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Home Base Advocates Farming As Solution To Covid-19 Lockdown



A former Imo state governorship aspirant, Barr. Chima Anozie has described farming as the only option to cushion the effects of the lingering lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Barr. Anozie stated this during an interview held with him on Saturday in Owerri, the state capital.

He said that the lockdown has compelled the people to go back to farming, predicting a bumper harvest this season.

The former OCDA boss popularly known as Homebase further said that the stay at home order occasioned by the pandemic has brought families together unlike what it used to be in the past.

“Much as I admit that coronavirus invasion is an awful experience across the globe, but it has helped a great deal in reuniting many families. I tell you this, use this analysis, put a thorough check on all those you know. You can see everyone has added flesh. The reason is that people have had enough rest.”

“The lockdown has returned family values. Parents now have time for their children and vice versa. The truth is that coronavirus is real.”

Although, he traced the increasing cases of rape in the society to the shutting down of hospitality industries where some men who cannot control themselves go to satisfy their sexual desires.

He said that those blaming the government on this aspect should consider the fact that the government cannot possibly put a check on people’s activities in their various families, citing public enlightenment as the best means of acquiring sex education.

To further cushion the effects of the lockdown, he said that the government in the state and at the federal should adopt “operation feed the family” rather than “operation feed the nation” as the latter, according to him, has failed to meet the aspirations of the people.

The APC stalwart advised the Traditional institutions to initiate programs that will rekindle the core values of the people, especially the youths, lamenting that moral decadence is on the high side.

Similarly, he extolled the state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma on his achievements within the shortest possible time, describing his 100days in office as 100days of performance.

He admonished politicians in Imo to play politics that is void of bitterness and rancor as he reaffirmed his unalloyed support for the shared prosperity government.

However, he expressed worry about the influx of people into the ruling party, advising the Governor to beware of sycophants whose intents are to slow down the developmental force of the government.

Meanwhile, he has called on all Imo people to be supportive of the shared prosperity government of Senator Hope Uzodinma, expressing confidence that he will delivery on his 3Rs mantra of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Recovery.


Farmers/Herders clash: “pass anti-grazing bill”, SDP advises state government.



The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised State governments to pass the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law to tackle the constant farmers/herders conflicts across Nigeria.

The Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

Also he urged the state governors to set up Ministries of Internal Security and Conflict Resolution to deal with the activities of aliens in states.

In his words, “It is high time the [governors] start taking bold steps toward securing the lives of their citizens who are being kidnapped, raped, maimed or killed on a daily basis by marauding Fulani herdsmen who are mostly foreigners.

“The governors must remind themselves that the 1999 Constitution makes security and welfare of the people the primary purpose of their governments and confers upon them Chief security officers of their various states.

“This makes them accountable for security lapses suffered by their subjects in their various states.”

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Mohammed also added, “The Governors’ Forum should set up an investigative panel to investigate, among other things those who are responsible for the unrestrained influx of foreign bandits and herdsmen into Nigeria in the last 6 years.

“So that any ethnic leader who’s found to be aiding criminality among his people can be replaced and prosecuted.”

Mohammed also lauded state governments who have taken bold steps to establish their local security outfits and pass the Anti-Open Grazing Bill.

Recall that some states, for instance Oyo and Benue, have passed the Bill into law already.

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CBN lending rate still at 11.5%



The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has disclosed that CBN will retain her Monetary Policy Rate at 11.5 per cent.

This was disclosed in Abuja, after a two-day meeting held by the Monetary Policy Committee on Tuesday.

It also retained the Cash Reserve Ratio – CRR and Liquidity Ratio – LR at 27.5 percent and 30 percent respectively.

These rates are the rates the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained at its last meeting in November, 2020

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Buhari appoints new Service Chief – Femi Adesina



Following the clamour to replace the Service chiefs that had been appointed by the president since 2015, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has responded by accepting the resignation of the service chiefs.

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This was disclosed in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs, read by the Special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service“.

Those involved are:

  1. Chief of Defence  –  Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin
  2. Chief of Army Staff – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
  3. Chief of Naval Staff – Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas
  4. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The new Service chiefs are:

  1. Major-General Leo Irabor –  Chief of Defence Staff
  2. Major-General I. Attahiru – Chief of Army Staff
  3. Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff
  4. Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao –  Chief of Air Staff.

“President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their ‘overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,’ wishing them well in their future endeavours

“The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.”

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