Train of Two Traitors

BY SAM OMATSEYE

Ifeanyi Okowa hosted the meeting as a hero of the south. Atiku Abubakar hoisted him as his super aide or VP choice. By that, he made his Asaba summit of southern governors a zero for his region. And Atiku was happy to rub the southern nose in it.

The Delta State governor conned his governor colleagues. He was not a man of his words. He was not a man of his people. He coiffed the meaning of patriot in his own fashion. He has thus been called a traitor by bodies representing the two major southern groups as well as minorities.

He says he is not a traitor. His words recall the expression of Richard Nixon when the American president wallowed in the WaterGate scandal. Nixon protested, “I am not a crook.” Those words fitted his crooked mouth. America groaned. Nixon resigned as impeachment waves roared towards His White House.

So, Okowa said: “I am not a traitor.” I can say, “Governor, smile while you say that.” He was laughing at himself. When Nyesom Wike said southern governors betrayed him, we know Okowa was one of them. Delta delegates voted Atiku, not his south-south neighbour. Okowa said he was following party principle. He implies party trumps country. He would have been a victim in a Greek play, like Euripides’ Iphigenia. He is not Mark Twain’s patriot. The American novelist wrote, “In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave and hated and scorned. When the cause succeeds, the timid join him, for them it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

That is Okowa. He does not have conviction, except it is convenient. Whatever the party says is supreme, even if party parts with country. That is the definition of opportunism. So, it was not party principle when he opened his port and portal to his fellow state executives. He was preening when Atiku announced him.

His pick was also an act of Atiku’s opportunism. One, both of them are fair-weather folks. Atiku has been a perennial dissembler in politics. He is the ultimate sufferer of a wandering disease called sokugo of Cyprian Ekwensi’s novel, Burning Grass. He is wandering in the desert of political desire, seeking the plum of fortune he can devour. Atiku knows no home because his ambition is his shelter. He likes playing coquette, and he who does that ends a harlot.

Okowa is no different. He has betrayed his mentor in Delta politics. Ibori, while in jail, swore by Okowa as Uduaghan’s successor, contrary to advice that Okowa could not be trusted. From the ambience of Downing Street, he rallied his party for a Judas. After his PDP consultations, the party zoned the guber slot to the Urhobo, and they picked David Edevbie. Even the influential Urhobo People’s Union, endorsed Edevbie. Okowa had other ideas. He stamped his feet behind Sheriff Oborevwori, the speaker. He did not only do that. He threw his weight against the ambition of Ibori’s daughter who wanted to run for a legislative seat. He also pulled Uduaghan’s daughter, first into the treachery of his trust, and then allowed her to fail in her bid to run also for a legislative seat. Ibori’s daughter’s bid first stalemated and a runoff favoured her, presumably as a soft-landing for the godfather’s pride. Okowa’s daughter, who is a senior fellow in his advisory cupboard, sailed through the electoral calm water, also as a legislator.

He and his aides are saying Ibori is not in ill humour with him. Why has Ibori not congratulated his guber pick, or congratulated him over his VP pick. He is going into battle with a divided house. Remember, the same Atiku was known to have betrayed Ibori as well when he was in trouble with the Jonathan administration before he was clobbered into jail. It is not as if Atiku did it because he is a saint, or he lives in the sanctum of the Almighty. Okowa bonds with his mentor’s traitor. He preens like the new royal of Delta politics, like a prince of imperial blood and brood.

Two, Atiku’s quest for Nigeria’s top seat screams with hypocrisy. Did he not say he wanted to leave the seat of president open to all without zoning? Yet, when he grabbed the seat, he now thinks the vice president should be zoned. One fairness does not beget another. He cast zoning in his own image.

