Politics

Be ye also ready (Pt 1) – Muoka Lazarus

By Muoka Lazarus Matt 24: 40- 44 says, “Then shall two be in the field;  the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh”. Any person who wants to achieve success must observe watchfulness in order to escape the peelings of the enemy. So also it is applicable to heavenly race where it is expected that alertness must be the stock in trade of everyone striving to make heaven ...

Ooni, Aregbesola storm Ilesha for the state-of-the-art school

By Gbenga Olarinoye, Osogbo Ilesha was agog as Osun State government commissioned the state-of-the-art  Ilesa Government High School. The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, and the Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, could not hide their joy as they took to the dancing floor to express their feeling of the development in the education sector in the state. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ooni of Ife The commissioning of the school was in continuation of the policy of the government to construct brand new state-of-the-art 100 Elementary Schools, 50 Middle Schools and 20 High Schools. Out of these, 20 Elementary Schools, 22 Middle Schools and 11 High Schools have been completed. It will be recalled that four high schools had been previously commissioned,...

‘This is the end of killings for cows in our communities!’

…Half clad women march as anti- open grazing law takes off in Benue BY PETER DURU, MAKURDI For the first time since the return to democratic governance in the country, the people of Benue State, irrespective of socio-political, religious and cultural differences, have come out to align themselves with the government in power. That is what is playing out in the state after the Ortom government enacted the Open Grazing Prohibition Law, last May, to stop incessant bloody clashes between local farmers and herdsmen which sadly turned the hinterlands of Benue into a theatre of war. From the reactions that trailed the enactment, the people have, in unison, vowed to sink or swim with the administration over the law which took effect on Tuesday, November 1. The state government...

Professionals are venturing into politics simply to steal money – ex minister

By Vincent Ujumadu, AwkaFORMER Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo yesterday in Awka urged professionals in various fields to shun politics and concentrate in their areas of specialties, arguing that the clamour for politics by the professionals was killing knowledge in the country. Prof Nebo Nebo spoke during a prayer session organized by the Anglican Church at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka for a successful governorship election in the state. He said: “When some of my friends, especially the professionals among them, who had spent so much time acquiring knowledge in their various fields come to tell me of their political ambitions, I tell most of them that their aim for venturing into politics is simply to steal money.” According to him, one must not be a politi...

How to be a good leader – Rev. Olubambi

…We got ex-US Secretary of State Collin Powell, former British PM Tony Blair to teach Nigerians – Rev. Olubambi ….To feature Sandberg, CEO, Facebook; Pastor Sam Adeyemi; Bock, Google Adviser By Comfort Ajewole Gen. Collin Powell, United States Secretary of State under Obama administration, and a  former British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, are among eminent  people across the world who have taught the virtues of leadership on the aegis of the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), according to the National Director of Vision International Christian Ministries (VICM), Rev. Francis Olubambi. Rev. Olubambi Nigerians, Olubambi said, were taught by Powell and Blair, among others, by video  cast. Speaking on the 2017 edition of the GLS, he explained that Sheryl Sandberg, the Chie...

Escape of four suspects: Police detain, try five officers for negligence

By Peter Okutu THE embarrassing escape of four high profile kidnap suspects from police custody in Ebonyi State has led to the detention and trial of five policemen on duty in Ivo local government area. Policemen on training Briefing newsmen at the Police Command Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Titus Lamorde, said intensive search for the suspects, including Ogonna Alioke, alias Pilot, who allegedly drove the vehicle used in the kidnapping of the late Madam Catherine Chukwu Okorie on January 18 had begun. Other suspects are Ekene Friday and Emeka Nwangbo. The deceased was kidnapped in her home at Egba Amanye community in Ivo LGA by a gang of four armed men who murdered and buried her in a shallow grave at Lopkpanta forest in Abia Sta...

