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Beyond the Ayeni name…Will Adaobi Alagwu save her child from future disgrace? [VIDEO]



Beyond The Ayeni Name…Will Adaobi Alagwu Save Her Child From Future Disgrace?– How A Mother’s Greed May Ruin Her Daughter’s Life

There is a virtue, Adaobi Alagwu probably presumes, in being brazen, thus her inclination to place on parade her infant child, Omarosa’s murky roots. Only a mother afflicted by insolence and lack of shame would soullessly jeopardise her daughter’s self-esteem by forcing the paternity of an unwilling father on her.

In the wake of billionaire magnate, Tunde Ayeni’s decisive rebuttal of Alagwu’s claim that he is the father of her child, more posers have been raised concerning paternity fraud.

A recent post by a social media commentator condemned Ayeni’s bid to stop Alagwu from using his name for her daughter, arguing that he would fail in his bid. He said, “Anybody can bear any name he or she likes, provided you’re not impersonating anyone. A female child cannot be said to be impersonating Mr Ayeni simply by having the same surname with him.”

Whilst this position might be convenient for people who might have a jaundiced perspective to the enormity of the implications of such a rejection as AdaObi and her daughter have faced, the question to ask is who in their right senses would keep a name that will be a constant reminder of their mistakes and humiliation. If AdaObi had as much any sense of self-worth would she have insisted on acceptance as she has for her daughter from a man so unwilling and so detesting of her that he’s willing to go to any lengths in proving his disapproval and rejection of them both?

Why is it okay to force an unwilling man to take responsibility for a child that was forced on him when all accountability should be with the 31-year-old single lady who out of greed jeopardized her future to keep an unwanted pregnancy for a married man?

It would be recalled that Tunde Ayeni wrote the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), recently, asking it to void any international passport presented by his estranged girlfriend and Abuja lawyer, Adaobi Alagwu and her child, bearing his name.

Declaring any such document illegitimate, Ayeni, speaking through his lawyer, Dele Adesina (SAN) established that Alagwu’s daughter isn’t entitled to the use of his name on her travel document as he has no familial relationship with her.

Ayeni disclosed this by copying the NIS a “Cease and Desist” legal notice he sent to Alagwu entitled, “Withdrawal of Consent for Use of the Family Name ‘Ayeni’ With Respect To Your Daughter Omarosa.”

Ayeni’s recent step was informed by Alagwu’s adoption of his name on her daughter’s international passport even after a DNA test had established that she wasn’t Ayeni’s child. His letter to the NIS follows the recent arrest and detention of Alagwu for trespassing on and breaking into his private property in Abuja.

The duo has been entangled in a battle of wits that has seen Ayeni issue multiple press statements to refute claims of paternity of Alagwu’s child.

In her desperation to get hooked on the billionaire magnate and former bank chief, Alagwu fabricated a plot to get pregnant by him and, so doing, implant herself and her child as beneficiaries of his estate.

Alagwu, a trained attorney, was misled by the belief that she had the upper hand on Ayeni. She thought she had him by the balls.

Like all frantic liars, she thought she had gained a victory over Ayeni simply by claiming that she was pregnant for him and her baby girl belonged to him (but she was mistaken).

Her adoption of his name for her daughter, Omarosa has been dismissed as a last-ditch resort as she struggles to hold on to her ex-billionaire boyfriend who was until recently her benefactor and family’s meal ticket.

To underscore how bad the menace of such desperate girls is, a cursory look at her company website reveals the same address as the one from which she was humiliatingly ejected by Ayeni.

Pundits aver that if she had truly been gainfully employed as she claimed – since she fell out with Ayeni – her company address ought to have changed both online and offline.

Her so-called company website has no meaningful indicator of how business clients could reach her. There are no markers on the website detailing or establishing her presence as the administrator or CEO of a thriving enterprise, contrary to her claims.

What this translates to is that she (Alagwu) has no viable source of livelihood and has always been completely dependent on Ayeni.

Only a woman bereft of self-respect and shame would carry on so, without a care in the world about how badly her lack of a decent livelihood rubs off on her.

