Nigeria’s GDP grows by 6.5 per cent in second quarter — Govt

Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, grew by 6.54 percent in the second quarter of 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics has said.

In a statement Sunday, the Statistician-General of the Federation, Yemi Kale, said the figure was higher than 5.40 per cent recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2013, and also higher than the 6.21per cent recorded in the first quarter of 2014.

“In the second quarter of 2014, Nigeria’s Nominal GDP (at basic prices) was estimated at N 21.7 billion and 16.1 billion in real terms,” the bureau said. “In the corresponding quarter of 2013, nominal GDP was estimated N19.9 billion and N15.1 billion in real terms.”

Mr. Kale said the average daily crude oil production in the second quarter of 2014 stood at 2.21 Million Barrel Per Daily (MBPD) as against 2.11 mbpd in the corresponding quarter of 2013.

“This is an increase of 0.10 mbpd or 4.7 per cent,” he said. “In addition, the US dollar price of crude increased significantly from an average price of 104.31 per cent in second (Q2) 2013 to 112.25 in Q2 of 2014, an increase of 7.6 per cent.”

The bureau said oil GDP was valued at N2.6 billion in nominal terms in the second quarter of 2014, compared to N2.6 billion recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2013.

Mr. Kale said the non-oil real sector of the economy grew by 6.71per cent in the second quarter of 2014.

“This is a decline of 2.17 percentage points from the 8.88 per cent growth recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2013.

“Relative to Q1 of 2013, non-oil growth was also lower by 1.49 percentage points when growth was recorded at 8.21 per cent.’’

He said the services sector accounted for the largest share of real GDP in the second quarter of 2014, amounting to N8.5 billion or 53.15 per cent.

“Industry ranked second with a contribution of N4.2 billion or 25.96 per cent, while agriculture constituted the smallest sector in the second quarter, representing N3.4 billion or 20.89 per cent of GDP,” he said. (NAN)


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  • the truth

    We would keep moving forward even if detractors just to capture power put road blocks for Nigeria to fail.we are growing and would continue to grow

  • Amaka

    Fantasy growth! Western Union remittances that have nothing to do with the world acclaimed corrupt incompetent government. With soaring debts, GDP growth my foot.

    • the truth

      Lol u would continue to wallow in pain and heartache.Nigeria is growing and matching forward,naysayers like u who see nothing positive in Nigeria and celebrate everybad news would continue to hide your faces in shame.unpatriotic and shameful

      • Amaka

        You jaundiced mind may call your amnesty allowance growth. Find a job and stop parading online for crumbs. An economy that is not generating jobs, where federal ministers scam unemployed graduates into untimely deaths, where innocent school children have been kidnapped into the bush without a trace, is in your illiterate mind growing? People know you on these blogs as an irritant!

        • Wähala

          Hahahaa chai… “an irritant” is favorable description, he’s a goon without common sense. A country with derelict healthcare system, zero infrastructure, corrupt leaders who do not declare their assets much less pay taxes on them, demoralized military that run away from their duty posts, insecurity despite an annual budget of 1trn which is promptly stolen by pot-bellied army Generals… The sycophants copy and paste what Reno Omokri hands them at their Amnesty Camps so, the baztard does not know what economic growth is and how to do RoE analysis and realize that Nigeria is a dead zone! How much is the cost of Agege bread today compared to OBJ-era after adjusting for inflation? He has no idea. So, stop wasting time watering stones, these crumb-catchers are better cursed out so they stay away from your comments next time… Animals!

          • the truth

            this is the interview stephen davis gave few hours ago denying reports that he was hired by the nigeriann government

            Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis, has been embroiled in
            controversy over his allegations about Boko Haram’s sponsorship, their
            source of funding and if he was actually contracted by the FG to
            negotiate on its behalf.

            Davis has repeatedly stated that he was in Nigeria for four months,
            acting as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator to help free the Chibok girls.
            It was during the said negotiations that he claimed to have discovered
            that the terrorist group was being funded by prominent Nigerian
            politicians including, Ali Modu Sheriff. He also alleged that funds were
            being transferred through CBN.

            The federal government via a statement last week, denied hiring Davis as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator.

            And now, Vanguard has published an interview that Soni Daniel allegedly had with Davis.

            Read excerpts:

            What do you have to show that you were engaged by the Nigerian government to negotiate with Boko Haram?

            I was not engaged by the Federal Government of Nigeria, any state
            government or any other party. I went to Nigeria in late April in an
            effort to facilitate a handover of the Chibok captives after discussing
            such a possibility with former commanders of JAS (Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah
            Lih Da’awa wal Jihad otherwise known as JAS) and others close to Boko
            Haram.

            Why did you release the report of your assignment to the media instead of sending it to government?

            I did not construct a report of my efforts in
            Nigeria. As I said earlier, I was not engaged by any party and
            therefore had no obligation to report to anyone.

            Some Nigerians find it curious that you
            decided to give your report only to Arise TV, owned by a Nigerian,
            Nduka Obiagbena, who also owns Thisday Newspapers and may be
            sympathetic to some politicians in Nigeria.

            I gave a radio interview to the ABC in
            Australia which subsequently told me that after the transcript was
            posted to their online site, it had been picked up in the UK and Sky
            News requested an interview. In the hope of bringing attention to the
            many other girls and boys kidnapped by Boko Haram, I agreed to a
            television interview. That interview took place in Channel 7 studios in
            Australia and it was at that point that I was told it was an interview
            with Arise TV. I had not heard of Arise TV and did not know it was owned
            by a Nigerian or indeed that it had any association with Nigeria. At
            the time of giving the TV interview, I was of the understanding that it
            would be broadcast by Sky News in the UK.

            On Mr Obiagbena, I have not met him or ever been contacted by him.

