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Thursday, June 14, 2018


June 14, 2018 0

Have you ever heard or read about a rapist having mercy upon their victim after they're set to commence their nefarious act? Well, this seems to have played out in Lagos Nigeria, as an alleged rapist, Emmanuel Okorie, who is standing trial for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 15-year-old sister, has denied the allegation, leveled against him by Lagos State Government.

Vanguard reports have it that the defendant, told the Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, Wednesday, that he did not defile the victim when he discovered after examining her, that she was a virgin.

“I let the girl go when I discovered that she was a virgin,” Okorie said while testifying before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye on trial within trial. “I put my hand in her ****** and when I noticed that she was a virgin, I let her go, I didn’t sleep with her, because I didn’t want to injure her,” he confessed.

He disclosed that the incident took place at the victim’s elder sister’s house at Ejigbo area of Lagos.

Okorie, who was led in trial within trial by his counsel Mr. Worer Obuagbaka, also said that he didn’t make any confessional statement, nor told his investigative police officer that he had s*x with the victim.

He was first arraigned on a count charge of defilement on December 14, 2015, at Yaba Magistrate’s Court, where he was alleged to have committed the offence on November 26, 2015. He was also arraigned before the High Court in April, 2017.

The offence, the prosecutor said, is Punishable under section 137, of the Criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

Okorie who said he is from Delta State and resides at 6, Alahaji Isiaka, Ilasamaja area of Lagos had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The case has been adjourned till July, 5, for continuation of trial.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


June 13, 2018 0

"Until the Lion tells the story, 
the Hunter will always be the Hero." 
- African Proverb.

25 years ago a unique electoral feat happened in our nation's history, it was the day that Nigerians refused the biases of region and religion, and voted for a Party that presented a Muslim/Muslim Ticket, whilst trumping the one with a Muslim/Christian Ticket. Nigerians elected content and competency over creed and clan. Such is the TRUE spirit of Nigeria.

Since that election, and the attendant annulment of the election by the gap-toothed one, some of us have made JUNE 12, the DEMOCRATIC Altar at which we worship yearly. Our worship at the JUNE 12 Altar, is predicated on the fact that this Altar stands on four solidly germane and unimpeachable pillars.

1. That it remains the freest, the fairest and the most credible election in our nation's history.

2. That Nigerians against the nuances, the prejudices and the proclivities of religion voted a Muslim/Muslim Ticket. JUNE 12, became therefore the symbol of our collective depth and brotherhood.

3. That Nigerians expressed their sovereign and constitutional right to elect a leader, and did so on that day.

4. That the mandate so given on that day to Chief M.K.O Abiola was freely, fairly and credibly given, and could not be taken away by anyone or authority.
We have religiously worshipped at this pristine ALTAR indiscriminate of region and or religion. We have done so in memory of the over 300 students of various tribes and religion murdered by IBB's troops led by Abacha, for seeking the de-annulment of the PEOPLES mandate given to Abiola.

We worship at the JUNE 12 ALTAR, in memory of Kudirat Abiola, MKO Abiola, Pa Alfred Rewane, Bagauda Kalto, Gani Fawehinmi, Chima Ubani, Beko Ransome-Kuti, Omatsola, Pa Abraham Adesanya and all the direct and indirect martyrs of the struggle for the revalidation of the peoples mandate, and indeed democracy.

We worship at the JUNE 12 ALTAR, because it held out HOPE for the abolition of poverty and progress. Not because Abiola was himself a Saint, but because his message of HOPE resonated. And to us it will always be #COUNTRYFIRST, it has been more about Nigeria than about any individual, people or tendency.

And we worship at the JUNE 12 ALTAR because we insist on no less a normative than the enthroning of free, fair, credible and transparent electoral paradigms on our national canvass.

The inviolability of the essence of our worship motivated an effort of mine published by The Vanguard in 2011 on the unyielding fervour and fervency of the JUNE 12 ALTAR. See

The JUNE 12 story is replete with the attempt of interloping political operators with soiled and fouled hands to harvest political profit from an ALTAR they violently desecrated and defiled. And the perfidy wears a new garb.

