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Bola Tinubu Family Paralyzes Lagos Economic Activity.


The largest markets in Lagos State, Nigeria’s most vibrant economy, were scandalously shut down today by the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu family.

Our sources say the unusual event is in honour of Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, Bola Tinubu’s daughter, who was being installed as the new ‘Iyaloja General of Nigeria.’

The installation took place at the palace of the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Rilwan Akiolu 1, who was also celebrating his 70th birthday anniversary.

 

“The title is a joke, actually,” a newspaper columnist told SaharaReporters, “because Nigeria does not offer Iyaloja tiles, whether Ordinary, Extraordinary or General.  Nobody can paste a title on someone’s forehead in the name of Nigeria, and the Attorney-General ought to challenge it.  Perhaps Lagos citizens now think their titles are meaningless if it simply says Lagos, Ikorodu or Isale Eko.”

In a report, PM News in Lagos said that markets throughout the Lagos metropolis, including Ayobo-Ipaja, Iyana-Ipaja, Abule-Egba, Dopemu, Ogba, Egbeda, Agege, Balogun, Oke Arin, Oyingbo, Oshodi, Mushin and Ikotun were all deserted.  This meant that the Lagos economy lost millions, perhaps billions of Naira in trade transactions today alone.

 

This development reflects the abuse and arbitrary use of power that Bola Tinubu is routinely identified. The APC leader arbitrarily imposed his daughter as “Iyaloja of Lagos” after his mother Abibatu Mogaji died last June.

 

SaharaReporters’ investigations today did not reveal that any of the big businesses of any of the Tinubus to be closed for the event.

National conference Jonathan’s motives are suspicious –Tinubu.


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Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos state, Senator Bola Tinubu, has provided more insight and justification into why he is opposed to the proposed national conference. A week after he returned from a medical trip, proponents of the national conference continued to challenge his comments and rejection of the national conference’s implementation by the current administration.

Tinubu maintained that he remained an unrepentant supporter of the idea of Sovereign National Conference, as he is weary of a rushed embrace.

“Though I remain an unrepentant supporter of a genuinely Sovereign National Conference, I am suspicious of this present concoction, because it is half- baked and fully deceptive. Government’s sincerity is questionable; the timing is also questionable. Now that this government is sinking in a pool of political and economic hot water of its own making, it gets hold of national conference idea as if it were a life jacket,” he said.

Tinubu said, however, that he was simply exercising his right as a citizen and would not take back what he had said about the issue of sincerity or insincerity of the government, just as he wants the proposal subjected to questioning and scrutiny.

“I will not take anything I have said back on the proposed national conference by this present administration. I insist that the planned national conference is a ‘Greek’ gift and public deception. Beware of the Greek gift; let us first of all ask a series of questions,” he said.

Furthermore, Tinubu asserts: “President Jonathan‘s epiphany –if epiphany, is not expedient; it is calculated to enhance his 2015 re-election bid, as such, should be subjected to questioning.

It is difficult to lay aside the suspicion that his sudden conversion is all about 2015. Otherwise, why the sudden endorsement of a national conference, not merely in principle, but with a rush toward some form of implementation? What has happened that was not already in play in all those years authorities rejected demand for a national conference?” he queried.

An unperturbed Tinubu, in an indepth write-up, explained the reason he took the position he took about the conference, despite its seeming unpopularity. According to him, the Jonathan-led government must first answer some fundamental questions about the timing, sincerity and most importantly, capability and credibility of the president to deliver a genuine national conference.

“The core questions to ask here is, how credible, reliable and capable is the current president to be able to midwife a critical conference such as this? Will he be sincere enough to let all issues on the agenda to be exhaustively discussed at the conference? Will this president have the guts to implement fully all final resolutions of the conference without fear, favour or any pandering”? Tinubu asks.

Tinubu warns that we are about to embark on a similar futile exercise, arguing that some two to three months back, our demand for a sovereign national conference found little sympathy in the eyes of the Executive and Legislative arms of government, until some three weeks ago when Senate President David Mark, issued a qualified endorsement.

Then, in his National Day broadcast, President Jonathan, announced to everyone’s surprise, that the Federal Government would, indeed, sponsor a national conference, at which Nigeria‘s ethnic nationalists would discuss and negotiate the terms of continued association. Within days, Dr Jonathan named a chairman and members of a committee to advise on modalities for staging the conference and submit a report within one month.

