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Only a Reasonable Standard of Justice will Assuage the Public – Dele Momodu



By Eric Elezuo

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Ovation Media Group, Aare Dele Momodu, was a guest on Seun Okinbaloye’s MicOn podcast, and spoke extensively on politics and state of affairs of the Nigerian nation, with emphasis on the February 25, 2023 Presidential Election, the litigation that followed and the Niger coup and aftermath.

The Boss brings you word for word all that transpired on the night…


Governance is never one man’s job. The result of good governance is usually a product of concerted efforts and the willingness of the political class to deliver value to the governed. Welcome to the mic on podcast I’m Segun Okinbaloye, and I will be piloting this show which promises to be very engaging because of my guest tonight. This podcast focuses on issues affecting all Nigerians, but pays special and careful attention to how the issues raised affect young Nigerians wherever they are in the world. This is one way to make sure that the conversation never stops after my every weekday show, Politics Today and Sunday Politics on Channels Television. We are also weighing in on some of the issues from the 2023 elections.

Tonight, joining me is one man who does not hold back in sharing his views and also lending himself as a tool for Democratic development and progress in this country. He’s not only been on the sideline as a journalist, he’s also coming to the fray as a presidential candidate. In fact, in the last election, he helped the PDP presidential candidate to direct the Media Publicity and Strategic Affairs of the PDP and Mr Atiku Abubakar. Tonight, I’m being joined by Chief Dele Momodu – I wouldn’t call him Nigerian because he’s also very popular in some other African countries and around the world. Chief Dele Momodu is a publisher and he joins us on this podcast.

Thank you so much for joining us today

MOMODU: Thank you very much, Mr Seun Okinbaloye. Thank you for inviting me on your podcast, and I hope we have a very interesting and robust conversation tonight.

Absolutely, your experience before Nigeria returned to democracy; I know I’ve had several conversations with you about the role you played in the pro-democracy struggle. Some of the roles you played as someone who was very close to MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi. You contested to be a president sometime in this country and you have not also kept quiet in lending your voice into public affairs and the affairs of this country. So, tonight I will be engaging you in so many issues but let me begin because of your role in the 2023 election; the case is in court. However, Bola Tinubu was declared President but so far from what you have seen and Presidential Elections Tribunal. What are your views generally? The engagement of Nigerians, the comportment of the political class and the Judiciary…

Well, let me start by saying that I’m happy that we’re not in a state of war or Anarchy. I’m very happy that our leaders in opposition have comported themselves very well by making sure that they obeyed the rule of law. Those who don’t agree that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed won the election fair and square have gone to court. And that’s the right thing to do. Those of us who are their supporters wish them well in recovering their mandate.

It’s up to the Judiciary to do justice whether it’s my principal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, or former Governor Peter Obi. So, I’ll be very very willing to stay till the end of the cases. I’m sure at the Supreme Court and then we know the way forward but like I said, the most important thing is for politicians to conduct themselves properly and obey the rule of law.

I know there’s been a lot of monitoring if that is perhaps the word to use for those who are supporting either of the political parties in these but the Judiciary has also been put in a very tight situation.

Oooh! Let’s just move on, and that is why elections will continue to be rigged, and the election riggers will become more emboldened because they know that at every point and at the end of every election cycle, people are going to come up with let’s move on. There is no nation that has made it in the world that made it by just moving on casually; like we are not interested, we are not bothered, it doesn’t matter, it’s not a matter of life and death…, oh is your friend, oh is a Yoruba man, he is a Fulani man, you must support this. We were too casual in our attitude to very serious issues of states. Nigeria is in this sorry state because of that attitude of being casual about moving on, of explaining everything in terms of ethnicity or religion, or friendship. It’s not convenient for me today to drop in a job in the fray and say let me just declare myself a supporter of Asiwaju shamelessly. Forgetting that a few months ago, I was saying that Atiku was this and that.

You see, that is why Nigeria is in trouble. So, a few Patriots must rise up and abort that pettiness of friendship by putting their country above their personal comfort. Comfort cannot be everything,  and the reason it is so is because a lot of our political leaders have no verifiable source or sources of income. Most politicians in Nigeria are career politicians. If you ask a man, and say what you do and he says I’m a politician then you know the best politicians even they still want to remain in power you are a governor today, you become Minister tomorrow, you become Senator a day after because the state must continue to provide for them.

So, I am hoping that the Judiciary will do justice and must be seen to have done Justice no matter what happens. Of course, everybody will not agree whatever the Judgment is but there is what is called a reasonable standard of justice; that is what Nigerians are expecting at this time.

With what we have seen in Nigeria in the past months and years, do you trust the Judiciary to do justice?

