A socio – political group, Igbo World Union, IWU, has called on Igbo people living overseas to return home and develop Igbo land. In an interview with journalists in Umuahia, President-General of the group, Dr. Mishak Nnanta, said his group is ready to partner with any organisation that shares its major objective of the development and unity of Ndigbo. “We are appealing to well meaning Igbo sons and daughters to return home and help develop Igbo land. IWU is poised to stop the brain drain among our people. Only Ndigbo can develop Igbo land; not the Hausa, Yoruba or Ijaw people. Igbos are hardworking people and should use our God-given resources to our advantage. Igbo World Union is about culture, tradition, development and bringing Ndigbo to the realities of the present day Nigeria.
Suspected Boko Haram members yesterday killed eight people in an attack on Sabon Gari village in Hambagda Jaji Ward of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. The attack occurred barely four days after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram sect members burnt a church and the country home of a House of Representatives member, Peter Biye, in Gwoza town. Several residents were said to have sustained gunshot injuries in the attack. Biye told reporters in Maiduguri, that the sect had burnt over 200 churches in the state since it launched its attacks in the local government. The lawmaker said only eight churches were available to worshippers.
An alarming United States (U.S.) travel advisory warns that the Boko Haram uprising could expand out of the North and counsels against travel to 16 states, saying Americans have suffered violent crimes from kidnappings and rape to home invasions. The advisory says nine foreign nationals including Americans died last year in kidnappings in southwest Nigeria, three of them killed by their captors during military-led rescue raids. The advisory posted at the U.S. State Department website and dated Jan. 8 tells citizens to expect little help from law enforcers known for harassing and shaking down foreigners and Nigerians at checkpoints.
Doctors were battling all yesterday to save Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, who was shot at a rally in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that no Nigerian should kill or maim himself or herself because of his presumed 2015 second term ambition, saying that “any ambition I have at any time is not worth the blood of Nigerians.” Meanwhile, President Jonathan has told the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur that he would require the support of every Nigerian, not only him (Tukur), to win the 2015 election if he would contest the election. The President stated this at a meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo, Tukur, and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC. Jonathan spoke on the need for peace in the PDP and warned that accusations and counter accusations must stop. He also said that he would “never, ever expect a Nigerian to spill a drop of his blood because Goodluck Jonathan has some ambitions. Nigerians should always preach peace and unity in all their engagements. This is the only way the country will achieve greatness.”
The Rivers State political crisis worsened yesterday when Senator Magnus Abe representing Rivers South-East was hit by rubber bullets.
The Electoral Officer in charge of the council polls in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Mr Aloysius Muoka was yesterday arrested by the police from Nnewi Area Command at the council headquarters for his inability to explain an alleged disappearance of election result sheets in his custody.Sunday Sun gathered that at about 5am yesterday, a red Toyota Corolla wagon drove into the premises of the council headquarters with three occupants who were said to have gone to where the sensitive materials were packed upstairs and lifted three bags, popularly called Ghana-must-go filled with election result sheets, which the suspects had allegedly loaded into the booth of the car ready to drive off before they were intercepted by a member of Labour Party in Nnewi North as police were said to be outside the gate as the incident unfolded.After the arrest of Mr Muoka, another Electoral Officer, Mr Peter Nwogbo was quickly deployed from Awka to take over. Even at that, the election in the council area was botched, as the result sheets were not available.Voters queued up in the morning, under the sun till sunset without casting their votes since no election materials were distributed to the 198 polling booths in 10 wards in Nnewi North.When Sunday Sun contacted the newly deployed electoral officer in Nnewi North at 4pm while filing this report to ascertain whether the election would still hold, he said he was yet to be told the next thing to do from Awka.A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) collation agent, Mr Dan Onyejegbu said at the council headquarters that party agents were not allowed to inspect the sensitive election materials. This, he said, raised suspicion and made them call for cancellation of the election.Member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Chris Azubogu said he would not as a lawmaker say that the election could go on or not until he hears from Awka even though he had earlier suggested to the EO that other materials could be distributed to the polling units while waiting for the result sheets.Although there was a hitch-free council polls at Nnewi South Council Area, Ihiala Local Government recorded the same non availability of election result sheets, according to Sunday Sun check and there was no election there.
Side effects of greed or anti-Jonathan: VP Sambo walks on the tightrope as Hausa elders compile ‘sins’ for him.
LEADERS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North-West geopolitical zone are said have prepared a list of the ‘sins’ of Vice-President Namadi Sambo which they will soon present to President Goodluck Jonathan.Indications to this emerged following the anger among stakeholders in the zone in the aftermath of the visit to President Jonathan on Thursday.Sources hinted Sunday Tribune that the leaders are of the view that Sambo was more of “a liability than a blessing to Jonathan” in his quest to get support in the North-West.Although, the spokesman of North-West PDP leaders, former Acting National Chairman, Dr. Haliru Mohammed, had told President Jonathan during the solidarity visit, it was gathered that stakeholders in the zone gathered after the meeting and resolved to present a list of Sambo’s sins to the president to enable him get to the roots of the crisis in the zone.One of the sins of the vice-president is what the leaders called his failure to carry the North along in the government. He is also being accused of staying aloof on the issue of Boko Haram and making it look like a Jonathan problem.Another sin is what was called failure to be an active vice-president, thus, making the North go with the impression that the administration has left the zone behind.“The vice-president has not played an active role in the Boko Hara crisis. It is unfortunate that he allowed the whole thing to look as if it is a Jonathan problem. His handlers allowed him to be aloof while the zone is yearning for leadership.“He appeared unconcerned and he might not have raised a finger, if not that the crisis hit Kaduna State,” a source with insights into the document prepared by the party leaders said.Another source, however, stated that the leaders are not only seeking Sambo’s ouster, but also insisting that President Jonathan gets an independent assessment of the situation in the North-West.