Wunmi Akintide Ph.D

Wunmi Akintide Ph.D

I have never met Venerable Fagbemi. I knew him by reputation thru my uncle, Bishop Omoyajowo.  He and I have spoken over the phone multiple times and I have developed a relationship with the young man who is about the same age with my first son but I am very proud to be the one writing his tribute. He has become my father in the Lord.

I dedicate the tribute not just to the new Bishop alone but to all of his 3 distinguished colleagues, the new Bishops of Maiduguri, Okene and Igbomina while our own Ayo Fagbemi of Oba Ile and Akure is to become the new Bishop of Owo Diocese.

The young Bishop reminds me of the soon to be published book of one of Nigeria's best intellectual giants in Great Britain Professor Chris Imafidon. The book is titled. "The Genius in you" which reminds all of us there is a genius waiting to be tapped in all of us and our children. Bishop Ayo Fagbemi is one such genius from our own neck of the woods in Oba Ile as I plan to show with the remaining segments of this tribute.

Venerable and the new Bishop-to-be Stephen Ayo Fagbemi is 50 years old. He is happily married to his priceless jewel of inestimable value, Mrs. Florence Ebun Fagbemi, a Special Education graduate and teacher. They are blessed with two beautiful children a boy and a girl named AyoOluwa and Ayodipo.

The new Bishop was born to the family of Mr. Hezekiah Fagbemi who later became High Chief Asamo of Oba-Ile of Umogun Quarters and Mrs. Margaret Fagbemi (née Fajemiyo) of Akure.

The new Bishop is the 5th out of 16 children born to one of the most illustrious families in Oba Ile. 4 or 5 of such families in addition of course to the two or three families that are now recognized by the Oloba Chieftaincy Declaration Law as amended to present candidates in rotation for any vacancy on the throne as it occurs. produce Kabiyesi the Oloba by rotation.

The 4 0r 5 families are built around distinguished leaders of Oba Ile namely late Papa JuliusFagbemi, the patriarch of the Fagbemi Family of Oba Ile. There is the Fasemore Family whose prominent son became the first graduate at Oba Ile. The reference is to late Johnson Ayo Fasemore who was the pioneer Principal of Federal Government College, Ilorin.

There is the Fabilola or the Odofin Family. There is the family of Samuel Olakunle (the one time Baba Egbe of St John's Church Oba Ile). There is the Sao Faloye Family, the Family of Osolo Abibiri the pioneer Osolo of Isolo Quarters in Akure. There is the Odoo Family of Oke Umogun and the Oguntona and the Omodara Family which has produced the second Chairman of Akure North Local Government and a former Commissioner for Transportation in Ondo State.

Our new Bishop comes from the Fagbemi Family. One of his great Uncles Odopetu Adetunji Fagbemi also had the distinction of becoming the pioneer Baba Egbe of St John's Anglican Church.

I have to mention this fact in deference to an Oba Ile proverb which says that "Ori ko ba sangbo didu li i jere Ebire re" which simply means in Akure dialect that we all reserve the right to reap bountifully where we sow and where we have invested in sweat and hard work. It is not just a coincidence that the first Bishop to ever come from Oba Ile is a Fagbemi by the special grace of God. Who says that God does not reward devotion and good work? That the new Bishop is a Fagbemi speaks eloquently to that observation.

The new Bishop's father was Hezekiah Omoleewo Fagbemi, a teacher by profession also ended up becoming High Chief Asamo of Oba Ile before his death.

The Fagbemi Family has produced few top civil servants from Oba Ile. They include late Lawrence Fagbemi a.k.a Lawrence George who became a Permanent Secretary in Ondo State.  There is a Mrs. Kosemani Kolawole who retired in the rank of Head of Service and is currently the Mama Ijo of St Lukes Church, Idiagba Titun in Akure and Mr. Bola George who retired as a Director in the Lagos State Civil Service.

The same family has produced a retired Archdeacon in Ilasa Maja, Lagos in  Joel Olawumi Adesuyan whose son is now the Vicar of St. Luke's Church at Idiagba Titun in Akure. The younger brother of the new Bishop is Revd. Mike Fagbemi. The family is just about ready now to produce its first Bishop ever in Venerable Stephen Ayo Fagbemi. It is another proof that God does not subscribe to quota like we human beings do.

Our new Bishop Fagbemi attended St Johns Anglican Primary School, Oba-Ile and later Ejioba High School. He was a chorister, evangelist and lay reader at St John's Oba Ile, and assistant Secretary of the Christian Unity Band of the same Church While most of his peers and classmates were rushing to go to university Ayo opted for the ministry fully convinced that he had been called to serve God.

He was a Church Agent/Catechist from 1986/87 in Ijare Archdeaconry of Akure diocese, where church and youths were so impressively mobilized that Bishop E. B. Gbonigi, the pioneer Bishop of Akure diocese insisted Ayo would not be released until he had found a suitable replacement for himself at Ijare. He personally went to look for a replacement of his choice before he left for his ordination training.

From1987 to 1990 he attended Immanuel College, Ibadan, where he was college organist, intercessor, president of prayer group(later evangelical fellowship in Immanuel College of theology(EFICT), among others.

He graduated as best student taking so many awards in his final year.

He left the College with a Diploma in Religious Studies & Diploma in Theology (Magna cum Laude)

He was first ordained a Reverend in 1990 at Owo by Bishop Abraham Awosan. He served as curacy and acting vicar for one year before he left for overseas training 2months into his curacy. He pioneered Church growth with a lot of spiritual revival. He introduced house fellowship, night vigil, youth bible study, e.t.c. and he was a strong member of the Diocesan Evangelization Team reaching out to villages and towns in the diocese with the current Bishop of Idoani and others.

In 1991 he was a Priest under now Bishop Fasogbon as a trusted and reliable assistant at St Patrick's Church, Owo. The Church witnessed spiritual awakening and revival with full understanding and support of his vicar.

He returned to Ibadan for a year before going overseas for further studies. At Ibadan, he developed and transformed the local church at Wakajaiye Etile under Yemetu Archdeaconry within the short time of his work.

From 1993-1996, he attended St Johns theological College, Nottingham, an evangelical Anglican Theological College of the Church of England and the University of Nottingham. He graduated there with a Bachelor of Theology B.Th(Hons) Second Class Upper. In the UK he offered pastoral ministry under the Overseas pastoral measure in a number of parishes. Chief among them were St. Wilfrid's Parish Church, Wilford, Nottingham and St Margaret Church, Edgeware, London

He returned to Nigeria in the Abacha days against the advice of those who said Nigeria was too dangerous to return to in the era of the maximum dictator. That fear mongering did not faze Ayo, a prayer warrior who is so sure of himself and his resolve and ability to make the best of a bad situation regardless of any obstacles he may face.

From 1996 to 2000 he was the vicar of our Savior's Church Emure-Ile, Owo. He moved his congregants into the new church building, roofed the building and nearly completed it before he left for his postgraduate studies abroad.  He transformed the vicarage that it became a place to lobby for.

His time witnessed unprecedented spiritual revival in the church and development of youth ministry, Bible study, revival. Night vigils etc. The church has since produced five clergy men who passed through the youth ministry that our new Bishop pioneered.

Our new Bishop became statutory Canon of St Andrew's Cathedral Owo in 1999.

He was preferred as Archdeacon in 2005 by Bishop of Owo, the Rt. Revd. Dr. James Oladunjoye.

From 2000 to 2004 he was a doctoral student at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He completed his Ph.D degree in New Testament and Applied Theology. His Thesis was titled, "Living no Longer as before, the present significance of the identity of the elect in 1 Peter and its implications for the Anglican Church of Nigeria".

At Canterbury, he obtained a certificate in Anglican Spirituality from Duke University, Virginia in the United States.

His Ph.D thesis was revised and published by Peter Lang, NY with the title "Who are the elect in I Peter? A Study in Biblical Exegesis and its Application to the Anglican Church of Nigeria"

Venerable Ayo Fagbemi served as priest of All Saints, Murston, Sittingbourne in the Benefice of Murston with Bapchild, and Tonge in the diocese of Canterbury while the Revd. Brian Shersby was Rector, under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the supervision of the Bishop of Maidstone.

From 2005-2011 he was coordinator of Chaplaincy Services and Anglican chaplain at the university of Sunderland and a priest of Sunderland Minster in the diocese of Durham. He coordinated ministers of the Roman Catholic Mission,

Baptist, Coptic Orthodox, Methodist, URC and Salvation Army and non-Christian chaplains of the Buddhist, Sikh and Islamic religions.

He gave Chaplaincy a new face and a place of attraction. He provided unambiguous energetic leadership that brought chaplaincy to the heart of University life.

He was Chair of Sunderland Interfaith Forum (SIF) and a member of the City Council's inclusive communities group.

He attended many seminars and conferences within Nigeria, within Africa, the UK and Europe.

He has published many scholarly articles and books. He writes blogs and columns for various online sources like the Nigeriaworld, and Lagosforum and he has been profiled and eulogized as an achiever by Social Media outlets and platforms like the Sahara Reporters Media Company of New York and ChatAfrik websites both of which are pioneered by his fellow compatriots from Ondo State namely Omoyele Sowore from Ijaw Apoi and Martin Akindana from Idanre in Ondo State.

Ayo is a Church musician, a committed evangelical teacher of the word, a preacher and a pastor. He was a member of Tyndale Fellowship of Evangelical Scholars for Biblical Research and Theology. We can conveniently call him a Christian with so many testimonies.

He was formerly Dean, Archbishop Vining College, Akure and Vicar, Chapel of the Annunciation. He led with vision and passion, transforming the college and the chapel day by day.

He enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the ministerial formation and theological education of future leaders of the church, teaching hermeneutics and polity, among others.

Our new Bishop was the incumbent minister in charge of the Chapel of the Annunciation (Vicar). His leadership was characterized by the "Every soul matters" agenda which he crafted and chaperoned. He was first and foremost a teacher just like his biological father, Hezekiah Omoleewo Fagbemi.

The new Bishop thru his wide exposure around the world has since become a clergy and a researcher and international scholar by acclamation and consensus.

He transformed the face and structure of the Vining Anglican Seminary academically, spiritually and physically. He remains dynamic pastor, leader of worship, minister of the word, unambiguously evangelical with passion for outreach and relevant Anglican ministry without losing his Anglican heritage identity and purity.

He developed the Library of the Vining Center to a University standard and he developed every aspect to college life to an enviable position, so much so that securing a successor became a herculean task for the Diocesan Board upon his well-deserved promotion to the Secretary of the Nigerian Anglican Communion in the nation's Capital before his translation to Bishop.

He was finally succeeded as Dean of the Vining College by Venerable Justus Akin Omoyajowo the first son of the retired Anglican Bishop of Ijebu Ode Diocese, the Rt. Revd. Professor Joseph Akinyele Omoyajowo who remains the mentor and spiritual father of our new Bishop till tomorrow.

Dr. Ayo Fagbemi is an administrator of note with a large pastoral heart. As Dean of Bishop Vining College of Theology, he was the Supervisor to 8 Archdeacons and 2 Canons apart from the many students that he has turned out in the College.

His last posting and promotion was as General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, assisting the Primate in the general oversight administration of the Anglican Communion of Nigeria.

I like to end this tribute by drawing a striking similarity between the young man we all celebrate today and the pioneer African Bishop of Nigeria, the one and only Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther who was born in Osogun, a little village in Iseyin Local Government of Oyo State.

Osogun and Oba Ile are relatively small towns but Oba Ile has a powerful history behind it which predates Akure, the State Capital itself. The little town a few miles from Akure Airport and less than 5 miles from the State Capital has witnessed a rapid development becoming an outlet to the overflowing population of the State Capital.

The time would come when Oba Ile would only look like a borough to Akure City just like Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens Borough to New York City.

So when you are talking of Oba Ile you are really talking of Akure because the two towns are not only joined in the hips they are also joined by their long history.

That is one more reason that all of us in Akure see the new Bishop as one of our own both from his father side but even more so from his mother side.

We all celebrate him as he has joined the long list of individuals from the old Akure Division who have been lucky and blessed by God to be ordained Bishop in our life time.

The list includes Archbishops Samuel Abe from Iju and Michael Fape from Ipogun, Bishops Akinbola and Olumakaiye from Idanre, Bishop Joseph Akinyele Omoyajowo from Isarun, Bishop Joseph Arulefela from Ipogun, and Bishop Simeon Borokini from Akure.

I mention all these names because they all laid the foundation for our new Bishop who in a few ways had travelled a similar journey to those of these Bishops and Bishop Ajayi Crowther who lived from 1809 to 1891 and was a product of the premier Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone.

We can all tell that the Venerable who has the potential to become one of the longest serving Bishops in our life time by becoming Bishop at only 50 years of age is more than adequately equipped and ready to be Bishop given all of his well documented antecedents in this write-up.

His watchword and guiding principle can be summarized in three questions as follows: Who are you? Who do you want to be? and who have you helped along the way in your life journey?

It is now my honor and privilege to introduce to you the new Anglican Bishop of Owo Diocese, the Rt. Revd. Stephen Ayo Fagbemi.

"Omo Oloba  o rin jeule, Omo a ji gbagba Urin,  Omo Asamo Olopon Ude, O mu m'oriwo soro m'osaka soro. Omo a yugbo Ebo m'Osupa jiere bo, Ale i le ki Omo Oba morin tugbi Osan lisoro, Omo Eleyinkule atowire, Omo a gbenla Olowu Opoto pata O para ogun bo ni pale, O f'otito ja bi Arira o m'ogbon inu ja bi Ase"

Please stay tuned for the Consecration Service In Nigeria at the end of July, 2017 by the special grace of God.

I need all of you to rewind the tape to see all of my articles on Donald Trump on the Internet, or on Chatafrik or the Sahara Reporters websites and all of my predictions on his presidency as a concerned American senior citizen with two of my sons currently and proudly serving in the US Navy with my approval and consent because I love America too much to stay neutral. Like Winston Churchill once stated when he said he refused to stay unbiased and neutral if he has to choose between the Fire and the Fire Brigade" If we all have to choose between saving America or saving Donald Trump, the obvious choice is America.

I made the prediction I reaffirm in this write-up that Donald Trump would not serve out his first term based on what we know today even though he is foolhardy enough to dismiss the development as nothing but fake News or just a storm in a tea cup.

I predict he would be swallowed by all of the new alligators and crocodiles he himself has added into the swamps he told us he has come to clean up as the first KGB-sponsored President of the United States.

The same fake news he has so often talked about is precisely what KGB Vladimir Putin has used to defame, to mislead, to confuse, to obstruct and to irredeemably damage Hillary Clinton the clear winner of the 2016 election by more than 3 million of the popular votes but the loser by less than 100 votes at the Electoral College which has long outlived its usefulness in a Democracy.

The obnoxious contraption is still being retained by America due to a senseless ego and naive rationalization that the founding fathers who crafted that obnoxious provision in the American Constitution could never be wrong because they were presumed to be next to God in our esteem.

Much I respect those founding fathers and their need to ensure that the ultimate selection of the President and the Leader of the Free World ought not to be left to the whim and caprices of those who do not fully understand the full ramifications of their vote and why their decision need to be revisited and second-guess by 538 wise men and women randomly selected across the 50 states of America. The contraption made a lot of sense as at the time it was made and arguably for the first 100 years of America's independent as a sovereign state but not in today's America where education has permeated the very fabric of American nature and where every American is by law required to be able to read and write and the have their children sent to school by Law.

The provision on the Electoral College should long have been amended and jettisoned. The subsequent generation of American leaders conveniently forget the refrain by Socrates that "Anything made by man and even things made by God can be infinitely improved" When God created the Earth he did not include all of the fine structures and sky scrapers we see today in downtown Manhattan, downtown London, Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Cape town, Johannesburg, Lagos, Accra, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast and Dakar and Tripoli and in most of the city centers around the World.  It was human ingenuity that added all of those structures and beautification from coast to coast and from Sea to shining Sea and from one country to another.

I submit with all the emphasis at my command that  with the Electoral College contraption in the American Electoral process, America has lost her right to criticize  authoritarian regimes in all of the Communist states  like Russia or North Korea where ultimate power rests in just one leader who can make and unmake or even in a Theocracy like Saudi Arabia where Government  power is vested just in one family or in a places like Iran where their spiritual leader the Ayatollah can overrule the democratically elected President and the Parliament of the country.

Ii is absurd that the votes of 538 electors of the Electoral College in America carry far greater weight than the votes of the more than 135 million Americans who participated in the election.  Where is the outrage?

It makes no sense to me that the woman who won by 3 million votes in the popular vote is declared the loser while the actual loser, Donald Trump was declared the winner  and he recently went to Europe to call the terrorists implicated in the Manchester massacre the losers. I agree they are losers but he is a worse looser by taking a victory that does not belong to him and parading himself as a winner. He completely forgot how he has come from behind to snatch victory from the jaw of defeat in 5 out of the Swing States of America namely Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania where the KGB has focused most of their Disinformation Espionage and Fake News to confuse and to discourage enough of the Clinton voters to either stay home or vote for Trump.

The KGB has massively sponsored and spread the fake News that Hilton has been indicted by FBI and could end up in jail even if she won the election. It was a wicked propaganda that turned the table against Hillary in very mysterious circumstance that only the KGB could explain.

What the KGB did is not Rocket Science. It is now common knowledge confirmed by Mr. Brennan a former CIA Director and 17American Intelligence Agencies that the KGB is far more advanced in Cyber Technology than America and has used that technology to collude with Donald Trump and his campaign  to help Trump win the Presidency by default at the Electoral College.

How that came about is now the subject of a detailed investigations by 2 Committees of Congress and a Special Counsel named Robert Mueller, a credible and consummate FBI genius who would help get to the bottom of Russian involvement in the hacking of American Electoral Process and the undermining of Democracy in America and in all of her strategic allies in the European Union and NATO. They repeated the same Espionage in France and were planning to do the same in Germany if their complicity has not been exposed.

The noose is now tightening around the neck of Donald Trump and his collaborators in Russia. But the damage is already done as members of the European Union led by Germany and France are now terribly concerned that they can no longer count on America under Donald Trump like they did with all of America's past Presidents from Dwight Ike Eisenhower to Barrack Hussein Obama.

The observation is even worse in NATO whose member countries are worried sick and can no longer count on the iron-clad guarantee given them under Article 5 of the NATO Charter that an attack on one member country is as an attack on all member countries just like the NATO members and the European Union members did for America on September 11, 2001 when the Al Qaeda terrorists led by Osama Bin Laden brought down the Twin Towers and killed more than 3000 Americans.

Donald Trump in deference to his slave master, Vladimir Putin could not get himself to give any such assurance to NATO members in his prepared speech. He was more deferential to the Arab Summit in Riyadh than the traditional allies of America in Europe and in NATO. It was a complete outrage that must have brought some smiles to the face of Vladimir Putin and his KGB collaborators.

Russia got all it bargained for by helping Donald Trump to win. The problem now is how much compromised and diminished American foreign policy has become under the transient tenure of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has had to fire in one fell swoop 46 US District Attorneys including Bharara in New York who was already following the money in his investigation of all the financial transactions of Russian-affiliated companies which might have been involved in some shady business deals with the Donald Trump financial Empire since Donald Trump would not voluntarily release his tax returns or let anyone have access to all of his financial transactions around the World.

He has quickly fired James Comey, the FBI Director in a way that makes it impossible to tighten up the loose ends of his on-going investigations and in a way that makes it impossible to leave any paper trail to nail Donald Trump. He has made it impossible for Mr. Comey to even prepare handing over notes and an orderly transfer of power to his successor all in an effort to obstruct or make it harder for the investigation to make any headway. There is no other name to call that but obstruction of Justice.

The chickens are now coming home to roost in drip, drip, drip as the investigation gathers momentum and it is now becoming clear that the security clearance of many of the people in the Trump Campaign and the Trump White House may now be in legal jeopardy to be revoked for criminal naivety or absolute insanity or deliberate amnesia.

If people's security clearance can be pulled or revoked  for a simple infraction of an unpaid bills that have gone to collection talk less of more serious violations and concealment of some of the activities of a Reality TV President  who wants all his activities covered alive on television with the exception  of the criminal ones  he did not want anybody to share or know about except his inner circle of partners in crime which include his two eldest sons, Eric and Donald, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner whose security clearance if they have any should long have been pulled, given their role in the Espionage collusion with the KGB Vladimir Putin.

Any News is Fake News if it does not project Donald Trump in a very positive light. That is exactly the mindset of dictators and authoritarian regimes around the World. That is why individuals like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Syrian Assad, Rodrigo Duterte are always at logger heads with the Media and dissenting voices and whistle blowers they would want to eliminate or assassinate or silence with a sledge hammer which is exactly where Donald Trump is headed if he has his way, and if the rest of us would let him.

He wants to be close to the KGB so he can learn their ways and use some of their techniques to deny, deflect and obstruct and obfuscate and silence any dissenting voice in America. That is the scariest thing about the Trump Presidency that all Americans and American allies around the World would be foolhardy to overlook or underestimate or ignore much to their own peril.

The sad development must never be a partisan issue because America is greater than the sum of its parts and every effort must be made to salvage the country before it is too late and regardless of party label or loyalty.

My candid advice to Donald Trump is "Don't fall too much in love with yourself or too close to any of your buddies in the White House because they may not there tomorrow. You may in fact you be the first to throw them under the bus when the noose tightens around your neck for betraying your country through the illegal concealment of your activities with a foreign adversary even before your taking the oath of office. Selective amnesia after getting caught cannot save you from the vengeance of the Law"

The only winner in all of this development and comedy of errors and illegality is the KGB and Vladimir Putin who now have a fighting chance to regain the lost ground for Russia by breaking up NATO and the European Union. Only a fool would not come to that conclusion.

I rest my case.

All Presidents and Heads of Government and Politicians the world over can hardly admit on oath that they do not lie or do all of the above when cornered or when they have their backs against the wall or when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar like this obnoxious President.

I sure get that but  this observation has assumed a new level with Donald Trump becoming the first KGB-sponsored President of what I used to call the greatest country on Earth and my country by choice and naturalization.

I have traveled quite a bit around the World in my prime. I am yet to find any other country with the possible exception of Great Britain that comes anywhere close to America in terms of all round development.

I have a big problem with the Trump assertion that he inherited a mess when he came to office only 110 days ago. No Mr. President. America has always been great ever before you showed up with some help from the KGB. I can tell you that the country will predictably remain great long after you leave office either thru the front or back door depending on how long you are able to lie your way to oblivion before nemesis catches up with you like it did to Richard Nixon who was a lot smarter than you as an attorney by profession and like happened to Adolf Hitler before his defeat and removal as Chancellor of Germany in the aftermath of his loss in the Second World War.

The firing of James Comey and the circumstance in which it occurred and the release of his tax returns thru a "sub poena" are predictably going to be the last straw that broke the Camel's back for Trump.

All the dots as to whether or not he and his campaign actually colluded with Russia Vladimir Putin and the KGB to undermine American Democracy and its electoral process would be easily connected even by the doubting Thomases in the Republican Party who have all abandoned their loyalty to country only to pitch their tent with a narcissistic President who would abandon them in a heartbeat just like he has quickly done to Bharara in New York, Manafort, Roger Ales, Steve Bannon, General Michael Flynn and now to James Comey to save his neck and to prolong the evil day which is around the corner if you see what I see.. I can tell you that more firings are yet to come and I am predicting that Sean Spicer and the new Security Adviser are going to be the next casualty.

I can name 6 individual American among a host of other ace reporters and whistle blowers who would make that happen sooner than ever expected or envisaged.

Two of them are Great Intelligence juggernauts and experts named Malcolm Nance and Tim Weiner who wrote one of the most profoundly exciting books I have ever read on Intelligence gathering, and the pitfalls.

The other two are  Oxford-trained  Rachel Maddow who is not even a lawyer by training and profession  and  the other is the legal luminary of an ace reporter named Laurence O'Donnell all of MSNBC. The last two are razor-blade sharp Chris Cuomo and Harvard-trained reportorial juggernaut, Fareed Zakaria of the CNN

Their analysis of the Russian collusion with Trump and his team and the many failings of the Trump Presidency are beyond reproach. They all have the ability to connect the dots for gullible Americans and the legislators and senators who you would think are very smart but are really very naïve and damn too partisan to realize or appreciate that duplicity and partisanship have to stop at the water edge like they say in America.

If the Congress men and senators value and love America more than they love any transient President, they would beat a retreat and fully understand that Donald Trump is leading America to the precipice and total destruction if they do not call his bluff.

I love this country too much for me to just "sit down they look" in the words of late Uncle Bola Ige of Nigeria. There is just too much at stake and there is just so much more in America that is still worth dying for like many of our founding fathers have done as acknowledged by Tom Brokaw in his best seller book titled, "The Greatest Generation"

Donald Trump fired James Comey because he realized the noose was tightening up around his neck even though no criminal charge has been leveled again him as we speak. Like the artful dodger he has become he had been expecting Mr. Comey to aggressively defend and cover up for him much more forcefully than he has been doing hitherto. Donald Trump calls the US Military "My Military and FBI "My FBI" He expected those national Institutions to work for him and never against him even he was deliberately violating or undermining America.

He fired Comey to serve notice to Comey's successor and all the individuals in the Intelligence Community that the same fate would await them if they would not dance to his tune, or do his biddings from now on regardless of what the Constitution says. Donald Trump is like the proverbial strayed hunt dog that would never hear the whistle of his master or owner.

Donald Trump's ultimate goal is to destroy the norms and all the essential safeguards of a Democratic Government and to reduce it to the Dictatorship of the Communist regimes that put him over the top in the last election by destroying Hillary Clinton who was running head and shoulders above him in the opinion polls a week or two before the elections and was expected to easily defeat him with effortless ease in the final tally.

Even though Hillary still went on to beat him arms down in the popular vote of a total of 135 million Americans but not among the 538 voters in the anachronistic Electoral College Abracadabra that has long outlived its usefulness and should long have been jettisoned. Trump scored 306 while Hillary scored 232 in the Electoral College Vote. The minority all of a sudden became the majority in a twinkle of an eye.

The whole development has made a total mockery of Democracy which is part of the goal of Donald Trump who wants to destabilize the United Nations, the European Union and NATO to give Russian Vladimir Putin a fighting chance to level up the playing field for Russia to catch up with America.

Putin was proactively working to establish his own United Nations by organizing a union of Russia, China and North Korea as a counterforce to the United Nations  by launching his own Dialogue of Nations in Moscow with Russia as the King pin and the undisputed leader after destabilizing or breaking up the European Union and making sure that India and Pakistan can become the 6th and the 7th members of the UN Security Council  with 4 of those nations namely, Russia, China, India and Pakistan  coming from the Pacific region and the Indian Ocean.

Putin wants his own" Perestroika" like Gorbachev to include a Re-Alignment of Forces around the World where America must not remain the only Super Power.

