UJU EDOCHIE BLOG : APGA , A CATHOLIC PARTY OR A PARTY FOR THE CATHOLICS.

…….RESPONSE TO THE SPONSORED ARTICLE WITH THE CAPTION ABOVE MEANT TO DIVIDE ANAMBRA ALONG RELiGIOUS LINES.

Anambra State the light of our Nation Nigeria is too complex and stable for a few extremists to toy with along religious lines. After reading the Sun Newspaper advert of October 20, 2018, we were convinced that some felons are out to tarnish the good work of democracy that has kept Anambra State ahead of other states in the country. 
We  read with disgust, the above titled advert which appeared in the Sun Newspaper of October 30, 2014. A thorough perusal of the advert shows that it is the continuation of the war against Anambra state now hiding under the cloak of religion.
In the said advert, they tried to portray Anambra state as an unstable state whose cabinet and other positions in the government were occupied by 80% Catholics. 
The accusation is totally false and was calculated to diminish Anambra State and dredge us in religious crises.
We shall take the points they wickedly raised serially.
A. POLITICAL APPOINTMENT
It is not in doubt that the current Deputy Governor of Anambra state is a proud Anglican. We can take it further to still confirm that the Chief Protocol to His Excellency, Uzuegbunam Okagbue who also double as the Deputy Chief of Staff is a proud Anglican. So numerous to mention are Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, SAs and other appointees in this government are proudly Anglican. 
Going back memory lane, we have the capacity to open up the lies from the pit of hell of some disgruntled elements who do not wish Anambra state well.
Prof. Stella Chinyere Okunna, who tripled to the irritation of many, as the Chief of Staff to the former Governor; Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning; as well as the Chairman, Good Governance Group. Prof. Okunna is an Anglican.
Mrs. Vivian Nwandu was  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Budget and Economic PlanningPlanning and also a member of the Good Governance Group and, in fact, the de facto Deputy Chief of Staff is an Anglican.
Kindly peruse through the list of former Anambra state appointees and the denomination they belonged to.
1. Mr. Oseloka Obaze, former Secretary to State Government Catholic2. Stella Okunna, former Chief of Staff and Comm. for Economic Planning/Budget Anglican3. Peter Afuba, former Comm. for Justice and Attorney General Catholic4. Azuka Enemo, former Comm. for Local Government Anglican5. Lawrence Ikeakor, former Comm. for Health, Anglican6. Henrietta Agbata, former Comm for Women Affairs Anglican7. Callistus Ilozumba, former Comm.for Works Catholic8. Edozie Aroh, former Comm. for Youths and Sports, Anglican9. Sebastian Okoye, former Comm. for Environment Catholic10. Ohamobi Chike, former Comm for Transport, Catholic11. Chibunna Okoli Akirika ,former Comm. for Lands Anglican12. Engr. Patrick Obi, former Comm. for Housing, Catholic13. Ngozi Okoye, former Comm. for Finance Anglican/Pent14. Emeka Nwankwu, former Comm. for Utilities Catholic15. Uju Okeke, former Comm. for Education, Catholic16. Okoli Christopher, former Comm. for Science and Tech, Anglican17. Ndubisi Menakaya , former Comm. for Agriculture, Anglican18. Vivian Nwandu, former Special Adviser on MDG, Anglican19. Godfrey Muotolu, former Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Matters, Catholic 20. Emenike, Obi, former Principal Secretary to the Governor Catholic21. Oby Nwankwo, Perm. Sec. Govt. House, Anglican22. Ferdinand Obi Permanent Secretary/closest aide Anglican
23 Mr George Asuegbu Ijezi (Secretary) Anglican 24. Barr Gabriel Onyeozili  Anglican25. Dr (Mrs) Kate Obioji Catholic26. Mrs Pauline Ndibe Catholic27. Mr. Shedrach Onuigbo Anglican
C. 1 JUDICIARY
Those that placed the advert also said that over 80% of Judges in Anambra State were Catholics, here are the statistics: 
Chief Judges in Anambra state in the last dispensation.
