Interviews

Interviews

North And West Always Conspire Against Ndigbo – Chekwas Okorie

News Introduction: 
“An old woman does not get old in a dance she knows very well”. Chief Chekwas Okorie, Oje Ozi Ndigbo and national chairman of United Progressive Party, UPP in this interview with Jude Orji navigates to berth the conspiracy against Ndigbo. However, he said he is poised to break the jinx with his new movement, UPP. Excerpts:

The young generation of Ndigbo is asking what happened to the Igbo dream; what do you think?

Confab must fix how we live with one another in Nigeria – Archbishop Nicholas Okoh

News Introduction: 
Dr. Nicholas Okoh, the Archbishop of Abuja and Primate of the Church of Nigeria in the Anglican Communion in this incisive interview with Dapo Olaosebikan speaks on religious and burning national issues. Excerpt:

Recently, we heard that some priests of your church that were to be ordained were made to swear to an oath that they will have nothing to do with homo-sexuality. How true is that?

Federal Government alone cannot stop the massacre in the North- Ibrahim Coomassie

News Introduction: 
Ex-Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie is now the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF. In this interview with Bello Fagge he spoke on insecurity in Nigeria and north in particular as well as other topical national issues, excerpts.

Since you retired it appeared that you went into oblivion as you were not heard any more, what could have been the reason?
For quite some time yes, but whenever the need for one to talk, I talk through the media on any issue of national importance
 
What have you been doing as means of livelihood?
I have been farming. I am now a farmer. 
Commercial farming or subsistent farming?
Whichever, I am no more than a farmer.
 
While in the police what was the greatest security challenge you ever faced?

CONFAB Must Proffer Alternatives To Nigeria’s High Cost Of Governance -Hajia Ladi Ibrahim

News Introduction: 
Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim is a delegate to the just inaugurated national confab, and chairman of Board of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, former SSG, Kogi State and former president of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN. She spoke on key national issues with Dapo Olaosebikan in Abuja, Monday last week, after the inauguration of the National Conference by President Goodluck Jonathan. Excerpts:

You’ve been at the forefront of gender equality, how do you rate the current administration of President Goodluck Jonathan in that light?
 

APC Exists Only On Paper In Kogi State - Hon. Shettima Agbogun

News Introduction: 
Hon. Shettima Peter Agbogun, Kaigama of Lokoja, pioneer boss of MDGs in Kogi State and currently chairman, Kogi State Hotels and Tourism Board spoke with Dapo Olaosebikan in Abuja, Tuesday last week, on key national issues, Kogi politics and MDGs, which he pioneered in the state. It is very revealing.

What is your opinion on the renewed destruction of innocent lives by the Boko Haram insurgents?

Nothing’s Wrong With Building A Worship Centre In My Town – HRM Adelekun

News Introduction: 
Engr. Adedoyin Adelekun is the Loja Odo-Iju, Ijesha, in Osun State and the vice president of the Alumni Association of Ilesa Grammar School. In this interview with Richard Akintade, he speaks on the proposed worship centre to be built in Odo-Iju Ijesha by Aregbesola’s administration, the policy of the government on education among other issues Excerpts:

Sir, Aregbesola is being criticised for planning to build a worship centre in Ibodi, odo-iju, why do you think this is so?
 
I don’t know the cause of their criticism because I do not see anything unusual in what our governor is doing.
 
Is it appropriate for government to dabble into this venture?
 
What is inappropriate about it? I do not see anything inappropriate about it.
 

Illiterates In ASTA, Our Major Problem - Chike Ohamobi

News Introduction: 
Dr. Chike Ohamobi is the Commissioner for Transport in Anambra State. He spoke with Tony Oraeki in Awka on the causative factors of reckless behavior of ASTA staff and some challenges in enforcing sanity in the Agency

We want to know how far you have been able to resolve the issue of your staff that was killed by truck driver. How far have you gone with the matter?
 
on’t forget that this is a police case and it is not just ordinary police case, a dead body was recovered on that very day. As you know, the police negotiation is ongoing and on the top level of the police force. I am sure the case is with the state CID Onitsha at present. It is not for us to pre-empt them or say things that came outside police investigation.

Why I Want To Return To Ekiti Government House – Fayose

News Introduction: 
Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, a political ‘juggernaut, man of timber and caliber, catapillar and bulldozer’ of Ekiti politics and the former governor of the state spoke to Dapo Olaosebikan on trending national issues, especially Ekiti gubernatorial election fixed for June 21. It was an interesting encounter. Read on.

As a founding force in the PDP, what is your view about recent happenings in the party?

Boko Haram, APC, North’s Design To Stop Jonathan In 2015 – Ezeife

News Introduction: 
The political arena in Nigeria is currently saturated with many issues and controversies. At the forefront of these is the main opposition’s determination to wrestle political power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Dr C.P Ezeife, former civilian governor of old Anambra state spoke with Dapo Olaosebikan on these issues and more in his Asokoro office in Abuja.

Crisis, defections in the political terrain, what do you think is really going on sir?
 

For The Past 14 Years, Lagosians Have Been Deceived by Tinubu – Babatunde Gbadamosi

News Introduction: 
Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, popularly called BOG by his teeming supporters in Lagos, cerebral politician, self-made industrialist, top PDP contender for the governorship of Lagos State next year and a scion of the respected Gbadamosi business family in Ikorodu in Lagos, spoke with Dapo Olaosebikan on the eve of the new year on a number of national issues and development in Lagos. Read on.

The year 2013 was like no other in Nigeria’s political terrain; what’s your take on this?
 

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