BEING THE TEXT OF A WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE LEADERS OF THE FREE LAGOS ORANGE MOVEMENT AT THE AIRPORT HOTEL, IKEJA, ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2019.
Theme: SETTING LAGOS FREE FROM BOURDILLON BONDAGE
Conveners: Mr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, Mr. Yinka Odumakin and Comrade Mark Adebayo
Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, comrades here present, fellow Lagosians;
Reflection on February 23 Presidential and National Assembly (NASS) elections.
Reflections on the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections will dove tail into why we are here:
Last Saturday, February 23 precisely the general elections opened. You are all aware of how some ethnic nationalities were being hounded and harassed for their choices during and after the election. All this act of brigandage was commandeered from Bourdillion with active connivance of security agencies, otherwise why is it that nobody has been arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent inspite of the disruption with documentary evidence everywhere.
The whole world is watching.
It is also on record that some council chairmen were chasing people away from performing their civic responsibilities. Both perceived and imaginary opposition that they feel won’t vote for their candidates were beaten and chased away from the polling units across the state on the instruction on one man bent on perpetuating his hegemonic rule on lagosians.
As part of interim measures, all these have been documented and we will ensure that all those who participated in this shameful act will face the full wrath of law. We want to assure Lagosians and other ethnic nationalities in Lagos of adequate safety before, during and after the March 09 gubernatorial and house of assembly elections to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice without let or hindrance in line with the Nigerian Constitution and Article 19 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples rights which Nigeria is a signatory.
Why we are here
We welcome you to this historic occasion born out of the collective realisation of common yearning for freedom from arrogant domination, unprecedented corruption, dictatorial manipulations and the unconscionable commandeering of Lagos State’s commonwealth by the Bourdillon power cultists who have turned Lagos, its people and treasury into a family heritage of the Tinubus for twenty agonising years.
Apart from being the modern day “Centre of Excellence”, Lagos has a rich history of political civilization as the cynosure of germination for the highest ideals of democracy, education, modernization, sophistication, wealth and freedom.
From being a Crown Colony in 1861 to becoming the capital of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria in 1914, Lagos State was destined to set the parameters of all that is progressive, meaningful, beautiful and liberating. We can safely say that from the early years of of pre-independence struggles, to the first birth of democracy, and anti-military pro-democracy activism of the 1980s through the 90s, Lagos State has proven to be Nigeria’s centre of liberation struggles. I need not remind you of Herbert Macaulay and the dynamic Zik of Africa. Our same Lagos hosted African Liberators such as Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.That is why it is so baffling to the mass majority of Nigerians how Lagos State has ended up becoming a personal cottage industry of one individual whose words has become law on the destiny of over 20 million Lagosians for 20 years with destructive realities of retrogression, grand corruption and underdevelopment . The question being asked is “why Lagos with all its sophisticated, educated, urbane, hardworking and energetic populations?”.
Why Lagos, indeed, is the right question not only to ask but also to answer collectively here today. Why Lagos and why our generation?
In interrogating these questions and others, we have to put the following facts as front burners:
1. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu presides over a regime of political domination, intimidation, imposition, tyranny, and mass looting of the state’s resources.
2. He has established himself as the godfather of nepotistic politicking with himself, his wife, children in-laws and cronies snatching juicy public offices from more qualified Lagosians by force of violence and threats.
A few examples will suffice:
a. He was governor for eight years but has continued to govern till date by proxy.
b. His wife has been Senator for eight years and got re-elected in a dubious and fraudulent circumstances.
c. The incumbent commissioner for Women Affairs in Lagos State, Mrs Lola Akande, is a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ikeja consistency 11. She’s is Tinubu’s sister-inlaw.
d. Hon Richard Adedamola Kasumu, the current member representing Ikeja constituency 11. is Tinubu’s nephew. He succeeded Mrs Lola Akande. Richard is a grand child of Alhaji Abibat Mogaji, the late Iyaloja-General that Sade Ojo succeeded.
e. The incumbent Commissioner for Establishment, Akintola Benson, was Tinubu’s Private Secretary.
f. The incumbent chairman of Oshodi LG, Ariyo, was also Tinubu’s PA
g. The incumbent commissioner for Housing, Gbolahan Lawal, was a former commissioner for Agriculture and is a former ADC to Tinubu
h. Sade Ojo-Tinubu, the Iyaloja-General of Lagos and Nigeria, is Tinubu’s daughter
j. Seyi Tinubu, one of Tinubu’s children, was appointed an emergency financial consultant to all parastatals and LGs in Lagos State. His convoy is reputed to rival that of a state governor.
k. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who recently was imposed as Head of Service is Tinubu’s friend’s son. The son of retired Judge. And contrary to civil service rules he was the former Permanent Secretary, Land in Lagos state.
l. We want Lagosians to demand to know the relationship between Tinubus and BRT. We understand that Oando supplies all the fuel being used by BRT in Lagos and Wale Tinubu, the head of Oando is Tinubu’s younger brother
m. Lagosians demand to know how the property of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikosi campus, become Tinubu’s property? Today, the corporate headquarters of TVC and Max fm, Tinubu’s media outfit is located on this public property.
n. Tinubu’s company, Alpha Beta, that collects billions of Naira in revenue for Lagos State is said to have fictitious directors and has its headquarters at an unknown shopping complex. On the eve of Presidential and NASS elections two bullion vans were sited at Tinubu’s Bourdillon residence which he has claimed ownership that he neither work for government nor a government contractor. All this which contravene money laundering act should be a major subject of interest to the EFCC. Money Laundering and prohibition act 2004 of the EFCC will suffice here.
o. Moreover, how can Tinubu justify his humongous sudden wealth after his two terms as governor? Even if he had worked for 100 years in Mobil before retiring, added to eight years of his annual salaries as governor, Tinubu couldn’t have amassed 10th per cent of all the properties associated with him; private and commercial aircraft, uncountable landed properties in Lagos, Abuja and elsewhere. It is rumored that about half of Lekki’s land belongs to Tinubu. Do you know that the Acme Road office of the All Progressives Congress belong to Tinubu?
What of the N5billion loan Tinubu took from the defunct City Express Bank for Eko Akete Housing project?
What of the Lekki/Epe Expressway concessionaire and the N50billion collateral on the state that the government of Babatunde Fashola bought back? Who owns HITECH?
We can go on and on and on.
Are we so stupid and ignorant in Lagos to allow one man manipulate and maltreat us this way? The clear answer is a resounding “Nooo!”.
Dear Lagosians, we’re neither stupid nor ignorant. But we have been sleeping for too long. We’re collectively guilty of criminal slumber.
This is the time to break our chains because freedom is prosperity. Our lives and livelihood depend on it. The future of our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren yet unborn depends on this struggle.
It is not about politics. It is not about selfish ambitions. It is not about where you come from. It is not about your religion. It is not about the immediate gains. It is all about the cause of justice, equity, fairness, and a better Lagos where opportunities are equally available to all and sundry without being enslaved to the apron string of any slave master like the notorious Bourdillon Tarantula.
Enough is enough!
Lagosians arise and shine, liberate yourselves from the iron grip of the terror of Bourdillon.
Enough is enough!
Lagosians stand up and free yourselves and your future from the captivity of a roguish system of power succession that lacks basic respect for free choice of leadership.
Lagos is not an inheritance of the Tinubus. We must end his reign of terror once and for all this Saturday March 9th. We shall not vote Tinubu and APC ever again! Tinubu and his goons must go!
Chase Tinubu’s corrupt tendencies out with your PVC. Don’t vote for Tinubu’s stooge that he wants to impose as governor.
Vote for freedom! Vote for justice! Vote for peace! Vote for development! Vote to liberate yourselves!
Lagos and Lagosians shall be free!
The time is now!
Aluta continua, Victoria à certa!!!
Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga
Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.
The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.
In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.
“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.
A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.
PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.
According to a source, who spoke to PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige; a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.
A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.
The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.
“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.
“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”
On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”
On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”
But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.
Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.
He said, “Those who came are men of honour and kabiyesi did not say he did not want to see them. He did not say he would not see them because they are critical of President Buhari or they are former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s men. Obasanjo himself is a friend of Kabiyesi, so you can see that what you were told was not what happened.
“Kabiyesi said he could not see them because they did not give him prior notice that they were coming. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to see them again. They can notify him and he will give them an appointment. You cannot just come and say you want to see him, there are protocols to follow and due process is always adhered to at Alaafin’s Palace.
“There was no rancour, no ill-feeling even when they were going; I was there and I saw them off to their vehicles. If anybody told you that kabiyesi said he didn’t want to see them because they are critical of government or they are Obasanjo’s men, that is a lie.”
NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital
Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.
Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.
“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”
“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.
“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.
“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”
Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.
“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.
He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.
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