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Yahaya Bello Vs EFCC: Saraki, the name in bed with local and international corruption, tyranny

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By Daud Abdullahi

One of Senator Bukola Saraki’s bootlickers recently tried to compare the cool-headed Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, with the embattled former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello. In the piece, the fictional writer attempted to draw a comparison between the duo but ended up exposing his paymaster in the process.

The author must have been paid to embarass Saraki because at least four assets belonging to the Bukola Saraki tucked away in secret offshore territories, have been uncovered.

This revelation, was made possible by internal data of the Panama-based offshore-provider, Mossack Fonseca, obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with PREMIUM TIMES and over 100 other media partners in 82 countries, could worsen Mr. Saraki’s case as he battles to extricate himself from allegations of corruption. (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/panama-papers/201222-panamapapers-hidden-family-assets-nigerias-senate-president-saraki-uncovered-tax-havens.html)

The Federal High Court Abuja recently adjourned a case filed by former Senate President Bukola Saraki against the plan by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and others to probe his earnings and properties acquired during his time as Kwara State Governor.

The court had on January 25, 2024 struck out two separate suits by Mr Saraki for lack of diligent prosecution by his lawyers (FHC/ABJ/CS/507/2019 and FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2019). (https://www.thewhistler.ng/sort-yourself-at-appeal-court-judge-tells-saraki-in-suit-against-efcc-others/).

Had the author been diligent and conscious of Bello and Saraki’s antecedents, he would have discovered that the piece would reveal the shenanigans of the party he wanted to cover. But since he didn’t, the article has now sparked debate on the legacies of his banished party and its leaders as the informed public he thought he could deceive now asks, ‘Why not like Yahaya Bello like Kwara PDP?’ instead of his warped title.

Of course, Bello and Saraki share many similarities and are better compared to each other. Like the latter, it was said that the former Governor refused to pay civil servants their entitlement and also frustrated their promotions based on political affiliations. Meanwhile, it’s public knowledge that Governor Abdulrazaq has consistently been paying civil servants their full salaries and has ensured those due for promotion since he assumed office in 2019 are promoted.

Like the PDP, Yahaya Bello was said to rule with an iron hand, disrespecting traditional rulers at will while using thugs to intimidate opposition members. Had Governor Abdulrazaq were to be like the Bello, as the writer posited, the likes of Bukola Saraki, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and other PDP leaders wouldn’t have had the guts to walk in Kwara freely after pillaging its coffer for 16 years! In the meantime, google would educate the writer of the travails of Dino Melaye and Senator Natasha in the hands of Bello. Tormenting late Governor Mohammed Lawal till he died remains Saraki’s legacy.

Quite ridiculously, the author also warned about ‘godfatherism’ and ‘impunity’ in Kwara. For one, Governor Abdulrazaq hasn’t imposed anyone on the Kwara people. The writer must be deluded to think that Yahaya Bello’s template, which was copied directly from Saraki, would be repeated by the Governor. For one, that’s a wrong comparison. It was the Sarakis that imposed a baby Governor on Kwarans in 2003, and that Governor Saraki went on to install his puppets in 2011 but failed woefully in 2019 with Razak Atunwa. It is quite evident that Governor AbdulRazaq is a peace-loving leader. He wines and dine with the people regardless of their social status. His outings in the last Ramadan fasting exemplified this virtue. In other words, it is Saraki that is known for intimidating and harassing people with state machinery. Anyways, Governor Abdulrazaq is not PDP/Bukola Saraki, nor is he the embattled Yahaya Bello who forced his successor on his people. He will ensure a smooth transition of power, and like him, the progressive who will succeed him will be prudent and receptive.

Therefore, Governor Abdulrazaq and former Governor Yahaya Bello’s leadership can’t be likened. There’s no comparison whatsoever. The former is less than six years in office and has achieved what the Kwara opposition couldn’t achieve in its 16 years of profligacy and corruption. Abdulrazaq’s leadership has been felt in all state sectors, including education and human capital development, agriculture and rural development, and health, among others.

Abdulrazaq has fixed over 600 schools with dilapidated buildings he inherited from the Saraki’s PDP that squandered the funds meant for rehabilitation. He’s revamping and building roads. Hospitals are equipped with modern facilities, and Kwara youths and women are trusted to lead from the leadership, an unprecedented feat in the state’s history. In addition, artisans and traders alike are equally not left out. How a man doing all of these was linked to Yahaya Bello is baffling. But it was expected from a party infamously known for churning out fake news and propaganda against the person of the governor forgetting that Saraki is still in court for corruption charges courtesy of the same EFCC.

The good people of Kwara are acutely aware that, if anything, the best comparison with Yahaya Bello would simply be the 16 years of Saraki’s PDP rascality and prebendalism.

Abdullahi a political analyst, writes from Ilorin.

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IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY OF NIGERIA CELEBRATES 91ST FOUNDER’S DAY ANNIVERSARY

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The Improvement Society of Nigeria, is proud to celebrate her 91st Founder’s Day anniversary, commemorating nearly a Century of dedicated service and impactful contributions to community development and national progress.

