His Excellency William Ruto, Kenya’s newly minted President, prides himself as the Hustler-in-Chief of the country. He says he is from the “Hustler Nation” – the informal economy where he used to sell chickens for survival.
However, having a dog-eat-dog street ideology as he claims, does not preclude a sense of basic human decency. It is indecent and completely un-African for a man to invite a brother to a ceremony with the latter traveling 6,090 kilometres to rejoice with him, only for the celebrant to announce to the world that the brother he invited, in his view, no longer exists!
That was what Ruto did when President Brahim Ghali of of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic ,SADR, better known as Western Sahara honoured the Tuesday September 13, 2022 invitation to attend Ruto’s inauguration.
The next day, when the Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita visited him, Ruto tweeted: “At State House in Nairobi, received a congratulatory message from His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Kenya rescinds its recognition of the SADR and initiates steps to wind down the entity’s presence in the country.”
The world was stunned because even a man high on substance would not behave that way. Shocked Kenyans were up in arms and Ruto quickly deleted his tweet. An embarrassed Kenyan Foreign Ministry two days later, issued a statement signed by its Principal Secretary, Ambassador Macharia Kamau, distancing Kenya from its new President and reiterating the country’s commitment to the African Union, AU, and the United Nations, UN, Security Council Resolution 690 of 1991 for a fair referendum in Western Sahara. It dismissed Ruto’s tweet as: “ Kenya does not conduct its foreign policy on Twitter or any other social media platforms, rather through official government documents and frameworks.”
What did the Moroccan Monarchy offer or promise Ruto? Was it part of the Western Sahara phosphate and riches it has been using to entice poor African countries and bribe the European Union, EU, until the European Court stepped in?
It is expected that the President of an African country like Kenya which so courageously fought for liberation and lost over 20,000 liberation fighters, including its symbol, Dedan Kimathi, would value freedom. That Ruto would forget the contributions of Kenya to the decolonisation of the continent and back an African country colonising a sister African country, is a betrayal.
He claims to be Kenya’s first evangelical Christian President; how come he does not seem to have heard the Biblical injunction: “Thou shall not covet your neigbour’s house…nor anything that is your neigbour’s” as Morocco is doing in Western Sahara?
So, in the first two days of his presidency, Ruto had to swallow his words, but he is likely to try again to subvert the Kenyan and African peoples.
Western Sahara was occupied by Spain in 1884 and converted into Spanish Sahara in 1934. The 21st Session of United Nations General Assembly on December 20, 1966 declared “the inalienable right of the peoples of Ifni and Spanish Sahara to self-determination”. It therefore asked Spain to conduct a referendum that would allow the Saharawi exercise their right to self-determination.
Spain on August 20, 1974 announced it was going to abide by the UN’s decision by holding the referendum. On October 16, 1975 the International Court of Justice, ICJ, based on the request by the UN, ruled that there is no legal link or territorial supremacy binding Western Sahara with either Morocco or Mauritania. Spain on November 14, 1975 decided to abandon Western Sahara, including exhuming Spanish corpses from the cemeteries.
With Spain fleeing, Western Sahara got its independence. However, on April 14, 1976, its neigbours, Morocco and Mauritania, invaded the new country and shared it. The Saharawi fought back under the POLISARIO Liberation Front. But while Mauritania later abandoned its own share of the loot, Morocco continues to hold on to it. In 1984, the Organisation African Unity, OAU, based on the recognition of most African countries, admitted Western Sahara as a full member. In reaction, Morocco left the OAU.
A contrast to President Ruto is the international lawyer, Mr Femi Falana of Nigeria, who is leading various human rights campaigns on the continent, including the right of the African peoples to freedom. A torn in the Moroccan monarchy’s flesh, he uses advocacy and the courts to advance the rights of the Saharawi people to live in a country free of foreign occupation, rights abuses and discrimination.
One of the most famous cases he was involved in was that of Western Sahara icon, Madame Aminatou Haidar, who had visited Nigeria and the United States in 2009 but was prevented from re-entering Morocco on her way home in occupied Western Sahara. Morocco which claims the Saharawi are Moroccan nationals, seized her passport and exiled her to the Canary Islands, Spain, effectively making her a stateless person.
She refused to leave the Lanzarote Airport, insisting she must be returned to Morocco and allowed travel to her beloved Western Sahara. Falana mounted a legal defence for her and as the then President of the West African Bar Association, WABA, flew out to the Canary Islands to offer Haidar who was on hunger strike, solidarity and legal services.
