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​MAINSTREAMING IGBO’S IN NIGERIA POLITICS. a lecture delivered by Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, MON

Chief Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu delivered a lecture on ‘Mainstreaming Ndigbo in Nigeria Politics’ in lokoja the Kogi State capital, at the event which was meant to inaugurate NDIGBO SUPPORT GROUP FOR GYB (Gov Yahaya Bello)His Excellency the fomer Governor of Abia State and his entourage was received at the government house by the Kogi State governor His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the deputy governor and members of his cabinet.  Kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello described the Igbo community as a formidable force in the socio economic development of the state and the nation in general. The governor made this known while receiving the chieftain of the APC (OUK)& his team, governor Bello who described the Ndigbo in Kogi state as law abiding citizens,  acknowledged that they had immensely contributed to the success of his administration so far through the prompt and regular payment of taxes and their peaceful co-existence. According to governor Bello, his appointees from the Igbo community had done marvelously and hadn’t betrayed his confidence in them. He urged Igbo’s across Kogi state to remain security conscious and sustain the bond of unity among them irrespective of states or clan.  Earlier former Abia state governor, Chief Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu applauded governor Bello for building bridges of harmony between indigenes and non indigenes in the state. Chief Orji who was in company of some personalities including Senator Chris Adighije, Hon. Chibuike Jonas and a former deputy chief of staff.  Chief Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu assured the governor of Ndigbo’s support to deepen the relationship that is built among each other. The APC Chieftain called on governor Bello to uphold the tenets of democracy and strive to ensure good governance at all times. The APC chieftain Chief Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu who was also the guest speaker at the inauguration of the Ndigbo Support group for GYB spoke the mind of many Nigerians, making it very clear that Igbo’s are the power house of Nigeria economic development where ever they find themselves, he said that Igbo’s do not discriminate with their investment and development  in any part of Nigeria that they settle. He commended the Igbo community in Kogi state for the ways and manner they have coordinated themselves even in the middle of differences, he further challenged them to continue to show the true spirit and citizenship of the Igbo’s.  The former governor spoke of his …

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN DIRECTED BY THE POLICE TO WRITE A STATEMENT

If the police ask you to write a statement, which they normally do when they stop you on the road and take you to their station or when they invite you to their station, you should know how to write a good statement that will not implicate you.  First, whether you write a statement as a witness or as a suspect, you must understand that your statement is very likely going to be used against you either in court or for the purpose of blackmail by some officers (not all). Therefore, take your statement writing as a serious matter.  Remember that you have right to refuse to write a statement until your lawyer is present. But this normally leads to argument and hostile reactions from the police, and it may likely be a pretext for them not releasing you immediately.  There are no hard and fast rules as to the content of a statement. It is supposed to be what you know in relation to an incident or the reason for you being brought to the station. Since the statement is not just a general view on anything you like, it is important that you know the reason for which you have been brought to the station.  For those who have been suspected of committing an offense, make sure that before you start writing a statement, you ask the officer the offense for which you have been brought to the station. If he tells you that there is no offense, that they just want you to tell them all you know, you can politely say: No, Sir. The police force is meant to enforce the criminal law. Therefore, the police would not have any justification to bring you to the station except if they suspect that an offense has been committed somewhere by somebody – either you or someone else. And you need to know the offense and the person suspected before you could write your statement.  Also, if you were arrested or invited as a result of a petition written against you, you must demand to read carefully that petition before you start giving your statement.  When you start your statement, make sure you explain in your statement the reason for which you have been asked to make your statement. For instance, you can say something like: “I was stopped while driving my vehicle with registration number xxxxx on …

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President Buhari’s health and matters arising  – Kazeem Olusola Badmus 

*On June 28, Gov Fayose said  President Buhari has been on LIFE SUPPORT since June 6. *Presidency kept mute. No picture to disprove Fayose’s claim and no visit to the President was arranged. *On July 11, Acting President Osinbajo visited Buhari, no picture was released to the public. *On July 26, TWENTY NINE clear days after Fayose said Buhari was on LIFE SUPPORT, pictures of Govs visit to him were released to the public.  – That was the first time his Official Photographer was allowed to take his STILL PHOTOGRAPHs since he left Nigeria 82 Days ago! ***Posers: *Why waiting for 28 days to try to disprove claim that the President was on LIFE SUPPORT? *If the President was not on LIFE SUPPORT as at June 28 that Fayose addressed the press, why didn’t the Presidency take the governors they took to him yesterday, to him earlier? *Why was there no single picture of the Acting President visit to the President on July 11? *Where is the VIDEO RECORDING of the governors visit to the President? Or is being hale and hearty just about laughing sheepishly? ***The Fact *President Buhari was actually on LIFE SUPPORT as claimed by Gov Fayose. That was the reason his handlers had no immediate response. *Even as at July 11 that the Acting President visited, the President’s condition was not stable. *The President was able to come out of coma and his condition is now becoming stable.  *The President is still not okay, but he is improving. Lastly, Nigerians should know that the health of the President is the health of the nation. The people deserved to know the state of health of their President and demanding to know is not the same as wishing the President dead. May God grant Mr President speedy recovery.

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Open Letter To South West Governors: This House Has Fallen – ‘Bayo Adeyinka

Your Excellencies, I have decided to address you collectively because it has pleased Providence to put you as the custodians of our patrimony in the Yoruba Nation. Except for Ekiti State, you are all children of the same father politically-speaking but you are all bound by a common heritage nevertheless. Destiny has thrust upon you an uncommon benevolence- being chosen among millions to lead one of the brightest tribes created by God. You have been positioned to lead your States at such a crucial period like this. The Yoruba Nation has produced excellent minds across various sectors such as Reverend Samuel Ajayi Crowther the first black Anglican Bishop, Chief Sapara Williams, the first Nigerian lawyer to defend cases at the British Supreme Court as far back as 1881, Herbert Macaulay the first Nigerian to form a political party in Nigeria, Adeniyi Jones the first surgeon in Nigeria, Prof Bolanle Awe the first female Professor of History in Africa, Professor Wole Soyinka the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti the first Nigerian musician to be listed in the Guiness Book of World Records, Taslim Elias the first African to be the President of the International Court of Justice, Latunde Odeku the first professor of neuro-surgery in Nigeria, IK Dairo the first Nigerian to be conferred the title Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), Professor Ilesanmi Adesida the first black Vice-Chancellor in an American University, Chief Akintola Williams the first African to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, Michael Onafowokan the first Architect in Nigeria, Teslim Balogun the first professional footballer in Nigeria, Nojim Maiyegun the first Nigerian to win an Olympic medal and the immortal Obafemi Awolowo among others. The first newspaper in Nigeria was a Yoruba newspaper ‘Iwe Irohin’ established in 1859. Across all sectors-from medicine to sports, education to industry, music to law- the Yoruba nation has not been found wanting. We have often led the way while others followed. That is the tribe of which you are now Primus inter pares-first among equals. As one who is familiar with the entire South West States and also one with a deep sense of history, I am quite unsettled and very unhappy with the state of events. It seems our best years lie behind us. Many remember yesteryears with nostalgia while shaking their heads at what we have become. What shall …

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NOW OUR YOUTHS ARE KICKING AND CRYING – Dele Momodu

Fellow Nigerians, I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh when I got a call early this week from Ambassador Dayo Israel, one of the brightest youth I had mentored in my own modest way some years ago. It was a plaintive cry for help after the debacle of a failed local government chairmanship aspiration bid and the death knell of the campaign for youth emancipation in the Senate. Dayo has since those halcyon days, when he came under my tutelage, worked very hard to be an iconic youth in Nigeria and beyond. Dayorecently threw his hat into the political ring recently when he attempted to pick the APC Chairmanship nomination for Lagos Mainland Local Government, to contest today against other Lagos Mainland Chairmanship aspirants in that Local Government of Lagos State. As you read my epistle right now, the election is taking place as scheduled but without Dayo’sname on the ballot papers. Dayo had requested my intervention, several times in the last few months, for help with his political aspiration. He took his case to the high and mighty in our society and solicited the support of political godfathers in his party, APC. There is no doubt that Dayo is eminently qualified to run in this race and I was reasonably assured that he would deliver on most of the promises made by him. However, the arithmetic of politics in Nigeria, and in most places, is not always one plus one. The way these things are configured often make it impossible for brilliant young guys like Dayo to have a smooth sail in political climes like Nigeria. Ask me! I had my own Baptism of fire in 2011 when I got inspired by the audacity and miracle of Barack Obama in the United States of America and assumed foolishly that such could be replicated back home in Nigeria. Lord have mercy, I was dead wrong. I had predicated my faith and boundless optimism on several factors: my personal credentials (I was well educated with a Masters degree in Literature-in-English), my political background (I had been in politics since 1982 and had even been a personal secretary to the then Deputy Governor of Old Ondo State, Chief Akin Omoboriowo. Since then I had interacted with some of Nigeria’s biggest political juggernauts), my business experience (I had managed people and resources from medium scale to high level), my global exposure (I …

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​Clowns in London – Barrister Bayo Ayo

Once again, one cannot help but hail Gov. Ayodele Fayose for his voice against the lame oppressors of the land. Lame they are as they continue to play into the hands of the one they call negative names but who to all intent and purpose has assumed rightly or wrongly, the voice of the opposition. Irrespective of his shortcomings, he has succeeded in turning the Buhari Presidency to a clownish lot or how will the sudden pop up of a picture of PMB sitting at the head of a dinning table with six governors squeezed up together and another of the six oniranus and alainikashes(sorry, can’t interpret) be explained to a rational sane mind as a picture taken to depict the President is not on life support gadgets as claimed by Fayose. Its only illiterates who don’t know that a single picture is sometimes worth more than a thousand words and as such there warped and corruptly mangled minds fail to realize that the advent of the smart phone has turned all into photographers who have ability to decipher a professional job from an amateur. At the last count, the Presidency had in its employ, an award winning young and dynamic photographer whose professional capability immediately comes to mind if he was in any way involved in the charade posted. Back to the Presidency and efforts of deceit, it further gave credence to the boast of Fayose at his son’s convocation ceremony that he has domesticated his family’s educational and medical needs and like he challenged, let any top ranking government official who can boast of same come to the fore to say so. As a man that many love to hate, Fayose has shown that indeed Nigerians are wallowing in the deceit leading to the abyss of nothingness. Incidentally all the clowns that visited Buhari including the old goat chairing the what is about to become the worst partisan group in history are no strangers to London as they all have their wards in schools there and of course go for their periodic medicals in the land of the oyinbo man. It will not be out of place to state that they have continually short changed the citizens by their uncanny failure to provide the necessary amenities and facilities to make life more meaningful to the citizens and of course this include Father who himself has been promoting stomach …

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​McCain writes Buhari – OLUWATOBA OLAITAN

