A man’s character is his fate Heraclitus Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (US), said: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

As a clergyman, I have watched pitiably how people self-sabotage themselves by seeking spiritual solutions to character-deficit issues. They look around at everybody as suspects for their predicaments when their greatest demons lurks within them- their character.

What we often call our destiny is truly our character, and since that character can change, then destiny can be altered. Character is destiny.

Is prayer actually EVERYTHING? Many would begin to argue back and forth on this intriguing question, but my main purpose of writing this piece is not to get involved in arguments. Arguments don’t improve the validity of a ‘truth;’ they only determine how long it would take before you realise it.

Most people believe that we can pray ourselves to success and get away with virtually anything if we become a stickler to some prayer routines. There is no amount of spiritual penance that can substitute for character. Sometimes, you need character, not prayer.

Dutch Sheets said: “Prayer is not a check request asking for things from God; it is a deposit slip- a way of depositing God’s character into our bankrupt souls.”

British writer and politician, Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859), said: “The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.” I have often said that what would ultimately destroy a man going to high places in life is not really the enemies that are waiting for him there, but the character that followed him there.

I want to emphatically underline the fact that this write-up is not meant to trivialise prayers in any way. I have observed that many people take character for granted, while overzealously tuning on into their spiritual mode.

We have become so spiritually in tune through prayers that we neglect the place of character and our relationship with people. Many are actually ‘heavenly’ bound, but with no earthly relevance. You can speak with spiritual eloquence, pray in public and maintain a holy appearance, but it is your behavior and character that will actually trigger the manifestation of all that God has for you.

You must learn to treat people with courtesy.
The Shunammite woman must have been praying for a child all through her life. By being hospitable to a man of God, she eventually got her much-awaited miracle. It wasn’t prayer that opened the door for her; it was her character. Assuming she wasn’t hospitable, she would have missed a critical miracle.

Many times, we pray, fast and bind demons that don’t exist when our real demons are just our greatly flawed character. Many have insulted people that were divinely placed and orchestrated to help them fulfil their destiny. Some people are keeping malice with their destiny helpers.

Treat people with respect. Treat strangers with courtesy. Never look down on anybody except you are admiring their shoes. God can use anyone to change your story.

Abigail Van Buren said: “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. The way we treat people we think can’t help or hurt us, like housekeepers, waiters, and secretaries, tells more about our character than how we treat people we think are important. How do you treat people?

One of the most impressive architectural feats and the greatest military defence project in history is the Great Wall of China. In 1987, UNESCO designated the Great Wall a World Heritage site, and a popular controversial claim that emerged in the 20th century holds that it is the only man-made structure that is visible from space.

Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the 3rd Century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from Mongolians and barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed.

History has it that when the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the Great Wall of China; they thought no one could climb it due to its height. During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded thrice and every time, the hordes of enemy infantry had no need of penetrating or climbing over the wall, because each time, they bribed the guards and came through the doors.

The Chinese built the wall, but forgot the character- building of the wall-guards. Though the Great Wall has over the years become a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength and spirit, but it has actually been a good reminder to the Chinese of the superiority of human character.

The Chinese realised much later that the best defence against the enemy is not a fortified wall, but a fortified character. Thus, the building of human character comes before building of anything else.

Prayer is not EVERYTHING! Build relationships, and don’t ever forget that God will always use man. Be mindful of your words and how you speak to people. Work seriously on your character and attitude towards life.

I want to say emphatically that character is not optional; it is sacrosanct to the future that God has planned for you. No matter where you place prayers, character matters. The greatest fraud in life is religion without character. A man without character is recklessly alive.

William Shakespeare captured it succinctly when he said: “The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Peter Schutz, the former chief executive officer of Porsche said: “HIRE CHARACTER; TRAIN SKILLS.” Back in the days when Germany was divided, a huge wall separated East and West Berlin.

One day, some people in East Berlin took a truck load of garbage and dumped it on the West Berlin side.

The people of West Berlin could have done the same thing, but they didn’t.

Instead they took a truck load of canned goods, bread, milk and other provisions, and neatly stacked it on the East Berlin side.

On top of this stack they placed the sign:


How very true! You can only give what you have.

What do you have inside of you?
Is it hate or love?
Violence or peace?
Death or life?
Capacity to build or capacity to destroy?

What have you acquired over the years?
Team spirit or pull down architecture ?


Think about it!
Please give out the good in you always.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018.



Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar disputing the assertion by President Muhammadu Buhari that the system in Nigeria allows corruption to thrive because the system is slow in tackling corruption. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar further blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for perceived failure in addressing some instances of ‘corrupt practices’ under his watch.

Let us remind Alhaji Atiku Abubakar that he is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the failed system in tackling corruption that was in place before President Muhammadu Buhari took over in 2015. We know he is aware of this, hence his latest diatribe against President Muhammadu Buhari amounts to nothing but disgusting grandstanding and an attempt to mock the system.

If the system in Nigeria was indeed working, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would not have acquired substantial shares in INTELS in clear conflict of his duties as a Customs Officer whilst in office. Those shares would have belonged to the Nigerian people by now.

If the system in Nigeria was indeed working, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would not have run a monopolistic company called INTELS all these years, ripping off the Nigerian people and the Nigerian State before Muhammadu Buhari came and broke that monopoly.

If the system was working, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would have been prosecuted and jailed for various acts of corruption and abuse of office after he left office as Vice President, some of which are:

(a) For himself and his boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, granting themselves licenses to build universities as President and Vice President whilst in office in clear breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers. Those Universities would have been probed, seized and transferred to the Nigeria State and the Nigerian people by now.

(b) Laundering slush funds to the United States of America using phony companies, part of which was used to fund his present American University in Adamawa State through which he is also extorting Nigerians through exorbitant fees. It is public knowledge that this indictment is contained in a US Congressional Report that has led to the prosecution and conviction of his accomplices in the US, which are William Jefferson and Siemens. They were convicted under a system that works, whilst he has been walking free in Nigeria and even aspiring to the highest office in the land. It is also public knowledge that his ban from entering the United States was as a result of these indictments.

(c) His indictment and recommendation for prosecution by the Report of the EFCC over the PTDF scandal whilst he was Vice President.

We have also read with keen interest the case filed against Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by some public spirited Nigerians alleging that he never paid his Personal Income Taxes as at when due, yet he wants to ‘get Nigeria working again’. In this regard, we are also challenging Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to publicly display his Personal Income Tax receipts for the 3 years preceding 2018 to show that he did not just run to FIRS in 2018 to pay his backlog of Personal Income Taxes.

For the information of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, President Muhammadu Buhari’s gallant efforts in tackling corruption headlong has led to the conviction of the President’s own party men and ex Governors who served under PDP and for acts they committed whilst in PDP. 703 persons and institutions have been convicted by the EFCC under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari since 2015. The biggest recoveries of stolen public funds in the history of Nigeria is being carried out by President Muhammadu Buhari. These recoveries were made from principally his party men who now wish to lead Nigeria with him. Some of these recoveries/seizures/forfeitures (interim and final) are:

(a) 407 Mansions since 2015.
(b) N794 Billion, over $261 Million Dollars, 1.1 Million Pounds Sterling, 8.1 Million Euros,
(c) 259 Automobiles.
(d) A fully functional hospital, St. Solomon Health Care Centre at 24, Adeniyi Jones Street, Ikeja Lagos e.t.c.

There are so many other instances too numerous to mention. These are a world apart from the few instances of the reluctant fight against corruption that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claimed happened under his watch as Vice President. During his time, there was a competition for corruption between himself, his boss and public officers.

We also urge the PDP to stop making wild, unsubstantiated allegations of corruption without a modicum of proof. We have no time to respond to any allegation by the PDP without the backing of some kind of document or proof. When we see some scintilla of proof, we shall respond appropriately. And that is how we have treated the recent allegation of acquisition of shares in Etisalat and Keystone Bank by some supposed ‘family members’ of the President. No name was mentioned and no document was shown.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar latest adventure in trying to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in matters of integrity with President Muhammadu Buhari is a political suicide mission from which we thought his handlers would have tried to steer him away. But alas! They have decided to test the waters. Locally and internationally President Muhammadu Buhari stands several miles away from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in matters of integrity. When the President used all his life in public office building a reputation and a name, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar used all his life in public office to build mansions and acquire personal wealth. Now Judgment Day has come when the credential needed by the Nigerian people for the highest office are not the buildings and wealth but the simple quality of integrity.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar cannot eat his cake and have it.

Thank you.

Director of Strategic Communications (Official Spokesperson)
President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organization.


Alleged $48.4m fraud: Court seizes 38 houses from ex-NSITF boss, Dr. Ngozi Olojeme!!!

Alleged $48.4m fraud: Court seizes 38 houses from ex-NSITF boss

A Federal High Court has ordered the interim forfeiture of more than 38 assets and properties traced to a former Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olojeme.



