• EDO 2016: Earl Osaro Onaiwu a leader beyond compare - Iyoha John Darlington

    23/Feb/2016 // 925 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 23, 2016: (DGW) - Ahead of Edo State governorship primaries, Iyoha John Darlington a renowned Turin-based scholar and The Nigerian Voice columnist has reiterated his call in the course of his sensitization tour of the Scandinavians to shore up support for Earl Osaro Osaze Onaiwu, the DG and Coordinator of PDP Governors' Forum as he joins Edo State gubernatorial race under the platform of the Peoples' Democratic Party.

    While speaking to a cross-section of Nigerians of Edo State extraction in Hastard, Norway  Iyoha John Darlington reminded the Edo indigenes of the dire need  to join forces with a man who he says is capable of reconstructing Edo State, a state that has been reduced to a shadow of its former self by the prodigal years of poor leadership and misgovernance.

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    He blamed one of the problems plaguing the oldest state in Nigeria on visionless leadership which he said has taken the state 31 years backwards.

    His words, '' Edo State has lost that golden age to the prodigal years of visionless leaderships and misrule. We had a golden age when the duo of Dr. Osaigbovo Ogbemudia and late Professor Ambrose Alli led the state in their different capacities as military and civilian governors with peoples' redemption programmes. This  was a period in our state's history which if had been sustained and maintained would have put us on a par with other high economies around  the world as one of Nigeria's federating units''

    Fielding questions on leadership qualities, he said, Earl Osaro Onaiwu doubtless possesses sterling qualities which is absent in other contenders adding that many people hardly make reference to their bosses or organizational leaders as those who impact their lives, rather such credit is given to grandparents, parents and sometimes friends but Earl Osaro Onaiwu is out to reverse the trend as he shall stand towards every Edo indigene in loco parentis irrespective of their tribe, creed and belief.

    He reminded them that leaders need to have a clear picture of why they are doing what they are doing adding that it saddens him to think that he can only think of a handful of people who genuinely have a clear sense of purpose to lead by equipping, encouraging, empowering the next generation of leaders to discover their calling and unleash their maximum potentials.

    Asked how Earl Osaro Onaiwu intends to tackle the rising insecurity and youth unemployment in the state which has driven many of them out of  their homelands some of whom were able to get to this part of the world  safely without mishap, Iyoha John Darlington highlighted  Onaiwu's  blueprint for the state  future development programmes among which are  youth empowerment programmes and   a massive investment in mechanized  agriculture  and the establishment of processing factories in the nooks and crannies of the state.

    Some people, he said, value wealth and power and prestige while others are more concerned with not only survival but safety and a better life for all. Earl Osaro Onaiwu has unshaken belief that every man is born free and, therefore, equal in right and dignity, he added

    Similarly, Iyoha John Darlington speaking about Onaiwu's plan to provide solutions to the state myriad of problems said:

    ''I believe people who produce good results feel good about themselves also, therefore, his leadership role as your Premier Servant  would be to help you succeed in life by accomplishing your goals instead of allowing you to thrive in dirt and dirty surroundings. Earl Osaro Onaiwu as the governor of Edo State  will cheer you on if progress is being made, redirect your efforts and get you back on course when you stray which he honestly does not anticipate.You may rest assured that everything he does as a servant will be geared towards helping you produce good results and in the process feel good about yourself'', he asserted.

    He urged them to join forces with the People's Democratic Party as the only party under the existing circumstances to reposition the state in the path of socio-politico development, economic prosperity and progress. Earl Osaro Onaiwu, he remains unshaken in his conviction, will deliver on his political promises when voted to power.

     


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  • Fear heightens in Niger Delta as group recruits OPC members to guard Pipelines

    24/Feb/2016 // 694 Viewers

     

    There is palpable fear of clashes in the Niger Delta region between the newly resurrected militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, who had vowed to reduce Nigeria's daily oil output, and a group which said it have started recruiting members of the Oodua Peoples Congress to join them fight oil pipeline vandals in the region.
    The militant group had served notice of attacks on more oil installations in the region until the Federal Government addresses its grievances.
    But a group with the name Coast Guard of the Federation on Tuesday insisted on their resolved to checkmate activities of pipeline vandalism, sea piracy, oil bunkering and other criminalities in the coaster areas in the Country.

