Africans are the most pious bunch of Homo sapiens in the world right now, judging by our total surrender to prayers as the answer to all our problems. We are the only group of people on earth expecting God to climb down from heaven to run our governments, businesses and domestic affairs for us. The vogue is to do nothing for ourselves because some devilish extraterrestrial God will fill the pot-holes on our roads, provide us with regular electricity, create jobs for the jobless, put drugs in our run-down health clinics, and books in our empty university libraries, if we pray hard enough. Some smart guys, capitalizing on our naiveté, have set up what is now the only viable and lucrative industry in our society. Unproductive and contributing nothing to national productivity, but the religious leaders collect tithes to buy private jets, set up universities, own banks, acquire fabulous estates around the world and parade rosy cheeks, while their flocks sink deeper into abject poverty and squalor. Coup plotters, armed robbers, assassins, hoodlums, 419 crooks, all pray to the
Eket Federal Constituency, comprising Eket, Ibeno, Esit Eket, and Onna local government areas, Akwa Ibom State, has rejected the N2.5bn oil spill compensation from Mobil Nigeria Unlimited, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. The said sum was paid as compensation for over 200,000 barrels of crude oil which spilled into the coastal communities of the affected local government areas, for about four months in 2012. In a communiqué issued at the end of Eket Federal Constituency Vanguard in Eket on Wednesday and signed by Onna LGA representative, Mr. Bassey David; and Eket LGA representative, Mr. Ayubong Enoidem; the residents said the community had demanded N26.5bn for the November 9, 2012 oil spill. The communiqués read, “The Community Vanguard condemns in strong terms the several lies, insults, and total disregard by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited of the agreements reached at the intervention meetings held by Governor Godswill Akpabio on November 23, 2012 and July 26, 2013 on the oil spill saga.
Niger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has insisted that the state will not back out of the zoning formula adopted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999 to rotate the governorship seat between the three senatorial zones of the state. He said this to uphold the principles of equity, justice and fair play. The governor argued that the arrangement has worked so well and of immense benefit to the state, hence it would be maintained, even if the formula has been discarded at the federal level and in some states in the country. Governor Aliyu was reacting to the recent indication of intent by an aspirant from Zone ‘A’, who insisted he will contest the governorship seat, despite the fact that the state party leadership had zone it to Zone ‘C.’ It will be recalled Zone ‘A’ had already held the position between 1999 and 2007; Zone ‘B’ that produced the incumbent governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, from 2007 to 2015, while Zone ‘C’ is expected to have its share in 2015.
UYO — Residents of Eniong, Anua, Mbiabong Housing Estate in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, have sent a Save Our Soul letter to the state governor,