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Friday, June 28, 2013

Akwa Ibom Diasora: When Masquerades Seize The Microphone By Clayton Udoh


I remember speaking some time ago about trends that if unchecked will become the mainstream. Not that the trend in question is reasonable or that it even operates within the range of human sensibility. We are talking about trends that became the mainstream because people were too scared or selfish to point out that this should be never attributed as the future.

2015 AND CHIDO’S HORNET’S NEST BY GODWIN ONYEACHOLEM


No matter where they reside, whether in Nigeria or outside, critical chroniclers of this country’s roller-coaster existence have always been the butt of disparaging comments from jaundiced participants who find themselves in the maddening struggle towards building a befitting functional country.

Still on Jonathan, opposition and 2015 By Chido Onumah

Chido Onjumah


I would be deluding myself if I imagined that my article last week, “2015: Who will defeat Jonathan?” would not elicit the kind of “violent” outbursts that have trailed it. After all, this is Nigeria where you can’t take a position without being accused of “looking for something”. It is understandable. Some journalists and columnists have written their way to plum government jobs. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lamentations Of A Battered Husband By Bayo Olupohunda


I have known him for two years. He is one of those distant neighbours who had through casual interactions become a friend.  In the months that we lived together in the same neighbourhood and when we occasionally ran into one another, our conversation never went beyond the usual inquiry about the weather or the offhand question:

2015 Presidency: If I Were Rochas Okorocha By Peter Claver Oparah


From the mouth of his deputy, Prince Eze Madumere, we heard that Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha is interested in contesting the 2015 presidential election. We heard that he might throw his hat into the ring to challenge for the highest position in the land. To his numerous admirers, especially those who have been hooked by the way and manner he dusted the PDP; incumbency, fixers, godfathers, money, intimidation, rigging and all in May 2011 to emerge Imo Governor, this is cheery news.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nigerian Foreign Minister Summons The British High Commisioner Over The Proposed Imposition Of Cash Bond On Visa Applicants

"The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga A. Ashiru, MFR,

Rangers International Of Enugu, Heartland Of Owerri In Austria: Igbo Sports Festival 2013


The cup in contention and the boot
for the best player
 On 29.06.2013 all roads in Vienna, Austria lead to Wasserpark am Hubertusplatz 1-7, 1210 Vienna, where the Igbos are having their sports festival as the match between Imo and Anambara re-activates the old football war between the two sisters in the 80s.

Monday, June 24, 2013

NASARAWA STATE: THE WAR AGAINST EGGONS BY GODWIN ONYEACHOLEM


One man holds the key to lasting peace in the tense Middle Belt state of Nasarawa: Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the only providential state chief executive produced by opposition Congress for Progressive Change in 2011 election. Should he this moment summon the uncommon courage and the inspired vision inherent in true statesmanship, it’s a sure bet that the long-drawn hostilities and shared hatred causing tremendous anxiety in his domain will end in no time.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Human Trafficking: An Abiku That Mustn't Return By Ugochukwu Ugwuanyi


Human trafficking, like an Abiku, has again made it to the front
burner and it's about to slip away in its usual manner. It had always
had a flash at the spotlight but prior to our acknowledging it, it
goes into oblivion to return later. But this time round, Abiku, you
have to tarry so we can, at least, better introduce you to your hosts.

A Story That Touches The Heart: I Was In Mortuary For 3 Days - Kayode Sotunde

Written by Nigerian Tribune

Chilling story of man who was set to be buried
Forty-nine-year-old Kayode Sotunde, a retired soldier, was in the news last Sunday for having allegedly woken up from the dead three days after a fatal auto accident along Gboko-Kano road. His story was a major item on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)’s Sunday night programme, Newsline.