It may be said that he did not pick Wike because there is no love lost between the Adamawa adventurer and the humourist of Rivers politics. Wike made Atiku tremble when he backed Tambuwal against him in 2019. Atiku did not like it when he heard party men describe PDP as “Wike Inc.” He must have likened the Ikwere man as VP as a hot fire burning him, a coal pot, from beneath. But why pick a man who is a traitor. That is understandable since they are kindred spirits. But apart from betraying the south and the state, he has to answer a question as to why the state believes he was a poor specimen of a governor in two terms. It is even more shabby that, in his twilight on the throne, he has borrowed N175 billion in the name of development. He has to answer why such a haul? Anything can be acquired in the name of projects. But the state and EFCC ought to monitor how the money is spent? We should know what is left of the money after the guber race and presidential campaigns. And of course, after he leaves office. Many in the state worry that he secured the money with a promise to the Speaker Oborevwori that he is covered. Atiku is also believed to have embraced it as a war chest for his quest for ASO ROCK.

With the Okowa pick, the southeast has finally lost out in the PDP sweepstakes. They had no eyes in the APC story, in spite of Ogbonnaya Onu’s jeremiad as though power is handed anyone without work. Onu indicted himself on the APC podium. He confessed he failed as a party hierarch. He could not bring his region to the party. His region did not even vote for their candidates. He showed he had no muscle to endear and mobilise in the east. He was his people’s paperweight.

Atiku thought Okowa is an Igbo pick. He was fooled by the name Ifeanyi. But he is not even the real Igbo of Asaba axis. Again, the Ika people of Agbor do not regard themselves as kinsmen of southeast Igbo. They are proud as Ika. Just like the Ikwerre. The southeast Igbo see them as diluted – if not deleted – versions of themselves. And they resent it. They may have a history but only when it is time to gain something do some opportunists like Okowa claim to be Igbo. After all, on what side were the Ika during the civil war. They fought on the federal side. Ojukwu in one of his civil war speeches spoke of his dream to bring some of the Igbo-speaking groups into Biafra. He did not ask if those people thought the same. It’s like saying New Zealand citizens are English, or Americans are English. Or equating French Quebecois as the same as French citizens in Macron’s France. Or the French Belgium should enter France without visa. In its assimilation policy, Charles de Gaulle made West African citizens who joined the Free French movement to think they are French citizens. They fought for their conquerors who were also German conquests. The subject of a subject, like being a tenant of a tenant. The fact that bia in Agbor means ‘come’ in Igbo does not mean when one says bia the other will come.

As the campaign beckons, Atiku the Sukogu and Okowa the Judas will set out on a train of like minds.

Lagos Agog As Tinubu Returns To Lagos Amid Jubilation By Supporters

Sanwo-Olu, party leaders, cabinet members receive APC presidential candidate

All roads leading to the presidential wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) were a beehive of activities as residents of Lagos State trooped to the airport to receive the presidential flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos, returned to the State for the first time after clinching the APC presidential ticket during the primaries held early this month in Abuja. The party’s National Leader touched down in Lagos in company of APC notable leaders of the party.

Various groups of artisans, women and youth joined thousands of APC faithful in Lagos to welcome Tinubu back to his base. Also, there were various cultural troupes and musical bands, entertaining the massive crowd.

At 3:40pm, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in company of his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, received Tinubu and his entourage, which included the Governor of Kano State, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, Sen. Kashim Ibrahim, former APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, among others.

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinmma, Sen. Solomon Adeola, Sen. Tokunbo Abiru, Lagos APC chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, and members of Lagos Executive Council joined the roll call of dignitaries who received the APC presidential flag-bearer at the airport.

Tinubu’s homecoming turned to a carnival immediately his motorcade rolled into the town. Crowd of residents lined up along the the convoy’s route, with Tinubu acknowledging cheers and waving his broom from the window.

The convoy moved to the palace of Oba of Lagos, Alayeluwa Rilwan Akiolu, where the APC National Leader received royal blessings. 

Tinubu recalled that his victory at the party’s presidential primaries did not come easy, noting that he fought a hard battle to clinch the ticket.

He said: “There is no Lagos indigene that has had the opportunity to become President of the Nigeria, despite the contribution of the State to the national stability and progress. The highest position attained by any Lagosian in national leadership is the position of Chief Judge of the Federation. 

