TOUGH AS A NAIL ON RUSSIA - TRUMP.

"Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia is positive not a negative. Now, with that being said if that doesn’t work out I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had – the worst he's ever had." - President Donald John Trump.


IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

IT IS FRANCE: RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP CHAMPION.

ICHEOKU says they did it, deservedly and rightly earned; the boys from Paris. ICHEOKU says congratulations.

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS

KAVANAUGH IS THE ONE: CONGRATULATIONS.

ICHEOKU says he is coming with a clear-eyed view of what the United States of America constitution provides and will not legislate from the bench. ICHEOKU says definitely the right pick, so CONFIRM him now and right away and without any delay or much ado. Congratulation.

DEEP STATE IS REAL.


Lisa Page: “Trump is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”


Peter Strzok: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”


ICHEOKU says if this is not corruption of the worst type, what else so qualifies? So sad the length these guys went to truncate the will of the American people; yet they will turn around and accuse other countries of corruption and you wonder is it only when money exchanges hands that there is corruption. Pitifully SAD.

OBSTRUCTION 101: THE VERDICT.

“The only obstruction President Trump committed was in obstructing Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton from the White House.” - Jesse Watters, Watters World.


PRESIDENT TRUMP: THE PROMISE KEEPER

“The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them.” - President Donald John Trump.

ICHEOKU says exactly why he is now fondly nicknamed the Promise Keeper and he keeps his promises, one promise at a time.

NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL IS UNACCEPTABLE.

America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. And we will not allow a regime that chants “Death to America” to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth." - President Donald John Trump.


AG JEFF SESSIONS: WHAT DO THEY HAVE ON HIM?

ICHEOKU says what does the Deep State have on AG Jeff Sessions that has purchased his quiet and inaction over the excesses of the Russian Collusion witch hunt? Something definitely does not look right and apparently seems awry that the Attorney General appears so constricted to do anything to bring the never ending "investigation" to a conclusion. How much longer will the American people wait to have the matter concluded and what will it take. As a member of Team MAGA, from the basket of deplorables, who defended him when the president was threatening to fire him, ICHEOKU is not particularly satisfied with the "playing it safe" attitude which Jeff has adopted thus far and urge him to find any possible way to make the investigators finish their job immediately and without any further delay.


TONY ELUMELU: LETS MAKE HIM PRESIDENT.

ICHEOKU says he has all it takes to turn Nigeria around and Make Nigeria Great Again. He is highly cerebral; he is well traveled and is highly exposed internationally; he is a doer with a can-do spirit and attitude which translates to impossible is nothing as it does not exists in his dictionary; he is fully accomplished person who turned around the nearly moribund behemoth UBA and created thousands of jobs both in Nigeria and overseas; and above all, he is youthful and has age on his side and you ask yourself, what else is anyone looking for in a leader for Nigeria that is on bended knees and begging for leadership other than a man with his proven record. If he can do this in the private sector, he can also mission accomplish such in the public sector and resuscitate a Nigeria that is in distress. CHEOKU is emphatic that Tony Elumelu is a highly qualified, fit and proper person to lead Nigeria out of its present woods of near comatose and under performing achievements. Lets go to work Nigerians and make his candidature both viable and achievable. We can do this fellas; so lets urge Tony to run, run Tony run and together lets Make Nigeria Great Again. If Trump can do it, so can Tony.


SYRIA WARNED TO DESIST OR BE BOMBED AGAIN.

"If the Syria regime uses this poisonous gas again on its people, it will be bombed again. The United States of America is locked and loaded. When our president draws a redline, our president enforces the redline." - Nikki Haley, United States of America Ambassador to the United Nations.


VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

VLADIMIR PUTIN: WHENEVER HE IS READY!

ICHEOKU says Russia's Vladimir Putin has one good opportunity to finally move back into the comity of civilized nations and stop his despotic mentality which always sees him flocking amidst his fellow dictators. But if he choses to remain in the cold and remain in Kremlin where he has been holed in since 1999, too bad. His too long stay in power is only damaging Russia but not helping it; and gradually turning Russia into a third world country where only one man dictates what goes on in the country. Putin, change your ways; let true democracy reign in Russia. Salute

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

JOHN BOLTON: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER.