The celebration will take place on 22nd and 23rd June, 2024 at The African church Cathedral, Ifako, featuring a day of inspiring speeches, inauguration of new National Executive members,Bible Quiz and Fundraising.

The African Church Improvement Society came to life on 18th June 1933 in The African Church Cathedral Bethel, Lagos now The African Church Arch Cathedral Bethel, Lagos, having been founded by Late Elders T. G. A. Williams, J. A. Johnson and Bro. B.  O. Adesigbin among others.

It has blossomed from such humble beginnings into a giant spreading into Dioceses of The African Church.

President General, Bro. Adebiyi Abiodun Aderibigbe said that: by the special grace of God, we have remained focused on our mission and vision, which are geared toward promoting unity among members and positively contributing to the development of The African Church.

Looking forward, Improvement Society of Nigeria plans to expand its reach and deepen its impact with new initiatives focused on digital literacy, renewable energy in the Vineyard, continue wining souls for Christ and entrepreneurship training for the youth.  These initiatives aim to equip the next generation with the skills and opportunities needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The Improvement Society of Nigeria is a leading Society in The African Church  committed to fostering relationship and enhancing the quality of life for all members of the Church.

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Ms. Abosede Adegboyega

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Muvmnt Studio Hosts Exclusive Watch Party for ‘L.I.F.E on The Muvmnt Pod with Simi Drey

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L-R: Simi Drey, Host, L.I.F.E on the Muvmnt pod with Simi Drey and Tosin Adefeko, founder, AT3 Resources, The Muvmnt Agency.

The Muvmnt Studio hosted an exclusive watch party for its signature podcast, L.I.F.E on The Muvmnt Pod with Simi Drey. The event celebrated the podcast’s first season and offered a unique opportunity for listeners to engage and have an exclusive immersive experience.The audience was treated to a sneak peek of episode 5 (now released) featuring Fatima Ada Isiaku, a survivor of sexual assault. Her courageous story and journey from victim to advocate left a lasting impact on the room, highlighting the devastating effects of violence against women and girls.L.I.F.E on the Muvmnt Pod with Simi Drey transcends the boundaries of a typical podcast. Each episode embarks on a unique exploration through the lens of inspiring guests, delving into diverse themes that go beyond bringing social issues to the front burner to highlighting other aspects of our lives including fashion, entertainment, health, food, arts, culture, travel, creativity, technology, and lifestyle.The evening was not just about the podcast alone – it was a Muvmnt experience. Guests were treated to a delightful spread of cocktails and finger foods, and attendees participated in a fun, bespoke ” word search” game, a playful nod to the show’s exploration of diverse themes like connection, resilience, challenge, growth and momentum. fuelling lively conversations and fostering a true sense of community.The watch party was a testament to the podcast’s season success in the first season, and Muvmnt Studio’s commitment to creating channels that connect people, communities, and culture. In attendance were notable influencers, including; Shank Comics, Thisthingcalledfashion, Harmonihie, Amanda Dara, Kiki Festus, Jessica fortunes, Kagan amongst many others.

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Primate Ayodele To Launch 30th Edition Of Prophecy Book ‘Warnings To The Nations’ In July

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The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele is set to launch the 30th edition of his annual prophecy book titled Warnings To The Nations in July 2024.

The prophecy book ‘Warnings To The Nations’ has been getting published annually since 1994 and has over the years, served as a means of direction, revelation, insight, and solution to individuals, presidents, governors, world leaders, multinationals, corporate bodies, to mention but a few.

‘Warnings To The Nations’ is known to contain prophetic warnings to every country in the world, notable organizations, political leaders, federal, state and local governments, and several others. It also gives prophetic insight into every sector of nations including sports, politics, society, education, governance, corporate bodies, financial institutions, government establishments, and many more.

According to the publisher, Primate Elijah Ayodele, the decision to start publishing a prophecy book was an inspiration from God and not borne out of any personal decision. He revealed that God spoke to him in 1994 to begin the production to warn his people against impending dangers ahead of time.

Speaking on the spiritual exercise that goes into the production of Warnings To The Nations, Primate Ayodele made it known that he engages in different kinds of fasting for three months in order to get accurate messages from God.

‘’Warnings To The Nations’ is basically a product of divine instruction. God spoke to me in 1994 to begin the publication in order to warn his people ahead of impending dangers. The book isn’t for everyone but for those who believe in God and follow him. We produce as much as 5,000 copies annually and within two months, we exhaust them’’

‘’There are so many spiritual exercises that go into the production of Warnings To The Nations annually. We engage in different kinds of fast for three months in order to get accurate messages. It’s a tedious process but God has always helped us with it.’’

Furthermore, Primate Ayodele has released more than 100,000 prophecies through Warnings To The Nations with close to 50,000 Prophecies already fulfilled, making him the only prophet who has the highest record of released and fulfilled prophecies.

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