Col Umar Writes Buhari: You Favour A Section of The Country With Appointments

Colonel Dangiwa Umar, one time military administator of Kaduna State, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his administration, advising him to correct the lopsidedness in his appointments.

In his letter dated 30 May, 2020, Umar wrote: “At this time and in the light of all that have happened since you took office, any conversation with you Mr. President cannot gloss over the chaos that has overtaken appointments into government offices in your administration. All those who wish you and the country well must mince no words in warning you that Nigeria has become dangerously polarized and risk sliding into crisis on account of your administration’s lopsided appointments which continues to give undue preference to some sections of the country over others.

“Nowhere is this more glaring than in the leadership cadre of our security services.

Mr. President, I regret that there are no kind or gentle words to tell you that your skewed appointments into the offices of the federal government, favoring some and frustrating others, shall bring ruin and destruction to this nation.”

“Mr. President, you have often expressed the hope that history will be kind to you. It is within your competence to write that history. But you have less than three years in which to do it. You may wish to note that any authentic history must be devoid of myth. It will be a true, factual rendition of the record of your performance.”

Umar, however, said acknowledged some positive aspects in the Buhari government, writing,

“And truth be told, Mr. President, there are quite a lot of things that speak to your remarkable accomplishments, not least of which is that for the first time in our democratic history, a sitting President was defeated. That feat was achieved by Muhammadu Buhari. The reason was the public belief of you as a man of integrity.”

Below is Col Umar’s open letter 

OPEN LETTER FROM COL. DANGIWA UMAR (RTD)  TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

Muhammadu Buhari,                                                                             Sunday 30th May 2020

President,

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,

Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dear Mr. President,

MR. PRESIDENT; PLEASE BELONG TO ALL OF US.

“One of the swiftest ways of destroying a Kingdom is to give preference of one particular tribe over another or show favor to one group of people rather than another. And to draw near those who should be kept away and keep away those who should be drawn near” Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio.

I have been prompted to write you this open letter, Mr. President, by the loud sounds of drums, singing and dancing that erupted within many groups in the last few days on the grounds that you attained the 5th year in office as President of Nigeria. It comes as no surprise that enthusiasm for the celebration is not shared equally by segments of the public. While your admirers and supporters believe you have performed well, many others believe the five years you have been in office as our President has not met the yearnings, expectations and change promised Nigerians.

Mr. President, you know me well enough and my position on issues to realize that I can be neither a rabid supporter nor a fanatical opponent of yours. I believe being a responsible citizen is enough reason to wish you well and to work for your success. As we have seen all too clearly these past few years, your success is ours as is your failure. We swim or sink with you!

You might wish to recall that after the results of the 23rd of February 2019 presidential elections were announced, giving you victory, I addressed a press conference during which I urged the runner-up, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, to concede defeat. The reason was clear: tensions   were running high and little missteps by the leaders might ignite violence, as often happened after major elections. Some supporters of Abubakar Atiku disagreed with me and told me off. As it happened, Alhaji Atiku went ahead to mount a legal challenge to the outcome of the elections up to the Supreme Court. Mercifully, his actions did not result in an outbreak of violence as we feared.

At the same occasion, I counselled the declared winner, your good self, to use the opportunity of your second term to redeem your pledge of being a leader and president of all Nigerians.

On the occasion of the first-year anniversary into your second four-year term, I feel there is an urgent need to revisit this subject matter.

Mr. President, you have often expressed the hope that history will be kind to you. It is within your competence to write that history. But you have less than three years in which to do it. You may wish to note that any authentic history must be devoid of myth. It will be a true, factual rendition of the record of your performance.

And truth be told, Mr. President, there are quite a lot of things that speak to your remarkable accomplishments, not least of which is that for the first time in our democratic history, a sitting President was defeated. That feat was achieved by Muhammadu Buhari. The reason was the public belief of you as a man of integrity.

The corollary to this is that at the expiration of your 8-year tenure in 2023, your achievements will not be measured solely by the physical infrastructure your administration built. An enduring legacy would be based on those intangible things like how much you uplifted the spirit and moral tone of the nation. How well have you secured the nation from ourselves and from external enemies?

