• It will never pass, Southern, Middle Belt leaders vow
By Sanya Adejokun and Bola Badmus – Abuja
THE Federal Government has said it is not going back on the National Water Resources Bill 2020 which it has re-presented to the National Assembly, adding that those opposing the bill are not conversant with its details.
The government also said contrary to speculations, the southern part of the country will benefit more than the North, because the largest proportion of freshwater supply in the country is from the North.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu and his Information and Culture counterpart, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Tuesday, adding that there is nothing new about the bill since it is an amalgamation of water resources laws which have been in existence for a long time.
The laws include Water Resources Act, Cap W2 LFN 2004, River Basin Development Authority Act, Cap R9 LFN 2004, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (Establishment) Act, Cap N1100A, LFN 2004 and National Water Resources Institute Act, Cap N83 LFN 2004.
Mohammed said the laws were being re-enacted with necessary modifications to bring them in line with current global trends, as well as best practices in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
“The overall objective of this amalgamation is the efficient management of the water resources sector for the economic development of the country and the well-being of its citizens.
The information minister said the bill does not seek to seize control of water resources from state governments because it is already on the exclusive list. He added that the Code of Practice for water well drillers issued by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the NWRI in 2010 already require commercial borehole drillers to obtain licence before proceeding with such activity.
“Please, note that borehole regulation is an international standard for abstraction of large volumes of water. Most countries in Africa and almost every developed country regulates commercial abstraction.
“It is also important to note that there is no requirement for licensing of domestic abstraction. Regulating abstraction of large volumes of water is necessary because groundwater abstraction is an activity that has environmental and ecological impact,” he added.
Mohammed also clarified that the bill does not negate the Land Use Act, because it clearly states that land required by any of the institutions established in the bill will be obtained in accordance with the Land Use Act (i.e with governor’s consent).
On the fear that the bill is aimed at taking the resources of a certain part of the country for the use of herders or that the Federal Government is seeking to implement RUGA by subterfuge, Mohammed said “this is not the intent of the bill and it is not even possible, as the bill reiterates the fact that land can only be acquired by any of the institutions established in accordance with the Land Use Act.”
Adamu, who presented a map of Nigeria to buttress his point, said the bill will ensure that no state government or large corporations deploy the country’s water resources in a way that will be detrimental to others.
According to him, the draft bill was ready to be presented to the National Assembly as far back as 2008 but ministers of water resources since then failed to forward it to the parliament for enactment.
“The initial draft was done in 2006 and the final draft was made in 2008. It went through a roadshow across the geopolitical zones before the final draft was adopted. For some reasons, my predecessors did not take the bill to the National Assembly,” he said.
Adamu said after he became minister, the National Council of Water Resources meeting of May 2016 had all commissioners responsible for water resources in attendance and they all endorsed the bill.
“From thereon, we took the bill to Federal Executive Council (FEC). FEC is made up of ministers from all the 36 states and the bill was approved by FEC,” he said.
Kicking against the move, however, the Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) vowed that the bill would not sail through at the National Assembly.
The forum said it would deploy all within its powers to resist what it described as “internal colonialism.”
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune on telephone through one of its leaders, Mr Yinka Odumakin, the forum said the bill would never pass because those behind it the intention is not good.
“The bill will never pass because those behind it have no good intention. All sections of Nigeria that they want to colonise will reject it and they will have to conquer them to have this domination,” Odumakin said.
Speaking further, Odumakin said the forum had already mobilised the National Assembly members from the southern and Middle-Belt parts of the country to oppose the bill. (Nigerian Tribune)
Philippe Douste-Blazy, MD, is a cardiologist and former French Health Minister who served as Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. He was a candidate in 2017 for Director of the World Health Organization.
In a videotaped interview on May 24, 2020, Dr. Douste-Blazy provided insight into how a series of negative hydroxychloroquine studies got published in prestigious medical journals.
He revealed that at a recent Chatham House top secret, closed door meeting attended by experts only, the editors of both The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine expressed their exasperation, citing the pressures put on them by pharmaceutical companies.
He states that each of the editors used the word “criminal” to describe the erosion of science.
He quotes Dr. Richard Horton who bemoaned the current state of science:
“If this continues, we are not going to be able to publish any more clinical research data because pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful; they are able to pressure us to accept papers that are apparently methodologically perfect, but their conclusion is what pharmaceutical companies want.”
