On Saturday, December 9, 2017, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the main opposition party in the country, will converge on Abuja for their elective National Convention.This will enable the delegates of the party to elect the candidate (s) of their choice who will be saddled with the responsibility of running affairs of PDP.
The death of Dr. Alexander Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, the first elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, is indeed a sad and irreparable loss not only to Ndigbo and Nigeria but to the entire democratic world. His death, we agree, could be described as a fallen Iroko.
The non-availability of anti-snake bite venom in the country is not only shocking, embarrassing and catastrophic, but also a serious indictment on our health system.
Baru & Kachikwu
The Senate’s decision to thoroughly investigate the oil contracts award and lopsided appointments’ allegations leveled against the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, is a good step in the right direction.
NIGERIANS, most especially sports lovers, heaved a great sigh of relief recently, following the qualification of the national team, the Super Eagles, for the final of the World Cup coming up next year in Russia.
THE secrecy surrounding the actual salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly despite repeated inquiries from many quarters and resultant condemnations of parliament by some individuals and groups on the issue is unfortunate and unacceptable under an administration which creed is integrity, accountability, transparency and zero tolerance to corruption.
AS Nigeria celebrates the 57th anniversary of her independence, no effort should be spared by the government and citizens in forging a new workable partnership that will address the myriads of socio-economic challenges facing the country including alleviating current hardship in the land, bribery and corruption, threats to nation’s continued unity by various groups that will usher in an era of peace, justice and prosperity for all.
THE continued insistence by the leader, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s that the November 18th Anambra state governorship election boycott order stays despite repeated appeals from various stakeholders for a change of heart is very unfortunate, provocative, unconstitutional and portends grave consequences for citizens of the state who will be disenfranchised at the end of the day and therefore must not stand.
As Muslims all over the world celebrate this year’s Eid-el- Kabir or Ileya festival on Friday, September 1, they should reflect on the occasion and imbibe the lessons of piety, holiness and the fear of Allah (God) in their conduct.
As the airlift of this year’s pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from Nigeria progresses, all concerned must ensure that the exercise is hitch-free and that the challenges faced during the recent past years’ Hajj operations which brought needless pain upon the pilgrims and impacted negatively on the country’s image do not recur.