As Alagwu deploys every wile and weapon in her arsenal to fight her way into Ayeni’s household, not a few people have advised her to desist from what is a wild goose chase. But she is undeterred.

If she won’t care what becomes of her name, at least she ought to be concerned about the implications of her actions for her innocent daughter, Omarosa.

If anything, Alagwu must be wary of mortgaging her daughter’s interest in her frantic bid to settle scores with her estranged lover, Ayeni. Even if she enjoys the inalienable right to adopt any name of her choice, including Tunde Ayeni’s, for her daughter, the onus rests on her to listen to the voice of reason and embrace moral rectitude by protecting her daughter from certain ignominy and shame of answering to the name of a man who publicly rejected her.

And to those goading her into believing in her lies that he paid her bride price and his wife is the architect of this rejection, it is unimaginable how twisted they are in their thinking. Hanging on to the last straws of desperation, they look away from the obvious display of rejection from Mr Ayeni, a man married for 30 years and experienced in the ways of life enough to convince his wife and friends he will go to any length to erase Adaobis existence.

If it wasn’t his making why didn’t he publish a disclaimer? The man wants Alagwu to feel the full weight of his rejection by placing his wife in front of him and arming her with the authority to denigrate Alagwu and make her face the folly of bringing nothing to the table except a fair complexion in comparison to his established wife.

How does she think her daughter would feel when she grows up and finds out that her mother had forced upon her, the name of a man who went to great measures to denounce her?

It’s about time Alagwu embraced caution and silenced her ego, lest she becomes a sad, cautionary tale. For most of history, one essential, immutable difference between men and women was that men could hide the fact that they had created a child and women could not. Pregnancy and childbirth showed the world who the mother was; paternity could only be assumed.

New parents are often told how much their babies look like the father. The research on whether most do or do not is ambiguous, but the fancy persists, in part because, consciously or unconsciously, people think that emphasising the resemblance will set a man’s mind at ease, thus fortifying the paternal bond.

Fortunately for Ayeni, he refused to be misled by such a wanton appeal to sentimentality. As Nara Milanich, a professor of history at Barnard College, writes in her solidly researched and enlightening new book, “Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father” (Harvard), a “common metaphor invoked by nineteenth-century jurists was that Nature had concealed fatherhood by an impenetrable veil.”

Thanks to science, the DNA test to be precise, Tunde Ayeni was able to penetrate that mythical veil to establish the convoluted plots of his estranged girlfriend, Alagwu’s paternity fraud.

Until recently, that veil was often a source of frustration, leading to domestic doubts and irresolvable courtroom conflicts. Literature gives us many a husband driven half-mad by the suspicion that his child is not the fruit of his loins, as is King Leontes, in “The Winter’s Tale,” and women who deceive their husbands on this score, like the wife in Maupassant’s story “Useless Beauty,” who tells her husband that one of their seven children isn’t his, but won’t say which.

Paternal unknowability, however, was also enormously useful. Many legal traditions around the world, including the Anglo-American one, adhered to the marital presumption of legitimacy at least until the twentieth century: a child born to a married woman was considered to be the biological progeny of her husband. (A child born to an unmarried woman was, Milanich writes, “historically deemed a filius nullius, a child of nobody.”) Milanich tells the story of a man named Remo Cipolli, who, in 1945, sued his wife, Quinta Orsini, for adultery, and sought to deny paternity, after she gave birth to an infant who appeared to be black.

Cipolli and his wife, who were both white Italians, lived in a small town near Pisa, where several African-American soldiers had been stationed at the end of the Second World War.

The case became notorious—the baby was known as “the little Moor of Pisa.” In the end, although a civil court found Orsini guilty of adultery, it also concluded that her husband, Cipolli, was legally the baby’s father.

Thanks to science, Ayeni would experience no such embarrassment and heartache through paternity fraud.

