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MURIC takes Fani-Kayode down memory lane, says his father the real traitor



The messy war between former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and the founder, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola is far from being over, as the MURIC boss described the former minister’s father as the real traitor who betrayed the Yoruba to northern hegemony.

Fani-Kayode had sparked off the war of words when he described Akintola as a traitor to the people of Southwest and dangerous enemy of the South.

He said the MURIC boss is a disgrace to Islam and a slave to the Fulanis.

“Ishaq Akintola is a traitor to the people of the South West and a dangerous enemy of the South. His name is Judas! Not only is he a gutless slave to the Fulani but he is also a disgrace to Islam.

“He should ask his owners and masters why they never allow Oduduwan Muslims to lead in prayer even though Islam got to the South West 400 years before Usman Dan Fodio set foot in northern Nigeria,” Fani-Kayode said.

Though Akintola replied Fani-Kayode the last time, he came back in fury on Friday and attacked the former minister on Twitter, saying that his father, Chief Remi Ade Fani-Kayode was the real traitor.

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He wrote:

“Fani-Kayode called Ishaq Akintola a traitor. ‘Traitor’ in what matter? That is terminological inexactitude. Somebody must betray in a matter over which you have all agreed before you can call him a traitor. What did we agree on? Who did we betray?

“Did we ever agree together on Amotekun? Did you ever carry the Muslims along? How can we be traitors in a matter in which we were never taken into consideration? How can we be traitors in a matter over which we never sat down together to take a decision?

“Did we Muslims sit down with the Afenifere or any group and agreed that we should form Amotekun? Can you shave our heads in our absence? Can you defecate for us? Must you eat for us when we are the ones who are hungry? Will that take our hunger away?

“Can you drink water for us when we are the ones who are thirsty? Fani-Kayode must be reasonable at least for once. Femi Fani-Kayode has forgotten history. We pity him. Does he think the Yoruba have fallen victims of general amnesia?”

According to Akintola, Fani-Kayode should not have been the one using the word ‘traitor’ in reference to any son of Oduduwa.

“Talk about kettle calling pot black. Well, now that he has asked for it, we will let him know that when a child rejects pounded yam in the evening, the elders will narrate stories to him

“We have a question for Femi Fani-Kayode: Who were the Yoruba politicians who betrayed the Yoruba? Chief Remi Ade Fani-Kayode or Chief Obafemi Awolowo? Again, who betrayed the Yoruba people and sold them to the North? What role did Fani-Kayode play in that tragedy? Remember?

“If Fani-Kayode (Snr) aided and abetted the subjugation of the Yoruba to Northern political hegemony, how can Fani-Kayode (jnr) brazenly call Akintola a slave of the Fulani? Is this not a manifestation of addiction to lying and an incurable phobia for anything honourable?” He asked.

Akintola continued:

“Fani-Kayode claimed Hausa Muslims cannot pray behind a Yoruba Imam. Fact check: Hausas pray regularly behind a Yoruba Imam (Shaykh Ahmad Onilewura) at the National Mosque, Abuja. When will Fani-Kayode stop lying? Your divide et impera gimmick has failed.

“We advise Fani-Kayode as a former minister to learn how to use parliamentary language, at least in public. Unrefined, uncouth and gutter vocabulary should be reserved for area boys. Or are we back in the days of Fani-Power? Those were days when anything goes in politics.”


324 stranded Nigerians expected from Turkey



The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, says that another batch of 324 stranded Nigerians are airborne from Turkey, to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Sunday by 9 p.m.

The minister made the disclosure on his twitter handle @GeoffreyOnyeama on Sunday.

He said that the returnees were being conveyed by Turkish Airlines and Air Peace from Cyprus and Ankara, respectively.

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Onyeama said that the Turkish Airline conveying 238 evacuees departed Cyprus and would arrive in Abuja, while the Air Peace Airline with 86 passengers would land in Lagos and later proceed to Abuja for the rest of the passengers to disembark.

“@TurkishAirlines conveying 238 Nigerian evacuees and an infant from Cyprus has departed for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

“@flyairpeace conveying 86 Nigerians is also airborne from Ankara #Turkey to Lagos and Abuja. Estimated time of arrival is 9.00 p.m.

“All evacuees will then self-isolate for the mandatory 14 days,” the minister twitter.


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Fidelity bank appoints Chike-Obi Chairman, as Ebi retires



Fidelity Bank Plc has announced that two of its Board members, Mr Ernest Ebi (MFR) who has been serving as Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr Seni Adetu who has been serving as an Independent Non-Executive Director, having successfully completed their tenure in accordance with the Bank’s internal governance policy, will be stepping down from the Board.

Under the Chairmanship of Mr Ernest Ebi, the Bank recorded significant growth across key financial metrics with both Messrs. Ebi and Adetu playing significant roles, complementing management effort in the delivery of these milestones; in service of the long term vision of the Bank. The Bank’s market share position has also been materially strengthened over this period.

The Board is also pleased to announce that the retiring Chairman will be succeeded by Mr. Mustafa Chike-Obi who is currently the Executive Vice Chairman at Alpha African Advisory.

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He has over 40 years of experience in investment banking and the financial services sector, working with reputable global investment banking and asset management firms. He provides overall leadership at Alpha African Advisory and has direct oversight over the capital raising division.

Prior to joining Alpha African Advisory, he was the inaugural CEO, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), a Federal Government-backed institution, established to resolve the problem of non-performing loan assets of Nigerian Banks after the 2008 global financial crisis.

Mr Chike-Obi was Founding President at Madison Advisors, a financial services advisory and consulting firm in New Jersey, specializing in hedge funds and private equity investment advice. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Lagos (First Class Honors) and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Mr Ebi will, however, continue in the role until the in-coming Chairman assumes office, as part of the process of ensuring a smooth and successful transition. The changes being announced further attest to Fidelity Bank’s high governance standards and best practices in compliance with internal succession policies.

The outgoing Chairman expressed pride in the results that the Bank achieved during his time as Chairman. ‘I feel that the management team has consolidated on our plans to become one of the fastest-growing Banks in the country strongly rooted in technology only comparable with the best in the world.

I am confident that my successor will continue on that path to take the Bank to its next stage of growth and advancement.  I wish my successor, the management team, and the entire staff of Fidelity Bank the very best for continued success”, he said.

Adetu, the outgoing Independent Non-Executive Director, said,

“It has been an honor to be part of the Board over the last few years. Throughout this time, I have been humbled by the commitment and hard work of the Board and Management, and their passion for creating a truly global bank.

I am very grateful to them, as I am to Fidelity Bank’s many other stakeholders, with whom we have worked to build a long-term, sustainable business”.

The Managing Director/CEO, Fidelity Bank, Mr Nnamdi John Okonkwo, commended the contributions of the outgoing Board members, saying that the Board and indeed the bank has benefited immensely from their experiences and looks forward to continuing the Bank’s upward growth trajectory with the incoming Chairman Designate.

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Dolapo Badmus advises Nigerians on how to identify scammers



CSP, Dolapo Opeyemi Badmus has revealed how people can identify a business that’s likely a scam. She warned people to avoid Ponzi schemes that promise huge returns on investment.

She added that banks and other financial institution won’t promise such a huge turnover on investment.

She wrote:

“Please what’s Binono Business! From all indications scammers capitalize on greed to get you off your hard earned sweat! Whoever is offering you 500k on investment of 100k is definitely a scammer! Even Banks and other financial institutions won’t give you such turnover …….I remember how one of my friends introduced Ponzi or whatever scheme to me then, she told me I will have X2 of any amount I invest….I told my friend that my grandmother had warned me early enough that “Ole lo n so ogun di ogoji”. (Only a thief thinks of free money doubling) you can only work hard to get your money doubled, not just giving to someone and expect it in double! Odikwa risky!!! Upon all my advice to her not to invest, she went ahead and committed all her life savings of almost 5M to the scheme! You want to know what happened!? Your guess is as good as mine…. till now she hasn’t recovered! It’s better I have my hard earned money with me than to commit it to a doomed adventure… Let’s all be careful of money doublers so we don’t fall victim! Scammers are real!!!!”

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