APCON’s Uphill Task in Enforcing Ethical Advertising


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The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has come under serious criticism in recent time, following the unrestricted breaches of the code of advertising ethics by politicians and the mass media during the 2015 electioneering campaigns. Godwin Anyebe writes.

 

Advertising is certainly an essential segment of any economy that strives for growth and development as it serves as a vehicle that promotes the economy and expands its frontiers for business in all sectors. To this end, analysts believe that any economy of the world that craves for growth and development must pay special attention to its advertising industry.

 

For this segment of the economy to attain its full potential and as well safeguard the larger society from the activities of unregulated campaign and other self-serving interests, various countries of the world adopt various forms of regulations with the overall objective of protecting consumers and citizens from the effects of unhealthy campaign.

 

However, the Advertising Practitioner’s Council of Nigeria (APCON), a body that is saddled with the responsibility of regulating advertising activities in Nigeria is still engulfed in some critical challenges. The body has in time past called on the National Assembly to help find a lasting solution to the unbridled increase of quacks in the advertising sector of the economy. It has also appealed to the lawmakers on the urgent need to protect local advertising business from total invasion by foreign practitioners.

 

The plea by the advertising industry regulators on how to protect local advertising from total invasion by foreign practitioners seems to be just a part of their challenges, as the body also cried out on the issue of inadequate technology to monitor campaigns efficiently which can easily be overcome when there is adequate funding.

 

Though it is believed in some quarter that the body has not lived up to its expectations, others are of the view that, advertising in all ramifications in Nigeria has not received adequate attention by the government which is required for its effective performance as a regulator of such a critical function as commercial communications.

 

Speaking on this issue to the Honorable Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashike, during a familiarisation tour to APCON Head Office recently in Lagos, the APCON registrar, Alhaji Bello Kankrofi said; “we are all witnesses to the unrestricted breaches of the code of advertising by politicians and the mass media during the 2015 electioneering campaigns. A properly empowered APCON would have been able to stem the ugly tide that it saw. It is essential that before we go into the general elections in 2019, something is done to equip the regulatory agencies to prevent such decent to scurrilous communications that undermine the country’s democratic choice”.

 

Among other things, the registrar stated that, with the way and manner television and radio stations are springing up every now and again in the country, APCON is finding it difficult to monitor every campaign.  And for the council to effectively monitor advertising on different medium most especially, the electronic space, there is a need for the body to acquire latest technologies to facilitate that.

While lamenting on how the body has been neglected by government, the registrar disclosed that, “if government had appreciated the enormity of power wielded by commercial enterprise – big and small, organisations, institutions and sometimes, individual who sponsor and benefit from advertising as well as the media organizations who provide the platforms for exposure of advertisements in return for the revenue that sustain their operations, it would have appreciated the amount of investments in infrastructure and human-resources as well as legal framework required to adequately regulate and police the advertising environment”.

According to him, the time has come to revisit the law establishing APCON with the view to correcting the fundamental flaws that delay or hamstring enforcement of appropriate sanctions against of the law and code of advertising.

 

He however called on the ministry of information to come to the aid of the council, as this is not first time the council is reiterating these challenges to the government and hope that this very one will yield a positive result. A child does not stop shouting until what is discomforting him is removed. He added.

 

Responding to the council’s pleas, the Honorable Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, said she thought APCON being a body that is surrounded with multinational and viable sectorial bodies will always have help when the need arises.

Nonetheless, the minister promised to do everything within her disposal to ensure that the incoming regime will take into cognisance these challenges of an organisation that is no doubt doing a great job in Nigerians as it always try to ensure that the citizens of this great nation are not deceived by unwholesome campaign.

Jonathan Dissolves FEC today


Jonathan-Dissolves-FEC-todayOutgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan is expected to formally dissolve the Federal Executive Council, FEC, today in preparation for his final hand over of power to incoming President, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

Today FEC meeting, to be presided over by the outgoing President, is expected to witness a formal speech by President Jonathan, who will use the opportunity to highlight his achievement in office, while ministers are also expected to make speeches on their experience as members of the council under President Jonathan.

President Jonathan, according to findings, is billed to leave the Presidential Villa on Friday morning for Port Harcourt, enroute Otuoke, his home town.

Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S.


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ZURICH (Reuters) – Six high-ranking soccer officials, including two vice-presidents of world governing-body FIFA, were arrested by Swiss police on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States.
The arrests were made by plain-clothed police shortly after dawn at a plush Zurich hotel where FIFA officials are staying ahead of this week’s FIFA presidential election.
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) did not identify which officials were arrested but confirmed that FIFA president Sepp Blatter was not among them.
The New York Times and the BBC both reported that Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo, both FIFA vice-presidents, were among the six detained.
The FOJ said in a statement that the officials were suspected by U.S. investigators of having received or paid bribes totaling millions of dollars.
“The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is investigating these individuals on suspicion of the acceptance of bribes and kickbacks between the early 1990s and the present day,” the statement said.
“The bribery suspects — representatives of sports media and sports promotion firms — are alleged to have been involved in schemes to make payments to the soccer functionaries — delegates of FIFA and other functionaries of FIFA sub-organizations — totaling more than US$100 million.”
More than 10 officials were expected to be indicted but not all were in Zurich. The New York Times said Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin and Nicolas Leoz were also indicted.
FIFA did not make any immediate comment following the arrests but are due to hold a news conference at 0900 GMT on Wednesday.
Most of the officials are in Switzerland for the FIFA Congress, where Blatter faces a challenge from Jordan’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in a presidential election on Friday when the Swiss administrator will attempt to secure a fifth term at the helm.
Prince Ali, who has promised to clean up FIFA if elected to the top job, released a brief statement.
“Today is a sad day for football,” he said.
“Clearly this is a developing story, the details of which are still emerging. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
The New York Times said more than a dozen Swiss law enforcement officials arrived at Zurich’s Baur au Lac hotel early on Wednesday, took keys from the registration desk and headed up to the rooms.
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One FIFA official was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel, the Times said, adding that officials from the body’s powerful executive committee were being targeted.
“We’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA did,” the paper quoted an unnamed law enforcement official as saying.
“It just seemed to permeate every element of the federation and was just their way of doing business. It seems like this corruption was institutionalized.”
The Times said much of the enquiry was focused on the CONCACAF region, which governs soccer in the North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The confederation’s former boss Warner was regularly dogged by accusations of corruption before he resigned in 2011, putting an end to investigations of the Trinidadian.
Prosecutors expected to announce the case at a news conference at the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office, which is leading the investigation on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal said in a separate report.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Internal Revenue Service criminal chief Richard Weber were expected to appear in Brooklyn to announce the case, the WSJ said.
The reports offer a fresh blow to the credibility of FIFA, which has suffered repeated accusations of wrongdoing over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Qatar and Russia respectively.
FIFA appointed an independent investigator to look into the allegations and though a summary of his report found some wrongdoing on the part of the Qatari and Russian bid committees, FIFA’s ethics judge concluded it was not enough to question the entire process.
The investigator, former attorney Michael Garcia, subsequently resigned from his role in December after criticizing the handling of his report.
Damian Collins, the British MP who founded the reform group New FIFA Now, said the news was hugely significant for FIFA and could have a massive impact on the governing body.
“The chickens are finally coming home to roost and this sounds like a hugely significant development for FIFA,” he told Reuters by telephone.
“It proves that Sepp Blatter’s promises over the last few years to look into corruption at FIFA have not materialized and because he has totally failed to do this, it has been left to an outside law enforcement agency to do the job and take action.”
(Additional reporting Curtis Skinner in San Francisco and Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by John O’Brien)

Certificate saga: Court asked to stop CJN from swearing in Buhari as President


ABUJA – ‎A Civil Society Organisation, the Incorporated Trustees of Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, has ‎asked the Federal Court in Abuja to stop the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, from administering oath on the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari on May 29.

‎The group, in an originating summons that was filed by its lawyer, Mr. Philip Ekpo, insisted that Buhari is not legally fit to take over as the President of Nigeria.

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The plaintiff argued that Buhari did not meet the qualification enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act, and ought not have contested the April 11, 2015, presidential election.

Cited as respondents in the suit were Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The group specifically applied for an order of interim injunction restraining the 3rdRespondent or any person acting in his capacity, from swearing in the 1stRespondent as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, or any other date thereof, pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.