In 2013 I had the honour of defending the JUNE 12 ALTAR against a sacrilegious intruder, the then Governor of Akwa Ibom State Obot Godswill Akpabio, who insisted at that time that 16 was greater than 19 ala the Governors Forum election, decided to sponsor a JUNE 12 converge at the MKO Abiola residence. I cautioned my colleagues against compromising the ideals of the June 12 struggle, which chiefly remains the call for free, fair and credible polls. And opposed his place in that event. See

It is the same challenge that history has thrown upon my shoulders once again, I am therefore, not doing this because I am a HATER or a WAILER. I am doing this because we must situate history and hysteria in proper perspectives, and teach our children and indeed posterity to THINK.

There are questions that assail the carapace of my mind, you may also ponder on them if you like. Can Buhari beatify June 12? Was Buhari not part of the administration of Abacha, the same Government that imprisoned the holder of the June 12 mandate? Until now, has Buhari ever spoken in support of the June 12 struggle? How can a man who holds Abacha very highly become today's hero of the June 12 hunt? How and why did he remember June 12 after his 3rd year in power, and with just a year to go? What is the role of the famous June 12 deserter and the only living beneficiary of today's June 12 hysteria Babagana Kingibe, in all of this? If MKO Abiola were alive, will he accept today's honours from Buhari, and with Kingibe on the same platform?

With the level of hunger in the land, and the killings across the Country, as well as the detention of citizens against Court Orders and due process, will Gani Fawehinmi accept today's honours?

Why is the honours list in today's hysteria lacking in names like Beko Ransome-Kuti, Bagauda Kalto, Chima Ubani, Pa Alfred Rewane, Kudirat Abiola, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Olisa Agbakoba, Olusegun Mayegun, Owei Lakemfa, Dupe Onitiri-Abiola, Ndubuisi Kanu, Fredrick Fasheun, Dan Suleman, Wole Soyinka, Ayo Obe, Frank Kokori, Shehu Sani et al, and why is the electoral umpire who superintended that election not deserving of Buhari’s honours? What does today's June 12 hysteria portend?

Has the Aso Rock celebrating authority chosen to sectionalize the June 12 struggle by inviting the same South West traditional fathers who deserted June 12, Abiola and the struggle? How many of the then Social Democratic Party SDP Officers, elected Governors, Senators, Representatives et al were involved in the June 12 struggle? Does the roll call of the attendees at today's June 12 feast in the Villa, not define the intention of the Convener?

My immediate reaction to the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari of June 12 as the new Democracy Day effective from 2019 as a GREEK GIFT was clear, unequivocal and unambiguous. Interestingly I am glad that THINKERS are beginning to see it for what it is, and many are speaking up and speaking out against the politicization of an ideal that is better practiced than romanticized.

It is about the politics of 2019, it is sheer populism and it is a Greek gift. Less than 10days before the first Press Statement ever signed by the President, this same President declared May 29 Public Holiday (Democracy Day), so when in God's universe did the so-called wide consultation referred to in the Press Statement happen, before or after May 29?

We have interesting times ahead. And we must realize that Nigeria is beyond PMB, GEJ, IBB, OBJ and the likes, so those who are celebrating the desecration of the JUNE 12 ALTAR as an uppercut dealt on political foes by Buhari must raise the intellectual bar. Fela of blessed memory once sang, '...animal can't give me human right, human right na my property', so the deep and the discerning must be circumspect.

Some have argued that we cannot cry more than the bereaved, let me state clearly, that in June 12 all Nigerians were bereaved. It is not about the South West alone, it is about Nigeria, in fact Abia State was one of the first States ever to have adopted June 12 as a Public Holiday under Orji Uzor Kalu. Indeed, June 12 is the national cross on which Abiola and many others were martyred.
To those who pontificate and attempt for political gain to paint the June 12 struggle with ethnic brush, a rude awakening awaits you, as the Nigerian Socio-Political canvass will refuse such stain, someday surely.

We do not stand with Abiola because he was a Saint, we stand with him even in death because of JUNE 12, and the pillars and the message of it. We are not unaware of his past and his story as presented in a 1994 protest letter by Ganiyu Jaiyeola, then President of Africa Club in the University of Connecticut, USA against the reason for which the school was offering Abiola a Doctor of Letters degree, honoris. I hereunder for record purposes, reproduce the most part of the protest, verbatim.

“August 31, 1994
Professor Harry Hartley
President ,
University of Connecticut,        
Storrs, CT. 06269.
Dear Professor Hartley,

It has come to the notice of the Nigerian community at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, that the University of Connecticut, Storrs, will be honouring Chief Moshood Abiola with a Doctor of letters degree for his devotion to democracy.  We would like to thank the University of Connecticut for bestowing such an honour on a Nigerian; indeed an African.

While we have no qualms, in principle, about the award, we object to the reasons for the honour.  We believe it is a misnomer to characterize Chief Abiola as a devotee to democracy.  Right from the regime of the late General Muritala Mohammed to General Ibrahim Babangida's disastrous era, Chief Abiola provided support for successive military regimes in Nigeria.  He benefited materially and politically from his close ties with the military.  Chief Abiola is an accountant.  He came into limelight when his company, ITT, got a multimillion dollar contract from the Federal Ministry of Communications to fix the telephone system in Nigeria once and for all.  General Mohammed, Chief Abiola's friend, was then the Federal Minister for Communications (General Yakubu Gowon was Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria).  Despite this huge amount, Nigeria has one of the worst telephone systems in the world.  It takes an average of two hours for a lucky person to get a call through to Nigeria......

Finally, Chief Abiola was portrayed in the nomination process as someone with "a record of standing firm for his principles, even at risk to his personal safety".  It should not be forgotten too soon that when crisis and pandemonium ensued after the annulment of the election, he abandoned his followers and took refuge in the safe and comfortable havens of the West, while the genuine democratic forces were left behind to slug it out with the military.  Asked by a BBC reporter in London why he absconded, he unabashedly retorted: "life has no duplicate.  I don't want to die now.  I want to live to serve my people.  I will go back to the country when conditions are ripe".

We wish to reiterate that we are not against honouring Chief Abiola for his genuine accomplishments.  All we are saying is that the present rationale for the award is flawed.

Thank you.

Sincerely, (signed) Ganiyu Jaiyeola  (Mr.)
President, African Club

University of Connecticut, Storrs;
On Behalf Of The Nigerian Community (University of Connecticut, Storrs).”

We are disciples of JUNE 12, and we worship at the JUNE 12 ALTAR because June 12 transcends ethnicity, religion and region. On that day Abiola was overwhelmingly voted for in 19 States and the FCT, Abuja, out of the then 30 states, in an election that is yet unparalleled in our nation's history, having been adjudged as the freest, the fairest and the most credible thus far. And our loyalty is chiefly to this phenomenon.

Today's event in the Villa, is a facade masqueraded as honour for Abiola and the June 12 phenomenon. It is sacrilegious, prolitrickcal and manifestly a Greek Gift meant for political capital. But Nigerians and indeed the South West are wiser.

We are where we are as a nation because wittingly or unwittingly so many have lowered the intellectual bar, and thrown away their thinking cap. Like victims of the proverbial poisoned chalice we fall for every gimmick of our oppressors and debate banalities. So sad, we are a people so easily swayed and so easily pleased. We are a people who laugh when we are not genuinely tickled, such defines the support that some have given to Buhari’s June 12 Greek Gift. But the discerning are not fooled.

Nothing can be more dangerous to a nation and its people than the oppressed jumping in defense of the oppressor. Stockholm Syndrome is the poisoned chalice of the oppressed. Hunger, joblessness, insecurity and want are indiscriminate of religion, region and ethnicity. Therefore to dwell on the politics of creed and or clan as intended by Buhari through a poisoned June 12 chalice is to deepen the sink in the nadir.

Thank goodness for the Social Democratic Party SDP that addressed a Press Conference yesterday the 11/06/2018 and put a lie to the genuineness of Buhari’s June 12 gift. The Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution CDNDC was not left out, as they described the gift, as 'a self-serving ploy to hoodwink a people to get their votes in injury time'. To seek to elevate the 'banal magic' of the oppressor ditto a poisoned JUNE 12 chalice is to toughen the latch of slavery. May the discerning be circumspect.

A poisoned chalice is a poisoned chalice no matter how lovely it looks. Those who mortified June 12, cannot give life to it. Being quick in giving accolade to your captors for what seems like some respite, emboldens every attempt to rewrite our history. And we must not allow our JUNE 12 story to be re-written by a pretender to the June 12 estate.

Finally, the good Book tells us a story of how some sincere devotees of faith were asked to sing their captors the Lord's song, but rather than say, 'O they have finally given us the opportunity and freedom to sing the Lord's song', they challenged their captors, saying the Lord's song cannot be sang in a strange land. Aso Rock under Buhari is undeserving of the JUNE 12 song. And will never be until Nigeria is restructured along the lines of true fiscal federalism, resource control, and devolution of power, so that the trees of justice, of equity, of fairness and of abolition of poverty may grow. And such is the JUNE 12 song.

May we continue to sing the JUNE 12 song in the streets, and uphold the JUNE 12 Spirit, mindful of the fact that 'If the Lion writes its story, the hunter will not be the hero of the hunt."

Let no one think he/she can successfully desecrate the JUNE 12 ALTAR, let no one spit on MKO Abiola's grave, and let no one think he/she can violate the sacred memories of the martyrs of the June 12 struggle. God forbid they do. Compatriots, I am confident that sooner rather than later a PEOPLES GOVERNMENT will rise up to do the needful. So Mote It Be.


God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr, is Convener COUNTRYFIRST MOVEMENT, and a Presidential hopeful in the forthcoming 2019 general elections in Nigeria.


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The Spanish team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Barely 24 hours to the kick-off of the 2018 World Cup hosted by Russia, Spain has sacked coach Julen Lopetegui. This is following reports of his appointment as the new Real Madrid coach after the tournament.

According to a statement from Real Madrid’s website, Julen Lopetegui will be the Real Madrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup.
“Real Madrid C. F. announced that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons. 

“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team.”
The Spanish FA and its President, Luis Rubiales, are furious at the news coming out this close to the tournament starting and the latter flew to Spain’s Krasnodar WC base and organised a press conference for Wednesday morning.
At the press conference it has been revealed that Lopetegui has been sacked.
Spanish newspaper SPORT branded the Real appointment, which came just 48 hours before the World Cup begins, as ‘reprehensible’.
“The consequences of it can be disastrous for the Spanish team,” wrote Lluis Miguelsanz.
“What is clear is that Lopetegui has been negotiating his future as the new Los Blancos coach while preparing for the World Cup, something that is ethically already reprehensible.”

Real Madrid mouthpiece publication Marca, however, wrote: “That it was not the ideal moment is evident … but it is also true that circumstances have determined this outcome…
…With the professionalism and commitment of all, the squad should not be affected.”
Spain’s sporting director Fernando Hierro and Spanish Under-21 coach Albert Celades would be the two likely options to step in.
Los Rojos are one of the tournament favourites after Lopetegui turned around the burned out squad of a few years ago and reinvigorated them, bringing a squad to Russia that many think could win the Jules Rimet.
Spain open their World Cup campaign on Friday against Portugal in Sochi.
I wouldn’t come up with a biography because nobody is ready to read it, because of my past.


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Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, former Military President of Nigeria.
Ibahim Badamosi Babangida, or IBB for short, the erstwhile self-styled Military President who ruled Nigeria from 1985 until he was forced to step aside in 1993 has said the credit for the success of June 12 currently dominating the news today, belongs to him.

The retired General, often called Maradona for his political antics, stated this in one his tweets after the news broke that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated that henceforth Democracy Day in Nigeria should be celebrated on June 12 and not May 29 anymore.

According Babangida, the symbolism being attached to June 12 lends its credence to the conduct of what he now admits to be “the freest and fairest election” election in the history of Nigeria.

Hear him: “Nobody gives me credit for conducting the freest and fairest election in the country; nobody is prepared to listen to the reasons behind the rationalization of why we had to do what we did; but Nigerians are quick to point IBB as the bad person.”

However, he admitted that making June 12 the actual Democracy Day is the proper thing to do.

“June 12 should indeed be our Democracy Day because it is very symbolic to our history; that was when we had the freest and fairest election and I am really happy the election was conducted by me.”

It will be recalled that June 12, a euphemism for popular democratic experience in Nigeria, caused Chief MKO Abiola, the man who received the mandate of Nigerians in the presidential election of 1993, his life. His wife, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Pa Alfred Rewane, and a host of other Nigerians were assassinated on account of the struggle to actualize that popular mandate which was annulled by the military administration of Babangida at the time. And successive administrations afterwards, military and civilian had done everything to consign that date and what it represents to history.

He also took a swipe at the APC-led government, and condemned its performance so far as not satisfactory.

“I am not satisfied with the performance of the ruling APC Government. When APC campaigned with change, I had thought they would device new methods, provoke new initiatives and proffer new ways to addressing some of our developmental problems. By now, we should have passed this developmental stage, but unfortunately they wasted our time.

“After my administration left the office, no administration has given Nigerians a better life than I did during my tenure. Three square meals; good roads, unemployed graduates and terrorism was never a problem for Nigerian. Yet IBB is the bad person.

“Aside from constructing the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos, my administration created a lot of jobs and birthed organizations like NDLEA, FRSC, NEC, NDIC, NEXIM, SSS, NSCDC, FEPA, NALDA, among many others; yet some Nigerians think I don’t deserve some accolades.

He also decried how democracy in Nigeria has been polarized in the last 18 years, and therefore wants the nation to consider adopting a two-party structure as a way to solving many of its challenges.

Also reacting to the buildup of political activities preparatory to the 2019 general elections, IBB declared that he would not be supporting any candidate in 2019 general election, but would only be supporting the will of the people.

“I will not be supporting any candidate in 2019 general election; I will only be supporting the will of the people. However, I am looking forward to a new style of leadership that can go head to head with 21st century trends and innovative approach,” he said.


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Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has stated that Gernot Rohr’s men will do well at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Mikel will be featuring in his second World Cup after playing at the 2014 Mundial, where the team crashed out in the last 16 to France 2-0.

Daily Post reports that the former Chelsea star admitted that the three times African Champions would surprise most opponents in Russia, despite Nigeria’s poor showing in their pre-World Cup friendlies games against Czech, England and Serbia which has thrown so much fear on the team possibly crashing out in the group stages.

“We like where we’ve been placed. We don’t want to be one of the favourites,” Mikel told Al Jazeera.

“I think this will give the team enough motivation to prove critics wrong that we can actually do better than they actually feel,” he said.

Nigeria will face Croatia on Saturday in their 2018 World Cup opener at the Kaliningrad Stadium.


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Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager.
As the kick off of the 2018 Mundial in Russia draws closer by the day, Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has predicted that the Super Eagles will not qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He said the Nigerian team will get knocked out from the tournament by France in round of 16, claiming France’s superior strength as reason for his prediction.
”France vs. Nigeria… I would say that the French will be stronger,” Mourinho to Russia Television network RT.

Recall that Mourinho last week tipped Gernot Rohr’s men to finish second in Group D behind Argentina and face France in the second round, a repeat of their 2014 World Cup fixture at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília.

Paul Pogba’s 79th minute strike and a Joseph Yobo own goal in injury time condemned the Eagles to defeat in Brazil 2014.

Nigeria beat France 1-0 in a friendly game at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in June 2009, with Joseph Akpala netting the winner in the 32nd minute.

The Eagles qualified for the last sixteen at USA 1994, France 1998 and Brazil 2014, but lost to European opposition on each occasion.