Archive for the ‘THOUGHTS’ Category

What the Heck is Happening?

October 24, 2015

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The last time I had any form of respite was in 2012 and before that, unfortunately all disappeared and dissipated in 2013.

String or chain of inexplicable events have befallen me since that time in early 2013 when I met her. Our meeting was unplanned, unconventional and a little bizarre, however, it was unprecedented. Her innocence and principled nature hypnotized me and before the warmth of our embrace could get cold, I was damn eager to jump the broom with her. This was quite unlike my usual skeptical, cynical, nonchalant and suspicious self. That was the beginning of a new era. She wasn’t as eager and thrilled as I was, but the hand of fate made something else happened that sealed our fate. The knot was tied on the 28 of March 2013, few months after our first meeting.

The roller coaster then set in. We lost our baby December 29 of the same year through a mysterious circumstance. Before he finally did, we had cleared our accounts and had to borrow to clear the hospital bill.

2014 came with renewed hope, a brighter future anticipated. It will be an opportunity to heal, recover and start afresh. But before we could settle down, dry our tears and begin to learn how to smile again, my mom who had fallen ill since 2013, gave up the ghost. There we went again, through the unfortunate but familiar cycle of crying, mourning, regrets, spending and recovering. Mom was buried in month of March 2014, and we moved on.

My wife got pregnant again and gave birth to a handsome bundle of joy. We were living in a new clean apartment, life was good. That was until the 30th of September, the early morning of my wife’s birthday, when the dare devil armed robbers shattered the peace and tranquility of our new home. They carted away our belongings at gunpoint but left behind trauma that words can’t succinctly capture. Ya, shit do happen, we said and went ahead with our lives. Unfortunately, nature had another plan for us. Nine days later, robbers came calling again, they cut our burglary proof and went away with our television set. In a compound of nine flats, with only five months of our stay, armed robbers have visited four times and attacked only two flats. What is happening?

I had to relocate my wife and newborn. To take away from the traumatic zone. We first sojourned at my brother’s, then my sister’s the finally headed to my wife’s parents. The previous day before we traveled, my wife had call to intimate them of our homecoming. We had prepared to savour the massive welcome party that was to be held in honour of our son, the first and only grandson of Mr. Cyril Effiong. Then you will understand the shock, total bewilderment and disorientation that overwhelmed us when we met the whole house locked up on our arrival. Frantically, calls were placed and information sorted. Then came the news, my father in-law, a not too old man, has fallen into coma. Our planned jubilation had turned into unplanned condolence. The ugly hand of fate has played us again. His condition was terrible, he died few days later.
There we were, away from our home, faced with a mourning party with nowhere to go. What really is going on?

GEJ’ ADMINISTRATION MUST BE PROBED

August 14, 2015

Initially, I was of the same school of thought who believed that GEJ’ tenure should not be probed. And if it has to be, then all past administrations must be probed too. That was then. But now I reason differently, my opinion is that if GEJ’s government is not even probe for the herculean allegation of financial improprieties, then it must be probe for stupidity.

The Linda Ikeji Saga: COMPLACENCY?

October 9, 2014

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This life is indeed a maze of twist and turns. Unlike some mazes and puzzles, the key to their resolution is always enmeshed in a pattern. A careful study of the pattern will unravel a previously difficult brain teasing puzzle. But life is not like that, it lacks a definite formula to fathom the way it works. Even my pastor once said that to unravel and understand life, you need to be connected to your source. How do you get linked with your source? The answer lies in the words in the holy book. But here lies another headache, to a mere mortal the words can contradict itself and left him even neck deep in a dilemma.

How do people get out of this kind of conundrum,? Yes, a self inflicted one at that. I was pondering about the recent happening in the blogosphere; the suspension of Linda Ikeji’s blog to be precise. It actually took me on an imaginative excursion to places never traveled. The mind explored all the pros and cons of the argument put across by both fans and haters. Although, I am an ardent reader of that blog, my emotion was quite intact. I actually lacked the ability to express any feeling as the whole drama unfold.

All that came to my mind is just one question? How careless and complacent can one be with his/her source of livelihood? I wish we all learn from such negligence.

Bamanga Tukur Claims Boko Haram Members Are His Brothers.

July 8, 2014

He made this known in Abuja on Sunday when Islamic clerics led by Uztaz Abdulrahman Yelwa paid him a visit to break the fast.
In his words;
“I appeal to our brothers who are aggrieved to stop killing in the name of Islam. Their sponsors too should avoid Allah’s judgment on the last day on the raging art of killing. It is not too late for them to sheathe swords. This is the month of Ramadan; the killings must stop from now.”

