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August 14, 2018

2015: JEGA’S CALCULUS AND THE MATRIX OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION (2)

DISTRIBUTION OF INEC’s NEW POLLING UNITS Proposed 30,000 polling Units North                 = 21,615 South                   = 8412   Zonal Breakdown North West          =7906 North East            =5291 North central       =6318 FCT                     = 1200 South west           = 4160 South south         = 3087 South East            = 1167     According to him, the development has given an average voter density of 590 persons per polling unit. The INEC chairman stated that the commission arrived at the units it distributed from the 150, 000 by dividing the total number of registered voters a state has by 500 which is the commission’s approved number of voters…

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2015: JEGA’S CALCULUS AND THE MATRIX OF IGBO MARGINALIZATION

In the words of Haile Selassie, “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who could have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” These words strikes a responsive chord in the backdrop of the recent creation of over 30000 polling units by the INEC chairman Attahiru  Jega, in a move seen by many as calculated to give unfair advantage to the North in the next presidential election and the seemly silence of the south east,…

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DID GOVERNOR OKOROCHA ABOLISH THE TOWN UNIONS? (2)

Under law No 6 of 2006, law, there are proactive provisions regulating the Town union, its registrations with the local government Areas and procedures for the amendment of its constitutions which cannot be amended except with the approval of the local government and or subject to regulations and guidelines for its amendments and these provisions have not been amended or deleted. It is therefore clear that the town Union system has not been abolished but integrated into the CGC as a component Unit of its governments and remains as its Parliament where issues are deliberated. However it can no longer…

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DID GOVERNOR OKOROCHA ABOLISH THE TOWN UNIONS?

The Town union in Igbo land is a legacy of our historical evolution and the dynamic leadership of our people who put community development above personal interests. It arose from the relative isolation of the rural communities from the socio economic grid of regional government of Eastern Nigeria and the apparent neglect of the grass roots by successive administrations which concentrated on the development of the regional capital and sub regional provinces to the detriment of the rural communities. The Igbo in their various migrations contributed to the development of their towns through the development of self help infrastructures competitively….

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KANO: HISTORY, PEOPLES, POLITICS, AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS RELIGIOUS UPRISINGS ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE NIGERIAN STATE (5)

And or initiate the promotion of greater port Harcourt encompassing  adjoining Igbo lands and  the seaport of Abia as the commercial capital of Nigeria under a federal minster of commercial capital territory for appropriate development to arrest the drift to the north and leave Muslim lands for Muslims. The west have Lagos, the North Abuja, the East should have the commercial capital with over five ports to service the nation.   The federal Government must return to Kano with a study group. A solution to the religious upheavals of Kano may help to find a solution to the need for…

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KANO: HISTORY, PEOPLES, POLITICS, AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS RELIGIOUS UPRISINGS ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE NIGERIAN STATE (4)

The goal of Northern Muslims is full implementation of sharia which I do not disagree with if it does not undermine the development of Christianity and rights of religious and political minorities   in the North and it is restricted to Muslim lands and ; (1) If it is implemented in Muslim communities only and Muslims do not demand it is implementation in Christian communities (2) it is accommodated by a legal and constitutional framework which the constitution presently denies them nonetheless, under section 10 of the 1999 constitution on the prohibition of state religion which provides: ‘The government of the…

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KANO: HISTORY, PEOPLES, POLITICS, AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS RELIGIOUS UPRISINGS ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE NIGERIAN STATE (3)

  One of the major reasons for this is because of their self serving leadership which is mainly, leaden and corrupt and more importantly because of their rugged individualism. In fact their leadership in Kano came out in fear of victimizations, further attacks or losses to their properties, and undermined public concern and inquiries about the hasty mass burials of the Igbo killed in the Sabon gari Motor park bomb blasts without the permissions of their families, by the Kano state government and  without the verification of their identifications, and or their numbers and without due process or public inquiries…

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KANO: HISTORY, PEOPLES, POLITICS, AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS RELIGIOUS UPRISINGS ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE NIGERIAN STATE (2)

The districts created by the British are as follows;(1)The Birni  occupied by the Hausa Fulani kanawa hegemony under the city walls who refused to acknowledge British rule until it became difficult to ignore. This area was exclusively reserved for them and Christians were not permitted to live in this district by the British apartheid Policy. The British also created the Sabon gari for the Christians in 1911 for two primary reasons, to prevent cultural shocks and to prevent the Christians who were far better educated from corrupting the indigenous peoples to resist British rule. One of the ways the British…

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KANO: HISTORY, PEOPLES, POLITICS, AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF ITS RELIGIOUS UPRISINGS ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE NIGERIAN STATE

Introduction Kano state as we know it did not develop into a modern State by accident rather, evolved through varied historical events which makes it the largest city in Nigeria, larger in size than many African countries. It was the centre of commerce in the sub Saharan trade which opened its doors to Islamic Scholars from North Africa, Ghana, Mali, and the Arab World. It became the centre of Islamic worship and the forces of Islam. The Almajirai, or Child scholars were part of that legacy in a bygone era who attended to koranic studies and were viewed with great…

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An Extemporaneous Overview of Imo State Agricultural Policies and Development

The Imo state government has made important achievements under Chief Rochas Okorocha in many fields including education and infrastructural developments but agriculture is not one of them. It has lagged behind because of its poor policy designs, errors and complicated land use policy or lack of one. Agriculture has remained poorly funded and managed more especially in the development of poultry, and animal husbandry Imo state is nonetheless in the process of formulating a comprehensive agricultural policy, it seems or has it developed any? Although, the government has made laudable pronouncements and proactive initiatives towards food security and the meaningful…

