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We’re Working with Executive to Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic, Lawan Assures, Greets Muslims on Sallah

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The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan has assured Nigerians that the National Assembly was collaborating with the Executive to respond to the challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Lawan in a message of felicitations to the Muslim Ummah on the 2020 Eid-El –Kabir celebrations stated that he and his colleagues in the National Assembly were committed to delivering on their promises to Nigerians as their representatives.

 

“Those of us in leadership positions must continue to be aware of our covenant of service with the Nigerian people. On our part as your elected representatives and lawmakers, we pledge to always respect your trust and serve your best interests.

 

“In this regard, the National Assembly in the past one year, has passed many bills and resolutions and conducted many public hearings to strengthen the operations of government and enhance public service delivery,” Lawan promised.

 

In a press statement he issued and personally signed in Abuja on Thursday, Lawan called on Nigerian Muslims to observe all the established protocols in the prevention of the spread of coronavirus infection.

 

“I heartily felicitate with all Nigerians and in particular the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Kabir.

 

“Eid El Kabir, Islam’s feast of sacrifice, is very significant to our faith as it reminds us of the imperative of unconditional obedience to Allah, the Most Merciful.

 

Through total submission to His will, we can confidently confront our challenges as individuals and as a nation, assured that Allah will intervene decisively at the most appropriate moment.

 

“As people of faith, therefore, let us continue to seek the face of the Almighty in our various national wars, be they against insecurity or the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we strive to make Nigeria a comfortable home for all its citizens.

 

“As we celebrate the feast of sacrifice with worship, I enjoin us to be mindful of the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic and adhere strictly to the safety protocols prescribed by our public health authorities.

 

“While wishing you all a happy festival, I again urge us to celebrate responsibly, in line with the general dictates of our faith and in the spirit of the august occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FHA Appointment: I will Be ‘Good Ambassador of the Legislature in the Executive’ – Abdulmumin Jibrin

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The former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmunin Jibrin has assured the National Assembly and lawmakers that he was going to be “a good ambassador of the legislature in the executive arm [the] government.

Jibrin who was last week appointed the Executive Director, Federal Housing Authority (FHA) by President Muhammadu Buhari made the promise on Monday after a “thank you” visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila at the National Assembly.

Jibrin, popularly called the “kingmaker” by his admirers for his role in the emergence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and his Predecessor, Hon. Yakubu  Dogara have remained a controversial figure for his penchant for “speaking truth to power.”

The former lawmaker who was elected into the House of Representatives in 2011 to represent that Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano state hugged national headlines in November 2016 when he wrote, to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting that the then Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, the Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr Leo Ogor  be arrested and prosecuted for “padding” the 2016 national budget.

He was subsequently suspended by the House while he also lost his appointment as the Chairman of the highly influential Committee on Appropriation of the House.

He was re-elected into the House in the 2019 general election, but was later sacked by the appeal court in November, 2019.

He later lost his seat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Hon. Ali Datti-Yako who polled 48,601 against Jibrin who scored 13,587 votes in the Appeal Court ordered rerun election.

His appointment by President Buhari has been long awaited as he was at different times touted as being positioned to take over at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

As an Executive Director in the FHA, Jibrin will be in charge of of the Business Development, Corporate and Social Housing scheme of the housing authority.

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Eso Jinadu: The Man that ‘Inspired’ Netflix Series Orange Is The New Black

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The man Senator Buruji Kashamu, popularly called “Eso Jinadu” by his many admirers  was born in Ogun StateNigeria on 19 May 1958.

He started his education at Ansarudeen Primary School, Ijebu Igbo and left in 1972 to complete his primary school education at St. John Modern School, Lagos.

Kashamu  attended evening classes at Igbobi College while working as a licensing agent. He later traveled to London where he took courses in Business Management at Pitman College, London.

Like many other Nigerians who left the country for greener pastures abroad, especially in Europe and America, Kashamu was said to have “hustled” very well and became a very rich man.

 

Kashamu, a Billionaire Businessman

 

Buruji Kashamu broke into the Nigerian political circles in 2015 when he won election to represent Ogun East Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He defeated the current governor of Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun in a keenly contested election which ruffled the feathers of the powers that be in Ogun state, including that of Nigeria’s two time leader, Olusegun Obasanjo who has never hidden his disdain for the ebullient businessman.

