Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor, president One Love Foundation and Comrade Kola Edokpayi leader of the Talakawa parliament, both Civil society organizations protest the rape and killing of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozua and the gruesome murder of Barrister Iyoha Osabeze Omo
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TO BE FOREWARNED IS TO BE FOREARMED
By One Love Foundation & Global Citizens for Integrity & Legacy
It has come to the notice of One Love Foundation (OLF) and our coalition of Global Citizens for Integrity & Legacy (GCIL) that professional hatchet men under the payroll of of desperate, perennial political blackmailers have decided to drag in the name of one of Edo’s preeminent sons, Capt. Dr. Hosa Okunbor, into their duel with political opponents.
Let it be on record that our son in the quintessential icon of Capt. Hosa is a globally evolved man of virtue, prince of industry, dove of peace and eagle of honour who soars in dizzying heights of accomplishments far flung from the gutters of rustic politics and jobless stomach infrastructure crowds who see blackmail as a route to revenue.
In both the politics of state and the more oceanic ambits of national politics, Capt Hosa has maintained a spotless reputation of an industrial statesman more concerned with development for the whole than aggrandizement for factions and divisions in Edo state politics.
His principle in the above regard leads him constantly to engage himself in the expansion of his enormous multi-sector economic endeavours which employ literally thousands of Edo indigenes and Nigerians in general.
The care and upkeep of the gigantic spreadsheet of monthly capital outgo in salaries to dear workers from Capt. Hosa’s purse in maintaining these large workforces whose family wellbeing depend on his many branches of industry is gigantic. It gives him both layers of joy as well as responsibilities that do not call for energy depleting distractions of petty local politics.
We of the above bodies therefore hereby warn that no-one, however low or high, should cast any further slur on his character and drag his hard-earned reputation into their political crises and morass. He is not partisan and will not support one political aspirant against the other at any level of political office contest, whether at governorship, parliamentary or local council elections.
Capt. Hosa has openly, painstakingly and frequently declared that all the contenders in the 2020 governorship race in Edo state, including the local and national leaders of APC and PDP are his brothers, and that it is beyond his character and Christian spirit to play Brutus and daggers with one against the other. In our last meeting with him penultimate Saturday, Capt. Hosa supported his position with the Holy Scriptures at 1 John 4:20 which he he quoted to say that if you do not love your brother whom you see, how can you love God whom you do not see?
Capt. Dr. Hosa Okunbor is our own and we will do anything within the ambit of the law to protect him and all that he represents. We vouch for his integrity and nobility of character and we will defend him at all cost, cultural and legal.
We therefore, for the last time, warn all the architects of infamy against his unblemished reputation to do themselves the favour of their lifetime by switching off the power source of their blackmail dam by desisting forthwith.
We know each and everyone of you involved in this shameful caper. If you test our will any further and do not heed this olive flag of peace, we will fish you out for a public showdown of the decade.
To be forwarned is to be forearmed.
Dr. Presley Ogbebor
Global Citizens for Integrity & Legacy.
Pharm. Francisca Enwanta
Global Citizens for Integrity & Legacy
Evang. (Prince) Tony Akeni
Director of Programmes
One Love Foundation
Patriot (Chief) Patrick Osagie
One Love Foundation
Edo 2020: If Obaseki has done well he should not be afraid of direct guber primaries, says Eholor
An interview with Chief Patrick Osaigie-Eholor by Isaac Olamikan
Social Crusader and President of the One Love Foundation, Patrick Osagie Eholor, in this chat spoke extensively on trending issues.
On the All Progressives Congress(APC) guber primaries in Edo State
In time like this there must be satisfaction and dissatisfaction. It is politics. There must be some who would be happy and some who would be unhappy. Later on they would all have to come back to a round-table to reconcile their differences to see how they can win the election. I am not surprised at the way it is going. However, what surprises me is that the National Working Committee(NWC) of the party have said that they are going to do direct primaries but the governor and his group are saying that it indirect primaries that they would adopt. That’s very confusing coming from a governor who has claimed he deserves/merits a second tenure. That he has done tremendously. If he has worked well as he claimed why is he scared and insisting that the primaries should be indirect? Most of the governors that we have had in the past were crooks.
Why they usually insist on indirect primaries is because they can buy many of the delegates with the state’s resources unlike what is obtainable in the direct primaries where it is practically impossible to buy all the card carrying members of the party. That is why Godwin Obaseki is uncomfortable and hiding under the flimsy excuse that the coronavirus would hamper the process of direct primaries. I think that is very wrong, absurd and misleading. If the direct primaries method is adopted it will allow for social distancing and majority of the party members would be stationed in their different wards to cast their votes. However, if it is the indirect primaries that is used the delegates would be assembled in a venue where there would not be any social distancing. The outcome would be a rise in Covid-19.
