The Rise And Fall Of “Emperor” Rochas Anayo Okorocha

By Emeka Ejere Rochas Okorocha, as an elected governor of Imo State, governs like an emperor whose order must be obeyed, but his political future looks imbalance If the withholding of his certificate of return as a senator-elect eventually graduates to total reversal of his controversial victory at the polls, then Rochas Okorocha, the outgoing governor of Imo State may be heading to the twilight of his relevance both in the state and national politics. It looks even more so with the unfortunate development coming on the heels of Uche…

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Nobody Has Right To Ask Igbo, Others In Lagos To Leave, City Belongs To All Nigerians

By Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe Lagos State belongs as much to the ethnic Igbo as to the Yoruba, Ijaw, Hausa, Fulani, Efik, Idoma, Urhobo, Itshekiri, Edo, and so on who live in it, pay tax, identify with it, and settle in it. That compact was made the moment Nigeria became a single nation, and a successor power to the old principalities who were subdued and who ceded their sovereignty for the new commonwealth of Nigeria. It was pragmatic. The Igbo had the skill and the industry, and Lagos was the seat…

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As 65 Candidates Contest Governorship Election In Imo State

By Ikechukwu Amaechi As Nigerians vote again on March 9, all eyes will be on Imo State for two reasons. First, with the exception of Rivers State, Imo, the Eastern Heartland, has acquired the notoriety of being the country’s electoral malevolence capital under Governor Rochas Okorocha’s watch. In the eight years that he has been at the helm of affairs, all rules of civil engagement have been torpedoed. He has taken the state hostage, literally. The chairman of the All Progressives Congress Imo State Governorship Primary Committee, Ahmed Gulak, narrated…

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How To Be A Great PR Professional – Emeka Oparah

By Emeka Oparah This piece was inspired by an article published by Business Insider entitled “Meet the 25 Most Influential PR People Behind the Success of Corporate America,” which is led by Facebook’s VP Communications/Public Policy, Elliot Schrage. Formerly VP of Communications at Google. Schrage holds degrees from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government and has testified before the US Congress. Others named in the US list include Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman Public Relations, the largest PR firm in the world, with clients like PepsiCo, Hewlett-Packard-Packers…

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Playing ‘Politricks’ With The 2nd Niger Bridge

By Okey Ibeke It is classified as a critical national infrastructure. As the major bridge across the Niger river in the southern belt, the Niger Bridge linking Asaba, the capital of Delta State with Onitsha, the nerve centre of commerce in Anambra State, is the gateway to eight states in the southeast and south south. Travelers to Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu and Abia States from Lagos have to traverse through the imposing bridge. But having been rehabilitated shortly after the civil war, the sheer volume…

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Lest We Forget AMCON’s Role As Saviour Of Ailing Businesses

AMCON MD/CEO, Ahmed Kuru ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— By Bashir Ibrahim Hassan I am bold to say that the future of Nigeria is bright. Our current dispensation of democracy is under 30, but we are building institutions that are at par with those built by democracies that boast of centuries of experience with similar democratic institutions. One is tempted to question why older democracies, for that matter, tend to expect much from us, despite our fledgling democracy and budding experience at institution-building. But the high expectation is the more reason why we should…

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Our President Has Done It Again

By Dele momodu Fellow Nigerians, the way events happen at the speed of light, in our dear beloved country Nigeria, is unbelievable. I flew out of Lagos yesterday on a few hours flight to Sierra Leone but within that twinkle of an eye, a monumental development had occurred back home. Thanks to social media, cyberspace was awash and agog with the story of President Muhammadu Buhari literally firing the Chief Justice of the Federation, Honourable Justice, Walter Nkanu Samuel Onnoghen GCON, with automatic alacrity, even though the President claimed that…

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Catholic Men And Social Transformation: Challenge With Great Prospects

Full text of the speech delivered by Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, the Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese at the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO), Nigeria. The event was the 23rd annual national conference, which held at at Louisville, Itele Ogun State…recently Introduction I thank you the Catholic Men Organization of Nigeria CMO for inviting me to address this conference at this venue. The role of men in the society and the Church cannot be overstated. It might be true that a lot more is heard about the activities and achievements of…

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The Lagos Political Imbroglio – Why Is Ambode Not Talking

By Usen Idongesit The seeming upheaval in the political stratosphere of Lagos State, the commercial hub of Nigeria has been interesting and a lesson in diplomacy, politics and the treasured involvement of the people’s strong views. In the past few weeks, the state’s ruling party has been enmeshed in a fever pitch political debate about a second term for its incumbent governor, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode or supporting the candidature of a new aspirant in the person of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The hues, cries, unfolding events, activities, pros, cons and political…

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Appearances And Disappearances

The way of the gods would eternally remain mysterious. They hoist whom they want to hoist on the totem pole of affluence, power and authority; and they trip whom they disfavor even if he be a behemoth hewn from a rock and he would fall to pieces. The mother of all prayers must be: may your Chi, your personal god, always present you a mirthful visage otherwise, even all the gold in Arabia would not change one’s fortunes. Consider the case of Messrs Jimoh Ibrahim. It is taken that this…

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