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...
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,...
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....
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...
Professor Ernest Ojukwu (SAN), is a legal instructor and former deputy director at the Nigerian Law School. He discusses the problems militating against the Nigerian legal system with CHIDI NWACHUKWU. The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA is seen to be experiencing an internal crisis that has factionalized it. Are there interventions to arrest the situation? Well, I don’t know whether we have an internal crisis that can be described with such strong assertion. The NBA is still very strong. We have had one or two hiccups in recent times especially in the events leading to the last elections and thereafter. One or two members went to court over the process of constitutional amendment or reform and the present problem can be traced to that event of the litigation. For some time now, at the last National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the president briefed the National Executive Committee on all the efforts he...
Engr .C. A. Nwobu, airport manager, Port Harcourt International Airport, in this interview with ANTHONY AWUNOR, assures that all their facilities are working operationally, adding that the airport is the third most viable in the country. What are the major challenges faced by PHIA? I am sure you know that Port Harcourt International Airport is among the most viable airports in Nigeria. It can only be compare with Murtala Murhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. I can authoritatively say that Port Harcourt International Airport is the third most viable airport in Nigeria. Virtually all the airlines come here. It is very viable for the federal government. Operating in an uncompleted building is one of the challenges. Power is another challenge; borehole is also a challenge but we have tackled all of them. When you prioritize and tackle those challenges, they give way. For instance, everything we are doing...
Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who now represents Kano Central Senatorial District in the Senate, speaks on a wide range of national issues. He spoke to MUYIWA OYINLOLA   Should the presidency remain in the North or power should shift to the South in 2019 because you are one those who led the agitation for power to return to the North in the last political dispensation? In this game, one has to try and be a team player. And I have been a team player for a very long time since I started politics. During the days of SDP and NRC, we collectively decided that power should shift to the South. And we worked so hard. At the end of the day, after the first primary election of Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Falae and others, the government then decided to cancel it and we started all over, and in SDP, we...
Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor speaks on a wide range of national issues. He spoke with CELESTINE OKAFOR. Two years has gone down since the APC government took over power from your party the PDP. Would you say that the APC has handled the affairs of the country better than your party did? Well, l won’t really say that the APC has done a fantastic job within the period under review. Under the APC government today, there appears to be hunger in the land, whereas under the PDP regime, people were a bit comfortable. Things moved better under PDP. There was smooth sail of businesses. Investors were coming and going even though you would say that corruption was deep rooted in PDP government due to weak leadership of the Presidency. But in APC, people had very high hopes of redemption from the situation but...
By BAYO AMODU Mr. Seun Peters is the managing director of Interjet Nigeria Limited, an indigenous firm that specializes in sale and maintenance of aircraft. In this interview with BAYO AMODU, the renowned lawyer explains how Nigeria’s aviation sector can overcome most of its challenges and other salient issues in the industry. What are your views on the current state of the Nigeria’s aviation industry in terms of infrastructure development? First of all, I must commend the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for what he is doing. I commend him for his efforts in terms of concessioning of the facilities at the nation’s airports. This is a step in the right direction. The major challenge we are facing in the sector, which I think we can overcome is that if we privatized 80% of the aviation industry and put it in the hands of private operators, it will...
Hon Adamu Kamale represents Madagali/ Michika federal constituency of Adamawa State in the National Assembly. In this interview with PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, the outspoken and vibrant lawmaker speaks on his reasons for leaving the PDP for the APC, his commitment to his constituency and bares his mind on national issues. the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), what informed this decision? As you rightly said, I was elected into the House of Representatives in 2015 on the platform of the PDP. If you can remember very well, the PDP fielded candidates for all the positions - state house of assembly, House of Representatives, senatorial, governorship and presidential election. However, based on the decision of the people, I was the only member of the three house of representatives who emerged as winner on the platform of the PDP. Surface it to say that was my third election on...