Obazee’s bloodied nose

Obazee

Obazee’s bloodied nose

JIM Obazee, the sacked Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, is the latest victim of the pretentiousness and vicious vindictiveness that permeate the Nigerian political landscape. Quite honestly, I find it difficult to understand the sound and fury over a simple case in which a President exercised his power to hire and fire as he deems fit. We tend to forget that we operate in an environment in which our ‘big men’ relish seeing victims of their dangerous power games not just bruised but also battered and dehumanised.

If in doubt, ask ousted Senate Leader, Muhammed Ali Ndume, how jolted on learning about his removal whilst he stepped out to say his prayers. Of course, he was promptly replaced by the same man he betrayed to clinch the post some time ago, Senator Ahmed Lawan. Anyway, that’s an aside. It should be pointed out that the craze to wield power arbitrarily did not start with President Muhammadu Buhari; neither is it going to end with him. In the last 17 years of Nigeria’s democratic experiment, it should be clear to us that not many of our politicians care for an evolution into a sane society where treachery is not the lingo of political relevance. Even in few instances where some leaders were presumed to be benevolent, these vestiges of arrogance and demagoguery were never in doubt.

How could anyone expect that a common Obazee would be saved the ignominy of normal exit in a country where leaders shamelessly wear their epaulettes of ego with triumphal imbecility. With this feeling of self-importance and invincibility, should it surprise us that quite a number of these persons wield power with reckless abandon? When you start fiddling with a combustible opium called religion especially in a country where religiosity is placed above our Lord’s gift of common sense, you should expect to be consumed in the hot stew.

For, if we must tell ourselves the truth, not one single Nigerian leader had ever downplayed the role that religious faith played in his emergence, appointments of aides and even in dispensing favours. Some would say politics and religion are strange bedfellows. That is a lie. Even in advanced democracies, religion plays a pivotal role in the leadership process and policy formulation.

The only difference between what is obtained in advanced democracies and ours is the existence of strong institutions which make it manifestly difficult for the political leadership to exploit their faith for selfish reasons or curry political favour in the foreseeable future. And this is the point where I disagree with those who argue that Mr. Obazee’s sack has nothing to do with his decision to implement FRC’s lawful mandate to regulate the activities of religious bodies in the country. On paper, the FRC may pride itself as an independent body. But, in reality, it is nothing other than another paperweight agency under the firm control of an all-powerful Presidency.

If Obazee had come to grips with the fact that the FRC can only bite with the active support of Aso Rock, he wouldn’t be the sacrificial goat of the high-wired politics that saw him dancing alone in the open square. Religion is a tinderbox in Nigeria and the wise tries as much as possible to tread with informed trepidation when dealing with it. Obazee should have known that there are laws in this country that are formulated to be implemented in the breach. No doubt, one of such laws is the FRC’s subtle, even if bold attempt, to subject the financial activities of religious and worship places to standard accounting practice, reporting and auditing by classifying such as Non-Governmental Organisations.

In addition to this, the FRC, in its wisdom, also believes that heads of these religious bodies and civil society organisations should comply with its directive a maximum 20 years’ reign and that such should not be turned into a family business where the fortunes are handed over to close relatives like wives and children if the founder dies or retires. Personally, I do not see anything untoward in a duly established body exercising its assigned responsibilities.

The FRC, which operates under the Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment, is saddled with responsibilities of “setting and promoting compliance with standards for accounting, financial reporting and auditing in Nigeria. It also regulates the practices of professionals involved in financial reporting and promotes good practices in financial reporting and corporate governance.”

Perhaps, the FRC wouldn’t have taken the bold step to dabble into the leadership and financial records of churches if its Governance Code 2016, which has now been suspended following the sacking of Obazee, has not listed worship places (church and mosques) as NGOs. It was for that reason that one of Nigeria’s respected clergy and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, vacated the post for someone else while announcing his headship of the fold worldwide. Ordinarily, this event would have gone unnoticed but for the insinuation that there was more to the FRC’s governance code than just a simple case of making worship places to comply with requisite accounting principles. Of course, highly influential members of the church, which boasts of millions of worshippers, did not take Adeboye’s sudden exit lying low.

In less than 48 hours after what was initially said to be in compliance with the biblical admonition of giving unto Caesar’s what belongs to Caesar, the pendulum of change turned 360 degrees backwards as Obazee was fired in addition to an immediate reconstitution of the FRC board. Obazee, the hunter, was hunted out of his seat! It was a twist of fate which the men of faith, who read the hand of God in the matter. celebrated with pomp and panache.

Some have even labelled Obazee, said to be a pastor, an angel of the devil hired to frustrate the good works God has been doing through his representatives on earth. Of course, this must include the band of mega rich pastors that dot our landscape! While I agree that matters of spirituality are deeper than what ordinary mortals like me can easily fathom, I would like to be properly educated on why most of the powerful clergymen that spoke on the issue were virulently against the FRS’s request that their books should be made available for the regulatory body to examine. This, by the way, is not an attempt to defend Obazee and the allegations of vendetta made against him. It is more about speaking the truth to the spiritual forces bestriding the churches today.