    The group said that they have started recruiting members of the Oodua Peoples Congress to complement it effort in checking crimes in the Niger Delta region.
    Commandant General of security group, ‘Commander’ Bibi Oduku, after a meeting with some OPC leaders from South-West, said that the two groups have agreed to synergize in the area of crime prevention, particularly in the protection of oil installation across the coaster communities.
    Commander Bibi disclosed that the security group had earlier begun the recruitment of ex-militant leaders and agitator from the Niger Delta for the same purpose.
    He said that the recruitment of the OPC members will aid the fight against criminalities as they will work in collaboration with the Joint Task Force, (JTF) personnel and other security agencies.
    “We are currently working on getting maps of pipelines from different communities. Our men will be stationed in different communities where oil and gas installations are located for prompt response and intervention should there be any security breach,” he said.
    “We are ready to confront vandals headlong, because we will not allow a small number of criminal hijack our collective wealth. We have also been brainstorming with some leaders in South-east and North-Central on how best to maintain peace in this region and ensure that the fragile security situation does not get worse.”
    THEWILL recalls that the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, had in a statement obtained in Warri, Delta State, threatened to reduce Nigeria's daily oil production and supply to zero barrel if its agitation was ignored.
    “We are being oppressed, pushed to the wall on various fronts, which is why we have picked up the challenge to be the outlaws this government will have to contend with till daily production of oil is reduced to zero in the Niger Delta, so government can use the oil from the North to run Nigeria's mono-economy, the militant group had threatened.
    Meanwhile, the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for the Clough Creek Tebidaba Agip pipeline manifold attack on Friday, last week in Bayelsa state.
    The group said the attack was carried out by its “Strike Team 6”, one of the numerous strike teams of the Niger Delta Avengers all around the region as its two weeks ultimatum to the Buhari led government is about to elapse.
    In an electronic statement sent to our correspondent on Tuesday, the group said; “This is in line with the recent displeasurable happenings in the region for which we outlined in the position and demands in an earlier post tagged “Operation Red Economy.
    “We are hoping this warning operation will awaken the federal government to attend to our demands as untold terror will befall the oil sector in the Niger Delta upon the elapse of our ultimatum.”
    “To further emphasize our seriousness; we have concluded all arrangement with men positioned strategically across the region waiting for direction from our high command to unleash more of such attacks in the days and weeks ahead.”

    “The Niger Delta Avengers will give our eyes no sleep for as long as the Buhari led administration will continue to marginalize and enslave our people”, the statement from one Manson Hills said. - THE NIGERIAN VOICE
     
     


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  • KANU: Igbos are Nigeria's landlord - Ohaneze Ndigbo

    27/Feb/2016 // 883 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 27, 2016: (DGW) - The Igbo socio-cultural association, Youth Council of Ohaneze Ndigbo has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to release the detained Indigenous People of Biafra leader, (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention.
    At a world press conference held on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria the president of the Youth Council Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro together with the Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike appealed passionately to the president to heed the repeated pleas of the Igbo people and release Kanu from detention. They promised to caution the embattled Biafran activist while giving reasons that gave rise to the agitation.
    They said once the cause that gave birth to the agitation which borders on political and infrastructural neglects are addressed that would engage the youth in the south-east, the agitation would die a natural death. Many of the youth, they said, are unemployed. To this end, they called for the resuscitation of the moribund coal companies, and provision of service infrastructures that would bring about job creation. This amid others, they said, is the only antidote to a lasting peace in the region.
    Speaking further, the president of the association said they have reached out to some royal fathers in the north, the south-west in the interest of peace and pointed out that referendum and dialogue remain the only panacea to conflict resolution instead of protests.
    They assured the president Kanu would be cautioned to desist from hate broadcast once he is freed and released to Ohaneze Ndigbo while also frowning on the use of live bullets by the security agents to disperse protesters.
    “You will recall that for some months now, there have been raging protests in the south-east and south-south over the detention of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. These protests have led to the death of some protesters in Anambra, Abia and other states. We are saddened by these avoidable deaths. “We as the youth of Ndigbo will be shirking in our responsibility and duty if we fail to state our position, opinion and suggestions on the way forward to this burning issue.
    “In the first place, we believe in a united Nigeria anchored on justice and equity. We believe that all problems and issue in Nigeria can be solved through dialogue and redoubtable discussion.
    “We are conscious of the poverty and youth unemployment ravaging the country and the south-east in particular. We are also aware of her infrastructural challenges and deficiencies in Igboland. These may have contributed to the rage for a neo-Biafra as an escapee route.
    “But it is our considered opinion that there is now an element of fame and fortune seeking in the whole exercise. The euphoria and frenzy in the whole issue can be rechanneled to an insistence for equity, level playing field and justice for all Nigerians.