ICHEOKU says you cannot get a more American American and he is a hardcore America First nationalist as they come. President Donald John Trump's pick to succeeded fired National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the real deal. He is a hard-nosed American First protagonist, who does not shy away from projecting America's power through strength and who is not afraid to have America go it alone if need be. ICHEOKU says hopefully the president has found the very person who will help him achieve and implement his policy objectives in John Bolton. But as far as MAGA and AF agendas are concerned, Ambassador John Bolton is one heck of a good pick and a right fit for the job. He will help President Donald John Trump with doing his job for the American people. ICHEOKU says congratulations to the Mustachioed One. Let the governance of MAGA now really begin.


A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

A FACEBOOK CENSORED WORLD: LIMITING FREE SPEECH

ICHEOKU says they pretend to be guardians of free speech but wants to tele-guide other peoples thinking by limiting what they can freely say; especially if you are a conservative and holds opinions which are favorable of President Donald John Trump and critical of Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, they will not succeed but can only force people to opt out of the live wasting exercise of gluing one's eyeballs to the platform. An exercise which does not add anything of value to users, nor pays them anything for helping them bring more eyeballs to the portal. Instead of being grateful that people are helping them bilk advertisers of billions of dollars with their riveted eyeballs, they now want to micromanage everyone's thought as if they are doing one a favor by letting them waste their time using Facebook. ICHEOKU says will not be cowered nor intimidated; they can block ICHEOKU all the heck they want but ICHEOKU will not bow to Facebook's attempt to control ICHEOKU's thoughts and would rather permanently part ways with the Mark Zuckerberg globalist weapon of mass control than kowtow to a group thinking. To hell with this attempt to exact undue control and turn everyone into a herd mind.


THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION: DEALT A FATAL BLOW.


"There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is also no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election." - Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America.

ICHEOKU says this determination, for every intent and purpose, now lays to rest the "Collusion with the Russians" hogwash; as nobody can be guilty of an offense which requires awareness to ground when he or she is not aware of it. Collusion is a conspiracy and requires a proactive participation coupled with a guilty knowledge to bring about the purpose of the conspiracy. Therefore, when will the Special Counsel address the nation and tell Americans that there is no there, there, in the Russian Collusion investigation and save America further bleeding both in resources, time and unity. Enough of the sore loser antics of the Democratic Party which does not know how to take a loss and learn to work to fix what went wrong, instead of continuously pointing a finger at a mirage that is the Russian Collusion, in its bid to find something to blame for its ineptitude that led to the epochal loss of November 8th, 2016.

FBI MEMO SCANDAL: OBAMA WAS IN THE LOOP


"POTUS WANTS TO KNOW EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING." - Lisa Page to boyfriend Peter Strzok, two FBI officials.


ICHEOKU says the POTUS then was President Barack Hussein Obama, who had previously denied and lied to the American people that he does not dabble into any FBI's investigative matter. Really?


AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

AMERICA IS HERE TO STAY - PDJT

"Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery. And they forever remind us of what we should never ever forget: The people dreamed this country. The people built this country. And it's the people who are making America great again. As long as we are proud of who we are, and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail. Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our Nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free." - President Donald John Trump.


IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!

IT IS ONE YEAR TODAY, HURRAY!
ICHEOKU says congratulations to President Donald John Trump for successfully steering America's ship of States for a full year. What the naysayers said will not happen is a reality which they are finding extremely difficult to live with. But their preferences notwithstanding, Make America Great Again is on course and nobody will torpedo it. Once again, congratulations to the leader of Team MAGA on the anniversary of his being sworn in as the 45th POTUS.

ICHEOKU'S MAN OF THE YEAR 2017: PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP

ICHEOKU says following an examination of so many nominated individuals, we have determined that this year 2017's man of the year is President Donald John Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. He came into office shooting on both hips and as the year draws to an end, his both guns are still firing and smoking. For standing up to the world and starring down American detractors and being the cheerleader and champion in chief of America, the leader of Team Make America Great Again has earned ICHEOKU's man of the year award 2017. Congratulations to President Donald John Trump.

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT

JERUSALEM IS ISRAEL'S ETERNAL CAPITAL - PDJT
ICHEOKU says a wisdom of Solomon come to judgment; it is about time the child is given to the rightful mother. Salute to the courage of President Donald John Trump.

