National and West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, has expressed delight over his emergence as best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 17, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Friday. The best boxer award fetched him N3million in cash prize along with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy. It is the second time the flamboyant boxer would be winning the prize.
His previous one earned him N2.5 million. Speaking in Lagos on Monday, Oladosu, thanked Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Chairman, MultiChoice Nigeria and GOtv Boxing, for increasing the prize money from N1.5million to N3million. According to him, the cash prize for the best boxer has had the effect of changing the lives of winners. “This is very commendable.
The boxing community in Nigeria should be grateful to the sponsors and Mr. Ogunsanya for their interest in the welfare of Nigerian Boxing and boxers. This is life-changing and I will forever be grateful for this gesture, which will motivate me to aim at greater things,” he said.
A total of eight fights, including the World Boxing Federation (Intercontinental) super featherweight title bout, were staged at the event, which also featured lovely musical performances by Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni da Entertainer, Daddy Showkey and T Classic.
Checkout how Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung stepped out for a cultural carnival yesterday in Plateau state.
Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Lalung, was in touch with his culture yesterday December 29th as he attended the 2018 Tarok cultural carnival which held in Langtang South local government area in Plateau state.
He stepped out in nothing but his briefs as he attended the event, and he looked in high spirit as he joined his people to celebrate. See photos below;
Solomon Dalung was born on the 26th of, September, 1964, and has been the Minister of Youths and Sports since 2015.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday approved the appointment of Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola as the state’s 21st Head of Service.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, said Muri-Okunola’s appointment followed the retirement of Mrs. Folasade Adesoye on December 27.
According to Aruna in a statement, Muri-Okunola was the former Executive Secretary, Land Use and Allocation Committee, between 2005 and 2011.
￼Until his appointment, he was the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Social Development.
The statement quoted Ambode as thanking the outgoing HOS, Adesoye, for her meritorious service to the state and wished her well in her future endeavours.
Similarly, the governor also appointed six new Permanent Secretaries.
￼They are: Dr. Goncalves Fausat; Mr. Kosoko Adeyemi; Dr. Balogun Sherifat; Mr. Adeniji Olufemi; Mrs. Adelaja Omobolanle and Dr. Lawal Temidayo.
Ambode said, the new HOS and the Permanent Secretaries would be sworn-in on Monday at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
Senate President Bukola Saraki has insisted that the 2019 budget proposal of N8.83 trillion presented to a joint session of the national assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari is “hopeless.”
In an interview, Saraki said the proposal is not only hopeless but deceptive.
The senate president first made the comment when he hosted some civil society organisations (CSOs) in Abuja on December 20.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had responded by saying the executive would not exchange words with legislature.
“To the best of our knowledge, we presented a budget given the circumstances of our resources this year, we feel that is the best we can. It is left for the national assembly to consider it,” Mohammed had said.
But Saraki wondered why the executive would use a benchmark that is higher than the current crude oil price.
“I made a comment where I said it was a hopeless budget that will rarely bring Nigerians out of poverty, diversification of the economy and inclusive growth,” he said.
“When I said that, I noticed a lot of people were a bit defensive, saying the statement was borne out of politics. I am a kind of person that is responsible enough to choose my right words and I am happy about this question.
“If you followed the previous budgets under this administration, there was no budget under this administration that I have ever used any word as strong as that. Some of the budgets had given hope; some had tried to address growth. But this budget (2019 budget) particularly, I still stick to my words: it is not only hopeless; I think it is even deceptive. Is it that those that prepared the budget did not ask themselves these questions?
Saraki said it is disturbing to note that 70 percent of the budget is “already gone on recurrent, debt servicing and others.”
“It’s clear that any shortfall of revenue is going to be very impactful because already between the crude oil price and production we have already seen that once we don’t meet those targets, we are going to have a huge deficit problem,” he said.
The senate president said the country’s independent revenue has been under performing “from day one of this administration.”
“They keep giving the man independent revenue that is not realistic: N700 billion, N800 billion, and N900 billion. Look at the implementation; N150 billion and N200 billion,” he said.
