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: