The last few days have been quite saddening for a number of reasons. First, is the continued inaction of the Government at all levels in the face of the alarming rise in insecurity across the country as bandits, kidnappers and criminals are literally calling the shots. The second, more personal, reason is the loss of two great activists and nation builders a few days ago – Innocent Chukwuma and Yinka Odumakin who both died from health issues. Both men were consistent in their fight for democracy, social justice and equity and worked in different capacities over decades, often shoulder to shoulder, fighting for a better future for Nigeria.
I was closer to Innocent who also had a deep passion for innovation which he saw as a low hanging route to leapfrog Nigerian, as well as African development. Along with several others, I supported him and his charismatic wife on the strategy team ahead of the launch of his Oluaka Institute located in Owerri, Imo State which he envisioned would be critical in driving the adoption of tech and innovation skills in the South East and the rest of Nigeria. Our long conversations on the opportunities that abound in the Nigerian innovation ecosystem led to his support in the creation of Innovation Support Network (ISN) Hubs, a network of over 100 innovation and technology hubs across the country.
The Inter-Tribal Association of Nigeria (ITAN) has urged Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi to contest the 2023 Presidential election.This is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary of the group, Jabir Maiturare, on Saturday in Kaduna.
Maiturare said that ITAN, which comprised different tribes and religions drawn from all parts of the country, had x-rayed many aspiring candidates who showed interests either publicly or otherwise in joining the 2023 presidential race.
The directive given by the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu; his penchant for hate speech using his radio station and social media, ethnic profiling and the eviction order to non-indigenes have led relevant authorities and security experts to point accusing finger at the members of Eastern Security Network (ESN) for the wanton attacks on police stations and people of Northern extraction in the South- East region.
Security operatives have become an endangered species in the South-East geo-political zone of Nigeria as they are easily attacked, maimed and killed by suspected separationists and cultists.
The 22 year old report of the Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission may be dusted up for a review by President Muhammadu Buhari, The Nation learnt Saturday night.
The panel, which was headed by a former Justice of the Supreme Court, the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, was set up by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo to look into allegations of gross violations of human rights by the military, assassination, unlawful arrest, detention, physical and mental torture, disappearances and communal conflicts.
Most of its recommendations were not implemented by the Obasanjo, Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan administrations.
Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has recounted his last meeting with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.Jonathan, who commiserated with Queen Elizabeth and Great Britain over the death of Prince Philip, said he last met with him in 2011 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia.
He described him as an epitome of duty.
Jonathan said when he met Prince Philip, he found him to be ‘most gentlemanly.’
This was made known in a statement to newsmen on Saturday by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication to El-Rufai, Muyiwa Adekeye.
The statement said that Usman, who hails from the Wadai ruling house, succeeds the late emir, Alhaji Ja’afaru Abubakar, who died in January 2021.Usman, Chairman of the Kaduna State Fiscal Responsibility Commission, was born on 15 May, 1955 in Kauru and joined the Kaduna State Civil Service in 1977.
He retired in 2012 as Director, Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI), Office of the Accountant General, Kaduna State.
An accountant, Usman was a former Chairman, Giwa Local Government Council, Secretary to the Kaduna South Local Government Council, and overseer of Zangon Kataf Local Government Council.