South East Youth Economic Summit; Israeli Investors To Support Ndigbo

By Obinna Akukwe
Israeli investors and business leads who attended the South East  Youth Economic Summit (SEYES) have promised to assist in the development of Igbo land if the government gives them the much needed support. This was contained in the speech delivered by Dr Kaspi Yoram at the South East Youth Economic Summit first day event. Dr Kaspi said that “Israelis are interested in helping establish businesses that will create employment in the South East, including skills transfer but the government has to give them the support to be able to do that”
The well attended event kicked off yesterday at the Dome , New Haven Enugu  kick started with programme overview on why the economic summit delivered by Rev Obinna Akukwe, Director General, Igbo Mandate Congress, IMC. Rev Akukwe said that the coming of the Israelis is purely for economic purposes and asked the youth “to leverage on the world class advantages the Israelis have in areas ICT, agriculture, solar power technology, global skills accounting and entrepreneurial prowess to become Africa’s leaders in these areas and reduce unemployment in Igbo land”.
The Chairman of the occasion and former Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo told the participants that the youth are the bedrock of the economy and they should learn new skill that will make them relevant on the economic market. He described the Israelis as world class technologists in many fields and asked the participants to : do everything within their reach to grab as much awareness as possible”
Father of the Day and former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife said that the summit is all about developing the South East. Dr Ezeife also posited that “if a tiny Israel can convert the desert to a place of wonder, then the same thing can be replicated in Alaigbo”. He told the audience that there is no political power without economic power.
Former Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria. Ishak Oren, in his goodwill message, asked the participants to partner with Israel to develop the economic potentials of the region.
Mrs Perl Dora Anat, an Israeli agriculturist spoke on facts about Israel and emphasized that the South East of Nigeria has all the advantages in terms of climate, water and human resources, and has the capacity for great industrial expansion. Perl Dvora Anat listed all the advantages the Israelis have attained technologically in the areas of agriculture and water resources and expressed hope that these are applicable in Nigeria with the coming of the Israelis.
Dr David Day , taught on the Jewish entrepreneurial spirit which had made their businesses last for many years. He also expressed hope that the Igbos of the South East will rise to the occasion and lead the industrialization of Africa.
The President of Diamond Youth Transformation Initiative, organizers of the event, Ambassador Uchechukwu Ekpere Paul, in his opening remarks, said that the summit is aimed at speedy industrialization of the South East. He asked the parrici[pants to make good use of the visiting Israeli expertise to improve on the well brrng of the South East.
Hon Ikpeama Felicia, Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources and Dr Anayo Agu represented Governor Ugwuanyi at the event.
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South Africa’s FAFA Creations set to Exhibit at Accra Fashion Week

By Prince Akpah

Leading South African apparel store, FAFA Creations, a brand that caters for both African women and men is currently in Ghana to join 100 of exhibitors at the 2016 Accra Fashion Week which will take place from 6th to 9th October, 2016 at the Accra Trade Fair Center.

The brand which symbolizes the beauty of the African continent and its people is aimed at providing abundant African clothing and accessories and have great intents to become a central hub of shopping activity for local African populations and others who enjoy wearing African apparels.

Founder and CEO of FAFA Creations, Tanya Kagnaguine noted the team came all the way from South Africa to participate in the event because of their interest to launch the brand in Ghana. She also encouraged the public to attend her special fashion show scheduled for 9th October at 3:30 PM.

Accra Fashion Week is set to be a fun filled event with much celebrities and fashion and entertainment personalities present showcasing the latest trends and introducing fashion from all over the world including USA, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, UK, Netherlands and much more.

Although, the show is also strictly focused on the business of fashion and it’s the first fashion event in Ghana to focus primarily on the involvement of fashion boutiques as it’s target audience.

FAFA Creations is located in north rand, precisely in the commercial district of Sandton, South Africa and has centralized itself directly in a position for social activities.

