Friday, 31 May 2019

Article: Adopting The Best Approach In Halting Massive Circulation Of Small Arms And Light Weapons In Nigeria

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

President Muhammad Buhari in his gun control efforts reportedly signed a law to revoke all firearm or shotgun certificates or licenses in Nigeria with executive powers recently.

The said law is proposed to take effect from June, and the implication of the law is that nobody in the country is now allowed to own or carry firearms in the country, except only authorised officers of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army, as well as select authorized agencies.

The law also prohibits officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps [NSCDC], as well relevant security organisations to carry arms,and requires all arms owners are forthwith required to hand in back all types of firearm licenses or certificates issued to them in the past to the nearest police headquarter in one’s state of residence.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

News Report: Obasanjo, Jonathan, IBB, Abubakar Absent At Buhari's Second Term Inauguration

Courtesy: Independent Nigeria
Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and former military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) and former Head of State Abdulsalam Abubakar were all absent on Wednesday when President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in for a second term in office.
The only exception was Former Head of State Yakubu Gowon who was present the event.
It is not clear at the time of filing this report, why all the former heads of state and presidents were absent from the event.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Communiqué: Communiqué Of The Joint Meeting Between Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF)And Association Of South East Town Unions (ASETU)

A joint meeting of the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) and the Association of South-East Town Unions (ASETU) was held today in Enugu to discuss issues of Development, Peace and Security throughout the entire Alaigbo was held at the Crystal Palace Hotel, Enugu On May 25, 2019.

After an exhaustive discussion on the state of Development, Peace and Security in the Region, both organizations agreed as follows: -

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Article: Chibuike Amaechi Was A Promising Young Man


By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

I have met and interviewed Mr. Chibuike Amaechi on several occasions. The last time we talked was in Providence Rhode Island during one of Achebe’s Colloquiums. My goal at that interview was to present Governor Amaechi with facts that I thought would make him understand that children born in Rivers State should be seen as natives of Rivers State. At the time Rivers State was fabulously rich and was sending indigenes abroad for further education, an Amaechi’s initiative. I argued that if an Owerri man doing business in PH has a child born in Rivers that the child is a Rivers State indigene and that without doubt his grandson also born in Rivers State should be by any definition a Rivers Stater, for that would be three generations. We were at the point where he was about to see my logic until one of his aids interfered with our discussion and spoke to him in Pidgin English which I did not understand. At that point he started to equivocate.  We agreed to continue at another time which never came.

Speech: "We Inherited A Broken Economy Which Eventually Went Into Recession"---President Buhari

President Buhari

This the last time we will meet as a cabinet before the commencement of the second and final term of this Administration.

Our first meeting in this chamber was in November 2015. Over the past three and a half years, we worked together to deliver our campaign promises. I strongly believe that it is this team work that led to the successes recorded during our first term.

Some of our colleagues, with whom we started this journey, unfortunately are not here to join us in celebrating our successes.

Specifically, I must recognise our late brother, James Ocholi SAN who passed away in a fearful motor accident with his wife, Blessing and son, Joshua only four months after being sworn in as a Minister.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Special Report: "The Quality Of Lives Of Nigerians Has Degenerated Even More In All Aspects Of Human Development"----Olusegun Obasanjo


1.  Let me begin by saying that it is quite an honour for me to be chosen to give the keynote address at this most distinguished gathering of the people of God.  Before continuing, please permit me to commend and congratulate Yourlordship the Bishop of Oleh Diocese, Rt. Rev. (DR.)John U. Aruakpor, the clergy, and, indeed, the entire laity of the Diocese for sustaining the time-honoured tradition of and requirement for annual synods.  As all of us are well aware, synods such as this affords us all including the bishop, the clergy and the laity the opportunity, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to rejuvenate our relationship with Almighty God by reviewing the events and activities of the diocese over the previous year, and then map out the events for the coming year. I sincerely pray that by the time the synod ends, the aims and objectives for which it was called would have been realised a hundredfold.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

News Release: Withdrawn Certificates-Of-Return & Moves Against May 29 Handover

The Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law is again strongly calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, various parties in the 2019 Election Petitions Tribunals (pre and post election litigations) and the electoral courts handling the electoral disputes to strictly follow due process and stop observing laws in breach. The named must also avoid bastardization of the fair hearing principles clearly outlined in the country’s Constitution 999 as amended and stop being clever by half or cutting corners in matters of dispensation of electoral justice in Nigeria or any part thereof.