1. Justice Chuka Okoli Anglican2. Justice Nri Ezedi (appointed by Obi) Anglican3. Justice Emeka Nzegwu (appointed by Obi) Anglican4. Justice Paul Obidigwe (appointed by Obi) Anglican5. Justice Peter Umeadi (appointed by Obi) CatholicAnambra State Judiciary has 18 Judges. The under listed, 10 in number, belong to Anglican faith, while the rest belong to Catholic and other faiths:
1. Justice Ijeoma Onwuamaegbu Anglican2. Justice O.M Anyachebelu Anglican3. Justice J.I Nweze Anglican4. Justice O.C. Amaechina Anglican5. Justice P.C Obiora Anglican6. Justice V. N Agbata Anglican7. Justice G.C Anulude Anglican8. Justice Ike Ogu Anglican9. Justice C.C Okaa Anglican10. Justice Otti Anglican
C.2 JUDICIARY
The Customary Court of Appeal became functional in Anambra State during the last dispensation. The two Presidents of the court appointed then were Anglican!
1. Justice Chinwe Amaechi Anglican. 2. Justice Samuel Okoye Anglican 
C.3 JUDICIARY
The Magistrates Cadre has far more Anglicans than Catholics and other denominations put together..
D. PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHURCH ON HEALTH
Anambra state supports Anglican hospitals that did not fall under the original hospitals slated for assistance, namely, Faith Hospital and Maternity owned by the Anglican Diocese of Awka. Another one is the Amichi Diocesan Hospital. Anambra state also assisted hospitals owned by the Pentecostal fellowship, an example being Jesus the Physician Hospital at Awka.
In Anambra state partnership with the Churches to build and rebuild institutions, the state built 10 maternities and four of them were for the Anglican Church and are located in:
1. Umueje, Anyamelum L.G.A2. Awba-Ofenmili, Akwa North L.G.A3. Ihiala, Ihiala L.G.A4. Umunze, Orumba South L.G.A
E. RETURN OF SCHOOLS
On the return of schools, there was no way any particular denomination was favoured. Schools taken over by Government in 1970 were all gazetted and it was those schools that were returned. Anglican Church benefitted more from some local Authority schools that were also returned to them. In few places there were disputes, Government set up a Committee to look into the challenges and resolve it.
Following the heroic return of schools, Anambra State Government gave to Catholic and Anglican Churches over 2 Billion Naira each to rehabilitate those schools and still dolling out millions every year to the curchrs in their partnership for a better Anambra. Anambra currently continued to pay the salaries of both tutorial and non-tutorial staff. This is now being adopted as a model across the globe.
Today, schools in Anambra come first in all external examinations. This is what Anambrarians should be celebrating rather than condone people who vilify the government who was the architect of it all.
F. CONTINUED SUPPORT TO THE CHURCH. 
In line with the development agenda of the government, churches in Anambra State still benefits from the government. Below are the some of the financial assistance to some Anglican diocese in Anambra state.
1. Anglican Diocese of Aguata 5 Million for faith-based micro credit scheme/vehicle2. Anglican Diocese of Ihiala 3 Million for faith-based micro credit/vehicle3. Anglican Diocese of Amichi 3 Million for faith-based micro credit/vehicle4. Anglican Diocese of Niger West 3 Million for faith-based micro credit/vehicle5. Anglican Diocese of Mbamili a bus for their newly established secondary school6. Other Anglican/ Methodist Dioceses and some other religious ​ ​denominations in the state benefitted
G. THOSE SENT TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES.
Among the Five persons sent to the Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at Kuru, Plateau State by Anambra state government, only two were Catholic. They also insinuated that the state is paying catholic priests and bishops salaries. This is the worst blackmail any human can peddle again a peace living state as Anambra. 
We know their plans which is to divide  Anambra state along religious lines going into the general election. Their plans have failed because Anambra state in in the hand of the God Almighty. Support Anambra state. Support APGA, Support governances.
ALLIANCE FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE

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Real Madrid Appoint Santiago Solari Until 2021.

European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since taking over as interim manager in place of sacked former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago.

Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club’s history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday.

 He played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane. The former France captain became the club’s coach and won three UEFA Champions League titles in a row before stepping down.

Solari led Real’s reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopetegui last month. This was after the club’s poor run of form culminated in a painful 5-1 El Clasico defeat by FC Barcelona.

He has presided over victories against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League plus Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga. Lopetegui was sacked after Madrid sank to ninth in the domestic standings. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barca.

Fulham Appoint Ranieri As Manager, Sacked Jokanovic

N8bn Italian Claudio Ranieri has been appointed the new manager of Fulham, replacing Slavisa Jokanovic, the struggling Premier League club said on Wednesday. Serb Jokanovic led Fulham into the Premier League via the playoffs last season but the London club currently sit at the bottom of the league with one win in 12 games.

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said he had taken the decision reluctantly but felt a change was needed. “I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to. “But our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the club and our supporters,” Khan said in a statement.

The much-travelled Ranieri won the Premier League title with unfancied Leicester City in 2016 and most recently coached French side Nantes.

The 67-year-old has worked with Valencia and Atletico Madrid in Spain, Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan in Italy and also had a four-year spell in England with Fulham’s neighbours Chelsea.

“Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option “Having someone of Claudio’s calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential. “Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham.

“His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio’s experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe.

“It is pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham Football Club,” Khan said.

Oshiomhole:It Will Be Strange For APC To Have ‘Graveyard’ Peace.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says it will be strange if the ruling party is experiencing “graveyard peace.”

He also said it was only morally right for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position as he belongs to the minority party.

Oshiomhole, who spoke yesterday during a programme on Arise Television, said the APC was prone to controversies “because it is a large party.”

Last week, the party chairman was detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) and grilled for nine hours after some governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.

“We have finished our primaries and we have submitted names to INEC and there are internal procedures for reconciliation and we are working on them.

“We are a large governing party and it will only be strange if we are having graveyard peace. People are allowed to grumble, grumbling is allowed. We should move on and find solutions,” he said.

When asked whether the party still had plans to remove Saraki, he said: “I think it’s about morality. We just had an election in the U.S. The democrats won more members in the congress. Without much ado, the leadership of the house changed. This question didn’t have to arise. Saraki belongs to a minority party as it stands today in the senate. The truth about democracy is that it’s a game of numbers. It’s unacceptable that minority provides leadership over majority.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the APC that the name of an aspirant who won a primary election in Katsina State be recognized, has allegedly been shunned by Oshiomhole.

The name of the aspirant, Nuhu Danja, who won the primary election held for Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency was claimed to have been wrongly replaced with that of Aminu Tukur, the incumbent.

Tukur had lost the primary election after scoring 305 votes against Danja’s 314 votes.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday, Danja said Buhari’s directive had followed a protest letter from the governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the party in the state which was addressed to the president, and dated October 23.

The letter, he said, affirmed that he was the rightful winner of the primary and not the person earlier forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He alleged that the president’s directive had been ignored by Oshiomhole and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. According to him, the matter became important to be addressed quickly as November 17 is the final date for substitution of names with the electoral empire.

EFCC Intercepted N211million Gold Being Illegally Moved From Lagos To Dubai

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have intercepted gold worth about N211 million being illegally transported through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos State.

EFCC Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr Tony Orilade, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

NAN quoted Orilade as saying the consignment was en route to Dubai.

He said “following intelligence reports, the operatves on November 9, 2018, uncovered the gold weighing about 35kg just at the point of departure of a suspect currently in the EFCC’s custody”.

He said that investigations were currently ongoing to unravel the accomplice behind the illegal movement of the item.

“Meanwhile, the suspect is cooperating with operatives,” Orilade added.

“It will be recalled that the EFCC, also in March 2017, intercepted bags containing a total of N49 million cash being illegally transported out of the country through the Kaduna International Airport.”

103 Nigerians Stranded In Libya Returned To Lagos With 13 Infants

Less than two weeks after 141 Nigerians were repatriated from Libya, another 116 citizens of the country were returned from the war-torn North African country early on Wednesday.

The latest batch of returnees was received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The stranded Nigerians were assisted back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in a chartered flight Al Buraq Airlines with flight number UZ 489.

The aircraft that brought the returnees landed at 12:40am and disembarked the repatriated at the cargo area of the Lagos Airport.

Commenting on the returnees, Mr. Segun Afolayan, the Acting Coordinator, NEMA South West Zone, said that the returnees comprised 53 females and 63 males.

Among them were 46 adult females, two female children and five female infants with 56 male adults, six male children and eight male infants.

Afolayan advised the returnees to discourage other prospective illegal migrants from engaging in the act, especially with the danger inherent in such adventure.

Afolayan stated that migration is a fundamental right of every human being, but when a man embarks on irregular journey, violating the laws of other nations by not following the regular means of migration, the country of destination may apply the nation’s laws to handle such.

To end such irregular migration, the Acting Zonal Coordinator urged other Nigerians who wish to migrate to foreign countries to visit the Migrant Resource Centre opened by IOM in conjunction with the Federal Government.

“The centres are opened to all Nigerians who wish to travel outside the country. They can access detailed information on their intended country of destination,” he said.

