Allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America, to do their job, Comrade Timi Frank, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has chargex President Bola Ahmed Tinubu
This is coming against the backdrop of a suit by Tinubu in the USA seeking to stop the planned release of his records with the FBI and CIA in no distant time.
It was reported in September that from October, the FBI would start releasing approximately 2,500 documents relating to President Tinubu in its database
According to The Peoples Gazette (an online newspaper), “Christopher Carmichael, one of the lawyers who represented Tinubu in the recent controversial academic record case in Chicago, had filed motions to appear in an ongoing freedom of information action brought against the U.S. organisations where records that may help answer questions about the president’s real identity and decades-long endeavours are domiciled.
“The lawyer brought his motion in accordance with Civil Local Rule 83.2(c).”
However, Frank in a statement in Abuja, wondered why a public servant and President of the most populous black country in Sub-Saharan Africa would want to block the release of his records with US security agencies if he has nothing to hide.
“Again by trying to block the FBI and CIA from releasing records concerning you, you have inadvertently confirmed “irreparable” damage that those records would do you and same not palatable to the public or conduce to the holier-than-thou persona you now seek to project.
“This move has confirmed that you have a serious criminal record that you don’t want Nigerians or the world to know.
“So if you know you have a criminal background, then the right thing for you to do is to resign now before you are disgraced out of office by the imminent release of records of your past activities by the FBI and CIA.
“You cannot stop Nigerians from asking questions or the American security agencies from doing their job. You tried to stop the Chicago State University (CSU) from releasing your records but you failed and you will again fail in your attempt to block the FBI ans CIA from releasing documents that would shine the light on your shady past and background.
“If you have decided to serve the people, then you should submit yourself to the people to ask you questions, to know your background, to know who you are, to know the school you went to.
“But whenever the people want to know the personality of their President, you will start running from one court to the other – an action that inexorably points to someone with a criminal background that will not want people to know who is he.
“Since the release of Chicago documents you have been hiding in Aso Rock and suddenly delegated Vice President Shettima to represent you in China.”
Frank who is the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Ambassador to East Africa and the Middle East, insisted that the action taken by Tinubu to again block the planned release of his records is an embarrassment to the presidency, Nigerians and the international community.
“This shameful act that the impostor called Tinubu has engaged in is a huge embarrassment to the highest office of President and embarrassing to the entire Nigerians before the entire world.
“Nigerians are tired of the embarrassment you have brought upon them in recent time,” he said.
He added: “For the few still supporting Tinubu particularly corrupt senior lawyers and judges, be it known to you that a great calamity will befall a nation that rationalises evil because of today’s benefits. All l can say to you is that you should answer the following questions:
- Did Bola Ahmed Tinubu submit documents claiming to have obtained GCE A/Levels Certificate from Goverment College Lagos in 1970, at a time such school was not in existence, that is now part of United States Court Record?
- Did Bola Ahmed Tinubu use the document in (1) as the foundation document for attending any or all tertiary institutions he claimed to have attended in the United States of America that is now documented as part of Court Records?
- Did Bola Ahmed Tinubu submit forged documents to INEC that he claimed were obtained from the authorities of Chicago State University? A claim that he made on global television at Chatham House, that has now been refuted as part of Court Records in the United States of America?
- Are these issues which are consistent with dishonesty and criminality not a breach of Section 137 (1) (J) of the Nigerian Constitution?
- Does someone with established baggage of criminality hold the highest office of the President of Nigeria? Thus, representing the moral and spiritual standing of over 200 million Nigerians?”
He expressed confidence that the American court where Tinubu is seeking an injunction to block the release of his files would disgrace him like the Chicago court.
He appealed to the American Government and her institutions not to fall to the antics of Tinubu now seeking to hide his past from Nigerians.
He commended the Chicago court, that ordered CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records and expressed confidence that the judges handling the present FBI and CIA case will do the right thing to give Nigerians the privilege to know their President.
He urged the US judges to act according to law and interest of Nigerians and not the selfish interest of personalities.
He further called on Tinubu to stop using Nigerian taxpayers’ money in paying foreign lawyers to defend him in cases bordering on crisis of identity and perjury.
Group threatens to occupy govt house if Akeredolu fails to hand over to his Deputy
A group, under the aegis of Peoples Democratic Party Forever Initiative (PDPFI) has threatened to occupy government House if Governor Rotimi Akeredolu fails to handover to his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa without further delay
The group insisted that if the ailing governor fails to handover within 72 hours, they will occupy the government house on Monday.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the National Coordinator of the group, Obande Gideon declared that though, they will continue to pray for Akeredolu’s quick recovery as human, but his incapacitation should not affect governance.
The group said that there is a provision for a deputy who shall discharge his duties in an acting capacity as empowered by the law, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to provide the kind of leadership expected of it by Nigerians.
The group decried the ineptitude of APC government, adding that APC has failed to manage the political crisis in Ondo State.
PDPFI said: “The worst of it is the political vacuum in Ondo State where the APC led Federal government used in showcasing its ineptitude towards governance in the Country.
