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[ 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: ) reports.
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[ 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: ) reports from University of Jos where he works and resides.
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[ 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.


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.


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: ) 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: ) reports.
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[ 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: ), a freelance Nigerian journalist reports.
*Photo Caption -  TB Joshua poses with Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - It is narrated in Islam that when the news of the Prophet's death came out, many Muslims were confused and stunned. His close companion Umar RA was so overcome with emotions that he drew his sword and declared, "If anyone says that the Messenger of Allah is dead, I will cut off his head."
To clear up this problem, another companion, Abu Bakr RA arrived and gave his famous address:
"O People! If anyone among you worshipped Muhammad, let him know that Muhammad is dead. But those who worshipped Allah, let them know that He lives and will never die. Let all of us recall the words of the Qur'an. It says: 'Muhammad is only a Messenger of Allah, there have been Messengers before him. What then, will you turn back from Islam if he dies or is killed?'"
In Nigeria today, likewise there are people who wish to cut the neck of anyone that says Buhari is seriously ill and in need of specialized care in spite of overwhelming evidence. They worship Buhari like God.
We must face it as Nigerians:
Buhari is chronically ill.
Buhari is not coherent. As he came in from the UK, his only talk to Nigerians was not normal. The BBC noted that he was "rambling" in that address. He is not OK to administer right now and is being manipulated by his handlers who produce all his more-frequent-than-normal public alleged utterances.
Buhari under the weight of his chronic ailment with his third-degree weight loss and associated loss of vital energy with evident dependence on cell-toxic medication cannot think straight. He goes in and out of delirium if not additionally suffering form some forms of encephalopathy. This is my best medical professional analysis.
We must recognize that the cabal and media spokes-people lie to us. They kept saying Buhari was hale and hearty in London, but when he returned he told us the truth – that he was more sick than he has ever been in his life. They lie. His handlers are liars. When it comes to Jollof rice, they happily undermine Nigeria and "cannot lie", if they actually believe we are not #1, but when it comes to Buhari they are swift to lie through their teeth.
The cabal do not have Buhari's best interest at heart. They have their interests and not Buhari's or Nigeria's. We read numerous pieces especially in SaharaReporters while Buhari was in the UK, that the cabal wanted to bundle him down against doctors' advice. Today, clearly the same cabal would not want to allow him travel so they have to return to sit by him in the UK, leaving their happy seats in Aso Rock with the oil and the money. 
The cabal want chaos to rule rather than risk losing their strangle-hold on power. We must realize how desperate they are. They would rather put Nigeria in the hands of the indicted Senate betrothed to corrupt Nigerian establishment than hand over to Buhari's trusted choice, the apparently intelligent and progressive Vice once more. They felt hopeless when Buhari returned and positively appraised the work of professor Osinbajo and gave him more powers. They did not like the progress Nigeria enjoyed and its growth in wealth and status.
We must realize that the things happening in Nigeria lately are not Buhari's orders. This is obvious. Everything is very different than we know Buhari does things. Buhari is no longer in charge. The cabal are in charge. And the cabal are heartless, they are not like Buhari or Osinbajo. Think of the GrassCutter who steals from displaced persons in the Boko Haram-ravaged northeast, to have an idea of the wicked nature of the cabal. They are not human beings!
These wicked cabal are sponsoring rumors that Buhari was poisoned so as to guarantee chaos in Nigeria. Before it is too late we must fight for a full disclosure of his health records with his signature on it or we will never as a nation recover from the work of the mischief makers. Buhari must clear the air on this for the gullible and misled fanatics before it is too late.
It is time for Nigerians to fight for Buhari.
It is time that in Buhari's interest, the senate is forced to intervene as prescribed by the constitution and he is given independent physical and mental evaluation and recommended the best care.
We must not aide those who rather detain an "incoherent", terribly weak Buhari within the walls of the Villa than allow him get the best therapy and rest he desires and deserves to get.
Nigeria's president is being manipulated and propped-up. Buhari and Nigeria are in danger.
It is time to fight and protest for our future.
If you truly love Buhari then you should join us in this battle to save him.
May God deliver Buhari.
May God deliver Nigeria.
Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: ) reports.