On Philip Shaibu’s assertions
He knows that his days in politics are numbered that is the reason for his grievances. He has repeatedly told the world that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole once told him that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a cultist and has issues while studying at the University of Benin where as a cultist he bath someone with acid and the panel that the institution set up to handle the matter under the leadership of Professor Itse Sagay found Ize-Iyamu culpable. You are talking of something that happened over three decades ago. Why don’t you let it be bygone. Things happen to people and they are later transformed for the better. I am not saying that this is true or it is not true that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu actually committed that offence. What I am saying is that we should tune to the present and face the reality of the task at hand. My advice is that such bygone issues should be pushed aside so that we can concentrate on current issues.
Let me take us back to a recent publication whereby some unscrupulous elements wanted to use me to malign the personality of the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Osarodion Ogie, by referring to an incident that took place about 25 years ago and which has become irrelevant, a situation I promptly denounced. Philip Shaibu has claimed that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is his father and he taught him many of the things he is doing now.
Let us assume that Comrade Oshiomhole taught Shaibu some of the things he is now doing. Can’t Shaibu do away with those things that are counter productive among the things he was taught by Oshiomhole and embrace the good things? Doesn’t Shaibu know that the show of ingratitude to his benefactor, Oshiomhole which he is exhibiting is a big sin?
Those that are saying Governor Obaseki has done well should be reminded that assessing the achievements of anyone is done by using different parameters. This is what I call Catch 22. If Obaseki has done well as he is saying then he should not be scared of the direct primaries mode. These achievements will speak well of him and make a way for him no matter the situation.
On Donald Trump
Donald Trump is a racist, a bigot and is ill. He needs treatment. The American white supremacists didn’t know what they bargained for. They hate blacks. They hate Barack Obama. They hate Obama’s legacies which includes his healthcare programme. They want to destroy Obama’s legacies and the only way that they can do that is to bring one of their own, who is a white supremacist that has no idea about governance and who had failed in all ramifications. Donald Trump is a complete failure. He inherited a lot of money from his father. He ran a casino and a strip club. He gambled. All these are associated with people who are Mafians. Donald Trump has no idea of governance but has a lot of ideas about Mafiosi because he is a Mafian.
About 31 years ago, an incident happened in New York where three black men were alleged to have raped a white woman. The white woman died. The three black men were innocent but they were arrested for a crime they did not commit. Trump took a full page of Washington Post and New York Times to advocate that those black men should be lynched or killed through injection. Fortunately, for the black men they were freed via DNA test. My message to black Americans is it is now or never. Live free or die. It is now you must pursue your right to exist.
Forget about entertaining the white folks. When we are doing sports or entertainment they are there to watch and clap for us. When we rap they are there to sing with us. But when a white police officer suffocates a black man they won’t denounce it. There are lots of people in America who have been given a right to bear arms by the republicans. Let everybody defend themselves by any means necessary. The Black Race must be free.
On the new teaching mode in Nigeria caused by Covid-19 pandemic
I may sound like a broken record. That’s not true. The Nigeria government is broken. I call the government of Nigeria Copy and Paste. They follow what the Americans are saying but not knowing that the Americans have a free built Wi-Fi that even if you don’t have data in America you can go to the library that we don’t have in Nigeria and connect with their hot-spot or Wi-Fi. But whatever that happens in America Nigeria copies it. That’s where everything is loose guarded. That’s where we are losing it.
On Covid-19 in Nigeria
It has become a business in Nigeria. Hunger is a bigger pandemic than Covid-19. Nigeria government don’t lead, they follow. Everything they do is Copy and Paste. There were Stimulus Packages, money given by the World Bank, money given by the World Health Organisation (WHO). These things don’t get to the people. Rather, they are been shared by the top five banks in Nigeria and government cronies.
On 21st anniversary of Democractic government in Nigeria
Nigeria has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as a failed state. And it is unfortunate. We have people who have no clue who are leading the country. They are bosses, they are not leaders.
*Says Covid-19 has shown large capacity buildings, large congregations not necessary
*Online churches should be the new norm
Comrade Patrick Eholor once again has offered advice to churches, pastors and members, saying there is no need for large gatherings as God hears our prayers from wherever we say it.
He says if pastors will agree, they should end torturing their members with incessant demands for tithes and offerings and focus on the work of God which is purely spiritual. He says large church spaces should be converted into factories while worship services can be done on the Internet, radio and television.
