THE SUN – The National leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has declared in Onitsha, Anambra State, that the organisation would not participate in the proposed National Conference if it is politicized.Chief Uwazuruike said MASSOB would not hesitate to pull out in the event…
Former Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Richard Akinjide has described the speculation that the amalgamation of Nigeria would expire in 2014 as a ruse.Recounting Nigeria’s pre-independence history on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’, Akinjide pointed out that the existence of Nigeria started way before the 1914 amalgamation, specifically the Berlin Conference and thus cannot expire.He noted that the British made it clear that they joined the country and not the people, indicating that the people still had a strong influence on the future of the country.He admitted that although, the underlining motive of the British Government was for their own economic interests. “Substantially, what they did was good, as there were no sovereign countries in Africa before they came, except Liberia and Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia).“We’ve been brought together as a nation and I think we will remain as a country, I don’t see the collapse that people are talking about,” he said.Akinjide also noted that Nigeria’s recent economic growth was a proof to the strength of the country, and with President Jonathan “having started well, we will get better.”He encouraged Nigerians that while 1914 was a critical year in the history of the country, it was important to look beyond it and see a better future.National ConferenceIn view of the history of Nigeria’s amalgamation as recounted by Akinjide, the call for a National Conference came to the fore. He admitted that he could not give any intelligent report on it as he was not privy to information on the report compiled by the Presidential Committee.He, however, said that although a constitutional amendment was not a bad idea, and Nigeria might indeed need it, but what Nigeria needed to change was character. He asked, “what are we doing with our resources?”
The drug addict – Femi Fani-Kayode accused President Jonathan of hating Yoruba’s •Says: Let’s divide Nigeria instead of Ijaw dominating Yoruba
All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Femi Fani-Kayode, this evening accused President Goodluck Jonathan of hating his (Fani-Kayode’s) Yoruba ethnic group. The one-time Minister of Aviation also accused Jonathan’s Ijaw ethnic group of dominating the Yoruba. Though he did not provide evidence to back up his allegations, Chief Fani-Kayode in a Facebook update about an hour ago advocated the dissolution of Nigeria as a country instead of the Yoruba to continue under the domination of the Ijaw or any other ethnic group. Below is his unedited post on his Facebook page: President Goodluck Jonathan and those within his inner circle simply hate the yoruba. And we the yoruba did not resist, fight and defeat the hegemony of other nationalities in the last 100 years just for it to be replaced with Ijaw domination. I have said it before and I will say it again, if we cannot have a level playing field for all tribes, all religions and all nationalities in Nigeria and if we cannot all be treated as equals then let Nigeria cease to exist.
Rotational Presidency and Jonathan’s withdrawal from the race the only way to avert bloodshed: Open Letter to the President
Borrowing from the Ondo and Anambra Governorship Polls of October 20, 2012 and November 16, 2013, respectively, as in INEC’s conduct of election 120 days before the end of the tenure of a serving governor; and specifically according to Section 132 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended in 2011, the election into the office of the President of Nigeria may most likely hold by January 2015. On the same premise, elections into the 360 members of the House of Reps and 109 senatorial seats may most likely take place by the same month. This is in accordance with Section 76 (2) of the Constitution as amended. Elections into about 1,152 State legislative seats of the 36 States may most likely take place by the
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to remove him from office if he can. Tukur’s outburst followed the refusal of members of the party’s National Working Committee to attend a meeting he called at the party’s secretariat in Abuja last Wednesday. The Adamawa State born politician, who is growing isolated at the top levels of the party where he is being held responsible for its dwindling influence and the defection of members, was infuriated by the attitude of his fellow national officers. He told reporters that he can only be removed from office through a properly conducted National Convention and that unless and until that takes place, nobody, including President Jonathan can remove him.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Awa Chapter in Oguta LGA of Imo State recorded a stunning success last weekend as Hon. Ezenna Okoro inaugurated APC Women Co-ordinators and Executives in Awa Community.The tumultuous event which was held at Hon Okoro’s compound in Awa Community attracted a good number of APC faithful from all the 25 villages which made up Awa Autonomous Community as they were represented by 2 executives and other women leaders who were all in a joyous mood as the drum their support for APC, proclaiming that come rain come shine Owelle Rochas Okorocha they know.Addressing the Awa women during the event Hon. Ezenna Okoro who doubles as SA Special Duties/Chief of Staff to Managing Director ISOPADEC enjoined the women to embrace the party ahead of the 2015
I HAVE never voted in a Nigerian election. I have only ever voted once, but it was in Britain and not in Nigeria. As a Commonwealth student in England in the 1970s, I was allowed to vote for the re-election of Harold Wilson’s Labour party. However, I am seriously thinking of casting my vote, for whatever it is worth, in Nigeria’s forthcoming elections in 2015. There is only one reason for this. I am determined that a “Northerner” must not be the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Cry-babies I have nothing against the North per se, but I have reached the conclusion that it would be unhealthy for Nigeria’s next president to come from the North. To accede to the insistence of certain loud Northern politicians that the North must produce the next president, is to send a wrong signal to the North. The North has become
Following incessant attacks by Boko Haram in the North East and security reports indicating that more members were being recruited for terrorism acts, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika said yesterday, that the Army has established a Special Operation Command, NASOC, solely to tackle insurgency. This was even as the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, yesterday, hailed the US and other countries for standing behind Nigerian military in fighting terrorists in the country and the sub-region. Speaking with newsmen at a workshop on counter insurgency and terrorism in Abuja, Ihejirika,however, said that NASOC was approved by the Army Council as a boost to the transformation effort of the army.
A Nigerian terrorist Umar Abdulmutallab given four life sentences for his attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight
A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Detroit, United States yesterday upheld the conviction of a Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, given four life sentences for his attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight on its way to Detroit. Abdulmutallab was one of 289 passengers on a Christmas Day flight in 2009 from Amsterdam to Detroit when he attempted to ignite explosives concealed in his underwear as the plane made its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The explosive failed, catching fire and injuring only Abdulmutallab before pilots landed the plane and authorities took him into custody. He was later tried for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and other charges.
Sycamore Ranch (Israel) (AFP) – Ariel Sharon, one of Israel’s most controversial leaders, was laid to rest Monday at his family ranch in a sombre