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Bola Tinubu’s northern nightmare

I wrote exhaustively in 2010 and 2011 on a similar issue that is now causing ill feelings and friction between Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, and the Hausa-Fulani chieftains in their party. I did so in two series in which I advised the then President Goodluck Jonathan not to seek re-election in 2011 after completing the one year left in the tenure of his boss,  President Umaru Yar’Adua, who died on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
I counselled him to wait until 2015 because to contest in 2011 would deny the North having the presidency for two terms of eight years, as was the case when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo used the opportunity for the South and was Head of State from 1999 to 2007. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2002 inserted the zoning and rotation of the presidency between the South and North and Dr. Jonathan was one of the 32 or so leaders who signed the document.
So, by using the privilege of incumbency to seek re-election in 2011 and retaining power, he acted against his party’s constitution. But worse was that his action was also contrary to God’s injunction in the Holy Bible, and which I believe is also in the Glorious Qur’an, that one must honour vows and promises and keep to agreements. Which is in Numbers 30: 1 – 15, Joshua 9: 1 – 21, Nehemiah 5: 1 – 13, Psalm 15:4 and Proverbs 6: 1 – 3. In addition, he also contravened the instruction of Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31 that one must do to others what one wants others to do him or her.
I am returning to the issue now because the marginalisation or sidelining of Tinubu by the Hausa-Fulani leaders in their party is the repercussion of what he did to the chieftains of the his former party, the Alliance for Democracy, in 2000 or thereabouts. It is, therefore, a good opportunity to show and make people learn the lesson that no one goes against the Lord’s commandments or laws in the Holy Books and gets away with it in the short or long run. What I am writing about has been on, only people did not know it is the cause of some problems they go through. I too did not know of it until 23 years ago when the Heavenly Father sent me to Chief Moshood Abiola on what to do to win the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
As I revealed in the book I published in 2004 on the Lord’s instruction with the title of: Nigeria set aside by God for greatness and the untold story on June 12 annulment and an article I wrote in 2011, it was because he reneged on his promise to the Lord to reward adequately and in time the 41 Muslim priests He raised to fast and pray for 41 days for him to win that year’s poll.
As a servant of the Sovereign Lord I can confirm that it was because Dr. Jonathan violated His order on keeping to agreements when he sought re – election in 2011 that made him to lose last year’s presidential poll to General Muhammadu Buhari and the misfortunes he and his wife have been having in the last five years. It is not because Aso Villa is bewitched by demons as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, claimed in an article in the Guardian of Sunday, August 14, this year entitled: “The Spiritual side of Aso villa.”
I wrote two pieces in giving advice to the former president in 2010 and 2011. The first was: Jonathan think twice, wait for 2015, while the second was: Jonathan avoid Abiola’s mistakes with God. In both I referred him to passages in Joshua 9:1 – 21 and Nehemiah 5:1 – 13 where Joshua and Nehemiah respectively warned the Israelites that God will punish them if they went against an agreement or promise made to other people. I also drew his attention to the fact that the Lord caused seven of the eight grandsons of King Saul to be hanged because he violated the accord the leaders of Israel had with the Gibeonites that their people would not attack them (2 Samuel 21: 1 – 14). And when Dr. Jonathan was declared the winner of the election in 2011, I congratulated him and advised that he should seek forgiveness from God with a three or seven-day fasting and prayers for going against His order on keeping to agreements and promises. But did he do so?

To be continued next week Wednesday.


8 history-making Juju bandleaders (8)

I start the showcasing of the contributions of King Sunny Ade to juju music with the innovations he introduced to stage performance by musicians of this Yoruba cadre of beat. From 1930 when Lagos – born Tunde King of the Olowogbowo area of the city came up with the music brand through the late 60s or early 70s juju bandleaders and their boys used to sit down on chairs when performing at private parties, in hotels or halls. The same with the bands playing apala and other brands of Yoruba music. Only highlife musicians performed in upright position.
King Sunny Ade and his boys were the first juju musicians to stand up and dance when performing. And thus made the music more entertaining and bewitching and got those dancing at the ceremonies to honour bandleaders with huge sums of money, instead of the token amounts given out before he came up with the new system. But highlife music icon, Sir Victor Uwaifo about 30 years ago came out to say he was the one who advised King Sunny Ade  and his boys to perform on their feet and dance to make juju music and musicians more attracting and adoring.
Right from 1930, it was juju bandleaders themselves or their admirers who gave them such titles as Chief Commander, General, Admiral, Emperor or Prince. But king was added to the names of Sunny Ade in the 1970s or 80s when His Royal Majesty Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo conferred and crowned Sunny Ade as the king of juju music. To date, he is the only juju bandleader honoured with a musical title as prefix to his name by the traditional ruler of a Yoruba city or town.
Dead or alive, Sunny Ade is also the bandleader who made juju music to become a global phenomenon and so far his is the only juju band to be signed on by an international recording company when it joined the stable of world – class Island Records in the 1980s.
The series continues next week.

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