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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - The Senate fought the Executives; DSS fought EFCC, Judiciary fought the Executives and now the Executives are fighting the Executives.
 
There is a war in the Presidency. This is what some of us have been warning about and pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari to come clean on the cause, year of onset and prognosis of his medical condition over; and why we have been campaigning for him to resign and monitor a stable transfer of power while still capacitated.
 
The war is not between the infirm Buhari and Vice Osinbajo. The war is between the audacious Cabal at the presidency, with the cabal at the Presidency supported by their external northern-based coterie of Cabal. The war is between the Cabal and Buhari himself, who allegedly has been infuriated with their moves.
 
It is these cabal that we alerted the nation about, who "locked" ailing Buhari up in Aso rock, disallowing him seek continued medical management abroad. It was these cabal who, upon seeing Vice President Osinabjo in Acting capacity winning the hearts and minds of not just the citizenry but their Premiere, President Muhamamdu Buhari who was of high praise for him, that decided to block his travel and-possible-handover ever again even if he had to die in Aso rock.
 
We have seen two further strikes by this cabal. Chief of Staff Abba Kyari is reported to have injected the senseless, demeaning and mischievous "coordinating" into the template of the letter sent to the National Assembly, NASS. This was a second strike. They know that Buhari demanded impeachment of late President Umaru Yar'Adua for not being transparent and not handing over while sick to deputy Goodluck Jonathan, and intend to subject him to the same.
 
The third strike is happening now: while Senate President Olusola Saraki surprisingly saved the day by giving priority to the first premise in the letter to NASS, thereby empowering Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Nigeria's Acting President, the cabal yet refuse to accept his authority. Attempting to overrule Professor Osinbajo's declaration as relayed by his SSA Laolu Akande, to sign the budget when he deems it fit; the cabal went on the air to ridicule the Vice, Buhari and Nigeria by saying that they intended to fax the budget to London for President Buhari to accent and then transfer it to Osinbajo to implement.
 
SSA to the President, Ita Enang on Channels TV Wednesday night said,

"The 2017 budget will be transmitted to Mr president and the President will assent to the budget."

In an earlier write-up I called for the suspension/sack of Abba Kyari for insubordination. The same call now goes for Ita Enang. These are serious offenses of the "coup" nature. These are the culprit cabal talking to soldiers with malicious plots for the eventuality of a no Buhari.
 
As I wrote March 1st in my article, "Nigeria’s Looming Power Battle," the implicated wish to cause a constitutional crises and chaos with the intention of either promoting a military coup out of it or getting the Senate president to possibly impeach the pair of Buhari and Osinbajo, once Buhari is incapacitated, and setting up a temporary transitional government to conduct hastened early elections arranged for a northern or rather, northwestern to be precise, candidate's victory.
 
We the people must not wait as pawns. We must act preemptively to protect our destiny. A handful of cabal cannot continue to seize us by the jugular. The news is awash with a report on how the wealth of just five government corruption-made cabal can end extreme poverty in Nigeria. The cabal working with politicians and military have killed us. But as walking dead, we can yet give them a good fight.
 
Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Seal of The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the official symbol of the Nigerian President, first used in 1979 by President Shehu Shagari.

[ Masterweb Reports: Abu Najakku reports ] - It is no longer secret that President Muhammadu Buhari is sick. Perhaps, what is secret is the true nature of his sickness. Upon his return to the country in March from the United Kingdom where he went to seek proper medical attention, President Buhari was quoted as saying “I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man, including in the military with its ups and downs”, adding that he could also not recall having blood transfusion.
 
Well, on Sunday, 7th May, the President travelled again to London to meet his doctors. No sooner had he done so than the rumour mongers went back to work and the chit-chat again is that Buhari is dead. A text of the unfounded rumour of President Buhari’s death is already circulating and reads thus: “Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been confirmed dead in London where he was receiving medical attention…..The Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom told reporters plans are underway to transport the body of the late President to Abuja where final burial funeral rites will be held…Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to be sworn in office as the substantive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Government is yet to issue an official statement on the President’s demise. He was 74 years old.”
 
