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HURIWA names senator Abaribe/ Hajia Aliyu as its Man/Woman of the year 2021



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Front line Civil Rights Advocacy Group-: Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has named the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, as the Human Rights Man/Woman of the year 2021.

They described the duo as highly revered individuals that are worthy of emulation by both the Private and Public Sectors.
The National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko
Made the disclosure on behalf of the Governing Board and the over ten thousand registered members of the Civil Society Organisation in a Media statement.
He indicated that the duo were unanimously selected based on merits, competences, avowed commitments to selfless public services and for their distinctive and charismatic leadership qualities they have brought to bear in the discharge of their Legislative and Ministerial duties to the generality of Nigerians.

Senator Abaribe, HURIWA said, has carved a niche for himself as the significant voice of the people in the National Assembly and as a Servant of Constitutional Democracy.
Continuing he said Abaribe has consistently stood his ground and galvanised the political opposition to render qualitative and structured opposition to some attempts at gagging the Press and passing draconian Legislations to attack Fundamental Human Rights of the Citizens particularly the attempt to muzzle access to Social Media.

HURIWA described the Minister of State for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Ph.D as one of the finest and committed believers in humanitarian services to the poorest of the poor and she brought her charismatic leadership skills to bear in the handling of distribution of relief materials at the onset of the Pandemic of COVID-19.
Onwubiko said she demonstrated the uncommon passion for combating poverty and unemployment amongst rural dwellers during the period.
“The FCT Minister of State, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Ph.D is known not to interfere with the Democratic Governance of Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and therefore, entering the pantheon of one of the most beloved Iconic Promoters of Democracy. “

The Nigerian Senator, Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe was born on March 1, 1955, in Aba, Abia State just as Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe got his WASSCE from Government College, Umuahia in 1974. He went on to the University of Benin, Benin City where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1979 and a Master’s Degree in Economics in 1982.

Abaribe was elected to the Senate in 2007 and has been representing Abia South Senatorial District till date.

He is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Affairs. He is also a member of the Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senate Services, and Works. And, currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity.

Before 2007, Senator Abaribe was Abia State’s Deputy Governor from May 29, 1999, after Orji Uzor Kalu’s 1999 election to the Governorship until he resigned in March 7, 2003 – before the third attempt to impeach him became a reality. He holds the title Nwadiohanma Ngwa.

HURIWA’s Man/Woman of the year 2021 in every sense have manifested rich rapporteur of the distinctive leadership style with a focus towards taking the Citizens to their better selves economically and socially.

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Ezeife’s daughter gives reason her father supported Obi




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The first daughter of the late Gov. Chukwemeka Ezeife, Okwadike, Dr Mrs Ogelue C. Ezeife Ugorji, has her father strongly supported the presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi in the 2023 Presidential election.
She said her father known for his firm stand on justice and equity, threw his weight behind Obi because he looked forward to a better and more united nation where every Nigerian would be treated justly and given a fair chance to succeed.
A statement issued by the Spokesperson of Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) Dr Yunusa Tanko quoted her to have explained further that her Father strongly believed that Peter Obi would have made it happen.

Dr. Ezeife-Ugorji made the revelation while paying a glowing tribute to her late father, Gov. Chukwemeka Ezeife, at his Commendation Service in Awka. Gov. Ezeife was the first civilian governor of Anambra State and an elder statesman. As part of his final journey home, a commendation service was held for him in Awka yesterday.

Speaking of his well-lived life, Dr Ugorji stated that her father, Okwadike, held justice and equity very highly.
She narrated how Okwadike, during his last visit to the United States of America before his death, revealed that his unwavering support for Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, was borne out of his deep conviction that Obi would build a just and equitable nation.

She further described the late Okwadike as a man of wisdom, a lover of peace, and an emblem of unity.
She said Okwadike was a truly detribalized Nigerian who related to everyone irrespective of tribe or religion. She prayed to God to grant her beloved father eternal rest and to grant that his hopes of a just and equitable Nigeria be actualized.

The event was well attended by many dignitaries and revered Nigerians, including the Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo; President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; Former Governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo; Former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chris Ngige, and many others.

