Suffering From Truth Decay?


June 27, 2019 Randy Conley

Winston Churchill once pointed out that people occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. The great American author and humorist, Mark Twain, opined that many people must regard truth as their most valuable possession since they were very economical in its use. His advice was simply, “Always do right.”

Truth decay is the gradual erosion of honesty and integrity in a relationship, and if not diagnosed and treated promptly, can result in a complete loss of trust.

Here are four warning signs of truth decay and suggestions for prevention and treatment.

Withholding information 

This causes suspicion in the leader, a lack of empowerment in the followers, and wasted time and energy as people try to manage the business without all the right information at their disposal. People without information are incapable of acting responsibly. People with information are compelled to act responsibly. Share information about yourself and the organization openly and in the appropriate formats and forums, and set the expectations of how the information should be used. Trust your folks to do the right thing.

Not “walking the talk” 

When leaders say one thing yet do another, followers quickly learn that the leader can’t be trusted. Leaders can not underestimate the power of leading by example. Get clear on what values are most important to you as a leader, communicate those to your team, and give them permission to hold you accountable to living those out.

Dropping balls 

Not following through on commitments is a leading contributor to truth decay. Make sure you under-promise and over-deliver. Don’t commit to do something unless you know you can follow through. It can be tempting for leaders to think they have to say “yes” to everything, but if you don’t follow through on your commitments, then people begin to doubt that you are a person of your word. As the Scripture advises us, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’”

Gossiping 

When you engage in gossip or talk disparagingly about a colleague behind their back, you demonstrate a lack of care and respect for others. Your followers observe this behavior and begin to wonder to themselves, “If my leader treats others this way, is he/she doing the same to me when I’m not around?” Remember, one of your most precious assets as a leader and colleague is your reputation and good name.

Leadership guru Warren Bennis has noted, “So much lip service is paid to the issue of business ethics; but how do you in fact build an organization distinguished by tangible integrity, moral vision, and transparency? The key is a commitment on the part of the corporate leader to establish a culture of candor in which followers feel free to speak the truth to power, and leaders are bold enough to hear such truth and act on it.”

As leaders, we are responsible for setting the example of ethical behavior for our team; and if we pay attention to the warning signs of truth decay and take actions to prevent its spread, we will build a culture of high trust, engagement, and productivity.

How I was raped by COZA’s Pastor — Timi Dakolo’s Wife


June 28, 2019 Jayne Augoye

Busola Dakolo, the wife of popular artiste, Timi Dakolo, has spoken about how she survived a rape ordeal by the founder of The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Mr Fatoyinbo, who has also been implicated in several sexual scandals, runs the Abuja headquarters of his church with his wife, Modele.

Mrs Dakolo opened up about her ordeal in a YouTube interview with Chude Jideonwo published on Friday by the channel, YNaija.

She explained that while a member of the church, she was raped at two different times in a week by the pastor.

Mrs Dakolo alleged that the pastor raped her for the first time at her parent’s home and at another time in a secluded road path. She said the incidents occurred before she turned 18 and added that she lost her virginity to him.

According to the women, Mr Fatoyinbo convinced her through gifts of books and cassette tapes to keep attending their club when she was back home from school.

Detailing the circumstances that led to her being raped for the first time, Mrs Dakolo said, “Fatoyinbo showed up at our house unannounced. It was a Monday morning early and I was still in my nightgown. My mother had travelled with my sisters and were absent at service the previous Sunday.

“He didn’t say a word, forced me onto a chair, speaking only to command me to do as he said. It took me a while to come to terms with what was about to happen, and it was why I didn’t struggle or make a fuss when he pulled down my underwear and raped me.”

She added that he did not say anything after, left to his car, returned with a bottle of Krest and forced her to drink it, probably as some crude contraceptive.

She said she recalled him saying,“You should be happy that a man of God did this to you.”

She said at this time, his wife had just given birth to their first child, Oluwashindara.

The interview comes after her husband, Timi, called out the pastor over his alleged sexual relationship with female church members, even as he encouraged other victims who have gone through the experience to speak up.

Mrs Dakolo said she spoke up because her husband put up a social media post on Instagram, accusing the Nigerian clergy of condoning rape and sexual assault.

She said some people had approached her husband anonymously about the pastor targeting underage girls for sexual relationships and he felt obligated to publicly speak on their behalf.

