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Remain Firm, Rivers Communities Tell Amaechi

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Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Sir Tony Okocha, (left) sipping a cup of water from a water project commissioned by him and constructed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari in Okrika recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Sir Tony Okocha, (left) sipping a cup of water from a water project commissioned by him and constructed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari in Okrika recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

In recognition of his people-oriented projects in the past seven years of his administration, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been honoured by the people of Emohua Kingdom with a chieftaincy title of “Ugwugwu of Emohua” (the Pride of Emohua).
The governor also received accolades from the people at Rumuchie in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State, for his uncommon achievements in infrastructure and manpower development, among others.
In an address presented by Chief Ozaze Obillor and signed by the Paramount Ruler of Emohua, His Royal Majesty, Eze Oha Vincent Benson Okor, at Rumuchie, Emohua at the weekend, the eight communities of Emohua clan comprising, Rumuchie, Mgbu-Itanwo, Odohua, Rumuakunde, Elibrada, Mgbu-Etor, Isiodu and Rumu-Ohia stated that, “Because of the love and regard you have for Emohua, you are here today to visit Emohua. His Excellency, we were in Government House to appreciate you and to congratulate you in being who you are: bold, courageous, firm, decisive and focused on any agenda you are convinced about. You have shown most admirably the characteristic trait of a true son of Emohua, and truly, we are adopting you as a true son of Emohua. Thus, after your native home Ubima, take Emohua as your second home.
“The people of Emohua adore you and appreciate your administration for the landmark achievements brought to Rivers State. The many model schools, the modern road networks, the hospitals, the Greater Port Harcourt City Project shall all speak your name long after you would have left the scene. In all these projects, you remembered Emohua, we celebrate you, we also appreciate you, we pledge our total support and loyalty to your government, Emohua is with you, Emohua is for you,” the people said.
They also appealed to the governor to resurface the 3km-Rumuakunde/Rumuchie road and the Elibrada-Oduoha road, among others.
Responding, Governor Chibuike Amaechi thanked the people for their support, and assured them of the reconstruction of the Rumuakunde/Rumuchie road soon.
Amaechi also used the occasion to pronounce the elevation of the stool of Eze Vincent Benson Okor from third class to first class.
Amaechi said: “In my struggle to become relevant in life and in politics, I have always served my people. If you check in Emohua Local Government Area, there is only one village that is yet to have road. The only road that we have not done because we owe the contractor is Rumuodogo road. The one that is a promise is the 3km Rumuakunde/Rumuchie road. I made that promise, and I will redeem it before election. I will drive on that road before election time because I will come back here to ask for your vote”, he said.
“The next thing I will tell you is that I promised Emohua people that I will recognize His Highness. By Monday, I will make sure that he gets his letter of recognition as a first class chief, and he will move from His Highness to His Majesty”.
“I know for sure that the presence of APC here has dwarfed the presence of PDP. TAN (PDP campaigners) held their rally at Elekahia Stadium, a 16,000-capacity stadium. We shall hold our APC rally at the new 40,000-capacity stadium at Greater Port Harcourt City. I thank you for the honour, and thank you for remaining steadfast in APC. One assurance I will give you is that I will not disappoint you,” the governor told them.
Amaechi explained that, “In the history of Ikwerre, this is about the first time we are important in national politics. We will not sell it for the position of the governor. This is the time when we will be here in Port Harcourt; they will call us on the phone to attend meetings in Abuja. We will not sell it because of one young boy, who for reasons of greed can even sell his parents. We cannot sell the rights of Ikwerre people”.
In his appreciation speech, the Paramount Ruler of Emohua, His Royal Majesty, Eze Oha Vincent Benson Okor expressed gratitude to the governor for his elevation.
According to him, “In the past, Ikwerre sons  tried to become governor but to no avail, but Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi tried and got it by the grace of God. So, we are happy.  His Excellency, the eight villages of Emohua are complete here in their numbers. We will continue to support your administration.
Earlier, member representing Ikwerre/Emohua Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Andrew Uchendu, acknowledged Governor Amaechi for showing love by identifying with the people.
Unchendu noted that the governor’s visit was a great honour to Emohua Kingdom, adding, “Your Excellency, personally, I have been conferred with an eternal honour by you. If there is one achievement I will count as being priceless, highly valuable, it is your visit to this kingdom today. Emohua is a collection of eight villages under the able leadership of the Paramount Ruler, Eze Vincent Benson Okor. We have been living in peace all these years; there is no village that is not here today. Even the Oha’s are all here.

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2023: CAN Pushes For Christian President, Self-Defence