At this time and in the light of all that have happened since you took office, any conversation with you Mr. President cannot gloss over the chaos that has overtaken appointments into government offices in your administration. All those who wish you and the country well must mince no words in warning you that Nigeria has become dangerously polarized and risk sliding into crisis on account of your administration’s lopsided appointments which continues to give undue preference to some sections of the country over others.

Nowhere is this more glaring than in the leadership cadre of our security services.

Mr. President, I regret that there are no kind or gentle words to tell you that your skewed appointments into the offices of the federal government, favoring some and frustrating others, shall bring ruin and destruction to this nation.

I need not remind you, Mr. President, that our political history is replete with great acts of exemplary leadership which, at critical moments, managed to pull this nation back from the precipice and assured its continued existence.

A few examples will demonstrate this:

In February, 1965, the NPC-led Federal Government was faced with a decision to appoint a successor to the outgoing Nigerian Army General Officer Commanding (GOC), General Welby Everard, a Briton. Four most senior officers were nominated; namely, Brigadiers Aguiyi Ironsi, Ogundipe, Ademulegun and Maimalari. The first three were senior to Maimalari but he was deemed to be more qualified due to his superior commission. He was the first Sandhurst Regular trained officer in the Nigerian Army. His being a Muslim Northerner like the Minister of Defense, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu and the Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa granted him added advantage by today’s standards. But to the surprise of even the Igbos, and opposition from some senior NPC members, Minister Ribadu recommended Ironsi, pointing to his seniority. The Prime Minister concurred and Aguiyi Ironsi was confirmed as the first indigenous GOC of the Nigerian Army.

When on 13 February 1976, the Commander-in-Chief, General Murtala Muhammed, was assassinated in a failed Coup de tat, General Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy and the most senior officer at the time, was sworn in as his successor. The Chief of Army Staff, General T.Y Danjuma, a Northern Christian, was next in line to succeed Obasanjo as the Chief of Staff, SHQ and Deputy Commander in Chief. General Danjuma however waived his right and recommended a much junior officer, Lt. Col. Shehu Musa Yar’adua, for the post. Shehu was promoted two steps up to the rank of Brigadier and appointed Chief of Staff SHQ and Deputy Commander-in-Chief. Lt. Col. Muhammadu Buhari was appointed Minister of Petroleum. This was done to placate Muslim North which was deemed to have lost one of its own, Murtala Muhammed.

Both the chief of staff, Mr. Sunday Awoniyi, and the personal physician Dr Ishaya Audu to the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, a direct descendant of Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio, were Christians.

Barely nine years after the civil war in 1979, the NPN Presidential candidate, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, picked an Igbo, Dr Alex Ekwueme, as his running mate. They enjoyed a truly brotherly relationship as President and Vice President. President Shagari’s political advisor, Dr Chuba Okadigbo and National Assembly Liaison, assistant, Dr K.O Mbadiwe, were both Igbos. His economic advisor, Prof. Emmanuel Edozien and his Chief of Personnel Staff Dr Michael Prest, were of Niger Delta extraction. Remarkably, all his military service chiefs were Christians with the exception of his last Chief Army Staff, General Inuwa Wushishi under whose tenure he was removed in a military coup de tat.

Mr. President, as a witness and beneficiary, it is our expectation that you would emulate these great acts of statesmanship. Which is why we have continued to engage with you.

You may wish to recall that I had cause to appeal to you, to confirm Justice Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria a few days before the expiration of his three months tenure of acting appointment to be replaced by a Muslim Northerner. We were saved that embarrassment when his nomination was sent to the senate by the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo. When he was finally confirmed a few days to the end of his tenure, he was removed after a few months and replaced by Justice Muhammed, a Muslim from the North.