    “Ndigbo have a lot of stake in Nigeria. In fact, they have the largest stake in Nigeria. Their forebears fought for the independence of Nigeria. In fact, Igbos are Nigeria’s landlord and a landlord cannot leave his house for tenants. Who is more Nigerian than Igbos who constitute the second largest group after the indigenous people of every state in Nigeria? How can we swim in Imo River rather than the Atlantic Ocean? Do we realise that more than eighty percent of Igbo investments are outside Igbo land?
    “However, we also hold the federal government responsible for not doing enough for our youths. If there is a strong federal presence in the zone, our youths will see Biafra as an alternative and fortune and fame seekers will not capitalize on that to hoodwink our gullible youths.
    “We, therefore, want to appeal to the federal government to release Nnamdi Kanu. However, he (Kanu) should not continue with hate or inciting broadcast from Radio Biafra if he is released. There is now a civilised way of even seeking self-determination and that is a referendum. It is a better option that hate broadcast and protest.
    “We call on security agents not to use force and live bullets in tackling the challenges in the south-east and south South. Dialogue remains the best option.”


    They upbraided some Igbo leaders who they accused of diverting money meant for the development of the region which they said is responsible for the dearth of service infrastructures. The Youth Council reminded the National Assembly of the need to start accommodating referendum in the nation's constitution because it is the only civilized and reasonable way to deal with a matter of this nature.

     

     


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  • Boko Haram: Buhari has not acquired new arms apart from the ones I bought - Jonathan

    29/Jan/2016 // 298 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 29, 2016: (DGW) - Nigerian former leader Dr Goodluck Jonathan says the new government under Muhammadu Buhari has not acquired new weapons to prosecute the ongoing war against the insurgency by Boko Haram militants in the country's north-east
     
    Speaking in an interview with France24, the former president insisted with all the emphasis at his command that he laid the groundwork for defeating the insurgency with the arms he bought adding that the new government has not acquired new arms since it came to power.
     
    Said the former President during the interview: “The new government is working hard and I believe they are still using the equipment we procured. Though the budget is still being debated, no new equipment has been bought, so even those equipment the president is using to prosecute the war against Boko Haram are those equipment we procured.
     
    The former president further said that the insurgency took the nation by storm and Nigeria was inexperienced on how to combat terror adding that his administration did a lot to confront terrorism in the country before the advent of the new administration.
     
    “When Boko Haram started in Nigeria, we had no terror experience. Yes, we had armed robbery and other common crimes, but terrorism was different because the people involved were not afraid to die. So, you need a different mechanism to confront terrorism, you need superior technology to be able to stop them even before the attack. We never had the equipment, but when we were confronted, we started acquiring and before I left office we built reasonable capacity and I believe with what we left behind and also with what the new government will acquire, they will be able to prosecute this terror war to a reasonable conclusion.”


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  • Petrol scarcity to end in few days as FG declares emergency distribution

    01/Apr/2016 // 296 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2016: (DGW) - To find a lasting solution to the ongoing fuel scarcity in Nigeria - Africa's largest oil producer, the Federal Government has taken a drastic measure geared towards petroleum products distribution.

    Private operators will now bring in about 60% of petroleum products into the country in the second quarter import allocations, our source revealed. Under this arrangement, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, (PPPRA) has 44% allocation to Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, (DAPPMA); 40%( NNPC/PPMC); and the balance of 16% to Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, (MOMAN) respectively.

    The Minister of State for Petroleum Ibe Kachiuku, our source, said has directed that everything related to petroleum distribution must be treated as an emergency to bring the lingering fuel scarcity to an end.

    Petrol laden vessels, he said will be docking soon with everything has been put in place to ensure effective distribution.

    His words, 'We have put in place a process to receive them in terms of logistics and cut short on all the bureaucracies, as everything will be treated with emergency in order to end the fuel crisis. To this end, we have also kept trans-shipment vessels in Warri, Calabar depots for easy reach to the northern and southern parts of the country.

