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Nigeria is built on falsehood – Segun Osoba

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The former governor of Ogun state, Mr. Segun Osoba who was the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee of the APC and also a member of the merger committee has declared that Nigeria as it is presently constituted, is built on the foundation of falsehood, deception and corruption.

“I was the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee of the APC and also a member of the merger committee, and one of the issues agreed upon was the importance and demand for true federalism”.

“That is why we had it in our manifesto, fiscal federalism and devolution of powers as part of the core programme of APC”.

“Over the years, what I have discovered is that we Nigerians are mostly pretenders. We have a nation built on falsehood, corruption and insincerity”.

“When I say falsehood, we continue to claim different figures as our population and that is false because modern day technology through satellite has the capacity to view the total part of Nigeria. Google, without any physical counting, can tell you the total population of Nigeria”.

“We are pretenders because we pretend to know when we know that we are deceiving each other”.

“We are corrupt in the sense that we focus too much on cash. This I describe as monetary corruption, but the one we are talking about is far deeper. Nepotism and tribalism are forms of corruption. Election rigging is a serious corruption; the products of election rigging are already corrupted and when they get to office, they become even super corrupt”.

“I am saying all these because Nigeria is an example of false federalism and unity and all over the world, nations that have the semblance of what we have today have collapsed, either by forced disengagement or peaceful breakup”.

“And Nigeria, whether we like it or not, will follow either of the two situations. All over the world, forced or negotiated breakup is the way countries like Nigeria have been going”.

“There cannot be negotiated unity, but only negotiated devolution. United Kingdom (UK) claims to be united and they have been living together for centuries, but yet they are not united”.

The Scots have remained Scottish and the Wales retained their identity. The English who tried to force the Wales realised centuries after that they have to devolve power. UK is still devolving power to the component bodies to the extent that the Scotland still wants to break away from the main body. This is a nation that has stayed together for many centuries”.

“The defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was forced together by Stalin and at the end of the day, each went their ways and the old Russia remains and even after disengaging, they went after small republics like Chechen and Ukraine. That was an example of inequality in a federal system”.

“For example, in Yugoslavia, Tito forced the country to be one, when it was going to collapse, neighbours started killing each other. Neighbours that have lived side by side for decades were killing one another. These are examples of violent disengagement”.

“An example of negotiated devolution and disengagement is Czechoslovakia. The country discovered that it could no longer continue as one, and it peacefully disengaged. That is why I say that Nigerians are pretenders. It is all over the world that nations that claimed to be united and preaches unity will struggle to live as one”.

“Canada today is still struggling to live as one. Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada is still struggling to break. Why do we think we are different?”

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Pastor Adeboye establishes Records Label, Signs Gospel artistes

Pastor Enoch AdeboyeRedeem Christian Church of God’s General Over Seer; Pastor Enoch
Adeboye has pumped one hundred million naira on One Hallelujah Records
label.
The head of the label, Pastor Leke Adeboye, who is the son of RCCG
General Over Seer, revealed that the vision is to give artistes
opportunity to praise God through their talents.
“The aim is to create a platform that preaches words of God through
music. That is the reason the G. O. establishes the label”, Leke
Adeboye said.
One of the artistes signed on the label, Pastor Kunle Ajayi, a
renowned saxophonist star artiste added that the O. H. R. is not in
the entertainment industry to compete with anybody but to inspire
souls that want to praise God.
“We are here to appreciate talents and inspire them to disseminate
words of God to people at large musically. In as much as there is no
one investing into the entertainment to establish Gospel records label
and sign on gospel  artistes, E A Adeboye has promised to do that in
order to encourage artistes who are very talented” , he said.
One Million Naira cheque was however given to artistes signed under
the label on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at Redemption Camp Headquarters,
Kilomiter 46 Mowe, Ogun State.
We gathered that the artistes signed were Sister Obamike Adeyemi,
Tosin Bee, Rebecca Okolo, Femi Okunuga, Michael Akingbaya and James
Okon. Others were Moses Onafinjana and Funke who is currently in
United States of America.
Nevertheless, the artistes will kick off their musical tour to United
States of America, Europe very soon. But they will first tour South
West and South East first any moment from now after their singles must
have been released.Redeem Christian Church of God’s General Over Seer; Pastor Enoch
Adeboye has pumped one hundred million naira on One Hallelujah Records
label.
The head of the label, Pastor Leke Adeboye, who is the son of RCCG
General Over Seer, revealed that the vision is to give artistes
opportunity to praise God through their talents.
“The aim is to create a platform that preaches words of God through
music. That is the reason the G. O. establishes the label”, Leke
Adeboye said.
One of the artistes signed on the label, Pastor Kunle Ajayi, a
renowned saxophonist star artiste added that the O. H. R. is not in
the entertainment industry to compete with anybody but to inspire
souls that want to praise God.
“We are here to appreciate talents and inspire them to disseminate
words of God to people at large musically. In as much as there is no
one investing into the entertainment to establish Gospel records label
and sign on gospel  artistes, E A Adeboye has promised to do that in
order to encourage artistes who are very talented” , he said.
One Million Naira cheque was however given to artistes signed under
the label on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at Redemption Camp Headquarters,
Kilomiter 46 Mowe, Ogun State.
We gathered that the artistes signed were Sister Obamike Adeyemi,
Tosin Bee, Rebecca Okolo, Femi Okunuga, Michael Akingbaya and James
Okon. Others were Moses Onafinjana and Funke who is currently in
United States of America.
Nevertheless, the artistes will kick off their musical tour to United
States of America, Europe very soon. But they will first tour South
West and South East first any moment from now after their singles must
have been released.

