can attest to the fact that I defer to them even when we disagree at times.
“Now, on the issue of my so-called indictment in the United States, I wish to state for the umpteenth time that there is NO request for my extradition for any offence whatsoever. I recall that in my earlier response to him, I have challenged him to produce the request for extradition, if there is any. Indeed, contrary to his lies that I am wanted in the United States for some offences, the purported and over-flogged case is that of mistaken identity, for which I had been tried and discharged after my innocence was established by the British courts. I am already in court in the US asking that the earlier accusation (NOT CONVICTION) against me be quashed. That process is ongoing,” Kashamu said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

How APC thugs attacked journalists In Ogun State.



Journalist were covering story at party secretariat
Some suspected political thugs of a faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ogun State Chapter, on Thursday attacked three journalists at the party’s secretariat at Moshood Abiola Way, Abeokuta.
The thugs earlier arrived the party secretariat with an alleged plan to disrupt a scheduled meeting of the harmonisation committee inaugurated by the APC national leadership.
The attacked journalists were Kunle Ojo (Galaxy Television) Taofeek Lawal (MITV) and Dupe Sobukola (Radio Nigeria, Paramount F.M). They sustained injuries, and their cameras phones, money and other personal effects were seized by the alleged thugs. They were later taken to hospital and a report on the incident made to the police.
The journalists were at the secretariat to cover the political crisis in the party. Other journalists present managed to escape through foot and bush paths.
The Ogun APC, just like the ACN before it, is split into two factions: one headed by a former governor, Olusegun Osoba, and the other by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
APC blacklisted
After the attack on journalists, the chairman of the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Wole Shokunbi, said the union would blacklist APC in the state.
“The attention of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun state Council has been drawn to the dastardly act by some suspected members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and that of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Ogun State on some members of the Union at the APC secretariat today, Thursday, January 9, 2014. The leadership of the Council, following preliminary report and investigation on the matter, at the interim, has forthwith subsequently blacklisted all activities relating to the party and that of the NURTW in the state,” Mr. Shokunbi declared in a statement.
He explained that the affected journalists had visited the APC secretariat to follow up on reports of a free-for-all among APC members.
“It is therefore disheartening that journalists who had a legitimate assignment at the venue would be turned to punching bags and scapegoats,” Mr. Shokunbi said.
He disclosed that the injured journalist, apart from being assaulted, had collectively lost two cameras, five mobile phones and N18, 000 to the hoodlums.
“The union has also formally reported the incident to the police and is demanding for the recovery of these items in the next 24 hours upon which further action, which is not limited to legal action, would be taken on the matter,” Mr. Shokunbi said.
The union also advised political parties in the state to play the “game” according to the rules. He said politicials should always remember that journalists would not shy away from discharging their duties with very high ethical standard.
In his reaction, hours after the attack, the Interim Party Chairman of the APC, Tajudeen Bello, put the blame on loyalists of Mr. Osoba.
Mr. Bello said “it is so unfortunate that such a thing will be happening in the days of progress of Ogun state.”
“However, immediately after the attack which was so much unexpected, we learnt that our revered leader, Chief Olusegun Osoba also came with members of the national assembly and bragged that he was spoiling for a fight.
“I will not believe that he said so because he happened to be a builder of the party, and what you build, you don’t destroy and as an elder stateman, every expectation was for him to play a mediatory role in any issue whatsoever,” he added.
Mr. Bello alleged that while Mr. Osoba was addressing the press, “there were sporadic gunshots” alluding that the gunshots were from Mr. Osoba’s supporters.
He described the constitution of the committee as a charade adding that it was unfortunate the new dimension being introduced into Ogun politics.
“It was a surprise that a new dimension is being introduced into the politicking of Ogun state more so from the so called responsible politicians that people give very high regard,” he said.
“As a party and based on the directive from the national headquarters, what we were expecting and which will soon be announced to the people is the issue of preparation for membership at various levels.
“But unfortunately, early this morning some of our staff at the secretariat announced that some hoodlums came to attack them for no just course; and in the process they wounded some of our staff there.”
Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji

Source: Radio Biafra.

Okurounmu blasts Igbo group over confab recommendations criticism.



The chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Senator Femi Okurounmu, yesterday, blasted the Professor Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo leaders of thought for criticising his committee’s report, accusing the group of pursuing personal agenda.