May I also invite the attention of Mr. President to the pending matter of appointment of a Chief Judge of the Nigerian Court Appeal which appears to be generating public interest. As it is, the most senior Judge, Justice Monica Dongban Mensem, a northern Christian, is serving out her second three-month term as acting Chief Judge without firm prospects that she will be confirmed substantive head. I do not know Justice Mensem but those who do attest to her competence, honesty and humility. She appears eminently qualified for appointment as the substantive Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal as she is also said to be highly recommended by the National Judicial Council. If she is not and is bypassed in favor of the next in line who happens to be another northern Muslim, that would be truly odd. In which case, even the largest contingent of PR gurus would struggle to rebut the charges that you, Mr. President, is either unwilling or incapable of acting on your pledge to belong to everyone — and to no one. I hope you would see your way into pausing and reflecting on the very grave consequences of such failure not just to your legacy but to the future of our great country.

Thank you for your time, Mr. President.

COL. ABUBAKAR DANGIWA UMAR (RTD)

Ogun Deputy Governor, Husband Celebrate Dapo Abiodun @ 60

The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele must have had a great time celebrating her boss’s birthday today, May 29.Also marking the first year of the Dapo Abiodun administration, the deputy governor was online to celebrate with her family. Taking to Instagram where she also shared photos of her family celebration, Salako –Oyedele wrote, “Our Zoom party was lit. Many Happy Returns Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun.”


Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Speaks On The Killing of Blacks In America

This has been an incredibly tough week after a string of tough weeks. The killing of George Floyd showed yet again that for Black people in America, just existing means risking your life. This comes weeks after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and in the midst of Covid having a disproportionate impact on the Black community in the US. It continues a long and devastating history of human loss going back centuries. I know the conversations happening amongst our Black friends, colleagues and neighbors are incredibly painful. As Americans, this affects all of us and we all have an obligation to help address the inequality in how justice is served. This is something I care deeply about.

I’ve been struggling with how to respond to the President’s tweets and posts all day. Personally, I have a visceral negative reaction to this kind of divisive and inflammatory rhetoric. This moment calls for unity and calmness, and we need empathy for the people and communities who are hurting. We need to come together as a country to pursue justice and break this cycle.

But I’m responsible for reacting not just in my personal capacity but as the leader of an institution committed to free expression. I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies. We looked very closely at the post that discussed the protests in Minnesota to evaluate whether it violated our policies. Although the post had a troubling historical reference, we decided to leave it up because the National Guard references meant we read it as a warning about state action, and we think people need to know if the government is planning to deploy force. Our policy around incitement of violence allows discussion around state use of force, although I think today’s situation raises important questions about what potential limits of that discussion should be. The President later posted again, saying that the original post was warning about the possibility that looting could lead to violence. We decided that this post, which explicitly discouraged violence, also does not violate our policies and is important for people to see. Unlike Twitter, we do not have a policy of putting a warning in front of posts that may incite violence because we believe that if a post incites violence, it should be removed regardless of whether it is newsworthy, even if it comes from a politician. We have been in touch with the White House today to explain these policies as well.

There are heated debates about how we apply our policies during moments like this. I know people are frustrated when we take a long time to make these decisions. These are difficult decisions and, just like today, the content we leave up I often find deeply offensive. We try to think through all the consequences, and we keep our policies under constant review because the context is always evolving. People can agree or disagree on where we should draw the line, but I hope they understand our overall philosophy is that it is better to have this discussion out in the open, especially when the stakes are so high. I disagree strongly with how the President spoke about this, but I believe people should be able to see this for themselves, because ultimately accountability for those in positions of power can only happen when their speech is scrutinized out in the open.

Welcome, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, By Dele Momodu

What a choice President Muhammadu Buhari made in his new Chief of Staff. Indeed, most pundits were thrown off-balance when the name of Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari popped up out of the blues! For me, this is an appointment I cannot fault despite what a few naysayers have said about the cerebral, amiable but stern Professor.

I have known and admired Professor Gambari for a couple of decades. I had the privilege of visiting him in New York and interviewing him at the United Nations. He has always been ever so helpful and useful. Also, he is very humble and unassuming. The last time I visited him was in Lagos about five years when my bosom friend, Prince Adedamola Aderemi, who is Prof Gambari’s distant relative from the Ebeloku arm of the Sulu Gambari ruling House in Ilorin, and I accompanied Engineer Lanre Shagaya to see Prof Gambari in his Ikoyi home.

