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Onyekachi Ubani is the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Chairman, Ikeja branch. He is also a political analyst. In this interview with PETERCLAVER EGBOCHUE, he speaks on the political crisis in Rivers state and proffers solution. He also harps on the need for a strong judiciary and a virile press to checkmate the excesses government officials and to reposition the country.

 

Onyekachi UbaniWHAT do you make of the festering political crisis in Rivers State with particular reference to the burning of the court in Ahaoda?
We held a press conference, that is, the MBA, Ikeja branch in which we condemned the bombing and then the setting on fire of the court premises.

Chief Owolabi Salis is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos state. In this interview with PETERCLAVER EGBOCHUE, he speaks about the crisis in the party, caution politicians to always place national interest above their personal interests and supports national conference.

SalisWHAT is your opinion on the seeming endless crisis in your party, the PDP?
The crisis, as far as I am concern is good for our democracy. It is going to make the PDP a stronger party. I have said it before; the crisis is about personality or what

From IFEANYICHUKWU NWANNAH, Gusau

THE Federal Government is approaching the issue of fuel subsidy in a nonchalant manner, former National Security Officer (NSO), Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, has stated.

Speaking with National Daily at his Shinkafi residence, the former security officer said the situation had thrown confusion into the country.

In puncturing the government’s approach, he said, “it has not educated the citizens on what the entire meaning of the subsidy is all about.”

Rather, he said, the government “is making the citizenry to believe that if they can sacrifice losing it, they stand a consequential gain.”

This apart, he said, “the Federal Government just woke up one day and announced the withdrawal of subsidy from petroleum products without negotiation with any constitutional institution on its arrangements.”

The elder statesman said such a situation had only proved that “the country is not doing well in the act of governance.”

He was of the view that “those piloting the affairs of the country should be talking less of removal of fuel subsidy and more about  how to consolidate the means of livelihood and address the issue of insecurity in the country.”

Shinkafi advised that the federal government “should brace up and tackle the problem of insecurity that is threatening to collapse the corporate existence of Nigeria.”

LAWMA Managing Director, Mr. Ola Oresanya, is expected to be celebrating at this period to mark his birthday. Ironically, the LAWMA boss said he will be on a dump site packing waste that day.  OLANREWAJU ADESANYA met him in Lagos.

Oresanya, LAWMA MDHow would you account for your life experience so far?
Let's start with the good ones. Looking back I think the lesson life has taught me is that the longest route in life is a short cut. That means it is good to be straight-forward, be truthful. It's the best way to climb any ladder of success in life. Life has taught me to be of good character and be hard-working because hard work

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