Okunrounmu, who also stated that Nwabueze group clearly went beyond the bounds of decency and decorum by fabricating a report purely from their own imagination, describing the allegations against his committee as “wild, mendacious, obfuscatory and ill intentioned.”

Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Okurounmu said attempts to discredit the committee would not succeed because majority of Nigerians are enthusiastic about the proposed national dialogue.
The Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought, led by Nwabueze, on Monday, in Enugu, expressed disapproval of the recommendations in the report of Presidential

Advisory Committee, PAC, on national dialogue, saying the report fell short of the aspirations of Nigerians.

The Igbo leaders who said the confab committee recommended mere amendment of the nation’s constitution as against new constitution, also kicked against the panel’s alleged proposal to select delegates on the basis of senatorial zones or federal constituencies.

But, the group declared that the ability of the committee to present a single report and forestal “dissenting or minority report” was a tremendous achievement, adding that the criticisms by Nwabueze’s group were meant to be a setback for the national conference by injecting a crisis of confidence between the committee, the people and the government.

He said: “They say, among other allegations, that the committee recommended a mere amendment of the constitution, whereas what the people desire is a new constitution.
“They continue and allege that the Presidential Committee recommended that the findings and conclusions of the conference be passed to the National Assembly whereas what they desire is a referendum.

“These allegations show clearly that members of the group have neither seen nor read the report that they are criticising and are merely acting on hear-say because the Presidential Advisory Committee, under my chairmanship, made no such recommendations as alleged.

“The Nwabueze led group has clearly gone beyond the bounds of decency and decorum by fabricating a report purely from their own imagination and leveling such scathing criticisms against it with a view to discrediting the real report, which it has obviously not yet seen.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Amosun Commiserates With Wole Soyinka over Daughter’s Death.

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has expressed his deepest condolences to Africa’s first Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka on the death of his daughter, Dr Iyetade Soyinka, who died at the age of 48.

In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, Senator Amosun described the death of Iyetade as “most unfortunate and regrettable.”

“It is most unfortunate that the cold hands of death has snatched away Dr. Iyetade Soyinka at the prime of her life, when her knowledge and expertise would have been invaluable to her immediate family and the society at large. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Professor Wole Soyinka and his family at this trying period, although we know that only God can comfort him”, the governor said.

Amosun, who also extended his heartfelt condolences to the mother, children and other family members of the deceased, prayed to almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Source: African Examiner.

Primate Akinola: My Abductors Took My Shoes, My Shirt – PM News, Lagos.


By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

The immediate past primate of Anglican Church, Peter Akinola who was abducted by gunmen in Abeokuta yesterday and was rescued later by the Policemen from Ogun Command today recounted his ordeal in the hands of his abductors.

The clerygman,who worshipped today at the Abeokuta chapel of his church thanked everybody who had shown love and affection to him and his family members during his hours of predicament.

Addressing the congregation at Anglican Communion Church at tkhe Olusegun Osoba Hilltop, Abeokuta appreciated the concern shown and efforts made by individuals when he was abducted by the hoodlums.
According to the former CAN President, “I want to thank all of you for your outpouring of love and prayers, what happened yesterday was what I used to think is drama; something that we used to see on the television, until much more later that I realized it was real”.

Narrating how the incident happened, he said:”I left the house about 11 a.m to go to our site where we are building structures to train young people in Nigeria who are unemployed. The irony of it is that as I was coming out of the place where I had gone to give food to our workers for Christmas, as I was stepping out, these two young men came out of their car from nowhere. They asked me to open the door, knocking the window with their gun butt.

“I instructed my driver, Jonah, to open the door for them, they sandwiched us at the back of the car and they drove off. They told us to put our head down and that they would blow off our heads if we looked up. They drove for about an hour, where we don’t know until we discovered that we were in the midst of a thick forest. Then I requested to talk and informed them that there was no enough fuel in the car.

“They querried us for not having enough fuel in the car and my driver responded that we just returned from a journey. In the bush there, I was suprised at how they were able to locate a filling station, bought N3000 fuel and continued with the journey that was about three in the afternoon.

“They started asking questions about dollars, which I said there was none, i told them I was a village pastor that has just retired and that the car was given to me by the church. They asked about the security of the car and I told them there was none. They searched for it for almost two hours but couldn’t find anything”,he explained.

