It was Obasanjo himself who introduced corruption into the church – Prophet Primate Ayodele replies former President
The Founder and General Overseer of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has accused ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo of introducing corruption into the church. Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Lukman Ogunjimi, President, Association of Resident Doctors, University College Hospital, Ibadan
After 105 days of strike, resident doctors of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, returned to work on Monday after former President Olusegun Obasanjo had intervened.The President of the association in the UCH, Dr. Lukman Ogunjimi, who thanked the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes for also intervening in the crisis, said Obasanjo invited all major players inthe crisis, including those from other affected teaching hospitals in the South-West, for a meeting on August 12, 2015 in Abeokuta, whereit was decided that the strike shouldbe suspended.He said clinical services in the UCH had been hampered by infrastructural collapse, like non-working patients’ elevators, with attending negative health implications for members of staff. Other services, like lack of laboratory materials and disposables, he said, were also there.He said, “The meeting was facilitated by the first Director of Administration in UCH, Doja Adewolu, who is an Egba High Chief. He was concerned that patients were suffering while the strike continued, just as we were concerned also. The President of the Association of Resident Doctors in the UCH; Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Yaba Psychiatric Hospital; Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta; Medical and Dental Consultants Associationof Nigeria; medical elders and ChiefMedical Directors in all the hospitals were present at the meeting. The former president played a fatherly role and persuaded us to return to work while negotiation continues with thehospitals’ managements.”Ogunjimi said that at the meeting, the hospitals’ managements agreedthat there was a letter from the Ministry of Health concerning skipping and that after expressing commitment to honour it in the nextbudget, the doctors were compelledto return to work.“Our management has agreed to start working on our agitations locally while the 2016 budget wouldcapture the monetary aspect. A statement of fact, which UCH management did not deny, is that there was an increase of N940m in the personnel subvention of the hospital. Our stand is that this can be used to pay skipping allowance since payment of salary from personnel subvention can never be referred to as misappropriation, more importantly now that the permanent secretary in the health ministry has expressly reiterated the directive for skipping,” he added.
Ijaw Youths Defend GEJ, Lambast ObasanjoFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo has come under attack following his recent verbal attacks on ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan.Ijaw youths from the nine states of the Niger Delta region, under the aegis of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), criticized Obasanjo, describinghis comments as reckless, condemnable and baseless, Leadership reports.Obasanjo, while delivering a convocation lecture at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin city, Edo state, stated that the Niger Delta region will be affected negatively because of the actions and inactionsof Jonathan’s tenure as President.The angry youths, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Hon. Eric Omare said, Jonathan’s five years in office was far better than Obasanjo’seight years in office.The group added that Obasanjo worked against Jonathan because he refused to be his puppet in office.“As usual, Obasanjo does not want anybody in Nigeria to be greater thanhim. If Obasanjo has forgotten, we wish to remind him that because of his reckless impunity in rigging elections, President Yar’Adua on assumption of office had zero regardin the international community.“However, President Jonathan has redeemed this badly battered image by reforming the electoral system aselections in Nigeria today are substantially free, fair and credible with the consequent goodwill it has generated for Nigeria in the international community. President Buhari would not have been receiving the highest respect before President Obama in the United States now if not for former President Jonathan’s efforts in reforming the electoral system in Nigeria,” the statement read.According to the IYC, Obasnajo’s comment was a deliberate attempt to dent Jonathan’s towering image in the international community.Just last week, Obasanjo had said that choosing the late former President Umaru Yar’ Adua as his successor was the best choice he could make at that time. According to him, he chose Yar’Adua because the others, who wanted the post, were corrupt.He added that though he had a hand in President Jonathan’s emergence, he couldn’t help him to do his job as the nation’s Chief Executive, saying those who voted for Jonathan are also as guilty as they say he is.
The reasons newly elected President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday have been exposed. Bukola Saraki reportedly led a delegation of Senators to meet Obasanjo at his hilltop mansion, Abeokuta, Ogun state.As a matter of fact, our reliable source reported that the Senate President was in Abeokuta to beg Chief Obasanjo to reconcile him with President Muhammadu Buhariand his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC Mr. Saraki emerged as the president of the Senate against the decision of APC leaders.He was also elected when most Senators from the APC were at the International Conference Centre waiting to hold a meeting with Mr. Buhari to discuss the election of theSenate president and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Our sources said Mr. Saraki lamented toMr. Obasanjo that although the party leaders have stated that they have accepted his emergence, therewas “complete communication breakdown between him, the president and the party”.The national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, had reportedly abruptly cancelled a scheduled meeting with Mr. Saraki last week without giving another appointment. It was also gathered that Mr. Saraki had tried several times to meet with Mr. Buhari after his emergence as senate president, but was always denied audience. Another source in the presidency revealed to us that the President is angry with Mr. Saraki and the management of the national assembly for going ahead with theirelection despite adequate knowledge of an invitation for a meeting with Mr. Saraki and his colleagues. “The president considered it as a mark of disrespect for his office for Saraki to ignore an invitation to meet with him and his colleagues,” our sourcesaid.In his response to the Senate President’s lamentation, Mr. Obasanjo reportedly promised to do his best to “ensure communication between all parties”. Our source said the former president, in his usual jocular self, also joked with the delegation, saying “ you children of nowadays only run to elders when you have finished making the damage”. Mr. Saraki and his entourage laughed.A presidency official reported to us that President Buhari was aware of the the senate president’s visit to Mr. Obasanjo’s home. The official said President Buhari and Cheif Obasanjo are constantly in touch and regularly have telephone conversations. The official said in one of their recent conversations, Mr. Obasanjo informed Mr. Buhari that Mr. Saraki was leading a delegation of Senators to his Abeokuta home. “I overheard President Buhari laughing and saying to Mr. Obasanjo, “you have to see them, are they not all your boys?”, our presidency source said.Among Mr. Saraki’s delegation include former governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje, Senator Andy Uba, former Zamfara governor, Ahmed Sani, and former Osun governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Mr.Saraki and most members of his delegation are largely Mr. Obasanjo’s “boys”, a term loosely used in describing the former president’s staunch loyalists.
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, said Nigerians shouldnot expect miracles from the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, saying, he will not be able to repair eight years bad governance overnight.
He, however, warned the President-elect against cover up, urging him not to take Nigerians for granted when he assumes office as the president from May 29.Obasanjo said this while addressing a delegation of South West women leaders under the leadership of the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief Alaba Lawson, who paid him a visit in his Abeokuta country home.The South-West women leaders which include Iyaloja General of Lagos, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo; Iyalode Otan-Ayegbaju; Stella Olubunmi among others, begged Obasanjo not to abandon the President-elect when he assumes office.According to them, “we are aware that you took over the reins of power of this countryat a critical time and with the help of the Almighty, you were able to bring us back from the brink. The same goes for now. “We, therefore, appeal to you not to leave the incoming government alone.Though we are confident in time proven abilities of our incoming President, Muhammadu Buhari, we also believe that two heads are better than one and where there is a gathering of wise ones, wisdom will issue forth from there,” the women said. The former president in his remarks said the country had been poorly managedin the last eight years, maintaining that it will take sometime for Buhari’s government to transform the country owing to the level of havoc that had been done.Obasanjo, who described Buhari as an experienced leader, said: “The situation was like this when I took over in 1999, no light, no fuel, but it didn’t take us so long before the issues of light and fuel were resolved. “There’s something very important that I observed, the incoming President has a lot of experience, he’s not a green horn, it is not as if he hasn’t been in power before, he is experienced.“He knows what we did to turn things around, even when we were there together during the military regime, we didit together, and it was as a result of our performance that we were invited to do it again. “What I would say is that we should all put our minds at rest, he’s someone thatwould perform but we must exercise patience, because what has been destroyed for eight years cannot be done overnight.But like the Chinese proverb, that says ‘the journey of a thousand miles starts with a step,’ it is not only first step but first step in the right direction because if you took a wrong step, you’re not likely to get to the destination. “Let’s give Buhari some time, let’s support him with prayers and relate with him. Like you’ve said, it’s everybody’s duty, not only those who have governed before, all of us are keen about Nigeria.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo fireda fresh salvo the way of President Goodluck Jonathan, on Sunday, when he looked back at the last eight years and returned with a verdict: The country had been poorly managed under Jonathan.Obasanjo said this when the Iyalode of Yoruba land, Chief Alaba Lawson, led a delegation of South-West women leaders on a visit to his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta.The 78-year-old leader said owing to the mismanagement of the country in the last eight years, the incoming administration of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, should be prepared to face the daunting challenges that lay ahead.He said, “The country had been poorly managed in the last eight years and it would take some time for Buhari’s government to correct the anomalies. But Iwant to tell him not to be frightened.”Calling on Nigerians to exercise patience with the incoming administration, Obasanjo said the damage that had been done to the country in the last eight years could not be corrected overnight.“What I would say is that we should all put our minds at rest. He (Buhari) is someone that will perform but we must exercise patience because what has been destroyed for eight years cannot be undone overnight.“But like the Chinese proverb which says the journey of a thousand miles starts with a step, it is not only the first step (that matters) but the first step in the right direction because if you take a wrong step, you’re not likely to get to the destination,” he said.The Owu-born leader recalled that when he assumed power as civilian president in 1999, the country was in the same situation it is today – battling fuel crisis andlack of power supply.“When I came in 1999, there was no fuel and power. The situation was like this and Ithought we have put that one behind us,” he stressed, even as he expressed confidence in the ability of Buhari to surmount the hurdle.“The man that is coming on board has a lot of experience in terms of governance. He is not a novice in governance having ruled the country as a military Head of State from 1983 to 1985.“Nigerians need to exercise patience because what has been destroyed in eight years cannot be rebuilt in a day,” Obasanjomaintained.Recalling his years as military Head of State between 1976 and 1979, Obasanjo said he worked closely with Buhari and that their association produced results.Urging Nigerians to pray for Buhari, Obasanjo said the president-elect needs the cooperation of Nigerians in order to put the country on the right footing.“Let’s give him time. Let’s pray for him and let’s cooperate with him. We are all concerned about the present situation of Nigeria. The expectation is very high but at the same time, there is a lot of goodwill internally and externally for the incoming government.“Once the incoming administration realisesthis and takes every step, particularly in the first three months when people will be watching and counting, I think for me, we will get there,” the former Peoples Democratic Party leader said.The former Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, however, warned Buhari not to take Nigerians for granted as he called on him to always be honest in his dealing withNigerians.Obasanjo added that with Buhari at the helm of affairs, Nigeria would have a new opportunity.He said, “God has provided a new opportunity for Nigeria and Nigerians and Ibelieve God does not make mistakes. There are two things I believe the incomingPresident appreciates; one is that he knows that the expectations of Nigerians are high and two, that he should not be frightened by the situation on the ground.”Also, Obasanjo urged the incoming administration against squandering its goodwill at home and abroad.Decrying the agony inflicted upon Nigerians by the scarcity of fuel across the country, Lawson advised Obasanjo to continue to support the Buhari governmentin advisory capacity.She said, “We are aware that you also tookover the reins of power of this country at a critical time and with the help of the Almighty God, you were able to bring us back from the brink. The same goes for now.“We, therefore, appeal to you not to leave this incoming government. Though we are confident of the time-proven abilities of our incoming President, Muhammadu Buhari, we also believe that two heads are better than one and where there is a gathering of wise ones, wisdom will issue forth from there.”
Former President Obasanjo says the outcome of the recent Presidential electionin Nigeria has proved to African leaders that securing a second term in office ‘is no longer a right.’He said this at a press conference organized as part of events to mark AfricanDay in Berlin Germany yesterday. According to Obasanjo, Nigeria has gotten it right this time around with this election.”The peoples wish prevailed. I am proud to say it here that Nigeria got it right this time around. The elections may not have been perfect, but it was a reflection of the people’s wish. Even where there were manipulations, it did not affect the results.Attempts to rig did not yield any positive results. I think with what happened, peoplewill no longer be eager to manipulate elections. When we started PDP many people thought and even voiced it, that the party will rule forever, but look at it today. It is only 16 years down the road and the PDP is already an opposition party” he said.
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has rebuffed repeated pleas from concerned member of the Peoples Democratic Party to help revive the party following its defeat in the March 28 presidential election.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who flew the PDP flag in the March 28 election, lost to his All Progressives Congress challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, a former military head of state.
The party, which has ruled Nigeria since the return of democracy 16 years ago, also lost its majority status in the National Assembly just as it won a fewer number of states unlike in the past election.
With the defeat, the ruling party will now take on the opposition role as from May 29 when Mr. Jonathan hands over power to Mr. Buhari.
Since the defeat, the party’s senior members have been bickering with one another with some demanding the exit of its National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and other officers, who are accused of working against the party during the election.
Concerned about the future of the party, some of its leaders have been reaching out to Mr. Obasanjo to return to the party and help build it ahead of future elections.
The former president had in February directed a fellow PDP member and ward leader to openly tear his party membership card at a forum in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that among those persuading him to return to lead the party were serving governors and federal lawmakers who believed the party should play viable opposition in the next dispensation.
Mr. Obasanjo’s close allies said the anxious party men have been pressuring the former leader, who was the first elected president on the party’s platform, by either visiting him or through telephone calls.
This newspaper learnt that the former president, who was also the PDP leader and Chairman of its Board of Trustees, has repeatedly rebuffed the request to return to the party.
Sources close to him said at some point he told those mounting pressure on him that rather than returning to the party he would encourage viable opposition from other standpoints.
“I’m done with party politics here on earth and in heaven. Period,” Mr. Obasanjo was overheard telling a PDP chieftain who telephoned him recently to raise the matter.
Mr. Obasanjo was also said to have told some people pressuring him that he could have considered returning to the party had his membership card not been publicly thorn before the general elections.
He was quoted as saying his membership card has been shredded and that “as it is now, a goat has eaten up the pieces”.
Mr. Obasanjo confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview that he has been under pressure to return to the PDP but vowed not to do so.
“I’m not ready to discuss partisan politics because I’m done with it,” he said.
After a meeting with Mr. Jonathan sometime in February, the outgoing governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, had assured that the PDP would beg Mr. Obasanjo to return to the party.
“When a father is angry with his children, the children should beg him. Baba is more than a party man. He is an icon, a national symbol and a leader and inventor, a creator of all the institutions today in Nigeria from the president to the governors, who are his own sons, are all his creations.”
“And so when a father is angry with his children, we will only say we are sorry to him. But then, we cannot be renounced for whatever it is…….We might have made some mistakes, but abandoning us is not the solution because the country is first before anything else. So, he is our Baba even up to the president.”
But Mr. Obasanjo told PREMIUM TIMES he has foreclosed any possibility of returning to the PDP.
“I agree that Nigeria needs a strong and viable opposition and I will continue to encourage that,” the former President said. “I will continue to do that even without belonging to a political party. I have moved beyond party politics.”
SHOCKING: Amaechi, Jonathan, Obasanjo Reconciled Dramatically — You Can’t Afford To Miss This
It is no longer news that there has been no love between President Goodluck Jonathan, former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi.
However, the last Council of State meeting hosted by President Jonathan yesterday, offered an opportunity for the three men to reconcile even if it was for the camera.
Before the commencement of the Council meeting, the governors across party divide were seen joking, back slapping one another and discussing in groups.
President Jonathan was also seen laughing, shaking and holding hands with Obasanjo. But the one that caught everyone’s attention was when the President, while waiting for the valedictory photo-session at the fore court of the Presidential Villa, had a handshake with the governors around him, and on sighting Amaechi, playfully hit him severally, with his fist on the shoulder and the Rivers State governor bowed, laughing and holding the President’s hand all the while, saying “Your Excellency.”
Obasanjo has been a constant critic of Jonathan’s administration, the latest being in February, when the elections were postponed.
The former president, had at his Hilltop Mansion residence in Abeokuta, likened the politics played by Jonathan to “the do-or-die” politics played by the former President of Cote d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo.
Also, Obasanjo, while reacting to the postponement of the general elections, said it was a grand plan by Jonathan to perpetuate himself in office till the situation became clear that the presidential election would favour him.
President Jonathan had in a swift reaction, fired back, saying the allegations were baseless and absurd.
Obasanjo had also in an 18-page letter a year ago, accused the President of deceit, deception, dishonesty, incompetence, having a killer squad and clannishness among others.
The Rivers State governor on his part, had always pointed fingers at the president and his wife, Patience on any crisis in his state.
Moved by the camaraderie seen inside and outside the Council chambers, a journalist later asked Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State how that could be translated to the common man on the street, and he replied: “I told you that one of the former heads of state moved for all these to be recorded, so that we make it as part of the tradition. Politics is not war.
Yes, there is a price, but the moment there is a decision and someone gets the price, everyone should come back and wait for another chance.
“So, the camaraderie that you noticed, is how it should be and we should send it down to our communities, to our people; so that even in one house, you can afford to vote for different parties but the moment results are announced, you will remain brothers and not enemies.”
Buhari’s Presidency: See The Names Of Seven People Buhari Loves And Respects ALot — As Bola Tinubu Top The ListThere are few personalities across Nigeria who the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari holds in very high esteem either because of their long standing relationship with him or because of the ideals they share and their support for his government.Retired General Muhammadu Buhari has arisen as the new hub of power in the country after the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election.Buhari’s victory in the poll after three failures has already caused an intense fightamong different individuals and power bases – all trying to get in with themselves and their cronies into the president-elect political calculus.Check out the list below:1. Bola TinubuAhmed Tinubu, the national leader of the APC, was two terms governor of Lagos State from I999 to 2007.His political penetration, resilience was considered to be highly instrumental to Buhari’s victory at the Lagos APC convention at a time when the APC governors were said to have endorsed their counterpart Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State.He also mobilized the South west APC governors for a robust campaign for Buhari.2. Olusegun ObasanjoEx Nigeria’s president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo played an unintended role in bringing victory to Buhari.Obasanjo’s public dumping from the then ruling Peoples Democratic Congress (PDP) as well as his public endorsement of Buhariis considered to have mounted pressure onthe PDP party before the polls.Former president enjoys wonderful respectfrom president-elect, and he was recently seen to be coming closer to Buhari.3. Rotimi AmaechiRotimi Amaechi, the governor of Rivers state, is one of the Buhari die-hards. He commended himself to the president-elect by serving as Buhari’s pounding ram against PDP and Jonathan in the Niger Delta and in his role as director general of the Buhari presidential campaign.But he didn’t deliver his state to the APC during the presidential and governorship elections because of the famed federal might. Yet, Amaechi stills draws sympathy and marvelous respect from Buhari.4. Atiku AbubakarEx vice-president Atiku Abubakar is another heavy weight that may probably have influence on Buhari.Atiku is seen as one of the most experienced politicians from the North in the APC and therefore could play a key role in the administration.5. Mamman DauraBuhari’s nephew, Malam Mamman Daura, a veteran journalist and industrialist, was, among others, editor of the New Nigerian newspaper and later its managing director.He is believed as one of the rare Buhari’s friends and he was said to be one of the few individuals that played significant rolesduring the Buhari/Idiagbon regime in 1983.6. Ahmed JodaAhmed Joda, one of the surviving figures of Kaduna Mafia, was one of the super enduring secretaries during General Yakubu Gowon regime.He is a close friend of Obasanjo and a former chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).Joda is considered to share same ideals with Buhari when it comes to civil service, policies and governance.7. Halliru DantoroEmir of Borgu Alhaji Halliru Dantoro is a close friend of former military ruler.A former senator, the emir was one of the first traditional rulers that visited Buhari after his victory.Emir Dantoro led his council members on acongratulatory visit to Buhari some days after INEC declared him as winner of the presidential vote.