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Ondo Rep offers N50m scholarship to 1000 students

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 3:33pm

A member of the House of Representatives from Ondo State, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has launched a N50 million scholarship scheme for 1000 indigent students, who are indigenes of Akoko area of the state. The lawmaker, representing Akoko North-East/North-West Federal Constituency, said the scheme was to assist the indigent students who were in tertiary institutions across


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Yola agog for Atiku

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 3:02pm

A mammoth crowd has turned out in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to welcome former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is returning to the state for the first time following his nomination as the presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for a second straight time. The arrival of the ex-VP was preceded by his


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Fulani group rejects Miyetti Allah’s comments on Obi

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:43pm

A Fulani professional group, Coalition of Fulbe Professionals in Africa, Monday, distanced itself from a statement credited to one Alhaji Alhasan Salah, said to be National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, embarking on a campaign of calumny against the 2023 presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi. The group described the move as “politically


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GPI trains 1,485 peer educators on anti-human trafficking in Edo

Nigerian Observer - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:35pm
 BENIN CITY -The Girls Power Initiative (GPI), an NGO said it trained 1,485 peer educators on anti-human trafficking in Edo Central and Edo North Senatorial Districts during its anti-human trafficking campaign project, ‘Don’t Pay With Your Life (DPWYL)’ from June 2019 to August 2022. According to the Coordinator of the campaign, Grace Osakue, the figure is made up of 755 in Edo Central and 730 in Edo North, including 1,264 females and 221 males. Osakue, Co-founder of GPI gave the brief in Benin City during the closure meeting of the campaign project said it was implemented in collaboration with the Justice Development Peace and Caritas Initiative (JDPCI), Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State. She said that 60,651 peer educators, made up of 30,292 and 30,359 in Edo North and Central Senatorial District respectively. According to her, the campaign project was follow up to an earlier project aimed at achieving greater impact in nine selected local government areas of the two senatorial districts. The Project Officer, May Ekido disclosed that the campaign focused on protection young girls in Edo State from being trafficked, using various platforms. The Director of JDPCI, Rev. Fr. Fidelis Arhedo said that the campaign project was a holistic approach to human trafficking, noting that the families have a role to play in reintegrating survivors of human trafficking.
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Sex Worker Stabbed To Death In Delta Brothel.

Nigerian Observer - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:27pm
Police in Delta State is yet to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of a  sex worker,   simply identified as Ms. Confidence in a popular  brothel in Ughelli, headquarters of Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State. The deceased was said to have been found dead in her room in the brothel after she failed to show up to join her colleagues for the “days business”. The incident  sent shivers down the spine of residents in the area as panic stricken colleagues of the deceased   fled the area for fear of arrest. A source disclosed that, “her colleagues were waiting for her outside as they were looking for “customers” but they didn’t see her. “They now went to knock at her door and it was when they opened  the door that they found her dead in her room,” .

When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command, Mr. Bright Edafe confirmed the incident saying, “she was stabbed on the stomach and strangled”.

He however said investigation is ongoing though, no arrest has been made yet.

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Terrorists attack Taraba Catholic church, abduct catechist

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:14pm

Terrorists on Sunday night attacked St. Agnes Catholic Church in the Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State and abducted a catechist. The Parish Priest of St. Agnes Parish, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Awua, told our correspondent on the phone that terrorists invaded the church and began shooting at 9:58 pm. “I was in the room


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Group decries NDDC personnel audit prevention

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:10pm

A group, under the auspices of the Niger Delta Network, on Monday, slammed individuals and organisations allegedly preventing the proposed personnel audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission, saying that the annexation and the audit process were directives from the presidency. It was gathered that some groups had sponsored media reports against the Minister of


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Ganduje responsible for Kano’s peace – Reps Majority Leader

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:09pm

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, on Sunday, described the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, as responsible for an enduring peace in the state, in compliance with his oath of office as its Chief Security Officer. “To date, amidst the turbulence in some states of the federation, Kano remains among