These points are captured in this interview:
With the coming of Covid-19, the 100,000 capacity churches, the ones built like stadiums and amphitheatres have all been deserted and there are calls for better Communion with God in the closet of out homes. Do you think its better to worship God at home or in large congregations?
It is written that when two or three people are gathered together, God is in their presence. Covid-19 has exposed so many pastors. The issue of building the largest auditoriums for churches we have learnt now, is not useful. If it were useful, we wouldn’t have been restrained from church with the epidemic. My advice now is that for those pastors who have over 3009 churches, and branches, they should convert all to businesses to give people gainful employment. Since the beginning of the world, people have been congregating to worship God and I have no problem with that. But because a lot of them are desperate to get their tithes and seeds, and want people be exposed to that danger, that’s where I have issues with them.
Whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not, we have to be alive to serve God. That’s very important. Pastor Tunde Bakare has also made some statements to support this position, that God can be worshipped from our homes.
They have taken this craze to another level, and that’s why we have people like Odumeje, who like to say Liquid Metal. It’s only in Nigeria that you have people who went to school for 6 weeks or 3 months and they become doctorate degree holders, without certification. Because some of us are collectively stupid. We even call them doctor without knowing the meaning. You will even see real doctorate holders calling them doctor.
Is it possible then that Covid-19 is a sort of blessing, bringing us closer to God by forcing us to worship at home, in spirit and in truth?
What I can say is that it has awakened the people. A lot of people after Covid-19 will never go to church again but they will not depart from God. They will still love God, they still be faithful, honest, and still serve God, because everything revolves around Him. You will be foolish to say there is no God. Today I am talking because God gave me the permission to do that, as a man thinketh, so he is.
My mother used to sing a song for us to remind us of our faith. The song rendered in Benin, mean ‘whether you believe it or not, it’s your faith that will heal you, it’s a spiritual thing’.
Imagine how much Nigerians spend for tithing. 80 million Nigerians, if they were paying tithe, sowing seeds and giving their offering, it means that churches collect more money than even the Federal government. What are they doing with it? They were licensed to steal from the ignorant. That’s why people like Oritsejafor will take your aeroplane that you donated money for, to South Africa for arms deal and money laundering. Yet the CAN didn’t discipline him and he is still in the pulpit. How do I explain that to my children who are Christians?
It’s not about me. It’s about the unborn generation, the young ones. This generation is a failed one, because we are afraid to speak truth to power, but I will speak truth to power. I will at any time because he who God has blessed, no man can curse.
In the last 20 to 30 years, a lot of companies have had to minimise office space, and as a matter of fact, there are companies that don’t use physical spaces anymore but work in what they call the cloud, in their phones or laptops. Are you saying that the church should minimise space and use the smallest space possible to worship God?
That’s what I would have advocated but would they but into it? It will take a lot of tithes and seeds and offerings from their reach.
But companies still make money from online business transactions
It’s difficult to cajole the churches like that because they need to sell handkerchiefs, anointing oil, bangles, banners, there are a lot of things they need to sell. These things will not be sold online, spells need to be cast, and they need to cast out that demon, they need to touch your head, they need to hit you with that ring, they need to climb that pregnant woman’s belly, they need to bring that coffin to the church and raise the dead. That is shameful, in this present age, pastors and churches are still using us.
Then, when you go to streets, you don’t see billboards that says ‘students wanted, mechanics wanted, artisans wanted, engineers wanted’. All you see is a bleaching pastor with his bleaching wife telling you miracles and buzz.
In closing this topic, listen to the word of God on this matter, pastors hate this verse. It reads “Set your tithes aside and give it to the Levites, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow”, Deuteronomy 26, 12. Have you heard it before?
This is another one they also don’t ever preach “Fear God, food for the belly, and belly for food. Glittering beautiful cathedrals built by disobedient men of God, for our God doesn’t dwell in houses built out of the wisdom and hands of men. God shall destroy them all in the furnace of His fury on 5he last day”, 1st Corinthians, 6,13.
You earlier said that if the pastors will agree, they need to convert their church spaces into factories. Is that what you are still saying?
Yes, even before Covid-19, the western world were closing churches, converting it to factories so that they can give gainful employment to their citizens. But you can’t be holier than the pope.
But in Nigeria, they were closing factories and turning them to churches. They changed the worship to 7 Days a week. What did you forget on Sunday that you are going back to get on Monday, on Tuesday, on Wednesday, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? What the pastor is trying to get from you is your seed, tithes and offering so they must milk you, they must take it from you.
