Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of United Kingdom, is facing a backlash over a 20-year-old column where he said young people had “an almost Nigerian interest in money”.
According to The Guardian UK, the column was written when he was a writer and editor of The Spectator.
The statement ”Nigerian interest in money” implied Nigerians love money or are greedy.
The prime minister was also accused of referring to black people as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”. In a diary piece for the Independent in 1999, the Conservative Party leader reportedly wrote that Tony Blair, former UK PM, had made people feel good about getting rich.
“All the young people I know ie those under 30 are just as avaricious as we flinty Thatcherite yuppies of the 1980s in fact, they have an almost Nigerian interest in money and gadgets of all kinds, ” he wrote in the column.
Also, he reportedly wrote that Islam has caused the Muslim world to be “literally centuries behind” the west. In another old column, Johnson was said to have blamed single mothers for “producing a generation of ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate children”, saying that social housing was an enticement for them to become pregnant.
The columns were said to have come to light after Sajid Javid, the chancellor, refused to say whether he would use the terms “bank robber” or “letterbox” to describe Muslim women who wear a burka, as Johnson reportedly did in 2018.
Reacting, the Labour Party said the comments followed “a pattern of sexist and misogynistic words and behaviour” by Johnson. Shamj Chakrabarti, shadow attorney-general, also said:
“These unearthed comments further reveal Boris Johnson’s contempt for women and families, as he hypocritically attacks what he appallingly describes as ‘illegitimate’ children.”
Weyman Bennett, the co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism, described Johnson’s words as “deeply racist and offensive”. This can be added to the ‘piccaninnies’ and ‘watermelon smiles’, the abject refusal to properly apologise and change his behaviour around racism.
“Boris Johnson is unfit to be a prime minister that represents the entire United Kingdom. He had demonstrated this by lying and falsely representing black, Asian and different communities inside this country.
“This is deeply offensive and unforgivable and should not be ignored and he should be held to account.”
Security Agents Storm Magu’s Homes
A combined team of riot policemen and operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) are currently searching the residence of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Recall that Magu was suspended as Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday.
President Buhari had set up the panel to probe various allegations levelled against Magu, following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).
Meanwhile, a source close to the presidential panel set up to investigate Mr Magu said operatives were detailed to conduct searches at Mr Magu’s private home in Karu and his official residence in the Maitama District of the Nigerian capital.
“As I speak with you our men are on their way to Maitama, having finished with his house in Karu,” the source said.
A domestic staff at the residence confirmed the presence of the security men as of 7:30 pm.
He said the security operatives arrived in four vehicles and spent over an hour searching the house.
“They searched the house but found nothing so they wrote a report and both of us signed,” said a security guard in the house who was not authorised to speak.
Mr Magu was arrested in front of the EFCC office in Abuja by security officials on Monday, over allegations of corruption, insubordination and abuse of office by Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.
He was driven to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he appeared before a presidential panel investigating alleged corruption and insubordination.
After his appearance before the panel, he was taken into custody by the police, where he was held overnight by detectives.
BREAKING: Buhari Suspends Ibrahim Magu As EFCC Acting Chairman
Ibrahim Magu has been suspended as Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the BBC reports.
Multiple sources at the presidency also confirmed the development.
Magu spent the night in a police cell at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Headquarters in Abuja.
This followed a six-hour grilling by a presidential panel, chaired by Justice Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal.
Buhari set up the panel to probe various allegations levelled against Magu, following a petition by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Department of State Service (DSS).
Recall that the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) on Monday accused Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN) of lacking commitment to the anti-graft war.
It said a power bloc to which Malami belongs wants acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EEFC) Ibrahim Magu removed.
Gov Ugwuanyi Offers Tortured Girl Chinonye Full Scholarship
The 10-year-old Chinonye Nneoma Nnadi who was tortured by her guardians, Ifeoma Ozougwu and her husband, Jude Ozougwu, has been offered scholarship by Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
The governor approved the award of scholarship to the girl up to the university level.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, Gov. Ugwuanyi directed the state scholarship board to implement the award with immediate effect.
According to Aroh, Governor Ugwuanyi has further directed the immediate release of financial support to the family of the child for their upkeep.
At present the Enugu government via the State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development is bankrolling the hospital expenses of the poor girl.
Governor Ugwuanyi has told the ministry to find the best available medical care for the child.
Chinonye Nneoma Nnadi was living with the Ozougwus as a maid.
But the couple maltreated her.
She had two nails drilled on her skull and hot iron burns on her body.
Her plight was reported to the police, which swiftly moved to rescue her.
The police docked the couple today at a magistrates’ court. But while awaiting the advice of the DPP, the couple were sent to jail until the next adjournment in August.
Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed appreciation to the Enugu State Police Command “for their timely and professional intervention”.
He also directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Miletus Eze to “liaise with the Nigeria Police and ensure that the suspects are brought to justice timely”.
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