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Oba Adedokun Abolarin: The Man The Cap Fits By Eric Elezuo

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he saying, "who the cap fits, let them wear it" aptly applies to the prolific legal luminary turned traditional ruler, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, the Òràngún of Òkè-Ìlá in Osun State as he receives the degree of honour of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) of the prestigious Leeds City University, Ibadan Oyo State. According to the letter of award, signed by the School's Registrar and Secretary to the Council, Mrs. Oyebola Ayeni, Oba Aboderin merited the honour as a result of his "immeasurable support and selfless service to the University since inception, your credentials as a worthy role model to the our students and academic community, your solid credentials in grassroots and urban development and your excellent example of royalty worthy of emulation; not forgetting your philanthropic gestures by way of sponsorship of many indigent students in your community to be educated and lifting your subjects out of poverty with your varied development efforts." It is worthy of note that the award of honorary degrees of Lead City University is specially given to people of exceptional merit and character. Consequently,

the Oba is eminently qualified to be so honoured. The award will be presented to Oba Abolarin during the University's 12th Convocation ceremony on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the school premises. Born on September 24,

1958, the Òràngún of Òkè-Ìlá, in Ifedayo Local Government area of Osun State, Oba Adedokun Abolarin hails from the Obasolo Ruling House, one of the three ruling houses among which the title rotates in Òkè-Ìlá. Oba Adedokun Abolarin, who was installed on

December 8, 2006 is reputed as a well educated professional, v e r s e d i n l a w. H e attended the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (formerly University of Ife) where he merited a Bachelors of Law degree, a Master's Degree in International

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Relations, as well as B.Sc degree in Political Science. At installation, Oba Abolarin chose the title, Aroyinkeye I, which is translated as "one who finds honey to tend the title". Until his installation 2006, the new Òràngún of ÒkèÌlá was a licensed law practitioner with the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He was also the Principal Partner of Dokun Abolarin & Co., a firm of Solicitors and Legal Consultants, which had served as Company Secretary to various corporations among whom are Tell Publications (Publishers of Tell Magazine), Pacific Holdings, Peachtree Communications Ltd, Sportsmark International and Springtime Development Foundation. A well tutored academic on Nigerian government

and politics, the royal father has a wealth of researched and flawlessly written books covering the period 1914 amalgamation to the present. In his writings, he evaluated component elements of federal, regional/state, and local government administration, analyzed Nigerian foreign policy, political parties and pressure groups. A kind husband to his wives, dedicated father to his biological children and subjects, Oba Aboderin has left nothing to chance in his quest to see that the best happens to his community, bringing his knowledge and experience in life affairs to bear. As a result, his developmental strides have generated thrills and excitement among his people both at home and in the Diaspora as well as those who have

cross his path. An educationist to the core, Oba Abolarin is the Founder of Abolarin College, Oke-IlaOrangun, Osun State. In his assessment, the school was set up to fight poverty through education and strictly for indigent students of Nigeria. The school has not fallen short in achieving the lofty ideal. Oba Aboderin is married to many wives and is blessed by a good number of children. The royal father rules over Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún, a mostly agrarian town of about 35, 000 persons according to the 2005 population census. The people of Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún kingdom speak a distinctive dialect of the Yoruba language called Igbomina (or Ogbonna). Apart from agrarian

occupation, the town has a significant number of artisans, traders, hunters of wild game, schoolteachers and other worthy professionals. Òkè-Ìlá Òràngún is famous for the energetic dancing and acrobatic skills of its Elewe, the region's primary Egungun, a dancing masquerade ensemble representing the ancestors during various traditional festivals. The Egungun Elewe is unique to the Igbomina Yoruba sub-group. There are other less popular but unique and peculiar Egungun in the kingdom. As the Oba adds yet another meritorious feather to his cap, this is wishing him the best as he functions in the newest capacity. Congratulations sir!

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Tribute to the Original Lagos Boy, Mobolaji Johnson: 1936 – 2019

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he dusk finally came at exactly 4:15pm on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. BrigadierGeneral Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson (Rtd), the first military governor of Lagos State bowed to the superior power of death, having lived 83 years in meritorious service to his fatherland. Mobolaji Johnson was born on February 9, 1936 to the family of Joshua Motola Johnson and his wife, Gbemisola Johnson (née Dudley-Coker), his father was of Egba heritage and was a member of the Royal West African Frontier Force during Wo r l d Wa r I I . H i s grandfather’s last name was previously Osholero but he changed it to Johnson after the priest who converted him to Christianity. Mobolaji Johnson started his primary education at Reagan Memorial Baptist School, before completing it at Yaba Methodist School in 1941 because the school was turned to allgirls school. He later moved to Hussey College, Warri for his secondary education 1954. But he returned to Lagos in 1955, and moved to Methodist Boys High School Lagos, the School his father attended, where he completed his secondary education in 1957. It was reported that during his time in school,

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Mobolaji was actively involved in the business of his mother as he helped to hawk the bread his mother baked on the streets of Yaba where he grew up. He was industrious from day one. At 21, Johnson joined the military and proceeded to the officer cadet training school in Ghana in 1959. He also attended the Mons

Officer Cadet School in Aldershot and the Royal M i l i t a r y A c a d e m y, Sandhurst, the United Kingdom between 19601961. According to him, he was influenced into join the military by a photograph of his father “I opted for the military. I saw the photograph of my father who was in the Second World War and

rose to the rank of sergeant major class with his belt,” he said. “I saw his photograph where he was looking so handsome and I looked at that photograph and said, one day, I’m going to put on this uniform too. So, that was the influence I had before going into the military.” Before the Biafra War,

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Mobolaji Johnson was part of the Aburi talks, and after the war, he was among the federal delegates at the end of the war ceremony. In 1966, after the abortive coup d’etat that put paid to the first Nigerian civilian administration, he became Military Administrator of Lagos State. A position he got courtesy of General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi’s appointment. He was just 31 years. In 1967 he became the First Governor of Lagos State. The state composed of the old F e d e r a l Te r r i t o r y o f Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lagos Island plus the additions of Epe, Badagry,

Ikorodu and Ikeja divisions. Mobolaji’s tenure as Military Governor of Lagos State saw the building of major infrastructure as well as the civil service in Lagos State. He confessed to developing Lagos with a paltry 10, 000 Pounds. “Lagos State came into existence as a child of circumstance…It was a modest sum of 10,000 pounds. That was what I used in starting Lagos state,” he said. Johnson was initially assisted in running the state with help from some key civil servants such as

Administrative Secretary, Adeyemi-Bero, Finance Secretary, Folarin Coker, and the acting secretary to the Military Government, Howson Wright. He appointed his first set of commissioners in April 1968. In 1975 at the inception of the then General Murtala M o h a m m e d ’ s administration, Mobolaji Johnson was one of the two state Governors (along with the then Brig Oluwole Rotimi) found not guilty of corruption by the three-man panel commissioned to investigate the various allegations of corruption

among the State Governors. He was however, compulsorily retired. After his retirement from t h e a r m y, J o h n s o n became a director with Julius Berger, and later, he was appointed as chairman of the construction firm from 1996 – 2009. The ex-soldier though is survived by four children, he is ”reunited” with Funmi, his wife, who passed away in February, 2016. He married Funmi at the young age of 26.

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My Wife Won’t Cry Ifyear-old I’mboy, Shot - Trump Barron. hospital that fateful day.

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resident Donald Trump has said that his wife of 14 years, Melania, wouldn’t cry if he got shot in an assassination attempt. Online medium, Politico,

reports that the President spoke in Washington at a dinner for some Republican heavy weight fundraisers. Together, Trump and Melania are parents to 13-

“The president made the prediction during a private fundraiser on Tuesday night, where he was pondering the 2017 congressional baseball shooting in which several people were shot, including House minority whip Steve Scalise,” says the medium. While discussing Scalise’s injuries, Trump noted the way his (Scalise) wife reacted to his injuries. “She cried her eyes out when I met her at the

“I mean, not many wives would react that way to tragedy, I know mine w o u l d n ’t , ” P o l i t i c o quotes the President to have said. In addition to Mr Scalise, several others were hit by bullets during the 2017 shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. The others i n j u r e d w e r e congressional aide Zack Barth, lobbyist Matt Mika, and US Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner.

Israeli Embassy Resumes Diplomatic Operations In Nigeria

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he Embassy of Israel in Nigeria on Friday re-opened after a twoday closure of all Israeli embassies and consulates because of a strike by diplomats and military attaches over allowances. News Agency of Nigeria r e p o r t s t h a t I s r a e l ’s diplomatic missions around the world closed on Wednesday as Foreign Ministry workers went on strike over a dispute about paying taxes on overseas stipends. No one was allowed into the closed missions, and services for Israelis abroad were unavailable. In Abuja, the Israeli embassy remained closed on October 30 and October 31. The embassy had via its social media announced that the closure was due to decision of the Israeli Ministry of Finance to

breach the understandings that were agreed upon. The embassy said that the agreement was signed by the Director-General of the Ministry of Finance on July 21, 2019. It said that by applying a one-sided procedure that altered protocol that had been in place for several decades, “we are forced to close the diplomatic mission; no consular services will be provided and no one will be allowed

to enter the Embassy and Consulate. “Israeli diplomats are committed at all times to strive to enhance Israel’s strength and resilience. “ U n f o r t u n a t e l y, t h e decision of the Ministry of Finance does not leave us any choice, but to take the above-mentioned action. “Since the vital interests of the State of Israel have been harmed, we hope that this crisis will be resolved as soon as

possible,” the mission said. The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria is a window to stronger Israel-Nigeria relations. Israel, a small country approximately the size of Niger State is the only Jewish country globally with a population of nine million people of whom Jews comprise around 80 per cent. (NAN)

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How Dikko Converted NAF’s N1.2bn To Personal Use – Witness and Accounts, the investigations

