Famous People From Nigeria By Adeola Aderounmu.
Here, I present the list of the final nominations for the Nigeria’s Hall of Fame for 2007. Indeed, this will serve as an eye opener to those who may be unhappy with this list but who will hopefully, be interested in sending in nominations for the 2008 edition.
So, here are the shortlisted candidates-in no special order:
Michael Aondoakaa (Mr. Due-Process). He is the loudest member of the go-slow administration. He has been instrumental in helping as many looters as possible to escape punishments at home and abroad (just to ridicule EFCC selective judgments under Obj) and to prove that he is the CHIEF LAW ENFORCER.
James Ibori. This man has helped Nigerians to save their money in a London bank and he has bought a Bombardier private jet to be used in the Delta Creeks by the poor and rural people of Delta state. Nice guy!
Patricia Olubunmi Etteh (Mrs Due-Process). The first woman in Nigeria to dare the record stealing abilities of the Nigerian men. She has been nice to Nigerians by not living in Sheraton but instead using ordinary 628 million naira to fix 2 houses.
Maurice Iwu (Mr. Wonder). This man took his precious time off his pharmacological exploits and cure of Ebola to conduct the worst election in human history. The Bush Family should be envious of our own very Iwu-the magician. All hail Iwuruwuru.
Olusegun Obasanjo (Mr. Do-or-die). This man ensured that more than 10 000 Nigerians lost their lives under his watch in clashes related to genocides, politics, ethnic violence and scandalous elections. This man also did the most unthinkable thing in order to help Agricultural Science in Nigeria: he did turnaround maintenance on Operation Feed the Nation resulting in the creation of Obasanjo Farms Nigeria.
Ibrahim Babangida (Mr Bluetooth). This man is a living dictator who institutionalized corruption. He is still helping Nigeria to save more than 10 billion dollars in an invisible account. He is largely invincible to the EFCC and Aondoakaa (the funny Chief Law Enforcer) put together. This unrepentant soldier who truncated democratic processes many times is still trying to rule us again.
Umar Yar Adua (Baba Go-slow/ Mr. Rule of Law). This man successfully and quietly maintained several thousand PDP Youth on a monthly stipend (N5 000) that was paid with the state government money. He ensured that those youth were involved in violent attacks linked to the 2007 elections. He also accepted the most disgraceful mandate in the history of mankind. Yar Adua is known to be hiding under the shade of the rule of law to back-pedal on the prosecution of corrupt politicians. He is being haunted by his own manner of emergence.
Fani Kayode (Obj’s Errand boy). The former minister of Aviation whose girlfriend, Chioma Anasoh, was caught on June 27th 2007 with $240,000 at Abuja airport. This man is known to say things that are not factual. Cock and bull story teller.
Nuhu Ribadu (Mr. toothless Bulldog). This man made empty promises to prosecute looters and he used the EFCC to deal with the perceived enemies of PDP and antagonists to Obasanjo. He allowed EFCC to nose dive from grace to grass by pursuing yahoo-yahoo boys and allowing the likes of Obasanjo and Ibori to oppress the masses with ill-gotten wealth.
David Mark. The former minister of communications and present speaker in the illegitimate government. This man is known to be supporting Patricia in the scandal that is rocking the lower house. He has refused to declare his assets which Nigerians believed he accumulated from stolen monies (or stolen telephones).
Chris Uba. This illiterate and funny millionaire is a member of the PDP board of trustees. He can hardly read or write but he has a personal police car in his compound. His best asset is his ability to unleash violence and mayhem in the name of godfatherism.
Muhammadu Buhari. This man ensured that his supporters fought with the youth loyal to Yar Adua just two days before the 2007 gubernatorial elections. Buhari is still gallivanting and dancing around even when the drummers have stopped the beat. He is trying to reap for the umpteenth time from democracy which he helped to truncate on a number of occasions. Ridiculous man!
Sunday Ehindero (Mr. Trump-Up suspect). This man tried to deceive the world about the true killers of Bola Ige. What kind of a lawyer is he? He told the Police to use tear gas on demonstrators in May 2007 and he has manoeuvred his way out of the N21 million naira stolen money at the police headquarters.
