Monday, 24 July 2017
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Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has disclosed that she instituted legal action against Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State because he insulted her and her family. 

In an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA), monitored by PREMIUM TIMES, Mrs Buhari also accused the governor of making false allegation against her.

“At the time, he was not the only one insulting us, but people felt that it was just campaign. After the election, which we won and they lost, everyone else moved on except him and he extended his insults to me.

“I did not run for president. I am a married woman and I have never called his name. I never knew him. But as governor and chief executive, he kept insulting and raising false allegations against me. I have to respond and I decided to go to court.

”He made allegations over what he said I did here in the US, even though I have never met the people he mentioned,” she said.

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Even with the calls for his resignation closely reaching  crescendo, Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives has said he would not resign. “Resign for what?” He said during an interface with the State House Correspondents at the presidential villa  yester-day.

Dogara had come under intense pressure sequel to the whistle blowing by his erstwhile ally and Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jubrin. Recall that Jubrin’s committee chiefly handled the in-house consideration of the 2016 budget estimates which later became very controversial following the staggering discoveries of the unsanctioned monetary figures.

The figures had scared President Muhammadu Buhari who vehemently refused to append his signature to the document after work was done on it by the National Assembly at the first phase. The president had demanded the details of the approved budget but even with the availability of the budget details later, the president insisted he would not assent to the budget, alleging irregular inputs. While he eventually signed the budget on May 6, 2016, many still held the impression that the document witnessed gross “padding”, a word which became popular in the literary lexicon of Nigerian political space. 

According to President Buhari, the word “padding” was novel to him as he had never heard of it in his previous national assignments both as a Military governor and Head of State. But while the matter appeared to have died down, Jubril who was sacked by Dogara recently as the Chairman of Appropriation Committee raved it up, spilling the beans of what actually transpired during the budget consideration. 

He had openly and  repeatedly accused the Speaker, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun and other principal officers of the House of gross financial misconduct to the tune of N40 billion. And he wouldn’t stop whistle bowling until their political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC intervened in the matter early this week, restrained  both parties from making further public exposé as it was obviously becoming embarrassing and more implicating.

 But this was after Jubrin had already taken a step ahead, petitioning the police department and anti-graft agencies to investigate the allegations. Speaking with Journalists after a meeting of about 30 minutes with President Buhari at the Villa on Friday, Dogara said as a lawyer and old hand in the legislative affairs, padding was not an offence under the law. Asked if he was perturbed by the peddling of his name in the allegation, Dogara said he was not in any way worried, saying that the onus of proof rested with Jubrin.

Below was the detail of the chat with Journalists

Journalists: What informed your visit on a Friday?

Dogara: I can’t come and see my President? Do I need any reason to come and see my President. It’s a private visit

Journalists: Was the issue of alleged budget padding discussed?

Dogara: What is budget padding? Journalists:The language emanated from your chamber?

Dogara: I don’t know, educate me. I am lawyer and the speaker and I have never heard of the word “padding”. What does padding mean? Journalists: Your former chairman of appropriations is saying you padded the budget?

Dogara: Ask him. He who alleges must prove. That’s the law in Nigeria Journalists: Are you not going to defend yourself? Dogara: Am I before a court?

Journalists: There are people saying you should reconvene the House before September resumption time and step aside for thorough investigations?

Dogara: We have rules and regulations. This is not a mock institution. We operate by rules and we will follow the rules

Journalists: Will you resign?

Dogara: Resign for what, for what? Journalists: On the allegations? Dogara: What is the allegation? Journalists: That you and some members of the house padded the budget?

Dogara: What is padding? You haven’t told me. Ask Jibrin what is padding? For me, I studied law and I have been in the legislature and all this period I have never heard of the word “padding” being an offence under any law. If I don’t know, you are the media, research the law and  let me know

Journalists: Are you worried?

Dogara: Worried for what? Worried over nothing. Why should I be worried. As far as I am concerned, I am not worried over anything Journalists: Will there be sanctions for Jibrin?

Dogara: I am not the chairman of Ethics committee of the House, so I wouldn’t know and I don’t know what padding means.

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The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has advised Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari not to marginalise any part of the country in his appointments.

There have been outrage across the nation over lopsided appointments made by Buhari since he took over power as he is seen to be favouring the north in his appointments.

