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July 16, 2018

Buhari’s buccaneers for 2019 Presidential election (1)

  All those, including the monarchs of the South-east of Nigeria, as reported in the media, who egg on President Muhammadu Buhari to run for the presidential seat in 2019 are his buccaneers. They are of divers categories. We shall treat them in three distinct categories. The monarchs are in the first. They are toothless bull-dogs. They can bark furiously. But they can’t bite. By their positions, they are not supposed to support any political party. Their utterances give considerable credence to the popular saying that Igbo enwegh eze. And by the way, their stools seek, strive, strain and stagger…

CAVEAT EMPTOR OF IMO STATE (APC) ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS STAKEHOLDERS FORUM

  TO FORESTALL FURTHER DEPLETION OF THE STATE’S ASSETS BY THE OUTGOING ADMINISTRATION OF CHIEF OWELLE ROCHAS OKOROCHA 1. We, the Stakeholders forum of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Imo State, worried by the growing economic hardship and burden presently inflicted on our people by the outgoing administration of Chief Rochas Okorocha in the state; 2. Disturbed by the unconscionable rate at which the commonwealth of Imo people is being dissipated by the conversion of government assets for personal gains, and settlement of family members and cronies alike, with no end in sight; 3. Alarmed at the State’s rising debt…

Those fighting me ‘ve no investment in Imo – Okorocha

Those fighting me have no investment in Imo – Okorocha

  Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said those fighting him for endorsing his Chief of Staff and son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as his successor in 2019 do not have any investment in the state. He also said the tenure of the state Chairman of the party. Dr Hilary Ekeh and his executive has ended as no congress took place in the state. Okorocha made the remarks on Tuesday, at the Government House during an interactive session with newsmen. The Sun newspaper quotes Governor Okorocha as saying: “Where are the investments of Senators Ifeanyi Araraume, Hope Uzodinma and Osita Izunaso in…

I’ll not leave APC for gold-diggers – Okorocha

  …You’re drowning man – Chris Anyanwu Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has vowed not to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC), for gold-diggers because no landlord leaves his house for unfaithful tenants, claiming to be one of the founders of APC in the state. He said when he took the mainstream of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to join the merger that gave birth to APC, he was not under any pressure to do so, adding that he even made the move at the risk of his second tenure as governor. Governor Okorocha, who said this in a…

APC Primaries: A Taste of the Pudding

  If a taste of the pudding is in the eating, in actuality, then we can say Nigerians have just tasted what is on the menu for the 2019, with the party primaries held by the ALL Progressive Congress (APC).  What the people now have to ask is who planned the menu? Is it all there is or more should be expected?   A better outing was expected from the ruling APC party, but what took place in the name of party primaries in the majority of states, is to say the least, disappointing.   Looking at what transpired, it…

Yesterday’s sinners, today’s saints

facts to know about APC and PDP

  Who are the PDP members that APC keeps referring to that looted the nation’s treasury for sixteen years? 20 former PDP governors are now in APC and many of them with corruption cases, but APC’s corruption fight “no reach their side.” Current APC Governors that migrated from PDP: 1. Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State was a PDP Senator. 2. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State served as FCT minister under the PDP. 3. Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State was a Former House of Representatives speaker under the PDP. 4. Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State was a…

Murder of two Catholic Priests and their Parishioners in Benue: When will this barbarism end? – Catholic Bishops

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week

  A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the wake of the murder of Two Priests and their Parishioners During the celebration of the Holy Mass, in Mbalom, Benue State.   We have received with deep shock, sorrow and utter horror, the gruesome, grisly and dastardly murder of two Catholic priests along with fifteen of their parishioners in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 24 April 2018. These innocent souls met their untimely death in the hands of a wicked and inhuman gang of the rampaging and murderous terrorists, who have turned the vast lands of…

Urban renewal or urban destruction?

urban renewal of owerri

  From all indications, urban renewal is a top priority in the Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration in Imo State. It is a laudable idea, and more so if in line with the original Owerri master plan. The master plan designed by Fingerhaut, a Swiss company, in 1976 envisages Owerri Capital Territory to be developed with the concept of a twin city. The area regarded as the Old Owerri, occupied mostly by indigenes of Owere Nchise, would continue to develop with motorable roads and streets, functional drainage system, regular electricity supply and pipe-borne water etc, while the development of a new…

Looters list, a welcome idea but…

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Any plan to name and shame all those who have brought Nigerians to their current level of poverty is a welcome idea. But a better plan is one which not only names the thieves but reclaims the loot and punishes the looters, to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians have heard so much about “how” their money was looted and actually is being looted, and “who and who” are looting it, but it makes no sense just to publish the names of a few. What is needed is a comprehensive list of looters, without respect for party affiliation,…

  Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

Bishop Kukah berates political class over primitive accumulation

  Says Buhari does not share in the suffering of the people The Catholic bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah has appealed to governors and other politicians to please abandon the spirit of selfish accumulation and embrace the principles of integrity and genuine service of our country. In his Easter  message titled: “Easter Message to Mr. President and all Nigerians”, Kukah said, the average age of Governors and Legislators across the country is 50. These are the years of dreams, maturity, sacrifice, patriotism and self-giving. But, sadly, they do not seem to be ready to depart from the…

Stop Pitting Catholic Church against APC 

  APC Chieftain warns Okorocha   THE Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has pleaded with Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha to stop pitting the Catholic Church against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and, by extension, President Muhammadu Buhari. Okechukwu said he was pained to read a report credited to the governor where he allegedly ‘dared, Archbishop Anthony Obinna, saying that the Catholic prelate cannot install an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as governor in Imo State in 2019. The APC chieftain urged the people of Imo State and Ndigbo worldwide not to take Okorocha as…

That Brazen Assault on Archbishop Obinna (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  Read previous – That brazen assault on Archbishop Obinna (1) OKOROCHA’S OPINION OF UCHE NWOSU When APC members from Owerri visited Governor Okorocha on Tuesday, February13,2018, His Excellency told them:”Whatever he [Uche Nwosu] tells you in the morning is what he will tell you in the evening. Uche Nwosu is hardworking and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud or arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. Despite the position he occupies you can’t see him quarreling with anybody or maltreating anybody. I have checked him in and out. I have not found him…

Dapchi: Boko Haram withholds Christian girl for refusing to convert to Islam

Leah Sharibu

… “I’m happy my daughter did not deny Christ” – Father Nata Sharibu, father of the only student of Federal Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State who is yet to be freed, says Boko Haram insurgents decided not to release his daughter because she refused to denounce Christ. A total of 110 students were abducted when Boko Haram terrorists raided the school on February 19, 2018. In a dramatic manner, the insurgents returned the girls to Dapchi on Wednesday, March 20. The media had earlier reported that Leah Sharibu did not make it back to Dapchi, apart from…

2019: APGA is the party to beat in Imo – Ike C. Ibe

  Former speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ike C. Ibe has said that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is the party to beat in the state, come 2019. Hon. Ibe, a governorship aspirant, said the increasing number of politicians decamping from both the ruling party and other political parties to APGA was a clear indication that Imo people have lost confidence in APC and PDP. At the last count, APGA has 15 governorship aspirants. The Obowo-born politician, who stated this during a media chat in Owerri condemned in strong terms NEPOTISM which he alleged is…

Archbishop Obinna Versus Uche Nwosu and Ugwumba Movement

– The untold part of the story My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, fellow priests, “Alter Christus”, what is this hullabaloo, this commotion, fuse, uproar over WHERE, WHAT and HOW the Archbishop performed just a little bit of his clerical function!! Where should the Archbishop have addressed his “sermon”, “homily” or “Statements”? At a political rally, in the market place or street corner? WHERE SHOULD IT BE? WHERE did Christ the Lord, the Master, the Teacher and our MENTOR make similar “speeches” those days? Not in their TEMPLES AND SYNAGOGUES? (our modern houses of prayer, nicely dedicated churches and mighty…

2019: We’ll resist rigging in Imo – PDP

  The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned that the era of rigging or writing fictitious results is over, stressing that the party will never allow that happen again. Chief Charles Ezekwem, Imo State Chairman of PDP gave this warning during a press briefing in Owerri, March 8. “We must ensure that the people’s will prevail contrary to the scheming and expectations of the APC,” he said. The PDP boss alleged that the APC in Imo State was working assiduously on how to subvert the will of Imolites in 2019 having become very unpopular because of its gross mal-administration and…

What Archbishop Obinna told Uche Nwosu

Rochas and Uche Nwosu

  His Grace Anthony Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri, has no apology for saying that Imo State needs a seasoned administrator to govern it and not Uche Nwosu. “What we need is a democratically elected Governor and not a handpicked successor”. The Archbishop also has no regrets in saying that Governor Okorocha cannot succeed himself and that pushing for his son-in-law, Ugwunba Uche Nwosu, to replace him is an indirect way of doing that, which is unacceptable. That was basically the beginning of what caused the fracas at a funeral mass at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Ngwoma, Saturday 3rd of…

Buhari to APC leaders: No shortcuts, congresses, primaries must hold

  President Muhammadu Buhari this week hosted top leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC at the Presidential villa in Abuja. He spoke on a wide of range of issues concerning the party. According to Buhari, “Now that INEC has come out with the timetable for elections in 2019, the party should prepare itself for congresses at A. Wards, B. Local Governments, C. States and D. Centre. “We should strictly follow the constitution of the Party in undertaking these party elections. We should ensure internal democracy and avoid short cuts and illegal manoeuvres which have characterized the opposition party with…

3 Principal Officers of Imo Assembly Resign

lugard osuji

  Three principal officers of the Imo House of Assembly on Tuesday in Owerri resigned their positions following alleged controversies surrounding the 2018 appropriation bill. The principal officers who resigned their positions are the Majority Leader, Lugard Osuji, his deputy, Kenneth Ibe and the Chief Whip of the House, Marcel Odunze, all of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Tendering their resignation, the former majority leader said the action was in the `collective interest’ of the assembly. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 17 of the 27 members of the assembly boycotted the plenary session and observed proceedings from…

Buhari Appoints Boss Mustapha as SGF

Buhari Appoints Boss Mustapha as SGF

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Mr. Mustapha will replace Babachir Lawal who was sacked on Monday. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said the sacking of Babachir follows the report of a three-man panel led by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that investigated some allegations levelled against him. The Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, who was also indicted by the panel was sacked. The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed…