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UK Press Blasts Theresa May for Visiting Buhari, blames him for herdsmen killings



UK Press Slams Theresa May Futile Visit To Elderly Nigerian Dictator Muhammadu Buhari:

One of UK’s leading UK newspaper, The Mail has slammed Prime Minister Theresa May for visiting Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari whom the paper described as a dictator

The paper blames Buhari for the killing of hundreds by herders and his willingness to get air from the UK.


Below is the story:

THERESA MAY’S robotic dancing made some people laugh. But the Maybot was not the biggest joke about the Prime Minister’s visit to South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya last week. That would be her reaffirmation of Britain’s bizarre commitment to handing billions of pounds to despicable despots and dodgy schemes as part of this country’s absurd foreign aid policy.

May said she was ‘ immensely proud’ to be giving away a fixed slab of national income – regardless of need, rising demands at home and the reality of global poverty falling with stunning speed due to capitalism, consumerism and scientific advances.

So never mind the sex scandals exposing gross abuse of power, the blood-stained dictators stuff- ing bank accounts with our funds, the fat-cat consultants and charity chiefs fleecing taxpayers – and of course, all those i nsanely wasteful projects this newspaper has exposed around the world.

Take Nigeria and Kenya, two recipients of big aid payouts and both controlled by painfully corrupt elites. Although riddled with grinding poverty, these two nations have some of the highest-paid government executive in the world compared to their citizens.

Britain is spending £235 million directly in Nigeria this year. Yet much of the nation’s vast oil wealth has been looted and last year the acting president admitted half his government’s food aid for people fleeing an Islamist insurgency in the north had disappeared.

The elderly president, widely known has having triggered unprecedented post-election violence with over 800 Nigerians killed by his supporters when he lost the country’s 2011 presidential elections, incidentally, was receiving medical treatment in London at the time – proving how little faith he has in his public services.

Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan leader who admonished May for a lack of British Prime Ministerial visits, is the son of the nation’s first post-colonial president and his family is among the wealthiest in the country.

Along with his rich deputy he escaped charges at the international criminal court over links to horrific political violence after witnesses were allegedly bribed or intimidated, with others dying. No wonder younger generations are so hungry for change across Africa. Yet often they are bullied, beaten and intimidated by those we endorse with our billions.

She trotted out the same old cliches and claptrap

Look at neighbouring Uganda, where a festering regime ridiculously hailed for its democracy by the Department for International Development has been torturing a brave pop star called Bobi Wine who became a rallying point for opponents.

Or Rwanda, sponsor of the Arsenal football team and a place where desperation to find an aid success story persuaded charities and politicians to overlook the crushing and killing of opponents, along with obvious manipulation of development statistics.

May’s quickstep around Africa was designed to drive home the message that post-Brexit Britain can be an influential global player by deepening links and investment in a fast-growing continent being wooed by other global powers.

There are many good reasons to step up engagement in Africa, given its rising wealth, education and population. And it is sensible to solidify trade ties – even if a boost in business with Botswana and Lesotho will hardly solve post-Brexit problems.

Yet while falsely claiming a ‘fundamental shift’ in aid spending, the Prime Minister simply trotted out the same old cliches and claptrap based on that weird desire of Westminster to fritter away taxpayers’ cash.

Theresa May, like her three predecessors, spouts vacuously about ‘global Britain’ while blowing huge sums of taxpayers’ cash and appearing to be a heroic saviour of the poor. She tried to freshen up the haggard aid argument, of course. Yet she repeated one of David Cameron’s daftest claims: that it is in our national interest to spray billions around the planet at a time when public services struggle at home.

What a shame she did not visit Ghana, a country that cherishes democracy. Its business- minded president Nana Akufo- Addo, who took power last year, argues that foreign aid fails to achieve growth and creates a dependency culture.

He is right: aid corrodes democracy since it negates the need for leaders to serve their own people, as pointed out by a Nobel-winning British economist. But naive Westminster politicians, egged on by self-serving charity cheerleaders, ignore more informed and independent voices as they fritter away almost £14 billion a year.

May said last week that extra aid will go to counter migration. Yet studies show that as prosperity rises, more people move around since they have higher means and aspirations.

Stability is key – yet our cash fuels conflict, corruption and despotism.

There are ways Britain can help: crack down on our own firms and tax havens washing stolen funds. Stand up for human rights and democrats, not despots and dictators. Soften the hostile environment visa process that has made it so tough for African tourists and traders to visit Britain.

Instead, May is trapped in the old groove on Africa and dancing to the wrong tunes.

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Fuel Subsidy Removal: FG, Labour Meeting Ends in Deadlock




Talks between the Federal Government and organised labour over the removal of fuel subsidy ended in a deadlock on Wednesday as they failed to reach a consensus following the hike in petrol pump prices to over N700 from N195 per litre by oil marketers.

The hours-long meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa was to, among other things, prevent a labour crisis following the recent increase in the petrol pump price occasioned by the discontinuance of petroleum subsidy.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited said it had adjusted the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit to reflect the market realities. The agency, however, failed to state the new prices of petrol.

However, several retails outlets sold the product between 600 and N800 in Lagos, Abuja , Ogun and some other states.

The National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chief Chinedu Ukadike, pointed out that the hike in the cost of PMS would trigger galloping inflation in the country, stressing that some outlets in the South-East were currently dispensing the product at N1,200/l.

