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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has taken 1,552 lives out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and “continues to accelerate”, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

“More than 40 percent of the total number of cases had occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,” Reuters quoted WHO as saying in a statement ahead of launching its new strategic plan for tackling the world’s worst Ebola outbreak.

A separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, identified as a different strain of the virus, is not included in the latest figures which cover Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, it said.

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Cameroon’s record goalscorer, Samuel Eto’o, has retired from international football, the four-time African player of the year announced on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old, who recently signed for Premier League Everton, scored 56 goals in 118 appearances after making his debut as a 15-year-old in 1997, Reuters reports.

“I wish to inform you that I hereby put a definitive end to my international career,” Reuters quoted Eto’o as saying in a statement on his Facebook page.

“On this occasion, I wish to thank all Africans in particular and all my fans around the world for their love and unconditional support. Find here the expression of my deep gratitude.”

Eto’o played at four World Cups, lifted two African Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002, and was part of the team that won the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

 

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2015: Uduaghan Charges Guber Aspirants On Issues-based Campaigns

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Delta State governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has charged all gubernatorial aspirants in the state to sell their programmes and policies to the people, rather than scheming on how to disqualify fellow aspirants.

Governor Uduaghan who has been evasive on his likely successor noted that neither he nor any level of scheming could determine the candidate that would take over from him in 2015, adding that the final choice is in the hands of God.

Dr Uduaghan spoke at an Inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter’s (Anglican Communion), Asaba to mark the 23rd anniversary of the creation of Delta State yesterday.

He cautioned the aspirants to stop running around, trying to disqualify their opponents because it is whoever God wants to give power that He will give, adding, “even if you disqualify somebody at the screening stage and God wants that person, the person will succeed.”

The governor recalled that in the build-up to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in 2006, he was disqualified by a screening committee in Port Harcourt before an appeal panel cleared him to contest the polls.

“As an aspirant who wants to take over from me, tell the people what you want to do; let us have a clean electioneering campaign. It is who God wants that He will put in office,” Dr Uduaghan said.

 
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Okorocha Chides PDP Over Plans To Derail NBA Confab

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Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha has descended on the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its alleged verbal attacks on the ongoing Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference hosted by the state government, saying the criticism was targeted at frustrating the hosting of the event in the state.

According to a press statement issued by his senior special assistant on media, Sam Onwuemeodo, in Owerri, yesterday, Okorocha lamented that the onslaught, which had been on for two weeks, was meant to discredit his person and cost the state government the hosting right.

The governor recalled that the PDP earlier came up with the excuse of an Ebola outbreak in the state if the event was allowed to hold there, but when that did not prevent the event from holding, it resorted to image laundering, accusing him of withholding the entitlements of past political appointees.

“In all the media publications against the conference, which were signed by the acting publicity secretary of the party in the state, Chief Barrister Enyinnaya Onuegbu, the party never told the world why it did not want the conference to hold in Owerri.

“It only talked about the rule of law which it said Governor Okorocha had breached by not paying the appointees of the former governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim their entitlements, which they could not be paid. All these only explain the pitiable state the PDP in Imo State has degenerated into,” the release stated.

 
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Barely one week after the launch of GOtv in Abeokuta on  August 1, GOtv signals were switched on in Ilesa and Ede (Osun state), Iseyin (Oyo state) and Makurdi (Benue state).

 

Having already held launch events in Osun and Oyo states; all roads led to Makurdi for the launch which held from Tuesday, 19 to 21 August. The launch activities began with a press briefing and interviews on Radio Benue and Harvest FM both in Makrudi.

 

Because Makurdi residents had been eagerly waiting for the launch of GOtv, there were already a good number of subscribers even before our official launch. To this end, in the morning of the consumer launch, on 20 August, GOtv hosted the first 100 subscribers at a GOcustomer forum. The GOcustomer forum gave us the opportunity to educate the subscribers on various self-service options available and the digital migration.

 

From the venue of the GOcustomer forum, we moved to the Cool-off Park where we held an open air concert hosted by Radio Benue’s On-air-personality, Henry Ipole aka H316, Archbishop of the Microphone Diocese supported by comedian Eneche.

 

In GOtv’s characteristic nature of adding local spice to its events, the gig saw performances from local artists, Biggie Brown, Jumabie and TK Swags while EyesixOne and Benue Michael Jackson dazzled GOtv fans and subscribers with their electrifying dance steps. There was also lots of comedy from the award-winning comedian, Pastor Nicodemus.

