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“Hold your leaders accountable by going to register, and vote in the right leaders” – James Ibori



"Vote in the right leaders" - James Ibori - BellaNaija

James Ibori

A former Governor of Delta, James Ibori, on Thursday urged Nigerians to take the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration seriously to enable them to vote in the right candidates during elections.

Ibori, who is also the publisher of The Independent Newspapers, said this at the company’s Annual Thanksgiving service held at its premises in Lagos.

He said that massive participation of the electorate in the exercise as well as voting their choice of leaders was the only way they could effect good leadership.

“You should hold your leaders accountable by going to register, and vote in the right leaders.

“You should know that your vote counts; times are changing, your voter card is your strength,” he said.

The publisher, while addressing members of staff, urged them to speak the truth at all times and to be hardworking.

“The business model for publishing a newspaper has changed; we need to change with it. You as journalists should be fearless because it is your duty to speak the truth to those in power,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, the Lagos Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola urged Nigerians to always give thanks to God, no matter their situation.

“We must give thanks to God, our creator, no matter our situation; it is the only way to obtain God’s blessings and favour.

“In thanking God, we are making our requests known to him; we will get more blessing and God will surely come to the aid of the people and the country at large, if we continue to thank him” he said.

Bamgbola urged Nigerians to live holy and exemplary lives by shunning negative tendencies, saying that it was only righteousness that could exalt an individual and a nation.

The thanksgiving service was to appreciate God for preserving the lives of staff members of the Independent Newspapers in 2017 and seeing them through to 2018.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Ayana

    February 1, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    The irony……

  2. amaa

    February 1, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Kai this is where amadioha would have been very useful. I can’t even begin to fathom where this criminal got the guts to speak up . Crawl back into your hole and wait for the karma that is still doing press-up to come and get you and your whole family. Rubbish !!!!!!!!

    • omomo

      February 2, 2018 at 11:02 am

      do you blame him really??? he was received as a hero and eulogises and gets courtsey visits from Wike and other governors he has to talk …

  3. o

    February 1, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Look who’s talking………….. Mschewww

    • Bleed Blue

      February 2, 2018 at 10:19 am

      As in ehn…

      “Are you done talking?”

  4. Funmilola

    February 1, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    This is a joke,abi?

    • Pat

      February 2, 2018 at 1:20 am

      Lmao????? I know right!!! Same thing I thought.

  5. Adamazi

    February 1, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Person never slap his mouth shut before.

  6. Anon

    February 2, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Ha! Ha!! He talks…

  7. Dee

    February 2, 2018 at 12:11 am

    You mean, ex-convict, James Ibori

  8. Kenny

    February 2, 2018 at 12:38 am

    Folks like this, is why i lost faith in that country. In a sane society this man should be serving life without parole and in some country he will be facing death penalty or even executed by now. May God help Nigeria!

    • kpdk

      February 2, 2018 at 5:31 am

      all this hysterical posts, which sane country are you talking about??? Finacial crimes in the us and uk dont come with really stringent jail terms, so why the ranting? Except it is clear like ponzi schemes of billions of dollars, even then you can take plea deals. What happens to financial institutions that flout government regulations and are corrupt? government bailout and probes upon probes.Only a few cases did this people see jail, ie Enron case, madoff and co. What is happening today in the US today, what is that? with a sitting president probably violating the emoluments law and enriching himself why things are chucked up to technicality. Or his tax cuts that potentially directly benefits him 1billion dollars? So lets forget all these ranting about in a “developed country bulls—“. Nigeria needs to do more , yes but the western countries are not better. Yopu may hate the messenger in Ibori, but he is right .Only by Voting do you count, but then again does our vote really count?

  9. FFFFF

    February 2, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Says the thief…we Nigerians are stupid as hell.
    All these thieves in government making a mockery of our nation.

  10. KENZ

    February 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

    best joke of the day….i bet all the comedians in this country will be saying ; chaii this man gat jokes…

  11. Eric

    February 2, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Ibori will you keep kwayet!!!
    I swear the things that are allowed to take place in this country can question ones sanity!! Imagine the nonsense of a person that is talking.

  12. Dame Marian

    February 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

    imagine kwa………….see who is talking on credibility . shame no dey some people body sha.

  13. Tracy Edward

    February 3, 2018 at 2:27 am

    I think this is Fake News, because if he is in his right mind he won´t come out and speak, maybe he is having problem mentally. Godn bless Nigeria in Jesus Namen Amen.

  14. Letty

    February 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    This evil criminal that destroyed women’s lives in the process. How do Nigerians sit back and let this happen

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