Sunday, December 2, 2018

Against All Odds

Against All Odds
Dr. Omolola Omoteso
Inaugural Meeting of OSU Alumni Philosophy Class of 1997
2.12.18 Lagos, Nigeria

Introduction



Against All Odds is the title of a film about a love story with a lot of twists and casualties but the real lovers remained in love.  Take a look at me now... Few may remember that song by Phil Collins. Many including Mariah Carey and Westlife have sung it. The title of that song which was used in the film and made it to top and second chart in USA and UK is Against All Odds. 

Excerpts from the lyrics:
You’re the only one who really knew me at all
How can you just walk away from me
When all I can do is watch you leave
Cause we've shared the laughter and the pain
And even shared the tears
So take a look at me now
There’s just an empty space
And there’s nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
And you coming back to me is against all odds
It’s the chance I’ve got to take
Take a look at me now

Opening
Life some say is a game of chance; we win some, we lose some.We lament when we learn and rejoice when we earn. We merrywhen a life is birthed and we mourn when life departs. Yet, wemust take the chance to survive and succeed against all odd. According to Dr. Omolola Omoteso honoured by the committeeto address the first inaugural meeting of the Philosophy Department Class of 97, Life is a web of DECISIONS andSOLUTIONS.

You are here because a man and a woman decided to have sex. Whether they changed their minds thereafter or not, the Almighty chose you to survive among gazillion sperms and numbered eggs. So you are the product of an “against all odds” situation.

I thank the committee led by Mr. Ayo Solesi for this special privilege. Many knew me in OSU as Lola Fam, others know meas Anne Muyiwa; but, in everly love of my husband, I have come to cherish the name Dr. Omolola Omoteso. The honourific‘doctor’ points to many years of books across the globe but simply, I’m a Consultant, Counsellor and Advocate.

I had a long list of what to share, which includes 
1. Find your purpose
2. Find your point of passion, something you love to dowhether paid or not. 
3. Dare to dream
4. Set goals and reward yourself
5. Positive self talk
6. Confidence
7. Tenacity
8. Faith
9. Be the solution
10. Learn from mistakes
11. Ask for help and support
12. Find mentors and/or receive training
13. Seek counsel
14. Persevere, overcome obstacles 
15. Reward success and review set backs

But, I sent a message on Thursday to members of Prayer Channel for Nigeria (PC4N), which I coordinate and God said,“That is it!” You may wonder why God but the Almighty has a plan and purpose for us all.

Body
I was part of the campaign team for change but today I do not preach boundless or useless change. I preach individualised or personalised change. If you change what you wear or how you dress, what people will see will change. If you change how you do business, your income will change. If you change how you speak to your wife, how she responds will change. You may have no say in Aso Ranch but you are Presiding Officer in your life and the Chief Executive Officer or Managing Partner in your home. If you have not changed your academic situation since we left school, do not blame the government. It may be because you do not need it (not all do) or because you abandoned it like June 12. If you have not changed the power or light situation in your home, leave Fashola out of it. I bet you have reasons and he has reasons too.

So here are the 8 tips I wish to share, hoping that you will apply them to achieve sustainable success against all odds:
1. Discover your purpose.
2. Pursue your purpose with passion.
3. Propel your purpose by learning - formal or informal through mentors.
4. Create a plan for your purpose and actualise it.
5. Prepare to use or share your purpose to create wealth  - I write books
6. Position your purpose for local and/or global visibility
7. PRAY for your purpose to be divinely connected to destiny helpers - Ologi Global, Fashola/ Osinbajo &Tinubu
8. Persevere - Do not give up. Do not be hard on yourself. Reward yourself for smaller success so youcan forge ahead to bigger ones

Discovering and acting on your purpose is an important task. Take the time to understand what you are on earth to do and pursue that purpose with passion, enthusiasm and integrity. If you walk in someone else’s purpose, you may end with problems but if you walk in yours and do it tenaciously, you will earn profit.

My MOTHER once took me to her friend, who is today the richest woman in Nigeria - Folorunso Alakija. She was uncharitable but that is not the point. The point I want to make is that her purpose was to make people look good and she stayed in it. Her role in FADAN positioned her for visibility and she became Maryam Babangida nee Okogwu’s designer. This gave her purpose wings. By divine arrangement, she took her as a friend and introduced her to Babangida who is reported to have given her a oil bloc... The rest as they say is history.

Many years ago, in between studying Philosophy I was learning to make clothes and a mother to one of us would always encourage me and use me as an example. I successfullycompleted my training but sewing was stressful for my back and I never knew how to price things or haggle about money so I quit. However, I just shared the story of another woman who stuck with being a seamstress and passionately grew it to the point where she made much difference in the life of a First Lady who paid it forward. 

Closing
Distinguished mates and senior mates, I have found my own purpose and it is has taken me all over the world as I serve smiles with passion. Encouraging people, in any space, issomething I can do regardless of cash reward because it lifts meto see others succeed. This is my purpose and I do it with passion. My purpose is what I am doing now, touching lives by sharing the word and creating smiles to inspire people to excel.

If you are yet to discover purpose or hit that billion you are trusting God for or things are yet to fall in line as you envisaged, I urge you not to be weary. If you have found it, hold on to your purpose, plan, prepare, position your purpose for visibility and PRAY. Adura lo n’gba, agbara kii gba meaning PRAYERS are result oriented, exerting energy is not. 