            Many Nigerians find it extremely
            difficult to understand how the former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen.
            Ihejirika, who actually fought Boko Haram elements and was accused of
            genocide could be linked with sponsoring the violent group.

            It is much easier to understand Mr Sheriff’s
            alleged association with Boko Haram than any association of Mr
            Ihejirika. Mr Sheriff was said to have a long history of promoting
            groups to assist in his past efforts to win the governorship of Borno
            State. On 29 July 2009, there was a confrontation with security
            officers at Mamudo Village, along Potiskum/Damaturu Road, Yobe. 33 JAS
            members were killed. Later that night, there was a long battle with
            combined security operatives at Railway Terminus, Maiduguri, Borno
            State. Scores were killed and the JAS operational base was destroyed.
            Yusuf was subsequently captured by the military and handed over to the
            police. The JAS alleged that it was on Sheriff’s orders that Yusuf was
            executed in Maiduguri on 30 July 2009. Shekau was presumed killed in the
            same battle and a corpse was identified as that of Shekau. Thus the
            remaining JAS leaders made it clear their intention was to kill Sheriff
            and so it is right that Sheriff claims he is a victim of JAS. The Boko
            Haram we see today is not the JAS that was operational under Yusuf.
            Shekau emerged in mid-2010 and publicly claimed the leadership of a
            reinvigorated JAS.

            Shekau formed Ansaru which he used for
            kidnapping and beheading victims. This behaviour was a major departure
            from the original mandate of the JAS which was to purify Islam and
            return it to the behaviour example in the life of the Prophet. Many
            among the JAS leadership are no longer active and others have been
            killed. This has allowed Shekau to take the JAS to more extreme action
            and expanded the kidnapping, bombing and slaughtering. The Boko Haram we
            have today is a much expanded Ansaru. What we see now is not the
            Yusufiya which wanted very much to settle scores with Sheriff. It is
            Boko Haram as a partner to ISIS and Al Shabaab.

            Now I will offer an opinion as to the motives
            of the sponsors of Boko Haram. The political sponsors of Boko Haram
            seem to think that they can use Boko Haram to terrorise Nigeria to
            demonstrate that the current government cannot ensure the security of
            Nigerian citizens both Muslim and Christian. Therein the sponsors assume
            they can undermine any efforts of the current government to be
            re-elected in 2015. Herein lies the flaw for the conflict and
            instability currently being fanned suits the aims of Al Qa’eda and the
            architects of terrorism. Should the sponsors of Boko Haram win
            government in 2015, they will likely find that they cannot turn Boko
            Haram off or that Boko Haram will demand control of at least Borno State
            in return for reducing their attacks. Borno State may be just the
            beginning of an expanding caliphate.

            Several Boko Haram commanders and other
            persons close to and respected by Boko Haram have told me the names of
            some of the sponsors of Boko Haram. They have also described how some
            funds are transferred and arms made available. I have made public some
            of that information. I have also been told by some commanders that if
            one of the sponsors is arrested, they will surrender, release the girls
            and give information on the sponsors. Not all Boko Haram commanders
            will follow this lead but it may be a firm step towards dismantling or
            at least isolating Boko Haram.

        • the truth

          When you are uninformed it is a problem.Jonathan government has employed more people into the federal civil service, fact.under Jonathan Nigeria,s economy has grown 5.6% estimated by an impartial world bank,fact.nigeriaa economy is now number one in Africa,as reported by thre world bank, and the international community even Jacob Zuma commended Nigeria on cnn,fact.Nigeria under jonathan Nigeria has saw it’s lowest importation rate in 33 years ,fact.now who is the f**l.all these information are on the worldbank site read on Nigeria,I guess it is controlled by pdp.waiting for your response after reading it.please read before responding and we would havean intellectual argument because now it seems I am schooling a kid on factual check before posting g*rbage

  • Olukayode

    Here she comes again. Madam Economic Growth Without Economic Development!! Believe Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and you will believe anyone and anything.

  • John green

    Every is a lie to this woman, I wonder what she has to say to her children everyday with a load of crooked ways of her to make nigerians believe that GEJ is doing well for the country. It’s the end of reign of PDP and it’s obvious that, nobody will vote them in 2015 again. Change is taking over seriously soon and now……

    • the truth

      The question is change by who and for who.who are the saviours.who are the people that would save us from pdp mess.aha apc! The same former pdp members who put us in this very mess would save us just because they joined apc.use your head.tell me one saviour in apc and I would tell you decades of corruption in him.I challenge u

    • john micheals

      End of PDP ? you must be a clown.

  • the truth

    i have tried posting links on the interview stephen davies gave vanguard
    and abc on how he wasn’t hired by the nigerian government as a
    negotiator, and how he was tricked by bbc, arise , and sahara reporters.
    please everyone google it yourself and see how our news media have been
    misleading us . everyone try to google it yourself people. the link is
    refusing to post as it is not been approved by premium times. i am
    guessing they don’t allow links

  • the truth

    this is the interview stephen davis gave few hours ago denying reports that he was hired by the nigerian government

    Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis, has been embroiled in
    controversy over his allegations about Boko Haram’s sponsorship, their
    source of funding and if he was actually contracted by the FG to
    negotiate on its behalf.

    Davis has repeatedly stated that he was in Nigeria for four months,
    acting as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator to help free the Chibok girls.
    It was during the said negotiations that he claimed to have discovered
    that the terrorist group was being funded by prominent Nigerian
    politicians including, Ali Modu Sheriff. He also alleged that funds were
    being transferred through CBN.

    The federal government via a statement last week, denied hiring Davis as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator.

    And now, Vanguard has published an interview that Soni Daniel allegedly had with Davis.

    Read excerpts:

    What do you have to show that you were engaged by the Nigerian government to negotiate with Boko Haram?

