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Fashola: Lagos Attained 89% Budget Performance in 2012

20 Jan 2013

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Babatunde Fashola


Against all economic challenges of the year 2012, the Lagos State Government , weekend, announced a full year budget performance of 89 percent for the 2012 Budget, the highest since the inception of the present administration in 2007.

  The state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN),  announced this while speaking with newsmen after the first  session of the three-day Executive Council/Permanent Secretaries retreat being held at the Orchid Hotels and Events Centre, Lekki with the theme, ‘’Enhancing Effective and Efficient Service Delivery in Lagos State.’’

Expressing the readiness of his team to perform even better in the 2013 budget year,  Fashola, however, appealed for voluntary payment of tax by all taxable citizens of the state,  saying it is the only tool with which government can work effectively.

“It is no longer the capacity to perform. We have demonstrated that the more money we have the more performance of the budget and the more impact it will make on the lives of our people. So this is just an appeal now for people to voluntarily pay their taxes. That is the tool of government. If you give us the tool, we will deliver”,  Fashola said.

Fielding questions from journalists on the retreat which focused on the review of the implementation of decisions taken by the body in the last retreat among other topics, Fashola, who said the improvement was the fulfillment of the promise he made during the third budget review to do better in the fourth quarter, attributed the increase in performance to availability of resources and hard work.

“You’ll recall that at the third quarter briefing, I indicated that we had a quarterly performance of 65 percent, that was down from the second quarter of 84 percent and I promised that we were going to work harder in the fourth quarter. I believe we have done just that.
“Standing on its own, we have achieved a 143 percent performance in the fourth quarter”, the governor said,  adding, “So, what we have cumulatively as performance for the 2012 is a budget performance of 89 percent, the highest we have ever done since we started in 2007”.

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  • Nice 1 Segun. Either way, for or against, it is definitely nice to have you back.

    From: yinka

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Your disappointed me...You should have resigned...How come Yar Adua never handed over to Jonathan before going on medical leave...You should know the difference between serving the nation and a mortal(Yar Adua)....Of course you were addicted to the Office. Reading your Verdict over the years...I thought you would have been different...But you are not; just giving excuses just like people who served Abacha...

    From: LAWAL

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Hi Segun, Abati really has said it all. I want to say that your closeness to Jonathan s administration will definitely open you up to "unwarranted attack" from the public if you as much as show some sympathy to the government of the day. If you dare display any form of exuberance in your verdict, another group will accuse you of biting the finger that fed you. You will therefore possibly lose a lot of fans. Believe me, the poison in your pen may have lost its potency as a result of your stint as an actor at the highest level of governance.I hear you say you see clearly now. I hear you say since you have access to the highest office to discuss your concerns , you may not be as vocal or pungent in your rendition as you used to be before your Aso Rock days. But please do not forget the masses who want to talk or shout at the government though your medium. There is this feeling of comfort and emotional satisfaction the people experience when they know that their fears, frustrations and despair are finally being communicated to the government.Even if you have access to the President or the seat of power in general and after you have made your point privately with the powers that be, Please do still scribble down something ( even if na to shakara) just so that the people will feel one of their own can talk back to the government.Do not forget that the goodwill of the same people gave you access to the highest level of governance in the time past. Another reason why you have to "pose" as though you still belong to the struggle is so that you do not lose this goodwill. You need it for tomorrow s challenge. Incidenatlly, just as you you have proclaimed that The Verdict will lose some heat and punch as a result of your dining with the powers that be and actually participating in shaping your destiny, some of us who used to be your avid readers back then have also become more matured and see things differently while you were away. So the feeling is kind of mutual. But to some who have not yet been affected as to be called moderate, you still owe them some responsibility to be with them. Its is really a tight rope my brother,
    On a personal note, I hope you still have time to teach Children Sunday School in your local parish as you used to back then at Good Shepherd Pasture Parish,Alagomeji,Yaba

    From: Peter Elofusim

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun, we are clearly disappointed in you. As a social commentator your task is to make informed judgment which then becomes a driving force in public discourse and opinion. Your narrative has so far displayed poor judgment, first in your choice of when to act and for what reason. Again poor judgment in assessing your audience's capacity to judge fairly. By trying to obscure your narrative with interminable twists and turn you perhaps intend to force a judgment from the public without submitting to full inquiry. Most of us are willing to see you redeemed, but the way you are going about. BABU, it may not happen.

