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Help Wanted: Nigerian President For 2015 – By Bayo Oluwasanmi.

By Bayo Oluwasanmi

The race for the presidency is shaping up. In the right-place-right-time theory of politics, the moment matters. It’s scary to visualize what the political landscape will look like in 2015. For sure, there will be events that will try our souls between now and then.

With the disappearing act of President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigerians are looking for the next strongest leader to take over. Nigerians are fed up with the leadership of Mr. Jonathan. In the absence of a leader, Nigerians are like sheep without a shepherd and we yearn for a leader. Like any other group of people, we focus on our immediate needs, we struggle with delayed gratification, we feel insecure and begin to worry without abundant signs of hope, and we always ask: what has the leader done for us lately?

Leadership, like life, is the sum total of the decisions we make. Every decision has consequences. The president decides how he’ll respond to issues, decides on the size of the budget, decides on whom to hire, and decides what values and priorities are worth fighting for, and most importantly, decides what will be his legacy.

It is evident that the three-year presidency of Mr. Jonathan portrays him as a leader who lacks commitment, suffers from a scattered focus, looks for excuses, forgets the big picture, go public with private thoughts, behaves inconsistently, creates poor relationships, and avoids change.

For 2015, we want a leader who will separate himself regularly from the crowd. A leader who will pursue truth over popularity, a leader who is willing to take risks, who is ready to be watched by the public even though it feels intimidating to be watched and scrutinized.

We want a leader with character, a leadership with competence – ability to get the job done and leadership that produces results. We want a leadership with conviction – a leadership that has backbone, someone who will always stand for what is right. Tomorrow’s production begins with today’s preparation. We need a leader that will solve problems because the fastest way to gain leadership is to solve problems.

The cost and expectations of leadership are high and expensive. The failure of a leadership usually results in consequences far more greater than the fall of a non-leader. We want a leader that will live at a standard higher than others. A leader that cares for the interest of the poor, who lives with integrity and keeps his word. We want a leader that manages time and the nation’s resources well.

Nigerians want a leader who is ready to listen to the people, who practices patience of silence and submission. He must be faithful and committed as a trustworthy partner of the people. We want a leader with charisma, a man who enjoys a sense of giftedness.

Example is the most important tool a leader possesses. People do what people see. We need a leader that will set example. “Example is not the main thing influencing others,” says Albert Schweitzer, “it is the only thing.”

I remember an incident of leadership by example that took place when I was in high school. Our principal – a strict disciplinarian – had warned us several times to stop dumping refuse at a particular spot near the hostel. We refused to use the new pit dug for that purpose because it was a bit far from the hostel. Over time, the refuse pit had become a dunghill. Well, one day after the morning assembly, in his characteristic style of leadership by example, our principal gave the marching order: “Follow me.” We all lined up behind him. He headed straight to the dunghill. Without a word, he bent down and with his two hands grabbed his own piece of the dirt. Without any hesitation, mumbling, or grumbling, we all snatched our share of the mess. Within few minutes, the whole mess was gone. End of story!

By now, Nigerians are sick of scheming leaders who will do anything for the sake of power. Our political history shows that our leadership revolves around Machiavellian leadership style based on amorality, deception, power, ego, and personal advantage. By contrast, the leadership style required for 2015 should be based on morality, truthfulness, servanthood, humility, and meeting the needs of our people. It should be a leadership based on self-giving and not self-preservation.

We need a leader who projects confidence, strength, hope, optimism, and sincerity who can always inspire Nigerians through personal power in seemingly hopeless situations. In the darkest days of the Second World War in 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the parliament: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat,” he said. “We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering,” he assured the Brits.

Despite Churchill’s depressing words, it was the realistic assessment of the crisis faced by Britain. Indeed, as it turned out, those words lifted the morale and ignited the fighting spirit of the British people. With defiant courage, Churchill declared: “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.” This is the type of president Nigeria needs. We don’t need a skilled manipulator with superficial charm without the experience, ability, values, and character that make an authentic leader as president.

In a nutshell, the next president of Nigeria must be a leader with a sense of “I am eager” meaning a sense of passion and urgency about reaching Nigerians and meeting their needs, a sense of “I am obligated” that is, a feeling that he cannot do anything else vocationally, and a sense of “I am not ashamed” by way of conviction to do what others may think illogical.

So, let the race begin!