 

The team led by the GM GOtv, Elizabeth Amkpa then paid a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor of Benue State,  Chief Steven Lawani ‘OFR’ who was later presented with a GOtv decoder.

 

 

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Federal Poly Workers In Bayelsa Set For Strike Over Unpaid Allowances

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Workers of the Federal Polytechnic in Ekeowe, Bayelsa State, yesterday declared their readiness to embark on a strike action on the 1st of September, 2014 over unresolved issues of unpaid promotion arrears by the institution’s management.

The workers, who declared their intention through the Joint Union made up of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANP) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (NASUP), said staff promotion has been withheld since 2013.

 
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INEC Created Units In Favour Of North – SDP, AP

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National Secretary of Accord Party (AP), Samson Isibor and a national leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Frank Ukonga, yesterday opposed the newly created polling units by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying it was lopsided in favour of the North.

They, therefore, threatened to institute legal actions against the commission.

Ukonga, a presidential aspirant of the SDP, said INEC’s action was a plan to manipulate next year’s elections.

On his part, Isibor wondered why INEC should release the new polling units on the eve of the 2015 general elections without consulting the stakeholders.
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Ebola Scare: Rivers Probes Death Of Health Worker

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The Rivers State government has said that it is carrying out an investigation into the possible cause of the death of a health worker in the state, who recently died of fever and diarrhoea.

The state government said the investigation is being carried out by experts from the state Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federal Ministry of Health, and a United States-based group, the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation.

The state commissioner for health, Dr Sampson Parker, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital, yesterday, insisted that the state is yet to record any case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), and pleaded with the people to stop peddling rumours, which according to him, have caused panic in the state.

Parker also cautioned hospitals and clinics to stop rejecting patients with fever and diarrhoea, pointing out that such persons should only be handled with high degree of caution and suspicion.

The commissioner further warned the public to stop unnecessary body contacts with people for the time being as a preventive measure.

He said: “There have been rumours making the rounds which have led to panic and patients being rejected in hospitals. Let me make it clear that no patient should be turned back from any hospital but utmost safety precautions and protocols should be observed in any case of high fever and diarrhoea.

“We are aware of the death of a health worker who had fever and diarrhoea. However, tests and investigations are being carried out by a team of experts from Rivers State Ministry of Health, WHO, FMOH in charge of Emergency Ebola Operations (EOP) and Elizabeth R. Griffin, Research Foundations, USA. I urge you, as a precautionary measure, to refrain from unnecessary body contacts.”

 
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El-Rufai Lauds Amaechi’s Performance

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Former minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has lauded Rivers State governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for the stunning performance and innovations of his administration in improving the wellbeing of the people of the state.

El-Rufai gave the commendation on Monday at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, shortly after an inspection tour of some of the development projects embarked upon by the Amaechi administration in Port Harcourt.

The former minister visited some road construction projects, model primary schools, primary health care centres and the ultra-modern Obi Wali International Conference Centre.

 
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There are indications that trade between Nigeria and Britain has potential to hit 20 billion pounds by year 2020 if government remains proactive and encourage business to strive.

President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Prince Yemi Adefulu, gave the hint during a press briefing heralding its Centenary celebration in Lagos.

Adefulu said “ For Nigeria, the key to winning is the right policies encouraging export of processed non-oil products” He added that government must also accord priority attention to the provision of critical infrastructure that will enable businesses to grow and remove undue costs.

He said that the trade between Nigeria and Britain which grew to eight billion pounds from four billion pounds in four years has merely scratched the surface, saying, “the base already exists to promote the trade between the two countries ex potentially.

With the right policies in place, products and services should be moving daily between the two countries.”

He pointed out that it is the responsibility of the government to create and nurture an enabling environment which will attract foreign investment and encourage export of Nigerian goods.

According to him, “We at NBCC stand as the facilitator of trade between Nigeria and Britain for mutual benefit of both countries. We represent the best of each to the other. We now partner with the United Kingdom Trade and Investment Agency (UKTI) and encourage the import of value enhancing products to Nigeria from Britain which will help value creation and processing of our local products. We also partner with Nigeria Export Processing Council, NEPC to facilitate the export of Nigerian goods and services to the UK market.”

