BY  Somina Ibitari Reading a recent attack on the person of Dr Dakuku Adol Peterside, Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, by Governor Nyesom Wike, through a proxy, one Simeon Nwakudu, I felt obliged to render a voluntary duty, to state the facts in a simple, unambiguous manner, and next, leave the reader to the impartial judgment of the conscience. The style adopted herein presents both Peterside and Wike, their personalities, motives in the respective portfolios they hold, and then, testimonies about them in the public domain. I shall sum my argument to proving that Peterside is refined, responsible and an invaluable asset to Rivers State and Nigeria. On the other hand, the evidence I shall plead in my argument shall summarise Wike in his true person while that treatise, tried as the author, a political appointee of Wike and therefore beholding to him, might, to arm-twist truth,...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN ,Kaduna The apex northern sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has felicitated with Nigerians on the 57th independence anniversary of our country today but lamented that inspite of the years attained after independence, it is yet to realize full pottention and deliver on the expectations of its citizens. ACF in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim Biu noted that the journey over the years- considering our diversity and complexity-has been full of challenges in the areas of national security, peaceful coexistence, political and economic development. ACF further observed that our founding fathers laid a good foundation for a prosperous Nigeria but stressed however that the instability we witnessed in our polity, especially the military coups and the civil war, have affected and distorted our journey to a developed nation at 57. " Although Nigeria as a nation at 57 is yet to realize its full potential...
President Muhammadu Buhari (Right) and his guest, President Muhammadou Issoufou of Niger Republic, when President Issoufou paid him Sallah homage in Daura, Katsina State, yesterday.
. . . As el-Rufai faults current structure By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that the National Assembly is the only organ of government to restructure the country. This is as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism and Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai asserted that there are imbalances in the current federal arrangement in the country. These declarations where made when the members of the APC committee paid a courtesy call on the leadership of the House of Representatives. Addressing the committee, Dogara said “when the president talked about the National Assembly being the proper forum where the nation can be restructured, a lot of people objected, even senior advocates of Nigeria saying the president can do it. But the president cannot tinker with the provisions of the constitution. “I concur totally with him...
By CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos Incessant fire outbreaks has cost the national economy about N6 trillion in the last five years, with major cities like Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt , Abuja experiencing serious consequences of the scourge. The president of Fire Disaster Prevention and Safety Awareness Association of Nigeria, Badanga Ahmed Lamidi, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Sunday, said fire outbreaks in the country have become a perennial problem, with many reported cases happening at the federal state levels. Noting that the figure could be higher if there was operational Fire Statistics Database, Lamidi said, “However, our Association created a National Fire Statistics Databased launched in 2014 in partnership with Federal Fire Service but it is yet to be fully functional. “But so far, the country can be said to have lost an estimated N6trillion to different fire incidents across the country in the last five years. For instance, the...
House Call with ADEBIYI ADEDAPO The Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Public Petitions, Hon. Nkem Abonta Uzoma, like many other lawmakers, is not a media friendly politician. He treats journalists with disdain. A colleague who recounted his ordeal with Abonta last week said, "He doesn't like to talk to journalists; he once asked me to meet him in his office to clarify some issues following a telephone conversation, only for him to leave me at the reception of his office after waiting for a few hours. His secretary then advised me to leave, as it was obvious the man wasn't willing to receive me". The story is believable, as I have personally experienced a similar situation with the lawmaker representing Donga/Ussa/Takum/Special Area Federal Constituency of Taraba State, Hon. Rimande Shawulu and recently with the member representing Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte federal constituency, Hon. Igbokwe Raphael Nnanna. Also, Abonta's deliberate and direct...
Two brothers and their supporters in Ogobia and Ondo communities of Benue State ran amok for yet undetermined reason, shooting, killing and destroying in the communities. HEMBADOON ORSAR, who visited the scenes of the mayhem writes. There was bloodbath in Ogobia and Ondo communities in Benue State as two brothers: Ijachi Udeh and Ejeh Udeh who are low-level politicians along with their followers, launched an attack on the people of the two communities killing four, and leaving dozens with varying degrees of injuries. Our correspondent who visited the area gathered that those killed included Ebute Ugbo, a retired Major of the Nigerian Army, who was a former state chairman of PDP. Our correspondent gathered that the crisis was ignited by the two brothers: Ijachi Udeh and Ejeh Udeh following party differences their different political party leanings. Ijachi is said to be a member of the All Progressives Party (APC), while his brother, Ejeh...
bY ANDREW ESSIEN and OMONU YAX-NELSON, Abuja Amidst the ongoing agitations for restrcturing ahead of the 2019 general elections, former vice president and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of others who may not think, act or believe in what they do, saying the country’s diversity ought to be her strength and not otherwise. Atiku who was speaking yesterday in Abuja as the Chairman of the occasion at the formal presentation of the book, titled “Constitutional Misconception of Secularism: Implications for Politics and Religion” said first country’s national constitution carefully considered the diverse character as a nation and chose the secular path in order to accommodate the diversity and peaceful coexistence. Waziri Adamawa, who was represented by the former Speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, George Daika said: “Let me, however, use this opportunity to remind us all that...
By Audu Ogbeh - -   We need to change that narrative (Moving Nigeria forward in beef and dairy production) There is a saying among politicians that “war is too serious a thing to be left to soldiers.”  When I first heard it, I wondered what politicians had to do with war. But, what they were saying was that there are certain issues that shouldn’t be left to professionals alone. The issue of agriculture is not the business of the ministry or the ministries of agriculture or local governments alone. It actually belongs to the private sector. Today, we are dealing with the livestock sector as an industry, long forgotten and ignored by the various sub-sectors of the agriculture establishment. For nearly 30 years, we actually forgot agriculture. We abandoned food production to the peasant farmer in the village. And we expected him or her to feed us at very cheap prices. Today, we...
by Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Concerned about the spate of agitations across the country, the House of Representatives yesterday, resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to liaise with stakeholders in the six geopolitical zones on how best to restructure the country and sustain the unity of the nation. The resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion on matters of urgent importance on the unity of the nation moved by leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. The leader observed that different agitations across the country have led to divergent views on the structures upon which the unity of Nigeria rests. “These agitations have resulted into proscription of groups, loss of lives and judicial pronouncements.” According to Gbajabiamila, “Events of the last few weeks brought Nigeria close to the precipice but for the determination of Nigerians in their various show of commitment to the peace and unity of the country. Hence the...