2019 : ‘Osinbajo For President’ Group Begins Mobilisation, Seeks Volunteers (Read Details)

Activities for the next presidential election have got a notch higher with the debut of a group that describes itself as “Osinbajo Volunteers”, stating that its mission is for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed his principal come 2019.

On its website, the group featured the activities of the erstwhile Acting President, asserting that it wants Osinbajo to stand as presidential candidate in the 2019 election.

On Friday, the Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai stated that President Muhammadu Buhari had not disclosed his decision regarding running for second term, but revealed that he and some governors alongside ministers have constituted themselves into ‘Buharist Group’.

He told State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the President that their major objective is to ensure that Buhari presents himself for the 2019 election.

Earlier, the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, while pledging her support to ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, disclosed that Buhari told APC leaders that he was only going to serve for one term.

But in a veiled reference to certain presidents, past and present, who had been described as “clueless”, the Osinbajo Volunteers stated that Nigeria now has a “leader (in Osinbajo) who has a clue on what to do and turn Nigeria the beloved to the land of our dreams”.

While calling on members of the public to volunteer for Osinbajo, the group however made it clear on its website that they are not acting at the behest of the current Vice President.

“Note that Osinbajo did not endorse this volunteer group. We have never met him. We are strong believers in the fact that he is the right ruler for Nigeria and must create a peoples volunteer base for him,” the volunteer group said.

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Senate Moves to Expose banks involved in MMM Ponzi Scheme

The Senate has hired the services of an international expert on cyberspace and banking crimes to expose banks used for transactions involving a ponzi scheme known as Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM).

The vice chairman of the Senate committee on information and communication technology and cybercrime, Senator Foster Ogola, made the disclosure on Thursday, September 7 during an interactive session between the committee and key players in the financial sector, The Punch reports.

Ogola said following an invitation of the Senate, an international expert on cyberspace and banking crimes had arrived the country to expose all those involved in how MMM defrauded Nigerians.

He said: “We need to secure our cyberspace and financial sector against all forms of crimes or frauds as seen with the MMM operators who came, in collaboration with insiders, and expressly entered into the banking system, duped and bolted out.

“We have to stop anything that will defraud us, and the first step now is to expose all the banks involved in the MMM fraud.

“As a chartered fraud examiner, when the scam called MMM ponzi scheme came with its 30 per cent interest in 30 days early last year, I told people then that it was a fraud but many refused to listen and some of them later learnt their lessons in bitter ways.”

Senator Ogola said the Senate was planning to introduce a legislation that would make digital education compulsory in both primary and secondary schools.

Meanwhile, the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki has said the new legislations, Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act and the Credit Reporting Act passed by the National Assembly in June and signed into law by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will support the growth of MSME’s in Nigeria.

The Senate president stated that this will be possible through increased bank lending and reduce bank exposure to loan defaults through pre-examination of credit worthiness for would be borrowers.

We gathered that under the law, potential borrowers can now register assets other than land and property as collateral to secure a loan from banks.

Securing financing through loans has long been a problem for Nigerian entrepreneurs in the past as most MSME owners rely on personal savings or loans from family and friends to launch their business ventures.

The new law, also known as the Collateral Registry Act, allows banks to increase lending to MSME’s, while not negatively impacting their balance sheets.

Atiku Abubakar lists all the companies he owns – SEE LIST

Atiku Abubakar

In 2014, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, said that he believes he is the largest private employer of labour in Nigeria. This, he revealed in a series of tweets on his twitter handle, @atiku, while discussing the need to prioritise job creation in Nigeria.

Atiku Abubakar

“As an individual, I believe my record in employing young Nigerians is unrivalled by any single private investor in Nigeria #LetsTalkJobs,” the former vice president said.

Mr Abubakar, who has investments in media, shipping, education, and other sectors, said back then that he currently employs about 50,000 people in his companies in Nigeria.

Although there have been various speculations as to the exact companies he owns, he made a big reveal again on Twitter on September 7.