2015: Who will defeat Jonathan? By Chido Onumah


Let me say from the outset that it would be scandalous and a grave mistake for the opposition – and by this, I refer to the All Progressives Congress (APC) – to look toward any of the gladiators in the current war of attrition in the People’s Democratic Party, Aminu Tambuwal, Babangida Aliyu, Sule Lamido, etc., as a candidate for the presidency in 2015. With all due respect to these men, and not minding the fact that there are PDP elements in the APC, it would not only smack of unseriousness, but would leave voters no choice in 2015.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Oh God Of Creations ..... By Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi


Late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the
Owelle of Onitsh
a
The labor of our heroes past, the dreams of Ahmadu Bello, Obafemi Awolowo, Nnmadi Azikiwe, Aminu Kano, and Tafawa Balewa is gradually becoming a stark reality. President Barrack Obama  in his famous speech Cairo to the World Muslim Congress,  

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR, IMO STATE: PRESS RELEASE

R-L Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze
Madumere MFR with the Director General
of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi
IMO READY TO HOST NEMA ZONAL HEADQUARTERS - MADUMERE

A case in point for us to echo by Ugochukwu Ugwuanyi


There are certain points of convergence between Nigeria and Kenya.
They are the East Africa's largest economy, ditto for us in West
Africa. Only one in every four Kenyans have access to electricity just
like it obtains here in Nigeria. Our poverty levels are almost on a
par, with ours pegged at 46 per cent while theirs hovers between 44
and 46 per cent.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rivers PDP Crisis: As Kalabari Monarch Sues For Peace, Opposition, Ethnic Nationalities, Stakeholders Reassures Amaechi By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze


Preamble
Few weeks ago, some group of people came out and tried to sell a dummy to Nigerians that they can prove how unpopular Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has become among his people and how in their estimation, unfit he is to continue to pilot the affairs of the crude oil and gas rich State. They came up with lot of plots, falsehood, intimidating strategies and boasted to whoever cares to listen that the days of the Ubima born politician as the Governor of Rivers State are numbered.

Monday, June 17, 2013

IMMORAL STATESMEN PART TWO BY SUNNY DADA


It’s been three days since the ‘Part One’ of this piece was written and some firm believers of the philosophy of the founding fathers have sent me some bouts for daring to question the commitment and status of the founding fathers as Statesmen.

Visit To Amaechi: An Address By Amanyanabo Of Kalabari Kingdom His Majesty, King Prof T. J. T. Princewill, CFR, JP, Amachree XI


An Address Presented By the Amanyanabo of Kalabari Kingdom His

Majesty, King Prof T. J. T. Princewill, CFR, JP, Amachree XI On the
Occasion of the Courtesy Visit on the Governor of Rivers State, His
Excellency, Right Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON on June 11,
2013


Protocol
On behalf of the chiefs and citizen of the Kalabari Kingdom, I thank
Your Excellency for making out time from your busy schedule to receive
us today.

JUNE 12 AND THE ROAD TO CONSCIENCE BY RAHEEM OLUWAFUNMINIYI


When Professor Eghosa Osaghae succinctly described Nigeria as a ‘Crippled Giant’, he was merely speaking the minds of many. That appellation, if we are to further interrogate it, describes everything that has been wrong with Nigeria since independence and in contemporary times. Nigeria is a contraption whose fuel tank has been filled with all sorts of liquid chemicals. For the fact that the only food the contraption called Nigeria need is fuel, having filled it with other kinds, we expect that its workability becomes ensnared. That is

Friday, June 14, 2013

Gov. Orji In The Festival Of Praise Singers By Odimegwu Onwumere



Listening to attention seekers does not worth it, because they are just desperate. They are distracted people seeking for substantiation. They are the example of a skinny woman telling her neighbour to notice how full-of-fat she has become. It is annoying when people do things basically for attention; and this is what the government of Governor T.A Orji of Abia State has become – attention seeker.