He went further to plead with the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram to sheathe its sword during the Ramadan season and embrace dialogue with the Federal Government.

Isn’t this strange coming from an “Ambassador At Large”

Farouk Lawan And Boniface Emenalo Warned By The Judge Against Delay In The $620,000 Alleged Bribe

July 8, 2014

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Gudu, Abuja, has cautioned a former Chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime and its ex-Secretary, Farouk Lawan, and Boniface Emenalo against using delay tactics to frustrate their trial.

The judge issued the caution yesterday when the planned commencement of trial in the case against Lawan and Emenalo was stalled because  of the application for a stay of proceedings filed before the Court of Appeal, Abuja, by the accused persons.

Lawan and Emenalo were re-arraigned on a seven-count charge before Justice Banjoko on June 11.

They are accused of receiving bride and abusing their offices in relation to the allegation that they received $620, 000 as bribe from the Chairman,  Zenon Oil and Gas, Mr Femi Otedola.

They allegedly took the bribe ostensibly to exclude the names of Otedola’s companies – Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited and Synopsis Enterprises Limited – from the list of companies found to have “defrauded” the Federal Government of billions of naira.

The accused were earlier arraigned on the same charge before Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi (formerly of the FCT High Court, Maitama) before his elevation to the Court of Appeal some months ago.

Justice Banjoko, after the proceedings of June 11, adjourned till July 7 for the commencement of the trial.

But yesterday, defence lawyer, Akinyemi Aremu, informed the court that the accused had appealed an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, to the Supreme Court.

They were also said to have applied to the Court of Appeal for a stay of proceedings before the trial court.

“The matter is slated for hearing today. However, we have filed a motion for a stay of proceedings at the Court of Appeal, dated July 4. As settled in plethora of decisions, the proper and tidy thing to do is to stay proceedings pending a resolution of the motion at the Court of Appeal

“The nature of our application is preservatory: once steps are taken, it will destroy the res in the matter. If the court proceeds with the hearing of the matter, the application would have been rendered nugatory,” Aremu said.

He sought an adjournment.

The lead prosecution lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), did not oppose the request for an adjournment.

But he expressed disappointment that the accused persons’ application for a stay of proceedings, filed on July 4, was meant to frustrate the speedy hearing of the case.

 Awomolo, who said he would contest the accused persons’ application for stay of proceedings, asked the court for short adjournment on the ground that it was now the tradition of the court to accord criminal cases expeditious hearing.

Ruling, Justice Banjoko observed that “this is a classic case of delay tactics by the defendants’ counsel. I urge lawyers to rely on their competence rather than employ delay tactics in the defence of their cases.”

She adjourned to October 28 for parties to report development at the Court of Appeal and possible hearing of the case.

Nigerian Soldiers Kill 44 Insurgents, Reclaim Dangerous Forest – DHQ

July 8, 2014

The Nigerian military on Monday said it has cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend. The military also said 44 terrorists were killed in a separate operation.

The Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, in a statement said the forest, which stretches from Bauchi through Jigawa States, with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest, was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.

Sambisa forest is considered the main base of the Boko Haram insurgent group.

Mr. Olukolade said the terrorists and armed gangs operating in the forests were completely rooted out while some were captured during the operation.

Those captured, he said, were two foreigners suspected to be mercenaries.

He said six soldiers were killed in various encounters with terrorists during the weekend while those injured are receiving treatment.

He also said several weapons and equipment including power generating sets, communication equipment, vehicles, motorcycles, foodstuff and kitchen utensils were recovered during the operation.

Also, Mr. Olukolade said that over 44 terrorists have died in Kerenoa and adjoining communities, following an encounter with troops who repelled their attack on the communities.

He said the terrorists who were armed with IEDs and other high calibre weapons, carried out a pre-dawn attack on the communities but met with stiff resistance of the troops.

He said that during the operation, several of them were captured as well as weapons and ammunitions of various calibres.

The spokesperson also said troops on routine patrol around Banki and Miyanti in Borno State during the weekend fought through an ambush laid by terrorists resulting in casualties on both sides. The military casualty was among the soldiers that died over the weekend.

Nigerian troops are battling to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents who have killed thousands of people in Northern Nigeria since 2009.