Donald Trump who shoots from the hip all the time and cannot differentiate between appeasement and strength or between Wisdom and Foolhardiness actually believe that he could outmaneuver Vladimir Putin as the World's greatest negotiator who believe he can beat anyone in the game even though he is an amateur in the game who is shooting blindfolded or shooting in the dark without counting on the consequences of his action.

His new normal in American politics is to lie as much as he can, blackmail any opposition to him as fake News. He continues to deny the truth, deflect, obfuscate and actively obstruct justice and to delay justice and procrastinate till he eventually turns American system into a Monarchy or Dictatorship where he could now fully assume his role as King Louis XIV of France  when he declared in French "L'Etat C'est Moi" meaning  "I am the State and my words carry the force of Law", and anyone who disagrees with him must go jump to the Sea or forever keep his peace  or face assassination and sure death by any means possible.

That is precisely why the new normal in America is so scary and totally unacceptable. Donald Trump is doing everything to derail the ongoing investigation of Russia and he is hoping that his premeditated attack on North Korea would present a diversionary tactic to make America forget all of his blunders and to rally round him right or wrong because Americans never abandon their President in War times. He calculated that George Bush Junior won a second part in large part because he managed to drag America into a totally needless war that dragged on for years.

I rest my case.

“PHEBEAN AJIBOLA OGUNDIPE”

Nigerian famous Educationist honored in the United States on her 90thBirthday.

Dr. Wumi Akintide.

Reproduced below is a keynote address by one of the Nigerians Mrs. Ogundipe mentored and inspired during her tenure as the Assistant Adviser on Secondary Education in the 70s which is often called the golden age of Nigerian Public Service compared to now.

The Celebrant, Mrs. Ogundipe,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I like to begin by thanking God for giving me the grace to join all of you at this ceremony in praising and celebrating Mrs. Phebean Ogundipe who turned 90 years old today by the special grace of God.

Even though I have hit the mandatory age of three scores and ten ordained in the Holy Scriptures for Christians, I am still praying to God to bless me with longevity like youthful Phebean our celebrant and star of this occasion.

Praising is all I do according to a popular Gospel Music idol whose CDs are some of my favorites in my twilight years. I am talking of the legendary Smokie Norful and Kirk Franklin.

I am praising God for myself and for my friend of close to 50 years sitting right here on the high table. Speaking after the eloquent Pastor Femi Ogundipe of the Redeem Christian Church of God and his junior brother, Dr. Ogundipe, one of the best Oncologists Oklahoma who flew his own private jet to the beautiful City of Charlotte is a challenge that is clearly beyond my pay grade.

I must confess to being intimidated by their eloquence. I would make up for my inadequacy using my age and life experience as a Historian by training and certification as my greatest weapon and vantage point.

Close to 50 years ago I met Phebean when we both served at the Federal Ministry of Education during the Yakubu Gowon Era.

Late Wenike Briggs of Rivers State and Chief A.Y. Eke the first Nigerian Registrar of the University of Lagos followed each other as the Federal Commissioner for Education.  Chief S. O Awokoya, the first Minister of Education under Chief Obafemi Awolowo as first Premier of Western Region was the Chief Federal Advisers on Education. He, Chief Awokoya was succeeded by late C.J.C Cookie. You could say that all of them were older contemporaries of Mrs. Ogundipe. All of them have since gone to rest but thank God Phebean is still here.

Like I hinted earlier, Mrs. Ogundipe was then the Assistant Adviser on Secondary Education while I was just a young Assistant Secretary/ Administrative Officer Grade1in the Ministry. I was serving under Alhaji Ahmed Joda now 87 who was the Permanent Secretary while late S.O. Soyode was his Deputy. Some of Phebean's other colleagues as I recall, included the late Rex Akpofure the first Nigerian Principal of Kings College, late Chief Agiobu Kemmer, late Chief Mrs. Coker who was then Principal of Queens College, Lagos, Mr. Jerry Gana who served under Mrs. Ogundipe and late Dr. Ekpo Eyo who was the first Nigerian Director of the National Museum after the British colonial officers have returned home.

I can say without any fear of contradiction that Mrs. Ogundipe's era was the golden era of the Nigerian Civil Service in those days. I recall that Ejueyitchie was Secretary to the Federal Government.  Alhaji Sule Katagun was Chairman and Dr. Manuwa was Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian Civil Service Commission.

Tom Brokaw the famous NBC Anchor once wrote a best seller titled "The Greatest Generation" in America. If a similar book were to be written on the Greatest Generation in Nigeria, I can tell you that Phebean Ogundipe a prolific author and first class educationist would clearly make the cut with the Love of her life, her late husband who is treasured and remembered today in this ceremony along with her amazing soulmate and life partner, the star of this ceremony.

Her husband was a dashing young Ijebu man and Phebean was at the time an Esa Oke Ijesha dazzling beauty when they both fell in love and later got married in one of the most successful Nigerian marriages you have ever known.

If you don't believe me, just look at the caliber of children the Union has produced. The children scattered all over the World have all come here with their kids to honor and celebrate their awesome and amazing mother and grandmother.

I look around as I entered the Hall and I could not find many of her thousands of admirers and colleagues in Nigeria including many of her old students. If this birthday ceremony were being held in Nigeria, there would be far more distinguished and more qualified colleagues to play the role that Destiny would appear to have conferred on me to play as somebody who has known Phebean for so long. I flew in from New York yesterday to specially honor our sister in the Lord.

I believe the last time we actually set eyes on each other was in 1975 to be precise. We later reconnected on the Facebook and the Internet when Phebean came across some of my articles. As an avid reader, she went the extra mile to locate my phone number and my E-mail address and to touch base with me because she is still mentally alert and sharp pretty much like she was at her prime.

I crave your indulgence to take you down memory lane as we all celebrate the Nigerian icon who in a way is a contemporary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second who has become the longest reigning British monarch beating her grandmother Queen Victoria to second place in British History.

Queen Elizabeth and Phebean were born only a year apart in age but they both sure belong to the same generation of iconic women of virtue in the World. I can tell you that as a historian who has studied their profiles and has written volumes on both of them at some point in my life during my student days at the Royal Institute of Public Administration at Mabledon Place, London, next door the University of London at Gower Street.

Phebean Ogundipe is my mentor. She is among the few role models that God had used to show me the way in my life journey as a Prince and as an only child of my mother and a proud grandchild of Kabiyesi Afunbiowo Adesida the First, the greatest and longest-serving Deji of Akure who lived for 125 years and he reigned for 60 years from 1897 to 1957.

Yes, we all ought to give thanks to God for making us who we are. But the people that God had used to fulfil his purpose and Destiny in our lives arguably deserve as much credit as God the author and finisher of our Faith. God does not come down from his high throne above to play that role. What He simply does is use some individuals and some unique circumstances to push us to our destiny and to make us who we are.

I can tell you loud and clear that God in his infinite mercy has used Phebean Ogundipe to show me the way and to make me who I am today. Please give her a round of applause. I probably wouldn't be here today but for her influence in my life.

There are probably hundreds of other Nigerians like me whose life has been touched by the celebrant. One of them is Professor Olubodun Fakinlede of the University of Lagos who is one of the candidates prima facie qualified to be considered as a candidate for the vacant position of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure.

The learned Professor called me a few days ago just by coincidence. In our brief telephone conversation I confided in him I would be going to attend the 90th Birthday Celebration of Mrs. Ogundipe in the City of Charlotte in North Carolina on the 6th of May.

I was surprised when the young man explained to me the role Mrs. Ogundipe and her colleague Jerry Gana had played in his life. The gentleman would have been here with us today if he had gotten the notice sooner. That is how much we all value and treasure Phebean, a priceless jewel of inestimable value who is here with us today but could be gone tomorrow because tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us young or old. So when you are 50 and above in Nigeria where the average life span for men is 46 and 49 for women, you count yourself lucky if you are 90 and you begin to sing your "Nunc Dimitis" every day you wake up alive.

Great soldiers like the star of this occasion don't die anymore; they just fade away like an old soldier who never dies.

I seize this opportunity to recognize all those children and her third son the baby of the family Kola who flew in from New Zealand with her two daughters to be with us. I recognize the grandchildren and great grandchildren who are all here to celebrate and honor the celebrant with their presence. They should all stand up to be recognized. Give them a round of applause

There is no way for me to end this tribute without going back to draw some inspiration from our Yoruba Culture that Mrs. Ogundipe has used her adult life to market and to promote to the best of her ability as a literary giant who had the uncommon sense to write so many books on Yoruba folklores around the tortoise otherwise called "Ijapa Tiroko Oko Ayanrinbo"

Many of those books are now being used as text books to teach the younger generation of Yoruba children and to preserve our Yoruba Cultures for generations yet unborn. Mrs. Ogundipe is still getting paid royalties on all of those books till tomorrow and those royalties will not stop going to all of her children and grandchildren long after her transition into glory.

Mrs. Ogundipe has fired my imagination as a young man to want to be a prolific writer like her from our days together at the Federal Ministry of Education as I hinted earlier.

Today I am a syndicated columnist with the Sahara Reporters Social Media Company of New York founded by the great Omoyele Sowore from Ijaw Apoi in Ondo State and the popular Chatafrik Website pioneered by another Nigerian icon named Martin Akindana from Idanre in Ondo State.

I am proud to say that 90 year old Mrs. Ogundipe is one of the great fans of my column. Because of the influence of Mrs. Ogundipe, I have authored two books and I am working on my third book. I am pleased to note in this speech that Phebean is launching at this occasion another best seller among her many books titled, "Up-Country Girl" – A personal journey and truthful portrayal of African culture.

There is no way to stop Phebean Ogundipe. She would keep working and writing till she breaths her last because she knows no other way to live and to function as a stereo typical Ijesha woman who never quits or give up."Phebean Ajibola Ogundipe Omo Ijesha aponoda. Omo Eleni a te I ka Omo Eleni Ewele. Omo Ogedengbe Agbogungboro o ti popo l'oju Ogun. O kere lala sohun bi Sokotoropo, Eru o ba e o d'eru bar a re" as reminded by us by the great Adamo Musician of Ilesha, Nigeria, the one and only"Adedara a run ra l'Oja Oba.

Phebean Ogundipe remains one of a kind among her peers in Nigeria but more so in Yoruba Land. "Kato r'Erin o d'igbo, Ka to r'Efon o d'Odan, Ka to r'Eiye bi Okin, O di Orun Alakeji"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would now end this speech with a Gospel Song CD specially selected to serenade Phebean Ogundipe for all of the lives she has touched in Nigeria including mine by making us who we are by pushing us our Destiny. The CD was originally composed by J.J. Hairston and his Youthful Praise Singers of the United States.

My dear Phebean, you are the best among our women folks in Nigeria. You have remained a beacon of hope that Nigeria can be great and prosperous, united and peaceful if God can bless Nigeria with more of your type.

If the road is beautiful, then worry about your destination, but if your destination is beautiful then don't worry about the road. You have lived a beautiful and wonderful life. You don't have to worry about nothing any more.

I now have the honor and the privilege to ask our DJ to play the J.J Hairston CD while we all remain standing and singing along with the amazing music and song of Praise in honor of our sister in the Lord, the one and only Phebean Ajibola Ogundipe of Nigeria.

I thank you all.

If Donald Trump says Good morning to you, you have to check your time before you respond back to him. If he tells you there is a guaranteed medical coverage for pre-existing condition even after his repeal of Obamacare and his replacement by his own Trump version, you have to know he is telling a bogus lie.

There can be no guaranteed coverage for poor sick Americans including children and poor senior citizens across the country when all the 50 states are granted waivers in the Legislation to pick and choose what is less expensive and more convenient to them.

It is a set-up by the Reality TV con artist turned President who can sell you a dead cockroach and make you believe you have won a jackpot. Legislators who have to report back to their constituents before and during the next elections would be foolhardy to believe a shred of what Trump and some elements in the Republican Party are telling them. If they do not vote "No" for the Legislation, they have been sold a pig in the poke.

That is why Trump's attempt to pass the Health Care Legislation must fail again if it does not specifically guarantee coverage for existing condition. If it does, then it will be wrong for Trump and the Republicans to claim they have repealed Obamacare. What they have done is "Mend it and not end it" like I suggested long time ago in one of my articles on the subject. Trump cannot take away a right that has guaranteed medical coverage for 24 million American and has the potential to reach up to 46 million people when it is fully implemented. Obama care is like Social Security. You cannot end it without paying a very heavy price at the polls when the rubber meets the road.

When President FDR gave his word to Winston Churchill that America was going to lead the European Allies into the Second World War against Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill did not fly back to England thinking for one minute that Franklin Delano Roosevelt might have lied to him.

When young John F Kennedy looked Nikita Khrushchev straight in the face and insisted he had to remove his nuclear arsenals from Cuba, he left the arrogant Russian leader and Fidel Castro in no doubt that he meant business and that his word was his bond.

When Ronald Reagan called on Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev knew he had to comply. The wall not only came down, the move heralded the reunification of West and East Germany and the fall of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact without firing a single shot.

Trust is a big thing for any American President. If you lose it, you have lost everything. Donald Trump regretfully does not fully understand or comprehend that. He may survive for a little while with deception and empty hubris but he will eventually go down like Richard Nixon before him.

When you compare those great Presidents I have listed above and all of their promises with all of the 489 blatant lies the first Russian-sponsored President has told in his 100 days in the White House, you have to wonder like I do about where America is headed with this kneejerk President who made many big promises he could not keep as President. He made those promises to deceive the people to vote for in deference to his sponsor, Vladimir Putin and because he could not tell the difference between American Democracy and Communist Russia where Vladimir Putin is the ultimate dictator who can make and unmake and where a vocal and virile Opposition does not exist.

