Enugu PDP chieftain calls for suspension of Igweship elections

Felix Ikem, Nsukka Against the backdrop of rising tensions generated by the Igweship elections in the proposed autonomous communities of

Felix Ikem, Nsukka

Against the backdrop of rising tensions generated by the Igweship elections in the proposed autonomous communities of Enugu’s Nsukka zone, the Senior Adviser to the Governor on Market Matters, Hon. Chief Aniebonam Ezugwu, has called for an indefinite suspension of the elections across the southeastern state.

Ezugwu made this known on Sunday while addressing newsmen in Nsukkastating that the crisis following the Igweship elections in some proposed autonomous communities in Nsukka local government is worrisome.

“I am calling the state government in my capacity as the Senior Adviser to the Governor on Market matters to suspend the purported Igweship elections going on across different communities in Enugu state,” the official stated.

“I believe that the way they are conducting the election, they will not be able to achieve anything. Rather, they will be causing trouble in the whole state. For now, it has been discovered that political hoodlums in the state who do not like the good works of our governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, are using this opportunity to distract our attention from what we are pursuing in terms of reelection bid of the Governor, come 2019.”

Asked what the state Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs had done to curb the crisis, Hon. Ezugwu expressed surprise that the Ministry was not aware of the said election.

“As I saw the ugly incident going on, I called the honourable Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs on phone, but he told me that the State does not know anything about the purported new autonomous communities’ Igweship elections. For that reason, they have no reason to conduct the elections that we are not aware of.”

The Special Adviser lamented that some individuals in collaboration with the Nsukka local government council had hijacked the conduct of the elections, which ordinarily would have been handled by the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs, to the detriment of peace and security in the council area.

“The State cannot afford to sacrifice peace and security being enjoyed on the altar of Igweship elections in the proposed autonomous communities. The people who are supposed to be leading us in these proposed autonomous communities are the ones causing confusion. For instance, in my own local government and community, why would Nsukka local government hijack this election and misdirect people? Our tradition has it that after sharing anything, it is the eldest that will pick first before any other person, but that was not so in this election. They manipulated everything and muddled everything and that is why there is currently confusion everywhere. They removed names of candidates they felt were not their friends,” he explained.

On whether Nsukka local government was aware of the crisis, Hon. Ezugwu said he called the executive chairman of the local government, Hon. Patrick Omeje, informing him that the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs had said they were not aware of the elections, though the elections were ongoing in some communities in the state.

“If there is any place that will be peaceful in this state, it should be Nsukka zone… That is why I am calling on the state government to put a hold on this election pending when we have a fertile ground for the said Igweship elections in the proposed autonomous communities,” Ezugwu advised.

He further called on the communities empowered by the state government with a N5 million grant to use the funds judiciously for the development of their communities.

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Cardiff Promoted To EPL As Aina, Aluko’s Hull, Reading Survive; Akpan’s Burton Relegated

By Johnny Edward: Cardiff City have been promoted to the Premier League after clinching the second automatic promotion spot in

By Johnny Edward:
Cardiff City have been promoted to the Premier League after clinching the second automatic promotion spot in the English Championship with a 0-0 draw at home to Sone Aluko’s Reading in the final day of the season on Sunday.

Cardiff join Carl Ikeme’s Wolverhampton Wanderers who won the English Championship title while the result was enough for Aluko’s Reading to avoid relegation.

The quartet of Fulham, Aston Villa, Derby County and Middlesbrough will battle for the final spot in the promotion play-offs.

Super Eagles defender Ola Aina came on for Ondrej Mazuch in the eighth minute as Hull City forced Brentford to a 1-1 draw.

The game was Aina’s 42nd game in the English Championship for the Tigers.

Hull City finished the season in 18th position in the 24-team table with 49 points from 46 games.

At the Macron Stadium, Sammy Ameobi played the entire duration of Bolton Wanderers 3-2 home win over Nottingham Forest.

The win ensured Bolton’s safety in the division for next season after Barnsley and Hope Akpan’s Burton Albion lost to Derby County and Preston North End 4-1 and 2-1 respectively.

The defeat for Akpan’s Burton Albion means they are relegated to the third-tier league.

The Albion finished 23rd with 41 points from 46 games.

Bolton Wanderers they finished the season in 21st position with 43 points from 46 games- two points ahead of the relegation zone.

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Police Brutality And Impunity In Nigeria, By Adedamola Adejobi

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary (Reinhold Niebuhr) The latest events

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary (Reinhold Niebuhr)

The latest events in the country is not one that gives the assurance of a country edging towards the strengthening and stability of its democratic system nor one that adheres to principles of fairness and justice. The recent show of shame between the Nigerian Police, Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West and the Nigerian Senate is nothing to be proud of as a country that prides itself as the leading democracy in sub Saharan Africa.

