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This is yet another humorous attempt to imitate our First Lady’s famous tearful speech. Its a cover of P-Square’s hit song ‘Personally‘.

This video from Buni TV has since gone viral online and you should see it. Cheiiiiii!

Watch “Personally” featuring Dame Patience Jonathan aka Mama Peace and Goodluck Jonathan below:

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Sanusi-CBNCentral Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is currently locked in a meeting with staffs of the Bank at its headquarters located at the Central Business District in Abuja.

The staffs were said to have been told early Wednesday upon resumption of duty that a meeting between the staff and the CBN governor has been scheduled for 5pm same day.

Although the details of the meeting which is still ongoing as at the time of this report is yet to be known, a source said it may not be unconnected to the order by President Jonathan that the CBN governor’s retirement which is due in May, 2013 be fast-tracked and brought forward.

The source said the CBN governor might announce his retirement following moves by the presidency to push him out before his tenure officially expires.

Mr. Sanusi’s had in September written a letter to to President Goodluck Jonathan detailing the theft of close to $50 billion in oil proceeds by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The letter later to the press and became a subject of public discourse.

Although Mr. Sanusi later revised the figure of the missing funds down to $12 billion, reportedly due to threats by associates of President Jonathan to make an issue of his reckless spending and philandering, the  president concluded that the CBN governor’ pronouncement is set out to embarrass his government and demean his office.

Details later…

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asuu-fgAs Nigerian Students get set to celebrate amidst wailing, sniveling and gnashing of teeth, bowling and howling, wasted time, ruined future and delayed destinies, of the 100 days of the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), I wish to ask that why are lecturers on the payroll of states owned universities out of classroom? Why did they join the ongoing strike to wage war against the Federal Government leaving the states government that employed them out of the ongoing perpetual class struggle and battle of supremacy?

Why asking the question above? For the sake of clarity, the underneath are the major demands of ASUU from the Federal Government (FG).

ASUU is demanding from the FG for the payment of Earned and responsibilities Allowances totaling N87billions to her members. ASUU is agitating that all the landed properties in Public Universities nationwide should be allocated to her by government to be managed via a company called ASUU HOLDINGS. ASUU is advocating that the projects to be executed with the fund being released by FG should be managed by her via ASUU holdings.

Most importantly, ASUU is clamoring for conducive environment for teaching and learning, total implementation of UNESCO recommendation on education, etc. A total of N400billion is being demanded by ASUU for these.

Affirmatively, the FG has offered ASUU N30 billion for her earned and responsibilities allowances while the sum of N100billion has been disbursed for the provision of infrastructures in public universities with a vow to pay the rest for the next three years.

ASUU has however rejected all the offers tabled before her by the FG, alleging that they were deceitfully concocted.

On infrastructures, the Analyses of the distribution of the N100billion for the implementation of the identified NEEDS of nigerian Universities shows that both Federal and State Universities benefitted from the fund. Take for instance, the Benue State University, Makurdi got N950million, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti got over N1billion, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko got over N1 billion while the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, got over N3billion, i.e both States and FG owned universities are beneficiaries of the fund.

Now, I wish to ask that why are lecturers in states owned varsities still on strike? Constitutionally, legally and lawfully, are they suppose to benefit from the fund being released by the FG? What’s the business of the FG with the rout in infrastructures in states owned universities? Why are ASUU members in state owned universities fighting FG for the poor infrastructures in their institutions? Were they employed by the FG? Were they owned by the FG? Is President Goodluck Jonathan, the visitor to the FG owned Institutions also the visitor to the states owned universities? Are we still in a federation?

On the earned and responsibilities allowances, I wish to ask that why are ASUU members in States owned Universities waging war against the FG over these? Should it be the business of FG to pay lecturers in States owned institutions’ earned and responsibilities allowances? Is it the duty of the FG to pay those serving as Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, supervisors of Masters and PhD Students, course advisers etc in states owned universities earned and responsibilities allowances? Are we no longer in a federation? Were they employed by the FG? Are they working for the FG?

