Below are the headlines found on The Daily Sun Online Newspaper for today, Sunday, 25 February, 2018.

Sun, 25 Feb 2018
The Sun Publishing Limited lived up to its billings as pacesetter yesterday as it celebrated Nigeria’s best to mark the 2017 edition of the annual The Sun awards.

Yesterday’s event, which saw Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, who said he was going to win again, next year, retaining the Governor of the Year diadem, is the 15th in the series. It also coincides with The Sun Publishing Limited’s 15th anniversary.

The evening which was livened up by ace comedian Bovi Ugboma and a foremost Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tu-Baba, who thrilled the audience to hilarious jokes and music respectively, also saw the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, being bestowed with the Outstanding Politician of the Year Award, while the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode was bestowed with the Man of the Year award, which is the flagship prize. Obi Ezeude got the Manufacturer of the Year Award.

At the event, held at the Expo Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, about eight million naira was raised for the family of the late Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, who fought gallantly to foil a robbery operation at the Zenith Bank branch, Owerri, Imo State. For his rare display of bravery, he was bestowed with the Hero of the Year award.

His seven children were also offered scholarships up to the university level by the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Announcing the scholarship award, the Managing Director of NDDC, Nsima Ekere, who went home with the Public Service Award, said the only way to keep the memory of late Iboko’s heroic exploits alive was to ensure his children get quality education. The event was anchored by A-list compere and former Big Brother Africa (BBA) host, IK Osakioduwa.

Other Nigerians who were honoured for distinguishing themselves in their various fields were:  Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the president, Mr. Femi Adesina. She got the award for the Most Supportive First Lady; Central Bank Governor (CBN), Dr. Godwin Emefiele, Public Service Award; Dr. Emeka Okwuosa, Investor of the Year; Mr. Amaju Pinnick, Sports Personality of the Year; Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Humanitarian Service Award and Mr. Ayo Makun (AY), who got the Nollywoood Personality of the Year Award. Others are: Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, Prince Samuel Adedoyin and former Vice Chancellor of University of Benin, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, all of whom got the Lifetime Achievement Award. Governor of Ebonyi State, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government (SSG), Prof.  Bernard Odoh, and his Kebbi State counterpart were awarded for their Outstanding Performance in Agriculture, while Dr. Chika Okafor won the Business Person of the Year Award. On his part, emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11, who was represented by the Group Managing Director of Freedom Radio, Alhaji Abbas Muhammad Dalhatu, En Dagan Kano, got the Courage in Leadership Award.

I’m committed to Rivers people, I’ll win again –Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed his determination and commitment to work for the people of the oil-rich state.

Speaking at The Sun Awards where he emerged as the Governor of the Year 2017, he assured that he would continue to serve the people of Rivers State and win more accolades.

The governor thanked The Sun Publishing Limited for finding him worthy to win the award back to back in 2017 after winning that of 2016.

Wike said he would not relent in serving his people and assured that by the grace of God, he would still win the same award in 2018.

  He said: “I will continue to work for the people of Rivers State.

I dedicate this award to the people of Rivers State and my wife.”

Ambode: Lagos is working because of taxpayers
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has said that the state was working because of taxpayers’ money.

  He also pointed out that the state provides level playing fields for all irrespective of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

  Ambode stated this yesterday at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos when he received The Sun Man of the Year Award 2017.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, represented him at the ceremony.   The Governor noted that the state was working because taxpayers were living up to their obligations by paying their taxes.

  “It is with these taxes that the state is carrying out massive infrastructural development and also providing insurance for security men, especially the Police in the state,” he said.

  According to him, the state pays N10 million to the relatives of any policeman who dies in active service and N5 million to any policeman that is injured on duty. 
  While dedicating the award to tax payers in the state, he said it would spur him to do more.

I’ll continue to work for Nigeria –Saraki
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said that he would continue to work for the people of Nigeria.

  Speaking after receiving The Sun Outstanding Politician of the Year award yesterday, he described The Sun as an institution that speaks for the people and thanked the management for finding him worthy for the award.   

