Nobody can use Middle Belt to fight civil war again –Dr. Pogu

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) recently held a crucial conference to review the state of the nation as it concerns the indigenous ethnic groups in Northern Nigeria.  In this interview, President of the MBF, Dr Bitrus Pogu tells ONWUKA NZESHI that his people are the silent majority in the North but have been subjugated under the oligarchy and reduced to hewers of wood and fetchers of water       The Middle Belt Forum held a conference recently in Abuja and took some far-reaching decisions. What was the essence of…

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We’ll do things differently in Kogi and Bayelsa governorship polls –Okoye

The November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states are just over three months away. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, speaks to ONYEKACHI EZE on the commission’s preparation for the elections in the two states and sundry issues   Now that we are done with the 2019 general elections, INEC is faced with Kogi and Bayelsa governorship  polls fixed for November 16, how prepared is INEC for them     The Commission is gradually getting ready for the conduct of the Kogi and…

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Deplorable state of Onitsha, Nkpor feeder roads: We’re ready to support Obiano if…

•We pay heavy tax yet our roads are deplorable –Residents     Despite the strides recorded by successive governments in Anambra State in the area of road networks, the inability to fix the feeder roads connecting Onitsha, Nkpor and Obosi, we erode the enviable achievements that earned Anambra State, the state with the best road networks. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports   R esidents of Nkpor, Obosi and Onitsha in Idemili North and Onitsha North  Local Government Area of Anambra State respectively, are currently calling on the government of Chief Willie Obianor…

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Women’s summit: In celebration of Anambra amazons

T he year 1929 has continued to remain ever green in the annals of Nigerian history as a day the women in Aba, now in the current Abia State, took to the streets when the colonial Paramount rulers ordered that women should start paying taxes and other forms of levies. Apparently unhappy with this development the women in Aba brought the ancient commercial town to a stand still protesting that there cannot be taxation without representation.     The protest became a watershed in the struggle for Nigeria’s Independence and…

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Nigeria back to days of unwholesome, substandard drugs, products

Counterfeited drugs as a result of porous Nigerian borders –NAFDAC   ‘Nigeria in worst state of products counterfeiting’   It was as if my intestine was about to cut – Victim   Many Nigerians have met their untimely deaths even as others are continuously consuming poisonous and other lethal substances in place of food, drinks and beverages due to the failure of the different regulatory bodies in charge of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the nation. CJIKIOKE IREMEKA reports   Miss Lucy Ogbodo, no doubt, may have had the…

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Sen. Okurounmu: Expect nothing extra-ordinary from Buhari’s cabinet

Senator Femi Okurounmu, a nationalist, the Chairman of the 2014 National Conference Convening Committee and one of the leaders of the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere. In this interview with ADEWALE AJAYI, he expresses displeasure over the Senate’s “poor screening of ministerial nominees,” just as he blames the media for not discharging their duties as expected as the watchdog of the three arms of government. He expresses great doubt over the capability of the new cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari to make any difference in national development in the next four…

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Edo crisis: Oshiomhole didn’t influence our decision, says Hon. Namdas

Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas represents Mayo Belwa/Ganye/Jada/Toungo Federal Constituency of Adamawa State on the platform of APC and was the spokesperson of the House of Representatives in the 8th Assembly. He is the Chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee that investigated the crisis in Edo State House of Assembly. He speaks to PHILIP NYAM on the allegations of complicity against the committee and other issues What is your impression about the about the list of ministerial nominees released by President Muhammadu Buhari? It is  a welcome development especially with the…

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Cryptic pregnancy: A dangerous procedure that leads to cancer –Experts

‘Cryptic pregnancy’ is false pregnancy, while those who stimulate women to fake pregnancy are on a dangerous procedure that leads to proliferation of cancer cells in women as well as Ovarian Hyper stimulation Syndrome (OHS). CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports   M edical Director, Chidicon Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State, Prof. Philip Njemanze has warned couples, especially women who go about in desperate search for children to be mindful of where they go and what they believe regarding unverifiable pregnancies, saying that the so-called ‘cryptic pregnancy’ which the women are falling prey…

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Crystal Foundation puts smile on faces of Makoko pupils

…we need govt presence, Baale Panko cries     Makoko is a shanty town on the lagoon, just across the 3rd Mainland Bridge located on the coast of Lagos Mainland.     Established in the 19th Century, much of Makoko rests on structures constructed on stilts above the Lagos Lagoon.     Over the years, the communities started sand filling the area around the lagoon and today, you will see brick buildings surrounding some of the stilt structures.     There seems to be children lurking  everywhere in the Ago…

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Makoko community: Where residents defecate in water, use same to cook

A lot have been said about the Makoko community, a slum in Lagos State, where residents live in suspended shanties built on water. However, Sunday Telegraph’s investigation revealed that apart from waterfront settlement of Makoko community, where people live on water, a certain percentage of the settlers dwell on solid land. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that the residents defecate in water and depend on the same water for their domestic needs   M akoko Community, Yaba Local Council Development Area, Lagos means different things to different people. To some, it is only…

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