Dr Casmir Nnaemeka is a clinical psychologist and chief executive officer of Abuja-based ‘At Peace Centre’. He recommends psycho-medicine as a way of tackling the increasing rate of aggression and depression among Nigerians. He spoke with AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE As a clinical psychologist, what’s your advice in tackling the high level of aggression in the country? Nigeria as a country has had series of aggressive crisis at different times, ranging from political, ethnic, and religious aggressions and the most recent, the Arewa youths call on Igbos to quit the North by October 1, 2017. The problem with this country is that our leaders have been feeding us with lies that we have grown to believe the lies as truth. In recent times, the emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, told Nigerians that we should tell ourselves the truth that the problem we are facing in this country is not ethnic ties...
BY ANDREW ESSIEN .....Ogbuefi Nonso Ozoemena is a gubernatorial hopeful in Anambra State under the Young Democratic Party (YDP). In this interview, he speaks on his plans for the state, should he be elected as governor in the forthcoming election. You declared to contest Anambra State governorship election. Mentally and physically how ready are you for the race? It is true that I want to contest for Anambra State governorship position and that is the reality on ground. I declared last weekend and I can tell you that what is about to happen in Anambra State is a revolution and an unprecedented good thing. Considering your age, are you not scared of contesting for such position? I keep telling people that as a good student of history we should be awakened by what is happening across the world right now. It is the trend of young men taking over the apex leadership and governance...
Alhaji Al-Amin Aliyu, a business man and grassroots politician is the CEO of Rahama City Suite in Bauchi. In 2015, he played crucial roles in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to actualize the election of Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State. In this interview with KABIR AKINTOLA, he speaks on the governor’s development roadmap for the state, maintaining that Bauchi is the State to watch come 2019 when present first-term state governors in the country will be seeking re-election by their people. How do you classify Bauchi State today in terms of the vision of the present administration in the state vis-a-vis the state’s potential for growth? Our state, as you may well know, is basically agrarian. Thank God we are in the raining season now when more of our people are very busy and productively engaged on their farms especially on account of the progressive and radical reforms of...
BY CHIDI M. NWACHUKWU Engr Isaac David Balami is the National President of the Arewa Consultative Forum Youth Congress with the former Trade Union Congress’ spokesperson condemns the call by the other youth wings of the forum for Igbos to vacate the North by October 1. You are the president of the Arewa Consultative Forum Youth Congress. Were you at the meeting where the pronouncement that ‘the Igbos should vacate the North’ was made? No, I was not. I wasn’t even aware that there was going to be such a meeting, until my attention was drawn to it by the press. I was shocked to know that this is what has actually happened, and I quickly reacted. Is it the same Arewa Youth Forum that you belong to that made the pronouncement? No. You know, just like in the East where you have different South-Eastern groups, South-Western groups and South-Southern groups, the Ndigbo Youths...
Chief George Moghalu is national auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and an aspirant in the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election. He speaks with MUYIWA OYINLOLA on burning national issues even as he urges the people of the state to prepare for the poll in spite of the call by IPOB to boycott it. How do you react to the call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, for being absent from the country this long? To me, it sounds very funny. The president, when he was leaving made it very clear that he was going on medical vacation, and as a good democrat that he is, he handed over to his vice president, who is now the acting president. So, this call, to me, doesn’t make sense because there is no vacuum. Government is running. Who told you he doesn’t have communication with the acting president? Some people are of...
Engr. Rotimi Salami, general manager, Integrated Television Services (ITS), the company implementing the Digital Switchover (DSO) platform for the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), speaks with CHIMA AKWAJA on key issues in the federal government’s digital television switch over drive. Nigeria has come a long way in implementing the digital switchover, while StarTimes and its partners, especially, Integrated Television Services (ITS), have been in the forefront of the migration, can you explain what the whole partnership is about and what it means for Nigerians? The partnership is about building the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform for Intergrated Television System, ITS in line with what is envisaged in the digital switchover (DSO) project. Integrated Television System is expected to build a platform and make same available to broadcasters to transmit their content to the general viewership. Given the enormous financial cost in building the platform, which ought to come from the federal government,...
Salisu Magaji Gombe presides over North East Progressives Forum (NEPF) and Arewa Youth Development Association of Nigeria (AYDAN). In this interview with CHIBUZO UKAIBE, he spoke about recent events in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other national issues. What was your impression of the crisis that almost crippled your party, the PDP? The crisis that rocked PDP only made it stronger. We are now more united than ever before. There is no faction in the party anymore. The Supreme Court judgement was a blessing for the party. So PDP is moving faster and stronger and it can capture 2019. You are already talking about 2019, but has your party learnt any lessons from the crisis? PDP has learnt a very big lesson. I will take you back to 2015. If the PDP had zoned the presidency to the North, we would have defeated APC. But people around the former president pushed...
BY CHIBUZO UKAIBE Mohammed Shittu Kabiru is the national chairman Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), he speaks on some issues in his newly registered party as well as some national issues. Your party was recently unveiled but the nagging question remains who are the big names behind your party? APDA is a party born out of like minds, who sat and looked at the political situation in Nigeria. For the past 17 years we have been calling ourselves a nascent democracy but what we discovered is that we can't be calling ourselves that anymore. We believe we should advance beyond this stage by bringing some technological inputs in our electoral system to address the abnormalities there in. At the heart of the problems today in Nigeria are parties without ideology. So what is the ideological framework of your party? We are socio-democrats. The welfare of citizens and technological advancement  are paramount in our minds....
The President of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a world body that oversees civil aviation globally, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu in this interview with ANTHONY AWUNOR, explains the future of ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft System’ (RPAS) in Africa and other issues affecting the aviation industry in the continent. How do you see the future of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) in Africa? I think the phenomenon of RPAS, the expansion is taking place all over the world and I am sure that in Africa, it will be the same situation. I see a lot of enthusiasm during the symposium and the workshop. The hall was filled with people asking many questions. It is an indication that there is a lot of interest. Particularly that you can use the technology for different things, either private initiatives or government initiatives such as border patrol, in agriculture, in education, in photography. So, it is left...
Former governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 governorship poll in Enugu state, Dr. Alexander Chukwemeka Obiechina, has commended the National Assembly for voting, among other key issues in the on-going Constitutional Amendment, that all pre-election cases should be determined before the eventual winner in an election assumes office. He pleaded with the State Assemblies in this interview with CELESTINE OKAFOR to equally toe the line of the federal lawmakers.   The Senate and the House of Representatives voted on the amendment of 33 items in the Constitution Review Debate which ended last week at the National Assembly. These amendments have been sent to State Houses of Assembly for a concurrent endorsement. However, one of the key items the lawmakers okayed for amended, is that all pre-election cases must be concluded before the actual winner in an election assumes office. Perhaps it was the controversy that attended...