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Ohaneze Ndigbo



Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 21 December, 2017.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
A humanitarian crisis may soon hit some communities in Boki Local Council of Cross River State.
This followed the illegal migration of over 8,000 Camerounians from the English-speaking (Anglophone) part of the country.

The Guardian leant that the upsurge was caused by the crisis from the struggle for independence by the Anglophone Camerounians in the country.

Over 15,000 migrants were said to have besieged the various Cross River communities in the last few days.

According to the United Nations (UN), the refugee situation in the state might hit over 30, 000, if urgent steps are not taken to check the situation.

It was further leant that about 6, 000 migrants had arrived in the communities two weeks ago, even as 2,000 others followed through the porous border lines between the two countries.

According to the Head of Abo clan in Boki local council, Otu Bernard Abang Eban: “We are deeply worried because our children, men and women are facing hardship. The figures from this migration are rising daily and feeding the refugees has become difficult for us.

“The government and the UN should supply sleeping, food and other relief materials to help the people. We also need health facilities and medical personnel, especially as most of these communities are located in difficult terrains.”

Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Aviation, Amos Kajang, said: “These migrants are Boki-speaking people and the refugees are flooding the areas due to the heavy presence of Camerounian soldiers in the areas. Many of them had also rushed into Bashua, which is the last border town between Nigeria and Cameroon.

“Bashua and Erinekpang have become a safe haven for the fleeing Camerounians, thus putting pressure on food and health facilities. Unfortunately, water supply has been poor because the people depend solely on streams, which sometimes dry up.”
Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Senate has mandated its committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes to investigate circumstances surrounding the arrest of the Managing Director of Innoson Motors, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, and report back today.
The chamber roundly condemned Chukwuma’s ordeal at the hands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), urging President Muhammadu Buhari to call the commission’s acting chairman to order.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, in his final intervention, deplored the action, saying: “This does not speak well for the country. How a private transaction has become the business of the EFCC is what I do not know. I have not seen the FBI intervene between people involved in a transaction. We are just making a mockery of the institution.”

The Chukwuka Utazi-led anti-corruption committee was also asked to investigate an allegation that an EFCC operative slapped the wife of Chukwuma during a raid on his house in Enugu.

Chukwuma was arrested on Tuesday over alleged refusal to repay a loan to Guaranty Trust Bank.

The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who brought the matter to the floor had raised Order 42 of the Standing Rules, telling his colleagues the arrest was a national disgrace and an abuse of fundamental human rights. According to him, “The detention of Innocent Chukwuma is purely a civil matter.”

Chukwuma, however, has denied jumping an administrative bail granted to him by the EFCC, even as he urged the commission to allow a logical conclusion in the court processes between him and the GTB.

He was yesterday afternoon moved to Lagos, after spending a night at the commission’s cell in Enugu.
Thu, 21 Dec 2017

The Christmas Season with its calming and soul awakening waves is sweeping through the countries in the free world. It is a unique period and it is hard to miss its ardor, the reassuring tone, the herald of something stupendous in the air.

The carol, Noel, rends the air in department stores and hotels. Streets in some state capitals glitter with decorations.

Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Falomo Roundabout and Victoria Island, are a delight to behold in the night against the background of Lagos environmental beautification efforts with flowers and trees at Alexander, Bourdillon in Lagos. They all exude the enrapturing sweetness of Yuletide in Lagos.

What with carols and musical concerts heralding the currents of a gripping commemorative worship in thanksgiving that bows the spirit. What with the uplifting feeling of beholding exquisite beauty of greens and glitters, of shining stones, and leafy surroundings and you want to fly and hit the high Heavens.

In recent years, the celebration has been enmeshed in controversy on how right and appropriate it is to celebrate the Christmas Festival on 25 December, with some prominent clergymen dismissing its celebration as paganic and that it is demonic in origin—really very strong words.

For those who have been brought up from childhood to believe and experience the uniqueness of Christmas, and the accustomed all-pervading refreshing air, the reconditioning of the spirit that is the feature of the season, this must have come as a shock.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017

The recent mass movement of some political bigwigs and their supporters from the opposition parties to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has not only brightened the chances of the party to win future elections but has also changed political calculation in the state.

If the political turf is a football field, the star-studded APC in Oyo State should be looking up to receiving many gold medals, but managing these politicians and their ambitions to achieve a corporate goal has sent the party back to the drawing board.

Conversely, opposition parties especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that had been barely surviving since 2011 when it lost the control of the state to the APC, are waiting for a miracle to make them politically relevant again in the state.

The fanfare that greeted the official decampment of immediate past governor of the state, Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, his deputy while in office, Taofeek Arapaja and former Senate Leader, Chief Teslim Folarin, was unprecedented in the history of party politics in the state.

The vicinity of Mapo Hall where the event took place was crowded with scores of politicians from the PDP, Labour Party (LP) and Accord Party (AP) who followed their leaders to the APC.

Other notable politicians that joined the broom revolution in the state on that day included former Secretary to the State Government, Ayodele Adigun, the immediate past Oyo State PDP State Chairman, Yinka Taiwo and the only Oyo PDP lawmaker in the House of Representatives from Ogo Oluwa/Surulere constituency, Dokun Odebunmi.

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
A humanitarian crisis may soon hit some communities in Boki Local Council of Cross River State. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Senate has mandated its committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes to investigate circumstances surrounding the arrest of the Managing Director of Innoson Motors, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, and report back today. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Federal Government has declared Monday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 as public holidays for the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations. 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) 'in their extraordinary meeting Wednesday approved N377.53 billion for the development of infrastructure, which includes roads, power, education, water and health among others across the country. This is coming barely few days to 2018 and after members sat for over six hours considering half of the memos brought to the [] 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
SIR: Epe, one the divisions in Lagos State, which had for a long time been on the wrong side of development index in the state, is gradually wearing a new look and a face lift. In the last few years, the town had languished under the heavy yoke of bad roads and the twin problem [] 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Super Eagles B Team Coach, Salisu Yusuf has assured that the two-day break granted the CHAN Eagles to observe the Christmas holidays will... 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
Although in principle there may be some merit in the new local language policy recently proposed by the Nigerian Army, the idea of the army compelling all its personnel to be proficient in the three languages of Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba by December 2018 is largely contentious. It is also discriminatory, unrealistic and unlikely to [] 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
A former Minister of Education Minister and candidate in the just concluded People's Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship election, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, has disowned a group which announced its intention to create a new faction within the party yesterday. Adeniran who spoke through the director of his campaign organisation, Shehu Garba, in Abuja, said anybody who [] 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
It's such a wonderful time of year and means so many different things to people. For some it's about family, for others it's about partying. There are many, many people that have no one to share the holidays with, and the revelry of the day just exposes that loneliness even more. Some get depressed during [] 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
American minister and author, Norman Vincent Peale famously stated that the magic in enthusiasm 'spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.' Peale's statement above brings to mind the State of Osun's very slippery slope, pre-2011; and Rauf Aregbesola's conscious efforts towards remedying a system that had grown bad over time. Much as it is impossible [] 

Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) will today hold the second Lagos Public Relations Industry Gala and Awards (LaPRIGA) to celebrate its practitioners and the contributions of public relations profession to the socio-economic development of the country. LaPRIGA said it is poised to be the premier showcase that recognizes []