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ammadama Bello, the ninth prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko, has told the court how the defendant allegedly converted N1.2billion belonging to the Nigerian Air Force to his personal use. Dikko is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, on seven counts bordering on money laundering and procurement fraud to the tune of N9.7 billion. Under cross-examination on Thursday by the defence counsel, Dr. Onyeachi Ikpeazu (SAN), the witness who is an investigator with the EFCC, said that funds meant for Air Force operational purpose were diverted by Dikko for his personal use. The witness further revealed that not all the

capital projects including building and equipping of hospitals, Comprehensive School, Kano; Comprehensive School, Yola; the building of Conference Centre in Kado, Abuja and the renovation of barracks, as well as the Air Force barricade, were sponsored from the tranche earmarked for them. “In addition to the project listed above, the defendant Air Marshal Umar Dikko helped himself by carrying out some projects for himself, like his house in Maitama, which amounts to almost a billion naira,” Bello said. He further noted that a case of alleged money laundering was established against the defendant following the results of investigations into properties linked to the former Chief of Air Staff. Bello further revealed that all directives regarding the disbursement of NAF’s funds came from Dikko to the Director of Finance

w h o w a s assisted by the CFO, Group Captain Bukar Abubakar. He stated that Abubakar was in turn assisted by Squadron L e a d e r , Emmanuel Agbor and a number of other junior cashiers, adding that the former Air Chief gave directives in the absence of the Director, Finance and Accounts. According to a statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wison Uwujaren, Bello had told the court in previous sittings how some properties were allegedly purchased by the defendant. The witness stated, ”Although the defendant claimed he bought the property for N35million, investigations revealed that the property was originally a guesthouse of the Nigerian Air Force, which was sold to one AVM Lex. “During interrogation, AVM Lex confirmed that he had been approached by one Yushau, who told him that the buyer preferred to stay anonymous and N85m was paid to AVM Lex for the property and another N75m paid for the renovation of the same,” Bello added. According to the witness,

also revealed that the former Chief of Air Staff came from a humble background, rising from the position of a teacher, then a library assistant, before becoming a serving officer and then the Chief of Air Staff. “Dikko was not a businessman while in service and would have to be Chief of Air Staff (at his last grade level) for 250 years to be able to afford the properties linked to him. “Investigations revealed that during Dikko’s tenure as Chief of Air Staff, he received N558.2m on a monthly basis, which he converted into dollars,” Bello stated. On the monies transferred to the account of Capital Law Firm, the legal agent engaged for the purchase o f t h e d e f e n d a n t ’s Asokoro property, Bello stated that investigations revealed a trail of about N900m, which was paid in cash for the property and N40million in legal fees, noting that additional money in dollars was paid to the agent’s account for renovation of the property. With the conclusion of cross-examination, Justice Dimgba discharged the witness and adjourned the matter till November 1, 2019, for the continuation of hearing.

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Ondo Rep, Gboluga, Appoints 60 Aides

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ember, House of Representa tives representing O kitipupa/Irele F e d e r a l Constituency, Mr. I k e n g b o j u Gboluga, has appointed 60 political and legislative aides. The appointments include chief of staff, senior legislative aide, legislative aides, personal assistant, secretary, senior special advisers and special advisers. They are to resume on November 1 (today). Gboluga made the announcement in a statement by his media consultant, Israel Fagbemigun, in Abuja on Friday. The statement said the appointees were his supporters who would “work with him in service to his constituents.” It quoted Gboluga as saying that his decision to a p p o i n t t h e “unprecedented high number of aides” was in recognition of their contributions during the elections and to give them a sense of belonging and “financial appreciation.” The lawmaker added that the appointments were in recognition of the efforts by those selected, after wide consultations among major stakeholders.

According to Gboluga, many others who did not make the list will be “equally appreciated and rewarded in the upcoming e m p o w e r m e n t programmes,” with the one to be held on Monday to cover 600 others. The appointees, according to the statement are Chief of Staff, Niyi Akinnola; Special Adviser (Special Duties) Daso Feyiropo; Olumide Ogunje (SLA); Olajide Akinnusi (LA1); Adeyemo Akinde (LA2); Olaide Adekanle (PA) and Alfa Augustina (Secretary). Other SAs are Akin Emorioye, Oriola A k i n r i n w a , Ta y o Ogungbemi, Omololu A k i n b o , D a m i Olowodugba, Gbenga

Adeyehun, Olapade Omowole, Kunle Balogun, John Belie, Motunbi Juwa, Abiodun Temenu, Kunle Oloyebade, Adeolu A k i n s e y e , Ye t u n d e Awodumila and Dami Martins. The SSAs are Oladipupo Akinye, Niyi Adebusoye, Tayo Fatoyinbo, Sola Omojugba, and Temitope Kolawole. T h e PA s a r e Tu n j i Akindayini, Oladipupo Fayefunmi, Albert Oluwambe, Olagundoye Gbenga, Adura Egbuwalo, Ebun Rotimi, Damilola Egbodofo, Chief Owate, Adewale Emoruwa, Olagundoye Moses, Felix Ojomo, Robert Oyeneyin, Abiodun Lijoka, Ezekiel

Olowatobi, Akintuyi Ashogbon, Taiwo Lijoka, Omolafe Osowe, Dayo Akindehin and Bobola Job. Other PAs are Bosede Ay e d a m i l o w o , Folorunsho Owolala, Abiodun Akindemowo, Tu n d e A r o w o s o m o , Shola Arobadi, Sunday Itiolu, Abiodun Akinsulere, Gbenga Faniyi, Olalekan Folorunso, Daisi Emoruwa, Mrs Akinjigan, Idowu Ogunwumiju, Segun Fadayomi, Akin Kokoluko, Orimisan Obolo. “The appointments take effect from the 1st November,” the statement said.

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Appeal Court Dismisses Ajimobi’s Petition AgainstTinubu Balogun

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he Court of Appeal, Ibadan, on Friday, dismissed the petition filed by the former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, challenging the verdict of the Election Petition Tribunal on the February 23 National Assembly Election for Oyo South. The Election Petition Tribunal had upheld the victory of Senator Kola Balogun (Oyo South). Balogun polled a total of 105,720 votes to defect Ajimobi who had 92,218 votes. Delivering judgment, Justice Haruna Tsammani, d i s m i s s e d A j i m o b i ’s petition for lacking in

merit. Tsammani affirmed the decision of the tribunal, adding that the tribunal was right in its judgment. The judge held that the petitioner does not have the right to raise the issue of nonqualification of the respondent based on the conduct of PDP primary. He further held that a person that does not participate in the party primary does not have the right to challenge the outcome of the primary. Tsammani said a person is qualified to contest once such a person satisfied the condition of the party and

INEC confirmed such a person. The judge said most of the witnesses presented by the petitioner were not qualified to tender exhibits and give evidence because they are not the maker of

those documents tendered. He said the tribunal was right in upholding the victory of Balogun and dismissed the petition. (NAN)

Bullion Vans: Magu Shuns Question On Tinubu Petition

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he acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, on Friday refused to answer a question regarding a petition submitted against All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu. Magu, who held a press

conference in Abuja, had lamented the high rate of corruption in the country especially among the youths who perpetrate internet fraud. The EFCC boss had also stated that many nong o v e r n m e n t a l organisations operating in the North-East were being

u s e d f o r m o n e y his compound on the eve laundering. of the presidential H o w e v e r, w h e n T h e elections in February. PUNCH asked Magu to Tinubu had stated during give an update on the an interview that the petition submitted against money belonged to him Ti n u b u , M a g u , w h o and he was free to appeared agitated, said, d i s t r i b u t e i t t o h i s “You want me to talk about supporters since he was a petition here? Next not a government official. question please.” Incidentally, the EFCC is The PUNCH currently prosecuting the reports that s o n - i n - l a w o f t h e the Convener, presidential candidate of C o n c e r n e d the Peoples Democratic N i g e r i a n s , Party, Atiku Abubakar, for D e j i attempting to distribute Adeyanju, had money ahead of the same l a s t w e e k election. submitted a Meanwhile, Adeyanju p e t i t i o n said in a Facebook post a g a i n s t that he had not been Ti n u b u f o r contacted by the EFCC having two since he submitted the c a s h - l a d e n petition. bullion vans in www.thebossnewspapers.com


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We’ll Be United Before 2023 - Rivers APC

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he Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said that despite the crisis rocking the party, it would come out united before the 2023 general elections. State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, told PUNCH on Friday that the party had begun to rebuild, adding that the case in court would get quick attention

from the judiciary. Finebone explained that the conduct of the party’s ward, local and state congresses was a way to achieving unity even as he stated that every member would have the opportunity to participate in the exercise. He expressed optimism that peace would reign in the party and pave the way for its rebuilding, which he added would commence

without delay. “ We ’ l l b e m o r e united before 2023 than we are now. There will be unity in the party before elections because I understand that even the trial judge over this matter has promised that every of his sitting days, he would listen and handle this matter. “Wait until Wednesday when the hearing begins; everything points to the fact that the cog would be removed very early. Then the process of rebuilding, which must start any way you look at it with congresses. “It is obvious that despite whatever anybody wanted, congresses will be the best avenue to get this thing right because if you are talking about

democracy, a political party is a democratic institution and so, it must follow democratic norms,” Finebone said. The state APC publicity secretary pointed out that some members of the party were busy searching for a solution to the crisis, maintaining that the only solution was for those who want to run to make themselves available for the congresses. He stated, “All these ones we talk about political solutions; it is just a way to cover up our inadequacies, otherwise, there is nothing that is a political solution there. The only solution that is political is for you to make yourself available for congresses, which is a major democratic exercise.”

Several People Injured At Halloween Party In Toronto

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ive people have been injured in a fight that broke out at a Halloween party in Toronto that police in the Canadian city described as rowdy. Four of the injured persons were taken to hospital and two of them had lifethreatening injuries, Toronto police said early on Friday on Twitter. Three of the five people injured were stabbed, according to police. A victim made his own way to the hospital with serious stab wounds but it

was unclear whether he is connected to events at the party. A male suspect is in custody but the motive has not been determined, according to police. Police were called late Thursday to the party at a location near a university on a report that an argument had broken out. Many young people were attending the party, which was held at a fraternity house, according to City News Toronto. "Unfortunate incidents marred Hallowe'en for

some people tonight. "This is not how I was hoping the night would

go," a Toronto police dispatcher tweeted.