Dr. Douste-Blazy supports the combination treatment –hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and azithromycin (AZ) for Covid-19 recommended by Dr. Didier Raoult. In April, 2020
Dr. Douste-Blazy started a petition that has been signed by almost 500,000 French doctors and citizens urging French government officials to permit physicians to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients early, before they require intensive care.
The issue has become highly politicized; the left-leaning politicians and public health officials are adamantly against the use of HCQ, whereas those leaning toward the right politically are for the right of doctors to prescribe the drug as they see fit.
The journal SCIENCE described the response to French President Emmanuel Macron trip to Marseille to meet Dr. Raoult who prescribes the combination drug regimen and he has documented their effectiveness.
However, public health officials, academic physicians and the media – all of who are financially indebted to pharmaceutical companies and their high profit marketing objectives – vehemently oppose the use of HCQ, and use every opportunity to disparage the drug by derisively referring to President Trump as its booster.
The Lancet Published a Fraudulent Study: Editor Calls it “Department of Error” by Vera Sharav Alliance for Human Research Protection
On May 22, 2020, The Lancet published “Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine With or Without A Macrolide For Treatment of COVID-19: a Multinational Registry Analysis”. It was described as an observational study purportedly involving more than 96,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients in 671 hospitals across six continents. What was not disclosed is the fact that the two lead co-authors have significant, relevant financial conflicts of interest that just may have biased the reported findings.
Dr. Sapan Desai
Mandeep Mehra, MD
The database belongs to Surgisphere Corporation whose founder and CEO, is Dr. Sapan Desai, who is a lead co-author of the study. Dr. Desai has refused to disclose the data – for independent confirmatory review. In fact, he refuses to identify the participating hospitals, or even the countries. Dr. Mandeep Mehra, the lead co-author is a director at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, which is credited with funding the study. Dr. Mehra and The Lancet failed to disclose that Brigham Hospital has a partnership with Gilead and is currently conducting TWO trials testing Remdesivir, the prime competitor of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, the focus of the study.
The Lancet report claimed that COVID-19 “patients treated with hydroxychloroquine (with or without a macrolide) were at increased risk of de-novo ventricular arrhythmia and ‘a greater hazard for in-hospital death.’” Such an alarming finding from an inaccessible dataset should have raised concerns for the editor of the Lancet, about the integrity of the study and the accuracy of the claimed findings. In fact, within days of the Lancet publication, concerns about that dataset were raised on social media, on PubPeer, the post-publication discussion website, and in newspapers.
Within days of publication, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) declared on CNN
“The scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy.”
A media blitz against hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) created panic: clinical trials aimed at testing hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 were suspended by International public health institutions including the World Health Organization the UK government regulatory agency and the French government.
The chief scientist at the WHO, Soumya Swaminathan, stated that although the Lancet data weren’t from a randomized controlled trial, the data were compelling because they
“came from multiple registries and quite a large number of patients, 96,000 patients.”
Knowledgeable scientists and experienced clinicians around the world were skeptical The alarming findings and serious negative impact of the Lancet report led numerous scientists around the globe to scrutinize the report in detail. That scrutiny by legitimate, independent scientists has led to many serious questions about the integrity of the study, the authenticity of the data, and the validity of the methods the authors used.
An Open Letter posted online, is addressed to the authors of the report: Mandeep R Mehra, MD, Sapan S Desai, MD, Frank Ruschitzka, MD, Amit N Patel, MD, and to the editor, Dr. Richard Horton. The letter was signed by more than 200 prominent scientists across the world, including 17 from institutions in Africa.
The scientists question the evidence for claimed serious risks posed from the use of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients. Among the concerns raised by the scientists are the following:
A range of gross deviations from standard research and clinical practices, such as: patients were prescribed inexplicably high daily doses of hydroxychloroquine –far higher than the FDA-recommended doses. There was no ethics review. The number of patients reportedly from Australia far exceeded the number of patients in the Australian government database;. Gross misrepresentation of the numbers of deaths in Australia. “Both the number of cases and deaths [the claimed 40% deaths in Africa], and the details provide seem unlikely.” Refusal to identify the hospitals that contributed patient data. The ratios of patients who received chloroquine (49 %) to those who received hydroxychloroquine (50% ) are implausible; in Australia chloroquine is not available without special government authorization. The Guardian reported on May 28th that it could not confirm that UK’s health agencies had even provided data for the study.