It was Coco Chanel who said, “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to change it into a door.” Long before then, the Bible shared two truths in Proverbs 14:23 and Deuteronomy 8:18. Proverbs 14:23 “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Simply put, talk less, do more. Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

Friedrich Nietzsche [Nitcha] (1844-1900) who profoundly influenced Western Philosophy opined:
“But tell me: how did gold get to be the highest value? Because it is uncommon and useless and gleaming and gentle in its brilliance; it always gives itself. Only as an image of the highest virtue did gold get to be the highest value... a gift-giving virtue is the highest virtue.”

Purpose is the value for which something exists. I urge you to explore, engage, expend, extend and expand your purpose to ensure you succeed against all odds. I pray that God will divinely connect us to destiny helpers and set us apart for peace and prosperity in any endeavour He directs us to embark on.

I am Dr. Omolola Omoteso, I approve this message and wish you God’s blessings always!


You have been an awesome audience, thank you for listening.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Prof. Wole Soyinka's Tribute to Sen. Asiwaju Tinubu

Was below, accredited to PWS, really written by Prof. Wole Soyinka or the fake mongers are at work again?!

"I do not admire Tinubu because he is a saint. I do not admire Tinubu because he is from the south. I do not admire Tinubu because he is a Yoruba. If I want saints, I will proceed to heaven not on earth. Every human is fallible. I admire Tinubu because; He saved Nigeria from the danger of falling into "one party state".

He has nurtured many renowned National successors. He listened to the voice of the masses to surrender his personal ambition at the most critical moment. He strategically terminated PDP 60 years life spam in 16 years. The robust critic and critique we are enjoying today is because Tinubu aligned himself to the masses to return the power to them.

Tinubu has the option of joining the PDP elites to hold us hostage for another decade but he gave his all to the masses to dethrone the elites. Political juveniles believed that APC won because of the votes from the North. No!!! APC victory was cemented the day PMB and Asiwaju resolved to work together. Asiwaju and PMB almost became a Nomadic by visiting every human that can help midwife Nigeria salvation.

Those Nomadic Almajiri walk later brought salvation to us. God willing, PMB is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Anybody, any cabal, any Viju milk activist, attempting to humiliate Asiwaju must have me to contend with. An average PDP man is sad with Asiwaju because he brought them to their knee. If anyone thinks that bringing down Asiwaju is his project, that mission will not only crash but it will boomerang. Don't tell me he is overbearing, your "underbearing" mentors were nowhere to be found when this Country was lying critically at the intensive care of the universe.

Recall my first line, Asiwaju is not a saint. Stop demonising what you admire out of envy. Even your mentors admire him. He owns Lagos! I hear you! Ask your grand father and parents how they acquired your so called "familyland". Is it God that allocated it to them?

You are terrorizing your neighbours and village with your kpof-kpof kobo yet you criticise a man that is naturally addicted to technocrats irrespective of their tribe or Religion.

Hmmmmm. I don talk am ooo, Asiwaju is not a political office holder oooo. Please let him be. He is evil, I agree, but we need more of him than a your a saintly specie. Dear Asiwaju, the gentle stride of a tiger is not a symbol of a cowardice".... Prof Wole Soyinka.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ESTABLISH SYSTEM OF CONSEQUENCE FOR MISDEEDS - VP OSINBAJO

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, has called on institutions like the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to ensure the effective administration of justice for building a society with strong moral values.

Prof. Osinbajo said this today during an interactive Q&A session at the 58th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), with the theme: Transition, Transformation & Sustainable Institutions; held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

According to the Vice President, beyond government actions, every Nigerian has a responsibility to ensure that there is consequence for wrongdoing.

He said, “If you look at the whole question of how to develop a moral society, a society that is driven by values and principles, I think one of the major issues with that is to understand where we are coming from and how to resolve that problem. There is a great deal of moral and institutional decay. I don’t think there is any question at all about that.

"Just taking an example of corruption. It is systemic, this is a sort of thing that had eaten so deep into societal fabric, and it’s difficult to simply say that you can do that by just being exemplars of moral conduct. There is a lot more that needs to be done. One, there is a need to establish a system of consequence for misdeeds, for wrongdoing.

"Now that is a very important issue, and it is one I believe applies to the Bar, as well as to the rest of society, maybe more to the Bar. I think the most important part is that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that there is consequence. I think we are at a point where there is a moral dilemma as to how it is that we should visit that consequence.

"One of the major problems we have had is with the legal process, ensuring that the legal process is able to deliver justice within a reasonable time, especially where the matters concern issues of public corruption and all of that. There are several cases that have been in courts. The government is frequently criticized for not being able to secure convictions, there are arguments back and forth… but all of this has to do with our administration of justice system, and we are very much a part of it.

"So, I think that there is a sense in which, to an extent, we must accept some responsibility. The law society, for example, in England, accepts responsibility for the discipline of lawyers, even when lawyers engage in dilatory tactics in courts. So, if a lawyer wants to delay a case as a strategy for either winning the case or hoping that, years after, the matter would be forgotten, that kind of lawyer would lose his shirt in any other jurisdiction. But here, it’s become an accepted tactic; dilatory tactics is part of our system of doing business.