“I took up the fight to break this jinx. The battle to secure the APC ticket was hard. When I was almost fed up, I resorted to prayers. I also poured out my mind when I felt there was a gang up against my person. Thank God that I have brought home the presidential ticket.

The task ahead is to galvanise our people to get their voter cards and vote to enable us realise this ambition. Getting our people to vote is the most important task before all of us. We need to take this message to our people across communities and sensitise them on the need to vote in the general elections.”

Akiolu, who described Tinubu as his “stubborn son”, said it was time for political leaders in Southwest region to close ranks and work for the victory of Tinubu at the 2023 presidential election, saying the massive support received by the APC National Leader across the country must be complemented by politicians in the region.

The monarch said: “Your emergence as presidential candidate of your party is the beginning of another journey in your political career. All Yoruba ancestors shall be with you on this journey to make our fatherland a better place.”

Tinubu left the palace to his house on Bourdillon Road in Ikoyi, where the APC Governors, led by chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu, were waiting to receive him.

Other dignitaries who received Tinubu at his  Bourdillon home included Jigawa State Governor, Muhammed Abubakar Badaru, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and former Governor Gbenga Daniel, among others.

Sanwo-Olu, Tony Elumelu, Officially Launch Development of New Falomo Towers 

L-R: Managing Director, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation(LSDPC), Hon. Ayodeji Joseph; Group Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu; Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Managing Director/CEO, Afriland Properties Plc, Mrs Uzo Oshogwe, during the Sod Turning Ceremony of Falomo Towers, a joint venture project of Afriland Properties Plc(Investee company of Heirs Holdings Group) and LSDPC, held at the site in Falomo on Friday

The Lagos State Governor, H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and business leader and philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, led other real estate stakeholders over the weekend in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Falomo Towers development in Ikoyi, Lagos.  The project is being developed by joint venture partners, Afriland Properties Plc, investee company of the Heirs Holdings Group, and the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC).

Special Guest of Honour, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his address, commended the JV partners for their commitment to the Nigerian real estate sector and their vision in redeveloping the iconic Lagos landmark. He praised both companies for what he believed would be an exemplary delivery of a public-private partnership.

Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the new Falomo Towers will become a highly sought-after destination for work, life, and play. “The JV is delivering an environment that offers contemporary work and living spaces, that will further catalyse Lagos’ economic renaissance. I am delighted that Afriland Properties, one of the country’s leading institutional real estate investors, is able to partner with Lagos State, to deliver excellence.”

Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, in his keynote address, stated that the project was a demonstration of the Governor’s commitment to private sector growth in Lagos state and the country. He emphasized the importance of the private sector in transforming Nigeria’s economy and the need for meaningful partnerships, which would unleash the potential of the country.

“We believe that the growth of our economy, will be delivered by the private sector, but for the private sector to do well, our public sector leaders must create the right environment,” he said. “The partnership we are celebrating today is a model, not just for Nigeria, but for Africa.  I salute all those who have contributed to this exciting venture, not least His Excellency, whose vision we are delivering”.

The Managing Director/CEO, Afriland Properties, Uzo Oshogwe, stated: “This mixed-use development will drive sustainability, creativity, and innovation. It reinforces our promise to beautify and enhance the Lagos skyline. We are implementing our firm commitment to Africapitalism, that through our long-term investment in real estate, we will create employment, economic prosperity, and social wealth, that will transform Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, and the African continent.

Group Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu and Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the Sod Turning Ceremony of Falomo Towers, a joint venture project of Afriland Properties Plc(An investee company of Heirs Holdings) and Lagos State Development & Property Corporation, held at the site in Falomo on Friday

The Managing Director, LSDPC, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph stated that the partnership with Afriland Properties Plc will provide additional residential apartments, that would increase the housing stock in Lagos and provide affordable housing for the middle-class citizens and millennials, who form the core of the 21st century workforce.

