INTERVIEW: How Buhari will win 2019 presidential election – DG Voice of Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari during the Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, recently visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES. During the visit, Mr. Okechukwu answered questions from Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji.

Excerpts:

PT: It is close to eight months since you were appointed the DG of Voice of Nigeria. But it does not appear to have created any impact in the past few years. How has the road been so far in terms of the challenges?

Okechukwu: I wouldn’t say we had not created any impact in the past. We were part of Radio Nigeria. But in 1961, we were carved out as the external broadcasting commission hence established. The first director general was Professor Chinua Achebe of blessed memory. Finally, in 1991 an Act establishing VON was enacted and we can boast today we have eight transmitters and we transmit around the world. But along the line we suffered small hitches, we lost about six transmitters. Today we have only two working transmitting stations located in Ikorodu and in Lugbe with studios in Ikoyi and Garki. So, we have come a long way. We’re trying to pick the pieces and trying to tell them to reflect on the experience I had from my late father who was a bicycle repairer in the 1950’s. He was located in Ngwo Enugu, a coal mining area. He said there was a young boy who comes during the holidays to visit his uncle a coal miner. Year in and year out, when everybody goes to the coal mine, he would stay in my father’s workshop. He came back yearly and became a darling to my father. So the last year the guy was to leave, he counselled and said ‘dad, you know what? Please it’s good you are doing well repairing bicycles, but try to learn how to repair cars because now or later the cars will be here.’ And my father regretted parting with the money he gave him. He said he gave him two shillings and regretted it. And by then in the old Eastern region, my father said he could count the number of cars and a small boy is telling him to abandon the coal miners that had over 2000 bicycles. So he couldn’t make any sense out of that. When he was now telling us this story was in the late 70’s before he died when cars were everywhere and you couldn’t find many bicycles. This is why he remembered the guy. So relating it to this, when I came in I told my staff that instead of repairing these six transmitters why don’t we go online and try to go digital. Then, what they had was elementary website and I said we can’t continue that way because the regions of the earth are about six with different time zones. If you look at it today, the whole of North America, 99 per cent of the people are not hooked up with any Short Wave radio, so is Southern America and so is Europe and Asia. Yes, part of Africa is hooked up. Yes, I agree that the Short Wave has an advantage, the advantage that you do not need to license it, but the audience has migrated. So the little that we have achieved now is that we have a website. www.von.gov.ng which our sister station, NTA, is helping us to advertise.

PT: So, has the online been drawing traffic?

Okechukwu: Yes. In fact, to be honest with you we made mistake earlier but we have been able to make amends. We are trying to go deeper into stories, give life to what we are doing as well as try to obey the Voice of Nigeria Act, which under section 5 subsection 3 states that our basic primary function is to promote and enhance the image and foreign policy of Nigeria. So we are partisan about Nigeria, nothing more.

PT: You are still on the short wave, where and when can you be received?

Okechukwu: We can be received on 7255. Part of why we are going online is because the audience are shifting online and to the internet. We want to start satellite broadcasting and satellite radio. We are not trying to adjust with Nigerian audience. We are trying to market Nigeria abroad. Our sister organization, Radio Nigeria, has exclusive preserve in talking about Nigerians in Nigeria.

PT: Apart from being the DG Voice of Nigeria, you appear to be a spokesperson of this government, can you say this government is doing well?

Okechukwu: In the actual sense of the word, I can’t call myself a spokesman of this administration. There is a minister of information and other spokespersons that speak for the administration. I am just a member of the ruling party.

PT: But you have been seen several times on radio and TV defending the policies of this government.

