Friday, 14 January 2011

Photopoem: "Collapsing Cenotaph Of Soldiers Unknown" By Chidi Anthony Opara

Songs of sorrow,
Shouts of solidarity,
The bugle bellows.
And clump
Of shiny jackboots
On collapsing cenotaph
Of soldiers unknown.
Frames stiffen
In starched attires,
Hands raised
In half-hearted salutes
To brave heroes
Battered in battles,
To heroes fallen.
Are now graced by grasses,
The body of the battered
Battle with bandages,
They beg for bread.
 Songs of sorrow,
Shouts of solidarity,
The bugle bellows again.
And clump.
And sorrow
(Chidi Anthony Opara is the Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of chidi opara reports)

News Report: Acting National Chairman Now Incharge In Nigeria's Ruling Political Party

Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) yesterday at its national convention in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, adopted its Deputy national Chairman, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed as Acting national Chairman. This was consequent upon the ruling of an Enugu state High Court on the 13th of January, 2011, that the national Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo should stop holding himself up as the party's national Chairman.

The motion for the adoption, according to a chidi opara reports' network member who monitored the event live, was moved at about 7.38pm by the party's national legal adviser, Chief Olusola Oke. The motion was unanimously adopted through a voice vote.
Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed was born in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State on October 9th,1945 . After completing his secondary school at the famous Government College (Now Barewa College) Zaria in 1966, he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study veterinary medicine. Before venturing into politics, he was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University(ABU) Zaria, Commissioner for Agriculture and later Commissioner for Education in the then Sokoto State between 1977 and 1979. 
Dr. Mohammed later joined the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) in 1988 and rose to the rank of Comptroller General. He retired in 1995. 
He was Minister of Communications of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2001 to 2003.
He was elected National Vice Chairman of the PDP, North West Zone. In March 2008,  and later the Deputy National Chairman.

He is married with children.