VICTOR OGUNJE, Ado-Ekiti
IN what seems like an uncommon phenomenon in Ekiti State, some yet-to-be identified gunmen at the wee-hours of Sunday, November 31, hit the Federal Prisons in Ado Ekiti and freed over 300 inmates .
Though, jailbreak and attacks on prison have become a commonplace in the country, particularly with the advent of insurgents in the Northeastern States of the country like Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and occasionally Plateau States, in Ekiti, the attack came as the first on such a prohibited centre, which created an atmosphere of tension and panic across the strata of the society, particularly Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
CHARLES OKOH, with agency report
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) remains one of the biggest health issues that have plagued man. Until Ebola virus arrested the attention of humanity and brought focus on Africa with the outbreaks in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, HIV/AIDS remained the most dreaded disease known to man.
Unlike Ebola, however, HIV/AIDS allows victims to live a healthy life if only they maintain healthy relationships and remain dedicated to their medication regimen.
Nigeria football has seen some interesting drama lately, but it took a different dimension during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series as the African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, failed to qualify for the tournament next year.
After the Federal Government huge spending on the power sector development with the hope of ending epileptic power situation in the country by December 2014, not much has been achieved. Our Correspondent in Uyo, DENNIS UDOMA in this says the 10,000 mw power generation assurances by the power minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo may still not be feasible.
Rev. Dr. Gabriel Oyediji, the President Compassionate Orphanage, Lagos and Secretary, Association of Homes and Orphanage in Nigeria (ASOHON), in this interview with FEMI-OLUSOLA IKUGBAYIGBE speaks on illegal baby factories in the country, among other issues. Excerpts:
The recent declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan to run for a second tenure has aroused both mixed reactions from Nigerians with 66 per cent of respondents in favour of his declaration and 34 per cent against. In a poll conducted by OKAFOR OGECHUKWU, NWAMAKA ANICHEBE and ANALUBA CHINONYE, Nigerians bared their minds on this development and his chances of winning in the 2015 general elections.
The world over, the issue of food waste remains a challenge confronting sustainable agriculture: As it is in the developed economies in parts of Western Europe, North America, the situation is similar in the developing economies like Nigeria, though the level here appears dire.
UGO ALARIBE, Aba
A middle aged housewife, Mrs Jane Mbanwuchula, who was delivered of a set of quadruplets (two boys, two girls) at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Etche road, Aba, in Abia state has been left stranded at the hospital following her inability to settle the bill hospital totalling N1.5million.
MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja
CURRENTLY, Nigeria is on suspended animation. Information concerning the cease fire agreement signed between government and the Islamic sect, Boko Haram has elicited mixed reactions; while a section of the society welcomes the idea, the vast majority do not believe the ‘Haram’ boys have any modicum of respect in the agreement which, in any case, they have never claimed to have signed.
Worried by the increasing spate of inflammatory statements that prompt disaffection among the populace, the Rt. Rev. Godson Ukanwa, Bishop of Isi-Mbano Anglican Diocese, has cautioned politicians to desist from such as electioneering campaigns gather momentum.
Ukanwa, in his usual stoic moral and ethical masculinity wants them not to see the contest as a do-or-die affair as life continues after 2015 election and there cannot be two presidents at a time.
He spoke exclusively to EMMA OKEREKE in Owerri, Imo State on contemporary socio-political issues including insurgency, corruption, unemployment. Excerpts: