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*Don’t Compare Nigeria to London and America. What is going on in Southern Kaduna Can’t Happen in London or America.



*If Government Cannot Achieve Electricity, Water and Housing in 2 Years, We Should Set up a Board of Trustees To Run the Country not the Church

  • An Interview With Dele Momodu

*Don’t Compare Nigeria to London and America. What is going on in Southern Kaduna Can’t Happen in London or America.

Nobody doesn’t pray to own a jet if he can afford it. Why are we complaining about Pastors? If you give your money to a Pastor, it is your business. Another thing I remember, this issue of private jet or no private jet, someone had a blitzing attack against Daddy G.O (Pastor Adeboye) and I wrote an article in THISDAY; I said whosoever says, “Pastor Adeboye doesn’t need a jet” is ignorant because even me one day I was going to Seychelles:

I left Ghana in the morning to come and take my flight. We were going for a wedding of a family friend, by the time I got to Lagos they said I just missed my Kenya Airways flight. I went to Kenya Airways office, they said oh, “sorry sir, you missed our flight but there’s a flight in the evening from Ghana that can still get you to Kenya tomorrow morning”. I went back to Ghana, by the time I got to Ghana we were supposed to fly maybe at about 9 or 10pm the flight didn’t arrive until 4am.
At 5am, we boarded the flight. They said, “oh, there’s no aviation fuel in Ghana.” Then they brought us to Nigeria, from Nigeria we left eventually. By the time I got to Kenya I missed my connecting flight to Seychelles. That is what people face when boarding commercial flights.

Anybody who understands flying will know that a Pastor who is ministering to virtually over 100 Churches, in fact over thousands of Churches in over 100 Countries needs a jet to perform his duty.

Interviewer: Mr Dele Momodu, I’m sure the people who wants to argue with you, will still argue with you over this, but let’s look at other issues that the author mentioned for now he’s still an anonymous author except you’re able to help us with the name.

Another thing you said:
When you talk about stable electricity in Canaan land, when you talk about water supply for 15,000 residents and they’re also planning ways to increase electricity supply. These are the language we hear from people from time to time, that Nigeria is working towards this and Nigeria is working towards that. Another argument from this side is that don’t compare that small hectares of land with the large span Nigeria of two hundred million people. Is there a justification so to say?

Dele Momodu: I personally will never compare a small Church to a Country, just like I will not compare Rwanda to Nigeria, but I still have the right to say Rwanda has electricity, it doesn’t mean I am comparing. I still have the right to say Ghana lost their electricity and in two years they were able to have 24 Megawatts added to it.
Nigerians are so sensitive sometimes that once you say something now: if I say Jonathan is a good man, then somebody says, “I am fighting Buhari.”
No! Saying somebody is good doesn’t mean the other person is bad. I’m saying what I know about you personally.

I can tell you that Bishop Oyedepo’s Church today has a University that is rated among the best in our Country. So what is wrong with that, how does that mean that I am comparing him to someone else?
I went last year to deliver a lecture at Mountain Top University. So does that mean that I am saying the Church or the Pastor is better than others? I gave a lecture also in Iwo at the Baptist University in Iwo, you know, does that mean I am saying the Pastor is better?

So, the truth is, (even a lot of us), I went to a Catholic school as a young boy in Ile-Ife, St John Grammar School. I can tell you that St John Grammar School was far better than what we have today when it was under the Catholic missionaries.
So, why can’t we try and appreciate these people, why can’t we encourage more of such. In fact, maybe Nigeria would have collapsed but for the private sector.
If we run Nigeria the way we all run our homes and businesses substantially, things will be cool. But everybody gets power and then begin to run it anyhow because it is not their own business.

So, I will rather encourage more Oyedepo’s in Nigeria, I will definitely encourage more Olukoya’s in Nigeria, I will encourage more Iyadura’s in Nigeria who are doing charity work: Esther Ajayi foundation and all that. I will encourage G.O’s, there’s nothing wrong with it.