    I was not engaged by the Federal Government of Nigeria, any state
    government or any other party. I went to Nigeria in late April in an
    effort to facilitate a handover of the Chibok captives after discussing
    such a possibility with former commanders of JAS (Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah
    Lih Da’awa wal Jihad otherwise known as JAS) and others close to Boko
    Haram.

    Why did you release the report of your assignment to the media instead of sending it to government?

    I did not construct a report of my efforts in
    Nigeria. As I said earlier, I was not engaged by any party and
    therefore had no obligation to report to anyone.

    Some Nigerians find it curious that you
    decided to give your report only to Arise TV, owned by a Nigerian,
    Nduka Obiagbena, who also owns Thisday Newspapers and may be
    sympathetic to some politicians in Nigeria.

    I gave a radio interview to the ABC in
    Australia which subsequently told me that after the transcript was
    posted to their online site, it had been picked up in the UK and Sky
    News requested an interview. In the hope of bringing attention to the
    many other girls and boys kidnapped by Boko Haram, I agreed to a
    television interview. That interview took place in Channel 7 studios in
    Australia and it was at that point that I was told it was an interview
    with Arise TV. I had not heard of Arise TV and did not know it was owned
    by a Nigerian or indeed that it had any association with Nigeria. At
    the time of giving the TV interview, I was of the understanding that it
    would be broadcast by Sky News in the UK.

    On Mr Obiagbena, I have not met him or ever been contacted by him.

    Many Nigerians find it extremely
    difficult to understand how the former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen.
    Ihejirika, who actually fought Boko Haram elements and was accused of
    genocide could be linked with sponsoring the violent group.

    It is much easier to understand Mr Sheriff’s
    alleged association with Boko Haram than any association of Mr
    Ihejirika. Mr Sheriff was said to have a long history of promoting
    groups to assist in his past efforts to win the governorship of Borno
    State. On 29 July 2009, there was a confrontation with security
    officers at Mamudo Village, along Potiskum/Damaturu Road, Yobe. 33 JAS
    members were killed. Later that night, there was a long battle with
    combined security operatives at Railway Terminus, Maiduguri, Borno
    State. Scores were killed and the JAS operational base was destroyed.
    Yusuf was subsequently captured by the military and handed over to the
    police. The JAS alleged that it was on Sheriff’s orders that Yusuf was
    executed in Maiduguri on 30 July 2009. Shekau was presumed killed in the
    same battle and a corpse was identified as that of Shekau. Thus the
    remaining JAS leaders made it clear their intention was to kill Sheriff
    and so it is right that Sheriff claims he is a victim of JAS. The Boko
    Haram we see today is not the JAS that was operational under Yusuf.
    Shekau emerged in mid-2010 and publicly claimed the leadership of a
    reinvigorated JAS.

    Shekau formed Ansaru which he used for
    kidnapping and beheading victims. This behaviour was a major departure
    from the original mandate of the JAS which was to purify Islam and
    return it to the behaviour example in the life of the Prophet. Many
    among the JAS leadership are no longer active and others have been
    killed. This has allowed Shekau to take the JAS to more extreme action
    and expanded the kidnapping, bombing and slaughtering. The Boko Haram we
    have today is a much expanded Ansaru. What we see now is not the
    Yusufiya which wanted very much to settle scores with Sheriff. It is
    Boko Haram as a partner to ISIS and Al Shabaab.

    Now I will offer an opinion as to the motives
    of the sponsors of Boko Haram. The political sponsors of Boko Haram
    seem to think that they can use Boko Haram to terrorise Nigeria to
    demonstrate that the current government cannot ensure the security of
    Nigerian citizens both Muslim and Christian. Therein the sponsors assume
    they can undermine any efforts of the current government to be
    re-elected in 2015. Herein lies the flaw for the conflict and
    instability currently being fanned suits the aims of Al Qa’eda and the
    architects of terrorism. Should the sponsors of Boko Haram win
    government in 2015, they will likely find that they cannot turn Boko
    Haram off or that Boko Haram will demand control of at least Borno State
    in return for reducing their attacks. Borno State may be just the
    beginning of an expanding caliphate.

    Several Boko Haram commanders and other
    persons close to and respected by Boko Haram have told me the names of
    some of the sponsors of Boko Haram. They have also described how some
    funds are transferred and arms made available. I have made public some
    of that information. I have also been told by some commanders that if
    one of the sponsors is arrested, they will surrender, release the girls
    and give information on the sponsors. Not all Boko Haram commanders
    will follow this lead but it may be a firm step towards dismantling or
    at least isolating Boko Haram.

  • SAM BABALOLA

    Madam Ngozi, is actually confirming that she is more concerned with paper economics than the real market woman /down trodden economics. The 6.5 % growth should reflect the number of Nigerians hired for jobs , measure of rice and beans in the market. Rather it is the elites growth, that benefits less than 0.1 % including Ngozi , madam minister.
    As per The truth on all blogs, he has a tunnel vision of Nigeria present situation , he is completely blinded to TRUTH . Like Wahala said he is a crump catcher ,garbage in garbage out from his master Reno Omokiri. He is jobless man like redeem replying to every blog . The best we can all do for this morons who keep repeating same thing , occupying time and space is to ignore them on all media.

  • john micheals

    Impressive, Our economy has emerged as #1 for foreign direct investment in Africa, That is a plus to the coordinating minister of the economy.

  • Victor Odutola Mayomi

    This does not seem to me to be the true course of events. Yes, Atiku , Wamako and Tanbuwal have betrayed Tinubu, the good thing is that they need Asiwaju more than he needs them. Aside, we Yorubas are not fools. We get our acts together anytime we are threatened as a people. But, the correct reading that the Saraki rebellion has nothing to do with the Fulanis or other ethnic group in Nigeria. Indeed, the Tinubu coalition is still the dominant force in the APC. Time will tell whether rebellion pays or not.