In Russia or North Korea, the President's political enemies and the News Media and the Judiciary are quickly suppressed and rendered impotent or subservient to the whim and caprices of the dictator.

Now that Russian hacking of American elections and the collusion with the Trump Administration is under intense scrutiny in the United States as we speak, Russian Vladimir Putin is proactively eliminating and killing whistle blowers like Rachel Maddow or Laurence O'Donnell to mention a few in Russia and elsewhere around the World who could help the investigators connect the dots and to prove beyond all shades of doubt how Russia has helped to impose Donald Trump on America.

The greatest fear that any America should and must have is what happens after the short gun marriage and the very cozy Honey Moon between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin reaches its dead end.

It can be safely assumed that the bride Donald Trump is sure to learn some dirty tricks from her husband, Vladimir Putin who will not hesitate to show Donald Trump how to quickly turn a Democracy into a Dictatorship and how to forever keep himself in power in the United States regardless of what the American Constitution may have said.

A President who has goaded his Party to change the Filibuster rule on the confirmation of a Supreme Court judge and has again urged his Party Majority in Congress to adopt the same rule in passing any Legislation is on his way to total Dictatorship in America.

The Republican Party can forever remain in power while the Opposition is forever suppressed and subdued. Donald Trump does not believe in a 2-Party system and he has demonstrated that conviction in so many ways I would now articulate with the remaining paragraphs of this article.

His cozy relationship and his refusal to ever criticize Vladimir Putin is one big proof of that. The second is the fact that he loves and openly praises and hobnobs with dictators like Kim Jong UN, Rodrigo Duterte and Erdogan of Turkey.

He openly wants to do business and make money off those countries without exception. Part of the reason he is so adamant on not releasing his tax returns unless forced so to do thru a "Sub Poena" is because  he clearly knew those tax returns would give him away and predictably lead to his impeachment for criminal conflict of interest and prosecution.

It is not Rocket Science. His former Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn has not committed any less egregious crimes than Donald Trump has committed as the investigations would conclusively reveal.

Donald Trump is not trust-worthy because he over-promises what he knows he cannot deliver. Win or lose he quickly declares victory in his own convoluted mind and he moves on to make another futile promises.

He does not believe in doing his homework on any subject and you can tell he is so empty and ignorant. He only trusts his own judgments and instincts and that is why he is so addicted to twitting at odd hours of the morning because he believes more in manipulations than any constructive engagement.

With Donald Trump, the more you look the less you see. He could easily have beaten Houdini in his game if he has followed that line of business. Donald Trump can have a one hour telephone chat or hold a long meeting with another foreign Head of State like he did with President Xi of China and Justin Trudeau of Canada and Vladimir Putin he would summarize their discussion in just one sentence while his counterpart would reduce their discussion into a 2 or 3 page Communique because they don't want to be misquoted or totally misunderstood.

Donald Trump on the other hand thrives on misleading the Public. He wants to be unpredictable. He actually wants to be misquoted so he can leave a wiggle room for numerous errors and total misrepresentation.

He is so limited in his communication skills that he would always use the wrong word which conveys a different meaning from what he had meant to say. He described Obama as bad and sick, a description that my 8th grade granddaughter would not make.

He described Andrew Jackson as having a tough mind and a large heart which is a bit contradictory, and he credited the American Civil War to Jackson even though the man had dies 16 years before the war.

Donald Trump cannot tell the difference between Victory and Defeat. He wants to be the Judge and the accuser in his own case. He blows his own trumpet all the time on nothing to preclude others from saying anything negative about him.

He would praise you if you praise him. By the same token, he would go after you if you dare criticize him even when he is totally wrong and derelict.

He could predictably start using institutions like the FBI and CIA to do his dirty job for him and he could begin to use them to go after his perceived political enemies on both sides of the isle.

He is bent on protecting the income flow of his many businesses around the World in places like China, the Philippines and his Trump Towers in Istanbul and his hotel chains in Moscow and Leningrad, Ukraine and his business interest in Egypt.

That is why he must cozy up to those dictators in those countries. He is actively pushing the building of the Wall to barricade Mexico not because the move is going to permanently or effectively solve the problem of immigrants crossing the borders but because that is an area where he can personally make a lot of money because he would be the one awarding those contracts to companies he can manipulate

And fleece. It is a "win- win" proposition for Donald Trump and that was why he once said he would be the first American to profit from running for President, win or lose.

Building walls to stop immigrant crossing is not as fool-proof as it sounds and it penny-wise and pound-foolish if you really think about it. That is why very few countries would ever try to build walls to stop or totally minimize illegal boarder crossings like Donald Trump is promising to do. He first of all boasted and gloated that Mexico was going to pay because he was so arrogant. When Mexico called his bluff he took a hike on that telling some cock and bull story that America would now pay and Mexico would reimburse America.

If any country could ever stop immigrant crossing, Nigeria should long have considered the move with Niger or Chad. Citizens of Niger in border towns with Nigeria like Maradi and Niamey and citizens of Chad regularly cross the borders to Nigeria to vote in Nigerian elections and to graze their Cattles causing a lot of havoc in Nigeria as we speak, it has never occurred to Nigeria to build the kind of expensive wall that Trump is contemplating. He is twisting arms in Congress today to get the job done. It is a wrong move that ought to go down in defeat. It makes no sense at all.

I saw a bit of what I am telling you during my several visits to Niger and to Chad for the few years I served as the Secretary to the Joint Economic Commissions of Nigeria with the rest of the World in the early 80s.

All that Donald Trump cares about is making money from all of his pet projects as President.

America made a fatal U-turn when she carelessly allowed Trump to collude with Vladimir Putin to find his way to the White House.

I rest my case.

A good psychoanalyst and a mind reader like Professor Ozodi Osuji, a Nigerian American who lives in Alaska and has become the most popular columnist of Chatafrik by the consensus of readers would tell you that Donald Trump would have wished to be elected President of the United States at a much younger age like JFK who became President at 42.

Same Osuji would probably have told you that it is far much harder to change or panel-beat a 70 year old man than an adolescent. The Presidency as a learning curve changes most Presidents but not Trump who is always going to be Trump regardless of anything you do. It simply means that Donald Trump is like a dried fish and any attempt to bend or straighten him up would break him.

I do not pretend to be the Wizard of Oz but I am thoroughly schooled by ace reporters like the awesome Rachel Maddow and brilliant Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC who help me to connect the dots on Donald Trump and the precipice to which he may be leading the greatest country on Earth.

Donald Trump openly admits he does not want to be the President of the World and that America would go it alone if the rest of the World refuses to come on board. That stance stand stands in sharp contrast to the ideals of JFK, the youngest and arguably the most charismatic and dynamic American President and his emphasis on Country above self, the Poor and the Middle Class and World Peace thru collaboration.

JFK clearly said that the touch has been passed to a younger generation not just in America but the whole World and he saw himself as a leader in that World to promote World Peace and peaceful coexistence. He rhetorically asked in his powerful inaugural address, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" That was then. This is now. The difference between Trump and JFK cannot be more stark or poignant.

Donald Trump would have wished to share the star power of the handsome JFK who became President by the narrowest of margin both in the popular vote and in the Electoral College tally by beating Richard Nixon popularly called "Tricky Dickie" a professional politician, and a sitting Vice President to a very popular President in Dwight Ike Eisenhower, a famous General before his election as President.

I call Donald Trump a Richard Nixon on Steroid and a far cry from JFK. If you think Richard Nixon was a crook, I cannot imagine what any of you reading this would call Donald Trump who says one thing and does the exact opposite without any feeling of remorse or regret because he believes and argues he does not make mistake.

He only stopped short of calling himself God and that he is why he thinks he reserves the right to be the accused and the judge in his own case. Trump believes he can criticize anyone including the Pope but he hates for anyone to criticize him and like most dictators before him, he would like to use the power of the Presidency to climb down hard on all of his critics and whistleblowers including the Print and the News Media.

You are his friend if you sing his praises and his enemy if you dare criticize him. If you do not sing his praises he would sing his own praises and describe your opinions of him as fake News because he creates and lives in own reality and illusion, and when he gets cornered he sugarcoats his own perception and belief as the alternate truth, and he expects you to accept that as the Gospel truth and nothing but the truth.

He can make up stories like alleging that President Obama wire-tapped his office and that Susan Rice broke the Law without any shred of evidence but as a cover up for some of his transgressions as President and just to satisfy his ego and his own whim and caprices. He believes he reserves the right to call black white and white black and he could care less what his critics think.

He falsely claims that no Administration since FDR has accomplished more than his Administration in their first 90 days in office. Even the least informed person in America knows that to be totally false. As at the time of writing this piece, Donald Trump who has signed Executive Orders one after the other has not had a single legislation passed into Law under his belt.

Majority of those Executive Orders which have been challenged in the Courts have all been shot down because they were all found to be illegal and arbitrary. The development clearly shows a fumbling and ignorant President who shoots in the dark or who shoots from the hip without doing his homework.

Donald Trump compares himself to FDR one of the greatest and the longest-serving American Presidents who initiated the idea of the League of Nations which has since metamorphosed into the United Nations with its Headquarters in New York.

FDR working in close collaboration with Winston Churchill, Sterling finally defeated and ended the Second World War in 1945. Donald Trump touts the signing of an Executive Order as an accomplishment even though he clearly knows that doing so is something that a President is allowed to do but it does not count as an achievement unless it is able to survive judicial scrutiny and legislative challenge.

He is now counting on a Supreme Court dominated by his fellow conservative judges as a way to uphold all of those intuitive executive orders which cannot pass the litmus test of sound legal interpretation. Donald Trump believes he can make an omelet without breaking an egg. He deceives himself all the time while thinking he is deceiving the Public. He is always trying to defend the impossible and making his White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer fall on his own sword for his own sake so many times.

He is the worst President in that context and nowhere comparable to any of his Predecessors including the worst of them. He is known to reverse himself ever so often by signing executive orders that are so vague in interpretation like his last one on Immigration where he was threatening to defund sanctuary cities which Judge William Blocks has recently ruled as being unconstitutional.

The drip, drip, drip that has enveloped the Trump Administration over the Russian hacking of American Elections is certainly one that could eventually drive his Presidency into oblivion as time goes by, despite all the efforts by his White House to cover up or cause major distractions for the investigations to go forward. It has now revealed that his first Security Adviser, General Flynn may have broken the Law by clandestinely working for a foreign country while at the same time serving at the highest level of American national Security with the implicit collusion of Trump who refused to do any thorough security clearance on him before putting him into such a high position of responsibility in his Government. Donald Trump is therefore doing something more egregious and criminally proved than what Richard Nixon was forced to resign about.

Donald Trump used to call the Chinese trade manipulators he was going to put in their place if elected President. Once he got elected he invited the Chinese President Xi to his Winter White House at his Mar-A- Lago Resort Center in Florida. He offered him a lavish entertainment, and while that man was busy eating the best Cheese cake in the whole World in a 10 minutes chat with the Chinese President, Donald trump pulled a fast one on the President by telling him he had just ordered the 59 Tomahawk Missiles to be rained on Syria as the Commander-in-Chief of the strongest Military Power the World has ever known.

In his convoluted mind, he was using that show of power to serve notice to the Chinese President that he meant business and that he was going to be different from any other American President before him. Part of his goal was to use carrot and stick to force President Xi to cooperate with him in his secret and half-baked plan to attack the North Korean dictator who has been vexing his muzzles against America by his indiscriminate testing of his Nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

Donald Trump foolishly admitted after their meeting that he learnt so much during his 10 minutes encounter with the Chinese President to walk away from his initial plan to label China a manipulator. He was now willing to forget everything negative he has ever said about China if the Chinese President is willing to cooperate with him in his threat against Communist North Korea. He said he was doing that to show his flexibility but he was actually betraying his naivety and foolhardiness as a novice in Diplomacy and Geo Politics.

He was willing to quickly reverse himself like a little boy will do when he throws away the cake at the sight of a honey biscuit. Donald Trump needs to grow up and to stop behaving like a kindergarten or a pony that still has a lot of tricks to learn.

Who could ever have believed that any American President would be that naïve and gullible to think or believe that any foreign leader worth his salt would be so childish to dance to his tune just like that.

Donald Trump is so full of it that he believes he can get away with murder because he prides himself as the world's greatest negotiator who can make an opponent sign his or her own death warrant in a twinkle of an eye. Donald Trump once boasted and gloated than he knew far more than all the American Generals combined. He is fast changing the rules of engagement and changing the American military and forcing them into a role they have not been trained to undertake. Today his Administration is top heavy with Wall Street big Whigs and Military Generals like you will expect in a Military Regime. He is saying he is doing that to make America great again and to serve notice to the World he is here to regain the lost glory of America which only exists in his own figment of imagination and his narcissistic mind.

I call him Richard Nixon on Steroid because Richard Nixon who came to the presidency as one of the most experienced in American Politics as a sitting Vice President for 8 years and a brilliant lawyer and former Governor of California could never have dared to tell the kind of lies that Donald Trump tells everyday as President.

If Richard was ever caught in conflict of interest, his own is a child play compared to Donald Trump's Richard Nixon never wasted time releasing his tax returns every year of his Presidency and before he was forced to resign due to the Watergate scandal and to escape impeachment. Donald Trump dared not release his tax returns while presiding over an Oligarchy that makes it mandatory for you and I to release our own if and when due and during mandatory audits. He is going to lead the effort to do a Tax Reform in America while keeping his own tax release or audit a top secret.

The comparison with Richard Nixon and JFK makes a lot of sense in this context. Say all you want about Richard Nixon the fact remains that he and Henry Kissinger did make history with their opening up of China long before anyone ever thought that conventional wisdom suggested it. There is no way in the wide world that Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson, his Secretary of State can be compared to Nixon and Henry Kissinger one of the greatest American Secretaries of State ever.

