The people of Owerri zone and Imo state at large have described the Servant Leader of Ikeduru, Prince Charles Amadi (Charlvon) in superlative terms for putting up a stellar performance during the Governor’s grand reception organized by Owerri zone people last Thursday.
Charlvon who was the central planning committee chairman of the reception was everywhere at the popular Heroes Square leaving no stone unturned to ensure a successful outing.
Our reporter who covered the ceremony stated that it was an assemblage of political, traditional and musical crème de la crème of Imo state and Nigeria at large including the sensational singer, Flavour who thrilled the crowd with melodious songs.
Reading the welcome address at the event, Prince Amadi said that the idea was to celebrate the divine means through which the Governor emerged and not for mere jamboree.
According to him, the Governor has so far proven his love for the people of Owerri zone, stressing that he (the Governor) deserves more than a reception.
The Eziama-born political giant further urged the Governor to continue to demonstrate his overflowing love for the people of the zone especially in areas of infrastructures and economic development.
He boasted that Owerri zone is rich in hospitality and human resources, little wonder, he argued it is the commercial hub of the state and capital city.
“The purpose of this gathering today is to appreciate the Governor and demonstrate our love for him.
“We will continue to demonstrate a high sense of maturity in accommodating everybody towards the realization of the 3Rs mantra of the shared prosperity government.
“It is our earnest wish, however, that after you complete your constitutional tenure of 8years, that you graciously hand over to an Owerri zone man to continue from where you stopped.
“No doubt, Your Excellency, you have started well. Therefore, we urge you to continue to widen the frontiers of development in the state so that the people will completely feel the rejuvenating breaze of the shared prosperity government.
“The nine LGAs in Owerri zone have shown unalloyed support and solidarity to your government. We promise we will continue to keep the tempo high and the cardinal aims of this government which is anchored on the 3Rs, shall be fully realized.
“In the same vein, I want to use this golden opportunity to wish you, my boss and political ally, a happy 62nd birthday. You shall be exalted to greater height as you diligently serve the people of Imo state whose mandate you hold tenaciously.
“Thank you so much, Your Excellency, for your love for Ndi-Owerri zone. Thank you for pairing with one of our own, Prof. Placid Njoku, the deputy Governor, in recovering the state from the days of locusts. Thank you for honoring our invitation and God bless you,” he concluded.
The chairman of the occasion, Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, while speaking, said that Imo people are blessed to have Senator Hope Uzodinma as their Governor. I must tell you, Hope I’d a good man. He deserves more than just a reception.
“I have known Hope Uzodinma for so long and I can beat my chest to say that Imo people made the right choice in him. He is not a greedy politician. He is generous and accommodating.
“I am an elderstateman and I have given in my best to the development of the state and Nigeria at large. All I do now is to groom the younger ones to grow. Prince Charls Amadi is my boy and I am happy he is doing well both in politics and business.
“Imo is the only state we can gladly call our own, so why won’t we support the government to achieving better result. Let us eschew violence and pull him down syndrome. It has dragged us backward. Igbos are very industrious people who can survive in any part of the world, but why are we not in unity? Let us come together and love one another.
“So I thank the organizers of this reception especially for finding me worthy of being the chairman. It has offered me the opportunity to once again interact with my people.
“Frankly, I must tell you that Senator Hope Uzodinma will fix the state and he has promised me that. I urge you all to continue to support his government because I am convinced that he has come to work,” he said.
Others who spoke at the reception ceremony were the Governor and his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku, the member representing Ikeduru state constituency, Ambassador Uche Ogbuagu and some Interim Management Committee chairmen.
Conspicuously present at the event was the great leader of Owerri, Prince Lemmy Akakem, Hon. Iyke Njoku who was the secretary of the central planning committee, a handful of commissioners and Special Advisers/Senior Special Assistants all the Interim Management Committee chairmen in Owerri zone among other dignitaries.
Other side attractions were the uninterrupted moment of merriment and praises which followed the arrival of Mr. Flavour, the sensational singer.