Okechukwu: Yes, I have to defend the government that I am a part of. And also to be honest I have been part of the APC right from the scratch. I was in the merger committee. I have been with Mr. President for over 13 years. In 2002, when the late Chuba Okadigbo was impeached as the senate president – he was our lecturer so we happened to be among the people with him as at that time – so we were always brainstorming about the country. Suddenly one evening, the news in the air was that President Muhammad Buhari, then General Buhari, had joined partisan politics and he joined the All Peoples Party. Okadigbo now told us that this was a turning point and that we were going to leave the PDP and join Buhari in the APP. We asked why? He said that his reason was that then president, Olusegun Obasanjo, was not only advocating for a one-party state but was working round the clock to demolish democracy itself. He said all Obasanjo was trying to design is a one party state and there is a man who had joined the APP and that it was important we join forces with him. One, because of his integrity quotient, and secondly and more importantly that he had the stamina to run the marathon race of opposition in a Third World country. Okadigbo said that with Buhari the issue of one party state would be killed because he was not the type that would deviate or be bought over by Obasanjo or his machinery. So that was the beginning of how we joined Buhari. Then within the Buhari circle we call it The Buhari Organization. Buhari was never self-centred. So we aligned with him from day one. Luckily for us, when he contested in 2003 he picked Okadigbo as his running mate. Unfortunately, he (Okadigbo) died of gas poison he hailed at Kano post-election rally. After that, some of us left but some still remained within the Buhari circle. In 2007, as luck would have it again, he contested for the presidential election again. It was an election we were sure we won. We were voted by the current Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen, Oguntade and Aloma- Muktar, in the famous 4/3 Supreme Court judgment. I’ve been with Buhari since then. We later formed the Congress for Progress Change. It now came to 2011, we even tried to form a merger with the Action Congress of Nigeria, but it didn’t work. In 2015 however, all these indices and factors gave birth to the APC and we came together and we formed a stronger coalition.

PT: So, it’s because of your long term relationship with Buhari that made you to always defend this administration rather than focus on your job as DG Voice of Nigeria?

Okechukwu: No, it’s not about focusing on my job, if there is no Nigeria, no job. What I am saying is that Nigerian people gave us trust and their votes. It is not about Buhari alone. It is a movement. We have confidence in this movement and along the line we have our own bridges. The price of oil suddenly started crashing and at a certain point, it was $28 per barrel. Here was something that was sold in 2014 for $145 per barrel. So, you could see the difference. It had to impact on what we are doing. We are aware that the PDP government was highly corrupt but we didn’t know the level of the corruption. So much so that somebody will pocket and buy a warehouse in what is called the ‘Southern Kaduna Bank’ and stashed away $9.7 million there; that a first lady will build a hotel in Bayelsa that runs into billions while the hospitals in Bayelsa cannot accommodate herself. We never knew it was that bad even when they were not implementing the budgets. What are we defending?

We are defending that comparatively if we had met the kind of money they met on ground, we will not be where we are today. The companies that are off the streets will all be working. The rail line, the little they did was Lagos to Kano, a distance of about 1,300 kilometres or thereabout for $8.3 billion.

PT: But what has really changed since you came in? Nigerians say it is the same old story. In fact, Nigerians say that things are even harder now.

Okechukwu: Why won’t it be harder when the record shows where the money went? If a farmer fails to save in the bounty years and here comes famine, he will definitely go hungry. There’s no doubt about it. If you have no money in your house, what do you do? Do you beg your neighbours? If you are ready to borrow, you prepare for the borrowing. What we are saying is that if you spend $4.8 billion you collected from the Chinese and in the next three years you are producing over 3,000 megawatts of electricity, that’s the intendment of Mambilla Power plant. The totality of what we are running at Voice of Nigeria, the cost of diesel is more than the salaries. We spend N16 million every month for diesel. Today, the diesel price has increased exponentially and therefore payment of staff and cost of diesel now run hand in hand. So if we have steady power supply, the cost of running Voice of Nigeria will run flat, so is Premium Times, the hotels, the schools, hospitals etc. The rickety privatisation of government-owned companies that the PDP did in the power sector is not even competent, sorry to say that. So these are the things we are saying. When the rain is beating you, you will remember where it started. Yesterday is today’s architecture.

PT: So, when are things going to get better?

Okechukwu: What we have is a four-year plan. Before the four-year tenure is over you will see the fruit. We are limited because if you tell President Muhammad Buhari tomorrow that you want to retrench anybody, he will not agree because for him government is about the people.

PT: But retrenchment is going on in the country currently, particularly in the private sector. There is retrenchment in the banking sector. So, why can’t it be so in the public sector?

Okechukwu: Let’s be honest, do we actually have banks? What makes us not to keep our money at homes is because of thieves. They are not doing banking job in Nigeria. For the past years, interest rate has been below 1 per cent in Britain, Europe and North America. If I want to set up a hotel and I borrow 10 million pounds and I work out that I will pay back in a certain number of years, now what is 1% of 10 million pounds? But in Nigeria it is over 20% interest rate. So we don’t have banks. Let’s be honest with ourselves. There is no bank that the community will benefit from if it does not lend investors at a very good interest rate. They even buy dollars and market at a high rate and you call it banking. Sometimes state governors even connive with bankers and sell dollars abroad.

