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Nigeria is going nowhere in terms of progress until an Igbo becomes President – Ezeife

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Elder statesman and former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife in an interview granted to Vanguard recently in Abuja examines the journey of the country so far as we clock 52 years in a couple of days; he seems to believe that an Igbo president is the only way forward for the country at this stage.

Ezeife laments about the country’s socio-economic and political development in the 52 years and he concludes that the various tribes/nationalities and other social forces in the country must try to salvage what is left of the country this time around or forget about its future.

On the issue of insecurity, while he asserts that it is a common factor all over the world, he thinks the issue of Boko Haram is a peculiar one which has some political undertone. In his words, “But when you talk about Boko Haram, it has several dimensions. For instance, those who said they would make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan if he won last year’s election have exploited Boko Haram.”

However, the highlight of the interview seems to be his stance on an Igbo presidency for the country. According to ezeife, “I wish to state that those who think that they are punishing the Igbos by keeping them out of power are deceiving themselves. It is Nigeria that needs and Igbo President for this country to move forward. Infact, until Nigeria produces an Igbo man as President, this country is going nowhere in terms of progress. Igbos are number one agents of development wherever they may be. They are known for transforming their environment.”

Source: Vanguard

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10 Comments

  1. Darlington

    September 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife or wat do u cal ursef u must b a big old fool’s in ur generation. U talk aßt ‘Govering NIGERIA. U wia one tym Governor of ur State wat do u do? As a Governor, ur an elderlyman u nid to rest dan to ß waking up 4rm lucrative home wat do u mean ßy if Igbos has nt rule Nigeria da Nigeria. NIGERIA WE PROGRESS ßuy d grace of GOD

  2. sequence

    September 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    …kudos 2 u Ezeife, u’v said it all.. We Igbos alwys tend 2 transform our evirons anywia we go… Juz verify it yaself…

  3. Xtian

    September 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    U dat call ursef darlinton or wat, u cn’t even coordinate ur statement becos its makes no meaning here. Go to schl and learn how to corodinate ursef ok. With igbo president naija will stand. No igbos no nigeria.

  4. francis obiagwu sMNSE

    September 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Which other 2015 igbo president? You guys where the one that called Mr President an Igbo man, calling him Goodluck Azikiwe Ebele Jonathan. And now u are talking about having Igbo president again. You guys @ the helm of affairs of ohananze ndi igbo is entirely confused

  5. Ken chukwuma

    September 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    The issues here are Justice and Fair play as well as the Fortunes and State of Nigeria. The Fortunes of Nigeria will not remain in the hands of Jobbers and incompetent persons majorly. Most of the best hands that have done exploits in Nigeria are of Igbo extraction not exclusively. So, it stands to reason that a Government Head of Igbo extration is over due. Who is the real Nigerian? Who conives with Foreigners to defruad Nigetria and prefers foreigners? Who? Who builds and developes others States outside his own State? Who makes his wealth outside government office? Who can work with you irrespective of tribe? Who is the best Entetrpreneur? Who depends on government office to make money and he is desperate for it? I pray and wish always for a united Nigeria for thererin lies our dread, greatness, strenght and might. If Nigerians fail to take heed of this advice, the same mighjt Igbos use for their commerce might be diverted for self determination. UN will grant it at the end & several break aways will follow. Igbos are divided today but when face with a common chalenge the cloud might courage. They have the might, wealth, intellectual sagacity etc. That,nobody wants. When life becomes warry of the world it does not lack the courage to take itself. Right now more people are considering joining mosob. We don’t need that we are a beautiful and great Nation. Russia did and where are they today? God bess Nigeria!!!!!!

  6. B. Fidel

    September 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    In case you have forgotten sir, our memories are still fresh, you were the one that told us in 2011 that this mumu is an igbo guy that his name is Azikwe. Is he no more igbo or he has not able to play balls.

  7. Darlington

    September 30, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Mr Xtian or wat do u kal ursef i dnt kia or gv a damn ok pig lyk u

  8. Lajide

    September 30, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Why are you all disturbing yourself, the Man is trying to increase the settlement fee. I have been here for over Fifty years. We are ready to Vote a credible leader but his people MUST present him first. When the time comes some of these Men would behave like CAIN by selling their “birthright” if anything like that exists. YOU ALL WILL SEE. UBA et all. It must happen. But meanwhile let them cleanse the place- Upper Iweka should be safe, Ariara should be safe, Kidnappers should be wiped out. Allh, without Presidency once your Boys behaves well at home you are better .

  9. Snazzy

    September 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Ndi Igbo ekele m unu…! Bikonu, ka anyi tukoo aka onu kwado nwanne anyi nwoke bu Chukwuemeka Ezeife..; n’ihi na ndi Igbo bu mgboroogwu Naijiria. My prayer is dat Igbo man is gonna b d next president of Nigeria…wether d devil like it or not. I dn’t give a DAMN 2 wat d Southern or Northen re saying. Daalu nu!

  10. Charles

    October 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    What Ezeife just said is clear. Igbo man is superior. Travel out of this country and see. Even the colonial masters knew that……… Igbos do not need Nigeria it is Nigeria that needs the Igbos. So the earlier they realise that, the better for Nigeria. You do not know the value of what you have until you loose it. The rejected stone is still the chief corner stone.

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.

The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.

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The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.

“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”

 

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.

He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.

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Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
FG, ASUU Talks On IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.

In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.

On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.

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He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.

The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.

But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.

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