Though not in equal measure, the Anambra state governorship election had everything - the good, the bad, the ugly, the absurd and the comical and I want to bet that none of these has run its full course yet. As soon as a part of the result was released and the exercise declared inconclusive and INEC announced that a supplementary election will be conducted to conclude the exercise, three political parties that saw absolutely no chance of emerging winner after the supplementary election, forged a common front and called for an outright cancellation of the election.
This is a special tribute to the victims of numerous religious-motivated killings in the city of Maiduguri in recent times.
The presidency on Wednesday laboured to prove it has actually paid the sum of N200bn into an account with the Central Bank of Nigeria designated for funding the nation’s comatose universities.
I’ve seen youths that are so visionary, proclaiming the future leadership of Nigeria and fervently committed to making it a better place.
Tragedy struck yesterday at Maronu Street in the Araromi area of Akure, the capital of Ondo State, as a former military officer, Desilva Adedipe, reportedly shot and killed his son, Ayo Adedipe. Family sources told SaharaReporters that Mr. Adedipe, who retired from service at the rank of major, shot his son at close range as the two argued over an electricity bill.
SaharaReporters has learnt that President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonathan, today checked in at a hospital in Germany.
President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria’s Aviation minister, Stella Oduah, who was recently caught in a scandalous and fraud-ridden purchase of two armored BMW cars, have begun a new round of propaganda, targeting Nigeria’s jobless and gullible youth, and aimed at portraying the minster as a “stellar performer.”
The litmus test for any great leader is not how long but how effective and productive his life was and how beneficial to the people he led and what mattered to him the most? If we judge the late Deji by those indices of leadership, I will submit that the young man has done pretty good and could have done more.
The blatant night attack carried out by Boko Haram a couple of days ago on the military facilities is to say the least daring and bold, while condemning the act, it also underscore the false sense of triumph propagated by the military driving away the terrorists from Maiduguri as is always repeated.
Nigeria has set free 167 of the 1400 Boko Haram suspects being held in Maiduguri and other locations in North-East Zone, but will try 500 other suspects.
Investigations by SaharaReporters reveal that poverty-plagued Taraba State has so far spent more than $1.2 million (close to N200 million) in ten months on the medical treatment of brain-injured Governor Danbaba Suntai. The state has also spent millions of naira more in security votes to the injured governor, estacode payments to him as well as members of Mr. Suntai’s inner circle, and transportation. The total cost to the state is close to half a billion naira, our investigative team discovered.
‘I can retain neither respect nor affection for a Government which has been moving from wrong to wrong in order to defend its immorality’ —Mahatma Gandhi
The arraignment of the former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Marlin Sylva and six others before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja did not go on today as earlier announced.
On July 1st, 2013, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an industrial strike to force the federal government of Nigeria (FG) to implement the 2009 Agreement, which the later had signed with the union. The agreement, which was largely about the revitalisation of the university education system in Nigeria, is anchored on FG’s massive fund infusion into Nigeria’s publicly funded universities (federal and states owned). Like previous agreements, the FG decided it wasn’t going to honour the 2009 agreement. This decision not to honour and respect an agreement it signed with ASUU was based on two reasons which includes; a flimsy excuse that the Nigeria’s economy will shut down, should the FG implement the content of the 2009 Agreement. Secondly, on the arrogance that the FG will appear weak should it implement the agreement it had signed with ASUU in 2009. It is suffice to say that the FG took this decision after it had conducted the needs assessment towards implementation of the 2009 agreement through two separate committees like 2009 ASUU\FGN Agreement Needs Assessment Committee and ASUU\FGN 2009 Agreement Implementation Committee. The later committee would round up its work later in 2011 with a commitment from the President and other stakeholders on the FGN side promising that there would never be a strike in the nation’s public universities for a long time.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Fisayo Ajibola before Justice O.A Ipaye of a Lagos High Court,Ikeja, on an 8-count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money by false pretence.
Three internet fraudsters who are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a 4-count charge that borders on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence were Monday December 2, 2013 convicted and sentenced to four months imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
The veil fell briefly and the people saw all the ugliness hidden beneath the Emperor's many words, they saw how the loud compassion of the past rung empty and was really about gold and manipulation, they saw a glimpse of 'The Peoples Emperor', only this time not in his majesty but in the grandest of travesty...
To say that that the serial gaffes of the National Assembly particularly the lower chamber are becoming very embarrassing is to put it mild. Are they not ashamed that each time they come up with an allegation they end up making themselves look like children simply because they base almost all their allegations on malice and self-serving intentions rather than genuine patriotism? Truth be told, corruption or rather “settlement’ is at the root of it all if not, what can they show they’ve achieved by these everyday “Okija shrine” summons? How many times have they threatened the NNPC and the Petroleum minister with probes this year alone?
Now, barely a few days from an earlier vacuous threat to probe the crude-for product swap deal between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and two Swiss traders, the House of Representatives has again ordered an investigation into the “suspected misappropriation” by the NNPC and the PPPRA of the funds allegedly set aside to subsidize kerosene for domestic use.
We begin with the paraphrasing of the verse from Y.B Yates brought to popular consciousness by our own Chinua Achebe; 'We returned to our places, these kingdoms; but it is no longer at ease here with the old dispensation, with an alien people still clutching at their godfathers.....'
A military source told SaharaReporters a short while ago that partial telecommunications services have been restored to Maiduguri, Borno State, where the Boko Haram sect attacked military facilities yesterday.