Jamal Khashoggi, Other Journalists Are Time’s Person of The Year 2018

Slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists that Time magazine called “the guardians” were named Time’s Person of the Year for 2018 on Tuesday. Khashoggi and the group were chosen over special counsel Robert Mueller, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump, who were listed as finalists on Monday.

Mr. Trump was named the first runner-up Tuesday. Mueller was the second runner-up.

The other journalists named with Khashoggi were the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, where five people were killed in a mass shooting earlier this year; imprisoned Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo; and Maria Ressa, founder and editor of a news site in the Philippines. Time recognizes the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world “for better or for worse” during the past year.

Khashoggi was killed two months ago. The journalist, who had lived in the U.S. and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

U.S. intelligence officials determined that Saudi security officials were most likely acting on orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they killed and dismembered Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. Mr. Trump, who views the crown prince as an ally, has been reluctant to accept the CIA’s findings.

“His murder has prompted a global reassessment of the Saudi crown prince and a really long overdue look at the devastating war in Yemen,” Time’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said on NBC’s “Today” show. Khashoggi was the first deceased person named Person of the Year, Felsenthal said.

In addition to Mr. Trump, Mueller and Putin, the magazine said six other finalists made its shortlist for this year. They were:

Christine Blasey Ford

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler

March For Our Lives Activists

Meghan Markle

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Separated Families

Fuji Czar, K1 De Ultimate Loses Another Band Member

Joel ‘Tee’ Ajayi, the lead saxophonist for Fuji music king, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall a.k.a. K1 de Ultimate, who went into coma two weeks ago, is dead.

It will be recalled that K1 lost his lead vocalist, ‘Dipo, two Sundays ago, the same day Joel reportedly fell into coma, for an undisclosed ailment.

Dangote, Otedola, Dele Momodu, Others Attend DJ Cuppy’s Cactus On The Roof’ Party In Lagos

‘Cactus on the roof’, London’s most talked about Afrobeats summer party breezes into Lagos with all its allure and enchantments. The event was piloted by Ifeoluwa Otedola (DJ Cuppy), the daughter of oil magnate, Femi Otedola.

The event took place at the exclusive terrace of The Wings Complex in Victoria Island, Lagos. It was attended by Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Segun Senbanjo, Dele Momodu, Biola Akinola, Cecil Hammonds and many others 

Guests were thrilled with an eclectic mix of neo-afrobeats in signature Cuppy style, funky house, hip-hop, house and the very latest and chart topping Afrobeats.

Cactus on the Roof Lagos, takes residency every Sunday this December, beginning from December 10, to December 31, at the avant-garde rooftop of Maison Fahrenheit Hotel, Victoria Island with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean setting the backdrop.




Father Mbaka Escapes Assassination

A spokesman of Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has alleged that there was an assassination attempt on the controversial priest in Enugu on Thursday.

The spokesman, Maximus Ugwuoke blamed it all on politics, days after Mbaka publicly declared the Abubakar-Obi ticket doomed.

“It is with rude shock and utter surprise that we received the report of the attempted assassination plot of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria last Thursday evening by some unknown gun men who fired gun shots at him on his way in Enugu.

“This incident has added to several other assassination plots targeted at Fr. Mbaka since after the first plot that was carried out on him on his way from the Bishop’s house where he had gone to answer an impromptu call by his Bishop during the regime of Governor Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State.

“This assassination plot against Fr. Mbaka is coming barely few days after the 2018 Harvest and Bazaar of the Ministry where Fr. Mbaka had come under massive media attack for asking Peter Obi, the PDP Vice Presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections who attended the Bazaar programme, to make public his support or donation for the Church Project of the Ministry.

“Many supporters of Peter Obi and even clergies have misconstrued this as embarrassing to Peter Obi and to the Catholic Church and this has consequently given rise to the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that same Thursday on the issue.

“The issue had lingered inspite of the apology which Fr. Mbaka in his characteristic humility had tendered at the altar to Peter Obi and anyone who may have, in any way, form or shape been offended at the Bazaar event.

“We have refrained from making any official statement on the ongoing media attack against Fr Mbaka over the Baazar incident because he had held us back from joining issues with the Church clergies and hierarchies on the subject, but we cannot continue to keep silent especially now that the issue is taking the dimension of a plot to terminate his life.