The most painful aspect is that, if I am attending your church and you want to build a church building, and I donated to that cause for you, I am part of it. I’d I pay a tithe, and sow a seed, and pay my offering, if you are going to use any of these money, there must be a committee set up. You must tell us in that congregation this is what you are going to use our money for. Not taking from our offering to build schools that our children cannot be able to attend.
But these pastors argue that since they are not companies, they are not liable to how they spend these monies
Well, that narrative has to change. In Rwanda, when the president saw that some people were very naive, a lot of people were given everything they earned to pastors. He had to close about 3000 churches. I am not here to antagonise or attack the real men of God. There are a few good men among them. I am talking about the mega churches who are buying aeroplanes using then for trafficking . They know themselves.
Are you saying that government should reverse the church licenses and make them to start paying taxes?
I am saying that if its possible. Am also saying that pastors should be able to show their educational certificates that made them qualified to practise. This is because a lot of people who have failed in life just go to pastoral school for six months and come out to connive with their husbands to kill their wives, or steal from your company to donate to church, You see many pastors today raping underage women. Somebody stole money from Sheraton Hotel to donate to one church and the pastor refused to release the money saying he never told him to steal, and the man ended up in jail.
If you are truly a man of God, God doesn’t accept stolen money, God is not a money doubler. So we must change the narrative. We must close churches who are not productive, we must close churches who are 419 churches, who are not responsible churches, who are preying on women and some vulnerable men. We must close them, and I am saying it without an apology.
Of the apophthegms employed by thinkers in their classification and determination of true greatness, none seems to have as yet surpassed, in-depth of meaning, in logicality of reasoning – that oft-quoted in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – “that ‘some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”
Yet, in this quaintest of quotes, many who ascribe themselves to greatness do not come close from scrutiny in the espousal and personification of true greatness. Great leaders are not often politicians or religious people or captains of industry or great sports personalities. Great leaders know their people and their people know them; they are honest, authentic, they speak with an authority that comes from the inside, they listen and they accept wrong. Looking for one in these times is looking for a pin in a haystack.
Part of requirements for consideration of true greatness is love for environment and humanity. This is not so much as patriotism or populism but just plain-old fashioned love – love for peoples and their conditions, love for an environment inhabited by peoples with peculiar issues, challenges and temptations.
And one Nigerian who has achieved greatness demonstrated through his love for his environment and people through philanthropic activism is Patrick Osagie Eholor. Here is one man whose antecedents prepared for the role he plays today as a community activist and advocate for good governance, transparency and accountability in governance. Born and bred in Benin City Edo state, a young Patrick saw first-hand examples of injustice, corruption and, suffered therefrom.
By acquainting yourself with suffering, man becomes empathetic. And so, imbued with a strong desire to change these peculiar circumstances, Patrick Osagie Eholor began to challenge the norms that sustain bad governance and a plethora of deficiencies apparent in the socio-political Nigerian milieu through volunteerism in social and religious activities.
But Patrick is only one man. Realizing that human energy is one of the pillars in the temple of prosperity and that his potentials would be limited if he did not harvest the near-limitless energy in the humanity all around, he founded the One Love Foundation, an institution built on the understanding that love is incomplete until man lives it. For over a decade, Mr Patrick has worked tirelessly at demonstrating that a love sustained by instruments and vehicles harnesses the vast potentialities and capabilities of humanity.
Psychologists insist that the human body is a fountain, and out of it flows a river of living waters. What waters have flown out of Mr Patrick Osagie Eholor? What has he been saying concerning the one big issue ravaging humanity today? Why does he say it? What do people say about him, and what does he say about what people say about him/her?
Prior to becoming a community advocate, and describing his antecedents, Mr Patrick Osagie Eholor once explained why he does what he does for the uplift of humanity. ‘My father explained the value of integrity to me like this: those who hold high office in public life must be men of integrity; otherwise they betray the trust reposed in them by the community. When, however, such men are possessed of integrity, they will devote themselves to the welfare of the community which has placed its confidence in them’.
With the management of the COVID-19 in Nigeria, Mr Patrick Osagie Eholor has said whether, at state and federal levels, Nigeria was not prepared for the COVID 19 pandemic. According to Mr Eholor, ‘COVID 19 is real. And as a people, we have not been responsible. Most of our leaders are taking undue advantage. The fact of the matter is that we usually copy whatever the Western world does without taking into consideration the years of research and planning that had into the decision-making processes there. They have declared a lockdown and tempered it with palliatives for all. Here we have declared a palliative for some.
As an advocate for fiscal transparency and good governance, Mr. Patrick Osagie Eholor thinks it is preposterous for government to have made claims to spending N100billion in three days in the management of the COVID-19, when there was still a lot of ignorance and a dearth of test and screening kits. ‘In less than one month, fires have gutted three very sensitive federal government offices, and therefore when issues of accountability would come up, nobody would find the papers related to audited accounts/papers of how the COVID-19 funds have been spent. We are pained and very saddened at these unfortunate turn of events.
As they say, goldfish have no hiding place. Traducers are eager to mar Mr Patrick Osagie Eholor’s image as a Universalist and community advocate. They seek to diminish the value of his activism by pitching him against the political actors in Edo State. In these times, little men would strut hither and tither seeking a dishonourable grave to be buried. But vocal in self-defence without being loud, tempered in defeating this abnegation without being intemperate, Patrick Eholor seeks to follow the rule always in resolving issues.
Taken from iNigerian.com
Patrick Osagie Eholor, President of the One Love Foundation, a non-profit organization and also social crusader talks extensively on trending issues.
On President Buhari’s Executive Order on financial autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary
I think we are getting there. If we continue at this pace, we are eventually going to have our independence. When I say independence, I don’t mean the nation, but in various arms of government. We are supposed to have three arms of government but lately, the executive has pocketed the other two arms, the judiciary and the legislature. I am happy that the President has become very proactive and have done the needful. Am sure a lot of things are going to be different.
If the judiciary have their autonomy, it means that they are no more dependent on the Executive and won’t be afraid to make bold decisions and step on toes, that they didn’t have the power to do before now.
It will also now help the House of Assembly members who have also in many ways believed that they have to play to the gallery of their masters since most of them were not elected but were selected. Because of this independence, the majority of them will have the guts to do the needful for their Constituency.
It’s a shame that the two colossi, Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki who are fighting today, were also the people who denied this state of local government autonomy. Am surprised and shocked that the former labour leader, who is my friend, with his economic team manager then, which Obaseki was, with some of the exco members are fighting. Then with the dishonourable House member (Kabiru) Adjoto, they all connived to kill local government autonomy, because they want to continue to dictate for them. If anything has been delayed for the local governments, they had the power to take the states to court because they were no more supposed to be getting allocations from states anymore. They can sue the state and federal governments to pay them their allocations.
I know that Donald Trump doesn’t have a right to control the Mayor of New York. John Trudeau don’t have a right to control the Mayor of Missisagagar, because they have their own independent power.
You said they could go to court if the state governments refuse to pay them. What if the states have a certain level of influence over the courts?
There is nothing like what if. The federal government is superior to the state, the state is superior to the local government. So the authority has spoken and what they said is final. Its up to the local governments to be more responsible now and split the funds they call security votes, and allocation and give directly what is meant for Caesar to Caesar and what’s for God to God.
On police harassment of journalists and lawyers in Edo
We are heading somewhere. Its not complicated. What brought the whites to their knees in America during the era of Rosa Parks, when she refused to stand up for a white man in a bus in Alabama. She said I am not inferior. My blood is red and I think yours is red. When she was forced and molested, the civil rights leaders were Martin Luther King Jr, a Christian, and Malcolm X, a Muslim. They organised a Stay-at-home protest that brought the American economy to its knees.
So I think that a lot of journalists have been sellouts because of stomach infrastructure. If the journalists come together and unite, with the support of NBA-they boycott courts, journalists boycott news reporting, you will see what will happen.
Journalists eat fire for us to drink water and I think five days is too long for police to abuse journalists and refuse to apologise. Am in solidarity with journalists. Am giving them 24 hours to apologise.
On the recent abolition of taxes for low-income earners in Cross River State by Governor Ben Ayade.
For my 8state, I think Godwin Obaseki has to take a cue from that. Obaseki has been very boastful that he has raised the IGR(Internally Generated Revenue) to N2 million-plus to the detriment of very low-income earners. This is a shame because in civilized societies, the rich cushion the poor, they are the ones that pay taxes. But here, they don’t pay. You can’t even go to their gates to ask for taxes.
The police you gave them to protect you will harass or even beat you.
You didn’t give our fathers and mothers land, or fertilisers or seeds, you didn’t buy cutlass for them, or water or irrigation, they use their sweat and blood to make sure they are able to plant cassava, corn, yam. Yet when they are bringing their produce to sell in the city, when you didn’t do the roads for them, you will beat them, humiliate them, and seize their goods.
That’s very inhuman. Even when the whites colonised us, they didn’t go to this extreme methods. I think something is wrong with the Black Race.
This is a victory for us, and I pray for another epidemic like COVID-19 to come again. Because I think the COVID-19 is the one that has exposed the issue of good governance and fake pastors in Nigeria.