My candid advise to ASUU members in state owned universities is to pull out of the ongoing strike like their counterparts from Adamawa State University and Rivers State Science and Technology with immediate effect, and start negotiating with their respective state Governors over the poor state of Infrastructures in their ivory towers; and for the payment of there earned and responsibilities allowances.

Furthermore, it is stated in the status update of the negotiation between FG and ASUU that lecturers from state universities are not going to benefit from the N87 billion being demanded for by ASUU for earned and responsibilities allowances. It is simply a matter between FG and its employees.

Consequent upon the foregoing, i hereby I urge the FG to, in respect of the principle of federalism, withdraw the fund already allocated to states owned universities for the provision of infrastructures and merge it with what had already been allocated to it’s own institutions. Let me submit by asserting that ASUU members in state varsities should go back to classroom NOW!!!

Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye writes via maxwell_adeleye@yahoo.com from Magodo, Lagos

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timthumb.phpThe New PDP chaired by Alhaji Baraje said it has received intelligence reports that the Presidency was putting finishing touches to what it calls “Operation Total Crackdown on G7 and their allies in the New PDP”, which is allegedly aimed at to arrest and incarcerate its leadership without charge.

The factional PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka said, “The reality, however, dawned on us after we read the interview of our friend and brother, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, in the PREMIUM TIMES of 26th September, 2013, confirming that President Goodluck Jonathan is under pressure to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar without any further delay. The sin of these two distinguished Nigerian statesmen, according to those plotting their “demystification”, is their alleged support for the New PDP, including the G7 Governors. That this evil plot is being conceived by the Presidency confirms that the Abacha days are truly here again with us”.

The factional group explained that in view of the seriousness of the plot to crack down on them in disregard of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, the National Chairman of the new PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, summoned an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to brainstorm on how best to respond to the situation.

According to the statement, the splinter PDP resolved at the end of the meeting that they would not be intimidated for any reason, even if it means death, as they are fighting a just cause of “reclaiming, recovering and establishing our party based on the vision of its founding fathers as the party is currently usurped by some members who do not know how it was formed”.

The statement stated further that, “Baraje, knowing how dirty some of the hawks in the Presidency can fight when pushed to the wall, directed NWC members to write their wills immediately after the meeting as we have entered the stage of no retreat and no surrender – fully determined to reclaim what rightly belongs to us”.

The NWC urges also the G7 Governors that on no account should they be intimidated or frightened by any tactics or strategy employed by State Forces to coerce them to forgo any of the issues they have been asked to present before President Jonathan during the October 7th meeting.

The rest of the statement reads:

“Though it is sad that instead of employing diplomacy to attend to the issues that brought this conflict to bear the Presidency prefers to use force but we are not disturbed as we are ready for any of its tactics. In this regard, we wish to urge both the Presidency and those detailed to attack us not to waste further time or wait till October 7th to start arresting us as there are thousands of Nigerians ready to step into our shoes and fight this cause to its conclusion.

“We are convinced that at the appropriate time; Asari Dokubo will join us when he is convinced as a Social Crusader the injustice we have been subjected to in PDP all these years so we are not threatened by his outbursts.

“Our stand is the same as that of late President of USA, Theodore Roosevelt, who once stated: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

“On a final note, we do not know why General Olusegun Obasanjo is being linked with the New PDP. Let us state unequivocally that this foremost nationalist has not in any way – either directly or by proxy – had anything to do with our existence and operations. Ridiculing and plotting the arrest of such a distinguished personality that fought to keep this nation as one entity and contributed immensely in making PDP the most vibrant, virile, versatile and biggest political party in Africa as a nobody is not the best strategy to use to fight the cause of President Jonathan, who knows what Chief Obasanjo did to make him President in the first place”

I Belong To No Faction – Obasanjo

Meanwhile, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday asked Nigerians to count him out of any factionalisation of the strife-torn Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking through his chief of staff, Deacon Victor Durodola, the former chairman of PDP Board of Trustees said it was his wish to reconcile the aggrieved in order for the party to remain one.

