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‘Why I’m Supporting Bola Tinubu’- Mogaji Wole Arisekola

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Ibadan-born businessman and pub­lisher of Ireland-based journal, The Street Journal Magazine, Mogaji Bowale Oluwole Arisekola has stated reasons he is supporting the ambition of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and frontline presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to become Nigeria’s next President.

He told some selected senior journalists at his Abuja office on Friday that Asiwaju Tinubu had got what it takes to provide the quality and desirous leadership Nigeria needs at a time like this.

“Those who know me will attest to the fact that I am ever loyal to my friends, loyal to a political cause I believe in and on no account will I comprise my moral rectitude, that is me and nothing can change that. I am making a bold statement today that my unalloyed support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Presidential ambition is 100% and I can assure you that he is going to emerge as President Buhari’s successor in 2023 through the merit and strength of the ballot.

“The former Lagos Governor brought innovations into governance of the State during his eight years in power, I can assure anyone who cares to listen that he will replicate similar feats when he eventually becomes Nigeria’s President. I have not denied him of my support and I have not pretended about my open support for him either.

“My father-son’s relationship with Tinubu is not in contention and is something I never pretended about and even several of those who are contesting from the South-West also have their own relationships with him as well.

“This is because he had been there for a lot of us in the past and he is still there. He has the clouth, mien, the charisma, velvety and suave dispositions that the number one office deserve. Asiwaju is simply the best man for the job.

“ I believe both on moral ground as well as out of the conviction that he has got what it takes to provide the kind of quality leadership this country needs at a precarious moment like this.”

He continued, “You will recall that Tinubu declared his intention to run for president on the APC ticket in January 2022. Subsequently other aspirants in the party including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Yahaya Bello, the Kogi State Governor; Rochas Okorocha, a Senator and former Imo State Governor; Rotimi Amaechi former Rivers Governor; Dave Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and Governor Kayode Fayemi, among others are no match with Asiwaju at all, and I didn’t mean to disparage or treat them with disdain and don’t quote me out of context please.”

Arisekola added, “In supporting Asiwaju Tinubu, of course we cannot use that as a parameter not to respect the rights of others who want to aspire, and in fairness to them its good to be ambitious as a politician. But one thing is certain that office is for competent hands with requisite experience and qualifications, it is not meant for a neophyte. But I believe that part of the essence of democracy is that there will be constructive engagement.

“I’m sure everybody is talking to somebody and before the date of this election, there will be some realignment of forces. But the right of everyone to contest is inalienable, and it has to be respected.”

While referencing one of Asiwaju’s gestures of kindness he said:

“Gentlemen of the press, without sounding immodest and I wouldn’t also want to embarrass anyone, but for the prize we owe posterity permit me to add that, one of my former editors who is now a serving Governor in South West once had a challenge to cater to his child’s naming ceremonies, he had no money to foot the bills, Asiwaju stood for him and sent N6 million through Kemi Nelson to support him, the rest is now history. Asiwaju’s benevolence knows no bounds. There is no region in Nigeria that his gesture of kindness and benevolence have not reached. He is a pan Nigerian, a patriot with class, humility and forgiving spirit, this is rare in our political clime” Arisekola disclosed.

Speaking on how CPC and ACN alignment became fruitful and successful Mogaji said;

“The first meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Tinubu in Kaduna was facilitated by me. Saliu Mustapha, then National Chairman of defunct CPC called me that the General want to meet with Asiwaju and some CPC officials, that I should please talk to Asiwaju. I asked him to come to Lagos, I lodged him at Marple hotel, Lekki phase 1 and drove him to Asiwaju the following day. That’s how they started CPC/ACN alignment. You can ask Alhaji Buba Galadima and Mustapha, they are all alive. I don’t book appointments to see Asiwaju, I have unfettered access to him. If I go to his house and he is free, he definitely will see me and that is Asiwaju for you.”

Arisekola added that Tinubu is not a greenhorn in politics and that he is a committed and patriotic party man, a consummate professional, a respected nationalist, a trailblazer, a committed philanthropist and a true family man who can proactively restore the fortunes of Nigeria socio-economically without bias or lapses.

When asked about his political ambition Wole Arisekola quickly cut in and said:

“My Parents were never political officeholders. They died as businessman and businesswoman. Meanwhile, they warned me never to play active politics or accept any political office, but that I could support my friends who are aspiring to get to the pinnacle of their career as long as it is lawful.