Mbaka, in a statement on Saturday by his media aide, Maximus Ugwuoke, debunked claims that Mbaka attacked Buhari, but noted that he only lamented the hardship and hunger in the land.

In the statement, Mbaka advised Buhari to be careful about how he appointed people to prominent positions, so that no region would appear marginalised, as it happened in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation board and charged the president to make sure that those around him were not misguiding him.

He also advised the president on human empowerment and making sure that those who worked for him (Buhari) during the election ought to be empowered, as one good turn deserved another.

“Fr. Mbaka merely reinstated the obvious sufferings that Nigerian are facing (which even the President himself had at points acknowledged and sued for patience and perseverance) and advised the President on the ways to tackle it, that is, by engaging economic gurus and listening to good advisers,” the statement said.

Mbaka pleaded the president to begin a war against hunger, as many were dying hopelessly, stressing that if the hunger, anger and danger continued, Nigerians might not vote for him again, as they would mistake him for the cause of these maladies while in fact he is a solution.

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The Nigeria Football Federation has selected a German, Gernot Rohr to manage the Super Eagles. The NFF President Amaju Pinnick confirmed the development.

The NFF boss confirmed that the German is currently working on development programmes for the German Football Federation is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Saturday, reports The Punch.

He is also expected to be in Lagos on Sunday where he would be at the stands to watch the league match between Ikorodu United and Sunshine Stars.

Pinnick said, “We are just tying up the little details left to be handled. The work started quite a while ago but there was the need to wait until everything firmed up before making it public.”

It was also confirmed that he would be introduced to Nigerians in Abuja on Monday.

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The United States has cautioned its citizens to avoid all travel to 20 states for security reasons, stating that the security there remains fluid and unpredictable.

The Department of State, specifically warned Americans against travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, noting that it’s ability to provide assistance to US citizens in the three states remains severely limited.

The Department of State in a travel warning on its website on Wednesday, strongly urged US citizens in Nigeria to consider their own personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of their travel planning. 

The Department recommended against all but essential travel to 17 other states due to the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and other armed attacks.

The states are, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

“Based on safety and security risk assessments, the Embassy maintains restrictions for travel by US officials to the states listed above; officials must receive advance clearance by the US Mission for any travel to those states,” it stated.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Donald Awunah, could not be reached on Thursday for reaction to the security alert. He had yet to respond to an SMS as of the time of filing this report.

The Department further advised all US  citizens to be particularly vigilant around government security facilities; churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather, such as hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants, markets, shopping malls; and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.

It explained that security measures in the country is heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups, and “U.S. citizens may encounter police and military checkpoints, additional security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.”

The mission pointed out that the Boko Haram group, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Department of State, had claimed responsibility for many attacks in the country.

It also informed Americans that local government curfews are intermittently in effect in several states in the North.

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A Nigerian female trafficker who forced dozens of teenage orphans into prostitution and slavery using the threat of witchcraft is facing jail.

Franca Asemota, known to her victims as ‘Auntie Franca’, used Heathrow as a hub to traffic at least 40 girls and young women into Europe from remote Nigerian villages.

The 38-year old promised them jobs, education and a better life, then used ‘witchcraft’, threats and violence to force them in to the European sex trade.

Her gang even managed to snatch back two girls who had been rescued and put in in foster care in Worthing, West Sussex.

On Wednesday, Asemota, originally from Benin City, Nigeria, was found guilty of eight counts of conspiracy to traffic people into sexual exploitation by a jury at Isleworth Crown Court.

The trafficking first came to light when Border Agency officials stopped two groups, in September and November 2011, travelling on false passports.

Franca Asemota on the way to jail after she was deported to UK by the Nigerian authorities

Franca Asemota on the way to jail after she was deported to UK by the Nigerian authorities

Although she was not arrested at the time, Asemota’s ticket had been booked at the same time, at the same travel agent in Lagos, and she was sat next to the group on the plane.

Investigators then linked Asemota to at least six other ‘successful trafficking trips’ and the kidnapping of two girls who had been placed in foster care on the south coast.

Paul Cabin, prosecuting, previously told the court how three victims were first stopped at Heathrow in September, 2011, and a further two were also to give detailed accounts of the smuggling.