If we didn’t trust the Judiciary, we won’t go to court. We are in court because we expect the Judiciary to do their best by ensuring Justice is upheld in our country, Nigeria. If they fail, they will a spectacle. They will fail their family, they will fail themselves, they will fail their country, they will fail the continent of Africa because it means that we’ll be back to the jungle. So, in the state of Nigeria today, everybody is talking about it. As you know, I travel everywhere around the world, and nobody is pleased with the fact that we cannot conduct a simple election, especially the presidential election. On the same day you have the presidential election, you held the National Assembly election. In one, everything went smoothly. In another, in the same election, same time, same place, everything started going haywire. That for me is very unfortunate after spending a budget of about N400 billion. We wasted a budget of 400 billion after the reassurances of all the assurances from Mahmoud Yakubu. I mean, it’s just so sad, do you know how much Nigeria could have done with 400 billion? There is no point wasting all that resources if we knew we will not be serious; if we knew that we were not going to conduct a proper election. And it was a charade and we just wasted people’s time.

I will like to ask you, do you think that there is any sense of credibility or fairness in that election?

No. I don’t. For the presidential election, it was a very hopeless case. In my knowledge of Nigerian history. I’m a good student of Nigerian history. My knowledge of Nigerian history is very simple. In 1979 and 1983, we held similar elections; very very similar. Chief Obafemi Awolowo ran from the South West, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe ran from the South, and Mallam Aminu Kanu was a major force just like Rabiu Kwankanso, you cannot attempt to cross to the other side and win a few regions. So, you must lock down four regions very very well but those regions must include your own region.

In a situation where a man is not strong in the South-East is not strong in the South-South, barely managed in his own base, something is wrong. But like I said, the case is in court that is my view. So, those that go to court, know that it is very expensive, outlandishly expensive to go through a court process. Do you know how many billions will be wasted by Peter Obi, by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in court? This could have been saved up if Yakubu was ready to listen and ready to take a pause and say okay let’s wait two-three-four days. Even if you are going to pretend, pretend. In life, you cannot just tell people to go to hell, go to places, go to court, and expect that there won’t be repercussions. It is wrong.

So, you blame the INEC Chairman?

I blame him! Absolutely! He was not cautious at all. What he did was reckless by not listening to those who complained about when the election thing was on. That’s what we are against. It is not about who won or who did not win. I don’t care! I am a Democrat! I know in an election only one man can win, and I know that it was very possible for Asiwaju to have won that election but it will be sane to have won without unnecessary controversies.

Well, if you say the election wasn’t free and fair, how then would you describe…

At the University, I read a book about the Artful Dodger. I can’t remember the author now so you can Google it later. Anybody who wants to compromise an election will not be so stupid as to make it obvious that I have compromised the election. If you want to rig the election, you will get expert riggers. You will get mathematicians, statisticians, you will get all kinds of people, you will even have psychologists; who will give you the psychology of election. Apart from the anatomy of it, the work of the psychology is to give a near-perfect semblance. That is where the problem is, it has nothing to do with who won or who did not win; nobody is my enemy.

You know very well how close I am to Asiwaju despite that we are not in the same political party. If he won and even that election was just 52, 54, and 55 percent accurate, nobody will complain. But this one was a disgrace to Nigeria; an International disgrace. Everywhere you go, people are talking about it; even the coup plotters in Niger are taunting us.

Would you in a way as Dele Momodu think of being a President of Nigeria; maybe in 2027?

No! I remember telling Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal the other day, I said “Oga, I’m sorry, I can never contest again in Nigeria. Unless my party decides to adopt me”. And that’s the level of frustration in the land. It’s virtually impossible because there are too many big forces at play. Those forces are not easy. Forces of money, forces of politics, forces of religion, forces of ethnicity, all kinds. Even International people who are interested. There are international parties. You have the British, the Americans, the Russians, the Chinese, the Indians, etc.

If everything doesn’t work well now, do you think this could be Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s final try at being President?

It could be anybody’s final try even Tinubu who was declared President. I’m sure they are in the same category if you want to answer that question. But I can’t answer for them. It is their personal decision. After all, Joe Biden in America is planning to come back if his party gives him the ticket. So, he will be in his 80s, but Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is one of the largest employers of labour in Nigeria, and has a verifiable means of income. People love and respect him for that. He’s been able to build bridges across Nigeria. Don’t forget that in 1990, he moved on without causing any problems in the party. Any other person would have caused so much Mayhem, he had the capacity.

This is a man who right from the time he was a teenager, has been a businessman. He was able to build a house for his mother after his father died; even before he was 18. That is him, and he has maintained that business acumen. God has blessed him so much. His children are very well educated, so they can survive without government.

What would he say to those who believe that…

The South-East voted overwhelmingly for him, while the South-West voted overwhelmingly for Awolowo. Do you understand? But Awolowo would have been president if Awolowo was going to win the entire North; which is impossible because people vote along ethnic lines. That’s why I’m telling you that if you already lose your base, it becomes very very difficult for you to go and win elsewhere. So, you don’t win in Lagos, you don’t win in Osun State.

