Don’t Go Home And Sleep, Immigration Boss Warns Newly Promoted On fficers

By Odita Sunday

The Comptroller-General Of Immigration ( CG) Muhammed Babandade, has charged newly promoted officersin Zone ‘A’ command, Lagos not to go home and start sleeping.

No fewer than 26 officers were promoted in the zone.

CG Babandade who was speaking during the decoration of newly promoted 26 officers at Zone A Command, Ikeja ,Lagos said: ” You are wearing new ranks , but that should not make you to go to bed .You should know that you are now putting on new caps and shoes ,so have moved to a new level.A new level of higher responsibility , dedication to duty and effectiveness to your call”

The CG who was represented by Assistant Controller General of Immigration, ACG Alfa Muhammad said: “I remember vividly when the CG decorated newly promoted officers ,he told them that their new ranks should not make them to go to sleep ,but to make them awake to their new tasks ,because ,to who much is given ,much is expected of him.This advise is what I want to be replicated in this zone. You should lead by examples ,just like I do. I want you to be more dedicated to your duty and responsibility.

“Promotion first and foremost comes from God and second through hard work. You should thank God and thank the CG Babandade for recognising your hard work.You should be grateful to CG for the massive promotion we have been enjoying. It had never been so in the history of the service . The CG has been interested in our welfare .He has done many things for us that will make us to be grateful ,dedicated and loyal to the service .

“For those of you that have been decorated today, you should know the CG’s zero tolerance to corruption. We don’t condone corruption of any kind.You should not been involved in any anti service conduct. Be sincere in serving the members of the public. You are like ambassadors; guide public when they are making mistakes. You are senior officers ,be shinning examples to your subordinates and they will be good.

“For those who have not been promoted , don’t be discouraged for more promotions are coming. I am a member of the board that sat for the promotion , I tell you unequivocally that more promotions are coming. The CG has assured us of it. Continue to do your job with enthusiasm and more dedication as God and your hard work will soon locate you”.

Alfa, who was assisted during the decoration by Senior officers ,including Comptroller Kings Ekpedeme, said the service was growing in strength and might and officers and men should live up to expectation .

The decorated officers are three Deputy Comptrollers of Immigration, seven Assistants Comptrollers, one Chief Superintendent, three Deputy Superintendent amongst others.


You Have Failed Nigerians, Melaye Tells APC!

…Says ruling party now Public Complaint Commission
…APC, not a political party -Babangida

The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye has taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for failing to meet the expectations of Nigerians, many of whom he said, defied the odds to vote for Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President in the 2015 general elections. Sen. Dino Melaye Melaye who spoke after he was conferred with the Legislator of the Year 2017 at the Daily Asset Newspaper maiden annual awards and lecture in Abuja, also charged Nigerians to conquer fear by rising up to ask critical questions on governance and service delivery.

Prefacing his remarks with his usual coinage; “If you speak the truth, you die. If you lie, you die. I, Dino Melaye has decided to speak the truth and die,” the fiery Senator wowed the audience with his vitriolic against his own party, which he likened to the Public Complaint Commission, apparently due to its penchants for blaming past administrations for its inability to deliver on some of its electioneering campaign promises. “The APC government has become Public Complaint Commission. I say this without fear or favour. We have more complains in the APC and even in the Presidency than service rendered. We cannot as a people continue like this. “The President said two days ago we should all embrace peace but I want to say without fear or favour that there can be no peace without justice.

There is hunger in the land, there is poverty in the land, and there is unemployment in the land. A lot of decision has not been taken; yet we say we want peace. The primary objective of government is the security and welfare of the people. There is no security, there is no welfare,” he said. According to the federal lawmaker, “Nigeria is not only sick presently but equally suffers from regretful congenital abnormality. There is therefore a serious need for amelioration, palliation and correction. The question is: are you going to be part of that correction? I want to say that in an unjust society, silence is a crime, and every one of us here today, is the reason why (sic) Nigeria is sick. “It is not about the leadership, it is the inability of the followership to check the leadership. Today Nigerians have become indolent, we are suffering and smiling. We are not reactionary. We are not asking questions and that is why we are where we are.

