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Igbo Governors at War: Anambra, problem of Ndigbo – Okorocha



-You’re a rabble rouser – Obi

obi vs rochasThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, slammed political leaders from Anambra State, accusing them of playing cash and carry politics, which had sabotaged the efforts of Ndigbo in achieving the age-long ambition of producing the President of the nation.

Okorocha stated this at the inauguration of the South-East interim executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Ahiajioku centre in Owerri, Imo State capital recently.

He lamented that some politicians from Anambra State were prepared to collect money and contract to sabotage the efforts of the zone, adding that such mentality must be discarded, if Ndigbo is determined to achieve its political aspiration.

The Sun newspaper quotes him as saying: “Anambra is the major problem of Ndigbo.  Every election, the leaders from Anambra State will go behind the zone and collect money and contract from the Federal Government and sell out Ndigbo for their selfish ends.  But we must resist them now”.

Governor Okorocha further pointed out that it was lack of cooperation between Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr. Alex Ekwueme that denied Ndigbo the golden opportunity of producing the president of the country in 1999.

The governor assured that APC would champion the needed change and put an end to cash and carry politics.  According to him, Ndigbo must produce either the president or the Vice-President in 2015 on the platform of APC.  His position was predicated on the calculation that neither the South-West nor South-South will produce President or Vice-President in the next election.  He therefore urged Ndigbo to work together for the unity of the Igbo race to avoid the experience of the past.  “In APC, Ndigbo must produce either the Vice-President or the President or the other way round in 2015.  But we must be united to achieve this.  We must work together as a crop of new leaders to move Ndigbo forward unlike what happened in the past when Igbo leaders were not united”.

He said APC would take-over the leadership of the House of Representatives soon.  In readiness for the wind of change, Okorocha advised the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, to move over to the party in order to retain his position.

“I have advised my brother, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, .to move and join the APC to retain his position for Ndigbo.  I have said it and I will continue to say that APC is the best option for Ndigbo and we must embrace it”, Okorocha added.

But in a swift reaction, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Obi, Mr. Mike Udah, in a statement, described Governor Okorocha as “a rabble rouser, an ingrate and one so arrogant, who has no respect for senior citizens.

“Okorocha’s utterances smack of sheer arrogance.  They emanate from an over-ambitious rabble rouser, who easily gets carried away any moment he is handed a microphone.  The Imo State Governor is desperate to become the next Igbo president or vice president of Nigeria.  This is simply the reason he abandoned the Al Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) through which he recorded his first electoral victory since he started jumping from pillar to post over the years.

“His desperation did not allow him to realize that he was made by Governor Peter Obi and Chief Victor Umeh, who are both chieftains of APGA.  It is laughable.  In fact, unfathomable that a man could bite the finger that fed him without qualms.

“Such attitude could only come from Okorocha who betrayed Chief Martin Agbaso on whose back he rode to the Imo State Government House and slammed his younger brother and former deputy governor, Jude Agbaso.  Okorocha’s victims are legion.  They include the church, mothers and children upon whom his Abortion Bill would have dealt a crushing blow and so many others.

“Okorocha has no moral ground to talk about unity among Ndigbo.  Is he united with Emeka Ihedioha who, with a whiff of recklessness, he has advised to join the APC simply because he is already jittery that the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives would chase him away from Douglas House, Owerri in 2015?”

THE LEADER learnt that chastisement by Gov. Okorocha may not be unconnected with the  defeat of APC candidate, Senator Chris Ngige in the recent gubernatorial election in Anambra State.  Governor Okorocha who defected from APGA to APC was a staunch supporter of Ngige.  The defeat of the senator by virtually unknown APGA candidate, Chief Willy Obiano did not go down well with Governor Okorocha and his APC party.  The fear being that if other Igbo states tow the line of Anambra, he (Rochas) would not be able to deliver the South-East to APC  as he had promised.


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  1. Pope

    July 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Let leave rochas alone. He z an hausa idiot. A boko haramist. Who dnt do any thing than to slip with people’s wife. Rochas are you now the vice president of this zoological republic. Fool! My brothers let us fight this people. They have successeded in sending their boko haram members to anambara to kil us all.we can never be one with the north and west. It is the oil that is hoiding the wickd generation. People whoes religion legalised killing. Are they not demons of the highest order? An illitrate rulin a nation. What do u expect from him if not to sell d nation to his muslim brothers. He is a boko haramist. Infact their leader. He founded the group my fellow biafran brothers. Let us be wise and fight this monkeys nd baboons

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike



Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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