I was promised N300,000 to blackmail Abiara, 11 other pastors, ex-convict confesses

IT was a job that was to fetch him N300,000. But the table was turned and, instead, a 44-year-old ex-convict, Festus Balogun, ended up in police detention where he is cooling his feet. For months, the suspect had been on the wanted list of Ondo State Police Command as detectives tried to smoke him out of his hideout, following complaints by some pastors of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) that someone was blackmailing them for pecuniary gains.

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File: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.

ABUJA MAFIA AND BUDGET 2016: How Buhari’s inaction aided a crooked process

President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; advisers and ministers still operate in the belief that good intentions and reputations are all you need to run a new government successfully. Buhari, especially, must still be thinking that his former reputation as a tough guy will cow all those who had cooperated with previous governments in wrecking the nation’s economy. Little did the old general realise that with three military Heads of State succeeding him and a recycled former military ruler returning as civilian President, Nigerians are now as scared of the men in khaki as before. He is just now beginning to realise as late President Harry Truman, 1884-1972, remarked when General Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, was elected President in 1952, “You give an order as President and nothing happens”; nothing, unless you virtually sit on the necks of the officials who are supposed to get the work done and the way you want it done.

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Comrade Oginni

‘A regime of ‘crazy bills’ without power’

A former Zonal Chairman, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Comrade Folorunso Oginni, says the hike in electricity tariff shows the insensitivity of the government to the plight of the people. “In the past, we paid so much for outrageous estimated electricity bills on what we did not consume, yet these crazy bills keep coming when there is no regular supply of power”, Oginni stated.

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45 percent electricity tariff hike will not stand, labour insists

AS the nation begins to come to terms with the private-driven power sector following the recent 45 percent hike in electricity tariff, workers in the sector have warned that for allowing privatization of power sector, Nigerians may have unwittingly played into the hands of private sector shylocks and collaborators in government whose stock in trade is to maximize profit at all costs.

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Budget padding, scandalous votes and eagle-eyed senators

When Ministers began the defence of their budgets, last week, errors in the document made the Senate to express worries over what has now been described as padding by the Executive arm arising from high overhead and personnel costs, just as this development led to the lawmakers asking the Ministers and heads of parastatals to go back and rejig the budget document and return for re-presentation.

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Buhari presents N6.08trn 2016 budget to NASS

2016 Budget: The price of rigidity

In the evening of August 26, 1985, Muhammadu Buhari’s pain was not because he lost out in the power game; his pain was, according to insiders in that high-wire military politics, that those who made him Head of State did not have the courtesy to tell him it was time to step aside. He was simply booted out of Dodan Barracks. And for good humiliating measure, he was locked up and the keys kept away for about two years. According to Ibrahim Babangida who took over, one of the reasons for the coup was that: “It turned out that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes to issues of national significance. Efforts to make him understand that a diverse polity like Nigeria required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions, only served to aggravate these attitudes….”

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Holy Spirit moved Jonathan to handover – Primate Ayodele

Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele is a year older today, Sunday, February 14, 2016. He started heading church at the age of 16 and has made tremendous successes in the last 39 years in that he now has churches in Nigeria, Europe and the United States. Ayodele, who prefers to be best called “servant of the most high God” as against primate, bishop or a general overseer, did not start off as white garment church man as he was born into the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos where his father was a front runner and which the Junior Ayodele attended until 1972.

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Nigerians are hungry — Anthony Edeh, Satellite Kitchen MD

Chief Anthony Edeh is the Managing Director, Satellite Kitchen & Bar, Satellite Town, Lagos. In this interview, he explains how he started the business in 2014, with his wife, Nneka, a caterer and graduate of computer education from the Enugu State University of Science & Technology. Edeh also bares his mind on the level of hunger in the country, advising government to wade into the challenge before it gets out of hand.

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