There is a confidence that he has gotten from some Elites; the Northern oligarchy, and some who are referred to as the owners of Nigeria that you should not worry, that it was coming to him. So, do you think that could have an effect, perhaps the confidence that he had which was now being toppled by the outcome of the election?

No! You see people will give you one million reasons you won or you failed. I am telling you a seasoned politician like Atiku never believed in someone helping him behind the scene. What Atiku 5% in FCT annexes they don’t have enough spread in two-thirds of 36 States. Tinubu did not have FCT like my principal Atiku. So, that renders the whole thing inconclusive. The Judgment should be clear on that. The other is to disqualify one of the candidates based on…I hope you understand what I am saying.


I don’t want to be seen disparaging anyone. They’re all my friends; all of them. Tinubu, Atiku, Peter Obi, Kwankanso. We will be together forever. So, I don’t want to disparage anybody. But I’m giving you the legal basis upon which the judges will now have to react and give their judgment.

Atiku did not have 25 percent in FCT. So, there is a statement between those declared number one and number two there’s a stalemate and only the law court can tackle that. The only person with 25 percent is Peter Obi, and if Obi is able to prove that he won 25 in most states than both of them. Then, they will declare him the winner. It’s as simple as ABC. I am not the one that will determine that.

Peter Obi, to me, is the only one who reflected the wishes of the Constitution. The only area he now has to add to it is that he had 25 percent in 24, 25 States. If he can’t prove that, then it’s a stalemate.

He has taken some steps that I liked. He has taken some steps that I believe he needs to be very cautious. So, if I have an opportunity after the court cases to advise, I will write in Pendulum. One of the reasons I’ve not been writing Pendulum is that I don’t want to pre-judge anything. So, when the court cases are done, I have my powerful back page of ThisDay Newspaper.

If you don’t have reliable sources to give you the information, you will not be able to speak authoritatively. For any leader to stream the team that I’m seeing now, I’m sorry, it’s even worse than Buhari’s team.

What about El-Rufai? Is it not the same El-Rufai that’s there now?

That’s the original! When he was an original minister before the remaining moles in PDP. And many moles still remain in PDP. What the PDP is doing is to be very careful. Know that when a bull enters your China shop, you have to be very careful in getting the bull out of the China shop. People say “Oh, why don’t you expel this, why don’t you expel that?” They are just being careful, not that they are stupid. They are being careful; hoping that there will be a change of mind but some people can never change their mind for as long as money is flowing from one direction. And there are people funding insurrection in PDP, it’s normal. Then, there are people who are still hopeful. You know the Federal Government distributes the biggest largesse; there will be ambassadors, there will be heads of parastatals, there will be all kinds of appointments, and politicians and ministers that will be promising them “Don’t worry, just let me settle down in my Ministry”. So, they live on hope and crumbs. So, a lot of people who are in PDP today, have one leg in PDP and one leg in APC or wherever they will find comfort tomorrow. Some of them are also pretending to be playing along because they are not sure; “what if we say Atiku will not come in and Atiku comes because Atiku has a very good chance of coming in from the court cases and what they can see? I can feel that mood in the party. A lot of people believe that Atiku stands a very good chance. So, because of that, some of them who would have somersaulted into APC are keeping calm and waiting to distribute any amount to buy and call it favors and loyalty. Most people are not going to go away. People will start going when it gets to that state they realize that it’s not possible for Wike to fund everybody. So, right now, today, at any meeting of the PDP, you will find Wike’s guys comfortably sitting. What are you going to do? You’re not going to beat them off. They were friends once upon a time. These are adults.

Sometimes, I feel like that. Like how can somebody be obviously in another party and you’re still putting his name in a team that will go and talk in Bayelsa, Kogi, etc?

My final question to you, Chief Dele Momodu would be about the pains of Nigerians in the aftermath of the removal of subsidy on petrol and the policies of President Tinubu, and the palliatives, the Nationwide broadcast. Let me get your view on that decision, the reaction of the president, and the further policy decisions that have been made. How would you react to it? What’s your assessment? What is your gauge? what is your opinion about how those things have happened between May 29 when he made a statement and now?

I have already answered that question but I would attempt to answer it again.

There are things you don’t rush into just like this Niger crisis. You need experts to sit down with you, For example, when we talk about subsidies in Nigeria, people get confused. Who were the beneficiaries? It doesn’t make sense…

But before you go, because I am simultaneously on Instagram and Facebook as well I just want to respond to someone on Facebook. Please, give me that permission.

Okay. Fantastic!

