Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says Nigerians did not bargain for “avoidable bloodletting and loss of human lives” during the 2015 elections.
Secondus said this in his New Year message issued by Ike Abonyi, his spokesman.
He advised Nigerians to see 2019 as “the restoration year” for the country, noting that the electorate’s decisions will determine the future of the country.
He said 2019 provides the opportunity to save the country from her current state of “misrule”.
“The general election in the country this year 2019 provides ample opportunity for the country to be rescued and restored as the biggest black nation in the world both economically and politically, ” the statement read.
“This year provides us the ground to save our democracy and the country from the comatose state misrule has placed it.
“Nigerians did not vote in 2015 for their economy which was the best in the continent to be so damaged to merit her the poor capital of the world.
“It was not the desire of Nigerians in 2015 when they voted to have such frightening unemployment record as confirmed by the National Bureau of Statistics after nearly four years.
“Our nation did not bargain for this quantum of avoidable bloodletting and loss of human lives when it voted in 2015.”
The national chairman said it would be a huge disservice to the nation if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fails to give the country free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
Secondus advised security agencies in the country to remember that their responsibility is to Nigerians and not to “a particular government in power”.
He urged global democracies to show more than passing interests in the 2019 elections because of the strategic importance of Nigeria in the democratic community of Africa. (NAN)
Pastor Enoch Adejare (EA) Adeboye has released his prophecies for the new year, 2019.
This was made known during the church’s crossover service which took place at the RCCG headquarter located at Kilometre 46 Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Redemption Camp, Ogun state, southwest Nigeria on Monday.
Unlike before when the highly revered man of God would give tacit one liners, he instead gave biblical references as the prophecies for the Year 2019.
Read the clergyman’s prophecies below…
INTERNATIONAL: Joel 2:28-32
The Bible passage reads; King James Version (KJV)
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call
NIGERIA: Lamentations 3:22-23 — King James Version (KJV)
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
INDIVIDUAL: Isaiah 3:10-11 — King James Version (KJV)
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
RCCG: Psalm 91 King James Version (KJV)
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Thank God the Holy spirit and prophesy into your life.
In line with Federal Government directive, the implementation of mandatory usage of the National Identification Number (NIN) takes effect from today, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced.
At its meeting on September 12, 2018, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the new National Digital Identity Ecosystem Strategic Roadmap for the enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the National Identity Database (NIDB).
By that federal directive, therefore, the usage of the NIN becomes mandatory, from January 1, 2019, to access any government service across the country.
According to Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director-General of NIMC, all federal government Ministries, Agencies and Departments that take records of personnel/provide services requiring the identification of a person, shall from January 1, 2019, mandatorily demand the NIN from citizens to offer any of such services.
Ministries and Agencies such as Education, Aviation, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, National Population Commission, National Independent Electoral Commission, Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Nigerian Communications Commission, National Health Insurance Scheme, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Nigeria Police Force, Security and Exchange Commission etc. must request and verify the NIN as already adopted by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, Nigeria Immigration Service, Federal Road Safety Commission and the National Pension Commission.
Explaining how the mandatory usage of the NIN will be implemented, Engr. Aziz allayed the fears of the public that the cut-off date might pose a challenge to citizens or jeopardise their access to government services, or indeed, put their citizenship in any doubt.
“The process is simple and shall bring no stress to anyone. When the Federal Executive Council says mandatory usage of the NIN from January 1, 2019, it means that from that date onward, the agencies providing services listed under Section 27 of the NIMC Act and Section 1 of the Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number Regulations 2017 shall demand the NIN from citizens or legal residents before offering them any service.”
Speaking further, Engr. Aziz assured Nigerians that no one shall be denied any government services on account of not having the NIN.
Rather, the mandatory enrolment or collection of data by the above-mentioned government agencies or their licensed agents, along with private sector organisations to be licensed by NIMC in the coming days under the digital identity ecosystem means fast-tracking of the enrolment process in the national identity system.
“We have a mandate to register all Nigerians and legal residents or at least over 95 per cent of the population within the next three years. It does not necessarily mean that NIMC must have offices or enrolment centres in all nooks and crannies of the country, especially given the current economic situation and realities in our country.
