Even before the polls were counted, president Muhammadu Buhari was 100% confident he was going to win. From where will that confidence be in a nation hardly thriving from division, disunity and economic woes?

It’s definitely not from his performance and competency. The Economy, security and corruption in the nation have been worst in relative terms and places. The nation is plagued with more youth unemployment, more ethnic killings, more kidnappings nationwide, more poverty and widespread corruption in every small corner.

The only source of his assurance therefore remains the INCUMBENCY FACTOR or precisely the offical corruption.

From TraderMoni implemented in few months to election, to EFCC harassment of opposition finances, vote buying, use of public funds in mobilization for campaigns, posters and the monopoly of national TV and radio for ruling party campaigns. The deliberate use of religion as a campaign strategy in mosques. Use of armed forces to harass voters in some place and opposition in others, etc.

The 2019 presidential polls were manipulated from inception to collation. Don’t mention the card reader ruse. This no two honest people argue about that. The only argument is that both sides did it.

Therefore, without denial of doing it, I conclude that the true looser is integrity and respect. It has finally sealed the tortuous history of Gen. Muhammad Buhari political career with the stain of embracing everything corruption if he’s able to clinch to power after a full term of exercising power with the slogan of fighting corruption. The real winner is thus the true diagnosis of the real corruption that has damped the soul of the nation. Share hypocrisy in every quarter.

We Muslim are obliged to be honest to the core. “O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah should be more preferred than both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do.” Q4/135.

2019 presidential polls have exposed the deep rot in the seemingly conservative northern Muslim society. I was shocked seeing poor village women lined up receiving N500 note each with instructions to vote the ruling party. Under-aged voters. Using the minbar as a partisan political pulpit. Name it, it all happened and widely. Zamfara’s case is the most pathetic.

The president, INEC chairman, the security chiefs are all muslims. This is disgusting that such a colossal rigging and incompetency will happened with their apparent collaboration or silence. Islam remain free of any obligation to all human malevolence.

The true winner in this poll, is the opposition that was for long suppressed with the stigma of ‘looters’ and corruption. No healthy governance develops without good effective opposition. Otherwise the nation was truly drifting to a one state party authoritarian dictatorship. We can see what is happening at present in Algeria, Sudan and our neighbors the Cameron . Therefore, the reemergence of the opposition back in full force to the extent that the ruling party has to embrace full blown corruption and rigging to retain power struggling with few millions of rigged votes is absolutely amazing and a good prognosis of a better nation.

Truly Atiku Abubakar should be saluted for his dogged stand against authoritarian leadership tendencies. He has saved the nation is a way only history will vindicate him. I therefore urged him to reject the fake results, no credit should be given to falsehood and seek redress in the court of law, the same way, the president did in his previous attempts, he knows better when injustice is served.

I call on every citizen to conduct themselves with decorum and peaceful dialogue and follow the laws to its reasonable conclusion.

One thing -for sure- is that this nation needs urgent restructuring. INEC needs an overhaul. And like in some countries, the chairman should be elected by members of the state assemblies. All political prisoners should be released.

May Allah continue to protect us all from the evil of men and the unseen. Amim.

As African Leaders Congratulate Nigeria’s President Buhari, his Victory Sparks Crisis In Lagos, Oyo States and Abuja

28/02/2019 Akahi News

Igbo traders were attacked and compelled to swear oath to vote APC in the governorship election scheduled for March 9. Non-indigenes in Okota send SOS to Governor Ambode who has called for caution.

One policeman and two  traders were yesterday feared dead in the crisis  that erupted at Okokomaiko and Lagos Island areas of Lagos state, following  the declaration of  President Muhammadu Buhari as winner of Saturday’s election.

Crisis Protest Fight

Another policeman, a Sergeant said to have been attacked by the hoodlums at Alaba Rago, is still undergoing treatment. Several other persons sustained varying degrees of injury in the ensuing stampede.

All Progressives Congress (APC) party supporters rally as they celebrate the re-election of the incumbent president and the leader of APC, in Kano on February 27, 2019.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said his re-election was “free and fair”, after the opposition denounced the results as a “sham” and promised a legal challenge that could dominate politics for weeks.

The 76-year-old one-time military ruler’s victory was confirmed late on February 26, 2019, after rescheduled polling blamed on logistical difficulties. Information at Vanguard’s disposal revealed that some Hausa youths took to the street  at Okokomaiko, along the Badagry-Mile two expressway, chanting sai baba in celebration of  President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.