Government is indeed “yet to issue official statement on the President’s demise” because the truth is that President Buhari is not dead.
 
But who wants President Muhammadu Buhari dead? Those who wish Buhari dead are the same people that never wanted him to be elected President in the first place. In the run up to the last presidential election, they whipped up all sorts of sentiments to poison the minds of the voters. We saw some of them in Minna this past weekend. They miss their shady business and are eager to see the back of Buhari so they can resume in earnest. They were not united by the sublime prayer for a blissful marital life for Halima Babangida but the quest for power and the plot to acquire it. Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife was there too, even though neither the bride nor the groom is Igbo. Dr Ezeife had to be there in order to settle his political I owe you to President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida who helped him to the Government House in Awka in January 1992. Like Femi Fani-Kayode, Dr Ezeife is frustrated he has not been able to penetrate President Buhari and get a political appointment. I reserve the fullest fury of my pen for Ezeife for some other time.
 
Some Nigerians cannot stop being funny; the few of them who have been most vocal about President Buhari’s sickness are not concerned about his wellbeing despite their posturing. They see his sickness as merely another issue they can capitalise on to push on with their opposition to his administration. They are the same people who have not been able to disclose their age. This past weekend, I read a passionate birthday message on one whole page of Thisday that Eki Igbenedion placed on behalf of the family in honour of her husband, Chief Lucky Igbenedion and I was curious when I discovered that she had omitted the age of the man. Of course, you will recall that Governor Igbenedion led the most hopeless and irresponsible administrations in Edo state. If these folks cannot even find the confidence to say publicly how old they are, what moral gumption do they have to ask President Buhari to tell them the nature of his illness.
 
Side by side with these people are those who want President Buhari to reveal his type of ailment whereas they cannot reveal the number of their children or indeed the number of mistresses that bore them for them. May be these people know very well that it is better to keep away from the knowledge of the left hand what the right hand does! But if you cannot tell those around some things as simple as your age or the number of your children, then you have no business regaling us with the virtue of President Buhari revealing his kind of disease!
 
Nevertheless, the statements by Presidential spokesmen, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu about the wellbeing of President Buhari are reassuring. Shehu has strenuously denied Buhari’s death, according to him: “Baseless rumours are trending again that unpleasant thing has happened to our beloved President, Muhammadu Buhari. If you have received this information (about the death of President Buhari) on Whatsapp or Facebook, disregard it because it is plain lies spread by vested interests to create panic. Nothing unpleasant has happened to the President. No cause for apprehension.”
 
Well, those of us who contributed financially and morally to President Buhari’s presidential campaign are rock solid behind him until the pleasant end. In just about two years, this President has largely combated Boko Haram and confined them to few areas in Borno state even as he continues to recover the stolen Chibok girls. He has ferociously fought corruption, exposed its perpetrators, seized their spoils and cut down on waste of public funds. The President has also begun the conditional cash transfer to the needy in order to address extreme poverty. The President has completed the Abuja-Kaduna rail line and put it to use; he has started the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan line as well as roads hitherto abandoned by sleazy chop and quench PDP administration.
 
Those who want Buhari dead are the looters, the kidnappers, the murderers and the traitors to national cause. No, corrupt folks, you have to live with the reality; President Muhammadu Buhari is not dead; he is alive and will only die when it pleases Allah. We love him; we pray for him, we continue to wish him well.
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - According to TheCable, around 1am on Saturday, “a male and female suicide bomber struck at the mechanical works department of the university. One security guard was killed and a soldier injured."
 
That is about the only mention of the security guard who lays blown up and the injured  brave soldier you shall be hearing. 
 
It was this same date, May 14th last year that we honored two police officers who intercepted a cowardly suicide bomber forcing him to detonate his bomb at the gate of the Borno state Government secretariat in Maiduguri. Their names were never mentioned, the nation was never able to give personalized thanks.
 
