Politics

African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

I came across an article this week that listed the salaries of the top 10 highest paid African Presidents. According to Africaranking.com, South African Presisent, Jacob Zuma is the highest paid leader in Africa receiving an annual wage of $272k and Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame ranked #10 receiving $85k per year. These guys are mong the highest paid leaders in the world, this is a continent where many live on only $2 per day.

On another note, isn’t it a surprise that the President of Nigeria never made the list? Perhaps its because the wages listed only reflects base salaries, regardless though, is the Nigerian President’s salary that low? Blasphemy! I hear Nigerians say. They should take solace in the fact that a common Local Government Chairman in Nigeria is richer than all 10 presidents put together. I’m sure every African (if not the world) knows that already. Anyway, here’s the list in full:

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Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader. Photo credit: Guardian newspaper

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader. Photo credit: Guardian newspaper

Our eastern friend, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indegineous People of Biafra(IPOB) has claimed that the Nigerian Government offered him Biafra while he was in prison. According to Vanguard newspapers, Kanu rejected this offer because Rivers and Benue states were excluded from the Federal Government’s initial deal. This claim was made to leaders of Igbo Civil Society Coalition who had paid him a visit at his home in Umuahia.

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Blow fake whistle and face the music. Photo credit- Daily Trust

Blow fake whistle and face the music. Photo credit- Daily Trust

All of you that like to blow fake whistle, the senate has caught on to your tricks. They have now recommended a five-year jail term or a 10M Naira fine against any persons who blows unnecessary or fake whistle about stolen or hidden loot in the newly passed Whistle-Blowers Protection Bill.

Deputy Minority Whip, Abiodun Olujimi, who sponsored the bill followed a consideration and adoption of the report by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. According to the panel, the bill was to compliment the anti-corruption campaigns of the current administration.

The upper chamber of the national assembly has also approved that 5% of any loot recovered as a result of information from a whistle-blower be given to the informant as is currently practised by the government.

Whistle-blowers, you have been warned!!

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Lai Mohammed. Photo credit: Per Second News

Lai Mohammed. Photo credit: Per Second News | Reuters

Nigerian information Minister, Lai Mohammed has recently denied suggesting a ban on the shooting Nigerian music videos and movies abroad.

In a response to the furore the supposed announcement caused, Mr Mohammed had this to say: “At COSON, I said that I would work to amend the National Broadcasting Commission’s code to ensure that if a product is designated a Nigerian product, it must be produced in Nigeria. I didn’t say that, henceforth, all music and films would or must be produced in Nigeria. All I said was that if a programme is designated as a Nigerian content programme, we will amend the code to ensure that it is produced in Nigeria. I didn’t say I’ll ban the production of Nigerian movies and videos overseas.”

There was public outcry recently when it was reported that the Nigerian Federal Government would ban production of Nigerian music videos and movies abroad.

 

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Difficult times for former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria

Difficult times for former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria

Former Nigerian Petroleum, Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke named in US bribery scandal.

Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke once threatened to reveal everything that transpired in the controversial fraudulent transactions between her and co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.

The minister made the comment in a recorded telephone conversation obtained by the prosecutors probing the corruption allegations against her.

Details of the conversations have now been filed as part of a civil complaint by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) seeking the forfeiture of over $144 million slush fund.

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Ben Carson. Pic courtesy: CNN

Ben Carson. Pic courtesy: CNN

Ben Carson courts controversy, but this takes the biscuit.

Mr Ben Carson said this yesterday:

“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

Then I picked up my remote control and hit the ‘rewind’ button 10 times and it was the same message. Yep, I heard right the first time.

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Xenophobia. Killing a Nigerian is now a past time in South Africa.

Xenophobia. Killing a Nigerian is now a past time in South Africa.

Xenophobia Attacks In South Africa Is Simply Idiotic.

We have been let down by our South African brothers. . . badly.

Heard of the word Xenophobia? No? I wrote about it 2 years ago. Now I write about it again because again, it has reared its head.

According to our friends at Google, the official meaning of Xenophobia is ‘the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.’ Quite literally, it is a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries. Are you starting to wonder the difference between that and racism? Well, you are not alone. Personally, I think the lines between Xenophobia, Genocide and Racism are very, very blurred.

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The Nigeria we need is within reach.

The Nigeria we need is within reach. Pic courtesy Naij.com

The Nigeria that is required is achievable and getting it is elementary.

I have been in deep thought for the past couple of days. Yes! I’ve had Nigeria on my mind. As is  the norm these days, it’s not been particularly positive news, positive vibes or positive movement.

Let me share a secret with you, every Nigerian in diaspora or at least anybody in the world with a link to Nigeria either through parentage, other forms of heritage or ancestry have somehow grown a thick skin to the negativity that have emanated from the country over the years. However, it must be said that every negative news that emanates from the motherland still manages to destroy the soul.

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Nigerian Airforce Lockheed C130 Hercules.Pic courtesy Airlinersnet.

Nigerian Airforce Lockheed C130 Hercules. Pic courtesy Airliners.net

Lockheed C130 Hercules and the muddy grave.

Saturday, September 26, 1992 was a perfect day for flying.

There was an atmosphere of joy and anticipation amongst the passengers when the last of the 158 passengers took his seat at the rear of the aircraft. They included the best and the brightest of the country’s military minds. Shortly before 4:15pm, the air force Lockheed C130 Hercules got clearance from the control tower to take off. Sitting in the cockpit were experienced pilot and Air force Wing Commander JP Alabosun and his copilot Wing Commander Mamadi. The premonition of the great evil about to befall the passengers was present but the gods weren’t showing it.

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Yahya Jammeh underestimated his West African counterparts.

Yahya Jammeh underestimated his West African counterparts.

When West African leaders stood up to one of their own -Yahya Jammeh.

An incredible thing happened in West Africa recently, and somehow the significance was lost on most of us. History is littered with stronger, richer nations standing up for the oppressed in the face of tyranny. It was the case in the second world war with Hitler’s invasion of Poland with his Nazi Army. History agrees this prompted the war which statistically, is the deadliest in human history. Following the invasion, France and the United Kingdom quickly declared war on Germany. Although this didn’t deter Hitler  who subsequently succeeded in also annexing other territories like Finland, Romania and the Baltic states but France and the UK’s stance was clear, they would confront tyranny, anywhere.

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