"I think that, beyond government, strong institutions such as the NBA (Nigerian Bar Association), must really rise to the occasion; and it really calls for self-regulation. Government is not going make the laws to change that, and this is an ecosystem we are in control of; we should be able to say, “we are going to put our foot down here, we are not going to allow a situation where the administration of justice is ineffective.” Because once it is effective, building a moral society is undermined almost entirely. So, this is an aspect where we, at least, can do something."

On the Buhari administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) in transforming the lives of the poor in the country, Prof. Osinbajo said the impact has been significant.

He said, “This informs the approach of this government to the whole question of wealth creation and poverty alleviation. We started off in 2016 looking at the budget that was crafted differently; we look at economic policy from a top-down approach, we look at how to improve industries, manufacturing, how to give loans to usually medium-scale to big business. But the bottom of the pyramid has always been largely ignored. So, the approach that we adopted from 2016 is a two-pronged approach. One is in first creating a safety net as much as that is possible. So, for the first time, we put in the budget N500 billion for the Social Investment Programme, the largest programme of its type in the history of this country.

“The N500 billion includes schemes such as the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to cover one million of the poorest; the N-Power, which is a scheme for providing jobs, which now has 500,000 graduates employed under the programme. We also have the TraderMoni scheme, a micro-credit scheme for the bottom of the pyramid, which will cover two million petty traders.

"One way of at least containing poverty and improving the capacity of the people to create wealth is to put money in their hands, which is really what the Social Investment Programme is about. It is working because we can see a substantial improvement in the capacity of people to earn money and to do better for themselves.”

Prof. Osinbajo further said, “Almost 400,000 households are benefitting from the CCT. There is a clear improvement in their lives and in what they are doing. Compared to the whole, it still is small, but this is where we are going, we know that the only way to deal with poverty is to incrementally increase the capacity of people to earn and put more money into their hands. For us, the key is ensuring that the people at the bottom of the pyramid earn more.”


 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Open Petition: BER-P-031-17/BER-P-032-17

In 2016 February, while on vacation during which his temporary appointment as Economic Adviser to the VP was being discussed, my husband passed away in Nigeria as a result of a medical negligence initiated by a man who calls himself his brother - Adeleke Omoteso.
Impersonation. Fraud. Financial Crime!

In the same month, Adeleke’s wife illegally collected my husband’s death certificate and autopsy result in Nigeria and never mentioned/gave it to me.
In March 2016 Adeleke engaged a lawyer to file an application for letters of administration with the Lagos High Court using the death certificate without informing me or seeking my consent. He filed the application in my name and his name. He was issued a bank certificate, which endorsed his application without verifying the legitimacy of the application. The court confirmed that Iseoluwa Abiodun Johnson filed the application in my name and Adeleke's name, stopped the probate process but REFUSED to revoke document.
In March 2016, he presented himself at the American Embassy as next of kin in a bid to take over properties in the USA. He notified Bergen County Surrogate’s Court that himself and I have been proposed as co-administrators in Nigeria and jointly filed an application using the bank certificate as proof. This was a LIE. He sought to be made the administrator and later sought to be made ancillary administrator. All without informing or notifying me. The Bergen Surrogate Court NEVER brought this ploy to my attention.
Without being aware of the application in Nigeria and power of attorney, I filed an application for letter of administration in April 2016 and this was granted. My domicile remained Bergen County New Jersey. The letter of administration was renewed in March 2018. In April 2016, after all attempts to be made administrator or ancillary failed, in a bid to profit from his brother’s estate by filing a claim that the deceased owes him loan (unsecured with no note), he swore on oath to an affidavit and power of attorney in which he stated clearly that his deceased brother’s last address was in Bergen County New Jersey. After the claim was struck out, he filed in 2017 January a lawsuit in Bergen County with the same court where I have been granted letters of administration; despite the statues of limitation that bars such lawsuit. Two background allegations - deceased relocated (unfounded) and the deceased owes him money (unfounded). The judge ignored the FACTS that this filed lawsuit was by a non-American and non-Resident laying claims to things outside USA's jurisdiction. The suit was based on impersonation and attempt to perpetrate fraud in line with illegal practice of widow disenfranchisement in Nigeria. It was brought after the statutes of limitation barring such. The plaintiff’s actions are clear evidence that he could not be trusted. In March 2017, the judge gave a Case Management Order setting it forth as rules to guide the case. At no time was this repealed. On September 20 2017 the judge encouraged both parties to settle ahead of the hearing continuing on the 21st but I showed no interest in settlement until the judge met me privately to compel and coerce me to settle and took me to a room where the plaintiff and his attorney were already waiting. No lawyer or counsel was detailed to be part of the kangaroo settlement.
While settlement discussion was still ongoing the judge rushed all parties into the courtroom to put the settlement on record. I had no idea what this means. Oath was not taken, session was not explained. Proceeding was rushed with only the plaintiff’s attorney being allowed to state the terms, as he understood it. I mentioned clearly that the settlement was UNFAIR.
Judge Menelaos Toskos, who flouted the rule of law by admitting a case outside the USA jurisdiction, did nothing to verify that this fraudster is indeed a legitimate brother. He seeks to take away my rights by ordering that I be removed as administrator and a fraudster who impersonated me to obtain a document he claims was obtained by me, be awarded benefits, which includes $50,000. This was after the judge compelled me via a private conversation to enter into an unconscionable settlement. 

