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By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu Politics in Nigeria is largely of the transhumant variety. It is not defined by any big ideas. With the exception of perhaps the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian politicians have been  largely devoid of clear ideological moorings. Freed as such from the forces of ideological gravity, the only impetus that they respond to for the most part is from the stomach. Gravity in Nigerian politics tends to be a force defined by the imperative of human grazing. An opposition may be essential for democracy to thrive but no Nigerian politician or party wants to linger in that…

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Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia After months of curiosity and waiting, the presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi; and his running mate, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed; Saturday night, released their manifesto for the 2023 presidential poll. The 62-page document entitled, “Pact with Nigeria,” has seven key priority areas that Obi’s administration would pursue, if voted into power. A perusal of the manifesto by Ikengaonline showed that restructuring, transformation of the Nigerian economy from consuming to producing country, and sincere war against corruption ranked among the top priorities of Obi’s eventual Government. Other areas of focus in the seven-point agenda include: infrastructural revolution, war against…

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Lawrence Nwimo, Awka The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2023 general election, Professor Peter Umeadi, says his party has the capacity to reposition Nigeria in 4 years, if elected. Prof. Umeadi stated this while speaking to journalists in Agukwu Nri, his hometown in Anaocha Local Government Area, Anambra State. He boasted that he remains the only candidate that can turn around the fortunes of the country if finally elected as president of Nigeria. On his readiness for the forthcoming general election, the APGA presidential candidate noted that he remained the solution to the political problems of Nigeria if…

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Ben Ezechime, Enugu The Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University (GOU) Enugu, Professor Christian Anieke, has said that, speaking and writing English Language remains a major  challenge to many Nigerian graduates. Anieke said this when he received  officials of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in his office in Enugu. The NUC officials were in the University to assess programmes of the post-graduate school of the institution. Anieke said the university had  identified the Use of English as the major weakness of many graduates from other institutions. “It may interest you to know that some first class graduates find it difficult to write or…

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Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia The Labour Party has threatened to push for a declaration of state of emergency in Abia State over the continued destruction of campaign billboards of opposition parties. Abia State Campaign Coordinator of Labour party, Hon. Acho Obioma, who decried the incessant destruction of the campaign billboards of the governorship candidate of the party, Dr Alex Otti, and other candidates of the party, accused agents of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of perpetrating the act. Ikengaonline recalls that the State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Mohamed Bala, had warned that security agencies would not tolerate the destruction of opponent’s billboards…

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Ben Ezechime, Enugu Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has described, Late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, as a great scholar, foremost nationalist, an outstanding and inspirational leader. He said this in Enugu while inaugurating the, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe Centre for Historical Monument, an old Premier Lodge of the Eastern Region, situated in Enugu. The centre is meant to host among others: Zik’s interviews; showcase of his leadership qualities; exhibition of his life; scholarly awards; media releases in form of documentaries and movies; and his dressing. The governor said the center was conceived to serve as a historical, educational, cultural and tourist monuments in honour of the…

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Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Ike Oye, has predicted that APGA would claim all the states in the South-East come 2023. Oye who made the prediction Friday in Umuahia while inaugurating the APGA Campaign Council in the state, said that both the All Progressives Congress, APC; and the the Peoples Democratic Party, PDD, had failed the zone. Citing Anambra which has been ruled by APGA governor as a model, Chief Oye said the intention of APGA was to make the entire South-East zone a referral zone for modern development in Nigeria. Commenting on…

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Nonsochukwu Uwa, Owerri The Imo State Police Command has confirmed that hoodlums suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, an armed group of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, attacked with explosives the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Orlu office in the state, on Friday evening.   The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Michael Abattam, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri. However, he said the hoodlums’ explosives only affected the security post and as they tried to gain entry into the main building they were repelled by the officers on duty who engaged them in a gun battle and overpowered the hoodlums…

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By Owei Lakemfa Ethiopia, which along with Liberia were the only two African countries Europe was unable to colonise, has been bathed in blood many times in the last six decades until a bloody peace was written on November 2, 2022. A civil war with Eritrea which was then part of Ethiopia, exacerbated the 1983-85 Ethiopian Famine resulting in 1.4 million deaths. The continuous wars against the Amhara-backed Menghistu Haile Mariam regime which ended on May 28, 1991, saw a loose front of Eritrean, Tigrayan and Oromo rebels gain victory. However, the Eritreans, the senior partners, decided to leave the…

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Lawrence Nwimo, Awka Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, says the newly recruited five thousand teachers in Anambra State will receive their December salaries. Governor Soludo made the pledge during the ceremonial presentation of appointment letters to the newly recruited five thousand teachers for the primary and secondary schools in Anambra State. Governor Soludo while addressing the five thousand successful teachers noted that teaching is not just a job but a vocation and insisted that no other condition other than merit should be the consideration for the recruitment. Governor Soludo further stated that recruitments under his watch must be free,…

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