Akinola further stated,”I was just praying that God of mercy should come to our rescue; I was just remembering how God saved some believers in the Bible and I concluded that if I must die, how can it be in the hands of these people. Unknown to us, the news had started circulating around and people started praying. Meanwhile they have taken everything from us, they have taken my shirt, my shoes. I was left with my singlet and trousers, but my driver was not so lucky. His cloth, trousers and shoes were taken, he was left with boxers.

“They said i should walk on, when we moved about 100 meters from the car, I was asked to take the left while my driver was asked to take the right inside the bush. I was hearing how they were threatening my driver. After a while, we started hearing gun shots, apparently, the police were around. Later we learnt that the Governor himself with the Commissioner of Police, the secretary to the state government led the rescue team. When I couldn’t hear any more gunshots, I trekked back to the footpath shouting for my driver.

“Not quite long, I saw a vehicle coming, they approached me , I raised up my hands and told them it was my car they took and that am looking for my driver. They said they were police and they said I should come into the car. The leader of the police team, the State Anti-robbery Squad, they called him TJ, was a wondereful man, for the first time in my life,I doff my hat for the police for their performance.

“This same man, a muslim, approached me and said they have heard about what am doing that I should not stop, saying God has preserved my life for this purpose. He charged me to do more.

“Right from Imasayi to Ayetoro and right to Randa, it was just beyond my imagination that I came back in peace, but was worried about my driver who I later found out was at the hospital”,he recounted.


‘The Iyabo Obasanjo Letter’, And, Its Media Beholders By Seyi Olu Awofeso.

By Seyi Olu Awofeso

From the minute Iyabo Obasanjo’s letter to her father – General Obasanjo – was exclusively published by Vanguard newspaper on Wednesday, December 18, a media tussle to crush the truth ensued.

One pole of reportorial partisans elsewhere countered saying the letter was forged by President Jonathan’s (government) agents and coyly placed in Vanguard newspaper to deceive the public.  But the Vanguard Political Editor who’d exclusively sourced the letter had expressly published his own name as the reporter still having the original letter in his own hands.

The question then is: “Where was the ‘reasonable doubt on the genuineness of Iyabo Obasanjo’s letter in the light of that fact?”

To be sure, ‘reasonable doubt’ is not sheer legalese but a commanding rule of reasoning – for it means asking oneself after taking due account of all accessible facts if a sensible doubt remains that will falsify all presently known facts or render those known facts  un-convincing as yet.

It follows there can’t be ‘reasonable doubt’ until all accessible facts are got, and so; regarding the ‘Iyabo Obasanjo letter’, there was no “reasonable doubt” on its genuineness from get-go.  Nigerian journalists, for the most part, just dis-abled themselves from seeing the truth, and, accessing it from the Vanguard Political Editor’s office.

By so doing, Nigerian journalists un-cleverly created their own “un-reasonable doubts” – having refused or failed to do as little as telephone the Political Editor of Vanguard newspaper who sourced and published the Iyabo Obasanjo letter – with the original copy still in his drawer.

Between the partisans – who said President Jonathan’s federal government agents fabricated the “Iyabo letter” – and the purists who published it as true; having received it directly from Iyabo Obasanjo with her oral confirmation, an ensuing tussle dominated the Nigerian press until Iyabo Obasanjo was provoked to grant an interview to Vanguard newspaper where she blasted Nigerian journalists for their “un-reasonable doubts”.

Iyabo Obasanjo was so irritated by Nigerian journalists’ hamfistedness that she came out on Friday, December 20th, to restate that she indeed wrote the letter to her father (General Obasanjo).

“Nobody can ever say i told him or her that i did not write the letter i wrote to my father – General Obasanjo. I am not a liar. I will not back away from what i wrote because there is nothing i wrote to my father (General Obasanjo) which is not true” Iyabo Obasanjo declared.

So annoying was the baseless doubt cast by Nigerian journalists on her letter to her father that Iyabo Obasanjo nearly uttered dire imprecations on Nigerian journalists; both in radio and television stations and including those on-line and the broadsheet types, whose irresponsible leitmotif, she said, was to cast baseless doubt on the letter, as if paid to do just that.