No mortal is perfect, but I am reasonably convinced that Prof Gambari is well equipped to use his great intellect, diplomacy, and wealth of experience, to the benefit of his principal, President Buhari, and the country in general. We have already seen a spate of constructive and confident Executive Orders signed by a seemingly rejuvenated President, within 10 days of the assumption of office by the new Chief of Staff. May you succeed in this, yet another, mission, Sir…

Ladoja Treated Me Worse Than A Spare Tyre – Alao-Akala

Former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala has revealed that he had no hand in 2006 illegal impeachment of his former boss, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja.

Alao-Akala, who would be 70 next week, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in his Bodija, Ibadan home.


Asked why he appears to many as controversial, the Ogbomoso-born politician explained that “Let me guess; it is so because politically, I am an introvert. I do not believe in propaganda. I do not say what I do not believe in. Because of this, people do not know the stuff I am made of and people don’t know me.
“They don’t know the stuff I am made of. Because I don’t talk too much, they just guess. You know, when you don’t have much information about a particular person, you just guess. It is whatever information that is available that you will use. That is responsible for why they have erroneous opinions about me; I am not controversial.”
Saturday PUNCH quoted Alao-Akala as saying that many people don’t know what actually led to the removal of Ladoja as governor.
“People don’t know what happened that time. I have tried to explain it in my memoir which, by the grace of God, will soon come out. For those who executed the plan to remove my boss, if they were to have their way and if not for constitutional barrier, I wouldn’t have been their candidate for the governorship position. But there was no way they could breach that constitutional provision, and there was no way they could remove both of us at the same time because I was not doing anything. I was hiding as a deputy governor. If they had their way, they would want another person to be the governor. I did not play any role in the impeachment. I was in Ogbomoso when the impeachment was done. I was not in Ibadan. I wouldn’t have allowed that impeachment to take place. I would have just advised them to let us talk to my boss. My boss was adamant; he was fighting on all fronts that time and that was why they were able to hit him. He thought I was part of it, but I was not. I left Ibadan for all of them when I was about to be killed on December 18, 2005. I nearly lost my life; my office was bombarded. They fired bullets at my office. Luckily for me, I was not hit. The whole of governor’s office was deserted. I narrowly escaped being killed. I just used my experience to manoeuvre out of there. My then orderly also helped me to get out of the office.”
He, however, revealed that more than 14 years after, Ladoja is not taking it lightly.
“He is still taking it personally. By the time you read my book, you will understand that he made some mistakes. When the seat was vacant, they were looking for me to be sworn in, I was not in Ibadan; I was in Ogbomoso. If I knew there was going to be a vacancy, I would have prepared myself to fill the vacancy. They knew I was not going to come; they had to send my close friend, Senator Adeseun, to me. When he arrived, I said, ‘Look, I know that you are my friend but I don’t trust you too. If you want me to follow you, I can’t follow you tonight. Two, come very early in the morning.’ He said, ‘Let’s go and sleep in Ibadan,’ and I said no. He said, ‘There will be a vacuum, the man is already gone.’ I said, ‘Look, that is not my cup of tea, my life comes first.’ I said, as a security man, he had to take instructions from me. I told him that by the time we would leave Ogbomoso the following day, it was the route that I decided we should take that we would take. He said he agreed. As of 5.30am, he was in my house. I didn’t come out until around 6am. I said they should look round to see if I was safe. When I came out, I saw him in a rickety Peugeot vehicle. I said we should leave Ogbomoso immediately for Osogbo. From Osogbo, we would go to Gbongan. From Gbongan, we detoured to Ile-Ife. When we were getting to Ile-Ife, he asked what we were doing. Then, we turned round and passed through Gbongan. From Gbongan, we got to Ikire and then to Ibadan. On that day, under the flyover in Iwo, we waited but people did not see me because I sat in the middle. If I was preparing to be the governor, I would have lodged in a hotel. And on January 12, 2006, I would have just walked into the secretariat. I was not part of it and God sees my heart. Maybe that was why God rewarded me by making me to spend four years as governor.”
“My boss is what he is and I know him very well. What he believes, he believes and it would be very difficult to convince him. He had said that I was not responsible and that certain people were responsible. I thought it had been overtaken by events. The only thing I could do was to record it in my memoir for people to judge. If I had the opportunity to talk to him, I would have challenged him that, ‘Oga, what happened on February 18, 2015? Since you knew that everybody was not going to come to the office, you should have warned me also not to come to office.’ Everybody did not come to the office except Adebayo Alao-Akala, the deputy governor. I put a call through to him; the question he asked me was: ‘Why did you go to the office?’ I said, ‘I am the deputy governor but you didn’t tell me not to go to the office. If you had told me not to go to the office, I would not have gone.’ There is nothing to be discussed and the relationship has been very cordial. One thing again, I had known him before we became governor and deputy governor. He is my ‘senior’ friend,” Alao-Akala added when asked if there had been an attempt to reconcile them.