On May 29th The New York Times reported that 100 scientists and clinicians raised serious questions about the validity of the The Lancet report findings. It reported that on May 29th Dr. Mehra issued the following statement:
“We leveraged the data available through Surgisphere to provide observational guidance to inform the care of hospitalized Covid-19 patients”
[Perhaps someone can translate what “leveraged the data” means ….? The Times understated the number of scientists who signed the open letter; it is closer to 220.]
Dr. James Watson
Dr. James Watson, senior scientist at the MORU-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Thailand doubts that any research organization could have obtained such detailed massive records for so many people in Africa that quickly. Based on healthcare workers’ descriptions of medical record-keeping, at many hospitals in Africa, he indicated:
“I just find it very hard to believe.”
Dr. Watson contributed concerns regarding the African data to the Open Letter. He had to suspend a just-launched trial of HCQ to comply with UK regulators following the Lancet report.
Dr. Anthony Etyang, a consultant physician and clinical epidemiologist with the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, who is also a signatory to the Open Letter, wrote to The Scientist expressing his doubts about the numbers of African patients in the Surgisphere dataset, noting that even private hospitals on the continent have poor medical records.
Rather than investigating the serious issues raised about the integrity of the report, The Lancet editor posted the authors’ claimed to “correction” of the numbers of patients in Asia and Australia on a page designated “Department of Error” – whatever that means!
The nature and number of the serious “discrepancies” that have emerged following the Lancet publication of the Surgisphere “study,” lead one to suspect out-and-out FRAUD.
Disputed Hydroxychloroquine Study Brings Scrutiny to Surgisphere, an investigative report by Catherine Offord in The SCIENTIST, May 30, 2020, looked deeper than others and uncovered background information about Dr. Desai and the changes in Surgisphere’s product line and his marketing methods. In 2008, Surgisphere was the publisher of medical textbooks that ran afoul when physicians complained about falsified rave reviews. In 2010, Surgisphere became a high impact, online medical journal, whose website boasts that it
“accrued over 50,000 subscribers spanning almost every country around the world… with almost one million page views per month.”
The Journal of Surgical Radiology had a three-year run; its last issue was published in January 2013.
The Scientist reports that Dr. Desai is named in three medical malpractice lawsuits that were filed during the second half of 2019.
Additional disturbing facts about Surgisphere have been uncovered by a team of investigative reporters — Melissa Davey, Stephanie Kirchgaessner, and Sarah Boseley – for The Guardian.
Surgisphere, the company that provided the database for studies published by two of the world’s leading medical journals – The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine – based on Surgisphere data. The studies were co-authored the hydroxychloroquine studies.
“Surgisphere’s employees have little or no data or scientific background. An employee listed as a science editor appears to be a science fiction author and fantasy artist. Another employee listed as a marketing executive is an adult model and events hostess… until Monday, the “get in touch” link on Surgisphere’s homepage redirected to a WordPress template for a cryptocurrency website, raising questions about how hospitals could easily contact the company to join its database.”
The fiasco of the publication of essentially fraudulent reports in the journals with the greatest impact on both clinical treatment and public health policies, reveals how thoroughly corrupted so-called peer review has become because it lacks external, independent review by scientists who have NO STAKE in the study outcome. It was only after the reports by The Scientist andThe Guardian, that the editors of The NEJM and The Lancet were compelled to issue an: “Expression of concern.” This fiasco demonstrates why intelligent people seek alternative sources for reliable information.
The website, Science Defies Politics exposes numerous scientifically invalid studies that were essentially “hit jobs” against the use of hydroxychloroquine.
WHY are very powerful corporate-government stakeholders so intent on killing a drug with a 70 year track record? Because the drug works against the pandemic; it is readily available, and costs very little. Therefore, it poses a financial threat to both pharma companies and their partners in government and academia, those who are intent on profiting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As uncovered by Science Defies Politics: 16 of the panel members selected by NIH to formulate the official COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines – including two of the three co-chairs – were paid by Gilead. They issued guidelines that raised fear, uncertainty, and doubt about the use of HCQ combined with AZ, while raising no fear, doubt, or uncertainty about using Gilead’s unproven, unapproved, drug remdesivir; a drug that has shown mediocre performance in clinical trials. Seven of the NIH panelists failed to disclose their financial ties to Gilead. They are listed here.
