It was a heated session at the Ijaw House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State yesterday as elders from the Ijaw ethnic extraction took turns to condemn what they referred to as consistent attacks on President Goodluck Jonathan.
Five governors, who launched a save-democracy shuttle at the weekend, are to meet two former Heads of State – Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar — it was learnt yesterday. Besides, they plan to consult a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma. Four of the five governors met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Saturday on the need to save the nation’s democratic process from collapse as a result of the crisis in Rivers State.
Rising shale oil production in the United States has slashed light oil imports from countries such as Nigeria and Algeria by more than half in the past two years. The unexpectedly rapid growth in shale oil output has rightly been termed a supply shock by seasoned observers, but it is also a quality shock. “US light tight oil is distinctive in that rising production is causing an unexpected quality shift in the global crude mix,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said. “The shock waves of rising US shale gas and light tight oil… are reaching virtually all recesses of the global oil market,” the IEA wrote in its 2013 Medium-Term Oil Market Report.
A new report entitled ”Nigerian Unity in the Balance” authored for the United States Army War College has, again, warned Nigerian leaders to beware of another civil war or an outright break-up following what it called ongoing divisive trends in the country. The report released by the Strategic Studies Institute of War College was written by two former American servicemen, Gerald McLaughlin and Clarence J. Bouchat. McLaughlin is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College while Bouchat is also an adjunct professor at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC)The report, whose foreword was written by the Director, Strategic Studies, Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, Professor Douglas Lovelace, observed that divisive forces were becoming more stronger than uniting forces in Nigeria, warning that unless this was reversed, Nigeria’s existence could be jeopardised.
Fresh facts have emerged on why President Goodluck Jonathan and four northern governors visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Saturday. Governors Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa) met Obasanjo shortly after President Jonathan had left Obasanjo’s Hilltop Mansion. The governors, however, avoided the President. Obasanjo left for China shortly after the meeting.
Luck ran out of three suspected Boko Haram members at the weekend in Borno State as they were lynched by an angry mob. This was as about 50 other suspected terrorists were arrested in the state. The three suspects came all the way from Bama Local Government and invaded the El-Amin Daggash mosque in the Government Reserved Area, GRA, in Maiduguri, during Tafsir (Ramadan preaching), attempting to kill the preacher, Modu Mustapha. One of the suspects was killed on the spot, while the remaining two, who were initially arrested, were also lynched later.
ELDER Statesman and First Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi is the last man standing in Southern Nigeria among the generation of nationalists who fought for the nation’s independence. He is also the only surviving minister from the South that served in the first post-independence cabinet. The quartet in that cabinet still surviving are Shehu Shagari, Shettima Ali Mungono, Inuwa Wada and Maitama Sule all from the North. Amaechi’s place in history nonetheless, he notes the chasm between the values of the founding fathers and the current generation of leaders who he asserts are engrossed in rapacious looting of the country’s common wealth. In this exclusive interview, Amaechi also raises issues with the place of Ndigbo in the nation’s history noting what he describes as a systematic policy of undermining the presence and place of the Igbo race in the polity. Excerpts:
Senator and former Governor Ahmed Sani, the Yerima Bakura, has finally had his way. The Nigerian Senate has bowed to his will and agreed to be silent about the age that young girls can get married in Nigeria. What this means once it is followed through and enshrined in our laws and Constitution is that girls that are as young as nine years old, provided they are deemed as having been ”physically developed enough” by their suitors, could be lawfully bedded and married in our country. That is the sordid level that we have now, as a people and as a nation, degenerated to. I weep for Nigeria and, perhaps more appropiately, I weep for the Nigerian girl-child. Yet we have no choice but to live with this new reality and to accept it as it is. After all, our representatives in the sacred halls of the Senate were not sensitive enough or ”man enough” to shoot down the whole thing, to stand firmly against the unholy agenda and to say boldly and firmly that, ”come what may”, our children must be protected from sexual deviants and reprobates.
The Anglican Church in Nigeria has called for capital punishment for members of the Boko Haram sect. The Bishop of Kubwa Diocese, Rt. Rev Duke Akamisoko, said this in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on the sidelines of a press briefing to herald the forthcoming Synod meeting of the Church. According to him, until President Goodluck Jonathan mustered the courage and political will to deal with the people behind the group, the killings will not stop.
For quite a while since he wisely recoiled to his cocoon after his prolonged trial for allegedly sponsoring Boko Haram insurgency, Senator Ali Ndume has been out of the news camera lens, presumably to avoid undue controversy. When the Chairman, Senate Committee on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, eventually decided to bow to the pressure from our correspondent, ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, for this no-holds-barred interview, he spares no words on excessive powers of the governors. He raises the alarm that they are already arming militia groups for 2015 election. Excerpts: