Dasukigate: Obaigbena replies EFCC, suggests Nigerian editors collected N50 million

Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of Leaders & Company Limited, which runs THISDAY Newspaper titles and Arise TV Network
Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of Leaders & Company Limited, which runs THISDAY Newspaper titles and Arise TV Network

The president of Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, Nduka Obaigbena, on Monday said the Nigerian Guild of Editors collected N50 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Mr. Obaigbena, who is also chairman and editor-in-chief of Thisday newspaper, revealed this in a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, dated December 30, 2015.

The EFCC had last December invited the NPAN president in connection with the ongoing probe into the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund allegedly misappropriated by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Dasuki, alongside some top officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, and other former senior officials are currently being investigated for allegedly receiving the arms fund.

In his letter to the EFCC, Mr. Obaigbena explained that it was not only his company and NPAN that received funds from the ONSA, saying the NGE also received money for its secretariat complex.

While Nigerian Guild of Editors has called for the probe of the arms procurement scam, the NPAN president indicated that the editors also collected N50 million cash from Mr. Dasuki’s office.

“Even when he (Dasuki’s aide) suggested that The Nigerian Guild of Editors – NGE – who are now calling for a probe – was paid N50,000,000 cash by the ONSA when President Jonathan donated to the building of the NGE secretariat, I still refused to collect cash,” Mr. Obaigbena said.

“And in any case, I had no independent confirmation the Nigerian Guild of Editors had collected cash.”

Mr. Obaigbena argued that there was no way NPAN could have known which subhead the funds were paid from.

He argued that the media practitioners could not know or speculate which line item the spending was made from by the ONSA.

“There is simply no nexus between payments made for compensation, to us victims of terrorism as well as to newspapers in compensation for an unprovoked attack on free speech, and any arms purchase budget,” he continued.

He called for the complete list of payments made by the ONSA between 2014 and 2015 to be made public in order to have a clearer picture of what happened to the over N70 billion allocated to the Defence Ministry for the purchase of arms.

Mr. Obaigbena said as victims of a horrendous terrorist attack, media practitioners should not be victimized any further as the terrorists would be celebrating what they are being put through.

“We do not deserve further trauma because some official(s), outside of our control, may or may not have followed due process,” he further argued.

“All victims of terrorist attack deserve a fair and just compensation. The fact that we have received some remedy should be reason to accelerate compensation for all victims of Boko Haram attacks across Nigeria however big or small. We never wished this upon ourselves.

“The central purpose of government is the security of life and property of all citizens. And the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as other international law instruments and conventions of which Nigeria is a signatory underscores this – and in fact requires that we receive effective remedy and compensation,” Mr. Obaigbena said.

He also took time to explain why the ONSA paid N670 million and another N120 million to one of his firms, General Hydrocarbons Ltd, and how the funds were used.

When contacted on the allegation that the NGE received N50 million from the ONSA, the former president of the body and special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, declined to speak on the matter.

Mr. Adesina referred this newspaper to his successor, Garba Deen Mohammed, whom he said was in a position to speak on the matter.

However, Mr. Mohammed also declined to speak on the issue and instead advised PREMIUM TIMES to investigate the matter.

PREMIUM TIMES checks showed that former president, Goodluck Jonathan, had in April 2014 at the NGE national secretariat fund launch pledged N50 million for the project.

Mr. Jonathan, who was represented by the then Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, had appealed to the media to portray Nigeria in good light.


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  • PolyGon2013

    Sai Buhari. Thank God we got rid of GEJ government.

    • Höly Wähala

      Na onle “Sai Buhari” you go say now abi? Why not call for the sack of Femi Adesina who was President of NGE when that blood money meant for preventing the deaths of 1000 innocent Nigerians was diverting into the pockets of Femi, you kinsman. If na Ministry of Finance dem pay that kind money your noisy lot would be screaming for the immediate arrest ati prosecution of Dr. Aunty Ngozi Iweala, call for the arrest of Adesina now make i read and know you’re not just another bigot with a big mouth. Oya!

      • blow fissh

        FARGOT – DID YOU MISS THIS PART OF THE INFORMATION? President Mumu Jonathan pledge the funds? It was announced in public. Be objective for once.

        “PREMIUM TIMES checks showed that former president, Goodluck Jonathan, had in April 2014 at the NGE national secretariat fund launch pledged N50 million for the project.”

        • Höly Wähala

          The legal aspect of it remains, “Was it approved by our legislators?” just as your noisy lot claimed a committe-approved diversion of $300million returned Abacha loot was illegal and ground for the arrest ati prosecution of Dr. NOI… #WiarisFemiFalana to come spit into the air? While at it, call on CSNAC ati SERAP to weigh-in and call for Ogbeni Femi Adesina to be sacked, arrested ati jailed for accepting blood money. Wallahi… Shikena!

          • blow fissh

            Femi Adesina should be made to answer the allegation. But again, the pledge was made public. Unlike the paid N670 million and another N120 million to obaigbena’s firms, General Hydrocarbons Ltd, that was not made public until santa dasuki started singing the xmas carols. Please do not muddle the water with your auntie’s situation she has already been sent the invitation query.

          • Höly Wähala

            Public or not, Adesina must do the honorable thing and resign or, Buhari should keep his promise to fire any corrupt persons in his administration… pick your poison! Per Dr. NOI getting invitation, shioo? Has she not said she’s ready for any probe of her two tenures as Finance Minister of Nigeria, can you name any other ex-Minister on record for such bold stake? Let her go there and tell them that NASS was in recess thus, the President set up a committee (which he Chaired) that decided on how to use the returned Abacha loot… according to “scale of preference” with regards to national exigencies. Hahaha chei… Law is easy as sex!

          • blow fissh

            I agree with you on the fact that Femi Adeshina must be made accountable/ resign or fired. Again please stop injecting your auntie. If you noticed I did not call her any names. Please stop sprinkle perfume on shit. She is not innocent. She is also culpable of theft, mismanagement and dereliction of duties.

