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Welcome Remarks by the Senate President at the Resumption of Plenary on July 3rd, 2018





1. Distinguished colleagues, I welcome you all back to the Senate Chambers after the short recess. I trust that the break has afforded each and every one of us the opportunity to cast our minds back over the last three years, to take stock and assess our performance thus far, and to better plot the way forward as we embark on the last lap of the 8th Senate.

2. As you all know, this Senate clocked its third anniversary while we were on break; and, given the sombre mood of the nation, there was no great celebration. Nonetheless, we had occasion to get an overview of the considerable achievements of this Senate since its inauguration on June 9, 2015. Indeed, we have come a long way, and have set a new bar in the legislative history of this country. We have passed 213 Bills in the period under review and cleared 138 Petitions – surpassing in three years the records of the entire four-year terms of every previous Senate. This is no mean feat. As we hit the home run, therefore, it is important we do not pack-pedal or slow down; we must intensify efforts towards doing all that we are sworn to do for the electorate that voted for us as their representatives.

3. Distinguished colleagues, you will agree with me when I say that the 8th Senate’s achievements would not have been possible without the support of Nigerians. They gave us the mandate and they trusted us to deliver; the people’s confidence in us has been a boon to all our endeavors in this hallowed chamber, and has put a spring in our steps with regard to all legislative activities.

4. With the backing of the people, we have been able to introduce landmark legislations that have helped boost our recovering economy. These include: the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), which is the most significant business reform Bill in Nigeria in nearly three decades. As a result of the signing into law of the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act and the Credit Bureau Reporting Act, for instance, Nigeria was upgraded on the World Bank’s annual Ease of Doing Business ranking. This has been a very welcome development for our
economy and for restoring investor confidence in our business terrain. Other landmark economic Bills include: the Warehouse Receipts Bill, the Nigerian Railways Authority Bill, and the National Transportation Commission Bill.

5. We have given tremendous support to the fight against corruption with the passage of Bills such as: the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, the Witness Protection Bill, the Whistleblower Protection Bill and the Federal Audit Service Commission Bill. You will recall that it was the quick intervention of the 8th National Assembly – through the passage of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill (NFIU) – that saved Nigeria from being expelled from the global community of the Egmont Group.

6. It was in the life of this Senate that we finally ‘split the atom’ of the once intractable Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), after almost two decades in the legislative wilderness. We split the Bill into four manageable parts; and, not only have we passed the first of those, the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), we have started work on the remaining three – the Administrative, Fiscal and Host Communities components of the Bill and have already taken them up to Public Hearing stage. The clock is ticking and we must ensure that we conclude work on the remaining PIB Bills as soon as possible. Nigerians deserve no less.

7. Our many interventions over the last three years, have shown that we are a Senate that is responsive to the needs of the people. This is observable in the constitutional amendment Bills that we have passed. Notable among these is the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill, which received Presidential assent on May 31, 2018, to wild jubilation around the country, due to the momentous generational shift it is expected to trigger in national leadership, in paving the way for the greater participation of youths in governance. A youth-oriented focus has similarly informed our engagement with relevant organizations on youth development and empowerment, in order to create jobs that will usefully occupy our teeming youths. We should be rightly proud of the milestones we have reached in this regard, because as we all know, youth inclusiveness is key to sustainable democratic governance.

8. As a people-oriented Senate, we have made major interventions on the drug abuse epidemic afflicting our communities, especially the youth demographic. In so doing, we have helped spark a national debate about drug abuse that is now the subject of major media attention. Additionally, we have drafted two Bills to tackle the problem, namely the Drug Control Bill and the Mental Health Bill. It is now incumbent on us to introduce
these Bills and for the legislative process on the two to begin without delay, following their review by the relevant Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders.

9. Among our most transformative achievements, my distinguished colleagues, is the step we have taken to make healthcare a right of Nigerians, and to put it within the reach of our entire population of 180 million people. This we have done through the setting aside of 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) to establish the Basic Healthcare Fund in the just concluded 2018 Budget. This is grounded in our belief that all Nigerians, no matter their economic status, deserve access to qualitative and affordable healthcare, to make for a stronger Nigeria with healthy and vibrant citizens who will, in turn, drive the country’s growth and development.

