Religion can’t divide North

Prominent Northern leaders have dismissed as invalid and of no effect whatsoever, an alleged deal between President Goodluck Jonathan and some leading Islamic scholars aimed at ensuring his success in the 2015 presidential election.


Ex-Zamfara governor, Yerima slams critics… says nothing wrong in early marriage

Serving senator and former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Sani Yerima, yesterday amplified his support for early marriage when he stated that he could give out his six-year-old daughter in marriage, if need be. Yerima had on Tuesday successfully prevented an amendment to the second part of Section 22 of the constitution by the Senate, which dwells on affirming someone as of age once the person is married, though the person could be lower than 18 years in age. Yerima, who came under attacks in 2011 for allegedly getting married to a 13-yearold girl, yesterday replied his critics who have been lampooning him for promoting marriage for the under-age.


President Jonathan & 4 Northern Govs in hide and seek drama in Obasanjo’s house

The undercurrents in the PDP ahead of the 2015 presidential race played out on a grand scale yesterday in Abeokuta with President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governors Murtala Nyako (Adamawa State), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) as dramatis personae. President Jonathan and the governors were on separate appointments with Obasanjo at his Hilltop residence but the state chief executives, who are not on the best of terms with the president, avoided contact with him all through their stay in Abeokuta. All the four voted for Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State in the recent election of Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), shunning Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State who was President Jonathan’s candidate.


President Jonathan says no deal with Boko Haram

In what appears as a contradiction of a ceasefire deal announced last week by Special Duties Minister, Kabiru Turaki, President Goodluck Jonathan has denied any peace deal between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram islamist sect. Jonathan, who disclosed this in an interview broadcast by Cable Network News, CNN on Friday said his administration was already winning the war against terrorist groups in the country. This, however, contradicted an earlier claim by Turaki who had said the Federal Government has a ceasefire understanding with the mainstream Boko Haram led by the late Mohammed Yusuf. He had said the government was working on broader terms for the ceasefire and will unfold it soon.


Onitsha residents under fear over MASSOB & AIYO clashes

Residents of the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State are now living in palpable fear due to the constant bloody clashes between the members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Association of Igbo Youths Organization (AIYO). Notable human rights groups and prominent individuals in the East have expressed concern over the constant violence which arose as a result of MASSOB and AIYO trying to pursue the other from Onitsha.


Women lawyers in Nigeria express dissatisfaction with Child Rape Law

Women lawyers in Nigeria under the aegis of International Federation of Women Lawyers, have expressed dissatisfaction with the resolution passed by the Senate to retain the provision of section 29 (4) (b) of the 1999 Constitution. Under the section, a married underage girl is deemed to be an adult. But FIDA in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by its National President, Hauwa Shekarau and National Secretary, Chigoziri Ojiaka, said the constitutional provision contravened “the general views of Nigerians as expressed during the recent constituency consultations conducted as part of the ongoing constitution review process.”


British national kidnapped in Lagos

A British national has been kidnapped by gunmen shortly after landing at the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, a diplomat and a private security source told AFP Friday. “There was a kidnapping of a Briton and we are working with the Nigerian authorities,” said Wale Adebayo, spokesman at the Deputy High Commission in Lagos. He declined to provide any details, including the day the attack occurred. A private security source familiar with incident however told AFP that the British man was abducted on Tuesday while travelling into the city after landing at the airport.


Dr Awolowo-Dosumu I was distressed by what Achebe wrote about my dad

Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, a former Nigeria’s ambassador to the Netherlands and Executive Director of Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, shares her experience in this interview with ADEOLA BALOGUN Somebody would think you would be more interested in politics than in the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, why are you not in politics? Because if I go into politics, the only reason I would be going there is to promote the legacy of Papa. I tried politics and I realised that it was not the best route to promote the legacy. Because when it comes down to what Papa stood for, it was all about development and using the development of every individual as the building block to the larger picture. Because Papa was very cerebral; he had a very intellectual approach to everything he did and he wrote a lot and committed most of his thoughts into writing.


Al-Mustapha’s freedom is it Justice or perversion

Murder is a crime many people seek justice for. They crave for the day when a tooth will be pulled for a tooth and an eye for an eye. As great their eagerness for justice is, so is their aversion to its miscarriage? When the duo of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan were convicted for the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola on 20 January, 2012, the judgement was greeted with both knocks and kudos. And so was their discharge and acquittal on 12 July, 2013. What actually is justice? The crowd at the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on Friday 12 July, 2013 were ambivalent about where the pendulum would swing in the appeal of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan against the death verdict passed on them by a Lagos High Court on 30 January 2012.