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Heroine to Zeroing; what is wrong with Abike Dabiri-Erewa?



They say power corrupts, and in many cases, people have made this rhetoric very factual following their antecedent before they have access to any form of power and how they treat people as soon as they assume a position of authority.

This vice didn’t elude the once revered former lawmaker, Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is currently the chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

Dabiri-Erewa like many of us who knew her during her time as a broadcast journalist on the popular Sunday night program “Newsline” on NTA, was someone a lot of people held in a very high standard and thus when she decided to run for public office in 2003, the people threw their weight behind her when she contested to represent Ikorodu constituency of Lagos at the Federal House of Representatives.

She would win this election with a landslide victory going on to spend a total of 12 years at the National Assembly, ultimately stepping aside in 2015 after which she was appointed to handle the pertinent issues bothering Nigerians in Diaspora as the huncho of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

Prior to her appointment, this position didn’t exist and as such she was the inaugural chairperson of the agency and was immediately tasked with resolving the problems that Nigerians in foreign countries experienced.

This includes visa, student/study and legal issues, her primary function was to assist Nigerians who found themselves in any of these problems without escalating it so as not to project the country in a certain negative image. In other words, she is an ‘image-maker’ of the country.

Over the last few years, there has been a few cases which has highlighted her inefficiency in this capacity as well as her questionable personality, one of which is the Itunnu (Becky Paul) case which has been heavily criticized for the lackluster manner in which the case was treated ultimately leading to the untimely demise of the young lady in the Ivorian prison where she was serving a 10 year jail term for human trafficking, an offence she allegedly didn’t commit and pleaded “not guilty” till her dying day.

To add salt to injury, Dabiri-Erewa would be seen in a radio interview attempting to deflect questions about the late Itunnu, an action which has been further criticized and labelled a show of apathy and insensitivity.

The Jos born former lawmaker had popped up in the news again for the wrong reasons, again, and this time, it is not something that Nigerians could stomach as heavy criticism and call for her suspension or removal over her comments in response to a tweet highlighting her inefficiency to assist the troubled Nigerians living in Indonesia, a response which sparked enormous outrage among internet users, especially tweeters.

In the said tweet, Dabiri-Erewa had a personal tantrum with a Twitter user, but that wasn’t the case. The bane of the matter was how she profiled Nigerians living in Indonesia as criminals.

A lot of people also criticised not just this subject but the personal attack she metted out on her accuser, as not being an action expected from a public figure or government worker.

The word ‘ode’ a Yoruba word which means ‘fool’ was rather offensive but in her defense, it was in retaliation to the ‘mumu’ that she was called by the concerned Twitter user.

In the Nigerian pidgin parlance, ‘mumu’ also meant ‘fool’, but looking at the bigger picture, you’d expect that a person in such a high profile position should not allow themselves meddle in activities that could put them in a bad moral standing, especially with the people they supposedly represent.

Among the host of her critiques was a former minister of education Dr Oby Ezekwesili who described the post as messy and asked her to “clean it up”, an advice Dabiri-Erewa was clearly not going to oblige as she immediately stated that she’d do not such thing as there was nothing to clean up in the first place.

At the end of the day, a lot of people actually not mind the personal tantrum which she displayed, rather the stereotypical attack on her fellow countrymen whom she’s supposed to represent and above all project the image of the country in a very positive light at all times.

To say that Abike Dabiri-Erewa is a questionable character could just be a rhetorical retort, and I’ll continue to ask this question about a woman I once considered a heroine in my childhood, eventually turning out to be a villain; what is wrong with Abike Dabiri-Erewa?


African Union Takes Action: Republic of Niger Suspended Amidst Political Unrest



In a decisive move that reverberated across the continent, the African Union (AU) announced the suspension of the Republic of Niger from its membership ranks.

This momentous decision was unveiled during the African Union’s Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, August 22.

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The suspension stems from the recent political turmoil that engulfed the nation, with the African Union pointing to the coup orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani on Wednesday, July 26. As part of a series of sanctions imposed on the francophone West African country, the Republic of Niger faced the repercussions of its internal upheaval.

The African Union’s stance was uncompromising, as it made it clear that Western nations seeking to meddle in African affairs should refrain from interfering. This firm message was directed from the heart of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the AU’s call for autonomy echoed loudly.

The events leading up to Niger’s suspension unfolded against a backdrop of political uncertainty and unrest. The coup in Niger, orchestrated by Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani, prompted the Afican Union to take action. Their decision to suspend Niger was not taken lightly and was ratified during the Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 22.

The aftermath of the military takeover in left President Mohamed Bazoum in captivity, held under the close watch of the juntas in Niger. Despite international pressure, the release of the president and his family remains elusive. This tense situation compelled the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene, imposing sanctions on Niger and establishing a deadline for the initiation of military intervention by the sub-regional body’s standby forces.

