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Corruption is cancer, we must call it out – Osinbajo

Highlighting why transformational leadership is critical to national life, the Vice President noted that it would spur positive changes across all sectors and spheres of society.

Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that the pursuit of the common good requires a collective condemnation and exposure of corruption and corrupt practices, which he termed cancer to the country.

Osinbajo also stated that only leaders inspired by a higher purpose other than their profit could bring about national transformation.

This was stated on Friday by Osinbajo at the 1st Annual General Assembly of Catholics in Politics and Catholic Business Leaders themed ‘The Advancement of the Common Good towards Justice, Unity, Structure and Development of Nigeria’ in Abuja.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement he signed late Friday titled ‘Only leaders inspired by higher purpose, not personal profit, can bring about national transformation-Osinbajo.’

The Vice President who described corruption as a “cancer” noted that “the cancer in governments anywhere is corruption. When public officials, be they high or low in the executive, legislature or judiciary, are toll gates for the extortion of the populace while seeking government dispensations, the common good, happy and prosperous lives for the people is impossible.”

He added that the pursuit of the common good must “involve a relentless pursuit of integrity and transparency of public officers, we must think through the systems that will reduce human discretion in public-facing institutions. So we must, as a collective, condemn and call out corruption and corrupt practises.”

Osinbajo also encouraged Nigerians not to despair, despite some of the challenges, but to have hope and belief in the promise of a great nation while urging that Nigerians must be willing to pay the price to achieve national greatness by actively pursuing the common good of all, regardless of tribal and religious differences.

He also posited that transformational leadership, particularly in a multi-ethnic and multi-faceted country like Nigeria, is needed across all levels of government and spheres of society. Its primary focus is the pursuit of the common good to ensure fairness, justice, unity and development in a nation.
Highlighting why transformational leadership is critical to national life, the Vice President noted that it would spur positive changes across all sectors and spheres of society. He added that as a leadership model, transformational leadership operates by serving and uplifting others because it is servant leadership.

“The purpose of power is service, not domination; it is to uplift and empower others rather than to control or oppress. This is a model of leadership that is inseparable from our conception of the common good.

“Transformational leadership is, therefore, the pursuit of the common good. But the pursuit of the common good itself is not as easy as it sounds. This is especially so where the wounds and enmities of ethnic and religious conflicts are deep.

“The common type of leadership will seek the path of relevance and popularity within their own ethnic or religious camps by seeking only the good of their own. The servant-leader will serve his people by emphasising the letter and spirit of the gospel, that even our worst enemies were still made in the image of God. And the pursuit of the common good is the pursuit of the good of those who hate us and have hurt us even in the recent past,” he said.

Osinbajo affirmed that, contrary to opinion in some quarters, the country will not fall because it is being built and needs yet many more people to commit to building the sort of nation that Nigerians want.



“The throes and pangs of birth must not be interpreted as the pains of impending death. We are by the grace of God, more than able to overcome our present difficulties, and we will overcome them,” he added.

In attendance were the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong; Deputy Governors of Osun State, Gboyega Alabi; Akwa Ibom State, Moses Ekpo; Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Prof. Nora Daduut; and Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, who was represented by Raymond Aina.

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2023: Okorocha, Saraki join presidential race

My joining the race was to offer Nigerians the leadership that would take Nigerians out of the wilderness.

former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has hinted at a high possibility of contesting the 2023 presidential election, even as a former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has also declared his intention to vie for the nation’s number one job.

Hinting at a possibility of throwing his hat in the ring, Saraki, yesterday, on his official Facebook page, relayed an encounter with a follower on Twitter, who charged him to run and in his response, hinted at the possibility.

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2023: Okorocha, Saraki join presidential race

My joining the race was to offer Nigerians the leadership that would take Nigerians out of the wilderness.

former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has hinted at a high possibility of contesting the 2023 presidential election, even as a former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha has also declared his intention to vie for the nation’s number one job.

Hinting at a possibility of throwing his hat in the ring, Saraki, yesterday, on his official Facebook page, relayed an encounter with a follower on Twitter, who charged him to run and in his response, hinted at the possibility.