AMERICA STRONG!

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities. No one — no dictator, no regime and no nation — should underestimate, ever, American resolve."


RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE FOUND!

RUSSIAN COLLUSION: EVIDENCE EMERGES!

ICHEOKU says Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton was caught pants down colluding with the Russians and she has been trying so hard to pull the wool over the eyes of American people over whodunnit. What a lying, contriving, manipulative woman she is, who lies so easily that you wonder whether truth actually exists in her lexicon. Pitiful.

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY HILLARY CLINTON

RUSSIAN DOSSIER: PAID FOR BY CLINTON

ICHEOKU says finally the circle is about being completed and American people and the world at large will come to know who in fact did the collusion. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Congress paid Fusion GPS to produce the fake Russian dossier which former CIA chief James Clapper said was the basis for the Trump investigation. Yet, the investigation is still ongoing, despite the now established fact that the basis of it was a manufactured phony. But hey, we shall see.


ICHEOKU says still wondering WHAT HAPPENED and the reason 33,000 emails were deleted and bleach washed? Hopefully American people will soon confirm their suspicion that those shouting themselves hoax with Russian Collusion might indeed be the ones who actually colluded with the Russians. So much for the Russian Reset button. Queen Crooked Hillary Clinton, simply too crooked.


GLAD TO BE CARRIED TO FULL TERM.

GRATEFUL TO BE CARRIED FULL TERM

ICHEOKU says another lucky one that survived the abortionist's pincers from the over 360,000 unlucky ones that get flushed out each year. May God help us all have a better resolution about unwanted pregnancies.


JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.

JUST SAY NO TO KNEELING: IT IS UN-AMERICAN.
ICHEOKU says from being disrespectful to the flag to being unappreciative of the services of the military to overall being anti America; NFL players must learn to check their political activism outside the stadiums. They must not kneel on our dime. ICHEOKU supports the president 1000% on this and hereby calls on every player to respect the sensibilities of the many differently opined fans who paid to watch a game and not to be made mad by their personal political agenda.

IPOB: NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION - USA


“The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity. Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy. Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.” - Russell Brooks, United States of America.

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION - CHARLES SCHUMER

"When you lose to somebody who has a 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that." - Senator Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from the State of New York and Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate. ICHEOKU says the statement spoke volume and it spoke for itself. Finally it seems the Democrats have finally turned the corner and are now ready to face up to their abysmal performance in the last presidential election by acknowledging that the American people indeed choose Trump over their Hillary Clinton. Thankfully, they will also now rest their "Russians Did It" cockamamie and find a message they can present to the people and for the good of the country.. Time to move the process forward is now as American people did not buy into the crap of a Russian collusion which they tried unsuccessfully to sell to them.

North Korea PUT ON NOTICE

NORTH KOREA  PUT ON NOTICE: DON'T PUSH ME.
"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. As I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power." - President Donald John Trump. ICHEOKU says the Michelin Tire midget at Pyongyang is definitely courting trouble and messing with the wrong man. He probably thinks Barack Obama the redline president is still in office; but unbeknownst to him there is a new sheriff in town and his name is Donald John Trump and he does not mess around. Hopefully China can rein in the little man before he commits mass suicide with his North Korean people.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

NORTH KOREA: TOTAL ANNIHILATION NOW ON THE TABLE.

ICHEOKU says once again the diminutive midget of Pyongyang has been advised to heed the resolution of the United Nations firm stand against his continuing provocations; and that the total wiping out of his North Korea is now an option should he force the hands of the United States of American military. In a statement by the Defense Secretary Jim Maddog Mattis over its latest nuclear test, the secretary said “Our commitment among the allies are ironclad. Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming. We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so.” ICHEOKU says does not really know the joker that guy has, but whatever it is will likely very soon be forced out. The world including ICHEOKU is waiting and watching.

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY

BIAFRA EXIT FROM NIGERIA: A CALL TO DUTY
ICHEOKU says the time has come and the time is now for the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra to be allowed to choose their self governance and exit from Nigeria going forward.. A referendum on the future of Biafra is a legitimate demand of the people and it is their right to so do. The people of the Nation of Biafra want to go their own way because of the hostilities from other member nations of Nigeria. Let the United Nations order a referendum and let the people decide their own Biafraexit.