10. Distinguished colleagues, the foregoing represents something of a recap of the journey so far, and also, in a sense, maps out the challenges ahead of us, which we must face head on. We are resuming plenary today under a pall of national anxiety and apprehension over the state of insecurity in the country. We have been alarmed at so many senseless killings of Nigerians, with the high number of casualties in Plateau being among the most egregious of late. In the wake of the atrocity, I led a Senate delegation to pay a condolence visit to the Governor of Plateau State, and to commiserate with the people of the state. As always, our sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones in these acts of barbarity, and we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring peace and security in our country.

11. As you all know, we held a Security Summit some months back, specifically to address the rising insecurity and to work out strategies in collaboration with security agencies on safeguarding Nigerian lives. Furthermore, we set up the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of Security Infrastructure in Nigeria, chaired by Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan; and we must now take steps to consider the Report of that committee and take forward the recommendations therein as may be appropriate. Events have shown that we were right to take these steps in response to the security challenges facing the nation at this time.

12. Let me reassure Nigerians that we are as concerned as they are in the face of this challenge; and we continue to hold government accountable, in order to see to improvement in this area. In addition to the Security Summit earlier mentioned, we held briefings with Security Chiefs in a bid to better understand the problems; and have urged them to table their
requests for more funds, so that the legislature can work on that aspect as well, to better equip the security forces to protect lives and property. Through our oversight functions, we can ensure the proper utilization of such funds and see to it that we have full accountability in the management of the current security crisis.

13. I must say, once again, that the responsibility for ensuring security rests with each and every one of us. Issues of criminality are involved in these heinous acts, and the vigilance of community leaders and the average citizen is crucial, to assist the security agencies do their job. For us as the Senate, it does seem that these issues are also an indication that it is time to revisit the issue of State Police; and to devise a framework for the mopping up of the 350 million pieces of light weapons estimated to be in circulation within our borders – an alarming ratio of three weapons to one person.

14. Meanwhile, let me use this opportunity to call for calm on all sides. We have called many times for unity and tolerance, and we must remind ourselves of the imperative of peace at this difficult time in our nation. Moderation is needed in our speech and in our actions as responsible citizens, even in what may be deemed as provocative situations. We must therefore, all of us, be careful of speech that has the potential to heat up the polity and heighten tensions. We implore the media also to exercise great responsibility in their reporting; Fake News can lead to dire consequences that we can ill afford. Nigeria is the only country we have.

15. Distinguished colleagues, it is clear that internal tensions are also a reflection of the economic condition of the citizenry. We will therefore be calling on all stakeholders to put Economic Bills on the fast lane in order that we may conclude them, so that we can open the door to greater opportunities for our people. Growth and development can only serve to deepen our democracy. To this end, I call on Committees that have not reported on their various mandates to quickly do so, so that we can conclude work on outstanding Bills intended to create economic prosperity for Nigerians.

16. Happily, the 2018 Budget has been signed by the President. We call on the Executive to expedite the release of funds for Budget implementation, so that our people can begin to see the positive impact in their lives without delay. The work is not done. We as the Senate must continue to exercise our oversight functions to ensure successful implementation and value for money. Naturally, we continue to work towards reforming the budgetary process. Clearly, it is necessary for the
Executive and the Legislature to work towards a more robust engagement on the need for a better budget environment and process, going forward.

17. In closing, my distinguished colleagues let us maintain the standard that we have set for this historic 8th Senate. The remaining work on the Constitutional Review process, pending concurrence issues and – unconcluded Bills especially the three PIB components outstanding as well as the earmarked economic Bills – all these demand our urgent attention.

18. As we inch closer to the 2019 electioneering period, I urge us not to lose focus. The divided attention of the legislature is not in the interest of the country. We must not be distracted. It is incumbent on us, therefore, to not allow politicking get in the way of our first duty to the Nigerian people, as Senators of the Federal Republic.

19. On this note, I charge us all to fasten our seatbelts and power on with the work we have been tasked to do. Posterity is watching, and history will vindicate us if we do the job with diligence and in truth.

Thank you.



President Buhari launches new Nigerian passport



President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the new Nigerian international passport, which has 25 features that differentiates it from the old passport.

The new passport was launched on Tuesday at an emergency meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Buhari.

Minister of Interior Abdurahaman Dambazzau, who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, said the validity of the Nigerian passport has now been extended for 10 years for citizens who would want longer validity.

“We realized too that most Nigerians in the diaspora have been hammering on the issue of 10-year validity passport because we have had five-year validity passport.