The medical scientific literature is infested with financially motivated, shoddy, studies aimed at promoting products and, when a life-saving, non-patentable product, proves effective, scientists are hired to author study reports that are designed to tarnish scientists’ reputations, and to proclaim findings that refute legitimate findings. In this case, studies designed to “debunk” the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19.
Examples of countries and physicians who have witnessed the effectiveness of the HCQ – Az combination as a treatment for covid-19, are viewed by corporate-government collaborating partners as posing a major threat to their marketing agendas.
For example, Senegal and India are putting their hopes in hydroxychloroquine, marketed by Sanofi, under the trade name Plaquenil. A Sanofi spokesperson stated:
“We are providing the drug to hospitals and doctors to enable them to carry out clinical trials to determine whether hydroxychloroquine is effective or not, but not to treat Covid-19.”
On May 23rd the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued expanded revised guidelines for use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for COVID-19:
“The Joint Monitoring Group and the NTF have recommended prophylactic use of HCQ in asymptomatic frontline workers, such as surveillance workers deployed in containment zones and paramilitary/police personnel involved in Covid-19 related activities, asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory confirmed cases and all asymptomatic healthcare workers involved in containment and treatment of Covid-19 and working in non-Covid hospitals/non-Covid areas of Covid hospitals/blocks.”
Didier Raoult, MD, PhD — “a Science Star” — as the NYT described him in a recent profile, who has identified 500 novel species of human-borne bacteria; a scientist known all over the world as the discoverer of the first giant virus, a discovery that earned him the Grand Prix, one of France’s most prestigious awards.
Didier Raoult, MD, PhD
Dr. Raoult is the founder and director of the research hospital, the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection (IHU). He is a professor on the faculty of Medicine of Ais-Marseille University, and since 2008, he has been the director of the Infectious and Tropical Emergent Diseases Research Unit), which employs more than 200 people and runs a hospital with 3,700 patients. He has more than 2,300 indexed publications and was classified among the ten leading French researchers by the journal Nature. Dr. Raoult has a reputation for bluster but also for creativity that others lack. As the Times noted, “He looks where no one else cares to, with methods no one else is using, and [he] finds things.”
Since publishing favorable reports about a treatment combination of two cheap, widely prescribed medicines: hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, as a treatment of choice against Covid-19, Dr. Raoult has become the subject of intense demonization by the corporate-influenced medical establishment, the media, and the who resort to this tactic whenever they lack evidence or legitimate grounds to support public health policies that cause people harm. Their fallback tactic is to demonize every doctor who challenges them and refuses to adhere to their financially – driven prescribing decrees.
Dr. Raoult’s latest scientific report about HCQ, Early Diagnosis and Management of COVID-19 Patients: A Real-Life Cohort study of 3,737 Patients, Marseille, France was posted on May 27, 2020,
It is a retrospective study report of the clinical management of 3,737 patients, including 3,054 (81.7%) treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin (HCQ-AZ) for at least three days and 683 (18.3%) patients treated with other methods. Outcomes were death, transfer to the intensive care unit (ICU), ≥ 10 days of hospitalization and viral shedding.
“Treatment with HCQ-AZ was associated with a decreased risk of transfer to the ICU or death (HR 0.19 0.12-0.29), decreased risk of hospitalization ≥10 days (odds ratios 95% CI 0.37 0.26-0.51) and shorter duration of viral shedding (time to negative PCR: HR 1.27 1.16-1.39). QTc prolongation (>60 ms) was observed in 25 patients (0.67%) leading to the cessation of treatment in 3 cases. No cases of torsade de pointe or sudden death were observed.
Conclusion Early diagnosis, early isolation and early treatment with at least 3 days of HCQ-AZ result in a significantly better clinical outcome and contagiosity in patients with COVID-19 than other treatments.”