My Beloved Brother Wale Aboderin, It’s Been 731 Days, By Wunmi Tunde-Obe

Yes, It’s been 731 days

Some would talk about their own experience being a blur. Mine wasn’t. I remember everything. Vividly. The evening before in the ICU when I assured him it was going to be alright and couldn’t wait to have him home again.. The look in his eyes as he stared intently, meeting my gaze as I spoke, then drifting off to sleep again under sedatives earlier administered.. Holding his hand as we prayed and thanked God for his impending recovery.. Walking out the ICU and glancing back when I reached the door just to look at him one more time (I’d actually thought to myself right then: “this had better not be the last time..)

But it was.

And even though I’d left that place elated and in high spirits, expecting to return in 2 days when he’d no longer be in the ICU but in his private ward, the call came in 7am the next morn – calmly asking me to come over to the hospital as soon as I could – and I knew. I knew but remained enveloped in denial. Hung up the phone so I would’nt hear the reason why I was being called. If I never heard it, then it’s possible that it wasn’t so, right?

Then I remembered that I hadn’t prayed, the past couple of days like I said I would, for his speedy recovery. And so I went into the bathroom and I began in earnest.. declaring and decreeing.. casting and binding.. voiding and nullifying .. begging and pleading.. appealing and groveling.. denouncing and denying.. praising and worshipping.. I did them all. I did them all till I nearly passed out, drenched in my own sweat while pacing up and down like a raging bull, my heart beating violently against my chest..

I remember sitting by the front door for at least 4 hours after that, refusing to leave the house, especially as no other call had come in since, giving me further hope that all was well and whatever the ‘minor crisis’ was, had been sorted and my presence no longer needed. In that 4 hours, I must’ve gotten up to pee at least 8 times, I was that nervous and unsettled. But somehow, still very hopeful.

I’d decided I would go anyway. Find out what they’d wanted, just to be extra sure. It was 2pm. Casually embarked on the longest ride of my life from mainland to island, without explaining the reason for my destination to the driver.

On getting there, I called my early morning caller, but his phone was switched off. Very unusual. Looked around the premises and the busy waiting room once in, to see if there were any familiar faces. None. More hope. Walked over to the receptionist’s table – same lady I’d seen there the evening before. She looked up and saw me approaching and before I could utter a word, she’d asked:
“Mr. Aboderin..?”
“Yes please,” I’d replied. She was out of her chair in an instant.
“Let me get Dr. X for you.. please follow me..”
I’m standing there waiting for her to lead the way, and I’m thinking.. well that’s neither here nor there.. make I see Doctor first..

And just as she made to leave the waiting room, the stupid girl turned back to me with a nervous smile and said quietly:

“Sorry for the loss..”

Òpònú.

I didn’t even answer her.. she’s looking at me, but she ain’t talking to me. I remained calm and blank-faced. She led me to a corridor and asked me to wait there, standing, no chairs in sight, while she went to get him. Without exaggerating, I must’ve stood in that corridor alone for nothing less than 40-45 mins watching the medical staff come and go about their regular duties without minding me – no doctor, no further info., whilst still processing what she had just told me.. Probably the longest wait of my life.

