What treasonable felons, who do everything to show disdain for Nigeria, their home country, know how to do well is to openly flaunt their loyalty, usually to their imperfect ethnic cleavages while pretending that they genuinely love the country. No matter how hard Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba tries to pretend in his recent Nigeria Village Square publication that his is an honest and objective, constructive suggestions, a logical and rational lift of the veil to do a true test of his intentions, shows that he too is one of the Igbo disloyal and saucy, out rightly disrespectful crowd that has benefited from the sale of a property belonging to the people and the government of Nigeria.
Who is the culprit in this scandalous broad daylight stealing? He is the now-exposed, thoroughly disgraced but often vain Maryland lawyer, Mr. Emeka Ugownye. The issue at stake (for which Mr. Ugwonye, operating in locked toes with others as Mr. Emeke Asiwe, who maintains a supposed news website known as huhuonline.com and owner of the Biafran-inspired, poorly edited blog, republicreport.com, Carlisle Umunnah), for which they want the entire Embassy to crash, is the shameless stealing by Ugwonye.
The tool so whimsically deployed with such deep ferocity in this matter has been a combination of braggadocio and some empty pretence to competence and logical reasoning with faulty conclusions and broad fallacies.
From the style of this contributor, I suspect that he is no less a person than the thief who was caught red-handed himself, Emeka Ugwonye. I compared between the style deployed here and the fact that he openly used in nailing Emeke Asiwe, the discredited so-called Harvard Alumnus, as curiously wearing a similitude of a point-by-point analysis.
What are the points for which Ugwonye, Carlisle Umunnah and this hidden man-Friday of theirs want the ambassador kicked-out? Ugwonye, after selling a Nigerian property for $25 million, was given a tax refund of $1.5 million on behalf of the Embassy which he pocketed and subsequently refused to communicate with his client. In this case, Ambassador Obiozor, an Igbo who held forth at the time did not demand payment from Ugwonye. And from what has lately emerged, it was not impossible that he was given a fraction of the stolen in order to hush him up. And the layers of secrecy and cover-up was sealed with the patronage provided by the then foreign affairs minister, Mr. Ojomelukwe Madueke.
When retired General Oluwole Rotimi assumed office as the ambassador to the United States, the matter was brought his attention by every Nigerian diplomat in Washington, D.C. Rotimi acted by demanding full refund from Ugwonye. Ambassador Rotimi acted as a soldier-diplomat. He failed only in allowing ethnic jingoists to get under his skin and he had to respond to a loquacious, abrasive and hapless Ojo Madueke, as a sore loser who was still smarting from the blow of defeat suffered as a Biafran during the Nigerian Civil War. It was a punch well delivered from Ambassador Rotimi. The only problem was that Rotimi should have found an errand boy to assist him in firing the decisive shot.
After Ambassador Rotimi was moved, both professors Tunde Adeniran and Ade Adefuye were screened specifically for the ambassadorial position to the United States. At the screening level, Adefuye slightly edged-out Tunde Adeniran. Adeniran was picked, however, because he was and still remains a strong Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Nigeria. Adeniran had paid his dues as a loyal party man. He built the PDP, funded the Party and was its governorship candidate in Ekiti State, when no one wanted to embrace the party in 1998/99. He also served as a minister that was not tainted and later he had served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Germany.
Adefuye on the other hand has been a first-grade diplomat and professor of International Affairs. He had served as a high commissioner to Jamaica, was deputy high commissioner to United Kingdom and worked for his country on NEPAD, the Commonwealth and the African Union.
In short, both Adefuye and Adeniran were no mean men. The hand of fate was what snatched the appointment as ambassador to the US from Adefuye. But the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua later saw through what was an oversight and deliberate manipulation of the process and decided to stick with his official first choice for the job: Anthony Ade Adefuye.
Ade Adefuye, therefore, was never an accidental choice. And the strict process of his emergence was again respected with his recent affirmation for a second term by President Goodluck Jonathan. Dr. Jonathan has also firmly demonstrated that he believes in continuity and does not pander to distractive low echoes of cyber champions like Ugwonye and company.
Nevertheless, there was an interesting interregnum before Adefuye resumed work in Washington D.C. Ugwonye allegedly went to town to tell whoever wanted to hear that the newly appointed ambassador was one hungry university teacher. Those who heard him and brought the matter to the attention of the media quoted him as saying that he would bribe him and compromise him with $200,000 part of the proceeds by the hijacked United States Internal Revenue Service refunds.
Hard working journalists who wanted closure to the matter and punishment served to the Maryland lawyer who acted in breach of trust in handling Nigerians’ money asked the ambassador if he had any such disgraceful agreement with Ugwonye. A shocked Adefuye said he had never heard of Ugwonye and called for the file. After a careful study he was convinced that the Embassy and the Foreign Affiairs Ministry in Nigeria had enough grounds to institute litigations. The matter has seen Ugwonye behaving like a true Smart Alec. He even tried to get deportation proceedings against Nigerian journalists who tried to report his alleged criminality. How he became the lawyer to the Embassy has never been revealed either by former Ambassador Obiozor and recycled Ojo Madueke, who has again been recycled as an ambassadorial appointee.