*Photo Caption - President Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Perry Brimah reports ] - Aare Ona Kakanfo is a title given to the generalissimo, the war general during the Old Oyo Empire. The defacto Field Marshal who leads battles and conquers enemies. It is no little title. The Aare (XIII) before MKO Abiola, Ladoke Akintola died fighting, submachine gun in both hands during the Nzeogwu coup. And before Ladoke, the Aare (XII) Latosha of Ibadan committed suicide when he lost a battle. This is because the Aare tradition it is either victory or suicide. An Eso, of which the Aare Ona Kakanfo is boss, must never be shot in the back –in retreat – his wounds must always be in front. The 6th Aare, Afonja of Ilorin also died fighting. Evidently the Aare title is one of the most powerful in the Yoruba kingdom. The power and ritual invocations of the Aare are second only to the Alafin of Oyo.
As described by Hafsat Abiola, the daughter of late Aare Ona Kakanfo MKO Abiola, the inauguration ceremony the Aare goes through involves the complete shaving of his head with 201 incisions made on his occiput with 201 different lancets and specially prepared ingredients from 201 viols then rubbed into the cuts, a different one in each. This is supposed to render him fearless and courageous.
Since the demise of Chief MKO Abiola, the 14th General to hold the post, there is yet to be a new Aare Ona Kakanfo.
The Aole curse
There is a popular Yoruba tradition about the 18th century Alaafin of the Oyo empire, Awole, crowned in 1789. Before killing himself on the request of Oyo mesi (powerful chiefs) who he felt betrayed him, Alaafin Awole brought out ancient palace totems and pronounced a royal curse on Yorubas, that they will never be united. The curse has been attributed to infighting among Yoruba chiefdoms including the loss of Ilorin to the Fulani northern Emirate.
Aare Ona Kakanfo Chief MKO Abiola's Political Battle
The last crowned Aare Ona Kakanfo, Chief MKO Abiola died under suspicious conditions in prison in 1998, but the death of the last Yoruba battle leader deserves attention. Aare Abiola had indisputably won the famous June 12, 1993 presidential elections with a Kanuri man as his running mate. The elections was declared the freest and fairest in Nigeria's history by international observers. However the then Ibrahim Babangida government denied him of the presidency. The resulting unrest forced Babangida to 'step down' in 1993.
Enter dictator Abacha, Chief Moshood Abiola declared himself the lawful president of Nigeria in 1994. General Abacha slammed Abiola in jail and kept him there till he – Abiola – died under suspicious conditions in June of 1998.
Betrayed Like Aole
General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former president Ibrahim Babangida's foster cousin ruled Nigeria for almost a year, from June 1998 to 29 May 1999. Abdulsamami's 11 month stint was announced from the first days as transitional; with him promising to conduct elections asap. He did, but not until some very high level secret meetings were held in Nigeria with various northern power-brokers involved. During the meetings, the former deputy to former military administrator Muhammadu Buhari, General Tunde Idiagbon who was one of the invited important persons, threw-up all the way back to his hometown in Ilorin and died days after. He was believed to have been poisoned at the Abuja meeting.
Not long after the notorious US' Susan Rice visited MKO Abiola in prison on the invitation of president Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nigeria's last Aare Ona Kakanfo Chief MKO Abiola died in prison. Nigerians widely believed that Susan Rice brought a poisonous cup of tea to kill Abiola on the request of the northern leadership cabal. Some believe the northern elite and their chosen candidate, Olusegun Obasanjo who would be made victorious, wished to clean out potential controversies before the transition to an Obasanjo democratic presidency.
An Aare Curse?
As Aole cursed after he felt betrayed by Oyo chiefs, it is fathomable that Abiola cursed after betrayal by the northern power elite who still struggle to hold on to power. The northern elite are the same people who had benefitted tremendously from his generosity for decades. A top on the list is Ibrahim Babangida whose power grab and coups d'etat the CIA concluded were single handedly sponsored by Moshood Abiola in addition to an alleged conspiratorial move between him and the Saudi king that invited Tunde Idiagbon, thus paving the coup path.
As Yoruba empire's Aare Ona Kakanfo Chief MKO Abiola lay writhing, dying in prison, did he place a curse on Nigeria's north and northern elite precisely? MKO Abiola satisfied all conditions of a great victory deserving presidential coronation. An economist and Yoruba nationalist who believes in reparations, he defeated his debate rival in intellectual battle on the way forward for Nigeria. He was a Muslim as would be expected to satisfy the so-called core-north's religious preferences, and he won the elections with a sweep. The only condition Abiola was believed to have failed to satisfy was his not being a core northerner.
With the wind of the masses who voted for him behind him, could he have possibly invoked for no core northerner to ever sit on the presidency throne for more than 2 years? For those of us who believe in the power of curses and karma especially from the betrayed, oppressed and murdered, aggressive atonement might well be extremely and urgently necessary.
Dr. Perry Brimah ( Email: ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Ibrahim Babangida - LEFT; MKO Abiola - RIGHT