“So, we considered that to make the passport 10-year validity. As long as it is not filled up, you can use your passport for 10 years before renewal.”

Dambazzau said the new the need to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organisation stipulations and security challenges necessitated the production of the new passport.

“You know things are dynamic in technology and ICAO also brought out additional features which we have to comply with as early as possible for security reasons.

“We have series of cross border issues to deal with and series of challenges in terms of border security and management.

“And one of the ways to do that, in addition to biometrics, we have introduced is to ensure that our passport contains all these security features at least to make it foolproof against identity theft and against any criminal to use it to sneak into the country or out of the country.

“This is the reason we came up with policy in the ministry and we looked at it as against the standard that is required and we came out with additional features.”

Local production

According to Dambazzau, the production of the new passport would be domesticated to tackle the challenges associated with producing it outside the country, which has been the case in the past.

“We thought that for couple of reason that it is an issue we must, as a matter of policy, find a way to sought it out.

“One for security reasons, it is important that we domesticate passport production.

“Two, it would also provide opportunity for employment of Nigerians because if you take it to is the country that will benefit, employment wise.

“The third reason is the possibility of introducing technology or technology transfer. So, we took a decision that we must do that.”

The minister said the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, NSPMC, already provides platform for the production of the new passport in Nigeria.

He said the colours of the passports would remain the same with the standard passport, which is issued to Nigerian citizens, as green, the official passport issued to Nigerians who work government as blue, while the diplomatic passport issued to ministers and presidents remain red.

Also speaking, the Controller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, said that there are 25 differences between the old and the new passports.

“Some of them you don’t need to know, but those you need to know are very simple.

“The first, if you look at the passport, it easily fades; this has been improved.

“If you look at the other passport it was for laminating. We have improved the features.

“Also, sometimes when you go to the airport, they cannot read your passport when your are crossing the border.

“We have improved the chip to be more secured. There are other features which you don’t need.


Babandede said the standard passport would have 32-page booklet for five years.

He said the cost of obtaining it would be N25,000, while it would be issued for $130abroad.

He said the 64-page booklet for five years would cost N35,000 in Nigeria and $150 dollars abroad.

The 64-page for 10 years, will cost N70,000 in Nigeria and $230 dollars abroad.

The Official passport will cost N15,000 but it cannot be issue abroad.

Also, the diplopmatic passport is not paid for since it is issued gratis.

It is not issued abroad.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was also at the briefing, agreed that the emergency meeting was called for the consideration of a new national minimum wage.

He however, said the minimum wage “is work in progress” and it would be discussed by the National Economic Council before it would be announced to the media.

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My dear colleague,

Governor Willie Obiano’s relationship with the APC-led Federal Government has in the last few days earned some excoriating criticisms from hawks in the Peoples Democratic Party. As the general election draws nearer, more of such extremist remarks against our principal should be expected. We have a responsibility to explain the true situation to not just the critics but the people of Anambra State who are supremely in support of both Governor Obiano and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Here are some points to consider in our robust public communications.

1. Governor Obiano is not an extremist but a great believer in constructive engagement. He engages constructively with the APC-led FG. Thus, federal establishments like the police force, army, navy and NCDSC have been very helpful in making Anambra the safest state in Nigeria. Obiano is a perfect example of practitioners of what social science scholars call cooperative federalism, as opposed to adversarial federalism.

2. Obiano also engages constructively with members of the so-called opposition in Anambra State like Senator Ben Obi, Senator Andy Uba, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Mrs Josephine Anenih, Chief Godwin Ezeeimo, etc. This healthy style of engagement with opponents resulted in the peaceful gubernatorial election of November 7, 2017, and Anambra’s emergence as Nigeria’s most peaceful state.

3. Governor Obiano, in addition, engages constructively with non-partisans like Mr Cosmas Maduka of the Coscharis Group. The result is the massive investment flow into the state running into billions of dollars.

4. Obiano’s advanced and sophisticated approach in his relationships with critical institutions and forces around Nigeria can be described as informed by what he calls development diplomacy. This is a strategy which means that what matters to him is what will lift the state’s development level and benefit Ndi Anambra, rather than pandering to some schoolboy-like expectations. This development strategy has worked most effectively in the transformation of Southeast nations and territories like Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Malaysia. It has been adopted by Ethiopia, and the Horn of Africa nation has become Africa’s fastest growing economy.