Another Nigerian had accused Atiku of owning MIKANO, a company producing electricity generators. He tweeted:

The former vice president who has been linked to presidential ambitions for 2019, was forced to reply and he did by saying:

He then listed the companies he owns:

Below is some information on his companies:

1. Intels

Intels Nigeria Limited provides integrated logistics services for the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

It offers agency services; cargo services; port management and support services in shore bases; and manages client operations, including pipe racks, stacking areas, warehousing, enclosed areas, jetties, offices, water tanks, fuel storage, generators, compressors, and various other services and facilities.

2. Prodeco

Prodeco operates in Nigeria with two companies: Prodeco (Property Development Company) operating within the main territory of Nigeria and Prodeco International operating in Oil & Gas Free Zones.

The first company was incorporated in March 1996 as a property development company. Over the years, PRODECO has engaged in building, marine, and infrastructural construction for various clients in the oil and gas industry.

3. Atiku Abubakar farm

He also has a farm in Adamawa state. In 1981 he moved into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton farm. The business fell on hard times and closed in 1986. “My first foray into agriculture, in the 1980s, ended in failure,” he once said in 2014. However, since then his farm has expanded and blossomed.

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4. ABTI schools

The major part of this is the American University of Nigeria (AUN). It is located in the city of Yola, capital of Adamawa, one of Nigeria’s 36 states.

The campus, which occupies nearly 1000 hectares, is a serene mixture of desert and farmland. Adamawa, one of the six states in northeast Nigeria, shares the longest borderline with Cameroon Republic.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Atiku recently condemned those peddling quit notice, hate speeches and anti-Igbo songs.

Atiku also urged the federal government to restructure the country and remove the use of state of origin from the country’s constitution.

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In a statement issued by his media office, Atiku said: “Just as I strongly condemned the Quit Notice on people of the Igbo ethnic stock living in Northern Nigeria and the counter quit notices that ensued.

“I also vehemently condemn the retaliatory Quit Notice given by certain elements in other parts of Nigeria to persons of other origins be they Northern, Yoruba or any other ethnic grouping within our country.”

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How APC, Buhari used me and dumped me after I brought them to Power – Atiku breaks Silence

Alhaji Atiku Abubaka, former vice president, has alleged that after helping the All Progressives Congress (APC) attain power, he was sidelined by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

According to reports, the former vice president made his comments during an interview at the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA).

We gathers that he lamented over the fact that he had been pushed to the corner after using his resources to oust the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from power.

He stated: “Honestly speaking, I’m still a member of the APC; I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved.

“But sadly, soon after the formation of government; I was side-lined, I have no any relationship with the government, I’ve not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance.

“They used our money and influence to get to where they’re but three years down the lane, this is where we are.”

Atiku spoke on the issue of insurgency in the north-east and lauded Buhari for the army’s successes against Boko Haram; but he stressed that it was not yet time to celebrate.

He said: “Yes, there were successes but not comprehensive success because the Boko Haram miscreants are still very active, killing our people; and many local government councils in Borno and Yobe are under their firm grip.

“People cannot dare go back to their dwellings.

“This thing baffles me; I never imagined that Nigeria will fight a protracted battle with Boko Haram for five years.

“At a time, we fought the Biafra war which was more complicated because of the terrain in the south; but the Biafran soldiers were roundly subdued in 30 months.

“But here we are, fighting an endless battle with the Boko Haram and there’s no end in sight.”

Atiku further assessed the Buhari administration’s record in the fight against corruption, stating, “How many people were arrested, prosecuted and jailed? How much was recovered from the looters?

“When we came on board in 1999, I remember we recovered between $4.5 and $4.7 billion from those that looted under Abacha.”‎

Meanwhile, We previously reported that Aisha Jummai Alhassan, minister of women affairs, gave reasons why she declared her support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to run for president in 2019.

Alhassan stated that even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to re-contest in 2019, she would still support Atiku.