“These are areas we have been telling him. Independent revenue is not working, because there are many leakages.
“In a government that claims to be fighting corruption, the level of leakages is too huge. You are giving a budget of N900b and they are coming with N200 billion so that N700 billion does not allow the implementation of the budget, because the first charge will go to personnel.”
Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari died on Friday a couple of months to his 94th birthday — but when he was 54, he had already written his name into the history books. The story of Nigeria will be inconclusive without his footprint.
When Shagari was sworn in as the new leader of Nigeria on October 1, 1979, he became the first executive president of the country. Previously, Nigeria operated a parliamentary system of government and only had a ceremonial president without executive powers. Shagari, at 54, became the head of state, head of government and commander-in-chief of the armed forces under the presidential system patterned after the variant practised in the US.
Many Nigerians thought he just materialised from nowhere to become president in 1979. Far from it. Before then, he had occupied various senior positions in government — he was minister of economic development from 1959 to 1960, minister of pensions from 1960 to 1962, minister of internal affairs from 1962 to 1965, and was minister of works from 1965 to 1966, when the military struck and ended Nigeria’s first experience of democracy.
After serving in other public positions up north during the Nigerian civil war, Shagari was back to Lagos in 1970 following his appointment as the federal commissioner (minister) for economic development, rehabilitation and reconstruction by Yakubu Gowon, the military head of state.
Shagari succeeded Obafemi Awolowo as the minister of finance in 1971 after the former premier of the Western Region resigned from cabinet following his successful management of Nigeria’s resources at war time.
Shagari was minister of finance during the first oil boom era, remarkably occupying that position for four years. In fact, he was effectively No. 2 to Gowon, or what many would call prime minister. During his tenure, he was a governor for the World Bank and a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) committee of 20.
Despite his impressive resume, Shagari was unassuming. When the ban on partisan politics was lifted by the military government of Olusegun Obasanjo in 1978, Shagari only wanted to be a senator. For someone who had effectively been Nigeria’s No. 2 and a key member of the northern establishment, presidency was supposed to be the next natural aspiration. Shagari was humble, in the opinion of those who knew him closely.
In one of his articles, Eric Teniola, respected journalist and columnist, went down memory lane in narrating how Shagari clinched the presidential ticket of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1979.
“On September 20 1978, the National Party of Nigeria was formed at a hall at the Satellite Town, Lagos. Protem officers were later appointed for the party. Alhaji Muhammed Aminu Kano (1920-1983) was made interim Publicity Secretary but he opted out and went to form The People’s Redemption Party (PRP) along with Mr. Samuel Gomsu Ikoku, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, Kanmi Ishola Osobu (People’s Lawyer), Alhaji Sule Lamido, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Dr. Junaid Muhammed, Alhaji Sabo Barkin Zuwo and others,” Teniola wrote.
“On December 12 1978, the party held its convention at the now dilapidated Casino Cinema, Yaba, Lagos to select its Presidential Candidate. The Chairman of the Convention was Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro (1923-2010). 2,235 candidates attended the convention from all over the country. At the convention of the NPN which was attended by foreign observers, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari scored 978 votes while Alhaji Maitama Sule (1929-2017) scored 564 votes. Alhaji Adamu Ciroma scored 293 votes, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki (1933-2012) had 214 votes, Chief Joseph Sarwuan Tarka (1932-1980)—104 votes and Professor Muhammed Iyi Abubakar had 93 votes.”
TWELVE TWO-THIRDS CONTROVERSY
He defeated Awolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) and Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigerian People Party (NPP) in the first ever presidential election to be held in the country. But Awolowo, whose 4,916,651 votes trailed Shagari’s 5,668,857, challenged the election at the court.
Awolowo contended that Shagari’s scores were insufficient because the law required a returned candidate must fulfill two conditions: to have the highest number of votes and not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two thirds of all the (19) states of the federation. While Awolowo agreed that his rival had the highest number of votes in the election, he said Shagari did not fulfill the other condition.
