Encomium as Pa Sylvester goes home

“Ugofolozor was delighted to go. He was looking up to leaving this earth. He was ready to proceed on a LONG journey with Nwoye Ibe who had been waiting for him. I am not here to mourn the transition of our father, brother, uncle, grandfather but to celebrate his life. Your love for me and my family was well known to everyone that to you, I could do no wrong.   To me too, you did no wrong. All you did were a demonstration of your nature as a teacher…

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Nigerians must condemn injustice or suffer same fate –Nnamani

The proclamation and inauguration of the National Assembly which occurs every four years usually brings with it a new crop of legislators brimming with new ideas. A former Governor of Enugu State and Senator, representing Enugu East Senatorial District, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani is one of the of ideas in the current dispensation. In this interview with ONWUKA NZESHI, the former governor unveils his thoughts on the Nigerian Project and how he intends to fill the gaps in the next four years   Your Excellency, you are one of those who…

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Sniper: Agent of death loved by teenagers

• ‘We want sniper controlled, removed from our foodstuff ’s  market’   • We can’t ban Sniper, says NAFDAC   • Teen suicides   becoming an epidemic, yet 100% preventable –Psychiatrists     Number of young people, who commit suicide in Nigeria, using Sniper, a brand of insecticide and pesticides, has been on the increase. It is gradually becoming an epidemic in the country, and this has necessitated calls from some Nigerians for the ban of the product and in order to get it out of the reach of young people…

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Makinde: I’m ready to waive my immunity to ensure accountability

Mr. Seyi Makinde, an engineer, chaired the Makon Group of Companies until his election as the Governor of Oyo State on May 29, 2019. In this interview, he talks about the place of accountability and probity in running the Pacesetter State and the core areas of focus for his administration. Excerpts:   Let’s start with the twin issues of probity and accountability. During the induction programme the state held for members of the 9th Assembly of Oyo state, you made some commitments to probity and accountability, when will the promises…

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I am offering the House a credible alternative, says Dyegh

Hon. John Dyegh represents Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency of Benue State and is a top contender for the position of Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives. In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, Dyegh, who has a Ph.D in Economic History, says his ambition is to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition the nation   You want to be the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives, what exactly do you think makes you fit to be the number one man in the Green Chamber?     First of…

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Mosalasi in Old Ojo where all stolen items are bought, resold

• It’s a quick means of making money –Suspects • I did it to recover from bad business, says Chidiebere • ‘It’s a lucrative business’   Buying and selling of stolen goods is an act that contravenes the law of the land; yet those dealing in it say the business is lucrative. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports that many citizens have met their untimely deaths while others have been sentenced to different jail terms for dealing in stolen items, knowingly or unknowingly     Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem…

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Out-going Adamawa Assembly passes 52 bills, 165 resolutions

The out-going Adamawa House Assembly said it passed 52 bills and 165 resolutions, in the past four years. The Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa, stated this on Friday, in Yola, during his valedictory speech to declare the 6th Assembly closed. Mijinyawa said that the Assembly also left 40 bills at various stages of passage, including committee level.   He said “The Assembly has received many petitions, most of which were treated and resolved, at the committee level.” He thanked his colleagues for their support and cooperation that saw…

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Odinkalu: Nigeria, practicising regimented, banditry politics

A few days ago, Nigeria marked 20 years of unbroken democracy with President Muhammadu Buhari, the fifth leader since 1999, took the oath of office for a second term. However, radical human rights activist and lawyer, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu reviews Nigeria’s journey through the last two decades and warns that the nation may not survive another 20 years. He spoke with ONWUKA NZESHI   Twenty years ago, Nigerians celebrated the exit of the military and the rebirth of democracy with high hopes for socio-economic developments. Do you think the hopes…

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Traders in tears as government demolished Agboju Market Festac

Traders at Festac Second Gate Market popularly known as Agboju Market, are currently in tears following the demolition of the over 40 years old market on the allegation that it’s ‘too rough.’ Their grouse remains that after its planned reconstruction by the government, it will be out of their reach. This was the major reason they resisted its earlier demolition moves last year. CHIJIOKE IREMEKA reports   •  Poor masses will not get a space after rebuilding –Traders •  Customers decry hike in prices after demolition of market •  We…

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NBL: Sustaining the old Highlife vintage

  His presence at the Sky Garden Onitsha, was greeted by loud ovation from the crowd that had come to spend the Sunday evening with families, friends and well wishes. Wearing his usual toothy gap smile Bright Chimezie acknowledged the greetings from the crowd which for six minutes had been chanting “Zigima sound” and “Okoro junior”.   He has not come to present any new album but he was there as the Nigerian Breweries Limited (NBL) Ambassador of Highlife music and to flag off the third edition of the company’s…

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