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Face-off: Ambode, Lagos Assembly in Fight to Finish By Eric Elezuo

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he face-off between ex-governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Hon. Mudashiru Obasa-led Lagos State House of Assembly did not start today or just after the tenure of the former governor. It has remained a recurring decimal ever since the active days of the ex-governor, noted a government official who prefers to remain anonymous.

Prior to September 2018 when the All Progressives Congress (APC) chose Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu against Ambode as its governorship candidate for the March 2019 governorship election, much seems to have been going wrong for Ambode. In the first instance, he was fast losing touch with his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, whose proxy, the Mandate Group,

constantly harassed the then governor over his refusal to step down for the anointed Sanwo-Olu. It was therefore not by accident that Ambode lost woefully during the hurriedly organised direct primary election. Ever since, it has been from one constitutional albeit SKCpersonality Ogbonnia crisis to another as the Lagos State lawmakers, who many Lagosians believe are

acting the script written by Bola Tinubu, constantly harassed the former governor for one 'constitutional breach' after another. Early in January, the lawmakers rose from an emergency parliamentary meeting and insisted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode must appear before them to explain infractions leveled against him. The lawmakers had vowed that

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if the infractions continued, they would impeach the governor. In his assessment of the ultimatum, Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade had said that nobody was witch-hunting the governor but that the infractions were serious issues the House could not over look. According to him, the House decided to correct some wrong information and misconception being bandied around by the House resolutions on Ambode, stressing that the House was not saying that Ambode should end his tenure but that because of issues surrounding the 2019 budget, he was summoned by the the House. He said the major contention was that he has started spending from the 2019 budget which had not been laid before the House and against constitutional provisions. “The budget is supposed to have been laid before the commencement of another fiscal, which has always been the practice in the state, and unless it is laid, you cannot spend from it but the governor has gone ahead to make expenditure from the budget. “There are also some infractions the House observed about the 2018 budget, expenditures made outside the budget, which necessitated the invitation the House extended to him and some commissioners to come and explain things.

“It is not witch-hunting as people believe; to make expenditure from the budget, you must have laid it before the House, for now we don’t have the budget so you can’t spend. As legislators, we must do things properly”, he said. In a rather new angle, Agunbiade added that it was not true that the lawmakers were after Ambode because he refused to fund their campaign. He concluded by threatening Ambode, on behalf of the House with impeachment. The Majority Leader's clarifications raised two issues 1. Ambode may have ran foul of constitutional and budgetary matters and 2. there are personal matters which vendetta is sought considering the 'campaign' matter insinuated. It would be recalled that Ambode, in the middle of scuffle with his party, had addressed a World Press Conference on where he unequivocally stated that he’ll continue with the APC primaries set for the next day, the fact that he was told to step down notwithstanding. He didn't stop there; he went ahead criticise and painted the party's anointed candidate, Sanwo-Olu, in black, saying he was once arrested for spending fake American dollars in a night club. He also claimed there is a medical record at Gbagada General Hospital that shows Sanwoolu had undergone

rehabilitation. These and many more did not go down well with the powers behind the emergence of SanwoOlu. But even as the primaries and the election proper have come gone with Sanwo-Olu emerging victorious in both situations, the powers after Ambode were still bent on revenge. So as the days ran into m o n t h s a f t e r inauguration of a new administration in Lagos State, the House of Assembly set up a committee to probe his administration’s purchase of hundreds of buses under the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) project. The lawmakers accused Ambode of buying the buses not only without their approval, but at inflated prices. That was practically more troubles for the exgovernor as he is already being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over alleged accounts traced to the office of his chief of staff in which N9.9 billion was said to have passed through from late 2018 to mid 2019 when he left office. The operatives of the ant-graft agency had stormed his Ikoyi and Epe residences where they conducted a search though at some point, they were resisted by residents. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mudashiru

Obasa, had not wasted time in constituting a committee to investigate Ambode's financial activities, especially as it involved the purchase of 820 buses in defiance to lawmakers’ refusal to approve the purchase in 2017, 2018 and 2019 budget proposals. The motion was Gbolahan Yishaw. Many had said that the Speaker has been operating a no love lost kind of relationship with the governor ever since the proscription of Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) and introduction of Visionscape. The committee whose members include Fatai Mojeed-chairman, Rasheed Makinde, Temitope Adewale, Bisi Yu s u f , O l u y i n k a Ogundimu, Hon Layode Joseph, Olanrewaju Afini, Mojisola Miranda and Kehinde Joseph, were expected to investigate and determine the extent of financial burden on the state and proffer solutions The ex-governor himself among other principal officers of his administration, including former accountant general, former commissioner for finance as well as former commissioner of t r a n s p o r t a n d procurement were penciled down for invitation to explained the part they played in the allegation. But the invitation issued to them was rebuffed and the

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Cover House agreed to go a step further to summon them through newspaper adverts, after which they failed to respond will be arrested. This decision followed two preliminary reports presented by two ad-hoc committees set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by Mr Ambode and to appraise the 2019 midyear budget. T h e f o r m e r commissioners involved are Mr Kazeem Adeniji (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (Commissioner for Budget), Akinyemi Ashade (Commissioner for Finance), and Wale Oluwo (Commissioner for E n e rg y a n d M i n e r a l Resources). Ambode and his former officers were indicted by the report of the nine-man ad-hoc committee headed by Fatai Mojeed, which discovered that due process was not followed. The report further stated that the former governor used the refund of the Paris Club for the purchase of the buses without the approval of the House. Over N48 billion was spent on the purchase of the buses and N22 billion was spent on import duties while another 520 of the buses are still at the seaport. The committee also said that no payment voucher was made available to it just as there was no budget instrument used for the purchase was presented nor newspaper where the

purchase of the buses was advertised. The House went ahead to place advertisement in some national newspapers summoning Ambode and other four commissioners to appear before. But at this time Ambode reacted, dragging the House to court in a bid to stop from further investigating him and contest the constitutionality of the probe of the buses which were procured by his administration. Based on the suit, the Lagos High Court in Ikeja ordered the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa to appear before it. Others to appear before the court are the Clerk of the House, Mr A.A Sanni; Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee set up by the House to probe the procurement, Fatai Mojeed and members of the Committee. They are Gbolahan Yishawu, A.A Yusuff, Yinka Ogundimu, Mojisola Lasbat Meranda,

M.L Makinde, Kehinde Joseph, T.A Adewale and O.S Afinni. According to his statement of claim before the court, which was served on the defendants, Ambode said contrary to d e l i b e r a t e misrepresentation of facts by the lawmakers, the procurement of the 820 buses was well captured in the 2018 Appropriation Law which was duly approved by the House thus: “In section 1 of the Bill, the 1st Defendant (House of Assembly) authorized the total Budget for the year 2018 to be One Tr i l l i o n , F o r t y S i x Billion, One Hundred and Twenty One Million, One Hundred and Eighty-One Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty Naira (N1,046,121,181,680.00 ) comprising the sum of Three Hundred and Forty Seven Billion, ThirtyEighty Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty-

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Eight Thousand, EightHundred and SeventyT w o N a i r a (N347,038,938,872.00) only and Six Hundred and Ninety-Nine Billion, Eighty-Two Million, Two Hundred and Forty-Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty N a i r a (N699,082,242,808.00) only as the Recurrent and Capital Expenditures respectively. “Part of the items authorized by the Bill under Capital Expenditure was: “LAGBUS Public Transport Infrastructure (MEPB); Part financing of 820 buses” which was item 8 under schedule 1Part C of the Bill.” Ambode sought among o t h e r s , t h e c o u r t ’s declaration that the power of the House to pass a resolution under section 128(1) of the Constitution to cause an inquiry into his conduct as Governor is subject to right to fair hearing as guaranteed by www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Cover section 36(1) of the Constitution. He added that having prescribed the manner of withdrawal of funds in sections 3 and 4 of the 2018 Appropriation Law, it was unconstitutional for the House to attach another condition in section 9 of the law for further approval to be sought before incurring any expenditure on the purchase of the buses. The former governor also found it laughable that it was the same set of members of the Assembly who "contributed actively in vilifying, disparaging and denigrating him constituted the bulk of the members of the Committee". Some other claims of the ex-governor are: “A DECLARATION that having regard to the provisions of sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Appropriation Law of Lagos State 2018, sections 8 and 9 of the Law which required the approval of the House of Assembly of Lagos State before certain expenditure of money is incurred by the Executive Branch of the State is not in accord with any provision of the Constitution and accordingly is unconstitutional, null and void. “A DECLARATION that it is not lawful for the Defendants to represent or continue to represent to the Public that the Claimant, A K I N W U N M I AMBODE, procured 820 buses in breach of

budgetary approval. “A DECLARATION that the powers of the 1st Defendant under sections 103, 128 and 129 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended does not include power to indict the Claimant as contemplated by sections 66(1)(h), 137(1)i and 182(1)i of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended. “AN INJUNCTION restraining the Defendants whether by themselves, their servants, agents and or representatives from compelling the Claimant, in any manner whatsoever, to appear before the Defendants pursuant to the Resolution passed by the Defendants on 27th August 2019 or any other Resolution passed in respect of the subject matter of this Suit. “AN INJUNCTION restraining the Defendants whether by themselves, their servants, agents and or representatives from representing or continue to represent to the Public that t h e C l a i m a n t , A K I N W U N M I AMBODE, procured 820 buses in breach of budgetary approval.” When the matter came up i n c o u r t , A m b o d e ’s lawyer, Mr. Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), informed the court of his pending application for interlocutory injunction, saying that same had been served on the defendants. In response, a team of lawyers of the defendants led by Mrs. Adenike

Oshinowo and included Mrs. Adegbite and Ms. Olayemi Johnson, confirmed service of the application, but pleaded for time since the processes were served late. They specifically requested for two weeks to respond but the date they suggested was not convenient for the court. Responding, Oyetibo did not object to the application of the defendants for adjournment but urged the Court to direct parties to maintain status quo. In her response, the presiding Judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, said “it goes without saying” and called on Mrs. Osinowo for her response who also agreed that status quo would be maintained by the Defendants. Responding, Oyetibo did not object to the application of the defendants for adjournment but urged the Court to direct parties to maintain status quo. In

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her response, the presiding Judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, said “it goes without saying” and called on Mrs. Osinowo for her response who also agreed that status quo would be maintained by the Defendants. The court then adjourned the matter to November 20, 2019 for the hearing of the motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction. In the meanwhile, exgovernor Ambode is free though not safe as uhuru is yet to be achieved. For n o w, h e c a n n o t b e summoned by the House to answer any question as both parties have agreed to maintain status quo. The battle may have subsided, but the war is far from over. Both parties have retreated to re-sharpen their swords, and will surely return breathing more fire. Who wins, who blinks first...time will tell, but one thing is certain...it is a fight to finish!