They all travelled on fake passports that claimed they were over the age of 18.

Mr Cabin said: ‘They all came from remote Nigerian villages and had all been told that they were going to be educated, trained and employed in France.

‘They all had difficult histories – for example, some were orphans. One was a runaway from an attempted forced marriage.

Franca Asemota being escorted by British policemen after her deportation

Franca Asemota being escorted by British policemen after her deportation

‘They and their families and guardians are told that educational and work opportunities exist in Europe for them.

‘Initially, therefore, the girls go with the gang voluntarily.

‘Their compliance from that point on is secured by a mixture of threats, to themselves and their families back in their villages, the use of ‘Ju-Ju’ rituals and sexual violence, including in one case rape.’

He added: ‘All but one reported at the time that they had been trafficked by a female who accompanied them on the aircraft from Lagos, known variously as Auntie Franca or Violet.’

The trafficking came to light when Border Agency officials stopped two groups, in September and November 2011, travelling on false passports.

It was only when they had traveled ‘a long way from their villages were they told they were really destined for a life of prostitution,’ he said.

The ‘successful’ trips all took place within a few months of each other at the end of 2011, and involved 40 victims.

Asemota was identified as a main suspect in 2012 but fled back to her home nation when some of her co-conspirators were arrested, believing British justice would not catch up with her.

Investigators spent around three years trying to locate Asemota until the National Crime Agency successfully tracked her down to Nigeria on March 25, 2015.

She was arrested by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission in Benin City in March 2015 and extradited to Britain.

A video shows her chuckling in custody and smirking as she is led into a van destined to bring her back to the UK to stand trial.

Asemota was located after two girls, who had been placed with foster parents in 2012 in Worthing by the immigration authorities, were kidnapped.

The convicted human trafficker being interrogated by British  police

The convicted human trafficker being interrogated by British police

Mr Cabin said: ‘They settled in well and both went to a nearby secondary school.

‘They had both been detained at HMP Bronzefield after their arrests and may have met each other there, but obviously from this point on they were in close contact and became friends.

‘On April 6, 2012, both girls were reported missing by their foster carers..’

Both planned to go shopping but switched off their phones and failed to return home.

Five days later, one was returned to the UK from Spain after travelling on a fake passport and taken into care.

In interview the girl explained that on the day of their disappearance her friend had been taking a lot of phone calls before they were picked up by two men in a car.

One of these men was Odosa Usiobaifo, who is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence after being jailed in 2013.

They were ordered to memorise their new names and birthdays, and told: ‘Your new life is at stake if you don’t get it right.’

The other girl who was taken to Spain feared she would never escape until she contacted Amicale du Nid, a French charity working with prostitutes, in July 2014.

Jose Olivares-Chandler, defending, denied Asemota knew of any wrongdoing and said she acted as a ‘mere chaperone’ on the flights.

But it took less than 12 hours of deliberation for the jury to find her guilty of the eight conspiracy counts.

They also found her guilty of two counts of trafficking a person out of the UK for sexual exploitation and two counts of assisting unlawful immigration to an EU member state.

Asemota, of no fixed abode, will be sentenced later this month.

One count of conspiring to trafficking and one of conspiracy to assist unlawful trafficking were dropped during the trial.

David Fairclough, of the Immigration Enforcement crime team, said: ‘Asemota was the lynch-pin of a trafficking ring which targeted vulnerable young women in Nigeria, promising them a brighter future working in Europe.

‘But it soon became clear that this was far from the truth. The victims, some as young as 13, were told they would be sold into prostitution.

The convict being taken into custody

The convict being taken into custody

‘Asemota traveled with the girls in order to threaten them and keep them in line.’

Five of her victim’s bravely gave evidence during her trial, including one who was rescued from prostitution in Montpelier, France.

Martin French, head of the NCA’s UK Human Trafficking Centre, said: ‘Franca Asemota and her criminal network took advantage of these vulnerable young women in some of the worst ways possible.

‘They promised them a better life, but in reality treated them as nothing more than a commodity to be sold into slavery.

‘Asemota thought she could evade arrest by fleeing Europe and hiding in Nigeria. But the NCA’s partnerships give us global reach and mean international borders are no barrier to justice.’