Falomo Towers is a contemporary mixed used development, focused on sustainability and sustainable building practices, designed to deliver a greener environment.  The project will deploy cutting-edge technology-enabled design, to create an architectural masterpiece.

Afriland Properties Plc is a property management, investment, and development company, offering end-to-end services along the real estate value chain, from management to joint-venture investments. With a portfolio size of over N10 billion and one of the largest land banks in Nigeria, Afriland is pioneering the opportunities presented by an institutional approach to real estate, serving niche markets throughout Africa.

l-r: Managing Director, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation(LSDPC), Hon. Ayodeji Joseph; Group Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu; Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Managing Director/CEO, Afriland Properties Plc, Mrs Uzo Oshogwe, during the Sod Turning Ceremony of Falomo Towers, a joint venture project of Afriland Properties Plc(Investee company of Heirs Holdings Group) and LSDPC, held at the site in Falomo on Friday
L-R: Managing Director, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation(LSDPC), Hon. Ayodeji Joseph; Group Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu; Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Managing Director/CEO, Afriland Properties Plc, Mrs Uzo Oshogwe, during the Sod Turning Ceremony of Falomo Towers, a joint venture project of Afriland Properties Plc(Investee company of Heirs Holdings Group) and LSDPC, held at the site in Falomo on Friday

l-r Managing Director/CEO, Afriland Properties Plc, Mrs Uzo Oshogwe; Group Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr Tony Elumelu; Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Vice-Chairperson, Transcorp Plc, Mrs Foluke Abdulrasaq; and Managing Director, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph during the Sod Turning Ceremony of Falomo Towers, a joint venture project of Afriland Properties Plc( Investee company of Heirs Holdings) and Lagos State Development & Property Corporation, held at the site in Falomo on Friday

INEC Declares APC’s Biodun Oyebanji As Winner of Ekiti Governorship Election

Mr Biodun Oyebanji, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been declared the winner of Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election.

Declaring the winner, Prof. Oyebode Adebowale, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returning officer, said Oyebanji polled a total of 187, 057 to win the election.

He said that Oyebanji had certified the law and was, therefore, declared the winner.

“That I, Prof. Oyebode Adebowale, hereby certified that I am the returning officer of the Ekiti 2022 Governorship Election held on June 18.

“That Biodun Oyebanji, the candidate of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law, is hereby declared the winner and returned,” Adebowale declared.

The INEC returning officer, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, while given the breakdown of the total votes scored by the participating political parties, said that Mr Segun Oni, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, scored 82, 211, to come second.

According to him, others were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Chief Bisi Kolawole, who polled 67,457; Accord (A) scored 166; African Action Congress (AAC) 409; All Progressives Grand Alliance,(APGA) 17 while Action Democratic Congress (ADC) polled 141 votes.

Also, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) scored 5,597; Allied Peoples Movement (APM) -290; Labour Party (LP) polled 195 votes; New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) scored 529 and National Rescue Movement (NRM) 347.

The rest were, Young Progressives Party (YPP)-618; All Peoples Party (APP) polled 1,980 and Zenith Labour Party,(ZLP) polled 282; Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) polled 856.

According to the INEC Returning Officer, the total numbers of registered voters were 989,224, accredited voters, 363,438, valid votes were, 351865 and voided votes were 8888.

However, the Ekiti South West Local Government area Collation Officer, Prof. Gbolagade Jonathan, said there were issues of ballot snatching at Ward 6 , Units 5 and 7.

Jonathan, while given his reports, said they were about to sort the results when gunmen stormed the affected units and started shooting sporadically making the people run for safety, while they carted away the ballot boxes in the process.

He explained that the two affected units had a total number of accredited voters of 266 and 128 respectively.

