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Nigeria 2019: The issues and electoral maths that will decide the race

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What concerns will sway voters? Which regions will decide Nigeria’s next president?

Election season is in full swing in Nigeria.
In the presidential contest, we now know it will likely be a straight contest between incumbent Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and challenger Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Dozens of other candidates will be competing. These include: Oby Ezekwesili, the former minister and founder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement; Professor Kingsley Moghalu, the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; and Omoyele Sowore, the owner of the media outlet Sahara Reporters. But when it comes down to it, it will be a two-horse race.
This will not be the first time Buhari, 75, and Atiku, 71, have faced one another. Both men contested the 2007 presidential elections, coming a distant second and third behind the PDP’s Umaru Yar’Adua. In 2014, the two met again in the APC primaries, with Buhari emerging victorious.
These past races offer little guidance, however, for how the 2019 presidential election between these two gladiators of Nigerian politics might play out.
There are two ways of assessing their chances of electoral success: by looking at the main issues and where they stand on them; and by looking at the electoral maths required to win and seeing how they are each faring.
The issues
First, the issues. Nigerian voters have many concerns, but for many, the key concerns are the same three that dominated the 2015 elections.

Corruption
In 2015, Buhari drew heavily on his reputation as incorruptible as he vowed to root out corruption. In 2019, he will undoubtedly reiterate this promise and has some things to boast about. His government claims to have recovered N1 trillion ($2.75 billion) in stolen assets. It has made giant strides in implementing the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to reduce leakages. And it has overseen the conviction of two former governors.
Many, however, see President Buhari’s war on corruption as disappointing. In particular, critics accuse the government of only targeting political opponents, while allowing its cronies to go scot-free.
In this campaign, though, the ruling APC has a clear advantage on this issue. The PDP is remembered for plundering the state during its previous sixteen years in power. Meanwhile, its flag-bearer, the former vice-president from 1999 to 2007, is one of the country’s richest politicians and has faced several allegations of fraud. In some circles, Atiku’s very name is synonymous with high-level graft.
Many of the fiercest accusations against the PDP candidate have come from former president Olusegun Obasanjo. After the two fell out dramatically in 2006, Obasanjo repeatedly insisted that his former deputy was corrupt and unfit for office. That was at least until a few months  ago, when Obasanjo changed tack. It remains to be seen if this reconciliation will alleviate the heavy cloud of corruption hanging over Atiku’s head.

Economy
Buhari’s main challenge in office has been the struggling economy, which plunged into recession in 2016. It has since recovered, but growth remains slow. Before Buhari took office in 2015, one US dollar bought between N199 and N220. It recently stabilised at around N360, having soared to an all-time high of N450.
Given this context, Atiku is promising to revitalise the economy and emphasising his experience. Atiku has business interests across Nigeria and claims to have provided 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirect jobs. He will likely talk up the fact that he oversaw the privatisation efforts under Obasanjo, though the APC may respond by claiming Atiku fraudulently enriched himself through this same process.
Meanwhile, his related promises to restructure the federal system and devote a minimum of 21% of the budget to education may also win him some supporters.
For Buhari, the economy may be a weakness. But he will also have the advantage of incumbency. His administration is currently implementing social intervention programmes said to be touching the lives of thousands. In recent months, it has also launched a collateral-free loan scheme for micro-businesses, which could win sympathies among many nationwide.

Security
In office, President Buhari has made significant progress combating Boko Haram. The insurgents previously controlled a sizeable portion of the North East, but are now a weakened force. Buhari is lauded for his actions in this area, but Atiku may also seek credit for mobilising hunters to wade off the militants in his native Adamawa.
While the threat from Boko Haram may have diminished to an extent, however, insecurity pervades much of the rest of the country. Nigeria faces the escalating herders-farmers conflict, Biafra separationist agitations, armed banditry and kidnapping to name a few. Buhari has been seen to be slow to respond to many of these threats and has been accused of only caring about issues that affect his own ethnic group.

Electoral maths
Atiku can mount a serious challenge in the 2019 elections. He is up against a candidate who spent seven months in treating an undisclosed ailment and whose national approval rating is at just 40% according to Buharimeter. The PDP challenger can also rely on the full party machinery now he has won the primaries and draw on the influence of party stalwarts. Meanwhile, the formation of the opposition Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) means there will be fewer candidates to split the anti-APC vote.
That being said, the incumbent has the advantage. In 2015, Buhari won by a significant margin of 2.5 million votes.

Below is a breakdown of the race in Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones. For context:
There are currently 84,271,832 registered voters nationwide.
In 2011, Buhari got 12.2 million votes (32%) to Goodluck Jonathan’s 22.5 million (59%).
In 2015, Buhari got 15.4 million votes (54%) to Jonathan’s 12.9 million (45%).

North West
2011 results: Buhari, 6,453,437 (60.43%); Jonathan, 3,466,924 (32.46%).
2015 results: Buhari, 7,115,199 (81.34%); Jonathan, 1,352,071 (15.46%).
2019 registered voters: 20,122,934 (as at August 2018).

