Goodwill Message At EID-EL KABIR

                                                       Office of the Vice President
                     National Youth Council of Nigeria-North Central, (NYCN-NC)
As we celebrate this very important day, Eid-el Kabir, I on behalf on the National Youth Council of Nigeria-North Central, (NYCN-NC), wish all Muslim Ummah a blissful celebration and also urge the faithful to keenly observe the eleven (11) beautiful Sunnahs of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) throughout this moment as good deeds attract Allah's love and our lives will be filled with peace, happiness and freedom.

Buhari’s Vacation and the Protesting Populaces

Pres. Muhammadu Buhari
By Carl Umegboro
NIGERIA’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than 90 days in London over ill-health after transmitting notice of vacation, in compliance to Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, to the National Assembly. Accordingly, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo stepped into the shoes on acting capacity. So far, the acting President has demonstrated his intellects and capabilities with outstanding results; breaking barriers, spearheading economic policies, penetrating hitherto no go-areas especially parleying with the Niger-Delta militants, avengers, among others.

CRK Purported Exclusion and the Basic Education Curriculum

Mallam Adamu Adamu
By Carl Umegboro
NOXIOUS rumours that pointedly altered the educational system in favour of a religion have for some time held the country hostage leading to accusations, counter-accusations and rebuttals from various quarters. The buzz as impishly created by unnamed folks broadcasted on various medias that Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) which teaches Christian faith and morals was removed from primary school education curriculum by the present administration as a plot towards ‘islamizing’ the country.

MELAYE: Let the People Decide

By Carl Umegboro
PURSUANT to section 69 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, Senator Dino Melaye (APC) representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly is presently on a hot seat facing recall actions from his people for allegedly failing to meet their aspirations. The people by the action are passing vote of no confidence accusing Senator Melaye of inter alia ineptitude, ungainliness and recklessness. As alleged, over 51.1percent which makes the constitutional requirement for a recall action to proceed has been attained.

Osinbajo And The Perceived ‘Coordinating’ Mandate

By Carl Umegboro
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari transmitted a letter of notice to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a medical vacation in the United Kingdom a moment ago. The construction of the letter which contained among other terms, ‘coordinating’ has been subjected to severe criticisms among the political class and finally down to the masses questioning the rationale behind the use of such term in place of ‘acting’ as previously used during Buhari’s earlier vacation.  The observation was raised by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP) representing Abia North senatorial district at the Senate plenary when the letter was read, and vehemently condemned the term, indicating his smell of a rat at the presidency. Since then, other politicians alongside the masses particularly from the opposition have continued to dwell on sundry insinuations pointing at gigantic skeletons in the cupboards at the presidency.

Sagay And Senate’s Scores of Summons

By Carl Umegboro
AGAIN, the red chamber of the National Assembly is at the process of extending its summon to the chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, (PACAC) Professor Itse Sagay; a senior advocate of Nigeria over remarks the distinguished senators considered as demeaning. This has added to the politically-motivated summons the senate is battling with which, without a doubt, would be dividing its concentration from performing objective legislative duties.
Earlier, the Comptroller-General (CG) of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) and the Senate sumptuously entertained the nation with free comedies episodically on official-uniform. At about three appearances of the CGC at the Senate’s chamber in honour of his summon, no vital issues was presented to him except queries for appearing on mufti instead of Customs uniform. It lingered until the appearances was eventually halted by the directives of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) following a suit filed in relation to the matter.

The Implications Of Buhari’s Vacation

By Carl Umegboro
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari officially embarked at first instance on a ten-day official leave and on expiration, sought for extension on medical grounds. According to information from the presidency, Buhari sought for extension to enable him complete series of tests and medications as prescribed by his United Kingdom based physicians. Since then, all manner of ugly insinuations and assumptions have trailed the development with a good number calling for Buhari to address the nation to rebut sundry allegations.

DSS Meets NOUN Law Graduates Chairman, Convocation Rep Over Law School

Following the invitation by the Department of State Security (DSS), also known as State Security Service (SSS) to the chairman of Law Graduates Forum (LGF) of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to its Asokoro office in Abuja, over the notice of protest issued to the federal government and its agencies on the law school tussle between the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and National Universities Commission (NUC) alongside NOUN, the law graduates chairman, Hon Carl Umegboro accompanied by Comrade Usman Tanze Danjuma (Convocation Representative in the NOUN Board of Governing Council) reported as scheduled on Thursday 20th April, 2017.
The DSS official, Mohammed Bashiru who anchored the meeting which lasted for about three hours in the Conference Room, according to the guests displayed high level of maturity and professionalism in handling the matter particularly sympathizing with the law graduates over their plight and assured that the federal government, by issuing the invitation through DSS will inevitably address the issues without delay especially on account of the security threats in pose to the nation.

Celebrating a Legal ICON, Prof Abiodun Amuda-Kannike, SAN, Ph.D (Law), LL.M, LL.B (Hons), BL @ 53

Prof Abiodun Amuda-Kannike (SAN)
We felicitate with our erudite Professor of Law, motivator, and facilitator, Professor Abiodun Amuda-Kannike (SAN) on your birthday today 16th April, 2017.
Prof, to be economical with words, we are proud of you, and appreciate your inspirations, selflessness to humanity and unwavering audacity to always stand for justice and equity.
Indeed, you’re a legal luminary per excellence, a great motivator, a voice to the voiceless, a pillar to the weak and above all, iron that sharpens others.
We wish you many more years, a happy and warmth celebration.

