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Niger Gov eulogises former CJ, describes her as a calm, meticulous person

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By Naseer Minjiyawa

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has eulogised immediate past Chief Judge (CJ) of the State, Justice Lami Bawa Bwari describing her as calm and meticulous in all she does. 

The governor gave the indication at the Valedictory court session in her honour and the swearing- in of the Acting Chief Judge Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, held at the High Court of Justice, Minna. 

The Governor at the valedictory session, said “Justice Bwari has done well, she consolidated on all the achievements made by her predecessors, we are surely going to miss her”. 

On the challenges faced by the Judicial arm of government, Governor Bello explained that addressing the challenges is a continuous process saying he will not relent in doing so.  

To the Acting Chief Judge of the State, the Governor said he has no doubt that she will do well as she is upto the task. 

“I have worked with her for some times, she has chaired some of our committees, I’ve given her some responsibilities which she did very well”, he said. 

In her valedictory address, the immediate past CJ Justice Lami Bawa Bwari, said the knowledge she acquired having worked in different capacities in the Judiciary and the support she enjoyed from the government and other administrative staff, helped her carried out her task smoothly after building on the legacies left by her predecessors.  

She highlighted some of her achievements as construction of new courts in Kontagora, Sabon Daga and Gbara, remodeling of Magistrate Court to a befitting Hight Court in Kontagora, renovation and maintenance works, appointment of High Court Judges, Khadis and Shari’a Judges as well as clearing backlogs of promotion of staff from 2016 to 2021 among others. 

Justice Bwari however said the Judiciary is not without some challenges which she said include lack of adequate funds; medical and vacation allowances for Judges; total renovation and fencing of some courts; as well as shortage of office accommodation at the Judicial Service Commission.  

In her remarks, the Acting CJ of the State, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik acknowledged that the former CJ Justice Bwari has paid her dues through diligent and loyal service to the state for more than four decades adding that she deserves to rest. 

Justice Abdulmalik said her immediate predecessor in her capacity as a Judicial officer has distinguished herself while as a memeber of the Bar and on the Bench, pointing out that the former CJ had presided over hundreds of matters and delivered well thought out judgments that stood their grounds at the appellate Courts.  

“She was known to be an expert on election matters and presided over many election tribunals, she is an encyclopedia on matters of law, ardent supporter of the rule of law, an excellent manager of public funds.  

“Indeed My Lord has paid her dues and it is time to break new grounds. We pray My Lord will not be tired to share her wealth of experience with young and upcoming juries and will willingly offer herself to assist the Judiciary”, she said. 

The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Nasara Dan-Mallam, representative of Senior Advocates of Nigeria Ibrahim Isyaku, Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association Minna Branch, Mohammed Abubakar El-saru and Chairman Magistrate Association of Nigeria, Hauwa’u Baba Yusuf in their separate remarks eulogized the former CJ for her meritorious service to the state. 

The immediate past CJ Justice Lami Bawa Bwari was the 8th Chief Judge of the State and was born on the 27th of February 1957. 

The former CJ started her career from 1976 and rose through the ranks to the positions of Chief Magistrate, Assistant Secretary Judicial Service Commission,  Chief Registrar Niger State High Court, Solicitor General/Director General State Ministry of Justice and Judge of the High Court among others before her elevation as the Chief Judge of the State on the 23rd of October, 2020.

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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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