Well thanks to little miss Tatler, I now knew for sure, what I didn’t want to know before. There was no denying it now. It was all over. All that was left now, were questions – Why.. how.. when..?? All the while, rather than the painful realization that I’d just lost yet another sibling, all I’d kept thinking was, how in God’s Name, was I going to break this kind of news to everyone else?? I’d remained waiting in that corridor casually pacing up and down with a straight face and surprisingly calm disposition – just like he had taught me to. And he taught me well..

Right from childhood, he would never let you cry, regardless of the extent of your injury or physical pain. Even at the age of 5, if he ever saw you crying for any reason, he would firmly say, “Hey..no crying!” or “I don’t want you to cry..” It was never a request. As a result, I would cry if I so much as bruised my knee but once he approached, I would instantly dry my eyes and fix my face. If he had anything worrying to tell me, he would warn me beforehand not to cry or panic no matter what. And so over the years, I’d learned to play the part very well, even though inwardly, my emotions would be running riot. I would only let them loose in private. Anyone who’d seen me at that moment, would never have guessed what I’d just been told.

Eventually the receptionist came back and led me to a chair in the pharmacist’s office, away from prying eyes. I thankfully obliged, and the waiting continued. Twenty minutes later, still no doctor. Twas a very, very lonely place to be mentally, and I was starting to lose my mind alone in that empty office – when it suddenly occurred to me to call the one person I should have called, the moment I’d been summoned – My oldest sister, Angela.

I’d asked her to meet me where I was, without telling her why, but dang, we’d been down this road more than once before, and there just was no fooling her. She instantly hit the road, no questions asked. Before her arrival, the doc finally showed up with another in tow. Maybe they’d thought they’d have to sedate or calm me – not sure – but, no need. I was now in a consulting room, where he’d met up with me. After intros, he went straight to the point :
“I’m afraid I don’t have good news..”
I nodded casually and replied, “I know..”
Surprised, he asked how.
“No be today,” I’d replied with a sad smile on my face. “Once I got the call early this morning, I knew. Besides,” I’d further explained, your receptionist has a big mouth.”
“What?! I told her not to tell you anything, and she even assured me that she hadn’t..” began Dr.X.
“She did, o! She said sorry for the loss, that was how I became really sure of what had happened!” I cut in sharply.
The two docs eyed each other incredulously, and I knew she was in trouble. Good. Make she self chop inside small. Olofofo of life!🙄
So having exhausted all other questions, I’d concluded with one last one:
“So I’m expected to break this kind of news to everyone else??”
He shrugged and looked at me like, du-h.. Na me go do am??
At this point – and to my relief – sister walks in. We instantly find solace in each other’s arms.
Sadly, in this global village which we now inhabit, there’s no longer room for taking time to visit someone in order to break the news of a loved one’s passing, before that person reads it on a blog, or some drama queen calls, screaming down the phone: “Is it true?? Is it true what I’m hearing..??!!” And so while at the funeral home, we began with the calls.
And these calls, without a doubt, we’re the most difficult ones I’d ever had to make in my entire life. Very emotionally draining. Got home around 8pm and finally collapsed into the arms of my 2 older teens and cried my eyes out, whilst they held fort..

It was May 30 2018.

The rest of that year took me on an emotional roller-coaster. I was enveloped in so much grief, at least 3 people suggested I went for counseling. And then I was angry. For the first time in my life, I questioned God. The emptiness I’d felt was overwhelming. I lost all motivation to do anything but live. I stopped drawing, something I’d become so excited and passionate about, the last couple of years.. I’d stopped singing – even in the shower.. I’d also stopped minding my businesses and didn’t care that the staff could be having a field day stuffing their pockets in my absence – whereas prior to that, I was around to monitor daily, reconcile accounts and keep records myself. Constantly kept everyone on their toes.

I’d only snapped out of it about a year later, because I’d imagined that if he could see me now, he’d be so disappointed and irritated, having been one of my biggest cheerleaders til the very end. All this ‘sme sme’ I was doing would’ve downright pissed him off. I also learned that God’s ways are not our ways and we just have to continue to trust in Him.

