Saturday, 22 January 2022


Saturday, 22 January 2022 22:13

Five kidnapped from Cameroon school

By Guardian Nigeria

Three teachers, the headmaster and a deputy head were kidnapped from a Cameroonian high school by armed men in one of two English-speaking regions plagued by an armed conflict between separatists and soldiers, a teachers’ union told AFP on Friday.

“An armed group burst into the Weh bilingual high school on Tuesday and kidnapped five people,” said Roger Kafo, secretary general of the National Union of Secondary Teachers (Snaes).

Armed separatists regularly attack schools which they accuse of teaching in French, and kill civil servants, including teachers, whom they accuse of “collaborating” with the central government in Yaounde.

Students have been abducted and later released.

“At the moment we don’t have any news of the hostages and none has been freed,” Kafo added.

The hostages were the principal, the deputy head and three teachers.

The northwest and southwest regions have been rocked by violence since 2017 when anglophone militants declared independence from the majority French-speaking country.

Yaounde responded with a crackdown.

Both the separatists and government forces have been accused of atrocities in the fighting, which has claimed more than 3,000 lives and forced over 700,000 to flee their homes.

Published in Business and Economy

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Prophetess Naomi Silekunola, the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said she saw different sides of her husband in the last three years.

She described him as “unpredictable”.

Olori Naomi stated this in the replay footage aired by News Central TV, monitored by our reporter on Friday.

Olori Naomi had referred her audience in her divorce statement to the interview with the media outlet.

Asked during the interview to describe the monarch, she said: “He is highly unpredictable.

“Most of the time I shy away from describing him because when you say he is this, he comes up with something special.

“In the last three years, I’ve seen different sides of Ooni.

“One thing I can say without prejudice and without thinking twice is that he a happy man.

“He likes to be happy. He likes to be in the midst of people.

“Ooni would tell you 24/7 that he does not get worried, but the state of the nation worries him, and the state of Africa worries him.

“He wants Africa to be great. He wants to always make sure people are fine especially meeting requests.”

Speaking on how she and the monarch met, she said: “Well for me I was busy with what I knew how to do best, which is ministry, and first of it was the connection with what I was doing and then a king will always be a king, so it wasn’t like the normal ‘oh you’re beautiful, and I think you’re going to be this, and that’.

“It came in as well. ‘I’ve prayed about this, and I’d let you pray if you want to, but I’m certain that if you pray to your God, he is going to tell you the same thing that I’m telling you today.

“I care deeply about you, and having prayed about it, you’ll be best for me and the kingdom, and I prayed about it.'”

She said the Ooni gave her time to pray over the proposal to marry her.

“I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of my family, because we are closely knitted together, and they all prayed with me, and they told me, we are here when you look back.

“…I’ll never forget that night when he said those words to me.”

Naomi, who said she should be addressed as “the Queen of the People” in her statement, said religion was never an issue in their marriage.

She said: “We unwind by discussing culture and religion. People need to understand that culture is beautiful. God created us in his image.

“God loves drums, we drum in Christendom. We had forefathers who went to heaven, they had a way they communicated God.

“I enjoy serving God. Culture connects me to God.”

The palace said Thursday that it was yet to be formally notified of Naomi’s decision to end the union.

Published in Headliners

Tottenham needed a second-half fightback to launch Antonio Conte’s reign in charge with a 2-1 win over Leeds, while Manchester City swept aside Everton 3-0 on Sunday to go second in the Premier League.

A severely depleted Leeds remain just two points above the relegation zone after threatening to spoil Conte’s first home league game since he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo.

Tottenham had not even managed a shot on target in their previous two league matches and there was little change for the first 45 minutes.

Even without key men Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, a youthful Leeds were well worth their 1-0 half-time lead thanks to Daniel James’ first goal for the club.

Harry Kane scored back-to-back hat-tricks for England during the international break, but has still netted just once in the Premier League this season.

Kane was denied in a one-on-one with Illan Meslier and Son Heung-min’s deflected shot came off the bar as Spurs improved after the break.

But the goals came from unfamiliar sources as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s scuffed shot found the bottom corner to level just before the hour-mark.

Sergio Reguilon then grabbed the winner with his first Spurs goal after Eric Dier’s deflected free-kick came back off the post.

