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May 21, 2018

Okorocha’s bizarre gift

  I am still trying to figure out the moral lesson behind Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s gift of N2 million to the winner of the just-concluded reality television programme Big Brother Nigeria (BBN). Okorocha also pledged that the BBN winner would receive a plot of land in any part of the state to facilitate construction of his own house. When people say we have lost our values in Nigeria, Okorocha has given us one reason to agree with that statement. By honouring the BBN winner and another contestant, Okorocha has devalued hard work and rewarded laziness. What he has…

Confusion in Imo Assembly …As Speaker removes Majority leader

lugard osuji

  The Imo State House of Assembly witnessed a rowdy session on Thursday during its plenary when Speaker Acho Ihim announced, after the motion for adjournment, the removal of the House Majority leader, Hon. Uche Oguwuike, representing Ikeduru constituency, and promptly replaced him with former majority leader, Lugard Osuji of Owerri Municipal. The Speaker had announced the change while members of the House were about leaving the legislative Chamber. The new majority leader was sacked last year by the House over alleged inefficiency in the discharge of his duties. The removal of Ogwuike did not go down well with some…

Sycophancy as the politician’s albatross

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  INTRODUCTION The political drums are officially rolled out with the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the Presidential post in 2019. Buhari won the Presidential race in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The APC was dexterously put together by the sheer ingenuity of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.   The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that boasted as having no rival in the continent of Africa further proclaimed that it would rule Nigeria for 60 years. The APC pulled the carpet from under its feet and it went crashing after 16 years of near inglorious reign….

Yakubu Gowon: Nigeria’s prayer warrior

  Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon is on a nationwide prayer tour. Last week his caravan made a brief stop-over in Owerri, Imo State, where the man met with Governor Rochas Okorocha. Gowon said he was consumed by grief over mass murders of innocent citizens carried out by Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, and armed groups across the country. There is something unsettling and cowardly about what Gowon said when he met Okorocha. He said massacres of innocent people by herdsmen and Boko Haram militants could only be solved through prayers. It is through prayers, he said, that God…

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…

Imo Development Levy: Town Unions cry out

  The Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU) has pleaded with Governor Rochas Okorocha not to squeeze the life out of Imolites by further imposing a development levy, on hungry stomachs. On April 3, 2018, Governor Okorocha wrote to all traditional rulers, asking each of them to raise N6, 000, 000 (six million Naira) from his community as development levy. This amounts to N3,000 (three thousand naira) each for 2,000 adults. The Governor warned that any traditional ruler unable to pay would lose his office and also have his autonomous community merged with another. However, town unions, in a…

Tears, agony in Owerri again

- Commuters scrambling to enter one of the few cars available at Owerri Metropolis Thursday - (Inset) Stranded passengers along a major road in Owerri (Pix: innonews.com)

  Pain and misery can only capture the mood in Owerri the Imo state Capital, and No words can better describe the agonizing business environment, since the past two weeks, than fear, anxiety and harassment. This follows government’s insistence on enforcement of its order on relocation of businesses from major roads close to demolished Ekeukwu market to designated markets in satellite towns. The situation has been worsened by the ban of certain classes of commercial vehicles from entering the metropolis. While the business community and artisans complain that the markets they are directed to relocate to have not been completed…

The lies against Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri by Engr. Obinna Nshirim

Engr Obinna Nshirim

  We understand that there are public officers who must become praise singers and sycophants of Governor Rochas Okorochas Government to keep their jobs. Engr. Obinna Nshirim is one of them. We are not really worried about his sycophancy; if that is the only trade he needs to feed his family. Our concern is telling lies and rubbishing the image of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and the Archdiocese just to retain his job. Engr Nshirim, Adviser to Governor Rochas on Public Affairs and Enlightenment was a guest at Hot. 99.5 FM Radio Owerri on Wednesday March 14, 2018 during…

Imo Guber: We’ll resist imposition of Okorocha’s Son-inlaw – Ex-Governor Udenwa

  Former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa has called on the people of Imo State to resist the imposition of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son in-law, Mr Uche Nwosu on the state. He made the call in an interview he granted Willy Eya of Saturday Sun newspaper (March 24, 2018)   Excerpts: You were governor of Imo for eight years and your state has been in the news for many controversial reasons. The most recent is the endorsement of the Imo government Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, by Governor Rochas Okorocha. As a son in-law to the governor, his…

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…

Archbishop Obinna’s Stand Remains same

… praying for Imo State As the spiritual head of the Archdiocese of Owerri, His Grace Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna wears the people’s shoe and knows where it pinches. He can, therefore, talk on issues affecting the people because he knows and understands them. Politics is one of them and in Nigeria where it tends to control everything; it will be remiss of the Archbishop to keep quiet, especially when things go wrong. The Archbishop is mandated to teach, preach and admonish as situation demands, without fear or favour. Archbishop Obinna has also ever been vocal, not minding who misunderstands,…

Gov Okorocha threatens Archbishop Obinna

  ….We’ll not handle him with Kid gloves – Okorocha The Catholic Church will not bury its head in the sand like an Ostrich while things go wrong in Imo State, no matter the volume of threat and intimidation. But the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has vowed to hold Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha responsible, if anything happens to His Grace Archbishop Anthony Obinna, or any of those working with him. This follows an inciting press conference held last week, in Abuja, at the Imo State Liaison Office, where two representatives of Governor Okorocha declared war on the Archbishop and the…

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…

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…

Archbishop Obinna Condemns nepotism, family succession in Imo

  … Talks tough on PVC In the wake of bad governance and nepotism that have become the order of the day in Imo State under Governor Rochas Okorocha  led administration and worsened by the news making the rounds that the governor is planning to plant or impose his son in-law, Hon Uche Nwosu as governor in Imo State come 2019, the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has urged Christians in general and Catholics in particular to go and get their PVCs (Personal Voters Card). The Archbishop made this call at…

Okorocha lists qualities of his successor

Rochas and Uche Nwosu

… Promises to build more statues … Cancels 3-day work policy Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has said anybody who is going to succeed him as governor, must not be proud, arrogant vindictive, greedy and narrow minded or clannish. He reiterated that he “will not support the aspiration of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as the governor of the state in 2019. He also ruled out the possibilities of his immediate predecessor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim succeeding him because “if he is re-elected, his mission would be for vengeance.” Okorocha, who stated this yesterday during an interactive session with newsmen in the state…

Govt to revoke undeveloped lands at Owerri Industrial Layout – Gov. Okorocha

  . We can’t access our factories due to bad roads – Industrialists Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, said the state government would revoke titles to all unused lands, especially those at the Industrial Layouts where people acquired lands and kept them for years without developing them, while waiting to sell them at very exorbitant prices. The governor said this when members of the Owerri Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture visited him at the Government House, Owerri, Thursday February 1. “I have ordered that all unutilized sites of manufacturing at the Onitsha Road Industrial Area be revoked, the…

Count me Out on Assumpta Avenue Rename, Am not Interested …President Buhari

Assumpta-Avenue

  Renaming the famous Assumpta Avenue as a political stunt and for political gain didn’t work after all.  The President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from the whole fiasco, and says he is not interested. A couple of weeks ago, the Imo State government in a move that shocked Catholics and Imolites renamed the stretch of road from the Control post roundabout to the government house roundabout from its original name, Assumpta Avenue to Muhammadu Buhari Road.      This was a decision that outraged the public who have over the years known this road as synonymous with the Maria…

UPP chieftain decries policy summersault in Imo” – Calls for e-voting in 2019

  After reflecting on the way and manner Governor Rochas Okorocha is running Imo State, especially the recent appointment of a whopping 29 commissioners, a chieftain of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chris Ejike Uche has described the governor’s action as “flight of reason and policy summersault.” In a Press Release issued in Owerri, Chief Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa) recalled that earlier in the administration of Governor Okorocha, he reduced the number of ministries from 16 to 13. “The argument then was that there was need to embark on maximum fund reservation. That sounded reasonable then even though recession had…

Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson: What a Nonsense!

Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson

  Every society honours its heroes and chooses which of them to immortalize as public monuments. Such iconic personalities are historic figures who have made indelible footprints in various fields of human endeavor, such as , pioneering scientific discoveries, bringing about landmark changes or overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, or making some political impact on the society. This explains the reason in every part of the world, including Africa, the United States and Europe, some public places are adorned with the statues of personalities such as: Albert Einstein, the great physicist, Wiston Churchill –  the great British  Leader, Queen Victoria, William…