Mrs Dakolo also said she was motivated to speak up about her rape incident after a social media post from an anonymous account insinuated that she had been promiscuous as a teenager and had affairs with pastors when she lived in Ilorin and questioned the paternity of her children.

Timi’s posts created intense backlash and support and sparked rumours about who the subject of his post was and who the victims were.

Back in 2013, the flamboyant pastor was also entangled in an allegation of infidelity with Ese Walter, a former member of the church.

Ms Walter had set social media ablaze after she alleged in a blog post that she had a week-long sexual relationship with the pastor during his London visit.

According to Ms Walter, after arranging for a taxi to pick up Mr Fatoyinbo from the airport during his visit to London, the pastor invited her to his hotel and offered her alcohol.

Ms. Walter, who admitted that the relationship was consensual, however, said she felt “abused and manipulated” by Mr Fatoyinbo and the fleeting manner the church’s leadership handled the affair after she raised it with another pastor in the church.

She said she went public with the story when she could no longer withstand the “psychological abuse.”

The incident snowballed into a huge sexual scandal that many thought would destabilise the church.

In another of such allegation, Mr Fatoyinbo was accused of having an amorous relationship with a married woman.

Mr Fatoyinbo is yet to officially respond to the allegation. His team did not respond to an email sent by PREMIUM TIMES seeking comments.

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Arms Scandal in Nigeria: Jonathan, Dasuki deny granting Amosun approval for armory in Government Lodge


June 28, 2019 Samuel Ogundipe

Former President Goodluck Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said he did not grant any approval for the construction of an armoury to former Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, or any governor during his presidential term between 2010 and 2015.

“I am not aware of any approval (to build an armoury to stockpile weapons),” Mr Jonathan told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon through a close associate, who was a minister in his administration.

He advised this newspaper to further confirm from former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, that no such approval was granted.

Mr Dasuki has in the past four years been in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) and this newspaper was unable to directly contact him. But a former director at the office of the National Security Adviser, who worked closely with Mr Dasuki during Mr Jonathan’s era, said no such approval was given during Mr Dasuki’s tenure.

“Oga (NSA Dasuki) did not grant anyone approval to build an armoury,” the former official said. He asked not to be named so as not to be victimised by the current administration.

“Maintaining an armoury in Government House is an illegal activity, and we did not approve any such request during our time. We did not permit any governor to store arms and ammunition.

“If he is insisting there was an approval granted him for his armoury, we challenge him to make the documentation public.”

Mr Jonathan was Nigeria’s president at a time of heightened insecurity, during which the Boko Haram sect became a full-blown danger to Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The Jonathan administration was preoccupied with containing Boko Haram and other manifestations of insecurity under his tenure, and Mr Amosun, as an opposition politician, would have raised a red flag if he sought to purchase weapons and stockpile them at his official residence.

While struggling to extricate himself from a PREMIUM TIMES story about how he stockpiled sophisticated arms and ammunition at Ogun State Government House, Abeokuta — in a blatant violation of Nigeria’s Firearms Act — Mr Amosun had claimed that he received permission from Mr Jonathan to import weapons and stockpile them for security purposes.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported on Monday night that Mr Amosun stored arms and ammunition for a long period at his official residence when he was governor. The politician, now a senator, called the police commissioner, Bashir Makama, and hurriedly handed over the weapons to him a day before he left office on May 28.

Sambo Dasuki
Sambo Dasuki, for NSA

National security officials found Mr Amosun’s action particularly troubling and illegal, expressing further dismay that the country’s security architecture failed to detect such a massive cache of arms and ammunition for such a long time.

In his defence Tuesday night, Mr Amosun denied keeping the AK47 in his residence, but admitted he had the ammunition and armoured personnel carrier in his possession until his last day in office and seven years after he supposedly procured them for the police.

He said he stored the weapons in a “designated armoury” at the Government House.

Still, the Firearms Act and other extant firearms regulations absolutely prohibit possession of the type of bullets and armoured personnel carrier — all categorised as controlled equipment — that Mr Amosun admitted handing over to Mr Makama on his last day in office.

The law grants the president exclusive powers to authorise establishment of armouries, and now Mr Jonathan, who was the president at the time, had said there was no such approval for Mr Amosun or any state governor throughout his tenure.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun
Governor Ibikunle Amosun

Outraged Nigerians immediately called on security agencies to swoop on Mr Amosun and ensure he was thoroughly prosecuted, but security chiefs have been reluctant to take action.

