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‘After The White Man, The Next Most Important Person God Created Is Igbo’ – Alex Ekwueme
Vice President of Nigeria during the 2nd Republic, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, has played up the role of the Igbos and the need for Igbos to trust each other as they did in the past.
Dr. Ekwueme said this on Sunday at the traders’ summit and award ceremony organized by Anambra Consensus Project, ACP, at Amaokpala area of the state; to honour outstanding traders in all the 57 major markets in Anambra State.
He recalled that Igbo were strongly united before and immediately after Nigerian Independence wondering what went wrong over the years based on what is currently happening in the Igbo –speaking states of the country.
“When I returned to Nigeria after my studies abroad, I worked for the then ESSO West Africa Limited and the job took me to many cities in the Northern part of the country.
“I found out that there was no place you would go and won’t find an Igbo man and they all cooperated well.
If you wanted to buy APC medicine in any city in the North, whether it was Kano, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Bauchi, Bida, Minna, anywhere, it was an Igbo person that would sell it to you. Igbo people were so industrious that Northerners were saying that after the white man, the next most important person created by God was Igbo”.
“When Igbo was Igbo, there was so much unity, such that once Igbo leaders met and took a decision, every Igbo person would abide by it.
“The trust among Igbo was responsible for the reason apprenticeship became popular with the result that parents would allow their children to stay with an established Igbo man to learn a trade for periods ranging from five to 10 years after which the apprentice would then be settled to start his own business.
“Even after the settlement, the newly settled young trader would be getting goods on credit from his former master and return the money after sale because of the trust that existed.
“But lack of trust has diminished that age long cooperation between the master and his former apprentice, which is very worrisome.
“The main problem of the Igbo today is lack of trust. If we can rebuild the trust among ourselves, our people will be better for it.
Washington Post Reacts To President Buhari’s Comment On Aisha Belonging To His Kitchen
Following President Buhari’s recent comment saying that his wife, Aisha Buhari, belongs to his Kitchen, popular US paper, Washington Post has taken a swipe at Buhari.
In an article, Washington Post wrote:
“If you think Donald Trump has problems, consider those of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Elected last year as a no-nonsense candidate to clean up Africa’s biggest democracy, his popularity has fallen amid various spiraling crises — a faltering economy, a deadly insurgency, a devastating famine. And now, even his wife is skeptical.”
“In an interview with the BBC’s Hausa language service, Nigerian first lady Aisha Buhari suggested that she might not back her husband’s potential reelection in 2019 if he didn’t shake up his government.
“Without naming names, she said a whole host of people in senior ministerial posts didn’t share her husband’s values or the vision of the ruling party. The first lady’s admission reinforces accusations made by critics that Buhari’s government has been hijacked by a cabal operating behind the scenes.
“The president does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” she said. “Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”
“According to the BBC, some in Nigeria speculate that the first lady went this route after her own chosen figures did not win the posts they desired in government. Whatever the case, it deepens the gloom around Buhari’s presidency, which he won in part on a platform that promised an end to nepotism and cronyism in the country.
T”hen came Buhari’s response. Speaking to reporters while on a trip to Germany, the Nigerian president offered up a tasteless jibe: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,” he said.
“His remarks were made in front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who according to reports, glared and then, briefly, laughed.”
‘Anyone That Betrays Tinubu Is Bringing Curses Upon Himself’ — Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has warned that whoever betrays former Governor of Lagos and Current APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu is bringing curses upon himself.
This is coming on the heels of disunity and insinuations within in the APC ranks and Presidency that President Muhammadu Buhari and others that benefited from Tinubu’s resources in getting into their respective positions the Jagaban’s financial clout and South West Popularity in getting elected.
The Governor said they are conspiring with Tinubu’s enemies to rubbish him, he added that they got to the positions they are in because of God, and Tinubu who they have betrayed.
He added that there is “nobody’s mother, brother or sister that will wish, with the efforts Asiwaju has put into Nigeria and his party, that he should be disgraced. It will be unfortunate for the Yoruba nation if they short-change Asiwaju in APC”.
‘I Don’t Travel With Domestic Airlines, They Are Dangerous’ – House Of Rep. Deputy Speaker
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, has said that Nigerian domestic airlines are not safe and so he does not fly them.
Lasun, who spoke at the National Assembly, said he preferred to travel 12 hours by road from Abuja to Oshogbo to flying.
“If someone like me, the Deputy Speaker of this country, does not travel (with) domestic airlines, it means something must be definitely wrong with the (aviation) sector,” he said.
[REVEALED] Fayose And Fani-Kayode Lied, EFCC Did Not Detain Ms. Precious Chikwendu
Investigations have revealed that contrary to statements by Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose and PDP member, Femi Fani Kayode, Ms Precious Chikwendu; Fani Kayode’s girlfriend was not detained by EFCC.
