President Of The University Of Ibadan Alumni Association Affirms Buratai As Ambassador Of Good Public Service Delivery, National Security
The President of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA) worldwide, Pro. Saawua Gabriel Nyityo has reaffirmed the association’s assertion that Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusufu Buratai is the epitome of a good ambassador of public service delivery and national security.
Professor Saawua Nyityo stated this during his opening remarks at the 2nd stanza 2023 public lecture organized by the Alumni Association of the University of Ibadan on Friday, November 3rd, 2023 titled Public Service and the Imperative for National Security in Nigeria. He maintained that as Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Buratai was solely charged with managing a very difficult diplomatic mission. The situation was even more demanding when, a couple of years ago he was called upon to assume the highest command position within the ranks of the Nigerian Army as Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
He admitted that Amb. Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai rtd, CFR is a household name in Nigeria today for his role in fighting Boko Haram and for channeling his energies and intellect in the service to his fatherland. This informed the decision of the Executive Committee of UIAA to kick start the celebration of 65 years of the existence of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association by unanimously choosing him to present its Public Service Lecture on the topic, Public Service and the Imperatives for National Security in Nigeria. Thus, UIAA affirms that there is a strong connection between good public service delivery and national security:
OPENING REMARKS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (UIAA) WORLDWIDE, PROF. SAAWUA GABRIEL NYITYO AT THE 2ND STANZA 2023 PUBLIC LECTURE ON 03TH NOVEMBER, 2023 HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN.
The University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA) Worldwide is being honoured today by an important visitation from the sahel region, in North East Nigeria. It is a visitation that will shine forth in days, weeks, and even years to come for goldfish they say have no hiding place. The more gold is burnt in the furnace, the better it shines forth.
As Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, he was solely charged to manage a very difficult diplomatic mission. The situation was even more demanding when, a couple of years ago he was called upon to assume the highest command position within the ranks of the Nigerian Army as Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
Amb. Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai rtd, CFR is a household name in Nigeria today for his role in fighting Boko Haram and for channeling his energies and intellect in the service to his fatherland. This is the man that the Executive Committee has selected to kick start the celebration of 65 years of the existence of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association. By unanimously choosing him to present its Public Service Lecture today on the topic is Public Service and the Imperatives for National Security in Nigeria; UIAA is also affirming that there is a strong connection between good public service delivery and national security.
Our Previous Lecture touched on the question of Nigeria’s economic production and rejuvenation. It was entitled Frontier Basin Hydrocarbon Exploration: The Nigerian Experience, and delivered by Dr. Mazadu D. Bako fnmgs, fnape. For all intents and purposes, there can be no gainful economic production talk less of transformation without a peaceful society. This is indeed the central thrust of today’s lecture in which the guest lecturer has opted to talk about. There is a strong connection between the provision of social services and securitization. A good leader must have a good listening ear, but he must also provide quality service and amenities to his people. He must always strive to work for the common good of the people. The lecture from it title promises to unveil to us the need to always strive to entrench peace and security in the society.
There have been heroes/leaders in history who share this line of thinking. Even nearer home, here we had Chief Obafemi Awolowo. You also have cited Shehu Musa Yar’Adua in your lecture. Farther away from here, we have the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. These are leaders who worked day and night for the common good of the people. Our prayer is for God almighty to grant you the grace to fulfill your heart’s desire.
As an Association, the UIAA very warmly welcomes you and your entourage to this great citadel of learning, our alma mater, the University of Ibadan. Suffice it to state that the hallmark of our Association is not only to connect with our alumni alone but also to link up with worthy members of the Nigerian community to generate ideas and solutions to address societal challenges to move our nation forward. We also seek individual and institutional support for the purpose of contributing to the growth of our alma mater. Your Excellency Sir Dr. Michael Omolayole Alumni Complex has been named after the pioneer Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association.
The complex has been built through the contribution and benefactions from both our Alumni Community and their friends. There are a number of commitments that the Association has taken upon itself to support the University. We have the UIAA Scholarship Scheme, support for sports activities in the university and so on.
As you walk out of this hall after your lecture Excellency Sir, you will observe a dilapidated structure on your immediate right. It is actually crying for a facelift. It is our plea that if we find favour with your Excellency, you could support our efforts in giving the block a facelift.
Wishing you a happy presentation of the 2023 Public Service Lecture. To all other members of our very distinguished audience, I wish you happy listening.
Thank you and God bless.
Prof. Saawua Gabriel Nyityo
B.A (Hons) Msc. PhD (Ibadan)
It would be recalled that Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has reiterated that public service is a crucial aspect of national security.