    • Sanusi

      The writer has quickly forgotten’ I dey laugh ‘ episode between Obasanjo vs Tinubu.Nobody win election or rule election easily in Nigeria without getting strong support of two major ethnic.As at now,I don’t even want us to talk of tribal politic,but let there be peace, improvement on infrastructure and social life.Four years term has just been reduced by one month.If election come forth,we can always turn the table against political detractors.

    • Sanusi

      The writer has quickly forgotten’ I dey laugh ‘ episode between Obasanjo vs Atiku .Nobody win election or rule election easily in Nigeria without getting strong support of two major ethnic.As at now,I don’t even want us to talk of tribal politic,but let there be peace, improvement on infrastructure and social life.Four years term has just been reduced by one month.If election come forth,we can always turn the table against political detractors

      • tycoon

        How free and fair can the elections be? There’ll always be a Jega

        • Jika

          In 2011,Jega conducted an election which saw GEJ emerging as winner.Then,it was considered free and fair.In 2015,the same Jega conducted an election which saw PMB(GMB as he was then popularly called) emerging as a winner.This time however it is not free and fair in your reckoning.Little objectivity please!!!!!!

    • Emmanuel Clifford Peters

      men! wake up from slummber

    • Akanji92

      Saraki has no loyalty to anybody. His father emptied the treasury of Societe Generale Bank to make Bukola the Governor of Kwara State in 2003. He became the Governor but Societe Generale collapsed. In 2011 Bukola fought his father, and got the old man retired from politics. He fought his half sister to stand still till the Emir of Ilorin intervened. Bukola will betray BUhari, APC and others later

    • Omo Akin

      The writer is a hater of the Fulanis. It is really the New PDP in APC that used the real PDP to snatch the Senate presidency and not a Fulani issue. Are Mark, Akpabio, Orji, Mimiko, Ekeremadu and others in PDP who bankrolled the senate contest Fulanis? But they miscalculated by allowing David Mark and Ekeremadu to be in the leadership position. These are damaged products and they will not go far. When people blame Tinubu for helping Buhari to come to power, I wonder whether these people prefer that Jonathan be allowed to utterly destroy Nigeria for the only reason that he is not a Fulani man.

      • John Ade

        That is an objective analysis bro
        But tribally power has gone back to the north.

      • tycoon

        Stop trading on this Jonathan hate syndrome. ..the writer has raised a very important issue that you should critically examine with out bias. Why did the president MMAHAMADU BUHARI call for a meeting at the exact time the NASS election was to hold. With out necessarily over emphasizing, one can succinctly put that it was a gimmick by the president to disenfranchise the unsuspecting APC law makers (elect). If not so,why then sshould a grown ass man like Buhari act so dumb. I totally agree with the writer. May God bless his soul for being brave

    • Issei

      You better wake up from your sleep.. How many votes did the yorubas contributed to the GMB presidency .take a look at kano state votes alone.pls stop chasing shadows tinubu needs GMB more than anything in order to survive pdp onslought. And possible annexing of south west acn controlled states during the last elections.or you can advise him to pull out now and let’s see if he can make it to the presidency alone in 2019

      • Omo Akin

        Check your maths. If Buhari failed to make 25% in all the Yoruba states (as was the case in 2011), he would have failed to get 25% in 2/3rd of the states and he could never have won the election. If Jonathan had an opportunity for a re-run based on Buhari’s inability to get 25% in 2/3rd of the states, Jonathan would use the coercive power of the state to beat Buhari.
        As for Tinubu, he has survived the onslaught of PDP since 2003. PDP onslaught in 2007 under Obasanjo was the worst and Tinubu’s party not only won Lagos but expanded to other states.

        • Issei

          I dey lough oooooo

        • NamesAre4Tombstones

          This is the biggest joke ever.

          And you think SS/SE will help you vote out Buhari? You must be a learner.

          You brought him, now SS/SE will just do a deal and provide him with the votes at the expense of your tinubu.

          SS/SE thought the SW were serious people who were interested in ending this born to rule business once and for all, but alas the SW are not serious people, they prefer to be sidekicks to fulani. But in the end, when a yoruba man wants to be president, the fulani only need to come to SS/SE and cut a deal there to deny the yoruba, and believe me I will be the first to accept that deal.

          • Xanthos1

            Like they came to SE/SS to deny OBJ the presidency.

          • NamesAre4Tombstones

            The yorubas voted against OBJ. They voted for Falae. OBJ was voted for overwhelmingly by SS/SE/NC/NW coalition. It was the North and the East that voted in OBJ.

            The yorubas almost crucified OBJ because OBJ is not a tribalist, and he didnt go to Presidency with a yoruba agenda.

      • Victor Odutola Mayomi

        You are the one day dreaming. Remove the votes and add them to Jonathan’s votes and Buhari would never have been President either by popular votes or 25% in at least 24 States to fulfill the requirement of geographical spread. How did Buhari emerge as the APC candidate? Who created the unique brand that made him acceptable in the country? Who brought in the brand managers of the Obama campaign to set the campaign agenda? May be you forgot to appreciate that GEJ is a southerner who had his appeal in the west. May be you forgot the massive injection of money to capture the west all to no avail because of the Tinubu political machine. In any case, do you believe all these spurious figures across the country? The true election was in the south west and some parts of north central.
        ——————————

        • Issei

          So you mean Tinubu made Buhari president because he has money?

          • Victor Odutola Mayomi

            He fought Abacha too. Did he have guns?