“We recall that the last time Fr. Mbaka raised alarm over threat to exterminate him was in early 2015 when he faced a similar persecution by some church hierarchy and the PDP Government following his 31st December Prophecy of the imminent defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan led PDP Government by President Mohammadu Buhari at the 2015 general elections.

“Today with the 2019 general elections around the corner, it appears that history is repeating itself.

“The contemporaneousness of the recent attack of Fr. Mbaka by gunmen with the Peter Obi and the CBCN saga leaves us to a safe conclusion that the attack on Fr. Mbaka may have either been politically engineered or ecumenically endorsed, and thus we will not hesitate to call on the security agencies in this country to beam their search lights and leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of this issue.

“Fr Mbaka’s life means so much to us and many poor and voiceless Nigerians for whom he lives and so we cannot be silent on the face of any threat to his life real or perceived”.

Meanwhile, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, who was a beneficiary of Mbaka’s blessings last Sunday, has called for investigation of the allegation

Umahi, who spoke as Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, in a statement, expressed shock over the alleged assassination attempt on Mbaka and called on security agencies to unravel the circumstances surrounding the alleged attack on the Catholic Priest.

The Ebonyi governor, in the statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor described the alleged attack on the priest as highest provocation of man against God and called for full scale investigation to unravel those behind the attempted assassination.

He said the attempted assassination of the Catholic priest showed how low men had descended in their inordinate quest for power and to silence the truth, and thanked God for saving the life of Mbaka while calling on the Inspector General of Police to dispatch a crack team to investigate the alleged attack.

Falana To EFCC: Stop Sealing Up Suspects’ Assets

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Femi Falana, on Sunday advised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop sealing up assets belonging to suspects of financial crimes.

The lawyer gave the advice in Ikeja at the presentation of ‘Compendium of High-Profile Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases in Nigeria.’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the compendium, which highlights high-profile corruption cases and their implications on the economy was compiled by Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), a Civil Society Organisation.

Falana said sealing up of properties while cases were still pending in courts did not do the public any good as the assets waste away with no economic value.

The lawyer said it would be good if those assets were put into use by the EFCC, pending the final determination of the cases in which they were linked.

“I do not subscribe to the locking up of assets or properties while a case is still pending in court. I do not think the EFCC or other anti-corruption agencies should be doing that.

“If somebody has stolen money to build a hospital, just like the one on Adeniyi Jones in Ikeja, somebody was alleged to have stolen to build the hospital worth about N2.5 billion, which is sealed now.

“For me,you are not doing the public any good by just locking up the place and by putting your inscription: ‘Under Investigation’.

“Why don’t you allow it to function so that the place can benefit the people, because it is already acquired for public purpose.

“And this should go for all buildings too. People are looking for accommodation and you just lock up blocks of flat over cases still pending in court.

“And these cases may be in court for years.And by the time the cases are concluded, the premises you have sealed no longer have their value.

“The EFCC was set up to revive businesses not to liquidate them.You liquidate businesses by just getting some court orders.That to me, is not the way to fight corruption,” he said.

Falana added that the sight of seized vehicles wasting away at EFCC offices was cause for concern, paying the assets could have been put into economic use.

He, however, suggested that the vehicles could be sold by the EFCC to stop decay while the proceeds were kept in an account pending the determination of the cases involving their owners.

“If the case is finally resolved in favour of the suspects, they are given the money, if not, the money is forfeited to government.

“That, I think, is better than allowing these vehicles to waste away while cases are being investigated or still pending in court,” he said.

Falana said the fight against corruption could not be genuinely fought by the government, but by Nigerians themselves.

He therefore urged all stakeholders to be vigilant and play their part to confront the menace of corrruption

Also speaking. Board Chairman of Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr Muiz Banire, said seizing properties and allowing them to waste away made no economic sense.

Banire, also a SAN, said such properties were better handed to AMCON to manage for the sake of the economy.

“When these assets are seized by anti-cortuption agencies, most of them get destroyed over time without rescue.I think it will be good if those assets are managed by AMCON for the sake of the economy,” he said.

In his speech, Mr Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of PremiumTimes (Online news medium), commended HEDA for the compendium, saying it would add value to the war against corruption.

Olorunyomi said corruption was an albatross to development, calling for the concerted efforts of all Nigerians to tackle it.

He commended the EFCC for the strides made in the anti-graft war, but said more was expected from the commission to defeat corruption.

Earlier, Chairman of HEDA, Mr Lanre Suraj, said the group compiled the compendium to provide the needed information to intensify the anti-corruption war.

