Obasanjo

Osinbajo, Obasanjo, Tinubu, Abiodun, others grace installation of Adebutu as Odole-Odua

FOUNDER of Premier Lotto, Chief Adebutu Kesington, was onn Saturday installed as the Odole-Oodua by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II. The first installation rite was done for him by the Owa Eredumi of Ife, Omiwenu Odeyele, at the Oranmiyan shrine known as Igbo Eede. In attendance were the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Governors of Osun, Ogun and Lagos States, Gboyega Oyetola, Dapo Abiodun and Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Minister for Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, and prominent traditional rulers among others. Adebutu’s wives, Caroline and Amina, were also conferred with the title of Yeyemode and Yeyerewa Oodua respectively [Read]

FG to bring back toll gates scrapped by Obasanjo

ABUJA – Fifteen years after the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo scrapped toll gates across the country, the federal government is making plans to reintroduce them. Babatunde Fashola, minister of works and housing, disclosed this while briefing state house correspondents at the end of the federal executive council meeting. Fashola, who was joined by Lai Mohammed, his information counterpart, said there is no law against toll plazas in the country. He added that some of the logistics being worked out before the reintroduction include acquiring more lands that will provide up to 10-lane plazas. “Where are we in PPP and toll gate, let me just clarify this impression about toll [Read]

BREAKING: Two in EFCC’s Net in connection with Obasanjo’s $16bn power project

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have arrested two top officials of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the company in connection with execution of the $16 billion Obasanjo power projects. The duo, who were among the four persons detained by the anti-graft agency on Wednesday reportedly supervised the execution of the projects. The arrests symbolized the beginning of the probe of the humongous expenditure during the Obasanjo presidency, with little results to show. The NDPHC officials arrested are the Head of Finance, Marvel Emefiele and Head of Compensation Eze M. C. Odigbo, The Nation Reported. They are expected to account for the N850 million earmarked as compensation to [Read]

Buhari Govt Desperate to Silence Obasanjo’s Voice – Atiku

– Atiku Abubakar condemned the inclusion of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s name in a list of tax defaulters – The PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 election said the Buhari government was out to silence Obasanjo’s voice – The former vice president claimed this was due to the criticism against the government Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has accused the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of making attempts to silence the voice of former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Vanguard reports that Atiku made this claim following earlier report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCCC) visited the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library as part of investigation against his son-in-law, Abdullahi Babalele. Atiku [Read]

EFCC traces Atiku’s laundered money to Obasanjo Library

ABEOKUTA – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has extended to Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, its investigation of the laundered 150 million euros cash-for-poll by associates of former vice-president Atiku Abubakar. It was learnt that the investigators went to the Library on August 8 to authenticate the claims by one of those under probe that he gave $140,000 (about N50 million) to one of the library officials. According to reports, the EFCC officials, accompanied by policemen, combed some offices at the former President’s Library. It could not be confirmed whether any document was taken away by the operatives, but nobody was arrested. “Our operatives went to the library with [Read]

Obasanjo Tasks Govt On Revamp Of Nigeria’s Education Sector

ABEOKUTA – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday challenged government at all levels to give maximum attention to education development in the country. According to him, 50% of the jobs currently being done today would be irrelevant in the near future, so long term planning needs to be done in regards to changes in the education sector. He made the call while addressing some youths and students from selected schools in Abeokuta, the state capital during a Youths Governance Dialogue mentorship programme organised by the Youth Development Centre, an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. The former president believes that the current situation in the education sector and the [Read]

[BREAKING] $16bn Power Projects: EFCC Begins Probe Of Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan Govts

In a fresh move to unmask the actors in the controversial $16billion power projects of the federal government, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the investigation of the administrations of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, his immediate successor, the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and former President Goodluck Jonathan. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the three leaders and some of their officials are being probed over the role they played in the disbursement of the $16 billion on the power sector between 2006 and 2011 to various contractors. [READ ALSO] Alleged N9.9bn Graft: Ambode Knocks EFCC, Sends Strong Message to Buhari, Tinubu The probe of the “investment” in the electricity [Read]

Obasanjo To Fulani Herdsmen: Peace Must Return To Southwest

ABEOKUTA – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday met with leaders of Fulani cattle breeders in the Southwest as well as Kogi and Kwara States, over the wave of banditry and insecurity across the region.  Obasanjo said what people knew about the security challenges in the Southwest before were all myths and not clarity, darkness and not light, hence the need for the meeting to properly interrogate the root cause of the banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges in Yorubaland. He charged the group to evolve a system that would enable them effectively police their settlements in the Southwest so that the region could enjoy once more the peace it [Read]