“To my people asking me to contest elections in this country, I’m so sorry, I will never hold any political office in my life. The former Czech President and public intellectual, Dr Vaclav Havel said people are driven into politics and I quote, “by ideas about a better way to organize society, by faith in certain values or ideals, be they impeccable or dubious, and the irresistible desire to fight for those ideas and turn them into reality” end of quote. From what we are witnessing, that may not be true of our country. I can humbly say that is my feedback to those asking me, Mogaji Wole Arisekola to contest election in 2027.”

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Chris Okotie: The Face Of Restructuring

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By Ladi Ayodeji

Restructuring has long been the buzzword in our polity; it’s always the rallying cry of ethnic nationalities that feel marginalized in our country.
Various governments since independence have responded to the quest for equity, justice and devolution of power to aggrieved ethnic groups, which was why the Midwest region was curved out of the western region in the first republic.

Yet, regional rivalries culminated in the power struggle that led to the civil war.
The military regime of Gen Yakubu Gowon, which prosecuted the civil war, did so to keep Nigeria one, but the unity of the country has always been tested by the perennial struggle between very aggressive centripetal and centrifugal forces, especially before, during and after every election cycle.
This inspired the participation of patriot,thinker, renowned clergyman and political reformer, Rev Chris Okotie in the political process.
Since 2003, the Reverend been canvassing the idea of a paradigm shift as a way to reposition Nigeria and align it with modern developmental trends going on around the world.
Okotie threw his hat in the ring by contesting the presidential election three times.
However,in 2019, he began a new process of taking the idea of restructuring to a new level altogether,by his call for the adoption of Aboriginal Democracy as the best template for a new Nigeria.
Aboriginal Democracy is a dynamic new proposition that could solve most of the existential problems of ethnicity, religious bigotry, corruption, mismanagement, phobias, and other issues that have continued to hamper the progress of the country.
Okotie has argued correctly that his campaign for restructuring through the adoption of Aboriginal Democracy, which would be facilitated by an interim government is based on the fact that no incumbent government can restructure Nigeria.
This is a fact of history. All previous governments tried to restructure the country through national conferences,by whatever name called, but such efforts always ended up being blown away by selfish manipulation of the process and the intrigue of politicians.
Moreover,no subsisting government would yield power to an interim government because it would automatically lead to it’s demise.
Okotie, therefore decided to summon himself to the enormous task of heading the interim government he is proposing, being a neutral player and patriot who does not covet the presidency as career politicians do.
Of all the political players on the scene today, Okotie is the Face of restructuring, the only one who embodies the type of radical change that could create an all inclusive participation of all Nigerians in the governing process.
The previous attempts to restructure Nigeria have now culminated in the adhoc approach of seeking to address the problem by promoting the idea of devolution of power, state police, resource control and other elements that only turn out to aggravate the challenge of wholesale restructuring, which is what Aboriginal Democracy is all about.
Restructuring by contending politicians cannot work because the main goal of these politicians is to capture power by all means, not to restructure Nigeria.
Running Nigeria is no longer possible under the current constitution with all its flaws and obvious structural defects. It is a document hurriedly authored by the military around 1998, which is why it has the elements of a unitary constitution.
This constitution must be replaced immediately by a truly federal, original constitution which must be a product of the collective will and aspiration of all Nigerians.
That’s what Aboriginal Democracy,as championed by Okotie is promoting for the benefit of all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe,creed, religious beliefs, gender or other peculiarities.
Being the Face of restructuring, and the chief exponent of Restructuring, Okotie is not running in any election which would follow the restructuring he is advocating. That’s the proof of his sincerity and commitment to this project.
This is why the integrity of his campaign cannot be impeached.This is why restructuring should come before the 2023 general election.
Any transition programme that ignores restructuring is unrealistic as it would automatically return the country to the game of musical chairs we have been playing since 1999, when the present constitution became operational.
For those who haven’t read the details of Aboriginal Democracy and the modalities of it’s operations,I implore them to read the relevant subject on the internet, various media reports and interviews of Rev Okotie on the matter. They would be educated on the merits of this restructuring template.

However,in a nutshell, let me attempt a summary of the interim government proposition. First and probably most fundamental,is the elimination of the legislative branch of government.
In its place, the professional associations like the Nigerian Medical Association, the Bar Association, Teacher’s union and such bodies, would undertake legislative responsibilities.
Okotie believes that, these organisations are best suited to make laws pertaining to their respective areas of interest,than lawmakers who know little about the specialized functions they currently preside over.
Aboriginal Democracy has no provisions for ministers, political parties and most of the current structures of government that have become the wasteland of public resources.
The Aboriginal Democracy as the basis of a restructured Nigeria, would reduce or eliminate corruption, mismanagement and regional xenophobia, which constitute the perennial headwinds that hold back our progress.