He said HEDA was deeply concerned about the economic losses to corruption, hence the compendium to stress the need for all stakeholders to share ideas and information with a view to winning the anti-graft war.

Osinbajo, Jonathan, Atiku, Others Attend Governor Dickson’s Mother’s Burial Ceremony

– Late Madam Goldcoast Dickson, mother of the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson has been buried

– Prominent Nigerians led by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo attended the ceremony

– Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar were also at the event

Prominent Nigerians led by Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo attended the burial ceremony of Late Madam Goldcoast Dickson, mother of the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson on Sunday, December 8, at Toru-Angiama, Patani local government area of Delta state.

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Mr Peter Obi were also at the event.

Others were Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, former Governor James Ibori, governors, senators of several states of the country and personalities in different fields of life.

Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa described late Madam Goldcoast Dickson, as a woman who impacted the virtues of humility to her children.

“Governor Dickson is a very humble man, a family man and hard working; these are some qualities his mother bequeathed on her children,” Governor Okowa said, adding, “we give God the glory for the life of Mama and we pray that God will continue to strengthen her children.”

Governor Dickson thanked those who attended the ceremony, disclosing that the children of the deceased in conjunction with the Delta state government will build a school and a hospital at Toru-Angiama town in memory of their late mother.

Apostle Zilly Aggrey in a sermon at the event, urged Christians to always think about what they should be remembered for.


Davido Threatens Blogger, Warns Him Not To Come To Nigeria

Nigerian singer, Davido has threatened foreign based music blogger, Ayo Jaguda for cricitising his latest single ‘Wonder woman’.

Ayo Jaguda took to twitter to describe the song as trash and wondered how it got over 1 million views in 24 hours, suggesting the views were bought.

“Song is trash , Video got fair replay value but as e climb 1m views in 24 hours de burst my head”

In reacting to Jaguda’s tweet, Davido threatened and banned him for coming to Nigeria and by extension Africa. He called him bastard

“If dem born u and ur papa well In fact add ur mama !! Come naija Bastard!! Fuck it come Africa !! U go see ! @AyoJaguda”.

Ugandan’s Harriet Anena, Prof. Ojaide Win 2018 Wole Soyinka Prize For Literature

Uganda’s Harriet Anena and Nigeria’s Professor Tanure Ojaide were joint winners of the 2018 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.

Anena was the first Ugandan to have won the biennial award meant for writers.

There were a total of 110 submissions from 11 nations in Africa.

Two works of poetry stood out this year, the Ugandan and the Nigerian.

After being announced joint-winner of the 2018 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa on Sunday, Anena was delighted at her achievement and later tweeted saying she was “super happy”.

Her work of literary brilliance, ‘A Nation in Labour,’ originally published in 2015, saw her share the top prize with Nigerian poet, Prof. Tanure Ojaide, for his piece ‘Songs of Myself.’

For his extensive work in the world of literature, the Lumina Foundation established the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in honour of the revered Nigerian writer.

Every two years, the prize, worth $10,000 is awarded to the best literary work produced by an African.

And for the first time since its inception in 2005, a Ugandan – in the form of Anena – has won it.

The only other time the prize has been shared was in 2010, when South African Kopano Matlwa (Coconut) and Nigerian Wale Okediran (Tenants of The House) emerged joint winners, New Vision reports.

IN PICTURES: Ambode Attends Annual Black Tie Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Chairman, Metis Capital Partners, Mr. Hakeem Belo-Osagie (left); CEO, Credit Direct Limited, Mr. Akinwande Ademosu (middle); President, Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN), Mr. Fola Ogunsiakan (2ndright) and Vice President, Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria, Mr. Ladell Robbins (right), during the HBSAN Annual Black Tie,at the Grand Ballroom, Eko Hotels& Suites, on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Jonathan’s Book and Litany of Omissions

By Carl Umegboro

Nigeria’s immediate ex-president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan recently gathered the crème la crème of the society; within and beyond the shores of the nation for the launch of his book, ‘My Transition Hours’. Personalities including President Muhammadu Buhari answered roll calls either in person or represented. Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo alongside his Ghanaian, Benin Republic and Sierra Leone counterparts; John Mahama, Boni Yayi and Ernest Bai Koroma respectively personally graced the occasion as well as former heads of state, Generals Abdulsalami Abubakar and Yakubu Gowon. Buhari was however, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Mustapha Boss. As the event took place during campaign era, it was more or less a political gathering strategically set to score political points. Major political parties were ably represented by party chieftains.

