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Consistent Social Media War Against Governor Ugwuanyi And The Man Behind The Mask

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By Barth Odinanwa
For those who are surprised or worried about where the consistent and aggressive social media attacks and tantrums at Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi are coming from since the conclusion of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Enugu State, it is being  orchestrated and funded by his kinsman, ally and  former Minister, Chief John Nnia Nwodo (jnr)  from Igbo-Etiti LGA.
    The outspoken and pugnacious former Minister, who has been enjoying public office and easy fund since 1979 till recently has supporters in a serving senator, Senator Chuka Utazi, a notorious and serial governorship contestant, Bar. Okey  Ezea, a sit-tight serving House of Representatives member, Pat Asadu,  who lost out in the recent PDP primaries, one time local  government chairman and longest serving Commissioner in the state,  Arch. Chris Offor and others. They  are all from Nsukka and Ugwuanyi’s benefactors before now.
    These personalities have been greatest beneficiaries of Governor Ugwuanyi’s government and personal magnanimity over the years at the detriment of the rest of Nsukka people. Governor Ugwuanyi has always been supportive and respectful of them especially the former Minister, whom he made President General of the Igbo apex social cultural organisation.
    For the love and respect Governor Ugwuanyi has for the former Minister’s family, he made the former  Minister’s elder brother, Dr. Okwesilieze  Nwodo’s son, Chairman of their local government against all odds.
    It would be recalled that at the early stage of Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration, the former Minister brought the contractor that did a shoddy job on Total Roundabout road to Odenigbo junction in Nsukka, that nearly caused rift between Nsukka people and Gov. Ugwuanyi before the latter addressed it.
    The former Minister who is double-faced and  known for his double standing on issues of personal interest, often praises Governor Ugwuanyi in his face and castigates him in his absence and private.
   He has been hypocritical, preemptive,  dismissive, envious and critical of Governor Ugwuanyi’s political exploits, capacity and achievements in office.
   The former Minister, who has been in political and public offices for years before now has nothing to show for it in terms of infrastructural projects or human empowerment in his local government, Enugu North Senatorial zone and Enugu State in general, apart from lining his personal pockets and that of his family members.
     Despite saying repeatedly and pretentiously that he is no longer partisan, the former Minister is deeply partisan and interested in the politics of who succeeds Governor Ugwuanyi.
   It is known that ahead of the PDP governorship primaries in Enugu, the former Minister and his allies from Nsukka continously pressured Gov. Ugwuanyi to support his brother- in-law and Commissioner in Ugwuanyi’s government from Isi Uzo LGA to emerge the PDP governorship candidate.
    Even before the PDP primaries, the former Minister and his few political allies from Nsukka that have lived and survived on government patronage all their lives have already shared juicy government positions among themselves and family members with every confident that the former Minister’s brother-in- law, ex-commissioner and Ugwuanyi’s alleged cousin will emerge the PDP governorship candidate.
   Unfortunately for the former Minister, who is not occupying any public office now to continue to enjoy free monies that usually come with it, his brother- in- law from Isi Uzo LGA lost the PDP governorship primaries to Mr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah.
  That is why the former Minister and his allies embarked on aggressive social media campaign of calumny against Governor Ugwuanyi since then.They have been meeting and conspiring continously against Governor Ugwuanyi with the sole of aim of sustaining the aggressive social media attacks and campaign of calumny against him in the days ahead, hiding under Nsukka collective interest that they never represented or promoted genuinely and altruistically.
   They are behind all the fabricated and libelous social media open letters and articles against Governor Ugwuanyi. They  have been deceitfully reaching out and recruiting some gullible persons in Nsukka, including clerics to be speaking evil and launching social media attacks on Governor  Ugwuanyi for their personal interests.
    This is not minding the fact that the former Minister, who lacks integrity has taken his brother- in- law who lost out in the PDP governorship primaries to Labour Party, after the latter had earlier accepted the outcome of the PDP primaries and pledged support for Mbah.
   The former Minister’s political fight against Gov. Ugwuanyi is not different from the fight he led against Governor Ugwuanyi’s successors for selfish  interest and lost woefully.
    If the former Minister can easily lose fight against Ugwuanyi’s predecessors that did not know him well, what made him and his co- travellers think they can defeat Governor Ugwuanyi who knows them very well and is better placed, accepted and positioned politically than them in the state, especially in Nsukka.
   For now, the former Minister and his cohorts can continue to enjoy,  hallucinate and fantasize,   in the thick of time, they will realize that politics goes beyond social media rantings and grammatical gyrations.
Odinanwa, writes from Amagunze, Nkanu East LGA

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Glo promotes Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage at Ojude Oba

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Digital solutions provider, Globacom, on Tuesday threw its weight behind the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, emphasizing the huge potential of such festivals to promote cultural diversity, unity and harmony in the country.

 

In his goodwill message to this year’s edition of the event, the Chairman of Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., also noted that age-long festivals such as Ojude Oba could foster cultural exchange and showcase Nigeria’s rich heritage to the world.