A first win in four league games takes Tottenham above Manchester United, who sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, up to seventh in the table and within four points of the top four.

City cruise
City were far more convincing winners as goals from Raheem Sterling, Rodri and Bernardo Silva saw off Everton at the Etihad to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to three points.

“In general we controlled the game,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “We played the game we should play to beat teams like Everton.”

Sterling netted on his 300th Premier League appearance as he turned home Joao Cancelo’s sensational pass with the outside of his right foot for his 98th goal in the English top flight.

Without the presence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front, Everton rarely threatened.

Rafael Benitez’s men have now taken just two points from the last 18 on offer in the Premier League to drop into the bottom half of the table and just six points clear of the relegation zone.

Rodri’s stunning long-range drive into the top corner 10 minutes after the break ended the game as a contest.

City were then content to cruise for the final half-hour with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Sterling should have slotted home his second of the afternoon from Riyad Mahrez’s inviting cross, but was instead denied by international teammate Jordan Pickford as he tried to round the goalkeeper.

City did get a deserved third five minutes from time when Silva followed up after Cole Palmer’s shot was blocked.

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RISING Nigerian Afropop teen act, Phatiah, has returned with a new song after a brief hiatus.

After the release of her first two singles, ‘Itesiwaju Eko’ and ‘Education,’ Phatiah has returned to the scene with a new single, ‘Jeje.’

The young singer takes her music in a new direction to show a capacity for alchemical world-building. Phatiah made the new single in tandem with the popular street-hop act, Destiny Boy and had 2T Boyz as producer.

Published in News & Stories

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Finally, the Big Brother Shine Ya Eye edition, which took off on Saturday July 24, ended today.

Hazel Oyeye Onou popularly known as Whitemoney, a 29-year-old entrepreneur emerged winner of the reality show.

He edged out other 24 Housemates to win the N90million grand prize.

Here are Eight things you probably didn’t know about Whitemoney:

1. His real name is Hazel Oyeye Onou

2. He was born in Enugu on July 6, 1992.

3. White Money is one of three children – all boys.

4. According to White Money, he stopped his education at NECO level but he intends to marry a very educated woman and make sure that his kids get enough education.

5. He is an entrepreneur who has been involved in different types of hustles like photography, generator repair, fixing of telecommunications masts, barbing, Okada riding, etc

6. While in the BBNaija House, White Money disclosed he recently began the business of importing designer shoes into Nigeria. He confirmed that this is his biggest achievement so far as it has brought a turnaround in his career.

7. He revealed he has the intention to launch his personal shoe business and take it to the next level.

8. In one of his discussions with his fellow BBNaija Housemates, White Money stated that he is an upcoming artiste and has a few songs and music productions to his name.

Published in Arts & Culture

Finally, the Big Brother Shine Ya Eyes edition, which took off on Saturday July 24, 2021 ended tonight.

Afije Rose Omokhoa popularly known as Liquorose, a 26-year-old professional dancer emerged the first runner up of the reality show.

Here are nine things you probably didn’t know about Liquorose:

1. Liquorose was born in 1995 in Lagos.

2. She hails from Edo State.

3. She attended Del International College, Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos State.

4. She schooled at the University of Lagos.

5. She is the first Housemate in the 2021 big brother Naija show to get N1 million followers on Instagram.

6. She has been active as an entertainer since 2012.

7. She is a member of a dancing group called ‘Girls Gone Bold’ (GCB).

8. Liquorose has featured in Tv series as an actress, she is also a professional video vixen and a dancer.

9. In 2012, BBNaija Liquorose was featured in the popular miniseries ‘The Johnson’s. BBNaija Liquorose also had roles in movies like ‘Hex’ and ‘The OAP’.

Published in Entertainment
Saturday, 04 September 2021 16:04

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye: Recap of week six

BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye entered its sixth week on Sunday, August 29 with 17 housemates.

JMK, Sammie and surprisingly Maria were evicted hours before.

Here is a quick recap of the sixth week of the show:

Double Heads of House emerge

Big Brother left viewers, fans and housemates stunned when two Heads Of House emerged on Monday, August 30 during the sixth HOG games.

Big Brother announced to the housemates, in a twist to the show, that not one but two Heads of House will emerge after the game.

