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Enugu community protests alleged imposition of monarch.


Enugu Monarch ProtestHundreds of indigenes of Eziani community, in Nsukka Local Government Area, stormed the premises of the Enugu State Ministry of Chieftaincy Matters on Friday, protesting alleged imposition of a traditional ruler on them by the ministry officials.
The protesters made up of aged men and women, as well as youths, arrived Enugu the state capital from Nsukka as early as 9 a.m chanting angry songs.
They carried placards bearing different inscriptions such as “No to Imposition of Igwe on Our Community”, “Enugu State Government Please us as Other Communities Where You Conduct Elections for Igweship”, No to Injustice, Due Process Must be Followed”, Without Justice, No Peace”, among others.
In a protest letter addressed to Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, they alleged that contrary to laid down rules and procedures, few highly placed individuals were bent on imposing a monarch on the community.
The letter read in parts, “We the people of Eziani are here to again beg the government of Enugu State to come to our aid, as some few individuals are bent on doing things against the right of the people.
“We listen to news, we go out, we observed that this ministry has been doing well to so many communities by restoring peace to those communities through the conduct of elections for the Igweship positions of such communities.
“It is on record that when the ministry came to our community, Eziani in Nsukka Local Government on 4th June 2012 for verification exercise, the commissioner, Pastor Emeka Abugu promised that the ministry will come back to conduct an election for Eziani people”.
The commissioner was quoted as saying then that “we have seen that there are more than one candidate for the Igweship stool of Eziani community, therefore, we will come back to conduct an election. I also want to let Eziani people know that government make more money when there are multiple candidates, so any other person that is interested should go to the ministry at Enugu and buy form, it is N100, 000 (one hundred thousand naira), per contestant”.
They lamented that “we complied and two people went to the ministry and bought the forms at the rate of N100, 000 each. Yet up till now, the ministry has not come to conduct the election.
“When government take side on any issue bordering the masses, especially when it comes to their traditional rulers, it is obvious that such government is encouraging bad blood among the people and as such make them fight against themselves, which may lead to loss of lives”.
DailyPost reports that the commissioner, Pastor Emeka Abugu, who arrived the office three hours later told the protesters that the only option left for them was to go to court.
He stressed that “your foundation, the constitution is faulty; most traditional rulers did not consult the people before writing the constitution, and the rule of government is that we don’t change the constitution when it is time to elect a new traditional ruler.
“As long as government has recognized him as Igwe, there is nothing anybody can do to remove him; the only thing that can remove him is decision of the court; even if you kill everybody in your place, it will not change anything; I cannot overrule myself, just like the INEC cannot go back after it has declared somebody winner”.
Abugu said he would go ahead with coronation of Chief Tony Ezema as the traditional ruler of the community.

Source: Radio Biafra.
By Emmanuel Uzodinma

Gunmen Strike In Southern Kaduna.

By Saharareporters, New York

A security agent told SaharaReporters late Saturday evening that unknown gunmen had just launched an armed attack on residents of a village close to Zonkwa in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.

Our source said the gunmen attacked the village with guns and other dangerous weapons, and then quickly escaped once security agents arrived in response to a distress call.

Details of casualties were still scanty, but our source disclosed he was aware that one person had died while several persons had been rushed to hospital with different degrees of injuries.

The attack came with a few days to Christmas. More than 100 villagers have been killed this year in Attakar land near the boundaries between Kaduna and Plateau States.

The Commissioner of Police, Olufemi Adenaike, neither picked nor returned calls made from our New York office.

Gov Obi tasks FG on federal highways & 2nd Niger Bridge.


The issue of the deplorable condition of federal highways in the South East geo-political zone and the 2nd Niger Bridge came up again yesterday, during an interactive session of federal civil servants working in Anambra State, with Governor Peter Obi .
During the meeting, the governor called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the implementation of policy decisions relating to the two projects. The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, described the two projects as very dear to the people of the zone and hoped that serious work would begin on them as soon as possible.

He promised that the state government would continue to maintain cordial relationship with both the federal government and its establishments within Anambra State through constructive, proactive, and mutually beneficial relationship.

According to him, Anambra State will also continue to support federal establishments domiciled in the state within its limited resources to enable them tackle challenges facing them.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOS), Alhaji Buka Aji, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Mr. Nebolisa Emodi, urged public servants to adhere strictly to the rules while discharging their duties.
He assured that a lot of reforms were being carried out in the public service to engender quality delivery, in line with the transformation agenda of the federal government.

Aji added that plans were on to reduce huge financial cost of training personnel abroad by domesticating such training within the country.