The person said I was once Wike’s boy. I was never a Wike’s boy. I was a consultant to Wike. I rebranded Wike. And you would have seen our pictures dressing well. I can post many of them tonight. Dressing well, looking well, looking happy being beside me even giving me his official car to drive; removing the flag from his official car. Wike knew I have been consulting for big people long before I joined politics. From age 30, 31, I was already Consulting for Chief MKO Abiola. So, stopped coming on social media thinking that everybody is at your level. A boy will not have worked away from all those dollars.



Chief Dele Momodu, good afternoon sir…if you can hear.

When you say that there are some policies from the Tinubu Administration that is good, I don’t understand it because what I know about policy is that, policies are meant to better the lives of the people and not to impoverish them not to put them in more penury. I don’t still understand when everybody comes out to say these policies are good there will be good in the long term. I don’t see it as a sensible talk, what do you think about it, sir?

CHIEF MOMODU: Let me respond quickly, the policy of removing different exchange rates for different Nigerians, I’m happy that it is gone. That’s one of the policies I was referring to when I said there are policies of Tinubu that I like. Thank you. thank you so much


Good afternoon from here, I’m listening carefully to the submission from the very beginning and you guys have tried to speak from your own different perspective. Anyway, I wanted to also let Chief understand that Mr. Atiku lost that election when Peter Obi left. We have to just be factual about that. It is a pure reality. However, Obi also went ahead to play religious politics reason he won Lagos. People were disgruntled because of the Muslim-Muslim ticket and you know somehow Christianity is headquartered in Lagos. Somehow, Obi had pandered through that logic from that perspective not for any other reason or because of any performance or anything. We all know those facts.

However, I wanted to also ask you sir that in all honesty because if you look at the petition that Atiku and Obi put forward, I’m just taking you back to all of this I have gone through it and I’ve not seen where they have said that there was a rigging in those their petition. Their petitions were leaning towards more of defamation of Mr President Bola Ahmed’s character that he submit, he refunded something he did. They didn’t come forward with any allegations saying that he rigged the election maybe they also talked about the Abuja 25 percent and all. That’s on the other side.

Then, I also took some time to check out Atiku’s petition, he was also trying to claw back some votes from Obi in the Southeast because he felt that those are PDP strongholds he should have gotten something out of those places.

CHIEF MOMODU: The took that route to save them some time and resources. Why are you looking for the word ‘rigging’ when they said there were infractions, and that you did not transmit electoral results, you did not do this. That is enough to nullify the election. Coming to say you rigged me; you reduced 20 votes from Alimosho – you will need to search for those votes. The lawyers were smart at this time. Go and look at the calibre of lawyers in Nigeria today, I’m so proud of them; they knew all the tricks in the past. You will need to go and bring a forensic expert, and for the next six months, you are searching for one.


Thank you very much. I’ll be very quick. I think Chief Dele Momodu did brilliantly well today. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more with most of his submissions and just to quickly say, it’s not correct that the petitioners didn’t talk about rigging. Let’s not forget that there are 18,000 blurred polling unit results that INEC could not provide their own top copies.

That said, my question actually is about a requirement for Constitutional Amendment…

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Mike Adenuga Does It Again! Names Asake, Kizz Daniel, Chike As Brand Ambassadors




By Eric Elezuo

Chairman Globacom Group, Chief Mike Adenuga has once again proved that the description ascribed to him as the most generous Nigerian alive, is no fluke. In fact if philanthropy was a person, his name would be Chief (Dr.) Mike Adenuga. This is a man, who gives ceaselessly, and is unequivocally an angel of mercy, to whom giving and lifting others are excellent means he proves that grace abounds.

In adding more feathers to his cap of generosity, the selfless giver, has again through his global brand, Globacom, added three more Nigerian entertainers as brand ambassadors to a long list of ambassadors attached to the group.

They are Ahmed Ololade a.k.a Asake; Oluwatobiloba Anidugbe Daniel popularly known as Kizz Daniel and Chike Ezekpeazu Osebuka.

A statement released by the organisation, reads as follows:

“Total telecommunications solutions provider,  Globacom, on Friday explained that it appointed the trio of Ahmed Ololade, a.k.a Asake; Oluwatobiloba Anidugbe Daniel popularly known as Kizz Daniel and Chike Ezekpeazu Osebuka as ambassadors

“Asake, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the prestigious  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State; Kizz Daniel, a degree in Water Engineering from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State and  Chike, a Computer Engineering graduate of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State were signed to the Glo family  at the Mike Adenuga Towers, Victoria Island head office of the telecommunications giant.

“Globacom noted that the announcement of the three brand ambassadors was part of its celebration of the 20th anniversary of Glo and added that it appointed the new ambassadors. “to project the power of youth and enterprise and how much they can achieve with the right focus, passion and dedication that can come from seeing others who have succeeded. This is very much part of our tradition as we believe the strength of a nation lies in the ability and potentials of its youth”.

