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Ekweremadu's Attack In Germany: Matters Arising

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 Ekweremadu's Attack In Germany: Matters Arising
The fact that former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was nearly lynched by an angry mob in Nunberg Germany did not come to many Nigerians as a big surprise given the present helpless frustration among Nigerian masses home and abroad.
 
Someone even said that many such politicians would have been waylaid and dealt with by the home branch of the masses had it not been for the often AK-47-weilding security officers frequently shielding them back home.
 
For the record, this is not the first time a Nigerian politician has been harassed outside the shores of the country. Recall that on March 10, 2016, then Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State was disgraced at the Chattam House, London by a solo IPOB protester who called him a “liar’’ and “murderer’’, stoically determined to stop him from making an address.
 
What is however intriguing about Ekweremadu’s ordeal was that he was physically attacked and made to scamper into a waiting car by a seemingly angry IPOB mob baying for blood. A loud protester could be heard in the background of a 56-second video that showed the ugly event lamenting about how the senator’s constituents were being massacred by herdsmen while he could afford to party and wine in a foreign land.
 
Methinks Senator Ekweremadu is bearing the brunt of a genuine frustration among Nigerian masses. The security situation in the country has deteriorated, with unabated killings by alleged Fulani herdsmen who have been sacking communities and kidnapping travellers in the North-West, North-Central and southern Nigeria. This situation coupled with a tumbling economy and a seemingly clueless helplessness by the current administration has compelled Nigerians abroad who share the pains and burden of their relatives at home to see travelling politicians as a convenient catharsis for their frustrations. This is a luxury they can afford to enjoy in foreign lands where civil liberties are part of daily life. Unfortunately, their counterparts at home are hampered by the ever-brutal security forces which are happy to use maximum forces on peaceful protesters. One can only imagine what would happen if the often-worshipped politicians are ever physically harassed.
 
That should not be so. Although I personally do not support physical assaults on public officers no matter what the gripes are, public protests and civil demonstrations are a part and parcel of a healthy democracy – more so, when it is recognised that those occupying such positions are accountable to the masses. It is common to see presidents egged and drenched by angry protesters in civilised countries, a sign that power belongs to the people. Such outpouring of emotions when not lethal or life-threatening is totally permissible, if it galvanises public functionaries into living up to their responsibilities.
 
Ekweremadu may have been an unlucky scapegoat (given his decent representation in the Senate) who has taken one for a political crop perpetually accused of being ensconced in obscene luxuries and cloistered from the everyday grind of the long-suffering citizenry, but his ordeal is a warning that “abroad’’ may no longer be a safe haven for leaders who shirk their main responsibility of representing the interests of the masses.

Oliver C. Orji,
England, United Kingdom
oliverchuksorji@gmail.com

Ronke Odusanya welcomes her first child

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Ronke Odusanya welcomes her first child
Ronke Odusanya in the early hours of today August 19, welcomed her first child with her lover she has concealed from public space.

Sharing news of her baby's arrival with her over 1.2m followers on Instagram, the Nollywood actress expressed gratitude to God for seeing her through the period of pregnancy. Ronke wrote;

My joy knows no limit .. Its boundless ... Appreciation to God for the process and seeing me through it all ... Birthing a new being is a whole new level and experience for me ... my love We welcome our child ..... oluwa modupe

Ronke Odusanya welcomes her first child

APC Reacts To IPOB's Attack On Ekweremadu

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APC Reacts To IPOB's Attack On Ekweremadu
The All Progressives Congress (APC) strongly condemns the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, immediate past Deputy Senate President and serving Senator by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany.
 
Those involved in the despicable actions and the organisation they represent are unworthy in character. No Nigerian should be assaulted in the manner Senator Ekweremadu was. It is an indecent action and it is below the acceptable standard of behaviour expected of our citizens whether in Nigeria or abroad.It is however regrettable that some of the people and organizations who had offered these irresponsible elements open support in the past are raising their voices now.
 
It would be recalled that the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its leaders chose to play politics over a matter that called for collective patriotic actions when IPOB raised a terror group in the South East.
 
It is clear that PDP and its other shortsighted co-travelers who were the main cheerleaders of IPOB owe this country an apology. IPOB hid under regional identity to perpetrate criminality having recruited some misguided elements and miscreants.
 
Are we surprised by the PDP’s hypocritical reaction to the unfortunate attack on Senator Ekweremadu? No! The PDP and their leaders have acted true to type. This is what happens when politicians become myopic and allow narrow sentiments becloud their sense of judgement.We all have a responsibility to collectively rise against evil wherever we find it and in whatever guise it appears. We hope lessons have been learnt from this unfortunate incident.
 
SIGNED:
 
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu
 
National Publicity Secretary All Progressives Congress (APC)

Kevin Hart tops Forbes list of highest-earning stand-up comedian of 2019

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Kevin Hart tops?Forbes list of highest-earning stand-up comedian of 2019
Kevin Hart is the highest-earning stand-up comedian of 2019, according to Forbes.

The 40-year-old actor and comedian earned $59 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1 of this year. He previously topped the Forbes list of highest-paid comedians in 2016. Hart  who holds lucrative sponsorships with Mountain Dew, Chase and other brands, completed a world tour in January, and released a new Netflix special, Irresponsible, in April.

Jerry Seinfeld earned the No. 2 spot with $41 million. Seinfeld has an upcoming residency show at the Beacon Theatre in New York and continues to receive payments from Hulu for Seinfeld streaming rights.

Hart and Seinfeld were followed by Jim Gaffigan at $30 million, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah at $28 million and Sebastian Maniscalo at $26 million.

Gabriel Iglesias, Amy Schumer, Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham and Aziz Ansari rounded out the top 10. Schumer, who last appeared in the top 10 in 2017, was the only woman to make the list.

Germany Set To Deport Many Nigerians Today

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 Germany Set To Deport Many Nigerians Today
On Monday, a new batch of Nigerian migrants will be deported from Germany to Nigeria.
 
The migrants are expected to leave Frankfurt Airport at 8 am and land in Nigeria’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport around 2 pm and 3 pm.
 
Although the number of migrants has not been ascertained, it was, however, reported that migrants will be picked randomly from different accommodation centres.
 
Last month two batches of Nigerians were sent back home from the European country.
 
“The flight will be from Frankfurt on Monday. For those who have been given the information, the plane will take off by 8 am and arrive in Nigeria between 2 pm and 3 pm.

“Those who will be deported will be picked randomly from their different accommodation centres from 3 am till 5 am in different regions and conveyed to a central place and finally to Frankfurt Airport,” the Co-ordination Activist for Network Refugees 4Refugees, a political platform for refugees/migrant self-organization based in Stuttgart, Germany, Rex Osa, told The Nation.
 
Osa added, “When their asylum application is already expired, they are obligated to leave the country.

“For those who don’t leave voluntarily, they will be given a what is I can translate in English to mean toleration status. This status is not a resident title; it is to show that the person is still there because the deportation is hindered because of one reason or the other.

“These people are picked up early in the morning without expecting the police.

“Some would be picked up from work also. When the police arrive in their rooms, they would be allowed to pack things not more than say 64 kilos. The police will be standing to make sure the person does not escape.”

BBNaija: Enkay evicted from the Big Brother Naija house

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BBNaija: Enkay evicted from the Big Brother Naija house
Enkay on Sunday August 18, became the 10th housemate to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija Reality Show.

The reality show star was one of the Icons team members that were put up for eviction last week after losing their nomination task.

Also one of those recently unveiled on the show, Enkay joined Joe as the evicted housemates for week 7.

Beating Of Ekweremadu And The Stones Awaiting Others

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Beating Of Ekweremadu And The Stones Awaiting Others
There is pain. There is anger. And there is collective rage in the land. Nigerians are empty of options and are seeking avenues for a purge; for catharsis. The season of retribution may be upon us sooner than we imagine.

The physical abuse of former deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu at an Igbo forum by some young men in Germany, though condemnable, betokens the onset of nemesis. In a video recording in circulation, while the lawmaker was being assaulted, his abusers could be heard saying: “What have you done? People are dying.’’ This is the question most Nigerians have been asking their leaders helplessly.

Ekweremadu may be a victim of constrained anger – if one is to go by the confessions of his assaulters in the video. He may not be the worst of his ilk. But situating his antecedents and the expectations of most people from the southeast, he, perhaps, set himself up for criticisms. He has been a senator since 2003. And he has been deputy-senate president for eight years. But the question is, in what way has his exalted position being of benefit to the area or the region he represents? What development has he influenced to the section? 

Inland ports are an essential transportation need of the southeast, a bill to establish them has often been ignored at the senate, where Ekweremadu was the second most powerful man. Even in the 16 years of the PDP, a party the southeast bent obsequiously for, bills to have these facilities and other projects sited in the region were not considered.

I have often wondered aloud, ‘’what exactly did the PDP do for the southeast in 16 years besides empowering a few people in the neighbourhood of power?’’

However, a statement by the media office of Ekweremadu says the attack was orchestrated by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). This is plausible, but does it obviate the kindler of the outburst? Though, the lawmaker had run the gauntlet in certain cases, there is an assumption that he did not and has not taken up the responsibility providence surrendered into his hands.

Nigerians are peeved. And the parlous state of things is breeding more children of anger. Some months ago, a seething mob hauled stones at some (APC) lawmakers who visited their constituencies in Katsina. They escaped, but not unscathed.

The citizens’ rage is not spared for any party. Some lawmakers in the APC cannot go to their constituencies without heavy security escort. The situation is progressively-degenerative; citizens are angrier now than before, seeking outlets for quick release.

But I must concede that Nigerians are still too tranquilised for a mass action against the factors of their suffering. That ‘’uprising’’ happened in Germany because the country is a ‘’liberte’’ society; not where ‘’uprisers’’ will be neutralised with live bullets. Ekweremadu went to a country where Nigerians live untamed.

Nevertheless, violence is not an instrument of change, but of destruction; it should not be found in the quarters of civilised people. Violence is not only physical. Corruption is violence. Stealing is violence. Nepotism is violence. Incompetence is a form of violence.

Leaders quench this fire.
 
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Written by Fredrick Nwabufo

@FredrickNwabufo

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