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Nigerian Government is Generous For subsidizing Foreign Education- Financial Expert

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A banking expert and financial analyst, Olajide Brown has commented on the recent viral post by a Nigerian final-year student of Greenwich University in the United Kingdom (UK) who threatened to commit suicide if his tuition fee was not paid. The student, who took his lamentation to social media on Twitter via the handle @RealityOflilife, called out a commercial bank and the central bank for not paying his tuition fees in British Pounds. In his post, he threatened to commit suicide if his request was not granted after receiving a mail from the school management of his suspended studentship with a deadline.
Olajide urged the general public not to be swayed by social media outbursts and antics but to treat issues based on facts. According to him, “the young student is just emotional and trying to elicit public sympathy. Due to the scarcity of forex in the country and the sheer number of students currently schooling abroad, it is difficult for the central bank to accede to the requests for foreign exchange for school fees abroad in a short period, as the apex bank will have to source for the forex. Currently, banks have thousands of requests, and because of the scarcity of forex, there is usually an average of about four months waiting time before each request is processed”. Students know this because a good number of banks have communicated this to their customers.
Speaking further, Olajide averred: “when I saw the post on Twitter and read through, it portrayed the student’s mischief or ignorance of how the forex for school fees payment operates. Apart from the fact that he didn’t apply on time, if the request for foreign currency for school fees payment is received by a bank, it will take a minimum of about four months for the central bank to provide the foreign currency because they have thousands of requests from students from universities across the globe. Therefore, it is not banks’ fault; they will only treat individual transactions based on the supply of forex from the central bank”.
 Speaking on the student’s threat, Olajide said that it is bizarre that the student is claiming that his studentship is to be terminated on account of failure to pay school fees. The practice is that studentship could be deferred, or a certificate will not be issued until school fees are paid.
Olajide noted that the central bank is magnanimous in providing forex for school fees as this is not one of its functions, and the practice is not obtainable in other countries.
According to him, “if you want to study abroad, you source the requisite foreign currency and pay your school fees; that is what happens everywhere in the world”. Continuing, he noted that the central bank is actually subsidizing the cost of education for Nigerians who are studying abroad, who is subsidizing the school fees of Nigerians studying at home? He, therefore, urged students and parents to begin to think of alternative sources of payment of school fees because the persistent scarcity of forex may lead to the discontinuation of the largesse from the central bank.
He recalled that some time ago in 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari had, in an interview on Al Jazeera TV, hinted that the country could not afford to continue to provide forex for school fees payment abroad. He expressed surprise that the central bank is still providing forex for school fees payment after the president’s remark, especially now that the forex situation has worsened.
He called on the government to resolve the issues in the nation’s education sector to make it more attractive to Nigerians to study at home as it has been proven and demonstrated that Nigeria’s educational system is good enough and competitive, citing the plethora of Nigerians who studied in Nigeria and are excelling around the world. He also advised students currently abroad to apply for school fees payment on time.

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DR SIJU ILUYOMADE’S MOTIVATING FULL SPEECH TAGGED ‘BY APPOINTMENT” AT 14TH ARISE WOMEN CONFERENCE

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Being a speech made by Dr. Siju Iluyomade at the 14th Arise Women’s Conference on Saturday, October 29, 2022. 2 It is my utmost pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the ARISE WOMENS CONFERENCE 2022. Our theme for this year’s conference is “BY APPOINTMENT”…. #APPOINTED TO LIVE.