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Osun LG poll holds October 15 – OSSIEC chair

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 1:36pm

Osun State Independent Electoral Commission has said local government election in the state will hold on October 15, 2022. Announcing the date in Osogbo during a press briefing on Monday, the OSSIEC chairman, Mr. Segun Oladitan, said it would be a direct election. Speaking further, Oladitan said unlike the last LG poll held, which was


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Victim Support Fund resettled 80,000 IDPs -Borno govt

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 1:26pm

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has commended the Federal Government for resettling over 80,000 persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency back to their ancestral homes following the restoration of peace to some troubled communities in the state through the Victims Support Fund. This was revealed in a statement issued on Saturday. The


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Odili uncommon leader, Secondus hails ex-gov at 74

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 1:14pm

The former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has congratulated the former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, who turns 74 years today, describing him as an uncommon leader for emulation. In a special birthday wish on Monday, Secondus and his family praised Odili’s humility and calmness even in the face


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African players making headlines in Europe

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 1:06pm

Nigerian Taiwo Awoniyi began repaying the £17.5 million ($21m, 20.7m euros) he cost Nottingham Forest with the goal that beat West Ham 1-0 in the Premier League at the weekend. Joe Aribo was another Nigerian international to score in the most watched domestic league in the world, with his goal sparking a comeback that earned


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Abia ADC chair faults dissolution of state exco

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 11:41am

Following a purported dissolution of African Democratic Congress’ Abia elected state executive and subsequent inauguration of an interim state executive by the party’s National Chairman, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, the party’s elected chairman in Abia, Obinna Norman, says the action cannot stand. The National Working Committee of the ADC had, by a special resolution dated August


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Online Media Practitioners in Edo  float Umbrella body 

Nigerian Observer - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 11:14am
Online Media Practitioners in Edo State have resolved to come under an umbrella known as ONLINE MEDIA PRACTITIONERS. In a  press statement issued and jointly signed by the protem chairman and Secretary of the body, Otunba Mike Ade Aladenika, and Mr. Sam Dada Ayokhai, said the umbrella body is determined to “cleanse” the online media profession of quacks who see the profession as an all-comers, vowing to strictly regulate its practice in line with accepted norms and ethics. According to the duo, the online version is not in any way different from the traditional media practice in the way news are gathered, processed and presented to the readers and viewers, adding that only the trained and qualified journalists conversant with the ethics and laws of the profession can adequately cope with the rigours of the job. They lamented the “invasion” of the online media profession by quacks who think the only qualification they require to be called an “online journalist” is the possession of an android phone saying the umbrella body will  set standards for practice. “The umbrella body will endeavor to liaise with relevant authorities and similar bodies in sanitising the profession and promoting the welfare of practitioners,”. Again, they  stressed that “the umbrella body will also strive to ensure its members display a high sense of professionalism to earn the trust and patronage of the public.”
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Asaba Tipper Drivers Raises Alarm Over Increased Prices In Sand, Rising Cost Of Diesel

Nigerian Observer - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 10:24am

The rising increase in the pump price of diesel from N187 to N820 per litre between August 2020 and June 2022 is said to be having adverse effect in the optimal operation of tipper drivers across the state.

In an interview with the Chairman of Old Anwai Road Tipper Garage, Asaba, Mr David Nonso, he attributed the current increase in the price of diesel to the rise in the price of crude oil in the international market.

He said that truck owners could no longer make projections, blaming it on the increases in the pump price of diesel.

According to the chairman, the price of diesel kept increasing and nothing was being done about it, adding that with the high inflation rate in the country, it meant that people had less money to buy goods.

Another tipper driver, Mr Chubike Okafor said that many tipper drivers were enduring and working just to put food on their table, adding that the hike in diesel price and spare parts had made their work unbearable.

According to Mr Tony Okoro, a tipper driver, the increment of the prices of sand became necessary due to the high cost of diesel, explaining that the ten tyre tipper that was sold for 50,000 (fifty was now N100,000 while the single tipper that was sold for 25,000 was now sold for N50, 000.