“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo does not belong to any faction of the party;  he is a leader of the PDP. Baba is a former President of the country under the platform of PDP, former chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, you don’t expect him to belong to any faction of the party.

“As far as he is concerned, PDP is one and what is happening is a disagreement within the PDP family; it is a family affair which will soon come to an end. Baba is a mediator and you don’t expect a mediator to take sides in a feud.

“Those who are insinuating that Baba belongs to one faction or the other are missing it. It is his wish that peace and unity return to the party and that is what he is working on till this hour. The idea that some people are after him because of his resolve to end the crisis does not arise. He believes that the party will come out of the crisis stronger,” he said.

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boko-haram-groupThe death toll in attack at the College of Agriculture, Gujba, 50 KM from the Yobe state capital by men of the dreaded Boko Haram sect has risen to 67.

This figure was confirmed by the state state commissioner of police, just as an eyewitness said he counted over 40 bodies at the main hospital in Yobe’s state capital Damaturu, mostly young men believed to be college students.

Bodies were recovered from dormitories, classrooms and outside in the undergrowth on Sunday, a member of staff at the college told Reuters, asking not to be named.

The men of the Boko Haram sect who have in recent times produced to crumble the country stormed the school in the wee hours of Sunday and attacked one hostel, took some students outside before killing them and shot others trying to flee, people at the scene told Reuters.


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“They started gathering students into groups outside, then they opened fire and killed one group and then moved onto the next group and killed them. It was so terrible,” said one surviving student Idris, who would only give his first name.

“They came with guns around 1 a.m. (2400 GMT) and went directly to the male hostel and opened fire on them … The college is in the bush so the other students were running around helplessly as guns went off and some of them were shot down,” said Ahmed Gujunba, a taxi driver who lives by the college.

The recent wave of attacks by the sect is largely believed to be the sect’s revenge mission since President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern state in May, including Yobe, and ordered a military offensive to crush Boko Haram’s insurgency.

There was an initial lull in the violence as Islamists fled bases in cities, forests and mountains. Then the militants began revenge attacks on schools, security forces and civilians believed to be helping them.

Several hundred people have died in assaults over the past few weeks. Some observers say the army offensive has only succeeded in pushing attacks away from well-guarded large towns and cities into vulnerable rural areas.

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Tunde-Fagbenle-360x268The photograph splashed on the front page of virtually all Nigerian newspapers of Tuesday, September 24, was of our President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, finally in a one-on-one with America’s President, Barak Obama. I say ‘finally’ because it is probably the first such opportunity for a private tête-à-tête between the two — something, from all indications, the Nigerian presidency had long longed for.

But it wasn’t a flattering photograph at all. There was President Jonathan obviously avoiding eye contact with Barak Obama who was looking directly into the eyes of Jonathan. I didn’t like it at all. The message, the body language, was unwholesome. In the American culture, it says of only one thing: you are a shifty guy.

However, I can’t knock President Jonathan too hard. The fault is not entirely his. His handlers must bear some of the blame, unless, of course, they prepared him and he just “forgot”! The business of international relations, especially at such high diplomatic level, is a tough and dicey one. Those playing the host are as groomed as those visiting, but the onus is more on the visiting dignitaries to know and respect the norms and culture of the host.

Eyeball to eyeball is a delicate thing. In our Nigerian culture (if one can be permitted to assume one) looking directly into someone’s eyes, especially an elder or boss, is viewed as rude and confrontational. And we grow up generally accustomed to avoiding eye contact as a form of politeness. It is unfortunate because in Europe and America the interpretation is the exact opposite. Eye contact is the rule; making eye contact is interpreted as showing interest, paying attention, and a sign of self-confidence.

