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Onyeka Owenu narrates her experience as DG, National Center For Women Development

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… I was targeted, abused for being an Igbo woman

Her statement reads, “When the call came on September 13, 2013 to serve Nigeria as DG, National Center For Development, I took it as a call from God and I answered in the affirmative.

“I served for 2 years and 5 months and did my best under very difficult conditions. We hardly had money to operate and the place was badly run down. Worst, there was low moral and lack of commitment among the staff as most spent the day loitering and gossiping.

“Many would not show up for work or arrive 11 am, only to leave before 3 pm. Some were absent for months and were just collecting their salary at home.

“My administration changed all that. Most Staff were turned around and became passionate about the work, appreciating also the changes they thought were not possible but were happening right before them.

“There remained though, a remnant who felt that the Center was their personal preserve and that the position of Director General should only go to someone from their part of the country. I was initially dismissed as just a Musician.

“When that did not work, I was targeted and abused for being an Igbo woman who came to give jobs to and elevate my people while sidelining them. When these detractors could not provide answers to the spate of improvement we were bringing, they resorted to sabotage and blackmail. The first such salvo was fired when a Senate Committee visited on an oversight mission a few months after my arrival. All three Generators at the Center were cannibalized, overnight, just hours to the visit.

“I have never in my life been an unfair person. I never favored any group I carried everybody along. But I did not put up with deliberate incompetence and a refusal to learn, an attitude of entitlement which some people displayed. We brought back a level of professionalism and commitment to deliver on our mandate. Without these attributes, the Center would have fallen apart.

“I am Onyigbo and proud of it. I respect myself and I love and respect all for who they are. We are all God’s children. No one has the right to insult or abuse me or deprive me of my rights. Nigeria will not hold unless and until we all come to that realization.

“Thank you and God bless,” Onwenu said in her statement.

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Why I named my newborn baby after Buhari -Father

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A father of a newborn baby in Ring Road community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Abdulmuminu Shehu, has explained why he named his newborn baby after President Muhammadu Buhari, despite the current hardship being experienced in the country.

The father said he named his son ‘Buhari’ because he had promised that whenever he gave birth to a baby boy, he would become the namesake of the president, saying he had fulfilled his long-awaited promise: “I am happy to have witnessed the ceremony alive.”

Added to that, Shehu said naming his son ‘Buhari’ was replacement to the action by one Salisu Muhammed, in Gombe State, who recently changed his son’s name from Buhari to Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Shehu, who described the president as someone with good intention for the country, said the president meant well for the country and that was why he would continue to support him.

He said he had never stopped being a big fan of Buhari since 2015.

He said among the 20 in his group who were fans of Buhari, only three of them remained his supporters, adding that they would continue to pray for his success until he finished his second tenure in 2023.

He said though his decision became a topic of discussion and lamentation among his associates, he was never bothered.

Shehu further said he was happy that the president had remained a man of integrity, a quality which even his opponents acknowledged.

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Breaking: Court Court Sentences Port Harcourt Serial killer to Death By Hanging

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Justice Adolphus Enebele of the High court sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted Gracious David-West of the murder of eleven young and attempted murder of Benita Etim in hotels last year.

Justice Enebele in his judgment said the prosecution team was able to convince the court that David-West was the killer of the several females.

Meanwhile the second defendant Nimi ThankGod who is facing one count charge of misconduct with corpse was discharged and acquitted.

Gracious David West is convicted to death by hanging.

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