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Oaths Taking Under Native Arbitration And Its Religious And Legal Implications

“Society is always in a mercurial state of Flux” says, Mike Ikhariale, a professor of constitutional law in a Classroom lecture, decades ago. I have since learnt that this insight is universal although outside the Classroom, some things remain the same. One of those phenomenon that has refused to change or go away is our native arbitrations system which remains pagan and unchallenged in spite of the fact that the law provides that customary laws and indeed customs in our realm can only apply subject to the condition, that they are not repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience…

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DEATH AND TAXES (3)

WHY FEMALE CHILDREN UNDER IGBO CUSTOMARY LAW CANNOT BE EXCLUDED FROM INHERITING THEIR FATHERS ESTATE The Supreme Court on Friday, the 13th day of April 2014 made a landmark decision which reaffirmed its earlier decisions concerning the rights of females to inheritances in the case of Mrs. Lois Chituru Ukeji Vs Mrs. Ada Ukeje. The lead Judgment was delivered by Bode Rhodes Vivour. The facts of the case are that one Mr. Lazarus Ukeje from Umuahia who migrated to Lagos and spent most of his life there, died intestate. The 1st appellant married the deceased in 1956 and they had…

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DEATH AND TAXES (2)

Solution The government and the leadership of the various autonomous communities should rise above their customary myopia and be each others keeper. The church should understand that  without the people, the goal of salvation turns awry. The idea of doubling dues must be discontinued forthwith by appropriate government intervention and resolution of religious and community institutions concerned. The primary purpose of the churches in their ecclesiastical and eschatological dispositions is directed towards the salvation of souls and if because of the dead poor you force the living out of the Church, how can the Church be justified? The church should…

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DEATH AND TAXES (1)

Death, what is it?  Answer:  It is the end of life as we know it. In law, death Occurs when life comes to an end. Often this is determined by the cessation of brain functions or respiration. Death is formally certified by the issuance of a death certificate by a doctor. One of the implications of a certification is that the deceased now known as a corpse, cadaver, or human remains ceases to have a legal personality. It cannot sue or be sued but only in exceptional circumstances can a relative sue on account of the indignities against the human…

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An inquiry into the legal processes for the creation of Autonomous Communities and the selection, appointment, installation, recognition and removal of traditional rulers in Imo state (2)

The general provisions of this law appear to embattle and derogate on the institutions of traditional rule in the state in many ways. Most importantly, it refers to the selection of a traditional ruler as an appointment which in my view is denigrating of such a highly esteemed institution of Igbo civilization and culture. This lack of respect seemly has impacted negatively on the institutions of traditional governance in the state with grave consequences. In my view there can only be a selection, installation and recognition of a traditional ruler in that Order. The term appointment implies a degree of…

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An Inquiry into the Legal Processes for the Creation of Autonomous Communities and the Selection, Appointment, Installation, Recognition and Removal of Traditional Rulers in Imo State

The Imo State Government had set up a judicial panel in 2013 to look into the creation of autonomous communities and recognition of traditional rulers in the state with a view to establishing sub colore juris whether they met the requirements for their creation and recognitions under the law in force at the time of their creation. These are requirements the government ought to have satisfied itself before granting recognition in the first place! In particular, they were to look into chieftaincy disputes and serious acts of misconduct against traditional rulers. Indeed the task of this panel is onerous and…

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AN OVERVIEW OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HOMICIDE IN NIGERIAN MARRIAGES

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Many marriages are falling apart in Nigeria not necessarily because the brides are not beautiful enough but more because of intolerance, impatience, incompatibility and financial constraints. In fact the greatest obstacle to marital success remains financial constraints, compounded by the over dependability of either of the spouse on the other. We are all human beings and there is a level of tolerance beyond which the marriage begins to crack and fall apart irreversibly. However, because of the social stigmatization associated with failed marriages, some women have remained attached to the marriage even where none exists anymore, hoping…

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Land Use Policy And Development Control: A Look At Imo State Ministry Of Lands And Owerri Capital Development Authority

INTRODUCTION A Lot of complaints has been made by members of the public against the ministry of lands and particularly against the Owerri capital development Authority. However since the appointment of Hon Uche Nwosu, a lot of Checks and balances and or reforms has taken place and somehow public confidence has been restored gradually in the system as it tries to reform itself. For the first time however, Hon Uche Nwosu has made a professional Estate surveyor who is accessible and intellectually compliant, a Director of Lands. Also in the Department of Deeds, The government Certification and documentation of Title…

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Have you been wrongfully terminated or dismissed?

I came across an interesting and accepted definition of a gentleman under English Customs and usage. It means a Man of high social Status who does not have to earn a living. Who does not have to earn a living these days? These days, the definition of a gentleman accommodates any person of appropriate breeding and learning and has little to do with his being a member of the gentry or his financial status. Thus we all have to earn a living being gentle men of modern accommodation. It does not matter whether your father is the local butcher or…

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The General Principles of Defamation (1)

Every human being has a character which helps to shape his reputation in his community. To Bill Clinton, former United States president, character is everything. It defines the individual, his integrity or lack of one. It shapes the view of reasonable people in the community about a person or company. In our African communities, the truth is often the first casualty in any discourse and a person’s character often impinged on by his kinsmen who are hostile to his progress. Many young ladies have not married today because of vicious slander behind their backs and many young men have no…

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