The game saw Boma, Tega, Jaypaul, Jackie B finishing the game in quick time but Jackie B and Jaypaul emerged winners after concluding the game in record time.

The double reign would see a total of 11 Heads of House for this season instead of the expected 10 Heads of House.

Jaypaul and Jackie B were also treated to a movie treat by Big Brother and the double Heads of House enjoyed the night with their partners, Saskay and Michael, respectively in the executive lounge.

Friendships turn sour

Week six didn’t go without some dramas, including the altercation between one-time good friends now sworn enemies, Boma and Angel.

For a total of 35 days – five weeks – all was well between Boma, a one time HOH and DHOH, and Angel.

However, on day 39, Thursday, September 2, 2021, the friendship that once blossomed came crashing down over an allegation of kiss and tell.

In week four, Angel and Boma were locked in the executive lounge where they discussed life outside the house and allegedly engaged in some sexual activities.

Boma flipped on Thursday night claiming Angel was telling everyone about his secrets, leading to a heated argument that saw them cursing out with Angel clearly stating she doesn’t want to have anything to do with Boma ever again.

More winnings

The winning rain continued falling on the remaining 17 housemates in the house.

With more brands joining the naira rain on the Housemates, at least 10 of the housemates added more winnings to their current winning pots.

Also, some others like Emmanuel, Peace and others won different sums of BB Tokens and Abeg Naira.

Tega in the eye of storm

Week six placed Tega in the eye of the storm.

Tega had kissed a housemate during the Truth or Dare game to raise eyebrows in the house.

More likely yet to get over the perception, she had allowed Boma to finger her private leading Pere to ask how it smells.

The activities led to viewers and fans airing their views about Tega’s actions.

It was also rumoured that Boma engaged in some sexual activities with Tega under the sheets since he started sleeping in her bed all in the sixth week.

So bad was the week for Tega that she became speechless at some point in her diary session on Friday, September 3, 2021 and began crying.

She was consoled by Big Brother but later shrugged it off.

Kingsize eviction

On Friday, the show organisers announced another twist.

Already, 15 Housemates are up for possible eviction ahead of the sixth Sunday live eviction show.

Jaypaul and Jackie B, who are the double Heads of House, have escaped the eviction, which has been tagged kingsize.

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Saturday, 04 September 2021 15:36

Tension as U.S. moves to name Boko Haram sponsors

Offer Has Put Buhari’s Sincerity In Fight Against Terrorism To Test, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, YCE Declare
• Arewa Leaders Endorse International Collaborative Efforts
• It Will Be Illogical For FG To Reject Offer, Akinterinwa Argues
• ‘Government Should Swallow Its Pride And Cooperate With America’
• Nigeria Needs Any Help Available – Security Experts

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu), Seye Olumide (Ibadan), Odita Sunday (Abuja), Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna) and Debo Oladimeji (Lagos) / GUARDIAN.NG

Nigerians have expressed doubts about the willingness of the Federal Government to embrace the offer by the U. S. government to help and identify the sponsors of Boko Haram, which has waged an insurgency war on Nigeria in the last 12 years.

Some security experts, former diplomats, and leaders of some socio-cultural/civil society organisations in the country who spoke to The Guardian said embracing the proposal was the best option for the country at this point, but were skeptical about President Muhammadu Buhari’s disposition to the offer.

Recall that the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, had during a round-table on U.S.-Nigeria military cooperation with journalists in Abuja, last Monday night, declared that her country was very eager to partner with Nigeria on identifying Boko Haram sponsors.

A former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, asserted that the U.S. had been positively disposed to supporting Nigeria, especially in the fight against terrorism, noting that the question was whether the Federal Government would embrace the current gesture.

He said: “Are we ready to arrest and prosecute these sponsors when exposed? Are we simply going to lock them away as has been done in the past? These are the concerns and the Americans may lose interest if we don’t take it seriously.

“Nigeria will do well to accept the offer as the country is really at a crossroads and will accept any help she can get. United States agreeing to support Nigeria means that they will come with some of their cutting-edge technology, which will boost the capability of Nigerian security agencies.”

A former Naval Chief, Rear Admiral Godwill Siempre Ombo, simply said: “These are touchy questions. Who truly wants to end issues in his or her life that will not embrace any support to end such issues?”