          • Höly Wähala

            Your moniker antics and call her all the bad names in the book, you can’t pfool me…
            Again, if she is, “also culpable of theft”, bla bla bla… why not wait for her probe before rushing to judgement, whatever happened to that old,”innocent until proven guilty” tenent of our junta-made Constitution?

          • blow fissh

            We are waiting as long as she did not pull the following stunt ” Nigeria’s most powerful Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has refused to release the much-publicized probe set up to investigate the theft of $20 billion from the country’s treasury through the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).”

            Oh I almost forget, she is no longer in the position to call the shots. ah ah ahaha.

          • Kuku

            Yes femi Adeshina should be questioned and if guilty should be sacked. PMB said he’ll not hesitate to sac his ministers is they are found wanting . Remember he has sacked his personal aid before after the guy revealed his itenary to Deziani on his way to London. There shouldn’t be any sacred cow.

          • SAM .A

            If Femi was equally involved in Santa Dasuki bonanza , no matter how small , he should do PMB a favor by resigning his post ,like Ghana ministers are doing. Waiting for PMB to kick him out is a disgrace to his name, his brand and his integrity. The wind of change we have been talking about is like Tsunami ,it is going to uproot all corrupt people on its way , whether is APC or PDP.

        • hope

          My friend the president was represented, however the issued is not the pledge it is the person redeeming the pledge on the behalf of the govt, the dasukigate. The source of the money. Mr femi must know that dasuki is not the finance minister or the minister of information who is the minister that made the pledge on the president behalf. Better still not the minister of special duties or even works ministry, so pls let look for better ways to defend our brother who is also hypocritically corrupt. Tanx bro.

          • Höly Wähala

            Femi is sitting on Bunsen Burner, he will be done by the time I’m done with our ewedu-lovers… lolz!

          • blow fissh

            I concur with all of you with regard to Femi Adeshina’s probable guilt. I just detest Wahala’s painting his auntie as an angel when we all know that she is as guilty as the rest of them. I have confidence in the present administration that if Femi Adeshina is found wanting he is out of the door already.

      • hope

        Hypos will not say any thing about femi, they will act as if it is a none issue.

        • Höly Wähala

          Yoros you mean?

          • hope

            My Bros they are in all tribe but are inherent in some. Feel some time that Nigeria will produce the greatest nos in hell on the last day.

          • SAM .A

            Ngozi Iweala and Jonathan are like siamese twins in the odyssey of corruption and the 6 year locust invasion of our National treasury ,the result of which is unfolding before us all. Ngozi was the coordinating minister in the last Government. Ngozi no doubt may not steal directly , but she was looking other way when looting was going on , she didn’t only aide and abett the looting and pillage she was an accessory , like given away $320million just like that when she knew it was going to go the usual way. a draining pipe.
            As for Adeshina , if he is guilty ,PMB should fire him the day the investigation confirms his involvement , he shouldn’t stay an hour longer.

          • Höly Wähala

            How much was stolen by the Rice Cabal under the watchful gaze of Dr. Adeshina who was Minister for Agriculture, why did you call him and Dubmo Taiwo ati kehinde of corruption instead? How much? My bet is you dont even know. Hypocrite!

          • SAM .A

            You are a typical Niger Ibo man instead of responding to the fraudulent bond between Jonathan and Ngozi , you jump on Dr Adeshina , if Adeshina was involved in any corruption , call him back probe him and put in in the hottest part of Kirikiri , Kuje or Gashua prison. Can you say that about Ngozi Mr Pharisee with double face.

      • PolyGon2013

        I could care less about Adesina. If he is found guilty in this saga, he should be fired. The lives of those soldiers killed without being able to defend themselves is what is important. This is what separate me from you, who would defend your kinsmen fraudulent behavior.

        • Höly Wähala

          You are wrong! Check with SR and see how I demolished Stella Oduah, Ifeanyi Uba, Andy Uba, Peter Obi, Prof. Nwabueze and even Dr. Alex Ekwueme, whom I was sure pocketed graft monies… charge NOI and convict her just as you posit with Femi Adesina, and me-ma go follow say, “I could careless about” Dr. NOI. Why convict her on the pages of newspapers? See yourself now?? BIGOT!!!

          • PolyGon2013

            You are the bigot dummy.

          • Höly Wähala

            Stop lying… how many of you called for fake “Dr.” Fowler not to get appointed for using a bogus Dr. to obtain Lagos State? How about Fashola who built boreholes with half-a-billion naira… and upgrades his facebook account another N78million? If Yoro criminals are banned from Govt wallahi, no Yoro would be in government today except for Prof. Osinbajo who I can vouch for. Go-siddon jare!

          • PolyGon2013

            Those are lies. Fashola and Osinbajo are the best things to happen to Nigeria lately. In a year or so, you will thank God that we have these two great men to run Nigeria.

          • Höly Wähala

            F&F are thieves… not Prof. Osinbajo, read my comment again.

      • Basketmouth

        When and how did you find out that Femi Adeshina collected money from GEJ? Obaigbena in his own word said he is not sure if NGE collected the money or not. He is accusing NGE on the basis of a promise made by GEJ and he is not sure whether the money was released or not. It shows you are inherently biased because of your personal hatred for some people.

        • Höly Wähala

          Why Femi no talk nah? Let’s wait for the official vuvuzela to blow his own horn before worrying about who is biased or not, shall we?

      • Julius

        Bro,Im sure you read the statement. He said he wasnt even sure if NGE collected the money. Nevertheless, some of us are saying Mr Adesina should be invited by the EFCC to explain himself or he could simply call a press conference and explain himself. Unlike you regarding Dr NOI, nobody is saying that the government has no right to question Mr Adesina. Or that Mr Adesina is doing us a favour by serving in the government.

