We have invited you this afternoon to alert Nigerians and the international community that all is not well with our nation. A wave of terror is threatening our democracy; our constitutional order, national cohesion and safety of our citizens are now as at stake.
The poet was openly and deeply involved in the struggles of the era to chase away the military from Nigeria's political landscape. Wild covert and overt agents of the infamous junta of Abacha were unleased on his trail; and the poet had gone into hiding in a place in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, for a period of over four months. His beautiful and easy-going wife, Evelyn and his two children – Otoabasi and Daramfon, had relocated from Benin City to Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State (his home state) because of the persistent intimidations and threats to their lives by Abacha's raging agents. Ekere Nkanga, the poet's brother-in-law, then a notable human rights activist with the CLO, Nigeria's premier and leading human rights organization, was arrested in the poet's (Nnimmo Bassey) house in Benin City. He was detained for three months at the notorious Oko Prisons in Benin City without charge or trial.
“Truth never damages a cause that is just." ― Mahatma Gandhi
Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chairman of Platform Petroleum and the second son of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs has loudly disapproved of the High Court-ordered autopsy done on his father at the 37 Military Hospital, Accra, Ghana on Friday 19th July 2019.
By Simeon Nwakaudu
Personally, I do not like any form of self-praise. It appears to me as gloating, no matter how it is couched. But with the destructive manipulations of the democratic process, it is strategic for us to continue to place in the right perspective the magnitude of God's favour to the people of Rivers State.
Wale Okediran from Oyo State in the south-western part of the country is a trained medical doctor, now a novelist and author of, Tenants of the House (2009). And Eghosa Imaseun was born in Warri metropolis in Delta State, but his parents are from Edo State. He is also a medical doctor, who is now a midcareer novelist. He wrote Fine Boys (2012)