“Such information as the types of employment and educational opportunities, counselling on the right and safe routes to travel, the security level of the expected country as well as skill acquisition to whoever approach any of the centres in the country.

“These centres are created to stem the gaps of inadequate information that many Returnees have been complaining about.

$5.8bn NEMA Fraud: Osinbajo Has Questions To Answer – Reps

Contrary to a rebuttal from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that he did no wrongdoing in the approval of N5.8 billion for “emergency intervention of food security to the northeast” in June 2017, when he was acting president, the House of Representatives of Representatives has insisted that the number two man “may have questions to answer, as chairman of the governing board of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The House has also denied any interference with its activities by Speaker Yakubu Dogara or any principal officer in the parliament.

The Vice President had at the weekend through his spokesman, Laolu Akande denied that he indulged in any untoward actions but explained that the funds were released to prevent a looming disaster as a result of severe food shortages throughout the northeast.

But briefing the media today, chairman of the investigative committee, Hon. Ali J.C. (PDP, Gombe) submitted that being the chairman of the governing board of NEMA and approving authority at the time, Prof. Osinbajo may have questions to answer.

“There is nowhere in my report where I mentioned the Vice president or Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, but he may have questions to answer as the chairman of the governing board”, he explained.

Hon. Ali explained further that the vice president as acting president approved and directed the minister of finance and the Accountant General of the Federation to release the sum of N5.8 billion in June 2017.

He further explained that the approval for the N5.8 bn contravened the National Assembly power of approval “as the money was removed from the Eurobond” without the consent of the parliament adding that “there was no procurement, there was no due process, no contract, yet the money was released and expended”, he stated.

The lawmaker said his committee had documentary evidence to back up the violations explaining further that before arriving at their recommendations, various stakeholders were invited and given ample opportunity to tell their side of the story.

“We invited various state governments and the governors or representatives of the various governors who told us that no bag of grain was delivered to their state. so, we gathered our facts from the presentations from various states and stakeholders”, he stated.

Recall that the House had last Thursday, endorsed the report of the committee that investigated over N33 billion fraud at NEMA and consequently advised President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaji for alleged mismanagement and embezzlement.

Although, the abridged report of the committee, which was adopted on the floor of the chambers never mentioned the vice president, reports later emerged that Osinbajo was indicted for illegal approvals.

While denying any involvement by the Office of the speaker in the investigation, Ali said “no single leader of the House directed the committee to carry out any action. I personally threatened to pull out if certain things were not done.

“I will be surprised if the speaker had any interest in what is happening in the north east. But Hon. Benjamin Wayo from Benue state who sponsored the motion did so because of the series of complaints from various quarters.

‘There was no day that neither the speaker nor any other honourable member interfered with our proceedings or compilation of our report or our recommendations”, he affirmed.

Giving details on the findings of his committee, Hon. Ali explained that they recommended that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the police should be directed to recover about N800 million demurrage from some officers of the ministry of agriculture, ministry of budget and national planning and NEMA.

He said “That based on the investigation conducted by the committee, it has been established that the federal government lost a total sum of over N33 billion as a result of mismanagement and outright embezzlement of funds occasioned by the actions or inactions of the managing director of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaji”.

The lawmaker noted that the committee also charged the ICPC and EFCC to recover N150m, being subsidized cost of 5000 metric tons of rice from the present DG, Engr. Maihaji “who claimed to have donated same to World Food programme (WFP) when they were ready to pay for it or import same”

“That in view of the fact that there is evidence that the balance of 5,000 metric tons claimed to have been supplied by Olam Nig. Ltd and 3 Brothers Nig. Ltd at the cost of about N1.5 billion to NEMA was not received by the states of the north east, the money should therefore be recovered from the director general, NEMA”

He said on the issue of donation of 6,779 metric tons of rice by Chinese Government for IDPs in the north east, the committee recommended that “NEMA and the federal ministry of agriculture, ministry of budget and national planning should account for it saying the rice was never received by the six states in the region.

“The committee equally asked the anti-graft agencies to further investigate the receipt and utilization of N1.6 billion for flood victims in 16 states and recover the sum of N700 million from the DG of NEMA, Engr. Maihaji.

