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130 convoy of Toyota Hiace buses fully loaded heading to see the leader of IPOB (Mazi Nnamdi Kanu) in Umuahia right now.

Tell injustice Bingo we are Biafrans!

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  1. Yohaig 13th July 2017

    July 14, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Few days after the visit of Olusegun Obasanjo to Governor Kashim Shettima
    of Borno state, one of the states in North East Nigeria that had been under siege from the
    Boko haram sect, reactions are still been generated over the comment
    made by the Governor in which he lamented how the Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan waited for 19 days to call him over the kidnap of the Chibok
    girl which took place on April 14-15, 2014. An action he felt would not have lingered
    for long had it occurred in the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo.

    Ignoring the views of many on why as the commander of the state, he had failed to inform the President rather than rely on his call.
    The Governor only reminded such people that the President was fully briefed over the incident considering the fact that the state was under Emergency
    rule declared by the President himself and secondly the President had been well briefed
    by security agencies, intelligence establishments like the Department of
    State Security Services and the National Intelligence Agency as
    well as the Service chiefs always gave daily situation report as is expected
    in any security matter in the country to the Commander in Chief.

    The question of some Nigerians is if the Former President was privy to such
    information, why did he hesitate in taking action when he should have as the Commander in chief and why would
    the Governor fail to call the then President, at least to inform him
    of what had happened in his State.

    For many these questions may prove difficult to answer as the battle to recover the
    girls is still ongoing. Recall the Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo had said there was no possibility the Chibok girls will ever be recovered.

    While the Former President may have privileged information for making such remark.
    Nigerians like every other nationals in such cases have not lost hope that someday
    the Chibok girls who are still missing will be recovered back to
    their parents.

  2. Oge Ubasom

    July 19, 2017 at 6:43 am

    To my pleasant consternation, I harbored no inkling that I
    was going to be featured with another guest speaker whose pedigree and personality towered like the Iroko and whose oratory prowess dwarfed whatever I was coming to the programme with.

    Regardless of the truth that the programme is not a platform for competition and assessment of
    credentials, I confessed to listeners that I never know Ahuama was going to make the seat hotter by pairing me with an intellectual powerhouse like Dr.
    Ikpeazu. Little did I know I was locked in an interesting intellectual exercise with
    the man whom gubernatorial destiny has broadly smiled on.

    We shared our pleasantries and quite expectedly Dr.
    Ikpeazu addressed his questions with admirable ease and proffered practicable answers to issues of environmental importance.

    In all of that, I saw a man with an irrepressible knack and glittering vision to make a huge difference in the little corner
    he was detailed to oversee.

    Prior to his appointment as the Deputy-General Manager, Abia
    State Environmental Protection Agency for Aba and its environs, mountainous heaps of
    health threatening refuse constituted an intractable nightmare to the
    well-intended Government of Chief T.A. Orji.

    Scarcely had Dr. Ikpeazu assumed duty at the Aba office
    of ASEPA, than he quickly deployed his wealth of experience in tackling head long the filth which had almost defaced
    Aba.

    Governor Orji?s hailed preference for Dr.
    Ikpeazu may have been inspired by the truth that the challenge of continuing with
    the era of legacies he instituted in the State, is better left in the hands of a man with
    a relatively not too fantastic aristocratic credentials
    to avoid basking in the frenzy of expired family name and background and consequently take Abia
    back to the tunnel of retrogression.

    This much Dr. Ikpeazu wisely sympathized with during the People?s Democratic
    Party Campaign rally for Bende Local Government Area which held at
    Practicing School Uzuakoli when he reminded Abians that he was chosen from among them because he will be
    better positioned to feel their pains and heartbeat.

    In his words: ?only those who are close to each other perceive each
    other?s mouth odour?.

    I ruminated over Dr. Ikpeazu?s position above and
    concluded by extrapolation that the undisputable truth in that submission has illuminated
    the already identified reality that the most vicious opponent of Peoples Democratic Party in the gubernatorial seat of the
    State is fielding a candidate who is lost in the deceptive reverie
    that this is a race that will be decided by name-dropping.

    Far from that because the chicken has come home to roost and
    Abians will not be a hurry to align with those who alienated
    them during their corporate and individual exploits.

    The rank and file of Governor Orji?s chronic critics has variously owned up to the truth that Dr.
    Ikpeazu is a good choice and that if not encumbered, will leave milestones that will stand the test of time.

    My reaction has always been that those who delight in street
    lies are perpetually doomed to talk from the sinking sand
    of ignorance.
    If Governor T.A. Orji had accepted to be encumbered, he
    would not have succeeded in assuming the pathfinder of Modern Abia.