Tinubu, however, welcomes a change of heart by the current administration, but only for a moment.

“I, like other well-meaning Nigerians, must welcome this shift. It is an admission, at last, that the wide cracks in the national fabric can no longer be papered over and that the time has come for fresh thinking on fundamental problems, the existence of which has for too long been denied,” he said.

Tinubu’s objection to the proposed national conference is hinged on historical experience and the twin issues of sincerity and capability.

“This is an administration that has been known to have flip-flopped on so many critical issues of national importance.

President Jonathan was part of two issues of national importance in recent past —amnesty and the Uwais-led panel on electoral reform. We all knew what happened to the two issues. The amnesty, from inception, had been corrupt and hijacked by the president’s clique. It is one of Nigeria’s drain pipes. A slush fund for political expeditions and a conduit to siphon money to the boys. Also, the Uwais-led panel’s report gathered dust and suffered from constant cherry picking. What about the much-publicised SURE-P initiative of this administration? Another ill-conceived and fraudulently implemented programme of this administration. Billions of naira had so far disappeared into private pockets and the treasury still bleeds. I can go on and on. Is this the leader we want to trust with organising a national dialogue or is it conference they call it? Where is capability? Where is sincerity? Where is presence of mind?” he asked.

For him, the issue of sincerity is fundamental.

While agreeing that Nigerians need to talk, Tinubu insists the midwife must be trustworthy and warns that if we get this wrong, the future will be fraught with dangers. For him, Nigeria is a drift and unless we start a discourse aimed at updating and improving our political economy and its structures, we might wake up one day from a night devoid of dreams, because we have turned into a nation devoid of hope.

“Yes, we need to talk. However, we need a national conference that is truly sovereign and not one dictated by the reactionary and regressive elements of the ruling party. This is not the way to clear Nigeria off danger. This is a selfish ploy that will plunge the nation deeper in darkness and indirection. This government must first show good faith for Nigerians to believe them. President Jonathan is not the man to give Nigerians a true national conference. He can only give us a “Jonathan conference” as bitter icing on the sour cake, his government has become. This government lacks the presence of mind and the decency to implement a national conference.

This government’s offer of a national conference is a wingless bird. It will not fly. The advisory committee set up to design a framework and come up with recommendations as to the form, structure and mechanism of the process will soon find out they are on a journey with no destination save the wall of futility.

Finally, Tinubu suspects we are being saddled by an imposed national conference by individuals, who have shown total disdain for anything nationalistic.

” It will be an empty and expensive futility with no true dividend for a people wanting their leaders to show them a way out of the pit and not a way deeper into it,” Tinubu said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

APC: Dead On Arrival? By Samuel Ogundipe.


By Samuel Ogundipe

Elevating the fallacy of the false alternative to Boko Haram insurgency, Bola Tinubu, and a few others in the Action Congress of Nigeria, believes Nigerians who welcomed President Jonathan’s state of emergency in three northern states— and who think 3 years of Boko Haram’s heinous activity is enough — are mediocre.

This is less a thought than a flight from thinking, which involves making sensible distinctions.

On April 15th, the morning after Mr. President‘s sobered announcement on national television, Bola Tinubu, the latest steward  of modern Nigerian reactionary progressivism, warned that President Jonathan’s attempt to initiate the beginning of the end of Boko Haram’s senseless killings of Nigerians would amount to “excruciating hardship” for residents of the 3 affected states. He also theorized that the President’s action is a harbinger of total federal government takeover of those states and a “deliberate ploy to subvert constitutional democracy”. Really? If the President really intended to do as Tinubu averred, what would have stopped him from doing so? The inanimate Constitution? After all, former President Obasanjo did exactly that in Plateau and Ekiti with little or no consequence to him.

Between wishing success to the Joint Task Force and sending in new troops to combat Boko Haram, there’s as much a middle ground for honest politicians as there is between President Jonathan, an ostensibly patriotic man sincerely worried about the lingering state of insecurity, and Tinubu, a promiscuous political juggernaut.

Tinubu, who’s political godfatherism is unrivaled in Nigerian contemporary politics, has been politicking with Boko Haram issue for a while. When asked, sometimes ago at a symposium, his solution to eradicating the sect, Tinubu said: ” The emergence of Boko Haram is indicative of the failure of People’s Democratic Party“. PDP’s culpability in Boko Haram’s emergence is, at best, a speculation. What is not speculative, however, is the fact that Tinubu’s response sounded more like an attempt at political mudslinging than it does about proffering an honest solution to a gigantic problem that threatens the nation’s very existence.

He also seems to be surreptitiously avoiding the issue of Boko Haram lately except when politically expedient for him to comment on it. And in those rare cases he would canvass for “continuous dialogue because that is the Nigerian values.” You get that right: Our values are that we must continue to dialogue with terrorists because we started a dialogue with terrorists. Notwithstanding the unbearable intransigence of the sect.

Heretofore, it seems a metaphysical servitude that substantial part of the population would readily condemn, and sometimes justifiably so– see Fuel Subsidy Removal– anything coming out of Aso Rock. And even more so if opposition politicos like Tinubu is at the vanguard of such outcry.

Nigerians, however, are wary this time–which is a good thing: What kind of people would we have been if we had rebuked Mr. President’s bold step and embraced Bola Tinubu’s trite of vituperation and division? The President’s action was not only necessary, it was satisfactorily constitutional, too.

As if anyone is nonplussed, Lai Muhammed, a Sancho Panza to Bola Tinubu’s Don Quixote, who’s never seen a national security matter he won’t politicize, didn’t wait for Mr. President to say, “Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria” before blasting out his ukase to ACN political Pravdas,  “One hopes the President’s action is not linked to the politics of 2015. With the three states militarized, there can neither be electioneering campaign nor voting there. We had warned earlier that as 2015 approaches, the Jonathan Administration will increasingly take measures that will make it impossible to hold election in many states The over militarization of some states in the north, the plan to destabilize the South-west using slush funds from the so-called oil pipeline protection contract and the infantile threats from some Niger Delta militants seem to be part of this plan.”  This statement strikes even the most apolitical as petty.

Boko Haram has killed 2, 510 according to my last count. The sect has destroyed properties in excess of billions in dollars and shook the country to its very foundation. Yet all the largest party in opposition could do is throw a tantrum over an action as popular as the state of emergency declaration? Reminds me of a statement from the Presidency last month which castigates Tinubu as a “political liability”. That statement couldn’t have turn out prescient early enough –like he holds a degree in oracle studies. We might as well just file that under his list of academic qualifications.

However, Congress of Progressive Change, the second largest contributor to the birth of All Progressives Congress, released a statement praising the President’s decision and urging the citizenry to rally behind him for its successful execution:

“However, it is gratifying that the President did not behave like a former President who removed the political structures when he declared a state of emergency in some states”, asserted Rotimi Fashakin, the Party’s spokesman who ostensibly understands that there’s more to opposition status than cheap fuss-budgeting. “We need to rally round the President in this trying period. We pray that with this action, peace will eventually return to the states”, he wittingly concludes.

Furthermore, to really fathom the magnitude of opprobrium Tinubu and the ACN have ensnared themselves –and how popular the President’s declaration was– I’ve excerpted the reaction of Mr. Femi Falana, hardly a fan of President Jonathan or the PDP, for your digestion: “President Jonathan deserves commendation for acting within the ambit of the constitution. Unlike President Olusegun Obasanjo who illegally removed elected governors under the guise of a state of emergency President has not dissolved democratic structures in the affected states. That is in order because an elected governor can only be removed by impeachment, resignation or on ground of infirmity of body or mind and NOT through a state of emergency. For the avoidance of doubt the proviso to section 11 (4) of the constitution which empowers the National Assembly to take over the legislative powers of a state in case of emergency states that ” nothing in this section shall be construed as conferring on the National Assembly power to remove the Governor or the Deputy Governor of the State from office”.Having complied with the constitution with respect to the state of emergency in 3 states President Jonathan should henceforth demonstrate to Nigerians that the days of presidential impunity are gone for ever in the country.”

It’s no gainsaying that US Democratic party campaign ad about Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie stealing America’s democracy in the run of to 2010 Midterm elections contributed to its political shellacking that year, the ACN’s response to Mr. President’s state of emergency proclamation could be the straw that breaks APC’s political future.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Nigeria’s Opposition leader, Tinubu insists on National Conference.


