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Breaking: President Buhari Fires Two Minister in his Cabinet

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Via an official memo from the presidency, duly signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Kano state born Mohammed Sabo Nanono and Minister of State for Power Taraba state born Saleh Mamman has been relieved of their appointment with immediate effect.

 

According to sources; their sack is connected to not meeting up with the stipulated target in their various ministry as set by President Buhari. It would be recalled that; the two ministries are ministries President Buhari based his campaign on in 2015 and 2019. The cause of the rising surge in food prices in the country and the constant drop in power supply, among many more other issues led to their sack.

 

An appointment to replace them is done already as Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Minister of Environment, was redeployed to assume office as the Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, while Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, Minister of State, Works & Housing will now be the Minister of Power. President Buhari has said; there would be no room for failure as he wants to leave office by completing all projects he started. “The president will not hesitate to fire any minister who is not discharging his or her duty in line with the President’s vision,” A source said.

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More Woes For Embattled PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus Over His Chairmanship Status

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Embattled People’s Democratic Party PDP, National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus is currently in the eye of the storm. He has come under fire over the recent massive defection of party members to the ruling All Progressive Congress APC. The massive defection is seriously taking its toll on the party structure as some top political heavyweight within his local government has dragged him to court to enhance his suspension as the party’s chairman to enable the party to restructure and also let a more capable hand take over to take the party to the next level.

 

In a bid to salvage his office through the court; all means to save his job has proved abortive as a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has upheld his sacking as National Chairman of PDP. Justice Okugbelem Gbasam delivered the judgment, reiterating and reaffirming his stand on Secondus’ suspension by Ward 5 in Andoni local government area of the State as brought forward by Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex and four others against Secondus and the PDP.

Justice Gbasam further granted the prayers of the aggrieved PDP members to retrain, suspend, Uche Secondus from attending, conveying PDP meetings in his capacity as National chairman or member of the party. However, counsel to Uche Secondus expressed dissatisfaction against Justice Gbasam’s ruling, saying on behalf of his client he would appeal the judgement.

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Is Zinox Computer Boss, Leo Stan Ekeh Eying Presidency??

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Chief Executive Officer of Zinox Computers, Leo Stan Ekeh, seems to have mastered a unique way of always making his competitors groan in envy, with his distinct approach of making a long-lasting statement in business. Apart from being a top player in the ICT business, he has his hands in several businesses including; E-commerce, oil and gas, media publishing and real estate, among others.

As the race of who replaces President Buhari at the Aso-rock as the President of Nigeria in 2023 thicken Ekeh’s name that has constantly been mentioned as a candidate to watch out for if he agrees to throw his hat in the ring. Many believe as a good manager and an astute businessman that would be able to manage the affairs and fortune of the country and also stabilizing its economy within few years if elected. Despite the fact that he had always stayed far from politics as a businessman, he is someone who can deliver if given the chance to run the affairs of the country as President.

“He is a sellable candidate devoid of bigotry and also a nationalist with the interest of Nigeria at heart. Despite having business chains littered across the world, he has done everything possible to make sure a huge chunk of his investment is sited in Nigeria to create employment and empower people”

“Leo Stan is a perfect example of the type of leader Nigeria needs, he has a clean record, he has never been caught in the web of corruption, he is also a tested and a trusted businessman who will open the economy of the country and place Nigeria back as the giant of Africa with huge business investment opportunities and also attract foreign direct investment. If he would be giving it a shot we don’t know under which party he would be contesting from but he is a candidate to watch out for.” A source added.

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Who is afraid of Bola Tinubu? By TUNDE Rahman

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Why do many political opponents dread the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, so much so that in their wishful thinking they hope he gives way or simply quit the stage? Why should political contestation get to the point where our so-called political leaders would be wishing their competitors dead if they are actually in politics for the public good? These are some of the questions that have agitated my mind following the repeated unfounded rumours about Asiwaju Tinubu’s health status.

 

In the last few months, the former Lagos governor has died many times over in the reckoning of these nefarious persons.
Each time Asiwaju travels, the next thing these detractors, who abound in PDP as in APC, do is to shamelessly claim he is seriously ill undergoing surgery or that he has died. Yet, each time they have made such blatant claims, the lie has always blown up on their very faces, as they have always been proven wrong.

 

Surprisingly, some of these evil persons would also claim the APC national leader is no longer relevant in the scheme of things in the party he helped form. And you wonder: if he is no longer important within the APC, why dissipating energies about him? Why hoping he dies each time he steps out of the country?
These people have been in this despicable game for quite a while. They have perpetrated so much hatred and told too many lies such that to track them can be a herculean task.Let me attempt a recall of a few of these.

 

In April this year, when we went for Umrah (lesser Hajj) in Saudi Arabia, they brought out a photo-shopped photograph that portrayed Asiwaju in very bad light. The picture was so bad that you would wonder whether it had any feature of him. All that these malicious people wanted to demonstrate is Asiwaju is so badly ill or incapacitated that he cannot even aspire to lead this country, talk less mount the exalted office. Ironically, at the same lesser Hajj, Asiwaju, who the malevolent imagined dead, effortlessly performed tawaf (going round the holy Kabbah) several times and underwent all the rites of Umrah. I was in that entourage to Umrah along with some of his friends and associates including Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, former EFCC Chairman Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and former National Welfare Officer of APC, Alhaji Ibrahim Masari, among others.

 

Elucidating on how we arrived in Medina around 4 am, how tired, weary and needing sleep we all proceeded to Mecca, a distance of 4-and-a-half hours, that same morning we landed in the kingdom, and how on eventual arrival in Mecca we immediately headed for the Kabbah, would help put a lie to the claim about Asiwaju’s ill-health.
The journey from Medina to Mecca by road was very strenuous. Virtually all of us slept. Not Asiwaju. He was awake throughout, conversing with the driver, Mustapha, and ensuring he was awake and alert for the duration of the drive. We arrived in Mecca without any hassle, quickly checked into a hotel, and then headed for the Kabbah for tawaf and other rites of Umrah.

