**Yoruba elite were the first, in 1962, to attempt a violent overthrow of an elected government in this country.**after Chief Awo lost to Shagari in 1983 elections, it was the discontent and bad publicity in the S/West which led to the Buhari intervention. “In sum, the Yoruba political leadership, as mentioned by Balarabe Musa, has shown itself over the years to be incapable of rising above narrow tribal interests and reciprocating goodwill from other sections of the country by treating other groups with respect. Practically every crisis in Nigeria since independence has its roots in this attitude. i. The Yoruba elite and area-boy politics;ii. Igbo marginalisation and the responsible limits of retribution; andiii. The Yoruba Factor and “Area-boy” Politics.
Saharareporters just learned that the Special Enforcement Unit of Federal Inland Revenue Service has arrested shady businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, over a tax fraud that runs into N6.8 billion. Sources within the unit told Saharareporters that Mr. Ibrahim was picked up today and is currently under detention at the offices of the agency. According to one source, “We are investigating a case where Chief Ibrahim, defrauded the federal government to the tune of N6.8 billion. He is in our custody, we intend to take a statement from the suspect under caution”, he added. One of our sources said Mr. Mr. Ibrahim have been evading agents of the unit for some time but disclosed that the eventually caught up with him in his hotel room in NICON Luxury Hotel where he was arrested this afternoon in Abuja. Mr. Ibrahim emerged into national prominence under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, where he was frequently described as an insurance magnate after a questionable sale of the state owned NICON insurance company to Mr. Ibrahim.
President, Ike Ekweremadu, has castigated the Senate, saying its members are only concerned with the sharing of the national cake. He said this on Tuesday during a debate on a bill for an Act seeking the establishment of the National Frontiers Basins Exploration Agency. The bill, which scaled through second reading and was sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi, sought to “execute, promote and oversee exploration activities in the inland sedimentary basins and for other related matters.” Ekweremadu said, “You know most times, we spend our time thinking of how to share the national cake and we don’t bother ourselves about how to bake more cakes.” He, however, commended Senator Adeyemi for sponsoring the bill and his colleagues for their support, saying, “I think this is the smartest thing he has done in this Senate.
About 46,000 children in Cross River State have dropped out of school due to various reasons, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Offiong .E. Offiong has said. Offiong said that of the estimated 10 million children whose education had been truncated in the country, Cross River State contributed about 50 percent of the total number. He spoke during an interaction with journalists yesterday in Calabar, the state capital. According to him, the state government was confronted with the challenge of how to identify and mainstream this number of children, a situation that has necessitated the expansion of facilities in the various schools across the state. “The emerging issue that affected the education sector in 2013 is the fact that Nigeria is said to have 10 million out of school children. Out of this number, over 46,000 was credited to Cross River State primary schools,” the commissioner said.
The Niger Delta Renaissance Organization (NDRO), a pro-Jonathan group, has commended Anambra people for honouring the memory of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu by turning out in large numbers last weekend to vote for Chief Willie Obiano, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate during the governorship election in the state. This was even as the Anambra State Chapter of the apex Igbo group Ohanaeze described the election as the best ever conducted in the state. In a press statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Nwokoma Messiah, NDRO observed that regardless of INEC’s refusal to declare Obiano governor-elect, the released results showed that the people of the state demonstrated enough gratitude to the late Ikemba by voting for the candidate that stood election on the platform he bequeathed the Igbos.
The Joint Security Task Force on Tuesday said it had killed two suspected Boko Haram members at Gayawa in Ungoggo Local Government Area of Kano State. This is contained in a statement signed by spokesman of the JTF, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano. The statement stated that the suspects lost their lives during an early morning operation at Gayawa general area. “A further cordon and search operation was conducted this morning at about 6.30 at Gayawa general area. “Two terrorists lost their lives as a result of shootout with troops,” the JTF stated.
One-Nigeria for Looters and Death to equity and Justice As the expiration of the 100-year amalgamation of what is Nigeria draws near, many feathers have been ruffled as to why there has risen a wide cry for the disintegration of the country into nations with common interests. Amongst these seas of unsolvable reasons are: false/faulty foundation, incompatibility, religious intolerance, terrorism, deprivation of sections, marginalization and the unending looting of the treasury by politicians. However, determined to maintain the unholy grip over the lives of Biafrans whose resources are the looted “National Cake,” the All Progressive Congress ( APC) which emerged from a political marriage between ACN of the Yoruba Nation and CPC of the Hausa-Fulani Nation gave their fullest push for the final onslaught against and compulsive submission from Biafrans in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Anambra State. To their greatest bewilderment and to the wonder of the world which has sat on in silence as evil against evil is perpetuated in Nigeria against an indigenous people,
Yenagoa—The Ijaw Youth Council, yesterday, urged indigenous oil companies acquiring oil fields in the Niger Delta to ensure that the people of the oil producing communities have a stake in the ownership and operations of such firms or be prepared to face their wrath. President of IYC, Mr Udengs Eradiri, gave the warning at the annual general meeting of the Keffes Rural Development Foundation hosted by Chevron Nigeria Limited in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He singled out Seplat, an indigenous upstream oil company, said to have bought most of the oil fields belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company in Ijawland. Eradiri warned that the youths would not allow the company to operate its fields in Ijawland, unless the local people were given a say as directors and percentage
Some lurid details of the fraud in last Saturday’s Anambra State governorship election were laid bare yesterday. One of the major actors in the election, which was widely condemned as “flawed” and “shameful”, described the election as a “disaster”. Dr. Chris Ngige, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, said: “We have on tape a policeman thumb printing for APGA and INEC officials running away with election materials.” Ngige was angry as he spoke at a press conference in Awka, the state capital. He said: “This INEC used students instead of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to starve us of election materials. All the electoral officers were all compromised, like the one in Idemili North who deliberately acted on the