            ——————————

        • Dzy

          The bringing of the Obama’s campaign manager is one area I disagreed with APC during the campaign. It brought the divisive name calling and character assassination style of politics that is used in the US elections into Nigeria. Nigeria and America have different societal and ethnic structures. The last campaign and election process is the most divisive in the history of Nigeria. This have set our union 30 years back. I have never seen the level of hatred between Nigerians of different ethnic groups. The PDP share the blame too, instead of making a case to stop this vicious destructive politics it joined it.
          I am strongly against the involvement of foreign interference in our politics, be it individuals, business or foreign govt. this is because they do not understand the dynamics of our country.
          When call the first president from the SS, clueless and the worst thing that have happened to Nigeria which if your honest to yourselves that is not entirely true, do expect the people from his region to clap their hands and agree? But rephrase the statement and say, PDP is the worst that have happened to Nigeria, the 2nd statement will not be taken personal by any region. Instead of saying some baseless accusations against Buhari, it will be better that APC as a party is more the target .
          We have to now start uniting Nigerians now, and limit foreign interference.

    • absam777

      Excellent analysis. This Oyeyemi guy is another Bode George from Osun, Tinubu’s ancestral home. He is from the political school of Omishore. They loath Tinubu and his political courage.

  • Kulie

    Though the writer may be Yoruba, I don’t agree with the saying that Yoruba are selfish.
    Emperor Tinubu’s current challenges were created by himself. He ‘works so hard (along with OTHERS) and should SHARE with others. No one should be denied the fruits of their labor. He over stretched his hands and got burnt. Buhari was wiser to steer clear-he belong to nobody but everybody. This is the beginning. Tinumbu need to broaden his political base beyond Yoruba land to ‘win’. By the way Saraki is more Yoruba than Fulani, Y can’t Tinumbu dynasty recruit him for expediency. What is the guarantee that Lawan a true Hausa-Fulani would do better.

    • John Ade

      Saraki is not more yoruba than fulani
      He’s very fulani INFACT hes a fulani agent

      A real yoruba Kwaran won’t stand the face of a fulani king in ilorin. A slap on the yoruba race.

      Governor Lawal was the last yoruba man that governed Kwara and remember he tried changing the status quo but Sarakis father spent his entire fortune to install his son to maintain a status quo

      I’m from Kwara state we have no affinity to the north Saraki is a bad omen on yoruba land

      Don’t be fooled he’s only bearing the name Bukola Saraki to foool yorubas I pray he dies soon so yorubas in Kwara can be truly free

      • UNANIMOUS

        John Ade, no need to pray Saraki die soon, Kwara would be liberated when the people decided they have had enough. For now I believe they are still comfortable being in bondage.

        This question continue to agitate my mind, that is, Saraki’s origin, a migrant from a town somewhere in Oyo state? Some day the truth would be told.

  • Akanji92

    Oyeyemi Remi, Bode George and others like are gloating and lampooning Jagaba Bola Tinubu over the Senate and House of Representative elections. This same scenario was enacted APC lost the Ekiti election in June 2014, after it Tinubu came back powerfully.
    If PMB decides to dump Tinubu for any other person, we shall wait to see the end, may God spare our lives to witness the consequences on the Federal government.
    In spite of Tinubu’s weakness he has been one of the few consistent politician in Nigeria since he became a Senator in the early 90’s.

    • PP

      Hmmm…consistent THIEF!! What is wrong with Yorubas? Or it does not matter that he is a THIEF?

    • share Idea

      So before 90s, Nigeria never had politicians. What is wrong in life is for someone to assume himself to be more intelligent and all knowing than the generality of the society where such person operate. We need strong institutions not strong individuals, hence, my dislike for APC and their main promoters that believe in strong individuals.

  • John Ade

    Yoruba wake up your objectivite thinking as a been your weakness by Buhari staying neutral he has failed his part of the deal

    YORUBA RONU.

    • Adoelitist

      It’s better to be objective than to be bitter

  • Gwongworo

    LAGOS IS A NO MAN’S LAND. OIL FROM NIGER DELTA REGION WAS A NO MAN’S OIL USED TO DEVELOP NIGERIA. YARIBAS STILL GO TO ABUJA TO COLLECT NO MAN’S OIL MONEY.

    YARIBAS CAN START AN INSURGENCY, DECLARE ODUDUWA, OR SHAAAARAAAP!!

  • Ogiri

    LOl….I mercy for Yorubas. How could a people, even illiterates, be so dumb that they do not know FULANIS consider them as SLAVES? This has been going on for 400 years!!! Anyway, I think there is some underlying mental ailment which an average Yoruba suffers.

    Just reading the above article shows someone who is against “Tinubuism” but also arguing that Tinubu has what it takes to pull some magic wand to overtake the National Assembly!!!

    Many of us do not know what Europeans know about Africans but if I went to a nation where people thought and behaved like Yorubas, I would enslave them myself!!! Obviosuly Fulanis for 400 years have mastered how to kick & dump Yorubas. Meanwhile the same Yorubas are all over town making noises. THEY FORGET THAT WHAT ARE NOT SAID SPEAK LOUDER THAT WHAT ARE SPOKEN!!!

    • Xanthos1

      Ogiri, pls come over to enslave , you will end up in soup if u know the meaning of ogiri in yoruba. You can only be a slave if u think like one.

      • Ogiri

        “You can only be a slave if u think like one.”

        Kai, with this kind of mindset I am afraid that Yorubas are susceptible to enslavement. The SW is just a SLAVE ISLAND waiting for a SLAVE MASTER to pounce on them.

        I doubt if the First Republic Yoruba politicians left their people so intellectually vulnerable. For me this is a national security threat!!!

        • NamesAre4Tombstones

          LOL

        • Xanthos1

          Carry your own cross, leave SW out of yr problem…..Dont cry for me Argentina….you know the song?

        • Adoelitist

          What are igbos doing on this slave island called yorubaland? They had better leave before they are effected with Yoruba slave mentality. Abi?