Interviewer: Mr Momodu, still on the school of thought, I’m happy there is a small kind of departure from your stand and the author’s stand. Another thing the author did say is that he mentioned things like, okay, I think you talked about that the 25 Megawatts to when Nigeria is still struggling with 7,000 Megawatts.
But still on these schools, the argument again is how many? People will remind us when the Missionaries came and how they gave free education and how government is struggling to give free education compared to this Covenant University, compared to some of these private Universities that the good number of people cannot afford.
So, what exactly are you calling for, in clear terms, are you calling for real capitalism or welfarism as it mean?

Dele Momodu: I remember Chief Moshood Abiola saying that nobody should glamorize poverty. WHAT WE’RE ENCOURAGING IS POVERTY MENTALITY.
Everywhere in the world there are private schools, some call it public schools like in England and you have to pay. It doesn’t matter if whether you’re poor or not, if that’s your dream or you get a scholarship.
In Nigeria today, it will be the duty of government to at least provide free quality education because I don’t believe that it should just be free, they should be quality education: Primary, Secondary so that we can catch them young. The Universities, of course nobody has flogged anybody to go to Babcock or any of the Missionary Universities. There are other Universities: Ife is there, UNILAG, Nsukka is there, A.B.U is there, they are all there. So, It’s a matter of choice, PLEASE LET’S STOP ALL THIS WITCH HUNT.

If you run a private organisation, I do not want to call it company because you cannot describe a Church as a company. But if you run a private organisation and if it’s a Church or a Mosque please, for God sake, let’s allow those who want to go to go, and those who don’t want to go not to go.
Because, what will happen when you say you’re going to appoint trustees for a Church. I know Nigerians, we make law sometimes with pre-determined motive. There’s a proverb in Yoruba that, “a woman whose child has been killed before by a witch will always suspect every woman.” So, the suspicion, what is leading to all this! When they say, “ehn, in Europe we regulate them”, but do we have this kind of religious conflagration?

In London you have a Mayor who is a Muslim it has never happen, do you understand, so people are able to resolve their situation.
Let’s begin to tolerate ourselves; when that happens, nobody will suspect. When you appoint judges and then overnight, in the middle of the night you can remove them and find enough laws for justification to justify the removal without going through what all reasonable people will consider as due process then, don’t be surprised if people are saying tomorrow they might mistakenly just the same way we’ve seen even dead people appointed in Nigeria tomorrow you may find a Muslim coming to regulate a Church or a Christian coming to regulate a Mosque and then, what will happen? Breakdown of law and order!

Let us do laws that:

  • If we don’t have electricity in the next 2 years, we’re going to appoint a board of trustees for the government to take over the running of the affairs of Nigeria.
  • Let us make laws that will say in the next few years if there is no water or housing in Nigeria the government will abdicate from the throne and then we will have board of trustees to manage Nigeria.
    When you do that, you’ll see that a lot of people will support it.

Interviewer: Mr Momodu, let’s go home with some clear messages especially for those who are watching, because we don’t want to leave them hanging. How in practical terms can the government which is actually the crux of the article by this anonymous author, how can the government learn from this religious leaders? I agree that it is from the macrocosm that you’ll have a bigger picture. So, how do we learn. Because when we say it’s easy to tell your followers what to do but we have this kind of…



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By Sodiq Oyeleke

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced his intention to repeal the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.

He made this known while presenting the 2021 budget to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Sanwoolu said the bill would be sent to the Lagos Assembly for legislative approval.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the abolition of pension for former governors and deputies will reduce the cost of governance.

He said, “Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House, in light of keeping the costs of governance low and to signal selflessness in public service, we will be sending a draft executive bill to the House imminently for the repeal of the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.”

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The Central Bank of Nigeria had recently frozen the account of some protest organisers in a bid to stop further protests from occurring.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that all Nigerians and celebrities, who promoted protests against police brutality in the country must face the law.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had recently frozen the account of some protest organisers in a bid to stop further protests from occurring.

