[ Masterweb Reports: Jojo Kwebena ] - The International ‘Society For The Recognition Of Famous People’ has included five Nigerians in its global list of famous people, comprising influential individuals from all spheres of life.
The extensive array of biographies is chronicled on the website www.thefamouspeople.com and includes nearly 6000 prominent individuals who have made indelible marks in their various fields.
According to the website, “Human civilization has seen numerous people who have changed the course of history and influenced their sphere of living by their charisma, intelligence and talent. Be it geographical expansion, art and entertainment, science and technology, literature, politics, statesmanship or games and sports, these individuals have created history by their work.”
The five Nigerians named in the extensive list are the country’s first President Nnamdi Azikiwe, acclaimed novelist Chinua Achebe, Nobel literary laureate Wole Soyinka, controversial Pastor T.B. Joshua and current President Goodluck Jonathan.
The record, which includes both the living and dead, contains business people, scientists, writers, musicians, sportspersons, painters, physicians, singers, dancers, film and theatre personalities, activists, intellectuals, academics, fashion icons, media personalities, leaders, lawyers, engineers and inventors.
The country with the highest number of individuals is the United States which has 1487 people. “The biographies of these people feature the achievements and works that have influenced the course of history,” the website concludes.
Jojo Kwebena ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Late Chinua Achebe
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The South East Governors' Forum has felicitated with the Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who attained 90 years on Wednesday. In a statement by the Forum's Chairman, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, the governors of the. South East described Alhaji Shehu Shagari as a true democrat who has over the years worked tirelessly for peace and unity of Nigeria.
"The Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, is a true democrat. He is a detribalised Nigerian and a role model to many Nigerians. The former President has remained consistent in his advocacy for a peaceful and united Nigeria.
"We thank God as he clocked 90 years still looking radiant and healthy. May God Almighty continue to bless and give him more fruitful years."
*Photo Caption - Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Nigeria Second Republic President
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has congratulated the first Executive President of the country, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari on his 90th birthday celebration.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Ajunwa, the Governor thanked God for the longevity and gift of good health granted the Second Republic president.
According to him, the elderstatesman has remained a unifying force in the country, adding that his wealth of experience and invaluable advice has continued to strengthen upcoming politicians and leaders in the country.
He noted that the Sokoto-born politician who distinguished himself as the leader of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) between 1979-1983 during which time he served as Nigeria’s president, has maintained his humility and comportment thus being a source of inspiration for the new generation of leaders.
Governor Orji prayed God to grant the erstwhile Nigerian leader more years so that Nigerians can continue to tap from his wisdom and experience.
*Photo Caption - Governor, Chief Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports ] - The former Governor of Anambra State and the Deputy Director General of the PDP National Campaign Council, Mr. Peter Obi has advised
Nigerians in the diaspora to take a critical look at Nigeria and those seeking to be elected in the forth-coming election in the country. Obi said this yesterday while speaking separately to Nigerian communities in Holland and UK.
Insisting that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan remained the best option, Obi said that going by his Transformation Agenda and focused leadership, that he deserved another 4 years to consolidate myriad of reforms he had started in the country. "When you look at all sectors critically, you will see overwhelming evidence of a President who is focused on bringing back the lost glory of the country. Under him, rail transport that stopped over 30 years ago is back. Besides rehabilitating old, narrow gauges, many standard gauges are under construction in accordance with the 25 years Strategic Railway Plan. Today, the Aviation sector has changed a great deal, with 22 remodeled airports as well as 5 new International Terminals bring constructed simultaneously in Abuja, Kano, Portharcourt , Lagos and Enugu. In the area of corruption, the President is focussed on building institutions that will stop the menace by not exposing people to the temptation of corruption. With what he has done in fertilizer procurement and distribution, it is working. Going by his strategic agricultural programme, in the next three years, Nigeria will be self-sufficient in rice production and that is even the reason while some countries are against him- the fear that his aggressive agricultural programme if allowed will affect our import of rice Sent
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Speaking further Obi appealed to Nigerians in Holland and London not to be carried away by the clamour for change, which he described as a mere sloganeering by the opposition without convincing anybody on the dynamics of that change. Obi says: "The opposition is playing on the psyche of our people by shouting the need for a change. Let me ask you, were there not changes in Libya, Egypt, Iraq and other places? I am sure Nigerians do not deserve such a change. The change we want in Nigeria and the change taking place in all parts of the country cannot come from a 73 year old elder statesman, however morally upright he is acknowledged to be. What people of that age do everywhere is to offer
advice to the younger ones that have the capacity and energy to drive the change we clamour for or sustain the change already begun, as is the case with Nigeria. The other day, Gov. Fashola said that Lagos needed a younger person to govern because of the stress and strain attendant with governance. If Lagos needed a younger person, what of Nigeria as a country that has the stress and strains of Lagos many times magnified? Even in the Western World, many of their leaders are under 60 years. The USA, for example, has never been governed by a President over 70 years at the start of his tenure.