Kashamu was an industrialist. He was the Chairman/Chief Executive of Kasmal Group of Companies, an indigenous conglomerate with interests in hospitality, property, oil and gas, automobile and investment services. He is also the Chairman of the Group Kasmal SAL in Republic of Benin.  He had about 76% share capital in the ultra-modern cotton ginnery in the Republic of Benin

 

He broke into both national and international news circles in 1998 when he was arrested in the United Kingdom on drugs-related charges after trying to enter the country with $230,000 in cash.

He was to be later acquitted and released in 2003 due to the inability of FBI to convince british prosecutors that he was indeed the person being accused of the drug offences. Subsequently, British authorities refused a US extradition request on drugs charges, citing concerns about his identity.

 

When Nigerian government offered to extradite Kashamu to the US to answer to the charges, he challenged the government’s  decision in the courts.

On January 6, 2014 a  Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ruled in a suit ((FHA/49/2010) filed by Kashamu saying that the businessman should not be extradited to the US as that would violate his rights as a Nigerian.

Another Federal High Court sitting in Abuja also on July 1, 2016 ruled  (in suit No: 479/2015) that Kashamu cannot be extradited to the US by the Federal government of Nigeria.

The last attempt by the federal government through the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who got the leave of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to write a letter to the American Embassy in Nigeria to write a fresh request letter to extradite Kashamu was also challenged in court by the former lawmaker and on May, 2020, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja quashed the NDLEA request reminding them that the government had not been able to quash the two “subsisting” judgements of the Federal High Courts, Lagos and Abuja which both ruled that Kashamu cannot be extradited.

 

Orange is the New Black

American Journalist and Author, Piper Kerman in 2010 published her prison memoir,

Orange Is The New Black which was later adapted into a Netflix series of the same title.

The book has been said to be inspired by the life and activities of Buruji Kashamu who in the book was characterized as “Alaji,” a wealthy African Prince who was the kingpin of a heroine cartel in the US in the 80s.

Kerman had served a jail term in relation to her role as a “delivery girl” for the “Alaji” heroine ring in the 80s.

 

While Kashamu remained free and unconvicted of  the drug deals throughout his life time, 14 other people in the case have been convicted, served prison time and been released. All but one pleaded guilty.

Although Kerman never described Kashamu aor given any full details that directly linked Kashamu to the drug ring, American anti narcotics authorities and the FBI believed “strongly” that the Nigerian politician was the man behind the mask.

 

In a 2017 Interview he granted Chicago Tribune, Kashamu maintained his innocence insisting that the whole issue linking him to the drug deal was a case of “mistaken identity.” He said that the American authorities were mistaken him for his late brother.

 

Also asked if he had either read the book or seen the movie Orange Is the New Black, Kashamu said, “I do not have time to see films or movies. There are more pressing and productive things for me to spend my time on. I do not know Piper Kerman and do not have any opinion of him.”

Narrating his ordeal in hands of the Nigerian government in cahoots with US authorities, Kashamu told the Chicago Tribune that he house was invaded by combined Nigerian and US security personnel in an attempt to “abduct” and subsequently take him to the US.

“About 75 armed and masked men stormed my house at about 3 a.m. in the early hours of that fateful day, and disrupted the peace and businesses of my neighbors for six days and nights,” Kashamu complained in his email. The siege was only abandoned after “it became a national embarrassment” in Nigeria, he told the newspaper.

 

At death, Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was in the forefront of the campaign to extradite the late lawmaker to the US, in his “condolence letter” to Kashamu’s family mocked the dead man for “maneuvering his way to avoid justice, but could not maneuver death.”

 

Obasanjo wrote:

“The life and history of the departed have lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil. Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashamu) in his lifetime used the manoeuvre of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. But no legal, political, cultural, social or even medical manoeuvre could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.”

 

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Ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki Celebrates Mom @85

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The Immediate past President of the Senate and the Chairman of 8th National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki is celebrating his mother, Chief (Mrs.) Florence Morenike Saraki who turned 85 years today.

Saraki in a birthday wishes published on his social media platforms on Saturday wished him mom well saying he and his siblings were “blessed by the immense love, prayers and care” of the Octogenarian Matriarch of the Saraki dynasty.

He wrote:

“Wishing my beloved mother, Chief (Mrs) Florence Morenike Saraki, a very happy 85th birthday today. Mama, we are truly blessed by your 85 years of immense love, prayers and care! May Almighty Allah increase your fulfillment.

“ Amen.

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