The Nigeria Immigration Service also seized the travel passport of Modupe Odele, preventing her from leaving the country for providing legal aid to arrested protesters.

The Nigerian Government irked by the protests had in October hired thugs to hijack the demonstration, plunging the nation into chaos in a bid to blame it on peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

While speaking on why the CBN froze the account of the protesters, Shehu while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics said, “This country has only one President and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table.

“We are a country governed by law. There is a constitution —under section 33— that clearly defines the rights of citizens to freely protest in a peaceful way but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, violence and looting, there is a law and order duty to be performed.

“Everyone witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and some other states, even the FCT.

“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide, to rule on wrongdoing on the part of anybody.

“I am not particular about any celebrity or promoter but this country has been harmed enormously and people should be prepared to account for what they did.”

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Garba Shehu Classic FM, Abuja.

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President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja declared that disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration.

Speaking at the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES), aimed at creating 774,000 jobs across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country, President Buhari also directed that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts be brought to justice.

”I will like to use this opportunity to say a word on the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force,’’ President Buhari said during the launch of the P-YES programme, attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Engineer Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.

He continued: ”The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.

”We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice.

”We deeply regret the loss of life of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.

”I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.

”Meanwhile, it is important to recognise that the vast majority of men and women of the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties.

”The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.”

On the empowerment programme, the President while restating his administration’s commitment to youth development and poverty alleviation pledged that the Federal Government policies of social protection and people empowerment would continue on track, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

The President, who described P-YES as a cornerstone of his administration’s social and economic development strategies, said it was part of the overall policy of ensuring that 100 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty in ten years.

”The P-YES is also part of the plan that we adopted in 2016 in which we empowered One hundred youths from each of the 774 Local Government Areas with the necessary tools to acquire skills and establish small businesses.

”Given the success of that initiative, we are now committed to creating 774,000 jobs across all the LGAs, through the P-YES programme,” he said.

President Buhari, who took a tour of P-YES tools and equipment displayed at the forecourt of Presidential Villa, expressed delight that the materials showcased represent the fruits of the initiatives embarked upon by his administration in 2016.

”All the tools, machines and equipment that are exhibited here, are products of the efforts of these empowered youth entrepreneurs.

”I note with particular pleasure that they were all fabricated in Nigeria by Nigerian youths using locally sourced materials. This is a wonderful and uplifting achievement.

”As an entrepreneurship empowerment project, the P-YES programme aims to address the needs of unskilled and less educated youth.

”It targets key areas of activities that are of practical importance and are essential to every aspect of our economy.

”These include areas such as agriculture and food processing, restaurant and catering, tailoring and fashion design, technical skills such as in the Information and Communications Technology sector, artisanship, welding, carpentry and joinery, other small businesses and activities associated with the micro-economic sector of this economy,” he said.

The President used the occasion to call on State Governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to factor the P-YES into their programmes to assist the youth realise their potentials in their chosen fields.

He urged local and foreign private sector operators in Nigeria to also contribute their share to the expansion of this programme through channelling their corporate social responsibility efforts towards skills acquisition, creation of start-ups, and other intervention measures.

President Buhari declared that the expansion of the P-YES would now be vigorously pursued, adding that more resources will be committed to the achievement of its goals and objectives towards youth empowerment and entrepreneurship development.

The President commended the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Students Affairs, under Hon. Nasiru Saidu Adhama, for driving the P-YES programme in accordance with the mandates prescribed for the office and the programme.

He expressed confidence that the programme being supervised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would make significant difference.

In his remarks, Hon Adhama assured the President that as achieved in the pilot phase of the programme the selection of beneficiaries in the full-scale P-YES scheme would be done with the utmost transparency and credibility, adding that equal opportunities will be observed in the delivery of equipment, tools and machines to all States and LGAs.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 12, 2020

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