    From: Emmanuel Jakpa

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Thank you Mr Segun, for explaining things to us. Everything is okay, except of that Turai part, where you said she merely prevented people from seeing the president. You should have left that part for people who know, in case you do not. Anyway, I ENVY you hazard experience. I hope I can have such an opportunity one day. I will work for it. Thank you.

    From: Steve iruedo

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Welcome back to real life Segun and as a reader of your column, I welcome back the 'Verdict'. Indeed 'the acquired leverage to provide better insight into issues' is really at work already. That better explains the huge missing links into issues touched upon in the 'Days of the Cabal II'. I wish you well Segun.

    From: Abiodun Akinjayeju

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Welcome back. Well I will wait to read your subsequent publications to make my conclusions on your journey to the "other side". But then Segun I must tell it would be pretty difficult for you to come back and for people to see you to be above board again. It is really a tight rope. I don't envy you

    From: Dapo Adeya, Esq.

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Am happy you got this first hand experience Segun, it will serve as reference point for other media people who wants to go into government that it is not as easy as it seems.

    From: Tunde Phillips

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Quite revealing but the main issues were left to another time.Why?Anyway,would love to read the book when it is out,hopefully this unrevealed issues would be unraveled

    From: Seun from Germany

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Egbon, i repeat you are most welcome back. some of us knew it was even a ploy by the mover of the so called cabal, Dora to score cheap political point then.

    From: akin akinola

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun, Good promo work for your new book. You have so beautifully well pulled off a dummy on us all! I am however glad that you wisely decided not to put all the good, not so good and sordid details of the past in this special back page of Thisday because "stories" do not belong here only facts or informed analysis of issues are tolerated. Nigerians need not be unnecessarily distracted by the need for you to justify your participation in the greatest act of criminal breach of our constitution since the introduction of coup plots by ambitious and misguided soldiers of fortune in the country. The provisions of the constitutions are quite clear about what should have been done when Pres Yar Adua fell terminally ill but you all failed to comply! A breach of the constitution for whatever reason is a crime and is completely incomprehensible at the highest level of government. What transpired during the last days of that administration is only comparable to an attempted coup plot, all participants including your good self deserve to be arrested and tried for treason. Recall that recently Bode George was tried and jailed not for a criminal offence but for his failure to comply with administrative instruction regarding award of contracts,he has since served his time and public satisfaction with the administration of justice in his case is palpable nationwide. You must consider yourself extremely lucky to be a free man today but I will hasten to advice you not to take your current liberty for granted, in Nigeria things easily change and assume ugly dimension- observe Dimeji Bankole's travails. My suggestion to you is to use your freedom for public good and not for marketing promo for your newspaper or personal aggrandizement. The good you can do for the Nigerian people now is to use your fine prose to focus and drive discuss towards real issues affecting our national development. With you past sojourn in government, I believe your perspective on these issues will be most welcome and probably more informative than those of other less privileged commentators and public issue analysts like Simone and Ijeoma of Thisday. Personally I have isolated 4 critical issues that must be confronted immediately and with all passion if Nigeria is to effectively harness her potentials and develop to the level commensurate with her natural endowments. These issues are SEMU (security,education,malaria and unemployment) and I will be most willing to share my thoughts with you whenever you may wish to consider and ponder more on real issues in Nigeria. More of excellent journalism and quality public issue analysis will certainly be expected of you on account of your exposure to American society and sojourn at the prestigious Harvard University, you must therefore live up to the bill on your column on the back page of Thisday. The verdict will certainly be out in not so distant a future. Good luck to you sir!

    From: Collins

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun, I am disappointed with you for insulting the sense of us the readers who have stood with you through thick and thin.

    That you have used this medium so brazenly to whet our appetite in order to market your book is wrong. It would have been better if you told us ab initio that it was a marketing gimmick on your part to plug your book than the fitting return of an intelligent and informed commentary on Nigerian affairs.

