SENATE President, David Mark, yesterday, directed security agencies to track down those beating the drums of war towards the 2015 general election, saying such actions were treasonable and should be treated seriously. Mark, in a speech delivered at the resumption of the Senate from a two- month recess, said it was disheartening that politicians with vested interests were overheating the polity which was capable of derailing the nation’s democracy. He said: “It is disheartening that even though the general elections of 2015 are two years away, political jobbers, sycophants, and hustlers have prematurely seized the political space, and are being allowed to set the tone of national discourse.
Members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum have called on the Minister of Finance, who is also the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to resign her appointment if she knew she would not be able to adhere strictly with the Appropriation Act 2013. They said the non-compliance with the revenue projections of the Federal Government 2013 Budget was also a direct breach of the provisions of the Appropriation Act, 2013. These decisions were part of the resolutions of the Governor Rotimi Amaechi-led NGF, which met in Abuja on Tuesday evening.
No fewer than 40 soldiers of the Nigerian Army were feared killed in a Boko Haram ambush in the north of Borno State. A highly placed military source told our correspondent on Tuesday that about 65 others were missing as a result of the attack by the Islamic militants. Investigations revealed that the insurgents attacked the soldiers in Kasiya Forests, north of Borno State. It was learnt that the troops were left to face the heavily armed insurgents, who attacked them from different directions following the failure of the planners of the operation to give aerial support to the soldiers.
The Army yesterday confirmed that it had killed a top Boko Haram commander, Abba Boroma, on whose head it had earlier placed a bounty of N10m. Intelligence sources said Boroma was responsible for series of attacks on military and police formations. He is also linked to the killings of students in the North-East zone. In an offensive on the Kafiyar Forests in Borno that lasted for several hours, soldiers of the 81 Battalion reportedly killed 149 members of the sect. It was learnt last night that the Army, however, lost a lieutenant and 15 soldiers while nine are still missing.
Twenty-four hours after doling out N1.5bn to mission primary schools in Anambra State, Governor Peter Obi yesterday splashed N2bn on the public schools
If extra measures are not taken to arrest the deplorable situation at the Imo State Specialist Hospital Umuguma, New Owerri in Owerri West LGA, patients, and staff of the state-owned hospital would be risking epidemic owing to foul stench oozing out from decomposing bodies littered within the hospital complex. Apart from those within the hospital complex, residents of neighbouring Federal Housing Estate, Umuguma, are also at risk over the bizarre state of the hospital mortuary which has not only been taken over by decomposing corpses but also overfilled with unkempt fresh dead bodies. The hospital mortuary located near the building complex shares borders with adjoining houses within the Umuguma Federal Housing Estate road. Checks by Weekend Trumpeta at the Specialist Hospital Complex revealed that the mortuary seems to have been abandoned as the attendant was found missing at his duty post.
Speaking, the traditional rulers of Mbaise led by HRH Eze Mike Abii, HRH Eze Reginald Amadi, HRH Eze Nwokocha (Umara) and HRH Eze Nwaturuocha, commended the resilence and patriotic spirit of the Maj Al-Mustapha, Chief Uwazuruike and Asari Dokubo. Abii thanked God for saving the lives of Maj Mustapha and others noting that God has prepared them to work for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria. Important personalities that spoke include; Hon Sam Daddy Anyanwu, a Senatorial Aspirant and Chief Batos Nwadike, a former presidential candidate of Peoples Mandate Party.
The traditional ruler of Nri Kingdom in Anambra State, Igwe Obidiegwu Onyesoh, has at last brokered peace between the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and the founder of the Association of Igbo Youths, AIYO, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka. Onyesoh had conferred the chieftaincy title of Ijele Ndigbo on Uwazuruike and the title of Ogirishi Igbo on Ezeonwuka in January, 2012 at his palace in Nri during his Igu-Aro annual festival. During the conferment, Onyesoh had charged the duo to lead Ndigbo with peace and harmony, adding that Uwazuruike, as Ijele, the biggest masquerade in Igbo land, should always move about and chart Igbo course together with Ogirishi Igbo, which in turn should serve as the spiritual cleanser to the Ijele. But barely a year after the duo moved about together and charted Igbo course, misunderstanding crept in and they parted ways. At a stage, they even used their individual organisations to fight each other in a bloody battle.
President makes concessions to end PDP crises Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi is to be recalled from suspension, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) source told The Nation yesterday. This is one of the four concessions made by President Goodluck Jonathan to the Group of Seven governors (G7) at a meeting on Sunday. But the President was said to have been adamant on 2015, insisting that he never said he would not seek re-election. He claimed that what he said in Ethiopia was that he would not be a party to tenure elongation. Despite the concessions, the G-7 governors and the Kawu Baraje-led New PDP are taking their case to the House of Representatives.
I was the tactics instructor at the Nigerian Military School (NMS) Zaria in 1962, where I met Mr. H.H. Kirk Greene, the Principal of the Institute of Administration located at Zaria. He was a very nice British gentleman, and very friendly. He was the first to inform me, before my commanding officer Major Wakeman of NMS, told me, that I will be sent on tour of the entire Northern Region to educate students in all schools about joining the army and the NMS. The recruitment drive took 60 days. This gave me a lot of opportunity to know the entire Northern Region of Nigeria. Any officer, who joined the army from 1962 and from the North, did so after the tour. It was almost made compulsory. It was an awareness tour, and I had to explain the benefits of joining the army. The incentives included the fact that you will be able to continue your education; you will be paid a salary – especially those from primary schools not older than 13 years, to enter NMS for 4 years training. You were fed free, with free uniform, free accommodation and opportunity for sports. I was the sports officer for NMS as well as their military tactics instructor.