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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

We’v had enough of APGA in Anambra – Hope Democratic party Chieftain

The Chairman of Hope Democratic party, HDP, Chief Sam Oraegbunam, has said that Anambrarians are tired of APGA’s political structure that have failed them and therefore need change of political party in the state.
In his words, ” We have had enough of APGA in Anambra because the party has under performed in recent time
Oraegbunam told newsmen in an interview on Tuesday in Awka that Hope Democratic party has no candidate for now.

“For us in Hope Democratic Party, we do not have a candidate yet, but we are open to any good candidate with good intention for Anambra people who feel short-changed by these mega parties.

“Anybody who has been in Anambra and followed the politics, knows Hope is deeply entrenched in the grassroots; we have structure in the 326 wards and 21 Local Governments in Anambra.

“We are not set up for alliance with any of the big parties; we are a viable alternative for aspirants who wish to drive their aspiration further, our mission is to provide platform for the candidate of the masses.
“We shall be one of the major contenders in the Nov. 18 election,” he said.

The chairman said unlike before, there would be no bandwagon effect during the election, as the electorate would only vote for credible candidate not political party.

“The electioneering is picking up but not up to the tempo that Anambra people expect, given that we are three and a half months away to the election.

“Some political parties got their candidate by the nature of their structure and others are preparing for their primaries while others are still locked in litigation battles.

“People rush to big parties like the PDP and APC because they believe that they will enjoy federal might and undue advantage to win elections against the wish of the people.

“But today, Nigerians are more politically aware than before, the electorates now know that what matters in an election is the individual candidates and not political parties.

“Candidates now have to tell Anambra electorates their packages for them, we have had blanket voting in the past and we have seen where it led us to.

“We have had enough of APGA in Anambra because the party has under performed in recent time,” he said.

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We’v had enough of APGA in Anambra – Hope Democratic party Chieftain

The Chairman of Hope Democratic party, HDP, Chief Sam Oraegbunam, has said that Anambrarians are tired of APGA’s political structure that have failed them and therefore need change of political party in the state.
In his words, ” We have had enough of APGA in Anambra because the party has under performed in recent time
Oraegbunam told newsmen in an interview on Tuesday in Awka that Hope Democratic party has no candidate for now.

“For us in Hope Democratic Party, we do not have a candidate yet, but we are open to any good candidate with good intention for Anambra people who feel short-changed by these mega parties.

“Anybody who has been in Anambra and followed the politics, knows Hope is deeply entrenched in the grassroots; we have structure in the 326 wards and 21 Local Governments in Anambra.

“We are not set up for alliance with any of the big parties; we are a viable alternative for aspirants who wish to drive their aspiration further, our mission is to provide platform for the candidate of the masses.
“We shall be one of the major contenders in the Nov. 18 election,” he said.

The chairman said unlike before, there would be no bandwagon effect during the election, as the electorate would only vote for credible candidate not political party.

“The electioneering is picking up but not up to the tempo that Anambra people expect, given that we are three and a half months away to the election.

“Some political parties got their candidate by the nature of their structure and others are preparing for their primaries while others are still locked in litigation battles.

“People rush to big parties like the PDP and APC because they believe that they will enjoy federal might and undue advantage to win elections against the wish of the people.

“But today, Nigerians are more politically aware than before, the electorates now know that what matters in an election is the individual candidates and not political parties.

“Candidates now have to tell Anambra electorates their packages for them, we have had blanket voting in the past and we have seen where it led us to.

“We have had enough of APGA in Anambra because the party has under performed in recent time,” he said.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Biafra agitation, Arewa Youths’s threat, militancy result of corruption – Magu

The acting, though,Senate rejected Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said that the Biafra agitation, Arewa Youths’s threat and militancy in the country are the result of corruption.

Spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that Magu made the remarks at the opening session of a two-day Electronic and Social Media Review and Training Conference held at the EFCC Academy in Abuja on Thursday.