Olojeme  is said to have travelled oversees to avoid prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The suspect has two outstanding cases with EFCC, including alleged diversion of $48,485,127 from the N62.3billion in NSITF accounts between 2009 and 2015.

She is also being investigated for allegedly defrauding a businessman, Prince Arthur Eze, of $2.8million and N240million.

She had borrowed the $2.8million and N240million to contest for the Peoples Democratic Party’s gubernatorial ticket as an aspirant in Delta State in 2014.

The account from which she collected the N240million had no Bank Verification Number (BVN).

She was operating 50 accounts with different names in various banks and links with five companies.

The companies are Able -Jes Nigeria Ltd; Juliand Nig. Ltd; Majesty Mining and Construction Company Ltd; and Fresh Energy Limited.

A statement by the Acting Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Tony Orilade, said the agency approached the Federal High Court, Abuja for interim forfeiture of Olojeme’s assets.

The statement said the court presided over by Justice Ijeoma L. Ojukwu granted the interim order on Friday.

The statement said: “A Federal High Court has ordered the interim forfeiture of more than 38 assets and properties traced to a former chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF.

“Justice Ojukwu granted the application and ruled that ‘an order is hereby made attaching/forfeiting in the interim, all assets and properties set out in the schedule attached to this application, to the Federal Government of Nigeria, pending the hearing and determination of the trial in Charge No. CR/365/17’.

“The order was made sequel to an ex-parte Originating Summons filed by the EFCC through its counsel, Elizabeth Alabi, on December 12, 2018, praying the court for the following orders:

“An order of interim attachment/forfeiture of the asset attachment of the properties set out in the schedule attached herein”.

“An order stopping any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease, sale or alienation or otherwise of the properties/assets described in the schedule attached herein.”

“The schedule of properties referred to in the Summons include: parcels of land, duplexes, a bank building, and hotel buildings, amongst others.

Some of them are: one storey semi-detached residential building located at house/flat 86, 11 Crescent, Kado Estate, Abuja; a fenced plot of land with C of O No. DTSR16326 located at plots 104 and 105, Block IV, Phase V, Core Area, Asaba, Delta State; six units of one-bedroom apartment; one unit of five-bedroom bungalow; a block of six units of office space, all located at 196, Melford Okilo Road, Amarata-Epie, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

“Others include: one duplex and four house residential building with swimming pool, gate house, fully furnished with state of the art facilities, located at No. 25 Kainji Crescent, off Maitama, Abuja. This same property is also known as plot No. 738 Cadastral Zone AO5, Maitama, Abuja; A storey building; two bungalows; printing press with printing equipment; a fenced empty land measuring 1422.765 square meters, located at km.9 Asaba-Benin Express road, Asaba, Delta State.

“Another property is a twin duplex office building, located at Plot R/151 (No. 30A) Kingsway Road, Old GRA, Enugu State, registered at Enugu Land Registry.

“The Commission, through the application, also sought for the interim forfeiture of two duplexes with boys quarters, generator house, gym and car park, located at No. 3D Opolo, Old Commissioner’s Quarters, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State; Ten plots of land, located at plot 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 20, 23, and 24 Phase IV, Block 111, Core Area, Asaba, Delta State, with C of O No. DSTR1194; A two-bedroom bungalow, located at No. 3 Ogwa Godspower Avenue, Oshimili South LGA, Asaba, Delta State; A two-bedroom bungalow located at No. 11, Chiweta Street, off Ezenie Avenue, Asaba, Delta State, measuring 527.141 square meters; a two-bedroom bungalow, located at James Odittah Street, Oshimili LGA, Asaba, Delta State, amongst many others.”


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I have just read part of the report, especially Pgs 233 – 242. I feel ashamed as a Nigerian that such a report is available in the public domain, yet Mr Atiku is moving about wanting to be President of a sovereign country.

Visit It is a US homeland security website, if you type Mr Abubakar Atiku you will see all you need to know about the money laundering and bribery indictment on Atiku. It is a US govt website.

I have come to the conclusion that anybody who promote his candidature should be either unaware of these facts, or have a vested interest. These expose is only for truth lovers, who might have been innocently deceived or cajoled into supporting his candidacy.

