Dele Momodu, Ovation Magazine Publisher, Challenged By Nigerians On His Stance On Corruption 

James Ibori, Dele Momodu and Segun Osoba gather at a social event in Nigeria
By SaharaTV, New York

Founder and publisher of Ovation International magazine, Dele Momodu, received a worldwide social media bashing for his stance on corruption in Nigeria. Momodu appeared on SaharaTV on Saturday to discuss last week’s sentencing of former governor James Ibori of Delta State to 13 years in prison in a London Court.

He declared that members of Nigeria's judiciary system should be embarrassed that Ibori was held legally accountable in England, and not in Nigeria.

A flurry of Skype calls, Twitter messages and Facebook posts from Nigerians around the globe emerged immediately after Momodu's interview on SaharaTV. He was accused of “glorifying corruption” and of associating himself with the, “rogues that advocate corruption” in Nigeria.


In his defense Momodu, a 2011 presidential aspirant, told SaharaTV’s Chika Oduah, “I am so confident about what I’m talking about. The difference between us and other publications is that we at Ovation magazine publish world-class magazine. The problem is that people judge you by what they expect you to be.” 


Momodu, a former News editor at Weekend Concord and editor of Classique magazine, became a household name in Nigeria when he established Ovation magazine that showcased the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. The magazine has featured the homes of corrupt men and women in Africa like former military dictator General Sani Abacha amongst others. 


In his contribution, Kayode Ogundamisi, a renowned citizen reporter, speaking to SaharaTV's Rudolf Okonkwo on the same Saturday morning news program accused Mr. Momodu of glorifying corruption.

"People like Dele Momodu, with due respect, have contributed to glorifying corruption in Nigeria,” Ogundamisi said. “So I fundamentally disagree with him that Ovation magazine is just going about taking good pictures."
 
In contrast to Momodu, Ogundamisi risked his life to take the first set of pictures that exposed Ibori's luxurious London homes and cars. The works of citizen reporters like Ogundamisi helped bring down corrupt politicians like Ibori.

“I plan to visit Ibori,” Ogundamisi said, “and ask him what made him think he could get away with everything he did.”  
 
An unidentified Skype caller from London told SaharaTV, "Right now, nemesis is about to catch up with Dele Momodu who came on Sahara today to talk about corruption... I think he should also be persecuted because he used his magazine to make all those corrupt people in Nigeria more popular."

This remark came about after SaharaTV posted a picture taken at a social event of Momodu standing next to Ibori, who was enjoying champagne.

Apparently the picture was taken at a time Ibori was wanted for stealing more than $250 million US dollars.
 
Momodu said, “I have met James Ibori, but I've never been to his office or home, so I won't be able to say much about him."
 
Facebook user Ibrahim Egwa called for Momodu’s prosecution for aiding and abetting criminals, “Finally, Nigerians are waking up! Dele Momodu and his [like] should be made to face the court of public opinion if not court of law. He is as culpable as Ibori.’


Another Facebook user, Deji, commended Egwa saying, “God bless you for this comment. Dele Momodu used his useless publication (Ovation) to sing praises of all the thieves in Nigeria.”
 
Meanwhile, during the interview, Momodu revealed his continuing aspirations to become the president of Nigeria.

"If I feel that the country is ready for my kind of leadership, I'll contest again,” Momodu said.”
 
Ifeanyi Labricas Irondi quickly posted on Facebook his disapproving sentiments, “Dele has nothing to offer to Nigerians. He should concentrate on developing his village before wanting to develop Nigeria. Anyone who wants to contest in Nigeria, must show what or how he's contributed to human capital development. Dele Momodu, I do not like your face, and I don't know how I'd feel to look at you as my president.”
 
One SaharaTV viewer, Eniola, retorted, “We do not need corrupt people like you."

The sentiment was mutually expressed by Facebook user, Timothy, who said, “Dele, our 'leaders' are not ready for a change. They feel leadership in this country is a family business. I believe in one Nigeria, we need people like you in leadership position; though you need to start somewhere.”


However, despite the barrage of attacks, some Nigerians supported Momodu with one user posting, “Ovation magazine is still big because our people
love the fun, publicity and flamboyance of life. Nothing really bad with the
magazine, it serves the relevant segment of our society.”

Another way express their support this way: “Ovation is still in business because there is a market for it. Nigerians are still buying it. We have piles of Ovation magazines in our living rooms.”