In France, doctors who have followed the research of Dr. Raoult, and have themselves witnessed the effectiveness of the HCQ-AZ combination, are suing the government. They demand the right to treat their patients with these drugs before easing of the lockdown. They seek to prevent complications and deaths from a second wave of Covid-19.
Violaine Guerin, MD
Dr. Violaine Guérin, an endocrinologist who conducted a trial on 100 doctors infected with COVID-19, and their families, reported her study findings that demonstrated the effectiveness of prescribing HCQ combined with azithromycin at the first sign of symptoms. The drugs substantially reduced the viral load of Covid-19:
“Taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin on the outset of flu symptoms can prevent Covid-19 from getting worse. We can treat people now before they end up on a ventilator.”
Her findings replicated those Dr. Didier Raoult.
Dr. Guérin recommends prescribing hydroxychloroquine for health workers infected by the coronavirus, which is outside of its approved uses. Health unions in France warned that almost 12,000 health care professionals out of 550,000 – roughly a quarter of the country’s health force – were sick with Covid-19. Dr. Guérin recommends its use on compassionate grounds, stating:
“From the very beginning, doctors have been calling for the right to self-prescribe because they are the ones on the frontline of the coronavirus battle. We cannot waste time when we can treat Covid-19 now, as long as this is done in the early stages of the virus and patients are screened for pre-existing medical conditions.”
Soon after this favorable study was published, the Minister of Health Olivier Veran in bald political arm twisting fashion, asked the highest health authority to review its authorization for the use of HCQ to treat Covid, suggesting further restriction.
The Supreme Court, on Friday, voided Rochas Okoracha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2019 general elections in Imo State, over double nomination.
The apex court, in its judgment delivered by Justice Adamu Augie, upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the court had, about two months ago, upheld the decision of the Federal High Court, which also voided Nwosu’s candidature.
A chieftain of the Action Peoples Party, Mr Uche Nnadi, had dragged Nwosu to the Federal High Court where the court held that he was not qualified to stand for the election.
The court based its verdict on the fact that Nwosu already had a valid ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
Unsatisfied with the ruling of the Court, Nwosu approached the Court of Appeal to put the decision to further test.
The Court dismissed all issues raised by Nwosu in his appeal.
Not satisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal, Nwosu headed for the apex court to upturn the decision of the lower court.
The Supreme Court, in its judgment, dismissed Nwosu’s appeal, saying that he could benefit from his iniquity.
The Court also dismissed the argument by Nwosu’s lawyer that the suit was statute-barred.
Justice Augie said, ”The appellant cannot be allowed to benefit from his own iniquity.
“The action is not caught up by limitation of time.
“This case rests on the issue of illegality and this court cannot be used to enforce illegalities.More in Home
“This appeal is hereby dismissed.”
In his reaction shortly after the judgment was delivered, the Chairman of the APC, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said the implication was that all the votes given to Nwosu at that election were void votes.(NAN)
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Another Nigerian, of Igbo extraction, sets new record by becoming the first African elected into the Austrian parliament.
Mr Benjamin Enwegbara is an Economist and lives in Austria where he was elected in the just concluded election in Austria.
Reacting to the good news, his immediate senior brother, Mr Odilum Enwegbara said that this is the best news ever for their family.
Mr Odilum wrote “My immediate younger brother, Benjamin Enwegbara…has just been elected a member of the Austrian Parliament. …This is truly the biggest news ever happened to my family. He is the first African to be elected a member of the Austrian parliament,” his brother, Odilim, said. Big congrats to him.
Nigerians have been making waves around the world in different fields, politics, science, business and much more.
Congratulations to Mr Benjamin Enwegbara for his new feats as a member of the Austrian parliament.
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Former Lagos governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has dismissed speculation that he was working against Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, over 2023 presidency.
He said this in reaction to the latest actions taken by President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly targeted at his deputy.
President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly met recently with Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, former APC Interim National Chairman of the APC.
He reportedly complained about certain actions of the Vice President, and allegedly asked the duo to prevail on Osinbajo to resign his appointment from the cabinet.
According to the Sunday Independent, while Akande was said to have opposed resignation, Tinubu allegedly supported the President and claimed that nothing was wrong with Osinbajo quitting if found to be culpable.
Reacting, Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, denied rift between his principal and Osinbajo.