In all of these, the fate of one human element hangs in the balance, that of Alagwu’s innocent young daughter. And her salvation, interestingly lies in Alagwu’s hands. Will Adaobi Alagwu quit barking up the wrong tree? Will she desist from her wild goose pursuit and so doing save her innocent daughter from immediate and future disgrace?



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Emir of Kano tussle: Why Tinubu stays clear – Presidency



Despite several reports calling President Tinubu interfering in the Emirate stool tussle in Kano, facts have emerged from the presidency

Despite several reports calling the Nigeria President interfering in the Emirate stool tussle in Kano state, facts have emerged from the presidency that President Bola Tinubu has refused to wade into the Kano state matter as a result of the cordial relationship between him and the political godfathers in the state.

The PAPERS reports that there has been tension in  Kano after Abba Yusuf, the governor, ordered the immediate arrest of Aminu Ado Bayero, the dethroned Emir.

Yusuf’s order came a day after he reappointed Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano.

On Thursday, Abba Yusuf, governor of  Kano, announced the reinstatement of Sanusi after signing the new Kano Emirate Council Law.

The state assembly had passed the amended Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024.

The law repealed the 2019 version, which balkanised the Kano emirate into five jurisdictions and was relied upon to depose Sanusi as Emir in 2020.

The source who spoke to ThePAPERS said Tinubu recognised that the Kano drama was a local matter and resisted all pressure to interfere.

“It was a local matter, even though it is all about a political brawl between the two godfathers in the state. The president will not interfere and has resisted any form of pressure. However, the two godfathers are his friends and he is not interested in taking sides,” a Source from the presidency spoke anonymously on Sunday night.

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‘Nobody is above the law’ — deposed Kano Emir calls for justice



Aminu Ado Bayero, the 15th Emir of Kano, has called on the “authorities” to ensure justice is served in the emirship tussle in the state.

Bayero was dethroned as the Emir on Thursday after the Kano state assembly repealed a 2019 emirate law that was used to oust Muhammadu Sanusi in 2020.

Subsequently, Sanusi was reinstated by Abba Yusuf, governor of Kano, while Bayero was in Ogun state on an official visit.

Upon his return, Bayero moved to the Kano emirate mini palace in Nassarawa LGA of the state, where his supporters thronged to welcome him.

The governor also ordered Bayero’s arrest “for creating tension in the state”.

Speaking when he hosted some security agents, Bayero said he would accept the position of the law, noting that no one is above it.

He called for calm, stressing the need for peace in Kano.

“I call on the people to remain law-abiding while awaiting the outcome of the legal process in this tussle,” Bayero said in Hausa.

“We call on the authority to do justice in this matter. Kano is a very influential state in Nigeria. Whatever affects Kano affects Nigeria.

“May peace reign in Kano. We pray for Allah to bless Kano with responsible and just leaders.

“Justice is the way to go on every issue. There will be justice. Nobody is above the law. We will accept whatever the law says. I appreciate all the people who have shown concern.

“As I said, justice will take its course. We will keep on praying for peace in Kano State. May Allah the Almighty protect us.”

On May 23, a federal high court in Kano ordered the state government not to enforce the Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024.

On Saturday, the Kano state police command said law enforcement agencies would obey the court order that ruled against Sanusi’s reinstatement.


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PHOTOS: Soldiers guard deposed Emir Bayero as tension mounts in Kano



Armed military personnel have taken up positions around the Nasarawa Palace, where the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero,

Armed military personnel have taken up positions around the Nasarawa Palace, where the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, has taken up refuge on Saturday following his deposition on Thursday.

The development comes apparently to preempt possible arrest of the embattled Bayero as ordered by Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Saturday morning.

In the early hours of Saturday, Bayero returned to Kano to a rapturous welcome from his supporters. Following his arrival, he moved into the mini palace on Nasarawa Road, escalating tensions in the state, a development the state government said was a security risk.

Deputy Governor Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, speaking at a press briefing, alleged that former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje was behind Bayero’s defiant reappearance in Kano to cause chaos.