“Democracy will continue to be government of the people by the people for the people but what we have today is greedocracy which is government of the greedy by the greedy and for the greedy, “he added. While decrying the squalid social conditions in which the people live in, Melaye warned those in positions of authority not to forget that their failure to make the most of their offices in the interest of the people could turn out to hurt them, arguing that not even the rich would be immune from the disaster that looms in the horizon. “2019 is around the corner again.

Many of us are lackadaisical about the future. I delivered a lecture recently at the University of Lagos and some students from very wealthy homes, two of them said they didn’t care who the president of the country is and that it was none of their business because their parents were very successful. I said to them that when the poor have nothing to eat, they will start eating the rich. “A time will come when it will be difficult to drive your expensive jeeps and cars on the streets. A time will come when it would be difficult to switch on your generator because everywhere around you is dark. Will you be the only one having light? There was no kidnapping before, and kidnapping is seen as the redistribution of both ill-gotten and legitimate wealth.

People now take from the rich and they now appropriate to themselves,” he noted even as he urged the masses to be wary of the elites whom he accused of polarizing the rest of the populace. “The elites have divided us using tribal sentiments. When you go to the hospital, there is a column for religion on your call card, a column for tribe and local government as if this will in any way facilitate your recovery. We have become too ethnic conscious. I sponsored a bill that is about to go for a second reading. The bill is saying that we should abolish state of origin and in its place; we should have state of residence. This is when we will have a true Nigeria when you will not need a Senator’s note to get job with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN or the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,” he added.

APC incapable of good leadership – Makarfi

On his part, former Kaduna State governor and Chairman of the defunct National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi who bagged the Man of the Year 2017 award said the APC cannot provide the expected good leadership because the party is made up of strange political bedfellows. While dedicating the prize to the entire PDP family, Makarfi promised Nigerians that the party will restore their hope and deliver on quality governance if given the opportunity again. In a private chat with Vanguard, an elated Makarfi said the award would spur him to do more for Nigeria and her people. “The award will surely encourage me to do much more.

As the chairman of the occasion, Babangida Aliyu mentioned, APC is conglomeration of incompatible political interest groups which Senator Melaye re-echoed. Therefore, they cannot provide good leadership,” he said.

APC, not a political party – Aliyu

Co-chairman of the occasion and former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu also slammed the APC, saying it was never prepared for governance. “Why is APC not doing very well? It is because it has not become a political party. It won election before becoming a political party.

It is a combination of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and one-quarter of PDP,” said Aliyu who also lamented the lack of unity among leaders in the northern part of the country. “Why is it that there is the problem of insecurity more in the North? Why is that we cannot speak with one voice?” he asked noting that while the government of President Buhari claimed to have defeated Boko Haram, herdsmen/farmers ‘clashes birthed leading to the death of many across the country.

Tambuwal, Ishaku, Abubakar, others honoured Also honoured at the event were the trio of Aminu Tambuwal, Darius Ishaku and Mohammed Abubakar, the governors of Sokoto, Taraba and Bauchi States respectively as Governor of the Year 2017. Other awardees included Nnamdi Okonkwo, Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Bank PLC (Banker of the Year 2017); Luke Onofiok (Young Achiever of the Year 2017); Igho Charles Sanomi (Business Person of the Year 2017 and the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (University of the Year 2017).

Source: Vanguard.

Benue killings: I Have Decided To Offer Myself For The Supreme Sacrifice – Ortom

ABUJA – GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State has vowed to protect the people of the state in line with the oat of office he swore to by telling the truth to those that are saddled with responsibility to protect the citizens of Nigeria. Gov. Ortom of Benue State The Governor regretted that those that have the responsibility to stop the killings of innocent citizens by suspected Fulani herdsmen have refused to live up to their responsibility and decided to insult him for condemning the atrocity, saying that the era of promoting sycophancy and mediocrity was over. Speaking to newsmen weekend, he said that though some people had planned to attack him, he had decided to offer himself like a sacrificial lamb to ensure that the truth that had long been suppressed prevailed in the country. According to him, “The Bible says ‘you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.’ Nigeria today, we have no business being where we are. We would have been far ahead of where we are today. It is just that for a long time, we have suppressed the truth. “But the truth is that I have decided to offer myself. If it will require me to pay the supreme sacrifice for saying the truth, I am ready to do it because the time has come that we must stop promoting sycophancy and mediocrity. “We must promote the truth. We must respect the constitution and the rule of law. The constitution and the law of our land is the only thing that can guide us to greater height. “It is the only thing that can lead us to where we want to be. It is only thing that can promote and project us to rank with other countries that are doing well. “Was it not just yesterday we said ‘Ghana must go?’ Why is it that on West African soil today the whole world is turning their attention whether in investment or whatever? Ghana has become a reference point against Nigeria

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Source: Vanguard.