By the declared results agreed, Shagari got 25% of the votes cast in 12, not 13 states. Awolowo had asked the supreme court to declare that although Shagari received 5,688,857 nationwide at the said election, he still had less than 25% of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two thirds of all (19) states in the federation.
Richard Akinjide, who was then the NPN lawyer (and was later appointed attorney-general of the federation), argued that two-thirds of 19 was mathematically and legally 12 states and two-thirds of one state. In the end, the court ruled in favour of Shagari.
Shagari completed his first term and won another in controversial circumstances in 1983 in a controversial election marked by violence amid allegations of rigging. The economy also took a turn for the worse following the global financial crisis and a fall in crude all prices.
On December 31, 1983, the military struck and ended his reign. His administration was regarded to have been replete with corrupt practices.
Shagari, on a short holiday in Abuja, woke up abruptly that morning at his Akinola Aguda residence, now the vice-presidential lodge at the presidential villa. The soldiers, on whom he had received persistent reports of a pending coup, were at his doorsteps. Led by one of his trusted friends in the military, Ibrahim Bako, a brigadier, the soldiers took over control of the villa. Shagari was said to have foiled many attempts to overthrow him but he just couldn’t this time around.
Buhari, then a major general, became the military leader of the new government, citing charges of corruption and administrative incompetence as reasons for military intervention. Shagari was placed under house arrest, just like his deputy, Alex Ekwueme, but nothing was found against them.
But Shagari probably forgave Buhari. In a tribute to the deceased on his 90th birthday, Buhari said: “Alhaji Shehu Shagari is now the Grand Old Man of Nigerian politics, having been in the frame of public affairs since the colonial days. Although my government forcibly removed his government, he has always shown me civility and much courtesy.”
‘GHANA MUST GO’
Ever wondered where and how the chequered plastic bag got its name? It is not unconnected to Shagari.
Nigeria was badly shaken by the international economic crisis of the early 1980s, worsened by low oil prices. Shagari took several steps to strengthen the economy — cutting the budget, calling in the IMF for help and expelling two million foreigners without official immigration documents in 1983.
Ghanaians were the worst hit, with over one million of them affected by the order. Ghanaians were mostly attracted to Nigeria because of the oil boom of the ’70s, but by 1983, the economy had weakened and was fast falling apart.
The migration was then named “Ghana Must Go” and the bag, what Ghanaians used in moving their belongings, was named after the migration and the name stuck till date.
In March 2015, Shagari was rumoured to have died. However, family sources had told TheCable that he was on his farm in Sokoto when the false report made the rounds.
“Please ignore the rumour. I can tell you specifically that he was in his farm this afternoon. And he was back home in the evening,” a source had said.
“As a Muslim, Shagari would have been buried before sunset on Sunday if indeed he died in the afternoon as reported. And there is no way this will not be officially announced.”
PROPHESIED TO DIE BETWEEN DECEMBER AND JANUARY
Marcus Tibetan, a spiritual leader of the Celestial Church of Christ, Elisha Parish, had prophesised that Shagari would die between December and January. Tibetan made the prophecy in an interview with Asabe Afrika TV, last month.
“You see in 2019, there will be no tension because a lot of people are still going to die between December and January and that will shock you. Because Nigeria is going to finish with the first phase. Shagari is going, Shagari will die. He will die in his sleep,” Tibetan had said.
Shagari passed on on Friday at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.
Shagari lived life to a ripe age of 93. Until his death, he was the oldest living former Nigerian president.
Elder statesman, icon, hero, father—these and many more positive words are pouring out from Nigerians about Shagari. His family, must indeed, be proud to have him as one of their own.
He was born on February 25, 1925, to Aliyu and Mariamu in northern Shagari village in Sokoto state. The village was founded by Ahmadu Rufa’i, his great-grandfather, who was also the village head.
