Thursday, 27 June 2019

News Release: "Time To Dissolve The Niger Delta Development (NDDC) Board"--Niger Delta Militant Group

In the past few months, the increasing reports of brazen corruption, grand theft, reckless embezzlement and large scale mismanagement across the various interventionist agencies that are supposed to cater to the challenges of the Niger Delta have become intensely mind-boggling.

The Niger Delta Development Commission for instance has been the worst hit and has become the principal center of attention.

Earlier in the month, top members of the Board of the Commission were invited to the offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to answer to the growing number of petitions accusing members of the board and top staff of large scale corruption, grand theft, reckless embezzlement and outright mismanagement of the resources of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Article: Next Level: Oshiomhole As A Leadership Cancer


By SKC Ogbonnia

In a pre-election piece, “APC Risks A Crushing Defeat With Oshiomhole As Chairman”, I managed to put into words that the party’s “problem begins with the man’s personality. Oshiomhole, as a party chairman, comes across as a shambolic-cum-egocentric character understandably desperate for attention after leaving office as Edo State governor. In short, the APC has found itself in a situation akin to the proverbial quagmire, where a crown was mistakenly placed on a clown, and the natives were expecting him to perform like a king. For sure, the comrade thrived as a union activist, might have been a good governor, and he can even become a president, after all Donald Trump is one. But the post of a national party chairman is uniquely different. It calls for a unifying figure — composed, likeable, temperate, genial, compassionate and prudent. Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is none of these.”

Unless one has not paid close attention, after Oshiomhole superintended over the most crisis-ridden party primary exercise in the Nigerian history, the All Progressives Congress (APC) would go on to suffer consequential losses in the last general election. Although President Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected, not to be lost in the debate is the reality that he garnered less votes in 2019 than in the 2015 election, when he was a mere opposition candidate. The crisis also saw the opposition crack the ruling party’s southern wall of the South-West Nigeria, taking away two crucial states of Oyo and Ondo. In fact, our saving grace in 2019 was that the main opposition party nominated a deeply flawed presidential candidate.

Friday, 21 June 2019

News Release: Igbo Group Condemns And Opposes The Reckless Provocative Call By Miyetti Allah For The Establishment Of Fulani Vigilante Outfits In The South East

The attention of Igbo Ekunie Initiative, a coalition of professionals in Nigeria and the Diaspora has been drawn to the recent call by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for the establishment of Fulani Vigilante's outfit in the South East of Nigeria

We condemn and denounce this reckless and provocative macabre call by Miyetti Allah in the strongest possible terms and, hereby sound very grave warning to all in Nigeria that any attempt to export the infamously vicious and violent Fulani Militia into any part of Igboland shall be fiercely resisted both from the high and low quarters as we affirm our commitment to vigorously and contumaciously oppose the establishment of the Fulani Vigilante in any form whatsoever anywhere in the South-East.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Communiqué: Aare Onakakanfo(Yoruba Generalissimo) In Counci On Menance Of Killer Herdsmen In Yoruba Land

Gani Adams: Aare Onakakanfo

The Aare Onakakanfo in Council, at an extraordinary session, on Sunday, June 15, 2019, chaired by Iba Gani Adams, appraised the security situation in Nigeria, especially in the South West, and resolved as follows:

1. The campaign of blood by Fulani herdsmen, who have been ravaging our land, kidnapping, killing, maiming and raping our people in recent years has become a serious source of concern for the Yoruba race; a race renowned for their staunch passion for peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and development.

2. The threat posed to our existence by these blood-mongering marauders cannot be overlooked as we, as a people, believe that for peace and accord to reign among the multiplicity of people who occupy a common territory, all parties must play a role in ensuring that each and every unit in this country respect each other in all ramifications.

3. It is disheartening and most embarrassing that the group, despite several appeals to their consciousness and common sense, has continued to wreak havoc on our land, and forcibly planning to reap where they have not sown.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Special Report: EU Report On Nigerian Polls; The Missing Points

The European Union’s final Report on the conduct of the 2019 General Elections in Nigeria, which among other things, found that the polls were substantially below the international best standards or practices is not expected in the contrary. In other words, it is a rehearsal of what truly transpired during the polls.

But like every social science research or investigation, the EU Report, despite its thoroughness and validity, is not expected to be complete or full in its findings without missing some important points. This was the position of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law, Intersociety, in its statement issued in Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria and signed by Chidinma Udegbunam, Esq., Head of Publicity, Chinwe Umeche, Esq., Head of Democracy & Good Governance and Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chair of the Board. That is to say that as thorough and commendable as the EU report is, some fundamental issues or areas are still left unaddressed, Intersociety added.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

News Release: WHO Launches Viral Hepatitis Scorecard

New scorecard – the first to examine hepatitis prevalence and response in the World Health Organization (WHO) African region, shows that only three of the 47 countries are on track to eliminate the disease that affects one in 15 people in the region. Dying of viral hepatitis in Africa is becoming a bigger threat than dying of AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis.