President Buhari is adored by peasants in northern Nigeria. He is popularly referred to by them as Mai Gaskiya, which translates roughly to “trustworthy” in Hausa. According to a source, the more Buhari is criticised, the more people in the north love him.
The North West, by far Nigeria’s most populous zone, is particularly strong Buhari territory. In both 2011 and 2015, he won all seven states. His approval rating here is 58%.
Kano state alone has 5,462,898 registered voters (as at August 2018), making it the country’s second biggest voting bloc after Lagos. Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje wields extensive influence in this state and has promised Buhari a gargantuan 5 million votes in the presidential poll. The governor already delivered 2.9 million votes for Buhari in the APC’s questionable primaries.
There are a couple of factors going against the APC, however. Firstly, the conduct of the APC primaries has created some discontent within the party. And secondly, former Kano governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, who helped Buhari win big in 2015, has defected to the PDP and declared his full support for Atiku.

North East
2011 results: Buhari, 3,660,919 (63.42%); Jonathan, 1,832,651 (31.75%).
2015 results: Buhari, 2,848,678 (75.28%); Jonathan, 796,588 (21.05%).
2019 registered voters: 11,170,847 (as at August 2018).

Buhari is similarly well-liked in the North East, where he is credited with suppressing Boko Haram and bringing normalcy to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. This zone has also benefited significantly from patronage politics under Buhari, who has recruited many of his top lieutenants from the North East. His approval rating here is 57%.
Atiku is from the North East, specifically Adamawa state. He also has some important allies in the zone. In Gombe, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo will help him win votes. And in Taraba, former minister Aisha Alhassan will also exert her influence in Atiku’s favour having recently walked out of the APC.
Helped by popular frustrations at Taraba’s ongoing insecurity, Alhassan’s extensive influence means she is likely to help maintain the PDP’s record of winning this state. However, Atiku faces an uphill battle everywhere else in a zone that voted overwhelming for Buhari in 2015.

North Central
2011 results: Buhari, 1,744,575 (31.87%); Jonathan, 3,376,570 (61.69%).
2015 results: Buhari, 2,411,013 (56.24%); Jonathan, 1,715,818 (40.03%).
2019 registered voters: 13,333,435 (as at August 2018).

The North Central zone is traditionally Nigeria’s swing region. In 2011, Buhari only won in Niger state. In 2015, he won four states – Kwara, Kogi, Benue and Niger – and lost in relatively close races in Plateau, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
In 2019, Buhari may find it harder going than the last time. Many people are unhappy with the government’s response to herder-farmer clashes, which have ravaged Plateau and Benue states in particular.
Meanwhile, political realignments in several states could make things tough for Buhari. Two defections to the PDP stand out in particular: Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and former Kwara governor; and Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue. Their switches of allegiance could make this zone more competitive.

South West
2011 results: Buhari, 321,609 (7.05%); Jonathan, 2,836,417 (62.22%).
2015 results: Buhari, 2,433,122 (53.6%); Jonathan, 1,821,416 (40.12%).
2019 registered voters: 16,341,312 (as at August 2018).

The South West will be closely fought. In 2015, the PDP only won one of the six states here, but still managed to get 40.12% of the vote.
Some believe the APC will do better in 2019 than in the last elections. This is in part thanks to Buhari’s decision to posthumously honour MKO Abiola, the winner of the annulled 1993 presidential elections, and move Democracy Day to the 12 June, the date of that vote. Abiola, who grew up in Ogun state, is still celebrated in the South West and around Nigeria. Buhari is also aided by the fact the APC can draw on the influence of all six governors in the South West, the prominent former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu, and his Ogun-born vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.
Some factors could undermine the party’s fortunes, however. The APC primaries have created some disgruntled figures. Many voters see the administration’s performance in the past few years as lacklustre. And the powerful church could yet play a significant and thus far unclear role.
The huge Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos may back Osinbajo, which would consolidate support for Buhari. But others like televangelist Tunde Bakare, who first publicly announced the candidature of Oby Ezekwisili, could encourage voters to support her, potentially drawing votes away from the leading candidates.

South East
2011 results: Buhari, 20,335 (0.40%); Jonathan, 4,985,246 (98.69%).
2015 results: Buhari, 198,248 (7.04%); Jonathan, 2,464,906 (87.55%).
2019 registered voters: 10,154,748 (as at August 2018).
The APC and Buhari brands play poorly in the South East and they are even less popular following their handling of the Biafra secessionist movement. Many in the South East believe the region is marginalised, and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been agitating for independence in the past few years. The government has responded heavy-handedly with clampdowns and arrests.
All this means that the PDP is likely to do very well here once again. The fact that Atiku picked Peter Obi, a former Anambra governor, as his running mate will further attract support.
The downside for the PDP is that the South East is the zone with the fewest registered voters, accounting for just 12.04% of the nationwide total. Turnout also tends be low. In 2015, it was just 39% in this region, and it could remain low especially with IPOB calling on supporters to boycott all elections until the government agrees to hold a referendum on independence.

South South
2011 results: Buhari, 49,978 (0.79%); Jonathan, 6,128,963 (96.92%).
2015 results: Buhari, 418,890 (7.96%); Jonathan, 4,714,725 (89.66%).
2019 registered voters: 13,148,556 (as at August 2018).

The South South will also largely back the PDP as it did overwhelmingly in 2011 and 2015. The region – and in particular the populous Rivers state – will likely be a vote bank for Atiku. In these efforts, the party will be aided by Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor, a powerful PDP mobiliser.
Buhari will not mount a serious challenge to Atiku in the South South. But he might expect his meagre 7.96% vote share from 2015 to increase following the defections of two former governors – Akwa Ibom’s Godswill Akpabio and Delta’s Emmanuel Uduaghan – to the APC.