According to the plaintiff, “‎The 1st Respondent gave false information in the Affidavit he presented to the 2nd Respondent and on the strength of which he contested and purportedly won the presidential election which was conducted by the 2nd Respondent on
March 28, 2015.

“The 1st Respondent deposed to an Affidavit dated ‎November 24, 2014 that his West African School Leaving Certificate is in the custody of the Secretary to the Military Board

“The Nigerian Army on ‎January 20, 2015, said that in the personal file of the 1st Respondent with the Nigerian Army, they do not have the original copy of his West African School Leaving Certificate (WASC) nor does the Nigerian Army have the Certified True Copy of his WASC results neither do they have a photocopy of the said result.

“The 1st Respondent has not met the qualifications enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act, Cap E6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2010 (as amended) to havecontested the position of President of Nigeria at the 2015 general elections.

” That the authority conferred by Section 140 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) on the 3rd Respondent to administer oath of office to any person who will occupy the office of the President of Nigeria cannot be exercised in respect of the 1st Respondent who has not fulfilled the requirements of the same Constitution and the Electoral Act as it relates to his eligibility to occupy the office of President of Nigeria”, it averred before the court.

This therefore prayed the court ‎to declare that the information contained in the Buhari’s FORM C.F.001 stating that his educational qualification is the West African School Leaving Certificate (WASC) and that same is with the Secretary to the Military Board amounts to False Information.

As well as to hold that the information contained in the Buhari’s Affidavit deposed to on 24th November, 2014 stating that his West African School Leaving Certificate (WASC) is with the Secretary to the Military Board amounts to False Information.

More so, it is among other things, seeking ‎”A declaration that the 3rdDefendant is estopped fromswearing in the 1st Defendant as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as the issue of perjury involving the 1st Defendant has not been resolved.

“An order restraining the 3rdDefendant or any person appointed for such purpose from swearing in the 1st Defendant as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015 orany future dateswhatsoever forgiving False Information to the 2nd Respondent on oath.

“An order annulling the Certificate of Return given to the 1stDefendant by the 2ndDefendant.”

Meantime, the case is yet to be assigned to any judge for hearing.

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Boko Haram: What Good Will Amnesty Serve?


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At the weekend, some top northern leaders called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to declare amnesty for Boko Haram insurgents when he takes over power on May 29, 2015, making many to wonder what good the call if heeded will serve.
The call was the high point of a communique issued after a two-day conference held in Abuja with the theme: “Security and Governance Challenges in Africa’s largest Democracy,” by the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development as part of its “Nigeria Beyond 2015 Project”.
No doubt, this is not the first time some top northern leaders and groups will be calling for amnesty for Boko Haram members who have since 2009 caused nothing but tears and blood to flow in most parts of the north including Abuja, the nation’s seat of power.
This call for amnesty for a sect whose stated mission is the complete Islamisation of Nigeria and rejection of Western education is not only preposterous but also unpatriotic and insensitive. Are those calling on Buhari to grant amnesty to Boko Haram members justifying the heinous crimes perpetrated by them? If the call is heeded, then what happens to those they have killed, maimed, orphaned or widowed? If the Boko Haram members are granted amnesty, how sure are we that sooner than later other groups will not rise up to kill, maim and set Nigeria ablaze and thereafter some of their sympathisers will ask that they be given amnesty?
Granted that many of the individuals and groups who over time have been calling for amnesty for Boko Haram members try to equate it to the amnesty granted to Niger Delta militants, the fact is that there is no nexus between the two. So, enough of this call for amnesty for a sect which to date remains faceless; has never come out to repudiate their stated goals but continues to wreak havoc on Nigeria and Nigerians.