PDJT ISSUES A VERDICT ON ISLAMIST TERRORISTS


"There can be no coexistence with this violence. There can be no tolerating it, no accepting it, no excusing it, and no ignoring it. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death. If we do not act against this organized terror, then we know what will happen and what will be the end result. Terrorism's devastation of life will continue to spread, peaceful societies will become engulfed by violence, and the futures of many generations will be sadly squandered. If we do not stand in uniform condemnation of this killing, then not only will we be judged by our people, not only will we be judged by history, but we will be judged by God." - President Donald John Trump.


BBOB: BRING BACK OUR BIAFRA

ICHEOKU says it is worth fighting for, self determination and it is not a crime for a people to aspire for self governance. Indigenous Peoples of Biafra are marching forward and hopefully they will soon get to the promised land. Viva Biafra.
#BringBackOurBiafra.





"When two raging fires meet together, they do consume the thing that feeds their fury. Though little fire grows great with little wind, yet extreme gusts do blow out fire." - William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE - STEVE JOBS

“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. Memories precipitated by love is the only true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. The most expensive bed in the world is the sick bed. You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life. Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” - SJ

EVIL CANNOT BE TRULY DESTROYED.

"The threat of evil is ever present. We can contain it as long as we stay vigilant, but it can never truly be destroyed. - Lorraine Warren (Annabelle, the movie)


ONLY THE POOR WISH THEY HAD STUFF?

“I’m not that interested in material things. As long as I find a good bed that I can sleep in, that’s enough.” - Nicolas Berggruem, the homeless billionaire.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

ICHEOKU IS NOT A HATER!

There is no hatred, it is just sadness at the way things are, have been and with no possible hope of any immediate future improvement. In Nigeria, that is! Can you imagine that the same cabals has been running Nigeria since her independence in 1960, you name it. Isn't their ideas now stale that a new infusion of fresh minds is needed to move Nigeria forward? One aphorism has it that doing the same thing the same way over and over again, expecting different result is the surest and best definition of madness. Forty-eight years after her independence, there is no roads, no electricity, no food, no infrastructures, no drinking water, no health care, no functioning government program worthy of mention, local government officials are stealing money, governors are stealing state's funds likewise the presidency including heads of parastatals and agencies. So what is the end in sight, Nigeria? None whatsoever and you ask Icheoku, why is it mad?
An Olusegun Obasanjo ruled Nigeria twice? How can a sane person blow a God's given second chance at rectifying all that is wrong with Nigeria, given that he, Olusegun Obasanjo survived a death-row under Sani Abacha? Olusegun Obasanjo would have used the opportunity to etch his name in gold and share a permanent place with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Nkwame Nkuruma and Julius Nyerere but instead, he chose to waste it as a very vindictive, mean, parochial tribal demagogue! And you ask yourself, why Nigeria plunged further under his suffocating rule? - Olusegun Obasanjo is not bright, he is not sharp, he does not motivate anyone, he is not inspirational, he is not eloquent, he looks like Dee Sam Mbakwe or even worst an ape, he is stout, he does not look any bit presidential nor does he have any leadership traits, he just does not have the charisma or the charm of even the evil genius, IBB? Olusegun Obasanjo is a drab! How did Nigeria even tolerate this mongrel twice as their "leader"? I really do not care a hoot about this human specimen called Olusegun Obasanjo and I pray everyday that the almighty God should save Nigeria the nightmare of continuously having this man in their midst. Olusegun Obasanjo is Nigeria's worst nemesis.
So how can Nigeria move forward, for example, when a timid person who has never interacted with any foreigner before or been or lived in a foreign land like America is made an ambassador of Nigeria to America? And one wonders how such a person can understand the psyche of his new found society to move issues of interest of his country forward in the host-country! CNN did a documentary on Nigeria which negatively portrayed Nigerians and no one saw the break-light of whoever the ambassador of Nigeria in America is? It is despicable.
So visitors, you now know why some of our commentaries appear to be very asinine - it is because of decrepitude leadership which Nigeria has been cursed with all these years and which leadership does not know their left from right; a leadership which have plunged Nigeria into a state of anomie where she is presently bogged down in! It is indeed regrettable that despite the abundance of highly qualified and skilled human resources and manpower in Nigeria, the crop of leadership presented to Nigeria always are from the bottom of the class - the dregs of the society! Why should Nigeria be suffering in the midst of plenty or must it end up as a case of those who make peaceful change impossible will someday make violent change inevitable! We shall see where all these ineptitude shall end up!