“How can you live by social media saying i did not write the letter? That is part of the problem with Nigeria – people just fly rumours. I have not told anybody i ever denied writing the letter 0! I wrote it myself. It is early morning here in the United States of America and i woke up to hear all sorts of rumours going on in Nigeria. If i were one of you in Vanguard newspapers – who published my letter – i would simply ignore these rumour peddlers saying the opposite.  I was so surprised they would even say they called my father. I said to myself, “Are these people mad?” How can you call the same person i said i am not talking to anymore, to ask him whether i wrote my letter or not? Is he going to speak for me?” she asked rhetorically.

Iyabo Obasanjo then more bluntly derided Nigerian journalists for acting with scant commonsense by seeking confirmation on the genuineness of her own letter from General Obasanjo – her father.

“People have also been calling me here in America and telling me they called my father (General Obasanjo), but since i wrote that i am not talking anymore to my father, how can you say you called the same person? You expect he can tell you what is on my mind?  Nonsense! These people peddling these rumours that i did not write the letter, just ask them that in the last four years how many of them have spoken to me? They are all mad people!” Iyabo Obasanjo blasted off.

In truth her anger is well-anchored because an un-prepossessed mind will readily concede it as valid.

She implies that by casting doubt on the redacted copy of the letter she gave to VANGUARD newspapers -because she deleted her signature, so as not to make her signature public – Nigerian journalists show lack of intuition to anticipate and understand why only a redacted copy would be published.

But well before Iyabo Obasanjo angrily entered the fray, the debate between the two poles of purists and doubters in the media had exposed a certain illogic afflicting the Nigerian Press.

For sure, any journalist bearing a mobile phone could have called the Vanguard Political Editor who EXCLUSIVELY reported the ‘Iyabo Obasanjo letter’ and requested his confidential disclosure of the underlying evidence, before culling the Vanguard publication for use.

But no journalist reported himself as doing that, whereas, almost all journalists culled or excerpted the same Vanguard story of ‘Iyabo Obasanjo letter’, but mostly re-broadcast or re-wrote it with doubts they intentionally inserted without cross-checking the evidence with Vanguard newspaper.

Exactly a hundred years ago, a British invader (Lord Lugard) described the Nigerians he met as pathetically “lacking veracity”. Today, there’s worrying corroboration of his view by supposedly educated Nigerians to merit giving Lord Lugard the benefit of the doubt, seeing how Nigerian journalists fumbled the truth of Iyabo Obasanjo’s letter.

Their collective blunder actually reveals the need to bar pretenders from the profession, because journalism is too important to be left to charlatans and slow thinkers.  Journalism is the most educated and 4th important realm of government. It is historically a disciplined and tightly-structured profession. To remove its strictures and write before thinking is not journalism, but rabble-rousing.

Fidelity of all Nigerian journalists to veracity is not obvious. That credibility gap is now so wide to take any insinuation – including bribery. In proper journalism, truth-telling is not an option, but an obligation. Anyone finding that obligation too heavy need not hang around in a newsroom, when his dis-honest habit could fetch him a more paying job in a criminal-related endeavour like party politics in Nigeria.

Journalism is public trust. Only habitually honest and knowledgeable people should practise it – not quarter backers for hidden interests who disguisedly present crookedly diluted facts as newsreports.

Let’s pause here and ask in pertinence: “How did Nigerian journalists then choose to ascertain the genuineness of Iyabo Obasanjo’s letter – having inexplicably refused to reach the sole source who’d exclusively accessed, reported and published it under his own name and title as the Political Editor of Vanguard newspaper?

This is what happened. Several journalists in Lagos jumped in their cars and headed out of state to Abeokuta in Ogun State to confirm the genuineness of Iyabo Obasanjo’s letter from General Olusegun Obasanjo. That was nearly daft, to be polite, since these same journalists later culled the Vanguard exclusive story but spiced it with their self-inflicted and un-reasonable doubt by preferring the blithe comments of General Obasanjo’s aides and associates they obtained in Abeokuta, to the actual documentary evidence still with Vanguard newspaper.

“I can tell you authoritatively that the so-called letter from Iyabo Obasanjo was forged by those in (Jonathan’s) government,” was one of those blithe comments elicited from Femi Fani-Kayode and published by the Nigerian media as ‘reasonable doubt’ on the ‘Iyabo Obasanjo’ letter’ on December 18th.

