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.
Mordecai Sunday Ibrahim is the Chairman of the North-based Arewa People’s Patriotic Front (APPFRONT). In this interview with Correspondent, John Adi, he explained why corruption stands as a cog in the wheel of progress of the country. He also bared his mind on other national issues, including the forthcoming elections in 2015. Excerpts:What would you say is responsible for the present backwardness in the country? I think it is corruption. That is the first basic reason why Nigeria is crawling after almost 54 years of Independence. The second reason is lack of genuine interest and love for the country. Let’s take the post-Independent leaders such as Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello. And then come to Late Murtala’s regime and to the period of President Shehu Shagari, through the days of General Olusegun Obasanjo as a military Head of State. Those were leaders that believed in Nigeria. They led Nigeria, they worked for Nigeria, they spent their lives for Nigeria. If you see any meaningful development or progress we made in Nigeria, they date back to those period when these crop of leaders were in positions. Unfortunately, when Gen. Buhari came in 1983 he came with discipline. He didn’t stay long in government, so we don’t have sufficient data to assess him. He was in power from 1983 to 1985. That period is short for anyone to do a thorough assessment of a leader. He still did his best. If he would not be remembered for anything else, he would be remembered for discipline. He tried to imbibe discipline into Nigerians because he identified that discipline had been eroded in Nigerian life. But I say without fear of contradiction, or without apology to anyone, that corruption became legalised and institutionalised in the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida as Head of State. Settlements here and there, and since that time it has been growing. The monster has been growing and developing branches, giving birth to children and great grand children so much that now there is nothing you want in this country today that is not associated with corruption. Unfortunately, it has entered even sacred places like the church and other institutions. We were at the FCDA, Abuja, last week – you would be shocked that there was a parking space and the security there told us that there was no parking space. I had to beg and cajole him to let us enter and he later told us he was hungry. I didn’t give him money, but we understood the language – that he was asking for money. I told him to open the gate and that I would settle him when I am going out. He thought I would give something but when I came out he was waving and I waved back. How can you have development with corruption? They don’t go together. Corruption is a representation of darkness while development is a representation of light. And light and darkness don’t co-habit.
In what appears to be a renewed tactics, some suspected Boko Haram terrorists have embarked on hunting of teachers. The sect members on Monday killed one Mallam Lawan Manga, aged 45, and injured Mallam Akura Walbintu, both staff serving in Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Wulgo town of Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State. The incident, which took place at about 10:30 pm forced the school authorities to close the school indefinitely, as staff of the affected school have been into hiding for the fear of further attacks. Wulgo town of Gamboru Ngala, a boarder community with Cameroon Republic and about 200 kilometres north, away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, had witnessed series of deadly bomb blasts and shootings masterminded by terrorists in recent times. Reliable sources from Wulgo town told DailyPost that the assailants who were three in number armed with Ak47 rifles, suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists invaded the village in the evening, before they went straight to the house of Lawan Manga and shot him dead. Another source said that after killing Manga who is a staff of the school at about 10:45pm, living him in his pool of blood, they proceeded to the house of Akura Walbintu, also a staff of the same school and shot him at his buttocks and arm, before they escaped without being arrested. A reliable security source who is not authorised to talk to the press confirmed the incident. He said, “It is true that some gunmen suspected to be terrorists invaded Wulgo town on Monday at about 2230hours and wrecked harvoc on some staff of G.G.S.S Wulgo”. He added that immediately after the attack, a team of policemen were drafted to the scene, where 3 live ammunitions and 5 empty shell of AK 47 rifle were recovered.
Jonathan expresses fear of Boko Haram in the world stage at Davos, Switzerland, says it is his biggest challenge.
President Goodluck Jonathan has described the activities of the Jama’atu Ahlus Sunnati Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram as the biggest headache of his government.“In terms of security, Boko Haram is the biggest challenge we have at the moment,” the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati had quoted the President.Jonathan spoke during a televised debate entitled, “Africa’s Next Billion,” held at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.His statement was however contained in a snippet of the debate posted by Abati, on his Twitter handle.President Jonathan in the statement said it was wrong for anybody to say that corruption was the cause of all the problems confronting Africa.“Everything that does not happen the way it should in Africa, people say corruption is the answer. I don’t agree,” Abati quoted Jonathan as saying.The President also reportedly told the gathering that the power sector privatisation carried out by his administration was already yielding positive fruits.He claimed that Nigerians had started witnessing increased electricity supply within a short period.In the full statement, which Abati later made available to journalists, the presidential spokesman quoted Jonathan as calling on all stakeholders in the continent to continue to work for greater security and political stability, which he described as prerequisite for sustained socio-economic development.“Security and political stability are key to development. Investors will not come to any country that is insecure or politically unstable. Happily, many African countries now enjoy political stability. It is a major reason for the positive economic growth rates, which we are now witnessing on the continent and we must continue to do our best to maintain and expand the frontiers of political stability on our continent,” Jonathan said.He said, “Economic inclusion is very important and we are already taking necessary steps to improve
Nigerians have been warned against any action, inaction or comment that could incite the military to again take over the governance in the country. National Coordinator, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, who gave the advice in Lagos, said everyone must support the national conference recently sought by President Goodluck Jonathan. “We in OPC warn against any attempt by any group or group of people to incite rogue elements in the military to rebel. We also declare that never again will our dear fatherland fall into the darkness of military adventurism, such that is being desired by some unpatriotic Nigerians.
Minister of Finance and Supervising Minister of the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday, said Nigeria’s economy is under threat, following the continuous decline in its Excess Crude Account. Speaking in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Okonjo-Iweala said the depletion of the Excess Crude Account to about $2.5 billion, has made the country more vulnerable than it was in the past and put the economy of the country at great risk. As a cushion against the depletion, she said, “We have tried to set the country’s main parameters in a very modest way. We have made our budget at a very reasonable benchmark price for oil. “This is to shield us and to ensure we are not subjected to any volatility there may be in the oil markets.”
THE proposed plan by Professor Ango Abdullahi’s Northern Elders Forum to drag former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, to the International