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Anonymous said...

MASSOB Accuses Obasanjo of Genocide
From Emeka Osondu in Awka, 08.19.2008

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Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has appealed to the United Nations (UN), to arrest and persecute former president Olusegun Obasanjo, accusing him of genocide.
MASSOB decribed Obasanjo's acts to its members during his eight years administration as war of genocide.
Onitsha Regional Administrator of the organisation, Mrs Virginia Ubazuonu, made the appeal while speaking on the organisation's resolve to execute its sit-at-home order slated for August 28, 2008.
She said Obasanjo should be arrested and arraigned before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), for ordering the killing of many MASSOB members and execution of Odi people.
As for the sit-at-home order which the MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike had earlier fixed for August 28, from 7:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., Ubazuonu said MASSOB considers the struggle for Biafra a matter of life and death.
She said, "our destiny and the destiny of our children are tied to this struggle. That is why we have resisted all the temptations to compromise. And that is also why we are still being tried with treasonable felony when others have been freed."
She said the Federal Government through some Igbo politicians, is using some expelled members in MASSOB to create the impression that there is crisis in the organisation, pointing out that " nobody can stop the struggle."

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Obasanjo’s Tenure a Waste, Says Bamaiyi
From Hammed Shittu in Ilorin, 08.18.2008

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Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi, at the weekend, described the eight years of former president Olusegun Obasanjo's administration as a waste and the best justification for his opposition to his emergence in the first instance.
He also advised Nigerians to be patient with President Umaru Yar'Adua, in his bid to correct all the anomalies perpetrated by his predecessor, adding that his nine year incarceration was due to his perceived opposition to Obasanjo's emergence as civilian president in 1999.
While speaking in Ilorin, Kwara State, at a thanksgiving service organised by his Church, United Missionary Church of Africa ( UMCA), to celebrate his retirement and acquittal by a Lagos High Court over connivance with the killers of late Kudirat Abiola.
He said, "I have nothing against Obasanjo. He did what he was directed to do by a General from my part of the country who needed to survive. It was by people I know, not just imaginary figures. And now, I have been vindicated, because all of you can see that if we had had a civilian as President in 1999, we will not be where we are today.
"The damage done by Obasanjo's government is enormous and we need patience, because the damages of the last eight years are enormous and cannot be repaired in a few years."
He blamed his detention on the prompting of "a general from the North," saying he had forgiven the immediate past president because he was merely acting on the directive of the General, who he said, "needed to have him (Bamaiyi) out of the way for survival."
The 62-year-old ex-military boss alleged that the judge who handled his case and eventually freed him was offered many attractive incentives, including a house in London, just to ensure he was jailed, but praised the judge and the judiciary in general for living up to their expected societal role of defending the truth.
Earlier, President of the 103-year-old Church with headquarters in Ilorin, Reverend Ishaya Noma, said Bamaiyi had always been a staunch member of the Church and was actually the son of a former Pastor in the Church, Pastor Bamaiyi Sundu, just as his wife is also the daughter of another Pastor, Andrawus Namah.

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Obasanjo disappointed me – Banigo, ex-minister
By FEMI FOLARANMI, Yenagoa
Friday, August 22, 2008



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Former Minister of Science and Technology, Chief Ebitimi Baigo, says he was highly disappointed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who many had thought would sanitize Nigeria, eventually turned out a terrible dictator who left Nigerians groping in the dark after eight fruitless years.

Banigo joined Obasanjo’s government in 1999, but suddenly resigned. He told Daily Sun in Yenagoa tha he had no regrets quiting that administration when he did, insisting that Obasanjo lacked a clear vision for taking Nigeria out of the woods.
According to the businessman, he had been vindicated by the revelations of the many probe panels that have investigated the past administration

His words: “I have no regrets leaving as a minister. Like all human beings, you might wonder whether you took the right step, but subsequent events have demonstrated that the issues that gave rise to my resignation were valid. Most people in the circumstance would have resigned expect for the Nigerian factor. The then president Olusegun Obasanjo did not have the proper vision to get the country out of its problems. And we all, due to the years of military dictatorship, followed him to see if we could build a nation, and he became a worst dictator. And it was very easy to see in a matter of one year as we were not able to achieve much.