“They think they can get at Baba (Obasanjo) that way. But they are mistaken. One thing is that if they want to fight Baba (Obasanjo) they should face him and leave his family out of it. Baba (Obasanjo) has spoken the truth and they should respond to the issues he raised,” Femi Fani-Kayode reportedly further said.

Whereas, the proof of evidence was closer to the journalists’ noses at the Vanguard office in Lagos than Iyabo Obasanjo was in Massachusetts, United States of America.  No Nigerian journalist successfully reached Iyabo Obasanjo in the United States where she’s resident although a few attempted by telephone but got no further than her answering machine.

Put together, all these facts and attempts still do not create ANY reasonable doubt to justify why the Nigerian press almost wholly reported the Iyabo Obasanjo letter laced with cynicism of the letter’s genuineness.  That was how Nigerian journalists negligently mis-led their readers with broadcast and published doubts on the ‘Iyabo Obasanjo letter’.

They wholly forgot the rule, “If in doubt leave out”. The rule does not say if in doubt publish doubts.

What’s perhaps more galling is there was no basis for reasonable doubt on Iyabo Obasanjo’s letter. Any journalist who spun a doubt in his own mind had the proof within his reach at the Vanguard office in Lagos and could easily have accessed it to clear his self-inflicted doubt.

Any journalist’s irresponsible refusal to fetch that proof is not the meaning of “reasonable doubt”.

It is rather gross negligence that’s to be avoided the next time because it disgraced journalism when the doubted letter was upheld as absolutely genuine but only after Iyabo Obasanjo had hollered at the doubting journalists as empty-headed.

At the bottomline there’s another question of media principle.  Since no reader must be made to part with ₦200 to read the “un-reasonable doubt” of any journalist in a newspaper, Nigerian journalists must learn their lesson from Iyabo Obasanjo’s hollering, change tack, and, use better judgment the next time to live down this editorial infamy.

Nobody has the right to receive 200 Naira from a newspaper buyer, pocket it under the pretext of practising journalism, but only by publishing his self-inflicted doubts for sale.  That is un-ethical. It is wrong. It is to be avoided. No journalist is under a duty to publish his failure to ascertain a fact for sale, or, entitled to pocket the reward of his gross negligence.

Journalism is the most educated and 4th most important realm of government.  Its honour must be protected against sciolists stealthily sullying its hallowed places.

                       …………………Seyi Olu Awofeso is a Legal Practitioner in Abuja.


Letter To Obasanjo: Iyabo and I Met In Cambridge And She Expressed The Same Sentiments, Chief Segun Osoba Confirms.

By Saharareporters, New York

Former Governor Segun Osoba of Ogun State who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has confirmed that he met Iyabo Obasanjo, the daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, during his trip to the United States in September 2013. Recounting his chance meeting with Ms. Obasanjo to SaharaReporters, Chief Osoba said he was in the United States for the 73rd anniversary of the Nieman Foundation Fellowship when he ran into Iyabo, a former senator in Nigeria. The former governor told SaharaReporters he was staying at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge when he had a chance encounter with the daughter of the former president who told him her car was parked in the hotel’s basement parking lot.

Chief Osoba said that, after the meeting, Ms. Obasanjo went downstairs to get her car and then drove him to the offices of the Nieman Foundation Center where he had an event. He said commute took close to an hour, leaving plenty of time for a long conversation between him and former President Obasanjo’s daughter.

Speaking further, Chief Osoba disclosed that Iyabo expressed exactly the same sentiments about her father contained in her letter that was just published by SaharaReporters. According to the former governor, Ms. Obasanjo stated that her father would divide the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) more than it was then after his so-called intervention in the party. He said Ms. Obasanjo also stated that she had no plans to return anymore to Nigerian politics, a sentiment she expressed in the acerbic letter to her father.

Chief Osoba added that, after his return from the US, he met former President Obasanjo a month later at the 80th birthday party of Chief Adedoja Adewolu and told him of his encounter with Iyabo in Massachusetts, including her view of his intervention in the PDP. Former Governor Osoba said he strongly believed that his discussion with Mr. Obasanjo might have prompted the former President to tell his daughter to run on the platform of the APC, another revelation made in her letter.

Former Senator Iyabo Obasanjo wrote an 11-page letter to her father which she sent to Lagos-based Vanguard newspaper. In the letter, she described her father as a liar, manipulator and a hypocrite. She also characterized her father as a wife-beater and abominable father.

