Two policemen killed, two others thrown into River Niger in Asaba. Scores arrested in six states, CD, MASSOB condemn killings. Over 30 Killed in Onitsha. 13 Arrested in Enugu. 17 Arrested in Owerri. Protesters March in Warri. Pro-Biafra Protesters Stopped in Ebonyi. Ikom Youths Stop Biafra Rally. 10 MASSOB Members Arrested in Umuahia. The South-East and South-South regions of the country dissolved into a state of anarchy yesterday when thousands of protesters clashed with security forces in Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Abia, Delta, Cross River and Ebonyi States, leading to the deaths of dozens of people, including three policemen, several sustaining injuries, and the arrest of scores of protesters in all the states where the protests took place. The protesters, who were mainly members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), had come out en masse to mark Biafra Day in memory of the former leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
The “clock stood still” tension walked through the cities, terror became neighbours, and everybody became a suspect. He asked himself, is my political ambition worth the blood of any man? The phone resting on the table
Compared to the #OccupyNigeria action of 2012, the strike declared by NLC on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 was a total failure. In places like Rivers, Adamawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa etc, life and businesses went on as usual. Nigerians totally ignored the call by the Nigerian Labour Congress to strike against the increase in fuel price. While some stayed at home, others were at work as if nothing concern them. And in places where the strike held yesterday (Wednesday) only a few, mostly the officials of NLC protested. And the reason is
The Rivers state Governor also said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will bounce back in 2019. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has expressed his displeasure over the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Wike said he has lost confidence in INEC to conduct free and fair elections anywhere in Nigeria. He said
The Federal Government’s attempt to stop labour from striking had failed. Negotiations between government and labour broke down on Tuesday as the Nigerian Labour Congress walked out of the meeting. In a desperate move to cow labour, the Federal Government has invoked the policy of no work, no pay, having approached the National Industrial Court for an injunction against labour – labour says it did not receive any notice of injunction. The NLC is however adamant and insists on striking to protest the increase in pump price of petrol from the former 86.50 naira to N145 a litre.
And it is time to stock up on necessities. On Saturday May 14, the Nigerian Labour Congress issued a warning to the Federal Government to revert the pump price of fuel from 145 naira to the former 86.50 or face a nationwide strike. That ultimatum will elapse tomorrow, Wednesday May 18 2016. However, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) declared on Saturday that it would not be joining the NLC strike as it has resolved to stand firmly support of the federal government’s resolve to fully deregulate the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
It is never enough to focus on the construction of physical infrastructure alone. Social re-engineering, which consists of the building of values, like patience, kindness, love and unity, is just as important for the sustenance of democracy. When I was an eight year old child in the Staff School, University of Ibadan, I was taught that there are two types of education: formal and informal. While formal is obtained through schools, informal is acquired passively through society and family. Both types are important for the formation of a complete person. I grew up on a world-class education system, acquired entirely in Nigeria. In the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, getting educated in Nigeria made you as good or better than anyone anywhere in the world. The standards were serious. However, I’m beginning to think I was lucky, because today, education in Nigeria is a farce.
Insurgency is a deliberate and organised rebellion with a sole objective to oust a constituted government or authority by means of callous acts perpetrated by unscrupulous elements. It’s no longer new to Nigerians at home and those in the diaspora, that the activities of the so called insurgents have crippled economic activities in the North and other parts of the country. Their operations have made previous administrations in our country look incompetent and unable to change the plight of Nigerians.
My name is common man and I live in Nigeria. I don’t think I have common sense. If I did, I wouldn’t be in this mess I am in right now. I was once blessed with the divine spirit of goodluck but like a biblical fool, I traded it for mirage. Now I am chasing the wind.
“There is this saying that united we stand, divided we fall. In Nigeria today we claim to be united, yet it is obvious we have disintegrated. We have been divided along ethnicity, tribe and religion. Christians versus muslims, Igbos versus Yorubas, Fulanis versus Nigerians. There was indeed a country. I strongly believe divided, we stand a better chance of surviving. The country is boiling and no one cares until the pot explodes.” This morning I am empty. As empty as uncorked green bottles prostrate on the floor of a bush bar. My mind is a cauldron and as it bubbles I stare into space like Okonkwo after he had returned from killing Ikemefula. I love the late Professor Chinua Achebe. I adored him. God bless his departed soul. He was indeed a man of the people much unlike our present leaders in Nigeria. (Click here to pay for your copy of Good to Go and save your copy)