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ANALYSIS: Can Soludo provide solution to IPOB uprising, Anambra development challenges?

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With his victory in the Anambra governorship election, Charles Soludo must be reflecting on how to meet the expectations of residents of the state.

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was declared the winner of the November 6 poll after a supplementary election in Ihiala Local Government Area where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had suspended the exercise on Saturday due to an unspecified security threat.

The returning officer, Florence Obi, who is also the vice-chancellor of the University of Calabar, called the election for Mr Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), who polled the most votes in 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state.

He polled a total of 112,229 votes, defeating his two closest rivals – Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who recorded 53,807 votes and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 43,285 votes.

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What Next?

Mr Soludo will not take office until March next year when the second term of incumbent Governor Willie Obiano comes to an end. Considering that both men are members of APGA, Mr Soludo can look forward to a smooth transition process.

The three months before his inauguration also affords him time to finetune his programmes and policies and plan the appointment of his officials so that he can hit the ground running towards fulfilling his campaign promises.

He ran a campaign with the slogan “SOLUTION”, which couched how he would address the economic and sociopolitical challenges of the state which has the second smallest landmass in Nigeria after Lagos, but one reckoned to be richer than its physical size in human capital endowment.

When PREMIUM TIMES spoke with a cross-section of residents of the state after the election, it emerged that they were not asking for too much – just a government that works to enhance the state’s economy and ensure equitable distribution of opportunities.

Many described the election of the former CBN governor as the dawn of a new era after what some saw as the disappointment of the outgoing governor.

“If I must be frank, nothing has worked in the last four years under Willie Obiano government,” Anthony Ezechukwu, a motorcycle spare parts dealer in Aguata Local Government Area, said on Sunday after it had emerged that the APGA candidate was coasting to victory.

“Soludo must not let us down,” the middle-aged man said.

At that point when Mr Ezechukwu spoke, Mr Soludo had been declared winner in 18 out of the 20 local government results called, while Mr Ozigbo of the PDP and Ifeanyi Ubah of Young Progressive Party (YPP) had won one local government area each.

IPOB

First test

With insecurity the dominant concern in the state in the runup to the election, one of Mr Soludo’s first tests as governor will be how he addresses the insurrection of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which had cast ominous dark clouds over the election and probably affected voters turnout.

Although the state is notorious for voter apathy, the 10 per cent turnout in the November 6 poll is low even by its low standard. Out of the over 2.4 million registered voters, only 253,000 or 10.27 per cent participated in the exercise.

A sit-at-home order by IPOB had hampered economic and social activities in the entire South-east and people remained sceptical even after the outlawed separatist group announced a withdrawal of the order in Anambra two days to the election.

It will require diplomacy and firmness on the part of the incoming administration to ensure the withdrawal of the order is not just temporary. Mr Soludo has promised to call the separatists for negotiations but it remains to be seen how the belligerents among them would look at the wave of an olive branch.

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PREMIUM TIMES’ reporters witnessed first hand the awe, fuelled by fear of attacks or harassment, in which residents hold IPOB and the enforcers of the sit-at-home order. Across Anambra’s three senatorial districts, the story was the same. This may pose a stumbling block for the governor-elect unless he finds a way to appease or suppress the separatists.

“Please, I can’t say anything against IPOB,” Precious Ibeh said to the reporter in the commercial city of Onitsha where she works. “What I really yearn for is peace and unity to reign whether they (IPOB) get what they are agitating for or not.”

Other residents who spoke about the separatist group and the challenge they pose to Mr Soludo, argued largely in defence of its agitation. But many also apparently bought into the governor-elect’s SOLUTION agenda concerning insecurity in the state.

Chiamaka Okafor, an indigene of Njikoka Local Government Area, who works in Abuja, said she supports the group’s right to peaceful agitations but denounces the harassment and violence associated with it. She also believes local political leaders have been poor in handling the development.

“The APGA-led government is lackadaisical about the issue of IPOB, but it is the same in other states. Imo, Abia, Ebonyi are not doing anything.

“No governor in the South-east has come out to say this is what we want to do but I bought into Soludo’s submission when he talked about the place of dialogue. It seems like we don’t know what the demands of these people are anymore.

“This agitation can be traced to the civil war, to scores which are yet to be settled,” she argued.

“Soludo knows better…”

Infographic of Mr Soludo's performance at the poll alongside that of APC, PDP and YPP governorship candidates.
Infographic of Mr Soludo’s performance at the poll alongside that of APC, PDP and YPP governorship candidates.