“Instead, in its wisdom the Federal Government approved the new digital identity ecosystem which ensures and mandates all government agencies earlier mentioned and private sector organisations to be licensed by NIMC, to collect citizens’ data using guidelines issued by the NIMC and through secure approved channels of communication send such data to NIMC to generate the NIN.
“This Strategic Roadmap, which is supported by the World Bank, puts Nigeria on the path to becoming one of the leading countries in the World with a verifiable and credible identity system, which is the bedrock for planning, financial management and shrewd budgetary scheme,” he explained.
The FEC approval of the new digital identity ecosystem brings into full force the implementation of the provisions of the NIMC Act 23, 2007, which include the enforcement of the mandatory use of the NIN and the application of appropriate sanctions and penalties on defaulters as provided under Section 28 of the NIMC Act.
“NIMC is empowered to ensure strict compliance with the NIN requirement and can demand evidence of compliance from a person or entity; caution a non-compliant person or entity in writing; sanction a non-compliant person or entity by the imposition of administrative fines or institute criminal or civil actions against the non-complaint person or entity,” Engr. Aziz stated. (Daily Trust)
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday alleged that some powerful persons from the South West and North were ganging up against his 2023 presidential ambition.
He said despite the orchestrated plot against his political career, he would contest for Presidency in 2023 and will not be intimidated.
Okorocha spoke to journalists at his Ogboko country home in the Ideato North Local Government Area of the state.
The governor alleged that his current political predicaments in the ruling All Progressives Congress started two years ago in Lagos State.
According to him, an unnamed politician summoned his political subordinates including his deputy, Eze Madumere, to Lagos and plotted the chart to stop his political ambition by all means.
The governor said, “What I am suffering now in APC started two years ago in Lagos. They called my subordinates including my deputy and asked them to team up to fight me.
“Hope Uzodinma joined them lately. They decided to use him because they saw him as a strong person, being a sitting senator.
“The whole thing is about my 2023 presidential ambition. They want to shut out any Igbo man who is strong politically from the 2023 presidential race. But despite the gang up, I must contest for President in 2023.”
Okorocha also alleged that there was an ongoing conspiracy to stop him from going to the Senate in 2019, using security agencies.
Maintaining that political forces from the West and North were working to hijack the state’s politics, the governor said, “If care is not taken, a time will come in Imo State that before a sitting governor appoints a commissioner, he will first get an approval from either the West or the North.
“Most of the Igbo elite have compromised but I am the only person who has not compromised and will not compromise.”
The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to a higher likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease, a new study has found.
The community-based study of African-American adults was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).
To further contribute to the ever-growing evidence against the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, lead author of the study, Casey Rebholz of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her colleagues sought to provide a better understanding on how beverages affect kidney health.
Working with 3000 participants, the investigators assessed beverage intake through a frequency questionnaire administered over a four-year period and subsequently followed up after a space of five years.
The findings revealed that six percent (189) of the participants developed CKD over a median follow up of eight years and that participants in the top tertile for consuming this beverage pattern were 61 percent more likely to develop CKD than those at the bottom tertile.
“There is a lack of comprehensive information on the health implications of a wide range of beverage options that are available in food supply,” the lead author explained.
Rebholz added that there is a dire need to discover which types and pattern of beverages are associated with kidney disease risk.
Months back, a jobless Nigerian man identified as Ifeanyi Ugokwe was arrested and jailed for attempted suicide, CNN reports.
He said, “I was tired of walking around that day. And I was determined to work there… so I tried to force my way in, then he pushed me, and I fell down flat on the floor.
“I started begging him because I was tired, I really needed that job because I needed to eat.”
Humiliated, Ugokwe went to a nearby lagoon and jumped in.
After being rescued by passing fishermen, Ugokwe says he was handed over to police officers who arrested him and put him in jail.
Attempting suicide is a criminal offense in Nigeria, under Section 327 of the Criminal Code Act, and carries a penalty of up to one year in prison. A holdover from when Nigeria was a British colony, the law was abolished in Britain under the Suicide Act of 1961, which happened after Nigeria gained its independence in 1960.
Ugokwe says he’s speaking out about his attempt to take his own life despite stigma around the subject in Nigeria because he doesn’t want people to suffer as he did.
When he woke up on the fisherman’s boat, Ugokwe says he was angry that his attempt had failed.
“When they put me in the cell, the first thing that came to my mind was what did I do? I didn’t kill anybody. I did not steal. What am I doing here? What did I do wrong? It’s my life, not (the) government’s life,” he said.