They marched from Okokoko to Cassidy, down to Alaba-Rago, pouring powder and water on themselves.

But the celebration took a violent dimension when they barricaded the road, preventing motorists’ access. Not done, they allegedly attacked commercial motorcyclists and traders at Alaba Rago.

Eye witnesses said another group of youths who kicked against President Buhari’s victory,  rose up to the defence of those being attacked, leading to a free-for-all, during which several persons were injured.

A police team from Okokomaiko division which stormed the scene to quell the situation was attacked by the rampaging group. The  group reportedly marched  to the police station in an apparent attempt to invade it but the move was stopped by the Police.

The situation, which disrupted vehicular movements along the ever-busy expressway, also forced traders to lock up for the day.

A trader said:  “I was on my way to Agbara when I heard sporadic shootings at Alaba Rago, which forced driver of the bus I  boarded  to stop at the Lagos State University, in order not to be  caught in the crossfire. A police officer was shot in the process but I don’t know if he died or survived.”

Another eyewitness, Anu, said Police reinforcement  fired at the rampaging group, shooting two of them.

Igbo traders attacked

However, on the Lagos Island, social miscreants otherwise called area boys , attacked some Igbo traders over accusation that they did not vote for President Buhari in Saturday’s election.

The miscreants, who were armed with dangerous weapons such as  cutlasses, broken bottles, woods and knives, struck at about 9.am at five streets:  Oluwole, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tinubu, Bamgbose and Alli streets, taking  the traders unawares.

They ordered that shops belonging to the Igbos should remain locked, threatening to kill anyone who violated their order.

When news of the attack filtered round other markets in the state  dominated by the Igbos, most of them  hurriedly locked up for fear of being entangled in any likely spread of the attack.

When Vanguard visited both areas, policemen attached to the Rapid Response  Squad with others from Area ‘E’ as well as  the Military, were sighted on foot and vehicular patrol. But most of the shops still remained locked.

Igbo in Okota send SOS

In Ago, Okota area of  Lagos State where the threat of attack on the Igbos began, non indigenes, particularly Igbos, have called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to  beef up security in the area, with a view to protecting their lives  and property following heightened fear of possible attack from hoodlums.

A resident, Mr. Sylvester Okoro, said  Igbo residents in the area were still apprehensive despite police presence and urged security agents to conduct a 24-hour surveillance in the area.

He said, “ People are still  apprehensive, especially as the governorship election is fast approaching. Some say they will not go out to vote for fear of reprisal attack. We therefore, call on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to come to our rescue now before the worst happens.”

Another resident, Mrs. Angela Johnson said: “ We are using this opportunity to call on the police and other security agencies to fortify the area. This is the only way people can be reassured to come out and exercise their civic right”

LASG sues for calm

On its part, the Lagos State Government,  through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, urged Lagosians, particularly non-indigenes to remain calm, assuring that  adequate security  had been put in place to ensure protection of lives and property of all citizens.

Meanwhile, Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, has cautioned against  harassment of Igbo residents in Lagos.

In a statement George, said, “this clearly ill-advised jungle justice on fellow Nigerians whose offense is basically the fact that they voted according to their conscience is capable of provoking a reprisal attack and a greater cataclysm that may graduate into a fury that no one would be able to control.”

Lagos State Police speaks

Contacted, spokesman for the Lagos  State Police Command, CSP Chike Oti, said: “Policemen on routine patrol who came to Alaba Rago to instruct the group to remove the barricade from the expressway to allow  free flow of traffic,  were attacked.  One of the policemen who was severely   injured was rushed to the hospital.

A contingent of policemen   was mobilised to restore calm  in the area. Some arrests have been made and the Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, has ordered that the arrested suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department,SCIID for further investigation and possible prosecution”.

Buhari supporters intimidate Abuja residents

Residents of Lugbe  and road users along the busy Airport road, at  the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,  were not spared in the harassment  either,  as they were thrown into panic, after  supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari, trooped out in large numbers to block the major high way in celebration of his victory.

The protesters who were armed with sticks and other dangerous weapons including brooms, barricaded the  entire road, making it impossible for vehicles to pass through.

The protesters who went haywire forcing drivers and other occupants to say, ‘sai baba’  descended on anyone who refused to do their bidding.