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar And The Verdict Of Man other allegations about the qualifications of the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the elections. His initial foray of laying his grouses before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had met a brick wall and his case was brushed off in a manner that stunned many observers as the Tribunal had simply pooh poohed all his frantic declarations and arguments, dismissed them out of hand as lacking any merit. The story was virtually the same at the Court of Appeal. Two days ago, the Supreme Court put the final nail into the coffin of the case. It did so in spectacular manner, not even adjourning for Judgment but instead delivering a short judgment with full reasons to be given later. I never expected the case to go otherwise. As a matter of fact, based on my deep knowledge of Nigeria, and a little bit of the law gleaned from

some neutral friends skilled in such matters, I knew the case would eventually run into a culde-sac. In series of tweets, I had pleaded with the Wazirin Adamawa to concede defeat immediately after the election and leave the fight to God to fight on his behalf. Personally, I did not see the recent Presidential election as a credible one and I said so publicly. The elections were over-militarised and many voters were disenfranchised. The results declared in some areas clearly left much to be desired, recording nearly 100 percent turnout in particular instances. Prior to the elections, it was obvious that the ruling government was not going to be as generous and charitable as former President Goodluck Jonathan. There were clear indications that the government was willing and ready to compromise and control the INEC, the

Judiciary, the Police, the Military and any of the other appurtenances of coercion and power. The results that were declared dripped of

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Even now, at the end of the titanic battle fought through the Courts by the protagonist, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, I believe that he has failed to seize the initiative and the opportunity presented by the Supreme Court decision

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ellow Nigerians, the cookie finally crumbled for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar two days ago as the highest court in Nigeria, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, threw his case out of the window, in a jiffy. He had approached the Supreme Court for a reprieve from what he claimed was the hellish decision of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismissing his Petition on all grounds. He sought a declaration that he had won the last Presidential election against the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, and that INEC, Nigeria's electoral body had manipulated his rightful votes and dashed what belonged to him to his opponent. He said that he had the INEC server to prove the dastardly machinations of the electoral body and that his Petition should not have been dismissed, but upheld. He also made

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Pendulum abracadabra. It was like telling Nigerians to go to hell. The government understood the weakness and inherent nature of Nigerians, which is timidity. We do not have the courage or resilience of the people of Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Hong Kong and others. The few who take the risks often discover that they are on their own even before the chips are down. They are often dumped and discarded and deserted at the earliest sight of any resistance by the government. They are made to carry their own cross and the hero soon becomes the villain. This should not be the case, but that is a matter for another time. This show of timorousness didn't start in 2019, but began long ago. Most of those who died for Nigeria did so in vain, sorry for my brutal frankness but that is the sad truth. As soon as Buhari was declared by INEC as winner, I knew the game was over and no Jupiter was going to reverse that verdict. Naturally, it was a sad day for Atiku and his supporters, of which I am proud to say that I was an avowed member on this occasion. It was certainly a sad day for democracy in our land. We would not have minded if Atiku had lost a patently free and fair election. Nevertheless, and notwithstanding my strong misgivings, as a true and consummate Democrat, I was ready to accept the will of God. For

me, as much as vox populi, vox Dei, so also vox Dei, vox populi – as much as it is said that the will of the people is the will of God which is the basis of democracy, more so is the will of God, the will of the people. Who are we to question the almighty? In line with my view that man proposes and God disposes, I suggested to Atiku to accept defeat and congratulate Buhari. However, I stated further that this should not debar his party from going to court to seek redress. All hell broke loose, as usual, once this suggestion hit the airwaves. The socalled social media experts descended on me like a ton of bricks. For them, what I suggested was sheer humbug and pure heresy. If abuses alone could change a

hopeless government for the better, Nigeria would have become the best country on planet earth. The intolerance and rudeness of some of our friends is incredible. They know it all and will not stomach any other views. But I saw beyond what they were seeing. My explanation that Atiku needed to gain something out of nothing fell on deaf ears. And what did I wish for him? It was nothing other than statesmanship. But statesmanship comes at a huge price and sacrifice. It would not be easy, just remember the 27 years The Madiba, Nelson Mandela spent in prison before becoming the world's greatest statesman. Those who would never contribute anything meaningful became the all-knowing advisers.

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They told Atiku he must fight all the way and to the Tinubu death. This is akin to the kind of impractical pledge made by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to deliver Brexit on 31 October 2019 or die in the ditch. As it is that day has come and gone and Mr Johnson simply ditched his pledge. He did not as much as move near even a drain not to mention a ditch! This was my reason for giving my timely admonition to Atiku. One must never burn all their bridges especially where the high stakes of politics is involved. I preferred his party to fight on instead. That's their responsibility. Atiku should have detached himself at that stage, as simple as that. He and his Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, my dear friend, who enjoys

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Pendulum my highest regards, should have stayed in the background and watched from the side-lines. I knew how much the elections had taken its toll on them. They and their key supporters were harassed and blocked, here and there. They were hounded and arrested. It was like tying the hands and legs of a boxer in the ring while his opponent was free to throw heavy punches. Lord have mercy! Atiku and Obi suffered. They were oppressed and pummelled. But I knew going to court was going to compound their trauma. It was like throwing away the possibility of an honourable and distinguished points or majority decision for the humiliation of a technical knockout or straight knockout. There are times you must leave vengeance to God. In God's time, everything will fall in place. After such a gallant fight, they should have retreated and hand over

their battle to the greater one who giveth and taketh. The pain of watching them go from court to court was unbearable for me. The temporary owners of the land had ensured a monumental blockade. The road led nowhere. It was virtually impossible for any court to reverse a Presidential election, in our unusual clime and circumstances. Even the law does not seem to be on the side of the loser in a Presidential election. The odds are truly stacked against such a person. This was the meat of the lecture delivered by the distinguished legal luminary, Chief Wole Olanipekun, at the University of Oxford, shortly after the elections. Again, I didn't need any power or gift of clairvoyance to know how the Supreme Court case would go, another dead end, a terminal one, and that was it. I expected our man to simply accept the final verdict, devoid of the stylish vituperation, and

the veiled anger at the failure of the Supreme Court to declare him victorious. As for me and my house, once you decide to go to court, it is like a game of football. The moment the referee blows the final whistle, the game is over, even if you feel cheated and robbed by all the officials including the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Even now, at the end of the titanic battle fought through the Courts by the protagonist, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, I believe that he has failed to seize the initiative and the opportunity presented by the Supreme Court decision. His tirade and invective after the decision is not what I would expect of someone who aspires to be one of the world’s leading Statesmen. His denigrating and disparaging remarks about the judiciary and the apex court in Nigeria was illadvised. The judiciary is the last bastion of the people. Even though there

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may be faults here and there, it is clear that they Tinubu have been doing their best in a particularly difficult terrain. They have virtually become the whipping boys and girls of the Executive and veritable lambs of God who must carry away the sins of the world. Like journalists, everyone expects the sacrifice their everything while we sit comfortably in our homes. I am aware that many PDP candidates have either had their elections confirmed or their appeals against electoral losses upheld. It cannot be the case that when court decisions favour you, then you trumpet the great admiration and respect you have for the judiciary, but when you lose, you harshly criticise the same institution. This was a chance for Atiku to call for the reform of those institutions he found wanting without heaping blames and subliminal insults on those presently occupying those institutions. I would have expected Atiku to borrow a leaf from the distinguished and well-respected world statesman, Albert Arnold Gore Jr, former Vice President of the United States, who fought a similar battle all the way to the US Supreme Court. On 12 December 2000, the US Supreme Court, by a split decision, 5-4, decided that recounting the Florida votes beyond 12 December 2000 was unconstitutional. This

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Pendulum meant that Gore had lost Florida by a meagre 537 votes and would eventually lead him to losing to George W Bush Jr in the Electoral College by only 6 votes. Gore conceded the election to Bush the following day even though he strongly disapproved of the US Supreme Court decision.

As he stated, “for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”. I know that Atiku is a democrat and patriot which he mentioned in his release but he should have spared the rod on the Justices. He must understand that ultimately, this is not

about him and his ambition. It is a test of N i g e r i a ’s f l e d g l i n g democracy and the unity of its people for which he must stand up and be counted. God’s will is always done eventually and Nigeria shall rise again. Having said all this, I must sign off by extending my

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sincere congratulations to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and MrTinubu Peter Obi on a good fight. The forces they battled were heavy and monumental. Atiku is a man and half, in my view. He is a case study in courage and confidence. May they and their families be blessed...