Suspected Fulani Herders Kill Afenifere Leader’s Daughter in Ondo, Obasanjo reacts

Yoruba socio – cultural organisation , Afenifere , says it has received information that Mrs . Funke Olakunrin , daughter of Afenifere chairman , Pa Reuben Fasoranti , has been killed by persons suspected to be herdsmen . The spokesman for Afenifere , Mr . Yinka Odumakin , said this in a terse message sent to The PUNCH on Friday . According to Odumakin , the 58 – year -old woman was heading to Ore Junction from Akure , Ondo State , when she was attacked and shot by the herdsmen . [READ ALSO] Fasoranti’s daughter’s death: Nigeria is diminished by Continued Herdsmen Attacks – Obasanjo He said , “We have [Read]

Fasoranti’s daughter’s death: Nigeria is Diminished by Continued Herdsmen Attacks – Obasanjo 

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo early Saturday, declared that the country has been diminished by the killing of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, late Mrs Funke Olakunri on Friday. He said that the killing, by supected Fulani herdsmen was a worrisome development in the polity, especially, at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics. In a condolence letter to Pa Fasoranti, which was made available to newsmen through his Special Assistant Media, Kehinde Akinyemi on Saturday, in Abeokuta, Obasanjo tasked the security agents to fish out those responsible for the heinous crime. According to Obasanjo, “this is a worrisome [Read]

I Was Not Involved in any Plane Crash – Obasanjo Shocks Nigerians

– Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied being involved in plan crash as earlier reported. – The former president had earlier been reported as having escaped a plane crash at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Wednesday, May 29, as 393 passengers. – However, Obasanjo confirmed to BBC Pidgin service that he was in Ogun state and could not have been involved in any accident. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has denied being involved in a near plane crash with other prominent Nigerians in the Ethiopian airline passenger aircraft, Boeing 777-300. Passengers were said to have also included the director general of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and [Read]

BREAKING: Obasanjo, 393 Others Escape Plane Crash

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo escaped what could have ended as a plane crash in Lagos on Wednesday. According to NAN, the ex-president was among the 393 passengers who were on board an aircraft that found it difficult to land at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The passenger aircraft, ET-901, had departed the Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, at 9:10am, Ethiopian time, 7 am Nigerian time. A NAN correspondent, who was among the passengers, said the almost 5-hour flight from the Ethiopian capital to Lagos had been smooth until the pilot attempted to land at the Murtala Muhammed International airport. Rather than landing on the first touch line of the [Read]

Settle Your Problem At Home, Don’t bring it to AU, Obasanjo tells Nigeria

A former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said on Monday that the African Free Continental Trade Area Agreement will not be hindered by Nigeria’s reluctance to sign up to the process. Obasanjo made the remark in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the opening session of the Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Continental Trade and Strengthening the Implementation of the AfCTA . The dialogue was organised by the African Union Commission and the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa . The former President was reacting to concerns raised by one of the discussants at the event , on the need for stakeholders to look into the implications of AfCTA without Nigeria, the continent’s biggest [Read]

Obasanjo congratulates Senator Adeleke, speaks on Atiku’s petition

John Izabi,  Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has  congratulated Senator Ademola Adeleke following his declaration as the winner of the Osun governorship election by an election petition tribunal. Obasanjo thanked the tribunal for taking deciding to nullify what he described as an illegality. He commended Adeleke for seeking redress in court, adding that it is the right step to take. In a related development, the former President has also described those asking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar not to contest the result of the February 23, 2019 presidential election as enemies of Nigeria. Atiku rejected the 2019 presidential election result as announced by the Independent National Electoral [Read]

I am not receiving any salary from NOUN, My Service is Pro bono, says Obasanjo

John Izabi,  ABEOKUTA – Former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has debunked claims contained in a recent newspaper publication that he receives N40,000 as monthly salary from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).  The former president cleared the air about this speculation in a recent release entitled “My Service at NOUN is Pro bono” and made available to newsmen by his Personal Assistant on Media, Mr Kehinde Akinyemi. According to the release, Chief Obasanjo explained that his appointment as an Instructional/Tutorial Facilitator and Project Supervisor in the Faculty of Arts at the Abeokuta Study Centre with was received with “pleasure and duty to give back to others out [Read]