Senator Ahmad Zanna of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Borno Central Senatorial District, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service yesterday, revealed that the Joint Task Force in Maiduguri was referring to him when they claimed that they arrested a ‘Boko Haram commander’ at a ‘senator’s residence.’ Though he claimed that he knew the supposed ‘Boko Haram commander’ Senator Zanna denied that the arrest was made at his residence. Below are excerpts from the interview:
What do you have to say about the arrest of a Boko Haram commander at a senator’s residence?
The JTF said they arrested the man at a house belonging to someone in the Senate. I am a member of the Senate and I am the only one living on the Dambuwa Road. So, the JTF didn’t arrest the man (Boko Haram commander) in my house. They went to my house and carried their investigations, but they did not come up with anything. Since they did not get anything, they arrested some boys in the house and asked them out. They forced them to sit under the sun. The soldiers started start beating them. They asked them if they knew someone called Shuaibu Bama. The boys told JTF that ‘yes, they knew him.’ One of the boys then led JTF to where that Shuaibu was.
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President Goodluck Jonathan declared yesterday that he was ready to leave if Nigerians had demonstrated that they no longer wanted him as their president through the ballot box.
“I was ready to lose the election if Nigerians did not want me. If I was ready to be disgraced out of office to sanitise the system, that is to tell you I am ready to sanitise the system to bring about investments in our country,” Jonathan stated.
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Orji Uzor Kalu
…Explains why he stayed away from Ojukwu’s burial and his feud with Obasanjo, T.A. Orji’
Former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia State does not share the view that the Igbo people of the South-East should wait for President Goodluck Jonathan before taking a stand on the 2015 presidency. He also speaks on his relationship with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his successor in Abia State, Governor T.A. Orji.
Justice Mustapha Akanbi
Retired Justice Mustapha Akanbi, former President, Appeal Court and a past chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, will be 80 on 11 September 2012. Akanbi seizes the opportunity of his birthday interview to comment on corruption in the polity. Of course, he proffers solution
The holiday season is fast coming to an end and children will soon return to school. In this compilation, parents talk about the amount they will be spending on education this September
A mother of three says, “Next month, we have to cough out N350, 000. This is no joke. My husband and I have started making plans on how to pay this money. We would surely have to cut down on side expenses. But If I must say, education is very expensive.
“I have over N1m to pay as tuition. I have four children together with my sister’s four children all living with me. I have already started planning to sort out the tuition. Moreover, I have been planning since July. All other extra expenses have stopped.”
Seun Kuti, grandson of Funmilayo Kuti, one of the women whose picture has been approved to appear on the proposed N5,000 notes, on Monday said that his grandmother would not approve of the image if she were still alive.
Seun Kuti disclosed this at a question and answer session on the Channels Television’s Google+ Hangout.
“I do not have the power to stop the FG from printing the note but I would want the FG to remove my grandma’s face from the so-called note,” he said.
Supposing you are the President of this country at the moment what would you have done differently from what President Goodluck Jonathan is doing now? IBB opens up
Many are of the opinion that he is Machiavellian in character. Others referred to him as the “evil genius”. Some dubbed him “Maradona” for dribbling the country for eight years. But certain facts cannot be taken away from him. General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, fondly called IBB by his friends and foe alike, is one of the leaders whose influence shaped the future of Nigeria. As he turns 71 today, the country he molded for eight years is still tottering at 51 years old. Continue reading