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Enugu Pastor Rehabilitates Widows of Fellow Pastors across South East States

By Obinna Akukwe
An Enugu based pastor, Rev Kanayo Madichie has continued in the rehabilitation of abandoned widows of fellow pastors cutting across many denominations with in ‘Operation Barnabas’ anchored through  Jaykobez International Foundation.
This philanthropist ministry has taken the pastor to various villages in Enugu and Ebonyi states where he and his supportive Nigerian partners doled cash and materials to widows of pastors, indigent pastors and committed members from various congregations.
‘Operation Barnabas’, the name given to the Pastor’s Widows Support Initiative, started in February 2014 in Agbani, Nkanu East Council of Enugu State where about 75 persons were in attendance. In addition to other gift items, five pastor’s widows were given money to start petty businesses.
 In October of the same year, Operation Barnabas moved to Ikwo in Ebonyi State. Over 350 persons attended and some pastor’s wives were given money to start businesses. Gift items shared included GSM phones, Study Bibles and Sewing Machines.
Operation Barnabas held also in Eha-Amufu Council of Enugu State in November, 2014 with attendance of 125 and as usual gifts and money was distributed to widows of pastors.
 ‘Operation Barnabas’ moved to Nkanu East and West in May 2015, and this time around, motorcycles were also distributed as widow’s support. The attendance was 146 persons. ‘Operation Barnabas’ also held in September 2015 at Udi-Ezeagu Local Council with 235 persons in attendance. Motorcycles, Sewing Machines and various degrees of cash items were distributed.
In June 4th, 2016, ‘Operation Barnabas’ was held in Awgu-Aninri Local Council, precisely at Battle Axe Bible Church, Awgu, with all the blocks of Christian Association of Nigeria well represented and with 212 persons in attendance. Rev Samuel Nwafor and Rev Ralph Igwe delivered talks during the event before distribution of items begun. Elated by the event,Pastor Kenneth Okoli, Chairman of CAN,Nkanu East asked other pastors to emulate the footsteps of Jaykobez Foundation.
 Operation Barnabas will hold a crusade in Awgbu Town in Anambra State with believers of the community from the 28th to 39thof December, 2016. They also intend to hold a Christmas Charity Party for inmates of City of Refuge Therapeutic and Rehab Home, Udi Siding, Enugu and simultaneously at Nike Centre for the Disabled, Emene-Enugu on the 23rd of December, 2016. ‘Operation Barnabas’ had annually assisted these two aforementioned abandoned rehabilitation homes annually and in March 2016, provided sets of musical equipments to the inmates of City of Refuge Rehab, Udi siding.
Operation Barnabas was a product of divine vision as given to the vision bearer, Rev Kanayo Madichie in May 2013, God spoke to him and said “My servants are abandoned and neglected; Many that are transferred to the rural areas feel it is on punitive grounds. They have very low esteem and as a result cannot minister effectively” He was then mandated to start ‘Operation Barnabas’ as a means of rehabilitating, encouraging and reviving pastors in the rural areas as well as act as support to their widows in order for the ministry not to turn to  reproach.
Rev KK Madichie told the  Rev Obinna Akukwe,led leadership of Igbo Mandate Congress during a courtesy visit in Enugu recently, that “the state of abandonment of rural pastors and their wives is such that their lives have become a reproach, and it is high time our leaders in all denominations extends their hands of assistance to these ones”  Rev Madichie also explained that during their outreaches, there are seminars from resource persons on how rural pastors or their widows can utilize opportunities to make ends meet.
The Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress, Rev Obinna Akukwe, commended the ‘Operation Barnabas’ initiative of Jaykobez Foundation  and accused fellow gospel ministers of cornering God’s resources to their private pocket . Rev Akukwe urged all igbos to support this move from God to assist rural pastors , their widows and impoverished families before the wrath of God falls on their greedy mentality.
Rev Kanayo Madichie, a gospel minister of over 20 years, is the Vice President and Cathedral Pastor of Rock Family Church.  Bishop Obi Onubogu, former Enugu State Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN,is the President of Rock Family Church.  Jaykobez Foundation International is coordinated by Mrs Nkiruka Madichie .
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“I’m Still The First VP Of The Republic Of South Sudan” Machar Tells Al Jazeera