“There is no truth in the allegation that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is against the Vice President. There is nothing stopping the Vice President from nursing a presidential ambition. If he wants to run, let him run.
“We are all watching and waiting. It is all a bundle of lies that Asiwaju Tinubu is unhappy about that. People are just politicising the situation. Tinubu cannot muscle his own boy in any way”, he said.
Last Thursday, Osinbajo stated that the Economic Management Team (EMT) which he heads was not scrapped or dissolved by the president.
Buhari had on Monday, constituted an Economic Advisory Council (EAC), which is widely believed would take over the functions of the EMT.
In response to an enquiry from the National Economic Council (NEC), which comprises the 36 state governors, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), among others, Osinbajo noted that both councils were for the benefit of the President.
He added that, “If NEC want to be briefed regularly by the Economic Advisory Council, EAC, we will request the President to do that”.
Osinbajo explained to the council that such interaction will promote synergy.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, confirmed that he and his colleagues discussed Buhari’s new team with the VP.
“And the vice president explained that those councils are advisory for the benefit of the President while NEC is established by the constitution, they are to complement one another.
“He added that NEC could be briefed regularly on the activities of the Economic Advisory Council with the permission of the president,” he added.
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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir Sanusi Mohammad II
The Kano State High Court has granted an order restraining Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from implementing the breakup of Kano Emirate.
Mr Ganduje signed a law on Wednesday which created an additional four emirates, a move that was widely seen as depletion of Emir Lamido Sanusi’s influence.
The matter immediately took a political dimension with the Peoples Democratic Party members in the House saying that the additional four emirates were not properly created, accusing the All Progressives Congress majority of disregarding extant parliamentary procedures.
Two PDP House members, including the minority leader, told PREMIUM TIMES they received a court order against the new Emirates on Friday afternoon. (Premium Times)
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Chapter VI, Part I, Section 131 of the 1999 Constitution states “that a person may be qualified for election of the office of the President if:
They are a citizen of Nigeria by birth.”
Atiku is not qualified to be President of Nigeria because he is not a citizen of Nigeria by birth. He does not have locus standi to sue INEC and Buhari because he is not a Nigerian citizen by birth.
Atiku became a Nigerian by referendum at the age of 15. He was born a Cameroonian – Undisuptable Fact.
Premuim Times has confirmed that at the time Atiku was born, his area known as Jeda, his tribe, Chamba were part of Northern Cameroon. This may have explained why he may have had Cameroon inscribed on his body as alleged by Nnamdi Kanu. Premium Times noted that his area of Northern Cameroon voted in a referendum to be part of Nigeria in 1961. This means that Atiku was Cameroonian for the first 15 years of his life but became a Nigerian after the 1961 referendum.
Section 25 of the 1999 constitution outlines what citizenship by birth means and provides:
the “following persons are citizens of Nigeria by birth-namely-
(a) every person born in Nigeria before the date of independence, either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents belongs or belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria;
Provided that a person shall not become a citizen of Nigeria by virtue of this section if neither of his parents nor any of his grandparents was born in Nigeria.
(b) every person born in Nigeria after the date of independence either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria; and
(c) every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria.
(2) In this section, “the date of independence” means the 1st day of October 1960.”
Atiku was not born after the date of Independence. Atiku was born in 1946. None of Atiku’s parents or grand-parents were citizens of Nigeria in 1960 or in 1946 when he was born. None of Atiku’s parents or grandparents were born in Nigeria. Atiku is therefore not a citizen of Nigeria by birth as required by the constitution. Not being a citizen of Nigeria by birth, Atiku should not have been cleared by INEC to run for the office of President of Nigeria.
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If the 2019 Presidential election held in the penultimate Saturday were to be decided by religious leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, would, perhaps, not have stood any chance against his main challenger and candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Buhari, who was the beautiful bride of the pulpit in the build up to 2015 election, surprisingly turned out to be the rejected stone during the 2019 electioneering with series of prophecies going against him.
But like the biblical rejected stone,
the president and his party had the last laugh last Wednesday when the
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared him winner
of the election.
Indeed, the prophecies for the presidential election took three different dimensions. There were those who gave it outright to the president just as another group of seers favoured the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Yet, there are those whose predictions came with a caveat. A good number of seers who fall in the latter group predicted Atiku’s victory if the poll was free and fair.