In the true meaning of his name Ayobamidele – “my joy has followed me home” Dele, as he is affectionately known, was at peace with himself and was confident that he was doing the right thing for him and the rest of Nigeria thorough-out the interview. "If you think talking to a leader who is corrupt makes a journalist corrupt, so be it," Momodu concluded.
 
It was however a caller from London who captured the sensibility of most viewers. “Corruption is now a citizen,” he said. “It is the number one citizen of Nigeria. Corruption tells the President what to do… everyone is involved now. It is just bad. It is becoming a culture.”

Watch the full interview here.

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@Ikenna, Momodu was right...

Momodu was right to say that the British police should train the Nigerian police. Nigerian police are below international standards that is why it is very difficult for them to catch hired and 'unhired' assassins.

You cannot poison someone and easily get away with it in the UK or USA. Try and watch old series of COLUMBO. Do we have detectives like that in Nigeria? The answer is no.

We lack forensic knowledge and equipments which are necessary to prosecute criminals. Do you get it? Without adequate evidence assassins cannot be jailed. Who killed Bola Ige and Co. It is easy to commit murder and get away with it in Nigeria.

Momodu caused it...

Dele Momodu is not corrupt but he wouldn't have made a better leader than Jonathan. Momodu is more extravagant than Jonathan and would have had a much bigger budget.

Currying cheap publicity led to this roforofo bashing from Ogundamisi and Co., and it serves Momodu right. He doesn't seem to know his limits. His lucky era is gone. Allow fresh faces to reign...

Ogundamisi was biased on his cause against Ibori. Why didn't he and SR pursue Tinubu in the UK/US on corruption charges? Tinubu is Yoruba like them and they all belong to the same cult and cannot hold each other accountable.

Yes, Ibori was a thief but why should he sleep in prison when Tinubu, Alamaseigha and Dariye are sleeping in their luxury beds? Ogundamisi had a lot to do with the Ibori case. It was unfair to be one sided. Journalists are not judges.

Dele Momodu is not corrupt &

Dele Momodu is not corrupt & will never be corrupt, insha Allah. We all know Dele Momodu as one of d most prolific & fearless writers in Nigeria during d feared periods of IBB & Abacha, when journalism was most dangerous to practice! Let us not make a collateral damage of Dele Momodu bcos he founded ovation magazine, thus we might all be guilty of committing a fallacy of hasty generalisation. I don't see anything wrong with Ovation magazine, but I see everything wrong with Dele Momodu being its founder, bcos his impeccable antecedence built during his days at Wkend Concord, Classique & Tempo magazines respectively, which was highly appreciated by Nigerians is no longer consistent with our expectations dt Ovation offers! This is d lacuna, however, it will be unwise & unfair of us to accuse him of corruptiona, rather we can say he made a mistake by founding Ovation magazine dt contrasts d Dele momodu we once celebrated & if dis mistake is not corrected, Dele might be destroyed!

A national disgrace

I only have two words for Dele mumudo 'national Disgrace and for the idiot saying the british should train our police; are you stupid! what happened to the ones trained by isreal? they are some of the most sofisticated armed robbers in Africa now you want more.maybe you also want the Americans to take over our police.Ignorant fool.The police we have is a reflection of the nations attitude

Dele Momodu is not corrupt &

Dele Momodu is not corrupt & will never be corrupt, insha Allah. We all know Dele Momodu as one of d most prolific & fearless writers in Nigeria during d feared periods of IBB & Abacha, when journalism was most dangerous to practice! Let us not make a collateral damage of Dele Momodu bcos he founded ovation magazine, thus we might all be guilty of committing a fallacy of hasty generalisation. I don't see anything wrong with Ovation magazine, but I see everything wrong with Dele Momodu being its founder, bcos his impeccable antecedence built during his days at Wkend Concord, Classique & Tempo magazines respectively, which was highly appreciated by Nigerians is no longer consistent with our expectations dt Ovation offers! This is d lacuna, however, it will be unwise & unfair of us to accuse him of corruptiona, rather we can say he made a mistake by founding Ovation magazine dt contrasts d Dele momodu we once celebrated & if dis mistake is not corrected, Dele might be destroyed!

DELE MOMODU

WHO THE HELL IS THIS CLOWN WANTING TO BE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA.. HAVE WE BEEN REDUCED TO THIS. THE IDIOT WANTS ONLY PUBLICITY FROM HIS VAIN EXCERCISE . MOMODU PRESIDENT - I WILL KILL MYSELF THE DAY THIS JANKARA FOOL FILES HIS PAPERS NOT EVEN WHEN HE WINS

Pls focus on the salient points

If the only reason why dele should be prosecuted is because ovation showcased luxury in homes of nigerian looters, there is no case. More attention should be paid to his relationship with the looters and his aiding them (as exists if proveable)rather than focusing on inconsequentials for his engaging in simple business!
The folly in this "accusation" is similar to that of the americans suing macdonalds for their inability to control their appetite, resulting in obesity.