    • orosun

      You igbo people are still smarting from the loss of power of your very corrupt clueless and inept GEJ. For your education, Yorubas did not vote for buhari so that they can have senate presidency of other useless posts that you igbos and ss people see as avenues to steal. Yorubas voted to get out a corrupt thief and his barbaric wife so that a more decent person can rule. If Buhari fails, In 4 years he will be voted out. That is the beauty of democracy wihich you people are ignorant of. From our independence till now the igbos and ss people have always had a slavery accord with the Fulanis to stop Awolowo and the south west from power. Instead of supporting the best president Nigeria never had, the coward, Ojukwu supported the Fulanis even agsinst his igbo people who were massacared in their self inflicted civil war

  • tycoon

    The journey to liberation started with Jonathan’s miraculous emergence as president, but ignorance and the pursuit of inordinate ambition caused the people to sabotaged their own freedom. For decades Nigeria experienced bad governance by past leaders predominantly fulani’s, a hopeless situation whereby one tribe with a born-2-rule mentality/ideology wantonly seized,dominated, suppressed and ruled by all cost at the expense of others.Jonathan was obviously not the Messiah, infact he was far from being that, personally I desire that Nigeria be at the top in the league of nations, and to be at the top a Messiah has to emerge.But GOOD LUCK was like John de-Baptist, he was a fore-runner to pave the way for the Messiah. That is why men of conscience and sound knowledge of history of the Nigerian government and politics,knowing what was at stake inspite of criticism and blackmail patiently/doggedly gave our love and support for him to pave the way to freedom. But for crass ignorance the people allowed themselves to be fooled and the process subverted. The people refuse to think and appraise rationally hence they fell susceptible to propaganda. The economy isnt bad as they lied, government effort/activities were frustrated and undermined by the opposition, making the people to believe that the CHANGE has to come suddenly. Jonathan even by his perceived weak style of governance, brought egalitarianism and true democracy to the people. The people were offered freedom but no the handy work of the devil that has brought about this regression took them back to slavery

    • absam777

      “GOOD LUCK was like John de-Baptist, he was a fore-runner to pave the way for the Messiah.” You make me laugh, and I am not alone. Please stop writing such crap. Jonathan was nothing close to John the baptist. He was one of those fake messiahs.

    • share Idea

      I can’t agree more with you, let the gullible masses enjoy the fruit of their labour as they will not say that they were not warned when APC, some internal and external forces were making no every efforts to ensure that GEJ government didn’t succeed (propagating all manner of lies against his government) and now reality is setting in. Nigeria we hail thee.

      • Xanthos1

        Is GEJ a better option? The fact is that we have a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea in the presidential election despite the number of parties available.

        • share Idea

          I have always disagreed with people like you that believed that last election was for masses to make a choice between two bad scenarios. GEJ government had a plan which was open to public and they are scientifically verifiable, however, Buhari option was based on faith that the man is a man of integrity and he promised to achieve unachievable things without details on how to achieve them.

        • Eroli Reuben

          I agree with you, we are now in the deep sea of APC confusion. Thanks to SW propaganda and Fulani mischief.

  • Musa

    Please, this is childish, immature and non-sense. Do we have have yoruba-fulani tribe in Nigeria? Who is responsible for selecting the Senate president, tinubu, APC or Senators?. Politics is a game of Number not tribe, section or A single person. Please, go to back to school is like you lack maturity to write on Nigerian politics.

  • Thepeople

    What is new? What has transpired so far is the reality of Nigerian politics and political class, and not just Tinubuism. In Nigerian politics, there is ideology, no principle, and it is a politics of anything goes. A politics of ‘what is in it for me’ There is no thought or place for common good. Hence the a politician would steal Billions, build his mansion etc… but there would no electricity in the town where he lives. My pocket is more important than my politics, my beliefs and the people.

  • the_adviser

    Tinubu is not naïve, it is just that he did not enough time to study the mentality of northern oligarchs.

    • egoigwe

      My dearest brother, it is naive not to study the mentality of those you wish to engage in a political union. Nothing better describes naive.

      • the_adviser

        LOL!!!

  • Strong System

    You are entitled to your opinion, but you must know that you are wrong!!!
    Pdp denied Lawan and Gbaja those positions,just like the way ACN denied Mulikat the speakership four years ago.

  • i-priest

    In his desire to sound philosophical, deep, wise, enlightened and politically educated, the writer of this piece has even neologised the name TINUBU – Tinubuism! In doing so, he has falsely tried to attribute to Tinubu everything evil in the tactics and stratagems of politically seizing power common among all politicians, not only of Nigeria, but the world over. In this again, I say, he has erred. It is not in vain, it is said, that politics is a dirty game, be it played by Fulani, Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Ijaw, Kalabari or Nupe, or even by the Democrats, Republicans, Tories, Labour Party, Russians, Germans, or Ukrainians. There is an ever-existing realignment of forces within politics, be it local, national or worldwide. That Bukola Saraki got elected as Senate President by a minority from the APC teaming with PDP senators is within the rules, if there could be any so termed, of this game, to lead a civilized Nigerian society. That singular aspect does not mean much in the greater whole, because President Muhammadu Buhari knows he still needs Bola Tinubu, needs Atiku, Saraki, Amaechi, Fashola, Tanbuwal and Okorocha in the future. He, I am sure, is not fatalistic neiyher he is that ethnocentrically naive and syupid. Politics in rhe north of Nigeria is not a monoliyjic edifice, no, not all. If it was, IBB, from a minority ethnic group in Niger State (he is not a Fulani), would not have been able to push Buhari out in that coup and took control of Nigerian politics for so long (PFP was a brainchild of Babangida and it was founded in his house in Minna). Also, as far as politics in the North and in the whole of the Nigerian nation is concerned, it is childishly shallow, if not imbecilic for anyone to see it as a Fulani versus the rest battle. Are Senator Lawal and Tinubu of the same ethnic group? Senators Ekweremadu and Saraki also of same? Saraki could have won the senate presidency hands down, if only to give the MIDDLE BELT a say in political affairs and balancing. To pity Tinubu or assert that the Yoruba nation is naive and does not learn from history is to be in an abyss of senselessness and utter folly. The higly civilised, learned and sophisticated Yoruba nation IS THE SOUL and the BRAIN that keep Nigeria one. Morever, God created the REDEEMED CHURCH OF GOD with the two highly respected professor-pastors called ENOCH ADEBOYE and VICE PRESIDENT OSINBAJO. To therefore make light political the imput of the Redeemed Church and all of the Christian community members that voted in Buhari in the governance of the nation is to commit en masse, political suicide by the northern stakeholders of the current dispensation. The Ibos may be the WARY BRIDE, the Kanuris, Hausas, Nupes, Tivis, Igalas and Fullas of the North know this: the entity called NIGERIA can never ever become dominated by any singular ethnic group again. In conclusion therefore, with all his mortal faults, Tinubu, like his mentors Moshood Abiola and great Chief Obafemi Awolowo, is a force that will always be reckoned with and Mr Oyeyemi Remi, don’t you worry for him or for the Yoruba Nation, Tinubu will be just fine. Buhari also will be fine. And by the way, by the Grace of God, Nigeria shall just be alright as well. AMEN.