Investigation revealed that the celebrants who also brandished a coffin with PDP inscriptions and colours, were sighted  damaging vehicles trapped in the gridlock caused by the barricade, with  policemen stationed at Lugbe and car wash bus stops looking  the other way.

Earlier, the protesters had set bonfire on the road and taunting people perceived to be anti-APC, to say  Sai Baba, threatening to kill them if they refused.

The situation forced some road users to make u-turn , in a bid to escape their  wrath, while some parents  were seen  rushing to pick their children from  schools within the area.

The situation was  the same at the major city entrance of the FCT, City gate, where another set of celebrants also mounted road blocks, chanting sai baba  at the foot of the Iron broom erected, by the City Gate.

Also at  Area 1,  road users were forced to say Sai Baba before they were allowed to continue their journey. They equally blocked the link road between Area 2 and Area 10 causing a major gridlock on the road.

Igbo traders threatened in Ibadan, compel to swear an oath to vote for APC

In Ibadan, the capital city  of Oyo State,  Igbo  traders in Iwo were deprived from carrying out their daily commercial activities. Several spots in the market where most of the traders businesses were empty.

A female trader who spoke with Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, lamented that  they were being subjected to hardship, noting that they earned their living and took care of their family from whatever proceeds they made daily.

She disclosed that they were being told that they would only be allowed to continue doing business on the condition that they swore to an oath secretly that they would vote for candidates of APC in  the governorship and House of Assembly elections slated for  March 9, 2019.

“The condition they gave for our shops to be reopened was that we would swear an oath to vote for APC candidates in the governorship election. Some people have already done that out of fear. Governor Ajimobi, please come to our rescue,” she pleaded.

Efforts to reach the State’s Police Command spokesman on the development proved abortive as at press time.

“I am appealing to President Buhari to call the APC leader to order. Lagos is a mini Nigeria. It is the most accommodating and friendly entity in the Nigerian space.”

We welcome everyone with vivid embrace and with sincerity of purpose.

‘’We are the Nigerian melting pot, encouraging traders and various merchants to bring their goods for sale. We do not discriminate.’’

Will Nigeria Ever Repent of Election Fraud?

Most elections in Nigeria are flawed. This is incontrovertible. Nigerians attest to it. Past governments attest to it. Former President Jonathan admitted it after the 2011 election which he won. 2015 polls were an improvement but fraud was prevalent. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano State who contrived the scandalous close to 2 million votes for Buhari in 2015 polls got roasted along with all members of his family in a mysterious fire that engulfed his house not too long after the election.

The 2019 Presidential and National Assembly polls presented the worst scenario. Violence, open poll rigging, open and closed ballot thumb printing, under-aged voting and a whole lot. The worst case scenario was the involvement of the armed forces and the Police in ensuring the sitting government subsisted and it happened.

The European Union Election Observer Mission in Nigeria remarked in a preliminary report two days after the poll that there were “serious shortcomings in INEC’s operations and also the need for regular communication and transparency. The last-minute postponement of the elections, and the delayed start to voting on 23 February, placed an undue burden on voters.

“Going forward, there is a great need for more transparency and communication during the
whole process, with political parties, civil society, the media and, most importantly, citizens,” said Ms Arena.

The EU EOM concluded that the elections were competitive and that candidates were able to campaign freely, although it stated that campaign rhetoric became more acrimonious closer to election day. The mission expressed sadness at the loss of life in violent incidents during
the campaign and on election day.”

Involvement of the military in the elections was more pronounced in states controlled by the opposition PDP such as Akwa Ibom where a former Governor and serving Senator Akpabio defected to the ruling APC before the election; Rivers State where former Governor Amaechi formerly of the PDP is the ruling APC arrow head; Bayelsa, a PDP strong hold; Delta a PDP state and others.

Opposition PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar cited fraud as his reason for his decision to challenge the election result declared by the election body.

Blatant and large scale election fraud led to the wide spread violence in the infamous “operation wetie” in Nigeria’s South West in the first republic as well as in 1983 in Ondo State.

When will things be done right in Nigeria? Time shall tell.

The Consequences of Zero Tolerance

GAB | The Global Anticorruption Blog

The chart above shows what happens when policy is based on a slogan. In this case “Zero Tolerance.” Procurement rules in both Peru and Colombia require that any public contract tainted by corruption be terminated immediately. As the Brazilian investigation into construction giant Odebrecht unfolded, it became clear that many projects to build highways, power plants, and other infrastructure projects in the two countries had been corruptly awarded.  Authorities in both countries then did what the law told them they must: cancel the contracts.