Asemota flew with the girls on flights from Lagos, Nigeria, to Heathrow between August 2011 and May 2012 with the intention of reaching France.

The Home Office said the girls were not detected in the UK airport because they remained air-side during transit.

But they were caught by French authorities who spotted their false travel documents.

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Former Finance Minister Mrs Nenadi Usman has shed light on how she shared N23 billion among Northeast states at the instance of former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke for the prosecution of last year’s presidential election.

She told Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives that Alison-Madueke gave her the list of beneficiary states.

The cash is believed to have been set aside by the Jonathan administration to bribe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials during the election. But Jonathan lost the election to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Alison-Madueke was said to have sourced the money from some oil companies.

Mrs Usman, who was Director of Finance of the Presidential Campaign Organisation,  spoke when she went for another interrogation by the EFCC, The Nation learnt yesterday.

She said she shared N1.850 billion to party stalwarts in Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states through Senator Babayo Garba (Bauchi), Senator Saidu Umar Kumo(Gombe), former Governor James Ngilari  (Adamawa),  former acting Governor Sani Abubakar Danladi and  Senator Joel Ikenya (Taraba).

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Following fresh facts, ex-Minister Usman was invited to Gombe Zonal office of the EFCC on Monday for interrogation on the billions of naira that were shared to  all the states in the Northeast through her for the re-election of the former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We decided to grill her at the zonal office as part of the final lap of our investigation on the disbursement of the slush funds in the Northeast and arraignment of suspects with prima faciecases.

“Mrs. Usman told the EFCC during interrogation that she met the former Petroleum Minister Mrs. Alison Madueke who gave her a paper containing a specific amount of money to be given to each state  of the federation and   directed her as the  director of finance in the build up to 2015 presidential election  to  contact and send all the representatives  of  every state  to go to  the   Fidelity Bank and collect the  campaign slush funds so as to deliver the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the country.

“The former finance director Usman  told the zonal office of the commission that  Bauchi State got  N500 million through Senator Garba; Gombe State, N450 million through Senator Kumo;  Adamawa State N450 million through former Governor Ngilari;  Taraba State, N450 million through the former acting Governor Danladi and Senator Ikenya.

“Nenadi Usman admitted to the EFCC that she did not know the source of the fund as she claimed that Madueke collected the paper that contained the details of the amount.

“ But  she said she had reported to the head office of the EFCC in Abuja and Kano, Lagos and Gombe zonal offices of the commission to clarify how the multi-billion naira campaign bribe money was shared to the big wigs of the PDP across the country.

“The suspect has been granted administrative bail by the Gombe zonal office of the commission pending the full investigation of the matter.”

Last June 28, the EFCC arraigned Usman and three others for  allegedly laundering N4.9 billion.

The others are former Minister of Aviation Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.

Usman had earlier been interrogated in connection with the withdrawal of  about N3.145 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which was paid into the accounts of six PDP chieftains and Goodluck Support Group (GSG). At the prompting of the former president, N3.145billion was withdrawn from the CBN under the guise of security needs for disbursement to party chieftains.

The cash was transferred into the account of Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited, a company traced to Usman, where it was later shared to individuals and organisations for purposes that were  not stated.

The largesse was shared as follows: Fani-Kayode (N840million); Goodluck Support Group (N320million); Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri (N350million); Nenadi Usman (N36.9million); Chief Olu Falae N100m through Marreco Limited; and Okey Ezenwa (N100million).

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Popular Catholic priest and Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu State, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has decried the suffering in the land and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the problems.

Mbaka said Buhari must address the challenges in the country, or risk losing the 2019 elections, Punch reports.

“I can’t keep quiet when things are going wrong,” he said. He urged the president to check his advisers so as not to be led astray.

According to Mbaka, nobody is interested in “Saraki and Ekweremadu this or that”. “To feed is now a problem, and an hungry man is an angry man. Hunger and anger will lead to danger,” he added.

His message which was delivered on Tuesday read in parts:

“The issue is that Mbaka is speaking as the Spirit leads him – there is hunger everywhere. My job is to tell leaders the truth, the landlords are crying, the tenants are lamenting, sellers are crying, buyers are lamenting – there is hunger on the streets.

I can’t keep quiet when things are going wrong.