In the statement, Uwujaren quoted Magu as saying “people would not be engaging in needless agitations if the country was corruption-free.”

The EFCC boss also said that Nigeria’s unity was one that could not be compromised, and urged participants at the conference to step up public sensitisation on the ills of corruption.

“We can change the negative perception of this country. I urge you all to be committed in this fight using your various platforms.

“The root cause of the hate speeches by the Arewa and Igbo youths is corruption. Some people are actually funding them.

“The looters of our common wealth are the ones responsible for the woes bedevilling Nigeria. We must do everything possible to secure the unity of this country.

“People who don’t deserve anything are taking everything and if there is no common consensus to halt the trend, the future of our children yet unborn will be mortgaged,’’ he said
Magu urged the participants to take a critical look at the social media platforms of EFCC and come up with suggestions on how to make them better.

In a presentation, Mr Joe Abah, the Director-General of the Bureau for Public Service Reforms, commended the EFCC, describing it as the leading anti-graft agency in Nigeria.

Abbah said “EFCC deserves a lot of credit. You are doing a great job. Your work is what we all need you to do but many of us don’t want you to do the work.

“EFCC is clearly chatting a new path for social media engagement for the anti-graft agencies looking at its statistics on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, and Instagram.”
He stressed the need for all anti-graft agencies to constantly compare note to improve information sharing and synergy across the social media.

A prominent blogger, Mr Joshua Omojuwa, who spoke on “Digital Media in Nigeria”, said “one could not deny the great works and achievements of the EFCC.”
Omojuwa noted that the EFCC Twitter handle “was strong”, rating it as the twitter handle of the year 2017.

He further shed light on how the new media could be used to make the job of corruption fight more effective.

“Social media pages should be domiciled in your website, which is the headquarters of your activities in the commission.
“You need to start creating visual contents.”

He warned that the commission should be wary of hackers, saying he had noticed that the EFCC had many fake Facebook accounts.

While noting that this could be damaging to the image of the commission, the blogger advised that Facebook should be contacted to block the fake accounts.

Lauretta Onochie, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Media, urged Nigerians to join the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration in tackling the “hydra-headed monster called corruption.

“Corruption has been a hindrance in the wheel of progress of the country. We need to stand up against corruption.

“Let us live as patriots of our nation. I plead with every Nigerian to support the nation and the EFCC in the anti-corruption war. Let us all come together and kill corruption.”

The conference was an initiative of the Public Affairs Directorate of the EFCC, the first social and electronic media programme review by the agency.

The initiative was part of the commission’s efforts to enhance its communication strategies and channels used in engaging the public in the fight against corruption.

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Reno’s response to Kanu’s attack on Jonathan: Ndigbo should go, learn diplomacy

By now, I am sure my readers have read the very disparaging comments against former President Goodluck Jonathan which were credited to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

So pedestrian are those comments that I will not repeat them here. You can Google them on your own if you have not read them but I will not stain my writing space by republishing them.

Nnamdi Kanu & Reno Omokri
Ndi’Igbo needs friends and support. No one can win in life if they walk solo. Ecclesiastes 4:11 says ‘if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?’

It was for lack of friends that Ndi’Igbo were defeated between 1967-1970. Is history about to repeat itself? You do not alienate the few friends you have and expect to attract more friends.

This is the advantage the North has over Ndi’Igbo. They know their friends. If with all Jonathan did for Ndi’Igbo someone can dismiss him with the wave of the hand so casually and accuse him of doing nothing for Ndi’Igbo and Ndi’Igbo would applaud such a person instead of calling him to order, then do not expect those who are watching Ndi’Igbo acquiesce to this mistreatment of Jonathan to do anything for Ndi’Igbo when or if they get into power.

If Jonathan can be so treated, then who is sacrosanct
There are those who have said Jonathan lost the 2015 elections because his fondness for Ndi’Igbo alienated him from other sections of Nigeria. Today, people who hold such opinions are laughing at Jonathan.