    “Today, we also held a meeting with officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to join forces with the Nigeria Police to monitor and follow products distribution from the depots to the retail outlets to cut short on sharp practices.

    We also met with the national executives of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, to alert them to the sense of the emergency, as it takes about four days to take products from Lagos to Abuja. “We are also planning to re-stream the Systems 2B Pipeline, which transports refined products from Atlas Cove reception Jetty to Mosimi, Ibadan and Ilorin.”

     

     


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  • We consider the killing of IPOB members, others an act of Genocide - Igbo Women tell Buhari

    01/Apr/2016 // 5961 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2016: (DGW) -  FOLLOWING the killings across the country by Fulani herdsmen, the Igbo Women Assembly has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the herdsmen to order before reprisal attacks commence.

    This comes on the heels of the arrest of 76 people in Agwu in Enugu State, south-east Nigeria while protesting the abduction  of two women by Fulani herdsmen.

    In a communique signed by Maria Okowo, its National President, the woman leader  reeled out the aims and objectives of the organization which  she said is ''to encourage our women to attain the heights of their potentials in all aspects of human endeavour; encouraging them to be self-reliant: to promote honour, integrity and self-respect among Igbo women and youths, among others. 

    On the danger the Fulani herdsmen pose to Nigerians  the woman leader said “IWA members are extremely troubled at the level of insecurity in Igbo land and other parts of the country. Fulani herdsmen have permeated every nook and cranny of the South East causing havoc. They have engaged in kidnapping, maiming and raping young girls and women, as well as killing farmers, after destroying their farm lands. This is unacceptable to us.

    We, therefore call on the Federal Government to, quickly intervene and bring this injustice to an end.  IWA can no longer remain silent, while things continue to go awry. We fear that, if this trend continues, there may be a complete breakdown of law and order.

    Mrs Okwo reminded President Buhari  of the killings of members Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB on a peaceful protest  “Recently. Youths of IPOB were shot and killed during peaceful demonstrations in Aba and Onitsha: we understand that, the youths under reference, were not armed, we, therefore, consider it an act of genocide''.

    “IWA pleads with the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, release the leader of IPOB, to douse tension and also make room for dialogue with them, and some credible Igbo leaders. IWA believes that members of IPOB are in serious grief, because of the fact that Ndigbo have been systematically oppressed by successive regimes and denied of their rights. This is the cause of agony for these youths, some of whose parents were not even born during the Nigeria/Biafra war.

    Continuing, she said,  “Nowadays underage Christian girls are being abducted and forced into marriage with northern Moslems. This is inhuman and criminal. We are aware that freedom of religion is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Parents of these abducted girls are put through unimaginable trauma which could lead to their untimely deaths.

     IWA fully supports the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to bring corruption to an end and we urge him to continue till those who looted Nigeria’s treasury return all stolen monies and also face adequate punishment for impoverishing the nation. IWA trusts that funds recovered will be judiciously spent on important projects.

    “Finally IWA wishes to state, without fear of equivocation, that only the restructuring of the country along the line of true federalism, will bring lasting peace, progress and prosperity to this great nation and make it truly the “GIANT” of Africa. It is an undeniable fact that Ndigbo have not been fully reintegrated into the mainstream of Nigeria, and no longer relevant in the scheme of things.

    This makes the NO. VICTOR NO VANQUISHED mantra of the former Yakubu Gowon’s administration after the Nigeria- Biafra civil war in 1970, a huge joke. If the situation subsists, Nigeria will not know peace, which is synonymous with justice.”  


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  • Nigeria apologizes for fuel woes as frustration mounts

    01/Apr/2016 // 309 Viewers

     

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's oil minister has apologized for a crippling fuel shortage that has dragged on since late 2015 in the country that is sub-Saharan Africa's no. 1 oil producer, creating long lines at gas stations and leaving travelers stranded on highways.

    Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu told the Senate this week that the government is "pained" by the crisis and promised to bring an end to long fuel lines by the second week of April. Analysts say it will take longer to resolve a shortage they describe as the product of longstanding refining issues and unplanned pipeline outages.

    Fuel lines stretched for more than a kilometer (half-mile) on Friday in Abuja, the capital in central Nigeria. Drivers groaned and shouted in frustration when one station closed apparently because it was out of fuel.