Neither can Trump be compared to JFK and the nostalgia and the hope and excitement that his Presidency represented for the whole World.

I recall the first official visit of JFK to His Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second or JFK's first visit to the Pope not to talk of JFK's sensational visit to Berlin where he declared in perfect German in a speech that resonated throughout the whole world. The visit that surpassed it was arguably the first visit of Barack Hussein Obama as a nominee of a major political Party in American History.

Obama was received like a Rock Star. And he went on to win the Presidency as the first black ever to do that. Donald Trump is testing the Waters by sending his daughter Ivanka Kushner as a top adviser to go attend a Woman's Summit at the invitation of a German Chancellor. Angela Merkel. Rather than being received like a star she was booed by many of her listeners. That is likely to be a sign of what her father must expect during his planned first visit to Her Majesty the Queen next month.

If by any miracle the man survives for 4 years which is unlikely, he would have turned the American Government upside down that nobody can tell the difference between America and some of the oppressive regimes Donald Trump wants America to emulate. He daily swims in conflict of interest and he says he wants to be the first American President to profit from running for office, win or lose. If you don't consider such a statement scary, you have got to be living on the Moon. Corruption or Dictatorship in Government is going to hit the roof in America under the Trump Presidency.   Believe it or not!

I rest my case.

The Alaafin of Oyo Lamidi Adeyemi the Third went to London and he paraded 3 or 4 of his wives in a move captured by the News and Print Media in London and back home in Nigeria.

The love for polygamy by most of our traditional rulers, High Chiefs and other Nigerians is a preference that is quietly but surely losing its appeal. I can name few powerful traditional rulers in Yoruba Land who have defied the odds to keep their marital vows despite all the pressures on them to do otherwise due to the dictate of some of our moribund traditions and culture, sad to say.

Oba Festus Adedinsewo Adesanoye Osungbedenola, the late Osemawe of Ondo a good senior friend of mine and my former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service was decidedly one royal father that resisted the temptation to take a second wife. So was my cousin, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo the Second the late Deji of Akure. The incumbent Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olagbegi the Third and the current Oluwo of Iwo Oba Akambi, a returnee from Canada is another. The current Alani of Idoani, retired General Olutoye and the current Akala of Ikaram Akoko are among the few I know who have kept their marital vows.

It is newsworthy, however, when the Arole Oodua himself, the Ooni Risa of Ile Ife the cradle of the Yoruba Civilization has reaffirmed some of this observations by so far sticking to the principle of one man one wife and doing so with pride and dignity in addition of course to many of his new progressive initiatives for peace and unity in his domain in particular and in all Yoruba Land and Nigeria as a whole.

It was long rumored before Ooni Risa Adesoji Aderemi made his transition in 1980 that the next Ooni Risa was most likely to be Prince Sijuwade, the grandson of Ooni Risa Olubuse the First because Prince Sijuwade did not hide his ambition to, one day, be crowned the Ooni Risa. His passion for that title was that strong.

Nobody ever had any such premonition about Prince Adeyeye except his father who gave him the name "Babatunde" at his birth because it has been predicted when his mother's pregnancy of him was only 3 months old. It was prophesied that the baby in her womb was going to be somebody big and special someday. Nobody paid too much attention to that prophesy at the time until it actually happened.

Adeyeye Babatunde came from nowhere to emerge as the candidate most favored by the Ife king makers to be the next Ooni Risa less than a year after the exit of Oba Sijuwade Olubuse the Second. The Head of the Kingmakers who could have been less favorable to him had miraculously made his own exit in the nick of time to grant him a smooth ride to the mythical "Are" crown that made him the successor to Oodua by acclamation and consensus.

Ooni Risa Atobatele Adesoji Aderemi was blessed by God to be the only Ooni in History who doubled down at one point of his close to 50 years reign as the Ooni and Governor of Western Region. It is hard to find any Ooni Risa who can easily beat that record.

Ooni Risa Sijuwade had evidently used his personal wealth and influence in Government circle to keep the Oodua throne on the cutting edge of fame and publicity, but few people, myself included ever thought that Ile Ife and the Yoruba nation would be twice or thrice lucky to quickly find another Ooni Risa that would measure up or even surpass the very impressive records of his two immediate predecessors on that throne.

I say that with some trepidation, of course, because Ojaja the Second has already shattered in less than two years on the throne some of the records set by all of the three Oonis before him if you see what I see. I am talking of Ooni Ademiluyi Ajagun Lawarikan the first Ooni to ever travel out of his domain, Ooni Atobatele Adesoji Aderemi who actually became Governor of Western Region and was knighted by the Quuen of England, and Ooni Sijuwade Olubuse the Second "Eri Ogun Ebiti pomo piri O lomi sira bi Aboyun" the first Ooni with a higher global influence that spread to places like Great Britain, the United States and even to Cuba.

No Ooni Risa I know has received the kind of reception and welcome reserved for only visiting Heads of State and Governments when they travel abroad. Ojaja the Second has clearly done with his charisma, his personal charm and prestige and the way he and his Yeyelua and their entourage have carried themselves. He has covered a huge mileage and has flown across the Oceans as the greatest promoter and icon of Yoruba tradition and culture more than any other Ooni Risa in living memory. He has clearly placed Ile Ife on the world map like no other Ooni before him.

The new Oonirisa, His Royal Majesty Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja the Second has become the highest educated Ooni Risa and arguably the richest, if not the most influential of them all till now. He is a product of Loyola College and Ibadan Polytechnic. He came to the highest throne in Yoruba Land at the young age of 40. He ran for the title with a host of other prominent Princes which included his own father his passport to the throne and two of his older brothers, one of whom is his "Sooko Laekun" today.

He has rebuilt and beautified the Oodua Palace turning it into a "Taj Mahal" of his own within months of his ascension to the throne. He was named the Chancellor of the great University of Nigeria at Nsukka. He was given the key to the City of Somerset in New Jersey and the key to the City of London. He addressed a State Assembly in America and his presence in America was acknowledged by President Obama. He and his wife Queen Wuraola were received by the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. He has clearly made history instead of hysteria and he has made the Yoruba nation proud.

He and His wife were treated as special guests of Honor to the British Museum and the Brooklyn Museum in New York and when they visited the Liberty Bell at the City of brotherly Love in Philadelphia. They were received as special guests of Honor at the Oyotunji Village in South Carolina. He and his Yeyelua and their Entourage of more than 100 people including 25 Yoruba traditional were received as celebrities everywhere he went in the United States and Great Britain. Not even the King of Swaziland a Head of State of his own country could have received a greater honor around the World.

I was among the delegation that received him and his entourage at the JFK Airport in New York and he was received the same high visibility welcome at the Heathrow Airport in London. I knew it because I covered his overseas trip for Sahara Reporters and I was an invited guest to the huge Reception held for him by the Ile Ife/ Modakeke and other Yoruba descendants in America at the huge Ukrainian Banquet Hall at the City of Somerset in New Jersey.

To cut a long story short, Ojaja the Second was crowned the Ooni Risa at the young age of 40 with pomp and pageantry that was second to none in the History of Ile Ife. The young man had come to the throne at a time his first marriage has ended in a peaceful divorce due to irreconcilable differences. He became for a short time the most eligible bachelor in town and a single father of a daughter born out of wedlock when he was only 19 years of age.

Handsome, filthy-rich and charismatic to a fault you could call him God's great gift to women, but the young man is not a flirt or womanizer. He had a mission to accomplish. Rushing into another marriage was the last thing he wanted to do as he ascended the throne, but he probably took to heart Commander Ebenezer Obeys refrain in his famous song where he clearly stated and I quote that "Aponle ko si f'Oba ti o l'Olori" meaning in Yoruba" there is little honor or respect for King without a Queen.

He needed a companion in the Palace and a shoulder to lean on after a good day's job. He is a "workaholic" who does not postpone till tomorrow what he can do today. You can tell that from his very busy schedule as the Ooni Risa and the permanent Chairman of the Osun State Council of Obas and one of the most powerful traditional rulers in Nigeria. You could call him the Ooni Risa of the Universe.

He went as far as Edo Kingdom with tight historical ties to the Yoruba Nation to go find himself a bride to marry pretty much like Eddie Murphy did when he traveled out from his far away Kingdom of Samunda to go find a bride in Queens, New York in his famous "Coming to America" Movie which sold like hot cake all over the World.

"Ojaja fidi ote j'ale" spread his dragnet as far as the "Igodomigodo" Kingdom that Patrick Obahiagbon used to talk so much about. He went there to find his own "Moremi" in a dazzling beauty he quickly renamed "Wuraola Ogunwusi nee Otiti who has since been appointed the new" Yeyelua of Ile Ife" as the most senior wife to the new "Arole Oodua, Okirikiri biti Jigbinni bi Ate Akun Olori Alade Gbogbo Okun Arabaribi Omi nini Eiye mu"

Part of the reason I am documenting this for posterity is to explain what the new Ooni Risa and his Yeyelua have done to set a new template in traditional marriage but before I do that I must explain what qualifies me so to do.

I come from the Adesida Royal Dynast of Akure and the proud grandson of the greatest Deji in all of Akure History. I was a former Secretary to the only Asodeboyede Ruling House of Akure before the Ruling House was broken into two by a Decree signed into Law on December 12, 1991 by Navy Captain Sunday Olukoya, the Military Governor of Ondo State. My own grandfather Deji Afunbiowo Adesida the First was an unrepentant polygamist. He had his own Yeyelua in Afinju Olori Ekundayo, an Ado Akure paragon of Beauty from Itaogbolu near Akure who accompanied grandpa when to receive Her Majesty the Queen at Ibadan in 1956 during the Queen's first official visit to Nigeria.

I knew everything there is to know about Yoruba traditional system not only in reference to Akure alone but also to most Yoruba towns because I love History and tradition as an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University and as a historian tutored by my late grandfather Professor Emeritus of Akure History, Kabiyesi Deji Afunbiowo Adesida the First and late Professor Akinjogbin and late Professor Pius Igbafe of Edo State and late Professor Ade Ajayi from Ikole Ekiti, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Many Princes seek the crown to have the freedom and the power to marry as many wives as they want. I do not see the new Ooni Risa as one of such Princes from the little I know about him. He could predictably change his mind in the future and take a second wife but right now I see him as being a "Sui generis" one of a kind among our traditional rulers and I figure it out that one more Queen to his present one may be too much of a crowd and rightly so.

I see Lamido Sanusi the new Emir of Kano and the former Governor of the Central Bank has added another wife to his Harem as clearly permitted by his Muslim faith and as his northern culture clearly allows him to marry up to 4 wives provided he has the means to support them as he sure does I would concede.

It may be out of place therefore to compare the new Ooni Risa, a born again Christian with the new Emir of Kano. The new traditional ruler I can compare the Ooni Risa to in this write-up is probably the new Oluwo of Iwo, a Muslim who has formally proclaimed his only wife his Queen and has allowed her to wear a real crown without any dissenting voice at Iwo. I guess the new vogue is a departure from polygamy among our royal fathers which is understandable given the downside to polygamy and the inherent problems that come with it.

The new Oluwo has, in fact, gone beyond that. He has started wearing conventional dresses like Tuxedos and he occasionally dresses like a Chief Imam. He wears T shirts and sneakers outside the confines of his Palace. I don't know what to make of that. He has been known to openly dance to Gangan talking drums and to openly lead the drummers in the songs and lyrics he wants them to play for him. I also saw the "Alaafin Iku Baba Yeye" Lamidi Adeyemi demonstrate a few steps on you Tube but he did it with some dignity and decorum befitting his prestigious title before quickly moving away. I have no problems with a royal father dancing to tradition music but it has to be done with civility and decorum.

Thank God the new Ooni Risa clearly understands that. He has his own peculiar way of dressing with "Orikogbofo" crowns to match the color of his beautiful robes. I am yet to see the Ooni Risa and his wife throw caution to the wind to start dancing rough in the Public like the Oluwo has done on a few occasions due to youthful exuberance.

The Ooni Risa does not carry a horse tail but he carries his big Staff of Office. He carries himself with dignity. He owns the latest models of Bentley, and Rolls Royce befitting his royal pedigree. It is a wonderful and impressive spectacle to behold. One of my American friends who accompanied me to the JFK Airport to welcome the Kabiyesi to New York was so star-struck and he told me after the event he had never seen an African Emperor before but he sure saw one that day.

The new Ooni Risa has come to the throne with an agenda to leave his foot prints on the sand of History as an Ooni with a mission. He has set a new template in leadership that makes him so special and unique. He has so far restrained himself from polygamy. His marriage to a very sophisticated and educated Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi the new Yeyelua of Ile Ife speaks volumes on what kind of Ooni Risa he wants to be. The Yeyelua is rumored to have graduated in Architecture before her marriage to the Ooni Risa.

I have listened to her speak in a few public functions during her husband's trip to the United States and during his recent visit to Great Britain. She may not have graduated from Harvard and the London School of Economics or any of the 8 or 9 Universities like Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi; she surely spoke like a Queen who can stand her own anywhere in the World. Quite apart from being a paragon of Beauty, she fully complements the power, the charisma, the prestige and the eloquence and presence of her powerful husband.

I am very proud of her as the Yeyelua of Yoruba Land and a fitting successor to Moremi who came from Ofa to marry "Oodua O Daye Aterere K'Aiye, Ajalaiye Ajalorun Omo Igba Irunmole"

Yeyelua Wuraola Ogunwusi does not sound like a wife going to tolerate a harem of women for her powerful husband any time soon. I watched her defend her position in lucid and perfect Queen's English when a television anchorwoman interviewed her in London. He was asked to shed more light on her opposition to marriage equality between a husband and wife and what exactly she meant by her statement.