But if it makes us feel good, America had their own horror of seeing their president (Obama) bowing to greet Japanese Emperor Akihito when Obama visited Japan in November 2009. Americans called it a “treasonous” bow. For them it was tantamount to treason for an American president to bow (damn diplomatic etiquette) to any other human being! That was an instance of carrying ‘respect of the host’s culture’ one bow too far!

I must admit that, other than his elocution, Dr. Jonathan is lately showing some signs of maturing somewhat into the dignity required of the office. But, please, President Jonathan, these things – body language, et al – are important. You are our President and presidential we want you to look – and talk!

Our Nigerian

Way back in the early 1990s when the trailblasing weekly newspaper based in the UK, Nigeria HomeNews, was still publishing, a novel regular feature in the paper was a full-page dedicated to showcasing to the world one Nigerian, especially one living in the Diaspora, who the paper recognised as a laudable role model, an outstanding achiever; someone any nation would be proud to lay claim to. We called the column OUR NIGERIAN.

Yours truly was the publisher/editor-in-chief of the newspaper. ‘Our Nigerian’, like the newspaper as a whole, was our bold confrontation of a world perceived to be hostile to Nigeria. The image of the country was at the lowest ebb. It was the onset of 419; and credit card scams, drug trafficking, and whatever else that could earn a country a bad name was associated with the Nigerians abroad. The then Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff of America, Colin Powell, even had the impudence to call Nigeria “a country of scammers.” The “green” passport was despised.

The cardinal policy of the paper, a major rationale for its very existence, was to douse the fire of the bad image and let the world know that the contributions of Nigeria to the world were represented in those we chose to celebrate week in week out. They were in the arts, they were in the sciences, they were in sports, they were in entertainment, they were in space shuttles, they were in medical labs; nay, they could even be the ordinary workers, but those whose dedication to duty and whose persons were ennobled by their integrity and humaneness.  And they were in the tens of thousands.

We were to shock the world with the disclosure that many of the great personalities within their midst that had hitherto been thought to be “just another regular citizen” were actually ‘Nigerians’; and in our bold claim anyone was a Nigerian who had any iota of Nigerian blood traceable to him or her, no matter the rank of generation! It worked, well, at least we at HomeNews believed it worked, and that in some little way the Nigerian pride was restored.

Memories of those times come alive to me as I read the news about some America-based group, Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) of which respected New York-based journalist Laolu Akande is an Executive Director, honouring some great Nigerians in the Diaspora at an event tagged, Top Ten (Nigerians in America) Awards Dinner, which held at Mariot Hotel, LaGuardia, New York last Sunday.

According to the organisers, the honourees emerged after a “rigorous search, scrutiny and selection process.” Awardees include the first Nigerian-born California Superior Court Judge, Bunmi Awoniyi, and US Congressman Peter King of New York.

Other recipients were Atlanta-based Dr. Augustine Esogbue, reported to be the first African to become a member of NASA’s Safety Advisory Board; Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, the Nigerian student who is said to be the first black man to emerge as the best graduating student in the renowned Johns Hopkins University with a 3.98 GPA; Ola Akinboboye, a New York-based cardiologist who is leader of black cardiologists in the US; Usua Amanam, founder of Nigeria’s first licensed private refinery; Professor Toyin Falola of the University of Texas, Austin, considered to be by far one of the most decorated Nigerian scholars in the US; Professor Ibrahim Gambari, New York-based Nigerian diplomat  and former UN Under-Secretary; and Prof. Ade Adefuye, the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States.

Whilst each and every one of the listed honourees is deserving in his or her right, there are numerous bright stars out there and there are several other categories the organisers have not added that are loud by their absence: Sports; Music; Performing and non-performing Arts; to name but a few.

The truth is that by now the world is aware of the paradox of Nigeria: a country beset with the worst of ills that could afflict a nation – corruption, poor leadership, bad management of resources, infrastructural crudity, degenerate values, debilitating political structures, and many more – yet possessed of some of the brightest minds in the universe scattered in their thousands all over the world, serving and benefitting their various host countries, leaving Nigeria to her fate.

Organising and giving awards is getting to be commonplace, even nauseatingly so. But it is through such recognitions, especially by organisations which are credible, that a torch of hope is beamed on an otherwise dark horizon, and the regenerative seed of emulation is planted in generations desperately in need of role models.

It is to be hoped that the recipients of CANAN’s first Top-Ten Awards, these Our Nigerians, would see the honour beyond themselves, but as a challenge to join hands (and their respected brains and wherewithal) in turning Nigeria into the country all black peoples of the world can be proud of. In the words of the keynote speaker, Prof. BabatundeOsotimehin, Executive Director of UN Population Fund, “Nigerians abroad must be determined to play active roles in lifting the nation.”

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Governor-Rotimi-Amaechi-and-President-Goodluck-Jonathan-360x225The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Saturday raised the alarm over his safety and pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan, to ensure that he is not killed.

Amaechi said this in an interview with Sahara TV, which was monitored by one of our correspondents.

The governor, who narrated his ordeal in hands of the police and aviation authorities since he fell out with the President, said he felt unsafe.

“I don’t have an aide de camp. I don’t have a chief security officer. They’ve withdrawn so many policemen. They’ve withdrawn all policemen from the commissioners. I feel unsafe. I just know that they want to kill me. Beg Mr. President to ensure that I’m not killed because I’m sure they are planning towards that.”

Amaechi also accused his political opponents, including the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, and the President’s wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, of using the police to intimidate him and the people of the state.

He said, “It is not just Wike that is controlling (the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph) Mbu. It is not just Mrs. Patience Jonathan that is controlling Mbu. There are some people on the street controlling him.

“They are doing two things under the watch of Mr. President and the Inspector-General of Police. They are trying to intimidate the Rivers society so that they can rig elections. And they are trying to intimidate me and expose me to danger.”

Amaechi also accused the National Aviation Management Authority of monitoring his movement and deliberately delaying his flights.

He described the level of impunity under Jonathan as worse than what Nigeria experienced under late General Sani Abacha.

Amaechi said the Nigeria Governor’s Forum crisis would be resolved at the end of the 2015 election, adding that there would have been peace in Nigeria had the President not interfered in the forum’s election.

He told his interviewer that President Jonathan confirmed his involvement in the NGF election at the last meeting the rebel governors had with him.

“While Akpabio was denying it, I reminded him that the President confirmed to me that he participated. Jonathan said he canvassed support for Governor Shema and that he called governors and showed them a video recording of my speech on the oil well that was taken from Soku to Balyesa, and he therefore told them that if I won, he would never work with me,” he said.

He said the possibility of peace between him and the first family was left in the hands of the President and God.

“If the President wants peace, I will be available. And it should not be the type of peace that we had in 2011, that was because of the election,” he said.

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H1After carefully observing ongoing development in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and coming to the conclusion that President Goodluck Jonathan is not serious about reconciliation in the party, the Group of Seven Governors who broke away from the Peoples Democratic Party to form a splinter group called New PDP has reached a secret agreement with the opposition All Progressives Congress on the 2015 election.

The governors are Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara.

The decision by the seven aggrieved governors to enter into an agreement with the leaders of the opposition coalition following several talks with the APC leaders was reached  after their last reconciliatory meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to sources close to the governors, two major reasons gave rise to their conclusion that the President was not serious about peace in PDP.

The first is President Jonathan’s sack of nine ministers, mostly those nominated by the dissenting governors and President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is also perceived to have fallen out with the President.

Among the ministers axed were Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufa’i (Education) who was nominated by Lamido, Olugbenga Ashiru (Foreign Affairs) and Mrs. Olusola Obada (Defence), both of whom were nominated by Obasanjo, and Ms. Amal Pepple (Land and Urban Development) who was said to have pleaded with Jonathan to mend fences with Amaechi.

