Chatham House, The Royal International Institute of Foreign Affairs in the United Kingdom which is acknowledged for its enviable scientific, political, economic and intellectual discourses played host to His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Oba (Dr.) Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (OJAJA II) the Ooni of Ife on the 23rd of November 2017 where he delivered a staunch lecture on the titled, “Inclusive governance and community engagement in Nigeria: The Roles of Traditional Rulers.
On arrival, Ooni Ogunwusi was warmly received to the Chatham House lecture host, Mr. Robert Dewar (CMG) who was formerly a UK diplomat that served predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, including as British high commissioner to Nigeria and permanent representative to ECOWAS, ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the AU, high commissioner to Mozambique and ambassador to Madagascar.
Within the official tradition and practice of the Chatham House, His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Mr. Dewar CMG together with the Africa section Executive team of Chatham House led by Dr. Alex Vine OBE proceeded into private discussions in preparation for His Imperial Majesty’s lecture. At exactly 4 pm, Ooni Ogunwusi who is the first Nigeria Royal Father to be invited by Chatham House was led by his host into the lecture hall with a standing honour by all confirmed
After the presentation of His Imperial Majesty (HIM) brief citation by the Chair of the lecture who is equally his host, Mr. Bob Dewar (CMG), as the revered king was clad in spotless, magnificent white agbada attire; his neck and wrist decorated with befitting royal beads and even as a perfect royal crown sat on his head mounted the lecture podium, the chants of adulation and praise of His Imperial Majesty (HIM) which was led by His Ijala Ooni filled the air.
His opening remark was a chronicles of his upbringing which was communal in governance from where he led his audience into the widest and historical ethnographical thematic issues in governance. His lecture produced broad perspective of historical discourses and the evolution of modern democracies structure which as a direct result of the monarchical governance adventure.
Ooni Ogunwusi who defiled the tradition pattern of lecture presentation as he was not guided by any prepared script advocate for collective better inclusion of tradition institutions as they are more closer to the grass roots agitation that government. In his final submission, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi presented Africa as the last economic frontier of the globalisation and called on African leaders to
reintegrate traditional institutions into democratic system as they have huge inclusive roles to play towards better governance.
In his usual approach to humanity, His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Ooni Ogunwusi had ample time to chat with some folks and institutions that were represented on various subjects and issues.
Subsequently, he was taken round the building of Chatham House by both his host Mr. Bob Dewar CMG and Dr. Alex Vine OBE who is the Chatham House Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme and was presented with the wall of Chatham House distinguished past speakers from Africa.
The former VP under Obasanjo administration confirmed this in a statement he personally signed earlier today Friday.
The press and letter statement, titled: “Statement of resignation of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar (Waziri Adamawa) Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 from the All Progressives Congress,” reads in full: “On the 19th of December, 2013, I received members of the All Progressives Congress at my house in Abuja. They had come to appeal to me to join their party after my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had become factionalized as a result of the special convention of August 31, 2013.
“The fractionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party on August 31, 2013 had left me in a situation where I was, with several other loyal party members, in limbo, not knowing which of the parallel executives of the party was the legitimate leadership.
“It was under this cloud that members of the APC made the appeal to me to join their party, with the promise that the injustices and failure to abide by its own constitution which had dogged the then PDP, would not be replicated in the APC and with the assurance that the vision other founding fathers and I had for the PDP could be actualized through the All Progressives Congress.
“It was on the basis of this invitation and the assurances made to me that I, being party-less at that time, due to the fractionalization of my party, accepted on February 2, 2014, the hand of fellowship given to me by the All Progressives Congress.
“On that day, I said “it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision” to accept the invitation to join the All Progressives Congress.
“Like you, I said that because I believed that we had finally seen the beginnings of the rebirth of the new Nigeria of our dreams which would work for all of us, old and young.
“However, events of the intervening years have shown that like any other human and like many other Nigerians, I was fallible.
“While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.
“Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked. In that memo, he admitted that the All Progressives Congress had ‘not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance’.
“Of the party itself, that same governor said ‘Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty. Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties.’
“Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the All Progressives Congress on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened.
“But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.
“A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.
“I admit that I and others who accepted the invitation to join the APC were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage. Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?
“Be that as it may be, after due consultation with my God, my family, my supporters and the Nigerian people whom I meet in all walks of life, I, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, hereby tender my resignation from the All Progressives Congress while I take time to ponder my future.