What is wrong with the churches setting examples on probity and accountability? Christians need to ask themselves salient questions about the way the affairs of the churches are being conducted. Do our leaders exemplify the simple tenets of living that Christ lived, died and rose for? Is it right for founders of some of these worship places to incorporate such organisations with their spouses and children as shareholders? How about those who invest the congregation’s offerings in different kinds of Ponzi schemes to make profits that end up in private accounts? Is pastoral calling really a family affair in which the father must hand over the headship of the church to his children or wives? Clearly, we do Christianity no good when we tar the Obazee saga with the brush of anti-Christ or the argument that some forces are bent on Islamising Nigeria through the FRC.

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One nation under MMM
One nation under MMM

By Feyi Fawehinmi

Around 11pm on the 23rd of June, I decided to go to bed. I had voted ‘Remain’ in the UK European Referendum earlier in the day and the first exit polls showed Remain was ahead by 10 points. So, imagine my complete shock when my wife woke me up the next morning to tell me that ‘Leave’ had won. It’s not just that the result surprised me, what annoyed me the most was that everything I read in the media and heard from my circle of friends and colleagues told me Remain was going to win.

Having learnt the lesson that surprises can happen when you go to bed at night, on the night of the US election in November, I took no chances – I stayed up till 3am and saw North Carolina, Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin fall to Donald Trump, handing him the US presidency. Overall, 2016 was an interesting year across the world to put it mildly.

But it’s not only when you close your eyes at night that you are asleep. If we define being asleep as being oblivious to something big and important happening around you, then it is possible to be asleep for months and even years. In a country like Nigeria where it is hard to get hard data on anything, the possibility of dozing off for years is very high. You only wake up when it’s too late.

The country is currently sleeping on MMM – an old Russian Ponzi scheme that has been updated for Nigeria. In just one year, over 3 million Nigerians have signed up to it. By Nigerian standards, it is a phenomenal achievement to acquire more than 3 million customers in one year of operation. When I first heard of MMM earlier this year, I slept on it by dismissing it as your regular Ponzi scheme. Here we are today and the thing is going from strength to strength. The question is why? What is it about this obvious Ponzi scheme that has sustained it this far?

One thing that Brexit, Trump supporters and MMM have in common is that they were all outside the mainstream of accepted behaviour for the most part. The entire establishment and media were for remaining in the EU. People who supported Brexit were either racists or those looking for a reason to lash out at the ennui of their lives. It was not ‘normal’. So it was with Trump – given the man’s behaviour and comments while campaigning, how could any reasonable person support him over Hillary Clinton? How can any person who was expensively educated put money in an obvious Ponzi like MMM?

What makes MMM particularly dangerous is that those who are currently cleaning out from it are NOT poor people. I’ve heard staggering tales of oil company workers who are deep inside the MMM vortex. People are even taking loans or pooling funds in a co-operative to join the fun. People who put millions of naira into MMM are not poor people. They are upper middle class or rich folk. They are also plugged into the internet which is not a past time of poor Nigerians per se. This is the biggest danger about MMM that is yet to come – poor people haven’t joined in yet. It is when they join that the scheme will come crashing down and leave sorrow, tears and blood in its wake.

Simply dismissing MMM as a regular Ponzi is not going to work. The marketing is very clever. Those who participate in it are able to assuage their conscience by telling themselves they are providing ‘help’ to people in need. It is an interesting type of help given that you earn 30% in one month for providing it. The members of MMM have also lately launched a blitzkrieg of publicity to normalise the activity in the eyes of ordinary Nigerians – donating to IDPs, hospitals and the like. It’s all part of the ‘help’ they are providing. MMM itself doesn’t even collect the money. You are told who to send ‘help’ to and you follow the instructions (this explains why it is almost impossible to shut it down – the transactions are simply people sending money to themselves).

The context of Nigeria’s economy cannot be separated from the scheme. It is not just that Nigeria’s economy is in a recession. The larger problem is a sense of hopelessness. Hence the middle class are escaping to Canada while poor Nigerians are crossing to Europe via Libya by the thousands practically every day. This is all the fertiliser that MMM needs to germinate and flourish in Nigeria and it is.

MMM is a problem to be solved. However, like Brexit and Trump, it won’t be solved simply by demonising those who participate in it. Many of them actually know it is a Ponzi but want to cash in before it comes crashing down. For the most part, they are rational actors. Ordering a crackdown by sending policemen (who are probably also invested in MMM) to harass a few people is not going to solve this brewing social problem.

At the entrance to the town hall of the ancient Dutch city of Gouda is inscribed one of my favourite sayings – Audite et alterem partem- To wake up from this sleep, we must at least hear the other side.

We need to understand what is so seductive about this scheme so we can properly counter it, before the poor decide to join the party.
Source: The Guardian

Agege bomb scare: Lagos says no cause for alarm

INSECURITY: Lagos CP allays fears on Agege bomb scare
By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos —The Lagos State government yesterday allayed fears of residents over suspected explosive substance which was allegedly dropped in a manhole in one of the Streets in Agege area of the State, saying that the development was nothing to worry about.