    And it is also very cheeky and derogatory to us the readers for you to say "Having now concluded with how I joined government and how I left, my book will supply the details of what happened in-between. The adjournment of this court is hereby lifted. The Verdict is back!" as if we are all subjects in your IMPERIAL court.

    Please don't let this be your medium to WHITEWASH your time in government!

    From: mekkuzz

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • uncle Sege, your write ups always have a captivating effect. As much as you have tried to rationalize your actions and inactions during the late Predent's health episode, I, in my small mind, still think that Nigerians and indeed your fans all over deserve an apology for the role you played during that episode.
    I say this because, as a columnist a critique| public opinion leader who found himself in government, much was expected from you no matter how much you try to rationalize it. Nigerians were lied to- 150 million of them and you being the late president's mouth piece, failed to set the records straight.
    People charged with the responsibility of upholding public trust bear a heavy moral burden not to betray that trust. It is common knowledge that politics is dirty. This is why people rejoice when fledglings are appointed or voted into power because they are believed to bring into office the necessary change needed to make the difference.
    Having said all this, I'll like to welcome you back and wish you Goodluck.
    please forgive any typing errors I might have made. thanks.

    From: MICHAEL NWACHUKWU

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun.....you have still not been able to have that fine 'click' back with us...i may reserve my further complaints because my last comments were not published , so i will wait to read your memos when your book is out... whatever it is, may your road not be rough like Tai sholarin would say...

    From: Stephen Edwards

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun is yet to tell us how "president Yar'Adua" transmitted the message which he broadcast to the nation to him, in which "Yar'Adua" thanked "vice-president" Jonathan for holding forth for him. Obviously Yar'Adua was in no state to transmit any message or thank anyone, and the deliberate calling of the then Acting president Jonathan "vice president" was clearly designed to achieve an end. We also will like to know what end whoever that gave him that script or if he wrote the script, what was the intended end.

    From: John Etuk

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun this is an excellent piece! Nigerians are eagerly waiting for your book to hit the shelves,I can still remember your write up on President Jonathan then he was a Governor i guess "Whats in a name Goodluck" or so.There is a need for reproduction of it, I wish you many fruitful years ahead

    From: Musa Aliyu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I hope your comment on 'Tightrope' is not an upfront alibi to conveniently cooperate with powers that be at Abuja as an 'indigene'?While your inside knowledge should mature your writing,never 'whisper' where you should scream.Verdict must be pungently delivered every Thursday,else....

    From: Biyi Orilabawaye

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Haba Mr. Adeniyi, while we were expecting detailed accounts of what truly transpired in the Nigerian government, you have only succeeded in letting Nigerians see that you actually nursed the ambition of resigning from the Government for over 1 year and you eventually did a couple of hours before Yaradua "died". or was it that you waited for Yaradua to die, tendered your letter of resignation to VP Jonathan and pretended to Nigerians that the President actually died after you had resigned. This is just an attempt by you to wash your already soiled image with the Nigerian Public. If there was indeed no Cabal and Turai was not interfering in the running of government, who then was making all the decisions? who gave you a speech to read when the lifeless body of the President was later smuggled into the Country? Who directed you to thank VP jonathan for holding forth while the President was away on medical treatment? Please answer us and stop giving promises!

    From: Kemi Oni

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun, welcome back.You have tried to clear the air on the cabal issue, but you have not clarified why President Yar'Ardua could not be seen by anybody. Neither did you say anything on why the commanding rank of the military has to be broken to shepherd the president convoy from the airport at the dead of the night. What is everyone preventing? Why are they preventing it? Who are involved, because you have inadvertently gratified Turai with a superlative intelligence for her to be able to pull these off alone, since you say there is no cabal?
    Secondly, the only time you could clear the air about reference to Acting President as Vp is now. Nobody could blame you for saying this since GEJ automatically reverted back to VP when the President is around. Postponing the clarification insinuates that there is more to it. All in all you have done your bit. A lot of your critics could not do better. Wellcome back.