The fact that not even one prominent leader amongst Ndi’Igbo has stood up to condemn the hate speech against Jonathan is telling.

This is a man who was the first person since the end of the civil war to make Ndi’Igbo Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chief of Army Staff. For 41 years before Jonathan, not one Ndi’Igbo came near such position.

Alas, none of the many Ndi’Igbo who benefited from appointments under Jonathan could stand up to defend him against those very mean words from Nnamdi Kanu.

What a lesson to anyone who may be planning to toe the path of Jonathan! What a lesson.
My advice to you and the Igbo race, go and learn diplomacy. It will help you more than physical strength and academic intelligence.

Only a month ago, In my widely published article ‘Hegemony: What the Igbo can learn from Yoruba and Fulani about power’, I advised Ndi’Igbo, saying that the Igbo often mistake discretion for weakness.
Nnamdi Kanu proves my point! Calling Dr. Goodluck Jonathan weak is just a manifestation of what I wrote about.

Nnamdi Kanu needs to understand something about leadership. Leadership is a platform that gives you the opportunity to increase your influence or reduce it until it is eliminated.

Upon his release, public sympathy for him increased his influence. The successful sit at home further increased it. However, his utterances since then have been steadily reducing his influence.

I know Chief Femi Fani-Kayode very well. He will soon hear the things Nnamdi Kanu said about the Yorubas. He has already heard about the things Nnamdi Kanu said about Jonathan. It will not be very long before Nnamdi Kanu loses one of his most valiant non Igbo supporter. Apparently, what the Nigerian government couldn’t do to Nnamdi Kanu, Nnamdi Kanu is using his own mouth to do to himself!
Why does this keep reoccurring?

Anytime I read or hear about Madiba Nelson Mandela, I have bittersweet memories. Why? Because we could have had our own Mandela in another Nnamdi!

Nnamdi Azikiwe was at one time known all over Africa as Zik of Africa. It was a thing of pride and joy to pre-independent Nigeria. Everyone was proud of Zik including Northerners. This is a fact.

But the story ended tragically. No matter what may have happened to him through his political choices and alliances, it was a very great disappointment that a man who reached the peak of his political career as Zik of Africa ended up allowing himself to be known as the Owelle of Onitsha, not even of Nigeria, or Igboland or even Anambra, but of Onitsha.

The new Nnamdi ought to learn from this tragedy. When he was released, believe it or not, he was hailed and celebrated far beyond the borders of Igboland.

On social media, every Wale, Dakolo and Nosa sang his praises. He was Nnamdi Kanu, the hero of the oppressed.
But the more he talked, the more the Wales had a rethink and shrunk away from him, leaving only the Dakolos and Nosas.

Then he talked some more and both the Dakolos and the Nosas felt unwelcome and beat a hasty retreat.
Today, it is only Chukwuma and Ikechukwu that are singing his praises.

Nnamdi Kanu was created by President Muhammadu Buhari because before he was arrested, I had heard nothing about him. Absolutely nothing.

But just like President Buhari has squandered whatever goodwill he had left by choosing to give his national Sallah message to Nigerians in a sectional language, so too has Nnamdi Kanu wasted away the considerable adulation he had outside Igboland by his Igbo supremacy tendencies.

I hope with Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB does not end up with a case of me and Ndi’Igbo against Nigeria, me and Abia state against Ndi’Igbo, me and Isiama Afara against Abia state and finally, me and my father’s house against Isiama Afara. From what we are seeing, the omens are not encouraging at all!

Shaka Momodu, an editor with ThisDay newspapers, taught me a lesson 26 years ago. We both had a mutual friend who turned out to be something of a nasty piece of work.
When I discovered this, I quite naturally withdrew from this person and although almost all our other friends badmouthed this individual, Shaka would not.

One day, I asked Shaka why he refrained from talking down this man. Shaka’s response was telling and has stuck with me for decades
He said Reno, one day I had nowhere to sleep and ……..allowed me sleep in his room for that day. I cannot find it in me to fight someone who accommodated me even if it was for just one day.

