- Nigeria at 61: All we need is dialogue — lawmaker Obidigwe
- Anambra is land of opportunities — Prof Soludo
- Be committed to sustaining marriages as God dislikes divorce
Nigeria at 61: All we need is dialogue — lawmaker Obidigwe
By John Ndu
Awka, Oct. 3, 2021 (MOI) Member representing Anambra East and West at the National Assembly, Mr Chinedu Obidigwe has urged the highest political leadership in the country to swallow pride and call for dialogue to resolve the insecurity situations across the country.
Mr Obidigwe, said a round table across regional divides could be a veritable solution toward resolving some of the problems.
Obidigwe, who said this while addressing journalists in Awka added that Nigeria had many reasons to celebrate the 61st Independence, irrespective of socio-economic challenges.
He noted that dwelling on the crisis could only frustrate the state’s economic progress, noting that no country could survive in any crisis-ridden environment.
“Let me say it clearly; Nigeria’s independence should be celebrated. We are a nation; we have been surviving all forms of tribulations and all forms of turbulent situations from the day we gained our independence. And I believe this country has been growing from strength to strength.
“As a member of the legislature, I can tell you the achievements of the legislature within the last two years that I have been at the National Assembly.
“I can tell you that the country has performed exceedingly well in spite of the COVID-19 that led to economic meltdown.
“Significantly, some states, including Anambra have progressed tremendously. The development you see today was not there last year or years back.
“Like in Anambra, we have constructed an airport within an interval of a year and six months. This has been achieved under the COVID-19/EndSars challenges.
“What we need is for all of us to come together under one entity called Nigeria and move forward.
“We should observe federal character in all we do, especially in the area of appointment, employment.
“When we tell ourselves the truth and observe these, I believe the nation will be at peace.
“I believe in total dialogue. There should be a dialogue, there should be love for the country, where each geo-political zone will state their challenges; what are they clamouring for.
“Whatever is their problem, will be addressed holistically. If that is achieved, all these agitations, succession will end.
“So, mine is the way forward, to ensure dialogue, so that we can move Nigeria forward,’’ Obidigwe said.
On security matters, “first let me salute the courage of the gallant Nigerian army, Police and other security agencies for being able to withstand the pressures of the men of the underworld.
“At the same time, let me say that when the right thing is done by ensuring proper employment for the youth, establishment of industries, and by extension proper dialogues; I believe all these crises will end.’’
“My message to Nigerians as well as my fellow youths is to be committed to the project called Nigeria; its developmental strides and in improving and promoting the potential of our people.
“Government should also be committed toward this direction, to achieving a united entity,’’ Obidigwe said. (MOI)
Anambra is land of opportunities — Prof Soludo
By John Ndu
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Oct. 3, 2021 (MOI) Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), for the Nov. 6, Governorship election in Anambra, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has described Anambra as a land of opportunities for investments.
Soludo said this while addressing some members of the Anambra State Elders/Stakeholders Forum for Good Leadership, including Heads of Media establishments, after a facility tour of the state.
The group accompanied Gov. Willie Obiano to inspect the ongoing works at the Anambra International Cargo/Passengers Airport, Umueri, and the International Convention Centre, Awka the Anambra capital.
Soludo, who commended the lofty projects of Gov. Obiano, said the Government executed the projects on an estate of opportunities that was giving hope to future generations.
“Gov Obiano brought life to the state by ensuring security of life and property. Before now, our people performed traditional marriages outside the state. But now, celebrations are done within the state.
“Anambra is an estate and very proud of its leadership since the creation of the state, especially the past APGA Government under Gov. Peter Obi that interpreted the blueprint of APGA and Gov. Obiano projected the blueprints to the global community.
“Gov. Obiano has given Anambra a platform to soar, irrespective of COVID-19 and the economic meltdown. Anambra is land of opportunities, out to attract the World and airport is a formidable platform to reach the World.’’
The Publicity Secretary Anambra Elders and Stakeholders Forum for Good Leadership, Sir Emeka Mbagha said Gov. Willie Obiano created a visible impact in the lives of Ndi Anambra. He gave Anambra commercial life.
“We are hopeful that Soludo will protect these legacies to global standards.
“Soludo as a focused and visionary leader, endowed with integrity and honesty.’’
In separate speeches, the former Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi and his colleague, Justice Alpha Ikpeama said the airport was an opportunity for more investments.
They urged the Governor to deploy more security units to ensure free and fair elections. (MOI)
Be committed to sustaining marriages as God dislikes divorce
By David Okpala/Stella Okpala
Akpo (Aguata LGA), Oct. 3, 2021 (MOI) Vicar of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Akpo, Rev Fr Calistus Anaekwe has enjoined married couples to remain committed to making their marriages to last, rather than contemplate divorce.
He made the call in a homily of Holy Mass, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, on Sunday, Oct 3.
The cleric said: “marriages do not work without friction. It is a university of love, surprisingly, nobody graduates from that university until death do them part.
“Humans are highly animals with complex brains. They device means to beat one another and manage issues.
“So, studying your spouse’s behaviours, actions and reactions, likes and dislikes, emotions, changes in facial outlooks, should be continuous exercise.
“It should be done with a view to improving the management of attitudes for better co-existence.
“It is difficult but affordable, therefore, God created us male and female.
“Commitment is a key ingredient including constant prayers and devotion to God, patience, tolerance, respect for one another, forgiveness and taming the tongue,’’ he said.
The cleric adds: “love brings man and woman together in marriage. The products of this love are children.
“Love among these children is spillover from the love of their parents.
“It is not possible to have loving children when you call your husband all manner of names and vice versa, fight, even strip yourselves naked before your children while locked in a fight..
“It is not in the will of God to divorce,’’ he added.
The cleric prayed to God to heal all broken marriages, restore peace in worrying families. (MOI)