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I am Passionate about Nigeria, ‘mad’ about seeing a New Nigeria-OBASANJO … ‘We can end insecurity in Nigeria within two years, only if we are truthful to ourselves, the masses are suffering a lot’ *“How can we expect a new nation, save our country, when our politicians refuse to change their style of governance?” *“I have no apology for being mad about Nigeria because I have no other country I can call my own and I have no other country I can go to. I have come to live here. I don’t like the on-going situation of life in Nigeria presently” *BY DAVID OPEYOMI/POLITICAL Reporter, Abeokuta

I am Passionate about Nigeria, ‘mad’ about seeing a New Nigeria–OBASANJO … ‘We can end insecurity in Nigeria within two years, only if we are truthful to ourselves, the masses are suffering a lot’ *“How can we expect a new...

President of Nigeria in 2023 Must come only from South East for Peace, Justice, Fairness -OLUSEGUN Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president tells Ohanaeze Ndigbo … Federal character, rotation of power are measures meant to help our nation-building process and more sure-footedly, move Nigeria forward *‘It is inconceivable to have peace and progress in a country that is rooted in injustice’ *“Thank you Mr. President for your unwavering commitment to peace and unity of Nigeria. You remain one of the strongest voices in Nigeria and one of the most respected Nigerians in the world because of your track records of accomplishments”-Ambassador George Obiozor *BY OLAYIWOLA EGBERONKE/POLITICAL Correspondent, Abeokuta

President of Nigeria in 2023 Must come only from South East for Peace, Justice, Fairness –OLUSEGUN Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president tells Ohanaeze Ndigbo … Federal character, rotation of power are measures meant to help our nation-building...

JUST IN: RESIGN Now if you are vying for any electoral office in my cabinet, else you will be FIRED after Monday, May 16, 2022 -Nigeria President, BUHARI issues directive …warn members at Federal Executive Council meeting in State House, Abuja *‘Nigerians deserve better life, need to enjoy interrupted good governance’ *Cabinet members affected: Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Science, Technology and Innovation, Emeka Nwajiuba; Justice minister and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; others are Minister of State, Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar, Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen *Minister of State for Education, Ogbonnaya Onu, Niger Delta Minister, Godswill Akpabio; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, resign appointment with immediate effect *BY MOHAMMED ABUDU/SENIOR Political Writer

JUST IN: RESIGN Now if you are vying for any electoral office in my cabinet, else you will be FIRED after Monday, May 16, 2022 -Nigeria President, BUHARI issues directive …warn members at Federal Executive Council meeting in State House, Abuja *‘Nigerians...

BUHARI’S Govt built on Corruption, I am Running to become Nigeria’s next President -BENEDICTA Egbo, leading Nigerian born Professor of Education, Canada …Governance is more than waving Umbrellas and Brooms, Nigeria is a beggar nation borrowing into bankruptcy, Ready to Fight for the Masses *“Governance should involve good and principled leadership that is grounded in competency, patriotism and a vision for the common good. Instead, what we operate is a government of a few, for a few by a few” *‘Nigerians should desist from recycling the current crop of politicians that have failed the country since independence’ *BY LARA ADEKOYA/SPECIAL Political Correspondence, Ontario, Canada

BUHARI’S Govt built on Corruption, I am Running to become Nigeria’s next President-BENEDICTA Egbo, leading Nigerian born Professor of Education, Canada …Governance is more than waving Umbrellas and Brooms, Nigeria is a beggar nation borrowing...

FACING 30-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR WIRE FRAUD: I worked as a Senior Special Assistant to a Nigerian Governor in Ogun State when I defraud United States government of $350,000 -ABIDEMI RUFAI, politician …My conscience no longer at peace, I am guilty of the crime, ready to fully cooperate, will explain how I shared the money *Suspect pledges to return stolen funds, houses, cars; lands, stocks, companies in Nigeria and U.S to federal authority without delay *CONFESSION to FBI: “I used stolen Social Security numbers of Americans and other personal data to file $350,763 in fake claims for pandemic unemployment benefits in 2020. I stole benefits from other states, having deceitfully taken another sum of $250,000 from other federal programmes. From 2017 to 2020, I filed fraudulent claims for $1.7 million in federal tax refunds, of which $90,877 was paid out to me” *“Abidemi Rufai has agreed to disclose all of his assets and to cooperate in US government efforts to recover on those assets. At this point we don’t know what kind of recovery will result”-U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Emily Langlie *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

FACING 30-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR WIRE FRAUD: I worked as a Senior Special Assistant to a Nigerian Governor in Ogun State when I defraud United States government of $350,000 -ABIDEMI RUFAI, politician …My conscience is no longer at peace, I am...