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

President Jonathan to announce modalities for national confab today.



Barring any last minute change, the Federal Government will today unveil modalities for convening the much expected national conference.


Our correspondent gathered that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is expected to release the modalities for convening the conference at a ceremony in Abuja today.

The conference was proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan during his Independence Anniversary speech of October 1, 2013, consequently setting up a 13-member advisory committee to come up with modalities for the national dialogue.

The committee, which was given one month to complete its assignment was headed by a former senator, Femi Okuronmu, while Dr Akilu Indabawa, was the secretary.

The committee had at the end of its assignment submitted an over 4,000 pages report to the President.

According to President Jonathan, the proposed dialogue offers a unique opportunity for the country to deepen its democracy and strengthen its institutions rather than to destroy or weaken the union.

“In spite of the circumstances of the birth of our country in 1914 and the several challenges of nation building, Nigerians have in the last 53 years demonstrated the belief that our diversity notwithstanding, we are a nation with great potentials.

“The task before us is to build a strong and united union. In the last few decades, there have been issues that have challenged our determination as a people brought together by God in this great land of promise,” the President had said while receiving the report.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Afenifere have officially rejected Okurounmu committee’s reportv on Confab.


NATIONAL MIRROR – Afenifere Renewal Group yesterday rejected the recommendations of the  Senator Femi Okurounmu’s Presidential Advisory Committee on National  Dialogue, saying it cannot engender the type of confab that Nigeria  needs. described the proposed conference as a make or mar issue for  President Jonathan that initiated it and for Nigeria, saying it would be  the most defining legacy of his administration and for Nigeria.
Advocating complete restructuring as the only thing that can save the  country from the gradual collapse buffeting all its public  institutions, the group said that any conference convened based on these  recommendations cannot meet the yearnings of Nigerians.
ARG maintained its stance that the proposed conference must be a conference of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
In a press release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo,  the group described the recommendation that representation should be  based on federal constituencies as distasteful.
They described the political structure has been used as veritable  tools of injustice, social, and political discriminations that have held  this country bound.
It said:”Nigeria has six administrative regions, which have become a  defining structure for almost any national issue. Our recommendation  therefore is that equal number of delegates should come from each  administrative zone and these delegates should be selected by ethnic  nations within each zone.
“We reject also the recommendation that conference delegates should  be saddled with the responsibility of deciding how decisions and  outcomes of the proposed conference would be integrated into the  Constitution and Laws of Nigeria.
This committee could not come up with any recommendation on this  particular Term of Reference, despite the avalanche of historical  antecedents in other countries, more than 1,000 presentations and  memoranda, technical presentations from renowned experts and leaders,  and several other consultations available to it.
“This is, to say the least, an evasion of responsibility and  rejection of popular desire for a new Constitution. In fact, a cursory  look at the 38 agenda recommended for discussion by the committee is a  confirmation that Nigeria needs a new Constitution, which it  surprisingly shied away from recommending. Resolving constitutional  problems in Nigeria cannot be the most difficult in the world and  certainly, not as difficult as the committee, in its recommendation,  want us to believe.
ARG, in coalition with many Yoruba groups have recommended that the  decisions and outcomes of National Conference should only be subjected  to a referendum and this process should produce a brand new Constitution  for Nigeria”, the group said.
The group said the purpose of the national conference would be  defeated when “a third of the delegates are to be nominated by President  Jonathan. We therefore kick against the nomination of any delegate,  whether from any public official or from special interest groups.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Afenifere In The Tank For Jonathan: Who Speaks For Yoruba? By Ademola Bello.

By Ademola Bello

I have a slight pause because Afenifere moves closer to the guy in Aso Rock. Afenifere turns away from Yoruba plights. They’ve become a ‘metaphorical piano’ that can be bought with impractical gifts.

Yoruba are giving up on Afenifere because there’s no point to it anymore. The group has got us nowhere under Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.

This is serious. Afenifere press releases by Yinka Odumakin seems like the size of the coin that you will get from President Jonathan communication team of Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe.

Afenifere your heart is not finished-but we can no longer hear your voice that once charmed us with rare integrity and intelligence.

Afenifere is no longer committed to the struggle of common and poor people. The present crop Afenifere is like a train wreck that is in denial of truth.