Buhari’s Change And Economic Realities

By Carl Umegboro
IN few months time, precisely, May 29, 2017, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will step into its second half of the 4-year tenure. Indeed, Nigerians’ experiences since the inception of the administration are better imagined than described following some firm policies, and above all foreign exchange crisis due to unprecedented crash in global crude prices. To a few that superficially voted for All Progressives Congress (APC), it was a drift hence withdrew allegiances, incidentally, the deed; be it positive or negative is already done. Beyond doubt, it was tough, rough and hard-hitting that pots of soups were allegedly stolen at cooking spots and other exceptional incidents.

Senate’s Withheld Confirmation And Magu’s Fate

By Carl Umegboro
PURSUANT to Section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN) as amended, the appointment of heads of federal executive bodies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is exclusively carried out by the President of the federation subject to confirmation by the Senate.  The senatorial confirmation absolutely validates the appointment and entitles the appointee to claim as of right all related privileges statutorily allocated to the position. Nevertheless, confirmed or not, the appointee as long as officially appointed by the President is legally empowered to discharge all duties designated for the office. 

Journalism of Conscience and National Commitment By C.Don Adinuba

Paper presented at the Media Summit of the Anambra State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists held in Awka on March 28 & 29, 2017.
I would like to start with a confession: the title of this paper is not originally mine. I borrowed it from Prince Tony Momoh, erstwhile Minister of Information and Culture, who coined it in the late 1980s when he was editor of the Daily Times, then Nigeria’s leading newspaper. By journalism of conscience and national commitment, Prince Momoh, a lawyer and one of the first persons to study journalism at the University of Nigeria at Nsukka and later at the University of Lagos because of the Nigerian Civil War, was simply advocating that Nigerian communication practitioners abide by their professional ethics and live above primordial forces threatening the foundation of the Nigerian nation.  The Momoh call is more urgent today than when it was made about three and a half decades ago. 

Uniform Drama And Senate’s Pursuit Of Shadows Amidst Economic Crisis

By Carl Umegboro
THE upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly has continuously and conscientiously been exhibiting clumsy and discomfited dramas in the midst of economic challenges adversely affecting the exploited class in the society to the extent that many that never begged in life have been forcefully bowed by pressures as beggars. The Senate, by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, is replicated after the American’s arrangement to sumptuously exist side by side the Federal House of Representatives as a bicameral legislature. 

The Confab Report, Impediments And Way Forward

By Carl Umegboro
THE Honourable Justice Idris Kutigi led-National Dialogue Conference masterminded by the erstwhile administration of Goodluck Jonathan and inaugurated on Monday 17 March, 2014 was concluded amidst high hopes from all quarters despite the huge amounts lavishly allocated to the scheme.  Most people overlooked the gigantic financial implications on account of salient issues the conference resolutely earmarked to determine. Expectedly, critical long-standing issues particularly sociopolitical and ethno-religious problems raised triggered torrid disagreements albeit afterward determined. Overall, 492 delegates auspiciously selected across the nation congregated in the seat of power to untangle the hitherto no-go areas in the system. Ridiculously, every ethnic group represented cried in turn over the same object; marginalization, perhaps, to synchronically espouse the phrase that attack is the best defensive game. Nonetheless, the confab provided opportunity at least to discuss as neighboring communities, but economically a faux pas

Nasir El-Rufai And The Igbo Marginalization

By Carl Umegboro
As 2019 general elections draw closer, incontrovertibly, politicians would utilize all available schemes, strategies and means to capture their prey; the vulnerable electorates purposely for their usual ‘used and dump’ tactics prevailing in the society. As a strategic means towards winning elections, haters would suddenly become admirers tactically for accomplishing set objectives. After all, in politics they say, no permanent friends, no permanent enemies but interests. The southeast geopolitical zone is visibly shortchanged in all ramifications; infrastructural development, participations in decision makings, federal presence and security of lives and properties.

National Youth Vice President Rates Nasarawa State Gov High On Excellence

THE Nasarawa State governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has been commended over his leadership qualities and laudable performance in the state by the Vice President, (North Central), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Usman Tanze Danjuma since inception of his tenure.
In an interview with our correspondent, Comrade Danjuma who hails from Wamba Local Government Area in the state described the governor as astute performer who is determined to turn around the state positively during his tenure particularly on projects that affect the common man in the society.  According to Danjuma, Gov Al-Makura has distinguished his stewardship to the people with substantial dividends of democracy especially directing priority towards improving the welfare and standard of living of the citizenry within a reasonable time.