He is a tall man, yet very reachable

He is a roaring lion against bad, yet a purring tender cat for good

He is a talker, yet can patiently listen to you for hours

He is comfortable drinking exotic wines with kings in high places, yet will comfortably share a bottle of beer or palm wine with the commoners on the streets

He is like an army General, yet chooses to be in the trenches with his rank and file (not in high,safe and fortified places as Generals do) fighting a just cause for the weak and downtrodden

He is the trail blazer and achiever, yet will rather give the glory to others

He is a philanthropist, yet will rather not brag or let others brag about it

He is a proud Abavo man, a Deltan at heart and a very cultured Anioma man, yet ethnic bigotry and favouritism have no place in his dictionary

He is a man who knows a thing or two about positive and sacrificial leadership, and who can give a lot to the Anioma people by way of sincere and accountable political representation at the Senate in 2019 for once in our political life as a people

He is an intellectual Colossus, a self made man of the highest societal order, yet a street man who understands and identifies with the pains and aspirations of street people.

He is an enigma, a spiritual and physical content, a time that has come.



He is the man Anioma people across the land are routing for and HE WILL DELIVER

Wouldn’t you rather support good against bad ?
Wouldn’t you rather Support Smart Madu Ajaja ?

President Buhari Nominates Edward Adamu As CBN Deputy Governor





In accordance with the provisions of Section 8(1) (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) (Establishment) Act 2007, President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Mr. Edward Lametek Adamu to the Senate for confirmation as Deputy Governor of the CBN.


This was contained in a letter dated January 26, 2018 to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.


Mr Adamu, from Gombe State, replaces Mr. Sulaiman Barau, from Zaria, Kaduna State, who retired in December, 2017.


The nominee, who has spent 25 years in the CBN, was appointed in 2012 as Director of Strategy.


He became Director, Human Resources in 2016, from where he was nominated as Deputy Governor.


Death Penalty For Cultism, Robbery And Kidnapping In Rivers State



The bill prescribing death penalty for cultism, armed robbery, kidnapping and light arms proliferation in Rivers is now at the committee stage, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.


The Executive Bill seeks to amend an existing law that assigned 10 years imprisonment for cultism and related offences in the state.


During debate on Wednesday, members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, expressed support for the amendment process, noting that death penalty was most suitable to discourage perpetrators of such crimes.


Mr Ahiakwo Christian, representing ONELGA Constituency 1, also condemned criminal activities across the state and sued for urgent steps by the government toward ending the menace.


He said one of such actions was to prescribe stiffer punishment for culprits.


“Cultism has ravaged our society, we need to take urgent steps to avert the danger ahead,’’ he said.


Also, the Speaker, Mr Ikuinyi Ibani, said there was the need for stiffer punishment for cultism and related offences.


He said that until the issue of light arms proliferation was well regulated, insecurity might continue to threaten humanity.


“It is our wish to live in a society where legitimate activities will remain unhindered, this is the reason Rivers House Assembly must continue to support laws and policies that will protect the people,’’

he said.


The Speaker also constituted a committee that would collate contributions and relevant reports that would enhance easy passage of the bill.


He urged members of the committee to allow contributions from stakeholders, including Civil Society Organisations and the public to enrich its report.


Also at the committee stage is a bill seeking to establish the state security outfit that will support the existing security agencies in the state.

The Passion Of AL-MAKURA


My eyes have seen some wonderful things that portend a brighter future full of opportunities for people who live with learning difficulties and disabilities in our nation.


His Excellency, Gov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who himself, has lived with a  disability, knows what it is to battle inequalities and lack of provisions for equal opportunities in our society.