“It is painful. Maybe if one had been more proactive to bring to light these difficulties, perhaps, he would have changed. Because we wasted eight years, the nation is almost in darkness following his rule. There is no improvement in education, health care, road transport, energy. What has come out from different probes is so disgraceful.”
Reliving his experience under the Obasanjo government with the harassment and siege on his business by the Nuhu Ribadu-led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Banigo explained that Nigerians must get more involved in governance to prevent any president amassing so much power to destroy people.

While insisting that he does not condone corruption, Banigo said anybody found contravening the law of the land should be prosecuted in accordance with the rule of law rather than be hounded into jail.
Hear him: “We must work hard so that what happened to me is never repeated. And how do I do that? I do that by getting more involved and finding the truth. I dare not retreat because if I retreat my children might face the same issue.

We all have to work hard that what happened to me does not repeat itself. We have to make sure that no individual, be it president, does not have the right to do what he did and the nation would also sit by and allow him to destroy so many people. I am not the only person that went through that process. We must ensure that there is rule of law and that every citizen must be allowed to enjoy his constitutional right and protection under the law.

I was detained without being charged for four months and two days which is a clear illegality. We should try to make sure that does not happen to any other Nigerian citizen. Anybody caught contravening the laws should be arrested and prosecuted and not just thrown into detention or you, confiscate his business just because you do not like the person. Due process has to be followed. That experience told me that we have a lot of work to do to see that future Nigerians are protected from such treatment.”

On the crisis of underdevelopment in the Niger Delta, Banigo identified ineptitude on the part of successive administrations as the main factor that has retarded the growth of the region.
According to him, past governments had good intentions but ignored the fundamental human rights of people of the region, adding that for the problem to be resolved, the Niger Delta people should be treated with dignity in accordance with the rights of people who own the land.
Said he: “I would ascribe deceptive methods to efforts of previous administrations to tackle the problem of the Niger Delta. I think the whole problem is what I would call ineptitude.

“That is not truly following a pattern path to resolve the issue. The Niger Delta problem is a global issue. The first ground to develop the Niger Delta given the years of neglect and deprivation is far beyond what government can provide. Other countries have benefitted greatly from the oil production in Nigeria. I do not want to say they have exploited our naivety or inefficiency. But I belong to the private sector. I have worked globally and business takes advantage of any situation. It is only of recent that companies are asked to do soul searching to see that they are responsible citizens wherever they operate. Before, it was just take whatever you want and go.

“The critical issues are that of fundamental human rights. That is the people of the Niger Delta own the land. Whatever way government wants to look at it, they can confiscate it but in natural law, the Niger Delta people own the land. So what is the deal for them? They should be treated like anywhere else in the world. In the United States if they find oil in your area, its your own and you would be paying royalties and taxes to government.

That is the universally accepted position in terms of property and ownership. During the 1978/1979 government of Obasanjo, he promulgated the Land Use Act and he came back again as president in a civilian government to more or less nail the coffin which has made the problem difficult to resolve.”

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Obasanjo, biggest threat to democracy –Girei
By KENNY ASHAKA, Kaduna
Monday, August 25, 2008



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A former lawmaker and chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Senator Abubakar Girei has made a passionate call to leaders of the PDP to quickly relieve former President Olusegun Obasanjo of his Board of Trustees (BoT) chairmanship, saying the former president is the biggest threat to democracy in the country.

Speaking to Daily Sun in an exclusive interview in Kaduna, Girei said Nigeria’s democracy and the PDP were under threat because of the activities of former President Obasanjo and those he described as anti-democratic forces still lurking around.

Girei said the former president was the worst leader Nigeria had ever had and that contrary to claims by a former labour leader, Pascal Bafyau, the Action Congress Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s political credentials tower above those of Obasanjo and any other PDP Board of Trustees chairman.