In a joint press conference he held with her, Falana warned that : “African lawyers cannot ignore the enormity of the crimes committed by the Moroccan authorities against Sahrawi civilians…”. The international campaigns became an embarrassment and the Moroccan Monarchy buckled and allowed Haidar return home.
At that press conference, Falana vowed to “take all necessary steps at the level of the statutory bodies of Africa and the UN, to win respect for the rights of the Sahrawi people to self-determination and also to guarantee for its activists and lawyers the freedom of movement and the peaceful expression of opinions and political beliefs.”
In September, 2022, thirteen years later, Falana fulfilled part of that vow when he successfully sued six African countries: Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Malawi and Tanzania at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania. The court, ruling in Falana’s favour held that “the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara is a serious violation of the right to self-determination (and) all states have legal obligations to assist the Sahrawi people in the full realisation of their right to self-determination and independence.” So African countries should not have admitted Morocco into the African Union.
The African court also declared that “the presence of Moroccan forces in Western Sahara is a military occupation, which violates international law”.
So, while Brother Ruto is working for the enslavement and colonisation of the African peoples in Western Sahara, Brother Falana is fighting for their liberation and the complete de-colonisation of the African continent. Time will tell.
Jose Peseiro was appointed as Super Eagles head coach on May 15, 2022.
Since then, the Portuguese have taken charge of just five matches.
His report sheet reads; 2 wins, 1 draw, 3 defeats.
Peseiro’s two victories came in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone (2-1) and Sao Tome and Principe (10-0).
Under the 62-year-old, Nigeria has lost to Mexico (2-1), Ecuador (1-0) and Algeria (2-1).
Although most fans have not been left optimistic by performances, it does feel too early to judge Peseiro.
Deji Faremi of the Busy Buddies thinks so.
“I think it’s hard to tell. It’s been just five games. Three of those have been friendlies.
“The two competitive games, we’ve won, so there’s hardly a pattern yet.
“I think we should give it some time. Obviously, we want to win games, but it’s important to see if the coach is building at something and if any clear trend is forming. There isn’t any yet,” Faremi tells DAILY POST.
Temisan Okomi of Classic FM agrees with Faremi.
“It’s difficult to analyse though. Two games in, without a fully fit squad; how do you score him? Shouldn’t even be a conversation, if you ask me,” Okomi says.
Wale Agbede of Plus TV points out that Peseiro “has had to work with different squads,” but is quick to add that “I think he should get some more time. That said, I generally have low expectations of him.”
Speaking after losing to Algeria despite taking an early lead, Peseiro said: “I am more confident than before after this match.
“One more step to that challenge to win the AFCON. Of course, before that, we need to qualify, we need more camping, we need more friendly matches because we want our team to play at a high level.
“For that, we need to improve our organization, try new dynamics, new set pieces and work hard and believe that we can be better. We have the talent but we have to improve our organization.”
Next up for the Super Eagles will be a double-header against Guinea-Bissau in the AFCON qualifying series.
Maybe after these games, a pattern may start to emerge.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties against receiving funds from “anonymous sources” for the 2023 elections.
Festus Okoye, INEC spokesperson, said this on Friday during an interview with Channels Television.
Ahead of the 2023 elections, there have been a series of debates on the legality of crowdfunding, including diaspora funding, to raise money for campaigns for political parties and their candidates.
Asked how INEC will monitor crowdfunding for campaign organisations, Okoye said political parties are not to spend funds from anonymous sources.
“The law is very clear. The law says that no political party is obligated to receive funds from sources it cannot testify to — anonymous sources,” he said.
“And the law is very clear that when people donate funds to you (referring to political parties), you should get their names, know their addresses, and so on.
“If you receive funds from a source you cannot identify, you should turn in such funds to the INEC. The law is also clear that every registered political party in Nigeria must and shall maintain proper books of accounts where it will record the sources of funds, money received, expenditure it has made, and the place where it received such funds from.
“If a political party receives funds that it cannot account for or does not know its source, that particular political party ought to report to INEC that it received such funds.”
Section 225 (3) of the constitution states that: “No political party shall — hold or possess any funds or other assets outside Nigeria; or be entitled to retain any funds or assets remitted or sent to it from outside Nigeria.”
Speaking on the legal provisions of campaign funding, Okoye said section 225 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) does not allow political parties to receive funds from outside the country.
“The guiding electoral legal framework for this election remains the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the Electoral Act of 2022 , the regulations and guidelines rolled out by INEC,” Okoye said.