    From: Festus Agboola

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • No writer has ever lifted my quest for more as you do. thank God you are back, but i think it will better if can bring up a web page where reader can have forum with you on leadership and your experience. I always keep copies of your pages for the past 5 years- it for my unborn grandchildren

    From: Alaya Abdul

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Interesting write up. It would be much more enlightening now reading Oni's 'broadened horizon' outlook on issues as against his Utopian or idealistic views prior to joining govt.
    Good to have you back...

    From: L Y Lawal

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • There is still a lot for Mr Adeniyi to clarify, please we are waiting!

    From: lanre

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Please Segun, you failed to tell us about the Budget that was taken to the late Yar'Adua in Saudi Arabia for signature at a time the man was unconscious of the goings around him, not to talk of reading a Budget and its details before appending his assent. Who signed the budget?

    From: Tunde Awe

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • medicine after death

    From: Jide lawal

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun is a mortal after all. We have our shortcomings as well if we perceived his actions and inaction as one.His apologies is needless, history iand his conscience are there to pass the verdict.
    Welcome Segun to the beat again.

    From: Olawale Yinusa

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun Welcome back . we await the events between your appointment and exit as promised

    From: Patrick Eneape

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Mr Segun, quite enlightened piece. today I understand better and I cannot but say give not this background story, individuals can now be informed our your decisions. You do not have to regret any action because now you are better informed. I think your exposure will now be available to the public in enhancing public affairs in Nigeria and beyond

    From: Yinka Olaito

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Given your explanations Segun, if I was in your position I wouldn't have done otherwise. The best critics are those on the sidelines, the spectators, who will see your mistakes but do not care to know why you made that move. While watching football I see a lot of mistakes made by the footballers on field but put me in their position I'd do far worse. Your loyalty to Yar' Adua I can assure you is not wasted. I look forward to reading more and may I assure you that I'd be among the very first that will buy your book.

    From: Innocent Adjenughure

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Welcome back Segun. You are a gifted writer and probably among the disappearing breed of Nigerian patriots.
    However, your stint in government raises the question: should a crusading professional join the government of the day?
    As the mouth piece to the president, I thought the Yar'adua administration would have done well to read previous articles on your page about solutions to national problems. Some of the policy decisions were atrocious to say the least. Did you have an input on that? What is the process that gives birth to Nigerian national policy and with such access to the men wielding Nigerian presidential power (both Yara'dua and Jonathan) what have you achieved (or do you intend to achieve) for a Nigeria in dire need of real development?
    It is unfortunate Yara'dua died. But it is even more unfortunate that the right thing was not done while he was sick. Probably he would still have been alive. Was there really a need to rush him back from Saudi Arabia if he had handed over power to his VP? Did you try to offer true and wise counsel as a patriot (first and foremost) before covering your 'ass' and ensuring that you were viewed as being 'faithful'?
    I will buy your book, if it is on sale in my 'neck of the woods' and I hope you remain visionary and objective in your column.
    On a slightly different note, I do hope your children still learn to speak mandarin.
    Best wishes.

    From: Koko Udom

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Please tell Nigerians the truth and stop marketing your book.

    From: Joy Ezenwa

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • SEGUN, IS THIS ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY? PLEASE I AM WAITING FOR MORE

    From: Abang Mercy

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Adeniyi, you did not disappoint me. You are just acting human. Your eyes are now open so you can say things about governance you couldn't say during your sweet days in government. As a Nigerian I didn't expect anything more than you are set forth to do. Goodluck.........

    From: Adamu Ahmed

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • HI SEGUN I STARTED READING YOUR COLUMN SINCE 2004, AND TILL NOW TOME YOU ARE STILL THE BEST COLUMNIST AROUND. I HAD MIXED FEELINGS WHEN YOU JOINED THE GOVT, FIRSTLY BECAUSE I WONT READ YOUR COLUMNS AGAIN AND MORE IMPORTANTLY GOD WAS GIVING YOU OPPORTUNITY TO BE GREAT BY REMOVING YOU FOR A WHILE FROM THE GROUP OF COMMENTATORS/OR AUDIENCE TO BECOMING PART OF THE PEOPLE ON THE STAGE. BROS SEGUN YOU WILL CERTAINLY WRITE BETTER, COS A MAN THAT HEARD ABOUT "'THERE" AND A MAN THAT WAS "THERE" WONT SAY SAME THINGS. WELCOME BACK MY BETTERED COLUMNIST. OTHER COLUMNIST WILL ONLY WRITE TASTE OF THE FOOD THEY HAVE NEVER EATEN.

