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In order to defeat terror, Nigeria needs a well thought out anti-terror plan and one thing that must be central to that plan is the buy in of the people because terror can only thrive where there is local support. Take that local support structure away and the terror architecture will collapse like a pack of cards.
Chief John Odigie Oyegun, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), must be having a good laugh wherever he is. If he is just finishing a meal, he can afford to pick his teeth and belch from the deepest part of his biological system, and even turn up his nose as he asks for a glass of water.
The politics of today is so partisan, that it is bereft of the nationalistic sentiments that would augur well for a nation. Nigeria is at the cusp, and we must come up with a philosophy that is antithetical and diametrically opposed to what we have done in the past.
Similarly the PAP has identified lack of coherent development implementation strategy, concerted and coordinated framework for action and limited accountability in managing development results as some of the reasons responsible for the violence in the Niger Delta region.
Smarting from the seeming silence of prominent Igbo leaders on the plight of pro Biafra groups in the hands of the federal government, the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), on Saturday, came hard on Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South East governors, traditional rulers and politicians.
Apparently irked by the spate of killings in the country, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) came hard on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his concept of providing adequate security for Nigerians was deficient in many aspects.
The lawmaker representing Barkin Ladi, Riyom Consistuency at the National Assembly, Honourable Istifanus Gyang, has alleged the attack on some communities in Plateau State is an attempt by ‘killer herdsmen’ to take over the communities.
“If they don’t allow Etete to continue to do business in the oil and gas industry, Ijaw people will have no choice than to tell the country that the oil and gas belong to us. They should stop the investigations of the Malabu oil deal. OPL 245 belongs to an Ijaw man”.
Three staff of UNICEF working in Maiduguri have been declared persona non grata by the Nigerian Army over spurious and false allegations on troops of operation Lafiya Dole.
The Nigerian state is passing through a very tough time, and we really need to admit this if we must even have a chance of outlining the solution. In fact, if we will but face the stark reality, the Nigerian national project is tottering terribly on the edge of the abyss.
The lawmakers, who were reacting separately to the murders of two persons by gunmen in early hours of Thursday at Asso village in Jema’a Local Government Area of the northern state, said such attacks are becoming all too common.
Former deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Monday, described the sudden death of former Vice President Alex Ekwueme as a very painful national loss.
The Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC), has warned against frustrating the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, saying he should be allowed to exercise his power as Chairman NNPC Board. The groups however claimed that the life of the Minister was under threat.
We have never met. I only know you by reputation and I have had cause in the last year to write on your activities within the public arena and offer my own views about you, your persona, and your interventions in the Nigerian debate. I sincerely hope you would get to read this letter wherever you may be, that is assuming you are still alive.
Immediate past chairman, Benue State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev Yimam Orkwar, has called on federal government to cancel the purported Sukkuk bond it floated.
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) says it will not be stampeded into adopting an agenda that will hurt its basic “interests”.
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Four persons have been critically injured in a ghastly motor accident involving a tanker laden with petrol and two commercial tricycles known as ”Keke NAPEP.”
The Police Command in Enugu State says it will prosecute personnel of security agencies using motorcycles otherwise known as `Okada’ in the Enugu metropolis.
The Bauchi State Government in collaboration with the World Bank is to construct 1,000 rural access roads across the state.
President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Nnia Nwodo, has cautioned Nigerians against any form of discrimination against Igbo, recalling that Nigeria belongs to all ethnic nationalities living in it.
No fewer than 5000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo state.
Media Adviser to the Director General of PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Doyin Okupe, has been reportedly detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Apparently irked by allegations from the opposition that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the raid of the home of Aliyu and Mustapha, sons of the People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidency has advised Nigerians to ignore such claims.
Amid the controversies trailing President Muhamadu Buhari’s decline to assent to the amended Electoral Act, he has allay fears that his refusal was not to encourage manipulation of the electoral process, insisting that he is not in any way desperate to remain in power against the wish of the people.
Pope Francis has removed two prominent cardinals from his inner circle months after they were tainted by paedophile scandals.
The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, has called on mainstream media organisations in the country to establish ‘Social Media Desks’ that would track and counter fake news disseminated on social fora.