“It also happened in Taraba State when the late Gov Danbaba Suntai had an air crash, we resolved the crisis but the ruling APC has failed woefully in managing the political crisis in Ondo State. This is a sign that the APC led Federal government is insensitive to the plights of Nigerians.”
The group further pointed out that APC has abandoned the constitution to serve some personal interest.
It wondered why it is so difficult to call the State Assembly to order and ensure smooth working relationship between the Deputy Governor and the sick Governor’s family.
The group warned that they can not fold their hands and watch the nation been sank, adding that their action is to guide the ruling party.
The group said: “Once upon a time, our party, the peoples Democratic Party attempted to protest against the leadership vacuum in Ondo State but the security agencies prevented us. We are not giving up, we are resilience in propagating good governance at all time.
“It has become ridiculous and indeed a laughing stock the activities of non state actors, who display their overbearing influence on the management of affairs of Ondo State in view of their relationship with the ailing Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
“The Governor has been around in the Country but obviously not fit enough to manage the affairs of the State. The question is, since the Deputy Governor is not allowed to act, and the Governor has refused to resume, who is administering the State at the moment.
“We hereby call on Governor Olawarotimi Akeredolu to resume within 72hours or hand over power to his Deputy for effective management of Ondo State.
“We make bold to say that, if the Governor fail to resume or handover power to his Deputy within 72hours, we will have no option than to occupy Ondo State Government House to press home our demand, he stated.
Adamant NLC, TUC declare nationwide strike starting Monday midnight
Despite restraining order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) against the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), counterparts from embacking on strike, the unions have resolved to commence the planned nationwide strike from midnight today (Monday)
In a statement on Monday, the unions ordered workers nationwide to withdraw their services at midnight.
“In furtherance to the decision of the Joint National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC and TUC, all workers in Nigeria are hereby directed to withdraw their services effective 12:00 midnight today, 13th November 2023,” the unions said in a joint statement.
“Consequently, all affiliates and state councils of NLC/TUC are directed to issue circulars for maximum compliance and these circulars be made available to the National Secretariats or posted to the NEC and CWC Whatsapp Platforms.”
While assuring members of further updates about the nationwide strike, organised labour urged them to “remain assured of our commitment to Nigerian workers and people”.
The strike is part of labour’s moves to push for justice after the National President of the NLC Joe Ajaero was malhandled in Imo State last week. Ajaero and other NLC members were in the South-East state for a protest over “non-payment of salaries and pensions for 44 months and violation of other labour rights”.
However, the NLC chief was treated as a criminal in the state with the union accusing Imo state of arranging the attack to stifle protests over workers’ rights. Ajaero was badly hurt, bundled into a van and briefly detained, according to the union.
Following the incident, NLC and TUC threatened to go on a nationwide strike on November 14 if the government failed to meet its demands, which included the resignation of police officials.
“We are worried that it has become criminal for workers in Nigeria to gather for a peaceful protest,” they said.
Last week, the unions picketed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja to press home their demands, leaving travellers stranded.
Recent strikes have had a mixed turnout. Last month the unions agreed to call off a planned strike in protest over rising living costs after the government offered a package of measures to cushion the impact of its economic reforms.
NUJ FCT Chairman buries beloved wife amid tears, wailing
The remains of Late Mrs. Anthonia Attah Osadebamwen, wife of the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council, Comrade Osaretin Patrick Osadebamwen were laid to rest amid tears and wailing in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State on Wednesday.
Comrade Osaretin is also a senior correspondent of the Tribune Newspapers in the FCT.
Among those who sent condolence messages to the Chairman, NUJ, FCT Council included the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud.
In a statement she personally signed, Mahmoud stated that: “It is with a deep sense of loss and sadness that I convey to you my heartfelt condolence on the death of your amiable spouse, Mrs. Anthonia Attah Osadebamwen.
“I can’t imagine the pain you are going through, but in this time of sorrow, may you find peace and solace in the loving memories you shared with your dear wife.
“As you comprehend this profound loss, my heart goes out to you, and the rest of your family, and I wish you nothing but comfort and strength.
“On behalf of the Office of the Honourable Minister ot State, FCT, do accept my deepest sympathies for this great loss.
“May the Almighty GOD grant her eternal rest.”.
Speaking after the burial, Comrade Osaretin Patrick Osadebamwen maintained that the late Mrs. Osadebamwen was a virtuous and supportive wife whose demise was a great loss to the entire family.
He said: “My sweetheart, the 6th wonder of Igala-nation, my pride, my love, our love story is taking a new turn. One that would take a very long time to agitate my mind. It is about your sudden exit. You played me, my love. You sent me on an errand, and before I came back, you were on your way to heaven. Not my wailing could hold you back. So sweet was your heavenly sight you always talked about. You saw it, liked being there, and disregarded my call to return. And you were excited.
“Today, the beautiful moments seem to have all gone. Wait, not gone. Efeosa Eseosa is here, so is Omosefe Ufedoh and Osarhiemen Ojone. They are the products of our union. The blessings of God that added no sorrow. I love you, my darling.”.
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