It was there he met Imanuella Ojeah, a criminal lawyer and a member of the Elevation Church in Lagos, whose volunteer prison unit makes weekly trips to local prisons.
“I remember he seemed tired of life. He begged me to get him out of that place. He told me… I am not mad. I am just depressed and don’t have money to eat,” Ojeah told CNN.
Ojeah and her team represented Ugokwe at his next court appearance at Sabo Magistrates Court, a few weeks later, in April 2017. They were asked if someone was willing to act as a guarantor for Ugokwe and look after his welfare if he were released.
Ojeah found someone from the Elevation Church who agreed to look after Ugokwe and the magistrate dismissed the case.
The over 100,000 Lagos civil servants and other stakeholders, yesterday, left office to welcome Year 2019 without understanding the State government’s financial direction for the year. The 2018 budget expired yesterday.
Unlike the previous year when they already knew the government’s plans and direction, and resumed work after the break with a goal to pursue the vision, this year will be different. Reason: The workers are yet to hear from the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, the 2019 budget and financial direction.
￼Presentation of budget before the end of the year had been the style of governance in Lagos in the last 10 years.
Even after assuring Lagos residents that the budget will cater for unfinished projects, the State House of Assembly was yet to receive any letter of intention from the Governor on when he would present the budget.
Unlike the just concluded year, Ambode presented the 2018 budget on December 11, 20 days to its commencement, which fell-short of the precedence left by his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, now minister of Power, Works and Housing, though it was the second biggest budget in the country.
The budget which was over N1 Trillion was applauded by financial experts as been targeted at reducing infrastructural deficit caused by population explosion in Lagos.
Fashola, while in office, ensure that the budget for the new year were presented to the lawmakers. Even when his second term was not certain, he ensure that the tradition laid by his predecessor remains.
Fashola, on December 13, 2010, presented the 2011 budget estimate of N445.2bn and followed this with N485bn budget presentation on November 14, 2011 to cater for Year 2012.
This tradition continued till he presented 2015 budget, which was his last, at N489.75bn on November 24, 2014.
￼But the civil servants were stunned after close of work on December 31 without any news on the budget from the State Governor rather, the number one citizen spent the day inaugurating the youngest Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola and six other permanent secretaries.
Even if the budget is presented when the lawmakers resume later in the month, the 2019 appropriation bill may not be available for signing until February considering the number of days the State House of Assembly spent scrutinizing last year’s budget.
On the activities of the State House of Assembly, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Musbau Rasak, told Vanguard that the lawmakers were on recess and would only resume after the holiday. (Vanguard)
A Story On The Issue of Luck by Tony Elumelu
In business the role luck plays in success and personal achievement is rarely discussed. If luck is mentioned, it is done with slight condescension, and usually dismissed as a product of hard work, not deserving significant attention. While hard work is paramount – and I have written extensively about the importance of working hard – history and my own experiences show that there is often a large element of success that hard work alone can not explain. It is simply not true that “you make your own luck.”
I started my career as a salesman, a copier salesman to be specific, young, hungry, and hardworking, but the reality was that I was just one of thousands of young Nigerian graduates, all eager to succeed. How did I get from there to where I am now? Of course, hard work, resilience, a long-term vision – but also luck.
A year later after earning my Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, I applied to join a new generation bank, Allstates Trust Bank. The bank’s one-page newspaper advertisement demanded a minimum 2:1-degree, but I applied regardless, submitting a cover letter and filled out application with my 2:2-Economics degree.
By a stroke of luck, my application was reviewed by the Chairman/CEO, a painstaking man who carefully read my cover letter and was drawn to the confidence in my words. “I know I may not have met the qualifying criteria for the advertised roles, but I am intelligent, driven, ambitious and I will make the bank proud. My 2:2 degree does not demonstrate the full extent of my intelligence and ability, and I know I can do so much more.” He read those words and took a chance on me. Though “unqualified”, he decided to throw me a lifeline, an opportunity.
I was invited to join the shortlist, followed by a long series of interviews and even more tests. At the end of a very rigorous process, I received good news – I had a place as an entry level analyst. Even now, I wonder: What if the Founder had not personally gone through my application? What if my application was rejected at the very beginning? What if I never got the opportunity to work at Allstates Trust Bank?
