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While Nigerians had bargained a clear departure from former President Muhammadu Buhari’s subtle agenda of cronyism, nepotism and fulanisation, the present crop of administration is replete with something worse than that, considering the policies and appointment decisions of the substantive President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
While a large chunk of the president’s appointment has concentrated on the South West, his native Yoruba origin, observers have said that though the appointees  ear Yoruba names, but their their appointments do not reflect the region but favours a certain group known as the Lagos Boys, a clear indication that Tinubu is on a short run to create a theory of Lagosnisation of Nigeria.
The agenda, which has become so obvious even as Nigerians have started to complain, has in its wake men and women with whom a respondent says Tinubu had used to hold bound Lagos in over 24 years of return to democratic rule.
“The intention of this Lagosnisation principle is not far from caging the country as he did Lagos since 1999. Nithing good is coming out of it. The administration is just a transfer of the Lagos boys to Aso Rock, Abuja,” the respondent told The Boss.
Another noted that apart from.the mandatory one state per minister althea constitution prescribed, other appointments have tilted to the South West, notably the cronies from Lagos.
It is important to note that all the juicy ministerial, agencies and parastatal positions, especially as refers to revenue and economy have gone to the boys from Lagos.
Among the cronies are:
Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff


The immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila has been with Tinubu since the days of Alliance for Democracy, and has been elected for six consecutive terms to represent the people of Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos in the National Assembly.
Under Tinubu’s tutelage, he contested and lost the speakership of the 8th assembly, but was elected on his next try as the 9th assembly speaker.
Olayemi Michael Cardoso, Givernor, Central Bank of Nigeria


Cardoso served as the first commissioner/cabinet member for Economic Planning and Budget for Lagos State when Tinu was the governor. He has also served on the board of several leading companies including Texaco and Chevron Oil Plc.
Dr. Yemi Cardoso is a financial and development expert with over thirty years of experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.
He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citibank Nigeria.
Dele Alake, Minister of Solid Minerals 


Rahman was appointed the media adviser to Tinubu In 2016 to replace Sunday Dare, who was appointed commissioner in the Nigerian Communications Commission. He has since remained in the shadows of Tinubu, and today merits a mention as he relocates to Aso Rock to continue his stewardship.
Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, SA, Sustainable Development Goals


A former deputy governor of Lagos State from 2011 to 2015, Orelope-Adefulire was appointed the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation of Lagos State from 2003 to 2011 by Tinubu. She retained the post even after Tinubu left.
A loyalist of Tinubu to the core, she was known to have abandoned his principal, former governor Adewunmi Ambode, when it rumored that Tinubu was no longer in supported of his administration. In 2016, Buhari appointed her  Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals.
Gboyega Oyetola, Minister of Marine and Blue Economy


Oyetola has always been touted as a crony of Tinubu, and that paved the way for him to rise to the governorship position of Osun State after serving as Chief of Staff to Rauf Aregbesola, a former Commissioner for Works under Tinubu in Lagos State. He may not have served directly in Lagos, but is believed to have the flow from the Tinubu, especially as his former immediate boss, Aregbesola, was supposedly taking orders from Lagos.
Observers are also of the opinion that Tinubu also had the same level of stranglehold on Osun as he has of Lagos, prior to the emergence of the incumbent governor, Ademola Adeleke.
This is not forgetting the fact that Oyetola is Tinubu’s nephew.
Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism 


Having spent all her career in finance and technology sector, Lola was appointed Tourism Minister. She had worked with Shell Petroleum as a systems analyst. Then she proceeded to work with Magnum Trust bank, Access Bank, United Bank for Africa and Ecobank.
After her stinct at the banking sector, she founded Novateur Business Tecchnology Consultants in 2013.
On 16 August 2023, she was appointed minister of Tourism by President Bola Tinubu. She assumed office on 21 August 2023
Mutiu Are – Member Of North-East Devt Commission


A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Secretary of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Mutiu Are is one of the eyes if Tinubu watching over the governor(s) of Lagos.
Toyin Subair – Senior Special Assistant (Domestic) to President
According to a report, Toyin’s relationship with Tinubu dates back to early 2000s, as both operate a father-and-son relationship.
Toyin Subair founded the now-rested HiTV, a digital satellite TV channel in 2007. It was created to rival the DSTV monopoly and was the first television platform in Africa to deploy Hypercable, a terrestrial pay-per-view TV decoder system. The collapse of the project made him.leave the country, it was reported that Tinubu was there for him, and nursed him back to life
Kayode Egbetokun – Inspector General of Police


The present IGP is another crony of Tinubu, who served as his Chief Security Officer as Deputy Superintendent of Police in 1999.
In that capacity, he coordinated the security of the entire state while reporting to the governor. Observers say that rewarding his with the highest office in the Police Force is a testament of favoritism.
Others with similar affiliations are:
Adekunle Tinubu – Personal Physician
Damilotun Aderemi – Senior Special Assistant (Private Secretary)
Toyin Subair – Senior Special Assistant (Domestic).
Demola Oshodi – Senior Special Assistant (protocol)
Tope Ajayi – Senior Special Assistant (Media & Public Affairs)
Jide obanikoro – Special Assistant, Education
Tunji Alausa – Minister of State for Health
Observers and the Nigerian public have complained aloud that the sustaining of cronyism in the Tinubu administration is akin to monarchical system where government is run by family, and gradually leading to what is obtainable in Lagos, which Tinubu is accused of holding captive for 24 years and counting.
Nigerians are hoping that the fulanisation of Nigeria, which Buhari was accused for eight years does not transcend to Lagosnisation of Nigeria as is gradually unfolding.