The judge permitted the Plaintiff’s attorney - Geoffrey Mueller to write down terms alone and file alone without serving me. An order has now been passed to remove me as administrator on the words of these fraudsters. This can be redressed IF Lagos Judiciary comes clean. The judge has refused to follow the Case Management Order he set forth. The judge has refused to verify the FACTS of impersonation and fraud on the court by the Plaintiff. The judge completely ignores that the lawsuit was brought after the period set forth by the statues of limitation. The court staff continues to treat me with contempt and frustrate me. This is a case of racial and gender bias as well as human rights violation. I have lost a $1.5M property to Wells Fargo who foreclosed it illegally. I need this fraud to be investigated and justice done.

#JusticeforOmolola

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A widow, three attorneys and a US judge

In 2016 February, while on vacation during which his temporary appointment as Economic Adviser to the VP was being discussed, a woman’s husband passed away in Nigeria as a result of a medical negligence initiated by a man who calls himself his brother.

In the same month, his brother’s wife collected the deceased’s death certificate and autopsy result and never gave it to his wife.

In March 2016 his brother engaged a lawyer to file an application for letters of administration with the Lagos High Court using the death certificate without informing the widow or seeking her consent. He filed the application in her name and his name. He was issued a bank certificate which endorsed his application without verifying the legitimacy of the application. Impersonation. Fraud. Financial 

In March 2016, he presented himself at the American Embassy as next of kin in a bid to take over properties in the USA. He notified Bergen County Surrogate Court that himself and widow have been proposed as co-administrators in Nigeria and jointly filed an application. This was a LIE. He sought to be made the administrator and later sought to be made the ancillary administrator. All without informing or notifying the wife. The Bergen Surrogate Court NEVER brought this ploy to the attention of the widow.

In April 2016, after all attempts to be made administrator or ancillary failed, in a bid to profit from his brother’s estate by filing a claim that the deceased owes him loan (unsecured with no note), he swore on oath to an affidavit and power of attorney in which he stated clearly that his deceased brother’s last address was in Bergen County New Jersey.

Without being aware of the application in Nigeria and power of attorney, the wife of the deceased filed an application for letter of administration in April 2016 and this was granted. Her domicile remained Bergen County New Jersey. The letter of administration was renewed in March 2018.

After the claim was struck out, despite the statues of limitation that bars such lawsuit, he filed in 2017 January, a lawsuit in Bergen County with the same court where the deceased wife has been granted letters of administration. Two background allegations - deceased relocated (unfounded) and the deceased owes him money (unfounded).

The judge ignored the FACTS that this filed lawsuit was by a non-American and non-Resident. It is based on impersonation and attempt to perpetrate fraud in line with illegal practice of widow disenfranchisement. It was brought after the statutes of limitation barring such. The plaintiff’s actions are clear evidence that he could not be trusted.

In March 2017, the judge gave a Case Management Order setting it forth as rules to guide the case. At no time was this repealed.

On September 20 2017 the judge encouraged both parties to settle ahead of the hearing continuing on the 21st but the deceased’s wife showed no interest in settlement until the judge met her privately to compel and coerce her to settle and took her to a room where the plaintiff and his attorney were already waiting. No lawyer or counsel was detailed to be part of the kangaroo settlement.

While settlement discussion was still ongoing the judge rushed all parties into the court room to put the settlement on record. Path was not taken, session was not explained. Proceedings was rushed with only the plaintiff’s attorney being allowed to state the terms as he understood it. The defendant mentioned clearly that the settlement was unjust.

A judge in Bergen County who did nothing to verify that this fraudster is indeed a legitimate brother, seeks to take away the rights of a widow by ordering that she be removed as administrator and a fraudster who impersonated her be awarded benefits. This was after the judge compelled the widow via a private conversation to enter into an unconscionable settlement. The judge has refused to follow the Case Management Order he set forth. The judge has refused to verify the FACTS of impersonation and fraud on the court by the Plaintiff. The judge completely ignores that the lawsuit was brought after the period set forth by the statues of limitation. This is a case of racial and gender bias as well as human rights violation. The widow has lost a 1.5M property to Wells Fargo who foreclosed it illegally. What more would she lose before you add your voice? 



Monday, July 2, 2018

This Conspiracy Is NOT A Theory

Nigeria has a population of 200million people we are told.

Our 2018 budget is 9 trillion Naira.

The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria AMCON, the company that was set up to help the rich buy their debts, told us during the week that, 350 Nigerians {out of 200million citizens} are responsible for 80% of AMCON's N5.4 trillion debt portfolio.

May be you did not hear that well.

AMCON said only 350 Nigerians borrowed N5.4trillion from banks, which they could not pay and AMCON came in to buy up those debts in other to save the commercial banks from collapsing.

2018 Capital Budget is N2.4 trillion

2018 Recurrent Budget is N3.4 trillion

Add both capital and recurrent votes and you will get N5.8 trillion.

But 350 Nigerians, out of 200 million of us borrowed that same amount, they refused to pay and government came round to buy the debts over through AMCON.

The corporation also pointed out that, out of the millions of BVN numbers with the banks, only 100 BVNs collect 60% of bank lendings.

And this has left the banks with 13,000 bad loans worth 5.6trillion borrowed by "big men" who are now not wanting to pay. Yet same banks will give no loans to the poor.

Speaking on the challenges faced by AMCON and the hitches experienced during recoveries, the Chairman, Mr Kuru said many of the debtors were yet to pay as AMCON had only recovered about N700 billion.

