An Online group well known as My NEW Nigeria is set for a global chat of Nigerian youths around the world to decide on the future of Nigeria in an event it tagged TBN – Take Back Nigeria – Regain, Restructure, Release.
The Federal Government has urged the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to revoke the bail it granted Nnamdi Kanu and return him to prison.
FG argued that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who was granted bail on April 25, 2017 on health grounds had not only breached the conditions attached to his bail but had conducted himself in manners that threaten public peace.
In a counter-motion, filed by Magaji Labaran of the Federal Ministry of Justice, FG urged the court to dismiss an application by Kanu, seeking a review of his bail conditions. In the suit, FG argues:
“The offence for which he (Kanu) is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable; the court, not withstanding, granted bail to the 1st defendant/applicant (Kanu) on health grounds on 25th April 2017.
“Among other conditions for the bail of the 1st defendant is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people; that he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies; that he should file, in court, medical updates of his health status every month. The bail conditions were perfected by the 1st defendant/applicant, which he is currently enjoying.
“Rather than observing all the conditions listed above, the 1st defendant, in fragrant disobedience to the court order, flouted all conditions given by the court.
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“The 1st defendant equally incited his members to disrupt, disallow and boycott elections in South East states, starting with Anambra State gubernatorial election scheduled for November 18 if the Federal Government failed to hold referendum for the realisation of the state of Biafra. Continue reading
The Rivers State Government says it is interested in the peace and development of all parts of the State.
The State Deputy Governor Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo stated this during a stake holders meeting of the Rivers State Boundary Commission with Norkpo Community of Tai Local Government Area and Ogu Community in Ogu Bolo Local Government Area over a land boundary dispute.
According to Dr. Banigo based on the alleged seizure of farm lands belonging to the Norkpo Community by the Ogu Community both communities were invited to a peace meeting by the State Boundary Commission to forestall threats to peace and security in the area on the 13th of July 2017 where both parties agreed to sign a peace pact. Continue reading
As Nigerians who were hoodwinked to vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015 become restive because of their unfulfilled electoral promises and manifest incompetence on the part of those who claimed to have the magic wand to solving Nigeria’s problems, the confused party, especially in Rivers State is resorting to dubious predictions and blackmail; more falsehood against reality and self deception.
Among Nigerians who are pained that the APC has put the nation’s development on the reverse gear in the last two years, failing in all fronts, as well as setting new records of governance by proxy, is the Coalition of Rivers Patriots.
In a statement signed by the publicity secretary, Barr. Barilede Thompson, the Coalition of Rivers Patriots said Nigerians no longer have confidence in the APC, and that the party is on its way out of power at the centre.
The Rivers Patriots further maintained that Nigerians are now wiser, having realised that APC do not have a credible road map to take Nigeria to greater heights.
It described as laughable a press statement issued by the All Progressives Congress in Rivers state, showcasing as usual its traditional hallucination, but rechristened as prediction, that Governor Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State is destroying the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at state and federal levels.
The Patriots said Rivers people have not forgotten in a hurry how Senator Magnus Abe and other APC chieftains in Rivers almost set the state on fire a couple of days ago because of the party’s fraudulent non – elective congress, but for the intervention of the police in the state, dismissing the APC as a balkanised party, lacking in credibility.
The group contends that the lies that brought APC to power can no longer sustain them in office, the reason, according to Rivers Patriots, disappointed Nigerians are now rooting for the PDP, the party they have realised is a better platform for the transformation of Nigeria.
The Patriots recalled that governance in Rivers State was destroyed by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s current Transportation Minister, who did not only sell off valued assets of the state, but mismanaged the proceeds, the reason, according to them, the Rivers State Government is out to prosecute him and his collaborators.
The group advised the embattled minister to prove his allegation in court if he strongly feels that the documents being used to prosecute him are forged, adding that, no amount of blackmail will stop the state government from going ahead to ensure that those who betrayed the trust of Rivers people do not go unpunished.
In the statement, the Coalition of Rivers Patriots clarified that, while Mr. Amaechi inherited a robust state, he left behind an empty treasury for his successor, Governor Wike, who, he had boasted will not be able to pay salaries. Continue reading
The chairman of the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah has again given Governor Nyesom Wike a pat on the back for his interest and huge investment in science education in the State, describing the gesture as a step in the right direction.