Yoruba people are in despair, yes, Tinubu is not a Yoruba leader; and Obasanjo should not be the APC navigator. (He, Obasanjo, undermined his own brightest legacy as a military Head of State who handed over to civilian by admitting that he was responsible for Shagari’s victory against Chief Awolowo in the 1979 presidential election).

We all agreed that APC has no ideology, but what has Afenifere done for Yoruba people lately?

What is wrong with Afenifere? Why this buzzed and twittered malicious satisfaction to congratulate Jonathan’s sinking presidency on his exquisite work and fake national conference?

Goodluck Jonathan is a political disaster, and the worst civilian president in Nigeria’s history.

This present Afenifere is a confusion and embarrassment. Now Omisore a suspect in the murder of Chief Bola Ige who was deputy leader of Afenifere, and former Attorney General of the Federation walks in and takes off his raincoat to take important seat as a member of Afenifere. The ghost of Bola Ige is crying for justice.

Afenifere, the Yoruba stare at you uncomprehendingly! For God’s sake, give this romance with President Jonathan a break!

Yoruba sons and daughters would be more interested if Afenifere is promoting Yoruba cultures, history and values. Afenifere should not just be about politics; we need Afenifere to be champions in promoting Yoruba cultural renaissance. Afenifere should be working with people like Professor Akinwumi Isola and filmmaker Tunde Kelani on preserving Yoruba cultural heritage and making sure Yoruba kids learned the language instead of all that noise about politics.

Afenifere, please stop this effusively apologetic press releases in defense of Goodluck Jonathan presidency. This is a precious advice, if you like you can take it. I think your business is done in politics. Afenifere you no longer speak for Yoruba people.


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

The drug addict – Femi Fani-Kayode accused President Jonathan of hating Yoruba’s •Says: Let’s divide Nigeria instead of Ijaw dominating Yoruba.


Femi Fani-Kayode-003All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode, this evening accused President Goodluck Jonathan of hating his (Fani-Kayode’s) Yoruba ethnic group.

The one-time Minister of Aviation also accused Jonathan’s Ijaw ethnic group of dominating the Yoruba. Though he did not provide evidence to back up his allegations, Chief Fani-Kayode in a Facebook update about an hour ago advocated the dissolution of Nigeria as a country instead of the Yoruba to continue under the domination of the Ijaw or any other ethnic group. Below is his unedited post on his Facebook page:

President Goodluck Jonathan and those within his inner circle simply hate the yoruba. And we the yoruba did not resist, fight and defeat the hegemony of other nationalities in the last 100 years just for it to be replaced with Ijaw domination.

I have said it before and I will say it again, if we cannot have a level playing field for all tribes, all religions and all nationalities in Nigeria and if we cannot all be treated as equals then let Nigeria cease to exist.


If you want Nigeria to continue to remain as one country into the distant future there must be no more ”masters” and no more ”servants”.

If we cannot be treated as equals we the yoruba will forcefully resist the tyranny of our oppressors and we will scuttle and sabotage this man-made geographical expression called Nigeria until it ceases to exist.

And if, in the misguided and confused minds of some, that makes us tribalists or ethnic supremacists so be it.

We cannot be held back from our natural pace of development anymore. We cannot allow the natural excellence of the yoruba to be sacrificed on the alter of Nigeria.

We cannot allow the gains and massive contributions of our forefathers and our heroes past to be treated with contempt and ridicule or to be squandered and to be in vain.

Nigeria is 100 years old this year. It is time for us to decide whether we want to stay together for another 100 years or whether we want to go our separate ways within the next five years.

It is time for us to decide whether we want to be the captain of our ship and the master of our soul or the spineless and perpetual serfs of those that come from other climes.

Source: Radio Biafra.

National conference shouldn’t be for ethnic groups – Musa.



Ahead of the national dialogue proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has said the conference should be for Nigerians and not for ethnic nationalities.In an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, Musa, who has been a proponent for national dialogue, said contrary to the opinion of some groups, Nigeria is made up of citizens and not ethnic nationalities.He said, “What we have to accept as a fact is that the vast majority of Nigerians, in spite of the negative state of the nation, want Nigeria to remain united. They do not want the disintegration of Nigeria; they don’t even want confederation. We want a united Nigeria and power should be shared in a way that encourages unity and development.“Some people are saying the national conference should be a conference of ethnic nationalities. They believe Nigeria is made up of ethnic nationalities, but that is wrong. Nigeria is not made up of ethnic nationalities. It is made up of citizens.”On the controversy over the existence of a minority report on the national conference, Musa said any report outside the report submitted to the President by the Femi Okurounmu-led committee, was irrelevant.“The report of anybody now is irrelevant because the only report, which is relevant, is the report of the presidential committee. The committee was mandated to recommend a modality for conducting the national conference. So far, Nigerians are not interested in what the committee says but they are interested in what the President says, because it is the President’s committee,” he said.Musa said from his evaluation, the plan for the national conference was still on course and should be allowed to play out to completion.Reacting to the plan by the Ethnic Nationalities Movement and The Patriots, to convoke a conference on ethnic nationalities to foreshadow the national conference, Musa said in line with the tenets of democracy, it was necessary to allow all groups make their inputs.He said, “We must respect fundamental human rights. The minority, who want the

national conference to be based on ethnic nationalities, are saying they want to hold their own conference on ethnic nationalities, before the national conference. That is alright, they should be allowed to do so. You can argue for or against, but you can’t deny them the right to do that. In democracy, they say the majority has its way, but the minority has its say.”

by Allwell Okpi

Source: Radio Biafra.

2015: Hausa/Yoruba Greedy Families divides over Jonathan.

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Like the sword of Damocles, perception about President Goodluck Jonathan is pushing some of the country’s major political families towards different political polesDr. Iyabo Obasanjo apparently does not care a hoot about what many Nigerians think of President Goodluck Jonathan; whether good or bad.
She was clear on that when she wrote a blistering severance letter to her father last December.DIVIDED“This letter is not in support of President Jonathan or APC or any other group or person, but an outpouring from my soul to God,” the former senator wrote in a letter that was partly triggered by her father’s own open letter to Dr. Jonathan.But how President Jonathan stirred the famous break up between father and daughter was given fillip with the denunciation by Iyabo of her father as a hypocrite who would not allow on himself what he was supposedly doing to President Jonathan.“For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality,” Senator Obasanjo wrote in a letter that stirred wild celebration among several political associates of President Jonathan.Given the acidic content of the letter earlier written by President Obasanjo to President Jonathan, many independent stakeholders were tempted to believe that Senator Obasanjo had become a pawn in the fight between the two presidents.But Senator Iyabo Obasanjo whose difficult experience as a senator, especially when she was unduly tried for an offence that was later proved not to be a misdemanour, was quick to disavow political undertones to the issues between her and her father.Iyabo and her father are not the only family members to be separated on the issue of Jonathan. Across the country Dr. Jonathan has also been the cause of rift among some other families in the public eye.
The Adamawa State Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Arziki Sawa and her husband Senator Andrawus Sawa are no less equally divided by the Jonathan phenomenon.Senator Sawa, a former military officer reputed to be at one time a very close friend of Governor Murtala Nyako was allegedly instrumental to the nomination of his wife as commissioner in the cabinet of Nyako.
The governor and Senator Sawa served in the military at about the same time. Some claim that the appointment of his wife into the Adamawa cabinet followed the failure of the governor to give his one time friend a federal appointment.But the truth of how the two fell out remains a secret that only the two men will tell one day.
Even though Senator Sawa has firmly turned his back on Nyako and become a strong backer of Jonathan, his wife has continued to sojourn in the cabinet.
When on Monday, December 16, 2013 the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP held a massive rally to endorse President Jonathan’s leadership of the country, Senator Sawa was very visible.However, two days after that rally when the Adamawa State Executive Council met and unanimously resolved to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the absence of Mrs. Arziki Sawa was as conspicuous as the presence of her husband was noticed in the PDP rally supportive of Dr. Jonathan.g5It was as such not difficult for some to speculate that Mrs. Sawa had joined her husband to support Jonathan against the declaration by her colleagues in the State Executive Council to join the APC.
A troubled Mrs. Sawa was quick to dissociate herself from the rally and to pledge support for Governor Nyako as she gave reasons for her absence.“I am 100 per cent behind Baba Maimangoro (Governor Nyako) and there is no way that I can abandon him, so I am 100 per cent behind him in APC and wherever he is going, I will go with him,” Mrs. Sawa told Vanguard in a telephone interview. “I don’t know who is behind the reports.”Clarifying her absence at the eventful State Executive Council meeting where the resolution to defect to APC in solidarity with Nyako was taken, she said:
“The truth is that I went for an official engagement in Abuja and so maybe because they didn’t see me at the declaration but I cannot point at any person as being behind the reports. If there is anybody spreading the report, that person is telling a lie and he will never see me going the other way and just wants to bring chaos.”