“If you look at section 225 of the constitution, it makes it very clear that no registered political party in Nigeria shall possess any fund outside the country.
“In other words, a political party cannot open an account and have money remitted into that particular account outside the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Secondly, it makes it clear that no political party shall, under any circumstance, retain any funds remitted to it from outside the country and if such funds are remitted to the political parties from outside the country that political party has constitutional and legal obligation to turn in such funds to INEC within a period of 21 days from the date of receipt of such funds.
“That is the law and the constitutional stipulation, and the political parties are aware of this stipulation.
“As far as section 225 of the 1999 constitution is concerned, it did not make any distinction. It says you should not receive funds from outside.
“If you receive funds from Niger, Chad and Benin Republic, it goes with the same issue because it seems to me that when people are talking about not receiving funds, they are just looking at funds received from places like the US, Germany and France and the rest of them. But the law says you should not receive funds from outside the country.”
The winner of season 7, Big Brother Naija level-up edition will on Sunday walk away with N100 million grand prize. The show which was launched on July 23 and 24 began with 24 housemates.
The housemates came in with their A-game to the ‘level-up opening night as they were introduced by the show host, Ebuka Obi- Uchendu.
Unlike previous editions where boys were introduced before the girls, this year the housemates were introduced in levels. Also, this year’s grand prize was increased by N10 million.
The level-up season has had several twists that left devoted fans of the program with lasting memories.
DAILY POST highlights five remarkable moments from the level-up season.
Level 1 and 2
At the launch of this year’s show, Biggie, in a surprise twist, divided the housemates into two different houses namely level 1 and level 2.
The organizers did not only give viewers two channels on DSTV and Gotv to enjoy the show but also changed the eviction process.
The creation of the two levels caused fierce competition as viewers struggled not to miss any action on both levels simultaneously.
Before the merger of the two levels, the winner of the Head of House (HoH) games from either Level 1 or 2 house, saves the rest of his housemates in the same level from eviction and nominations.
The level 2 housemates were nicknamed, ‘the trenches house with more talents while the Level 1 housemates walked with an air of superiority as they occupied a beautiful house and dominated the much-coveted head of house, HOH game.
Unfortunately for level 2 housemates, Level 1 housemates dominated the race for the (HoH) position and were not nominated or evicted from the show until both levels merged.
On Aug. 7 2022, Beauty Tukura, was disqualified for breaking and disobeying the house rules.
Beauty had during the first week of the show received a strike for an altercation with Ilebaye. She had pulled Ilebaye’s wig after a war of words and on Aug.6, threw her wig, and glasses and also attempted to break Groovy’s microphone during a misunderstanding.
She was eventually issued a double strike by Big Brother. This made Beauty the first housemate to receive a strike and also get disqualified in the second week of the show.
Unveiling of the riders
The show took a new turn with the introduction of two “rider housemates”
The duo, Rachael and Chizzy, were introduced during the third week eviction night show.
Obi-Uchendu had explained that the rider housemates were Biggie’s agents, who would not have the opportunity to win the N100 million grand prize.
According to him, they can not also be evicted and will be opportuned to play till the end of the show.
He said the rider housemates would be participating in all house tasks and every other activity. As the competition progressed Chizzy became the fans-favourite and the riders were eventually evicted on Friday night.
Amaka’s eviction came as a shock to fans of the show after she became a victim of Biggie’s twist.
Viewers were taken aback by her exit when she was nominated for immediate eviction. This came after Biggie asked all the housemates to nominate two fellow contestants for immediate eviction and Amaka got the highest nominations.
Amaka left the house leaving some of her fellow housemates emotional. That was the first time such an eviction process occurred and the fans were not happy that they couldn’t save her.
Some viewers believed Amaka, who showed so much content and vibes in the House and was saved by her fans twice, was a strong contender for the prize.
Hermes’ polyamorous relationship
The connection between Hermes and Allysn was undoubtedly one of the season’s highlights. Even though Hermes informed Allysn that he has two partners outside the house, the latter remained close to him until she was evicted two weeks ago.
Hermes had explained that he was polyamorous, a kind of partnership that leaves enough room for everyone in it to grow individually and collectively.
After his eviction, he said he would love to have Allysyn as his third girlfriend but she said she would like to focus on herself and respect his dynamic relationship even though she has a genuine connection with him.
Another talking point of the level-up season was the introduction of two fake housemates.
Ebuka had during the second week of the show introduced Modella and Deji as two fake housemates and handed them a secret mission in their respective levels.
Deji was told to cause problems in the house by complaining about his colleagues in level 1 while Modella was instructed to cause a rift among lovers in the house.
Ebuka had said the duo cannot win the show or be nominated for eviction. He added that they can be told to leave the house anytime.
However, Deji delivered his task but Modella struggled to cause a rift between lovers on her level as she complained that she had warmed up to the couple she would have loved to take on.
Controversial level three house
Viewers were shocked by the creation of another level 3 house as the show entered its closing weeks.
The newly furnished level 3 house accommodated housemates Doyin, Eloswag, and Chomzy who were evicted on September 11 2022.
The new twist shocked viewers when Ebuka announced that although the housemates had been evicted, Big Brother decided to retain them as guests in the house till Sept. 18, when they will be moved to join the other housemates.
Ebuka explained that the evicted housemates will return to the main house to participate in house tasks with other housemates, a twist some viewers claimed was unjust to some housemates like Amaka whose eviction was ‘heartbreaking.
Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Friday apologised to Nigerians over the harsh economic realities and insecurity experienced under the Buhari-led regime.
“The regime might not have been a perfect one, but I want to seize this opportunity to seek forgiveness from the Ulamas and Nigerians in general. We all need to work together to achieve a better Nigeria,” Mrs Buhari said during the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma’at prayer and Public Lecture themed Shura: The Islamic Foundation of True Democracy at the National Mosque Conference Hall, Abuja.
Buhari, who urged Nigerians to pray for a peaceful transition of power in 2023, also said citizens must unite to restore normalcy and peace in the most troubled parts of the country.
She said, “The regime may not have been a perfect one, but I want to seize this opportunity to seek forgiveness from the Ulamas and Nigerians in general. We all need to work together to achieve a better Nigeria.”
Isaac Okah, the first runner-up in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial primary held in Enugu west in 2018, says he is not dead.
The primary had produced Ike Ekweremadu, the former deputy senate president, who later won the Enugu west senatorial seat in the 2019 election.
However, Ekweremadu is currently in custody in the UK due to charges bordering on conspiracy to arrange/facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation, namely organ harvesting.
Following the development, Ogochukwu Onyema, a lawyer and second runner-up in the aforementioned election, sought a court order to declare Ekweremadu’s seat in the senate vacant.
Onyema had claimed that Isaac Okah, the first runner-up, is dead, adding that he’s the available candidate qualified to take the seat when it is declared vacant.
Reacting to the development on Friday, Okah said Onyema lied on oath.
Okah distanced himself from the suit seeking for Ekweremadu’s seat to be declared vacant, adding that he would not seek to benefit from the “misfortunes of his kinsman”.
“Sir O.A.U. Onyema equally seeks the order of the court commanding and mandating the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to withdraw or revoke, as the case may be, the certificate of return earlier issued to the 3rd defendant (Ekweremadu) and issue a fresh certificate of return to him as the only available runner-up that can validly be nominated as senator Ekweremadu’s replacement,” he said.
“It is imperative to state that I polled 84 votes at the 2nd October 2018 PDP primary election for the Enugu West Senatorial to place second behind Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who polled 690 votes to emerge winner, while O.A.U. Onyema mustered 61 votes to place third.
“However, to further his case, O.A.U. lied on oath by deposing to an affidavit that the 1st runner-up, being my humble self, is dead, hence purportedly leaving him as the only available runner-up.
“I wish to unequivocally clarify that I, Mr. Isaac Okah, a retired director in the federal civil service, is alive, well, and running my private business.
“It is a shame that naked and unbridled ambition has pushed O.A.U Onyema into the sacrilege of wishing his fellow man dead.
“It is equally a shame that a lawyer of several years experience, who aspires to the senate, has no firm grasp of the position of the 1999 constitution on the grounds on which a national assembly member’s seat could be declared vacant and is ignorant of the provisions of Section 76 of the constitution, which explicitly mandates the INEC to conduct a bye-election within 30 days to fill any vacancy in the federal legislature.
“I totally condemn and dissociate myself from his wicked lawsuit, which has no bearing whatsoever with Nigerian laws, conventions and practices of the national assembly of Nigeria, and our humanity and culture as Ndigbo.
“However, since an elder like O.A.U. Onyema believes he could only make it to the senate by lying to benefit from the misfortunes of his kinsman and wishing another man dead, I wish him well and leave him entirely to the verdict of God, our ancestors, and history.”
Ekweremadu and Beatrice, his wife, were arrested by London Metropolitan Police in June and appeared before a magistrate court in July.
