Monday, December 7, 2020

Kettle Calling Pot Black: Abia Governor Supends his Chief of Staff for Spraying Money on Odumeje

Okezie Ikpeazu
Gov. Okezie Ekpeazu Getting Naira Shower

Two Videos:

Yesterday: Chief of Staff to Abia Governor, Dr. ACB Agbazuere, Suspended by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for Spraying Money on Odumeje

Earlier: Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, Dancing while Money is Sprayed on him

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Fear of Military Takeover in Nigeria: Buratai Warns Generals Against Coup

 Buratai Warns Generals Against Coup

…Vows Nigerian Army won’t tolerate any destabilization act against democracy 

…We are aware Military officers are being approached but our eyes are on them 

Gen. TY Buratai

By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja 

CHIEF of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has warned generals against coup, vowing that the Nigerian Army will never tolerate any agent of destabilization bent on scuttling the current democratic dispensation. 

Buratai, who spoke, yesterday, while the   Nigerian Army decorated 39 newly promoted Major Generals, said he was aware that some generals were being approached and his eyes are on them. 

“Democracy has come to stay. We will not tolerate any agent of destabilization. The years of military misadventure in politics have never carried us anywhere. It is over,” he said. 

Disclosing that the Army hierarchy was aware of some interests making efforts to interact with certain personnel, General Buratai expressed confidence in the discipline and loyalty of the newly decorated officers. 

He charged the new generals: “Do not hobnob with politicians. At this rank of two star generals, do not lobby for appointment. If you want to lobby for appointment, lobby the Chief of Army Staff and you can only do this through hard work, discipline and loyalty.

 “The crop of officers (39 Major Generals) decorated yesterday will never be dragged into any interest that is contrary to the sustenance of democracy in our nation. 

“All our eyes are on you. We know there are several moves to get your attention. You must make sure that whatever you are doing, and when some persons approach you, you must act within the confines of the constitution.” 

On the security challenges plaguing the nation for which the polity has been awash with calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs, Gen Buratai said: “I am glad that we held the Spiritual Warfare Seminar on Wednesday and most of the decorated generals today are graduates of the Spiritual Warfare Seminar. 

“I must say that the Spiritual Warfare Seminar we had last time, helped us during the last #EndSARS protest to the extent that there was no single corpse, but some persons were seeing double at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.” 

He continued: “We will continue to protect every law abiding Nigerian anywhere in the country and we will do that in accordance with  the rules of engagement and confines of the constitution.” 

To officers and soldiers, the COAS said: “The next most important appointment after the Chief of Army Staff is that of the General Officers Commanding the divisions; the GOC must see himself as that repository of discipline, loyalty and regimentation. We shall work hard to ensure we improve the welfare of our troops. 

“There is more work to be done in the theatres of operation but by and large, I want to say there is tremendous improvement in countering insecurity. We must maintain our new tempo that is working. I believe that in the not too distant future the new strategies will be successful.” 

In his address, Guest of Honour and Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, retd, corroborated the comments of the Chief of Policy and Plans, Army, Lt. Gen LO Adeosun, who said godfatherism and lobbying for appointments and promotions was affecting the operations of the Nigerian Army. The minister said: “We should try and see that we eliminate godfatherism. 

There is no need to have short cut in life. Go with the advice of hard work, loyalty and discipline so that when it comes to any promotion board, you don’t need to lobby anybody.”

From Vanguard 

Friday, November 6, 2020

America's Tribes Go to the Polls Amidst Uncertainty: A News Report on the US Elections Written Using Cliche American Perspective on Africa

by K. Sakyi-Addo:  A news report on the US elections written using the same perspective that they do when reporting on Africa and the rest of the world 


Millions of American tribesmen and women are voting today to elect a president and lawmakers.  

Two white tribal elders are contesting to rule the Covid-ravaged wheat-exporting former British colony for the next four years. They are the incumbent Donald J. Trump of the ruling Republican Party and Joseph R. Biden of the opposition Democratic Party, both in their seventies. 

Due to the levels of illiteracy, candidates are represented on the ballot by animals, the elephant for the Republicans and a braying donkey for the Democrats. 

Over 230,000 people have died of covid, more than any country in the world, leading to widespread poverty and joblessness unseen in the vast country in a century. 

Millions are dependent on food rations, homelessness is rife, and open defecation common in some provincial capitals. 

As temperatures drop, the homeless sleep on cardboards and are warmed by steam rising from underground sewers at night. By day, they live off coins tossed their way by European and African tourists. 

Some voters received assorted food packs from the ruling party suspected by the opposition to be in exchange for votes. 

In parts of the province of South Dakota, children travel tens of km every day to attend the nearest school, with many barely aware of a world beyond their homestead and school playground. 

Mr. Trump who is neither a believer in God nor science, earlier this year promoted drinking cleaning detergents to the country’s 330 million citizens as the means to fight covid.  Some mountain village tribesmen heeded his advice and required emergency medical care. 

It is unclear which brand of bleach Mr. Trump, his wife, son and courtiers drank when they were infected with the deadly disease in October.  

Some insiders are certain Mr. Trump, believes the earth is flat.  He also believes opposition leader Biden belongs to a cult whose members sleep with children for juju. 

Trump is a close friend of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with whom he publicly exchanged crude insults earlier in his term. Some observers believe the American leader envies Kim’s god-like status among his people, and aspires to a similar grip on Americans. 

The opposition have accused him of packing his administration with Trump clansmen and women and in-laws. 

The country has a curious system of democracy adopted in 1788 in which candidates are sometimes elected with vastly fewer votes. In 2016, Mrs Hillary Clinton, an elder from the former ruling Democratic Party had three million more votes than Mr. Trump, but was declared the loser much to the bewilderment of democracy watchers elsewhere in the world.  She would have been the first woman to lead the country in more than 200 years. 

Tension has been high in the run-up to the polls with armed gangs, such as the Proud Boys militia, threatening to reject the results should their candidate lose. 

Some tribal militiamen were caught recently plotting to abduct the head of Michigan province and stage a military coup. 

Over the weekend, members of the opposition accused gun-toting, flag-waving ruling party supporters from the Texan tribe of trying to push their candidate’s vehicle off a cliff. 

Earlier this year, dozens of towns across the country witnessed riots sparked by discrimination against black tribespeople. Their ancestors were shipped from west Africa in their millions over a four-hundred-year period to work as slaves on cotton plantations.  

In May this year, George Floyd, a Black tribesman from the province of Minnesota, was killed in broad daylight by a policeman from the white tribe who knelt on his neck until his last breath left him as people watched. He is now out on bail. Another who shot a black tribes woman dead in her own bed at home was not even indicted, leading to further riots. 

Members of the minority black tribe were counted only as three-fifths human in the 18th century and got the full right to vote in 1965. 

A black armed militia known as NFAC has also emerged saying they are ready to fight the white tribes.  They said they were tired of holding hands and mournfully singing “Kumbaya”, a spiritual sang by their forebears, in response to atrocities against their kinsmen and women. 

Thousands of shops have been boarded up with plywood and markets closed for fear of post-election unrest. 

African analysts believe the African Union or ECOWAS should send observers to watch the polls to ensure they are free and fair. 

It is not known whether the UN has taken measures to parachute peacekeepers in, should civil war break out in the increasingly isolated territory. 

K. Sakyi-Addo, African News Network.

Kwaku A. Sakyi-Addo