Speaking on the security situation in some parts of the country, Obi said that the world as a whole was witnessing security challenges, but assured Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan is working round the clock to bring the situation under control. He said the measures he had taken, including massive procurement of arms and ammunition for the military were necessary steps as there are no miracles to that as some people would want Nigerians to believe.
Obi who said that the decision to interact with Nigerians in the Diaspora was to explain to them the real issues involved in the coming election as a basis for their interaction with Nigerians everywhere, especially with the people at home.
Commenting on the change of dates for the election by INEC, Obi said that the PDP accepted it because it believed the reasons that informed that were genuine. He said that a situation where most States had not achieved 70% in the distribution of Permanent Voters' Cards should worry everybody and expressed optimism that the shift will enable more Nigerians to collect their PVCs.
The sessions witnessed many questions that where answered by Mr. Obi, who concluded by calling on Nigerians to support the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan since, according to him, 8 years will assure the South-South that Nigerians have regard and respect for them as the zone that lays the country's golden egg. "I call on elders of the country to come together for the good and progress of the country and forge a common front in the support for Jonathan. 4 more years in the life of a country is not eternity. Moreover, we are talking of four more years that will sustain peace in the country.
*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi
[ Masterweb Reports: Uchendu Precious Onuoha (Masterweb Special Correspondent-Spain) reports ] - The emergence of Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as the PDP flag bearer for the government house of Abia state has a divine conotation. Most great leaders of the Bible time and in the world have always passed through the low ebb of their society as a preparatory ground, and emerged from the rubbles and dust to glory.
The likes of Jesus, Moses, Joseph, and in the modern time, Mandela and Obama went through the rungs as a preparatory ground to acquiante them with the suffering and needs of the people and the down trodden masses they would lead. According to the lyrics of the song by Bette Mider, from a distance the world looks blue and green and the snow capped mountains white.
*Photo Caption - Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu
[ Masterweb Reports: Jojo Kwebena reports ] - A shocking video has emerged of Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly openly admitting that he refused to sign a resignation letter that would have seen him hand over his vice presidential position had General Buhari been successful in his presidential campaign in 2011.
In an interview with Kadaria Ahmed aired in July 2013, the firebrand pastor cum politician was queried as to whether his refusal to step down contributed to the breakdown of the proposed merger between CPC and ACN prior to the 2011 elections.
“It was not stepping down that was the issue,” Bakare responded. “It was resigning on paper with my signature, to sign as Vice President of Nigeria. I said, ‘No, I can’t do that. I can resign as Tunde Bakare, a candidate, but I cannot resign as Vice President, an office I have not occupied.’ That is illegal.”
“Are you saying they were willing to allow your name to go forward in the polls and then they expected that once you’d won the election, you would resign as Vice President?” queried Ahmed in the pilot edition of her show ‘Straight Talk With Kadaria’ currently airing on Channels Television.
“That is what they were asking for,” Bakare admitted. “But I was not ready to commit perjury, to sign an office I have not occupied.”
Clearly perplexed, Kadaria questioned as to why Bakare still chose to support a party that intentionally instructed him to be involved in perjury, adding that his position as a pastor puts him on an even higher moral pedestal in the eyes of the public.
“My moral code is simple – I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” Bakare retorted. “Light does not run away from darkness and salt does not run away from corruption. What you do is contact without contamination.”
