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Tackling myriads of mental cases among Nigerians and the inherent dangers they portend

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Events of today have proved that an appreciable number of Nigerians are not just psychologically unstable but completely mad and mentally damaged. From Imo to Abuja, Oyo, Lagos to Sokoto, Rivers, Kastina to Benue and Akwa-Ibom, Enugu to Borno among others, Nigerians have never been this mentally sick at least in about seven years now. Poverty, malnutrition, stress, frustration, lack of emotional control, maladministration and poor attention to minor health issues combined together are behind this surge in the number of people that have developed full blown psychiatric cases. The worst form of blood letting, wanton destruction of properties and public facilities currently witnessed in Nigeria are not only products of bottled up anger against our greedy political office holders but...

Lessons from PMB’s visit to Imo State

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Last Thursday, September 9, 2021 President Muhammadu Buhari was in Imo state on the invitation of the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma. Buhari was in the State on a working visit and commissioned some landmark projects executed by the shared prosperity administration of Governor Uzodimma. Among the projects commissioned by the President was the Flood Control Tunnel done by the state government to mitigate the effect of flooding that ravages the state capital whenever it rained. Those familiar with the story of flooding in Imo State know that Uzodimma has scored a high point following that intervention.As a matter of fact, flooding became an issue for the administrations before this one, with the opposition party members dragging the government of those days as they flaunt with relish...
The shutdown of BDCs and our commercial banks’ wickedness to genuine importers

The shutdown of BDCs and our commercial banks’ wickedness to genuine importers

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Late last month, the Central Bank of Nigeria under the leadership of Mr Godwin Emefiele was yet to introduce another monetary policy that is not really helpful to already dying Nigeria's economy. The CBN boss had in that month end, shut down operations of the Bureau De Change (BDCs) popularly known as dollars or foreign exchange black market. The sector was hitherto dominated by the Hausas and Fulanis before other tribes like the Igbos succeeded in making good in-roads.Prior to the time Bureau De Change operators became popular, foreign exchange and trades were all at the mercy of our commercial banks who were not really helping matters. The CBN governor gave too many reasons as to the shut down of BDCs prominent among which were that they were selling foreign currencies to end ...
Why agents of darkness should leave Emeghara Clerk/Permanent Secretary IMHA alone

Why agents of darkness should leave Emeghara Clerk/Permanent Secretary IMHA alone

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Recently a few individuals in Imo State were stunned to read from one or two media houses, planted stories on allegations of forgery and falsification of records of service heaped on the shoulders of Barr. Mrs Chinelo EMEGHARA, the current Clerk/ Permanent Secretary Imo State House of Assembly. One Eme Chukuma who we understand is a very strange, non existent and faceless character, who also claimed to be on the employ of Imo State House of Assembly wrote a petition to ICPC alleging underhand manipulation which according to him, ultimately culminated in the rapid and usual promotion of Mrs Emeghara to the position of Director at first and subsequently a Permanent Secretary. Eme had in his prayers to the ICPC called for dispassionate inquest into Mrs Chinelo Emeghara's speedy promot...

Curtailing rash conducts of public office holders and overzealousness of their aides

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Manhandling of citizens by those in positions of authority has become an issue of great concern in recent times. Annoyingly, those involved are in the business of lawmaking. While some in positions of authority lose their temper and unleash mayhem on innocent citizens who voted them to power at even slightest provocation, their aides, more often than not, compound their principals’ woes out of overzealousness. It has become a recurring decimal especially in Imo State as stories of manhandling of innocent citizens by public office holders as well as the aides attached to them, often dominate the media space. Sometime in the past, out of overzealousness, a recruit of the state government by the name Nduji, who could only boast of paltry N20,000 or N30,000 as monthly remuneration went ou...
Arrest bandits now and brand them terrorists before Northern Nigeria is finally consumed

Arrest bandits now and brand them terrorists before Northern Nigeria is finally consumed