The brave security officer and soldier who saved our children and teachers at University of Maiduguri won't be called heroes. Their names would not even be mentioned. I doubt the state or federal government will write the late guard's name down in a permanent official record and reach out to his family to thank them; talkless assure them of some form of support for their upkeep. 
 
The security man is our unsung hero. Many like him have passed and many more perhaps will. Making the ultimate sacrifice to save our families, our children, our institutions. They are not governors who get mention in the news in spite of opening our schools and risking our kids when the education boards warned them not to. 
 
They are not presidents who get celebrated for negotiating with terrorists, fixing a price to pay them from the nation's coffers, and freeing terror masterminds. No, these are not the owners of Nigeria PLC, whose names we are made to remember in spite of their chokehold on our lives. These are mere men. Men who die to capture bad guys we pay to release.
 

Michelle Obama will carry no placard for these and nor will Melania Trump. The world's headlines are not made of these. But once again, I will celebrate them. ENDS will celebrate them. Our headlines here, wherever this article is published will sing their praise. And though we do not know their names, we praise and pray for them and tell their families; their ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
 

Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Edwin Uhara reports ] - The slanted news story with the above title in the social media claiming that the Honourable Minister of Interior, Retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau has switched his loyalty from one individual to another is the height of mischief making and fictional reporting in the country.

For the avoidance of doubt, the loyalty of the Honourable Minister of Interior to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Constitution of the nation has never been in doubt and should not be misconstrued to mean loyalty to an individual.

It will be recalled that on the 11th of November, 2015, the Honourable Minister took the oath of Office to defend the Constitution of Nigeria and to uphold its honour and glory as espoused in the recitation of the National Pledge before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting.

Therefore, it will amount to an act of sabotage and great disservice to the nation for any group or media organisation to allege that the Minister has switched an unfounded loyalty to an individual.

For the sake of clearity, the Minister remains loyal the Federal Republic of Nigeria and would carryout whatever task or instructions handed down to him by any legitimate leader of the nation.

Therefore, those who are seeking the flow of blood in the channel of clean waters for whatever reason known to them should look elsewhere, because the loyalty of General Dambazau to Nigeria and its institutions has never been and would never be in doubt.

Comrade Edwin Uhara ( Email: edwinuhara@rocketmail.com ) is a Journalist and Public Affairs Commentator. He writes from Abuja.
 
 
*Photo Caption - Retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - I have consistently warned that the cabal has no good intentions for Buhari and Nigeria and is only set on fomenting chaos and calamity with the desperate hope of retaining proximity to Nigeria's oil wealth and power. They do not care a hoot for Buhari and his health. He is held hostage to them in his state of infirmity. They wish to derail a smooth transition in the unfortunate event of Buhari's resignation or demise and they will pursue this portentous agenda at all costs.
 
The latest letter to the National assembly, NASS is just another piece in the cesspool of evidence against them.
 
As can be seen when the three letters from Buhari to the NASS, while the first ones dated 6th June 2016 and 17 January 2017 used the clear words, "the Vice President will perform the functions of my office," in the latest one sent from the office of the Chief of staff, Abba Kyari, it was mischievously decided to change the wording on the template to "the Vice President will coordinate the activities of the Government."
 
There is no question, this letter was worded differently to deliberately create ambiguity, contradiction and chance for chaos, which it did to an extent. TheCable analyzed the difference between these words played, and how "coordinate" according to the dictionary meaning, is a task of a peer and not a leader.
 
Thankfully, priority in the application of the letter by the Senate president was given to the preceding constitutional reference, who applied the letter to give "Acting Presidential" powers to Professor Yemi Osinbajo. However Nigerians should be alarmed at the sinister moves by the cabal.
 
