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Buhari: Ending reign of terror, mayhem in Kogi By Rowland ‘Shuwa



When Mr. Abubakar Audu died on November 22, 2015 not many Nigerians agreed with INEC’s miscalculation of an inconclusive election, most were of the opinion that Prince Audu had won fair and square and the most honorable thing for INEC to do was to declare his running mate, Mr. James Abiodun Faleke governor-elect.

But no, the powers that be turned Kogi State into a battle ground for supremacy. The APC shamelessly traded the sweat, blood and loyalty of ordinary Kogites who came out enamass to vote for the Audu/Faleke ticket.

The disdain of the APC cabal for the people of Kogi state was made manifest when they insisted on someone who worked against the hard earned victory of the party simply because he lost the primary. They moved a step forward to exploit the age long spirit of betrayal and selfishness of my people and made Mr. Dino Melaye the anchor of a swearing in ceremony of his people’s stolen mandate. Thank God he is already reaping the fruits of his betrayal.

Before the governor marked his first year in office he had fallen out with Mr. Melaye who had started openly criticizing some of the governor’s actions especially the non-payment of workers’ salaries.

The APC turned its back on the good people of Kogi state who yearned and voted for change and foisted Mr. Yahaya Adoza Bello AKA ‘Fair Plus’ on them.

Unfortunately, despite the lofty promises Mr. Bello made at his inauguration to the good people of the state, and in spite of the hope many indigenes placed on his administration, most would soon become disappointed with his leadership as all loyal APC member was ostracized by the new government.

On resumption of office, Mr. Bello did everything in his power to rubbish the hardwork of APC supporters on whose sweat he rode into office. After he had succeeded in dealing ruthlessly with them he turned to the civil servants in the state and gave them a taste of the Bello-bitter pill.

When Mr. Bello assumed office in 2016, APC boasts of having the three senators from the state in its fold. However, the governor worked to get Mohammed Ohiare of Kogi Central and Abubakar Abdulrahaman ‘Railway’ out of the red chambers.

The remaining APC senator, Mr. Melaye who had earlier praised the governor to high heavens was hunted out of the APC into the PDP. The Haddy Ametuo-led APC executives were declared persona non grata in their own state, he succeeded in pushing them out of the party too.

Of all the treachery and misrule ongoing in Kogi state, the nonpayment of workers’ salary ranks highest. This malady has been the harbinger of all and every other woe that has befallen the people of Kogi state.

The unfortunate and preventable death of 54-year old Grade Level 16 Officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, Mr. Edward Sodje who was owed 11 months’ salary arrears as at the time he took his life shook the entire nation on October 20, 2017. His death was one out of the many preventable deaths that has trailed the history of the state in the last 3years.

Unfortunately, Two days later, the state government denied owing Mr. Sodje eleven months salary arrears but rather nine months salary arrears only! What crass irresponsibility!

Again, most appalling is the news that imported military ware was intercepted by the Nigerian Customs in March last year. The general believe is that the Kogi state government was responsible for the illegal importation of the military gear.

One Mr. Jerry Omadara, who is the S.A. Security to Governor Bello of Kogi state was said to have gone to the Customs officers and told them that the items belonged to the Kogi state government and even gave them his complimentary card. Till today, nothing is heard about the imported wares again.

But come February 23, 2019 Kogites will be in their respective polling units to vote enmass. The sole aim of their votes this year is to ensure that they help to keep President Muhamadu Buhari out of power.

Now, for all its worth, Kogites do not hate Mr. Buhari. On the contrary, one would want to believe he means well for this country. But Kogites will help in voting him out because for the last 3years he has hobnobbed with the cause of treachery, misrule, wickedness and above all hypocrisy in Kogi State.

By helping to vote Mr. Buhari out of power, Kogites will be doing their beloved state a great service by riding it of ‘the virus’ inflicted on it by APC and President Muhamadu Buhari.  This is because the only thing emboldening the state governor to continue in his impunity in Kogi state is his closeness to the President sadly, Mr. Buhari has repeatedly turned a deaf ear to the people’s cries.

Rather than hearken to the cries of the people the president is busy empowering the governor to further terrorize the people so that he can have his second term in office and like he told the people of Osun state leave Kogites to our fate.

Already, the wanton killings going on in the state and the mayhem currently being unleashed is a testimony to the evil ploy that has been perfected to further subjugate the will of the people.

Now, say why should any Kogite vote for President Muhamadu Buhari’s second term; So that Bello will continue his reign of atrocities in the state while flaunting his closeness to PMB as his security? God forbid!


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Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.


Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing  Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.


Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project  indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.





Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially  the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal  operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.


The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.


As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.

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During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.


It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.


Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.


The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.



Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.



The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.


By Hamid Shinkafi

Public affair analyst

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Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery




At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.


Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.


As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.


In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.


In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.


With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.

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