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“I Will Buy You A Cheap, Second-Hand Phone” – Obasanjo To Journalist Whose Blackberry Was Smashed



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the weekend caused a mild drama when he sighted Premium Times’ correspondent at the Government House in Ogun State.


The reporter tried to take a picture of the former president standing beside former Nigerian leader, Ernest Shonekan, with his camera phone, but got a dramatic response from Mr. Obasanjo.

“You again,” the former president said. “That was how your blackberry phone was smashed.”

One of Mr. Obasanjo’s children, Oba, had smashed the blackberry phone of the PREMIUM TIMES journalist for taking the picture of the fire at the former president’s house last week in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.

Obasanjo to buy second hand phone

The journalist complained to Mr. Obasanjo about the destroyed phone and asked the former president what he intends to do about it.

The former number one citizen again responded in his characteristic dramatic and jocular manner.

“I will buy you another one, but if you don’t mind, it has to be a fairly used and with cheaper price,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

At the end of the day’s programme, our correspondent again approached the former president, requesting to follow him to his house to collect the promised blackberry phone; but Mr. Obasanjo turned it to another round of comedy.

“You this Ijesa man, I suspect you are the one who set my house on fire, and you want to come there again, I will buy your phone for you when I return from abroad.”

After making the statement, the former president entered into his vehicle, smiled and waved to the reporter.

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  1. DVPofficial

    January 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Lmao. I love OBJ like wow. Lol

  2. hermas

    January 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Very funny

  3. femi thomas

    January 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Obasanjo is the number one comedian of the federal republic of Nigeria. he is such a funny kinda man.

  4. Nk

    January 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Nigerian jornalist has reduced them selves to cheap gossips, instead of u to report more important issues u are busy writing meaningless things. Very soon u will come here to tell us what Obj takes as breakfast and launch. And that is why they will continue to destroy ur phones. Wake up !!

  5. Umar B Shu'aib

    January 2, 2013 at 10:39 am

    So ejoy ur second hand phone…Mts! Irritatin jounalist.

  6. Dalyop Bako Friday

    January 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Former President Obasanjo is my best President that ever ruled Nigeria. I owe him my prayers. Baba your enemies will never succeed IJN. I am from the North,but i am very proud of Gen. Obasanjo

  7. Nina

    January 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    He is so my favourite,so funny and downtoearth.I love his banter more than u Baba

  8. chima

    January 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I really love OBJ so much.

  9. Ojo Godfrey

    January 2, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    That was not good enough on the act of his son. As for former Mr president he has to come on stage nigerians are waiting.

  10. Shehu Abubakar

    January 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I strongly suggest Obasanjo should join Nollywood, he will make a very good actor.

    • vivian

      January 3, 2013 at 1:02 am

      Hmm,U̶̲̥̅̊ mean it?

  11. Ademiju S Emmanuel

    January 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Long Live Baba, Long Live Nigeria. I’m very sure The Entire Entertainment industry of Our Great Nation will continue to build on the foundation laid in your time. But baba I hope you have nothing against the Ijesa because you refer to the Journalist an an Ijesa man?

  12. Awowole tosin

    January 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Baba so funny,no one can ever be like him.

  13. victor

    January 3, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I side 4 baba cos he is the best president we ever had in this country and also he made it easier 4 us 2be communicating through the use of cell phone baba may u live 4ever

  14. obi odizuru

    January 3, 2013 at 6:02 am

    baba is a true 9ja

  15. olaniyistar

    January 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    ile oba ti o jo ,ewa lo bu si…….baba, i wish u happy new year….i wish longevity and good health…..journalists should stop snapping people pictures without the their approval. this is necessary to be passed into laws in Nigeria….if u snap my picture with ur phone without my approval,i can smash it bcos the picture may be used for evil purposes. we are africans.

  16. Olojede Adelani

    January 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm


  17. Gbemiga Isaac Okewoye

    January 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve said it time after time OBJ is an Ordaine Apostle of our time, a LEADER, a VESSEL in GODs hand.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report



Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”


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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter



Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”


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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu



Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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