That is where you got it all

That is where you got it all wrong. It is by their association we shall know them. Birds of same feather flock together. You can claim to be against corruption and wine and dine with the corrupt. Nigerians need to wake up and I pray and hope they are waking up. Dele Momodu is nothing but a self serving opportunist. I've followed his career since his friendship with the Abiolas. I can't believe Nigerians are still allowing two faced idiots like him to open his mouth.

DELE AND HIS CLIENTS

When I told Thisday to remove dele m from writing for them they didnt listen. Dele should hide his face in shame.

momodu

Dele momodu is the chief promoter of curropt government officials in nigeria,i am not fooled by that video on sahara where he sounded like a genuine concerned nigerian,infact i almost thoiught it was asari dokubo because they kindof look alike.His comments on the video were an insult to nigerians.

Please spare us

Is Dele your problem or your messed up goverment that have refused to give you the basic means of proper livelyhood? Please stop chasing shadows. Is Dele Jonathan? All you idiots that are complaining about his magazine, is he the only one publishing such pictures? Go and meet the theives yourselves. The irony of all this is that if given the chance, you would all do the same if not worse. All the theives in govertment were all ordinary people like you and me. But got carried away by the office they held. So please spare us....HYPOCRITES

Bankole and tinubu to be sent to london for trial

9jas are nothing but hypocrites. About 3 years ago, the British offered to train our police force for us. Free of charge with no sweat on the resources of the Niger delta region. Nigerians were all over the place claiming some yeye sovereignty. God Forbid they said. The Brits to train our police force? OBJ who could have defended the move with all his might, gave in cause he was more interested in his 3r term agenda than having an affective police force in 9ja. Just hrs after we rejected the offer, the same Nigerians are out on the street praising their neo-colonialist masters for sending Ibori to prison.
At least it will if for nothing, give them all the excuses they have been looking in Nigeria to put the blame of our under-development in the niger delta on the shoulders of Ibori, Alams and Ibru-Oil was discovered in 1957 not 2011-animals

9jas are nothing but the

9jas are nothing but the biggest hypocrites on mother earth. About 3 years ago, the British offered to train our police force for us. Free of charge with no sweat on the resources of the Niger delta region. Nigerians were all over the place claiming some yeye sovereignty. God Forbid they said. The Brits to train our police force? OBJ who could have defended the move with all his might, gave in cause he was more interested in his 3r term agenda than having an affective police force in 9ja. Just hrs after we rejected the offer, the same Nigerians are out on the street praising their neo-colonialist masters for sending Ibori to prison.At least it will give them all the excuses they have been yearning for to enable them put the blame of our under-development in the niger delta on the shoulders of Ibori, Alams and Ibru-Oil was discovered in 1957 not 2011-animals

Dele Momodu is just a praise singing

I read Dele Momodu talking about Michael Adenuga exploits, i think we are all tired of his praise singing, he should go and sit down and do a real day's work not glorifying corruption. All Nigeria's Billionares are corrupt and some are 'just' holding forts for corrupt old millitary rulers. We know whats going on in Nigeria. Dele Momodu should shutup and get a life. 'Onijekuje'

Naija sentiments

Its jus very annoying that Sahara reporters can come up with this kind of article. To me its more like a blackmail. I believe d editors at Sahara reporters are journalists like Dele momodu. So since when does interviewing a corrupt leader make Ɣ☺ΰ corrupt? Besides, was Ibori convicted yet when d supposed picture was taken? There is a mag in Britain( Go mag I think), that does exactly what Ovation does. And we have magazines like that in almost every country. Dele Momodu is an entreprenuer, and runs his own business, and has never been in govt. So where is d baseless accusation coming from? Pls guys, think well with common sense before commenting on an article.

hypocrites back in the market square of their smelly conscience

Dele Momodu is 1 million times correct. What we did was to out-source our sovereignty to london. The brits refused to dump the pound for Euro cause they see it as their sovereign power! Kayode Ogudamisi should tell us more about the Buhari he is working for and why he rejected late Gani at the polls or shut up for good. If its corruption he is talking about. Buhari did free alhaji alhaji, our ex CBN Gov who committed the same offence as late Fela. Koyode should let us know why his boss Buhari locked up late Tai Solarin and Babatope? Were they governors like Ibori also? Ribadu told us about 32 thieves including Tinubu. Where are the thieves in british jails? Is he saying the judgement by Salami on Ekiti and Osun is also flawed? Some few years ago, a british national who killed his wife in PHC, was not allowed to be tried in 9ja court by the british. Was Bode George not sent to prison by a judge in 9ja? Let him send the case file of tinubu to london during his visit.