From that day till the day I die, and even when I am in God’s kingdom after death, I will respect Shaka Momodu for having such sterling principles. I can only wish that Nnamdi Kanu had such high principles.
Ndi’Igbo should remember the proverb: If you want to walk fast, walk alone.
But if you want to walk far, walk with friends.

And now let me address the issue of President Muhammadu Buhari’s unwise decision to address the nation in a sectional language.
In a country whose official language is English, President Muhammadu Buhari broadcasts his Sallah message in Hausa! Would Trump (whose origin is German) address America in German?

So what about all those Nigerians who can’t speak Hausa? Ideally, the President should have spoken in English first, then if he feels like it, he may also speak in Hausa.

The way he has now spoken only in Hausa makes it seem as if he is only concerned with those who gave him 97% of the votes while those who have him 5% can take a hike!
How would the rest of the country have felt if President Olusegun Obasanjo had released a Christmas broadcast to Nigerians in Yoruba of if President Goodluck Jonathan has done so in Ogbia?

How can a NATIONAL leader address Nigerians in a SECTIONAL language? Nigeria has never had a leader as divisive as Buhari! There is no difference between President Buhari and Nnamdi Kanu.
President Buhari is the President of all Nigeria. He is not the President of only those who can speak Hausa!

This is an outrage! President Yar’adua also spoke to the BBC News by phone. He is Fulani, like President Buhari. Yet he spoke in English because he was President of all of us!
At this stage, permit time to digress and say something about a loss I suffered.

Eight years ago I cried as if I had lost my own brother. You gave me so much joy from my childhood to now. I thank God for giving the world the opportunity to benefit from your creative genius, Michael Jackson! You were the most consistently brilliant music star the world ever knew. Your dedication to your craft was matchless. You outshone Elvis,

The Beatles, and even in death you continue to outshine contemporary stars. I love you Michael. Rest in the bosom of The Lord!

Reno’s Nuggets:
If you knew how quickly your boss will replace you if you die, you will pay more attention to your family rather than your job. How many burials have you been to? Do you ever see the dead man’s boss there? Yet most men slave away at their work and prioritize it over their family who will be the one to bury them, mourn over them and carry on their legacies.

Remember, your company has its own name, but your children bear your own name forever. Be wise. You are replaceable at work. You are irreplaceable to your family. Don’t work for your salary. Work for your family #RenosNuggets

Reno Omokri is a Christian TV talk show host and founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center and the Helen and Bemigho Sanctuary for orphans. He is the author of the worldwide amazon bestseller Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years: Chibok, 2015 and Other Conspiracies and three books, Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God, Why Jesus Wept and Apples of Gold: A Book of Godly Wisdom
TONY

first of all, kanu never said jonathans government was bad, he only stated dat jonathan was naive for thinkin he could appease d arewa oligarchy! which is certainly a fact! we r al witness 2 d aftamath of his appeasement of d north! i should also remind reno dat wateva it was dat

Hegemony: What The Igbo Can Learn From Yoruba And Fulani About Power - Reno
This week marked the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Sovereign State of Biafra and one or more questions still linger. I will not delve into the more contentious questions, but for the sake of improving the relationship between the Igbo and their Yoruba neighbors, let me touch on…

Yerima Is Just A Puppet Flying A Kite With The Igbo Quit Notice - Reno
By now you must have heard that a group of Northern Nigerian youths have issued an ultimatum to Ndi'Igbo resident in the North of Nigeria to quit the region in three months or face dire consequences.

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Biafra agitation, Arewa Youths’s threat, militancy result of corruption – Magu

The acting, though,Senate rejected Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said that the Biafra agitation, Arewa Youths’s threat and militancy in the country are the result of corruption.

Spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that Magu made the remarks at the opening session of a two-day Electronic and Social Media Review and Training Conference held at the EFCC Academy in Abuja on Thursday.