Tribute To Madam Matilda Chukwurogha Adinuba (1931-2016)

By Carl Umegboro
No doubt, death of a beloved one irrespective of the time is never wished or applauded. Unfortunately, it is inevitable, and therefore a noble characteristic of human existence. This is essentially on account that once there is birth, death is automatically pending; for any arrival, departure is imminent; for any entry, there will be always an exit.  Logically, death in sync to our famous phrase, “anything that has a beginning must have an end” albeit painful particularly when a loved one passes on, is a normalcy. What matters most is the life the deceased lived and the lives touched positively while alive. These two fundamentals determine if the deceased actually died or passed on.

RIVERS RERUN: Political Insatiability And Crocodile Tears

(Published by THE NATION Newspapers on 30 December, 2016)
By Carl Umegboro
THE Rivers rerun elections held on December 10 for seats into the National Assembly had come and gone. Winners and losers however, emerged. In sync with democratic norms, as results were declared by the returning officers designated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), those aggrieved over the outcomes of the election should maintain decorum and seek for justice at the Election Tribunals. Heating up the polity out of self-aggrandizement and insatiability is unreasonable.  As it stands, Rivers peoples’ votes did count. APC won and lost; PDP won and lost. Democracy demands that peoples votes must count, and winners and losers must emerge. These are the governing elements of democratic processes. For those that won, congratulations.

Still On Rivers Rerun

(Published by DAILY SUN on 29 December, 2016 at page 14)
By Carl Umegboro
THE Rivers rerun elections held on December 10 for seats into the National Assembly had come and gone. Winners and losers however, emerged. In sync with democratic norms, as results were declared by the returning officers designated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), those aggrieved over the outcomes of the election should maintain decorum and seek for justice at the Election Tribunals. Heating up the polity out of self-aggrandizements and insatiability is unreasonable.  As it stands, Rivers peoples’ votes did count. APC won and lost; PDP won and lost. Democracy demands that peoples votes must count, and winners and losers must emerge. These are the governing elements of democratic processes. For those that won, congratulations.

NOUN Alumni Holds SEC/NEC Elections On 28 And 30 December, 2016

Notice is hereby again given to ALL members of the National Open University of Nigeria Alumni Association (NOUNAA) concerning the forthcoming elections into the State Executive Council (SEC) and National Executive Council (NEC) scheduled to hold on Wednesday 28th December and Friday 30th  December, 2016 respectively.
The SEC election will hold online Wednesday 28 December while NEC will be through Delegates Congress on Friday 30 December.
In view of this, voting codes will be sent to members phones with which to exercise franchise as the Board of Trustees (BoT) assures all contestants of free and fair exercises.

Ben Bruce And The Commonsense On Economic Recession

(Published by THISDAY Newspapers on 24 December,2106) 
(Published by THE GUARDIAN Newspapers on 25 December,2016)
By Carl Umegboro
SENATOR Ben Murray-Bruce representing Bayelsa-East senatorial district in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly recently called on President Muhammadu Buhari to adjust his approaches to the anti-corruption crusade stating that the policy was scaring investors thereby doing more harm than good to the economy. The commonsense proponent made the remarks while contributing to the Senate’s debate on the economic recession in the country prior to its adjournment for the yuletide. In making his motion undoubted, the eloquent lawmaker categorically referenced the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over interrogation of an acquaintance that deposited a legitimate sum of N50million into bank account and was quizzed.

Sales Of Nomination Forms Into National Executive Committee (NEC) Positions Of NOUN Alumni Association (NOUNAA) Commences

1.       The President                                     -                        30,000
2.       Deputy President                                -                        20,000
3.       Secretary General                                -                       20,000
4.       The Assistant Secretary-General        -                        20,000
5.       The Vice President (North Central)     -                       20,000

NOUN Alumni Eulogises Vice Chancellor Over Chieftaincy Title In Enugu

VICE Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu has been described as a bridge-builder, detribalized and indefatigable leader by the National Open University of Nigeria Alumni Association, (NOUNAA).
The association, in a congratulatory message signed by the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) and Convocation Representative in the Governing Council, Comrade Usman Tanze Danjuma over the chieftaincy title conferred on Professor Adamu as the ‘Nze Okaa Omee’ of Awene in Ezema Olo Kingdom of Ezeagu LGA in Enugu state by HRH Eze Ogbunechendo of Ezema Olo; Igwe Lawrence O.C. Agubuzo, OON, eulogized the virtues of the Vice Chancellor stating that the decoration was an honour well deserved vis-à-vis his innovative feats and accomplishments in his short period in office thereby moving the federal university to a greater height from where his predecessor stopped.

Ndigbo, Think Home !

Prince Ben Onuorah
Biko nu,
As you make plans to travel to your village this Christmas from your various locations in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Benin, Sokoto, etc, please remember the plight of our people back home.
We know many of you have provided financial support for our less privileged ones over the years, there is however need to do more. It is by the grace of God that we are more comfortable than others. Of critical importance is the parlous state of orphanages and homes for the mentally and physically challenged persons in your village, LGA or state. We are NDIGBO. We are known for uplifting people around us.
This message is crucial because our research shows that, while orphanages in the big cities outside Igboland are over assisted by the rich, particularly Igbos, the ones back home are in desperate need of basic necessities.
Please help especially at this season and be your brothers keepers. The Lord will bless you as you do so. Compliments of the season.
Prince Ben C. Onuorah