    The certainty therefore is that Dr. Okezie
    Ikpeazu will shepherd Abia from a liberated platform bequeathed by Ochendo and whose wealth of experience will be deployed at the
    Senatorial Chambers of National Assembly for attraction of the
    much needed Federal presence in the State.
    A retrospective necessity, will at this point make we recall Dr.
    Ikpeazu?s outstanding template during our discussion on BCA on how he was going to intervene at the Water-side end of Ogbor-hill Aba during his eventful days at ASEPA.

    He had it well figured out: relocation of the slaughter house,
    cleaning and beautification of the Water-side river banks up
    to the abandoned Enyimba Hotel and its environs, with lush green trees and
    grasses for the people of Aba to site out and consummate the gift of nature.
    In my mind?s eye, I see all that and more coming to fruition if he becomes the
    Governor of the State.
    What with his towering expertise in Biochemical pharmacology intelligently studied up to doctorate degree level?

    His effervescent thirst to expand and institute more academic milestones had seen him scholarly feature in many citadels of knowledge.

    Again I will like to recall that during one of the strategic
    meeting at Abia State Board of Internal Revenue, which I attended,
    it was Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu?s recipe that was unanimously adopted as a guideline for checking the operations of revenue agents in the State
    Dr. Ikpeazu is a strategic thinker whose all embracing and team-playing model
    of development will be roundly endorsed by all Strata of development partners
    the State.
    As I temporarily conclude this piece, I believe the Ikepeazu I featured with during a BCA Discussion Programme,
    will feature me in several other programes in his incoming divine mandate.

    Iyke Ogbonnaya, a public affairs analyst wrote in from Umuahia.

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Delta South 2019: Youth Group backs Uduaghan for senate

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A formidable group in Delta State known as Inspired Youths is drumming support for ex-governor and Delta South senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan to represent the zone in 2019.

The group which spoke through their leader, Joy Omodafe reiterated that their support for the former governor was not unconnected with his landmark achievements during his tenure in the state as governor.

She disclosed that they were prepared to mobilize thousands of their supporters who are mostly youths and women from across Delta South Senatorial District come 2019 elections especially as it has to do with their representation in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Members of the group whose opinions were sampled agreed that they have not been feeling the impact of democratic dividends for a long time, but in 2019, things would be different as they are looking forward to a quality representation with Dr. Uduaghan at the National Assembly.

Between the two heavyweights who are the major contenders: the immediate past governor of the state, who is of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has been posing a problem to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent senator representing the district, Senator James Manager as he is generally adjudged to have good ideology and developmental programmes.

Pundits are of the opinion that the former governor is most favoured to represent the people of Delta South who are said to be tired of bad representations by previous representatives.

Their argument is hinged on the fact that those who have been in the National Assembly for the past 19 years have failed to make any meaningful impact on the lives of the people.

The group also disclosed that one of the reasons they are prepared to follow the former governor is that he is synonymous with excellence, “He is not only a hard worker but a master planner whom observers believe stands a better chance with the growing strength and popularity of the APC in the state.

“This political oracle held forte while Chief James Ibori was away and the fortunes of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in the state did not dwindle nor did they lose the state to the opposition.”

Joy Omodafe who is also the managing director of OJ Blizz, a popular event centre in Warri, equally stated that as governor of Delta state, Dr. Uduaghan created a lot of landmark achievements which still stands today in the Big Heart state.

“One, as Delta State governor, he did a lot for the state in health, education, roads, human capital development, job creation and meeting the needs of youths and the aged.

“There is no one who did not benefit from his programmes and this has endeared him to the people. Dr. Uduaghan commands respect amongst all the ethnic groups in the state, so it will be difficult for his opponent to defeat him,” she said.

Also lending their voices in support of Dr. Uduaghan’s senatorial move, some members of the group, whose base spans across the eight local government areas of the senatorial district, said the group has mapped out plans to embark on massive grassroots rally to all the local government areas.

They disclosed that their resolves to campaign for him was based on his antecedents in peace building and achievements in public offices he held in Delta State.

The group cited some of his landmark achievements to include the 7.6km Umeh Road in Isoko, which ended 30 years of abandonment of the agrarian community, the Abigborodo Bridge project in Warri North, Ugbenu Koko Road, the 0-5 years free health care delivery programme across the state and the revolutionary Uduaghan Park, “which brought transportation across Delta State to an easy and comfortable ride with lowest fares”, and these make him eminently qualified to vie for the prominent legislative position in 2019.