I want to applaud Ayade, and appeal that instead of Obaseki to be fighting for the second term, he should take a cue from Ayade.
On the abolition of compulsory payment of pensions and gratuities to past governors and deputy governors in Imo State.
I want to say that the FG has to also go further to make a law that the governors or deputy governors are not entitled to their cars to be changed, the allowance they used to get they are not entitled to it, because we have no oil, and there are so many unemployed youths. Those monies can be used to repair hospitals, schools, set up new infrastructure, they have to even go further to make taxes.
The Political Observer General of the Federal Republic, Patriot Patrick Eholor here lists some salient qualities of the new Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Agboola Ibrahim Gambari.
He also lists areas where the former CoS did not handle properly, and needs to be addressed for the progress of the country:
There are those who think the President’s new Chief of Staff should be retired at 75 from active service. But I have heard he has some salient qualities that make him qualified. What is your take?
I sincerely disagree with those who argue based on his age and not in the basis of his reputation and his resume. You will recall that not very ago, the Prime Minister of Singapore who had retired and is over 80 years old was called back again to lead his people.
They had given power to a younger generation but they accumulated so much wealth to themselves and the Singaporeans overwhelmingly supported the older man to come and take power again so that the country can move forward.
You also know that in America, you have Donald Trump who is over 70 years old and around the same age with him. This is the leader of the world now. I think honestly that we should remind him that we don’t want another de facto president like the late chief of staff. We didn’t elect him, we elected President Muhammadu Buhari, and he is a bridge between the people and the president, so he must do the job and do it diligently.
If you are talking about qualifications, he is very qualified. Do not forget that he has also also represented us in the United Nations. Do not forget that he is an alumni of Kings College. Do not also forget that he is an economist, he has a lot to do with academics. He is very qualified.
The other area we will appeal to him is the area of Fulani herdsmen, that the late chief of staff Abba Kyari did not recognise.
We want to remind him that the Fulani herdsmen who are committing a lot of havoc in the South south and the South East should not be forgotten in a hurry, especially from his academic and educational background.
We also want to tell him about the banks. They are very notorious. Without a responsible banking system, the middle class can never make it, and without the middle class, there is no government because they are the ones who protect the economy.
Now that the oil prices have gone bow the rock, he should also realize that the affirmation of Muhammadu Buhari at his first inauguration , when he reminded us as Nigerians that if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us, he should reecho it because corruption is killing us, and Muhammadu Buhari has not done anything about it.
He refused to publish the names of the corrupt people for Nigerians. He refused to arrest or prosecute them, and you have more corrupt people today in Buhari’s government than eve before. So what I am telling him as the political observer general of Nigeria is, if his hands are tied, his last name is not Buhari. He should not kill his own legacy because of Buhari. He should quit or do his job effectively. We need a chief of staff, we don’t need sma de facto president.
The last journey of Abba Kyari to Germany to sign an electricity deal for Nigeria. What will be your advise to the new COS to complete this mission?
I think from way back in Obasanjo’s administration, Nigeria is going to be sincere about electrification, Nigeria is going to power its own energy, Nigeria is going to move forward economically, Nigeria has to realize that energy is very important. If we have to subscribe into nuclear energy, so long as its not atomic power to fight war, I think its advisable because the whole of China is lightened up by nuclear power. America and Israel are using it, Europe is using it. With our population, we are overdue for nuclear power, but in order to see the light of the day, let us go back to the Obasanjo administration. Let us see what was spent and today we are still in darkness. Let us probe everybody who is involved in that area, let us prosecute those who were behind those shady deals that time, and put us all in perpetual darkness, and I think the chief of staff has a role to play.
I remember when Fashola said that any serious government will fix power under 6 months. He has been in power for about 6 years, not even 6 months, and he should apologise to Nigerians for being deceitful. Fashola attended UNIBEN and he knows that Edo State is one of the states with the most deplorable roads, and he doesn’t care. Even where he comes from, the roads are very bad, and he doesn’t cares. He should resign with shame and apologise to Nigerians.