52nd AGM: Julius Berger Delivers Highest Dividend in Five Years

L-R: Corporate Development Director, Tobias Meletschus, Company Secretary, Barr. Mrs Cecilia Madueke, Managing Director, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, Chairman JB Nigeria, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, Director, Mrs Belinda Ajoke Disu, Chairman Julius Berger International, Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, Vice Chairman, Dr George Marks, Director Administration, Alh. Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, and Financial Director, Christian Hausemann at the Julius Berger Annual General Meeting recently

Inside the venue of the 52nd Annual General Meeting of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc in Abuja recently, the excitement was pervasive and palpable. Dr Ernest Azudialu Obiejesi, chairman of Julius Berger International, beamed and buoyed in pride as the construction behemoth he superintends its international operations, once again, defied the headwinds of the 2021 financial year to meet its targets. His joy is understandable.

For the first time in five years, the foremost engineering construction company paid out its highest dividend to shareholders. Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, Chairman of the Board of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, said that although the company had challenges in the 2021 financial year, it excelled and overcame the challenges by dint of hard work and unflinching commitment to success by the management and staff.

While presenting the Consolidated Financial Statements of the year under review, Sunmonu said that Julius Berger Nigeria Plc performed positively despite the numerous macro-economic hiccups which affected businesses during the year. He added that the company achieved exceptional financial performance, meeting targets for both revenue and cash flow. “One for those challenges, of course, is COVID-19, which remains ever present in our personal and professional lives – with prolonged consequences. Unfortunately, we are unable to put this virus behind us just yet,” he said.

The chairman declared that while 2021 was certainly a challenging year, “It was also a dynamic and industrious year. Within our core construction business, we made meaningful progress across our portfolio of private and public projects.” He listed the projects to include the International Worship Centre, Uyo; the Office of the National Security Adviser in Abuja, and the Bodo-Bonny Road as well as infrastructure projects in Lagos and Rivers States, where Sunmonu added that the company supported the state governments “to achieve a remarkable infrastructure transformation within the year.”
Underscoring the shining example of trust the federal government placed on Julius Berger, the chairman harped on the priority projects of the government being financed via the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, saying that the company forged ahead with all of them including the Second River Niger Bridge and the Abuja-Kano Road “with our values, standards and capacities remaining core to our competitive edge.”

He stated that Julius Berger Nigeria Plc closed for the year under review “with a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate of 0.19, equivalent to our 2020 results,” and that the various subsidiaries of the group also made reasonable progress in 2021.
Sunmonu promised that in 2022, “We will continue to work hard, remain resilient and champion progress in regard to the potentials ahead of us. We do not underestimate the effort or the endeavour it will take to achieve our vision, but we also do not underestimate our collective diligence and determination.”
In his remarks to shareholders at the AGM, the Managing Director, Engr. Dr Lars Richter disclosed that the company stood strong in the year under review as the shareholders approved a N2.50k per share dividends. He said that the three pillars of Julius Berger’s business strategy – the core business, group subsidiaries and diversification – have remained central to all operations even as he shared an update on the company’s sustainability and inclusivity efforts, as well as on the company’s outlook for 2022 and beyond.

Richter declared, “Julius Berger continues to stand strong, our values are firmly in place and our reputation for reliable and quality delivery remains unmatched…. And within our core business we continue to realize meaningful progress across our portfolio of projects as a foundation for our continued success and growth.”
On the business trajectory of the company, Richter said Julius Berger continues to acquire new projects for major clients such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Lagos and Port Harcourt State, the Federal Ministry of Works. Dr Richter also listed some successfully commissioned major projects to include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation office, several flyovers and civil infrastructural works in Port Harcourt; and the Rehabilitated Control Towers at Tincan Island and the Lagos Port Complex.

Volt Media Unveils Plans For Bodex Social Media Hangout

+ Announces Gbenga Adeyinka, Derenle Edun as Host and Green Carpet Host

Volt Media, one of Africa’s leading communications and media agencies, is pleased to announce the date and details of the 2022 edition of the Bodex Social Media Hangout, an annual event designed for the celebration and recognition of principal actors within the digital media space and their many awe-inspiring acts in the past year.