The Ethos of this theme is encapsulated in JEREMIAH 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. The word APPOINTMENT is used for a large variety of ideas including an act of assigning a job or position to someone to function fully and accomplish a task. It connotes making choices, engaging, consulting, allotting, fulfilling purpose, nomination, selection, appropriation, determination and many others. Our theme elicits the need for women to harness greater cooperation amongst themselves and others. A need to lead even in the face of existential threats. By Appointment is a call to meet needs or challenges with better preparedness. There is an urgent need for women to engage in civil society, vote in election, be elected to Government office, serve on boards, make their voices heard in any process that ultimately affects them, their families and their communities. At this conference, we are called upon to Champion OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN and their economic empowerment and well-being. We as women, need to shy away from situational ethic and values. Instead, we must embrace permanent, consistent values which we can pass onto our children. Women are the bridge between generations. It is time as women to embrace mainstream politics and policy making for ourselves and succeeding generations. 3 WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BE ABSENT …. WE MUST BE PRESENT. THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL No. 5 says Achieve Gender equality and empower all women and girls. Because action in one SDG GOAL will affect outcomes in other developmental goals, such as no poverty, healthcare delivery, environmental sustainability amongst others. We need to invest in Women’s economic development, via access to education and skills which invariably will lead to wealth creation. MORE focus should be made on the building blocks that transform countries from POVERTY TO PROSPERITY. We need to speak out when injustice is meted out to women. Such injustice includes, discrimination, domestic violence, crimes, rape, violence, harmful practices against women and girls in public and private spheres. Gender equality is a key driver of sustainable development in all its dimensions. The Supreme Court of Nigeria had to take far reaching decisions in order to protect the Fundamental Human Rights of Women. In two cases, the Nigerian Supreme Court abolished the ancient culture in Igboland that denies Women the Right to inheriting properties in their father’s house. Justice Bode Rhodes Vivour J.S.C. (as he then was) who read the Lead judgement stressed THAT NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF BIRTH of A FEMALE CHILD, SHE IS ENTITLED TO INHERIT FROM HER LATE FATHER’S ESTATE. Consequently, Igbo Customary Law which disentitles a female child from partaking in the sharing of her deceased father’s estate is a breach of SECTION 42(1) and (2) of the Constitution, a fundamental rights provision guaranteed to every Nigerian. According to the Court, any Culture that disinherits a daughter from her father’s estate or a wife from her husband’s property BY REASON OF 4 GOD INSTITUTED GENDER DIFFERENTIAL SHOULD BE PUNITIVELY DEALT WITH. THE SUPREME COURT DESCRIBED THE CULTURE AS DISCRIMINATORY. The Supreme Court further maintained that punishment should serve as a deterrent measure and ought to be meted out against perpetrators of the culture and custom. 1) CULTURE DOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE, PEOPLE MAKE CULTURE 2) GENDER INCLUSION IS A HUMAN FIGHT NOT A FEMALE FIGHT 3) EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN DOES NOT MEAN LESS RIGHTS FOR MEN. IT SIMPLY MEANS WE ARE ALL GAINFULLY EMPLOYED. It is therefore pertinent to note that gender equality or inclusion is a FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT BACKED BY THE CONSTITUTION AND ALSO BY THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER. Nations of the world are going through the greatest upheavals in Human History, according to the institute of Policy studies. According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2022 benchmarked across four key dimensions. 1) Economic Participation and Opportunity 2) Education Attainment 3) Health and survival 4) Political Empowerment The Gender equality gap is widening instead of reducing. As recently as March 2022, The World Bank Women, Business and the Law 2022 found that around 2.4 Billion Women of Working age are not afforded economic opportunities. 5 Out of 178 Countries, Nigeria comes at 139 projected as a country that still maintains Legal Barriers that prevent Women from full economic participation and access to funds. For so long, Nigerian Women advancement discourses have been neglected and contributions of women to national development have been under reported. Nigeria has a long road to gender equality with unimaginable records of death, rape, child bride, poverty and political disenfranchisement that prevent women from mainstream governance. No thanks to State and Religion as is being practiced today.

However in a) Romans 8: 29-30 For whom he foreknew, he also predestined. Women, we are PREDESTINED OR BETTER
STILL APPOINTED BY GOD, NOT BY MAN GOD HIMSELF APPOINTED US TO REIGN AND RULE. b) Judges 5:7 The Rulers ceased in Israel, they ceased until I, DEBORAH I, AROSE AS A MOTHER IN ISRAEL. Deborah, a Woman like you and I didn’t need permission to do the Right thing for her country. ARISE HAS TODAY BUILT SCHOOLS. PROMOTED PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE by being proactive not reactive through its ARISE WALK FOR LIFE, a global success, introducing exercises, sports as a tool for preventive healthcare delivery. Arise has built skills and empowerment academy thereby putting more women to work. Arise constructed boreholes Arise adopted as a village project. 6 Arise women farmer’s foundation and many other projects. AS ARISE WOMEN, WE AROSE AS MOTHERS IN NIGERIA 1 Corinthians 11:12 Nevertheless in the Lord, Woman is not independent of man nor man of woman for as woman was made from man so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God Galatians 3:22 There is neither Jew nor Greek there is neither Bond nor free, there is neither male nor female. FOR YE ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. This is to say that all things work better when there is unity. At this conference, from today, we must remove fear from our psyche. We need to make fear ineffective. That fear does not allow us to pursue our goals.