So why the epistle?? Well I’m told it could considerably speed up the healing process, ni.

Anyway sha, let’s see how it goes..

REVEALED: Former IBC Director Who Stabbed Wife To Death Unaware of His Action

The sleepy, rural Amafor, Imerienwe community in Ngor Okpala local government area of Imo State, hit the social media Sunday, May 24, 2020, for the two reasons.
A respected octogenarian indigene of the community and former Director General, DG, of Imo Broadcasting Corporation, IBC, Mr. Theophilus C. Okere, reportedly stabbed his 75-year old wife, Beatrice, to death!
The story, for some pepple, was that it was one of the many fake news items in the social space, while a number of others branded the emerging report as a tale from fantasy.

Truth is that not many people, including the stunned villagers, believed the story, especially when the unfettered and palpable marital bliss between the couple, which reportedly spanned  a period of over 50 years, was taken into reckoning.
Somehow, the rumour not only refused to fade, but grew stronger by every passing minute. The Okere family country home, became a Mecca of sorts, as people trooped to the gory scene to confirm the veracity or otherwise, of the equally gory news they heard.

The news network ultimately, continued to multiply, as more villagers confirmed the incident. Apprehension and confusion immediately and understandably, enveloped the community. With this development, the sordid incident became more prominent in the social media, and the troubled community became the cynosure of eyes!
A trip to the community, raised the issue of poor access road. It gave Saturday Vanguard an insight into what the villagers pass through on a daily basis, but this is the story for another day.

When Saturday Vanguard visited the community, some villagers were seen in groups, discussing the incident. However, not many of them were favourably disposed to discuss the issue with Saturday Vanguard.
A villager, who eventually agreed to speak on strict grounds of anonymity, after much pressure, described the incident as “unbelievable and most unfortunate”
His words: “The incident is unbelievable and most unfortunate. I feel very bad to think that Ndaa T.C, like most villagers fondly called him, stabbed his wife to death.

“I am aware that the couple have lived together for more than 50 years. The family was a model for a lot of us. We all looked forward to living like Ndaa T. C and his wife.

“His wife retired from Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo. She was very pleasing character, very religious and a respected woman leader in the community. She was a leader of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Imerienwe.”

Another story was weaved around the incident. The villagers were overheard, saying that “the man has been suffering from dimentia for awhile”.
Again, a villager’s words: “Ndaa T. C has been battling with dimentia. I am also aware that his family has been battling to take proper care of the medical condition.
“Those, who arrived the crime scene earlier than myself, told me that the man did not even know that his wife was dead. We have never witnessed this sort of occurrence in our community, within available memory.

“When Ndaa T. C was asked why he stabbed his wife to death, he simply replied that she was sleeping. There is every reason to believe that he was not even conscious of what he did. Let me also recall that on one of the recent Sundays, when Ndaa T. C went to church, he announced that his car was missing! But his car was neatly parked in his house.”
A medical journal described dimentia as a disease condition characterised by a decline in memory, language, problem solving and other thinking skills, which affects a person’s ability to perform all activities.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that the man’s family had been managing the medical condition for some time.
Another sad incident in the family is that the former IBC-DG’s second son, Emmanuel Okere, died in February this year.
“The young man’s corpse has been lying in the morgue since February, before this unfortunate incident”, the villager said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Orlando Ikeokwu, has not only confirmed the incident to newsmen in Owerri, but also affirmed that the suspect is in their custody and the Command has commenced serious investigation into the matter.

Source: VANGUARD

Kylie Jenner Hits Back At Forbes Taking Away Her Billionaire Title: ‘I Thought This Was A Reputable Site’

Kylie Jenner has responded to Forbes‘ claim that she inflated her billionaire status.

Jenner who Forbes had named the “The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever” in March 2019, was stripped of her billionaire status in a bombshell report by the publication on Friday. In the report, Forbes accused Jenner of having lied about her earnings and alleged that she had forged her tax returns in a bid to earn the

The 22-year-old took to her twitter page in reaction to the accusations:

“what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i’ve never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period,” she tweeted.

“even creating tax returns that were likely forged” that’s your proof? so you just THOUGHT they were forged? like actually what am i reading.