Shagari’s father died when he was five but losing his father that early in life did not limit him. He started his education in a Quranic school and then went to live with relatives at a nearby town, where he attended the Yabo Elementary School from 1931-1935. Between 1936 and 1940, he attended the Sokoto Middle School, and from 1941-1944, he schooled at the Kaduna College.
Former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, was on Saturday buried in his hometown, Shagari Local Government Area of Sokoto state.
Shagari, who passed on Friday at the age of 93, was interred at exactly 3.30pm after the funeral prayers led by Professor Shehu Galadanchi, former Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto.
His corpse had arrived at the Sultan Abubakar airport, Sokoto earlier and was received by Governor Aminu Tambuwal, alongside members of the state executive counci.
Dignitaries who attended the funeral prayers included delegations from the Federal government led by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Government of the Federation, and governors of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.
The former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa was also in attendance alongside former Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, Waziri Sokoto, Professor Junaid Walk, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, former Minister, Mukhtar Shagari, and others.
Some billboards and other campaign materials of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have been destroyed in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.
The destruction also took place across the there senatorial zones of the state.
Austin Usman, head of media and publicity of the PDP-Presidential Campaign Council (PDP-PCCO) in Kogi, said some persons suspected to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were behind the act,
Usman also accused the Kogi state government of launching a covert team to destroy publicity materials of the opposition party.
“Information at our disposal clearly indicate that the Kogi State government has commissioned and is funding a covert team solely for the purpose of destroying billboards mounted by the PDP across the state,” he said.
“Ordinarily, we will have ignored the report but we are constrained to take it seriously because the grand plan has kicked off, starting from Otokiti along the Army Barracks road and other parts of Koton Karfe express corridor all in Lokoja.
“Whereas the campaign council will only focus on issues and only important issues which will advance the cause of its candidate, perpetrators of the dastardly act must realize that no group has a monopoly of a capacity to embark on a campaign of calumny.
“We have maintained the narratives, we have remained focused on issues directly linked to unemployment, insecurity, inflation, poverty and the rising disquiet among the federating components which make up Nigeria. But it is only imperative for us to clearly let the APC and agents of the Kogi State government realize that their calculated attempt to stifle the campaign and mobilization efforts of the PDP by preventing our message of hope from penetrating the grassroots will be resisted by every legal means available to us as a group.
“The APC must realize that their resort to destruction of campaign billboards is an act synonymous with sheer cowardice being fallout of the inability of the ruling government in the state to provide the people with a standard of leadership and governance obtainable in states created at the same time with it. This is by no means the fault of the PDP which bequeathed a buoyant local economy, secured communities and a respected workforce to the accidental government of Yahaya Bello.
“In as much as we would wish to remain on the lane of reason, issues and constructive engagement, we will not be cowed or intimidated. If push comes to shove, we will show a clear capacity to take on the Kogi State government on a pedestal that is alien to it and its agents.
“While we call on the Nigeria Police Force and relevant security agencies to rise to the occasion and restrain the Kogi State Government and its agents from threatening the peace of the state, we also call on traditional rulers, religious leaders and town unions to leverage their influence to and sell the message of peace to their subjects, followers and members.”
TheCable was unable to reach Kingsley Fanwo, spokesman of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, for comments.
A family was involved in a fatal accident in the early hours of Saturday while travelling to the village. It was gathered that the man who arrived Nigeria recently from abroad, was travelling with his wife, two sons and his siblings to the East before the unfortunate incident.
According to GB Onitilo, the family members were stopped by the police on Otedola highway just before Berger at about 5.35am on Saturday and they told the officers they were on their way to the village for the New Year.
While talking with the policemen at the checkpoint…
a speeding vehicle rammed into their car from behind and wrecked havoc.
According to the eyewitness, the police officers allegedly fled the scene immediately after the accident.
The wife was killed in the crash as her body was brought out from under the vehicle while the husband’s left leg got crushed completely.
The children and others were unhurt as the wounded man was rushed to the hospital with the aid of emergency officials who arrived the scene on time.
The man will be moved to another specialist hospital to attend to his limbs.
Immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was killed by expert marksmen, an associate of the deceased has alleged.