Nigeria not divisible after 103yrs – Oshiomhole

   Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole and the Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay, on Friday, re-emphasised the need for the country to remain united. They canvassed this position at the 20th Wole Soyinka Annual Lecture Series in Benin, against the backdrop of the current call in some quarters for restructuring of the country. The trio, however, said that there was the need to restructure some aspects of the polity. The theme of the event organized by the national association of SEAGODS in Benin, the Edo capital was ‘Nigeria State in the Aftermath of the Centenary prospect for its indivisibility.’ Obaseki, who chaired the occasion, said the country’s unity was not negotiable and expressed optimism that Nigeria would become great and prosperous again. The governor said the country needed the right leadership at all levels for her to have accelerated growth and development. ‘’The question of whether Nigeria has come to stay is a non issue. I guess what is challenging us today is the sort of country we should create for ourselves’’ He noted that his administration was making efforts to ensuring good leadership and provide opportunity for youth empowerment. He commended the organisers of the lecture series and the choice of topic, describing it as apt and timely. Oshhiomhole, who was the guest lecturer, said what should be paramount in the minds of Nigerians was how to keep the country united and viable. He said what needed to be urgently addressed was the socio-economic structure and the seeming challenge of bad leadership which has corruption at its core. ‘’it is not in our interest to be thinking of dividing after 103 years of our existence as a nation. ‘’It is not a viable conversation that having lived this long together, we should divide. Rather, we should think of ways of doing things differently for better results’’. Oshiomhole condemned wasteful spending by some government officials and noted that resources should be properly channeled to improving the standard of living of the masses. ‘’The structural issue in the country needs to be addressed. This entails the issue of the very rich structure and the very poor structure,’’ he said. He said that the citizenry should restructure their attitude, character and value system as well as manage resources well so that the country would be able to take care of the poor. On his part, Sagay said true federalism would promote good governance in the country, pointing out that present allocation formula was not ideal. He said states should be allowed to control their mineral resources to avoid their over dependence on monthly allocation from the Federal Government. The presidential advisory committee chairman said the current structure had prevented states from carrying out their responsibilities. He said states should be allowed to control their mineral resources to avoid their over dependence on monthly allocation from the Federal Government. He questioned ‘’why should the centre have all the resources and states be impoverished?