In the statement, Uwujaren quoted Magu as saying “people would not be engaging in needless agitations if the country was corruption-free.”

The EFCC boss also said that Nigeria’s unity was one that could not be compromised, and urged participants at the conference to step up public sensitisation on the ills of corruption.

“We can change the negative perception of this country. I urge you all to be committed in this fight using your various platforms.

“The root cause of the hate speeches by the Arewa and Igbo youths is corruption. Some people are actually funding them.

“The looters of our common wealth are the ones responsible for the woes bedevilling Nigeria. We must do everything possible to secure the unity of this country.

“People who don’t deserve anything are taking everything and if there is no common consensus to halt the trend, the future of our children yet unborn will be mortgaged,’’ he said
Magu urged the participants to take a critical look at the social media platforms of EFCC and come up with suggestions on how to make them better.

In a presentation, Mr Joe Abah, the Director-General of the Bureau for Public Service Reforms, commended the EFCC, describing it as the leading anti-graft agency in Nigeria.

Abbah said “EFCC deserves a lot of credit. You are doing a great job. Your work is what we all need you to do but many of us don’t want you to do the work.

“EFCC is clearly chatting a new path for social media engagement for the anti-graft agencies looking at its statistics on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, and Instagram.”
He stressed the need for all anti-graft agencies to constantly compare note to improve information sharing and synergy across the social media.

A prominent blogger, Mr Joshua Omojuwa, who spoke on “Digital Media in Nigeria”, said “one could not deny the great works and achievements of the EFCC.”
Omojuwa noted that the EFCC Twitter handle “was strong”, rating it as the twitter handle of the year 2017.

He further shed light on how the new media could be used to make the job of corruption fight more effective.

“Social media pages should be domiciled in your website, which is the headquarters of your activities in the commission.
“You need to start creating visual contents.”

He warned that the commission should be wary of hackers, saying he had noticed that the EFCC had many fake Facebook accounts.

While noting that this could be damaging to the image of the commission, the blogger advised that Facebook should be contacted to block the fake accounts.

Lauretta Onochie, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Media, urged Nigerians to join the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration in tackling the “hydra-headed monster called corruption.

“Corruption has been a hindrance in the wheel of progress of the country. We need to stand up against corruption.

“Let us live as patriots of our nation. I plead with every Nigerian to support the nation and the EFCC in the anti-corruption war. Let us all come together and kill corruption.”

The conference was an initiative of the Public Affairs Directorate of the EFCC, the first social and electronic media programme review by the agency.

The initiative was part of the commission’s efforts to enhance its communication strategies and channels used in engaging the public in the fight against corruption.

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Anambra poll: Igbo group in South Africa backs Ohaneze

Chief Jonas Udeji, the founder of Ohaneze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural group in South Africa, says the stance of its national body not to boycott the Anambra governorship election is in order.

Nnamdi Kanu, the self proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had called for the boycott of the Nov. 18 election in Anambra.

But the National President of Ohaneze, John Nwodo, had addressed legislators in Anambra and told them to ignore the directive.

Udeji speaking in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday said that Kanu was not qualified to give such a directive on behalf of Igbos.
“ Ohaneze Ndigbo remains the apex body of Igbos in Nigeria and world-wide.

“ No single individual will give any order on behalf of Igbos if that person is not the elected President of Ohaneze.

“ We understand Nnamdi Kanu`s emotions about the plight of Igbos in Nigeria. But, he should realise that we have a leader and that is Nwodo.
“ He is the one to speak on behalf of Igbos,” he said.

Udeji urged Anambra people and other South East states to ignore such directive from IPOB and elect their leaders when the opportunity comes.

According to him, Igbos should collectively decide on such sensitive issues under the leadership of Ohaneze, their apex body, and not based on an individual’s directive.

He said that Anambra people had the right to elect their governor and other representatives at the local government, state and national levels.

Udeji said that Ohaneze under Nwodo`s leadership had been focused and remained determined to achieve set goals and objectives.

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