President Salva Kiir swore in Taban Deng Gai as first vice president of South Sudan on Tuesday, replacing Riek Machar, who hasn’t been seen nor hear from since fighting broke out earlier this month between his forces and those loyal to the president.
In an exclusive interview yesterday, Machar spoke with Al Jazeera’s Sami Zeidan, criticising Deng Gai’s appointment. “I’m still the first VP of the republic of South Sudan,” said Machar. “The appointment made yesterday by President Salva Kiir is illegal. It has no basis because the peace agreement does not give him the powers to appoint a first VP under the current circumstances. As you know the appointment of Taban from the perspective of SPM and SPMIO is not acceptable because he has defected and joined the faction of President Salva Kiir. He cannot appoint someone who has defected to replace me.”
Machar added, “With the appointment, he [Kiir] has taken the furthest step for the collapse of the peace agreement. I am waiting for the international community and regional body to say they will deploy troops to Juba and once they do that I will return to implement the agreement but what Kiir is doing is against the peace agreement and indicates it’s collapsing.”
Machar confirmed he was “around Juba” but denied he was about to order his troops to march on the capital and reinstate him by force. “We will wait and have been waiting… As long as the international community and the regional third party force are beingwaited to deploy, we will not disrupt that, but if they fail, this will be an indication that the whole agreement is forsaken, by the international community and the regional body that brokered the peace agreement.”
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Ita Enang Explains Buhari’s Appointments For The South, Says Its Unfair To Criticise Him

Ita Enang, senior special assistant (SSA) to the president on national assembly matters (senate), says it is unfair to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of lopsidedness in terms of appointments.

Buhari has distanced himself from nepotism, vowing not to marginalise any section in the country.

However, the discussions on pro-north appointments were rekindled following the announcement of Maikanti Baru as group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Reacting to this, Enang defended the president, saying Buhari has followed the principle of federal character in all appointments.

The presidential adviser said his boss considers merit before picking people, adding that Buhari has selected capable hands from the southern part of the country.

Enang was speaking on Wednesday in Abuja at a reception organised by Akwa-Cross Association in the Public Service.

“He (Buhari) has given us the chief of naval staff, a very high-ranking officer in the federal security council,” he said.

“He has given us the minister of budget and then, my humble self as the senior special assistant on national assembly matters. He has also given us the minister of Niger Delta affairs.

“In the entire south-south region, he gave us minister of transportation in charge of about three ministries merged together. He also gave us the minister of petroleum.

“When I see people trying to incite others against the president over matters of appointment, I conclude that they are being unfair.”

Enang said despite the president’s tight schedule, he had visited some states in the south-south to inaugurate projects.

He added that Buhari had visited Cross River State to inaugurate construction of the international super highway from Cross River to Cameroon and other countries in West and Central Africa.

“President Buhari also provided N6 billion to dualise the road from Calabar to Itu, enroute Ikot Ekpene, to Aba in Abia state,” he said.

“Also, contracts for Calabar-Lagos rail project which will take off from Calabar enroute Aba, has been signed.”

On alleged lopsidedness in the ambassadorial list recently submitted to the senate for confirmation, Enang said the issue was being addressed.

Also speaking, Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of civil service of the federation, said insinuations that the president unduly favoured a section of the country in appointments were wrong.

She said that the appointments so far made by the president were based on merit and competence.

“President Buhari allows competence and merit to be brought to the fore in his appointments and we are very happy about that,” she said.

“A door way has been opened for appointments based on merit. If it could happen to me, it could equally happen to anyone else.

“As civil servants, go ahead, do the best you can. When you continue to put in your best, you excel on your jobs and duties. You may not know who is taking note of you.

“At a point in time in the future, somebody would single you out and you would wonder who recommended you. So, let us continue to excel and practice the fear of God.”

Usani Uguru, minister of Niger Delta affairs, said appointments were not made on the basis of region as believed by some Nigerians but based on number of states in the country.