With the election results declared, the PDP and it standard bearer have threatened to challenge the outcome of the poll in court, accusing the ruling party of manipulating the exercise.
Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka, spiritual director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), is one of the clerics who hit the bull’s eye with his predictions on Buhari’s victory. The fiery preacher took to the podium to celebrate the President’s re-election last week. Mbaka, despite falling out with the President whom he predicted would defeat former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, after his triumph at the poll, still had a favourable prediction for the retired army general.
Speaking at the 2018 cross over service, the man of God threw his weight
behind the President’s second term bid in what many saw as a volte-face from his earlier position when he was reported to have said Buhari might lose the 2019 presidential poll to Atiku, although he added that there was room for the president to improve on his performance which was the basis for his rejection.
“Among all the presidential aspirants, Buhari stands in best position in winning the presidential election,” the cleric had announced amid gleeful enumeration of what he described as his achievements during the first term.
“What happens in the Ministry of Agriculture such as massive production of rice is unprecedented in Nigeria’s agricultural history.
“In all this, we urge Nigerians to vote President Buhari in order to complete his eight years tenure and after which he will hand over to a younger candidate,” Mbaka had said during the cross-over service.
Rev Mbaka was later to firm up his prediction in favour of Buhari when this year, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi, visited the Adoration Centre during a bazaar but refused to make donation. As the Catholic priest engaged the former governor of Anambra State, he said that Obi and Atiku would fail the presidential election if they continued in the way they were going.
Also in his series of predictions for the 2019 elections, popular seer and founder, INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele predicated the defeat of the ruling APC by PDP on two major conditions.
Speaking at the unveiling of the 2018/2019 and beyond edition of the book of divine messages, “Warnings to the Nations, in July 2018, Ayodele predicted that PDP would only return to power if it fielded Senate President Bukola Saraki as its candidate for the presidential poll.
“God wants to use Saraki for something symbolic for four years. So, if PDP is desirous of winning the election they should go for him,” Ayodele had predicted.
And recently, while reacting to the postponement of the presidential poll, which he equally foretold and captured in his annual book, Ayodele also hinted that the PDP might have a chance against the ruling party if it was able to frustrate the ruling party’s rigging strategies, saying, “PDP must follow APC bomber to bomber because of the rigging methodology and rigging technicality they (APC) wants to use.”
Also the Presiding Bishop, Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries, Ibadan, Prophet Wale Olagunju, in his prophecies for 2019, predicted that the
former Vice President would win the presidential contest amid admonition to his (Atiku) followers to observe a day of fasting and prayer against manipulation of the results by the ruling party.
According to him, “God said Buhari has become a disappointment in His sight and He has sought and found a man after His own heart to replace him.
“As a result, God said the road to Aso Rock Villa for Atiku is now very clear as his name will continue to ring bell and that many will still root for him.
“But God said all lovers of Atiku must go into one day prayer and fasting to rebuke manipulation of election result.”
Satguru Maharaji, founder One Love Family, in his own prediction, foretold President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the presidential poll.
According to him, “elections are for human beings. This is the time to call a spade a spade. Buhari is there. He has another term in the office. I don’t see Atiku, Ezekwesili, Sowore and others as president. I believe, if they will listen to me, they should not think of going to elections. They should support Buhari. Buhari is from the North, he would have spent four years by May, let him complete his second term as the tradition that a man from North will spend eight years and the South will spend eight years. All of them should wait for him to complete his second term.
“There are many reasons, unknown to many Nigerians, that will make President Buhari defeat all other candidates jostling to unseat him in Aso Rock in February.
“What the other candidates can do is to support Buhari to take Nigeria to the Promised Land. Atiku, Ezekwesili, Sowore and others should support Buhari instead of aiming to face him in the presidential election”, he declared.
A South African-based Nigerian cleric, Prophet Samuel Akinbodunse of Freedom for All Nations Outreach, during a live service at his South Africa Church, predicted the emergence of a young president at the end of the election and added that God only made Buhari the president because he wanted Nigerians to learn some lessons.
The man who accurately predicted Zuma’s exit and Mugabe’s disgrace from the seat of power, had earlier revealed that President Buhari might die if he attempted to seek a reelection.