Dele Agekameh: And My Childhood Friend Died

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very now and then, everyone receives a piece of news that shatters him completely. Such was the story that my childhood friend and Brother, Dele Agekameh, has passed on. My initial reaction, naturally, was shock, then incredulity and denial and finally, grief. How can Dele die? A man I have known for nearly five decades. We both attended the famous St. John's Grammar School, Ile-Ife where our paths crossed and were of course close friends with the children of the royal household of Ooni Adesoji Aderemi KBE, KCMG, w h e r e D e l e ’s f a t h e r worked as Baba Aafin’s Major Domo. Dele was treated by Baba Aafin like one of his last sons. Indeed, one of the last gestures of Ooni Aderemi, was to pay for Dele to proceed for further education in Greece even before he sorted out his own last born who was Dele’s friend and age mate. Baba treated everybody in his household in the same

way, whether they were his children or his staff, and I recall that Dele lived with his father within the precincts of the Palace and moved to Atobatele, Ooni A d e r e m i ’s s t a t e l y mansion, a stone throw from the palace, when the highly revered monarch joined his ancestors. It was impossible to be at St. John's Grammar School, where I joined them from 1973-76, and not know Dele. His command of English language was second to none. He enjoyed grandiloquent and bombas tic language,

which was a reflection of his personality. Dele was warm and colourful. As soon as he left Ife, he found a job and was offered an official car. Dele would drive to Ife and make sure he blew money on us his friends. He was so generous. I wasn't surprised when Dele subsequently found his way to Newswatch magazine and later Tell magazine. His stories and editorial interventions were always written from the heart. We were both very busy and didn’t speak much, but every time we did, Dele was forever his

effervescent self. He joked a lot. I never knew he battled any ailment. Dele never liked to push his burden on anyone. He had passed on before I ever knew anything. I was totally devastated that Nigeria has lost yet another brilliant son and I have lost a dear friend and colleague. My condolences to the family he left behind. May God almighty be with everyone of them. And may his kind soul rest in peace...

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How Three Sentences Ruined Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Hope By Eric Elezuo

o disappointed was Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s lawyer, Livy Uzoukwu shortly after the the Chief Justice o f N i g e r i a , Ta n k o Mohammed-led Supreme Court panel pronounced its three sentence-judgement that he surmised thus “…unless something drastic is done to electoral jurisprudence in this country, there would be a problem because it is now becoming obvious that petitioners would always find it difficult to prosecute their cases. In his judgment which lasted in a twinkle of an eye, Justice Mohammed declared 1. “We have examined all the briefs and the exhibits for over two weeks and we agree that there is no merit in this appeal. 2. The appeal is dismissed. 3. Reasons to

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be given on a date to be announced.” With the above, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in the February 23, 2019 presidential election. And thereby put paid, or rather ruined the presidential hopes of the man popularly known as Atiku. The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, who led six other members of the apex court’s panel, delivered the three-sentence judgment which put paid to the legal dispute over the poll. The most unusual twist to the judgment lies in the

fact that the CJN while delivering the judgment said the reasons for the decision of the court would be disclosed on a date to be communicated to the parties involved in the case. He disclosed that members of the panel had read all the documents and exhibits filed in the case for two weeks and found the appeal to be lacking in merit. The judgment, which was unanimously consented to by the other six members of the panel, came less than an hour after the court took arguments on the appeal. Other members of the panel who agreed with the lead judgment delivered by the CJN were Justices Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Kayode Ariwoola, John SKC Ogbonnia Okoro, Amiru Sanusi, Ejembi Eko and Uwani Aba-Aji.

The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, was among the top members of the APC who attended the Wednesday’s proceedings along with Oshiomhole. Atiku and his party, the PDP had jointly filed their appeal before the apex court to challenge the S e p t e m b e r 11 , 2 0 1 9 judgment of the Justice Mohammed Garba-led Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. The tribunal’s judgment which Atiku and his party were dissatisfied with, had dismissed their petition challenging the outcome of the February 23, 2019 poll. S u b s e q u e n t l y, t h e petitioners, on September 23, 2019, 12 days after their petition has been dismissed, filed 66

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grounds of appeal before the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the tribunal. They prayed the Supreme Court to nullify Buhari’s victory and either order that Atiku be declared as the valid winner of the poll or order the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh presidential election. The supreme Court panel had claimed that it had been working on the appeal in the last two weeks though it has come under severe criticism as it said that members of the panel will not be made known until the very day of the judgment. A cross section of stakeholders have therefore wondered who was or were reading through the petition in the last two weeks. But a judiciary source told The Boss that “the fact the CJN said it will not make known the members of the public to the public does not mean they do not know themselves. It is possible that they have been underground, away from public eye in the time under review. So the CJN may not have lied. All he said was that members will not be revealed to the public, not that they were not appointed yet.” Countering, a PDP member said that “there was no need to fool Nigerians they way the Supreme Court did. They have no reason to play on the intelligence of about 200 million people. If you say the public the members will not be revealed; it

means that the members are not known to anybody. They are assumed to be functioning by the time they are known, and made to swear oath of allegiance, and not otherwise. Consequently, whatever they allegedly known should be considered null and void.” But everyone understood that this is the Supreme Court; the highest law organ in the land, and whatever its decision is final, legally bidding and cannot be contested. “So whatever it has decided will live with all parties in the dispute, and there is no repentance. It doesn’t matter if the Justices erred in law, or were manipulated; the judgment is final, and Atiku and the PDP can only live to fight another day. This time, on a very clean sheet,” noted a legal practitioner, Mr. Raymond Nkannebe.

Feature While the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) rolls out the drums to celebrate the Buhari victory, the PDP and Atiku further stretch the strain of losses though can take credit for their faith in democracy and the rule of law. They against all odds placed their fate on the judicial process through, how infallible it is notwithstanding. This is one effort that has been commended by a greater portion of the Nigerian populace, the opposition inclusive. In his reaction, a more relaxed Atiku said although the Nigerian judiciary had been sabotaged by a dictatorial cabal, his spirit was not broken by the judgment. Atiku has nursed the desire to be Nigeria’s president for close to 30 decades. His ambition has caused to change parties at the slightest opportunity, fall

out with individuals whose interest clashes with his as well as join forces with the unlikeliest of persons. In all, he remains where he is, savouring the highest of the Vice President, which he has been privileged to serve in. Many believe that the 2019 election was the closest Atiku has got to becoming the President of Nigeria, but forces which his camp itemised as irregularities, electoral malpractices, intimidation, none declaration of server stored electoral results and more ruined the chances. The camp did not also forget the role a ‘compromised judiciary’ played. By 2023 when another electoral process will take centre stage, Atiku would have been 76 years. It is highly that he will not be willing to participate again. But who says?

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reetings Dear Friends, There’s a general presumption that knowledge is power, but in reality, the real power is applied knowledge. This is because if you have knowledge only stored in your brain without the actual application, you might not have the same respect as someone who takes advantage of the opportunity of expressing his/her thoughts. We live in a digital age where innovation and creativity runs like light. Knowledge can be likened to information because when you are duly informed, you’ll have more opportunities, confidence and financial rewards. What most people don’t know is that you’ll only get paid for what you know, and therefore, in order to get money you need to learn more. In the course of this article, we shall be discussing how resourceful information and knowledge can trigger huge financial and rewarding opportunities for your business or career. The study of philosophy has taught me

that there are five forms of knowledge namely: authoritative knowledge which is the knowledge from a person who is regarded as an expert in a particular industry e.g. Medicine, law, accounting or engineer; empirical knowledge which is the knowledge derived from symbols; rational knowledge which is the knowledge derived from solving rational problems like mathematics; divine knowledge which is the knowledge from the creator (God) to man to understand heavenly teachings, and intuitive knowledge which is the knowledge from

within a person during impromptu and sane moments. It is well settled that people with informed knowledge and information are always respected, if for nothing else, for what they have upstairs and what they share. Do you truly and really want to expand your business? If yes, then you have to read. It is said often said that readers are leaders because they tend to make better decisions that produce better results. According to Francis Bacon, “Writing maketh an exact man, conference maketh a

ready man, but reading maketh a full man”. Succeeding in life and business entails reading, researching and networking. Starving yourself of knowledge is limiting your earning c a p a c i t y. I m a g i n e driving a car with an empty gas and expecting to get to your destination. That is basically how limiting yourself and expecting to succeed in life. Your brain needs muscles, exercise them by reading and m e d i t a t i n g . Av o i d starving your brain the fuel it needs to progress. Therefore, in order for

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you to expand your business, you need to figure out your weakness, then look for a mentor/coach in your specific area of interest. According to some schools of thought, one of the ways to decipher how successful or viable a person or organization is by looking at their financial status. Money can be likened to a magnet. You have to attract it by earning it the right way and the best way to attract money is developing your brain by reading. Regardless of your environment,

humble. These set of people don’t hoard information of interest to the public. People with useful information are always invited to critical meetings where critical information are taken. However, it should be noted that the burden of knowledge is humility. It’s all about your intentions. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. It’s unfortunate to note that lesser minds tend to show case their ignorance by making people feel dumb especially when they have

research about your chosen industry. Look around the web for significant articles about successful businesses that are similar to your concept. Get a Business Degree: Many business owners who have reached high levels of success were able to because of their strong amount of knowledge. You can learn more about the details of running a business by taking formal classes or even enrolling in a graduate degree MBA program through the

wash, try your hand at helping out an operator before you take the plunge with your own cash investment. Learning to run a business the right way takes a strong amount of dedication to reading, understanding, and meeting potential mentors. Once you gain expertise, you’ll have a much easier time of creating a business that will stand out and find its niche. Education: according to Albert Einstein “Education is what

industry, organization or institution you are working on, if you really want to go far, you have to be hungry for information that pertains to the industry, customers and competitors. This is a sure way of expanding your business and net worth. Just like money can’t be hidden, knowledge can’t be hidden, it is like rays of light. It has a way of showcasing itself. Most rational and informed people with insightful knowledge and intelligence are always

facts and figures. Let’s see how we can increase our fortunes with the right knowledge. Find a Mentor and Improve Your Business Knowledge Immediately: Their business knowledge can help you a lot. Another way to find a great mentor in your community is through networking events related to the industry you plan on focusing your business. Research Information to Increase Your Business Knowledge: Try doing some targeted internet

Get Hands-On: An effective way to gain knowledge about the business world is to simply go out and get experience. Before running a business in a s p e c i f i c f i e l d , i t ’s important to develop experience as a worker. If you want to open your own restaurant, try working in a kitchen first. Opening your own retail store could be a better idea if you have worked in sales at some point. If you’re dreaming of running your own car

remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Being open to new and useful knowledge boosts your business, benefits your employees and stimulates your brain. Yo u s h o u l d a l s o participate in ongoing education. Educate yourself to ensure that you know how to keep your business competitive and relevant in your field. Ongoing education can benefit professionals at any level, but it is especially