Most large infrastructure contracts in Peru and Colombia are in the form of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), and the immediate termination of a PPP can be enormously costly.  Not only to the firms that paid bribes to secure the contract, but to lenders, suppliers, and the hundreds of other contractors on the project who had no knowledge or involvement in the bribery scheme.  The greatest costs are…

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Proverbs 19:17-20

Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In Proverbs 19:17-20 Solomon talks about generosity.  He focuses on those who help the poor.  When we give to the poor (expressing our love and pity towards them), we aren’t wasting our money. It is like lending money to the Lord Himself. It’s hard to know who truly deserves that generosity at times.  Some take advantage of those who are willing to give. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” God will never be in debt to any man. He will never be in a position where He owes anything as a matter of debt. Therefore, to lend to the Lord is to ensure blessing in return. God will certainly pay back what we give in compassion to the poor. God promises that we will never be the loser for generous and compassionate giving.

Solomon again reminds…

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Be kind, considerate and courteous. But also be shrewd and know when to be tough and courageous

Very rich thoughts with nothing to add. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

💥Peace & Truth

Be kind, considerate and courteous. But also be shrewd and know when to be tough and courageous. This is the mark of a well-defined character and you will surely command respect. It is most useful to read books on friendliness and enhancing relationships by being a good listener, showing others sincere appreciation and refining other interpersonal skills. But, to truly succeed, one must also recognize that worldly wisdom and shrewdness are essential skills to foster. Become an expert in human psychology and be able to read the essence of people. Never be taken advantage of and be aware of the politics around you. Stay above petty gossiping and office politics but appreciate that they indeed exist and know what goes on behind your back. Every great leader does.

Create your image as a highly competent, strong, disciplined, calm and decent individual. Find that crucial balance between working on the image…

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One time Nigeria’s Election Commission Chairman, Maurice Iwu Arrested By Anti graft Agency



Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Maurice Iwu, has been reportedly arrested by security operatives.

Family sources told the Sun that Iwu was arrested in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Sunday.

The former INEC boss was whisked away to Lagos, they said.

The newspaper added that the security operatives came from Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and linked up with the Imo State Commissioner of Police who invited him to Owerri.

According to the report, when Iwu came for the meeting, he was whisked away by security operatives and taken to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos.

It was gathered that in Lagos, Prof Iwu was interrogated, release and asked to report back today.

There are also reports on Monday that at the EFCC office in Lagos, Iwu was taken into custody.

It was reported that his phones were impounded and switched off.

EFCC spokesman,Tony Orilade, who spoke with the newspaper, however denied the story.

Buhari’s Victory Celebration In Lagos, Nigeria Goes Wrong: One Shot Dead, Police Officer Attacked


Buhari’s victory celebration: One shot dead, police officer attacked in Lagos. Next level has begun.

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Unknown gunman on Wednesday shot into a crowd celebrating President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in Sabo, Yaba, killing one person, while a police officer was seriously injured by some protesting youth in Okokomaiko, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the unidentified gunman opened fire on the celebrating crowd at Iwaya area, killing one person on the spot.

Lagos Police Spokesperson, Chike Oti, chief superintendent of police, who confirmed the incidents, told NAN that the police officer was attacked by some protesting youths on the ever busy Lagos – Badagry expressway.

Mr Oti said policemen, led Sunday Oyekanmi, a superintendent of police, were appealing to the youth as they were causing heavy traffic on the highway.

He said while the policemen were appealing to the youths to leave the road, the youth attacked them with machetes and sticks during which the DCO was seriously injured and collapsed.

“Many thought the DCO was dead, but the DPO of the station took him to the hospital where he was revived. He is responding to treatment now. He is not dead. The area is calm now.

“The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Zubairu Muazu, has warned that the command will not tolerate any attack of his men who are working to protect lives and property in Lagos,” Mr Oti said.

Mr Oti said the 37 youth arrested for allegedly attacking the policemen at Okokomaiko were taken to the State CID, Panti for investigation, while detectives were on the trail of the suspect who shot dead one person in Yaba.

According to him, some areas boys were having misunderstanding amongst themselves and the police went there to stop them before it degenerates into full scale crisis.

“The area is calm, there is patrol everywhere. Members of the public should disregard any rumour of crisis in Lagos Island,” Mr Oti said