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“A Man Who Once Duped Me Is Now A Senator” – Pat Utomi

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Pat Utomi, one of Nigeria’s prominent political economists and a former presidential aspirant, offered an anecdote that unwittingly supported a widely reported statement by erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo that Nigeria’s National Assembly is filled with rogues.

Addressing a group of Christian youths in Lagos at an event themed “The Building Blocks of Effective Leadership,” yesterday, Mr. Utomi touched on dysfunctions he had witnessed in the Nigerian system and x-rayed the difficulties of changing the system. His topic, “Towards Creating a Network of Corruption-Intolerant Youth Leaders,” presented a comparative analyses of Nigeria, once regarded as a powerful and emerging nation, and Indonesia, a nation that was once written off in the past

Mr. Utomi, who holds a PhD, spoke about the shocking twist of fate in which Nigeria became a strategic failure whilst Indonesia became a model of success. He identified corruption as a critical factor in the fortunes of the two countries.

Speaking through anecdotes, he related several instances of corruption involving Nigerian government officials and the aftermath of underdevelopment. Mr. Utomi disclosed that he had spoken out several times about the phenomenon of “intrinsic corruption” to the faces of public officials guilty of the crime.

He said: “I told Barth Nnaji and a host of governors, in a recent Town Hall meeting, that the problem they have currently is that Nigerians do not trust them,” said Mr. Utomi. He added, “I said, you, Yuguda, I have told journalists to publish your boutique, in terms of how many women are dying in child delivery because you spend that kind of money on your boutique rather than spend it to work for the people.”

But the most startling statement by Mr. Utomi came when he disclosed that a man who once duped him was now a senator. “A man who had 419’ed [duped] me in the past is now in the Senate. And I called the attention of a senior senator who is from the same state with the dupe, and who also knew about my dupe story with the man before, that this man is a thief and he was aware. The senior senator wanted me to keep quiet, and he said that is the problem with me, and that after all, seventy percent of government people are 419’s.”

Utomi, who quit the presidential race during last year’s election cycle, expressed the extreme difficulty of establishing a new order in Nigeria. He emphasized that those benefitting from the old system would do everything to resist any change. Even so, he stated that the youths were the only ones who have the ability to make the change.

“Youths can make these desired changes because you are not hostages of the errors of yesterday,” he said, adding that the challenge would be daunting because those benefiting from the current system “will do everything to resist the change.” He reminded the youths, “These old people are powerful and have the resources to influence anything.”

Mr. Utomi related the anecdote of a non-governmental organization located on Victoria Island in Lagos. Faced with absence of electric power to do their work, the NGO complained, said Mr. Utomi. “One of the bankers around then revealed to them that the banks are responsible for the outright lack of power supply because they are buying diesels for some companies and so they bribe the electricity workers not to provide power in order to continue to maintain their arrangement of buying more tons of diesels for their business to continue.”

Source: Sahara Reporters

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  1. Rational C Babatola

    May 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    If the sickness of Nigeria demands comments from every Nigerian, including outsiders, who would not talk ? Will the unceasing compilation of comments offer automatic, practical and resolved situation in the country ? Pls add your comment if it is the same with the practical demonstration of solution which the situation in the country demands.

  2. Jeje

    May 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Now we can see that what Buhari is saying is same with Pat Utomi. Nigeria needs revolution to get reed of this criminals. And the are usng religion and ethnicity to achieve their aims, so nigerian youth shld be alert and avoid ethnicity.

  3. Odubanjo T

    May 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    All we need is revolution in dis country.we pretend so much as if things are alright.only d money bags can get things done as far as dis country is concern.its just a mata of time things wil definately change.

  4. uchenna francis

    May 28, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I m frm d s/east nigeria I m strongly convince that dis present goverment is a criminal enterprise ,like uncle pat said,we re waitn 4 who will start d revolution we d nigerian youth will kick corruption out just but one day we will rise n no gun or army will stop us we re waitn

  5. Mutana faruk

    May 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Thank God every Nigerian is gradually and comprehensively reading meaningful content to general Buhari’s comment. Jonathan should have audacity to tell Nigerians the true position of our economic. I perceive naivity and lack of political wittism in this administration. May Almighty Allah come to our aid.

  6. Emmanuel

    May 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Mr. Pat is right, only d youth can save dis country, and we can do dat through REVOLUTION. If d formal president of Libya can exit to hell we can in dis govt exit d corrupt nd wicked through revolution. Pls, d Nigeria Journalist & activist/Change men in this country shld hlp us wit internet connect, Carmeras, little generators, cars like truck for mobility reason, & food. With this for now we will start d revolution. Pls, pls, let start d ‘REVOLUTION NOW WITH NON-VIOLENCE’ we need to create an awarness on Facebook, 2go, twitter & other social network to call for peace demostration frm all major Universities, colleges of educatn & Poly. Even if we wil lost life let remember our generation yet unborn. Pls, interest people shld canvass or join d “ACTIVISM GROUP” in Facebook. We can start frm d South-west or any part. Am tired of been a graduate wit no job frm d govt for 16yrs. LETS DO IT WE CAN!!!

  7. Olamilekan Ogunmilade

    December 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Prof pat,u such a special economist to recone with in ths nation.we all respect ur consign with our present state of the nation.i will keep saying,u are nigeria best president we didnt had.my prayer his u should keep up with d never say die spirit,cause we the youth believe in ur leadership.keep it hot (PAT UTOMI)

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

Also Read: Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.

 

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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

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The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
cashback.

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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