PT: Let’s go back to the question we asked earlier, what has changed?

Okechukwu: Democracy is not a revolution. The growth in democracy has been incremental but why it is not so visible is because it is slow and steady. The fact is that if you go to any ministry today you will notice the change, it’s a gradual process. For people who have been stealing openly, they can no longer steal. It’s a pervasive and unbridled corruption that we are fighting. The point of the matter is that we have demonstrated that even we ourselves should be probed. Today we are probing former Petroleum Resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke because she occupied that office not because we hate her. Everybody who is there today will be checkmated tomorrow because the standard has been set. The day I saw Supreme Court justices being arraigned, I said yes, President Muhammad Buhari has raised the bar. It passed a message that any other person handling any office in this country should be careful because no other office is higher than the office of the Supreme Court. Even if you have a case today, nine of the 10 judges that might have accepted bribe from you will say no. If I am caught tomorrow, the same President Buhari will probe me.

PT: You listen to radio, you use the social media extensively, and you will see the lamentation across the land as people regret they voted Buhari. Given all this, do you sincerely think Buhari will win the 2019 election?

Okechukwu: Yes, of course. Ask me why. Unless there is any other volcano that will kill all of us but if it did not happen and Mr. President remains alive then he will win. What you are seeing today are solid foundations and it will definitely germinate. The National Assembly has seen reasons with him. The $500 million awarded for the East-West Road will be completed. Mr. President will not allow it to enter anybody’s pocket, no matter who you are. The over $11 million for the coastal rail line, Mr. President will not allow it to enter anybody’s pocket. Let me tell you, our members in government who are accused if they are able to prove themselves I thank God for them. But if anyone thinks that President Buhari will cover up for him then it is a lie. So what I am telling you is that before the fourth year of this government, most of the seeds we planted will germinate. From the analysis we did, the Lagos – Kano rail line will cost $1.5 billion to standardise and it will employ over 5000 Nigerians directly and indirectly. The little that came, we gave the contractors to start work. What I am saying is, why are the people angry? It is because they are hungry and I am saying that hunger won’t continue till fourth year.

PT: Like you said you are part and parcel of the APC and a core member of South East APC. What is the political arrangement of the Igbo people in the 2019 elections?

Okechukwu: The Igbos have been raped since 1999. If you know the Igbo people well enough you will understand that we have been marginalised. Yes, we didn’t get the kind of appointments we got in the past regime under this current regime, but the Igbo people know that there was a time we have our brothers as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Governor of Central Bank, and our sister coordinating the whole economy as the finance minister. We had deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and deputy Senate President but still everything collapsed. The hospitals and all the federal roads collapsed. The 2nd Niger Bridge was never touched; the Enugu coal was not revamped. There was a time we had two Enugu sons, one succeeded the other in a five-year chain in the power ministry, but they didn’t revamp the Enugu coal to generate power which it was meant for. One was Professor Bath Nnaji the other was Professor Chinedu Nebo. The roads were abandoned. The 2nd Niger Bridge was arranged under the PPP arrangement where the federal government had 30 per cent out of the N117 billion for the project. President Muhammad Buhari has paid N14 billion from the federal government side to start work there. From 1999, Obasanjo promised Enugu coal, promised 2nd Niger Bridge, promised federal roads, promised gas power plant in our soil, but nothing came out of it yet we voted for him. We also voted for him in 1999 in spite of the fact that our son, Alex Ekwueme, was mangled out of the primaries. We voted for him in 2003, voted for him in 2007, and refused to vote for Buhari yet we got nothing. But now under Buhari, we are finalising the arrangements on the Enugu coal while the 2nd Niger Bridge has gotten take-off fund. Before Buhari completes his four years, most of these things will be done. Those our roads that collapsed, in the next four years, Igbos will tell a different story. Buhari got only six per cent in the old Eastern region, but as the saying goes once the Igbos start seeing the change in their lives, they will vote for the change.

PT: Even though this change is in process as you claimed, why are the Igbos still agitating for Biafra?

Okechukwu: It is very easy especially with the media. These same Igbo people came to Abacha conference between 1995/96 and we tabled the issue of zoning. Enugu, Ebony, Lagos, Ogun and most southern states voted against zoning. What did we go with, a symbolic geopolitical zone that is not carved in law? We came to the Jonathan constitutional conference, we in the APC rejected and denounced it but those who went are those who are backing the same MASSOB but they still voted against region. They voted against it, the same people who backed MASSOB, so they are the minority.

PT: So you are saying that the Igbos who rejected Buhari in 2015 are now happy with him?

Okechukwu: What I am saying is that they have seen a difference.

PT: But there are still only a few Igbo leading politicians in your party?

Okechukwu: No, they are not the voters, they sit on the bench waiting. We are talking of the main people that vote. In 2011, Jonathan got about 1.3 million in Imo and Anambra, 800,000 in Enugu, over 600,000 in Ebonyi and almost one million in Abia. Did you ask yourself why they didn’t get that in 2015? No development. It is because they came with a vile propaganda that Buhari is a president for the North and the Muslims that they even won. But now I don’t think they can say that again.

PT: We are talking about a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 but are you aware that some Igbos are insisting that 2019 is their turn. How do you respond to that?

Okechukwu: It is democracy, everyone has freedom of speech, freedom of thought. At 62 years of age, it is wrong for me to deceive my people. I will never deceive my people; I will never deceive humanity. The northern political elite in their own wisdom and patriotic interest in 1999 said if they take this presidency again there will be trouble and because they wish the country well, they instituted the zoning convention. For them, the agitation for secession will increase. I was there in Jos when late Abubakar Rimi insisted he must run and they postponed the convention. Late Olusola Saraki, the father of the senate president, insisted in Kaduna that he must run and the northern elites said no ‘let’s leave the south to run’ and it went south. Obasanjo contested with Olu Falae and the whole country voted for the south for eight years. Forget what Obasanjo is saying. I have great respect for him but he can’t give what he doesn’t have. From his own statement, he is not a member of any party. He is just an agent provocateur. I don’t know what he gains in causing problems in the country. He wants to derail democracy but it is not going to happen. So, what we are saying is that in the public domain there is law with its legal teeth which can put anybody up or down. There is a convention in Nigeria with its moral weight which can shoot anybody up or down. The APC constitution has no adherence to zoning in words but that process had been instituted in 1999. Part of why Jonathan lost in 2015 is because of his breach of the zoning convention. We in the defunct CPC or the Buhari group didn’t win Benue, Kogi, Kwara and the rest earlier but we won them in 2015 because the people despite Buhari’s integrity quotient understand the process of zoning. We just told Jonathan that because of the accident of Yar’Adua death to complete a term and he wants to go for two. No, that is not possible was the vote of Nigerians. So, there is a convention in place. Those who want Igbos to come in 2019 have every right to do all within their power to see it comes to pass. It is their constitutional right, but they are not being pragmatic, they are being sentimental.


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  • obiora

    Mr Okechukwu BUHARI should first Finish his Treatment in London Hospital.

    • ::????????

      @disqus_UU3N8MzwNc:disqus

      Nigeria’s economy has shrunk under Muhamadu Buhari – for the first time in 25 years- yet the confused Buhari administration just carries on with reckless insouciance and with no sense of alarm; no sense of responsibility,
      no clear intellectual path or response, nothing sensible – as Nigeria tumbles into a fourth (4th) consecutive
      quarter of a deadly economic recession. This is alarming. It shows the Buhari government up as a misfit.

      There’s no declaration of a state of emergency, no urgent measures to harness the failing country. Rather,
      President Buhari is limbering up to send ninety persons overseas as Ambassadors at a rate of $300,000
      per person. What’s urgent about Ambassadors when a whole country’s future now hangs precariously by
      a thread? What will Nigeria lose if Ambassadors’ postings are put off by a year, for Nigeria to conserve
      what’s left of a dwindling foreign exchange reserve, as oil prices dip below $45 and still looking down?

  • Fernando Luis

    But some people no dey wish this old man of daura well oo. Imagine advising BUHARI to contest 2019 when he hasn’t survive the four years finish. Lols. Northernans no go green oo.