He said it was unfair that AMCON was now only known for recoveries and taking over of companies, adding that when the company played the first two roles of intervention and support, nobody complained.

“Our responsibility is first to intervene, then provide support before we recover, we have done the two, nobody has complained, now that we are doing the third people are complaining."

When AMCON was buying over the debts with public money to help the banks survive, save depositors funds and keep the banks off these borrowers necks, no one complained.

Now when they go to recover from defaulters like they did with Silverbird for example, the same cheated ignorant commoners are the first to cry fowl.

Some of the companies owing include:

Seaworlf Nig Ltd - 160billion

Arik Air - 300billion

Tanzila Petroleum Ltd 49.2billion

Resort Int'l Ltd - 36.3billion

Home Trust Savings - 25.75billion

Suru worldwide ventures - 24.4billion

Roygate properties- 23.26 billion

Ziglagsis network Ltd - 20.33 billion

Lexcap partners - 18billion

Anyiam Osigwe Ltd - 17.25billion

Silverbird - 11 billion

Wokson International - 5 billion

From the figures above:

Arik alone is owing more than the 2018 Ministry of Transportation budget which is N263 billion.

Seaworlf Nig Ltd, is also owing more than the 2018 Ministry of Defence budget which is N145 billion.

In this country, when we say there is a conspiracy of the rich against the poor, this is a clear evidence.

The real lines are divided between us and them. The wall holding us back is between the rich and the poor. Not PDP and APC. Not Christians and Muslims. Not Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa.

We must rise up and #TakeOurCountryBack

#TakeItBack

#GreatPeopleGreatCountry

Sunday, July 1, 2018

PRESS CONFERENCE BY NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ELDERS FORUM (NCEF) ON THE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS TO CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA

PRESS CONFERENCE

TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ELDERS FORUM (NCEF) ON THE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS TO CONFLICTS IN NIGERIA HELD AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA, ON FRIDAY 22ND JUNE 2018 AT 4.00PM


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press

DEMOCRACY IS THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA
The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) welcomes you to this Press Conference which is aimed at expressing its concerns about the state of the Nigerian State as well as propose solutions. As this Press Conference coincides with the 67th World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), taking place in Abuja, the NCEF wishes to appreciate Journalists worldwide for their immense contribution not just to provide information, but for acting as guardians of freedom, justice and equity in nations of the world. Without the Journalists, dictators and tyrants would have made the world unbearable for the human race. As Christians, we pray that the protection of the Almighty God shall rest on the Journalists, worldwide.

Concerning the issues evolving in Nigeria, the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) wishes, first and foremost, to join millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to congratulate the Moshood Abiola family, the Gani Fawehinmi family and the Yoruba race for the posthumous award of the highest national honours of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) to Moshood Abiola and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) to Gani Fawehinmi, SAN even though the awards did not fully comply with the provisions of the law as argued by Hon. Justice Alfa Belgore, a former Chief Justice of Nigeria. Those of us that rejoice at this award hope and pray that this gesture is not another form of stealth jihad, a repetition of the events of June 12, 1993 when the election was annulled, but a genuine instrument for unity and reconciliation. 

We are however disturbed because all those granted the 2018 National Honors including Baba Gana Kingibe, are all Muslims ostensibly to swell the ranks of Muslims in the roll call of these awards. Not only is the impression being created that Muslims in Nigeria are in the forefront of championing democracy in the country but awarding National Honours to only Muslims further confirm the religious insensitivity and discrimination of President Buhari in a multicultural and multi-religious society. That only Muslims are champions of Democracy is untrue because the Sunni Muslims in Nigeria have not hidden their preference for Sharia and President Buhari is their leader in the demand for Sharia while also holding that Sharia, not democracy, is mandatory for Muslims in Nigeria. 

The annulment of June 12, 1993 election by military President Ibrahim Babangida was a jihad against democracy which makes it easy for some of us to see the events of this year June 12, as merely an excuse to grant honours to a group of Muslims and to placate the Yorubas in preparation for 2019 elections. 

It is also very disturbing that the true champion of June 12, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu who conducted the freest and fairest elections in the history of Nigeria was not considered worthy of inclusion in the 2018 National Honors. Our only conclusion is that Prof. Nwosu was disqualified because he is a Christian.

The religious exclusivity of the 2018 National Honours may also be one of the reasons why it did not pass through the proper legal channel. It shall remain on record that the 2018 National Honours Award is an illegal and unconstitutional action. It is rather sad to observe from events unfolding in the country that a President who was elected into power on the platform of Democracy is using the democratic office to promote Jihad.

It is also pertinent to point out that on the same day, June 12, 2018, Christian Governor Joshua Dariye was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for corruption and money laundering. The NCEF is opposed to all forms of criminality and those involved in criminal acts. However, selective prosecution is not the answer, but a Truth and Reconciliation Commission is needed for total healing. The impression thus created on June 12, 2018 is that while Muslims deserve to be honoured, Christians deserve to be thrown into jail. All Nigerians must be equal under the law.

EFCC AS INSTRUMENT OF STEALTH JIHAD

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), based on the Biblical injunction of “Thou shalt not steal”, and the laws of the country that forbids theft of any kind, condemns any act of stealing or looting of public funds. NCEF is therefore in total agreement with the spirit and the letter behind the setting up of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). It is very disturbing, however to observe that EFCC is not an impartial crime fighter. The impression solidly created by the actions of EFCC is that it is fighting Stealth Jihad by prosecuting Christians guilty of theft while treating with levity Muslims who steal.