The user who uploaded a short snippet of the interview on YouTube today opined that a similar agreement had been forged with current Vice presidential candidate, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) led by Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
“This is the same agreement their stooge, Pastor Yemi Osibanjo, has signed for Tinubu that will ensure APC's dream for a Muslim/Muslim Ticket if Buhari wins,” the video description controversially reads.
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[ Masterweb Reports: Nosa Osazuwa reports ] - A video has surfaced of Pastor T.B. Joshua speaking briefly about the upcoming Nigerian elections, insisting that pastors should not take sides. During Joshua’s ministration in his church last month, a lady, whom he had prophesied to regarding a marital challenge, stated that her husband was supposed to be a governorship flag bearer for Nigeria’s ruling party in the upcoming elections.
“Madam, you are bringing the issue of politics to the church,” Joshua immediately interjected. “There is nothing bad about politics but we should not allow it to infiltrate Christianity,” he continued, drawing applause from the crowd.
The cleric then publicly addressed the current political imbroglio affecting many pastors. “My members – whatever political party you belong – let it from your heart,” he counselled. “I should not allow it to infiltrate the ministry. I pray for all of you. I love all of you. Are you PDP? Are you APC? Are you Labour? You are my people.”
He continued, “The nature of our job does not permit us to take sides; we should pray for everyone and let God be the final. After you have done the job, God will still mark it; you should allow God to mark it.”
Joshua’s statement stands in contrast to the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) as recent reports suggest they have chosen to endorse ruling President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term.
Nosa Osazuwa ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - T. B. Joshua
[ Masterweb Reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji has appreciated the Abia Civil Service Commission for the good job it is doing despite obvious constraints. The Governor who was receiving the chairman and members of the commission at the Executive Council chambers of the Government House, Umuahia, said he was aware of the problems confronting the commission including inadequate funding and accommodation.
He commended the commission for discharging its assignment creditably in spite of the difficulties it was facing, maintaining that he did not make any mistake in choosing them.
The Governor said his administration has not cancelled the idea of employing new workers into the civil service but did not want to run into problems by employing those it cannot pay and therefore decided to keep it on hold until finances improve.
He however assured that some of the candidates who bought forms from the
commission will be considered for employment.
The Governor stated that his primary constituency remains the civil service which he has done a lot for to make them proud.
Earlier, the chairman, Abia Civil Service Commission, Sir Samuel Iheke thanked the Governor for appointing them and for what he has done for Abia Civil Service including prompt and regular promotion and paying the highest minimum wage to workers in the country among others.
Iheke said the commission had been alive to its responsibilities as it has been correcting the ills in the service having brought down those wrongfully promoted and corrected those denied their rights and appealed for funds to carry out their assignment.
*Photo Caption - Governor Chief Theodore Orji
[ Masterweb Reports: Charles Ajunwa reports ] - Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji has reiterated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan remain the best option for the Igbos and charged Ndigbo especially Abians to lend their weight behind the party in the February 2015 general elections.
Speaking during a PDP campaign rally at Central School Ubakala in Umuahia South LGA and Ndoro Central School in Ikwuano LGA, the Governor said President Jonathan has done a lot for Ndigbo and deserves a second term to complete his programmes.
He assured that whatever the President could not achieve in his first tenure he will accomplish when voted again.
Governor Orji used the forum to appeal to whoever he might have offended
unknowingly in the course of his duty to forget and vote for the party.
He described the PDP governorship candidate,Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu as an equity governor and assured that he will correct whatever mistakes he(Orji) may have made in government.
He stated that he has done some tangible things in Umuahia South and Ikwuano including construction of hospitals,roads and provision of other needed amenities and called on the people to vote for the PDP in view of his achievements.
Speaking at the event,Dr Ikpeazu promised to sustain and build on the legacies of Governor Orji as well as to put smiles on the faces of Abians.
The Governor who had earlier payed courtesy calls on the chairmen of Umuahia South and Ikwuano traditional Rulers councils at their palaces also met with development union executives while stakeholders from the areas assured the governor of their unflinching support to the party.
Charles Ajunwa reports from Abia Government House.
*Photo Caption - President Goodluck Jonathan
[ Masterweb Reports: Sam Hart reports ] - On Friday, January 30, 2014, the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia through its Justice Development and Peace Committee (JDPC ) Organised a debate for the leading Governorship Candidates in Abia State to come and showcase their plans and projects for the people of Abia State.