  • Ameed Balogun

    I could not go through the length of Remi Oyeyemi piece because it is annoying and disturbing for people to still talking about fulani oligarchy at this age. For goodness sake, can the south south and south west rule or win election alone without the understanding between the south and North central and core North? I don’t see where Tinubu has committed a mortal sin simply because he had reached an understanding with CPC to snatch power from currupt and chop chop PDP Government.Please for how long would power remain in the south that power will not go back to the North? .Igbawo ni maku o ni oku?.What ever happened in the National assembly has nothing to do with tribe or Fulani oligarchy. It was just an extension of inpunity which has characterized the governing system in Nigeria of recent.More over ,Saraki is not a Filani .He may pretend to be so for his own political ambitions.Please, let wake-up this is modern Nigeria.

    • PP

      now that you have spoken go back to your rat hole to keep sniffing…Mr. “modern” Nigeria…aka post-tribal Nigeria….wake up!!

    • Bayo Ola

      Nice one. I will sed my contribution to the discussion. It will be a long one.. I hope you will have the patience to read it .:)

  • Bayo Ola

    This rejoinder is a fact check to your article Remi Oyeyemi:
    Remi Oyeyemi, it appears you have entered a “one chance” bus. My contribution will be a long one to clarify the issue you raised. It seems you have been misled to write this article based on the rubbish some envious people are peddling against Asiwaju. Just because Saraki (another Yoruba man, who claims to be Funani) betrayed his party, APC, does not mean the end of Tinubu, even if your assumptions were correct. However, it is possible there are people (who might be Fulanis) around Buhari who would like to cut down Tinubu’s influence. They might want to do this to protect their own selfish interests, not because Buhari subscribe to their views. They are not doing this for Buhari. Buhari is not popular among the norther elites. They are scared of him. Atiku might still end up in the belly of the lion, if you know what I mean. Additionally, there is no fact to suggest an animosity exists between Tinubu and Buhari beyond what paid online news merchant contrived and circulates.