EFCC is becoming the prosecuting arm of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). Appointments to its top management and key operational personnel appear based on religious consideration. Even the Police Officers that are deployed to the Commission are carefully selected Muslims. It has been observed that when the EFCC is investigating a Christian, the system becomes very efficient but slows down when a Muslim is involved.

Former Governor Joshua Dariye of Plateau state was convicted for diversion of Ecological Fund to the tune of N1.2 billion. However, former Governor Ahmed Muazu of Bauchi state was equally accused of diverting about N2.9 billion of the same Ecological Fund and so far, the EFCC has failed to properly investigate Mr. Muazu, talk less of prosecuting him. The reluctance of the EFCC to investigate Mr. Muazu is a riddle even after a Federal High Court issued an Order of Mandamus against him, the EFCC has not acted promptly.

Former Chief of Air Staff, Alex Badeh, a Christian, was investigated by the EFCC with pomp and pageantry over the alleged theft of N4.5 billion and his assets were confiscated. However, his predecessor in office, Mohammed Umar a Muslim, was accused by the EFCC of stealing over N10 billion and he is yet to be convicted. He is being secretly tried out of Abuja with compromised charges to facilitate loopholes for his acquittal.

The same double standard was applied by EFCC to the case of former Comptroller General of Customs, Mr. Dikko. The EFCC published that Mr. Dikko who allegedly stole N45 billion from the Government. Probably being a Fulani from Katsina state, a kangaroo trial has been arranged for him outside Abuja. The media blitz associated with the trial of Christians who steal is suddenly muted on this case.

This gross discrimination in EFCC extends to recruitment of staff. Recently, there was a recruitment exercise in the EFCC in which over 85% of the new staff are Muslims. It should also be noted that since its inception, EFCC has only been headed by Muslims from the North. The conclusion therefore is that EFCC has become a tool for stealth Jihad in Nigeria. NCEF welcomes prosecution of looters of public funds but we condemn discriminatory prosecution based on religious and cultural affiliation.
 
CHRISTIAN RESTRAINT TO PROMOTE PEACE

We take this opportunity to thank our Church and Christian leaders for their restraint and influence over Christians in Nigeria that has prevented reprisals and a religious war between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria. There are two categories of these leaders. The first group comprises some members of the clergy who genuinely prevented reprisals, and the others who for personal gains would rather be with Muslim rulers (Hausa/Fulani) that have been the rulers of Nigeria since independence and believe that they are “Born to Rule” even as they make very little positive contribution to the governance of the country. 

MUSLIM/MUSLIM TICKET

Heavy weather is being made of the Muslim/Muslim tickets of Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe. In 1993, this ticket was seen as South (Abiola), North (Kingibe) and not Muslim/Muslim. One and perhaps the main reason why the June 12 election was nullified was because Abiola though a Muslim was not of the Sunni sect, but of a different sect that accepts Democracy and Sharia in parts. Pressure was put on military president Babangida by the then Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Dasuki, to annul the election as Abiola in his estimation cannot be trusted to promote Sharia. 

NCEF has noted the unbridled desire of Islamists to remain in power in Nigeria primarily to promote Sharia. Nigerians are hereby alerted that with the realisation that the current Islamists in power have failed woefully, on all parameters of governance, and it would be difficult for them to scale through a free and fair Democratic process, the NCEF is warning ahead of time that a Military Coup will not be accepted in Nigeria. There should be no attempt by anyone to seek to hold on to power by staging a coup to replace any government thereby forestalling a change in leadership through a proper democratic process. Democracy must triumph in Nigeria.

Presently, the political atmosphere in the country consists of two sides:
a. Those who are prepared to confront and resist evil
b. Those who are prepared to appease and profit from evil

POLARISATION

Nigeria today has been polarised into two races – the Negro (indigenous ethnic nationalities) and the Negroid (Fulani, Hausa and Kanuri) and the warped understanding could seem to be that the Negroid are “Born to Rule” while the Negroes are born to be ruled. The Negroid are mainly Muslims while the Negroes are Christians. The task that must be undertaken by Christians in 2018 and beyond is how to undo the polarisation of the two major religions, Islam and Christianity. 

Today, some Christian leaders in politics and some of the Clergy seem to have completely “agreed” to work for the promotion of political Islam and Islamisation of Nigeria. 

In the preparation for independence, the two races (Negro and Negroid), the over 389 ethnic nationalities, the religious groups (including the two major ones, Christianity and Islam) the Armed Forces, the Police and para-military organizations all agreed that Democracy and Rule of Law would apply not Sharia or Islamism. The agreement of all was embodied in the Independence Constitution of 1960 and later, the 1963 Republican Constitution.
Elders in the Christian Elders Forum, individually and collectively decided to come together to find out the reasons for the sudden and drastic polarisation of the country along several divides. With the benefit of hindsight, the NCEF can now affirm without any fear of contradiction, that the 1975 coup (and other preceding coups), were jihad, promoted for the Islamisation of Nigeria for Sharia to replace democracy by the Islamists who now see elections (not democracy) as a means of transferring power to the Islamists. Election is the farthest the Islamists can go to meet the demands of democracy in Nigeria. The legislature is unacceptable to Islamists which explain the incessant conflicts between the Legislature and the present Executive. 

