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Pathetic: How medical doctor died on the way to his wedding

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Dr. Chidiebere Emmanuel

Dr. Chidiebere Emmanuel

At 28 years of age, Chidiebere Emmanuel Nwanja, a medical doctor, had had enough of bachelorhood.  So, he proposed marriage to his sweet heart, Miss Celina Uzor, who is currently on her mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in Akwa Ibom State. The delectable lady accepted and his joy knew no bounds.  Both bride and groom are from Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Their traditional marriage rites, otherwise called Igbankwu was fixed for Monday, October 14, 2013 while the white wedding was billed for Tuesday, October 15 at the Presbyterian Church, Okposi Okwu.

Preparations for the ceremony began in earnest.  To start with, Chidiebere bought a Toyota Camry saloon car 2010 model.  Everything pointed to a colourful ceremony as defined by the content and character of the planning.  Indeed, the young doctor wanted to make a statement with his wedding, hence he did not spare any expense.

On October 10, Chidiebere left Kaduna where he was practicing for his hometown for the ceremony.  He was in company of his younger bother, Kelechi Nwanja and Mr. Ifeanyi, an indigene of Onicha Igboeze, who was supposed to play the role of best man.  While they journeyed, the bride and groom kept in touch via telephone.  In fact, Celina and about seven of her friends, the asebi girls, were already in town putting finishing touches to the programme.

The journey was smooth until they got to Udi in Enugu.  There, the unexpected happened.  They had a fatal accident in which the groom and his best man died on the spot.  Only Kelechi survived but he sustained serious injuries.  He is still in critical condition at the hospital.

Narrating the tragedy that befell the family, Chidiebere’s elder brother, Mr. Ndubuisi Nwanja, in an emotion laden voice said, “When I got the information that my brother was involved in an accident, I rushed to the place but before I got there, the police had already been there.  They took Kelechi to annunciation Hospital, a Catholic hospital, in Emene, Enugu and deposited the corpses of Chidiebere and Ifeanyi at a mortuary in Udi because the accident happened in Udi, at the bypass before Four Corner.  The following day, we went to the hospital to see the corpses”.

Ndubuisi said that the development devastated the family beyond measure because he was their bread winner.  His mother, in particular, has been in the valley of despair because he was the apple of her eyes.

He added that the family diverted the resources already earmarked for the marriage to the burial of the young medical doctor.  “The family met and decided to bury him immediately; we did not want to keep the corpse in the mortuary.  So, we went to the mortuary, took the corpse and buried.  The wake-keep held on October 14 while the burial took place on October 15.  His traditional marriage was supposed to hold on October 14 while the church wedding would take place on October 15, the day he was eventually buried.  We decided to use the things he bought for the traditional marriage and Church wedding for his burial.  He had already bought drinks and hired chairs, tables, canopies and musical groups and we decided to use these things he had paid for to bury him”, Ndubuisi explained.

It was gathered that on October 18, the family went to the accident scene to retrieve the car or what was left of it and personal effects.  There, the tale assumed a new twist.

A family source, who did not want his name in print, said: “We tried to bring the car out of the place it fell into but we could not.  So, we decided to axe the car into pieces there.  While we were at it, a commercial bus driver from Udi who operates between Enugu and Port Harcourt saw us and packed his vehicle.  He asked us if we are the relation of the doctor and we told him everything.  He said that he was the person that helped the police to bring the doctor out of the car but unfortunately, he was already dead.  He said that he was the one that removed his clothes and while removing the clothes he saw a huge sum of money that he was coming back with and he handed everything over to the police.  But the police did not even make mention of the money, let alone release it to us.  They only gave us the luggage he was coming back with.  They didn’t tell us that there was any money involved”.

It was gathered that the family had gone to the police station at Udi with a view to recovering the money but to no avail, as policemen there claimed to be unaware of the money.  The eye witness, who even described the policemen he saw at the accident scene is however afraid to come out openly because he lives in Udi.

The family is, therefore, appealing to the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to compel the policemen in Udi to release the money in question to them.  “We are appealing to the Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar to compel the policemen in Udi to give us the money so that we can offset the huge medical bills of our brother who is still in the hospital.  What the policemen in Udi are doing is evil; it is the height of man’s inhumanity to man.  It is wickedness of the highest order for the policemen with blood and water flowing in their veins to steal from the dead.  And whereby they refuse to return the money, all of them concerned will gnash their teeth in regret.  The spirit of the dead will haunt them forever”, a member of the deceased family said.

Ever since her heartthrob perished in the accident, Celina has remained inconsolable weeping everyday.  In fact, she has refused to return to her place of primary assignment in Akwa Ibom, seeking to be posted elsewhere.

“Since Chidiebere died, Celina has been a shadow of her old self.  Always drenched in sweat, she keeps to herself, sometimes muttering to herself.  And she has refused to return to her station.  She paints a pitiable picture”, volunteered a family member.

 

(Culled from The Sun)

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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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

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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

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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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