Meanwhile, the Chamber’s centenary celebration of the Nigeria British trade relations, holding in collaboration with the UKTI is billed to hold from November 11, to 29th November, 2014 with NBCC Golf Classics which will be held at the Ikeja Golf Club.

Captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps and top level government functionaries senior members of the British Cabinet and Past Head of States will be in attendance.

 

 

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Group Decries Fintiri’s ‘Back Door’ Plot For Adamawa Gov’s Seat

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A group, the PDP Technocrats Forum, has called on the party national leadership to call an emergency meeting to address the issue of the party’s candidature for the upcoming Adamawa governorship election, saying the acting governor’s entry into the race raised ethical questions.

In a statement released in Abuja and signed by the director-general, Mr. Etinosa Onaiwu, the group said it was necessary to address what it described as the moral deficiency in the decision of the acting governor, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, to join the race.

Mr. Onaiwu noted that while the acting Governor Fintiri had the right to contest the PDP primaries, it would, however, lay a bad precedent that a speaker of the state House of Assembly could instigate the impeachment of a governor and his deputy in order to take their job, and contest the resultant election as the acting governor.

“The tradition has always being for the speaker to act as governor upon the impeachment of a governor and return to his job as speaker once a new governor is sworn in.

“Alhaji Fintiri can test his popularity by resigning as acting governor now and dedicating his time to campaigning instead of using state resources to arm twist support for his aspiration.

“We think this loophole should be blocked with either a constitutional amendment or the party can tweak its constitution to prevent future occurrence of this back-door entrance to the state house,” the statement said.

 
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Rivers state last Friday recorded it’s first casualty of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease as a doctor who treated a primary contact of the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer died of the virus.
Thereby increasing the number of death as a result of the virus in the country to six. Though the doctor’s case was not managed by the government team as his case was only made known to the team after his death.
The ECOWAS staff who had since returned to Lagos has been brought under surveillance.
Presently, 70 people have been placed under surveillance in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state. The result of the test conducted on the wife is been expected later today. In all 217 people are still under observation in the country, 141 in Lagos, 70 in Rivers and 6 in Enugu.

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The Teacher’s Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has declared its resolve to protest the federal   government’s White Paper on education restructuring.

The TRCN made this known in a statement signed by the TRCN’s head of information, Ojewuyi Olamuyiwa, and made available to LEADERSHIP, in which they said that the Council, being an emerging regulatory agency, needed to be adequately provided for in the nation’s budgetary allocations.

According to the statement, the White Paper stated that government would stop the funding of TRCN from 2015, but will continue the funding of other professional regulatory agencies.

“The Council intends to protest this issue with relevant authorities to correct the anomalies observed in the government White Paper on the report of the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies.”

The Committee on Education’s chairperson, Dr Oko, stated that “If TRCN is the only regulatory agency that would be self-funding amongst the several other professional bodies in the country, the teaching profession is too important and education as a whole is in comatose, then, we need to do everything within our capacity to bring TRCN out of this problem.”

 
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NSCDC Calls For Increased Fight Against Pipeline Vandalism

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The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has said the incessant vandalisation of petroleum pipelines and other critical infrastructure across the country is costing the nation several billions of naira that, if channeled otherwise, would impact positively on the national economy.

The Corps, in line with its mandate of fighting oil theft, oil bunkering and vandalism of public infrastructure, said it had resumed fresh partnership with major stakeholders to enable it win the war against the crimes.

The Corps’ Commandant General, Prof. Ade Abolurin, explained that the menace of pipeline and power infrastructure vandalism was taking an increasing toll on the nation’s revenue and said, as a lead agency in the protection of critical infrastructure and national assets , it must be supported by sister agencies to win the war.

He vowed that the Corps under his administration will not relent in mobilizing to areas affected.

“Although these vandals attack our prsonnel who are usually on hand to monitor and effect repairs on vandalised government assets, I make to say here that this trend of attacks will not deter us from carrying out our mandate,” he said.

This is even as he expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation and synergy between the Joint Task Force (JTF) and the Nigerian Navy, Armed Forces and the DSS whom, he said, had continued to show unalloyed resolve to eradicate vandalism and bunkering from the country.