Woman stabbed by pastor in critical condition.


ABEOKUTA — Men of Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 45-year-old man, Pastor Daniel Samuel, for stabbing his wife over the later’s refusal to attend church activities.

Daniel, an ApostolicChurch pastor, was reported to have used a cutlass to inflict a deep cut on his wife, Patience‘s, neck in Owode-Egba in Ibafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Vanguard gathered that the offence of the 42-year-old Pastor’s wife was because she gave preference to her work over the church programmes.

It was further gathered that shortly after the man attacked his wife with cutlass, he alerted the neighbours that his wife was matcheted by some unknown men, urging the people to help him take her to the hospital.

But when the victim was taken to Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba in Abeokuta, because of the level of the injury, the doctor, insisted that the case should be reported to the Police as she commenced the treatment.

The pastor was said to have quickly rushed to Owode-Egba Divisional Police headquarters to report the case but, reportedly lied to the police that the woman was wounded by some unknown men.

The Police after investigations discovered that the man was responsible and subsequently detained him.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the pastor would soon be charged to court.

Adejobi further explained that the pastor had confessed to the crime after an interrogation, adding that he would be charged for false information and wounding.

“The Pastor is with us, he initially lied to the Police that the wife was attacked by some men but later confessed after interrogation. As such he will soon be charged to court for false information and wounding,” the PPRO said.

When newsmen visited the hospital, Mrs Samuel was still in a very critical condition as her bed sheet was soaked with blood but managed to utter some few words which were incoherent.

The Consultant of Orthopaedics and Trauma who was in charge of the patient, Doctor Ojeblenu told our correspondent that the woman would still be under close observation because of the depth of the injury and the psychological trauma she might be going through.


Source: Radio Biafra.

I’d Rather Drink Wine Than Take Water- Wole Soyinka.


Wole Soyinka and son, Olaokun-Photo: Victor Ehikhamenor
By Akintayo Abodunrin

Professor Wole Soyinka was his vintage self responding to questions about his life, activism, and muse amongst others during an interaction with four undergraduates at the just concluded Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The audience broke into spontaneous applause as he walked briskly into the hall attired in his trademark collarless shirt and holding a jacket. They kept applauding till he climbed the stage. Then there was silence. Pin drop silence as he took his seat.

Though he had not yet uttered a word, it was as if the guests inside the Banquet Hall of June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State was aware of the scintillating performance that awaited and was thanking him in advance.

It was vintage Kongi. The Nobel Laureate was as candid as he was evasive. He elaborated on questions he wished to and parried others that he considered somewhat too personal. But the audience, comprising young and old from across the world, took no offence. A Nobel Laureate is entitled to some privileges.

Twenty-one year old Oreoluwa Ajewole, a Psychology student at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife; Oladele Noah, studying English in the same institution; 19-year-old Tobiloba Oguntona, an English student of the University of Lagos and Chime Adioha from Owerri, Imo State, were the four lucky undergraduates chosen to pose questions to Professor Soyinka at the session.

They had emerged from an online competition for people aged 21 and below, and their reward was sharing a stage with Kongi at the Ake Arts and Book Festival (AABF).

Soyinka’s medical doctor son and Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Olaokun, moderated the segment with the theme ‘In the Shadow of Memory: An Audience with Wole Soyinka’ and like his father, was a true agent provocateur.

Before the questions started flowing, there was a special welcome performance from masquerades from Soyinka’s Remo Division of Ogun State. They paid homage to Soyinka who gladly accepted their greetings.

Noah then set the ball rolling. He wanted to know what kept the Nobel Laureate going during his 22-month incarceration during the Civil War and how he was able to write under such terrible condition.

Corrupt jailer

Soyinka’s answer was short and straightforward. “It took a while before I was able to smuggle in books. That was at a later stage; after I managed to corrupt my jailer. At the beginning I wrote on sheets of cigarette pack and at some stage on toilet paper.

I didn’t eat much so I didn’t need too much toilet paper; I wrote on them. Later on, I was able to smuggle in some books; I was able to write in between the lines with the ink I had manufactured. That way I kept my sanity.”

Did winning the Nobel Prize influence his writing in any way, Oguntona asked?