To a former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, “if the government of Nigeria is serious about the need to bring Boko Haramism to an end, the government should consider it as an opportunity to be taken advantage of.”

He added: “I remember that in 2020, either in July or August, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, accused the international community, particularly the big powers, that they were blocking all Nigerian efforts to deal with the Boko Haram group.

“Lai Mohammed by that time was accusing the United States, the big powers, their allies, holding them responsible for the government of Nigeria’s inability to contain Book Haram insurgency.

“Now, a year after, the U.S. is offering to assist in knowing who is doing what, who is funding Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. It will be very illogical for the government of Nigeria to have accused the big powers in the year 2020 that they were blocking their efforts, now when they are de-blocking your alleged efforts, it will not make any sense for the government of Nigeria to refuse.

“What I am saying, in essence, is that the first point is that the government of Nigeria wanted assistance, but it was allegedly blocked. Now that the U.S. is giving the opportunity of de-blocking, it is only logical to accept.

“The second point is that the Nigerian people have been asking President Buhari to seek international collaboration to end Boko Haram. If the government accepts, he will be doing so in the spirit of public request that Boko Haram cannot be suppressed without international support. So, if they accept the support, it is consistent with the spirit of the public in Nigeria.

“Thirdly, the reason we should support U.S. to reveal is that Nigerians themselves have been accusing the Nigerian government that the government knows all those who are responsible for Boko Haram.

“Theophilus Danjuma had already accused the military of aiding and abetting Boko Haram. Dr. Malaifa Obadiah told us the report of the meeting with Boko Haram commanders.

“Just last week, Commodore Omowunmi on Channel TV said that from 2007 to 2009, nothing has happened to the people they arrested for Boko Haram, that government knows. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said there is a Fulanisation agenda. So, if Nigerians know those who are in charge but they did not say it, we need the intervention of a country like the U.S. to reveal the secret.”

In an interview with The Guardian, the spokesman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Emmanuel Yawe, noted that the time has come for the government to swallow its pride and cooperate with the American government to expose those behind the terrorism and banditry that have nearly torn the nation apart.

According to him, the offer by the U.S. government to assist Nigeria in finding solutions to the current insecurity by exposing those behind it would go a long way in bringing an end to the challenges.

Yawe said: “For many years now, we have been battling with these security challenges. Our students have been captured; the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was invaded and many people are still with kidnappers. And our government has not done anything. If the U.S. is offering to render assistance, we should quickly accept it since our government appears to be incapable of identifying those behind insecurity and cannot combat it.

“We are in a desperate situation in Nigeria today. We should accept the American offer and allow them to help us out of this critical situation.”

A former Secretary-General of ACF, Elder Anthony Sani, also said that the ability of the American government to confront and defeat terrorism was not in doubt, adding that, “the U.S. has done this in the past by not only exposing those behind terrorism but also fighting them.”

His words: “Terrorism transcends national boundaries. That was why Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda could base in Afghanistan and attack New York Twin Towers and Pentagon on 9/11. That was also why America put up a coalition of 66 and now 102 countries of all faiths to fight ISIS.

“It is all because terrorism is not a local phenomenon, but a global threat. That accounts for why America put a price tag of $7 million on late Sheik Shekau. And when you consider identification of sponsors of terrorism as part of the mechanism to fight it, then there is nothing wrong in America helping Nigeria to know the sponsors with a view to curbing it.”

The ACF chieftain noted that sharing of intelligence between and among nations could go a long way “in improving the efforts to end the menace of terrorism that is now a global phenomenon.”

He added: “This underscores the need for collective approach as against leaving the fight for individual countries, many of which lack the wherewithal to confront the menace of terrorism alone.

“The time it took America to fight terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the time Somalia has been fighting Al-Shabaab without successes should underscore the need for collective approach against the war against terrorism.”

On his part, National Publicity Secretary of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Alex Chiedozie Ogbonnia, told The Guardian in Enugu that with rising insecurity, the country needs as much collaboration as possible to curb it. He stated that current developments were indications that Nigeria’s security forces could no longer handle the security of the nation.

Ogbonnia said: “The level of insecurity in Nigeria requires international collaboration to overcome. Over the years, it has been proven that there is no way we can overcome the security challenges we have by ourselves without international support.