“May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.”
Every hard work they say deserves a reward. This adage is indeed true as it describes better the activities that happened at the Nigerian Sport Awards as those who put their best in the 2017 was acknowledged and given a deserving award.
The event that took place at the Eko hotel and suites Lagos had in attendance various sports celebrities, enthusiast, administrators and stakeholders from Nigeria with awards given to Sports men and women in different categories like footballer of the year, Sports woman of the year, coach of the year, journalist of the year, ball sports person of the year, sports governor of the year (where both governors nominated emerged the winner) etc.
The event which kicked off at about 6pm with the cocktail/ red carpet session with presence of personalities like the NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Minister for youths and sports Salomon Dalung, Nigeria’s 1 st female footballer Asisat Oshola, Mitchel Obi and others.
Speaking to winner of the TV sport journalist of the year, Promise Efoghene, he expressed his gratitude and appreciation following the fact that he has always wished for the award as it truly explains that there is no gain without pain and consistency.
Also in an interview with the multiple award winner “ Odunayo Adegoroye ” who won in the category of female sport woman stated that it was only hard work that could have made her earn the award and also prayers thereby giving glory to God for the award.
Another guest in attendance also said during an interview that Awards like this is a good way of encouraging Nigerians who work hard to make the nation proud.
By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – Nigeria and the Switzerland are finalising talks for the repatriation of $321 million in Swiss Banks to Nigeria, Juliet Ibekaku has said.
Mrs Ibekaku, a Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Justice Reforms, disclosed that the federal government and Swiss government will in December sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the return of the money.
At the Conversation on President Buhari’s Anti-corruption Campaign organised by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in Abuja, Mrs. Ibekaku, stated that before now, Nigeria had no agreement with foreign countries for the return of looted money, which she said necessitated why it took the country awhile to initiate the process of discussion and recovery at the international level.
“So far, we have recovered part of the Malabu fund held by the UK courts. We are also working to finalise the process for the return of $321million and by December, we are going to sign the MoU for the return of the money held in Switzerland.
The Senior Special Assistant to President on Justice Reforms, said Civil Society Organisations were involved in the negotiation as well as assets monitoring.
The Presidential aide also revealed that the Federal Government had also opened up discussion with the US government for the return of the money that left that country for two or three years from 2013.
She said government had set up one asset recovery account which made it easy for anybody that wanted to track recovered money to know where the money was going to, which she said will put to rest worry by Nigerians over the whereabouts of the recovered money.
She said that the administration also created a central account in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), called the Asset Recovery Account.
On her part, the Executive Director of Centre for Democracy and Developments (CDD), Ms Idayat Hassan, said the conversation was to get some questions on the recovered money.
Ms Hassan, said it was in line with the presidents’ vision that the event was organised, to provide a platform for constructive review and interrogate government’s approach to anti-graft campaign.
She stated that the platform also sought to proffer opinions for robust, effective and sustained interventions in the anti-corruption fight and effective usage of the recovered money.
She called on the government to be more open to Nigerians the amount recovered so far and how the money was being spent to ensure much confidence from the people in its programmes and policies.
The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II last week held talks with major business structures in the State of California with a mission to woo them for the economic advancement of Nigeria and Africa at large.
The Foremost African monarch who was in California on a week working visit began the activities of his visit with a business interactive session with the State government officials and major stakeholders of Silicon Valley at the Senate chamber of the Capitol in Sacramento, CA co-hosted by Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development SV-NED Inc and African Technology Foundation Mr Stephen Ozoigbo.
Presenting the visiting Ooni and entourage including some Yoruba notable Traditional Rulers at the meeting attended by representatives of Stanford University, Cisco, IBM, Tesla Motors Intel and some private investors, the CEO of Silicon Valley NED, Chief Temitope Ajayi described him as an uncommon leader who pays little attention to his fame but more focused on the unification and economic progress of Yoruba race, Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
“Fame and fortune is just an illusion it’s not the solution. The legacy is what we want to be remembered for. We should focus more on the economic development of our people. That is why he is here to bridge the economic link between Silicon Valley and the Kingdom of Ife through ecosystem. We need your help in Africa. There is so much intellectual properties in Africa, there’s so much human resources, first class brains, all we need is your help to tap them”.