June 12: How Can We Forget? (2) By Chido Onumah



I betrayed my very genuine friend for 25 years. From the day we met, there was rapport. I had my friend there waiting to take over. Truly, it would have been a great destiny”. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

“There were other generals, including Sani Abacha, who said if power was ceded to a southerner like Chief Abiola, the North will have nothing left. They then put my father in a corner, they threatened him”. Mohammed Babangida

Thursday, June 13, 2013

IMMORAL STATESMEN (PART ONE) BY SUNNY DADA


“A Statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation.
“A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.” French President Georges Pompidou (1911 - 1974).
Some faces of the past and present
Nigerian political leaders
Photo credit: Hope Nigeria

Nigeria can arguably rank as the most Nation with national Statesmen.
However what places on them this moral garment is what remains to be seen.

Why Buhari, IBB Can Never Be The President Of Nigeria

Written by Ezinwa Obi

IBB and MKO: 
IBB betrayed his friend MKO Abiola

The whole issue about Nigerian politics has confirmed this first law of Nature (also Biblical), that WHATEVER A MAN SOWS, HE REAPS.

Because of this natural law, see why these two people, Major General Muhammadu Buhari and General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida who have been on the front burner of becoming democratically elected presidents of Nigeria after their retirements from the military can never be presidents, and why Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was not declared winner of the 1993 presidential election.

School proprietor caught having sex with 11-year-old pupil - PUNCH


Residents of Agric Olope area of Ado Ekiti have apprehended the proprietor of a private Nursery and Primary School, who was found in a bush allegedly having sex with a pupil of his school.
The incident happened on Monday after school hours.
Our correspondent gathered on Wednesday that the proprietor, identified as Mr. Tunde Ibitoye, picked the girl and another pupil of the same school and was taking them home in his car when he stopped at a deserted place and went into the bush pretending to be defecating.

KANO’S GOVERNOR KWANKWASO: A MERE TWO YEARS OF AMAZING FOOTPRINTS AND IMPACT! BY MUHAMMAD DANMALAM


[For those interested in a proper and complete rendition of Kabir Tsakuwa's blurb, (KWANKWASO: RURAL DICTATOR etc) how about this? Thought he needs help with his efforts lest he derails]:

This article was triggered by one written on the YanArewa Yahoogroups internet discussion forum some months back. The trigger was written by one, Kabiru Tsakuwa. He started his article with the following few lines and left it hanging waiting to have it completed. 

APGA CRISIS: MAXI OKWU ADDRESSES NEC, INAUGURATES RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE


Chief Maxi Okwu
NATIONAL CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS 
INAUGURATION OF THE TRUTH JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE
Protocol
May I on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of our great party formally welcome you all to this auspicious occasion.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Photo Of The Month: Engr Yemi Ogundele, Uzoma Ahamefule Reconciled By Nigerian Community In Austria

  • Engr Ogundele, Ahamefule Bury The Hatchet: Let Bygones Be Bygones - NANCA 
Photo of the Month: Some Nigerian ethnic representatives
in Vienna, Austria with Uzoma Ahamefule and Engr 
Yemi Ogundele standing in the middle after the meeting
After the visit of the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, on 07.04 2013, the officials and representatives of registered Nigerian ethnic groups in Vienna, Austria under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Community Austria (NANCA) followed his foot steps and finally healed the remaining rift that had rocked the Nigerian community in Austria for months and reconciled Engr Yemi Ogundele and Mr Uzoma Ahamefule.

58,000 Nigerians Killed Outside The Law Since 1999 - International Society For Civil Liberties & The Rule Of Law


International Public Statement By International Society For Civil Liberties & The Rule Of Law (Intersociety)

How Nigeria Murdered Democracy Since 1999 & Kept June 12 Alive

(Washington DC, USA, June 11, 2013)-Firstly, the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Nigeria; ably represented here in Washington DC, USA, by Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi, wishes to appreciate, deeply, the invitation of its Chairman of the Board by the US

TB JOSHUA: HOW TO CELEBRATE MY 50TH BIRTHDAY BY IHECHUKWU NJOKU


Renowned Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua turns 50 on Wednesday June 12th 2013. In his characteristically unconventional style, he has called for the focus of the celebration to be redirected towards care for the less privileged and job creation for unemployed graduates.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