WE NEED TO STEP OUT AND STEP UP. According to the National Bureau of Statistics the National average of women’s political participation in Nigeria remains at 6.7% in elective and appointive positions; position which is far below the global average of 22.5%. Currently, only 7 out of 109 Senators and 22 out of the 350 House of Representative members are women. THIS PARTICIPATION LEVEL IS LOW. WE CANNOT INFLUENCE POLICY. Certain policies need urgent attention. We need to do something about it now. There are many forms of Gender inequality that perpetrate the cycle of poverty not only for the women but for their communities too. Advancing women’s agenda demands urgent focus. 7 Kofi Annan says: Gender equality is more than a goal in itself it is a precondition for meeting challenges: 1) Reducing poverty 2) Promoting sustainable development 3) Good governance Ban Ki-moon says: Achieving gender inclusion requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys Its every one’s responsibility. Michelle Obama: No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half its citizens. Women, enough of stifling our freedom of expression. Let’s speak up for ourselves and others. There is a dire need for: 1) Respect of the Rule of Law 2) Economic Empowerment 3) Healthcare delivery 4) Education 5) Better sustainable communities 6) Women and all persons to be treated with dignity 7) Earn and maintain leadership positions 8) Defend the rights of Women, men, children, the voiceless 9) Stop domestic violence 10) Stop kidnappings of our girls and rape. (a Chibok girl gave birth to 4 children for four (4) different men whilst in captivity). 11) Secure and safe environment for all. We must begin to engage in all aspects of public life, in particular. Everyday there are accelerating challenges, today we stand on the precipice of unprecedented opportunity to advance women’s right to life. 8 Its not time to turn back, but to advance and keep faith and rekindle our efforts for sustainable growth and freedom from prejudices.

ITS TIME TO ACT LET’S DEMOLISH DISCRIMINATION FIND THE ROAD MAP TO PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY You are here BY APPOINTMENT – Its time to reimagine a better life – Find your purpose – Leave your footprints – Be accountable – Remember thought has no gender – Action has no gender, just rewards – Seize the moment – Arise Go out and Vote Resolve to get Nigeria off the list of the worst 10 countries that have done the least to tackle gender inequality and gender inclusion. Members of the 9th session of the National Assembly (House of Representatives) voted 5 genders equality bills proffered within the review of 68 amendments to the 1999 Constitution. • A bill to provide special seats for women in the National and State Houses of Assembly – REJECTED. • A bill to expand the scope of citizenship by Registration – REJECTED. • A bill for Affirmative action for women in Political party administration and leadership – REJECTED. • A bill to provide criteria for qualification to become an indigene of a State in Nigeria – REJECTED. • A bill to reserve a quota for women in political appointments – REJECTED. 9 What are the main causes of gender inequality? One of the major causes of gender inequality is the lack of awareness among women about their rights and their ability to achieve equality. This lack of awareness is often due to the prevailing cultural and social norms, which dictate that women should not only be submissive but subservient to men. Africa is the second most unequal continent in the world, and home to seven of the most unequal countries. The richest 0.0001% own 40% of the wealth of the entire continent. Africa’s three richest billionaire men have more wealth than the bottom 50% of the population of Africa, approximately 650 million people WOMEN ARE THE BRIDGE BETWEEN GENERATIONS Problem Nigeria has the highest number of child brides in the West African sub region and the 11th highest rate of child marriages globally with an estimated 22 million child brides in the country. Policy Decision Resolve that no child must be given out in marriage, she must be in School. Problem LATEST STATISTIC FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) revealed that Nigeria accounts for 34% of global maternal deaths WHY??? Policy Decision Advocate for better healthcare delivery for women everywhere, maternity centres to curb needless deaths.

REMEMBER, WE ARE HERE BY APPOINTMENT. REMEMBER, WE ARE APPOINTED TO LIVE REMEMBER, WE MUST FIND PURPOSE AND MAKE GOOD CHOICES REMEMBER, ARISE WOMEN NOW IS THE TIME TO ADVANCE; NO MORE RETREAT. 10 STEP UP AND STEP OUT NOW. ARISE TAKEOVER ITS ALL ABOUT GENDER INCLUSION
GOD BLESS YOU

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