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EXCLUSIVE: “I DARE YOU TO SACK ME”, Broadcaster Gbenga Aruleba Blasts AIT’s Chair, Raymond Dokpesi.

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There seem to be no love lost between the owner and Chairman emeritus of Daar Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television, AIT and Raypower, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and one of the anchors on the TV arm of the company, AIT, Mr. Gbenga Aruleba who seem to have stuck in the neck of Dokpesi over what many termed, “bad management decision.”

Gbenga, who used to anchor arguably one of the most popular political programs on Nigerian Television, “FOCUS NIGERIA, last night, as has been the case for some years now, was asked to resigns his position as Group Head, Reportorial and also, his job at the company, but has refused to resign, daring the owners of the station to sack him if they’ve got the liver to do so. KWARARAFA REPORTERS has not independently verified this.

But information has it that this is neither the first time the owners of the station would ask Gbenga Aruleba to leave the employment of the company. Gbenga reportedly would not budge “so long as the station continues to behave irresponsibly and refuses to handle the issue of staff welfare with some form of irresponsibility” said a source who wants to be anonymous.

Last year, the source said, Gbenga’s program, FOCUS NIGERIA was taken from him and handed over to another anchor in a bid to cripple him and make him irrelevant. The hope, he said was to break him and maybe, force him to resign. The source said “but being a man with nine lives Gbenga stuck in their throat like the bone of fish till he weathered the storm and today, he has another program, “JIGSAW” which is gradually gathering momentum, but the success of this is not going down well with the owners of AIT and all of a sudden, they want the anchor, not only out of the new program, but out of the station.”

The source continued, “this, to me, will be the toughest of wars for both Dokpesi Senior and his son, Raymond to fight, especially when sacking Gbenga at this point in time would not be the best of decisions to make. So, coercing him into resigning seemed their best option, which actually may not happen anytime soon.”

“High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has, over the years, been used to owing salaries and what have you of his workers, with some leaving or resigning without their pays and others, dying without their statutory payments, and when a staff resigns like that, that is the end of what the company owes him or her, but with Gbenga Aruleba, that nonsense seem not to be holding any water, as he knows that sacking him would be detrimental to his station, because he would have to pay, completely, all he had owed him from the day he started work with AIT to date and that’s what the Chairman emeritus is cunningly dodging to do, therefore the move to have him resign.”

The political angle. There is a political side to the development. Hear the source: “The Chief is also accusing Mr. Gbenga Aruleba of being sympathetic to the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the stations affiliation with the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, which is one of the reasons they want him out with immediate effect, but achieving that would be very difficult for them, because, they would pay him all they owe him, a character the Raymond Dokpesi is not known to possess and won’t start possessing now.”

“So, the only way to get rid of Gbenga Aruleba from AIT is, calculate all you owe him from his first day at AIT till date, pay him to the last kobo, calculate his severance packages and benefits, pay him in full and he will go.”

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TRIBUTE: As My Mother Goes Home Today – BY SENATOR DINO MELAYE

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My mother, Comfort Oni Melaye, my first teacher, my first confidant, my first guide, my first everything. To the world, you might have been just one person but to me you were more than that – you were everything to me.

Mummy, you did not build houses, factories or palaces but you built me and my siblings – Samuel, Timothy, Moses, Paul and Elizabeth.

Nobody can dispute the fact that you were a virtuous wife and mother. Who does not know of your legendary patience and enduring spirit? You were a godly mother and a prayer warrior. You not only taught me the way of the Lord, you also led me in the way by your examples. You taught me and others to love the Lord, pray, study the Bible, and be committed to fellowship. What more could I have asked for? Certainly none.

I have searched for explicate words to define your demise at this time of my existence but I lack the authentic words to describe same. This exit has been traumatic!

During your time on earth till your passing unto glory, you were my greatest cheerleader, prayer warrior and good friend. You saw beyond my flaws and always believed in my eminence and illustrious nature. Your words of encouragement, endless prayers, subtle cheers and advice have seen me through thus far. I’m grateful dearest mother!

Like a chandelier dripping with glass lusters, I remember how you stood tall and firm for all your children and how that has rubbed off on us in the most positive and impactful ways. Mother, I’m still basking in denial and hoping this is merely a dream. I miss you!

Throughout my secondary education and subsequent university education at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria you were a pillar to me. You supported me in every way you could.

However, I take solace in the fact that you’re in a better place, the most peaceful of places and at the bosom of the All-knowing Father, God Almighty.