Jonathan Johnson (Mr. Boy-boy). This police commissioner told the world that there was no violence in Oyo state during the entire electoral period in 2007 except the ballot-box snatching on the days of the actual voting. He is the man under whose watch Adedibu stole ballot boxes to put in his house. Yeparipa!
Christopher Alao-Akala. This man, who was previously on the list EFCC’s disqualified candidates, is a notorious protégé of Adedibu. He reportedly sacked the entire Oyo state workforce (in his dreams) and he agreed to share Oyo state’s treasury with his godfather. He even suggested that Adedibu should be a lecturer of practical (he meant amala) politics at the University of Ibadan.
Goodluck Jonathan. This man was previously on the EFCC list of unfit candidates yet he found his way illegally to the number 2 spot in Nigeria. He falsified an asset declaration worth far less than the raw cash that his wife tie around her waist around the world. He is taking Nigerians for muguns.
Bode George. This man has either escaped or is awaiting trial on the allegation of corruption under his watch as the head of the Ports Authority. He is still using his position in PDP to spread violence, tsunami (in his own word) and calumny around the country.
Dipreye Alamieyeseigha. This man stole so much money, yet all he got was a pat on the back instead of a jail term that will correlate with the spread of poverty in the Niger Delta. Dipreye should be commended for his feminine adaptive or evolutionary features.
Lamidi Adedibu, (Alhaji Agbaya). This man is currently using the PDP’s machinery to recruit gangs that sowed terror on the streets of Ibadan and other cities but he has been doing similar things since the 1950s. He is said to have tremendous ability to mobilize violence and money in support of the politicians he sponsors and for distributing cash and food to supplicants on a daily basis from his Ibadan home, a brand of patronage called Amala politics.
Rashidi Ladoja. A former godson of Adedibu who relied on NURTW thugs led by Tawa since he doubted the police led by Commissioner Jonathan Johnson would intervene effectively to protect him from Adedibu’s own thugs.
Tokyo, real name-Lateef Akinsola (Ogbologbo area boy). This man is the leader of the Pro-Adedibu faction of the NURTW. He spent more than 2½ years in jail yet he returned under Akala’s watch to unleash terror on the streets of Ibadan.
Tawa, real name-Wasilu Adegboyega. He is a rival to Tokyo and was backed by Ladoja to usurp Tokyo’s role.
Ahmadu Ali. PDP chairman who in 2006 called Adedibu the commander of the PDP garrison in Oyo State. He castigated Ladoja for accepting the job of Governor when he knew he was not willing to take orders from Adedibu. Ali is a staunch supporter of Etteh in the looting wahala at the house of assembly and he has threatened to sponsor the recall of any PDP member in the house who fails to support the woman who makes his hair.
Tony Nwoye. Anambra state’s PDP chairman who was installed by Andy Uba. He was a former student union leader and a prominent member of the Black Axe cult. He recruited thugs to ensure Andy Uba’s victory in the PDP primary in December 2006. Under Nwoye, PDP became a cult affair.
Chris Ngige. Anambra’s version of the madness in Oyo. He was disqualified by INEC in the 2007 elections.
Andy Uba. This man was seen too close to Obasanjo’s armpit and therefore untouchable. He used his capacity to mobilize violence to stifle all oppositions to his eventual election. He received the presidency’s political support for his bid for the governorship of Anambra state despite his implication in corrupt activities. He ensured by all means that the governorship elections were meticulously rigged in his favour
Ateke Tom of Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV). He is the leader of a gang that has been at the forefront of violent crimes and militant activity. He has been involved in murders and bank robberies well before 2007. He showed great power by attacking 2 police stations before the elections of 2007 in PH. He murdered several officers and burnt the police stations to the ground.
Peter Odili. This man sponsored armed groups that plunged Rivers into a lasting state of chaos. Peter Odili paid gang leaders and numerous other cults between N3 million and N10 million each to disrupt the election in his favour in 2003 and 2007. He promised Tom Ateke and his boys cash and jobs in great quantities in 2003 as they helped him to power. Odili has consistently denied any relationship with Ateke or Asari. Yet, it is widely believed that Odili’s administration sponsored Ateke Tom in a failed and bloody attempt to crush Asari’s group after the latter fell out of grace.