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Nnamdi Kanu should be executed if FG releases him – Asari Dokubo

Kanu should be executed severally for the people killed in Igboland if federal government is foolish enough to release him.

An ex-Niger Delta militant — Mujahid Asari Dokubo, has called for the killing of all members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in the South East over what he described as the destruction the economy of the South East with reoccurring sit-at-home orders.

Dokubo, in a live video on his Facebook page on Sunday, accused Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB of spearheading the destruction of Igboland.

He said “Kanu should be executed severally for the people killed in Igboland if federal government is foolish enough to release him.

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Dele Momodu: I didn’t sell Buhari to Nigerians, I only posted his pictures

Nigerians find it difficult to detach themselves from career politicians.

Dele Momodu, publisher of Ovation Magazine, has said he never campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari Momodu said in an interview: “1 actually like the man personally but
his politics, no way.

The 2023 presidential aspirant denied allegations that he promoted Buhari’s campaign for the presidency. “I didn’t sell Buhari to you. All I did was post his pictures.

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‘You’ve reached retirement age – Afegbua asks Atiku not to contest in 2023

It will be immoral for Atiku Abubakar to continue to express interest in seeking election in the 2023 presidential election having attained the retirement age.

Ex-spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation during 2019 elections, Kassim Afegbua has called on the former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar not to contest the presidency in 2023. According to Afegbua, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must zone its 2023 presidential candidacy to

Afegbua said it is immoral for “such an old man to attempt another round of political contestation”. He said the presidency belongs to the south, adding that the idea of an Atiku candidacy is akin to “promoting an expired product”.

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Pastor Giwa: Buhari sees Kanu, Igboho as threats, will release them after 2023 polls

“They plan to release both Kanu and Sunday Igboho after the 2023 elections.

A popular Nigerian cleric, Pastor Adewale Giwa, has disclosed that the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, will be set free by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration after the 2023 general elections.

The cleric also revealed that the known face of the agitation for Yoruba Nation, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, will equally be released from Benin Republic after the polls.

Pastor Giwa, who stated this during the weekend, said President Buhari’s administration saw the two agitators as a threat to the 2023 elections.

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Why I was never interested in politics after retiring from military – Abdulsalami

“No, no! I’ve never been. Politics have never been mine. You see, there are some qualities and some characteristics that make a politician.

A former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar has revealed why he was never interested in politics after retiring from the military.
Abubakar was Nigeria’s head of state from June 9 1998 to May 29 1999, having succeeded Sani Abacha, who died in office in 1998.

The former head of state handed over power to a democratically elected president, Olusegun Obasanjo on May 29, 1999.
He retired from the military after handing over power to Obasanjo.

Speaking on why he did not participate in politics after retirement, Abubakar, in an interview with Trust TV, said he is a “very reserved” person who does not meet some of the qualities of a politician.

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Abdulsalami reveals how Abacha was discovered dead

So that was how we went to the villa where General Abacha was living and as we entered, they showed me on the right where his corpse was, so I entered and prayed for his soul and so on.

Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has revealed how Nigeria’s late dictator, Gen Sani Abacha was discovered dead during the night in 1998.
Abdulsalami noted that the former dictator died during the night and the then Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomassie, broke the news to him.

The 79-year-old retired general stated during an interview with Daily Trust TV.
It was earlier reported that Abdulsalami narrated how late Moshood Abiola, MKO, winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, fell ill and died during meeting with American delegation while in detention in 1998.
He said Abiola was not killed but died after falling ill, contrary to the popular story that the politician took poisoned tea.

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How Abiola fell ill during meeting with American delegation, died – Gen Abdulsalami

“On the day Moshood Abiola passed away, may he rest in peace, two to three things make me always say I thank my God for the guidance He gave me.


Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar(retd), has narrated how late Moshood Abiola, MKO, winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, fell ill and died during meeting with American delegation while in detention in 1998.
Abubakar said that Abiola was not killed but died after falling ill, contrary to the popular story that the politician took poisoned tea

The 79-year-old retired general stated this during an interview with Trust TV.
Narrating how the unfortunate incident happened, Abubakar said: “Well, I smile because there were lots of allegations here and there that we killed Abiola.