The former Chief of Defence Staff was shot dead by unknown gunmen along Abuja-Keffi Road on December 18.
The latest Revelations are pretty sensational…
The Nasarawa State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the arrest of five suspects in connection with the killing of Badeh.
One of the suspects, Shuaibu Rabo, in a confessional video claimed that they killed the ex-CDS because he resisted being robbed of a large sum of money in his possession meant for the purchase of a parcel of land.
However, his family denied the allegation, insisting that the police concocted the story to deceive the public.Badeh’s associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Punch that a crime scene analysis, the bullet’s trajectory and pictures had indicated that Badeh’s killers were not hoodlums.
Speaking to The Punch, the retired security officer explained that the incident was “a targeted attack”.
He dismissed the confessional video as a charade, saying Badeh was broke.
He said, “As an intimate friend of the late CDS, I can tell you categorically that Badeh had no such money. He was very broke and could not pay his domestic staff and power bills. At a time, I volunteered to raise N50,000 to enable him to settle part of the bills, but he declined, saying he would harvest some crops on his farm and sell them to raise money.
“That was why he went to the farm to harvest the crops but he was ambushed and killed.
“He was very broke because all his accounts had been frozen by the court and his pension stopped. So, how could a man who could not pay his bills pay N2m for a farmland as claimed by the police investigation? That is stretching the lies too far.”
Another friend of the late CDS claimed that Badeh was planning to join the campaign team of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, before he was killed.
According to the source, Badeh delayed the announcement because his lawyer asked him to suspend the move and prepare for the opening of the defence of his corruption case which was slated for January 16, 17 and 18, 2019.
The associate alleged that Badeh might have been murdered to prevent him from revealing in court those who shared the money for arms for which he was being prosecuted.
Spiritual leader of Christ Deliverance Ministries in Lagos, Prophet Ekong Ituen, had predicted many national events with accuracy. In his latest revelations, he reeled out shocking prophecies for 2019.
Do you have any prediction concerning the 2019 presidential election?
Has God shown you a winner? Let me start by telling Nigerians that election results will spring surprises, but in my revelation, it has been established that President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC) will win the election. You may not like him but that is the truth, I therefore urge the religious leaders in the country to refrain themselves from making inflammatory utterances that promotes conflicts and disunity because God gives power to whoever He pleases. The politicians should not consider politics as a do-or-die affair because whatever anyone becomes in life is exclusively in the hands of God. I urge them not to overheat the polity on account of their desperation to get elected.
You said Buhari will win the polls, do you have any inclination about what his second term portends?
The second coming of President Buhari on the platform of APC will be traumatic for looters, as he is going to be ruthless in fighting corruption. He will also revisit the issue of power infrastructure because of the inefficiency in that sector that has hindered the expected economic growth. Furthermore, I foresee heads rolling in the power sector, as Buhari will look into the fraudulent way privatization process was carried out, s o m e licenses might be revoked. In furtherance to my earlier prediction, former President Olusegun Obansanjo should be prayerful, he may go back to jail before he dies.
Your predictions seem to favour the incumbent. Do you belong to any political party?
No, absolutely not, I am very neutral and a spiritual father to all. I am a messenger who conveys message from God to humanity and nations. A true prophet should not be seen as being partisan. I advise our leaders to see prophecy as a warning and a clue to the plan of God, which can be prevented if the right steps are taken. Prophecy should not be seen as hatred or criticism but as part of intelligence reports because even in the bible God used Prophets to warn leaders of impending crises and defeat.
But some people have accused you of working for Senator Godswill Akpabio. Is that a fact?
Let me answer this question without fear of controversy and to the best of my knowledge, that Senator Godswill Akapbio is a natural giver, an ardent advocate to the poor. I am impressed by the veracity of his generosity. It must be noted, that one of the cardinal attributes of our Lord Jesus Christ is love, which Senator Akpabio has demonstrated. It is my prayer that, others should emulate him because God takes pleasure on those who practices love and kindness.