Saboma George. A prominent militant whose gang members murdered armed group leader Price Igodo and as many as a dozen others in 2007. Saboma and his outlaws’ gang were reportedly hired by the PDP to help rig the 2007 elections in Rivers.
Celestine Omehia. Governor of Rivers state who may have sponsored Saboma George’s gang. The governorship elections were meticulously rigged in his favour. This man announced a plan to award payments of N1 million each to any youths in armed groups who agree to renounce violence
Yaki Sakin Bello. Commander of the Nigerian military’s Joint Task Force (JTF) that intervened in the chaos in PH. He led the bloody battle against the gangs in PH in August 2007.
Hassan Douglas. Chairman of the Rivers State Niger Delta Peace and Crises Resolution Committee who said that Omehia’s N1 million idea has already brought peace to Rivers State. His words: No panic, no more militias, no more hostage taking. No more fighting in any part of Rivers! Weeks later, PH was engulfed in the violent chaos that brought in the JTF.
Kalare Boys (cheape-cheape). Easy prey for politicians who offer them small amount of money, drugs, alcohol and weapons in exchange for engaging in acts of intimidation and assault or simply to accompany their campaigns in a demonstration of muscle. The price of machetes went up in Gombe during the elections because of these scalar quantities called kalare.
Abubakar Hashidu (James Bond). The former state governor and DPP Gubernatorial candidate of Gombe state who was arrested for inciting a public disturbance after his supporters allegedly rampaged through the streets of Gombe town, looting and burning buildings. When a magistrate ordered that Hashidu be remanded to prison, Kalare thugs disrupted the proceedings of the court and freed him from the dock. They attacked and wounded the magistrates with machetes in the process. Hashidu was never re-arrested.
Muhammed Danjuma Goje. Governor of Gombe state who won 985, 000 out of the 1, 083, 862 votes reportedly cast in Iwu’s election. He told his disgruntled opponents to understand that they cannot go against the wish of God; that they should accept the results of the elections.
Abu Ma’azu. The PDP leader in Gombe who thanked God that the PDP had more boys than in the opposition. The PDP’s edge in terms of kalare recruitment was due largely to the fact that the ruling party had more resources to spend on hiring them. Maazu extorts regular payment (N500, 000/month) from the 11 local government chairmen in the state for protection services provided by Kalare, who are members of the PDP youth organization.Thank you for going through the long list of candidates. Only 10 of these people will appear at the Gala Night. Please send in your final voting as soon as possible. Back up your nominations with appropriate reasons aside what has been written here. The finalists will only be announced here on the village square! That’s a promise!
Acknowledgement: some of the information used here are readily available in the Human Rights Watch Report on Nigeria, 2007.
Related Awards: Waffy Waffarian Awards 2007
Selected Responses from village square,
Ezyvic wrote: I will not attend this gala if ‘Mr. Fix it’, Chief Tony Anenieh is not included in the list, not after all his honorable contribution to ensure that as the Board of Trustee chairman, everyone got the right ‘fix’ to win the election. He then went on to submit in a most distinguished/extinguished manner to OBJ in a palace coup. He should be a nominee, even if he does not because I know most of the governors (ex and current) are still very loyal to him, and the man is ‘fixing’ a game plan to remain not just relevant, but control the base of selection of candidates into office, the PDP. My list of top 10 nominees and of course, why (as requested), will be sent in, in subsequent…..
Mikky Jaga wrote:looks like the list of who is who in Nigeria. If they are all as they are described above, little wonder Nigeria is not making any progress. Every society has the good, the bad and the ugly. What separates them is the ability of the progressing society to ensure only the good ascend to position of power while tucking the bad away from public position. But in Nigeria, all the dregs of the society are thrown up to soil the political landscape. Which means there is no role model for our youths to emulate. Shame.
Okenikpoto wrote:This is actually a list of the bad, the ugly, the thugs and the thieves putting wrought iron in the wheels of progress of this nation called Nigeria, suffice to say that Naija would be better without these recycled hangovers. Otumba Deola, I have an idea of the Title for the Award: Nigeria’s Hall of Shame nominees.