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] - A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Kogi State, Hon. Attayi Okolo Musa has advised the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye to stop his constant bashing of the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

Addressing news men in his office, the party chieftain who is also a member of the administrative team of Omala Local Government Area of the state expressed disappointment with Senator Melaye, saying 'instead of attracting Federal Presence to the state to complement the good works of the governor, Senator Melaye is busy distracting Governor Bello from delivering the needed democratic dividends to the
people of the state.'

He further advised that, the Senator should play his own role by facilitating Federal projects in to the state instead of demonizing the state government at every given opportunity.

Reacting to the assasination attempt on his life, the party chieftain who was visibly angry on the allegation made against Gov. Bello urged the Senator to look in another direction, noting that 'The white-lion governor of the state is too ethical and level-headed to be linked to such an inglorious act.'

He however advised other members of the National Assembly from the state not to lock horns with the governor; rather, they should join hands with him to drive the 'New Direction' policy of the state government which according to him is the catalyst that would unlock the developmental potentials of the state.


Hon. Attayi Okolo Musa,
Administrative Team of Omala LGA, Kogi State.
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*Photo Caption - Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello

[ Masterweb Reports: Press Release For Immediate Release ] -Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Red Star Express Plc, Sola Obabori has been named the Courier Personality of the year at the 9th edition of the ‘Beacon of Information and Communication Technology’ award organized by foremost ICT Weekly news publication, CommunicationWeek.
According to organizers, the award is “merit-centric and designed to reward individuals and firms that have help make life better for Nigerians” in terms of service offerings and performance.
Obabori was chosen for the award because of his exceptional leadership in spearheading new frontiers in the Courier and logistics industry.  An astute management professional with long and outstanding Sales and Marketing career with an accounting and finance background, he has consolidated the Red Star Express Group as the leading brand in the Courier industry in the country.
Red Star Express under the leadership of Obabori has invested in new infrastructures to further actualize the objectives of the company in providing world class one-stop logistics solutions to both private and corporate clients.
The company holds the franchise of two great brands in Nigeria. It is a licensee of FedEx, the world biggest air cargo logistics solution provider and TNT, with Europe’s largest land connection.

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*Photo Caption - Sola Obabori