Recharge card vendors, cab operators groan as mobile apps take over

The unceasing foray of mobile applications into the business terrain in Nigeria is giving owners of some small scale business a tough time, writes TOFARATI IGE Within five minutes, Adejoke Badru hissed more than 15 times. Her business has been experiencing a lull for some time. It was past 3pm and she hadn’t even made sales of N3,000 on that day. Badru sells recharge vouchers and SIM modules close to a local government headquarters in the Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos. Two years ago, Badru recalled that she would have made sales of about N15,000 or N20,000 by that time of the day. She was particularly worried because as a single mother, she singlehandedly pay the school fees of her only son. The boy resumed school a few weeks ago, but for the first time, she defaulted on the payment of the sch...

Why the odds favour ‘The Alert Governor’

By Arinze Chukwudimma13 days to the Anambra  election, the electorate are bracing up  for a battle of Titanic proportions. Not only is there a star-studded line-up of heavyweight candidates for the poll, each of whom is truly distinguished in his own right, there is the obvious desperation of the APC- led federal government to “capture” the state which, against all odds, has remained the one true bastion of Emeka Ojukwu’s All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). To further complicate the situation, there is in addition the widely reported iron determination of a former governor of the state to teach the incumbent, Willie Obiano, the lesson of his lifetime, over issues  arising from Obiano’s Campaigns and subsequent election in 2013. Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State The said former govern...

Buhari: No need for additional Ministers

By Tonnie Iredia The announcement a few days back by President Muhammadu Buhari that the present federal executive council would soon be expanded to bring in more ministers must have come as a welcome relief to some Nigerians. Members of the ruling All Progressive Congress APC are understandably likely to be the most excited, because apart from the assurances of the President that they would be the major beneficiaries, it is in the character of political systems particularly in developing societies to use government offices for partisan patronage. We also know that Nigeria’s political class harbours an exceedingly high level of unemployed persons who are in dire need of means of livelihood in addition to a large team of dependents who have no expertise to convert to ga...

With such friends Buhari needs no enemies

Dele Sobowale “What does corrupting time not diminish?” Horace, 65-8 BC. Civilian President Buhari, in 2017, the expected dragon-slayer, who developed a reputation as Military Head of State, 1984-85, for fighting corruption to a standstill is now a poor shadow of the young leader. Time and his friends had diminished him. President Buhari Of the two, time and friends, it would appear that his friends have done him the more damage. Perhaps before taking office on May 29, 2015, Buhari should have remembered to offer the prayer credited to St Francis. “God save me from my friends, I can take care of my enemies.” He still needs it. When his days as President are done he will honestly say to himself: “Some great misfortune to portend, no enemy can match a friend.” (Jonathan ...

African footballer of the year: The cap fits Moses, says Amuneke, Lawal

Former Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Amuneke and  midfielder Garba Lawal have tipped Chelsea star, Victor Moses to win the 2017 African Football of the year award billed for January 4 in Accra, Ghana. Victor Moses Moses is one of the 30 players that have been   lised by CAF for the senior category of the award, which features the likes of Mohammed Saleh of Egypt, Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang of Gabon, Sadio Mane of Senegal,  Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso, among others including Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong. Amuneke who won the award in 1994 said though all the players on the list have done well in the season in question, Moses had a remarkable year. “Moses has had a remarkable 2017, evolving as an all-round player, recall he used to be a winger, then he b...

2019: Amendments to Electoral Act will guarantee freer elections – Mike Igini

By Olalekan Bilesanmi In this interview, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, explains the latest attempts by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to midwife a freer and better electoral process in the  run-up to the 2019 general elections.   He speaks about some of the proposed  amendments to the Electoral Act and the positive impact they would have on the process.   The burning issue of  restructuring is also discussed, with Igini, giving insight into why it is imperative that the issue is treated with utmost urgency. Excerpts: Mike Igini You were reported to have said that the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act would impact on the 2019 and future electoral outcomes. Could you give insight to these provision...