The tipper drivers pleaded with their clients to show understanding, saying that it was not their intention to increase the prices of sand but a matter of survival for them to remain in business.

“It is because of the suffering, explaining that the owners of the truck are collecting back their trucks because they do not get any profit while spares for the truck are expensive,”​ he said.

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The    2022  Primary Election, The Youth And The Future of  Nigeria-An Evaluation:

Nigerian Observer - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 9:56am
HISTORY, CULTURAL VALUES   AND JUSTICE  History and cultural values and justice matter in nation building especially in the introduction of  change. But during the  last primaries in Nigeria, these were were side – lined. Basically history  is the “study of past events particularly in human affairs” and it affords us the opportunity to learn useful lessons from past experience. It has been observed that those who failed to learn useful lessons of history are bound to repeat its mistakes.  Cultural values can be understood as “the value which people have given  to items through their association with those items”.  It is “about shared perception of how people routinely behave in a culture” – their “shared ideals”  Cultural values can  be  “aesthetic, social, symbolic, spiritual and educational”. Violated cultural values can lead to injured feeling and crisis in the polity. Justice can be simply taken to mean “just  behavior”  or just treatment”. History shows that injustice has been  a major cause of most  disagreements disaffections  and social and political crisis in the world. In the interest of peace, harmony, Justice and unity, it is always good to respect  shared  cultural values, practice, convention and to guided by history.  There is a legal doctrine that is relevant here to show why  history, cultural values and Justice  should be respected in nation building. It is what the  lawyers call “Stare -decisis”. Stare -decisis  is a Latin word which means:” to stand by things decided”. In. Law,  it is about  making reference to precedents in delivering judgements. According to legal sources, it is following “the precedent set by previous  cases with similar circumstances in deciding current cases in order to ensure continuity and uniformity in the law”. The purpose of ” standing by things decided is to ensure that justice is served equally (https://legal, job>blog>stare- decisis). It is to prevent arbitrary actions such as changing the rule of the game midway after the game has taken off.   It is true the Political  parties are charged with the constitutional responsibility of  organizing  primaries and of presenting candidates for the general election. Did  the primaries meet the demands of history, Justice , conventional practice, precedent etc.?  Our answer is No. As we observed in the first part of this exercise, the 2022 primaries produced candidates  for  the 2023 general elections quite alright but parties especially the major ones fell short of public expectations. For instance, they failed to show moral sense and patriotism in some critical areas of general concern such as power shift. In other words, on the surface, there was attempt at power shift, zoning of offices  but it was  done in a haphazard, half hearted manner.  Thus as typified  by the two leading parties, it ended wrong place. The wrong power shift took place. Narrow individual and party interest held sway over national interest  especially the need for equitable Justice, fair play and  assured opportunity for maximum participation and inclusion by all sections of the country. Rather than power shift in the national interest as was understood before  the primaries, parties’ Winn ability became the dominant values. Consequently the PDP shifted base from  the north west to North East thereby re-igniting  the fear of perpetual northern domination, re-awaking and deepening  the  hostility and heightening the  north /south  tensions. The APC turned to the South West  for its presidential candidate thereby worsening the age long  distrust between the South West and South East.  We are worried because we know that injustice including a strong feeling of exclusion, marginalization without hope of positive change in the horizon has been the major cause of crisis leading at times to disintegration. The political parties ought to be more futuristic, patriotic, morally conscious and to appreciate the fact that there is life after the primaries. Nigeria deserves to live as one country in unity, peace and harmony after the 2023 elections. To this extent the primaries  failed the moral test of rightness as opposed to wrongness. This point is important to note because the fear of domination and perpetual, anger with injustice, exclusion and wanton corruption  led to the cancerous crisis of the 1960s in one of the regions that would spread across the country  to end the first republic. History also shows that when  a zone which was once denied the presidency won by Chief MKO Abiola  was later pacified  through political solution  deliberately  worked by military and political elite to redress the injustice of exclusion associated with the annulment of the June12. The solution ensured that the presidency was zoned to the South West geo political. General  O Obasanjo  is  a product of that negotiated  solution. He was released from the prisons unconditionally, contested for the presidency against another  Yoruba – Chief Olu Falae and won. The group was pacified and Nigeria moved on.  Ever since power rotation, power shift  and zoning of political offices power, and federal  character  became part of our political cultural lexicon and cherished shared values. Over time, these measures have become strong part of our shared values that had kept our collective hope for national unity and development alive through anticipated citizenry  maximum participation and equal access to political power in the country. They have been accepted as part of our democratic practice and cultural values.  