“The north has 19 states and federal character has provisions for states and not regions,” he said.

“Therefore, until we carry out that analysis, there would be no authentication to claims that thenNorth is being favoured in terms of appointments than the south.

“Nigeria is not configured on the basis of north and south; it is configured on the basis of states as entrenched in the constitution.”

Uguru also debunked claims that attacks on oil facilities carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers were as a result of lopsided appointments.

“We are continually engaging the youths in various ways and participating in other activities to assuage the situation,” he said.

“We are persistent in persuasion, advising government and following up on the programmes that should be of productive engagement to the youths.”

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Special Report: The Impact of ‘Brexit’ On Africa With Focus On South Africa, Nigeria And Kenya

EXX Africa analyses the impact of an eventual ‘Brexit’ on three of the UK’s most important African markets: South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 28, 2016/ — Following the UK’s surprise vote to leave the EU, EXX AFRICA assesses the probable impact such a departure would have on African trade, investment, and security policy. In this free special report, EXX Africa analyses the impact of an eventual ‘Brexit’ on three of the UK’s most important African markets: South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

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Don’t Punish Buhari For Jonathan’s Sins, South East APC Tells Niger Delta Militants

The South-East Caucus of the All Progressives Congress has appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers not to punish the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration for the sins of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The spokesperson for the caucus, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said this in Abuja on Monday.

He appealed to the group to sheathe their swords and give President Buhari more time to look into their demands.

According to him, the caucus was making the appeal in the light of the laudable projects such as Clean-Up of Ogoniland, completion of East-West Road and Calabar-Lagos Railways, President Buhari had lined up for the Niger Delta.

Okechukwu said, “The escalation of bombings of the Niger Delta region is an ill-wind which blows no one good; not the least the good people of Niger Delta whom the Avengers claim to avenge their age-long ills.

“Otherwise, may we honestly ask the Niger Delta Avengers, where they were, when our dear former President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, from May 6, 2010 to May 29, 2015 presided over Nigeria?

“In other words, were the Niger Delta Avengers in deep slumber when Jonathan for good five years failed to clean-up the Niger Delta, failed to complete the East-West Road, failed to review oil blocks, failed to amend the constitution to their taste, and failed to build the three greenfield refineries which he awarded?

“In actual fact, if there is anything to avenge, or anybody to blame, the barb should be directed at ex-President Jonathan and his cohorts who criminally neglected the Niger Delta and by extension Nigeria via unconscionable planlessness andsquandermania.

The caucus said no sane Nigerian would pray for the reoccurrence of the ugly incident of Odi in 1999, Zaki Ibiam in 2000 and Gbaramatu in 2009; unwarranted ugly scenario which the Niger Delta Avengers were consciously simulating.

“It is our candid view that bombing of Forcados pipeline, Bonga Oil field, Chevron trunk lines and other oil and gas installations will neither facilitate the implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report, funding of the Amnesty Programme, nor the clean-up of the Niger Delta region,” he added.

Okechukwu further appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers to think deeply and graciously allow peace to reign; for our collective national interest and indeed to save the Niger Delta from ruins.

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2015 Election: Presidential, National Assembly Results From South South Inflated – Report

The results of the 2015 Nigeria’s Presidential and National Assembly elections from the South-South region of the country were probably inflated by officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, a report released by a civil society coalition, Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, says.

TMG is Nigeria’s foremost election observation group.

The report titled “TMG Quick Count Report of the 2015 Presidential Election” was launched in Abuja on Friday.

TMG said it deployed approximately 4,000 citizen observers to carry out representative observation of polling units across the 774 Local Government Areas.

Although the report showed that estimates by TMG’s Quick Count correlated with official results finally released by INEC, the group however said the number of accredited voters was inflated during the collation exercise, suggesting a way of creating room for inflated results.

“In verifying the official results of the 2015 presidential election, the Quick Count estimates strongly suggested that turnout was inflated during the collation process in the South-South geopolitical zone,” the report said.