5. The confrontation approach which some politicians adopt in order to be seen as tough fighters is often nothing other than playing to the gallery. This approach costs society a lot, leaving the people poorer and the states less safe. Anambra is in a hurry to develop, and so doesn’t need unnecessary fights which are by their nature destructive.

6. Yet, no one should be in doubt about Gov Obiano’s unwavering and bold commitment to the good of Ndi Anambra in particular and Igbo people in general. For instance, when a lot of Igbo leaders were afraid to merely discuss in public any aspect of the Nigerian-Biafran War, Obiano led the formal burial and funeral of Igbo people who died in the 30-month fratricide but did not receive a proper burial, an anathema in Igboland and many other parts of Africa. Many of the people today taking exception to Gov Obiano’s constructive engagement with the Federal Government were too timid to attend this crucial and historic ceremony in Awka, or even declare support for it. Only such bold and authentic Igbo leaders like the late Vice President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme, stood by Gov Obiano every inch of the way.

7. We can cite another example of where Chief Obiano provided bold leadership when other leaders proved cowardly. When the most hardened of Boko Haram fighters were sent to the Ekwulobia Prison in 2015, most Igbo leaders suddenly became dumb and even blind, despite the grave security implications of having Boko Haram terrorists in our midst. But Gov Obiano rose to the occasion. He displayed a great understanding of what the distinguished Harvard scholar, Professor Joseph Nye, famously called soft power to get the Federal Government to remove the terrorists from not just Anambra State but the entire Southeast to other parts of the country. The Obiano strategy proved very effective, as the terrorists were taken away in no time and without repercussions to Ndi Anambra.

8. Gov Obiano’s style of achieving great objectives and goals for the people of Anambra State without creating enmity for them in any way is a mark of sophisticated leadership. He calls it development diplomacy. The Nigerian political class should learn one or two lessons from this strategy.

9. Politicians of Anambra extraction who disapprove of this approach are those Chinua Achebe famously referred to as rough beasts of fanaticism. They are those who want to endanger the state by seeking to bring down on all of us the roof of our development building which has in recent years attracted stupendous attention from even beyond Nigeria.

May God continue to protect, guide and bless Anambra State, the Light of the Nation.


C. Don Adinuba,

Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment.

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Our attention has been drawn to two recent statements by two prominent members of Umuleri community in which they tried to disparage Aguleri. The first was by Elder Aniegboke Ndive, who is one of the Umuleri representatives in the current Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee, working on the modus for peaceful coexistence between the two communities, on the initiative of the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State. The other was by Chief Pius Okonkwo, the President-General of the Umuleri Town Union and one of the facilitators of the current Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee. He was also a member of the 2004-2010 Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee, which produced an agreement between the two communities in 2006, from the riverside to I.N.E.C. office at Otuocha, before the Umuleri community aborted the peace process, as a result of internal problems in the community.

Of course, we are not surprised at Aniegboke’s alleged attempt to denigrate Aguleri, as it has always been his pastime to insult Aguleri. However, we had thought that with the passage of time and his present assignment to help fashion out peace between Aguleri and Umuleri, that he would have been more educated on Igbo history by now, as well as shown more circumspection in his public statements concerning Aguleri. But, alas, he has not changed! His recent statement/interview on the celebration of Eri Day by the Eri clan, on 1st December 2018, at Aguleri, is a reflection of his previous publication in the Daily Sun of Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in which he said, among other things, that “it is these mercenaries from Aguleri and co that are forcing (these) names of different known and unknown communities on Eri, which the Aguleris don’t belong to”.

In order to set the records straight and educate people like Aniegboke on Igbo history, especially in relation to Aguleri and Umuleri, the people of Aguleri published a rejoinder to Aniegboke’s article, as an addendum, to an advertorial in the Daily Sun of Tuesday, July 15, 2014, captioned: ‘Aguleri Is The Ancestral Home Of The Igbos, Not Nri’. In light of continued exhibition of gross ignorance of Igbo history by Aniegboke and his ilk, that rejoinder is still relevant today, for the proper education of Aniegboke and people like him. As observed in the rejoinder, it is evident that Aniegboke’s dabble into Igbo history, especially as it concerns Aguleri and Umuleri, is “driven by a strong desire to re-write the history of Umuleri, recently changed to Umueri”.

