By Ikeddy ISIGUZO
The story is told of a new convert to one of these new churches where the pastors froth and fall in their gymnastics with the Almighty’s words as they extort attendants. He was intoxicated by the volume of promises that he imbibed and ready to do whatever the pastor said. He promised himself in the course of the service that he would be immediate.
Note, that the pastor thundered in those voices that make you wonder why they still bothered with microphones, “You will not leave here the same way you came”. The congregation hollered their “amen” as if in competition with the pastor in the battle for decibels.
For the rest of the service, new convert kept his attention on a particular side of the facility to the embarrassment of those watching him. The only thing that had his attention was waiting for the pastor’s command that the service was through.
He dashed for the nearest window to make his way out of the church. Someone apprehended him. The first thought was that he had stolen something. He had not. Why was the window his preferred exit from the service? He had a startling response.
His action was in adherence with the pastor’s vision that he would depart from the church differently. Since he came through the door, he reasoned that the pastor meant he could leave through the window.
Nyesom Wike, former Governor of Rivers State, Minister of Federal Capital Territory, is ensuring that Abuja would not be the same again. Once he was sworn in, he made it clear that the major item on his agenda is wase demolition of structures that are considered illegal. He could well have other things he wants to do in Abuja, but they cannot be heard in the din of rolling bulldozers and the tumble of rubbles from what used to be massive structures people invested their resources in building.
The position that the buildings violated the Abuja master plan is trite. Many of the owners of those places have layers of papers that bear authentic FCT stamps, approvals of the relevant authorities, with evidences of payment for those approvals. They mean nothing when the bulldozers arrive.
Beneficiaries of the established corruption would ensure that Ministers after Wike would discover that structures approved during Wike’s tenure were illegal. They play their part,àa and go on retirement with their loot.
It seems that simple line civil servants use to start most official letters, “I am directed to…”, means that they cannot be held responsible for the decisions that they appear to take.
Some FCT residents are leaving the territory not in the same way they came. Many are poorer, more despondent, yet others ponder and wonder about the worth of official papers that FCT issues to property owners. Many of them are fake, no matter the number of stamps on them, no matter which FCT offices issued them. The signatures mean nothing.
Similar approvals will be issued under Wike. They could be for today’s violators to pay more fees and start building on those sites again.
Many occupants of the demolished buildings do not get a chance to rescue anything from their labour. Demolitions are done sometimes without notice and at other times when the residents of the property may not be around. Their property is crushed or looted by miscreants who exploit the moments.
Which of Abuja’s six Area Councils has Wike visited apart from Abuja Municipal Council, AMAC, that demolition is his priority? Even with AMAC, which parts did he visit?
Residents of FCT are shocked by Wike’s claims that the roads in Abuja are terrible. His example was Maitama where he said the roads were horrible. Maitama, one of Abuja’s best parts, was horrible in Wike’s ranking. He has a lot to learn.
Does he know that residents buy potable water in most parts of Abuja, including Maitama? That is something horrible about Maitama.
Let it not be that Wike thinks he is the Minister of Abuja. It is a Territory with six Area Councils, same as Local Government Areas. Some of the Area Councils are emerging out of the stone age, in terms of development. The stories about the backwardness of the Territory are legion. They include no roads – not counting the ones in Maitama that are horrible – poor medical services where they exist, and unwholesome drinking water, which often is the colour mud.
Wike has announced the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of 135 roads in AMAC, concentrating mostly in Wuse, Maitama and Gwarinpa Districts in what he called the first phase of road works in FCT.
Education is treated as after thought in the Area Councils. The quality of their school buildings is only a hint. FCT teachers have been on strike since 11 September 2023. Wike has not said a word about the strike.
Senator Ireti Kingibe, who represents FCT, has told Wike that he did not have executive powers after Wike made appointments into the FCT Administration without recourse to the National Assembly, contrary to constitutional provisions.
Her concerns are more. “I’m not telling you that there would not be demolitions. There are many problems within the FCT. Look at the flooding taking place in FCT, why? Houses are being built on flood channels, permission are being given to people to build estates on flood plains. There are so many things that we need to fix.”
If Wike is listening, Kingibe is telling him that those officials who approve buildings on illegal spots need “to be fixed”. They are a major challenge in FCT. If Wike brings them to book, a deterrence of their illegal practices, Abuja would not be the same again. The credit would be Wike’s.
NOAH Kekere allegedly harvested a woman’s kidney in a Jos private hospital. There are suspicions that she may not be the only case. Police that took Kekere into custody transferred him to the teaching hospital after he started showing signs of madness. Some think he is feigning mental challenges to get out of trouble, others believe that the spirits of those he harmed could be tormenting him. Nigerians are not taking it easy on him, there have been shared messages asking anyone he had treated to check if their organs were intact. The Nigeria Medical Association said Kekere is not its member.
THE Directorate of State Services, DSS, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC are milking fame from media trials. Should they continue? Tall tales of the sins of top Central Bank of Nigeria officials they are interrogating are all over the media. When would the officials be charged to court? Godwin Emefiele, suspended CBN Governor, not facing his accusers in court means that investigations have not been concluded, more charges may follow or the current ones dropped. But where were DSS and EFCC when the alleged offences were committed?
WHO lifted Dubai visa ban on Nigerians and ordered Emirate flights to Nigeria? UAE’s statement mentioned nothing about visa and flights.
NATIONAL grid, not greed, was what collapsed last week. Greed is thriving.
.Isiguzo is a major commentator on minor issues
Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States
The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.
The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.
In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.
Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”
“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.
“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.
“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”
Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”
Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life
Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.
Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”
Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.
The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.
While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.
According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.
The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.
“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.
“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”
Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.
Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.
The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.
Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).
Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks
The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.
The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.
Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.
CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.
Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.
DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.
She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.
Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.
Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.
Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.
ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.
CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.
CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.
The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.
CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.
- Source: Independent