And now to the recommendation of marshall options, suggested by OBIANUJU that Adefuye should be invited home and detained! Can this man be serious? Is this an attemot to reduce Nigeria to a Banana Republic? Could lied to this be the outburst of some demented mind that worked under any of our evil military dictators of the past? So what would be the crime of Adefuye? Does it constitute a crime for somebody who works for the interest of of the people and the government of the country to launch after a felonious lawyer who has desperately lied to Nigerians to cover his shame? Adefuye is one of the few accessible diplomats that Nigeria has ever had.
The question that must be answered also is that is it wrong for Adefuye to stand upright against a criminal that bragged like a Goliath to annihilate him careerwise by attempting to offer him bribe? I think any honest public servant, whether Nigerian or not, would do everything possible to stand, like Adefuye has done, not capitulating but going after him like the vengeance of God in a duly constituted law court.
The fact that one man wants to be clever by engaging internet blackmail and legal intimidation against reputable Nigerians still does not make him right or righteous. He was able to destroy Emeke Asiwe because than one had shady secrets and shared them with him. And concerning access to facts of activities of the Embassy in D.C., it is not true that Ugwonye, Asiwe, Umunnah or Sahara Reporters’ Omoyele Showore know more than the average Nigerian. Any seeker of the light would have access to the same information they all have. Also, the report that Asiwe took as if it was his own was never his own in the first instance. The story was originally scooped by sharpedgenews.com.
Professional colleagues have sat down with this writer as an experienced investigative news reporter of close to twenty-two years, there is nothing on Asiwe’s news website that shows that he is capable of doing a good report. In fact, if I were any of those advertisers who patronize him, I would pull my adverts away from his brand of journalism.
You cannot compare the content and style of his reports with that of saharareporters.com or sharpedgenews.com, pointblanknews.com, africanexaminer.com, etc.
Now as for Carlisle Umunnah’s republicreports.com, I have tried not to say much because he does not deserve to be elevated to the status of a serious reporter. He pursues a dead cause of Biafranism even though he was not there to fire a single shot during the civil war. Igbos may have genuine disaffection but the battle should not be left to irredentist ethnicists like Carlisle Umunnah.
So, whether it is Asiwe, Ugwonye, Umunnah or the writer of this distasteful piece here on Nigeria Village Square, they are all fighting against Nigerians, its people and government and not Adefuye. If anyone is tired of being subordinate to Adefuye, such a person should leave the job with honor, resign in integrity. The insidious things that Ugwonye and Co. write and publish in the internet about Adefuye are uncharitable and they do not benefit the nation in any way.
I have just read somewhere that Adefuye is traveling in Nigeria to attend the commissioning of an American company in Agbara, Ogun State. If he is not allowed to come back to his duty post, then I would believe that his detractors have a listening ear in Aso Rock. But if he comes back, then it would mean that his enemies are fighting a lost battle. I read of the new bilateral developments between Nigerian and American. I choose to celebrate Adefuye as an authentic and quintessential Nigerian and indeed, a global hero.
- Roy Connie is a Nigerian journalist based in Maryland, USA.
Adefuye has done well for him self.
And don't mind that Aduba. Someone wrote that Okinjo Iweala & ezekwesili are desk officers in world bank. Aduba issued a rejoinder.
How is the oil subsidy/9ja economy, Mr. Aduba?
WE KNOW OUR HEROES!!!!
AND ADE ADEFUYE IS NOT ONE OF THEM!!!
To start with, who is Roy Connie(Cunning) gan sef? Nibo loti wa to l'okun l'orun gan sef?! Before proceeding, let me quickly correct the omission in your post about Nigeria becoming a banana republic. Alhaji Roy Connie, the bitter truth, for your information is that NIGERIA IS ALREADY A FAILED STATE, THE BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, A VERY SICK AND DOOMED COUNTRY ruled by CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT, VISIONLESS and MORALLY BANKRUPT BANDITS AND OPPORTUNISTS imposed on us by Western countries - led by the United States. Sir, what do you call a country that is uncapable of providing basic ammenities like water and electricity 24 hours to 99% of its population 52 years after independence despite the fact that the country is bordered by the Atlantic ocean, the river Niger, the third longest river in Africa passes through it and ends there and is the 6th largest exporter of crude oil? What do you call a country whose citizens are systematically murdered by indigenes of a particular region for more than 100 years and neither the federal government, the police, the governors nor army could protect these innocent and armless citizens? What do you call a country that has handed practically the whole of its economy,most especially, the oil and gas sector, the most lucrative and strategic, to foreigners, foreign countries and foreign companies all in the name of attracting foreign direct investment? The list is endless. So, please wake up from your slumber sir!
Sometime ago, I posted a comment about Adefuye and I am afraid to say that since then my opinion about the man has not changed.
Adefuye is a big disappointment and a Yes man. He is an incompetent ambasador. I watched some videos of the man when he was speaking Yoruba in London, and I was shocked to discover that the man can not even speak Yoruba fluently. Just like Patcho pointed out, Adefuye, like other ambassadors too, are in foreign countries not to protect the interests of Nigeria and Nigerians. They are there for themselves. This is not dem say. I am talking from my own personal observation. Ojo Madueke, the former foreign affairs minister, turned down his posting to go to Russia for Canada because he believed that he could make more personal business transactions and money. Obviously, he is not going to Canada to solve the problems of Nigerians over there.