    From: DR OYINBO

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Wow, I always enjoy sitting in on the proceedings of this court and saying my piece as though on yet another jury duty and reading the verdict(everyone's take). Firstly, Welcome back Segun good job on another intelligent piece though its made us now want to read the book for what exactly went down. Now if M dam Turai was no threat , why did El Rufai feel the need to go as far concocting the Cabal story to "neutralize her"? Is it fair that Turai was thus vilified over nothing? Is there a loophole in power succession that would allow one individual to exercise such powers? @Peter Elofusin Your comment "Pose as if he still belongs to the struggle" seems like encouraging Segun to admit to a level of deficiency. His coloum still needs to reflect the people voice(cares and concerns) as fiercely more so than at any time prior. @Collins On the issues on the burner of the Nigerian state right now I totally agree but let SEMU be SHEU (Security, Health, Education and Employment) there is so much more than malaria going on. @S. Edwards, I know you meant to tell Segun "MAY YOUR ROAD BE ROUGH" that's what Solarin says because its only out of great trails that a diamond is shone from rocks. That's why they say break a leg. Finally it has been said "If you cannot join hands in finding solutions to a problem, you have no right to complain" Segun did the right thing trying to work it from inside out and we all will be here to hold his feet to the fire. Have a great day folks, ill be sitting in again on Thursday. Cheers

    From: Regina Askia Williams

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Uncle Sege,

    Thanks for a fluid, if not remotely insightful piece. We, your readers, are not interest in an A posteriori rationalisation of your actions, which were inevitably (and justifiably) self-serving. We expected nothing less!

    Going forward, you Sir, have been charged with delivering analysis which rises above the journalistic hoi-polloi. A soujourn at Harvard, a stint in Executive power... you have the tools with which to work. Do not fail again!

    From: Wisdom Pankele

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • VERDIT IS BACK IN THE PUBLIC ARENA. I SUGGEST TO MR SEGUN ADENIYI TO KINDLY WATCH THE FOLLOWING FILMS - SAWORO IDE AND AGOGO EWO.
    THE OPINION LEADERS WORLDWIDE KNOW WELL THAT ONCE CARPET IS CROSSED PERCEPTION AND REACTION WILL CHANGE. HAVING BEEN THERE VERDICT WILL BE SYMPATHETIC AND MODERATE AND CAREFULLY PRESENT THE BALANCED SCORE CARD.
    I ALSO RECOMMEND THAT MR SEGUN ADENIYI TO ALSO WATCH A YORUBA FILM CALLED S' AWO S'EGBERI.
    VERDIT HAS BEEN PROPERLY REBRANDED AND BECOME A TRADITIONAL GANGAN DRUM IF TURN FACE TO ONE IT WILL TURN BACK TO OTHER.
    BIENVENUE.

    From: labode_e

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • You didn't fail neither did you succeed just like those before and after you. What i enjoyed is your simplistic prose and definite description of facts. You also further gave a revelation that what happen often in government are all facades. I watch Tony Blair interview on Frost Aljazeera, and say to myself 'that's all about him, he once powerful'

    From: Victor Ikem

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Dear Segun,
    There is no doubt you're a brilliant writer and l sure will be keeping dates with you regardless of how l now feel about you. I still remember how reading one of your articles informed my avoiding a bad investment decision at the time.
    Am lost on why you should explain your joining and leaving the government. Both were absolutely within your rights. That said, it does throw up some integrity issues that is not going away soon and this is because you may not have realised how highly rated you were with your readers. Two examples on my mind:
    (1) � During a live TV Q

    From: Arthur Ibeneme

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • All in all it was a challenge to you and most Nigerians would not have turned the offer down,at least you made good use of the opportunity and you should never relent,someday you could be chosen to go speak on behalf of Africa as a continent,just try and know where you make mistakes and keep going on.I envy your position working close to the president.

    From: Ola Sheriff.