“Quick Count estimates for the South-South geopolitical zone was 40.6% (+/-4.5%) while the official result the zone was as released at 55.9%. Thus official turnout was likely inflated during the collation exercise by at least 10.8%. The official results of the other five geopolitical zones consistent with TMG’s Quick Count estimates.”

Former President Goodluck Jonathan of Peoples Democratic Party recorded sweeping victory in the South-South, his base, while President Muhammadu Buhari who was the candidate of All Progressives Congress swept poll across in the North West, his zone.

But TMG said its estimates in the North West and the other zones, apart from the South-South, ran consistent with INEC’s official release.

TMG said its observers reported on the poll, accreditation, voting, counting processes and collected voting results at the polling units.

“At the heart of the Quick Count is a sophisticated database and text messaging communication systems by highly trained data managers and data clerks to ensure that complete and accurate data is received from all observers and analysed … to form highly accurate estimates of the overall poll conduct of the election, including party vote counts and voter turnout,” TMG’s Program Manager, Lazarus Apir, explained.

The report said the deployment party agents by the APC to the polling units in South-South and South-East was and 85% and 80% respectively. But in the two regions, PDP deployed agents to 93% of the polling units.

The report showed that the APC perhaps deliberately de-emphasize focus on the South-South and South-East, two strongholds of PDP, concentrating on other zones where it deployed more agents to polling units than PDP did.

Quick Count reported the presence of security personnel in 88% of the polling units. But this was poor when compared with 94% security presence across all polling units during the 2011 elections, TMG said.

By 11:30am of March 28, 2015, only 68% of the polling units had opened for accreditation exercise and in 96% of the polling units no voter was accredited without permanent voter’s card.

What counted as upside of Nigeria’s 2015 election widely acclaimed as example for Africa, according to the Quick Count report, was that observers reported there were no incidents of harassment against voters, poll officials, party agents and observers during voting in 96% of the polling units.

At 95% and 91%, respectively, of the polling units, APC and PDP agents signed the result sheets (INEC Form EC8A).

In 91% of the polling units, results were publicly pasted. By regional breakdown, results were publicly pasted in the North West, 93%; North East, 96%; North Central, 92%; South West, 88%; South East, 90%; and South South, 89%.

To improve Nigeria’s electoral process, TMG recommended that political parties and candidates restrict their campaigns to Nigeria’s development issues.

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David Mark Wins Benue South Senatorial Rerun Election

Former Senate President, David Mark has been declared winner of the February 20 Benue South Senatorial District Re-run election.

The Independent National Election Commission, INEC, declared Mark the winner in the early hours of Sunday, less than 24 hours from the commencement of the election.

The ex-senate president garnered total of 84, 192 while his main contender, Daniel Onjeh polled 71, 621 votes.

Mark won in five local government areas while Onjeh won in four. The result was declared by Prof. Ishaku Enigi.

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The Sins Of David Mark And The Need For Change In Benue South By Dak Ekah

For the past 16 years, and before the Court of Appeal verdict, David Mark has not made any significant input on the floor of the Senate for the growth and development of the Benue South Senatorial district. There are no bills, no motions or even contributions on issues that touch on any part of the senatorial district. In the present 8th Assembly since June 2015, David Mark was silent and not participating in the goings-on at the senate, he practically became the chairman “senate committee on observation” and thus denying the entire Benue South of effective representation in the senate. He was also not a member of any useful committee of the senate and therefore cannot present or make any contribution that would be beneficial to the people of Zone C.
David Mark was Senate President when for the past 4 years, Fulani marauders invaded and almost annihilated the Agatu people and he did nothing to bring the massacre to an end, as at today, almost 1,700 Agatu people have been killed. As Senate President, David Mark has the power to institute a senate committee to wade and deal with this problem but failed to do so. There was also no comment or observation on this matter in any of the two chambers of the National Assembly because the legislators were waiting for David to give the green light as the representative of the people affected. As a close associate of former President Goodluck Jonathan, David Mark also failed to draw and get the attention of the President to this issue! The blood of the about 1,700 innocent Agatu people cry for justice which David Mark denied them.
David Mark as a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot have the ears of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a result, he cannot influence or facilitate the sitting of any projects and programmes that would be beneficial to our people, as light and darkness cannot relate.
David Mark has always drawn our attention that as a minority tribe, we cannot afford to belong to opposition. Today, the Idoma need to be with the ruling party (APC) more than ever before because of the atrocities and total neglect we have witnessed in the past 16 years in the hands of the PDP led by David Mark.
David Mark’s failure in his oversight functions especially over the execution of constituency projects and their subsequent failure is a pointer to his culpability in the dastardly neglect and impoverishment of the entire Benue South senatorial district!
David Mark point facedly amassed for himself monies allotted for constituency projects in our senatorial district as shown below:
In 2012, over 12 billion naira was earmarked and released for constituency projects in zone C particularly for the construction of dams, rural roads, educational and health facilities as well as skill acquisition centers and there is none completed anywhere!
300 million naira was earmarked and released for the establishment of a Youth Development Centre at Okpoga in 2012. Today, the work is only at the foundation floor stage.
90 million naira was earmarked and released for Otukpo cultural centre. This project was converted into Eyum Memorial Foundation and into a personal property owned by David Mark’s daughter, Blessing Onum! It is our collective property.
As Principal Staff of the National Assembly in the past 8 years, David Mark and eleven others were sharing 40 billion naira annually for constituency projects to boost their positions. All the others especially the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu did wonders for his people. David Mark refused to use such funds for the improvement of his constituency.
 David Mark is so greedy that everything revolves around him and his family i.e  his sister, Ada Mark-Ogbole was Electoral Commissioner;  his brother, Onche Mark was Chief of Staff to Minister of Police affairs, his sister Helen Mark was Chief of Staff to the Minister of Interior, his son, Tunde was Senior Special Assistant to the senate president, his brother, Igoche Mark was personal Assistant to the Senate President, his son in law, Dr. Innocent Onu was Chairman Otukpo Local Government for 9 years, his daughter and wife of Doctor Onu; Blessing Onu at the same period was Executive Secretary, Social Development department at the Federal Capital Territory Authority,  his cousin Akatu Ahubi is Ward Head of Ewulo Ward in Otukpo, his in-law, Agbeje is Ward Head for Otukpo Ward Two, his cousin Egli Ahubi is the member representing Otukpo-Akpa state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly.
ONE MAN CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HOLD THE IDOMA AND IGEDE TO RANSOME.
IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE AND COMRADE DANIEL ONJEH IS THE KEY TO THIS CHANGE.
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Benue South Re-run: Militants Arrive Otukpo Ahead Of Poll

By Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi

As preparations toward the February 20th senatorial re-run election between David Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Comrade Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressive Congress, APC heat up. The Onjeh Campaign Organisation has accused the former senate President David Mark, of importing Militants into Otukpo ahead of the poll.

The Director Media and Publicity of Onjeh Campaign Organisation , Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi in a press statement, stated that David Mark is turning Benue South into a theatre of war. ” David Mark’s militants arrived Otukpo last night and are being lodged at a hotel, 25th May, Asa Otukpo. The hotel owned by Mark’s son Inalegwu Mark is currently hosting the first batch of the Niger Delta militants who arrived from Asaba, Delta State”.

The second batch moving from Bayalsa State are currently camped at uturu, Abia state on their way to Otukpo . Earlier, the Gov.of Bayalsa State, Mr Dickson was in Otukpo, where deals were sealed on how to forcefully rig the re-run election. The importation of the Militants shows the desperation of Mark and the opposition PDP towards the re-run election.

It’s more glaring that Mark has lost grip of his people hence he’s resulting to war situation. We believe on the credibility of our security agencies and their capacity to avert the impending mass murder planted by Mark.

We hereby call on the chief Security officer of the the country , President Muhammadu Buhari, the inspector general of Police and other security outfits in the country, to immediately come to the aid of the Idoma – Igede Nation before we are completely wipe out by David Mark’s Militants.

