A bill for the establishment of the South East Development Commission, on Wednesday, scaled second reading in the Senate; one week after a similar bill was thrown out in House of Representatives.
The bill co-sponsored by two South-eastern senators, Stella Oduah, PDP-Anambra, and Samuel Anyanwu, PDP-Imo, was subsequently referred to the committee on establishment and public service matters, which, Senate President Bukola Saraki ruled, should report back in four weeks.
The governors of the five south-east states have urged Igbos leaving in Northern Nigeria to remain where they are and go about their activities without fear of being attacked. They assured them of their security despite the three months ultimatum given to them to leave the region by a Northern coalition.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, gave the assurance on Thursday at a press briefing in Abakaliki.
Pope Francis has intervened in an ethnic crisis involving the Nigerian town of Ahiara, Imo state , whose bishop, Peter Okpaleke, appointed by Benedict XVI in 2012, is unwanted by lay people and priests of the diocese.
Though Mr. Okpaleke is an Igbo from Anambra State, the Catholic leaders in Ahiara rejected him because he is not an Igbo man from Mbaise.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo, has said that the northern youths asking the Igbo to leave the north should be treated like Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) he also said that the ‘Ohanaeze has called on the Igbo in the North to go about their normal activities and to be law-abiding’
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has sent a 7-man investigative team to Delta State to investigate the criminal activities of armed Fulani herdsmen in parts of the State.
Delta Women protest rape by herdsmen
The visit of the team to Delta is sequel to a petition by the member representing Ethiope East in the Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA, Mr. Evance Ivwurie to President Muhammad Buhari and his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump calling for urgent action to stop the attacks by armed herdsmen in the area before it snowballs into a major catastrophe
Acting state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in Ebonyi State, Mr Leonard Nkah yesterday applauded Governor David Umahi over the refund of the pension funds deducted from the salaries of workers in the state’s civil service. Nkah, who gave the commendation in Abakaliki noted that the development had gone a long way to boost workers confidence in the policies and programmes of the present administration in the state.
Dike Chukwumerije is a Nigerian Spoken Word and Performance Poetry artist and an award winning author. He has eight published books to his name including the novel, Urichindere, which won the 2013 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Prose Fiction and a poetry theatre production - Made In Nigeria - currently touring the country.
He was born in Lagos, and had his primary and secondary education in that city, before moving north to Abuja where he studied Law at the University there. His interest in writing and Poetry came as a child from his elder brother,