Even one of the conditions for registering a political party in  Nigeria are  national spread, the federal character  of structure etc.  The measures  might not have been the best approach but they received general acceptance as insurance against perpetual exclusion from power and marginalization , offered  great prospect  of breaking the monopoly of power by some ethnic groups and  hope of effective citizenry participation. Above all, they have remained in our  collective consciousness as solution to some of our problems that threaten our collective existence. And they have helped in keeping the faith strong in fatherland in the belief that no matter how long it takes, political power will go round every zone of the country. This culture of hope, this progressive  march towards national unity, stability, and these cherished shared values for positive nation building are what the 2022 primaries disrupted to our collective disadvantage and dismay. DISAPPOINTMENT  GALORE Thus from the point of view of historical experiences, cultural  value perspective and Justice angle, the 2022 primaries were a  disappointment to many citizens largely  because  because Justice  was not well served and cherished values and shared beliefs and  conventions were violated or set aside without due consideration of the future well being of the country. They did not make due reference to History which  helps in pointing out issues that had been settled  or not and how things were done or could be done. They did not respect  commonly shared values and conventional practice. And they did not address the question of historical  injustice done to some some ethnic groups as implied in cries of marginalization, exclusion and ineffective participation. They were not  truly  concerned about the future of the country- her fate after the 2023 elections. Rather ,the political leaders were at their best doing dirty, anti national unity work including shifting the goal post to suit their whims and caprices. By  their unwise action of setting aside traditions, breaking with convention, shattering of shared  values, halting a progressive historical trend of significant proportion towards national unity and by  thwarting collective aspiration for selfish  reasons, the 2022 primaries laid very poor foundation  for the unity and greatness  of the country after 2023. In other words, by not zoning their presidential ticket  to the South East Geo-political Zone, the political elite  especially  of the two big political parties – the ruling party and the leading opposition party raised serious moral question and laid  a dangerous trap for our collective future. Unwittingly perhaps, the political elite through the presidential primaries returned  the country to its darker, cantankerous, hateful  and hurtful era that  was characterized by inter ethnic treachery, high inter regional tensions, inter religious animosity, acute state of disunity, political domination  by  a region and the big tribe, cries of marginalization and neglect, wrong visioning  and general mismanagement of diversity which saw the emergence  of three countries in one country in the name of regionalism.  It is needless to remind us that such Negative developments gave rise to military intervention  and the subsequent  death of the first republic. It is important to draw attention to the lapses in order  to check or avoid  them in the future. AGELESS STRONG DESIRE Apart from the fact that it is wise and helpful to do postmortem  examination of a project, either in stages or as a whole, we undertake this exercise  to identify  gaps to  be filled in  future. For instance  there are unmet ageless strong desires, frustrations and complaints to address. There is the fear of the negative effect of injured feeling and disappointed expectation to deal to  tackle. Generally, the  willful violation of a  people’s culture, commonly shared  values and cherished culture and beliefs had been known to cause crisis of serious proportion- at times  war, sharp divisions and disintegration. The concern here is significant in the face of some shared  strong desire for peace, harmony, unity development, collective aspiration for greatness, maximum citizenry participation, respect for  the rule of the game, conventions. Are the cries about injustice, exclusion, arbitrary change of the rule of the game  justified today?  The answer is yes. History shows that the the three regional structure created was largely unjust because of its lopsided nature in which one region – the north was bigger than the other two- eastern and western regions combined. This created earliest fear of domination, exclusion and inter- regional tensions and the need for opportunity for  maximum participation in the national development process by all members of the Union. This is one of the justifications for the creation of more regions but called states in 1967. Among others it was to promote citizenry  participation and correct some historical structural. Injustice. Though the creation of  more states had some salutary effect on the polity, yet it did not eliminate the need for Justice, Fair Play and the feeling of exclusion and marginalization. The search for better way to address these issues in nation building thus continued. Consequently  many more efforts had  been made ever since in response to complaints of injustice, marginalization  etc. History shows that for a  long time since independence – more so  since 1999 leading to immediate time before the 2022 presidential primaries, there had been  sustained  complain of exclusion and extreme  marginalization from across both at the national and state levels. The most persistent  complaints with compelling and convincing evidence had come from the  South East Geo-Political zone. For instance, based on recent historical development, they say  none of their own members has been president of Nigeria since 1999. It would be helpful to recall that the group was one of the three legs upon which Nigeria reportedly stood in the first republic. SERIOUS VALUE CONFLICT There was serious value conflict  during the primaries. The overall picture of the exercise  is a mixed – grill of hope and eagerness for a limited few and hopelessness,  disappointment and bewilderment for the vast majority of well informed Nigerians. It shows too the perfidy, hypocrisy and unreliability of the Nigerian political elite and the un readiness of the political elite to make sacrifice in the national interest. The Nigerian political elite are still dominated by selfish greed -what Senator Oyofo calls the” me, me and only me or nobody else syndrome. They are very ready to sacrifice national interest for a mess of pottage. It was clear that values such as Nationalism, patriotism, altruism, power shift, zoning, morality and national survival do not mean anything  much to the Nigerian political elite. During  the primaries these core values took the back stage while their personal and party interests occupied the front row. We  witnessed  the  crash of common hope and aspiration, and the promotion of party interest above national interest in order to accommodate some individual interests. The exercise revealed the political elite as unwilling to do the needful such as correcting historical injustice as exemplified by marginalization of some groups in the national interest. POWER SHIFT, ROTATION, ZONING,FEDERAL CHARACTER AS  PRODUCTS OF NECESSITY Every nation must find solution to her peculiar problems. Nigeria is multi-cultural country that must ensure equitable Justice and fair treatment of her citizens before the law. Thus power shift, power rotation zoning , federal character etc are products of necessity created to promote Justice, equity, participation, inclusiveness, national unity and development. As already indicated ,the  strong desire  for national unity and equitable Justice has been with  the country since its cradle. Political power is so vital  and critical to successful nation building or human existence that it should not allowed to be monopolized by one family, community, ethnic group or region in a multi cultural country such as Nigeria.  The  rotation of power is the beginning of wisdom in Nigeria. Among others it  would serve as the basis of equitable Justice, national unity, stability and reduction of ethnic tensions and agitations. It will give lasting assurance for citizenry participation, inclusion and equal treatment of all before the law at the highest level. We know the benefits of power shift  power rotation  but we have been most reluctant to do the needful for purely selfish reasons. However, it was  only  around 1999 that a more positive attitude was developed in this direction. A generally accepted  formulae  could be said to have been reached on how best to achieve the  nation objective of unity, peaceful coexistence and development for a better country. Power shift, rotation and zoning of political offices were placed on the table for experiment. And they were deployed by the military and  civilian leaders  alike and found worthwhile.   Within the present democratic dispensation, power shift had been in full force  since 1999 when General Abdul Sallam Abubakar- a Muslim Northerner handed power over to General Olusegun Obasanjo — Southerner from the  South  West. A careful review of presidential  succession since then will show the injustice and unfairness unfairness  of the U- turn made by by the major political parties during  the last primaries. Take a uncle look: General Olusegun Obasanjo( SW) who took over power from General AbdulSallam handed  power over to  President Yar’Adua,  a Fulani – Hausa from the North .Dr Jonathan from the South – South who was a Vice President to  president Yar’Adua became president upon the death of Yar’Adua in office and he handed power over to  President Buhari -a Fulani  Hausa from the North. . So far, only two zones – the North  East and South East had not  produced a president since 1999. But because the out going president is from the North, the  general expectation  before the 2022 primaries was that the next president would come from the South East zone. The failure by the two big political parties thus smacks of injustice and unfairness. INJUSTICE  The Primaries endorsed and entrenched age long injustice in the country understood in terms of low or inequitable citizenry participation, exclusion from power and marginalization  of some groups of Nigerians from the development and political process. You do not do the wrong thing and expect  the right  outcome. It is against the law of nature which expects one to reap what one has  sowed. Why change the rule of the game in the middle of play especially when the existing rules were serving the cause of the majority citizens and national interest? This is one of the questions on the lips of many concerned citizens. Dr Onu a former Minister of Technology spoke to this problem at the 2022 APC presidential primary election where asked the members of his political party: where is the Justice in not zoning the presidency to the South East Zone being the only geo- political zone in the south that had not produced a president since 1999 when democracy was restored especially when the party zoned it to the Southern states? It is a simple question that raises  deeper question of Justice, fair- play and the collective good of the country. And this is one of the  avoidable burdens which will weigh down the country severely  and precipitate series of crisis after the general elections next year. To this extent, the 2022 primaries  serve as  poor foundation  for the unity, peaceful coexistence and greatness  of the country after 2023.
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Army rescues another Chibok girl with child, others

