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Expensive leaders, poor economy

The hope of better life for Nigerians after long era of terrible military rule, which culminated eventually into democracy in 1999, seemed dashed with emergence of profligate politicians and flamboyant public office holders who have only succeeded in pauperising the citizenry and deepening poverty in the country amidst stupendous national wealth.With the coming of democratic dispensation, it was like starting over again for a country brimming with immense talent and potentials that turned into a synonym for everything dirty-corruption at all levels (monumental and petty), human rights abuses, drug peddling, fraudulent practices, immorality, environmental degradation, educational collapse, electoral sham, massive unemployment, power and water outages, hunger and homelessness.

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Igbo leaders insist on ethnic representation in national conference

Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought led by eminent constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze, rose from a meeting in Enugu yesterday re-affirming their position that representation to the proposed national conference be based on ethnic nationalities. The leaders expressed happiness that their position, which is contrary to the recommendations of the Senator Femi Okurounmu-led Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC), was enjoying the support of other interest and regional groups. The fourth assembly of the Igbo leaders witnessed even more prominent Igbo people in attendance, including former Central Bank Governor (CBN), Prof. Charles Solido; Biafra war veteran, Col. Emma Nwobodo; Prof. Felix Orange; Chief H.B.C. Ogboso; HRH Prof

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649 suspected kidnappers, 261 ‘baby factory’ operators arrested in Imo

Imo State Police Command said yesterday that 649 suspected kidnappers, 261 ‘baby factory’ operators and 503 suspected armed robbers were arrested in the last 12 months.Commissioner of Police Muhammad Musa Katsina, who briefed reporters on the achievements of the command last year, said the suspects are standing trial. He said the command lost three of…

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Igbo Youths Kick Against Sack of Ihejirika as Army Chief, Says It’s Marginalisation of Ndigbo

The Youth Wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo has condemned the sack of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, saying that it was calculated to marginalize Ndigbo in the appointment of new service chiefs.Ihejirika is one of the three service Chiefs sacked Thursdy by President Goodluck Jonathan and has been replaced with Major-General Kenneth Minimah.Others…

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NGF says Presidency, and cronies looted missing’ $49.8bn.

NATIONAL MIRROR – The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has rejected the explanations offered by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, over the alleged missing $49.8 billion as contained in the letter by Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.The leakage of the letter has, however, created a gulf between President Jonathan and Sanusi with the President allegedly asking Sanusi to resign on account of the leakage of the letter, a request Sanusi turned down.The NNPC has; however, gone ahead to explain how the controversial sum was expended. Not satisfied with the explanations offered by the Federal Government agency, the NGF at its Wednesday meeting said the explanation is puerile.The Federal Government was accused of diverting the money as it was said that there was no record that the money was ever paid into the federation account as against the dictates of the law.The NGF in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting at held at the River State Governor’s Lodge on Wednesday night, said that the best option to get to the root of the matter is for the National Assembly to institute an investigation into the missing fund.According to the group, it is unheard of that such a huge amount which the group said, translate to two years national budget could get missing and puerile explanations will be offered just to cover it up.The forum also condemned the President for refusing to call the meeting of National Economic Council, NEC, for over four months, leaving a vacuum in some important area of governance.The communiqué reads in part: “On the issue of the missing $49.8 billion (N8.5 trillion) or the equivalent of a two-year National Budget, there is no evidence that this amount was paid into the Federation Account or duly appropriated.“We accordingly call on the National Assembly to institute a comprehensive independent forensic audit by an international reputable firm.We fear that the recent decline of state revenues is not unconnected with the financial diversion.“In clear breach of the provision of Section 11, Part II of the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2007 which requires the Federal Government to hold consultations with states before the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, is laid before the National Assembly; consultation with states on the MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper (2014- 2016) did not hold.“The National Economic Council, NEC, meeting where issues of this nature would have been discussed last held four months ago.“We note with total dismay the recent violent attacks and killings that have taken place in Borno State as well as the attack on the father of the Kano State Governor.

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2015: Northern Elders Condemn FG Relocation of Heavy Weapons to South

THISDAY – The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Northern Traditional Rulers Council (NTRC) rose from a meeting in Kaduna Wednesday alleging that ahead of next year’s elections, the federal government has masterminded the mass redeployment of heavy weapons from the Northern part of the country to the south for the purpose of rigging the…

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Boko Haram terrorists sacks Borno town

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in the early hours of Wednesday attacked Borno state town of Banki, killing a policemen and injured others. They also invaded private houses killing unspecified number of people before escaping. Borno State Commissioner of Police Lawal Tanko confirmed the attack. “I confirm there was an attack on Banki town by suspected members of the Boko Haram in the early hours of Wednesday. “The police station in the town was partially affected. I lost an officer and some of my men sustained injuries,” Tanko said.

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Muazu, Umar, Gambo, Adamu, Waziri in the race for PDP party chairman

Six names are on the cards as the battle to succeed Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who quit as Peoples democratic Party (PDP) chairman yesterday , hots up. The President’s men, it was gathered last night, are tinkering with the list, to pick the most ‘politically’ eligible of the lot. They are the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar(Gombe State); former Governor Adamu Muazu (Bauchi), a former member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Wakil (Borno), former National Chairman of the Grassroots Democratic Movement(GDM) Alhaji Gambo Lawan(Borno); former Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) President Ambassador Hassan Adamu(Wakilin Adamawa) from Adamawa State and former Minister of Commerce Ambassador Idris Waziri(Taraba).