Patrick Eholor, a social crusader and President of the One Love Foundation, a non-profit making organization, here bares his mind on trending issues in Nigeria
We have two palliatives that the federal government has announced. One was the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) approval of N50billion to assist businessmen so that those badly affected by covid-19 would benefit and their would be a reform in our economic system. The money is there but nobody has been able to access it. The N100billion is meant to be invested in the health sector so that we can have our own local medicine like another African country, Madagascar, that has a cure for covid-19 using a local leaf we call dogonyaro here in Nigeria. But the issue in Nigeria is that even when somebody dies and you are about to bury the person with dignity. Many Nigerians, mostly politicians, if you are not watchful will take the cloth off the dead body for their own selfish end and deny the dead body the right of dignity. I am not sure if this N100billion will get to those manufacturers who want to proffer solution to the pandemic. You also recall that the Uniben were the first to proffer a solution for the covid-19 when the Engineering Department manufactured a ventilator that was so expensive and some other universities in the South West followed suit. As we speak, the government has not fund the project. The Nigeria government is, without any apology, a copy and paste. When they hear that other governments come out with a measure they follow the measures without practicalising it. The banks are liable for this. Most of them are fraudulent. When you bring such large sum of money to invest in the health sector their thinking is to put it in fixed deposit or mutual fund to be accumulating interest to the detriment of the citizens. Those who are supposed to go after them, the police, ICPC, EFCC and others are also culpable. So, we are in a state of quagmire.
In this interview, Patrick Osagie Eholor, social crusader and President of One Love Foundation, spoke on some issues bothering him.
The banks in Nigeria should live up to expectations
It is about Nigeria. It is about the Black Race. It is about our mentality. I am angry. Things have to change. It is not just about Stanbic IBTC Bank. It is about all the banks in Nigeria. It is across board. If the bankers do not behave responsibly at this time of our need and the government do not change their attitude Nigeria is going to be doomed. I have a lot of faith in this country. That is why I left Canada to stay here and contribute my quota to the country. Unfortunately, if banks cannot respect someone like me in the society, who are they going to respect? If banks cannot give journalists money in this country to live and build their house.
Govt. should encourage journalists
If government don’t give journalists incentives they are definitely going to be biased. That’s why you see the press also going down because some of these pressmen are compromising as their children have to eat. Imagine a society like Canada and America. The New York Times get palliative support from their government. They respect journalists and that is why their journalists are very strict and they eat fire for the citizens to drink water.
Is something wrong with the Black Race?
Take a look at the Police. It is only in this country police escort the crooked politicians. You have an army of police escorting pastors. You have their followers using stickers saying “You are covered by the blood of Jesus.” Something must be wrong with the Black Race. The Black Race is Rat Race. It is very shameful.
My standoff with Stanbic IBTC Bank
Going back to what Stanbic IBTC Bank did to me. I have a hotel I just completed building. I spent over N480 million building it. Fortunately for me I sold some of my properties to Winners Chapel Church in Benin. The proceeds of the sale I trade with that money with Stanbic Bank. I put the money in Mutual Trust. I have other money coming from the proceeds of my business in Canada. When the time come I decided to create more opportunities for people. I built a hotel and a plaza. They were all built with my money. The bank didn’t assist me. I had some contracts that I was going to do for Uniben worth N200million. The bank turned me down that Uniben will not pay. Uniben is a federal institution. If Uniben had offended them I didn’t. Stanbic Bank was supposed to check my credit on the Credit Bureau System. If Nigeria does not have a Credit Bureau System it is a shame. You must have a Credit Bureau System to check those who would pay and those who will default. They asked me to bring business registration. I did. They asked me to bring a collaterable property. I went to Lagos and brought one of my properties. I paid N46 million for evaluation. I paid over N4 million to the Lagos State Government. I spent about N6 million in trying to get this loan of N25 million. Later my account officer, Jacinta, told me that my account is okay but that my application was denied. She said it was denied because of Covid-19. That they don’t give loans to hotels, entertainment centres and owners of plazas. If you don’t give loan to these categories of people who do you give it to? You give to politicians or pastors? I was angry because Nigeria is about to feel some pains.
Crisis looms ahead
We have our vessels in the ship. We are begging offtakers to take it because we don’t have storage like Saudi Arabia and Russia. The cost of production of our oil is about 17 dollars. Now, the dollar has appreciated while the naira has depreciated. Presently, nobody is buying our oil.
Cut salaries and allowances of NASS members and stop giving security votes to governors
What do we do? If the government is responsible at this time it will reduce the salaries and allowances of all National Assembly members. We have to stop this issue of giving governor’s what they call security vote. What is secure in our society when you don’t have plans for unemployed army of youths that we have. You don’t have infrastructure. No standard hospital.
The idea of giving governors security vote should stop and let us put that money genuinely into farming. Let us encourage our men and women by giving them soft loans so that they can farm. We can become a country that exports it’s food to overseas countries. So that we can earn our foreign exchange from so doing. Things have to change.
