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Disregard false information about our Chairman, Vice, PTD urges Nigerians



By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, has urged the general public as well as Nigerians to disregard false information making the rounds about its legitimate Chairman of PTD, Comrade Lucky Osesua and its Vice Chairman, Comrade Dayyabu Garga and other executives of the union.

The PTD in a statement, said some disgruntled members have gathered to lay false claims of its administrative officers, hence, urging the general public to once again disregard the claims.

They said, “The public is hereby implored to disregard false information about the legitimate Chairman of PTD, Comrade Lucky Osighe Osesua, Vice Chairman, Comrade Dayyabu Garga and other executives of our union.

“It has come to our hearing that some members of the PTD who constituted themselves to be nuisance, are laying false claims to the offices of the administrative officers of PTD and going about, spoiling their names, misinforming the security agencies, state actors, the general public and other executives of the union.

“The truth of the matter is the validly elected officers and their supporters are currently in court questioning their legality and authenticity of court being elected as administrative officers of the union.

“The validly elected officers and their supporters who are currently in court using all Legal means to stop their illegal and unlawful act are being harassed and intimidated using the officers and men of the police force to invite and detain the lawful members.

“There are various activities being carried out by this group, such as: interfering into zonal and units elections, installing Caretaker executives in the zones, forcefully removing any loyal member to Lucky Osighe and his group.

“This action is deliberate to cause breakdown of law and order and also breach of public peace. The security agencies are to play neutral roles in this matter and not to intimidate any group as the matter is before the court of law.

“The threat to the members is to cause breach of peace and security and try to hold them responsible.”

In a letter dated 23rd February 2024, the PTD through its lawyer, Enenche Ekoja Esq. Had written to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), PHRC Live Camp, Alesa, Eleme, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on a “Notice of a Likely Breach of Peace and Security by Self-Acclaimed New Executives of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Planning an Illegal Election Within the Jurisdiction of the Above Address.”

The letter read in part: “We therefore bring to your notice that our clients who are the lawful executives and validly elected to the offices of executives of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers have nothing to do with plans of the above mentioned persons and therefore should not be held responsible for their act in any form.

“Our clients include: Com. Lucky Osighe Osesua (JP), Com. Humble Obinna Power, Com. Dayyabu Garga, Com. Akinolu Olabisi, Com. Tiamiy Sikiru, Com. Abdulmumin Shaibu, Com. John Amajuoyi, Com. Zaira Aregbo, Com. Patrick Erhuwor.

“Others are: Com. Stephen Oruma Ogheneruemu, Com. Gift Oyibo Ukponku, Com. Sunday Ezeocha, Com. Sylvanus Idanwkhai, Com. Solomon Obebeduo, Com. Odoemdam Newman, Com. Daniel Akpoboro, Com. Henry Effiom, Com. Adamu Ibrahim and Com. Francis Onumiwu.

“We therefore call on your office to accord our clients all necessary protection and assistance to avoid them being intimidated by the self- acclaimed executives as our clients go about their lawful business.

“We wish to inform your office too that the issue of the operation of the above persons posing as Executives of Petroleum Tanker Drivers is already before the court and they ought not to carry out any activity on behalf of the union pending the determination of the court and therefore should not be allowed to conduct any election within your domain.”

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I’ll Never Sing New National Anthem – Oby Ezekwesili Vows



By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has vowed never to sing the newly adopted national anthem, ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’.

Ezekwesili said she would continue singing the previous national anthem, ‘Arise, O compatriots

Her remark was in response to President Bola Tinubu’s confirmation of ‘Nigeria, we hail thee’ as the latest national anthem.

Posting on X, Ezekwesili wrote: “Let it be known to all and sundry that I, Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili will whenever asked to sing the Nigerian National Anthem sing:

1. Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labour of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

2. Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause
Guide our leader’s right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace and justice reign.

She added: “This is my own National Anthem and let it be known that no one can suppress my right to dissent an obnoxious “law” that is repugnant to all that is of good conscience in Nigeria. Whatever else is #NotMyNationalAnthem.

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The daughter of Arise News Managing Editor, Christian Ogodo, was among graduands who bagged various degrees from the prestigious Havard University in the United States.

Oghenetega Steffi Eberechukwu Ogodo, was conferred with a masters degree in Urban Planning of the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University on 23rd May, 2024.

Tega was also a Bloemberg Leadership Fellow, who did her industrial training with the Rochester City Council in New York, while her field work had the theme: “People must feed,” postulating that there must be decent and nutritious food even for the downtrodden people in society.

Tega is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a Second Class Honours [Upper Division] from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, majoring in Urban and Regional Planning.

She is the daughter of Nigeria’s foremost News Anchor on Arise News on WEEKEND NEWSNIGHT, Christian Ogodo, who is the Managing Editor of Arise News Media Group.

She is currently working with an engineering consulting firm in Chicago that specialises in logistics.

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National Anthem: Nigeria switches from fatherland to motherland



By Francesca Hangeior

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, today, officially reverted to the National Anthem that heralded its independence as a sovereign Nation.

President Bola Tinubu, after he met a joint session of the National Assembly, signed into law, the adoption of the old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960.

The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence.

Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

However, the second national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978.

The lyrics of the now jettisoned anthem were a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict P. Odiase (1934–2013).

The Nigerian national anthem lyrics were created by five people: P. O. Aderibigbe, John A. Ilechukwu, Dr. Sota Omoigui, Eme tim Akpan and B.A. Ogunnaike.

With the return to the old anthem, Nigeria officially switched from a ‘Fatherland’ to a ‘Motherland’.

Hereunder are the Three Stanzas of the old but now new National Anthem:

1. Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

2. Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

3. O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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