Nigeria is in a chaotic situation now. Almost everything in the country is topsy-turvy. Nothing works here. There is pervasive insecurity of lives and property in the country as armed robbers and kidnappers carry out their nefarious activities in broad day light. Our educational system has collapsed; our crater-marked roads are death traps; and, corruption has been firmly entrenched in the country as part of our culture. Is Nigeria not in chaos? Nigeria’s tale of woes is traceable to our past civilian military leaderships. The military boys seized power and mismanaged our financial resources. The past successive civilian regimes did not fare better. Since we became a sovereign nation-state, Nigeria has been experiencing the imposition of inept, visionless and corrupt civilian leaders. Just think of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Alhaji Shehu Shagari. When a country has a bumbling and corrupt leadership, development will be put in abeyance in that country.
TWO crew members who are believed to be American citizens were reportedly kidnapped from an offshore support vessel while an unknown number
United States on Wednesday reiterated that only military operation would not help Nigeria to overcome the challenges of terrorism, without integrated economic development. The country said Nigeria and West African nations in general needed economic development, improvement in governance, promotion of rule of law and the political will to enforce the law, to overcome the security problem. The US Africa Commander, Gen. David Rodriguez, and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas, said this during a US Department of State live web-chat monitored at the US Embassy in Abuja. The duo also said corruption and terrorism would continue to hold the Africa continent back if not confronted. Linda said the US was concerned about the impact of Boko Haram in Nigeria and outside its border.
Miffed by the continued depreciation of Naira, the House of Representatives yesterday summoned the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala. The duo are to appear before the House Committees on Finance, Banking and Currency, and National Planning and Economic Development on a date that is to be determined by the House. The summon of Iweala and Sanusi followed the adoption of a motion moved by Odebunmi Olusegun Dokun, titled the ‘Need to check the continuous devaluation of the Naira’.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday set up a three-man administrative panel of enquiry to probe the embattled Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, over the purchase of two bullet-proof BMW cars worth $1.6m (about N255m) by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on her orders. Members of the panel are Alhaji Sali Bello, a former Head of Service of the Federation, who will serve as chairman; Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.), the National Security Adviser; and Air Vice Marshal Dick Iruenebere (Rtd.). Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said the panel would, among others, ascertain whether the procurement of the vehicles followed due process, ascertain the purpose of procurement and inquire into any other incidental matter. He did not say what others it would look into.
Panic has set in among the family, friends and associates of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
The United States and United Kingdom on Tuesday condemned the Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of country, the extra-judicial killings and acts of impunity of security forces.They urged the Federal Government at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session in Geneva to ensure perpetrators are made to face the wrath of the law, while advising that more proactive ways be explored in resolving security situation and promoting accountability for gross violation of human rights.They also called for credible and independent investigations into reports on human rights abuses by security members, particularly on detainees during counter terrorism operations.US said: “We condemn Boko Haram’s horrific attacks on Nigerians, including members of the public and their government. We are also concerned by the reports of Nigerian security forces perpetrating serious human rights violations in their counter-insurgency efforts, particularly against detained in state custody, and we
No fewer than 37 suspected terrorists have been killed while several others fled with gunshot wounds when military troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army launched an attack on Boko Haram camp located in Alagarno villages of Borno State on Monday. The troops also recovered several arms and ammunition with the destruction of three Hilux vehicles and motorcycles belonging to the suspects. The incident has left many people living around the village to scamper for safety as the operation was carried out by a coordinated ground and air assault by the troops. The spokesman of the Division, Captain Aliyu Danja, in a press statement made available to journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital, yesterday confirmed the incident.
ONITSHA—Two persons yesterday died on top of the Niger Bridge, Onitsha in Anambra State following a heavy traffic jam on the bridge. The victims, a middle-aged man and a little child, allegedly died due to exhaustion arising from the long hours spent in their vehicles while trying to cross the Niger Bridge which passage has for some time now remained a nightmare to both transporters and their passengers. Vanguard sources, however, said that the deceased whose identities were not immediately known was a minor who was coming back with his mother in a commercial bus from Lagos, while the second victim, was a trader who travelled all the way from the North to Onitsha to sell his goods. It was learnt that while the small child died instantly on her mother’s lap at the Bridge, the business man died minutes after crossing the bridge to Onitsha from the
DEPUTY Senate President and Chairman, Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Ike Ekweremadu, Tuesday, gave insight on why the proposed National Conference cannot be sovereign as being agitated by some people. Senator Ekweremadu specifically said that convocation of a Sovereign National Conference without legal and constitutional framework would end up throwing the country into anarchy. Speaking when the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, Dr Femi Okurounmu, led members of his committee to him on consultation, the Deputy Senate President disclosed that the National Assembly was already working on how the result of the exercise could be used to give Nigeria a new constitution. According to him, “when we hear people talking about sovereign national conference; there must be a legal framework for it. You don’t wake up when you have a