The other reason, according to sources, is that a day after the Sunday, September 15 meeting where it was resolved that both parties should give peace a chance and continue reconciliatory meeting on October 7, the Kano PDP executive committee was dissolved without consulting Kwankwaso.

A new executive council was constituted with Kwankwaso’s opponents and some of the people he had defeated, including son of late General Sani Abacha, Muhammed Abacha, given a pride of place.

“It became clear to Kwankwaso and the other governors that the President was not ready for peace,” one of the sources added.

Besides all that, however, it was further learnt that the governors were also moved to take their decision because they decided against going back to PDP and facing President Jonathan, knowing full well he would move ruthlessly against them the way he had checkmated former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva.

“So they resolved that there is no turning back. They resolved to eat the humble pie and work with APC,” another source said.
Following their discussion with the opposition party, the seven governors will join the APC jointly at a strategic time and integrate their structures with those of APC.

At the time of the primaries, it was learnt that based on their discussions with APC, the New PDP governors would choose one of them to contest for APC’s presidential ticket along with other candidates from APC.

“If a candidate from the New PDP, ostensibly from the North, wins, he will pick a running mate from the APC fold in the South-east. And if an APC candidate, ostensibly from the North, wins, the New PDP will provide a running mate from the South-east,” another source from the New PDP explained.

The two sides, APC and New PDP, are said to have, however, agreed that former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Tinubu, could run for the Senate and vie for the position of Senate President from the stable.

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GeJ_arrive_UNGAReport By Fejiro Oliver

Africa most wasteful spending President, Goodluck Jonathan has begun another orgy of lavish spending, as sources have told this reporter on his spending of almost 6 billion Naira 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The slow performing President who President Goodluck Jonathan arrived at the JFK International Airport in New York early of Sunday (today) ahead of the 68th session of the (UNGA) is said to have taken with him his non elected wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, the Minister of State for Works and supervising Minister, National Planning Commission, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Akinwumi Adesina and a ridiculous  number of 600  highly influential civil servants drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as team members, two medical personnel. Another set of delegation led by his special adviser on political matter and National coordinator of the fraudulent group, Goodluck Support Group (GSG) had arrived in New York earlier on Friday to make preparations for the trip as well as inaugurate the USA chapter of the group.

the President was received by the supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Nigerian Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joy Ogwu and the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Prof. Ade Adefuye will be staying in his favorite hotel, The Pierre Hotel across from New York’s Central Park in a presidential suite that will cost Nigeria tax payers money to the tune of at least $10,000 per night. He I expected to lodge at the 39th floor of the massive hotel.

A newyork Journalist who visited the hotel noted that waste spending President Jonathan has booked for five days; which means he will be wasting Nigeria money to the tune of 8 million Naira only for accommodation. The booking is said to have be done by Gulak since Friday.

The President it is gathered is excited about the trip and has decided to spend any amount it needs to see to a smooth journey. Another source noted that he fancies the ‘history’ he will be making being the first President in Africa to address the UN General Assembly. He will be speaking after the leaders of Brazil, U.S. and Turkey. “Up to 6 billion Naira has b een budgeted for this UN trip”, the source said.

Out of the five days booked by Goodluck Jonathan, he will pay a visit to his political group, the GSG where he will talk to them into supporting his 2015 ambition. Another source told this reporter that the inauguration of the group was purposely delayed till this moment when Jonathan will come for the UNGA, so as to enable him formalize discussion with the group, as well as dole out money to them.

The GSG has Chief Temitope Ajayi aka Mma Diaspora as its USA coordinator. It will be recalled that Mr Goodluck had engaged in this type of spending spree during a UN gathering last year, which drew wild condemnation from Nigerians and the international community. This year delegation will be the highest number of delegates in the history of the UN.

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