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May 27, 2018

Boko Haram welcomes Buhari with more Bomb Blasts

  The speculations in several quarters that the election of Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim, as the new President of Nigeria, would appease Boko Haram Islamic terrorists, do not seem to hold water. After President Buhari was inaugurated in Abuja, May 29, the fundamentalists ushered him in with a bomb blast along Gomari Airport Ward of Maiduguri, killing 11 people. Media reports show that the next day, May 30, the Islamists attacked a mosque along the popular Yan Kwali area of Maiduguri, killing unspecified number of people. At least seven people died and 12 injured hours before Buhari’s inauguration on May…

Insecurity: Archbishop of Canterbury meets Jonathan in Aso Rock

President Goodluck Jonathan met with the head of the Anglican Church worldwide and Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt. Rev. Justin Welby at the presidential villa behind closed doors. The cleric was at the villa to condole with the President and Nigerians over continued terrorist attacks perpetrated by members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect. Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Welby said: “The bombing in Jos was deeply disheartening because I know Jos very well.  I came to pray with His Excellency and express our condolence for the losses”. The visit of the Anglican head is coming days after…

Soyinka speaks on the recent security threats in Nigeria, says Nigeria needs competent leaders

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka disclosed that Nigeria needed competent leaders to man the affairs and face the security challenges of the country. He said this in Osogbo on Monday 14th April at a colloquium by Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding – CBCIU where he was a guest speaker on Fundamental Imperatives of Cohabitation, Faith and Secularism organized by the group.   Soyinka maintained that the security challenges of Nigeria could not be solved by prayers but by effective leadership by strong leaders who deal with situations like insecurity without partisanship. He continued that Boko Haram insurgency should…

After A Century of Fear And Insecurity; What Next? (2)

Mostly, political intrigues of the North throughout the period president Yar’adua was sick and his subsequent death on 5th May 2010, showed that the north are unwilling to relinquish power to the South. As soon as Goodluck was sworn in as executive president, the ill-will became worse. The incessant bomb blast and killings of hundreds of Nigerians by the same faceless Boko Haram are ways of venting their anger. They want Goodluck to resign out of fear and frustration; or even die so that the 2nd in authority- their own person will take over (thanks for Sambo’s understanding.) Meanwhile, the…

Christmas: Pope prays for end to conflict in Nigeria, South Sudan, others

Pope Francis has called for dialogue to end all conflicts and wars, as he celebrated his first Christmas as a Pope last Wednesday.   The Time Person of the Year, said everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers. He also prayed for a ‘favourable outcome’ to the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, and called for dialogue to end the conflicts in Nigeria, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.   Nigeria is battling the Boko Haram insurgency, which has ravaged parts of the North East, with occasional incursions in other parts of North Central.   Speaking to…

Fulani Herdsmen, Security Threats in Igboland – Imo Lawmakers

The members of Imo State House of Assembly have expressed concern over what they described as the growing menace of  Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in the state. Already, the Donatus Ozoemena-led ad-hoc committee has sent what it called “a clarion call” to the security agencies in the state, complaining about “the menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in Imo State.” The committee said: “We wish to bring to your notice the brewing tension in some of our communities, which require urgent and concerted effort to stem and avoid an imminent conflagration that will further compound the already charged national security situation.” Ozoemena, who is…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (7)

As October 1 draws near

CAUSES OF INSINCERITY IN MARRIAGE Many couples today have different reasons why they tell lies to each other. Some may see these reasons as justifiable while others do it merely to play smart. In the words of Thomas Pazhayampallil, “Modern society presents special challenges to the young. At every turn they are enticed by a concept of human freedom that is really slavery, by a relativism that robs them of the truth, and by a materialism and pragmatism that can rob them of their very souls” (Pazhayampallil, T., Words of Eternal Life, vol.1, p. 1003). Our concern here is primarily…

RE: ROCHAS OKOROCHA MUST HEAR THIS

I read with amplified interest the story of one Dr. James Madubuonu, said not to be real names, as submitted by one Dr. John Onwukwe on page 3 of The Leader of June 30, 2013, who had tried severally to meet with Owelle Rochas Okorocha on an issue of urgent importance for about two years but was bureaucratically prevented by his aides. This is really very sad especially since the person to be seen is a public servant who should be accessible to people. The situation becomes more sad when considered that the individual seeking to have audience with the…

Rochas Okorocha must hear this

One Dr. James Madubuonu, not real name has made very frantic efforts these years to see Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Governor Imo State, to help solve the most important problem facing the state but his aides have made it impossible for them to meet. The said citizen is a lawyer by profession specialized in security matters for 43 years in the U.S. but those who think that they matter so much feel that insecurity is not a problem in Imo State. This man, being a citizen of Nigeria feels that charity begins at home that is why he chose Imo State…

Auto crash: Why Okorocha was not treated in Government hospital

Insecurity and protracted labour dispute between the State Government and staff of the Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH), were reasons why Governor Rochas Okorocha was not taken to the hospital for treatments when he was involved in an auto crash recently. Okorocha’s vehicle had head-on collision with another vehicle belonging to one Osita Nnawuihe on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Umuoma, Orlu, while driving himself without the usual outriders and government house ambulance. Daily Sun learnt that the governor was rushed to St. Mary’s Children and Community Hospital, Umuowa where he received first aid, while Nnawuihe was taken to…

Insecurity: States to fight crime with helicopters – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to give one helicopter to each state of the federation to enable them to tackle insecurity, especially armed robbery, insurgency and kidnapping. He said the reason his government was investing in air power for the Nigeria police, was to ensure it became a thing of the past, a scenario where armed robbers took over a state and operated for hours without any challenge from the police. The President made the charge at the ceremonial parade marking the 2013 police week celebrations at the Eagle Square, Abuja.  Jonathan who rewarded 17 deserving police officers including two…