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An article presented by: Toyosi Awobajo and Damiliola Adeola (SS2 History students, Pathfinder College, Samonda, Ibadan). Supervised by Egbontan Funmilola Benjamine (History Teacher), to mark the 2020 Democracy day in Nigeria.



Today June 12, 2020

All protocol duely observed.

It is a great privilege on this special day to present our thoughts on Nigeria’s Democracy to you.

We shall start by explaining the word “Democracy”. Democracy according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, is government by the people especially: rule of the majority; a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. Are you following?

According to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th United States President (who was assassinated on April 15, 1865 at the age of 56), Democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people.


In 1960, Nigeria got her independent from the great Britain. Nigeria started out with democratic rule until we had our first military coup ever on January 15, 1966 that brought our nascent Democracy to its kneel.


General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida popularly known as IBB came into power on August 27, 1985 through a palace coup which ousted General Muhammadu Buhari(now president). Babangida and his Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) initiated a transition process for the return to civilian rule, setting October, 1990 as the date for the return. He established the National Electoral Commission (NEC) with Humphrey Nwosu as the chairman.


Two political parties eventually emerged and were imposed on Nigerians by the Babangida military administration. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) with Chief MKO Abiola as the party’ s flag bearer and the National Republican Convention (NRC) with Alhaji Bashir Tofa as its flag bearer. Alhaji Bashir Tofa picked Sylvester Ugoh, a Christian from the South East thereby creating a regional and religious balance. Chief MKO Abiola also went for regional balance, picking an ex diplomat and former chairman of the party from the North East, Baba Gana Kingibe as his running mate.


The 1993 Nigerian presidential election was held on June 12, 1993 in the Nigerian Third Republic, the first since the 1983 military coup ended the country’s second republic . The elections were the outcome of a transitional process to civilian rule spearheaded by the military ruler, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB). The unofficial result of the election, though not declared by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) , indicated a victory for Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) who defeated Alhaji Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC). The winner of the election was never thus declared as the elections were annulled by IBB, citing electoral irregularities. This led to protests and political unrest. There were a series of protests in July in the south west region following the annulment. It is estimated that security forces killed over 100 people while quelling riots. We hope you are still with us….


General Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to mark 12 June as Democracy Day should be viewed as an attempt to placate the South Western Nigerian State, which has always set aside the da cany to remember Abiola’s stolen mandate and an annulled election that many still view as the country’s freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria and democracy. We will primarily address one question: Was Abiola’s courageous insistence on the mandate given to him by Nigerian voters a benefit or a setback to political stability and to political development of Nigeria as one corporate nation? We will argue that Abiola’s position ultimately benefited Nigeria’s political development, although perhaps, not as he intended.


What then are some of the unintended benefits of Moshood Abiola’s presence in Nigerian politics? First, let ue state the obvious. Abiola was a courageous man. We think this quality is important because changes do not occur in countries where courage is in short supply. The unrelenting and unprecedented domestic and international hostility against the Sani Abacha regime that finally led to its expiration can be traced directly to Abiola’s decision never to surrender his June 12 mandate, at any price. He saw himself as a custodian of a sacred mandate that was freely given to him by Nigerians and one which “I cannot surrender unless the people so demand, and it is by virtue of this mandate that I say that the decision of the Federal Military Government to cancel the results [of the elections June 12, 1993] is unpatriotic and capable of causing undue and unnecessary confusion in the country.”


(2) That he never betrayed this promise is a tribute to more than his courage. It also points to many other admirable qualities that are in short supply among our ruling elites today: consistency, perseverance, honesty, sincerity of purpose and bravery. Consider that many Nigerian politicians who supported General Sani Abacha’s dictatorship are now paying glowing tributes to Abiola, and admitting without shame that their support was based on fear of Abacha.


Abiola was one of too small a class of the fearless. As a result, he has helped to put the army on notice that the country’s patience with military dictatorship is growing thinner and thinner. The denial of Abiola’s right to assume office encouraged the proliferation of pro-democracy groups and other organizations of civil society who, despite repression, bravely harassed the Abacha dictatorship. We say that the pressure against Abacha’s dictatorship was unprecedented because there has never been such a reaction to any military coups in the past. Indeed, the cowardly turning of the other cheek to coup makers by the Nigerian public is the most dangerous threat to the grounding of democracy in Nigeria. For a country simultaneously given to too much braggadocio and all manners of shakara, this cowardly disposition is tragically comical and is a paradox. But not everyone is laughing. A former Nigerian head of state, General Buhari berated this shameful national character at the eve of General Abacha’s demise. In his own words,


“Nigeria is full of paradoxes. While individual Nigerians may provide the best specimen of the most strongly willed persons around, we nonetheless display unbelievable passiveness in the face of injustice. Society displays little opposition against wrong policies. Why is this? What is the reason for this apparent docility? What has happened to the social and political conscience of the people of this country? What has happened to our people’s sense of justice and desire for choice?”


President Buhari finds the answer in the abject poverty that saps the attention of a majority of Nigerians, allowing them no time for the luxury of social change. We believe, however, that there is a character issue in addition. The inclination to reap where one does not sow can produce in a people the inability to die for principles. This accounts for the preeminence of pragmatism and the diminution of strongly held beliefs in the political behavior of many Nigerians. This is not to knock pragmatism which, in proper measure, is a highly valuable ideology. It is in an attempt to explain the country’s circumstances that Buhari justifiably decries Nigerians’ docility and their thick skin for injustice. Strongly held beliefs for which a good number of citizens are prepared to die are critical to political stability and for the protection of the ideology of democracy, in more ways than one. Indeed, the case can be made that they are also critical to the continued existence of Nigeria. On this all important score, Bashuron Moshood Abiola’s exemplary courage to die for something, is a lasting contribution to the future of one Nigeria. What he died for is more than the chance to become the president of Nigeria. He died for the voice of the ordinary Nigerian voter. In this sense, his struggle and death, symbolically shot the first bullet for Nigeria’s second struggle for independence and self determination from internal colonialism. Nigeria can only truly be one great country when this war for the right of individuals is permanently won.After declaring himself president he was accused of treason and arrested on the orders of then President General Sani Abacha, who sent 200 police vehicles to bring him into custody.

Chief MKO Abiola died in suspicious circumstances on the day that he was due to be released, 7 July 1998. Buhari’s decision to mark 12 June as Democracy Day should be viewed as an attempt to placate the South Western Nigerian State, which has always set aside the day to remember Abiola’s stolen mandate and an annulled election that many still view as the country’s freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria and democracy.

We believe that May 29 that we celebrated Nigerian Democracy Day in the past was an empty day when placed side by side June 12.

We wish you all happy Democracy Day Celebration.

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Lagos Police Command Finally Arrests Abubakar Maiyaki Ajagungbale’s Notorious Boys Terrorising Ibeju Lekki

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Nine notorious land grabbers, terrorizing Eti-Osa, Oreki Village, Ibeju Agbe, Ibeju Lekki and Epe Area of Lagos State, allegedly working for a renowned land grabber, Abubakar Maiyaki A.K.A Ajagungbale and Taiwo Enitiodunmo (A.K.A) T9, have been arrested in Lagos after their invasion at Odogbawojo Village with firearms on 21st November 2022, to perform their landgrabbing duty.

 

They were arrested by the Noforija Police Officers and later transferred the case to the CP Lagos State Crack team, on instruction of the Commissional of Police

 

Maiyaki, we gathered, is working hands in hand with Taiwo Enitiodunmo, an alleged Killer who was recently released from the Homicide, DIG Force C.I.D cell through the influence of one ACP Sanusi attached to the S.W.A.T, who is said to be senior brother to Maiyaki Ajagungbale.

 

 

Maiyaki and Taiwo are believed to be untouchable because of the closeness of ACP Sanusi to D.I.G force C.I.D who can easily misled the the D.I.G Johnson Kokumo on whatever police case hanging on T9 and Maiyaki

 

Enitiodunmo, we learnt, recently led armed land grabbers to Eredo and Odogbawojo where he allegedly killed a 4 years old boy and was released from Homicide, in other to escape justice within 4 months after his freedom. T9 is said to have been unleasing terror on Epe and Ibeju Lekki communities without fear of the law.

 

Abubakar’s team invaded Araromi Village at Abijo G.R.A where they attacked some Lagos State task force on landgrabber with men attached to S.W.A.T, who are working with him before the case was finally sent to the I.G.P Monitoring Unit, where the case was finalised and a legal opinion from force Headquarters followed but till now, the I.P.O in charge of the case has been accused of taken the file away through the influence of Maiyaki relationship with the ACP Sanusi.

 

In a petition written to the Attorney General of Lagos State, on 22nd November, 2022, the Erelu Family of Odogbawojo village, Mojoda, Eredo LCDA, Epe Local Government Area, Lagos State, claimed that, 9 of Abubakar Maiyaki’s armed thugs and hired assassins engaged to invade Odogbawojo were arrested and handed over to the CP Lagos Crack team but Peter Ogungbesan who hired Maiyaki and Taiwo Enitiodunmo to seek self help is elusive known that arresting their boys with Firearm in contravention of the Section 2,3,4,5,6 and 10 of Lagos State Properties Protection Law 2016.

 

A statement from the petition claimed that, This same Maiyaki is terrorizing Araromi in Abijo GRA, Ibeju-Agbe, Ibeju-Lekki perpetrating land grabbing because some aggrieved members within some of the communities, continue to engage him to intimidate and harassing their families or fellow community members, thereby cause breach of peace everywhere and it is time for the AG Lagos office to use Maiyaki case to sensitize Lagosian on the law that provides that, “No person or group of persons from the commencement of this law shall cause to be placed on any land or landed property agent for the purpose of forceful takeover of the said land.

 

The petition further claimed that, as it is, Mr. Peter Ogungbesan is also in contravention of the Lagos State Properties Protection Law for engaging Maiyaki to invade Odogbawojo with firearms.

 

According to the head of the family, Chief Bilesanmi Ashiru Oyede, “The gravamen of our complaint is that recently, precisely on the 21st day of November, 2022, one Peter Oriyomi Ogungbesan in connivance with one Abinleko Adeleke Sikiru engaged the service of the renowned and notorious land grabbers in person of Abubakar and Taiwo, who forcefully with the aid of his fellow land grabbing partners, as well as some unknown persons armed with dangerous weapons such as guns, cutlass, and others broke in and forcefully took over Odogbawojo Village.

 

“In the course of the said rampage and chaotic activities, Abubakar secured about Fifty (50) armed men pretending to be mobile police to illegally carry out their unlawful actions and consequently inflicted grievous harm on one Yusuf Ahmed and Adesegun Lawal, who are members of our family. They were only engaged to supply blocks to one of our assignees in respect of their land at Odogbawojo village.

 

“In order to carefully exclude themselves as the perpetrators of the evil and oppressive acts, the said land grabbers fronted their partner in crime, the said Abinleko Sikiru, who is the Baale of Ora’s PA, Mr. Peter Ogungbesan as a complainant wherein a frivolous and malicious charge was made against the said Yusuf Ahmed and Adesegun Lawal having assaulted, inflicted on them serious and grievous injuries and locked them up at Naforija Police Station, unjustly amidst mental and physical tortures in the said station.

 

“In an already planned script, the land grabbers ensured that one CHIA TERKUA, a

fellow land grabber in police uniform, is the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), who without any investigation of the fraudulent, frivolous, misconstrued, misconceived and malicious complaint of his fellow land grabbers, immediately charged the said Yusuf and Adesegun before the Magistrate Court, Epe in Charge No: EP/A/34/2022 COMMISSIONER OF POLICE VS. ADESEGUN LAWAL & YUSUF AHMED, who after serious arguments in court reluctantly granted bail on stringent bail conditions that took the said Yusuf and Adesegun to Ikoyi Prison, on their inability to perfect the stringent bail conditions all in a bid to get rid of them without just cause.

