NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Monday named Second Republic Minister of Transport,
FORTY-SIX years ago, the counter coup to the first coup of that January claimed the lives of Gen Thomas Johnson Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi and his host Lt-Col Francis Adekunle Fajuyi. Ironsi was in Ibadan as part of his reconciliation tour, after the first coup that killed mostly prominent Northern politicians and army officers. Both Ironsi and Fajuyi fought in the United Nations operations in the Congo. Ironsi led the contingent. Ironsi was the target of the coup plotters, but Fajuyi, then military Governor of Western Region, died protecting his leader and guest. They remain the most unsung military officers of their era. Accusations against Ironsi were that he made laws to facilitate Igbos leadership of the country and he failed to punish the first coup plotters. These were at most speculations.
The trouble-shooting efforts by five northern governors, all of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to “save the country’s democracy,” which began on July 20, 2013, with a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, may have paid off, Daily Sun has learnt. This is so because President Goodluck Jonathan, who seemed unperturbed by the political situation in the country, judging from the comments of his aides, not only invited the five northern governors spearheading the “Save Nigeria’s Democracy,” campaign for “peace” talks, at the weekend, but also had an audience with Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, whose travails appeared to be one of the sources of the current political tension in the country. Interestingly, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, had, shortly before the governors’ visit to Obasanjo, warned that the Rivers crisis, if allowed to fester, could truncate the country’s democracy.
The last may not have been heard of the controversial Malabu oil deal. Mohammed Sani, one of the children of the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, is locked in a battle with a firm owned by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Dan Etete, over N34.4billion ($215m) which accrued from the sale of Oil Block 245 to Shell Nigeria Ultra Deep Limited, Nigeria Agip Exploration Limited and Shell Exploration and Production Company Limited. The row between Mohammed Sani and Etete, who was a minister in the Gen. Abacha, has underscored the personal intrigues behind Malabu oil deal and how it is rubbing off on the nation.
Barely one week after he stated that Igbo should not aspire to the Presidency, Senator Arthur Nzeribe has been taken to the cleaners. Commenting on the former senator’s remarks, Senator Emmanuel Onwe, Director of Operations, Njiko Igbo, stated that Nzeribe had no moral right to make such a statement, since he has not, in recent times, talked about the injustice meted out to the Igbo. “First and last, given his personal history, Senator Arthur Nzeribe lacks any moral or legitimate standing to speak for Ndigbo on either the 2015 question or any question whatsoever,” he stated.
Former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday called on civil war veterans to put their experience in writing in order to fast-track the process of national reconciliation. Kalu said: “Truth and time play a role in the healing process. From Brig. Godwin Alabi -Isama’s account, we now know that friendship indeed existed across the battle field. Once again, Gen Alani Akinrinade has come out clean as a hero. And we can also learn to forgive, since Alabi-Isama and Akinrinade are crying for ailing Brig. Benjamin Adekunle, their Commander, who allegedly planned to assassinate them in Asa.”
Despite British Prime Minister David Cameron’s assurance that he will not sanction the controversial 3000 pounds visa bond,
Suspected Boko Haram members at the weekend shot dead more than 20 civilians in northern Borno State, a military spokesman said yesterday. “The suspected sect members came armed and fired sporadic shots that killed over 20 innocent civilians,” Lt. Haruna Mohammed Sani, spokesman for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) said. The violence took place on Saturday in Dawashe village, the army lieutenant said in a statement. He said men from the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilance group formed in Boko Haram’s bastion Maiduguri, to
RIVERS State Assembly Leader Chidi Lloyds is going blind, his colleagues have said.Lloyd, a lawyer, who represents Emohua Constituency, has been moved from the Police Officers’ Mess, Old Government Reservation Area (GRA), Port Harcourt, where he was detained on Friday, to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID). He is not allowed to receive visitors and has got no medical help, his colleagues claimed. Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt on behalf of the 27 lawmakers loyal to Governor Rotimi Amaechi, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, said Lloyd’s health was deteriorating. He needs medical attention.
An award-winning Nigerian music director, Aswad Ayinde, found guilty of fathering children with his daughters will spend the rest of his life in jail. According to Mail Online, Ayinde, 55, of Paterson, New Jersey, United States, was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty in the second of five expected trials in which he is accused of repeatedly raping his six daughters, resulting in six children being fathered. Mr. Ayinde was found guilty in his latest trial of having intercourse with a daughters when she was as young as eight-years-old. The second sentence adds to the 40 year sentence Mr Ayinde received in a 2011 trial for sexually assaulting a separate daughter.