    • Irumundomon

      Because they all get so much money to lie, nothing else. They stoop so low even before their children and friends l.

  • Frank Bassey

    Since his appointment, Mr Okechukwu has been engaged in loose talks that suggest he fasted for 70 days and 70 nights for the job. He appears so carried away that he forgets that the man he is predicting electoral victory for in 2019 is overstretched and needs to be allowed to rest. Does Okechukwu really mean the man well?

  • Ade

    Okechukwu, listen carefully Buhari will never rule beyond 2019. He was elected just to get PDP out of power. That has been achieved. But Buhari is not fit to rule a modern nation. He lacks the energy and intellectual capacity to rule Nigeria. A man whose kowtows before his political appointees is not fit to be a president. Buhari has failed us but GEJ was not an alternative. In 2019, we will elect a great leader who is modern, open, tolerant, responsible, intelligent and … Never again will a vegetable and moron like Buhari rule Nigeria.

    • Ifeanyi

      This shows the level of the reasoning of our people. Keep calling buhari without asking your governors who are supposed to be working by which money circulate among the grassroots what they do with their allocation. Govt is three tier. Dollar is falling but there can’t be liquidity except the governors Start working.

      • Infoezone Infoezone

        Clap for yourself. When will we start using our brain in this country. If you can still support buhari for a second term then your brain must be on reverse mode

  • Okokondem

    Since I didn’t bother to read the lengthy ramblings of whoever this fellow is, but going by PT headline, is Buhari actually aspiring to rule Nigeria beyond 2019? Does he hate the country that much? On what basis would anyone wish that on Nigeria?

    • ayomi

      Buhari does not hate Nigeria but loves Fulani plan to rule it

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    The big question is: whether Buhari would be alive by then. In the highly unlikely event that Buhari is alive, even Aisha his wife wouldn’t vote for him.

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Crawl back to your hell hole.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Fcuk you.

      • Buhari d scarecrow.

        Are u 4 real or just being a wanker like buhari d plonker.

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          Wailers how far. I know you are too naïve to blame Jonathan,your Lord for squandering all our common wealth on an election God used to disgrace him out of office. But could be blamed in just two years for lack of job,electricity, food etc which could not be provided in 5wastful years under the most ineffective president in the history of Nigeria,even a dead yaradua was a bit better. Nevertheless, wailers will not seize wailing until death disperses them. I don’t have any time for insulting anybody,but ma take is,buhari is doing his best and the DG gas spoken the truth,the mind if the majority of the Nigerians. Those of you will not stop wailing,that is your portion,and may God bless me and keep you wailing

          • Buhari d scarecrow.

            Buhari is just a shit pant like ur father.

  • Dualpolemedia

    Out of 170million Nigerians less than 68million voted in 2015, the remaining figure remain intact. It will soon dawn on all the doubting Thomas.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Very brilliant and inspiring answers. I know the wailers wount like this. Since it is against their evil thought. Bit it the truth,undisputable truth

    • Augustine U.

      @abdulmojeednojeemdeen:disqus

      Premium Times should be abused with heavy curse for writing this kind of nonsense thing. Nigerians are in total darkness today – total darkness, no electricity for one week now. No water, no safety, no jobs. Unemployment is almost 50% now. Half of the private companies in Nigeria have collapsed under Buhari government.

      Premium Times is telling us inside our darkness that whether we are crying or suffering we must vote Buhari again
      in 2019. What an insult. Look, you people in Premium Times, they say you are enjoying winter weather in America. It’s not your fault O. You are not suffering there. There is light there. There’s water. There’s work to do too.

      That’s why you can write this rubbish story to insult me and the world at large that Buhari must be voted for again
      in 2019, even if half of Nigerians die inside this one year of economic recession that is now getting worse today. Buhari is the very worst president Nigeria has ever had – the most useless Primary Six illiterate to ever become
      president of Nigeria.