Ordinary Nigerians suffer brutality in the hands of the Nigerian Police whom it swore to protect and serve but are for most of the time rude, crude, abusive, dishonest and barbaric thereby making life unbearable for the common man on the street. While on the other hand serve as errand boy for political officers or influential citizens. The Nigerian Police is perceived by most Nigerians as a dreaded militia with state backing. A tool in the hand of the political class for witch-hunting of its perceived opponents.

The case of Senator Dino Melaye has brought to the fore again one of the daily horrors of being a common civilian in Nigeria. The flagrant misuse of state authority in the cause of discharge of duties is grossly unprofessional and negates international human rights.

A simple research of the Nigerian newspapers reports an average of 2 to 3 police brutalities in a week in various part of the country, not to even talk of extortion experienced by motorist on major highways. All this doesn’t get to shake the nation nor become major headlines as long it’s a common man who is the victim, but when the case is reverse that an influential figure is the victim, of which at most times as case of political witch hunting by someone superior who can use the Police to achieve its objectives.

The brutality suffered by Dino Melaye in the hands of the Nigerian Police is one that clearly shows that the common man on the street means nothing to the Police. I am not writing to defend Dino Melaye nor holding brief for anyone who may have been accused of one crime or the other, but my charge is that it must be done with respect for human dignity and rights.

More shameful is the recent move by the Nigerian Senate who invited the Inspector General of Police to come before it to give justifications for the prosecution or persecution of Dino Melaye, whichever suits the fancy, but got snubbed twice by the IGP. The legislative arm of government in any democracy should be able to oversight on the executive arm of government and other arms of government without interference into its independence and effective discharge of its duties in an unbiased way.

The case of the call for the appearance of the IGP before the senate is one that looks biased because one of its own is the victim, while the snub by the IGP is one that portrays culture of impunity and disrespect to the institution. Section 88(1, 2a) of the Constitution and 89(c), empowered the Senate to summon anybody before it. It is quite unfortunate this section of the constitution doesn’t come into force when the rights of the common man are trampled upon by the Nigerian Police and other public institution that is expected to serve the masses.

The growing culture of impunity by different public institutions towards another should be addressed as a matter of national importance if the sustenance of our democracy means anything to us. I think its very appropriate for the IGP to respect the call of the upper legislative chamber and address it on the issue of unnecessary killings going on in some part of the country and same for the Presidency to honour the invitation of the lower legislative chamber who summoned it to appear and give explanation on the state of security of the country.

Nobody should be above the law and no institution should abuse its powers as well in witch hunting the other. The principle of justice and fairness should be upheld by all and sundry who cares about the growth of our democracy.

 

 

I Built My Lekki House Through Hard Work- Malaika

Fuji act, Malaika has affirmed he actually built his Lekki home through hard work, and never did anything terrible to

Fuji act, Malaika has affirmed he actually built his Lekki home through hard work, and never did anything terrible to get money. In an encounter with Sunday Scoop, he says it is surprising that people can doubt he can actually build a N200m house, and we must say we are surprised about people's comments.

He said, “I have been in the music industry for over three decades. I started my music career when I was 10-year-old before I later formed my band. If someone has been doing something from such a young age and he does it well, why wouldn’t he be able to build such a house for himself? If I’m into terrible things, people would have known by now. As a matter of fact, I have achieved a lot but I don’t like bragging about things I do or have. The Lekki home, which generated a lot of reactions, is not my first achievement in life.”

Malaika, however, revealed that he did not tell anybody the worth of his house. He said, “I never gave anyone the figure but my engineer later told me that some journalists called him and he told them. I told him I didn’t like it and I warned him to always inform me whenever he wanted to answer questions about me.”

The fuji singer, who recently celebrated his 45th birthday in different countries, stressed that he was not the type who got disturbed about comments on social media. “Being criticised or questioned is the price we pay for stardom. Fame comes with a lot of negative and positive things. If you are getting positive results and you don’t expect any negativity, it means you are not thankful to God.”

Kashamu’s Extradition: Appeal Court Has Vindicated Us, Says Group

A group, the Coalition for Rule of Law has commended the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos for his declaration that

A group, the Coalition for Rule of Law has commended the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos for his declaration that the Senator Representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu can now be arrested.
The groups’s National Coordinator, Tade Adebiyi in a Media release in Abuja on Saturday, said the Appeal  Court verdict delivered on Friday, has once again affirmed its position that the Senator, wanted by the US authorities to face trial for drug trafficking is “a fugitive running away from the law. It therefore, urged the Federal Government to, without further delay, bundle the Senator in question to the United States.
On February 8, 2017, the Coalition for Rule of  Law, had written a letter addressed to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, stating that the continue failure of the Federal Government to extradite the “wanted” Senator was an embarrassment to Nigeria. A copy of the letter signed by the group’s National Coordinator, Tade Adebiyi, was also sent to the United States Ambassador to Nigeria.
The group, in the letter, recalled that the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal recently upheld the judgment of a lower court that Kashamu should be brought to trial in the US.
It noted that Kashamu’s case remained “a big minus for the Muhammadu Buhari administration, adding that Nigerians abroad were being subjected to ridicule because of the case.”
The group recalled that the Senator, representing Ogun East had been “patronising President Muhammadu Buhari through newspaper interviews and advertorials.”
“If  the embattled Senator is not working for the Presidency, as he has been boasting, we urged the Federal Government to extradite him without further delay, failure to which we shall have no other option than to approach the court to seek the order of mandamus to compel the Attorney General to perform his official obligation”,  the statement added.

Why We Passed Not Too Young To Run Bill – Speaker @YakubDogara

The speaker  of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has charged all youths to take full advantage of the

The speaker  of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has charged all youths to take full advantage of the ” Not too young to run” Bill, explaining that the National Assembly passed the popular bill with the objective of lowering the age requirement for elective offices in line with its commitment to youth participation in governance.

He also added that House of Representatives is committed to the enactment of youth friendly legislations that will aid the total development of our youths into productive citizens, encourage them to imbibe and sustain the spirit of commitment to civic obligations.

Delivering a lecture as the guest speaker at the 31st annual All Rotaract Multi-District conference in Abuja, he also added that the National Assembly is dedicated to ensuring the observance and appropriation of fundamental human rights of youths and full participation in governance though all the available opportunities under the law.

The Speaker, who expressed delight at double honours conferred on him by Rotaract by giving him the role of guest speaker and also conferring the prestigious merit award of Exemplary Leadership & Humanitarian Services on him, also expressed confidence in them to restore the fast depleting values among the younger generation.

“In a nation with fast depleting values among the younger generation, which in my opinion, is a consequence of uninspiring leadership, I am persuaded that occasions such as this provide fertile environment for inspirational interaction with youth who have, by choice, dedicated themselves to the promotion of the enthronement of critical human values and possess the potential to massively replicate same.

“Rotary International , of which Rotaract is an affiliate, remains one of the social organisations with the most noble objectives as well as operational culture. The Rotary 4-Way Test, which is the scale for the determination of the integrity of human thought and action indeed constitutes a master key to a majority, if not all, of our existential conundrum. In all human thoughts and actions , if the answers to these 4-Way test questions ,namely: i. Is it the truth? ii. Is it fair to all concerned? iii. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? and iv. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?, are in the affirmative, the risk of wrong is negligibly minimal,” he stated.

While admonishing the young members to take full advantage of the invaluable leadership education Rotaract offers them, he praised Rotaract for creating reality through the practice of sound character development and the inculcation of the spirit of service and friendship, adding that he has no doubt that Rotaract , and indeed its sister minors club, the Rotary Interact ( for persons between ages 12 – 18), if well promoted, should become the Leadership bank of communities, nations and indeed the global community.

Hon Dogara said, “Rotaract provides for you in experiential form, the rudiments of ethical living in your prime and as you grow with this specialized knowledge and experience , you are sure to end up as dependable citizens with high ethical standard. I charge you therefore that the time to learn Leadership is now; the time to learn patriotism is now, the time to learn nationalism is now; the time to learn commitment to community service is now and the time to set objective life goals towards national development is now.

“As you render service in the home community or the university environment you must not take for granted the lessons learned on the workings of organisations. Similarly in the student community participation in student unionism and other clubs that promote ethical conduct is worth your engagement and I need not remind you that the Rotary 4-Way Test should be your guide at all times and in all circumstances. When you imbibe Leadership qualities at this level, it can only get better with age, education and experience.”

“In the local community the basic needs, aspirations, concerns, anxieties and idiosyncrasies of the community must be fully appreciated before they be genuinely addressed. As the national level, Rotractors must acquaint themselves with the basic constitutional principles of citizenship contained in chapter 3 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Fundamental Human Rights provisions in Chapter 4 and perhaps more importantly the Fundamental objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in chapter 2 thereof. It is with this comprehensive knowledge of the environment that a rotractor will fully appreciate his rights, obligations and civic responsibilities.”