He reminded them that meeting the demands of the transformation agenda entailed that workers maintained a high sense of discipline, punctuality to work, decorum, ownership of the reform process and avoiding rumour mongering, reminding them of the federal government’s zero tolerance for corruption.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Edo State House Press Release: Governor Oshiomhole Employs Widow, Gives Her N2 Million.


Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Mrs Joy Ifije, Benin widow harshly treated by the gov. and her son Bright Ifije
By Peter Okhiria

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has offered employment to the widow, Mrs Joy Ifije, whom he upbraided, penultimate week, and whose goods were seized by men of the State War Against Indiscipline for obstructing the Mission road in the state capital.

The Governor who announced the job offer to the woman, in addition to a N2 million grant for her to get a shop and trade, said during a breakfast meeting with her at the Government House, yesterday, that her job would be to join State’s War Against Indiscipline in the campaign against street trading and to keep the state clean.

The Governor who again apologized to the widow said “when you put your things on the road a vehicle can run into you and they have killed some people like that and that was why I said if you are a widow do you want more people to be widowed? But when I said go and die, that one was said in a fit of anger. And I am really sorry”, he said.

“I want you to join us. We would employ you and pay you salary. You would help us to campaign to other women not to trade on road sides. We should not use poverty as a yardstick. We would also talk to taxi and bus drivers not to block roads when carrying passengers”, Oshiomhole said.

“You will assist me to talk to women and traders not to litter the roads and sidewalks so that people walking and driving can have free road. If they want to park they can park properly so as not to disturb others.”

The Governor said government was trying to change Benin City from its old status adding “as you can see Benin is becoming a modern city. So you join us now and every month you begin to get salary so that you can look after your children”.

“For your child who is preparing to enter into the university, my daughters and myself have agreed to support him. If he does well as we pray he does, he would assist the family. Maybe this is the way God wants it. That is why I asked them to look for you so that I can personally offer my apology, but also to support you, so that God helping you, you can overcome the pain of widowhood”, he said.

“As a single mother I want to see how I can help you to train your children and God can use any of them to become a leader of our country. Please resist the temptation to do anything that would break the law. The law is the law; it is no respecter of persons. If Government does not enforce the law there would be confusion”, he remarked.

The Governor who gave the woman a cash gift of N2 million said “in addition to working with the War Against Indiscipline, I am also giving you the sum of two million naira so that you can hire a shop, trade inside the shop and not roadside and I pray that God will bless your decision on how you utilize the money. This money is not for you to share or distribute but to help you as a working capital”.

Responding, the widow, Mrs Joy Ifijeh thanked the Governor for the gesture and promised that she would be part of the fight to keep the City clean.
She apologized to the Governor for blocking the road with her wares, saying she recognized that what she did was wrong but she did not know that the Governor was on inspection that day.

According to her, she had been a victim of theft by a truck pusher who went away with her goods, a week before her encounter with the Governor, that was why she was on the road with her goods that day as she no longer trusted truck pushers not to do away with her goods.


Gov. Scott Walker: GOP Must Win ‘Walker-Obama’ Voters.

Image: Gov. Scott Walker: GOP Must Win 'Walker-Obama' Voters

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 11:03 PM

By Cathy Burke

To make a conservative comeback, Republicans will have to win the “Obama-Walker” voters who embrace a message of hope and reform, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday.

“There are independent, reform-minded voters in every state,” Walker wrote in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal.

“In times of crisis, they want leadership—from either party.”

Despite a contentious recall effort in 2012 over a law curbing collective bargaining powers for public sector workers, Walker said he won over voters at the center of the political spectrum.

“… we won the recall by a bigger margin than in the gubernatorial election in 2010,” he said. “And here is where the results get intriguing: Exit polls showed that roughly one in six voters who cast their ballots for me in the June 2012 recall also planned to vote for [President] Obama a few months later.”

Calling them “Obama-Walker voters,” Walker claimed 11 percent of Wisconsin voters support both their Republican governor and Democratic president.

“There are probably no two people in public life who are more philosophically opposite—yet more than one in 10 approve of us both,” he said. “To make a conservative comeback, Republicans need to win these Obama-Walker voters and their equivalents across the country.”

Walker said it’s foolish to think the only way the GOP can win the center is to move toward the center.

“If this were true, Barack Obama would not be president today—and I would not be governor of Wisconsin,” he said.

“The way Republicans can win those in the middle is not by abandoning their principles. … The way to win the center is to lead.”

If conservative principles were the problem, he added, “then why are so many Republican governors winning elections by campaigning on them?”