“We know Ganduje is using the office of the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, to provide the deposed Emir with military personnel in order to intimidate and subjugate the people of Kano into accepting what they are not in favour of, and we refuse to tolerate it,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Gwarzo, alongside reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II and other state government functionaries have remained at the Kano Emir’s Palace in a show of solidarity with the reinstated Emir against what they perceived as undue interference from powers-that-be in Abuja.

Gwarzo expressed disappointment over actions he believed were intended to destabilise the state, adding: “It’s disappointing that they will do such a thing that will cause tension and disrupt the peace in the state.”

The situation in Kano remains uncertainty as the standoff continues. Governor Yusuf administration appeared determined to assert its authority, while supporters of deposed Emir Bayero also remained defiant. The involvement of military personnel has added a complex layer to the already volatile situation.


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Nigerian-born woman becomes first African Lord Mayor of Leeds 



A woman of Nigerian descent, Abigail Katung, has been inaugurated as the 130th Lord Mayor of Leeds City, England, marking the first time a person

A woman of Nigerian descent, Abigail Katung, has been inaugurated as the 130th Lord Mayor of Leeds City, England, marking the first time a person of African descent has occupied this prestigious position.

The formal announcement came during the Leeds City Council’s annual general meeting on Thursday night.

Abigail Marshall Katung, taking over from the previous Lord Mayor, Al Garthwaite, will be supported throughout her tenure by her husband, Nigerian Senator Sunday Marshall Katung, who will serve as the Lord Mayor Consort.

Born in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria, Katung moved to the UK in 2000 to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds.

Before her election as Lord Mayor, Katung made significant contributions to the Leeds community.

She was the first African to become a ward member of the Leeds City Council in 2019, representing the culturally rich Little London and Woodhouse ward. Her re-election in 2023 underscored her commitment and popularity within the community.

Throughout her career, Katung has held various roles, including chairing several scrutiny boards, leading initiatives on hate crime, education, and public health, and advocating for faith and belief communities.

Speaking on her new role, Katung expressed her gratitude and commitment to inclusivity, stating, “It is with great appreciation and humility that I embrace the privilege of becoming this great city’s 130th Lord Mayor. Leeds became my cherished second home, and it’s where I chose to become a public servant.”

Her appointment has been celebrated as a significant milestone, particularly within Leeds’s African community.

Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar congratulated Katung and acknowledged her achievement as a testament to Nigerians’ global prowess and talent.


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Ayo Banjo, ex-VC of UI, dies at 90



Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), is dead. Sources close to his family confirmed to TheCable that the academic passed away on Friday morning.

He was born on May 2, 1934, in Oyo state. He attended Igbobi College in Lagos between 1947 and 1952.

Banjo began his career as a lecturer at UI’s English department in 1966. The same year, he won the American State Department scholarship award for an MA in linguistics at the University of California in the US.

The academic later obtained a doctorate degree from UI in 1969.

He was appointed associate professor in 1973 and became a full professor in 1975.

The academic was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan in 1984, a position he held till 1991.

During this period, he was the chairman of the committee of vice-chancellors for Nigerian universities.

Banjo was a visiting professor for one year at the University of West Indies at Cave Hill, Northern Ireland.

He was also a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, England, between 1993 and 1994.

The professor was appointed the pro-chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt between 2000 and 2004.

After his tenure, he was appointed pro-chancellor of the University of Ilorin for two years (2005 to 2007).

He also served as the incumbent pro-chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University.

Source: The cable


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Why I reinstated Sanusi as Emir of Kano -Gov Yusuf



Governor Abba Yusuf on Friday explained why he reinstated the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Lamido Sanusi, as the

Governor Abba Yusuf on Friday explained why he reinstated the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Lamido Sanusi, as the emir of Kano.

He spoke before presenting the letter of appointment to Sanusi at Africa House of Government House, Kano.

Yusuf said Sanusi was “victimised in 2019” by the Ganduje administration that dethroned and banished him.

“We repealed the former law, the appointment of former emirs as well as all the appointments that were done by the previous administration. We did that out of our conviction and believe that this gentleman (Sanusi) was victimised in 2019.