The event was climaxed by overwhelming tributes on Jonathan, shockingly by the same group of dramatis personae that vehemently joined forces to kick him out from Aso Rock unprecedentedly. Jonathan was indeed tremendously decorated with indescribable words one speaker after another. People were shocked that the same dude that was tagged a millstone during 2015 election suddenly metamorphosed to an asset which pointed to lack of political ideologies in the system.  Someone had jokingly asked, “is this the same Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan or a cloned one; maybe another strongman from Sudan”? Probably, on account of the perceived cloning that is trending in the society. Unfortunately, the delusion exposed and reduced the originators alongside news-peddlers to gross naivety and awkwardness to assume that an adult could be cloned. What a sarcastic innuendo!

Now, on the new book, Jonathan vehemently missed a golden opportunity to put down his one or two experiences while in office that could resourcefully add value in governance to those in government and future leaders as some other national ex-leaders from other clans would do. A critical look in the book showed that in substance, it was patterned after Obasanjo’s “My Watch”; thus a catalogue of flimsy excuses, fallacies and ad hominem. From apportioning blames to the former US president, Barack Obama over defeat at the 2015 polls to why he conceded defeat and consequently handed over as if presidency is anyone’s birthright. Funnily, Obama wouldn’t have possibly influenced Nigeria’s election from White House.

From there, it proceeded to why the 2014 confab report wasn’t implemented until handover claiming unwholesome relationship between the executive and legislature. Then, to why he failed to act idyllically on Chibok saga, Boko Haram insurgencies and many others. The simple truth is that Nigerians were fed up with PDP governments at the centre, and consequently revoked its certificate-of-occupancy; period. The confab from its conception was a kangaroo; politically-motivated merely as a tool for Jonathan’s reelection campaign as such task is legally a legislative function. No doubt, it advantageously presented great opportunity to rub minds on some fundamental issues. Ideally, Jonathan would have in the book articulated his calculated means to implement the outcomes instead of subtly, merely expecting it implemented by Buhari’s government.

However, Jonathan reasonably deserved fair judgment bearing in mind he never aspired to lead the nation if not the sudden demise of his boss, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Ditto on his inauguration as Bayelsa state governor following his then boss, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha’s travails during Obasanjo’s administration. In other words, Jonathan mounted the podiums as governor and president by providence having been cajoled with assurances of backup-supports by Obasanjo expectedly as his puppet. Unfortunately, Jonathan later retreated and took charge. Thus, most people in his shoes may similarly have poor results due to unpreparedness, absence of ambition and ideas before coming to power which have important roles to play. To make it worse, his predecessors laid no foundation or left blueprints except to loot and squander national treasury, insensitively, Jonathan’s government followed suit.

Nonetheless, the book profusely displayed Obasanjo’s overbearing which parted the duo after some mafias incidentally hijacked the party. Unbearably, Obasanjo tore his PDP’s membership card. It was deductively, obvious that Jonathan helplessly, merely buried PDP after Obasanjo arbitrarily killed the party by maladministration. Corruption unarguably reigned during the administration and as the commando at that time, most people in Jonathan’s administration; legislature and executive were inherited, selected from Obasanjo’s camp. Hence, the trend triumphed until Buhari’s wind of change fiercely blew PDP away from power in 2015. Obviously, neither of the two ex-presidents’ books statesmanly showed resourceful tips towards improving on governance which is paramount.

In Obasanjo’s book for instance, the ex-president sumptuously ridiculed his vice, Atiku Abubakar with allegations of colossal corrupt practices albeit refused to clearly give clues on the illicit transactions for investigations. Possibly, doing so may open can of worms that will indict him too as Atiku, being his subordinate then wouldn’t have successfully concluded any illicit deals without his complicity and approval.

As for Jonathan’s prowess for conceding apparent defeat, democracy is a game of numbers. The electoral umpire as the referee having adopted card-readers wouldn’t have openly manipulated the results when the main opposition was determined to wrestle power. Again, if irregularities existed in an election but not challenged, it isn’t a worthy virtue for celebration. The system grows when citizens determinedly, collectively stand like watchmen against irregularities and injustices. From there, the legal system is strengthened alongside social justice. An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Thurgood Marshall remarkably said, “Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on”.

Premised on that, I conclude with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr, “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true”.


-Umegboro is a public affairs analyst and Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United-Kingdom). 07057101974-SMS-only. www.carlumegboro.com