[ Masterweb Reports: Odimegwu Onwumere reports ] - In this report, Odimegwu Onwumere writes that there are loggerheads surrounding the Health Insurance scheme, causing intricacies in the areas of regulation and implementation, thereby creating loopholes for funds to go down the drain
A clash of interest has been brewing between the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the parent body of Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) in Nigeria, Health and Managed Care Association of Nigeria (HMCAN).
A seeming fraud has allegedly been exposed in the Health Management Organisations (HMOs) by members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Healthcare, early March this year, to the tone of N350b.
Irked by the shoddy picture, Chairman of the Representatives Committee, Chike Okafor frowned that the money in question was the eventful efforts of Nigerians in making the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), an initiative of the federal government since 2005 after the Health Act of 1999, was made. Okafor therefore advised the NHIS to hold back from funding HMOs till examination into the matter was completed.
The federal government had although convinced the citizens that there was going to be NHIS monthly capitation under the National Health Insurance Scheme Act Cap N42, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, meant to actualise the universal health coverage for the citizens but especially for children, women and the vulnerable in the society, through inexpensive cost and diverse prepayment systems. This was after the institutionalisation of NHIS in 1999 via Decree (now Act) 35 of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Owing to the fact that health insurance is regarded as one of the most influential insurance policies, the NHIS was given a mandate to see that Nigerians did not lag in their overall health concern. But this exquisite initiative might have lost its focus as fraud and irregularities have supposedly been characterising the effort to give Nigerians a befitting health insurance.
Experts judged that there was a glaring misinterpretation in the way the health insurance has been handled on the part of government officials that hypothetically wanted to implement and regulate. The experts were consequently calling on the authorities for a talk in order to take a stand, given what the law has said. They believed that the government should not be the implementer of the health insurance and as well, as the regulator. In their effort, they wanted the government to come in as a regulator whereas the implementer would be the HMOs.
Speaking to newsmen on the issue in February, Prof. Mustapha A. Danesi, a consultant physician/neurologist at the College of Medicine University of Lagos (CMUL)/Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), said, “So at present the government seems to dabble into implementations rather than keep strictly to regulation and I believe it is in the interest of everyone to make sure that government keeps to its role as regulator and facilitator.”
In the cause of investigation, Mahmud Yusuf, NHIS Executive Secretary threatened to resign when the Pandora’s Box was discovered in the health insurance agency and he did not sing a different song to that of the Representatives, saying that the health insurance agency has not lived up to the responsibility it was formed. Yusuf said that not upto 5 per cent of Nigerians have been covered by the insurance scheme as against 60 per cent that was the nomenclature on ground at the formation of the health insurance agency.
Given the slapdash practices in the way funds meant for health insurance have been handled, some private health organisations in the country had earlier raised their voice in the way remittances were made in the NHIS monthly capitation. Some private organisations in a state like Plateau State made this known. In February, Chief Medical Director of Sauki Hospital in Jos, Dr. Daniel Gana, who was a former Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Plateau State Branch, was angst-ridden.
Gana said that the federal government has only been keen in staying at the NHIS office in Abuja, but allowed other individual health and other organisations to totter. Gana’s words were that some organisations that include Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) were paid up front, every quarter, by the federal government. Literarily, Gana’s statement suggested that hospitals nationwide hardly get their salaries as at when due. For instance, checks revealed that as at February 24, 2017, no hospital across the country received their salaries, making “what the hospitals are doing now as just humanitarian services.”
There are obviously many challenges facing the health sector in the country. The 2017 budget of 4.15 per cent for health, for instance, is the fraction of 3.65 per cent it was in 2016, as against 15 per cent WHO and African Heads of State declared for countries healthcare in a meeting at Abuja in 2001. The federal government was oblivious or it knew but pretends to shy away, that health insurance has been hardly penetrated in the country given its (federal government)  unconcern attitude to the health sector.
Pundits in the health sector like the Chief Executive Officer of Novo Health Africa Ltd, Dr. Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani said, "with the objective of providing healthcare delivery solutions across Nigeria and internationally through collaborative partnerships", while in a public presentation in 2015, that the government has not really made the citizens to understand what insurance really is.
Jeff-Nnamani was of the opinion that aside the health sector, the citizens were still aloof in the understanding of insurance in its entirety. Manifestly in a religious country like Nigeria, the source added that majority of the citizens don’t agree in preparing for the unanticipated circumstances that might befall them hence the churlish for insurance. On the assertion that the federal government has only been sitting at the NHIS office in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power, to supervise the health insurance scheme, the source added that federalism has been part of the culprits besetting the health insurance.
The highlight of this is that the federal government insures public servants in its employ, but the state governments most times do not follow up, thereby not relieving their employees the insurance they needed. In a nutshell, the specialists believed that the authorities have made health insurance unattractive to the citizens in a country known for nepotism. Those who know better were of the view that health insurance should not have any barrier in how people access healthcare.
While fielding questions to newsmen in January this year, Danesi said, “Nigerians do not need free health but free access to health. Free access to health is only available to those who have a lot of money.” Danesi had a view that lack of finance was not only the barrier in accessing healthcare; many people that had the money hardly get healthcare as at when due.
In a quest to proffer a solution to resolve the crisis rocking the Health Insurance scheme, Danesi added, “Regulation means, make sure that the laws are implemented and make sure every accredited HMOs are quality HMOs, and make sure that accredited health care providers are quality providers. Those are regulatory issues and make sure that the money that is paid is properly kept and disbursed to the HMOs in order to pay the providers and so on, and that is facilitation. If we are housing the money that is paid, disburse it as fast as possible so that there will be no hitch in the implementation.”
The source, however, frowned at the situation where a patient lineup in the hospital for hours to see a doctor; something that ought to be easy for the patient. Adding, it stated that in a state where free access to health is fad, it means that a patient sees the doctor on arrival to the hospital and not need donkey hours to see a doctor. This is even as a Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank, Dr. Tim Evans, said, “Universal health coverage is an essential ingredient to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity within a generation. Putting people’s health needs ahead of their ability to pay stems poverty and stimulates growth.”
It is believed by connoisseurs that the only way to get free access to health is through health insurance.
Odimegwu Onwumere ( Email: ) is a Poet, Writer and Consultant based in Rivers State.
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