Bro Obuah in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said no leader in the history of the State has shown such degree of remarkable interest in seeing the State take off technologically by re-awakening the interest of our school children in Science, Technology and Mathematics as Gov Wike.
The State PDP chairman also expressed joy that the Gov’s efforts in this regard are not lost on the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) and commended the body for reciprocating the efforts of His Excellency by holding their 60th Anniversary Conference in Port Harcourt, the State capital and the investiture of Governor Wike as the patron of STAN.
More remarkable, Bro Obuah stated, is the sponsorship of 400 Science Teachers for this year’s STAN Conference geared towards encouraging science teachers in public schools across the State to upgrade their knowledge of current trends in science and technology so as to be able to teach the students well. Continue reading
African richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed he would be in a position to offer the present management of Arsenal an offer they cannot refuse once the $11bn oil refinery in Lagos is completed.
Speaking in a Bloomberg report, Dangote said he had coveted the club since 1980 when he became a fan. He said that he hasn’t given up on the dream, but his plans to acquire the club were presently on hold until the completion of the $11bn oil refinery in Lagos.
Dangote, a known fan of the Gunners, also revealed that if his bid succeeded he would fire the manager, Arsene Wenger.
He said, “The first thing I would change is the coach,” Dangote said in the report. “He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck. Continue reading
A Catholic priest in Nigeria stunned radio listeners when he announced on a live programme that he was quitting the Catholic Church.
Patrick Edet, who served under the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been a popular voice on radio in the state through his weekly live programme called Grace and Inspiration.
On Wednesday, on Planet 101.1FM, Uyo, instead of airing his usual inspirational message which has over the years endeared him to thousands within and outside the state, Mr. Edet dropped the shocking news.
“On 31 of July, I resigned from my services, my duties and obligations as a Catholic priest,” he said.
“I ceased to be a Catholic priest in my thinking, in my spirit, in my soul, (and) in my body.
“Yesterday, the 1st of August, was my first day outside the laws, the regulations, (and) the authority of the Catholic church.
“In my mind, every law that bound me because I submitted myself to the Catholic Church as an institution.
“Having submitted my resignation letter to my authorities in the Catholic Church, in my spirit, soul and body, I am free from every law that guided me. I submit myself to one authority – God,” he said.
Mr. Edet was a Catholic priest for more than 11 years.
Akwa Ibom, a predominantly Christian state, has a high Catholic population.
It is very rare in Nigeria to have a priest quit the Catholic Church.
He said he prayed and fasted for seven months before he took the decision to leave the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church in the state could not be reached immediately for their comment on the matter. Some Catholic lay faithfuls are shocked by his resignation having seriously ( Fr. Patrick) professed the Catholic spirituality in the different church programmes he organised.
Apart from being a radio preacher, Mr. Edet runs a crowd-pulling fellowship in Uyo, outside the control of the Catholic Church, using his Grace Family Global Outreach.
Those who have attended the fellowship meetings before said things are done the Pentecostal style – like prophesying and “speaking in tongue” – which often brought the priest into conflict with the Catholic doctrine and leadership.
Mr. Edet, throughout the about 40 minutes broadcast on Wednesday, explained his experience with God, his personal philosophy of life, and his conflict with the Catholic Church.
He said he had gone through a lot of opposition, antagonism and blackmail for the years he has been running the fellowship.
“All I hear every time is that I am not truly a Catholic priest.
“It has been in conflict in my heart because why I actually accepted not to marry and have children was not just to be a Catholic priest, but to do the things that I do – be nutty on radio and shout and laugh and inspire somebody. And cry when I need to cry and console somebody who cries and to live my life out in my faith openly and in the process make mistake.
“Peace has been taken away from me for years. I live in fear and in doubt. Sometimes I doubt myself – am I really right, am I in the right place,” he said.
Mr. Edet praised the Catholic Church as being “so organised” and “the best institution that has ever been built” by man, but however said that the space given to him in the Catholic Church as a minister was so small.