#EndSars: Unfreeze Accounts of Protesters-Court
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja to unfreeze the accounts of 20 #EndSARS protesters who were alleged to be the influencers of the 2020 #EndSARS cum Anti-Police brutality and End bad governance Protests.
Ahmed Mohammed, Judge of the High Court on Wednesday, issued the order, unfreezing the accounts after the legal teams of both the CBN and the 20 defendants decided to end the case.
The 20 #EndSARS protesters targeted by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after the 2020 anti-police brutality demonstrations were still being deprived access to their bank accounts despite the expiration of the court’s freezing order of November 4, 2020.
The CBN had on November 4, 2020 obtained an ex parte order of the Federal High Court in Abuja freezing the protesters’ accounts for 90 days. By this calculation, the freezing order expired on February 2.
One of the affected protesters, Bolatito Oduala, popularly known as Rinu, confirmed in a twitter message on Saturday that the restriction placed on her accounts and those of her colleagues had not been lifted.
Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is also their lawyer confirmed this.
Mr Falana said with the expiration of the order, his legal team “will file a motion to set the order aside.”
Buhari seeks Senate confirmation of new Service Chiefs
After persistent clamour by Nigerians, Buhari appointed new service chiefs to take over from the ex-service chiefs to be able to bring in their security expertise towards combating terrorism, especially in the North-East part of the nation.
This was done, without getting the constitutional endorsement of the National Assembly. However, human rights lawyers including Femi Falana had said the President lacked powers to appoint the new generals without the constitutional endorsement of the National Assembly.
On Tuesday, the Senate received a request from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the confirmation of the newly appointed service chiefs.
“The appointees for confirmation are: Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye Onyenuchea lrabor – Chief of Defence Staff; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao – Chief of Air staff.
“They are to replace the former Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.”
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The request which was contained in a letter dated 27th January, 2021, was read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday.
According to a statement by Lawan’s aide, Ezrel Tabiowo, the letter from the President, read in parts, “In compliance with the provisions of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act. Cap A20 Laws the Federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of the under listed officer as the Chief of Defence Staff and Services Chiefs of the Armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Herdsmen attacks: Seyi Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear, says sports minister
Following the various alleged attacks in various parts of the states in Nigeria wherein Oyo state is experiencing the same heat, Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has advised Seyi Makinde the Governor of Oyo State, to be more proactive and decisive in tackling the security situation in the state.
In a statement on Monday, Dare implied that the governor is too scared to take a decision that would protect the indigenes of his state from attacks.
There had been reports of alleged attacks, that some Fulani were kidnapping, killing, and raping residents in Ibarapa area of the state
Sunday Dare urged the governor to seek assistance from states and non-state actors and stop “responding out of fear that his political status is being damaged”.
Part of the statement termed, ‘Minister wants Makinde to be more decisive on security’, read, “For several months, citizens of Oyo state have watched with increasing concern as the security situation in our beloved state degenerated. Troubling accounts about killings, kidnappings, and herdsmen versus farmers conflicts abound.
Like all the people of Oyo State, I expected the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde to act fast and prudently but with reasonable dispatch to quell the security situation before it got out of hand.
We all waited for proactive steps and responses from the state authority, but certainly in vain.
“Governor Makinde seems to be paralysed by fear regarding this important security situation. This is the first serious test of his leadership in the state.
“Instead of tackling it, he has retreated. His policy has not been proactive enough to resolve the issues so that the protection of lives will be guaranteed and our people spared the mourning over dead ones.
Instead, his policy has been to act as if nothing was happening in forlorn hope that all would simply go away as if it were a bad dream.”
“The worsening developments in the state in the area of security are a direct result of a temporizing fiddling leader.
The Governor has paid more lip service to the issue of security instead of offering solutions or taking proactive steps to stem the attacks and chart the path of resolution.
For this is a complex issue that requires political courage and vision to resolve.”
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