Prosecute looters of our treasury
We also have to try those generals who stole our money meant to combat the Boko Haram. A lot of them were arrested at the airport but they are not been prosecuted. We found a lot of money in a building in Ikoyi, Lagos, but as we speak the matter is dead. Recently, fire engulfed a building in Abuja because they have told Nigerians that they have shared billions of naira as palliative measure. I didn’t get any of such money in my community likewise many other people didn’t.
This nonsense must stop. We must look inward to know what we are going to leave behind for our children to inherit. We cannot live forever. We are destroying our children and it is very sad. Our prayer is for our children to be better than us.
Let us start investing in our country
Our idea of using our money to buy foreign things should stop. We should look inwards and stop investing abroad but start investing here in Nigeria. I should have invested in Canada. I remember a lady once asked me what am I going to do in hell? I asked her what is hell. So, what am I doing in Nigeria? Comparing Nigeria to the western world Nigeria is hell.
Over there is heaven because they don’t plan only for themselves. They also plan for their upcoming generations. Nigeria is where you have elected officials who will have a truck of mobile policemen with horsewhip to whip you who elected them. What an irony.
On the rumoured sour relationship between him and the Secretary to the Edo State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie
Osarodion Ogie is a dear brother to me. We have come a long way. Sometimes you disagree with people and you later agree with them. And sometimes you have issues with people but when you come to understand each other you become friends. Osarodion Ogie is my friend and brother. I have nothing against him. I don’t know who went out there to use my name to play politics. I am going to look for who wrote that piece and I would sue him because I didn’t give him any of that information. I cannot even remember if anything like that happened in 2007.
They should stop using my name to play their dirty politics. I am not a card-carrying member of PDP or APC. I am a social crusader. I love my life and my family. They cannot put me at risk or in any situation where I will feel uncomfortable with people. So, whoever wrote that piece owe me an apology
In this interview with Jungle Journalist, Social rights defender and Observer-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Patrick Eholor has frowned at the threat by the General Overseer of Winners Chapel, that those behind the continued lockdown of churches over Covid-19 will die.
Eholor also said that Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere (Odumeje), of the Mountain of Holy Ghost Intervention Deliverance Ministry Onitsha is a mentally deranged man that needs to be subjected to psychiatric evaluation.
He equally called on security operatives to arrest the prophet for telling one of his members that she will die in November this year.
His words: “Nigerian police are culpable and disappointing. They are not living up to their responsibility. This is a threat to someone’s life when you tell him or her that they are going to die. When you tell a woman she will die on the 10th November and nothing can be done about it, whether its true or not, you pose a threat to their lives. That man has a mental problem, but a psychiatrist will define that.
“If he doesn’t have a mental problem, he should be arrested, tried and jailed for threat to life.
“Most of the churches we have are show rooms and a disgrace to Christianity. Why is he not going to Spain and America to save the sick and raise the dead? I am ashamed of his followers, when you know a man is a lunatic and you are following him, it means that the followers are also as ignorant as the leader. Even if he hypnotised them, they have the mental capacity to free themselves from the mental enslavement he has subjected them to.
“Back to Oyedepo who enjoy flying jets with people’s money, why is he crying because churches are shut down for three months? Is he going bankrupt? Why is he saying that people will die if churches are shut? If anybody will die, he will be the one. Anyone who wishes is evil in this country will be the one to die. Whosoever diggeth a put shall fall in it.
“He is just angry that the offering money is not coming again as before. If he is responsible and is a scholar as he claims, he should be aware that there is what we call social distancing and protection with masks and others. You know that 20 people is the limit of gathering but your church has a gathering of over 100,000. Why will you want to risk the lives of people because of tithes? Some people are going to be very angry with me because I am taking to a man of God like this, but am not talking about him but about a man who betrayed his conscience, has no respect for the rule of law because even in the Bible, there is what we call the law of the land, and you cannot violate it.
“It is written and its clear, ‘touch not my prophet and do them no harm’.
I am not touching any prophet, and not doing them any harm. I am only trying to help situation here because we have been fooled. I advise most of these pastors to close some of their branches and turn them to factories, not all. Close them to institutions, factories, so that some of our youths will have a place to work. These are some of the things we need you to do for us. We have heard your prophecies and messages. We have had enough of it. But now let’s share some of the wealth you have accumulated. Do you know how many private jets these guys have? Where are you flying it to now? You say you are using these same jets to do the work of God, are you still doing it?
“Am not here to malign or slander any man of God, and I not here to say there is no God. I believe in God, but He should be worshipped in spirit and truth, not by exploiting others. They should set up science laboratories and hospitals with some of their churches so that when we are faced with a problem like this epidemic, we will be able to tackle it.
“Odumeje on his part is a magician and a fraudster, and his followers should see him for who he is.