Since Obama took office in 2009, Walker wrote, “the GOP has gone from controlling both the legislature and governor’s mansion in nine states to 23 states today. Not one sitting Republican governor has lost a general election since 2007.”

“Republicans did not win those races by running from principles,” he argued. “They won by applying principles in ways that are relevant to the lives of citizens.”

“Republicans need to do more than simply say no to Mr. Obama and his party’s big-government agenda,” he wrote. “They can offer Americans positive solutions for the nation’s challenges—to reduce dependency, and create hope, opportunity, and upward mobility for all citizens. They need to make not just the economic case for conservative reforms but the moral case as well…”

“Americans reward leaders who offer positive solutions, keep their promises and get results,” he wrote. “If Republicans do that, Americans will stand with them. I know because they stood with me.”

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Fraud Allegations Rock Zamfara Govt Over N5billion SURE-P Funds-PREMIUM TIMES.


By Premium Times

Allegations of corruption and diversion of funds are spreading in Zamfara state after a youth group went public with a demand that the governor gives account of how he spent over five billion Naira SURE-P funds.

The group, the Zamfara chapter of the Northern Youths Association (NYA), called a press conference Monday where it demanded that the state government give public account of how it spent funds accruing to the state from SURE-P.

“Though funds received by the state government under the SURE-P program stands at over N5 billion now, there is nothing to show for it in terms of youth development,” chairman of the association, Mannir Haidara, said.

He alleged that the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, may have mismanaged the SURE-P funds and did very little to “empower youths” in the state.

He said despite promises, the state government failed to pay the registration fees for May/June 2013 SSSCE for students from the state to collect their results and seek higher education.

“We cannot boast of being good leaders of tomorrow when we are not even allowed by the present crop of our leaders to go to school,” Mr. Haidara said.

In a swift reaction to the allegation, the Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, said the state government channelled the SURE-P funds into capital projects, especially roads rehabilitation and construction.

“Right from the time we started receiving the funds, we sat at council level and resolved that instead of making it merry go round, we will create avenues that will open up opportunities to our unemployed youths and we considered the provision of access roads as one of them.”

Mr. Birnin-Magaji also said the state government utilised the funds by encouraging the establishment of private sanitation outfits, which employed over 200 youths as street cleaners across the state so far, which has “greatly impacted positively in the lives of our youths.”

Mr. Birnin-Magaji is however yet to release a detailed statement of account to back his claims.

A growing demand for accountability and transparency, especially by younger Nigerians, has put the country’s politician on the spot, with many failing to come up with convincing explanations when challenged to render accounts of public funds at their disposal.

Recently, the federal lawmakers – members of the House of Representatives – were unable to account for N750 million they received for a constitution review exercise after another youth group filed a Freedom of Information request demanding financial statements.

The youth group now appear set to head for the courts to extract the desired financial statement from the federal lawmakers.
And so is the Northern Youths Association in Zamfara.

“If the state government fails to render account of how it managed the SURE-P funds, the association will have no option than to take the matter to court,” Mr. Haidara said.


Uyo residents beg Akpabio to rescue them from flood.


UYO — Residents of Eniong, Anua, Mbiabong Housing Estate in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, have sent a Save Our Soul letter to the state governor,

Chief Godswill Akpabio, urging him to come to their rescue.

The letter, which came after most residents of the estate had packed out of their houses as a result of a heavy downpour which flooded their homes, appealed to the state government to consider the plight of the residents, who have been suffering untold hardship due to the effects of the rains.

The latest rain on Monday lasted several hours and brought down the fence of some of the houses in the estate, while household items were seen floating in the rain water that entered some of the houses.

When Vanguard visited the estate, most residents were seen battling the rain to remove their electrical appliances and other household items out of their houses as the rain water had flooded the entire area.

President of the Estate, Mr. Anselem Etuk, whose house was flooded, told Vanguard that the flood menace has remained a perennial problem, but wondered why the state government, despite repeated appeals had refused to come to their rescue.

Another resident of the estate, Mrs. Eyo, whose house was also affected, while recounting her experience in the last three years, said “in 2011, I lost all my property and started all over in 2012, I had the same experience, and now in 2013, it has happened again, yet the government will not even show concern.”

A pensioner in the estate, Mr. Uduak Archbong, told Vanguard “our problem is not that we don’t have a government, we have a government, but my worry is why this kind of problem will not attract the attention and sympathy of the government.”

The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Enobong Uwah could not be reached for comment, as he did not pick calls placed to his mobile phone.


Source: Radio Biafra.

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