We should not be misled by APC leader Bola Tinubu who recently claimed we worried too much about a so-called cabal. There is a cabal....a cabal that asks, "what Presidency?" Tinubu is playing politics. Most of what we see is politics, either out of need or out of desperation and risk. We all witnessed how the entire cabal and government officials claimed Buhari was "hale and hearty" only for him to return and admit that "he had never been so sick in his entire life...not even so stressed by military drills." Since then we all witnessed how he was prevented from ever talking to the nation again.
 
The cabal are liars. The cabal are desperate. The cabal are blackmailers, and in the interest of Nigeria, the cabal must be disentangled exigently.
 
We must call on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to commence that process by first firing Chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
 
Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - There is a new twist in the media as regards the $43 million plus discovered by the astute and unrelenting EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) in an Ikoyi apartment. A PremiumTimes exclusive claimed that Nigeria's NSA Babagana Monguno has admitted knowing about the funds discovered and the total $289 million released by the Jonathan government. The report goes further, alleging that NSA Monguno even claims to have updated president Muhammadu Buhari about the "illegal" funds. This is very dangerous and promises to be highly damaging to the Buhari administration's reputation.
 
1. Monguno is a co-panelist of three picked by the president – now on indefinite sick leave in the United Kingdom – to investigate the discovered funds. Apart from the number of panelists being too small for an investigation of this sort, the presence of an implicated person on the panel would automatically render it valueless.
 
2. If indeed the NSA updated the president on the hidden stash, it will be an abuse of process for Buhari to set-up an inquiry and suspend the implicated NIA boss, Ayodele Oke.
 
3. It is currently reported that the implicated NIA boss's wife, Folashade Oke bought the property with $1.66 million cash. If indeed NSA Monguno has knowledge of and put a stamp of approval on such move, this violation of procedure in itself and it's approval  by the NSA is indicting. A government employee's wife and family can never be used for covert operations. There are enough paid staff for that.
 
4. A latest report in the Vanguard claims the NIA boss's wife bought and transferred the property to the NIA. What is happening here is that the property is still in her name. Whatever document was likely recently forged to present a record of transfer, and did/does not transfer the property ownership "C of O" to the department legally. If the ownership has been transferred to the department legally and on record with the bank and property records agency, then it automatically defeats the explanation and justification of the wife making the purchase in the first place as identification of the ownership can still be made, thus blowing the so-called cover. This seemingly hurriedly crafted alibi falls flat on its face. Little wonder when SaharaReporters called Mr Oke the night of the find, he reportedly told them he had a headache.
 
5. The entire NIA budget (~$160m in 2015) is less than the $289 million foreign currency transferred to the agency in 2015. Monguno's stamp for the NIA to take an extra $289 from NAPIMS CBN account that year, would mean an approval of violation of the law. Furthermore, if indeed extra-budgetary allocations were made by Jonathan, the extra must be returned to the central bank at the end of the fiscal year.
 
6. Media reports (See PremiumTimes, April 14, 2017) have it that on the account of the NIA, the funds were allocated for illegal operations in Lagos and Abuja, The NIA is an external intelligence agency and not for local operations, hence the admitted illegality of the so-called covert operations. Has NSA Monguno put his stamp on such illegality?
 
7. As mocked by MSNBC's Rachael Maddow, the NSA can and should keep any covert funds in the banks. This is standard operations all over the world, Keeping such funds in a private and shared building complex is a violation of the law as well as ridiculous activity as it puts the uninsured funds at risk of burglars, fire, flooding and looting by building management and maintenance. Has NSA Monguno put his stamp on such big-league irregularity? Does NSA Monguno approve of NIA "projects" with its money courier, Mrs Folashade Oke who "pays" security guards N10,000 and N500 to carry precious ghana-must-gos of ~$400,000 dollar mint packs as alleged in the media? (See SaharaReporters April 17, 2017). 
 
8. The PremiumTimes report claims NSA Monguno monitored and approved of the "projects" commenced in 2015 (or earlier) through 2016 till date. Why would an entire sum of $289 million be released in one tranche for a project to span three (3) or more years? What sense does this make? Why would the government not release the amount needed each year for a project to span several years?
 