        • Höly Wähala

          Explain this… ” Unlike you regarding Dr NOI”

          • Julius

            You once said that Dr NOI has no obligations to explain anything to anybody. You also said she did the country a favour by even serving in the government. Though. she got compensated handsomely . Thats what I meant.

          • Höly Wähala

            Ask @Tawanda… I remember responding specifically to him that I have no problem with EFCC inviting Dr. NOI to clarify any lingering issues about her tenures as Finance Minister. Of course, she did Nigeria many favors by negotiating the Paris debt relief, introducing TSA, ECA, SWF etc… and powering her economy to Numero Uno in Africa, to mention just these few. Yes! she got paid for it but I don’t think it was “hansomely” considering what she did then and what she earns now… Whatever you mean means sh*t to me as far as Dr. NOI is concerned but I’m sure you must have figured that out by now. Lolz!

          • Julius

            I know it means shit to you. I merely joined her issue with you because you inserted her name into the conversation. What she did wasnt favors. She did what she was hire to do and yes she got paid. Good for her. I would also give kudos to the man who employed her. Im glad she said that herself when I attended one of her paid speech in Philly, Pa.

          • Höly Wähala

            Only an ungrateful person would not give kudos to another person for hiring them… however, I listened to her John Holt Lecture at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, and she clearly regreted her “unwise” decision to go back and serve Nigeria a second time. Hence, giving kudos is not being glad to serve ingrate Nigerians like your unholy self. Again, lolz!

          • Julius

            lol@ my unholy self. Wetin I do ? I be small pikin oooooo. Na you be oga patapata lol. Bro, I admire Dr NOI and I told you that. All Im saying is she should give account on what she did while in office. Im sure she will agree, if she is called to do that, she will. To be honest with you, I do not for a minute thinks she partook in looting the country. My grouse is she didnt speak up. She is a brilliant NIGERIAN/ Woman !

          • Höly Wähala

            Sanusi spoke up and ended up under the bed in Kano State Govt. House…
            Who would she slip under her bed had she spoken up, given that her “Königlischen” mother was even kidnapped by the fuel-subsidy cabal she spoke up against. Did Buhari speak up under Abacha? Pal, when you swim with aligators you must swim with the waves… go figure!

          • Julius

            You are correct but, she is bigger in term of education and image than those idiots you mentioned. The west would have got her back. I understand your point tho.

          • Höly Wähala

            A bullet cares nothing about education…
            She, like every other minister submitted handover notes…
            If her Minister of State pocketed monies from Dasuki without her knowledge, I’m certain other ministers, aides and cronies devised ways to pocket money that she also didn’t know about… think of Olisa Metuh and N1.4bn meant for war against Boko Haram. Pal, you can only sniff so much around but in the end, na you go taya!

          • Julius

            Naa, they wouldnt have mess with her. Even the crazy dog dont play in traffic.It would have been hell if she was touched.

  • DanielOsazuwa

    I didn’t know Dasuki looting gang will still be singing Xmas carol in January. Choir Master please sing on.

    Lord have mercy!

  • Nkem

    First, why is Nduka answering EFCC summons from abroad? Why has he not been declared wanted by EFCC? Is Nduka above the law? If he has any defense to make, and if his hands are clean why not come and clear your name one and for all?
    As for the funds allegedly collected by NGE, I think it is a shame that Femi Adesina and his successor are playing hide and seek with this very serious matter. What happened to the usually outspoken Adesina on corruption and integrity issues? Does he realise what this matter can do to the reputation of his boss, on whom we place so much faith as one with zero tolerance for corruption? I recall that Femi Adesina once told us the his hands were tied in his decision as editor of the Sun Newspaper, to publish those obnoxious Fayose articles. It later turned out that the Sun Newspaper also shared from the Dasuki money.
    It is either Femi Adesina Addresses these issues once and for all or honourably excuse himself from the position of presidential adviser. Meanwhile, it is completely unacceptable that EFCC if acting as if it is too scared to compel Nduka and Kingsley Kukku to come back home and answer to serious charges against them.

  • Spoken word

    Nduka is a major thief.

  • Spikey

    This is a case of “no be only me chop belleful. We plenty.. I go dey call dem out”
    Carry on Nduka. This your belle no big for nothing.

  • Fula

    ABEG I NOR SABI SAY THE YAM MY NEIGBOUR DASH ME NA STOLEN YAMS…LOL. RECEIPT OF STOLEN PROPERTY NA CRIME O. WETHER YOU KNOW OR NOT NA STORY. UNA THANK GOD SAY NO BE AREA G OLOPA DEY INVESTIGATE THIS MATTER. UNA FOR DON CONFESS THE ONE UNA NOR CHOP. SHIOR!!!

  • wonderboi

    All i can see is bunch vampires feeding on blood of poor,uneducated people, blood thirsty elites sharing the blood of innocent people, its a such a shame, all for riches without any consideration or any feeling for people’s involved

  • absam777

    This Nduka is a crook. Only a crook will react the manner he did. Pointing accusing fingers at the Guild of Editors is not a defence . It will backfire and you will regret it.

    Also, all the gymnastics about using one company to collect money is nothing but fraudulent. This Day is the company that should have been presented to for the cheque and not a shell company that you use for briefcase business. It is also disingenuous to collect a separate money on behalf of NPAN using the same briefcase company.

    Questions to ask Nduka. When was General Hydrocarbons Ltd formed? When was the account last audited ? Who are their customers and suppliers.

    Just too many holes in this defence letter.

    • Manuel Tobby

      He doesn’t want to go down alone.

    • blow fissh

      Argument about stealing
      Somebody don take something
      Way belong to another person
      Then you go hear

      You’ll be thief
      (I’ll not be thief)
      You’ll be rogue
      (I’ll not be rogue)

      You’ll be steal
      (I’ll not be a steal)
      You’ll be robber
      (I’ll not be robber)

      • Julius

        Ha, Baba Fela ! Thank you jare. Make I go listen to the song.

  • Funso Famuyiwa

    I concur with Mr. Nkem concerning the possible culpability of Mr Femi Adesina in this matter. If in fact, he is possibly tainted by this Allegation from Nduka which is clearly self-serving, nonetheless, the honorable thing for Mr. Adesina to do would be for him to step down pronto from his current position so as not to undermine PMB’s credibility.

    • MD

      This is his statement “And in any case, I had no independent confirmation the Nigerian Guild of Editors had collected cash.”

      • Nkem

        So Femi should simply pick his calls and respond to the allegations ASAP. Some of us were not even aware that Buhari was accused of collecting $300,000 from Dasuki, yet the presidency came out swiftly to deny the reports. Why did they not refer journalists to the man who was CSO to Buhari at the time? Why can’t Femi say categorically whether they did or did not collect the money?

    • Julius

      Im sure you read the statement where he said he has no independent confirmation if the said money was collected. So, before asking him to step down, the 1st thing for him to do is to publicly come out and explain himself.Im sure there is a record somewhere. It seems to me this Nduka is just trying to rope other people in. He wasnt sure but, he threw out the name anyway.

  • linkhadj.

    Only a professional crook will put up this kind of defence. In law, everybody will account for his own crime. It is no defence to say ‘I am not the only thief.’ Leave the Guild of Editors out of your own defence until ongoing investigation gets to the body and it is called upon for its own defence.Nduka, was the money you collected rightly collected? Shikena! Wallahi, Duka nku, mutane banza kena!

  • Proud Yoruba

    The fact that he used a shell company, probably registered just for the purpose of laundering money, is enough evidence to pick this man up. This is not normal business practice, if the Govt. is compensating you for a loss, why pay it to a different company?

    We need more proof of this shell hydrocarbon company, how many employees does it have, when was it registered, who are the principal officers, where does it bank, where have funds deposited in its accounts been used?

    Slap a warrant for arrest on this clown, and charge him for money laundering fast, too much kids-glove treatment. In court Dasuki’s will testify that the money was a bribe from Jona for favorable media coverage. You’ll never get them on treason because it will be hard to prove they knew the money was meant for arms.

  • Höly Wähala

    Ogbeni, Femi Adesina was President of NGE when that blood money meant for preventing deaths of 100,000 innocent Nigerians was diverting into their pockets… If na Ministry of Finance dem pay that kind money, “our noisy neighbors” would all be screaming for the immediate arrest ati prosecution of Dr. Aunty Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, let me hear anyone call for the prompt arrest of Femi Adesina now make I read and know you’re not just all bigots with big mouths… se bi una say ignorance no be plea for law court? Ogbeni, Femi Adesina cannot also claim he didn’t know it was blood money from the office of the NSA which was not appropriated via “due process”…Nduka Obaigbena can quote all the UN Convenants out there but fact remains, other victims of Boko Haram mayhem in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Kano motor park and Mosque bombings, Nyanya Park carnage, etc, etc… and even this same UN Head Quarters were victims, none but Femi ati Obaigbena pocketed compensations which is wrong under the “Moral Fair Act Convenant” in theological common sense of it. How much Sambo Dasuki paid to the families of our kidnapped Chibok Virgins who are still missing remains anyone’s guess. Mindless Animals!

    • MD

      “And in any case, I had no independent confirmation the Nigerian Guild of Editors had collected cash.”

      • Höly Wähala

        Story… why did Femi not answer his phone nah?

      • Nkem

        So Mr. Adesina should say categorically if they collected money or not. What is so difficult in that?

        • Julius

          He should be called in by the EFCC and let him explain himself like everybody that is involved. He should volunteer to explain himself and what he knew. Period.

    • Rommel

      So the Jonathan administration did engage in what Obaigbena calls unprovoked attack against the press yet sycophants are today calling president Buhari undemocratic? what hypocrisy is this?

      • Julius

        Well said !. See my comment above.

  • Dazmillion

    Femi Adesina? This Dasukigate will consume a lot of people. But why is Nduka answering query from the comfort of his home in America? Also how far with Odili, Bode George, Tony Anenih, Koro and others that have been implicated in this mess. I wonder what are Mr Fortunato’s thoughts on this stinky mess.

    • TrueNja

      Bode George again?

    • Ashibogu

      Murtala Nyako and his son nko? It seems as if their cases have gone into EFCC voicemail.

  • ed

    Why 50 million Naira cash bribe? Which favour did Jonathan Purchased for that money. Femi Adeshina need to explain his knowledge on Who got the blood money. Thisday owner and other crooks should be able to tell a bit better lies.
    Dasuki convertions on fund released for procurement of weapons for the war against Boko Haram is a sin against innocent victims and our troops.
    The American refusal to sell weapons to Jonathan didn’t
    only made him carry cash to South Africa. Surprisingly Jonathan was doing a bit of his illegal bribery business in cash and transfer. High level crooks in powerful position.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    Ridiculous. Some ignoramuses must realise that an allegation, when established in court and subsequently disposed, my result in a conviction before we talk of resignation. Why clamour for Adesina’s resignation just because one conman made some wild and nebulous accusation?
    Mr. Obaigbena is a sharp dude. He should come home to declare this farce to the Nigerian populace eyeball to eyeball.
    Who disbursed the dough? Are you still there Mr. Obaigbena?

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Absolute bunkum. This guy should account for the money he collected. He is part of those who looted the commonwealth. His sophistry impresses no one but his likes!

  • joe

    It has now come to a stage where the question is no more “who are the thieves?” but “who is not a thief”?? It seems there are more thieves than non-thieves, so it is less laborious to search for the smaller group, and lump the rest in jail 🙂

    • Guest

      Haha! ….if you are a thief get up, not that people accused you that you are a thief, but you know you are a thief, stand on your feet.(new spin, culled from One of my favourite Bishop)

  • Abiboss

    Mr Jonathan really knew what he was doing. He tried to bribe everyone because he knew he would loose that election. Mr. This day did not answer the question regarding #670M. He was just trying to rope everyone. He needs to explain what he did to deserve that huge amount while the families of those who lost their lives and people who lost their homes did not get a dime.

  • uduakomiri

    This is good. They have all started to sing. It takes a thief to know a thief. So Nduka is singing just like Dasuki. Nigerian guild of editors should better start singing too. This whole drama is good for Nigeria because the people are fed up, the long suffering citizens of this country want answers, we no longer want tin-gods driving around in luxury cars with tinted glasses purchased with stolen taxpayer funds, we are tired of these arseholes driving around town with an army of guards roughing up Nigerians on the road in their own country, guards that are paid with our money, funds stolen from the people.
    EFCC should note down Nduka’s comments and invite the guild of editors to clarify what happened while the agency seeks to unravel details of the 50 million donation abi payment, and als ascertain whether the payment made by Jonathan was documented, where the money came from and if it was approved. It is becoming clearer by the day that Jonathan ran his the federal government like he and Alamiesiagha ran Creek Haven in Bayelsa back in 2002 when I served in that state.
    It is sad to see someone like Nduka who ought to be a role model to Nigerian youths being anything but another rotten tomato in the Nigerian national basket. It is even more shameful that he has cowardly refused to return to Nigeria to submit himself to the law of the land. If he has nothing to hide, then he ought to have flown back to Nigeria immediately to honour efcc invitation and to swiftly and resolutely clear his name. Are Nigerian elites really this spineless and chicken-livered? The once all powerful Ngozi Okonja Iweala now hides under the façade of meaninglessly hollow press statements rather than return to Nigeria to clear her name. Again, the once all powerful, jet-setting oil minister, the all consuming, wining and dinning, exquisitely costly jewellery-obsessed, crude-oil backhanding, wheeling-and-dealing NNPC tigress and crude-oil minister (yes o! say that one more fucking time!) has suddenly turned to a skanky, furless, grass-eating predator in a blink of an eye as soon as it became clear that the current occupier of Aso Rock was really determined to open the can of worm and drag every hidden one of them out. It must have been a shock to many Nigerian officials especially the ‘movers and shakers’ of the last government that it was no longer ‘bow and pass’ like in the past.
    Yes, it is no longer news that the last government was more corrupt than the devil. What is news is that Nigerians are starting to realise that governments at all levels in the country were in fact nothing more than ‘collect and share’ association of potbelly thieves. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it is even more shocking to realize that while Nigerians thought that corruption in Nigeria was the profession of politicians, government officials and a few bent crooked businessmen and women, the truth is that corruption in Nigeria has gone ‘full option’ (pardon me, Saraki’s NASS for borrowing that ‘full option thingy), there is a quantum evolutionary leap in the genetics of Nigerians especially those in position of responsibility. It simply feels that the genetic architecture of an average Nigerian irrespective of his religion, ethnic group, education, wealth and social achievements, is one in which every kind of behaviour no matter how unacceptable it may be to every rational, decent society becomes something that could be justified, as Nduka and others have done recently. As such, the danger of a national psyche that justifies the unjustifiable is one of a sordid national rule of ‘the end justifies the means’. In the past, we used to think as Nigerians that there are still decent Nigerians left, truth is, we have tolerated, assimilated, and learned to accept corruption as normal patterns of human behaviour for more than half a century. It has become part of the Nigerian way of life, and it appears that there a few Nigerians are able to at least even feebly resist the corrupt ways in our national life, and there are even fewer men and women in the present generation who have a sliver of principle left from mosque to churches, to schools and universities, and in our various workplaces and families, there are almost none left.
    We are now a nation of anything goes. If the current spokesman of the Nigerian president, Adesina who was editor in chief at SUN Newspapers, and was in charge of Nigerian guild of editors at the time Jonathan donated 50 million he knew or not that Jonathan donated the money as an inducement to newspaper editors, he should be relieved of his position immediately.
    The last thing the current government needs is to contaminate the war on corruption with individuals who have warehouses filled with skeletons!

    • ed

      Thanks. We need more Nigerian like you to come forward for us to make a difference. Sometimes I feel like Nigerian are indifferent to the level of impunity and corruption that characterized Nigerian way of lives. Money Money Money, some people really need it. Some people will kill their own brother to get it. Some people will eat shit from the devil to get.
      Some people will disown God to get it.
      Some people maintain their dignity and walk in the traditional old fashioned way, they work to earn it. God’s blessing of wealth includes money.

    • Adewale

      Brother, this a wonderful contribution from you. My heart bleeds when I read through the havocs these so called Nigerians did to fellow Nigerians because of quest to satisfy their useless lifestyles.

      • Julius

        The NSA office was turn into funds distribution under Jonathan. Some people still dont see anything wrong with that. They fall back on false claim of security. Jonathan government under Dasuki closed down media houses without just cause but, folks are calling Buhari lawless. Imagine that.

  • Broadway2

    National Chop chop. Labaran Maku`s will soon be mentioned by Dasuki.

  • Nkem

    So why was the money paid to a certain company called “GENERAL HYDROCARBONS” and purpose of payment tagged “ENERGY CONSULTING”?

    • ed

      Let him clear his name. Adesina is innocent until proven guilty, just like the rest of the alleged.
      Adesina is right on the position in Fayose Adverts. The newspaper shouldn’t be loyal to any political party. PDP or APC should be able to advertise period. We need to be careful with the excesses of power. Adesina and the president need to address the allegations and make a decision with uncommon speed, on that we can all agreed.

      • Nkem

        Incidentally, that was not Adesina’s defense. In his defense he made reference to vested interest in high places controlling the editorial decisions of his paper. That was why he said that his hands were tied. Go read his full statement. It was on Premium Times.

    • Burning Spear

      Dear Mr. Femi Adesina

      Since I am a victim of association to one of the most vilified and scandalised Nigerians through media trial, this Open Letter is the best opportunity for me to put some issues in proper perspective following some of your public remarks about your old friend.

