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Reason I spent Easter in hospitals – Obi

Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, has advised Nigerians to hold those elected into office accountable.He added that there is need for paradigm shift in conversation, values and governance, if Nigeria is to get the desired positive change.

Obi spoke on Saturday in Lagos, during a conference organised by The Potters House of Lagos (TPHOL) with the theme: ‘Paradigm Shift’.He said, “The problem of Nigeria is not going to be solved by prayers only, but by Nigerians; we must bring back sanity to the system.“The first shift has to start with our way of thinking; there also has to be paradigm shift in the things we value and celebrate.

“We must start celebrating feats, visible achievements, researches, heroic humanitarian acts and not fame, money or ‘eye service’.“The greatest tragedy of ills in the society are us because we are the ones that allow them to go on; we have to change our way of evaluation.

“Complacency is hurting the country; it is time to tell our politicians to do things differently, and so we need to bring people to be accountable to their promises and duties.“We need human conscience to pilot the affairs of our state; people who can create wealth, save money, take care of the citizens without being biased and selfish.

“We should task them to ensure that campaigns are issues-based and so we should begin to engage them in conversations.“We need to know those that want to vie for positions and their capacity; it is only when we have the will to enforce and ensure these that we can begin to notice positive changes”.

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Reason we can’t reveal to Nigerians what Buhari spent for treatment abroad – CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria and its Governor, Godwin Emefiele, have argued that it was not within their immediate responsibilities to provide information to Nigerians on the treatment of President Muhammadu Buhari or what it cost the country to keep the presidential aircraft and crew for 103 days at the Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom while President Buhari’s medical treatment lasted.

Stop Nigeria’s impending anarchy – Pat Utomi

Prof. Pat Utomi, co-founder of Lagos Business School and Pan Atlantic University, has urged groups in the country to find ways to halt Nigeria’s impending anarchy.

Utomi made the call in Awka on Monday at the June 2017 meeting of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Alumni Association and presentation of Certificates of Honour to the class of 1953 to 1967.

The professor, an alumnus of the University, said that groups and organisations like the alumni could use their wealth of experience and strength to work towards building stronger institutions in the country.

“Any society that is not investing in the education and well-being of its future generation is seriously heading towards anarchy.

“Nigeria is a classic example of a country that is walking towards failure; the society fails largely because people like you have not done the needful to sustain the country.

“And so, when alumni of an institution that means something to the making of the nation does not realise its duty, the possibility is that history will hold them to account,” he said.

Utomi, also the founder of Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL), told members of the association that groups like the alumni were important to save the looming anarchy.

According to him, if you fail to show leadership, instead of reaping demographic dividend, we will reap secession or anarchy, especially when youths lose confidence in the leadership.

He commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra for his developmental strides and leadership qualities, urging him to sustain the tempo so as not to fail the Igbos.

Earlier, Justice Peter Umeadi, the Chairman of the occasion and Chief Judge of Anambra, had said that UNN had produced men of great pedigree, who had and were still making waves in their chosen fields.

On his part, the President of the UNN Alumni in Awka, Dr Onyeka Okonkwo, said that the occasion was organised to honour some early graduates of the institution and to adopt ways of developing its secretariat.

Okonkwo, who urged fresh graduates of the university to register their membership with the Association, assured that his administration would ensure that the Awka chapter remained vibrant in the country.

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