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Uwazuruike condemns IPOB’s attack on BIM members, killing of policeman

Phil Okose, Onitsha
Leader of Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, and founder of the Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has condemned in strong term, the attack on his members and the killing of a policeman, Sergeant Stephen Daniel,attached to Mopol 19, last Wednesday in Rivers state and BIM members in Onitsha by the Nnamdi Kanu -led Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) supporters.

Is your child old enough to be on social media?

Ugo Amadi
The current generation of kids are amazingly precocious.Their wide-eyed curiosity and seemingly insatiable desire to constantly learn new things means that, your child is probably active on social media at an early age.According to the Research and Development Unit of Yudala, an online and offline e-commerce outfit, while there are actually age requirements for social media use, most parents are oblivious of this and do not know if their children are indeed old enough to be on social media.

A President’s 32” TV

GARBA SHEHU
When Bayo Omoboriowo, the restless Personal Photographer of President Muhammadu Buhari barged in on the President requesting to have his picture taken as he watched the match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, it certainly didn’t occur to him that he was opening a window to the world on the facts of life of a man who is singly responsible for the 2015 victory for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

EZEKIEL IZUOGU

It is with great shock and immense sadness that I have learnt of the death of Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, an eminent Constitutional Lawyer, Human Rights Activists, Law Teacher and Humanist. I had the privilege of collaborating and working closely with Dr. Onagoruwa on a good number of projects that concerned the development of our constitutional democracy, and I found him devoted and dedicated to whatever he applied his mind.

As a Lawyer, he was a shining star and as a Human Rights advocate, he always insisted, and publicly too, that nothing must be done to shut the door of justice against anyone –whether that man was Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa/Fulani. And his law practice and involvement in government were solidly woven around this his personal credo.

As an eminent Legal Adviser of the Daily Times of Nigeria for a good number of years, Olu ensured that no one tampered with free flow of information, as long as he remained the head of its Legal Department. In challenging the excesses of a succession of Nigeria’s military regimes, Olu turned the pages of the Daily Times, and by extension the courts, into an arena for deep intellectual and constitutional engagements. His fearlessness and total dedication to popular political causes marked him out, so visibly, as a patriotic Nigerian.

As a Personal Friend, Olu was wonderful. If he believed in you he gave you time. I could never touch Lagos without seeing him, or touch Abuja without conversing one on one with him. He believed in me and quickly introduced me to his brother, then Chief of General Staff, General Oladipo Diya. The top brass General seemed to have imbibed a lot of Olu’s life line. He kept to time like Olu. He appointed my university roommate, Engr. Eke-Okoro Commissioner for Education in Abia State as I requested. The man was thrown out of Ajaokuta Steel Complex and I pitied him. There was no politics to Olu and with General Diya, there was no politics too. They lived the simple Christian lives that greatly endeared them to me.

It was this sincere patriotism of his that propelled him to accept to serve Nigeria as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice when the offer was made to him. Unfortunately, and painfully, he totally misread the prime motive of the coup that brought the late General Sani Abacha to power. But that was only human. When it became obvious that that regime was no longer available for sincere and honest advice, though Oladipo remained faithful to the core, Olu took the honourable decision to disengage; and that, painfully, cost him his son, Toyin. And the result was the shock from which he never fully recovered until his death on July 20, 2017.

I mourn the death of a great friend of mine, a genuine Nationalist, a dedicated devoted and eminent Constitutional Lawyer, one of the pioneers of Human Rights Activism in Nigeria who combated authoritarian regimes with others who shared his world view and insights. This dominated a greater part of his active professional and political life. I knew, and it was clearly observable, that Dr. Olu Onagoruwa hated injustice with a passion. I mourn one of our greatest legal minds and a personal friend and a fellow Port Harcourt boy. I dare struggles and evolution as a constitutional democracy without mentioning Dr. Olu Onagoruwa.

He shaped Nigerian society profoundly.

Good Night Sir, Olu.

My heart breaks…and I mourn, I mourn, I mourn

.Dr. Izuogu  in a statement by on the death of Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

For a better society

Restructuring ‘ll address most of Nigeria’s problems – Ikeji

A human rights activist and lawyer Mr. Ikechukwu Ikeji is one of the leading proponents of restructuring of Nigeria because of the enormous benefits derivable from it. In this recent interview with Correspondent EFE AGHALOKPE he contended that the current defective structure of the country must change for her to achieve meaningful socio-economic development. Excerpts:

Nigerians are in desperate need of another Gani says Olu- Adegboruwa

‘Buhari should address factors militating against effective justice administration’
Mr. Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa is an eminent lawyer, human rights activist and former Students Union leader the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and one of the very few legal giants who worked closely with Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN during his lifetime. In this interview with Correspondent EFE AGHAROKPE, he says that Nigerians are still yearning for another Gani eight years after the latter passed on September 5, 2009. He also speaks on current topical issues including the anti-corruption war, rule of law and the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration so far. Excerpts:

Mixed reactions trail relocation of Eke-Ukwu Owerri

THOMPSON AYANDIKE, Owerri
The commencement of the expansion work on the Douglas road Owerri Imo state capital and subsequent demolition of illegal houses, structures and shops which Imo State government said encroached on government land and relocation of the Eke-Ukwu Owerri market has continued to generate mixed reactions for the government of the eastern heartland.

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