Boko Haram Is Protesting Against Their Leadership, They Sold Us A Decoy – Safety Expert

Dr AdedejiA Public Affairs Analyst, Dr. Adetokunbo Adedeji, believes that Nigeria needs to go back to examine how Boko Haram started for it to end the insurgency ravaging the country.

“When we get to the point of properly examining the issues behind their acts then we can solve the problems”, he said.

Speaking on Channels Television, he said that Boko Haram have behind them people who are being cynical about their fight against western education.

While warning that there were a lot to worry about in the Southern part of Nigeria despite having not felt the attacks yet, he noted that “It is war and we need to find out why they are waging war against the society.

He referred to the abduction of girls in a government secondary school in Borno State as a failure of the security network in Nigeria, adding that all major security organisations in the rest of the world have proper intelligence gathering.

The failure of intelligence gathering that would enhance a prediction of what could happen, he said, has led to the attacks on the soft targets.

He also emphasized the act of monitoring the entry of foreigners into the country which was lacking in the country as another major failure in comparison to countries like Egypt where this is taken seriously.

While admitting that the security agencies in Nigeria had done well enough to be commended, he insisted that they could do more.

The Safety Expert also berated Nigerians for being passive in their attitude to security, stating that it was important for Nigerians to be more conscious of their environment.

Going down memory lane, Dr. Adedeji recalled that during the Nigerian Civil War, there was a general mental alertness in the southwest that there was a war. He expects that this would be the kind of alertness that exists among all Nigerians irrespective of the region they live in.

“Don’t sit on the fence, join the Civil Defence” was the slogan that became popular in the media during the war and it still lingered in his mind.

He insisted that Government at all levels must get involved in getting people aware of the situation in the country and create a state of consciousness and readiness to fight the war together.

“In the beginning there was a soft sell – Christian, Muslim, now it is clear that that’s not the issue. It hasn’t gotten any religious connotation even from the beginning. They sold us a decoy and a lot of us fell for it.

“Now it’s becoming clearer that they have some deeper meaning to what they are trying to do”, he said, with the submission that they were “protesting against their leadership.”

According to him: “The reason for that is that up until this moment, the societies that you have up North, there are people who have lived with a sense of deprivation which has not gone away, to the extent that people over there are limited. The opportunity for people to self-actualize is completely hard and unreachable for a number of people.”

“There are unspoken questions that Boko Haram is asking – ‘why have you neglected us for this long? You told us don’t get western education, your children got western education, those children are far removed from us now, and they are not even doing what you used to do’.

“What the fathers of all the young northern leaders used to do was provide food – lunch, breakfast, dinner – for all these people in their neighbourhood, but their children are far removed from the practices that their fathers used to give in the society.”

On the view that Boko Haram was political, Dr. Adedeji agreed that this was a valid view but Nigerians must be careful not to limit it to party politics, as there was politics of human beings, politics of population, politics of poverty, and politics could be played with people’s minds based on the power an individual has on them, with poverty having become a powerful tool for this over the years.

He summed up his perceived mindset of the Boko Haram sect in one statement: “We are completely fed up of this kind of leadership that we have gotten for years and years. You deceived us that western education is not good but you all got western education and you’re ruling us because of that.”

He said, “That’s the cynicism and people need to catch up with that to be able to appreciate how deep-rooted this thing is.”

He insisted that the easy recruits for Boko Haram has been those class of Nigerians who have been impoverished over the years, who are tired of the situation and are willing to fight by any means, the deprivations they have experienced.

Dr. Adedeji posited that until the leaders admit that indeed truly some things have happened in the past that have kept some people deprived, it would be hard to deal with the situation.

 

Leadership Robbed Nigerian Football Of Success For Two Decades – Abdullahi

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi has stated that success or failure in sports is most times determined by what happens outside the pitch and not what happens on the pitch.

While appearing on flagship breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise’ on Channels Television, he did a review of the efforts of his office which has brought Nigeria notable sporting successes, especially in football with the country’s national teams; the Super Eagles and the Golden Eaglets winning the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2013.

“Before then (the AFCON victory), the entire leadership system around football especially had more or less collapsed. I recall that when I got into the office as Sports Minister, there were 26 court cases on the Nigeria Football Federation alone; all kinds of litigation…so the process of trying to rebuild that system I think played a very significant role in setting us towards that victory.”

