A 1987 article written by Ken Saro Wiwa:
Awo & the Creation of States by Ken Saro Wiwa
I am a Khana. The Khana along with their cousins, the Gokana, Tai and E...leme have, since 1947, been grouped as Ogonis, in the Ogoni Division. Today, the Khana and Gokana are in the Bori Local Government Area, the Tai and Eleme are part of something called Otelga, a hybrid Local Government consisting of the Okrika Ijaws, the Ndoki Igbos and the Tai and Eleme. We belong to Rivers State. Add a comment
Breaking News, former minister of state for works in the Obasanjo regime and erstwhile Special Advisr to current Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Isaiah Balat, is dead.Add a comment
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he has no regrets declaring that Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, was unfit to be governor in 2007.
He said he accepts full responsibility for his decision but added that with Amaechi’s victory at the Supreme Court, his (Amaechi’s) K-leg had been straightened.
Obasanjo spoke yesterday at the Ambassador Nne Kurubo Model Secondary School, Ebubu-Eleme, Rivers State while inaugurating projects executed by Amaechi in the state. Add a comment
Jonathan And I Have Spoken Six Times After My Letter-Obasanjo
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said he never regretted writing his scathing letter to President Goodluck Jonathan in December.
Speaking to BBC yesterday, Obasanjo said his letter was not meant to be confrontational but was aimed at drawing the president’s attention to national issues.
He said if Jonathan wanted any discussions on their relations or on any other matter affecting both of them, his doors would remain open for that.
“Since I wrote the letter, we spoke about six times,” Obasanjo said, according to a news item on the BBC Hausa website.
Asked if he regretted writing the letter, Obasanjo said, “Why should I regret? You only regret when you fail to do the right thing before it’s too late.
But writing a letter at the right moment, a letter that is the right letter to write, and you wrote it, you should not regret writing that.”
In his letter to Jonathan, Obasanjo accused the president of condoning corruption, parochialism, dishonesty and training a killer-squad. He said Jonathan had promised him previously to do only one presidential term.
But in his response, Jonathan accused Obasanjo of endangering national security and making false, substantiated allegations.Add a comment
Ghadaffi’s Mercenaries Backing Boko Haram
Military sources in Maiduguri, Borno State capital have said that they are probing the possibility that recent attacks launched by Boko Haram sect members in Borno State have the backing of some mercenaries loyal to the ex-Libyan leader Muammar Ghadaffi.
This came on the heels on Saturday night attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a village in Borno State where no fewer than 90 people were killed. Prior to that attack, scores were killed in Konduga also in Borno State and in neighbouring Adamawa State, nine soldiers were reportedly killed in an ambush.
The Saturday night attack took place in Izghe village in Gwoza Local Government. Survivors said the insurgents were chanting “Allah is great”, as they gunned down dozens of Christian villagers and slit the throats of others in an area where the military has been bombing extremists out of forest hideouts for days.
Reacting to the attack a source in the military said going by the analysis of some reports, some mercenaries of the ex-Libyan leader have teamed up with Boko Haram sect to attack towns and villages in Borno State. Add a comment
Anti-gay Bill: Uganda To Follow Suit
KAMPALA – Uganda President Yoweri Museveni will sign into law a controversial bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life despite international pressure, a government spokesman said Monday.
“He will ascend the bill. This bill is very popular both within the parliament and Ugandan society. The president is under strong domestic pressure to sign the bill,” Ofwono Opondo said.
The Ugandan anti-gay bill cruised through parliament in December after its architects agreed to drop an extremely controversial death penalty clause, although the bill still held that repeat offenders should be jailed for life.
Museveni, a key regional ally of the United States and the European Union, has already been under fire from key
Western donors over alleged rampant corruption, and had been under pressure from diplomats and rights groups to block the legislation.
Last month a spokesman for Museveni said the president believed that gays were “sick” and “abnormal”, but felt that sending them to prison was not the right solution. Add a comment
Boko Haram: 158 Killed, FG Sends More Troops
Members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect struck at the weekend in eight villages in Adamawa and Borno States, killing over 158 people.
The attacks, which happened on Saturday night, have forced about 100,000 residents of the villages to flee over fears that the insurgents could come again to kill more people.
However, the federal government in a bid to stem the tide of the attacks, has sent more troops to the terror-stricken villages.
It was gathered that the insurgents killed over 65 people in the attacks on seven villages in Adamawa State, while about 93 others were killed when the terrorists struck at a village in Borno State.
An eyewitness who identified himself as Adamu Bulama told reporters in a telephone interview in Yola yesterday that he saw 40 corpses with gun wounds apart from those who were killed in their houses that he could not specify their number.
He gave the names of villages attacked as Kirchang, Kwambula, Shuwa, Yinagu, Bitiku, Yazza and Dagu, stressing that the gunmen finished their operations comfortably and left without been harassed. Add a comment