9. Has Nigeria's NSA indeed put his stamp on foreign currency denominations released for local projects within Nigeria? Why was the money not released in naira, the nation's official currency if as the report claimed, the "projects" the NSA sent a certain Brigadier General Adeyinka Famadewa to inspect. Is the project a covert-op to devalue the naira by removing bulk dollars mint bundles from the apex bank vault? Where is this money changed to fund the "covert" "projects" in Lagos and Abuja? In the bank or with mallos? Is the funds to pay terrorists who like to receive their emoluments in foreign currency? 
 
10. So if indeed the NSA puts his stamp on this stash, does it mean his stamp also covers the PDP paraphernalia reportedly found in the Osborne apartment and how does he explain several reports in credible media that the funds is the same funds Dasuki is today on trial for siphoned from the CBN to fund Jonathan's re-election campaign, that were released not by accident mid February 2015 in the crunch period when Jonathan postponed the elections?
 
11. Why did the CBN deny releasing the funds that NSA Monguno allegedly is putting his stamp on? (See: NIA didn't get Ikoyi cash from the CBN – Okorafor; Vanguard, April 18, 2017)
 
The questions can go on and on. At this point, we only hope the report in PremiumTimes Of NSA Monguno implicating himself/attempting to absorb the hit, and another similar defensive report in Vanguard alleging Mr Oke could not answer certain questions Professor and now Acting President Yemi Osinbajo asked him on the excuse of "oath of secrecy," are in error. 
 
Interestingly, the seemingly ever evolving on-demand media reports from inside sources at a point alleged that the funds were approved by Jonathan on request by previous NIA Director General, Olaniyi Oladeji's era (2009 – 2013), which corresponds to the era of CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, now Emir. It's easy to recognize a stinking catch basin. This one stinks to the high heavens.
 
Is this a cover-up because of the number of top Buhari and Jonathan officials that may include CBN governor Godwin Emefiele and/or perhaps now Emir and former CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who may be implicated? Did someone rationalize that the best damage control, since Buhari kept NIA DG Oke for the past two years to the disappointment of those of us who voted for "change" and is thus also implicated, would be to absorb this mess and "quietly ease out" the NIA boss as a suspicious mainstream media silence promoting article suggested?
 
It would be tragic for Nigeria for the current NSA to claim funds that the entire world knows are fraudulent and one of several evidences of the level of rot and gravid corruption of the Jonathan, Dasuki and Diezani administration Nigerians fought so hard to boot out. These are the monies looted that caused a million deaths in Borno and the displacement of millions more. These are the funds used for so-called projects in wealthy Abuja and Lagos, that were looted that have led to the death-by-starvation sentence to thousands of Nigerian IDPs and also led to the recession via the devaluation of the naira. This is blood money.
 
This would be a serious blow to our faces and a pat on the back from the Buhari administration to the Jonathan's. This would explain why Dasuki has not been prosecuted for two years of the Buhari administration. And finally, this would let Nigeria know that Dasuki is back. This time his name is Babagana Monguno.
 
We await Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN's unveiling of the report of his panel any moment now.
 
Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Daniel Osofisan reports ] - Last week, Fortune, a part of the TIME network released a list of 34 World Leaders who are changing health care globally, and surprise! surprise! Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Chair of Gavi as well as CEO Seth Berkley, made the list.
 
While receiving awards and recognitions may seem like second nature to Dr Okonjo-Iweala, one is forced to admit that she is the recipient of countless awards because of her contributions to humanity, particularly to Africans where she has shown, time and again, her heart truly lies.
 