This explains in the view of the NCEF a number of incidences involving the National and State Assemblies:
a. The seizure of the Mace of Senate in which the Executive was fingered.
b. Refusal of the IGP to answer summon of the Senate.
c. Arraigning the President of the Senate before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for assets declaration that could wait until the Senate President completes his term.
d. The granting of 2018 National Honors concerning June 12 without appropriate legislation.
e. Insisting that the Acting Chairman of EFCC could continue in office after rejection on two occasions by the Senate.

All of the above are attempts to turn the legislature into a meaningless symbol of our democratic practices. Unfortunately, the National Assembly is playing into the hands of the Islamists Executive by upward revision of the National Budget which is unconstitutional.

POLITICS OF IDENTITY

It is time all Nigerians say enough is enough to the Islamist exclusion of non-Islamists in the governance especially security and intelligence arms of the country. There are issues that make Islamism incompatible with democracy. In Democracies, men make laws. But Islam contains in the Quran a set of God given laws dictated to Mohammed that are not open to revision, leading Islamists to conclude that Islam is not compatible with democratic rules. The sanctity of the Constitution must remain supreme in Nigeria and all infractions must be redressed forthwith. 

JIHAD

Jihad: Jihad is warfare to spread Islam:
• "Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, and seize them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war…” (Q 9:5) 
• “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, not hold that forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.” (Q 9:29) 
• “So fight them until there is no more fitna and all submit to the religion of Allah alone.” (Q 8:39) 

The above are not hate speeches but passages from the Quran.

From the above, it is clear that Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen are conducting jihad against non-Islamists – Christians, traditional worshippers and non-Islamists Muslims in Nigeria. 

STEALTH JIHAD

In the book titled Stealth Invasion by Leo Hohmann [2017], he wrote on destroying Western societies from within that “The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt with plans to turn the country away from the West and steer it into a system based on sharia law. In 1970 the Brotherhood has transitioned from a primary nationalist Islamist organisation to an international one with a strong plan for the world. Rather than defeat the West, it planned to infiltrate it and change it from within.” [Emphasis supplied] [Pg. 29] Nowhere in the world has this experiment masterminded backwardness succeeded more than Nigeria. This success was achieved with the tacit co-operation and collaboration of Christian politicians and some Church leaders, mostly out of ignorance and greed in their quest for wealth and power.” The Nigerian Islamists have the added advantage of (a) a Constitution with dual ideologies of Democracy; (b) Sharia in the security and intelligence organisations to promote Sharia; and (c) the help and assistance of some Christian politicians and some Church leaders, collaborators in stealth jihad.

CALIPHATE SHARIA

It is pertinent to point out that present day Sharia in Nigeria can be aptly described as “Caliphate Sharia”. The Penal Code of Nigeria which came to effect on 1st October, 1960 was painstakingly drafted in the vision of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of the North after visits to other Islamic countries. The Penal Code gained worldwide acceptance, was applicable to all inhabitants of the Region and above all, was Islamic law compliant. The introduction of “Caliphate Sharia” was intended, the NCEF submits, to contradict Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution on Human Right.

ESTABLISHMENT OF 94 RANCHES IS STEALTH JIHAD

The Nation Newspaper of 20th June, 2018 reported that “94 ranches are on the way in 10 States to stem herdsmen/farmer clashes by the NEC Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved a 10 year national livestock plan which will cost N179 billion.” All 36 Governors are members of NEC. The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh “the National livestock implementation plan is a mediation plan stemming from meetings and recommendations … as regard State intervention following the incessant pastoral conflict … were going to have 94 ranches in the 10 States. We have received 21 Gazetted Grazing Reserves from seven States …” 

The above statements, in the view of NCEF, should be interpreted with the background of the history of land and land reforms in Nigeria which have always been in favour of the North and can be narrowed down to Fulani.

a. Lord Lugard was accused by the South of imposing Land Law of the North on the South which Chief H. O. Davies in his book titled “Reminisces” informed us that North Land Law was the product of Fulani Jihad where land abandoned by the original indigenous owners as a result of Jihad were given to the Emirs as Trustees. The compensation meant for the original land owners, paid in accordance to British tradition that land cannot be acquired without the payment of compensation, was handed over to the Emirs to keep in trust until the original owner returned. The compensation is still in the custody of the Emirs to date.
b. The Military established the Hon. Justice Idigbe Committee and accepted the Minority Report of the Committee as a result of which the Military promulgated the Land Use Decree which vested all land with the State Governors. Thereby, with the stroke of the pen, extinguished all traditional ownership of land that existed in the South in the hands of one man. Another example of Stealth Jihad.
c. Sharia provides that all sacred lands, that is, land once occupied by Moslems automatically become their own by grant from Allah that has decreed an Islamic world. It is permissible under the circumstance to reclaim such land by Jihad. This explains why Fulani Herdsmen are conducting conventional Jihad in most parts of the country.
d. It has become very clear that conventional Jihad cannot continue and if it continues, it cannot reclaim all grazing routes in Nigeria as a result the Buhari government has decided to employ Stealth Jihad by introducing ranches. Land would be provided for Fulani Herdsmen without firing a shot.
e. The NEC headed by a Christian Vice President on the recommendation of the Minister of Agriculture, also a Christian, was meant to convey the decision to Nigerians in an attempt to camouflage Jihad.
f. In a few years time, these ranches would have an Emir who would be the traditional ruler of the locality where the ranches are now being established as was done in Plateau and other states in the North.