National Assembly with Buhari on State-of-the-Nation – Ben Bruce

To urgently rescue Nigeria from pangs of poverty and under development, the Senator representing Bayelsa East in the Nigerian Senate, Mr. Ben Bruce on Friday gave hints of a possible high powered meeting between the Senate and President Mohammadu Buhari anytime next week upon his return to Nigeria. Senator Ben Bruce Recall that President Buhari left the shore of the country on May 7 for a follow-up on his medical consultations. Though, no specific date had been officially given for the president’s return, speculation is however, rife of his possible return next week. Speaking to Vanguard on Friday on the State of the Nation, Bruce who fumed at the incremental hardship agreed to the feelings that Nigeria has seriously lagged behind in its developmental strides in the last two years, saying that the country was momentarily in a big trouble. According him, a lot of public policies have become antiquated and could not drive Nigeria’s economy in a 21 century world. He said: “Nigeria has not really made any progress in the last 2 years. I think we are in big trouble right now. When the President gets back, we would need to sit down with him and have a conversation. There is no point having a conversation with anybody who is not a president. “I am thinking the Senate. We will have a conversation. A bipartisan team will go and meet with Mr. President and have a conversation with him. Not APC senators meeting the president but the Senate meeting him and have a conversation on the future of Nigeria. That’s what I am gonna propose. That we sit down with him and discuss the issues. He’s the president and you can’t change that and I respect constitutional authority. He is the President of Nigeria and we will sit down with him and discuss the problems facing the country. In 2019 when there is another president, that will no another issue. But right now, he is the president and we need to sit down with him and discuss the issues. I understand he will be here next week. “Let’s talk to the President directly. I think it is important to speak with the President Buhari.” On the issues to confront the President with, Senator Bruce said it was all encompassing. “All the issues affecting the country. This is my proposal. I am going to sit down with the Senate President and say, look, let’s sit down with the President. He’s not an APC President. He’s president of Nigeria. So, I don’t want say APC governors, senators seeing him. He should see Nigeria not APC. This is what I am gonna request, hopefully it will be granted and we are gonna have a conversation. “Everything agitates my mind. The economy is in trouble, there is inflation, unemployment, schools, every year, a million kids cannot go to school. Automobile policy of Nigeria is 1922 policy. Mass transit policy is 1825. Our educational policy is 1942 policy. Are you kidding? We are in the stone age. These are not caused by him. I don’t want to accuse anybody but previous government did a lousy job. You have a educational policy set up by the colonial masters, have you changed that? Do you have a policy on Power, Health? Name one rich man who does not send his child, or himself to be treated abroad. You spend millions of Naira in Ghana every year on education. You have the health stories in India. So, what is going right? That has to be dealt with. We need to discuss it. I am not a critic, not here to run down anybody but I have a solution to our problem”, he said. The Senator who hails from oil rich Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta region stated that the zone is a time bomb waiting to explode. He said that the agitations were becoming so serious that an urgent dialogue between the agitators and the federal government needed to hold. He said: “I think there should be a discussion. The Niger Delta is heavily underdeveloped. There is a lot of people to blame. In the past, federal government, state government, NDDC, everybody made a terrible mistake about Niger Delta. Nobody is exempt. It doesn’t matter whether you are military, PDP, APC, whoever, everybody is guilty. Now, I cannot erase the past. The past is the past but going forward, the area must be developed. There has to be a programme to develop the Niger Delta. And dialogue must take place for the place to be developed. I cannot look at a young man who is dying of poverty and say he has no right to agitate. “I have no right to say that and at the same time I will not encourage him to go carry a gun and kill somebody. At the same time, I am encouraging the government to understand there is a time bomb that had exploded several times and the next time, it explodes, there will be no oil for anybody. So, I urge everybody to sit on a roundtable and resolve the problem and should be focusing on developments not enriching individuals. I will never support enriching individuals.” Senator Bruce also regretted that devolution of power Bill didn’t pass in the last constitutional amendment voting by the National Assembly. He however gave a glimpse of hope that the Bill would be revisited when the National Assembly resumes from its 6 weeks holiday. The Senator also expressed the same optimism on the two gender Bills: Indegeneship/Citizenship and 35 percent affirmative action for women as Commissioners and Ministers that failed during the voting exercise. “I voted for devolution of power. But I think there was not enough education. A lot of people didn’t really understand it. I think we moved too fast. But the Senate President has said when we come back, we will sit down. I think a lot fears from our brothers in the other parts of the country. So, I don’t want to blame anybody on that issue. I think we did very well with the Bills we passed. When we come back, we may explain it properly to those who have opposed it. I think there will be consensus and it will pass. I am confident about that. “One of the senators got up and said, look in his state, they don’t have enough qualified women and we burst out laughing. I don’t wanna run down anybody. But I think we need to educate people. Don’t assume everybody is as smart as you are or as liberal as you are. I think the biggest mistake is that you have a collection of people we need to educate and tell them that gender equality is the greatest gift you can give a people. It doesn’t destroy anybody or take away the right of a man. So, instead of attacking them, let’s educate them. I don’t wanna run down anybody. Let’s educate them”, he said. Speaking on the performance of N-Power job which is one of the social intervention prgrammes on job creations, Bruce who is also a business magnate likened the scheme to a waste of financial resources. “When you spent 75 percent of your budget on current expenditure, I have a bill coming up which will limit expenditure by 50 percent by law and it will pass. You have DGs flying first class. You have people traveling all over the world to have meetings. Why can’t you have meetings in Nigeria? I saw the budget. Do you know the waste in the budget? If you run Nigeria as private company, you will fire 75 percent of people who run the country. Go and see the budget, it is total waste and this has been going on for a long time. It has nothing to do with APC”, he said. Image result for buhari pictures

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