“So, we had a feeling that we have to bring back what is due to the good people of the state. And by doing that, the bill was signed around after 5pm and there was no problem. We signed the bill into law and it has become our law; nobody will change it,” the governor said.

Yusuf further articulated that the return of Sanusi, also Muhammadu Sanusi II back on throne will propel peace and prosperity adding that the repeal of the council law was in realisation of his campaign commitments to restore the lost glory of the state and its rich cultural heritage.

He noted that the reappointment of Sanusi to the probated throne of Malam Ibrahim Dabo was guided by collective and careful judgment about his confidence, credibility and proven intellect that he will, by the grace of Allah, at this trying period of the emirate, deploy his wealth of experience to provide the required visionary and purposeful leadership to reunite and rebuild the traditional institution.

Presenting the appointment letter, Yusuf said: “I am standing before you today the 24th of May, 2024, to present a letter of reinstatement to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi.

“Yesterday (Thursday) we gathered here in Government House and had series of meetings with the kingmakers. We also had extensive discussions with the Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly. We also had time to sit with the heads of security agencies in the state.

“At the end of the day, we all sat down at that chamber, where I received the bill that repealed the former law and I signed the bill into law.

“By the powers conferred on me by the Kano state emirates council of chiefs, given the Kano state appointment and disposition law of 1984, in consonant with the Kano state emirate council repealed law 2024 and supported by the recommendation of the Kano state emirates council kingmakers who are here with us, I, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state, have the singular pleasure to confirm the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi as the 16th emir of Kano and the head of Kano emirates council.”

He congratulated Sanusi, also known as Muhammadu Sanusi II on the appointment and thanked the Speaker and State Assembly members for their “doggedness, commitment and respect for the rule of law,” saying what the lawmakers had done was a testament of their interest in the welfare of the people of the state.

While praying God to protect and guide Sanusi, he reminded that as the former CBN governor ascends the throne for the second time, the rising expectation has broadened.

The governor said he signed the proposed law at exactly 5:14pm after which came the orders.

“It means they were already armed with the motion ex-parte even before he gave assent to the bill passed by the State House of Assembly or at what time had they approached the court to obtain the order?,” he asked.

Justice Mohammed Liman gave the order following an application by a kingmaker, Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi.

Kano State Government, Kano Assembly, the Speaker, the Attorney-General, Commissioner of Police, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the State Security Service (SSS) are respondents.

“The judge is in America, how could he sit in America and give order in Nigeria to stop a legitimate process,” he queried.

Yusuf said Sanusi’s reinstatement was delayed because due process was being followed.

“The Assembly members did their legislative duty and passed the bill into law. We met with law enforcement agencies and the kingmakers before I signed the law,” he said and added the law has come to stay and no one can stop it.

He said the Kano State Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024 happened to affect the five (dethroned) emirs, while favouring Sanusi.

The new law says: “All traditional office holders and title holders elevated or appointed to office created under the repealed Principal law, dated 5th December, 2019 shall revert to their position where such positions previously existed under recognized custom and traditions prior to the enactment of the repealed Principal Law dated 5th December, 2019.”

Yusuf said: “It is not a new stool, neither Sanusi is a new emir. The king has only returned home to his throne, after it was balkanised. It has all along been his throne.”

The governor said Kano is peaceful and calm, as he appealed to the people to go about their businesses freely.

Sanusi leads Juma’at prayer at Kano State House:
Reinstated Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi on Friday led the Juma’at prayer for Muslims at Government House, Kano.

This was done after Governor Abba Yusuf presented the letter of appointment as the 16th emir of Kano to him at Africa House.

The governor said after the Juma’at prayer, Sanusi would return to his lodge with members of his emirate council to continue with the business of the emirate council.
“A announcement shall be made later as to when he will move to the palace,” the governor said.

He charged the emir, an Islamic scholar, to use his wisdom to unite all the Islamic sects in the state.

As soon as he received his appointment letter and confirmation as emir of Kano, all the district heads and senior council chiefs bowed and paid allegiance to him at the Africa House.


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