 

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British aid worker Faye Mooney ‘killed by kidnappers in Nigeria’

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A British aid worker has been killed in Nigeria, the High Commission has confirmed.
Police said kidnappers killed Faye Mooney, a University College of London and London School of Economics graduate, as well as a Nigerian man and abducted three others in the northern city of Kaduna.
Ms Mooney travelled from Lagos as a tourist and was attending a party before the incident happened, police said.
The British High Commission named the woman as MS Mooney and said it was aware of the incident that happened late on Friday.
However, it would not speculate on the motive or nature of attack.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the incident and the kidnappers have yet to be identified, police said.

Ms Mooney was employed in Nigeria by a non-governmental organisation called Mercy Corps.

Her next of kin have been notified, the British High Commission said.
“Some suspected kidnappers armed with dangerous weapons gained entry into a recreational resort called Kajuru Castle in Kajuru local government area shooting sporadically and in the process shot dead two persons, including an expatriate lady, and took away three others,” a Kaduna state police spokesman said.
Police did not name the other person killed.
A statement from Mercy Corps said: “On Friday 19 April, 2019, Faye Mooney, a Mercy Corps team member in Nigeria and British national, was tragically killed when gunmen stormed a vacation resort in Kaduna State, Nigeria, where she was visiting on holiday.
“We are utterly heartbroken. Faye was a dedicated and passionate communications and learning specialist who had worked with Mercy Corps for almost two years, devoting her time to making a difference in Nigeria, supporting our teams and the communities we work with to tell their stories of impact, and leading efforts to counter hate speech and violence.”

 

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Atiku: I was born by Nigerian parents from Sokoto, Jigawa

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Abubakar Atiku, the defeated presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has debunked notions that he was Cameroonian by birth and thus not qualified to contest the election of 23 February, 2019.
Atiku who was born in Jada in 1946, in present day Adamawa state, but then part of Northern Cameroon, said he was born by Nigerian parents and therefore ‘a citizen of Nigeria by birth”.
According to his response to the All Progressives Congress filing before the Presidential election tribunal, Atiku said his father, Garba Atiku Abdulkadir was a Nigerian by birth who hailed from Wurmo in present day Sokoto State, while the mother, Aisha Kande was also a Nigerian who hailed from Dutse in present day Jigawa State.
“The parents of the 1st Petitioner(Atiku) are both Fulani, a community/tribe indigenous to Nigeria”, his lawyers, an array of senior advocates said.
“The birth of the 1st Petitioner in Jada, in present day Adamawa State of Nigeria was occasioned by the movement of his paternal grandfather called Atiku who was an itinerant trader, from Wurmo in present day Sokoto State to Jada in the company of his friend, Ardo Usman.
“That in Jada, Atiku, the grandfather of the 1st Petitioner gave birth to Garba who in tum gave birth to the 1st Petitioner and named him after his own father Atiku.
“The 1st Petitioner’s mother, Aisha Kande was the grand-daughter of Inuwa Dutse who came to Jada as an itinerant trader too from Dutse in present day Jigawa State.
“That all averments concerning Germany, British Cameroons, League of Nations and Plebiscite are false and misleading in relation to the 1st Petitioner and therefore completely irrelevant more so that the 1st Petitioner is a Nigerian by birth within the contemplation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic ofNigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“The averments in the aforesaid paragraphs are indeed fabricated, contrived, made in bad faith and designed to embarrass the 1st Petitioner.”
Abubakar said that the votes he secured in the presidential election were not wasted votes, and still claimed that he got more votes than President Buhari.
To buttress his Nigerian citizenship, Atiku listed his career path and political activities and the awards and honours that he had received.
These included his being a civil servant in the Nigerian Customs Service for over 20 years, retiring as a Deputy Director; a politician for about 30 years, who in 1992 contested the Presidential Primaries under the platform of then Social Democratic Party (SDP) alongside the late Chief M.K.O Abiola and Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe.
He also mentioned his participation in the 1999 governorship election in Adamawa State in 1999, which he won and the presidential elections of 1999 and 2003, which he won as running mate to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mentioned also was his being a recipient of the National Honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) and holder of the traditional title holder of Turakin Adamawa from 1982 to 2017 when he was elevated to Wazirin Adamawa.
“In 2007, the 1st Petitioner contested Presidential election under the platform of Action Congress (AC) and the 2nd Respondent contested under the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP).
“In 2014, the 1st Petitioner and the 2nd Respondent contested the Presidential Primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the 3rd Respondent for the 2015 Presidential Elections”.
Atiku’s response was signed by Dr. Livy Uzuokwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria on behalf of 20 other SANs.
They are Kabiru T. Turaki, Chief Chris Uche, Pius A. Akubo,
Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, Adebayo 0. Adelodun, Saka Abimola Isau, Isiyaku Ibrahim,
Paul Erokoro, K.C.O. Njemanze, Eyitayo Jegede, Sebastine T. Hon, Dr. Mike Ozekhome,
Chukwuma-MachukwuUme, Prof. Maxwell Gidado, Dr. Akinpelu Onigbinde, Emeka Etiaba, SAN,
Chief Gordy Uche,Dr. Mrs. V.J.O. Azinge, Emeka Okpoko, Olalekan Ojo.
Other lawyers listed in the petition are Ebenezer Obeya, Emmanuel Enoidem. Peter Afuba,
Prof. Yusuf Dankofa, Prof. Lanre Adeojo, Ahmed Tijjani Uwais, Alexander Ejesieme, Abdulaziz Ibrahim, Chike Okafor, Shikammah K. Sheltu, Jabiro Bashir Mohammed, Silas Joseph Ono,
Dr. Jennifer Abubakar, Jude Daniel Odi and Mohammed Malabo.