Volt Media Advisory, the organisers of the media hangout, formally announce that plans are already in top gear for the third edition holding at Radisson Blu Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos on the 31st of July 2022, with the theme, ‘Social Media X- Redefining the Narrative’.

The annual multi-city digital movement seeks to celebrate, amplify, aggregate and recognise the efforts and achievements of Nigerian Social Media Users & practitioners by coming together to have deep discussions, appreciate one another and network.

Since the advent of the event in 2019, save for a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that almost crippled the global economy, the organisers annually bring together media stakeholders under one roof to discuss salient issues affecting the use of social media as a tool for creating stability in the environment, curbing the spread of fake news, which is currently a menace, and tapping into the boundless resources embedded in the use of social media as a means of generating income through content creation and enterprise enrichment.

Lead consultant of Volt Media Advisory and Convener of the Bodex Social Media Hangout; Miss Florence Hungbo, disclosed that this third edition had a lot of varieties to make a difference.

Speaking further, she announced a glittering cast of celebrity anchor & comedian extraordinaire, Gbenga Adeyinka De 1st, as the event host, and media personality, Derenle Edun, as the green-carpet host for the Bodex social media hangout season 3.0.

She added that the choice of Gbenga Adeyinka and Derenle Edun as the event host and green carpet host respectively was borne out of the duo’s dexterity and creative prowess over time.

She stated, “After deliberations with our team, we eventually settled for the duo because of their pedigree in show business and the entertainment industry. They both will bring that glitz and glamour to the event. They are a perfect fit for what we are trying to project.

Gbenga Adeyinka is a unifier and blends with both the young and old generations, Derenle is not a greenhorn when it comes to hosting the green carpet at events. They are both ready to bring their experience to play and ensure we have a smooth, dramatic and fun-filled event.”

On the uniqueness and excitement surrounding this year’s edition, she stated, “This year’s edition is strictly by registration and invitation and its power-packed. We have varieties of speakers, moderators, panellists, and observers like Aproko Doctor, Efe Omorogbe, Iyabo Ojo, Omojuwa and other celebrities and media personalities. We will also have in attendance stakeholders like NDLEA, EFCC, LAMATA, Entrepreneurs, Ministry of Information, Nigeria Police Force and other stakeholders to discuss the ‘Impacts Of Social Media On Law Enforcement’.

To add fun to the event, we have artistes like Wale Thompson, Aralola Olamuyiwa ‘Ara’ (First Female Drummer) Humblesmith, Skales, and others while DJ Kexzy would be on the wheel.

There are other side attractions as well.

To be part of this unique digital media event, kindly register via our website at www.bsmhangout.com to secure a seat and an invite.

To make the night more memorable, we hope to have in attendance the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), OFR, Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, representatives of other government parastatals and other invited guests from all walks of life.

CHRICED Mourns Raheemat Momodu, Says Her Death A Monumental Loss For Development Sector

The Board of Directors and Secretariat of the Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED) deeply mourns the death of frontline journalist, gender and human rights activist, Ambassador Raheemat Omoro Momodu. Raheemat’s painful demise is a monumental loss to Nigeria’s civic and development community.

Her death further depletes the rank of conscious, committed and passionate activists and development experts whose wealth of experience is direly needed at this point in the evolution of our country and its troubled democracy.

Raheemat was one of those activists who strongly believed in organizing and bringing people together to tackle the challenges facing Nigeria. She wasn’t only committed, she was an epitome of resilience, and dedication to professional excellence.

As a journalist, more so as a former Chairperson of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Raheemat put her pen to work in the service of society, particularly in promoting human rights, democratic values and social justice.

Even after making the switch from journalism to full scale development work, Raheemat remained dedicated to the cause of working for the good of society, not just within Nigeria, but across the West Africa sub-region.

As Head of Human Security and Civil Society at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), this patriotic Nigerian worked tirelessly to promote the good of fellow human beings by advocating for human rights, democracy and accountable governance.

Until her death, Ambassador Raheemat was the President of United States International Visitors Leadership Program Alumni Association (IVLP, Nigeria).