And, of course, in doing this, he distorted a lot of historical facts and manufactured stories to fit his design. For example, in his previous publication, Aniegboke labored hard to assign to Umuleri a new founder, in the person of either Dabaw or Eri, as he appeared not to have made up his mind on which one to stick to. In one instance, he claimed that Umuleri “are direct descendants of Dabaw” and in another place, he referred to Umuleri as “the original Eri descendants”. His statements on historical issues are as confusing as they are full of inaccuracies and contradictions.

The truth of the matter is that Igbo history is short or silent on the historical paternity of Umuleri. Rather, there is historical knowledge that Adamgbo, the daughter of Eri, was the founder of Umuleri, hence Umuleri and Aguleri are regarded as related communities, since Adamgbo was the sister of Agulu, the founder of Aguleri. Another school of thought has it that Umuleri was founded by an itinerant woman, named Iguedo, hence Umuleri is a prominent member of the Iguedo clan, known as ‘Umu-Iguedo, till date. Not Umu-eri, as their recently adopted name suggests. As a matter of fact, the original name of Umuleri bore evidence of the above circumstances of its founding. The name then was ‘Umu-Ulu-Eri’ (i.e. children of profit to Eri), since they are the children/descendants of Adamgbo, the daughter of Eri, who was not known in history to be married. It was later shortened to ‘Umuleri’, and now ‘re-baptized’ to ‘Umu-Eri’.

We believe that it is an attempt to justify their new name and carve out a prominent role or position in Igbo history for Umuleri that is propelling people like Aniegboke to embark on the fabrication of history and the denigration of Aguleri. But this need not be, as Umuleri, being children/descendants of Adamgbo, the daughter Eri, are already connected to Eri. And we regard them with all the loving sentiments of our father, Agulu, the first son of Eri, for the children/descendants of his sister. This, indeed, has always been the moderating factor of the attitude and behavior of Aguleri to Umuleri, even when provoked. But, of course, as the saying goes, ‘there is a limit to human endurance’. We, therefore, call on Aniegboke and co to change their mindset and embrace peace with Aguleri. And work for it.

With respect to the statement credited to the President-General of the Umuleri Town Union, Chief Pius Okonkwo, at the Ofala celebration of the Traditional Ruler of Umuleri, Igwe Ben Emeka, on 29th December 2018, we are, indeed, surprised that, given his involvement in peace efforts between Aguleri and Umuleri, as well as his exposure, he could publicly refer to Aguleri as an intruder into Otuocha land. He also made reference to the Otuocha land case between the two communities in a manner that suggests that Umuleri was the winner. This impression is far from the true position. But it goes to show the mindset of some people in leadership positions in Umuleri, as well as how uninformed they are about the court’s decision on the Otuocha land matter. Perhaps, this was what the court anticipated when it specifically warned the Umuleri community against such attitude.

In the judgement of the Onitsha High Court on the land case, which judgment was restored by the Supreme Court as its decision on the case, the judge stated thus: “May l, however, sound a note of warning to the defendants (i.e. Umuleri community). In dismissing the plaintiffs’ case (i.e. Aguleri claim for exclusive ownership of the land), I have not decided that Otuocha land belongs to the defendants (Umuleri community). It is my view that neither side can establish exclusive ownership of the whole of Otuocha land. If on leaving this court premises, no doubt, jubilant, they (the Umuleri community) should go home to assert that Otuocha land belongs to them, defendants (i.e. the Umuleri community) and their leaders should take full responsibility for any breaches of peace that may occur). What a timely warning! But what we are witnessing today in careless talks and brazen actions by some leaders of Umuleri indicate otherwise. Else, how can the Umuleri President-General and Aniegboke respectively refer to Aguleri people as “intruders” and “mercenaries”?

We are also somewhat worried that Chief Pius Okonkwo, who was a member of the Aguleri/Umuleri Peace Committee of 2004-2010, which produced the 2006 agreement between the two communities, should talk about the Royal Niger Company in his statement in a way that leaves the impression that the ownership of the place is in issue, whereas it was one of the places clearly settled by that agreement. One of the Resolutions/Decisions of the Peace Committee states as follows: “the Umueri community hereby relinquishes its interest in the site of the Royal Niger Company, which area is otherwise known as ‘Company’, to Aguleri community, in the interest of peace.” Wherein then lies the basis for the apparent contention on the ownership of the Royal Niger Company created by the President-General in his statement? It is now becoming clear that the Umuleri community is pursuing a deliberate policy of discountenancing and dishonoring previous land agreements with Aguleri. The question for him is, how is it possible that his community Umuleri gave out their ancestral land to the royal Niger company and allowed Aguleri community to sign the lease agreement on their behalf? Does it not sound incredulous to even his fabricating mind?