OGUN 2023 Governorship Election: JUST mere Criminal Accusation made against me in United States, Don’t disqualify me, Abiodun writes APC National Chairman *“Petition was a deliberate move to deprive me of the opportunity to set the records straight, it was characterized by falsehood and malice. I am the best candidate to assume the party’s flag bearer” *“The allegation of discrepancies in Governor Abiodun’s INEC Form CF001 for 2015 and 2019, is a statute-barred, arguing that the allegation can only form the basis of a cause of action in court 14 days from the day the governor filed and deposed to the forms. Only a court of law can disqualify our client. APC political party cannot disqualify him or prevent him from contesting in the party’s primary election”-Legal Counsel, Afe Babalola & Co *BY OLALERE AFOLAYAN/POLITICAL Reporter

OGUN 2023 Governorship Election: JUST mere Criminal Accusation made against me in United States, Don’t disqualify me, Abiodun writes APC National Chairman *“Petition was a deliberate move to deprive me of the opportunity to set the records...

2023 Election: I will let you know if I will declare for Nigeria presidency, process still ongoing -Goodluck Jonathan, former president …I am happy the youths are interested in participatory politics *“Youths must pray so Nigeria may have someone of impeccable virtue to lead the country, the nation need a hardworking problem solver” *“Energy, zeal shown by the youths confirm readiness to get engaged in the political process. Only when many youths get involved in the political process will you be able to get the government that you want” *BY SIMEON DAVIDSON/CHIEF POLITICAL Correspondent, Abuja

2023 Election: I will let you know if I will declare for Nigeria presidency, process still ongoing -Goodluck Jonathan, former president …I am happy the youths are interested in participatory politics *“Youths must pray so Nigeria may have...

POINT BLANK: NIGERIA’S 1999 Constitution is Faulty, making Politics Most Lucrative business in the country today-Legal luminary, AFE Babalola …demands Interim government installed after BUHARI’S tenure, advocate for 2023 election suspension *Members of Interim government should be drawn from all living former presidents and vice-presidents; some selected ministers, governors and delegates of prominent professional associations “What this means is that any election that is held under the present 1999 Constitution scenario will end up producing transactional and recycled leaders, with no ability to turn things around. New Constitution, which should be coordinated by the interim government, spells out rules and regulations on improved qualifications of those contesting elections. New Constitution should provide for part time legislators and not full-time legislators. The new Constitution should also provide that there shall be no salary, but sitting allowances only for lawmakers”-BABALOLA *BY RABIU AHMED/JUDICIAL Reporter, Ado Ekiti

POINT BLANK: NIGERIA’S 1999 Constitution is Faulty, making Politics Most Lucrative business in the country today-Legal luminary, AFE Babalola …demands Interim government installed after BUHARI’S tenure, advocate for 2023 election suspension *Members...

Election: I will be the next President of Nigeria, I am the solution to the nation problems, I have successfully served for 23 years -Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi …boast: ‘Those who know me can testify that I have always been a straight talker, this trait has not always made me popular, but I speak truth with conviction, which is why they call me the Lion of Niger Delta’ *‘Under President Muhammadu Buhari administration, we have invested billions in infrastructure, human capital development, and made reforms that will pay off over time in terms of socio-economic growth and stability. We have invested heavily in projects and initiatives that will secure a brighter, better future for Nigeria” *“I have served our nation for the last seven years as Minister of Transportation. For eight years before that, I served as Governor of Rivers State. In the preceding eight years before that, I was Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. These 23 years of service have equipped me not only with great experience in governance and public service but also compassion for the ordinary citizens of our dear country” *NSIKKA ANSELM/POLITICAL Writer, Abuja

Election: I will be the next President of Nigeria, I am the solution to the nation problems, I have successfully served for 23 years -Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi …boast: ‘Those who know me can testify that I have always...

PRIDE OF AFRICA: America’s First Black Supreme Court Justice in history, KETANJI ONYIKA BROWN JACKSON is a Nigerian …Born in Washington D.C., parents are American descendants of enslaved Nigerians from West Africa, traced ancestral roots to Ibos in South-East, name ‘Ketanji Onyika’ translates ‘lovely one’ in Ibo language *51-year-old served as vice chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, active member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services, Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and the Council of the American Law Institute *Earlier worked as a law clerk to judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, then to judge Bruce M. Selva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit *Outstanding in private practice at Washington, D.C. law firm Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin (now part of Baker Botts), then clerked for justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court *Currently serves on the board of Georgetown Day School and the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Commission * ‘During the Slave era, African men and women were forced to change their names by slave owners’-INVESTIGATION *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Senior Investigative Editor

PRIDE OF AFRICA: America’s First Black Supreme Court Justice in history, KETANJI ONYIKA BROWN JACKSON is a Nigerian …Born in Washington D.C., parents are American descendants of enslaved Nigerians from West Africa, traced ancestral roots...