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Second chance for Buhari to shine

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  • The drama of the Nigerian Presidential elections have come to an end, yet the myriad of issues that have bedevilled Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation still remain. Can Buhari do better the second time around? Analysis by Lagun Akinloye.

 

The resounding victory of incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over his closest challenger Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), means that Buhari has been given a second chance at turning around the fortunes of the country after a lacklustre and relatively forgettable first term.
The elections were marred by a one-week postponement, hours before the polls were set to open, a lower than expected voter turn-out at 36%, allegations of voter suppression by state security agencies in regions not favourable to the President and constituent inflation in his strongholds.
Pockets of violence were also recorded which led to the death of 67 people on the day of voting. Yet the margin of Buhari’s victory was conclusive, with the President polling 15.2m votes against Atiku’s respectable 11.3m.
Atiku and the PDP rejected the election results outright, describing their conduct as a “sham election” and a “throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship” whilst vowing to seek recourse in the courts. Election challenges that have followed Africa’s largest democratic exercise are common, but have never succeeded in getting the results overturned.
The onus is now on Buhari to hit the ground running and repay the faith that has led to his re-election. “President Buhari needs to reenergise his sclerotic governing,” says Matthew Page, former US State Department expert on Nigeria and currently a Fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Development. “Whilst pushing through meaningful institutional reforms that will remake Nigeria’s bloated, inefficient and corruption-prone government structures.”

Free and fair?
The highly anticipated Presidential elections got off to a turbulent start with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the country’s electoral authority, delaying the Presidential and National Assembly elections by one week, five hours before the polls were set to open.
They cited their inability to get ballots and results sheets to all parts of the country as the reason, despite the prompt release of INEC’s election budget by the National Assembly of N189bn ($520m) and previous assurances of the Commission’s preparedness.
The opposition candidate Atiku lamented that the Buhari administration had had “more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections” and accused his opponent of delaying the vote in “hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turnout is low” on the new polling date.
The elections finally took place on 23 February, amid reports of technical difficulties, with the card readers that authenticate voters being unable to scan fingerprints in various polling stations throughout the country; and PDP allegations that the deployment of the army and police force to their strongholds of the South South and the South East regions of the country was aimed at voter intimidation.
The eventual results saw Buhari win 19 of the country’s 36 states, dominating in the north of the country, whilst putting up a strong showing in North Central and the South West, the Yoruba- dominated region which includes the commercial capital Lagos. His overall percentage of 56% to Atiku’s 41% dispelled the notion that the President had lost the magic that brought him to power four years earlier.
But with voter numbers decreasing from 45% in 2015 to 36% in 2019, voter apathy and the disillusionment of many with the political and electoral process in the country was apparent. In their resounding rejection of the results, Atiku and the PDP questioned how states in the Northeast, which have been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency, had generated much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states, declaring, “It is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced,” before heading to the courts.
Clashes were reported between supporters of the APC and PDP during the polls with the Situation Room, an umbrella organisation of various civil society groups, putting the figures of those killed on election day at 67. “Conduct of the election was acceptable by historical standards, but minimally so. It was disorganised and discombobulated when compared to the 2015 polls,” says Matthew Page, and whilst international observers have not disputed Buhari’s victory, they have stated that the conduct of the elections was widely flawed.

Unfulfilled promises
Upon confirmation by INEC of his election victory, Buhari told his supporters at the campaign headquarters of the APC in the capital Abuja, that “the new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption.”
Yet, these were the promises that went unfulfilled in his first term. Under Buhari, Nigeria slipped into recession for the first time in 25 years, the country’s stock market was rated the world’s worst- performing over a four-year period, unemployment rose from 18.2% when he took office to 23.1% as of December 2018, and Nigeria overtook India as the ‘poverty capital of the world’, with an estimated 87m Nigerians believed to be living on less than $1.90 a day.
“All countries have gone through a recession at one point or another,” says Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to President Buhari on New Media. “But Nigeria is now back to steady levels of growth and areas such as agriculture, rail and road construction are making significant progress.”
The government has pointed to projects such as the completion of the $6bn Lagos-Kano rail project, the rehabilitation of the Eastern railway and Lagos-Calabar railway, and the ongoing construction of the second Niger Bridge as signs that they are making headway. T
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) – the nation’s anti-corruption agency – also touted the effectiveness of the current government by stating they had recovered an estimated N500bn ($1.3bn) from looted funds since the inception of the Buhari administration.
Gains have also been made against the Islamic sect Boko Haram. The army has recaptured large swathes of territory seized by the insurgents, and thousands of displaced people have returned to their homes, though the militancy still remains active in contained pockets.
Sola Tayo, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, believes there is still much to be done. “There are many outdated bits of legislation, hanging over from the past four years that could boost the economy and if the government remains committed, Nigerians may soon see some of what they had hoped for in Buhari’s first term.”
Pushing through legislation and policies in Buhari’s second term should be less cumbersome and combative with the ouster of Bukola Saraki, the former Senate President, who lost his seat in local elections. Saraki dominated and effectively controlled the Senate over the past four years, at first as a member of the APC, eventually decamping to the PDP in September last year.
Bitter disputes with the Presidency saw Saraki often working to frustrate bills, appointments and budgets proposed by Buhari. A more amiable Senate president is likely to be picked from the APC Senate caucus, thereby creating a stronger synergy between the executive and the legislature, thus streamlining government policies and objectives.
“Nigerians re-elected President Buhari because of their belief in his integrity, the need to retire the old PDP politicians who have looted the country dry and his vision for a better nation,” says Ahmed. But after an uninspiring first term, rhetoric must finally translate into tangible action to repay a country that has given the President a second chance.