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professionally. The market is not what it was ten years ago, it most certainly wasn’t the same 5 years ago. It is important to stay current and competitive to win. If you aren’t exposing yourself to new ideas, you are making it easier for your competition to eat your lunch. On the long run, innovation wins, and the most ignorant entrepreneur tends to lose. Finally, its worthy to note that in order for you to lead, you must read and in order for you to earn you must learn. Strategies To Improve Yo u r B u s i n e s s Knowledge Fast Here are five strategies to improve your knowledge about business. Customer knowledge – you should know your customers’ needs and what they think of you. You may be able to develop mutually beneficial knowledge sharing relationships with customers by talking to them about their future requirements, and

discussing how you might be able to develop your own products or services to ensure that you meet their needs. Employee and supplier relationships– seek the opinions of your employees and your suppliers because they’ll have their own impressions of how you’re performing. You can use formal surveys to gather this knowledge or ask for their views on a more informal basis. Market knowledge– Watch developments in your sector. How are your competitors performing? How much are they charging? Are there any new entrants to the market? Have any significant new products been launched? Knowledge of the business e n v i r o n m e n t – Yo u r business can be affected by numerous outside factors. Developments in politics, the economy, technology, society and the environment could all affect your business’

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development, so you need to keep yourself informed. Professional associations and trade bodies Read publications, academic publications, government publications, reports from research bodies, trade and technical magazines. Trade exhibitions and conferences – These can provide an easy way of finding out what your competitors are doing and to see the latest innovations in your sector. Product research and development – Scientific and technical research and development can be a vital source of knowledge that can help you create innovative new products – retaining your competitive edge.. In conclusion, I will say, the key to expanding your knowledge and financial life is by gaining resourceful information, knowledge and networking right. The combination of this three factors will definitely make you triumph

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Access, Sterling, Union Outperform Banking Peers Despite Stock Market Rout

he past year has been terrible for banking stocks as continued selloffs have caused the banking index to be among the worst performing sectors in the market. However, Access, Sterling and Union Banks managed to stand out among banking peers by shrugging off the weak investor sentiment bedevilling the Nigerian market to increase their shareholders’ wealth so far this year. Out of thirteen commercial banks listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), only the three lenders have produced positive returns for investors in a market that has lost as much as 16.14 percent of its market value since the start of the year. While the banking index, which gauges the performance of the most capitalized and liquid lenders, is down 20.96 percent so far in 2019, shares of Union Bank recorded the biggest gain of 25.89 percent year-todate (YTD) to N7.05. Access and Sterling Banks have returned 10.29 percent and 5.26 percent of value to investors YTD, bringing their share prices as at the close of trading Wednesday to N7.50 and N2, respectively. On the other hand, shares of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) fell 49.29 percent year-to-date to N7.10; Unity Bank, -

44.86 percent to 59 kobo; First Bank of Nigeria Holdings (FBNH), -33.33 percent to N5.30; Zenith Bank, -26.46 percent to N16.95; Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), -25.98 percent to N25.50; while United Bank for Africa (UBA) shed -25.32 percent to N5.75. Stanbic IBTC plunged 22.84 percent to N37 from the beginning of 2019; Fidelity Bank declined by 16.75 percent to N1.69; First City Monument Bank lost 14.81 percent to N1.61; while Wema Bank dropped 11.11 percent to 56 kobo. Nigerian tier-one banks posted a combined profit of N521.92 billion in the first nine months of 2019 from N455.96 billion garnered in the same period last year, this is the first double-digit growth recorded by the lenders since Nigeria exited recession two years ago. But in spite of this, investors are apathetic towards most of the bank stocks, leading to negative year-to-date returns for their shareholders. “The decline is largely reflective of Nigeria’s macro because many of the results released have been good,” said Aderonke Akinsola, banking analyst at Lagos-based Chapel Hill Denham. “In as much as we are in this kind of macro-environment, investors will be cautious regardless of how good

companies’ results are.” Nigerian banks were faced with several regulations aimed at refocusing the banks to their core duty of lending which would support credit flows to the real sector of the Nigerian economy. Among the recent policies is a directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria mandating the banks to maintain a minimum loan-to-deposit ratio (LDR) of 65 percent by December 2019 – an upward revision from the initial 60 percent to be maintained by September 2019. Some analysts have argued that the move could reduce the banks’ exposure to high-yielding low-risk Federal Government securities such as bonds and treasury bills, thereby reducing their earnings from investing activities – their major source of income – and dampening the already weak investor sentiment in the market. B e s i d e s t h e challenging broader economy which grew at a slower pace of 1.94 percent in the second quarter of 2019, recent regulations by the CBN could also be weighing on bank stocks, according to Fola Abimbola, equity

research analyst at a Lagos-based FBNQuest, the research arm of FBNH. Meanwhile, analysts at CSL Stockbrokers maintained a “BUY” rating on Sterling, UBA, Fidelity, FCMB and Stanbic IBTC Banks, Meristem rated GTB a “BUY”, while those at United Capital had a “BUY” rating on FBNH as at when their respective nine-month financial results were released on the NSE.

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Zenith Bank Q3 results: Analysts’ Views Remain Positive

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ecently, Zenith Bank Plc released to the investing public its unaudited results for the nine months ( 9M) period ended September 30, 2019. Despite a challenging macroeconomic environment, the Group recorded a significant growth across its top-tobottom line figures. The unaudited account for the third-quarter (Q3) in review which was presented to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed Zenith Bank gross earnings increased by 4percent from N474.607 billion recorded in thirdquarter (Q3) 2018 to N491.268 billion in Q3 2019. Profit Before Tax (PBT) grew by 5percent from N167.307billion in Q3 2018 to a record N176.183 billion in Q3 2019. Also, profit after tax (PAT) rose by 5percent from N144.179 billion in Q3 2018 to N150.723 billion in Q3 2019. Non-interest Income (NII) expanded by 22percent from N128.7 billion in Q3 2018 to N156.8 billion in Q3’2019. In this final quarter of the year, Zenith Bank hopes to sustain its competitiveness and share of market in the corporate segment and build upon its digital foundations to reinforce its retail banking initiatives. “Our views on Zenith Bank remain positive, buoyed by efficient costtooperating revenue

profile and stable margins. Although interest income is unlikely to improve by full year 2019, stronger NII performance, cheaper funding cost and stable CIR are expected to keep profitability attractive”, said research analysts at Lagos-based United Capital. “Again, with return-onequity (ROE) of 23.8percent, the ticker remains under- priced at N17. Accordingly, we maintain a “buy” rating on the ticker”, United Capital analysts added. Zenith Bank’s platforms and channels were the enablers of this growth, with fees from electronic products doubling to N35.3 billion from N17.6 billion in Q3 2018. Zenith’s cost optimisation strategies and aggressive retail banking drive also yielded the desired effects as cost-to-income ratio declined from 51.2percent in Q3 2018 to 50.1percent in Q3 2019 with Earnings Per Share (EPS) growing by 5percent from N4.58 in Q3 2018 to N4.80 in Q3 2019.

Zenith Bank Plc is one of Nigeria’s largest lenders. The bank offers its clients wide range of corporate, investment, business and personal banking products and solutions across over 500 branches, predominantly in Nigeria, with subsidiaries in the UK, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Gambia, as well as representative offices in South Africa and China. The group’s retail and corporate banking franchises continued its momentum with customers’ deposits growing by 7percent to N3.95 trillion from N3.69 trillion recorded as at December 2018, a reflection of increasing share of the industry’s deposits and customers’ confidence in the Zenith brand. These deposit acquisitions have directly contributed to Zenith Bank’s cost of funds improving from 3.3percent in Q3 2018 to 2.95percent as at Q3 2019. According to Usoro Essien’s team of analysts at Vetiva Capital, Zenith

Bank stock remains a “buy”. The “buy” rating refers to stocks that the analysts consider highly undervalued, but with strong fundamentals, and where potential return in excess of or equal to 15percent is expected to be realised between the current price and analysts’ target price. The analysts have set a target price (TP) of N32.77 for Zenith Bank shares. “Cost optimisation drives PBT growth. We find Zenith Bank numbers very impressive, as the bank was able to grow loan book while preserving asset quality ( 9M’ 19 NPL ratio: 4.95percent H1’ 19: 5.30percent) despite a tough operating quarter. The bank’s shares have lost 26.6percent year-to-date (YTD) and are currently trading at a price-to-book (P/B) of 0.6x versus a Tier-i peer average of 0.7x”, Vetiva research analysts further stated.

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inister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, while delivering her keynote address at the opening ceremony of the BusinessDay conference on Investing in Capital Market in Abuja, said the strategic policy is to help strengthen and complement the crucial relationship between fiscal policy, the regulatory environment and the strong capital market in Nigeria. The minister hinted of plans aimed at Integrating annual Budgets & M e d i u m - Te r m F i s c a l Strategies into rolling Medium & Long-term National Plans, saying “with discussions between the Executive and the National Assembly currently ongoing regarding the 2020 Budget Proposal, we are well on our way to ensuring a stable January to December budget cycle”.0 Zainab also hinted of new long-term plans covering a period of 20 years beginning from 2021 to 2040. “An important next step will be to transition our 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan to a successive long-term Vision 2040 Plan. To this end, I am currently working with the Honourable Minister of State Budget and National Planning to prepare a

Medium-Term Economic Growth Acceleration Plan for 2021-2024 as a successor to the ERGP. She noted that the theme of the conference “market recovery, innovation and regulation in Nigeria”, is apt in the sense that it is aimed at addressing the enormous challenges currently facing the nation’s capital market. She added that the federal government has also put in place other polices that will boost investors confidence in the sector and generally in the Nigerian economy especially the Draft Finance Bill. “Amongst these strategic objectives is the introduction of tax incentives for investments in infrastructure and capital markets, and

specifically the introduction of Tax Rules to complement existing SEC Regulations for Securities Lending Transactions on The Nigerian Stock Exchange. “The Draft Finance Bill, which accompanied the 2020 Executive Budget Proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on October 8, 2019, included five strategic objectives aimed at achieving incremental but necessary changes to the country’s tax and fiscal laws. “Amongst these strategic objectives, is the introduction of tax incentives for investments in infrastructure and capital markets, and specifically

the introduction of Tax Rules to complement existing Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) Regulations for Securities Lending Transactions on The Nigerian Stock Exchange. This strategic objective recognizes the crucial relationship between fiscal policy, the regulatory environment and the strong capital market we all seek to ensure in Nigeria,” she said. The Minister noted that Nigeria’s capital market is crucial to actualizing and achieving the sustained, inclusive and equitable socioeconomic growth that this Government aims to achieve.

