President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan thanks all patriotic and well-meaning Nigerians, including his supporters, friends and political associates who expressed and conveyed their sympathies and solidarity with him, through various means, following the announcement of his sudden indisposition while on a mission to attract greater investments to accelerate the growth of the Nigerian economy in keeping with his agenda for national transformation. The Presidency also commends the generality of the mainstream media whose coverage of the President’s slight health challenge in London was mostly factual, objective, fair-minded and supportive. We however condemn the utterly irresponsible, deplorable, highly unprofessional and unethical antics of certain fringe elements
ZIMBABWEAN authorities say they have given foreign shop-owners mostly Nigerians
Clarification on the issue of legal protection for Biafrans in Nigeria and elsewhere from the Executive Council of the Indigenous People of Biafra United Nation’s Defined Rights of Indigenous People and their Implications for the Indigenous People of Biafra? According to the United Nations charter for the Rights of Indigenous People, all fears hitherto holding down the Indigenous People of Biafra from accessing clearly defined indigenous peoples’ rights have been put to permanent sleep. As Indigenous People,
APC chieftain Joe Igbokwe tells Igbo kinsmen, you will suffer for your ‘shameless and selfish politics’
The anger of All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, over the fate that befell his party’s candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, in last weekend’s governorship election in his home state, Anambra, boiled over this afternoon. He descended heavily on Ndi Igbo, predicting that they would pay a heavy price for their alleged ‘shameless and selfish politics’. Ngige scored 92,300 votes in the results so far released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), placing him in the third position behind Chief Willie Obiano (174,710 votes) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Comrade Tony Nwoye (94,956 votes) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Writing around 1pm in reply to one Ikewelugo, Igbokwe said on his Facebook wall: “For playing ethnic politics and hatred we wait to see how this will help Ndigbo. Igbo want to rule Nigeria but shameless and selfish politics will not allow them to build alliances and networks with others who will vote for Igbo candidate. We have been building alliances with Yoruba since 1985 to rescue Nigeria
Governor Godswill Akpabio has declared Akwa Ibom unsafe for criminals, saying no criminal can survive too long in the state. He made this declaration when the National Chairman of Association of Retired Officers of the Department of State Security Service, Mr. Amadu Udoh, and his team paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Office, Uyo. “The state is a no-go area for criminals,” the governor declared. He said apart from the activities of militants in the riverine areas, there is also reported insurgency of sea pirates responsible for crude oil theft, and charged unscrupulous elements to desist from such in the interest of peace and development of the state. The governor pledged his continued partnership with the security chiefs in keeping the state safe, thanked them for their contributions in this regard and donated an 18- seater bus to the body. Akpabio thanked the association for the award of Grand Patron conferred on him, saying: “I will be glad as the Grand Patron to assist in whatever way for the association to succeed. And I must also thank President Jonathan for the department of state services in spite of the security challenges for society can’t be free from crime. That’s why we have intelligent agents to cope with the crime.” He dedicated the award to security chiefs in the state and remarked: “Members of the association are well-trained and are patriotic
Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika, on Friday, stated that military rule, in whatever way, cannot be compared to democratic rule. Ihejirika made the remarks at a public presentation of a book titled ‘Democracy in Nigeria and the Induction of National Representatives and State Coordinators’, organised by the National Democratic Stakeholders Group (NDSG) in Abuja. He was represented by Chief of Civil-Military Affairs in the Army Headquarters, Major-General Mobolaji Koleoso. He said that the Nigerian military, realising the importance of democracy in national transformation, would not relent in its effort at protecting the norm.
If INEC cannot conduct a free and fair election for 1.5 million voters in Anambra what is the assurance it can do so for 80 million
YOLA – Hell was let loose in Yola, the Adamawa State Capital Thursday night as suspected Boko Haram insurgents unleashed terror in the state capital. During the attack which lasted several hours, at least six people were reported killed, while many others sustained injuries. Eyewitness account told Vanguard that the suspected insurgents in their large number stormed the popular Kasuwar Gwari market along Mubi Bye Pass, fingered their victims and shot them at close range. The eyewitness added that serious stampede ensued in the area and spread to other parts of the state capital like wild fire.
A Nigerian asylum seeker said to be near death from a hunger strike failed in his bid on Thursday to be freed from a British detention centre. Isa Muazu, 45, from the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, came to Britain in 2007 and claimed asylum saying that the Islamist group Boko Haram was trying to kill him. He has challenged Interior Minister Theresa May’s decision to keep him in detention and has been on hunger strike for 90 days. Three judges on Thursday unanimously ordered an urgent full hearing of the case next Monday. But they refused to direct his release from the Harmondsworth immigration removal centre near Heathrow Airport in west London
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, yesterday opposed alleged suggestions by a Constitutional Lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze that he should be allowed to draft the people’s constitution during the proposed National Conference. ACF in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani said it, ”has read with great concern reports credited to Professor Ben Nwabueze to the effect that he wants Mr President to mandate him to draft the people’s constitution for consideration in the proposed conference. ”We do not want to believe the reports, precisely because there is a National Advisory Committee charged with the task and responsibility of collating views for the purpose of advising the government on the mode, nature and content of the proposed conference. ”That Prof Nwabueze and some sections of this country have managed to sell the idea of the conference to the government and to the good people of Nigeria