The suspension of the Republic of Niger from the African Union serves as a stark reminder of the continent’s commitment to upholding stability and safeguarding democratic governance. The swift response underscores the African Union’s dedication to maintaining order and security within its member states, sending a resounding message to the global community about the importance of respecting Africa’s sovereignty.

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Peter Obi: “I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria”



In a recent tweet that has caught the attention of many, @MissPearls shares an inspiring declaration made by former Anambra state governor and Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. According to @MissPearls, Peter Obi proclaimed, “I campaigned for Presidency because I can say it any day, I Will SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA. All these confusion everywhere can BE SOLVED, and I am PREPARED for it”

Peter Obi: I Campaigned For Presidency Because I Can Say It Any Day, I Will Solve The Problem Of Nigeria.

Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency in the recent elections stirred considerable excitement and garnered support from diverse quarters, particularly the youth demographic. The former governor is known for his progressive ideas and pragmatic approach to governance, which resonated with many Nigerians who sought change and effective solutions to the country’s myriad challenges.

Despite his extensive support and well-articulated vision, Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions faced formidable opponents in the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released results that placed him behind the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who emerged as the winner, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second. However, these results were met with skepticism due to apparent electoral irregularities that marred the integrity of the process.

In response to the controversial election outcome, both Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar filed legal challenges against the INEC’s declaration. This move underscores their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the electorate is accurately reflected. As the election Tribunal Judges prepare to deliver their verdict, Nigeria watches with bated breath, eager to witness justice being served.

Meanwhile, the administration of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken significant policy actions since assuming office. The removal of fuel subsidies and the decision to float the Naira have triggered mixed reactions across the nation. While these measures may be intended to foster economic stability and growth, the immediate consequences have been felt by everyday Nigerians. The cost of living has surged, and the socio-economic effects on the rich and the poor have become more pronounced.

As the Nigerian population navigates these shifts, the aftermath of the election and the ensuing governance strategies offer a critical juncture for evaluating the nation’s trajectory. The voices of discontent, expressed by citizens facing the brunt of these policies, highlight the necessity for leaders to prioritize the well-being of the populace while pursuing economic advancements. It is essential for the government to strike a balance between fiscal prudence and safeguarding the interests of the vulnerable segments of society.

The policy changes implemented by Bola Tinubu have shed light on the delicate balance between progress and the welfare of the people. As the nation waits for the tribunal’s judgment and the dust settles on the recent election, Nigeria stands at a crossroads, with the potential to reshape its future trajectory and address the systemic challenges that have held it back for far too long.

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Youths in Kano Defy Police Ban to Protest Alleged Tribunal Bribery



Hundreds of determined youths in Kano took to the streets, defying a police ban, to protest what they perceive as attempts to manipulate the state election petition tribunal. This incident unfolded against the backdrop of a ban on protests by the Commissioner of Police, Usuani Gumel, following revelations of alleged plots to obstruct justice through financial inducement in legal proceedings.

Youths in kano

The rally, which unfolded outside the state government house, saw impassioned youths brandishing placards with messages that underscored their commitment to justice and the integrity of the electoral process. Their actions were sparked by concerns over an alleged plan to bribe the state election petition tribunal, casting a shadow over the fairness of the process.

The ban on protests was issued in response to recent revelations made by Justice Flora Azinge, who unveiled purported schemes by lawyers to disrupt the course of justice through financial incentives. The Commissioner of Police cited “confirmatory intelligence products” as the basis for this decision, leaving a contentious atmosphere surrounding the freedom of assembly and the right to peaceful protest.

This ban, however, failed to deter the resolute youths who carried a variety of placards conveying their strong stance against corruption, manipulation, and injustice. The slogans they chanted resonated with their determination to safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process and uphold transparency in governance.

Among the messages displayed, one placard caught the eye with its direct callout: “Gandollar, stop spoiling the name of Tinubu.” This highlights the allegation that financial impropriety is tainting the reputation of key political figures.

In a video circulated online, the enthusiastic protesters chanted slogans that echoed their deep-seated concerns. Chants of “No to corruption,” “No to injustice,” and “No to manipulation” reverberated through the crowd, embodying the youth’s unwavering commitment to fair and accountable governance.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf praised the peaceful conduct of the protesters and assured them that their concerns would be relayed to President Bola Tinubu. This gesture recognizes the role of the youth in shaping political discourse and underscores the importance of their voices in the pursuit of a just society.

In conclusion, the youths in Kano have seized the moment to voice their concerns and demands for an unbiased electoral process. Their defiance of the police ban serves as a reminder that public sentiment cannot be easily suppressed. As this incident unfolds, it raises important questions about the delicate balance between freedom of assembly, legitimate protest, and maintaining public order. It also underscores the critical role of the youth in shaping the political landscape and demanding accountability from their leaders.

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