Buratai in his paper presented at the 2nd stanza 2023 public lecture organized by the Alumni Association of the University of Ibadan on Friday, November 3rd, 2023 titled Public Service and the Imperative for National Security in Nigeria, maintained that it is imperative that the government invest in, and maintains a competent Public Service to ensure the safety and security of its citizens.
According to him, public servants are responsible for implementing policies and programs that promote peace and stability as well as for delivering essential services such as healthcare, education, and infrastructure, and maintaining law and order which are vital to the well-being of the population.
A Divine Connection : Prophet Genesis Visits Seyi Vodi in Abuja (Photos)
A Divine Connection : Prophet Genesis Visits Seyi Vodi in Abuja (Photos)
In a captivating turn of events, Prophet Israel Oladele, widely known as Genesis, recently embarked on a spiritually charged visit to the bustling city of Abuja. The purpose of his journey? To meet Seyi Adekunle, the renowned Nigerian fashion entrepreneur and founder of the Vodi Group, better known as Seyi Vodi. The encounter, captured in a concise video clip, unveils a profound connection between these two influential figures.
*A Tale of Grace and Transformation: Prophet Genesis’s Words Unveiled*
The video opens with Prophet Genesis eloquently expressing the transformative power of grace. “It takes grace to connect to grace to enjoy mercy,” he emphasizes. Born on March 10, 1974, in Igboore Abeokuta, Ogun state, Prophet Genesis reflects on his own journey and the significance of the number five, denoting grace. “Number Five is the number of stars. Number Five is the number of Grace,” he declares.
The spiritual leader expounds on the impact of blessings, particularly in the context of those providing services. “Whoever that is designing for you, sewing for you – when he is blessed, your life must be blessed,” he asserts. With a subtle nod to Seyi Vodi’s role as a fashion businessman, Prophet Genesis conveys the idea that the prosperity of those contributing to one’s life can lead to personal elevation.
In his characteristic style, Prophet Genesis offers a profound prayer for those associated with Seyi Vodi: “You will not be naked, Amen. Everyone working with you will not be naked, Amen.” The divine assurance resonates as he emphasizes the sanctity of the visit, proclaiming that nobody can visit Seyi Vodi and leave without receiving mercy.
The prophetic words continue to flow as Prophet Genesis touches on the consequences of misplaced efforts. “When you struggle for what is not yours, you will lose what is yours,” he warns, underlining the importance of aligning one’s pursuits with divine purpose. The visit, according to Prophet Genesis, is free from regrets, emphasizing the positive impact of a purpose-driven life.
Closing with words of wisdom, Prophet Genesis encourages a results-oriented approach, assuring that a life centered on achieving outcomes will naturally attract people. “When your life is result-oriented, you will not run after people, people will run after you,” he declares, urging individuals not to consume their potential for growth but to plant it.
In a final proclamation, Prophet Genesis assures Seyi Vodi and all associated with him that their best days are yet to come, culminating the video with a resounding “Amen.” The divine connection between these two influential figures in Abuja seems destined to bring forth blessings and transformations, reflecting the intricate dance of grace and purpose in their lives.
Igbos’ in Oriade LCDA, Discredit Eze Umenwekwe Chukwukadibia’s Ezeship Claims, Say,”he is not Our King” By Ifeoma Ikem
Igbos’ in Oriade LCDA, Discredit Eze Umenwekwe Chukwukadibia’s Ezeship Claims, Say,”he is not Our King”
By Ifeoma Ikem
In what appears like the final push to end the contentious Oriade Ezeship tussle, principal Stakeholders, Kingmakers, Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership, Igbo Speaking Community,residents,have unanimously and in unison discredited the purported Ezeship claims by Eze Umenwekwe Chukwukadibia , Calling him a liar and imposture.
Indeed more facts continued to emerge,as stakeholders clamped down on Eze Chukwukadibia’s reported claims and evidences which he had projected, thereby faulting all of them.
With an unexpected overwhelming and unalloyed support ,Oriade LCDA principal Stakeholders gave Chukwukadibia,the Ezeship Claimant ,what a sympathetic resident described as “a head boot and bleeding nose”, by denying him in total, saying that ” Chukwukadibia was late Eze Ogidi of Amuwo Odofin’s ‘OBI’ and was never approved or crowned Eze by Oriade People and kingmakers”.
In what many described as rubbishing Chukwukadibia’s acclaimed credentials, Oriade LCDA principal Stakeholders advised him to stop further parading himself as their Eze, stating thus : “He doesn’t reside or cast his electoral votes here. His purported Ezeship is Unknown to us all and he is not a member of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo Speaking Community .He does not fellowship or pay dues with us in all our activities. He does not have a traditionally standard proper palace in Oriade LCDA, other than his recently rented N100,000 apartment ,with which he laboured in vain to hoodwink some unwary members of the public “.