“The engagement of these three stars as ambassadors “is meant to project the best Nigerians as models for younger people who are tirelessly aspiring to succeed. This is more important in an era where positive heroes and mentors are scarce and hard to come by. The intention is not just to promote the growth of music, Nollywood and sports where we have been very prominent, but also to encourage our teeming youths to aspire toward realizing their dreams by looking up to these ambassadors as mentors”, the company disclosed.

“Globacom, Nigeria’s  biggest corporate supporter of arts and entertainment in Nigeria, has, over the years developed and sustained the culture of empowering talented and outstanding Nigerian artistes as ambassadors.

“While congratulating the new ambassadors, Globacom urged  youths not to relent until they achieve their dreams like Asake, Kizz Daniel and Chike. It added that  “this is our way of inspiring a whole generation of young people with vision who can do better and achieve more without losing hope along the way, even when confronted with challenges”.

“The new ambassadors expressed appreciation to the Chairman of Globacom, Dr Mike Adenuga Jr., promising to represent the Glo brand well by constantly projecting its ideals.”

The billionaire business man has been projected as a man, whose love for the youths of Africa is palpable, and in reciprocation, they love him too. He is a man Nigerians will forever be grateful to him for breaking the seemingly impossible per second billing on telephone services.

“His heavy investments in laying submarine cables from Europe to Africa also stretches the imagination. The number of our youths who became GLO Ambassadors and superstars on CNN run into hundreds. He has also really done so much too for African football. He has taken our football to greater heights and African football has suddenly become a global phenomenon that can no longer be held back. It is no wonder that Africa continues to get more slots in the FIFA World Cup competition. Despite his unmatched support for the media, Dr Adenuga often suffer savage attacks from those seeking his attention but he has a solid principle: never indulge a blackmailer!” Veteran journalist, Dele Momodu, once wrote.

Indeed, no individual or corporate organization has had the kind of assemblage of entertainment heavyweights as it brand ambassadors as Globacom. All through the years, the cream of the country’s musicians, footballers, actors and comedians have either been signed on as brand ambassadors or featured in the company’s television commercials.

The long list includes veterans such as late Osita Osadebe, late Oliver d’Coque, King Sunny Ade, Ebenezar Obey, Nelly Uchendu, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Osaze Odemwingie  and Emmanuel Emenike.

Others are MI Abaga, D’Banj, PSquare, Rita Dominic, Ini Edo, Flavour, Wizkid, Davido, Basketmouth, Gordons, I go Dye, Juliet Ibrahim, Matter Ankomah, Joselyn Dumas, Michael Essien, former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua and track queen, Tobi Amusan. The trio of Asake, Kizz Daniel and Chike become the newest entrants.

In retrospect, Adenuga’s Globacom has always been associated with the development of the Nigerian music industry, since its inception, from its involvement with Nollywood and leading African and Nigerian music talents to the sponsorship of music shows such as Rock ‘n’ RuleGloNaija Sings, Laffta Fest, and the world’s number one music singing talent reality TV show, X Factor. Others are Slide and Bounce concert, an entertainment tour which went round all the Geo-political zones of the country as well as Glo mega Music show, another platform through which Globacom entertains and delights Nigerians.

These programmes are meant to discover and help nurture budding talents. The company also supports the movie industry in Nigeria (Nollywood) and in Ghana (Ghollywood). Many of the actors and actresses in both countries have been chosen as Glo Ambassadors, thus projecting the continent in a refreshing light through African movies.

Globacom brought the world’s biggest dance reality show, Battle of the Year, to Nigeria. The winners in seven different categories went home with mega millions in cash, space wagon , and also bagged an opportunity to represent at the global edition of the competition.

One other area where Globacom has connected with its subscribers and Nigerians generally is loyalty-reward Promos. Over the years, the company has launched series of promos through which different types of empowerment prizes have been won by Nigerians across the country. From Glo Overload to Glo Allawee, Text4Millions, Made for Life, Recharge to Stardom, 180 cars in 180 days, Glo CAF Award promo, Recharge and Win Big popularly known as My Own Don Beta, Everyday Bonanza, and Joy Unlimited Extravaganza, Nigerians have benefitted massively from Globacom and many have been empowered through the Glo promos.

Between October, 2021, and January, 2022, Globacom held a life-changing promotion called Joy Unlimited Extravaganza. Thousands of Glo subscribers won brand new Kia Rio cars, refrigerators, television sets and generators across the country. Altogether, 500,000 prizes were given out.