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Meet Obi Okeke, The Nigerian Who Has Sold Over 39 Luxury Cars To Boxing Champion, Floyd Mayweather

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His real name is Obi Okeke. He is a Nigerian. He was born to a Nigerian father and an American mother. At age 5, he sojourned to the United State as a refugee during the Nigerian Civil war.
He came back to Nigeria after the war and later traveled to Switzerland for his high school education. While in Switzerland, he developed a love for exotic cars.
Today, Obi Okeke, more popularly referred to as “Dr. Bugatti” transverse the American landscape as one of the top dealers in luxury automobiles in the United State.
Dr. Bugatti has, on several occasions, made headlines for his business of buying and selling top- of-the-range cars to and from celebrities.
Among his numerous transaction with celebrities was a recent deal where he purchased a Bugatti Veyron for N900 million ($2.5 million) from film star and politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Other celebrities that Dr. Bugatti has sold luxury cars to include Chris Tucker, Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Simpson, Floyd Mayweather and many others.
It is on record that he has sold 39 cars to Floyd Mayweather. And they include 3 Bugatti Veyrons valued at $6.2 million and a $3.2M Ferrari Enzo. He has also sold to Mayweather several Rolls-Royces and Bentleys.
Obi Okeke started his car sale career started in 1987 as a Chevrolet dealer and eventually moved on to manage stores for Ferrari, Maserati, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz before starting out on his own.
He later co-founded Fusion Luxury Motors in North Los Angeles with a man named Yoel Wazana. His Fusion Luxury Motors has cars with price ranges from $49,000 to $3.8 million.
His car shop, Fusion Luxury Motors, is a popular destination for many celebrities in the US.

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Obiano’s Easter Message: Touch your Neighbour with Love – Obiano

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As Christians all over the world mark the feast of Easter, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has urged them to reach out and touch their neighbours with love.

In a special Easter Message delivered in Awka the state capital, Governor Obiano observed that there is no greater manifestation of unconditional love than the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind which the feast of Easter represents.

Said he, “The esssence of Easter is love. There’s no incident in known history that is higher than a man laying down his own life for his neighbours. This is why Easter is about the love we show to our neighbours, no matter who they are.”

According to him, “In dying on the cross, Jesus Christ demonstrated sacrificial love. In rising from the dead, he gave us hope and sealed our salvation. So, there can be no doubt that it is only love that can heal our broken world. And with love, we can make the society a better place for everyone.”

Speaking further on the significance of Easter to Nigeria’s national dilemma, Obiano observed that “We are at a point in our political development when some of our most intimidating challenges can be solved by a simple act of love. Love for our country and love for our neighbours and fellow citizens. We must demonstrate that love today. That is the spirit and essence of Easter.”

Governor Obiano therefore exhorted Christians to live out the full meaning of Easter by eschewing those tendencies that endanger love and touching their neighbours in the same way that Christ touched mankind with love.

The Governor who has just resumed work after a little holiday explained that he purposely came back to celebrate Easter with Ndi Anambra because his heart belonged with the people.

Signed:
James Eze
Chief Press Secretary

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Nigeria issues arrest warrants for ex-ministers over Malabu oil deal

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ABUJA/LONDON  – A Nigerian judge issued arrest warrants for two former ministers and an Eni manager over the sale of offshore oilfield OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Dan Etete, former petroleum minister, ex-attorney general Mohammed Adoke and Eni manager Roberto Casula “are to be arrested anywhere they are found”, the EFCC said in a statement. It said it followed a ruling by a judge in the capital, Abuja.

Eni called the move “disproportionate and detrimental” to the rights of its manager.
“These warrants seem to have originated from the failure by the Nigerian Judicial Authorities to notify and serve the pending proceedings to the Eni managers as per international procedure for the last two years,” it said in a statement.

Reuters was not able to immediately reach Etete, Adoke or Casula for comment.
The $1.3 billion deal has spawned legal cases spanning several countries and involving Nigerian government officials and senior Eni and Shell executives.
Eni and Shell jointly acquired the field from Malabu, which was owned by Etete. An ongoing case in Milan alleges that roughly $1.1 billion of the total was siphoned to agents and middlemen.

The Milan court has already convicted middlemen Emeka Obi, a Nigerian citizen, and Italian Gianluca Di Nardo, of corruption. Shell and Eni have denied all wrongdoing.
In a statement, the EFCC said the defendants had repeatedly failed to appear before the court in Abuja and that the Nigerian police, INTERPOL and any other law enforcement agencies would have the authority to arrest the men.