“but okay i am blessed beyond my years, i have a beautiful daughter, and a successful business and i’m doing perfectly fine.

“i can name a list of 100 things more important right now than fixating on how much money i have”

Forbes said the Jenners invited them into their homes and accountants’ offices, where they supplied the publication with tax returns “that were likely forged.” Forbes also likened their actions to Donald Trump, writing, “the unusual lengths to which the Jenners have been willing to go—including inviting Forbes into their mansions and CPA’s offices, and even creating tax returns that were likely forged—reveals just how desperate some of the ultra-rich are to look even richer.”

According to Forbes’ new calculations, Kylie Jenner is worth just under $900million.

Kylie Jenner Is No Longer A Billionaire – Forbes

Kylie Jenner has lost her billionaire status after being accused by Forbes of inflating the size of her business and success.

The makeup mogul, who was declared “The Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever” by Forbes last year has now been alleged to have lied about company figures and forged tax returns to reach billionaire status according to Forbes in a new story titled “Inside Kylie Jenner’s Web of Lies – And Why’s She’s No Longer a Billionaire”.
Forbes compared Kylie to Donald Trump’s “decades-long obsession” with his net worth. The publication states “the unusual lengths to which the Jenners have been willing to go—including inviting Forbes into their mansions and CPA’s offices, and even creating tax returns that were likely forged—reveals just how desperate some of the ultra-rich are to look even richer.”
In January 2020, Kylie sold 51% of her Kylie Cosmetics to the beauty company, Coty, in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. Kylie and Coty both boasted about the deal in the press.
And Forbes now think that Kylie, even after pocketing an estimated $340 million after-tax from the sale, is not a billionaire.
Forbes claims that filings released by publicly traded Coty over the past six months reveal Kylie’s business is significantly smaller and less profitable than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets to believe.
Forbes wrote, “Revenues over a 12-month period preceding the deal: $177million according to the Coty presentation, far lower than the published estimates at the time. More problematic, Coty said that sales were up 40% from 2018, meaning the business only generated about $125 million that year, nowhere near the $360 million the Jenners had led Forbes to believe.
“Kylie’s skincare line, which launched in May 2019, did $100 million in revenues in its first month and a half, Kylie’s reps told us. The filings show the line was actually “on track” to finish the year with just $25 million in sales.”
According to Forbes’ new calculations Kylie’s is worth just under $900million.
In 2015, Kylie Jenner launched her own cosmetics line called Kylie Lip Kits, which was renamed to Kylie Cosmetics the following year.

No Red Carpet Reception For Oni In PDP – Fayose

• Why I’m Coming Back, By Oni
There won’t be red carpet reception for the former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, when he returns to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says immediate past governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
He urged Oni and his followers to go and register at their wards.

Meanwhile, Oni has assured that return bid to his former party was to encourage teamwork and build fellowship among members.
Fayose, who said that the governorship ticket of the PDP would not be served Oni a la carte, however, denied saying that the ex-governor was not welcome in PDP as reported in social media.
Speaking through his media aide, Lere Olayinka, the immediate past governor noted that the membership of a political party was optional.
Olayinka stated, “What the man (Fayose) said is that if you are coming back to the party after leaving for about six years, there won’t be red carpet reception. Like when Fayose went and came back in 2012, there was no red carpet reception for him then.
“Fayose said whoever that is coming should quietly go and register in his or her ward, which is the normal thing to do.

“The other issue now is that Oni’s people are acting as if he is coming to just pick the governorship ticket of the PDP where it is being kept for him. But Fayose is saying that he has the right to say that his loyalists and supporters who were with him for long are also qualified to be governor.”
Oni recently dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP with thousands of his supporters in the state.
In a letter he signed with 82 other leaders in his network across the 16 councils in the state, he formally notified stakeholders and chapters of the party at the ward, state and national levels of his return to the PDP.
Director-General of his Atunse Ekiti Movement, Dr. Ifeoluwa Arowosoge, stated that the development was a home-coming to the party that he helped to build and on whose platform he was elected governor in 2007.