Your health, happiness and well-being were uppermost in my heart all the time. Although you were within my sight most of the times and not for once were you out of my mind until that fateful Thursday evening of May 2, 2019 when you succumbed to the cold hands of death.

While I have been mourning your departure with uncontrollable and invisible tears, I’m much more comforted by the good news that you are now resting with your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the King whose vicarious death has secured eternal life for all who believe in Him.

For the umpteenth time, I aksed myself again, “Is it true?” With sorrow in my heart but gratitude to God for a life well spent, I say adieu mummy.

In the words of Edwin Hubbell Chaplin, “No language can express the power, and beauty and heroism and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.”

You repeatedly assured me all the time that nothing will happen to me, mummy don’t sleep in heaven. The cloud is so dark without form, birds are no longer singing like birds, dogs now crow instead of barking, the moon is absent and the sun is dim but I rejoice in the fact that we shall see again and we will recognise ourselves. I will hug you again and call you mummy.

Born in February, 1949 to the prominent family of Johnson Kolawole Ologun of Takete Idde in Mopa Amuro local government area of present-day Kogi State. She was the third child of the seven children of her parents. She was a lover of God and a selfless worker in the Lord’s vineyard, who took of all who crossed her path.

Mummy as you are being committed to mother earth today, I reflected on the times and moments we shared together and I concluded that you were more than a mother to me, you were my best friend. I will not disappoint you Mama. Iya oninu ire good night. See you at the other side my love and friend. Adieu Mama Dino.

— Senator Melaye represents Kogi West in the Senate.

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Mismanagement of Our Diversity Stagnating Nigeria –Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that as long as Nigeria continues to mismanage its plurality, the country may not make progress.

He also said he knew many Nigerians that wanted to move out of the country because they could not get what they wanted.

Obasanjo said this on Monday at the 9th Toyin Falola Annual International Conference held at Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State.

The ex-military ruler, who was flanked by the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, who represented Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, said there was no Nigerian that did not wish the country well.

He said most Nigerians were not happy because they could not get their heart desires, hence they wanted to leave the country.

The theme of the conference was ‘Religion, the State and Global Politics.’

Obasanjo, in a paper titled, ‘Towards a reunification of the sacred and secular: Religious interventions in politics’, submitted that religion and politics could not be separated.

He said, “You can’t take one and leave the other. You can’t take politics and leave religion, and you can’t take religion and leave politics; they are together; they both affect the welfare and the well-being of all of us as we live.

“As far as religion is concerned, there are two issues — diversity and identity.

“We are so badly handling our diversity that we are losing our identity. As long as we are doing that, we are going nowhere.

“The management of diversity must be right, religion, politics, and ethnicity are part of our diversity which must be well managed.

“When you mismanage diversity with impunity, it is particularly annoying. It can lead to what we may not want it to lead to.

“I don’t know of any Nigerian who doesn’t wish Nigeria well, but, I know many Nigerians who are unhappy and want to leave Nigeria. Our issue is so because what they expect from Nigeria they are not getting.”

Obasanjo said the role of religious leaders was to lead.

He added, “God is a Nigerian because what we have gone through in Nigeria and what we are going through, probably, Nigeria should not be on the map of the world. That’s why I say God is a Nigerian.”

Delivering the keynote address, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said Nigeria would continue to perform below expectations if the country continued to mismanage its plurality.

He said religion had failed in Africa.

The cleric said, “We are carrying Western identity, whether it is Christianity or Islam. This identity has continued to play out in our daily lives.

“Only in Nigeria, we can go to war because of religion. We are not going to go to war because of no water; we are not going to go to war because we don’t have roads.

“We are not going to go to war because we don’t have decent housing; we are not going to go to war because of a lack of salary; we are not going to go to war because of injustice, but we can go to war in the name of God.”

According to Kukah, most countries with substantial Muslims and Christians population have not known peace

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Fresh Crisis for COZA’s Pastor as Wife Threatens Divorce.

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A source from COZA has told KWARARAFA REPORTERS that the head of the church,Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo may, in addition to stepping down as pastor, lose his wife as the latter is considering a divorce action.

KR could not reach any family source to verify this but the source insisted that Modele – wife to Biodun- has been distraught since the latest saga started. On Sunday, the pastor’s wife stood by her husband as she mounted the pulpit.

But the source said it was all stage managed as she has been in a fit over the matter. He said, “the wife of Dakolo is like a daughter to Mrs Biodun. So this incidence is too close home for comfort and it is very disturbing.

She is currently considering filing for a divorce. Her husband tells her everything. But had kept this one away from her. She is seriously heartbroken.”

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