Video Shows Mercenaries among Boko Haram, Sect Kills 43


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Mercenaries have teamed up with Boko Haram whose members were on Tuesday reported to have again killed no fewer than 43 persons in Borno State.
A foreign news agency, Reuters, disclosed that after watching a video footage found in captured Boko Haram camps by the military gave clear indication of physical external help in the insurgency.
The agency quoted the military as saying that it was analysing the footage to identify the fighters and study the group’s internal dynamics.
“They (foreigners) carry arms and fight alongside the other terrorists,” Reuters quoted a senior military source, who declined to be identified, as saying, adding: “They are also experts and trainers.”
Reuters said it was not able to establish how many other foreigners were at the filmed event or what percentage of the militants’ fighting force they account for overall.
In 2012, Boko Haram was reported to be receiving training from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), although there has been little to back up claims of foreigners at the core of the group beyond anecdotal evidence from civilians who escaped or soldiers who fought them.
The footage shows Boko Haram administering sharia judgments in front of a big crowd in a field stained with blood with a man speaking in Sudanese Arabic.
“God ordered all believers to enforce his punishments,” the man, whose face is completely covered by a white turban, says to camera. “God ordered us to cut off the hand of the thief and flog the adulterer and adulteress.”
Standing in the middle of a circle formed by the crowd and near a preacher shouting into a loudspeaker in Hausa, the man appeared to be overseeing at the gathering called to implement sharia law.
A man wearing a black turban stands next to him as he speaks in Arabic and occasionally nods in agreement while another waves the group’s black flag behind them. Turbans in this style are not typical in Nigeria’s northeast.
In other parts of the film, men and women are flogged and several have hands amputated while the crowd cheers. A man is also stoned to death after being buried up to his head in a pit.
The military says it believes the events took place in Borno State in or near the town of Gwoza, Boko Haram’s former headquarters. The distinctive Mandara mountain range can be seen in the background. There was no time stamp to indicate when the half hour of video was filmed but a shorter, edited version of the film was released after the group took over Gwoza last year.
The discovery of the footage was reported by an unnamed Nigerian media organization but Reuters made a request to view the footage, which it said was granted by the military. The military has not publicly released the footage while its analysts worked on identification and the workings of the group.
“It (footage) helps document their atrocities as evidence in the event of any trial,” a senior military source said, adding: “To understand their pattern or mode of operation … and equipment in their possession with other information, is vital for intelligence.”
Reuters was unable to independently authenticate the footage and Boko Haram could not be reached for comment. Reuters viewed four separate videos.
Reuters also saw raw footage of a video titled “Harvest of Spies”, released in edited form in March, which copied Islamic State videos and showed the beheading of two men accused of being undercover government agents.
Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in Borno, witnesses said on Tuesday.
The latest attack, which a military source said involved a convoy of around 50 Boko Haram members storming Gubio, lasted for around five hours on Saturday afternoon and ended about 9.30 p.m., local resident Malam Yusuf Mohammed said.
Mohammed estimated that more than 400 houses had been burned by the insurgents.
“They came, shooting, threatening to kill everybody. They set fire on many houses, burnt down our peoples’ vehicles and motorcycles. We lost 43 people including two children,” Abubakar Mondama, leader of a local vigilante group, told journalists.