On Wednesday, PREMIUM TIMES raised 10 questions for Mr Amosun that bordered largely on the illegality of his arms stockpile, but the former governor has not responded.

Rotimi Durojaiye, a spokesperson for Mr Amosun, did not immediately return PREMIUM TIMES e-mail seeking comments about Mr Jonathan’s position on Thursday evening. Mr Amosun himself repeatedly disconnected telephone calls from PREMIUM TIMES.

Reckless endangerment

On Thursday afternoon, Chidi Odinkalu, an expert on security matter, also raised further observations about how Mr Amosun might have endangered the lives of those who visited the Government House during his tenure.

“There are basic rules for storage of firearms on this scale,” Mr Odinkalu said. “Do you know how many people visited the Ogun State Government House in the past seven and a half years? How many of them knew they were visiting an armoury and how many would have gone if they knew they were visiting an armoury.

“There is a reason why firearms on this scale have to be stored under strict rules in armouries away from civilian populations – because they are very delicate and could go off spontaneously with serious injuries to human life.

“You recall the Ikeja Cantonment explosions 18 years ago? Even if everything Mr Amosun says is true, who permitted him to convert the Government House into an armoury?

“”He also seems to suggest that he had a monopoly of capacity to oversee and monitor the distribution of and access to these firearms. What was he – a feudal lord?

“The fact that he eventually handed over this stuff to the police the day before he left office showed that he did not in fact need to do what he did. Which then raises the question why did he do it?

“This leads us to the third point. Mr Amosun is not the last governor of Ogun. If he could monopolise custody of firearms in the Government House, then, surely, that prerogative should also be open to his successor.

“But he acted to ensure his successor did not discover the firearms or have access to them the same way that he did. The reason is obvious: if his successor had gone into the Government House and found that it was an armoury, there would have been a massive stink like you have not known before.

“So, by this process of induction, it is easy to see that the reasons of Mr Amosun were far from sanguine or altruistic. Surely he has serious questions to answer. It is really that simple.”

Nigeria’s Code of Conduct lawyers absent at FOIA hearing on asset declaration forms


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Professor Mohammed Isah, Chairman, CCB

THE Code of Conduct Bureau was not represented by any counsel, on Wednesday, at an ongoing trial where it is a respondent. 

The International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, had in February filed an ex-parte motion at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking a declaration that the bureau’s refusal to grant access to asset declaration forms is a violation of the right of access to information guaranteed by the Freedom of Information Act.

In May, the court granted the centre’s application for a judicial review of the legality of the CCB’s decision and had adjourned to Wednesday, June 26.

The bureau, however, did not make an appearance for its defence and has also not filed any court documents in response to The ICIR‘s notice of motion.

On the other hand, the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, another respondent in the matter, had legal representation at the hearing.

Justice Inyang Ekwo pronounced that the CCB be given the benefit of the doubt, and then adjourned the trial to Thursday, September 26 2019.

The ICIR, had in February, written to the CCB requesting for the “details of all asset declaration of all cabinet members in the present administration” as well as other key appointed officials.

But in its response over two months after, the agency declined to provide the documents and said the FOI Act “has exempted asset declarations of public officers from documents that can be accessed via reliance on the provisions”.

The bureau is facing a similar lawsuit from the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) filed last Friday at the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has described the bureau’s refusal of SERAP’s request for asset declaration details as illogical.

The federal government has “failed to show commitment to the fight against corruption by encouraging secrecy with respect to asset declaration by public officers,” he said at a Stakeholders Dialogue on Corruption held in Kano in June.

“With respect, it is illogical to claim that the asset declaration forms submitted by the erstwhile public officers are private documents. Accordingly, the rejection of the request by SERAP is a contravention of section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 and article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights,” the lawyer submitted.

“It is hoped that the CCB will review its position and allow citizens to access the information in the declaration forms submitted to it by all public officers in view of the new policy of the Buhari administration to enforce effective asset declaration by public office holders.”

ICIR’s sponsored fake “fact-checking” about fake news


SEVERAL weeks ago, someone from Lagos alerted me to what he said was a “hit piece” being hatched against me from Bola Tinubu’s media team in Lagos because of my consistently piercing scrutiny of the Buhari fascist monocracy and particularly because I’ve been in the forefront of efforts to call global attention to the unprecedented electoral fraud that birthed Buhari’s illegitimate “second term.” I told him I was already used to that. But he said, “This would be different.”

Source: ICIR’s sponsored fake “fact-checking” about fake news | The ICIR