LETTER OF APPEAL TO: NIGERIAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE COMMITTEE ON THE DIASPORA

  • AN URGENT NEED TO SAVE OUR YOUTHS FROM SELF IMPOSE MODERN SLAVARY
  • THE WESTERN WORLD IS NO MORE BED OF ROSES


House of Reps
 Written By: Emmanuel Obinali Chukwujekwu
(Author of: The Last Journey Of Marcus Omofuma--- An Account Of Prison Experience)

Vienna, Austria: Igbo Sports Festival 2013


  • Football: Anambra Vs Imo And Women Vs Men
  • Entertainment: Enyimba Cultural Group 
  • Date: 29.06.2013
  • Time: 12 pm




Hezbollah Weapons Discovering In Kano: Sierra Leone High Commission Respond To Nigeria


Following the recent weapons discovery in Kano with story covered by the Vanguard Newspaper, (amongst other media houses) in their publication of Tuesday 4th June 2013 captioned "HEZBOLLAH WEAPONS: WAREHOUSE BELONGS TO SIERRA LEONEAN - LEBANESE CONSUL", the High Commission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to inform the government and good people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the government and people of Sierra Leone

11-yr-old orphan raped to death - Sun



An 11-year-old girl, Chinecherem from Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State who was allegedly raped by a 32-year-old son of her mistress is reportedly died.

What Jonathan Owes His People, History By Okey Ndibe


President Goodluck Jonathan – like former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Umaru Yar’Adua before him – is nothing short of a Nigerian-made emperor. Nigeria is an unformed, misshapen country.

Who Killed Abiola? By Fani-Kayode Former Minister of Aviation

M.K.O., Rice and a deadly cup of tea - PUNCH

Susan Rice was up until recently the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Her long-standing aspiration of becoming the US Secretary of State was dashed when the Republicans in the Senate started sharpening their knives in anticipation of her formal nomination for that position by President Barak Obama.

Monday, June 10, 2013

2015 Guber Election: Akpabio Plots to Frustrate Eket Senatorial District

By Isong Udoh
Fresh facts  emerged over the weekend indicating that the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio is plotting to kill any moves that could make it possible for any candidate from Eket Senatorial District (ESD) otherwise known as Akwa Ibom South to clinch the top job in Akwa Ibom State

Amalgamation And Centenary: A Paradigm Shift, Now or Never

Written by Dan Amassoma


Since the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates to form what is now known as Nigeria in 1914, which is arguably a century old error made by the British colonial masters that is yet to be fixed or self-fixed, for selfish reasons, which saw the paper unification of a people with over 250 ethnic groups and varying religious leanings, with no known common identity, except it would be discovered, defined and

Saturday, June 8, 2013

IBB regrets June 12: What MKO Abiola told me about June 12 – Son, Lekan

Interview by PUNCH

What do you think about the annulment of the outcome of the 1993 presidential election which your father was believed to have won?
Lekan Abiola
Of course, I was very disappointed and I felt a sense of betrayal because IBB was someone we knew very well. This was somebody who assured the nation that he was leaving, how can he do that? If all along, he knew that he had no intention to leave, why did he allow my dad to go all the way, do all the campaigns and spend all that he spent? He could have told my father. But as a family, we have forgiven him; we have taken it as act of God.

Friday, June 7, 2013

June 12: How can we forget? (1) By Chido Onumah


Chief MKO Abiola: He died in
controversial manner in detention
“Reading about the June 12 period, for obvious reasons, is difficult for me, even now, 20 years after. It is difficult to think about all that we lost and all that we had stood to gain; to bear witness to how the main beneficiaries of so much sacrifice by so many were largely those who betrayed the cause; and to acknowledge the limits to the commitment espoused for democracy by its most vocal champions in the western world”. Hafsat Abiola-Costello

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Nigerian Tribune Interview: My father and mother were shot and stabbed in my father’s house - Victor Essiet aka Mandators

