By Lawrence Olaoye, Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Umar Muhammad Puma
President Muhammadu Buhari has told beleaguered Nigerians that he shares in their sufferings, promising to identify with them at all times in his policy.
The President, in a New Year message he personally signed and made available to newsmen yesterday, said his relocation into the fortress of power has not alienated him from the common man.
He stated “I am aware that Nigerians have experienced a number of significant hardships over the past months. Living in the State House has not alienated me from your daily sufferings. I am aware of the lengthy queues at fuel stations and of the difficulties businesses have faced in acquiring foreign exchange. These challenges are only temporary; we are working to make things better.
“When I presented myself to you as a presidential candidate and asked you to vote for me, I wanted to be a leader who keeps his promises. I wanted to be a leader who restores the people’s hope in those elected to serve them. I wanted to be a leader who initiates positive and enduring CHANGE. Read More →
catherine agbo, Kunle Somorin, Muazu Elazeh
Ibrahim Coomasie, former Inspector-General of Police and presently, chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) discloses why the North moved massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and against former President Goodluck Jonathan. A former classmate of PMB, he reveals why it would not be business as usual with Buhari. He spoke with Kunle Somorin, catherine Agbo and Muazu Elazeh.
Let’s hear your achievements since you assumed the headship of Arewa Consultative Forum.
Well, immediately we were inaugurated by General Yakubu Gowon, who is the chairman of the joint state council of the ACF, we went for the national conference. In fact, personally, I didn’t want to go to the conference because I was a member of the 2005 delegate conference and the recommendations we made did not see the light of the day and in another forum, including ACF, we had said it was wrong to hold the conference at that time. This is in addition to our reservations as to whether or not whatever recommendations to be made would be implemented. All the same, as the chairman of the ACF, I had to go and we went. You know the ACF is for the Northern Nigeria.After the handing over of power to Obasanjo, there were hues and cry, heaps of allegations against the North; any problem found in Nigeria was associated with the North. That was the basis of forming the ACF; we met in Kaduna and resolved that since there were so much attacks on the North, we had to come together so that we could speak with one voice. That is why we established the Arewa Consultative Forum. It is on this that we went to the conference and I was made the chairman for the Northern delegates. It was originally co-chaired, myself and Jerry Gana, but Gana was a little bit reluctant so we dropped him and took Jerry Useni. Read More →
Officials of the Nigerian Army on Monday took over the Ojodu Berger outlet of Capital Oil, buying petroleum products in drums, after scaring away thousands of consumers.
The armed personnel came in the guise of maintaining peace and order, but they soon abandoned their primary responsibility for fuel racket. They shoved, maltreated and sent away those who were on queue to be attended to, thereby gaining access to have their drums loaded with fuel.
As of press time, the unregistered white Isuzu truck they use for the ‘deal’ had visited the filling station for the fourth time. Read More →
by AYO ESAN
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, slide into controversy continued last week with two principal officers of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muaz’u and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih, throwing in the towel the same day.
Following from the bickering that have trailed the party’s defeat in the March 28 presidential election by the main opposition party in the country, the All Progressives Congress, APC, the former chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muaz’u and the chairman of Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih have quit in controversial circumstances. Read More →
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
A British court, Woolwich Crown Court, on Thursday convicted a 24-year-old Nigerian, Mr. Jeffrey Okafor, for the fatal stabbing of another Nigerian, Carl Beatson-Asiedu, in 2009.
According to a statement issued by the British High Commission in Abuja, Okafor, who would be sentenced friday, had fled after he stabbed Asiedu in the heart following an argument. He had sparked a five-year international manhunt. Read More →
An early morning fire in Lagos on Wednesday gutted the Mamman Kontagora Building which houses the Federal Mortgage Bank and other businesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the13-storey building, located on Marina Street, accommodates the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), the Federal Mortgage Bank, Diamond Bank Plc, Union Bank of Nigeria and others. Read More →
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is by far higher among female police personnel in Nigeria than among their male counterparts, and the lead cause is sexual exploitation by male officers who deliberately toughen police routines to make the women vulnerable to sexual abuse, an internal police assessment has found.
A study of the incidence of the deadly virus within the Nigeria Police Force concluded that male officers deliberately issue tough regulations that make their female counterparts desperate and willing to gratify them with sex.
The report also blamed the high incidence of HIV on female personnel who deliberately offer sex to their male colleagues, and those who indulge in “transactional sex”.
In all, a key catalyst for the spread, the study found, was the indiscriminate sexual behaviour of male officers who retained several partners and often avoided the use of protection, such as condom.
The study, conducted in 2010, but only available to the public now, said on the average the incidence of HIV among female officers was more than double the rate among male officers. Read More →