The development led to residents scampering for safety following the bomb scare, but rising from the monthly security council meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the government urged the people to go about their normal businesses as the situation had been put under control.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who briefed newsmen at the end of the meeting alongside service commanders of security formations and top government functionaries in the State, said security agencies responded swiftly to the development and found out that contrary to rumour the substance was just pieces of thrash dropped in the manhole.

He said: “Early this morning, we were alerted to a situation where some passers-by dropped something in the manholes in one of the streets at Agege which led to a bomb scare.

“The security operatives quickly responded; the bomb disposal unit also went there; those manholes were checked and it was found out that it was thrash that were thrown into those manholes.

Lagos CP, Fatai Owoseni

“We also seized the opportunity to do what is called sweeping of the environment to reassure members of the public that security operatives in the state were alive to their responsibilities, and that once we get information timely, response will be swift to ensure that nothing untoward happens in Lagos.”

While assuring the people that security outfits and the state government were more poised to ensure smooth security operations in the State, the Commissioner urged residents not to hesitate to supply necessary security information as at when due.

Speaking on the arrest of two persons in connection with the gruesome murder of a Zonal Commander of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Surajudeen Olatunji Bakare in Apapa late last year, Owoseni said investigation into the case was still ongoing, but that those arrested would help in arresting others who were part of the mob action that led to the incident.

He said: “It is an ongoing investigation. You know there was a video recording which we have considered and it is based on it that some of the faces we saw were arrested.

“It was a mob action and we don’t want to rush to court without doing a good clinical finishing of forensic analysis of the faces to match them with what we have seen in the video and for those fellows that have been arrested to be able to say oh yes these are the others that were there.

Besides, the CP recalled the arrest of some Boko Haram suspects in Lagos recently, saying that the collaborative effort and synergy that had always existed among security agencies in the state led to the arrests.
Source: Vanguard

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Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

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​Professor, four others killed in University of Maiduguri suicide attack

​Professor, four others killed in University of Maiduguri suicide attack

By AFP 
At least two people were killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, a local resident, a lecturer and emergency services told AFP on Monday.

But Borno Police Command confirmed that a professor and four other persons were killed when a male suicide bomber detonated his explosive at the senior staff quarters of the University of Maiduguri.

The blast happened at 5:25 am (0425 GMT) at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl.

Suspicion will likely fall on the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly used young women and girls as human bombs to target worshippers.

There were reports locally of a separate explosion but details were not immediately available.

“At exactly 5:25 am, while I was leaving the mosque in my neighbourhood, I heard two explosions,” said one local resident, who asked not to be identified.

“I rushed to the university, which is not far from my house. On entering, I saw the mosque in a mess. Three people lay dead, including a young girl, whose body was badly mutilated.

“Thirteen other worshippers were injured.”

A university lecturer who lives on site confirmed the resident’s account.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tweeted: “A #bomb exploded at the #mosque at the University of #Maiduguri during early morning prayers. Rescue operations ongoing…”

Access to the university campus has been strictly controlled, with checkpoints and searches at the gates.

But the site, on one of the main thoroughfares leading in to and out of the city, is vast and most areas are badly lit.

At least 20,000 people have been killed in the conflict since it began in 2009 and more than 2.6 million others made homeless.

Nigeria maintains the insurgency is in its final stages.

Last month said it had flushed out Boko Haram fighters from their stronghold in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.

Yet there has been no let-up in attacks both on troops and civilians. On January 8, at least five soldiers were killed when rebels targeted a base in Buni Yadi, in neighbouring Yobe state.

The following day, suicide bombers killed three in Maiduguri.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​News Headlines Jan 16, 2017. Headlines from Nigeria’s major newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo 

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​Public servant father of 3 commits suicide in Ekiti

​Public servant father of 3 commits suicide in Ekiti

Sam Nwaoko – Ado Ekiti

A Principal Executive Officer (PEO) with the Ekiti State Civil Service, and a final year Law student at Ekiti State University (EKSU) identified as Mr Tope Afolayan, has committed suicide.

The incident, which had occurred at his resident in Peace Avenue in Ado Ekiti, the neighbours said, had taken the entire neighbourhood unawares as the deceased was said not to have left any suicide note.

The deceased Afolayan was said to have been attached to the Office of the Accountant-General of the state until his death.

Afolayan, from Ara-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of the state, was said to have been found hanging from a ceiling fan in his home on Thursday.

He was survived by a wife, said to be a teacher in a public school in Ado Ekiti, and three children.

Sources in the street said: “Although he didn’t leave any suicide note before hanging himself, he had been very moody and heartbroken for a couple of weeks before the incident happened.

“He had been complaining about the debts he owed, which he was unable to defray because of the arrears of salaries. In fact, he was among the last batch of applicants for car loan, but his name did not come out.

“We are shocked by Tope’s death because nobody thought he would go to that extent, we are still mourning his death.”

He has since been buried.

The Public Relations Officer of the state’s police command, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident, explained that the matter was reported at New Iyin Road Police Station in Ado Ekiti.
Source: Tribune