“How many Nigerians for example would recall that there was a time we went for an international football competition and the federation did not remember to pack the kits, and they had to put scissors to the long pants to create the jersey for the players.”

“How many people would recall for example that when Nigeria goes for international competitions like that, another delegation from Nigerians would also be arriving at the same time for the sole purpose of sabotaging Nigeria, so that some people don’t take credit for what happens?”

“So the reason we were losing all those years was not because we stopped knowing how to play football, or we no longer had talents. It’s all about management and leadership.”

On what he injected into the system to achieve the success that had eluded Nigeria for 19 years, Abdullahi said that the football federation he has worked with is committed to achieving results. He has been able to envision what is possible and move everyone towards achieving the vision. He also identified the ability to minimize conflicts and friction among administrators, coaches and the players as having played a very huge role in the football successes.

He added that the National Sports Commission he met was working in opposite direction with the then Nigeria Football Federation due to election conflicts and different interests.

The Sports Minister agreed that funding has indeed been a challenge, claiming that he did not know of any government in the world that can fund sports alone. He however added that in Nigeria, even the funds released were not efficiently managed in a way to get the kind of results Nigerians wanted, a situation he said was part of the governance challenges his administration had to deal with.

According to him, after Nigeria’s woeful outing at the London 2012 Olympics, the Federal Government had to analyse the sports sector to identify the major problems and the issue of leadership became top priority, with funding coming next.

He said that the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was then asked by the President to head a team that had the Sports Minister and a representation of the private sector to work out an independent sustainable funding system for sports in Nigeria. They had the mandate to delink sports funding from the country’s annual budgetary system, and that they are working on.

Mr Bolaji Abdullahi also spoke about the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), the League Management Company (LMC), other sports, coaches’ unpaid salaries, private sector involvement in Nigerian sports and the efforts of his office at making the sector more attractive to sponsorship.

Unpaid Salaries: Keshi Has My Number, He Should Have Told Me – Sports Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi has frowned at the decision of National Team Coach, Stephen Keshi to keep the issues of his unpaid salaries from him only to reveal it in the media.

He expressed this feeling while appearing on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, ‘Sunrise’ on Thursday.

He admitted, “The issue of the coach not being paid is wrong. It is still the same issue of managing resources efficiently.”

“I have said it on different occasions that the Nigeria Football Federation after the African Cup of Nations, AFCON became really seriously financially challenged. They had difficulties, but that did not explain their not paying the coach for 6 to 7 months.”

He however said that the media buzz around the issue did not have to be so. He wondered why the situation would remain for such a long time and the appropriate authority was not aware.

“I as a minister, I got to know about coaches not being paid on the pages of the newspapers. It was only after it was reported in the papers that I called the federation, what is going on here and of course I immediately issued them a query to explain why that happened.”

He said that this was when the NFF mentioned their financial challenges as the reason behind their owing the coaches. He assured that he has since intervened and the matter is being sorted with the help of the “higher authority” since he did not have a provision for it in the budget of the National Sports Commission.

He frowned at the decision of Coach Stephen Keshi to keep quiet until the situation reached 6 months. “People are making reference to (the fact that) if he was a white man, would he have been owed 7 months? A white man will not work for 6 months without being paid; he will see it as a breach of contract and he will complain.”

“Immediately I called the coach; you’ve not been paid? And you have my number? And you didn’t tell me?”

On the suggestion that the need to avoid a national embarrassment may be the reason behind Coach Keshi’s decision not to tell the higher authorities, Abdullahi said “in the end what did we achieve? National embarrassment or not, what I’m saying is that by the time you’re not paid month 1, month 2, you have the minister’s number, there are other people, the directors of federations are there, you could call them and say look, there is a problem.”

Lawyer Describes Public Sector Reform “Cosmetic”

A legal prpractitioner and  a member of the Crusade For Justice, Richard Nwankwo has tagged the reform taking place to sanitise the public sector as “cosmetic”.

He said “corruption as we know in Nigeria has grown over time and justice is yet to prevail. The approaches that can solve these problems have to be comprehensive, wholehearted and there must be a display of political will”.

Nwankwo, who spoke as a contributor on Channels Television’s flagship breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday, advocated for the creation of an enabling environment for battling corruption.

He added that the major way of dealing with the problem is identifying where to start from, saying “where do you start? You start from the leadership. If the leadership is clean, you see people falling in line.” He noteded that Nigerians are selective in addressing issues therefore constructive criticism is needed.