His passion to provide the much needed opportunities for children and young adults who are less able in our nation, has been transformed into a tangible reality.


A state of the art School for pupils and students with learning difficulties and disabilities, has been built in Lafia, the capital city of Nassarawa State. It is one of the three, planned for the three Senatorial districts of the state. Governor Al-Makura has spared no expense in equipping this school with large classrooms, fitted with modern IT equipment.


The facility has massive equipped playgrounds, medical centre, Audioscope, White boards/projectors, halls of residence, so many wheelchairs/other mobility aids, Skills acquisition centre, rails on pathways and  massive halls that could be rented our for social events to raise funds for the school.


The students of the school who come from all over Nigeria to reside at this boarding facilty and who are being educated for free, are in high spirits as they eagerly await the arrival of His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to commission their school.


This school has brought to the fore, the urgent need for the National Assembly to pass the disability bill that has been in its court for many years. The world is moving. Thankfully, we have passed the era of denial, ridicule and hiding away those who are less able in our society.  But time has come for us to have a law in our nation that not only protects the rights of those with learning difficulties and disabilities, but also provide an equal playing field, otherwise known as Equal Opportunities, for them.


We must lend our voices to prevail on the National Assembly to set free, Nigerians who live with Learning difficulties and disabilities by passing the disability law. That would break the grounds for them and place then in a position where they can compete on the same grounds as the rest of us and not from a position of weakness and disadvantage.


God bless Nigeria.

BBN A Mockery Of Our Culture And Immorality Taken To The Edge



I’m not ignorant that many, especially youths will cast their stones at me for criticising this immoral TV reality show called Big Brother Naija. I do also know my opinion will attract vociferous outpouring of attacks and for that reason, am so prepared to fight back with facts ; BBNaija is simply polluting our youths and making mockery of our culture and tradition. It is westernizing our identity and heritage. It is draining our sense of decency and negating our morals.


For those who will call for my head,  I owe you no apology and you can’t stop me from saying it loud and clear that the content of Big Brother Naija reality show is alien to our culture. It is contrary to the rich cultural values we are trying to promote and bring to the front burner and it feels bad that even our young children watch this kind of sodomic programme that tends to promote obscenity and immorality.


My opinion ; Nigeria will remain in a big socio-cultural mess for as long as the excesses of the housemates in Big Brother Naija are left unchecked. The programme has turned out to be a breeding ground for decadence and promiscuity which our hallowed culture abhors and which must stop. We cannot continue to nurture a society that places a premium on iniquitous shows such as this satanic show and expect to groom a generation of cultured, disciplined and morally upright leaders.


Human kind will always view issues differently just the same way I am seeing it differently from those who feel the TV reality show is educative and entertaining. As for me and few others who will be castigated for standing against this evil show of shame, it is neither educative nor entertaining but raw, porous and disgusting. It is Un-African and runs contrary to the tenet of christianity.


As providence will have it, those in their right thinking senses have joined our train and have also registered and expressed their displeasure at it by openly frowning at the danger it poses for the country and the younger generation, observing it was wholy characterised by alcoholism, nudity, sex, and vulgarism.


One salient question I have for the organizers and promoters of this devilish show is this ; What moral lesson(s) are they teaching our youths and what do they intend to make out of it ? By this, I mean they must ask themselves what values and morals they are projecting to the larger Nigerian society and inculcating into the leaders of tomorrow. Big brother Naija organizers seem to me people with big eyeballs yet blind to reality check in the name of reality show. What benefit is an eye that can’t see?


I feel a deep sense of pity, not outrage, not anger, not frustration ….just pure pity and a little nausea for this generation and the next after us each time I read through series of responses from our youths on the social media applauding the organizers and the housemates for keeping them busy and glued to their TV screens only to be fed with garbage that defiles our spirit, culture and belief.


Our cultural values which are the core principles and ideals upon which our nation exists have been abused and bastardised in the name of civilization and westernization.The show does not add any value to our education,  it does not add value to our social and economic life but subtracts so much from our culture and identity as Africans. The show to me is a big mockery of Nigerian culture, identity and total violation of our tradition.