I am telling the President to look around him and know those who are advising him rightly and those who are telling him that there is no trouble.

The President should know that there is trouble – if things continue like this, in the next election, nobody will vote for him.

Whether they like it or not, I am speaking the raw truth.

If the President should have somebody like me and he cannot be talking with me, then there is a problem.

There is a problem somewhere; somebody who can advise you without asking for anything and he is representing the poor masses in the country and he won’t tell you lies.

He will praise you when you are doing well and when you are not doing well, he will look at you in the face and tell you.

I don’t need the President; I need God, I need the Holy Spirit, I need Jesus; there is suffering everywhere, people are suffering.

To feed is now a problem, and an hungry man is an angry man. Hunger and anger will lead to danger.

So, let him know whether he can do away with some advisers around him and bring in the people who are experts in economic revamp.

There are people who are experts in that; let them begin to empower people, people are not empowered, they are still walking around in vicious circles, planning and planning and planning.

Hunger is everywhere, many neighbours don’t eat again, many are being attacked by hunger, hunger is becoming a normal thing and there are people responsible for this.

Mortuary and ambulance business is now thriving because many cannot afford drugs.

In today’s Nigeria, many are becoming hawkers, who will buy from you? With what?

Everyday, more pipelines are being blown, the Avengers are at work and up till now, there is no solution.

You know when certain things begin to happen, you begin to ask some questions, somebody like me will begin to ask – when will this end?

If it continues in the next three months, there will be no money to pay salaries – the vicious effect is disastrous and when salaries cannot be paid, teachers will come home, students will stop going to school, there will be more kidnappings, more hooliganism, more armed robbery, more prostitution, immorality will be on the increase.”

So, the President should sit up – there is a red light blinking on the country.

The issue of Saraki and Ekweremadu, nobody wants to listen to such stories any more, whether Saraki is the President of the Senate or Ekweremadu is not this or that, the countrymen are tired of such stories.

We need economic experts, gurus, sages that are sincere, who can come in and think about our economic revamp and judicial reformation.”

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday remanded an associate of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in Kuje Prison, Abuja, till Thursday when it would deliver ruling on his application for bail.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba made the order of remand after Agbele was arraigned on 11 counts of money laundering involving N1,219,000,000 said to be part of N4,685,723,000 allegedly transferred unlawfully from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Arraigned along with Agbele were three companies, Sylvan Mcnamara Limited, De Privateer Limited and Spotless Investment Limited.

Agbele is said to be the Managing Director of De Privateer Limited and a former Director, Finance and Account of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission.

The prosecution stated that Agbele and other suspects said to be at large used the companies (named as accused persons) to disburse the funds which were allegedly released  fraudulently by the then National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

The prosecution stated in two of the counts that those with whom Agbele allegedly committed some of the crimes were at large.

The suspects on the run according to the EFCC, are a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; Lt. A. O. Adewale; and Olalekan Ogunseye, said to be a sole signatory to the account of Sylvan Mcnamara Limited.

The prosecution stated that the accused persons did retain, transfer and convert part of the proceeds of the funds for their personal use, when they “reasonably ought to have known” that they were part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.”

All the 11 counts preferred against the accused were said to be contrary to section 15(2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011(as amended in 2012).

The offences were said to be punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.

Agbele pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him on Wednesday.

In the suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CR/154/154/2016, the EFCC alleged that between April 4, 2014 and November 13, 2014, Agebele, Obanikoro and other suspects at large conspired among themselves to “commit illegal act of laundering the sum of N4,685,723,000,000 being the sum transferred from the Office of the National Security Adviser with the Central Bank of Nigeria by Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) (the then NSA).”

The EFCC alleged that the accused knew the N4,685,723,000,000 formed part of the proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.

In Count 2, Agbele, Obanikoro and the rest of the suspects said to be at large allegedly on June 17, 2014, allegedly “directly took possession or control” of the sum of N1,219,000,000, being part of N4,685,723,000,000, when they “reasonably ought to have known” that it was part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.”

In Count 3, the EFCC alleged that on June 17, 2014 Agbele “did transfer” the sum of N100m into the account number 1010170969 belonging to Spotless Investment Limited and domiciled in Zenith Bank Plc, when he “reasonably ought to have known” that it was part of proceeds of Dasuki’s unlawful activity.

In Count 4, the EFCC alleged that on June 17, 2014 Agbele and Spotless Limited “did retain” the sum of N100m.

In Count 5, the EFCC alleged that on June 17, 2014, Agbele “did retain” the sum of N219,490,000, in the Zenith Bank account of De Privateer Limited.

In Counts 6 and 7, Agbele, while being the Managing Director of De Privateer Limited, allegedly retained the sum of N300m and N200m in the De Privateer Limited’s account, on June 19 and June 23, respectively.

In Count 8, Agbele allegedly “did retain” the sum of N137m in Fayose’s Zenith Bank, Akure branch account number 1003126654.

After the arraignment on Wednesday, Agbele’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), moved his client’s bail application, urging the judge to grant it in liberal terms.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Johnson Ojogbane, urged the court to dismiss the application.

Ojogbane urged the court to remand the accused person in prison throughout the period of the trial and instead of granting him bail, the judge should rather grant an order of accelerated hearing.

Justice Dimgba fixed Thursday for ruling on the bail application.

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Enugu Catholic priest, and Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu State, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians will not vote for him in 2019 if he does not address the high level of hunger and suffering  in the country.

Mbaka has been one of Buhari’s most vocal supporters since he asked Nigerians to reject the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2015 presidential pol and predicted Buhari’s victory.

But, in a surprising turn of events, Mbaka attacked Buhari in a recent message, details of which were obtained by journalists on Tuesday night.

In the message, Mbaka noted that there was too much suffering in the country, and faulted the President for not appointing the right people.

He also accused the President of listening to the wrong advice.

The message partly read, “The issue is that Mbaka is speaking as the Spirit leads him – there is hunger everywhere.  My job is to tell leaders the truth, the landlords are crying, the tenants are lamenting, sellers are crying, buyers are lamenting – there is hunger on the streets.

“I can’t keep quiet when things are going wrong.

“I am telling the President to look around him and know those who are advising him rightly and those who are telling him that there is no trouble.

“The President should know that there is trouble – if things continue like this, in the next election, nobody will vote for him.

“Whether they like it or not, I am speaking the raw truth.

“If the President should have somebody like me and he cannot be talking with me, then there is a problem.

“There is a problem somewhere; somebody who can advise you without asking for anything and he is representing the poor masses in the country and he won’t tell you lies.

“He will praise you when you are doing well and when you are not doing well, he will look at you in the face and tell you.”

Continuing, he said, “I don’t need the President; I need God, I need the Holy Spirit, I need Jesus; there is suffering everywhere, people are suffering.

“To feed is now a problem, and an hungry man is an angry man.

“Hunger and anger will lead to danger.

“So, let him know whether he can do away with some advisers around him and bring in the people who are experts in economic revamp.

“There are people who are experts in that; let them begin to empower people, people are not empowered, they are still walking around in vicious circles, planning and planning and planning.”

Mbaka said there were  no spaces left in mortuaries across the country.

“Hunger is everywhere, many neighbours don’t eat again, many are being attacked by hunger, hunger is becoming a normal thing and there are people responsible for this.

“Mortuary and ambulance business is now thriving because many cannot afford drugs.

“In today’s Nigeria, many are becoming hawkers, who will buy from you, with what?

“Everyday, more pipelines  are being blown, the Avengers are at work and up till now, there is no solution.

“You know when certain things begin to happen, you begin to ask some questions, somebody like me will begin to ask – when will this end?

“If it continues in the next three months, there will be no money to pay salaries – the vicious effect is disastrous and when salaries cannot be paid, teachers will come home, students will stop going to school, there will be more kidnappings, more hooliganism, more armed robbery, more prostitution, immorality will be on the increase.”

He urged Buhari to sit up and stop going after the leadership of the Senate.

Mbaka equally bemoaned the continuous depreciation in the value of the naira.

“So, the President should sit up – there is a red light blinking on the country.

“The issue of Saraki and Ekweremadu, nobody wants to listen to such stories any more, whether Saraki is the President of the Senate or Ekweremadu is not this or that, the countrymen are tired of such stories.

“We need economic experts, gurus, sages that are sincere, who can come in and think about our economic revamp and judicial reformation.”

 

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