“I don’t think that winning the Nobel Prize affected my writing in any way. It was a nuisance at the beginning but I learnt to manage it. Subsequently, I got used to writing more in planes than I normally do in my sanctuary. All it did was that if affected me in terms of my working methods but I don’t think for a moment it affected the intensity of what I wrote.”

Military rule as aberration

Apart from his illustrious literary career, Professor Soyinka’s antecedent as a social activist is also well documented. He doesn’t condone dictatorship of any kind and has had several run-ins with the military, culminating in fleeing into exile in 1994 during the regime of the late General Sani Abacha.

How did he survive that experience, especially having to leave the country in a manner he described as an affront on his sexagenarian dignity?

“I had to take a most unusual route to exile which I felt was most un-dignifying. It wasn’t the first time I would ride on a motorcycle – as a rider and as a passenger – but in this particular instance, I had to go through the bush being lashed by branches at night, I felt that it wasn’t something that should be happening at my age during that period,” he said before explaining his relationship with the military.

He noted that not all members of the military are beasts; some are civil. He even enrolled in the university’s officer corps as a student because he thought it would be possible to go to South Africa and liberate the country from apartheid. His only issue with the military is when they demand to be treated as gods and goddesses.

He will also fight them when they refuse to return power to civilians as happened during General Muhammadu Buhari and Abacha’s regime.
“It’s a question of trying to ease them out one way or the other, make their lives difficult by being hypercritical, if you like, so that they know from the very beginning that that particular regime is unwanted.”

Earlier that day in a book chat involving General Godwin Alabi- Isama, author of ‘Tragedy of Victory’ and Patrick Okigbo, an undergraduate had called for the return of the military because of the excesses of politicians. What does Kongi say to such a youth and others who have no memories of military rule?

“If you want to have the military back, dictatorial rule of any kind, it’s really re-colonisation. Yes, there was a time when indeed the civilians were exceedingly corrupt. What we have learnt from our experimentation with military rule is that they are just as corrupt, incontinent, unreliable and treacherous towards civilian existence as the very worst civilian rule.”

Origin of Pyrates Confraternity

Asked the vision and mission of the Pyrates Confraternity he and others established as a student at the University College, Ibadan, Professor Soyinka gave a detailed explanation of what fraternities are and how they differ from cults.

College fraternity is a time honoured tradition. It exists virtually all over the world where there are tertiary institutions. Many presidents of the United States belonged to fraternities in their universities; they are part and parcel of university culture.

“Fraternities, for at least two decades [in Nigeria], didn’t have one negative word against them. But of course, society being what it is, fraternities became corrupted. They turned fraternities to somewhere where you can exercise macho instincts and bully the rest of society. Of course, they [those with ulterior motives] were thrown out or they were never admitted in the first instance which was our idea of the original fraternity.

“So they went out and set up their own organisations which were also called fraternities but which soon showed exactly what they were. The Buccaneers, which was the first to break out; Eiye Society, Vikings and today you have Daughters of Jezebel in some colleges. They are the most vicious; more vicious than their male counterparts.”

The Nobel Laureate also explained how decadent politicians began to recruit students as thugs by enticing them with money, cars and other gifts. All these anti-social behaviour, he reiterated, was not in the manifesto of the original Pyrates.

“The only negative thing I can confidently tell you about Pyrates Confraternity: sometimes they get drunk but they don’t molest you when they are drunk,” he said.

On what informed the formation of the fraternity, Kongi said: “Then at the University of Ibadan where it all began, the population of male to female, was I think about 500 to 1 and these female students were abused, insulted and harassed so one of the cardinal points is for chivalry.

The Pyrates used to come to the defence of the women. It was formed for chivalry, comradeship, no partisan politics and it was anti-establishment. The Pyrates declared from inception we are mavericks, we are anti establishment. Whenever you do anything positive, you are not supposed to announce it. You won’t take credit for it.”

Militant gods

On the pervasiveness of Yoruba mythology in his works and if there has there been any negative reaction to it, Kongi, who is fond of Ogun, offered an unapologetic defence. “This is a result of Western or Eastern orientations. Christians or Muslims who think that they have the ultimate key to the kingdom of heaven and that if you don’t follow either scripture, you are forever damaged.

This is my world, my created environment; the myths of my society. Christians and Muslims must accept this, that they also exist in mythical worlds but the thing is that they would not accept.

