Hon. Emeka Idimogu, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly believes that Nigerians are more divided now than before.
The lawmaker, who was speaking about the nation’s 61st independence anniversary recently, frowns at the North/South dischotomy in the country and lamented that the nation is beregt of good leaders.
He speaks more on these and insists that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has what it takes to be the next president of Nigeria.
As Nigeria is celebrating 61st independence anniversary, do you think we have cause to celebrate?
The truth is that we thank God that we are still together, but some people would say partially. But we have not done well considering what a normal 61 year old man ought to have achieved. However, some 61 year old men have not achieved. We are far below how some other nations rate us on achievements. Yes, in terms of population we are there, but economically and security wise we are not there yet.
We lack a lot that befit us as a nation. The only good thing is that we are still called Nigeria in words, but in our hearts we are not one. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wants Igbo nation, Sunday Igboho and others are calling for Yoruba nation, while the north is on their own. So we are polarised. In the history of Nigeria, we now have Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp, which never happened about 10 years ago. People are now homeless in their own country and villages and this had never happened before.
We used to read them about other nations. I cannot travel to my state in Imo now, for instance, even if I go by air I would still travel by road within the town, I cannot hang in the air. We should use the independence anniversary to reflect on our past and future.
People were thinking that things would have changed 21 years after we got democratic government, what is happening?
The problem we have has to do with leadership. You cannot just brush the other one, leadership comes from the followers, they are Nigerians too. They were followers before they got there. The problem is that we don’t love our country, we are not committed to the problem of the country. If we are committed to the well being of the country, we will not be like this.
Good citizens lay their lives for the country, how many of our leaders can do that. Look at someone like the late Babatunde Idiagbon, he was one of the leaders I know loved the country. I don’t think any other leader has his quality.
He was committed to the well being of the nation. When they overthrew him, he was abroad and they told him not to come back to the country and he said he had no other place and he came back and he was arrested at the airport. How many of our leaders can do that, they have more of their resources abroad, they would have stayed back.
What is the solution to all these, we had a constitutional conference and we did not implement the reports?
… Which conference, that is the problem we have in this country. We lie to ourselves. We don’t tell ourselves the truth. Have you seen the report of the 2014 national constitutional conference. What stops the present government from saying that the report should be scrutinized by a committee and then publish it.
What is the solution, should we have another constitutional conference?
Why, who will implement it, is it when the government must have gone. There are a lot of reports, what of Justice Chukwudi Oputa reports. We are not truthful to ourselves, we don’t love ourselves. There is corruption, they take Nigerian money abroad and run there later. How many people come here from abroad even for medical check-up.
Do we then blame the political class because they have been around since 1999?
I will not say the politicians are free, but it is not all of them that are guilty. How long have they stayed in office, 21 years. What does a 21-year-old child know. Has he reached marriageable age, it is when you get to 30 or more that you can start thinking of marriage. But our learning process is slow. Until we decide to be truthful to ourselves or we decide to be one things might not get better.
We are polarised, look at the issue of choosing presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections, there is fight between the South and the North over it. Does it really matter, they are now talking about constitution. When they were doing there own in 2014, was it in the constitution that we should choose a northerner then? Whoever says there is no zoning in Nigeria is lying, why do we have federal character? We have it from day one, so it matters. How can a particular zone or family say they want to be ruling.
Is it not federal character that brought about quota system, but now that it is zoning to the South, they are rejecting it. That is the problem, insincerity. Why can’t we tell ourselves the truth. APC would have had a northerner as president for eight years in two years to come now, why can’t they support the South now for the 2023 elections? It is not fair, they should not say rotational presidency is unconstitutional. The youths are watching us. If there is no quota system or zoning, then they should remove it everywhere.
We need a leader that is strong and forthright to lead us. I don’t know why they are afraid of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is a resourceful person.
He is experienced, human beings builder and a nation builder. He is well experienced based on where he has worked. For Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to have worked in Mobile Producing, an international organization then it means he is very good. You cannot use man knows man there.
For you to work there, you must have performed, they must have tested you. So what are we saying? We need someone like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2023. He knows what to do, you don’t need to tell him anything. I know he must have had a blueprint of what to do for Nigeria now. He has friends locally and internationally. He is willing to help the country, he would bring experts and work with them. The current President Muhammadu Buhari attempted to be President on three occasions and he failed until Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu supported him and he won in 2015.