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Crypto Users Can Now Trade Ethereum In Naira On Luno

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ryptocurrency traders in Nigeria no longer need to convert their money to bitcoin first before buying or selling Ethereum, as they can trade directly in the local currency – naira, according to global cryptocurrency platform, Luno. Ethereum is a public, peer-topeer network or blockchain with its own cryptocurrency called Ether. Created by Vitalik Buterin in 2014, Ethereum was designed to be a platform on which smart contracts can be built and run. Many experts view Ethereum as more than just a cryptocurrency and foresee a world where a wide variety of applications are built and run on the Ethereum blockchain. It is the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, and its practical

applications are vast in comparison to others. Ethereum is the secondlargest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, that Luno will be enabling users to buy in the local currency in Nigeria. Luno currently has its headquarters in London with regional hubs in Singapore and Johannesburg and a team of over 290. Luno noted in a statement that after Bitcoin, Ethereum comes second as the most well-known asset among cryptocurrencies in Nigeria. 30 percent of Nigerians who answered the survey said they owned Ethereum, compared to 80 percent for Bitcoin, 23 percent for Bitcoin Cash and 22 percent for Litecoin. In terms of activity on cryptocurrency exchanges,

the company said Ethereum has more liquidity in the local market in Nigeria compared to South Africa and that the 24-hour volume of cryptocurrency markets in Nigeria is highly competitive. Marius Reitz, General Manager for Africa at Luno, says Nigerians are increasingly aware of the various benefits and applications of Ethereum, and cryptocurrencies in general. “As a result, making it easier, cheaper and faster for Nigerians to buy and sell Ethereum will

only serve as a catalyst for connecting more people to these benefits and a p p l i c a t i o n s . We a r e excited to be at the forefront of making this happen.” Co-founded by CEO Marcus Swanepoel and CTO Timothy Stranex, Luno has raised over $13m in funding since launch in 2015 and is backed by global tech giant the Naspers Group and Rand Merchant Investment Holdings.

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h e A f r i c a n Development Bank's board approved a 125% capital increase to $208 billion on Thursday, the largest in the lender's history, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said. The decision caps two years of negotiations to give the Abidjan-based bank greater scope to meet the continent's funding needs. The last increase was agreed in 2010. At an extraordinary meeting of the board, Adesina said the extra capital would help the

bank finance energy, climate, and agricultural projects, as well as support infrastructure needed for the success of a continental free-trade zone. "This is a joyful day for Africa, a historic day," he said in a press conference after the meeting. "This will give us greater stability for the future." The AfDB's shareholders are Africa's 54 nations and 26 non-African donor countries. Part of its lending to poorer countries is at concessionary rates, l a rg e l y f i n a n c e d b y

Western donors. Each member country appoints a governor to the board whose voting

power is proportionate to the amount of capital contributed by the country.

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Meet The 12-Year-Old Boy Who Gained Admission At University Of Ghana EVENTS

Glamour as Sanwo-Olu, Kia Motors CEO, Others Join Zaria Art Society in Celebration of Legacies

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The love I've For My Boyfriend Increases Whenever He Beats Me - Ghanaian Singer, Gloria Forson

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h a n a i a n s i n g e r, Gloria Forson, has revealed that she loves when her partner beats her. According to her, she is against violence against women but for her, its fantasy. She added that such an act makes her feel good and she also likes the fact that her partner pampers her after beating her. “It's not good but for me, I like it because it makes me

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feel good. Some people like it that way, others don't. He has to b e a t m e sometimes so we make up. When he beats me, he'll pamper me. We all have our preferences"

Halloween: Kim Oprah Slays In Black Panther Custom-Printed Dress

3-year-old Chinonso Ibinabo Opara, popularly known as Kim-Oprah is an exbeauty queen and a television host. The African beauty achieved the impossible when she represented Nigeria at the 47th edition o f t h e M i s s Intercontinental World Beauty Pageant Big Brother Naija star has also joined the 2019 Halloween celebration. The ex-beauty queen and a television host took to Instagram to share stunning photos of herself posing in Black Panther custom-printed dress for this year's Halloween. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Meet The 12-Year-Old Boy Who Gained Admission At University Of Ghana iemens Bamford is the youngest of twenty.

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among the over 2900 fresh students who were matriculated over the weekend by the University of Ghana. His father, Robert Bamfo has been tutoring his son for the past 3 years in various subjects which prepared him to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private students, popularly known as Nov-Dec, which he passed. Viemens is the second child in his family who has experienced hometuition from his father; his elder brother, Edwin Bamfo, has graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as an Environmental Scientist at the age

Viemens in an interview with Accra based Citi TV stated that his father uses what his children like to teach t h e m teaching by association.

Actor, RMD Unveils New Look

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eteran Actor, Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known as RMD, has unveiled his new look and he is asking his fans' opinion about it. The actor dyed his popular grey beard dark, probably for a movie role, and shared a photo of his new look on Instagram. He went on to ask his followers if they think he should retain the look. Sharing the photo on his social media page, he wrote ; Hmmmm this can become my Real Face o! Cameroon, Cameroon, Camerooon ! How many times I call una? Wait o can I keep this as my Real Face? Yes or No?

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Glamour as Sanwo-Olu, Kia Motors CEO, Others Join Zaria Art Society in Celebration of Legacies By Eric Elezuo

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he main showroom of Kia Motors, Lagos was a beehive of active laughter and happiness as notable members of the society turned out in their numbers to celebrate lasting legacies with the Zaria Art Society. Among those present at the event which was themed Celebration of Legacies were the Executive Governor of L a g o s S t a t e , M r. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chief Executive Officer of Kia Motors, Nigeria, Mr. Jacky Hathiramani; and the Founder,

Arthouse Contemporary, Mrs Kavita Chellaram. The Zaria Art Society was formed in 1958 by a group of undergraduate students in the Fine Art Department of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology (later renamed Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria). The Society came into being as an ideological group that rejected the modes of teaching and producing art at the institution. They are sometimes referred to as the 'Zaria Rebels', and its impetus was hinged around the euphoria of

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pre- and post-Independence nationalism of the time, but also the need to create new art. The idea that underpinned the formation of the Zaria Art Society was predicated on Uche Okeke's enunciation of natural synthesis. As a concept, natural synthesis advocated the fusion of indigenous visual arts with useful Western ones. This was central to the Zaria Art Society's ideology. These artists created works that reflected the diverse cultures of the Nigerian state.

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here never really should be any reason why you should not date or be with the person you love except for reasons of genuine incompatibility. And that's the type that is determined by the absence if a common ground on major values personally held, and an inability to actually gel or really connect as two individuals. Other things like age, tribe, ethnicity and colour should not really matter insofar as that connection and genuine compatibility is established. So as a woman, if you are with a younger man, you really have nothing to worry about, nor any opinion to be bothered about, provided that your relationship with that man meets the requirements stated above. H o w e v e r, f o r y o u r relationship with a younger man to thrive, there are some things you

should not do. All the normal relationship things that many people do not like should logically be avoided. Lies, unfaithfulness, keeping side guys, disloyalty, lack of emotional intelligence, failure to support their dreams, etc, should be shunned. It's a no brainer that for many relationships to thrive, regardless of the age formation, these are things to avoid. In the case where an older woman and a younger man are involved, however, one more thing to specially avoid is what I'd love to call the 'older sister' syndrome. Especially if he is like three or more years younger, you may want to fall into this trap of relating with him like a big sis but you need to watch it. Whenever your communication to him is toeing this line, back off. According to a piece published by Karen Fratti

for HelloGiggles in April 2017; "Don't try to give them advice or "when I was your age" lectures. If this is the first time they lost a job, been dumped, had to move to a new city on their own — that's a big deal. Even if you have sage life advice to impart, know when to just STFU. "You'll start to sound patronizing and open up a whole new can of worms. Know when you can offer help and when they just want you to listen to them." Basically, this is like the one and only special rule that applies to this relationship that may not be very important in others. Whatever happens in the relationship should be blamed on the individual without necessary reference to his age. People are capable of acting better than their age would suggest, and in

some cases, they act worse than what one would expect from people their age. If you want your relationship with a younger man to not hit the rocks, it is not enough to just do what is expected of all relationships, it is important to always remember that issues and all other things in the relationship should never be linked to the fact that he's younger. Constantly or regularly doing things that remind him of this will only cause his ego to take hits and in the long run, you may create a feeling that you that suggests to him that you have a problem with him being younger than you. A feeling of inadequacy may also be created in him, even if you do not think he is are inadequate for you.