“We have always asked for international intervention; even in the time of Goodluck Jonathan, we had sought the support of the international community. The problem is that the government has not wholeheartedly defined support so that other people can appreciate the enormity of the problems they have.

“For instance, if you surf the Internet, the global community sees herdsmen as a terrorist group. But in Nigeria, they are treated with kid gloves. What you call unknown gunmen, how can something remain unknown for a long time and you have security professionals? The advanced society hates this kind of double-dealing.

“If Nigeria begins to define things the way they are and with sincerity of purpose, you will see a way out of the security challenges we have. When the citizens are in danger, they run to them for the protection of their lives and property. When on the other hand the government appears to be overwhelmed because unscrupulous elements are in control of instruments of violence, there will be a problem.

“So, surely, it has come to the point where Nigeria has to define her problems very well so that the international community will see the sincerity in the approach to solving their problems.

“The offer by the U.S. can help our society survive because we have come to a stage where we can no longer handle it alone. There should be no limitation in the struggle to free the country from the level of insecurity we are into. What is clear is that Nigeria can no longer manage its internal security alone.”

Also, a former President General of Aka Ikenga, Chief Goddy Uwazuruike, said he was worried that the Federal Government might ignore the offer.

He stated that the efforts to curb insecurity in the nation had not materialised because of insincerity, stressing that the government had continued to neglect offers for assistance and information on crimes, especially those involving certain elements in the country.

“I know that in today’s world, there is one cliché ‘follow the money trail’. If you follow the money trail, you can see the movement of money and how it ends. This is one thing the Americans have built for a long time now, to trail those who are financing instability, financing terrorism, and other criminal acts. Look at Hushpuppi, what happened? The Nigerian government never did anything. The Americans are ready to trace what is happening and by the time they trace it to top officials, the Federal Government will start blowing grammar.

“In the same way, if the Federal Government is serious to fight corruption and those who are financing terrorism – Boko Haram and bandits, why is it reluctant to name those behind them? Those who shot down the military aircraft recently are not amateurs; they are professionals and to finance such an exercise, you need a lot of money. So, how did the money move? Nobody carries the money as cash; they send the money through the Internet system and that is why the Americans are saying, ‘let us help you.’ Believe you me, the Americans know. To move one million dollars in any account, there is an alarm that goes on. Now, the AK47, which the herdsmen carry, is about N450,000 or more. If you want to finance such a thing, you don’t carry cash; you move such money through the Internet. All wealthy people are operating with American knowledge. But whether the Nigerian government is willing, I don’t know.

“My worry is that the Nigerian government is not interested. If the Americans can say some persons are financing IPOB, the Nigerian government will jump up. Meanwhile, nobody has been able to trace one AK47 to the IPOB, not even one. So, the Federal government of Nigeria is not interested in the American offer, unless it concerns the IPOB. I believe they will not even say they are rejecting the offer, but they will ignore it. So, if the government wants to tackle insecurity in this country, it knows what to do and that is by accepting the offer and working with it. But I encourage the American government to continue to work. One day, a government that will be interested in those things will come in place.”

A former National Chairman of the defunct United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, also said the offer was a welcomed one that should be embraced with both hands by the Federal Government.

Insisting that the government should formally accept it, Okorie explained that the government and individuals had before now beckoned on the international community to assist in solving of the country’s security challenges.

He said: “It is a welcome call because for many years, right from the time of President Jonathan, I have been a strong advocate of seeking international assistance to fight against insurgency in Nigeria and I have always advised that we cannot hide under the toga of national pride and be losing opportunities to seek help to solve a problem that has become so overwhelming and threatening the stability of the country. If the offer has almost unsolicited, we should accept it with both hands. Helping to disclose sponsors of Boko Haram is like helping to solve the insurgency because everybody knows how sophisticated they are equipped and this thing costs a lot of money. You should know how much it is costing Nigeria even to defend Nigeria. So, I am in support of it, the government should defend it and if credible information is given to them, we would like to see the government act on it and let the public see that action is being taken.