    It might interest you to note that Senator Lawan was never a Tinubu’s choice for senate president position. Senator Akume was Tinubu’s choice.Senator Lawan is Buhari’s choice. Also, Olusola Saraki is the choice of the nPDP who broke out of the PDP to merge with the APC. This group, led by Atiku and Baraje believed they are being schemed out of emerging “power house” in the leadership arrangement of the new party, APC. In their views, while ACN faction of the party got the VP (Osinbajo) slot, CPC faction of the party was given the President (Buhari’s) slot. The nPDP faction of the party feels they merit the legislative leadership in the new power structures. They believed they brought so much vitality to APC to defeat PDP. But Tinubu did not trust them. He knew they only used Buhari’s personality to get power. He knew they (the nPDP) will end back in the PDP. That is why he was against them. And that is why they began these online campaigns of calumny against him. Buhari, not Tinubu is the cause of this problem, and remains the loser until he fights back. Senator Lawan has never being in the same party with Tinubu until APC was formed, so
    how could he have been a Tinubu’s candidate. He was recommended to Tinubu by Buhari. Unfortunately, Buhari, although a hard willed person, is also a sloppy person in making strategic decision. He failed to galvanised his party and resolve this issue at the right time. It is his sloppiness that caused this problem. This has nothing to do with Tinubu or the Yoruba. It has more to do with Buhari’s leadership style. In 1984 he made up his mind to punish Babangida for allegation of drug peddling. He knew Babangida was planning a coup yet failed to strategically move to retire Babangida until Babangida struck. Another example of his sloppiness: David Mark, Lawan Gwadabe Sambo Dasuki, Dangiwa Umar were all Babangida boys that got rid of hims. A few of them went to arrest him in 1984 when Babangida overthrew him. Same Sambo Dasuki is still his current NSA, even though the role is being played by Dambazau. Critical observers would note the unnecessary inter agency rivalry in Aso Rock villa validates the concern about Buhari’s sloppiness.What does he take to put in place your team to protect and create a security around you? Nominate Dambazau. Sambo Dasuki is not even comfortable doing the job again, except the intention is to put him under mental torture for his role in the coup that toppled Buhari in 1980’s. Dasuki knows Buhari cannot be comfortable with hm. So is it Tinubu or the Yoruba again that made it impossible for Buhari CSO and his ADC to be at each other’s throath on who to protect the presidency? And must they do this on the pages of newspapers? This charade has more to do with Buhari’s leadership style than with anyone.
    And if one must follow your line of reasoning, the Yorubas have not lost anything under the Buhari’s presidency. We have gained more than what we had under Jonathan’s presidency. Under Buhari, the Yoruba are the: Vice President, the Senate president and the Deputy Speaker. Although this classification is not good at nation building but Nigeria is a mere geographical expression and not a nation. We are diffrent nations forcing one another on each other. In contrast to Yorubas situation under Jonathan’s presidency, when the only position the Yoruba got was the Chief of Staff to Jonathan, if Tinubus alliance has led to the attainement of what is on ground then he has done better.
    Arguably, but President Jonathan actions did not show he likes the Yoruba. In fact it seems he wanted to water down our values, judging from the calibre of charlatanse he chose to impose as Yoruba leaders. Except one Yoruba technocrat Adesina (frm Agric. Minister) majority of political leaders he (Jonathan) sponsored in Yoruba land are either thugs (Adesiyan, frm Police Affiars Minister,and Ayo Fayose), drug dealer (Buruji Kashamu) and many other scallywags like Omisore, e.t.c. It seems that Jonathan’s intentions are to water down our values and replace Yoruba leadership with people with questionable pedigree. Come to think of it, a Yoruba man, Olushegun Obasanjo made it possible for Jonathan to become a President. Also when the Yar-Adua cabal did not want him to become a substantive president, Yorubas were in the forefront of people that fought for him: Yinka Odumakin and Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Save Nigeria Group. As soon as Jonathan became President he considered the Yoruba his worst enemies based on his actions. He did everything to destroy the Yorubas. At least that is how we feel. How would any sane person (except Yoruba corrupt elites) expect the Yorubas to vote for a man that aims to destroy their value system?
    Ordinarily, the Ibos and the Yoruba would have, in my view,presented the best winning team to make Nigeria great. But that will never happen. The
    Ibos do not vote in the same block pattern like the Yorubas or the Hausa Fulani. This is due to their traditional system. The Igbos are republican by nature. Their “leaders” can steal votes (like they did for Jonathan) but the Igbo do not have same leadership structures like the Hausa or the Yorubas. Hausa leaders can command and deliever block vote for you so also Yoruba political leaders. Except when the Igbo elites rig or steal the people votes, they (Igbo elites) do not command similar influence to deliver block votes. With Jega innovation in the electroal system, it will increasingly be becoming difficult for the Igbo elites to steal the mandate of their voters. this may be a good thing for the Igbos, though. So, due to different in our traditional leadership/followership systems, Yoruba and Hausa Fulani appear to vote according to how their leaders wishes ; and these appear to have influenced how we perceive embrace modern democracy.
    In the light of these explanations, if I were Ahmed Tinubu, I would align with the Fulani again and again. The Yorubas and the Fulanis have common values and even religion to an extent. In fact the name Yoruba originated from Hausa language: Yariba. The term Yoruba (or Yariba) did not come into use until the nineteenth century, when Songhai scholar Ahmed Baba, used the term Yariba as an ethnic description of the Yorubas. Before then we were known as Aku, Okun and Anago, e.t.c. So Yemi, you need to understand our past before you can attempt to hazard a guess about our future–as far as politics in Nigeria is concerned
    Therefore, you miserably failed to understand the dynamics of Nigeria politics or take into consideration the historical facts about alliances
    that worked and failed in the past. The Ibos are unlikely to vote for a Yoruba presidential candidate. The worst performance in election contest for Awolowo was when Awolowo chose an Ibo VP candidate. Awolowo wanted to embrace the Ibos and mend fences with the Ibos after the war hence his choice. He lost the election miserably. He only competed fairly with Shagari when he chose Kura(a northerner) as his VP. Tinubu only saw what
    Akintola saw in the 60’s. The Ibos do not have problem with Akintola, but with Awolowo, who they seem to hate with passion; whereas it was Akintola that hated the Igbos and not Awolowo. Awolowo was just Zik competitor for power. He never hated them. But I have never met any Igbo who liked Awolowo. In fact I assume they will pick Danjuma who was alleged to have shot Aguiyi Ironsi before they pick Awolowo. in fact Danjuma made his billions in the SS/SE. Thus, in my view, Tinubu made the best political choice to have embraced the Fulanis. I would do the same if I were in his shoes.Other than the conspiracy theorists and paid news merchants (mostly intended to precipitate bad blood in the Yoruba alliance with Fulani), there is no legitimate evidence to suggest the Fulanis would throw the Yorubas under the bus. Their words are their bonds as far as the the Yoruba elites play the game well. It is a political strategy and not a contact game.
    Ask your conscience these questions. The answers would be easy if you are critical in your response: first, is Buhari corrupt or not corrupt? Second, If Buhari is not corrupt; would he have preferred a Saraki (a pen robber that wrecked a bank) as a Senate president to Lawan, who he suggested; especially given the fact that he (Buhari’) promised to fight corruption. If you answered yes, you implied he would have preferred a corrupt person to lead his war against corruption? Does this sound logical to you? Third, if Buhari promised to fight Boko Haram with the help of the international community, would he have preffered Ali Ndume (an alleged Boko haram sponsor) to be a Senate leader in his war against Boko Haram? Does this sound logical to you? This does not make sense. Therefore, critical observers would deduce that the crisis in APC has to do with Buhari’s leadership styles. He is a very sloppy person but hard willed when he is ready to engage his enemies. Saraki is indeed a Sigidi (clay god). Just wait how quickly he would dissolve in the water when the fight begins.

    • FactsandFigures

      Look at the date this article was written….it’s almost clairvoyant considering the recent statements made by Akande. Is it fair to say that “change” has been effectively hijacked by the miscreants noted by Akande? Buhari does not need to fight these strongmen(his words not mine ), he needs to strengthen our institutions to do so. If he can do that, then the threat of the “Fulani oligarchy” will be muted.

    • Kitunde

      Thank you for the insight…And on your last thoughts regarding Saraki, well truly he just dug his political grave! For i know Tinubu and even Buhari will teach him a lessson or two on how not to be treacherous!