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Dear Segun Adeniyi, i read your two part write up, which attempted to explain away some of the noble or is it, ignoble roles you played while at the highest level of ‘national representation’ and i concluded that 'he is only a man afterall'.Your children desired to go to the USA because it was founded, nurtured and constantly sustained by men and women of goodwill who at all times realizes the collective power of the people over the selective choice of the individual, a nation peopled by men and women who knew that loyalty to the constitution of "...we the people..." is more than the sympathetic feeling of a man for some displayed personal generousity.While reading your two part write ups, certain thoughts crossed my mind that, this is 'kiss and tell', that the so called cabal you have demystified can't really be pleased with you, that your actions/inactions at those critical periods have just been revealed by you as un-coerced and rather perpetuated by you and the then Madam First Lady and that it would have been better if you advertised your book via other means, meaning your ‘silence would have been golden’! Lastly Sir, this is an insult to the widely acclaimed and universally acknowledged Nigerian intelligence. Please spend your ‘national representation’ acquirements (material, wisdom, knowledge, privileged contacts,etc)wisely, for unless you ultimately go back to the side you were so often found vilifying then....you may find out soon enough that no Good luck can influence Goodwill for you on the side you just returned here.

    From: Olufemi O.T

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Dear Mr. Adeniyi,

    No mortal is immuned from mistakes. The lesson I learnt from your experience is that we should let our loyalty be first to Nigeria rather than to the office holders no matter the circumstances, that way we would be on the right side of history.

    From: Ayobaba Olorunnaiye

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I want to check comments of yesterday

    From: David Isisele

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I am certainly buying a copy of your book. I feel your pain Segun, it was never meant to be easy!. One takeaway for you from all these comments should be that you were highly respected and held in esteem by your readers prior to your political appointment.
    I guess that depending on what your personal objectives are; your book should provide most, if not all, answers to the questions that people have raised. For me, I finally gave up on Nigeria because of how things were handled during Yar'dua's sickness. It was the most shameful period in the history as the 'country'. And guess what, I doubt anyone has been investigated or any lessons learned.!
    Hope your book will explain exactly how President Yar'dua communicated to you the last 3 or so messages that you issued on his behalf..... that the President said...!! how, where and when?

    From: Tunji Adeola

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Dear Segun,
    There is no doubt you're a brilliant writer and l'm sure will be keeping dates with you regardless of how l now feel about you. I still remember how reading one of your articles informed my avoiding a bad investment decision at the time.
    Am lost on why you should explain your joining and leaving the government. Both were absolutely within your rights. That said, it does throw up some integrity issues that is not going away soon and this is because you may not have realised how highly rated you were with your readers. Two examples on my mind:
    (1) � During a live TV Q

    From: Arthur Ibeneme

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun, well what can I say than its always better when you are outside to draw conclusions but when you get inside the story changes.on a lighter note I think the Harvard people injected you with the marketing skills they are very good at... who wouldn't want a copy of your book now!

    From: lekan Adewuyi

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Egbon, its good to have you back, give or take, you have got a lot of explanation to do, and trust me, for a long time to come.

    From: Abdulrahman

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Welcome back sir.I must confess that i missed your column so greatly.Trust you will do justice to it now that you are back.I still believe there is a lot Nigerians need to know about what transpired during the exit and secret return of late president Yar'Adua that has not been said.This is Nigeria,with time we will all get to know.Whatever the situation,Yar'Adua was the president of the federal republuc of Nigeria,and was been taken care of with tax payers money.As president,he is a public property which defies every reason why Hajiya Turai should deny Ngerians access to their president.At least Nigerians deserve the right to know the state of health of their president.It was quite unfortunate that the so call cabal played politics with whole issue just because they wanted to remain politically relevant at the expence of the Nigerian state.

    From: Martin Ihembe

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun, you did your best as an employee of a sitting President. Yes, many people will turn critics against your decisions during those trying moments but I personally understood your position.We are all but a pencil in the eyes of our creator.What happened to Your boss could happen to any body any day anytime. Move on with life as we expect more better things from you for the development of your profession and Nigeria.

