By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja The United Nation’s prediction that 2019 elections in Nigeria will be credible and violent free is yet another indication of the world’s confidence in Nigeria’s current administration according to the presidency. Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, a day after a United Nations representative made the prediction in a Channels TV interview, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, expressed pleasure at the world body’s accurate observation of the trends in President Buhari’s government, which could only lead down the path of free and fair elections come 2019. “The Buhari government doesn’t believe in cheap propaganda,” he said. “It’s not about responding to the attacks, false allegations and insinuations of the PDP or of the still very active media machinery of the previous government. We believe in taking active steps to ensure that the future of Nigeria is better than it...

Murder, Destruction In Benue Communities

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...

As Global Scenarios Change, Oil Is Dying

By Bisi Daniels It may be an assault on sensibilities to insinuate that Nigerians will have to drink their oceans of oil, as it may be unscientific to suggest that the resource will dry up soon. But the alarm bells are ringing loudly as the world increasingly turns away from oil. Oil is dying! The rate at which major oil consuming countries are setting deadlines for the use of the commodity spells doom for any oil economy. And indeed Nigeria! Sooner than later we would be asking ourselves what we did with all that oil. A very expressive analyst puts it this way: “They say life is not fair, but God is fair. He compensated the Arabs for the harsh desert conditions with abundant oil resources, and evidently they have used it well, but why did He give Nigeria so much oil and gas?” That may be a special favour to the country, but...
BY AHURAKA ISAH and chibuzo ukaibe, Abuja Nigerians of the Igbo extraction rank among tribes with the highest participation in the ongoing registration and collection of the national identity cards and international passports in the last three months,journalists Sunday investigations have revealed. This is despite the growing agitation for secession by the Indigenous people of biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu and their sponsors who are pushing for the sovereign state of biafra. Undaunted by the quit notice issued those of them living in the North by the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups which was withdrawn last Thursday, the Igbos still acquire these items of national identity belonging to the federal republic of Nigeria. This ostensibly gives credence to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration in his nationwide broadcast last Monday that the unity of the country is settled and not negotiable. It was learnt that Igbos residing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) go to...
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 Blessing Bature, Abuja The level of photocopying and downloads going on in Nigerian tertiary institutions is significantly high. There is need therefore for a system through which authors and publishers would be adequately compensated for their works. This was the position of the National Working Group of Reproduction Rights Societies of Nigeria (REPRONIG), as they rose from a two-day meeting on the copyright licensing in tertiary institutions. Incorporated in the year 2000, REPRONIG is an umbrella body of various copyright owners’ associations, including Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Academic and Non-fiction Authors Association of Nigeria (ANFAAN) and National Association of Translators and Interpreters (NATI). Others are Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) and Photographers Association of Nigeria (PAN). Representatives of these bodies had met in Abuja to strategize on the implementation of licensing for copyright reproduction in Nigerian higher institutions. In fact, the major focus of the two-day...
By RICHARD NDOMA, Calabar Operators of Peace Mass Transport Corporation has concluded arrangement to drag the Cross River State Police Command to court for allegedly arresting and detaining the Cross River State branch manager of the company, Mr. Musa Amodu,  who is still in police custody. Chairman/chief executive officer and managing director  of the corporation,  Dr. Sam Maduka, gave the ultimatum while raising the alarm on the detention and described it  as illegal and unlawful, stressing that the detention was barbaric. But in a swift reaction to the allegation, the Cross River State commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said he is not aware of the arrest and detention of Mr Amodu. Briefing journalists in Calabar yesterday on the issue in a telephone interview, the company’s chief executive stated that the only option put on the table before management of the company was to drag the police to court to enable the company...

Ndume And Fear Of Double Jeopardy

AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH writes that aside the possibility of a continuation of his suspension following the stay of execution filed by the Senate against the judgement of Justice Babatunde Quadri returned him to the Senate, Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly now faces a courtroom trial after that of Senate’s Ethics and Privileges Committee that found him guilty and punished him with 90 days suspension. Events which took place on the floor of senate on Wednesday November 16, 2017 gave credence to the belief that if the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was in the chamber the previous day, perhaps the Senate’s resolution that day to allow Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC Borno South) to resume because he has served out his suspension of 90 legislative days and not to prejudice recent court pronouncements could have been otherwise. Many senators especially those of northern extraction who felt it’s...

OGFZA’s Irrational War Against INTELS

By Peter Ibie  The ongoing travails of Integrated Logistics Services (INTELS) Nigeria Limited dramatizes the fact that the league of mediocre enjoys fighting top-notch achievers for unjustifiable reasons.  The newest actuator of these growth-retarding travails is the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA). OGFZA for hollow excuses has decided to wage a war of attrition against INTELS. To be candid, it is not surprising that in an environment governed by “pull-him-down syndrome”, INTELS is now a serial victim of fiendish policy attacks. The surprising element is the eagerness of public institutions to play the ignoble role of architects of economic misfortunes. OGFZA is aware that if INTELS prestigious niche in logistics service is dislocated, the lofty aspirations of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, 2010 will be jeopardized.  This spells economic woes for a nation in the throes of change. By this action, the economic fortunes of INTELS...
BY BAYO AMODU, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said she will never succumb to blackmail by some vested interests over her recent suspension of the embattled director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo. Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, Adeosun, who did not disclose the vested interests she claimed were blackmailing her, described Gwarzo’s claims   that his suspension was due to his refusal to stop the forensic audit of Oando Plc as baseless because she approved the audit of Oando. The minister also said the federal government had not ordered a halt to the investigation of Oando after Gwazo’s suspension, adding that  the point was also made clear to the new SEC leadership that the audit must continue. She wondered why some interests were trying to hang Gwarzo’s suspension on her opposition to the same audit which she approved. “This can be...