‘Two is fighting’ is a common Nigerian expression that fits the hard to deny and ignore fact that a significant proportion of Nigeria’s Hausa’s and Igbo’s on the online community are fighting. A history of strife has undoubtedly existed among members of these two large ethnic groups in the country. What also is apparent is that not really much has been and is being done to resolve this apparently intractable crisis that potentially strains Nigeria’s hope for progress. Perhaps those of us who are not direct partakers are not bothered, feel there is nothing we can do or are benefactors of the tension.
Civil servant workers blocked and locked the main gate to the State House Assembly complex in Akure today for several hours protesting the Contributing Pension Scheme bill.
Watching the Who-Is-Who of the newly-minted All Progressives Party (APC) revel in resplendent partying the other day as they unveiled their manifesto, I could not but wonder if all the back-slapping, fist-pumping and hugs would not amount to a grand exercise in futility come 2015. Did any of them read Okey Ndibe’s piece – The Shape of Things to Come – published on Saharareporters (http://saharareporters.com/column/shape-things-come-okey-ndibe) on February 3rd, 2014? If they did, are they losing any sleep over the fate of their manifesto in 2015? If you missed that article, I enjoin you to visit the website and read it. It is a mildly rendered frustration at what transpired during the January 11th, 2014 local government elections in Anambra State. The elections were supervised by the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission. Ndibe quotes extensively from the Punch Newspapers’ report on what happened during the elections:
While citizens in sections of Kaduna State shut down roads in protest over insecurity and all public hospitals in the state are closed down following the paralyzing strike in the public sector, Vice President Namadi Sambo and Governor Mukhtar Yero are committing millions of Naira into gathering a big crowd for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) North West Zone rally to be hosted in Kaduna.
SaharaTV interviews former Nigerian head of state and one of the founders of opposition political party , All Progressives (APC) on a wide range of issues. The interview conducted by Rudolf Okonkwo at SaharaTV touched on the General's past, present and future . Enjoy!
Over time, I’ve been deeply moved by the speech and comments of Dr. Oby Ezekwesili which had served as inspiration and hope for a new Nigeria. Given the political wilderness that our nation has been trapped for years, the sense of hope and inspiration generated by Ezekwesili speech at the recent APC Road Map Summit, is even more profound today.
The visit by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan last weekend has failed to secure the release of his foster father by gunmen, who abducted the president’s relative for ransom.
This week on "The Break" Tracy takes a walk down memory lane, and recaps Africa's all-time most notorious dictators. She looks at those who refused to relinquish power, embezzled massive funds meant for their respective countries, and a special look at those who severely abused human rights.
What do you think? Is there a dictator who needs to be added to the list? Send Tracy a message!
Motorists, mostly trailers and commercial vehicles, were on Monday brought to a complete halt in Birnin-Gwari town for eight hours by a popular protest against the ineffectiveness of the government of Kaduna State governor Mukhtar Yero over security matters.
The Emir of Ngelzarma in Fune Local Government Area of Yobe State, Alhaji Mahammadu Mai Yeri Ibn Isa II has died.
Barely 48 hours after the removal of the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, a big power tussle between the Acting Director-General, Engr. Benedict Adeyileka and his predecessor, Mr. Joyce Nkemakolam, over the redeployment of a member of staff.
When the suspended CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi “blown the lid off a monumental scandal” in which the sum of $20,000,000,000.00 was alleged to disappeared from the public treasury, many Nigerians vowed that this was over. $20b is literally equivalent to N3,200,000,000,000.00 (Three Trillion, Two Hundred Billion) if $1 is N160. Each Nigerian will get about N17,778.00 (Seventeen Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight) if Nigerians are 180,000,000. If the money is to be shared among the states, each state including FCT could get about N86,486,486,486.50 (Eighty Six Billion,, Four Hundred and Eighty Six Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty Six Naira, Fifty Kobo).
President Goodluck Jonathan today broke grounds to kickstart the construction of the much-delayed second Niger bridge at Onitsha. Below is Mr. Jonathan's speech at the ground breaking ceremony as well as photos sent to the media by the state house.
Photos from the scene of attacks launched by Islamist militant group Boko Haram on Jakana village near Maiduguri last week. The sect set houses ablaze and killed several villagers , mostly women, children and elders, who could not flee the carnage.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Screening Committee on 2014 Ekiti Gubernatorial Election led by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has released the result of its screening exercise.
The people of the Abavo community of Ika South Local Government Area of Delta state are angry over what they call, “thick plans,” to release Mr. Uche Irenuma, the dethroned monarch of the kingdom, from prison. The incarcerated former monarch is at the center of a controversial series of events that rocked the community in January that left more than 10 homes burned to the ground, at least three people dead, and residents there stunned from a four day stretch of terror.
“Imagine that when a Yoruba man walks up to fellow human in the world and he introduces himself as a Nigerian, what comes to the mind of his naïve audience would be that he shares the same humanity, the same human and national space with those blood-thirsty hounds called Boko Haram. It is the pain of forced identity of 1914.” – Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
I have followed with a keen interest the controversies and debates that followed Professor Wole Soyinka’s latest piece titled; I regret my share of this National insult after President Jonathan honored the late General Abacha during the Centenary celebration few days back. I have read the accounts of the late dictators two children, Gumsu Abacha, and Sadiq Abacha. I have also followed reactions from commentators and those who witnessed the days of the locusts. Regrettably, I ran away with the tragic conclusion that history has shown that men never learnt anything from history.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday March 10, 2014 arraigned the quartet of Joseph Sule Emoabino, David Eson Igbinoba, Agbator Gaskin Efe and Dr. Simon Imuekeme before Justice Esther Edigin of the Edo State High Court on an 8-count charge that borders on diversion of the sum of N113 million allocated for a particular project to another project contrary to section 22(5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and engaging in criminal conspiracy to commit an offence contrary to section (26) (1) (c) of the same Act.”