However, Ms Ibeh and Ms Okafor shared similar a expectation: that Mr Soludo will run Anambra better than the incumbent governor, Mr Obiano.

They said the incumbent rode into power on the back of the achievements of his predecessor, Peter Obi, but has performed below people’s expectations. Mr Obi is now in the PDP and actively campaigned for the party’s candidate, Mr Ozigbo.

“People used to consider Anambra and the South-east in general as a safe place but you cannot say that is the reality now that people are not even sure of going home for the festive season. All this within eight years of Obiano rule,” Ms Okafor said.

“Given the background of Soludo, it will be heartbreaking if he does not perform better. During the gubernatorial debate, he made a lot of statements on how he pulled Nigeria out of different financial constraints.

“If he could do that for the 36 states and the FCT, Anambra State with 21 local governments should not be difficult for him to manage. As a professor of economics, he cannot afford to fail. For the sake of his name and international reputation, he cannot afford to let us down,” Ms Okafor, who is a constituency project manager at UDEME in Abuja, said.

On his impact on the infrastructure, education and economy of Anambra, Friday Nnamdi, a bike-rider in Nnewi South, said he would score Mr Obiano below 30 per cent.

“I challenge you to ask workers in the governor’s office how many times our governor comes to his office. He spends most of his time in Government House so he can’t possibly see how bad our roads and classrooms are,” Mr Nnamdi said.

However, a commercial driver in Ekwulobia town in Aguata Local Government Area, who only identified himself as Eze, believed Mr Obiano tried his best as governor.

He said the governor maintained some projects of his predecessor.

But except for the three flyovers constructed by the administration, Mr Eze could not remember physical projects delivered by the administration.

Also, Naomi Oleribe, a video editor, argued that Mr Obiano did not perform as poorly as stated by his critics. However, Ms Oleribe only rated his performance at 40 per cent.

“People just don’t like him because he performed way below his predecessor, Peter Obi. In fact, most of us voted for him because he (Peter Obi) campaigned for him,” she said.

Willie Obiano [PHOTO CREDIT: @WillieMObiano]

More expectations, APGA must continue

Apart from the respect many residents expressed for Mr Soludo as a former CBN governor, many said they voted for him to keep out both the APC and PDP from the control of Anambra.

Many of the residents said they see APGA as their own, despite Mr Obiano’s alleged poor performance and would prefer the party continues to run Anambra, the only state under its control.

“We don’t want APC, we really don’t. PDP is an option but APGA is the party that we know and we want continuity, that is why we are supporting Soludo.

“With the support we are giving him, I pray that God will touch his heart to give us the dividends of democracy that we deserve, better than the past administration,” Ms Ibeh said.

Ms Oleribe said she expects Mr Soludo to tackle the challenges of urbanisation in the state, check the activities of miscreants at motor parks across the state and involve the youth in governance.

“I want Soludo to look at the problem of urbanisation. We need to find a way to package all our motor parks littered everywhere so that everything will move faster and become more organised.

“Nobody is talking about the harassment and daily extortion going on in our parks, most especially in Onitsha and other parts of the state. Nobody cares. But we believe that Soludo cares. We want it sorted out, we want a conducive environment. There is this feeling you get when you alight at Upper-Iwenka, the fear that your bags may easily get snatched by these miscreants and agbero (touts) in that particular place and beyond,” she said.

In his acceptance speech after being declared the winner by INEC, Mr Soludo promised not to deliver the people of Anambra.

“To the estimated 17 million Ndi Anambra within and outside our homeland (state), this is your moment, seize it! This victory is your victory. My role will be that of your chief servant, and I will work every minute of the day with you to make you profoundly proud. I will need the guidance, advice and contribution of everyone to succeed,” he said.

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Lagos Government Seals Off Dowen College As Investigation Into Death Of 12-Year-Old Pupil Begins

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The Lagos State Government, on Sunday, sealed off Dowen College in Lekki over the gruesome death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, who was allegedly tortured by his colleagues for refusing to join a cult.

This was confirmed by Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho, to Punch newspaper.

The death of the 12-year-old has attracted outrage from Nigerians with many demanding justice for the young boy.

Others called on parents to withdraw their children from the school following the incident.

The school in its reaction to the incident claimed that the deceased sustained injuries while playing football and was given immediate medical attention by its resident nurse.

Subsequently, the student complained of having pains in his hip and was attended to again by a doctor and nurse and thereafter taken to his house, the school said.