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Touching story of Obi Cubana, wife




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When my wife was carrying my younger son Zillion in her womb, she asked me to promise her a gift when she puts to birth.

2months after, Zillion came.

A month later when I was sure she could go out with the baby, I took her to a big phone shop.

She had asked me for a particular phone.

My mother inlaw went with us. I didn’t know she was listening to our conversation with the dealer.

When she heard the price, her mood changed immediately. The front desk guys noticed it but couldn’t ask why.

Standing right there, I took my mind back to years ago when this woman was with me in an uncompleted building.

One night being our first day of washing clothes for people, we had finished this set of dresses and the owner asked us to deliver that same night.

We had not eaten since morning because the little money we had, we used it for buying of soap and starch.

We waited and eventually went to the man’s house at 9pm when he returned from work and handed the clothes to the wife.

She took it into their room.

1hour later, no one came out to see us. We waited and waited until the househelp finally came out and excitedly I felt she brought our money.

She approached me and said she wants to lock the door, they’re going to bed.

My wife was pregnant, she had not eaten and her stomach was beginning to hurt.

We got up, walked out and left their compound. They never paid us till today. It’s been a decade and yesterday evening I went to wash my car, lo and behold, the man who pleaded with me to park it in his own side so he could wash is the same man whom I washed dresses for and he refused to pay me till today.

He didn’t even know me.

I only introduced myself when I paid him and was driving out. Never seen a human statue but I think I saw a human being stand like one yesterday.

That night he did that to us, my wife and I trekked a distance going back because we didn’t have any money for byke.

Finally we saw one boy charging phones for people, my wife gave me her small Nokia phone for us to use and borrow money from that boy so we could eat.

The boy graciously gave us 1000naira and kept the phone. We never saw that phone again.

Back at the phone shop, I knew nothing could equal the price of her sacrifices. I brought out my card and gave them to pay for the phone.

Till we drove home, my mother inlaw didn’t say a word in the car. She was worried that her daughter just wasted my money.

She called her into the room and started complaining bitterly and my wife told her a little story about us.

She couldn’t hold back her tears and she came into my room to say thank you Inlaw.

When you have a wife that stood with you in your trying moments and she fought with you to conquer, the little you can do is appreciate her.

Show her you have not forgotten her love and sacrifices.

Several marriages hit the rocks during trying moments. If yours survived because your spouse had to stand with you, never take it for granted

– Obinna Iyiegbu (Obi Cubana

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Ododo celebrates Tinubu @ 72, Salutes his dedication to reviving Nigerias hope




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Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo has applauded the extraordinary dedication of President Bola Tinubu’s determination to stir up the hope of Nigerians in their country as he turns 72 today.

Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Ismaila Isah in a statement said the governor joined other Nigerians to celebrate the achievements of President Tinubu and his unwavering commitment, wisdom, and leadership in steering Nigeria towards greater economic prosperity.
He added that the president has brought about significant improvement in the security of lives and property under very challenging circumstances.

Ododo described the President as a steadfast, determined, focused leader and a rare breed of democrat whose commitment to nation building has shaped the development of democratic institutions in Nigeria.

“Mr President as you mark your 72nd birthday today, I extend my warmest wishes on behalf of the government and people of Kogi State to you for your abiding faith in our county and for your love for our state.

“You have dedicated your life to the service of our great nation, demonstrating unwavering commitment, wisdom, and leadership.

“Your steadfast dedication to the welfare and progress of our country serves as an inspiration to us all.

“On this special day, we celebrate not only the milestones of your exceptional life but also your vision for a stronger and more prosperous Nigeria.

“Under your guidance, we shall continue to strive for unity, peace, and development, overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities for the growth and development of our country,” Governor Ododo said.

The Governor called on all Nigerians to reaffirm their collective commitment to building a nation that is inclusive, just, and prosperous under President Tinubu.
According to him, it is imperative for Nigerians to draw inspiration from the President’s leadership and work together towards a brighter future for the country.

Governor Ododo prayed for the grace of sound health, strength and protection upon the life of Mr. President in his efforts to rekindle hope in Nigeria through the reforms initiated under the Renewed Hope Agenda of his administration.

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