IN 2008, 59.9 million Americans gave their support, to a man who could be dubbed “terminally ill”. Unfortunately, a barely-known fellow with higher star-power got 66.7 million thereabout to become, ostensibly, the historic first black president. Four years later, the black fellow got 4.2 million votes less of his 2008 harvest, still staying as president for another four years with 62.5 million votes. In the two contests with different opponents, the supposed “terminally ill” hero, would not have “killed off” the black fellow. But the black fellow became everything a decent society should not have as an influence, under the guise of neo-liberalism. Everything God worked out for man didn’t work for him. He attempted changing everything, including all that is contemptible in s3xual orientation. God told him He will always be bigger than the works of His hands and their “genteel brilliance”. My Heavenly Daddy got the black fellow an “unworthy” successor, at least by his “messianic” orientation. Senator John McCain, who declared his struggles with multiple cancer afflictions weeks before the poll, and even having to remove a few from his skin in the course of the presidential campaign, was re-elected to the senate last year, making it the eighth time he would represent Arizona. With the benefit of hindsight, how one wished he had bettered black-man Barack Obama in 2008, to save the world of his presidential megalomania. But is it not a sweeter victory for “the saner world” to have a political Lilliput like Donald Trump dismantle the anti-Christ-like legacies of Barack, who almost turned the world belly-upside-down. I will never buy the argument of Obama trying to enhance American values, with those outrageous sinful policies on s3xual orientation. If his mum had passionately promoted abortion the way he did under the guise of funding the Planned Parenthood, the circumstances of his birth, should have made aborting his pregnancy an easy decision to make. What about his determined pursuit of legalizing crack and pot. Regrettably, it took his first daughter, Malia, becoming a marijuana addict, before he pretended to be a father with the right values. Will decent humanity forget his wild jubilation the day American Supreme Court lined constitutionality behind the despicable acts of LGBTs (Lesbians, Gay, Bis3xual and Transgender). I won’t be employ tact in condemning sin. I was ceaseless in my prayer from that day that his legacies would not endure and his …

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The Obstinate Journey to Shame via London – Pius Adesanmi

Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria’s history will one day find APC inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination. Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that APC’s signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to deliver on measurable electoral promises in virtually all areas of national life but in the deadening of the Nigerian mind. A nation’s mind is lost when the capacity for ironic sentience dies. And no group of Nigerians, at any moment in our chequered national history, has contributed more to the assassination of irony than the confederacy of parochial interests in the leadership of APC. If blindness to irony stopped within the ranks of APC’s leadership, if it was limited to Governors, Senators, Reps, and other political figures within her ranks, I wouldn’t be so worried. It would be their funeral. I am not in the habit of shedding tears for members of Nigeria’s political elite over their intellectual impecuniosity. My worry lies in how the leadership of APC has democratized blindness to irony, especially among their followers so effectively. If irony hits you like a Dangote truck and you are unable to recognize it as a citizen, you wear that condition of ignorance like a badge of honour and hit social media for celebration in this APC era. Chief John Odigie Oyegun fired the first bullet to assassinate irony. APC had just won the election. She was still in that period of grace when the people could excuse anything. Euphoria was still in the air. One message of change that APC could send early and effectively in order to write her name in gold was in the retirement of campaign funds. The notion of retiring campaign funds is a complete stranger in Nigeria. We have at least two adult generations who have never heard of it because it has simply never been practiced. No Nigerian has ever retired campaign funds. After elections, you privatize the leftover funds, campaign vehicles, and other resources. You keep everything for yourself and distribute some to your cronies. This, of course, is a crime routinely committed by every Nigerian who has ever run for public office: there is no separation between their bank accounts and campaign contributions. President Buhari, especially, most especially, had a moral and ethical obligation to inaugurate a …

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​And they killed the Nigerian Airways along with others – Eric Teniola