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:11am

Troops of Sector One, Operation Hadin Kai, have rescued another Chibok girl in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. The Chibok girl, identified as Aisha Grema, was rescued alongside her four-year-old child on Friday. The Nigeria Army disclosed this on its Twitter handle on Saturday. The PUNCH had, on July 27, reported that two


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Ondo court remands seven over kidnapping, murder

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:02am

The Ondo State  Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Akure, the state capital, has ordered the remand of seven men over alleged kidnapping, murder and armed robbery. The defendants are Moha¬mmed Umaru, Sulieman Aliu, Abubakar Ibrahim, Abudu Barzor, Muhammed Tukur, Aota Bello, and Cindu Yahu PUNCH Metro gathered that the defendants were arrested by the state security


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FG sacks 23 workers with fake employment letters

The Punch - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 2:02am

No fewer than 23 ghost workers have been uncovered in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in Abuja, The PUNCH has learnt. The Federal Civil Service Commission discovered the civil servants whose employment letters were discovered to be fake. It has therefore ordered that the affected persons be disengaged from service. The PUNCH reports


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Nnamani is being clever by half

The Sun News - Lun, 15/08/2022 - 1:59am

Chimaroke Nnamani’s unwarranted chastisement of Peter Obi’s army of social media supporters has finally led him into an avoidable error. It has led him into a wild goose chase. That is what his recent essay on Bola Tinubu amounts to.

I had thought that Nnamani, as an elder, would manage his temper. But I was utterly wrong. The man does not have a tame temperament. That was why he flew off the handle over an issue he should have shrugged off. The impression the former governor has left many with is that he has, before now, been battling with ingrained prejudices over Peter Obi. Were it not so, the choices and preferences of some young folks would not have given him such goose pimples. Recently, Nnamani, for whatever reason, lashed out at the social media movement of Peter Obi, describing its promoters as dictators with no home training. Nnamani also derided the Peter Obi presidential bid as a bandwagon, and vowed that he would ensure that it does not take place in Enugu State.

By his pronouncements, Nnamani had fished in troubled waters. And he got a raw deal from Obi’s social media goons. They were as acerbic as Nnamani. They paid him back in the language of the street, which he deployed in his criticism. Many have expressed disappointment with Nnamani over this. The overriding feeling is that his altercation with the Obidients was below him. He descended to the level of guttersnipe with young men and women that he ought not to have joined issues with in the first place. By so doing, Nnamani degraded himself, to the disappointment of his admirers.