He Said: “On behalf of my family, constituency and colleagues who voted for me, I want to thank The Sun for finding me worthy for this award.  “When I was the governor of Kwara State for eight years, I expected The Sun Awards but I never got it but I thank God I have been found worthy this time.  It is an award of a great institution.”


We must restore merit to our national life –Idika Kalu
Former minister of finance and national planning, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, has underscored the need for restoration of rewards of merit for Nigeria to attain the rank of the top economies of the world.

Kalu, who was the chairman at the 15th edition of The Sun Awards in Lagos yesterday, gave this charge in his keynote address, saying merit is the sure way to national development. His words: “It is merit that propels effort and equity. Merit needs to be restored to our examinations, schools, our public services, our corporate organisations, small/medium and large scale enterprises and in all sectors of our polity as we seek to move our society and economy to the next level. We should, we can and we must.”

“Merit creates maximum growth of opportunities and employment, and the scope of the young and vibrant entrepreneurship and maximum development of individual talents and capacity. Merit is good for every corner, every segment and every activity area of our potentially massive economy that has been long projected to join the ranks of top economies of the world.”  “It is the reinstatement of merit and consequent creation of rising employment opportunities that will blunt potential frustrations arising from rapid population growth, the rapid growth of the labour force, and double digit growth of demand of new jobs and the general capacity requirement of the entire Nigerian economy from our societies and organisations, our various states, right through to all levels of government, non-governmental organisations, private and the corporate world,” he said. Kalu described The Sun Publishing Limited’s annual awards as a bold endeavour that asserts the need for “Overriding urgency of reinstating explicitly, the place of merit in the various levels and tiers of the selecting process in this nation.”

He commended the newspaper for sustaining and improving on the quality of the awards, noting that the awardees were carefully selected from across public and corporate sectors and across gender without sacrificing merit. “The list of those to be awarded this prestigious prize today (Saturday) is particularly outstanding in its spread across the entire nation in its distribution between public and corporate sectors of our society and by its professional and gender sensitivity without sacrificing the basic merit underlining the outstanding choices they have made. This is glaring from the appreciative large audience, the effervescent interest from all media and enthusiasm of the general public,” he said. 

Sun, 25 Feb 2018
Those were the words of 25-year-old Chiadikobi Ezeibekwe of Agba village Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government of Anambra State who recently pronounced marriage between himself and Chibuzor, his 17-year-old younger sister.

His pronouncement could have been ignored by a wave of hand but for the seeming legitimacy bestowed on the ‘marriage’ by his 78-year-old father, Lewis (Leiusco) and 53-year-old Josephine, his mother, who approved of the wedding conducted by their elder brother, Chijioke, said to be a pastor.

A visit to the home of the Ezeibekwe family in Agba, Leiusco, who has 10 children, 8 boys and 2 girls was found to be very popular in the area before he became very sick.

Though the action of the siblings has received strident condemnation by people in the community who heard about it, the mood in the family is sober and gives the impression of mourning over the sacrilege committed by the children.

Thirty-three-year-old first son of Leiusco, Emeka, who was the only member of the family that opposed the marriage, however, refused to speak on the matter saying that they were under instruction not to talk.

He simply said, “We are working on somebody’s instruction; don’t be offended, they have given us instruction not to say anything on this matter; if you want to get any information about what happened you can go to Ikenga Ekwulobia (Traditional Prime Minister); but for me, I don’t know anything about it. You know, children when they say something, may be jokingly, they cannot stand what they said, I regretted even coming back. The way they carried the news is not how it is. I can call my younger brother to talk to you.”

More surprising is the guts of the main actor in the marriage, Chiadikobi, who teaches Mathematics at Community Secondary School, Isuofia. The holder of National Diploma from Federal Polytechnic, Oko, insisted that he had only fulfilled the injunction of the Scripture.