“A box is already made for you and you cannot go outside that box,” he explained.
“You cannot know God beyond that box. You cannot express God beyond that box. And any attempt for you to go beyond that box brings you label.
“The God that I have discovered in life is a God that cannot be fully known. That God is a God that cannot be fully predicted and cannot be fully captured in human expression otherwise he will cease to be a mystery. That is a God I have come to accept as my God.
“I have come to realise that serving that God you need freedom. When that freedom is limited you cannot fully serve that God.
“Each time I tried to cross the line, the thing I meet crushes me on the inside and makes me feel guilty. But I cannot stop doing it. There’s a pull inside of me telling me there is more, and life was meant to be more and that more is found in freedom in God. Some Catholics are of the opinion that while Fr. Patrick might have his genuine reasons to quit the Catholic Church, the believe is that most priest that leave the Church is because of their inability to submit to Ecclesiastical Authority, having found a cult of follower-ship. “The quest to own properties and have a limit of control is a factor responsible for some leaving the Church, as that restriction tend to make some priest feel that they are in a box. The Catholic Church after 530 AD resolved to instill discipline in the rank and file of he ecclesiastical community after the Church became profitable and greedy leading to simony. These were the reasons for the Church to take full responsibility for the welfare of priests to restrict them from unnecessary materialism and flamboyant lifestyles. Reverend Fathers were meant to swear oath of allegiance and take perpetual vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience before becoming priests. This is why the Catholic priests don’t marry, own property and are not allowed to breakaway because of the of oath of allegiance. This has kept the Catholic Church together for thousands of years from breakaways according to the CATHOLIC MIND. The catholic respondents have also asked why some priest would claim of being boxed by betrayals, schisms and politics in the Catholic Church after freely taking their priestly vows. Can an army officer say such of the military institution.” Continue reading
Over 500 Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) councillors on Wednesday endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.
The councillors who trooped to Government House Port Harcourt on a solidarity visit declared that Governor Wike has performed creditably well and deserves to be re-elected.
Chairman of the PDP Ex-Councillors Forum, Rivers State Chapter, Mr LoveGod Nweze declared that members of the forum are satisfied with Governor Wike’s roll out of projects and programmes for the people of the state.
He said: “We commend the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the execution of people oriented projects across the state.
“We applaud Governor Wike for redeeming Rivers State from the clutches of evil forces who held the state down. He has invested in the development of all the local government areas of Rivers State “.
They thanked God for giving Governor Wike the enablement to work for the people of the state. They urged him to accommodate former councillors in the execution of development projects.
Responding, Governor Wike said that the Former Councillors form a solid power bloc that will be used to reach out to the grassroots. Continue reading
One hundred days after President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for London on a medical vacation and amid controversy over his health status, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Mr Joe Igbokwe, has said Nigerians do not need to know what is wrong with the President.
Mr Igbokwe’s said this on Wednesday when he appeared on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily.
Since Monday last week, protesters under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians led by Charly Boy and Deji Adeyanju had held protests in the nation’s capital Abuja demanding that the President should inform Nigerians of his health status and resume or resign.
The protest has led to debates about how long the President can be away for and also led to rival protests.
Asked what he felt about the calls by the Concerned Nigerian group, Mr Igbokwe labelled the actions of the group unconstitutional, adding that Nigerians do not need to know the President’s health status as it is a private matter.
“It is against the law for them to protest that the president must resume or resign when the needful has been done. The president has not done anything wrong, he has transmitted power to the acting president,” he said. Continue reading
According our source ,a notable Christian leader, Apostle Lawrence Eleru has been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen around Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Naijavoxpop correspondent gathered that Apostle Eleru who is the General Overseer of Kingdom People’s Church located around Ebubu within Eleme area was abducted at gun point on his way from church weekly activities.
A close relative, who identified himself as Chikordi Amadi confirmed the incident to our correspondent. He said no contact has been established yet with the suspected kidnappers.
Our source at the community said that the family members are worried since they recovered the Honda Car belonging to the victim burnt down. They are calling on the security operatives to help rescue their brother from the hands of his abductors. Continue reading