The story continues: within 12 months at the bank, aged 27, I went from analyst to branch manager – the youngest ever bank branch manager at the time. I was hard working, energetic, creative and prioritised getting things done, but it was also good fortune that my bosses Toyin Akin-Johnson and Ebitimi Banigo took notice, and then, believed in me. They took a chance on me by appointing me as branch manager after an incredibly short time in the bank. They recognised in me the raw materials needed to make a good leader and were prepared to invest in me and my ability. My rise to Branch Manager within a short period is a great story but I know in my heart, I was lucky, as well as deserving.
This position of branch manager was a solid platform which launched me into several top leadership roles. When we, a small group of hungry, determined, young outsiders, took over struggling Crystal Bank, it was as a direct result of the preparedness and exposure that we received early from our superiors and mentors. Without the intervention and goodwill of these people in my career, I would not have been prepared as I was to take on far greater roles. These learning opportunities laid the pathway to future achievements. Put simply, I was lucky enough to be identified and trusted so early on in my career, and this put me on a unique road to success. I keep this in mind – it is humbling and also drives much of what I do today.
When I left UBA as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2010 to pursue other interests, I made a vow that through the Tony Elumelu Foundation, I would “institutionalise” luck and democratise access to opportunities for young Africans. I promised to leverage the success I have enjoyed, to spread luck and hope, provide opportunities and to empower the next generation of African entrepreneurs to succeed. Without luck in my early career, I would not be the man that I am today. I am a leader and philanthropist today because I encountered people who gave me a chance early in my career. It has been a lifetime goal to pay this forward in a transformative and impactful way.
Over the past three decades I have spent as a banker, investor, and turnaround expert, I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of entrepreneurs, like me. Many of them young people, with incredible dreams and business ideas but without the experience or the access to mentoring and support required in order to build successful businesses. But most importantly, they have not yet been exposed to the right opportunity.
Our entrepreneurs are hard at work across the continent, identifying gaps in the market for specific products and services, and bridging these gaps with their innovation and ingenuity. Yet, many of these budding entrepreneurs often lack the capital, the networks, the training, the support to take their small business to national or regional scale. All they need is a helping hand, some luck, someone to believe in them and take a chance on them.
This is what the Tony Elumelu Foundation offers: a platform that empowers African entrepreneurs– from business management training, to mentoring, to funding to networking – championing their cause and giving them a global voice to actualise their ambitions. This is precisely why I launched the USD$100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme to empower the next generation of African entrepreneurs. Indeed, these may be the next UBAs (United Bank for Africa).
So, when I am asked, “Tony, why are you and your family doing this? What is in it for you?” I smile and recount my own story of luck. Luck is real, it is powerful, and I am committed to spreading it as far as I can. I am a beneficiary of luck, and I am passionate about sharing it across the continent, to all 54 countries.
Let’s encourage our young aspiring entrepreneurs to apply for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme. There will be 1260 places open from today, January 1, 2019. We all should become a part of this global movement for good by sharing this with your network of friends and family.
A popular Nigerian business news blog has been exposed while trying to blackmail one of the fastest growing banks recently.
Information filtering in revealed that the business news blog and its publisher (names withheld) recently strategised their plots to blackmail Keystone Bank Limited and its managing director/CEO, Dr. Obeahon Ohiwerei.
According to sources close to the bank, the publisher of the blog had contacted Keystone Bank demanding a whopping N40 million to ‘kill’ purported stories which was discovered to be a fabrication of lies and allegation against the financial institution and its managing director/CEO.
The publisher was told point-blank that the bank could not afford such amount of money. It was learnt that the publisher whose name starts with a ‘O’ and blog name starts with a ‘P’ was undaunted in his plan to obtain from the lender and its leadership. He therefore quickly pegged down his demand to N15 million, a negotiation which the bank also declined immediately.
Angered that his plot to blackmail the bank was becoming unsuccessful, the publisher threatened to publish the false stories to rubbish the bank and its CEO.
When contacted, a staff of the bank who doesn’t want his name in the print confirmed the story. According to him, after building its reputation to its present standard, Keystone Bank will not succumb to cheap blackmails or any blackmail for that matter.
“We are waiting for him to make good his threats. I can assure you that the bank will not hesitate to use all legal means to seek redress as a deterrent to other unscrupulous elements out there,” he said.
