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Of Gaddafi, Obama, Buhari and Atiku

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Of Gaddafi, Obama, Buhari and Atiku

I commended President Muhammadu Buhari when he belatedly did what he ought to have done quickly, which is to speak up against the enslavement of Black African migrants in Libya. I did so because the President listened to the strong criticism from civil society against his tardiness in responding to the situation. However, I still need to ask a question.

Both the Buhari administration and the African Union condemned Germany’s 2016 terror attack that killed 12 persons within mere days (hours in the case of Nigeria). Yet, both the Nigerian Government and the African Union remained silent for weeks on the selling of hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Africans as slaves in Libya.

That being the case, have both the Nigerian Government and the African Union outlived their usefulness to their people?

Such a thing as the Libyan affair should ordinarily attract the swiftest rebuke. In fact, I am still puzzled that the African Union in particular is taking this issue lying low.

It leads me to think that to a very large extent, we Africans are our own worst enemies.

I remember how I campaigned for candidate Obama during the 2008 US elections, thinking that Obama as President would do a lot for the Black Race.

Now, after eight years of Obama, Black people are worse off than they were before him in many respects and this is actually due to Barack Obama’s policies.

When Gaddafi was in power, there was no slave trade of Black Africans in Libya. As a matter of fact, Gaddafi gave financial aid to Black African nations and almost single handedly funded the fight against White minority rule in the then Rhodesia (renamed Zimbabwe) and against apartheid in South Africa (Google it. There is a YouTube video of Mandela saying so openly in America during his thank you tour after his release from prison).

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To be sure, Gaddafi had his own challenges too, but no one is perfect. Gaddafi did for the Black world much more than anything Obama ever did for Africa. He gave financial and military support to oppressed people. He funded scholarships and health schemes. He was not big on rhetoric, like Obama. He was big on helping you in reality.

And then Barack Obama staged Gaddafi’s removal and now Black Africans are being sold in Libya and you think Obama is good and Gaddafi was bad?

All over Africa, from Libya, to Egypt, to Nigeria, Obama intervened without caring what Africans really wanted and saddled us with incompetent regimes that are taking Africans backward. History will not be kind to Obama!

Certainly, it was fortuitous for the African continent that Obama’s echo in the person of Hillary Clinton did not make it to the White House. I believe it would have been more of the same.

And look at the incompetent government they helped come to power in Nigeria. I only wish Nigerians know how much of a role Obama played in the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

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It was actually quite hypocritical for Obama, a blatant meddler in other people’s elections, to point fingers at Russia. If at all Russia meddled in the 2016 US Presidential elections, they were only paying Obama back in his own well-deserved coins.

In less than two years, the Obama supported Nigerian government of Muhammadu Buhari has destroyed a once thriving economy that was projected to be the third fastest growing economy in the world in 2014 by CNNMoney.

He has wiped off 70% of the value of the Nigerian Naira. He has increased electricity, fuel and passport costs without increasing the minimum wage.

But it is when it comes to his anti-democratic credentials that I cringe the most.

President Buhari has used many dirty tricks to try and intimidate his most likely opponent. Not minding that he as President has not created jobs and has rather lost the jobs that his predecessors created, President Buhari has tried to cripple the businesses of Atiku Abubakar by coming up with flimsy excuses to breach the commercial contract entered upon between INTELS and the Nigerian Ports Authority.

It does not matter to the President, obviously, that by trying to ground INTELS he is putting the jobs of many Nigerians at risk.

But the most hypocritical thing that this government did is to attack Atiku’s credibility over his decision to quit the ruling All Progressive Congress.

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The President even permitted one of his official spokesperson to verbally insult Atiku in public after first unleashing Malam Nasir El-Rufai to take Atiku to the cleaners right there at the Presidential Villa.

But to show that President Buhari and his surrogates are hypocrites, let’s take a quick look at the political odysseys of those criticizing Atiku for leaving the APC,

Muhammadu Buhari, from:
· ANPP to
· APP to
· CPC to
· APC

Nasir El-Rufai, from
· PDP to
· CPC to
· APC

Rochas Okorocha, from
· PDP
· Action Alliance
· APP to
· ANPP to
· APGA to
· APC

The only major politician on the national stage that has remained in one party since the return to civil rule in 1999 is Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and he has not criticized Atiku Abubakar, but rather, he has stretched out a hand of fellowship to him.

It seems that this is the season for decamping. In fact, I have just been reliably informed that President Buhari has sent his AGF to Dubai to open discussions with Maina so the President can decamp to Pension Fund Bazaar Party. Rochas Okorocha too would soon be decamping from the APC to Statue Party, while Nasir El-Rufai may be leaving to join Serial Betrayer party of Nigeria.