The African continent has fewer voices who remain consistent and constant in their advocacy than Mrs Iweala. In her pursuit for a better life for the African people, she has maintained a consistent stand whether as Gavi Chair, or as a member of the Asian Advisory Board, or as Finance Minister, or in any of the other capacities she has served or continues to serve. Small wonder, the world stops to listen when she speaks. Her achievements, no matter which side of the divide you fall, are evident to all and only a mind that is so totally biased would say that Okonjo-Iweala is not an Ace performer.
 
Small wonder former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his memoirs acknowledges that one of the high points of his administration would not have been achieved without the hard work of Okonjo-Iweala. And just as the Paris Club 30-billion-dollar debt relief has gone down in Nigeria’s history, no attempt to rewrite history can wipe her name off the page that she led the team that secured and delivered that relief to our dear country.
 
But that was not the only achievement that earned her the name “Mama Naija”. As minister under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Okonjo-Iweala advocated and set up the Sovereign Wealth Fund against the backlash of opposition from state governors. Thankfully, she achieved her aim. If she did not, would we have been able to read that Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Investment almost doubled in 2016, thus encouraging the present government to infuse more funds into the account?
Following on the heels of the Sovereign Wealth Fund came other phenomenal and laudable achievements such as the institutionalisation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and the Treasury Single Account (TSA). A strong advocate for system as a means to achieving sustainable development, madam Iweala also started the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Corporation (NMRC), Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), and pushed Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
 
Interestingly, Chief Obasanjo was not the only president she worked with who lavished her with exuberant praise. After her service to Nigeria as Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed Chair of GAVI and Senior Adviser, Lazard. Former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his congratulatory message, described her as an achiever whose leadership, as the head of his economic management team, brought about the successful implementation of far-reaching reforms in many sectors including power, telecoms, agriculture, financial services and infrastructural development.
 
The saying goes, “The reward for hard work is more work”, so it came as no surprise when almost immediately her term as minister ended, she was snapped up by leading global orgnisations like Gavi, Lazard, African Risk Capacity and then the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Even before she had warmed her seat in those positions, more appointments came calling, followed closely by more awards. And like the phenomenal woman, mother and leader that she is, she takes on each appointment, each assignment, each accolade with humility and a sense of responsibility towards the people who have always held her heart, whose battles she has fought, and whose victories she relishes, Africans.
 
Dan Osofisan ( Email: danosofisan@gmail.com ) reports from University of Jos where he works and resides.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.
 

[ Masterweb Reports: Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman reports ] - Corruption is a burning national issue. We must all come together for our ‘fight against corruption‘. By ‘corruption’ people usually mean actual bribery, nepotism, misuse of
public money and other offenses like hoarding, profiteering, black-marketing and smuggling.

Corruption is rampant in various spheres of education, business, employment, election and even marriage.



The lack of employment opportunity often depresses the job-seeker. As long as there remains an unbridgeable gap between the employment needs and employment opportunities, it remains difficult to get a job, and there would always be people to exploit their needs. Giving and taking bribes under false assurances is a common phenomenon in such a case.

This can be stopped either by refusing to pay any such illegal gratification or by bringing the matter to the notice of the Police authorities.

Election process is an area where corruption raises its ugly head. Electioneering in a country, where large sections of the electorate are illiterate, often get misled by the vote-seeker. This corruption can be fought if individual voters remain true to their conscience and vote-seekers bank on their worth and power of arguments rather than on weight of their purse.

Corruption has found its way at centers of Education. Nowadays, even non-academic people are seen around the academic world primarily in search of certificates. They in collusion with other money-minded people among Paper-setters, Examiners and Tabulators often make mockery of the examination system. This can only be avoided by rising the consciousness of individual to ‘fight against corruption’.

And the sphere where individuals need no help from outside to fight corruption is that of marriage. Grooms consider themselves to be a costly commodity. They demand for highly dowries this days, which in turn has put several young men off the lane of marriage. It's very rare to see any young Nigerian within the age bracket 20yrs to 30yrs get married this days, because marriage is no longer affordable.

