THE Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Archbishop Metropolitan, Rev. Nicholas Okoh, yesterday warned politicians against actions that can cause Nigeria’s disintegration. The cleric noted that Nigerian politicians need to avoid actions that tend to support foreigners who expect the country to fall apart. Rev. Okoh spoke at the Standing Committee meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of the Church holding in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The cleric also called for the disbanding of the national body of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). He said the methods the union adopted to press for its demands was immoral.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) factional Chair Kawu Baraje yesterday said the aggrieved leaders of the party and the G-7 governors would give President Goodluck Jonathan a deadline on Sunday, if he fails to meet their demands. He said contrary to insinuations, Jonathan and the G-7 governors were not moving towards any accord. For peace to reign in PDP, the aggrieved governors and the Baraje faction tabled five demands before Jonathan and a seven-man Peace Panel headed by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Police yesterday sealed off the secretariat of the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, shortly after its inauguration. The Chief of Staff to Governor Chibuike Amaechi, Chief Tony Okocha, inaugurated the secretariat and hoisted the party’s flags. He was supported by top Rivers government officials and politicians. Amaechi is one of the seven PDP governors who formed the Kawu Baraje-led New PDP on August 31. The secretariat, directly opposite the old GRA Police Station, was the headquarters of Amaechi Campaign Organisation in 2011.
The European Union yesterday stepped up peace efforts in Plateau State with the launch of a N960 million programme. The programme, which will be implemented by three organisations , including Apurimac Onlus, Deutsche Gesellechaft Fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Search for Common Ground, is to be implemented in the 17 local government Areas of the state. Speaking at the launch of the programme held yesterday at the Crest Hotel in Jos, the leader of EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Alan Monday, said: “This programme aims at contributing to peace-building and conflict prevention efforts in Plateau State by strengthening the mechanisms of conflict resolution and fighting youth unemployment.
Leaders of different associations, youth bodies and movements across the six geopolitical zones stormed Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday to chart a new course that will promote peace, harmony and progress in the country. The delegation of various associations led by teh former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to the late General Sani Abacha, Hamza Al-Mustapha, arrived at the Sam Mbakwe Airport at about 10.00 am where they were received by the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike. Mustapha, who was accompanied by the leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Mujaheed Asari-Dokubo, founder of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, Mohammed Abacha, son of late Sanni Abacha and the President of Arewa Consultative Youths, Yerima Shetima, could not grant journalists interview at the airport.
The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi was yesterday allegedly prevented from entering the Government House through a preferred route by men of the state Police Command. Amaechi’s convoy, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. David Iyofor, was stopped just a few metres to the Government House while he was on his way back from an inspection tour. “We were coming from an inspection tour with some visitors, while on our way through the avenues, via the Polo Club Road, we came upon some fully armed policemen in about five vehicles blocking the road.
CHIEFTAIN of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi was trenchant in dubbing President Goodluck Jonathan a good student of former President Olusegun Obasanjo especially on matters concerning agreements in a recent radio interview. Speaking on a Liberty Radio, Kaduna interview, the emerging champion of a northern presidency, however, failed to buttress his argument with the facts of the alleged agreement that has been the subject of much controversy. “When Obasanjo wanted an extension of tenure for a second term under the zoning arrangement, he had to come to an extended caucus of the PDP. I remember how people opposed the idea. The late Abubakar Rimi was one of them and he was supported by about three others that Obasanjo should not be given an extension and that the Presidency should come to the North for four years before going back to the South,” he said of the PDP caucus where the then president was adopted for a second term in late 2002.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, has vowed that the Nigerian Army will not rest on its oars until terrorism, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country were eliminated. Speaking at the 9th Nigerian Army Finance Corp Biennial training conference 2013 in Umuahia, Ihejirika said: “With the support of Mr. President and the transformation the Nigerian Army is undergoing, challenges of insecurity, including Boko Haram menace, kidnapping, threats of violent crimes will be stopped from rearing their ugly heads in the country.” Represented by the GOC 82 division, Major General AA Olaniyi, Ihejirika assured that the Nigerian Armed Forces were on top of the security situation in the country, contrary to what it was when the President declared the state of emergency four months ago, adding that the army was winning the war against terrorism.
A militant group in the Niger Delta code name “Egbesu Mightier Strike Force” has given seven days ultimatum to the Muslim community
No fewer than 10,000 traders at the Bridge-Head Drug Market, Onitsha took over the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway yesterday to protest the proposed Federal Government’s ban on sale of drugs in open market next year. The protesters, who were chanting anti-Federal Government songs, also carried placards with inscriptions such as “South-East governors help us; If drug market is closed, it will lead to more crime; Over 10,000 eke-out their livelihood from drug market and Action Governor Peter Obi, help us,” among others. Speaking on behalf of the traders, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Onitsha Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers Union