There would be no leader, if there are no followers. It stands to reason that if leadership is important to performance, followership must have something to do with it too.
And this played out when the presidential rally of All Progressive Congress berthed at Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital recently.
The good people of Ogun State showed to the world, possibly the first time such as ever happened since legendary Lisabi, the love and respect they have for their leader. The people were angered when perceived outsiders decided to insult their governor right in their backyard!
For those who followed how the event unfolded objectively stated that it was pure followership love on display when the people of Ogun State revolted against attempts by the national chairman of All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole and former governor of Osun State, Raul Aregbesola, to malign and embarrass SIA as the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, is popularly called, to score some cheap political points.
It was so clear that APC’s presidential candidate, President Mohammadu Buhari, was loved and respected because the people listen with rapt attention to what he had to say, while same was extended to his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
But at the same rally, the duo of Oshiomhole and Rauf were pelted with missiles as the two ensured that the rally, which was going smoothly, were disrupted by them.
The duo of party crashers had forgotten that the trust and love between the governor and the president weren’t something that could be easily wished away.
Neither can the actions of the good people of Ogun State be blamed on the governor because every professional politician knows the importance and the power the followers hold. A very good example was the Lagos State debacle where a governor was denied second term when the party resisted him and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has no choice but to dance to their dictate.
The source of acrimony for the Ogun State governor emanated from his choice of successor for the post of the executive governor in the forth coming election. Against APC’s party dictate and coup, Senator Ibikunle Amosun opted for Allied People Movement, APM, Abiodun Akinlade, because he was legally voted for during the APC’s primaries.
But for some funny reasons and high handedness, the national chairman of APC decided to recognise Dapo Abiodun as its candidate. The people of Ogun State revolted and demanded that their votes in the primary elections must count. And this made Abiodun Akinlade decamped to APM to actualise his dream of serving his people.
How dare Aregbesola, a man known for his party disloyalty based on his anti party activities when he held sway in Osun State as governor, called the Ogun State people and their leader hypocrites? Was is it not on record that the same Aregbe sponsored an Action Democratic candidate against the party wish during the Ondo State governorship election that made Rotimi Akeredolu governor?
His open abuse of the people earned him the first missiles and was even the one responsible for agitating the crowd.
If anything, Aregbesola and Oshiomhole should be held responsible for the pre-mediated disruption of the rally and general embarrassment of invited guests, especially Mr. President.
And Tinubu’s action of flinging the party flag shows how deep the conspiracy to make nonsense of the visit reached.
It’s on record that President Buhari was happy with the decision of the governor as he had at every opportunity endorsed and blessed his APM’s candidate. He even stated at the rally that the good people of Ogun State should vote for any candidate of their choice as it is their rights.
With such statement, how can anyone now believed Amosun could have nursed a negative thought against the president? Such thoughts only exist in the imagination of his distractors.
Amosun has mentioned it at every platform how deep his loyalty and respect runs for the person of Mohammadu Buhari, even before he became president.
If there is any need to beam a search light into anti-party activities, Aregbesola and Tinubu would be the first people to be caught in the web as their atrocities during the Ondo State gubernatorial election were well documented.
Ogun State people would never allow any stranger to harass or disgrace their leaders in their presence. Egba meji ki jera won niyan.
BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA
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.
THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE
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
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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