The group also noted the construction of “10 International Model Schools” in the three senatorial districts of Delta State, the construction/renovation of hundreds of schools, the introduction of EDUMARSHAL programme to ensure the downtrodden children go to school free of charge as well as the payment of enrollment fees for SSCE candidates as some other reasons that informed their decision to back Dr. Uduaghan’s senatorial ambition. She also noted that the ex-governor’s current empowerment programmes and provision of teaching and learning materials to schools in the rural areas are quite commendable.

They summed up that a man who sacrificed his senatorial ambition for the sake of peace in Delta State, particularly inter-ethnic harmony in Delta South in 2015 should be given all the necessary support to represent Delta South in 2019. They also describe the former secretary to Delta State Government as “an intellectual and bridge builder with the requisite national as well as international connections for the job.

Speaking further on the immediate-past governor, the group expressed appreciation to the former governor for heeding to the cry of the people from the region, which has been neglected and grossly marginalized by the Federal Government due to lack of robust and effective representation at the upper house of the National Assembly.

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Libation not fetish, but prayer – HRM Appolus Chu

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As civilization erodes today’s society and as the advent of western culture threatens the African tradition, a paramount ruler in South South region, HRH (Dr) Appolus Chu, Egbere Emere Okori of Eleme kingdom, has called on traditional rulers and care givers across the country, to do well within their power to preserve and promote the African culture.
HRH Chu made this call when he paid a courtesy visit to Chief (Dr) D.U. Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin kingdom, at his palace in Benin, Edo State. He discredited the notion that libation is a fetish practice, and stressed that it is an African traditional means of offering prayers and thanksgiving. According to him, “Libation is prayer, and what do you do when you offer prayer? You pray for progress, success, good health and every good things of life. The drinks that are used are bought from the market and not from the shrine, so also is the palm wine that is used.
And as you are praying, you are libating and directing your faith towards your demands and you appease the gods, because we believe the gods are here. It is just like when you go to church and the pastor uses olive oil and water to pray. When the congregation choruses amen, it is agreeing that God has answered the prayer. So, libation is part of our culture, and we shouldn’t neglect our culture. The traditional institution of Africa is under a form of blackmail. We are being blackmailed to despise and snub our cultural system.
And we are abandoning our tradition out of ignorance. Today, our children who are now pastors and bishops are propagating the Western religions and snubbing our traditional beliefs and values. As a strong believer in African tradions and culture, I will advocate that we should not see libation as a fetish practice. It is just a form of prayer ad an integral part of our culture,” he said.
In his remarks, Chief Edebiri consented to the views of HRH Chu, and presented him with a gift, after which libation was offered. “We believe that when you die, you go to heaven and you meet your ancestors, those who have left before you. They also congregate there, as we do here on earth. And whenever we are doing anything here, we remember them, so that they may be part of what we are doing and bless whatever project we are embarking on. We always pour libation so that our ancestors will partake in whatever we are doing. It has nothing to do with fetish activity.
“There is no juju when you pour libation. It is your conscience, it is your mind, because you believe that you are coming from a tradition. The tradition is the belief that your parents did it and they lived well. If you do it too, you will live well and die well. So, pouring libation has nothing to do with being fetish. As a matter of fact, in a football match, if a team wins, you will see people opening bottles of champaign to celebrate. That is pouring libation. If your son buys a new car and he brings it home, you pour libation to bless that gift.
“So, those who say that pouring of libation is fetish are being misled and misinformed. In the African tradition, we pour libation after kolanut, so that our ancestors will bless whatever we want to do,” he concluded
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World Food Day: Over 30 per cent farmland in Niger Delta lost to floods – Uduaghan

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The immediate past governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has disclosed that over 30 per cent of farmland in the Niger Delta region has been lost to this year’s ravaging flood.

Uduaghan, a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Delta South Senatorial District in the 2019 general elections, noted that the development posed a great threat to the nation’s food sufficiency drive.

In a statement to commemorate the 2018 World Food Day on Tuesday, the former governor lamented that this year’s flooding had led to premature harvesting and destruction of farmland including fish ponds in the country, particularly in the oil-rich region.

He said the situation would not only result in great losses to farmers but also negatively affect the already improving food self-sufficiency drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Uduaghan, therefore, called on the governments, corporate bodies and individuals to render assistance in order to alleviate the plight of farmers caught in the web of the natural disaster.

“Over 30 per cent of our farmlands have been overtaken by the floods, including fish ponds.

“As shown on AIT on Monday, some of the farmers have had to hurriedly harvest the immature farm produce, and are selling them at less than 40 per cent of their market value.

“Their future seems to be hopeless. As we mark the day, let us remember the losses and sufferings of these our farmers.

“Whatever we can do individually, as organised groups, or as a government will go a long way in alleviating their plight,”. He said.

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