But it does appear that Nnamani is still smarting from the mental bruises inflicted on him by the Obidient movement. He is not satisfied that he showed no respect for Obi by being childishly resentful of his presidential bid, regardless of his misgivings with the style and approach of Obi’s teeming supporters. He finally betrayed his private conviction when he set out to write an essay on Bola Tinubu. It would not have mattered if the essay was well tailored. But this one had neither rhyme nor rhythm. It was staccato in every material particular. In fact, if you put aside Nnamani’s pedantic narrative on sick but successful United States Presidents and its possible applicability to Nigeria, you can hardly see any other purpose that his laborious essay on Tinubu serves.

So, why did Nnamani choose to write an essay on Tinubu, his co-governor, some 15 years after they left office? Nnamani was not clear on this. He left his intent in the realm of speculation. This makes the piece read like an apologia or a piece of hagiography designed to serve a political purpose.

I have said elsewhere that Nnamani’s intent in that article is shrouded in suspicion. I had wondered why he had to wait until this time to eulogize Tinubu. My contention was that Nnamani was working hard to establish a fertile ground for an anti-Obi campaign by pretending to hold Tinubu, one of Obi’s rivals in the 2023 presidential election, in high esteem. It is a well oiled sleight of hand aimed at leading the unwary by the nose.

But Nnamani made a poor job of his outing. He promoted issues that ought not to come up in the essay at all. The padding was too banal not to be noticed. Here, we saw an Nnamani delve into Southern Governors Conference of 2000 and 2001. Whereas Tinubu hosted the first in Lagos in October 2000, Nnamani played host to the second in January, 2001. But what purpose did the conferences serve? Nothing. Tinubu initiated the conference at the time he did as a protective weapon against the Olusegun Obasanjo presidency. Obasanjo and Tinubu were yet to part ways at that time. It must be noted that the idea of the conference ended up as mere talk shop because it was not properly conceived. That was was why it came to an abrupt end after the second meeting. It was a stillborn child; a red flag that flew over southern Nigeria without a sense of direction. It is surprising that Nnamani saw this as worthy of mention.

Perhaps to tell the Obidients that he is as qualified, if not more qualified than their principal, to seek the office of President, Nnamani began to enumerate Enugu’s firsts and innovations in governance under his administration. In the frenzy to sing his own praises, he held that he and Tinubu pioneered the establishment of development areas in Nigeria. Did Nnamani mean this? No, he couldn’t be serious. Anybody who has a scant knowledge of the early stories of this Fourth Republic will know that the first state to create development areas was Ebonyi State, under the leadership of Dr. Sam Egwu. Lagos was to join after states like Bayelsa tried their hands at it. It will be recalled that the Obasanjo presidency rejected the development areas because they were made to assume the status of local government areas. It was after this was modified that the monthly revenue allocation to Ebonyi State, which Obasanjo ordered to be withheld on account of this, was released. That of Lagos lasted for several months before it was resolved because Tinubu was not initially disposed to any form of compromise. Enugu State under Nnamani was not in the picture in all this.

After all the rigmarole, Nnamani ended up holding Tinubu as the most successful governor in modern Nigeria. He also described Tinubu as the hardest-working politico of our generation. By painting Tinubu in these brilliant colours, Nnamani was putting him ahead among the top three contenders for the presidential seat. Nnamani’s intent was to spite Obi and his teeming supporters. But his effort fell flat on the face. I doubt if he has, through this claim, converted anyone to his side.

But Nnamani missed it most when Atiku Abubakar is brought into the picture. How can Nnamani present Tinubu as his poster boy and at the same time be pledging loyalty to Atiku? This is a contradiction in terms. Nnamani is simply being clever by half. He wants to lead Nigerians, particularly his PDP political family, by the nose. But I doubt if anybody is taken in by his antics. The fact is that Nnamani has made his choice in Tinubu. His pledge of loyalty and allegiance to Atiku and PDP is merely pretentious. The PDP needs to watch this Tinubu maniac closely.

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