As the 2019 elections draw closer, the National Association of Itsekiri Graduates (NAIG), has adopted the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Delta South Senatorial District, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, as its preferred choice to represent the district.
The forum made the disclosure in its 2019 new year message signed by its National President, Comr. Collins Oritsetimeyin Edema to Itsekiri graduates worldwide.
The Itsekiri is one of the ethnic groups that make up Delta South Senatorial District.
Lending its voice on the 2019 elections in the senatorial district, Comr. Edema stressed that after several consultations with different interest groups and critical stakeholders, the association cannot deny the fact that amongst the four Itsekiri candidates gearing to represent the district, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan stands a better chance to wrest power from the incumbent senator who has under-performed.
In his words: “As enshrined in our constitution, ‘the economic wellbeing and or welfare of our members shall be the focal point of the association’. It is on this premise that I wish to call on all Itsekiri graduates and people of goodwill to take the forthcoming general elections very serious.
“We are all aware that the Nigerian government is the biggest earner and biggest spender of money, hence controls the economy of the country. We must therefore be concerned about who governs us as the economic wellbeing of our members is influenced by those who represent us in government.
“The 2019 general election is the beginning of a new political lifecycle for the Itsekiri nation and as such we must be involved in how our economic wellbeing will be affected in the next four years.
“Today, the Itsekirin nation is at a political crossroads. It is either we remain the way we are or we move forward. We cannot afford to vote for candidates who will take us backward as that will only land us in political wilderness for another four years.
“The 2019 general elections is a choice between immediate financial gains and sustainable development. The 2019 general elections is a choice between Itsekiri interest and personal interest. The 2019 general elections is a choice between political jobbers and political capacity. The 2019 general election is a choice between being anti-party and being anti-Itsekiri.
“Our choice in the 2019 general elections will either lead to the completion of the dredging of the Warri River or the suspension of the project. Our choice in the 2019 general elections will either lead to the opening of the Warri and Koko ports or the continuous closure of those ports. Our choice in the 2019 general elections will either lead to the commencement of work on the Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP) Ogidigben or the continuous hopelessness we face. Our choice in the 2019 general elections will either lead to the passage of the bill for the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic Koko into law or the suspension of the bill. Our choice in the 2019 general elections will either lead to the gazetting and revival of the $5million vocational training centre Egbokodo that is in a sorry state or the continuous sorry state.
“It is public knowledge that it is the turn of the Itsekiri ethnic nationality to represent Delta South Senatorial District at the red chambers. With four Itsekiri candidates vying for the position our chances of producing the next Delta South senator is bleak. With four Itsekiri candidates vying for this position, we have become a laughing stock to those we lobby to allow us have a shot at the senatorial seat.
“After several consultations with different interest groups and critical stakeholders, I cannot deny the fact that amongst the four Itsekiri candidates, the immediate-past governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan stands a better chance to wrest power from the incumbent senator.
“I wish to plead with all Itsekiris contesting for the position of Delta South senatorial seat, all Itsekiri graduates, Itsekiri students, Itsekiri youths, women groups, Itsekiri elders, Itsekiris all over the world, and the good people of Delta South Senatorial District to as a matter of national interest set aside personal ambitions, ethnic sentiments, and pecuniary gains to adopt Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan as their consensus candidate for Delta South Senatorial District.
“My plea is premised on the fact that this election is our best chance yet to liberate the good people of Delta South Senatorial District from the incumbent political “Mugabe” hence we should not allow our personal ambition to becloud our collective ambition.
“It is better to be anti-party than to be anti-Itsekiri. Political parties will come and go but the Itsekri nation will remain. We need to make real sacrifice if the Itsekiri nation is to remain politically relevant in the next four years.
“Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan with his wealth of experience as the immediate-past governor of Delta State will bring his experience to bear on his job as the senator representing Delta South Senatorial district.
“We want a senator that can join hands with the member representing Warri Federal Constituency to influence the opening of the Warri ports to cargo, and commencement of the GRIP-EPZ Ogidigben projects. These two projects will guarantee over 300,000 permanent jobs for our graduates and youths. The recent rate of money ritual among our youths is not only alarming but a need to declare a “state of emergency” on these listed projects for the collective good of the people of Delta South Senatorial District,” the statement concluded.