Diezani Alison-Madueke moves to a rented Flat in London after Losing over £11 million to UK Government

There are reports by online media, The Cable, that former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has moved into a small London flat after losing several properties to the UK and Nigeria government in an ongoing fraud case against her.

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The flat rented by the ex-minister is reportedly located in the same building as her apartment recently seized along with other properties by the UK government.

Recall that We earlier reported that the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) froze a £10million (over N4billion) worth of London property allegedly bought for Alison-Madueke.

According to the report, two properties at Regents Park in London, along with one in Buckinghamshire, have now been frozen based on the request of Nigerian authorities.

A London court gave the frozen order since September 2016, but details of the rulings have been kept secret until this period.

We learnt that Alison-Madueke, who was also recently ordered to forfeit the sum of N7.6billion by a Nigerian court, has had to cut down her expensive lifestyle, hence the decision to move into a rented apartment.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reiterated its resolve to follow the rule of law as a group, “Concerned Nigerians”, led a protest to its headquarters, calling for repatriation of Alison-Madueke.

The anti-graft agency promised to do everything within its power to get judgement against the ex-minister.

Dangote Finally Reacts to PDP’s offer to run in 2019 presidential race – See what he said

Billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote has rejected moves by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to get him to contest in the 2019 presidential race on its platform.

According to Daily Times, Dangote declared categorically in a phone interview that he has no interest in politics and nobody or party should tie him to it.

He said: “I am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise.

“I am not interested in politics and this is authoritative. No member of any think tank committee has contacted me. People should stop dropping my name for the 2019 presidency.”

Dangote also alleged that some people were peddling the rumours to bring him on collision course with President Buhari.

He said: “This whole thing is an attempt by people who do not like me. They are doing all these with a view to putting me on a collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party. They are people who are jealous of the successes I have so far recorded in business.

“My passion is for business development, provision of jobs and wealth creation, not politics.

“I have never shown interest in politics. Am not interested in politics. I am not a politician. My passion has always been business and business.

“Buhari is like a father to me. Nobody should try to set me on a collision course with President Buhari. That will not work. I have high regard and respect for the President.

“For emphasis once again, I am not a politician. I can’t and won’t confront President Buhari. They should leave him out of any high wire politics and horse trading. I also seize this opportunity to warn name droppers to desist from their infamous act. They should stop using my name for politics. They should not set me on collision course with President Buhari and the government in power.”

Dangote said: “By the time the ongoing Dangote refinery in Lagos and the sugar projects come on stream fully, there will be a great positive development and thousands of jobs created that will change the narrative in the country. That is my passion”.

Recall that We had reported that indications emerged recently that the PDP might be settling for Africa’s most richest man Dangote for its 2019 presidential campaigns.

We gathered that the party, having zoned the presidency to north, also has its national chairmanship slot for the south.

A PDP source said the party’s decision to reach out to Dangote came with its focus to win the 2019 presidential election.

Read What President Buhari Told Corps Members While Hosting Them In Daura (Read Here)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, September 1 celebrated Eid with members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and expressed his delight at the symbol of unity that they represent.

The president said in Daura, Katsina state, where he celebrated Sallah that he is always pleased to see the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) achieving the purpose of national unity that inspired its creation since 1973.

A statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu quoted President Buhari as telling newsmen at his country home after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers that the NYSC scheme had over the years continued to pursue the purpose of integrating the country.

Delighted NYSC members serving in Daura who trooped to see the President on Friday, September 1. Photo credit: Presidency

He also noted that the diversity of cultures remained Nigeria’s greatest strength.

“I am always pleased to see corps members in Daura and other parts of the country. From the postings, we get to learn more about other cultures,’’ he said.

“One of the annual highlights of my Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in Daura is the visit from NYSC members, after the prayers. I am always pleased to see Corps members in Daura and other parts of Nigeria. From the postings, we get to learn more about other cultures.