The former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Bafyau had in an interview with Daily Sun recently declared former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as unfit for the PDP Board of Trustees chairmanship, arguing that the AC presidential candidate and former PDP chieftain lacked the required credentials for the office.

Girei, a former PDP governorship aspirant in Adamawa State, however, lashed out at the former labour leader, describing him as the least credible to assess the political profile of former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
“Atiku will surely make a better PDP BOT Chairman than Obasanjo, Anenih and all other previous PDP BOT chairmen. I think Bafyau is either being economical with the truth or taking his fight against Atiku too personal,” he asserted.

Excerpts of the interview.

Pascal Bafyau believes Atiku lacks the credentials to be the PDP BOT chairman. Do you agree with this claim?
I am certainly not in support of his views. I believe it is a lie for anybody, talkless of Pascal Bafyau to say Atiku is unfit to be the PDP BOT chairman. I am not holding brief for Atiku. I am sure you know I am one of those, even as of now, who are not the best of friends with Atiku. But let the truth be told. Atiku will surely make a better PDP BOT chairman than Obasanjo, Anenih and all other previous PDP BOT chairmen. I think Pascal Bafyau is either being economical with the truth or taking his fight against Atiku too personal. I also believe that Atiku has proved to be a better politician than most of these characters who we all know now are nothing but deceitful persons and who have continued to pose serious threat to our democracy, if not the existence of the nation itself.

Any leader that is only interested in looting the resources of the country, like Obasanjo and his cohorts did will definitely not be interested in the existence of this country. So, I am calling on all patriotic citizens of this country, especially PDP leaders to do all that is necessary to flush out all these unpatriotic, selfish and power drunk individuals like Obasanjo and others from the party; especially at leadership levels in order to save the party and our nascent democracy from imminent collapse.

I believe people like Atiku who have learnt from their mistakes and served under such an undemocratic leader like Obasanjo for eight years and came out of it stronger is much more well-equipped for enormous national challenges facing PDP. Atiku will certainly continue to be a great asset to PDP and the nation. I support our new party leaders’ effort in trying to get them back to build a refocused PDP under the able leadership of our amiable President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

From all you have said, it would be correct to deduce that you will support the call for a probe of former President Obasanjo
One doesn’t need to support the probing of Obasanjo. He (Obasanjo) is already under probe by the public opinion in this country. Judgement has already been passed that he is the worst leader we ever had in this country.

Is it not proper to go through past records and really find him guilty before passing such a judgement?
Is it not looking at the past that people have passed the verdict of guilty on him? If you are saying he must be prosecuted, convicted and so on and so forth, I have no objection to that because I stand by the rule of law. But all these are secondary as far as I am concerned. The fact is he was head of State, president and ended up being the worst leader in the history of this country. Is that not enough?

You believe Obasanjo is the worst president we ever had?
I have no doubt that in my mind. I said in 2001 that looking at the way Obasanjo was going, he is most likely to be the greatest threat to our democracy and the nation. That was in 2001. I have been vindicated.

But Pascal Bafyau just showered praises on him last week?
Well. That is Pascal for you. He is entitled to his opinion; but Nigerians have passed their verdict. He (Pascal) cannot be better than Nigerians. This is democracy and everybody is entitled to his opinion. There is freedom of speech, expression and liberty. Everybody is entitled to say what he wants and Pascal has said what he wants. But the fact is: Nigerians know what the truth is.

Some of your fellow Northerners are also blaming the Northern governors for the woes in the North. Do you share the same view with them?
Unfortunately, our governors especially in the North have not lived up to expectation. There is no doubt about it. There is a lot they should have done which they have not done. There is a lot they should have done like developing agriculture which would have launched us into economic stability more than the state we are today where we are being labeled as parasites. We have never been parasites in our lives. We have always been self-sufficient and in charge of our destiny.

By inference, you are saying the North is parasitic? Would that be correct?
Not exactly because this is an expression of someone’s opinion. They are entitled to their opinion. But the reason why they have the temerity to say this is because of the failure of our leaders. If our leaders had led us well, and have positioned this part of the country appropriately by developing agriculture, they wouldn’t have had the guts to say that. But it is true we have failed to develop our economic mainstay, which is supposed to be the ingredient of our economic development. This failure has exposed us to all forms of ridicule and criticisms that are coming from our friends.