Dr Adenuga observed that the theme of this year’s celebration, UNITY AND HARMONY IN IJEBULAND: THE GIFT OF OJUDE OBA, emphasised the values that the festival had espoused for over a century that it has been in existence.

 

He added that the festivals also had potential to boost tourism and help in the diversification of the economy which was why the Federal Government and many governments across the globe have placed tourism on top of their development agenda.

 

Adenuga noted that Globacom has continued to support major festivals in the country in order to strengthen them as world class events which will attract even more visitors from across the world.

 

On the company’ partnership with the Ojude Oba Planning Committee, he is optimistic that it will further foster a symbiotic relationship with immense benefits for both Globacom and the sons and daughters of Ijebuland at home and in the Diaspora.

 

One of the key features of the festival is the Regberegbe (age grade) competition. Egbe Bobasete Okunrin Omooba came first with Egbe Bobagunte Okunrin Akile Ijebu second and Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin Asiwaju polling third place.

 

 

 

Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Omooba won first place in the female division, while Egbe Bobagunwa Obinrin Asiwaju and Egbe Arobayo Obinrin Akile Ijebu emerged as runners-up, taking home the same awards as their male counterparts.

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Perm Sec Denies Sexually Harassing Female Subordinate, Says, She Accused Me Because I Refused To Pay Her Bills.

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The permanent secretary of the federal ministry of foreign affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa, says he is being accused of sexual harassment by Simisola Fajemirokun-Ajayi, an official of the ministry, because he refused her demands.

 

Recall that the minister of foreign affairs, Yusuf Tugga, had notified Folasade Yemi-Esan, the head of service of the federation (HoS), of the allegation.

 

In a letter to Yemi-Esan, the minister said it was necessary to communicate the development to her following the “gravity of the matter” after Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, wrote a petition to him.

 

However, in response to the allegation, Lamuwa said his failure to pay Ajayi’s bills on an official trip to Davos and refusal to grant her access to policy files and financial records of the ministry were the reasons why she accused him of sexual harassment.

 

The permanent secretary said he has never sexually harassed her but has maintained a professional relationship with all his subordinates.

 

“I have served for nine years cumulatively in the State House, in the Office of the Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President, and the exalted Office of the President at various times under Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, Mr. David Edevbie, Amb. Abdullahi Gwary, and lastly, Amb. Lawal Kazaure,” Lamuwa said.

 

“I received three letters of commendation at various times from the State House for meritorious service.

 

“On allegations of female directors being harassed, I have never had any incident with any female director in any hotel room, nor have I ever removed any female officers’ names from trips or postings because they refused to comply with any sexual demands.

 

“No four women or any number could have shared any alleged ordeal with me with her, as no such incidents have happened in the past, and it is untrue that any such common knowledge exists in the Ministry, as there is no basis for it.

 

“From the foregoing, I believe Mrs. Simisola O. Fajemirokun-Ajayi’s action might not be unconnected with my failure to pay her Davos bills or give her access to the Ministry’s policy files and financial records.

 

“For example, on 12th January, 2023, while in Davos, on a WhatsApp chat, she tried to know what I and the DFA were doing about the payment of the outstanding Nigerian Mission’s 1st Semester Allocation of about N12,957,103,477, claiming to know the Minister has spoken to the CBN Governor on the issue.

 

“In my response, I told her that Missions’ funding should not concern her, as it was being handled at the highest level. Her response was ‘Noted Sir. As directed by the Hon. Minister sir, does it concern Me?’. I wrote back to say, ‘I sorted that out with the HMFA yesterday’. And she said ‘thank you’. I knew she was angry with me about that.

 

“It is clear that there are two issues that have been worrying Mrs. Simisola O. Fajemirokun-Ajayi and were therefore waiting for any opportunity to get back at me.”

 

The permanent secretary added that they had exchanged jokes on many occasions in

the presence of other people.

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Foreign Affairs Ministry Perm Sec, Lamuwa, Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

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The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Lamuwa has been suspended over allegation of sexually harassing a married female staff of the Ministry.

 

Recall that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, wrote to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, over allegation of sexual harassment levelled against the Permanent Secretary.

 

One of the Minister’s aides, Mrs. Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, stated that Lamuwa sexually harrased her.

 

Lamuwa had served as Nigeria’s ambassador to the Republic of Senegal with concurrent accreditation to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania before his appointment as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

He joined the foreign service in 1993, was born in 1967, and hails from Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State.

 

In a letter dated May 27, Tuggar said he was compelled to write to inform the Head of Service of a formal complaint against Lamuwa on allegations of sexual harassment.

 

“Bearing in mind the gravity of the matter, I feel it necessary to draw your attention to it and ask that you handle it accordingly.

 

“Please find attached a copy of the complaint I received via email. May I also assure you that I remain available to provide you with any assistance required in discharging your responsibilities,” Tuggar wrote.

 

Source squealed that Lamuwa had been asked to step aside by the Office of the Head of Service.

 

He was given till Friday last week to vacate office and the immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba, Benaoyagha Okoyen, assumed office on Monda

y in acting capacity.

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