He therefore called on all Nigerians to come together to address the issues of corruption in the public sector.

Leadership Is Nigeria’s Biggest Problem – Analyst

A leadership consultant, Adetokunbo Obayan, has identified reasons why Nigeria has continued to experience certain problems repeatedly, adding that leadership is one of the country’s major problems.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, Mr Obayan stated that “leadership is one of the biggest challenges that we have in the Nigerian environment”.

The analyst blamed both public office holders and the masses for their inability to have the correct perspective about what leadership is and who a leader is. “There is a mixture between the position and the action.

According to him, Nigerians think leadership is position. “There is a gap in people’s perspective and understanding of who a leader is and what leadership is about”.

This, he said, cuts across both the public and private sectors.

He said the reason families and friends of office holders conduct thanksgiving services is because they think ‘their brother has arrived’ and so they send a delegation from the village to the governor for appointing their brother.

“The biggest challenge we have in our environment is our inability to see distant future.”

A research shows that “among the people in the world, the West Africans have the lowest long term orientation in the world” because we don’t think of the future.

This is why some parents will pay so their children will pass exams.

Citing nelson Mandela is an ideal leader, he said the reason information about his health always makes headlines is because he took a risk to affect his nation.

This risk, he added, is a sacrifice driven by a long term vision.

Mr Obayan also identified culture and environment as factors that affect the perspective of leadership.

“We celebrate arrival more than we celebrate where we are going”.

In solving this problem, we must realise that “it is time for us to recognise that the reason we are where we are as a nation is not accidental. It is because the holders and occupiers of many of our platforms of leadership have relatively failed.

They failed to understand what leadership is and they have failed to deliver leadership”.

  • We have not spent time to define what leadership is as a nation
  • We haven’t even spent time to explore what leadership implies

He added that the country operates at a mundane level of leadership.

Obi Signs 2013 Unicef Programme Implementation Agreement

The Governor of Anambra state,  Mr. Peter Obi has signed the Programme Implementation Agreement (PIA) with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the year 2013.

At the signing ceremony which took place at the governor’s lodge, the state received commendations from the UNICEF Chief of A-Field Office, Enugu, Mr. Charles Nzuki, for strong commitment and leadership in the 2012 UNICEF Programme Implementation.

The state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi who said his administration will not relent in its effort in achieving the MDG’s also disclosed that the programme for the year 2013 costs N272 million and will be targeted at projects spanning across water, sanitation and immunization.

It was said that the agreement will guide the implementation of UNICEF programmes across the state in various sectors.

While UNICEF is intervening with N172 milliona, Anambra state government is paying a counterpart contribution of N1million. In addition, emergency financial interventions from other donor agencies are expected.

The chief of A-Field office, Enugu, commended the strong commitment and leadership of the state government in its implementation of UNICEF programme in the out gone year and for this year, emphasis is on water, sanitation and immunization.

Recalling the giant strides of the state in UNICEF programme implementation for the year 2012, the Chief Authorizing Officer for UNICEF and EU programmes and commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning noted that the partnership has indeed improved the lot of the people of the state especially the children.

The state governor stated that his administration will continue to fulfill its part of the bargain in order to ensure that the welfare of the people and especially the children is maintained.

 

Thanks For Not Disappearing In Israel, Orji Tells Pilgrims

The Abia state governor, Theodore Orji on Wednesday expressed his gratitude to the pilgrims who visited Israel and returned to the state without attempting to run off.

During his speech at a thanksgiving service in honour of those who participated in the 2013 pilgrim to Israel at the Micheal Okpara auditorium, Umuahia, the governor said that the return of all the pilgrims is a good testimony for the state.

Mr Orji disclosed that the state spent about N450,000 including $500 Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) for each person embarking on pilgrimage and hinted that the administration would continue to sponsor those going on pilgrimage.

“No amount of money is big for Abia people to keep in touch with God.” Mr Orji said.

He urged the citizens of the state to continue praying for those in leadership and for peace.

Jonathan Says Nigeria Owes Obasanjo Gratitude As Former President Turns 76

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians owe former President Olusegun Obasanjo an “enduring debt of gratitude” for his contribution to the development of the nation.

In a letter congratulating the former Head of State on the occasion of his 76th birthday, President Jonathan extended felicitations of behalf of his family and the country.