Ukadike stated, “Once NNPCL retail stations have adjusted their pumps to reflect the new price, there is nothing you can do about it; that is the new price. As I speak with you, all of them are now selling at the new prices. The situation is so bad, that somewhere in Ebonyi State our members informed us that it is now N1,200/litre.

“We thought the President would remove the subsidy through a seamless means because the source of this petrol is the NNPCL. They are the ones subsidising petroleum products, they are the people who use their revenue to subsidise this product.’’

The IPMAN spokesperson expressed worry over the rate of increase in inflation and hardship that would come as a result of the latest hike in petrol price.

“This hike in petrol price will definitely lead to galloping inflation and will worsen the hardship already being faced by the Nigerian masses. It is not something to cheer about. It came as a surprise and in the coming days, we will see the very harsh ripple effects,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Ukadike has called on the Federal Government and the NNPCL to give other marketers the opportunity to start importing petrol in order to create competition in the sector.

“The NNPCL is importing and has not given people the opportunity to join them in importing so as to see whether private sector operators can import the product cheaper or not. So there is no competition. In a deregulated regime, there must be competition, everyone with capacity should be allowed to import,” the IPMAN official stated.

When asked whether other marketers could resume imports since the government had finally deregulated petrol prices, Ukadike replied, “Marketers can import, but let me tell you some of the factors militating against this. The first is that there won’t be availability of dollars.

“You will source your dollar from the parallel market and if you are not careful in doing this, and you go into the importation of petroleum products, you might not ‘come out of it alive’ at the end of the day.

“So what we are saying is that those advantages that NNPCL has, should be shared with other major importers of petroleum products. If it is through crude buy-back, they should let us know so that independent players such as IPMAN members can come together and be able to use it in the buy-back model.’’

He added, “For independent marketers, the most important thing is that there should be availability of petroleum products, and the government should open up the space for importers and investors to come in.”

NNPCL, the sole importer of petrol into Nigeria for several years running, confirmed the hike in petrol price in a statement and a new pricing template released to marketers nationwide.

But the move has sparked a groundswell of anger across the nation with the Nigeria Labour Congress demanding an immediate reversal of the decision.

The union also said it would hold an emergency meeting on Friday on the fuel price increase which had triggered hoarding and scarcity across the country with attendant rise in transport fares, goods and services.

The fuel price hike by the oil firm is coming 72 hours after President Bola Tinubu declared in his inaugural address on Monday that the subsidy regime had ended.

To pacify the growing anger over the situation, the FG hastily summoned some labour leaders to a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday evening.

The meeting had in attendance the NLC President, Joe Ajaero and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Festus Osifo, former NLC President and immediate past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL, Mele Kyari, and others, however, ended in a deadlock as the labour and government teams failed to reach a consensus.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Joe Ajaero, said “As far as labour is concerned, we didn’t have a consensus in this meeting.”

He faulted the NNPCL over an official release published hours earlier reviewing the petrol pump price in its filling stations nationwide.

He said the move puts the labour unions in a difficult position on the negational table.

“That’s the principle of negotiation. You don’t put the partner, ask them to negotiate under gunpoint. The prayer of the NLC is that we go back to the status quo, negotiate, think of alternatives and all the effects and how to manage the effects this action is going to have on the people. If it is an action that must take off.

“The subsidy provision has been made up to the end of June. And before then, conscious people, labour management, and the government should be able to think of what will happen at the end of June. You don’t start it before the time,” Ajaero said.

The Punch

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Breaking: Founder, DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi is Dead




By Eric Elezuo

The Founder of DAAR Communications, owners of the foremost radio and television stations in Nigeria, Raypower and African Independent Television (AIT), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, is dead.

Reliable sources said the High Chief died while exercising on a treadmill on Monday afternoon.

The source said Dopkesi suffered a stroke some weeks ago.

Details soon…

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I Stand on Rule of Law, with Our Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, PDP, Says Dele Momodu




By Eric Elezuo

Frontline journalist and Director of Strategic Communications of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Council in the just concluded Presidential election, Chief Dele Momodu, had said that he remains a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and will always stand on the side of rule of law, and with the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Momodu made the revelations in a statement he signed himself, noting that the last election, which brought Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to power, was savagely manipulated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He praised the steps Atiku, and the presidential candidate of the Labour candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, have taken in seeking legal redress.

The statement in details:


My position on the state of our country NIGERIA is simple and straightforward. I’m a loyal member of PDP who owes absolute allegiance to Nigeria and its Rule of Law. My political party PDP and others passionately hold the view that the last Presidential election was savagely manipulated by the ruling party APC and the cases are already in courts. Nothing will make me abandon my party on the altar of convenience and profit. Win or lose, I will continue to stand on this principle without any malice or prejudice against those who think otherwise. Democracy is a game of choice and I’m resolutely standing by our candidate, the former Vice President ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR (GCON) who has taken the honorable and peaceful step of going to court to seek redress. This is the only way we can deepen our hard earned Democracy. Sacrifice is not always convenient but painful.

I salute and respect The Wazirin Adamawa and others like my dear friend and Brother, former Governor Peter Obi, the Labor Party Presidential candidate, for promoting the best tenets of Democracy in Nigeria and I’m willing to encourage them rather than discourage their onerous quests…


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