“Of recent, the JTF arrested some vandals and handed them over to the Corps for further investigation and prosecution. Likewise, the Nigerian Navy in Delta and Bayelsa states respectively arrested oil thieves and handed same to us,” he said.

 
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Ebola: Jonathan Urged To Name National Hospital After Adadevoh

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President Goodluck Jonathan has been called upon to immortalise the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh, the senior consultant physician and endocrinologist at First Consultants Hospital in Lagos State, who found out that the late Liberian Patrick Sawyer was carrying the deadly Ebola virus disease.

Otunba Dino Melaye, a former member of the House of Representatives and the present executive secretary of the Anti-Corruption Network, made this call yesterday at a Candle Night he organised in Abuja with members of the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) Group present to honour Dr. Stella Adedevoh and other Nigerians who died as a result of the deadly Ebola virus.

According to Melaye, he knew nothing about Dr Stella Adadevoh before her death, but as a Nigerian, he believed that anyone who lived a life of sacrifice ought to be celebrated and honoured by the people and government, which was why he organised the candle night to honour the Nigerians who had lost their lives to the virus.

 
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EbolaA doctor in Nigeria’s city of Port Harcourt, who secretly treated a diplomat who had contact with the first case of the disease in Nigeria, has died of Ebola.

This is the country’s first Ebola death outside Lagos and the sixth fatality in Nigeria.

Health Ministry spokesman, Dan Nwomeh, confirmed that the doctor had treated a primary contact of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought Ebola to Lagos.

The doctor died on Friday and his wife has also taken ill and has been quarantined in Port Harcourt.

The diplomat, who has since recovered, was part of the team who met with Patrick Sawyer in Lagos.

The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak, which has killed 1,427 people, is the largest ever Ebola epidemic and has infected an estimated 2,615 people.

Liberia has been hardest-hit of the affected countries, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of the year.

Health ministers from across West Africa are due to meet in Ghana on Thursday to discuss the growing crisis.

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THE spate of endorsements ahead of the 2015 governorship elections in Kwara State, has so far indicated that predicting the eventual outcome of the race might not come easy like in the past.

It is such that trending political calculations might at some stage in the race, upset various camps in a state which until recently was built around a single political family.
Concern over the senatorial zone to produce the next governor and as well guarantee victory, has been the thrust of permutations in the two leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The situation was so rife in the APC following postulations that the defection of the governor, Abdullfatah Ahmed and his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki from the PDP to APC would cost the governor a second term ticket.
Particularly, the uneasiness in the APC was informed by expectations that the PDP was going to pick its candidate from Kwara Central Senatorial zone.

Since the zone is regarded as a huge electoral asset, given the fact that it boasts of the highest number of registered voters in the state, the nervousness in APC and among the associates of the incumbent governor were not unfounded.
If the PDP eventually picks its candidate from the zone as being speculated, the Southern Senatorial Zone where the governor hails from would be up for grabs. Same applies to the North.

Against the back drop of this mood, it was easy for analysts to conclude that the pendulum might swing either way.
But latest developments seem to have altered the conjecture, as the APC and its supporters are now upbeat about the days ahead.
Instructively, the latest ambiance was informed by the recent endorsements Ahmed has received lately.

In a move described by analysts as strategic for the APC, the Emir of Lafiagi Alhaji Kawu Haliru, threw his weight behind a second term for Ahmed.
The traditional ruler who is among the prominent leaders in the Northern Senatorial Zone, expressed delight that the people of the region were now united behind the state chief executive. The North comprises of Moro, Edu, Pategi, Kaiama, and Baruten Local Government Areas.

At the event which was convened by political office holders from the zone, spokespersons of various organizations, interest groups from the informal and formal sectors, cited the spread of development projects and empowerment schemes across the state as some of the reasons for Ahmed’s endorsement.

Haliru’s blessings also came as a relieve to the governor’s camp, as it meant that the zone’s hitherto agitation for power shift, may no longer rub off on APC’s chances. It had been alleged that the state party leader, Senator Bukola Saraki had masterminded a one term agreement that would have seen Ahmed serve one term and then subsequently hand over to somebody from Kwara North which is yet to produce a governor for the state.

With this endorsement from Kwara North complementing other efforts like the mobilisation of indigenes of Southern Senatorial District in Lagos for voters’ registration, appears to have properly positioned the governor in good stance for an endorsement from the Saraki led state chapter of the party.
While the import of these is not lost on the APC and those mobilising for the governor to have a second term, the PDP is unperturbed, as it stressed that royal support does not qualify one for electoral victory.