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Power Outage hit Murtala Mohammed Airport for five hours – Read what passengers did

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It came as a shock as Murtala Mohammed Airport in Ikeja Lagos State went into stone age for five hours. The airport experienced power outage which forced the terminal to switch to manual for continuity.

Power Outage hit Lagos Airport for five hours - Read what passengers did

Power Outage hit Lagos Airport for five hours – Read what passengers did

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said that the power failure was due to a “minor electrical fault”.

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Sahara Reporters reported that sources close to the terminal reveal that some of the passengers had to pull off their shirt especially the males and use hand fans.

Phew.

Yakubu further stated that FAA  engineers were already working to rectify the “minor electrical fault”, assuring the public that normalcy would be restored soon.

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Yakubu added by saying that the outage did not affect normal flight operations at the airport and flight operations continued uninterrupted.

Well, the terminal crew switched to manual.

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Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying “Homosexuality is still a sin”

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Pastor Hoke Justin of Trinity Bible presbyterian church at Northern California has been sacked after he posted a sign that reads “Bruce Jenner is still a man, Homosexual is still a sin, Culture may change, the Bible does not”.

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying "Homosexuality is still a sin"

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying “Homosexuality is still a sin”

The presbyterian pastor who strongly believed in the word of God which says a man shall not lay with a man was fired after his sign post sparked a protest and Drew media attention.

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Bruce Jenner now Caitlin Jenner is a transgender activist who was transformed from a man to a woman scientifically.

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying "Homosexuality is still a sin"

Presbyterian pastor Justin Hoke sacked for saying “Homosexuality is still a sin”

“As of today, I am no longer the pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church. I was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor” Pastor Justin Hoke posted on his Facebook account.

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He told NBC that there was not hate speech in his statement which is the truth.

But recall that the Presbyterian Church of U.S.A has conformed to same sex marriage as enforced by  law.

Hoke did not want to leave the ministry but he had because his philosophy is no longer in line with the church.

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“I did not want to leave, I did not quit, and I was willing to stay. There was a fear we would lose what little congregation that we had if I remained – Hoke said.

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New Police Spokesperson Takes Office – Frank Mba

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Nigerian Police force has appointed a new public relations officer for the force – ACP Frank Mba.

Frank Mba immediately replaced Moshood Jimoh who has occupied the position since 2017 as appointed by former NPF IGP – Ibrahim Idris. Jimoh took over from Sogbeba West.

New Police Spokesperson Takes Office - Frank Mba

New Police Spokesperson – Frank Mba

Nigerian Police Public Release on New Spokesperson – ACP Frank Mba

The Inspector General of Police, Ag IGP AbubakarAdamu Mohammed mni, has appointed a new Spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force. He is ACP Frank Mba. He takes over from MoshoodJimoh, an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police who is being redeployed to other national assignment. Until his appointment, Frank was working at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi- Lagos. The posting is with immediate effect.

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Frank Mba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and a Lawyer, is an alumnus of the University of Lagos where he studied Law. He also has a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Dundee, Scotland- United Kingdom. A product of the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano where he had his initial police trainings, Frank is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, Quantico- USA. He also holds a Certificate in National and International Security from the Harvard University, USA.

A former Police Spokesman- both at the national and the Lagos State Command levels, Frank is an experienced communicator and image maker. The new Inspector General of Police has therefore charged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in revamping the image of the Force, improving the relationship between the citizens and the police, bridging existing communication gap between the police and its stakeholders, and assisting the IGP in realizing his Mission and Vision for the Force and the nation.

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A passionate and versatile police officer who has worked in multiple police units and departments across the country, Frank has attended some of the finest Law Enforcement trainings, both within and outside Nigeria. These include:Countering Violent Extremism and Police Leadership Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Roswell, New Mexico, USA (2018); Strategic Leadership and Command Course, Police Staff College, Jos (2017); Crisis and Disaster Management Course, Israel (2013); Managing the Media in Crisis Situations, School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos (2013); US-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program, with special focus on International Crime Issues, Washington DC (2010); General Criminal Investigation Course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Botswana (2009); Middle Management Course on Global Peace Operations in Vicenza, Italy (2008); amongst others.

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He was a member of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Mission in Liberia between 2006 and 2007, where he distinguished himself through a combination of hard work, professionalism, and discipline, thereby earning himself the prestigious UN Medal. He has since assumed duty as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Force Headquarters, Abuja.

CSP AREMU ADENIRAN

DEPUTY FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

FORCE HEADQUARTERS

ABUJA

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