“The problem we are having is this lack of enthusiasm to act on information available even to the government. I remember, not long ago, it was announced that not less than 400 Nigerians have been identified to be sponsoring Boko Haram or providing facilities for money laundering. We had hoped that those people would have at least been charged to court and when you charge them to court, it becomes public information and the list will be added there. But up till now, nothing has happened and it was the government that gave out that information and raised the expectations of Nigerians and that expectation is hanging.”

On the security implication of the offer, Okorie said that it will help boost the morale of the officers fighting the various crimes, stressing that, “we will now know the people we are dealing with and how well connected they have been”.

“The offer cannot undermine our security in any way. It will rather help it. The U.S. has the technology to know. Did they get our permission to nail the DSP Kyari who was being hailed here? They still went ahead and exposed him. They have the information. All we need is to formally accept it and it will be there. They don’t need our approval to get into it; all they are saying is that we can give it to you if you so desire. But I think we should desire it. I think we should embrace the offer with open hands because that is information that is already available to them,” he added.

Leaders of two prominent Yoruba socio-political organisations, the Afenifere and Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) also doubted the readiness of the Federal Government to embrace the proposal by the U.S. government.

While the chairman of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said it was not necessary for the American government to waste its time and resources to help Nigeria identify sponsors of Boko Haram, Secretary-General of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, said since the government has obviously failed and lacks the political will to apprehend the faces behind Boko Haram, there was nothing bad if any country within the international community offers to help us address the situation.

The YCE scribe said there was a need for foreign intervention in Nigeria’s security situation now because the incumbent government had severally told Nigerians that it has the dossier of all the sponsors of Boko Haram and that it would soon prosecute them but nothing is happening.

“Boko Haram has transformed to banditry and they are now using it to make money at the detriment of lives and properties of Nigerians. The idea is a welcome development if it will bring a solution.”

He stated that the U.S. and some other world powers could not afford to take their attention away from what is happening in Nigeria because they have their citizens here and other vested interests they would not overlook.

“If this government has failed to expose sponsors of Boko Haram, let help then come from outside,” he added.

However, Adebanjo questioned President Buhari’s disposition to accept any offer that would bail the country out of the present security challenges.

“He has the agenda to Fulanise and Islamise Nigeria. The fact is that this government is establishing a Fulani domination with the aim to Islamise this nation. Of what need is America’s offer if the person at the helm of our affairs is a culprit.

“This president is establishing a totalitarian government of which the media is not hammering. The only power he is using is this present 1999 Constitution.

“America doesn’t need to come because we have what it takes to deal with the situation but the only obstacle is Buhari.”

The National Coordinator of the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) and the former national commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria, Emmanuel Onwubiko, also accused the Buhari administration of lacking the will “to take the right kinds of battles to Boko Haram terrorists for whatever pedestrian, clandestine and spurious reasons.”

He added: “So, it is not likely that the government will accept this opportunity and window offered by the United States government to identify and sanction the sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists in the country, which has waged continuous war against the Nigerian state and the citizens for over a decade.

“The implication of accepting the offer is that it will help to put an end to the troubles and terrorism of Boko Haram terrorists. If the government accepts the offer, which I think is really not even an issue, then it will be the first and most important step to demonstrate that the current administration actually wants to bring these saboteurs to the court of law to face punishment for funding the group that has killed over 30, 000 citizens.

“The implication of not accepting is that Nigerians will then confirm their worst fear that the president and his officials are responsible for the spate of terror attacks by Boko Haram terrorists; because if the government fails to act to bring the perpetrators to trial it then automatically means that the government supports Boko Haram terrorists.

“The strategic security importance of knowing the funders of terrorists is that it will offer the nation the much sought after opportunity to put to an end the most dominant acts of terrorism that the nation has encountered for over 100 years and then it will be an opportunity for both the government and the citizens to make sure that the perpetrators of terrorism face justice either locally or before the international criminal court in The Hague Netherlands for the crimes against humanity.

“Nigerians should mount pressure on the government of the USA to proceed without delay to list out the sponsors of Boko haram terrorists.”

The Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Mr. Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, also said the question was whether Nigeria wants those sponsors identified.

“Nigeria’s security agencies are agreeably overwhelmed by the assortment of security issues demanding attention. Military units have been deployed to quell internal disturbances in 30 out of the 36 states of the country. Therefore, additional non-kinetic support against unrelenting insurgents in the northeast is ideal. This collaboration window currently offered requires that political commitment be harvested from those within the corridors of power.