The party’s scribe, Mr. Femi Yusuf dismissed the endorsement as a common practice in electioneering periods.
”You can only deserve endorsement if you have surpassed the previous administrations, but the past 12 years have shown that the people in the North senatorial district have been neglected. Go to Baruten or Kayama, Lafiagi and Patigi to see for yourself. The endorsement came from the traditional rulers with the prompting of the state government,” he noted.

But the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication Strategy, Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, repudiated the PDP’s response, describing the royal support as a testimony to APC’s acceptance across the state.
He also explained that the governor, through his Shared Prosperity Agenda, SPA, has sustained impactful development, noting that the spate of supports for the second term ambition should not come as a surprise.

“He has successfully consolidated on the projects of the former governor and opened up new ones with direct bearing on the lives of the people and that simply explains why the people are clamouring for his comeback,” he stated.
Specifically, Adedoyin said some projects the government had executed include; the Independent Power Project, IPP, rehabilitation of schools and construction of 800km of roads.

The administration, he said, also introduced Harmony Holdings, Kwara Bridge Empowerment Scheme ,KWABES, completed the construction of the Aviation College started by the Saraki administration and built an international standard Vocational Centre at Ajase-Ipo.

 

 

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Not less than 40  people have been feared killed in a fresh fight between the Alago and Eggon people of Nasarawa State, yesterday, while over 50 houses were also set ablaze. The fight took place at Tudun Adabu in Obi local government area of the state.

An eye witness who was at the scene of the event said that the fight was initially between Eggon people and Fulani herdsmen in Assakio, headquarters of Lafia East development area of the state which later spread to Tudun Adabu, Wamba, Akwanga and Nasarawa Eggon local governments leaving scores dead and rendering thousands of people homeless.

It was also gathered that all the inhabitants of Assakio, Tudun Adabu and Dedere have deserted their homes as a result of the crisis in the areas. Victims of the troubled areas were seen moving their children and property to Lafia town.

Distraught members of the affected communities told said that trouble started when the Eggon people who were fighting against the Fulanis discovered that the Alago youths had joined forces with the Fulani mercenaries to fight them.

The Eggon people therefore turned their guns against the Alago at Tudun Adabu killing over 40 of them and injuring others.

 

 

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IT was eulogies galore, yesterday, at the Women Development Centre, Awka, as people and government of Anambra State received the body of the late former Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili

This came as Chief Fredrick Dike, an acclaimed weather controller from Ifiteani village, Agulu, and a kinsman of Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband to late Dora Akunyili, vowed to use his mystical powers to disrupt the burial ceremony today
Among those that graced the ceremony included the former head of state, General Yakubu Gown and his wife, wife of the former president, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Governor Willie Obiano and members of his cabinet and the national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh.

In his tribute, General Gowon described Dora as a great gift to Nigeria, as she devoted herself to the service of her fatherland in all the positions she found herself.
Also speaking, Governor Willie Obiano said Akunyili used her God–given talent to work for her country, explaining that in view of what she stood for Anambra, he had concluded plans to make her an ambassador plenipotentiary for the state before her demise.

To the national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, Dora’s deeds spoke for her, adding that her demise was a great loss to the country.
He said that but for the 180 days constitutional provision that ended the election tribunal, Dora could have been in the Senate because she won that election.

Colossus
In an emotion –laden voice, the wife of Governor Obiano, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano described her as a colossus among men.
Amidst intermittent sobs,   Mrs. Obiano said: “In public service, Dora endeared herself to the people and gave hope to the hopeless.

“Even in her traumatic moment, she radiated hope. I will never forget her motherly advice and I am eloquently grateful for making herself a shining example. She was a woman who never wanted to shine alone as she always wanted stars around her.
“Professor Akunyili had promised to package me the way Anambra people will be proud of and while she lived, she encouraged me and that is what is guiding me now.”

Also speaking, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo went down memory lane to describe how she endeared herself to former President Obasanjo through her good deeds.
She said: “Dora was a role model and a legend who cannot be forgotten easily. She was an open–minded woman who staked her neck to save many lives. We remember that a bullet fired at her removed her head tie, but did not remove her head. If the bullet had removed her head, the nation would have lost all that she did for Nigerians.

“When people were putting chalk into capsules as drugs, Dora stepped in as the Director General of NAFDAC and stopped all that.”
Dora’s colleague at the National Conference, Mrs. Josephine Anenih said when people saw her at the conference, many of them started crying. But Dora told them not to cry for her as she was prepared to serve her country in that confab.

She said that even as frail as Dora looked, her voice was very strong and she made all the Igbo delegates proud.
According to her, the people Dora fought against at NAFDAC are murderers in the name of drug business.
Akunyili will be buried today at her hometown, Agulu in Anaocha Local Government area of Anambra State.

Meanwhile, Chief Fredrick Dike, an acclaimed weather controller from Ifiteani village, Agulu, Anambra State and a kinsman of Dr. Chike Akunyili, the husband of late Dora Akunyili, yesterday, vowed to use his mystical powers to disrupt the burial ceremony today.

Dike explained in an interview that Dora’s husband and other stakeholders, including  former Anambra State governor, Mr. Peter Obi, his Special Adviser on Parks and Markets, Chief Sylvester Nwaobulor, among others, went behind him to meet other rain makers in the town and its environs without recognising him as number one rain maker in Anambra State.

He boasted:  “Dora herself is also my wife and we are all sharing in the pain of her death, but since they sidelined me in controlling the weather, they will see rainfall tomorrow (That is today) and throughout the week unless they do the needful.
“Let it also be on record that I am not insisting on loosening the heaven tomorrow because I was not consulted, but because they went to see other rain  makers with lots of gift items to control the weather which they know I can do without charging anything. We shall test powers tomorrow.”

The traditional medicine practitioner also alleged that some of his kinsmen were hitherto withholding a national award given him by President Goodluck Jonathan, warning that those in custody of the award to make it available to him before it would be too late.
“I was told that Mr. President gave me an award, but some people are still with it and I want to use this opportunity to let Mr. President know that I’m yet to get the award,” he said

 

 

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Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, held a closed-door meeting following high rate of insecurity in the country, occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency. The problem appears to be getting out of control with terrorists capturing Gwoza, and declaring it an Islamic caliphate.

The meeting was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the invitation of President Jonathan.

Chief Obasanjo, who confirmed his meeting with the President shortly after he arrived Abeokuta from Abuja, yesterday, said the meeting was  purely on security matters.

When asked to confirm the meeting, Obasanjo said: “Yes, I can confirm that I met with Mr. President on his invitation. In fact, he had wanted to come down to Abeokuta, but as a sign of respect to the Office of the President, I had to go. We had discussion on the country’s security issues and that is all.”

Obasanjo, who appreciated the invitation of  President Jonathan promised that he would continue to make himself available on national issues in the interest of peace and progress of the country.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed the meeting but said he had no details of what was discussed.

“It was a meeting between the two of them and only they can say what was discussed”.

Obasanjo has for years advocated the use of force alongside peaceful negotiation as a panacea for tackling insurgency in the North.

In May, Chief Obasanjo commenced efforts to reach out to the Boko Haram sect, in a series of attempts at negotiating with the sect to free the over 250 school girls it abducted in April from their dormitories in Chibok, Borno State.

At the time, the former leader contacted a go-between, who assisted him in his unsuccessful attempt at mediating with the Boko Haram group in 2011.

Jonathan meets security chiefs

Meanwhile, the President also yesterday met behind closed doors with security chiefs  apparently to assess security situation in the country.

The service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, met with the President before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.

As usual, none of them spoke with journalists at the end of the meeting.

The meeting may not be unconnected with the deteriorating security situation in the North-Eastern part of the country, where the Boko Haram sect is reportedly gaining territorial grounds and have taken over some towns and villages in Borno state.

The sect which is on a mission to impose a strict interpretation of Islam in the country is reported to have hoisted its flag in some towns in Borno State including Gwoza, where it drove away the emir and sacked the Police Training College.

An encounter between the sect and Nigerian security services led to some Nigerian troops crossing over into Cameroonian territory.

Though the Nigerian soldiers have been escorted back to Nigeria by armed Cameroonian security personnel, the incidence was a huge embarrassment to the nation’s security service which claimed that the troops crossed over Cameroonian territory in a deliberate maneouvre while pursuing Boko Haram insurgents.

 

 

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