Aremu Stirs Hornet’s Nest, by Yinka Olujimi


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Repeat after me, last eight years
Yes grandpa, last eight years.
Nigeria has been mismanaged in the last eight years
Yes sir, Nigeria has been badly mismanaged by the PDP since 1999
Who told you that? I said in the last eight years. Say it again, last eight years
Okay granny, last eight years, last eight years, last eight…
Good. Now, say Nigeria has been mismanaged in the last eight years.
Okay gran. Nigeria has been mismanaged by the PDP in the last 16 years.
Ha! What kind of education are they giving to our kids these days? You mean you can’t understand a simple sentence? I am not talking about the last 16 years. Nigerians must be told to overlook my eight years and concentrate on the succeeding eight years. I am the navigator, remember? I am now squeaky clean. It is only that Otuoke mistake of the last six years that we have to focus on. Thankfully, the one who was in charge for the first two years after me is no more, so he cannot fault me. The mistake man of six years is too dazed and can also not respond. So, all we need to focus on now is to make Nigerians stop talking about my own eight years. Did you hear that? Focus on the last eight years.
Okay grandpa. It is now understood. Fully.
So, say it: Nigeria has been badly managed in the last eight years.
Hmmmm. I can’t understand o, granny. Can you point at one of the areas of the last eight years where mismanagement took place. Just one.
Olodo lomode yi o (this boy is a dullard). You are just like your mother. So, you mean I need to point at the areas where the foolish boy failed Nigerians? The boy whom the Almighty gave me the grace to elevate to the post of President, but chose to disrespect me?
I am sorry, granny, but I need you to give me specifics.
Now, tell me, since you and your mother arrived in the country, have you had fuel to move around the town? Has fuel scarcity not been a big problem in Nigeria, the world’s sixth largest producer!
Grandpa, you have always encouraged us to tell the truth, no matter what. So, I must tell you why I have difficulty separating eight from 16.
Yees, I have always asked you to tell the truth at all times. Truth elevates a nation. We must say things as they are. If don’t do that, you will not be a true born of the Aremu family.
So, I must say the truth?
Yes, say it. Tell me the truth.
Grandpa, don’t let me talk o. Very soon now, you will be calling me idiot and you will be abusing my mummy. By the way, it is idiot, not eediot.
Hehehehe! See this small boy. Aye ma ti dorikodo o (the world has turned upside down). You mean I shouldn’t call you eediot, even when you are one? Okay, speak on. Tell me your mind.
Grandpa, you were in office for eight years. How come the world’s sixth largest producer of crude oil is still importing petroleum? Why should anybody body blame the last eight years and leave out the preceding eight years? How come your party did not add one refinery, just one refinery whether as private of as public, in the last 16 years?
Is that the truth you want to tell me? Eediot.
Granpa! I asked a simple question. How can I separate eight from 16 years if you were in office in eight of the 16 years, somebody spent two, and another six. Who should be held responsible for the massive importation of fuel?
Orisirisi! It is me you are talking to like that, right?
Grandpa, should I go back to sleep? You know I don’t like discussing Nigeria with you. I would not be debating this if you had not asked me to be repeating a statement.
Well, that is why I like you. You are a trueborn Aremu. You will always tell the truth. You are my boy, my very good boy. Although you always behave like an eediot.
It is idiot grandpa, not eediot, I have always told you. And, I am not an idiot.
Okay o. Call it what you like. All I know is that you are one.
I am surprised, grandpa that you didn’t talk about the grand failure of your combined administrations to end Nigeria’s power woes.
You see yourself? Ehn? I say, you see your life outside ( o ri aye e lode?) You want to say that you are not aware of all the giant steps I took in the power sector and that it is because my successors, who are not worthy of that title, elected not to see my power projects to completion?
Grandpa! Your power projects? Like that first phase project in Papalanto which gulped billions of Naira but could not be used until the second phase comes on stream? The project that could not continue because it was sited in Ogun State but the gas that would power it is in the Niger Delta? Don’t make me laugh o, grandpa.
I will not respond to your foolishness again. It is not your fault. You would not be opening your stinking mouth to say those things to me if I had not tried to you use you as test for my next public address.
I knew you would say this grandpa, but I must tell you the truth. Nigerians are asking questions to our hearing. If people can’t tell you the truth, we owe it a duty to you to tell you. They ask about the record of your performance on road. They point at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. In fact, they talk about the road that leads to Ota Farm and the Sango bridge. They say that that bridge was completed by your immediate successor who spent only two years. They wonder why the road that leads to your own farm was in such a deplorable state after your eight years in office.
I have told you, you are an eediot.
Grandpa! It is idiot, not eediot. And I am not an idiot…

 

 

How fuel scarcity crippled Nigeria


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LAGOS—Nigerians across the country have been suffering untold hardship as fuel crisis persisted since the weekend, triggering increase in the price of food commodities, transport fare and general cost of living.

Threats from MTN

Just recently, Nigeria-based South-African telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria threatened to shut down its operations across Nigeria due to diesel shortage. MTN threatened that if it did not receive a significant diesel supply within 24 hours, it would shut down its operations.

A statement by the MTN Nigeria Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck read; “MTN’s available reserves of diesel are running low and the company must source for a significant quantity of diesel in very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria.

“If diesel supplies are not received within the next 24 hours, the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact.”

Nigerians from different walks of like told Vanguard in an encounter that if the fuel scarcity does not subside, other major mobile phones operators – Glo, Etisalat and Airtel may be confronted with the same fate as MTN Nigeria.

Shortly after MTN Nigeria threatened shut down due to the fuel crisis, Airtel mobile service provider also indicated that its users may experience difficulties.

Airtel’s message to subsrcibers

Airtel Nigeria sent out messages via SMS to its users to expect “some strain” on its services.

The message read; “Dear valued customers, this is to inform you that due to the nationwide fuel crisis, our services may experience some strain. We are doing everything possible to manage the situation. Thank you for understanding.”

Although other service providers were silent on the issue,many feared that they were facing the same challenge as others.

Lagos worst hit

Lagos appeared to be worst hit as many workers who could not afford transportation to their places of work either stayed home, paid exorbitant transport fares or trekked long distances to their various places of work.

According to residents that spoke to Vanguard, the hardship had never been this bad.

“Transport fares have risen to the high heavens. We pay through our noses to get to various destinations and the situation at the home-front is beyond imagination. I used to give my children N200 each everyday but since Thursday, it’s N50 per day for each child. I have not earned a kobo since the fuel crisis escalated and I’m completely down,” Nathaniel Solomon  said.

Hair dressers’s plight

Victoria Adeyemi, a hairdresser at Okota expressed dismay over the development. He said: “I don’t know if it has ever been like this before. I live on daily income and I’m the one that sustains my family. My husband has no job and we have three children. Since the fuel scarcity started, I have not earned a dime. I run my business on fuel and I couldn’t buy fuel anymore and we have not seen a blink in form of power supply as a palliative to the problem.”

Another Lagos resident narrated how a woman in his compound stole his 25 litre Jerry-can filled with fuel to sustain her husband that returned to Nigeria from Brazil. Emenike Ofoma said he struggled to buy fuel at N150 per litre last Friday only to watch another tenant in the compound where he lives empty the entire product into her generator in order to please her husband.

“It’s really a crazy thing to do. The woman has been living with her daughter in the same compound with me for over seven years. Just recently, we noticed that a guy had moved in with her and we overheard them quarrelling at night on many occasions. We thought she just got herself a new boyfriend but another neighbour revealed it was her husband who had been based in Brazil that just came home.

“That night, there was power outage as usual and many people stayed outside. I stayed outside till 11pm when I decided to put on my generator. I had fuel inside it and decided to save the N25 litres I just bought but after everyone had gone inside, I noticed the woman pouring fuel inside her generator. I never knew it was my fuel until daybreak when I saw an empty jerrycan. I confronted her and she broke down telling me she didn’t want her husband to leave her again because of the heat and lack of power supply in Nigeria. She told me how the man abandoned her for seven years with their only daughter to travel and live in Mexico and that now that he is back, she is willing to do anything to keep him with her. I looked at her and decided not to make trouble but she returned the money I spent on the fuel. From that Friday till today (Monday), I have not been able to buy fuel. The fuel I bought for N150 per litre is now selling at N500 per litre.”

In all these, transportation cost has skyrocketed across the country and trekking had become vogue. Motorists and those who do their daily business with petrol complain of spending their fortunes to get the product.

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Buhari not happy with govs inability to pay salaries, rejects ministerial list


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ABUJA – An early minute brow between President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and governors elected on the platform on the All Progressives Congress may be in the offing as Buhari has asked the governors to steer clear of his ministerial list.

Vanguard gathered that Buhari is contemplating a system operated in the second republic during the era of National Party of Nigeria, NPN, where appointment of ministers was done by the national secretariat of the party and not by the governors.

A source at the National Headquarters of the APC yesterday said that Buhari had directed the leadership of the party to pass the message of non interference to the governors.

According to the source, Buhari could not find any justification for the state governors to choose Ministers for him after they had chosen their own commissioners without unnecessary interferences from the federal government.

Vanguard learnt that there had been a list of Ministers submitted by the governors which was rejected.

The source also hinted that the president-elect was not happy with the governors on their inability to pay workers’ salaries after collecting their states allocation from the federal government.

It will be recalled that APC governors had recently met with Buhari in Abuja where they requested his intervention to pay salaries of workers, noting the dwindling state of the economy.

But Buhari reportedly asked them to pay salaries having collected their allocation.

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