Alorianiddevi wrote: Please Correct this FACT: Tony Nwoye has not, was not, is not and will never be a member of the Neo-black Movement of Africa, a.k.a Black AXE. While we were in school, Tony was the most despised and hated student union activist by all cult groups in UNEC. He sponsored a bill to the school house of Reps against Cultists (there expulsion from campus) when he was the speaker of UNN house of reps. All the cult groups in UNEC formed a coalition to force his impeachment, he took our mace and ran away to his Aguleri home town and lost an academic section as a result of that. Tony was hated by Students, cult groups and even lecturers, His only solace was the school governing body and the then VC who he assisted to milk the school treasury. But the truth is he was never a cult boy.
Meanwhile.. Why did Chimaroke Nnamani not make the list? At least he is the only Nigerian who never owned a property prior to his return from US in 1999 but now he has over 200 buildings in Enugu metropolis alone. If this will not qualify him to the list, what about the fact that his state is the only state where PDP won all elections from councillor ship to presidential election with 99.8% majority? Even the opposition candidates did not vote for themselves.
Donn Wrote:Count me out…..,count me out…..,i will not attend if you are not giving awards to The Rt.Hon. Senator,Dr,Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu. I wonder why he is not listed despite all his patriotic efforts towards building a better Nigeria evidenced by his umatched and misunderstood roles in the 3rd term attempt to elongate the tenure of a man who brought so much joy to Nigerians for eight years.
This same Patriot was falsely accused by El Rufai of demanding for bribe and he,like a true moslem refused to swear by the holy Quran to prove his innocence even when his wife did not even beleive him…..yet you want to deny him of a well deserving award.
It is this same beloved senator who continued to win elections (until April 21) even though 95 percent of his senatorial district foolishly and ignorantly don’t vote for him…..yet u left him out…
What of Tafa Balogun…the former IG who as a good boss encouraged policemen to go for billions of naira instead of collecting N20 on our highways…..talk of ladership by example…
…and Joshua ‘honest man’ Dariye who raised alarm when EFFC abi ICPC wanted to loot his loot. He finally let the world know exactly how much he stole so it will not be re-stolen by………………
Infact if you don’t include this honourable,distinguished and patriotic gentlemen who have served our nation ‘selflessly’,….i will hurriedly organise some youths under ‘Concerned Youths for Good Governance’, get some mobilization from these aforementioned patriots and ensure the disruption of that event.…Unpatriotic fellow like you
Ocnus wrote: While admiring your dedication to rewarding those who have flourished in Nigeria the past year I regret to say that we cannot actually vote. The ballot boxes are missing and the ballot papers are being used to roll dagga in Zululand. Please address all enquiries to Maurice Iwu.
Bunch 17 wrote:This list does not comply with federal character. My state Imo is not represented. Please could you with immediate effect add the following;
Raynosa wrote:This is BADLY ORGANIZED SHOW i will surely not attend because we from EDO STATE have been MARGINALIZED.
No LAWRENCE ANINI,GEORGE IYAMU,CHIEF THIEF UNLUCKY IGBINEDION,SIR TONY ANENIH.
Pls do your reach properly EDO STATE will surely win in all category.
BisiKay wrote:Good Article But Wrong Title.
Why Not Call It:
“nigeria’s Wall Of Shame: The Top Nominees”
These Rascals Should Never Be Dignified With “fame”.
They Are Examples Of Infamy.
When The Revolution Comes, They Should All Be Swept Away.
Let Us Invite Them To Receive Their Awards.
Hoping This Shaming And Naming Them Will Engender A Transformation
In The Minds Of Some Of Them.
May The Wise Ones Among Them Have The Grace To Repent, Before It Is Too Too Late…
Amy wrote:Greetings Bisikay… while I get your point, this is the deal…Alter the title and the satirical savor of it is all gone. Me thinks the title takes the cake in that it aptly earns the article it’s satirical quality.All your points are actually implied in the title as it is.The writer’s aim is to cleverly use a paradox(title) to expose, deride and ridiculethe shortlisted elements for their many sins against the masses.
Waffy Waffarian Award 2007
This story was first published on the Village square on Oct. 18