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Dele Momodu is a Moron

This thing called dele momodu is a moron and i don't understand why he thinks that snapping pictures of exquisite properties built with stolen commonwealth qualifies him for any elective office.

His looks like a drum with human face and every right thinking nigerian should know his motive by now.

This thing called Dele is a

This thing called Dele is a moron and i don't understand why he thinks that taking pictures of properties acquired with stolen commonwealth is enough to qualify him for any elective office.

He looks like a drum with human face and i detest his appearance and the so-called ovation pictures.

i de laf

So because i own a business lets say saloon and the governors wife patronizes it that automatically makes me a villain. People should learn to focus on facts and not hearsay or sentiments. I am not defending the man but accusations should have substance and less sentiments.

Our Foundational Problem

This is what makes it possible for a man who has 'glorified corruption' to be writing against it. The moment he 'lost' the presidential race, he started to spit fire. But Nigeria is too disorganized and that's why there are criminals at all levels.It is a problem of foundation.

Other view about Dele

Please let see the contribution of Mr Dele this way... without his evil magazine we may not have known the extent we have been raped in this country. His magazine give evidence when revolution starts of who to targets and what to target, so let thank Dele for allowing his long throat for pushing him to support and sing praise of corrupt public servant (politicians inclusive). He, Dele, should know better he has been paid from corrupt funds which makes his wealth corrupt as well.

Wast of space

Dele Momodu by publishing ovation has committed no crime. He is free to be a praise singer.But he is not a quality individual by any stretch of the imagination, just a common opportunist. Has he contributed anything to the development of the Nigeria way of life ? yes but very negatively. But glamorizing common criminals. Please just ignore this wast of space so he can just go away !

Dele morcks masses

The ovation magazine is a magazine that is challenging us the masses telling us to look at what the wealth of the country has made the leaders look, while we are busy dieying of hunger, unemployment and the artificial Boko Haram. I hate people like Dele un the contry.

BIASED STORY, BIASED COMMENTARIES

I will be surprised if you publish this comment since you have deliberately selected only comments critical of Mr Momodu in this jaundiced piece.
If no specific allegation of corruption is levelled against Momodu other than the sin of identifying a market and investing in it, then this write-up is most unfair.
Momodu has been strident in his criticism of corruption and the corrupt Nigerian elite and he does not force people to buy his magazine. If his open condemnation of corruption and public stand for probity is not enough evidence of his personal disposition, then we may as well all be hypocrites!

Momodu Ole Barawo

How this people see Nigerians still baffles me. Been silent does not necessarily mean we are as dumb as they think.

How can you take photos of properties you quite know are proceeds of crime,get paid for the service,pop champagne with them and then turn around to hypocritically condemn them is beyond me. All because he wants to be president.

Can momodu tell Nigerians the percentage of his clients from Nigeria and even Africa who's wealth are legitimate.#Overgrown chicken..Rubbish

Oil subsidy might put a check on corruption in Nigeria

As third world nations are advancing technologically-China,India,Malaysia,Pakistan, etc.Nigerian leaders are busy loothing the state the state treasury.If the Farouk Lawan committee is taken seriouly with high sense of new nationalism,the culprits in the 'faceless'oil subsidy looth could be called to book and this indeed could be a landmark in the annals of Nigeria's fight against the scouge of our time-corruption

Delemamodu and the Corruption Saga

nigeria will get well when the likes of Mamodu understand the pains the ordinary man on the steets is going through as a result of dubious and curel loth of the elite.Ibori and others must be dealt with decisively .Nigeria must be back on track!

Dele is in it for what he can get for himself: attention-seeker

Dele feels he could have a shot at the Presidency too afterall a moron is President today, not for his achievement or intellect, but because he belongs to the PDP and the ota gorilla is his god !

Anyone taking Dele serious isn't serious himself. The guy is a juts a rabble rouser who likes to get noticed. At most he wants to be a Minister or Ambassador, he's in it for what he can get for himself.

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