Former president Goodluck Jonathan would have won a second term if not that Tinubu turned his back to him. Why are we not being truthful to ourselves, what are we afraid of. If he is willing and he is ready, let us give him the chance. We are far behind, look at insecurity, they have started kidnapping in Lagos now. We need people that are sincere and ready, the country is dying now. Look at the prices of bread, sachet and table water. There is hunger in the land, Nigerians are suffering. If the situation does not change I wonder what would happen next year.
NURTW calls off proposed protests
The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),Lagos chapter has called off the proposed protest slated for today.
In a phone conversation with our correspondence, the Chairman Lagos chapter of the association said the protest slated for today has been postponed. He made the decision after the intervention of the commissioner of police and the director of DSS Lagos State office.
It will be recalled that the association has forwarded a letter to the state Governor on a proposed peaceful protest as they want the state governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to prevail on the suspended chairman of the union Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, to vacate the union’s office to avert another looming protest worse than End Sars.
Speaking with newsmen, Akeweje asked the Governor to instruct the embattled Lagos park management chairman popularly called MC Oluomo to vacate the office in accordance with the national body’s directives.
The peaceful protest is slated to pick up from the Governor’s office in Alausa Ikeja, Lagos down to the NURTW state office at Agege, Lagos.
Akeweje told our correspondent that the embattled chairman of the union Alhaji Musliu Akinsanya aka Mc Oluomo has been told to vacate the office since April 2nd this year but has remained in the office in defiance to the instruction of the national leadership of the association.
Akeweje calls on the governor to prevail on him to avoid possible breakdown of law and order that will endanger serious security breach.
According to Akeweje, “NURTW is the authentic body for transport business in Lagos state, we are all experienced members of the union from different branches and unit in Lagos state, we are also card carrying members of the All Progressive congress (APC) under the leadership of our father Asiwaju BOLA AHMED TINUBU.
Commenting on the protest, NURTW National Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa confirmed the proposed protest by its Lagos branch urging them to remain peaceful even in the face of provocation.
Akeweje notes that, they agreed to suspend the protest after the state commissioner of police and the director of DSS pleaded with them to give the government two weeks to proffer solutions to the problem.
Alhaji Akeweje said if the government failed to fulfill it’s own side of the agreement, they will be forced to go on with their planned protest by the end of two weeks.
Group demands justice for Deborah
CCGI, Civic Consciousness Global Initiative, a non governmental organization in a media parley on Wednesday in Lagos stressed the need for the people to participate in the running of government. The group lamented over the deteriorating state of the nation, calling on government to end the incessant killings in the land and proffer solution to the widespread insecurity facing the country at large.
CCGI specially demanded for accelerated justice for the killers of Deborah Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education stoned to death last week, for alleged blasphemy.
“Religion crises, killings and violent protest may come to an end if there’s strong political will to uphold the constitution and bring perpetrators to book without bias”. Professor Idowu Sobowale, Chairman of the Civic Consciousness Global Initiative, CCGI.
During the meeting which was supported by Rev Dr. Julius Odofin, Rev Solomon Adegboragun, Bishop Funsho Awe and the famous Dr. Bolaji O. Akinyemi of PVC-Naija, Professor Shobowale expresses sadness that impunity reigns supreme in Nigeria to an extent that people take the lives of others and go scot free.
Below is the full text of CCGI Press Statement as read by Professor Shobowale…
“the state of our nation has been very worrisome in the past few years
Insecurity has reached its highest level in our history as a nation, the event leading to the Nigeria civil war seems a child play when compared with the present happenings!
We need not remind you of the gory details, but for the records :
The smuggling of the Islamic Sharia laws into our Constitution ab-initio has been the bane of divisions among all loving Nigerians. Those who smuggled it in had a hidden intention and those who saw the evil or danger inherent in it, out of fear of losing out kept quiet. The same attitude goes on today and unless the fraud is arrested boldly and firmly, the recurring stone age jungle justice will continue in our beloved Nation Nigeria. Few cases will suffice for the press as guide to our Rulers.
The case of Tafawa Balewa University students on whom the sentence of FATWA (an Islamic death sentence) was pronounced in 2004 by a 31 year old FULANI man who is still walking around as a free man today!
One of the sentenced persons in this School had been beheaded before CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) intervened to rescue the rest to Lagos!
We also have the RCCG woman who was on her Daily Morning Evangelism (Morning Cry) in Abuja that was brutally killed!
We cannot forget the case of AKALUKA who was beheaded somewhere in Kano and his head was hoisted on a stick and carried about in jubilation like a flag.
The Head of State then, General Sanni Abacha ordered the death of eight (08) of the nine (09) culprits fingered in the case.
The ninth person, though, incarcerated for two (02) years then, is today walking about now, a free man!
There is also the very annoying case of a government teacher who was transfered to a school in Gombe state, Northern Nigeria and while invigilating in an internal examination, she tried to prevent a student from cheating by seizing the student’s bag and throwing it where other students’ bags were kept. The cheating student instantly raised a false alarm that the teacher had desecrated her copy of the holy Quran!
The teacher was lynched and beaten to death!
Sad enough that arms of equal military sizes are in the hands of non state actors, enemies of our sovereignty, for whom a more strategic decisive action is still being expected from the highest security authorities in the land.
Our President, SIR, in the hope of a better and greater country, you have the assurances of our prayers for your person and office, trusting the Lord will grant you a happy ending of your tenure in 2023.
Of concern is the deteriorating value for human life; the sokoto killing unlike many others before the advent of technology didn’t save us from a video sighting of an evil of psychosocial trauma.
We are indeed traumatized!
The killing of Deborah Samuel a 200 level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, speaks volume for our constitution, rule of law and administration of justice. We stand in shame with you before the global community! We therefore, condemn the killing of Deborah Samuel. We also need to call the attention of the global community to the protest for the release of certain persons who were arrested in connection with the crime. That religion is the reason is a fallacy, well meaning Muslims have come out to condemn the killing; notable among them sre His Excellency, Aminu Tambunwa, the Executive Governor of Sokoto state and the Supreme leader of Islam in Nigeria to whom all Muslims must defer in all matter of their religion. It is sad to note the the person and office to interpret the appearance of the moon is judged to be in error over is condemnation. Little wonder Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was rumoured to have withdrew his condemnation of the killing.
The practice of Islam in Nigeria is more political than religious.
The mob in the video and those who came out to protest against the civility of The Governor of Sokoto state and the throne of Sultan are intellectually incapable of electoral decision. We should therefore as a matter of urgency, given the embarrassing level of our illiteracy review the conditions of eligibility of voters in Nigeria. If persons to be voted into offices requires a level of educational qualification, it is needful that those to decide that fate must have an aligning level of knowledge.
Back to Justice for Deborah
Diverse as the many faces in the video are, are reasons for which the blue murder was committed.
The question it raises however is for the constitution to answer and for your as the President and Commander In Chief Of The Armed Forces to defend. Our sympathy will be with your office if the 1999 constitution as amended has no answer! This will further strengthen the need for restructuring of our federation and raise the immediate need of a new constitution.
The question on very many lips is when will the next one happen? This lack of hope in us as a nation, we must rise to disappoint those who have the urge to continue to kill senselessly.
We therefore want to make the following recommendations in the immediate:
The arrested initiators in her class and their army of collaborators who took the law into their hands to kill Deborah must be brought to book.
Long term recommendation, we can’t feign ignorance of separation that Islam expected between male and female, nor are we ready to be pretentious about the right of every Christian, may we therefore recommend that Christian students be given exclusively their faith educational facility where the hope of ignorantly annoying the faith of Muslims would not exist
Give Nigerian ONE mutually agreed CONSTITUTION where peace and justice truly reigns he concluded.
Oniseri of Isheri Kingdom laid to rest
The remains of His Royal Majesty Oba Wahab Ayinde Balogun, the Onisheri of Isheri Olofin Kingdom who joined his ancestors on Tuesday 8th of February was interred in his palace at Isheri on Wednesday.
Council Chiefs, politicians and many prominent individuals who thronged the internment programme, were full of eulogies for deceased King.
Many took out time to commiserate with the popular son of the late monarch, Crown Prince Idris Oluomo of Isheri Kingdom.
The Lagos state house of assembly member hon Kehinde Joseph described the late Monarch as a man of integrity and hardworking,
Also, hon Babatunde Aboyade, APC Apex Leader and vice chairman Lagos west senatorial district described the Oba as father for All, ”
he united the people of Idimu, Isheri and Alimosho for a peaceful environment”
Oba Ayinde Balogun joined his ancestors at a very ripe and eventful age of 97
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