A good example of this is former President Olusegun Obasanjo who had earlier said this about Atiku, but now supporting him «The Money Atiku Abubakar Stole when He was My Vice is Enough to Feed 300 Million People for 400 Years.»- Olusegun Obasanjo! (My watch page 31)

But to those who know this information and are still campaigning for Atiku Abubakar, I might have to agree with one of my FB friends who wrote:

“I have come to the conclusion that anybody who promote his candidature should be mentally examined. Such must be locked up in a sanitorium. It is a real SHAME. I now understand better why they want to get rid of Buhari.”

I personally feel that these words are too strong, especially since we are living in a free world. Yet it is strange that a suspected fugitive who will not go to defend himself with all the money he has is walking free and still wants to be a country’s President.

I like no other know what it means to be falsely accused and to fight to clear your name. I came back to Ukraine from the U.K where I was when I heard of the accusation against me. I’ve stayed behind since for 10 years now fighting to clear my name before embarking on my next mission to Nigeria.

I can’t understand why Mr. Atiku will not go to America to defend himself if he truly knows that he didn’t steal the money of Nigerian people. If he knows he is guilty, or has repented as some Nigerians claim, then let him return all he stole. He needs to give account of his stewardship before Nigerians, and repent not only before Obasanjo but before all Nigerians.

Then only would Nigerians consider if to forgive him or not. Meanwhile, this is an unbelievable impunity to be running away from justice in one part of the world then hiding behind politics in another. This man and similar fugitives like him are making Nigeria and Nigerians a laughingstock before the world. The only reason for this is that they know our people don’t research, don’t think and don’t analyze facts and events.

We must stop Atiku now before he and his co cabals milk the whole nation of Nigeria completely dry. If he could steal as much money as the Americans are accusing him of while he was only the second citizen of the nation. You can only imagine what will happen to our national treasures if such an individual becomes the President of the nation.

Abubakar Case History. From 2000 to 2008, Jennifer Douglas, a U.S. citizen and the fourth wife of Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and former candidate for President of Nigeria, helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States through wire transfers sent by offshore corporations to U.S. bank accounts. In a 2008 civil complaint, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Ms. Douglas received over $2 million in bribe payments in 2001 and 2002, from Siemens AG, a major German corporation. While Ms. Douglas denies wrongdoing, Siemens has already pled guilty to U.S. criminal charges and settled civil charges related to bribery and told the Subcommittee that it sent the payments to one of her U.S. accounts. In 2007, Mr. Abubakar was the subject of corruption allegations in Nigeria related to the Petroleum Technology Development Fund. Of the $40 million in suspect funds, $25 million was wire transferred by offshore corporations into more than 30 U.S. bank accounts opened by Ms. Douglas, primarily by Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., LetsGo Ltd. Inc., and Sima Holding Ltd. The U.S. banks maintaining those accounts were, at times, unaware of her PEP status, and they allowed multiple, large offshore wire transfers into her accounts. As each bank began to question the offshore wire transfers, Ms. Douglas indicated that all of the funds came from her husband and professed little familiarity with the offshore corporations actually sending her money. When one bank closed her account due to the offshore wire transfers, her lawyer helped convince other banks to provide a new account. In addition, two of the offshore corporations wire transferred about $14 million over five years to American University in Washington, D.C., to pay for consulting services related to the development of a Nigerian university founded by Mr. Abubakar. American University accepted the wire transfers without asking about the identity of the offshore corporations or the source of their funds because, under current law, the University had no legal obligation to inquire.

Sunday Adelaja


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Every move of Atiku to circumvent the fight against corruption was noted by me. Within a year of our coming into office, he requested for leave. It goes without saying that it was a formality; he got whatever he asked for within reason. He went on a cruise sponsored by a private company. When he came back and I learned of what happened, I called him and ticked him off for bad judgement. It was the second of such bad judgement. The first being his buying a new house in Washington soon after we took office. I told him that whether he had shares in the company or not, as number two man in the Nigerian Government, he should not subject himself to such a compromising hospitality. Within me, he must be able to advise and take decisions objectively without being compromised. There was another occasion, as head of the privatization programme; he tried to assist Sadiq Oil Company to buy one of the oil companies meant for privatization. I put my foot down for the transaction to be stopped.

There was yet another episode involving him, Otunba Fasawe and Etete regarding Malabu Oil. In spite of the documents that were shown to me, they both (Atiku and Fasawe) denied. He kept trying to make one deal after another. The one involving Congressman Jefferson in the US was the most serious one outside the country. Atiku’s poor judgment, covering up, propensity for corruption and my observation of his disloyalty had made me cautious about his suitability as a worthy successor. However we soldiered on. One of the most important actions against corruption in my administration was the one involving Atiku.