I thought the Yeyelua was going to cave in or dodge the question but she rose to the occasion with equanimity, with dignity, confidence and decorum befitting her high office as our new "Moremi of Yorubaland". Her response was flawless. She maintained her ground and she explained that she was not advocating equality between husband and wife the way it is perceived in the Western World. She explained she is not advocating discrimination against women in any shape or form in terms of equal pay for equal work or their right to exercise their civic rights and equal treatment under the Law.

She even quoted the Bible that the Husband remains the Head of the Household claiming she can never and would never claim equality with her Husband, the Ooni Risa because she knows her limitations as the Queen and the Yeyelua of her husband and Ile Ife as the cradle of Yoruba Civilization.

What she advocated was Equity and consideration for women by their husband in every marriage regardless of title or status. She defended her position with clarity and eloquence that received a standing ovation from her British audience. It was a virtuoso performance

I knew there and then that she or her husband or both of them were going to be the keynote speakers at the Launching of my new Book titled the "Voice of Reason" It is a collection of my articles in the last 10 years on a myriads of subjects including American and Nigerian Politics, Clinical Psychology and Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Economy and International Relations, Satire, and Yoruba Tradition as it relates to Marriage and Equity in Relationships in general.

The book which is published by International Publishers, Ibadan is to be launched at the Federal University of Technology, Akure at a date to be announced but certainly before the end of the Year.

The new Ooni Risa and his Yeyelua have set a new template in the new initiatives they have both launched to turn Ile Ife into a Tourism Eldorado in Nigeria and to go promote the virtues and the ideals of the Yoruba Nation in Nigeria and overseas like they have done with their very successful visits to the United States and Britain.

The next official visit would take the Ooni Risa and the Yeyelua to Cuba and the Caribeans and Brazil where he is going to meet the Yoruba Descendants in those countries That should make this Ooni and his Yeyelua first of their kind in the long history of the Yorubas. No traditional ruler in Nigeria has achieved the same feat. Not the Sultan of Sokoto or any Oba of Benin, the Alaafin of Oyo, or the Obong of Calabar or the Amayanabo of Buguma has ever done that.

The Ooni Risa has done it with his own money and resources and as a call of duty without any assistance from the Government.

The man of History surely knows what he wants and God has granted him the enablement to be able to do it on his own to champion the cause of the Yoruba nation as the Arole Oodua the mythical progenitor of the Yoruba people world-wide.

I rest my case.

My first preoccupation in this article is to establish up front what Russian Vladimir Putin had done to America that we all should be concerned about if we truly love America is my reason for writing this article. As a proud father of 2 young men proudly serving in the US Military, and as a happy retiree who gets my pensions and social security paid without fail on a specific date of the month.

I wake up every day praying for America and cursing out any nation on Earth which may be trying to mess with America. The medical coverage, the benefit and the peace of mind I get from America is what many Nigerians retirees and pensioners can kill to get in Nigeria. I don't know about you but for me there is so much more about America that is worth fighting for. The Russians trying to endanger the security of America in any shape or form is not something I take lightly, and it is above and beyond partisan Politics.  America has to know what happened and prevent it from ever happening again.

Russia's goal was to undermine American Democracy and to stop their nemesis, Hillary from ever getting elected as President. The second was to sow the seed of discord in God's own country and the leader of the Free World.  Part of that goal was to meddle in American elections and to test their superiority in Cyber Warfare and to avenge the embarrassment they suffered when America and Great Britain led by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had worked side by side to put Gorbachev at the helm of affairs in the Kremlin. Third was America finally winning the long and protracted cold war without firing a single shot

The feat by Reagan and Thatcher had paid off big time as Gorbachev the Russian President started talking about a reset button with the West that he labeled as "Perestroika" in Russian Language. That reset button was a kiss of Death. It led to the fall of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the breakaway of the 15 Russian Republics in one fell swoop without firing a single shot.

Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher became instant hero and heroin in the World because the development occurred during their tenure as President and Prime Minister. Vladimir Putin as a Russian nationalist and a Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB before his foray into Politics is now simply trying to find his own Gorbachev in Donald Trump who would be micromanaged and forced to do his own "Perestroika" which would help to level the playing field for Russia to regain all or some of her lost ground as a competing super power with America.

America for your information has always beaten Russia to the punch ever since America became a sovereign state on July 4th, 1776. America beat Russia when she took the credit for leading the Allied Powers which included Russia into victory in the Second World War with President Ferdinand Franklin Roosevelt as the undisputed leader in that war when it ended in 1945. Russia is believed to have lost up to 60 million Russians in that war. America beat Russia again when she founded International Institutions like the League of Nations now called the United Nations and when America cited the Headquarters in New York by World acclamation and consensus.

America beat Russia when she led the move to establish the World Bank and the IMF and when it created NATO. America won it when America became the first country on Earth to land the first man Neil Armstrong on the Moon even though Russia was the first to launch Yuri Gagarin into Space with a few years' advantage or edge in Space Exploration. America surely beat America in strategic thinking and vision when Russia sold Alaska to America for a whopping sum of 7.2 million Dollars which is now worth more than 125 million Dollars.

America beat Russia again when America developed the Atomic Bomb in 1944 and when America became the first country on Earth to use it in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the orders of President Harry Truman. Russia did not acquire the technology until 5 years later in 1949. Russia tried to hide it but someway somehow America found out and made it public. America beat Russia again when it became the first country on Earth to invent the Computer and the Internet and when it became a leader in Microsoft and Apple technology. America reduced Russia to second fiddle in the World when the youngest American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy at only 42 forced Nikita Khrushchev into retreat when the young President compelled Russia to disassemble her nuclear weapons from Cuba in the backyard of America without firing a single shot.

I could go on and on to explain how America has always beaten Russia to the finished line in the World of Science, in the Nobel Peace Award at Oslo in Norway and for always claiming the highest number of Gold Medals in the Olympics.

But for once in the History of the World, Russia landed a knockout punch on America by putting her first sponsored American President in the White House. America is damn too embarrassed to admit it but it is now a "fait accompli" that nobody can dispute based on empirical facts that the current investigations into the Russian meddling in American Elections would clearly prove and based on intelligence reports from the best Intelligence experts in the world America.

Take it or leave it. It was a shocking upset victory that can be compared to Mohammed Ali's upset victory against Sonny Liston in their first Heavy weight Boxing bout at the Madison Square Garden Stadium in New York. It is a shocking upset victory that can be compared to my alma mater the great University of Connecticut Women Basketball Team's  loss to Mississippi State in a cliff hanger victory that saw Mississippi team wiping out a 21 point lead by UConn by a squeaker in the last few seconds of the game.  It is a UConn loss that would be remembered for a long time in Basketball History.

America must view the election of Donald Trump on the sponsorship of Russia in that prism. I never thought I would ever live to see Russians popping Champaign bottles to celebrate their success in electing their first American President. That was really painful  because I had thought America could never be that careless not to neutralize the move before it occurred.

Vladimir Putin wanted more defeats like that to show America the game is not over till it is over. Russia has successfully found a way to meddle in American Politics and to achieve her goal without detection in the nick of time. She has used the newly-found Russian transient superiority in Cyber Warfare and ruthless Espionage to collude with the first American candidate of a major Political Party who was open and willing to work with him to hit a home run on America.

Putin had found his own Gorbachev in Donald Trump and he went to work by making sure that Trump has emerged as the Republican nominee from a long list of 22 candidates who initially entered the race on the Republican side.

That Donald Trump won the nomination was Russia's number one victory against America. The number 2 was infiltrating the Republican Convention in Cleveland to ensure that the Republican adopt a platform favorable to Russia and her adventures in Ukraine and the Crimea. The number 3 was developing a covert operation and Disinformation Espionage and strategy that helped to demonize and blackmail Hillary Clinton while extolling the virtues of a con artist and ruthless business man named Donald Trump.

Nobody is alleging that Vladimir Putin and the KGB ever tampered with the results of the elections in any of the 50 States of America because that could never have been possible. What Russia did was to irredeemably damage Hillary Clinton beyond redemption to help Donald Trump win.

Some of us understand that elections are often lost or won before the first vote is cast in most third world countries like Nigeria and in Communist  countries like Russia or North Korea to mention a few where selection is what they do and where the Opposition is given no chance at all to win because the odds are seriously stacked against them from the "get go"

The real question now is whether or not Vladimir Putin was able to achieve his goal? I have to say yes because Donald Trump is President of the United States today by the special grace of Vladimir Putin and he has started praising and eulogizing Russia, saying and doing things that American Allies around the World could never have believed possible with previous American Presidents. Angela Merkel got a little taste of that when she had to go out of her way to beg for a handshake that Donald Trump was too reluctant or too arrogant to give.

America is in a big turmoil or disarray right now. That is what Putin wants and needs to achieve his own agenda. The newly American President is so unpopular 60 days into his presidency that he could not accept an invitation to go throw the first pitch at an American Football Game for fear he might be booed or stoned. Donald Trump felt so insulted yesterday that he angrily walked away from the Hall where he had gone to put his signature to an Executive Order right before television Cameras.

Russia is very much engaged today on destabilizing Ukraine and the European Union and there is Little America can do right now to help Ukraine because Donald Trump is President. Even though the Russian candidate had won and Hillary Clinton had lost by technical knockout, it has been one hell of the first 100 days for President Trump at home and overseas as he moved from one blunder to another and he tweets his way to oblivion.

The first showdown was in Yemen and the second was in Syria where the naked Emperor lost the propaganda war against ISIS. The encounter had ended with American troops starting an uproar that helped ISIS to claim a propaganda victory because they claimed, and rightly so, that Donald Trump had bombed the hell out of more than 100 innocent and defenseless civilians and children than the ISIS foot soldiers the troops were sent to kill. Donald Trump merely scored a Pyrrhic victory where America clearly lost more than he gained from that attack, all things considered.

Donald Trump has ignorantly described the current investigation into what Russia did and why as nothing more than a witch hunt without telling America who the witch is. The witch to most Americans is Vladimir Putin who has pulled an Espionage stunt that should be very troubling to the rank and file of Americans at home and abroad.

It therefore makes sense for America to want to get to the bottom of what happened, to stop further continuation and escalation of Russia meddling and destabilization of American Democracy and to ensure it never happens ever again.

The former Soviet Union had found herself in the same "Cul de sac" like America has found herself now. They did when Gorbachev came from nowhere to emerge as the President of the Soviet Union with some soft spot for America and the West. That was why Russia quickly got rid of Gorbachev only to replace him with the alcoholic Boris Yeltsin who also showed himself to be a stooge of the West.

Russia moved very quickly to get rid of Boris to settle for a KGB smooth operator in Vladimir Putin who is determined to pick up the pieces for Russia and finding a way to disrupt American Democracy and to put a candidate in the White House who can help Russia get to where she needs to be to remain competitive with America.

What Donald Trump and the 62 million voters out of 135 who participated in the 2016 election are too embarrassed to let the World know is what I am about to expose with this article.

It is the same point that the 306 out of 538 Electoral College handpicked candidates who voted for Trump at the Electoral College would want to sweep under the rug by all means but Americans must not let them.

The Trump supporters wish that the investigation going on in the Senate and in the House Committee on Intelligence must not focus on what Russia had done and how to prevent a reoccurrence.

What they want to know is who leaked the information about what Russia had done and how to criminalize and punish the leakers and the whistle blowers.

Donald Trump actually alleged that former President Barack Obama was among the leakers because he falsely claimed that Obama had wire-taped his residence in New York and had revealed classified information that endangered his security and the security of America. He wants Obama tried and put in jail for so doing but he has so far failed to provide the evidence to back up his claim.

He as the major culprit and the target of the investigations now wants America to be pursuing shadow while leaving the real substance and crux of the matter because he knows he is as guilty as Hell, and he does not want the whole world to know how he has managed to come from behind in the polls to score an upset victory against Hillary Clinton despite his losing the popular vote by close to 3 million.

What the nihilists in the Trump Camp are suggesting is nothing but an exercise in cover-up and distraction as I would show with the few remaining paragraphs of this article.

This article would also speak to how the confidence of American strategic Allies in the United Nations, in NATO and in the European Union and how their faith in American leadership has been badly eroded or shaken, and could negatively affect or shape their future relations with America in the foreseeable future and for as long as Donald Trump remains the President of the United States.

That exactly is what Vladimir Putin wants. He has succeeded in sowing the seed of discord among those Allies. With their back against the wall because of Donald Trump and his policies, those Allies like France and Germany, if not Britain might have no choice than to turn to Russia for some help and rescue mission now that a possible traitor is the current land lord of the White House. They are afraid and scared and they need assurances they are not getting from Trump who is in the pocket of Vladimir Putin as we speak.

If the NATO and the European Union fall apart, American leadership of those two giant Organizations would be so weakened therefore giving Russia a chance to fill up the vacuum.

It is insanity to me that those who are supporting Donald Trump are yet to fully understand that Trump has become a pawn in the Chess game of Vladimir Putin. They would fully understand it if there is no cover up like the one that Devin Nunes the Chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence is determined to propagate because it is now clear to all and sundry the man is secretly working for Donald Trump. He himself deserved to be investigated and sent to jail if found guilty of a cover-up for Trump.

Can you really blame Vladimir Putin for embarking on his mission to destabilize America? The resounding answer to that question is an emphatic "No" I believe I have as much stake in America as Donald Trump if not more. I am deeply concerned about what Russia has done to cripple America.