Also a renowned Islamic cleric in Oyo State, Prof Sabit Olagoke, equally predicted President Buhari’s victory.
Olagoke, who is the grand Imam of Shafaudeen in Islam worldwide, revealed that the former Vice President Atiku would be disappointed by his party, PDP, during the election.
The cleric said: “Against all odds, winners would emerge. APC as a party would have some threat and surprises, but election would tend to favour the incumbent president. The PDP on the other hand, would create scene of disappointment for its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.”
Olagoke’s prediction was said to have been made after his confinement and fasting as well as prayer for the country.
Giving his own predictions on the presidential election, founder of the Christ Deliverance Ministries Inc. (CDM) Lagos, Prophet Ekong Ituen, revealed that President Buhari would be re-elected.
“Let me start by telling Nigerians that election result will spring surprises, but in my revelation, it has been established that President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the 2019 presidential election. You may not like him, but that is the truth,” he declared.
Reacting to the seeming contradictions in the prophecies and the outcome of the election, a theologian and Pastor-in-charge, Dominion Tabernacle and Prayer Assembly, Ota, Ogun State, Dr Olalekan Akinsola, noted that the turnout of event did not take anything away from the clerics whose predictions failed neither did it confer any special status on those who got it right.
According to him, “the ministry of prophecy is a delicate one because those who have the gift are prone to certain ridiculous situations which unknown to the carnally minded, may have divine purposes. Look at the case of Jonah who attempted to evade going on divine prophetic mission to Nineveh because he knew what God was capable of doing.
“God only instructed him to inform the people of the city about the impending doom, Jonah didn’t give them any condition for their preservation. But without being told, the people repented from their sinful way and they were spared. Jonah’s message didn’t come with any hope of preservation. That was one of the reasons Jonah felt angry when eventually God visited the people of Nineveh with His mercy. Does it mean God didn’t know that the people would turn a new leaf? No! He knew, He only sent Jonah so as to achieve a major divine result.
“So, the turnout of event does not take anything away from those whose prophecies didn’t go as predicted neither has made champion out of those who got it right. But the basic fact remains: God knows His true servants,” Dr Akinsola noted. (The Sun)
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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said some governors elected under the banner of the PDP worked against him in 2015.
Jonathan in his new book, ‘My Transition Hour’ which he publicly presented in Abuja on Tuesday, also said he was confident of winning the election based on his achievements.
“We were confident that victory was ours. We were sure of the states where we would certainly have a clear lead. We knew the states which we had a 50-50 chance and finally the states we would have the required 25 per cent to satisfy the provisions of law,” he said in the book.
He added, “Obviously and with the benefit of hindsight, I have come to be aware of the intrigue that played a significant role in costing my party and I the election.
“For instance, there were governors elected under the banner of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, who did not wholeheartedly campaign for me and adamantly refused to allow campaign posters with my picture and theirs to be printed and circulated.
“In fact, a particular first-term governor in the North had openly said his ideal scenario was to have him re-elected and my opponent elected President.
“This same governor told his aides that I would be removed in a coup. Unfortunately for him, his wishes did not come to pass and he ended up not being elected.”
Jonathan also said that there was a tremendous measure of religious pressure on members of the party in the north.
While saying it was not a fresh factor, he, however, warned that “it is one militating against entrenching the ethos of democracy. For as long as people could be persuaded or harassed into falling in line by deploying religious as an instrument of politics, our goals for promoting democracy pull prove difficult.” (Punch)
Jacobs, who also works as an insurance salesman, announced his candidacy in March 2017, eventually edging out Brad Anders by just 23 votes in the GOP race to earn the Republican nomination a year later.
Some of the issues Jacobs pushed in his campaign included keeping taxes low, improving roads and infrastructure, and keeping communities safe.
Jacobs has been a part of the WWE since 1995, making his television debut as Jerry Lawler’s private dentist, Isaac Yankem. In October 1997, he appeared as The Undertaker’s brother Kane for the first time during “Badd Blood: In Your House,” donning his signature mask and attire.
He’s held the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and numerous versions of the Tag Team Championship over the years with multiple partners.
Kane’s last high-profile match was his return to pay-per-view on July 15, teaming with Daniel Bryan in a losing effort to The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team titles. (The Score)