Former Lagos State governor and national leader of the Action Congress of
Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan
to immediately convoke a national conference as a sure way out of the many
woes besetting the country.

Tinubu who spoke after his turbaning as Agba-Akin of Ijeshaland on Friday in
Ilesa, lamented that the ship of state of Nigeria is drifting dangerously towards
disaster insisting that a national conference would proffer workable solutions
to the problems.

His words: “Nigerians must sit down round a table and talk. Nigerians have the
right to demand another constitution.   To insist otherwise is not to serve the
cause of justice and fairness.”

Observing that Nigerians have been destined to live together in one nation,
there is need to define certain terms of engagement so that all segments of
the nation can have the requisite sense of belonging.

According to Tinubu, President Jonathan’s opposition to a national conference
is a disservice to Nigerians adding that fears that the conference could lead to
break up of the nation is unfounded.

“We have decided to stay united.  We are joined at the hip,” he said, adding
that there is however the need to restructure the country for productivity.
Tinubu also accused President Jonathan of fueling religious discord between
the two major religions in the country.

Mr. President should stop dividing this country on the basis of religion and
ethnicity.  Don’t divide Nigeria between Christians and Muslims.  We need
religious tolerance, and inter-faith harmony in this country.  The PDP (Peoples
Democratic Party) has no vision for Nigeria.  We must reject their ideas of
discrimination. We want unity in diversity for economic prosperity and not
divide-and-rule for political adversity,” Tinubu said.

Expressing gratitude the Ijesha Muslim community for the honour done him,
the AC N leader noted that religion should be seen as a tool for advancement
of society rather than strife.

He said although a Muslim by religion, he has warmed himself to the hearts of
both Christians and traditionalists alike.

Said he: “Though born a Muslim, as a politician I secure votes from Christians,
Muslims and traditionalists.  I, therefore, call on all Muslim leaders to rise up
and uplift the people.  Education is important”.

In his remarks, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, extolled the
leadership qualities of Tinubu whom he said has done a lot to improve on the
peoples welfare, explaining that this is the reason he was considered for the
honour.

His words: “Since the demise of Awolowo, we have not seen anybody with the
charisma and qualities of Asiwaju.  It would be disastrous if we allow this
opportunity to slip by”.

By African Examiner.

I am hale and hearty -Tinubu.



 
 
Former Lagos State governor and leader of opposition Action Congess of
Nigeria, A C N, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu has described as bundle of
lies reports that he had suffered a stroke and was rushed abroad for
urgent medical attention.In a statement by his media aide, Sunday Dare, Tinubu assured his
teaming supporters that he is in stable health and would return to Nigeria
this week.The A CN leader also described his rumoured il-health as the handiwork
of his detractors who are bent on smearing his public image.
Tinubu explained that he is abroad as part of his business and political
engagement insisting that there he was never rushed abroad to secure
medical attention for stroke.

“It is the figment of the wicked imagination of the writer and fits perfectly
into the smear political campaign by his political opponents which began
last year to wish him ill, to weaken his political clout and get him out of
the way. The sponsors of this campaign of calumny are known and will
soon be unmasked. This is not new.   

“There is a pattern here. It began with the attempt to use EFCC to shut
Asiwaju up which woefully failed.

“Then the Code of Conduct tribunal case, which turned out to be pure
political witch-hunt based on fabricated and unsubstantiated allegations.

“Again, he triumphed. The rumour over his ill-health which has been on
for almost a year now is the latest ploy of his political detractors to taint
his rising political profile.” He said ordinarily, he would not have bothered
responding to the rumours about his health but for the concern and
anxiety the false reports had generated among his friends, family,
political and business associates and wellwishers.

“I am engaged daily with thoughts and activities on how to move this
country forward and make it better for millions. We are confronted with
finding solutions to the more urgent problems of unemployment, grinding
poverty, corruption, hopelessly bad infrastructure and a government badly
in need of good advice.

“This diversionary tactics to distract me from the urgent task has already
failed. Those that think I am paralysed in the body are unfortunately the
ones paralysed in the mind and who need urgent medical help,” Tinubu
said.

 
By  African Examiner.

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