Ndokwa’s Cry

The Ndokwa ethnic group tasks Osinbajo as it alleges marginalisation By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Ndokwa ethnic nationality in Delta state has made it clear they are tired of being a cash cow that gets nothing in return for its abundant milk. And the people believe Yemi Osinbajo who was Acting President, can end their agony. It is for this reason that they had petitioned him. In the petition, the Ndokwa nation, under the auspices of “Concerned Indigenes of Ndokwa Ethnic Extraction,” lamented that the nationality is marginalized by both Delta state…

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Ozubulu: A Perplexing Jigsaw

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu  OZUBULU cannot be described as a sleepy town. It is not also a commercial nerve centre in the mould of its neighbours-Onitsha and Nnewi. Ozubulu straddles between the two extremes just as it straddles between the busy Onitsha ­— Owerri Road. As one approaches the town from Onitsha axis of the Road, Ozubulu announces itself with an inscription “Palace of Igwe Jerome Udoji,” boldy written on an entrance gate. Yes, the famous Udoji of the Udoji award fame hailed from this town and was the traditional ruler…

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APGA Crisis: A Reprieve for Obiano

The Appeal Court restores calm in APGA but analysts predict the war is not yet over By Chidiebere Onyemaizu  Reprieve has come the way of Governor Willie Obiano and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. Penultimate week, the Enugu Division of the Appeal Court reinstated the embattled National Chairman of the party, Victor Oye who was initially ousted by Enugu state High Court via an order of mandamus which compelled the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise, Martin Agbaso as the party’s National Chairman. However, Obiano is not yet totally out…

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Buhari’s Burden

Buhari returns to Nigeria amidst tumultuous welcome but questions bordering on his health persist By Uche Mbah After 104 days on Medical tourism in the United Kingdom, President Muhammadu Buhari came back to the country last Saturday amidst tumultuous welcome by his supporters.  Clutching tenaciously at the right hand of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, he noticeably skipped the inspection of the guard of honor. Some analysts believed that it is because he is yet to transmit another letter to the National Assembly indicating that he is back and ready…

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Anambra 2018: APC Says No To Zoning

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress has said that the party’s ticket for the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State is open to all aspirants who collected its nomination form. It said there was no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the position had been zoned to a section of the state by the party. A spokesperson for the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who said this in a statement in Abuja on Monday, asked all contestants for the party’s sole ticket to ignore the rumour.…

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Aisha Buhari Thank Nigerians

The Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, has thanked Nigerians for their prayers and support as her husband returns back to the country after 104 days on medical trip to London. Aisha Buhari made this announcement on her official twitter handle this morning. She wrote, “As we welcome our dear President back home, I am grateful to Nigerians and well-wishers all over the world for their continuous prayers and support. “May God continue to guide, protect and bless us all and our dear country Nigeria.”  In Buhari’s nationwide broadcast…

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PDP, Afenifere Calls For Restructuring

Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s expected resumption today, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and some other youth groups, yesterday, tasked the president to quickly address the agitation for the restructuring of the country. The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, while agreeing with the call for the restructuring of the country, however, pleaded that the issue be deferred till after the 2019 elections to allow the present administration stabilise the polity. The charge on Buhari came as the PDP yesterday came out to endorse the restructuring…

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Arewa Youths Urge Buhari To Bite Troublemakers

Barely a day after the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria, Northern youths have asked him to urgently rein in the promoters of hate speech in order not to derail Nigeria. They also urged the President to immediately remove from the seat of power those they described as cabal holding his government to ransom. To be able to do so, the youths asked Buhari to begin to bite those causing trouble for the country rather merely continuing to bark at them. According to the youths, this will send a…

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Buhari Says Nigeria Unity Is Not Negotiable

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the unity of the country would not be open to any negotiation. The President, in its first statement to Nigerians since he returned to Nigeria after a 104-day medical vacation in London, added that political mischief makers who were fuelling ethnic violence would be dealt with. Buhari, who said he was not against legitimate concerns, noted that different groups must air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence. “The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate…

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Shettima, Kanu, Fani Kayode Are Terrorists-Osinbajo

By Bayo Bernard The federal government must apprehend individuals behind the quit notice to Igbo in the Northern part of the country to leave the region before October 1, this year to show seriousness on its part to deal with hate speakers in the country. The Arewa Youth Forum had two months ago threatened to force people of Igbo decent out of the North should they failed to move out by that date. It’s barely two months to that deadline and apprehensions loom all over the country. But Acting President…