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Bodycon: An Emphasies On The Feminine Figure By: Ajibade Morakinyo

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t can be traced to 1928, but the secret of the success of it is in versatility. It can be combined with almost all things and wear every day. Bodycon dress is a hit of the season, and not just the current one, it is an essential classic lady’s clothes, like a little black dress. Style bodycon dress hugs and emphasizes the feminine figure. Especially popular dress was in the 30s and 60s. Then, it took place in the c o m p u l s o r y e v e r y w o m a n ’s wardrobe. The reason for this was the prevalence of amazing versatility bodycon dress. How to Wear a Bodycon Dress Bodycon dress can be worn with anything. Unusual outfit for office hot pink cardigan in combo with classic-black bodycon dress. Also, it can wear with the leather jacket, shoes with heels or ballet flats - in any case the image will feminine. Today, fashion houses are rethinking the familiar silhouette, adding relevant parts and playing with colors — but its original charm and clarity remain the same! Try faded jean jacket in combination with khaki bodycon dress. The versatility of the dress gives a great field for the imagination. Depending on the event, you can add different elements to experiment with clothes and shoes. In addition, for a modest fitting dress may fit any accessories from the sophisticated necklace of precious stones to large and bright jewelry. Elegant hats are also able to give a new spirit and purpose of the bodycon dress. Dress can be worn with a cardigan, jacket and various capes. In addition, the color of the dress itself is able to diversify the destination charge. Very bright colors do not require additional accessories and look at the same time very elegant and festive. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Biggest Crisis in the World By Babatunde Jose

"Contrary to the way most people think today, the biggest crisis in the world is not climate change, political divides, deforestation, water pollution or any of the other global threats that make the headlines these days. The biggest crisis in the world today is the lack of really effective leadership" From Donald Trump in America to the thieving leadership in Congo, to the formless leadership of Boris Johnson in the UK, it's the same problem. There is need for a new paradigm in leadership; need for a 'conscious leadership'. onscious leadership is leadership that is not only skilled and competent but is embodied in someone who is selfaware and mindful, someone who practices some form of selfexamination and constantly seeks to expand their awareness. When leadership becomes conscious and more selfaware people embrace it and our institutions will begin to recognize how dysfunctional they have become and the mediocrity their cultures have come to expect from them. It is only then that we can have meaningful change. Social scientist Willis Harman observed that we are at a point in our history when security for some can't be achieved until

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everyone feels secure'; that is, when the well-being of everyone becomes more important than the ambitions of a few. Our current and past crisis are all evidentiary of a leadership that is bereft of vision and mission; a leadership that has lost its bearing and is tottering without direction or a clue to solving the myriad problems confronting us as a people. Take for instance the issue of fuel and our refineries and the untold cost and hardship wroth by the importation of a commodity which we ought to be exporting. It has taken us 25 years of carelessness and lackadaisical attitude towards the national economy to arrive at this

juncture: The only major oil producer importing refined petroleum. Another area is the power sector which has remained an impediment to progress for everyone. Yet, other nations have found solutions to this problem. It is definitely rocket science to provide stable electricity to our people; but not in this clime where the leadership is clueless and the people acquiesce and accept 'living in darkness' as a way of life. The docility of our people is not only legendary but has made some analysts to come to the conclusion that suffering might, after all, be self inflicted. When a people fail to shake off the yoke of suffering imposed on them by their leaders, they might not

deserve pity. We therefore requires a new consciousness; a shift in the quality of leadership that is capable of leading us to the Promised Land and out of this morass. At the same time we also require a shift in the paradigm of the followership; a change in the culture of political departicipation and unquestioning attitude to one of disposition to protest at every infringement and abuse of fundamental rights: In short, a culture of protest and if possible defiance. For how long can we sustain this African drama is a question no one can answer. Yet we claim we have leaders. Hmmm!!! We are all suffering because of the greed and

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Sermon avarice of a few: And our acceptance of that abnormality. The cost of becoming a conscious leader is quite trivial when compared to the cost of continuing to deal with one crisis after another – like political d i s h a r m o n y, g l o b a l warming, deforestation, genocide, floods, Fulanism, Deltaism, Kidnapping and terrorism. Conscious leadership does not rely on a person's title or position of authority. It can be adapted by anyone who sees a need for leadership and is willing and courageous enough to take a stand for change. Again, it is a lifestyle for which one volunteers. Why not give it a try? What harm can come from all of us consciously evolving beyond our adolescence and maturing as more conscious leaders and followers? The need to be responsible for our actions, either good

or bad, was the central theme of a Friday sermon by Imam Muiz Zubayr of the Faith Unite Muslims, Lagos. Ustaz Muiz, in his sermon, emphasized that the decay and poverty in the country were as a result of failure of leadership. He quoted from Quran where Allah says: Whatever misfortune happens to you, is because of the things your hands have wrought, and for many (of them) He grants forgiveness. (Quran 42:30) "Therefore, t h e a g o n y, e v i l s , misfortunes, pains, economic instability, stagnation and backwardness being experienced in the country today are as a result of failed leadership. And we might as well add, 'failed followership'. Therefore, our misfortunes and sufferings are definitely not from God, but from ourselves," said Ustaz Muiz. He identified justice as a dynamic

characteristic of a leader. According to him, a just leader will, at all times, serve and prioritise the interests of the followers and not his own interest. See Quran 5:8 It is therefore imperative to remind our leaders: Allah doth command you to render back your Trusts to those to whom they are due; and when ye judge between man and man, that ye judge with justice: Verily how excellent is the teaching which He giveth you! For Allah is He Who heareth and seeth all things. (Quran 4:58) Let me end this piece with 'words on the marble' by Babafemi Ojudu in his piece: When did the Rain Start Beating Us?: "No one has cared to tell our governors that unless and until they mobilize the e n e r g y, t a l e n t a n d creativity of their people, the thousands of youths who roam about aimlessly and listlessly, will remain

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the way they are and get worse progressively. When the centre refuses to hold, things fall apart." "In their disconnect, we remain a people without respect, drifting in the ocean without compass. The rain has become a deluge and the flood, right before our very eyes, is washing our youths, our future away." "I dare say that it is going to be a long night, unless our local leaders are able to take a lamp to the darkness and make way for their people out of this long tunnel. That starts with diligence in choosing those who lead us. Not taken by appearances but digging dip for men of character: Dignity in integrity. This is the only magic wand." The progress and development of this country is therefore a joint responsibility from which we cannot run away.

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Bale Back In The Fold But Not Fit To Face Betis - Zidane

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inedine Zidane said on Friday Gareth Bale has resumed light training but will not be available for Real Madrid’s La Liga game at home to Real Betis. Madrid can register their third consecutive victory by beating struggling Betis on Saturday but Bale remains on the sidelines, as he continues his recovery from a calf problem. Bale caused a stir this week by taking the day off on Monday to meet his agent in London, prompting reports in Spain he was discussing a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in January. But Zidane has insisted Bale had permission to be absent from the club and he is now back in training. The Welshman was not with the rest of the squad for Friday’s early session but did some running along with a team physio.

Arsenal Captain Xhaka To Miss Wolves Clash Amid Fan Feud

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n a i E m e r y confirmed on Friday that Granit Xhaka will miss Arsenal’s home match against Wo l v e r h a m p t o n Wanderers this weekend as the Swiss midfielder’s fan feud rumbles on. Xhaka appeared to swear at Arsenal supporters after his second half substitution prompted sarcastic cheers and booing during Sunday’s 22 home draw with Crystal Palace, with the 27-year-

old cupping his ears, waving his arms angrily and ripping off his shirt before storming down the tunnel. Xhaka has faced calls to be stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and he was l e f t o u t o f We d n e s d a y ’s League Cup defeat at Liverpool after Gunners boss Emery admitted his reaction was wrong.

Klopp Searches For Solution To Liverpool's League Cup Dilemma

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urgen Klopp admits Liverpool are yet to resolve their League Cup dilemma after holding talks over the fixture clash between the quarter-final against Aston Villa and the Club World Cup. Klopp's side will be in the Middle East for the Club World Cup when their League Cup tie at Villa is scheduled to be played in December. Klopp had threatened to pull Liverpool out of the League Cup if the English Football League didn't accommodate them by moving the last eight match. He has considered fielding two separate sides to solve the fixture congestion, but it remains likely the Villa game will be pushed back until early January. "We discussed it. We have to as there is not too much time to

make that decision. But no other guys play back home final decision yet," Klopp against Aston Villa. told reporters on Friday. "If we did play while in Qatar it would be two different teams but we cannot leave any players at home for the Carabao Cup. "We have two games there (in Qatar) in a very busy period. It is not that we can go there with 11 players and say these 11 guys play two games in Qatar and the www.thebossnewspapers.com


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As Buhari Embarks on Another Private Visit to London

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aving spent a large chunk of October criss crossing foreign lands, President Muhammadu Buhari will again from today embark on another 15 days trip to London in what he described as 'private trip'. The trip will see the President departing Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Saturday to England. The reason for the private visit, as usual, is not known. Nigerians have read through the lines, captured the innuendos involved and analysed the irony of the situation. This is imagining a President who only recently read riot acts to his ministers and other public officers as regards foreign travels. Buhari had said while placing embargo on foreign travels that the reduction in the number and duration of foreign trips for ministers and other categories of government was a 'cost-saving measure' to achieve fiscal prudence. Does Buhari make separate laws for his officers, and a different kind of laws for himself. It is obvious we are dealing with a 'King Don't Tell Me', who is well versed in the theory of 'do as I say, not as I do'. Otherwise, is it not proper to lead by example. One may not begin to count numerous promises that hit the walls as the administration of Buhari took off in 2015. But one may not also forget to remember that the President questioned the rationale behind traveling out of the country at every given opportunity and beat his chest to do away with it; one may not also forget in a hurry that the President promised to convert all planes on the presidential fleet to national carriers, and within one year add more aircraft; or is it the promise that the office of the first lady will be abolished as it adds nothing to the economy. Well, those were integrity-back promises, but which of them has been fulfilled till date. If you ask me, na who I go ask. Maybe, 'the matter we you see so, e get as e bi'. We can only count our teeth with our tongiue to ascertain if the man at the helm of affairs is actually the

much awaited Mr. Integrity. Buhari must understand that those that live in glass houses, don't throw stones. In the same vein, it is not mature to talk the talk when you cannot walk the walk. In April, Buhari was also on a 10 days private visit to London and has budgeted the sum of N1.75 billion for personal foreign trips for the year 2020 in the proposed 2020 appropriation bill. That appears like the image of one who is taking his countrymen for granted. And funnily enough, the people have become dumb and no longer responsive to external stimuli, so everyone is silently eating the bread of sorrow, waiting for the coming of 2023 when the President not a few has termed irresponsible to the plight of the masses leaves office. But nothing in the horizon shows that 2023 may ever come. For 20 days and counting that Buhari will away, the government will practically shut down as the instrumentality of transferring power to the vice president was invoked. As a result, the vacuum will remain until his return on November 17 as Femi Adesina announced . As the years are running into months, and to weeks and days for the president, it is imperative that he amends what is left of his ways. Stop speaking tongue in cheek – speak the truth somethings and regain the people's confidence if he ever he had it; walk the talk and as Punch editorial will put it, stay at your duty post.

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