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The Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, declaring the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 18 election.
Yusuf, who contested on the platform of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
While Nasir Gawuna, his APC rival congratulated him, the party proceeded to court.
On Wednesday, the three-man panel ordered withdrawal of certificate of return which INEC presented to Governor Yusuf and directed a certificate of return to be issued to Gawuna.
The court deducted 165,663 votes from Gov Yusuf total as invalid votes, stating that the ballot papers (165,663) were not stamped or signed and therefore declared invalid.
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Nigeria’s president, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday addressed the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, ongoing in New York.
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STATEMENT DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY, BOLA AHMED TINUBU, GCFR PRESIDENT, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 78TH SESSION OF UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2023
Mr. President,
Heads of State and Government, Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mr. President,
On behalf of the people of Nigeria, I congratulate you on your well-deserved election as President of this Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
We commend your predecessor, His Excellency, Mr. Csaba Korosi for his able stewardship of the Assembly.
We also commend His Excellency, Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, for his work seeking to forge solutions to humanity’s common challenges.
This is my first address before the General Assembly. Permit me to say a few words on behalf of Nigeria, on behalf of Africa, regarding this year’s theme.
Many proclamations have been made, yet our troubles remain close at hand. Failures in good governance have hindered Africa. But broken promises, unfair treatment and outright exploitation from abroad have also exacted a heavy toll on our ability to progress.
Given this long history, if this year’s theme is to mean anything at all, it must mean something special and particular to Africa.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, nations gathered in an attempt to rebuild their war- torn societies. A new global system was born and this great body, the United Nations, was established as a symbol and protector of the aspirations and finest ideals of humankind.
Nations saw that it was in their own interests to help others exit the rubble and wasteland of war. Reliable and significant assistance allowed countries emaciated by war to grow into strong and productive societies.
The period was a highwater mark for trust in global institutions and the belief that humanity had learned the necessary lessons to move forward in global solidarity and harmony.
Today and for several decades, Africa has been asking for the same level of political commitment and devotion of resource that described the Marshall Plan.
We realize that underlying conditions and causes of the economic challenges facing today’s Africa are significantly different from those of post war Europe.
We are not asking for identical programs and actions. What we seek is an equally firm commitment to partnership. We seek enhanced international cooperation with African nations to achieve the 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
There are five important points I want to highlight.
First, if this year’s theme is to have any impact at all, global institutions, other nations and their private sector actors must see African development as a priority, not just for Africa but in their interests as well.
Due to both longstanding internal and external factors, Nigeria’s and Africa’s economic structures have been skewed to impede development, industrial expansion, job creation, and the equitable distribution of wealth.
If Nigeria is to fulfil its duty to its people and the rest of Africa, we must create jobs and the belief in a better future for our people.
We must also lead by example.
To foster economic growth and investor confidence in Nigeria, I removed the costly and corrupt fuel subsidy while also discarding a noxious exchange rate system in my first days in office. Other growth and job oriented reforms are in the wings.
I am mindful of the transient hardship that reform can cause. However, it is necessary to go through this phase in order to establish a foundation for durable growth and investment to build the economy our people deserve.
We welcome partnerships with those who do not mind seeing Nigeria and Africa assume larger roles in the global community.
The question is not whether Nigeria is open for business. The question is how much of the world is truly open to doing business with Nigeria and Africa in an equal, mutually beneficial manner.
Direct investment in critical industries, opening their ports to a wider range and larger quantity of African exports and meaningful debt relief are important aspects of the cooperation we seek.
Second, we must affirm democratic governance as the best guarantor of the sovereign will and well-being of the people. Military coups are wrong, as is any tilted civilian political arrangement that perpetuates injustice.
The wave crossing parts of Africa does not demonstrate favour towards coups. It is a demand for solutions to perennial problems.
Regarding Niger, we are negotiating with the military leaders. As Chairman of ECOWAS, I seek to help re-establish democratic governance in a manner that addresses the political and economic challenges confronting that nation, including the violent extremists who seek to foment instability in our region. I extend a hand of friendship to all who genuinely support this mission.
This brings me to my third crucial point. Our entire region is locked in protracted battle against violent extremists. In the turmoil, a dark channel of inhumane commerce has formed. Along the route, everything is for sale. Men, women and children are seen as chattel.
Yet, thousands risk the Sahara’s hot sand and the Mediterranean’s cold depths in search of a better life. At the same time, mercenaries and extremists with their lethal weapons and vile ideologies invade our region from the north.
This harmful traffic undermines the peace and stability of an entire region. African nations will improve our economies so that our people do not risk their lives to sweep the floors and streets of other nations. We also shall devote ourselves to disbanding extremist groups on our turf.
Yet, to fully corral this threat, the international community must strengthen its commitment to arrest the flow of arms and violent people into West Africa.
The fourth important aspect of global trust and solidarity is to secure the continent’s mineral rich areas from pilfering and conflict. Many such areas have become catacombs of misery and exploitation. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered this for decades, despite the strong UN presence there. The world economy owes the DRC much but gives her very little.
The mayhem visited on resource rich areas does not respect national boundaries. Sudan, Mali, Burkina Faso, CAR, the list grows.
The problems also knocks Nigeria’s door.
Foreign entities abetted by local criminals who aspire to be petty warlords have drafted thousands of people into servitude to illegally mine gold and other resources. Billions of dollars meant to improve the nation now fuel violent enterprises. If left unchecked, they will threaten peace and place national security at grave risk.
Given the extent of this injustice and the high stakes involved, many Africans are asking whether this phenomenon is by accident or by design.
Member nations must reply by working with us to deter their firms and nationals from this 21st century pillage of the continent’s riches.
Fifth, climate change severely impacts Nigeria and Africa. Northern Nigeria is hounded by desert encroachment on once arable land. Our south is pounded by the rising tide of coastal flooding and erosion. In the middle, the rainy season brings floods that kill and displace multitudes.
As I lament deaths at home, I also lament the grave loss of life in Morocco and Libya. The Nigerian people are with you.
African nations will fight climate change but must do so on our own terms. To achieve the needed popular consensus, this campaign must accord with overall economic efforts.
In Nigeria, we shall build political consensus by highlighting remedial actions which also promote economic good. Projects such as a Green Wall to stop desert encroachment, halting the destruction of our forests by mass production and distribution of gas burning stoves, and providing employment in local water management and irrigation projects are examples of efforts that equally advance both economic and climate change objectives.
Continental efforts regarding climate change will register important victories if established economies were more forthcoming with public and private sector investment for Africa’s preferred initiatives.
Again, this would go far in demonstrating that global solidarity is real and working.
CONCLUSION
As I close, let me emphasize that Nigeria’s objectives accord with the guiding principles of this world body: peace, security, human rights and development.
In fundamental ways, nature has been kind to Africa, giving abundant land, resources and creative and industrious people. Yet, man has too often been unkind to his fellow man and this sad tendency has brought sustained hardship to Africa’s doorstep.
To keep faith with the tenets of this world body and the theme of this year’s Assembly, the poverty of nations must end. The pillage of one nation’s resources by the overreach of firms and people of stronger nations must end. The will of the people must be respected. This beauty, generous and forgiving planet must be protected.
As for Africa, we seek to be neither appendage nor patron. We do not wish to replace old shackles with new ones.
Instead, we hope to walk the rich African soil and live under the magnificent African sky free of the wrongs of the past and clear of their associated encumbrances. We desire a prosperous, vibrant democratic living space for our people.
To the rest of the world, I say walk with us as true friends and partners. Africa is not a problem to be avoided nor is it to be pitied. Africa is nothing less than the key to the world’s future.