The Speaker also lectured and advised them on the need to participate in governance as the true essence of democracy is that power belongs to the people and not officials who exercise governmental power, be it in elective or appointive capacity and urged them to shun violence and thuggery while always exercise their voting rights.

 

“They are mere trustees, representatives or agents of the people” Section 14 subsection 2 (b) of the Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria captures this succinctly when it states ” sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this Constitution derives all its powers and authority”  and 2(c) ” the participation by the people in their government shall be ensured in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

“A good Rotaractor should be an active citizen through the observation of civic responsibilities, he must recognise that power belong to the people which he is a part of and therefore he must monitor to ensure that those he has delegated to exercise this power on his behalf do not run away with it.

“A good Rotaractor should cast his vote to elect persons of his choice into office and also contest elections to positions of his interest.  A good Rotaractor should in collaboration with colleagues, peers form or join election monitoring groups to promote free, fair and credible elections through which good leaders can be recruited for service at different levels of government. I should like to caution that thuggery does not form a part of the citizens participation being canvassed here.

“Indeed thuggery is totally alien to the objectives of Rotaract and cannot be contemplated by a true Rotaractor except for purposes of mobilizing against it. I should perhaps wish to add that thuggery is criminalised under the Electoral Act of Nigeria.”

 

Kenya Looks To Blockchain To End Land Grabbing

(Photo: Africatime) Kenya sees itself as a technology giant in Africa and has embraced the nickname “Silicon Savannah” – now

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Blockchain
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Kenya sees itself as a technology giant in Africa and has embraced the nickname “Silicon Savannah” – now it has set up a special team to look into how to take advantage of the latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and blockchain.

“We missed the internet wave, caught up with mobile technology… blockchain is the next wave – and we must be part of it,” the team’s chairman, Bitange Ndemo, told the BBC.

From BBC. Story by Dickens Olewe.

A blockchain is a shared database with a provable, auditable and verifiable record of all changes. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the use of computer systems to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence.

Information Minister Joseph Mucheru, the man who the team will report to, says that, among other uses, blockchain could help organize land records stored by the government, which are a constant source of frustration for people who want to buy, sell or verify information about land.

Possessing a title deed in Kenya does not necessarily guarantee ownership because fraudsters in cahoots with land officials have been known to change land records.

Read more at BBC.

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Football Unites In Ferguson Support After Emergency Brain Surgery

A statue of legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson is pictured outside the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford

A statue of legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson is pictured outside the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford football stadium, Manchester on May 6, 2018. PHOTO: Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Messages of support poured in for Alex Ferguson after the legendary former Manchester United manager was left fighting for his life following emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

News of his operation was made public by his old club, with a United statement cautiously optimistic about the prospects for the 76-year-old, the most successful manager in British football history.

“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone emergency surgery today for a brain haemorrhage,” the statement said.

“The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.

“We will keep Sir Alex and his loved ones in our thoughts during this time, and we are united in our wish to see him make a comfortable, speedy recovery.”

An ambulance was called to the Scot’s home in Cheadle, near Manchester, in northwest England at 9:00 am (0800 GMT) on Saturday, reported the Daily Mail.

Concerns for Ferguson’s health started to mount when it was announced his son, Darren, the manager of English third-tier club Doncaster, would miss his side’s match against Wigan because of “family reasons”.

 ‘Keep fighting Boss’

“It is tragic. I am going to find out how he is as soon as I possibly can,” said Everton manager Sam Allardyce, a longstanding friend of Ferguson’s, after his side’s 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Southampton.

“Obviously I knew it was extremely serious when I knew his son Darren didn’t attend his own game,” the former England boss added. “I hope he has a full recovery.”

Southampton manager Mark Hughes, a United striker during Ferguson’s early years at Old Trafford, said: “I only just got a little whisper earlier on. I was hoping it wasn’t true. I wish him all the best.”

David Beckham was among several United players past and present who took to social media to offer their support to “the boss”.

On Instagram, with a picture of him as a youngster alongside Ferguson, Beckham wrote: “Keep fighting Boss.. Sending prayers and love to Cathy and the whole family x @manchesterunited.”

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, signed by Ferguson as an 18-year-old in 2003, tweeted a picture with his former mentor. “My thoughts and prayers are with you, my dear friend. Be strong, Boss!” he said.

Former United and England captain Wayne Rooney said on Twitter: “Get well soon Boss. Thoughts with all the family at this sad time. #AlexFerguson.”

There was a heartfelt message from former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and his wife Annemarie, who herself recovered from a brain haemorrhage in 2009.