The fact that Ade Adefuye is a first-grade diplomat and professor of International Affairs. He had served as a high commissioner to Jamaica, was deputy high commissioner to United Kingdom and worked for his country on NEPAD, the Commonwealth and the African has not benefitted Nigeria and Nigerians in anyway. If by impact, you are talking about the neocolonization of Nigeria that is being carried out with the agents of the US like Ade Adefuye, jonathan badluck, Ngozi Iwealla, Dezanie Allison-Madueke, ibrahim babangida and others, then I we are not on the same frequency.
What has youir beloved Ade Adefuye said opr done about the fact that the Americans together with other western countries and companies have not only been polluting the Niger Delta for decades, but as well steal crude oil equaivalent of $140 billions every year?
Don't wory Mr Connie, when the pdp and jonathan badluck that the Yankees imposed on us in 2011 eventually loose power in 2015, then the Americans and their other western bandits will know that perhaps, Nigerians are not that stupid as they thought.
Finally Sir, we will be obliged if you would allow us/Nigerians to decide by ourselves who our real heroes are.
THERE WAS NEVER ONE NIGERIA!
THERE IS NO ONE NIGERIA NOW!
AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ONE NIGERIA IN THE NEXT 500 YEARS!
TIME HAS PROVED THAT A HAUSA-FULANI MAN CAN NEVER DEFEND THE INTERESTS(RIGHTS, PROPERTIES AND LIVES) OF NDIGBO NEITHER INSIDE NOR OUTSIDE NIGERIA! LET US STOP DECEIVING OURSELVES!
IT DIED COMPLETELY AND FINALLY WHEN CHIEF MOSHOOD ABIOLA, THE WINNER OF THE JUNE 12, 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WAS MURDERED IN PRISON BY NORTHERN MILITARY OFFICERS (WITH THE COLLABORATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AMERICAN, BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS)!
WE ALL NEED OUR OWN PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, AMBASSADORS, EMBASSIES, POLICE AND ARMY TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS, PROPERTIES, LIVES AND INTERESTS - NIGERIA IS NOT CAPABLE OF DOING THAT FOR 52 YEARS!!!
LET US SAVE NIGERIANS AND NOT NIGERIA FROM COMPLETE DESTRUCTION BY INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT OPPORTUNISTS LIKE JONATHAN BADLUCK AND HIS COLLEAGUES BY BREAKING UP NIGERIA!!!
JONATHAN BADLUCK, STELLA ODUA, ALLISON MADUEKE HAVE MURDERED THEM AND KILLED THEIR DREAMS!!!! WHAT A
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You know Bode,
I have always wondered why you do not add Raji Fashola, Dr Fayemi, Ajimobi and others to your list, why Rauf Aregbeshola and not the others...?
THE BIG FIVE!!!
@Ajibs! Ha, you want me to let the cat out of the sackyy! The reason is very simple. Today, Prof. Wole Soyinka is a national symbol, conscience of the country and foremost Nigerian civil-human rights activist. Both Prof. Soyinka and Mr. Femi Falana have led fierce and uncompromising battles against tyrants like Muhammodu Buhari, Sanni Abacha, Olusegun Obasanjo, ibrahim ibrahim, the smiling devil and abubakar. To be honest with you, if not for these people, babangida would have still been in power today! We really owe them a lot.
Sen. Bola Tinubu is the Moses of the Yoruba who delivered us from the onslaught from Abuja. The descendants of Usman Dan Fodio wanted to conquer and enslave the Yoruba through b-a=s-t=a-r=d-s like Gbenga Daniels, Olusegun obasanjo, Segun oni, Alao-Akala, Iyiola omisore, Olagunsoye oyinlola, etc but Tinubu stopped them. Today, Sen. Tinubu is the undisputed leader of the Yoruba and among the 3 leading Nigerian politcians. He is the leader of leaders! He is the daddy of daddies. He is the king maker. He single handedly mafe Babatunde Fashola the governor of Lagos state. He was able to build ACN to a formiddable opposition party strong enough to win the 2015 elections. It's a very big achievement.
Ogbeni Aregbesola, the governor of my state, Osun state, is the right hand man of Sen. Tinubu and successor. He has been propagating Yoruba culture, values, language and interests since he ascende office without any apology. This is the kind of leader that the Yoruba need today.
Chief Gani Fawehinmi, an exceptionally brilliant lawyer, intellectual giant and fearless fighter left a big legacy. Mr. Muhammad Fawehinmi, the son of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, one of Nigeria's 3 leading civil-human rights activist in the history of Nigeria, has continued the invaluable work of his great father. I was very pleased when he said that Nigerians should meet Christine Lagarde, the new IMF boss, with STONES during the subsidy crisis. I also recommended the same thing for Barack Obama in one of my series.
The fact that some names are missing does not in any way mean that you can not send my posts/articles to them or others.