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Willie Obiano’s strides

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It is said that a people get the type of leadership they deserve. This axiomatic saying holds true in the case of Anambra State. Today the State is not just living up to its motto:
The Light of the Nation, but also bears itself out as a befitting epithet to the memory of the great freedom fighter Nnamdi Azikiwe, former commonwealth secretary general, Emeka Anyaoku and the intrepid novelist and raconteur par-excellence, Chinua Achebe. Expectedly, a state that has produced those revered personages deserves to be led by a politician who possesses exceptional leadership quality and probity.
Fortunately, the State is currently blessed with a good leader whose model of leadership is comparable to very few in the country. No doubt, Governor Willie Obiano’s sojourn in the oil and banking sectors prepared and imbued him with experience and leadership qualities for the arduous task of piloting the affairs of the State. So when providence thrust the affairs of Anambra in his care, he did not let Anambra people down. He was adequately prepared.
He hit the ground running and left nobody in doubt that he wanted to make impact. Conscious that absence of anarchic situation and crimes will give fillip to the rapid industrialization of Anambra State he unveiled measures to rid the state of crimes. What is more, the State ranks today as one of the safest states in Nigeria as kidnappers, armed robbers, and pick-pockets had fled Anambra. Night life has since returned to major cities in the state.
With the State safe and secure, industrialists who once fled it because of insecurity returned in their numbers, building industries that employ hundreds of employable but unemployed graduates in the State. In addition to that, the industries have increased the volume of trade in the state with corresponding revenue yields to the coffers of the government. That explained why the Governor was not caught in the national economic recession that forced many a governor to go cap in hand, begging for financial assistance from the centre.
Infrastructural development of the State is another area where Governor Obiano has done very well. He built long bridges across rivers in Ayamelum local government area, Anambra East and West to connect the oil rich areas of the State as well as its agricultural base. Not long ago he completed the Nengo Bridge in Nteje. This all-important bridge serves as a bypass to the treacherous Enugu-Onitsha expressway at Umunya as well as an access to Nteje town, stretching down the Omambala region. There are also the three bridges at Aroma, Akwata and Amawbia junctions in Awka, the State capital.

The three bridges are adorned with flood lights both for illumination and aesthetics. These bridges help immensely in easing traffic congestions during rush hours in those places.
Old roads were repaired and new ones constructed to facilitate the movement of people within the state. Residents as well as visitors can attest to the presence of street lights which make night drive in the state a pleasurable experience. One very important aspect of road construction, apart from ease of movement, is that it alleviates the pains of transporting farm produce to ready markets. Note that agriculture has since received immense boost from the Obiano administration. He implemented measures that boosted the practice of agriculture in the state. He gave farmers in the state financial incentive, improved seedlings, and fertilizers. Expectedly, Anambra has achieved food sufficiency within five years of his administration and has moved further on to export surplus to foreign countries.
Perhaps that explains why the State finances are in a very fine-fettle. While some other states in Nigeria go cap in hand, begging for financial help from the centre, Anambra executes capital projects and meets its obligations to its workers. The third phase of the community-choose-your- projects has already started. By the end of this phase every community in the state would have received sixty million Naira for any project of their choice. All these do not detract from prompt payment of workers’ salaries.
The Governor not only pays promptly, but approves training workshops for qualified workers. Pensions and gratuities are not paid any less. Promotion interviews are organized for qualified civil servants and promotions effected. No doubt, the Governor places high premium on making the civil service effective, conscious perhaps of its overriding values in policy formulation and implementation.
Civil servants on their part have not failed to show gratitude by casting their votes overwhelmingly for him during the last governorship as well as the State House of Assembly elections. It is a proof that they repose trust and confidence in his leadership abilities. And so far, it does not seem the Governor is in a hurry to betray this confidence. Since he returned to the leadership saddle for his second term in office, he has sustained the tempo of development in the state. Awka is gradually wearing a new look with charwomen everywhere, sweeping and cleaning streets and government offices. The State Secretariat, built by the previous APGA government, is not spared the effort at being spruced up. The parking lawns are now paved with interlocking stones while the entire buildings are being repainted to give the workers’ office a befitting look.

To the credit of the Governor the state is in a hurry to wear a new look. Within the Government House itself efforts are made to recreate the environment to befit the status of a government. A new International Conference Centre is also ongoing.
The people of Anambra state are thankful to God for giving them a governor who is imbued with probity, leadership qualities, humanness, and political sagacity. It is the prayer of many that he does not let up on the momentum of development within the next three years when he will be handing over to a successor. It is expected that if his successor keys into his development vision the road to an Anambra of our dream will be trod faster than thought possible. And Obiano will be joining the pantheon of Anambra greats.


Ezeani writes from Onitsha South

 

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8TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY 220 FOURTH SESSION NO. 98

SENATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ORDER PAPER
Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

1. Prayers 2. Approval of the Votes and Proceedings 3. Oaths 4. Announcements (if any) 5. Petitions

PRESENTATION OF A BILL

1. National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 736) – First Reading Sen. Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai (Borno Central).

PRESENTATION OF A REPORT

1. Report of the Committee on Land Transport Labour Transportation Bill, 2019 (SB. 25) Sen. Olugbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Land Transport on the Labour Transportation Bill, 2019 (SB. 25) – To be Laid.

ORDERS OF THE DAY
MOTION

1. Withholding of Assent.

Senate Leader

The Senate:

Recalls that the President C-in-C had signified the withholding of his assent of the following Bills pursuant to section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended):

i. Petroleum Industry Governance) Bill, 2019;

ii. National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Bill, 2019;

iii. National Research and Innovation Council Bill, 2019;

iv. Stamp Duties Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019;

v. National Agricultural Seed Council Bill, 2019;
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vi. Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2019; and

vii. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2019;

Notes that the rational for withholding the assent borders on the observation of Mr. President on some clauses in the Bills;

Aware that a Technical Committee of the Senate had worked on Mr. President observations and have re drafted the affected Clauses;

Relying on order 88(b)(c) of the Senate Rule,

Accordingly resolves to:

Refer the Bills to the Committee of the Whole for consideration and passage.

CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

1. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 8) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 728) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West). 2. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 15) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 729) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

3. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 20) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 730) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

4. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 22) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 731) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West). 5. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 24) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 732) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

6. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration, No. 28) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 733) – Second Reading Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).

7. National Assembly Budget and Research Office Bill, 2019 (SB. 736) – Second Reading Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central).

8. A Bill for an Act to phase out Petrol Vehicles in 2035 and introduce Electric Cars and other matters connected thereto, 2019 (SB. 726) – Second Reading Sen. Ben Murray- Bruce (Bayelsa East).

9. A Bill for an Act to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow persons of African origin to acquire Nigerian Citizenship for purposes of re-integration and development and for other matters connected thereto, 2019 (SB. 727) – Second Reading Sen. Ben Murray- Bruce (Bayelsa East).

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10. A Bill for an Act to establish the Federal College of Forestry Technology and Research, Akamkpa, to provide full-time courses in Forestry Technology and other fields of studies and to make provisions for the general administration of the College and for other matters connected therewith, 2019 (SB. 707) – Second Reading Sen. Gershom H. Bassey (Cross River South).

11. A Bill for an Act to provide for the documentation and protection of Domestic Workers and Employers of domestic workers in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and for other related matters thereto, 2019 (SB. 696) – Second Reading Sen. Magnus Abe (Rivers South-East).

PRESENTATION AND CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1. Conference Committee Report Conditions of Service for National Assembly Staff Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do receive and consider the Conference Committee report on the Conditions of Service for National Assembly Staff.

2. Reports of the Committee on Police Affairs Police Reform Bill, 2019 (SB. 683) Sen. Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (Zamfara North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Police Affairs on the Police Reform Bill, 2019 (SB. 683).

3. Report of the Committee on Health National Health Insurance Act 2003 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 278) Sen. Olanrewaju A. Tejuoso (Ogun Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance Act 2003 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 278).

4. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND Federal Colleges of Education Act 1986 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 562) Sen. Barau I. Jibrin (Kano North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the Federal Colleges of Education Act 1986 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 562).

5. Report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND JAMB Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 625) Sen. Barau I. Jibrin (Kano North) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND on the JAMB Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 625).

6. Report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 172) Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (SB. 172).

7. Report of the Committee on Gas Gas Flaring (Prohibition and Punishment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 337) Sen. Bassey A. Akpan (Akwa Ibom North-East -That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee on Gas on the Gas Flaring (Prohibition and Punishment) Bill, 2019 (SB. 337).

8. Report of the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters and Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes Proceed of Crimes Bill, 2019 (SB. 376)

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Sen. David Umaru (Niger East) -That the Senate do consider the report of the Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights & Legal Matters and Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes on the Proceed of Crimes Bill, 2019 (SB. 376).

9. Report of the Committee on Appropriations 2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721) Sen. Goje M. Danjuma (Gombe Central) -That the Senate do receive the report of the Committee on Appropriations on the 2019 Appropriation Bill (SB. 721) – To be Laid.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

No. Committee Date Time Venue

1. Ethics, Privileges and Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 3.00pm Committee Room 120 Public Petitions Senate New Building

2. Petroleum Sector Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 2.00pm Suite 3. 13 Chairman’s (Downstream) Office New Building

3. Petroleum Sector Thursday, 18th April, 2019 12.00non Committee Room 117 (Downstream) Senate New Building

4. Banking, Insurance & Other Thursday, 18th April, 2019 2.00pm Committee Room 211 Financial Institutions (Screening) Senate New Building

5. Banking, Insurance & Other Mon. 29th – Tue. 30th April, 2019 12.00noon Committee Room 211 Financial Institutions (Budget Defence) Senate New Building

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) plans to appeal the ruling on the No Case Submission in the trial of suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Mounir Gwarzo and Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services, Zakawanu Garuba.
The duo were arraigned in June 2018 before Justice Husseini Baba Yusuf of Court 4 of the FCT High Court in a 5-Count charge bordering on fraud to the tune of about N115 million when Gwarzo was the DG-SEC.
ICPC alleged that Gwarzo received the sum of N104, 851,154.94 as severance benefits and N10milion excess car grant which he was not entitled to and therefore committed breach of trust and conferred a corrupt advantage upon himself. Garuba was accused of allegedly conniving with Gwarzo to commit the fraud because he approved the monies for him as an Executive Commissioner, Corporate Services in SEC then.
The defence counsel A.U.Mustapha (SAN) and Robert Emupkoeruo filed for a No Case Submission after the prosecuting counsel had brought forward their witnesses. The defence urged the court to hold that the prosecution was unable to prove the case against their client.
The court then upheld the No Case Submission of the defendants on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to prove the elements of the offence in that the Board of SEC was the highest authority in SEC and had by resolution approved the severance benefit and the car grant.
Further, the court finally discharged and acquitted the defendants on all the charges against them.
Meanwhile ICPC is dissatisfied with the judgment on the grounds that the Board resolution the trial judge relied on did not decide severance benefit but retirement and resignation benefit. The Notice of Appeal will be filed very soon.

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MAIDUGURI. – The sleepy town of Chibok in Nigeria’s northeast continues to grapple with the seemingly endless wait for the return of more than 100 schoolgirls who were abducted by the armed group Boko Haram, five years ago on Sunday.
Life has not remained the same for the community, which still feels haunted by the April 14, 2014 kidnappings.
The town attracted international attention after Boko Haram fighters forcibly removed at least 276 girls from the government secondary girls school in Chibok town, prompting global outrage with various organisations and celebrities calling for their release.
In the first frantic minutes of their ordeal, 57 girls managed to jump from the trucks in which they were transported, and escaped. The remaining 219 were taken away by the fighters.
A social media campaign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls went viral and celebrities, leaders and activists across the world joined the campaign to free the kidnapped schoolgirls.