      • Facts & Figures

        • Smallest can of Baygon insecticide………………………..₦1,200 per tin.
        • Rent of three bedroom apartment…………………………₦450,000 per annum.
        • A 25kg bag of garri as staple diet…………………………₦14,000 per bag.
        • Petrol for six hours of private electricity……………………₦60,000 a month.
        • Cost of preparing soup for family of six……………………₦6,000 every two days.
        • Ceeway drinking water ……………………………………….₦500 per gallon.
        • School fees for a child in private school…………………..₦2 million per session.
        • Cost of two (2) newspapers a day for information………..₦15,000 per month.
        • One packet of Solpadeine headache tablets………………..₦5,400 per packet.
        • Cost of filling up a salon car with petrol……………………….₦10,700 to fill up a car with petrol.
        • Minimium wage in Nigeria………………………………………….₦18,000 per month.
        • University graduate starting salary……………………………..₦80,000 per month.

        • Nonames

          “I am not an alarmist but I must warn that Nigeria is a tragedy waiting to implode.
          For the avoidance of doubt, a tragedy is a dramatic or literary genre in which the
          main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a
          consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with
          unfavorable circumstances.

          I think, in all honesty, that Muhamadu Buhari personifies all the foregoing
          attributes of tragedy; he has derailed irredeemably and should resign. We
          have become so enamored with the phantom of “war on corruption” while
          everything in Nigeria has collapsed. Our economy, education, social
          cohesion, our institutions, and our security, have all collapsed at the
          altar of “war on corruption”.

          …………..Dr. Arthur Nwakwo

          (October 23, 2016)

  • VIVA

    @dualpolemedia:disqus

    This BUHARI presidency is already dead…..…….

    “Nigeria’s president
    must be a man who is nationally and internationally exposed, who
    appreciates people and feels comfortable with people no matter their religion
    or ethnic background. That’s not the case with Buhari. People he is comfortable
    with represents a tiny minority of Nigerians and as far as I am concerned, you
    don’t have to see yourself either as an Hausa man or a Moslem. There is going
    to be an election in 2019 and if Buhari were to be in good health and contest,
    I am sure he will lose and if he attempts to rig the election, there will be violence
    in this country.

    I sympathize with Nigerians
    for voting Buhari. We have a president who doesn’t have a friend
    outside the North and that’s a tragedy. As I am talking to you, I am convinced
    that President Buhari’s presidency is dead. He may be physically alive and I
    wish him good health, but as far as governance is concerned, his presidency is
    dead and nothing can be done to resuscitate it. A presidency can be alive in
    terms of a leader, but in terms of programmes and achievements it can be dead
    and historically forgotten”.

    …………..Dr. Junaid Muhammed

    (KANO, March 5th, 2017)

    • Born to Rule

      Buhari government can die….that’s okay…..but how about NEPA……must Nepa die with Buhari too?
      …No light since December last year….no salary since October last year for generator….see now!…
      ……How can human beings live like cows under this useless Buhari who can’t even talk sense…..
      ……………Since he came from 50 days in hospital, ……no nationwide address to Nigerians….
      ………………..Is Buhari a president or just a result of mental mistake by Nigerian voters?……..

    • dele20

      Sharaap joo, PMB’s presidency is strong and active, Buhari appreciates we the entire masses and feels comfortable with us irrespective of our ethnic background, our president is unbiased.

      For 2019 election, Buhari will surely win in free and fair, this president has freed we Nigerians from PDP’s imprisonment , Nigeria is no longer sucked dry, this APC led administration is really working great

      More grease to the elbow of our president Buhari

    • ayomi

      Please do not under estimate the craziness of Yoruba Muslims of the SW

  • Sanssouci

    I lost interest when he listed a website as his accomplishment….

    • Mike A. Elliot

      @ismaila_katakore:disqus

      The Muslims who packaged Muhamadu Buhari with Nepa bill
      instead of Wasc/Gce school certificate had their own narrow agenda to change
      Nigeria into Muslim leadership. So, it is the useful idiots who are not Muslims, and who joined
      to wave broom for this Islamic Jihad, that brought today’s sufferings upon themselves.

    • Marie Rose

      …at least he is better than Buhari who listed the fact that he has budgeted more billions for road construction than any president dead or alive as his principal achievement. It is pervasive stuupidity in Nigeria these days.

  • Onyeokwe

    Booharry is the patron of the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association(foolani herdsmen terrorists)….Mumu_mmadu Booharry is evil.

    Evil booharry is an Islamo fascist wahhabi foolani herdsman barbarian….Shameless terrorist. Pig!