Solution:


The various form of corrupt practices such as, hoarding, profiteering, black-marketing and undue price-rise, etc. need to be stopped.  People can form consumer-resistance group with his fellow consumers and then their united effort would be strong enough to curb the malpractices of the unscrupulous people. These victims should fight against corruption. The should explore their legal rights. If necessary, they would also get the help of the Police authorities in this matter.

In the case of smuggling of valuables and non-available goods, individual has very little scope to resist except taking a vow not to purchase any such smuggled good even if offered at a lower price.

Conclusion:

We often blame the government for their failure in checking corruption. But it is time to realize that it is more a question of public morality, of individual conscience and initiative than efficient administration to eradicate all such vices and corruption.

Comrade Ahmed Omeiza Lukman ( Email: lukahmed@yahoo.com ) reports.
 
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[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - In the past days, there has been a high level elite aggressive push in the main stream media for the VP Osinbajo-led investigative panel to hush-hush. Attorney-General Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno are the other two members of the panel.
 
First came former foreign minister Bolaji Akinyemi who strongly advised absolute silence on the findings of the panel. The ex-minister went as far as discouraging Nigeria's House of Reps from probing the Ikoyi $43 million stash matter, further suggesting that the public should not be made aware of the conclusions of the panel. He went further to state that only Senate president Saraki and speaker Dogara should be told its findings.
 
In rapid succession, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku seconded Akinyemi, discouraging revelations of "secrets" of the panel's investigations. 
 
Minister Akinyemi did not just discourage secrets, he also suggested that “Should any NIA officer be found culpable, he or she should be quietly eased out."
 
 
The two articles were well circulated in the main press, and one can expect a torrent of similar opinions on the way.
 
One immediately asks, what secret was revealed before these suggestions and why the grave concern?
 
Minister Akinyemi said Nigeria's foreign workings must be protected. There is however no precedence to this. US' famous former CIA chief, General Petraeus "the best-known military commander of his generation" according tot he New York Times, was recently put on scandalous trial public and fined for mis-handling confidential information. What foreign operations is Nigeria dealing with compared to USA? 
 
To the question on "what secret was recently revealed," the embarrassing alleged revelations from the drills of the panel are that Nigeria's current National security adviser, NSA Babagana Monguno, also on the panel was indicted by the suspended NIA boss Ayodele Oke, are the most important of note.
 
NIA boss Oke was allegedly engaged in distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars funds for the re-election campaign of former president Goodluck Jonathan. One can only wonder if the possible indictment of the current NSA as knowing about some of these concealed and illegally distributed moneys – not just the Ikoyi stash– to other eminent Nigerians is the issue. Is the probable indictment of other eminent Nigerians also in the distribution channel who possibly received the largess also causing the severe distress and angst? 
 
The request for soft landing for the NIA boss indicted in the massive scandal of receiving bullion-loads of foreign currency from the Central bank as against his being arrested, as was discussed in the recent US Rachel Maddow show on the MSNBC channel, also raises eyebrows. One will expect the former foreign minister to have joined Nigerians complaining on why Mr. Oke has not yet been arrested.
 
Serious Nigerians have discredited the constitution of the Osinbajo-panel in the first place as being unconstitutional and an obstruction of justice in addition to being a waste of the time of the Vice president holding forte during Buhari's time off. In size, three-members, is possibly the smallest panel for an issue of such import in democratic history. There are too many problems with the Buhari-ordered panel that are of greater national and public security interest; some as I have earlier discussed. 
 
ENDS public policy strategist, Dr. Rotimi Adigun lamented that "in an ideal country, Nigeria's Attorney general would be investigating the presidency for creating a political panel to investigate what should ordinarily be a police case." He cited as an example the Trump presidency setting up its three-man panel to investigate $43 million found in the apartment of one of its appointees. Buhari kept the NIA boss for almost two years in spite of our cries for all security chiefs to be retired as soon as he took office.
 