“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to express warm felicitations to you on the occasion of your 76th birthday anniversary which comes up on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013; the letter states.

“Over the years, you have always readily given of yourself to the cause of the peace, stability, growth, and development of our country, Nigeria. For this, we owe you an enduring debt of gratitude.

“As you celebrate with family, friends and well-wishers I pray that Almighty God continues to guide, guard, and prosper you, even as He blesses you with many more years of robust health and abiding fulfillment,” President Jonathan wrote.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was born on March 5, 1937.

Lucky To Have Obasanjo

The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has also paid tribute to the former President, saying Obasanjo has lived a fulfilled life of service to Nigeria and humanity.

The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State,  Muazu  Aliyu said at 76, Chief Obasanjo has remained the reference point on good governance, statesmanship, diplomacy, conflict resolution and prudent management of resources.

”Nigeria is lucky to have former President Obasanjo at every twist and turn in our march to nationhood,” the forum said in a statement.

The forum recalled that Chief Obasanjo had a distinguished carrier in the military and then went on to become Head of State and later democratically elected president, during which period he showed rare vision, courage and exemplary leadership.

They noted that they are “proud to be associated with the achievements of the former leader, especially his contribution to the deepening of the nation’s fledgling democracy.”

Corruption in EFCC:Selection of leadership the problem

Social Commentator Adegbiji Adebayo was with the breakfast show crew Sunrise Daily to discuss the corruption rocking the anti-graft body itself the EFCC.
Adegbiji said it is a real shame for the EFCC that is supposed to serve as a watchdog in curbing corruption actually has gone neck-deep into it.

Magistrate orders arrest of journalists covering proceedings

Channels Television’s Judiciary Correspondent, Shola Soyele was arrested today (Wednesday March 4, 2012) along with other Journalists covering proceedings at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on the orders of a Magistrate in the court.

The journalists were in court particularly to cover the judgment of a coroner inquiring into the cause of death arising from the August 15, 2010 ghastly accidents along the Otedola bridge end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

It will be recalled that the magistrate handling the inquest failed to give his much awaited verdict last week and instead told lawyers involved in the suit that the verdict was not ready after which he fixed today the 4th of April to deliver.

Trouble however started when a female police prosecutor in mufti simply identified as Rose and attached to one Magistrate A.A Oshoniyi of the Lagos State Judiciary accosted the journalists, raised her voice and shouted on them to vacate the court premises while they gathered for proceedings to commence on the inquest.

Attempts by the journalists to explain their mission fell on deaf ears and in the course of the exchange of words, Magistrate Oshoniyi came out of her chambers and without trying to find the cause of the noise immediately ordered the arrest of the journalists.

A female police officer with the nametag, Mariam Joseph, immediately swooped on Wale Busari, the judiciary correspondent with Silverbird Television, grabbed his cloth and started to drag him away.

His resisted and this led to other judicial staff in the magistrate’s chamber to join in the fray in order to carry out the magistrate’s order.

Magistrate Oshoniyi also ordered the seizure of the Channels Television camera as the person operating it tried to record the unfolding drama.

She subsequently asked the police orderly attached to her to get across to the police.

Within a 5min interval, police officers from the Area F police command in Ikeja swooped on the court and without asking questions pounced on some of the journalists, beating and dragging them into a police bus with number plate Lagos XJ 812 Epe.

Those beaten include Wale Busari of Silverbird Television, Wahab Abdullahi of Vanguard Newspapers, Akintunde Akinwale of Thisday Newspapers and Channels Television’s cameraman Polynous Odedeyi.

Those arrested included Journalists from the Nigerian Compass, Thisday, Leadership, Vanguard, PM News, Nigerian Tribune, and Moment Newspaper.

The scuffle continued at the Area F Police Command as the police officers further unleashed their anger on the journalist especially Wale Busari, alleging that the journalist rudely resisted arrest.

Things would have gotten messier but our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, quickly put a call to two Senior Advocates, Mr Dele Adesina and Mr. Sebastine Hon before her phone was seized.

With the intervention of the senior advocates, the matter went before the Area F Police Commander who later heard both parties and sought an amicable settlement of the matter.

The journalists were later released on the instruction of the Lagos High Court’s Chief Registrar and further intervention of the Chairman and Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association, Ikeja.

Meanwhile Channels Television gathered that the magistrate handling the coroners inquest has since adjourned his verdict to the 25th of April