  • My uncle, Jimi Essien’s brain, splashed on my body
Mandator
Credit: Nigerian Tribune
Victor Essiet of the Mandators sneaked into Nigeria few weeks ago and held this no-holds-barred interview with Tade Makinde. The reggae musician speaks about his mother-in-law’s meddlesomeness in his marriage to late Peggy Essiet and how it ruined their marriage and how  ‘unknown soldiers’ almost wiped out the entire Essiet family. Excerpts:

IMO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, FIFTH HOUSE THIRD ASSEMBLY: TWO YEARS LATER




The Imo State House of Assembly under the proactive and visionary
leadership of Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu
(ODOKOROMEE) will on the 7th of June 2013 clock two years. As should
be expected, the legislative responsibilities of the House to the
people of the State will be assessed. But as an insider who has

Rape in police cell: Guard dismissed, inspector demoted


Abraka police station cell guard has been dismissed from the police force as a fall-out of the rape of Mrs. Esse Isaiah Ozegbe by two men inside the station’s cell. Besides, a police inspector, Mrs. Erebi Akporunor has been demoted to the rank of sergeant.

Traffic Offence: After One Year, Danfo Driver Still In Prison Awaiting Trial - Channels Television


Justice Christopher Balogun of the Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos Island, has denied the bail application of a commercial bus (Danfo) driver, Quadri Kasali, who was alleged to have hit a High Court judge, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo with his vehicle.
According to the Judge, Mr Kasali, who is standing trial for attempted murder and has been detained at the Ikoyi Prison since March 2012, could not provide a guarantee that he would not jump bail if his application was granted.

New states fail requirements –Senate


The Senate Committee on Constitutional Review yesterday said that out of the 61 requests it received from new state agitators, none of them fulfilled the constitutional requirements provided for state creation as enshrined in Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution.

Internatinal Law, Diplomacy, And Peaceful Co-Existence – A Practitioner’s Perspective By Ojo Maduekwe, CFR High Commissioner of Nigeria to Canada


Ambassador Ojo Madueke
As I pondered why the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Professor Epiphany Azinge invited me all the way from Canada, all expenses paid, to come and  make a presentation as a panelist on International Law, Diplomacy and Peaceful Co-existence at the Centenary Law Summit, knowing

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Police Kill Final Year Varsity Student, Bury Corpse - PMNEWS


The slain UNIBEN student,
Momodu Ibrahim
The police proceeded to bury the victim’s corpse without contacting his family, claiming he was unknown,0 whereas his cellphone was with them.The police in Benin, the Edo State capital, southsouth Nigeria, have killed Momodu Ibrahim, a 22-year old 500 level student of the Faculty of Laboratory Science of the University of Benin.

Terrorism: Boko Haram Leader May Face Trial In United States

Wanted Boko Haram leader,  Abubakar Shekau,  could be tried  for terrorism  in the United States  or in courts of partner nations if caught, the U.S. Acting Assistant Director of Diplomatic Security Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate,   Kurt Rice, has said.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nepotism, Politicization, Unprofessionalism, Bane Of Sports Development In Nigeria

Written by Uzoma Ahamefule

Name the former national stadium
in Surulere, Lagos where patriotic
Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji
slumped and died after him,
"SAMUEL SOCHUKWUMA
OKPARAJI'S STADIUM".


Late Sam Okwaraji
Before the bastardization and politicization of everything in Nigeria against professionalism and knowledge, many foreign countries sent their representatives to Nigeria to study how we managed to be very successful at least at “U17” football level where Nigeria was the very best in the world.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Buhari faults crackdown on Boko Haram - PUNCH


Presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 Presidential election, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has frowned on the emergency rule in parts of the North. He alleged that innocent civilians were being killed in the states.
Buhari  speaking during a Liberty FM Hausa Service Programme, Guest of the Week, on Sunday in Kaduna said

Obasanjo, an embarrassment to PDP – BoT member




A member of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Alhaji Shauib Oyedokun, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an embarrassment to the ruling party.
Oyedokun, a former National Deputy Chairman of the party, spoke in Osogbo on Sunday.