AGUYI IRONSI’S UNIFICATION DECREE OF 1966 & CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA BY ERIC TENIOLA

THE PAST AND PRESENT WAHALA OF DECREE 34 OF 1966 BY ERIC TENIOLA (PART 1) Of all Decrees enacted in Nigeria, none is more controversial than Decree No 34 of 1966. It was promulgated on May 24 1966 by then Head of State Major General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi Ironsi(1924-1966) . It was called Unification Decree while some critics at that time labelled it, as De-unification Decree. It was the Decree that started the death of Regionalism-an issue which is still generating controversy as of now. Although the then Head…

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FLOOD, BENUE GOVT TO DEMOLISH OVER 2,500 HOUSES

The Benue State government may commence demolition of hundreds of houses in Makurdi as soon as the State Executive Council gives approval. It was learnt that over 2,600 houses would be pulled down in an effort to end the perennial flood disasters in the state. Investigation revealed that the coastal nature of the state, after which River Benue that has tributaries in Katsina Ala and Buruku, was named, makes it susceptible to flooding, especially as the outlets for the river have been blocked by man-made structures. General Manager, Benue State…

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WIFE CUTS OFF SLEEPING HUSBAND’S MANHOOD, FLUSHES IT AWAY, SAYS HE PLAYS TOO MUCH GOLF

A wife cut off her violent husband’s penis as he slept, because he was spending too much time playing golf, it is alleged. Neighbours in the city of Yeosu, in South Korea, heard loud groaning as the 54-year-old was in pain. The woman is claimed to have flushed the organ down the toilet. When a neighbour went into the couple’s flat to investigate, he found the man lying on the floor in agony, The Jeju Weekly reports. Reports in South Korea say that the woman, identified only as Mrs. Kim, 50, said…

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NO NIGERIAN DIED IN HURRICANE HARVEY: NIDO

No Nigerian died in Hurricane Harvey which ravaged Texas and claimed dozens of lives so far, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) Americas, has said. Dr Akin Awofolaju, a NIDO official told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the organisation had reached out to Nigerians in the area. The devastating hurricane made landfall in the state a week ago and has been blamed for at least 47 deaths. No fewer than 43,000 people are currently housed in shelters while 156,000 homes are reportedly affected. “So far, we…

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ATIKU DONATES N5M TO BENUE FLOODING VICTIMS

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has donated N5 million to the victims of the Benue flooding. This was disclosed by former President Goodluck Jonathan on Twitter on Saturday. He commended Atiku for responding to his call for aid to the victims. He said, “Yesterday, I called on well meaning Nigerians to sacrificially come to the aid of the Benue flood victims. “I am glad today that Waziri Adamawa, @atiku has heeded that call and donated ₦5 million to the victims. “I commend him and again urge others to emulate this…

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SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT, THE SECRET OF LONG & HAPPY MARRIAGE

Forget love and romance, the real secret of a long and happy marriage is separate bank accounts, according to a report. More than a quarter of cohabiting and married Britons blamed divorce-inducing quarrels on outdated monetary ties. Although the majority of couples still accepted that a joint bank account has the potential of building trust and openness, one in four claimed that amalgamating income — and especially savings — was likely to cause irreversible rifts that could end in break-up or divorce. The poll of more than 2,000 adults was…

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EMIR SANUSI TO BUHARI: ADDRESS RISING COST OF LIVING

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, has called on the government and traders to address the high cost of consumable items in the country. Mr. Sanusi made the call in his Sallah message to the people of Kano delivered at his palace shortly after Eid durbar (Hawan Sallah). The Emir, who lamented the current hardship…” The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, has called on the government and traders to address the high cost of consumable items in the country. Mr. Sanusi made the call in his Sallah message to the…

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HOW WE PREVENTED BOKO HARAM ATTACKS IN BORNO DURING SALLAH: AIR FORCE CHIEF

Nigerian Air Force officers The Nigerian Air Force said on Saturday it had foiled an attempt by Boko Haram to breach the peaceful Eid-el-Kabir celebration in Borno. The Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar, stated this at a feast organised for officers and men of the service at the 105 Composite Group, Maiduguri. Mr. Abubakar, an air marshal, had held a grand feast for service men carrying out the counter-insurgency operation in the North-east, as part of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. He disclosed that the Air Force in a joint operation…

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APC SUSPENDS BANIRE, LEGAL ADVISER FOR 10 YEARS, THEY ARE IMPOSTORS, SAYS BANIRE

The drama playing out regarding the political fate of the embattled National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Dr Muiz Banire got to its climax on Wednesday as the Ward C chapter of the APC in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State upheld the decision of its Disciplinary Committee recommending the suspension of Dr. Banire, for a period of 10 years for engaging in various acts of anti-party activities. The chapter had set up the committee chaired by Bolaji Abass to investigate the allegations contained in a petition written…

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WASCE RESULTS EXPOSE FALLING EDUCATIONAL FORTUNES OF SOUTH WEST NIGERIA

DFID says it plans to provide school teachers with intensive training in English, Mathematics, Science and Technology Historically, western education entered the country through the South-west of Nigeria. The colonial authorities initially concentrated their activities in the Lagos area before moving down south along the coastal cities. They were not at the time involved in the operation and funding of education. Scholars have suggested that formal western education began in Nigeria in 1842 at the primary level through the efforts of Christian missions. Secondary education was subsequently introduced. The first…

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