“We also recommended that all government officials involved in the approval, processing, release and diversion of the sum of N5.8 billion for the emergency intervention of food security in the north east, which contravened the provisions of section 80 (2) and 80 (4) of the constitution, infraction of due process for procurement and loss of government revenue, flouting of the terms of the Eurobond loan are hereby indicted and the relevant security agencies should take steps to recover the money from them”

EFCC Has Become A Department In APC — Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had become a department in the All Progressives Congress.

The governor also accused the anti-corruption body of being biased in its fight against corruption.

He spoke at the swearing-in ceremony for nine new commissioners who replaced those sacked in August.

Ortom said he would not succumb to any intimidation by the EFCC.

He said: “Despite intimidation from the EFCC that has become a department in APC, we are not going to be intimidated. In the past few months, civil servants working with me are being troubled for no just cause. Once you decamp from APC, EFCC comes after you. Fighting corruption should not be selective.”

He said the EFCC had been on the heels of members of a committee for the burial of the late Tor Tiv following the sum of N120 million used for “the burial and settling of the deceased family.”

The governor said:”if we do anything wrong we are ready to face the law. But we will not succumb to intimidation.”

He also said that his administration could now pay workers’ salaries as and when due because he had detached himself from godfatherism.

Ortom said since he left the APC for the Peoples’ Democratic Party, he had fared well in salary payment as he was no longer under undue “pressure” to satisfy the caprices of certain ‘men’.

“There is no godfatherism again in Benue under my watch. That is why you can see that since I detached myself from godfather, even salary I have been able to pay as at when due. I’m seeking for other ways in offsetting the remaining arrears of salaries.

“Since I left APC, I have been paying salaries. In APC, godfathers will not allow me but now I’m a free man,” he said.

The Rowdy Session In Anambra State House Of Assembly Early Today , Described As Bundle Of Illegality-Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson

Hon (Mrs) Rita Mmaduagwu, A Symbol Of Authority In Anambra state house of assembly.

By Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson

The Rowdy Session in Anambra state house of assembly early today is what I described as bundle of illegality

In as much as Principal Officers are concern, Nobody can impeach Madam Speaker( Rita Maduagwu (Nnewi South II Constituency)

because she have not committed any offence. They didn’t have any power known to any law to impeach her.
Last year the same Hon Ikem Uzoezie plotted to impeached our Able Governor, Chief Willie Obiano but Madam Speaker combatted it, ever since then He vowed to impeached Her, so that he can perform his evil attack against our great party APGA, Gov Willie Obiano and ndi Anambra state at large.

This is the second time that our Principal officers Sacrifices themselves for the  betterment of our dear Anambra state. That’s why I called him symbol of authority. They need two-thirds of the members to impeach the Speaker but they did not succeed . So,therefore Hon Rita Maduagwu still remain the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly.

Our people( ndi Igbo) said Nkita anaghi ata okpukpu anyawara ya n’olu which means that Any one entrusted with anything should not betray the trust, Hon Ikem Uzoezie your constituency (Aguata 11 constituency) entrusted and voted you for Anambra State House of Assembly, Aguata 11 constituency, so that you will deliver Dividends of Democracy to them but you failed woefully and started seeking for speaker positions, distracting and giving our dear state an impermeable name.

I want to congratulates all the Hon  members  , who summoned  courages like a Lion to counter and reserved the evil impeachment , will also like to mention some notable Senior citizens of Anambra State who also helped and supported him in reversing the injustice,because they understand that in difficult times, Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere and they stood up and fought it with their last drop of blood .
HON. PETE IBIDA (NJIKOKA II); HON. CHIDI UDEMADU (IHIALA I); HON. PATRICK ANIUNOH (ONITSHA I); HON. PASCAL AGBODIKE (IHIALA II); HON. BEVERLY NKEMDICHE IKPEAZU (ONITSHA SOUTH II); HON. UCHE OKAFOR (AYAMELUM); HON. NKOLI MMEGBUANAEZE (IDEMILI NORTH); HON. CHUKA EZENWUNNE (IDEMILI SOUTH); HON. TIMOTHY, Ifediorah ma, Hon Lawrence Ezeudu (Dunukofia) in a special way for saving our Immaculate Speaker, Gov Willie Obiano, Our great party APGA and our dear state from Mud. O na-abu Aka nri kwoo aka ekpe, aka ekpe Akwoo Aka nri, which simple means Unity aids progress) what we need in Anambra state is progess(Development) not impeachment

Long live Hon Rita Mmaduagwu (Speaker)!!

Long live Chief Willie Obiano!!!

GOD BLESS NDI Anambra state.