Over the years, Adenuga’s Glo has partnered with several communities across the country on the sponsorship of major festivals and promotion of culture and traditions.  These include Ojude Oba in Ijebu-Ode, Ofala in Onitsha, Lisabi in Abeokuta, Imeori in Abiriba, Oru-Owerri in Imo state, Afia- Orlu In Nnewi and Abia-Ugwa in Isialangwa in Abia State. Through these sponsorships, Glo is giving a new lease of life to the festivals as well as empowering some lucky individuals in the communities through various prizes won at special promotions held during the festivals. The company has not only brought these festivals to international limelight, but has also turned them into major tourist attractions. This association has helped build up Globacom as an enviable brand.”

Glo’s phenomenal impact extends to hosting of comedy shows and encouragement of footballers to further their careers, not only in Nigeria, but across the West African suburb

In 2019, the brand’s sponsored comedy show, Bovi Man on Fire, was held in Warri, Delta State. The show was described by many as a perfect way to celebrate Easter. Not only that, the company delighted its subscribers with free tickets to attend the fun-filled event anchored by ace comedian, Bovi Ugboma. Other humour merchants that graced the show were Kelvin Sapp, Young Chief Odogwu, MC Shakara and Mr. Flexy.

In 2023 alone, Glo launched Glo Green Lotto, a service aimed at enhancing the opportunities for its gaming subscribers to play and win; partnered with PalmPay, to launch a new marketing initiative tagged: “PalmPay Bonanza – Recharge Glo and Win,” which offers Nigerians who buy Glo data and airtime bundles via the PalmPay platform, the chance to win fantastic prizes, and sponsored the African Voices Changemakers.

In 20 years the brand has been in existence, Glo has become a symbol of glory, and epitomizes growth and development.

The company is gearing up to sponsor once again the Ofala Festival in Anambra State.

For his contribution to economies and communities across the globe, Dr. Mike Adenuga has been appreciated with so many awards, traditional titles and honours. The most prominent are the national honours from Nigeria, Ghana and France.

In Nigeria, he holds the highest civilian honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), this honour was hitherto reserved for mostly vice presidents.

In Ghana, he was awarded the highest civilian honour of Companion of the Star of Ghana (CSG). According to  then President John Mahama, who conferred the indefatigable businessman with the honour at a state ceremony: ”You have touched many lives in Ghana. You have provided employment for our teeming youths, artistes, footballers and many more. I am particularly proud of you. This award is our way of a saying a simple thank you.”

The entrepreneur extraordinaire was also decorated with the Chavalier de la Legion d Honnuer (CdrLH),  the highest National honour of France, by French President, Emmanuel Macron.

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Abdulrasheed Bawa: The Hunter that Became the Hunted




By Eric Elezuo

On February 16, 2021, former President Muhammadu Buhari made a basic change from the norms, when he named 41-year-old Abdulrasheed Bawa as the fourth chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following the corruption allegations levelled against his embattled predecessor, ex-acting EFCC chair, Ibrahim Magu, which led to his subsequent suspension.

The EFCC, which was established in the early 2000s during the administration of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo to combat economic and financial crimes like advance fee fraud (419), money laundering, terrorism financing and miscellaneous offences, was believed to have a new life with the coming of Bawa. But no one envisaged that Bawa, the crime and criminality hunter, will turn around to become the hunted.

Few weeks after his inauguration as President, Bola Tinubu approved the indefinite suspension from office of Bawa as the Chairman of EFCC, citing space to allow for proper investigation into his conduct while in office as excuse.

The new government had claimed that Bawa’s suspension was as a result of weighty allegations of abuse of office levelled against him by some stakeholders in the anti-corruption fight. The stakeholders however, have remained nameless till date except for the Department of State Services (DSS), which has held him incommunicado ever since, the court pronouncement notwithstanding.

Bawa was directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Director, Operations in the Commission, who will oversee the affairs of the Office of the Chairman of the Commission pending the conclusion of the investigation. But four months after, the man is still incarcerated.

In one of his articles, Constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, queried the rational behind Bawa’s continuous incarceration, noting that “section 35 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, provides for only one day (24 hours) incarceration when there is a court of competent jurisdiction within a radius of forty kilometers from the Police Station; and where there is no court within a 40-kilometers radius from the station, the time is a period of 2 days (48 hours); or any longer period which the court considers reasonable given the particular circumstances of the case. See the case of AMOS & ORS V. DANIEL & ORS (2023) LPELR – 60454 (CA). The DSS, through its Director of Information, Willie Bassey, cited “weighty allegations of abuse of office levelled against him”, as the reason for Bawa’s continued captivity. This continued detention without trial is barbaric, atrocious and unconscionable, to say the least. Are we still living in the early caveman Australopithecus era? I do not know. Or, do you?

He added, “Till date, the DSS has not told Nigerians what Bawa’s specific offences are (if any), or the level of “investigation”. Investigation? Mtchew! Even if he committed some infractions of the law, can illegality beget legality? Can two wrongs make a right? Can the DSS continue to be the accuser, arrester, detainer, investigator, prosecutor and the Judge? What is going on here? The last time I checked, even amongst mad people, there is orderliness. DSS, for God’s sake, and for the sake of decency and our constitutional democracy, release Bawa immediately and forthwith.”