“I remain convinced that the NYSC offers a great opportunity to learn a lot about the diversity that has made Nigeria a unique country.

“On a personal note, I recall that serving as an Army Officer in Lagos and Ibadan offered me very rich and fulfilling experiences. Our rich diversity as a nation is and will always be one of our greatest strengths. It must never be used as a tool of hatred and division.”

The President said the large number of corps members in Daura, mostly from the Southern part of the country, was an indication that the dream of a unified Nigeria remained a reality.

President Buhari noted that graduates from the North, who served in the Southern states, also learnt a lot from the diversity that had made Nigeria a unique country.

Recalling his experience of working in various parts of the country as an army officer, President Buhari noted that serving in some Southern parts of the country like Lagos and Ibadan were very rich experiences.

The President was accompanied to the Eid-el-Kabir prayers by Presidential aides, members of his family, and neighbours.

We had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari received resounding reception when he arrived Daura in Katsina state on Wednesday ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration coming up on Friday, September 1.

The president left Abuja after taking charge of the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, August 30 for his hometown.

Dangote for President 2019 as PDP Makes major move – See Details

Aliko Dangote

There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might be settling for Africa’s most richest man Aliko Dangote for its 2019 presidential campaigns.

Daily Times reports that the PDP is already making plans to woo the billionaire to contest for 2019 presidency under its platform.

We gathered that the party having zoned the presidency to north also have its national chairmanship slot for the south.

A PDP source said the party’s decision to reach out to Dangote comes with its focus to win the 2019 presidential election.

The source said the party has already sent emissary to Dangote after members of the PDP’s think tank committee constituted by the former president Goodluck Jonathan made the recommendation.

“I can confidently tell you that the PDP has made overtures to Alhaji Aliko Dangote to come and fly the presidential flag of our party for the 2019 presidential election.”

So many things were taken into consideration before the party arrived at this decision. Alhaji Dangote has the clout, the pedigree, the name, the follower-ship and above all the financial war chest to match any presidential candidate that the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) or any other party may be bringing forward in 2019,” the source said.

Also, findings by Daily Times showed that, the billionaire businessman have in the past made contributions to the emergence of other past presidents.

The billionaire businessman is also said to have contributed to have spent about N37 billion in 2015 during the President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential ambition.

A source said: “If Dangote can make financial contributions to ensure the emergence of other past Presidents in the country in the past, don’t you think he will be willing and ready to spend any amount to realise his own presidential ambition if he accepts the overture from the PDP?”

“This is one of the reasons why the PDP made the overtures to him (Dangote) and we sincerely hope and pray that he accepts it. If he does, the journey to the Aso Rock presidential villa for the PDP in 2019 would have been made less stressful and less thorny.”

However, a member of Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the PDP said it is early for comments on such issue.

Also, a close source to Dangote who spoke under anonymity said the businessman is not interested in politics.

The source said: “The attempt to woo him will fail because Dangote is not interested in politics. He is a businessman to the core and what you just asked me to react to is a distraction.

“The PDP should go and look elsewhere for its candidate for 2019 as Dangote is committed to his core vision and desire to invest and create jobs to the people.”

We earlier reported Oseloka Obaze won the just concluded PDP governorship primary election in Anambra state.

Obaze, a former secretary to the Anambra state government, scored 672 out of the votes from a total of 958 delegates.

He won the ticket ahead of Capital Oil boss Ifeanyi Ubah and a former minister of aviation and Senator at the National Assembly Stella Oduah.

REVEALED: Read How President Buhari Was Forced Out Of London By Pressure From UK Security And Protesters

The real reason why President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly hurried back to Nigeria after over 100 days in London has been revealed.

Intelligence reports suggests that President Mohammadu Buhari’s sudden return last Saturday may have been forced ahead of his planned arrival by pressures from UK intelligence and security reports over planned protest at Abuja House in London by Diaspora Nigerians.

There had been enfeebled campaign outside the Abuja House, London, despite growing angst and anger at the long stay of Nigeria’s number one citizen in the foreign land for over 105 days.