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The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has said that the next President should be a Christian to ensure balance in leadership.
YOWICAN also said rotation of the office of the President will promote equity, unity and peace.
The youths further protested the activities of bandits and kidnappers, threatening to resort to self-defence if nothing is urgently done by the government.
They warned bandits and kidnappers to desist from perpetrating evil and put a stop to the ongoing kidnappings and killings.
The Christian association also pledged collaboration with Muslims and Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC) towards peace building.
These were contained in a communiqué at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of YOWICAN and read by its National President, Belusochukwu Enwere.
Enwere said, “The next President should come 2023 should be a Christian because the present administration, the president is a Muslim and so the President should rotate amongst the Christians and Muslims so that there will be balance in the leadership of Nigeria.
“We have competent Christian leaders who can represent and manage the affairs of this country. We urge our leaders to fully participate in politics so that we can produce a good president for Nigeria.
“As such the emergence of a Christian and youthful President come 2023 will be a true expression of equity, fairness and justice for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“That YOWICAN shall continue to collaborate and work in concert with brothers from the Muslim faith to pursue the desired peace, unity and progress of the nation; and more particularly under the auspices of the Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC),” the group said.
“YOWICAN decries the increasing rate of insecurity in Nigeria, yet commends the efforts of government and security agencies in combating the nefarious activities of bandits, killer herdsmen, insurgents etc.
“YOWICAN in the performance of Christian tenets and faith believes strongly in peaceful coexistence, but this piety should not be construed as cowardice, therefore kidnappers, bandits, killer herdsmen, terrorists and unknown gun men should not push Christian youths to the extreme, such as to make them consider deploying self defence strategies as the last option,” Enwere said.
According to him, despite the efforts so far made in combating crime, YOWICAN observes the urgent need to curb the rising wave of attacks, killings, destruction of lives, properties, farmlands and livelihood of innocent citizens within the Northern states, and specifically within Christian communities in Southern Kaduna.
The CAN youths demanded the immediate release of all abductees and particularly the students of the Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna State, who have been in captivity.
The NEC meeting held at the National Christian Centre on Saturday was attended by National Executive Members, Zonal Leaders, State Leaders (drawn from the 36 States of the Federation plus the FCT) and representatives from the Blocs/denominations under CAN.

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Clamping Down On Agitators Can Fuel National Crisis -OPC

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The Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) has advised the Federal Government against clamping down on agitators for self-determination, warning that such could lead to a national crisis.
OPC said this in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, weeks after the raid on the residence of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), during which two persons were killed.
The statement also followed Igboho’s arrest in the Republic of Benin after he was declared wanted by the DSS.
In the statement, the group “flayed Federal Government’s approach in Igboho’s ordeals, maintaining that the use and application of force on self-determination agitators has only justified Federal Government’s lack of respect for human rights and intolerance to the views of others.”
The group described the “treatment meted out to Igboho in Nigeria and also in Cotonou as very unpleasant, insisting that Federal Government ought to know that the citizens have rights and that such rights must be protected under the law.”
Oguntimehin said, “Unfolding events have shown that there are lapses in the way the Federal Government handles cases of self-determination agitators like Sunday Igboho, and I will like to state it clearly that the Federal Government must desist from clamping down on self-determination agitators because such move can only fuel national crisis.”
The publicity secretary urged the Republic of Benin to be fair with Igboho as he revealed that the rights activist will be facing immigration-related offences in the country, adding that he can also seek asylum to ensure his safety.
He warned against having Igboho brought back to Nigeria the way the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was brought back from Kenya.
He said, “The Federal Government has been silent on the extradition order because it might trigger more crisis. You cannot treat Igboho the Nnamdi Kanu way, it would not work, so I am appealing to the Federal Government to learn from history and ensure that the fundamental human rights of the citizens are protected in such a way that we can begin to appreciate the fact that we truly follow the tenets of democracy.”
The statement said Nigeria and the Republic of Benin have no extradition agreement, adding that Nigeria has not been able to come up with charges that could lead the court to order Igboho’s extradition to Nigeria.
Oguntimehin said, “What Federal Government came up with were mere allegations against Ighoho such as trafficking in arms and inciting violence that could result in the social disturbance without evidence and the Government of Benin Republic had considered all that to be untenable and insufficient to warrant extradition.
“The case has been adjourned till Monday, July 26 to allow the Federal Government bring up whatever evidence they may have, and Mr. lgboho has been taken back to the police custody.”
He pointed out that the rights activist had been peaceful with his agitation, as he urged traditional leaders not to ignore him at his trying time.

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Nasarawa Monarchs Console Odili Over Brother’s Death

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The Nasarawa State Council of Traditional Rulers has commiserated with former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili over the death of his elder brother, Chief Fidelis Obi Odili.
The Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Traditional Rulers and Emir of Lafia, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1 (rtd), said monarchs and people of his state were saddened by the bereavement of the Odili family.
The Emir, who was accompanied by the Andoma of Domia, Alhaji Ahmaou Aliyu; and the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Rivers State, Engineer Emeka Woke, stated this during a condolence visit to Odili in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
He described Odili as a very generous, hospitable personality and one of the best leaders that Nigeria has produced.
To this end, he declared that whatever affects him (Odili), affects people all over the country.
“We have come here to commiserate with you, to pass our condolences to you on behalf of all of our people, the people of Nasarawa State and our respective kingdoms.
“As one of the elders of this nation, very respectful elder of this nation, anything that affects you, will touch us, will affect us. We ask you to take heart.”
He further added, “You’re one of the best we have in this country. You’re very generous, hospitable. Your Excellency, not because you’re here, this is a statement of fact. You’re one of the best that this country has produced.”
The Emir of Lafia, prayed God to grant the Odili’s family the fortitude to bear the loss of their beloved one.
He also urged God to continue to keep Odili in good health so that he’ll continue all the good works that he has been doing and will continue to do for the nation.
“On behalf of all the chiefs that are not here, we commiserate with you”, he said.
Responding, the former Rivers State Governor, Dr. Peter Odili, said he felt honoured by the condolence visit and words of encouragement by the Emir of Lafia.
“I can’t find words appropriate to thank you for this consoling honour.”
Odili said he felt elated by the kind gesture of the Emir of Lafia.
According to him, the visit has further demonstrated the importance the Emir attaches to his relationship with the people of Rivers State.
“You’ve come with your colleague to pay this condolence visit, which was totally unplanned and unscheduled. But, like they say, people make out time for what they consider important.
“We feel honoured by your gesture, and so, we want to thank you and your colleague for this rare honour and for your kind words. Your friendship with our state goes back in history.
“Your new position in Nasarawa State has not altered it, rather it has strengthened it”, Odili added.

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