CHRICED extols late Raheemat’s sterling record of service to God and humanity. She was indeed someone who inspired hope about the possibilities of a new brand of leadership in Nigeria, which is driven by love for fellow citizens, excellence and patriotism.

In this most challenging time for Raheemat’s family, loved ones, and colleagues, all of us at CHRICED pray the Almighty God will give everyone the strength to cope with this great loss. We similarly pray for the repose of Raheemat’s gentle and amiable soul.

Atiku Picks Okowa As Running Mate

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has named Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta, as his running mate in the 2023 general election.

He announced his choice of running mate on Thursday at the PDP national headquarters in Abuja.

He said he reached his decision after wide consultations with party stalwarts.

He said it was a difficult decision for him for to make considering the quality of those that were recommended.

Sources close to the former vice-president had told TheCable that Atiku would rather pick Okowa — not Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers — as his running mate.

The national working committee (NWC) of the PDP had on Wednesday endorsed Wike as Atiku’s running mate.

The NWC members voted 13-3 to endorse the report of the stakeholders’ panel which had earlier nominated Wike for the VP ticket.

But it was learnt Atiku was not comfortable with the choice of Wike as his running mate.

Raheemat Momodu: We Lost A Gem

It is with a searing pain that we announce the death of a treasured friend, Hajia Raheemat Omoro Momodu, who for over three decades has been for all of us more than just another friend.

Raheemat passed away on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, in Abuja. She will be buried Wednesday, 15 June, 2022 at the Gwarimpa Cemetery, opposite War College after prayers for the repose of her soul at the National Mosque, Abuja by 1pm.

Until her death, she was Head of Human Security and Civil Society at ECOWAS- Economic Community of West African States.

We will hold on to the memory of Raheemat Omoro Momodu in death as we valued her in life.

Among the fond memories was her dynamic leadership of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists in the 1990s as the chairperson during which she became a vital ally in the establishment of the New Trend Movement in the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

As we learn to cope with the pain of her exit, we will exult and celebrate everyday the memories she left for us. That retention of a friend, more of a sister, who was always there.

That of a loyal, jovial, generous and dependable friend, associate and colleague.

SGD
Angela Agoawike
Ibim Semenitari
Tunde Aremu
Kayode Komolafe
Lanre Arogundade
Iyobosa Uwuagiren
Ayo Aluko-Olokun
Tony Iyare
Bolaji Adebiyi
Wale Adedayo
Wale Adeoye
Kehinde Bamigbetan

Chris and Martha Najomo Hold Classy Wedding For Daughter

Come next month, Captain Chris Onakorame Najomo and his wife, Martha Eseoghene will be hosting the wedding ceremony of their daughter.

The wedding ceremony is between Carmille Omoigho Najomo and Christian Chukwudizie Ikeliani. The groom is the son of Sir (Arc.) Chris Ikeliani (Chinyelugo Oraifite) and Lady Ngozi Ikeliani.

The traditional and engagement leg of the ceremony is billed to hold on Saturday, June 4, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Victoria Island, Lagos. The colour dictate for the day is powder blue.

The traditional leg ceremony is billed to take place on Saturday, June 4, at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Victoria Island, Lagos. The colour dictate for the day is powder blue.

The solemnisation of the holy matrimony wi hold on Saturday, June 11, at the Cathedral Chirch of Advent, Life Camp, Abuja. The reception will follow at Abuja International Conference Center, Garki District.

Earlier in January, the couple had performed their introduction ceremony in Abuja. Carmille is a lawyer, based in the United States of America, while her husband-to-be, Christian Ikeliani, an engineer, works with Facebook in the US. The couple met through mutual friends some years ago. The very classy wedding will attract the creme-de-la-crème of the Nigerian society.

The father of the bride, Captain Chris Najomo, an aviation guru, is a director at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA. Her mother, Martha Najomo is a large scale jewellery dealer. She is the CEO of Seraphina Gems, an upscale outfits that stocks some of the most exotic jewellery in the world.