53 Boko Haram Members Killed By Nigerian Army In Borno

July 6, 2014
Naija Soldiers

Naija Soldiers

Nigerian military released a statement that they have killed 50 Boko Haram sect after daring attack on a military based in Damboa, Borno state.

According to Major General Chris Olukolade…

 Over 50 terrorists died as troops repelled a daring attack on troops’ locations in Damboa, Borno State yesterday night.  The terrorists had stormed the troops’ bases and police locations while most of the troops were out on patrol of surrounding villages.

A total of 5 soldiers and a senior officer were also killed while repelling the attack. A cordon and search of the locality is ongoing, while the bodies of the fallen soldiers have been recovered and deposited in the military morgue. The wounded are also receiving treatment in the military medical facility.

In another development, troops on patrol around Baga area have recovered explosives and rifles concealed in a truck loaded with fish and other commodities. Four suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident.

 At Konduga also in Borno State, a suicide bomber in a Golf car yesterday crashed into a checkpoint killing himself, a policeman and 3 Vigilante Youth members.
  
Major General, Chris OLUKOLADE
Director Defence Information

Bravo to our dear soldiers.

PDP Denies Masked Security Escort Allegation Made by APC

July 6, 2014
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The Peoples Democratic Party has denied the allegation by the All Progressives Congress, that its candidate in the upcoming Osun gubernatorial election, Senator Iyiola Omisore is moving around with masked security escorts.

The PDP state chapter spokesman, Bola Ajao in a statement counter accused the Governor of the State, Rauf Aregbesola for moving around with armed thugs.

“Our attention has been drawn to the allegation that our governorship candidate is going about his campaign with masked men.

“We deny these reports and we condemn the attempt to smear the PDP and its candidate. As a law-abiding political party fully supported by the people, we don’t need “state boys” which the APC is using to harass innocent citizens.

“The people of Osun are under siege from armed thugs directly sponsored by the state government. At every campaign the APC hosted, the thugs moved around town with dangerous weapons to compel people to attend their rallies.

“On several occasions, innocent citizens are beaten up simply for rejecting the APC.

“It is under the watch of APC instigation that a peaceful state has witnessed two bomb incidents, one in Osogbo and another recently at Ile Ife.”

“We are aware of APC’s plot to create mayhem in PDP strongholds starting with Ile-Ife.

“We hold APC accountable for any breakdown of law and order in Osun, going by its direct incitement and encouragement of violence ahead of the August 9 poll.

“On our part, the PDP will continue to rely on lawful security apparatus in its statewide house-to-house campaign which has been well received by our people.

“We will continue to rely on our people to defeat the anti- people government of Rauf Aregbesola,” the statement said

Boko Haram: A Creation of Tinubu and Friends-Obanikoro

July 3, 2014

According the tweets by Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and cohorts are the brains behind Boko Haram and their nefarious activities.
This comes bearing some days after Femi-Fani Kayode libel APC and its members “haramites” and Boko Haram sympathisers.
I hope Tinubu and friends will not just wish these allegations away but deny them boldly. They should also take this case to court for their names to be cleared.

Tinubu And Obanikoro At LoggerHead Over Boko Haram

July 3, 2014
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Tinubu

A leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has asked the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, to explain to Nigerians why the over 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok are yet to be rescued. Mr. Tinubu, who had earlier accused the Lagos-born minister of spending time away from his ministerial duties, also said Mr. Obanikoro should stop using Boko Haram as a tool of blackmail against the opposition.

In a press statement signed by Mr. Tinubu’s media aide, Sunday Dare, the former Lagos State governor said, “Obanikoro (aka Onikoro) and this shameless Peoples Democratic Party. PDP government should explain why the Boko Haram insurgency continues unabated despite billions that is being voted for security. The defence budget to fight Boko Haram and Terrorism has become a conduit pipe for the ruling party PDP just as the likes of Obanikoro continue to use Boko Haram as a tool of blackmail against the opposition. This time, just like it failed in the past, it will not stick. It will not stand.”

Mr. Tinubu also described the allegation that he and his friends in the opposition created Boko Haram as “fallacious and untenable.” “This allegation is both unreasonable and unsustainable, but not surprising coming from the person it came from. Bola Tinubu and the APC have been on record repeatedly condemning killings and bombings by Boko Haram and proffering solutions to the menace,” Mr Tinubu said.

Responding to Mr. Tinubu, through his media aide, Mr. Obanikoro said the APC chieftain’s comments were a product of frustration.