During a lengthy kingship authentication verification investigation carried out by our Correspondent, all the principal Stakeholders interviewed, were apparently and obviously unhappy with Chukwukadibia for creating what they saw as “a baseless crisis in their hitherto peaceful community, whereby they claimed that Chukwukadibia is a ‘foreigner’ and not part of them”.
The first Stakeholder to release his barrage of criticisms, was Eze Ndigbo in Riverine, Eze Chinaedu Mozie, alias “Nwatakwacha, “he said ” the authentic Eze Ndigbo in Oriade LCDA is Eze Udo, Eze Emmanuel Chukwuakalikamadu, who lives and built his house and palace in Oriade LCDA.Sometimes ago, the Supreme Council of Ndieze in Lagos state deliberated on this Ezeship issues and directed Chukwukadibia to stop parading himself as Eze Ndigbo in Oriade LCDA.He can’t reside in Agric area, Ojo local government Area and be claiming to be Eze in Oriade LCDA.
Querying Chukwukadibia’s 15 years claims as Eze Ndigbo in Oriade LCDA, Eze Riverine asked him to mention who crowned him. Who crowned him?, Eze to which People?.” Before Oriade LCDA was created,from the year 2003 to early 2020’s, I was a member of ‘ime Obi’ and Chief Security Officer, CSO, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Oriade, Amuwo Odofin , I never knew him as Eze or who crowned him.It was only Eze Anthony Elui and late Eze Udo, Eze Ogidi , that we knew as Ezes in Amuwo Odofin before Oriade was carved out “.
Counseling Chukwukadibia, Eze Mozie Opined, ” We should respect ourselves as Igbos, because we have rich traditional heritage when it comes to Ezeship, a tenant can not be an Eze.Chukwukadibia can’t be living in another place and be claiming Ezeship in Oriade.In this matter between two of them, even everything goes, truth can’t go.Let Chukwukadibia go to the place he resides, bought and built house to contest for Ezeship, he Lacks that quality here in Oriade, I don’t know why he doesn’t want to give up his baseless struggle.
One of Kingmaker in Oriade, said that ,Ochiagha Gurugburu, Chief Ikechukwu, released his own salvos and challenged anyone laying claims to Oriade LCDA Ezeship to show his certificate.
“It is not an issue, anybody, whosoever that says he is Eze Ndigbo, Eze Udo in Oriade LCDA, should show us his certificate.Anyone who claims that I played any role in his life as Eze Ndigbo, must bring the certificate that I signed.As an Eze, you must show us your certificate and palace,” Ochiagha mocked Chukwukadibia .
While Challenging those he said that are using police to intimidate them over the Ezeship tussle, the Kingmaker declared his stand stating that, ” the only man, who is recognized as Eze Udo in Oriade LCDA, is Eze Emmanuel Chukwuakalikamadu, Eze Ohazurumee, who the Igbo Kingmakers , political groups , Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Igbo Speaking Community in Oriade LCDA, have all agreed to be our Eze, because he agrees with the terrain.If they like, let them use police to threaten and intimidate us, at the appropriate time, truth will overcome and we can’t fight with the Yorubas, because they are our landlord”.
Clarifying their earlier relationship with Chukwukadibia, Ochiagha stated thus: ” Yes, at the earlier stage, we invited and interviewed Chukwukadibia and he deceptively showed us a building in Oriade, claiming that it was his own and based on that,we issued him with a certificate that I signed recommending him to be crowned Eze by the Igbo Speaking Community in Oriade LCDA.But when we now found out that he rented a two bedroom flat, everybody withdrew , let him exhibit the content of the certificate that I signed .The truth is that he doesn’t vote in Oriade LCDA, he votes in Ojo and the two people that were following him, Chief Alex Ezeobi, aka, Biafra and ichie Sunday Edyson Okeke, known also as “Mmiri Oma na Isuofia”, later found out the truth, that Chukwukadibia is not the real man that they thought that he was and they withdrew”.
On way forward for lasting peace in Oriade LCDA over the Ezeship tussle, the Kingmaker Ochiagha said that” If Chukwukadibia really want to answer that Ezeship name, no problem but there are certain things to be done, we should come together”.
“But as at today, the Eze Ndigbo in Oriade LCDA that we know and following, is Eze Udo, Eze Emmanuel Chukwuakalikamadu and we found him worthy of these and that is why we are aligning with him.let me limit it this way, but I have my own story to tell,if they want to drag me into this.They can’t intimidate everybody with the police, no, no, no ,no.You can’t fight with the Yorubas, Omoniles. You can’t come from nowhere and say that you are building a kingdom, which kingdom?. I have been following President Bola Ahmed Tinubu before AD party to APC . At the appropriate time, the APC Party will make a statement and give instructions to the police, Ochiagha concluded.