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Missing the “Lion King”

By Oji Odu The pride is gradually heading for collapse. The centre is struggling to hold. The economy is still in tatters. Higher educational sector has been grounded. Boko Haram insurgents have increased the tempo of their attacks, with many dead and property worth millions of naira destroyed in the North-east, especially in Borno and Adamawa states. The level of kidnapping has increased in the country with ritual killings taking frightening dimension in the South-west. Where is the Lion King? Why is he not yet back from his medical sojourn…

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Corruption: Buhari’s Government takes the Oscar

Former president Goodluck Jonathan seem to have been vindicated by the National Bureau of Statistics recently when they released figures indicating that Over N400 billion was paid out to public officials as bribes in Nigeria between June 2015 and May 2016. The report said that bribes taken by Judicial officers and law enforcement agents. Jonathan, in a statement during the non-elective convention of the peoples democratic Party, PDP, alleged that more corruption going on in Nigeria now than during his own administration. The statement immediately became mired in controversy, with…

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Brickbats over PDP performance

Since the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, concluded their recent convention,arrows have been flying without restraint between the Party defenders and the All Progressives Congress, APC representatives. The feud, inspired by the speech delivered on the occasion by former President Good luck Jonathan, promises to be the be all and end all of most propaganda statements by the ruling party. Jonathan, in a speech at the Party’s Convention, articulated the achievements of PDP under his watch. He also claimed that corruption is worse under the current administration than during his tenure.…

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Customs: E-Auction Lucky Winners

The e -auction policy of the Nigeria Customs Service produce winners who would want the Service to continue with it for transparency  as obtained in Europe and the United States where there are many auction sites By Stephen Ubanna For years there had been pressure on the Management of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS,to change to the e-auction policy to sell  seized and condemned vehicles by the law Court  including  overtime cargoes. The proponents of the policy consider it transparent as it  gives equal opportunities to Nigerians to bid. they…

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Anambra Election: Obiano Wins APGA Ticket

The incumbent Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on Tuesday emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the November 18 poll in the state. Obiano emerged in a primary of the party held at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka, the state capital. The governor, who was the sole contestant in the primary, polled 1,070 “yes” votes from a total of 1,092.accredited delegates. There were 11 “no” votes against the governor’s candidature while 11  votes were invalid. A former national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor…

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ASUU Says Negotiation Hasn’t Started With Government

The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday presented different views on a parley involving both parties over the strike by university teachers. While the Federal Government said significant steps were taken at the meeting towards the resolution of the issues raised by ASUU, the President of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said it was a “mere consultation.” He said, “We have not yet had a formal meeting (with government); we are still making consultation. Don’t worry; I will get back to you…

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Osinbajo Assigns Portfolio To Ministers

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday assigned portfolios to the two new ministers he inaugurated about 22 days ago. The two new ministers are Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe). The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, announced the development on his Twitter handle. Ocheni was named Minister of State, Labour and Employment; while Hassan was named Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing. “There are now two ministers of state in Power, Works and Housing ministries,” Akande said. Details…

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Edo Assembly Speaker Impeached

There was drama at the Edo State House of Assembly when the Speaker of the House, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, was impeached, following an impeachment notice signed by 16, out of the 24-member assembly. The former principal officer of the House representing Akoko Edo I, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, was elected as the new Speaker. Three other members were said to have appended their signatures to increase the number to 19. The new leadership of the House also said that Okonoboh, his deputy, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie; and the former Majority Leader, Mr.…

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North Korea and the ‘Fire and fury’ threat by Trump

After diplomatic hide and seek, threats and counter threats, the spectare of nuclear Holocaust has suddenly become real. With recent reports that North Korea has been able to build a nuclear warhead miniaturized enough to fit into the head of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the walls built around the possibility of attack on the United States crumbled into a ruin of uncertainties.With recent United Nations Sanctions stoking more tensions, the question now is no longer if but when the escalating hostilities will result in direct confrontations.On North Korea’s current trajectory,…

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North Korea: Fear Grips Americans

By Bayo Bernard In the event of any preemptive nuclear strike against the United States of America by the North Korea regime what will the President Donald Trump administration do? This is the question now agitating the minds of many Americans as the tension between the two countries escalates. The regime leader Kim Jong-Un has lately threatened to attack Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific. Senior military officials in PENTAGON, United States military arm have been meeting to respond to any threat from the North, sources say. North…

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