SaharaReporters revealed that Mr. Fani-Kayode’s girlfriend arrived in Ekiti and attempted to withdraw funds from an account linked to slush provided by detained former National Security Adviser, Dasuki.
It was learnt that security officials concluded that an account opened at Access Bank by one “Sonia Chikwendu Precious,” with account number 0024425113, was linked to money laundering.
The account was flagged after security and anti-corruption agents determined that it was one of the several accounts into which another former minister, Esther Usman Nenadi, paid illicit funds.
When Fani-Kayode’s girlfriend arrived at Access Bank in Ekiti to withdraw funds, bank officials contacted agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC had earlier instructed the bank to alert security agents whenever anybody showed up to carry out transactions the account.
Sahara Reporters learnt that Ms. Precious was with her eight-month-old baby at the time of her arrest. A source said EFCC officials in Lagos asked the Divisional Police Officer in charge of a police station near the Ajilosun branch of the bank in Ado Ekiti to release her on bail as EFCC agents in Lagos were unable to get to Ekiti on time to take a statement from the nursing mother.
The source said the DPO contacted Governor Fayose instead of going to the bank who then rushed to the bank to free Mr. Fani-Kayode’s girlfriend.
After freeing her from the bank, Mr. Fayose then marched back to the bank premises to close down the bank, swearing that the bank would never operate in Ekiti during the remainder of his tenure as governor.
In an apparent effort to gain public sympathy and whitewash Mr. Fayose’s action as well as the attempt by Mr. Fani-Kayode’s girlfriend to withdraw funds from a flagged, both the governor and the former Aviation minister issued statements claiming that the EFCC detained Fani-Kayode’s mistress along with an 8-month old baby.
EFCC sources told Sahara Reporters that Ms. Precious Chikwendu was used as a front to open two fake bank accounts at Diamond Bank and 15 bank accounts at Guaranty Trust Bank to launder funds for Mr. Fani-Kayode during a time the ex-minister waxed strong as the chief propagandist for Mr. Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015.
Precious Chikwendu, a key player in the former minister’s money laundering operations, had used the Zenith bank account linked to Fani -Kayode to apply for her BVN.
Mr. Fani-Kayode has a history of using females for money laundering, in 2007 he used a girlfriend of his Chioma Anasoh to launder money, specifically on June 27th, 2007 Chioma was arrested with $240,000 said to be cash belonging to Fani-Kayode.
She was arrested after boarding a plane to travel on a British Airways flight to London from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
Nigerian-American singer “Jidenna Theodore Mobisson” arrives Lagos
All Photos & Video Showing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s first visit to Africa, and his first stop was Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
This is Mark Zuckerberg’s first ever visit to Africa, and his first stop was at Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) in Yaba, Lagos.
He’s also billed to meet with developers and partners, as well as explore Nollywood.
Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to listen and learn and take ideas back to California on how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa.
At CcHub, Zuckerberg visited kids at the ‘Summer of Code Camp’.
At CcHub, also known as the Silicon Valley of Nigeria, people can learn how to code, developers can get help launching their first products, and find mentors and funding.
Zuckerberg met with developers like Temi Giwa, who runs a platform called Life Bank that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria.
Life Bank saves lives by mobilizing blood donations, taking inventory of all blood available in the country, and delivering blood in the right condition to where it is needed.
After visiting CcHub, Zuckerberg, said on his Facebook Page:
This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I’ll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I’m excited to learn as much as I can.
The first place I got to visit was the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps. I’m looking forward to meeting more people in Nigeria.
Mark then went to Andela, an engineering organization that is building the next generation of technical leaders in Africa.
Earlier this year, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative invested in Andela after being impressed by the company’s innovative model of learning and its drive to connect the global technology ecosystem with the most talented developers in Africa.
Seni Sulyman, Director, Andela Lagos, said:
We are excited and honored to welcome Mark Zuckerberg to Lagos. His visit reinforces not only his support of Andela’s mission, but his belief that indeed the next generation of great technology leaders will come out of Lagos, Nigeria and cities across Africa.
Andela has created a platform for passionate, driven software developers and engineers to break into the global tech ecosystem, but the barriers to entry are still very high.
Mark’s visit demonstrates to all Nigerian developers and entrepreneurs that they’ve caught the attention of the tech world, and they are capable of succeeding on a truly global level.
At the end of the day Zuckerberg stopped by an Express WiFi stand in Lagos owned by Rosemary Njoku. Facebook’s Express WiFi lets entrepreneurs like Rosemary set up a hot spot to help their community access apps and services built by local developers.
This week, Facebook is launching a satelite into space to enable more entrepreneurs sell Express WiFi across Africa.