    From: Cliff

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! I do not entirely agree with you. What is the 'compelling' about as you said the director viewed your application in Harvard University? Why is it that it is only four hours after tendering your resignation that President Yar'dua died? The good thing is that you said by the end 2009 you have seen that he may not come out of illness. You equally said that you are one of the few persons that were previlaged to see President Yar'dua then.
    Mr Sege, you have not told us the whole truth. Me be you have to change your column from the 'Verdict' to something else.

    From: Okezie

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • The great french Philosoper Montesque said it best 'Power corrupt absolute power corrupt" I lived in Boston for the last 30 years ,I have followed you writing for a while , as far as am concern you have defile that journalistic ethics of 'Truth". Your addiction to the office of press secretary of Yardua made a mess of you sir am sorry. You should have resigned rather than keep a nation of 140 million in suspense.


    Debo Fajana ' Boston. Ma. USA"

    From: Debo Fajana

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Hi Segun,

    I have read your verdit: 'The the days of the Cabal, I

    From: Samuel

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • welcome back to one of my best columnists. i missed you too much. anyway now i have become addicted to Simon am still trying to decide who is better. you are very lucky you have access to your column as a platform to tell this long story of ablution. you can now sympathise with several others who crossed over and never had a chance to clean up.anyway it's good we have one more analytic mind to keep helping us follow things. i wonder for how long because once you taste the porridge that is power, you hardly remain same. don't mind me much I'm just saying welcome to the finer sege.

    From: peters

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Mr segun even your friend Dr.Abati wrote extensively on this "cabal' thing in Aso Rock at the period under review. So who was really incharge then because certainly not Jonathan who was not allowed to see the President. Who was incharge then? Tell us please!

    From: nwatah m

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I felt your take on the issue is plausible. As a Yoruba man with our culture, it is easier for me to understand your dilemma

    From: Bola Kehinde

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun,

    Glad to have you back bros, I always enjoy your write-ups as well as Kola's , please more on what happened in-between. i am all ears.

    From: Glory Mneni

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Hi segun, if your experience in governance is placed beside the former victims of your media criticism, you can not help but tender a note of apology to many individuals that serve the Nigerian government at various capacities at different times in the history of nigeria. your case is surely an example of the adage" uneasy lies the head that wears the crown". your victims sure deserve an apology from you.

    From: DAVID NNODUA

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • I have just read Simon Kolawole and Segun Adeniyi's comment on the internet and I am so glad for the two of you. Though I am not too comfortable not knowing where Mr. Yusuf Olaniyonu is now; I must confess that at age 40 on June 4 this year, you people have really impacted in my life in these past years. Even though I am not staffed in THISDAY and was eased out by the MD on an issue I am not faulty on, yet, I thank God that THISDAY was indeed a good veritable Platform for me as the springboard for my media practise and I believe, with five years in the Maritime field as a reporter. I enjoy reading you all sirs.

    From: Elder Oyekanmi,Theophilus

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • Segun. This is pure image laundering. I think the best thing for you to do is apologize to you fans for the shameful role you played in the Ya'ardua government. You let us down terribly and the wound still hurts. You can then imagine the effect of your attempt to rationalize this misnomer. You are only adding insult to injury. Just formally apologize. Some of us have even forgiven you already and more will yet forgive you. But don't take us for a ride!

    From: Nedu

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • No doubt you are acclaimed as an accomplished Nigerian Journalist in Practice, and you also had the rare privilege of being at the core of Governing a country at the topmost level. But your account as detailed here now leaves far more questions and mistrusts in the minds of discerning and dispassionate readers....you seem to be going beyond projecting the personality of a writer for which you are widely acclaimed, to laundering your real individual personality which we never knew untill the so called cabal days..the much of your impression of which that period revealed about you is best left to posterity as well as individuals to accept or reject...... it is indeed very difficult to know what to believe from your account....after all..all these write up could be "aspects of whisperings" which ,honestly, to me, implies nothing short of manipulative strategies to achieve a desired end......so I ask you , what do you really want from readers...to remain your "subjects".?..to sharpen their opinion for them? or this time around to tell them the truth????? and Nothing but the truth??? or perhaps to take another shot at the core of governance at another level????

    From: Philipe de Pip

    Posted: 3 years ago

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