Going down memory lane In his own contribution, Chukwukadibia’s estranged Cabinet Chairman, Chief Sunday Edyson Okeke, alias ‘Mmiri Oma na Isuofia’, who indirectly accepted to be the innocent Initiator of the Ezeship tussle, however,stated that ,”Apollos Umenwekwe Chukwukadibia , has been lying and very economical with the truth”.
He stated that he did not know when and who coronated Chukwukadibia as Eze.He accused Chukwukadibia of initially brain washing them and that when he later discovered that he never had any residential property in Oriade, he advised him to purchase a property in Oriade, even it was a bungalow, if he truly wished to become an Eze in Oriade, but he ignored them.
He said thus: ” It was late Eze Udo Amuwo Odofin,Eze Ogidi, who initially crowned him “Obi ” Onireke, Obi Amuwo Odofin, Obi Oriade and because late Eze Ogidi was living in a street in Oriade, I felt I could use Chukwukadibia to retain the legacies of the late Ogidi .I was the person that reconciled him with Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Oriade LCDA.I know the bungalow he lives at Ilufe area of Ojo local government Area, he has no tenant there and iam not trying to mock him financially but he is not living in Oriade LCDA,it is as simple as A,B,C,D “.
When our Correspondent drew his attention to the fact that Eze Chukwukadibia, had in a recent publication with an Online Newspaper Stated that he resides at No. 8 Olubodun Crescent, off Galaxy Olola Community, Ijegun, Satellite town, Chief Okeke retorted angrily and explained thus :
” Iam an Ichie, an “Ozo” titled holder in Isuofia, Anambra State,meaning that I shouldn’t lie. That address he provided is a false information and claims.I was the person that paid N100,000 for that rented apartment in the compound known as”Malaysia ” , owned by an Igbo landlord from Umuchu in Anambra State”, Okeke stated.
According to him, “I was his back bone and our initial plot was that Chukwukadibia will hold on to the rented apartment, pending when he buys a house in one of the streets there, so that when people hears our fabrications ,that he was crowned by late Eze Ogidi as Eze Oriade, it will become believable .I have spent over N300,000 of my own money on him, just in a bid to make him Eze Ndigbo in Oriade LCDA and while i and my colleagues were suffering for him, he disappointed us “, Mmiri Oma regretted.
Regretting further his unfruitful efforts towards helping Chukwukadibia, Chief Okeke advised Chukwukadibia to step down and stop parading himself as Eze Ndigbo Oriade and cease forthwith from peddling false hold in Oriade.
Mmiri Oma therefore concluded that as far as Igbo tradition is concerned,it is Eze Emmanuel Chukwuakalikamadu that is the authentic Eze Ndigbo because he lives and built his house in Oriade ,”As an Ichie in my town, somebody can’t be living in another place and be King in another place ,an Eze must have an “Obi” in his kingdom.Surposing someone wants to visit him?, It should not be in a hotel.It was on the account of these things that I withdrew from him, because he is not serious to be an Eze , he doesn’t seek advice and doesn’t operate like an Eze”, Chief Okeke opined.
Confirming some of the positions of Chief Okeke, the former Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Oriade, Chief Alex Ezeobi, popularly known as “Biafra”,stated that : “the only recognized Eze in Oriade LCDA now, is Eze Emmanuel Chukwuakalikamadu”.
This affirmation ,Biafra said, is based on the report of the committee set up by Chief Edwin Egboka, alias.
TOP JUJU ACT, YINKA BEST CLINCHES INT’L AWARD
TOP JUJU ACT, YINKA BEST CLINCHES INT’L AWARD
Nigerian Juju act, Yinka Best has bag an impressive award as the Africulture UK/Europe Best Cultural Juju Artist of the year 2023.
The saxophonist, Yinka Best clinched.the award after receiving the highest votes in the category.
According to the organizers of the award, Queen Adetutu Jakande and Obalola Adeshina Ajao, the award is set out to honour those who have shown unprecedented involvement to the growth of Nigeria music beyond the shores of the country.
In the previous editions of the award, notable personalities like King Sunny Ade(KSA), King Wasiu Ayinde(K1),among others have been crowned winners in different categories of the award.
The prestigious award organized by Africulture Traditional and Entertainment UK(ATAE) awards is an annual event with this year’s edition been held on Sunday 19, November 2023 in London.
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