“Who would tell me that the angels and the saints of either Islam or Christianity are not mythological figures? Prove to me that they are not before you ask me to prove to you that mine are not decent, respectable and even creatively enabling mythological figures.

So let all of us stick to our mythology. Don’t try and denigrate mine because if you do then I will denigrate yours. My myth does not require me to turn the other cheek. And stop claiming knowledge of absolute truth. Stop saying there is only one way, path to the god-head. All religions are equal.”

Women, liquor and collarless shirts

A question about cigarette, liquor and women supposedly aiding the muse drew murmurs of approval from the audience. What did for Kongi as a young writer and what still does for him?

“I’m against liquor; completely against liquor. Wine is not liquor,” Soyinka, renowned for his excellent taste in wine, said tongue in cheek as the audience erupted in laughter.

“Good brandy is not liquor; single malt whiskey is not liquor. Palm wine is not liquor. All the rest are liquor,” he continued, adding that he knew the medicinal values of palm wine right from childhood.

“Anything that is not liquor, I think hurts the productive system. Wine is excellent…what corrodes the body for me is water. I can’t imagine anybody being creative with orange juice, pineapple juice and all that. I can’t imagine it. It’s very difficult,” he added.

Soyinka didn’t controvert the point that women aid the creative process. “Women? We have to be careful here. Artists, painters and others, what is their favourite model? Very few of them use male models. The artists they know what they are doing.”

On why he started wearing collarless shirts, Soyinka said: “It was as a result of my abandonment of ties. I felt restricted by ties. Why on earth should somebody put a rope around my neck and at the same time they don’t like being hanged. Does it make sense to you? Once I abandoned ties, the next thing was what was that tie doing around my neck? There is nothing mysterious about it; straightforward practicality.”

The Chemist

Kongi demurred when asked about his first love. How he wooed her and got her to accept his offer of love.

“I have a reputation for total recall. People are astonished by how I remember images, events from childhood and this is one of those areas where they fall down,” he said.

But the audience realising that he wanted to parry the question protested.

“Look, all of you. You think you can have tricks of the trade just free like that,” he said to more laughter from the audience.
Olaokun intervened with, “I think the audience can see a political kind of manoeuvring happening? Can you move from the particular to the general then?”

He duly obliged. “I’m not a great scientist but I believe in chemistry. When chemistry happens, you know at once. So just follow the fumes from the person. If you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
Asked his perception of today’s young people, Soyinka said they are neither better nor worse than the previous generations.

His only plea was that they maintain the highest ethical standards even in the face of modernity and technological advances. He also stressed the importance of learning from history in order not to repeat mistakes of the past.

That was the last question of the day and the appreciative quartet, who had realised their dream of taking on Kongi, thanked organizers for the unique opportunity.



oblivious of Tinubu’s loots abroad, most inferior tribe of Nigeria (Yoruba) dissent Nigeria highly corrupt.

There appears to be some measure of unanimity among analysts both within and outside Nigeria that the nation is a highly corrupt society. The country’s successive governments since the return of democracy in 1999 do not quite agree.
This can be deduced from certain viewpoints that are usually officially canvassed on behalf of the nation. The first is that there is corruption everywhere, making it obvious that it is not peculiar to Nigeria. Some say, if the British knew nothing about corruption, the term would not have evolved as an English word.
The second point is the argument that corruption in Nigeria is over exaggerated by some unpatriotic citizens; prominent among them are Nigerian journalists – a group to which this writer belongs.
It is said that instead of embracing developmental journalism, they are always washing their nation’s “not too clean linen” in the public.
Journalists of other countries, it is argued, are not that reckless with the image of their own countries.
A third point which naturally flows against this backdrop is that corruption in Nigeria may not be as real as it is perceived. This is because Transparency International -a global organisation that often projects Nigeria as one of the most corrupt countries in the world is fond of speaking from two sides of the mouth by stating that it arrived at its damaging conclusion on the basis of perception.
Well, if corruption in Nigeria is not in essence a reality but a mere perception, it seems germane to identify whose perception it is. The Central Bank of Nigeria is certainly not one of its sources considering the occasional warnings by the Bank on the subject.
Only 2 weeks ago, the apex bank disclosed that high level corruption among other challenges accounts for the bane of the nation’s development. The bank spoke through its Deputy Governor (Operation), Mr. Tunde Lemo at the Egba Economic Summit in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Source: Radio Biafra.

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