In the above circumstances, Democrats must come together and join hands to stop the spread of Sharia in whatever form. Christians must insist that those who lead them are not collaborators of stealth Jihad through financial inducement. 

The Muslims of the South West, who are noted for supporting Democracy, should also not get carried away by assuming that this is Islam. What is unfolding in Nigeria is a cultural and political domination agenda that is manipulating religion to hand over the country to the Fulanis.

JIHAD AND CAN

It is pertinent also to point out as stated in the book 9/11 Stealth Jihad and Obama (2012) that Boko Haram leader, Imam Abubakar Shekarau declared, in his first ever television appearance, that Boko Haram was “at war with Christians” and that its fighters will continue to kill and are ready and willing to be killed themselves as martyrs. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor as head of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) called the killings of Christians by Boko Haram “systematic ethnic and religious cleansing”. As such, Pastor Ayo urged his followers to do whatever it takes to defend themselves against “these senseless killings”, adding “we have the legitimate right to defend ourselves”. Some Christian politicians and Church leaders accused Pastor Ayo, of promoting revenge against Muslims and stealth jihad was waged against him. Five years after Pastor Ayo spoke, General T.Y. Danjuma repeated the charges of ethnic cleansing against Christians in Taraba State and the complicity of the Nigeria Armed Forces in the ethnic “cleansing”. 

Professor Wole Soyinka on May 1, 2018, urged President Buhari to stop Nigeria from sinking by putting a stop to the killings in various parts of the country which he also described as ethnic cleansing. He proposed a simple solution - “give a marching order to all land usurpers across the country who are occupying forcefully acquired land, 48 hours to vacate the land”. These are voices of eminent Nigerians, which an Islamist Head of State has ignored. It is very clear from the above, that the call for self defense by NCEF was not misplaced as it shows clearly that the armed forces cannot be trusted to protect Nigerians and therefore can be construed as support for the Islamist Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen.

In the book “Democratization and Islam Law” by Johannes Harnischfeger, the author so well pointed out that when Democracy was introduced to Nigeria in 1999 one-third of its federal states declared that they would be governed by sharia or Islamic law. The Author argued that such a break with secular constitution traditions in a multi-religion country can have disastrous consequences. The efforts by Islamic politicians to assert their own religion law, Harnischfeger contends, have driven Muslims and Christians unto avoidable confrontation with one another. 

The twelve sharia declared states which the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo SAN said President Obasanjo could do nothing about was because of the fake legal advice offered him by Islamist judges in the Judiciary which noted that Sharia declaration by the twelve Sharia state was constitutional. The Christian Social Movement of Nigeria, (CSMN) as plaintiff, has decided to challenge this assertion in court.

CONCLUSION

With respect to General Obasanjo, we believe him when he said recently that his life is under threat because Islamism does not accept opposition and stealth jihad will be programmed to shut off President Obasanjo temporarily or permanently. We therefore urge Christians and all Nigerians of goodwill to continue to defend themselves against all forms of jihad (conventional and civilised). Gen. Danjuma was recently halted on his way out of the country because of his statement that Nigerians should defend themselves. We must all be vigilant. Arrest of Danjuma or Obasanjo or Gowon for that matter is arrest of ALL Christian leaders in the country. However, there is need to mention here that Obasanjo as Head of State, first and second calling, operated more on the side of Islamists jihad. It is very clear that he now knows better and, in his old age like those of us in NCEF, wants to make peace with other “passengers” in and outside the departure lounge to eternity. 

The NCEF is telling the above stories to promote discussion and debates in the hope that Christians in Nigeria will, individually and collectively ask themselves whether they are part of the Islamists politics or their leaders are instruments of jihad in Nigeria. If so, they have the duty to convert these leaders to genuine Christianity. The NCEF recommends that Nigeria’s problems can be reduced to the least common denomination of Democracy versus Sharia, and intends to work with ordinary Nigerians to improve on the country’s political leadership that Democracy is the future for Nigeria. There should be no violence, but only dialogue, conducted only in truth and reconciliation, without bitterness so that with God’s grace, Nigeria may become one indivisible and united Nation under God.

God bless Nigeria.

Solomon Asemota, SAN
Chairman, NCEF
Abuja, June 22, 2018

Signed:
Solomon Asemota, SAN (Chairman)
Prof. Joseph Otubu
Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (rtd)
Archbishop Magnus Atilade
Dr. Kate Okpareke
Dr. Ayo Abifarin
Gen. Zamani Lekwot (rtd)
Elder Moses Ihonde 
Elder Nat Okoro
Gen. T. Y. Danjuma
Elder Matthew Owojaiye
Kalajine Anigbogu (rtd)
Elder Shyngle Wigwe
DIG P. L. Dabup, 
Sir John W. Bagu
Dr. Saleh Hussaini
Elder Mike Orobator
Justice James Ogebe, JSC (rtd)
Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife
Chief Debo Omotosho
Dame Priscilla Kuye
Dr. S. D. Gani, 
Mrs. Osaretin Demuren
Prof. Yussuf Turaki
Pastor Bosun Emmanuel (Secretary)