ON May 1, 1959,the Nigerian Airways Limited was inaugurated during the tenure of Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola (1910-1966) as Minister of Aviation giving Nigeria its fledging National Airline. Chief Raymond Amanze. A. Njoku (1915-1977) succeeded Chief Ladoke Akintola as the first supervisory Minister to midwife the new airline. The first board appointed by the government provided policy guideline for the new Nigeria Airways was headed by Chief T.T. Solaru, while the first General Manager of the airline was an expatriate, Captain L.V. Messenger. Although the basis objectives of the new airline were to carry on the business  of air transportation, it was established to: serve as national flag carrier and promote the image of Nigeria, and provide a back-up service for security and defence during the periods of national emergency. At the time the airline was firmed, there were 28 airports being maintained by the Ministry of Transport and Aviation. Two of the airports, Lagos and Kano, were designated as international airports while 12 others, including Port Harcourt, Calabar, Tiko(Southern Cameroon), Ibadan, Benin, Enugu, Makurdi, Jos, Yola, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Zaria,Gusau and Sokoto, were opened up for domestic scheduled flight services. By April of 1977,  Nigeria Airways operated a total of 202 flights every week between Lagos, Accra, Abidjan, Robertsfield, Freetown, Banjul and Dakar in West Africa; Lagos, Kano, Rome and London on the Europe route and Lagos, Abidjan,Robertsfield and New York on the American route inclusive of all domestic airports. In  October 1977, for instance, the airline inaugurated a commercial flight to Kenya connecting Libreville (Gabon) and Kinshasa(Congo). The following year, May 5 and August 10, 1978, precisely, the airline inaugurated flight services from Lagos to New York via Accra and Robertsfield and from Lagos through Kano to Karachi via Jeddah in Saudi Arabia respectively. At the end of 1978, the airline had made 27,518 flight departures, carrying on its entire network, a total of one million, four hundred and forty-four thousand, four hundred and thirty-six (1,444,436) passengers that represents a passenger load factor of over 73 percent, the highest traffic for the airline since 1959. The  airline’s fleet at this period was made of eight(8)F.27, seven(7) F.28, two(2) B.727, three(3) B.737, two(2)B.707 and two(2)DC10. In 1982, the airline  carried a total of  2,138,378 passengers on its entire network with the domestic services taking the lion share of 1,713,455 passengers. It had a reasonably good share of the international market …

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​And they killed the Nigerian Airways along with others – Eric Teniola

ON May 1, 1959,the Nigerian Airways Limited was inaugurated during the tenure of Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola (1910-1966) as Minister of Aviation giving Nigeria its fledging National Airline. Chief Raymond Amanze. A. Njoku (1915-1977) succeeded Chief Ladoke Akintola as the first supervisory Minister to midwife the new airline. The first board appointed by the government provided policy guideline for the new Nigeria Airways was headed by Chief T.T. Solaru, while the first General Manager of the airline was an expatriate, Captain L.V. Messenger. Although the basis objectives of the new airline were to carry on the business  of air transportation, it was established to: serve as national flag carrier and promote the image of Nigeria, and provide a back-up service for security and defence during the periods of national emergency. At the time the airline was firmed, there were 28 airports being maintained by the Ministry of Transport and Aviation. Two of the airports, Lagos and Kano, were designated as international airports while 12 others, including Port Harcourt, Calabar, Tiko(Southern Cameroon), Ibadan, Benin, Enugu, Makurdi, Jos, Yola, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Zaria,Gusau and Sokoto, were opened up for domestic scheduled flight services. By April of 1977,  Nigeria Airways operated a total of 202 flights every week between Lagos, Accra, Abidjan, Robertsfield, Freetown, Banjul and Dakar in West Africa; Lagos, Kano, Rome and London on the Europe route and Lagos, Abidjan,Robertsfield and New York on the American route inclusive of all domestic airports. In  October 1977, for instance, the airline inaugurated a commercial flight to Kenya connecting Libreville (Gabon) and Kinshasa(Congo). The following year, May 5 and August 10, 1978, precisely, the airline inaugurated flight services from Lagos to New York via Accra and Robertsfield and from Lagos through Kano to Karachi via Jeddah in Saudi Arabia respectively. At the end of 1978, the airline had made 27,518 flight departures, carrying on its entire network, a total of one million, four hundred and forty-four thousand, four hundred and thirty-six (1,444,436) passengers that represents a passenger load factor of over 73 percent, the highest traffic for the airline since 1959. The  airline’s fleet at this period was made of eight(8)F.27, seven(7) F.28, two(2) B.727, three(3) B.737, two(2)B.707 and two(2)DC10. In 1982, the airline  carried a total of  2,138,378 passengers on its entire network with the domestic services taking the lion share of 1,713,455 passengers. It had a reasonably good share of the international market …

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