I used to be a keen observer and admirer of the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN). Apart from the visible progress he might have made in governing Lagos, I believe he is an astute and tactful politician. That could go as the most outstanding part of his personality. For almost eight years, he worked out a very rare but functional arrangement where he focused more on the day-to-day running of the state, while he allowed his former boss and Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria now All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to hold sway and take full charge of the political arena. Do not take my word for it but it takes a man of considerable political acumen to function effectively under the shadow of a maverick politician larger–than-life politician like the “Lion of Bourdillon”, as many call him, and yet be able to create a remarkable political niche for oneself. Managing overbearing political bosses is a virtue that many of our politicians have not developed. Fashola not only achieved this but managed to create an impression of a visionary leader on anyone who visited Lagos recently.
Osun State Governor accuse Peter Obi of playing politics with lives of Igbo destitute deported from Lagos
Osun State government and the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday accused Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State of playing politics with the lives of the destitute evacuated from Lagos State. The state Acting Chairman of the APC, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi, and the Special Adviser to the governor on Youths, Sports and Special Needs, Hon. Biyi Odunlade, said at a joint press conference in Osogbo that: “Osun State government is also a victim of the Lagos State government’s policy on evacuation of the destitute to their various states.” They then warned the Anambra State government against politicising the issue. They said: “What the government of Anambra State did by reporting and distorting facts to President Goodluck Jonathan is unfortunate if not a deliberate political move meant to lay a foundation for something sinister that Governor Obi’s All Progressives Alliance, APGA, is plotting over the upcoming governorship election in the state that APGA may well lose.
Ahead of Eid-el-Fitr celebration which marks the end of Ramadan, military and police authorities in Kano have beefed up security to fortify the commercial city against terrorist attacks during the Sallah festivities. After three months of relative peace in Kano, which gave residents the hope that the state was getting back to business, gunmen last week Monday re-enacted their reign of terror and bloodshed, leaving several people dead and many others injured. In an interview with National Mirror in Kano yesterday, the spokesman for 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, admitted that the latest Kano bombing was an eye opener, adding that the residents were “too relaxed”.
Fears of possible shut down of Warri and Kaduna refineries have heightened as the pipeline which conveys crude oil to the two plants have been damaged at several points by impoverished local populations. The pipeline, known as System 2C, runs from the Escravos location of Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State to Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, and Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company KRPC. The pipeline, spanning about 60 kilometres to WRPC was damaged in the creeks of Kokologbene community in Warri South- West LGA.
A new policy introduced by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria for passengers coming into the country to pay a special charge on their luggage has become a source of dilemma for travellers.
Alleged kidnap victim Miss Uzoechina to remain with alleged kidnapper the Emir of Nupe until Sharia court ruling in Sept 17
MISS Charity (Aisha) Uzoechina, the lady that was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and kept in the palace of Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, for the past four months, will remain with the monarch until September 17. Charity cannot be released by the Emir to either the parents or anybody until the case instituted by Charity is vacated by the Sharia court in Bida, Niger State, Vanguard has learnt. A suit filed by father of the girl, Pastor Raymond Uzoechina, before a High Court in Bida, seeking to stop the Sharia court from listening to his daughter’s case, last week, has been adjourned to September 17 for hearing.
Undoubtedly he can be described as fearless, courageous, strong and bold. Chief Chekwas Okorie is one of the main pillars of political renaissance in the country and Igboland in the past two decades. He opened up in this interview to address issues never discussed by him before on Ikemba, Umeh and APGA. This interview is worth your time. Excerpts How will you describe state of the nation? The country is in a most trying and challenging period, security in the country is at the lowest ebb, I will describe it as a situation that is just a shade that is lower than the civil war that was fought in Nigeria. It means that the country is sitting on a keg of gun powder. There are so many flash points.
The Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Hon. Dakuku Peterside, has described the lingering kerosene scarcity across the country as a national embarrassment. Dakuku made the statement in Calabar, Cross River State, during his committee’s oversight visit to Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, and other private oil facilities in the city. Peterside, who spoke with officials of PPMC, marketers, retailers and consumers of kerosene, said the prevailing scarcity of the product is not only an embarrassment, but also a denial of basic rights of the ordinary Nigerians who bear the brunt of national challenges such as this.
A socio-political group, Anambra Youth, has condemned Lagos State government for dumping 70 indigenes of Anambra State at Onitsha bridge, saying the action amounted to an insult on the people of the state. It also flayed a member of the House of Representatives, Abiodun Adeleke, for alleging that Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, awarded contracts for re-modelling of airports across the country without due process. President of the group, Uche Ifeanyi Okonkwo, said the actions were designed to demonise Anambra State and its people. According to the group, the attacks show that in spite of efforts by the people of Anambra and other Igbos to regard the people of the South West as their brothers and partners in progress, the dominant party in the region has not stopped stabbing the Igbos in the back.
Fresh attacks by gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram Islamist sect has left at least 35 persons dead, including two soldiers and a policeman, with several others injured in Borno State, military officials said. The spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, Lt Col Sagir Musa said Boko Haram members, who had threatened to launch massive attacks as Ramadan ends, lived out their threat by launching coordinated attacks on Sunday. Mr. Musa said: “Troops have successfully repelled Boko Haram attack on a Mobile Police Base and Bama town. The sect members, using sophisticated weapons and Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, launched attacks at about 6:45am on Sunday. “The encounter led to the death of one policeman and 17 Boko Haram members, two soldiers were also wounded.”