Undoubtedly he can be described as fearless, courageous, strong and bold. Chief Chekwas Okorie is one of the main pillars of political renaissance in the country and Igboland in the past two decades. He opened up in this interview to address issues never discussed by him before on Ikemba, Umeh and APGA. This interview is worth your time. Excerpts How will you describe state of the nation? The country is in a most trying and challenging period, security in the country is at the lowest ebb, I will describe it as a situation that is just a shade that is lower than the civil war that was fought in Nigeria. It means that the country is sitting on a keg of gun powder. There are so many flash points.
The Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Hon. Dakuku Peterside, has described the lingering kerosene scarcity across the country as a national embarrassment. Dakuku made the statement in Calabar, Cross River State, during his committee’s oversight visit to Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, and other private oil facilities in the city. Peterside, who spoke with officials of PPMC, marketers, retailers and consumers of kerosene, said the prevailing scarcity of the product is not only an embarrassment, but also a denial of basic rights of the ordinary Nigerians who bear the brunt of national challenges such as this.
A socio-political group, Anambra Youth, has condemned Lagos State government for dumping 70 indigenes of Anambra State at Onitsha bridge, saying the action amounted to an insult on the people of the state. It also flayed a member of the House of Representatives, Abiodun Adeleke, for alleging that Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, awarded contracts for re-modelling of airports across the country without due process. President of the group, Uche Ifeanyi Okonkwo, said the actions were designed to demonise Anambra State and its people. According to the group, the attacks show that in spite of efforts by the people of Anambra and other Igbos to regard the people of the South West as their brothers and partners in progress, the dominant party in the region has not stopped stabbing the Igbos in the back.
Fresh attacks by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram Islamist sect has left at least 35 persons dead, including two soldiers and a policeman, with several others injured in Borno State, military officials said. The spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, Lt Col Sagir Musa said Boko Haram members, who had threatened to launch massive attacks as Ramadan ends, lived out their threat by launching coordinated attacks on Sunday. Mr. Musa said: “Troops have successfully repelled Boko Haram attack on a Mobile Police Base and Bama town. The sect members, using sophisticated weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, launched attacks at about 6:45am on Sunday. “The encounter led to the death of one policeman and 17 Boko Haram members, two soldiers were also wounded.”
Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, has said that Middle Belt ethnic minorities should no longer be regarded as second-class citizens in the North. Mailafia said this while presenting a paper entitled: “Harnessing Your Economic Potential Toward Self-Reliance,” during the Youth Summit of Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Forum, SOKAPU, in Kafanchan. He said the era of core northerners scheming the Middle Belt people out in the sharing of the ‘national cake’ was over. Malaifia, who is the Chief of Staff, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Brussels, Belgium, also rejected a few constituencies allocated to Southern Kaduna, stressing that it would no longer be acceptable by the people of the zone.
A Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has condemned the action of Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for deporting 72 indigenes of Anambra State last month.