“I decided to bring my father here because of his passion for development especially in Agriculture and youth development. There is something peculiar about him, he is our number one monarch in Yorubaland. I always see him with millions of people, widows today, youths tomorrow, less privileged children next day He is indeed for the masses”. Temitope Ajayi said.
In his speech, the Co-Chairman of Nigeria Council of Traditional Rulers explained the importance of State of California as the sixth biggest economy in the world with the Silicon Valley which is the 8th technology wonder of the world as reason for his visit aimed at strengthening the capacity of the youth and economic development of the African continent.
“We see California as the American most populous state and the World’s sixth largest economy.
We can’t just sit back at home to see our people suffering. We must reach out to the super economies like you”.
“Africa is greatly endowed with potentials, Nigeria is the nucleus of the continent while Yoruba region is the economic center of Nigeria and as the Spiritual leader of Yorubaland, I have decided to mobilise my brother kings for an economic revolution that will meaningfully utilize our untapped resources especially human capital”.
“There is a paradigm shift in Africa and Nigeria being the most populous if we don’t get it right, the entire Africa may not get it right”.
“That’s why we have come here to seek your collaboration in helping our teeming population most of whom are youths capable of being great human capital assets if well productively empowered through Agriculture, Science and technology so that their generation will not be wasted”.
“The government is there on our behalf and we support them”
“We have bountiful natural resources that we can bring to the table to benefit CA for a mutual benefit relationship, we grow so many things that are not here and we want to focus on organic products” Ooni explained.
The Silicon Valley business session was on Wednesday 15th November 2017 followed by a Business Round Table With Ooni organized by HAPA Awards Group at Woodland Hills, CA anchored by John Lasko.
Also at the Bank of America(Merrill Lynch) on Friday, the Ooni received an Executive of Merrill Lynch; which is a subsidiary of Bank of America and one of the biggest wealth management firms in the world wanted the bank to always make African African friendly policies.
The king who was officially introduced by Mr Tosin Abraham Carons, a Nigerian who works with the bank as a financial advisor expressed great delight for the top notching roles the black people play in the Management of the Merrill Lynch organization.
“While you are here, please remember your fellow Africans who also have the potentials but no opportunity.
Am so happy to be here and am particular delighted that you can be occupying such an exalted position at this world renowned big financial institution.
I can see in you the joy of origination which is the greatest joy. When you get connected to your root from where you have been disconnected long ago, it is naturally a day of great joy”. Ooni said.
Abraham Carons in his emotional speech said the visit of Ooni is a major impact in his life as he truly felt spiritually connected with the home continent Africa. He told the monarch that apart from him, there are also several other black Americans, Africans and Nigerians working with the bank. He promised to always make the Nigeria and African people proud.
“Your Majesty, you got, you really got it, I can’t even tell you the emotions passing through us right now, it is a great spiritual connection with our ancestral home. We love you for your selfless service of connecting the mother continent Africa to the African Americans and other black people around the world”. Abraham Carons said.
Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
AMOSUN PROPOSES N345.42B FOR 2018 FISCAL YEAR
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has presented the 2018 State Budget proposal of N345.42 billion (about $1billion) to the State House of Assembly, with the assurance that the budget would be implemented in furtherance of the rebuilding mission of his administration.
The budget, entitled “Budget of Accelerated Development”, has N223.72 billion earmarked for capital expenditure, representing 64.77 percent and N121.698 billion earmarked for recurrent expenditure, representing 35.23 percent.
Speaking during the presentation, Amosun said the budget is 57 percent higher than that of last year, adding that this year, the great emphasis laid on capital projects is due to the fact that the administration is building greater momentum into the end of the tenure.
He gave a breakdown of the proposed budget to be allocated among the five cardinal programmes of his administration, as follows: Affordable Qualitative Education, N79.25 billion (22.9 percent); Efficient Healthcare Delivery, N21.20 billion (6.13 percent); Agricultural Production that will lead to Massive Industrialisation, N21.14 billion (6.12 percent).
Others are Affordable Housing and Urban Renewal, N45.73 billion (13.24 percent), Rural and Infrastructural Development and Employment Generation, N73.61 billion (21.31 percent), while N125.93 billion (30.25 peecent), was earmarked for other sectors.
“We have placed great emphasis on capital project, in order to accelerate the development of our dear state. We must continue to develop infrastructure, that supports industry, improve road connectivity within our agricultural areas as well as between our agricultural belts and urban markets. In addition, investing in skills especially for youths and farmers helps to support inclusive growth”, he said.
From the recurrent expenditure, the governor said personnel cost, comprising salaries and allowances, will gulp N13.50 billion, while N39.829 billion will be set aside for overhead costs.
Reviewing the 2017 budget performance, the governor disclosed that his government has implemented the budget by over 70 percent, adding that his administration has developed the state in the areas of security, infrastructure and ease of doing business, amongst others.
In his welcome address, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunbi affirmed that the fund appropriated for 2017 was judiciously used on projects which they were meant for.
He said the Legislature was able to confirm this through the oversight function of members to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.
Zimbabwe’s Parliament both ruling party and opposition support launched impeachment proceedings Tuesday against the world’s oldest head of state President Robert Mugabe. The recently fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said President Robert Mugabe should acknowledge the nation’s “insatiable desire”.
The motion for impeachment was introduced by the country’s ruling party ZANU and seconded by the opposition MDC.
The statement reads in part by Mnangagwa after more than a week of silence.
“The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call and resign forthwith so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy,”
“I will be returning as soon as the right conditions for security and stability prevail,” said Mnangagwa, who has a loyal support base in the military. “Never should the nation be held at ransom by one person ever again, whose desire is to die in office at whatever cost to the nation.”
The motion led President Robert Mugabe to resigned. This was announced by the Speaker Jacob Mudenda of Zimbabwe’s parliament. He said he received a letter from Mr. President Mugabe saying he would step down with immediate effect. The announcement made the lawmakers to stopped the impeachment process during the debate to impeach the world’s oldest head of state, who has been power for about 37 years.
CRAIG DAVID WINS “BEST R&B/SOUL ACT” – HIS SIXTH MOBO AWARD MOSES BOYD WINS “BEST JAZZ ACT” – HIS SECOND FOLLOWING 2015’S WIN AS PART OF DUO BINKER & MOSES VOLNEY MORGAN & NEW-YE WIN “BEST GOSPEL ACT”
LONDON: The MOBO Award winners for Best R&B/Soul Act, Best Jazz Act and Best Gospel Act were announced last night at the third annual Pre-MOBO Awards Show in Boisdale, Canary Wharf. The gala dinner event, hosted by YolanDa Brown and China Moses, featured killer performances that showcase the diversity and heart of music of black origin – including Natty, Floacist, Rachel Kerr, Kiko Bun, Cherri V, Triple O, Noel Robinson, Josh Daniel, Zara McFarlane, Tony Tixier, Manuscript, MiC Lowry and the B Positive choir.
Craig David took home the “Best R&B/Soul Act” Award (in association with Mi-Soul) last night. This is Craig David’s sixth MOBO Award win, previously scoring the prestigious Best Male Act last year, and winning Best UK Newcomer, Best R&B Act and Best UK Single of The Year in 2000, and Best UK Act in 2001. Craig David is due to release his seventh studio album The Time Is Now early next year, featuring collaborations with JP Cooper, Bastille and AJ Tracey.
Drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd was awarded “Best Jazz Act” (in association with Jazz FM) last night, marking his second MOBO Award win. The first was in 2015 for the same category as part of drum-and-sax duo Binker & Moses. Moses represents a new breed of innovative and talented jazz musicians that defy tradition. Moses has collaborated with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Little Simz, Sampha, Zara McFarlane, and many more. His breakout hit ‘Rye Lane Shuffle’ combined elements from grime, jungle, bass and jazz into a beast of its own. Moses’ latest project Exodus unites a hugely skilled group of musicians, receiving nods from Gilles Pteterson, Four Tet and more.
Volney Morgan & New-Ye won “Best Gospel Act” (in association with Premier Gospel), marking their first MOBO Award win. This year marks their tenth year in the ministry. They are recognised in the gospel world for their dynamic stage presence and remembered for their unified voices, having previously won Choir of The Year at Premier Gospel Awards and performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2016 BBC Gospel Proms.
The award for Best Reggae Act will be presented at the MOBO Awards in First Direct Arena, Leeds, on 29 November. The UK’s biggest urban music awards night will feature roof raising performances by Cardi B, Krept & Konan, Stefflon Don, Yungen and Yxng Bane, and many more to be announced very soon.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation calls for vigilance as a number of countries struggle to build on recent progress
Dakar, Senegal, Monday 20 November 2017 – The 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched today by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, reveals that the continent’s Overall Governance trajectory remains positive on average, but in recent years has moved at a slower pace. As many countries struggle to build on recent progress or to reverse negative trends, and as concerns emerge in some key sectors, the Foundation is calling for vigilance on the continent’s future.
