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How Osinbajo emerged VP, by Tinubu


The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday explained how Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) emerged Vice President
According to him, Osinbajo was a product of religious balancing which became an issue in last year’s presidential election.
This is even as he said President Muhammadu Buhari may be slow, but he is steady, especially now that he is older and given his experience.
Tinubu spoke yesterday during the launch of a book; “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”, written by John Paden, a professor of International Studies. The event was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. He was one of the reviewers.
Tinubu noted that Paden succinctly explained the transition from the Buhari in uniform to one in civilian garb.
He notes that in terms of style of leadership, “Buhari, as a young military Head of State, was in a hurry. However, now that he is older and given his experience, he is ‘slow, but steady’ in his approach to governance.”
Tinubu noted that the choice of Osinbajo as Buhari’s running mate in the 2015 presidential election proved that the President was not intolerable to religious difference as it was insinuated.
“There was the issue of selecting a running mate and after a careful study and discussion, it was agreed that we should fill the religious balance ticket, given the sensitivity of the moment,” he said.
“Based on this conclusion, the name of a renowned professor, Yemi Osinbajo, the professor of Law and former Lagos State Attorney-General during my time as governor was proposed and accepted as running mate.
“Osinbajo was also a pastor in the largest church in the country, this is for those trying to paint Buhari as intolerant religious leader,” Tinubu said.
“During the campaign, he (Buhari) surprised many by his agility and the broad canvass on which he operated,” he said.
“In tracing the evolution of Buhari, the national leader said Paden’s assertion that military rule is based on the power its holders can wield, while civilian rule is based on the legitimacy derived from elections, is a point with which I dare not debate.
“Buhari’s career embodies this, hence, his transition from being a military ruler to being a civilian leader, who subjected himself to the rigours and uncertainty of elections four times. Thrice, he patiently went to court seeking redress from electoral manipulation.
The author, quite accurately, remarked on the Buhari victory equation, as flowing from Northern grassroots support and coalition-building with the South West as well as with other tendencies.”
In retrospect, the former Lagos State governor regretted the failed merger of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), his party, and the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), Buhari’s party, saying: “In forming the ‘new’ party, we had three challenges.
“The first was learning the right lessons from the aborted attempt at political cooperation in 2011. Fortunately, both the ACN and CPC regretted our inability to conclude a pact in 2011.
“We agreed that there would be no recrimination over what did not happen before. We agreed there would be an intensified effort to forge the united effort that eluded us in 2011.
“In 2011, both parties wanted cooperation, but became stuck whether that should take the form of an alliance or outright merger. This difference gave rise to another one, regarding how the vice presidential candidate, who would run with the presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, would be selected.
“Despite numerous good-faiths demonstrated in attempts to resolve these issues, time ran out on finding a solution. In retrospect, we all were perhaps a bit too inflexible and did not realize the extent to which cooperation and flexibility were needed to establish the reform we all wanted.
“The result: each party went its own way in 2011. However, the talks of 2011 would foreshadow the discussions, beginning in 2013, which led to the successful merger forming the APC.”
Earlier, Tinubu and the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun met for the first time yesterday, eight days after the former wrote letter accusing the latter of carrying out a coup during the September 3, 2016 Ondo State governorship primary of the party. In fact, Tinubu urged Odigie-Oyegun to resign over alleged anti-party activities.
Both leaders sat side-by-side, while emissaries took turns in conferring with the APC national leader, perhaps appealing to him to take things easy as regards the recent happenings in the party.
Rather than use the occasion to settle their differences, the two leaders tactically avoided each other.
At the event, Odigie-Oyegun and Tinubu were invited to the podium for the presentation of the book. With Odigie-Oyegun on the far left, at least five persons separated him from Tinubu.
At the end of the presentation, the chairman walked past Tinubu before exchanging handshakes with other guests, including former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon.
Chairman of the book launch and former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, said Buhari deserves every word of praise and criticism. He described Buhari as a fighter and a man of destiny, adding that as a young officer, he did so well within and outside Nigeria that he was recognised both within and internationally, “and that is why he catapulted to the top within a shortest possible time.
“As a combat politician, he fought to take over the Villa despite being told he will  never see it”, adding that he  has been doing his best to get things going and the suffering of the people alleviated.
In his remarks, the Special Guest of Honour, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, described Buhari as an upright man, adding that the book confirmed what he knew about Buhari and what he has been told about him.
Obasanjo described Buhari as a man of integrity.
Speaking on his 2003 election and that of his anointed candidate and successor, the late Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’Adua, during which Buhari contested and lost, Obasanjo said, “President Muhammadu Buhari and I have had  many encounters.
“But most of them are in parallel. Not too long ago we had direct opposition at the ballot box.” he explained.
The General and former Head of State, who was Buhari’s boss before he retired in 1979, disclosed that at “one occasion when Buhari was then the Federal Commissioner for Petroleum (under him). He went for OPEC meeting.
“And I think that meeting was held in Saudi Arabia. And each leader of an OPEC country who attended that meeting was given a special gold.
“President Buhari, then an Army officer came back to show his disinterestedness and non-selfishness. He brought the gold that was given to him there which must be very expensive, to me and said, please, promise me that you will not give it to somebody else,” he disclosed.
Former US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, who also reviewed, the book, described as a mistake for the Unites States not showing enough interest in Nigeria, and not giving the country the attention it deserves as the giant of Africa.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, also one of the book reviewers,  hailed Buhari for not allowing insurgents to take the country for granted, adding that he used his influence for common good rather than for sale.  He said despite being attacked during election campaigns, Buhari’s courage guided him to think of what he would do for the nation.
Former Nigeria’s boss at the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, another reviewer, spoke about Buhari’s first tenure as military Head of State, corrected some false impressions that he was a religious and ethnic bigot and an autocrat.
In his remarks, Paden said the book was an attempt to introduce Buhari to the international audience, since Nigerians already know their President.
He also wanted to use the book to address the issue of leadership and challenges therein, like national unity and security, corruption and economic melt down.
The event was witnessed by Presidents of Chad, Idriss Deby, Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou and Benin Republic, Patrice Talon and representatives of the Presidents of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
Other dignitaries in attendance were the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo and wife, Dolapo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and his wife, Toyin, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and wife, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, service chiefs and members of Federal Executive Council.
Also in attendance were lawmakers, governors, members of organised private sector, members of the diplomatic corps, royal fathers, among others.

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.


The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.



In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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