The victim’s cousin released photos and video evidence, showing Sylvester was bullied and beaten, leading to his death.

A video shared by the family of the boy before his death showed him in pain.
But a video shared by the family of the boy before his death showed Sylvester in pain.

The deceased was also said to have been forced to drink an unknown substance by the bullies.

Father of the late student had alleged that the parents of pupils responsible for torturing his son had made arrangements for them to fly out of the country.

On Saturday, despite the boy’s death, his parents and other family members marked his birthday.

According to them, it was the best way to honour him and keep his memories alive. 

The move by the family caught the attention of Nigerians, who have continued to offer words of support to the victim’s parents over his demise.

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FUTA commissions state-of-the-art cyber security lab

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The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has commissioned its state-of-the-art Cyber Security Laboratory.

The inauguration of the facility was done on the sideline of the 40th anniversary and the 32nd convocation ceremony of the institution held on November 26.

A statement by FUTA spokesperson, Adegbenro Adebanjo, said the laboratory is equipped with 30 desktops computers, two smart televisions, three switches, one projector, one server and one server rack, which has a fiber optic backbone connection.

The laboratory is also equipped with top of the range facilities to collect cyber threats and attack data. The state-of-the-art facilities in the lab also include computers with windows and Linux operating systems installed with contemporary cyber security training software.

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It also has fully installed Visual Studio Code, Oracle Virtual Box, MATLAB, Metasploiltable, DVWA, Kali Linux, Linux Mint, Packet Tacer running on the personal computers, Mr Adebanjo said.

A Professor of Information and Cyber Security at the institution, Kayode Alese, described the lab as the leading Test Bed in Nigeria whose facilities would be used to train the next generation of Cyber security experts.

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The Laboratory, which requires biometric authentication before users can be granted access to the facilities, also houses the Departmental Library where volumes of very recent books and research materials can be accessed, the professor said.

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Professor Alese said the laboratory came into being through the friends of the Department in collaboration with the University management, and staff of the Department coordinated by the Head of Department Dr Aderonke Thompson. The friends of the Department made generous individual donations and through their companies.

FUTA Vice Chancellor, Joseph Fuwape, while speaking during the commissioning, performed by the Chancellor, the Emir of Katagum, Umar Faruk II, and witnessed by the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Godknows Igali, described the laboratory as a Centre of Excellence for both undergraduate and postgraduate students that will enhance teaching, learning and research in Cyber Security studies.

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Bus carrying members of choir is swept away by raging flood in Kenya killing more than 20 people

  • More than 20 are dead after a bus got swept away in raging floods in Kenya 
  • The hired yellow school bus was carrying a church choir to a wedding ceremony 
  • It tried to cross an area of murky water but was fully submerged in seconds 

Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead.

The yellow school bus had been hired to take a church choir to a wedding ceremony on Saturday, when it came across a flooded road with rapidly-flowing water.

But with people waiting on the other side of the river to guide the bus across, the vehicle decided to take its chances, and began to drive slowly across the murky water.

In a matter of seconds, most of the bus was submerged

Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead

Horrifying footage shows the moment a bus carrying members of a choir was swept away in a raging flood in Kenya which left more than 20 people dead

However, the incident quickly took a turn when, about three-quarters of the way across the road, the whole bus tipped onto its side, and rapidly began to sink.

In a matter of seconds, most of the bus was submerged. Both passengers and bystanders could be heard shrieking for help, and people rushed to try and get people out.

Ten passengers were rescued from the bus but more than 20 lost their lives.

Rescue divers later recovered 23 bodies from the water.

The incident took place along the Enziu River, around 125 miles east of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi

The incident took place along the Enziu River, around 125 miles east of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi 

Both passengers and bystanders could be heard shrieking for help, and people rushed to try and get people out

Both passengers and bystanders could be heard shrieking for help, and people rushed to try and get people out

Ten passengers were rescued from the bus but more than 20 lost their lives

Ten passengers were rescued from the bus but more than 20 lost their lives

The incident took place along the Enziu River, around 125 miles east of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Charity Ngilu, governor of Kitui County, where the incident happened, said: ‘We have had this terrible, terrible accident that happened here on Saturday morning.

‘The bodies that have already been retrieved right now are over 23. We have more bodies in the bus.’

Deputy President William Ruto was among those to extend his condolences, and also urged motorists to take extra caution on the roads as many parts of Kenya experiencing heavy rain. 

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