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  • PRESS RELEASE - Nigeria: Army removes people from Katsina mosque

    01/Apr/2016 // 836 Viewers

    IMN And Shiite Worshippers Intimidated By Army, Police In Katsina State

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2016: (DGW) - Nigerian soldiers have removed worshippers from a mosque in Katsina, northern Nigeria, in what appears to be an escalating campaign against the country's Islamic Movement (IMN).

    Eye-witnesses reported that the soldiers, who were armed, first surrounded the Juma'at Mosque before entering the building and forcing out worshippers. IMN members deliberately stayed away from the mosque today in order to avoid any confrontation.

    Today's army action against the IMN came despite calls from IHRC on Wednesday 30 March for the British Foreign and the Commonwealth Secretariat to intervene and pressure Nigeria to stop its armed forces persecuting the IMN. The calls followed reports that Nigerian soldiers were massing in Katsina to attack followers of the movement.

    The army had setup roadblocks on almost all the major roads leading into Katsina and soldiers were heard chanting that this is “the end of the Shia in Katsina”. A similar chant was used before and during attacks on the movement in Zaria last December in which at least 1000 civilians were killed.

    Last week IHRC referred the events in Zaria to the International Criminal Court asking it to open a preliminary war crimes investigation into the massacre. IHRC believes that the army's assault was a systematic and pre-planned attempt to snuff out the IMN whose growing popularity has made it a thorn in the side of Nigerian governments.

    A similar army assault in July 2014 during a religious procession led to the deaths of 34 IMN members including three sons of Sheikh Zakzaky who were apparently singled out for execution.


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  • Former Nigeria's Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi drops bombshell says 'Abdulsalami Abubakar knows how ABIOLA died'

    01/APR/2017 // 1814 Viewers

     

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) FORMER Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi has dropped yet again another bombshell as his catalogue of stunning revelations continues.

    The former army boss said that Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, Nigeria's former Head of State owes Nigerians explanation how Chief MKO Abiola, the uncrowned winner of the 1993 presidential election died.

    He pointed out that Chief Abiola did not die of natural causes. Recall Abiola was arrested by the military junta of late Gen Sani Abacha after declaring himself the winner of the 1993 presidential election which was annulled by the then military president Gen Ibrahim Babangida.

    As luck would have it the business mogul turned politician later died in detention in controversial circumstances on July 7, 1998.

    In a book launch in Abuja, Bamaiyi, the Chief of Army Staff under the Abacha regime, has insisted on Thursday that former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar owes the nation more explanation on the death of the late politician.

    His words:
     
    “I believe only Gen. Abubakar and those he used to handle Abiola’s death can tell Nigerians how Chief M.K.O Abiola died. Abiola could not have died the way he reportedly died,” Bamaiyi declared in the book titled Vindication of a General.

    Recalling the circumstances in which he learnt about Abiola’s death in the said book, Bamaiyi, who was also the Chief of Army Staff in the brief period Abdulsalami held sway as head of state, said: “One evening, the Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar called while I was in Lagos to tell me we had a problem.

    “I asked him what was wrong and he told me Chief Abiola was dead.

    “I was shocked and asked him what we were going to do about it. He told me he was handling the situation.

    “I was disturbed because I expected problems in Lagos. But nothing happened.

    “I was directed to lead a delegation to Abiola’s house to commiserate with the family and was told Abiola had some visitors, including some Americans.

    “He had taken tea, which raised suspicion about his death.
     
    Bamaiyi said the late business mogul never relinquished his mandate in spite of the pains of incarceration.

    “At no time did Abiola relinquish his mandate. His death came as a surprise to me because he had been healthy when we met,” he added.


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  • JUST IN: 30 reportedly wounded as traders clash over closure of market in Onitsha

    01/Apr/2017 // 2472 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 1, 2017: (DGW) About thirty people mostly traders were reportedly wounded as some traders tried to resist the Onitsha Bridge Head drug market from being closed without prior notice.

    The market was to be closed to enable traders attend the ongoing seminar being conducted by for them by the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria.

    What would have resulted in blood bath was only averted by the swift intervention of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Fegge Division of the Nigerian Police Onitsha, Mr. Rabiu Garba.

    The DPO swift intervention followed the mobilization of to the market to douse tension by the warring traders.

    Speaking to journalists, the DPO said he was not informed before the sudden announcement to close the market on Thursday.


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