Vladimir Putin had sponsored WikiLeaks to start a relentless campaign of calumny and negative information on Hillary Clinton because he was scared of a Clinton victory and what that could mean for Russia and for him as the Russian leader because Hillary Clinton as the US Secretary of State was a thorn in his flesh.

He managed to fund the campaign of Donald Trump by wiring money to Donald Trump's Businesses going back more than 10 years as the Trump Tax Returns would easily show when it is released in support of the investigation. That is why Donald Trump is hell bent on not releasing those tax returns come rain or shine.

Donald Trump has once boasted in one of his stump speeches he would be the first American candidate to make profit from running for President win or lose. He mistakenly unmasked his collusion with Russia when he openly called on Russia to help him retrieve all of the missing E-mails of Hillary Clinton in a Freudian slip.

Steve Manafort, his campaign manager was allegedly paid 10 million per month by a Russian company with ties to Vladimir Putin for working without pay for Donald Trump. Sooner or later the investigations would reveal all of those dealings and helped to connect the dots of what actually happened and how the last Russian Ambassador Keyislak has been the center of the whole espionage during his tenure as Russian Ambassador to America.

Russia had used what is called "Reverse Targeting" in Espionage to avoid detection while all these scandals were going on. It was a method to get intelligence information about somebody or a country by focusing your attention not on that person or country but on people close to that person or on another country close to the country you are targeting.

Disinformation Espionage was a big part of that as no less than 139 of the Clinton Campaign staffers including Podesta were targeted by Russia in a relentless propaganda war during the primary season and during the main campaign for the White House. Putin helped Trump by spreading fake News about Hillary that cannot be traced back to him. The day Hillary got dehydrated and nearly fainted at a Public function to mark 9/11, Putin and Trump went to town spreading false News that Hillary was just too sick to be President and it worked very much against her in swing states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania she could easily have won.

KGB Putin in spite of all he did to help Trump still anticipated or left some room for a Hillary victory and  cripple Hillary from the "get go" if he ever got elected. If Clinton had won the Presidency, the Republican Majority in both Houses of Congress, would have initiated quick impeachment proceedings against her. She would not have been given a breathing space to govern. Putin is happy Hillary did not win, but their candidate Donald Trump now has a whole lot of questions to answer for his scandalous and treasonable victory.

Either way Putin wants to weaken America by micromanaging the man he has helped to put in the White House. The issue wasn't the point that Donald Trump won the election the issue was that the Democratic Party lost the election as beautifully summarized by Bernie Saunders in a recent speech.

My last point before I end this article is how to prevent a reoccurrence. The simple answer is for America to take the investigation very seriously and to take out partisan politics and posturing from the treasonable scandal Donald Trump has unleashed on America based on his desperation to become the President of the United States by force and by fire.

His collusion with Russia to undermine American Democracy is not a partisan issue. It is a serious national security problem for America and must be viewed as such.

If America does not fully understand what Russia has done to America, it can hardly take steps to prevent a reoccurrence in the future. America cannot solve a problem she does not understand.

The bottom line is for America is to get to the bottom of what happened and to device the ways and means to prevent a reoccurrence behind closed doors so America would not give Russia another leg up about what to do to neutralize whatever plans or response America may be planning to make.

I rest my case.

Who says the Hausa/Fulanis are seriously at a disadvantage in education and wisdom compared to their Igbo and Yoruba brothers and sisters in the South? Whoever is saying that is probably living in the past or is totally out of touch with the reality of the Nigerian situation or has never met distinguished northerners like Alhaji Dangote, Lamido Sanusi, late Abubakar Rimi, Professor Jega, Professor Yadudu, El Rufai, Jerry Gana, Kwankwaso and Dogara to mention a few.

Anyone saying that can be said to be very insular in their views and perception or has not been sufficiently exposed to the great progress the North has made in the last 40 years to wipe off the yawning gap between the North and the South which existed as of October 1st 1960 when Nigeria finally got her independence from Britain.

We must keep in mind that Nnamdi Azikiwe and Obafemi Awolowo had gone to Lancaster House in London to initially make a case for Nigeria to gain her independence before Ghana got her own in 1957. They both failed because of Sardauna Bello and his northern delegation who shot their proposal down on the grounds that the North was far from ready.

The Sardauna was right. The man did not have multiple University degrees like Obafemi Awolowo and Ogbuefi Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, but it was his very thoughtful deposition and submission that carried the day at that Conference presided over and moderated by Britain.

The Northerners have managed to maintain their strangle hold on Nigeria since 1914 despite the disparity in their educational qualification and capacity compared to their southern counterparts. The quiet but strategic creation of 19 states in the North and 17 in the South without pulling punches would appear to have further accelerated the rapid progress of the North and to have tipped the balance in favor of the North with regards to the 6 states in the North and 6 states in the South. The South took a nap and by the time they woke up the North has consolidated its strategic edge based on their questionable projected population and their land mass or size.

Many in the South have argued that it was the British covert support and favoritism for the North that put the North at an advantage. You could say that but it was more than that.  The descendants of Uthman Dan Fodio had their own raw native intelligence from the beginning. You can tell from some of their proverbs and words of wisdom like. "Gajere ba yaro ba" It simply means in Hausa that the fact that a man or woman is short does not determine his or her age and maturity.

The northerners are as smart if not smarter than the Igbos and the Yorubas. Wisdom is not the exclusive preserve or monopoly of any tribe in Nigeria. There is no northern state today where University or NCE graduates are totally in short supply like it was in 1960. The North has come a long way for sure. Islamic Education which was their strong suit had its own merit which many of us always tend to overlook or underestimate much to our own peril.

Northerners like Lamido Sanusi, the star of this article can be found everywhere you look in each of the 19 States of the North and in more than half of the 776 Local Governments in Nigeria. Lamido Sanusi is probably one of a kind and arguably one of the best educated among them in Western and Islamic Education.

That man can stand his own anywhere in the World. You hear the man speak and you cannot believe your ears. The guy is so eloquent and sound just like late Abubakar Rimi, Jerry Gana Professor, Yadudu, Professor Jega, and Balarabe Musa and a host of them I have met in my life journey.

I had the rare privilege of serving my pupillage under a good number of northerners starting with legendary Sule Katagun who was Chairman of the Nigerian Civil Service Commission for many years with the first Nigerian medical doctor, Sir Manuwa from Ondo State as his Deputy. Alhaji Sule Katagun and Sir Manuwa were two of a kind even though one was a medical doctor and the other was an experienced school teacher/administrator like the Nigerian first Prime Minister the late Sir Tafawa Balewa the eloquent golden voice of Africa who spoke English with the dexterity and eloquence of a Winston Churchill.

I served under Permanent Secretary Alhaji Damcida, late Yusuf Gobir, a dapper don lawyer from Ilorin and later on under Permanent Secretary Abdul Azeez Attah the first son of Ohinoyi the Atta of Egbira Land. The northerner that made the greatest impact on my growth and development in the Federal Ministry of Education, however, was Ahmed Joda from Girei in Adamawa State.

The man who is now 86 had taught me a lot of what I knew and he was not even a University graduate. He earned a Diploma in Journalism and was the Chief Information Officer and later Permanent Secretary of Information under the late Sardauna Bello as Premier of Northern Region. He became one of the Federal Permanent Secretaries fondly referred to as the 4 musketeers or super Permanent Secretaries at the time. The 4 were Allison Ayida, Philip Asiodu, E. M. E. Ebong and Ahmed Joda. The star of this article in some ways is a star performer like Ahmed Joda.

Lamido was born the grandson of His Royal Highness Sanusi the First the deposed Emir of Kano, a great Aristocrat who had a chance to regain his throne like the late Olowo Olagbegi but turned down the offer on principle. All he wanted was for his body after death to be returned back to Kano for burial with his ancestors. Can you believe that? The powerful man had a premonition that one day another Sanusi would emerge in Kano" Insha Allah" to redeem his name and reputation.

He was never bitter about the fact that he lost his throne based on some political persecution by the then Sardauna Bello as Premier of the defunct Northern Region. He bore no animosity against his distant cousin, the former Nigerian Ambassador Ado Bayero who was picked to replace him.

Sanusi the First was exactly right. Guess who took over from Ado Bayero a few years ago? It was his grandson, the star of this article, Lamido Sanusi who received his High School education from Kings College Lagos and later graduated from an Islamic University in Cairo. He later became an activist lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, attended many Diploma programs, In-service trainings, and seminars in many Ivy League Institutions around the World including the London School of Economics and Harvard.

He did not have to pad his resume by claiming to be a graduate or alumnus of all of those Institutions like abrasive Senator Dino Melaye has done. Lamido ended up becoming the Governor of the Nigerian Central Bank at the pleasure of President Umaru Yar Adua the highest educated northerner so far to be elected President of Nigeria. Umaru Yar Adua had earned a Master's degree before becoming President.

Umaru was not your average Nigerian Politician. He, in fact was picked to become President as a compensation for his late brother Brigadier General Musa Yar Adua who was number 2 to General Olusegun Obasanjo up to 1979 and who remained very loyal to Obasanjo to the very end. He did not flaunt his northern origin or connection to intimidate or undermine the authority of General Obasanjo like few other northerners would have done.

Most northerners instinctively knew that the North held the secret key to Power in Nigeria as far back as the Amalgamation Proclamation fraudulently imposed on Nigeria by Lord Lugard way back in 1914 as recently revealed by Richard Osuolale Akinjide in a public lecture. Umaru Yar Adua saw in Lamido Sanusi a virtue and an expertise that most Nigerians can now see clearly.

Lamido Sanusi belongs to that high caliber of Nigerian bureaucrats and northerners in his role as the Governor of the Nigerian Central Bank and before elevation and coronation as the powerful Emir of Kano.

I quite often wonder aloud if Nigeria gained or lost by having a young man as dynamic as Lamido Sanusi settle for an anachronistic traditional title for the rest of his life. But if we keep in mind that Sardauna Bello had a choice to become the first Nigerian Prime Minister but chose instead to remain Premier as he was fixated on becoming the Sultan of Sokoto. That would tell you the value system of the average northerner may be slightly different from the value baseline of the average Igbo or Yoruba man.

On reflection, I cannot blame Lamido for rating the title higher than any position he has ever held in Government.  I am like him in some ways. I am somebody who values tradition and who wants to excel and exceed where my father the pioneer Olugunshin of Igunshin in Akure Local Government and where my grandfather,"Erinlakatabu Ogiso Otolu Apaara" Kabiyesi Deji Afunbiowo Adesida the greatest Deji of Akure have left off, but I would not trade off a job as lucrative as the Governor of the Central Bank for the job of a traditional ruler even though one is a transient job and the other is for life. If you are a good Governor of the Central Bank, you are forever going to be in demand if you know what you are doing.

I have a strong suspicion that part of the reason Lamido Sanusi had wanted that title so bad was to fulfil the dreams of his grandfather the deposed Emir of Kano. He probably felt he had reached the peak of his career as an Economist and as Governor of the Central Bank the equivalent of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the United States.

He probably wanted a title where he no longer has to kowtow or carry the bucket for anyone including his State Governor or even the President of the Republic. I think he proved that beyond all shades of doubt when after his suspension by President Ebere Jonathan, he was turbaned the powerful Emir of Kano and guess who came to town to pay him homage and shout "Ranka Dede" to him a few months later?

It was Goodluck Jonathan who was kept waiting at the Emir's Visitor's Lounge for the powerful Emir to emerge from the inner chamber of his Taj Mahal Palace to say hello to the President who was there to beg for the Emir's support to enable him win a second term in office. "Allahu Aqbar" God is truly awesome!

President Jonathan had to know that power has changed hands. You don't fool around with powerful rulers like the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Kano, the Etsu Nupe, the Emir of Daura to mention a few and expect to win in the North, By the same token you don't fool around with powerful rulers like the Oba of Benin, the Obong of Calabar, the Amayanabo of Buguma, the Oonirisa of Ile Ife, the Alaafin of Oyo and expect their people to vote for you in the South. No way.

Lamido Sanusi is therefore right on that score to probably value the title more than his transient position as Governor of Central Bank or even President of the Republic. I personally thought he should have joined one of the major political Parties with a chance to win the presidency of Nigeria where he can bark and bite and not the title of the Emir where he can only bark but not bite. He probably knew he might not win the presidency in a country which is notorious for electing mediocre and compromise choices who fumble more often than not. I thought he should have made done more good for Nigeria as President because the man is as tough as a nail and could have made a difference as President.

I call Lamido Sanusi a breed apart not because of his royal pedigree but because of what he has done and has been doing with the powerful title. He has built a reservoir of goodwill for himself in the North as the former Governor of the Central Bank and a very competent and brilliant one who has received all the awards and recognition there is to receive as a world renowned Economist.

I have never met him personally but he is my friend on the Facebook. His senior brother Ambassador Sanusi, the former Nigerian Ambassador to Morocco was the one I know very well. He was the Ambassador when I served for 3 years as the delegate representing Nigeria on the Board of Trustees of CAFRAD (African Training and Research Center in Administration for Development) based in Tangiers, Morocco on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea in North Africa.

Lamido Sanusi shared the same DNA with his brother the Ambassador. The man was a lion who could not be intimidated by anybody. His brother did something for Nigeria I was very proud of as a delegate of CAFRAD. He stood by Nigeria like a Rock of Gibraltar when I moved a motion on behalf of Nigeria to rotate the chairmanship and the meetings of CAFRAD between member countries instead of permanently ceding the chairmanship to Morocco for more than 45 years. Nigeria won the motion by a landslide and it was my finest hour as the delegate of Nigeria. I could not have done it without the support of Ambassador Sanusi.