Provocative activities from Umuleri continues unabated to date, while Aguleri continues to embrace peaceful coexistence. Aguleri sign-posts and structures in areas already settled by agreements to belong to Aguleri have been severally vandalized by Umuleri youths, apparently, with the support of the leadership of their community.Similarly, prominent Umuleri persons buy land in these settled Aguleri areas (especially in areas bordering Umuleri settled areas) and promptly and provocatively appropriate these areas by changing their sign-posts to prominently proclaim these areas as Umuleri areas.

Certainly, this is not the way to build and sustain peace. We, therefore, appeal to the Umuleri community to embrace peace with Aguleri by talking and acting in peaceful manners. And, of course, respect all peace agreements with Aguleri. The question truly is why and who in Umuleri is not happy with the recent positive developments taking place in our two communities? Why this move to choose inflammatory statements and provocative actions over peaceful co-existence?

Of particular note is the record high level of Umuleri provocation against Aguleri since the inception of Obiano’s administration. Aguleri have turned a blind eye to all their acts, as is in our character. But they have deliberately and consistently stepped up their provocative acts by the day even to the extent of coming right inside Aguleri villages to knock down buildings not situated in the contested lands. Our elders have continued to prevail on our youths not to retaliate. Just before the Christmas, Umuleri youths destroyed several signposts built by Aguleri World Forum for the Aguleri Beautification Project, even when they were installed right inside Aguleri lands. And just a few days ago, Umuleri youths, armed with machetes, guns, and all sorts of weapons, have blocked Dabawu road leading to Igboezunu, and burnt bushes, in apparent readiness to defend a fence they wrongly erected in disputed land that belongs to Adegbe-Umueze in Igboezunu.

This is just a few of their provocative acts, that include gestapo type invasions of some Aguleri homes in the middle of the night, where they have removed some of our elders, or beaten them up in their homes, and set fires on our farmlands. Each time the culprits were arrested, their community Leadership will immediately call for their release. Yet, our leaders keep on restraining our youths. Umuleri’s thirst for blood and disorderliness have also caused them to repeatedly harass Worshippers at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Aguleri. Even the worshippers at Odoziobodo Aguleri have not been spared of their wrath. The have sworn to terrorize Aguleri families living on that side of the road until they park out. They think by so doing, they will own that side of the road.

It is obvious Umuleri are using the peaceful tenure of our Son, Governor Obiano as a bait against us. It also appears that while Igwe Ben Emeka talks peace, he acts with aggression and his PG and others act with aggression, all orchestrated as their strategy. Perhaps they do this because they have the false notion that we will continue to turn the other cheek as long as our Son is the Governor of Anambra State so as not to embarrass him. However, while we are a Peace loving people, Aguleri cannot stomach that provocation forever. We are therefore crying out now, making every peace loving person aware of what is going on so that if and when peace breaks down the whole world would know that Umuleri have been the aggressor, and not that Aguleri likes to fight. We are being constantly provoked. And we need all peace loving people to take notice.

We do not need any more wars in our communities. A word is enough for the wise.

Long live Aguleri! Long live Eri Dynasty!! Long live Ndi Igbo!!!


Pastor Jossy  Akwuobi (PhD)

Chairman Aguleri World Forum (AWF)


Prof Mike Obiefune

Chairman Board of Trustees Aguleri World Forum( AWF )


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Presidential race: Ezekwesili flags off campaign in South West



Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), says she would chart a new direction toward making Nigeria great if elected president in the Feb. 16 election.
Ezekwesili spoke on Tuesday in Akure while flagging off her South West presidential campaign that drew party members from Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states.
She said the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party had failed the country, arguing they lack the capacity take the country to the desired great heights.
The former Minister of Education, who described ACPN as a party of the people and committed to restructuring, said it would “steer the country out of the woods.”
“This is not a movement of politicians, this is a movement of the citizens. I am not running so that I will answer a title, I will mobilise the Nigerian people for us to do things differently.
“I will mobilise Nigerian people for us to form a government in the way that matters to the people, not for the politicians and looters but for the people; everyone in Nigeria that is tired of the situation will run with me, I am not running alone.
“We want a different Nigeria, a system that will make the child of the poor to have access to quality education.
“We will ensure that the private sector is part of the economic development of the country.
“Today, three to four million of our young people come out of schools and could not find job, that is horrible.
“The ACPN is a party that will bring new dawn on the country,” Ezekwesili said.
Earlier, Ezekwesili’s running mate, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Galadima, had said that ACPN had always been strong in Ondo State.
He advised party members to avoid the pitfall of the past and work hard as a team to ensure victory for the ACPN in the forthcoming general election.
“Let us take our destiny in our own hands. With the unity of purpose and hard work, it will be a walkover for ACPN come election time,” Galadima said.