The people of Benue South should be allow to choose their senator, as it’s evident that democracy is of the people. Mark whose political slogan is anchored on war, started by calling for home land defence even though we are not at war.

The Och’Idoma, Agabaidu Ikoyi Obekpa has said, the Idoma people are not at war, but the current importation of the dreaded Niger Delta Militants into Otukpo, calls for immediate intervention of the security agencies . Mark is not the first person to loose election in Nigeria, even a sitting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan lost his return bid, but he didn’t call for Nigerians head, what is in the National Assembly that Mark has not seen? That your people no longer want you, you shouldn’t call for their head.

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The PMB Cabinet: A Presidential Salute to South West Nigeria By Gbenga Olorunpomi

More than six months after taking the Oath of Office and pledging to bring much-needed change to Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari finally swore in 36 men and women as ministers to complete the formation of his government this month. The intrigues and permutations that preceded the event were as interesting as they were unpredictable. The President kept his cards close to his chest all through the process and no one could tell who was getting what portfolio. Like a proper intelligence master, no one could read his play until the very last second.

 

When President Buhari finally read out his list of ministers and their portfolios, barely a few eyebrows were raised; while some were in disappointment, most were in surprise. For the people of South-West Nigeria, those eyebrows must have been raised in uncommon delight and towering optimism. For the first time in Nigeria’s history, the region was given some of the most critical ministries in public service. In essence, the President has acknowledged the region that has produced the highest number of intellectuals in the country by giving it the responsibility to lead Nigeria to greater heights.

 

A look at federal cabinets since the return of democracy shows that this is the first time the South-West region would be so anchored with such a magnitude of responsibility.  Between 1999 and 2003, seven men from the region were picked to be ministers. Only four were allotted critical ministries: Education -Tunde Adeniran, (June 1999–February 2001) Babalola Borishade, (February 2001– May 2003), Power and Steel – Bola Ige and Segun Agagu (June 1999–Jan 2000 and 2000-2003, respectively) and Attorney-General – Bola Ige (Jan 2000–2002). None of the aforementioned individuals spent a full four-year term in their respective portfolios.

 

Again, between 2003 and 2007, three men from the South-West shared a significant portfolio. The Works and Housing Ministry was headed by three men at different times Adeseye Ogunlewe, (July 2003–March 2006) Obafemi Anibaba (March 2006–Sep 2006) and Cornelius Adebayo (Sep 2006–Jan 2007). The latter previously held sway at the Communications Ministry between July 2003 and August 2006.

 

The following individuals held critical positions in the 6th and 7th republics: Ademola Seriki -Minister of State, Defence; Remi Babalola – Minister of State, Finance; Prof B. Osotimehin – Minister of Health; Olusegun Aganga – Minister of Finance; Erelu Obada – Minister of State, Defence; Omobola Johnson – Minister of Communication Technology.

 

When you compare all those past quotas for the South-West with those currently on President Buhari’s cabinet, there is a remarkable difference in the weight of the portfolio and expectation placed on the region.

  1. Former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) (Lagos): Federal Minister for Power, Works and Housing
  2. Former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi (Ph.D.) (Ekiti): Federal Minister for Solid Minerals
  3. Former Ogun State Commissioner for Finance, Kemi Osun (Ogun): Federal Minister for Finance
  4. Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Isaac Folorunsho (Osun): Federal Minister for Health
  5. Former Attorney-General and Oyo State Commissioner for Justice, Adebayo Shittu (Oyo): Federal Minister for Communications
  6. Prof. Omoyele Daramola (Ondo) – State Minister for Niger-Delta.

With these appointments, the president is clearly telling the Yoruba people to take the lead and deploy their widely-revered brainpower and work ethics to the betterment of all Nigerians. This is a call to action for the people of deep reasoning to contribute immensely to the polity and make Nigeria a model for success stories that Lagos State has become under successive progressive leaderships. All the people of the region must now look beyond party and religious affiliations and support these great ambassadors with ideas, information, contacts and prayers to make their efforts seamless and fruitful. Who knows if one of these six will be in prime position to be President soon?

 

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