Bawa’s continous incarceration has become a pointer to the theory of illegal detention perpetrated by governments in power against oppositions or anyone perceived to have withheld loyalty to them whether for good or bad.

Bawa, a loyalist of the immediate past president, Buhari, is alleged to have worked against the emergence of the incumbent president, especially given the role he played during the naira redesign era, his imbroglio with the ousted governor of Zamfara State, who is presently the Minister of Defence, Bello Matawalle over $2 million bribe and accusations of levelled against sponsors of banditry in the country.

Matawalle has accused the EFCC boss of demanding a $2 million bribe from him following a case of corruption leveled against the governor, an allegation the Bawa denied.

Recall that the embattled governor, who lost his bid to return to office for second term, was being investigated by the anti-corruption agency for allegedly pocketing N70 billion from the Zamfara State government coffers. An amount said to have been borrowed supposedly for projects in the state

The EFCC said the former governor allegedly siphoned Zamfara’s funds sourced as a loan from an old-generation bank purportedly for the execution of projects in local governments in the state. Bawa’s EFCC said the governor used proxies who posed as contractors for the projects and got paid, but did not execute the projects.

The matter took a twist when the governor revealed that the boss of the anti-corruption agency, was demanding a whopping amount of $2 million to let him off the hook

Matawalle, in an interview with BBC Hausa on accused Bawa, of asking for the bribe, adding that the EFCC boss, who according to him, is not an honest person, was only busy targeting governors while turning a blind eye to federal officers with budgetary allocations.

“It is not just to always blame governors. It is not only governors who have treasury, the federal government also has. What does the EFCC boss do to them? As he is claiming he has evidence on governors, let him show the world evidence of those at the federal level.

“If he exits office, people will surely know he is not an honest person. I have evidence against him. Let him vacate the office, I am telling you within 10 seconds probably more than 200 people will bring evidence of bribes he collected from them. He knows what he requested from me but I declined.

“He requested a bribe of two million dollars from me and I have evidence of this. He knows the house we met, he invited me and told me the conditions. He told me governors were going to his office but I did not. If I don’t have evidence, I won’t say this,” Matawalle had told the BBC.

However, in a swift response, Bawa denied the allegation through a statement signed by the Commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, and dared the governor to provide evidence to back his claim. Mr Uwujaren said the commission will not be drawn into a mud fight with a suspect under investigation for corruption and unconscionable pillage of the resources of his state.

Today, Matawalle is a Minister while Bawa is a prisoner without trial. It is obvious who the government of the day aligned with.

Matawalle, though a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), had accused the government of Buhari of using the military to rig the Zamfara governorship election for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the same Tinubu had accused Buhari and Emefiele of engaging in naira redesign to frustrate his ambition.

Bawa has had his fair share of scandals while in office. In November, 2022, he was convicted by Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice Chizoba Oji, and ordered to be committed to Kuje correctional facility.

He was convicted for contempt of court in relation to EFCC’s failure to comply with an earlier order of the court made on November 21 2018, directing the Commission to return to an applicant his Range Rover (Super charge) and the sum of N40, 000,000.00 (Forty Million Naira).

Agai, in February 2023, Bawa was jailed by the Kogi State High Court in Lokoja for disobeying its order.

The court also directed the Inspector General of Police to arrest Bawa and remand him in Kuje prison, Abuja, for the next 14 days.

The judge, Rukayat Ayoola, ordered that Bawa be detained in prison “until he purges himself of the contempt”, meaning until he clears himself of the contempt for which he was jailed.

It is not clear if these allegations are what the DSS are investigating or someone is hiding something from the public.

There are possibilities that Bawa may shown some infractions against Tinubu and his assets while in office to warrant his use of scapegoat in the administration.

He had followed up allegations of six Nigerians sponsoring terrorism by the United Arab Emirates. The Nigerians on the UAE’s terrorism were listed as Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

Also in March 2021, former presidential aide, Garba Shehu, had said the Nigerian Government arrested 400 Bureau De Change operators for allegedly funding Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

However, while on national television during a live interview, Bawa refused to mention names if terror sponsors, giving the impression that they were different from the one mentioned by UAE.

“If you are my adviser, will you advise me to come on national television to tell the whole world regarding matters of sensitive national security issue? Certainly, not. But what I want to assure is the fact that we are working tirelessly with other sister agencies to ensure that this country is free of terrorism,” he said, promising that their names will be revealed at the right time.

This was even as a former Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, said that Boko Haram terrorists mentioned names of then serving governors, senators and Aso Rock officials. Those have remained unknown till date, and Bawa, who likely knows better, has remained in detention.