Mrs. Sawa was away at a meeting of the National Council on Environment in Abuja when the decision by the cabinet to defect to the APC was taken.
The Minister of State, for Federal Capital Territory, Ms Jumoke Akinjide on her part has united with her father, Chief Richard Akinjide in following the PDP mainstream supportive of Dr. Jonathan against the position taken by her husband, Rep. Ahman Pategi, a member of the House of Representatives.Pategi from Kwara State, was among the 37 members of the House of Representatives who defected from the PDP to join the APC last month.The minister who lives with her husband and is reported to have a very solid relationship with him in their Abuja home was quoted to have told the online medium, Premium Times, that she would never leave the PDP for the APC. Apparently, the minister’s affection for the PDP will not disrupt the well known affection she is believed to have towards her husband.“I’ll never ever leave the PDP. The Akinjide family is loyal to the PDP and loyal to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. My father, Richard Akinjide is a founding member of the PDP and a member of the PDP Board of Trustees.”“I am the arrowhead of the PDP in Oyo State as the minister in an opposition state. I will continue to work hard to ensure the success of Mr. President, the Transformation Agenda, and the success of the PDP at the polls in the 2015 elections.”Arguably one of the most intriguing divisions wrought by the Jonathan phenomenon is the acrimony or lack of it within the Bamanga Tukur and Murtala Nyako families in Adamawa State. Tukur, the national chairman of the PDP is in the frontline in the campaign to get the president a second term in office.Though the preponderance of opinion of stakeholders is that Tukur is the problem with the party, the president it appears is unwilling to let him go upon the fact that the president is unavailable to find someone more loyal to his cause than Tukur in the north.Nyako on the other hand was one of the governors that split from the PDP and subsequently defected to the APC with their principal focus being to frustrate a second term for the president.The split on Jonathan between Chairman Tukur and Governor Nyako along the way also led to their sharp differences on the structure of the PDP in Adamawa State. Tukur eventually prevailed in the split despite the near unanimous revolt the National Working Committee, NWC gave to Nyako a year ago on the issue.
Tukur prevailed simply because of the backing he got from the president.Despite the sharp acrimony between the national chairman and his governor, it is surprising that Tukur’s son, Abati Mahmud Bamanga Tukur remains happily married to Nyako’s daughter, Hadiza Murtala Nyako.
Even more, is the fact that both Tukur and Nyako have a history of intermarriage between them that was crowned with the marriage of Tukur’s son to Nyako’s daughter.The couple according to familiar sources is said to be living in peace impervious to the cat and dog battle between their fathers.“When the daughter wants to visit her father, she goes along with her husband and when the son wants to visit his father, he goes along with his wife and they are both living happily in Lagos,” a source familiar with the family said.
For another female minister in the Jonathan cabinet, her appointment into the Jonathan cabinet became a reality after the exit of her husband from a high flying position in the Jonathan cabinet.Today, husband and wife are said not to be on talking terms following the female minister’s full devotion to Jonathan and his administration, a development that is said to have made the husband to be sulking for the last few years he has been out of his position.For yet another female minister in the Jonathan cabinet, Hajia Zainab Mana President Jonathan would not be faulted for the division that once characterized the family.
Hajia Mana and her husband at the time of the 2007 general election were sharply split in 2007 when her husband, Alhaji Umar Joji Maina left with elements formerly loyal to Atiku Abubakar to contest the gubernatorial elections of that year on the platform of the Labour Party.Joji Maina was running mate to Mr. Joel Madaki in that election while his wife, Zainab was a member of the Board of Trustees, BoT of the PDP actively engaged in the campaign for the election of Alhaji Umar Musa Yar‘Adua.
The political split between husband and wife according to sources was a serious stress that may nevertheless have been resolved with time.
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

Source: Radio Biafra.

Dirty Politics: Amaechi Steps Up To The Play, Urges Military To Shun Partisan Politics.