Intersociety also strongly stands against and will continue to stand against persons, bodies and forces working through courts or using other despicable means to stop or scuttle the inauguration or swearing in ceremonies next week, being 29th May 2019, of the newly INEC declared elected public office holders in Nigeria; be they Governors and their deputies, Senators, House of Rep Members, State Legislators or President and Vice President.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Thursday, 16 May 2019

News Release: Africa50 Launches Its Innovation Challenge To Help Increase Access To Internet In Africa

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, launched the first edition of its Innovation Challenge at the 2019 Transform Africa Summit holding in Kigali from 14 to 17 May. Through this initiative, Africa50 will crowdsource innovative solutions to help increase access to high-speed internet in under-served areas in Africa.

The call is open for ICT developers, innovators, engineers, entrepreneurs to submit workable solutions, via an online platform, to be assessed by the Africa50 investment team and its partners. The winning solutions will receive cash prizes and/or will be considered for project development funding. Projects will be rolled-out in Rwanda as the pilot country, with the objective to scale them up to other countries in Africa.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Article: Microfinance Banks And NIPOST’s Core Mandate

By abiodun KOMOLAFE

I read an interesting Editorial piece in The Nation Newspapers of Monday, May 6, 2019, entitled: ‘Postmaster or Banker.’ The newspaper specifically advised the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to “focus on its core mandate”, instead of venturing into the “trickiest” business of ‘opening 2,000 Microfinance Bank (MFB) outlets.’ As a concerned Nigerian, I have decided to make some few comments.

To begin with, Nigeria is an interesting country which drama will not stop amazing the world. The interestingness of her Nigerianness derives its oxygen from the fact that previous governments have been known to spew out policy statements and ideas as if they are going out of fashion. In most cases, these policy pronouncements and rhetoric are more for political effects than their stated, intended objectives and projections. However, the Muhammadu Buhari-led government has chosen to be different and the results are already showing!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Article: Nigerian Police Extra-Judicial Killings

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

Recently, Nigerians woke up to what could be considered joke of the century. Abayomi Shogunle, an assistant commissioner of police,was quoted as saying that" another way of avoiding being killed by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is not to speak Queens English to police officers".

Unfortunately, Shogunle's ridiculous advise came on the heels of a recent murder the alleged murder of Kolade Johnson  by the operatives of  Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad(FSARS). This has renewed the fears of Nigerians that the fear of trigger happy cops is the beginning of fear in Nigeria, lending credence to the notion that Nigerians, with whose taxes these policemen are paid, are living on the mercies of these security who derive joy in sending innocent Nigerians to their early graves.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Article: The Increasing Rate Of Illegal Adoptions

By Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu

An illegal adoption takes place when the adoption of a child is done in violation of stipulated laws regulating adoptions. These constitute abuses such as abduction of children, the sale of children, traffic in children, and other illegal or illicit activities against children. Put the other way, an adoption fraud, an alternative term for illegal adoption, takes place  when a person or institute attempts to either illegally adopt a child or illegally give up a child for adoption.

Before now, adoptions were basically viewed from the perspective of the childless married couples attempts to normalise their relationships, but the  current trend has stretched beyond this. In the present times the mindset has accommodated adoption to mean an institution that helps children from a less improved environment to an improved environment .In Nigeria however, the old mentality still prevails. While one has no problems with the reasons, especially if they are genuine, what bothers the well-meaning public now is the rate at which illegal adoptions are proliferating.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

News Report: Security Cordon At Emir of Kano's Palace

Entrance To Emir's Palace

There is currently a deployment of heavily armed policemen around Kano Emir’s Palace and personal residents of some senior council members of the emirate, Daily Trust observed. Our reporter observed that about 10 Police Hilux Vans, which conveyed security personnel to the place, were stationed at Kofar Kudu emir’s palace, another 10 around personal residence of Chief of Staff to the Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sanusi along Iyaka road.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Special Report: Aje: An Early Yoruba Deity With No Second Fiddle

Oba Adeyemi 

By Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III

In recent time, I have been inundated with calls and even visits to my Palace on a recent Video Tape showing His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife during the Aje Festival in Ile-Ife, Osun State. With all sense of modesty but candour, I cannot recall exactly the number of the video tapes that have been sent to me well-meaning Yoruba elders and patriots.

(2) In the same vein, the traditional rulers have not been left out of this concern and legitimate worries. All across Yoruba speaking areas of Nigeria up to Kwara and Kogi states, the situation to say the least, has been breathless. Even the Yoruba in the Diaspora; Republics of Benin and Togo, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada etc have also expressed indignation about the current issue.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Article: On Nigeria's Regional Disparities


By Edwin Madunagu

In discussing the disparities in the distribution of development, wealth, power and poverty in Nigeria, many people—most of them young, but educated—seem not to be conscious of two important factors, namely: the factor of history and the factor of capitalism.

We therefore begin these notes with five simple facts whose combined significance—as important as it is—should, however, not be mystified or distorted. They do not explain everything; but to refuse or miss to be actively guided by them is to leave the road to comprehension.