    • Femi O. Awobadero

      @Onyeokwe:disqus

      A millionaire in Nigeria today actually has less than a month’s salary of a street cleaner in France. That’s how
      bad Nigeria has fallen because Nigerians (including university graduates amongst them) discounted the olden
      wisdom that knowledge is power. Inflation has hit 18.7% on the back of Buhari’s 62% devaluation of the national
      currency in Nigeria – the Naira.

      One million Naira in Nigeria is now equal 2,200 U.S dollars at street exchange rate. The Muhamadu Buhari who brought this untold hardship, and mass poverty on Nigerians, was absent from work for weeks and up to 50 days.

      Muhamadu Buhari came back a fortnight ago from 49-day blood transfusion treatment in London, U.K, and said
      he shall be going back to London in a fortnight, again on indefinite (sick) leave abroad, but without disclosing his ailment till today, meaning that Nigeria is now blowing in the wind, without any purpose or direction. In short, this Muhamadu Buhari sure has no sense of responsibility.

      • No-Comment

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        leaping into the Lagoon by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the
        Lagos state Police Command. “The lady, Taiwo Momoh, 58, a textile dealer in
        Lagos Island, had put off her shoes and was wrapping her dress around her when
        men of RRS 226 prevented her from jumping.”

      • Pointsblank

        @ismaila_katakore:disqus

        NIGERIANS HAVE BEEN PUSHED TO THE WALL BY PRESIDENT BUHARI’s INCOMPETENCE.

        SOME HAVE TAKEN TO ROBBERY; OTHERS TO MURDER, AND THE OTHERS TO SUICIDE.

        • kinsly

          And you? What did you take to?

    • kinsly

      It’s easy to know a daft person from your comments.

      • Onyeokwe

        Xoo mumu you are

  • onyema22ohaka

    House slave
    Uncle Tom!

  • Biafran

    “Leaders of the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones met on Thursday with a call for the restructuring of the country in a manner that would make all citizens equal partners and partakers. Warning of an impending disaster if Nigeria continues with the present system, they stated that a situation where some people were reduced to second class citizens was not good for the harmonious co-existence, unity and development of the country.”

    “The leaders met at the Apapa, Lagos residence of Ijaw National Leader, Chief Edwin Clark. The South-East team was led by the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo. Welcoming the leaders at an open session before they dissolved into a close-door strategic meeting, Clark expressed delight over the election of Nwodo as Ohanaeze President-General, stressing that with him “a Daniel has come to judgment” – March 3, 2017

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    The 1st South East, South South Conference holds on April 18th, 2017. This is the beginning of the end of Nigeria. When people started posting United SS & SE Republic on comment sections of some pro North/West (who are anti RESOURCE OWNERS) newspapers many people thought it was a joke. How futile it will be to stop a SE&SS United country. The Dubai of Africa is in the making.

    • Okokondem

      Is it not 50 years late for the
      people of SS? Imagine what could have been. Just imagine what could have been had SS of 50 years ago not sold out on what was then eastern region.

      All that love affairs with Hausa/Fulani then did not result in a positive outcome for the people of SS. I suppose subscribing to the notion that it is better late than never isn’t entirely a bad idea.

      But it needs reiterated that our eastern region brethren did us wrong 50 years ago. That sabotage is ever more painful today in light of the neglect of the people of that region 50 years later.

    • ayomi

      It is quite logical. After what Buhari/APC did to Yoruba at Ile Ife, the Fulani are out shopping for a new bride and the SS and SE will make up for the loss of the SW

      But SS and SE should be very careful, “atori ti afi na iya le wa loke aja fun Iyawo” The cane used to beat the first wife is preserved in the attic for use on the new wife

  • Jossy

    hmmmm Osita Okechukwu seems quite brilliant. True talk

  • The Rt. or Lft. Hon NinjaK

    Osita Okechukwu (aka “currently chopping…..”).

  • Ashibogu

    Someone should be reminding this guy to be taking his medication as advised by his mental health practitioner.

    • Ade Omowest

      What is your point against him? Is it that Igbo should not be President in 2023 or that he refused to support Biafraud or that most Igbo will vote for Buhari in 2019?

  • dele20

    Re-election of PMB in 2019 is of no doubt

  • emmanuel

    The dead do not walk.
    River State supplementary election same day with Gombe and Taraba were APC’s mid-term report and as the case was there was vote of no confidence on them.