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Buhari presides over “ Special FEC ’



President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a special meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FEC meeting usually holds on Wednesdays but late last year, a Special FEC meeting was convened on a Friday to discuss and approve the 2019 budget proposal.
However, the agenda of today’s meeting which started at about 3.20 p.m., is unknown.
Attending the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Head of Service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.
Others are Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, National Security Adviser to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Munguno as well as cabinet ministers and some presidential aides.

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President Buhari decorates Acting Police Boss



President Buhari Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammadu, who has been appointed to replace Abubakar Idris.
The ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when the new police boss came to the Villa, accompanied by Idris.
Speaking to State House correspondents after his decoration, Adamu thanked Buhari for considering him worthy to be the next Inspector-General of Police.
He said he would diligently work to tackle the Nigeria’s security challenges and fight violent crimes.
“We know that there are security challenges that we need to tackle in the country like the issues of kidnapping, abduction and other security challenges.
“From the strategies put in place by the former IGP, we will re-strategize and make sure that we tackle these challenges squarely.’’
Hitch-free elections
The Acting IGP said he would build on the strategies put in place by his predecessor to ensure a hitch free 2019 general election.
He also pledged to maintain neutrality and to be fair to all while carrying out his official duties before, during and after the general elections.
“Adequate arrangement has been made to make sure that free and fair and credible elections take place in Nigeria.
“We are going to build up on the strategies put in place to make sure that we have hitch-free elections in the country.
“We are going to stick by the rules, we are going to do the right thing. We will not go outside the ethics of our job to do things that are untoward, everybody will be given level playing ground to play his or her politics,’’ he said.
The out-going IGP, who also addressed the correspondents after the decoration of the new IGP by the president, announced his retirement from service.
“I want to inform Nigerians that today I am 60 years and I think I have reached the pinnacle of my career.
“So, I am going to handover to my successor, the incoming inspector General of Police.
“He is an officer I know very well. We knew each other in the past, we have worked together and I wish him success,’’ he said.
The Acting IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, enlisted into the Force on February 1, 1986 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police
Before his appointment as the Acting Inspector General of Police, he was a Directing Staff at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, Plateau State.
He was Commissioner of Police in Ekiti and Enugu States and also Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5 Police Command Headquarters, Benin, Edo State.

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An Address Presented by the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day on January 15, 2019.



Ndi Anambra today is a special day in the history of our country, Nigeria. Today, we join our fellow Nigerians across the country to reflect on the weighty issues of nationhood and honour the memory of our fellow compatriots who laid down their lives that we may live a more meaningful life of our own.

Fellow Nigerians, today, we remember all our fallen heroes and heroines, the unknown soldier, the Patriots who lie in unmarked graves and our brave veterans who live with mortal wounds sustained in defense of our Liberties and our ideals. We remember them in absolute fondness and we reassure them that the sacrifices they made for our lives and liberty were not made in vain.

Ndi Anambra, if we cast our minds back to this time four years ago, we may remember that we organized an epic event in memory of our heroes and heroines who fell to the Civil War. That epic ceremony is known as Ozoemezina (Never Again!)

Ozoemezina was a bold effort to confer dignity on all our brothers and sisters who were taken by the war and therefore experienced death without a proper burial. By holding a solemn memorial service in their honour, we brought closure to that sad episode of our national life and paved the way for a deeper healing among the living.

Ozoemezina was epic in its entirety. I implore everyone who wishes to know about Ozoemezina to visit my official YouTube Channel and watch the special documentary that tells that story in a profound way.

Fellow citizens, we must never fail to appreciate our service men and women. Or show gratitude to them for standing up in defence of our ideals, our Liberties and our lives. The Nigerian Armed Forces have continued to play their roles as the defender of our freedom and the ultimate pillar of our unity. Indeed, our service men and women have continued to inspire their counterparts across Africa for decades. The bravery of our military has always been the defining factor in all their peace-keeping operations across Africa and beyond. Fellow Nigerians, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

Indeed, the Nigerian Armed Forces have risen above great odds to fulfill the mission that established them. The growing spate of unrest in different parts of the country has thrown up more challenges to the military than can ever be imagined. The battle against the proliferation of small arms as well as the war on terror have made enormous demands from our Armed Forces. The battle line has become unclear and it is almost impossible to tell who the enemy is. All these call for more support to the Nigerian Armed Forces.

For us in Anambra State, we are bold enough to say that we have cordial relations with our service men and women. My administration struck a perfect partnership with them in the early stages of inception and together we have created a peaceful and prosperous state. We have enjoyed peace like never before and our beloved state has become the safest state in Nigeria.

Ndi Anambra, we shall continue to enjoy peace and security in our beloved state by the Grace of God. We shall continue to appreciate our service men and women especially in these difficult times when our own brothers and sisters have become our country’s enemies. We shall continue to remember them and their families in our prayers. We shall continue to encourage them to do more, to fight more and to sacrifice more for the good of Nigeria and for the safety of Nigerians.

At this juncture, I’d like to invite everyone here to join me in observing a minute of silence in memory of our fallen heroes and heroines who gave their lives that we might live.

God bless Nigeria
God bless Anambra State

Thank you

Willie Obiano

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Ohaneze Ndigbo Condemns Trial of Onnoghen



The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo has condemned the planned arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, describing the action as shocking, sectional and provocative.
The President of Ohaneze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, said the pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation received with shock and disappointment, the decision of the federal government to prosecute Onnoghen.

“Legal opinion abound that the action is premature and ill conceived following an extant Court of Appeal decision which interprets the procedure for prosecuting judicial officers. This procedure has not been followed. The fact that the National Judicial Council (NJC) has been ignored is not just illegal but suggests deliberate court shopping and a predetermined objective.
“Secondly, the fact that one of the issues being canvassed by the CCB before the CCT is for an order of the CCT for the Chief Justice of Nigeria to step aside from his exalted office pending the conclusion of the trial contrary to the procedure for his removal from office as provided by the Nigerian constitution exposes the aim of the prosecution.
“A perusal of some of the depositions in the charge sheet also shows a completely distorted conception of the regulations pertaining to the declaration of assets. Assets acquired after assumption of office are declared at the end of a public official’s tenure in order to present a comparison with assets declared on assumption of office.
“The federal government is heating up the polity. Not long ago we were entertained with all sorts of interpretations of the Vice President’s powers while the President is on leave. The Group Managing Director of NNPC was accused of violating laws pertaining to the award of contracts. Because he comes from a protected ethnic group and class, no investigation was conducted.
“Fulani herdsman killed 110 natives of Nimbo in Enugu State. Police investigations led to the arrest of some of the herdsman with their telephone pictures of the carnage but not one has been prosecuted .
“The same carnage took place in Benue State. Pictures of the murderers wearing the uniform of the choir members of a Catholic church where they murdered their priests and members of their congregation were all over the social media. No one was arrested or prosecuted.
“Their sponsors, Miyetti Allah, addressed a press conference recently extolling their ethnic agenda and making decisive and inciting statements. Not one of them was arrested.
“The insensitiveness of the federal government to respect for our constitution and it’s patronage of double standards in the enforcement of the law is sickening and abhorrent,” Nwodo added.


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Court Summons AG, IGP On Onnoghen



A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed hearing for January 17, in a suit by the incorporated trustees of international association of student economists and management against the code of conduct tribunal, the code of conduct bureau and the Attorney General of the Federation.

Justice N.E Maha who heard the motion ex-parte by the organisation, on Monday, however directed that all the parties in the case, including the inspector general of police, should not take any further steps on the issue before that day.
The judge also directed all the defendants in the case to be served with the court papers to enable them to be present in court at the next adjourned date.

In the motion on notice, the applicant is contending that the arraignment of the CJN at the code of conduct tribunal is a violation of provisions of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

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Wike Bags NUJ Award



Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has emerged winner of the Nigeria union of journalists NUJ prize for outstanding leadership and infrastructural development.

President of the NUJ, Chris Isiguzo says the union settled for the Rivers state governor because of the massive achievements recorded by his administration in the areas of infrastructural development, security, political tolerance and human capital development in addition to a cordial relationship with the media.

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