 

“It is not in dispute that Erelu family are the beneficial owners of all that parcel of land measuring 93.325 acres with Survey Plan No: I.O/0495/026j/2007/La lying, situate and being at Odogbawojo village, Mojoda, Eredo LCDA, Epe Local Government, Lagos State, having inherited same from our great grandfather, ADEBANJO who founded the present day Odogbawojo village. The said ADEBANJO of blessed memory in his life time begat ALAGBO and MIJA to whom he shared the said vast land before his demise.

 

“MIJA begat ERELU subsequently inherited the MIJA’S portion of land. ERELU family and or his descendants which include us have been in possession of the land and has equally exercised various/numerous acts of ownership and possession over same including sales/assignments over time without any interference from anybody. It was the said Yusuf Ahmed and Adesegun Lawal who were engaged by one of our Assignees and in carrying out the tenets of their engagement, which include taking blocks to the site that the said land grabbers and hoodlums broke into the land on the 21st day of November, 2022, inflicted serious wounds and injuries on the two of them”, he said.

 

Meanwhile, information has it that, this is however not the first time that Peter Oriyomi Ogungbesan is engaging the services of Maiyaki and Taiwo to harass and forcefully take over Erelu Family’s land by way of invading communities.

 

The said Peter, whose town shares boundary with Erelu Family’s land and having sold all his land, have encroached on other family lands as well as privately owned land as a land grabber that he is alleged to be. Peter is also in series of contempt of court judgement linking one Mr. Ibraheem Eleniyan

 

The first act of encroachment on Erelu Family’s land was sometime in the month of October, 2021 when he made an attempt to take over the land, having forcefully broken in with the aid of Abubakar Maiyaki and Taiwo Enitiodunmo and their thugs, but when he saw that Erelu family were resistant and unwillingly to be forcefully intimidated and thrown out of their village, they allegedly wrote a concocted and frivolous report. Alagbon and consequently some members of the family were unjustly apprehended, detained and maliciously charged to court with the said matter still pending at the Magistrate Court, Epe, Magisterial district.

 

Using the Police to frivolously charge property owners to court unjustly is one of the modus operandi of Maiyaki, the landgrabber.

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NTDC boss, Folly Coker”s 2nd Marriage Crashes

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The second marriage of Folorunsho Coker, the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Company, (NTDC), to Aisha Rimi, has reportedly crashed.

 

Just when everyone thought Coker’s second marriage to Aisha Rimi, a member of Rimi Partners, an Abuja -based law firm specialising in corporate legal services, business advisory services and government relations, would outlast his first, it ended up making a dry run while it lasted.

 

Coker was first married to Folake Akindele-Coker, the boss of foremost fashion design label, *Tiffany* *Amber* . Folly Coker as he is fondly called, ended the marriage, which produced three children, abruptly. Still dazed by the manner with which her marriage ended, Folake retained her ex-husband’s name and still does to this day. While she is still single, Folly (as he is fondly called) moved on quickly and jumped into another marriage with Aisha. Aisha also used to be married to Lateef Bello Osagie, a sibling of Hakeem Bello Osagie, a former Chairman of United Bank of Africa (UBA). No sooner had her marriage to Lateef ended than she hooked up with Folly and married him. They resolved to give their second attempt at marriage their best shot and make their new ‘partnership’ work.

 

In fact, early in the marriage, Folly and his wife managed to keep the union together, but seeing that they could no longer continue to patch things up, they both finally decided they had had enough of each other.

 

What could have led to breakup of their marriage?

 

Pundits are however of the opinion that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigation of Aisha’s alleged involvement in the diversion of the sum of N3 billion from the account of Lagos State Government Number Plate Production Authority, when Folly was the managing director, was allegedly the beginning of the end of their marriage.

 

Recall that the EFCC in an affidavit had alleged that the investigation of the fraud was based on an intelligence received by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit of suspicious transactions on the account of Rimi and Partners.

 

According to the EFCC, there were “heavy inflows” in excess of N3 billion from LSGNPPA into the account of the company owned by Aisha Rimi, who was still married to Coker at the time.That perhaps,was the catalyst that set the tone for the marriage break up as Aisha was said to have revealed many things to the anti graft body.

Presently, close friends and associates of the family are watching with keen interest what the outcome of this break up will result to.

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