The North on Wednesday disagreed with the National Assembly on the proscription of two Islamic miltant groups – Boko Haram and Ansaru–by President Goodluck Jonathan.While the North through its two prominent groups, the Arewa Consultative Forum and the Northern Elders Forum, faulted the ban, the National Assembly insisted that it was a welcome development.
The United States has issued fresh travel alert on Nigeria, warning its citizens not to travel to North and nine other states in South.The US predicated the alert on the emergency rule in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states, saying extremists could expand their operations beyond the three states to other parts of the country.“The ability of the mission to provide assistance to US citizens in those states remains severely limited,” the US government stated in an updated alert on Monday.
The Chaplin, Plateau State Government House, Chidi Ebere has disputed insinuations and prophecies making the rounds in the country that Nigeria may disintegrate during or after 2015 general elections, saying that “The country will be at peace beyond 2015”.The Cleric stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Jos, on the nation’s 14 years of uninterrupted democratic rule.He recalled several stories of disintegration, prior to the 2007 and 2011 polls, but said the country had remained an indivisible entity.According to him, those who are spreading rumours of disintegration do not mean well for the country, and Nigerians should be weary of such persons whoever they claim to be.“Nigerians must believe only in the power of God, who has the right to offer political, economic and power of destiny”.
As Goodluck Jonathan reacts to Education Review story, promises to rebuild St. Philip’s Central School, Akpakaogwe, Ogidi, Anambra StateThe special edition of Education Review, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, which focused on the “Untold Story of Achebe’s school days,” attracted the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan, we can now authoritatively reveal.The edition which harped, among other things, on the “Lessons from Chinua Achebe’s schooldays” did note that “Achebe’s school has lost its former charm, colour.”
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has called on the Federal Government to immediately arrest former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari.The call by the CAN president is the second since the 2011 presidential election.In a statement issued by the Special Assistant to the CAN President on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Kenny Ashaka, and made
No fewer than 11 members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, were yesterday at Nnobi and Awka-Etiti communities, Idemili South Local Government Areas of Anambra State, allegedly shot and injured by the police in a bid to disrupt their June 8 sit-at-home rally. Five others were arrested.
Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has said the Igbo would never waiver in their support for President Goodluck Jonathan, noting that they were poised to deliver the South East to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.According to him, supporting President Jonathan remains the only way the bread of the Igbos will be buttered.
AWKA — HUNDREDS of Igbo youths under the aegis of Association of Igbo Youths Organisation, AIYO, yesterday, stormed Anambra State House of Assembly to protest the directive by the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, that everybody should stay at home on June 8, 2013.
Minna—Niger State Governor, Dr Babangida Aliyu has lamented that the economy of the North has crumbled due to insecurity unleashed on the region by Boko Haram insurgents.Aliyu also regretted the huge army of unemployed youths in the North pointing out that there was urgent need for the revival of the Northern economy and job creation.
FORMER Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has appealed to members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenge in the North to protect repentant Boko Haram members from victimisation by the Federal Government.Abubakar urged the amnesty panel to ensure that the militant sect’s members that voluntarily give themselves up should be protected from being victimised by the authorities.