He said: “I am a Sabbatharian, I am a Christian that observes Sabbath and in the process of searching through the scripture we discovered that it is possible to marry your relative, your blood relative, your cousin, uncle, your sister, and on account of that we went on. Then people started hearing about it and that was the uproar and everything, so I married my younger sister.

“We are not really wedded in the church. It wasn’t true that we wedded in the church; we are just a family gathering here. Every Sabbath we observe Sabbath, we don’t do any other thing, we are just a family. There is a church that was here before, but we are no more with them; they have found a place and stayed there and we are now on our own, we just observe Sabbath on Sabbath days.

“We don’t have any name, we don’t have any signboard, we just observe Sabbath here and worship. He is not really the head, my elder brother, Chijioke, is rich in the scripture.

“It was me that pronounced our marriage, that my sister and myself were going to marry. Our parents were around. Mother, because of what she believed, supported it. Then the two of us went to our father and he asked us, ‘why should this come to pass, did we consult people, did we ask very, very well or are we just playing with it?’ We told him we were not playing with it, that I could not play with something like that. He asked again whether God told us to do it and did we search through the scripture? We told him that we searched through the scripture and we believed it. He said there was no problem, that if God signed it he could not reverse it.”

On the reaction of other members of the family, Chiadikaobi said: “When my eldest brother, who is in Port Harcourt heard about it, he came back to know what happened. We told him that we had wedded and he declared that he would not allow it. But I told him that our father had already given his consent. The first issue in marriage is parental consent and we had gotten that. So he went out to report to our relatives. The kindred and the other people came and said that we would not be allowed to go through with it, even if we found a similar thing in the scripture, because it is not the cultural practice of the community or Igbo land. They gathered and burnt the makeshift place where we used to meet for Sabbath worship.

Asked what he would do if the community decided to ostracize him and the sister because of their action, Chiadikobi said: “I am waiting to know and see their decision. Already, many have come and the Traditional Prime Minister of the community has waded into the matter. We were in his house last Tuesday and after they had asked us many questions, he said that they would dissolve the marriage to appease the masses; that they would call a priest to reverse everything and remove the abomination and curse upon this.”

The young school Mathematics teacher debunked the report that he impregnated his sister before marrying her, claiming that he had not even had carnal knowledge of her. He said, “She is not pregnant, they have already gone for pregnancy test and found out she is not pregnant. We just married, I just announced the marriage and within a week my brother heard it and all this issues came up. Nothing has happened between us.”

Chiadikobi stressed that he has no lustful desire for his sister and this decision to marry his sister was driven by physical attraction to her.

His words: “This is not really attraction in that sense, there are people who are people who God would talk to in the dream. We didn’t just jump into this marriage thing because we could do it, rather God showed it to me and not only me. It was shown to other people in this family. God asked me to marry my sister, but I didn’t propose to her. Sometimes you may have vision, you just keep it, and in the process she got the same vision and spoke out because if she had not had the vision, I would not have been able to speak about it.

Sun, 25 Feb 2018
The dust raised by the demolition of factional office of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Kaduna State government is yet to settle. In this interview, Senator Joseph Waku blames the raging crises in most state chapters of the party on the impunity and incompetence of the national leadership.

How would you react to the crisis in the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which led to the demolition of the factional office of the party?

My opinion is not different from many observers. The demolition was politically motivated. And it shouldn’t be so. I am not in support of it no matter the differences. We are not teaching the younger generation anything good to emulate. That is where my worries are. When I was in the senate, we had concluded arrangement on removing former President Olusegun Obasanjo by way of impeachment when our elder statesmen, Gen Yakubu Gowon (retd), Gen Ibrahim Babandiga (rted), Gen Abubakar Abdul Salam (rted) and former President Shehu Shagari invited us for a discussion at Nicon Hotels. While we were articulating our position, they listened to all the charges we made and they didn’t argue with us. All they said was that the timing was not correct. The timing of demolition of that house was a clear case of political vendetta. I watched the Commissioner of Finance attempting to defend the action. So many Nigerians that watched him felt sorry for him. There was no justifiable reason for the action. This man had acquired the property for several years, he defaulted in taxation, you didn’t do anything until he converted the building to a factional office and then you decided to use the place for a park. How large is the place that it can be used for a park? These are empty reasons in the ears of many Nigerians. If you are in office, you have to do justice to all manners of people. I want to plead with all political leaders that such action should not be repeated no matter the provocation.

Intriguinly, this action is coming at a time when President Buhari has just constituted peace and reconciliation committee to reconcile all the aggrieved members of the APC. Where is the room for genuine reconciliation with this development?

In the eye of the Almighty God, nothing is impossible. It all depends on the way and manner the leader of the reconciliation committee approaches the two sides. I disagree with those who feel that some particular individuals in the party are not important. One vote can give you victory, and one vote can deny you victory. In my opinion, existence of faction in any political party is a healthy situation. It is a test of maturity of the leadership to navigate and bring all the warring factions together. 

There is hardly any state chapter of the party that is free from one crisis or the other. Is this reconciliation not a belated one? 

APC as a political party is not organized. But I am glad that these things are happening. When some of us complain, they accuse us of engaging in anti-party activities. I am not born that way. And many other people within the fold too are not born that way. APC got its leadership by default. And it has proven its incompetence in managing the affairs of the party. I am not an emergency politician. I have been in politics for decades, I have gone through the ranks, and I know how political parties are being run. The arrogance with which the leadership is running the affairs of the APC is what is affecting it. Nigerians are wiser now. If Nigerians can get up one morning and change a government in power, then nobody can take the people for granted again. It is our duty to humble ourselves in government; it is our duty to humble ourselves in the position of authority. The dimension of Kaduna APC crisis has further heightened my fear about the agitation for state police. And genuinely so. It is something we must guide against.

This also has to do with temperament. Isn’t it?

In leadership, when you are temperamental, you are likely to commit avoidable mistakes. For example, you can send your troops to war only to realise later that you are fighting a wrong war. So, a leader must have compassion, a leader must show humility, a leader must avoid taking hasty decision even in the face of provocation. You lose nothing by being humble. When a leader is humble even where he is being tormented, people will be there to fight his cause. For example, when Peter Obi was the governor of Anambra State, I was privileged to visit Awka. There was an occasion that the governor was to attend and I was with him in his car. Some people came with siren and over took his convoy. And what did he do? He said, ‘if overtaking my convoy with their siren will make them happy, so be it.’ Then he said, “Senator, can we take a walk? I said why not.” That didn’t stop the Anambra people from recognizing him as the governor. When the people got there to receive the governor and found out that the people in the convoy were not the governor, they stayed back. When they looked back, they saw the governor walking to the venue of the occasion. His humility didn’t remove anything from him as a governor. It rather endeared him to the people the more. Those who behaved in that manner were the ones being castigated. That is a leader with passion and humility.

What is your expectation of the results of the coming congress vis-a-viz the outcome of the ongoing reconciliation?

I am a practical politician but sometimes I allow the judgment of the masses. If there is anybody in the media who knows my position about the APC, it is you. When the PDP had its non elective convention, I said it was a danger signal to the APC. I also added that, if the PDP which had been having a running battle for several years could organize itself far ahead of the next general elections, then there is a serious challenge for the APC. The level of impunity of the leadership of APC at all levels gives worry to many Nigerians. You recall what Senator Oluremi Tinubu said about her husband heading the reconciliation team. She said after her husband had been used and dumped, he was now assigned to lead the reconciliation. This is the position of many Nigerians about the APC. You cannot run a political party like that. Even in the era of military dictatorship, when the army stages a coup and captures power, it is those people who risk their lives that benefit from the government. It is not different in a democratic dispensation. A situation whereby those who didn’t contribute anything to the party are the ones enjoying the benefits of the government is not normal and it cannot be normal.

Sun, 25 Feb 2018
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