“Devastated about the news about Sir Alex and knowing all too well about the situation ourselves. Stay strong and hope together with everyone you recover. Edwin & Annemarie,” said the couple’s Twitter post.

Another former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel tweeted simply: “Please. Be strong. Win this one” interspersed with prayer emojis.

Midfielder Michael Carrick said he was “absolutely devastated”, adding, “All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Be strong Boss.”

Vincent Kompany, the captain of new English champions Manchester City, summed up hundreds of messages from rival clubs and from right across the football spectrum when he said: “Hang in there Sir Alex. Thoughts are with the family and close ones.”

Away from football, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, tweeted: “My thoughts are with Alex Ferguson and his family – wishing him a full and speedy recovery.”

Ferguson retired five years ago having won a 38 major trophies in just over 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, including 13 Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League twice.

He was at United’s home ground a week ago to present a commemorative vase to old rival Arsene Wenger, who is stepping down as Arsenal manager.

‘Watershed moment’

Ferguson had planned to retire at the end of the 2001/02 campaign but changed his mind after speaking to his wife Cathy and their family.

But the death of his wife’s twin sister in 2012 provided Ferguson with what he later wrote was a “watershed moment.

“I felt that, after all those years during which Cathy had put me first, it was time that I took care of her needs,” he explained.

Prior to arriving at Old Trafford, Ferguson, enjoyed success as manager of Aberdeen, interrupting Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers’ Old Firm dominance of Scottish football by winning three league championships, four domestic Cups and the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup in charge of the Dons.

It was a similar story at Old Trafford, where his United teams ended Liverpool’s dominance of the domestic game, with the highlight being the 1999 treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

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Martin Keown’s Mesut Ozil prediction comes true as Arsenal host Burnley

Footage of Arsenal legend Martin Keown tearing into Mesut Ozil following the Gunners’ Europa League loss to Atletico Madrid on

Footage of Arsenal legend Martin Keown tearing into Mesut Ozil following the Gunners’ Europa League loss to Atletico Madrid on Thursday night has resurfaced online this afternoon, ahead of the the capital outfit’s Premier League clash with Burnley.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action at the Emirates in Arsene Wenger’s final home game as Arsenal manager, on a hugely emotional day for all involved with the club.

The Gunners have nothing more than pride and the honour of their soon to be former boss to fight for this evening, with the hopes of Champions League qualification via a spot in the Premier League’s top 4 for Arsenal having long passed.

1-0

And any remaining hopes that the North Londoners maintained of clinching a spot in next season’s Champions League courtesy of a Europa League triumph also went down the drain in agonizing fashion this past Thursday, when Arsene Wenger’s men fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the second-leg of their semi-final tie, culminating in a 2-1 aggregate loss.

In the aftermath of the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano, much was made of the performance of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, with club legend Martin Keown having labelled the German midfielder as ‘not fit to wear the shirt’.

As showcased in the clip below, Keown also went on to reveal that he expected Ozil to be absent from the Arsenal XI to take on Burnley today, predicting that the former Real Madrid was set for ‘some sort of emotional breakdown’:

Missing man

And, as has since been confirmed by the announcement of the Gunners’ starting lineup for this evening, Ozil is indeed absent from the club’s squad to take on Burnley, with ‘back problems’ having been cited as the reason for his omission:

Arsene Wenger’s emotional goodbye to the Arsenal fans in today’s match day programme

Fulham’s last hope: Calls for Cardiff City to be docked points after Reading

Cardiff City are back in the Premier League! Congratulations Cardiff City! Cardiff are back in the Premier League for the

Cardiff City are back in the Premier League!

Congratulations Cardiff City!

Cardiff are back in the Premier League for the 2018-19 season after a dramatic final day of the season in the Championship.

In the end a 0-0 draw against Reading was enough for Cardiff to win promotion.

Fulham helped push Cardiff over the finishing line after they lost 3-1 away at Birmingham.

Neil Warnock has now won promotion a record 8 times in his managerial career.

Fulham’s last hope: Calls for Cardiff City to be docked points

In the final stages of the Cardiff vs Reading match there was a mini pitch invasion.

Around 50 Cardiff supporters rushed the pitch before the final whistle blew.

The disturbance caused a hold up in the proceedings, and it provoked a backlash on social media.

While it’s unlikely to happy, some fans – probably Fulham fans? – have been calling for Cardiff to be docked points for their unruly fans.

While that’s not happening, the FA could fine Cardiff for the scenes.

Also see: Ref Bobby Madley’s ‘blind’ decision in Cardiff City vs Reading.