      As you are aware, I have been actively involved in cementing relationship between the media and security agencies in the recent past. Immediately after my premature retirement from the public service by the Jonathan administration, I was invited by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retired), to help in changing the negative media narrative on Nigeria’s counter-terrorism campaigns. It was at a period when the Boko Haram was having the upper hand in the propaganda campaign of the war against Nigeria with a section of the foreign media castigating Nigerian troops as “cowardly” “undisciplined” and “ill-trained.”

      Among other things, I have the responsibility of consulting for the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), then Chaired by Major General Chris Olukolade, which has membership from critical public institutions including the military, security, intelligence and response agencies. We also created and sustained web portals for providing accurate and timely information to the public.

      Being one of the closest Editors to former National Security Adviser DASUKI, you were always sincere and frank when you met and discussed with Dasuki then we thought. Noetheless you never hid your hardened support for the candidacy of General Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC) while visiting Dasuki daily. I remember your annoyance over security clampdown on the media and when you sought Dasuki’s intervention for compensation for media organisations over their loss rather than engaging in prolonged court cases. I was with you on that occasion in his office.

      Apart from interfacing between FOSSRA and media representatives at different levels and locations, which you encouraged, Sambo Dasuki too, as National Security Adviser occasionally hosted Media Debriefing sessions where sensitive information was disseminated with supported photos and video clips through you Adesina. Many of such sessions were classified, not for publication, where atrocities of terrorists; the gallantry of the Nigerian troops and sophisticated equipment deployed for counter-terrorism operations were disclosed or shown.

      I am glad that not only were you adequately informed of those success stories of Jonathan administration’s war on terror, you even took the pain to pen an opinion article eulogising Dasuki for keeping to his promise of clearing all known terrorists’ camps before the handover to the new government.

      As a respected columnist, your article of May 1, 2015 on the back page of the Daily Sun with the title “A little Late But Not too Late,” clearly exonerates Dasuki from some allegations and also reveals some concrete facts of achievements that were not being reported in the media.

      It is therefore, baffling that the same Femi Adesina, could brazenly contradict himself shortly after gaining public office in his official statements against Dasuki and Jonathan. Some of us who know your cordial relationship with Dasuki and information at your disposal are indeed baffled by your dramatic turn-around in so short a time.

      Meanwhile, it is necessary to point out that not all funds in ONSA are meant for arms procurement. As you are aware, under its Special Service Office (SSO), funds are expended on training, espionage, communication, special interventions for special causes including NGOs. One of the successful programmes under ONSA is Soft-Approach to countering terrorism, of which deradicalization without the use of force through economic empowerment, education, communication, rehabilitation and counselling were part. The Presidential Initiative on North-East (PINE) was conceived from the Soft Approach.

      On August 6, 2015, through PRNigeria, Dasuki named and provided pictures of sophisticated weapons bought for the military, which included: “Alpha jets, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) APCs, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, advanced artillery pieces, assorted arms and ammunitions, highly sophisticated surveillance drones, T72 Battle Tanks and modification of F7 supersonic jet fighters.” Even in his official response to your statement against him on November 18, 2015, Dasuki mentioned official acknowledgements of delivery of some of the equipment by the security chiefs.

      It is therefore laughable when critics claim that no weapons were purchased when a video from Boko Haram leader Shekau displayed captured sophisticated weapons after alleged mutinous soldiers fled Baga

      At the twilight of Jonathan’s administration more than 22 towns in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states were recovered and confirmed with video and pictorial evidences through military press releases. Some of the towns recovered before the coming of President Buhari included: Abadam, Askira, Baga, Bama, Biu, Buni Yadi, Damboa, Goniri, Gujba, Gulani, Gwoza, Hong, Konduga, Kukawa, Marte, Madagali, Michika, Monguno, Mubi, and others. A clear testimony to some of the accomplishments was the official DHQ release dated March 16, 2015 with reference No: DHQ/ABJ/901/32/DDI and a title: “Troops Finally Rout Terrorists from Bama and Last Stronghold in Yobe.”

      Even though when you confirmed in the same article while you were still a columnist that “Sambisa Forest is falling” it was actually stormed by Nigerian troops where about 300 kidnapped women and children were rescued with video evidence before the emergence of the current administration.

      In an attempt to indict Sambo Dasuki, some media leak unethically expose expenditures of sensitive agencies like National Intelligence Agency, Department of State Service and others to public ridicules. This is unfair. It was for sensitive nature of issues that we guarded the recruitment of Special M Forces to help in the air while Nigerian troops recaptured the ground. Some would rather call our technical Advisers as South-African mercenaries. Even when Nigeria financially supported some neigbouring countries to participate in the Multi-National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) it was deliberately done because they were initially reluctant as foreign powers were not helping Nigerian troops.

      Since Dasuki and others are now being arraigned in court, rather than the continued media trial and planned secret trials, let the trial commence in open court to enable prosecutors and accusers present their arguments to remove facts from fictions and reality from illusions.

      Sir, as you know that I have tremendous respect for you, I strongly urge you to use your good office to protect the integrity of critical institutions like security and the media from public ridicule as patriotic officers of the Nation. Already, leaders of media organisations, and publishers are already being indicted without fair trial in the court of law.

      I pray the year 2016 will not be one of media circus but one in which the Rule of Law will determine official actions and suspects of all kinds will have their rights under the constitution respected.
      Yushau A. Shuaib

    • share Idea

      Same reason cash was used to buy arms when it was getting difficult to get it through normal process. The article stated the reason when they do not want to set precedent by disclosing the real reason for the pay. Do you think American government when they want to do covert operation, they will state the real truth on the relevant forms – hence, the reason security matters are usually done in secret. Governance 101

  • Ikechukwu_67

    So this is the defence for hydrocarbons Ltd collecting over 650 million naira? Hydrocarbons Ltd suffered from Boko haram terrorism act too? By giving NGE money should exonerate Nduka ‘ s use of hydrocarbons Ltd to collect money from NSA heen?

    Meanwhile where is Nduka?

    • Julius

      Thank you. Good question but, dont expect a reasoned response from these losers here. Facts are alien to them.

  • Comfortkay

    The Press are the eyes of the Public and l wonder why the Nigeria (NPAN) allowed the most corrupt government in Nigeria history to settle them.

    • IZON Redeemer

      The idea to pay compensation to NPAN was initiated by Adesina-the little unthinking press chap with Buhari–via Dasuki—–The NPAN officials wanted to go to court—–and Adesina who was almost sleeping in the House of Dasuki–b4 now pleaded with him dasuki to pay money to the owners of the newspapers-instead of forcing them to go to court-Tinubu ati Orji Kalu of the Sun all got their monies——so what is the noise about here? Ask those from the old regions of Nigeria again to spill the real beans on this very troubling matter? Didi the money come from revenue from Cocoa–or the groundnut pyramids? Nigeria can only move forward when the minorities are in power–Not these He goats–who do not know their left from their right in governance–Separation is the answer—–not the rule of the Fulanis and Yoruba traitors—-in REMITA———fEDERAL gOVERNMENT rEVENUE DROPS BY 590B ————WITHIN 6 MONTHS——-CAUSE OF REMITA————–Animals

    • Damilola

      Maybe u can further educate b4 coming to display ignorance here. They went to court but were pleaded to be settled out of court by the accused. I think with Adesina’s advice also as the position he held then, both parties agreed to the term. Now my question for u is this, if they’d insisted on court process, what wud have been the end result of the court process if they’d insisted on following the process? Wud they have gotten a better judgement than compesation? What cud that be please?

      • Comfortkay

        Bros l mean it is wrong for journalist to take money from corrupt politician period

  • Chidinma

    Budget Figures Strange To Us – Garba Shehu

    Lol! The presidency is getting ready to deny the facts and figures of the 2016 budgetary plans.

    Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu has urged the media to exercise patience with the National Assembly to get details of the 2016 Budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Shehu reportedly said “When the National Assembly returns from recess, the lawmakers will be given the full estimates of the budget, including what is voted for each department, ministries and agencies. What is voted for the State House will also be included.

    “Some of these figures being quoted are strange to us.”

    There have been news reports quoting the breakdown of the budget presented to the National Assembly on December 29.

    Highlights of the budget include Recurrent expenditure slashed to 70%, a deficit of N1.8 trillion to be financed by domestic and foreign borrowings.

    Last week, it was also reported that the Presidency intents to spent about N4.1 billion naira on Cars and Tyres and thatN1.4 billion has been allocated to presidential travels.

    ‪#‎FireOnBuhari‬
    ‪#‎TyrantBuhari‬

  • IZON Redeemer

    Buhari borrowed 2.1b from the World Bank just to repair fake bridges alleged by him to have been blown off by boko haram fighters—–But when Jonathan uses the milk of human kindness in him to pay compensation to media houses, that were bombed by the same Fulani boko haram fighters war breaks out in the kingdom of the Apes in APC-The ever moaning-mourners in APC now claim it is not right—I laugh—–WHAT A SHAME—WHAT A COUNTRY—WHAT A PRESIDENT!

    • MushinSpeaks

      You should ask yourself how many media houses were bombed? Why did the FG confiscate newspapers? Are these not attempt to buy the minds of editors which you fell for? Be wise pls.

    • favourtalk

      Which bridge? Are you alright at all. What are you saying?

  • Burning Spear

    Dear Mr. Femi Adesina

    Since I am a victim of association to one of the most vilified and scandalised Nigerians through media trial, this Open Letter is the best opportunity for me to put some issues in proper perspective following some of your public remarks about your old friend.

    As you are aware, I have been actively involved in cementing relationship between the media and security agencies in the recent past. Immediately after my premature retirement from the public service by the Jonathan administration, I was invited by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retired), to help in changing the negative media narrative on Nigeria’s counter-terrorism campaigns. It was at a period when the Boko Haram was having the upper hand in the propaganda campaign of the war against Nigeria with a section of the foreign media castigating Nigerian troops as “cowardly” “undisciplined” and “ill-trained.”

    Among other things, I have the responsibility of consulting for the Forum of Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies (FOSSRA), then Chaired by Major General Chris Olukolade, which has membership from critical public institutions including the military, security, intelligence and response agencies. We also created and sustained web portals for providing accurate and timely information to the public.

    Being one of the closest Editors to former National Security Adviser DASUKI, you were always sincere and frank when you met and discussed with Dasuki then we thought. Noetheless you never hid your hardened support for the candidacy of General Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC) while visiting Dasuki daily. I remember your annoyance over security clampdown on the media and when you sought Dasuki’s intervention for compensation for media organisations over their loss rather than engaging in prolonged court cases. I was with you on that occasion in his office.

    Apart from interfacing between FOSSRA and media representatives at different levels and locations, which you encouraged, Sambo Dasuki too, as National Security Adviser occasionally hosted Media Debriefing sessions where sensitive information was disseminated with supported photos and video clips through you Adesina. Many of such sessions were classified, not for publication, where atrocities of terrorists; the gallantry of the Nigerian troops and sophisticated equipment deployed for counter-terrorism operations were disclosed or shown.

    I am glad that not only were you adequately informed of those success stories of Jonathan administration’s war on terror, you even took the pain to pen an opinion article eulogising Dasuki for keeping to his promise of clearing all known terrorists’ camps before the handover to the new government.

    As a respected columnist, your article of May 1, 2015 on the back page of the Daily Sun with the title “A little Late But Not too Late,” clearly exonerates Dasuki from some allegations and also reveals some concrete facts of achievements that were not being reported in the media.

    It is therefore, baffling that the same Femi Adesina, could brazenly contradict himself shortly after gaining public office in his official statements against Dasuki and Jonathan. Some of us who know your cordial relationship with Dasuki and information at your disposal are indeed baffled by your dramatic turn-around in so short a time.

    Meanwhile, it is necessary to point out that not all funds in ONSA are meant for arms procurement. As you are aware, under its Special Service Office (SSO), funds are expended on training, espionage, communication, special interventions for special causes including NGOs. One of the successful programmes under ONSA is Soft-Approach to countering terrorism, of which deradicalization without the use of force through economic empowerment, education, communication, rehabilitation and counselling were part. The Presidential Initiative on North-East (PINE) was conceived from the Soft Approach.

    On August 6, 2015, through PRNigeria, Dasuki named and provided pictures of sophisticated weapons bought for the military, which included: “Alpha jets, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) APCs, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, advanced artillery pieces, assorted arms and ammunitions, highly sophisticated surveillance drones, T72 Battle Tanks and modification of F7 supersonic jet fighters.” Even in his official response to your statement against him on November 18, 2015, Dasuki mentioned official acknowledgements of delivery of some of the equipment by the security chiefs.

    It is therefore laughable when critics claim that no weapons were purchased when a video from Boko Haram leader Shekau displayed captured sophisticated weapons after alleged mutinous soldiers fled Baga

    At the twilight of Jonathan’s administration more than 22 towns in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states were recovered and confirmed with video and pictorial evidences through military press releases. Some of the towns recovered before the coming of President Buhari included: Abadam, Askira, Baga, Bama, Biu, Buni Yadi, Damboa, Goniri, Gujba, Gulani, Gwoza, Hong, Konduga, Kukawa, Marte, Madagali, Michika, Monguno, Mubi, and others. A clear testimony to some of the accomplishments was the official DHQ release dated March 16, 2015 with reference No: DHQ/ABJ/901/32/DDI and a title: “Troops Finally Rout Terrorists from Bama and Last Stronghold in Yobe.”

    Even though when you confirmed in the same article while you were still a columnist that “Sambisa Forest is falling” it was actually stormed by Nigerian troops where about 300 kidnapped women and children were rescued with video evidence before the emergence of the current administration.

    In an attempt to indict Sambo Dasuki, some media leak unethically expose expenditures of sensitive agencies like National Intelligence Agency, Department of State Service and others to public ridicules. This is unfair. It was for sensitive nature of issues that we guarded the recruitment of Special M Forces to help in the air while Nigerian troops recaptured the ground. Some would rather call our technical Advisers as South-African mercenaries. Even when Nigeria financially supported some neigbouring countries to participate in the Multi-National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) it was deliberately done because they were initially reluctant as foreign powers were not helping Nigerian troops.

    Since Dasuki and others are now being arraigned in court, rather than the continued media trial and planned secret trials, let the trial commence in open court to enable prosecutors and accusers present their arguments to remove facts from fictions and reality from illusions.

    Sir, as you know that I have tremendous respect for you, I strongly urge you to use your good office to protect the integrity of critical institutions like security and the media from public ridicule as patriotic officers of the Nation. Already, leaders of media organisations, and publishers are already being indicted without fair trial in the court of law.

    I pray the year 2016 will not be one of media circus but one in which the Rule of Law will determine official actions and suspects of all kinds will have their rights under the constitution respected.
    Yushau A. Shuaib……

    • ed

      Burning Spear. Please explain why you’re the one to headline the comments of Yushau A. Shuaib..
      Readers need to know more about the original backgrounds before making any judgment.

    • share Idea

      I wipe for my country as it is been led by Mumu of the highest order

  • Etomi

    I have never seen a man more devilishly hypocritical than the holier-than-thou Buhari….

    Indeed Buhari collected $300,000 as initial compensatory payment following Boko Haram attack on his person sometime in 2014. His bullet proof car worth Millions was also replaced with new ones by Dasuki…

    Same compensatory payment was entrusted on and delivered through Nduka Obaigbena to media houses affected by boko haram attacks….

    Taking advantage of his office as president, however, he has denied collecting the sum from Dasuki while admitting receiving the cars (convenient picking and choosing, you may say)…Since he is above investigation or indeed trial, Dasuki is on his own as no one dares attempt to prove or disprove Dasuki’s claim in respect of Buhari…

    Sad enough though whereas his worshipful supporters are quick to condemn with the harshest burst of emotions all persons roped in the so-called Dasukigate, they have not been slow in suspending their doubts or pillory of Buhari’s hypocritical and mendacious denial….

    It is sad that although Buhari is very much tainted in the Dasuki thingy, he feels no compunctions raping fundamental rights just to condemn his co-travelers by all means…

    He must allow Dasuki enjoy his judicial bail, so the man can go home and thoroughly prepare for his defense….Buhari should not be afraid: Dasuki will sure out his bloody hypocritical arse with hard evidence!!!

    For Buhari he that leaves in a glass house must throw stones!!!!

    • favourtalk

      Are you talking from your Asus or what? Someone and group of people stole our money and you are here spewing rubbish. You need to get over your brain retarded thinking.. Nigeria need striker money back. Simple as that

      • Etomi

        I am saying exactly what you are saying; I only added that Buhari is among the thieves!!!!

        • Tunsj

          Please provide proof of what you said. If you can’t, please rescind your statement as untrue. If you can provide proof of what you said I’ll call you an honorable and decent person. Otherwise you’re a clown.

          • Etomi

            The proof is the cars…

      • Tunsj

        Well put! He knows exactly what is going on in Nigeria but as a psychopath, he is not able to think right.

  • favourtalk

    I now they are act like they don’t know what will end stealing public funds, anyway for thier information, they will all stay long in jail. Nigeria need back all the money they all steal, we will watch them all as they are been put behind bars

  • Robin Hood

    The anti-corruption wind is blowing, the fowls rump is gradually being exposed. Soon we shall see it all!