As learnt, President Buhari is not fully recovered from whatever treatment he underwent in the UK, which, as he admitted through his presidential aides, has necessitated his continued stay in London until his doctors certify him okay to return.

Planned return by the president had been put, tentatively at between September 1 and 4 of this same month. As also gathered, the dates were fixed to coincide with Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying fixtures with Cameroon. The hope is that the soccer fiesta would keep the Nigerian public engaged and may not be too keen about monitoring Nigeria’s President’s return.

INDEPENDENT reliably gathered that the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, NIA, had intercepted scrap information suggesting that ‘money and logistics’ have been mobilized to have Nigerians converge at the Abuja House in London to continue a sustained protest. The source of the information is not clear.

But the logistic movements were said to have happened after recent picketing by the ‘Resume or Resign’ campaigners were halted in Abuja, the country’s capital.

As recalled, Charles Oputa, aka Charlie Boy showbiz impresario, social critic and model, had led the campaign. He was both tear gassed by police and attacked by lynch mobs but was rescued by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC.

A day after the conveners ended the protest, sustained mobilizations began in the UK to get Nigerians to come out to protest the continued stay of President Buhari in London for treatment of undisclosed ailment.

The UK police, anticipating the protest had placed a cordon at the Abuja House in London to keep the protesters at safe distance of the diplomatic house.

But UK security agencies, especially the Metropolitan police of the country had become worried over the gathering. This was on account terror threats and fears currently pervading UK and other European countries.

As learnt from the newspaper’s London sources, the UK authority reportedly prevailed on federal government to have the ailing but recuperating President Buhari moved back to Nigeria or Saudi Arabia.

The newspaper was also informed that initial plan of President Buhari was to return to the country between September 1 and 4 of the same month.

 

4 things that Might happen if Nnamdi Kanu is rearrested

On August 25, 2017, the Nigerian government asked the court to order the rearrest and detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement released by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, the government demanded that Kanu be arrested again for flouting his bail condition.

However, the Pan-Yoruba sociology-cultural group, Afenifere, has issued a warning to the federal government not to rearrest Nnamdi Kanu as doing so will heat up the polity of the country.

Many are afraid of what will happen if the IPOB leader is actually rearrested. Looking at history and recent happenings, here are a list of things likely to happen if he is re-arrested again:

1. Killing of IPOB supporters

Violent clashes between members of IPOB and the Nigerian security agencies are as old as the renewed agitation for Biafra. These clashes have sometimes resulted in deaths.

If the FG makes the move to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu, violence looks like a likely result, with bloodshed looking increasingly possible.

2. Anambra elections boycott

Nnamdi Kanu has been calling for a boycott of the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial elections and it looks like his followers are set to obey him. If he is re-arrested it seems the most likely that the boycott of the election will be a success.

3. Ohanaeze Ndigbo

The apex socio-political organisation of the Igbos, Ohanaeze Ndigbo will also take a stand against the federal government.

They have warned that re-arresting and commencing a fresh legal action against Kanu will exacerbate the ethnic tension already mounting in various parts of the country.

The group also berated the federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for applying to the court for the revocation of bail conditions Nnamdi Kanu.

4. International outrage

The renewed agitation for Biafra has drawn international interest and a subsequent re-arrest of Nnamdi Kau will definitely lead to outrage beyond the shores of Nigeria against the federal government.

Meanwhile, the IPOB leader who is aware that the federal government has commenced process to have him rearrested said that anyone who tries to arrest him will not leave Biafra land alive.

“I’m a Biafran and we are going to crumble the zoo. Some idiots who are not educated said that they’ll arrest me, and I ask them to come. I’m in Biafra land. If any of them leaves Biafra land alive know that this is not IPOB. Tell them that’s what I said.

“Tell Buhari that I’m in Aba and any person who comes to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in Biafra land will die here. I’ll never go on exile I assure you,” he said.