Africa is on the march in March

by | March 20, 2017 12:50 am


Donald J. Trump is full of surprises.  He is an amazing guy.  He has an incredible way of dealing with his detractors, critics, opponents and sworn enemies.

We shall come back to that later.

For now, let us just focus on the allegation that he has no time for Africa and his pre-occupation is with Britain, Europe, Russia, Israel, China and North Korea.  He was sufficiently provoked to declare on Fox News:

“I am the least racist guy you have ever met.  Of course I have time for Africa (especially the retired partners of KPMG who are still awaiting their gratuity and pension).  Indeed, I have already spoken to President Muhammed Buhari of Nigeria and the President of Zimboda whose name I cannot remember.  The Nigerian President was not on seat (as they love to say in Nigeria!)  He was in London.  I wish him well.”

The problem with dealing with Africa (and Nigeria in particular) is that you do not even know where to start or when it is going to end.

Here are some of the stuff my National Security Adviser, Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn was sending me before I fired him.

  • Front page report of “The Punch” newspaper of February 8, 2017.

Headline:            “ICPC seizes 62 houses from female officer”

“The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related           Offences Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, says the commission has           seized 62 houses from a female public officer.

According to him, the matter is in court and the property will      be           confiscated by the Federal Government after litigation… “How would the commission address unexplained wealth by public officers? The commission has a mandate to ask anybody to explain the source of his or her wealth. The commission has the power to issue an interim           seizure order to any public officer to explain the source of their           wealth. Through that order, the commission has seized 62 houses from one female officer, the matter is still in court and the property           will be confiscated by the FG after litigation.”

Front page report “Daily Trust” newspaper of February 8, 2017.

Headline:      “rivers rerun election: Police recover N111 million from 23 INEC officials”

“An investigative report submitted yesterday to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has accused Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike of giving N360 million bribe to electoral officials to rig the December 10, 2016 legislative elections in the state.

The chairman of the 15-member Special Joint Investigative Panel, made up of officers from the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), DCP Damian Okoro, said of the N360 million, N111, 300,000 had been recovered from 23 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.

He said three Senior Electoral Officers (EOs) admitted receiving the money directly from Governor Wike. The EOs were present at the Police Force Headquarters during the presentation of the panel report and exhibition of the recovered bribe money in Abuja yesterday.

Okoro, without mentioning their names said they were the team leaders who collected the money from the Governor and shared it with their colleagues on electoral duty in Rivers state.

He said the three senior EOs were given N20 million each while  twenty others  got N15 million each, out of which N111, 300,000 was recovered and displayed at the Police Headquarters.

  • Front page “The Punch” newspaper of February 14, 2016
  • Headline: “Boko Haram steals 1,000 cattle in Adamawa”

“Suspected members of the terror group, Boko Haram have carted away over 1000 cows, 70 sheep and 40 goats in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Eyewitness accounts stated that the not fewer than 30      rustlers who were well-armed invaded Madagali settlement at about 10 am on Friday and carted away the animals.

Headline:   “Woman who donated N1 million to

                    Buhari dies”

“My dream is to see a day that Buhari will win the (presidential) election and be sworn into office. That day, I will slaughter a cow, cook plenty of food and throw a big party. I have told them that I will declare free food at my shop for everybody including those in the town and villages to come and celebrate.”

That was a statement of the now late Fatima Koko, who donated N1 million to Muhammadu Buhari presidential campaign organisation in January 2015.

She lived long enough to see her dream fulfilled. Her age was put at 95. Koko’s death was announced on Saturday by the Kebbi State government.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has expressed his sadness over the death of the campaign benefactor, popularly called Maitalle Tara, who in 2015 donated N1 million, reportedly her life savings, to his campaign as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

She reportedly waited nine hours in Kebbi early last year to donate the money to Buhari.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President described the deceased as “a woman with a good heart, who stood by her convictions, and gave sacrificially.”


(January 29, 2017)

Headline:   “HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano drops bombshell”

“The Colonial masters refused to educate the North.  According to the Secretary For the Colonies:

The purpose of the British Administration in Northern Nigeria is to assist native administration to promote the true happiness of their people and not education and material development.”

  • Front page report: “Daily Trust” newspaper of February 16, 2017

Headline:      “Hunchback killed for rituals in Edo state”

The police in Edo State, last Friday, paraded four persons, including a native doctor, for allegedly killing a 62-year-old hunchback for money rituals.

  • Front page report in “Nigerian Tribune” newspaper.

Headline: “All arms of government are corrupt – Osinbajo

  • Customs, NDDC are corrupt – Sagay.

ACTING President Yemi Osinbajo has observed that no arm of government or any segment of the Nigerian society can claim to be insulated from corruption, which he said can only be brought to an end through best practices.


J.K. Randle, OFR, FCA