For many, it was a rare opportunity to Watch all the Candidates at close quarters in comparison with each other.
Present at the debate, which held at the Hall of the Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia, was Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu of the PDP, Alex Otti of APGA, Nyerere Anyim of APC and Chikwe Udensi of PPA.
The debate began by 11am with each Candidate taking 15 minutes to talk about his background, his vision for Abia State and his suitability for the task ahead. Then followed a question and answer session first from a panel of Church Council Elders and later from the general audience.
Below is my assessment of the Candidates in alphabetical order.
APC: DR. NYERERE ANYIM
Dr. Anyim from Obingwa LGA in Abia State drew a lot of inferences from Imo, a neighbouring state governed by APC. He promised to improve on Infrastructure and build roads all over Abia as he claimed is done in Imo State while promising free education at all levels. He promised to leverage on the available potentials of Abia State to create a new state.
APGA: ALEX OTTI
He did not disclose his locality and it is still a subject of contention. He harped on his background as a banker where he rose to be MD and his background as an economist and international financial analyst as factors that make him the best candidate for the job at a period of economic downturn. He also made copious references to developments in Anambra state governed by another former banker and APGA member and urged Abians to trust him to leverage on his extensive contacts in the financial world to access the funds needed to build a new Abia. His presentation in summary was: Trust me, I have the magic wand.
PDP: DR. OKEZIE IKPEAZU
From Obingwa LGA, Dr. Ikpeazu recalled his background as an academic and his trajectory in governance beginning with a stint as LG Chairman in 2002 through all his other political engagements. Instructively, of all the Candidates, it was only Dr. Ikpeazu that outlined the 'how' of his plan as against 'what' the others plan to do. For example as to the question of how to develop Aba, Dr. Ikpeazu gave a specific plan which included creating a ring road all around Aba to reduce the thoroughfare intra-city traffic while opening up new layouts to decongest the city centre and ease the strain on public infrastructure. He also outlined a plan to build commercial clusters in areas where Aba has comparative advantage while consciously developing Housing Estates towards Obehie to tilt the expansion of Aba towards Port Harcourt thus taking advantage of the Oil-Rich Rivers State Economy. He was quick to admit that conditions are not optimal in Abia State at the moment but vehemently rejected any attempt to discount the contributions of the current government insisting that there are many developments in the state that will serve as foundations from where he would take off.
PPA: CHIKWE UDENSI
The funniest of the lot, his every contribution drew laughter from the audience. He made so much meat of his 8-year stint as Secretary of ALGON and tied every of his contribution to how his position at ALGON provided him the experience to deal. From Healthcare to Education, Security to Employment Generation and even Women Empowerment, somehow, he had done it at ALGON and he knew how to solve it. He promised to operate from Aba for the first 2 years of his administration if voted in.
One remarkable thing about Chief Udensi's contribution was his penchant for dishing out 'facts' that would not stand close scrutiny. Again, all the other Candidates tended to pander to populist views on certain controversial subjects without being realistic. On the issue of Security Votes, while the other Candidates said they would have nothing to do with it, Ikpeazu stated emphatically that for a state with 7 states bothering it and a history of violent crime, Security Vote was an essential requirement to purchase vehicles for security agencies and motivate them all to keep crime at bay in the state. He however insisted that he would keep it moderate and tied to security needs. The mark of true leadership is the ability to defend a needful policy of government for its overiding public good even if it is unpopular and Dr. Ikpeazu got my marks for that.
Responsible leadership also comes with responsible promises devoid of unrealistic projections. Some of the programmes proposed by some candidates did not take into account the financial accruals to Abia State and a combined deployment of the Federal Allocation of Akwa Ibom State and the IGR of Lagos State would not actualize them.
In all, everybody present acknowledged that every one of the Candidates was eminently qualified to govern Abia State and they each possessed the requisite intellect to get the job done. Whoever emerges winner has a few things to take away from the plans of the other Candidates and it is instructive to point out that they all promised to work together irrespective of who emerges winner.
Sam Hart ( Phone: +2348038537076 ) reports.
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