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Professor Utomi decries collapse of character in public life

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Professor Utomi decries collapse of character in public life

Professor Pat Utomi says collapse of character in  public life is a major challenge, among many other challenges bedevilling the Nigerian nation.

Utomi said this when he made a remark at the launch of an autobiography of Sen.
Ator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia) in Abuja

The book  titled “Made in Aba” chronicles the life and times of Sen.Enyinnaya Abaribe from his turbulent days as deputy Governor to his days as senator representing Abia South.
It is  comprised of 10 chapters and 241 pages.

Utomi said there was an urgent need to pay serious attention on the  character  display  of Nigerians in public life.

“Our  country  is challenge in many ways, but more importantly, it is challenge of the collapse of  character  in public life, the crisis of our  country is the crisis of lost character.”

According to him, the autobiography of Abaribe seriously speakes to the challenge of nation building on how character is formed  in a person.

“I like to think of Sen.Abaribe as  representing the citizen in public Life”

He also decried the growing trend of tribalists in the nation noting that it was a bane to development.

“It seems some how in Nigeria that we are  lost in the world of tribes in Nigeria.

“But we can accend from  tribes men to the next level of becoming  the citizen,who,looks at our common humanity, looks at our common good, who is focused on how to advance the common good of all.

“And to me, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe   is one of the few politicians  from the South-East who is  truly a citizen in public life.”

Utomi,a Political Economists  also  emphasised the need for  citizens to always engage office holders on their activities for the good of all.

“Citizens are supposed to engage the state public officials, because we have not built up citizens, there is a gap between those who are in public life and the Nigerian people .

“And it has not helped us to develop because people in public life separates themselves from the people.

“But, Enyinnaya Abaribe continually returns to the people and speaks for the people and I think that this makes him a  unique  citizen in public life.”

Mr Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State in his remark said Abaribe was reputed for speaking truth to power.

He said the author represents  what  a lawmaker should be  globally  given his courage to speak against injustice always.

High point of the book launch was the unveling of the book  and cutting of the 66 birthday cake of the  author who also is the celebrant.

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Khalid Adams felicitates with Muslims at Ramadan

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Khalid Adams felicitates with Muslims at Ramadan

The MD/CEO of ROCHL investments and Properties, Abuja, Alhaji Khalid Adams has felicitated with the entire Muslim Ummah as they observe the one Pillar of Islam which is fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan

The Kogi born politician/property manager also charged the Muslim Ummah in the State and nation at large to imbibe the spirit of forgivenes love and unity which he said, forms the core sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

He urged the people of the State to use the period to pray for the land and for sober reflection.

Adams who is also a former APC Governorship aspirant in the last Governorship primary of the party in he State, called on Nigerians to be security conscious at all times.

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Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni marries fourth wife, Abacha’s daughter, Gumsu

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Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni marries fourth wife, Abacha’s daughter, Gumsu

The governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni has tied the nuptial chords with Gumsu Sani Abacha, a daughter of former Nigeria’s Head of State.

The Governor, who is also the chairman, caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, paid 24 gold coins as dowry.

The prices of gold coins vary, with American Buffalo costing $2,055.13; American Gold Eagle $2,060.13; Canadian Maple Leaf $2030.13; Australian Kangaroo $2015.13; and Chinese Panda which is sold at $1975.13.

The marriage ceremony took place on Wednesday at the Abuja residence of the bride’s elder brother, Mohammed Abacha.

Some of the dignitaries that graced the ceremony included, the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali; National Commissioner, Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Bashir Garba-Lado.

Others are Kano-based Islamic cleric, Aminu Daurawa; Katsina State governorship aspirant in 2019 elections, Yakubu Lado-DanMarke, and many others.

It would be recalled that Buni had in 2019 married his predecessor’s daughter, Adama Ibrahim-Gaidam as his third wife.

The new bride Gumsu is now coming as the fourth wife to the governor.

The 45-year-old daughter of the late head of state was previously married to a Cameroonian multi-billionaire, Bayero Mohamadou.

But the 20-year-old marriage crashed in 2020.

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Tributes as Arochukwu indigenes, bid Eze Aro farewell

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Tributes as Arochukwu indigenes, bid Eze Aro farewell

Friends and well-wishers of Arochukwu and the entire kingdom have bid farewell to late Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro popularly known as Eze Aro.
At the final burial rites on Monday, April 5, 2021, both the young and old were at their best in display as the remains of Eze Aro were eventually interred.
The indigenes of Arochukwu in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state one after the other took turns to eulogise the lives and times of the departed first class Traditional Ruler.

The Chairman, Aro National Rites of Passage Committee, Prof. Okoro Ijeoma, described the deceased king as highly talented, educated, relaxed and very respectful.He said the late traditional ruler sacrificed a lot for the peace of his community.
Prof. Okoro used the occasion to draw the attention of the federal government on the deplorable state of Arochukwu/Ohafia highway.He said the completion of the road would be the best way to immortalise the highly respected late Monarch. 
“We have had a road which is in despair and it was one of those agonies that faced him when he was alive and we want a lasting legacy for the road to be fixed to honour him, because that is how we can grow economically and socially,” he said.
Also speaking, a two-time governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance now one of the top APC leaders in Abia state Dr Alex Otti who chaired the burial event commended the chairman of the National Committee on the burial rites of passage and committees for working so hard to organise a befitting burial for the Aro monarch. He also thanked Aro sons and daughters both at home and in the diaspora for their huge financial contributions to the burial and encouraged them to maintain the spirit of unity engendered by the event.”He remarked that the entire Aro people are consoled by the legacies the late Eze Aro left behind. Dr. Otti then prayed to God to show him mercy and grant his soul eternal rest, while calling on the immediate family of the deceased and the entire Aro kingdom to bear the loss with fortitude
Convener of the New Nigeria Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, said the late Eze Aro loved his community and Nigeria at large.
He said, “Late Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, preached peace and collective responsibility towards the development of his community while on the throne. Each time we visited him, he  will tell us that  the crown he was wearing was also on our heads, therefore we must work hard to protect it.
“He wanted all of us to be involved in seeking the peace, progress and development of the Arochukwu Kingdom.
“He never demanded anything from anyone, he was content with what he had. He was an extraordinary king, one would have expected him to be more demanding but he wasn’t.
Born on Monday, March 6, 1932, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, he ascended the famous Eze Aro throne in 1995 and his reign witnessed tremendous transformation of the kingdom and growth in inter-communal relations. 
Among other positions, Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro, was a first-class traditional ruler and occupied one of the ancient traditional stools in Nigeria and was the custodian of the Aro heritage worldwide.
He passed on after a protracted illness.

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