 

Leading the charge, Asiwaju Tinubu painlessly performed the seven-round tawaf and shortly after, being a Friday, it was time for Jummah. We left Medina immediately we arrived because way back in that holy city, Asiwaju had insisted he would like to observe Jummah in Mecca.
For the duration of the trip, Asiwaju’s hotel suite in Mecca was turned into a Mecca of sort with governors, ministers, other top dignitaries and Islamic clerics coming to visit him. Overlooking the Kabbah, it was in his living room that we were observing some of the prayers and making supplications to Allah.

 

Many took selfies with him with their cameras and phones unencumbered. He allowed as many as wanted to take photographs with him to do so, an opportunity some abused. An example was someone who either unknowingly deployed a phone with a bad camera or deliberately doctored the photograph, which was now used to achieve nefarious ends, as depicted by that damaging picture of Asiwaju in Saudi.

 

Again, not long after we returned from Umrah and the former Lagos governor undertook a trip abroad, I think to France and UK, there were also unfounded reports that he had been hospitalised in Paris for alleged coronavirus attack and had even purportedly undergone an operation. Some proceeded from there to claim he had died. Now, Asiwaju has never tested positive for COVID-19. Not at that alleged time, not at present. For the life of me, how could someone who had never been positive for coronavirus be hospitalised for it or undergone a surgery for complications arising from the virus he never contracted? I volunteered this much not to disparage many who had contracted the virus or those presently battling the dreaded menace.

 

Each time we felt we had over-exposed ourselves or someone had contracted the virus in the team, we would call for coronavirus tests and no one is exempted. Asiwaju and some of us must have undergone close to 15 COVID-19 tests each. Some of us, including this writer, had even tested positive for the virus at one point or another. Asiwaju has never experienced it once.

 

The fake news about Asiwaju’s alleged ill health or death is something we have become accustomed to each time he travels out of the country such that it has become a joke of sorts. Indeed, we had a hilarious encounter when he embarked on the extant travel some two weeks ago. As I made to leave him at the Lagos airport, I said: “Sir, now that you are traveling again, when these mischievous guys begin to say you are either dying or dead, what do I say to them?” We had a good laugh. He then said: “Just say I have travelled and don’t mind whatever they say.”

 

So the speculation trailing the extant trip is what it is: fake, unfounded news. It bears repeating, however, to state that Asiwaju is hale and hearty. He is not in any hospital. He does not have any medical situation that would require hospitalisation either in Nigeria or abroad. It is sad that perpetrators of this mischief are not deterred by the fact that each time this fake news has been propagated they have been proven wrong.

 

However, there are a few points to make at this juncture. Firstly, some speak magisterially on the state of health of Asiwaju Tinubu. They say he doesn’t enjoy good health. Are they his doctors? Are they saying they are privy to his medical records? Pray, how could an unhealthy man muster the strength and energy to go through the rigors of tawaf and all rites associated with Umrah immediately after a six-hour flight and over four-hour road trip? Those perpetrating this evil think they are unknown. They hide their identities behind the anonymity of the social media. But we have a fair idea who they are. Their luck will run out soon as they would be exposed sooner than later!

 

Again, these people who try to rubbish Asiwaju’s health, peddling rumours that he is dead forget that the matter of life and death is within the realm of God. Not of any individual. They should not attempt to play God. They conveniently forgot what many dubbed the Zik’s curse. Recall that Nigeria’s first president and one of our foremost leaders, late Dr. NnamdiAzikiwe, was rumoured dead I think around November 1989. Some prominent print media organisations and television stations published the story without conducting due diligence and checks. With banner headlines cast in impressive adjectives befitting the Great Zik, they proudly proclaimed the nationalist dead. Some of Zik’s associates, some of whom had not seen him in years, particularly the late Chief RBK Okafor, also fell for it, ranting about their close relationship with the late nationalist and how they were with him in his last moments.

 

Reminiscing on this episode in an article titled “The Day Zik Didn’t Die” published by THE NATION newspaper on November 8, 2016, celebrated columnist, Professor Olatunji Dare, had this to say: “Out-of-work politicians saw an opening and moved in swiftly. A First Republic legislator and former stalwart of the Zikist Movement, Chief RBK Okafor, panting as if he had sprinted all the way from Nsukka to Rutam House in Lagos, narrated breathlessly how he had cradled his “beloved Zik” in his arms and how, even as his life ebbed, the great nationalist had said to him: “Chief RBK Okafor, my political son, remember that I am a Pan-Africanist and should be given a Pan-African burial.”
As it turned out, Zik’s rumoured death was false. It was fake news. Zik did not die. At least he did not die at that time. He read that obituary in the newspapers. He also reportedly cursed those people grandstanding over his purported death. And one by one, they died before him. Zik went on to live for another seven years. The long and short of all of this is those wishing Asiwaju dead, hoping to profit from it should be very careful. They should be wary of the wrath of God.

 

Having stated all of that, my final point is media stakeholders must meet minds together and devise a way to halt the excesses of the social media. We must help to stem this menace of fake news, hate speech and abusive language. There must be a form of regulation for this nonsense going on, on social media. I’m totally in support of peer regulation, regulation within the media industry itself, but we must scale up enforcement of this regulation. Why don’t we draft the regulations ourselves and approach the National Assembly for legislation to back them up to make these regulations institutional as some professionals have also suggested?
Rahman is media adviser to Tinubu. He was formerly Editor, THISDAY on Saturday and Sunday newspapers.

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