It will also be recalled that Last a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Obadiah Mailafia, also claimed that a then serving northern governor was a Boko Haram leader and moneybag. Obadiah died shortly after the pronouncement.

Bawa’s continuous detention is a proof of how the rule of law in Nigeria has suffered so much distortion, as brazen disobedience to Court orders has become the order of the day.

“If Governments treat court order with levity and contempt, the confidence of the citizen in the courts will be seriously eroded and the effect of that will be the beginning of anarchy in replacement of the rule of law,” Late Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais had warned.

As at today, the crime hunter is still caged with little or no judiciary reference.

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Meet Olayemi Cardoso, Tinubu’s Nominee for Central Bank Governor




By Eric Elezuo

On Friday, President Bola Tinubu approved the nomination of Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso as the new Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to replace suspended Godwin Emefiele.

According to a press statement by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Cardoso will serve for a term of five (5) years at the first instance, pending his confirmation by the Nigerian Senate.

A deputy governor of the Bank, Faloshodun Shonubi, has been the acting Governor of the apex bank since the suspension of Emefiele in June this year,

Popularly Cardoso, known as Yemi Cardoso, the nominee is a pioneer Commissioner of Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State in 1999 upon return to democratic rule under the government of Tinubu as governor of Lagos State.

In this capacity, he is reported to have written and monitored the implementation of the blueprint which catalysed economic development in the Lagos, better known as world’s sixth largest megacity, including leading to the state’s development of independent tax revenues.

His private sector experience includes an illustrious career with Citibank, Chase and Citizens International Bank.

He has served on the board of several leading companies, including Texaco and Chevron Oil Plc. He is a member of the Belgian-based Cities Alliance Think Tank which aims to shape and influence policy and decision making on urban development in Africa and has strong relationships with key international donor agencies.

Cardoso’s first degree is from the University of Aston, United Kingdom and his second degree from Harvard University, USA.

In 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in business administration by his alma mater, Aston University, in recognition of “his outstanding contributions to business and society”.

Hereunder are four other unique things about the next CBN Governor:

* Dr. Cardoso is a financial and development expert with over 30 years’ experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

* He is a Nigerian banker, chartered stockbroker and public policy maker.

* He is the first Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State in 1999.

* Cardoso is the founding chairman and co-chair of Ehingbeti Summit, the Lagos State annual economic summit.


  1. Olayemi Cardoso, a Lagosian, grew up in Lagos and attended Corona School Ikoyi and St. Gregory’s College all in Lagos for his primary and secondary education, respectively.
  2. His father, Felix Bankole Cardoso, was the first indigenous Accountant-General of the Federation of Nigeria in 1963; and, the first indigenous Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Barclays Bank of Nigeria shortly after joining the bank in 1972. Under his leadership, Barclays successfully transformed into Union Bank of Nigeria, a wholly-owned Nigerian entity
  3. Yemi Cardoso completed his undergraduate studies upon obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial and Administrative Studies from Aston University in 1980.
  4. He later furthered his education at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, earning a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2005 as a Mason Fellow.
  5. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the private and public sectors, Cardoso was granted a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) (honoris causa) by Aston University in 2017. He is also esteemed as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers.
  6. Olayemi Michael Cardoso is a Nigerian banker, chartered stockbroker and public policy expert.
  7. He has served for over four decades in the public, private and development sectors as a leader and innovator.
  8. Among his most impactful roles are: Commissioner in the Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget; Chairman of the board of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance and, most recently, Chairman of Citibank Nigeria Ltd for 12 years, until his resignation in 2022.
  9. Cardoso is a dedicated family man. He is married with five children and three grandchildren. His parents were descendants of Brazilian returnees and came from prominent families from Popo Aguda.


Mr Cardoso was the former chairman of Citibank Nigeria, and a distinguished leader in the financial and development sectors with over 30 years’ experience in the private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

With diverse corporate governance experience, Cardoso has also sat on the boards of Nigerian subsidiaries of Texaco and Chevron and chaired the board of EFInA, a financial sector development organisation supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

He served in government as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget for Lagos State, where he championed the financial reform process which led to the state’s development of independent tax revenues.

In his capacity as a consultant and policy expert, Mr Cardoso has advised and collaborated with major international development organisations including the World Bank, Ford Foundation, UN Habitat, World Health Organisation and the Swedish Development Foundation.

He is the recipient of several awards including an honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from Aston University, his alma mater, and the Global Distinguished Alumni award from Citi.

Mr Cardoso obtained a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Fellow.

Though many has seen the appointment as Mr President’s sustaining trend in rewarding his loyalists, others has however, said that the nominee is a right choice.

Cardoso, who also will be assisted to perform by four nominated deputy governors, will assume full responsibility of the apex bank on confirmation by the Senate.

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