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A federal court in Chicago on Tuesday night ruled that Chicago State University (CSU) must turn over all records relating to President Bola Tinubu to Atiku Abubakar within two days, saying the former vice-president has been able to sufficiently satisfy the purpose for seeking the records, according to the ruling seen by Peoples Gazette.
The move is part of Atiku’s ongoing push to prove Tinubu’s ineligibility to be Nigeria’s president.
Judge Jeffrey Gilbert also ordered a deposition of designated CSU officials within two days after the records have been released, noting further that the process can be conducted during the weekend if necessary.
“For all of the reasons discussed above, Atiku Abubakar’s application pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for an order directing discovery from Chicago State University for use in a foreign proceeding [ECF No. 1] is granted,” Mr Gilbert ruled. “Respondent CSU shall produce all relevant and non-privileged documents in response to requests for production Nos. 1 through 4 (as narrowed by the court) in applicant subpoena within two days of the entry of this memorandum opinion and order.”
“The deposition of respondent’s corporate designee shall proceed within two days of the production of documents. The parties can modify the dates set by the court by mutual agreement. Given the tight time frame under which the parties are operating, the deposition can, if necessary, occur on a non-weekday,” the court added.
The order comes hours after Mr Abubakar filed his appeal to the Supreme Court, following the September 6 judgement of the presidential election petitions tribunal that upheld Mr Tinubu’s victory.
Mr Abubakar had on August 2 filed an application for the court to order CSU to produce documents relating to Mr Tinubu, as well as leave to get the school’s administrators to authenticate any documents submitted under oath.
Mr Abubakar said the documents would be used as part of his ongoing challenge against Mr Tinubu’s election earlier this year.  The candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party said Mr Tinubu should not have been allowed to run for president because he had submitted a forged document under oath in violation of the Nigerian Constitution.
Section 137 (1)(j) of the Nigerian Constitution (amended in 2010) specifically stated that no one would be legitimately elected president of Nigeria if the person “has presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.”
Peoples Gazette

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