“Recall that with an individual like Pantami and his recent Pandora box, it will be a big surprise if the government goes ahead to strike this accord. In fact, it will be the biggest upset in the administration. We knew how many times this regime has lied to Nigerians with the threat to publish names of those who stole the country blind. Alas, nothing was ever published,” he said.

Rafsanjani added: “I will conclude by saying that Nigeria will not take this issue forward. That is because of the numerous complicities in the entire chain of the Boko Haram operations. The military has severally come under fire for offering internal information to compromise troop operations.

“If this goes ahead, it then means that those who will fall into the sticky mud will be so numerous. Not just that, the categories of those who will be targeted will also be in high places.”

A professor of International Law and Global Politics, Jehu Onyekwere Nnaji, while calling on the Federal Government to embrace the offer, stated that it would help uncover the people behind the mask of terrorism in Nigeria.

“This is especially important as it will assist Nigeria greatly in eliminating terrorism from its roots. Whether these sponsors are within or outside Nigeria is immaterial but the fact remains that the sinister development going on that has been sabotaging the efforts of well-meaning Nigerians needs to be made bare and until that is done we will continue to run around the circus and the effort of ending terrorism will be a moonshine,” he said.

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Customs makes N1tr, CBN denies alleged financial breach

By Adamu Abuh/ GUARDIAN.NG

Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has said the Federal Government will sustain subsidisation of Premium Motor Spirit (popularly known as petrol) till 2022.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ hearing organised by the Senate Joint Committees on Finance, National Planning, Foreign and Local Debts, Banking, Insurance and other financial institutions and Petroleum Resources on the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF-FSP) in Abuja, said the decision to exit the subsidy regime would be determined by the outcome of the ongoing negotiations between the authorities and organised labour

Kyari, who acknowledged that an increase in the price of fuel would have a direct bearing on the wellbeing of the citizenry and national security, assured Nigerians that government would exit subsidising of product consumption once the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) becomes fully operational.

The NNPC boss spoke against the backdrop of his admission during a ministerial briefing at the Presidential Villa recently that his outfit pays between N100 and 120 billion monthly to keep the pump price of petrol at N162 per litre.

Acknowledging that the 60 million imported quantity was far above local consumption, the GMD added that the national oil firm was constrained by illicit product smuggling to neighbouring countries.

According to him, the corporation is sustaining the imports to avert scarcity.

Kyari promised to abide by the 2.3 million barrels per day in deference to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) 2022 quota for the security of oil installations in Nigeria.

THE Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Ali (rtd), who also spoke at the event, disclosed that his outfit has so far generated over N1.022 trillion from excise duty on tobacco and alcoholic beverages.

He expressed optimism that he would meet the N2 trillion target by the end of the year.

The NCS chief executive said the country stands to earn huge revenue from exportation of goods and imposition of levies on locally produced carbonated drinks, adding that the service was deploying three mobile scanners, in addition to 135 E-Custom scanners for surveillance in all of the nation’s major ports to check sharp practices and boost income.

Besides, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) faulted the claim by the lawmakers that it had breached extant rules over remittance of operational surpluses into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in the last five years.

Its Deputy Governor (Economic Policy), Dr. Kingsley Obiora, insisted that 80 per cent of the apex bank’s operational surpluses have always been remitted to the CRF on a yearly basis in line with provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

Also, Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, who pledged to plug leakages in 2022, disclosed that over N558 billion of N800 billion had been realised by independent revenue-generating agencies as of June this year.

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BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

Boma and Tega have become pretty close and landed on the ship radar.

Boma, who prides himself as the huncho of Okra Geng (ladies can’t stick to him because he is slippery),has been spending a lot of time with Tega lately.

When it’s lights out, they also share the same bed.

On Day 37, Tega shared a passionate kiss with Boma during a game of Truth or Dare.

Since the kiss, there have been several rumours around their seeming closeness.

On Tuesday, Boma opened up about how he feels about Tega.

During his conversation with Jaypaul, he confessed that he liked Tega and he also extolled some of her virtues, noting how like-minded they were.

Boma pondered what could have been if she had been single.

However, he says that because she is married, he feels safe around her as he knows nothing will happen.

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