#Kogi2015: Meet The Ex-Newspaper Vendor Who wants to become Governor And Other APC Front-line Guber aspirants

#Kogi2015: Meet The Ex-Newspaper Vendor Who wants to become Governor And Other APC Front-line Guber aspirants

 As the race for Lugard house Lokoja gains steam, the All Progressives Congress (APC) buoyed by its victory at the presidential elections as well as sweeping many states away at the gubernatorial level from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lead the pack with 28 Aspirants jostling  for its sole ticket. The winner of the APC primaries would get to square off against the Candidate of the PDP whom many believe to be the Incumbent governor captain Idris Wada. Social commentators have blamed poor leadership for the under development and under utilisation of the states solid mineral resources. A few of the contestants are well known to political watchers across Nigeria, while a large number are relatively unknown. Here are the brief profiles of the major Aspirants Air Vice Marshall Saliu Atawodi   Air Vice Marshall Saliu Atawodi was born on the 4th of July 1952 at Idah General Hospital in Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State. He had his primary education at Ajaka/Idah and later attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria from 1967-1971. Thereafter he joined the Nigerian Defense Academy in 1972 as a member of Regular Cadet Course 12. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force as a Pilot Officer on 14 December 1974. Due to his commitment and dedication to duty, Air Vice Marshal Atawodi was awarded the National Honor, Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2005.Since his retirement from the military in 2008, he has founded his own company, Touchstone Nigeria Limited, an IT and Security Company paving the way for new technology and fresh ideas in the industry. As a respected statesman and...
Is Boko Haram Getting Stronger? By Adavize Alao

Is Boko Haram Getting Stronger? By Adavize Alao

  This is the reasoning of millions of Nigerians that are worried about the resurgent spate of killings and bombings being engineered by the outlawed terrorist group Boko haram. Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” but when loosely translated means western education is a sin. The group which is mainly based in the North eastern parts of Nigeria (Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa), the Chadian, Malian and Cameroonian borders. Its official Arabic name, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”. The group members are mainly of Kanuri extraction which is the dominant ethnic groups in large swaths of North east Nigeria. The group’s leader Abubakar Shekau alias Darul Akeem wa Zamunda Tawheed, or Darul Tawheed (“the abode of monotheism”) has reiterated his groups displeasure in western education and its tenets in videos with varying characteristics and mannerisms of the leader being presented. Observers believe that Abubakar shekau is just a proxy and alias used by the group in presenting its demands. Many analysts and observers have blamed the rise of the group on the neglect of qualitative education and basic amenities in those areas by the Nigerian government and the northern elite. Resolving this disadvantages will go a long way in curbing the rising influence and spread of Islamic extremism in Nigeria and Africa has a whole. Since the foundation of the group in 2002, the group has made use of mosques for its operation bases and once controlled the capital city and largest city in Borno state Nigeria until they were flushed out by security forces ordered by...
The Worsening Security Situation In Lagos By Adavize Alao

The Worsening Security Situation In Lagos By Adavize Alao

The security situation in Nigeria’s busiest city seems to be deteriorating by the day as armed robbery and other related crimes have taken the headlines of recent events happening in Lagos. The events of March 12 2015 cannot easily be forgotten as it left a sour taste in the minds of commuters and residents of Lekki. A daring set of armed robbers held Lagosians hostage by shooting sporadically to scare of pedestrians and motorist. The robbers operated unhindered and freely for over 30 minutes, unfortunately for the victims of the armed robbery attack which included three policemen and a hawker help could not come fast enough. The gang of twelve stormed the Lekki Peninsula via the expansive waterways using a speedboat shooting into the air as they reached the shores and escaping via the same means. It’s disturbing to find that a robbery of such magnitude happened at the commercial nerve center of Africa’s largest economy by GDP. Another robbery was held this time at the water linked town of Ikorodu, with the robbers who were led by a lady escaping through the waterways. The robbers used sophisticated weaponry and dynamites to blast their way into the banks and carting away large sums of money. The Ikorodu robbery incident happened directly in front of a police station, with the men in black suddenly nowhere to be found. Luckily no life was lost although four individuals were injured, the robbers faced little or no resistance in getting away with their booty via the waterways. The robbers that attacked the bank at ikorodu held sway for over an hour with no...