The EFCC, an investigative and prosecutorial branch of the Nigerian government that discovered the stashed bails is equipped to handle the investigation as against a panel of political office-holders at the executive branch. This is a criminal case that should be investigated by the relevant investigative arms of the government; EFCC, police, ICPC, mandated by government for such cases.
 
"The Attorney General's office – consists of dozens of lawyers– will ordinarily examine the case and advice the presidency on its potential criminal nature. The office will then order the relevant agencies to investigate the NIA," Dr. Adigun further detailed.
 
The executive can contribute to such investigation, but to intervene in the EFCC investigation and take over amounts to an attempt to basically usurp the duties of the agencies. And with government agents involved, this is a clear conflict of interest.
 
One would expect to hear loudly from Nigeria's civil societies to put a stop to the charade of panels that wreck the fibre of the developing Nigerian judicial and criminal justice system.
 
Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: drbrimah@gmail.com ) reports.
 
*Photo Caption - As seen.

[ Masterweb Reports: Ihechukwu Njoku reports ] - In a bombshell announcement that shocked congregants and viewers of Emmanuel TV alike, Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua declared his intentions to leave Nigeria and relocate his ministry to the nation of Israel.
 
Speaking to a rapt multi-national audience at his church service on Sunday 30th April 2017, Joshua disclosed that he had just returned from the ‘Holy Land’ after holding meetings with three prominent Israeli mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.
 
According to the cleric, they offered both land and facilities in an area around the biblical site of the Sea of Galilee for the Nigerian Pastor to organise meetings for international pilgrims.
 
“This is where my Father in Heaven came from – it’s non-negotiable,” Joshua explained, adding it was not a decision he undertook lightly.
 
“It’s the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments which will establish your faith,” he further clarified.
 
Joshua said his decision to leave was not connected to the “persecution” he endured during his ministry.
 
However, he hoped the move would help people to “appreciate” what his ministry had been contributing to both the local economy and Nigeria’s international image.
 
“This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa,” Joshua bluntly stated, adding that this ‘treatment’ had led him into a life of virtual isolation.
 
“That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don’t go out. It has not been easy – because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy. If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival. I live in the church here. I don’t have a house outside.”
 
“Anytime you pray, remember Africa in prayer,” the cleric solemnly continued to an audience which included over 3,000 foreign nationals who flew into Nigeria to attend the church service. 
 

“Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa.”
 
The cleric pointed to the example of heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua who was allegedly turned down by Nigerian sporting authorities when he wanted to represent the country.
 
“What happened to me from the beginning of my ministry is enough to chase me out of this country - but I am still in your midst. Upon the persecution and hatred – I decided to follow the path of love. You show hatred; I show love. When I go for a revival, you will see the stadium full but I am not carried away by that. I leave where I’m celebrated to live where I’m persecuted.”
 
The cleric then advised congregants: “Where you are not celebrated is the best place to stay, to get strength. When you are in the midst of a battle, you are building yourself. That is why I decided to stay where I am not celebrated here in Nigeria. When the grace of God is amid challenges, it gets stronger.”
 
According to the cleric, the invitation to Israel came due to the growing popularity of Joshua’s television channel Emmanuel TV, which is especially known on YouTube.
 
“Your life can preach a better sermon than your mouth,” he exhorted the congregation, stating that the Israeli officials had observed his ministry from afar before inviting him.
 

No timeframe for the move was specified in the service and it was not clear whether activities in The SCOAN's Ikotun-Egbe base would cease entirely.
 
Joshua concluded by counselling people: “Don’t destroy your relationships beyond repair because the person who fights you today can be your saviour tomorrow.”
 

The shock announcement will come as a blow to Nigeria’s religious tourism industry.
 
 
Statistics from the Nigerian Immigration Services revealed that six out of every ten travelers to Nigeria go to The SCOAN, with countless local businesses and hotels in the area relying on the church activities for their sustenance.
 

Ihechukwu Njoku ( Email: chuk.njoku@gmail.com ), a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
 
*Photo Caption -  TB Joshua poses with Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat