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Two years back, When the Emir of Kano fell ill and travelled to London for treatment, There were rumors that he was in Coma. A certain governor of central bank and Islamic Scholar from the University of Sudan, was dishing out billions all over Kano in populist gestures. He allegedly gave 1 billion naira each to all those that mattered in the emirate.

It’s instructive to note that this CBN governor was rumored to have been detained by Sani Abacha on accusation of mobilizing fundamentalist who beheaded Gideon Akaluka, put his head on a pole and went round Kano, killing defenseless Igbos in December 1994.

Fast forward to 18th January 2013. The late emir of kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero’s convoy was attacked and riddled with bullets. Two of the emir’s sons, Ciroman Kano Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero and Turakin Kano Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, who were on the convoy, sustained gunshot injuries in the hand and leg, respectively. It was a targeted assassination attempt to wipe out the Emir and his sons.

A few months later in April, three suicide bombers stormed the Emirs palace with Keke napep on the day the Emir and his sons were meeting at the palace. One of the bombers died instantly as his bomb exploded close to the palace gate, while soldiers shot the other one dead. The third was mobbed to death by Kano youths. It was a second attempt to wipe out the Emir and all his sons .

Who wanted the Emir dead in a hurry? Why is the APC, whom their ex member FFK described as the Muslim brotherhood, celebrating as if they just won the Presidential election? Why is El Rufai taunting Jonathan as if the Emir of Kano is now the Emir of the world. Is the APC saying they are the direct beneficiaries of the death of Ado Bayero? Why are there riots in Kano just because of the turbarning of a mere traditional ruler whom a governor appoints and can depose easily?

But I’m happy that this appointment has made the APC members happy. The APC chieftains has been wining and dining Kano ever since his appointment.

Congratulations APC!!!

Thanks for letting us know that your member seats on the emirate throne in Kano. So I can choose to treat and perceive him like a political emir. Why should any other party member visit an APC Emir. So when next Jonathan visits Kano, he can choose not to visit your throne. It’s not compulsory !!!’


Have you imagined an Emir of Kano in Court giving evidence under oath and been examined at witness box.

I am pretty certain this will happen under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (SLS) , he has cases pending in Court and he instituted those cases.

Let’s see how this purported APC Northern vs PDP Agenda unfolds in the coming days


jonathan sacks joy emordi

In a statement released by Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President, Reuben Abati on Friday, 2 of President Jonathan’s aides have been relieved of their appointments. The statement reads;

“President Goodluck Jonathan has relieved Mrs. Joy Emordi of her appointment as Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters with immediate effect. The President has similarly terminated the appointment of Dr. Tunji Olagunju as his Special Adviser on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). President Jonathan thanks Mrs. Emordi and Dr. Olagunju for their services and wishes them success in their future endeavours.”

No reason was given for their sack, but speculations are rife within that Emordi’s sack may not be unconnected with the drama at the House of Representatives when the NewPDP led by Kawu Baraje stormed the lower chambers.


President Goodluck Jonathan has dropped 9 ministers in a recent cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday afternoon.

The ministers affected are Ruqayat Rufai (Education); Zainab Kunchi (Power, [state]); Buka Tijani (Agriculture [state]), Shamsudeen Usman (National Planning; Ita Okon (Science and Technology);  Olugbenga Ashiru (Foreign Affairs); Ama Pepple (Lands) and Hadiza Mailafia (Environment).

ama pepple, minister of lands  education_minister

Nigerians had long expected President Jonathan to rejig his lackluster cabinet which has largely failed to deliver services to the Nigerian people.

But while the expectation mounted, Mr. Jonathan repeatedly  dispelled speculation that he had plans to fire non-performing ministers.

Last August, he unveiled a rating procedure known as Performance Contract Agreement for ministers but said he would not use the result of the assessment in considering who to fire.

olugbenga ashiru, foreign affairs minister Minister-of-Agriculture-and-Rural-Development-Dr.-Akinwumi-Adesina science and technology ministerMinister-of-Environment-Mrs.-Hadiza-Mailafia

Mr. Jonathan said the assessment would only appraise his administration’s performance and delivery of targets to Nigerians.

“I read all kinds of thing in the media, that the president wants to assess the ministers so that he would know who would go and who would stay. That is not the purpose of this.

“We would have done it probably in the first week when we came on board, but the key thing is that we have given ourselves points that we think we will get at, we believe that if we get at those points or even if we achieve 70 per cent of that, at least it will be better off for our own country,” the president said.

According to the president, the exercise was to ensure enhanced performance, transparency and accountability in governance, adding that it is not a witch-hunting exercise.

“I want to assure every one of you who has taken part in the exercise that this is not a witch-hunt targeted at anybody,” the president said in his remarks after the signing ceremony.


Governor Amaechi seems to be winning against President Jonathan

Governor Amaechi seems to be winning the political battle against President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election bid may have suffered a serious set-back as his biggest political enemy at the moment(…well that’s what everybody is meant to beleive now), Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi was on Friday evening re-elected to Chair the Nigeria Governor’s Forum.

Gov Amaechi defeated Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State by 19 to 16 votes in a keenly contested election which held at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja this evening.

President Jonathan had on Tuesday made all efforts to see the election take place at the Aso villa under his close supervision, but the Governors in a circular on Wednesday moved the election venue to the Rivers State Governor’s lodge in Abuja, where the election held eventually.

The victory by Amaechi is regarded as a loss to President Jonathan who intended to “install” his own person and use him to achieve his 2015 presidential re-election.

In another development, some Governors like Godswill Akpabio of Akwaibom and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo have rejected the outcome of the election, terming it as being rigged by Amaechi and his “northern colony”

President Goodluck Jonathan’s younger brother Meni Jonathan has died at the Aso Rock clinic Abuja today.
Reports say Mr. Meni who was in his early 40’s was flown in from Bayelsa last week to receive medical treatment at the Villa.

Mr. Meni is President Jonathan’s half brother and had acted as the head of Otueke council chiefs before his untimely death in Abuja today.

The cause of his death is yet to be made public.

May his soul rest in peace!


President Goodluck Jonathan this morning announced the donation of N17.6bn to flooded states in the country.

The donation came several days after many states were ravaged with flood, which led to the death of about 147 people.

Also, many farmers had also committed suicide due to loss of the farm produce.

Curious enough, Jonathan did not mention the farmers in his early morning broadcast where he announced the donation.

He said, “This include immediate provision of a total of N17.6 billion in direct financial assistance to the affected states and some federal Government agencies responsible for disaster management.

“States will receive a total of N13.3 billion while the federal government agencies will receive N4.3 billion.” Text Of President Goodluck Jonathan’s National Broadcast On Flooding Fellow Nigerians, 1.    Over the past few weeks, unprecedented floods have ravaged many parts of our country, rendering tens of thousands of fellow Nigerians homeless, and causing massive destruction of property, farmlands, and infrastructure across the country.

2.    I wish to express our deep commiseration with all those who have lost loved ones; those who have lost their property; as well as all the affected communities and institutions.

3.     It is sad that this global phenomenon of devastating floods has come to Nigeria at this time.

4.    I want to reassure all Nigerians that the Federal Government is prepared to do everything possible to mitigate the impact of this natural disaster.

5.    I had earlier set up a Presidential Technical Committee to visit all affected areas with a view to properly assessing the impact of the floods.  The Committee has since submitted an interim Report.

6.    The Report, which contained a number of recommendations, was presented to key stakeholders including the leadership of the National Assembly and Governors of the affected States.

7.    The Technical Committee will continue to go round the country while the Vice President and I will also visit some of the affected communities. When we receive the Committee’s final Report, the Federal Government will further initiate medium and long-term measures to check future flood disasters.

8.    In the meantime, relevant government agencies have intervened to provide relief to the affected persons in collaboration with the State governments.

9.    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has so far spent N1.314 billion to provide immediate relief materials.  The Ministry of Works has spent N556 million on the repair of collapsed bridges and the construction of bye-passes; while the Ministry of Environment has spent N95 million on sundry relief measures.

10.    In addition to this, the Federal Government has decided on a number of measures to further ameliorate the situation.  These include the immediate provision of a total of N17.6 billion in direct financial assistance to the affected States and some Federal Government Agencies responsible for disaster management.   The States will receive a total of N13.3 billion while the Federal Agencies will receive N4.3 billion.

11.    Based on the present assessment, the States have been categorized into four groups: A to D. All Category A States will receive N500 million each; Category B States, N400 million each; Category C States, N300 million each; and Category D States, N250 million each.

12.    Category A States: Oyo, Kogi, Benue, Plateau,                                  Adamawa, Delta, Bayelsa and Anambra.

Category B: Jigawa, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, Niger,                     Nasarawa, Taraba, Cross-River, Edo,                          Lagos and Imo. Category C: Kwara, Katsina, Gombe, Ogun, Ondo,                    Ebonyi, Abia and Rivers.                                                                         Category D: Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Yobe, Enugu,                       Ekiti, Osun, Akwa-Ibom, Borno and FCT.

13.    To further intensify their intervention activities, the following agencies of the Federal Government have also been allocated funds as follows:

•    Ministry of Works       –        N2.6 billion •    National Emergency Management Agency                                                                –        N1.1 billion •    Ministry of Environment –    N350 million •    National Commission for Refugees – N150m •    Technical Committee on Floods Impact Assessment                     – N100 million

14.    I have also set up a National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation to assist the Federal Government to raise funds to mitigate the pains and ensure the effective post-impact rehabilitation of victims.  This Committee will be co-chaired by Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, while Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr. will serve as the Chief Funds Mobiliser.

15.    The full membership of the Committee will be announced immediately after this broadcast. 16.    Fellow Nigerians, let me use this opportunity to thank State Governments, members of the National Assembly, private individuals, agencies of government, private sector institutions, NGOs, faith-based organizations, and philanthropic groups who individually and collectively have risen to the aid of persons and communities affected by the floods.

17.    This humanitarian and compassionate spirit that has been on display in the past few weeks reassures us that, at critical moments, Nigerians are able to come together in pursuit of a common

18.    My Fellow Compatriots, let me once again reassure you that this Administration remains fully committed to the welfare and well being of all Nigerians at all times.

19.    May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

20.    I thank you all.


Source: SaharaReporters

The Nigerian First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan is reported to have left the German hospital- Horst Schmidt Klinik, two days ago, where she has been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment for about a month. According to Vanguard newspaper, Dame Patience left the hospital and checked into a hotel.

Doctors at the Horst Schmidt Klinik in Wiesbaden last week were reported to have told the media they had been in touch with Nigerian officials on Patience’s condition.

“They wanted us to discharge Mrs. Patience Jonathan but we have notified the Nigerian government through its embassy here that we will not be able to discharge our patient at this time because her situation is not stable,” a doctor who did not want her name used said last Wednesday, adding: “We still need to monitor her very well before we can ask her to proceed on any long-distance trip.”

To hasten the recovery of the First Lady, officials at German Hospital last week barred visitors and some top Nigerian officials who went to see her. A source close to the presidency confirmed that the daily morning devotion which Jonathan and his wife usually attend at the Villa, is being used to offer special prayers for the first lady.The president’s office had continued to say that Patience Jonathan was expected back in Nigeria by the end of the last week.

There have been speculations about the First Lady’s health condition. While some sources say she’s suffering from Parkinson’s disease, others say she is down with Cancer of the Uterus. The presidency has so far shrouded her health condition in secrecy.

Source: Vanguard

President Goodluck Jonathan may this week announce major changes in the nation’s defence structure following the impending retirement of the incumbent Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin.

Petinrin will bow out in a few days after over 35 years of service.

THISDAY gathered that as a prelude to the changes, the president has scheduled a dinner within the next 48 hours with all the service chiefs – Lt. Gen. Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika, Nigerian Army; Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, Nigerian Air Force; Vice-Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, Nigerian Navy; and the incumbent CDS, during which he is likely to unveil his decision on their appointments.

Pentirin, born on 19 January 1955 at Ipetu-Ijesa in Ori-Ade Local Government Area of Osun State, enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 1974 as a member of Regular Course 16, and was commissioned pilot officer on January 3, 1977.

Jonathan had in September last year extended Petinrin’s tenure by one year and again, extended it by another one month this September. The extension ends this week but it was not clear as at press time if the CDS will be given another extension by the president.

If he does not get the extension, Jonathan will be faced with the onerous task of either appointing a replacement from the corps of the current service chiefs or exercising his prerogative picking a replacement from outside the service chiefs.

Apart from the CDS, who is in course 16 of the NDA, Ibrahim of the Nigerian Navy is next in seniority as a Course 17 officer. The Naval chief is followed by Ihejirika, Course 18 and Umar of the Nigerian Air Force, Course 20.

Military pundits explained Sunday night that the president also has the option of beaming his searchlight outside the current service chiefs to pick Petinrin’s successor.

However, the implication of the latter action, according to them, will be a mass retirement of several senior officers across the three services and the Defence Headquarters and its tri-service units or organisations who belong to courses 17, 18 and 20 of the NDA.

Another option open to the president, THISDAY gathered Sunday night, may be the promotion of the most senior service chief to the office of CDS.

The source said: “If this happens, the president will have a balancing act to do as he will have to pick another officer from the service that produces the CDS and make him the service chief.”

However, expressing concern about the looming changes, the source said: “I feel strongly that this is not the most appropriate time to change all the service chiefs because the military seems to be winning the fight against insurgency in the country. This must be credited to the commitment of the various services and their leadership.”

Jonathan had in September extended the tenure of the three service chiefs by one month, which expires this week, in a step pundits argued was taken to allow him enough time to consult on the choice of Petinrin’s successor or on the appointment of fresh hands to lead the various services.

The most senior service chief, Ibrahim, was born on June 15, 1955. A graduate of NDA Course 17 and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, he has also received extensive training with the British Royal and Indian navies.

He is a navigation and direction specialist and wears the command at sea badge for successful command at sea on various Nigerian Naval Ships. He also holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Ihejirika, next in seniority, was born on February 13, 1956 in Ovim, Isuikwuato Local Government Area, Abia State.

He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army on December 17, 1977 as a member of the NDA 18th regular combatant course.

Prior to being appointed the Chief of Air Staff (COAS), he was the Chief of Defence Logistics at Defence Headquarters. He was also the former General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division in Lagos, and a former Director of Engineering at Defence Headquarters.

Umar was born in Kano on June 20, 1955 and hails from Municipal Local Government Area of Kano State. He began his early education at Victory College Cairo, Egypt, in 1963.

He later attended Sardauna Memorial College Kaduna from 1969 to 1973 and graduated at Pivotal Teachers College Kano in 1975.  Umar, a graduate of Course 20, has attended several courses at home and abroad since he joined the Nigerian Air Force.

Source: Thisday


Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, is battling an onset of Parkinson’s disease that has complicated her recovery from a surgical procedure in Germany, several reliable sources have disclosed to SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters broke the news that Mrs. Jonathan was flown to a hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany close to a month ago to undergo emergency treatment after a botched procedure in Dubai.

In interviews with three sources familiar with Mrs. Jonathan’s health status, SaharaReporters learnt that the Nigerian president’s wife is beset by Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative syndrome. The disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. A medical source described it as “a fairly common disorder that occasions degeneration of the nervous system.” The source added that the disease leads to “progressive impairment and disorder of movement.” An online medical site notes that Parkinson’s “is characterized by progressive loss of muscle control, which leads to trembling of the limbs and head while at rest, stiffness, slowness, and impaired balance. As symptoms worsen, it may become difficult to walk, talk, and complete simple tasks.”

The bombshell revelation about the First Lady’s medical woes was first made by a source familiar with Mrs. Jonathan’s previous secret treatments in Spain and Italy. The source disclosed that Mrs. Jonathan had battled Parkinson’s for some years now. In addition, doctors had advised her to “do something urgent about her morbid body mass index (BMI),” said the source. She added that Mrs. Jonathan had indeed considered undergoing the kind of tummy tuck procedure that former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha once had.

Two other sources close to the Jonathans confirmed that the First Lady has been dogged by Parkinson’s. One said the disease was largely responsible for her clumsiness, drawling speech and slow movement at public events. He added that Mrs. Jonathan has been suffering serious trembling in the left hand. “That’s why she always uses her right to hold the microphone when speaking at public events,” the source revealed. Mrs. Jonathan also reportedly is affected by stiffness of the limbs and trunk which affects her movement.

A news staffer at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Jonathan’s aides warned reporters covering her never to film her beyond her waist. “Her senior personal assistant told the crew covering her long ago: ‘Don’t ever film Madam’s waist. Show her face only.’ That’s been the code at NTA.”

Two of our sources stated that Mrs. Jonathan had made efforts to slow the disease that had started to ravage her. “She has been visiting a health farm in Italy on a regular basis since 2010,” one source revealed. “To alleviate her pain, she has been taking her medication religiously.”

A friend of Mrs. Jonathan’s said that the First Lady’s health maladies include anxiety, occasional memory loss and disorientation. In addition, her blood pressure often rises to dangerous levels, forcing her to take a cocktail of anti-hypertensive drugs.

Also, our sources said that some officials attached to the First Lady’s office described her as constantly depressed, prone to snapping at people at the slightest provocation. “The First Lady can just get angry at the slightest provocation and rain abuses at anybody in sight,” he said.

As happened during the health crisis of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, the Nigerian Presidency’s reaction to Mrs. Jonathan’s health condition is to be mum. When SaharaReporters contacted a senior aide of President Jonathan on the matter of the First Lady’s illness, he sharply said, “I’m not saying anything. And please don’t mention that you spoke to me.” SaharaReporters learnt that officials of the Presidency are under a virtual oath of secrecy on the issue of Mrs. Jonathan’s health crisis.

source: SaharaReporters