Ihejirika Jonathan Amaechi

THE Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the country’s military to shun partisan politics.Amaechi expressed the need for them to remain neutral and avoid taking sides in the current struggle by politicians for 2015, adding that doing otherwise would portray grave consequences for the country.The governor also appealed to the Nigeria Police to remain neutral in the political crisis facing the country.Addressing legionnaires and representatives of service chiefs during the 2014 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day celebration and Emblem Appeal Launch in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Amaechi described the military as the greatest source of unity.“Nigeria is too complicated for the military to be involved in Nigerian politics. Nigeria, as we are here, have so many tribes. I tell people, I am not Ijaw, I am Ikwerre. There are people who are from Ijaw, there are Hausas, there are Yorubas, there are Isokos, and there are Fulanis.“We are too many that if the military gets involved in Nigerian politics, the consequences will be too much. Currently, we thank all of you for remaining neutral and God will bless you for remaining neutral.“In the same manner, we will enjoin Nigeria Police to remain neutral because the consequences of taking sides will be too much. 2015 is a watershed for the country.

All of us seated here must contribute to peace in Nigeria,” the governor added.The governor was decorated at the occasion by the State Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Col. Philemon Chinda Omunakwe (retd).Among those, who attended the event were state legionnaires, representatives of service chiefs, including the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Afenifere clown cowards speaks against Obasanjo at last,because Iyabo’s letter exposed all of them, says he’s a failed leader.



Apparently referring to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo who recently wrote a letter to President Gooluck Jonathan which is still generating reactions from Nigerians, the apex Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has branded the ex-president a failed leader.The National Publicity Secretary of the group,

Yinka Odumakin, made the comment on Friday after meeting of Afenifere with the President at Aso Rock.Afenifere averred that “Some forces that have benefited from the imbalance and inequity of decades would not fold their arms and watch Nigeria restructured into an entity that works for all its component units. This is why all manners of “letters” were posted to you with “impeachment” calls.According to Odumakin, the group was in support of the proposed national conference by the federal government and firmly support President Goodluck Jonathan initative on the project.A statement by the group urged the president “to be more vigilant and rest assured of Afenifere’s support in the days ahead for as long as you are committed to give Nigeria a proper National Conference which you re-emphasised when you received the report of the Advisory Committee two days ago. We believe the time has come for us to sit and find lasting solutions from the stakeholders across Nigeria to our challenges as against temporary reliefs that bring greater and long-lasting sorrows which some letter writers and their group have given us since 1966.”Another chieftain of Afenifere, Olanihun Ajayi, echoed Jonathan’s assurances that he and his administration would submit to the outcome of the conference, even if it borders on the conduct of the 2015 presidential election, because it would be taken as the decision of all Nigerians.President Jonathan however reiterated assurance that he had no personal interest in the outcome of the confab nor will he influence the course or eventual decisions reached.He therefore, urged those that will emerge as participants at the conference to put Nigeria first in all their deliberations.Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, who accompanied the delegation, urged Nigerians to allow the courts to decide on the fate of governors and federal lawmakers who recently defected from the ruling PDP to the rival APC.Excerpts of the address by the Afenifere ran thus: “We commend your initiative on a National Dialogue to bring together the peoples of Nigeria to discuss their union. This is a bold move that will earn you a good place in history if faithfully implemented. Any leader who is able to get us out of this structural quagmire will never be forgotten.


Source: Radio Biafra.

Gani Adams, Itsekiri ‘ll benefit from OPC.


The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, yesterday said the group was prepared to assist the Itsekiri

if the need arose.

Speaking in Warri, Delta State after inaugurating the state chapter of the OPC, Adams said as descendants of Oduduwa, the Itsekiri would benefit socially, culturally and politically from their relationship with the OPC.

Referring to the controversy, which greeted OPC’s inauguration on Tuesday, he said it was not a militant group as portrayed, adding: “We are not in Itsekiri land to cause trouble.”

The ceremony was initially thwarted by security operatives, prompting the Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC) to shift it to the home of the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought (ILOT) Chairman, Pa J.O.S. Ayomike.

Adams hailed INYC and ILOT for their roles in helping to realise OPC’s dream of having an Itsekiri chapter. He said the event would open opportunities for the Itsekiri and their Yoruba brothers.

According to him, OPC was instrumental to the repositioning of the Yoruba as a key national player, noting: “Before, we were considered as cowards, but today the world knows that the Yoruba are not cowards. This is due to the roles of the OPC.”

Adams said the group played active roles in the agitation for the realisation of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which the late Chief MKO Abiola was believed to have won.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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