The eleventh edition of the IIAG looks at both country and indicator trends over the last five years (2012-2016), within the context of the last decade (2007-2016). By evaluating more recent progress on governance alongside long-term performance, the 2017 IIAG provides the most nuanced assessment to date of the evolution and direction that countries, regions and specific dimensions of governance are taking.
Over the last ten years, 40 African countries have improved in Overall Governance. In the last five years, 18 of these – a third of the continent’s countries and home to 58% of African citizens – including Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria and Senegal, have even managed to accelerate their progress. In 2016, the continent achieved its highest Overall Governance score to date (50.8 out of 100.0).
However, over the same period, Africa’s annual average rate of improvement in Overall Governance has slowed. Of the 40 countries improving in Overall Governance during the last decade, more than half (22) have either done so at a slower pace in the last five years (i.e. Rwanda and Ethiopia) or show decline (i.e. Mauritius, Cameroon and Angola). Furthermore, eight of the 12 countries registering decline in Overall Governance over the past decade are showing no signs of turning things around, with scores decreasing at an even faster rate over the second half of the decade. This group includes Botswana, Ghana, Libya and Mozambique.
The best performing category of the IIAG, Human Development, reaches its highest average score to date in 2016 (56.1 out of 100.0), with all three underlying governance dimensions – Welfare, Education and Health – improving over the last ten years. However, all register slowing progress over the second half of the decade. Worryingly, in a continent where 41% of the population is under 15 years old, progress in Education has nearly ground to halt. Africans are particularly dissatisfied with how governments are addressing changing educational needs, as reflected by the accelerated pace of decline in the Education Provision indicator over the last five years.
Despite being the slowest improving category over the past decade and within the past five years, Sustainable Economic Opportunity has recorded progress since 2014. While the African average improvement has slowed over the last five years, 16 countries, representing 51% of the continent’s population and 54% of its GDP, have managed to accelerate their rate of improvement in this period. For 22 countries, however, progress is slackening (i.e. Mauritius and Rwanda) or even reversing to decline, as in Angola. The sub-category Infrastructure is a major driver of the continent’s overall performance in Sustainable Economic Opportunity, picking up momentum over the last five years, even if Electricity Infrastructure continues to register average decline. The deterioration in Africa’s Rural Sector over the last five years, which could threaten recent progress in this key area for the continent’s sustainable growth and wealth-creating potential, is a particular cause for concern.
Participation & Human Rights is the only category picking up speed in the last five years, with the greatest number of countries (17) improving at an accelerated rate across all four categories of the IIAG. However, this masks some concerning trends in certain countries and dimensions. 18 countries show either a slower pace (i.e. Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda) or even display warning signs, declining in the second half of the decade (i.e. Egypt). The average positive trend is in fact mainly driven by the accelerated progress in Participation, led by a majority of countries improving in Free & Fair Elections. Worryingly, however, Political Participation shows a slight average decline over the last five years, which could threaten the progress made over the decade, while average deterioration in Civil Society Participation appears to worsen over the last five years.
On a more positive note, the pace of deterioration in Safety & Rule of Law seen over the decade has slowed in the last five years. This is mainly driven by slowing decline in Personal Safety – although indicators such as Crime and Political Violence remain on concerning negative trajectories – and by progress appearing over the last five years in Rule of law. However, Accountability, already the lowest scoring sub-category in the IIAG, is lately registering even slower progress. Another concerning trend shows National Security deteriorating at an even faster pace over the second half of the decade, more than doubling its annual average decline. At category level, deterioration worsens over the second half of the decade for 15 countries, including Burundi, Cameroon, Libya, and Mozambique, while some countries, such as Angola and Mauritius, register a recent downturn despite improvement over ten years.
Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “As the index shows us, overall governance in Africa is improving. This is good news. However, the slowing and in some cases even reversing trends in a large number of countries, and in some key dimensions of governance, means that we must be vigilant. Without vigilance and sustained efforts, the progress of recent years could be in danger of vanishing.”
To watch Mo Ibrahim comments on the IIAG 2017 results and to explore the findings please visit http://mo.ibrahim.foundation/.