A coalition of civil society organisations in Abuja, Centre for Conscious Living Against Corruption in Nigeria, has called for the resignation of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over what it described as incessant violations of ethics of public conduct, fiscal responsibility and due diligence in the discharge of…
More Nigerians have continued to express their support for the convening of a National Conference to discuss critical national issues. Joining this call is a group of professionals from the South-South and South-East. They are, however, of the view that there should be no general elections until the conclusion of the conference. Addressing a news conference on…
After four years of military action against Boko Haram and Abuja’s declaration of a state of emergency in three states eight months ago, Boko Haram’s depredations continue. Just last week, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for killing nineteen in a Borno village. Until now the Nigerian government’s approach to Boko Haram has been to mount an anti-terrorism…
The Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organisation of Ndigbo, yesterday took a swipe at the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha over his statement concerning the problem of Igbo unity. It described the governor’s statement as one coming from a confused man. The Anambra State Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Elder Chris Eluemuno, described Governor Okorocha as the highest ‘confusionist’ and enemy of Ndigbo that ever lived. Elder Eluemuno said that the state chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo after critically appraising the antecedents of Governor Okorocha and the statement credited to him that Anambra people were the problem of Ndigbo, came to the conclusion that he was playing an unknown script of enemies of Ndigbo and Nigeria at large.
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Professor Jerry Gana, yesterday, described as unfair the mounting opposition from the north against President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid in 2015. Prof. Gana, who made the claim in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, pointed out that Jonathan had an inalienable right to run again in 2015, as there was no law barring him from the contest. Gana pleaded with those in the north still opposed to Jonathan’s presidential bid in 2015 to give him a chance to complete his tenure as provided for by the Nigerian Constitution. According to the BoT member, it is wrong for uninformed persons to claim that Jonathan had hit the limit of his tenure after serving out the late President
Disturbed by the do-or-die attitude of politicians towards the 2015 general elections and stunted socio-economic and political development, which they attributed to the 1999 Constitution, South-East and South-South Professionals, SESSP, have called for a new constitution before the next general polls. Arguing that the country will continue to witness little or no development with the current constitution and warning that the situation will worsen without urgent action, they said they would embark on intense mobilization across the country to get Nigerians to support moves for a people’s constitution. Speaking in Lagos, the SESSP leaders including Emeka Ugwu-Oju (president), Nuhu Yakubu (vice president), Dagogo Karibi-Whyte (secretary general), Hannibal Uwaifo (legal adviser), Andy Wabali (financial secretary and Gloria Maduka said in a statement: “We truly believe that at the root of Nigeria’s problems is its faulty
The Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, has rejected the report on the proposed National Conference, recently submitted by the Presidential Advisory Committee
More than 500 women from Atta Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State yesterday protested the assassination of their son and former Local Government Chairman of the council area, Mr. Brendan Oguine. Unknown gunmen assassinated Oguine at the weekend in his Ogada residence at Atta community in Ikeduru council area. The women, who stormed the Government House Owerri as early as 9am, accused the police of bias in their investigation as all those arrested in connection with the murder, according to the women, had been released in haste. In a statement addressed to the State Governor Rochas Okorocha, and signed by eight women leaders of the Atta Women Association, the women alleged that the former council chairman was brutally murdered because of some vital documents in his possession in connection with the Ezeship tussle between the families of Okereke and Ugwueto. The women who alleged lawlessness in the community, appealed to the State Governor to intervene in the looming crisis as the people supporting Ugwueto family who they claimed are rightful heirs to the throne had been killed in mysterious circumstances. Tracing the history of the Ezeship stool, the women claimed that the family of Iwuala Ugwueto delegated the traditional stool to one Humphery Okereke in 1978 when there was none educated in the family to take the title. On the demise of Okereke, the Atta community returned the title to the real owners. “We decided to make one of Ugwueto’s sons, Samuel Iwuala, Ezeelect but Okereke family started making troubles and he (Samuel) was killed in a mysterious circumstance few months to his coronation. “Atta people presented his brother Geo Anika Ugwueto to succeed him, everything preceding his coronation has been concluded waiting for staff of office from the State Government.
The coalition of Youth and Pressure Groups, South East zone, has concluded plans to honor President Goodluck Jonathan and Abia State Governor Theodore Orji at a solidarity/endorsement rally in Umuahia on January 31.The event, which is slated to hold at Ibeku High school, Umuahia, is a way of supporting and urging the two leaders to continue with their good works.Speaking during a courtesy visit on the Chief Press Secretary to Abia State Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, leader of the delegation, Chucks Ibegbu, said an indepth study shows that the transformation agenda of President Jonathan and the legacy programme of Chief Orji are on course.Mr. Ibegbu disclosed that the event will attract major stakeholders in Igboland and also feature speeches.In his address, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Chief Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said that the occasion which will be chaired by Elder Emma Adaelu, will offer opportunity for the South East people to endorse President Jonathan for re-election in 2015.He called on Abians to troop out en masse to honour the nation’s leader.Responding, CPS to the Governor, Mr. Charles Ajunwa thanked the group for their thoughtfulness.According to him, “the state government places premium on the youth and this is evident in its successful empowerment programme.”He further assured that the current administration will not relent in ensuring that Abians enjoy the dividends of democracy.