Ekweremadu and his wife have been accused of arranging a kidney donor for Sonia, their daughter, who is said to be suffering from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease
Ekweremadu’s wife was granted bail on July 22.
A Nigerian man, Charles Chukwuma Onwuemelie, 29 years, given the “title” the “Blue Cloth Bandit” for his alleged habit of using a cloth to cover a handgun during a string of more than five dozen robberies over a span of nearly two years, has been arrested in Los Angeles, U.S.
Charles was arrested at his home on Saturday and is being held on $1.4 million bail, according to a Los Angeles police statement. The statement added that 68 of all cases have been attributed to the same suspect by investigators.
“The series of robberies was staged throughout Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles. The suspect was wearing a different hat, mask and rubber gloves to conceal himself.”
In what would be his last Independence Day speech to Nigerians, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has congratulated Nigerians on the country’s 62nd independence anniversary. He expressed gratitude to God and Nigerians for giving him the opportunity to serve.
In his speech to mark the anniversary, the President itemised some of his achievements across different sectors of the economy, even as he called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to the classroom. He said he had resolved bequeath to Nigerians a sustainable democratic culture which would remain lasting, noting that he shared in the pain people were going through.
While highlighting some of his regime’s achievements, he stated, “One of the areas where we have made significant progress is in the eradication of deeply entrenched corruption that permeates all facets of our national development.
“In order to address Insecurity, we worked methodically in reducing Insurgency in the North East, Militancy in the Niger Delta, Ethnic and Religious Tensions in some sections of Nigeria along with other problems threatening our country.
“Our efforts in re-setting the economy manifested in Nigeria exiting two economic recessions by the very practical and realistic monetary and fiscal measures to ensure effective public financial management. In addition, the effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account and cutting down on the cost of governance also facilitated early exits from recessions.
“I must confess that I am very pained by the recurring disruption to our tertiary education system and I am using this Independence Day celebration to reiterate my call for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limits of the scarce resources available.
“This administration has made appreciable progress in redressing these issues that have been lingering for over eleven years.”
The President said he saw an opportunity to create a better Nigeria “which we have done with the support of Nigerians.”
The President said as the government continued to de-escalate the security challenges that confronted the nation at the inception of his administration, newer forms alien to the country began to manifest, especially in the areas of kidnappings, molestations/killings of innocent citizens, banditry, all of which were being addressed by the security forces.
He added, “I share the pains Nigerians are going through and I assure you that your resilience and patience would not be in vain as this administration continues to reposition as well as strengthen the security agencies to enable them to deal with all forms of security challenges.
“At the inception of this administration in 2015, I provided the funding requirements of the security agencies which was also improved in my second tenure in 2019 to enable them to surmount security challenges. We will continue on this path until our efforts yield the desired results.”
Ibrahim Traore, army captain in Burkina Faso, has ousted Paul-Henri Damiba, the country’s military leader.
Traore announcement the development in a national broadcast on Friday evening.
Earlier on Friday, TheCable had reported that heavy gunfire was heard from the main military base and some residential areas in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital.
A number of armed soldiers had also been positioned along the road leading to the presidential palace.
However, Damiba, in a statement via the presidency’s Facebook a few hours later, said the incident was the result of mood swings, adding that people should not panic over what they are reading on social media.
He said discussions were underway to restore calm following heavy gunfire and fears of a coup.
Traore, in a national broadcast on Friday, cited Damiba’s inability to deliver on his promises as the reason for the coup.
“Faced with the deteriorating situation, we tried several times to get Damiba to refocus the transition on the security question,” he said.
“Damiba’s actions gradually convinced us that his ambitions were diverting away from what we set out to do. We decided this day to remove Damiba.”
According to Traore, Damiba had rejected proposals by the officers to reorganise the army and instead continued with the military structure that had led to the fall of the previous government.
He added that national stakeholders will soon be invited to adopt a new transitional charter and designate a new civilian or military president.
He also announced that borders were closed indefinitely and all political activities were suspended.
The development makes it the country’s second coup in eight months.
On January 24, Burkina Faso’s army led by Damiba overthrew President Roch Kabore, suspended the constitution, dissolved the government and closed the country’s borders.
The coup leaders cited the worsening security situation and what they described as Kabore’s failure to unite the nation and successfully address challenges, including insurgency.
Damiba had said he would restore security after years of violence but his administration has not been able to effectively end insurgency.
This is Burkina Faso’s eighth successful coup since its independence in 1960.