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The North of Nigeria has been bleeding profusely for a very long time now.Yes, the region has held onto power in Nigeria for such a long time and can boast of a number of very wealthy Nigerians who got to that level leveraging on access to political powers, yet the region is crawling very much behind in anything development. The northern elites that had made Nigeria's political power their strangle-hold have vowed never to give up.They go to any length to be super relevant, in order to continue to milk the system dry.This is the reason a lot of them still believe in their wildest imagination that the presidency must remain in the north even by 2023. The hypnotize, bewitch and manipulate the sensibilities of the hoi polloi otherwise known as the almajaris to continue to sheepishl...
Federal College of Education Eha-Amaufu under Dr Mrs Ikwuegbu: Time for Ndigbo to love themselves

Federal College of Education Eha-Amaufu under Dr Mrs Ikwuegbu: Time for Ndigbo to love themselves

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At some point recently, it was as if hell was about to let loose in Eha-Amaufu, a railway town in Isi-Uzo Council Area of Enugu State. "The foundations of heaven" were beckoned upon to possibly collapse to either kill or dangerously trap innocent Igbos in an Igbo enclave, but thank God the conspiracy whether physical or spiritual was blown away by the Northeast wind. An intellectual giant, Amazon, seasoned tertiary Education Administrator and exceptional Igbo woman of substance Dr. Mrs Pauline Ngozi Ikwuegbu was appointed the first female Provost of Federal College of Education Eha Amaufu, and the woman in question started well and still doing great to the glory of God. She met a near un-working system, dilapidated infrastructure, insecure learning environment, poor workforce an...

To end insecurity in Nigeria, Umar and Co must be stopped

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Umar Muhammed is a 60-year-old Nigerian arms dealer. From available records, the sexagenarian has been in the business for many years. Until his arrest, how he managed to beat security checks and the way he concealed arms and ammunitions in the bonnet compartment of his rickety car beats the imagination of many. It goes a long way to confirm the fact of his many years of experience in the business. But one thing is certain about the 60-year-old man. Just like a commercial taxi driver, Umar is a transporter, conveying assorted types of guns from one location to another, of course for his employer(s). No doubt, Umar is not alone in the business. He has as many Bosses as those who patronize him.Luck ran out of him last week when he was intercepted by the Police while conveying arms and am...
Time to end this military operation in Imo, dialogue is the way out

Time to end this military operation in Imo, dialogue is the way out

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For sometime now, peace has taken flight from Imo State to an unknown destination. Imo hitherto rated as the most peaceful state in Nigeria due to the quantum of educated and highly exposed people therein has suddenly become a hot bed of all manner killings, kidnapping, robbery, sporadic shootings and coordinated assassination and a theatre of war. The state of war in Imo now despite the fact that the situation is not peculiar to the state but the entire country has warranted many to weep, cry and regret why God created them as Imolites due to the endless military operations in once a garden of enduring peace. Other states in the Southeast actually have issues with insecurity and witness presence of many security operatives trying to maintain law and other, but the case of Imo i...
OPEN GRAZING BAN, SOUTHERN GOVERNORS IN TUNE WITH REASONABLE NIGERIANS, THEY SHOULD MARCH WORDS WITH ACTION.

OPEN GRAZING BAN, SOUTHERN GOVERNORS IN TUNE WITH REASONABLE NIGERIANS, THEY SHOULD MARCH WORDS WITH ACTION.

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Only last week, the 17 Governors from the Southern Nigeria appeared to have stired the hornet's nest when they met in Asaba, Delta State where they unambiguously and unequivocally too banned open grazing of cows and movement of cattles by herdsmen by road. Aside the above, the Governors also okayed Restructuring, State Police, National Dialogue, among other burning issues. The meeting was the first of it's kind at least in a democracy where they jointly and officially made a statement as one indivisible group.Unsettled with such outing, some Fulani irredentists and war mongers took to the media to cry wolf over a matter that was/is never a breach of any law or regulation in Nigeria.One of them that claimed to be a Professor had to dance naked and foolishly submitted that Southern G...