“This analysis is the first to track each country in the region and to assess progress towards the goal of saving the lives of more than two million Africans who may develop progressive hepatitis B or C liver disease in the next decade if countries fail to ramp up their efforts,” says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Special Report: M.K.O Abiola Writes Gani Fawehinmi From Incarceration


My dear Gani,

Praise be to God for your life and the courage, fortitude and determination with which He endowed you. May we live long to be of service to each other in the contribution we make to the development, peace and justice/fairplay in Nigeria and beyond. The " Express " story is a hoax. True, both Anan and Anyaoku (apparently working together, although I saw them separately), wanted me to sign a statement that I  will not, once again, demand my mandate, once released. They both believed such undertaking would expedite my release. To each of them, my answers were:

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Speech: "The Invasion Of The National Assembly By Armed Security Operatives In August 2018 Will Live In Infamy"--Immediate Past Nigeria Senate President

Saraki: Immediate Past Senate President

1. Distinguished colleagues, as we come to the final plenary and the last few days of the eighth Senate, it is a victory in itself that we are seeing the journey to its momentous end. That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testament to what people can do when they come together for the greater good. This is also one of those occasions when the Supreme Creator reminds us, once again, that power does not reside in any one person.

2. Before I proceed, let us pause to honour the memory of colleagues with whom we started this journey but who sadly are not here with us today. We lost the late Senators Ali Wakili (Bauchi South), Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke (Osun West) and Bukar Mustapha (Katsina North) in the line of duty in this Senate. I ask that we observe a minute’s silence for the continuing repose of their souls [Minute’s Silence]. May the Almighty grant them eternal rest.

3. Distinguished colleagues, let me thank each and every one of you for your contributions towards making this the historic Senate that it is. When I think of the many trials and tribulations we have faced as an institution, and my own personal travails particularly at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I am humbled, because none of our achievements would have been possible without the support and cooperation of the entire members of this chamber.

Special Report: Kano State Governor Queries Emir Of Kano

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

News Release: "Say No To Pollution"---FENRAD

Nigeria like the rest of African counties is a developing country that are particularly vulnerable to climate change, due mainly to its high dependency on natural resources and rain-fed agriculture as well as to its relatively limited technological and economic capacities. Ironically, several factors have placed Nigeria in a position of a contributor to global emission of CO2. For example, Nigeria as an oil producing country flares about 1.2billion cubic feet (bcf/d) of gas a day. This amount of gas flare represents 12.5% of all globally flared gas, which is 68% of the associated gas produced or 51% of the total gas production. According to the African Energy Outlook for 2014, as at 2012, Nigeria flared about 17bcm on the average, slightly more than its annual consumption. However, gas flaring in other West African producing countries has remained around 12bcm per year.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Article: What President Buhari’s 3rd Term Should Look Like


By Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba

I used 3rd term deliberately for Buhari had served a term as a military dictator, another term as popularly elected president and now has been purportedly elected to another term. It is purportedly because the tribunal has yet to rule on the petitions filed after the election contesting his election.

A little background. Buhari is a rich man contrary to the image in the heads of many Nigerians. A review of his Asset Declaration form which he recently filed shows that he has several houses, many heads of cattle a some money. He is not a Dangote but he is not poor, and should not be poor. Given that his last meal on this world is already take care of and that his children are grown up, PMB’s focus in the 2019-2023 should be his LEGACY. What he should be remembered for after his last days on earth. This essay will attempt to focus PMB on how he would achieve a worth wile legacy.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Special Report: President Buhari Proclaims First Session Of New National Legislature

Article: The Danger Of Expired Politicians In The Nigerian Public Space (Part 1):

(The Case Against “Rochas Okorocha”, “Bola Tinubu”, “Orji Uzor Kalu”, “Nasir el-Rufai” & Others)                                                                      
This is the first in a series of leadership articles authored by the trio ofAdeyinka, Nwakanma & Adamu.  The authors are new-breed political analysts who worked closely with some of the new-generation presidential candidates, in the just concluded 2019 presidential elections. 
Pursuant to the need for brevity, the series will be released in several parts; the first part addresses Rochas Okorocha.  The second part will address Bola Tinubu, Orji Uzor Kalu and Nasir el- Rufai.  Other future Releases will address other politically exposed persons in the national space, especially those that dare to express interest toward the 2023 presidential elections Nigeria. 
Even though some of the subjects of these articles are current or recently elected officials from the 2019 elections; however, the various reputations of these individuals precede them, and some of them are also facing current criminal charges with EFCC. 

U-Report: AFRICMIL Urges ICPC To Investigate Alleged Corruption In YABATECH

Reported By A Citizen Reporter

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to probe the allegations of financial crimes and other acts of corruption at Yaba College of Technology.

According to a statement signed by Chido Onumah, Coordinator of AFRICMIL, the allegations of massive financial malpractices were contained in a petition dated May 5, 2019, and sent to the anti-graft agency by Mr. Joseph Akeju, a victimized whistleblower and former bursar at the institution. Onumah said the sum of N1,682,085,539 (One billion, six hundred and eighty-two million, eight hundred and six thousand five hundred and thirty-nine naira) was allegedly stolen by some staff of the College between 2008 and 2014.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Article: The Igbo Nation Is 2,550yrs Older Than The Yoruba Nation In Nigeria


By Nze Emeka Umeagbalasi, B.Sc., CSS, M.Sc., PCR

Historical, forensic and verifiable records, available, have shown grandly that the Igbo Nation is 2,550yrs older than the Yoruba Nation; 2,250yrs older than the Hausa Nation; 3,140yrs older than the Fulani Nation; and 550yrs older than the Bini/Agbon (Agbor) Nation. Most of other Ethnic Nationalities, studied have been found to have relatively new ages of existence or settlement in different parts of the country. That is to say that the only Ethnic Nationality in Nigeria closest to the Igbo Nation in terms of age of existence and settlement is the Bini/Agbon or Agbor Nation which is only 550yrs by default or lesser in terms of Igbo’s 3,469yrs of existence and settlement in Nigeria.