Five years after the Boko Haram attack, more than 112 girls are still missing.
Over the years, a total of 107 girls have been found or released as part of a deal between the Nigerian government and the armed group.
“They (the government) are not talking about our girls anymore. They are acting as if they are happy about what happened to us,” Enock Mark, whose two daughters are still missing, told Al Jazeera.
“We have lost hope in the government helping us. They have not shown any serious interest in ensuring that our daughters are found. It looks like it was done intentionally. They don’t care about us anymore,” he said.

“We won’t give up. Even in a hundred years, we will keep believing that our daughters will return home. Until we all die, we won’t stop believing that our daughters will come back.”
Mark and other parents of the missing girls still regularly make the difficult journey of nearly 900km to the nation’s capital, Abuja, for updates about their daughters.
The road leading to Chibok is often being targeted by Boko Haram with very little done by security agencies to protect commuters. The town has also come under repeated attacks by gunmen with buildings burned and some residents killed.
In recent years, the Nigerian government has come under immense criticism for doing very little to free the Chibok girls.
Some of the parents have died waiting for their daughters to return. Local media reports say they died of heart attacks and grief-related ailments. Others are still grieving and hoping their children will be found.
“There is great pain in our heart every day when we remember our missing daughters. We leave it to God to help us,” Mark said. “My wife has been finding it so difficult to cope without her children. She keeps crying every time she remembers her missing daughters. I have to keep consoling her,” he added.

At least 20 of the girls who escaped from Boko Haram have since moved to the US to continue their education. The remaining girls may have been forced to integrate with Boko Haram, Chibok community leaders say, adding that some may be ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry the fighters and have babies.
Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to “Western education is forbidden”, has waged an armed campaign in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. The group wants to establish an Islamic state, following a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
More than 27,000 people have been killed by the group and over two million others displaced from their homes. Over the years, the group has kidnapped thousands of adults and children. Most of those abducted are women who are used as sex slaves, while the men are often forcefully recruited as fighters.
The group has repeatedly attacked schools, churches, mosques and markets, but state institutions such as police stations and military facilities have remained primary targets.
They have used minors and veiled women for suicide bomb attacks, attacked people with car bombs and opened fire on civilians at public places. Boko Haram allegedly operates its largest camp in the vast Sambisa forest in Nigeria’s northeast.
The forest stretches for about 60,000 square kilometres in the southern part of the northeastern state of Borno, which has borne the brunt of Boko Haram’s violence. In August 2016, the group split into two after long-time leader Abubakar Shekau rejected an attempt by the a branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group’s Abu Musab al-Barnawi to replace him.
Al-Barnawi is believed to be the son of late Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf and used to be Boko Haram’s spokesperson. There are reports that Al-Barnawi has been removed as the factional leader.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari promised to crush Boko Haram during his first term election campaign in 2015.

But his administration has failed to end the decade-long violence, with increasing attacks on military bases and strategic towns.
Since 2014, Chibok has hosted hundreds of journalists, activists, security operatives and government delegations. Most of the advocacy groups that pleaded for the release of the girls have however gone quiet.
Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) has kept the campaign going, but the group has become smaller, seemingly having lost its punch. “It is quite challenging to sustain a singular core demand – #BringBackOurGirls – when facing a government that has taken up a disinterested and hostile stance for almost five years,” spokesperson of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Nifemi Onifade, told Al Jazeera.
“The drain of standing for the Chibok girls is real and heavy and so, many may have had various reasons over the years for their reduced commitments,” Onifade added.

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Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian born Multidisciplinary Artist, popularly known as KenArt, whose practice is primarily centered around hyper-realistic drawings and works on paper.
Nwadiogbu believes that the society speaks- This voice inspires his art, which evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues within the society. In his reply to this society, he is able to inspire one or two people to also re-valuate their socio-political structures as we know it. The desire to change his society and the way people think is what drives him to create art every day. Gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu was born in Lagos, Nigeria and holds a B.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His art career started in the university, and with no formal training, has pushed him to become one of the most interesting young contemporary artists from Nigeria, creating works that question life- calling out some of the problems and becoming very grounded in human consciousness..
Nwadiogbu has been featured in lots of local and international group exhibitions and fairs, including the Insanity exhibition, sponsored by Frot Foundation, in Omenka Gallery, Nigeria; the TMC’s It’s Not Furniture, curated by Winifred Okpapi; the Artyrama’s group exhibition curated by Mr Jess Castellote; Art X Lagos, sponsored by Artyrama Gallery, in Lagos, Nigeria; the Moniker Art Fair, sponsored by Creative Debuts, in Brooklyn, NYC; the Anti-Trump show organised in UK; the Afriuture Exhibition by Ramati Art Africa in association with Commonwealth Africa Summit, in Toronto, Canada; amongst many others. He has been televised and publicized on different platforms like Guardian Life, Tush Magazine, WIRED Magazine, Candid Magazine, Bored Panda, BBC, CNN, and more as well as inspiring and encouraging young creatives through public speaking appearances like TEDx. He co-founded Artists Connect NG, the largest Nigerian artist gathering that took place at Lekki Leisure Lake, in Lagos, Nigeria.
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