That was how Chief Oluyemi Falae became the first Chairman of CAFRAD in 1981 when Nigeria hosted CAFRAD as the first member country to do so outside Morocco.  It would not have been possible if Ambassador Sanusi had caved in to the pressure put on him by Morocco to side with their delegation. They told him that he as a Muslim by faith could not afford to oppose another Muslim country. Ambassador Sanusi much to his everlasting credit refused to buckle under pressure.

I have the greatest respect for the man for that reason and his younger brother, Lamido Sanusi has convinced me he is a lion like his brother. You don't fool around with the Sanusis of Kano. They are all as principled as their patriarch, the deposed Emir of Kano.

Lamido Sanusi left his foot prints on the sands of History in the Central Bank. He stood his ground and called the bluff of Goodluck Jonathan and Sambo Dasuki his fellow Sokoto Prince, and the son of former Sultan of Sokoto for looting the Nigerian Treasury and he did it with clarity, courage and conviction.

He went to the Floor of the House and the Nigerian Senate as Governor of Central Bank to call their bluff and to tell the senators and the legislators to their faces they were stealing Nigeria dry and he cautioned that their heavy salaries ought to be cut in half if not more to provide employment for Nigerians roaming the streets without jobs.

He made concrete suggestions first to Jonathan and now to Buhari on what should be done to restore sanity to the Nigerian economy. He practices what he preaches and does not suffer fools gladly. He has continued with the crusade and mission as the powerful Emir of Kano.

He challenged and condemned a tradition or culture in the North that forces underage girls into marriages with cradle snatchers who are old enough to be their fathers. He preached reconciliation and peace between the North and the South by making overtures and courting the friendship of his peers in other parts of Nigeria. He visited his colleagues like the Oba of Lagos, the Awujale of Ijebu Ode and he welcomed the new Oonirisa of Ife to his domain with pomp and pageantry. He shows he understands his role and responsibilities as the Emir of Kano and the father of all his people and their spiritual leader as their Chief Imam.

Lamido Sanusi has started a quiet revolution to speak the truth to power in Nigeria pretty much like retired Major Ken Chioma Obi has done with his recent posting widely publicized on the Facebook. The brave Major is making pretty much the same case that Lamido Sanusi has been making that the salaries and allowances of our legislators and law makers are over bloated and should be cut by half to provide gainful employment to millions of Nigerians who are now going to the garbage dump to look for something to eat because they cannot find employment or afford 3 square meals a day.

He made a very persuasive case that the people the legislators claim to represent are now jumping to the Lagoon and committing suicide in broad day light while their senators are busy looting the Nigerian Treasury earning 36 million Naira per month per senator while their counterparts in the House of Representatives are taking 25 million Naira per month minus other allowances for doing nothing.

If they cut those salaries and allowances just by half, the Buhari Government can employ 70,400 Nigerians with monthly salaries ranging from N90,000 to N92,500 per month. A consensus is fast building up in Nigeria because of the awareness created by powerful individuals like Lamido Sanusi and  retired Major Ken Chioma Obi to mention a few.

He has single-handedly embarked on the CBN empowerment loan program in conjunction with World Bank to help boost and empower Men/Women and Farmers to help limit the problem of unemployment. The loan comes with very low interest.  The powerful Emir is doing pretty much what the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Dangote from his city has been doing to help in areas where Government has been failing due to endemic Corruption. He and Dangote have become a 2 man Battalion in Nigeria in that regard by doing everything in their power to bail out Nigeria and to save the country.

I take off my hat for his Royal Highness Lamido Sanusi, the charismatic Emir of Kano, and so should Nigerians.

I thank you for your time.

Even though America is arguably too embarrassed to admit it, it is now widely known or speculated by Intelligence experts like Michael Steel of Britain who prepared the powerful dossier that may yet help America to nail the speculation that the Trump/Putin lovefest, co-operation and collusion may have been far criminally intrusive than initially envisaged.

Both Mr. Steel and Malcolm Nance, the Director of Terror Asymmetric Project and FBI Director James Comey have all stated that Russia may have quietly caught up with America or beaten America to second place in Cyber Technology just like Russia did when she became the first country in the World to launch Yuri Gagarin, the first human being into Space.

Mr. Comey added that Russia has been uncharacteristically loud about their newly acquired power and intention. He believed that Russia had wanted to serve notice to America and to the other permanent members of the UN Security Council about her newly acquired power and leverage.

If Russia has used Cyber Espionage to hack American elections or to undermine American Democracy or to help Donald Trump become President without detection, what else could Russia not do to intimidate America or any of her European Allies?

If that becomes the self-fulfilling prophesy, one can easily understand why many of those countries might want to move closer to Russia or seek Russian cooperation and friendship to the detriment of America.

It is rumored that Russia has now acquired the capability to tap into any secret and classified document sent thru the Internet all over the World and can manipulate the information any way she wants like she successfully did to some of the e-mails of John Podesta as Chairman of the Hillary Clinton Campaign for President. She used the capability to blackmail Hillary and to use Disinformation Espionage  to make the Clinton Camp feel complacent not to worry at all about using the 50 State Strategy that Howard Dean had developed as the Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Russia had used the capability to knock the heads of Bernie Saunders and Hillary Clinton so Hillary would never think of picking either Saunders or Elizabeth Warren as running mate. Such a move would have guaranteed the victory of Hillary in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania which Hillary was expected to win easily. Even though Hillary had won the popular vote by 3 million she lost the Electoral College tally by fewer than 150 votes to make Trump the President by "Orinoco Abracadabra" which says "the more you look the less you see" like Houdini or Professor Peller, Nigerian greatest magician  would have proclaimed.

The capability simply means that Russia could easily access any official document ever typed by computer or sent by e-mail by any leakers and whistleblowers all over the World and twist that information to satisfy her own whim and caprices as a Super Power. That was how Vladimir Putin succeeded in making Donald Trump the President of America by force and by fire.

That same capability is what Vladimir Putin has been using to track down and murder all enemies of his Regime in Russia and anywhere in the World. Putin could predictably pass such technology or espionage capability to Donald Trump, so he too could start using the same device and capability to secretly go after and eliminate his perceived enemies anywhere in the World just like Putin has been doing to all of his critics and rivals in Russia. One of them was just thrown out from the 4th floor of an Apartment building in Moscow. Another was killed with a poisoned umbrella to go die a slow death that anyone could not trace back to Putin.

Tell me your friend and I will tell you who you are.  The Yorubas in our wisdom and our rich language  says and I quote "Aguntan to ba  b'Aja rin, o ti dandan ko j'egbe" it simply means a sheep that hobnobs or keeps the company of a dog could end up eating human vomit like dogs do in rural areas in Africa.

The lovefest between Putin and Trump which is currently under investigation, if confirmed, could predictably spell disaster for America and the rest of the World. Putin is a Communist KGB smooth operator who for 17 years now has held one leadership position or the other as KGB Leader, as Prime Minister and now President of Russia.

Donald Trump on the other hand has been a Real Estate magnate and businessman for much of his adult life before his election as President on January 19th in 2017 with some covert help from Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump has criticized other world leaders and traditional allies of America but not once has he criticized Vladimir Putin. Let me state upfront, that American leaders developing friendship with other world leaders is nothing new in Geo Politics. But a capitalist leader falling in love with a Communist leader is a rarity in World Politics unless they are pulled together by a common enemy like happened when American President FDR, British Prime minister Winston Churchill and  Russian Leader Sterling were forced by circumstances beyond their control to briefly team up to defeat Adolf Hitler.

Leaders of similar ideological persuasion are the ones that develop a lasting friendship like the one between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill, the British war time Prime Minister who had used his friendship with FDR to persuade FDR and America to help Europe to defeated Adolf Hitler in the Second World War that lasted from 1939 to 1945.

President Ronald Reagan became the ideological soulmate of Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister in similar circumstance.  The bond between them had led to America lending full support to Britain in her short War against Argentina over Falkland Islands. Iron Lady Thatcher and Ronald Reagan remained bosom friends till their death.

By the same token President William Jefferson Clinton developed a life-long friendship with Yitzchak Rabin the great Israeli Prime Minister. The friendship had led to the strengthening of the Camp David Peace Accord that President Jimmy Carter had earlier on signed with Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin to promote a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt.

George Bush Junior had told America he had a positive feelings in his guts about Vladimir Putin the first time he met him and he felt he could do business with him or trust him just like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher once said about Gorbachev the Soviet Union Leader who went on to fulfil their expectation when he initiated his "Perestroika" the restructure of the Soviet union in a way that did not threaten the peace of the World or the strategic interest of America and her Allies.

By the same token, President Barack Obama the first black President had developed a lasting friendship borne out of mutual respect with Angela Merkel the powerful German Chancellor who became the prima facie leader of the European Union, and a strong ally of America. The friendship did not in any way threaten the peace and security of their two countries and their strategic interest in the World their way of life or their democratic Government and their Capitalist ideology.

The friendship between Putin and Trump is like the love between the fox and the chicken or the friendship between the cat and the mouse. It is a lovefest they both deny in public. Trump would tell you he has never met Putin and Putin will tell you he has never and will never meddle in American Politics to voluntarily help Trump.

They are both pathological liars who love to cover their trail. They are like "Olokose" and "Omude" in Yoruba Mythology. "Olokose" the husband does not copulate in the day time and his wife "Omude" does not copulate at night.  They claim to be 2 parallel lines that would never meet.

I dare to say that the unholy lovefest between Putin and Trump has serious ramifications for American interest and American allies around the globe. I therefore strongly support the need for America to now appoint an independent prosecutor to handle the investigation about whether or not Vladimir Putin ever had a role to play in hacking the last American elections and their possible motivation for so doing.

The Senate Committee and the House Committee on Intelligence which have oversight responsibility to do the investigation have done a fairly credible job until recently when Congressman Nunes of California, the Chairman of the House Committee has started betraying his partisanship by playing the role of a spy  for the White House. He has become a lap dog for the White House rather than faithfully discharging his duties and responsibilities as a watch dog to keep the Executive Branch in check in strict compliance with the Separation of Powers as clearly stated in the American Constitution.

Congressman Nunes cannot approbate and reprobate at the same time. He cannot be the Judge and the Accused in his own case. He has irredeemably damaged his own credibility. He therefore cannot remain the Chairman of that Committee when it is now clear he has been leaking information to the White House without the knowledge of any one in his Committee including his ranking member Adam Schiff who as a member of the Gang of 8 in Congress is allowed to have access to the same information the Chairman receives.

Congressman Delvin Nunes has been guilty of serious dereliction of Duty and disloyalty that totally impugns his integrity and disqualifies him as Chairman of the Committee. His perfidy speaks to the urgent need to appoint an independent prosecutor with the statutory powers, the adequate number of staff and "sub poena" powers to carry out the investigation within a specified time frame.

That Delvin Nunes has scheduled a Hearing and cancel or postpone it without telling his ranking member. He is definitely trying to cover up for the President and his public statement has confirmed that. He openly confessed at a recent Press Conference that he knew the President had taken a hit from the first open Hearing of his Committee.

That he could commit such a Freudian slip was a fatal error on his part and a proof that his chairmanship of the Committee has been irredeemably compromised in Law and in the Court of Public opinion. His Committee can no longer continue the investigation as clearly and rightly stated by Senator John McCain and all the Democrats on the Committee.

Americans from both sides of the isle must reserve the right to get to the bottom of the investigation. The Republican President is the target of the Investigation today tomorrow it could be a Democratic President. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander. Delvin Nunes is a leaker by racing to the White House to leak classified information to the President without the knowledge of any of his Committee members.

There are no two ways about it. Delvin Nunes has to recuse himself as Chairman and lend his voice to the quest for an independent prosecutor if he has nothing to hide. If he fails to do that he must be forced as a public figure to resign his job as Chairman because his integrity has been badly compromised.

I cannot stress the point enough. Media juggernauts like CNN Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Poppy Harlow Errol Louis, and Fareed Zakaria to mention a few have said the same thing. MSNBC whistleblowers like Joe Scarborough and his colleague Micah, Chris Matthew, Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, Michael Steel and Malcolm Nance have all said the same thing.

Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell have been phenomenal in their articulation of why an independent prosecutor is now urgently required to get to the bottom of the investigation. They have all made the case better than I can ever make it. Americans should support them one hundred percent. Speaker Ryan who claims to be above board like Caesar's wife must do the same with immediate effect and automatic alacrity.

The final point that bothers me the most as I put finishing touches to this write-up is the fact that Donald Trump as President of the United States might now start to use his bully pulpit to start doing everything his bosom friend Vladimir Putin has been teaching him to do.

He might start going after his perceived enemies named above and start taking them out one by one as Putin has been doing to all of his critics in Russia and elsewhere around the World. If that happens, none of the individuals named above will be safe and that is going to be a drastic departure from the America the whole world has come to know and admire.

It was mind-boggling to me when Donald Trump once admitted on television cameras that America has been known to use the same techniques Vladimir Putin has been using to eliminate his enemies. That could only means he would have no qualms using the same techniques if he has his back turned against the wall.

That is the scary part and that should scare the hell out of all of you reading this. I do know for a fact that America had been rumored in the past to be involved in the death or the fall of African leaders like Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Samora Machel, Moammar Ghadafi, Osagiefo Kwame Nkrumah, Sylvanus Olympio, Sekou Toure, Murtala Mohammed, Sani Abacha, and Idi Amin Dada or Yassar Arafat to mention a few, but I have never witnessed any American President openly admit that in defense of his Russian counterpart. Never!

It was a first in American history that tells me loud and clear that Americans ought to get to the bottom of the investigation that Trump and Putin's lovefest may have gone over the top to the detriment of America.

Need I say anything more?

I rest my case.

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