Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:32
The 2014 Democracy Day celebration has come and gone, Imo State was not left out of the Nigerian annual ritual. As part of the celebration, deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, had an interactive session with some journalists in the state. In this chat, he bore his mind on a wide range of issues. Our Imo State Correspondent, Athan Agbakwuru, captured the episode. Excerpts:
Would you say this administration has moved Imo beyond where you met it three years ago?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:37
Dr Chiwoke Mbadinuju is the former governor of Anambra State. He was in the saddle in the state from 1999 to 2003. Mbadinuju is a journalist (he edited Times International Magazine, a subsidiary of the defunct of Daily Times) and a lawyer under whose government checkmated the menace of insecurity in the state through the instrumentality of Bakassi Boys. In this interview with Jude Orji and Rita Sunday, Mbadinuju spoke about on-going national conference, insecurity in the country and other national issues
What is your assessment of the confab and is there any hope that the 492 wise men and women can take this nation to the promised land?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 14:03
Comrade Nnamdi Kanu is a leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and director of the new online Biafran radio. He spoke with reporters on the planned memorial for Biafran soldiers who fell during the civil war and other issues affecting Nigerians of southeastern descent, Victor Ofure Osehobo, who was there for Newsworld reports:
What is your take on the ongoing National Conference?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 17:30
Penultimate Friday, Barrister Ekpo Nta, SAN, chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, held a media session with a group of journalists at the commission’s head office in Abuja. Barrister Nta spoke on many fundamental issues relating to anti-graft war in Nigeria, since he assumed the leadership of the ICPC. Dapo Olaosebikan reports:
A fundamental objective of setting up the ICPC is that “Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions”, how well would you say this commission has fared in this regard?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:13
A peace pact was recently signed between the Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, leaders of Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN, Kaduna chapter as a way to end security challenges facing the Southern Kaduna area of the state. In this interview with our Kaduna Correspondent, Bashir Bello, the National President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union SOKAPU, Dr. Ephraim Goje expressed optimism that everlasting peace would return to the area if suggestions and recommendations by committees and other commission of enquiry were sincerely implemented by the state government. He says that whoever breaches the peace pact should be made to face the wrath of the law. Excerpts:
Recently, Southern Kaduna Peoples Union SOKAPU and Fulani from Southern Kaduna signed a peace agreement in Kaduna. How do you see the agreement?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:40
In this interview with Jude Orji, former FCT police commissioner Lawrence Alobi calls on government to tackle insecurity headlong and make it mandatory for security agencies to share information and intelligence. He advises closure of borders for a while and Nigerians to be vigilant at all times. Excerpts:
How do you describe the recent Nyanya bus-station bombing and the continued insurgent attacks?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:54
“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?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:31
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?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:38
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?
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:27
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?